Frank Lampard was found when he signed as coach of the Chelsea with two difficulties: FIFA sanction to sign and march the club’s flagship, Eden Hazard. Despite this, the English coach has managed to keep the London team afloat and although he has not reaped great results, the season at Stamford Bridge is not a disaster either.The TAS reduced the sanction to those of Roman Abramovich but they decided not to make any brilliant transfer. If they announced that for the next campaign Hakim Ziyech would join, from Ajax, in exchange for 40 million euros. In this next transfer period Chelsea have almost 100 million euros unspent for big Arrivals. Yes at Chelsea offices goal number one is Jadon Sancho, is not the only name of young crack that Chelsea has on the table. Marina Granovskaia’s intention is to Britishise the team and they have looked at one of the young sensations of the Premier for much of the season: Declan Rice. Defensive pivot and great recuperatorDeclan Rice is the future of England whose selection debuted a year ago, after playing in the lower categories of Ireland. He even went on to play three friendly matches with Martin O’Neill’s top team. For Gareth Southgate it is already a fixed among the 23 selectable, despite his seven internationals alone. Jorginho is more than likely to return to Italian football, despite having a contract until 2023, since it was one of Maurizio Sarri’s requests and without the Italian coach at Chelsea his continuity is hanging by a thread. Lampard would not put many expeditions on the go as long as may have Declan Rice on his roster. As noted Sky Sports, The West Ham midfielder is the target of the great clubs in England. Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and City have the young talent, 21, as number one on the agenda for next season. Nevertheless, It is the whole of Stamford Bridge who starts with the advantage to take over the services of the English international. Rice was already a member of his quarry until 2013 before moving to West Ham. Declan Rice is in her third season in the Premier with West Ham with whom he has already played a hundred games. Its best performance is like defensive pivot, where he can develop his best facet, which is the recovery of the ball, but he has also performed well as a central defender. Powerful in aerial play He also has good control and distribution of the ball. Its market value, according to Transfermarkt, it is 55 million euros but for his technician, David Moyes, It is a fundamental pillar and its exit will be for much more millions. A fierce battle is expected in the Premier for his signing this summer.
Real Madrid is in mourning again. In the morning of this Thursday Goyo Benito has passed away at the age of 73, an icon of Madrid from the 1970s, where he made a name for himself as a brave defender and disputed 420 games. A long period between 1969 and 1982 in which ex-soccer player from Toledo conquered eleven titles with the white shirt: six leagues and five Copa del Rey. Benito had long suffered from an illness. Gregorio Benito Rubio (10-21-1946, 2-4-2020) was born in Puente del Arzobispo (Toledo), arrived at the White House with 17 years and before succeeding in Madrid he was loaned to Rayo to get some fun. He debuted in white on October 26, 1969 in Atocha against Real Sociedad and that day he played left-back and shared band with Gento. That day he lived his first anecdote with the current honorary president. After receiving a bad pass from Benito, Gento said to him: “At the bottom of the lad, at the foot”, to which Benito replied: “As you say Don Francisco.”Benito would end up being a Real Madrid institution and nicknamed Brave Ax, for his temperament as central. A bravery that led him to suffer numerous injuries during his sports career, in which had to be operated eight times. He also had an important presence in the National Team, where went international 22 times. After retiring, he went on to perform various jobs in the entity until his final retirement a few years ago. Rest in peace.
