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Roddick, from Federer, Nadal and Djokovic: “It is stupid to say who is the best in history”

first_imgAndy Roddick has joined in current days as a Tennis Channel commentator to share his experiences in the world of tennis and analyze the information of this sport, which is being held till June 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.The ‘Nebraska Gunslinger’ gave his opinion on certainly one of the most continuously requested questions in the world of tennis: Who is the best participant in historical past ?, following the successes of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic . “I feel it is very foolish to say who is the best in historical past. It’s like you’ve gotten to flip in the Oscars earlier than you see the finish of the film, “mentioned Roddick. The previous Omaha tennis participant spared no reward for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, with whom he measured himself 43 occasions on the ATP circuit. “I’m appearing like I’m a medical skilled. I feel we’re lucky to have Roger, Rafa and Novak at the prime of tennis. We have been left speechless and with out adjectives to fee them. “Roddick, who is a part of the Tennis Corridor of Fame and who has gone down in historical past as certainly one of the nice punters on the circuit, he confirmed his enthusiasm for becoming a member of the Tennis Channel mission in these troublesome occasions for tennis after the suspension of many tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic. “These are bizarre occasions, nevertheless it’s a great time to speak just a little bit about tennis and get again to it.”last_img read more

Zidane summons the entire squad by video call

first_imgAlthough it was the first group video call, these days the contact between the players is permanent. The WhatsApp group is especially active, with everyone at home with free time. In addition, Dupont, the physical trainer, sends them daily the plan that they must follow to maintain their shape, which almost all of them later complete with the specific work of their personal trainers.Another custom that has become common during these days of confinement is the iques pikes ’of the players through online games. In video games, there are two that stand out from the rest: FIFA and Fortnite. Any excuse is good to kill the bug of competition that everyone begins to have … Zidane “summoned” the entire squad this afternoon in a multiple video call in which he chatted at the same time with the 25 members of the first squad. It is the first time that they all meet at the same time during the 22 days they have been at home. since they had to leave Valdebebas for the positive of Thompkins on March 12.The French coach took this initiative to make ‘pineapple’ and also to liven up the confinement of these days of the players at home. The coach’s contact with the staff is constant, both individually and in the different WhatsApp groups they have. Although it is the first time during these days that they all see each other at the same time. The conversation started with familiar topics, taking an interest in the situation of everyone’s loved ones, since the health of the players Zidane already knew (they are all fine). After that it has happened to the jokes. Little or nothing has been said about football and the return to conversation, a topic that the players have parked in view of the seriousness of the situation that is being experienced.last_img read more

The turn of the century

first_imgMárquez’s corridor. Marc Márquez reappeared at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, which comes to be like the hallway of his house. The Thunder of Cervera added his seventh title in the Texan layout in his eight participations. And that came to the appointment with more broken bones than Filemón after meeting the mustached agent Cachomúlez, after he mistakenly whispered the password “the guys with mustaches look like hottentots.” The fact is that Márquez in the middle of the race had time to stop, make a couple of announcements, a solidarity campaign, change the nails of the clavicle and even so he still had more than enough finish.The Vietnamese Roll. Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One Vietnam Grand Prix at the Hanoi street circuit. But the news was in the press conferences after the race. The juiciest of all was that of Fernando Alonso, who did not participate, but who appeared before the press to charge against the McLaren mechanics. “Carlos Sainz is lazy and too good a guy, I see that the nuts are loosening up and that is not the case.” Local restaurants are baffled, because the famous ‘Vietnamese Roll’ has taken on a new meaning from that press conference that has nothing to do with Asian cuisine. The Change. After the fast-paced game that closed the league game on Sunday in Anoeta between the Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, jumped the scandal of the season. The subject will bring a queue. At the last moment, already on the steps of the plane that was to transport the white team back to the capital, Real Madrid was discovered by the airport agents in their attempt to hit the changeover to the people of Donostia. Odegaard was discovered wearing the meringue team tracksuit, sunglasses and a cap about to take off as part of the white expedition. He also had a sticking plaster in his mouth. Minutes earlier, Jovic had been discovered, perfectly dressed in Real Sociedad, locked in the toilets of the visiting locker room. In the end, the change did not slip and each will train today with their respective teams.Butragueño. Faced with this brutal attempt, Real Madrid acted immediately and the club’s institutional spokesman appeared before the press, Emilio Butragueño, who offered an exciting spiel on how green sauce should be properly cooked to get a hake to the Donostiarra de chupote. When asked about the crude change, the Real Madrid spokesman said that, if the facts were confirmed, it would be studied very seriously, but “Do not forget that the key to everything is in the balance between the fumet, the white wine and the flour, that if the sauce is not too liquid or too thick and then it is worth nothing.”last_img read more

