Sharapova ban: Pat Cash says ITF’s two-year penalty is too lenient

first_imgSharapova plans to appeal the two-year ban handed down by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for testing positive to the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January.”I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,” Sharapova wrote on Facebook.Cash admitted he was surprised by the stance taken by the ITF and had expected a ban of about a year due to Sharapova’s claims it was a genuine mistake.But the Australian said the lengthy ban was likely to be a consequence of the ITF concluding that the Russian tennis star knew meldonium was a performance enhancing drug before being caught out by its recent addition to the banned list.”She clearly knew and her doctor [knew] that it was performance enhancing,” Cash told ABC 702 Sydney.”She’d been taking it for a long time. It’s quite simply cheating, its a very special chemical and its very tough to get.”Cash said Sharapova could have been better advised by her management as to the change to the banned list but was informed by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) of the update.”She’s made a mistake, but my gut feeling is if you’re a professional athlete and you know you’re taking a performance-enhancing drug, which clearly she was – then two years, I think she got off pretty lightly in that respect,” he said.The 1987 Wimbledon champion wonders how much meldonium assisted Sharapova’s performance.”How much does it help her get through those hot days in Australia, those long matches in the stinking heat of New York, or wherever else it happened to be,” Cash asked.”She’s going to be able to recover much better than the other athletes. How many matches has this helped her win? It wasn’t on the banned list but it was performance-enhancing.last_img read more

PNG U-17 squad eye championship upset

first_imgKamake said, his team began training in November 2016 in preparation for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-17 Men’s Championship.Their objective for this tournament is to reach the final.“Our team comprises a blend of youth with experience and we are confident of doing well in the OFC Championship,” said Kamake.This will be PNG’s seventh OFC U-17 Championship with qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India in October this year.The PNG U-17 team will arrive in Auckland on January 19 ahead of the OFC U-17 Men’s Championship for a few lead-up matches against the New Zealand U17 national team and the Fiji U17 national team.They will spend two weeks in New Zealand and leave for Tahiti on February 7 for the OFC U17 Men’s Championship.“I think we have the players to win the tournament. It comes down to them. If they go in there and play according to the way we want to (it is possible).“So far I am happy with the way our preparation has been going and with the few lead-up matches in New Zealand will be helpful  for us to see where our strength are as a team,” said Kamake.PNG shares Group A with New Caledonia, Tahiti and Vanuatu.PNG will play their first game against New Caledonia on February 11 and Kamake knows how important the first game is to start the competition.“We have respect for all our opponents. They are all good teams. The first game against New Caledonia will be the hardest but we have to fight for every point,” said Kamake.The PNG U-17 squad: Alben Pukue, Abraham Allen, Barthy Kerobin, Charley Ningikau, Dunstan Jamua Jeffrey, Dopson Noi, Emmanuel Simongi, Emmanuel Yopiyopi, Freeman Giwi, Graham Berigami, Jonathan Allen, Kimson Kapai, Milton Karu Biwa, Oberth Boram Simon, Ricky Clyde Wadunah, Samuel Jeremiah Detnom, Sylvester Wafihunia Luke, Thomas Kongragle, Wolfram Kob Gregory and Yagi Yasasa.last_img read more

