Lucas Pérez and Joselu – Deportivo AlavésThis pair of forwards has participated, no more and no less, than in 20 of the 29 goals that their team has scored in the League. The Galician Lucas Pérez arrived bought for 2.3 million euros and already has 11 goals and 5 assists in 26 league games. He has given Garitano’s team 10 points. His attack partner, Joselu, with whom he understands himself wonderfully, is not short. Although its production is somewhat lower, with 9 goals and 3 assists, has contributed even more decisively than Lucas in the qualifying situation of the Alava, since has given them 11 points. Raúl de Tomás – RCD EspanyolThe best addition to the winter market has names and surnames. Forward Raúl de Tomás has been a breath of fresh air for a drowned Espanyol. With 4 goals in his first 4 games with the Blue and Whites’ shirt, the Spanish has become the argument to which the parrot hobby clings to salvation. At the moment, he has given 5 points to the Catalan team, or what is the same, a quarter of the points they have achieved in the entire League. Nabil Fekir – Real BetisIf Betis does not have to worry about relegation, it is, in large part, thanks to the signing of Nabil Fekir. It came as one of the big names last summer, with a price of 19.75 million and has been vital for Rubí. With his 7 goals and 6 assists in 22 league games, The Frenchman is one of the players who has given his team the most points, with 13. He has only been a substitute in a game that has been available, which shows how fundamental he is in Rubí’s plans. Fernando, on the other hand, has been the best value-for-money addition. For just 4.5 million euros, Monchi took over its services. From the beginning, it has become a key piece in the Lopetegui scheme, giving the center of the field lung and solidity. In the league, he has only been a substitute in one match, starting in the rest of the matches in which he has been available. In addition, Lopetegui has trusted him for the first round of the Europa League. Isak, meanwhile, came in property for an amount of 6.5 million. With his 14 goals, in addition to the 3 assists he has given, he has become one of the revelations of the Spanish championship. The Swede is one of the big culprits that the realists have reached the Cup final, thanks to the 5 goals he scored between the round of 32 and the quarterfinals, crowning himself with a recital at the Santiago Bernabéu. In the league, he has given 8 points to Real. Felipe – Atlético de MadridThe Brazilian central defender landed at Atleti after paying 20 million euros to replace an athletic legend like Diego Godín and it has managed that nobody misses the Uruguayan. After a start to the season where he had fewer minutes, he has become an untouchable for Cholo. Finally, Portu arrived in Donostia as one of the great surprises of last season. In exchange for ten million, the txuri-urdin took over a player who has given no less than 11 points to Real, thanks to his 7 goals and 7 assists in La Liga. Also, thanks to his physical waste in every game, It has earned a place among the fans of the San Sebastian fans. As a last resort, Lucas Ocampos is already one of the best players so far in the League. The 12 goals and 3 assists he adds between the League and the Cup have made the 15 million disbursed by him few. He has given Sevilla 10 points so far in the League. Even the break was in its best form, having participated in 6 goals in his last 6 league games. Since he was a substitute against Real Valladolid on October 6 he has played everything, except for a match against Granada for accumulation of yellow cards. In Liga, a goal of his gave victory to the mattress team for Levante. His exhibition against Liverpool at Anfield, along with Oblak’s, will remain for a long time in the memory of all the Red and White fans..Odegaard, Portu and Isak – Real SociedadIf there is a team that was reinforced to the thousand wonders in the summer market, that was the Real Sociedad. Odegaard, who came on loan for two seasons from Real Madrid, has confirmed himself as one of the great stars of the future in world football. The Norwegian has scored 7 goals and has given 8 assists. In the League, he has decisively participated in 7 of the points that Real has. In the Cup, he participated in the 3 goals against Osasuna, opened the can at the Santiago Bernabéu and scored the second in the first leg against Mirandés Diego Carlos, Fernando and Lucas Ocampos – SevilleAnother team that has made several of the best signings in the League is Sevilla. Diego Carlos arrived at the Andalusian team at a cost of 15 million euros and has emerged as the leader of the defense of Seville. With 31 games behind him between all competitions, he has endowed the Lopetegui team with great defensive solidity, making it the fifth least goalscored team in the league. In addition, he has scored two goals, giving him three points against Leganés and opening the can in the victory against Mallorca. Chimy Ávila – CA OsasunaA ruptured anterior cruciate ligament has caused the League to lose one of the most charismatic players in the championship until next season. For just 2.7 million, the forward came to the right place to deploy all his football. With 11 goals and 3 assists in 22 games, he became a hero for the Navarrese. Since his injury, Osasuna has only been able to win 2 games, losing the rest.Cucurella, Alcácer, Albiol or Darwin Machís are other of the great incorporations of Spanish football this campaign. The winger has become a key piece for Bordalás and has raised the interest of large teams in Europe. Villarreal was reinforced with two old acquaintances from the League who are giving Calleja a great performance and the Venezuelan is one of the great names of a recently promoted Granada that is curdling a sensational campaign.
