Federer gives a survival lesson and qualifies for the Australian Open semifinals

first_imgPhoto: Reuters The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, world number 3, qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating American Tennys Sandgren (number 100) in five sets after saving seven game points in the fourth set.The 38-year-old Swiss, who visibly suffered some physical discomfort, won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in a match that lasted four hours. This laborious victory adds to the five sets and three hours and 31 minutes he needed to defeat Australian John Millman in the third round of the tournament. The Swiss wins Sandgren in five sets saving seven ‘match-ball’His opponent in the next round will be the winner of Djokovic-Raoniccenter_img “Today I had incredible luck, I improved my game as the game progressed and the pressure decreased,” Federer said he saved three match points when he lost 5-4 and then another four, three of them in a row, in the game. tie-breaker of that hard-fought fourth set.“Today I didn’t deserve the victory, but here I am and obviously very happy,” Federer added. “I just told myself: I believe in miracles,” he said, referring to the moment when defeat seemed inevitable.All the more so because this Tuesday was not well physically. “Sometimes you feel weird. I felt a pain in the groin, my leg was tightening a little. I don’t like to go to the doctor, I don’t like to show my weaknesses,” Federer said.In the second and third set, Federer became nervous and argued with the referee about a warning. Then he asked for a medical break and left the court when he was losing 6-3, 2-6, 0-3.Overwhelmed in the second and third set, the Swiss miraculously won the fourth set and in the fifth he regained his tennis magic to sentence the match.“We will have to play better in the semifinals, because if I don’t have time to go skiing,” joked Federer when speaking on the court, immediately after the game. In the next round, he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.last_img read more

The Italian Government asks that Series A be televised on open; the League says it’s not possible

first_imgAccording to Spadafora, “It would be a wonderful sign to all Italians, and a way to limit the inconvenience due to containment measures and, even, actively cooperate to achieve its purpose. “The Italian football federation (FIGC) immediately approved, but while the response of ‘Sky’ and ‘Dazn’, holders of the transmission rights, is expected, the League has already opposed: “We understand and share the underlying purposes of Minister Spadafora’s request, but the current regulatory framework and the contractual obligations already assumed do not allow“. Italy lives days of fear for the coronavirus emergency, and until next April 3 all stadiums (and any sporting event) will remain closed to the public. An unavoidable measure, if we consider that until March 15 they will not open colleges and universities, and that could lead to A revolutionary novelty: televising the entire Serie A championship in the open. The League, waiting to know the position of the operators, opposes.The idea is from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora, who has sent a letter to the presidents of the federation (Gabriele Gravina) and from the Lega Serie A (Paolo Dal Pino): “The authentic vocation of sport is unite and allow everyone to enjoy an exciting show, without stress or fear. With this spirit I ask, in this delicate situation, if there are conditions to allow free television enjoyment of football competitions“.last_img read more

Málaga designs a solidarity shirt against the coronavirus

first_imgThe new coronavirus t-shirt, also available in children’s sizes, can be purchased online at Malaga’s online store at a price of 9.95 euros. People who purchase this shirt must pick them up at the official La Rosaleda store once the current alarm state ends. Málaga has had another nice gesture in these days of fighting the coronavirus. Through the Foundation, the club has put for sale a solidarity shirt against COVID-19. The benefits obtained with the commercialization of this solidarity shirt will go to the fight against the coronavirus.This shirt features in its design, of course blue and white, with the shield that the club launched days ago as a symbol of this battle against the virus and that these weeks has become the brand image of the club on all its social networks. This new shield is shaped like a blue and white heart with the infinity symbol and a soccer ball.last_img read more

