By Ian RansomPERTH (Reuters) – An epic and unbeaten 301-run stand by Australia captain Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh left England’s hopes of retaining the Ashes in jeopardy on day three of the third Test at the WACA on Saturday.On an agonising day for Joe Root’s team, Smith broke English hearts with his second double-century after recalled all-rounder Marsh celebrated his maiden ton.The pair pushed Australia to 549 for four and a first innings lead of 146 runs, rendering England’s 403 a hopelessly inadequate total on a featherbed wicket.They strode off to a standing ovation, with Smith unbeaten on 229 and Marsh 181 not out, pushing towards a double-century of his own.“It felt really good yesterday, I was in the zone. I wanted to cash in today,” Smith said before he exited the ground to roaring applause.“We wanted to be out in the middle and just keep batting.”Two-nil down after losses in Brisbane and Adelaide, England’s hopes of keeping the series alive to Melbourne appear bleak.On day two, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow had English chests bursting with pride after compiling 237 runs for a record fifth-wicket partnership at the WACA.But the mark lasted less than a day, as Smith and Marsh smashed 57 boundaries between them to leave England praying for the mercy of rain.Showers are forecast for days four and five, but the weather may not be enough to save the tourists, who managed only a single wicket despite no fewer than seven players rolling over their arm throughout the day.Having torched England for 107 runs in the middle session, Smith and Marsh plundered another 128 after tea, as the tourists’ lack of pace was ruthlessly exposed.“It’s been a very, very tough day for our team,” England assistant coach Paul Farbrace told reporters.“What can we do? We’ve got what we’ve got… When it comes to flatter pitches, we don’t have that express pace.”Smith punished England with 215 at Lord’s in 2015 but set himself a new personal best at the WACA in a masterclass of patience, precision and timing.His unbeaten 390-ball knock has him fourth on the list of highest innings at the WACA, with the possibility of further promotion on day four.He reached the three-figure mark, his seventh against England, when he whipped paceman James Anderson through the leg side for four.The second hundred came with a single off all-rounder Moeen Ali, and he bounded down the wicket roaring in triumph to the delight of a big day three crowd.He also notched his 1,000th run for the year, and joined former Australia opener Matthew Hayden in reaching the mark four years in succession.Marsh completed a rare family trio of Ashes tons.His older brother Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten 126 in the second test win at Adelaide Oval, and his father Geoff, beaming with pride in the heaving WACA crowd, posted 138 as an opener at Nottingham in the 1989 series.The younger Marsh cut paceman Stuart Broad to the fence to bring up his ton from 130 balls and pumped his fist in jubilation, having scored only two half-centuries in his previous 21 tests.While stopping short of declaring England’s spirit broken, Marsh said they were “obviously tired”.“Today was just a great day for Australia. To only lose one wicket for the whole day has really put us in a strong position,” said the 26-year-old.Moeen had Shaun Marsh caught at slip for 28 in the first hour but it was to prove England’s only highlight.Farbrace insisted the Ashes were still alive.“We’ve got two more days to play. It’s going to be tough, of course it’s going to be tough,” he said.“We’ve got to show some guts and determination.”ENGLAND 1st innings 403 (D. Malan 140, J. Bairstow 119, M. Stoneman 56; M. Starc 4-91) Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 203-3)C. Bancroft lbw b C. Overton 25D. Warner c Bairstow b C. Overton 22U. Khawaja lbw b Woakes 50S. Smith not out 229S. Marsh c Root b Ali 28M. Marsh not out 181Extras (b-2 lb-10 nb-1 w-1) 14Total (for 4 wickets, 152 overs) 549Fall of wickets: 1-44 D. Warner,2-55 C. Bancroft,3-179 U. Khawaja,4-248 S. MarshTo bat: T. Paine, M. Starc, P. Cummins, N. Lyon, J. HazlewoodBowling: J. Anderson 29 – 8 – 85 – 0(nb-1), S. Broad 28 – 3 – 112 – 0,C. Woakes 32 – 4 – 108 – 1(w-1),C. Overton 23 – 1 – 102 – 2,M. Ali 31 – 4 – 104 – 1, J. Root 3 – 0 – 13 – 0,D. Malan 6 – 1 – 13 – 0.
