Falcao completes Old Trafford move

first_img Press Association Despite details of the move emerging early in the day, United had to have an extension past the 11pm deadline to ensure the necessary documents were correctly filed with the Premier League. They eventually announced Falcao’s signing, which has an option to make the move permanent, at 1.30am, a deal which took United’s summer spending past £150million. Manchester United had to work late into the night to finalise the signing of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao but eventually completed a season-long loan for the Colombian. Van Gaal also needed reinforcements in defence after the loss of key personnel over the summer and they confirmed £14million Ajax defender Danny Blind had signed a four-year contract. “Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world,” the Holland international told manutd.com. United’s rebuilding has already seen them acquire midfielder Ander Herrera, defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo and British-record signing Angel di Maria. Tom Cleverley looked to be moving to Aston Villa and then his preferred destination of Everton but the latter could not meet United’s asking price. However, United duo Nick Powell and Tom Lawrence both moved to Leicester on loan and permanent deals respectively while Michael Keane joined Burnley on a four-month temporary deal. In his first interview as a United player, Falcao told MUTV it was a dream come true for him to play in the Premier League and predicted a “great” season for the new-look Red Devils. The former Atletico Madrid hitman said of his move: “I t was a very long day. It was hard, difficult. We were waiting until the last minute but I didn’t lose my faith. Now I want to say thank you to God for this. I’m very happy. “For me, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. I always wanted to be here because this league is very good, it has very good teams and Manchester United is the best team in England. Everything is perfect for me.” He added of this new side: “We have very top players. I admire them. I want to meet them for the first time. I am sure that this season will be great for us.” By that time, Arsenal had confirmed United striker Danny Welbeck had joined them, for a reported fee of £16million, after Falcao’s arrival made his chances of regular first-team football even more remote. And the presence of the Colombia international at the club’s training complex late on Monday also spelled the end for Javier Hernandez, who earlier in the day joined Real Madrid on loan with a view to a permanent move. United will pay Monaco between £5million and £6million for Falcao and will cover his wages, although they insist reports they will pay the 28-year-old almost £350,000 a week are wide of the mark. The delay on confirming a deal which had been in the pipeline all day sparked rumours Falcao had failed a medical on the serious knee injury which kept him out of the World Cup but United insisted throughout that was not true. “I am delighted Radamel has joined us on loan this season,” said manager Louis van Gaal. “He is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the game. “His appearance-to-goal ratio speaks for itself and, when a player of this calibre becomes available, it is an opportunity not to be missed.” Van Gaal will hope he can kick-start a stuttering beginning to the season which has seen United take just two points from three Premier League matches, scoring only two goals, without even taking into account their embarrassing Capital One Cup exit to League One MK Dons. last_img read more

Make room for more: Tucker nets another honor

first_imgThe hardware just keeps on coming for Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker. His trophy case is becoming so big, his Mom is running out of room for all of the awards.”I hope she’s not tossing them in the basement,” Tucker said. “She’s a big collector of all my [awards].”That collection just got a little bigger, as the latest honor to be bestowed upon the UW senior forward came Wednesday afternoon, when he was named a first-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.The award comes just one day after Tucker received news that he was the Big Ten’s Player of the Year.In 31 games this season, Tucker has averaged 20.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, making 48 percent of his field goals, and finishing runner-up to Iowa’s Adam Haluska in the Big Ten’s scoring race. “That’s exciting to me to hear from all my teammates the congratulations. Any time you can bring home an award like that it’s good for the program,” Tucker said after being named conference Player of the Year.Joining Tucker on the team was Acie Law IV of Texas A&M, Aaron Afflalo of UCLA, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina and the freshman phenom considered to be Tucker’s main competition for National Player of the Year, Texas’ Kevin Durant.Tucker is the first Wisconsin player to be named a first-team All-American since Don Rehfeldt in 1950. Similarly, Tucker — who is now just 22 points shy of Michael Finley’s career scoring record — is now being discussed as being possibly the greatest player ever to don the cardinal and white.”I always expected myself to do great things,” Tucker said. “To actually accomplish so many things though, it feels good, and it feels good to hear other people say that.”last_img read more

