However, this economic crisis, together with the endless controversies the club is going through, could make Barcelona unable to afford such a high payment, so Inter Milan, In this case, you would have the pan by the handle when it comes to trading. The Italian club has no technical needs to sell to the Argentine, who makes an excellent match with Romelu Lukaku, and Antonio Conte explained to the board of Zhang that you need to fulfill your objectives. A series* Data updated as of April 16, 2020 The Catalan club is the only one that has yet set its eyes on Lautaro Martínez. The Inter Milan striker will have a € 111 million clause only for two weeks in July, dates when the Barcelona team planned to go for him and, if necessary, pay the clause to insure Luis’s heir. Suarez. 10 The soccer market may take a turn in the coming months due to the coronavirus crisis. That will make many teams look to barter footballers instead of signings, and those who launch for a large transfer are controlled to offer stratospheric amounts. As indicated La Gazzetta dello Sportthis is something that could happen in the Barcelona. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 16, 2020 Now, an important economic injection or the exchange with two soccer players in between could serve to sit down to negotiate. Leaving aside Arturo vidal, who would consider hiring in a different operation, would look for a replacement of guarantees such as Antoine Griezmann, or failing that, two young but important players travel to Italy. Four key names are shuffled, among which are Nelson Semedo, Arthur Melo, Carles Aleñà and Marc Cucurella.Arthur, impossibleIn the case of Arthur would be the biggest complication Since the Brazilian is considered non-transferable in the current and future project in the Barça club.In fact, according to what the newspaper AS, Barcelona already has transferred to Inter Milan and other interested teams that the international midfielder for Brazil is not for sale nor will it enter into any exchange operation for other players.In addition, the player seems involved with the Barça project and in recent days he showed his Catalan classes in public.Three left for negotiationsSemedo does have the transfer poster, Aleñà has been transferred to Betis due to the overbooking of midfielders and Cucurella, after being repurchased, is shining in its transfer to Getafe.We will have to see how events unfold and at what price Barcelona is willing to close the deal now that austerity times are expected. What is clear is that it will be difficult to find an attacker of your stature (16 goals and 4 assists in 31 games) somewhere else and where they don’t have to compete with other clubs for their transfer. Meanwhile, his environment says he wants to play alongside Leo MessiTherefore, the footballer’s will will be key for Inter when making a decision, since keeping him unhappy will be difficult, something that did not happen long ago with Mauro Icardi.
The significance of the current situation represents an unprecedented challenge for the world. Football attends the moment with uncertainty, Threatened like all activities by the collective instability and economic fragility that the pandemic will leave. While debating between different return alternatives, without a clear way out yet, the need to know what tomorrow will be like and what role it can play in social reconstruction emerges.No one knows how or when football will return as we all know it, with crowds crowding stadiums, but there seems to be a common consensus on its restorative qualities. “The day a game is played with people in the stadiums the message will be ‘we are back.’ The recovery of football will bring us a sense of normality, as now its absence places us in an exceptional situation “, explains Jorge Valdano. The Argentine writer Eduardo Sacheri, whose literary production is infused with football references (‘Waiting for Tito and other football stories ‘,’ The life we think ‘…), also anticipates its primary function: “Like many other cultural tools, soccer transports what human beings deposit in it. It carries with it those possibilities of translating into a simple, democratic and playful activity the emotions and thoughts that for each human being are more difficult to manage within. When he returns he will have his necessary and desirable place in the resumption of our sociocultural practices. “ Manuel Vilas, finalist of the Planeta Prize 2019 for his novel ‘Alegría’ expresses himself under this same criterion. “Soccer is going to be decisive because it is going to re-socialize people and, now that we are distancing ourselves, it will make us lose our fear of others. It is synonymous with freedom and a desire to be with others. It will be a fearless feeling again, “ consider the Aragonese author. “It will be one of the great conquests of normality, it will articulate coexistence and will raise awareness that the crisis has been overcome “, Luis García Montero, poet, essayist and, since July 2018, director of the Instituto Cervantes, who shares his football enthusiasm between Real Madrid and Granada, subscribes. From another perspective, Luis Landero, an Extremaduran novelist and another well-known Madrid fan, highlights the recreational aspect of football: “There is no need to ask for political, social values … It is a fantasy that we attend with always childish eyes. There is something innocent in every fan, and that innocence is not and should not be at the service of anything, it is pure playful pleasure. ” “His return will be therapeutic and will provide us with a much-needed distraction.” Ratifies