The German Federation reiterates its intention to end the season behind closed doors

first_imgThe DFB leaders and the German Football League (DFB) will meet this week to design a plan to end the season, where closed-door matches are a possibility. Keller, in his article, said that football does not demand special treatment and that he is aware that currently the priorities are different and that It is not intended to resort to medical skills -to test players- that are more necessary in other places.Enter the options that have been considered to resume the season behind closed doors is to do the coaching staff and the referees before each game. The president of the German Football Federation (DFB), Fritz Keller, reiterated the intention to end the season behind closed doors, in an article published this Monday by the magazine Kicker. Keller appealed to fan organizations, which have criticized that possibility, to understand that it is the only way to save some clubs from bankruptcy.Keller said he understands reservations before games behind closed doors but warned that giving them up would lead to “Some fans would never be able to go to a match for their team again because it soon could not exist anymore.”last_img read more

Puente Romano justifies Djokovic after the pull of his ears for his ‘illegal’ training

first_imgThe Novak Djokovic’s controversial training at the Roman Bridge Lodge in Marbella, who held on Instagram and during which he’s seen rambling with the Spanish tennis participant Carlos Gómez Herrera, has introduced penalties. The State of Alarm solely permits from Monday the training of Excessive Stage athletes (Spanish) and soccer and basketball professionals individually and with out entry to amenities that aren’t these of the groups. The lodge’s Tennis Membership right this moment issued an announcement to make sure that it acted in good religion by facilitating the courtroom for the Serbian tennis participant. “It’s the place the place Mr. Djokovic normally trains when he’s in Marbella. Understanding that as of Could four skilled athletes have been licensed to coach, they have been licensed to make use of our amenities“The membership defined in an announcement.Nevertheless, after a session with the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation, mentioned physique clarified to the Puente Romano Marbella that “We should wait till Could 11 to make use of the tennis membership. This clarification has been shared with Mr. Djokovic and each events have agreed to renew training from that date. We remorse that our interpretation of the rule might have been improper, “they state.Primary determined to restrict himself in Marbella, as a result of his brother Marko and his ‘religious advisor’ Pepe Imaz will be a part of the membership, and it’s one of his favourite locations to make the preseason.last_img read more

Athletes say IAAF ‘betrayed’ them

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP):A group of athletes, led by Olympic discus champion Robert Harting, has released a video message saying track and field’s world governing body had “betrayed” them by not doing enough to fight doping.”Dear IAAF, we cannot trust you anymore,” Harting said in the English-language video posted on YouTube. “We have to act now.”Harting, a three-time World champion who won Olympic gold in London in 2012, has been a vocal critic of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). He declined to be considered for the IAAF’s “Athlete of the Year” award in 2014 because he did not want to appear alongside candidates who have served doping bans, including US sprinter Justin Gatlin.The IAAF responded by inviting Harting to its offices or one of the competitions to see personally the federation’s fight against doping and what it is doing in “rooting out the cheats and protecting the credibility of competition”.”The IAAF very much appreciates and admires the passion, commitment and strength of opinion of all clean athletes and their feeling of intense frustration following the recent unfounded media accusations concerning the IAAF’s anti-doping program,” the Monaco-based federation said in a statement.”Therefore, we would love to welcome Robert Harting, whose no-nonsense anti-doping stance we greatly admire, to come and talk to us so we can address his concerns,” the IAAF added.The Harting video comes after reports by German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain that blood doping was rampant in the sport, citing leaked test results from an IAAF database. The IAAF has strongly rejected suggestions that it had failed to follow up on the suspicious tests and that it wasn’t doing enough to uncover doping.The media reports examined the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes from 2001 to 2012 and concluded that 800 were suspicious. The reports said that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.”You damage our sport,” US shot putter Eric Werskey says in the video.Harting’s girlfriend, discus thrower Julia Fischer, holds up a handwritten message saying: “You broke my childhood dreams.””You put money over athletes,” says hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas, while 800-metre runner Robin Schembera adds: “I want to run against clean athletes, not monsters.”Harting concludes with the message, “You betrayed my beliefs.”The athletes say they demand “honesty, integrity, transparency”.They hold up signs with #hitIAAF.The doping reports were published ahead of this month’s World Championships in Beijing, which the IAAF said is “causing stress and confusion” for athletes.last_img read more