Bale, Kane and Mbappé have crossed lives at Real Madrid

first_imgGareth BaleAt 30 years old, he has become a problem for Madrid. He was aiming for a vintage player and was left halfway due to injuries. Last summer he had it closed with Jiangsu Suning to go to the Chinese Super League but Madrid wanted to charge a transfer and the operation went wrong. He ends his contract in 2022, he is angry, and he wants to fulfill it. He doesn’t have many options left to finish his career, but there is a very romantic one, a return to Tottenham where he would fill the gap that Kane’s departure could leave. The problem? In London they would never pay him the 14.5 million is charged in Madrid, which would have to contribute part of that tab … The other part, would serve to pay Mbappé’s salary in the white entity.Soccrates Images & nbsp; (Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>TADASoccrates Images (Getty Images) MbappéThe jewel in the crown. He ends his contract with PSG in 2022 and does not intend to renew it because he knows that it is feasible that in the summer of 2021, according to the marked roadmap, he will end up at Real Madrid. His sporting life is therefore crossed with Kane’s, since his departure would make room for English at PSG, but also for Bale’s. Mbappé did not come to Real Madrid in 2017, when he left Monaco, because he had no place in the white team’s trident. At that time, Florentino bet on the Welshman. In the most immediate future the lives of the Welshman and the French lives could cross again, as it is obvious that Madrid needs to get Bale out to give that salary to the new French star.FRANCK FIFE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>FRANCK FIFE (AFP) The coronavirus crisis is ending by shaking the foundations of the world of football. Today, with the economic consequences still to be determined, any handover operation seems possible and impossible at the same time, such is the ignorance of how the balance of accounts of the clubs will end with the general fall in income. And in this context There are three names that now seem to have their (sports) lives crossed. They are those of Kane, Bale and Mbappé. These are the reasons that unite them and at the same time separate them … they all have to do with Real Madrid.Harry kaneHis name has reappeared in the media after his statements in which he hinted, for the first time, an exit from Tottenham. “I love spurs but if we don’t go in the right direction, I’m ambitious. I want to be a top player. ” Mourinho did not sit well with the words of one of the entity’s franchise players. He has given orders that, should he be sold, he never ends up in one of Tottenham’s direct competitors in the Premier. That reduces the circle to Real Madrid or PSG. It is valued at more than 200 million. Madrid does not even consider signing him … But PSG could enter the operation, knowing that Mbappé is not going to renew because he wants to go to Madrid in 2021. Cavani leaves Parisian PSG and Icardi returns to Inter.JOHN SIBLEY & nbsp; (Action Images via Reuters) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>JOHN SIBLEY (Action Images via Reuters)last_img read more

