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

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

Champion Juggler Entertains Fans

first_imgJean Mama’s football career ended in the 2nd division of the Liberia Football Association, some years ago in Mamba Point.Since then he has developed a knack for juggling the ball.He was in action last Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium when the national soccer team, Lone Star, took on their opponents from Lesotho.“I won the juggling champion,” Mama told the Daily Observer. “It was last held in July at the YMCA in Monrovia.”He has the ability to play with the ball with his feet and kick it on top of his head and let it sit there as long as he wants.Last Sunday, he had on a boxer shorts and he decided to put on his sweat-suite trousers, while at the same time he juggled the ball from one part of his body to another.Fans who were familiar with his antics cheered him on, and it was a fascination to see someone who had absolute command of the ball and did all he could with it, with the experience of a professional juggler.This was a piece of side attraction that the Daily Observer could not have overlooked. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Make that 4 possible Liberal Candidates

first_imgA District 60 school trustee, two Fort St. John City Councilors, and the Mayor of Chetwynd have now all confirmed they’ve entered the race for the provincial Liberal Party nomination, in the Peace River North Constitutency.Linda Sewell, Lori Ackerman, Dan Davies and Evan Saugstad, have filed papers, seeking the grit nomination, in the riding left vacant, folllowing the appointment of former provincial Energy Minister, Richard Neufeld, to the federal senate.The three Fort St. John candidates have all talked to us about what they see as their candidate credentials and objectives… and, here’s part of what they had to say in surname alphabetical order…. [asset|aid=903|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=919b678e3272095990498f3840f9ff1c-Ackerman-Davies-Sewell_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Responsibility for the Peace River North riding has been temporarily handed to the Peace River South MLA and, new Energy Minister, Blair Lekstom, until the May election.last_img read more

275 staying on course

first_img• Video: Whittier 275 Bus Route SOUTH WHITTIER – When Larry Berry heard the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles was considering canceling Line 275 from La Mirada to Uptown Whittier, the South Whittier resident was ready for a fight. “I’ve been riding this bus for 33 years,” said Berry. “This is going to hurt the handicapped people who live along \, and some people will lose their jobs.” Ditto for 19-year-old Rio Hondo College student Mayra Gonzalez, who is on the 275 by 6:30 a.m. on weekdays with her 7-year-old sister, Minnie, whom she sees off to school before heading to class herself. The 275 currently runs weekdays from about 5 a.m. to 10p.m. from the Los Cerritos Center to the Whittier Depot. It runs along Artesia Boulevard in Cerritos, Valley View Avenue in La Mirada, Leffingwell and Carmenita roads in South Whittier, and Painter Avenue, Mulberry Road and Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier. Graham Ridley, Norwalk Transit’s operations manager, said Metro approached Norwalk Transit to take over the line. “It was in the top 10 of our lowest-performing lines,” Fakhro said. But Ridley said it is hoped that by deviating it to the Metro station, “it will improve regional connectivity and help people from Whittier and Cerritos make connections with Metrolink.” “In turn, it will reduce congestion and obviously improve the environment,” he added. And riders will no doubt welcome Norwalk Transit’s fares – 60 cents for adults – which are about half the cost of Metro’s. Although Berry and Gonzalez said rumors have been flying that the new Norwalk Transit line would not run along the heavily residential Leffingwell Road, Ridley said there will be no change on the 275 route. “There will be some changes to the schedule because we’re adding service” to a new stop, he said. “But that new schedule will be posted for the public in plenty of time.” For more information on the new Norwalk Transit line, call Rita Torres at (562) 929-5533. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My parents work so they can’t take us to school,” Gonzalez said. “And I don’t know what I’d do if this bus wasn’t running.” Thankfully, local transportation officials say, neither Gonzalez nor Berry will have to find out. Although Metro has decided to suspend the Line 275 in June, the agency did so after Norwalk Transit agreed to take over and expand the route. Once the change-over takes place June 25, Norwalk Transit will run the same route but will add another stop at the Norwalk Metrolink station on Imperial Highway, said Hassan Fakhro, service development manager for the Gateway Cities sector of Metro. “It would be a positive, because on top of having the old 275 Line, it does a slight diversion to the Metrolink station,” Fakhro said. last_img read more

Celtic team to play Malmo tonight: Starting XI good enough to qualify for the Champions League group stage?

first_img 6. Nir Bitton 20. Dedryck Boyata 5. Virgil van Dijk 16. Gary Mackay-Steven 1. Craig Gordon – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Celtic team by leaving a comment below Celtic missed out on the Champions League group stage last season, which was deeply disappointing for a club of the Hoops’ stature.European champions in 1967 and victors over Barcelona as recently as 2013, the Scottish champions face Swedish title holders Malmo in the final qualifying round for the right to progress to the competition proper.With the first leg at Parkhead, Celtic will probably need to take a lead to Scandinavia if they are to progress.Malmo are already 20 games into their own league season, which is played from April until October, which might be viewed as an advantage, but they are currently trailing in fifth place, four points behind the leaders.They have won their last three games on the spin, though, including a 3-0 second leg win over Austrian club Salzburg to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the third qualifying round, setting up the meeting with Celtic.Malmo also inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Swedish league leaders IFK Gothenburg 10 days ago, so Celtic can expect a tough tie.With the Hoops expected to sweep all before them domestically, it’s more important than ever that they reach the group stage, where Ronny Deila’s men can test themselves against the cream of Europe once more.What team would you pick? Do you think Celtic will get through? Comment below… 11 11 9. Leigh Griffiths 11 8. Scott Brown 3. Emilio Izaguirre 11 25. Stefan Johansen 11 11 14. Stuart Armstrong 11 11 11 11 23. Mikael Lustig 11last_img read more

