Inaugural Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup a success

first_imgApplauding that, the three day tournament held over the weekend was the culmination of much planning and preparation for the unique tournament.“With 16 teams and approximately 600 players the first year of this tournament exceeded expectations,” Angua said.He added that all teams thoroughly enjoyed the event with the All Blacks legend’s widow Nadene Lomu leaving the country overwhelmed by the tournament and participation of Papua New Guineans in Rugby.“Teams from as far away as Bougainville, Morobe and Western  provinces attended as well as a host of local teams. And the event received good media coverage as well that we are also thankful to the media,” Angua added.A huge thank you goes to all the sponsors especially to the New Zealand High Commission who helped over the weekend who without them it would not have been possible and to all the visiting teams who attended.“We are looking forward for next year as we wrap up the successful Rugby Union 2016 year with a legacy for PNG Rugby Union.”last_img read more

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Emery and Setién, the last guests of the Sheikh of Almeria

first_imgJose Mourinho, Aitor Karanka, Angel Cappa Y Pablo Machín they have been some of the media trainers invited by the sheikh of Almeria during the five months he has been in the rojiblanca entity. The last ones that have spent a few days with Turki Al-Sheikh have been Unai Emery Y Quique Setién, Although the Santander had already spoken more times with the Saudi, who wants the spotlights to focus on him, in addition to acquiring football knowledge. “A pleasure to share experiences with Turki, who wants to fulfill his dreams from intelligence and work“wrote the former Arsenal coach on social networks, where you can see Emery, Setién, Al-Sheikh and El Assy (general director of the UDA). The meetings have taken place after the first two defeats of the Guti era in an Almeria that this Saturday he has thrashed and convinced with one of the best meetings of the last seasons. They also passed through the sheikh’s home Messi, Dybala, De Paul, Agüero Y The Celso, who saw Elche-Almeria with the Saudi.last_img read more

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“You can win Champions and League with 14 players”

first_imgThe Barcelona coach spoke at Movistar Champions League after the tie in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16With what feeling leaves Naples, are you finally satisfied with the tie after all that has happened?It has been a fairly even game. We have had more control, but none of the teams have generated too many scoring chances. We have not found the spaces. It is a draw that is a good result, considering that there is a return game at home.They have finished the first part without throwing at goal.The reality is that. I would highly appreciate the defensive game that has made Naples, with the ten players within the area. It has been difficult for us to find the interiors inside. We already knew it was a matter of patience. In the end, when you insist, you find the spaces. They could no longer swing so much, we found the goal and with some more patience we would have made the 1-2.They run out of Busquets or Vidal for the return and Piqué is injured. Planning leaves you with few players.But we will not play with nine or ten players in the round, we will get eleven. Piqué is the ankle. We already knew this and we are aware of the situation. We will work with what we have.The technician spoke later at a press conference.How do you rate the role of Vidal?You have to read the game well. In the offensive work it cost us to open spaces and had to open and in the defensive work it helped us a lot. He has done what we requested. Is the result good?Yes, it has cost us to generate. They defended us well and took advantage of the occasion they had. We lacked a point of clarity to get through that defense. In the second part the game was opened a little more and we could do more damage. They have made a great match. I give the game as good.Does weight gain that is not enough?I disagree on everything that is said. We need more clarity above. Sometimes it is a matter of patience. We have controlled cons and at home I think we will have more options and it is difficult for a team to defend itself so well for so long.Now he has 10 players plus two goalkeepers to play around. Can you win the Champions League like this?I hope to recover Alba and Sergi Roberto. You can win, we will be optimistic.How is Piqué?Let’s see what problem you have. It is too early.Should Vidal have to control himself?I have not seen very well what has happened. It has been a bit severe, the card is fine, but the second is excessive. They are nervous things.What summary does the game?We have done things well, we have had control of the game. We must value the work of this team. I think the result is fair.Do you have the feeling that some players play outside in Europe?I think not. We have played very complicated matches. The team when playing a tie may be more careful.last_img read more

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Monchi: “We want Seville at the forefront of European football”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 18, 2020 The current situation excites him: “This project that begins with my return is to cement an important future, to lay the foundations to continue growing in sports success. A first foundation was the current season, in which I am satisfied with what has been done until now. This could take time to curdle and I think it has caught on with some important bases to be excited about the future. The coach’s work has been key fitting the pieces in such a short period of time. The President and the Council were also key to face all this revolution. Now, what lies ahead is exciting and we are on that path. “ Monchi believes that not going to the Champions League would not be a failure: “The demand cannot be lost, but neither can it be transformed into frustration. Not going to the Champions League would not be a failure. I want to go, I wake up dreaming about it every day, but staying fifth is not a failure, it is something that can be improved. “King Midas of world football nuances the club’s model: “Selling in order to grow has to be nuanced. We try to have templates that cost more than our income allows. To generate surplus value there is a job behind. Players with affordable prices that increase their value to be able to sell them. This business model does not generate trauma for me, it is a successful model. We are going to build a broader model that leaves us the possibility of deciding at all times whether to sell or not to sell to players. “And he spoke of some of the improvements he is implementing: “The club’s involvement in the data is growing in a beastly way. We have a large R&D department in which we are investing. I don’t know if we are at the forefront, but I am very proud of what the club is doing in that line. This department supports everyone in the club, it is focused on the sports field now but in the future it will support the rest. “center_img Monchi reviewed in the official media of Seville what has been this year since his return, and also the news of the Nerviano club: “Everything has been very fast and intense. I think many of the things I had in mind on the day I returned have been fulfilled. The club has grown a lot while I was in Rome and now we are looking forward to continue growing in the future and to put Sevilla at the forefront of European football “.“I saw Sevilla who was clear about where the club could go in the future and eager to do new things. I got on that car to mount my experience and my knowledge. Nuances are missing, but I think we are on that line“added the sports director, who is leading the project to put the Nervión club in a few years in the 500 million budget.last_img read more

