A cyclone called Linares

first_imgThe first two rounds had something in common: they traced back home the disadvantage of the first leg. The victims were Tenerife B and Moralo, leaving La Nucía as the final rival in the final by Segunda B. The Municipal of Linarejos left everything open for the return, with the plus of not having regretted any visiting goal. In the decisive one, Bolo advanced to Linares, who would suffer his modus operandi in the two previous phases. Torres put the boards in 71 ‘and San Julian gave his glory to the horn. A major disappointment, which, of course, has failed to sink the Andalusians.22 to 20 teamsOne of the most news of the Third Division last season was the massive decline of Group IX after the failure of the Andalusians of Second B and the Federation remained firm in its idea of ​​reducing the supranumerary group from 22 to 20 teams. In this way and despite the claims of those involved, the burden was reduced by four parties. Something that, no doubt, help the four clubs for the Playoff, as they will arrive on equal terms towards his rivals of the other groups and not with 360 minutes more under his legs and the need to play several games per week to meet the calendar.Near the machada in Copa del ReyThe RFEF gave this year the opportunity for Third Clubs to measure themselves from the first round with a First or Second Division. The chance of the balls meant that the rival of Linares was Girona and the heroic was not exactly far. Lara ahead of the locals in Linarejos, but Marc Gual, now Real Madrid Castilla striker, was responsible for breaking down the dreams of Juan Arsenal’s team. Even so, the balance of the competition was positive and the place for next season is practically guaranteed. So it will be as long as it does not fall from the first place.The results now support a team with ten years of history, after he had to be reborn in 2009, beginning his career in the First Provincial. Soon they responded on the grass, reaching Third in 2012-13. Of course, the fourth category of Spanish football has punished Linares on numerous occasions, which he achieved a heroic rise in 15-16, but was not able to maintain the category. Who knows if your current career will take you back to the best. Surely, it is the objective. It’s more, its president Jesús Medina chatted with AS and prioritized promotion before playing the Cup semifinals. He also defined the club he runs as a “family”, focused on “work” and always walks hand in hand with his fans.If these lines have not served to understand what is the Linares in the grass, the same president explains: “The game system is variable, the coach likes to change a lot, even on different occasions throughout a match. Sometimes we go out with a line of three, sometimes with four behind … We are changing, but we like to have the ball. Maybe last season more, but in this we still have it. Sometimes we wait for the rival and go out with fast transitions“It works and is already on its way to Second B. The fate of the ball will say, but the course is almost unbeatable. The Third Division of Spanish football is a battle without quarter that faces the 18 groups to the major challenge of making the leap to professionalism. For this reason, and despite the budgetary differences between the clubs, until the last day there is usually a fierce struggle to occupy the Playoff positions and, above all, to reach the first position, which gives an unpayable opportunity: to have a double option in the qualifiers for promotion. Moreover, in most tables there is still competition. The same does not happen in Group IX where there is an undisputed leader. Or, rather, a cyclone called Linares.The Andalusian team has, nothing more and nothing less, 17 points ahead of the second classified. In the absence of 14 days, it is evidence that will dispute the direct tie for the promotion against another of the leaders, although from the club they remain cautious. 24 meetings later, the Linares records are almost perfect: suma 65 in the locker, 21 wins, 2 draws, only 1 loss, 54 goals in favor (2.25 per game), 13 against! (0.54 per duel) and a margin of 24 points from the fifth classified. In other words, only a miracle will take them away from the postseason. The data is even more striking if they are broken down. Juan Arsenal gave wings to his players from day one. So much so that they added a whopping eight consecutive start victories. That’s when The Ejido, currently ranked second, managed to overthrow them. That happened on October 20 and, since then, the fans have not gone home with the disappointment of defeat. Two draws as a visitor also represent a small stain on his impolite curriculum. Merit, of course, given the conditions of the fields, the hardness of the category and the mental strength not to decline despite the capital advantage that it has.Debt with the LinaresLast season Linares was one of the best teams in the entire category with a total of 90 points. This course is on the way to adding a similar figure, despite the fact that Group IX has two less teams. Even so, he suffered a chronic evil: the presence of Real Jaén. It is not usual to see someone reach the three figures in the classification, but the jienenses succeeded. 101 points endorsed them in the face of the Playoffs, but the disappointment was capitalized. This year they continue the rivalry, although with a notable difference of score. Despite being able to eliminate Alavés from the Copa del Rey, Jaén is experiencing a bad year at the sports level (fifth of the group) and, especially at the institutional level, since they are on the verge of disappearance.The Playoff, a mousetrapDespite the good performance of Linares Deportivo last season, the fact that Jaén was a colossus deprived him of having a double option. So, had to face three qualifiers to ascend to Second Division B. Despite so many months of success, the Playoff does not forgive and a ruling can condemn you to media ostracism one more campaign. However, the work of the team was not disappointing at all and remained at the gates of celebrating the change of category.last_img read more

