Valdano, winner of the XIV International Vázquez Montalbán Award

first_imgMy story started on the feet. I have only premeditated being a soccer player. And I established there challenges that gave me confidence for a lifetime. My relationship with the ball was the first love. And with the first love came the first challenges. The first, give a hundred touches without the ball falling. That set me apart from the other players in my town and my age. That trust still feeds me. My only relationship with professional football was the radio or The Graphic, a sports bible in which football was told in a wonderful way. Since then, football without the word is very little and I have cultivated it as much as I could. Then, I turned everything I had done during my life into a message. ““I arrived in Vitoria two months before Franco died. In unforgettable winters I read Argentine and Spanish authors. And universal authors, in a disorderly way. If you want to look at a self-taught, look at me”he concluded. Jorge Valdano received the XIV International Journalism Award Manuel Vázquez Montalbán which was delivered in the Auditori 1899. Valdano succeeds the Italian Emanuela Audisio in the medal winners. “I want to thank Col. Legi de Periodistas de Catalunya and Barça because this transcends sports. If Vázquez Montalbán taught us something, it was to integrate emotions into literature. I have said many times, and this is the occasion to repeat it, that I read Vázquez Montalbán when he arrived in Spain. Since then, playing football meant something else, another sense of representativeness. He built bridges with society, with politics. And through that door we enter players, coaches and writers. Vázquez Montalbán unraveled that distrustful look of intellectuals to football. “last_img read more

“I grew up not knowing that being a professional footballer was an option”

first_imgVero Boquete is one of the most media players of the moment. Reasons for this are not lacking: the only Spanish woman who has lifted a Champions League, the first active member of the team of FIFA legends … In the midst of this health crisis, the Galician woman answers the call from AS from her home in Utah (USA) ) with the great desire to play again soon in Spain.First, how about everything?All right. The players have to attend to various protocols of both the team and the League and we are serving more confinement than the rest of the population. Utah is still allowed to go outside for walks and sports.Do you take advantage that you can go out to do sports outside?We have work to do at home and other days we go running. I try to go out for the minimum, two days to run and at 7:30 to avoid meeting anyone.They were in preseason, how do you manage the delay of the competition?I am motivated by the fact that there is a date set for training again (May 11) and for the League to start (mid or late June).Leaving the health crisis aside, what stands out the most when you look back?My beginnings, which were not easy. Until I was fifteen I played with children and had to put up with comments that my classmates did not have to put up with. I grew up without female references and without knowing that being a professional footballer was an option. This is what I think of when I look back at my past, though then I think of all that I have accomplished and am truly satisfied.He had no female references, but what about male ones?I started being central and I paid a lot of attention to Ronald Koeman. During my career I have also been inspired by Xavi Hernández or Iniesta, among others.From central to attacking midfielder. What a change … Yes (laughs). I started to play free, then I went to central and to midfield. I have also played on the wing or at the tip, although the position I adapt best to is the attacking midfielder.You’ve been to about 15 clubs (PSG, Bayern …), haven’t you found your place?The reason rather is that women’s football had no stability until recently. To play at the highest level you had to move. The one that was the best league in the world the following year did not come out or what was a team that fought for titles in the following season ran out of sponsors and you had to find your life. My sporting ambition also influenced.Now that the Spanish League is among the best, are you considering your return?With this growth I see it closer. Most of my career I have been abroad and I would like to return to Spain and find the conditions I have had to look for abroad.All the rumors place him close to Real Madrid …They have told me many times, but the one who has to have an interest in signing me is the club and that has not happened.What do you think is missing for Spanish women’s football to be professional?You have to be patient. We cannot pretend to change from 0 to 10 in one day. The signing of an agreement is the first step, but to make the League the best it is necessary to give it stability, time and a great commitment from all the parties involved.Finally, what do you think about the great success of the Women’s Depor this year?I’m delighted. I am very happy that my land finally has a benchmark club in women’s football and above all that they are doing this season so well. Nobody was expecting the newly promoted Depor to get the good results he has signed. I believe that success can only help women’s football in Galicialast_img read more