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This will be the ERTE of Barcelona

first_imgThe club understands that lack of practice affects everyone equally and that is why it is in favor of applying this criterion instead of a scale proportional to the salary of the players that, they assure from the Barcelona entity “It would not have been accepted by the labor authority.”One of the peculiarities of this measure is that as soon as the state of alarm is suspended and therefore the confinement in the respective homes and the sporting activity returns, the players will regain the integrity of their salary regardless of whether or not the competition is played they were arguing before confinement. That is to say, it would not affect that competitions were not finished or suspended, they would receive all their salary the same because it would be understood that the professionals are doing their job, which is none other than training at the club’s facilities.On the other hand, Catalunya Ràdio announced in the Tot Costa program that Some of the members of the Barça sports area who are not athletes have already received a communication from the club to the effect that starting next month they will see their salary reduced.The ERTE measure, by the way, will also affect club executives, Although these in the days of confinement have seen significantly increased their workload, but consider that “we have to set an example.” FC Barcelona has already raised the Temporary Employment File, ERTE, which will apply to all athletes in its professional sections. On Tuesday there were a series of meetings in which they participated the club’s director of professional sports, Albert Soler, together with the manager of each of the sections in which the conditions of the same were communicated to them and that will affect while the confinement decreed by the state of alarm established by the government that entails the suspension of sports activity lasts.In the absence of polishing the details, the idea is that All the professional athletes of the club have a reduction in their daily salary of around 70% for the duration of the confinement. This possibility was advanced by Mundo Deportivo on its website.It is important to differentiate the salary of the file, since professional players charge for both concepts in addition to, what they have, bonuses and accessories per image.This reduction would affect the days when the sports activity is stopped and the professionals cannot carry out their work and it will be applied in a linear, non-proportional manner., to all the professionals of the club. In other words, the same percentage will be applied to Messi as to Pustovyi.last_img read more

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A drone presents Malcom with the player of the month award

first_imgThe more than 12,000 detected cases of coronavirus in Russia have forced to suspend almost all sporting events in the country, including the first football division (Premier). But before the break, it had already been decided who was going to be the player of the month in the highest category. The Zenit Brazilian, Malcom, had scored a goal before paralyzing the championship, as well as distributing an assist. That has earned him to become the best of the month, but obviously there has been no ordinary award ceremony.The former of BarcelonaHowever, it has received the award in a very special way. And it is that the people of the Russian league have decided to send the award through a drone. the player himself, from the window of his apartment in St. Petersburg, received the award and recorded a message on social networks to thank him.last_img read more

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Discount for Upamecano

first_imgThe clause is 60 million euros however Leipzig assumes that it won’t be able to gather it with the present economic system of European soccer. Due to this fact, based on the German newspaper, he could be prepared to chop his claims by the defender significantly and would settle for € 40M to switch it. The sturdy man in membership operations, Markus Krösche, has been reiterating that they can not afford to not reap the benefits of Upamecano contemplating that the contract ends in 2021 and there’s a actual threat that it might go free. Additionally as a result of you have already got a substitute in thoughts. If there may be something clear about the way forward for Dayot Upamecano, the center-back Zidane has stored a watch on for Actual Madrid, is that there’s nothing clear. As AS revealed, it’s an virtually hand-to-hand bid between the white membership and Bayern. In Germany, info is popping out that speaks of getting completed it with the Munich workforce and in addition that it might have even renewed with Leipzig. Neither of these two conditions has materialized and now Bild talks a few new twist: Leipzig could be prepared to decrease the worth of Upamecano. Particularly, a 3rd … The suitors produce other precedence fronts …To know that possibility of a discount by Upamecano it’s a must to see the complete image. The candidates to signal the French U21 worldwide are measuring their steps loads. Bayern have gotten totally into one other entrance that they take into account a precedence, that of Leroy Sané, of which I might have already got the ‘sure, I would like’. There shall be no cash for every thing and it’ll rely on whether or not the return of the Bundesliga after the break because of the coronavirus happens definitively and that stabilizes the earnings of the Bavarian membership. Madrid is concentrated proper now on Camavinga and Manchester United, probably the most distant possibility, remains to be pending on what occurs with Pogba as a result of there may be virtually their solely risk of financing necessary purchases this summer season.It stays to be seen what the Upamecan himself decides. Its closest surroundings has been betting on tranquility for two months as a result of they prioritize that he compete once more and don’t rush in a choice of huge significance for his profession. The times proceed to run and the end result on Upamecano (Leipzig, Actual Madrid, Bayern …) remains to be removed from clear.last_img read more

