The day Semedo lived the same as Marega in Guimarães

first_imgIn 2017, when he played and suffered something similar with Benfica, he reveals that he felt supported by his club but not by the Portuguese society and press, which on Monday on its covers unanimously defended the performance of the Porto player. “I felt very supported by my colleagues and Benfica but not so much by public opinion. I remember reading an article in which they criticized my gesture saying that the client (the fan who pays admission) is always right and that the only interaction that is allowed from a player to an amateur is applause. They would not expect me to applaud an act of racism … “, he confessed. As a solution, Semedo calls for an improvement of the arbitration protocol for these situations and a more decisive performance by the members. “The first person to react in this type of situation has to be the referee. What I would have to do, in my opinion, is to suspend the match and not wait for a player to suffer so much that he has to leave the field “he sentenced. Nelson Semedo acknowledged in the Portuguese newspaper Público that during his time at Benfica he suffered a similar episode of racism Moussa Marega spent this weekend in the match between Vitoria Guimarães and Porto at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques. The striker wanted to leave the field after suffering racist insults by local fans and was replaced by Conceicao, who decided to take him off the field. In this diary, Semedo supported the attempt to leave the grass of his partner and says that, today, he would act evenl. The same did not happen in 2017, when it was his turn to visit this stadium against Benfica and he even saw the yellow one for reacting with a gesture that affected the attitude of the fans towards the bench of the rival team. “Today I would have acted differently. At that time I was not so mature. If it happened to me today, I would have done exactly what Marega did: leave the country”, recognize.“What happened in Guimarães is unfortunate. In football, as in life there is no place for racism. Marega was very brave to leave the game. It is a problem worldwide and increasingly common due to lack of punishment or because the punishment has been mild by UEFA or the federations, “says Semedo in support of the performance of the Porto player and asking for greater penalties for the aggressors.last_img read more

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Fifth bench change in Salamanca! Larrazabal dismissed

first_imgCortes responded to the call with professionalism and work incessantly, although the irregularity in the team’s game caused his departure. Salamanca thanked him for his delivery and, now, returns to be the coach of the subsidiary. Since then (he was dismissed on October 29), the entity worked conscientiously to hire a ‘master’ who takes the staff to the top. In the search month, Rafa Dueñas provisionally held the position of first technician. With Larrazabal ‘found’, the project once again had a helmsman, although the objective never changed: to ascend to Second division. He tried, but he also failed to straighten the course. Now, Rafa Dueñas returns to assume the direction.Larrazabal says goodbye with a critical situationAt 48, Larrazabal arrived with the endorsement of his professional career as a footballer. In Athletic, the new coach of Salamanca added a total of 445 games. After his retirement, he assumed the quarry management of his usual entity. He also tested the benches in the Marbella (2016), the Amorebieta (2016-17) and Barakaldo, with which he came to play a Playoff promotion to LaLiga SmartBank.Upon arrival, the Salamanca occupied the sixth position of Group II of Second Division B, with 23 points and was four from the subsidiary of the Royal Society, the one that marked Playoff positions. Now, the promotion promotion phase to LaLiga SmartBank and the Play Out to only three points is eleven points. The two consecutive defeats have exhausted the patience of the board, which returns to bet on the change in the bench to trace the flight. In the continuous swing in which the Salamanca CF UDS has lived Since the beginning of the season, stability is still not taken definitively. After the dismissal of Pablo Cortés as coach of the first team, Rafa Dueñas assumed the position provisionally. It lasted for a month until the club reached an agreement with what appeared to be its coach in 2019-20: Aitor Larrazabal. This happened in November and there is a new official statement to fire the technician and find a new air to relaunch the complicated situation of the entity. Bad moment: the great derby comes before the Unionists over the weekend.Aitor Lazarrabal, although he has enjoyed three months of opportunity, is no longer the tenant of the Helmántico bench. Before his arrival, four other coaches undertook, without success, the adventure of bringing the shield of the late Union back to professional football. The first chosen was José Luis Trejo, still with great participation in the club. He had to leave office because of problems with his license, although he does not rule out take responsibility next season. In fact, in an interview in Cope he let him glimpse: “We’ve already talked about it and it’s the idea“.Once the club knew the impossibility of giving Trejo the controls, he hired Chiquimarco. His journey only lasted three days. The ex-arbitrator accused the board of directors of demanding to face him, while the coach he relieved was still directing ‘in the shadows’. Thus, Salamanca, aware of the enormous instability that the news produced, he called Pablo Cortés, a man of the house, to give oxygen to a staff that overcame a cyclone of adversities before what seemed to be an exciting season.last_img read more

