“There are always speculations but honestly my idea is very clear, the only option that interests me is to continue in Barcelona, I am very safe and calm. I feel very good here and I also thank the club and the coaching staff for their trust. That is another reason more to be totally clear that my only desire is to continue.The supposed interest of big clubs is always a compliment to anyone and a positive sign, but my mind is only on playing here for many years. During the past few weeks, Arthur Melo has been the subject of many rumors of a possible transfer. However, the Brazilian soccer player’s idea of Barcelona is to stay in the Catalan club for as long as possible, and that is why He has issued a statement explaining that although he is flattered to arouse the interest of other teams, he does not think of leaving Barcelona. Barça is where I have always wanted to be and I want to be a Catalan player for a long time, above all other questions. Every day I feel more comfortable and well here, in the team, in the club and in the city. I also love both the people and the culture here and I have a lot of support from the fans.I am 100% focused on working and that we return to play when possible because I really want to continue growing here and fight for more blaugrana titles. “ During the last weeks there has been speculation about the possibility that he will leave to play in Serie A and although Inter Milan’s option was not long ruled out, there was still talk of Juventus’ interest. However, the Italian club does not now have enough liquidity to undertake such an operation, at least not without parting with one of its figures as a currency. The only way that seems possible is the exchange with the Serbian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, Although considering that Arthur’s will is to succeed in Barcelona, it does not seem possible that Barcelona and Juventus are going to close the deal. 8
Calabar High retained the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 title on Wednesday at the National Indoor Sports Centre, following a pulsating and gripping 59-55 win over Camperdown in the decisive game of their three-match series for a 2-1 win.The winners trailed the entire first-half but pegged back their opponents in the third before pulling off a thrilling victory in the final minute of the game.Jehvaun Faulder led the Red Hills Road school with a game high 22 points and he was well supported by tournament MVP, Maliek McCarthy with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Desean Boyd had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Camperdown.”We got them into foul trouble and at that point we used our more experienced players to attack them,” Calabar coach Ludlow Barker related after the game”We are the best team and we showed that tonight and we want to continue that as we move into the all island,” he added.Camperdown started the better team and took the first quarter 16-13 and led 35-27 at the half.Calabar came out recharged in the third quarter and started reeling in their opponents and went in front for the first at 41-40, with over a minute to go but Camperdown regained the advantage as the quarter ended 45-44.The final quarter was action-packed. Calabar edged in front 56-55 with only 27 seconds to play and eventually sealed the game from the free-throw line.
New FIFA probeBERNE, Switzerland (AP) – The corruption scandal sweeping world football engulfed Germany as FIFA said yesterday that it would investigate “very serious allegations” that voters were bribed to win the 2006 World Cup bid.The latest claims of wrongdoing linked to football’s governing body broke as suspended president Sepp Blatter went public with his fight to get his FIFA ethics case thrown out.Blatter may have deepened the prospect of a long ban by admitting there was only a “gentleman’s agreement” for the 2011 payment he authorised to UEFA president Michel Platini and which led to them both being suspended by FIFA last week after it emerged through a criminal investigation.The investigation will now include looking into a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid committee established a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (then about US$6 million) to bribe four of the 24 voters.Nadal at his bestSHANGHAI (AP)Rafael Nadal is starting to look like his dominant former self, the player who won 14 Grand Slam titles. He’s even beating the top players again.After struggling with his confidence and consistency for much of the season, the Spanish star beat a top-five player for the first time in more than a year with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday.It wasn’t just a victory, but a convincing one. It was Nadal’s most lopsided win over Wawrinka in 15 meetings.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced with his 15th consecutive victory, holding off Australia’s Bernard Tomic in a tight first-set tiebreaker before closing it out 7-6 (6), 6-1.Djokovic will play Andy Murray in today’s semi-final after the third-seeded Briton saw off Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-3. Nadal will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semi-final after the French player topped Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4.Venus in Hong Kong semisHONG KONG (AP)Venus Williams closed in on a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-1 yesterday to reach the Hong Kong Open semi-finals.The third-seeded American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month.Williams will next meet Jelena Jankovic, who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-1.Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur also advanced, and will face each other in the semi-finals. Stosur beat Heather Watson 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 while Kerber defeated Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-3.
