They have been ten very difficult and complicated days, nights of solitude in which the fragility of human life is seen up close. I have been fortunate to receive the love and encouragement of hundreds of friends who have sent me their messages of solidarity and affection, of soccer players, agents, managers, presidents, journalists, the media, both from Spain and from America and from my dear Portugal.I want to thank everyone, thank you very much for helping me in such difficult times in the solitude of a hospital, and isolated before the unknown. To all I want to send a message of thanks, I can never forget so much love and support.I must warn of the seriousness of this disease, which is very serious, and leaves us no choice but to wait at home for this pandemic to pass with the least possible human damage.I encourage the many sick and hospitalized people to continue fighting and fighting for their lives, that it can be done !!!!! “ Navarrese businessman Luis Oliver, shareholder of Extremadura, received hospital discharge on Monday after several days admitted to the San Francisco de Asís hospital in Madrid, where he tested positive for the coronavirus after presenting symptoms. Oliver sent the following statement to the media:“Today, March 30, 2020, I have the good fortune to communicate, thanks to the excellent health and medical staff of the San Francisco de Asís Hospital in Madrid, who work, like all of Spain, in extreme conditions, that I have been discharged from hospital for having overcome the Covid-19 virus.
“I was playing soccer with my son and the ball fell into the street. My son went looking for him and the police told him that he was going to fine him for being on the street “, Marcelo said with a laugh. And is that Modric telephoned, somewhat annoyingly, the Brazilian player to tell him about his little altercation with the Police, during the coronavirus alarm state. Fortunately, although Marcelo did not count it, but it seems that the story ended well and everything could be clarified. And finally, there was no fine for Modric’s son. There is no soccer but any time is good to tell funny anecdotes of the days of confinement. During a live on Instagram, Marcelo told his partner Vinicius a most curious story that features his partner, Luka Modric.. And is that the left side of the Real Madrid He related what happened to the Croatian midfielder near his home days ago with the police.
Atlético turns 117 today and there are numerous congratulations on social networks celebrating it. 117 years of the great love story of many lives, including one of the iconic captains that the club has had in its history, Gabriel Fernández, Gabi, ‘El Capi’ for six seasons, the second most, behind another icon, Enrique Collar (10). “The best way to touch the sky with your hands! Happy 117 years “, Gabi wrote with a photo of that time she got on Neptune to celebrate that Godín had scored a goal at the Camp Nou that made Atlético Liga champion 18 years after the double. Footballers such as Thomas, Mario Hermoso or José María Giménez, third captain, have shared in their Instagram stories the institutional video of Atlético to celebrate its 117 years. “Today is not one more day … Today we are 117 years old! 117 years of history. 117 years of memories. 117 years of fidelity. 117 years of passion, “wrote the Monkey Burgos, second coach. “Happy 117 years, Atleti!” Congratulated Manu Lama, youth center-back and one of the heroes of the Youth League in Rangers this season. “117 years growing, adding, and getting stronger together! A great feeling! from generation to generation…“Simeone poured his emotions on Twitter to congratulate the event on the rojiblanco club.”117 years of struggle and sacrifice, for many more“It was the way Saul fourth captain congratulated him this midday. Gabi Al-sadd Midfield playerSpain
The dream run of Molynes United ‘A’ in the JN Open League Sunshine netball competition continued on Thursday inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, as for the second time in two days they got the better of a Mico team.After eliminating defending champions Mico ‘B’ in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Molynes United upstaged Mico ‘A’ 20-18 on Thursday to advance to today’s final, which will be played at 6 p.m.Their opponents will be UWI Pelicans, who had an impressive 36-25 win over Waulgrovians ‘A’ in their semi-final.Mico ‘A’, the best attacking and defensive team in the competition, were without the services of ace goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Even then, they were expected to win.However, Molynes jumped into a quick 3-0 lead and led 5-4 at the break. Both teams had a battle royal up to the half-time as they went into the break even at 9-9.For the next two quarters it was anybody’s game. Mico shooters, led by goal shooter Tanielle Roberts and goal attack Stephanie Anderson, found it very difficult to score, while Molynes shooters Shantal Slater and Kara Christie were finding it easier to make their shots.”We are very elated; we worked hard, we trained hard and we executed well,” said Molynes captain Stacy Mullings.”We stuck to our game plan and it worked. After beating Mico ‘B’ we knew it was going to be a tough challenge as Mico ‘A’ is a good team, but we just remained disciplined and listened to our coach,” added Mullings.Slater scored 11 from 12 attempts, while Christie had nine from 10. For Mico ‘A’, Roberts had 16 from 24 tries.In the earlier game, it was smooth sailing for the Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans after a competitive first quarter, where UWI led 9-8.However, it was all UWI Pelicans from there as they led 20 -14 and 27-20 at the end of the second and third quarters.Goal shooter Thristina Harwood top scored for the winners with 29 goals from 33 tries, while goal attack Rebecca Robinson scored eight from 10. For Wualgrovians ‘A’, former UWI player, Ladonna Lamonth, had 20 goals from 25 attempts.Meanwhile, Speg ‘A’ and UTech Knights will meet in the Open B League final at 5 p.m., after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday. Speg ‘A’ defeated Molynes United ‘B’ 37-26, while UTech Knights stopped Tivoli Gardens 37-22.
