Monthly Archives: May 2020

Sharks score hard-earned win over Storm

first_imgIt turned out to be a very Good Friday for the Sharks. It was their first win at home for 2018 as they broke even for the season – two wins and two losses.Even more tellingly they managed to frustrate an uncharacteristically error-prone Melbourne, who did not cross the Sharks line all night, though Ryan Hoffman was held up in the 33rd minute.The last time the Storm were held try-less was also at the hands of the Sharks, 11-2 in round six last year at AAMI Park.But to mirror the ill-feeling between the 2016 grand final opponents, the last five seconds of the game was spent with players from both sides locked in a melee.The pushing and shoving continued even after the full-time hooter sounded as Sharks co-captain Paul Gallen and Melbourne prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona refused to let go of each other. Two minutes before full-time Melbourne centre Will Chambers had been placed on report for a grapple tackle.The visitors’ agitation levels grew to such heights that they back-chatted referee Matt Cecchin three times and were marched 10 metres every time.But when Cameron Smith tried it a fourth time Cecchin sent him to the sin-bin in the 52nd minute.The 13,000-strong Cronulla faithful turned on the Test captain, jeering and booing him all the way off the field and up the tunnel.Brandon Smith, who came into the side at the 11th hour for the injured Kenny Bromwich (elbow) slipped into the No.9 role.A momentous victory over Melbourne came without the two key off-season signings for the Sharks – Josh Dugan and Matt Moylan. Both were ruled out with leg injuries, which the club says should only keep them out a week.It was Moylan’s second straight week on the sidelines, allowing Trent Hodkinson to show his wares again under the nose of coach Shane Flanagan.Cronulla showed both great resilience and significant ill-discipline themselves in the first half.They had a 10-6 penalty count against them, were down to 12 men whileLuke Lewis was in the sin-bin, and still the Storm were unable to score a try. Maybe that could be put down to the fact the Sharks only missed five tackles in the opening 40 minutes.In fact, it took the Storm 36 minutes before they registered any points. They finally got on the scoreboard with a Joe Stimson penalty goal.The Sharks’ Holden Cup under 20 centre of the year in 2017, Jesse Ramien, is showing he is first grade quality.Ramien sent a one-handed flick pass perfectly for Edrik Lee to score in the north-eastern corner in the 24th minute. It was the only four-pointer of the match.The Sharks also forced their way into the top eight for the first time after four rounds and next weekend remain at home to play the Sydney Roosters.The Storm is off across the Tasman Sea playing the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.last_img read more

Tonga goes down to PNG by 15 points

first_imgDespite being new to international hockey, the Tongan girls put up a brave fight during the 45 minutes gate.PNG led off with a good half by registering the first 5 points with no response from the Tongan women.PNG’s Vanessa Perry opened the second period scoring two goals before an additional two goals were scored extending their lead to 9-0.The last period saw an attempt by Tongan Valeti to score keeping the ball in the PNG goal mouth but goal keeper Rosemary Miria was able to hold off the Tongan.PNG’s Vanessa Perry managed to get two more goals past Tongan keeper Mateaki Taufa.A good pass from PNG’s captain Terry Kiapin to Kari Raurela found the Tongan box further extendimg their leaf to 12-0.An easy dribbling of the ball by Alice Fred registered yet another goal for PNG to 13-0 before captain Terry Kiapin sent two shots from the half way line straight into Tonga’s goal.In other women’s matches today, Fiji beat Vanuatu 8-1 in a tight match.Fiji’s Tiara Dutta scored three goals while Lala Ravatu and Tessa Harman also scored two goals each.The only goal scored by Vanuatu came from the captain Belinda Nampas.last_img read more

