12 décembre 2016 ~ 0 Commentaire

Djokovic to face Cilic at ATP finale, Murray to meet Federer

Jermaine Jones had a fine World Cup for the United States in Brazil and coach Juergen Klinsmann is hoping a new role will extend the 32-year-old midfielder’s career to the 2018 tournament in Russia. A combative, all-action box-to-box midfielder, German-born Jones might struggle to maintain his effectiveness in that role over the next four years as age inevitably catches up with him. So for Tuesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Honduras, Klinsmann experimented with Jones at center-back and after a solid display from the New England Revolution player, the coach believes he might have a long-term future in that position. « We wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t a long-term thought to it, definitely, » said Klinsmann. « Defensive midfielders with the way that they play and their vision and their sense for it can easily move one step back and play a center-back role. » There are two examples from Klinsmann’s playing career with the German national team that prove the switch can work. Lothar Matthaus moved from a midfield general role to a sweeper position at the back and played until he was 39 while Matthias Sammer also made the switch from midfield to defense before his career was cut short by injury. Klinsmann believes there is no reason why Jones couldn’t become an international class defender in the twilight of his career. « Obviously it takes a little bit of time and a little bit of understanding with the other center-back and the full-back, but Jermaine has played there before – he has played it a couple of times at Schalke and played it at Besiktas as well, I was not worried about it all, » he said. Jones said he was hesitant about the change at first but appears ready to embrace the new responsibilities which will harness his ability to play the ball out of the back and, says Klinsmann, will allow his vocal leadership to be more effective. « He asked me and at first I was a bit ‘Erm, ok’. But I have no problem with that, the position is OK and maybe I have some fun in the next few years, » said Jones. « I think this position is one of the easiest positions on the field, if you have experience and you can read the game a little bit and you are physical – and I have no problem to battle in games. » (Editing by Frank Pingue). Three-times champion and world number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn in a group with U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in next week’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. Defending champion Djokovic, who retained his Paris Masters title on Sunday after beating Milos Raonic, will also face Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and hard-hitting Czech Tomas Berdych in Group A of the elite event staged at London’s O2 Arena. Djokovic takes a 27-match indoor winning streak into the tournament and Cilic, who is making his debut at the eight-man event, has not beaten the Serb in 10 previous encounters. « It is going to be very difficult but very exciting, » Cilic told the BBC. « I hope it is going to be an absolutely amazing experience, to play there for the first time. I have watched it on TV for so many years. « Any of the matches could be a grand slam final so it is satisfying to play in it. » Second seed Roger Federer, who has won the year-ending tournament six times and who still has hopes of replacing Djokovic on top of the rankings before the end of the year, faces a clash in Group B with home favorite Andy Murray. Murray, a three-times semi-finalist in London, and Federer have contested some titanic battles during their careers and there is very little to separate the two as they can both boast 11 wins apiece. Former Wimbledon champion Murray, who won three titles in the past six weeks to secure a place at the tournament after slipping down the rankings, missed last year’s tournament because of back surgery. Debutants Raonic, the first Canadian singles player to qualify for the showpiece event, and Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the first Asian-born man to qualify, complete the group. World number three Rafael Nadal of Spain is missing because of surgery for appendicitis. The lucrative tournament gets underway on Nov. 9. Draw: Group A: Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland), Tomas Berdych (Czech Rep), Marin Cilic (Croatia) Group B: Roger Federer (Switzerland), Kei Nishikori (Japan), Andy Murray (Britain), Milos Raonic (Canada) (Reporting By Michael Hann; editing by Martyn Herman and Pritha Sarkar). U.S. college athletes will get a chance to prove in court that sports team members should be paid, after a federal judge on Friday rejected the National College Athletic Association’s attempt to head off a trial in the widely watched case. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, denied a request the NCAA made last year to decide the case in its favor before trial. The NCAA argued that the current system is justified because amateur status makes college athletics more popular and furthers competition. More than 20 current and former athletes sued, saying that players should share in the profits of college athletics, a highly lucrative business in which universities reap billions of dollars from men’s football and basketball. The athletes say they should be compensated for the money they help earn from sources such as video game licensing and television revenue. NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said on Friday the NCAA has confidence in the legal merits of its case and looks forward to trial, which is scheduled to begin in June. « The model we have today enables nearly half a million student-athletes at over a thousand schools to compete on the playing field while getting a college degree, » Remy said in an emailed statement. The players allege that the NCAA violated federal antitrust law by conspiring with videogame maker Electronic Arts Inc and the NCAA’s licensing arm to restrain competition in the market for the commercial use of the players’ names, images, and likenesses. The athletes also had originally sued EA, which settled. Fox Broadcasting Co, a unit of News Corp, filed court papers supporting the NCAA’s request to head off the trial. In an order on Friday, Wilken cited evidence from the athletes that the NCAA has changed its definition of amateurism several times without hurting consumer demand for its product. Thus the NCAA must prove the case at trial, she wrote. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is In Re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, 09-1967. (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by David Gregorio and Ken Wills).

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