Spain starts its career in the ATP Cup with a resounding victory over Georgia

first_imgRafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut, in the two particular person matches, and Pablo Carreño and Feliciano López, in the doubles, sealed a good debut for the Spanish crew in the ATP Cup with a resounding 3-0 victory in opposition to Georgia. On Monday, Francisco Roig’s crew will face Uruguay. How does the new ATP Cup work? The match that bids with the Davis Cup for being the Tennis World CupAt the finish of the day, Pablo Carreño and Feliciano López contributed the third level. They received in the doubles, 6-Three and 6-4, Aleksandre Bakshi and George Tsivadze.Spain opened its participation in the new ATP crew competitors with a full in opposition to Georgia squad to sleep at the head of Group B.The Spanish crew will relaxation this Sunday and resume the match on Monday, with the crossing in opposition to the Uruguay crew, which misplaced to Japan 0-3.Rafa by no means fails The world primary, Rafa Nadal, gave Spain this Saturday, after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-3, 6-4), the closing victory for Spain in its confrontation in opposition to Georgia (2-0) in the ATP Cup, the ATP world match with 18 nations held in Australia and marking the starting of the 2020 season. Picture: EFE Though one thing chilly got here to the observe of the Queensland Tennis Middle in Brisbane, yielding its preliminary serve, the Balearic knew methods to reply quickly. With a ‘contrabreak’ he repaired the scenario, materializing his second break ball, and, though he might break once more the service of the quantity 26 of the ATP in the sixth recreation, he lastly achieved it in the eighth earlier than confirming the break and victory in the set in the subsequent.Rather more snug, Nadal was gaining confidence in his first assembly of the 12 months and didn’t miss the first alternative offered to him, breaking his rival in the fifth recreation. It was the first of three video games received consecutively, which had been interrupted by one other ‘break’ of Basilashvili.In truth, the Georgian got here to tie the contest (5-5), and Manacor needed to resort to a different ‘counterbreak’ to finish the contest in his subsequent service in an hour and 50 minutes.Baptist crushed his rival Beforehand, Roberto Bautista gave Spain the first level when overwhelming Aleksandre Metreveli (6-0, 6-0). The Castellón, quantity 9 in the world and second head of the Spanish crew, had no mercy on the quantity 679 of the ATP rating, which succumbed after an hour and 11 minutes and couldn’t win any video games on the Australian website.Thus, Bautista took benefit of three of the six breaking balls he had in the first set to endorse a ‘rosco’ to the Georgian, who wasted at the starting of the second spherical his solely ‘break’ ball to yield three breaks once more and say goodbye with defeat.“I felt a hundred % on the observe. I like to organize the preseason effectively, I’ve carried out it at residence,” mentioned Bautista after the assembly. “We all know methods to play the video games effectively, we have now a very full crew and we’re very ready,” he added about Spain’s choices in the match.center_img The Spanish crew crushes Georgia in its premiere at the ATP CupOn Monday, these of Francisco Roig will measure the mixed Uruguaylast_img read more

