Liverpool issued a statement on its official website after the increase in cases of coronavirus that is ravaging Europe. The English team plays their next two home games in Anfield, against the Bournemouth on Saturday and against Atlético next Wednesday in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League where the rojiblancos start with a favorable score after the 1-0 achieved in the Wanda Metropolitano. The networks will take action for the two meetings where they play as a venue, in addition to the next trips. “We have taken proactive measures, including cancellation of any staff trip to high-risk countries and we remind all club members of good hygiene practices through notices around all our spaces. We have also activated An evaluation with a health questionnaire for all external visitors to all our training facilities, our offices and other community facilities that we use regularly. “On the matches at Anfield, Liverpool comments that: “for fans who plan to attend Anfield, there will be hand sanitizers and / or antibacterial washing in all stadium bathrooms, as well as posters with additional information that reinforce official medical advice so that everyone assumes their personal responsibility to maintain excellent personal hygiene. We are also taking precautionary measures for game day and There will be no pets on the field. Any fan who shows symptoms related to the virus should follow the advice of the medical service on self-isolation“.
There is no one who does not remember what he was doing, where he was and how he found out about the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. A tragedy that changed the world. The impact of March 11, 2004 was similar for Madrid. A society that was totally paralyzed that morning. Far from acting accordingly, sports institutions forgot that soccer is made by people and appealed to the social work that makes entertainment to continue playing.September 11thThat Tuesday the group stage of the 2001-02 Champions League edition began. Such an attack caught everyone on the wrong foot and UEFA did not react in the best way. ORn minute of silence before each match seemed sufficient given the situation. Madrid won in Rome and Mallorca debuted in the competition beating Arsenal at Son Moix.“That dramatic day we ended up playing a soccer game, despite the doubts that accompanied the celebration of the game throughout the afternoon. We were caught falling in the concentration hotel. The players’ nap was forgotten this time, everyone watching the screen. The feeling was one of uncertainty. An hour before, just at the moment of giving the line-ups, the doubts were still going on. The journalists asked and also our relatives. Was he finally going to play? “Wrote Vicente del Bosque, Real Madrid coach, in 2016. The seriousness of the matter made the top organization of European football back down, which postponed the other half of the day, which had to be played on Wednesday (Barça and Depor played), and UEFA (Valencia, Celta and Zaragoza) the following week. Javier Irureta confessed that they were “more aware of the news than of the party” and Captain Mauro Silva admitted: “Many of us have slept very little because we spent the whole night in front of the television”. How could it be otherwise, all sporting events in the USA? USA were suspended.March 11In another shameful decision by Lennart Johansson, he also did not suspend the first leg of the UEFA Round of 16. Although there was no Madrid team, Barcelona, Villarreal, Valencia and Mallorca did play. The minute of silence seemed enough again. “I think they were wrong not to postpone the matches of the Spanish teams”Camacho said, then Benfica technical.Two days later there was a League matchday. Spanish soccer also chose the most controversial option and played soccer since Saturday, opening with a game at the Vallecas Stadium, less than three kilometers from one of the bombs. “We are going to try to make Carousel as always, not as if nothing had happened; because that would be stupid to try and it would also be inhuman”, Paco González began his program in the SER chain.11M left everyone frozen, but even more so for the millions of people who use public transport every day to go to workr. One of many was Roberto, current goalkeeper for West Ham. The Atlético youth squad used to take a train in Vicálvaro and change at Atocha to go to his school in Alcorcón. Luckily for him, he was late for the train number 21713 that would explode in a few minutes at the Santa Eugenia station.
KINGSTON: Digicel is challenging Jamaicans to put their creativity to work and win up to $300,000 for designing an official mascot for the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships. Following a successful inaugural staging of the high-school athletics series earlier this year, the full-service communications firm is adding a mascot that will become an important identifying feature of the event. Dubbed by fans as the ‘Diamond League’ of youth athletics, the Digicel Grand Prix will launch early January. “Mascots help play a meaningful role in engaging and captivating young audiences and inspiring them to participate in activity. Our mascot will help to support the growth of the Grand Prix amongst youth supporters and spectators at-large,” noted Peter Lloyd, marketing director at Digicel Jamaica. Entries close Friday Entries opened on Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 18. Interested persons may visit the Digicel Jamaica Facebook page for entry forms and more information. For their efforts, the first-place winner will receive $300,000, while the second-and third-place winners will receive $150,000 and $50,000, respectively. “We are calling on all creative minds to invent a character that is imaginary and original. It could be an animal, a person, or object. It should reflect the youth and vibrancy of the Jamaican student-athlete and the Digicel brand. Each design should also include a name for the mascot. We want participants to let their imagination run wild,” Lloyd explained. Submissions for the Digicel Grand Prix Mascot competition must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, attn: ‘Digicel Grand Prix Mascot Competition’. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship will be hosted for the second time in February 2016. The track-and-field series will include six development meets that will be held over a four-week period. These meets are the Western Championships, Central Championship, Camperdown Classics, Youngster Goldsmith Development Meet, Corporate Area Development Meet and the grand finale, the GC Foster Classics. This year, the company is expected to increase cash prizes, academic scholarships and other incentives.