Drawing a new path

first_imgHis path began as many others, after watching a video of Cristiano Ronaldo and deciding that he wanted to give football a try. From humble beginnings, living in the Kaugere suburb of Port Moresby, he has gone on to become the first Papua New Guinean footballer to play professionally in Europe. After he signed for Dutch Eredivisie Team, PEC Zwolle in 2015.Born in Port Moresby, he left Papua New Guinea at the young age of 15, after being awarded with a scholarship at Saint Peters College in Auckland, New Zealand. After playing in the 2011 Oceania Football Confederation’s ( OFC) Under 17 Men’s Tournament for Papua New Guinea.However, his start to football in New Zealand began tragically, as after his arrival, his father passed away .Showing great character, he worked hard in his first year in Auckland after his father’s passing. He played for the high school and local well-known football club, Central  United FC, and by the end of his second season with the club, he was awarded player of the year for his efforts.He went on to represent the local state side and became top goal scorer for Saint Peters College, before catching the eye of Auckland City FC (ACFC) where he became a first team player.In the 3 years he spent at the club, he scored 10 goals and made 33 appearences, won the OFC Champions League twice and was part of the ACFC squad that finished 3rd in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.In 2015, he trialled with the Nike Football Academy, already having more accolades than some professional players and was awarded a place in the squad, but at the same time was offered a professional contract in The Netherlands, he chose the latter option: Signing to PEC Zwolle.Since then, his career has seen him move to another Eredivisie Club, FC Groningen. He’s at the moment a part of the club’s under 23 team, trying to play his way into the 1st team and with him playing well in recent pre-season matches, he’s putting himself in a position to do so.David’s story of how he made it to Europe is unique and I hope the young 20-year-old can build on his career in Europe and continue to draw a pathway for future Papua New Guinean footballers to do the same.last_img read more

Zidane: “Hazard is 100% discarded for the Super Cup”

first_imgZidane has recovered Isco. Are you aware of that headline? Is he the player he feels most identified with by his characteristics?Isco is an important player and has shown that he wants to be here and fight his place. The important thing is to know that every time you have the opportunity to play. I identify with Isco on the subject of the position, yes; And I like how he plays.Do you consider the statement that it is easier to win the Champions League than the League?I don `t believe. We know the difficulty of the Champions League. They are the best teams there and every time you advance it is more complicated. To me about the League, because we have many games, I consider it a very difficult competition to get and the only League I have won as a coach was the last day in Malaga. That shows the difficulty. But the Champions League is very complicated too.In the last five years, only one victory in the first League match.I can not tell you why. We return very well, physically and as we train. We want to vovler to play. The motivation we have is very high and that is very good to start over. Let’s try to change how we started the year.In 2019 you said you were in love with Mbappé. 2020 is the year Zidane has forgotten about Pogba?I will not answer anything. Paul is a player from another team. He is a little injured and I hope he will play again soon. I wish him well. The most important thing for us is the players I have and tomorrow’s game.What do you think of the Getafe game and what is Bordalás doing?Of 10. It is a team that is giving everything in the field. It’s close to the Champions like last year. Rendering and being up on the table is complicated.In weeks without a game on Tuesday or Wednesday, would you like to play the League on Friday to have more time to rest and prepare for the next game?We adapt to the calendar given to us in the League, the Champions, whatever. We have to be prepared, as always. The best way to do this is to recover when we have rest and do things. The calendar can have a rest day or so and we know anyway that the calendar is very difficult for us because we have many games and also the players with the selection as well. We adapt.Have you done any specific work for the return of the holidays?We have not done any specific work. The important thing was to return physically well and the players are. We have returned with a lot of motivation, eager to play. And that’s the important thing, maybe more than thinking if we have difficulties after the holidays.What are your wishes for 2020?What I want to my team and my staff is that we continue to improve professionally because we will need it. The competition is going to be increasingly complicated. At the end of the season everything is played. It is a long process and that daily work is the most important. Hopefully in 2020 we can continue with our good dynamics. We had difficulties in 2019 but we finished very well, even not winning the last two games. The fight always continues, but more than the fight is the motivation we have in playing again. The most important thing is the motivation we have.Last two games without goals. Is the lack of goal a problem?I don `t believe. I am saying the same. There are moments and parties in which you can have occasions and not specify them. It’s what happened to us in the last two games. The most important thing is the work you do every day to try to score. We are calm We have a game tomorrow to try to score, that’s the good thing about football.Would it be a failure not to achieve any degree?The failure is not to try, not to give everything. We have to train hard every day. There is a team that wins the League, another that wins the Champions League and the others are not stupid. What we want is to try to win things.At what point of recovery is Hazard?It is ruled out 100% for the Spanish Super Cup. It’s not coming. He is in a normal recovery process and I hope that after the Super Cup we will see him little by little with us.Brahim and Mariano. Would you like to have an assignment? If they leave, would you rethink to bring someone?You have to talk about each one of them. There are players who don’t have minutes and it could be a problem. What I can tell you is that everyone is here, they train … Then until the 31st many things can happen. We will see.Some players took to start after Mallorca. Do you see the most done team now to do rotations?I will count on everyone. That is my way of being. I have a good template, with many resources and I will use what I have. Some much, others less … Rotations depend on the parties, many things. What I see is the next game. We have two or three still out, but little by little all the players are ready and that’s good anyway. I prefer to have everyone than to have injured players. I will use everyone. That is the message.Do you have the feeling that Madrid deserves to be up?We lost points, that is a reality. In a season it is difficult to always score, because there are rivals, teams that also play. The most important thing for us is to give everything always. We can be happy with what we are doing. We want to improve and we will try to improve in 2020. Zinedine Zidane started the press conference prior to the match against Getafe congratulating those present in Valdebebas in 2020: “Happy year for all. I wish you the best for you and your families, ”said the Real Madrid coach.Difficulty activating the team after the break.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 3, 2020last_img

