Oliver Burke, low against Valencia for mumps

first_imgDeportivo Alavés resumed training today after resting during the day yesterday. After the valuable point harvested in Butarque against CD Leganés, those of Asier Garitano have exercised in an evening session that has taken place in the José Luis Compañón Sports City and has lasted for a little more than 60 minutes. The babazorros they have started the same in the gym for shortly after performing tactical and completion exercises on the green of the installation.Who has not trained with the rest of the team has been the Scottish player Oliver Burke as a result of viral mumpsThat is mumps. Recently the Athletic Alava goalkeeper, Unai Simón, had a similar disease and spent a couple of weeks in the dry dock. Against Valencia will not be Aleix Vidal, with five yellow. On that occasion it was an infection that was in the town where he lives, Murgía. There were many cases in the institute of the Paules Fathers and it is seen that it ended up affecting the rojiblanco soccer player. Victor Laguardia has exercised normallyHaving been replaced in the rest of last Saturday’s game as a result of head trauma, the central albiazul has completed normally the first training session of the week. Laguardia was examined at a hospital in Madrid on the same day of the match and the tests that were done discarded any type of injury. He was a little scared since he did not see well and he preferred to activate the protocol of blows to the head.last_img read more


Football closes the doors to 1.5 million fans

first_imgSporting-SportingRiazor32,91217,37052.8% Salamanca-LeioaHelmantic17,341 The spread of the coronavirus has caused all football events in the next two weeks to be played without audiences, affecting a total of 1,493,063 followers in Spain. Moreover, this circumstance and the fact that the safety of players and club workers is not fully guaranteed has led AFE and some teams to claim that they not only play behind closed doors, but also suspend and be postponed to other dates. That is to say, as it has happened in Italy, where Series A will not be played nor a single sporting event until the beginning of April and always depending on the evolution of the disease In addition, there are already many authorized voices of the sport that have claimed that the competition is meaningless if there is no audience behind to accompany the successes of his team. For example, LeBron James has flatly refused to jump to the court without followers or the Celtic has issued an official statement to explain its position: “Football without fans makes no sense and playing behind closed doors is totally inappropriate“But how many people can be affected this weekend by the inability to access the stadiums?First Division: 396,270 fans without footballMore than 80,000 people will remain without going to Santiago Bernabéu. The Camp Nou or the Wanda Metropolitano were not scheduled to host their teams for day 28. The clubs have already announced that they will return the amount of tickets already purchased to their fans. Even so, a total of 396,270 spectators will not go to the stadium this weekend (plus the emptiness of the Eibar-Real Sociedad). However, the fiefs do not usually hang the sign of no bills. If the average number of followers were respected, it would be just over 300,000 who could not cheer on their respective clubs.First Division assistance Seville-Betis28Sánchez