Ousmane Dembélé, in a match with Barcelona. Image: Reuters Dembélé has been operated in Finland for his tendon rupture in the femoral bicepsBeing a long-term casualty, LaLiga could approve Barça fiche The FC Barcelona player Ousmane Dembélé has been operated this Tuesday in Finland for his tendon rupture in the biceps femoris and will be approximately 6 months off, so the rest of the season is lost. “The player of the first team Ousmane Dembélé has been successfully intervened in Turku (Finland) by Dr. Lasse Lempainen of the fracture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right thigh. The approximate withdrawal time is 6 months,” said the club.Dembélé previously injured his biceps femoris in November 2019 and, when he was close to being discharged, noticed some discomfort that led to a new injury, the current one, which he had to go through the operating room.The French end was expected to be the winter reinforcement that has not arrived in the offensive zone of the team, ‘touched’ already down by April until Luis Suarez, as confirmed by his coach, Quique Setién.However, being a long-term leave, LaLiga could approve, according to what its medical commission says, so that Barça incorporates a player who replaces Dembélé in LaLiga Santander.The Frenchman, who accumulates several muscle injuries this season, three of them in the thigh, has played only nine games so far this season, five in LaLiga and four in the Champions League, with a goal in the domestic championship, and You will not be able to play until the next campaign.
Nevertheless, Not even two months has lasted for the leader, who has already had to deal in the middle with the ‘affair’ of social networks by having to go down to the locker room and explain himself to the captains to ensure that he was unaware of the existence of accounts that attacked the players and presumably they were financed by a company hired by the club, “it is all very rare”, was the conclusion of Messi.The Argentine has turned to Instagram on Monday to send another hard and forceful message against the directive, taking advantage of the agreement to lower his salary by 70% due to the coronavirus crisis: “It never ceases to amaze us that from within the club there were those who tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to us to do something that we were always clear about.”A new stalemate by Messi to the club, which makes the distance between the staff and the board more evident every day. Also, it is a cold, argued and thoughtful response, in no case a hot replica, being fully aware of the significance of his words and to whom he is sending the torpedo.A situation that leaves the board chaired by Bartomeu in an open crisis with difficult consequences because no one escapes, as Gerard Piqué advanced, that if the club endures it is still “thanks to the results of the first team.” Far away is already that radio intervention by Leo Messi to give vice-president Javier Faus a lunge after expressing his disappointment that a player had to renew every six months, “Faus knows nothing about football and wants to run the club as a company”; Now Messi uses social networks to send his messages, using a hard, concise and forceful language, which he does not need to read between the lines to know the real mood of the wardrobe.It is the second time this season that the Argentine crack uses his Instagram account to act as captain. The first was in early February when he replied to the sports secretary, Éric Abidal, in a way as irreproachable as severe. The club executive had questioned the professionalism of the squad by assuring that with Valverde there were some who “did not work much”. Messi’s response was immediate, through a cold but revealing statement on his Instagram account: “Honestly, I don’t like doing these things, but I think that everyone should be responsible for their tasks and take charge of their decisions. I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because if you are not dirtying everyone and feeding things that are said and are not true. “President Josep Maria Bartomeu had to step out to try to calm the rushing waters, mediating between the two and putting on cloths of hot water.
Heung-min Son will have to meet a little three-week compulsory military service in South Korea, as reported by various media in his native country and what has been echoed in England. Since the Premier will not be restarted until at least April 30, Son is expected to comply with the obligatory short military service, which will start in the next days in Jeju Island. Then he can return to the ranks of Tottenham and put himself under Mourinho’s command. The attacker is now fully recovered from his broken arm and will be ready to play the remainder of the Premier. The Tottenham attacker is found during the Premier League stoppage by the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea, with permission from his club. Are managed to exempt himself from compulsory military service for 21 months, after getting the Gold medal with South Korea in the Asian olympic games In 2018, however, he must still serve his country and perform a brief three-week military service, which he had scheduled after this season and will now move forward.