Koundé: “It’s only in my head now to compete again”

first_imgWhere he did leave one curious reflection the Frenchman went to the question of play behind closed doors. Instead of analyzing the difficulties it will be for professionals to play without an audience, Koundé preferred to put himself in the Sevilla fan’s skin: “I think it will be harder for the hobby not being able to go to the field that for us to play without people. The sevillistas they live soccer a lot and watching home games alone is going to be difficult for them. The best way to thank the fans is to compete good and finish the season in Champions. “Also did Koundé a review of what is being the season of his debut in Sevilla and in LaLiga, where things seem to be going better than expected: “At the moment I am happy but not satisfied because there are many things that I can still do better. I’m having a lot of minutes and good matches, but the important thing is that the team is doing very well. I’ve had difficult moments with games where I have had errors but it is part of the sport and I have always tried to make the best of those failures to progress. I like being in such a demanding club. “ Nicknamed “Cafu” by Lucas OcamposKoundé recognized that the joke does not bother you, on the contrary, and did not hide his admiration for the closest thing there is to Cafu in Seville, Jesus Navas: “He’s always on top, he never stops. It’s amazing to play with someone like him. He’s one age but his body has another“ Jules Koundé appeared in the official media Sevilla and in a perfect spanish (he has only been in Nervión for nine months) explained how he is living the confinement in the Andalusian capital a young Frenchman of 21 years: “I am a boy who Not much out so I’m well quarantined. I am in contact with my family, of course I would like to have them close, but I am fine. I don’t look too much at the informationMaybe only once a week, because so much bad news can end up affecting you a lot. It is a difficult situation, there is many dead And we have to be responsible by staying home“On the horizon it seems that the Back to work, something that Koundé longs both for his passion for football and for the need to return to contact with colleagues: “For me soccer is everything in my life and Sevilla now too. I want to be with my teammates again, to return to Saturdaynchez Pizjuán… We are a very good group and we miss each other. I like to compete and it is difficult not to. What I have in my head right now is continue working because the Sevilla’s goals They are still high and when we return they will be there. I can’t stop, in my head there is only going back to compete. “center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 22, 2020last_img read more

CSD gives federations freedom to decide on promotions and descents

first_imgThe Higher Sports Council has issued a resolution in which it gives freedom to the federations to “establish the terms of completion of the competitions non-professionals who have not been able to conclude ”. It leaves it in the hands of the delegated commissions of each of them, but does not translate these recommendations into any legal text, such as a Decree Law. There are already many federations (rugby, hockey …) that are encountering claims from teams by the resolution of champions, promotions and descents. “The sports federations must internally adopt the necessary agreements to resolve everything related to these competitions; and, especially, with respect to the regular leagues of the official non-professional sports competitions organized by them, ”says the note.The Council grants federations freedom with the following recommendations:“A) The determination of whether or not the regular non-professional leagues that have not been terminated should be resumed. b) In the event of resumption of regular non-professional leagues, determining the time and format in which to proceed.c) In the case of non-resumption, or despite resumption and its conclusion not being possible, the determination of the qualifying order and, especially, the establishment of winners.d) In the case of not resuming, or despite resuming and normal conclusion not being possible, determining the promotion and / or decrease regime for the next season.e) The determination of other questions that are related to the aspects pointed out in the previous sections, and in general on any other aspects that in the sports-competition field affect the regular leagues in the event of possible incidents or assumptions derived from the situation generated by the COVID-19 crisis ”.The CSD also warns that against federal decisions appeal may be lodged with this body and, in the second instance, through the contentious-administrative channel.last_img read more

