Savea to start for Canes

first_imgSavea, along with Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita will start for the Hurricanes in the final midweek fixture of the tour.Loose forward Brad Shields will captain the Hurricanes.Savea has been named on the left wing where he has started 12 of the Hurricanes 14 matches in 2017, while Barrett will wear the No.15 jersey for the 12th time in his first season of Investec Super Rugby.Laumape will take his place at second five where he has scored 14 tries and combine centre Vince Aso, who has also scored 14 tries – a single season Hurricanes record.The defending Investec Super Rugby champion’s starting team also includes four Maori All Blacks in right wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, first five Otere Black, halfback Te Toirora-Tahuriorangi and prop Ben May.Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was pleased to have some of his All Blacks contingent back for the match.”We are under no illusions as to the challenge The British & Irish Lions will present and we want to put our best foot forward for what promises to be a memorable occasion.”It’s a fantastic event for our club, but also for the city of Wellington and the region, so hopefully the match will live up to its billing. We are looking forward to kick off.”The match against The British & Irish Lions will be the first time the Hurricanes have played an international opponent.It will also be the third time Boyd and his assistant John Plumtree have coached against The British & Irish Lions after teaming up to guide the Wellington Lions in 2005 and the Sharks in 2009.last_img read more

Isaiah Papali’i to lead NZ Warriors in pre-season NRL Nines campaign

first_imgThe 21-year-old has been named skipper for the side which also included fellow first-grade regulars Blake Green, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau.Papali’i made his debut for the club as an 18-year-old in 2018, clocking up 48 NRL games since, while also being capped by Toa Samoa and the Kiwis. The squad also features a host of exciting talent including under-20 players Paul Turner, Rocco Berry, Edward Kosi and hooker Temple Kalepo. Other familiar names selected for the pre-season tournament are Chanel Harris-Tavita, Adam Keighran, Sam Lisone and Leivaha Pulu.The Warriors campaign begins against Newcastle on Friday night.Meanwhile, North Queensland have unveiled Jason Taumalolo as skipper, but have resisted the temptation to unleash prized recruit Valentine Holmes.Star back-rower Taumalolo will lead a squad that will feature five players making their debut for the NRL club – Kiwi international Esan Marsters, Connelly Lemuelu, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Michael Bell and Reece Robson.But fans will have to wait to see Holmes in Cowboys colours for the first time after the former Cronulla flyer’s name was missing from their Nines list.North Queensland will still have plenty of firepower with Marsters, Kyle Feldt, Josh McGuire, Coen Hess, Jake Clifford, Jake Granville and Scott Drinkwater included in a strong squad.Gold Coast have also confirmed their Nines squad, including the likes of Jai Arrow, Ash Taylor, AJ Brimson, Tyrone Peachey, Bryce Cartwright and Anthony Don.New Titans coach Justin Holbrook said the Nines was a chance for players to push for selection for next month’s NRL season opener.”There’s always an element of interest in the Nines. Who(ever) does well definitely stakes a good claim for round one,” he said.”They’ll always be young players at every club that really stand out, make the coaches go ‘well jeez he’s really in contention’.”If he was already in contention he could force his way into the side.”The Warriors were drawn in a pool with the Knights, Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers.Warriors NRL Nines squad: Leeson Ah Mau, Rocco Berry, Jackson Frei, Blake Green, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Temple Kalepo, Adam Keighran, Edward Kosi, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Taane Milne, Agnatius Paasi, Isaiah Papali’i (captain), Hayze Perham, Leivaha Pulu, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Paul Turnerlast_img read more

Tkatchenko on fact finding mission to Tonga

first_imgThe main aim of the trip is to assesses the Pacific Kingdom’s sporting infrastructure and come up with an estimate monetary figure that Papua New Guinea Government will give to Tonga in its preparation to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Tkatchenko told Loop PNG today, that engineers and architectures from the Department of Works and PNG Sports Foundation CEO  Peter Tsiamalili Jnr will be accompanying him for the four-day trip.“We will come back with a decision because it is a fact finding trip.“This shows that PNG is in tune, and will support our smaller Pacific Island countries.Tkatchenko in an earlier interview labelled a Tonga local media report of PNG to give K102 million ($US 35 million) to Tonga as “misleading and totally not true.”last_img

