Rafa Nadal had, for the primary time, a stay on instagram the place he was ready to reply quite a few questions from his followers and have distinguished visitors to share a dialog: Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Marc López additionally visited the Balearic social community. Contact along with his followers. “I’m very completely satisfied to be right here with all of you. It’s the first time that I do one thing of this kind, however in such tough moments a time of distraction all the time makes me completely satisfied. I’m at my home in Porto Cristo (Mallorca). I strive to cook dinner and train within the morning and within the afternoon, which additionally distracts you. Not enjoying, since I’ve no clue right here. “Message of encouragement. “I need to ship encouragement to all of the people who’ve a member contaminated by the virus and likewise to so many others who’ve misplaced with out having the ability to say goodbye. It’s not possible for me to put myself within the footwear of so many who’ve gone by way of that. Hopefully we can get out this within the least unfavorable manner attainable. I additionally encourage people who’re dropping their jobs. Will probably be a troublesome time for a lot of households. It’s time to assist one another, be united and search for options. We’re going to assume that we are going to do higher. “Play tennis. “I’ve no court docket and the reality is that I miss enjoying. I proceed with the bodily routines and fortuitously they have been ready to carry me some machines from the health club of the academy. I don’t understand very effectively why we can’t play tennis when many people are going to work and extra in our sport, that we have nice security distances with everybody on one aspect of the monitor. I understand that it’s a vital scenario and the Authorities is overwhelmed by one thing that is unprecedented. The very last thing they assume is in sports activities Many issues should not logical, however you might have to settle for the principles and stay with them. “Solidarity initiative with Pau Gasol. “We’re completely satisfied in that regard as a result of we have raised some huge cash for the trigger. A lot of athletes, Spanish and from the remainder of the world, have joined and that is nice information. It’s time to be all collectively to strive to decrease the impression of this case.Plans after withdrawal (a fan advised him 20 years from now). “In 20 years it won’t be, in fact. I have no idea what I’ll do. I’ll proceed enjoying tennis which at present is what I need. I’m trying ahead to returning to the circuit. We’re in a tough time to take into consideration returning We are going to play tournaments within the brief time period, however we are assured that when we return every little thing will work out. Some plans are to journey. I journey quite a bit now, however to get to know the locations. Additionally the academy. It’s a part of the current and far more of the long run. I can be far more on high at that second than I might be at present. Academy.“I’m profiting from being involved with the fellows who’re there (85) and the employees (70), all of them confined inside. I’m very pleased with every one: coaches, physios, psychologists … as well as to the gamers who’ve left with out having the ability to see their households. Having the love and a focus of everybody will certainly assist them in such a tough interval as this. Amongst different initiatives, in Palma we give meals and hygiene support to guarantee that nothing is lacking on this interval of problem. In Valencia, in one other undertaking, we have pack college students from our facilities to college students who can’t entry on-line. “He invitations Federer “with difficulties”. “It’s my first time, it’s not straightforward” between laughs. Right now, the stay present went from 22,000 viewers to over 50,000. “Chat with Federer. “We’re all good round right here, Rafa. Have you ever not performed the racket since Indian Wells? Excellent (in a humorous tone). My knee is enhancing. It’s getting higher, with out stress, with out speeding, I’ve lots of time to get better. I’m completely satisfied, it’s the second operation and it’s simpler than the primary, you realize that higher than anybody. Federer requested Nadal why he was left-handed if he makes use of the best every day. “I can’t play with the best, it’s a legend,” Nadal replied with amusing. “I can write with my proper hand, play basketball, however in tennis and soccer I’m left-handed.”Murray was the following to converse to Nadal. “That is sensible … he can win 52 Roland Garros however he doesn’t understand how instagram works,” stated the Briton earlier than Rafa might add Federer to the dialog. “I’m in London, Rafa“ Murray really useful to Rafa that he lovedTotally free time by not having youngsters. “I hope to be in his scenario not lengthy, Andy,” stated the Balearic at the potential of having youngsters.Marc López was the final to be a part of the dialog. “Right here I’m Rafa, in my home in Barcelona. You continue to don’t know this one, you’re invited when all this occurs“. Rafa then tried to join with the Academy, however the time for the stay present ran out. “I’ll do one other one earlier than ending the quarantine and I can be extra agile,” he stated goodbye.
