UEFA’s penalty puts Guardiola on Juve’s shot

first_imgThe incredible sanction that UEFA imposed on Manchester City has been received in Italy with surprise and, in some cases, with great enthusiasm, as is the case with tifosi of Juventus, whose majority never received with special enthusiasm the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, both for his past in Naples and for his resume (his only title is the Europa League he raised in the past year with Chelsea). The dream of the bianconeri He always had the same name and surname: Pep Guardiola. The former Barça already rang, and very much, last summer after the news that Allegri did not continue as coach of the Turin team.The entity of the Agnelli did try the arrival of the Catalan coach, but in 2019 it was impossible for Guardiola to leave the City. The parties ended with a ‘see you soon’ that could be realized this summer in the arrival of Pep to the Italian league. Guardiola ends the contract in 2021. He recently said he wanted to continue in the English team, but the ban on participating in the top continental competition could change his plans. Until now, the contacts of the City to try to extend the bonding of Spanish have not been successful, in what could be a clear sign that the coach has new sports challenges in his mind. Pep has a special relationship with Italy after his time at Brescia as a player and has never hidden that he would like to try his luck as a coach in Italy. This stage in Brescia allows one of the basic requirements Guardiola demands when he takes the reins of a club: to know the language. After winning titles in Spain, Germany and England, this change would be a new challenge for him in his career.Although Juve assures otherwise, right now Sarri’s position is less solid than ever. In the last four games he has a balance of one victory, two defeats and the controversial draw this Thursday against Milan in the Cup. In addition, losing the Super Cup against Lazio had already weakened the image of the Tuscan coach, who could end his adventure Bianconera in the coming months. Obviously everything will depend on the results in the three competitions, but the choice of Sarri was always with the intention of starting to implement a method similar to that used by Guardiola, with the idea that at some point it will be the Spanish coach who takes the reins of Juventus …last_img read more

Meeting between the board of Oviedo and Rozada

first_imgNobody counted on the defeat before the Alcorcón. The 1-2 of the potter set, after a bad first part of Oviedo, puts the blue against the ropes: Albacete’s draw the next day leaves the Rozada team again in relegation positions. But in the blue club it’s about keeping a cool head and sending messages of tranquility with the team’s situation.After the defeat against Alcorcón, The board of directors held a meeting with Javi Rozada, coach, which was also attended by Arturo Elías, representative of the highest shareholder, via telephone from Mexico. The idea of ​​the board of directors is to give the coach more opportunities, since regardless of the image before the Alcorcón, the upward trajectory is valued (more in sensations than in numbers) that the team had shown in recent weeks. But the requirement is immediate results. Only adding three by three will achieve a climate of tranquility and tranquility in the work so demanded in a place that tends to instability like Oviedo. Therefore, the team must duel Lugo with the three points in his pocket. Anything other than winning in the Anxo Carro can have consequences even for the bench. The board of directors remains the mainstay in Rozada’s position, but that defense is only supported by positive results.Looking ahead to the duel in Galician lands, Rozada will have his entire staff at his disposal with the sole exception of the injured Edu Cortina. The coach recovers Lolo after serving penalty in the clash against Alcorcón and it seems likely that his eleven present changes compared to last Saturday.Ortuño urges to look “with enthusiasm”Within the climate of pessimism in which oviedism has been installed, the costumes try to shed some light. Alfredo Ortuña urges to look at the 14 days that remain of competition “with illusion”. “We have to play well, have clear ideas about what to do on the pitch and know how to beat the rivals,” says the striker, who before Alcorcón returned to the path of the goal thanks to a penalty that closed the clash in the final 1-2.For Murcia, the duel against Lugo is important but not transcendental: “For me, a final is when you play a title. But it is very important because it is a direct rival and the goal-average is at stake. Adds almost four points and more in group morale. ” The appointment, on Sunday at 12.00 in the Anxo Carro, can be a turning point in blue aspirations. In the first training of the week, held at El Requexón with open doors, they were Francesc Arnau, sports director, and Federico González, advisor to the Carso Group, who transmitted to the media and fans confidence in the project and in which the coach and the squad will take the situation forward.last_img read more