In soccer and in life it is good to have godparents of height, and Houssem Aouar It has one of world size: Karim Benzema. Lyon’s new pearl with Rayan Cherki is an offensive midfielder young (21 years), easy goal (nine goals and seven assists until the break in Ligue1) and that it sounds more and more powerful as a future of Real Madrid. Zidane has spent years scrutinizing the best that the French market has to offer and he also knows Aouar personally. Last December they played an indoor pachanga together in Dubai, where both were on vacation … It was a dream day for this new Franco-Algerian gem. “Zizou is the one who made me love soccer.” From idol to idol. “Karim gives me advice”, Aouar himself confessed recently. The friendly relationship between the two dates back many years. The Benzema and Aouar families know each other because they have always lived very close, in the suburbs of Lyon. The definitive push came in 2017. Houssem Aouar was not even professional yet and had already rejected Liverpool, but Benzema made a stellar presentation on his Instagram (his profile is that he has more followers from all over France): “This boy is very good, if he works he can go very far”. A photo of both in one of the Madrid striker’s visits to France did the rest. He has him under his wing to the point that part of his image matters is carried out by ordinary people. Benzema and Aouar, in 2017. It is not the only thing they have in common. Both are of Algerian origin and although Aouar has worn the French shirt until the Under-21, Algeria does not give up and last summer both the coach and the president of the Federation traveled to Paris to meet with the boy to convince him. A meeting that led to speculation, in the Algerian media, about if Benzema himself acted as a bridge, given the conflict between the nine white and the French Federation, and their ‘threat’ to try to play for Algeria. Aouar, in action with Lyon.AFP Blessed by GuardiolaAouar was being one of the most outstanding players in France until the brakes for the coronavirus and his list of fans has been growing accordingly. “He is an incredible footballer”, was the compliment of Guardiola in November 2018 after crossing it in the Champions League. In England, The Sun has written about City, (again) Liverpool and Real Madrid as clubs that have been interested in knowing how the contract is de Aouar, who ends with Lyon in 2023 and who is, by the way, a former PSG manager. Benzema’s protégé is in vogue.
BEIJING, China:Fierce and focused, Danielle Williams surprised herself and the rest of us as she hurdled her way to gold medal success in the women’s 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.She had crossed the line first, but she wasn’t sure. How could she be? The giant screen inside the Bird’s Nest was not providing the answer fast enough for her to hide the nervous gaze that was stapled across her face.Impossible!Danielle Williams 12.57 PB; Cindy Roleder 12.59 PB; Alina Taley 12.66 NR.The young Jamaican had defied the odds. She was the best in the world.Not even her impressive 12.58 seconds win over pre-championships medal favourite Sharika Nelvis in the semi-final round two hours earlier, could prepare her and most of the athletics world for the results that followed.”I won, I won; I cant believe it!” she exclaimed just under an hour after draping herself in the Jamaican flag. This was after her name had flashed on the giant screen – on top of everyone else’s.”I came into this championship expecting to run a personal best got it in the semi-final and was just hoping I would have the legs to come back in the final since they were so close together,” Williams said or her target coming into Beijing.”In the semi-final, I realised I had the fastest time going in but I was not trying to get ahead of myself and get too cocky, because it was just one race and I was just trying to stay focused and level-headed going into the final,” Williams added.The 22-year-old became Jamaica’s second 100m hurdles world champion and the fourth woman from the country to medal in the event.She is also half of the first pair of siblings to compete in the 100m hurdles at a World Championships final.”It was an awesome feeling having my sister with me. We shall celebrate as soon as I get home. I’m just so sorry she couldn’t be on the podium as well,” Williams added before sharing her sister’s message at the end of the race. “She said ‘great going, proud of you’ and I told her the same thing.”Williams, who admitted that she was surprised that no Americans got on the podium after the dominance of their hurdlers all season, underlined her admiration of American legend Gail Devers while crediting her win to extensive work and improvements to her technique over the past year.Improving technique”We have worked on technique from the end of Commonwealth Games last year straight up to this championships. We have been working a lot on trying to fix my technique. It’s not perfect but it’s a whole lot better and I can attest to that. So, I’m happy that we were able to do that and I think fixing the technique got me the medal here,” said Williams, who says she is confident and motivated heading into the coming season.”I wont focus on increased expectations. I will continue to be my jovial, level-headed self and continue to train hard like everyone else will and hopefully in Rio I will be Olympic champion,” said Williams.One thing is for certain, she wont be catching anyone by surprise in Rio.
