Montague pleased with first-day execution

first_imgChairman of the organising committee for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Colleen Montague, says she was pleased with the execution of the first day of the five-day championships, currently taking place inside the National Stadium. Montague admitted some disappointment that spectators continue to shun the opening day of the championships despite the free admittance, but believes there are some positive signs as she looks forward to another successful staging of the event. “Things are going very well, everyone has carried out their part, it was an amazing effort on everyone’s part to ensure that everything was in place for today (yesterday),” Montague told The Gleaner. “We had some very minor hiccups, but we are pleased with where we are. “We know that each day is different. Tomorrow (today) brings another complexion because all the schools will be out, and by Friday, the spectators will all be out, so every day brings a different aspect to Champs, and we just take it day by day,” Montague added. “We take it year by year, and what we have been seeing on all of the days is a vast improvement over a few years ago. We are taking it step by step, and we are working with all of our stakeholders. In a few years we will see even more improvements on these days,” she said. The Wolmer’s Girls’ School principal was also disappointed that the demand for grandstand tickets could not be met, but reminded fans that there will be an opportunity to watch the event on big screen outside the National Stadium’s main gate on Saturday. “We are very unhappy that we are unable to satisfy the demands of so many persons who want to be here with us,” Montague said. “We will be having a screen outside for persons who come and aren’t able to get inside, they will be able to view it and experience it there.”last_img read more

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Russell will play in T20 World Cup

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron has disclosed that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will not be pulled from the West Indies team for the upcoming ICC World T20 World Cup. The Windies are currently preparing for the upcoming tournament to be held in India. Russell, an anticipated key figure in the West Indies push to regain the World Twenty20 crown, recently missed three out-of-competition drug tests over a 12-month period, which under World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules equates to a positive finding and carries a suspension of two years for a first offence. The 27-year-old, according to Cameron, is to face an independent panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after the March 8 to April 3 tournament. “Mr Russell is not suspended as he will play in the World T20,” Cameron said, following the annual general meeting of the WICB at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at the weekend. “The matter has been sent to an independent panel for hearing, and that will be done after the tournament.” Cameron, who expressed surprise at Russell’s rule violation given efforts of the board to inform players of WADA requirements, also stated that Russell has the full support of the board. “We have Ayana Cooper (WICB player relations officer), who is on board, on staff and that is exactly one of the reasons she is there for: To support the players directly on those things,” stated Cameron. “We have to now move to try and support him in ensuring whatever sanctions we can mitigate.” The big-hitting Russell guided Islamabad United to the inaugural Pakistan Super League title last month. He was also named man of the tournament. He also helped Sydney Thunder win the Australia Big Bash League, Kolkata Knight Riders the Indian Premier League and Jamaica Tallawahs the Caribbean Premier League. He is also in talks with Nottinghamshire in a bid to represent them in this year’s England T20 Blast tournament. According to WADA rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency, where they will be for at least one hour each day, to accommodate out-of-competition drug tests.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry steps into wife’s shadow at Sonoma Raceway

first_imgSONOMA, California (AP): Stephen Curry grew up just 20 minutes away from one of the showplace tracks in NASCAR. Despite the proximity, he never made it out to an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Some 2,700 miles away, at a road course in California, Curry finally made it to his first race. The two-time NBA MVP paid a visit to Sonoma Raceway yesterday as the supportive husband to wife Ayesha. It was Ayesha Curry who was named grand marshall of the IndyCar season finale, and Stephen Curry had no problem stepping into the shadow of the budding celebrity chef. “She’s got a great thing going and I am supportive of the things she’s passionate about: cooking, her lifestyle platform,” Curry said. “So to see that be recognised and give her opportunities like this to just get out and have some fun, I am happy to support her.” LONG WAY TO GO Curry, star guard for the Golden State Warriors and one of the biggest names in the NBA, said his wife is the true celebrity in the family. He’s had fun on social media trying to follow some of her recipes, but said he’s got a long way to go to rival her. “It’s no lie that I can’t cook for anything. If my family had to choose between me and Ayesha, they’d choose her every day of the week,” Curry said. “When her book came out, I took it and three nights in a row made dinner. It was groundbreaking, but I just got in there and followed the recipes.” His experiments? Steaks, Italian sausage pasta and bananas foster.last_img read more

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Kemba Walker proves doubters wrong, becomes Hornets scoring leader