Real Madrid, more ‘punished’ than Atlético by the VAR

first_imgThe Madrid derby returns, a game that has been involved in arbitrary controversies in recent times and more with the arrival of video arbitration. So far this season, Madrid and Atlético are two of the teams that have experienced the most intervention of this tool, but it is the whites who have ‘suffered’ more corrections to the referees against them.The Zidane team has experienced nine irruptions of video arbitration this season. Of which three were in favor (goal canceled by Brais Méndez for offside Aspas, the VAR forced to repeat the Ramos penalty that Soriano stopped when he was ahead and a goal annulled to De Jong for a previous foul) five against and an identity error (a yellow one shown to Valverde that was for Jovic). The interventions against were the following: a red to Modric for an entrance to the heel of Denis Suarez; a poorly annulled goal to Gerard Moreno for offside that ends up on the scoreboard and three goals voided for offside, one to Jovic against the Osasuna, another to Hazard before Betis and Casemiro to Valladolid. On the part of the rojiblanco group, in total it has experienced eleven interventions. Five went in favor (He awarded three penalties, the expulsion of Kang-In Lee for a serious abrupt game entry and validated a goal to Esteban Burgos that had been overturned for offside), four against (He annulled a penalty by Joao Felix, granted a maximum penalty against Atlético and annulled two goals for offside, Costa and Correa) and two ratifications by the referee after consulting the monitor.Last season Atlético claimed, both in the first round and in the second round, that the VAR should have entered to signal plays in its favor, but that it did not. In the first clash he sent a letter asking for explanations from the Technical Committee of Referees and in the second he published several tweets about plays in which they thought the VAR should have entered. Estrada Fernández, derby referee, has been corrected during this season in a match of each team. The Catalan collegiate was rectified from the VOR twice in the Celta-Madrid of the first day (to cancel the goal of Brais and show the red one to Modric) and he was recommended to review the goal of Betis to Atlético. He went to the monitor, but ended up granting Bartra’s goal even though he played in the Alex Moreno’s hand. An erroneous decision since all the goals in which there is a hand, even if it is involuntary, must be annulled. In total, Estrada has experienced nine interventions this season, the most in LaLiga with Gil Manzano.last_img read more

Linares Deportivo, from Tercera, wants its players to train in person

first_imgLinares’s position contrasts with that of other clubs in the category such as Ceuta, which has allowed its players to return to their homes in the face of the crisis and not have to remain in the Autonomous City. We will have to pay attention to the reaction of the AFE to this position. Among other things, because some professional clubs intend to apply similar practices so that their players stay in shape in case the competition resumes. Not everyone, like millionaire footballers, has gyms and stadiums at home, not even equipment, and the clubs want them to be fit. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Linares Deportivo, leader of Group IX of the Third Division, wants his players to train in person from this Tuesday. They will do it individually between 9:00 and 20:00 at the Linarejos stadium, which is also municipal. The footballers, who in some cases were out of town, have been instructed to report to Linares. They will have the material prepared in the stadium and the team’s physical trainer will send them a video of the training instructions. Linares wants to ensure that their players are in shape, although this would skip the Government’s request in this state of alarm to remain at home unless there is a major cause. It should be remembered that the Third Division is a non-professional category.last_img read more

César Prates, from Real Madrid to evangelical pastor in Brazil

first_imgOther former soccer players post their new adventures on social networks, César Prates uploads to Instagram videos of his performances intertwined with biblical passages. Armed with the six strings and a personalized Bible with his name on the spine, his religious vocation was always there. “May Jesus heal you”, he told rivals that they fell injured. I related it this week in Sports Balloon: “A shepherd is not done, he always was, he had it inside me”. César Prates plays evangelical hymns on his guitar. His history in Madrid did not lead to epic scenes. Nor of redemption. He was chosen at the age of 21, when he was acting at the Porto Alegre International, from a list of 30 footballers managed by the technical secretariat of Lorenzo Sanz (in Pirri’s hands). Absolute international and praised by Roberto Carlos (“César is one of the best players in Brazil“, he said in that 1996), the problem is that he appeared in a Madrid that had just signed Panucci and had Secretary And till Chendo in the same position. Prates initially went to Real Madrid B (at that time, the official name of Castilla) and did not leave there … Well, it did come out, but it was forced to err by Brazilian clubs and later, sold definitively. To Sporting Lisbon. “Madrid loaned Vasco, Coritiba, Botafogo and Corinthians six months before transferring me”, remembered the defender in Globoesporte, where he confessed “very sad” about the recent death of Lorenzo Sanz from the coronavirus. In Portugal, took Cristiano Ronaldo as a disciple, a criança 17, and taught him the technique of shooting fouls. “Every time he scores such a goal, they call me to tell the story …”The Brazilian has counted, amused and resigned, more than once. From there it passed through the Galatasaray, the Livorno of Commander Lucarelli and Chievo, among others. Retired, he has not lost his relationship with Real Madrid. In 2017 he joined the technical staff of the Madrid Foundation Clinic in Coritiba. Occasionally he shares some of the few images he has of his white time. He grabs the guitar and sings, sometimes in tears of devotion, to Jesus. This is the life of Cesar Prates, almost twenty-five years ago signing of Real Madrid, now evangelical pastor. Chocolate Shepherd, his parishioners call him. A winger who did not succeed as a Real Madrid player but had a long career in Brazil, Portugal, Italy and Turkey until one day, in 2010, he felt the call, as if it were the Los Javis film. Cease he immediately terminated his contract as a professional footballer at the Náutico and began his own career in the Church. Also the musical: accompany his ministry with evangelical hymns.center_img César Prates, in one of his matches with Real Madrid.Rafa Painter. At Sporting Lisbon, he taught Cristiano the technique of shooting fouls. Blanca now has a beard and as a result of her experience she also reaches out to school children with soccer through the solidarity activity of her own foundation. Why the ball, like the guitar and the Bible, is always present for César Prates.last_img read more

