BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Su·rez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 yesterday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarter-finals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.Leading the tie after Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 first-leg win, Su·rez passed for Neymar to open the scoring in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny struck in the 51st and the English side threatened to add another, before Su·rez answered with an acrobatic goal in the 65th.Messi chipped in Barcelona’s third with two minutes to play, following a pair of timely stops by goalkeeper Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen to protect the lead.Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side was eliminated from the round of 16 for a sixth straight year, said Barcelona’s strike trio took the game to the level of “art”.”We played against the team with the best strikers I have seen,” Wenger said. “The three together are exceptional. Messi is incredible. They are two or three players who transform normal life into art.”BAYERN MUNICH ADVANCEAlso yesterday, Bayern Munich fought back to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time to advance.Thomas Mueller equalised in the first minute of injury time, and Bayern Munich scored two more goals in extra time.Thiago Alcantara scored in the 108th minute to put Bayern ahead for good in the second-leg match of the last 16 and Kingsley Coman, on loan from Juventus, added the hosts’ fourth goal just two minutes later to seal a 6-4 victory on aggregate.Bayern trailed 2-0 at half-time after goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado put Juventus firmly in charge. The home side looked to be on the way out until Robert Lewandowski scored in the 73rd and Mueller’s late header changed everything.”To score four goals against an Italian side, wow, compliments to my team,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
A star-studded line-up has been named for this year’s Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix, which takes place at the National Stadium on June 10.The meet, which is in its second staging has been themed ‘Salute to a Legend’ to honour iconic sprinter Usain Bolt, who will be competing in his last event on local soil at the event.Some of the international names already confirmed for the meet are Olympic 400m gold medallist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, 800m double Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya, and Britain’s ‘double double’ Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m gold medallist Mo Farah.Bolt, who was the highlight of yesterday’s launch event, which took place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, said that he is pleased with how the meet has grown from last year, given that the 2016 edition set high standards to live up to.”The fact that the coach (Glen Mills) is close to a lot of athletes really helps the meet, and I know a few athletes also,” the world’s fastest man said.DREAM COME TRUE”We have always had good relationships with athletes overall. But, for me, I’m very happy. I’m very proud of my coach and the way he has built this meet. It has always been one of his dreams to really have an international meet, so this is his dream come true and he’s building it.”We at Racers are trying to make it bigger and better and any way I possibly can, I’ll also help,” Bolt added.Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said that “this year, not even the great Boys and Girls’ Champs will be as highly anticipated as the Racers Grand Prix”.Grange also announced that the Government, through the Sports Development Fund, will be contributing US$200,000 ($26 million) to the meet.- R.P.
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… President reaffirms commitment to CaricomBy Devina SamarooDeliberations within Guyana of an exit from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) is completely out of the question. This is according to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who made it pellucid as he reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the regional institution.The decision by Great Britain to leave the EU has sparked discussions within Jamaica of whether the country should leave Caricom, owing to the slothfulness of implementation of initiatives to boost the regional international movement.Such concerns transcended to the local arena where commentators debated the notion of whether Guyana would be better off outside of CARICOM, a body which has proven to be incapable of moving beyond its developmental deadlocks.However, during an interview with Guyana Times, the Foreign Affairs Minister argued that there are no grave circumstances that have occurred which would warrant the question of Guyana leaving Caricom.“We are committed to Caricom. We have always been committed to Caricom,” he emphasised, noting that Guyana, after all, is one of the community’s four founding members.President David Granger also made it clear that Guyana needs Caricom in order to push its developmental agenda.“Caricom is very important to us, strategically, economically and socially,” the Head of State expressed on his weekly television programme ‘The Public Interest’ which aired on Friday.“At present, I would say that there has been a lot of development and a lot of progress in terms of functional cooperation; health, education, security and so on… what I think has been subject to some criticisms is the progress on trade and other economic relations but I would say that Caricom is useful and Guyana cannot do without Caricom and we are looking for the enhancement of the single market economy (CSME),” he stated.Over the years, there have been mounting calls for Guyana to leave Caricom and direct its focus on strengthening its relations with its South American neighbours.Responding to these concerns, Granger said it is unfortunate that Caricom cannot progress at a faster rate but he reiterated that there really is no reason to leave.