Madrid. One of the first meetings held by the president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), Irene Lozano, it was with another woman, Stephen Peace, director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI). The appointment has now transpired in the world of high federal politics, some of whose members are intrigued by the content and scope of that appointment, of which the CSD has not released pledge nor the CNI either. It seems that the thing is not going to more. It was simply a meeting between the two ladies in which Lozano, yes, was surprised by the high volatility of the information in the bowels of the CSD, a sensitive material that the Council prefers to administer in its own way, which its many interlocutors sometimes do not like very much, nor little.Istanbul. The advance of the pandemic throughout Europe has forced the UEFA to rethink European competitions. Thursday is expected to become official on Saturday August 29 as a new date for the final of the Champions. But it will always be that the governments of each country authorize a replay, which is not clear that this could be possible, not even behind closed doors, before September. UEFA will also keep the venue already planned for the next Champions League final, the city of Istanbul, but it will also depend on the advance of the virus in Turkey. Rome. Already known the protocol that will be followed in Spain for the return of players to training. The WHO recommends that a series of conditions be met, which will be those followed in the A series. In Italy It will be necessary to start with separate training and immunity tests and coronavirus tests will not suffice. Players who tested positive or had symptoms of being infected should undergo an echocardiogramfollowed by spirometry breathing tests, a full range of blood tests, and a lung x-ray showing that they have overcome the disease.Tokyo. The Japanese authorities plan to use the Olympic city of Tokyo It was to house the JJ OO athletes this summer to turn it into medicalized hotels and a residence for the most vulnerable and the homeless. The complex has capacity for eleven thousand people.
AP: The stars did not disappoint. And the most-celebrated closing night in NBA regular-season history not only lived up to expectations, it might have exceeded them with a pair of performances that will be talked about for years to come. Golden State became the first team to win 73 games in a season, Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 46 points and topped the 400 3-pointer mark to cap what will almost certainly be his second straight MVP campaign. Kobe Bryant’s career with the Los Angeles Lakers ended in most surprising fashion – a 60-point game, the first time he’s gotten to that plateau since 2009. “I think this has been an amazing day for sports fans, basketball fans in particular,” Bryant said as he wore his Lakers’ uniform about an hour after the game, not quite willing to take it off for the final time. “It’s been a great day with them setting such an unbelievable record – you think about that, 73 wins, that’s ridiculous. And then obviously what happened here tonight, it’s been a great night in basketball history.” That most everyone can agree on, including President Barack Obama, Michael Jordan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104, finishing the season 73-9 and breaking the 72-10 mark that was put together by Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and lasted 20 years as the NBA’s all-time single-season standard. Steve Kerr played for that Bulls team, and was the one who went on to coach these Warriors to a level not even that club could reach. CONGRATS FROM JORDAN Jordan congratulated the Warriors in a statement released after the game. He also said, “The Warriors have been a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they do in the playoffs.” In other words, Jordan was saying ‘now go win the title.’ When the Bulls won 72 games, they capped that season with a championship. Somehow, the Warriors’ 73-win record – “the new Golden Standard”, the team called it – almost seemed overshadowed. “Nobody really cares about the 73 wins it was all about Kobe today,” Indiana guard C.J. Watson wrote on Twitter. That’s how impressive Bryant’s last game was. “There’s no way I could possibly imagine this happening,” Bryant said. Who could? Bryant scored 60 points and took 50 shots, the most of any game in his career a total that came with the blessing of team-mates, who just wanted him to score as much as possible one final time. “Felt good to be able to do that,” Bryant said, “one last time.” Fans in Los Angeles bought up just about every piece of Bryant memorabilia they could find at Staples Center, and 350 miles or so up the road at Oracle Arena, Warriors fans cheered long and loud when the 73rd win was finally secure. “The team held itself to a high standard throughout the season, playing with purpose every night and captivating fans around the world with its free-flowing style, spectacular shooting and flair for the dramatic,” Silver said. “Kudos to the entire Warriors organisation.” Not long after Silver released his statement, the NBA put out its schedule for the first round that starts Saturday. The confetti that flew in Oakland was swept up, the champagne that was sprayed on Bryant after his finale had long dried. The night was over. The playoffs await for the Warriors, but not Bryant. His career is done, and his last act on the floor at Staples Center was a two-word farewell to Lakers fans: “Mamba out.”
