Sergio González is already in the top10 of pucelanos trainers

first_imgThe current Valladolid coach has held the reins in the First in 65 games, has already advanced to Round and Ipiña, positioning itself as the eighth coach with the most directed games in the Pucela. In fact, if the current season resumes, the Catalan will be placed in the top five as there are 11 matches remaining and Sergio Kresic, currently in fifth position, has 72 games. Before I would have anticipated Maturana, with 67, and Paquito, with 68. We must remember that Cantatore is the one that more duels directed, 174, followed by I died, with 137, while completing the podium José Luis Mendilibar, with 96. Lluis Miró He directed 90 and then Kresic would come. Sergio González, coach number 36 the Real Valladolid in First division, is entering with more and more force in the blanquivioleta history. Being the great hero of the eighth pucelano promotion of history to the First Division in the 2017-18 season, he fulfills his second campaign in the Valladolid team in the highest category and has renewed for two more so, if they were met, he would approach Vicente Cantatore, who is the manager with the most meetings in First Division in his 44 league appearances, with 174. In the 65 duels led in First, Sergio González has won 24.62% of them, has lost 41.5% and has tied 33.85%, being the third that signed the most tables among the ten that have led the most games. And is that in this top 10, the one who won the most was Cantantore, 40.23% of his matches, the one that tied the most was Maturana, 34.3% and the one that lost the most was Miró with 44.4%, followed by Mendilibar with 43.7%.If we open the fan to count all the games played in all categories and competitions, Sergio González is also in the top 10, occupying the last place in this select group, with 84 duels, which is again led by the legendary Vicente Cantatore, with 193 encounters. The first places do not change much unless it comes in second José Luis Saso who directed 161 games in total, 87 of them in Second. If this season is completed, the Barcelona player could only overtake Djukic, with 88, since the following is Fernando Redondo which added 102 games.last_img read more

Bargues: “It would be unfair to validate the current classification”

first_imgJosé Bargues He returned to Spain in February and did it for vforget your home. “For me Valencia is everything, I knew that if he called me one day, he would return without hesitation.” Gone left a life experience in America, where he trained the Orlando City U19. By Mestalla, in different departments, he was from 2006 to 2015, when he migrated to Ibiza to launch the project chaired by Amadeo Salvo and then packed up to the Americas. He Valenciado today two months, entrusted him with the mission of saving the category, a team that has not won since October and a project that he knows perfectly because he was coach of the German school, genesis of the current black and white team. But the Covid-19 crisis caught him with the suitcase still undone and in decline.Are you afraid that the competition cannot be resumed and that you intend to consider the current classification as good?That is something that we do not contemplate and that nobody should consider, because it would be unfair to validate a classification that would not fit the reality of a season. Luis Aragonés said that the last 10 days put each team in their place and we lack 80% to play. This team is far superior to what the classification says today.What deadlines do you think the teams will need?Eight days remain and could be played in four to five weeks. But that effort is twice as much as the soccer players are used to. Playing two games a week is unusual for them. From the fourth game we do not know how your body can react. We will need more than six weeks, but we will do as instructed. We have been told that we will wait to see what happens with the First and Second Division to see what the rest of us do. And what do they do in the meantime?Basically physical work to prevent injury. We seek that the muscular impact is as little as possible. Soccer is not a gym and although we have set the time of ten in the morning to train all together with video calls and thus monitor each session, we lack 70% of our activity. At least we will try to avoid injuries on the way back.Any positive reading from these days of confinement?Nothing is like what any of us have experienced and when you see so many people die, any human being is affected. But it is personally serving me to put on paper all the ideas I had, because we only had 20 sessions. Players are sure to do well to clear their minds after months without winning. I know that all of them are missing each other a lot and when they see each other again, they will have a crazy desire to train and achieve the goal of salvation.After your visit to the United States, what differences do you see compared to women’s soccer in Spain?I know the methodology in Spain thoroughly and I can assure that we are ahead.Really?Let’s see, let’s differentiate impact methodology. There the leading teams play in large stadiums and there are more licenses. That is the main difference for me, the number of girls who play soccer. But at the organizational level, in terms of methodology, in Spain we are better. There the work of the schools is different from that of the institutes and universities and professional soccer is another world. Here it is all more linear, the players are very professional and we only need more girls to compete and choose.Do you already know what you will say to your players on the way back?That I have missed them so much and that they enjoy playing.last_img read more