“Things can go more quickly if there is a will by the heads of Government. I don’t think Caricom is sick. With some commitments on the parts of the heads of Government, we can go more quickly… There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Caricom, what is wrong is that we have not been implementing some of the measures agreed to,” he stated.Caricom Deputy Secretary General, Dr Manorma Soeknandan recently urged all Caricom States to stand together and ride out the storm despite the number of challenges facing the regional body.“Caricom has challenges, hurdles… together putting our shoulders under those will only make us stronger… losing one is not the answer,” she said.She stressed that Caricom should not go through the recent Brexit (British Exit) experience.Meanwhile, President Granger also reiterated that there ought to be no reason for the public to be concerned of any grave repercussions following the UK’s impending leave.He noted too that both the Foreign Affairs Minister and British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn have declared that Guyana is not likely to be immediately impacted.Granger posited, however, that it is too premature to make any concrete predications on what the outcome will be for Caricom, and by extension Guyana.On the other hand however, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believed that Guyana stands to lose a great deal from the Brexit fallout.Jagdeo had stated that there is a strong possibility of Guyana losing its developmental funding once the UK leaves the EU, contending that Great Britain, more than the other countries, would normally represent the interests of Caricom States.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on speculation linking him with Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot but admits he will be active on deadline day.Reports have emerged in France this morning that Rabiot’s agents held talks with Arsenal yesterday at the Champions League draw in Monaco.But, when asked if he was in for the French midfielder Wenger declined to comment.“I’m not telling you,” Wenger said.However Wenger did confirm that he would be active in the window, right up until the transfer deadline on 1st September.“You buy when it strengthens your squad. We have shown in the past when we need to spend, we do it,” Wenger added.“It’s harder to buy top, top players because many clubs are in the market and everybody knows each other.“I will be on alert until the last day of the transfer deadline.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1
Spanish sports daily Marca said Ramos could be out for between two and three weeks. That could mean he would miss the second legs of a Copa Del Rey tie against Numancia and four games in La Liga, but should have time to regain match fitness before the first leg of the Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.Marca said that Ramos suffered the injury on Thursday in a training session for players who were not selected for the first leg against second-division Numancia which Real won 3-0.The injury adds to Zinedine Zidane’s problems for the league game in Vigo on Sunday. The Real coach is already without another defender Dani Carvajal, suspended for a red card in El Clasico in December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Ramos in action during the FIFA Club World Cup 2017 final against Gremio in December 2017 © AFP/FileMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could miss two to three weeks, Spanish media estimated, after the club said on Friday that he has a calf injury.“He has been diagnosed with a muscular tear of the left soleus muscle,” Real Madrid said in a statement, adding that “his recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Billionaire Vichai, 60, died along with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.“I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia in his first public reaction since the tragedy.“He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. He came into the locker room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you.“One time soon after my birthday, he arrived in the locker room with a huge cake and made everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday.’“He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better.”Ranieri said it was now up to Vichai’s son “who has always been in love with football” to carry on in his father’s footsteps.He recalled his first meeting with Vichai.“I immediately thought he was a positive person, full of energy. My objective when I arrived at Leicester was to secure Premier League safety, then we all know what happened.“Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha made a very important contribution to the Premier League victory, as he’d arrive 30 minutes before the game to embrace everyone. He never said a word out of turn, was always happy with a smile on his face.“I am so sad right now, I want to join the family in their grief.”After Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February 2017 he took charge of French Ligue 1 side Nantes for the 2017-2018 season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000File photo of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (left) and Claudio Ranieri (right), manager of English Premier League champions Leicester City during a visit to Yangon city’s landmark Shwedagon pagoda on May 22, 2016. (Ye Aung Thu/ AFP)MILAN, Italy, Oct 30 – Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been “terribly shaken” by the death of Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Ranieri, 66, was hired by Vichai in 2015 and led Leicester to their historic Premier League title success the following year.
