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Pacquiao willing to fight McGregor

Posted in bacbbpks on January 20th, 2020

first_imgMOST READ “If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not? But not in MMA. MMA is much different than boxing,” a spokesman quoted Pacquiao as saying a few days ago.“The fight can be at the 140-pound weight division. My normal weight when I’m not on training is just 141 or 142 pounds,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBoth Pacquiao, 38, and McGregor, 28, have been trying to lure the retired Mayweather back into the boxing ring.For Pacquiao, it would be a chance to avenge his defeat to Mayweather at their long-awaited showdown in 2015. The Filipino southpaw had briefly retired from the ring after beating American Tim Bradley in Las Vegas in April but soon made a comeback, saying he still felt like a youngster.In his last fight in November, Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time with a unanimous-decision victory over former champion Jesse Vargas in Las Vegas.Pacquiao has been engaged in ongoing talks with his American promoter about a possible fight with Australian Jeff Horn later this year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meanwhile Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to simultaneously hold Ultimate Fighting Championship titles in two weight divisions, has floated the idea of taking on the undefeated Mayweather, 39.In late November McGregor was issued a boxing license in the state of California in a development that fueled speculation about a future showdown with Mayweather.Mayweather told ESPN’s First Take programme that a McGregor bout was the only thing that could tempt him back into the ring.UFC boss Dana White also added further fuel to the fire this month when he offered to pay each $25 million, along with a cut of pay-per-view proceeds, to fight — an offer that Mayweather later batted down.Pacquiao has previously parlayed his sporting fame into a career in politics, getting elected to the influential Philippine Senate last year while still continuing to box professionally.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, 38, will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao is willing to square up with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor if his potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather fails to materialize, a spokesman said Sunday.But the Filipino boxing hero-turned-senator stressed that any fight with McGregor would have to be a boxing bout, not an MMA contest.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Fajardo, Castro lead latest additions to Gilaslast_img read more

UST ‘lacked communication, leadership’ in loss to Ateneo, says Laure

Posted in hedadxww on January 20th, 2020

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter Ateneo lost talisman Alyssa Valdez to graduation, the Lady Eagles immediately went to work and dismantled University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, in their opening match in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Numbers didn’t show any noticeable gap between the two and the Golden Tigresses actually outscored Ateneo, 34-32, in spikes, but it was the intangibles that led to UST’s downfall.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Racal stays on top with win No. 3 ; Ama checks slide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “We lacked communication inside the court,” said EJ Laure Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It looked like there wasn’t any leadership on the floor.”“I think no one wanted to initiate any communication when we played.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLaure added the team dwelled in their frustrations when things went south for them especially in the latter part of the third set.There were episodes in the third period where UST would take a two-point lead but would eventually lose it to Ateneo. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “I think we focused too much on our mistakes, and I think we became frustrated because of that,” said Laure. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studylast_img read more

Lee, Barroca say Hotshots surprised by Devance in Game 6

Posted in yemiwbag on January 20th, 2020

first_imgView comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study PBA IMAGESStar guards Paul Lee and Mark Barroca agreed Joe Devance caught the Hotshots off guard in a 91-67 loss in Game 6 on Sunday.“Joe stepped up. We weren’t ready for that,” said Lee, who finished the game with eight points and three rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte “We were really surprised. He wasn’t playing for the longest time and he really shocked us. It was huge for them,” said Barroca, as Devance fought through his right plantar fasciitis injury to deliver for this game.Charging this loss to experience, Barroca said Star must better prepare itself for the do-or-die tiff.“In those situations, we shouldn’t take them for granted, like Joe’s foot was hurting because we know that he’s a veteran and he can step up,” he said.He also stressed the Hotshots have to go back to their old unselfish ways.“We have to stay together. We’re enjoying ourselves, but it has to be as a team. We can’t put them down individually. When we play, we really have to be united 14 heroes in those situations,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Westbrook, Durant provide All-Star highlight “We were surprised by Joe. He gave them quality minutes,” said Barroca, who had 13 markers and four assists in the defeat, in Filipino. “His two three-points really hurt us. We thought we’re going on a run in the third quarter, but it was Joe who had a good game.”Playing through pain, Devance drilled a pair of treys that ignited the blazing Ginebra run in the third quarter, unfurling all of his 14 points and three rebounds in the pivotal period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis defense also kept Star bigs off the boards as Ginebra went on a 10-2 tear to end the quarter, 62-54.That spelled doom for the Hotshots as they were forced into winner-take-all Game 7 on Tuesday in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series. MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Lee said Star must be more focused on the defensive end after allowing Ginebra to shoot 49 percent from the field.“It’s really our defense,” he said. “We no longer need any motivation. We, players, know what we’re going to do. It’s win-or-go home for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Crowder helps lift Celtics past Knicks

