Nadal saved two ‘break’ balls in the fifth game, but did not prevent the seventh from falling from the rival side (5-2). In white, Djokovic closed the first sleeve in his favor and involuntarily gave a touch of attention to the Balearic, who had to climb steps of intensity in search of the comeback.Accustomed to many battles of such caliber, Nadal interpreted it to solve without burden every shift of his own service. Opposite, the Belgrade player did the same until he reached the sixth game, when he lifted five break balls to an already emboldened opponent.Soon after, the tables changed and it was Nadal who prevented Djokovic from breaking with 5-5 and 15-40. A lot of talent was seen by both of them, and the stands were grateful that the set needed a sudden death. The Balkan flopped then, although he recovered the cadence in the blow and devastated especially with his setbacks, initiating the 7-4 in said ‘tie-break’.Baptist opened a fruitless path But before the intense fight between the two best tennis players of the ATP circuit, Roberto Bautista had given Spain his first smile at breakfast time. In a state of grace, the Spaniard showed that his current condition of number 10 is no bluff.Lajovic, with the support of the stands, showed his best version in the inaugural set. He was able to overcome a bad start, where the right-wing blows made by his rival were devastating. Bautista placed 2-0 and 40-0 up, when then his opponent woke up to save a very dangerous ball from the bottom of the track.Despite finally giving up that game (3-0), the Balkan had already entered the job. And he showed it by assigning his subsequent service blank, scoring with difficulty his next serve and breaking in half the Baptist serve (3-3).Having saved two ‘break’ opportunities, Lajovic did not want the first game of the grand final to escape so quickly. He even came out unharmed from a 4-3 down and 30-40 with his duty shift, which maintained equality and led the set to sudden death.However, the Spaniard pressed the accelerator in the twelfth game and took advantage of his first option to break when he was 15-40, to certify 7-5 and start with confidence the second round. And there came the fuel of the Serbian, who was overwhelmed immediately.Bautista aimed his first two shifts at the serve in white, breaking another two of his opponent and thereby achieving a broad 4-0 lead. Desperately, Lajovic connected a pair of accurate drives and consumed a break that extended an exchange of balls with obvious Spanish color.The Castellón de la Plana continued with his versatility and broke again (5-1), consolidating such a situation to put the final 6-1 and track what would be a new success of Spanish tennis. Nadal’s stumble against Djokovic can still be amended with a doubles victory. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and his compatriot Viktor Troicki beat Feliciano López and Pablo Carreño on Sunday 6-3 and 6-4, thus preventing Spain from winning the ATP Cup title, whose final played in Sydney (Australia) vibrated with The Balkan comeback.On the track of the Ken Rosewall Arena, inside the Sydney Olympic Park, Djokovic became the great protagonist. After Roberto Bautista from Castellón had beaten Dusan Lajovic 7-5 and 6-1, Balearic Rafael Nadal could not finish off the job and succumbed 6-2 and 7-6 (4) against a Djokovic for sublime moments.Thus, Nadal was overcome after a duel of quality and that lasted 1 hour and 56 minutes. The balance at that point had been balanced, so the encounter of doubles would serve as a climax. At a press conference, the Manacorense tennis player confirmed his tiredness and caused the duo for the final fight to be the one composed by López and Carreño.Both had beaten Australia’s Chris Guccione and John Peers last Saturday during the semifinals, but this time the ‘movie’ was different. Djokovic persisted in his dizzying game and to top it all dragged his companion Troicki towards his good dynamics.The comeback, thanks to Djokovic The defeat of Lajovic had left the survival of the Serbian team in the hands of Djokovic, who has an added value in his idyll with the tracks ‘aussies’. Their great seasons usually start very early every year, always opting for the Melbourne crown to scare from the first ‘Grand Slam’.So it was hardly surprising that, to begin its journey in this new and novel final, ‘Nole’ broke the first turn of the opposite serve. Almost 10 minutes of play took Manacor to yield 1-0, a set that consolidated the Balkan immediately to take the lead (3-1) and continue to disturb the rest. Djokovic works the comeback after winning Nadal and then in the doubles Image: Reuters
LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 14, 2020 Fruit or not of the little reflection that has presided over the carousel of events of the weekend, Barça, which has discussed the values that it airs so much, the club made its last ugly to Ernesto Valverde in the announcement of his goodbye. To begin with, the club sent a cold statement to the media announcing the termination of Valverde and expressing gratitude for “the professionalism, the commitment, the dedication and the always positive and close treatment that has always shown to all the estates of the Barca family”. However, it surprised some lack of tact in the information that was published on the website. In it, three lines are dedicated to “final stretch” last year’s course and “the disappointments” of the elimination of the Champions League in Liverpool and the Cup final in Seville are remembered. The note occupies more space than the memory at two leagues in two years with which Valverde leaves in the backpack. He was the last ugly to a technician who, as a gentleman he is, will not uncover the box of thunder, but that He has made an entire exhibition of handling a locker room in which customs have been installed for years that make conviction more difficult and the results than in others.
