LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 23, 2020 Betis did not touch their defense in the past summer market and Sidnei soon became one of Rubi’s most used tricks in the middle of his back. The bet was short-lived: both Mandi’s return and injuries left the Brazilian behind, who now has only nine games and intends to turn his situation around in the remainder of the league championship. His good performance against Real Madrid invites a changing scenario: he has eleven duels to earn a continuity ticket in Heliópolis despite the fact that his contract expires in 2022.Betis already managed the option of a departure of the Brazilian player in winter, But neither the player was clear on that trick or clubs came with the necessary conditions for him to say goodbye. Rubi then ran into a defensive overbooking after pivot Guido Rodríguez arrived and settled on his plans Edgar. With only two places behind and four central to play there, Sidnei waited for his opportunity and added two starts in the last two appointments of his team to expose his conditions, the same ones that made him an important piece last season under Quique Setién. The outlook will be different at the end of this campaign. The Verdiblanco club has decided to make variations in its defensive zone before the number of pieces present and the bad numbers that the team reflects again at the collective level behind. Rubi’s team is the third team to score the most goals in the current League and this reflects the excess risks taken by a style of play that already experienced a similar situation at Espanyol last season despite the European ticket (50 goals conceded) . Sidnei wants to extend his time as a verdiblanco and hopes that the resumption of the League will allow him to present his best arguments.
The Bulgarian thus related the difficulty of his beginnings and how Johan Cruyff helped him: “To whom I also owe a lot, or everything, it is to Johan Cruyff. Just landed in Barcelona, I remember he said to me” Listen to me, I will work with you until you win the Golden Ball. “ I was practically an unknown boy at the time, and that Cruyff told me that motivated me a lot. Johan was a great motivator and did a lot of things for me and my family that I will be forever grateful to him for. (…) Socceristically speaking, the beginnings were not entirely easy. I had to adapt to the position of the ball and I had a hard time not running after it. “The former striker He also had words of thanks for his colleagues and club employees., who, according to him, helped him succeed at Barça. Special mention made to Josep Lluís Núñez and his wife, who were key “for me to return to Barça after my transfer to Parma. Surely, leaving Barça in 1996 is the worst decision I have made in my career. If I had a magic wand and I could change one thing about my trajectory, it would be that. Fortunately, I was able to return a year later. ” Finally, he thanked all the fans. 30 years have passed since Hristo Stoichkov, a figure well loved by the Barcelona fans, signed for the Barcelona team. The 1990/91 season was the Bulgarian’s first in Can Barça, the first of the seven in which, based on goals, he forever won a place in the hearts of Barça fans. Three decades after his transfer, he has written an epistle explaining how his transfer was for the whole of Barcelona and some memories of its past at Camp Nou.“On May 3, 1990, I officially signed for FC Barcelona and I became the happiest human being on the planet”This is how Stoichkov wanted to start the letter. “My arrival in Barcelona began to take shape a year earlier. It was April 1989 when my then team, CSKA Sofía, faced Barça in the semifinal of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. (…) The smartest of all was Josep María Minguella, the Barça representative and intermediary who ended up leading my signing with the late Paco Ventura, vice president of the Club at that time. After those games and see my evolution, Both recommended my incorporation to Johan Cruyff, who gave his OK to the signing. (…) At the end of 1989 I already had a pre-contract signed with Barça … but I hadn’t told my wife or my parents! I didn’t want anything to go wrongso I was quiet until it became official in May 1990. “Stoichkov also pointed out the ease with which he adapted to Barcelona: “I quickly adapted to its people. (…) During my first stage in Barcelona I dedicated the days I had free to tour Catalonia. I would take the car and go to typical villages. Everyone treated me great, it was wonderful! I felt integrated from the first moment. “