Parents revel in children’s successThe feelings, priceless, the emotions, bare for all to see.Such was the joy and pleasure felt by the parents of Jamaican West Indies Under-19 representatives and players, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks, who returned yesterday at Norman Manley International Airport.The trio – Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks – were members of the West Indies Under-19 team, who captured the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last weekend.”Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” said an elated Ancena Scarlett-Smith, mother Odean, whose warm embrace brought smile to his face on arrival.”I didn’t get to listen it,” she said of the final against India, which was held early last Sunday in Bangladesh.”However, somebody came over the house – at that time I was not awake as yet – and tell Odean father say ‘you know say them win’.”I flew up on the bed same time and start to scream and said, ‘Thank you Father!'” the St Elizabeth native continued.FEELING REALLY GOOD”I’m feeling good, really good, as even though the West Indies has been losing, his father and I really love cricket.”A fast-bowling all-rounder, Smith did not play in the final, but was a member of the team for their opening two matches against England and Fiji.This West Indies lost to England in their opener, but went on to defeat Fiji, a victory, which would spur a run of five straight wins and the regional side first hold on the premier youth world title.”I’m very happy and very proud and want to just give God thanks that they went and did it,” stated Kenute Frew, father of Michael Frew, who contested all the games for the regional outfit.”In the final, I was really tense during the West Indies batting as it (winning runs) was getting closer and closer and closer.”I was saying to myself, just as how they had bowled out India cheaply, if they would come and return the favour.”The Westmoreland native added: “I sat down in front of the TV for about five, six minutes (after the win), couldn’t move, as I was so overjoyed, knowing that I was seeing my son there making the country and the whole West Indies proud.”Leleith Crooks, the mother of Shahid, who was a reserve throughout, said he was happy to journey from St Elizabeth to Kingston to see the pride and joy.”I’m so proud of him,” she asserted. “I know that from he was small he was so passionate about cricket.”Sometimes he would say, ‘Mummy come throw two balls at me. Come on, you don’t want one day you can tell them say that you used to throw some balls at me?'””Well, it has come through, and I feel good to know that because of him, I am here today.”The West Indies defeated Pakistan in the quarter-finals and hosts Bangladesh in the semi-finals before going on to beat India by five wickets in the tournament decider.
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):Windward Islands Volcanoes cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their final round game of the Regional four-day championship at the National Cricket Centre here yesterday.Volcanoes ended their season on a high as they rode a century stand between opener Tyrone Theophile and middle-order batsman Sunil Ambris after losing three wickets before lunch.Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon as the curtains came down on a long four-day season.Theophile spearheaded the chase with a powerful knock of 83 not out, while Ambris was unbeaten on 54.Volcanoes stumbled on the chase, slipping to 68 for the loss of three wickets, including the prolific opener Devon Smith for four.However, Theophile and Ambris started their partnership before lunch and managed to pull Volcanoes back on course and improve their position to 113 by the break, reaching 57 and 25, respectively.Theophile batted through the innings, clobbering 10 fours and a six, while Ambris counted 10 boundaries in his unbeaten innings.Earlier, Theophile dominated a second-wicket stand of 48 with Jerlani Robinson, who scored 19.Volcanoes picked up 17 points for their win, but they were not sufficient to surpass Red Force in the final points standings.Volcanoes closed the season on 64 points in fifth position, below Red Force, whose four points from the match took them to 81 points and fourth position on the table..
