Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 — 45 US Open: Serena, Umpire controversy just won’t go away Serena could have MANY tennis fans and players are still debating whether sexism played a role in the penalty given to Serena Williams in her confrontation with an umpire during the U.S. Open final. Williams was docked a game Saturday and went on to lose the championship to Japan’s Naomi Osaka. The CEO of USTA, the governing body of tennis in the U.S., was asked if she believes female players are held to different standards than men. “In my opinion, right now, yes, and it probably always has been,” Katrina Adams said on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday. “We shouldn’t have to carry that extra weight on our •Willian... Blues for life FC Barcelona, Girona FC and LaLiga have requested permission from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to stage the matchday 21 fixture between Girona and Barcelona, scheduled to be played on 26 January 2019, at the Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. The request, signed by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Girona FC President Delfí Geli and LaLiga President Javier Tebas, was submitted to the RFEF late Monday. The submission has been made after successfully completing the first key steps with several stakeholders. One of the elements of the request is the compensation offered to Girona season ticket holders, who have this fixture included in their back in anything that we do. I think that’s probably the context of the conversation.” Williams’ defeat came after she was issued a code violation for receiving coaching, a common practice in the sport. She was then docked a point for a second violation after smashing her racket, followed by a penalty in which she lost a game because of “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire. Adams said both Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos could have handled things a little bit differently. In Ramos’ defense, Adams said he was “following the code” but noted he could have issued a soft warning for coaching instead of a penalty off the bat. “At the end of the day, Barcelona, Girona LaLiga seek permission to play in Miami season ticket. Aficiones Unidas (AFEPE), an association of fan clubs, has welcomed this compensation package. The proposed LaLiga match in Miami is part of LaLiga North America, a wide ranging and long-term joint venture announced in August between LaLiga and Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment group. LaLiga North America is targeted at promoting football in the United States and Canada. THE 2018 edition of the Lagos Women Run, a 10 kilometre marathon race, has been scheduled to hold in Lagos on Saturday November 10, with series of innovations introduced to make the event a memorable one. handled it a little bit differently. She’s passionate. She was speaking out and I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, ‘Okay, let’s get back to business,’” Adams said. Williams was fined ,000 in total: ,000 for verbal abuse, ,000 for the coaching violation, and ,000 for racket abuse. Players can be fined up to ,000 for each of those offenses. Asked to address the disparity in Williams’ fines and Roger Federer’s ,500 fine for an expletiveladen outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men’s final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA. WILLIAN insists he never wanted to leave Chelsea in the summer and hopes he will remain at Stamford Bridge for the next five years. Manchester United were interested in signing Willian, while Barcelona had three bids turned down for the Brazil international. “A lot of people, they say a lot of things in the press, but I never said that I want to leave Chelsea, never,” he told the club’s website. “Always I say that I want to stay at Chelsea as long as possible, and I am happy to stay here. “My mind was always like that, always when I arrive here my plan was to Cartoonist denies racism behind caricature of Serena AS Australian newspaper The Herald Sun and its cartoonist, Mark Knight, face a backlash over a cartoon of Serena Williams, the organisation has denied racism played a role in the publication. The editorial argued that the cartoon was merely another piece from Knight Willian wants five more years of Chelsea stay here as long as possible and now I am here five years, I hope to stay five more. “I know I have two years of my contract left but I hope to stay more years in the Premier League. “I am very happy to be here five years. I have won titles and played a lot of games with a lot of happy moments, and a few sad moments as well but that is part of football. These five years have been very good for me and I am proud to be a Chelsea player.” Chelsea will look to extend their perfect Premier League record when they host Cardiff on Saturday. that targeted the powerful. And, it argued, it’s a fact that she threw a tantrum. “In her straight sets loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams was simply outplayed and lost her temper in a gigantic and illdisciplined blow-up. Mark Knight’s cartoon depicting Williams destroying her racquet and