ZURICH (AP):FIFA has been urged by Switzerland’s attorney general to hand over emails used by Jerome Valcke, its secretary general who was suspended last week.Valcke was implicated by a FIFA ticketing partner in using his FIFA and Google email accounts to discuss a 2014 World Cup black market tickets deal.The office of Swiss federal prosecutor Michael Lauber has now stepped up pressure on FIFA to unblock access to Valcke’s correspondence.Lauber’s spokesman, AndrÈ Marty, told the Associated Press yesterday that the prosecutor has filed a request directly to FIFA lawyers.”I can confirm that we now want to have access to these sealed email accounts,” Marty said.”The OAG (office of the attorney general) asked FIFA to deliver all information coming from Mr Valcke’s multiple email accounts,” he said, adding that, so far, “FIFA didn’t deliver this email information.”In a statement, FIFA said: “We are committed to cooperating with the authorities, and this is an ongoing process.”Valcke denies a ticket agent’s claims that he sought cash from sales of top-category tickets for matches in Brazil he knew were being offered at several times face value.Lauber is investigating possible criminal mismanagement and money laundering in FIFA’s business.FIFA released Valcke from his job last Thursday, hours after the allegations were made, and requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
There was a brief family squabble at the Allman Town Infant School after two brothers and their sister went to cast their votes this morning. According to onlookers, one brother and a sister are PNP supporters, while the other brother supports the Jamaica Labour Party. It was not clear what started the altercation, but the female and the JLP supporting brother were engaged in a quarrel as they left the polling station. “The two brothers and sister they are family but one of them want to stop the progress but him sister tell him seh dat caan happen,” said one onlooker. The two argued viciously with each other as police officers there looked on unmoved. The argument, which quickly dissipated, drew the attention of voters at the infant school and those at the neighbouring St Matthew’s Anglican Church
PERTH, Australia (AP) A coroner who held an inquest into the death of international batsman Phillip Hughes has recommended that Cricket Australia review its laws on dangerous and unfair bowling to remove ambiguity, and urged the sport’s governing body to mandate the use of extra neck protection on batting helmets. New South Wales state coroner Michael Barnes handed down his findings yesterday, three weeks after a five-day hearing into the circumstances of Hughes’ death concluded in Sydney. At the inquest, a lawyer for the Hughes family said the 25-year-old Test cricketer was subjected to verbal abuse and an extraordinary amount of short-pitch bowling, or bouncers, before he was fatally struck on the back of the head and neck by a steeply bouncing bowl by Sean Abbott during a domestic first-class match in November 2014. But Barnes ruled that it was a “tragic accident,” finding that Hughes was experienced in handling high-bouncing deliveries, that there was no malice intended and that there was no failure to enforce rules by the umpires that contributed to the death. “A minuscule misjudgement or a slight error of execution caused him to miss the ball which crashed into his neck with fatal consequences,” Barnes said in his findings. “There was no suggestion the ball was bowled with malicious intent. Neither the bowler nor anyone else was to blame for the tragic outcome.” The match between New South Wales and South Australia states ended abruptly when Hughes suddenly collapsed on the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground after being struck by a bouncer, or short-pitched delivery. He was taken to a nearby hospital but died two days later from a brain haemorrhage caused by a torn vertebral artery. The coronial inquest was called to investigate whether the nature of play contributed to the risk, and the response by stadium and cricket staff and officials. As well as his recommendations to Cricket Australia, Barnes directed the New South Wales state cricket association and the stadium operators to review and improve medical and safety protocols for players, officials and staff to ensure a faster response to emergency situations. Barnes said Cricket Australia needed to review its regulations on playing conditions because the laws regarding limits on short-pitch bowling and what constituted a dangerous or unfair delivery were too open to interpretation.