Pizjuán43,88336,56483.3% Las Palmas-GironaGran Canaria Stadium32,39211,61435.9% Lift B-LleidaBuñol Sports City3,000 Marbella-Granada BMarbella Municipal9,000 Amorebieta-BurgosUrritxe Municipal Field3,000 Osasuna B-GuijueloTajonar facilities4,500 * Data via Transfermarkt.Second Division: 265,247 fans without footballThe closed door imposed by the Spanish government also affects LaLiga SmartBank. The competition, for the moment, will not stop. At least, that has guaranteed the employer after communicating Thebes to the media that only the normal pace will stop if they indicate this from the Congress of Deputies. With promotions, Playoffs and descents at stake, clubs will have to deal with an unprecedented circumstance years ago: play without their audience. With two days without fans, all teams in the category will see their stadiums bled. This is how this weekend affects:Second Division Assistance Real Madrid-Eibar28Santiago Bernabeu81,04466,87582.5% Granada-Getafe28The Carmenes19,33616,33184.5% Valladolid Promises-Bilbao Athletic Annexes to José Zorrilla750 Total93,721 Villarrobledo-Cádiz BOur Lady of Charity2,000 MatchStadiumCapacityMedium attendanceAverage attendance percentage Atlético Sanluqueño-Real MurciaEl Palmar5,000 Hercules-CornelláRico Perez30,000 Mirandés-NumanciaAnduva5,7593,11454.1% Talavera-AlgecirasThe meadow5,000 Valencia-Levante28Mestalla48,60040,32583% Eibar-Real SociedadPostponedIpurua8,1646,05974.2% MatchStadiumCapacity Ejea-La NucíaNew Municipal Stadium2,900 Royal Society-Osasuna28Reale Arena39,50030,99078.5% San Fernando-CordobaSouth Bay12,000 Cádiz-Rayo VallecanoRamón de Carranza21,09415,84275.1% Arenas Club-UnionistasMunicipal Field of Gobela1,200 * Data via Transfermarkt.Second Division B and Third DivisionThe order of the ministry influences both Second Division B and Third. In categories below the fourth of national football, there is no power and, therefore, it will be the territorial federations that decide how to deal with the situation. In the case of Madrid, The agency has already confirmed that all competitions of the youngest are suspended for the next dates. Thus, at the national level, the suspension of more than 200 matches is guaranteed, sum of the four groups of Second B and 18 of Third. This is how the measures taken next weekend influence:Group I of Second B Llagostera-AndorraLlagostera Municipal1,400 Pontevedra-Celta BPass12,500 Mérida-BadajozRoman Stadium14,600 Sabadell-Barça BNova Creu Alta11,981 Leganés-Valladolid28Bumper12,45410,23182.2% MatchWorking dayStadiumCapacityMedium attendanceAverage attendance percentage Elche-ExtremaduraMartinez Valero33,7329,55828.3% Group III of Second B San Sebastian de los Reyes-MelillaMatapiñonera3,000 MatchStadiumCapacity Ibiza-Oviedo BCan misses4,500 Coruxo-Getafe BCampo do Vao2,200 Calahorra-Real Sociedad BThe Return5,000center_img Malaga-HuescaThe Rose Garden30,04416,25654.1% Rayo Majadahonda-Las RozasCerro del Espino3,376 Badalona-Espanyol BMunicipal of Badalona4,170 Las Palmas B-Marino de LuancoAnnex Gran Canaria Stadium500 Inter de Madrid-Atlético BalearesBoadilla del Monte Municipal Sports Center1,000 Cultural Leonesa-BarakaldoKingdom of León13,451 MatchStadiumCapacity Real Unión-UD LogroñésStadium Gal6,344 Tudelano-IzarraTudela City11,000 Zaragoza-AlcorcónLa Romareda33,06821,91166.3% Fuenlabrada-TenerifeFernando Torres6,0005,09184.8% Total66,886 Total11 games396,270304,10676.74% Sporting B-Athletic BPepe Ortiz Field1,600 