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21st Century Cracks: Mortimer, ‘silent’ talent for Barça

first_imgHe arrived at La Masia in the 2013-14 season from Malaga. He took his first steps in football at the age of four at UD La Mosca, a team from his native Malaga. There he caught the attention of Sevilla, but the 200 kilometers that separated the Sevilla training camp from his home made it an impossible mission to continue in his quarry. He had to return to UD La Mosca, where he captured the attention of Málaga in Alevín. Upon arriving at La Masia, he was always overshadowed by more media players than he was: in his first year at Infantil B he shared attack with Kubo and Ansu Fati. Less known, but with a talent that makes the Blaugrana leaders see him with first-team potential in the future.In the Spanish Selection they have him. He was called up for the 2018 Under-17 Euro Cup (although he was not the undisputed starter of that team). He also won a tournament in Slovakia in May 2019 with the U-18. It was a friendly tournament, since the Under-18 category does not exist officially by UEFA, they are championships organized by the Federations to prepare the transition of the players from U-17 to U-19. Mortimer burns stages naturally but with a firm step … Nils Mortimer (Málaga, 2001) has been overshadowed by the explosion of Ansu Fati, a player with whom he shares demarcation and with whom he has shared costumes despite being two years older. However, Barça also has another project in this left-handed player from Malaga that he should keep in mind for the future.He is a skillful winger, who associates well and very easily to see goal thanks to its verticality. He can play in either of the two bands and also as a center forward (false ‘nine’). Although he is in Juvenil A, sometimes the subsidiary has him: debuted last year, at just 17 years old, and this season he has played six games.last_img read more

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Cottrell lands WI retainer

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Batsman Leon Johnson and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell have both been handed retainer contracts by the West Indies Cricket Board, despite not featuring for the regional side over the last year.The pair are among a list of 15 players announced by the WICB late yesterday who have been retained for the period beginning last October 1 to September 30 later this year.Johnson, a 28-year-old left-hander, has been repeatedly overlooked in recent months despite the West Indies’ continued struggles at the top of the order.He averages nearly 40 in his four Tests and gathered scores of 54 and 44 in his last Test – against South Africa in Cape Town last January.Fellow Guyanese Rajindra Chandrika has been the preferred choice despite three noughts in six Test innings and an average of 14.Cottrell, meanwhile, has not suited up for West Indies since the one-day series in South Africa last January.The 26-year-old has struggled with injury this year and only recent resumed bowling when he turned out for Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional First Class Championship.He played the last of this two Tests in December, 2014, and has played two one-day internationals.Marlon Samuels has been also retained despite a torrid time with the bat in recent months. The Jamaican gathered 30 runs from four Test innings against Sri Lanka last October and managed only 35 runs in five outings against Australia in the just concluded three-Test series Down Under.Rookies Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich, who like Chandrika both made their Test debuts last year, are also among the 15 retained.RETAINED PLAYERS – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Jermaine Blackwood, Jerome Taylor, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach.last_img read more

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Hewitt bows out

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Baseball cap turned backward, pumping himself up with cries of “C’MON!” Lleyton Hewitt fought one last feisty encounter. Then he gathered his three young kids on centre court and said farewell.After a career spent trying to win the Australian Open, the 34-year-old Hewitt had said that this year’s tournament – his 20th attempt – would be his last.”Lleyton’s Last Stand”, as some Australian media have billed it, came yesterday in the second round, where Hewitt lost to David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in a gritty contest that the numbers alone don’t do justice. It included some dramatic tennis, a few expletives – including a verbal volley Hewitt had with the chair umpire – and was capped off by an emotional send-off in the Rod Laver Arena.When the No. 8-ranked Ferrer returned to the court for the winner’s customary post-match interview, he redirected the spotlight to Hewitt.Ferrer, who at 33 is just a year younger than Hewitt and has a similar relentless, chase-every-ball style, told the crowd that he once had Hewitt sign a T-shirt for him that now hangs with other tennis memorabilia in his home. “I never had idols, but Lleyton is an idol for me.”last_img read more

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Planning a training programme