Four NSL teams confirmed for national titles

first_imgThey’re Rapatona FC and undefeated Hekari United from the Southern Conference and premiers Lae City Dwellers and newcomer Welgris Morobe United from Northern Conference.These are the top two teams out of six clubs from each conference who have qualified for the championship or NSL semifinals following this weekend’s round 10 games.Hekari continued its winning streak defeating PS Huawei FC 6-2.Koriak Upaiga maintained top form scoring three goals for Hekari while Emmanuel Simon scored two goals and Tommy Semmy scored one goal. Huawei’s goals came from Iamo Maneka and Francis Tulem.In other results, Gigira Laitepo United lost to Rapatona 2-1 and Erema FC beat FC Port Moresby 2-1 in the southern conference.The northern conference saw Welgris Morobe thrash Goroka FC 3-0, Besta PNG United drew with Admiralty Palaiau nil all and despite the loss to Madang FC 2-1, Dwellers qualify for the semis after leading the score board.The championship will commence next weekend followed by the grand final to determine the winner of the season.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.last_img read more

Dest leaves Ajax concentration in Qatar due to tension in the Middle East

first_imgUS Ajax defender Sergiño Dest left this Thursday the concentration that your team is doing in Qatar during the break wintry, since he was not “comfortable” because of the tense climate in the Middle East area following the recent attacks between the United States and Iran.“Sergiño Dest asked the club if he could leave the training camp of Ajax in Qatar. He did not feel comfortable. Ajax understands your request and he consents to it, “the Eredivisie champion said on his website. In this way, the 19-year-old side, born in the Netherlands but who chose to play with the United States internationally, To return to to Amsterdam to train with the teams of the lower categories.This Wednesday, Iran launched missile attacks against two US military bases in Iraq, in response to the assassination of the General of the Iranian Armed Forces, Qassem Soleimani, by the US Army last week.last_img read more

Sterling, to AS: “The Zidane thing is not flower, but formula”

