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Florentino letter to the partners for the coronavirus: “We are going to overcome this immense challenge”

May 14, 2020

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first_imgReal Madrid has proceeded to suspend sports activity, both training sessions and matches. The member service offices and the Bernabéu Tour have been closed, and all the activities of the Ciudad Real Madrid and the Fundación Real Madrid have been canceled.However, and precisely for this reason, it is time for us to stay strong and united in our values, so essential in Real Madrid’s 118-year history.Now is the time also to underline especially the value of solidarity, strictly following the instructions of the authorities and, above all, staying at home.Real Madrid continues to function and is still open to its members through the online Member Service Office.I want to thank all of you for your understanding. We are part of the best club in history, of a Real Madrid that never gives up and that represents the sentiment of millions of people around the world.Together we will overcome this immense challenge. Today more than ever I send you my best wishes for you and your family. Take good care of yourselves and I hope that soon we can meet again and return to normality. We will do it together and with the certainty that we will enjoy Real Madrid again with the same passion and the same dreams as always. This feeling is our greatest strength.A hug In the midst of this coronavirus crisis, Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, wanted to send a letter to the partnerss to take an interest in their personal situation, to send their encouragement to the families who have suffered or are suffering the blows of this pandemic, to report on the measures that Real Madrid has taken to stop the expansion of the coronavirus (in the club they are in quarantine after Thompkins’ positive) and to convey a message of optimism: “Together we will overcome this immense challenge.”This is the letter from Florentino Pérez to the Madrid partnersDear partner:First of all, I wish that you and your family are well in the face of these exceptional and difficult circumstances that we experience in our country and throughout the world.I also want to express, on behalf of all Madridistas, my solidarity with those families that this coronavirus pandemic has hit directly. All our strength and courage to try to overcome the pain of those who are being affected.As you have been getting to know through our various communication channels, all the measures and precautions have been taken from the club to help stop the expansion of the coronavirus, strictly complying with all legal provisions and with the additional recommendations of the health authorities.last_img read more


The explosion of the coronavirus in Paris could begin at the gates of the Parc des Princes

May 14, 2020

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first_img“After all, yes, it was risky. If we had known what was going to happen in the next few weeks, we would have stayed at home, “says one of the fans present that day a few meters from where the game was taking place.”We did not worry because there were also many people in shopping malls. The concentration was validated by the police but I do not regret it because I will never forget this day, “Matthieu, another of those present, assured the French press.With more than 40,000 infected in France, one of the leaders of Collectif Ultras Paris, Romain Mabille, admits to Le Parisien that there are several members of the group who attended ‘the party’ that have tested positive by Covid-19 “but they don’t know if they took it that day, sooner or later”.Although the majority now admit to observing the situation with some fear, all affirm that they lived a historic night cheering their team from the outside and with the celebration together with the players, who after winning the Germans, went out to enjoy with the fans present. On March 11, Paris Saint-Germain made it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League by going 2-0 at Parc des Princes 2-1 in the first leg at Borussia Dortmund’s home. The Parisian stadium, one of the hottest in Europe on big nights, had no crowd since the Paris police decided to go behind closed doors as a security measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the French capital. They canceled the entrance to the stadium, but up to 4,000 fans did not want to miss a historic night and gathered near one of the funds to try to support theirs from outside.In Le Parisien they speak with several of the fans present that day who admit that they felt no danger of contagion. Furthermore, they claim, they had the police permission to meet, although crowds of more than 1,000 people had been banned since March 5.last_img read more


Totti: “My brother threatened my parents if I went to Lazio”

May 14, 2020

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first_imgThe former Italian player Francesco Totti assured that at the beginning of his career he had a proposal to enter the children’s club in Lazio, before finally choosing Rome, of which he became an eternal legend.“There was a time when I was playing at Lodigiani (a Roman football school). He was eight years old, he was going to be nine in September. At the end of the season, the team president, Sagramola, called my mother, my father and my brother explaining that there were two options: Rome or Lazio “Totti said late Thursday in a live on Instagram. “My brother began to threaten my parents so that they would not dare to say ‘Lazio’. My mother was not a fan of Lazio, but my grandfather was. My father and brother were Roma fans. My uncles were from Lazio, “he added.Obviously, Totti chose to enter the Roma children’s championships and began a legendary career, with 25 seasons lived as a professional wearing the “giallorossa” shirt. “My mother was clear about which team I was a fan of and could not go against my will. In the end they have chosen Roma, they knew my position,” said Totti.The Italian legend played 786 matches and scored 307 goals as a Romanista, crowning himself with a league title (2001), two Italian Cups (2007 and 2008) and two Italian Super Cups (2001 and 2007).last_img read more


