Most have been in favor. The voices that support the signing of João Félix by Atlético last summer, when he became the most expensive signing in the club’s history, in a transfer for 127 million when he was not yet 20 years old. But there have also been some against it. Voices that question that decision, that consider it a barrier to their talent rather than a step forward. They are the least, but there they are. Van der Vaart: “He is in the team and with the wrong coach,” says Van der Vaart in a criticism of Cholo (“They don’t play football at all”). Cassano directly shot the footballer. “Paying more than 120 million for a player like Joao Félix seems like too much to me, but Mendes has a representative,” he said. The last one has come from a legend from Benfica, the former Brazilian midfielder of the late eighties, early nineties, Valdo Finho.“It’s in the Athletic and in my opinion it’s not the best team for him considering the style of the game“he assured Tuttosport, while pointing out the clubs that, for him, were more suited to rojiblanco for being “more offensive”. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City. “But I hope that with your choice you can achieve your goals“he added. Comparison with Cristiano“He is a very intelligent player, with a lot of technique and is fast. He has everything and everyone expects great things from him“he commended him, although fleeing an inevitable comparison for every star that emerges in Portugal: the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo.”I can’t find any similarity with Christian Ronaldo. They are different styles. João Félix you can make your mark by going your way“.”Cristiano is an idol of my childhood, an example in everything. I was a boy and he was already the best in the world. It’s unique. He is making history in soccer. I liked hearing what he said (“Joao Felix is a phenomenon”) “, João Félix himself recognized in an interview in To ball a few months ago.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.
After breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.
OAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.
Second-half substitute Joel Sterling struck twice yesterday to hand Clarendon College a come-from-behind 2-1 win over ten-man Hydel High in the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup round-of-16 at Sabina Park. Hydel’s leading scorer, Nicholas Nelson, fired the St Catherine school ahead in the 22nd minute, however, Sterling, who has been sidelined with injury since the third game of the daCosta Cup season, slammed home the equaliser six minutes from time before adding the winner in the second half of extra time for the defending rural champions. Sterling, who was netting his seventh goal in five matches this season, said they never doubted they would win. “It (win) was expected, so it’s just the same feeling during and after (game) … . I always knew I could go on the field and do my best, and this (double strike) is normal,” he told The Sunday Gleaner. Hydel were reduced to ten men in the 90th minute when midfielder Howard Morris was ejected for a second caution. The first period of extra time failed to produce any real chances and it was a similar situation in the second half, until a moment of real brilliance from captain Seigel ‘Pele’ Knight. Clarendon’s Player of the Season in 2014, Knight, picked up a pass in the centre circle, eluded a tackle before slipping a beauty of a through pass into the path of Sterling, who made no mistake. “I saw the pass from way back, but I wasn’t sure if I should do it on the cricket pitch because I was sliding, but it went through and I was really happy,” Knight said afterwards. Winning coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, said they were always confident, and a few adjustments and the introduction of Sterling did the trick. “They (Hydel) got their chances and didn’t use them, but we knew we would get chances too, and we have this guy (Sterling) that can score goals and he came on and did wonders,” Davis commented.
Rain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 STOKE CITY 3GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: RITCHIE 57th. STOKE: IMBULA 9th; AFELLAY 52nd; JOSELU 55th.Newcomer Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke as the Potters ended their three-match losing run. Record-signing Imbula gave Stoke an early lead before Ibrahim Afellay and sub Joselu extended their advantage soon after half-time. Matt Ritchie’s left-footed reply came too late for the Cherries, who dropped to 15th in the Barclays Premier League.CHELSEA 5NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- CHELSEA: COSTA 5th; PEDRO 9th, 59th; WILLIAN 17th;TRAORE 83rd. NEWCASTLE: TOWNSEND 90th.Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten record as Chelsea boss continued as Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone on the back of a Stamford Bridge thrashing. Diego Costa claimed his eighth goal in nine games for the Blues, Pedro scored twice, and Willian made it 4-0 before Bertrand Traore made it five. Andros Townsend replied for the Magpies.CRYSTAL PALACE 1WATFORD 2GOALS:- PALACE: ADEBAYOR 45th. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 16th, 82nd.Watford are eighth in the Barclays Premier League, thanks to a brace from striker Troy Deeney. The Hornets skipper gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, though newcomer Emmanuel Adebayor claimed his first goal to pull the Eagles level. Ben Watson set up Deeney for the winner, while Palace finished with 10 men after Pape Souare was red-carded.EVERTON 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOAL:- WBA: RONDON 14th.West Bromwich Albion secured their first Barclays Premier League win in six outings as Everton suffered a sixth home defeat of the season. But Everton were forced to suffer on an afternoon in which they failed to score despite creating 34 shots. Albion, though, took their chance when Salomon Rondon scored against the run of play early on.NORWICH CITY 2WEST HAM UNITED 2GOALS:- NORWICH: BRADY 54th; HOOLAHAN 65th. WEST HAM: PAYET 74th; NOBLE 76th.Norwich suffered a setback in their bid for Barclays Premier League safety when they allowed West Ham to come back from a two-goal deficit at Carrow Road. Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan gave the Canaries the lead, but Dimitri Payet gave West Ham hope and then set up Mark Noble for the equaliser.SWANSEA CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 69th.Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster maintained his unbeaten record since returning from injury to help his side into sixth place. Forster and Saints have now gone nine hours and 14 minutes without conceding, and, with Shane Long scoring the game’s only goal, extended their unbeaten run to six games, of which they have won five.SUNDERLAND 2MANCHESTERUNITED 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: KHAZRI 3rd; DE GEA OG 82nd. UNITED: MARTIAL 39th.Sunderland improved their chances of survival, thanks to a poor Manchester United display. Wahbi Khazri gave Sunderland the lead with a free-kick, though Anthony Martial levelled with a delightful chip over Vito Mannone, but in the final minutes, Khazri’s corner went in via a deflection off United keeper David de Gea.
Unbeaten NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC): Embattled Leeward Islands Hurricanes pivoted on Montcin Hodge’s maiden first- class century to flourish against leaders Guyana Jaguars on the second day of their ninth- round game in the Regional four-day championship yesterday. Unbeaten on 74 overnight, the right-handed Hodge ended on a superb unbeaten 149 as Hurricanes, resuming the day on 237 for three, were eventually dismissed for 430 on the stroke of tea at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Hurricanes were rocking on 298 for seven before lunch, but Hodge anchored two great stands to see the hosts to their eventual total. He put on 40 for the eighth wicket with Jeremiah Louis (18) before adding a superb 91 for the ninth wicket with Gavin Tonge, whose entertaining 59 required a mere 63 deliveries, and contained six fours and three sixes. Jaguars then slumped to 61 for three at the close, still 369 runs behind heading into day three of the contest. Left-hander Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 20 at the close and was partnered by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on two. Hurricanes made early inroads into the Jaguars innings when fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, the Under-19 World Cup star, had Test opener Rajindra Chandrika caught at the wicket in the second over for four with the score on six for one. AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE, TRINIDAD: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Barbados Pride’s 396 all out, were 111 for three in their first innings at the close on the second day. Scores: PRIDE 396 (Kraigg Brathwaite 123, Kevin Stoute 66, Roston Chase 59, Shai Hope 52, Omar Phillips 49; Yannick Ottley 2-10, Rayad Emrit 2-66). RED FORCE 111 for three (Kyle Hope 61 not out).
SCOREBOARD BATTING CHARM VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC): Captain Stafanie Taylor returned to form and West Indies Women to their winning ways, as they rolled over India Women by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series, to claim their first win of an otherwise dismal tour here yesterday. The right-handed stroke-maker carved out a brilliant 90 off 51 balls to fall just short of her maiden T20 century as the visitors clinically chased down a target of 151, with five balls to spare at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium. Her runs proved precious as no other batter passed 20, again reiterating the challenges the Windies Women have experienced with their batting on the ongoing tour, where they suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series. New ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with three for 31. Earlier, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur stroked an unbeaten 68, while Veda Krishnamurthy struck 50 as the hosts, opting to bat first, posted 150 for four off their allotted 20 overs. With their slide stumbling at 28 for two in the sixth over, the pair came together to add 88 for the third wicket and rally the innings. Both right-handers, Kaur stroked six fours and three sixes in a 50-ball knock, while Krishnamurthy faced 46 deliveries and counted six fours and a six. When Krishnamurthy became the second of seamer Shakera Selman’s two wickets in the 17th over, Kaur and Jhulan Goswami (11 not out) put on an important 21 off 15 balls for the fourth wicket to end the innings strongly. In