Have you lowered your salary in Dortmund?We have had to help in this cause and we see it as normal. There are club workers who are not receiving money now. We have lowered the salary a little. I am paid by Dortmund and regarding my contract, the reduction of Real Madrid does not affect me at all.You end the loan in June, but when does your contract end in Madrid? In 2022?I don’t know when my contract ends, that subject is taken by my agent. I think it will be around, but I don’t know very well. It is the same contract that I signed in 2017.Can you imagine if on July 1 you become a Madrid player and the Bundesliga has not finished?They haven’t told me anything. I have seen news about it, but if that happens I suppose that they will give permission so that we can end the current club and continue. I think it would be the most normal thing.Are you flattered that so many teams love you?Who does not like it? I am proud of what I am doing and I am very happy with the teams I have. In June I will have to make a decision and it will be a great step for my career. In theory, my contract ends in June and from there I have to return to Madrid. I have not yet had contact with Madrid on this matter, but I imagine that soon we will have some conversation to find out what is best for me.How will the charity tournament be Fortnite What have you created in Getafe?It is an initiative that I have thought of at home. One of my hobbies it’s the Play Station. Speaking to the Mayor of Getafe, I thought about helping her people. People need help and I think it is a good way to raise as much as possible for families in need. Now i’m trying to talk to youtubers, footballers and people who want to participate in this cause. We are going to have a good time that everyone will see.You are more builder or camper at Fortnite?It depends on who you play with. I like to build to go after people. What is Achraf doing right now?Tomorrow I have free and I stay watching a movie.How many days did you go to train last week?All except Sunday.How many people are going to train at Borussia?I arrive at 10 and we start training at 10:30. I work with my group, with five or six people. We do not cross. We each work on our own. We do not make any contact. See you in training, but until you give us permission, there will be no other type of training.What kind of exercises do you do?We mix a little, gym, rondo or soccer-tennis. But with almost no contact.Is the coach in the session? Are you wearing a mask?There are the first, second and third coaches, along with each of the physical trainers, who are more protected. But with hardly any contact.How long are the trainings?An hour and a half. We can shower there, but almost all of us go home.Has the police ever stopped you?No, here in Dortmund where I am, things are very quiet. More than in Madrid. Here they let you go to the supermarket and go to train. They have it very controlled, but it is not like in Madrid the Police do not let you do anything. Here they are very cautious. There are no restaurants and shops open, but they don’t tell you anything when you go out for a breath.Are you going to resume contact training soon?On Tuesday when we return we will continue as a group. When we know when we will compete again, I suppose the training will change.Will the Bundesliga return on May 9?It is an estimated date, I think it can change. I’m glad it’s that date, but the sooner the better. However, we have to be careful about the situation we are in.How do you keep in touch with your family members?I try to write to myself through WhatsApp, but I know that the situation is more complicated in Madrid.
HYDERABAD, India (CMC): Dwayne Smith failed with the bat and Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets as their franchise Gujarat Lions lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday. Smith struggled to settle down before he was dismissed for one, while Bravo scored 18 from 20 balls as Hyderabad’s seamers restricted Lions to 126 for six from 20 overs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Aaron Flinch top scored with 51 not out as the Lions’ batsmen were bogged down by the skill of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur. Smith failed to connect with the first four balls of the match. Three were outswingers which narrowly missed his outside edge while one inswinger struck him on the front pad before he was caught after facing nine balls. His opening partner Brendon McCullum had an uncomfortable stay at the crease until he departed in the eighth over for seven. Lions lost wickets regularly and slumped to 34 for four until a recovery was mounted by Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Aaron Finch who scrambled to put on 45 for the fifth wicket. “We have to give credit where credit is due I think the way Bhuvneshwar bowled his first over. We all know when conditions are in his favour it’s very difficult to play him. He is one of the best swing bowlers in the world and you have to give credit,” said Bravo during the post match news conference. “It was very difficult to score and to contain Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, two of the most dangerous players; you have to be doing something good. The conditions were very challenging for batting and we just as international players we did not adopt quickly enough.” Shikhar Dhawan gave the chase early momentum and batted through out to be unbeaten on 47 as Sunrisers surpassed the target with six balls remaining. However, Bravo was instrumental in pushing them to the 19th over with figures of two for 14 off three overs while Dhawal Kulkarni also grabbed two wickets.
