Lucas Alcaraz was presented Tuesday as the new coach of Albacete. The Andalusian coach has signed until the end of the season and arrives in La Mancha with the aim of achieving permanence with the white team. The sports director of the Manchego entity Mauro Pérez has pointed out in the presentation of the new coach of Albacete that “After the last results we have been forced to change technicians and we have considered that Lucas is the ideal one, for his career, for his experience and for the teams in which he has been in this situation and especially for his enthusiasm to come. We are grateful that he came to Albacete knowing the situation we are in. “ In his turn of speech, Lucas Alcaraz stressed that “I want to thank the opportunity to train Albacete, when I do not train I like to watch football and that is why you have seen me here before, I think the team can be saved and if it is suffering the least better, The staff has plenty of arguments to achieve the goal and I fully trust the work of the sports management made in the winter market. “The Andalusian coach has indicated that “I have not yet spoken to the squad, I really want to start training because a coach without a coach is like a fish without being in the water, Ramis has done a good job here, I come to work four months and there is no agreement later, the important thing is to achieve the goal and if so we will sit down. “Lucas Alcaraz will direct his first training with Albacete on Wednesday and on Sunday he will debut at Carlos Belmonte against Ponferradina.
The dutch Louis van Gaal this Saturday criticized the clubs that have asked to cancel the league competitions for the COVID-19 and said that “in sport the winner is declared on the field”.The former coach reproached the call of the current leader of the Eredivisie, Ajax, to suspend the tournament permanently and assured the Dutch newspaper “Algemeen Dagblad” what “There are clubs that use the coronavirus crisis for their own benefit.”“UEFA and FIFA are ready to adjust the rules and offer margin. Okay, let’s start working then. Then it can be expanded a bit next season with more games during the week“Van Gaal proposed. The position of UEFA and the Dutch Football Federation, which plans to resume the Eredivisie in the second half of June, has clashed with that of the Ajax. According to its technical director, Marc Overmars, both institutions are putting economic interests before health of the players and their families due to the risk of contagion. Van Gaal replied that parties should be resumed if health authorities establish “that the coronavirus has been defeated.”With eight days to go, nine for some teams, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar lead the Eredivisie with 56 points, although the Amsterdam team is in the lead on goal difference.“It cannot be that after 25 games an arrangement is made for Ajax to be champion. AZ Alkmaar has the same number of points and we’ve been three-quarters of the season. It does not matter? It doesn’t make sense, “he argued.For Van Gaal, the crisis caused by COVID-19 will also have consequences for the transfer market figures this summer. “I don’t think we will see transfers of more than 100 million euros”he indicated.
tough game “We lost some points that we didn’t bargain for ourselves, and they are coming off two straight losses, but we will not be fooled by that. “They will be coming to up the tempo against us, and even with those losses, we would be prepared for a tough game from them,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion said of today’s big clash. He added: “On paper, it is a Clarendon derby, as we are based in Clarendon and a large percentage of the Portmore United players are based in the parish. With that situation, neither team needs anything more to motivate the players.” Leading up to this game, Reynolds said his players trained well with a lot of emphasis on the mental aspects of the game. “We did a lot on the mental side, which will be key to the outcome of this game. “Wolry Wolfe has been leading the charge for us and others like Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Devon Hodges, and FranÁois Swaby are also capable of delivering for us. Once we can get them to join the likes of Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, in terms of performance and leadership, we will be fine,” the positive Reynolds said. As far as Portmore United’s Clive Marshall is concerned, the main focus for his team is to improve on their last two performances and return to their productive ways. Nothing else matters. “This game is more like a derby, given tradition and history, but we are not looking at it like that. We are looking at improving on our last two results and returning to winning ways,” manager Marshall said. According to Marshall, there is no time for making excuses about why they lost and the manner in which they lost. It was time taking responsibility and putting measures in place to correct the mistakes and not repeating them. While Jovan East has been the most consistent in front of goal this season and Ewan Grandison in one of the most experienced, Marshall said getting back to winning ways was not up to one or two players but the entire team. “We have a young team, but if the more experienced players provide the leadership and the other players respond in a similar way then we will be OK, but it has to be a team effort,” declared Marshall. At Barbican Stadium Boys’ Town will be looking to follow up their big win over Portmore United with a victory over the stabilising UWIFC while Cavalier can keep themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Waterhouse. Today’s games: 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadium 5 p.m: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game: 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD O Pts MoBay United 17 9 6 2 29 11 18 33 Portmore 17 9 4 4 18 14 4 31 Arnett 17 9 2 6 24 13 11 29 Humble Lion FC 17 7 7 3 14 11 3 28 H.View 17 6 6 5 18 18 0 24 Reno 17 5 7 5 17 19 -2 22 Boys’ Town 17 6 4 7 19 22 -3 22 UWI FC 17 6 4 7 16 23 -7 22 Tivoli 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2 19 Cavalier 17 4 5 8 7 14 -7 17 Rivoli 17 4 4 9 19 25 -6 16 Waterhouse 17 3 5 9 13 22 -9 14 Prepared for Former leaders Portmore United could find themselves overtaken by Humble Lion when the two meet today in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre. Portmore United currently sit second in the table on 31 points, two behind leaders Montego Bay United and three ahead of Humble Lion. Normally, the visitors would be favoured to win, but they are on a two-game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 10th-placed Cavalier SC and 3-0 to seventh-placed Boys’ Town at the Juici Park field. This form should convince the Humble Lion players and fans that they have a good chance, especially at home.