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Are we about to have a speed drain?

first_imgWe used to love it when Jamaica-born sprinters won major international championships for their adopted home countries. Even though they retired long ago, Ben Johnson, Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey are still heroes here, and that despite Johnson’s tainted past. Today, we take delight whenever Kingston native Sanya Richards-Ross wins big for the USA.Johnson, Christie and Bailey crossed the line first in consecutive Olympic 100 metres finals that were run before this current golden age of Jamaican sprinting. They were taken as a sign of our greatness. To be frank, I felt awkward celebrating those performances because they displaced Raymond Stewart and Michael Green. The former, lest we forget, was in the 1988 and 1992 finals where Johnson and Christie arrived first at the finish, and the latter was in Bailey’s magnificent world-record race at the 1996 Olympics.Recent news of the pending athletic migration of three Jamaicans to Bahrain revives those memories and writes a new script for the future. True to our ‘chicken merry, hawk deh near’ heritage, there’s a worry that Jamaican Bahranians will rise on our backs to the top of world sprinting.annoying possibilitiesSince Bailey’s wonderful win for Canada in 1996, Jamaica has truly taken over world sprinting. For those who curse the migrating trio as much as Jamaica did with cricketers who went on a rebel tour of South Africa decades ago, the possibilities are annoying.The worry foresees a speed drain similar to the brain drain occasioned by migration to the United Kingdom and the USA in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Funnily enough, athletes have been moving to the Gulf States from distance kings Kenya and Ethiopia for more than a decade. It was only a matter of time before sprinters would go too.Ironically, it’s 10 years since Brandon Simpson, an Olympic and World Championships 400-metre finalist, moved from Jamaica to Bahrain. Since then, hurdler Oniel Wright ran for Liberia, Merlene Ottey made a big move to Slovenia, and Jamaica’s 2003 Pan-Am high jump champion Germaine Mason won an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain in 2008.Those moves, and the 1988 departure by world-class 400-metre hurdler Sandra Farmer to the USA, have happened for different reasons. There is one common denominator. All went seeking opportunities not available here, just like those who left in the brain drain.In recent years, there has been much athletic migration from the USA to Nigeria and from diverse places to Great Britain. Jamaica has got in on the act with the recent arrival of national cham-pions Ahkeem Gauntlett and Aisha Praught. Athletes, like the rest of us, just keep on moving.Curiously, I haven’t ever heard of a Bahamian athlete making tracks to Bahrain. That might be because of the vibrant athlete support programme operated by our Caribbean colleagues. Given our economics, that might be a hard act to follow. It may well be the only way to go.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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Five Russians who will be missed during ban

first_img Of Nigerian and Russian ancestry, Adams was a junior prodigy in the triple jump but took time to blossom in senior athletics before winning World Indoor Championship gold last year at the age of 26. ALEXANDER MENKOV ANNA CHICHEROVA Russia dominates the women’s high jump, with their athletes winning gold at the last three World Championships. Even though she was forced to settle for World Championship bronze in Beijing in August as her teammate, Maria Kuchin, won the title, Chicherova remains Russia’s best-known high jumper. The winner of Olympic gold in 2012 and, the World Championship title the year before, Chicherova’s personal-best jump of 2.07 metres places her joint-third on the all-time list. YELENA ISINBAYEVA SERGEI SHUBENKOV While Russia traditionally is strongest in the field events and endurance races, Shubenkov bucks the trend with his explosive performances in the 110-metre hurdles. At the World Championships in Beijing in August, the 25-year-old Shubenkov brought home his country’s only gold medal in a men’s event. The face of Russian track and field, Isinbayeva is the world record holder in the pole vault. In full training again after a lengthy break to have her daughter, Eva, Isinbayeva is now in danger of missing what would be her fifth Olympics and a chance at a third gold medal. Her coach, Evgeny Trofimov, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she is in the form of her life and could break her own world record next year. Ahead of the IAAF vote to suspend Russia, she issued a plea to be allowed to compete, saying the Russian team was in a “very sad” state, but that it was not fair to punish athletes who had not been individually found guilty of doping. LYUKMAN ADAMS MOSCOW (AP): Russia was suspended on Friday by track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), four days after a World Anti-Doping Agency report alleged a vast, state-sponsored operation of performance-enhancing drug use. If that suspension is not lifted or overturned at a full disciplinary hearing, Russian athletes face being unable to compete at the Olympics in August and the World Indoor Championships in Portland in March. Here is a look at five leading Russian athletes who would be notably absent. Menkov’s finest hour came in front of his home crowd at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, when he blew away the competition in the long jump final with three huge efforts that were each further than any of his rivals could match. Now 24, Menkov is still chasing a first major championship medal since that day in Moscow. If he can find that form, he is sure to be a medal contender – his winning jump of 8.56 in 2013 would have been enough for gold at the last two Olympics.last_img read more

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