MIAMI, United States (CMC): New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium will host next year’s final of the historic Copa America Centenario, organisers have announced. Sixteen teams, comprising six from the North, Central America and Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF) and ten from South America, will do battle in the tournament. Caribbean champions Jamaica have already qualified for the tournament, while Trinidad and Tobago will contest a play-off next month against Haiti to determine their place. The tournament marks the 100-year anniversary of the prestigious Copa America, which will be staged outside South America for the first time in its history. The stadium, which boasts a capacity of 82,000, will take centre stage for the June 3-26 tournament scheduled to be played across ten venues across the United States. Games will also be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; California, Levi Stadium in San Francisco; NRG Stadium in Houston, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; CenturyLink Field in Seattle; University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; the Orlando Citrus Bowl; and Soldier Field in Chicago.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)HART,SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, CLICHY,FERNANDINHO, TOURE,NAVAS, SILVA, IHEANACHO,AGUEROVARDY,ALBRIGHTON, OKAZAKI, MAHREZ,DRINKWATER, KANTE,FUCHS, HUTH, MORGAN, SIMPSON,SCHMEICHELLEICESTER (4-2-3-1)With only 14 games remaining Leicester City are top of the Barclays Premier League; now they face they biggest test yet when they visit closest rivals and second-place Manchester City knowing that a win at the Etihad Stadium will take the Tigers six points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s men.Leicester extended their fine season with an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool with Jamie Vardy scoring twice, including a wonderful long-range volley. Those take his tally so far to 17 goals, though his opener was his first from outside the box this season.Now the Foxes have 50 points, only five short of their all-time top-flight record total (55 in 1999-2000).Manchester City owed their 1-0 win at Sunderland to another Sergio Aguero goal, his 17th of the season and 12th in his last 10 Premier League appearances.They return to the Etihad Stadium where they have won nine out of 12, more home victories than any other team in the top division.They entertain a Leicester side who have won seven away games, three more than they won on the road over the whole of last season; one more will be their most away wins in the Premier League, overtaking the seven they won in the 1997-98 campaign.And Leicester have a good record at Manchester City in the Premier League, winning three of their last four. Last season, however, they lost 2-0 when goals from David Silva and James Milner earned the home side the points.Manchester City miss Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany and test Wilfried Bony, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala and Jesus Navas.Leicester, meanwhile, could have new signing Daniel Amartey, a Ghana international, available, but Jeffrey Schlupp is out.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher punished Zimbabwe with exhilarating unbeaten half-centuries to life West Indies to an emphatic 10-wicket victory in their second warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 154 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, West Indies romped to their target in the 13th over with Charles, belting 92 not out off 48 balls and Fletcher striking 56 not out off 33 deliveries.Zimbabwe had earlier tallied 152 for seven off their 20 overs, with the stylish Vusi Sibanda top-scoring with 64 and Sikandar Raza getting 23.The right-handed Sibanda, opening the batting, faced 56 balls and struck eight fours in adding 53 for the fifth wicket with Raza, who gathered a four and a six off 13 balls in his knock.Medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite was the best bowler with three for 23, while fellow seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-11) and Jerome Taylor (2-35) both finished with two wickets apiece.Charles and Fletcher then pummelled the Zimbabwe attack as West Indies cruised to their second win over the African side in three days.The right-handed Charles slammed 10 fours and six sixes while Fletcher, also a right-hander, counted five fours and three sixes.landmarkCharles reached his half-century in the eighth over off 27 balls with five fours and four sixes, while Fletcher raised his landmark off 31 deliveries in the 12th over.West Indies are preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup starting March 8 in India and will continue their preparation with another T20 warm-up against English County Warwickshire on Friday here.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):West Indies Under-19 skipper Shimron Hetmyer struck his maiden first-class hundred yesterday as Guyana Jaguars took a huge step towards retaining their Regional four-day title.Playing on the opening day of the final-round encounter at the National Stadium, the 19-year-old Hetmyer carved out an attractive 107 – an innings that propelled the leaders and defending champions to 297 for four at the close against Jamaica Scorpions.Test opener Rajindra Chandrika weighed in with 76 to break out of his slump, while captain Leon Johnson extended his excellent form with an unbeaten 58.Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the best Scorpions bowler, with two for 63.Entering the final round seven points ahead of second-place Barbados Pride, Jaguars batted in partnerships to ensure that there were no hiccups that would injure their title hopes.Pride in chargeAT WARNER PARK: Barbados Pride, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ first innings of 119 all out, reached 145 for four at the close on the opening day of their final-round game here Friday.Scores: HURRICANES 119 all out (Jahmar Hamilton 42, Kieran Powell 33; Jomel Warrican 3-33, Kemar Roach 2-21, Miguel Cummins 2-30). PRIDE 145 for four (Omar Phillips 42, Kraigg Brathwaite 31, Shai Hope 27, Roston Chase 22 not out; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-50).Red Force make 211AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s 211, were 33 without loss at the close on the opening day of their final-round game here yesterday.Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Kyle Hope 28). VOLCANOES 33 without loss (Tyrone Theophile 20 not out).