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Terry to miss cup game with injury
LONDON (AP):John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup match against Manchester City tomorrow.Terry, who also missed the midweek Champions league, loss against Paris Saint-Germain, is absent due to a hamstring injury.Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, described his captain’s absence for the fifth-round meeting with City as disappointing, calling Terry “the leader of this club”.Hiddink suggested the central defender should be fit for next week’s Premier League game at Southampton.”We have a week I hope. Next weekend he should be available. I cannot predict it and I think we have to be a bit cautious with him as well because he likes to be there every day,” Hiddink said. “We must be careful. I think maybe next weekend but you know him, he loves to be there. He tried yesterday but no.”The 35-year-old Terry is entering the final months of his Chelsea career after disclosing that the club has not offered him a new contract for next season.On his Instagram page, captioning a photo of the Chelsea captain during his injury rehab, Terry wrote “Absolutely gutted to be missing the FA Cup game this weekend. I HATE being injured but working hard and giving everything to be back as soon as possible.”
Infantino wins FIFA presidential election
ZURICH (AP):Gianni Infantino is the new president of football’s corruption-scarred world governing body, winning the election after promising national leaders of the sport that he would share the wealth from FIFA’s $5 billion World Cup revenues.Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot yesterday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced out by the pressure of US and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption that emerged two days before the previous vote in May 2015.The stunning outcome seemed to catch the 45-year-old Infantino off guard. He had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech and saluted voters by patting his heart with his right hand.”We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA, and everyone in the world will applaud us,” said Infantino, who only became a candidate when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss, Michel Platini, at Europe’s soccer body UEFA.”I am convinced a new era is starting,” said the Swiss-born former lawyer. Blatter headed FIFA for more than 17 years.Infantino pledged to meet quickly with World Cup broadcasters and sponsors, saying they “they need to regain trust and confidence in football and in FIFA”.There were only four candidates on the ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters. The four were Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary; Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the Asian confederation president; Prince Ali of Jordan; and Jerome Champagne of France.WORLD LEADERInfantino, who had waged a globe-trotting campaign in the four months leading up to the election, gave an impressive 15-minute speech only 20 minutes before the first-round vote. The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just Europe’s wealthy confederation.His campaign promised to spread the World Cup largesse to more federations, including additional guaranteed funds. He also pledged to expand the World Cup from a 32-team tournament to 40 teams, and give more opportunities to countries to stage the World Cup with multinational regional hosting.”The money of FIFA is your money,” he said, jabbing his left index finger to the 207 members of soccer federations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe before the election.”It is not the money of the FIFA president. It’s your money,” added Infantino, sounding more like a CEO promising a dividend to shareholders.A rare burst of spontaneous applause followed, signaling a shift in momentum towards Infantino, who since his 30s managed the billion-dollar Champions League revenues for the UEFA.