Leicester train rolls on

first_img POOR PERFORMANCE LONDON (AP): The expectation is that the rails will come off Leicester’s title challenge and Manchester United will get back on track. Little goes to the script in this Premier League season. But Manchester United’s problems with scoring at home won’t go away, with boos again ringing out at Old Trafford yesterday after the hosts were stunned 1-0 by Southampton. Leicester went three points clear at the top – for 24 hours at least before Arsenal host Chelsea – by beating Stoke 3-0. And Manchester City slipped further behind the pacesetters by drawing 2-2 at West Ham. Jamie Vardy, having set the record for scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games earlier in the season, ended a goal drought exceeding 10 hours for Leicester. Danny Drinkwater and Leonardo Ulloa scored either side of Vardy’s 66th-minute goal. A first-ever Champions League qualification for the central England club seems less fanciful by the week. Manchester United went an 11th home game in a row without scoring in the first half and then conceded after the break when Charlie Austin netted on his Southampton debut. “It was a poor performance, of course, because football is not only defending but also creating chances, and we didn’t create,” van Gaal said. United remain fifth, but are now five points behind Tottenham, who came from behind to win 3-1 at Crystal Palace. A moment of individual brilliance saw Tottenham go in front with 10 minutes to go. Dele Alli, one of the breakthrough stars of the season, flicked the ball up and back over his own head before volleying into the bottom corner. The biggest scoring game of the day was on the east coast with a nine-goal thriller, including two in stoppage time. After Norwich threw away a 3-1 lead in the second half to Liverpool, Sebastian Bassong thought he had secured a 4-4 draw, but in the fourth minute of injury time, Adam Lallana scored his first goal of the season to clinch a 5-4 victory for 7th-place Liverpool.last_img read more

Father and daughter at odds over high jump focus

first_imgFifteen-year-old Janique Burgher won gold in the Class Three high jump on yesterday’s third day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships to go with the bronze she won in the event in 2014 while competing in Class Four. Despite the Edwin Allen High School athlete’s exploits, her father is not totally satisfied, as his dream is for her to be on the track. “I am fairly proud, but I think she should doing something (running) on track as well, because I think she has the potential to do it,” 60-year-old Hopeton Burgher said. “I have been trying everything, but she is adamant on doing the high jump, so I just let her have her way.” Young Burgher said she finds running to be boring, hence her decision to stick to the high jump. “With the high jump I have something that I have to jump over, an obstacle,” the slim-built athlete said. However, her father, who represented Holmwood Technical High School in the 100m, 200m and 400m, is not giving up hope of her doing the sprints. “She is always saying she is going to be the next Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce), but I always tell her she can only be in the limelight if she does track,” he said. “Persons who are sponsoring they are looking for the hype, so they are not going to sponsor you if they don’t get the hype. “But in time to come I will take it back up with her and take her and make me and her go train. I think she needs to do some sprinting.” Janique was the only athlete in her event to clear 1.70 metres, which earned her the gold medal, with Hydel’s Shauntia Davidson taking the silver with her clearance of 1.65m, on the first attempt Three athletes, Kaliah Jones of Excelsior High, Lacovia High’s Kadian Myers and Camperdown High’s Ramona Hylton tied for the bronze, as they all cleared 1.65m on their second attempt. “I am happy to have won the gold medal, but I am a little bit disappointed, because my PR (personal record) is 1.75m. But my groin is hurting me right now and I am having a bellyache,” the champion athlete said. “I had to just focus on the event and forget about the pain.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

