Mannequins in the stands of the Belarusian league

first_imgThe Belarusian league is one of the few competitions that still stands and is being played even with an audience in the stands. Of course, in the match between Dynamo Brest and the Shakhtyor Soligorsk a stand appeared full of mannequins with faces of fans from around the world as a memory to those who live in confinement. REUTERS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>REUTERSlast_img

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Materazzi: “If Juve wins the Champions League this year it doesn’t count”

first_img“Juventus must always think about winning the Champions League. That if, if you win this year, you should not count. It will have a new format, it cannot count as a ‘normal’ Champions, “said the central defender. The stoppage of the coronavirus stopped Juventus in the round of 16 of the European Cup. The Bianconeri fell in the first leg against Olympique from Lyon in France and were required to trace in Turin. The Matrix, nicknamed for its controversial arts behind, passed through several Italian football clubs: Us Tor de Quinto, Marsala, Trapani, Carpi and Perugia. After the Umbrian team, he signed for Everton, returned and in 2001 he arrived at Inter, where he stayed until 2011 and won that Champions League, which is so resistant to his Juve. Marco Materazzi has no affection for Juventus Turin. The ex-Inter faced up to fifteen times in his career against ‘la vecchia Signora’ which he won five times and even scored. Their particular rivalry raged to the point that hatred lives on.“How much do I hate Juventus athletically speaking? Very much”, he recognized last day 4 but this, has gone further, completely discrediting a possible Juventus European title, knowing that it is what they most want.center_img FILIPPO MONTEFORTE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Materazzi enters Ibrahimovic’s ankle during Juventus-Inter Milan in 2005.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (AFP)last_img read more

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“The break is more difficult for young people than for the ‘Big Three”

first_imgThis reflection contrasts with the latest opinion of Alexander Zverev. The German, one in every of the calls to steer the new technology of tennis gamers in the coming years, thought of that this is the season wherein a change of guard shall be seen relating to the Massive three after the break brought on by COVID-19. Nevertheless, Wilander believes that young abilities on the circuit ought to play a key position in the future and that, making the most of the lack of exercise on the tracks, this ought to be an excellent time for them to draw a brand new legion of followers. “We’re going to lose the finest participant of all time by way of curiosity in a yr or two when Roger stops. Now is the time to alter the model of the sport a bit to draw a youthful viewers. Possibly we are able to see more mixed female and male occasions in order that young gamers can higher market themselves, “concluded the Swede. The outdated tennis guard, represented in what is often called Massive three with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, it appears everlasting. His determine goes past the slopes, a lot in order that although they’re older with respect to a NextGen that has been stomping in latest months, Many authoritative voices consider they are going to be much less affected by the present coronavirus break than the youthful tennis gamers on the circuit.This was defined by the extenista Mats Wilander in the portal Ubi Tennis: “Clearly we lose a yr of persecution in the historical past books, however at the similar time, who cares who leads to the majors? Novak hurts more as a result of he was in nice form and Roger is getting older, however A break like this is a lot more difficult for youthful gamers. Clearly they may be capable of prepare sooner or later, someplace, however not play matches. The one manner to enhance if you end up 21 years outdated is via belief and information. Federer could also be away for six months, however he is aware of how you can win video games. Youthful gamers are nonetheless coaching to do it. “last_img read more

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Onana is a shot from Barça: “We must take the next step”

first_imgYesterday we told AS that Barcelona is one of those who have already called the player to feel his opinion. He is not the only team interested, others like PSG or Premier clubs have also asked about him.At the moment, the transfer market is very slow and there is nothing clear, but Onana has already taken the next step in any player’s exit process of publicly announcing their desire to exit. The pact he made with the club that they would facilitate his departure in the event of favorable conditions is his great hope. Onana wants to leave Ajax and has stated this in a statement to AD, a Dutch medium. In this way, the goalkeeper continues to feed the rumors of a possible march this summer, although there is still no clearly defined destination.“There were five greats here, but now the time has come to take the next step. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy at Ajax and very grateful to the club”Onana commented. “We reached that agreement last year. I still don’t know what will happen, but my intention is clear.”.last_img read more