Monaco outside Europe: “I was pissed off a lot with the news. In the last game we played the best first part of the season and in the end we lost because of two details. I left that game very angry because it was not deserved, they came two or three times Today when we have seen the news we have thought about it. For nonsense, outside Europe. “Coronavirus risk: “If they make this decision it is because they believe it is the right thing to do. I think they will try, but they will not play again. In a Sports City, we are between players, staff and staff of 55 or 60 people. Barça or Madrid will have 150 people. It is impossible that in these weeks of competition there will not be someone infected. There are too many things that make me see that it is impossible to play again. I wish we could return, but it will be difficult. “ Cesc Messi and the year of Tata: “If Barcelona has won so many titles in recent years, it is partly thanks to Messi. With Tata Martino we made the best first lap in the history of LaLiga and Leo was injured. Tito, Abidal … They are a lot of things that touched the group. From inside it stayed there. Messi’s injuries, Chelsea’s penalty … “.Possible return of Neymar: “He is an outstanding player, with conditions at the level of Ronaldinho. He is a crack that makes the difference when he wants. In January we played with him twice in a few days and he only killed us. In his second and third year in the Barcelona was flying. No wonder Leo and Luis like to have him on the team, at any time he can attend, dribble, dribble. Neymar has everything to be the best. “Neymar person: “He is a very good boy. He is like a child who is always happy, he likes to enjoy life, he has a good time. The fact that whoever leaves Barça does not return … They are things of the club, each one has their own rules”.Why did you leave Barça?: “My departure from Barça began to take shape due to the match against Atlético de Madrid. I had won the starting position and we lost LaLiga. They annulled a goal for me out of play, when I didn’t participate in the play. If you win LaLiga there Anyway, everything would have changed, maybe I would have stayed. Soccer are small details. “Final against Santos: “Normally you don’t enjoy a final: tension, equality … It rarely happens and I enjoyed some at Barça.” It has everything to be the best Cesc Fábregas has had a chat with Míster Chip on the Instagram account of the AS collaborator. The Monaco footballer has given his opinion on the suspension of Ligue 1 and the decision of the competition on the champion and the teams that will play Europe. The midfielder has shown his rage, since he and his teammates lost the possibility of playing in the Europa League due to a defeat against Nice, created by a Dolberg goal in the 92nd minute. However, he believes that football should not return, since it is difficult for there to be no contagion between the squads in the remaining weeks of competition. The golden generation: “It was so nice that one day they have to do something collective with all of us who were in those victories in the championships. It could be nice in the future to get together to live another game against the Netherlands or Italy.”Consequences: “Then regrets will come. The first thing is health. 99% of the players want to play and that people come to see us, but if you stop to think about it …”. It is impossible that in these weeks of competition there will not be someone infected Cesc on Neymar Footballers are not immune: “The problem in France was bigger because a 23-year-old Montpellier boy has been in the ICU. If it happens to someone like that …”.Selection: “I would have been delighted as Silva and Andrés Iniesta to go any other way, speak to the mister in private and announce it; but I already spoke with the person who had to speak and it seemed to me that he would return, later for things that I don’t know, I did not return anymore They are trains that pass, moments that you have to take advantage of. I looked good to go with Conte, because I had a tremendous year, I had hopes but they did not call me and once I was 31 I saw that nothing, and with Luis Enrique I see it practically impossible. It was a shame. “
WESTERN BUREAU: Known for producing prodigious talent in football, netball, cricket, and track and field, Jamaica could one day become a world beater in baseball. Yes, that great American pastime could take root in the land of wood and water if former San Francisco Giants baseball player Andrew Dixon has anything to do with it. Dixon recently told The Gleaner of his intention to kickstart a national youth baseball league in Jamaica. With plans well advanced, Dixon has earmarked the league to commence by the end of January 2016. Games will be played in Kingston and Portmore, as well as in the western end of the island. When contacted, the Jamaica-born outfielder said that the league, the first of its kind, is being organised in partnership with the Jamaica Baseball Association (JBA). He explained that the groundwork is currently being done, with some 12 teams already signed up to participate. “It’s looking good because in December I brought some uniforms down,” said Dixon, adding that he is back home in the USA gathering some equipment to send to Jamaica in time to start the league. “In June, I want to bring down some teams from the US, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. By then, our youths would be playing the sport so we can pick an all-star team for Jamaica and let them play against the foreigners,” he further outlined. Dixon has also accepted a coaching position to teach the game for a few months at G.C. Foster College. MORE EXPOSURE He noted that he will be organising a number of baseball clinics at Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, Montego Bay, and in other parts of the island as his dream is to see baseball become a major sport in Jamaica. “Right now, western Jamaica has some of the best baseball guys, but they are not getting the exposure. The attention is in the Kingston and Portmore areas,” the 51-year-old remarked. “If we can open up and bring baseball throughout the island, then kids out here will get more exposure and develop a new career path,” added Dixon. Apart from working with the Jamaica Baseball Association, Dixon stated that he has several partners in Westmoreland, who are excited and willing to ensure the promotion of the sport in western Jamaica. He is also calling on corporate Jamaica to get on board and make the dream happen. Dixon, who has been running a number of low-key baseball clinics and camps in some western-based communities in recent years, namely, Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, Darliston and Little London in Westmorland, has also tried launching the sport in Kingston. Dixon left the San Francisco Giants in 1991, then had a stint with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also played professional baseball in Mexico and Venezuela.
