Andy Murray will leave the Australian Open early if his wife goes into labour prematurely.Kim Sears isn’t expecting until mid-February, but Murray told the Daily Mail newspaper that he’s prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labour early.”I’d go home. For sure, yes,” Murray said in yesterday’s edition. “I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.”The Australian Open, where Murray has reached the final four times but never won, runs from January 18-31.Regardless of his result, Murray said he’s taking off all of February and won’t play again until the first round of the Davis Cup in early March at home against Japan. Britain will be defending the trophy that Murray led them to last month.The second-ranked Murray said he is looking forward to becoming a father.”I am excited about that,” he said. “People have asked me, ‘Do you think it will be a distraction?’ It might be a distraction, but it’s a good distraction.”It’s actually not good to all the time be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important … when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and your family.”Murray also reunited with coach Amelie Mauresmo and her first child Aaron in Dubai this week. Mauresmo gave birth in August and Murray hadn’t seen her since Wimbledon in July.”I really enjoy working with her,” he said. “The last six months not seeing her, it’s just nice to have her back as part of the team, and get that continuity going again.”
LEICESTER (4-4-2)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, HUTH,MORGAN, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,VARDY, ULLOABOURNEMOUTH (4-4-1-1)KING,ARTER,STANISLAS, SURMAN, GOSLING, RITCHIE,DANIELS, COOK,FRANCIS, SMITH,BORUCLeicester start 2016 as joint-top leaders of the Barclays Premier League, though they are second on goal difference following the 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City. Tuesday’s result was a surprise given that teams were joint leading scorers on 37 goals apiece.Leicester return to the King Power Stadium having won five and drawn three of nine games; only title-rivals Arsenal have won there so far. Leicester have now gone two games without a goal – for the first time since March. If they don’t score against Bournemouth it will be the first time since November 2014 that they will have gone three without scoring.Bournemouth lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday and face another daunting prospect. The defeat at the Emirates was Bournemouth’s second game in a row without a goal but only the sixth time this season that they have failed to score.The Cherries have lost six and drawn one of their 10 away games so far this season and when the teams met earlier this season at the Vitality Stadium it finished 1-1 with Jamie Vardy netting the equaliser from the penalty spot.But Bournemouth have lost on their last two visits to Leicester and last won there on Boxing Day 1988 in the old Second Division.Bournemouth miss Christian Atsu, Tommy Elphick, Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson.Leicester test Jeffrey Schlupp and must check on Danny Drinkwater, who returned against City after a two-match absence.
LONDON (AP):Sports organisations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday in a New Year’s message.Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public’s expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to “change or be changed”.”One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realise that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organisations and to protect clean athletes,” Bach said. “Undoubtedly, recent developments in some sports cast a shadow across the whole world of sport.”While Bach didn’t cite any sport by name, he was clearly referring to the corruption scandal that has enveloped football’s governing body FIFA and the allegations of bribery and doping cover-ups involving the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s track and field programme.Noting the public’s growing demand for ethical behavior by athletes and sports bodies, Bach said: “It is our shared responsibility in the Olympic movement to provide new answers to new questions.”FIFA is reeling from a corruption scandal that has led to the arrests of dozens of football and marketing officials and eight-year bans for outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Union of European Football Associations head Michel Platini. Blatter is a former member of the International Olympic Committee.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended following a damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged widespread, state-sponsored doping in the country. Russia’s track and field athletes could miss next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF’s former president, Lamine Diack, was arrested and charged by French authorities with corruption and money laundering, stemming from allegations that he took money to cover up positive tests in Russia.