HOBART, Australia (AP): The warning signs were evident when a mostly full-strength West Indies lost a tour match by 10 wickets to a Cricket Australia selection with six players making their first-class debuts. Against Australia’s Test team, ranked No. 3 in the world, the mostly young and inexperienced players from the Caribbean never stood a chance, losing by an innings and 212 runs yesterday inside three days at Bellerive Oval. Fast bowler James Pattinson took five wickets in the second innings to complement fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood’s four-wicket haul in the first. Off-spin bowler Nathan Lyon, playing in his 50th Test, took three vital first-innings wickets that placed the West Indies in early trouble. And then there was the Australian batting. AUSTRALIA SATISFIED Australia declared their first innings on 583-4 led by Man of the Match Adam Voges’ unbeaten 269 and record 449-run fourth-wicket partnership with Shaun Marsh. The West Indies were forced to follow-on earlier yesterday when they scored just 223-9 in their first innings injured paceman Shannon Gabriel (left ankle) could not bat in either innings. The match ended before tea yesterday when the West Indies led by Darren Bravo’s 108 in the first innings, and Kraigg Brathwaite’s 94 in the second were bowled out for 148. The West Indies lost 14 wickets in a session and a half. The team announced yesterday that Gabriel would return home due to the injury and a tour replacement would be named in the coming days. Pattinson (5-27) took up where Hazlewood left off in a West Indies first innings dominated by Bravo’s seventh Test century. Pattinson’s haul included the second-innings wicket of Bravo for four, ensuring the West Indies batsman was dismissed twice in 37 minutes. The West Indies resumed on 207-6 yesterday morning in their first innings before Hazlewood (4-45) cleaned up the tail. Resuming on 94, Bravo hit two boundaries off Peter Siddle in the first over to reach the century mark. Brathwaite tried vainly to notch a late century in the second innings, hitting four boundaries in a row, before being bowled by Hazlewood to end the match. “To win in three days was very satisfying,” Australia captain Steve Smith said. West Indies captain Jason Holder said the big loss wasn’t unfamiliar to him or a team hit by player strikes, pay disputes, coach suspensions and a decision by many of the top players to choose lucrative international Twenty20 league contracts over Test duty. “It’s a situation we’ve been in for the past few months, the past few years, really,” Holder said. “We need to be more disciplined… to spend more time in the middle. Hopefully, we can come back strong in the second Test.” SCOREBOARD RECORDPARTNERSHIP AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 583-4 decl. WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 207 for six) D.M. Bravo c Lyon b Siddle 108 K. Roach c wk Nevill b Hazlewood 31 J. Taylor b Hazlewood 0 J. Warrican not out 2 S Gabriel absent hurt Extras (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23 TOTAL (all out, 70 overs) 223 Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Brathwaite), 2-58 (Chandrika), 3-78 (Samuels), 4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder), 7-215 (Roach), 8-215 (Taylor), 9-223 (Bravo) Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-45-4, Pattinson 15-0-68-0 (w1, nb5), Siddle 15-5-36-2, Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0. WEST INDIES 2nd innings (following on) K. Brathwaite b Hazlewood 94 R. Chandrika c Smith b Pattinson 0 D.M. Bravo b Pattinson 4 M. Samuels c Warner b Pattinson 0 +D. Ramdin c Warner b MR Marsh 4 *J. Holder c wk Nevill b Pattinson 17 K. Roach c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 3 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Hazlewood 12 J. Warrican not out 6 S. Gabriel absent hurt Extras (lb1, w1, nb3) 5 TOTAL (all out; 36.3 overs) 148 Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Chandrika), 2-20 (Bravo), 3-24 (Samuels), 4-24 (Blackwood), 5-30 (Ramdin), 6-60 (Holder), 7-91 (Roach), 8-117 (Taylor), 9-148 (Brathwaite). Bowling: Hazlewood 10.3-3-33-3, Pattinson 8-2-27-5 (w1, nb2), Siddle 7.-1-34-0, Marsh 7-0-36-1 (nb1), Lyon 4-0-17-0. Result: Australia won by an innings and 212 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Adam Voges. Toss: Australia. Umpires: M. Erasmus, I. Gould; TV – C Gaffaney.