SAN ANTONIO (AP):San Antonio built a giant 46-point lead, thanks to their smothering defence, before easing up to beat Utah 118-81 on Monday night and extend their stellar start to the NBA season.The Spurs improved to 21-5 – the second-best start in franchise history – and retained their 6-1/2 game lead in the Southwest Division.Kawhi Leonard had 22 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 18 points each for the Spurs, who are 13-0 at home.In other key games, Atlantic Division leaders Toronto had their four-game winning streak ended by Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Detroit with a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in overtime, and Miami took a share of the Southeast Division lead with a win over slumping Atlanta.Indiana’s Jordan Hill had season highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers beat Toronto 106-90. Monta Ellis had 18 points for Indiana, which went on a 39-4 run in the first half to overturn a 21-point deficit.The Clippers edged Detroit 105-103 when Jamal Crawford hit a three-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime. Blake Griffin, who finished with 34 points, made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the Clippers ahead 102-101, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it for the Pistons by going 1 for 2 from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left.Reggie Jackson finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.Miami led comfortably throughout in winning 100-88 at Atlanta. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Gerald Green had 20 for the Heat, who moved 1-1/2 games above their Southeast rival.GAME-WINNING POINTSDallas’ Chandler Parsons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to guide the Mavericks to a 104-94 win against Phoenix. Parsons has been on restricted duty, coming off the bench lately, following off-season knee surgery. He had eight points during a 20-4 run to finish the third quarter, when Dallas made 13 of their last 14 shots to take a 77-58 lead.Memphis shot 56 per cent and sank 10 of 15 three-point attempts in beating Washington 112-95. Denver’s Will Barton scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws with 13.5 seconds remaining, to give the Nuggets a 114-108 win against Houston.Orlando claimed their first win in Brooklyn, cruising past the Nets 105-82 behind 54 per cent shooting from the field.Portland extended their run of wins against New Orleans to seven by defeating the Pelicans 105-101, led by 30 points from Damian Lillard.Chicago rallied from a five-point half-time deficit to beat hapless Philadelphia 115-96 and keep the 76ers winless in 15 road games.
“Some of that money will go back into the programme; some of it will go elsewhere. It’s a complex we are developing, so in the middle, there is a football field and we are looking at basketball because we want to ensure that we are putting up a sporting complex that will benefit the young men,” the principal said. Lights are also to be installed at the facility. At the launch attended by Sports Minister Natalie Neita Headley, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association General Secretary Garth Gayle and Calabar alumnus attorney Michael Eaton, it was announced that the track will be handed over during a dedication ceremony set for Friday, January 22. The inaugural meet will serve as an incentive for 400- and 800-metre runners striving to replicate the impact made by Messrs Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, former Calabar High School athletes described by Minister Neita-Headley as “two great stalwarts of modern Jamaica on whose shoulders we now stand”. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Wint won Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 400m; McKenley the silver. In Helsinki, Finland in 1952 both men were members of Jamaica’s mile relay team, along with George Rhoden and Les Laing, which broke the world record in winning gold. As such, the overall fastest times in the boys and girls 400 metres will be given the Arthur Wint Trophies donated by the Wint family while the top performers in the men’s and women’s Olympic Development 400m and 800m will be awarded cash prizes donated by members of the McKenley family and the Calabar Old Boys’ Association New York Chapter. ENTIRE SPORTS COMPLEX Besides hosting the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday, January 23, the newly laid track at Calabar High School is already reaping huge benefits for the Red Hills Road-based institution. Principal of Calabar, Albert Corcho, revealed yesterday that the school stands to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in transportation costs alone. “We are benefiting already because we usually go to the stadium to train. Once the track is officially handed over we cut out all of that,” he said, following the launch of the track meet at the headquarters of the Jamaica Baptist Union on Washington Boulevard yesterday. “We had to rent buses every day to take the young men to the stadium and back,” he added. He estimated that it costs the school about $15,000 a day for transportation, money that can now be diverted to other areas of the school’s sports development.