Easy for St Jago
St Jago High, one of the surprise teams in this year’s Manning Cup, eased to a 3-1 win over Lacovia High in the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup at the National Stadium yesterday. The daCosta Cup teams had threatened to overrun their Manning Cup rivals in yesterday’s early matches at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and at Sabina Park, but St Jago and Wolmer’s Boys, who both won by 3-1 margins, helped to lift spirits among the Manning Cup schools. The Monk Street-based St Jago put their recent Walker Cup semi-final defeat to St George’s behind them with a clinical display. An own goal gave them the lead in the second minute. Midfielder Ryan Smart caused panic inside the Lacovia defence with a low cross in the six-yard box. Defender Kimar Thomas tried to clear, but only succeeded in slamming the ball into his own net. St Jago’s leading scorer, Shaqon Bryan, continued to find the back of the net and scored his tenth goal of the season. He pounced on a rebound off the cross bar rounded the goalkeeper before taking home in the 21st minute. Lacovia’s Oshane Staple pulled back a goal five minutes from the end before St Jago sealed the win inside stoppage time. Andrew Daley scored his second goal of the season with a thunderous 25 metres strike. Oshane Staple scored Lacovia’s consolation, and his 11th of the season. Coach Glen Laing said his team was cautious of Lacovia, but happy with the win. “It was an alright game for us. Goals win games and we try to get at least three each game, so we will try to correct mistakes and move forward,” he outlined. Other results St Elizabeth 3 Charlie Smith 1 St Jago 3 Lacovia 1 Glenmuir 3 Kingston College 2 Wolmer’s 3 Port Antonio 1
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St Hugh’s end Queen’s reign in semis thriller
A new champion will be crowned in this year’s urban area ISSA senior netball competition, as last year’s winners, The Queen’s School, were surprised by St Hugh’s High, as the Roy Pryce-coached team squeezed out a thrilling one-goal win – 47-46 – in yesterday’s semi-final at the Leila Robinson Court. St Hugh’s will face Camperdown High in next Tuesday’s final, after the east Kingston-based institution ran out comfortable 32-24 winners over St Catherine High in the other semi-final. Coming into the game as underdogs after losing to Camperdown two weeks ago in a second-round match, the St Hugh’s team were under early pressure and trailed 14-9 after the first quarter, as Queen’s goal shooter, Simone Gordon, was bang on target. St Hugh’s came into their own in the second quarter, as goal shooter Kadi-Ann Dehaney, using her height advantage, helped them reduce the deficit, even though Queen’s still led at half-time, 23-20. Queen’s stayed ahead 36-33 after three quarters, but St Hugh’s rallied, and with their defenders making good interceptions and Queen’s committing careless turnovers, the Cross Roads-based St Hugh’s scored five unanswered goals to lead 43-42.With Dehaney scoring easily, they held their nerves in the final two minutes to score a narrow win and make up for their loss in last year’s final. “After losing to Camperdown earlier in the second round, I had a meeting with my girls and told them that we would be going all out to take care of Queen’s, and the difference would have been in mid court, and that was where we won the game today,” said Pryce. “A tough loss, but credit to St Hugh’s,” said Queen’s coach Marvette Anderson. “Turnovers killed us as our girls made too many errors, and St Hugh’s took better care of the ball.” Earlier, in the junior competition’s semi-finals, defending champions Queen’s and Gaynstead High won. Queen’s easily got by Norman Manley High 36-20, while Gaynstead stopped Camperdown High 23-17.
