The morbid will be on the benches, with the cross roads of Abelardo Fernández and Ernesto Valverde, but also in the box. Mauricio Pochettino, whose name was the favorite in the parakeet environment to succeed Pablo Machín, will attend Espanyol-Barcelona this Saturday from the Cornellà-El Prat box.The first visit of the Spanish-Argentinean to the parakeet since he was fired from Tottenham, a month and a half ago, will coincide with a match with which he has a special bond. As Abelardo, he debuted on the Espanyol bench at home and against Barça, on January 21, 2009 in the Copa del Rey (0-0). And, one month later, led the last league victory of the blue and whites against the azulgrana until today, the 1-2 at the Camp Nou remembered as the ‘Delapeñazo’. Next to him, also the box, will be the ex-presidents of Espanyol Dani Sánchez Llibre and Joan Collet. The same, entity, former parakeet players like Branko Brnovic or Savo Milosevic will attend, in addition to tennis personalities like Manolo Orantes and Marcel Granollers, recognized parakeet, of the show, as the singer Carlos Right and the humorist Pep Plaza, and countless politicians, from the Government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera, to Miquel Buch, Minister of Interior of the Generalitat, or the secretary general of l’Esport, Gerard Figueras and Joan Soteras, president of the Catalan Soccer Federation.
Teams will only train one day on them (Those who go to the final will do so already in the stadium of the games, King Abdullah Sports City, with capacity for 62,000 spectators). For the semifinals, three will be exercised at Ittihad (Madrid and Valencia today, Barça tomorrow), while Atlético will do so at Al Ahli. Both are whitewashed facades, mixed with yellow in the case of the first, where a ball over five rings and a glass greets visitors, with greenish blue in the case of the second. A Al Ahli with cement bleachers, in which white plastic seats were being installed yesterday morning. The networks of their goals, a wink: all rojiblancas. In the Ittihad the trajín was frantic in those men who were struggling from the first hour of the morning (only men, by the way, no woman). The work, many. Both centers are multisport complexes, with basketball, pool and tennis courts as well as soccer fields. Canoe style but in Saudi. Ittihad is the oldest club in the country (1928) while Al Ahli was founded nine years later (1937). The appearance of both are those of a Third field in Spain. With small bleachers, collected and outdoor areas trellises from which, outside, you can see part of the field. In both the grass is very dry. In the Ittihad, with an annexed field, the grass was even worse in it than in the main one. With temperatures now between 25º and 30º and bordered by desert, that is the reason. A group of men They were busy yesterday Monday from the first hour of the morning. Painting, laying, casting seeds in the bald grass, that were many in the two training camps who will use the four spanish teams in this Super Cup in Arabia before playing the semifinals: the one from Ittihad Club and the one from Al Ahli. Last night the first teams arrived in Jeddah, Madrid Y Valencito. The fields must be ready and shining today. There was work. Those who painted, three, reviewed the black of the benches. The placement was several. Already individual cabinets, many still to be unpacked, similar to those used in Spain for the changing rooms of the teams, and to the vinyl panels with the sponsors of this Spanish Super Cup, ready for photos and interviews. Six or seven people work in the grasses of the two fields. In Al Ahli’s, the lawn was treated with a machine. In the one of the Ittihad, two sowed and threw sand on the bald ones and a battalion, rag in hand, reviewed all the seats one by one with detail. The Super Cup begins. The world looks at them.Barça changed its fieldBarça will be exercised tomorrow on the turf of the Ittihad although the planned plan was another: the teams had distributed the fields by semifinal. Madrid and Valencia in Ittihad and Barça and Atleti in Al Ahli. But maybe the clast one, in worse condition, He couldn’t stand the work of two teams on him and he moved one to Ittihad. Madrid and Valencia will no longer be there. Tomorrow they play.