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery The emotions boiled over for Walker after he made a reverse layup with 20 seconds left in a 118-105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers to break the record Curry held for 26 years.LeBron James was having one of those nights, scoring 41 points — so the outcome was already decided.But few in the packed house had left the Spectrum Center because they wanted to see Walker — by far the city’s most popular NBA player of the past decade — break the record. Once again, Walker did not disappoint, overcoming a sluggish three quarters to come alive late and finish with 21 points. Walker said he wanted to break the mark at home, rather than on the road at Washington this weekend.Curry, a broadcaster for the Hornets and a huge Walker fan, looked down from his seat well above the court with a big, proud smile on his face.James walked over to Walker as time expired and gave him a huge hug, whispering in his ear what an amazing accomplishment he had achieved.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) reacts to making a 3-point basket against the New York Knicks during overtime of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker keeps proving people wrong.It’s just what he does.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The 27-year-old Walker said that is because he’s never forgotten where he came from and what he went through to get to became a national champion at UConn and to get to where he is now.“I’m from a rough place, the Bronx,” Walker said. “Not a lot of people make it this far, especially as a professional athlete. I definitely know a lot of guys that played in the league that came from the Bronx but not a lot of them are a franchise all-time leading scorer. It’s special and I take pride in that. I put on every single day and night for my city. My city loves me to death. I love where I’m from because if it wasn’t for where I’m from, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism When folks questioned whether the 6-foot-1 Walker was too small to become an elite NBA point guard after Charlotte selected him with the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA draft, he pushed himself to beat out D.J. Augustin as the starter.When doubters questioned the Hornets giving him a four-year, $48 million contract in 2015, all he did was become a two-time All-Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn Wednesday night, he took another step in his impressive, if not unlikely career, passing Dell Curry to become the franchise’s career scoring leader with 9,841 points.“It’s super special because of all of the doubt I’ve gotten throughout my career and all of the criticism, but I just continue to prove them wrong,” Walker said. MOST READ Embiid injured but 76ers pull through for 8th straight win Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Moments later Walker was being interviewed on the court and broke down, grabbing a towel to wipe away the growing tears streaming down his face.“It was just pretty emotional,” Walker said. “I really wish I would have played better earlier and we would have had a more competitive game but it’s still a huge accomplishment. For my family to be here and all the fans cheering me on like that, especially because we lost, they made it pretty special anyway.”James said Walker has a ton of respect around the league, although his Charlotte teams have struggled to consistently make the NBA playoffs and will likely miss out again this year.“Listen, if you can be the all-time leading scorer in any franchise, that’s incredible,” James said. “That’s an incredible feat. I definitely went over and just told him how incredible that was. Even though with the season that they’re having, when accomplishments happen throughout the season, you try not to take them for granted. I think it’s an incredible feat for him.”Hornets owner Michael Jordan wasn’t at the game, but weighed in with a statement released through the team.“I’m really happy for Kemba,” Jordan said. “Becoming a franchise’s all-time leading scorer is a big accomplishment and it’s a testament to his hard work, dedication and passion for the game of basketball. He exemplifies what it means to be a Hornet. His effort, leadership and commitment to our team and the City of Charlotte is second to none. I’m proud to have him on our team.”For Walker, this was about the gratification of overcoming doubters.“I proved them wrong again,” Walker said. “That’s what I’m about. I’m about working, getting better and proving people wrong. Like I said, I’m not supposed to be here. This is an unbelievable accomplishment and I’m so excited that I was able to do it tonight at home.”Teammate Marvin Williams said Walker plays harder than anyone he’s seen in a Hornets uniform.Few would disagree. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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CARI Team Manager Unveils Dev. Plans for 2014