Lisandro Martínez, Ajax defender, has expressed, in statements to TyC Sport, how he would solve the dilemma. “I am not going to think about myself, I am not selfish. If a decision is made, it should be the same in every league in Europe. Although we are equal in points as AZ, I would like to play a heads-up match with them, and see who is champion. “A final duel for the title. Risky proposal, that of the Ajax defender as he is campaigning, in direct duels between both teams, AZ has always been victorious.The idea is interesting but you run into a difficulty. That final shock could not be celebrated in Dutch lands due to the Government’s ban. So, you would have to find some other place to play without an audience. A stadium in Germany (whose Bundelsiga returns on May 9) returns to the scene. The Eredivisie is on the verge of definitive cancellation. The KNVB He will make a decision this Friday and must proclaim a champion. There is equality of points between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, although the set of Amsterdam is leader by greater goal difference. It is not known how the situation will be resolved, although there are three scenarios: Ajax, champion; name two winners or the title, ‘blank’. But others are not ruled out.
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow, the Pick-9 offering a minimum payout of $1 million and the Super-6, $750,000 each.The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the second Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race (non winners of three) over a mile, to be contested by eight starters.The field includes top contenders BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony Nunes and MIND SET, with top apprentice Linton Steadman riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.Indications are that it will come down to these two. BALLON D’OR ran encouragingly behind stable-companion SOUTHERN CRUISE over a mile last Saturday, finishing just over two lengths third. However, three weeks prior to that, he could only manage sixth to DREAMCOMETRUE and MIND SET over 1,500 metres. Hence, MIND SET is given the edge at the revised weights.The speedy CLASSICAL TRAIN, who is coming off a recent course win, is tipped to repeat in the second race over the round five course with apprentice Jerome Innis riding him from the convenient mark of 50.0kg in race two. The Ryan Darby-trained 5-y-o mare looks the speediest in the 10-horse field and will prove hard to catch, despite the obvious claims of FABULOUSCONNECTION who finished a strong second at long odds to EL CLIENTE over 1200 metres last Saturday.The third race over the straight five course for three and four-year-olds should provide the speedy 3-y-o colt DREAMLINER with a decisive victory, following his failed attempt as the favourite behind SHINING LIGHT and BUBBLING KITTEN over 1100 metres on January 16.The small field of six has a competitive look about it with BUBBLING KITTEN returning and recent course winner DWAYNE STAR joining the fray as fit as hands can make him. But the Wayne DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER, who was numbered among the top two-year-olds of last season, should take some catching with four-time champion Omar Walker sticking with the ride.QUEEN OF THE TOWN, who has finished second in her last two races, gets the nod over HE’S A DIAMOND and DEPUTY HEADGIRL in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden five-year-olds and up. She has been knocking at the door and with Jevanne Erwin retaining the ride, the Donovan Plummer-trained QUEEN OF THE TOWN should make no mistake.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by AGAKHAN (Dane Nelson up), who truly enjoys galloping over the straight, and the well-forward Wayne DaCosta-trained first time runner MY WAY (working brilliantly) in the sixth race over 1200 metres for native bred maiden three-year-olds.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MIND SET/BALLON D’OR(2) CLASSICAL TRAIN(3) DREAMLINER/BUBBLING KITTEN(4) QUEEN OF THE TOWN(5) AGAKHAN(6) MY WAY/LORD EQUUS
KOLKATA, India (AP): Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck an unbeaten 83 to help Sri Lanka open their title defence by beating Afghanistan by six wickets in their World Twenty20 Group One game yesterday. Dilshan struck eight fours and three sixes off 56 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 155-4 in reply to Afghanistan’s 153-7. Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal (18) combined to open with 41 off 5.2 overs, but Sri Lanka struggled to build big partnerships. Having won just four T20s and lost 10 since winning the World Twenty20 at Dhaka two years ago, Sri Lanka could have had a harder time, but Afghanistan conceded some easy runs with misfields. The match seemed poised for a closer end after an off-colour display by the Sri Lanka middle order, but captain Angelo Mathews joined Dilshan and they ensured a smooth ending with seven balls to spare. Mathews struck 21 not out off 10 balls with three fours and one six to give confidence to Dilshan during their unbroken 42-run stand. “They had some quality bowlers, but we managed well in the middle with twos and threes,” Dilshan said. “The senior guys need to stand up and do it for the team. The middle order can bat around us.” Earlier, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai produced an attractive 47-ball 62 with three fours and four sixes in what was his third T20 half-century and his highest in 33 games. Electing to bat, Afghanistan got off to a sedate start against a disciplined bowling attack and reached only 47-3 in 10 overs. Then Stanikzai broke the shackles. He increased the run rate in the company of Samiullah Shenwari (31) as they added 61 off 5.3 overs for the fifth wicket, with Shenwari striking three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball cameo. Stanikzai, who was dropped by Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara on 44, hit two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Siriwardana over deep midwicket and long on. “The total was good, but Dilshan played really well,” Stanikzai said. “He took responsibility and played well. Our fielding wasn’t good, but we will try our best (in the tournament).” Pace bowler Thisara Perera (3-33) and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (2-24) were the main wicket-takers for Sri Lanka. West Indies defeated England in the same group on Wednesday and South Africa are yet to get off the mark.