Barcelona falls in Mestalla and Setién suspends its first major challenge

first_imgA goal in own goal of Alba and another of Maxi Gómez propitiate the defeat in Mestalla Image: EFE FC Barcelona conceded its first defeat of the ‘Setién era’ after falling against Valencia (2-0) in a poor game, with no capacity to react, and that generates doubts in the current champion, who had not lost in Mestalla for 13 years and that allows Real Madrid to take away the leadership in the First Division if they beat Valladolid in Pucela.In search of brilliance and diamonds, Barça – who still has not found them – left three points in his visit to Valencia, the first great challenge for Setién after two small victories against Granada and Ibiza, the latter with much suffering. This Saturday, without hot cloths, the locals were comfortable at the expense of a team whose reconstruction comes at a time where the tests are not worth it.The team of Albert Celades was clear dominator of the first half – except for the manic possession – that shook hands with the ‘new’ Barça. In fact, a team that suffered more than enjoyed a Valencia grown over time has a little ‘new’. More vigorous, more cheerful and more direct. The team ‘che’ only needed ten minutes to give the first scare to the Catalans.Gayà, who did what he wanted in the left wing, cheated Sergi Roberto and when he entered the area he was shot down by Piqué. The referee decreed a penalty, but Ter Stegen saved his team. The German threw the float to a club that was beginning to drown with the pressure of his rival and whose argument was only Messi in the absence of Luis Suarez.Maxi Gomez was not accurate from eleven meters and was not at half an hour with a shot that ended in the crossbar. In the clearance, Gameiro ran into Ter Stegen again. The German put a miraculous hand into another recital of his own. He even showed his cat reflexes in a wrong shot from Piqué a few meters from the goal line.The funny thing is that his opponent, without Parejo, or Rodrigo for an hour, managed to cope with the Catalans and dress as the protagonist in his area. Coquelin was also encouraged with a tremendous shot from the crescent that Ter Stegen could clear. The feeling is that -penalti on the sidelines- Barça survived in a first part clearly of the premises.center_img The only two actions in the Quique Setién set led to Messi’s signature, but both ended in limbo. And coincidentally, at the start of the second assault, when it seemed that Barcelona had changed the ‘chip’, the stab of the set ‘che’ arrived. Minutes before, Ansu Fati wasted an individual action and in the reply, 0-1 and delirium in the Valencian thing.Maxi Gomez received the leather attached to the right corner before a populated defense. Up to seven players occupied the Blaugrana area, but the Argentine did not care, raised the head and hit the ball with more heart than placement. His shot hit Jordi Alba and the trajectory completely confused the Barça goalkeeper.Messi wakes up and Maxi frustrates the reaction Messi took control of the ship in the second part and Barça was more recognizable. Not so much for rubbing the ball over and over again, but for the ability to dwarf his rival. Luckily for those at home, Gabriel Paulista’s version – a possible Spanish international – was bad news for Setién’s pupils.However, the physical effort and quality of Barça, which improved with the entry of Vidal, eventually found its moment. Messi brushed the tie twice. The first with a shot that licked the post and ten minutes later, in the 70 ‘, with a header from the’ disappeared ‘Griezmann. Even the Rosario had a foul that rushed Doménech with an exceptional stop, worthy of photo.That’s when Barça died without knowing it. The hook did not ‘catch’ a Valencia that was reborn against it, seeking to tickle Umtiti and questioning the defensive seriousness of a Sergi Roberto whose versatility is a virtue and a defect in each season. Less than a quarter of an hour to the end came the tip of Valencia in a play that was born in a throw-in.Ferran, the pearl of this Valencia, caracoleó in three quarters of field, generated the space and gave the ball to Maxi Gómez, who defined with great talent the most distant stick. And then the referee stole the third to the home after a shot by Gabriel. Gil Manzano annulled the goal after missing to Busquets, but ended up granting corner in an inexplicable decision for own and strangers.The match ended with two changes to the desperate. The canterano Collado and Ivan Rakitic, but nothing prevented the first defeat of the ‘Setién era’. The image was not good, although the substance of the company -and the difficulty of the stage-, allow to spend the first license of the new technician in ‘Can Barça’. The opportunity is unbeatable for a Real Madrid who visits Valladolid this Sunday.DATA SHEETVALENCIA CF: Doménech; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gayà; Coquelin, Soler (Sobrino, min. 90), Kondogbia, Ferran; Maxi Gómez (Jaume Costa, min. 80) and Gameiro (Rodrigo, min. 59).FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Arthur (Vidal, min. 57), De Jong (Rakitic, min. 85); Ansu Fati (Collado, min. 85), Griezmann and Messi.– GOALS: 1 – 0, min. 48, Jordi Alba, own goal.2 – 0, min.77, Maxi Gómez.– ARBITRATOR: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). Yellow card Piqué (min.10), Umtiti (min.43) and Busquets (min.52) at FC Barcelona; and Coquelin (min. 54) in Valencia.–STADIUM: Mestalla. 45,882 spectatorslast_img read more

Objective: the quarterfinals

first_imgThe goal of Lightning is to reach the rooms, a phase that has not reached since the 2001-02 season. Then, the Franjirrojos left the Bernabéu winners (4-0, with goals from Roberto Carlos, Raúl, Zidane and Figo) and their victory in Vallecas was insufficient (1-0, Peragón). Real Madrid continued on, as they did in their day Atlético (99-00), Betis (96-97) and Sporting (94-95). All of them rivals from the vallecanos in quarters. There has always been his roof. This Wednesday, Lightning will face Villarreal (19:00) and its history. Vallecas lives with expectation this new round of Cup. The franjirroja fans are turning and today queues have formed in the ticket offices of the stadium to buy tickets. Prices for the general public range between € 20 in the fund and € 40 in the central gallery, but the rayista club has decided that it is free for subscribers and has launched a promotion with locations at ten euros for its companions. The entity wants to repeat the ambience of the last cupper game against Betis and that the stands become the number twelve player.last_img read more