first_imgThe Team Manager at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County, Mr. Aaron Marshall, has disclosed his administration would continue its support of the human resources development of the institute.In an interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend at his CARI Office, Mr. Marshall stressed that when capacity is improved, productivity would also be enhanced. This all around improvement would help smallholders to access markets in the country for the enhancement and governance of selected value chains that include rice, plantain and cassava.The CARI Team Manager divulged that an additional six Liberian masters degree holders in specialized areas are coming to join the CARI to improve access to markets by improving productivity in a sustainable way and introducing institutional development.Mr. Marshall informed this reporter that his administration’s primary objective at CARI is to support rehabilitation of the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.The CARI Team Manager explained the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) would work along with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Government of Liberia (GOL) to restore the productive assets of farmers and farmers’ groups and build essential infrastructure to support food production, marketing and processing activities.Mr. Marshall was swift to inform this paper that the role of the Ministry of Agriculture is to produce a level playing field through the provision of elite planting materials for farmers and farmers’ groups.He indicated that through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), AfricaRice and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) CARI would provide seeds of improved varieties to poor small-scale farmers for an affordable amount.  “CARI has planted 25 hectares of improved cassava—there are 20 different varieties of cassava that can give ten times the present yield compared to the traditional cassava known as “Bassa Girl,” Mr. Marshall explained.The CARI Team Manager specified that in 2014, around 150 metric tons of improved seeds would be available to smallholder farmers through the county agriculture coordinator, but clarified that they would not be free. “There are many obstacles that prevent us from developing as we ought to. One of the impediments is the practice of paternalism where we give things freely to people. Here at CARI, we do not give things free to people, you have to pay something for it” Mr. Marshall noted.Mr. Marshall further explained that CARI as agricultural institution will work with poor rural communities to enable them to grow and sell more food, increase their incomes and determine the direction of their own lives by breaking out of poverty.“There is a high incidence of poverty in this country where the potential of agriculture is not yet realized” the CARI Team Manager declared.Commenting on achievements over the past two years, Mr. Marshall said the institution has renovated three fish ponds for the maintenance of fingerlings that will be sold to farmers for reasonable price, the regular supply of electricity through the provision of government subsidy, the trainings of farmers and extension workers on a regular basis, the procurement of new tractors and the recruitment of five PhD holders from IITA and AfricaRice to help monitor the younger scientists by showing research mentality, research design and approaches.On the question of challenges, Mr. Marshall informed this paper that due to limited housing facility as the result of the UNMIL Bangladeshi soldiers using the housing facilities, senior staff are constrained to share an apartment.He said with the arrival of additional staff, it will be extremely difficult to accommodate the staff and then used the occasion to appeal to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government of Liberia to see reason to relocate the UNMIL soldiers as a means of providing housing facility for the additional staff that are to arrive soon at the institute to beef up the strength and production of the institute.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ramjattan admits constitutional crisis looms

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…as Ram calls on President to immediately honour ConstitutionChartered accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram, on Saturday called on President David Granger to immediately honour his words and start acting on the December 21, 2018, no-confidence resolution asking, “which la la land is Granger living in?”Ram made the statement when he appeared on a panel discussion on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York. The discussion, titled ‘Is there a constitutional crisis looming’ in Guyana, was streamed live on social media site Facebook with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan being part of the panel. The programme was moderated by Financial Analysis Sase Singh.The passage of the December 21, 2018, No-confidence Motion, saw the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government being toppled. The motion was moved by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and carried in a 33-32 vote, with AFC MP Charrandas Persaud defecting in support of a vote of conscience in favour of the motion.The passage of the motion activated Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution which states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, the Government is challenging the validity of the resolution owing to the fact that Persaud holds dual citizenship and a total of 34 votes were needed to have it validly passed. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George has since ruled that while Persaud is a dual citizen his vote remains valid as a result of the doctrine of necessity as well as the resolution was validly carried having garnered the majority of the votes of the elected Members of the House.It has been 64 days since the resolution was carried and no move has been made by the Government to have elections held within the constitutionally mandated 90 days.Additionally, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has since indicated that it will require at least five months to prepare. This move has been condemned by many with observes accusing GECOM of ignoring its constitutional mandate to buy time for the Government.Constitutional crisisDuring the discussion on Saturday, the question of whether members of the National Assembly can return to the House to have the extension of the 90 days to which he responded that the 11th Parliament has not yet been dissolved, which means that they can.“What is important is for Mr Granger as President to start acting on the No-confidence Motion which he promised to do. Mr Jagdeo called on Mr (Joseph) Harmon on the very night and said we need to get together and decide on the way forward. It took Mr Granger 18 days and he wanted to know what Mr Jagdeo wants to talk about,” he noted.“Which la la land is Granger living in? Doesn’t he know there is a constitutional crisis…doesn’t the President of the country know that and since Mr Ramjattan he is a Vice President shouldn’t he tell Mr Granger that look you are brewing here one of the worst constitutional crises to confront Guyana in its post-independence history,” Ram added.Meanwhile, Minister Ramjattan said while prorogation of Parliament is an option for President Granger, he is “certain that the President will not prorogue Parliament and seek the support of the Leader of the Opposition” as well as consult with GECOM in regard to their readiness then he can dissolve the Parliament and set a date for elections.Staying true to the discussion, both panelists – Ramjattan and Ram – admitted that Guyana will enter into a constitutional crisis come March 19 and the constitutionally mandated Regional and General Elections are not held.“Well then you will certainly have what is internationally regarded as a constitutional crisis and I must admit that for the purposes of this dialogue that we are going to presume that the 90 days has passed and we still do not have the two-third majority in Parliament, we are going to enter some uncharted waters,” Ramjattan admitted.He explained that it is important to understand, notwithstanding the looming constitutional crisis, the Government as well as political parties are within their rights to utilise the courts for better explanation. The Vice President went on to state that GECOM is a constitutional body just as a High Court Judge and if they indicate that they are not ready for then, the crisis could only be solved by dialogue with the Government and Opposition.However, Ram said GECOM is the creature of the Constitution of Guyana and that they can tap into the Contingency Fund for the hosting of elections.“We already have a crisis because the Government is saying that we are not going to play by the democratic rules of this Constitution and we will decide how to interpret it as and when we want and if it doesn’t please us then we will break it and who does what we want and that is the attitude we are having. It does not auger well,” Ram indicated.last_img read more

