Digicel Cup at the business end of season

first_imgThree games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and  Agmark Rabaul Gurias.The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.All three games as usual kick off at 2pmThe Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pmAt 3pm in the nation’s capital will be a tussle between two teams fighting to avoid the wooden spoon in the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.The PRK Gulf Isapea have the bye this weekend.Finals for the Digicel Cup will start on August 14.last_img read more

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    first_imgAfter only 11 victories in 25 Tests during two years guiding the Springboks, there has been media speculation that the 54-year-old faced the sack.  But the former inter-provincial scrum-half says his efforts to build a team capable of winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan are being severely hampered by some officials.Coetzee believes that if he does not quit, he risks being reduced to a “ceremonial coach” reporting to recently appointed national director of rugby Johan “Rassie” Erasmus.In the letter from Coetzee to SA Rugby, leaked to the media, the coach alleges that officials “embarked on a deliberate attempt to undermine me from the word go.”(This) creates a public impression of incompetence on my part while wilfully obstructing my efforts to be successful.”I will fight to protect my hard-earned reputation, which is in the process of being deliberately soiled publicly by elements within SA Rugby.”When Coetzee belatedly succeeded Heyneke Meyer in 2016, he did not have time for pre-season camps and had no say in the selection of support staff.South Africa lost a calendar-year record eight Tests, including at home to Ireland, away to Argentina and to Italy for the first time.The Springboks were also humiliated 57-15 by greatest rivals the New Zealand All Blacks in Durban, a record home loss.Last year, Coetzee got the assistant coaches he wanted after a reshuffle and the team underwent extensive pre-season training, but there was only a slight improvement in performances. South Africa did win seven Tests, but six came against poorly performing France and Argentina, and the other against traditional European minnows Italy.Among four 2017 losses were a 57-0 drubbing in New Zealand, a 38-3 thrashing in Ireland, and a 24-22 loss to a virtual Wales ‘B’ team.A damning statistic is that Coetzee has not won a Test against a team ranked higher in the world.Before becoming national coach, Coetzee developed the Cape Town-based Western Stormers into the consistently most successful of the South African sides in Super Rugby.He then worked with a Japanese club before becoming only the second black coach of the Springboks after Peter de Villiers.”I was the most successful (South African) Super Rugby coach at the time of my (Springboks) appointment and was requested to return from Japan because my country needed me,” the letter read in part.Despite only a 44 percent win rate in charge of a country that lifted the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and 2007 and were third in England three years ago, Coetzee insists he is on the right track.”I am contracted to 2019 … there has been immense progress,” he stressed after the last tour of Europe.Springboks skipper Eben Etzebeth backs his coach: “They (critics of Coetzee) do not always know what they are talking about. I would keep Allister as coach.”last_img read more

  • Digicel Cup at the business end of season

    first_imgThree games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and  Agmark Rabaul Gurias.The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.All three games as usual kick off at 2pmThe Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pmAt 3pm in the nation’s capital will be a tussle between two teams fighting to avoid the wooden spoon in the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.The PRK Gulf Isapea have the bye this weekend.Finals for the Digicel Cup will start on August 14.last_img read more

  • Reality Check: Is doping a problem in Paralympic sport?

    first_imgThe report for 2015 is due out in the next few weeks, so the most recent report we have is the 2014 one.In the year covered by that report, 1,013 tests were conducted for IPC sports (which include athletics, swimming, powerlifting and skiing) in which prohibited substances were found nine times.During the year, sanctions were taken against 11 athletes.If you break that down into the sports involved it is clear that most of the IPC’s anti-doping problems come from the sport of powerlifting, which was the source of seven of the positive tests and eight of the sanctions.The IPC announced in 2014 that it had suspended 13 powerlifters in the previous 14 months. The sport has been targeted with a “Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping” campaign.Since then, the IPC has also adopted a new anti-doping code, which came into effect on 1 January 2015.Paralympic athletes have the same list of banned substances as Olympic athletes and, like them, anyone who requires additional medication for pain or treatment must apply for an exemption.”It’s a common misconception that a lot of Paralympians will be on prescription drugs. That’s not the case at all,” Nicole Sapstead, UK Anti-Doping chief executive,told the BBC ahead of London 2012.”Obviously there are athletes with spinal injuries and they need pain relief. But mostly it is the same as the Olympics – things like asthma and diabetes.”Only one athlete was given a doping sanction at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, but since then the McLaren Report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found that Russia’s sports ministry manipulated urine samples provided by its athletes between 2011 and 2015.The report identified 27 samples relating to eight Para-sports, five of which are summer sports, including some governed by the IPC.The IPC also found evidence that samples were swapped during the Sochi Winter Paralympics, adding that it planned to reanalyse every Russian sample given at the event.So now the Russian team has been banned from this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, and the IPC is wondering if it has more of a doping problem than it previously thought.last_img read more

