“France? The FEF will be with the Administration and with what it decides for Spain”

first_imgThe President of the Federation also gave his opinion on the decision of France to suspend his league championship, but said that Spain will follow its own path. “The matter of the pandemic is so important that it is time for the maximum prudence. We will be together with our Administration, whatever the path that is drawn”Luis Rubiales told this newspaper.Anyway, the idea that maintains the RFEF is to finish the League Championship. It is the agreement that Luis Rubiales himself, Javier Tebas and the Secretary of State for Sport, Irene Lozano, reached in the so-called Viana Pact. The idea of ​​the RFEF is that the League can end during the months of June and July if there are full health guarantees and it is authorized by the Government of the nation. For the Federation, as Rubiales already said, “the first thing is the health of the players and of all the players in football”, but maintains his idea of ​​finishing the professional competitions according to the agreement reached. Of course, Rubiales makes it clear that it will have to be with the full authorization of the Government to play behind closed doors and in maximum security conditions. If the approval of the Government, the RFEF will not move piece.last_img read more

The moment of Paco León in the purest Isabel Pantoja style in ‘La casa de las flores’

first_imgOn April 23, the third and last season of ‘La casa de las flores’ premiered on Netflix, the successful Mexican comedy drama created by Manolo Caro and starring Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez, Verónica Castro, David Ostrosky and Paco León, among others. Precisely, the Spanish actor and his sister María León are two of the actors who have managed to gain greater prominence as the story of the well-known De la Mora family and its mythical flower shop progressed.* Contains spoilers *In the final chapter of the last season of the series, we can enjoy the link between the character of Paulina (Cecilia Suárez) and María José (Paco León) who married for the second time in history. Among those attending the celebration we will see the odd well-known face; And it is that Paz Vega, Leticia Dolera and Miguel Bosé have their particular cameo in the final scenes of ‘La casa de las flores’. “Paulina, I am very excited about this wedding. It is our second wedding but this is more important because this is more me“ says a radiant Maria José. Let us remember that in his first marriage, the character of Paco León was still a man under the name of José María.(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8pO-9FGv3A (/ embed) With the third full season available on Netflix, Paco León has taken advantage of his social networks to share a fun moment with all the fans from the Manolo Caro series. In the images we can see how the actor intones the already famous “You’re not going to record me anymore” from tonadillera Isabel Pantoja at the gates of her house in Cantora. “They don’t respect anything. Poor María José running with the flask of the mike on her leg. It is that with that dress everything is marked “, Leon writes on his Instagram profile where he adds more than 1.5 million followers.What do you think of the role of Paco León in ‘La casa de las flores’?last_img read more

Ruiz and the umpteenth lesson of Luis

first_imgMiguel Ángel Ruiz, former player and captain of Atlético, recalled on the website of the Madrid club the final of the Copa del Rey played in 1985 against Athletic Bilbao. Ruiz praised the figure of Luis Aragonés, Atlético coach in that final: “We had the experience of two League Cup finals against Real Madrid and Valladolid. In Copa del Rey we had no experience in this regard, but it was secondary because Luis Aragonés had us aware. We could end the season well. It was a calm tension. The good thing was that it got intensity but always leaving you room, I knew who to push and how far “.Miguel Ángel Ruiz played from 1977 to 1987 in Atlético. In that team there were many players trained in the rojiblanca quarry: Rubio, Quique Ramos, Marina … Ruiz was the captain of that generation of footballers trained at home. He won the aforementioned Copa del Rey in 1985 and the Spanish Super Cup the following season. Later he went to Malaga. The rojiblanco captain continued talking about the final cup: “In these games special work is done in the week and there is no more pressure on the previous one, because you already know what is being played. Luis put us on the board and spoke slightly about the rival but said that what is important is what you are going to do on the field and he explained to us. We knew Athletic very well, we were very good at it and we were very prepared for that game. “ Ruiz admitted that it was “a very important moment in his career, for all that generation of the club, that we came in droves from the branch. In that final seven footballers were from the quarry. We had been at the club for about eight years without winning a title. In that season we had been on the verge of winning the League against Barcelona and we had lost the final of the League Cup against Real Madrid. It was a game that we could not escape “Ruiz added in the video that Atlético broadcast.last_img read more

Former CONCACAF boss to be sentenced next June

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC): Disgraced former CONCACAF president, Jeff Webb, is set to be sentenced in June next year, after recently pleading guilty to corruption charges in the United States. World Football Insider has reported that Caymanian Webb, who headed the continental governing body for football in North, Central American and the Caribbean, will be sentenced on June 3. Webb recently pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy, charges levelled by United States prosecutors. According to the US Depart-ment of Justice, Webb agreed to forfeit US$6.7 million as part of his plea. A former FIFA vice-president and Executive Committee member, Webb was one of several football officials who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Swiss police and subsequently indicted as part of an elaborate racketeering and corruption schemed alleged by the US Department of Justice. He was extradited to the US to face the charges where he pleaded not guilty and was placed on US$10 million bond. The former Cayman Islands Football Association president is currently under house arrest at his home in Atlanta.last_img read more


first_imgBOURNEMOUTH 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 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.SWANSEAlast_img read more