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Murder accused attacks, stabs inmate with knife

first_img– suspect alleges victim, other inmates plotted to kill him during breakfastA prisoner who is on remand for murder at the Mazaruni Prison, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) took matters into his own hands and stabbed a fellow inmate several times after overhearing that there was a plot to kill him during breakfast.Twenty-seven-year-old Wayne Gilbert reportedly told prison officials that he retaliated after another prisoner, who was also on remand for murder, attacked him on Wednesday morning.Reports are that around 07:10h on the day in question, the cells in the “B Watch” section of the Mazaruni Prison were opened and it was then that a 28-year-old inmate, Rickford Jones, allegedly attacked Gilbert, stabbing him to his right hand.A scuffle then ensued between the two men which resulted in Jones receiving two stab wounds to his right elbow, one stab to his left shoulder, and another to a left rib.It was at this point that prison officers on duty became aware of the brutal fight and intervened. They then transported Jones to the Bartica Regional Hospital where he was admitted for treatment.Meanwhile, Gilbert was escorted to the Bartica Police Station, where the knife used in the attack was handed over to the Police. During a caution statement, Gilbert admitted to stabbing Jones, but explained that he acted in self-defence.He reportedly told Police that on Tuesday, he overheard a discussion among Jones and two other inmates making plans to kill him the following morning. An investigation has been launched into the alleged plot.Less than six months ago, Samuel Little, 23, of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, who was on remand at the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay, died as a result of injuries he received during an altercation with another inmate.It was reported that the now dead man was struck with a piece of wood to his head several times.Given the serious injuries sustained, Little had been taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital for emergency medical treatment and was admitted. However, he died shortly after while receiving treatment for his injuries.last_img read more

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Mendy ready for more silverware with City, France

first_img0Shares0000France’s defender Benjamin Mendy, pictured July 16, 2018, was sidelined by a knee injury but still ended the summer with World Cup and Premier League winners medals © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREMIAMI, United States, Jul 29 – Benjamin Mendy is ready to make up for lost time at Manchester City and add to his ever-growing list of silverware.A knee injury forced the 24-year-old for out seven months last season but having made just 11 appearances all season he ended the summer with World Cup and Premier League winners medals. Mendy played only 40 minutes for Les Bleus in the group stage against Denmark and ticked off just enough matches for City to have something hanging round his neck during the celebrations.His gold World Cup medal hasn’t left his sight since picking it up in Moscow.“I have the medal in my pocket,” Mendy told reporters in Miami ahead of City’s pre-season friendly here this week.“Before the World Cup I said to the dressing room, ‘if I win I’ll come back with the medal’.“This (the medal) is my skin now. For four years it’s my skin for a life. In four years we have a new World Cup but now we are the kings.“Before we were going, everybody was talking about their country. I said that you’ll see the French win but some other guys said no.“After we played we spoke but every time it’s with respect. When we won against Argentina I spoke with Kun (Aguero) straight after the game with a text.“When England won their quarter-final I spoke with Raz (Raheem Sterling) and Kyle (Walker). Everything is like this. So when I come back I don’t go “waaaaaaah!” I say hi and we speak.”Mendy’s involvement on the pitch with Didier Deschamps’ team was brief but his influence in the dressing room ensured he remained an important part of the jigsaw for France.“For the World Cup you don’t care. It’s better if you’re playing but it was an amazing moment with the team and the staff,” he said.– ‘A big family’ –Mendy says that playing with old friend Paul Pogba (L), both pictured June 15, 2018, on the French national team is “a dream” from when they were younger © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFE“We are a big family and we knew what we wanted to do – to win the World Cup and it’s what we did. It was amazing to go back to Paris. If you play or you don’t play, I enjoyed it.“You need to have a very big team and a big family with the team-mates and staff too.”Mendy joined up with Pep Guardiola’s side in Floriday ahead of their clash with Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup and is hopeful of being fit and raring to go for the season-opener at Arsenal.“Really, I didn’t have any low moments, “ he said. When I go to the hospital some people [are worse than] me. It’s just one knee though.“All the time I was asking about when I can do the next thing. I was always asking. The time went so quick. I remember when I went to the hospital in Barcelona, I asked before my surgery whether I could go to the World Cup.“The surgeon said: ‘I’m not a magician, but normally yes.’ That was my goal.“I want to play. When you win one time you want to win a second time. You don’t want to stop. I am so, so, so excited for keeping going like this with the team.”Seeing old friend Paul Pogba, his cross-city rival in Manchester, excel during France’s campaign made it even more special.“Playing with him in the national team is a dream,” said Mendy.“Sometimes we spoke about this when we were younger, about 13, and now we are in the France team.“It’s amazing. Before every game he was the one speaking big words to the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Zidane found wanting as Madrid are ran ragged in Paris