first_imgA training programme is designed to improve fitness, sharpen skills and encourage team work. Many sports are seasonal, therefore the programme is divided into parts called periodisation. Some sports use three main periods: 1. Preseason – Focus on a high level of general fitness for the particular sport. – Concentrate on muscular endurance, power and speed work. – Development of techniques, skills and strategies for the particular sport. 2. Competitive/Peak season – Emphasise speed. – Practise skills at high speed and competitive situations (training circuits and practise matches). – Extra fitness sessions for strength and power for key muscles. – Adequate recovery and rest to avoid injury and fatigue. 3. Off Season – Aims for complete recovery from competition through rest, relaxation and other sports (active rest) to maintain a level of fitness. The training programme can be long-term or short and designed for a particular sport, specific level of ability, an individual sports person or group of sports people at a similar level of ability. The skill requirements, type of fitness needed, demographics (age, health, experience, etc) must be considered. The training principles, including the FITT principle and training methods, must be incorporated in planning training programmes. The components of a training session. Having decided on the programme of training, the actual training session should have three parts: 1. Warm-up The warm-up helps with mental preparation, increases heart rate and blood flow, warm muscles, loosen joints, increases flexibility and reduces the risk of injury to muscles and joints. The warm-ups must last at least 20-30 minutes and should include: – Gentle exercise for the whole body, such as jogging. – Gentle stretching to increase range of movement at the joints and prevent strains on muscles tendons and ligaments. Each stretch must be held for 10-30 seconds with no bouncing. – Specific warm-up for the activity, e.g., minor game passing the ball around. 2. Training activities This is the body of the training session and prepares the individual or team in different ways for fitness and skill development, depending on the demand of the particular sport. The training activity should include the following: – Physical preparation A fitness session, e.g., continuous, fartlek, interval or circuit training – Psychological preparation Players need a certain intensity of motivation called arousal, which aids performance. If the arousal level is not high enough, boredom sets in and performance declines. Anxiety, stress level and aggression must also be managed. The team psychiatrist will help the players to recognise and manage these problems. – Technical preparation These are the basic patterns of movement which have to be developed in every activity. Skilful performance is the product of using techniques correctly, e.g., a netball player may work through a series of practices designed to improve footwork skills. – Tactical preparation How the opponent is beaten will depend on a number of different factors. Therefore, in order to win, a tactical game plan is needed. The main tactic for most sport involves either attack or defence. The basic principles behind these should be done during the session. For example, corner or free kicks can be done by using drills and practices for each situation. 3. Cool down The cool down is where the body recovers after vigorous activity and is as important as the warm-up. It prevents soreness, keeps circulation up so that more oxygen reaches the muscles to clear away lactic acid, and loosens tight muscles to prevent stiffness later. The cool down must begin with a few minutes of jogging, then finishing with stretching exercises. Special attention must be given to the main joints used. Recovery rate is how quickly the body gets back to normal. Make sure enough time is given to recover between training sessions. If training is done every day, follow a heavy one-day session with a light session. During a heavy training period, at least one rest day must be taken per week.last_img read more

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Minister tapping into business of sports

first_imgSports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be looking to pick up on a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 in an effort to make sports a serious foreign-currency earner.In an interview with The Gleaner following welcome home celebrations for the island’s teams to the Carifta swimming and track and field championships, at the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport earlier this week, the minister outlined that she hopes to market Jamaica as a sports tourism destination and training facility.”When I became minister in 2007, I had submitted a proposal to UNESCO to do a pre-feasibility study on Jamaica as a training facility for various sporting disciplines. That pre-feasibility study was funded and was actually done by someone from the University of Technology (UTech). The results were submitted to UNESCO and they were about to fund the feasibility study when we demitted office; and so we are gonna pick up where we left off, because I know that Jamaica is a brand and we should exploit that brand,” she outlined.”We can be that training facility, we can be the centre of sports tourism, the centre of culture tourism and we can be the centre of a creative industry, where Jamaica can say to the world, here we have the facilities. We have the infrastructure and we have the people with the skills to be able to provide what you need. Come to Jamaica,” she pointed out.last_img read more