Perry targets Rio spot

first_imgFlorida-based Jamaican women’s beach volleyball star, Danielle Perry, said she is confident Jamaica will finish on top in the second round of the Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers, under way from yesterday and concludes tomorrow, at Ocho Rios Bay Beach, St Ann.Perry, who recently took the female category award for volleyball at the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony, said she is fully focused on winning and taking Jamaica one step closer to qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”I expect that we are gonna win this tournament and have a good placement and go to the next round, then we will have two more rounds, and possibly the Olympics, so we are hopeful,” Perry told The Gleaner.leading by exampleThe 29-year-old said she will be leading by example to show that Jamaica’s first-round win was no fluke, while calling on the Jamaican crowd for support.Perry and company spectacularly defeated the Cayman Islands women team in the first round of the Continental Women’s Beach Volleyball Caribbean Zonal Tournament last year, despite trailing 7-13 at one point.”It was great. The stadium was packed in Ocho Rios with locals, and it gave us the energy to win. That was the energy of the crowd, and it helped us immensely. We won and it was great, and, for the second (second round) one, I am very confident we are gonna win,” she pointed out.big featPerry said she is only in her second year of playing for Jamaica, and four years, overall, playing the sport, but will be looking to give it her all on the court for team Jamaica.”It would be a very big feat for Jamaica, I just try to be one of the leaders, to try and direct everybody in the right way. We have a strong team, and if we have the right direction it will allow us to prevail as a team,” she said.Perry and her A team partner, Kai Wright, who she described as an excellent partner with good team chemistry, are joined by B team Alicia Malcolm and Sashalee Wallen.shayne.fairman@gleanerjhm.comlast_img read more

Husbands closes in on third spot at Woodbine

first_imgTORONTO, Canada (CMC):Reigning Woodbine champion Patrick Husbands rode a handsome double on Wednesday’s mid-week card here, as he continued to close in on third spot in the jockeys’ championship.The 42-year-old scored with favourite Pretty Bird in the day’s opening race and followed up with another win in race two aboard punters choice, My Name is Michael.Husbands has picked up the pace after a sluggish start to the season and now has 79 wins, just two adrift of Alan Garcia who lies third on 81.Eurico Rosa da Silva, the 2010 champion, leads with 128 wins with three-time former champion Luis Contreras eight behind in second.A seven-time Woodbine champion, Husbands is also now on course to pass 100 wins, a feat he has only failed to accomplish once in 17 full seasons at the prestigious Toronto oval – when he broke his leg in 2013 and missed nearly fourth months of the campaign.He started brightly on Wednesday, however, making all the running with Pretty Bird over six furlongs to beat the three-year-old fillies by half length.Husbands broke the bay smartly and duelled with Scindia before getting clear but was forced to the hold off the fast-finishing Woven Lady in the stretch.In race two over a mile and eighth, Husbands and My Name is Michael barely edged out 5-1 bet Peyton at the wire in a close finish.The Barbadian sat the five-year-old dark bay off the pace as 2-1 choice Brilliant Comet posted an easy 25.61 seconds for the quarter and 51.30 for the half.Husbands then roused My Name is Michael heading into the far turn before challenging strongly in the stretch to reel in the leaders and just get up at the wire.last_img read more

Mourinho charged by English FA

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho was charged by England’s Football Association yesterday for accusing Premier League referees of being biased against his team hours after he was given public backing by the club following its disappointing start to the season.Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said referees “are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea”.Imply biasThe FA said in a statement that Mourinho’s remarks constitute improper conduct as they imply bias and bring the game into disrepute. Mourinho has until Thursday to respond to the charge.Earlier, Chelsea took the unusual step of publicly endorsing Mourinho, with the team languishing in 16th place in the 20-team Premier League after winning two of their first eight games. Chelsea have also lost one of their first two group games in the Champions League.”The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support,” a Chelsea statement read. “As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough, and the team’s performances must improve.”However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.”On Sunday, Liverpool fired manager Brendan Rodgers and Dick Advocaat resigned as Sunderland manager.- APlast_img read more