PORTLAND, USA:As evidence of his superiority, Omar McLeod hit down almost every hurdle, but still clocked a world- leading and national record 7.41 seconds in an easy run as he claimed Jamaica’s lone gold medal in the 60m hurdles on the final day of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre here yesterday.McLeod got a quick start out of the blocks and then eased away from his competition to finish three metres ahead of France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in a season’s best 7.46 second, and Dimitri Bascou in 7.48 seconds.”Never in a million years would I think I’d be world champion at the age of 21, but thanks to God, he made this possible,” an elated McLeod said afterwards.”Coach (Douglas Case) said that if you want to win that race, you’ve got to get out, tunnel vision, and just own the race. I knew that those two French guys would have been there, so I really just wanted to be there with that (in mind). He knew that’s what it would take for me to win that race,” he added.McLeod’s win took the Jamaican medal tally to three, adding to the silver won by Asafa Powell in the men’s 60m on Friday and the bronze won by Elaine Thompson in the women’s 60m on Saturday.Jamaica finished fourth on the medal table, three behind hosts United States with 23 (13 gold, six silver, four bronze); Ethiopia, with five medals (two gold, two silver and one bronze); and France with one gold, one silver and two bronze.McLeod had earlier sprinted away from the field to win semi-final two in a time of 7.52 seconds, equalling the fastest time of the other top-two qualifiers, Martinot-Lagarde of France and Jarrett Eaton of the USA.It was Jamaica’s lone medal on the final day of competition.The women’s 4x400m literally crashed out as Patricia Hall went tumbling to the ground on the second lap of the opening leg of the event. It appeared that Hall’s heel was stepped on by either the athlete from Poland or Nigeria and she stumbled and fell, taking with her any medal hopes the Jamaicans might have had.The remaining members of the quartet, Chrisann Gordon, Stephenie Ann McPherson and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, were forced to watch in disbelief as their last hope dissipated.The United States went on to win the event in a world-leading 3:26.38 seconds, ahead of Poland in a season’s best 3:31.15 and a fast-finishing Romania, also in a season’s best 3:31.51.The men’s 4x400m team of Ricardo Chambers, Dane Hyatt, Demish Gaye, and Fitzroy Dunkley finished fourth in the final event of the evening.Dunkley ran a brave anchor, but could not pull back the fast- flying Americans, who won in a world leading 3:02.45, and the Bahamas with the evergreen Chris Brown on anchor in a national indoor record 3:04.75.
JAMAICA ended the 45th Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada, last night in fine style as they had a clean sweep in the 4x400m to follow up on their sweep in the 4x100m on yesterday’s final day as the country ended with a record 86 medals.This included 43 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals.The Bahamas was way behind in second place with 34 medals (6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), while Barbados occupied third place with 14 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).The girls’ Under-18 quartet of Shania Powell, Stacy-Ann Williams, Shian Salmon and Sanique Walker got the show going as the Jamaican team led from start to finish, clocking a fast 3:39.31 to win easily, as The Bahamas (3:43.06) and the British Virgin Islands (3:47.43) had to settle for silver and bronze.Despite some early challenge from Barbados, Jamaica’s quartet of Anthony Cox, Dashinelle Dyer, Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor cooled their rivals to win the Under-18 boys’ event in 3:12.54.Satanya Wright, Semoy Hemmings, Junelle Bromfield and Tiffany James continued the streak in the Under-20 girls’ event, stopping the clock at 3:34.73 ahead of The Bahamas, 3:48.96 with Grenada finishing third in 3:47.43.WELL-CONTROLLEDRunning a well-controlled anchor leg, Akeem Bloomfield piloted the boys’ Under-20 team to a win in 3:10.55. The other members on the team were Jauvaney James, Nathan Brown and Kimor Barrett.It was a bright start for Jamaica on the track yesterday evening as it was a clean sweep for the country’s athletes in the sprint hurdles, with Dasazay Freeman setting the stage in the girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles, winning the gold medal in 13.44 seconds.In the girls’ Under-20 100m hurdles, Rushelle Burton captured the gold medal after winning in 13.36 seconds. It was close for second, but her teammate Sidney Marshall got the better of Jeminise Parris of Trinidad and Tobago for the silver as