BRUSSELS, Belgium: IMAGINE. Usain Bolt has not quite achieved his full potential. Ridiculous. Surely. Or is it? There are very few people who know Bolt as well as this fellow does, but despite the athlete’s glittering CV, which includes a decade of sprinting dominance at the junior and senior levels, world records in the 100m and 200m, as well as six Olympic and 11 World Championships gold medals, his best friend and executive manager, Nugent Walker, believes the Jamaican superstar has not maxed out and is yet to fulfil on his abilities. Imagine that. Walker, fully assured in his long-time friend’s capabilities, was perhaps the coolest man in Beijing as Bolt, despite a troubled season up to that point, successfully defended his 100 and 200m titles at the IAAF World Championships. However, Walker, who spoke to the athlete’s challenges in 2015, believes track and field’s poster boy has actually underachieved, with injuries and other factors hampering what he thinks is the sprinter’s full potential. Never doubted Bolt Wild celebrations in the stands aside, Walker, who was asked by Bolt to join his team after his heroics at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 IAAF World Championships, has long been a grounding element in the sprinter’s life, and having spent every success, scare and sacrifice by his side, the trained educator-turned-high-level manager sees in Bolt a machine waiting to be pushed to red-line speed. “We always trouble him that he underachieves on the track. I don’t want to name any times, but 9.58 and 19.19 isn’t the best of Usain, so it’s somewhat of a banter among us,” Walker mentioned recently during a chat with The Sunday Gleaner. “Injuries have always prevented that, but we are hoping that next year we can have a decent-enough season where we can show the world his true best. “Usain has spoken about this. He has repeatedly stated that he wants to run sub-19 seconds in the 200m, and the coach has the programme in place. He (Bolt) has the talent to make that happen, so we hope we can get there. Usain is praying, and we are trying to support him that he can have a season where there is no injury or limited amount of injury that won’t set him back, and once we can get a season like that in, the mind can’t imagine what Usain can achieve on the track,” added Walker, who went on to share the secret behind fuelling the fire that drives the world’s fastest man. “We always try to tell him a couple things; people we know who can tick him off, we’d say ‘hey, this person said so and so about you’; we would whisper that to him, and that also gets him fired up. So we always try to keep a balance in what we share with him because he is not a person who is really involved in the media, he doesn’t watch the news every day or read the papers every day, so we streamline what we feed to him,” admitted Walker, when asked about the athlete’s reaction to public doubt. “Usain lives for competition. I don’t know that we can say that enough, so we actually laugh when people say that he is a coward or afraid or backing down. His record shows otherwise. Outside of that, he is always like ‘let’s show them that it can be done again’. He has no problem when it is said that he is not healthy or that he is not running fast, but when his competitive edge is being questioned, that always drives him,” said Walker, who has been friends with Bolt since the age of four. “Our role in Usain’s life as members of his team is to try to get his body in the best physical condition, so that when he gets to the championships, his body can do what his mind tells him, because he has such a strong mind. So once you get him to the championships strong and ready, his mind will take over, and that’s what separates him from everyone else. “Even the races at the World Championships, there were other people who were fitter than him, but his mind power and that will to win, that drive, made him win,” Walker added. Grounding element “He worked hard with his coach, and the reward is now on the table for everyone to see, so he’s really very happy about the way the season ended. The team has never doubted Usain’s or the coach’s ability. There was a concern from the New York meet about what was happening to him physically or medically. Obviously, we figured there was some amount of niggles taking place; injury is a big word, because he was still able to train, but he just could not maximise his potential,” Walker explained. “Doubt? Usain never doubts his ability!” Next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will perhaps present the last big stage for Bolt to truly floor his pedal, and if Walker is right, it won’t be long before the Jamaican speedster gives the historians some more work.