Marcelo does not go to account

first_imgMarcelo has so far played eight LaLiga matches, a sign that he has clearly lost the game with Mendy on the left side. And of those eight games, Madrid has only left the goal to zero once (5-0 against Leganés); In the remaining seven games, Madrid conceded nine of the 16 goals he has received in total in this domestic championship. Zidane, despite the eloquence of the data, defends the Brazilian: “He was well defensively. You get data, but we’re happy with everyone When players play, we will continue fighting for everyone. This is still long. “ Although it is less and less long, 24 days of the 38 totals have already been consumed, more than three fifths of the championship are left behind and Madrid is the leader with one point over Barcelona, ​​although with the feeling that the income could have been greater if they had added points that were counted, such as visits from Valladolid and Celtic to the Bernabéu. There is no longer a Cup (Real won 3-4 in the quarterfinals, also with Marcelo as a starter) and if Zidane wants to continue playing the Brazilian, he must do so in LaLiga.And if it does, it will do so knowing that, for the moment, it does not go to account, with the data in hand. Madrid has played this course with Marcelo 1,256 minutes, dialing 36 in favor and receiving 17; Without him, it has been 1,924 minutes, 37 goals in favor and 13 against. The distance does not seem like much, but the key is in the minutes: there have been many more without it and even so the figures are even. With Marcelo, Madrid scores a goal every 35 minutes and receives it every 74 ‘; Without it, it takes 52 ‘and they don’t mark it for 148’. Or what is the same: with Marcelo Madrid improves a bit in attack (shortens 17 ‘the margin to see the door), but instead receives a goal in half the time that without him, exactly. Align the Brazilian, statistically, does not rent, but Zidane seems determined to keep the veteran side in the dynamics of the team, whatever happens and despite what weighs … Zidane is showing a genuine interest in recovering several players from the Real Madrid squad. In some cases, this insistence is bearing fruit, as in those of Modric or Isco, which after signing a very disappointing last season have recovered flight this course. Other players are becoming more complicated to channel to the elite level; Bale, for example, had his second title before Celta followed after El Sadar and again disappointed; or Marcelo, who did leave positive things against the Vigo team, but which means, according to the data, a hole through which Madrid is bleeding in the defensive phase.last_img read more

Rivaldo: “I have not seen improvement in Barça since Setién arrived”