More Sports In Brief

first_imgWitsel’s mega Chinese deal Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel will earn EU80m over four seasons with Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Superleague, according to reports. The player had a deal with Juventus in the summer, but Zenit St Petersburg pulled the plug on the transfer at the last minute. Both Witsel and the Bianconeri had declared that the transfer would be done in January 2017 or the summer, but the player admitted yesterday that he’ll opt for China because he could not turn down the mega deal. Witsel is believed will earn bonuses of between €13m and €15m, taking his total pay to around €80m. Kubiak confirms Broncos retirement The Denver Broncos are looking for a new head coach after Gary Kubiak confirmed reports that he is retiring. Kubiak’s future had come into question before the final set of regular season games on Sunday and he confirmed his decision yesterday after finishing his career with a 24-6 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 at the end of Kubiak’s first season in charge and although they finished this season 9-7 that was not enough to make the play-offs. Mourinho pushes Schneiderlin to Inter Reports in Britain suggest Manchester United would rather sell Morgan Schneiderlin to Inter than to Everton. The French midfielder has been frozen out by Jose Mourinho this season, playing just 11 minutes in the Premier League so far. According to the Sun, while Everton are keen to bring Schneiderlin to Goodison Park, the Red Devils would prefer to sell him abroad. That puts Inter in pole position for his signature, with the Nerazzurri determined to bring in a defensive midfielder this winter.last_img read more

Balanced Heat help playoff cause by topping Pistons

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “We’ve got to turn it around somewhere and get this thing rolling,” Griffin said.In Griffin’s 36 minutes, Detroit outscored Miami by seven. In the 12 minutes where Griffin sat, the Heat outscored the Pistons by 16.“We played Blake into exhaustion,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We just struggled playing without him. He was dominant and every time he was out, we struggled.”Detroit got outscored 47-20 in a 17-minute span of the first half to fall behind by 18. But the Pistons made it very interesting in the fourth, until the Heat found a little spark.Rodney McGruder’s 3-pointer with 7:19 remaining put Miami up by eight, and Wade tried to set him up for another on the next Heat possession. Instead, McGruder made the extra pass to Olynyk for another 3 — and in a span of about 30 seconds, a five-point lead swelled to 94-83.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That was Miami’s first double-digit lead of the final quarter, and the Heat kept control the rest of the way.The night had dual meaning for Wade.He had a special pair of sneakers at his locker before the game, with the logo of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on the toes and with the name of student Joaquin Oliver — one of 17 victims of that school shooting near Miami last month — printed on them. The teen was buried in a Wade jersey, and his favorite player met with his family to present them with the shoes and a custom jersey that Joaquin talked about getting in the final days of his life.Wade said he wanted to express his appreciation to the family, and again vowed to do whatever he can to help raise awareness about the need to curb gun violence going forward.“It’s bigger than basketball,” Wade said. “Obviously, I’m back here to do a job. But the timing was perfect for me to come back here for this city and the state. We both needed each other. I’m thankful I can come back and be able to be a leader and a voice in the community, more so than coming back and scoring any baskets. That’s more important.”TIP-INSPistons: Saturday started a stretch where Detroit plays six playoff contenders in a seven-game span. After that, nine of the Pistons final 13 are against teams under .500. … Detroit outscored Miami in the first quarter of all four games this season, albeit by a total of nine points — one on Saturday.Heat: Bam Adebayo (personal reasons) was not with the team, while Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington (both with quad bruises) were again sidelined. Adebayo is expected to play Monday. … The Heat had one field goal in the final 5:56 of the third.DRAGIC ADJUSTSDragic took no shots in the second half, with Detroit blitzing him at nearly every touch. All 13 of his points came in the first half. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Read Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Bivol stops Barrera in 12th, defends light heavyweight title View comments LATEST STORIES Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, center, regains control of the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock (25), center Andre Drummond (0) and forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The playoff spot is a long way from clinched, and it’s not Miami’s style to be pleased about anything involving being in eighth place.That being said, the Heat knew what this win meant.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kelly Olynyk and Josh Richardson each scored 17 points, James Johnson added 14 and the Heat strengthened their grip on an Eastern Conference postseason berth with a 105-96 over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow each had 13 points, Dwyane Wade added 11 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 19 rebounds for the Heat — who moved four games clear of Detroit in the chase for the No. 8 spot in the East.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Two desperate teams going at it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what this league is about. … This win was paramount.”Blake Griffin scored 31 points and Andre Drummond finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, who were playing their fifth game in seven nights. Reggie Bullock scored 11 points for Detroit, which dropped to 2-8 in their last 10 overall and 1-13 in its last 14 on the road. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson REVOLVING ROSTERSIn the four Miami-Detroit games this season, neither team used the same starting lineup twice. Both had 10 different players start at least one game in the season series; only Dragic, Richardson and Reggie Bullock started all four matchups.UP NEXTPistons: Visit Cleveland on Monday.Heat: Host Phoenix on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Dreher with an up and down down day on round two from Sarasota, Florida.