breach of ethics The embattled sports body said Warner had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body’s code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and “accepting and offering gifts and other benefits”. As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of “football-related activity at national and international level for life”. Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner yesterday questioned the timing of his life time ban from football saying it was nothing more than a “distraction”. Warner said that it is “no coincidence” that his life ban came as FIFA president Sepp Blatter was being probed by Swiss authorities for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. “I left the FIFA in April 2011, and if in September 2015 (some four years and five months afterwards) the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing, then so be it,” Warner said here. “I do not believe, however, that this will serve as the distraction to the FIFA’s present problems as the FIFA wishes it to be. “Given what is happening in Zurich with Sepp Blatter, I guess that there is no such thing as a coincidence.” Warner was slapped with the life ban by football’s world governing body, FIFA, yesterday, more than four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal. FIFA said it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner’s involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Gareth Bale scored his first goal in three months for Real Madrid before Cristiano Ronaldo added a penalty to secure a 2-0 win at Eibar yesterday and end their two-game losing run in Spain’s La Liga.Bale headed in Luka Modric’s cross two minutes before half-time, and Ronaldo converted a spot kick in the 82nd after a penalty was awarded when substitute Lucas Vazquez went down after slight contact with Dani Garcia.Madrid’s win at Ipurua Stadium came after the team was heavily criticised for a loss at Sevilla and last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Barcelona.Madrid remained in third place, six points behind leaders Barcelona and two points behind Atletico Madrid after they both won on Saturday.”We arrived here after going through some difficult moments, and we are all aware that we have to improve,” said Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. “These are three important points that keep us in the title race.”Ronaldo, who hadn’t escaped criticism from Madrid’s fans for the loss to Barcelona, spent most of the game lamenting missed chances before he got his ninth league goal of the season from the spot.Until the Portugal forward put the result beyond doubt, the hosts had matched Madrid’s talent with effort and constantly appeared threatening.Eibar, which was missing injured top scorer Borja “Baston” Gonzalez and suspended forward Sergio “Keko” Gontan, slipped two spots into eighth place after only their third loss in 13 rounds.”We played a good game in defence, but we needed to show more fire going forward,” said Eibar manager Jose Mendilibar.While under-fire Madrid coach Rafa Benitez got some breathing room, Valencia manager Nuno Espirito Santo is set to step down after his team finished with nine-men in a 1-0 loss at Sevilla.
SEEKING MY DREAM, who won five races and a record $14.2 million in stakes in 2015, was earlier this week voted ‘Horse of the Year’ by a 17-man selection panel comprising representatives of the press and CTL officials.Winner of the Cal’s Jamaica derby and the inaugural running of the $13.5 million SVL Diamond Mile on December 5 – the two richest races on the calendar – SEEKING MY DREAM, a chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 :Horse of the Year’ and Triple Crown winner Alsafra, spearheaded a historic sweep by 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, whose horses won all the major awards.Owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith and bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, SEEKING MY DREAM not only won five races from 10 starts, but was never worse than second in the others, including the 2000 Guineas, St Leger and Caymanas Invitational Mile on Superstakes Day.SEEKING MY DREAM was also named Champion 3-Y-O, Champion Middle Distance Performer and Champion Local Bred Horse, among other major awards. He received 14 votes from the committee members and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, two.DaCosta also swept the board with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who was named first runner-up to the ‘Horse of the Year’ as well as Champion Stayer and Champion 4-y-o and up, while stable-companions POKER STAR copped the Champion Sprinter award for owner Alexander Haber and FUTURE KING the Champion 2-Y-O award for co-owners Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai, who also came good with their grade one campaigner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR.The ‘Horse of the Year’ Committee also named Harry Parsard (30 wins) as the Most Improved Trainer, ahead of Donovan Plummer (19 wins), Neive Graham, and Marlon Anderson (17 each), and Robert Halledeen the Most Improved Rider after finishing second to Shane Ellis in the jockeys’ standings with 72 winners.The other champions of 2015, determined by statistics, are as follows: DaCosta (champion trainer); Shane Ellis (champion jockey); Elite Bloodstock Limited (champion owner); Linton Steadman (champion apprentice); Kharim Hall (champion groom); HAM Stables Limited (champion breeder); Traditional (champion sire); and Alsafra (champion broodmare).