Inter Milan chief travels to England for Man United talks over Ivan Perisic

first_img1 Ivan Perisic in action for Inter Milan Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio is set for talks with Manchester United officials regarding Ivan Perisic.Jose Mourinho has been closely monitoring the 28-year-old winger ahead of the summer transfer window and even watched him in action for Croatia earlier this year.United are very interested in a deal for the midfielder and Inter are also believed to be keen to sell him to raise funds for their own transfer plans.According to Tuttosport, Inter sporting director Ausilio will arrive in London later today and sit down for talks with Manchester United to discuss the future of his client.The Premier League giants are reportedly prepared to offer a fee of around £34m for Perisic, as opposed to the £45m to £50m Inter are hoping to raise for his departure in the summer.Chelsea and Tottenham are also monitoring the situation and could jump into the fray to drive up the winger’s price, something that could work in Inter’s advantage.last_img read more

Profile on the Leicester owner who tragically lost his life

first_img Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a hugely popular figure at the club 4 4 Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha tragically died in a helicopter crash at the club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday.From humble beginnings, to a billionaire Premier League-winning club owner, he led a truly remarkable life. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha celebrates Leicester’s amazing title triumph He was born Vichai Raksriaksorn in Bangkok on April 4 1958, and went on to become Thailand’s fifth-richest man.He started up a duty free shop in 1989, which eventually saw the King Power brand adorn airports across the country, and was estimated to be worth around 4.9 billion US dollars (£3.9 billion), according to Forbes.Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s affiliation with Leicester City began as part of a shirt sponsorship deal, before brokering the £39million consortium takeover deal from Milan Mandaric.The Foxes won promotion back to the Premier League in 2014 – and with it secured the riches of modern-day football.At the time, Srivaddhanaprabha, who became chairman in February 2011, pledged a commitment of some £180million to break into the top five and the somewhat ambitious target of European football over the next three years.The most ardent Leicester fan, though, could not have dreamed of what would happen next – even if taking on odds at 5,000-1.Quoted by the Wall Street Journal when looking back on their unexpected success, his son, Aiyawatt, Leicester’s vice-chairman, said: “When we bought the team, we had so many plans.“If you ask whether we believed the team would become the Premier League champion when we bought it, the truth is at that point we didn’t dare to think so.” Aiyawatt pictured with his father ahead of the Community Shield center_img Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is a popular figure with the Leicester players 4 4 Claiming the 2015-16 Premier League title in a quite remarkable campaign, with Claudio Ranieri’s men maintaining consistency while their ‘bigger’ rivals all faltered, would bring the spotlight firmly on to the media-shy Thai tycoon – and find him a man not adverse to public displays of emotions or indeed generosity.Ahead of the next campaign, which would see a first Champions League adventure, some 19 BMW i8s cars, costing a cool £100,000 each, were handed out to players as a mark of appreciation for their achievements.Very much a family man, his son Aiyawatt was also known as “top” when in less formal surroundings at the club.The blue helicopter taking them to and from the King Power Stadium was a regular feature – as has been free beer and donuts for Foxes fans at their home ground, while also regularly subsidising away travel. Foxes Trust chairman Ian Bason said in a 2016 interview with The Guardian: “It would be hard to criticise him at all.“Other than what the club has actually achieved, (the owners) have always listened to the fans. Vichai has always respected the heritage of the club.”The impact of Leicester’s success has seen Foxes shirts become a sought-after commodity back in Srivaddhanaprabha’s homeland, where, in December 2009, King Power received the royal warrant from the King of Thailand.Married to Aimon, the couple had four children – Voramas, Apichet, Arunroong and Aiyawatt.The new family surname of Srivaddhanaprabha was bestowed by King Bhumibol during 2013.It means ‘light of progressive glory’ in Thai, as recognition of the business’s many corporate and social responsibility programmes, including education, charity work, children’s health issues as well as sports and Thai culture.last_img read more

Benitez insists he did not hear jeers from Chelsea fans

first_imgNew manager Rafael Benitez insisted he did not hear his hostile reception from Chelsea fans.Benitez, hugely unpopular among the Blues faithful from his time as Liverpool boss, was loudly jeered.But, speaking after the 0-0 draw against Manchester City, he said he was unaffected by the reaction.“I can guarantee you because I am focused on the game I don’t hear the crowd,” he stated.“My focus is on the team and on the pitch. I was not listening. I was concentrating on the game.“It was a tough game against a top team. To see the mentality and work-rate of the players was quite positive.“Clearly you could see they were trying hard with and without the ball. You could see everyone tried to help each other.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

With the regular season over, the field is now set for 2017 Dick Niclai Tournament

first_imgWith all 18 area high school basketball teams having completed their regular season schedules, all eyes now turn to what’s in store for postseason play over the next month.First stop, the annual Dick Niclai Tournament.Sitting over on the horizon, the North Coast Section playoffs and beyond.The six-team fields are officially set, with both the Arcata boys and girls basketball teams looking to defend their tournament titles for yet another season. Dusty Scofield and the Arcata girls have won …last_img read more