Share the experience Gary Saddler, senior vice-president, sales, worldwide, Sandals, implored the travel agents to keep selling Jamaica as a top golfing destination when they returned to the United States. “Go back home, sell this hotel and sell golfing. Share with your customers your experience of Jamaica,” he said at Saturday night’s awards ceremony. Young Jamaican golfing talent, 17-year-old Romaine Evans, wowed competitors with his driving prowess from the ladies’ tee at the 14th hole in a Sandals Foundation benefit. Competitors contributed a token US$10 to the foundation to have Edwards and Zandre Roye, two of 23 young players adopted by the programme, tee off from the par-five hole, on their behalf. The contribution will go towards the Sandals Foundation, which continues to nurture young Jamaican golfers such as Roye and Evans, who won the junior title at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, in July, which led to him being invited to participate in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, September 9-11, at Prince’s Golf Course in England. Other winners at the tournament included Roland Farrar, putting contest; Sharon Tonti, closest to pin, female; Junior Rodney, closest to pin, male; Paula Mullins Worster, longest drive, female; Nick Middaugh, longest drive, male; Team Four, Larry Field, Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field and Nick Middaugh, best-dressed team; Team 21, Rose and Jeff Stevenson, Catherine Byrne, and Sheila Golden, most honest score. TEAM 23, comprising Junior Rodney, Karen Scantlebury, Albertha Brown, and Jacqueline Bass, won the Travel Weekly US Travel Agents Golf Tournament at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios at the weekend. Team Four, made up of Larry Field Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field, and Nick Middaugh, were runners-up in the two-day tournament. More than 120 travel agents from the United States competed in the event staged by Sandals Resorts, playing two days of golf over 36 holes. In its 13th year, the tournament is used to familiarise travel agents with the local resorts in the Sandals chain and highlights Sandals Golf and Country Club as a top Caribbean golfing destination.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Swansea were humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round, while Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester yesterday. Chelsea endured third-round humiliation at the hands of lower-league opposition in Bradford last season, but had no problems 12 months on, with a full-strength team beating third-tier Scunthorpe 2-0 through goals by Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The world’s oldest knockout competition was short of upsets on Saturday and an injury-hit Liverpool scrambled to secure a nervy draw at Exeter on Friday. But a surprise finally arrived at Kassam Stadium, where Oxford won 3-2 to leave Swansea to concentrate on their relegation fight in the Premier League. DIFFERENT CLASS EQUALISER Fifty-four places separated the teams in the English football pyramid and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero gave an indication of the supposed difference in class by backheeling the visitors into the lead in the 23rd minute. However, Oxford scored three goals in 14 minutes either side of the half-time break and Bafetimbi Gomis’ 66th-minute reply proved only a consolation for Swansea. Swansea came unstuck after making 10 changes to their lineup – a move made by many Premier League managers this weekend to deal with fixture congestion and to give first-team action to fringe players. “All credit to Oxford, they were more energetic than us and passed the ball better,” Swansea manager Alan Curtis said. “We made changes, but we still had lots of experience, but Oxford thoroughly deserved to beat us.” Oxford won the League Cup in 1986 and was most recently in England’s top division in 1988, before dropping down the leagues and tumbling into theN on-league in 2006. “I’ve got to be delighted beating a Premier League side – but not just that, it’s the way we did it,” Oxford manager Michael Appleton said. Four Premier League teams were eliminated on Saturday, but only after losing to fellow top-flight sides. It looked like Spurs would be joining them, only to earn a reprieve when Leicester winger Nathen Dyer flicked out his hand to divert the ball away. Kane, on as a second-half substitute, converted the penalty to secure a replay and a third game in 10 days against Leicester. They meet in the League on Wednesday, too. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri rested many of the key players who are helping the team make a surprise run at the Premier League title, but the stand-ins delivered, threatening to eliminate Spurs for the second straight season. After Christian Eriksen put Tottenham ahead, Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski equalised by heading in a corner before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki – a half-time substitute by Ranieri – dribbled his way into the area and scored at the second attempt in the 48th. “We definitely didn’t want to go out of this competition in the third round,” Kane said. “We’re still in there.” Chelsea remained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, who took over until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s firing last month, but it wasn’t a convincing performance by the seven-time FA Cup winners. Under pressure from two defenders, Costa turned in Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross for the 13th-minute opener and his fourth goal in three games. Loftus-Cheek, a substitute, ended Scunthorpe’s resistance in the 68th. Hiddink guided Chelsea to the FA Cup title in 2009, also as an interim manager. The draw for the fourth round takes place today.