St George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.
The headquarters of the country’s two main political parties tell the tale of two cities. Workmen are now putting in place the final touches to a stage, which has been setup in the streets in front the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Old Hope Road headquarters. “This is a facility for the party leader to acknowledge the outcome of the elections,” Alston Stewart, one of the PNP’s campaign team leaders, told The Gleaner. The PNP stage has been set on a massive movable flat truck and is adorned with a banner of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller as the backdrop. The stage at Belmont Road, however, has already been set. Unlike the one at the PNP’s base, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) setup is small and simple. And there is no fancy banner in the background. Belmont Road is the base of the JLP. The JLP’s stage has been placed in the yard of its headquarters, unlike the PNP, which has taken over a section of the street. Jamaicans have been voting in the country’s 17th general election since 7:00 a.m. today. Polls will close at 5:00 pm, after which the counting of ballots will take place.
Claudious Blackburn’s switch from Cavalier to Harbour View and Rafique Bryan’s move to University of the West Indies (UWI) were the two major late Red Stripe Premier League transfers just before the deadline at midnight last Friday.A former Arnett Gardens youth player, Bryan represented his home town club, sparingly, in the league last season and has decided to join the University of the West Indies for their inaugural top-flight football season.The 19 year-old is the fifth signing by the UWI, which also added Anthony Greenland, Stephen Lowe, Jamie Robinson, Daniel Gilzene along with Bryan, to their roster for this season.The transfer of Blackburn from Cavalier to Harbour View is the other major signing in the window. The ex-Cavalier man did not have the best season last year but will be a good addition to the east-Kingston club.Harbour View also made two late signings. Now at the east Kingston club are former Cavalier goalkeeper Devon Haughton and Akeen Smith, who has moved from Bull Bay.PROMISING PLAYERAlthough defending champions Arnett Gardens will be without Bryan, one of their most promising youth prospects, they have added an adequate replacement in Rivoli and national Under-20 player Davion Garrison. They have also acquired Javasca Taylor and Roger Bucknor from Wanderers, Travellers’ Lamard Neil, and Tajar Phillips from Royal Lakes.Tivoli also made a move in the window before it closed, picking up a valuable buy in former Waterhouse and national under-20 midfielder Theo Brown from Newlands, and former Portmore and national Under-17 player Adrian Christian, and Dwayne Smith from Dunbeholden.