Posted in hqpxmowc on January 20th, 2020

first_imgBoston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 17, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 98-95. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Isaiah Thomas’ night off to rest his knee meant an opportunity for someone else to step up for the Celtics.Jae Crowder did just that.ADVERTISEMENT He scored nine of his 24 points late in the fourth quarter, Avery Bradley had 16 overall, and Boston held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 98-95, on Friday night.“A lot more shot opportunities,” said Crowder, who also had a season-high 12 rebounds. “Just a lot of opportunities through our offense that we don’t run for him. A lot of guys were getting a lot of looks that probably weren’t used to getting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Nets had a chance to tie the game with under 6 seconds left, but Brook Lopez and Quincy Acy each missed back-to-back 3-pointers.Al Horford added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics while their All-Star point guard sat the first game of a two-game road trip. Thomas, second in the NBA in scoring with 29.2 points per game, bruised his right knee in Wednesday night’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves after a hard fall. “I mean, obviously, Isaiah does so much for us on the offensive end and tonight we had to find ways,” Horford said. “I felt like Jae Crowder answered the call.”Boston moved within two games of the idle Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.Lopez led the Nets with 23 points and Randy Foye added 14 for Brooklyn, who trailed by 10 points with 2:57 left in the third quarter after Kelly Olynyk’s layup made it 68-58.Andre Nicholson’s jumper then started a 13-3 run with 2:32 remaining that spanned into the fourth quarter. The reserve forward’s 3-pointer tied it 71-71 with 11:03 to go and after a Boston turnover, Acy’s 3 in front of the bench gave Brooklyn a 74-71 lead with 10:32 on the clock while Crowder sat on the bench.Both teams traded leads before Crowder, who also had 12 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer on a pass from Horford to give Boston an 88-85 lead with 3:36 left in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READ Horford then found Thomas’ replacement, on offense for the night, driving baseline for a dunk to extend the lead to 90-85 before being fouled by Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie with 2:51 remaining. After a Nets timeout, Crowder completed the three-point play with a free throw to extend the lead to six points.“He’s a tough matchup and he’s so versatile,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He’s one of those guys in this league that’s built like a four-man who can play the three and the four. The dunk and then the two 3-pointers I thought were killers.”Horford’s 19-foot jumper made it 93-85, Lopez and Dinwiddie led an 8-0 run to cut Boston’s lead to just two, 93-91, with 44 seconds left.A pair of free throws by Marcus Smart made it 95-91 before Jeremy Lin knocked down a 12-foot shot that drew the Nets within two again with 16 seconds to go.Smart then made a pair of free throws that extended Boston’s lead before Foye drew the Nets within two points with a layup. Bradley then hit the second of two free throws to cap the scoring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Hill on fire as Pelicans topple Rockets ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardslast_img read more