The PNP stage has been set on a massive movable flat truck and is adorned with a banner of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller as the backdrop. The stage at Belmont Road, however, has already been set. Unlike the one at the PNP’s base, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) setup is small and simple. And there is no fancy banner in the background. Belmont Road is the base of the JLP. The JLP’s stage has been placed in the yard of its headquarters, unlike the PNP, which has taken over a section of the street. Jamaicans have been voting in the country’s 17th general election since 7:00 a.m. today. Polls will close at 5:00 pm, after which the counting of ballots will take place. The headquarters of the country’s two main political parties tell the tale of two cities. Workmen are now putting in place the final touches to a stage, which has been setup in the streets in front the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Old Hope Road headquarters. “This is a facility for the party leader to acknowledge the outcome of the elections,” Alston Stewart, one of the PNP’s campaign team leaders, told The Gleaner.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies Women assistant coach Ezra Moseley believes the best is yet to come from the Caribbean side’s batting, and hopes it can click in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup against nemesis Australia.Playing in Thursday’s semi-final against New Zealand Women in Mumbai, West Indies Women rattled up 143 for six, and then bowled superbly to defend the total and come away with a six-run win.Moseley said based on the quality in the batting unit, West Indies Women had the ability to score in excess of 143.”I’m not certain that our batting has really clicked yet. We are better than 140 on a good pitch,” the former West Indies fast bowler said.”And I am hoping that Deandra (Dottin) and the captain (Stafanie Taylor) and the others could really chip in and give us a big total in the final that we can defend if we bat first.”Taylor has been the most consistent batsmen in the series with scores of 40, 40, 35, 47 and 25 in her five innings in the tournament.INCONSISTENT BATTINGThe remainder of the batting unit has been inconsistent, however, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the first half-century in the tournament for the Windies Women.Moseley said Cooper had played well despite carrying a slight niggle.”She played well. The coach Vasbert Drakes said he was going to send her at number three and she really batted well, although she was carrying a slight side strain,” Moseley noted.The semi-final win saw the Windies Women finally break their jinx and reach the final of a Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, after bowing out at the final-four stage at the previous three tournaments.Moseley said Thursday’s win had been inspired by Cooper’s half-century coupled with tenacious bowling.”Britney Cooper has not really done a lot with the bat in this series. She came good … and it was good to see but I thought (with) the bowling, most of them kept their nerves and did the business for West Indies.”
FRISCO, Texas (AP):Darlington Nagbe’s first international goal was a lift for the United States in their next-to-last tune-up before hosting next month’s Copa America.Nagbe scored on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in an exhibition Wednesday night for just their third win in 21 games against South American teams over the past nine years. The US had 14 losses and four draws in that span.Born in Liberia, Nagbe was making his fifth international appearance following his debut in November, made shortly after he became a US citizen.”It gives you a lot of confidence,” Nagbe said. “To come out here and have a little bit of the ball and create some chances and get a goal and get the win, it’s good.”The Americans face Bolivia tomorrow in an exhibition at Kansas City, Kansas, then open the tournament against fourth-ranked Colombia on June 3 at Santa Clara, California.LISTLESS FIRST HALFAfter a listless first half, the US attack improved with the entry of Nagbe and Bobby Wood after the break and of 17-year-old Christian Pulisic in the 63rd minute.The goal developed after Alejandro Bedoya dribbled down the right flank and cut the ball back to DeAndre Yedlin. He beat a defender and crossed into the penalty area, where Juan Carlos Paredes at the six-yard box tried to clear with a header.Wood outjumped Robert Arboleda not far from the penalty spot and headed a pass to Nagbe. The 25-year-old midfielder chested the ball and, while falling, volleyed a right-footed shot from about eight metres past Esteban Dreer, who replaced injured starter Alexander Dominguez when the second half began.”It says that Darlington understands the moment in time,” said US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “He knows that he has to push the envelope. He knows that he’s a couple of years late for us because he couldn’t play before that. So he’s not a youngster anymore.”