Former national technical director for football, Vin Blaine, said Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Girlz showed character and grit to beat hosts Haiti 2-1 and lift the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Championship on Sunday.A goal in each half from Shayla Smart (third minute) and Jody Brown (67th minute) led the Jamaicans to the title triumph.Jamaica, Haiti and third-place Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the CONCACAF Championship, where the top-three finishers will qualify for the 2016 World Cup in Jordan.Blaine, who as head coach led the Reggae Girlz to many CFU victories in the past, noted that the players had very little time to gel.”They (Jamaica) came against a Haiti team that was the favourite based on performance, and it was really a gritty performance. The players don’t know each other much. Most of them have never played for Jamaica before, and some came in two days before the finals,” he said.training needed”So for them to gel in a manner that they could overcome a Haitian team that has been together means there is some character to this team … and after the disappointment of the senior team, this is what the programme needed,” he added.Haiti’s goal was scored by the tournament’s top scorer, Nerilia Mondesir, in the 71th minute.Blaine believes if they are to qualify for the World Cup next year, the Girlz need training camps and matches against top-level teams.”What we’ve lacked in the past has been long-term training sessions and international games. International games will acclimatise us to situations. We need to play top teams, even if it is not international teams,” he said.”If we can find a top-club team in Canada or the US, we would get the same characteristics as the players you would play against – same movement, same discipline – it’s just for us to get the experience to play against these girls.”But at this level, we are more competitive than at the senior level, so if the coaches get these girls some games, they should be competitive. They just need more exposure,” Blaine reasoned.”They came through the struggle but gave a good fight to become champions, and that should encourage them to try and go further,” he added.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an emphatic start to his Big Bash campaign, snatching three wickets to help fire Sydney Thunder to a convincing 36-run victory over Sydney Sixers in the opening game yesterday. With Sixers chasing 159 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, pacer Russell claimed three for 13 in a brilliant four-over spell to limit their scoring and reduce them to 122 all out off 19.5 overs. Opener Michael Lumb struck 34 from 27 deliveries, with four fours, but he was only one of four players in double figures and the only one to pass 14. Medium pacer Shane Watson claimed three for 13 from two overs. Sixers looked to be getting off to a good start when Lumb posted 28 off 21 balls with Brad Haddin, who made 13. However, Haddin, looking to play an attacking stroke, was bowled middle stump by a full-length delivery from Russell, with the third ball of his first over. In his next over – the sixth of the innings – Russell bowled captain Nic Maddinson for seven with the score on 37 for two; and the innings never really recovered. Earlier, captain Mike Hussey struck an unbeaten 80 off 59 deliveries, with five fours and four sixes as Thunder made 158 for four after opting to bat first. He put on 72 for the fourth wicket with Ben Rohrer, whose 30 came from 20 balls. Russell finished unbeaten on four off five deliveries.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): JosÈ Mourinho does not doubt that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a success at Manchester United. It just might take some time. Mkhitaryan, a $33.5 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July, has not played for United since being substituted at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on September 10. He sustained a minor injury on international duty with Armenia in early October but hasn’t even been in United’s 18-man squad for recent games. That’s some fall in status for a playmaker who had 23 goals and 32 assists for Dortmund last season, was the German league’s player of the year, and was widely touted as one of the shrewdest Premier League signings of the off-season. Mourinho said yesterday that Mkhitaryan is not injure, and was just struggling to adjust to the English game. “Some players find it very easy, whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball, and the competitiveness,” Mourinho said. “The realities are often different, particularly in terms of the competitiveness. It doesn’t matter who you are against, you have to play at the highest level otherwise you will not be able to do it. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.” That is nothing new to Mourinho. He said the same happened with Willian at Chelsea and Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, in Mourinho’s two previous coaching jobs. “It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers,” Mourinho said. “In Micki’s case, the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help … . Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match-fit, then once he has that, he needs the competitive level to do it. We believe him, and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.” Before that first start for United in the derby, Mkhitaryan appeared three times as a second-half substitute.
United Boxing Promotions boss Tyler Buxton, the man responsible for the Canadian team that will be going up against Jamaica’s top junior middleweights in the 2017 season of the ‘Wray and Nephew Contender’ boxing series, says things will not ‘end good’ for Jamaica’s No. 1 ranked boxer, Sakima Mullings, if he uses his usual fighting style against his boxers. Speaking to The Gleaner at the launch of the seventh season at Wray and Nephew on Tuesday night, Buxton says Mullings fights similar to the legendary Floyd Mayweather, but warned the top-rated Jamaican in the series to change his style if he hopes to stand a chance against his fighters. “Sakima is probably the best guy (on Jamaica team). I saw him fight when I was here in November. If he wants to shoulder roll and stand in front of these Canadian guys, he’s going to get knocked out. I know he didn’t fight a good opponent that night, but if that’s his style and if he thinks he is Mayweather, it is not going to end good for him if he doesn’t change his style before the main fight,” Buxton told The Gleaner. “Everyone has their style, but these Canadian guys punch very hard. If you look at their record, they knock guys out,” he added. Mullings, the 2014 winner with 19 professional wins and three losses, will face a rather inexperienced fighter in Winston Matthews, who has one win and a loss after two pro fights, in the opening bout on April 5 at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road. But Mullings was unfazed by the comments. “I don’t think I am Mayweather. I am Sakima Mullings, and I have never been knocked out in a pro or amateur fight in my life,” was his brief response. The seven other boxers representing the Jamaican team are Richard Holmes, Devon Moncriffe, Tsetsi Davis, Ramel Lewis, Meo Yeyo, Ricardo Planter and Gregory Miller. They will go up against Canadians Ryan Young, Frank Cotroni, Dave Leblond, Mike Breton, Larone Whyte, Phil Rose and John Ryan Wagner. This year’s winner will walk away with $2 million, second place will take home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth, $200,000. Fights will be aired live on TVJ. KNOCKOUTS