VS WEST BROMSwansea were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham United on Sunday, ending a run of three straight defeats. However, the Welshmen have now gone seven games without a win, their longest spell since they failed to win in eight in the 2013-14 season.Swansea have won none of their last seven Premier League home games at Liberty Stadium, drawing four and losing three, while failing to score in five of those matches. VS WATFORDChelsea begin life (again) under caretaker Guus Hiddink. The former Dutch international manager had a previous spell as interim boss in 2009, when he lost only one of 22 league games and led Chelsea to success in the FA Cup. Chelsea are just three points clear of the relegation zone with only 18 points; last season they had 42.NEWCASTLE VS EVERTONNewcastle United are at home for only the second time in five Boxing Day fixtures while, in the previous 10 years, they have won just twice on this day. Everton are away for the first time on Boxing Day since 2011 and lost the last two, both 1-0 at Goodison Park. In 21 previous Premier League clashes between Newcastle and Everton at St James’ Park, Newcastle have won 12, drawn four and lost five.STOKE CITY VS MAN UNITEDLouis van Gaal is under pressure. The fans are turning against the Dutchman and some believe he has two games left to safe his job – this trip and the home game against Chelsea two days later. But United should be confident; in seven Premier League visits they have won four, drawn two and lost just once.SWANSEA BOURNEMOUTH VS CRYSTAL PALACEAFC Bournemouth are on a roll after winning three games in a row, while they are unbeaten in five games. The rapid rise of Bournemouth, in the top flight for the first time, can be measured by the fact that just two years ago, their Boxing Day opponents were Yeovil Town. By contrast, Crystal Palace have lost three of their last four games on Boxing Day.ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAMAston Villa are rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League. Traditionally, the team bottom at Christmas suffers relegation five months later, though Leicester, last season, and Sunderland in 2013-14, were bottom at Christmas and both survived. Traditionally, Villa struggle on Boxing Day; they have not won on this festive day since 2005, when they beat Everton 4-0 at Villa Park.CHELSEA
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Legendary former Australia Test captain Ian Chappell says he would support an international ban on West Indies batting star Chris Gayle for his controversial on-air flirtations with a female television reporter. Gayle has already been fined $10,000 (US$7,000) for the incident which took place during a Big Bash game in Hobart last Monday, but Chappell believes the punishment should go even further. “I wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, ‘He’s never to be contracted again in this country’,” Chappell said. “And I also wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, ‘What we’re doing should be worldwide’.” The 36-year-old Gayle found himself embroiled in a full-scale controversy after appearing to flirt with Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin after a stroke-filled innings of 41 for Melbourne Renegades against Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive. He told a visibly uncomfortable McLaughlin: “I just wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I batted so well. “Your eyes are beautiful, hopefully we can win this game, and then we can have a drink after as well. Don’t blush, baby.” Gayle has since apologised for the comments amidst widespread criticism. Chappell said a strong message needed to be sent to Gayle that the behaviour was unacceptable. Chappell, 72, played 75 Tests for Australia between 1964 and 1980.
POS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 29 17 9 3 52 31 21 602 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 29 15 10 4 51 24 27 553 (3) Arsenal 29 15 7 7 46 30 16 524 (4) Manchester City 28 15 5 8 52 31 21 505 (5) West Ham United 29 13 10 6 45 33 12 496 (6) Manchester United 29 13 8 8 37 27 10 477 (9) Liverpool 28 12 8 8 43 37 6 448 (7) Stoke City 29 12 7 10 31 34 -3 439 (8) Southampton 29 11 8 10 36 29 7 4110 (10) Chelsea 29 10 10 9 43 39 4 4011 (13) West Brom Albion 29 10 9 10 30 36 -6 3912 (11) Everton 28 9 11 8 51 39 12 3813 (12) Watford 29 10 7 12 29 30 -1 3714 (14) Bournemouth 29 9 8 12 35 45 -10 3515 (15) Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 32 39 -7 3316 (16) Swansea City 29 8 9 12 28 37 -9 3317 (17) Sunderland 29 6 7 16 35 54 -19 2518 (18) Norwich City 29 6 6 17 31 54 -23 2419 (19) Newcastle United 28 6 6 16 28 53 -25 2420 (20) Aston Villa 29 3 7 19 22 55 -33 16
