UCL Draw: Barcelona drawn against Atletico, PSG face Manchester City

first_imgBarcelona will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinal draw, while Paris Saint-Germain will take on Manchester City.Manchester City must overcome French champions Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League last eight after Friday’s quarter-final draw in NyonDefending European champions Barca were eliminated by Atletico at the same stage in the 2013-14 season.Elsewhere, Real Madrid were drawn against Wolfsburg, while Bayern Munich will take on Benfica.Ties to be played April 5/6 and 12/13:Full draw: Wolfsburg v Real MadridBayern Munich v BenficaBarcelona v Atletico MadridParis St-Germain v Manchester City– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

The Wright View | Not too late to save WI cricket

first_img Maybe when Afghanistan and Ireland are ranked above us fans will realise what their prime ministers and cricket legends were saying for years, that the present West Indies Cricket Board and their surrogates are only interested in selecting yes-men to represent us and have consistently suppressed individualism, the very trait that made us unbeatable world champions for years! When the history of West Indies cricket and its demise comes to be written, these men will never be forgotten. The passage of Category 4 hurricane Matthew through the Caribbean en route to the islands of the Greater Antilles has caused several local sporting competitions to be postponed. That meant that sport fans could spend more time watching live television of different sports from around the world. Cricket was being played in South Africa, India and in Sharja. To watch the approach of world-class cricketers in ODI’s and Tests made us, quickly realise that cricket greats not only have natural talent, but they are able to think while playing, making critical adjustments during matches in an effort to win. The captaincy on display in these matches reveal that experience is the only attribute that can make a captain assess a pitch before deciding to bat or field when the toss is won, and experience is the only attribute when deciding what bowling change to make when pitches or bowler technique is unhelpful when facing prolonged batting partnerships. The West Indian Way of placing young, inexperienced captains (who have trouble commanding a place on the team based on merit) cannot work, will not work, and will instead embarrass the youngster and the group of nations that he represents. When will the West Indian cricket fan get a chance to celebrate a good cricket again? It doesn’t look like that will happen in the lifetime of this generation, unless we the fans insist on change in the structure of the group managing West Indian cricket. It is not too late! The Courtney Brown-selected group of West Indians now playing against Pakistan in the middle East, have so far lost the T20 series a 3-0 margin and are in the process of losing the One Day Internationals (ODI) by a similar scoreline. That loss will effectively rule us out of automatic qualification for the Champions League next year where the eight top teams in the world vie for supremacy. This is a tough call for West Indian fans who were quite recently celebrating the (temporary) resurgence of West Indian cricket after the teams from this region were crowned world champions in three different competitions. To move seamlessly from first to last, in any world sport is not an easy achievement. The uncertainty around the Champions League has been achieved by a series of events that were easily predicted to result in disaster. And yet we the West Indian cricket fans made only muted token protests and did not support the Caricom Committee on cricket while a group of “administrators” systematically removed from the team, any player of note who dared to question tactics, remuneration or selection criteria. Teams in the lower half of the world ranking in Tests, ODIs and T20s cannot wait to compete against us as it is obvious that they have a very good chance of moving up the rankings by defeating us. Where will it end? Selecting yes-menlast_img read more

SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD

first_imgKarl Lacey – caught on camera with his new boots in All SportsDONEGAL GAA star Karl Lacey has dumped his white boots – for a pair in green and gold.But fans of the Four Masters player needn’t worry too much.It’s only his wellies which will be changing colour. We’ve been assured that Karl will NOT be wearing wellies against Tyrone in Ballybofey this Sunday!Sources close to the man who took this picture in All Sports in Donegal Town insisted: “Karl tried on the big size fours; but they were too big!” SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLDlast_img read more