The U15 National Boys Team, known as the Future Eagles, has been invited to take part in an Eight –Nation Tournament in Japan in June this year.Known as the U16 International Dream Cup, the tournament started in 2015 and has welcomed teams from a number of the world’s leading football nations, including France, Spain and The Netherlands. Senegal, Mali and Guinea are among the African nations to have participated in previous editions.Team Administrator of the U15 National Boys Team, Adewale Adeyinka told thenff.com on Wednesday that the NFF has already responded positively to the invitation. Future Eagles Players for the U15 National Boys Team are selected during the annual NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship. Last year, the Future Eagles won the silver medal of the football event at the 3rd African Youth Games held in Algiers. A good number of the players made the U17 National Team that won the WAFU Cup Tournament in Niger Republic in September last year, to qualify for this year’s Africa U17 Cup of Nations taking place in Tanzania.At the U16 International Dream Cup Tournament, host Japan, Chile and France finished in that order at the inaugural edition in 2015, while Mali, Japan and Hungary were the top teams in 2016. Host Japan, The Netherlands and Guinea were top of the pile in 2017, and last year, Spain, Paraguay and Senegal finished in that order.This year’s tournament will hold 12th – 16thJune in the city of Sendai.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on February 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Tyus Battle was named as a finalist for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award on Tuesday. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named a watchlist of 20 in October and chopped the list in half today. Battle ranks second among Atlantic Coast Conference players in scoring with 19.7 points per game, trailing just Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (21.4). In Syracuse’s (16-8, 5-6 ACC) win against Louisville on Monday, Battle scored a game-high 25 points. Joining Battle on the list of 10 finalists is his ACC counterpart from Duke, Grayson Allen. The other eight finalists are Allonzo Trier (Arizona), Chandler Hutchinson (Boise State), Marcus Foster (Creighton), Rob Gray (Houston), Kendrick Nunn (Oakland), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island) and Fletcher Magee (Wofford). The three previous winners of the award were Malik Monk (Kentucky) in 2017, Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) in 2016 and D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) in 2015. Five finalists will be presented to West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March. The winner will be honored at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards on April 6 in Los Angeles. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The midfielder picked up the damage playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions league at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Federal Government has struck an agreement with the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) to stage in Abuja, the maiden African Track Championship, genetically known as African Cup 2019.The President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari signed the undertaking with the CAC President, Dr Mohammed Azzam in Rome at the weekend. The championship is slated for between July 27 and 28 at the Velodrome, Package A, Abuja National Stadium.The parley between Massari and Azzam, that took place in the presence of the President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) David Lappartient and the President Italian Cycling Federation and Vice President of UCI, Mr Renato Di Rocco, was at the sideline of the CAC and EU Cycling Congress in Italy.The UCI is expected to provide technical and equipment support for the championship.In the light of the agreement, the CFN president said the federation would soon embark on a strategic marketing plan to woo potential sponsors into partnership that will make the African Cup a commercial and sporting success.He disclosed yesterday that Nigeria agreed to host the championship to help in nurturing the hidden potentials of its youth in cycling.Recently, two Nigerian cyclists, Gladys Tombrakpa and Mary Samuel, stunned cycling enthusiasts after winning in between themselves, seven medals at an international championship held in South Africa.Among other expectations, Massari said the Nigerian Federation will cater for accommodation, feeding, transportation and sundry technical and medical support to the participants.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted he will leave the club at the end of his current contract.The former Borussia Dortmund manager first joined Liverpool in 2015 and is currently contracted to the club until 2022.Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are keen to tie Klopp down to a new, long-term deal but the German has suggested he will take a break from football when his contract ends in three years’ time.When asked if he was planning to take a sabbatical, Klopp told Kicker:“It looks like it. Who can now say if he can give it his all in three years’ time?“If I decide for myself that I can’t go on anymore, I’ll take a break and in that year I’d have to make a definite decision [over my career].“I have absolute energy, but I have one problem; I can’t do ‘a little bit.’ I can only do ‘all or nothing.’“But the chances are very high that my energy levels will go up again [after a year’s break], and that I can then do the job the way I want to.”Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been touted as a potential replacement for Klopp, should the German leave in 2022. Source: Sky Sports