French sports daily L’Equipe reported that, after previous failed attempts, Barcelona had made a new offer of 160 million euros, paid in two instalments, which could convince PSG to finally sell, provided at least one player is thrown in as a makeweight.According to Le Parisien, Barcelona are willing to pay a slightly lower fee, between 140 and 150 million euros, while also offering Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic as well as allowing Ousmane Dembele to return to France on loan.However, the agent of 22-year-old French World Cup-winning winger Dembele insisted his client was not interested in being used as bait in a deal for Neymar.“Ousmane is 100 percent staying. There is no chance of him leaving. He wants to establish himself at Barca and he will,” Moussa Sissoko told French television station TF1.Dembele has endured an injury-hit two years at the Camp Nou since being signed by Barcelona for an initial 105 million euros from Borussia Dortmund immediately after Neymar’s world record 222 million-euro switch to PSG.In Catalonia, radio station RAC1 has reported that Barcelona have taken out a loan in order to have the funds needed to pay for Neymar’s transfer, having already spent 120 million euros in the close season to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.Wednesday’s reports from both sides of the Pyrenees came after Barcelona director Javier Bordas had raised hopes in Catalonia on Tuesday night as he spoke to reporters after returning from a meeting with PSG counterparts.“We are continuing negotiations, we are closer to a deal,” he said.Meanwhile, a move to Real Madrid now seems increasingly unlikely for Neymar, who took part in PSG’s training session ahead of the French champions’ next league game at Metz on Friday.The 27-year-old, scorer of 51 goals in 58 appearances in his two years at PSG, has not featured for his current club this season amid the uncertainty surrounding his future.On Tuesday, the player revealed one of his dreams had come true as he made a cameo appearance in his favourite Netflix show.Neymar appeared in the crime drama La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) having originally been edited out pending the outcome of his rape case.Once Brazilian police dropped their investigation last month, Netflix re-released the episodes to include the 27-year-old.“I was able to fulfil my dream and be part of my favourite series. And now I can share Joao (his character) with you all,” he told his 44 million Twitter followers.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona have made an improved offer to Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar with just five days left before the transfer window closes © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 28 – Neymar trained with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates on Wednesday as reports in France and Spain indicated a protracted deal to take him back to his old club Barcelona may still be reached before the transfer deadline.The transfer window closes on Monday, September 2, leaving Barcelona in a race against time to come to an agreement with PSG that would allow the Brazilian to get his desired transfer back to the Camp Nou.
Southampton and Sunderland target Djibril Sidibe in action for Lille Southampton and Sunderland are resigned to losing out to Monaco in the race to land Djibril Sidibe.The Ligue 1 club have reportedly agreed personal terms with the Lille defender and are close to sealing an £11million switch for the 23-year-old.According to L’Equipe, Monaco have also agreed allow Rony Lopes to go the other way on loan and expect a deal to be announced by the end of the week.Sunderland and Southampton could still hijack any deal by slapping down a higher offer.But it is understood that both clubs have given up on their respective pursuits. 1
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Catalan giants Barcelona 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a “hands off” warning to Barcelona and any other club wanting to sign playmaker Philippe Coutinho.The Brazil international’s form has been impressive this season and 10 Premier League goals represent his best return in the top flight since arriving in England in January 2013.He has constantly been linked with a move to Barcelona, who are looking to overhaul their squad with the departure of Luis Enrique this summer, and only this week one Catalan newspaper claimed an agreement had already been reached between the club and the player.However, the 24-year-old only signed a new five-year contract in January, with wages of £150,000-a-week making him the club’s top earner, and that gives Klopp confidence.“When did he sign his new contract?” said the German when asked about the interest in Coutinho, jokingly adding: “With a £400 million clause!”He added: “There are absolutely no plans (to sell). What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to.“That means we can bring in others players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis.“We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this.”In addition to new signings Klopp will be looking forward to seeing forward Sadio Mane fit again for pre-season after his campaign was ended by a knee injury in April which required surgery.The Senegal international has proved to be a key figure having arrived from Southampton for £30million last summer and is still the club’s leading scorer, despite missing the whole of January due to the African Nations Cup and then sustaining a knee problem which ensured he sat out the final eight matches of the season.His influence was recognised at the club’s awards night where he was named both players’ player and supporters’ player of the year.“It means so much to me. I feel at home at this club and in this city,” said the 25-year-old.“I have enjoyed playing football for this great team. It was the fact that I’m playing alongside so many great players here that meant I was able to settle so quickly.“My team-mates, the staff, the manager and the supporters have all made me feel so welcome since I joined the club.“I have loved every minute of playing for Liverpool this season and can’t wait to get back fit to help the team again.”Mane is already looking at stepping up his recovery and is confident his team-mates can deliver Champions League football next season with six points from their last two matches guaranteeing their top-four place.“It’s getting better, much better. The operation went well. Soon I will be running again and I should be fine for the start of pre-season,” he added.“Every player wants to play every game but injuries are part of football and I just have to accept it.“It’s frustrating being out and having to watch, but my team-mates are still doing a great job on the pitch.“I am very confident that they will get the points we need from the final two matches to get us in the top four.“We have a great manager and he knows what is required. We all want to get this club into the Champions League.”