Djokovic returns to the tracks against Tunisian Malek Jaziri

first_imgNovak Djokovic, model new champion of the final Australian Open, will return subsequent week to the competitors at the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis, an ATP 500 that’s performed on exhausting courtroom. The Serbian defends the primary he regained thanks to his victory in Melbourne, to the detriment of a Rafa Nadal who might take it off once more if he wins the title in Acapulco. Djokovic could have a predictably candy return to Tunisian Malek Jaziri (36 years and 259th of the world), which performs with a event invitation. The Balkan, who a number of days in the past acquired right into a river of icy water as coaching, might have as rivals if he advances by his facet of the image to the German Kolschreiber in the spherical of 16, the Russian Khachanov in the quarterfinals and the French in the semifinals earlier than crossing the second seeded sequence, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a hypothetical ultimate. Plainly success or failure will rely nearly solely on Djokovic himself.In Dubai, two Spaniards compete, Roberto Bautista, who will meet the German Struff on the Tsitsipas facet, and Pablo Carreño, who additionally goes for the decrease a part of the desk and could have to face the first trade with the Greek, who fell final yr in the ultimate against Federer, absent this course for his current knee operation.last_img read more

“In Madrid you cannot give full responsibility to young people”

first_img“With this break there is no longer a favorite between Manchester City and Real Madrid” “Zidane came back and took a risk … That defines men lols” -Does Madrid need a renovation?– It is necessary to do it, but with care. You have to sign players who make the differences. Because when you wear the Madrid or Barça shirt it is a shirt that weighs. And if you don’t have a lot of quality, you can’t do it, you get lost.-I get it…-The same thing happened in my time in Milan, when it was time to play at San Siro. There were players who thought they were good and … and they got lost.-Rodrygo, Brahim, Vinicius, Odegaard … It is Madrid’s new policy.-Waiting for them to explode. In my second stage in Madrid they signed us to Marcelo, Gago and Higuaín. In December the president came to me: “Why don’t you put them on, Fabio!” “Because they are kids,” I said, “you have to wait a bit. They are the future, they can make history later.” And then the only one who did little was Gago, the other two did their part. They needed experience and personality. There is-So?-You have to sign young people and go little by little with them, take care of them. You cannot give him responsibility now.– Ramos said it before the City: “It is a game for men, children, aside.” How is the tie?-For me it changes everything. With this break there is no favorite. We do not know, if it is played, how the teams can be found. There are no favorites, no one knows …– it surprised to him that Zidane returned to the bench?-You always have to take risks, there you see the men … I wish you all the luck. -How does a coach manage such a break?-Impossible. You can only hope that your players are professionals, that they take care of themselves, that they don’t put on weight … If they continue eating like when they train, say goodbye.-Clear.– Although good, now there is not a star that does not train with a personal trainer. “If now the players continue eating like when they are training … bad”center_img -We are not accustomed.– (Laughs). The day is very long, very long. But you have to give thanks because nobody has fallen in my family. This is going to get very complicated worldwide. In Lombardy, in Bergamo and Brescia, he hit very hard. And it is a reduced site that has 10 million people. It’s a problem.-The Euro Cup went to 2021. Good idea?Very good idea. It is not known when all this will end. We have to put everything next year, everything, everything …-And the Leagues?– It is not possible to be said if they will be played, we will see. What you can not do is play soccer with which you are falling. Look at Valencia, Espanyol, Alavés … It will not be easy. I started playing in the late 50s, already after the War, and I have not experienced anything like it. – Was he watching the League?-I always follow Spanish teams. It was a surprise to see Atlético win against Liverpool. Simeone raised a great match. Nothing can be blamed on him. I liked his game so much, I could only do what he did. Because he has the best goalkeeper, Oblak.-And Madrid?-Well, I couldn’t say, at times he has problems, at times he plays very well.-Why that irregularity?-You need leaders in the field. The team must have a benchmark, someone to follow who transmits the desire to win. I had Raúl, Hierro, Redondo … They always wanted.-And now there is no Christian.– That is … I always as a television commentator said: “If you want to beat Madrid you have to score at least two goals”. Because you knew that Cristiano put a safe one. And the same with Barça and Messi, huh? “I have never experienced anything like it in my entire life.” And it admits: “The days without football are very, very long.” He is Fabio Capello (73 years old), a football myth with whom we analyze Madrid news. The Italian asks that if a renewal of the template is made “with signings that make the difference.”-Where do you spend these days?-Where I live, in Lugano.-How is the theme there?-Just like in Italy, it is Switzerland but border. People do not leave home.-But is there an obligation of confinement?-Not yet, but people respect him.-And how are you?-Well, calm down, with my wife … Without watching soccer.last_img read more