RJR Sports Awards Nominee | Jackson’s rise
Shericka Jackson is making a habit of peaking right on time. In 2015, the young 400-metre ace set a personal best to win a bronze medal at the World Championships. In the just-concluded Olympic year, she did again and earned a repeat nomination for the prestigious RJR National Sportswoman of the Year Award. The first signs of a big peak appeared at the National Senior Championships when she secured her place on the Jamaican Olympic team. Though she finished third to Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Christine Day, Jackson had done her best run of the campaign at 50.42 seconds. Her eyes were bright with wonder when the clock stopped at 49.83 seconds at the end of an easy effort in her Olympic semi-final in Rio de Janeiro. That time carved a chunk off the 49.99 personal best that gave her the bronze medal at the World Championships. With the final still to come, she was honest enough to say, “I really didn’t know I was going that fast.” The new mark moved her past McPherson and Rosemarie Whyte to the number six spot on the Jamaican all-time 400-metre performance list. Lorraine Fenton, Shericka Williams, Grace Jackson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Sandie Richards are the only Jamaican ladies ahead of her. In the Olympic final, she proved that she was no one race wonder with a time of 49.85 seconds and a bronze medal that moved her into an elite group of Jamaican 400-metre runners. Fenton, who shared the 2001 Sportswoman of the Year Award with hurdler Deon Hemmings before winning outrightly in 2002 and 2003, and Williams are the only other Jamaican 400-metre ladies to win both World Championship and Olympic medals. At 22, Jackson is the youngest to achieve the feat. “I think I’ve kind of grown to love the 400 a bit more,” she said recently. “Being the youngest from Jamaica to win a medal, it’s a great feeling.” That’s a reflection on her days at Vere Technical High School where she was a reluctant 400-metre runner. Coached now by Stephen Francis at the University of Technology (UTech), Jackson had been ushered towards the 400 metres by the late Vere coach Constantine Haughton. However, because of her prowess at the 200 metres, it wasn’t easy to convince her. Haughton nurtured dozens of Olympians while he was at Vere and in his last interview, he said, “That’s one of the real problems I’m having, trying to get her to really recognise her real ability in the 400 metres because she can do so well in the 200.” In her last year at Vere in 2013, she won both the 200-metre and 400-metre at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. In a heartfelt tribute to Haughton, who died before Champs, she zoomed around the track in 51.60 seconds to win the Class I 400 metres. That was the climax of Jackson’s outstanding junior career. In the 200-metre, she raced to five gold medals at Champs and two at the Carifta Games. In addition, she reached the 2012 World Junior Championships 200-metre final. As true testimony to her sprint speed, her 2013 Carifta Games runner-up time of 22.84 seconds is the second-fastest ever by a Jamaican junior athlete. Thanks to Coach Haughton’s urging, she was almost equally successful at 400 metres with three wins at Champs and two at Carifta. On top of all that, she anchored Vere to a high school 4×400 metres record of 3:30.51 in her last-ever Champs race. Haughton would probably be pleased to know that in three years, Jackson had become one of the very best in the world at the distance she once shied away from. Her memorable 2016 season include winning the Intercollegiate title in the 200 metres, zooming to success over 400 metres at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix in 50.72 seconds and gaining experience on the Diamond League circuit. The UTech student-athlete buttressed her claim to greatness with a big contribution to Jamaica’s silver-medal run in the women’s 4×400 metres. She ran the third leg urgently and covered the ground in 49.5 seconds, faster than any of her teammates. That performance, far faster than her 52.2 second anchor for the University of Technology at the Gibson-McCook Relays in February, simply underlined her quality and helped to earn her a second Sportswoman of the Year nomination in a row. Tribute to Haughton
‘Gabigol’ finally delivers
