Africa delivers its Golden Ball today: Mané, Mahrez or Salah

first_imgIn the Gala tonight, in addition to all the winners, some of the greatest legends of African football of all time will also participate. The presence, among others, of Djorkaeff and Mido is expected.The complete list of applicants is as follows:Player of the year:Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)Riyad Mahrez (Algeria and Manchester City)Sadio Mane (Senegal and Liverpool)Player of the year:Ajara Nchout (Cameroon and Valerenga)Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Barcelona)Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa and Beijing Phoenix FC)Young Player:Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Borussia Dortmund)Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria and Villarreal)Victor Osimhen (Nigeria and Lille)Coach of the year:Aliou Cisse (Senegal – Senegal)Djamel Belmadi (Algeria – Algeria)Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia – Esperance)Women coach of the year:Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)Desiree Ellis (South Africa)Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)National team of the year:AlgeriaMadagascarSenegalWomen’s national team of the year:CameroonNigeriaSouth Africa Today the Golden Ball of Africa will be known at the Gala that the African confederation celebrates in Murghada (Egypt). From the initial list of 25 players, among which were Achraf Hakimi, the Real Madrid player on loan from Borussia Dortmund, and Thomas Partey, from Atlético, have been the three finalists. The Madrid player is a candidate for the best young man of the year, along with Chukwueze, from Villarreal.On the podium are the star of Manchester City, the Algerian Mahrez, and the Liverpool duo formed by Mane, from Senegal, and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah. The last two have just raised the title of Club World Champions and are the current champions of Europe, as Mahrez led his country, Algeria, in the title of the Cup of Nations of Africa. Among the female Golden Ball candidates The three finalists are Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, Barça player, South African Thembi Kgatlana and Cameroonian Ajara Nchout.In addition to knowing the best player and the best player in Africa today, the name of the best coach of that continent will also be known and the one of the best African team, for which Madagascar, Senegal and Algeria compete, which is the favorite.last_img read more

Robert Moreno breaks his silence: “I would do it all the same”

first_imgMoreno acknowledged being “sad” about how the situation went and that “although I have not spoken to Luis Enrique again, I hope that one day we can speak again, because personal issues are above anything. I wish I could maintain my relationship with Luis Enrique. One of the things I’m glad is that I didn’t react when everything happened, because anger would have made me wrong. “Moreno, who also worked with Luis Enrique in Barcelona, ​​a team he is a member of, said: “I was not surprised that Xavi rejected Barcelona’s offer to train. Xavi is a very intelligent guy who is in training and must start training with his conditions, which now did not occur. Sooner or later he will coach Barça. I would have done the same, but I am not Xavi, I had to take advantage of my opportunity in Monaco. “He is happy in Monaco, which is a team “that came to look for me for what I showed those daysThey told me that with what I had suffered, I had to be willing to prove that they were wrong with me and I told them that they were not wrong. “FinallyHe considered Quique Setién’s style ideal for training Barcelona and praised Abelardo, the Espanyol coach who said that “He is a very good person and that does not abound in this world and it’s as important as being a good coach. “ Robert Moreno, former coach of Spain and current coach of Monaco, broke his silence with an interview granted to RAC 1 in which He acknowledged that “he would do it all the same” in reference to the succession of the events that precipitated his dismissal as coach and a hard attack by Luis Enrique, with whom he had collaborated for 9 years.Brown acknowledged that “it is true that I was selfish and I thought about my future because acting otherwise would hurt me, but one thing is the professional and another personal relationship. “ In this sense He pointed out that “it is false that he did not speak with Luis Enrique during the period in which he departed from the National Team. What happens is that In this world, if you like it, you can say what you want that nobody will believe anything bad about you and if you fall ill, you are always under suspicion. “last_img read more