Consolation win for South Africa

first_imgCENTURION, South Africa (AP): England crumbled to 101 all out and their second-lowest score ever in South Africa to lose the fourth and final Test by 280 runs yesterday, ending a hugely successful tour on a sobering low point. Continuing on 52-3, England lasted barely an hour on the final day at SuperSport Park, as their last seven batsmen were fired out in just over 13 overs, mainly down to another supreme display by young South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “This week has shown us that if you’re not absolutely 100% on it … you just can’t compete,” England captain Alastair Cook said. Still, England had already won the series with a 2-0 lead ahead of the final Test and will celebrate a first victory over South Africa in 11 years. The context of the loss was that the game in Centurion was a dead rubber, and England were reaching the end of a long and rugged tour. Over the last month, England beat South Africa convincingly in two games on their home soil, and dominated long periods of the drawn second Test in Cape Town. South Africa chased down their consolation win desperately, having sustained a rare home series loss, been knocked off the top of the Test rankings, and been the target of sometimes fierce criticism by their fans and media commentators. Rabada’s 6-32 in England’s brief second innings, and his 13 wickets in the Test, confirmed the relief of a first victory for the former No. 1 team in their last 10 Tests, since they beat West Indies in early January 2015. “Tough times are part of the game. And it’s a part of individual careers,” South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. “I never felt it was panic stations.” The 20-year-old Rabada became only the third South African to take 13 wickets in a Test, and his match figures of 13-144 were the second-best ever for the Proteas behind Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132 against West Indies in 2005.last_img read more

McLeod hungry for more

first_img American Ameer Webb posted his second sub-20 time of the season in the half-lap event, winning in a meet record 19.85. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.06. Jamaica’s only field athlete on show, Shanieka Thomas, competing at her first Diamond League meet, fell well short of her personal and season’s best 14.47m in the triple jump. The 24-year-old, who cited her coach’s absence as the possible reason for her below-par showing, placed sixth after managing 14.10m. The event was won by Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen with a meet record and world-leading 15.04m to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 competitions. Yulimar Rojas, with her leap of 14.92m, broke the Venezuelan national record for second, with Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova (14.61m) placing third. ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com NEW SEASON BEST One of two other Jamaican top three finishers on the night was Veronica Campbell-Brown, who improved her season best to 10.91 seconds in the women’s 100m. Campbell-Brown was not perturbed at not winning as she intends to produce her best when it counts most. “I am working to keep getting better so that when it matters most, I am at my best,” Campbell-Brown said. There was a mild upset in the race. American champion and World bronze medallist Tori Bowie won ahead of pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in a new meet record and world-leading 10.80. Schippers clocked 10.83. The second Jamaican in the race, Simone Facey, was sixth in 11.05. The country’s most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, failed in her bid to notch a 22nd victory in the series as she appeared race rusty and was third in a season’s best 55.02. “I wasn’t hurdling properly … I was jumping for the most part of it,” Spencer, the four-time Diamond Trophy winner in the event, said. The race was won by Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle in a world-leading 54.53, with world indoor 400m champion Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya placing second in 54.87. Nickel Ashmeade placed a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200m in 20.31, which he said was due to the flu, which made it difficult even for him to speak. MEET RECORD DOHA, Qatar: “I want everything!” Those were the words of Omar McLeod shortly after he got the better of a quality field at the Qatar Sports Club at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. McLeod won in a world-leading and season’s best 13.05 seconds. This was the 22-year-old’s first Diamond League outing, and having created history since the start of the year by becoming the first athlete to run under 10 seconds in the 100m and sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles to go along with his World Indoors 60m success, he intends to stay dominant right up to the Olympics as he wants all that’s on offer. “You always want to go out with a bang, especially in hurdling. You always want to stay on top of your game, especially with these world-class athletes. Let them know you are around and let them know you are here to stay,” McLeod said. McLeod survived a stumble at the end of yesterday’s race as he finished ahead of compatriot Hansle Parchment. Parchment, who also clocked a season’s best 13.10, viewed his run as another rung on the journey to the two big races. “I think the technique was a little off today, but this is just another build-up race to the main event – first the trials and then the Olympics, ” Parchment said. Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt was sixth in 13.37.last_img read more

Warner gets belated life ban from FIFA

first_img “In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.” Warner is currently fighting extradition to the United States, where he was one of 14 current and former football executives indicted in May on “racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies”. The US Department of Justice said the 72-year-old former government minister, while serving as CONCACAF president, had along with other football executives engaged in an elaborate 24-year-old scheme “to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer”. Last week, Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general, Faris Al Rawi, signed off on papers allowing the extradition to proceed. Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades. He quit both roles in 2011 to avoid an ethics investigation into his role in the cash-for-votes scandal when some Caribbean Football Union officials were accused of accepting bribes from then FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed bin Hammam, in exchange for their votes at the election later that year. Bin Hammam, a Qatari, was also handed a life ban by FIFA in July 2011. ZURICH, Switzerland, (CMC): Former football supremo Jack Warner has been slapped with a life ban by football’s world governing body, FIFA, four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal. FIFA said yesterday that it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner’s involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The Trinidadian, FIFA said, had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body’s code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and “accepting and offering gifts and other benefits”. As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of “football-related activity at national and international level for life.” “Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF,” FIFA said. money-making schemeslast_img read more