WrestleMania 35 takes place Sunday, April 7, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and will air live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. The biggest show of the year for wrestling fans will once again feature all of the typical WWE pageantry and big matches, including the first women’s main event in WrestleMania history.Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the annual extravaganza, including the full match card, WrestleMania facts for each participant, and the current betting odds. WrestleMania debutAsuka: WrestleMania 34 (2018Dana Brooke: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Mickie James: WrestleMania 22 (2006)Ruby Riott: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Liv Morgan: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Sarah Morgan: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Carmella: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Naomi: WrestleMania 30 (2014)Lana: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Mandy Rose: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Sonya Deville: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Zelina Vega: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Nikki Cross: WrestleMania 35 (2019)WrestleMania win-loss recordAsuka: 0-1Dana Brooke: 0-1Mickie James: 1-4Ruby Riott: 0-1Liv Morgan: 0-1Sarah Morgan: 0-1Carmella: 0-2Naomi: 2-2Lana: 0-2Mandy Rose: 0-1Sonya Deville: 0-1Zelina Vega: 0-0Nikki Cross: 0-0Gambling oddsAsuka: +250Dana Brooke: +2000Mickie James: +3300Ruby Riott: +2000Liv Morgan: +3300Sarah Morgan: +3300Carmella: +1000Naomi: +2000Lana: +3300Mandy Rose: +800Sonya Deville: +1200Zelina Vega: +2500Nikki Cross: +2000Shayna Baszler +1400Tenille Dashwood +3300 (Gambling odds are provided from BetOnline.ag)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year When is WrestleMania 35?WWE WrestleMania 35 will air live on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The pre-show will start at 5 p.m. with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET.Where will WrestleMania 2019 be held?MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is the site of WrestleMania 35. The home of the NFL’s Jets and Giants holds a capacity of 82,500. MetLife Stadium also hosted WrestleMania 29 in 2013. MORE WRESTLEMANIA:• 10 great moments that define WrestleMania like no other• The best WrestleMania entrances of all time, ranked• Ranking the 10 worst WrestleMania main event matches• Ranking WrestleMania’s top 10 matches all timeWrestleMania 35 match cardRonda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch in a Triple Threat match for the “RAW” women’s championshipThis match is literally history in the making with the women earning the closing spot on the show. Rousey goes into the match as the “RAW” Women’s Champion and claiming that she is the “baddest woman on the planet”. But Becky Lynch is having none of that and, with the fans behind her, has risen to become the most interesting personality in the WWE. Now, Flair comes into the match as the “SmackDown” Women’s Champion, possibly adding another intriguing layer to the match depending on what titles will be up for grabs.WrestleMania debutRonda Rousey: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Charlotte Flair: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Becky Lynch: WrestleMania 32 (2016)WrestleMania win-loss recordRonda Rousey: 1-0Charlotte Flair: 2-0Becky Lynch: 0-2Gambling oddsRonda Rousey: +450Charlotte Flair: +300Becky Lynch: -350SN Q&A: Rob Van Dam talks return to Impact Wrestling, Vince McMahon, more Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal championshipEver since Rollins suffered a serious knee injury in late 2015, he has been working his way back to the top of the WWE. Now he has his chance. With his Royal Rumble win in January, he earned a shot at the Universal championship and wasn’t deterred, even after Lesnar destroyed him with six F5s. All Rollins has to do to take the title is slay “The Beast”.WrestleMania debutBrock Lesnar: WrestleMania 19 (2003)Seth Rollins: WrestleMania 29 (2013)WrestleMania win-loss recordBrock Lesnar: 5-3Seth Rollins: 5-1Gambling oddsBrock Lesnar: +100Seth Rollins: -140Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE ChampionshipKingston has been the model WWE employee for more than a decade but now he wants his opportunity to be WWE champion. Even after jumping through every hoop put in front of him, Mr. McMahon has pulled the rug out from him. But after his New Day brothers Big E and Xavier Woods won a tag team gauntlet, Kingston will finally get his shot at the gold on the biggest stage and the chance to prove he is more than a B+ player.WrestleMania debutDaniel Bryan: WrestleMania 27 (2011)Kofi Kingston: WrestleMania 24 (2008)WrestleMania win-loss recordDaniel Bryan: 5-2-1Kofi Kingston: 1-8Gambling oddsDaniel Bryan: +180Kofi Kingston: -270Triple H vs. Batista in a No Holds Barred match; if Triple H loses, he must retire