All set for Sigma Run

February 10, 2020

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first_imgThe 18th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run will bring New Kingston alive this morning when more than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will turn out in support of the event’s 2016 charities: Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island.The 5K road race has maintained its focus to unite Jamaicans to raise funds for one cause – charity. While numerous child and health-care facilities have benefited from over $160 million raised in its history, the 2016 charities have seen the largest monetary target yet – $50m.”We continue to welcome donations as we must ensure that the beneficiaries receive the necessary and life saving equipment and supplies,” Ingrid Card, vice-president of group marketing at Sagicor, said ahead of today’s event.Competitors will participate in a 6:45 a.m. warm-up session in Emancipation Park with Karelle Ashley of Jamfit, while comedian Elva Ruddock will take the reins on Knutsford Boulevard at the start line. A 7:27 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. start time has been set for wheelchair and run categories, respectively. The walk segment will commence approximately 15 minutes after.Participants have been urged to plan to arrive in New Kingston, well ahead of the 7:30 a.m. start time to avoid road closures as well as to park and warm up for what is now largest road race in the Caribbean.last_img read more


Wenger irate with critics, threatens media walk-out

January 20, 2020

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first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed continued criticism of his team selection as “very, very, very, very boring” and threatened to walk out of a news conference yesterday when questioned about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.Arsenal lost 3-2 to Olympiakos on Tuesday when stand-in goalkeeper David Ospina dropped a corner over the line and the defence then conceded a third goal immediately after the hosts equalised.Wenger yesterday launched an impassioned defence of both his team and decision to select Ospina ahead of Petr Cech as he faced questions ahead of tomorrow’s Barclays Premier match against Manchester United.”You come to the game, you judge the game, and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that. I accept your judgment of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions,” Wenger said. “I make the decision that is right on the day, and I am accountable for the results of my team and the way we play football. … If you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football.”When pressed to respond to Mourinho’s comment that there was only one Premier League manager not under pressure, Wenger curtly replied: “Look! Stop that story or we stop the press conference.”As he marked 19 years as manager, the 64-year-old Wenger hit back at the sweeping criticism, having not won the Premier League since 2004. The team is three points behind leaders United after seven games.”I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very, very, very, very boring. I don’t go along with that,” Wenger said. “If you have any interesting questions for Sunday’s game, I can answer, but apart from that, let’s not come back always to the same story.”Wenger was frustrated at what he sees as a lack of proper match analysis by the media.”One pundit says something on television and all behind that they repeat exactly the same thing. It is quite boring because nobody came out with numbers of this game where the game was won and lost,” Wenger said. “It is quite depressing to read that and to hear that – to all come just to the same conclusion and not to have watched well what has gone on on the pitch.”In injury news, centre back Laurent Koscielny is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks with a hamstring problem picked up against Olympiakos. Midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini remain out.last_img read more


MoBay snatch late equaliser in Arnett thriller in Red Stripe Premier League

January 20, 2020

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay United goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is again coming under fire from the club’s supporters after his two mistakes gifted Arnett Gardens two goals in a dramatic 2-2 draw in Monday Night’s Red Stripe Premier League football match at Montego Bay Sports Complex. Arnett Gardens rallied from a goal down after Dino Williams netted his league-leading ninth goal of the season in just the second minute of the match. With Monday’s result, MBU are on 18 points, two clear of second-place Portmore United, while Arnett Gardens moved a spot up from fifth to fourth with 14 points after nine matches. The game took a turn in the 71st minute when Barrett raced out of his area to clear a through pass intended for Kemal Malcolm. The midfielder got his foot to the ball first and lobbed it into an open net. The Junglists’ second goal was shocking. Barrett again was brought into the centre of the action as he failed to save at his near post off a Marcelino Blackburn left-sided free kick that was lifted over the wall, giving Arnett a 2-1 lead at the 85th minute. The home team would have the final say in a match that swung from end to end. O’Wayne Gordon, having perhaps his most complete game in the MBU shirt, fired in a stunning free kick of his own in the 88th minute to spark frantic celebrations among supporters in the grandstand. A clearly upset MBU head coach, Tim Hankinson, suggested the game was theirs to win. “Any time you’re building points, whether one or three, it’s progress, it keeps you moving up the ladder and puts some distance between us and the other teams. But the way we played the first half, we should have capitalised on some of those chances,” said Hankinson. Monday Night’s Result Tomorrow’s games – Montego Bay United 2 Arnett Gardens 2 SECOND-STRING KEEPER “Not getting two goals going into the half meant that we were going to have a rough second half, and against such a good team, you have to put away your chances,” he said. Hankinson said that while Barrett continues to accumulate mistakes in the goal, second-string keeper Romaine Bowers has little experience at this level and must be eased into any possible starting role. “There were mistakes tonight. There is no doubt about it, and we have a very capable keeper in Bowers on the bench, but he has very little experience – only one game at this level – and you have to bring him along properly,” reasoned Hankinson. “I think, however, he (Bowers) will get his chance in the game Thursday against Waterhouse, where we expect to grab another three points and further separate ourselves from the others in the league,” said Hankinson. Today’s games – 3 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United at Edward Seaga Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Reno vs Cavalier SC at Frome Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Humble Lion vs Boys’ Town at Effortville Community Centre – 7 p.m. Harbour View vs UWI FC at Harbour View Stadium – 6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex – 3 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse at Wespow Parklast_img read more