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):Pakistan exposed West Indies’ weakness to spin bowling and large outfields by cantering to a comfortable eight-wicket win in their final match, to complete a 3-0 whitewash yesterday.West Indies lost three front line batsmen to the ordinary left-arm spin of Imad Wasim, before stumbling to 103 for five in their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Shoaib Malik struck an unbeaten 43 to guide his side to victory with 29 balls remaining.Debutant fast bowler Kesrick Williams launched his international career by snatching, in one over, the only two Pakistan wickets to fall.Asked to bat after Pakistan won the toss, West Indies’ innings careened into disarray in the third over when Wasim picked up two wickets in two balls.Johnson Charles gifted his wicket when he attempted a heave over midwicket, but missed and lost his middle and leg stumps.Wasim’s next delivery kept low enough to hit the toe end of Chadwick Walton’s bat before crashing into the stumps.Two overs later, the World champions plunged to 17 for three when Andre Fletcher was run out for nine.Fletcher worked a ball towards square leg and took off without approval from Marlon Samuels, but Rumman Raees’ throw was pounced on by Sarfraz Ahmed, who whipped off the bails.LOOSE SHOTSA couple of partnerships in the middle of the innings attempted to repair the damaged caused primarily by West Indies’ failure to adapt, loose shots and bad running.Samuels and Nicholas Pooran stitched together 37 runs for the sixth wicket until Pooran attempted a shot that would have cleared most grounds, only to be caught by Malik on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 16.Samuels and Kieron Pollard, negotiating spinners that were constantly attacking the stumps – including Wasim who finished with three for 21 – then compiled 37 runs for the sixth wicket.Samuels finished unbeaten on 42 off 59 balls, while Pollard, in conditions not favouring big hitting, ended up not out on 16 off 17 balls without hitting a boundary or clearing the ropes.SCOREBOARDWest Indies inningsJ Charles b Imad Wasim 5ADS Fletcher+ run out (Rumman Raees/+Sarfraz Ahmed) 9CAK Walton b Imad Wasim 0MN Samuels not out 42DJ Bravo b Imad Wasim 11N Pooran c Shoaib Malik bMohammad Nawaz 16KA Pollard not out 16Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 103To batCR Brathwaite*, SP Narine, JE Taylor, KOK WilliamsFall of wickets 1-12 (Charles, 2.2 ov), 2-12 (Walton, 2.3 ov), 3-17 (Fletcher, 4.4 ov), 4-31 (Bravo, 8.1 ov), 5-66 (Pooran, 12.4 ov)Bowling: Wasim, 4-1-21-3, Tanvir 4-0-22-0, Nawaz 3-0-16-1 (1w), Amir 4-0-20-0, Malik 2-0-11-0, Raees 3-0-10-0.Pakistan inningsSharjeel Khan c +Fletcher b Williams 11Khalid Latif b Williams 21Babar Azam not out 27Shoaib Malik not out 43Extras (lb 4, w 2) 6Total (2 wickets; 15.1 overs) 108Did not bat: Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed*+, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Amir, and Rumman Raees.Fall of wickets 1-36 (Sharjeel Khan, 5.1 ov), 2-40 (Khalid Latif, 5.6 ov)Bowling: Taylor 2-0-19-0,(1w), Williams 4-0-15-2,(1w),DJ Bravo 4-0-31-0,Narine 4-0-21-0,Brathwaite 1.1-0-18-0.Result: Pakistan won by eight wickets.Series: Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0.Man-of-the-Match: Imad Wasim.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza; TV- Ahmed Shahab.
HEALTHY HEARTS High school and college athletes gearing up for the upcoming track and field season will test their preparation today as the 14th staging of the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean track and field meet gets under way this morning starting at 8:30 at the Excelsior High School ground on Mountain View Avenue. Meet organiser David Riley is pleased with the entries received for today’s staging and is expecting top-quality performances across all events. “We have received over 1,400 entries from some 38 institutions and, although this has not been the biggest entries ever, we expect a high-calibre meet as most of the top boys and girls high school teams have entered and we are anticipating good results all around,” said Riley, who is also president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. Today’s event will be an over distance meet, where athletes will be competing in irregular events like the 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m, 5000m and 4x3000m relays. In the field there will be long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin, and these events will be used as qualifiers for the 2017 ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Leading up to today’s meet, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), which is the title sponsor, hosted a workshop at Excelsior High School for student athletes, coaches and parents on the topic, ‘Healthy Hearts and How To Know Your Heart is Healthy’. The attendees interacted with the HIC cardiologists during the session and learned about how they can get screened and some of the signs to look out for. Today’s meet is being staged on the only 9-lane 400 metres track in Jamaica and will see some 76 events for Open athletes as well in all classes for girls and boys contested at Champs.