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Atleti closely follows Almada

first_imgAs this newspaper has learned, Andrea Berta, sports director of the club, traveled to Argentina a few months ago to see it live. The player really likes the coaching staff, including Diego Pablo Simeone. However, in Vélez they assure that, at the moment, no one has contacted them to inquire about the situation of Almada, who has a contract until 2023.There are several teams against which Atlético de Madrid competes. The main rivals are in the Premier League, and the most dangerous is Manchester City, which has also been following him closely for months. Cholo’s intervention will be key in the player’s decision to convince him, as the coach has already done with other footballers.The coronavirus leaves the future not only for Atlético, but for football in general. However, the rojiblanco team do not want to lose Almada and they won’t take their eyes off you for the next few months. It is usual for Atlético de Madrid to set their eyes on the South American market. For many years now he has been looking at promising young people from the New Continent, especially from Argentina, who in the medium and long term are profitable from a sports and economic point of view. Without going further, Renan Lodi or Ángel Correa they came using this formula.This season there are several names on the list again, but one above the rest: Thiago Almada. The jewel of Velez, inside 19 years Just turned, he has been spied for more than a year by the scouting team. They consider one of the most important ‘star projects’ in South American football.last_img read more

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Windies Women eager to prove ODI strength – Cooper

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):West Indies Women batsman Britney Cooper says the Twenty20 World Cup champions are out to prove they can also be a force to be reckoned with in the 50-overs format.The 26-year-old, who played a key role in the women’s capture of the T20 title in India last month, said the Caribbean side had already turned their attention to next year’s 50-overs World Cup scheduled for England.”A lot of people feel the West Indies team only knows how to play T20 cricket but it is much more than that,” Cooper said.”I believe we have an opportunity to show all the world that we’re not only a World Cup T20 side but we can also play one-day [cricket]. We’re hoping when we go to England next year that we can bring home another championship back to the Caribbean.”The triumph in the T20 World Cup was their first ever in that format but the women have already strung together some impressive performances in past 50-overs World Cup.In fact, they were good enough to reach the final of the last tournament in India three years ago, when they lost to Australia Women by 114 runs.improving battingCooper, whose career-best unbeaten half-century against New Zealand Women in the semi-final put the Windies Women in the T20 World Cup final, says she was focused on improving her batting in order to strengthen the ODI unit.”I don’t see myself as a T20 player. I really want to find myself higher up the order in the one-day team,” she said.”I bat at five, six sometimes so one day I hope that I can be batting at number three for four, or even opening the batting for West Indies.”Cooper made her debut in 2009 and has since played 31 ODIs and 46 T20s.The Women’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled for June 26 to July 23 next year.last_img read more

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Henry thanks sponsor JN, plans retirement

