Young facing longtime out with injuryMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United say winger Ashley Young is facing a lengthy time out with a groin injury, which will require surgery.Young picked up the injury three minutes before half-time in the 1-0 victory at Anfield last week and was replaced by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has made three appearances for United this season.UEFA won’treplace PlatiniGENEVA (AP):UEFA will not replace Michel Platini as president, while he is pursuing legal routes to overturn his eight-year FIFA ban.Platini was banned over a $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 for uncontracted salary as an adviser to Sepp Blatter.UEFA will meet in Budapest at a congress in May when a new president could have been elected before the European Championship.But UEFA says its executive committee has “decided there will be no UEFA presidential election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the Court of Arbitration for Sport, have taken a decision.”Lloyd, Hernandez voted top CONCACAF playersMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP):American midfielder Carli Lloyd and Mexican forward Javier Hernandez have been selected CONCACAF’s Players of the Year.Lloyd, also voted FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, scored a hat trick in the World Cup final, where she earned the Golden Ball as top player.Hernandez scored the first goal for Mexico in its play-off win over the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Hard training Motivation “With the support I got from my team, all my friends, and the support from Jamaica and my fans all around the world, I pulled through,” said the world’s fastest man. Bolt said that this was made possible through hard training, but joked that coach Glen Mills, a man he described during his acceptance speech as his father and friend, would disagree. “For me, it was a very hard season,” he said. “I trained really hard. I know my coach is watching and saying ‘lies, Usain, lies!'” Bolt said with a big smile, but added: “I worked really hard to get to my goal.” Bolt left a message of motivation for his younger fans, telling them never to give up on their dreams. Triple Olympic, gold medallist Usain Bolt, who won the RJR Sport Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award for 2016, said on Friday night that he hopes that he has been an inspiration to youngsters. Bolt, who has now won the award on seven occasions – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 – has now equalled former boxer Michael McCallum’s tally, which he gained in the years 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Speaking after he received his award at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday night, Bolt said that he had what he described as a ‘rough and up and down season’ in 2016, but he was successful because of “God’s strength” and the support he got from many persons. “I am from Trelawny and I’ve never thought I’d be, at this stage of my life, one of the greatest athletes ever. In that, I want to say that hard work pays off. So if you want to be great, just work towards what you want, not only to be a track star, but if you want to be a doctor or lawyer, never give up. I have been through a lot in my career, but I have never given up (even) once. I have always pushed on, and look where I am! So just use me as motivation or as an example just to work to be the best you can be.” Bolt added that he wanted to help to keep the track and field flag flying high after he has finished competing. “I definitely want to be a part of my sport when I retire. I don’t want to just walk away. I want to help it as much as possible, like when I was running,” he said.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Debbie Davies ranks among the top blues artists in the United States. Her career started in the early 1980s; she received the W.C. Handy Award for Best Contemporary Artist in 1997, and the 2010 Blues Music Award as Best Traditional Female Artist.Along the way she has shared the stage with musicians such as Albert Collins, Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard, Tommy Shannon, Chris “Whipper” Layton, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mudcat Ward, Charlie Musselwhite, Bruce Katz, Per Hanson, Noel Neal, and Rod Carey. She has also played in bands including Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, Icebreakers, Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfingers Revue.Davies just released her latest album, “Love Spin,” and is now touring to promote it. Costa Rica is on the tour list, and she will be playing Saturday at El Sótano in San José along with Costa Rica’s own JR Blues Band. The Tico Times caught up with her before her visit to discuss the new album and the tour experience thus far. Excerpts:TT: What steered you towards blues, and what has kept you in that world?DD: I always took to anything bluesy that I heard as a kid, but didn’t really know about the blues. My dad had a great collection of Ray Charles records that I always loved. Then it was the British Blues invasion, in particular, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, that drew me to electric blues guitar.Music is my life. Playing blues is what I do, and I just keep loving it and writing, recording and touring.How does it feel when you are onstage showing your music to all your fans?Onstage I try to get to that place where the audience and I become one. Blues is the music of the human spirit, and it’s all about connection.Tell us about your latest album.“Love Spin” is all about getting your attitude right and turning a negative into a positive. When I record a new CD, it always reflects where I am at in any particular point in my life while writing, and the experiences and feelings that are happening for me.I had the pleasure of being able to get some very special guests on the album with me. Terry Hanck joins me on two tunes with his sax, and we do a duet on a tune called “Let the Heartaches Begin.” Terry toured for years with the Elvin Bishop Band, and is a triple threat as an artist who writes great songs, has one of the best voices in the biz, and is peerless on his instrument.My longtime friend, Dana Robbins, who currently tours with Delbert McClinton, adds her superb sax playing on two other tunes on the CD: “It’s All Blues”, and “I’m not Cheatin’ Yet.” Dana and I toured with John Mayall in the early ’80’s and have been close ever since. She’s really a rare and beautiful talent.A new artist on the scene, Jay Stollman, joins me in another R&B duet, “Don’t Change It Up.” He’s got one of those rare, soulful, gravelly voices that just tears your heart out! I had the honor of producing Jay’s first CD which was just released in the States. We are currently touring and doing a lot of shows together. I am so grateful that “Love Spin” is getting really great reviews and airtime here in the U.S.Is the album completely written by you, or did you collaborate with other musicians?“Love Spin” is an all-original album, with two outside contributions by other great blues artists who are my friends. Lenny McDaniel, who wrote “Talk Real Slow,” just passed away in his home in New Orleans, so we dedicate this song to him every night. The rest of the music is written by me and by my drummer, Don Castagno, who is a well-established songwriter here in the States. We have been working together for almost twenty years, writing sometimes together, and sometimes separately. For “Love Spin” we each had written our own tunes so there was no co-writing on this record.I wrote “Life of the Party” in the funky style of blues that I have always loved, and that I had the pleasure of playing a lot when I was out on the road with Albert Collins.How is the tour going? How have fans reacted to the new album?We are on tour right now in the U.S., in California, and it is going great! I grew up in the West so it is so good to be back. We have a lot of fans out here!Have you ever been to Costa Rica? How do you feel about coming to the country?No, I have never been to Costa Rica and I am really looking forward to it. I feel like getting to travel and visit many countries is one of the blessings of being a musician. Since I grew up in California, I have always known some Spanish, and I hope I can improve it a bit while I am there.What’s your message for all your fans in Costa Rica waiting for you to come?I would like to thank all of the fans for coming out to support the blues. I hope you love the music. Have a great time at the shows!Davis will play with JR Blues Band on August 8 at 9 p.m. at El Sótano, Barrio Amón, San José. Tickets ₡7,000 (approximately $14). More info: El Sotano’s Facebook page or at 2221-2302. Facebook Comments Related posts:Big Band of Costa Rica to celebrate 25 years Envision kicks off with long lines, high spirits, community service The band plays on: “Summer Series” serenades Plaza de la Democracia Dub sounds in Costa Rica: Mad Professor and Mad Elaine