Jezza’s Sports Report

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Hi there, Sports fans. No, don’t worry, I am still here even tho’ I appear to have some competition  on the Sports front from my ole mate Juan, who last week informed you all of the sporting future for the next 4 months! Whenever I meet him he complains that he doesn’t know what he’s going to write about and that I have it easy as my scribblings are lifted from the UK press: maybe we can swap for a week and see what he thinks!
Anyway, moving on sharply, and, for us Brits it’s been the good, the bad and the ugly this week.
First, the good and in Golf, what a brilliant 4 days at the Open for our Rory McIlroy as he led from day one at Hoylake, the home of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Starting with a superb first round, he led all the way thru’ to the final day, which started with him ahead by 4 strokes from Spaniard Sergio Garcia (isn’t it absolutely great to see him back on form and gracing a Major again!) and American Ricky Fowler. Starting with a birdie on the first on Sunday, to put Rory even further ahead he just needed to keep his head and safety first, but with his chasers all having superb final rounds, the pressure was really on, to such an extent that his lead dropped to only 2 ahead, but he’s not a 2 time Major winner for nothing and 3 birdies in the last 4 holes brought the Claret Jug home. With this win, McIlroy not only secured the 3rd leg of the famous Quadruple of Majors, having already won the other two in the States, he also became only the 3rd winner of all 3, with Tiger and Nicklaus, by the time he was 25. Good news for his Dad too, as having placed 100 quid on a 500/1 bet 10 years ago that his son would win the Open by the time he was 25, he scooped 50 grand! Mind you, it’s not as if he needs the lucre, as Rory’s win scooped 975 grand as well as going to World No 2 after Australian Adam Scott. Finally, good news for Europe with a number of Europeans in the final day top 10, it’s boding well for September’s Ryder Cup.
Now the bad and the ugly! What is going on in the England cricket camp – this was supposed to be the new broom, but it just seems to be getting worse. Having just scraped a draw in the 1st Test at Nottingham, Cook’s lot have just been blown away by India in the 2nd Test at Lords losing by 95 runs: this by an Indian team that haven’t won an away Test in 3 years, for Gawd’s sake, and to make matters worse, it’s the Red Rose’s 7th Test loss out of 10 and we haven’t won a Test since Australia last summer at home. Something’s gotta go and having just had a heated exchange with one of my readers (who thinks, by the way, that he’s the best cricketer of his generation and a legend in his own mind!) namely Shahid, a “star” of the Ibiza Cricket Club, who is of the opinion that all would be great if Cook was sacked and KP was brought back. Come on, me ole mate, lets move forward not back but, yes, I agree, Cook has to go, for his own sanity, but bringing the maverick back, no way, Jose! With Anderson facing a possible 3 match Test ban for an ugly “it’s just not cricket” altercation with Jadeja, and wickie Prior out of the picture, it’ll certainly mean a different team for Sunday’s 3rd Test and let’s hope we can get back to winning ways.
Not much to cheer about in Cycling at the Tour de France for us but just to keep you informed, a Frenchman continues to wear the yellow jersey, followed by an Italian.
Finally, in Footie, lots of transfers going on, far too many to print, but it’s sad news from the ‘Pool’s Stevie G as he’s finally decided to retire from international football after 114 caps but gotta be good news for you ‘Pool fans (think John Terry and Chelsea last season). A fantastic player, a real leader and a legend in his own right, that’s some compliment coming from a Blues fan, methinks! Also sad to hear that Philip Lahm, Germany’s inspirational captain, has also retired from internationals, but at least he had a World Cup winners medal to cherish and go out on a high.