first_imgDreher knew Friday wasn’t her best work but was optimistic that things would turn around.“Didn’t have the best day out there today but stuck to my visualization and committing to the same pre-shot routine the entire round which is my main goal for the season. The rest will eventually take care of itself!” Dreher said.And things did in fact take care of themselves over her final nine holes this morning. She started her round on the tenth hole once again today, and sat at three over through her first nine holes. Dreher however rebounded to nail three birdies on holes three, five and nine.- Advertisement -Dreher sits at ten over for the tournament and will complete her tournament tomorrow morning.last_img

PATRICIA SAYS A THOUSAND (AND TEN) THANKS TO HER RESCUERS!

first_imgA Donegal woman has said a thousand and ten thanks to the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team.Patrician McBride, her partner and their dog, were recently rescued by the DMRT when they got lost on a grim day up Muckish recently.But instead of a simply ‘thank you’, Patricia decided to raise much-needed funds for the voluntary service. So she and some friends organised a table quiz in Molly’s Bar in Dunfanaghy and managed to raise €1,010.PRO of the DMRT Brian Murray said Patricia’s fundraising venture came completely out of the blue but they were delighted to receive the much-needed funds.DRMT received very little funding apart from a 20% Government grant but rely mainly on contributions despite their terrific work.Pictured leftt to right are Brian Murray, Patricia Mc Bride, Brian Pat Murray, Timmy Diver. EndsPATRICIA SAYS A THOUSAND (AND TEN) THANKS TO HER RESCUERS! was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Mountain RescueMOlly’s Bar DunfanaghyPatricia McBRidelast_img read more