ROME (AP):Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa began repaying his US$32-million transfer fee by scoring his first goal for Inter Milan in a 1-0 win at Bologna yesterday.Barbosa tapped in a cross from Danilo D’Ambrosio in the 81st minute to secure fourth-placed Inter their ninth win in 10 Serie A matches.Barbosa had been hailed as the next great Brazil striker when he signed a five-year deal after transferring from Santos in August. But he struggled in his first five months at Inter.”I’m happy for him. He had a bit of a tough time at the start. But now he’s starting to click,” Inter coach Stefano Pioli said.Garbosa was preparing to offer his teammates and coaches a Brazilian dinner to celebrate his goal.WASTED CHANCE”The dinner is more than welcome,” Pioli said.With captain Mauro Icardi serving the second game of a two-match ban for dissent, Inter laboured for long stretches.Inter forward Rodrigo Palacio wasted a great chance directly in front of the goal 12 minutes in following a cross from Ivan Perisic.But substitutions proved decisive – Barbosa scored seven minutes after coming on – and Inter have now scored 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of play this season, the most in Serie A.”It’s always a good sign for a coach when you have a squad that believes until the end,” Pioli said. “We struggled between the lines and were slow manoeuvring, but we still worked hard. The team believed until the end and that perseverance paid off.”Roma’s Edin Dzeko joined Gonzalo Higuain atop the Serie A scoring chart with the opener against Torino.Dzeko scored with a low, long-range shot that Torino and England goalkeeper Joe Hart arguably should have saved. It was Dzeko’s 19th in Serie A and 29th in all competitions this season, three days after scoring a hat-trick against Villarreal in the Europa League.Mohamed Salah doubled the lead shortly after the quarter-hour mark with a powerful effort inside the near post, then hit the post three minutes later.Leandro Paredes added another in the second half with a well-struck shot that gave Hart no chance.Maxi Lopez pulled one back for Torino in the 85th, but Radja Nainggolan restored Roma’s three-goal lead after being set up by Francesco Totti, who came on for the final 10 minutes.Roma maintained their perfect home record with a 12th win in 12 matches, putting the Giallorossi back in second place, two points ahead of Napoli, which won 3-1 away to Chievo Verona earlier.
SEA Games: Don’t boo Schooling, Malaysians urged
Singapore’s bronze medallist Joseph Isaac Schooling poses on the podium of the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOVMalaysia’s sports minister has urged fans not to boo Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling at the Southeast Asian Games, after the Singaporean sparked a furor by vowing to “teach (Malaysians) a thing or two”.Schooling, who won Singapore’s first gold medal at last year’s Rio Olympics, caused controversy with his remarks last week, before insisting he meant no offence and that his comments were taken out of context.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said fans shouldn’t give Schooling a rough ride at the event from August 19-30 — and told them to remember that the swimmer’s mother is Malaysian.“No booing, no jeering,” he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times newspaper Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“That is not what the SEA Games is about. Tensions will run high, cheer for your team but don’t jeer others.”He added Malaysians should not “dwell on this too much, it is important to remember that Joseph Schooling’s mother is Malaysian”. Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Schooling, who stunned his idol Michael Phelps to win 100m butterfly gold in Rio last year, is likely to play a starring role in Kuala Lumpur after he swept nine gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing project MOST READ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
NBA: Paul Pierce to join ESPN as full-time analyst
How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As confirmed by the sports network in a statement, the 10-time All-Star and Celtics legend will regularly appear in the “NBA Countdown’’ and “The Jump” segments starting next month.“I always had fun doing guest coverage with ESPN, so it is exciting to officially join the teams at NBA Countdown and The Jump,” said Pierce, who served as a guest on both segments during the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I love hoops, my whole life has been about the game, so this feels like a natural evolution in my career and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” he added.Pierce’s toughness and bravado as a basketball player translated well into the microphone, as his often candid and opinionated commentaries drew rave reviews from viewers. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Paul Pierce AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLooks like it didn’t take long for Paul Pierce to find a new gig outside of basketball.After 19 remarkable seasons in the NBA, “The Truth” is set to join ESPN’s crew of on-screen NBA analysts and personalities.ADVERTISEMENT Pierce’s new venture, meanwhile, mirrors his former Celtic teammate Kevin Garnett, who also transitioned to broadcast commentary after retiring from the sport.His number 34 jersey will also be immortalized in a retirement ceremony sometime this season. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Perez uncorks 28 as Lyceum goes up 15-0 LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up