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Dinamo Minsk claim victory and escape relegation

first_imgDinamo Minsk won their second match of the season after winning to Neman Grodno (2-0), in one of the two clashes ahead of this Thursday of the fifth day of the Belarus League.Soccer moves normally in this country, which has overlooked the coronavirus crisis that has disrupted all sports activities in the rest of the world.The dates and the games happen normally. On the scheduled days and open to the public.This was the case in the Traktor stadium in Minsk, where Dinamo won again thanks to the goals by Slovenian Miha Goropevsek, in the 72nd minute and by Yevyenyi Shikavka, in added time. The victory move Dinamo Minsk away from the bottom in which the Neman Grodno is installed, one step away from the drop stations.Previously, Gorodeya displaced Energetik BGU from second place after winning at Traktor stadium in Minsk 0-1 thanks to the goal of Russian Andrei Sorokin after half an hour.The visiting team, who lost their first two games, confirmed their improvement by adding three consecutive wins. By the way, he accentuated the downturn of his rival, leader in the first days, who already accumulates two defeats in a row.last_img read more

Utrecht outraged: “We will challenge that decision”

first_img“We will hire all attorneys to challenge this decision. That Cup final must be played beyond September 1“, stated the owner of Utrecht, Frans van SeumerenStatements that follow the path shown by the club, after the decision on Friday, to take legal action against the Dutch soccer body.Lawyer Christian Visser, in statements collected by From Telegraaf, sees possibilities in case Utrecht decide to sue the KNVB. “Especially with the Cup final you have a chance “. The KNVB has also chosen that leaderboard to spread the money out of TV.Economic alarm: 400 million lossesEric Gudde, KNVB director of professional football, has published the damage that the coronavirus pandemic can cause in Dutch football. KNVB talks about a loss of income that can be around 400 million euros. This call for help has been through a letter addressed to Ministry of sports, the Ministry of Justice and Security and the mayors of the different cities. In addition, to the House of Representatives. “We are sounding the alarm about the consequences for our sector. We ask that you work with us to find creative, real and available solutions for professional soccer. All aid and cooperation with the government are therefore necessary to guarantee the survival of the sector.“Gudde adds.“We have to be careful not to isolate Dutch professional football in Europe. This would seriously damage the athletic position of the Dutch clubs for a longer period.“concludes the highest representative of Dutch football. The decision of the KNVB to end the Eredivisie prematurely and without granting promotions and descents It continues to provoke a multitude of reactions in the Netherlands. Apart from the Dutch second division clubs involved SC Cambuur and From Graafschap, that they will no longer go up, and that they are costernized. There are more critical voices. The fans of SC Cambuur and From Graafschap they have mobilized to try to reverse the decision and They have created a page to collect signatures. They have already had 15,000 people sign.But there is another club, which feels disadvantaged: Utrecht. KNVB rhe divided the European squares following the current classification, as recommended by UEFA in his meeting with the federations. Ajax and AZ would go to the Champions League, While, Feyenoord will have his place in the group stage of the Europa League, just like PSV and Willem II, that they would play the preliminary round. The problem comes because Utrecht, sixth in the table, and with a worse games / points ratio than Willem II, runs out of space in Europe. And there your frustration as the Cup final, which gives a place to join the Europa League, has also been permanently suspended. Utrecht was one of the finalists along with Feyenoord, which already has a European place for being third.last_img read more

Francescoli: “Borré’s clause with Atlético is a danger”

first_imgHe did not succeed with CholoA Borré whose last name circles around European football with more and more insistence, but his persistence in River was praised by Francescoli in Olé: “I already praised Rafa’s behavior in the summer market, when Celta wanted it and negotiated with Atlético. He wanted to stay in the club, that was fantastic and today he is receiving what he was looking for: staying at the River and succeeding. “The Crystal Palace of the Premier League is looking for him and the striker, who four years ago came to Atlético but left without succeeding or even convincing Cholo Simeone in the training, it is more done to, now, assault Europe, in Argentina it has already done so. In River Plate Santos Borré worries. So at least Enzo Francescoli, sports director, confessed to Olé in an interview in which he referred to the clause of the striker on loan from Atlético de Madrid. He considers it “a danger”. And it is that Atlético could buy 50% of the player’s file, which today belongs to River, for only seven million. And there is the danger. “It always is. As it was a danger to have an exit clause with Alario where there were clubs that, if a player like this really interests them, they can pay it. In fact, with Lucas the Leverkusen did it at a rather crucial moment because the championship had already startedhe wielded.“It is part of soccer and the economy that we have in Argentina, where we are distant from other economies and where the club could not have enough pocket to buy the other part of Rafa (Borré) either. So it’s something we know from the beginning, “added Francescoli.last_img read more