both athletes were given an identical time of 13.73 seconds.It was disappointment for Jamaica’s Dejour Russell in the boy’s Under-18 110m hurdles as he was disqualified for false-starting, but his teammate Damion Thomas, who was competing for the first time for Jamaica, captured the gold medal after stopping the clock at 13.32.Jamaica ended the sweep with Rohan Cole taking the Under-20 boys’ 110m hurdles gold after winning the event in 13.71 seconds.DOMINATE 800MIt was three out of four victories for Jamaica in the 800m with Cemore Donaldin the girls’ Under-18 and Shevon Parkes in the boys’ Under-20 leading the way, taking their second gold medals of the championships following wins in the 1500m on Saturday’s opening day.Donald clocked 2:10.66 for the win as teammate Chrissani May made it a one-two for Jamaica picking up silver in 2:13.90.Parkes’ winning time was 1:51.76 as team-mate Nathan Brown captured the silver in 1:52.99. Anthony Cox also picked up silver in the boys’ Under-18 event after finishing second in 1:52.23.Jamaica’s other win came in the girls’ Under-20 800m, as the outstanding Junelle Bromfield showed her class for a runaway win in a personal best 2:06.21.There was two success for Jamaica in the 200m as defending Under-18 girls’ champion, Shaniel English retained her title, while Michael Stephens won the Under-18 boys’ event.
Stona, who suffered from a painful knee, said the competition was close throughout but he was just focused on winning the event. “It was tight, because I know I have an injury … and the other throwers were doing well, so you didn’t know who was going to win. My knee is injured but it was just mind over matter, as the championship is more important,” he added Two years ago, Stoner fell out at the preliminary round in Class Two, so claiming the Class One title this year, under the circumstances, gives him a feeling of redemption. “It makes me feel great,” he stated. The big thrower is also down to compete in the shot-put event and although his expectations remain in check he is still looking to contribute to his school’s ambitions of finishing fifth “I hope to contribute more in other competitions. I just hope to go out and execute, I am not sure what will happen but when you do your best anything is possible,” he said. – L.S. Despite carrying an injury and up against a top-class field in the Class One discus final, St Jago High’s Roje Stona, was all about enjoying himself and doing his best in his pet event at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships and it proved to be a winning combination for the gold medallist. “To win the discus Class One is a blessing. It’s my personal event and I just came out to execute and that’s what I did,” he said. “The plan was to come out and start well and then go for it in the early round, but I went behind and people might think I was under pressure, but I wasn’t, I was enjoying myself,” he insisted. CLOSE COMPETITION
“The course wasn’t too difficult, but you had to keep focus for most of the course. Most of the birds that I missed were the easier ones, and so I felt like I could have done better,” Sasso said. Harris won the female section with an overall score of 70. ReneÈ Rickhi was second with a score of 65, while Yasmin Eyre finished with of 57. Harris said she was happy with her efforts. “I feel good because it was a good tournament,” she said. “I had a bad start, but I finished well. It was a challenging course and so you had to concentrate,” she said. Bruce DuQuesnay won the A Class category with score of 90 while Chad Ziadie finished runner-up with a score of 87. Jeffrey Panton captured the B Class with a top score of 85 ahead of Zachary Chen, who shot 82 while Demshire Wilson was third with 80. Zachary Lazarus took home the junior title with a top score of 83. Nikolai Azan finished second with 82, while third went to Matthew Josephs who shot 77. Chris Hind, chief executive of JN General Insurance, said this year’s tournament was very competitive. “This is something that we are doing for the third year running. Its something that we have enjoyed and it’s a great bunch of people, very like-minded and well-thinking people,” said Hind. KEEP FOCUS National representatives Christian Sasso and Marguerite Harris were crowned male and female champions of the Jamaica National General Insurance Sporting Clay Championships at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday. Sasso won the title after he recorded a top score of 93, ahead of second runner-up David Subaran, who shot 91. Sasso, who was winning the tournament for the first time, was very pleased with his performance. “It feels good because it’s been a little while since I won an overall tournament here, and so I feel good about that,” said Sasso.