Franklin Foer, journalist for the American media The Atlantic and author of the book “The world on a ball: globalization through football”, published in 2004. “The coronavirus has exposed all the errors of neoliberalism. The defense of the public and the authority of the state seem fundamental to me. Unfortunately I think that the human being has little arrangement, although I do think that the economic contraction will affect the players, teams and televisions, “reflects García Montero. Aware of the peculiarities of the market, Valdano’s forecasts point to the same trend.” The situation will make the industry more cautious due to financial stress. Few have cash and without cash you are nobody. I have a feeling that Neymar’s 222 million is going to be a record for many years, “ the former Argentine soccer player predicts.The harshness of the health crisis and the economic consequences that follow from it put football at a crossroads. When you raise the blind, you will be affected by the restlessness and precariousness that traps the world. The dilemma raises a question to which some light can be added, but which only time will eventually clear up. Will football continue to occupy a notable position in the order of human priorities? “Soccer will be decisive because it will re-socialize people” “It will raise awareness that the crisis has been overcome” Luis García Montero Economic depressionIn his famous work, as the title indicates, Foer describes the globalization process from the expansion of soccer. Different thinkers and economists presage a crisis of the neoliberal model, but the American writer does not see that this possible reality is transferred to football. “It will never self-regulate to reduce grotesque wages and redistribute profits among clubs. If governments wanted to tame the soccer economy, corruption, which is the master narrative of our times, should be investigated,” he says from a pessimistic position. “It will not reform to become something more pure,” he predicts. The same hopeless tone is used by Landero: Hopefully a little bit of freedom from money will be released and there will be green shoots of romanticism, or at least common sense or decorum. But I’m afraid that, bad as well, everything will remain more or less the same. “There are those who offer the reason for this discouragement.” The fan approaches the game with the dose of ingenuity and candor typical of children in the face of what they marvel at. . And with the same lack of critical sense of children. That is why professional football can afford the doses of irregularities, improvisations and embezzlement with which it moves, “says Sacheri. Manuel Vilas
In your phrases there may be an effort, maybe involuntary, to visualise what your life can be like after this horrible expertise. You Rafa commented on the problem of maintaining the skilled tennis circuit lively. You Pau are recovering from an extended harm. Being so lengthy with out coaching nicely, with out competing … How do you assume this situation will have an effect on you professionally? Rafa, how the #NuestraMejorVictoria initiative happened and the way you worth the response of the opposite athletes.Rafael Nadal. First, thanks all for being right here. I hope you’re all wholesome and your households too. This yr now we have skilled the drama of the fires in Australia, final yr the floods in Mallorca … and I all the time discovered a option to concentrate on the issue and assist. With Mallorca and Australia I made donations and some fundraising occasion. However within the face of the pandemic, he didn’t understand how he may contribute. He was at dwelling struggling, particularly the primary two weeks of the state of alarm. There have been many deaths, many infections and he was following the information all day and each worse. I had a tough time discovering the need to do my each day routines. Surrounded by such misfortune, he had no power to do issues. From there, in the future I spoke to my crew and mentioned: now we have to do one thing. We noticed completely different choices and we discovered the Pink Cross Responds. I contacted Pau, who had the identical concern as me. We understood that it was alternative to attempt to unite nationwide and worldwide sport within the face of the second we’re struggling. The response from the sports activities world has been unbelievable. I feel that each one Spaniards should be grateful. We have now contributed a grain of sand from the world of sports activities to attempt to make this misfortune have the least affect attainable, understanding that it’s irreparable in lots of instances.Pau, do you assume that sport, life, would be the identical after this state of affairs that now we have needed to dwell?Pau Gasol. Many issues will change from one grade to a different. This should carry, and I feel it’s constructive, everlasting adjustments in our manner of seeing and doing issues to be ready for a disaster just like the one we’re experiencing. Fearless, with the teachings realized. We should have a nationwide well being system ready to unravel a disaster like this. There can’t be this state of disinformation, such an enormous and drastic break within the face of a virus. I hope that the communication system on the worldwide stage between organizations and medical facilities can be far more clear, extra quick, and extra coordinated. What makes me pleased with the initiative that now we have launched with Rafa and with Spanish sport is that it’s a coordinated, united effort … One will help individually, however it’s higher to do it collectively, leaving apart