The 104 days without Giménez

first_imgFrom the 2015-16 season, the one in which, after the departure of Miranda, Giménez took a step forward To become the Godin couple, both the heads of the rojiblanca defense, has spent 327 days injured, almost a year, 60 games, as a full season. With Atlético he has not played since last January 12, in the Spanish Super Cup, the final against Real Madrid. In the extension he had to be replaced and lived the last minutes and penalties from the bench, with the twins covered in two ice packs that covered his entire muscle. He hasn’t returned yet. Savic, suffering from various muscle problems also at the beginning of the season, began playing next to Felipe and sat down Beautiful (who turned and more than in the absence of both) and causes Giménez to remain seated. Expeditive, although without bragging, complies, it is not complicated. Simeone keeps him. Giménez awaits your opportunity. Atlético, without Giménez 17 games in 2019-20The center is one of the players most loved by the fans. For performance, for personality, for caste, because he arrived seven seasons ago at the club and it is as if he were a youth player although his quarry was Danube, there in Uruguay, his land, his team. Last summer, after the departure of Godín, Griezmann and Juanfran, three of the four captains, Simeone called three other players of his squad. They would be the heirs. Gimenez was among them. He is the third captain. But he has barely been able to put that ‘C’ on his arm. He has barely been able to play. 104 days have been injured this season. 17 games out for those injuries that crush his legs and perch on his head like black clouds. When he manages to have continuity, when they leave, he is one of the best centers in the world. And Atlético in all those games, in these 104 days, has not stopped missing his head on the grass: his strength in the stopped ball. Without Giménez he loses it in the areas, and that is Felipe, but it is not Giménez, who seems to nod with his head, jump with the body, although in reality he does it like everything: with the soul. José María Giménez returned to Atlético’s list against Sevilla. For now. Simeone today, before the match, you must make a discard. The Uruguayan missed the game against Espanyol because of discomfort in one knee. His absence on the list was a surprise, although this season that word (discomfort, injury) again fly over his head like black clouds. Heir of Godín, by blood, charisma and number (the ‘2’ of Pharaoh now he looks on his back), when the injuries seemed overcome, last season he seemed to have found a remedy, food, yoga, this 2019-20 has already hit him four times. The last of those minor inconveniences that didn’t go over, on Tuesday I was training, but that cause him to have played only 42% of the minutes, 1,283 ‘, 12 games. 29 is Felipe. 2,581 minutes. last_img read more

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Zidane does not rule out that Hazard can play this season

first_imgZidane openly refuses to end the season of Eden Hazard. The Belgian was operated last Thursday in Dallas to solve the problem in his right ankle from which he fell before the Levant and Although the recovery period is very fair, the coach ventured possibilities to see the Real Madrid 7 this same course. “It is possible, yes”Zizou said at the press conference prior to Betis and the direct question of whether Hazard could return this same campaign.Zidane himself had been optimistic in a previous question and explained that he had personally spoken on the phone with the player. “I spoke after the injury and I have spoken now after his operation. He was very touched after the injury, but seeing how the operation went, which has gone very well, he is much better in spirit,” he explained. “I hope he comes back soon with us.” Hazard was intervened at the Dallas Carrell Clinic, in the state of Texas, in the southern United States. The person in charge of carrying out the operation was the renowned Dr. Eugene Curry. The Belgian traveled to the Americas on Wednesday, accompanied by his father, Thierry, and by the head of the white club’s medical services, Niko Mihic. An operation to act on the titanium plate that was grafted in 2017, in the first serious injury he suffered in that right ankle who has now restrained him twice since that hard kick of his compatriot Meunier in Real Madrid-PSG.The medical experts consulted by AS encrypt the recovery period and put back competitively in At least two and a half months. In Madrid they don’t want to throw in the towel thinking about a hypothetical Champions League final, on May 30, and count on it (and in the last two days of the League) with its Belgian star. Zidane keeps that hope.last_img read more