Gonzalo Villar: “I felt that Rome was betting more on me”

first_imgWhat did Rome say to make it so clear?Petrachi, the sports director, and Paulo Fonseca, the coach, talked to me and gave me a lot of confidence. I already thought that enough confidence was that a club like this, which can sign any player, decides on a boy who was playing in the Second Division. They gave me their confidence in person and I started to accept this project.What does Fonseca want from you?It has a style very similar to what we do in Spain. He likes to get the ball well played from behind and have the initiative. What he really asks me is what I like to do. There will be no problem with the style. We want possession and I like to be close to the ball and have it for a long time. That way of playing is going very well for me and what I want is to adapt to Rome as soon as possible so I can quickly help the team.His position is not one in Rome, not long ago they have lost a legendary referent like De Rossi.It is clear that he is a legend for all giallorossi. But I want to offer the best version of myself here. To talk about De Rossi is to make it a legend, I don’t like to compare. It wouldn’t do me good to start comparing myself to him. I will be the best version of Gonzalo Villar.He debuted, had a few minutes before Sassuolo. What do you already perceive of Italian football?Everyone wants to play and the league is growing a lot. It is a very tight championship, as is happening in Spain. We come from a couple of defeats and we only think about recovering today against Atalanta. He is a very complicated opponent, the next rival of Valencia in the Champions League. Poses a very cheerful football, makes many goals. The Gasperini team is at a very high level, but it is a very important match for us. Here anyone can beat you, there are no great goals. We are going to have to fight. And in his post, there is always talk of the hardness of playing in the midfield in Italy.There is quality. It is true that it is a fairly physical league, but I want to show that I can be an important piece in the scheme.Have you already been told what a Roman derby is?Yes, but I have the thorn of not being able to live it live. It was played a week before my signing was closed. I look forward to telling you first hand.You, Abel Ruiz, Roger Ibáñez … Three very young signings. It is a clear message from the club.Not only us. Justin Kluivert, Zaniolo were already on the squad … The team is rejuvenating, but also the most experienced veterans are on top so we can adapt quickly. The mix is ​​very good to achieve the goals that the club has.That should be in the top four.Yes. We are three points away from Atalanta and with that objective in sight this game is very important, we will give it our all.AS Roma ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Gonzalo Villar, during his debut with Roma.AS Roma The most surprising thing about his departure from Spain is that Valencia had part of his rights. Didn’t they bid for you or was it more your decision to go to Italy?They had the option, but the decision was mine. As the expression says, there are different degrees of love and I felt that Rome was betting more on me. I felt that Rome was betting on me stronger than Valencia and I made the decision. I am grateful to Valencia because they showed interest in repurchasing me, but the ideal thing for me at this time was to come to Rome for the bet they made for me, but I wish Valencia the best.What has been Pacheta for you?I owe it all. Since I arrived at Elche, he has behaved like a father with me. And not only when things were going well but also when I was wrong. With 20 years you are very young … He took me and said ‘you don’t play for this for this and for this’. When I was wrong I said it to my face. I kept working. This year everything went great, but the previous year was more difficult for me, I had a small injury … He was with me and I will always be grateful.Rome has legends, but Elche, too … How has it been to share costumes with Nino?The summary is that if the goals are dropped in games, imagine in training … It’s crazy. They fall out of your pocket. He has just become the top scorer in the history of the club, what else can be said…And how close have they taken their new adventure?I have commented with friends. I am from Murcia and the truth is that there has been a bit of a bombshell. That a boy there signed the Rome … The amount of messages received was crazy. I thank you. With my friends I have already commented on what it means to live this dream so young. We are delighted I really like languages, so I’m going to get the interpreter to learn fast. My parents came with me to sign, but I will not be alone. I am lucky that my best friend is studying in Teramo, very close to Rome. I will have company and it will be easier.He was in the last U21 contest and the Games are also at the end of the season. Can the requirement of Series A help?I was in the last two calls of the U21, a very nice group is being formed. At the Selection level, what I think is to try to be summoned in the next one in March. The Games would be something very nice, but that would be the decision of the technicians. What I have to do is earn a place in each training.center_img How have been your first days as a Romanist?With great enthusiasm. I was officially introduced a couple of days ago and it has been all very beautiful. It’s amazing to be here with 21 years. It was one of the goals I had as a child. Now I want to become an important player of a historical such as Rome.Leave Elche, where he was one of the benchmarks in his demarcation of the category, to make a very large demand jump.Yes, it is a big jump, but I consider myself very prepared to face it. I was enjoying Elche a lot, with my team that I am very grateful to, but I wanted to take that leap and now I have to prove that I am qualified for it.How was your transfer made?The first news came to me in the middle of December. My agents told me that Rome had been following me with both Elche and the National Team and that they were very interested in signing me now. I told them to see how things went and in January everything rushed. It was a tough month of negotiations, but Rome bet heavily on me and here I am.In his presentation he said that he lost pounds during those days due to the tension in the negotiations.Yes, especially in two or three key days for it to close. I was very nervous. I lost my appetite a bit and lost a couple of kilos.last_img read more

