Sportiello is the first coronavirus positive in Atalanta

first_imgThe club reported that the goalkeeper is well, he is currently asymptomatic and the rest of the group will end his home isolation on March 27. The list of Calcium players suffering from the new disease continues to lengthen: Rugani, Matuidi, Dybala (Juve), Gabbiadini, Colley, Ekdal, La Gumina, Thorsby, Depaoli, Bereszynsky (Sampdoria), Vlahovic, Cutrone, Pezzella (Fiorentina), Zaccagni (Verona), Daniel Maldini (Milan, who also confirmed the positive from his father Paolo) and Sportiello (Atalanta). Marco Sportiello is the first Atalanta player positive to COVID-19. The Nerazzurro team, despite being located in Bergamo, the city hardest hit by the coronavirus with almost 7,000 cases, still had no infection, and was placed in preventive quarantine due to the cases that affected Valencia, its last rival in the match. of the Champions League from last March 10. Given this scenario, resuming training, something that teams like Lazio and Naples wanted to do this week, seems impossible until at least mid-April. The doctors from the Calcio teams signed an agreement that foresees the gradual return to individual work from April 4 and to group work from 13, although everything will depend on the development of the emergency in the transalpine country.last_img read more

Barcelona studies adapting La Masia to focus

first_imgFC Barcelona has some of the more model sports cities and modern on the planet but is not raised in no case to carry out concentrations over a period of time. At least, no concentrations like raise the protocol of LaLiga to return to the activity where he recommends, in the third phase of re-adaptation to competition, the staff concentration for at least one week while they are already training in groups of eight players. This concentration can be carried out inside the sports facilities or in a hotel, but under the priority of “high security”, that is, having totally disinfected the premises.Given the exceptional circumstances of this situation, the Barcelona is starting to study possible alternatives. And the most viable would be to resort to La Masia facilities -currently empty- to carry out the workforce concentration. La Masia, which is within the Ciutat Esportiva, has a total of 78 rooms: 39 singles, 36 doubles and three triples. Both the players – a total of 19 from the first team plus Ansu Fati- and the members of the staff technician would use the double rooms but of individually, while the rest of the changing room employees could be installed in the individual rooms. Is about austere rooms, just over twenty square meters, with a wardrobe, a television and a table. Obviously, if the first equipment were finally installed, a series of temporary reforms in the occupied rooms, in order to better adapt to the needs of soccer players.Within The farmhouse, which has some 6,000 square meters spread over five floors, there are dining rooms, gyms, changing rooms, water area, kitchen, massage room, large classroom, offices for management and even a game room with pool table and foosball tables, which would allow the team to maintain a minimum of security guarantees during the concentration phase. Obviously, it would be an extreme resource and force majeure, since more than one heavyweight from the first team, such as the captain Sergio Busquets, has already shown publicly your absolute disagreement to concentrate in the Ciutat Esportiva or in a hotel as a preventive measure.We will have to see if finally LaLiga may require clubs to stick to your protocol or a series of nuances about the initial protocol, but in any case it seems very complicated that the footballers agree to stick to it a series of indications that make the practice of football as we understand it very difficult, such as: solo training in the Ciutat Esportiva, not changing in the dressing rooms or seeing teammates or train with masks and gloves.last_img read more

Bertrand Traoré, another attacker on the Betis wish list

first_imgBetis cautiously awaits a summer season market that may put a number of brakes on operations between golf equipmentSure, particularly if the concept is to execute a big switch below the foreseeable certainty that Lyon will request a big quantity for its footballer. Its market worth is 9.5 million euros in keeping with the specialised web site Transfermarkt, whereas the contract ends in the summer season of 2022. With Loren and Borja Iglesias on the scene, the relaxation are unknown in the verdiblanco assault of the future in the medium time period. Betis continues to list names on its nearly countless list of forwards with the intention to reinforce its assault with a view to the 2020-2021 tutorial yr. Bertrand Traoré is the final of them: The newspaper L’Équipe associates the Olympique de Lyon attacker with the curiosity of the Verdiblanco crew and this might reunite the Burkina Faso participant along with his former teammate Nabil Fekir. It isn’t a bit with a differential scoring nostril, however it’s versatile and may occupy any of the offensive positions on the subject of play, delivering qualities of pace and energy that it has already proven in Lyon, Chelsea or Ajax.With Rudi García as Lyon coach, it appears seemingly that Traoré will attempt to discover a new vacation spot to provide his profession extra projection regardless of his 24 years. He scored 4 targets this season and his coach is obvious: “He’s considered one of the finest on the crew, however I anticipate far more from him.” That is additionally anticipated by the participant himself, who, nonetheless, might discover a super setting in the Spanish League to take advantage of his virtues. LaLiga Santander* Knowledge up to date as of Could 11, 2020last_img read more