as a wrestlerBatista has talked for years about having one last run in WWE, capping it off against Triple H at WrestleMania. It took him attacking Ric Flair on his 70th birthday to get Triple H’s attention and now the match is on with “The Game” putting his career on the line. This will be a fight between two Hall of Famers with the no holds barred stipulation.WrestleMania debutTriple H: WrestleMania 12 (1996)Batista: WrestleMania 20 (2004)WrestleMania win-loss recordTriple H: 9-13Batista: 3-3Gambling oddsTriple H: -400Batista: +250Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyreNow that Reigns is back with his leukemia in remission, he needed a big-name opponent to square off. It just so happened that McIntyre was also looking for a top star to square with on the big stage. The “Scottish Terminator” has been trying to take out every member of The Shield and has gotten in some good shots on Reigns so far. Now, the big athletic superstars will square off to see who can claim the yard.WrestleMania debutRoman Reigns: WrestleMania 29 (2013)Drew McIntyre: WrestleMania 26 (2010)WrestleMania win-loss recordRoman Reigns: 4-2Drew McIntyre: 1-3Gambling oddsRoman Reigns: -300Drew McIntyre: +200Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor for the intercontinental championshipThese two men have been intertwined for the past few months with Balor having a short run with the title before losing it to Lashley on an episode of “RAW” in mid-March. Balor later beat Lashley and Jinder Mahal in a handicapped match to earn a shot at the title as he looks to become a two-time I-C champion.WrestleMania debutBobby Lashley: WrestleMania 23 (2007)Finn Balor: WrestleMania 34 (2018)WrestleMania win-loss recordBobby Lashley: 1-0Finn Balor: 0-1Gambling oddsBobby Lashley: +350Finn Balor: -600Shane McMahon vs. The Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere matchThe unlikely team of McMahon and The Miz was working, so well in fact that they became the “SmackDown” tag team champions. They lost the titles to The Usos and then they failed to win them back at Fastlane, McMahon lost his mind and brutally beat down The Miz in front of his dad in his hometown of Cleveland. The Miz is hot for revenge and with this being a falls count anywhere match, the fight could go anywhere in the building and who knows what McMahon will be flying off of inside MetLife Stadium.WrestleMania debutShane McMahon: WrestleMania 15 (1999)The Miz: WrestleMania 25 (2009)WrestleMania win-loss recordShane McMahon: 3-2The Miz: 4-6Gambling oddsShane McMahon: +170The Miz: -250Randy Orton vs. AJ StylesThis has been slowly coming together over the past few months with each of them interrupting the other in backstage segments and then trading insults. Orton wasn’t too fond when Styles referred to the blue brand as “the place that AJ Styles built” considering he began his career in SmackDown back in 2002. We’ll see who has bragging rights when they go one-on-one.WrestleMania debutRandy Orton: WrestleMania 20 (2004)AJ Styles: WrestleMania 32 (2016)WrestleMania win-loss recordRandy Orton: 6-8AJ Styles: 2-1Gambling oddsRandy Orton: -165AJ Styles: +125Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin in Angle’s retirement matchAngle announced last month that he will end his Hall of Fame career at WrestleMania 35 and was given the opportunity to choose his opponent for his final match. It made sense that Angle would pick Corbin who took his spot as the “RAW” General Manager last year and has been a thorn in his side. However, that announcement has not been well-received by fans who wanted to see Angle face a bigger name in his sendoff match. That controversy continues making some wonder if there could be something else in the works come Sunday night.WrestleMania debutKurt Angle: WrestleMania 16 (2000)Baron Corbin: WrestleMania 32 (2016)WrestleMania win-loss recordKurt Angle: 4-4Baron Corbin: 1-2Gambling oddsKurt Angle: -250Baron Corbin: +170Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE United States championshipIt took a while but Joe finally won his first WWE title in early March when he defeated R-Truth, Andrade, and Mysterio to win the U.S. championship. He successfully defended it at Fastlane and Mysterio was named his WrestleMania opponent. If given enough time, this could be one of the better matches of the night. One other thing to look out for: Mysterio’s son Dominic, who is training to be a wrestler and has made some recent backstage TV appearances, will be sitting ringside.WrestleMania debutSamoa Joe: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Rey Mysterio: WrestleMania 19 (2003)WrestleMania win-loss recordSamoa Joe: 0-0Rey Mysterio: 7-4Gambling oddsSamoa Joe: -250Rey Mysterio: +170The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) vs. The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) vs. Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka in a Fatal Four-Way match for the “RAW” women’s championshipBayley and Sasha haven’t been shy in saying that they’re the best team in the WWE and will take on all comers. They’ll have to do just that with these other three teams answering the call over the past few weeks leading up to the big event.WrestleMania debutBayley: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Sasha Banks: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Beth Phoenix: WrestleMania 24 (2008)Natalya: WrestleMania 25 (2009)Billie Kay: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Peyton Royce: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Nia Jax: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Tamina Snuka: WrestleMania 30 (2014)WrestleMania win-loss recordBayley: 1-1Sasha Banks: 0-2Beth Phoenix: 1-3Natalya: 1-4Billie Kay: 0-1Peyton Royce: 0-1Nia Jax: 1-1Tamina Snuka: 0-2Gambling oddsBoss ‘n’ Hug Connection: -260Beth Phoenix and Natalya: +500The IIconics: +250Nia Jax and Tamina: +1000Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese WWE Cruiserweight championshipNese earned his shot for the cruiserweight title after winning the #1 contender tournament on 205 Live, defeating Cedric Alexander in the finals. Now, he’ll get to take on his buddy, who also happens to be the champ. It’s somewhat of an unlikely match but Buddy Murphy has been tearing it up on the brand and this match shouldn’t be any different.WrestleMania debutBuddy Murphy: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Tony Nese: WrestleMania 35 (2019)WrestleMania win-loss recordBuddy Murphy: 0-0Tony Nese: 0-0Gambling oddsBuddy Murphy: -180Tony Nese: +140Andre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalThe annual battle royal match honoring the late Andre the Giant will be held for the 6th consecutive year. There really isn’t much at stake here other than bragging rights and a huge trophy and the match is more of a way to get a bunch of other talent onto the show. The match has had its moments over the years including former Patriots’ star Rob Gronkowski getting involved several years back. Both Michael Che and Colin Jost of SNL fame will be participants and who knows what other surprises could be in store.WrestleMania debutBraun Strowman: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Michael Che: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Colin Jost: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Matt Hardy: WrestleMania 16 (2000)Jeff Hardy: WrestleMania 16 (2000)Titus O’Neil: WrestleMania 30 (2014)Curtis Axel: WrestleMania 30 (2014)Andrade: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Shelton Benjamin: WrestleMania 19 (2003)Ali: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Apollo Crews: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Tyler Breeze: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Jinder Mahal: WrestleMania 30 (2014)No Way Jose: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Bobby Roode: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Chad Gable: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Kalisto: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Gran Metalik: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Lince Dorado: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Bo Dallas: WrestleMania 31 (2015)Heath Slater: WrestleMania 27 (2011)Rhyno: WrestleMania 17 (2001)Viktor: WrestleMania 31 (2015)Konnor: WrestleMania 31 (2015)Luke Gallows: WrestleMania 26 (2010)Karl Anderson: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Otis: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Tucker: WrestleMania 35 (2019)EC3: WrestleMania 35 (2019)WrestleMania win-loss recordBraun Strowman: 1-1Michael Che: 0-0Colin Jost: 0-0Matt Hardy: 4-6Jeff Hardy: 1-5Titus O’Neil: 0-3Curtis Axel: 0-4Andrade: 0-0Shelton Benjamin: 1-7Ali: 0-0Apollo Crews: 0-1Tyler Breeze: 0-3Jinder Mahal: 1-2No Way Jose: 0-0Bobby Roode: 0-1Chad Gable: 0-2Kalisto: 1-1Gran Metalik: 0-0Lince Dorado: 0-0Bo Dallas: 0-4Heath Slater: 0-6Rhyno: 0-4Viktor: 0-4Konnor: 0-4Luke Gallows: 0-3Karl Anderson: 0-2Otis: 0-0Tucker: 0-0EC3: 0-0Gambling oddsBraun Strowman: +120Michael Che: +2500Colin Jost: +2500Matt Hardy: +5000Jeff Hardy: +4000Titus O’Neil: +5000Curtis Axel: N/AAndrade: +1200Shelton Benjamin: N/AAli: +1600Apollo Crews: +4000Tyler Breeze: N/AJinder Mahal: N/ANo Way Jose: +2500Bobby Roode: +3300Chad Gable: +5000Kalisto: N/AGran Metalik: N/ALince Dorado: N/ABo Dallas: N/AHeath Slater: N/ARhyno: N/AViktor: N/AKonnor: N/ALuke Gallows: N/AKarl Anderson: N/AOtis: N/ATucker: N/AEC3: +2500Rob Gronkowski: +1000Lars Sullivan: +1600Curt Hawkins: +1000Velveteen Dream: +2000Harper: +2000Bray Wyatt: +2500Adam Cole: +4000Mojo Rawley: +2500Pete Dunne: +4000Hulk Hogan: +5000Elias: +5000Rowan: +5000Conor McGregor: +5000Kane: +4000Second Annual WrestleMania Women’s Battle RoyalThis match debuted last year in New Orleans with Naomi outlasting the rest of her female superstars to get the win. With Asuka losing the “SmackDown” women’s championship, she’ll have to settle for this match and we’ll see who else enters the fray over this last week leading up to the show.