WICB mourns Williams’ passing

first_imgKINGSTON: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has expressed sorrow over the passing of former Jamaica and West Indies batsman Basil ‘Shotgun’ Williams, who died on Sunday in Atlanta, United States, of a heart attack. He was 65. In a release issued on Tuesday, the WICB said it “would like to express its profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to family and friends”. Williams played seven Tests for West Indies between 1978 and 1979, distinguishing himself with two hundreds in his brief career. “We mourn the loss of another servant of the game in the Caribbean,” said WICB president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron. “Indeed, the Jamaica Cricket Association and the Kensington Cricket Club family, of which he was a part for all of his life, will miss him. “I knew ‘Shotgun’, as he was affectionately known, having been a member of Kensington for so many years. He was captain of the first team and I had the honour of playing with him. He was a tough, but fair captain and a no-nonsense guy,” added Cameron. Williams earned his place in the West Indies side, partly due to a solid regional first-class season in 1978 and the defection of many leading players to Kerry Packers’ World Series Cricket. He hammered a hundred against an equally depleted Australian side on debut in Guyana, ending the series with 257 runs at an average 42.83. This earned him selection for the subsequent Tour of India, where he again performed well, scoring 212 runs at 35.33 – including a hundred at Calcutta. After that series, the leading players returned from World Series Cricket and he was discarded. Williams continued to represent Jamaica with distinction until his retirement, in 1986 and served the game in his homeland in a number of areas, including selector, board member and team manager.last_img read more

Portmore’s East stars in the west

first_imgJOVAN East starred in the west yesterday evening, netting a double at Tivoli Gardens to hand Portmore United a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought Red Stripe Premier League battle at Edward Seaga Sports Complex.East netted in the 38th and 83rd minutes, either side of a 56th-minute goal from Tivoli’s mercurial striker, Jermaine Johnson, who was forced out of the contest with a knee injury at a critical time – the 77th minute – with the game on a knife’s edge.East, benefiting from Maalique Foster’s industry, made a simple tap-in finish at goalmouth to swing the balance decidedly in Portmore’s favour and send his team climbing up the ladder to joint leadership at 18 points in nine matches, alongside Humble Lion, who edged Boys’ Town 2-1 at Effortville Community Centre, and Montego Bay United, who are involved in one of two matches this afternoon.Tivoli, which might otherwise have made the jump, remained on 14 points – tightly bunched in mid-table – from a result that represented a turnaround for either team’s prior league finish.Portmore’s 3-0 loss at Juici Field in Clarendon served a big motivation for their hero on the day, the 20-year-old East.”It’s a good feeling; it’s all about the hard work in the training session,” the former Calabar Manning Cupper stated. “I liked the preparation from the week start … it was more intense.”We lost the game on Sunday, so we needed the victory to stay at the top of the table. To come to this ground, we had to be motivated, and we wanted to get a good result to motivate ourselves again to go to Arnett Gardens because that is going to be another tough game,” said East, pointing towards their next matchup.Their head coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, is taking it one game at a time as well, but took time out to savour the moment.Good performance”It’s a great win. We showed a lot of character, seeing that we lost the last game, and to come back and win today, I thought we did really, really well,” a smiling Hewitt admitted.”We prepared psychologically for this. In the pre-season, we played against Tivoli, so we knew what we were up against. It didn’t give us an advantage, but a level of preparedness,” he pointed out. “It’s a gradual step; we’re progressively moving forward; we’re not making any hasty predictions. We know that this team will get better as the season goes on. We’re just hoping that everybody stays fit, and to God be the glory.”For Tivoli’s Damion Gordon, their former captain-turned-coach, losing was tough.”It’s very disappointing, very disappointing,” he said. “We’ve been doing well as a team, we’ve been doing well as a unit, and these things happen in football. At times you’re up, at times you’re down. But I just think we could’ve managed the game a little bit better. When we went one-all, I think we should have managed the game a little bit better because we had them on the backfoot.”His team had beaten Rivoli 1-0 in their previous match and asked about the impact of losing Johnson at a critical moment yesterday, he said: “In terms of leadership and in terms of attacking threat, yes, it took that from us. But we had the momentum going forward, so it’s just an unfortunate situation.”We wanted to move up the table. We had re-strategised how we wanted the games and how we wanted to play the games we needed three points from, and this was one of them that we felt we deserved,” a rueful Gordon observed.Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli Gardens 0 Portmore Utd 1Reno FC 0 Cavalier SC 0Humble Lion 2 Boys’ Town 1Harbour View 1 UWI FC 1Today’s games6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse at Wespow Park3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse at Wespow Parklast_img read more

