Against Coric he has hardly had prominence this season at Almería. However, José María Gutiérrez awaits his return like May water. The Croatian sprained his knee in the last match of 2019; in fact, he spent the Christmas period in Almería lands to work on his recovery with the rojiblanco coaching staff. He carried out a conservative treatment, promoting quadriceps and avoiding impacts with the aim of avoiding inflammation from the synovial fluid. Before Almería stopped its training due to the coronavirus, the ’19’ already carried out some exercises with the group, expecting their medical discharge shortly. And if José María Gutiérrez expects his return like May water, it is because he believes that he can contribute a lot to the Indian team despite having a surplus in the engine room. Once adapted to the team and the city, the Balkan can be a differential footballer in the last days of competition if it finally ends up being disputed. In the Almerian locker room they know the quality of Coric from what is seen in training, his teammates being aware that as soon as he picks up the competitive rhythm he will excel, either as a midfielder at 1-4-4-2 or inside in the 1-4-3-3.Despite having played only a dozen league matches (in which his team has only won three times), part of the rojiblanca fans already consider him ‘uno di noi’, knowing that the footballer of just 22 years can give enough glory evenings. The Croatian is already integrated, uploading a video to social networks after the rout against Deportivo in which he celebrated the victory while dancing with enough art.Almería paid 400,000 euros to Roma last summer for their loan during a course. Of course, the rojiblanca entity has a purchase option, around six million euros. In fact, the director general of the Almería club and the visible face of the sheik, Mohamed El Assy, stated that they would buy Ante Coric once the transfer expires. Thus, the Croatian seeks his opportunity in the final stretch of the season to try to record his name in a possible promotion of Almería.
“Pogba’s priority is to leave United and sign for Madrid this summer with his friend Zidane.” Rotary assertion The Sun, the best-selling in the UK is very negative for United, which is trying to renew Pogba at all costs these days, but very encouraging for Madrid, who is on the French trail to satisfy Zidane’s wishes. The coach has loved him since he arrived on the Real Madrid bench. He says The Sun in your information that In the upper echelons of Manchester United there were already those who claimed, before the coronavirus crisis erupted, that it was better to seek a sale of Pogba for £ 100m (about € 110). It is an amount similar to what they paid. The problem is that the crisis has devalued the player, like the fact that He has only been able to play eight games this season because of his frequent ankle injuries.The tabloid also refers to what was said by a red devil source in 2018: Paul grew up with Zidane as his hero and would like to play for him at some point in his career. He could have already played for Madrid, but he felt he had unfinished business in Manchester. Paul has a style of action similar to that of Zidane and much of what he progressed as a soccer player was learning from Zizou ”. At Old Trafford they are therefore very aware that this movement can be carried out. Diario AS already published a few days ago that Pogba’s situation at United was ideal to try to undertake his signing. The player wants to change airs, the relationship between Raiola and United is at its worst and the English entity is obliged to sell it or renew it this summer, as it ends its contract in 2021 (although United can extend it one more season unilaterally) . In addition, Zidane has already confirmed that he will continue in Madrid next season and insists on doing the next project around his compatriot.
Having such a large number of supporters, however, has not served Kerala to win any of the six ISL editions that have been played so far. Neither has having footballers like Carlos Marchena, Iain Hume, David James or Aaron Hughes. Others, such as Atlético de Madrid youth squad Sergio Cidoncha or former Valladolid player Bartholomew Ogbeche, are currently part of the ‘Ejercito Amarillo’ squad. “I have signed for two seasons and the idea is to build a team that tries to compete the league against ATK, FC Goa or Bengaluru. It will be difficult, but the goal is to play well and get into the top four, “reveals Kibu. “The Spanish footballer is much better prepared in every way” The last celebration of Mohun BaganThat Kibu Vicuña has made the leap to the ISL is thanks to his excellent season on the bench at Mohun Bagan. The Basque, who won five titles as Jan Urban’s assistant in Poland, had offers from Lithuania and Croatia, but longed for an experience in Asia. “I was a little skeptical about training in India, but when they told me that the club was a historical one like Mohun Bagan, I went on an adventure.” There, in Calcutta, the Spaniard had a “brutal” experience: “I have met another football. Here you can help young players a lot. And the people … People have a true passion for soccer. For many, soccer and Mohun Bagan come first in lifeKibu nostalgically recalls his early days in India: “The first thing they said to me upon arrival was, ‘I-League, Sir.’ They wanted the title and we gave it to them. Now that it has become official that I am going to Kerala the affection and love that I am receiving from the people is beastly. I will never forget this season. “It was the best way to end 130 years of history: in January the club announced its merger with ATK, alongside which it will compete in the ISL next year.Mohun Bagan fans thanked Kibu Vicuña for his visit to the Calcutta club with a mural measuring several meters. Kibu Vicuña, Kerala Blasters coach After three years without reaching the ‘play-offs’ for the ISL title (the highest category of football in India), Keraka Blasters decided to hit the table by signing the current I-League champion (tournament parallel to ISL), Spanish Kibu Vicuña, who comes to Kochi after a triumphant year at Mohun Bagan: when the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus, the club, which was already mathematically champion, chained 14 games without losing. “Since they announced me, messages have not stopped raining on all social networks. I am very excited”, values the 48-year-old coach born in San Sebastián.A reasonable support if we take into account that Kerala Blasters is one of the clubs with more social mass in India. 42,000 people fill the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi every week, a complex that in 1997 hosted more than 100,000 fans during an international match between the teams of India and Iraq. “It is one of the strongest points of this club. We will seek to create a connection between players and fans,” announces Vicuña. Kerala Blasters has 1.8 million followers on Twitter, one million more than its closest follower in this ranking, Chennaiyin. “Playing in Kerala is the best experience of my sports career. There I felt like a star. Going out to warm up and having the speaker say my name was incredible, “recalls Victor Pulga, with a background in the Kochi-based club.” This season I came back as an assistant to Jamshedpur and I was greeted with a banner, “he adds. When he signed for Mohun Baga, Kibu Vicuña demanded to form his own team. “We did important scouting work and brought several Spaniards. In the Calcutta League and the Duran Cup we had Fran Morante, Salva Chamorro, Fran González and Joseba Beitia. Then Salva left and Julen Colinas arrived, who was seriously injured when he was playing great. You realize that the Spanish footballer is much better prepared in every way, especially in individual tactics: he knows what to do at all times. It is not that we are milk, it is football education “, analyzes the new Kerala Blasters coach, who defends the good game as a vehicle to victory:”When you play well you are closer to winning. But that is not only having the ball. We try to get more to the rival area and throw more between the three suits. Those are the statistics that count. “These will be the concepts imposed next season in Kochi. At the moment, Kibu Vicuña is ‘trapped’ in Calcutta: “We are trying to return to Spain, but there are no flights to return. As we were pending the suspension of the I-League, we lost the opportunity to take some flights organized by the embassy.” Confined since last March 21, the Spaniards who taught this course in Mohun Bagan and East Bengal await in one of the most populous cities in India an opportunity to return home. “There are fewer cases here than in Spain, the problem is that there are people who cannot be quarantined because they basically have no home. There are others who need to go out to eat. We are fine, but we are witnessing very complicated situations “, completes Kibu Vicuña.
PARIS (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home the winner as Paris Saint-Gemain started the defence of their French Cup title with a scrappy 1-0 win over fourth-tier side Wasquehal yesterday. Playing their first game of 2016 in the northern city of Lille, PSG were in control throughout and created multiple chances, but lacked a cutting edge until the Sweden international connected with Marco Verratti’s long ball on the hour mark. Having opened up a 19-point lead at the top of the French league standings in just 19 games, PSG are looking to reproduce the domestic treble Laurent Blanc’s side achieved last season when they won the league title, the League Cup and the Cup. Among the top-tier teams also advancing to the round of 32 were Lorient, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Montpellier. Lyon’s new coach, Bruno Genesio, who replaced Hubert Fournier during the winter break, celebrated his first game in charge with a 7-0 thrashing of fifth-division Limoges, after Maxwell Cornet and Rachid Ghezzal each scored a brace. Montpellier, which also changed coaches during the festive period and appointed former player Pascal Baills following Rolland Courbis’ resignation, defeated fifth-tier Epernay 1-0. Bordeaux came close to suffering a shock exit at the hands of third-tier Frejus-Saint-Raphael, coming twice from behind, before Diego Rolan sealed a 3-2 win in added time with a fine volley. Nice will host Rennes today.