Hill steps into the Los Al pocket

first_img On Monday, Hill was told to go into the offensive meeting instead of the defensive one because Manis was suspended by Barnes for the rest of the season due to disciplinary reasons. Manis is now attending classes at Lakewood High and Hill was suddenly the starting quarterback on the fifth-ranked team in Division I. “I do feel for Chad that he lost his job but at the same time, whatever he did to get suspended, he made that choice and you have to be responsible for your actions,” Hill said. “When I learned I was the starter, I thought I was going to be nervous but I was excited instead. I was just anxious to get on the football field and go to work. It’s an opportunity to lead a team with a lot of tradition.” Hill was impressive in his first game against Brea Olinda, throwing for 162 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-15 passing in a 41-0 win. Last week, however, against Locke, a team that won its first two games by a combined score of 78-0, Barnes was more conservative in his play calling and only allowed Hill to throw the ball seven times in a 14-6 victory. Hill wound up going just 5 for 7 for 41 yards and an interception. “Locke has a great defense and we wanted to run the ball more,” Barnes said. “But it was actually my fault and not Ross’ that we ran the ball so much. Part of coaching is too take care of your players and not having seen Ross play at the varsity level, we didn’t know what he could or could not do. “I didn’t want to see him flounder and I think I was protecting him too much but he knows the system and every play we would have ran with Chad in there, we’ll run with Ross. Starting today, we’re going back to being Los Al and that means opening things up.” And that’s the biggest challenge Hill will be facing this season. The Griffins are used to success and last season, they were one win away from winning the Division I championship when Poly beat them 21-6 in the final. Now though, Hill is being counted on to lead Los Alamitos back to the championship game and this time win it even though in reality, he only has about two weeks of experience at the position. “I have a huge responsibility to my coaches, teammates, school and our fans to make sure we continue to win and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got,” Hill said. “When you’re quarterbacking Los Al, you’re not allowed to miss a beat. “I can lead this team to a title but it’s not only me. We have an incredible defense, a solid running game and we’re starting to come together. We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Tonight, Hill’s tutelage will continue when the Griffins (3-0) play La Habra (2-1) at 7 at Veterans Stadium. “Do we wish that Ross had more repetitions in the summer looking back on things, yes we do, but he’s been in the program for four years and it wasn’t like we started training him yesterday,” Barnes said. “He was next in line to play quarterback and now he’s getting his opportunity. He’s probably more calm than I would have thought but he’s played well. The bottom line with quarterbacks is, you judge them on their wins and right now, he’s 2-0.” As a junior last year, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal caller led the Los Alamitos JV team to a 10-0 record but even with that success, he knew he had little chance of winning the starting job from Manis, who was Jimmy Barnes’ backup last season. In the Griffins’ first game, a 35-13 win over Dos Pueblos, Hill saw some time at safety and took a few snaps near the end of the game but over that weekend, everything changed. It’s a daunting task for any 17-year old, leading a powerful program whose goal every year is to win the CIF Southern Section Division I championship, but it’s also one that Hill and most importantly Barnes thinks he’s capable of. After starting quarterback Chad Manis got suspended for the season after Los Alamitos’ opener, the reigns were turned over to Hill and after two games, so far so good. center_img In the summer, Los Alamitos High football player Ross Hill knew he wasn’t going to see much time at quarterback so he asked Griffins coach John Barnes if he could also play safety. Hill wanted to make the switch because he wanted to be part of the team but two games into the season, he was asked to lead it. last_img read more

49ers in a QB quandary? Former center recalls when two Hall of Fame passers was one too many

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTired of talking about the dearth, shortcomings and physical infirmities of 49er quarterbacks? Of course you are.Want to retreat to a time when the 49ers had two future Hall of Fame passers foaming at the mouth to be the starter? Of course you do.Let Jesse Sapolu be your guide. Sapolu? If you’re a Jimmy-come-lately to the 49ers, you need to know he was an 11th-round draft pick in 1983 who manned the team’s offensive …last_img