West Indies show more fight but Aussies triumph

first_img Dismissal MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Allrounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia broke up a defiant West Indies second innings to claim a 177-run win yesterday in the second Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on their overnight score of 179-3. Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The Test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59. “I was really happy with the way Mitchell Marsh bowled. He was pretty impressive today, bowling consistently over 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph) and guess really helped out the team in the end,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. Offspinner Nathan Lyon took a wicket in each session to finish with figures of 3-85 as the West Indies were bowled out for 282. “I was glad with the way we finished off,” Smith said. “(Lyons) did what he’s done so well this summer. He got crucial wickets for us at crucial times and he’s bowled beautifully.” After Kraigg Brathwaite (31) provided the only wicket of the morning session, the Australian bowlers took three hard-fought wickets in the afternoon session against a West Indies top order that showed far greater determination than in the first innings, when the visitors collapsed to 91-6. “I was proud of the way the guys showed some fight and skill,” captain Jason Holder said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better fight. But still credit to the way the guys played.” Peter Siddle had Darren Bravo caught behind for 21 with a fullish outswinging delivery and Rajendra Chandrika opened up and played his shots before falling leg before wicket to James Pattinson for a Test career-best 37. Marlon Samuels, who took 16 balls to get off the mark, was caught behind for 19 off Marsh. Lyon claimed his second dismissal in the second over after tea when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood lbw for 20, before Ramdin and Holder combined to frustrate the Australian attack. Marsh finally broke through with the wicket of Ramdin (59) who smashed nine boundaries from his 90 balls. Lyon struck again to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for two when his in-swinging delivery brushed the top of off-stump to dislodge the bail and Holder ended his gutsy innings at 68 when he spooned a Marsh ball to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off. Kemar Roach was out three balls later for 11, caught at third slip by David Warner off Pattinson. Holder encapsulated the West Indies’ defiance and even raised hopes of an unlikely victory push, hitting seven boundaries and punishing two loose Lyon deliveries for six, the first hoisted over mid-wicket deep into the stands. “Our guys need to cherish these moments and come up trumps in these kinds of games,” Holder said. “These are obviously big games and big occasions, and these are things our players can really strive to do.” Australia won the opening Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs. The third and final Test begins Sunday in Sydney. “The West Indies were up for the fight this game,” Smith said. “They improved quite a lot from the last match and hopefully they can continue to show that fight in Sydney.” Australia’s hopes of a quick victory were hit by another instance of sloppy bowling when Bravo edged a ball to slip just before lunch only for replays to show Hazelwood overstepped. It was the third time in the match the West Indies had benefited from a similar no ball. James Pattinson squandered two dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite due to no balls Monday to significantly prolong the West Indies innings and deny Australia a possible three-day victory. SCOREBOARD West Indies 2nd innings K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 31 R. Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 37 D.M. Bravo c Nevill b Siddle 21 M. Samuels c Nevill b Marsh 19 J. Blackwood lbw b Lyon 20 D. Ramdin c Nevill b Marsh 59 J. Holder c Hazlewood b Marsh 68 C. Brathwaite b Lyon 2 K. Roach c Warner b Pattinson 11 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Marsh 0 J. Warrican not out 4 Extras (lb7, w1, nb2) 10 Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 282 Fall of wickets:1-35 (Brathwaite) ,2-83 (Bravo), 3-91( Chandrika), 4-118 (Samuels), 5-150 (Blackwood), 6-250 (Ramdin),7-253(C Brathwaite), 8-274 (Holder), 9-278 (Roach), 10-282 (Taylor). Bowling: Hazlewood 20-6-40-0 (1nb,1w),Pattinson 17-4-49-2,Lyon 23-7-85-3,Siddle 9-2-35-1,March 17.3-2-61-4 (1nb), Smith 2-1-5-0. Position: Australia won by 177 runs. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould.last_img read more

WIPA: Members aware of WADA rules

first_imgThe West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has revealed that, over the years, the organisation has facilitated workshops intended to inform its members of the demands of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) code of conduct. WIPA issued its statement on Wednesday, the same day it was announced that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell had violated a WADA code. The association said that it has held several anti-doping workshops across the six major Caribbean cricketing territories. “The West Indies Players’ Association, through our player-development workshops, has imparted knowledge in 15 different workshops across the region over the last two years,” the statement said. “Our player resource officers, (PROs) have facilitated these workshops with the six franchises in the WICB Professional Cricket League from its inception in 2014. “One of the main items covered in the 15 workshops is the World Anti-Doping Code,” the WIPA statement said. WIPA added that it remained committed to continuous training and development of its members. “WIPA’s PROs would have explained in full detail the different mandatory filings that are expected of each athlete and the repercussions of failing to correctly complete the said required filings,” it stated. One of the most sought-after players in Twenty20 cricket globally, Russell faces the prospect of a two-year ban after missing three mandatory “out-of-competition” or “whereabouts” drug tests over a one-year period. The drug tests were to be carried out by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission. Russell is currently with the West Indies squad in the United Arab Emirates, where he is preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup later this month in India.last_img read more

