Month: February 2020
Real are top moneymakers LONDON (AP): Real Madrid are football’s biggest moneymakers for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to their lowest position in eight years. Madrid’s revenue of US$628 million in 2014-15 kept them top of the Football Money League compiled by accountancy firm Deloitte. The revenue of the world’s top 20 clubs, which are all European and include nine from the Premier League, grew 8 percent year-to-year to US$7.2 billion. European and Spanish champions Barcelona regained second place by generating US$609 million, displacing Manchester United, who made US$560 million while still struggling on the pitch in the post-Alex Ferguson era. French champion Paris Saint-Germain climbed to fourth by generating US$522 million, followed by Bayern on US$515 million. Napoli coach Sarri banned MILAN (AP): Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has been banned for two Italian Cup matches and fined US$22,000 for “directing extremely insulting epithets” toward his Inter Milan counterpart, Roberto Mancini. Sarri was sanctioned after making anti-gay slurs to Mancini during Napoli’s 2-0 loss in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Napoli says yesterday’s decision “formally clarifies” that Sarri’s comments were delivered in anger but were not driven by racist or anti-gay discrimination. The club says it hopes Mancini “can accept the apologies which have repeatedly been offered.” Mancini was fined US$5,422 for “an intimidating attitude toward the coach of the opposing team, who had insulted him” and for being “disrespectful” toward the fourth official in the dressing room after the match. Chelsea player joins Werder Bremen on loan BREMEN, Germany (AP): Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji has joined Werder Bremen on loan until the end of the season. The Bundesliga club announced the deal yesterday without giving financial details. Werder Bremen are 16th in the Bundesliga and face a struggle against relegation when the campaign resumes this weekend after the winter break. The club needed a defender after the departure of Assani Lukimya for China. Djilobodji could make his debut on Sunday at Schalke. He arrived in Chelsea last summer from the French club Nantes and made only one brief League Cup appearance in September.
FIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott recovered from a poor start to win back-to-back titles and claim a historic eighth hold on the Digicel Absolute National Chess Championships. Elliott, who needed at least a draw against National Master Peter Myers to retain the most prestigious local championships title, he stayed on course to win in 27 moves and topped the 11th and final round a point ahead of the field. Elliott finished on 8.5 points, while second position went to fellow FIDE Master Damion Davy, who ended on 7.5 points. Third was National Master Andrew Mellace with seven points, while the fourth and fifth positions were secured by Candidate Master (CM) Brandon Wilson and CM Malaku Lorne, both with 6.5 points. Rounding off the championships was Shreyas Smith (5.5), Kevin Merritt (five), Deborah Richards-Porter (4.5), Paul Brooks (four), Peter Myers (four), Daren Wisdom (four) and Ian Wilkinson (2.5). Meanwhile, WCM Annesha Smith defeated Sheanel Gardner in the final round to finish on 5.5 points and secure her second hold on the Women’s Championship, which was played simultaneously with the men’s championship. In second position was WCM Melisha Smith on 4.5 points, with third going to Krishna Gray on four points, followed by WCM Ariel Barrett and Sheanel Gardner, respectively. The championships were sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chrystar Villas and the Jamaica Olympic Association. It selects the national champion and Jamaica’s representatives at the senior level.
Buoyed by charges Yohan Blake and Warren Weir’s performances at last Saturday’s MVP Classic at the National Stadium, Racers Track Club boss Glen Mills feels confident that his outfit is ready to turn on the speed again.The University of the West Indies-based Racers duo took the spotlight ahead of their MVP/University of Technology, G.C. Foster College, and Cameron Blazers rivals, last week, in what seemed to be a successful return from injury.London 2012 Olympics double silver medallist Blake, logged a world-leading 9.95 seconds, while Weir, the 2013 IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist, clocked 10.07 seconds.Mills, while full of praise, was not surprised.”We are the home of excellence. If you follow our history, when it comes to speed, we are number one,” said the confident-sounding coach.When asked if their leading sprint icon Usain Bolt would show up in the same kind of form, Mills said, with a laugh, “We will see, we will see.”The veteran coach, who has conditioned six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt and Blake, the second fastest man of all time, revealed that “he is getting ready, though”.The athletes meanwhile said that they were happy to return to world-class form following their respective injuries.Blake, who missed the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and last year’s event in Beijing due to separate issues, said it was a tough time, but it meant a lot to be back.”For two years, I’ve been out of the sub-10 club, so I thank God, who has been working in my life. It feels good to be back,” he said.His training partner, Weir, added: “I am very, very wonderful. I must say give God thanks (that) I finished another injury-free race and my recovery phase is going very good.”