first_imgNational senior netballer Sasha Gaye-Henry says she will be hanging up her Sunshine Girls bib after she returns from representing Jamaica at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia in August.The centre court player was thanking Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) for its support in helping her to attend three Netball World Championships since 2007. One of the most experienced players on the 12-member squad, Henry says she will get more involved in coaching after she retires.Henry stated that the consistent support she had received from JNBS was unusual and encouraged more firms to contribute to the national team in this way.She was addressing Netball Jamaica executives as well as representatives of JNBS and the Gold Rush Down Under campaign at a luncheon at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday.Gavin Beckford, JNBS executive for marketing and brand management, responded by thanking Henry for her outstanding efforts on and off the court in support of netball in the country over the years and wished her success in Australia, as well as in retirement.last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgMoBay’s Champions League hopes in tatters WASHINGTON, DC (CMC): Montego Bay United suffered their second straight defeat in the CONCACAF Champions League when they went down 3-0 to powerhouses DC United here Tuesday night. A first-half goal from Miguel Aguilar and strikes from Kofi Opare and substitute Conor Doyle in the second half were enough to quell the threat from the Jamaican outfit at the at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. Montego Bay are now without a point or a goal from two games in Group H after losing their opener earlier this month, 3-0 to Arabe Unido from Panama. DC, meanwhile, are a perfect two-from-two and head the group with six points. With the defeat, Montego Bay face an uphill battle to remain in the competition. They must win their remaining games and hope Arabe beat DC. Everton advance in League Cup BARNSLEY, England (AP): Everton needed extra time to beat third-tier Barnsley 5-3 and reach the third round of the League Cup yesterday in another high-scoring game in the competition. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku’s 78th-minute goal took the game into extra time at 3-3 as Everton recovered from going 2-0 down after 28 minutes. An own goal and Lukaku’s second goal of the match secured Everton a match against second-tier Reading. Sunderland’s 6-3 win over Exeter was the highlight on Tuesday, when the other second-round games were played. Defender John Stones, a reported transfer target of Chelsea, played the full 120 minutes for Everton. “I thought that John Stones was incredible under enormous pressure,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. “I think that the authorities need to look at what has gone on.” United back in Champions League MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United had double reason to celebrate yesterday – the team is back in the Champions League group stage and star striker Wayne Rooney is scoring again. Rooney ended a drought of 10 games without a goal stretching back to April 4 with a hat-trick in United’s 4-0 win at Bruges, helping the English club to a 7-1 victory on aggregate. While the Champions League welcomed back one of the continent’s biggest names and a three-time European champion, a club with a very different pedigree also advanced. Formed six years ago and in just their third season in European competition, FC Astana became the first team from Kazakhstan to qualify for the group stage after drawing 1-1 at APOEL Nicosia for a 2-1 aggregate win. Nemanja Maksimovic’s goal in the 84th proved decisive for Astana, a team backed by Kazkahstan’s sovereign-wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and the most remote of all the clubs in the group stage. Other teams to qualify for today’s group-stage draw were Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow and BATE Borisov of Belarus. Leverkusen beat Lazio 3-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate and leave Italy with only two teams in the Champions League again. An 85th-minute goal from Ahmed Musa clinched CSKA Moscow a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon and a 4-3 victory on aggregate, while BATE advanced on away goals after losing 2-1 at Partizan Belgrade for 2-2 overall.last_img read more

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Doping issues remain cloudy

first_img Positive news The e-mail firm the CEO of UK Anti-doping is quoted as saying: “We will do everything we can to ensure the focus is on positive news. The last thing we want is a story like this detracting from the one year to Rio countdown.” This caused a leading blood expert, Michael Ashenden, to wonder if the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Authority had morphed into a cheerleader for sport, anxious to quickly remove uncomfortable revelations of doping from the headlines. The news that “Money” Mayweather received an intravenous infusion BEFORE the Manny Paquiao fight and was granted a therapeutic exemption by the United States Anti-Doping Authority (USADA) AFTER the fight further cast suspicion on the integrity of anti-doping authorities. In Jamaica, the revelation of unusual activity at JADCO was casually explained by “lack of funds”, yet we are now aware that when a party is planned for successful athletes, sums in excess of $40 million appear as if by magic. The latest tool in the fight against the use of drugs in sports is the mandatory requirement of athletes to have a biological passport. This requires blood collected from athletes at regular intervals, unannounced, the data stored and compared with samples taken as competition nears. The comparison of the athlete’s normal blood profile with any unusual deviation before, during, or after competition will reveal evidence of doping, without the substance needing to be identified. The key here is to compare the unusual profile with the athletes’ previously normal blood profile. Thus, the recognition of unusual profiles from athletes who won medals in past international Games, MUST be compared with other samples taken from the same athlete, which, over time, has established a normal profile for the athlete. The mandatory collection of samples to produce an athlete’s passport began in 2009. Therefore, it is indeed wrong to name and shame athletes with unusual blood profiles after analysis of samples taken BEFORE 2009. When did collection start? The 40 million-dollar question is: When did JADCO start collecting samples from athletes in its testing pool? The question must also include a query about a suggestion from the head of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) that some samples MUST be taken between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The fact that an island in the Caribbean with a population approaching three million inhabitants, with very limited financial resources (Jamaica) consistently produces natives whose athletic performance surpasses those who train just as hard, with far more resources and modern facilities, raises suspicion that increases as our young athletes continue world-leading performances that started as far back as 1948. The only way to PROVE that our athletes are gifted and clean is by a comprehensive and open drug-testing programme that can withstand any criticism from jealous and non-jealous individuals. Let us not accept the usual “no funds” excuse for a lack of a state-of-the-art drug-testing programme. Let the beginning of collection of blood samples from athletes in JADCO’s testing pool be open and transparent. As the 2015 athletic season winds down, the final race of the Diamond series and the World Athletics Championships did very little, in my estimation, to remove doubts about the veracity of some of the results posted. The general reaction of the majority of the sports’ true fans around the world (unrestrained and unmitigated joy) to the victory of Usain Bolt in the 100 metres race, and to a lesser extent the 200 metres, reflected a feeling of relief as athletes who had tested positive in the past seemingly competed week after week, smug in the conviction that ‘having been found guilty and served my time I MUST be treated similarly to those who are not caught’. This negative feeling was intensified by an exposÈ in The Times newspaper that revealed ‘suspicious’ test results when blood data from winners in past years were analysed by independent anti-doping experts. The article also revealed that there were administrators who were aware of these ‘suspicious’ results for years but chose (by some weird logic) to refuse to carry out (and delay) an investigation into the findings. There is now documented evidence that the last thing anti-doping authorities want is for local champions to be caught doping as this will ‘tarnish the image of athletics’. The Guardian newspaper in England reported on an e-mail sent from the head of UK Anti-Doping to the head of the British Olympic Association after the Olympic Association began exposing the problem of blood doping in sports.last_img read more