Training must be varied to avoid tedium (boredom). This is done by using a variety of different training methods to keep the enthusiasm and motivation. For example, follow a long workout with a short one, a high intensive session with a relaxed one, or a high-speed session with a slow one. Varying training methods also helps to avoid injuries. The body needs time to recover and adapt to training. Therefore, the stress placed on the body must be gradual or progressive. If the stress is built up too quickly, the risk of injury is great; also, if the challenge is too difficult, it could lead to demotivation. The body training threshold informs us when training is at the optimal level. Progressive loading, with the right amount of rest period for recovery, should result in performance improvement. Fitness cannot be stored for future use. It will disappear if training stops. It takes only three to four weeks for the body to get out of condition. For example, strength training makes the muscles thicken. This is called hypertrophy. If the training stops, the muscle shrinks, leading to atrophy. Therefore, to maintain any improvements, exercise or training has to be repeated regularly. Principle of progression Principle of specificity Principles of training Principle of reversibility This is choosing the right training for the sport or precise exercise for specific muscle groups. The type of training or exercise must be right for the type of improvement we need. Training should focus on the physiological and the psychological factors special to the activity for which the person is being trained. For example, sprinters must include a lot of speed work in their training to develop their fast-twitch muscle fibres. Training is a process based on principles which try to improve physical fitness and motor skills. It involves a balance between work, rest and recovery. Without proper rest, over training and burnout can occur. This, in time, causes performance and motivation to decrease. We all have some natural ability in sport. However, ability alone is not enough. Therefore, for steady progress and to avoid injury, the basic principles should be followed in planning an effective training programme. These five principles are designed to guide the achievement of fitness in a safe way. – Specificity – train for our own particular sport. – Progression – increase training gradually. – Overload – work harder than normal. – Reversibility – we lose fitness if we stop training. – Variation – make training interesting. The body will adapt to extra stress, therefore allowing the systems to work harder than normal will increase fitness. This is done by basing the training on the FITT principle, which is increasing Frequency, Intensity and Time for the Type of activity or exercise. For example, running more times per week, completing the run in a shorter time or increasing the distance, will aid in improving aerobic fitness. Each method will overload the aerobic system, which will gradually adapt to cope with the overload, hereby improving fitness. Principle of variation Principle of overload
GENEVA (AP):Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s long-time right-hand man, was banned from all football-related activity for 12 years yesterday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.Valcke was found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean.”Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties,” the ethics committee said in a statement.Valcke’s ban is four years longer than the eight-year sanctions handed down to FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini in December for a financial conflict of interest.The ethics judges said Valcke violated seven sections of FIFA’s code of ethics, compared to four each by Blatter and Platini, and also fined him 100,000 Swiss francs (US$12.4 million).The ban is likely not the end of Valcke’s legal troubles. He is expected to be asked to give evidence to American and Swiss federal prosecutors investigating widespread corruption in international football.His football ban comes one month after the 55-year-old Frenchman was fired by FIFA for a second time in a colourful career. The former television presenter and marketing executive had been suspended last September. The firing was based on an internal report about his conduct, including use of expenses and private jets.FIFA commissioned that report last year before a 2014 World Cup ticket agent alleged that Valcke sought to profit from a black market deal which later fell through. That allegation, made by ticket agent Benny Alon, prompted Valcke’s suspension and the ethics case to be opened.Valcke has consistently denied wrongdoing, and can appeal to FIFA and later to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”With today’s decision, the FIFA ethics committee has shown that it is not a credible, independent or objective decision-making body,” Valcke’s US-based lawyer Barry Berke said in a statement, criticising an “unjust and politically motivated decision”.”Mr Valcke is confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear that he did absolutely nothing wrong in carrying out his duties for the good of FIFA and the sport,” Berke said.