Laporta returns in style

first_imgFlorentino and San Mamés. He played the Madrid in San Mamés in match corresponding to day 34 of the League. The result was the least, what stood out above all was the ember that the president of Madrid gave to his counterpart in the Athletic throughout the match. “He has been praising the countryside all the time, but he has made me see that, in his opinion, he is getting old and that he needs a comprehensive reform. That he knows people who, if I say that I am on their side, make me a price” he explained Aitor Elizegi.Javier Aguirre, in his sauce. Decisive match in Cornellà in which Spanish and Leganes A good part of your stay options will be at stake. At this time it is not known if it will be able to start on time because the ‘Basque’ Aguirre, with past parakeet, continues giving his press conference prior to the meeting. He started remembering his time at Espanyol, followed with Mexican jokes, the recipe for a good michelada, and they also inform us that right now he was about to sing the great successes of the celebrated Chavela Vargas. Laporta party. Yesterday was the eleventh anniversary of the historic 2-6 of Barca of Guardiola to the Real Madrid at Bernabéu and Joan Laporta he thought it was a good opportunity, never to spare, to organize a celebration party for the anniversary. “It is a round figure, remember that we went out with 11 players.” The former president did not save on expenses. Obviously, the stage was the well-known Barcelona ‘Luz de Gas’ room, which was chaired by a giant reproduction of the captain’s armband that he kissed Puyol after scoring the second goal of the match. Xavi, another of the star guests of the party, stood behind the bar and remembering the passes he gave that day, he dedicated himself to accurately inserting ice cubes into the glasses of the guests with his magical touch. The novelty is that he did it from the bar, shooting pieces of ice that fell into the containers of the assistants who were on the dance floor.Ramos did not miss it. Guardiola and Messi They were absent from the revelry during the first hours because the Catalan technician came with a blackboard to explain to Leo again the advantage of playing as a false nine, since he premiered that day and with which he completely disbanded the white team. Luckily Pique, the author of the sixth goal, appeared in time to organize the conga. Sergio Ramos, in an act that honors him, also attended the event. “How can I miss a Barça party if I have been to all of them. From 0-3 on Ronaldinho until the goal of Malcolm in the Cup going through 5-0 and 2-6, “he claimed. The party ended prematurely because Undiano Mallenco, as happened that day when the discount was smoked and he even blew the end before reaching the 90th minute, he decided that there had been enough spree and sent everyone home. Except for Laporta, of course.last_img read more

Record-breakers rack up over $1.6m in scholarships

first_imgATHLETICS: Digicel Grand Prix Championships KINGSTON: Student-athletes broke 83 records, earning $1,660,000 in scholarships over the course of the six-meet 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which ended with the Grand Prix Finals at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport last Saturday. Any athlete who broke a meet record, Grand Prix record, or national junior record, earned $20,000 in scholarships to offset school expenses, which will be paid directly to the school he or she will attend in September 2016. Kingston College’s Class Two athlete, Zico Campbell, was a big winner, earning $100,000 in scholarships, after breaking five records over the course of the six meets. Excelsior High’s Shanice Love, the girls Under-20 discus Grand Prix champion, earned $60,000 for breaking three records, including a new Grand Prix final record in the Class One discus, in which she threw 50.39 metres to win. Athletes who won $40,000 each for breaking two records were St. Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield, Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown, Calabar High’s Kevroy Venson, Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan, Fiona Richards (Edwin Allen), St. Jago’s Keenan Lawrence, STETHS’ Sahjay Stevens, Shevan Parks of Bellefield, Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield, and Sanique Walker of Vere Technical, and Ashley Williams of St. Jago. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic and the Western Championships. The other meets in the series were the Central Athletics Championships, Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet, Camperdown Classic, and the G.C. Foster Classics. Edwin Allen and St. Jago High Schools emerged champion girl and boy school, respectively. Edwin Allen earned 237.6 points to be the leading girls’ school, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical with 153, Excelsior High137.3, St. Jago 114, and St. Elizabeth Technical 111, rounding out the top five. St. Jago boys earned 252 points to finish ahead of Calabar 184, St. Elizabeth Technical High 136, Kingston College 131, and Munro College 88, rounding out the top five.last_img read more