Total11 games265,247134,52550.71% Linense-Villarrubia BalompédicaMunicipal of the Line of the Conception20,000 Haro Deportivo-Alavés BMallet4,300 Albacete-AlmeriaCarlos Belmonte17,5248,04345.9% MatchStadiumCapacity Total44,743 Don Benito-YeclanoVicente Sanz5,000 Athletic-Athletic28San Mamés53,28940,98076.9% Espanyol-Alavés28RCDE Stadium40,50023,51358.1% Prat-Valencia MestallaMunicipal Sagnier1,000 Oviedo-PonferradinaCarlos Tartiere30,50013,06742.8% Villarreal B-CastellónVillarreal Sports City5,000 * Data via Transfermarkt.Group IV of Second B Total78,551 Racing-LugoThe Sardinero22,22212,65957% * Data via Transfermarkt.Group II of Second B Mallorca-Barcelona28Are moix20,50014,70671.7% Langreo-Peña DeportivaGanzabal4,024 UCAM Murcia-Sevilla AtléticoThe Condomina6,016 Orihuela-EbroThe arches4,500 Racing de Ferrol-CastillaTo malata12,043 Celtic-Villarreal28Ballads29,00017,53260.5% Cartagena-RecreationalCartagonova15,105 Nastic-OlotNou Estadi14,600 * Data via Transfermarkt. * Data via Transfermarkt.Total Second BA total of 283,901 fans, more in the sum than all of LaLiga SmartBank, will not be able to go this weekend to see their respective teams.Third divisionA total of 547,645 spectators could meet in the Third Division if the matches were played normally. While the stadiums are usually not full or the capacity figures are calculated based on the people who stand in the surrounding area, thousands and thousands of followers may not even go to the facility as a precaution.Group XVIIIAtlético Ibañés-Almansa: 1,500Almagro-Villacañas: 2,000Azuqueca-Ciudad Real: 1,000Conquense-Torrijos: 6,000Illescas-Pedroñeras: 1,000La Solana-Puertollano: 2,000Madridejos-La Roda: 2,000Quintana-Socuéllamos: 2,800Tarancon-Guadalajara: 1,500Toledo-Albacete B: 5,500Total: 25,300 spectators.Group XVIIZaragoza B-Calamocha: 800Cuarte-Villanueva: 2,000Valdefierro-San Juan Zaragoza: 800Borja-Barbastro: 2,000Illueca-Almudévar: 3,500Atlético Monzón-Brea: 5,000Binéfar-Belchite 97: 1,250Tarazona-Fraga: 1,500Teruel-Utebo: 5,000Sariñena-Robres: 4,000Total: 25,850 spectators.Group XVIRiver Ebro-Alfaro: 3,000Atlético Vianés-Arnedo: 500Berceo-Villegas: 2,000Calasancio-UD Logroñés B: 500Casalarreina-Varea: 800Calzada-Calahorra B: 1,500Comillas-Náxara: 3,500Pradejón-Alberite: 1,700Logroñés-Anguiano SD: 3,500Yagüe-Oyonesa: 1,200Total: 30,700 spectators.Group XVBeti Kozkor-Lourdes: 500Beti Onak-Egüés Valley: 2,000Burladés-Pamplona: 4,000Ardoi-Murchante: 1,500Cirbonero-Txantrea: 1,000Corellano-Subiza: 2,500Fontella-San Juan: 1,000Huarte-Peña Sport: 1,500Mutilvera-Cortes: 2,000Peña Azagresa-Baztán: 2,000Total: 18,000 spectators.Group XIVCacereño-Miajadas: 6,000Calamonte-Olivenza: 400Coria-Extremadura B: 6,000Cantos-Trujillo Fountain: 1,500Jerez-Arroyo: 2,500Montijo-Llerenense: 2,000Moralo-Azuaga: 5,000Plasencia-Diocesan: 1,400Racing Valverdeño-Villanovense: 2,000Valdivia-Aceuchal: 4,500Total: 31,300 spectators.Group XIIIEagles-Mar Menor: 4,000Huércal Overa-Los Garres: 2,500Lorca Deportiva-Cartagena B: 8,100Mazarron-Lorca: 3,500Minerva-Sports Mining: 1,000Muleño-Real Murcia B: 2,000Olympic of Totana-Cartagena: 2,500Plus Ultra-El Palmar: 2,000Pulpileño-Churra: 2,000UCAM Murcia B-City of Murcia: 6,500Total: 34,100 spectators.Group XIIBuzanada-San Fernando: 1,000Great Tarajal-Vera: 3,000Lanzarote-Atlético Tacoronte: 7,000Las Palmas C-Atlético Step: 500Marino-Ibarra: 7,500Saint Matthew-Messenger: 3,000Santa Úrsula-Villa of Santa Brígida: 2,000Tenerife