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Liverpool goes on vacation

first_imgBarcelona tradition. On the slopes of the RCT Barcelona The qualifying rounds began this weekend Conde de Godó Tournament that starts today Monday officially. Such is the tradition of this tournament in Barcelona, ​​that once again all the provisions that mathematically have been repeated for 68 years were met. Obviously, during the weekend it rained heavily, which delayed the preliminary games. What’s more, rain is expected throughout the week that serve to tighten two areas without which the tournament could not survive: the Calendar to Salto de Mata and the Village. The friends of the manger camped at the gates of the Village from the early hours of Friday morning and have been two nights outdoors to be able to hunt the best place before the tray of croquettes they stoically overcame the downpours and today, first thing in the morning, they will be like a brush ready to give a chair of glue.Exchange. How this winning the Godó 11 times since 2005 leaves him Rafa Nadal few challenges to complete, this year has decided to do couple in mixed doubles with Carolina Marín, that on Tuesday he started to compete in the Badminton European Championship in Kiev. Carolina has the idea seemed perfect as long as Rafa is his partner with the pen in Ukraine. Now they are pending technical settings the organizers of both competitions, which should check if both venues support the decibel level that this couple causes.Tranquility. Like this Weekend there was no League matchday because of the Cup final, the Barcelona management took a break and No one presented an ultimatum or threat of resignation. What’s more, a brotherhood food of the Blaugrana council in Vigo (taking advantage of the fact that Barça plays in Balaidos on Wednesday) and thus give an image of unity before the visit of Atlético de Madrid next Saturday. Vacation. The Liverpool players they got to Falmer Stadium to face the Brighton & Hove Albion perfectly equipped for the occasion: With hawaiian shirts, flip flops, duck feet and ready to going on vacation as soon as the game is over for lack of five days for what finish a Premier who have earned surplus. Those of Klopp have nothing left to do once they fell eliminated from the FA Cup, of the Carabao and of the Champions. The red have won his first Premier from cover to cover receiving praise from almost all its rivals. For example, Pep Guardiola’s speech when asked about the virtues of those of Anfield lasted two hours and 18 minutes. Klopp recognized that thanks to Pep he discovered aspects of his team that he did not know and that will take into account in the future. For his part, Mourinho was shorter: “Jürgen, I still have three.”last_img read more

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Anderson hangs up his spikes

first_imgSprinter Marvin Anderson has announced his retirement from professional athletics. The 33-year-old 200 metres specialist has been competing internationally for the past 15 years and ends his career with personal best times of 10.11 seconds (100m) and 20.06 (200m). Anderson won a silver medal in the 4×100 metres at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka combining with Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and a young Usain Bolt. Individually he placed sixth in the 200m final in Osaka and took silver in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro the same year. “I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my athletics career, it would not have been possible without your support. Although many would’ve liked to see me continue competing and try to participate in the Rio Olympic Games, I must say it feels right to start a new chapter in life and I’m extremely blessed to be doing so knowing that I’m in a good place. Track and field has given me so much, I now look forward to giving back to this sport. Thank you all,” Anderson said in a release from PACE Sports Management. Anderson who was born in Trelawny, first came to prominence as a schoolboy at William Knibb High School and finished sixth in the 200m at the 2000 IAAF World Junior Championships in Chile. Competing for St. Jago High, he won the 100m and 200m at the 2001 Boys Championships. The Bert Cameron-coached athlete who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2011 World Championships in Daegu has been dogged by injury problems in recent years. Anderson who holds a Masters Degree in marketing and management is a regular athletics commentator on radio and television.last_img read more