Call of Zidane for the League match against OsasunaGoalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Carvajal, Militao, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco.Forwards: Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Vinicius.Osasuna-Real MadridThe Santander League 23rd day.Stadium: The SadarDay: Sunday, February 9Time: 4pmTV: Movistar LaLigaReferee: Gil Manzano (Extremadura committee).VAR Referee: Lamb Vega (Cantabrian committee). The big news on Zidane’s list for the El Sadar match is the inclusion of Gareth Bale. The Welshman had four games without being summoned. The last match he played was the sixteenth round of the Cup against Unionists. The Briton withdrew from that injured match with a sprained ankle and was not available, in principle, for the visit to Valladolid, but then also did not appear in the call against Zaragoza, Atlético and Real Sociedad. Zidane completed the three-discard relationship he had to do with the non-inclusion of Nacho, Brahim and Rodrygo. The defender and Malaga were headlines on Thursday in the Cup while the Brazilian adds his second League match (yes he was against Real) off the list. James is down for a blow to the hip he suffered in the cupper engagement and Asensio and Mariano continue to be injured.Madrid travels this afternoon to Pamplona. The expedition will depart at 7:00 pm to the Navarrese capital and the team will concentrate on the Muga de Beloso hotel. Eden Hazard will have to wait again. Zinedine Zidane once again displayed his extreme caution and left the Belgian out of the 19-player call to face Osasuna tomorrow Sunday 9 (16:00, Movistar LaLiga). The Belgian has been integrated into the team’s work for more than a week (he joined the dynamics of the group on Thursday, January 30), but the white coach has preferred one more game not to risk with his star. So, Hazard will have to wait at least until next Sunday’s game 16 (21:00, Movistar LaLiga) against Celta in the Bernabéu to reappear. Then it will have been 82 days since his injury on November 26 in the Champions League game against PSG.
The two main names on the table at United are Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho. for the attack front. With the current situation (and following the directive that Mourinho has given that it should not be sold to any club in the Premier) hiring Kane seems impossible. On the other hand, the sounding midfielder is Jack Grealish, from Aston Villa. The good performance of Bruno Fernandes also takes the strain off a possible Pogba exit… More and more voices at United indicate that it needs to be sold. Pogba approaches Madrid. That United needs liquidity to go to the market is not speculation. He said it himself Woodward, the entity’s CEO and chief executive officer, in a private forum of the football industry: “No one should be under any illusion about the magnitude of the challenge everyone faces in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any club, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer,” Woodward said. “As always, our priority is team success, great additions, but we need to know first what impact this crisis will have on the industry. On this basis, I can’t help but feel that speculation about individual player transfers for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities facing the sport … “ He said in clear reference that United will not be able to cope with large additions. Of the three great names that are considered as incorporations for Madrid, Pogba, Haaland and Mbappé, it is the first, the Frenchman of United, who has it more complicated. The reason is simple: Florentino Pérez has never been very inclined to get involved in that operation, which he considers too expensive not to be an attacking player (a striker). However, being an express request from Zidane, Madrid tried his hiring twice, in 2016 and the summer of 2019. Now the name of Pogba is back on the table because he has a contract until 2021, Raiola, his agent, has already laid the foundations for an exit and the player would prioritize the white team before Juve or renew with United.It only remains to know how the crisis will affect the transfer market. These days it has transpired in England that United need liquidity to go to the market to make the two additions that Solsjkaer needs for next season, a striker and a midfielder. And given the situation of Pogba, everything indicates that its sale is the best solution. Last summer United already put a price on it: 180 million euros. This, would not be worth more than 100, considering that he only has one year left on his contract (although United can extend it one more unilaterally, it does not seem likely that he will) and that he has only been able to play five games as a starter for his ankle injuries.