German Grand Prix


Wheel-to-wheel racing, some fantastic overtaking, a few near misses, a lap 1 safety car and Massa once again out of the race through no fault of his own – Sunday’s race at Hockenheim was thrilling in every way. Rosberg was on pole alongside Bottas, Rosberg’s team-mate Hamilton started from the back of the grid after a poor qualifying and 5-place grid penalty. Let the race begin…
The safety car came out almost immediately as Massa slid upside down off the track after being tipped on the first corner – he walked away unhurt, however this is his 4th accident this season. Kvyat also joined the retirement club when his car caught fire due to un-burnt fuel, an impressive spin for Sutil almost looked to ruin Rosberg’s race near the end when his engine stopped and Grosjean retired due to overheating.
Nothing though, could stop Rosberg from winning in front of his home crowd and you almost forgot he was even in the race as there was so much going on elsewhere, it was a comfortable win with 20s between him and a flying Bottas in 2nd. Hamilton did well to chase down the Williams but he couldn’t get the final move done in time and crossed the line in 3rd. It has to be said that Hamilton and Bottas really stole the show with Hamilton moving up 17 places, he appeared to be man on a mission with some ballsy overtaking, a few nudges, light contact damaging his front wing and pushing Bottas to make some classy defensive moves to keep Williams in 2nd place.
The Red Bulls had a good race again with Vettel 4th and Ricciardo 6th and some epic wheel-to-wheel battles with Alonso (5th) in his Ferrari. Raikkonen could only manage 11th as he received damage when Hamilton (and few others) overtook him. Hulkenberg in his Force India has maintained his record for scoring points in every race this season crossing the line 7th and his team mate Perez finished 10th despite being involved in scuffles with Kvyat and Sutil. McLaren pulled points back with both drivers in the top ten- Magnusson 9th, he was fortunate to have scored points at all after tipping Massa off the track at the first corner and Button 8th. Incidentally, this was Button’s 257th race which has moved him up third in the all-time entry stakes, behind only Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.
Torro Rosso, Lotus and Sauber all lost one car during the race finishing with Maldonado 12th for Lotus, Verge in his Torro Rosso 13th and Gutierrez 14th for Sauber. Marussia’s Bianchi (15th) and Chilton (17th) both had steady races but failed to really progress and Caterham joined them at the back of race with Kobayashi 16th and Ericcson 18th – unfortunately Ericcson started from the pits due to a pare ferme infringement and after receiving a 10s stop-go penalty during the race, finished last.

Glasgow 14

Ahead of this week’s Commonwealth Games chairman Michael Cavanagh said “It’s going to be absolutely fantastic and the opening ceremony will be extraordinary and get us off to a terrific start.”
Five big names at Glasgow 14
Sprinter Usain Bolt, Jamaica: 4x100m relay
Runner Mo Farah, England: 5,000m and 10,000m
Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica: 100m
Cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, England: Team Pursuit
Diver Tom Daley, England: 10m individual event
Around 300 competitors in Glasgow, including Paralympic champions David Weir, Aled Davies and Neil Fachie, will be chasing 22 gold’s in the Para-sports of cycling, athletics, swimming, powerlifting and lawn bowls. “The Commonwealth Games show that it doesn’t matter if you are disabled or non-disabled,” said Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of Britain’s most successful disabled sports stars.
Key Events.
Thursday 24th July
Cycling @ 11:01 Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit Finals 18:03
Gymnastics @ 12:00 2 events
Swimming @ 10:33 26 events
Triathlon @ 11:00 2 events
Friday 25th July
Cycling @ 11:01 9 events
Gymnastics @ 13:30 1 event
Shooting @ 08:45 10 events
Swimming @ 10:33 26 events
Weightlifting @ 10:00 3 events
Saturday 26th July
Bowls @ 08:45 53 events
Cycling @ 11:01 11 events
Gymnastics @ 09:30 4 events
Judo @ 10:00 65 events
Rugby Sevens @ 10:30
Shooting @ 08:45 13 events
Swimming @ 10:33 24 events
Triathlon @ 12:30 1 event
Weightlifting @ 10:00 5 events
Sunday 27th July
Athletics @ 09:00 Men’s 5000m Final – 17:40
Bowls @ 08:45 30 events
Cycling @ 15:01 8 events
Rugby Sevens @ 10:32
Shooting @ 10:00 6 events
Swimming @ 10:33 27 events
Table Tennis @ 09:30 6 events
Weightlifting @ 10:00 4 events
Monday 28th July
Athletics @ 10:00 23 events Women’s 100m Final 21:35
Badminton @ 10:00 2 events
Bowls @ 08:45 38 events
Boxing @ 13:00 32 events
Gymnastics @ 13:30 15 events
Shooting @ 08:30 12 events
Squash @ 12:00 10 events
Swimming @ 10:33 24 events
Table Tennis @ 11:00 2 events
Weightlifting @ 10:00 4 events
Tuesday 29th July
Athletics @ 10:02 23 events
Badminton @ 10:00 73 events
Cycling @ 11:31 2 events
Gymnastics @ 11:00 13 events
Shooting @ 08:30 11 events
Swimming @ 10:33 21 events
Table Tennis @ 09:30
Weightlifting @ 10:00 3 events
Wrestling @ 10:00 94 events
Wednesday 30th July
Athletics @ 10:02 18 events
Badminton @ 10:00 62 events
Diving @ 10:05 4 events
Gymnastics @ 13:00 2 events