WESTERN BUREAU:Clarendon College were left with a bittersweet taste in their mouths after defeating Rusea’s High 2-0, but still had the daCosta Cup title ripped from their grasp in dramatic fashion, as Dinthill Technical advanced to the semi-finals as group winners with a comprehensive win of their own.Dinthill made light work of Glenmuir High in yesterday’s second match of a double-header at the Juici Field, winning 3-0 to take the top spot with seven points, one better than the outgoing champions, who were hoping for a Glenmuir victory, or a draw in that game to keep their title defence alive.It was not to be, however, as the north St Catherine-based school eased to what, in the end, was a fine victory, to vindicate the technical staff’s early-season belief that they will be among the top schools at the end of the competition and retain a great chance to land their first daCosta Cup title since 1981.BITTERENDThe result is a bitter end to what began as a promising campaign for Clarendon College – under the guidance of Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis – and although it ended as it began with a win, their opening quarter-final-round loss to this same Dinthill team meant they would have to stage a miraculous comeback.At Frome Sports Complex, it was Lennon who stole the show with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Petersfield High to advance from Group Q.Two goals from Rushane Grant in the 20th and 56th minutes, respectively, and a beast of a free kick from Jason Johnson in time added to the second-half propelled the Merron Gordon-coached team into the semis.”That last goal was beautiful; we played well against this tough Petersfield team and we are proud to have come so far to Westmoreland and win,” said Gordon.”It gets even harder for us now, but we are confident of what we are capable of and we look forward to the semi-finals,” Gordon added.Manchester High also advanced yesterday, edging St James High 1-0 at Jarrett Park to move to six points, thus ending the hopes of the brave Lacovia High, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Paul Bogle High.Last year’s beaten finalists St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) need only a draw in their game later this afternoon at home against Manning’s to advance, while Vere Technical will tackle Marcus Garvey High at Wembly Community Field to see which qualify to the last four.Semi-finalists Manchester, Lennon and Dinthill could be joined by STETHS.Yesterday’s Resultsn Manchester 1, St James 0n Glenmuir 0, Dinthill 3n Petersfield 0, Lennon 3n Port Antonio 3, Seaforth 6n Lacovia 1, Paul Bogle 1n Clarendon 2, Rusea’s 0Today’s gamesn STETHS vs Manningsn Vere vs Marcus Garvey
Big match for Man U FRANKFURT Germany (AP): Three-time winners Manchester United could be eliminated from the Champions League with a loss in Wolfsburg today. Wolfsburg lead Group B by a point over Manchester United and only need a draw to advance to the knockout stage. A win would secure first place in the group for Wolfsburg. United would also win the group with a victory and will advance if both group matches are drawn. PSV Eindhoven host CSKA Moscow in the other match in the group. Ashwin stars for India NEW DELHI (AP): Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 5-61 yesterday as India scored a comprehensive 337-run win over South Africa in the fourth and final Test to complete a 3-0 victory. Ashwin’s haul included the prize wicket of a defiant A.B. de Villiers as South Africa were bowled out for 143 after fighting bravely to salvage a draw batting 143.1 overs. Ashwin finished with 7-87 in the match and 31 wickets in the series dominated by Indian spinners on pitches helping them. Final scores: India 334 and 267 for five declared; South Africa 121 and 143.
THERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC):Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood struck a half-century to prop up Jamaica Scorpions after they suffered a batting slump to leave Guyana Jaguars in command of their final round Regional four-day championship game here yesterday.Replying to the hosts’ 420 all out, Scorpions finished the second day at the National Stadium here on 171 for five – still 249 runs adrift.Blackwood, batting at number three, top-scored with 62 while Devon Thomas stroked an unbeaten 40 and Shacaya Thomas, 32.Scorpions were cruising at 70 for one before losing four wickets for 50 runs to crash to 120 for five, with left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claiming three of the wickets to fall to finish with three for 33.Thomas, who hit a hundred in the last round, has so far put on 51 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas, who was unbeaten on 21.The Antiguan Thomas has faced 70 balls and cracked five fours and a six.Earlier, captain Leon Johnson missed out on his third hundred of the season but became the first batsman to pass 800 runs, when he made 93.Starting the day unbeaten on 58 with Jaguars on 297 for four, the left-hander faced 185 balls in just under 41/2 hours all told, and struck six fours and a six.AT NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE: Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, trailing Windward Islands Volcanoes by 78 runs on first innings, were 33 for one in their second innings.Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Larry Edwards 4-77, Kyle Mayers 3-37) and 33 for one.VOLCANOES 289 (Devon Smith 127, Tyrone Theophile 75; Imran Khan 4-93, Rayad Emrit 3-59).AT WARNER PARK: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Barbados Pride by 317 on first innings, reached 18 for one at the close.Scores: HURRICANES 119 all out (Jahmar Hamilton 42, Kieran Powell 33; Jomel Warrican 3-33, Kemar Roach 2-21) and 18 for one.PRIDE 436 (Shane Dowrich 96, Roston Chase 62, Kemar Roach 53, Omar Phillips 42, Kevin Stoute 42; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-155).