The administrators of West Indies cricket, once they assumed power, seem to have taken the view that once they assumed power “no guy can chat to me”. In fact, on one occasion the president of the board complained that he came in contact with players who didn’t even acknowledge him! This attitude, which has traits of the ‘baccra massa’ style, became the hallmark of every confrontation with the players and their representatives. This superior and condescending attitude appeared to have got stronger when the president’s friend and fellow Jamaican ex-Test cricketer became president of the Players’ union. Dispute after dispute with the players failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion until agreed arbitrators or the courts ruled in favour of the players. These so-called rulings were then followed by a slew of rule changes, which could be seen as being designed to render dissatisfaction by any player. Older and wiser heads in the Caribbean took note and encouraged the board to engage experts to review the state of West Indian cricket. But even after agreeing to the formation of different review boards, their conclusions were largely ignored, eventually reaching the ultimate insult of accusing a committee of prime ministers and other dignitaries that their considered opinion re the actions necessary to save West Indies cricket were faulty. ASSUMED POWER The West Indies cricketers have completed the ‘rolling triple’ by winning all three international competitions scheduled for 2016. The Under 19 cricketers are World champions, the women’s T20 are World champions and the men’s T20 are World champions … again, the only team in the world to have that distinction. To the fans and supporters who got up at 4 a.m. in Jamaica and at 5 a.m. in the rest of the Caribbean to watch both matches on television, congrats. Your support and dedication is the stuff of which legends are made. West Indies cricket has been suffering for years, as the best cricketers of the region were denied time and time again the opportunity to express themselves regarding their concept of right and wrong. PROPLEMS FACED The result was that the present World T20 champions played this year’s competition with what can be described as ‘the passion of the wronged’. The speech at the presentation ceremony by victorious captain Darren Sammy catalogued some of the problems the present team faced in the preparation for the tournament. Sammy praised those that contributed to their victory, including Rawle Lewis and coach Phil Simmons, for their work behind the scenes, as well as the support of the CARICOM Committee, for its support and words of encouragement which, as the captain pointed out, was conspicuously absent from the Board led by President Dave Cameron. As is now usual, the statement of the board after Sammy’s tirade promises to “look into his complaints”. How much longer will we the Caribbean cricket fans allow these men in suits to continue to lead cricket into oblivion, as the victorious captain has expressed doubt about whether any of these men’s World T20 heroes will be selected to represent the West Indies in upcoming competitions. Local cricket boss Billy Heaven has promised a suitable reception for the victorious Jamaicans on their return. When that will be is uncertain as international commitments will ensure that the men’s return will be fragmented. No such fragmentation is expected when the victorious members of the women’s team returns. An arrangement to host such a reception in the arena or the indoor sport centre must be mandatory. We have to show these cricketers (in real terms) what their victory means to us, Jamaicans and West Indians. We are champions!
West Indies Women innings Kycia A Knight c +Rabiya Shah b Sania Khan 16 HK Matthews c +Rabiya Shah b Anam Amin 14 SR Taylor* c Sana Mir b Bismah Maroof 27 DJS Dottin c & b Sana Mir 19 MR Aguilleira+ not out 67 Kyshona A Knight c Javeria Khan b Bismah Maroof 5 B Cooper c Bismah Maroof b Sania Khan 37 SACA King c Sania Khan b Nida Dar 20 A Mohammed c +Rabiya Shah b Anam Amin 0 TD Smartt c Javeria Khan b Nida Dar 2 SS Connell not out 3 Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 9) 12 Total (9 wickets) 222 Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Kycia A Knight), 2-38 (Matthews), 3-75 (Dottin), 4-83 (Taylor), 5-96 (Kyshona A Knight), 6-156 (Cooper), 7-205 (King), 8-205 (Mohammed) 9-211 (Smartt). Bowling: Asmavia Iqball 6-0-30-0, Sania Khan 10-0-37-2, Anam Amin 8-1-33-2, Aliya Riaz 1-0-8-0, Sana Mir 8-2-37-1, Bismah Maroof 10-1-40-2, Nida Dar 7-0-34-2. Pakistan Women innings Marina Iqbal b Dottin 23 Javeria Khan c Mohammed b King 90 Bismah Maroof b Matthews 21 Nain Abidi lbw b Dottin 31 Nida Dar not out 19 Sana Mir* not out 14 Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 14, nb 5, pen 5) 27 Total (4 wickets) 225 Did not bat Aliya Riaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Rabiya Shah+, Sania Khan, Anam Amin Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Marina Iqbal, 13.5 overs), 2-103 (Bismah Maroof, 27.6 overs), 3-182 (Javeria Khan, 40.5 overs), 4-193 (Nain Abidi, 41.6 overs) Bowling: Smart 6-1-20-0, Connell 4-1-18-0, Dottin 9-0-44-2, Mohammed 