B-Tamaraceite: 2,400Tenisca-Union Port: 6,000Union Viera-Atlético Union Güímar: 3,000Total: 35,400 spectators.Group XIEsporles-Mallorca B: 1,000Collerense-Ferriolense: 1,000Alcudia-Andratx: 1,750Portmany-Platges de Calviá: 3,000Poblense-Ibiza Pitiusas Islands: 8,000Constancia-Manacor: 10,000Felanitx-Binissalem: 2,000Formentera-Santa Catalina Atlético: 2,500Llosetense-Ibiza Sant Rafel: 2,000Santanyi-Soller: 4,000Total: 35,250 spectators.Group XCeuta-Seville C: 6,500Conil-Arcos: 3,500Cordoba B-Coria: 5,000Lebrijana-Xerez DFC: 1,000Los Barrios-Écija: 1,500Real Betis B-City of Lucena: 1,300Salerm Puente Genil-Gerena: 2,000San Roque de Lepe-Pozoblanco: 2,500Utrera-Rota: 3,000Xerez CD-Antoniano: 20,523Total: 46,823 spectators.Group IXAlhaurin-Real Jaén: 2,500Atlético Porcuna-Loja: 1,200Torreperogil-El Palo: 1,500CP Almeria-Maracena: 1,600El Ejido-Antequera: 7,870Huétor Tájar-Almería B: 520Atlético Malagueño-Motril: 1,300Mancha Real-Melilla CD: 1,500Torredonjimeno-Linares: 4,500Vélez-Huétor Vega: 3,000Total: 25,490 spectators.Group VIIIArandina-Gymnastic Segoviana: 6,000Atlético Tordesillas-Almazán: 3,500Bembibre-Burgos Promises: 2,750Bupolsa-Atlético Astorga: 2,000Cristo Atlético-Real Burgos: 8,100The Bañeza-Cultural Leonesa B: 3,000La Granja-Real Ávila: 2,000The Virgin-Numancia B: 1,500Mirandés B-Zamora: 6,900Santa Marta Tormes-Becerril: 1,500Total: 37,250 spectators.Group VIIAlcobendas-Rayo Vallecano B: 1,500Carabanchel-Villaverde San Andres: 2,000Flat Earth-Navalcarnero: 1,000Leganés B-Alcalá: 1,750Moratalaz-San Fernando: 1,500Móstoles-Alcorcón B: 14,000Parla-Atlético de Pinto: 2,500Pozuelo-The Alamo: 2,000Santa Ana-Trival Valderas: 2,000Unión Adarve-AD Torrejón: 1,000Total: 29,250 spectators.Group VIAlcoyano-Hercules B: 4,850Alzira-Jove: 5,000Atlético Saguntino-Acero: 200Atzeneta-Novelda: 1,500Beniganim-Villarreal C: 1,000Elche Ilicitano B-Crevillente: 1,500Intercity-Olímpic Xátiva: 2,000Colón-Vilamarxant spare parts: 1,000La Roda-Paterna: 2,000Eldense chair: 3,000Total: 22,050 spectators.Group VCE Europa-Horta: 4,000Manresa-Igualada: 3,660Granollers-UE Sants: 2,500L’Hospitalet-Pobra Mafumet: 6.740San Cristóbal CP-Peralada: 1,800Vilassar de Mar-Cerdanyola: 4,000Banyoles-Castelldefels: 4,000Figueres-Vilafranca: 9,472Terrassa-Santfeliuenc: 11,500Total: 47,672 spectators.Group IVAriznabarra-Sodupe: 500Balsameda-Beasain: 2,000Durango-CD Vitoria: 3,000Gernika-Somorrostro: 3,000Lagun Onak-Portugalete: 2,500San Ignacio-Deusto: 2,000Santurtzi-Pasaia: 1,469Sestao River-Real Sociedad C: 4,367Tolosa-Santutxu: 3,000Urduliz-Basconia: 2,000Total: 23,836 spectators.Group IIIBarreda-Cayón: 5,100Bezana-Cartes: 3,000Escobedo-Sámano: 2,000Gymnastic Torrelavega-Textile Shield: 6,800Guarnizo-Racing B: 3,000Laredo-Tropezón: 3,000Selaya-Atlético Albericia: 2,000Seven Villas-Ribamontan al Mar: 595Torina-Barquereño: 3,000Vimenor-Medio Cudeyo: 2,000Total: 30,495 spectators.Group IISport Flow-El San Martín: 2,940Club Siero-Mosconia: 5,000Colunga-Tuilla: 2,000Condal-Lenense: 2,000Covadonga-SD Navarro: 500Gijón Industrial-Praviano: 2,500L’Entregu-Vallobin: 1,200Llanera-Loyalty: 1,000Llanes-Ceares: 1,500Real Aviles-Urraca: 5,400Total: 24,040 spectators.Group IArzúa-Choco: 500Arosa-Somozas: 5,000As Pontes-Larks: 4,000Estradense-Compostela: 680Paiosaco-Pontellas: 500Polvorín-Bergantiños: 2,500Fast Bouzas-Deportivo Fabril: 2,500Villalbés-Ourense: 2,500Silva-Arenteiro: 1,000UD Ourense-Boat: 5,659Total: 24,839 spectators.last_img read more