“I wished to verify my positive PCR for coronavirus. We’re all good at residence. I’ve not had discomfort, I’ll proceed coaching at residence with the indications of the medical doctors. I’ve been accountable, I’ve protected myself however I’ve the virus. You need to consider everybody and handle your self, “mentioned Joel by means of a video posted on social networks. The Madrid participant must move two unfavorable assessments in the approaching days to have the ability to return to the Sports activities Metropolis.Juanmi and Pedraza additionally posted texts on social networks to acknowledge that they’d examined positive for antibodies. They must endure a unfavorable management to get again to exercising on the grass. Betis gamers, Joel Robles, Juanmi Jiménez and Alfonso Pedraza, confirmed that they’ve examined positive in numerous coronaviru assessmentss. The goalkeeper examined positive for PCR and the opposite two with antibodies that, by protocol, is not going to enable them to coach on the Ciudad Deportiva till they’re examined once more as unfavorable. All three are asymptomatic and will proceed to train at residence in the approaching days.The three gamers talked about, in addition to Sergio Canales, had not appeared on Sunday morning on the Los Bermejales services in what has been to be the return to coaching for Betis. In response to the setting of the Cantabrian midfielder, he suffers “a easy chilly”.
LONDON (AP):Claudio Ranieri shed his coy and cautious demeanour yesterday to flaunt his euphoria about Leicester being on the brink of the Premier League title in the most stunning season in the club’s 132-year history.Breaking the habit of a season, when Ranieri has mostly restricted himself to prioritising top flight survival, the manger finally publicly acknowledged the target is delivering the title.With 12 points to play for, Leicester have a five-point lead over Tottenham as they looks to collect the biggest prize in English football for the first time.The pursuit of the title has overshadowed the landmark already achieved: steering Leicester into the Champions League for the first time by securing a top-three finish.”Hey man, we are in Champions League!” Ranieri said at a giddy news conference appearance at the central England club. “Dilly-ding, dilly-dong, come on! You forget.”You speak about blah, blah, blah, but we are in Champions League! Come on man!”Leicester’s hierarchy were mocked for hiring Ranieri last July having only just avoided relegation from world football’s richest league.The 64-year-old Italian had been out of work for almost a year after being fired by Greece for making a wretched start to European Championship qualifying.And he hadn’t coached in England for 11 years since being fired by Chelsea. Now Ranieri’s team is a staggering 29 points ahead of defending champion Chelsea, with the two teams meeting in the last round.”Fantastic, fantastic. Terrific. Well done. Well done to everybody,” Ranieri said. “The owners, the fans, to the players, the staff, everybody … it’s a great achievement, great achievement. Unbelievable. And now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes. Yes man!”Amid the unusual expressiveness, Ranieri still had a serious message for his players: “Keep calm.”One key player will be missing this weekend: top scorer Jamie Vardy. The 22-goal striker is banned for tomorrow’s visit of Swansea and is waiting to discover if the suspension will be extended after admitting that his conduct toward the referee was improper after being sent off in last Sunday’s draw with West Ham.”Now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes man, only this remains,” Ranieri said. “I talk to my players, ‘Come on, now is the right moment to push’.”I always believe. I am a positive man. If Tottenham go above us, congratulations, but I prefer to be five points ahead.”
Champs WI now third in T20s DUBAI, UAE, CMC – West Indies have slumped to third spot in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 rankings, just a month after emphatically winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India. They have been bizarrely overtaken by New Zealand who bowed out to losing finalists England at the semi-final stage of the recent tournament. The Black Caps are now 10 points clear of West Indies at the top of the standings on 132 points, after leaping from third place and overtaking both India and the Caribbean side. Following their four-wicket victory over England in the T20 World Cup final at Eden Gardens on April 3, West Indies had vaulted into second spot, just one point behind India who topped the rankings with 126 points. New Zealand were third on 120 points. Since then, however, New Zealand have gained 12 points without playing a single game, while the second placed India have gained three and West Indies, in contrast, have lost three points. According to the ICC, the West Indies suffered from the fact the points from the 2012-13 season, which included those from their maiden T20 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka, have now been dropped. Lara: Return of Bravo, Pollard vital for Tri-Nations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC Batting legend Brian Lara wants to see the return of the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, for next month’s Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa. Both players have been overlooked by selectors for One-Day Internationals since the controversial abandoned limited overs tour of India two years ago but Lara said having them involved in Twenty20 Internationals alone, was a backward step. “In terms of the Tri-Nations, I think it’s going to be a pretty exciting Tri-Nations series,” the former West Indies captain said. “And hopefully we can have the likes of Pollard and Bravo some guys who have not played that form of the game [recently] back in the team because they are integral of any West Indies team. “Just to have them for the T20 version I think is doing a disservice to West Indies cricket.” Renegades open to Gayle’s return MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC Melbourne Renegades have hinted they are not opposed to re-signing superstar West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the new Big Bash season, despite his now infamous “don’t blush baby” controversy. The development follows the announcement from Cricket Australia’s chief executive, James Sutherland, who said recently cricket authorities here would not prohibit Gayle from a return to the glitzy Twenty20 showpiece. Gayle sparked a firestorm of controversy earlier this year when he appeared to openly flirt with Channel TEN report Mel McLaughlin during a live television interview, during a game against Hobart Hurricanes. However, despite a US$10,000 fine from Renegades, a verbal censure from Cricket Australia and widespread calls for a Big Bash ban, Renegades head coach David Saker said he was unaware of any move to prevent Gayle’s return.