any distinction or competitors. So I additionally applaud the media that you’re becoming a member of this philosophy and this manner of doing. These are issues that I hope will stay. On March 26, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol launched the #NuestraMejorVictoria marketing campaign. The target is to lift funds for the RESPONDE Pink Cross plan. It seeks to offer help to 1.three million folks, with a set of 11 million euros, via a complete motion to fight the coronavirus pandemic: reduction, well being, social inclusion, employment, training and the atmosphere. Since that day, dozens of nice athletes, resembling Andrés Iniesta, Garbiñe Muguruza, Novak Djokovic and Marc Márquez, amongst many others, have joined the initiative. His challenge now has a brand new speaker in a particular and unprecedented motion to help the plan carried out with the 4 important sports activities newspapers in Spain. For seven uninterrupted hours, a gaggle of journalists spoke electronically with fifteen top-level athletes, together with Rafa Nadal and Pau Gasol, all of whom have been confined to their properties.The next is an excerpt from the dialog held with Nadal and Gasol by the administrators of the 4 newspapers concerned (Juancho Gallardo, from Marca; Santi Nolla, from Mundo Deportivo; Ernest Folch, from Sport, and Vicente Jiménez, from AS). Two of the very best Spanish athletes in historical past replicate on the way forward for mass sport, their future as professionals and their considerations about their exercise and the world that awaits us.From prime to backside and from left to proper, Vicente Jiménez, director of AS; Rafael Nadal; Santi Nolla, director of Mundo Deportivo; Juancho Gallardo, Model Director; Pau Gasol, and Ernest Folch, director of Sport, in the course of the videoconference held final Friday. R. N. I don’t wish to assume very long run, as a result of stuff you by no means understand how are going to occur. It’s a very fundamental precept of mine. I take a look at the quick and medium, however not the long run. I don’t like. To return to a totally regular exercise we should discover a vaccine or one thing to treatment the virus, which we want time for. Each Pau, who’s in a interval of harm, and I are aged. All of the elongated stops in time hurt us particularly. It hurts us to not compete and not prepare. A physique like mine, which is punished, has not touched a tennis racket for a month and a half. For me it is vitally dangerous. When my arm hits a ball once more, it is going to harm. My wrist goes to harm, my elbow goes to harm … Whenever you stand for a very long time, the chance of harm on the lap is way higher than whenever you preserve an exercise. If I may prepare tennis, even half an hour a day, to train the muscle groups of tennis, it could be an ideal advance for my physique to be much less rusty once I want it. The priority exists in my case. As a result of ultimately the physique wants exercise. Whenever you cease the physique in a drastic manner, it’s tough, in punished our bodies like mine, to begin them up once more. The chance in a sophisticated age is greater.P. G. I completely agree with Rafa. Though he mentioned that we’re each aged, I’m just a little older than him. I’ve been a yr and virtually two months virtually with out enjoying. My thought was to arrange for and play the Tokyo Video games this summer season. That has modified, and the uncertainty proper now could be nice. The one factor I concentrate on is my restoration, on a daily foundation. However it’s clear that each one this has an impact once we can resume exercise, particularly in our bodies like ours, with the bags they carry. Once I begin on a basketball court docket, my foot will not be going to harm, my hip, again, shoulder, knee, every little thing goes to harm. There’s speak that, for instance, the NBA gamers affiliation is asking for no less than three or 4 weeks to return, to have the ability to begin once more and put together the our bodies. In fact, this break will have an impact, in some instances higher, in different instances much less, however in our case it’s evident that it’ll. It can value, after all it is going to value.Exterior of the sporty facet, what are you killing time for? What do you miss probably the most? What do you need to do probably the most?R. N. What I miss probably the most is the contact with folks, greater than enjoying tennis. I really feel like going to coach, sure, I really feel like competing, sure, however up to a degree. Proper now, I, a minimum of, have internalized the issue rather a lot and since I don’t see a fast resolution, I’m not at that second wanting ahead to competing. No, I’m at a special time. I personally have an extended option to go to compete once more. I’m at a time when my hope is to have the ability to see my entire household once more, to see my pals once more, to exit to have a celebration, I don’t know …, to exit to sea to swim for some time, that’s, to have the ability to have the sensation of freedom, with the ability to hug folks. However nicely, though there are issues which can be going to alter sooner or later, I do have faith that when there’s a resolution, issues can be comparable once more. I don’t see a future with out with the ability to hug you with folks. Till the situation is resolved, we have to be extraordinarily cautious and we have to be very accountable. Very tough occasions are approaching many points. At an financial stage we’re going to endure rather a lot, in all sectors, however particularly in tourism. The affect goes to be devastating for a lot of