first_img“I do not want to be favorites in the European Championship. Spain a team that is always a challenge” 10 England has a great team for the European Championship this summer. Does the tournament arrive at your best personal moment?It is a good opportunity for us. In general, watching our players, but especially in the lead: Sancho, Rashford, Kane … They are players who are playing very well, but not only that, they are also leading their teams as examples. That’s why it’s a good time for England, but we also need to prove it in a great tournament. The World Cup went well, but I think we have improved since that much, especially in the attack, which is now more talented. Now we need to make a name for ourselves and the European Championship is a giant dream for me and my country, so it is something I am fully prepared for, as for any other tournament.In which position of favorites would you put England?I do not want as favorites. I hope nobody puts us as favorites, but when the day comes we are there.And to Spain?In summer you can not leave the ball too much because it seems that they will never lose it and you do not want to go home soon and start the preseason. They always have a good team and good players continue to appear over the years. It is a team that is always a challenge. According to Transfermarkt, he is the second most expensive player in the world (€ 160M), tied with Neymar and only surpassed by Mbappé (€ 200M). What is missing to be at least on the podium of the Golden Ball or win the Player of The Year in England?Especially last year, he speaks for himself that we won poker in England and then no player of ours will take the Player of the Year. It was given to a Liverpool player that I think he had a fantastic season, but … It happened in previous seasons, when Touré participated in 20 goals as a midfielder. Or with Agüero, who has been here since 2011, scores incredible goals and has never won. I think these players are not treated the same as those of the other teams in England and the world. De Bruyne was amazing the first year we won the Premier. Whenever we win something they give it to the rival team. It is the kind of thing that does not depend on us, but still we continue.JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Sterling poses with Real Madrid and Manchester City shirts for AS in Manchester.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS) Is it something you think about?Everyone can see it. It is impossible that we win the Premier four or five times without the Player of the Year. This year Liverpool will win and surely the MVP will be some player of his. We are not treated with the same respect.Madrid loved him and there are still rumors about it. How do you receive them?It’s something you can see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying the moment, even if things have not gone as planned in the Premier. We have a great opportunity in the Champions League, although I still say that Madrid is a fantastic club, in a country with incredible weather. But I repeat: I am very happy in the City. Would he be in his eleven?Insurance. 100%And you, by level, in Real Madrid?(Laughs). It’s one of those things … Now I’m in the City and I’m very happy, but I also say that Madrid is a fantastic club. When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club represents, it’s huge. Although I have to say that I have a great contract with the City (until 2023) and I have to respect it. But it is a fantastic club. Accompanied by two members of your agency, Colossal Sports Management, Raheem Sterling (Jamaica, 25 years old) receives AS at the luxurious Lowry Hotel, the same one in which Mourinho lived in his stage in Manchester. Until his injury, Raheem was the top goal generator (20 goals and 6 assists) of his club, which prohibits this newspaper from questions about the UEFA sanction. Risueño and confident of arriving at the Bernabéu, analyzes the tie, among other topics, during a talk of about an hour. This is the first part… Where was he during the draw?We had gathered at the training center to watch the raffle, something we always do and it’s a lot of fun. We reacted well when we knew it was Madrid. You know it’s a great club, but also a challenge and, so I’m sorry in the Champions League, if you want to do it right, it’s best to play against the best teams. And there is no better challenge than Madrid.That Madrid was worse than today. Have you followed its evolution?Yes, but I say from the heart that both then and now, always, will be a difficult game, regardless of whether they are in good or bad time. Just for the atmosphere, the historic Bernabéu … And especially now that they are doing very well. But I also have total confidence in our team. And, if we have the day, I think we can win.Zidane has been key in the improvement, but I don’t know if he knows there are those who say he is basically lucky. They call it ‘The flower of Zidane’. How do you see it?I think winning the Champions League many times, especially in a row, is very difficult. Flower? I don’t think it’s luck, but definitely formula. Some people have that winning mentality and he wins anyway. I would say that it is something that he has probably developed in his great career as a player and now as a coach, so he keeps this winning touch. I do not think that when you win it is luck, but a winning mentality. The goals are good at the end. Are you aware that Madrid too?Yes, we know how difficult it will be. It is probably one of the most important tests of our careers. I think it is a great year for us in the Champions League because the Premier has not gone as planned. This is our chance to go out and show what we are made of. Today there are not many teams that can stop us.Which Madrid player would sign if he had a team?To Modric. I’ve played against him a couple of times, especially with Croatia, and I don’t know, just the way he floats … It’s very nice to look at. 7 He said in the past that “anyone’s dream of growing up is to look at the shirt of an outside team in a sunny country.” Would you like to play in Madrid one day?(Laughs). How do I answer this question? Is the camera recording live or just taking pictures? No one knows what awaits him in the future. I am a player who is always open to challenges, but he is currently in the City.He had a problem in Spain-England of 2018 with Ramos, who said he had not stepped on it. Did they talk or apologize after the game?It was a match and we both tried to win for our countries. He knows he stepped on me, but he is one of those who … He didn’t think it was missing and I do, things that happen sometimes. Love was not lost. He is a player whom I admire for everything he does. He is a true role model and an icon, someone you listen to when he speaks. At the end of the game everything was fine, with love. “Playing in Madrid? No one knows what awaits him in the future. I am a player who is always open to challenges, but he is now in the City” In addition to Brahim, is it related to any Real Madrid player?No, but I have seen Isco or Marcelo a couple of times on vacation. If I see Brahim putting something good on Instagram I say “keep it up” or “good luck”, but not continuously.last_img read more

End of the voluntary quarantine of the Inter players

first_imgYesterday was Last day of strict quarantine for Inter Milan players. It has been fifteen days since his match against Juventus, where there are three players with Coronavirus, and, although the situation is not going to be much different than it has been in recent weeks, hay little details that will change your day to day. Starting today they can go down to throw the garbage or take the dog for a walk without leaving more than 200 meters from home. Routines that although they did not have the greatest importance before, now become the only time of day to take a little air. What still it is early to know, it is the date they will return to training normal in the sports city. The end of this voluntary quarantine for Inter footballers, coincides with the signing of a new decree in Italy. A decree ordering the closure of all non-essential productive activities, which causes the country to become even more paralyzed, as advised by Chinese experts who arrived in Milan three days ago to help combat this new virus. In addition, in Lombardy, any type of outdoor activity has been prohibited. You can no longer go running even on your own, the parks have been closed and police controls have been intensified. Today, from our balcony overlooking San Siro, you cannot hear the usual traffic on a weekday. The sound of cars and motorcycles has been replaced by the sound of ambulance sirens.last_img read more