United will have to pay 1.2 million to Alexis Sánchez

first_imgThe problem is that according to The Sun, if the Chilean returns, something that will happen almost in all probability in the words of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (“Alexis will be back in the summer and show that you were all wrong”), the red devils They will have to pay 1.2 million euros just for the mere fact of returning to their team. 7 Premier League* Data updated as of April 1, 2020 And it is that when he left London to sign the megacontract with United de £ 26 million (about 29.2 million euros), included a clause that was already disclosed Football leaks in its day when it is established that His club must pay him 1.2 million euros if he stays at Manchester United for more than two and a half years. By returning and not going directly to any team, you would be meeting the requirements of that clause. It remains to be seen if the Norwegian coach recovers that wonderful winger who kept scoring goals at Arsenal. Since leaving Arsenal in 2018, Alexis Sánchez has not shone as he did then. The Chilean footballer is considered one of the worst operations of Manchester United and that is why since the season has started he has been loaned to the Inter de Milan. A series* Data updated as of April 1, 2020 But things have not gone well there either and an ankle injury has prevented him from playing regularly, starting from the bench since his recovery at the beginning of the year. He has scored a goal and has given two assists during his stay in Milan, but Inter does not want to exercise the purchase option you have for him (he has not convinced Antonio Conte) and will give you back to continue your career in Old Trafford.last_img read more

Van de Beek: “I’m still not learning to speak Spanish”

first_imgQuestioned about whether Madrid would be that ideal place, he commented: “Playing in the sun is always pleasant, but not yet I have not started taking Spanish classes“ Donny van de Beek He again distanced himself from the possibility of signing for Real Madrid, despite the fact that in the Dutch press the possibility is a recurring issue. The Ajax player gave a interview to Helden magazine, in which he stated that he was not sure where his future would be and added that the conditions must be perfect to leave his current club: “My feeling must be positive for a club. It’s not just that they love me, I also have to fit in with the game system And, of course, I also want to know the minutes that they are going to give me. “last_img