UNNECESSARY DEMAND BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Joel Garner has hit out at the CARICOM-commissioned Governance Panel’s controversial recommendation that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) be dissolved. Garner, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler and a current WICB director, questioned the practicality of the proposed move, contending that all the boards which comprised the regional governing body were legitimate legal entities and, therefore, they could not be simply struck down. “My questions are: Is the BCA, which was constituted by an act of Parliament in 1933, an illegal entity and my selection as president of the BCA an illegal act?” Garner queried, while speaking at the BCA’s quarterly meeting here Thursday. “So I have to ask the question: is the GCB (Guyana Cricket Board) an illegal entity? Is the Jamaica Cricket (Association) an illegal entity? Is the Leeward Islands Cricket Association an illegal entity? Is the Windward Islands Cricket Board an illegal entity? Is the TTCB (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board) an illegal entity?” He continued: “If they are so, they have all been established in countries in which the prime ministers are making noise and they have to tell the public of the region if these entities are illegal, how they were able to remain vibrant for so long.” In proposing the dissolution of the WICB, the Governance Panel, headed by UWI Cave Hill Principal Eudine Barriteau, also recommended the appointment of an interim board, “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. While CARICOM heads have embraced the recommendation and resolved to ensure its implementation, the WICB, headed by controversial president Dave Cameron, has rejected it as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”. The board also slammed the report as “limited in scope”, arguing that the panel’s investigations had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts”. “The dissolution of the board is simply not a viable, legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk, which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB told CARICOM in a written response earlier this year. Last month, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said CARICOM was soliciting advice on the “legal position” of West Indies cricket.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Glance at the Champions League standings and it would seem all is just fine at Leicester City this season. Three matches. Three wins. No goals conceded.If only the defence of its English Premier League title was going so well. Few had expected Leicester to replicate the feats of last season, when the unheralded team from central England went from relegation favourites to title winners in one of the most amazing stories in all of sports. Few, though, would have expected such a drop-off in the league the following season.”When I think of the Premier League, I’m very, very angry,” said Leicester’s usually amiable coach, Claudio Ranieri.Leicester City head into Saturday’s home match against Crystal Palace in 13th place in the 20-team league, having lost four of their opening eight games. The team only lost three league matches in the whole of last season.The most obvious explanation for the drastic dip in form is a change of focus. This season, it increasingly seems, is all about the Champions League, which Leicester are competing in for the first time.”It’s just psychological,” Ranieri explained. “Because when we play in the Champions League, all the specials are switched on. You’re very, very smart, focused in every situation.”The same can’t be said in the Premier League. Leicester have lost to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea by three-goal margins and also have been defeated by promoted Hull. Their only wins have come against Burnley and Swansea, both of whom like Hull are among the contenders for relegation.There are other factors to blame apart from a preoccupation with the Champions League.The loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea has hit Leicester hard. It felt at times like the energetic Kante did the work of twoplayers in central midfield last season, providing protection for the defence and also a springboard for the attack. Off-season recruits Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy (currently injured) just aren’t in Kante’s league.As a consequence, Leicester’s defence looks vulnerable, with centre backs Wes Morgan and Robert Huth exposed and making errors. That, however, doesn’t explain the team’s tendency to concede at set pieces this season, which is simplydown to a lack of concentration and awareness.Another factor is Ranieri’s squad strengthening over the summer, which included signing forwards Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani for what were club-record fees.It has given the Italian coach more options for his lineup,but he might no longer know what his best team is.Last season, everyone knew Leicester’s first-choice lineup