Weightlifting @ 15:30
Wrestling @ 10:00
Thursday 31st July
Athletics @ 18:00 15 events
Bowls @ 08:45 24 events
Cycling @ 10:01 2 events
Diving @ 10:05 4 events
Gymnastics @ 15:00 5 events
Weightlifting @ 15:30 1 event
Wrestling @ 10:00 82 events
Friday 1st August
Athletics @ 18:02 14 events – Men’s 10,000m Final 20:05, Men’s 4x100m Relay R1 21:35
Bowls @ 08:45 6 events
Boxing @ 13:00 26 events
Diving @ 10:05 4 events
Gymnastics @ 14:00 5 events
Table Tennis @ 09:30
Saturday 2nd August
Athletics @ 19:00 9 events Men’s 4x100mRelay Final 21:15
Badminton @ 10:00 15 events
Boxing @ 14:00 13 events
Diving @ 10:05 10m Final
Hockey @ 10:00 5 events
Squash @ 12:15 6 events
Table Tennis @ 09:30
Weightlifting @ 10:00 4 events
Sunday 3rd August
Badminton @ 11:00 5 events
Cycling @ 08:01 2 events
Hockey @ 10:00 2 events
Netball @ 10:00 2 events
Squash @ 11:30
Closing Ceremony 21:00 – 22:45

Kilties – Scottish Pub Ibiza


What better way to get into the spirit of the Glasgow 2014 games than to join the folks in Kilties, San Antonio’s own wee corner of Bonnie Scotland—actually I’ve got to stop writing in clichés, I’m sure it sounds patronising and it’s pretty obvious it’s written by a Sassenach, where is Martin C4 when I need him?
All you really need to know is you’ll get a warm welcome from Jayne and the team plus plenty of home comforts—Irn Bru by the tanker and yes of course the brute of a beverage that is Buckfast. Do they sell Haggis in the chippie? I don’t know but if not why not.
And how do you find Kilties? Put your ear to the sky, and listen to the distant wail of the bagpipes, follow the sound laddie, and there you’ll find Kilties. Alternatively walk up the main drag of the West End and turn left at Joe Spoons.
I’ll just repeat that one more time, yes they sell Buckfast.

Sport on TV, You’ve got to begin to see your team win!

Though many of us may miss that peculiar joy that is half freezing to death on a bitter cold January Wednesday watching our team get knocked out of the league cup by lower tier opposition, life abroad does have it’s advantages on the football front not least of which is the ability to watch any number of live games denied to those in the U.K.—providing you have the right kit of course and that is where Martin and Andy, the chaps at Satellite Solutions and AH Satellite come in. They work in mutual co-operation and are both offering the required upgrade for this year’s must have Sports packages. Here’s what you need to know …
Bein Sports, formerly known as Al Jazeera Sports (JSC Sports) have won the rights to the Premier league for the next 3 seasons from 2013 to 2016.
As forecasted Abu Dhabi have lost the TV rights for the Premier league and it will be necessary to upgrade your systems with the new Bein Sports card to obtain the live Premiership games. As of the 2014/15 season it will be necessary to purchase an official Humax receiver for use with Bein sports package to receive all the EPL games. Included in the package are the 12 regular and 15 HD Bein Channels plus Bein Sport News. NBA TV and Fox Sport which go together to cover a huge range of premium Sport leagues and competitions shown below:-
Running from your existing Dish the new box, card and 1 year subscription are available from both firms for 440€ sin IVA. Call now for pre-season install.

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