Thunder star Durant not rushing to decide on future

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Kevin Durant has a lot to consider in the next month. The face of the Thunder franchise since their move from Seattle in 2008 is heading into free agency and what he chooses to do after July 1 could shake up the NBA landscape. Durant was the 2014 MVP and is a four-time scoring champion. He led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012 and to the Western Conference Finals in four of the past six years. He recovered from a broken bone in his right foot that cost him much of last season to post one of the best years of his career. At just 27, he is in his prime and capable of being the centrepiece of a championship squad here — or elsewhere. Durant would stand to make significantly more money if he signs for a year with Oklahoma City, then signs a longer deal with the Thunder the following year. Two days after the Thunder lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game Seven of the conference finals, Durant ruled nothing out. “I really haven’t wrapped my mind around it since it’s so fresh coming out the playoffs,” he said on Wednesday. “I really haven’t thought about next week, moreso than next month or what’s going to happen.” With the salary cap going up, many teams will have the money to make a run at him. Washington, Durant’s hometown team, recently hired former Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whom Durant has great respect for. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas have taken to Twitter in hopes of luring Durant east. Durant said there will be very little outside influence on his decision. “I’ve got to just hear from me and hear what I want and talk to myself on what I need and how I can make this thing work for myself and just try to be a little selfish,” he said. “Obviously, I’m going to have some advice, but also, I want to make the decision that’s best for me.” He said he loves his teammates and at times he spoke as though he planned to be back. “Are we going to work on our game and come back even better, or are we going to be excited about what we did?” Durant said. “Be complacent, or are we going to want more? I think that’s the next step for us all — thinking of how we can all be better.” Durant said he doesn’t plan on bouncing from city to city as teams try to woo him, stating, “that’s not who I am”. “It may seem like I’m not talking and I’m not giving information, but I’m just really trying to make sure I tie everything up properly and make this thing right,” he said. Durant has elevated Oklahoma’s profile so much that he was inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame late last year. And Durant has made a point to have a local presence. He donated $1 million in disaster relief to the Red Cross in 2013 after a tornado ravaged south Oklahoma City and Moore. He also owns a popular restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City. “He’s obviously had a great impact on this community and this organisation,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, the organisation and the community love him a great deal as well. This is about Kevin. If he needed anything from me, I would be there to talk to him about anything. But this is about what Kevin wants to do and it’s his decision.” Durant bounced back from his injury to average 28.2 points per game – more than when he was scoring champion in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He grabbed a career-high 8.2 rebounds per game and added 5.0 assists per contest, the second-best total of his nine-year career. He improved as a defensive player, at times dominating in the play-offs. Along the way, he avoided allowing the hoopla around him to be a distraction. “I could not be more impressed with the way he handled this year,” Donovan said. “Everywhere we went, people wanted to talk about it and he never allowed it to get into the team and I really, really respected that and admired that. He put the team first.” Durant’s choice could have a domino effect, with Russell Westbrook entering the final year of his deal. The current core has a promising future. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead on the Warriors before losing the next three games. Together, they could make a move in the West, provided that the youngest emerging stars — Steven Adams and Enes Kanter — continue to improve at their rapid pace. Kanter, a seven-foot post who is just 24, was third in the sixth man of the year balloting. Adams, a seven-foot post who is just 22, emerged as a bruising, yet agile double-double threat during the play-offs. Shooting guard Andre Roberson, known as a defender, showed promise as a scorer late in the play-offs. Those talented young players could make it tempting to stick around.last_img read more

Dream IPL debut for Aussie bowler

first_img Tye could have got one more wicket off his last delivery but Ajay Jadeja, also playing his first game for the Lions, blew a catch at midwicket to dismiss Rahul Chahar. Supergiant captain Steve Smith, who missed the last game due to illness, top-scored with 43. It was the Lions’ first win in three matches while Supergiant have lost three of their four matches. Today, Kolkata Knight Riders host defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (5:30 a.m. Ja time) and Kings XI Punjab take on Delhi Daredevils in Delhi at 9:30 a.m. RAJKOT, India (AP): Andrew Tye of Australia made a dream Indian Premier League (IPL) debut with a hat-trick to earn the revamped Gujarat Lions a thumping seven-wicket victory over Rising Pune Supergiant yesterday. Medium-fast bowler Tye, one of the four changes made by the Lions, finished with five for 17 and restricted Supergiant to 171-8. Veteran Brendon McCullum (49) and Dwayne Smith (47) then carried the Lions to 172-3 in 18 overs for their first win. Both batsmen tormented Supergiant bowlers with a 94-run opening stand off 53 balls, and negated the spin threat of Imran Tahir, who finished with 1-53. Tye, who took five wickets in five Twenty20s for Australia, claimed the wickets of Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, and Shardul Thakur in the last over for his hat-trick. Two earlier blows gave him the wickets of Rahul Tripathi (33) and Ben Stokes (25). MISSED CATCHlast_img read more