Spurs, Arsenal close gap

first_img DREAMING SUPPORTERS “It is true our supporters can dream,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. Second-place Tottenham lead Arsenal on goal difference, while City’s second straight home loss kept the team six points behind Leicester, with their squad beginning to look stretched as they go for trophies on four fronts. In the other match, last-place Aston Villa slipped to their heaviest home defeat in 81 years, losing 6-0 to Liverpool. The visitors had six different scorers, including Daniel Sturridge in the injury-prone striker’s first league start for more than four months. Relegation candidates all of last season, Leicester are dealing with a different kind of pressure this time round, but failure to handle rising expectations wasn’t the reason behind the defeat at Emirates Stadium. The biggest factor was probably the sending-off of right back Danny Simpson after two yellow cards in the opening nine minutes of the second half. Leicester were then leading 1-0, thanks to Jamie Vardy’s penalty on the stroke of half-time – his league-high 19th goal of the season. Substitutes came good for Arsenal. Theo Walcott equalised with 20 minutes to go, with Arsenal’s first shot on target and fellow sub Welbeck, who came on in the 83rd minute, headed in Mesut Ozil’s free kick. “Everybody is extremely happy for him because he has been out for 10 months. That is an eternity for a player,” Wenger said. Spurs capped a successful day for the north London clubs by completing a league double over City, another sign that they are ready to finally challenge for the championship under Pochettino after years of underachievement. Harry Kane put Tottenham in front in the 53rd from a penalty that was controversially awarded for a handball against Raheem Sterling, who turned his back to a cross from Danny Rose. The ball appeared to strike a combination of his elbow and back, with his arm not outstretched. Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho equalised in the 74th, only for Eriksen to race onto Erik Lamela’s through-ball and slip a low finish past goalkeeper Joe Hart. With 12 games left, City are now dependent on three teams above them dropping points. “The first problem is our team,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “We need to improve in a lot of things.” It is the first time since 1985 that Tottenham has been second at this stage of the season. After Sturridge and James Milner secured a 2-0 lead at half-time, Liverpool scored four goals in 13 second-half minutes – through Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure – to seal their biggest win under Juergen Klopp. Liverpool climbed to eighth place, three points behind fifth-place Manchester United, while Villa are eight points from safety. MANCHESTER, England (AP): Arsenal and Tottenham grabbed late winning goals against title rivals yesterday to move two points off the lead as the race to win the English Premier League tightened up. Leicester started the weekend with an unlikely five-point lead, but conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lose 2-1 at Arsenal, with Danny Welbeck scoring the winner in his first match back after 10 months out because of injury. “This strengthens our belief that we are in the fight,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “It would have been massive for us to lose.” It was only Leicester’s third loss of the season – and two of them have been inflicted by Arsenal. Christian Eriksen didn’t leave it quite so late for Spurs against Manchester City, slotting home in the 83rd minute to also seal a 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium. It will be regarded as a landmark win for a young Tottenham team that is going for the club’s first league title since 1961.last_img read more