BOSTON (AP):Horse track operators and breeders are concerned that the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that he has helped prop up their long-suffering industry.Twenty states divert a slice of casino and slots parlors revenue to help boost horse racing prize money, according to the American Gaming Association. Bigger purses, the thinking goes, will draw the top-level horses and generate more track bets, helping revive the once-popular industry.But facing budget deficits and out-of-state casino competition, some lawmakers are reassessing.”Every local track and every local horsemen’s group is always worried about that,” says Christopher Scherf, executive vice-president of the Maryland-based Thoroughbred Racing Associations. “Politicians see someone has money and they figure they can use it. That’s what they do.”Generally, the racing subsidies call for diverting a percentage of table game and slot machine revenues to a state fund with strict guidelines for how the money is spent.Massachusetts, for example, gives 75 per cent of the money to the thoroughbred racing industry and the rest to harness racing. The two industries must then dedicate 80 per cent to racing purses, 16 per cent towards races reserved for Massachusetts-bred horses and four per cent to health and retirement benefits for industry workers.Such subsidies are a critical lifeline for racing, which has seen steady declines across a number of industry metrics, including the number of races and racing horse births and overall betting activity, according to data from the Jockey Club, a leading industry group.Decreasing numbersFew tracks even keep attendance numbers anymore because the number of spectators has dropped off so dramatically, experts say.Nevertheless, there was over $1.1 billion in prize money available in 2014, thanks in large part to the racing subsidies, which generated over $400 million towards purses that year, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.Louis Raffetto, a long-time racing executive, says the subsidy is a small price to pay to preserve thousands of jobs at tracks and farms.”It’s minuscule in the grand scheme of things. The economic benefit is well worth those short dollars,” says Raffetto, who is helping coordinate three “festival” thoroughbred race days at Boston’s Suffolk Downs, starting with a Saturday race card featuring over $500,000 in prize money made possible by the state’s new race horse development fund.
Sunshine Girls Shanice Beckford and Nicole Dixon have secured historic deals to play for Team Northumbria in the Netball SuperLeague (NSL) – the elite netball competition in England and Wales.The league, which runs from January to May, features seven teams from England and one from Wales, and the teams are comprised of players from around the world, including Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, England, Grenada, Uganda, South Africa, Wales, Namibia and Scotland.Beckford, a student of the University of Technology (UTech) and Dixon, who attends The Mico University College, will be the first Jamaicans to play in the league.Matches in the league are regularly shown on TV through the sports broadcaster Sky Sports, thanks to a major television deal signed in 2006.”It’s overwhelming to be part of the Northumbria team and get the chance to compete in the NSL,” said Dixon, who plays wing attack. “All I can say is that hard work does pay off and whatever anyone wants to be in life or achieve in life, it can be done with hard work and determination.initial contact”It was, and still is, a ‘wow’ moment for me, knowing I’ve done so well in my career, that Northumbria is my next destination,” added Dixon. “I am so excited to be on my way to join the other players, and I can say confidently that I am ready to go beyond my best.”Beckford said she was humbled by her selection.”It’s an honour to be joining TN and to be playing in the NSL. I’m so excited. I just can’t wait to jump on a plane and join the guys in Newcastle,” she said.The signing of Dixon and Beckford is the end result of months of hard work by Northumbria University’s High Performance Sport Manager, Katy Storie. The former England Rugby Union star flew to Sydney on a World Cup recruitment mission. There, Storie had final discussions with Jamaica’s netball chiefs after the initial contact made in June.ideal platform”To have players that have had international experience at the highest level will always enhance a team. Jamaica is ranked fourth in the world and we will encourage Shanice and Nicole to bring their own flair to add to our game,” said TeAroha Keenan, TN’s Head of Performance Netball.”I am very pleased to have them both included in our roster for Team Northumbria NSL 2016.”Netball Jamaica sees the NSL as an ideal platform to blood its senior internationals, with more players set to follow Beckford and Dixon next season.”Having impressed during their high-school and Under-21 careers, through to the Netball World Cup in Sydney, the move to TN was a natural step in the development of their careers,” said Netball Jamaica President Marva Bernard.”Their association with TN will see them exposed to high-level netball on a weekly basis and this will undoubtedly add immense value to them, both as individual players and to the Netball Jamaica senior programme,” Bernardcontinued.”Shanice and Nicole are expected to blaze a trail for others to follow in years to come, and we’d like to wish them all the best and every success ahead of the new NSL season.”