Sport is a dynamic activity. When we play, we push our bodies to the limit, and this can lead to injury. Sometimes, of course, even when all precautions and great care have been taken, parts of the body can be injured either through sudden impact, movement or overuse. If such injuries keep occurring, more lasting damage can occur. Injuries can also occur because of environmental factors such as equipment, playing surfaces and weather conditions. Injuries can be classed as: – Accidental injuries (due to violence or the environment) – Overuse injuries – Chronic Injuries – Accidental injuries Accidental injuries are those that happen when they are least expected and can be caused by internal and external forces. Internal force is extra strain on the body parts when performance is at our highest level. A sudden stretch or twist can strain or tear muscles, tendons or ligament. Example: Sprinters can tear a hamstring in a race, footballers get groin strain through stretching or knee ligament damage from twisting. External forces come from outside and has to do with direct contact or violence from another player. Another external force is the environment. Injuries caused by violence are due to direct contact between players or equipment. Many sports have violent contact between opponents which may result in fractures, dislocations, sprains and bruises. They may also be caused by being hit by equipment such as a bat, ball, sticks or rackets. Breaking the rules can lead to violent injury. The environment can lead to injury due to facilities. For example, uneven playing surfaces can cause a player to trip and land heavily on the playing surface, or a player may collide with the goalpost. The weather conditions may cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and then heat stroke due to extreme heat and hypothermia due to extreme cold conditions. Never come back too soon after an injury before you know you are ready. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into performing before you are properly recovered. This will prevent further damage to the injured body part. ENOUGH REST AND RECOVERY PLAYING SURFACES Impatience at times causes players to ignore the need for a good warm-up before the start of an activity and a gentle cool-down at the end. A warm-up prepares the mind and body for the activity and helps reduce the risk of injury. It should involve a gradual increase in the heart rate and breathing rate. Stretching exercises are also important. A cool-down reverses the warm-up process and brings the mind and body back to a relaxed state. It helps to begin repaying of oxygen debt by maintaining an increased blood flow to the muscles to deliver oxygen to the tissue and remove lactic acid. PREVENTING SPORT INJURIES COOL DOWN The use of correct equipment for the activity and wearing the correct clothing can avoid injury. Protection for ankle, knees, hips and back by wearing the correct footwear and clothing must be comfortable for the environment. Equipment should be approved and safe. Activities should always be properly supervised with first aid equipment and material available. Safe practice and safety rules must be adhered to. The playing surface should always be safe and in appropriate condition. CORRECT PREPARATION Sometimes there is not much that can be done to prevent an injury from happening. However, it helps if training is progressive and safe, with proper rest periods, proper conditioning of the body and the right mental attitude. Those factors are important in reducing the risk. Always be properly prepared for the activity. The right skills, strategies, frame of mind and body condition to perform well must be developed. Not knowing what to do cause mistakes and injuries. These are caused by using a part of the body repeatedly over a long period of time. These injuries produce pain and inflammation. Common overuse injuries include ‘tennis or golf elbows’, ‘Shin splints’, ‘cricketer’s shoulder’, ‘blisters and calluses caused by gripping equipment tightly during activity. Some overuse injuries are caused by incorrect technique. All injuries must be treated at once. If they are placed under stress before they are healed, they will get worse. If this continues, a chronic injury will develop and will be difficult to heal. Chronic injury can lead to permanent damage. Lack of fitness and lack of knowledge of the rules of the sport can also cause injuries. OVERUSE INJURIES CORRECT EQUIPMENT AND CORRECT WARM-UP AND
Caribbean’s Olympic history In 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin became inspired by a number of events that were held, all claiming to be a revival of the Olympic Games. This led him to set up the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which initiated the modern Olympic Games. The baron had been impressed by the Games he had seen in the English public schools and the athleticism they generated. He wanted to improve the physical health of his countrymen and thought the Olympic Games would be a good way to do it. The first Games took place in Athens, Greece, in 1896, and 241 male athletes from 14 countries competed in nine sports. Today, the Olympic Games are the world’s biggest and most famous sporting event. Held every four years – with both summer and winter sports competition – the aim is to promote the ideals of ï Personal excellence ï Sport as education ï Cultural exchange ï Mass participation ï Fair play ï International understanding. The IOC works to ensure that a lasting legacy is developed, helping the host cities to change their community for the better. They are also working with developing countries to help with expansion of sporting programmes, focusing on education and sports, peace and sports, women and sports, and sports and the environment. The Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship are of huge importance before, during, and after the event. The last Olympic Games, in 2012, were held in London, England and 204 countries took part in 26 sports. The next Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, followed by Tokyo, Japan, in 2020. Past Olympic Games 1896 Athens 1900 Paris 1904 St Louis 1908 London 1912 Stockholm 1916 cancelled (World War I) 1920 Antwerp 1924 Paris 1928 Amsterdam 1932 Los Angeles 1936 Berlin 1940-1944 cancelled (World War II) 1948 London 1952 Helsinki 1956 Melbourne 1960 Rome 1964 Tokyo 1968 Mexico City 1976 Montreal 1980 Moscow 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Seoul 1992 