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Djokovic laps up the love after Australian Open success

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love.After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park – and extending his old friend Andy Murray’s streak to five losses from five championship deciders Down Under – Djokovic had hundreds of Serbian fans singing and chanting his name so loudly he could barely hear questions in a TV interview.While Djokovic was still celebrating his 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory last night, equalling Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian titles, Murray was rushing for the airport to catch a flight back to Britain to reunite with his pregnant wife.”I never experienced this much crowd and this much love,” Djokovic said. “I’ve had the fortune to win this trophy now six times, but I never experienced such support.”Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles and four of the last five, to lift his career haul to 11 – equalling Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg in fifth place on the all-time list.”I don’t take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five finals, it’s phenomenal,” said Djokovic, reflecting on a period of time in which he was married, became a father and only lost one match in five major championships – the final of the French Open.’BEST TENNIS OF MY LIFE'”No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months,” he said. “Everything is going well privately, as well, so I feel like I’m at the point in my life where everything is working in harmony. I’ll try to keep it that way.”His next objective is a first Grand Slam title on clay to complete his collection. Djokovic has reached three finals at Roland Garros, but never won the French Open.After getting on his hands and knees and kissing the court at Rod Laver Arena and going to the stands to hug Boris Becker, his coach since 2014, Djokovic paid tribute to Murray in his post-match speech.”You’re a great champion, great friend, a great person who is very professional and committed to this sport,” he said. “So I’m sure in the future you’ll have more opportunities to fight for this trophy.”As a father himself, he didn’t want to delay Murray’s departure.The 28-year-old Scotsman had his share of distractions in Australia. His wife, Kim, is due to have their first child in February and didn’t travel with him. Kim’s father, Nigel Sears, was in Australia as coach for Ana Ivanovic, but became ill and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance while Murray was on court in his third-round match. After a night in hospital, Nigel Sears was well enough to return home, which meant Murray could stay in Australia and try to refocus on winning the title.”It’s been a tough few weeks for me away from the court,” Murray said in his post-match speech, before turning his attention to his wife.”You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support,” he said, choking back tears and waving as he walked away from the microphone. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”A little more than a half-hour later, at 11:15 p.m. local time, Murray said he was aiming for a 1 a.m. flight.”It’s been hard, regardless of today’s result,” he said. “I’m proud I got into this position – just quite looking forward to get home now.”Murray became only the second man to lose five finals at one major – Ivan Lendl lost five and won three US Open finals in the 1980s.Djokovic had won 10 of his previous 11 matches against Murray and was 21-9 in their career meetings – including four finals at the Australian Open.Again, he was just too good.last_img read more

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