Square Oliver: “The coronavirus gave me more fame than Madrid”

first_imgHow is the goalkeeper level there?Well, there is a very good base, because by regulations they take care of the position for the premises. Foreigners can reach all demarcations except the goal.How was that first moment when you heard about the coronavirus?Well, it was being in Spain, on vacation, on New Year’s Eve. We received a message from a partner. Nobody answered. We gave zero importance.And they returned to China …We even made a clinic with 1,300 children. There was a tournament with teams from outside. And it was the day after finishing when they suddenly closed the city.One day to another?That’s how it went. Without an airport, trains, or subway… They gave us guidelines on what we couldn’t do and what we had to stay at home.How does one fit the body?At first we were very calm. You looked at the street and there was no one, yes, but we had food and we were fine. And we said: “Time will pass …”.And later?The Spanish Government acted fast and they took us out of there. We only live two moments of some tension. The first was at the airport. First we were four and a half hours in a bus waiting for permits. And the moment we entered the thermal arches that measure you the temperature was stressful. To have given a few tenths for any reason would have meant staying on land. The other hard moment was when they gave us the test results, already here in Spain. That day, yes, people were quieter, there was some nervousness …If I gave one, they all gave …And we talk like that, huh? Imagine the four hours we were on that bus, with people from other countries that were there, all together …Come on, in the end the coronavirus has given him more fame than Madrid …Insurance (laughs). We have gone everywhere! This has been like winning the Champions League, another adventure …What will happen now?We are pending. It cannot be returned. In China everything is stopped, even children go to online class. We will have to wait. It left it boiling … What more memories do you have?Figo got me his first white goal, in training! (laughs). They are anecdotes. Actually, I had to leave with the exchange of Florentino for Lorenzo Sanz. Illgner wanted to hurry the year he had left, Bizzarri also didn’t want to move and there was a stopper with the arrival of César. And I left at the end of August. So I agreed with Figo, yes …How did it end in China?I was working in the U-15 Chinese National Team with Alfredo Santaelena, and at the end of my contract this opportunity arose with the Wuhan Shangwen, which is an ambitious and beautiful project. How many days have they been held in total?Eight in Wuhan, one travel and 14 more here. I wanted the sun to shine on my face.You left the quarry in Madrid …I am from Raúl’s fifth. We take four or five days.Who else did you agree with?With Guti, Álvaro Benito, Rivera, Javi Guerrero, Mecca, Dorado … There were very good people.And how was it?I have a good memory, because I was enrolled in the list of the Champions League the year of the Eighth, so that is also mine.Yes?I belonged to Castilla but I was enrolled among the 25 officers because Illgner was injured all year and Bizzarri was a long time in the U-20 World Cup in Argentina. So I shared goal with Casillas.We talked about 1999-00.That’s. Since December I trained and traveled with the first team. Iker and I had a record, that of being the youngest first goal.How was the Casillas he met?Well, a phenomenon. I knew him when he was a child, and he was the only one who came up with the ones we were older. Manuel Amieiro, who was our coach, used to tell me: “Go, warm me the child …”. And see if I heated it well (laughs).last_img read more

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Coco Gauff raises funds to fight the coronavirus

first_imgIt’s not the solely solidary act that ladies’s tennis has left us in the final hours, since Qiang Wang, it has additionally been actively concerned in the fight in opposition to the coronavirus. The 28-year-old Chinese language tennis participant, donated a complete of 94,000 Chinese language yuan (about 12,000 euros) to Wuhan hospitals, first focus of the pandemic. That quantity comes out of his sports activities efficiency, as Wang promised to donate 1,000 yuan for every of his video games received on the skilled circuit this season. Coco Gauff, At simply 16 years outdated final Friday, he has given an instance of solidarity. The American began a solidarity marketing campaign on the identical day of her birthday by means of Fb referred to as ‘My Birthday Fundraiser: Assist UNICEF Fight Coronavirus’, so as to Increase funds for UNICEF and assist these affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“I do know that the coronavirus pandemic feels overwhelming proper now, however there are methods we will help make a distinction and preserve communities round the world protected. For my birthday I increase funds to assist the UNICEF response, who’ve been working carefully with governments of their world efforts, offering communication, provides, healthcare, schooling, and extra. They’re on the entrance line of this fight in opposition to the pandemic, and it will imply quite a bit to me in the event you may donate, “stated the American on social networks.last_img read more

