World Cup picture opens up for Pacific league teams

first_imgPhoto: PHOTOSPORT Toa Samoa rugby league coach Matt Parish Toa Samoa coach Matt Parish said the squad he named to take on England was probably the strongest he’s selected in his four years in charge.Wing Antonio Winterstein believes they’re more than capable of causing an upset.”When you put that blue jersey on you go in there to do your best and to do your country proud so definitely be going out there to get a result,” he said.”We believe we’ve got the team to do it so the result is the big picture but, at the end of the day, the boys are going out there and doing their best for their country.”Fiji will be looking to improve on last year’s shock loss against Papua New Guinea when they take on Mate Ma’a Tonga.Bati coach Mick Potter said this week had been an important step in Fiji’s World Cup preparations.”To build that camraderie and build that friendliness the Fiji Bati team creates,” he said.”It’s a unique atmosphere that I’ve been associated with…it’s a good environment to be in and they become very tight and close.””I want that to keep building, I want a competitive game and I want them to build those combinations on the field as well. Those off the field things that happen will help them on the field and they will be more committed to each other.”Papua New Guinea are looking to build on last year’s upset win against Fiji with a strong showing against Pacific Test debutants the Cook Islands in the first match of the day.It will also mark the long-awaited test debut of Tommy Butterfield, who toured France with the Kumuls back in 2007.”It’s a true honour and a privilege to run out for my country and run out for my family.””It’s been ten years – I know I’ve been on the tour and played tour games and a few other games for PNG but none have counted as tests, so definitely looking forward to this one and I know a lot of people back home are definitely going to be tuning in as well so really forward to it,” Butterfield said.Meanwhile the Cook Islands head coach Tony Iro said they are just excited to be a part of the Pacific Test after four years of being ignored.”Just the opportunity to pull on the jersey rep one round just gives them an opportunity to show them what the Cook Islands, even though we are not here in the World Cup this year, we are really serious about making it in 2021.”The 2017 World Cup kicks off at the end of October.last_img read more

All Blacks cleared over Sonny Bill

first_imgWilliams took a blow to the head when making a tackle early in the All Blacks’ 54-34 win over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.The 32-year-old appeared to be struggling after sustaining another couple of big impacts, but did not undergo the HIA protocols.SANZAAR reviewed the incident and concluded that there had been no “deliberate failure” on the part of the world champions in the way they handled the situation.The Rugby Championship organisers, however, deemed that Williams should have been removed from the field, as footage showed he was suffering from ataxia.Andy Marinos, SANZAAR’s chief executive officer, stated: “This is an unfortunate set of circumstances given the acute focus and attention we are all applying to player safety and in particular the HIA protocols.”NZ Rugby has been proactive in its management of Sonny Bill Williams and we have full confidence in its processes to manage his return to play – as NZR has illustrated with other players such as Dane Coles and Ben Smith this year already. Photo Getty Images. Caption: New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams “Additionally, New Zealand Rugby has confirmed that Sonny Bill Williams is being managed in line with World Rugby HIA protocols, including HIA 3 and computer neuro-cognitive assessment, and will progress to a graduated return to play if asymptomatic.”center_img “As a consequence, and even though there was no deliberate failure apparent, SANZAAR has taken the opportunity to strongly reinforce World Rugby HIA protocols including video analysis during the game, to all teams, match day medical staff and match officials participating in The Rugby Championship.last_img read more

Kiwis beat PNG 7-1

first_imgThey scored seven goals to PNG’s 1 (7-1) and appear favourites for the second match next week.Striker Annalie Longo and mid fielder Amber Hearn collected two each in both halves.At half time, goals through Longo, Hearn and Rebekah Stott and Aimie Philips took NZ to a 4-nil lead during the break. In the second half, Longo dribbled past three PNG defenders to find the net and score her second goal for the day.Sweeper Katie Duncan stepped up after a cross over and headed in before Longo sealed her second goal to her name.However, PNG had the mentality of never say die and replacement forward Megan Gunemba stepped through to score the only goal for her side.The return match will be played in New Zealand on Tuesday.last_img read more

Why is Kroos’s goal known as an Olympic goal?

first_imgSubsequently, they protested the action, understanding that their goalkeeper Mazali had been pushed with the ball in the air. Seeing that the collegiate did not respond to his pleas, they argued that the Italian footballer had no intention of scoring and that the goal had been produced by the wind. Onzari defended that he had it in mind from the first moment and, in addition, he boasted of it: “I could never make another goal the same. It was the best of my goals because of the impact it had and the amazement of the people“.Curiously, the Olympic goal was not included in the regulation until a few months before that appointment. It was in June 1924 when the International Board He picked it up for the first time, allowing, of course, that it could be scored from the corner from that moment. Onzari was the first to achieve it and the fact that it was a Tribute for the Olympic Gold of Uruguay is what caused that almost one hundred years later it is still present in the football slang. Kroos has already inscribed his name on the list of the elect. Toni Kroos was the protagonist in the first semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Valencia. The German midfielder achieved something that is not usual in the world of football: corner kick mark. Thanks to their great beating, headlines from around the world collect a popularized expression, but with an origin by many unknown: Olympic goal. Why is the target noted by ‘8’ well known? When did you adopt this denomination?It was the year 1924 when Uruguay was crowned champion in the Paris Olympics. Surprising as it may seem, in that tournament he did not achieve a goal from the corner, but that would happen a month later. As a reason for celebration, the Uruguayan national team organized two friendly matches against Argentina, one in Montevideo and one in Buenos Aires. The first ended with a draw at one on the scoreboard and in the second, what would have caused today to be known both from the corner as an Olympic goal.The duel ‘back’ had to be suspended for a problem with the influx to the stadium, but shortly after it was rescheduled. Specifically, by October 2, with access control and about 30,000 fans in the stands. The electronic marked the 15th minute of the match when Cesáreo Onzari hit from the left side direct to goal. No one touched the ball and, in fact, the Uruguayan soccer players were perplexed.last_img read more