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Lovetta Jones a safe banker

first_imgThe Pick-9 starts anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow after it was caught by a lucky punter, who walked away with a cool million. He also bagged two of the late Super-6 for another $200,000. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with an 800-metre race over the straight for $180,000 claimers to be contested by eight starters. The winner is almost sure to come from the trio of LOVETTA JONES, ROLEX, and the recent post-to-post winner MIRACLE RECOVERY under title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen. ROLEX and LOVETTA JONES have both beaten better in the not too distant past and appear to have a bit more class than the Michael Beecham-trained MIRACLE RECOVERY. However, MIRACLE RECOVERY not only loves the straight, but her current fitness is not in question. Preference, however, is for LOVETTA JONES, who was not disgraced when finishing 63/4 lengths fourth to AUNT HILDA over the straight five course on September 9, this on a $250,000 claiming tag. RUNNER RUNNER, who has been knocking loudly at the door in recent races, finishing second in his last two, should go one better in the second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds and up. With leading jockey Shane Ellis prevailing with the ride, the Spencer Chung-trained 4-y-o colt looks the most likely to succeed in the eight-strong field and should open his account at the expense of LUCKYBEGOOD (Henry up) and AWESOME ROCKET. Next on the programme is the annual renewal of the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup to be contested by nine native-bred two-year-old fillies. It will more than likely come down to a straight fight between the well-forward debutante PERFECT ASSET, to be ridden by Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and the Philip Feanny-trained SORRENTINO’S STAR (Paul Francis up), who was second to FUTURE KING on her September 5 debut over 1100 metres. A bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Fattie Bum Bum, PERFECT ASSET looked easy when galloping from the gate in 1:01.3 by 47.0 on Monday morning and should open her account right away. NATASHADONTPLAY (Chal-rick Budhai up), who went close in her last two races, is preferred to main rival HOLIDAY WEEKEND (Walker up) in the fourth race over a mile to be contested by eight starters. Then take STERRI’S CHOICE (Walker aboard), a narrow loser to BRAHMOS over 1100 metres last Saturday, to upstage DOOLAHIN (Ellis up) in the fifth race for the Donald Tankoy Cup over 1300 metres run in memory of the former CTL executive manager, who died in September, 2008. And close the programme with LIGHT BRIGADE under in-form Jevanne Erwin in the sixth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over 1400 metres. With the trip now ideal, LIGHT BRIGADE, who was unplaced behind dead-heaters FRANKENSTORM and NEVER GIVE UP over the round-five course last Saturday, returns under new management, moving from trainer Lawrence Freemantle to Steven Todd, and given this milder pace, gets the nod over TOKICO and JOHN D LINJAH. likely to succeed FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) LOVETTA JONES (2) RUNNER RUNNER/ LUCKYBEGOOD (3) PERFECT ASSET/ SORRENTINO’S STAR (4) NATASHADONTPLAY (5) STERRI’S CHOICE/ DOOLAHIN (6) LIGHT BRIGADE/ TOKICOlast_img read more

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Burrowes tops Liguanea Open Squash

first_imgTournament favourite Bruce Burrowes rallied from a game down to win the 2015 Liguanea Open Squash Tournament, which was played at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston over the weekend.As Jamaica’s number three, Burrowes was the highest-ranked of the tournament’s 56 entrants. However, the senior national team player could take nothing for granted as the competition’s handicap structure gave every player a chance to win the title.In the final, Burrowes went head-to-head with All Jamaica Under 17 champion Tahjia Lumley, who created the tournament’s biggest upset when he eliminated defending champion Ashante Smith in the semi-finals.The in-form junior seemed set to cause more trouble when he won the first game. However, Burrowes broke even after winning a closely contested second game and went on to seal the deal 15-21, 21-20, 21-18, 21-18.”I knew it wasn’t going to be a walkover because Tahjia is a fighter, but once I shook off losing the first game, I just settled down and focused on playing each point, and I came out ahead,” said Burrowes.Burrowes and Lumley won one year and six month’s membership at the Liguanea Club, respectively. The membership allows them access to the club’s extensive sports, lifestyle and wellness facilities, including the gym, full-service spa, tennis and squash courts as well as the dining rooms and members’ lounge.Third place went to Mario O’Connor, and the Don Williams Award for sportsmanship went to veteran Ray Binnie.last_img read more

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Help Jordan Foote of Holy Trinity High School

first_img jolted Last year, the death of 17-year-old Jamaican, Cavahn McKenzie, at the end of a cross-country race in Trinidad and Tobago, jolted us all. His death by heart-related problems put us all face to face with one of the major threats to Jamaican lives. Jordan’s plight falls into that category. Thankfully, the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and St Catherine Cricket Club have come to Jordan’s aid. It’s commendable and logical that the PLCA, a football organisation, would help. But it’s a sign of how Jordan’s case has touched people that a cricket club would leave the crease to assist. St Catherine won the recently concluded national 50-over title and have graciously pledged a portion of their $500,000 prize money to help the Holy Trinity student/footballer. It’s the kind of help Jordan can really use. Cancer care is hugely expensive and strength of cash is a huge contributor to survival. That’s probably an additional reason that cancer kills so many Jamaicans. In his favour, Jordan is young and fit. I’m no doctor, but with help and the right treatment, he has a chance. Hopefully, other entities will come to his side. Track and field standout Novlene Williams-Mills fought her battle with her family at her side. Together, they produced heart-warming results. Jordan Foote and his family have reached out for help. As a nation, we dare not let him down. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. The Jordan Foote story is a tear-jerker. Instead of enjoying his last year of high school football eligibility, Foote has been stricken by cancer. The Holy Trinity High School standout has fought many battles on the field of play. Now, he is fighting for his life. When we watch, read, and listen to our favourite sports, we escape the cares of the world. During that game or meet, it doesn’t matter that the dollar is going for US$119 to one or that crime statistics are high. However, every now and again comes a set of circumstances that remove sport from the realm of entertainment.last_img read more

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