Barcelona 1996 Atlanta 2000 Sydney 2004 Athens 2008 Beijing 2012 London The IOC chooses the host city through its members’ votes. Cities, not countries, put their names forward. A number of scandals showed a great deal of bribery was involved in the selection process and new rules were introduced by the IOC in 1999. Cities cannot now be accepted as official candidates until the IOC executive board is satisfied that they are properly prepared and in line with IOC guidelines. Visits by IOC members to such cities and gifts to IOC members are banned. All summer Olympics since 1984 have made a healthy profit. plus, there is status and publicity for both the city and country. They must improve their facilities as well as roads, transportation system, guest accommodation, and tourist attractions. Holding the Olympics provides other commercial opportunities because of the large influx of competitors and spectators during the Games. The first Olympic Games were heavily based on religion and were tributes to the gods of ancient Greece. The Games can be traced as far back as 776 BC and were held every four years in Olympia, Greece, until 393 AD when they were banned by a Christian, Emperor Theodosius I, who saw them as pagan festivals. The ancient Olympics were also an opportunity to show the abilities of young people and to promote good relationships among competing cities. A truce was declared during the Games. all fighting had to stop. Married women were strictly forbidden to watch the Games. The Games initially lasted one day but gradually went to three and then five days of competition. The events included athletics, boxing, wrestling, pentathlon (which consisted of three running races, jumping, and discus throw), chariot racing, equestrian events, and the pancratium, a violent combination of boxing and wrestling. Winners were given laurel wreaths and palm branches, which were highly regarded. The Olympic Games Cuba was the first Caribbean country documented to have entered the Summer Olympic Games, doing so in 1900 in Paris. They won two medals – one gold and a silver – in fencing. Haiti entered in 1924, but it was not until 1948 that teams from a number of Caribbean countries, including Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, participated. Arthur Wint won Jamaica’s first gold medal, and Rodney Wilkes won a weightlifting bronze for Trinidad and Tobago. In 1998, a meeting of Caribbean delegates took place to discus Caribbean Olympism, and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees was established. The modern Olympics
SLOW START “I believe that we are slowly coming into our own after a slow start, mainly because of players being overseas and playing in the Business House competition. We have had the entire group together, now for about a month, so we are gelling now. Once we stay together, we can put ourselves in the top half of the league and stay there. It is about consistency now,” he said. Boys’ Town’s chances will not be helped by the fact that Xavian Virgo will again be missing because of an ankle injury, but the improved play of Shamar Nicholson should be a plus. Reno, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of attacker Renorio Downswell. Tomorrow’s game Today’s Games Standings After getting off to a fast pace at the beginning of the season and even topping the table for a while, former champions Reno spent a good part of the first round looking up at teams such as leaders Montego Bay United and Portmore United, a thing they will have to address in the second round. That is the view expressed by the Westmoreland team’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, who will lead his six-placed team into battle against eighth-placed Boys’ Town and Barbican today. “Traditionally, Boys’ Town are a tough team and very difficult to beat, and I don’t suppose their approach will be any different,” said Downswell, who starred for the club as a player. But even while he expects Boys’ Town to be at their best, the successful national youth coach is of the view that playing at Barbican could be beneficial to his team. “The fact that we are playing at Barbican may neutralise things a little bit, but we are hell bent on getting the three points when we meet them,” Downswell declared. While their recent results do not translate to dominance, Downswell said that will change soon. “We had some injuries, causing some of our key players to be out. We are getting them back now, so you will see the result of that. “Our issue now is the goalscoring. That is one of the things we are placing emphasis on. We have been spending quite a lot of time on that on the training ground. We have to fix that going into the next round,” Downswell explained. Boys’ Town also intend to make a statement of their own after steadily inching their way out of the relegation zone. “It is an important game. At the midpoint of the first round, we said that our objective was to get 15 points, so it is important that we win this game to achieve that,” said Andrew Price, Boys’ Town head coach. Rafeik Thomas has been one of their best players so far, and Price believes that other players are getting fit and contributing more to the team. – 3:00 p.m. Boys’ Town vs Reno at Barbican Stadium – 3:00 p.m. Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens at Juici Park Clarendon – 4:00 p.m. Rivoli United vs Montego Bay United at Drax Hall, St Ann – 3:00 p.m. UWI FC vs Tivoli Gardens at UWI Bowl, Mona – 3:00 p.m. Waterhouse vs Humble Lion at Drewsland Stadium – 8:40 p.m. Cavalier SC vs Harbour View FC at Stadium East Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay Utd 10 6 3 1 22 9 13 21 Portmore 10 5 3 2 9 7 2 18 Humble Lion 10 5 3 2 8 6 2 18 Arnett 10 5 2 3 16 8 8 17 Tivoli 10 4 2 4 14 11 3 14 Reno 10 3 5 2 12 11 1 14 H.View 10 3 5 2 11 10 1 14 Boys’ Town 10 3 3 4 10 16 -6 12 Rivoli 10 3 1 6 8 12 -4 10 Cavalier 10 2 3 5 3 8 -5 9 UWI FC 10 2 3 5 6 15 -9 9 Waterhouse 10 2 1 7 6 14 -8 7