Mallorca suspends first team training “until further notice”

first_imgFootballers will follow training guidelines ordered by the coaching staff from their respective homes.The vermilion club, likewise, leaves it up to each player the possibility of being interviewed by the media, requests that will be handled by the press department, as it is a “delicate” situation, according to a spokesman.Mallorca had to play this Saturday against FC Barcelona at the Son Moix stadium and next week they were going to visit the Villarreal field, but both games, and all those corresponding to matchdays 28 and 29, have been suspended due to the Covid pandemic- 19. Mallorca announced this Sunday that it is suspending the training of its first team “until further notice”, in order to comply with the recommendations made by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to stop all activity due to the coronavirus crisis.The Balearic club was one of the few members of LaLiga that had maintained its training schedule and, in fact, the players exercised all this week under the command of coach Vicente Moreno.last_img read more

Fraser McConnell makes impressive debut at Tall Pines Rally

first_imgDespite making his debut in one of the most challenging North American rally events, 17-year-old Fraser McConnell had an electrifying start to Canadian motorsport which saw him place a sensational 11th place in the national standings, at the North America Tall Pines recently.It was the teen’s second rally as a young driver.Co-driving for the Jamaican was the very experienced Nathalie Richard who helped the teen to third overall, first in class production in two-wheel drive, first in novice and 11th place in the national standings.Co-driver Richard remarked of McConnell’s exploits: “For his first rally he chose the most challenging event in North America (Canada), Tall Pines. He did a great job and impressed me right from shakedown, which was his first time sitting in a car.”I was almost as proud of him as his supportive (but freezing) family members! Good stuff, Fraser!” she added, describing Rally of the Tall Pines as one of the most challenging annual events of the Canadian Rally Championship series.A total of four classes of cars in the order of speed/power: four-wheel drive open, four- wheel drive production, two-wheel drive open, and two-wheel drive production.The registered competitors faced off for National and/or Regional points and drivers were classified as ‘Expert’ or ‘Novice’.McConnell, who is currently a high school student in Canada, remains upbeat as he eyes a great future in the sport.”It’s a new experience for me. Good learning experience with a new car and new navigator.”Throughout the day I got faster and faster. It was quite a challenge, but what was exciting for me is that I was beating turbo four-wheel drive and open class,” the teen recalled.He added: “It was like the biggest event in the world for me and I just wanted to make my name. I will be trying to compete more abroad next year and get more power in the car,” said the 17-year-old.”Meanwhile, father Peter McConnell said: “We were torn about this decision because it coincided with Rally Jamaica, but we felt that he had much more to gain by competing in one of North America’s premier rally events.”With Fraser now introduced to the North American Rally World in a big way, he will no doubt be able make an even positive impact next time and chart a way forward.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: The excretory system