Casillas clarifies the registration of his house in the raid of Portugal

first_imgThis morning there has been a macro-raid in Portugal, in order to combat tax fraud and money laundering in Portuguese football. Among all those investigated, one of them was Iker Casillas, who issued a statement on his social networks: “This morning the Portuguese Prosecutor’s Office has come to my home in Porto, as it has gone to another 76 homes of sports societies, players and clubs , to ask me for documentation. I have made myself available to you. TRANSPARENCY is one of my principles“. This morning the Portuguese Prosecutor’s Office has come to my home in Porto, as it has gone to another 76 homes of sports societies, players and clubs, to ask me for documentation. I have put myself at your disposal. TRANSPARENCY is one of my principles.– Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) March 4, 2020Thus, the candidate for the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation has confirmed that he is one of those investigated, although he is not worried and makes himself available to justice so that the diligence comes to fruition. The operation, called “Out of Game”, investigates “professional football business from 2015”, which allegedly involved “actions aimed at preventing the payment of tax benefits due to the Portuguese State”. In addition to Casillas, the institutions have registered facilities of Benfica, Porto, Sporting de Portugal or Sporting de Braga, the domiciles of the representative Jorge Mendes, or of players like Jackson Martínez or Danilo.Official statement from Iker CasillasThe exporter first issued an explanatory tweet and then an official statement: “The Portuguese Public Prosecutor’s Office registered the Iker Casillas address in Porto early this morning. This registration was produced in the framework of an operation that, according to news reports, has also registered 76 clubs, sports corporations, leaders, agents, lawyers and footballers, in an investigation for alleged tax fraud and money laundering in player transfers.At the request of the Portuguese Prosecutor, Iker Casillas being in Madrid at that time, has been made available to the judicial authorities, collaborating with them at all times and providing all the documentation requested.Iker Casillas states that he is “absolutely calm” regarding the investigations and that he has “full confidence” in the Portuguese Justice.Iker expresses his desire that “transparency reaches each and every corner of football.” “That is – the player affirms – one of the main reasons why I have decided to present myself to the Presidency of the Spanish Football Federation.”last_img read more

Stick of the Basque Government to the coronavirus tests carried out by Alavés and Baskonia

first_imgWell, with this context, about 100 professionals from the Baskonia Group -Players, coaches, assistants or employees of Alavés and the basketball team- were subjected to tests. The club paid for a private service and, at the Mendizorroza and Buesa infirmaries respectively, they passed the controls. Osasuna has today declined the option of carrying them out in Pamplona. Also is true that Alavés announced last Saturday two positive cases in the technical-sports structure and that raised the alarms. It also didn’t help much that Mendizorroza’s last visitor was Valencia, one of the most affected clubs.The Basque Government Health Minister, Nekane Murga, has been blunt when questioned in this regard. “I think they have not made a rational use of health resources“He commented. In the current context, with a scenario of widespread sustained community transmission, the new protocol is very restrictive and obviously does not include asymptomatic youth.As for the delivery of medical supplies by both clubs to the Txagorritxu hospital, it must be agreed that “all natural or legal persons are obliged, within 48 hours, to deliver to the health authorities masks, gels, PCR tests or rapid detection devices in addition to other materials” It was an order from the Ministry of Health on Sunday night. Compulsory, not voluntary.On the other hand, Both Baskonia and Alavés announced yesterday that they will pay tribute to public health in the first two official matches of both squads with a message on the shirts (front and back) that will remember “OSI Araba”, an entity that brings together the hospitals and outpatient clinics of the province. Alavés and Baskonia, obviously, hardly ever visit public hospitals. They have their mutual, their private centers (San José Polyclinic) and they have the advice of the most experienced physicians in sports injuries such as the famous traumatologist Mikel Sanchez, Rafael Nadal’s doctor, Mikel Landa or the King Emeritus among other athletes. Deportivo Alavés football and Baskonia basketball passed medical tests for the coronavirus yesterday in a territory totally plagued by the pandemic. The official figures are far from reality because there are thousands of citizens going through hardships at home with the uncertainty of whether they have the virus or not. And light cases are no longer tested (that is, more or less 80% of the total number).Communicating with the ambulatory is science fiction, there have been people who have spent almost two hours listening to the violins of the piped music on 900 203 050 (for Álava it is no longer operational) and common sense leads people from Vitoria not to go to the ER due to saturation and to make room for cases related to the elderly or groups at risk.last_img read more