The Association of Spanish Soccer Players and LaLiga will meet again this afternoon by videoconference to continue tackling the crisis that is plaguing Spanish football as competitions cannot be played due to the coronavirus pandemic. David Aganzo and Diego Rivas, for the union, and Javier Tebas and Luis Gil, for the employers, will face each other from 19:00 on the fourth summit between them in just one week.AFE President David Aganzo attended AS this Thursday to reiterate that any hypothesis that is spoken and launched, regarding possible schedules and even losses to be assumed in the future by clubs and footballers, are valid as they depend on how they are developed events. “Here the one who will say what to do is the government and the health authorities. It is good to study the possible scenarios, but keeping this in mind.”Even so, the news continues to be produced regarding the calculations that each one makes and what can happen. Brand Today it has revealed some data that LaLiga manages about the losses that the clubs would have if the rest of the competition is played, with an audience (156 million) and without an audience (304), or if football does not restart (957), as already AS assured that some protagonists (not LaLiga) have come to value as a serious option since this week. In those calculations of the employers, with Champions and Europa League included, almost 50% would be assumed by the footballers. However, in no case would it be a general rule since each club must negotiate with its squads, since each economy is different, and it would even be necessary to negotiate player with player if necessary. As reported by AS days ago, players would see a 10% reduction in their salaries if played behind closed doors and 20% if the remaining 11 days cannot be completed. “We do not know the amounts that the clubs handle or what their losses would be. I suppose that the numbers that LaLiga reflects in its report refer to the 11 remaining days. The players, and we have already said it many times, are aware of the situation and are the most supportive. In fact, they are already reaching agreements to help their clubs as normal workers, “says Aganzo. He adds: “There are very different circumstances in each club. Lugo is not the same as Madrid. So there cannot be general data that applies to everyone.”“There will be a before and after with this crisis and what I do ask is that the footballer is not stigmatized. The meetings with LaLiga will continue. We do not agree with the ERTE and we choose to negotiate at all times. Here we must all go hand in hand, CSD, RFEF, LaLiga and AFE. What is clear is that the Government will dictate the guidelines to be followed at all times. We don’t even know if the competition is going to resume or not. It does not depend on anyone, but on a virus that is doing a lot of damage. And that is what we should focus on. In the health of everyone, footballers, family, fans and citizens in general. The rest, now, exceeds “, concludes.
While most of the attention was centred on high-school athletes in the Digicel Grand Prix events at last Saturday’s G.C. Foster Classics inside the National Stadium, several of the country’s senior athletes made their presence felt at the meet with good performances.Leading the way was Racers Track Club star Kemar Bailey-Cole, competing in his first 100m event of the season. Bailey-Cole looked quite relaxed in posting 10.06 seconds in winning the race ahead of Andrew Fisher, second in 10.26 seconds, as Emmanuel Callender, the Trinidadian competing for UWI Mona, finished third in 10.19 seconds.half-lap eventAfter good performances in the 400 metres last season, but disappointing at the National Senior Championships, G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye stepped down to the 200m and did so in style. Running very strongly in the latter stage of the event, he got the better of training partner Oshane Bailey to win the Men’s half-lap event in 20.48 seconds, as Bailey was timed in 20.55 seconds, while Chadic Hinds, also of G.C. Foster College, was third in 20.76 seconds.In field events, the good season for UWI’s, Fedrick Dacres continued. This time, competing in the Men’s shot put. Instead of his pet event, the discus, he still came out on top with 18.82m, beating Christopher Brown, also of UWI, into second with 16.70m with Demar Gayle of GC Foster getting third with 16.38M.National record holder, Orlando Thomas of UTech was first in the Men’s Javelin throw with 7.05m, beating Elvis Graham of G.C. Foster College into second place with 62.93m with third going to Zaavan Richards of UWI with 60.36m.After a disappointing season last year, Jura Levy had a good start to her new season, as the former Vere Technical athlete competing for Sprintec captured the Women’s 200m in 22.98 seconds, getting the better of her training partners, Anastasia Leroy second in 23.11 seconds and Gayon Evans third in 23.18 seconds.There was major concern here for two of the country’s athletes who participated at the Rio Olympics last year. Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Christine Day both failed to complete the event.Of the two, Day looked the more serious as she was stretchered off the track.Samantha James of the Mico University College continued her fine form in the 800m this season, winning the event in 2:08.99, easily getting the better of Sherona Stewart of G.C. Foster College, second in 2:16.81 and Nickeisha Grant of UWI, Mona third in 2:17.26.