  • Embarba will leave record revenues in the lightning coffers

    first_imgFar is that millionaire signing of Leo Baptistao by Atlético in summer of 2013. Then, the rojiblanca entity was with the striker striker for seven million euros. An operation which for a long time remained the highest, above those of Mojica (€ 5M), Jozabed (4, its clause was paid), Diamé (3), Michu (2.5) or Coke (1.8) . Espanyol wanted to reinforce with Embarba in this winter market and has had to scratch his pocket. The blue and white club will pay, in installments, ten million euros (those set out in the extreme clause), record revenues in Vallecas. And is that Lightning had never perceived such economic amount by the departure of one of its players.Embarba’s march will leave ten million in the red-haired coffers, an amount that surpasses the eight deposited by Celta to take over midfielder Fran Beltrán, which did execute its termination clause, and about eight (about seven fixed and another in variables) that Betis paid for the signing of the left side Alex Morenolast_img read more

  • Quique Setién, against the real fire of Valencia in Mestalla

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  • Ruibal, ‘txirimiri’ offensive amid drought in Leganés

    first_imgSuffer the Leganés a period of drought in a depleted attack to the minimum. The output of Sabin Merino (Deportivo de la Coruña) and the sale of In Nesyri (Sevilla) have left Javier Aguirre with only two strikers: Braithwaite and Carrillo. The Mexican coach has already slipped into the press room that Needs reinforcements in attack. But in the meantime, invent solutions and maximize resources. Of the first is Kevin Rodrigues, who on Sunday in Wanda served as second striker despite being lateral. Of the seconds is a Aitor Ruibal that in recent games, in the face of attacking adversity, it has grown to show that it may be an option to strengthen the lead. A plan B until unpublished time that closes more if it fits his options to leave in January. The club was already suspicious. Now even more. The first spark gave it on Copa del Rey, against Ebro. Despite the modest rival (a Second B), the Catalan attacker proved ready to play as a starter if necessary. It was, of the eleven players that the Basque took home, the most active. He attacked the space on a recurring basis and took advantage of his speed to strike with hospitalized constants from the right side.Aguirre deployed it as a right-handed end in an unpublished 4-3-3 until then. And there, upstairs (usually the Mexican had placed him as a right-handed lane) showed that, as the coach himself said in the previous one, he also Ruibal It is alternative to the cucumber attack. A speed game that allows midfielders to show off more so that they can show more of their deep pass resources than with the air ball, the formula that dominates when they play Cheek. Hyperactive substitute in WandaBefore Atlético de Madrid, Ruibal He waited for a turn on the bench and on that meadow where he already wore Rayo Majadahonda (scored three goals during the majariego banishment to the rojiblanco stadium) played a good game. Although he only had 30 minutes, he left in 61 ‘, the flashes that accompanied his plays were especially prominent. The most prominent occasion was born from his boots.A boarding school for speed in which it exceeded Thomas. His pass back inside the area let him pass Braithwaite. The athletic defense cleared it, but the rejection fell to Hard. Only Savic could avoid the malagueño goal, which he lamented while in the area the rest of the pickles congratulated Ruibal for his action.Plays like this one or the ones he deployed in the Pedro Sáncho de Zaragoza in Copa could give you the opportunity to play at the start Camp Nou. With no more offensive resources than Carrillo and Braithwaite as natural battering rams, Ruibal’s alternative charges weight. The blue and white ’19’ has become an offensive txirimiri amid so much drought of signings.last_img read more

  • Butragueño: “I am convinced that the fans will respond”

    first_imgUbarrechea: “The rival we least wanted”For its part, Mikel Ubarrechena, vice president of the Real Sociedad, said today about the quarter-final qualifier of the Copa del Rey that will measure his team against Real Madrid, a single match at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, which this was probably the least desired scenario.“When you come here, what you least want is for Real Madrid to touch you and more for Santiago Bernabéu. The confrontation will be very complicated, very difficult. Maybe it was the rival we least wanted, “he said.“You have to enjoy it, it’s a match. The Real is in a very good moment of play, with spark, it is a young and very hungry team. We are going to try to make it as complicated as possible to Real Madrid, “he added.On the other hand, he talked about the state of form of his player Alexander Isak: “He is at an optimal moment, he has been playing for three straight games against First teams. He really wants, a lot of projection and also illusion. He is currently a very important player in the squad, one of the key men in the team. “ Sensations. “Happy to be in the draw. As always, he will be a difficult opponent. We play at home and we have to use it in our favor, but in front we will have a team that is conducting a magnificent campaign.”Royal style. “They play very well. They have very direct creative players. We have to take advantage of the positive dynamics and favorable results of the last weeks. The fans are very important in these games. You have to keep in mind that it is only one game, you decide the semifinalist in 90 minutes. I am convinced they will respond and help us. “3-1 in November. “The team has been performing very high for many weeks now. Something significant is that all the players are offering a great level and that is remarkable. We have a great squad and Zidane is handling it wisely. Regardless of who plays, everyone is engaged. and everyone’s attitude is magnificent. “Calendar (Derbi, Cup, Osasuna …). “This does not stop, we have to be prepared for some very demanding weeks. Each game is a challenge and a difficulty. All teams have their goals and you have to try your best. We are very excited for everything that comes.”last_img read more

  • Djokovic: “I grew up during the war, that made me stronger”

    first_imgThe Belgrade tennis participant confessed that this has made him develop as an individual and as a tennis participant. “That has been my base, I got here actually out of nowhere and I’ve been by means of very troublesome occasions with my household and my individuals. Remembering the place I come from all the time conjures up me and motivates me to strive more durable. That’s one in all the the explanation why I discover that further and that psychological energy to beat the challenges after they come up. “ Novak Djokovic confirmed his profitable gene and combativeness at the Australian Open after profitable Dominic Thiem in the remaining 5 units to realize his eighth title on the Melbourne exhausting monitor and, by the way, get well the number one of the ATP rating to the detriment of Rafa Nadal.Djokovic confessed to reporters the exhausting episodes he went by means of during his childhood due to the Balkan Struggle. “My training happened in Serbia during a number of wars in the 90s, they have been troublesome occasions, nonetheless in our nation the place you needed to stand in line to have bread, milk, water … staple items to dwell. These sorts of issues make you stronger and hungry to realize success in what you select to do. “last_img read more