“It is a great challenge for Setién”

first_imgMauricio Pochettino, former coach of Tottenham Hotspur, said about Quique Setién, who yesterday was introduced as a new coach of FC Barcelona, ​​which lies ahead “a great opportunity to live your dream“.The Argentine, who it sounded like one of the candidates to replace Ernesto Valverde in the Catalan team, he was one of the guests at the event that LaLiga held this Wednesday in London to present his LaLigaTV channel, which will broadcast the Spanish championship in the United Kingdom. Asked about Quique Setién, new coach of Barcelona, ​​Pochettino gave his opinion. “Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world. With a new coach, everyone expects him to continue the philosophy. It is a great challenge for Setién. He has shown a lot of love for Cruyff. It is a great opportunity for you to live your dream“Pochettino explained. Setién, who was coach of Real Betis, replaced Valverde at the helm of Barcelona this week.last_img read more

Benzema trains partially with the group and Madrid breathes

first_imgWho are totally discarded to face Julen Lopetegui’s team are Sergio Ramos and Hazard, which continue with their recovery processes. The central combined work in the gym and on the lawn alone.Benzema could not participate in the Super Cup that won Real Madrid in Jeddah because of his injury and his return seems crucial. This season there are already 16 goals scored, 12 of them in LaLiga. Benzema could arrive in time to face Sevilla on Saturday after this thursday I have been part of the training session with the group, something that had not happened since it was known, two weeks ago, that He suffered a fibrillar microrrotura. Further, Jovic, who had also missed the post-Super Cup training because of a chafe, It is fully recovered. Thus, Madrid is relieved its problem in attack.last_img read more

El Rayo denounces an “attempted extortion” for the Advíncula Case

first_imgNew chapter in the Advíncula Case. Rayo Vallecano has issued an official statement to defend himself after accusations by Arantxa Mérida, supposed agent of the Peruvian defense, when affirming that “Arantxa Mérida has never exhibited power to prove him as agent or representative of Luis Advíncula. “ This Monday had transcended the complaint of the Peruvian agent to Rayo before the RFEF and LaLiga for alleged irregularities in the payment of his salary. TOIn addition, the Ray in his note ensures that “he has scrupulously fulfilled his fiscal obligations by practicing the withholdings corresponding to the remuneration of Luis Advíncula and entering them in time to the State Agency of Tax Administration of Spain.” The full statement is as follows:“Rayo Vallecano flatly rejects the complaint that yesterday the press released presented by Arantxa Mérida saying to act on behalf of the player Luis Advíncula.The Rayo Vallecano has scrupulously fulfilled its fiscal obligations by practicing the withholdings corresponding to the remuneration of Luis Advíncula and entering them in time to the State Agency of Tax Administration of Spain.Rayo Vallecano pays all fees to all his players in Spain by bank transfer and paying taxes correctly and promptly.Arantxa Mérida has never exhibited power to prove him as agent or representative of Luis Advíncula.The complaint origin of the news that we deny brings cause in an attempt of alleged extortion suffered by the Rayo Vallecano notarized documented, having not accepted illegitimate requests of said lady, about the separation of the player, which have been made without the consent of this . Rayo Vallecano reserves the exercise of the corresponding legal actions to protect his legitimate interests.Rayo Vallecano has given explanations, documented, to whom he has asked for them: LaLiga, crediting both the payment of the player’s compensation and his full taxation, in time, in Spain. “last_img read more