and it’s important to be sturdy. I additionally dedicate myself to the academy and another issues that I’ve. It’s time to keep lively and keep awake for what might come.P. G. What I miss probably the most is having freedom of determination, with the ability to journey, with the ability to see, with the ability to exit, with the ability to hug … Above all, to the household, to be with my grandparents, with my dad and mom, with my brothers, with my nephews, to have the ability to be with them and hug them. Proper now I can’t transfer, I can’t get on a airplane, I’m within the distance and that makes you endure. However you additionally must be accountable for this situation and for this virus, which is so contagious and doing a lot injury. What I attempt to do throughout this time, aside from coaching and rehabilitation, is to be proactive. It’s time to be modern, to arrange for what might come. And lift consciousness. I’ve carried out Instagram Lives with folks from completely different sectors, with followers, to lift consciousness. I file movies of wholesome habits, which is what I do with our basis, in order that this doesn’t imply progress within the charges of childhood weight problems in our nation. Effectively, I attempt to be helpful in a situation as irritating because the one we’re going via. Nadal Gasol Rafa Nadal and Pau Gasol.DAILY AS There’s a debate on the desk frequent to all sports activities: enjoying with out an viewers. You’re two gamers who feed on the power of the followers. How will you are feeling if it’s important to play behind closed doorways?P. G. We’re experiencing an unprecedented situation and it have to be valued as a transition. It’s clear that the athlete loves the connection and the power transmitted by the general public, for us it’s a nice motivation and a supply of gasoline. However to return to exercise, every sport has to discover a secure, safe and modern option to resume that exercise progressively. The situation requires this sort of measures, which aren’t supreme, as a result of we might all wish to play with the pavilion or the stadium full, as for thus a few years, however till now we have the enough means to ensure the security and well being of the folks , the hobbyist, the employees … If there may be an intermediate step, then welcome. You need to worth it and welcome it.R. N. I feed on that reference to the general public, as a result of it raises your adrenaline and helps you elevate your stage of play. What occurs is that it’s a vital second and it’s important to be accountable and according to the selections which can be going to be made. I feel it’s one factor to coach and one other to compete. In tennis I don’t see the issue of coaching with one other skilled. However the actuality right now is that at this second it isn’t a precedence for me or for anybody. The precedence, earlier than anything, is to sort out the well being disaster. Coaching wouldn’t be an issue, however competing may be very tough in tennis. Hopefully we will compete, even with out an viewers. However I feel it’s time to be accountable and constant. I don’t see how we will journey every week to a special nation. As a result of, even when we performed with out an viewers, ours is a really completely different sport to golf, for instance, the place there may be far more house. To play a Grand Slam we’re 128 male gamers, 128 feminine gamers, plus all their groups and doubles. Though there isn’t a public, ultimately we’re very involved. We can be all these folks, plus all of the providers which can be wanted. On the subject of coaching, I feel sports activities ought to be differentiated. Simply as it’s important to differentiate by neighborhood, by area, on the subject of understanding the insecurity. To compete once more, our sport is probably probably the most difficult. We’re transferring each week and now we have to maneuver lots of people. I’m delighted to play with out an viewers, though it isn’t one thing that I like, however, from what I see, though the situation is bettering, I don’t assume it’s prudent to play once more for a time period. “What I miss probably the most is freedom and embracing” “I can play with out an viewers, however it isn’t prudent but” How are your days? How is your confinement?R. N. I fall asleep a lot later than common. I attempt to do two bodily work periods, one within the morning and one within the afternoon. I attempt to be very conscious of all of the issues which can be taking place. Daily I’ve one thing. Some time in the past I used to be in a gathering with Djokovic, Federer and the president of the ATP. Earlier than, I’ve additionally been speaking electronically with my basis. The academy is a good concern and occupation. There are numerous individuals who work there, many people who find themselves struggling and who fear me. For the reason that state of alarm was decreed within the academy, now we have 85 kids confined. Their households most well-liked that they keep within the academy somewhat than journey due to the chance of contagion. For us it has been and is a good effort as a result of now we have left 70 employees inside the academy, together with coaches, psychologists, kitchen folks, nicely, individuals who may provide them. In whole, greater than 150 persons are confined there. With these drastic measures, now we have been capable of keep away from infections and I feel that the dad and mom are very grateful. At night time I watch collection, I attempt to entertain myself in one thing that doesn’t make you keep all day centered on the unfavourable information. It is without