8.1-1-37-0, Matthews 9-0-46-1, Taylor 9-0-30-0, King 3-0-22-1. Position: West Indies lost by six wickets. Toss: Pakistan Umpires: JM Williams and JS Wilson. SCOREBOARD GROS-ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): Merissa Aguilleira, who led a recovery despite West Indies Women’s opening loss to Pakistan Women, is confident the Caribbean side will rebound for the remaining three one-day internationals (ODI). Aguilleira hit her fifth ODI half-century, but Javeria Khan topped it with her seventh to lead the Pakistani Women to a six-wicket victory over the Windies Women in the day/night contest at the Beausejour Cricket Ground on Friday night. “Thanks to God. Thanks to the coaches as well. I have been working pretty hard back in Trinidad. David Williams, he put in a lot of work with me,” said Aguilleira, who also keeps wicket for the regional side. “It’s all about going out there and applying myself. I have been training hard and I really want to give the team something, so that is exactly what I went out there and did.” Aguilleira led a recovery with an unbeaten 67 from 83 balls, propelling the home team to a respectable 222 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after they were sent in to bat. Aguilleira struck five fours to revive the innings and with Britney Cooper, who scored 37, got Windies past 150. The home side was able to score 66 off the last 75 balls, to end on 222 for nine. “Coach told me I have a responsibility to go out there and bat long, and that is exactly what I tried to do. Sorry that the team fell short, but I believe that we are going to bounce back,” said the former skipper. “These are the things that happen and we really need to just go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong. (The) 27 extras were a bit too much. We know that we have a very good team, but it just about going out there and applying ourselves. But hard luck.” The Windies Women now trail in the four-match series 0-1, but Aguilleira said they will be looking to bounce back in the second ODI today at the same venue in the first of the three matches in the series, with ICC Women’s Championship points on offer. “I truly believe that, with the potential of the girls, everything will come to hand. Even though we lost this one, we still have three to win, and you know its championship points,” said Aguilleira. “We just have to go out there and apply ourselves to what we are called to do and don’t give up hope.”
Opener John Campbell scored a half-century, but was the only batsman to offer any real resistance for Paul Palmer Jr XI on yesterday’s second day of Jamaica Scorpions’ four-day practice match at Kensington Park yesterday. Campbell, 18 not out overnight, went on to score 51, as Palmer Jr XI, responding to 234 made by David Bernard Jr XI on day one, were dismissed for 145. His overnight partner, Barbadian Kirk Edwards, with whom he put on 67 for the second wicket, was next best with a knock of 28.Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, three for 26 and fast bowlers Jason Dawes and Marquino Mindley, two for 26 and two for 41, respectively, led the way for Bernard Jr XI.Bernard Jr XI, in their second turn at bat, also found the going rough before closing at 143 for eight. Opener Shacaya Thomas, who cracked a topscore of 95 in the first-innings, again led the way with 34.Fast bowler Leighton Leslie, four for 33, and Dennis Bulli, three for 35, have claimed most wickets thus far.
Western Bureau: Donovan Duckie, the head coach of Manchester High, was left bitterly disappointed after last week’s Ben Francis KO final loss to St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), but he must now refocus his players for this afternoon’s daCosta Cup semi-final against Dinthill Technical. The game will be played at the Juici Field in Clarendon with kick-off set for 2:30 p.m., and this time, Duckie, along with his band of players, will want a more favourable result, one that will put them in the December 5 final against either STETHS or Lennon High, who meet tomorrow at the same venue. Manchester did not have the best of days in the knockout final and will want to put that right to reach the prestigious daCosta Cup final. But in order to get there, the likes of Duhaney Williams, the man who netted their only goal against STETHS in that final loss, must come to life. So, too, must Romaine Walsh and Jarious Mattis. DEFENSIVE LINE Their big centre half and team captain, Bobeto Stewart, along with his entire defence line, must be able to keep Dinthill’s attacking force at bay. Dinthill have Rodave Murray, a talented forward-minded midfielder, in their ranks. He is capable of creating serious problems for any defence. So, too, are Jahbari Ranger and Antoine Rhule. The Linstead-based school is keen on keeping their dream of lifting a first daCosta Cup for the first time since doing so in 1981, by getting the better of Duckie’s Manchester High in what is a high-stakes clash. The last time Manchester reached the championship game, they lost to STETHS, and that was back in 2013, but this time around, Manchester will be hoping to not only get past Dinthill but to win a first-ever daCosta Cup title.