‘Axeman’ Walters out in the cold

first_imgVasyl Lomachenko, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) featherweight champion, will fight Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez for his World Boxing Organisation super featherweight title on June 11 at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York.This fight was arranged by Bob Arum, the head of the Top Rank promotion company, in place of a fight he had planned between Lomachenko and Jamaica’s Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, the former World Boxing Association featherweight super champion.Arum tried for months to get Walters to agree to a fight with Lomachenko with the Ukranian title at stake, but Walters, who has elected recently to do his own negotiations, instead of allowing his manager Jacques Deschamps to do so, priced himself out of the fight.Arum stated publicly that Walters wanted US$1 million to fight Lomachenko, a purse that Arum rejected immediately. It is reported that Lomachenko agreed to a purse of $850,000 and that Arum made a first offer of US$550,000 to Walters, which he rejected. The negotiations went out of the window quickly, and Arum again stated publicly that he had ceased negotiations with Walters and would move to find another opponent for Lomachenko.He had discussions with two fighters after this, and in a short time, it was agreed that Lomachenko would move up to the super featherweight division, 130 pounds, to fight the champion Martinez for his title. The fight is on and will take place on June 11, and the official announcement was made in New York on ThursdayNO WORD AS YETWalters, in the meantime, is out in the cold. The Gleaner has tried repeatedly to make contact with him without success. His manager, Deschamps, however, told The Gleaner yesterday that he has been following what is going on keenly and he, too, has not heard from Walters.”I am still his manager, and I am ready to get back to doing what I have done successfully for him since before he became a professional boxer in August 2008.”I moulded his career and negotiated the right fights for him until he became world champion. He has made some mistakes recently, but he is still one of the best fighters in the world, and we can get back there. I am optimistic that we will clear this hurdle,” he said.In the meantime, the fight between Walters and Lomachenko, which was supposed to be one of the boxing highlights of 2016, is now on the back burner.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgBat boy, 9, diesafter hit inhead by swingat baseball gameWICHITA, Kansas (AP):A nine-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a lower-tier National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle says that the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays team, Mike Carlile, confirmed late on Sunday the death of Kaiser Carlile.The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the National Baseball Congress says the child was wearing a helmet, which is mandatory. Home-plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, who is a longtime paramedic, treated the boy until an ambulance arrived. The team played a game on Sunday, winning 8-0. The National Baseball Congress is made up of amateur and semi-professional teams.Husbands dominates Woodbine weekendTORONTO, Canada (CMC):Veteran Barbadian rider, Patrick Husbands, snatched victory with 8-5 favourite Florida One in Sunday’s CAN$162,100 Grade Three Seagram Cup, to win his fourth added-money race of the Woodbine season and complete a hugely successful weekend at the prestigious Toronto oval.In a competitive contest over a mile and sixteenth on polytrack, Husbands managed to stave off the fast-finishing Pender Harbour on the inside, to claim victory by half-length in a time of one minute, 43.33 seconds.The victory was part of a double on the nine-race card for Husbands, who also scored in race four with 4-1 chance Hot Hot Heat, when he made all the running with the four-year-old colt to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half-length over a mile and sixteenth.Husbands also stole the feature race on Saturday’s 10-race card, producing a brilliant ride aboard 9-1 bet Bear’s Pride to get the better of the three-year-olds and upward fillies and mares, in the $126,600 Victoriana Stakes.Etienne returned as DFA presidentROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Glen Etienne has been given an overwhelming mandate to serve as president of the Dominica Football Association, after convincingly beating out his rivals to gain re-election here Saturday. He secured 36 votes to easily win the election, which took place during a marathon six-hour annualgeneral meeting and against the backdrop of raging controversy over the leadership of the organisation.Challenger Ibrahim Brohim finished with just 12 votes, Ronaldo Isidore got seven, while former president Dexter Francis secured just a single vote.The DFA has been embroiled in controversy in recent time, with Francis challenging Etienne’s initial appointment in court and managing to have a previously scheduled AGM postponed. However, football’s world governing body, FIFA, had warned the DFA to settle the matter internally or face sanctions.FIFA official Howard McIntosh and FIFA legalofficer Marco Leal oversaw the elections.Missing Special Olympics athleteturns upLOS ANGELES (AP):An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe Monday, 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in a San Francisco Bay Area city. Andi Gusmari, 44, came to the Hayward Police Department on his own early Monday and used a lobby phone to contact a dispatcher, said acting lieutenant Guy Jakub.Gusmari, who had his documents with him, was safe and comfortable, but police were not able to communicate very well with him because of his speech disability, Jakub said. Gusmari, a bowling competitor, disappeared from the University of Southern California sometime Saturday night. How he travelled from Los Angeles to Hayward, east of San Francisco, remained a mystery.”We all want to know,” Jakub said. “We’re glad he’s safe.”last_img read more