True to the series motto, ‘From grass roots to greatness’, Petersfield High School’s Nigel Nedrick made his inspirational mark in the field events at the opening meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships.Nedrick muscled away the Class One boys’ throwing hat-trick, winning the Grand Prix discus, plus the javelin and shot put events to emerge the star performer of the meet with a championship-high 29 points when competition came to a close on Saturday at Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall.He hurled the discus 56.39m to beat teammate Daniel Cope (47.96m); threw the shot put 18.94m to beat Munro College’s Daniel Delancey (16.64m); and launched the javelin 53.70m to beat schoolmate Devonery Gordon (53.32m).Nedrick rose from very humble beginnings. He once lived in Montego Bay, but moved back to Negril – the Westmoreland end – to live with his mom and spent several years at the Clifton Home for Boys. It was his athletic talent that birthed the opportunity to attend Petersfield High, where he now lives on campus at the school dorm.In recent years, Nedrick catapulted to being not only the national champion, but national youth record holder for the javelin and shot put, with throws of 65.09m and 20.12m, respectively.The Digicel Grand Prix Series gives athletes and schools the opportunity to earn big bucks. The winning schools, boy and girl, will each earn $1 million in gym or sporting equipment, while there are bonuses upward of $25,000 for record-setters, and additional cash incentives for champions. The top boy and girl of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Championship will also earn a prize trip to the World Relays in the Bahamas later this year.ADDITIONAL IMPETUSNedrick says the cash awards provide additional impetus for him to succeed.”It’s very exciting to know that winning also gives you a chance to win cash towards my schooling. For a person like me, my parents don’t really have it, so for me to be putting out my talent and getting rewards from it, I’m very appreciative of what I’m doing,” admitted the 19-year-old.”… My mother hardly works. She’s on and off so we don’t really have it like that. So I stay at the boarding house at my school and my father works, but I don’t really live with my father. So it feels very nice, coming from a place like that (Clifton Boys’ Home), some people would think that it is bad, but it was really great. I always give thanks to Miss Mac. She taught me a lot of things I didn’t know and she is also one of the persons who made me who I am right now,” Nedrick informed.”They taught me to show respect to people. I got a lot of whippings for that,” he said, bursting into laughter.”They showed me how to behave when I go out and I’m around people, how to sit around the dining table, how to use knife and fork, I learnt a lot of things there. So it’s very motivating to me,” he continued about the financial rewards on offer.”When you know that you’re not one of those rich kids, so you have to use your talent to achieve what you want. I think on these things every day before I train and remind myself that I’m doing this because I’m coming from that place and I don’t want to get stuck, so I work very hard just to reach where I’m at now,” said Nedrick.