Gibson/McCook Relays eliminates dilemma

first_imgAll season, track and field fans have had a dilemma. With the JAAA schedule packed on every Saturday from the start of the year, hard choices have been made. If you saw the slip-surge 10.44-second run by Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor at the Camperdown Classic, it meant you missed the determined 52.4 4x400m anchor leg by Junelle Bromfield for STETHS at the Western Relays. Choosing either one meant almost certainly missing the 51.91-metre record discus heave by Excelsior throws princess Shanice Love at the King of the Rings at the Antrim-Mountain View Avenue-based institution. That dilemma disappears on Saturday with the Gibson/McCook Relays. As is customary, there are no other meets on the JAAA schedule on the day when the Gibson/McCook Relays presents a feast for sprint fans. First staged as the Gibson Relays in 1973, the meet is a festival of speed. The 4×100-metre relay is at the foundation of the meet, with preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary student-athletes all attempting to move their batons around the National Stadium track at high speed. Bordered by the meet-opening and meet-closing 4x400m relays, Gibson/McCook also has competitions in the 4x200m, 4x800m, the sprint medley and selected individual events. Jamaica has always loved the sprints, so while other meets have come and gone, the Relays has retained its appeal. Many view it as a prelude to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and use it as an indicator for the results of that high-energy high-school meet. Hence, the core of the support of the Gibson/McCook has long come from past students of the champion teams in the land. With no scheduling dilemma to split the attentions of the fan base, this Saturday should be no different. In recent years, interest has been boosted by the presence of superstars who have foregone the traditional move to the United States of America to study and train. This has given fans an early-season glance at Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and the like. Very few have the opportunity to see them at the Olympics or the World Championships, so it’s a day aficionados cherish. Bolt has been a brilliant source of speed and excitement. His Racers team holds the men’s 4x100m record at a phenomenal 38.08 seconds. That was at the 2010 renewal, when the tall man also zipped through a 4x400m anchor leg in 44.2 seconds in vain. Last year, he made the news worldwide for a race his Racers team lost by inches, the men’s 4x100m to the University of Technology. Relays are the team event of athletics. It takes co-operation to pilot the baton, from start to finish, safely and quickly enough to win. The speed, the fine margins for error, and the excitement, has kept fans on the edge of their seats and on their feet during each of the previous 39 stagings of the event. Don’t be surprised if it happens again on Saturday. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Sammy slams ‘short of brains’ comment

first_img Highly motivated KOLKATA, India (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy has lashed out at cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas for describing West Indies as “short of brains” in a pre-tournament preview, and says the comment helped served as a catalyst for the side’s success in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup. Writing before the tournament, Nicholas said West Indies were “short of brains, but have Indian Premier League history in their ranks”, a comment Sammy and the Caribbean side took great exception to. “How could you describe people with ‘no brains’? Animals got brains. We’re not an object,” an emotional Sammy told a media conference on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup final here yesterday. “To me, that particular comment really set it off for us. You could see me talking about it. It’s kind of emotional, as for somebody who I respect and had good rapport with that particular gentleman. “To describe our team, who were defending champions four years ago, as we guys with no brains is really out of order.” West Indies lost just once in the preliminaries – to Afghanistan in their final game – to top Group 1 ahead of the semi-finals. They then produced a spectacular performance against tournament favourites India, chasing down 193 at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai to book their spot in the final. Sammy said that because of the criticism, West Indies had become closer as a unit and were now highly motivated ahead of today’s final. “Everybody is entitled to his opinion. You guys (media) ask most difficult questions to get a good story. We understand that. The key for us is the belief in our own circle. Whatever they say, it does not really matter,” Sammy pointed out. “God doesn’t love the ugly, and we’re very wonderful and very beautiful men. That’s why we play exciting cricket. For us, all these things have happened before the tournament. That’s the passion, determination that we take on the field. It’s one more step. We believe that we could do it.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s Silva hospitalised after blow to the head

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka’s Test opener Kaushal Silva was taken to hospital yesterday after being hit on the head by a cricket ball while fielding in a domestic match. Sri Lanka Cricket said that Silva was struck during a match in Pallekele. His scans were clear, but he was flown to a hospital in the capital Colombo for further tests and observation, the cricket body added. Silva has played 24 Test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1,404 runs at an average of 31. “Kaushal was fielding at short leg when he got hit,” espncricinfo.com quoted national team manager Charith Senanayake as saying. According to Senanayake, Sri Lanka vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal “swept right on to the back of Kaushal’s head. He did take evasive action, but still the ball hit him”. The website said Silva was wearing a helmet with additional padding, a design introduced for player safety after the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes after being struck by a ball on the head in November 2014. Yesterday’s match was part of Sri Lanka’s preparations for its tour of England next month, with the first of three Tests starting at Headingley on May 19.last_img read more