Brahim’s Blank Year

first_imgBrahim Díaz was one of the great victims of Real Madrid’s elimination cup. This competition was one of the main reasons given by the person from Malaga for not accepting an assignment during the past winter market. He was convinced that the Cup would serve as an opportunity to shine and also earn minutes in the rest of competitions.Brahim’s predictions were fulfilled, since 76% of the minutes he has played have been in the Cup (130 ’of 170 total). Despite this, he also had to earn the title: in the first two games (Unionistas and Zaragoza) he was a substitute. His good performances earned him his presence in the eleven against Real Sociedad, where he distributed an assist but the team was eliminated. And at that juncture, the white quarantine of the coronavirus arrived, which slows it down even more and also adds competition: Marco Asensio was close to reappearing after his serious knee injury. The Balearic Islands occupies the same demarcation as Brahim and his return, which would now be at an earlier stage of the season (provided the course ends, which is not clear at the moment), closes the door even more on the young footballer who arrived in January. 2019 from Manchester City. With only 170 minutes played (in which he has scored a goal and given an assist) Brahim had practically said goodbye to one of his goals for the season: the Olympics. In fact, it has not even entered any of De la Fuente’s lists yet in the new cycle of the Sub-21 (the one born from 1998). Brahim is from 1999 and was called to be one of the stars, but he has not yet played.FutureIn the summer, Madrid will insist once again that they accept a loan to gain experience. At the club they have high hopes for him, they are convinced that he will be an important footballer at the Bernabéu for many years. But you must follow the path of others like Achraf, Odegaard or Reguilón. He needs minutes in some demanding team to return Madrid in one or two years and fight for a place in the starting lineup. That hard defeat against those of Imanol Alguacil at the Bernabéu (3-4) alighted Madrid from the Cup and ended with the illusions of Brahim, who returned to ostracism. Since then, the white team has played six games (five in the League and one in the Champions League) and the malagueño was out of the call in all. Not even Hazard’s injuries have given him a chance.last_img read more