More sports in brief

first_imgWindies warm-upsST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies will use unofficial Twenty20 games against minnows Zimbabwe in Sharjah as part of their preparation for next month’s T20 World Cup in India, the West Indies Cricket Board announced yesterday. The Caribbean side will take on Zimbabwe on Saturday and then again next Monday, with both games slated for the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. West Indies are currently in Dubai for a preparation camp ahead of the March 8 to April 3 T20 World Cup.They will also play two T20s against English County team Warwickshire at the ICC Global Cricket Academy on March 4 and again two days later. Following the fixtures, West Indies will fly to Kolkata on March 7, where they play official warm-up games against India on March 10 and against Australia on March 13.West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 preliminary round stage, where they will face England, South Africa and Sri Lanka.The group will be completed by either Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland or Zimbabwe, who do battle in a pre-tournament round of qualifiers.WI Women winWest Indies Women defeated South Africa Women by 16 runs in the opening One-Day International of the three-match series at Buffalo Park here yesterday.Scores: WEST INDIES WOMEN 214 for seven off 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 56, Britney Cooper 55 not out, Deandra Dottin 28, Shemaine Campbelle 26; Dane van Niekerk 2-25, Shabnim Ismail 2-40, Sune Luus 2-50). SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN 198 all out off 48.5 overs (Marizanne Kapp 69 not out, Trisha Chetty 47, Shabnim Ismail 34; Deandra Dottin 5-34, Shaquana Quintyne 2-15, Anisa Mohammed 2-36).FIFA reduces bans for Blatter, PlatiniZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA’s appeal body yesterday, two days before the sport’s ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president. Blatter and Platini were initially found guilty of wrongdoing by FIFA’s independent ethics committee, which is led by a German judge, over a previously-secret 2011 financial transaction.Platini, the UEFA president, said not being cleared was an “insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights” and announced he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Blatter, as FIFA president, authorised a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) to Platini, which was found to be unethical and a conflict of interest. But following hearings last week, an in-house appeal committee comprising members of federations voting in tomorrow’s presidential election decided to relax the suspensions. The committee is headed by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda, who is currently campaigning to win a May vote to become president of CONCACAF and a FIFA vice president.Djokovic wins 700th career matchDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Novak Djokovic earned his 700th career match win at the expense of Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 at the Dubai Championships yesterday. Djokovic, who joined the tour a decade ago, has a 700-146 career match record.He’s one of three active players to reach 700 wins, the others being Roger Federer with 1,067, and Rafael Nadal on 775.”Sounds like I played many matches in my career,” a smiling Djokovic told the crowd.last_img read more

Thompson equals 100m world lead

first_img Akan’s Track Club’s Javon Francis was fastest in the men’s 400 metres, winning his heat in 46.39. Jonia McDonald of MVP was second in 46.48, with UTech’s Twayne Crooks third in 46. 52. Michael Frater clocked 10.60 seconds in 2.4 metres per second wind in the men’s 100 metres. However, Julian Forte stole the spotlight. Running in -1.6 mps wind, he clocked 10.28. Sprint Tech’s Rasheed Dwyer was second overall in 10.43, while MVP’s Andrew Fisher was third with 10.50. Former World Youth 400m hurdles champion Marvin Williams of UTech had a top time of 51.88 seconds. Second overall was Dwayne Extol of Eagles Track Club, in 52.27, with Andre Peart of MVP third in 52.41. St Jago High’s Keenan Lawrence took the men’s Open 800m 1:52.66, defeating UTech’s Trey Graham (1:53.99). Edwin Allen and Jamaica College (JC) captured the high school sprint relays. Edwin Allen won the girls’ event in 45.05 seconds ahead of Excelsior High (45.78), while JC clocked 40.59 seconds in winning the boys’ event ahead of Excelsior (41.50). UTech’s Orlando Thomas won the men’s javelin with 16.56m; UTech’s Tajay Gayle won the men’s long jump with 7.25m; while Geneva Greaves took the women’s shot put with 14.37m. WORLD 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson produced a world-leading 11.07 seconds in the women’s 100 metres at the Senior Link-Up track and field meet at Stadium East yesterday morning. Thompson joined the United States Morolake Akinosun atop the world list after her win a week ago in Texas. Thompson sprinted away from a competitive line-up to post her impressive time as Anneisha McLaughlin Whilby was some way off in second spot in 11.41 seconds, with her training partner at Sprint Tech, Audra Segree, third in 11.45. Ronda Whyte returned to competition in style, scoring an impressive win in the women’s 400 metres hurdles. Whyte stopped the clock at 56.1 seconds, defeating Shannon Kallawan (56.3) and overseas-based Sparkle McKnight (56.6), who is a part of the MVP Track Club. Nikita Tracey, who also competes for MVP, was fourth in 57.3. Janieve Russell clocked 51.79 seconds in to win the women’s 400m ahead of Namibia’s Tjipekapora Herunga (52.03), representing MVP Track Club, and her training partner, Jody Muir (53.00). World 400 metres finalist, Stephenie McPherson, was too good for teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson in the 200m. McPherson won in 23.12 seconds ahead of Jackson (23.21), while Fraser-Pryce was third in 23.24. JAVON FRANCIS WINlast_img read more