Busy January for high-school track meets

first_imgWITH the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships set for March 15-19 and the World Junior Championships, one of several international meets for local high-school athletes on the 2016 calendar, it will be a shortened Christmas break for many under-20 athletes. Many high-school athletes are now in holiday camps at their various institutions and are on a break this weekend. The 2016 season starts in earnest on January 9 with meets at Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High School. Both meets should be well supported as they will be used as qualifiers for Boys and Girls’ Championships. On January 16, three meets are scheduled. In Kingston, the Douglas Forrest Invitational is set for the National Stadium. Over in central Jamaica, Manchester High will host the Charlie Fuller field events meet, while at Kirkvine Oval, it will be the JAAA/Puma Development meet. January 23 will be the busiest track and field day for the month. As many as seven meets are scheduled. Most focus will be on Red Hills Road as Calabar High, the first high school in Jamaica to get a synthetic track, will be opening that track with the staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet. Also in Kingston will be the Big Shot Invitational at the UWI/Usain Bolt Stadium. Following a year’s break due to the non availability of a track, the Central Hurdles and Relays meet will be hosted at the newly furbished G.C. Foster College track. On the North Coast, there will be the North Central Development meet in Discovery Bay, while in the east, Morant Bay High will stage the Howard Jackson Relays. In the west, Manning’s School will be the venue for the Field, Distance and Hurdles meet, while there will be the Treasure Beach Classics in St Elizabeth. On the last Saturday in January, the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet will take the spotlight at the National Stadium, while in Discovery Bay at the Noranda Bauxite Sports Club, it will be the Deon Hemmings Classic. In St Elizabeth, the annual invitational meet will be held on the grounds of St Elizabeth Technical High in Santa Cruz.last_img read more

Austin hails return of Watson, Mattocks

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia:Captain Rodolph Austin has welcomed the return of Je-Vaughn Watson and Darren Mattocks to the Jamaican match squad today’s CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final football match against the United States at Georgia Dome here today, beginning at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Jamaica time).”They’re two key players who were missed in the last game,” said Austin. “The guys who replaced them in Haiti did well. It’s a bit tough on them, but they understand.”Watson missed last Saturday’s quarter-final against Haiti in Baltimore after accumulating two yellow cards in the group stage and Mattocks was sent off in the final Group B encounter against El Salvador in Toronto.freshness to teamAustin said both will add some freshness to the Jamaica team, which is chasing its first finals appearance at the Gold Cup.”It’s nice to get back those players and we know that they will be fresher, so it’s fantastic having them back,” he said.Watson plays alongside Austin in a double central role, which has largely contributed to their team’s dominance and strong defending. They conceded two goals in a four-minute spell against Costa Rica but kept clean sheets in three other matches.Speaking ahead of today’s semi-final Austin said the Reggae Boyz had the belief to do well.”We’ve the energy in there to fight against them,” Austin pointed out. “We just have just to go out there and play our football, not think about them too much, let them think about us and I think when we do that we’ll be okay.”last_img read more

Guyana takes case to CAS

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):The Guyana Football Fede-ration (GFF) has taken its case against world governing body FIFA and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The appeal to the court, based in Switzerland, was made after FIFA rejected GFF’s appeal when a disciplinary committee of the world body turned down their protest that St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) used an ineligible player during a World Cup qualification match in June. GFF’s appeal to CAS was filed by attorney-at-law Sanjeev J. Datadin last week.The GFF is continuing its protest over the eligibility of Britian-born Garvin James, who played for the SVG national team in the World Cup qualification match against Guyana at the Guyana National Stadium on June 14.A GFF release argues that James was not the holder of an SVG passport as required by Article 19(3) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Regulations.James, at the time, was a holder of a British passport containing a stamp indicating he was a citizen of SVG by descent.FIFA’s Disciplinary Code Article 55 (1) states that teams will forfeit a match and pay a fine if they field an ineligible player.FIFA had first ruled that no further action would be taken against the SVGFF.However, in rejecting GFF’s initial appeal, the FIFA disciplinary committee cited its decision on technical and procedural grounds.In the two-match series against Guyana, SVG advanced on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Arnos Vale followed by a 4-4 tie in Georgetown.last_img read more