doubt one of the errors I made within the first two weeks, being too conscious of every little thing that occurred at each second. That makes you go right into a unfavourable loop.P. G. I strive to fall asleep just a little earlier in order that I could be operational within the morning. I strive to fall asleep at 10:30 p.m. and rise up round 7:00 a.m. Round 8 and 10, I do interviews or issues on social networks. Then I’ve a name with my communication crew each day. I additionally attempt to set up calls with my technique crew and with my crew from the muse, to encourage them to be proactive and to be modern, enterprising, with the intention to have the mandatory affect with our basis since we can’t be current with households and with kids. I prepare within the mornings earlier than consuming after all of the calls. Normally there are normally three or 4 hours of conferences and calls, and two hours of coaching.You reside in two international locations which have had a special mannequin of confinement. Spain’s may be very extreme, however within the US there are states which can be extra versatile and others extra inflexible. Do you assume it’s higher to be as strict as in Spain or extra versatile than in different European international locations the place folks exit to do sports activities?R. N. I go for just a little stronger measures in order for you, extra preventive, extra precautionary, particularly since we’re seeing the devastating results of the virus. There’s loads of ignorance in regards to the coronavirus. Whether it is recurrent, if there generally is a new an infection should you get better, the long-term results, the everlasting injury to the physique in the long run … You need to be extra cautious at the moment, that’s why I’m extra favorable to confinement measures and to guard. Leaving each just a little could be harmful. Confinement additionally has essential negative effects on the socioeconomic stage. Let’s see how we take care of it. Issues are being carried out that haven’t been carried out up to now. It’s needed and lovely, in any case we’re struggling, to place apart probably the most private pursuits and take into consideration serving to one another. The opposite day we did a radio program that was additionally unpublished and right now we’re right here with you, collectively. There’s competitors amongst you and it’s inevitable that it’ll live on sooner or later, however it is usually good that at occasions like these, competitors is left apart and we all know the best way to adapt and worth the issues which can be actually essential. For Pau and for me it has been a pleasure.
Pablo Torre (Soto de la Marina, Santander, 2003) is the youth squad who makes Racing fans dream of big things. The club, aware that its options to return to its historic place go through retaining footballers like this, has made a strong commitment to him: renovated until 2025. Thus it scared the interest of several clubs in Spain, especially the Real Sociedad.Torres is a very complete playmaker. He highlights his ability to handle the ball easily with both legs (he is ambidextrous), a virtue that makes him unpredictable for rivals. He is capable of association, dribbling, game vision and good shooting.He is in his first year of Youth, although he is indisputable with the Cantabrian team’s Division of Honor, where he usually plays against players who are two years older than him. That does not stop him from being the most outstanding of his team: 14 goals in 24 games who played before the competition stopped. He is the son of Esteban Torre, who played 222 matches as a professional in the 1990s. 131 of them were with Racing, with whom he ascended from 2nd B to First accumulating two promotions in three years. Now, his son Pablo wants to follow in his footsteps. He started playing at Marina Sport, where he aroused the interest of Racing five years ago. Since then it shines with its own light at the Nando Yosu Facilities.His talent allows Racing to also be represented in the lower teams. Pablo Torre was summoned by David Gordo for the U17 and debuted in a friendly against Italy at the Tre Fontane stadium in Rome. This year she would have gone to the U-17 Euro Cup, but has been suspended due to the coronavirus. Torre will have the opportunity to shine in higher categories …
The group of partners that last Saturday called the Athletic Board of Directors “ambiguous” reason why it understood not to position itself with “clarity, concretion and forcefulness” against a final behind closed doors, has shown this Monday his “satisfaction” by the decision of the board chaired by Aitor Elizegi to request the RFEF a final with public in the stands.“Our satisfaction that the two Basque teams maintain a joint stance, defend the celebration of the Cup final with the fans on the field and when the circumstances arise to be able to be held,” says in a note the ‘Athleticen Alde Bustiko Garsa (We we get wet for Athletic) ‘. This group, which unites around the idea that ‘Another Athletic is possible’, is also happy that both clubs “continue to defend” that this final “gives the possibility of a European place.”For this reason, he asks “both clubs” to “maintain that unity until the end” and that, “if UEFA continues in its position” to opt for seventh place in LaLiga to grant a European place ahead of the two finalists Cup, “the joint position is to prioritize a final with the public to a European place.”In this sense, it reiterates its position of “prefer a final that we can enjoy both hobbies, both in Seville and in towns and neighborhoods”, above “a European square”.
Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, is not against the practice of athletes switching allegiance, reasoning that people are going to take advantage of opportunities to improve themselves and their families. While she is not against the switch, Neita-Headley – while in attendance at a press conference to launch LIME-Flow’s $28 million sponsorship of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Associa-tion (JAAA) – warned that the country must protect against a certain level of talent drain. Over the past few months, up to five Jamaica athletes have declared their intentions to represent other nations, which has caused some public backlash. However, Neita-Headley said because of Jamaica’s rich talent in athletics and other sports, some local talents would have limited chances to represent the country, especially at major championships like the Olympics or World Championships. “When we send footballers off after they bad up the (local) Premier League and they get signed to an English club, Jamaicans are happy because an opportunity has been created for a young athlete,” the minister said. “I am not happy for anyone to just leave our shores, but where opportunities arise and persons can take advantage of that opportunity, we should,” she noted. “I don’t want to stifle our young people, to tell them that 12 of you are qualified to run, but you will never make it to an Olympics because you can’t go below 9.7 or 9.8. But opportunities like that exist elsewhere and we must be able to look deeper than the surface. “When the footballers leave, we are happy to let them go to find a new club. Sometimes our teachers leave or our nurses have to leave. So what I’m saying in the case of the athlete is that the JAAA uses this wisdom as to how and when we can do this so that we don’t have a drain on our talent pool,” she stressed. In most, if not all, the recent cases where Jamaican athletes have switched allegiance, they have been offered lucrative payment packages in return for their service. However, Neita-Headley insisted that there is a process to handle these defections and the JAAA still has a say in whether an athlete stays or leaves. “We have to understand there is a process. We have to sign off on these athletes. It’s not like they can just get up and leave. The JAAA has to sign off, and in some cases, they have to wait from one to three years to compete for that country. So it’s not like you can leave today and compete tomorrow,” she pointed out. “But these offerings are probably more lucrative packages than we can afford. “Our talent is sometimes too much for our little country to manage and so we can’t sway our athletes to stay here full time and don’t do anything else,” Neita-Headley argued. “It’s impossible to pay them full time. We are grateful to those who are willing to stay and make the sacrifice and we are putting all in place for them to be able to stay. But even in that period, there are others who will find opportunities elsewhere. The JAAA decides on who goes and when because we don’t want there to be a talent drain,” she reiterated.