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane won three straight Champions Leagues in his first spell as Real Madrid coach but this campaign got off to a terrible start in Paris © AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTPARIS, France, Sep 19 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could only hold his hands up after his side were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League game of the season on Wednesday, going down 3-0 in the French capital.“They were superior to us in everything,” Zidane admitted after the match at the Parc des Princes. “In terms of how they played, in midfield, but above all, and what annoys me the most, in terms of intensity.” Games at this level are often won in the centre of the park and the Madrid trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez could not cope with their opponents, for whom the tireless Idrissa Gueye was outstanding.Zidane had pinpointed the same issue last weekend after his side almost blew a three-goal lead against Levante in La Liga.“When I looked to the bench there was nothing else,” he said of his midfield then, but he could and certainly should have seen this coming.While an injury to Luka Modric has exacerbated the problem, Zidane allowed Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente to leave in the summer and did not have an alternative to a failed move to sign Paul Pogba.The defeat in Paris may ultimately not prevent Real from reaching the last 16, but their performance contrasted sharply with two seasons ago, when they dumped PSG out en route to winning the trophy for the third year running.Zidane walked away after that success only to be tempted back in March. If it seemed like a huge risk at the time to gamble his legacy, six months on and the France great appears no closer to getting the 13-time European Cup winners back on track.He did not have to deal with such adversity in his glittering first stint in charge. They have won seven and lost five of 16 games since his return.On Wednesday, according to renowned Spanish sports statistician Mister Chip, apart from two disallowed goals, Real failed to muster a shot on target for the first time in a decade, a period spanning 578 competitive games.That was despite the presence of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard up front.The latter made his first start for the club after injury following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea but received a rating of two out of 10 from French sports daily L’Equipe.“To not create chances with the players we had on the field, it is a bit of a strange feeling but that is how it is,” Zidane said.Writing in Spanish sports daily As, Alfredo Relano remarked “Madrid are not in good shape, others know it and their opponents no longer crouch down before them out of respect for their prestige.”Of course they were not helped by the absences of the injured Marcelo and the suspended Sergio Ramos from their defence on Wednesday.– Lopetegui smells revenge –Real Madrid’s summer signing Eden Hazard was quiet in the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTThere is still much work for Zidane to do, however, with what is meant to be a new-look Real — centre-back Eder Militao and left-back Ferland Mendy were the other summer signings to start in Paris.But he needs to find solutions quickly, with Real facing a tough test on Sunday as they travel to face a Sevilla side who are top of La Liga after four games, two points above Zidane’s team.Real have lost on their last four visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and on six of their last seven trips there.Sevilla have another potential weapon given their coach, Julen Lopetegui, will be motivated by the prospect of getting one over on the club who sacked him after just 14 games last season.“We need to forget this defeat, it is hard but we have another game on Sunday and we need to focus on that,” Zidane said.It may be stretching it to say his position is under threat at the moment, but another defeat this weekend might change that, and a derby away to Atletico awaits a week later.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Middlesbrough defender yet to decide on future

first_img Jonathan Woodgate in action for Middlesbrough 1 Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has revealed he has not made any decisions over his future yet.The former Real Madrid centre-back’s contract expires at the end of the season and he was an unused substitute as his boyhood club were beaten in the play-off final against Norwich City at Wembley.Boro boss Aitor Karanka persuaded the veteran defender against retiring from football earlier this season after a glut of injury problems and Woodgate has repaid that faith with a string of impressive performances during the club’s promotion charge.When asked about whether he will be extending his stay at the Riverside, the 35-year-old said: “It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”He added: “I’ve not even thought about it.”Woodgate re-joined Boro in July 2012 on a three-year deal from Stoke City and has made nine appearances this season.last_img read more

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