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Champions Chelsea back on winning trail

first_imgLONDON (AP): Chelsea responded to the departure of Jose Mourinho by surging to a 3-1 victory against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League yesterday, while Manchester United lost their second game in a row at home against Norwich. Chelsea supporters repeatedly sang Mourinho’s name as Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriguez and Oscar scored in an unexpectedly convincing victory. Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea came to an end on Thursday after the Premier League champions had lost nine of the first 16 league games of the season under his guidance. But the Chelsea supporters made it clear they felt that responsibility for the woeful start lay with the players. As Ivanovic headed in after five minutes and Pedro doubled the lead on 13, the vocal support for Mourinho was replaced with abusive chants directed at Chelsea’s men. Oscar got the third, a penalty, after half time, before Fabio Borini pulled one back for Sunderland. After the match, captain John Terry said he understood why supporters are unhappy. “Absolutely, and rightly so, as well,” Terry said. “They will support us through the difficult period and when we come out on top, sooner or later. If we keep on putting performances like that the fans will be happy.” In Manchester, Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey netted in each half as Norwich stunned United by recording a first win at Old Trafford since 1989. Anthony Martial pulled one back for United in the 66th minute, the team’s first shot on target, but Van Gaal’s side managed only one more attempt that required a save. Van Gaal’s side has not won in six games and his position as manager could be under more scrutiny now that Mourinho is available. “We know that it (losing to Norwich) is not good enough for us,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports. “The players know that, I know that, the fans know that, and the board knows that.” When asked if he thinks he has the backing of the United board, Van Gaal said “I think so, but you never know.” Meanwhile, surprise Premier League leaders Leicester beat Everton 3-2. Riyad Mahrez scored two penalties for Leicester before Shinji Okazaki got the decisive goal, while Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas scored for Everton. The result means Leicester will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day on 38 points. Last year, they were bottom of the standings on December 25. Tottenham beat Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s stadium to move fourth, above United. Two goals in three first-half minutes from Harry Kane, on his 100th Tottenham appearance, and Dele Alli gave manager Mauricio Pochettino a win against his former club. Tottenham moves fourth, above United on superior goal difference. Other results: Stoke City 1, Crystal Palace 2, West Bromwich 1, Bournemouth 2, Newcastle 1, Aston Villa 1.last_img read more

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Dr Paul Wright: IAAF needs fresh start

first_imgThe second aspect of the WADA-commissioned report on corruption in the sport of athletics was published last week. In summary, it stated that not only did the IAAF ‘s president and a powerful rogue group extort athletes and allow doping athletes to continue competing, but more damningly, the report stated that “far more members of the IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged”. The present president of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, was a vice-president and an acknowledged “disciple” of the previous president, Lamine Diack, for eight years and yet swears that he knew nothing, he saw nothing, and heard nothing that could have aroused his interest or suspicion while the acts of corruption and bribery contained in the report were committed. Astonishingly, Lord Coe remains unfazed by these reports and continues as the leader of an international organisation that has lost all its credibility and the trust of athletes and fans worldwide. The leaders of football (FIFA), athletics (IAAF), and cricket (WICB) have been exposed by whistle-blowers (insiders and previous board members) and yet continue to insist that ‘everything criss’ until the police became involved. The world owes whistle-blowers a debt of gratitude that only time will be able to quantify. NINE-DAY WONDER The sport of athletics needs a complete overhaul. The idea of men of ‘integrity’ volunteering to ‘serve the sport’ without any monetary reward has now been officially debunked. The findings of the Diack Pound-led WADA probe must never be allowed to be a nine-day wonder. The officials who have been indicted and suspended are but the tip of a very large iceberg. There many associates of the sleaze previously known as the IAAF that have to be exposed and removed from office. The call by British Athletics to expunge all the previous world records and to start anew may be extreme, but it is an idea that needs to be contemplated. This column has long reminded readers that there were leaders of athletics in many of the countries who were of the opinion that the ‘stars’ of the sport should be mollycoddled and supported no matter what and that any positive drug test by a ‘star’ must be (a) vehemently denied, and (b) if the tests are conclusive, blame the test, blame the tester, blame the procedure, but under no circumstances blame the athlete. We now know that many of the world’s top athletes have been able to be one step ahead of the tests and testers, and it is now conformed that some among the complicity of doctors, laboratories, and dope-control officers have been corrupt and complicit in allowing cheaters and downright crooks to continue to ‘trick us’. The Pound-led probe has exposed the dark underbelly of a corrupt organisation that can only begin to restore trust if ALL the principals of the organisation are removed. There can be no sacred cows. A fresh start is mandatory.last_img read more