A derby with € 516M in the stands

first_imgMuch economic expense that can not be seen reflected on the pitch. There are players like Trippier (€ 24M) that have fallen at the last moment. There are casualties that cost less, but they are still signings. Asensio (€ 3.9M) is close to returning from his long knee injury, but he will still have to wait a little longer. The Colombian Arias (€ 11M), at Atlético since 2018, it is also lost due to a physical problem. To all of them we must add more absent than they are from the house (the athletic Koke) or came at a very low price (Gimenez, which cost below one million euros). The sky is still heaven because one night less stars are seen and a derby in Madrid does not lose its essence even if there are more than 500 million signings that have to see it in the stands or on television. The two great attractions of last summer in the Real Madrid and the Athletic, the injured João Felix (€ 126M) and Hazard (€ 100M) is lost, as strikers that cost a fortune, cases of Bale (€ 101M and which Zidane does not call) and Diego Costa (€ 66M and recovering from a hernia), or emerging talents such as Vinicius (€ 45M) and Rodrygo (€ 40M), of which Zizou will dispense with the particular classic among Madrid rivals. Two ounces that touch the 1,000 millionBut do not suffer too much fans. All in all, there will be two possible ounces plagued by star football players. According to the specialized website Transfermarkt, almost touch the 1,000 million euros of market value Between both. What is expected in Madrid (Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Isco, Modric; Benzema) has a value of € 523M, more than the potential mattress alignment of Simeone (Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Thomas, Herrera; Saúl, Vitolo, Correa; Morata) that reaches € 460M.last_img read more

Pelé does not win for scares: Messi is already 17 goals from his record

first_imgIn fact, this Saturday he signed his sixth goal poker with FC Barcelona and second against Eibar, to which we must add the 41 ‘hat trick’ he has done in his career and the poker that he signed against Bayer Leverkusen (7-1) in the Champions League (2011/12). The teams to which Leo has scored four goals are: Arsenal (4-0) in the Champions League (2009/10), Valencia in the League (5-1) in the League (2011/12), Espanyol (4-0) in the League (2011/12), Osasuna (5-1) in the League (2012/13), Eibar (6-1) in the League (2017/18) and again Eibar (5-0) in the League (2019/20).Further, leads the scorers table in LaLiga, with 18 goals, five more than Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, which adds 13, after staying another day without seeing door. That means that the Argentine goes straight to his seventh ‘pichichi’, thus surpassing the legendary Athletic striker, Telmo Zarra, who reached six.Right now, Messi has at least fifteen games left to finish the season and twenty at best, if the team reaches the Champions League final in Istanbul. That means you will have to clench your teeth if you want to reach this record this season. What seems clear is that, sooner or later, in 2020, Messi will take over from the throne of Pelé. Edson Arantes do Nascimiento, better known as Pelé, will surely know since Leo Messi signed this day a goal poker against Eibar and that ‘therefore’ is only 17 of the record that the legendary Brazilian player still holds, with the 643 goals he scored in official matches with Santos.A record that has been in force for more than five decades, but that is about to fall like a ripe fruit because of an Argentine born in Rosario 32 years ago. And it is that Messi already adds a total of 626 goals in 715 matchs, with an average of 0.87 goals per game, distributed as follows: 436 in the League, 114 in the Champions League, 53 in the Copa del Rey, 14 in the Spanish Super Cup, 5 in the Club World Cup and 3 in the Spanish Super Cup.last_img read more