ASTON VILLA VS ARSENAL

first_imgVILLA (4-1-4-1)GUZAN,HUTTON, OKORE, LESCOTT, BACUNA,SINCLAIR, SANCHEZ, VERETOUT, GANA, AYEW,GESTEDEARSENAL (4-2-3-1)WALCOTT,CAMPBELL, OZIL, OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN,CECHOn Wednesday Arsenal recorded one of their best recent results in Europe when, having needing to win 2-0 in Greece against Olympiacos, they won 3-0 thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick. It means the Gunners are in the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the 16th year in a row.Now the bottom club in the Barclays Premier League entertains Arsenal, second in the table after returning to winning ways against Sunderland. The Gunners had gone three games without a win but responded by claiming their ninth victory of the season, the joint most wins along with Leicester City and Manchester City.By contrast, Aston Villa have just one win – the fewest in the Premier League. But in new manager Remi Garde they have a man familiar to Arsenal fans. The Frenchman spent three years at Arsenal, from 1996 to 1999, though in that time he made only 31 first-team appearances.Arsenal have scored 27 goals so far; only Everton (28), Manchester City (30) and Leicester City (32) have more. But they have also hit the woodwork 12 times, more than any other team in the Premier League. Villa, though, have just 13 goals, the joint lowest with Stoke City.last_img read more

Consolation win for South Africa

first_imgCENTURION, South Africa (AP): England crumbled to 101 all out and their second-lowest score ever in South Africa to lose the fourth and final Test by 280 runs yesterday, ending a hugely successful tour on a sobering low point. Continuing on 52-3, England lasted barely an hour on the final day at SuperSport Park, as their last seven batsmen were fired out in just over 13 overs, mainly down to another supreme display by young South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “This week has shown us that if you’re not absolutely 100% on it … you just can’t compete,” England captain Alastair Cook said. Still, England had already won the series with a 2-0 lead ahead of the final Test and will celebrate a first victory over South Africa in 11 years. The context of the loss was that the game in Centurion was a dead rubber, and England were reaching the end of a long and rugged tour. Over the last month, England beat South Africa convincingly in two games on their home soil, and dominated long periods of the drawn second Test in Cape Town. South Africa chased down their consolation win desperately, having sustained a rare home series loss, been knocked off the top of the Test rankings, and been the target of sometimes fierce criticism by their fans and media commentators. Rabada’s 6-32 in England’s brief second innings, and his 13 wickets in the Test, confirmed the relief of a first victory for the former No. 1 team in their last 10 Tests, since they beat West Indies in early January 2015. “Tough times are part of the game. And it’s a part of individual careers,” South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. “I never felt it was panic stations.” The 20-year-old Rabada became only the third South African to take 13 wickets in a Test, and his match figures of 13-144 were the second-best ever for the Proteas behind Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132 against West Indies in 2005.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Previews (big matches)