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Jennifer Ellison Brown: Muscle contraction and types of movement

first_imgEvery movement that takes place in the body depends on muscles. They work by contracting. The cardiac muscles in the heart contracts to pump blood out of the heart. Involuntary muscles in the artery walls contract to squirt the blood along and voluntary muscles which will be the main focus work when needed. A voluntary skeletal muscle contains nerves, which carry messages to and from the brain. Therefore, a muscle contracts when messages from the brain race along the nerve fibres, telling them to contract. It relaxes when the messages tell the fibres to lengthen again. Muscles work in pairs or groups. They have to work in pairs because muscles can only pull, they can’t push. For example, the biceps and triceps work together to execute the arm curl movement. To flex the arm, the biceps contract and the triceps relax. To straighten it, the triceps contract and the biceps relax. Large numbers of pairs of muscles are needed to work together in the different ways for even simple body movements. The muscles take on different roles, depending on the movement that is performed. They can work as: – Flexors contracting to bend a joint – Extensors contracting to straighten a joint – Prime movers or agonist contracting to start a movement (biceps muscles perform this role in arm curl) – Antagonist relaxing to allow the movement to take place (the triceps muscles perform this role in arm curl) The biceps and triceps will swap places as the prime mover and antagonist when arm is straightened. – Fixators contracting to steady parts of the body to give the working muscles a firm base. (the deltoid perform this role in the arm curl) – Synergist reducing unnecessary movement when a prime mover contracts. They can also fine tune the movement (the brachialis in the forearm performs this role in the arm curl) When a prime mover contracts, the antagonist muscle will keep some fibres contracting to exert a ‘braking’ influence to stop the prime mover moving the joint so hard that the antagonist are damaged. Sometimes this system fails, for example, when a sprinter is running flat out, he may tear the hamstring and quickly come to a painful stop. The muscles we use depend on the activity, whether it requires muscles in the upper body or lower body to work together for short periods, or both at different phases of the activity, or most of the muscles of the body vigorously for longer periods (wrestling). All muscles contract and develop tension. However, the type of resistance the muscles meet will determine the type of muscle action. There are three main types of muscle contractions: – Isotonic concentric the muscles shorten as they contract and the ends of the muscle moves closer together e.g.; the biceps when doing pull ups. Most sporting movements are of this type. – Isotonic eccentric the muscles lengthen as they contract under tension, the ends of the muscles move further apart. e.g. the bicep works in this way when the body is lowered from pull-up position. – Isometric contraction the muscles stay the same length as they contract, there is no movement so the ends of the muscle stay the same distance apart. Shoulder muscles work in this way during the tug-o-war activity and the stabilising muscles that hold parts of the body steady as other parts move in many sporting movements. When we perform sporting activities we move our limbs in many different directions to affect the type of movements needed to execute various skills. Special words are used to describe the movements: – Extension The limbs straighten at the joint, eg, reaching to catch a ball (netball) – Flexion The limbs bend at the joint, eg, bending the trail leg at the knee when clearing hurdles. – Abduction The limbs move away from the midline of the body. – Adduction The limbs move towards the midline of the body – Rotation Circular movement. Part of the body turns while the rest remain still, E.g. rotation of the hip to play a shot in golf. – Circumduction- The end of a bone move in a circle, e.g., bowling in cricket – Inversion A lifting of the medial border of the arch combines with a medial bending of the front of the foot. – Eversion A slight rising of the lateral border of the foot combines with a slight lateral bending of the front of the foot. – Pronation Rotation of the forearm so that the palm turns medially. – Supination Rotation of the forearm so that the palm turns laterally. PAINFUL STOPlast_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: ‘I am not afraid’ – 53 year-old vendor

first_img The 53 year-old braved the anticipated tension to sell ripe bananas, biscuit and other items. “I’ve been out here from 6 o’clock this morning. I am not afraid,” she said, while standing beside her stall in the community of South Side. “I want Andrew fi win cause he’s better for the young people and better for me,” she added. At the corner of Law Street and High Holborn Street in Kingston Central,  Irele Bromfield, caters to early bird Election Day workers at her stall.last_img

