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The works at the Lusail stadium are nearing completion

first_imgThe Lusail stadium where the final and the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played, is one of the stadiums that is expected to be ready by 2021.The Higher Committee on Organization and Legacy, responsible management of the organization and initiatives of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, closely follow the work at the Lusail stadium so that it ends on the expected date. The Committee published on its Twitter account, the photos just taken, showing the progress in the construction works, and the main stages of construction, which have just been completed, and that comes before starting with the next phase of construction work related to the facilities outside the stadium.Although the photos have been taken at night, but aesthetic structural achievements reflect creativity in the construction of the stadium located in Lusail the economic Qatari city characterized by its special and distinct style.The Stadium would open the door in front of investors, as a factor of attraction for all those who seek to invest in large tourism and economic projects.last_img read more

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Lampard puts on sale Kepa and 7 more Chelsea players

first_imgThe first one is Kepa, which once starred in the most expensive transfer of a Spaniard. He has lost his title in favor of Willy Caballero against all odds and Frank Lampard He prefers to sell it, especially if it serves to bring Oblak. 8 Premier League* Data updated as of February 27, 2020 one In defense there are three players for sale. The coach wants to renew the left wing, which means Marcos Alonso and Emerson have the transferable cartel. To them we must add the French central, Kurt Zouma, that has been a regular in the eleven but that could leave enough money in the coffers knowing that Christiansen Y Tomori They would cover your leave. eleven They have already tied Ziyech, from Ajax, for 40 million euros, Y The sun ensures that Ben Chillwell (Leicester) and Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid), would be the priorities for the next course. But to sign these players you also need to lighten the squad and in the locker room blue There are up to eight players of all lines on the starting ramp. 3 Having stood quite a bit for the FIFA sanction, Chelsea is planning a real revolution at Stamford Bridge. In summer they managed to enroll Pulisic and execute the purchase option of Kovacic, but that is not enough and for next year they need to be strengthened if they want to be competitive. In the center of the field the expendable ones are Ross Barkley and Jorginho. The former has not been at the level he promised and the latter does not have the same prominence as with Sarri. Both have a poster, so surely offers will arrive. Finally, in the lead, Pedro and Willian are the ones chosen to leave. The two exceed thirty and the intention is to renew the squad with young players. The Brazilian, not long ago, interested Barcelona.In case of all these possible sales, the era of ‘Spanish Chelsea’ could be over, since if Kepa leaves, Marcos Alonso and Pedro only César Azpilicueta would resist in London.last_img read more

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“It is time to sell Dembélé”