The Bundesliga copies the virtual LaLiga tournament without Bayern

first_imgThe Bundesliga joins the list of those who want to fight boredom in times without football at the great championships in Europe. A few days after several LaLiga players played a solidarity tournament in which they measured on the PlayStation from their homes, The highest German competition announced today that it will carry out the same format with a total of 26 Bundesliga and Bundesliga2 clubs. EA Sports’ FIFA 20 will be played, which is why Bayern Munich may have been left out. The German champion is being sponsored by Konami, EA Sports’ natural competition in the eSports market. Unlike the championship started by video game narrator and streamer Ibai Llanos, The German teams will appoint up to two members who will represent their respective teams in the competition. One of them will be a professional player, the second an employee of the club. All teams will be modified and adapted to the same level to guarantee equal conditions for all participants. The first matches will be played on Saturday and will be broadcast on the Virtual Bundesliga YouTube channel.last_img read more


Experts already predict the possible consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in football

first_imgCantó considered that as in any crisis, “the door will be opened to new opportunities”, mainly eSports (electronic sports). “We are going to see a growth in the electronic versions of traditional sports and also that the border that separates the two is going to be diluted. A good example was seen in the recent #LaLigaSantanderChallenge or in the Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix, which had a notable following. in sports media. Both athletes participated, both footballers and pilots, “he said.However, in his opinion, Electronic sports must overcome some challenges to be able to reach their maximum potential and he referred to the audience of this modality, which must monetize. “The audience for eSports is going to grow, but the challenge will continue to be to monetize that audience, since these competitions have so far been open. According to a study, the average annual expenditure of an eSports fan does not exceed $ 5, while that of American football or basketball is between 160 and 260 a year per fan, “he said.WFS recalled that in the current situation, many Spanish and international clubs are processing Temporary Employment Regulation (ERTE) files these days due to the lack of economic income and the consequent inability to meet their expenses.Although the estimate that the losses for the sports industry worldwide could reach 60,000 million euros, Cantó was optimistic about the future of the sports industry and recalled that according to statistics, 80 percent of the world population declares that they love sports and that this will not change despite the pandemic. The application of long-term individual salary caps in European football, similar to those that work in American sport, is emerging as one of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, according to expert Carlos Cantó, executive director of SPSG Consulting and member of the advisory council of the World Football Summit platform.“It would be something similar to what already works in the American leagues and they would be based not only on percentages of the income of the clubs but on much more sophisticated parameters “, explained the sports marketing expert in an interview for the World Football Summit website, the platform for professional sports events.Cantó was in favor of the competitions being resumed, even if it is behind closed doors, as long as the authorities guarantee that there is no risk to the health of the players, coaches and referees. “In most clubs, the main source of income does not reside in the stadiums and, furthermore, the fans are not just those who go to the stadiums. In this way, there would be contracts (media, sponsors, etc.) that could fulfilled to a greater extent, “he said.last_img read more


Setien does not believe La Masia

first_imgAnsu Fati, Riqui Puig or Álex Collado (by the way the author of the best goal of the season in the Second Division B according to the FEF), players who next season must be part of the first team according to the plan of the technical secretariat and Bartomeu himself , who wants more quarry, will have risen this Friday with an unpleasant surprise. For the second time in the same week, Setién has sent an absolutely discouraging message to La Masia. This Wednesday, on TV3, the Cantabrian had asked himself the rhetorical question: “What do we want, quarry or advance?”, Implying that the main thing at Barça was the results and that there was no time for the tests. This Thursday in El Larguero de la SER, he insisted on his slam: “I have not been completely convinced (the players of the subsidiary) to play more than they have done. We are training with all those who we believe can give that happened but we have not found the opportunity to fit them. “In his presentation as coach of Barça, Setién had announced special attention to the quarry. He even did because he was seen at the Estadi Johan Cruyff watching Barça B matches. In his first training, he gave Riqui Puig a hug that the club’s official photographer captured and disclosed on social networks. And he even made him play 20 minutes in his debut against Granada and 71 in Ibiza in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. Since then, Riqui Puig only played three minutes. Not to mention Collado or Ansu Fati himself, who as soon as Martin Braithwaite arrived has disappeared from the lineups. Setien insisted on the day of his arrival that he did not shake his pulse to get boys from the quarry if the veterans relaxed and that he had already demonstrated it in other clubs (“if they push and earn it, they can play in the first team”). But, despite having a short squad, he soon understood that Barça is something else. That the statuses must be respected and that there are roles that cannot be touched if the locker room ecosystem is to be controlled. Setien, then, has embraced the sacred cows. Of course, Messi (“we’ll see if he can count on me for the next season,” he joked in El Larguero), Busquets (“like Del Bosque, I’d be reincarnated in him, you’d be surprised by the physical records”). And if it was necessary, he has changed his concept of players to those he identified with chaos. Where Riqui Puig has played 22 minutes since the Cantabrian landed, Vidal has participated in 354 minutes. For now, Setién has intentionally knocked a door on La Masia. Do not believe in the quarry as a short-term remedy.last_img read more


