US rule the World

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Jamaica had to play second fiddle to the United States in the Nike USA versus The World events on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays.Jamaica’s only success came in the men’s 4×100 metres, where they took advantage of a big mistake by a strong USA Red team to win the event in 39.70 seconds. Jermaine Hamilton, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were the members of the winning Jamaica quartet. USA Blue placed second in 39.02, with third going to St Kitts in 39.49. The USA Red team included the likes of Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers.Jamaica were second in three women’s relays the 4x100m in 42.90, 4x200m in 1:31.34, and 4×400 m in 3:29.00. The Americans won five of six relays contested.- R.Glast_img read more

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Ignore the sensationalist nonsense about Liverpool’s line up – talkSPORT Opinion

first_imgBut can any of Rodgers’ critics honestly, hand on heart, claim that a different line up would definitely have led to a better result?Would the inclusion of Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling magically have denied Madrid victory?All the ‘Liverpool have a proud European heritage’ talk in the world can’t hide the fact that, at this moment, Madrid are on a different level. That is not defeatist, it’s a fact.The current Champions League holders had won 11 consecutive games going into the Liverpool game, and their scoring sequence was as follows: 5-8-5-2-2-5-5-3-3-4-4.Liverpool had lost three, drawn two and won two of their last seven Premier League games, and lost their last two Champions League matches, including a 3-0 humbling at Anfield against Madrid.There were men in red sat on the subs bench at the Bernabeu who recently laboured to defeat at Newcastle, Basel and West Ham, as well as at home to Aston Villa and Madrid, and a tedious 0-0 draw with Hull at Anfield.And yet their exclusion from the starting line up was supposedly trampling on Liverpool’s history. Being comprehensively outclassed 3-0 on home turf was surely more embarrassing.Indeed, the respective form of both clubs meant that, before the line ups were announced, an ex-Liverpool player told talkSPORT his old club faced “an impossible job in Madrid… I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a Liverpool fixture before.”Meanwhile, Andy Gray told us the Reds were in for a “torrid time” in the Spanish capital.As it was they lost 1-0 to quite probably the best team in Europe right now. Disappointing? Yes. Shaming the history of Liverpool Football Club? Get a grip.For an alternative view, see what this Liverpool legend had to say: ‘RODGERS HAS ALIENATED A LOT OF FANS‘ 5 5 5 The Telegraph’s Henry Winter pursued the trampled heritage theme in his match report… 5 5 And the tabloids got stuck in, too… The hand-wringing over Liverpool’s line up against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu is truly nauseating.Brendan Rodgers made a calculated decision to change his team and it made sense. Losing 1-0 to the best team in Europe doesn’t change that.Gary Lineker was quick to accuse Rodgers of admitting defeat before a ball was kicked and criticised his team selection in light of “Liverpool’s stature”. All very emotive, but successful football managers don’t make decisions based on emotion, and a successful manager is what Rodgers is trying to become.The Northern Irishman utilised his squad with another demanding match coming up, against runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea. Juggling resources is what the biggest and best clubs do, but only time will tell if Rodgers can do it successfully.Rather than ‘throwing a white towel’ – which is an insult to the 11 players selected by Rodgers – you could easily argue Liverpool’s manager dropped a load of underperforming players.Those men will now be fresh for the Chelsea game and quite possibly hungry to prove a point.On top of that, the players selected at the Bernabeu acquitted themselves well, and Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT that he wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the so-called ‘second string’ start against the Blues.Meanwhile, the fact Liverpool lost 1-0 in Madrid has increased the criticism of Rodgers’ team selection. Liverpool’s team was much changed for the match at Real Madrid last_img read more

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