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Mitchells bowl tight for NZ to stifle Australia in World T20

first_imgDHARAMSALA, India (AP):Mitchell McClenaghan and Mitchell Santner shared crucial strikes and five wickets as New Zealand defeated Australia by eight runs for a second consecutive win in Group Two of the World Twenty20 yesterday.Spinners were the star turn for New Zealand when they beat India by 47 runs in their first game, but pace bowler McClenaghan, who replaced Nathan McCullum, complemented them as New Zealand emerged with a strong reputation midway into their Super 10 engagements.Left-armer McClenaghan finished with 3-17 and accounted for Shane Watson (13), Mitchell Marsh (24) and Ashton Agar (9). Left-arm spinner Santner followed up his four-for against India with 2-30, getting rid of big names David Warner and Steven Smith.”It was nice to perform like that, but it was a collective effort,” McClenaghan said after being named Man of the Match. “The spinners were fantastic and got us back in the game. It’s nice to show some teams that we can play in these conditions.”Australia were 100-4 after 15 overs, and relatively cruising, but collapsed in losing five wickets for 34 runs, four of those wickets in the last two overs.RUN OUTOpener Usman Khawaja started with a flourish in driving and pulling balls to the boundaries, but his 38 off 27 balls – with six fours – did not take Australia far, as he was run out; and Santner soon took his pair.Glenn Maxwell used the reverse-sweep to some effect for a useful 22, and Marsh tried hard with a valiant 24, but Australia lost control and were left to get 19 runs by the time Corey Anderson (2-29) came on to bowl the last over.”I thought 150 was par,” Australia captain Smith said. “Their spinners bowled extremely well and we didn’t respond well. We lost wickets in clumps and couldn’t get any partnerships together.”Earlier, left-arm pace bowler James Faulkner and off-spinner Glenn Maxwell returned identical figures of 3-0-18-2 to help restrict the Kiwis on a slow pitch.New Zealand got off to a brisk start as opener Martin Guptill struck 39 off 27 balls with two fours and four sixes. He put on 61 with captain Kane Williamson before he was caught by Maxwell at long on off Faulkner. Williamson followed him five runs later as he fell to Maxwell for 24 off 20 with four fours.Grant Elliott (27) and Colin Munro (23) chipped in with useful efforts to help put up a fighting score.”We were fortunate to play on two wickets so similar,” Williamson said. “We adopted similar tactics.”last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors show depth in NBA playoffs win without Curry

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA most valuable player.They would rather have him, of course, but the defending champions have believed in their depth all along. Golden State played short-handed down the stretch of the regular season on the way to a record 73 wins.”We’ve relied on our depth all year, not just when Steph’s out,” Draymond Green said. “I think we’re the deepest team in the NBA.”Thompson scored 34 points and dished out five assists as the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series despite no Curry, sidelined because of an injured right ankle.EDGED THUNDERThe Mavericks levelled their Western Conference play-off series 1-1 by edging the Thunder 85-84, with a putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review.In the Eastern Conference playoffs, Toronto ended their postseason losing streak at seven games with a 98-87 win over the Pacers to level their series 1-1.At Oakland, Curry cut short his pre-game warm-up routine after appearing to be in discomfort as he was shooting while putting little pressure on the tender ankle.”Ahh, it’s so much easier without him out there,” Thompson said. “I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves.”Andre Iguodala, last year’s Finals MVP, added 18 points with four three-pointers and Green had 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He didn’t commit a turnover in 39 minutes, his longest stretch without one in the regular season or play-offs.Now, Curry has until tomorrow’s Game Three in Houston to get healthy. But the Warriors aren’t going to push it.”We want to make sure Steph is right and that his foot is fine and healthy,” coach Steve Kerr said.James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and 14 of 15 to Golden State. He made 13 of 15 free throws after not attempting one in the opener.Harden considered it a missed opportunity.”Yeah, for sure. We just didn’t do enough to get a win,” he said.last_img read more

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