Why Astronomers Hammer Planets

first_img(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secular planetary scientists have a skeleton key that unlocks any planetary mystery: the BFH.A “BFH” (big freaking hammer) is the jocular acronym for the most useful tool in a repairman’s toolkit. When something won’t budge, hit it with the BFH. If it breaks, it needed fixing anyway. That’s the thinking of the less nuanced problem-solver. The problem with a BFH is that when it’s your only tool, you tend to see everything as a nail.The BFH for the astrobiologist or secular planetologist is the “impact hypothesis.” Since design is ruled out by the so-called rules of science (a.k.a. methodological naturalism), unusual features that may appear designed must be explained only by appealing to unguided physical processes. Here are some recent examples of the impact hypothesis in use.Phos for us: One essential element for life on earth is phosphorus. Unfortunately, it tends to be locked up in rocks. NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine sets up the problem in order to justify wielding the BFH:Phosphorus is one of life’s most vital components, but often goes unheralded. It helps form the backbone of the long chains of nucleotides that create RNA and DNA; it is part of the phospholipids in cell membranes; and is a building block of the coenzyme used as an energy carrier in cells, adenosine triphosphate (ATP).Yet the majority of phosphorus on Earth is found in the form of inert phosphates that are insoluble in water and are generally unable to react with organic molecules. This appears at odds with phosphorus’ ubiquity in biochemistry, so how did phosphorus end up being critical to life?That’s why Keith Cooper teased with his headline, “Did meteorites bring life’s phosphorus to Earth?” He brings in a new theory about how meteorites bearing a mineral called shreibersite may have seeded the earth with a form of phosphorus that was available for the RNA World. So here comes the hammer blow: “Meteorites that crashed onto Earth billions of years ago may have provided the phosphorous [sic] essential to the biological systems of terrestrial life.”Another hypothesis stated on PhysOrg tries to make phosphorus available via Miller-type spark-discharge processes that “could” have produced urea as an intermediate. This article resurrects the Darwin “warm little pond” meme. The scenario relies on special concentrations of salts and ions in specific locales without intelligent lab researchers adding them as needed. Nothing was said about keeping the phosphate ions from getting locked up in rocks again, once conditions change.Carbon for us: Another essential element for life is carbon. Once again, Astrobiology Magazine appeals to the BFH for special delivery of this vital ingredient; only this time, the hammer is really big: “Earth’s carbon points to planetary smashup.” The impactor delivering carbon was as big as the planet Mercury, astrobiologists at Rice University are claiming. “Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth’s life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 billion years ago between Earth and an embryonic planet similar to Mercury.” This must have been after the Mars-sized BFH that formed Earth’s moon. Or maybe the Rice guys didn’t think about that. Anyway, here is the setup:“One popular idea has been that volatile elements like carbon, sulfur, nitrogen and hydrogen were added after Earth’s core finished forming,” said Li, who is now a staff scientist at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Any of those elements that fell to Earth in meteorites and comets more than about 100 million years after the solar system formed could have avoided the intense heat of the magma ocean that covered Earth up to that point.“The problem with that idea is that while it can account for the abundance of many of these elements, there are no known meteorites that would produce the ratio of volatile elements in the silicate portion of our planet,” Li said.The BBC News promoted this story, too. A Mercury-sized impactor solves the sulfur abundance puzzle at the same time, they claim. But does the proposed solution explain where the impactor got its carbon and sulfur?“One scenario that explains the carbon-to-sulfur ratio and carbon abundance is that an embryonic planet like Mercury, which had already formed a silicon-rich core, collided with and was absorbed by Earth,” Dasgupta said. “Because it’s a massive body, the dynamics could work in a way that the core of that planet would go directly to the core of our planet, and the carbon-rich mantle would mix with Earth’s mantle.While focused on the dynamics, it seems they just moved the source of those two elements to another location. But why would another planetesimal have lots of carbon and sulfur? Why would meteorites be enriched in available phosphorus? Where did they get it? One thing is clear: life needs lots of carbon, sulfur and phosphorus, and Earth has just the right amounts.Vesta luck: The BFH “scenario” works all over the solar system, not just at Earth. The asteroid Vesta, for instance (visited by the Dawn Spacecraft, 2/09/15) has unusual amounts of the mineral olivine. Where did it come from? At Icarus, planetary scientists wielded the BFH once again: “Olivine on Vesta as exogenous contaminants brought by impacts: Constraints from modeling Vesta’s collisional history and from impact simulations.” Here’s the justification for the scenario:The survival of asteroid Vesta during the violent early history of the Solar System is a pivotal constraint on theories of planetary formation. Particularly important from this perspective is the amount of olivine excavated from the vestan mantle by impacts, as this constrains both the interior structure of Vesta and the number of major impacts the asteroid suffered during its life. The NASA Dawn mission revealed that olivine is present on Vesta’s surface in limited quantities, concentrated in small patches at a handful of sites not associated with the two large impact basins Rheasilvia and Veneneia. The first detections were interpreted as the result of the excavation of endogenous olivine, even if the depth at which the detected olivine originated was a matter of debate. Later works raised instead the possibility that the olivine had an exogenous origin, based on the geologic and spectral features of the deposits. In this work, we quantitatively explore the proposed scenario of a exogenous origin for the detected vestan olivine to investigate whether its presence on Vesta can be explained as a natural outcome of the collisional history of the asteroid over the last one or more billion years.Once again, though, the theory has to explain how the A-type and S-type asteroids got their olivine. Presumably most of the asteroids in the asteroid belt would be expected to have the same olivine proportions. There doesn’t seem to be much talk about olivine at Dawn’s current target, the largest asteroid Ceres. We’ll examine the latest suite of papers about Ceres in a future post.Impacts have certainly occurred on most bodies of the solar system, as evident from the numerous craters everywhere. When impacts need to be finely tuned to produce a desired result, however, the impact “scenario” begins looking suspicious.To work effectively, the BFH requires use of another tool in the planetary scientist’s toolkit. That’s the Magic Wand that speaks, in a Sagan-like tone, saying “billions and billions of years.”If you haven’t yet seen Spike Psarris’s classic DVD about the solar system, What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy: Volume I, Our Created Solar System, you’ll enjoy the fun he makes of the impact hypothesis and how secular astronomers use it to explain anything and everything.last_img read more