TORONTO:Jamaica’s team to the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games is now fully in the metropolitan and diverse city that is making a bid for the 2022 Olympic Games.Chef de mission Randy Jones and attachÈ Edmund Jones arrived in Toronto on Sunday and took up residence in the CIBC Para Pan American Athletes’ Village along Trinity Street, then immediately commenced preparing for the arrival of the team, which touched down yesterday.The mood in the camp is positive and from all indications the Jones’ team has made arrangements for the comfort of the cadre of athletes and officials.The focus is now on executing training sessions, as Jamaica’s athletes set their sights on the Games.LASTCHAMPIONSHIPSTeam captain Tanto Campbell, reflecting on the last championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, hinted that Toronto will be better.”The Toronto connection will be better than the Mexican,” he said.’Toronto we ready’ is the Jamaican team’s theme and president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda, said “we’re not only ready, but we are ready to roll and thunder!”Jamaica will bow into action on Monday, August 10, with ‘The Ambassador’, Alphanso Cunningham, participating in the men’s discus (F51/F52/F53/F57) and newcomer Tevaughn Thomas in the men’s 100m (T45/T46/T47).
BEIJING, China:Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) general secretary, Garth Gayle, was elated with his election to the IAAF’s Technical Committee during yesterday’s Congress in Beijing and believes it bodes well for the country’s influence and overall development in the sport.Gayle, who was only recently elected to the council of the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Association, pocketed 73 of 208 votes in the second round of voting to claim one of 12 available spots on the Technical Committee.In doing so, Gayle became the first Jamaican since Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, who passed away in 2013, to sit in the IAAF.”I am elated and happy that the members of the IAAF family could find it fitting to give me their vote of confidence. It’s now for me to do Jamaica proud, NACAC as well, and also the 216-member federations of the IAAF,” said Gayle, who went on to highlight the duty of the Technical Committee.”Track and field is a multiplicity of events and there are rules that govern these events. The Technical Committee provides support to the Council with regards to current, as well as new innovations for each event; how to make the competitors compete at his or her best, as well as to remove any impediment that will prevent them from achieving their true potential,” said Gayle, who paid homage to McCook, Aris and former IAAF Regional Development Centre director, Lenford Levy, who also died last year.”I have learnt a lot from the late Teddy McCook, Howard Aris and Lenford Levy, who are persons whom I have worked with and it has paid dividends today. I am proud I have been able to do this in their honour and their good memory,” Gayle added. “This is my fifth congress, so I have been able to move around the corridors, make friends as well as also become known in the region, and I believe all of that paid dividends this morning.”Gayle is confident that the country, as well as the region by extension, stands to benefit from his addition to the committee.”We are now on the cutting edge of the latest rules and innovations, I will be able to be a part of those discussions. It allows me to interact with all the various countries on different theories and technologies to make that available to Jamaica and the Caribbean and to play my part in the development of the sport that I love,” said Gayle.”We’re there as a committee to enhance the performance of each athlete, the technical committee is there to work with all the different elements, broadcasters, sponsors, spectators – all that goes into making the production of track and field the spectacle that it is,” he added.- A.L.