Bavuma first black South African to make Test 100

first_img DERAILED FIGHTBACK CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP): Temba Bavuma became the first black South African to make a Test century in helping his team defiantly declare at 627-7 in reply to England’s 629-6 declared in the second Test yesterday. Captain Hashim Amla made 201 and Bavuma reached 102 not out to effectively wipe out England’s advantage and probably save a draw with one day to play on a serene pitch, where runs have flowed and bowlers have struggled. Bavuma, raised in a poor township in Cape Town, gave South Africa a feel-good moment after the pressure they have been under early in this series and in this game. “When I made my debut for South Africa, I came to be a bit more aware and realise the significance behind it more,” said Bavuma, the first black specialist batsman to play for the Proteas. “It’s always been an inspiration for other kids, black African kids, to aspire to.” England were 16-0 in their second innings to lead by 18 after batting out the last six overs of the day. England were left ruing a bunch of missed catches, giving let-offs to Amla, Bavuma, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris, who all made half-centuries in the South African fightback. The dream batting strip helped South Africa as much as it helped England in their first innings, when Ben Stokes struck a stunning 258 from 198 balls. It was so good that tailender Morris hit boundaries with reverse sweeps off England spinner Moeen Ali and was the fifth South African to go past 50 with his 69. The only glimpse of hope for England came in the afternoon, when Amla’s dismissal sparked three quick wickets in four overs from Stuart Broad and James Anderson and a brief opportunity to push for victory. England had waited 70 overs for any kind of breakthrough. Broad began by bowling Amla for 201 and had Quinton de Kock caught for just five. Between those strikes, Anderson forced out Faf du Plessis to a catch in the slips for 86. The three rapid strikes threatened to derail South Africa’s fightback and leave them still some way behind. But Bavuma and tailender Chris Morris responded with a century stand, the third of the South African innings. Bavuma sent a thick edge down to third man for four for his century and celebrated by removing his helmet and waving his bat excitedly at the crowd in the city where he was born. Bavuma’s family watched from the stands, including his father, who used to be a journalist. “He was here today. He’s quite happy. I’ll see him later tonight. He’ll probably have a few questions as well,” Bavuma said.last_img read more

LEICESTER CITY VS EVERTON

first_imgLEICESTER (4-4-1-1)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, WASILEWSKI, FUCHS,MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,OKAZAKI,VARDYEVERTON (4-2-3-1)NIASSE,CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY, LENNON,BARRY, McCARTHY,BAINES, PENNINGTON, STONES, BESIC,HOWARDThe party has started. On Monday, Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea meant that Leicester City are the new – and most unexpected – Barclays Premier League champions.It is the Foxes’ first top-flight title in their 132-year history and a remarkable achievement given that they began the season with odds of 5,000-1 to win the Premier League.They can also boast the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year in Riyad Mahrez and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in Jamie Vardy.They will receive the Premier League trophy after what is their final home game of the season and will be determined to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches having lost just three all season.Everton, meanwhile, ended a seven-game run without a league win with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth last weekend with defender Leighton Baines stealing the winner.Everton have won just 10 games and need to win two of their remaining three – they finish the season away to Sunderland and at home to Norwich – to avoid their fewest home successes since they won only nine (in 2003-04 and 1997-98).When these teams met in December, Leicester won 3-2, thanks to two penalties from Riyad Mahrez, to confirm their place at the top of the Premier League at Christmas.This fixture has a habit of throwing up draws. No fewer than six of the nine games at Leicester against Everton have finished all square including the last five. Last season Chris Wood stole a late equaliser for Leicester in a 2-2 draw.Leicester are without Danny Drinkwater after the England midfielder was sent-off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United. And Robert Huth is also banned after receiving a three-game suspension for pulling the hair of Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini. But Vardy, who has missed the last two through suspension, returns to the attack.Everton miss the banned Funes Mori so Matt Pennington should continue at the back. Brendan Galloway and Gerard Deulofeu are still missing while there are tests for Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman.last_img read more