first_imgRivaldo understands that Dembélé “He has been unlucky with injuries, but he could also have tried to give more at times. He has not met expectations and he could rebuild his career at another club where he feels safer to play his best“The Brazilian, former world champion with the Canarinha, affirms that “Barcelona seems to be trying to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martínez, so Dembélé will probably have difficulties finding a place in the team next season. In addition, Barcelona would need to reduce their squad. To sign new players, others must leave“ “The time has come for Barcelona to sell Ousmane Dembéle”, says Rivaldo, who understands that Barcelona has to focus on trying to sign Lautaro or Neymar, whose part of the income that Barça received from the Brazilian served for the investment in the Frenchman, world champion with Franmcia in 2018.Rivaldo believes that Dembélé has been given enough time to prove himself and has been very uneven in his performance with the Blaugrana team. “Ousmane Dembélé signed with Barcelona almost three years ago and he has had enough time to settle in the club and demonstrate his worth. He is still a player with great potential, but I think this summer could be the perfect opportunity for Barcelona to sell him or enter into the operation of some of the players that Barça is pursuing.“last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgJNBS Open League uniform parade set for Saturday The opening ceremony and uniform parade of the Netball Jamaica/JNBS Sunshine Open League netball competition will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the Leila Robinson Courts, beginning at 1 p.m. sharp. Following the uniform parade, eight rounds of regular matches will be played. The defending champions of the Open League are Mico ‘B’, while the ‘B’ trophy was won by Molynes United ‘A’. Westchester were the Jo Wigman Rally winners, defeating Maxfield Park Community Club 8-5. This occasion marks the beginning of Netball Jamaica’s 2016 season and the 23rd year of sponsorship by Jamaica National Building Society. Italy, Poland awarded 2016 IAAF events MONACO (AP): Italy has been chosen to host the world race walking team championships, while Poland has been awarded the World Junior (Under-20) championships after Russia was stripped of both events which will be held this year. The International Association of Athletics Federations announced yesterday that Rome will host the team walking event in May after beating off competition from Mexico, Ukraine and Ecuador. Bydgoszcz in Poland was the only bidder for the Under-20 event which takes place in July. The reallocation of the two competitions follows the suspension of Russia in November for widespread doping.last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgRamires leaves Chelsea for China; Pato arrivesLONDON (AP):Brazil midfielder Ramires left Chelsea yesterday as compatriot Alexandre Pato arrived in London to join with the Premier League champions.After more than five years at Chelsea, Ramires signed for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. The transfer fee, reported by China’s official Xinhua News Agency to be around £25 million ($36 million), is a record for Chinese football.Chelsea are set to add Pato to their squad until the end of the season. The forward flew in from Brazil to complete an expected loan move from Corinthians.Durant hits 44 points for ThunderNEW YORK (AP):Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points, including the basket that tied the game in regulation time, and the Thunder went on to win 128-122 in overtime at the New York Knicks on Tuesday.The Knicks put up a gallant showing without injured leading scorer Carmelo Anthony but the Thunder won to maintain a 13-game lead atop the NBA’s Northwest Division, ahead of Portland, which had a home win against Sacramento.Among other results, the Los Angeles Clippers held on to win narrowly at Indiana, and Toronto tied a franchise record with its ninth straight win, defeating Washington.Oklahoma City’s Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime.last_img read more

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Humble Lion climb to fourth in RSPL

first_imgHumble Lion tagged Cavalier 2-0 at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon yesterday and moved into fourth spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Kevon Reid netted a brace in the 37th and 56th minutes to lift Humble Lion to 47 points, just one ahead of new boys, the UWI FC, as the teams battle for the fourth and final play-off spot in the semi-finals. Portmore United and UWI FC battled to a 1-1 draw at Juici Park in Clarendon. The Portmore team secured the $1 million incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage on most points. With one set of games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore have an unassailable 61 points, ahead of Arnett Gardens (57) and Montego Bay United (56). All three are already assured of play-off spots. At the other end of the table, Waterhouse stayed alive after a 3-2 win against Reno at Waterhouse Stadium. Waterhouse earned three valuable points courtesy of goals by Kemar ‘Bushy’ Beckford in the 26th minute, Deandre Brown (37th) and Kenroy Howell (66th). Renario Downswell scored both goals for the losers in the 40th and 82nd minutes. Waterhouse remained at the bottom of the 12-team league on 31 points, behind Cavalier (33), Rivoli United (33), and Reno (34). The two teams finishing in 11th and 12th positions will be relegated after next Sunday’s final round in the preliminary stage. – Harbour View 3 Arnett Gardens 0 – Boys’ Town 0 Tivoli Gardens 3 – Humble Lion 2 Cavalier 0 – Portmore United 1 UWI FC 1 – Waterhouse 3 FC Reno 2 – Rivoli United 4 Montego Bay United 2 Yesterday’s resultslast_img read more

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Team work the key for Schäfer