Western Bureau:Three-time Olympian Sherone Simpson says she is on track to possibly run the fastest time she has in over a year, as she steps up preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Simpson, who was keynote speaker at the launch of this year’s Milo Western Relays Carnival yesterday at the Holy Trinity Church in Montego Bay, said she is fit and happy and is awaiting the national senior team trials, which is used to select athletes for major championships.”I think I am. I am healthy, and all aspects of my training have been improving, so I am very happy with that right now,” the Olympian told The Gleaner.”I am so confident, and my physical and mental readiness is there, so I am looking forward to what is ahead,” she said.Simpson, a multiple relay gold-medal winner as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, and again at the World Championship in Beijing, China, in 2015, says that she is focusing on being technically sound.A fully fit and strong Simpson is in line to shatter the 10.95 seconds she won gold with at the Pan American Games last year in Toronto, Canada.RELAYS FAVOURITESimpson is expected to be part of coach Maurice Wilson’s Sprint Tech 4x100m relays team, as she set her sights on doing the double at Rio. As is now the norm, she will be using the Milo Western Relays as a launching pad for what is expected to be a very busy 2016.Excited at the prospects, Simpson acknowledged that if she qualifies for a fourth Olympics, it will be a pleasing achievement.”I would be so humbled. It would be unreal if I should make the Games, especially in the 100m and 200m,” she added.”So I am working hard towards that, and it will be such a blessing for me, and I would be so happy,” she stated.The 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays is set for the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay on Saturday, February 13.
WESTERN BUREAU:Six matches are down to be contested on the opening weekend of the new season of the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Major League, with the clash between Duanvale and League newcomers Fire FC grabbing the most attention today.Duanvale were in the running for the title last year, but faltered close to the end, which allowed Clarks Town to steal a march on them and lift the title. Clarks Town are now competing in the Western Confederation Super League.Fire FC are stepping up in class after lifting the Division One crown last season and will want a good start to life in the Major League.Duanvale, on the other hand, will feel they have the edge, especially since they will be playing on familiar turf at the Duanvale Sports Ground and will be keen on kicking off the season with a victory.In the other matchups today, Holland FC tackle Bunker Hill at Elleston Wakeland Centre, Spicy Hill host Kinloss at Georgia Sports Ground, and former champions, Harmony, meet Classic United at Bounty Hall Sports Ground. All matches will kick off at 3 p.m.Early favourites Baca Star United will bow into action tomorrow against an expectedly tough Daniel Town FC at the Elleston Wakeland Centre, while Coopers Pen host Rio Bueno in the day’s other fixture, also at 3 p.m.The 12-team league is broken down into two zones, with teams in each zone playing each other twice, after which, the top team on points in each zone will play for the mid-season trophy.The competition continues thereafter with the cross-zone matches. Teams in zone one will play those in zone two once, after which, the top four with the most points will contest the semi-finals.Today’s matchesn Holland Utd vs Bunker Hill SCat Elleston Wakeland Centren Duanvale FC vs Fire FC atDuanvale Sports Groundn Spicy Hill FC vs Kinloss FC atGeorgia Sports Groundn Harmony FC vs Classic Utd atBounty Hall Sports GroundTomorrow’s gamesn Baca Star Utd vs Daniel Town FC at Elleston Wakeland Centren Coopers Pen vs Rio Bueno at Coopers Pen Sports Ground
ZURICH (AP):At one minute past six on Friday evening in Zurich, Sepp Blatter had a glass of white wine and exhaled deeply.FIFA had finally elected a new president and Blatter was relieved of the title after almost 18 years.”It is a relief. I had this burden on me,” he told The Associated Press yesterday, seeming at peace and enjoying his first day out of FIFA’s employment since 1975.”It was even a welcome day yesterday, 18:01, when they had a new president,” Blatter said in the European style for 6:01 p.m.Blatter was unable to hand over power in person to Gianni Infantino, 35 years younger and a fellow native of the rural Valais canton in Switzerland.Banned from duty since October by FIFA’s ethics committee, Blatter was barred from attending the election hall across the city from his daughter’s apartment. There, they watched the tense event unfold on television.When the moment came that his beloved presidency ended, Blatter said he was with his daughter, Corinne, sharing a bottle of white wine from his home region.POTENTIAL NEW DAWNThe election was hailed as a potential new dawn for FIFA after nine months of turmoil since American and Swiss federal prosecutors revealed the scope of their investigations into corruption, which forced Blatter out with three years left in his fifth presidential term.On the day after, there are clear blue skies, but the crisply cold air on a hill overlooking Zurich left the 79-year-old Blatter feeling the chill during several minutes spent outside with the newspaper photographer.”It was important for FIFA to have a change,” said Blatter.”He is a young man, he is powerful, he has a lot of energy, and I am sure he will do the right job,” Blatter said of Infantino, a former lawyer.