Mouratoglou: “Tennis has one of the highest levels of inequality in sport”

first_imgThe suspension of the tennis season on the ITF, ATP and WTA circuits attributable to the coronavirus has left us some massive affected in skilled tennis: these gamers who’ve a really low rating and have hardly any sponsors and that they’ve the financial prizes of the tournaments as a approach of incomes a residing.The mediaman Patrick Mouratoglou, one of the most prestigious coaches on the circuit and present mentor of Serena Williams, needed to point out his solidarity and help for these gamers with a letter he posted on social media. “Pricey tennis group. Our sport is implausible. Nonetheless, the problem we face solely reveals the shortcomings it has. Gamers exterior the Prime-100 can barely cowl their losses, and lots of of them finance their careers by taking part in skilled tennis. Their lives are an financial wrestle. In contrast to soccer and basketball gamers, tennis gamers don’t have a set annual wage. They’ve unbiased contracts, their journeys are paid, they must pay their coaches whereas their wage is determined by the events they win. It’s a system based mostly on meritocracy that appears good to me. 100% of high gamers deserve their revenue. Nonetheless, I discover it disgusting that aside from the 100 greatest gamers in one of the hottest sports activities in the world and that near 1 billion individuals observe, the relaxation are barely in a position to make a residing from it. For the Prime-10 Tim Mayotte, ‘You might have received $ 200,000 in prizes and helps to earn a lifetime wage. For the present 225 in the world, Noah Rubin, ‘for somebody who’s out of the Prime-50 or Prime-100, he doesn’t have many sponsors off the observe and in case your work is minor, you may’t reside on it. When you don’t work, they don’t pay you. ‘” Mouratoglou regretted that this case has occurred for therefore a few years on the circuit and criticizes the inequality that exists in tennis and that has precipitated many tennis gamers to hold up their rackets. “So what about the gamers who’re out of work for an indefinite interval of time? Nicely, they’ll’t be paid. Some of them are giving their all for his or her goals and attempting to forge a profession. This has been the state of affairs for a very long time. Though we’ve got eradicated male supremacy in the monetary area, tennis nonetheless has one of the highest levels of inequality in any sport. The factor is, tennis wants these gamers to outlive. Tennis can not reside solely on the elite. The circuit would deteriorate. Final yr’s ITF reform, which was fortunately canceled months after it was handed, made the state of affairs for non-Prime-100 gamers unsustainable. Many of them determined to stop tennis as a result of that they had no different alternative. “Because of this Mouratoglou helps a gathering between the ITF, the ATP, the WTA and the Grand Slam to assist these gamers who can not earn a residing proper now due to their sport as there isn’t any competitors. “We’re at present dealing with a brand new problem. Since the circuit is stopped for causes everyone knows, these gamers don’t have any revenue and aside from the Prime-100 gamers, the relaxation don’t have any cash on them or sponsors to reside with. It’s time to take into consideration these gamers and assist them, first in the fast future after which in the long run. Because of this I wish to see the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and the Grand Slam sitting collectively to attempt to discover a sustainable answer. We rely on these establishments, which have the energy to guard the financial system and social duty of tennis. I would really like these establishments to say ENOUGH. We will’t depart any of the low-ranking gamers behind. It will not be honest. Tennis wants a change. Use this free time to start out discussing it. “last_img read more