first_imgMajor ‘Messidependecia’ and planning criticismAs a result of these shortcomings, Rivaldo says that FC Barcelona is now more dependent than ever on the genius of Leo Messi. “Of course its importance has grown. Is that now the team’s dependence on its talent is gigantic. And it shows, because the rivals focus on stopping it and when it doesn’t play well, the block immediately gets stuck and doesn’t impose itself, ”said the Betfair ambassador.The Blaugrana legend did not forget the limitation of the staff culé, short of troops. “All this comes from poor club planning that worsened even more in January, with the departure of some players and with almost no reinforcements. Now Barcelona is paying even with problems to make a call. All this is not good for the club’s image, nor is it pleasant for the coaching staff and staff, ”he continued.“It would make no sense to sign Braithwaite and not use it”Precisely because of this planning and the tightness of the workforce, Rivaldo is clear that Braithwaite, the last culé signing, has to be a regular starter, even in the Classic.“You also have to use Braithwaite regularly. After all, don’t sign a 29-year-old player for 18 million euros just to be on the bench and play just a handful of minutes. Barcelona was authorized to sign because he was desperate without offensive options, so it wouldn’t make much sense not to take advantage of it, ”said the Betfair ambassador. Rivaldo, legend of FC Barcelona and ambassador of Betfair, He was worried about the Blaugrana game in the preview of the Classic against Real Madrid next Sunday. “Honestly, and after the last games of Barcelona, I have not seen any improvement since they threw Valverde and he brought Setién. The team can play much better because it has great players. In addition, his possession of the ball is not consistent, ”the Brazilian began to value in statements to Betfair.“With Setién in command, they now go out with the ball played from their area, taking risks, something they also do, for example, Real Madrid or Manchester City. But the really disconcerting thing about FC Barcelona is the absence of people who dare to pull from outside the area to surprise. Is that the team is trying to score goals only in the rival area, ” he added to his analysis Rivaldo. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 28, 2020center_img “Suárez’s absence weighs more than Hazard’s”The winner of the Golden Ball in 1999 believes that, in the face of the Classic, he will weigh Luis Suarez’s absence in FC Barcelona more than Hazard’s in Real Madrid. “First, because Suarez has no replacement right now in the squad. In Hazard’s case, I don’t think Real Madrid misses him, because he was not yet a differential player and had not adapted 100%, ”reflected the Betfair ambassador, sure that the Champions will pass more bill to Real Madrid .“Barcelona will arrive in better shape and more relaxed than Real Madrid, which will be more touched after falling against Manchester City,” in a match in which, according to Rivaldo, the lack of Real Madrid goal was noted. At his discretion, Zidane failed in the changes. “He was wrong to remove Vinicius while they were still winning, because my countryman was taking the game to the City area and relieving pressure on the defense of Real Madrid, ”continued his analysis of the Betfair ambassador.“Real Madrid has a problem with hitting”Rivaldo pointed out the weak point of Real Madrid: “Since Cristiano Ronaldo left the punch is one of his main problems, especially now that Benzema seems to have lost the good momentum of the start of the season. Barça has Messi to solve their problems regularly and in this type of matches it is crucial ”, He considered the Barca legend.Rivaldo described the Sunday Classic as “crucial” but “not definitive.” “It will not be because the two teams still have many points to lose against minor rivals in the remainder of the season, but of course, if Barcelona wins, they will have a comfortable mattress. In addition, I would put Real Madrid in a difficult situation, so it is time to press the accelerator so that there is land in between and leave the eternal enemy touched, ”concluded the Betfair ambassador.Rivaldo’s toughest moment in a classicIn addition, Rivaldo also spoke for the ‘Create your luck’ Betfair campaign of what was his toughest moment in a Classic. It happened in 2001 when, in the discount, they annulled a goal for an offside that did not exist. He would have assumed 2-3 and his hat-trick at the Bernabéu.“Of course no one can be happy after they annul a goal, especially a goal that was legal and that would have made us take that Classic. But it also would have been a hat-trick for me. It was difficult to manage all that, ”he began to explain.“That third goal was really late, so we didn’t have time to keep pushing to win. Luck is always a consequence of hard work, and if you don’t work your luck throughout the game, it probably won’t appear, ” ditched the ambassador of Betfair.last_img read more

Greenpeace meets with LaLiga to end short flights

first_imgLaLiga noted the proposals to include them in the minute sustainability information plan It has been developing for years. Nevertheless, could not commit to more. These rules will not be mandatory for clubs. Thus, Greenpeace, in its vigilance and awareness work, has designed a parallel classification to the official (CO2PA) where it measures the environmental impact of displacement. He wants fans to demand responsibility from their clubs to reduce the carbon footprint. Betis, Valencia and Betis are in Champions. This week not only has been spoken in The league of the containment plan of the Coronavirus It has also pollution debate. Several members of Greenpeace eThey were meeting last Thursday with leaders of the employers’ association to try to end, or at least reduce, with a practice that has already become common in sport: whats short plane trips when there are less harmful alternatives to the environment such as the bus or train.The gout that filled the glass of the environmental organization was the express flight that Madrid made to Salamanca in January to measure in Union Cup and another that He made Zaragoza having AVE. These decisions were not understood by taking place shortly after wearing green at the Bernabéu as a gesture for climate struggle. The Barça, who flew towards the last Classic, neither is it saved from darts since air travel emits 20 times more CO2 than the train, a figure that increases with the charter.last_img read more


first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, AZPILICUETA, MIAZGA, IVANOVIC, RAHMAN, MIKEL,FABREGAS, PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, OSCAR, PATOKANE, ERIKSEN, ALLI, LAMELA, DEMBELE, DIER, ROSE,VERTONGHEN,ALDERWEIRELD WALKERLLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Tottenham Hotspur could arrive at Chelsea having lost the Barclays Premier League title to rivals Leicester City. If the Foxes win at Manchester United on Sunday, they will have won the Barclays Premier League for the first time and ended the dwindling prospect of Tottenham.Defeat for Leicester will give Spurs hope, but, having been held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion last Monday, they know that defeat at Chelsea – even if Leicester have lost a day earlier – will end their title aspirations.Spurs are unbeaten in five league games and will now target second spot and finishing above local neighbours and rivals Arsenal.Tottenham have scored 31 away goals; only Arsenal (32) have netted more goals on the road this season.Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost two of their last three league games and sit in ninth place. They last finished outside the top six in the 1995-96 season (when they were 11th).Spurs’ hopes of winning are slim; they last won there 26 years ago, in February 1990. Subsequently, Chelsea have won 17 and drawn eight games at home to Spurs in 25 meetings.Tottenham and Chelsea drew 0-0 at White Hart Lane in November but the Blues won 3-0 in this fixture last season.Chelsea are again without banned keeper Thibaut Courtois, along with striker Loic Remy and defender Kurt Zouma. And they must test two other centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill.Spurs, meanwhile, have doubts over Eric Dier while Nabil Bentaleb is still absent.last_img read more