LONDON (AP):For a day at least, everything went Chelsea’s way again in the English Premier League.After an unconvincing start to their title defence, Chelsea were given a double boost by beating London rivals Arsenal, 2-0, in a contentious game yesterday and then seeing leaders Manchester City’s perfect start end with a 2-1 home loss to West Ham.Chelsea’s day might have turned out less positively had Diego Costa not stayed on the field after swiping at Laurent Koscielny’s face and then chesting the defender to the ground. Instead, it was Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista who was sent off when he retaliated by kicking out at Costa after the two scuffled just before half-time – leaving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger furious.”He will do the same next week and the week after and he always gets away with it,” Wenger said about Costa. “It’s always provocation and he uses well the naivety of (referee) Mike Dean.”The verdict from Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho on Costa was more succinct: “Fantastic, Diego. … Man of the match.”Chelsea’s openerChelsea’s opener came eight minutes after the break through Kurt Zouma’s header and any hope of an Arsenal comeback appeared to evaporate in the 79th minute, when Santi Cazorla was dismissed for a late sliding tackle on Cesc F‡bregas.Eden Hazard completed only the second victory of Chelsea’s six-game-old title defence in stoppage time with a deflected shot.Mourinho maintained his unbeaten record against Wenger in a 14th competitive game and Chelsea finally started climbing up the fledgling Premier League.The surprise sight near the top is West Ham in second place after stunning City, the 2012 and 2014 champions. City have 15 points with West Ham and fellow surprise package Leicester on 12.Victor Moses put West Ham ahead after just six minutes with a low shot from distance, the first league goal City had conceded all season. Diafra Sakho doubled the lead in the 31st after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.New signing Kevin De Bruyne pulled a goal back for City on the stroke of half time from 20 yards, but West Ham held on despite sustained pressure from the hosts in the second half.”I think we played too fast in the second half, too rushed,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “You must be more calm, but when you are two goals down it is difficult. We had a lot of chances to score.”It took a second-half fightback at Stoke for Leicester to stay unbeaten, with Riyad Mahrez’s penalty and Jamie Vardy’s strike recovering a 2-2 draw.”It’s unbelievable! For the fourth time in a row, we come back (after conceding),” manager Claudio Ranieri said.It left Stoke winless, like Newcastle and Sunderland, with the north-east strugglers both losing to newcomers to stay on two points.Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie scored in the opening nine minutes to give Bournemouth a 2-0 win over Sunderland. Watford won 2-1 at Newcastle with Odion Ighalo taking advantage of poor defending to score twice in the opening 28 minutes.”No one said this job was going to be easy and we didn’t think it would be,” Newcastle manager Steve McClaren said. “It’s a tough job … it’s very difficult to turn things round in two and a half months.”At Villa Park, Saido Berahino scored his first goal for West Bromwich Albion since threatening to go on strike after a failed move to Tottenham as his team beat city rivals Aston Villa 1-0.There was only one goalless game yesterday, with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku wasting a number of chances at Swansea.
Last season’s Red Stripe Premier League top scorer, Reno’s Craig Foster, has moved on to greener pastures, which means a new golden boot winner will be crowned this season, and with the season just getting into gear a number of the league’s top marksmen have already made their intentions clear.After five rounds of games Montego Bay United’s Dino Williams sits atop of the goalscoring charts with four. The 25-year-old player leads six others on three goals, including teammate Owayne Gordon. Williams and Gordon have scored seven of Montego Bay’s 11 goals so far this season.Arnett Gardens’ Newton Sterling netted all his three goals in his first game in a 4-0 win over Trench Town rivals Boys’ Town.Portmore’s new sensation Ricardo Morris has also found the net three times already this season, and his fine form has earned him a national senior call-up. He was included in the squad to face South Korea on Tuesday.One of most consistentFor the past three seasons, Boys’ Town’s Rafiek Thomas has proven to be one of the league’s most consistent and prolific striker. Boys’ Town have moved from title contenders to relegation strugglers in the last few seasons but they can still rely on Thomas for goals. It’s no surprise he already has three under his belt.Rivoli’s Corey Burke also has three strikes and appears to be rediscovering his goalscoring form. After an unbelievable first half of the season last year, the Rivoli frontman failed to hit a goal in the entire third round after leading the scoring chart for much of the way.The other striker on three goals is none other than Waterhouse’s 36-year-old evergreen centre forward Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson. The Waterhouse striker bagged a brace in his last outing to give his team their first win of the campaign. Anderson has won the top scorer award twice in the past and is expected to challenge for the goalscoring award again this season.
MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has praised West Indies’ fightback but believes it will take a “monumental effort” in order to avoid defeat to Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Windies ended the third day yesterday trailing by 459 runs after being dismissed for 271 in response to the Aussies’ mammoth first-innings total of 551 for three declared. Batting a second time, Australia reached 179 for three at the close to pile even more pressure on the Windies. “From a team point of view, I was happy with the fight that we showed,” said Brathwaite, who is playing in his debut Test. BOUNCING BACK “Ultimately, the game is still very, very far out of our hands, and it will take a monumental effort to bring ourselves back into the game, even in trying to draw it or win it, but that’s a challenge we’ll look at tomorrow.” Brathwaite played a key role in the Windies’ resistance on yesterday’s third day, stroking a positive 59 in a 90-run seventh-wicket stand with left-hander Darren Bravo, who top-scored with 81. The partnership hauled the Caribbean side around from a precarious position of 91 for six at the start. Bizarrely, Brathwaite was given two lives – on 13 and on 50 – after fast bowler James Pattinson dismissed him twice with front-foot no-balls. “Personally, I was a bit fortunate … and I am just happy I could contribute to a fighting day’s performance,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “And I hope that the fans in the West Indies can get to put a smile back on their faces so they can realise we’re not just here for being here sake, and we actually want to compete and do well.” West Indies produced a horror showing in the Hobart first Test to lose by an innings and 212 runs and also struggled on the first two days of the current encounter, allowing Australia to pile up in excess of 500 for the second straight game. HIGH SPIRITS However, Brathwaite said that despite the poor results on tour, the Windies team spirit remained high and players were continuing to work hard behind the scenes. “I think the team spirit is there. Fortunately for me, I see it day in day out, the way we train … the way we operate off the field,” the Barbadian pointed out. “When performances aren’t going well, it is difficult to see energy and how hard guys work, and I don’t think the wider public is seeing the effort we put in, which is unfortunate,” he said. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA 1st innings 551-3 decl WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 91 for six) K Brathwaite c Burns b Lyon 17 R Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 25 DM Bravo c Smith b Pattinson 81 M Samuels lbw b Pattinson 0 J Blackwood c & b Lyon 28 +D Ramdin c Burns b Siddle 0 *J Holder b Siddle 0 C Brathwaite c and b Lyon 59 K Roach lbw b Pattinson 22 J Taylor c wkp Nevill b Lyon 15 JA Warrican not out 11 Extras: (b5, lb3, nb5) 13 Total: (all out; 100.3 overs) 271 Fall of wickets: 1-35 (K Brathwaite), 2-50 (Chandrika), 3-50 (Samuels), 4-82 (Blackwood,), 5-83 (Ramdin), 6-83 (Holder), 7-173 (C Brathwaite), 8-215 (Roach), 9-239 (Taylor), 10-271 (Bravo). Bowling: Hazlewood 21-6-49-0, Pattinson 22.3-1-72-4 (nb4), Lyon 29-8-66-4, Siddle 18-3-40-2 (nb1), Marsh 7-4-15-0, Smith 3-0-21-0. AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings J Burns c K Brathwaite b Holder 4 D Warner c Holder b C Brathwaite 17 U Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Holder 56 *S Smith not out 70 M Marsh not out 18 Extras: (lb7, w2, nb5) 14 Total: (3 wkts, 32 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Burns), 2-46 (Warner), 3-123 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 3-0-24-0, Holder 11-1-49-2 (nb1), C Brathwaite 6-1-30-1 (w1), Roach 4-0-22-0, Warrican 8-0-47-0. Position: Australia lead by 459 runs. Toss: West Indies.
Jamalco FC and Maverley-Hughenden FC will face off in a top clash in the Jamaica Football Federation-Charley’s J B Rum Premier League play-offs today at Maverley Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m. In the other game, Granville FC welcome Brazil FC in an interesting encounter at Granville United FC, starting also at 3:30 p.m. With the first-round games to be completed, the teams will be hunting points in order to improve in the four-team play-offs. Jamalco lead the way on six points from two games, followed by Maverley-Hughenden (four), Brazil (one) and Granville United – without a point. Rayon Johnson, head coach of Jamalco, said that the game is crucial. “We want to win against Maverley-Hughenden to move further ahead. If we win, it would be three straight and that would push us closer to a historic berth in next season’s Red Stripe Premier League. We don’t know much about Maverley, but the plan is to shut down the key players.” Jamalco’s main players include captain Erron Brown and Andrew Isaacs. On the other hand, Maverley-Hughenden are fully aware that they need to win at home to maintain a good chance of qualifying. “This is a very important game for us. In the game at home to Brazil, we gave up a late goal as the team lost focus. Now, the intent is to get our first win at home in the play-offs and go on top with seven points,” head coach of Maverley-Hughenden FC Lijyasu Simms told The Sunday Gleaner. Maverley-Hughenden will rely on captain Andrew Peddlar, Wayne Williams, Rohan Williams and veterans Kasai Hinds, Locksley Thompson and Roberto Fletcher for victory. In the other game, Granville and Brazil will be hunting full points in order to stay in contention for the two spots to the Premier League next season. Historic berth