Ana Muñoz has voluntarily left the Spanish Football Federation. He did it in December. In May 2018, she was appointed vice president for integrity issues, a new area that was established in the agency. I endorsed, among other things, her experience as general director of the CSD. A few weeks ago Ana Muñoz decided to leave her duties in the Spanish Federation after just a year and a half in it. Elvira Andrés, until now responsible for Compliance, will leave this area to become Vice President of the Board of Directors of the RFEF in the place vacated by Ana Muñoz In November 2018, Ana Muñoz was the only member of the Federation’s board of directors who voted to remove Andreu Subies of his position in the Federation when the former president of the Catalan Federation and economic vice president of the RFEF had an open cause for alleged diversion of funds for his own benefit. Muñoz voted against Subies at the extraordinary meeting of November 2018 once the allegations in his defense were heard in said Subies meeting, which remained as vice president after the vote. He only registered one vote against. Shortly after he came to resign, but Rubiales accepted it, although he finally did last March.In addition to all of the above, the Federation has launched a new project. The composition of the Equality Observatory, that the RFEF has created to continue advancing in this area and in which Spanish athletes of the highest level will be integrated, among them Laura del Río, Thais Enriquez and Lydia Valentín.
While many fans and part of the press talk about theft and campaign so that Almeria does not ascend to the First Division after the tie at the Nuevo Los Pajaritos Stadium, José María Gutiérrez pulls self-criticism in the press room, showing his anger. “We would have to spend the whole night to explain what we have lacked. We have not had a ball, nor did we want it, we did not win the second moves … We have all lacked”, says the Madrid.The one of Torrejón de Ardoz considers that his pupils were not plugged in during the whole encounter. “The team has to work from minute 1 to 90, not that I’m not in 65”, says the rojiblanco coach, who values the position in the table. “If we have won a point of six and we continue seconds, the others have not done things very well,” he says. Gutierrez could not be clearer when asked about the penalty against, validated by the VAR. “The penalty of David Costas to Higinio has been very clear. Numancia has been far superior to us. We have marked and we have gone back. They tied us and could have won. There is much to improve “, he says before praising one of the new additions. “Villalba has been spectacular, he is a different player that we did not have and that will give us a lot. It has been a great debut and we are very happy with his arrival. I do not speak of the market, the signings are made by the club, not me”, comment.Carrión also pulled self-criticism. “I try to be critical of my team and I don’t think it was one of our best matches. In the first part I had the feeling of being more involved than they, who expected the transitions with Lazo and Appiah. The second was more even, to be honest, “says the coach of Numancia in the press room of the Nuevo Los Pajaritos Stadium.