RIGHT ATTITUDE NEW DRIVE It is good to see the new drive to develop our own players, and it is especially good to see to the new JFF-Sportsmax Elite League for junior footballers. It was also good to read what Dr Paul Wright had to say a week or so ago when he started his column about the treatment of Connie Francis and Jamaica’s love for foreign coaches with these words: “I have long held the view that international sport should be the best of ours against the best of yours. Modern eligibility rules have made a mockery of my hope as national teams in a fervent desire to win-at-all-cost, select athletes to national sides who have very little knowledge of, or loyalty to, their new country.” And at the end, after writing that foreign coaches have been no better than good local coaches, suggested that the local coaches continue “improving your craft and upgrading your resume, but more importantly, develop a foreign accent when applying for local jobs”. SEEN THE LIGHT Burrell noted, however, that the development of the local players will take time, but that with the right attitude and support of corporate Jamaica, they can make the country proud. “It is going to depend on the attitude of these players and those who really want to do it for the country, which I think is a better way now that we are seeing new things happening for the national team.” Those are like the words of a born-again Christian, and one who may be enjoying the salvation for the first time. One hopes that Burrell’s about turn is not only because the overseas players were not all that good, not only because they failed miserably, not only because they were difficult to deal with and to coach, not only because they threatened to go on strike for their money, not only because the JFF is short of funds, not only because the 2018 World Cup dream is over for Jamaica, and not only because, under Theodore Whitmore, the local boys got an opportunity and did not do too badly, but because he has really seen the light. One hopes also that it did not take Burrell’s hearing about the difference in attitude of the overseas players from members of CONCACAF to finally make up his mind. One hopes that he came to see the mistakes himself, and that just as he has now seen the hunger, the satisfaction of representing their country, and the joy of doing so by the local-based Jamaicans, he saw the lack of commitment in many, if not all, of the overseas players and also the absence of pride in representing Jamaica. It is obvious, and it should have been obvious, that to build a house, one must start from the ground and go up and not to do the impossible, which is to start from the roof and go down. The JFF, or captain Burrell, in their haste to reach the World Cup finals, to participate in the glamour of the World Cup finals, once again pushed them in the wrong direction, either that, or they simply ignored the principles of development for the satisfaction of going to the World Cup finals. This model was quite different from that of 1998 when the majority of the squad were local-based Jamaicans, when most members of the starting eleven were local-based Jamaicans, and when they all, including the overseas players, went out and gave their all for Jamaica. On top of it all, they all wanted to represent Jamaica, and they all played like they wanted to represent Jamaica. In this model, one had to use a magnifying glass to find a local-based Jamaican in the squad much more in the starting eleven. This new reliance, if indeed it is sincere and not based on circumstances, including the lack of finances, on local-based Jamaicans to represent the national team, with a few good and devoted overseas Jamaicans to boost the team, if and when necessary, is good for Jamaican football and for Jamaica today and in the future. Nothing happens before its time, and on top of that, and as the saying goes, it makes no sense crying over spilt milk. What is better, in fact, is that as disappointed as we were when it was taking place, and when Jamaica’s football was being sold down the river, is to breathe a sigh of relief that the hard-working president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, has made a 180-degree turn in the direction he wishes to take Jamaica’s football going forward. In his new-found philosophy, Burrell has almost confessed that he, and his federation members, made a mistake in his blinkered approach to the country’s football programme during his years of flying off to Europe and elsewhere in an effort to find players to put on the “shirt” and to represent Jamaica. As so many of us have been saying, a few for some years now, recruiting overseas players when Jamaica should be using local talent, young and not so young, was heading for disaster, and according to Robert Bailey in a Gleaner article recently, Burrell admitted to his earlier mistake. “What we are seeing now from the young players is a major difference right now in terms of attitude, in terms of really getting out there and doing it, and I think this is one area that we must concentrate on, and so the days of players coming from overseas and walking into the national team, those days are behind us.” That was well said, except for one thing: the players did not “come in from overseas and walk into the national team”. They were scouted and invited into the national team. Burrell also said that “when you look at the players on the field of play, you realise that there is something different, and speaking with my colleagues in CONCACAF, they, too, have noticed that there is a difference, and so we intend to continue along this line, and I am sure that everything will fall into place in the right order”. The captain also said that “we have to be man enough to say it has not worked and, therefore, after meeting with the stakeholders, the JFF decided to embark on a new initiative by including the youngsters and the local-based players who are hungry and who really want to make an impression, and we’re getting the results”.
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