4 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion – Wespow Park 4 p.m.: Portmore United vs Cavalier – Middlesex Intl College, Clarendon 4 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Boys’ Town – Spanish Town Prison Oval 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Complex 4 p.m.: Waterhouse vs UWI – Drewsland Stadium “It is a feeling of mixed emotions for me going home to Waterhouse, being on the other side, on the other bench, but it is not about me. It is about the team and what the teams need at this time,” said Gayle, a Waterhouse man through and through. Gayle said he does not expect his return to be an easy one as the hosts are in a position where they have to get a result. “Their backs are against the wall. They will be coming hard to get the three points, but I think we have what it takes to go there and get a win. As long as we are disciplined and play to the best of our ability, we will do it,” added Gayle, whose team will be boosted by the return of the experienced Girvon Brown. At Wespow Park, the hot-again former champions Montego Bay United will be aiming to take over the top spot, at least for 24 hours, when they host Humble Lion FC. The second-placed Montego United should start as favourites, but Humble Lion FC, who are just two points behind the hosts, are coming off a home win over the defending champions and should fancy their chances. Previous leaders Portmore United will be heading back to Clarendon, a place they called home when they were Hazard United, to take on Cavalier in a battle between the third- and fourth-placed teams. This game will be the first official match to be played at the Middlesex International College. Eighth-placed Rivoli United will entertain 11th-placed Boys’ Town at Prison Oval while 10th-placed Tivoli Gardens will be hoping to give coach Christopher Bender his first win of the season with a victory over Harbour View, who only recorded their first win of the season on Monday last. Jermaine Johnson’s presence should help Tivoli’s cause. Tomorrow night, surprise leaders Reno FC will get an early chance to show their title credentials when they play away to defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. At the bottom looking up is not a position often associated with former champions Waterhouse, but that is where they find themselves after four games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and anything but a win today against newcomers UWI (University of the West Indies) FC could put pressure on coach Calvert Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald enjoyed success in a previous stint, but has been able to lead his charges to just one point so far. Interestingly, that point was earned away to Rivoli, the club Fitzgerald left to return to Waterhouse. “We did not retain the services of Tramaine Stewart and Hughan Gray. These are significant losses. “Hughan was definitely the top attacking player in the league, was one of the top players in the Caribbean Cup last season and is a national representative, so these are not easy players to replace,” said Fitzgerald as he explained the difficulties his team had at the start of the season. Those losses, he said, were followed by the loss to injury of captain Damarley Samuels coupled with the late return of a number of senior players. Despite that, though, Fitzgerald said the spirit in the camp is high and the performances have been improving. “The team is definitely playing better as evidenced by the performance against Harbour View. In the second half, we looked more like a Waterhouse team, and we are hoping to pick it up from there. We really need these three points in the win column. “Even though the team has been going through a poor start, the team is energised. Our confidence and team spirit are not dampened,” he said. Leading his team into Waterhouse is a man who, last week, had a weight lifted off his shoulders as UWI FC recorded their first win, and a second successive one will increase their confidence. It is, however, not that easy for Marcel Gayle as, up to last year, he was on the Waterhouse bench. ‘mixed emotions’ Today’s games: Tomorrow’s game: 8:30 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Reno – Anthony Spaulding Complex Points standing P W D L GF GA GD Pts Reno 4 3 1 0 7 3 4 10 MoBay U 4 3 0 1 10 2 8 9 Portmore 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 9 Cavalier 3 2 1 0 3 0 3 7 H Lion FC 4 2 1 1 3 2 1 7 Arnett 4 2 0 2 7 2 5 6 H View 4 1 3 0 4 3 1 6 Rivoli 4 1 1 2 1 3 -2 4 UWI FC 4 1 0 3 1 7 -6 3 Tivoli 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 2 Boys’ Town 4 0 2 2 2 9 -7 2 Waterhouse 4 0 1 3 1 5 -4 1