Despite rainy conditions, competition at the Gibson McCook Relays produced nine season-leading high school performances on Saturday at the National Stadium.Six came from the boys and three from the girls. With the rain forcing sprinters to run cautiously, the pick of the performance came in the 4×800 metres.Kingston College (KC) lowered their own 2016 best times in the Class Three and Class Four 4×100 metres, with times of 43.40 and 45.17 seconds, respectively.In Class One, Jamaica College (JC) moved forward to 40.01 seconds. In warm weather, the 40-second barrier might well have been breached.There were wholesale changes in the 4×200 metres. With Jhevaughn Matherson cruising home, KC smacked 1.49 seconds off the previous season-leading Class One time to win in one minute 26.03 seconds.A similar change was made in Class Two, where St Jago High won in one minute 28.59 seconds.Wolmer’s Boys’ and Kingston College (KC) won in Class Three and Class Four in 1.32.59 and 1.37.88, respectively. The Gibson McCook Relays is the only meet to stage the 4x200m relays in these lower class categories.With Ashley Williams cruising, Holmwood matched the boys with a year-leading one minute 36.49-second run in the girls 4×200 Open. Williams also anchored Holmwood to victory in the 4x400m over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), but the Santa Cruz school had run three minutes 36.91 seconds in the heats to establish the best time of the high school season.STETHS and Edwin Allen High produced notable 4x800m times. STETHS won an exciting boys’ race in 7.35.08, while Edwin Allen became the first girls’ team to break nine minutes this year, clocking 8.57.19.- H.L.
On any given Saturday morning, you will find approximately 120 children engaged in various training exercises at the Duhaney Park playing field, on Baldwin Crescent, Duhaney Park.For the next four and a half weeks, this ground will become a base of sorts each weekend for these youngsters due to another initiative by the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) as it expands football coaching clinics that teach the fundamentals of the sport with the INSPORTS Duhaney Park Football Coaching Clinic.This forms part of INSPORTS’ holistic efforts towards the development of football at the community level and its mandate to “fix football” in Jamaica.Scheduled for 18 weeks, the clinic includes a breakfast feeding programme to ensure that the participants are properly nourished.The sessions, which will be broadened to facilitate up to 200 by the end of the month, was originally planned for youth aged 10-15 years, but many, as young as six years, have been incorporated in the clinic that has caters to residents of Duhaney Park, Seaview Gardens, Cooreville Gardens, Waterhouse and Pembroke Hall.Certified coaches, who hail from Duhaney Park, Seaview Gardens and Cooreville have been employed to administer the programme by INSPORTS, which provides all the gear and training equipment. The coaches are also provided with a stipend.”INSPORTS is taking the process all the way through from start to finish,” noted Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS, of their latest thrust.”We first go into various communities across Jamaica and identify and rehabilitate playing fields to host the coaching clinic as well as community matches. We supply the equipment and provide the youngsters with top-quality coaches to help develop their skills.”GAUGING PROGRESSHe added: “It doesn’t stop there. Intermediary competitions at the community and primary-school levels are also held to gauge the progress of our players and identify areas for improvement.”The programme is receiving strong community support, with parents being very involved in the process.”I think it’s a great programme that I really want my son to be involved in,” said Tamara Tucker, whose son numbers among the participants. “That’s why I am here; to make sure that he is getting his training done. He participates in church and school competitions but they don’t have a structured programme in place, so this is a really good initiative from INSPORTS.”The INSPORTS islandwide coaching programme is an initiative geared towards steering the development of young players in the fundamentals of the game. Teaching and correcting proper techniques from an early age will prime players for professional advancement in the sport, with the overarching aim of producing talented Jamaican footballers.