1-0. In Europe, since the visiting goal rule is used as the first tiebreaker criterion, defending a 1-0 away from home has a success of 61%. In the Champions era, starting with a 1-0 served to pass in 22 of 33 cases (67%).Balance. Atlético surpassed eight of the eleven continental qualifiers in which they won 1-0 the first leg at home. Eliminated Legia (1971, 2-1 on the lap), Hajduk Split (1976, 1-2), Uerdingen (1986, 2-3), Aston Villa (1998, 2-1), Amica Wronki (1999, 1- 4), Liverpool (2010, 2-1), Bayern (2016, 2-1) and Leicester (2017, 1-1).Defeats. The three European eliminations of Atleti after starting 1-0 were those that failed to score out: against Ajax in 1971 (3-0), Fiorentina in 1989 (1-0 and defeat on penalties) and OFI Crete ( 2-0).It was Cholo. Atlético de Simeone has started 26 qualifiers (five in the Champions League, seven in the Europa League and 14 in the Cup) with one-way victory and only once fell (against Juventus a year ago). In those 26 return matches, he added 14 wins, eight draws and only four losses (Bayern in 2016, Las Palmas in 2017, Sporting de Portugal in 2018 and Juve in 2019). Anfield. Liverpool will try to overcome a 1-0 at home for the 15th time in a two-game European qualifier. He did it nine times and failed in five. However, their success rate in Champions is very high: four classifications and only one elimination (against Benfica in 2006, after losing 0-2 at Anfield).Streak. Liverpool have 16 consecutive games without losing at Anfield in the Champions League (eleven wins and five draws), since Real Madrid won 0-3 in the group stage of 14-15. However, no result this season would serve to eliminate Atlético (4-3 to Salzburg, 2-1 to Genk and 1-1 against Naples).Fort. Liverpool have 42 consecutive official games without falling into Anfield. Since Chelsea won in September 2018 (1-2 in the League Cup), the locals have added 37 wins and have yielded five draws.Spain. Only three Spanish teams (out of ten possible) have eliminated Liverpool in Anfield (Athletic in 1968, Celta in 1998 and Atlético in 2010). In the European Cup, none have yet achieved it (Real Madrid failed in 2009 and Barcelona in 2007 and 2019).
Sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC): Only three players so far have signed contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to represent the region in the T20 World Cup, just days before a Valentine’s Day deadline runs out. WICB Chief Executive Michael Muirhead made the disclosure late yesterday without revealing the names of those who have put pen to paper before Sunday’s deadline. His revelation came as a fresh contract crisis erupted this week over wages, between the WICB and players selected for the T20 World Cup starting next month in India. “Three have signed and one has indicated that he would not be able to participate because of injury so he will be replaced,” disclosed Muirhead, in an interview with Caribupdate News. “I will not name names at this point until the player is replaced and until Sunday when at that point I will then decide the appropriate time to release such”. Captain Darren Sammy and the players are contending that the remuneration on offer from the board for the T20 World Cup is unacceptable, and have called for a return to the amounts offered under the previous contract. The players concerns were contained in a letter from Sammy to Muirhead rejecting the notion that WIPA was their legitimate representative. However, Muirhead has expressed confidence that the rest of the players would also sign the contract and disclosed that he has received a second letter from Sammy with a conciliatory tone. “I am confident I think they will sign. I think just the tone of Sammy’s letter. I think he almost sound like he is speaking for himself but I assume he is speaking on behalf of most of the players if not all,” said Muirhead. “I assume that most if not all will sign not withstanding they may be some outstanding issues that he may want to take up after but certainly nothing could happen before. So I am confident that they will sign”. Muirhead has also confirmed that the Clive Lloyd led selection committee has already begun selecting a cadre of available players to represent the region in the World Cup, if they are needed. “That’s in the hands of the selectors right now. I am not sure at what stage they are but they have convened,” he said. “They were looking at the cadre of players who are out there and are available and will be putting that list together”. In his letter to the WICB Chief Executive, Sammy had pointed out that the T20 World Cup four years ago, the lowest paid player was guaranteed almost US$60 000 while the highest player stood to make almost US$138 000. He argued that with only US$27 600 on offer for the upcoming tournament, it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent pay cut for players. According to Muirhead, while Sammy’s second letter expressed his intention to represent West Indies at the World Cup he remains resolute that the WICB reconsiders the pay package. “We are not opposed to reconsidering but it would have to be done through the single and recognised representative body being WIPA,” Muirhead said.. “The book is never closed but it cannot be for a single group.”