Standing tall: Paul Francis shares his story of courage

first_imgDania Bogle, Senior Gleaner Writer FANS OF athletics may have heard the name Paul Francis as the master strategist behind Jamaica’s gold medal in the women’s 4x400m at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, last August. Others know him as the younger brother of MVP Track and Field Club head coach, Stephen Francis and one of the club’s founders. Athletes at the University of Technology (UTech) know Francis as head coach of the women’s track team and for four years between 2010 and 2014 their classmate. Francis was 44 years old when he decided to go back to university. He had started in the 1980s at the University of the West Indies and dropped out after a year. He was accepted to do a degree in Business Administration at UTech in 2005 and opted out; but on February 2, 2010, what started out as a minor car accident, would change Francis’ life forever. While travelling on Highway 2000, he had a minor accident and when he left the vehicle to inspect the damage, was hit by a passing car which crushed his right leg. That exacerbated an injury Francis had suffered in 2008. “One day after training, I was fooling around on the track with a football and twisted my ankle and it just …broke. So I was walking around with a noticeable limp from two years before,” Francis told The Gleaner. After three weeks in hospital he was told his leg had developed an infection, and would have to be amputated. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, one of the island’s most noted orthopaedic surgeons, conducted the operation. “Of course, I would have felt a deep remorse on hearing that I would have had to lose half of one of my legs and like any normal human being, I buss a bawl,” he shared. NO LOOKING BACK “After that bawl, never again have I looked back and regretted or thought that I am disadvantaged because I have a disability.” Francis, an IAAF Level IV certified sprint and hurdles coach, and Area Technical Official, was fitted with a prosthetic leg that August. The amputation made him reevaluate his position. “I did not see myself being able to demonstrate a high knee drill or a start to any athlete, and I thought that would somehow reduce my premium as a coach, and I thought it would be an excellent idea to ensure I try to expand my knowledge in terms of the administration of the sport because sport is my passion. I didn’t want to be somebody who had to sit down and rely on people,” he said. In 2010, a long-time dream of local track and field icon Dennis Johnson, who was for many years head of sports at UTech, the Bachelor of Science in Sport Science would come to fruition. “So as soon as I heard it was on, I jumped at it,” Francis, who turns 50 in April, said. There were days when Francis, who graduated with a degree in Sports Management, would go to classes on crutches as his prosthetic limb caused soreness. “Each day, I got a little stronger in terms of how to manage my own body. I had years of coaching experience and every sporting event doesn’t need only players, but it also needs strategists who are going to guide or coach the team. So oftentimes I played that role but at no point did I refuse myself from any practical activity because of my disability. I took part in every one of them,” he said. Being a full-time coach and student can be difficult, but Francis said difficulty is relative. “I thought I was blessed. It was simply a thing of managing your time. I have always considered myself a realist. In most situations I prefer to see a bottle as half full rather than half empty, and one of my most dominant philosophies is that no matter how bad a situation you think you are in there are many who are worse and they have survived it, therefore you can too.” Francis works very closely with his brother, and while he is the more celebrated, has nothing but great love and respect for the job his brother is doing. FIRST ATHLETE He was Stephen’s first athlete as he coached him in the discus while he was at Wolmer’s. “I have zero reservation about the kudos and recognition Stephen gets. I am his biggest admirer. He is bright. He is working at his passion and he uses all his available resources to ensure that he keeps improving at what he does. I feel a bit ashamed sometimes when people big me up because I think that he deserves most or all of the praise,” he said. Since graduating, Francis has started his own events planning business and is enthusiastic about his future. “You can either choose to lie down and die or you can choose to get up and live. I chose to live,” he said.last_img read more