Ja Girls defeat gutsy Uganda

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Jamaica edged out Uganda, and Barbados outclassed Sri Lanka to post their first win on day seven of the Netball World Cup yesterday. Fourth ranked Jamaica had to dig deep to fend off a gutsy challenge from 14th ranked Uganda, 59-47, at Allphones Arena. The Sunshine Girls found it challenging to adjust to the Ugandan style of play as Peace Proscovia was proving an essential target for her side. Proscovia was ably assisted by goal attack Racheal Nanyonga shooting 100 per cent heading into half time, with Jamaica leading by a slender one-goal margin. In a physical battle, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were able to regain composure and capitalise on the scoreboard from Ugandan turnovers, leading the game 44-35 at the end of the third quarter. Romelda Aiken scored 16 from 16 tries while Shanice Beckford converted 15 from her 16 attempts for Jamaica. “It was very physical, it was very challenging out there,” declared Jamaica’s captain, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, after the game. “But the ladies really stepped up because we knew what was at stake, we knew that if we didn’t win tonight, then we wouldn’t be in the semi-finals.” Seventeen-year-old goal attack Sheniqua Thomas combined well with goal shooter Faye Sealy to power Barbados to a 34-goal win over the Sri Lankans after both teams entered the match winless. Barbados won 67-33. Sealey scored 35 goals from 46 tries while Thomas converted 15 from 22 as both players capitalised on the efforts of Latonia Blackman who provided excellent service in midcourt. The Sri Lankans were no match for the stout Barbadian defence which was excellent, particularly in the final quarter with Rhe-Ann Niles and Shonette Bruce combining for nine deflections. Bruce was also outstanding in covering Sri Lanka’s danger player, Thishala Algama. “I think we all fought right to the end and it was a very good performance from everyone on court. We all really wanted this win and we got it,” said Sealey after the game. “It’s been a good tournament. Of course, we had some losses that we didn’t really expect or want, but we are picking ourselves up and, hopefully, we will win the rest of our games.” On Wednesday, Trinidad and Tobago played all over Singapore to prevail 75-32 while Barbados lost to Fiji 37-48.last_img read more

All eyes on Diamond

first_img FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES ST BERNARD DIAMOND, who has been knocking at the door in recent months, should provide a winning start for Super-6 players when she takes on six opponents in the first race over a mile for maiden three-year-olds. The 3-y-o filly from the stables of Dennis Lee was a fast-finishing second to VESPERS over 1400 metres on September 9, a race in which she finished three-quarter length ahead of TASHIE BABY in third. That was the fourth time that DIAMOND had occupied the runner-up slot in recent months, having finished second in previous races to ANOTHER BULLET, MIND SET, and SONG BIRD. She will welcome the additional furlong of this race, and despite the obvious claims of TASHIE BABY and DREAM ADMIRAL, the choice has to be DIAMOND. The Harry Parsard-trained DREAM ADMIRAL was a fast-finishing second to COLOURS OF WAR over 1500 metres last time out, but was behind DIAMOND in two races prior to that and could prove her biggest danger tomorrow. (1) DIAMOND/DREAM ADMIRAL (2) ST BERNARD/JODY’S LODGE (3) DREAMLINER (4) TRACKING DANIEL/ LITTLE RHEA (5) BLUE EYE BOY/FIFTYONESTORM (6) TESHA’S DREAM/ ON THE DOUBLE Next on the programme is a $250,000-$210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres to be contested by seven starters, including the proven campaigner ST BERNARD, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for the improving trainer Marlon Anderson, who has posted several winners in recent months. After winning easily over this trip on a $250,000 claiming tag on May 25, ST BERNARD stepped up in class and was not disgraced in three subsequent races, finishing second to the out-of-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW over 1300 metres on a $300,000 tag some weeks ago. Now running for $250,000, he should have little difficulty in putting away the 3-y-o filly JODY’S LODGE (Ellis up) and the free-running PRINCESS NYAH, with former champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard. DREAMLINER, who is unbeaten in two starts, looks hard to oppose when he takes on five two-year-olds, including old rivals VISION and FEDORA, in the third race for the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 metres. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has the two-year-son of Porto Santo – Golden Olympio in fine fettle following back-to-back runaway wins over 1000 metres, and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, should lead home stable-companion VISION, who chased him home at a respectable distance last time out. Significantly, VISION will be ridden by Linton Steadman, one of the 17 new apprentices recently graduated from the Jockeys’ School. Ten of them will ride for the first time against senior jockeys tomorrow. A past student of Bridgeport High, Steadman, who won two of the three races confined to the trainees, is attached to the Wayne DaCosta stables. The fourth race over a mile for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) looks tailored for TRACKING DANIEL (Halledeen up), who beat all, barring ROYAL GIRL, over 1300 metres recently. MISS ADDI (Shane Ellis up) and LITTLE RHEA (Steadman aboard), both of whom proved competitive last time out, are twin dangers to TRACKING DANIEL in the eight-horse field. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BLUE EYE BOY, with Ellis riding, and TEISHA’S DREAM (Halledeen up), who was a fighting second to RUNNER RUNNER over 1000 metres last Saturday. Their respective dangers are FIFTYONESTORM and ON THE DOUBLE.last_img read more