first_img Kidneys and homestasis The kidneys play many vital roles in homeostasis. They filter all the blood in the body many times each day and produce a total of about 1.5 litres of urine. The kidneys control the amount of water, ions and other substances in the blood by excreting more or less of them in urine. The kidneys also secrete hormones that help maintain homeostasis. The kidneys themselves are also regulated by hormones. For example, antidiuretic hormone from the hypothalamus stimulates the kidneys to produce more concentrated urine when the body is low on water. This process is known as osmoregulation. If you exercise on a hot day, you are likely to lose a lot of water in sweat. Then, for the next several hours, you may notice that you do not pass urine as often as normal and that your urine is darker than usual. This happens because your body is low on water and trying to reduce the amount of water lost in urine. The amount of water the body loses in urine is controlled by the kidneys, the main organs of the excretory system. Excretion is the process of removing waste and excess water from the body. It is one of the major ways the body maintains homeostasis (the process of maintaining a stable internal environment). Although the kidneys are the main organs of excretion, several other organs also excrete waste. They include the large intestine, liver, skin and lungs. All of these organs of excretion, along with the kidneys, make up the excretory system. The focus will be on the role of the kidneys in excretion. The roles of the other excretory organs are summarised below: – The large intestine eliminates solid waste that remains after the digestion of food. – The liver breaks down excess amino acids and toxins in the blood. – The skin eliminates excess water and salts in sweat. – The lungs exhale water vapour and carbon dioxide. The kidneys are part of the urinary system, which is shown above. The main function of the urinary system is to filter waste products and excess water from the blood and excrete them from the body. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs just above the waist. A cross section of a kidney is shown in the diagram above. The function of the kidney is to filter blood and form urine. Urine is the liquid waste product of the body that is excreted by the urinary system. Nephrons are the structural and functional units of the kidneys. A single kidney may have more than a million nephrons. Each kidney is supplied by a renal artery and a renal vein. As shown in figure above, each nephron is like a tiny filtering plant. It filters blood and forms urine in the following steps: 1. Blood enters the kidney through the renal artery, which branches into capillaries. When blood passes through capillaries of a nephron, blood pressure forces some of the water and dissolved substances in the blood to cross the capillary walls into the Bowman’s capsule. 2. The filtered substances pass to the renal tubule of the nephron. In the renal tubule, some of the filtered substances are reabsorbed and returned to the bloodstream. Other substances are secreted into the fluid. 3. The fluid passes to a collecting duct, which reabsorbs some of the water and returns it to the bloodstream. The fluid that remains in the collecting duct is urine. From the collecting ducts of the kidneys, urine enters the ureters, two muscular tubes that move the urine by peristalsis to the bladder. The bladder is a hollow, sac-like organ that stores urine. When the bladder is about half full, it sends a nerve impulse to a sphincter to relax and let urine flow out of the bladder and into the urethra. The urethra is a muscular tube that carries urine out of the body. Urine leaves the body through another sphincter in the process of urination. This sphincter and the process of urination are normally under conscious control.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison Brown: Muscle contraction and types of movement