Sky’s the limit for McLeod – Graham

first_img PROBLEMS McLeod has recently run 9.99 seconds for the 100 metres, but Graham doesn’t believe the accelerated velocity will create problems. “All he has to do is fix his leg sometimes by not hitting the hurdle,” he suggested. “Once he’s clean, we’re going to see something fantastic soon, before even Rio”, Graham said, using hurdling terminology to describe a race when the athlete isn’t slowed down by contact with any of the 10 obstacles. More broadly, the experienced coach thinks that McLeod and Parchment could both win medals in the 110-metre hurdles at the Olympics. “Once Parchment gets his start, we could see Jamaica creating history – a quinela,” he predicted. “With Omar’s early speed, once Parchment gets his start, Jamaica is in for some good times in the hurdles,” he concluded. The early-season form of Omar McLeod has one of his former high-school coaches thinking about the world record. Raymond Graham, who coached McLeod in 2013 at Kingston College (KC), says McLeod’s early speed will help chase Aries Merritt’s four-year-old 110-metre hurdles record of 12.80 seconds. Graham also believes that McLeod and Hansle Parchment could make hurdling history for Jamaica at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Graham isn’t surprised by his former student’s early-season run of 13.08 seconds at the Drake Relays last weekend. “He is the first hurdler I’ve seen with so much speed, and when you have speed,” he explained, “you’re going to run fast”. The long-time coach believes McLeod was unlucky to hit the hurdles in last year’s World Championship final and said: “I think he will break the world record soon.” McLeod ran 12.97 seconds to beat Parchment, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, to win last year’s National Senior Championships. However, he struggled in the World Championships final where he placed sixth. Parchment peaked well at the Worlds to be runner-up to Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov. Graham isn’t the first to project world-record potential for McLeod. Just after McLeod’s Nationals wins, 1966 CAC silver medallist Ray Harvey said: “His form is immaculate, impeccable, but his speed is what really, I think, could propel him probably close to the world record.”last_img read more


Patience is key – Blake

first_imgIt has been a long road back for former world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who continues to lay the blocks for his comeback after two serious injuries in as many years derailed his career.Blake, the second-fastest man in history in both the 100m (9.69) and 200m (19.26), suffered a hamstring injury in 2013, forcing him to miss the chance of defending his title at the World Championships that year. He suffered yet another injury a few months later, sending him back on the shelf after a brief return.This time around, Blake, confident that he will eventually get back to his best, says he is exercising much more patience, competing at smaller meets, developing assurance, as he looks to take his conditioning up a few levels before the end of the season.Blake, who recently posted an encouraging season best of 10.12 (the fastest time ever run on Irish soil) in testing conditions at a meet in Dublin, Ireland, will today compete at the Dutch Championships.”I don’t have any doubts in my talent. There is no doubt, I am always confident in my ability,” Blake underlined. “During this comeback, I now know that I have to be patient because injuries take time to heal, and I have to do work to get the muscles strong again, so I have to be really patient with this,” said Blake, who also spoke about his run a week ago.”It was really a good experience running in Ireland. It was my first time competing there. It wasn’t great weather, but I still enjoyed it, and to become the fastest man to ever run in Ireland is really good,” Blake told The Gleaner.REGAINEDCONFIDENCE”Running at these small meets helps me to regain my confidence and also gives me a sense of where I am going because to start back at a high level is not easy, so it’s important to build myself up. This run in Ireland was worthwhile and the same for other smaller meets. This run in Ireland tells me that I am closer to where I want to be. It could have been better, but I am thankful,” Blake added.The 25-year-old competed at the National Senior Champion-ships but failed to make it to the final, missing a spot on Jamaica’s team to next month’s World Championships. While admitting that he was disappointed, Blake is certain his two runs there have not gone to waste.”We are humans, but I wasn’t that disappointed knowing how my training was going and everything, especially knowing I was just coming back. In my camp, the expectation wasn’t that high because they knew where I was, but to get in the runs was really good for me. Overall, everything is falling into place and I just have to take my time and work towards better things,” said Blake, while sharing his struggles in coming back from the injury.”The toughest thing about coming back has been the mental part of it. Knowing that the body has healed but in the back of your mind it was to overcome that you could go out there and perform and not be afraid to run fast,” Blake said.last_img read more