Russell stars for Sydney Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an emphatic start to his Big Bash campaign, snatching three wickets to help fire Sydney Thunder to a convincing 36-run victory over Sydney Sixers in the opening game yesterday. With Sixers chasing 159 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, pacer Russell claimed three for 13 in a brilliant four-over spell to limit their scoring and reduce them to 122 all out off 19.5 overs. Opener Michael Lumb struck 34 from 27 deliveries, with four fours, but he was only one of four players in double figures and the only one to pass 14. Medium pacer Shane Watson claimed three for 13 from two overs. Sixers looked to be getting off to a good start when Lumb posted 28 off 21 balls with Brad Haddin, who made 13. However, Haddin, looking to play an attacking stroke, was bowled middle stump by a full-length delivery from Russell, with the third ball of his first over. In his next over – the sixth of the innings – Russell bowled captain Nic Maddinson for seven with the score on 37 for two; and the innings never really recovered. Earlier, captain Mike Hussey struck an unbeaten 80 off 59 deliveries, with five fours and four sixes as Thunder made 158 for four after opting to bat first. He put on 72 for the fourth wicket with Ben Rohrer, whose 30 came from 20 balls. Russell finished unbeaten on four off five deliveries.last_img read more

Oral Tracey Column

first_imgThe dissenting voices against Usain Bolt being voted the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year across all sports by members of the international media ahead of tennis’ Novak Djokovic, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are relatively few but quite fervent.I too would have voted for Bolt to win this award, not because he is a Jamaican, but because of the impact of his performances at the World Championships.Indeed, I am shocked that the American decathlete, Ashton Eaton, was given the nod ahead of Bolt for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, but that is a separate issue.The core argument being put forward is that Bolt was not by any stretch of the imagination the most consistent athlete across all sports in 2015. Certainly, he was not more consistent than Djokovic, who won three of the four available grand slam titles and lost in the final of the other, therefore, Bolt should not have received this award.Just listening to this debate unfold, it confirms a fundamental deficiency in the analysis of sports performances in terms of impact and the magnitude of one performance relative to another.CONSISTENCY ARGUMENTThe notion seems to be that performances at the top in one sport automatically make that performance equal to the top performances in other sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning three grand slam titles in tennis is hardly equivalent to winning three gold medals at the World championships.Not surprisingly, these are by and large the same voices that have been attempting to use the same flawed premise to make the case that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time based on his consistent performances season after season for his club.Again, there is a conspicuous inability or unwillingness to properly reconcile Messi’s excellent club achievements with his abysmal international failures. The simplistic thinking is that he is consistent week in, week out, so he is the best, with no regard for the magnitude of big-day performances.What the journalists across the world saw in Bolt’s performances in Beijing was enough impact in those big performances to outweigh all other performances.Who remembers that Novak won three grand slams?BIGGESTRACEOFTHEDECADEWe all remember vividly, though, that Bolt won the biggest race of the decade, repelling the threat of the drug-tainted Justin Gatlin and all that a victory for the American might have meant to the very credibility of the sport, thus the school of thought that Bolt not only retained his 100 metres title, but effectively saved the sport of track and field.These are the intangibles, the context and perspective about a particular performance which cannot be ‘Googled’ and will not show up on the stats sheet.Bolt does not have to compete every week on the Diamond League circuit to be crowned the Male Athlete of the Year. This award, after all, is not a consistency award.If there is a global event such as the World Championships and Bolt performed the way he did in Beijing in 2015, the sheer magnitude of those performances would have decimated all other performances on the relatively smaller stages provided by the other sports.That is why most of the astute international sports journalists across the globe quite rightly voted for the ‘Big Man’ as 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Neither my fellow journalists nor I can be held responsible for anyone’s inability to grasp that simple principle.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: JLP victory!

first_imgThe Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be declared winner of the 2016 General Elections after unseating the People’s National Party (PNP) at today’s polls. JLP party leader Andrew Holness arrived at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters a short while ago, where he was greeted by a large and jubilant crowd of party supporters. Holness, who defeated the PNP’s Patrick Roberts to retain his St Andrew West Central seat, will be joined in Parliament by his wife Juliet, who defeated Imani Duncan – Price to secure the St Andrew East Rural constituency. PNP’s deputy general secretary Julian Robinson said: “We have clearly lost a number of seats but the overall picture is very close so we will wait on the final figures.” Asked if the PNP has been taken by surprise, Robinson said, “We knew a number of seats were close but we obviously never expected to lose that many.” “We knew there were some marginals but we expected to win some of the marginals,” he added. The PNP leadership is expected to concede shortly in front of a small, somber crowd at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters.last_img read more