A month without Atlético

first_imgThe next day, with the team already at home, LaLiga decided to suspend the competition. Then it was “at least the next two weeks”. The first step at Atlético was to give free until Monday, urging that the players not leave home more than necessary. The next thing was stop workouts sine die. Each footballer at home with a rigorous teleworking plan. This is how they have been for four weeks, like many other workers in Spain and around the world.A month without Atlético matches It is not something so strange, because it is what happens every season finale. So it gets along better, not only because it is planned and assumed, but because lack of football in rojiblanco is supplemented by national team matches where many of them participate and, on the other hand, the transfer activity: some leave, others arrive and excite. And before you know it, the preseason has started in Cerro and Los Ángeles de San Rafael.This time it was a dry interruption, right after the team’s big rush of the year and before an exciting spring. In the quarterfinals of the Champions League and sixth in the League, the closest thing to Atlético’s football is to see great nights from the past and what the club and players can see through social networks. Worse still, the red and white news has been marked in recent weeks by the losses of people very loved by the entity and by the fans: Miguel Peiró, José Luis Capón, Radomir Antic, Miguel Jones and the little Christian Minchola, player of the Infantil. The return of the ball will also be remembered by them. Time passes strangely during this confinement, but Liverpool-Atlético, the great joy of the course for the rojiblancos, is already one month old. The last sports memory of those of Cholo (and the last elite football match of a spanish team) that gave way to a abrupt closure of activity from the team and practically the entire club. A month without Atleti … and what remains.On March 11, so close and yet so far away, the rojiblancos — that night in black— they broke the odds and eliminated Liverpool, champion and favorite, beating him in his own home to the joy of the almost 3,000 mattresses who accompanied them at Anfield. By then, the pandemic crisis was starting to escalate, Games were already being suspended all over Europe, some were played behind closed doors. Every day the plan was more rigorous than the previous one in all of society.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay – In preparation for Rio