Pengelley wins trip of a lifetime

first_imgThe recently held Johnnie Walker Charity Golf Tournament at the Tryall Golf Club in Hanover raised an estimated J$3 million that will go towards the Diageo Learning for Life Programme, making this year’s tournament a success. However, Brian Pengelley, the Jamaica country manager for AMECO, a business that manages motor vehicle fleets for large companies, might consider himself the real winner coming out of the tournament. Pengelley, who was formerly employed by Red Stripe, won for himself an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Formula One Grand Prix race in Austin, Texas, from October 23-25. Pengelley, who took up his position at AMECO last year, was one of several persons who bought extra bottles of Johnnie Walker’s Reserve brands during the tournament, which allowed him an entry into the raffle, along with the golfers who participated in the tournament. He couldn’t believe his luck. “Total disbelief that I could be so lucky,” he said. “I actually thought that Cedric (Blair), when he drew my name from the jar, was joking as I had told him how much I wanted to win this trip on the Friday evening when he announced it.” The excited immediate past president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) said he was looking forward to the experience of actually being at the race which, he said, is so much better than watching on television. “I am grateful for the opportunity to attend, but I am extremely hopeful that the package will include pit passes as this is really where you can get close to the cars and the drivers, which is an opportunity of a lifetime.” The trip is proving to be a dream come true for the man who considers himself a huge fan of motorsports. “I am a huge fan of Formula One as I have been following it for as long as I can remember,” Pengelley said. “I also follow motorsport in general, as I used to rally here in Jamaica, and my son raced go-karts (which is where these drivers started) at a very competitive level in Canada. In fact, he and I attended some 10 years ago the F1 race in Montreal, and we have always wanted to experience this again.” Pengelley took time to praise the Learning for Life Programme that has so far provided more than 11,000 Jamaicans with skills that will enable them to provide for themselves and their families. His praise had more to do with the impact the programme has been having on the lives of some of the country’s less fortunate youth and not because he gets to attend a NASCAR racing event. “We cannot underestimate this initiative of Diageo and Red Stripe here in Jamaica as it sets a huge example of how critical it is that a business like this gives back to our communities, and especially our young people,” he said. “I am personally aware of how extensive and far-reaching the Diageo Learning for Life programme is and how many lives it has touched, and so the opportunity to participate and support is indeed gratifying.” FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCElast_img read more

Eyes on Rio… Bolt pulls out of Brussels Diamond League

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP):With three more gold medals in the bag and his superiority proven beyond doubt, Usain Bolt declared his season over yesterday.The Jamaican pulled outof Friday’s Van Damme Memorial, unwilling to risk any injury problems that might compromise his preparations for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, where he will seek a third Olympic sprint treble in a row.”I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” he said in a statement.After winning three gold medals at the World Cham-pionships in Beijing, Bolt was supposed to focus on the season’s top time in the 200m at the Diamond League meet in Brussels. The King Baudouin Stadium has extra-wide curves that half-lap racers love, and Bolt has never profited fully from the track facilities. Friday would have been the ideal opportunity.Bolt has the world record of 19.19 seconds, but his best time at the Van Damme only stands at 19.57. In comparison, his teammate, Yohan Blake, ran the second-fastest half lap there by clocking 19.26.But after two seasons of injuries and a drawn-out recovery, Bolt now knows the preparations for a big event like the Olympics starts a year in advance. The 29-year-old Bolt said in a statement he was “happy to end the season without any injuries and ready to go for 2016”.And Brussels meet organiser Wilfried Meert said in a statement that “Bolt felt tired after Beijing and also was troubled by his left leg, with a pain radiating from his hip”.Bolt beat Justin Gatlin both in the 100 and 200 metres in Beijing, before anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m relay.With Bolt a no-show, Gatlin will now run both sprints in Brussels.last_img read more