Jamaicans settling well at Junior Pan Am

first_imgJAMAICA’S junior athletes who will start competition at the XVIII Junior Pan Am Championships tomorrow have reportedly settled well at their base at the Lister Centre on the campus of the University of Alberta.The Jamaican team, which comprised 36 athletes (20 males and 16 females) had attended three training sessions since their arrival late Monday night.Head coach Michael Carr was very upbeat while speaking to The Gleaner yesterday and was looking forward to the start of competition.”So far, so good, (there are) no injury concerns and the team is in good spirit,” said Carr.Close to venueThe coach added that they are staying some ten minutes away from the athletic venue.”Where we are staying is in close proximity to the site of the meet. The training venue will be the same venue where the meet will be held. This is a big plus for us as it takes us around ten minutes to reach there … we are taking advantage of this,” continued Carr. “The team is in high spirits and we are hoping that when it matters most, they will deliver.”Carr, who was at the helm when Jamaica topped the world two years ago at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, is very pleased with the support given so far by the organisers.”The organisers have been very supportive so far; when we ask for help in any area, they are willing to help us,” said Carr.The country will be hoping to better its medal haul of two years ago when two silver medals were garnered in Medellin, Columbia. Christoffe Bryan finished second in the Boys’ High Jump, while it was also second for the Boys’ 4x100m relay quartet of Odail Todd, Antonio Henry, Jevaughn Minzie and Jahzeel Murphy.It was at the same meet where two of today’s top young international talents had early success as Zharnel Hughes captured the Boy’s 100 metres, defeating Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who finished second for silver. De Grasse also picked up bronze in the 200 metres after finishing third.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgSunderland appoints AllardyceSUNDERLAND, England (AP) – Sunderland hired Sam Allardyce yesterday as their new manager on a two-year contract.Allardyce replaces Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman quit last weekend following a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham. Sunderland surrendered a two-goal lead in the game and have only three points from eight matches so far in the Premier League, leaving them second from bottom in the standings.The 60-year-old Allardyce, who has also managed West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton in England’s top flight, will face West Brom in his first game as manager on October 17.Elias Hernandez, Guemez added to Mexico rosterMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mexico has replaced injured midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez and forward Giovani Dos Santos on its roster for today’s play-off game against the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.The football federation of North and Central America and the Caribbean said yesterday that Leon forward Elias Hernandez and Club American midfielder Javier Guemez have been added to the roster.The US play Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, for the right to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA event in Russia, a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup.Brazil, Argentina loseRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil showed Thursday they can’t win against the best without Barcelona star Neymar, losing 2-0 at Chile as qualifying in South America opened for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.It was the same story for Argentina without their Barcelona marquee player Lionel Messi, falling 2-0 at home against Ecuador.Chile won behind second-half goals by Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez.Argentina went down to Ecuador in Buenos Aires on second-half goals by Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo.Messi is out with a left-knee injury and is expected to return in late November.In other qualifiers on Thursday, Uruguay overcame the altitude in La Paz to defeat Bolivia 2-0 with goals from Martin Caceres and Diego Godin.Teofilo Gutierrez and Edwin Cardona scored in Colombia’s 2-0 victory over Peru in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and Paraguay defeated Venezuela 1-0.Aguero injureshamstring, faces spell outMANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was carried off on a stretcher, in tears, with a hamstring injury during Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier and faces a spell on the sidelines.Aguero lasted 24 minutes of Thursday’s game before he pulled up sharply, holding his left hamstring, while chasing a long ball.Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on City’s website that Aguero had arrived on international duty carrying a knock.Aguero scored five goals in 20 minutes in his last game for City in a 6-1 win over Newcastle that returned his team to the top of the Premier League.last_img read more

We will play our game, says JC skipper

first_imgJamaica College’s captain Allando Brown says their 4-0 mauling at the hands of St George’s College in the FLOW/ISSA Super Cup final two weeks ago is now in the past.The Old Hope Road school’s ace defender said St George’s are the favourites to win today, but they are eager to avenge that defeat and retain the Manning Cup.”The last game against St George’s is history. We are looking towards this Manning Cup final against St George’s to come out and give our best. We are the underdogs and we want to create an upset,” he told The Gleaner.He insisted that St George’s were only better on the day, and he has full confidence in his team to deliver a better performance against their North Street rivals.”On the day, they were better. We lost the (Super Cup) game, but this (Manning Cup) is really our focus. We tried to play St George’s game (in Super Cup final) and that didn’t work, so we are coming with our normal game. Look for a better performance from us, and hard work and guts as always,” he added.last_img read more