reply, Taylor took immediate control of the run chase for West Indies Women, anchoring a series of partnerships to ensure her side victory. Returning to her opening slot after mostly batting one-down in the three-match series where she managed just 48 runs, Taylor displayed all of her batting charm as she hammered 12 fours and three sixes in an attractive innings. She put on 31 off 24 balls for the first wicket with Hayley Matthews (18), 40 off 39 balls for the second wicket with Britney Cooper (16) before dominating a 70-run fourth wicket stand off 41 balls with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira who made 15. Her stand with Aguilleira put the contest firmly in West Indies Women’s favour and even when both fell in the 18th over, the result was all but done and dusted. The second T20I is set to start at 11:30pm tonight. INDIA WOMEN V Vanitha lbw b Selman 3 S Mandhana c wkp Aguilleira b Dottin 11 V Krishnamurthy c Kycia A Knight b Selman 50 *H Kaur not out 68 J Goswami c Selman b Nation 11 A Patil not out 0 Extras (lb2, w4, nb1) 7 TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 150 Did not bat: E Bisht, S Pandey, P Yadav, P Bose, +N Parween. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-116, 4-137. Bowling: Selman 4-0-26-2 (w2, nb1), Dottin 4-0-19-1, Matthews 4-0-14-0, Mohammed 2-0-19-0, Fletcher 2-0-26-0 (w1), Nation 4-0-44-1 (w1). WEST INDIES WOMEN H Matthews c Bisht b Pandey 18 *S Taylor b Pandey 90 B Cooper st Parween b Preeti Bose 16 +M Aguilleira c Vanitha b Pandey 15 D Dottin not out 11 Kycia Knight not out 2 Extras (w2) 2 TOTAL (4 wkts, 19.1 overs) 154 Did not bat: S Quintyne, A Mohammed, S Selman, C Nation, A Fletcher. Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-71, 3-141, 4-142. Bowling: Goswami 4-0-29-0, Pandey 4-0-31-3 (w2), Bisht 2-0-16-0, Patil 3.1-0-27-0, Poonam Yadav 2-0-19-0, Preeti Bose 3-0-20-1, Kaur 1-0-12-0.
OFFENSIVE BOOST o 3 p.m: Reno FC vs Harbour View – Frome Complex o 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys Town – Drewsland Stadium o 3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC – Prison Oval o 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett o Gardens – Edward Seaga Sports Complex o 3 p.m: Jamalco vs Humble Lion – Wembley Centre of Excellence o 3 p.m: Montego Bay vs Maverley-Hughenden – Wespow Park/Fairfield It is not often, outside of the end of season scrap to avoid relegation, that a bottom-of-the-table clash highlights the Red Stripe Premier League. Today, though, is one such day even with leaders and defending champions Montego Bay United ready to exact revenge on Maverley-Hughenden for their opening-day defeat. The above situation is largely because Glendon ‘The Admiral’ Bailey has taken charge of the unsteady ship at Waterhouse that is currently sailing in choppy waters. Bailey took charge on Monday last following the separation of the club and previous coach, Marvin Tate, a man who did no worse than a number before him. To most, this encounter against Boys’ Town, the only team in an inferior position to Waterhouse, is tailor-made for ‘The Admiral’ to make his mark, and the man at the helm at Boys’ Town, Andrew Price, understands. “One could not want a better match to steady a ship that is in treacherous waters,” Price said. “They are ahead of us and are playing at home, so these are natural advantages, but I can tell you that this will be no walkover,” the man, who himself could pass for a military figure, said. For this their second meeting, Price said his team will have even more ammunition and experienced fighters. Today’s Games “We did not have Michael Campbell in our first meeting and his experience and leadership will help us offensively. Defensively, we needed more experience, and the return of Wayne Ellis will help in that regard,” explained Price, who also added that the more experienced Leon Goffe will replace the teenaged Shavon Wilson in goal. Campbell should provide support for the competition’s leading scorer, Shamar Nicholson, in attack, while Xavian Virgo and Daemion Benjamin should provide stability. While Price was very open about his team and the plans heading into today’s battle, not a word has been heard out of ‘The Admiral’ since his appointment. Calls to his phone have gone unanswered. With no new talent at his disposal and with the second transfer window not opening until January 2, 2017, among the players who should feature are midfielder Romario Campbell, Kemar Beckford, the exciting, young forward, Rodave Murray, and Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, if he decides to use him. At the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, Tivoli Gardens should be given the edge over their big rivals if they are able to keep all their players on the field, with Jermaine Johnson and Elton Thompson being their major threats. Second-placed UWI FC would do well to reverse their first-round loss to Portmore United and maintain their superior position in the league. Jamalco stopped their slide last week with a win over fellow promoted team Maverley-Hughenden, but their more seasoned neighbours, Humble Lion, will not want to lose a second successive match having lost to Portmore United last week. Montego Bay United have found their form and should be favoured to show the visitors championship football, while the Reno-Harbour View game could go either way.