Madrid’s meticulous plan to minimize risks

first_imgDIVISION:The squad was divided into two massive teams of 14 gamers every. The primary one began arriving at 9 within the morning and the second at 11. They didn’t combine. As well as to the 26 of the squad had been the youth squads Javi Hernández (central) and Luis Federico (goalkeeper).IN THE ROOMS:After depart the automotive within the parking the gamers went to the particular person rooms that every one has within the residence of Valdebebas. At all times, scrupulously conserving the protection distance. There they’d ready the coaching garments tucked into biodegradable baggage. TAll that manner is finished with gloves and face masks Many in Valdebebas thought-about this session on Monday, the primary within the vAgain to work after the coronavirus disaster, as one thing historic. He left pretty much as good as unhealthy style within the mouth for every thing that’s occurring. Gamers are not any stranger to the large well being drawback. Because of this, they themselves have collaborated to the fullest in complying with Madrid’s added protocol to what LaLiga and CSD already had. The next are the precise pointers adopted by the Actual Madrid squad to deliver the danger of contagion to zero. Every part, as well as, supervised by the delegate of LaLiga. TO FIELD:After altering all of them headed to the coaching floor. There, the primary 14 gamers had in a non-public compartment your boots and coaching materials (resembling bottles, and many others) completely sterilized. Masks and gloves they’re left in these compartments.THE JOB:Directed by Zidane, Bettoni and Dupont, all of them, sure, with masks and gloves. The technician distributed the 14 males of every batch in three fields in order that they had been all the time very far aside. The gamers have had a very restricted service of physios and medical doctors. At all times, utilizing it with a minimal separation of six meters. Within the health club the identical separation and utilizing hydroalcoholic gel earlier than and after the usage of every machine.REVERSE RETURN:After coaching (simply over an hour with and with out the ball) return to the compartment to depart boots, drums, and many others, to placed on gloves and masks and go to the rooms to bathe. There they returned to depart the work garments in a biodegradable bag. Already modified, with out making any stops, they go straight to their automobiles to go residence. They usually don’t cross paths with the opposite 14 who begin coaching.last_img read more

IPL’s juggling act – Balancing Champs with Reggae Boyz match in mind

first_imgWith just a few days separating the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Champion-ships now under way at the National Stadium and Jamaica’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at the same venue, Independence Park Limited (IPL) has taken several steps to ensure that the wear on the surface is limited. IPL General Manager Major Desmon Brown told The Gleaner that every effort is being made to limit the effect that the five-day high school track and field championships will have on the infield area, with the hope of ensuring the surface remains in pristine condition with the Reggae Boyz March 25 qualifier in mind. “What we hope to do, and we will try as best as possible, is to limit any damage to the infield area during Champs of course,” said Brown. “At the same time, we don’t want to kill the spirit for Champs, but it’s also important to do our best to preserve the surface as best as we can ahead of the World Cup qualifier.” Adjustments include the repositioning of electronic advertising boards to the cycle track in front of the bleachers section – from their customary spot at the edge of the infield area – and the addition of protective mats in the shot put vector. “Basically, events like the javelin and discus don’t do too much damage to the surface itself, but for shot put, we have put in the protective turf because that can really create some problems,” Brown added. Officials will also be limiting movement across the infield and have erected protective bordering to help where this is concerned. Brown did, however, admit that they may find it difficult to enforce this restriction at the end of the championships when the winners are announced. “If it’s a one-off thing like what we see from time to time at the end of Champs when winners are announced, it wont have too much of an effect,” he reasoned. The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships will come to an end on Saturday night Calabar High and Edwin Allen High are defending their respective boys’ and girls’ titles. Meanwhile, the Reggae Boyz will be looking to improve on their three points secured to date in their CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on March 25.last_img read more

BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgChelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.last_img read more

Russell fires KKR to victory

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC): Irrepressible West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell played a small cameo with the bat, grabbed four wickets and bowled a remarkable final over as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shot to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a tense seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. The Jamaican lashed 16 from 10 balls at the death as KKR rallied to 164 for three off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Eden Gardens. KKR were propelled though by openers Robin Uthappa, who stroked 70, and Gautam Gambhir, who gathered 54. In reply, Kings XI’s run chase was crippled by pacer Russell’s opening burst, which reduced them to 13 for three in the fourth over; and despite Australian Glenn Maxwell’s superb top score of 68, the visitors could only reach 157 for nine. Kings XI required 12 runs from the final over but Russell, voted Man of the Match, proved outstanding in conceding just four runs, effecting a run out and grabbing another wicket to finish with four for 20 from his four overs. With the victory, KKR joined new boys Gujarat Lions on 12 points, but topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate. Uthappa lashed six fours and two sixes off 49 balls in posting 101 off 81 deliveries for the first wicket with Gambhir, before adding 36 for the second wicket with Yusuf Pathan, who finished on 19 not out. Russell arrived in the 17th over to help give KKR a flourish at the end, belting a four and a six in putting on 27 for the third wicket, before falling to the final delivery of the innings. The 28-year-old then gave KKR a fine start, claiming Marcus Stoinis without scoring off the fourth ball of the innings, with a single run on the board. In his next over, Russell had Manan Vohra caught at deep backward square without scoring as Kings XI tumbled at the top. Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha (24) put on 40 for the fourth wicket and added a further 67 for the fifth wicket with David Miller (13). However, Maxwell fell in the 16th over with 45 runs needed from 27 balls and Russell returned in the 18th over to remove the dangerous Miller and swing the advantage KKR’s way. In the final over, Russell ran out Axar Patel for 21 after Gurkeerat Singh drove the second delivery back to him and he turned and hit the stumps, with the batsmen at the non-striker backing up too far. Gurkeerat Singh was then run out off the next delivery, attempting a second run to the deep, and Russell picked up his fourth wicket when he trapped Swapnil Singh lbw with a full length delivery, to the first ball he faced. ADDING ON RUNSlast_img read more