jumping up and down, with a dummy spat nearby, mocked the star player for her behaviour,” the editorial insisted. The newspaper also posted a news story on the reaction to the cartoon, arguing that it was mostly people outside of Australia who disapproved of it. “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop,” J.K. Rowling, the author of the famous Harry Potter series, tweeted. “The Herald Sun’s veteran cartoonist says his portrayal was never about race or gender — rather the sporting superstar’s bad behaviour at the U.S. Open,” the newspaper wrote in an article on its website. Knight said he drew the cartoon after watching Williams “have a tantrum and thought that was interesting.” “The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy,” Knight was quoted as saying. Ekundayo: We need boxing academies in Nigeria NIGERIAN born International Boxing Federation European Welterweight Champion, Larry Ekundayo has urged the private and public sectors to invest in Boxing by establishing Boxing Academies in the country. Ekundayo, who is also the African Champion in the Welterweight Category who was hosed to a lavish reception on Monday at the Sheraton Hotel by the General Overseer of the Love of Christ Church, 2018 Lagos Women Run: Organisers introduce new routes, new categories According to the General Coordinator of the Lagos Women Run, Tayo Popoola, the LWR, which is the first and only Women race in Nigeria, would see participants from all walks of life running the 10 kilometres race. One of the •Serena... Never say die. latest innovations for the 2018 edition is the introduction of a new route “This time around, the Lagos Women Run would start from the ultra-modern Bus Rapid Transit park at the Race Course, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island and move through Apogbon, down to Ijora Olopa to link the National Arts Theatre, then down Costain Bus stop towards the National Stadium and terminates at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Popoola said. . London, Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi said establishment of Boxing Academies would serve as spring board to develop the game of Boxing in the country. Ekundayo, who is also the African Champion, International Master Champion and Prize Fighter said the academies would breed pugilists in the country which has a growing population of teenagers and youths interested in taking Boxing as a profession.
46 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 2019 AFCON qualifiers: Rohr dismisses Libya mind games SUPER Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has refused to be drawn into playing mind games with his Libyan counterpart , Adel Amrouche who accused Nigerian footballers of relying on “Juju” ahead of their October 10 clash. Rohr stated that he won’t be doing any kind of talking, adding he would rather focus on getting his team ready for the decisive game billed tentatively for Kaduna. “We are not moved by his mind games. It won’t deter us from preparing very hard against the Libyans. “I’m disappointed in the fact that such comments will come from a coach of his calibre. “There is no point engaging Adel on the Pages of Newspaper or the Social Media. We will take care of his team at the battle field,” said Rohr. Meanwhile the Libyan Football Federation has confirmed that the return leg of the qualifiers will be played in Algeria. Libya is yet to be certified safe for international matches following long years of civil strife in that country. Libya Football Federation director Adel Al-Khumisi who confirmed the development, however, did not name the Algerian City that will host the game. Amapakabo may replace Salisu Yusuf BARRING any last m i n u t e calculation coach Imama Amapakabo, will be offered a contract by the Nigeria Football Federation to replace Salisu Yusuf as the chief coach of the Super U17 AFCON qualifiers: It’s do or die for Eaglets, Ugbade vows GOLDEN Eaglets assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade said the semi-final clash with Niger Republic hosts of the zonal 2019 U17 AFCON will be a must win for the resurgent Nigeria lads. The Eaglets, after surviving an MRI scan ‘defeat’, a 3-2 loss to Burkina Faso made a come back by routing Cote d’ Ivoire 5-1 and according to Ngbade, A R S E N A L reportedly inserted a ‘mandatory purchase’ clause in Kelechi Nwakali’s loan deal with Porto. . Nwakali is very highly rated and was expected to be moving closer to time playing within Arsenal’s setup, but a report from Portugal claims that Porto will be required to buy him for •4m should he make more the Eaglets need to win the game as a pay back to Niger who denied them a passage to the 2017 FIFA World Cup. “We’re beaten by Niger (2017 U17 AFCON qualifiers). “We will do battle against them again no matter the situation.” Tomorrow’s match will be one between the solid defence of Niger, who have yet to concede a goal thus far, and the Ugbade... Golden Eaglets Assistant Coach Porto to purchase Nwakali after 10 appearances than 10 appearances for their first team. So far, the Nigerian midfielder has made four appearances for their B team. Nwakali is currently with the Super Eagles in Liberia. He