Martin wants greater respect for referees

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Head of the Western Confederation Referee Group, Nakassa Martin, has expressed shock and outrage at the callous reaction by the response of some supporters to the unfortunate injury suffered by referee Raymond Bogle, during Thursday’s Red Stripe Premier League football match between Montego Bay United and Waterhouse.Bogle collapsed in an accidental collision with Waterhouse midfielder Evan Taylor in the second half of their pulsating match at Wespow Park.The FIFA referee, who lost consciousness momentarily, had to be rushed by ambulance to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where it was revealed he had sustained a broken rib.The match, which ended in a 3-1 victory for MoBay United, was completed by fourth official Danion Parchment, who took over duties in the middle.Bogle’s injury has thrown the role of match officials into the spotlight, as according to Martin, constant and often unwarranted verbal abuse, while commonplace in the sport, must not be confused for partisan support of any team.”There a plenty hazards out there on the field for referees. He is the most hated man at a football game, even though his job is perhaps the most significant,” noted Martin.”As a referee, charged with being fair, holding no personal bias one way or the other in the officiating of whichever match he or she is assigned to, we work under very stressful and oftentimes violent conditions,” added Martin.Injuries to referees while conducting their assignment, he said, does happen, but reasoned that the way it is treated cannot be ignored.The reluctance of the Wespow management to have the waiting ambulance traverse a section of the playing surface, while being standard, cannot be at the expense of a life, argued Martin.”A life, any life, is far more important than anything else. Bogle could have died right. I gather he lost consciousness for a while and had to be rushed across the expanse of the field. I think sometimes we could be a little more caring,” reasoned Martin.Moments before the incident, Bogle was bundled over when a clearance out of defence by an MBU defender struck him. That brought some laughter from spectators, but the more severe injury he suffered did not change their outlook.”It goes to show how little regard referees do get while on the job. We are not expecting an easy ride, but respect and knowledge of the game on the supporters’ part must be addressed. Referees are humans too,” declared Martin.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Playing within your limitations