The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, set for Sunday, February 21, is ready to raise $50 million to contribute to three worthy causes. Sagicor Group raised a record $26 million in 2015 and the aim for the 18th staging this year is to double the target of $25 million set last year. This year’s beneficiaries are Children with Cancer across the island, as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit in St Elizabeth. President and CEO of the Sagicor Group, Richard Byles, challenged Jamaicans to donate and pledge funds towards Sigma Run 2016. “Over the years, we have raised $166 million mainly for children and institutions,” Byles disclosed at the media launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Last year, we raised the most money in one year of $26 million. This year, we hope to raise $50 million. We have some special contribution cards in order to reach the target,” Byles added. “This year, we are focusing on cancer. We could not want a more worthy cause,” he disclosed. “We plan to give most of the funds to the Jamaica Cancer Society. We also want to help the children with cancer and the Black River Hospital,” Byles said. This year’s patrons for the event are track and field stars Asafa Powell and Novlene Williams-Mills and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills, a relay gold medallist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, said she could not turn down the opportunity offered by Sagicor. “It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of this year’s Sigma Run. I’m a proud breast cancer survivor going back to 2012 when cancer became a part of my life,” an emotional Williams-Mills stated. “I know what it is for a family with a breast cancer survivor. It is a burden. I have to look in the mirror and see the many scars on my body. It is hard to deal with this thing called cancer, it will rip you apart,” she said. “Cancer has been a part of my family, as my sister died from ovarian cancer and my mother is also a cancer survivor. I ask for support for other survivors as they need help,” Williams-Mills added. Sheryl Lee Ralph revealed that cancer took away her father. “In 2013, prostate cancer took my dad, he fought every minute of the disease. I’m very happy to be partnering with Sagicor to help educate others about the disease. Health really matters,” the actress said. DONATION TO HELP CHILDREN
St George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.
Janet Rowe did not fly to Jamaica just to vote. But when she realised her name was on the voters’ list, the US$197.50 fee she paid to change her ticket “was a small price to pay to support her party”, Rowe said. “The ticket was actually US$430 plus what I paid to change it.” But that cost couldn’t keep her from the polling station at the Content Gap Primary School in East Rural St. Andrew. “When my boss wished me a safe travel I didn’t tell her I wasn’t coming back just yet.” Instead, “I called one of my co-workers and asked her to work for me tomorrow and I will work back for her on Saturday,” she said with a satisfied grin, showing her ink-stained index finger. Her ticket was changed from February 23 to 26. The constituency is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness (wife of opposition leader Andrew Holness) and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Imani Duncan Price. Holness went into the elections with a five percentage point lead over her rival.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Elaine Thompson did it again! The Olympic 100m champion became the seventh woman to win an Olympic sprint double with a determined and powerful run in the 200m final, clocking 21.78 – the third-fastest winning time in an Olympic women’s 200m final. It was intense. So much so that the world’s fastest man himself, Usain Bolt, could hardly contain himself as he watched on a television set in the mixed zone after his 200m semi-final win a few minutes earlier. “Hold it, come on, hold it!” Bolt shouted in excitement. Hold it she did. “It’s amazing to come out and win another gold medal, I’m speechless right now,” said Thompson. The Jamaican left her blocks in a hurry and came off the curve with a clear advantage. As expected, she came under heavy assault from Dutch star, Dafne Schippers, as the pair, like they did at the World Championships last year, separated themselves from the chasing pack in a seat-edge dart to the finish line. This time, it was the Jamaican who was celebrating loudest – albeit belatedly, after waiting nervously for confirmation of another glittering gold. Schippers clocked 21.88 seconds, while American Torie Bowie was third in 22.15. “My coach has always told me that I can do it. He told me to keep my knees up and push to the line, and I think I did that and that’s why I came out with the win,” Thompson stated.