first_imgThe privilege of survival to read the opener to Foster’s Fairplay’s 2016 journey is much for which to be thankful. It mirrors what was wished for its audience over the festive season and beyond.The enhanced opportunity that Christmas offers to renew acquaintances with those hardly ever seen was most welcome. There was a plethora of expressions of appreciation for views exposed, whether or not there was agreement. That was the gift of a lifetime. While it is comforting to know that there is an audience, the resultant applause is even more so.Gratitude is extended to avid sports enthusiast Emile Spence for mentioning something that a sadly departed mentor, Jimmy Carnegie, would have described as “sloppy”.Sorry, Jimmy for not following your advice to “check for accuracy before stating what is claimed to be fact”.In last week’s column, the Sunshine Girls’ coach was referred to as Jill Patterson – albeit a star in her own right in the netball pantheon – a many-time national representative. The reference should have been Jill McIntosh. Apologies to any reader who might have been temporarily confused.The year 2016 is at hand. This being Olympic year, the spotlight is on track and field, which is once again expected to sparkle.This column has been traditionally critical of the stewardship of the sport as administered by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). This is not to say that there have not been noteworthy features. The annual Golden Cleats Awards, where participants at various levels receive distinguished mention, is one. The maintenance thereof is commendable, although the award base could be a bit more expansive – a subject for further ventilation.TEAMSELECTIONWith Rio in mind, Foster’s Fairplay is pleased to ease the pressure on the JAAA, if only momentarily. Apart from naming the team for competition, which can be a pain-free process (Oops!), all the main activity preparatory to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ falls under the canopy of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell’s JOA.One can sense a question from the readership: “Why the presence of Dr Paul Wright’s favourite word, “Oops”!Simple. Team selection to major events in track and field comes after national trials for which policy guidelines are predetermined and published. As such, there can be no missteps in the execution. Even so, this columnist clings to that “Oops!”. Sufficient, until the time.The dialogue now is what has been a distastefully contentious feature of past global competitions – preparation camps for the flagship sport. Vigorous, verging on vitriolic debates have ensued as to whether or not they should be mandatory. This, not only pertaining to attendance by all athletes, but if they should exist at all.The tug-o-war led to a ban on the Stephen Francis-led MVP athletes at the 2009 Berlin World Championships, ruling them out of participation.It took intervention from the organisers, the IAAF, to set the situation back on an even keel.One hopes that an initiative to avoid any semblance of a camp-related dispute is already under way. Jamaica needs to be building on its multiple-medal profile as of Beijing, 2008, further embellishing its image and seeking to enhance the lustre.GAININGMORERESPECTAll the energies and enthusiasm need to revolve around earning plaudits for the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz and that our people gain more respect in the global sphere.That glow of quality must not be allowed to be diminished by a quagmire of questionable quests for one-upmanship and throwing poison darts at one another.Foster’s Fairplay has a few suggestions. Foremost, that the JOA convene a forum, inviting a representative body of all stakeholders destined to descend on the Brazilian city this summer.Views must be candidly voiced on the necessity of a camp and if attendance should be compulsory. Given what will surely be a divergence of opinion, the JOA must issue an informed ruling for or against.The Foster’s Fairplay view is that camps only serve relay practices. Place the funds saved for the non-staging into a pool and collaborate with the meet directors on the professional circuit. From this could come a substantial increase in prize money for the far too infrequent relays in that arena.Decision-makers must think on these things.n For Feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgEx-Saint Will Smith gunned down in case of road rage NEW ORLEANS (AP): Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot and killed in a case of road rage by a man who had rear-ended his car, police said yesterday. Smith was beloved by fans for his role in bringing a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans in 2009, though the defensive captain also found himself at the centre of the NFL’s bounty probe in 2012. Smith’s slaying rippled across the sports world, with figures from NBA star LeBron James to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offering their condolences. James said on Twitter: “So sad man. Good dude he was man!” There was no indication Smith, 34, knew 28-year-old Cordell Hayes before the deadly confrontation or that anything except the car wreck led to the shooting. Monaco wins US Men’s Clay Court HOUSTON (AP): Argentina’s Juan Monaco took advantage of defending champion Jack Sock’s aching shoulder and leg cramps to rally for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory yesterday, winning his second US Men’s Clay Court Championship nine months after major wrist surgery. The 32-year-old Monaco, also the 2012 winner at River Oaks, held off a surging Sock in the third set after taking a 4-1 lead. Sock won the next four games but suffered the decisive break in the 11th game when, with his left thigh apparently cramping under the cloudy, humid conditions, missed an underhanded serve. Early in the match, Monaco also received attention from the trainer for an apparent back issue. Sock, the 23-year-old American seeded fourth in defence of his lone ATP World Tour title, said after the match that he had begun feeling poorly with flu-like symptoms Saturday night. He had won 17 consecutive sets in the event, dating to his first-round match last year.last_img read more

Pepsi happy with Super Cup investment

first_imgPepsi feels it has got great return on its $5 million investment in the 2015 ISSA/Flow Super Cup. The competition dubbed the ‘Champions League of Schoolboy Football’ and already deemed a resounding success, concludes today with defending champion Jamaica College taking on St George’s College at 6 p.m. inside the National Stadium.The winner will walk away with the Super Cup trophy and $1million in cash.At 4 p.m. Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago square off for third place and $175,000 and $100,000 respectively.According to Pepsi Cola’s marketing manager, Mitchell Watson, football has been an integral part of his brand’s global campaign, and as such, the Flow Super Cup was the perfect vehicle to pursue that campaign here in Jamaica.”Partnering with Flow for a second year was really a no brainer as we figure the Super Cup or better yet the ‘Champions League of Schoolboy Football’ cements our point in the local football community,” he said. “Our support for the event is also bolstered by us providing hydration through our Gatorade brand for all the teams participating in the event which is key, given the need for all athletes involved in sports on all levels.”tremendous feedbackWatson revealed that the feedback has been tremendous. This year they had all their vendors at the locations supporting the competition with the numbers at each stadium increasing for each game and that was not all. “From a brand and sales perspective, we are happy with the opportunities the games presented as great locations for the games a controlled environment where we are given the chance for sales of the products, and great interactions with the consumer,” he said. “In regards to cost and prizes for the schools which make it to the round, winning $25,000 for each game does well for the school, not to mention the ultimate winner of the event. Last but not least, for our partners Flow and us, it offered great TV since the games are being broadcast on both Flow TV as well as CVM.”Watson said they were keen on being part of the competition for the foreseeable future. “We look forward to continued participation in the event for 2016,” he said.last_img read more