first_img When a prime mover contracts, the antagonist muscle will keep some fibres contracting to exert a ‘braking’ influence to stop the prime mover moving the joint so hard that the antagonist are damaged. Sometimes this system fails, for example, when a sprinter is running flat out, he may tear the hamstring and quickly come to a painful stop. The muscles we use depend on the activity, whether it requires muscles in the upper body or lower body to work together for short periods, or both at different phases of the activity, or most of the muscles of the body vigorously for longer periods (wrestling). All muscles contract and develop tension. However, the type of resistance the muscles meet will determine the type of muscle action. There are three main types of muscle contractions: – Isotonic concentric the muscles shorten as they contract and the ends of the muscle moves closer together e.g.; the biceps when doing pull ups. Most sporting movements are of this type. – Isotonic eccentric the muscles lengthen as they contract under tension, the ends of the muscles move further apart. e.g. the bicep works in this way when the body is lowered from pull-up position. – Isometric contraction the muscles stay the same length as they contract, there is no movement so the ends of the muscle stay the same distance apart. Shoulder muscles work in this way during the tug-o-war activity and the stabilising muscles that hold parts of the body steady as other parts move in many sporting movements. When we perform sporting activities we move our limbs in many different directions to affect the type of movements needed to execute various skills. Special words are used to describe the movements: – Extension The limbs straighten at the joint, eg, reaching to catch a ball (netball) – Flexion The limbs bend at the joint, eg, bending the trail leg at the knee when clearing hurdles. – Abduction The limbs move away from the midline of the body. – Adduction The limbs move towards the midline of the body – Rotation Circular movement. Part of the body turns while the rest remain still, E.g. rotation of the hip to play a shot in golf. – Circumduction- The end of a bone move in a circle, e.g., bowling in cricket – Inversion A lifting of the medial border of the arch combines with a medial bending of the front of the foot. – Eversion A slight rising of the lateral border of the foot combines with a slight lateral bending of the front of the foot. – Pronation Rotation of the forearm so that the palm turns medially. – Supination Rotation of the forearm so that the palm turns laterally. Every movement that takes place in the body depends on muscles. They work by contracting. The cardiac muscles in the heart contracts to pump blood out of the heart. Involuntary muscles in the artery walls contract to squirt the blood along and voluntary muscles which will be the main focus work when needed. A voluntary skeletal muscle contains nerves, which carry messages to and from the brain. Therefore, a muscle contracts when messages from the brain race along the nerve fibres, telling them to contract. It relaxes when the messages tell the fibres to lengthen again. Muscles work in pairs or groups. They have to work in pairs because muscles can only pull, they can’t push. For example, the biceps and triceps work together to execute the arm curl movement. To flex the arm, the biceps contract and the triceps relax. To straighten it, the triceps contract and the biceps relax. Large numbers of pairs of muscles are needed to work together in the different ways for even simple body movements. The muscles take on different roles, depending on the movement that is performed. They can work as: – Flexors contracting to bend a joint – Extensors contracting to straighten a joint – Prime movers or agonist contracting to start a movement (biceps muscles perform this role in arm curl) – Antagonist relaxing to allow the movement to take place (the triceps muscles perform this role in arm curl) The biceps and triceps will swap places as the prime mover and antagonist when arm is straightened. – Fixators contracting to steady parts of the body to give the working muscles a firm base. (the deltoid perform this role in the arm curl) – Synergist reducing unnecessary movement when a prime mover contracts. They can also fine tune the movement (the brachialis in the forearm performs this role in the arm curl) PAINFUL STOPlast_img read more

JABA president turns spotlight on security

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) president, Mark Broomfield, has once again emphasised the importance of having security at community-hosted games, after a minor disturbance during game three of the WorldNet/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) final series at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.Bloomfield pointed to the stone-throwing incident in the semi-final between Upper Room and Majesty Gardens at the Majesty Gardens courts recently, which marred the competition, and after Sunday’s minor scuffle, he insists that security must be a priority to ensure the safety of all patrons.”We have had some good games, and the spectators behaved themselves generally in a good way,” Bloomfield said after Arnett wrapped up the best-of-five games series 3-0 on Sunday.”We only had one major incident and that was well publicised, and the sanctions have been dished out. Tonight (Sunday), we had a very large crowd. We had something that happened off court that did not involve fans or players. But we are reminded of the importance of having security to protect our players and our spectators,” he said.”These kind of community sports must have security on hand because we want to bring the basketball here, and we have to protect the spectators and other persons in the venue. We want to hold teams responsible for controlling their fans and also organisers to ensure security is on hand to protect both the players and ensure we can play the game and enjoy the game,” he added.MAKE-UP TOURNAMENTMeanwhile, after three seasons without the nation’s premier competition, the National Basketball League (NBL), Bloomfield promised that there will be a make-up (Confed) tournament before the 2015 season is out.However, the proposed confed tournament, which was set to get underway in August, has been pushed back to October due to lack of sponsorship, but the basketball boss said they are talking to interested parties.”This (SBC tournament) was supposed to get our NBL players warmed up for what we call a conference league. We wanted to start this league at the end of August, but the difficulty we have had in getting sponsorship has pushed back the competition, so we are looking toward October to have this confed (league), with six teams per group, with the top two going into a play-offs,” he stated.last_img read more