The process to healthy behaviour

first_imgThe intention to change to healthier behaviour may be good, but to accomplish it is a challenge, especially if you don’t have the knowledge about how to achieve this change. Change usually does not happen all at once, it is a gradual process that involves several stages. Psychologist James Prochaska, John Norcoss, and Carlo DiClemente developed the Transtheoretical Model of stages of change to aid with the process of self-change. This model identifies six stages in the process that describes underlying processes that people go through to change most problem behaviours and adopt healthy behaviours. Most frequently, the model is used to change health-related behaviours such as physical inactivity, smoking, poor nutrition, weight problems, stress, and alcohol abuse. Understanding each stage of the model will help individuals to determine where they are in relation to their personal healthy lifestyle behaviours. It will also help to identify processes to make successful change. The stages are as follows: CONTEMPLATION People in this stage acknowledge that they have a problem and begin to seriously think about overcoming it. They are not quite ready for change, however, they are weighing the pros and cons of changing. People may remain in this stage for years although in their minds they are planning to take some action within the next six months. Education and peer support is valuable during this stage. PRECONTEMPLATION People in this stage are not considering change or do not want to change a given behaviour. They typically deny having a problem even though other people around them, including health-care practitioners, identify the problem clearly. They have no intention of changing in the immediate future and may even avoid information and materials that address the issue. These people frequently have an active resistance to change and seem resigned to accept the unhealthy behaviour as their ‘fate’. At this stage, educating them about the problem is critical to helping them start contemplating the change, by helping them to realise that they are ultimately responsible for the consequences of their behaviour. PREPARATION In this stage, people are seriously considering change and planning to change a behaviour within the next month. They take initial steps for change, like even trying the new behaviour for a short while such as quitting smoking for a day or exercising a few times during the month. During this stage, people define a general goal for change and write specific objectives to accomplish these goals. Continued peer and environmental support are helpful during this stage. ACTION People at this stage are actively doing things to change or modify the problem behaviour or to adopt a healthy behaviour. This stage requires the greatest commitment of time and energy on the part of the individual. The person is required to follow specific guidelines set forth for that behaviour. Relapse is common during this stage, and the individual may regress to previous stages. Once the individual is able to maintain the action stage for six consecutive months, they move to the maintenance stage. MAINTENANCE During this stage, the person continues the behaviour for up to five years. This phase requires continued adherence to the specific guidelines that govern the behaviour, example, exercising aerobically three times per week. The person works to maintain the gains made through the various stages of change and strive to prevent lapses and relapses. TERMINATION/ADOPTION Once a behaviour has been maintained for over five years, a person is said to be in the termination or adoption phase and exits from the cycle of change without fear of relapse. In the case of negative behaviours that are terminated, the stage of change is referred to as termination. If a positive behaviour has been successfully adopted over the period, this stage is designated the adoption stage or the ‘transformed stage of change’. This phase is the ultimate goal for all people seeking a healthier lifestyle and the quest for wellness. However, the likelihood for relapse is always high and can happen at any stage. Relapse, however, does not mean failure. Failure comes only to those who give up and don’t use prior experiences as building blocks for future success. The chances of moving back up to a higher stage of the model are far better for someone who has previously made it into one of those stages.last_img read more

Double stakes glory for Jamaican Nelson

first_imgWINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):Jamaican jockey Dale Nelson made two bold statements at Northlands Park Saturday when he snatched the CAN$50,000 Sonoma Stakes and $53,330 Sun Sprint Championship Stakes on the 13-race Derby Day card.Nelson scored by 5-1/4 lengths in the Sonoma in race three with the three-year-old bay filly Hero’s Amor, before returning in race 10 to win the Sun Sprint by half-length with 17-1 outsider Clear the Runway.In the feature $200,000 Canadian Derby in race 12, Nelson finished second aboard 9-1 chance Witt Six, as 3-1 chance Academic reached the wire first by eight lengths. The favourite, Blue Dancer, with Barbadian Rico Walcott aboard, was a disappointing fifth.Going a mile and 16th in the Sonoma, Nelson tracked from second with Hero’s Amor, as Eustacia set the pace with quick fractions of 22.62 for the quarter and 46.22 for the half. Nelson brought Hero’s Amor to challenge on the final turn, picked up the lead in the lane before getting the filly to the finish 5-1/4 lengths clear, to dismiss the three-year-old fillies.In a 6-1/2 furlong sprint in the Sun Sprint, Nelson brought Clear the Runway from last to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half length. Red Red Rose set the pace through the first quarter with 22.21, before Brackendale came to challenge and battled into the stretch.Almost last heading into the lane, Nelson brought the six-year-old bay gelding with a strong run along the rails to clinch a narrow victory ahead of Tiny Giant.last_img read more

English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsStandings P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Man City 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 62 Leicester City 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 63 Man United 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 64 Everton 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 45 Swansea 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 46 Crystal Palace 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 37 West Ham 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 38 Liverpool 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 39 Norwich City 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 310 Aston Villa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11 Arsenal 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 312 Watford 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 213 Stoke City 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 114 Tottenham 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 115 Newcastle 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 116 Chelsea 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 117 Southampton 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 118 West Brom 2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 119 AFC Bournemouth 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 020 Sunderland 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0last_img read more