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In the fourth set, chasing a drop shot, he felt the pain get worse “but didn’t realize how bad.”“Tough moments —not (for) the first time here,” he said. “I’m a positive person, but today is an opportunity lost to be in a semifinal for a Grand Slam and fight for an important title for me. 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(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic.Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major winner went to shake hands with the umpire and his opponent, and angrily hurled his headband into his equipment bag.ADVERTISEMENT Ceres stuns Brisbane, sustains historic Champions League run LATEST STORIES View comments Nadal returned but was clearly bothered by the injury, limping and taking as much time as possible as he tried to stretch between points.He called the trainer again after losing the fourth set, and lasted only two further games.Cilic had only previously beaten Nadal once in their six previous matches — in their first match at Beijing in 2009.Nadal had a delayed start to the season because of an injured right knee, but appeared to be in good form through the first four rounds. He now hasn’t won back-to-back Australian Open quarterfinals since 2008 and ’09, the year he won his only Australian title.“I worked hard to be here,” said Nadal, who skipped tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, Australia, while his knee recovered at the start of the season. “We did all the things that we believed were the right things to do.”His absence also means there’s only one of last year’s singles finalists remaining in the tournament. Roger Federer, who beat Nadal in five sets last year, is playing Tomas Berdych in a quarterfinal on Wednesday.Serena Williams didn’t defend her title, deciding she hadn’t had enough time to prepare following the birth of her first child last September. Her older sister, Venus Williams, was beaten in the first round.On top of that, six-time champion Novak Djokovic was upset in the fourth round.There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years, but it won’t be five-time finalist Murray — who skipped the season-opening tournament to have surgery on his hip.Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ He checked all those boxes on Rod Laver Arena.“I am loving it right now, just the way I’m playing,” Edmund said. “My first Grand Slam semifinal. First time I played on one of the biggest courts in the world. To beat a quality of player like Grigor. They’re great feelings. So, yeah, I just try to enjoy it as much as possible.”After breaking Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game of the fourth set, Edmund set up match point with an ace. Then he had to wait before a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov’s last shot — a floating backhand — was out.“I just held my nerve in that last game and prayed that last ball would be out,” Edmund said. It was out. And so was Dimitrov, who lost a five-set semifinal here last year to Nadal.“Everything went his way today,” Dimitrov said. “It’s hard to hide a disappointment. It hurts, and so it should.”Edmund, who had a first-round upset over U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson, is now the center of attention for the tennis-loving British public.“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years,” he said. “It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own, so there’s more attention there. Of course you take it in stride.”Elise Mertens is facing a similar experience.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to extend her winning streak to 10 matches, becoming the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals here.Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy, said: “Kim, thanks for watching. I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s really tough to accept.”Nadal said he’d have medical scans Wednesday to determine the exact location and extent of the injury, which he could only describe as being high on his right leg but not in the hip.“Unbelievable performance from both of us and really unfortunate for Rafa,” Cilic said. “He’s such an unbelievable competitor. He always gives his best … it’s very unfortunate for him to finish this way.”It was only the second time Nadal had retired during a Grand Slam match — the last time was also an Australian Open quarterfinal, in 2010 against Andy Murray.On Tuesday night, he needed a medical timeout after going down 4-1 in the fourth set for treatment on his leg.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track