first_imgSATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYLEICESTER CITY V NORWICH CITY, KING POWER STADIUMLEICESTER (4-2-3-1)SCHMEICHEL, AMARTEY, HUTH, MORGAN, FUCHS, DRINKWATER, KANTE, MAHREZ ALBRIGHTON, VARDYNORWICH (4-2-3-1)MBOKANI, JARVIS, HOWSON, NAISMITH, MULUMBU, TETTEY, OLSSON, BASSONG, KLOSE, PINTO, RUDDDespite losing 2-1 at Arsenal in their last Barclays Premier League outing a fortnight ago, Leicester City remain top of the table with a two-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and the Gunners, with just 12 games remaining.With their two closest rivals not playing until Sunday and with fourth-placed Manchester City involved in the Capital One Cup final – against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – the Foxes have the chance to extend their advantage to five points.Leicester have the joint most goals in the Premier League, with Manchester City (48) while visitors Norwich City have suffered nine defeats – and just two wins – out of 13 away games. Only Newcastle (10) have lost more on the road.When the teams met at Carrow Road in October, Leicester moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a narrow victory, taking the lead through Jamie Vardy’s penalty. Jeffrey Schlupp put the Foxes in control before Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani replied.Leicester have entertained Norwich only once before in the Premier League when, in April 1995, they won 1-0. But in three of their last four visits to Leicester the Canaries have won three. Overall, Leicester have won eight and drawn six of 21 home league clashes, with Norwich winning seven times.Vardy has 19 goals, including four in his last four games and has won six penalties for Leicester this season.REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK. MATCHES: 10. Y38, R2.SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYSOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA, ST MARY’S STADIUMSOUTHAMPTON (4-3-2-1)FORSTER, SOARES, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND, ROMEU, CLASIE, WARD-PROWSE, TADIC, LONG, PELLECHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, PEDRO FABREGAS, WILLIAN, MATIC, MIKEL, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, TERRY, IVANOVIC, COURTOISChelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games. Their previous defeat was back in December, at Leicester City. But they meet a Southampton outfit unbeaten in their last six, winning five. And the Saints and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have gone 633 minutes without conceding a goal.That record has been bettered only 10 times previously in the Premier League and if he keeps another clean sheet extending his record to 723 minutes he will be fifth, with Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar holding the record of 1,311, completed in February 2009.Southampton’s impressive run has taken them into the top six; their best ever finish in the Premier League was seventh last season while in 1985 they finished fifth in the old First Division.Chelsea have risen to 12th place in the Premier League and will hope to improve on just three away wins and just 12 goals from 12 games on the road.The Saints won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October, while both games last season ended in 1-1 draws.Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their last two domestic outings. Following the 5-1 win over Newcastle last time out in the Premier League, they won 5-1 against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup.REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON. MATCHES: 24. Y85, R1.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYMANCHESTER UNITED V ARSENAL, OLD TRAFFORD.MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA, LOVESMALLING, BLINDBORTHWICK-JACKSON, CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN, LINGARD, MATA, MEMPHIS, MARTIALARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT, COQUELIN, RAMSEY, MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN, CECHOn Tuesday night, Arsenal suffered a setback in the Champions League when they lost 2-0 at home to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona. But in the Barclays Premier League, they are just two points behind leaders Leicester City, level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Manchester United are fifth, despite losing 2-1 at Sunderland in their last league outing. They made amends with a 3-0 win in the Emirates FA Cup, at League One Shrewsbury on Monday night.They return to Old Trafford where they have won just six of their 12 games in the league. However, United have conceded just five home goals all season, the fewest in the Premier League.Arsenal, though, have scored more league goals away than at home 23 compared to 18 and they have lost only three games on the road.When these teams met at the Emirates Stadium in October Arsenal stunned United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds. Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.Their Premier League record at Old Trafford is poor. Last season’s 1-1 draw ended a run of five straight defeats, while the Gunners have won just three of their 23 visits, most recently in September 2006. United have won 15 and drawn five.REFEREE: CRAIG PAWSON. MATCHES: 19. Y61, R2.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SWANSEA CITY, WHITE HART LANETOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, SON ERIKSEN, CHADLI, KANESWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, ROUTLEDGE, SIGURDSSON, KI, BRITTON, CORK, TAYLOR WILLIAMS, FERNANDEZ, NAUGHTON, FABIANSKITottenham Hotspur moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester as Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City in their last game in the Barclays Premier League.Visiting striker Harry Kane scored from the spot in the second half after Raheem Sterling was penalised for handball. After Kelechi Iheanacho levelled, Christian Eriksen earned a fifth league win in a row.Tottenham have won five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of six, in December 2011.If Leicester lose at home to Norwich on Saturday, Spurs can go top with a win over Swansea, who have won only two of their 12 away games this season. Their last was at Everton; since then they have taken just two points from a possible nine.When the teams met in October in Wales, Swansea came from behind twice to steal a 2-2 draw.Indeed, that extended Spurs’ unbeaten Premier League run against the Swans to nine games. Swansea last beat Spurs, at home, in October 1982 in the old First Division.Swansea have never won at Spurs in the league. They have lost on their last 14 visits and the last time they got a draw there was in the old Second Division in November 1930. Overall, in 17 visits the Welshmen have lost 15 and drawn just two. And in those 17 games, Tottenham have scored 49 goals and conceded just 14.REFEREE: MIKE JONES. MATCHES: 18. Y60, R1.last_img read more