  • Varane, pending renewal

    first_img5 Madrid, in this sense, handles the times very well. You haven’t even made the first call yet, but there is margin and confidence both in the relationship with Varane and in that his contractual status is not critical, although no one escapes that a year ago there was a danger of goodbye. In April, the PSG started its machinery for the ‘5’ and, Although it did not transpire, Manchester United also starred in a score. Varane considered leaving the Bernabéu, where he had won everything and where he had arrived eight years earlier. At the club it was learned then that the problem was not going to be money, so the renovation was not discussed, but The Gallic was more moved by the idea of, as it is said now, leaving his comfort zone, prove yourself, world champion with France as it was, in another adventure.The main reasons why the situation was redirected were two. The first and heaviest, the catastrophic season of Madrid. Impossible the League and eliminated in the semifinals of the Cup and eighth of the Champions, by surprise against Ajax, Varane, fourth captain, He preferred not to leave at the lowest moment since his signing. And to this contributed the return of Zidane, the one in charge of recommending Florentino when he was beginning to emerge at Lens, closing his purchase in 2011 for 10 million more bonuses that were surprising then and today sound like a bargain.The scenario, at this point, is different. It does not have the appearance of Sergio Ramos (34), with whom there may be more friction due to age and difference in claims, But due to the situation of the ‘4’ and Nacho or the poor performance of Militao it is a task that should not be neglected. In Europe, seeing the possibility of reinforcing themselves with a first-class defender, 29 years old and free, they would soon draw up a plan to get Varane.A complete recordIn nine seasons wearing the white T-shirt Varane has covered its windows: four Champions, two League titles, a Copa del Rey, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups and three others from Spain. An extraordinary record that crowned with the World Cup that he conquered with the French team in 2018 in Russia.center_img Varane turned 27 years old yesterday in one of his best seasons as a Real Madrid player. He has avoided injuries, his main stumbling block, and his performance has been more than remarkable: 3,000 minutes (third in the squad), four goals (equaling his maximum, from 2016-17) and one assist. After the turbulent final of 2018-19 due to the interest of PSG, he decided to continue in Madrid and even the break showed that what happened did not affect him. But the next few months will be important: contract ends in 2022 and, as AS has learned, there have been no movements for its renewal.The Frenchman is heading to a crucial phase to realize his future. For players who end their membership in two years, the talk period for an extension should start soon. The coronavirus conditions any plan, but if the matter is not settled and the end of 2020 is near, it would enter swampy terrain. Clubs and agents consider that a footballer who faces the last 18 months of a contract without an agreement has the pan by the handle in the negotiation, with the ‘threat’ of an exit at zero cost.last_img read more

  • Lendoiro’s emotional farewell to Michael Robinson

    first_imgAugusto César Lendoiro, former president of Deportivo de la Coruña, He dismissed Michael Robinson on Tuesday with an emotional text, died after a long fight against melanoma with metastases that he suffered. These are the words of the former head of the Galician team:In memory of my friend Michael RobinsonMichael Robinson has left us and with him the privilege that Canal + and now Movistar accustomed us to listening to that English-Spanish, half-hearted in his feeling and his diction, which dazzled us for so many years, until winning us all, with Carlos Martinez, Josep Pedrerol, in the box (later Mònica Marchante), Ramos Marcos, Ricardo, at the foot of the field, Maldini … his other family, the radio station, today almost as sorry as his direct family.I met him at the Finita Pub. I think I remember that he was, with Joseph Pedrerol, Ramos Marcos and a cameraman, having a drink when I arrived. They were waiting for me because they knew that on Saturdays I used to stop by. They had told them that in the owner of the pub, Ducho, “El canalla”, a phenomenon of the hospitality industry, had a huge photo of “San Antonio” with my head and with this phrase: “San Lendoiro, what he says goes to mass “And they wanted to take some pictures of me with that nice photo for” The day after “, at the dawn of Super Depor. And they did it. Robinson, I, and all the others ended up drinking in the Orzán until the sun advised us to withdraw. There our friendship was forged, which remained intact forever. It hooked me forever. Our last meeting was on the occasion of that extraordinary Robinson Report he made on Super Depor. It was a meal at “Tira do Playa”, in the usual booth, looking out from Riazor at the Tower of Hercules. The enriching conversation lasted, as usual at our dinners, for four or five hours. They paraded all the special moments we had lived together, and we enjoyed as if they were the last, as unfortunately it has been.In conveying to your wife and son my regret for the enormous misfortune of losing a husband and a unique father, I also want to convey the affection of countless people. Today Mónica Marchante told me that “we have all been orphaned”. And it is true, because, as Alberto Cortez would say, “when a friend leaves, he leaves an empty space that cannot be filled by the arrival of another friend.” Robinson was a unique legal type, and that’s why all of Spain mourns him, because all of Spain loved him. Rest in Peace, friend Michael Robinson. The one with the eternal smile.last_img read more