has always stated his desire to play for the Gunners, but according to him he would not hesitate to remain in Portugal and improve on his game. Rohr discussing tactics with William Troost-Ekong and Alex Iwobi rampant Eaglets attack, who have netted seven goals. The first semi-final will be between Group A winners Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire, who fought back from a 5-1 loss to Nigeria to beat Burkina Faso 3-0. The winners of the WAFU Zone B will represent the zone at the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to hold in Tanzania. Eagles. The former Rangers coach is currently an assistant coach and is only entitled to receiving match bonus and allowances but that could change if he gets to sign a contract to replace Yusuf who was banned for one year after he was found culpable in a bribe for jersey scandal. Imama, who guided Enugu Rangers to an historic NPFL championship two years ago, has been an assistant to Yusuf both in the Eagles and the CHAN Eagles. As Eagles chief coach, he will also be in charge of the country’s U23 team, who are billed to play an U23 AFCON qualifier in November. Tuchel benches Buffon at PSG PARIS Saint- Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel says Alphonse Areola is “in pole position” to be number one goalkeeper, ahead of Gianluigi Buffon. The Italy and Juventus legend moved to Ligue 1 in the summer after his contract in Turin expired, signing on for two seasons. “Gigi isn’t just a player who is on the bench, he has a big influence on the team on a daily basis,” Tuchel told RMC Sport 1. “He played really brilliantly at Guingamp, he saved us in the first half when it was 1-0. Gigi has been on the bench because Alphonse needs to play, and Gigi would be well within his rights to just cross his arms on the bench and watch the game. ENGLAND youth international Ademola Lookman is reportedly weighing his options on whether to Without Ronaldo, Atletico now equal with Real Madrid — Simeone DIEGO Simeone says Atletico Madrid are closer to rivals Real Madrid following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo and is baffled as to why Antoine Griezmann has been overlooked in the Best Fifa awards. Madrid won the Champions League for a third straight year in 2017-18 with Ronaldo once again the driving force in that triumph with 15 goals in the tournament. But the Portugal captain left LaLiga in a sensational 112-millioneuro switch to Juventus in July following nine trophy and goal-laden seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu. And Simeone believes his team, who finished above Madrid in LaLiga last term and defeated Los Blancos in August’s UEFA Super Cup, are now on a more level playing field with their city rivals. “From the results we aren’t worse than Madrid or Barca, from the individual characteristics of our players, yes,” he said in an interview with El Partidazo de COPE. “Without Cristiano we have approached Real Madrid level, for sure.” Simeone was also quizzed on Griezmann, who over the past four Simeone and Griezmann Tuchel and Buffon. “That wouldn’t be negative, but he can’t stand it - he’s up, he’s at the front, he’s frenetic. “He’s there, he’s present, he communicates with the players. He’s in contact with them and he tries to help me at the right moment. “These little details let you understand why he’s at the top, why he’s had such a great career. “The decision is not final, but I told Alphonse Areola that in my opinion, he was in pole position to be No. 1 at his boyhood club. “Alphonse came through the youth system, PSG is his life, it means everything to him. “We have a little bit of a different situation with Gigi Buffon, who is a legend, one of Alphonse’s idols and they’re two players with very marked personalities. Lookman open to Nigeria switch months has become a World Cup winner with France and helped Atleti to Europa League and Super Cup glory. However, Griezmann did not make the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player, with Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah battling it out - a decision the player himself labelled “bizarre”. switch his allegiance to Nigeria or stick with England for his senior international career. The Everton player won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with England in 2017, but he now open to playering for the Super Eagles, if the opportunity arises. He had previously been approached by the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick just6 before the World Cup, but the player was reluctant, but according to sources quoted by Pusle Nigeria, the youngster will not hesitate a second time. “An announcement will be made soon, I’m close to his management and they have confirmed that he has made the decision,” said the source. Former England youth players like Victor Moses who rcently retired from interntional football, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Dutch-born duo Tyronne Ebuehi, William Troosts Ekong have made impacts with the Super Eagles. Unlike Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham even after meeting with NFF boss Pinnick, rejected the chance to represent Nigeria to play for England.