and Ranieri nicknamed ‘Tinkerman’ during his time at Chelsea rarely rotated, but that has changed. Shinji Okazaki, for example, rarely starts now, and the Japan forward was a key member of the title-winning team because of his work rate, unselfishness and qualities in linking the midfield and attack.Then there’s the dip in form of star players from last season striker Jamie Vardy and winger Riyad Mahrez. Vardy has scored twice this season, and not since September 10, while Mahrez hasn’t been the same effervescent force that once flustered defences. Have opponents worked out how to play them?A mid-table finish in the Premier League and getting to the knockout stage of the Champions League would be acceptable in this most unusual of seasons for Leicester. But for Ranieri, the quicker the team gets to the 40-point mark a figure widely regarded as the safety net against relegation the better.CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITEDManchester United manager JosÈ Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since getting fired by Chelsea in December, which ended his second spell at the London club.It will be the latest game in a tough period for United, who played away to Liverpool on Monday and host Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday. Mourinho adopted a defensive, containing approach at Liverpool, which eked out a 0-0 draw for United. He may do the same against a Chelsea team that haswon both of their games since manager Antonio Conte switched to a three-man defence.
Donovan Bailey, the Canadian who produced a world record to win the 100 metres at the 1996 Olympics, wants to cleanse the all-time track and field performance list of drug-tainted marks.In an interview earlier this week, Bailey believes a reset of world records in athletics would do a world of good.According to the retired sprinter, a cleanse by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) would help fans focus on wonderful athletes like Olympic champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.”I think the IAAF has to do something to ensure that doping is not the first thing you speak of,” he begun in an interview posted on www.insidethegames.biz.”I think for one you should press reset and get rid of all the records which were on the books if there has been a doping issue,” he recommended.His suggestion might also affect records and medals accumulated by East German athletes in the 1980s and 1990s.Documents released from that country after the unification of Germany confirmed the activity of a state-organised doping programme for its track and field athletes.”If there is a doping charge,” he explained, “you erase it – it becomes very simple – so we can talk about amazing positive things because there is so much to talk about, like Wayde van Niekerk and Usain Bolt.”Olympic GamesBolt famously did the 100 and 200 metre double for the third time in a row at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the same Games, van Niekerk smashed the 400 metre world record with a fine run of 43.03 seconds from the outermost lane.Bailey, who ran a world record of 9.84 second to win his Olympic gold 20 years ago, also agrees with the ban of Russian athletes from Rio.”My stance would be any country that has been accused of and found guilty of statewide doping,” he asserted, “all the athletes would be banned.”He believes it is unfair for clean athletes to lose medals, prize money and sponsorship to users of illegal performance enhancers.”It is a terrible thing to do,” the 48-year-old Canadian lamented, “because most athletes are clean and believe in the power of clean sport.”He was interviewed in Monaco at last week’s SPORTELMonaco sports marketing and media convention in Monte Carlo.
“Disappointed and very, very frustrated.” That was how former World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley described her feelings following the postponement of her return fight with Fatuma Zarika, which was scheduled to take place in Houston,Texas, on Saturday night.When she put her title on the line last October 1, in Flint, Michigan, there was a return-fight clause in place if she lost. She did lose by split decision, and after several weeks of negotiation, it was agreed the return fight would have taken place last night.Ashley told The Gleaner that she took the fight so seriously that she left cold New York, where she lives, for the warmth of Florida in early January and trained hard for a month.”A few weeks ago, I heard various stories which suggested that there could possibly be a postponement, but I hoped that this would not happen. It did, however, and what I am told is that Fatuma, who is from Kenya, is having visa problems trying to get back to the USA, so this has forced a postponement,” Ashley said. “I worked so hard and, believe me, I was ready.”Ashley said that she had a really good camp and was in much better condition now, than she was in October.”It would have been a great fight,” she added. “I want back my title and I hope that my promoter can get a new date soon.”