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Approved the ERTE requested by the UD Las Palmas

first_imgThis measure, as the club affirms on its website, takes effect on March 14, the day the state of alarm was decreed in our country, still in force until April 26.The ERTE was presented by the yellow entity due to force majeure ”, as a consequence of the pandemic by COVID-19, and contemplates two scenarios among the workers of the entity, both the reduction of the working day and the temporary suspension of employment. The file includes all club workers, both sports and non-sports personnel, the Foundation and the Audiovisual Production Company.This legal figure guarantees the employment relationship of all employees of the entity, until the state of alarm ends, which will last, in principle, until next April 26.In this way, the yellow club joins clubs like the Barcelona, ​​Espanyol and Alavés, who have already presented their ERTE and have been approved by the labor authority. After learning of the suspension of the league championship, last March, the club studied this possibility, although the legal conditions were not in place to achieve it at that time. “We wanted to join ERTE, but seeing that our company has more than 50 workers (242 in total) and that these would receive 70% of their salary, the loss would be very important, so we gave up,” said President Miguel Ángel Ramírez, after learning about the club’s reversal, since the yellow entity’s offices wanted to supplement the salary of up to 100% of all those affected. The yellow team, which was the first of The League en want to join a Temporary Employment Regulation File, has finally got the labor authority to approve your request, being the only team that guarantees 100% of the salary of its employees.last_img read more

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Marcos Llorente: more gallons in case Saúl or Thomas left

first_imgAnd here appears Marcos Llorente, footballer who signed Atlético this past summer for about 40 million euros. Marcos Llorente has been this season in the shadow of both Saúl and Thomas and Koke. Simeone placed him in the double pivot, although with the passage of the games he also placed him in the band, where he has performed well. If Saúl or Thomas were not still in the team, Marcos Llorente would have to assume more prominence. This season is helping him to adapt to the team and to adapt to the game system of Simeone. In the 2020-21 campaign he must be one of those who carry the weight of the team.Marcos Llorente signed for five seasons, has a contract until June 2024. At 25 he is at his best at Atlético after his two goals against Liverpool at Anfield. So many that exalted him in the face of the red and white fans. The footballer, for his part, always said that he was delighted at Atlético and that he had succeeded with his signing by the entity of Wanda Metropolitan. Marcos Llorente has played 24 official competition matches (18 in LaLiga, three in Champions, two in the Spanish Super Cup and one in the Cup). He has scored three goals, one in the league championship and two in the Champions League. And given an assist, in Champions. He has played a total of 986 minutes. And nobody doubts anymore that the best of Marcos Llorente in Atlético is yet to come. Thomas is another of the midfielders whose future still seems in the air. The Ghanaian is a very important part of Atlético de Simeone, he has a renewal offer on the table, but he has not yet signed it. In the club they trust that he will do so and can continue at Atletico for several more seasons. But from the Premier it is also indicated that it could end there, since it has a large cartel. Its clause is 50 million euros, an amount that English clubs could pay.s. There is an Atlético player who can play a much bigger role next season if there is an important move within the rojiblanca squad. Marcos Llorente will have more gallons during the next exercise. The rojiblanco midfielder has gone from less to more this season, he started somewhat hesitantly, but has performed well in the second half of the year and will be a very outstanding footballer in the next campaign. And more if finally one of the players comes out of the midfield.Saúl continues to sound very strong as Manchester United’s future. From England, it is said day and day that the Atletico midfielder could leave this summer for the Premier club. Manchester could lose Pogba and Saúl would take the Frenchman’s place. The clause of the Atlético player is 150 million, although Manchester would never reach it. AS already pointed out a few days ago that the English entity could reach a maximum of 80 million.last_img read more

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Oral Tracey: Usain Bolt should pay me (lol)

first_imgWhen Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well. PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated.last_img read more

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History-making Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn

first_imgConsidering herself an unyielding soul, history-making double Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn had no doubts that she would win a parliamentary seat as throughout life – in athletics as well as everyday pursuits – she has never settled for anything but the best.Cuthbert-Flynn earned double Olympic silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Barcelona Games in Spain and copped bronze four years later in Atlanta, United States, as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m women’s team.”I didn’t settle for second (1992 Olympics). It is what it is. Anything that I do, anyone who knows me knows that I am going to try to do the best that I can and not going to ever do anything half and half. Never!” she stressed.The 51-year-old on Thursday became Jamaica’s first Olympian to win a seat in Parliament.She emphatically upstaged two-time parliamentarian Paul Buchanan for the St Andrew West Rural constituency.Cuthbert-Flynn, running in her first election, polled 9,742 votes to Buchanan’s 7,517.ALWAYS CONFIDENT”I was always confident of victory because I was putting in the work. I was walking sometimes six, seven days a week, and I was walking for five to six hours a day. I walked off two pairs of sneakers. The bottoms fell off,” she told The Gleaner in an interview.Though many would consider her a celebrity and international star, Cuthbert-Flynn contends that she still joins lines in public places like banks and lives a low-key life.”Representing your country in track and field, it’s little bit different. I think it’s going to be little bit different representing the people of the country in Parliament because when you are running, you’re running for yourself in a lot of ways and the country gets the glory, but I think in this race and in this instance, it is a little bit different. It’s not just for me. It’s not really about me, It’s really about the people. That’s how I look at it,” she pointed out.Cuthbert-Flynn describes her journey in life as an Olympian and politician as an important one, one that has inspired and motivated people, but she adds that she now considers herself a public servant.”I think just seeing the things that I’ve seen on my journey, it gives me that extra push where I must give a hundred per cent and I must do for the people. I must work for the people. There is no half and half … I want to leave a legacy just like I have in track and field,” she remarked.”I have left a legacy in track and field that no one can ever take away from me. They can tell me that I got second, but I am in the history books forever and ever,” she added.last_img read more