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC): Only three players so far have signed contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to represent the region in the T20 World Cup, just days before a Valentine’s Day deadline runs out. WICB Chief Executive Michael Muirhead made the disclosure late yesterday without revealing the names of those who have put pen to paper before Sunday’s deadline. His revelation came as a fresh contract crisis erupted this week over wages, between the WICB and players selected for the T20 World Cup starting next month in India. “Three have signed and one has indicated that he would not be able to participate because of injury so he will be replaced,” disclosed Muirhead, in an interview with Caribupdate News. “I will not name names at this point until the player is replaced and until Sunday when at that point I will then decide the appropriate time to release such”. Captain Darren Sammy and the players are contending that the remuneration on offer from the board for the T20 World Cup is unacceptable, and have called for a return to the amounts offered under the previous contract. The players concerns were contained in a letter from Sammy to Muirhead rejecting the notion that WIPA was their legitimate representative. However, Muirhead has expressed confidence that the rest of the players would also sign the contract and disclosed that he has received a second letter from Sammy with a conciliatory tone. “I am confident I think they will sign. I think just the tone of Sammy’s letter. I think he almost sound like he is speaking for himself but I assume he is speaking on behalf of most of the players if not all,” said Muirhead. “I assume that most if not all will sign not withstanding they may be some outstanding issues that he may want to take up after but certainly nothing could happen before. So I am confident that they will sign”. Muirhead has also confirmed that the Clive Lloyd led selection committee has already begun selecting a cadre of available players to represent the region in the World Cup, if they are needed. “That’s in the hands of the selectors right now. I am not sure at what stage they are but they have convened,” he said. “They were looking at the cadre of players who are out there and are available and will be putting that list together”. In his letter to the WICB Chief Executive, Sammy had pointed out that the T20 World Cup four years ago, the lowest paid player was guaranteed almost US$60 000 while the highest player stood to make almost US$138 000. He argued that with only US$27 600 on offer for the upcoming tournament, it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent pay cut for players. According to Muirhead, while Sammy’s second letter expressed his intention to represent West Indies at the World Cup he remains resolute that the WICB reconsiders the pay package. “We are not opposed to reconsidering but it would have to be done through the single and recognised representative body being WIPA,” Muirhead said.. “The book is never closed but it cannot be for a single group.”
ASTON VILLA VS BOURNEMOUTHIf Aston Villa are beaten by Bournemouth at Villa Park they could be relegated, with five games still remaining. A defeat would mean they can win a maximum of 31 points; 17th-placed Norwich, just outside the relegation zone, already have 31. The fact that they have lost seven in a row in the Barclays Premier League – for the second time this season – suggests their fans should start preparing for life in the Championship.CRYSTAL PALACE VS NORWICH CITYPalace remain in a relegation battle and face fellow strugglers Norwich City at Selhurst Park still waiting for their first league win of 2016. Palace drew 2-2 at West Ham United last weekend but since the turn of the year they have drawn two games and lost nine. Norwich last won at Selhurst Park nearly 20 years ago, in May 1996. Since then, Norwich have failed to win in 14 visits, losing eight and drawing six – including the last two.SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLENewcastle United are in dire trouble. With just seven games remaining they are in penultimate position in the Barclays Premier League and three points from safety. And away from home, Newcastle have a dreadful record. The Magpies have lost 13 of their 16 away games – the most of any Premier League team. They have scored just nine away goals – including two at Norwich – and have lost their last seven away games.SWANSEA CITY VS CHELSEAGuus Hiddink remains in control of Chelsea, five days after the club confirmed that Italy manager Antonio Conte is to be their new first-team head coach, starting from this summer. The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016. Swansea, meanwhile, are 15th, 10 points from the relegation zone. They have won three and drawn one of their last five league games.WATFORD VS EVERTONIn their first season back in the Barclays Premier League, Watford are probably one win away from safety. Currently on 37 points, in 14th place, they are 10 points from the relegation zone. However, they are without a win in five league games, losing their last four, most recently the 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal. Perhaps the Hornets have one eye on their Wembley FA Cup semi-final, against Crystal Palace on April 24, but three more points are crucial.L’POOL VS STOKE CITYAt Anfield, Liverpool have won fewer league games than they have on the road with just five at home and seven away. Indeed, with just five home games left, they could be heading for some unwanted records. Liverpool’s record for fewest home wins in a Premier League season is six, in the 2011-12 season. Stoke have two points more than Liverpool and are one place better off, in eighth.