Sterling back with a bang for Arnett

first_imgBack with a bang is the phrase that can be best used to describe the performance of Newton Sterling and Arnett Gardens in Sunday night’s Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game against neighbours Boys’ Town.Sterling, who last played in the League over a year ago, reminded of his striking prowess with a 25-minute hat-trick, and erased the terrible memory of the defending champions’ loss to Cavalier on Monday last. Kemal Malcolm was responsible for Arnett’s fourth goal in their 4-0 win.”Three goals in 25 minutes is good. It is always a good feeling to score goals, and to score three in your first game is really a tremendous feeling,” said the 30-year-old, who sat out his team’s first two games of the season as he awaited his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).The fact that he was not fully fit made the performance even more special for Sterling, who last season represented San Juan Jabloteh in the Trinidadian League.”I am not fully fit as I am coming off a hamstring injury, so to do this injured makes it feel even better. I am getting where I want to be, so it is a good sign,” he added.Sterling confessed that observing his team’s poor performance in their loss to Cavalier set something off in him and triggered his hat-trick performance.”Sitting and watching that game was really disappointing; we did not look like the defending champions, and that hurt. Cavalier created about nine or 10 clear chances and could have really won by a bigger margin.”We got together as a team and said that we cannot play like that again; if we are going to lose, we have to lose fighting. That kind of performance could not be repeated, we pledged,” said the 6′ 5″ Sterling, who stood head and shoulders above everyone at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.He added: “That Cavalier game kind of opened our eyes. We had to look at ourselves, from forward all the way to the backline. We had to raise our game.”Sterling, who said he declined to extend his contract with San Juan Jabloteh as he wanted to remind the national coaching staff of his qualities and to put himself back in the shopping window, said he had a feeling something good was going to happen.”When things are going to happen, you can know. The way I felt in training, I had the feeling that something good was going to happen. I did not know I was going to score a hat-trick, but it came and I am happy. I knew was going to score, though,” he said.Sunday’s win pushed Arnett Gardens back up into second spot with six points as Cavalier did not see action.POINTS STANDING P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9Arnett 3 2 0 1 7 1 6 6Cavalier 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4H Lion FC 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Rivoli 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4MoBay U 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3Reno 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3H View 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2Tivoli 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2Boys’ Twn 3 0 2 1 2 6 -4 2Waterhouse 2 2 1 1 1 2 -1 1UWI FC 3 0 0 3 0 7 -7 0last_img read more

STETHS find groove in 6-0 victory

first_imgWestern Bureau: Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr struck a four-timer in leading former champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) to an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Newell High in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup yesterday to overturn Tuesday’s surprise loss to BB Coke and ease pressure on their campaign. Glendon Gopaul and Calvin Campbell were the other scorers for a STETHS team that may have finally found its groove. Kerr, who is coming off an unspecified injury, ran the Newell defence ragged with his power and speed to thrill his school’s supporters. “We know that we can win any game, and although we were under a little pressure before this game, we were confident about getting all the points,” Kerr said. In addition, the young forward said that he is delighted with the four-goal return and that he hopes to continue scoring in order to take STETHS to the next round. “It is a good feeling because I am coming off an injury, so to score so many goals today is wonderful!” the player said. The victory was an important one for STETHS, who entered the contest in fourth position in Group E and were staring up on the likes of Lacovia (10 points), who they will next tackle on Saturday, as well as BB Coke (10), and Maggotty, who remain on five points. Now on eight points, STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn believes they are in a position to finally be challenging for group honours. “We are all about climbing the standings, and honestly, we have a good team that brought us victory,” Wedderburn said. BB Coke meanwhile, showed that their win against STETHS was no fluke by edging Maggotty 1-0 to go joint first in the standings, while the Lacovia versus Munro match was postponed because of rain. CLIMBING THE STANDINGS Yesterday’s results – BB Coke 1 Maggotty 0 -Kemps Hill 6 Foga Road 0 – Winston Jones 0 Manchester High 6 – Old Harbour 1 Central 1 -Maud McLeod 0 Godfrey Stewart 0 -DeCarteret 1 Cross Keys 0 -Seaforth 0 Paul Bogle 1 -STETHS 6 Newell 0 -Dinthill 3 Ewarton 0last_img read more