first_img With what is happening in the UAE and to West Indies cricket in general, it is good to hear of some good plans for sport in Jamaica, especially for the celebration of sports in the Caribbean. Jamaica, right now and for years gone by, has been a little giant in the world sports arena. From the deeds of champions past to champions present, Jamaica is a home of champions. Indeed, aided and abetted by Jamaica’s greatness in so many sports, by the greatness of Jamaicans domiciled around the globe, by the greatness of Jamaicans in sports foreign to Jamaicans, and by the presence of so many world champions, including the fastest man and woman in the world, Jamaica can be easily described as the place for sports in the world. Jamaica, however, needs to parade before the world their stars, and, unselfishly, the stars of the Caribbean as well. The news, therefore, that the London-based Jamaican Al Hamilton is attempting to stage his prestigious event, the Caribbean Awards Sports Icons (CASI), in Jamaica sometime next year is wonderful. The CASI awards was first held in Jamaica in 2008. It was then held in the Bahamas in 2009, and after two disappointing attempts to hold it in Barbados and in Guyana, it was held last year in Antigua at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort. Last year, the awards went to people like Sir Everton Weekes – Barbados, cricket; Dr Cynthia Thompson – Jamaica, athletics; Maurice Hope – Antigua, boxing; Kim Collins – St Kitts, athletics; and to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – Jamaica, athletics. Jamaica has the prestigious annual RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, but this one is for Caribbean icons. It would be nice if Jamaica hosted it, and in doing so, say thanks to the likes of Sir Garry Sobers, Hasely Crawford, Michael Holding, Brian Lara, and his good friend Dwight Yorke for their lovely contribution to Caribbean sports. Hosting CASI would fall in line with Jamaica’s wonderful image in sports, and help in the marketing of sports. CELEBRATING THE CARIBBEAN The West Indies went down by 133 runs to Pakistan in the second Test in Abu Dhabi last Tuesday, and with one match to go in the three-match series, find themselves in the embarrassing position of possibly losing the three-way contest, the 20-overs, the 50-overs, and the Test series by a whopping 9-0 margin. And to rub salt into the wound, all the defeats, with the possible exception of the previous one in Dubai, which now appears something of a passing mirage, was by huge, uncontested margins. The reason offered for the defeats have been the usual ‘beating horse’ of poor and careless batting by the batsmen, and with hardly any exception. The bowling, however, has proven to be just as poor as the batting, if not sometimes worse. Every now and again a bowler, just like the batsmen, turns up with a performance to tickle the imagination or to provide some semblance of hope. That hope, however, just like the one presented by Devendra Bishoo and Darren Bravo in Dubai recently, always dies as soon as it appears. On that occasion, after Pakistan had rattled up 579 for three declared, Bishoo’s eight wickets for 49 runs and Bravo’s innings of 116 took the West Indies to within 12 overs of saving the game and to within 56 runs of winning it. This time a first innings score of 452 matched by a second innings score of 227 for three declared was enough to win easily, despite a knock of 95 by Jermaine Blackwood and a West Indies second innings of 327 off 108 overs. Once again, I am at a loss to find out what went wrong, to find the cause of the now accustomed batting and bowling, and fielding, failures of the West Indies team. This time, however, Pakistani captain, the experienced and knowledgeable Misbah-ul-Haq, may have given the West Indies the answer, an answer which I have known, and have expressed, for a long, long time, ever since the Windies plunge in world cricket at the end of the last century. Others, including the late great West Indies batsman Clyde Walcott, shared the same sentiments that the problem with West Indies cricket, since the turn of the century, was that the majority of West Indies cricketers believed they were better than they were actually. The Indian commentators hinted of the same situation when, in the last series, they spoke about West Indian batsmen playing down the wrong line, playing forward when they should be playing back, and driving when they should be blocking. The real problem is that sometimes, most times, the West Indies play as if they are really better than they are, and most times they pay the penalty. Speaking after Tuesday’s match, Misbah-ul-Haq said that bowling on the slow batting friendly pitches in United Arab Emrates “is difficult” and “getting 20 wickets is always a challenge”. Misbah-ul-Haq went on to say, “I believe you go there and assess conditions and play within your resources. You work out how you are going to conduct your game plan. If you stay within your limits and execute your plan according to your strength, then no matter what the conditions are, you could be successful.” He also said that Pakistan’s spinners are their strength, they were “expecting a turning and spinning wicket but this pitch had nothing for the bowlers. Today it was the fifth day and it still was flat and didn’t do much.” Pakistan have been criticised for slow batting in the UAE but their plan is to win. In their last 11 Tests played there, they have won all 11. Nobody really remembers slow batting, once it is not too slow, when your first three scores in one-day matches are centuries, when you score an undefeated triple century in Test cricket, when your team comes up with scores like 579 for three declared, 452, and 227 for two declared, and when you win matches comfortably. It is nice, especially when the opposing team fails to challenge these scores and lose easily after playing on the same “slow and batting friendly” pitches, the pitches on which both the batsmen and the bowlers of the losing team always complain. Today, the West Indies take on Pakistan in Sharjah in the last match of the series, and the hope is that they will end the contest in style and avoid the embarrassment of a 9-0 whitewash.last_img read more