We already meditate to play at Christmas if this course goes beyond 30-J

first_imgThere is also talk in these meetings, which will continue happening, of the holidays, which the footballers have agreed to partially sacrifice or reduce as long as there is time to make a good preseason, and the fact that you have to play every few days in case this campaign can end. The next season, 2020-21, will be affected by the delay in finishing this one (it would have to be shortened with the Playoff, make a kind of Opening or similar formulas), if it is possible. LaLiga recalled that there are different scenarios, more and less optimistic and more or less tight, in which they will fight to ensure that the different television slots are also respected, in order to continue making the most of the product, and that it will ensure the health of the player as always done. AFE has already recognized that footballers are willing to make an extra effort but made it clear, as always, that all medical recommendations will be respected that, although they are not fixed by regulation, mark in 72 hours the rest that must be between game and game. In addition, absolute respect to the schedules is agreed in the event of having to play from May 20 to September 15, with summer in between, It is the time when there is a greater respect for the hot hours when it is recommended not to play before 19:30 or to do it in strips with more than 30 degrees. Here the RFEF will also have a lot to say.Joint statement from LaLiga and AFE“LaLiga and the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) have held a new meeting this afternoon in which they have worked on the following issues:• ERTE: LaLiga and AFE continue to study different options and consider feasibility in the current scenario, so it has been decided to continue speaking at future meetings in the coming days.• Competition calendars: The restart scenarios for the 19/20 competition in which the European Leagues and UEFA are working together, in the commission created by it to deal with this matter, and in which LaLiga actively participates, have been jointly analyzed. Likewise, and depending on each scenario, the effect of these in the next 2020/21 season has been analyzed. In this sense, the possible effects are evaluated in all the competitions of the following season, both national and international.• Protocol back to training: The protocol of return to training has been followed in order to guarantee the highest degree of safety for the health of footballers and all the personnel who carry out their work with sports insoles. This protocol has been working for 10 days jointly between the two parties and will be shared with the rest of the European Leagues to try to homogenize and shape the training round.In the coming days, LaLiga and the AFE will continue to hold meetings in order to continue analyzing actions in the current crisis situation caused by COVID-19. “ This Thursday there was the second meeting of the week between LaLiga and AFE to continue analyzing and agreeing on the measures that the clubs are going to adopt, and that are going to affect the soccer players, as a result of the coronavirus crisis. On the part of the employers, who have been much more active in this event, Javier Tebas and Luis Gil have participated again, while on the part of the union, with one more figure of listener, David Aganzo and Diego have been present at the videoconference Rivas. As AS has learned, there has been good attunement on several key issues like the ERTE, the possible drop in wages and the plan to restart the competition (end yes or yes) and to reorganize the next one. It is clear that the options for the 2019-20 academic year to extend beyond June 30 increase. Therefore, The possibility of playing at Christmas and in the Premier is already being considered so that the dates match. This is one of the options that LaLiga has commented and that AFE will carefully study.LaLiga and AFE have also debated for an hour and a half about the forecasts that both have regarding the clubs that will benefit from the temporary employment regulation files. AFE, according to the data it manages, does not believe that at the moment they occur in more than a dozen of the 42 professional clubs, which reassures him. However, LaLiga considers that with the passing of the days, and especially if the competition does not resume soon, there will be more clubs than the union estimates that will join the ERTE, among them historical and leading clubs. The term, for the moment, is until April 11, when the national confinement ends in principle. The employers will have more specific data from next Monday, which is when Thebes will meet with the Division Boards, first with the First and later, at 12:30 with the Second. At the moment, LaLiga and AFE can only wait for events. What the union has recalled is that it will be very vigilant that possible irregularities are committed. In his opinion, the force majeure of which the Royal Decree issued after the State of Alarm speaks is not easy to justify in a club with such high budgets and benefits.Another issue that was put on the table revolved around the sacrifices that footballers would have to make in order to guarantee the economic viability of the clubs when this crisis wanes. More or less, the plans of the clubs, in general, which go through negotiating (and not imposing) a linear salary decrease, are always known, always in the monthly salaries that are affected and not in the two extra payments, which is where the bulk of the tab is distributed, neither in the premiums or the image rights. AFE insisted that this descent will come, because the footballers have already made clear their solidarity with this serious situation, But they have also made clear the difficulty of having the same percentage for all footballers and that the best thing is to wait for how events unfold and then calculate the adjustments, and not the other way around.last_img read more

Wimbledon does have insurance against pandemics

first_imgWimbledon insurance would enable assist to LTA and grassroots tennis within the UK to proceed, so the influence of the suspension of the grass season, which in England has different tournaments resembling Queen’s, Eastbourne and Nottingham, can be much less.With tv rights and coated ticket gross sales, the most important losses would come from merchandising and meals gross sales, amongst them, the well-known strawberries with cream of Wimbledon.For weeks, All England Membership services have been closed, as have the museum and the match store, following the suggestions against the British authorities coronavirus.It is going to be the eleventh time in historical past that the Wimbledon match has not been performed, having been beforehand canceled by World Struggle I and World Struggle II. The Wimbledon match, which is predicted to announce its cancellation this Wednesday, is the one one of many 4 Grand Slams to have pandemic insurance, which might cowl losses from ticket gross sales and tv rights.The All England Membership, the venue the place the match is positioned, would reduce losses with this insurance from a match that generates greater than £ 250m in income yearly, with a pre-tax revenue of virtually £ 4.5m.In keeping with English media, the insurance would cowl a big a part of these losses, permitting the survival of the match sooner or later and persevering with the contribution that the All England Membership makes to the English Tennis Federation (LTA).This is among the causes that Roland Garros argued for unilaterally transferring the match to September. A cancellation of the Parisian Grand Slam can be a critical blow for coaching tennis in France, in line with the monetary director of the French tennis federation at L’Equipe.last_img read more