THIS WEEK’S MATCHESSPORTSMAX 2SATURDAY7:45 a.m. WEST HAM VS SUNDERLAND12:30 p.m. WEST BROM VS CRYSTAL PALACE5 p.m. SOUTHAMPTON VS CHELSEA7 p.m. WATFORD VS BOURNEMOUTH10:45 p.m. STOKE VS ASTON VILLASUNDAYSPORTSMAX 29 a.m. MAN U VS ARSENALSPORTSMAX9 a.m. TOTTENHAM VS SWANSEA
Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson was on Tuesday cleared by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for his riding of highly-fancied COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park on Saturday, March 19. Nelson rode the veteran campaigner to finish fifth to HOVER CRAFT over 1500 metres, but the stewards were not satisfied with his riding and summoned him to an inquiry. After hearing submissions from Nelson as well as his representative Ed Barnes, the stewards accepted the jockey’s submission that he had suffered an injury on the track on Friday, March 18 and had received medication from the doctor. They also accepted the argument that COMMANDING CHIEF displayed symptoms of breathing problems during the race, which affected his performance. Additionally, Nelson apologised to the stewards for his disrespectful behaviour in the scales area and in the vicinity of the Stewards’ Room. He was also cautioned regarding his conduct and what is expected of him as a professional jockey. Nelson, the leading rider with 22 wins so far this season, was second time lucky yesterday, when he successfully appealed the decision by the stewards to disqualify his mount, PAPER N LACE after winning division one of the McKay Security Trophy over 1820m on New Year’s Day. The horse was disqualified for causing interference to OH MY GRANDPA in the early stages of the event and the race was awarded to GRAN CORAZON. PAPER N LACE was reinstated to first by the full Commission.
KINGSTON: A record 10,600 participants lined up on the waterfront, downtown Kingston, to participate in the Digicel Imagine 5K Run on Saturday night. David Butler, CEO, Digicel Jamaica, said he was encouraged by the record numbers and thanked everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of the event – being staged for the fourth time – in support of special-needs institutions. “We want to thank everyone; the participants, our sponsors and partners from corporate Jamaica and the public sector, the media and, importantly, our hundreds of volunteers, for joining us in the support of this great cause,” said Butler. Last year, a total of 8,052 persons turned out to support the cause. ‘grateful’ many firsts Also expressing thanks was Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairman, Digicel Foundation. “We are grateful to the thousands of persons who registered in this year’s race, they have boosted the Foundation’s islandwide programme for our special-needs family,” she said. “Our patron, Denis O’Brien, has inspired us with his passion to uplift these beloved Jamaicans. Our special-needs students, athletes, teachers, coaches and volunteers have brought us and our country pride and joy, and it is a privilege to partner with them,” added Lowrie-Chin. In line with the record turnout, the company is also celebrating several firsts for the race, with this year showing the highest number of participants coming from the special-needs community. Mustard Seeds registered 229 participants, while Early Stimulation Plus registered a team of 221 participants. The race also received massive support from the school population across Jamaica, with a total of 427 students from secondary schools and 555 from tertiary institutions. A new addition to this year’s race and a first for 5K races in Jamaica was the fun route. Participants in this section of the race were splashed with paint as they started the route that was laced with fun, interactive obstacles. These included more paint, a maze, a giant-sized pendulum swing, tyre run, balance beam, and ending with a slip and slide.