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”
It has gone largely unnoticed that Usain Bolt’s winning times at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are the slowest he has ever produced in his successful pursuit of 13 individual global championships. Put another way, the Bolt of championships past would have beaten the majestic history-making 2016 Bolt handily. However, for Bolt, at this stage in his wonderful career, the times don’t matter. His speed portfolio bulges with memorabilia. He ran the first of his 34 sub-20 200 metres races in 2003, months before his 17th birthday. It was a world junior record of 19.93 seconds and remains unchallenged 13 years later. Today, he turns 30 and faces a crossroads. With six World/Olympic titles and three world records in the 100 and seven such titles and two world records in the 200m, one could begrudge him if he never ran another step in his life. The wear and tear of training to run 49 sub-10 second 100 metre races has sent him to the therapist’s bench more and more often. If he stopped running now, the combination of the wear and tear on a body once deemed too tall for sprinting and his unmatched success would be reason enough. By his own admission, he would miss the sport. HIS TRADEMARK The sport would miss him. Not only is he lightning quick, but he is engaging, playful and charming. He is Brand Jamaica on fast forward. Halfway through the 2008 Olympic 100 final, he looked to the heavens, thanked his heavenly Father and then beat his chest, all en route to a world record of 9.69 seconds and his first Olympic gold. It was to be the first of nine. When he crossed the line, reggae music boomed into the Bird’s Nest. He celebrated by joyfully dancing the Gully Creeper, the No Linger and the Sweep and by revealing his trademark ‘To the World’ pose. Weeks later, he appeared on the ‘Tonight Show’ hosted then by David Letterman. Once he strode on to the set confidently and sat in his seat and looked Letterman in the eye, you could see he was a star. He was a lord to the manor born. He hasn’t lost his human touch either. At the opening of a basketball court for the Jamaica Special Olympic team in 2015, he clocked an appearance for Digicel, a sponsor which has assisted him since 2004. Long after his duty was done, the tall man from Trelawny was still there shooting hoops with the special olympians. It was beautiful to watch. THREE DOUBLES If I were him, I might have retired in 2013. By then, he had already done the unprecedented Olympic ‘double-double’ by winning the 100m and 200m in both 2008 and 2012 and by regaining the World Championships 100 metres title in 2013. He had won it by improving his world record to 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009, but was eliminated by a false start in the 2011 final. Thanks to his genius Racers Track Club coach Glen Mills, he stayed around long enough to win sprint doubles last year in a return to Beijing for the World Championships and now in Rio. It will be well nigh impossible for anyone to match his collection of three doubles each at the Olympics and at the World Championships. Throughout his career, he has loved the fans and they have loved him back. Whether he goes now or next year after the World Championships, there is one fan who will probably miss him the most. On one of his many trips to run in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic, he was being led briskly to the public address announcer for a trackside interview. There was no time for him to do autographs until this young fan caught his eye. The catch was her face, which was painted black, green and gold. He stopped, chatted and signed autographs for this adoring fan. At the same meet the following year, the same girl sat at the same spot but with a handful of her friends, all face-painted in the colours of the Jamaican flag. The tall man stopped again. The girl and her friends were delighted. This is what makes Usain Bolt a superstar of the highest order. He isn’t just the best sprinter of all time. He is Brand Jamaica. * Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt run since 2000.
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