Following their high-powered sponsorship and promotion in 2015, Cal’s Manufacturing will once again sponsor the prestigious Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park on Saturday, June 25.Plans for the big day were outlined at yesterday’s promotional press launch in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park. Cal’s marketing manager, Sabrina Thomas, disclosed that her company donated $2 million to the race day, including $1.5 million to the $7 million derby purse.This will be the 96th running of the premier classic for the Sir John Mordecai Trophy, and it marks Cal’s Manufacturing’s third stint as sponsors. The first was in 2011 when TECHNOMOTO scored a stunning upset.”We are indeed happy once again to launch Cal’s Derby Watch six weeks before the race for promotional activities,” said Thomas. “We are excited about the venture, and this intense and extensive promotion is to bring about the buzz and awareness of Cal’s Jamaica Derby 2016,” she added.According to Thomas, among the list of activities scheduled to start on May 13 are live roving reports and interviews in the stands with patrons and on-the-spot giveaways and promotions at six off-track locations by the Cal’s team every Saturday leading up to the big day.Racing secretary DenziL Miller Jr said 11 races would be offered on the day, with Cal’s donating $500,000 for the $180,000 claiming race over a mile, boosting the purse to $1 million, and the CTL Juvenile Cup for maiden two-year-olds with a purse of $850,000. The derby field will include Triple Crown contenders NUCLEAR AFFAIR and FUTURE KING, respective winners of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas on April 9.Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer of Caymanas Track Limited, said it was heartwarming at this early stage to participate in the promotional launch of Cal’s Jamaica Derby.”We welcome back CEO Carlton Watson and his hard-working team. Their contribution to the Jamaica Derby has showcased the prestige and capabilities of horse racing through their promotional activities to the wider community across the island,” he said.- O. C.
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines hitter Isa Molde said Saturday their off-court issues have no space when they come inside the four lines of the volleyball mat of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.The Lady Maroons have been in the middle of the public’s curiosity for the past fortnight when head coach Jerry Yee flip flopped on his decision to resign from his post.ADVERTISEMENT “This is where our maturity should come in because we should be able to handle these types of situations,” said Molde in Filipino after their victory over the Power Smashers 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11, At Filoil Flying V Centre.“When we step inside the court we won’t bring our problems off of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Yee, back in July 15, said he would leave UP but upon talking with school officials he decided to stay.This air of uncertainty hovered over the Lady Maroons and when Yee said he’ll be back, the team felt, Molde said, relieved because of the development. LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “Of course that lifted our morale because we didn’t know what exactly was happening with coach and we were caught off guard that he would be resigning,” said Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Belo back in action for Elite, admits still groping for form Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Mourinho shelled out $111 million (105.2 million euros) last summer to re-sign their former midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, but the French outfit are poised to double that record to tempt the Brazilian from Barcelona.“When we signed Paul Pogba, I said he was not expensive,” Mourinho said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Expensive are the ones that get to a certain level without a certain quality. I don’t think £200 million for Neymar is expensive.“Expensive is the fact there will now be more players at £100m, more players at £50m, more players at £60m — that’s the problem. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar — the problem is the consequences.”Mourinho was speaking after a late Juan Mata goal gave his United team victory in their final pre-season game, after a Dennis Praet strike had cancelled out Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half goal.The win puts United in a confident mood ahead of next Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid in Macedonia.Mourinho revealed the club are likely to appeal the two-game European ban handed to Phil Jones after verbally abusing anti-doping officials after the Europa League final win in May.“Put yourself in his position. He wins a European cup and wants to celebrate with his team,” Mourinho said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He wants to get the cup, the medal and be in the pictures but one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control.“It’s very hard to control a player in this situation and UEFA should consider this. It’s not a normal match — it’s a cup, a medal, a celebration. It’s everything.“There was no wrongdoing in his behavior, just a human desire to celebrate. I feel really sorry for him and I don’t think it’s fair.“I would (appeal) if I was him. If you do that you have the risk of even more punishment but it’s a decision I will leave with him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Neymar’s long road to football transfer history (FILES) This file photo taken on November 09, 2016 showsBrazil’s national team player Neymar gesturing during a training session at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, ahead of their WC 2018 qualifier against Argentina next November 10.Neymar will leave prematurely the Catalan club the player announced on arrival to a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona on August 2, 2017 following a rumor that he is considering a move to French club PSG. / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SAManchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he does not believe the record-shattering $260 million (222 million euro) transfer fee Paris St.-Germain are willing to pay for Neymar is expensive.But the Reds boss, speaking after his side beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin in a pre-season friendly, is concerned how the staggering figure will affect future transfers.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments