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Getafe make top four statement with Valencia win

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Getafe took another step towards Champions League qualification on Saturday as Jorge Molina scored twice in a sensational 3-0 win over fellow top-four contenders Valencia.

The 37-year-old Molina capped a storming performance with two goals in the second half before Jaime Mata added a third with three minutes left, after Valencia’s Alessandro Florenzi had been sent off.

Getafe stay third but moved five points ahead of Valencia in fifth. Sevilla will again pull level on points with them by winning away at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Up next for Jose Bordalas’ side is a trip to Barcelona next weekend but on this evidence, it will be the stumbling Catalans feeling nervous ahead of that game at Camp Nou.

Getafe face La Liga’s defending champions on the back of four consecutive victories, in which they have score nine goals and conceded none.

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They bullied Valencia from start to finish, faster to the ball and hungrier in the tackles, with all three goals coming from Getafe’s players running harder or reacting quicker than their opponents.

After missing out on the top four to Valencia on the final day of last season, beating them might have carried some extra satisfaction and delivered another dose of belief that this term they can finish the job.

Bordalas took over Getafe in 2016 with the team 21st in Segunda but led them to promotion that same season before finishing eighth in their first year in the top flight, and then fifth last term.

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After Barca, they will play Ajax in the Europa League.

Valencia, meanwhile, have won only four out of nine games since the turn of the year, with their own Champions League last 16 tie against Atalanta fast-approaching.

Getafe were the better side in the first half but had to wait until 13 minutes into the second for Molina’s opener. He slid the ball to Mata and then beat two Valencia defenders to the rebound from Jaume Domenech’s save.

Dani Parejo was at fault for the second as he gave the ball away in midfield and one pass set Molina free. He had three defenders to beat but somehow bundled through, a final pirouette making space for a smart finish.

Florenzi was sent off with 12 minutes left for a frustrated spear tackle from behind on Marc Cucurella before Mata made it three.

This time Angel spun the hapless Mouctar Diakhaby before laying the ball on his teammate. Mata dummied Domenech and had an open net.

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Vybz Kartel and Mr. Vegas in heated online battle

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Dancehall legend Vybz Kartel has clapped back at Mr. Vegas with a scathing online statement.

This is after Mr. Vegas called out Kartel’s fans popularly known as Gaza Nation for going on a social media rant after their icon’s appeal was dismissed.

In a recent post on social media dancehall artist, Mr. Vegas spoke out about Vybz Kartel’s murder case.

A number of Gaza fans were quick to downplay the gruesome murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams as they protested for their artist to be freed from his prison cell.

Mr. Vegas said it is inhumane for the Gazanation to downplay the significance of Lizzard’s life and went on to narrate how Kartel should not be given special treatment and should serve the full sentence.

“When it comes on to the Vybz Kartel case and the people who want to put out certain rhetoric, I find them disappointing and disheartening, Now when a man a goes and says nothing when Lizard got killed cause he was a ‘nobody’, as if it’s nothing that he got killed ’cause he was a bad man, he was a murderer, he was a  killer, he did this, he did that. I find the talk very disappointing people.” He said

Kartel responded in a post that was soon deleted terming Vegas as a washed out artist.

“Da bredda still exist? First of all, I’ve made so many youths into millionaires, both in and out of music. Plus I’ve given much more [to] my parents, sisters, brothers & other relatives and personal friends. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MY CHILDREN WORSHIP AND ADORE ME! And all my baby mamas respect me as a REAL MAN WHO LOVES HIS KIDS. So I don’t need validation from washed up celebs or from a society of criminals, the CIA consistently ranks it so HIGH in the corruption index it’s a wonder we haven’t floated to the clouds.” He said

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Vybz Kartel also laughed at the Jamaican justice system stating that his incarceration has not reduced the crime rate in Jamaica.

Kartel said while the government is so concerned with keeping him captive, there have been over 12,000 more deaths since September 30, 2011, when he was first arrested.

“Impressionable little brainwashed slaves. Dem only can brainwash butu and dunce like unuh so gwan buy into the illusion.” He said

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Athletes reflect on super congested 2022 international season

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Will it be possible to double or not?

That is the question that has seen both coaches and athletes going into spin with the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games falling in the same period in 2022.

This state of affairs could now force Athletics Kenya to name separate teams in most events for the two world competitions.

On Wednesday, World Athletics announced that the World Championships that had been postponed from this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will now be staged from July 15 to 24 in Oregon, United States.

The 22nd Commonwealth Games will take place from July 27 to August 7 in Birmingham, England.

World Athletics postponed the World Championships that were to originally take place in July next year in Oregon after the International Olympic Committee rescheduled the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games from July 24-August 9 to July 23-August 8, 2021.

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Renowned athletics coach Bernard Ouma and elite athletes, World and Commonwealth 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri, 2015 World javelin champion Julius Yego and 2016 Rio Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich expressed different opinion after the changes.

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Ouma said it will be difficult for athletes especially in middle and long distances races to double especially with fatigue creeping while Yego, the 2014 Commonwealth javelin champion, noted that top elite athlete are likely to choose the World Championships over the Commonwealth Games.

Chepng’etich, who won the World 1,500m title in 2017 London before settling for silver in 2019 Doha, said that it will difficult for someone to double with health and form key factors.

Obiri, the 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000m silver medallist, who retained her World title in Doha last year also said it would be difficult for someone to double considering there was also the Diamond League and World Continental Tour events.

“Commonwealth Games will take two weeks hence it will take an excellent athlete to double. Actually, doubling will not be the best option since. It could be a costly gamble,” said Ouma.

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UK-based Sesay ‘100 per cent ready’ for Kenya call-up

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Crawley Town’s English defender David Sesay has seemingly had a change of heart on playing for Kenya.

While responding to questions from his fans on the English club’s official Twitter account on Wednesday, the League Two defender said that he is now ready to answer a call up from Kenya’s Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi.

“I will hundred per cent accept the call up from Kenya,” he confirmed.

The 21-year-old defender was called up for international duty by then Stars coach Sebastien Migne in the run up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last year, but declined the invite to concentrate on his club career.

Sesay explained he had to make a difficult decision in turning down the opportunity to compete at the Africa Nations Cup in Cairo, where Kenya lost to eventual finalists Senegal and Algeria, and beat rivals Tanzania in Group “C”, as he was focused in helping his side battle relegation at the time.

“That (Kenya) is where my mum comes from. It is my heritage. Last time I had just broken into the first team here and was playing games in a row,” said Sesay.

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“We were not in the best position in the league. There were some few media outlets in Kenya that said I declined the call up, that wasn’t the case.
I think those that needed to understand my decision did understand.”

Should Kimanzi hand the West Bromwich Albion-target a chance in his team, he will have to compete for a starting position at left-back with Sweden based defender Eric “Marcelo” Ouma, and veteran Aboud Omar who is unattached.

Stars face a congested fixture period when the coronavirus pandemic is curbed, with matches against Comoros, Egypt and Togo in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The team is also pooled alongside Uganda, Rwanda and Mali in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

League Two is England’s fourth tier football league.

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