Patience was key, says Bravo

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC): All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has defended the patient approach to his innings during Wednesday’s second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka. The experienced right-hander, an attacking player by nature, made a measured run-a-ball 31 that contained a single six as West Indies fought their way to 162 for six after opting to bat first at the R. Premadasa Stadium. However, Bravo said his approach had been deliberate and was what was required at that crucial stage of the innings. “That’s my role in the team, so yes, I scored at a run-a-ball, but Dilshan wasn’t far off as well,” Bravo explained. “In this format, it’s not all the time you can go for the big shots and try and score in excess of a 140-130-plus strike rate. The conditions dictate how I play. We got a very good start, but in the middle, we kept losing wickets, so my role became the anchor role and allow, the other players to play around me. “It would be silly if I let the ego get the better of me and try to score at a strike rate of 130-135 because that wasn’t required at that point in time.” With West Indies slumping at 97 for four in the 12th over, Bravo joined with Denesh Ramdin, who struck an unbeaten 34 from 22 balls, in a 41-run, fifth-wicket stand, which reinvigorated the innings. Ramdin struck a four and two sixes to keep the scoreboard ticking over. “Denesh’s innings was very important … it gave us that momentum,” Bravo noted. “It was not a wicket of 190, 200, so I thought once we analysed that as quickly as possible … the run-a-ball 31 came like gold.” West Indies managed just 34 runs from the last five overs of the innings as pacers Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled brilliantly at the death to limit the scoring. Nevertheless, Bravo said they were always confident of defending the total, especially after having successfully done so with a smaller total in the T20 World Cup final against the same opponents at the same venue three years ago. “At the half-way stage, we were in a position at one point where we could have scored in excess of 175 to 180, but in this format, you have to give credit to the opposition as well. You’re coming up against a team who has the best bowler in the world in this format in Malinga,” Bravo pointed out. “These things happen. It’s not going to happen all the time because we have a good lower order. They will come off, so our fielding is what won us the game. “As we said to the guys at the half-way stage, a few years ago, we scored 137 and defended it, and Sri Lanka had (Kumar) Sangakkara, they had Mahela (Jayawardene), they had a very good batting line-up.” He added: “We had that positive belief within ourselves that we could defend the runs, and it always makes your job easier as when you have AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder – some of the best fielders in the world – on one team. “It’s good to have a team where you have good athletes, and it makes all of our jobs easier. Momentumlast_img read more

WICB to meet CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee on Dec 4

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has acceded to the call of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee for an urgent meeting to discuss the state of the Caribbean game. The calls, which were made two weeks ago, come in the wake of the recently released CARICOM-commissioned Cricket Governance Review, which, among other things, recommended “immediate dissolution of the board and appointment of an interim board”. “I would not, and have never disrespected any leader of the region,” stated Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, WICBpresident, in response to recent comments made by chairman of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee, Dr Keith Mitchell. “The letter that we (the WICB) published is simply to outline a process that we felt is a reasonably one. “I needed time to talk to the shareholders, what we would call the constituent members of the WICB, before actually meeting with our leaders. “If it caused any offence, I sincerely apologise … again. “I am now scheduled to meet the ministers on the 4th of December in Grenada,” he added. Cameron was speaking at a Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kingston luncheon held at Hotel Four Seasons on Monday. Mitchell, speaking at an Organi-sation of Eastern Caribbean States meeting last week, described Cameron’s initial reactions as “quite amazing” and “quite frightening” in response to the heads of government request. “It is quite amazing the level of disrespect. The level of lack of understanding of the importance of this is quite frightening,” Mitchell said. “I expect the president of the WICB to respect the leadership of the Caribbean, the leadership of the people of the region, and, to give effect to an urgent meeting. “I hope and pray that what we saw was a rush of blood and not his (Cameron) real intentions. “I expect to see a meeting very, very soon … , and, we are waiting for that answer to meet quickly to move cricket forward in the region,” Mitchell, the Grenadian prime minister, had said. Cameron, elected head of the WICB since 2013, and re-elected earlier this year, however, used the occasion to point out the autonomous nature of the WICB and the need for it to remain that way. “The history of the WICB and its socio-economic and political connections are extremely important, and we understand its relevance to the regional psyche,” Cameron explained. “[However] we are a sports business organisation. An inter-national governing body such as IOC, FIFA, the ICC, is largely concerned about two things, governance and autonomy. “Governance has to do with the structures and accountability, and autonomy has to deal with the ability of the organisation to make its own decisions without interference.” He continued: “We need our governments, we need their support, but the decisions of the organisations should not be influenced by the governments.” The Review Panel, which cited major managerial and structural deficiencies in the running of the board, also recommended the setting up of an interim board. The current number of WICB directors is 18. “The panel recommends a board comprising of nine members selected on the basis of proven professional competences,” the report stated. “This is a require-ment in order to achieve the long-overdue shift away from representation to professionalism.” The report also noted that an “interim board has been installed in Sri Lanka” without falling into disfavour with the ICC. The Governance Committee was established to review the administrative and governance structure of WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation. The Governance Committee comprises Mitchell; prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. WICB AUTONOMOUSlast_img read more