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia: WINFRIED Schäfer  had credited his team’s unity on and off the pitch for most of what they have achieved at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, following their historic 2-1 win over the United States in Wednesday night’s semi-final. “Our plus is team work and team spirit, and I hope we’ll continue to do the same in Philadelphia,” he admitted. “I remember yesterday (Tuesday) I told you we want more, we want to go to Philadelphia, to the big stadium. I’m very proud of my team for what we did today, from the first minute to the 93rd minute,” he said on Wednesday. “It was very, very difficult because the United States is a physical team with big potential, very, very big potential. The players went over the limit, and I’m very happy about this.” The well-coached Jamaicans are headed to the Gold Cup final for the first time, being the first Caribbean team to make that landmark. Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute. It was the first Jamaican victory over the US on American soil in 23 clashes between the nations. Their record now stands at two wins, eight draws, and 13 losses. “David won against Goliath and one German won against two German coaches – Klinsmann and Berti Vogts,” Schäfer noted with a laugh. “No, no, no! They’re my friends,” he said. Evidence of the Schäfer’s team working hand in hand played out in the way they controlled key US midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman, which forced the opponents to use the aerial option of many long balls to attack. “Before we played against the States and Haiti, we made an analysis … when number four (Bradley) and number five (Beckerman) go out of the match, this team can only play long passes. When both players are out, it’s easy to win the match,” Schäfer explained. “All these long balls to our defence was easy and we have more space for our counter-attack,” the 65-year-old German further observed. “The players need their (head) for playing, not only running.” The Jamaica squad travelled to Philadelphia yesterday for Sunday’s final against Mexico, who got two penalty goals from AndrÈs Guardado to beat Panama in a hot-tempered second semi-final. “Mexico are one of the best teams in CONCACAF and at the World Cup. They play fantastic football. I like this football, one touch, two touch,” he admitted. “We’re not finished; we have one match more. We cannot make a party now. Bob Marley is after the match.”last_img read more

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Calabar High synthetic track opening delayed

first_imgCalabar High School’s plan to open its new synthetic track at its Founder’s Day ceremony next Wednesday has been pushed back, at least until next month end.The Red Hills Road-based institution will be the first high school in Jamaica with such a track.”The original plan was for the track to be completed in time for our Founder’s Day on September 12, but that has been put back. We are cautiously optimistic that it will be ready next month end,” Principal of Calabar High, Albert Corcho, told The Gleaner yesterday.Corcho said the football field that is already finished will not be in use until the track is completed.”The football field is basically ready, but we will wait until the track is completed before activity is on the field. It is fully grassed as we have a well that pumps water onto the field,” Corcho disclosed.”The synthetic track at Calabar will be the first for a high school in this hemisphere. The work is being done by the same contractors, VSW Regupol, who did the G.C. Foster College track,” he noted.With regards to the financing of the project, it started from a government allocation of $10 million apiece to six high schools. However, Corcho said they needed more funding to complete the project. He was unable to reveal the total cost.”The Sports Development Foundation, through the Government, granted $10 million, and our stakeholders, such as the Old Boys and others, contributed a whole lot of money for the project,” the Principal said.upgraded fieldMeanwhile, coach of Calabar’s Manning Cup football team, Bradley Stewart, says he is hoping that the team would be able to host home games in the preliminary round on the upgraded field.”We would love to play matches on that field, but it is not expected to be in use until the next seven weeks. The track has to be completed before we can use it for games,” Stewart added.”However, we will play on the field with the cricket pitch during the preliminary round of the Manning Cup,” he said.Calabar last won the Manning Cup in 2005 under the guidance of the late David ‘Wagga’ Hunt.Stewart is in the second of a three-year plan to bring back glory to the famed school.”We understand that with a good football field, that can bring glory. We have a three-year plan that started last year with coach Bradley Stewart, so with an improved field, we are expecting good things from all teams at Calabar,” Corcho pointed out.last_img read more