Windies toil on second day

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite belted a cameo half-century, and seamer Kemar Roach picked up two early wickets, but West Indies were made to toil against the Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI on the second day of their three-day tour match yesterday.Resuming from their overnight 127 for six, West Indies were dismissed for 209 with the right-handed Brathwaite slamming 54 off 46 balls, batting at number 10.Off-spinner Suraj Randiv finished with five for 73 while seamer Suranga Lakmal picked up three for 26.In a torrid six-over period before lunch, right-armer Roach (2-25) then rocked the hosts with wickets off the first two balls of the innings without a run on the board before opener Udara Jayasundera and Minod Bhanuka stroked hundreds to guide their side to 233 for three at the close at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Jayasundera, a 24-year-old left-hander, was unbeaten on 124 while Bhanuka, a 20-year-old wicketkeeper with just two first-class games to his name, hit 101.West Indies were definitely on top when Roach claimed Kusal Mendis off the first ball of the innings, caught at point by Jermaine Blackwood.Off the very next delivery, Roach found the edge of captain Lahiru Thirimanne’s bat and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin took a straightforward offering as the Sri Lankans slumped to 22 for two at lunch.Any hopes, however, of rolling over the President’s XI were quickly squashed as Jayasundera and Bhanuka batted with aplomb in a 214-run, third wicket stand.Jayasundera faced 177 balls and counted 17 fours and two sixes while Bhanuka carved out 15 fours and a six off 160 deliveries.last_img read more

Arnett looking to make most of Carib Club champs

first_imgJamaican football clubs have made it no secret that participating in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship is a very tall demand in terms of expenses.In 2014, the same problem resulted in Waterhouse missing the tournament’s second round, while last season Montego Bay United, in their tournament debut, also expressed difficulties in meeting the financial requirements to compete in the regional tournament.However, both clubs agree that the exposure, experience and other benefits are priceless.Arnett Gardens Football Club president, Patrick Roberts, whose club is currently in the Dominican Republic to contest Group Four of the first round, share similar sentiments.”It’s (preparation) not difficult to organise. What is difficult is getting the resources. When you have resources there is no difficulty, but the difficult part is to get the resources you need,” Richards said.”You want to carry additional players but you can’t, you have to limit the players because of the resources, because just fares for a trip of this nature go into three to four millions. But we have an obligation and wherever the slack is we have to make it up. But it was difficult,” he said.Roberts explained that when they assessed everything, the opportunities and benefits were too enormous for them to miss the event.”The benefit is exposure for the players, so hopefully someone watching the game will like your players and make contact. It also gives the players a different level of preparation, because we are at the back end of our season so it helps the players to prepare for international competition.”It is a different approach, but that is the route we have to go, we have to go and see what these teams are made of. We have not known them or what type of football they play,” he noted.”Expectations are high. For most of the players this is their first experience at this level and they are definitely anticipating it. They want to take it to the next level and go as far as they can in the region,” he said.Arnett will play in Group Four of the tournament at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, from March 2 to 6.They play their opening game against Haitian club America Des Cayes tomorrow, then face Notch of Suriname of Friday, before wrapping up their fixtures against Atletico Pantoja on Sunday.last_img read more