STETHS beat Dinthill in a rain drenched Ben Francis KO classic

first_img Murray, who earlier gave Dinthill the lead during regulation time, missed in the shoot-out as his shot was saved by the STETHS custodian to send the game into sudden death. It took the defending champions three additional kicks for the win, after Shemar Brooks missed for Dinthill, with the scoreline finally settling at 7-6. The Anthony Patrick-coached Dinthill had themselves to blame as they thought on two separate occasions they had won the game. Jahmari Ranger found his range with a blistering shot from just inside the 18-yard area for the 1-0 lead in the 86th minute. The defending champions responded as champions should do. Their top marksman, Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr, profited from a botched attempt at a clearance and he rounded George Brown in the Dinthill goal to equalise in injury time (90+2) for his 28th goal of the season. That goal pushed the game into extra time and Dinthill took the lead again, this time from the penalty spot through Rodave Murray, who calmly stepped up to stroke the ball firmly into the goal at 2-1. However, McCulloch hammered in an absolutely sweet left-footed shot to even things up once again for STETHS, who dominated the game in large chunks. “Belief was our ally today; we believed we could win even when falling behind,” said STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn. On Monday, Dwainey Williams’ goal deep into the second period of extra time carried Manchester High to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lennon High and into the final. Lennon, buoyed by their emphatic beating of a stellar Petersfield High team in the quarter-finals last week, jumped to an early lead when Chawayne Nelson netted in the eighth minute. However, Manchester drew level in time added after 90 minutes of pulsating action, with Romaine Walsh getting the goal. Then with 108 minutes on the clock, Williams struck a goal that sent his team into the final with a 2-1 scoreline. – Click link for more Schoolboy Football photos. Murray missed penalty WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) stayed alive to defend their Ben Francis KO title after coming within a kick of losing to Dinthill Technical yesterday. They ended up edging a drama-filled semi-final 7-6 by virtue of sudden-death penalty at Manchester High School. They will now face Manchester High in Friday’s final at Juice Field in Clarendon Park. Kicks from the spot began badly for STETHS, as Trevar McCulloch’s effort was brilliantly saved by Dinthill goalkeeper George Brown. Michael Kerr, Shawn Genus, Dwayne Foster and Glendon Gopaul scored for STETHS, while Antoine Rhule, Jahmari Ranger, Danchennel Goulbourne and goalkeeper Brown netted for Dinthill.last_img read more