In-form Jamaica Scorpions and preseason favourites Barbados Pride will meet in the final of the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda today. In what should be a close duel between the tournament’s two most in-form teams, the encounter, which represents the third time the teams will be meeting this season, is set to get underway at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time. Barbados, who have so far amassed eight wins and a defeat, which came at the hands of Jamaica, are set to enter the contest as marginal favourites.NEAR PERFECT DISPLAYSThis follows their near-perfect displays in the group stage, which were played in Barbados, and the comfort in which they dispatched another tournament hotshot, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, in Antigua by 110 runs in the semi-finals.However, with Jamaica, not too far behind in terms of efficiency, having recorded seven victories and two defeats all-rounder Jason Holder-captained Pride will have to bring their proverbial ‘A’ game.Captained by spinner Nikita Miller, Jamaica, in their best showing so far, brushed aside the challenge of two-time defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by a record-breaking 292 runs in their semi-finals, also in Antigua.The victory, which was punctuated with maiden centuries from wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and batsman Jermaine Blackwood, as well as a solid Man of the Match performance of 95 and five for 36 from all-rounder Rovman Powell, also allowed the Scorpions to post their fifth straight win.”The semi-final victory has lifted the morale of the team as we were getting starts, but no one carried on but in the semi-finals we got two centuries,” cited Walton, whose top score of 117 helped Jamaica post a tournament-high 434 for four against Trinidad.”But the semi-final is history, as we will have to come in the final and start from the first delivery if we are to win.”Champions five seasons ago, Jamaica will be hoping that Walton and American Steven Taylor will again put together another effective opening stand.They equalled the record of 174, set by Chris Gayle and Xavier Marshall during the team’s successful title bid in 2011, as well as laid the foundation for Jamaica to score 256 in their revenge 74 runs win over Barbados.TRICKY RIVALRYThe Pride had earlier eked out a one-wicket win over the Scorpions in the fourth of eight preliminary -round matches.Coached by Robert Samuels, Jamaica will further be hoping for continued solid performances from Blackwood and Powell.In terms of bowling, they are expected to rely on their leading wicket taker, fast bowler Jerome Taylor and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who have 16 wickets apiece.Barbados, in the meanwhile, who are determined to return to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in three seasons, will be placing their batting hopes on opener Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope and Jonathan Carter.Brathwaite with 462 runs, including two centuries and three half-centuries, has the second most in the tournament behind Kieron Powell of the Leewards, who has netted three hundreds and two fifties in scoring 513 runs.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who leads the tournament with 25 scalps, will spearhead their bowling along with spin partner Sulieman Benn, Holder and Kemar Roach.The final will be televised live on cable television network station ESPN.Regional Super50 titles:Trinidad and Tobago – 12Guyana – 9Jamaica – 8Barbados – 7Leeward Islands – 7Windward Islands – 3
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It’s not going to end well for all the people doubting me.”The 29-year-old Irishman insists nothing has changed in his training, other than the fact he can’t use his legs or take his opponent to the ground, and he’s the same hard-working fighter that won two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles.“I show up to the gym, I work hard, and through my hard work I gain my confidence – that’s been the same since day one,” said McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. “The fundamentals are still there, I show up, I work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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