Chelsea sparkle in commanding win

first_img But Spurs’ domination at Goodison Park shows they are genuine challengers for the trophy. Only six points separate Tottenham and their north London rivals, Arsenal, in first place, and Spurs have only lost twice all season in the league. Tottenham ended the busy festive period with 10 points from a possible 12, more than any other side in the league. “The way we played today, we can achieve what we want,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. The belief appears to be back at Chelsea, which looks a different side to the one that struggled under Mourinho. Their attacking players are playing with more freedom, with Spain internationals Cesc Fabregas and Costa excelling against Palace. Costa ran onto Fabregas’ through-ball, cut in and squared a pass for Oscar to side-foot home into an empty net for the opening goal in the 29th. Willian struck a rising shot into the net from long range to make it 2-0 in the 60th and then played a part in the third goal, sending in a shot that was parried out to the feet of Costa inside the six-yard box. Costa couldn’t miss. GENUINE CHALLENGERS LAST YEAR’S CHELSEA “That was the Chelsea of last year, I think,” Chelsea captain John Terry said. The only negative for Chelsea was the sight of Eden Hazard hobbling off with a groin injury. The Belgium winger has failed to reproduce his fine form from last season, when he was voted player of the season in England. Alli has been one of the success stories of this season, establishing himself as a regular for Tottenham and also breaking into the England squad in his first year in the Premier League. Last season, he was playing in the third tier with MK Dons. His goal against Everton was another example of his talent, controlling on his chest a long pass forward from Toby Alderweireld and burying a first-time volley from just inside the area in first-half injury time. Lennon put Everton ahead against his former club in the 22nd, against the run of play. Harry Kane and Ben Davies struck shots against the goal frame either side of Lennon’s goal, as Spurs drew for the ninth time in 20 games this campaign. MANCHESTER, England (AP): Chelsea signalled their intent to surge up the Premier League table by crushing Crystal Palace 3-0 yesterday in a stylish display that had shades of last season’s cruise to the championship. Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa scored for Chelsea, which are out of realistic title contention following a dismal start to their defence but could still challenge for a Champions League spot on the evidence of their performance at Selhurst Park. The champions are unbeaten in four matches under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink since firing Jose Mourinho a week before Christmas, but are still languishing in 14th place – 13 points behind fourth-place Tottenham. Spurs lost ground in the title race by drawing 1-1 at Everton in yesterday’s other game, with Dele Alli’s superb volley earning Spurs a point after cancelling out Aaron Lennon’s opener.last_img read more

Long Running Train scores impressive win

first_imgThe Harry Parsard-owned and trained American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN showed just how much she had improved with a decisive victory in the 3-y-o and up open allowance mile at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed a 6-5 favourite with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN rebounded from her fighting second to top-distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400m on Boxing Day to beat old rival and 7-5 chance CAMPESINO by 1-3/4 lengths in a field of 10.Never far off the pace as the outsider RAGING PROSPECT led from up-in-class hat-trick seeker DIFERENTGENERATION and highly fancied ALL CORRECT, LONG RUNNINGTRAIN disposed of the leaders on entering the straight to hold the apprentice-ridden CAMPESINO at bay from below the distance.INSUFFICIENT LIFETIME EARNINGSLONG RUNNING TRAIN was notching a third win from her last five starts and her fifth from 11 starts lifetime with total stakes of $2.7 million. While happy with the win, Parsard had one lingering regret:”I was really disappointed that she failed to get into the rich Diamond Mile early last month due to insufficient lifetime earnings, and her performance in her two races since has shown me that she would have impacted on the outcome in the $13.5 million race. That’s why I am insisting that the format be changed to an invitational race this year,” said the veteran trainer who won a number of grade one trophy races with UPPA TUNE, POCHEEN and St Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL last season.Meanwhile, BRAWN, running as the 3-2 favourite with Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, closed rapidly in deep stretch to win the Allan ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial Trophy overnight allowance race at 1400 metres. And the Philip Feanny-trained DANCING QUEEN (2-1) with Ian Spence aboard and 3-5 favourite POISON GAS with Omar Walker riding for trainer Philip Elliott won the respective sections of the Eight Thirty Sprint over the straight for native-bred maiden 3-y-o fillies.last_img read more