Smith fails, Bravo gets two wickets as Lions lose

first_imgHYDERABAD, India (CMC): Dwayne Smith failed with the bat and Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets as their franchise Gujarat Lions lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday. Smith struggled to settle down before he was dismissed for one, while Bravo scored 18 from 20 balls as Hyderabad’s seamers restricted Lions to 126 for six from 20 overs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Aaron Flinch top scored with 51 not out as the Lions’ batsmen were bogged down by the skill of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur. Smith failed to connect with the first four balls of the match. Three were outswingers which narrowly missed his outside edge while one inswinger struck him on the front pad before he was caught after facing nine balls. His opening partner Brendon McCullum had an uncomfortable stay at the crease until he departed in the eighth over for seven. Lions lost wickets regularly and slumped to 34 for four until a recovery was mounted by Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Aaron Finch who scrambled to put on 45 for the fifth wicket. “We have to give credit where credit is due I think the way Bhuvneshwar bowled his first over. We all know when conditions are in his favour it’s very difficult to play him. He is one of the best swing bowlers in the world and you have to give credit,” said Bravo during the post match news conference. “It was very difficult to score and to contain Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, two of the most dangerous players; you have to be doing something good. The conditions were very challenging for batting and we just as international players we did not adopt quickly enough.” Shikhar Dhawan gave the chase early momentum and batted through out to be unbeaten on 47 as Sunrisers surpassed the target with six balls remaining. However, Bravo was instrumental in pushing them to the 19th over with figures of two for 14 off three overs while Dhawal Kulkarni also grabbed two wickets.last_img read more

‘Buzz’ romps Alex’s Import Gold Cup

first_imgBUZZ NIGHTMARE cemented his status as one of the best horses in the country with an impressive victory in the 44th running of the Alex’s Import Gold Cup over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Running at odds of 5-2 with Oneil Mullings riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and owners 2 PENYU, BUZZ NIGHTMARE raced to his fifth consecutive win to put himself in line for possible ‘Horse of the Year’ honours. The fleet-footed 4-y-o gelding by Into Mischief out of Queen of Battle covered the distance in the smart time of 1:23.4 in winning by 2 3/4 lengths from fellow lightweights PHINEAS and BRAWN, both at 7-1, behind splits of 22.4, 45.0 and a blistering 1:10.0 for the first six furlongs. His time was a full second slower than the long-standing track record set by the legendary EROS for Feanny in the 1994 Gold Cup. “He’s yet to show his full potential,” asserted Feanny, who was saddling his 11th gold cup winner. Mullings had a second winner on the card in the Spencer Chung-trained KING D (9-2), who made all over 1100 metres for a facile win in the ninth race, while champion trainer Wayne DaCosta posted three winners in RUNAWAY GIRL, FEARLESS SAMURAI and SUPERTRONICS, all highly fancied.last_img read more

My best team ever – Dyke

first_imgIt is early days in the 2017 track and field season, but after two assignments under their belt, defending ISSA-GraceKennedy Girls champions Edwin Allen have sent a strong message to their rivals with a fourth consecutive title in their sights.Edwin Allen have been the most dominant female team so far this season with overwhelming performances in all areas at the Purewater-Danny Williams and the JAAA/Puma meets, which were held at Jamaica College (JC) and Kirkvine respectively .Coach Michael Dyke is very pleased with what he has seen so far, and has stated that this team is the strongest he has ever assembled.”I am very impressed with what has been happening so far and it is early days, but we expect to dominate at Champs for years to come and this unit is the best ever at Edwin Allen”, said Dyke.That is quite a statement considering the strength of some of his previous teams.”We do not want the girls to get complacent, and I just have to keep them focused and hope they stay injury free,” Dyke continued. “They are in a winning programme and they do not want to give up their title, and this is the biggest motivation for them.”While his recruiting has gone well in the lower ranks with a very strong Class Four group, his team was also been strengthened in Class One with the addition of former Holmwood Technical sprinter/hurdler, Gabrielle McDonald and Spalding High’s middle-distance athlete Kara Grant, who have both made big impression,” so far. McDonald was the top Class One athlete at the JC meet, where she won the 100m and 100m hurdles, while Grant was first overall in the Class One 1500m at Kirkvine.The likes of Patrice Moody in Class One and Kevona Davis in Class Three were very impressive in the sprints at Kirkvine, but it was his Class Four girls, led by Tia Clayton, who clocked 23.78 seconds to win the 200m, who impressed Dyke the most.”Clayton has come in and stamped her class here, and this Class Four group is expected to do great things as I can call on any two to run individually unlike the very strong team of two years ago that smashed the Class Four 4x100m relay record with sub-48 seconds, ” said Dyke confidently.last_img read more