Gavina frustrated over another listless showing from Mahindra

Posted in hedadxww on January 20th, 2020

first_imgView comments Serena hints at pregnancy with ’20 weeks’ post Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMahindra coach Chris Gavina blasted his players after a “disappointing” loss to San Miguel Beer sent the Floodbuster to their sixth loss in seven games.Gavina felt his players failed to put the team in a position to win resulting in a 109-80 rout to the Beermen, who led by as much as 34 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “It was disappointing considering we had three of our most efficient practices in a few weeks. Coming off a tight battle with Talk ‘N Text, we come out here with deer-in-headlights look again. The level of consistency we show as a group is just lacking,” said Gavina, referring to an 89-84 loss on April 9.READ: ‘Too many crybabies’: Gavina blasts teamFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMahindra played minus one of its key players in Alex Mallari, who was dealing with back spasms, but Gavina said it was not an excuse for his team to put up a listless performance.“We go 0-for-16 from three in the first half and we don’t adjust. Yes, we didn’t have Alex in game, so that means guys got be willing enough to have a next-man-up mentality and take on some of that responsibility that he left,” he said. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Manny Pacquiao, who was listed as Mahindra’s playing-head coach, showed up for the first time since suiting up against Rain or Shine in the Governors’ Cup last season.READ: White: Mahindra record doesn’t define usBut not even Pacquiao’s presence could get the Floodbuster out of their slump.“He (Pacquiao) was really stressing on the guys to attack the basket because we keep shooting threes when we’re 0-of-16 so at some point as a player I have to do something else if Im not hitting jump shots,” Gavina pointed out. “You gotta figure that out. We’re telling them go to the basket and look for opportunities to drive and kick and get to the foul line.”“Like I keep telling our guys, me as a coach, I win practices but players win games. I’m not on the court. It’s up to them. When they’re on the court, they have to execute the game plan or hit big shots but we didn’t do that tonight.”Pacquiao didn’t speak with the media as he left right away as the final buzzer sounded, but Gavina believed the senator and boxing superstar’s quick exit was a sign of disappointment over the team’s play.“I’d say so. Who wouldn’t be disappointed after this performance? We didn’t even give ourselves a fighting chance tonight. If we go out like this again on Sunday, the results might be ugly. I hope these guys are challenged. I’m not the giving up type and i’ll play with six guys if I have to as long as they show me they’re willing to fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I told the guys, ‘What are you going to wait for? This is your opportunity. You’re being given the opportunity at the highest level of basketball in the Philippines, and are you going to wait ‘til we’re going to look for somebody else?’” he added. “Too many of our guys think that, ‘I need to get stats right now. I can’t play my role. I can’t run the offense. If I don’t score, I won’t stay on the court.’”READ: Mallari takes blame for Mahindra loss to TNTGavina questioned his players’ will to win which to him, was nonexistent since the opening tip.“It goes to tell you that if you don’t give any kind of fire from the onset, then you show that kind of response to adversity, then you don’t belong in this league. It’s a man’s league and you got to man up.”Mahindra scored the first points of the game, but it was all San Miguel from there. The Floodbuster trailed by 16 at the end of the first quarter, 24 by halftime, and faced a 27-point hole after three quarters.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Perlas, 2 others eye 2nd wins

Posted in qntkvqtv on January 20th, 2020

first_imgDzi Gervacio of Perlas CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPerlas Spikers and two other teams seek their second straight victories Tuesday when the Premier Volleyball League (PVL)resumes at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.The Spikers turned heads when they stopped the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline on Sunday, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Power Smashers drubbed defending champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, 25-9, 25-22, 25-21, also in Sunday’s opener.“There are no superstars for me,” said Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar. “All of them must do their best. This is their time to show what they can do. I don’t want them to show off. They need to help each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Amy Ahomiro and Dzi Gervacio powered Perlas in the stunning win, firing 17 and 13 points, respectively.Gervacio capped her breakout game with a spike that hit Valdez squarely on the face, shocking fans and earning her a wave of haters on social media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPerlas will gun for win No. 2 against Air Force at 6:30 p.m., while BaliPure and Power Smashers collide at 4 p.m.Sta. Elena and Café Lupe clash in the men’s match at 1 p.m. View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 RunRio 42K earns course certification Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

FOOTBALL: Canada lead Boyz 2-0 at half-time

Posted in jetevarl on January 19th, 2020

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz are trailing Canada 2-0 at half time in their friendly international at the BMO Field in Toronto.  Anthony Jackson-Hamel gave the Canadians the lead in the 16th minute, when he calmly slotted home from close range from Junior Hoilett’s cross.  Jonathan Osorio doubled the Canadians lead in the 30th minute when he evaded the Reggae Boyz’ offside trap to fire home past Blake. Ricardo Morris came close to pulling back for the Reggae Boyz a few minutes later, but his shot from 12 yards went wide of the target.  Romario Williams also had a good chance for the Jamaicans on the stroke of half time, but his point-blank effort was saved by Canada’s goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.  .       The Reggae Boyz starting team: Andre Blake, Damion Lowe, Jermaine Taylor, Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Je-Vaughn Watson, Michael Binns, Ricardo Morris, Oneil Fisher, Dane Kelly, Romario Williamslast_img read more

Whitmore takes positives from Saudi defeat

Posted in nezyezlq on January 19th, 2020

first_img GREAT EXPERIENCE Jamaica’s men’s senior team head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore credited his players for their fighting spirit despite a loss in the friendly international game against Saudi Arabia last Saturday. The Reggae Boyz went down 5-2 away to Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. Salem Al-Dawari sent the home side ahead in the 23rd minute, but Jamiel Hardware cancelled that strike seven minutes later. The home side converted three times within 10 minutes to lead 4-1. Mohammed Ali-Sahlawi scored in the 38th minute, then seven minutes later Salman Al-Faraj converted a penalty. Mohammed Al-Breik scored in the 48th minute. Reggae Boyz substitute Marvin Morgan gave his team some hope when he scored a wonderful goal in the 68th minute. However, Abdulmajeed Al-Ruwalli scored his team’s fifth goal in the 90th minute. But despite the scoreline, Whitmore was encouraged by his squad of mostly local-based players. “It was a great experience for the players, especially the young ones. We lost, but it is the time for that now,” he said, suggesting that at this time, the team’s performance is more important than results. “I am very pleased with the performance of the players, especially in the last 35 minutes,” Whitmore told The Gleaner following the team’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday morning. Whitmore said that the plan is to continue giving the local players experience at the international level. But getting games is up to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). “We will continue looking at local players to find the right mix. The young players need exposure in order to develop. We want to play more games, but that is up to the JFF,” he said. Whitmore gave a starting role to promising midfielder Alex Marshall, but the former St George’s College and national youth star struggled with the pace of the game. Hardware, who netted his second goal for the senior team in four games, was one of the better players for the Boyz. marc.stamp@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Brazil’s fitness concerns grow

