Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Apr 2020 2:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Lauren tips Fernando Torres to make a great coach Lauren has been impressed by Torres (Picture: AFP via Getty)‘He wants to play good transitions, win the ball and go forward quickly. ‘He knows what he wants to do. You can feel that he has that kind of understanding of the game. ‘He’s one of those guys I’ve been most impressed with. He knows what he’s doing every day.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. (Picture: AFP7 / Europa Press Sports via Getty)Arsenal legend Lauren has tipped former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to become a great coach, as the pair work towards their Uefa license together. The pair are part of a group working through the Spanish football federation to earn their coaching badges. Former Barcelona centre-back Rafael Marquez, ex-Real Madrid and Liverpool full-back Alvaro Arbeloa and former Aston Villa and Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar are also part of the group. The coronavirus crisis has forced them to set up a WhatsApp group while they continue their studies.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘The experience has been wonderful,’ Lauren told The Athletic. ‘You see different thought-processes and different ways to understand the game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We have to adapt ourself to new systems to have lessons. We need speedy learning!’Former Atletico Madrid striker Torres has been a shining light in the group and Lauren believes he has a great career in coaching ahead of him.‘You can see that he has everything very clear,’ Lauren added. Advertisement
The curtains closed on yet another era in Jamaica’s rich political history when Portia Simpson Miller, a former Prime Minister and former President of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) took her final bow and exited the building after being lauded by Parliamentarians on both sides of the house on Tuesday.During the special joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday Simpson-Miller, who was first elected in 1976, said her journey was by no means easy but she is proud of her record, particularly in her constituency of St. Andrew South Western.An eldery resident of Majesty gardens chills outside his residence which is nestled in the former constituency of Portia Simpson Miller“I inherited a constituency with poor and inadequate housing, poor or no public infrastructure, poor health-care facilities, and limited access to special services,” she said, adding that the election of 1976 saw her “thrown into the deep enduring a period of extreme political violence”.She told colleagues that despite widespread criticism and the challenges, she fulfilled her mission.“In the early days, some said I could not read…. Is it not ironic, that now they say I read too much. While some judged me harshly I was determined to be who I wanted to be, not how others saw me. I speak of my harsh experiences, not with malice – that when the slings and arrows come at you, bind up your wounds, and focus on your dreams.”Prime minister Andrew Holness, in leading the tributes, pledged to ensure that Simpson Miller’s work as a champion of the poor, will continue to live on.“She is a metaphor of hope and faith . In her political carrier she has been placed against powerful personalities and has never been intimidated by a challenge. I am saying to you on your retirement, that there is a new defender of the poor people of Jamaica.”Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister and one of four Caribbean leaders, recalled her journey from the rural community of Wood Hall to Jamaica House.“I defied the odds…..and had a date with destiny.”In 2006, she took the reigns of government, when the baton was passed from then Prime Minister Percival James Patterson.The sitting was also the final one for Dr. Omar Davies, a former Minister of Finance under the People’s National Party.Omar Davies also bid farewellDavies, who represented the constituency of St. Andrew Southern since 1993, will, like Simpson Miller handed in his resignation on Thursday.The special sitting was attended by former Prime mInisters P.J .Patterson and Edward Seaga as well as the Speak of the House of Assembly in the Cayman Islands McKeeva Bush.A date for a by-election to fill the vacancies in Simpson Miller’s and Davies’ constituencies, is yet to be announced.
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Though he is reluctant to sing Betts’ praises as a hitting coach too loudly, Barnes has said his new teammate has been instrumental in getting him on the right path at the plate.“Mookie’s great. I can’t say enough about him and what he’s doing in the clubhouse,” Barnes said. “He’s helped me tremendously. I don’t know if he wants it all out there. He kind of wants it under the radar. But he’s helped me swing-wise. He really has. Just talking about the game, talking hitting. He’s helped me in the cage. He’s been in there with me, watched me swing.“That just shows you what kind of teammate he is for him to take time out of his day to help someone else. He’s been great.”Barnes said Betts “reached out to me which was pretty cool.”“He just thought he could help and he really has,” Barnes said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calls Barnes’ offensive reclamation project a collaboration among Barnes, Betts and hitting coaches Brant Brown and Robert Van Scoyoc.“Mookie just kind of did some things to free up his mind, give him some clarity, give him some cues, some keys mechanically,” Roberts said. “It has landed with Austin. Just using the big part of the field, staying in the strike zone and some things mechanically that they’ve talked through. It’s paid big dividends up to this point.”Barnes said part of the breakthrough has been mechanical. But being in a better place mentally has also been a big factor in rediscovering the skill set that made him a .298 hitter in the minor leagues and a .289 hitter during his first full season in the big leagues three years ago.“It’s nice going up there, feeling like you’re going to hit the ball hard,” he said. “I think they kind of play off each other a little bit (the mental side and swing mechanics). I made a couple adjustments mechanics-wise. When you’re hitting the ball on the barrel, that shoots your confidence up at the plate. They kind of work hand in hand.”GONSOLIN SENT DOWNRight-hander Tony Gonsolin pitched a career-high six innings in Tuesday’s win, extending his scoreless streak over three starts this season to 14 2/3. But that wasn’t enough to change the Dodgers’ plans.After throwing those six innings, Gonsolin would have been unavailable for a few days. With the Dodgers currently using a six-man starting rotation, his turn wouldn’t come up again until Monday, an off day. So Gonsolin was sent back to the Dodgers’ alternate training site Wednesday and lefty reliever Victor Gonzalez was recalled.Roberts acknowledged that Gonsolin’s performance is “very much” forcing the Dodgers to reconsider how they might use him going forward — but not yet.“I think the way he pitched — performance certainly does matter,” Roberts said. “I don’t think that right now we have to be set in the rotation to finish the season or even think about the postseason. But Tony has done everything he can do. That’s a good thing for the Dodgers. Our message to Tony was just to continue to keep that edge, keep pitching well and be ready. Certainly what he’s done here in three starts is not lost on anyone.”ALSOAfter throwing three innings in a simulated game Tuesday, left-hander Alex Wood (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw a four-inning sim game on Monday. …The Dodgers had planned to move their secondary training site from USC to the minor-league stadium in Rancho Cucamonga when students returned to campus. With no plans for students to attend classes in the near future, however, the Dodgers will keep their training site at USC for the duration of the season. …Right-hander Josh Sborz, catcher Rocky Gale and utilityman Zach McKinstry traveled with the Dodgers as the taxi squad for the two-game series in Seattle.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Austin Barnes has heard a lot of voices over the past two seasons as he tried to rediscover his identity as an offensive player.The ones inside his head were probably the worst.“I feel good mentally up there right now. I feel free up there mentally,” the Dodgers catcher said Tuesday. “I was a little clouded before. It’s hard to hit like that, that’s for sure.”The freedom Barnes has found recently has resulted in a seven-game hitting streak (through Tuesday) during which he is 12 for 24 with five multi-hit games. And Mookie Betts gets credit for an assist.