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STETHS tops Fort Lauderdale alumni tournament

first_imgNEW champions were crowned on Monday night following the seventh staging of the Jamaica High School Alumni Football Competition at the Lauderdale Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) turned back defending champion, the Manning’s School 1-0 in the final.The two-day tournament, which was held over the Labour Day weekend, saw 15 teams participating, with Vere Technical the only team that failed to show up for their matches.Competition was very fierce from Sunday’s opening day, where last year’s finalists, Manning’s and Kingston College (KC), went down to 1-0 defeats to Meadowbrook and Old Harbour High, respectively.STETHS sent an early warning with the biggest win on the opening day, hammering St Mary’s College 4-0. They followed up with a 1-0 win over Herbert Morrison, then a 0-0 stalemate with Dinthill.Manning’s bounced back to win their other matches, but KC lost 1-0 to Dinthill in their wild card play-off.Only one Corporate Area school made the quarter-finals, Excelsior.That, however, was as far as they got, as four teams from western Jamaica STETHS, Manning’s, Cornwall College and Rusea’s advanced to the semi-finals. Manning’s stopped Cornwall 1-0, while STETHS profited from two penalties for a 2-0 win over Rusea’s.Tournament MVP and Golden Boot winner Michael Binns, along with former Arnett Gardens player, Jonathan Williams and Akeil Marshall, enabled STETHS to dominate. However, goalkeeper Kevin Williams was brilliant and denied Marshall from the penalty spot, as the half ended goalless.unstoppableIt was all STETHS in the second half as Binns was unstoppable, creating the goal from a solo run as he dribbled by four players before passing to Williams, who fired past the keeper to give his team the winner.Winning coach O’Neil Bloomfield was an elated man.”We are happy for the win as after reaching the quarter-finals and semi-finals over the years, we were determined to go all the way this time around,” said Bloomfield.Losing manager Dirk Brown said: “Congrats to STETHS, they were the better team today.”But missing some key members for the final, due to injuries, cost us,” added Brown.STETHS’ Damian Harriott was voted the best goalkeeper, while Garfade Johnson of Manning’s was voted the best defender.Tournament coordinator Lavern Deer is looking forward to next year’s eighth staging.”I am very impressed with the organisation this time around as this has being the biggest so far in terms of teams and attendance, and this has taken off big time, locally and internationally. We will be starting our plans for next year very early … so that more teams can be involved,” she said.Meanwhile, Dinthill retained the netball title, defeating Mt Alvernia High 21-14 in the final.last_img read more

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Fraser-Pryce welcomes Schippers, Thompson threats

first_imgJamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says this will likely be her final Olympic Games, However, the 29 year old is very excited about the prospect of becoming the first female to win a historic three Olympic 100m gold medals.She is also looking forward to facing the new sensation Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands and other rising stars of the sport.Schippers, the world 200m champion and 100m silver medalist and the fastest woman over 60m this year, has been phenomenal since switching from the heptathlon to the sprints and many are projecting her to be the biggest threat to Shelly’s legacy.However, the Jamaican insists she is not worried about her opponents and even welcomes the challenge, which she anticipates will be her toughest of her three Olympic Games appearance.”Each year, you have persons coming to the forefront, person who will rise and that’s what happened to me (earlier in career). Daphne is a heptathlete, so she is very strong. But I don’t subscribe to reading about my opponents, I don’t follow them to be honest. I keep my head in my training and focus on that,” she told The Gleaner at a luncheon at GraceKennedy yesterday.ADDEDCOMPETITIONFraser-Pryce is expecting the added competition from Schippers as well as her club-mate and World Championships 200m silver medal winner Elaine Thompson among others will bring female sprinting into the limelight this year.”I am really excited about where female sprinting is right now, the bar has been set, no longer people will sit around waiting on (Justin) Gatlin and (Usain) Bolt. They will look for us and I am looking forward to the challenge. Elaine has done times that not even I have done and it’s exciting just to train with her and that has helped me to know I can do it.”But 2016 is going to be an incredible year for female sprinting and I would love to be a part of that. It will not only be good for them but it’s good for me to have that,” she added.” … I believe this is a testing year, where I will have to more than rise to the occasion. I love those challenges, as I have been Olympic champion twice and three times world champion and that’s a big feat,” said Fraser-Pryce.”So when 2016 comes and everybody ask if I am worried, I am not worried. Challenges make us and if I am to create history by just walking on the track without challenges it wouldn’t be satisfying,” she added.last_img read more

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