Gayle sparkles but Renegades beaten

January 20, 2020

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first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Marquee West Indies opener Chris Gayle extended his decent form in the Big Bash League, but his Melbourne Renegades crashed to a ten-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers yesterday.The left-handed Gayle stroked 41 off 35 balls to help Renegades up to 170 for four off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Docklands Stadium.He struck two fours and three sixes and put on 98 off 68 deliveries for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch, who slammed 72 off 48 balls with six fours and three sixes. Gayle was one of two wickets to fall in the 12th over off successive deliveries, but Finch and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who hit 35 from 25 balls, added a further 47 for the third wicket to keep the innings afloat.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 14 from ten balls at the death.In reply, captain Michael Klinger smashed an unbeaten 90 from 58 balls with seven fours and three sixes, while opening partner Shaun Marsh cracked 76 not out off 54 deliveries, as Scorchers motored to their target in the penultimate over.Medium pacer Bravo went wicket-less from his four overs, which cost 35 runs.last_img read more


‘Scorpions were let down by poor batting’

January 20, 2020

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first_imgTop batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.last_img read more


Tennis Jamaica disputes Azar’s claims

January 20, 2020

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first_imgTennis Jamaica have responded to comments made by John Azar published in yesterday’s Gleaner.In the article, Azar contended that he was legitimately elected in the abandoned election and described the over-voting as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process.In a response via press release, Tennis Jamaica president, John Bailey, said the association “remains committed to proper governance of the association and an electoral process that is transparent and fair”.It also said it rejected Azar’s accusations.”With regards to the disputed ballots, neither Mr Azar nor the administration of Tennis Jamaica is in a position to establish which ballots were compromised, as the exercise was based on secret ballots that were not marked for identification purposes.”It added that affidavits from persons purporting to vote for Azar would be inadequate replacements for ballots that may be in dispute.”Persons may, for their own benefit, give incorrect or untruthful responses after the fact.”The releases added: “It is in the pursuit of this, that – after consultation with our board and taking advice from competent persons – we decided to go the route of holding fresh elections to secure a new administration, following the last exercise on November 19, 2015 which had to be terminated due to the action of some unscrupulous members. This, amid the fact that the methodology used then to govern the elections was the usual.”On that occasion, conducting a re-vote was not possible as the meeting had broken down and a number of members had left the premises.”Tennis Jamaica asserted that the current approach is one that it believed would satisfy the requirements of all “well-thinking members of the association and persons who love the sport of tennis.The release added that Tennis Jamaica had secured the services of Jamaica Olympic Association to organise and administer the fresh elections set for March “in a way to remove any doubt as to the integrity of the proposed elections”.last_img read more


JC captain targets Rio

January 20, 2020

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first_imgWhen the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships get under way tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the preliminary round of the boys’ Class One long jump, O’Brien Wasome of Jamaica College (JC) will have two targets. As captain of his school team, Wasome will be expecting to advance to the final and to repeat his 2015 victory. He will also be chasing a big goal: a place on the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. To reach that goal, he needs to long-jump 8.15 metres, or further, before the period for seeking qualifying marks ends on July 11. If that were to happen at Championships, it would take him well past the Class One record of 7.87 metres set by Leon Gordon of Vere Technical High in 1993. It’s a task that isn’t daunting for the outgoing JC senior. “I’m looking forward to making the Olympic team,” he said with quiet assurance before a recent training session. He would also need to earn selection through his performance at the National Senior Championships. “My training is going good, so I’m putting in all the work,” said the Ruel James-coached athlete. Signs of the quality of his preparation came at the recent Carifta Trials, where he won the under-20 long jump with a distance of 7.59 metres. That is his best of the season so far. Wasome won both the Class One long jump and triple jump last year and is aiming to repeat. “I’m looking forward to breaking the long jump and triple jump records,” he said. The triple jump record belongs to his teammate, Clayton Brown, at 16.04 metres. Wasome won with a wind-aided jump of 16.24m but had a legal effort of exactly 16 metres. His 2015-winning long jump of 7.71 metres places him in joint second place on the all-time Champs performance list, with Neil Gardner of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Maurice Wignall of Calabar. They were second and third with jumps of 7.71 and 7.68 metres, respectively, when Gordon set the record in 1993. Wignall produced a 7.71m of his own at Boys’ Championships in 1994. One of Wasome’s prime rivals may miss the five-day Championship. Alrick Ottey of Cornwall College did the Class One long/triple jump double at Western Championships and produced a big jump of 7.46 metres on grass at the STETHS Invitational. However, he was injured at the Carifta Trials in the triple jump.last_img read more