JAGUARS 1st Innings 189 SCORPIONS 1st Innings (overnight 63 for four) A. McCarthy lbw b Permaul 27 T. Lambert lbw b Permaul 18 +C. Baugh Jr b Jacobs 5 R. Powell c Johnson b Permaul 13 N. Miller c Singh b Motie 7 S. Cottrell lbw b Jacobs 8 M. Mindley not out 6 Extras (lb4, w1, nb13) 18 TOTAL (all out, 67.5 overs) 146 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-40, 3-59, 4-63, 5-89, 6-97, 7-118, 8-128, 9-135, 10-146. Bowling: Reifer 11-3-37-1 (nb2), Joseph 11-0-42-0 (nb11), Barnwell 5-1-10-1, Permaul 22.5-14-25-5 (w1), Motie 11-5-18-1, Jacobs 7-2-10-2. JAGUARS 2nd Innings T. Chanderpaul not out 39 A. Fudadin lbw b Mindley 9 *L. Johnson c wkp Baugh b Jacobs 42 V. Singh run out 17 R. Reifer not out 12 Extras (lb5, nb9) 14 TOTAL (3 wkts, 47 overs) 133 Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-83, 3-111. Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-18-0 (nb1), Mindley 9-1-37-1 (nb7), Jacobs 12-2-25-1 (1), Miller 6-1-13-0, Campbell 8-3-16-0, Powell 8-0-19-0. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: Jacqueline Williams, Peter Nero. SHAKY START Chanderpaul and captain Leon Johnson posted 66 for the second wicket as the Jaguars recovered from a shaky start. Johnson made 42 before he was caught behind by Carlton Baugh Jr off the bowling of leg-spinner Damion Jacobs. The other wicket to fall was that of Vishaul Singh, who was run out for 17. Young Chanderpaul, whose father is a substitute for the encounter, has so far batted for 189 minutes and has faced 149 balls. Play will resume today at 10 a.m. AT BEAUSEJOUR: WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51). TRINIDAD RED FORCE 153 for two (Yannic Cariah 58 not out, Narsingh Deonarine 58 not out; Kevin McClean 2-37). AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BARBADOS PRIDE 368 (Roston Chase 136 not out, Jonathan Carter 54, Kevin Stoute 41; Gavin Tonge 4-71, Sherwin Peters 3-36, Nelson Boland 2-82). LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES 170 (Sherwin Peters 44; Ashley Nurse 5-65, Miguel Cummins 4-18). The Guyana Jaguars are in a strong position to force a victory over the Jamaica Scorpions in their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Guided by an undefeated knock of 39 from young opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the son of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyana were 133 for three at the close of yesterday’s second day. They now have an overall lead of 176, having made 189 in their first innings. The Scorpions made 146 in their first innings. Resuming on 63 for four with Andre McCarthy, not out on eight, and former captain Tamar Lambert, yet to face a ball, Jamaica were undermined by spinner Veerasammy Permaul. The short left-hander, varying his spin and flight to telling effect, claimed an impressive five for 25 off 22.5 overs. Off-spinner Steven Jacobs, two for 10, was next best, while lanky 20-year-old left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, playing in his first season, extended his leading wicket-taker tally to 29 with one for 18. McCarthy, whose alliance with Lambert yielded 26 runs before he was adjudged leg before wicket to Permaul, topscored for the Scorpions with 27. Lambert was also dismissed leg before wicket by Permaul after making a painstaking 18 off 109 balls in 129 minutes. Devon Thomas, with 30 on the first day, emerged as the innings’ highest scorer. SCOREBOARD
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, (CMC) Fresh controversy appears to be brewing between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the regional squad preparing to participate in the T20 World Cup in India, Media reports in Trinidad and Tobago suggest. The players, captained by all-rounder Darren Sammy, are objecting to a 75 percent pay cut imposed by the WICB ahead of the World Cup, set to begin on March 8, the Trinidad and Tobago-based radio station, I 95.5 FM, has reported. Sammy has reportedly written to the WICB requesting an urgent meeting as a February 14th Valentine’s Day deadline for the players to sign the contract looms. The I 95.5 FM report quoted from Sammy’s letter to the WICB: “We want to propose that we participate in the T20 world cup 2016 under the same conditions that we have represented the West Indies in previous tournaments”. Sammy has been quoted as saying that the West Indies players will each earn US$21,000 if they participate compared to US 135,000 received from the last tournament. WICB will receive US eight million for the team’s participation and more if they advance. Only one player on the West Indies team is said to be represented by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). Eleven of the players on the squad were part of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka. The fresh controversy between WICB and the T20 squad is brewing about a year and a half after the regional squad called off their tour of India abruptly over a longstanding payment structure dispute.