Patience is key – Blake

first_imgIt has been a long road back for former world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who continues to lay the blocks for his comeback after two serious injuries in as many years derailed his career.Blake, the second-fastest man in history in both the 100m (9.69) and 200m (19.26), suffered a hamstring injury in 2013, forcing him to miss the chance of defending his title at the World Championships that year. He suffered yet another injury a few months later, sending him back on the shelf after a brief return.This time around, Blake, confident that he will eventually get back to his best, says he is exercising much more patience, competing at smaller meets, developing assurance, as he looks to take his conditioning up a few levels before the end of the season.Blake, who recently posted an encouraging season best of 10.12 (the fastest time ever run on Irish soil) in testing conditions at a meet in Dublin, Ireland, will today compete at the Dutch Championships.”I don’t have any doubts in my talent. There is no doubt, I am always confident in my ability,” Blake underlined. “During this comeback, I now know that I have to be patient because injuries take time to heal, and I have to do work to get the muscles strong again, so I have to be really patient with this,” said Blake, who also spoke about his run a week ago.”It was really a good experience running in Ireland. It was my first time competing there. It wasn’t great weather, but I still enjoyed it, and to become the fastest man to ever run in Ireland is really good,” Blake told The Gleaner.REGAINEDCONFIDENCE”Running at these small meets helps me to regain my confidence and also gives me a sense of where I am going because to start back at a high level is not easy, so it’s important to build myself up. This run in Ireland was worthwhile and the same for other smaller meets. This run in Ireland tells me that I am closer to where I want to be. It could have been better, but I am thankful,” Blake added.The 25-year-old competed at the National Senior Champion-ships but failed to make it to the final, missing a spot on Jamaica’s team to next month’s World Championships. While admitting that he was disappointed, Blake is certain his two runs there have not gone to waste.”We are humans, but I wasn’t that disappointed knowing how my training was going and everything, especially knowing I was just coming back. In my camp, the expectation wasn’t that high because they knew where I was, but to get in the runs was really good for me. Overall, everything is falling into place and I just have to take my time and work towards better things,” said Blake, while sharing his struggles in coming back from the injury.”The toughest thing about coming back has been the mental part of it. Knowing that the body has healed but in the back of your mind it was to overcome that you could go out there and perform and not be afraid to run fast,” Blake said.last_img read more


More sports in brief

first_imgCourtney Walsh clinicsSupreme Ventures Limited (SVL) has renewed its sponsorship for the staging of this year’s Courtney Walsh Cricket Clinic.The success of the clinic in identifying and developing kids under 15 years with cricket talent islandwide has driven SVL to recommit $2.5m to the programme.The programme will run from August 11-17, with the main objective being to enhance the talent of each player who shows the potential to join Jamaica’s Under-15 team and by extension the West Indies junior teams, whilst teaching young players cricketing fundamentals on and off the field.The coordination and execution of this programme will be led by Walsh, the legendary West Indies fast bowler, and Robert Samuels, former West Indies opening batsman and Jamaica captain.”This year’s partnership gives us an opportunity to emphasise and showcase our loyalty to youth development through sports. The talent pool of young cricketers produced from the programme over the last seven years is commendable and due mainly to the vision and work of Walsh and his team as well as SVL’s strong association,” said Diahann Guy-Shepherd, sponsorships, promotions and branding manager for SVL.Clinic schedule:August 11 – Kingston and St AndrewAugust 12 – St Catherine and ClarendonAugust 15 – Manchester and St ElizabethAugust 17 – St James and Trelawnylast_img read more