Marshall wants to buck losing trend against Wolmer’s

first_imgHaving been knocked out of the two previous editions by Wolmer’s Boys’ School, talismanic St George’s College (STGC) forward Alex Marshall is plotting revenge, hoping his team will turn the tables when both teams meet in today’s ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup final at the Stadium East Field. St George’s are the defending champions, having triumphed 3-2 over Jamaica College (JC) in last year’s final at Constant Spring. According to 17-year-old Marshall, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, he is looking forward to beating Wolmer’s most of all. “From I was a little boy coming up from Pepsi (Under14), Colts (Under-16), they (Wolmer’s) always knock me out of competitions, so I want to repay the favour this time,” he told The Gleaner. Even though St George’s recently won the FLOW Super Cup by thrashing JC 4-0 in the final, Wolmer’s will no doubt want to profit from the fact that STGC lost 1-0 in a bruising defeat to JC in the Manning Cup final. “All I do is just go out there and make use of the opportunity and score. I don’t know how much I will get (goals this season). It’s up to God,” Marshall said. shayne.fairman@gleanerjm.com SUPERCUPlast_img read more

SANTA Golf raises more than $3m for charities

first_imgThe 15th annual SANTA Charity Amateur Golf tournament culminated on Sunday, December 6, following two days of robust competition.This year’s event raised more than $3 million for a variety of charitable causes, fulfilling the spirit of the acronym, ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action (SANTA)’.The SANTA charity golfing event, Jamaica’s premier and largest amateur golf charity tournament, continues to be a winning combination of sport, charity, fun, and celebration.The organisers of this year’s event were committed to raising at least $1 million for the Wortley Home, which was, unfortunately, gutted by fire. Friday’s Chip and Putt competition and an on-the-spot appeal to Buy-A-Block for $10K each ensured that the target was met.More than $400,000 was raised from that effort, all of which will go to the Wortley Home. Plans have been drawn up for the construction of a new building. Work is expected to start next year. The Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School received $600,000, while the Laws Street Trade and Training Centre got $400,000 and the Sickle Cell Foundation, $300,000.Speaking on behalf of the CB Facey Foundation, Robert Facey said the SANTA tournament was making a positive contribution.”I’m especially heartened by the participation of the young people as they are truly the future of this country,” he said.The SANTA Charity Golfing Event truly embodied the spirit of the season with well over 200 participants golfing for a good cause last weekend. The captain of the Constant Spring Golf Club, Raymond Campbell, thanked the corporations and organisations represented for their support. Tournament director David Mais underscored the fact that the continued growth of the tournament was not only beneficial for the sport in Jamaica, but a vital social-development tool.The overall tournament winner of the coveted Facey Cup was Frank Jackson, the founder of SANTA.In the senior category, Everton McDonald scored 36 points for second and Vivian Daley was third with 35.In the 0-12 handicap category, Sherold Philbert, Theodore Richards, and Peter Chin took third, second and first place, respectively. Bruce Levy, Jim Stitzel, Edward Alexander, and Dave Cameron rounded out the men’s 10-17 handicap category.In the Ladies 0-12 handicap category, Michelle Gabay was the winner. The 13-17 handicap category went to Rowena Coe, with Diane Hudson in second.In the ladies 18 and above handicap category, Aditi Dhiman won; Jennifer Davy was second; and Sharon Smith, third.In addition to the aforementioned companies, the SANTA tournament was made possible with support from the Jamaica National Building Society, Proven Wealth, The Gleaner, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Broilers, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog Agency, Wisynco, Coldfield Manufacturing, Pepsi, and Heineken, which provided refreshments and hospitality through the duration of the tournament.last_img read more