Posted in yemiwbag on January 19th, 2020

first_imgLONDON (AP):Brazil winger Douglas Costa and midfielder Renato Augusto will miss tomorrow’s friendly against Croatia in Liverpool, raising further worries about the fitness of the squad for the World Cup.Coach Tite already had injury concerns over Neymar, his fellow striker Gabriel Jesus and reserve right-back Fagner following troubled seasons for all three.The Brazilian football confederation said yesterday that Costa and Augusto would sit out the team’s first World Cup warm-up match at Anfield.Neymar is not expected to start the game but should feature for the first time since injuring his foot in February. Fagner will also be available after coming through training this week.Costa has not practised since training began last week in Brazil due to a thigh injury.Augusto’s right knee has been swollen since Wednesday. The Beijing Guoan player will likely be replaced by Manchester City’s Fernandinho in the starting line-up.In Thursday’s press conference at Tottenham’s training centre, Fernandinho said he was also likely to play in the friendly in Austria on June 10, which indicates Augusto may not be fit until the World Cup begins in Russia.During Wednesday’s training session, Neymar took off his right boot, sat on the ground and looked less than happy.last_img read more

Laurie Foster | That false-start problem

Posted in myekaaeu on January 19th, 2020

first_img What is hurtful is that the debacle with the start of the semi-finals of both women’s and men’s 100m last Friday is a repetition of the same exercise last year. It happened then with US collegiate athlete Jonielle Smith when she lined up at the trials for the 2017 London World Championships. The major point of concern this time around rests with the seeming inconsistency in treatment of alleged false starts by Yohan Blake and Oshane Bailey. Regardless of what the problem was, it led to apparent disenchantment of the athletes, who were not a part of the indecision, not only in the race in question but those standing behind awaiting the following heat. Kemar Bailey-Cole, in the contentious race, exited the scene having been ready to go for at least 20 minutes. Bear in mind, that he was on comeback after injury problems in the last few years. Also, having to wait for what appeared to be an agonising period was another recuperating athlete, Jordan Forte, who managed to advance when the race eventually got going, but had his injury comeuppance at mid-race during the final, less than two hours after. Is this what our top athletes should expect when they attempt to qualify to represent their country? The JAAA should be busy trying to cauterise this problem, as the athletes are screaming out for some solution. Foster’s Fairplay’s concern goes somewhat deeper than the false-start rules. There is a growing problem surrounding what happens to the country’s young athletes between Penn Relays at the end of April and trials for regional and international competitions in mid-June. This is the year for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, previously called the World Junior Championships. Two athletes whose lights shone brightly in the earlier period were nowhere to be seen come the time for global representation. As a final point to be made, the JAAA should not have any difficulty in making the relevant contact to find out if there has been any approach to any of our young athletes from a foreign country. Surely, this would empower them to make a definitive statement as to what is happening with the two young athletes referred to above. Do they not believe that the matter is well within their jurisdiction, hence the need to pursue? Will someone please tell Foster’s Fairplay, what is the meaning of the term ‘governing body’? For feedback: email – lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/lauriefoster DISENCHANTMENT Another edition of the country’s National Senior and Junior Track and Field Championships was staged last weekend at the National Stadium. There are complaints that speak to lack of competence and accountability in meet management by the organisers, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). Any group that sees negative criticism of the JAAA as a necessary duty must, by now, be weary from engaging in that exercise. Foster’s Fairplay is no different. This is because of the lack of response from the governing body or a visible attempt to apply remedial action. Protests have come from two top coaches of professional training camps, Glen Mills and Stephen Francis. Their responsibility during the period when Jamaica was sitting pretty atop the sprinting world included world record holders and global medallists like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson. When coaches of this unquestionable quality lash out, it is time to apply the brakes and listen. They speak with the authority and experience of world-respected knowledge of the subject on which they comment.last_img read more