SA relegated after Davis Cup loss

first_img“It was an eye opener for my young guys, who have never played tennis at this level. Dean, Japie and Tucker will have to step up their physical ability if they want to compete at this level. They are just not used to five sets of top class tennis at this level. We will have to keep track of the young guys and make sure their coaches do the right things with them and insist they stay in good shape,” he said. With matches reduced to the best of three sets, Kuznetsov cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over O’Brien, while Kravchuk, who starred in Russia’s doubles win, took on De Klerk. That match also took little time to complete as the South African retired at 4- 1 down as a result of a knee and quad strain injury he suffered in his first singles match on Friday. Russia outplayed South Africa 5-0 in their Davis Cup clash in Moscow over the weekend, thus relegating South Africa to Euro/Africa Group II for the 2014 competition. The win guaranteed Russia a place in Euro/Africa Group I next year. South Africa, meanwhile, dropped to Group II. Later, they were seeded and drawn to face Monaco at home from 31 January to 2 February 2014. World number 80 Alex Bogomolov junior then overcame Japie de Klerk, who was playing his first Davis Cup tie, in four sets, winning 6-7 (3) 6-0 6-4 6-1. DoublesThat result meant the Russians would clinch the tie with victory in the doubles on Saturday. The match was closely contested, but the home team nonetheless came away with a straight sets victory, with Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov beating Raven Klaasen and Tucker Vorster 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2. ‘Our guys have potential’Despite the loss, De Jager said he was still positive about the future of the South African team. “We started in Group III, now we played in Group I. I think our guys have potential,” he explained. Afterwards, O’Brien described the loss as “brutal”. Very disappointedSouth African Captain, John-Laffnie de Jager declared himself very disappointed with the result, even though, for various reasons, he had been unable to select any of South Africa’s six highest ranked singles players. center_img 29 October 2013 The two sides have played each other twice previously, in 1967 and 2008, with South Africa winning 5-0 in 1967 and 3-2 in 2008. Both ties were played in Monte Carlo. Russian changesWith the outcome of the tie in Moscow already decided, Russian captain Tarpischev changed his singles players for the last two matches on Sunday. World number 138 Andrey Kuznetsov replaced Alex Bogomolov junior, while Konstantin Kravchuk took over from Karen Khachanov. “I just couldn’t get myself to play well, no matter how hard I tried,” he admitted. “I just feel that Japie, Tucker and I need more experience at this level to give ourselves any possible chance.” The hosts’ captain, Shamil Tarpischev, opted to start Karen Khachanov in the first singles match. The 17-year-old came into the tie fresh off a win over world number 28 Janko Tipsarevic on his way to a place in the quarterfinals of the the Kremlin Cup. Khachanov responded well to the responsibility handed to him by defeating Dean O’Brien 7-5 6-1 6-3 to put the Russians ahead. “We knew this tie would be a challenge for us. We are upset we lost and have dropped to Group II. Our team did not have any experience in playing at this level. The Russian team was stronger and deserved this win,” he concluded.last_img read more