Red Force into final after whipping Jaguars

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force stormed into the final of the Regional Super50 when they produced a clinical bowling performance to whip Guyana Jaguars by 54 runs in the semi-final here Wednesday night.In a repeat of last year’s final, Red Force raised a competitive 259 for nine off their 50 overs and then used their spin attack on a turning Queen’s Park Oval track, to bundle out Jaguars for a disappointing 205 off 48.3 overs.Left-hander Darren Bravo missed out on a sixth regional one-day hundred when he fell for 95 while West Indies teammate Denesh Ramdin weighed in with an attacking 43 off 44 balls and Kjorn Ottley, a well-played 33 off 62 deliveries.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the leading bowler with three for 56 while off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-12) and seamer Paul Wintz (2-67) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Jaguars suffered from a sluggish start before losing wickets steadily as the Red Force spinners crippled the innings.Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble resisted with a cameo 51 while Paul Wintz struck 26. Chris Barnwell got 22 and captain Leon Johnson and opener Vishaul Singh both scored 20.The damage was done by Jon-Russ Jaggesar who claimed three for 36 while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-35) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-42) picked up two wickets apiece.Red Force will now await the winners of last night’s second semi-final between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes, to know their opponents in tomorrow’s final.last_img read more

La Salle rallies to stun Ateneo, forces UAAP title decider

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rookie of the Year award just the beginning for De Liaño, Maroons Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Caracut also redeemed himself with 13 points, 10 coming in the second half, after going scoreless in Game 1.The Blue Eagles raced to a 32-13 lead in the first quarter before extending it to 21, 49-28, with 3:23 left in the second quarter.But the Archers quickly trimmed it down to nine after closing the first half on an 14-2 blast.Rivero dazzled his way to 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field that went with five rebounds and four assists despite playing with four fouls in the second half.Thirdy Ravena had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists but committed seven turnovers. Aaron Black added 15 points while Anton Asistio scored 13.Asistio had the hot hand in the first half, going 4-of-6 from long range, but he cooled off in the final two quarters, where he went scoreless.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rivero and Mbala, who was officially named MVP for the second straight year, continued their strong play in the final frame where the Archers even took a 13-point advantage, 85-72, with 4:00 remaining.“We’re happy to get the win but like what coach said, we don’t want to celebrate unless it’s already finished. We’re not gonna stop working for next game,” said Rivero, who was part of this season’s Mythical Team.READ: Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals seriesMbala, who was held to a career-lows eight points and seven field goal attempts in a 76-70 loss in Game 1 on Saturday, was back to his dominant ways.The 6-foot-7 Cameroonian bounced back with 20 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT “The players were just to eager at the start. We just played with heart in the fourth quarter and late in the second quarter,” said La Salle assistant Miggy Solitaria, who filled in for head coach Aldin Ayo in the post-game press conference.READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe deciding Game 3 is on Sunday still at The Big Dome.La Salle flaunted its depth with Ben Mbala, Ricci Rivero and Andrei Caracut leading its fightback in the pivotal third period. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing great resolve and heart of a champion, De La Salle overhauled a seemingly insurmountable lead to shock Ateneo, 92-83, Wednesday and stretch the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers went on a blistering 40-11 run that turned a 28-49 deficit into a 68-59 lead heading into the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Phil Younghusband engaged to Fil-Spanish GF

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The couple made their relationship public in 2015 after posting photos on social media of their travels. Since then, they have constantly updated their social media pages of their trips together.  The footballer previously dated actress Angel Locsin for over a year. Their relationship ended in 2013. He and sexy star Bangs Garcia exclusively dated for six months in 2014. JBRELATED STORIES:Phil and James–On losing Mom and Dad, living their passion, being with the women they lovePhil Younghusband officially admits breakup with Angel LocsinYounghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Azkals striker Phil Younghusband is engaged to girlfriend of two years, Margaret Hall.Younghusband announced on Instagram that he had a “magical Christmas” after proposing to the Filipino-Spanish model.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry makes season-best 10 3-pointers in return from injury Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We are beyond blessed to have shared this special moment with our family,” wrote the 30-year-old Fil-Brit. According to their posts, they have been spending their Christmas vacation in Switzerland. LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more