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India dominate first day of Test against Sri Lanka

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):India were well placed at stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka, reaching 128-2 yesterday to trail by only 55 runs after dismissing the hosts for 183 in their first innings.India captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan added an undefeated 100 runs for the third wicket to give the home team a strong platform. Kohli was undefeated on 45, while Dhawan has 53.Earlier, playing his first Test match against Sri Lanka, the 28-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-46 with steep bounce and sharp turn from the dry Galle surface after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.Ashwin came on at the City End, replacing Varun Aaron and struck immediately by dismissing key batsman Kumar Sangakkara for just five off the third delivery he bowled. Batting at four, instead of the usual No. 3, Sangakkara was playing on the back foot and gave a catch to Lokesh Rahul at silly point.That was after the fast bowlers had sent both openers back to the pavilion in single figures with well-directed short balls. Dimuth Karunaratne went for nine off Ishant Sharma and Kaushal Silva for five to Aaron.Dinesh Chandimal (59) and captain Angelo Mathews (64) helped to stabilise the innings, putting on 79 runs for the sixth wicket.last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgBlatter still in chargeZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter told his staff he has done “nothing illegal or improper” and has no immediate plans to step down, the FIFA president’s legal team said yesterday.Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body’s headquarters.Blatter is expected to hand over power in February when an emergency election is held, triggered by the president’s resignation statement four days after being re-elected for a fifth, four-year term in May.But the 79-year-old Blatter does not appear to be planning any sudden exit despite being the subject of a criminal investigation over his management of world soccer.”President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” Blatter’s attorney, Richard Cullen, said in a statement.Everton rally to beat West Brom 3-2BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another against his former club as Everton rallied from two goals down to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 yesterday in the Premier League.Lukaku slotted in the winner in the 84th minute with his second attempt after a cross from Gerard Deulofeu to complete the second-half comeback and lift Everton to fifth in the standings.Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put West Brom 2-0 up by the 54th minute, a lead that a Tony Pulis-managed team had never before allowed to turn into a loss in the Premier League. But Lukaku started the fightback almost immediately when he headed in another perfect cross from Deulofeu, who provided a constant threat down the right flank. Lukaku then turned provider with a perfectly weighted pass through the West Brom defence to set up Arouna Kone for the equaliser in the 75th.last_img read more

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Errani beats Svitolina to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Sara Errani of Italy, advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine yesterday.The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.The match was a one hour, 51-minute battle of long rallies and games, featuring eight service breaks.Errani prevailed with a final break in the ninth game of the first set and seventh game of the second set.”It was really tough,” said Errani, who will seek her ninth WTA title. “Every point, every game was really long. It’s unbelievable for me to be playing in another final”.Errani will play the winner of the semi-final between 38th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France and 47th-ranked Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.last_img read more

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Confident school coaches

first_imgSTETHS, coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn “As you can see, the FLOW Super Cup brings a lot of excitement, ding-dong battles between town and country schools initially in the first round. It (FLOW Cup) gives more schools opportunities to express themselves, with the ultimate goal of being champions. “It is the second time for us in the FLOW Cup semi-finals, and we are confident we will in get past Wolmer’s, but we are not underrating the opponents.” Clarendon College, manager Richard Palmer “The Super Cup is certainly the champions league of schoolboy football. I love it. It is about the prestige and excitement it brings. “We have been performing well in all schoolboy competitions this year. We are in the semi-finals against Cornwall, so our chances are as good as any other team in the last four. We respect all opponents but have confidence in our ability as a team to perform on the day.” Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds “It is a good competition that all teams want to win. “We are looking forward to the game, and we know that the STETHS team is a very good one in terms of structure and organisation and ability. “They will be pumped up by the fact that the daCosta Cup teams are doing very well, and we are the only Manning Cup team in the Super Cup. It is a tough encounter, but we will be prepared for it.” Cornwall College’s coach Dr Dean Weatherly “The FLOW Super Cup has done something for the schools in terms of the prize money and prestige. However, the organisers must consider to play it before or after the daCosta and Manning Cup. It is taxing on the players to be playing regularly. However, it is a good competition. “The game between Cornwall and Clarendon is a battle between two good teams. It will come down to the team that wants it more on the day. When dealing with youth, it’s about mental preparation for each game. I think we are ready as a team and willing to give it our all. We are the underdogs, so under little pressure.”last_img read more

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