Football: Takeaways from “ground em’ pound em” victory at Camp Randall

first_imgSaturday night the Wisconsin Badgers met the Nebraska Cornhuskers for what should have been a marquee matchup, hampered by the inconvenient fact that Coach Scott Frost’s Nebraska squad has yet to find themselves a ‘W’.Instead, we were graced with a Badger trouncing of an abominable team that said more about the shortcomings of both teams than the strength of Wisconsin.Jonathan Taylor, Mr. 88Editor’s Note: I wanted to copy and paste this section from every other week but I was told that would be dishonest.Running back Jonathan Taylor found the end zone for the first time since his three-touchdown performance in week two — and made it count.He finished the game with 221 yards on 24 carries, picking up three touchdowns along the way and subtweeted the Heisman committee with a career-long 88-yard explosion that elevated his night from good to great.Football: Wisconsin embodies idyllic Big Ten football, tops Nebraska 41-24For the diehard fan of purebred Big Ten football, Saturday night versus Nebraska was an absolute dream come true. Picture Read…“It was real nice to get out to open field, stretch my legs a little bit,” the Heisman hopeful said.Some stretch their legs by going for a short walk up and down the aisle of an airplane.Taylor prefers a stroll during the fourth quarter of a Big Ten soiree.There truly isn’t a takeaway here. I mean, if Taylor hadn’t had the 88-yarder, or if he’d only run for 120 yards yesterday, nobody would be questioning his position as one of the best backs in the country.“The Heisman stuff, that’s all at the end of the year, what matters right now is Michigan,” Taylor said.Spread the wealthWisconsin didn’t just ride Taylor Saturday, they used a whole fleet of running backs to end the game with a combined 370 yards on the ground.Men’s soccer: Badgers reach no decision vs UW-Milwaukee, face Rutgers nextFollowing a major upset win in East Lansing, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (5-4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) hosted Read…In fact, the Badgers used five rushers on their first drive of the game.Running backs Taiwan Deal and Garrett Groshek have proven themselves excellent compliments to Taylor in the backfield.“They’re different body types, different style runners,” offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel said of the trio of running backs.The ability of the Badgers to show opponents these many different looks was vital in their success wearing down the defense to eventually break off the long Taylor run.Groshek and Deal both eclipsed the 70-yard mark Saturday, a career-high for Groshek and season-high for Deal.Aron Cruickshank: Your favorite player’s favorite playerWhen it rains it pours.Wide receiver Aron Cruickshank had himself quite a day Saturday.The slight-statured Cruickshank was a shifty blur in the kickoff return game. He had 90 yards total in three returns, including one which was destined to go all the way to The House, until Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn managed to get a finger on the cleat of Cruickshank and ruin what would have been a dagger for Nebraska’s morale.Volleyball: Wisconsin comes off win against Illinois, heads to Iowa CityThe kills rained down on the Illinois defenders Wednesday night as Sophomore Dana Rettke went for a career-high 23 kills Read…Would we be satisfied with three extraordinary returns from the freshman?Yes, but we got even more.The hero of Taylor’s 88-yarder was not, in fact, Taylor at all.Nor was it the offensive lineman leading the way.It was Aron freaking Cruickshank of course.“I saw some sweet blocks, I saw Aron Cruickshank put a sweet block on someone,” offensive lineman Michael Deiter said.And a sweet block it was.As Taylor broke free from the line of scrimmage, it seemed for a moment like he may be caught by trailing Nebraska defenders. Then, No. 1 comes flying into view — taking out the pursuant with an expert block that would make fullback Matt Bernstein blush.Suffering SecondaryAs wonderful as a game Saturday was for the running attack, it was about as brutal as it could get from a pass defense point of view.Football: Badgers hope to deny Nebraska their first win of season SaturdayThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin Badgers will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday at Camp Randall as Wisconsin eases off Read…They allowed 384 yards through the air from Nebraska’s freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez. There’s a reason Nebraska hasn’t won a game, and it isn’t because they have an elite passing game.Safety Scott Nelson, who at times has looked like the future of the Badger secondary, looked undisciplined and unprepared Saturday.At the onset of the second half, Nelson literally fell down to allow a 75-yard Nebraska completion for a touchdown.This damage was only compounded when Nelson, perhaps overzealous as he tried to compensate for his transgression, was called for targeting and ejected for the remainder of the contest and the first half of next week’s game against Michigan.As Martinez tossed a long ball down the sideline for his receiver, Nelson came in hot toward him, lowering his shoulder into the head of the Cornhusker receiver, eliciting immediate flags from not one, not two, but three referees on the scene who soon after confirmed the ejection penalty.Even with the struggles for consistency the secondary has faced when healthy, heading into next week the obstacle of injury has also reared its head.Football: Taylor’s season starts off strong, but strong enough for a Heisman?The University of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has been a victim of his own excellence. After submitting one of Read…Aside from Nelson, who is healthy but suspended for the first half of the Michigan game, lone veteran safety D’Cota Dixon landed awkwardly late in the game and may be questionable with a foot injury, cornerback Caesar Williams was out this week with a leg injury, his replacement Eric Burrell also succumbed to a leg injury and Faion Hicks was listed as questionable with a thumb injury though he played most the night.You don’t need a medical degree to know that a litany of injuries will severely hamper the already struggling Badger secondary.The Badgers don’t dwell on games too long, and for some of those that have to figure out how to adapt to Michigan’s passing game, that could be for the better.“Sunday afternoon, it’s Michigan week,” Deiter said.last_img read more

Fouaad Mirza: All about India’s latest equestrian sensation

first_imgLast Updated: 14th October, 2019 23:02 IST Fouaad Mirza: All About India’s Latest Equestrian Sensation All you need to know about Fouaad Mirza, who was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amongst many for his gold at an Olympic qualifying event. Also Read | Sports Ministry Makes Sporting Infrastructure ‘free & Accessible’ Also Read | WWE: The Rock’s Best Moments In The SportMirza started the week with a solid dressage score of 26.8, which placed him second with a very close score to Germany’s Antonia Baumgart. He was one penalty better at 25.8. This was followed by the showjumping event where Fouaad maintained the second position with a clear round. He finished the deciding cross-country round four seconds over time. This led him to the gold in the Strzegom CCI3*S in Poland.Also Read | Bollywood’s Five Best Sports Movies And Biopics Through The YearsMirza has completed Renswoude NED CCI 4*S placed 11th, Jardy FRA CCI4*S, Strzegom POL CCI4*S placed 15th and Sopot POL CCI4*S placed seventh so far for Olympic qualifying events. He will next compete at the events in Montelibertti ITY CCI3*S (Italy) and Le Pouget FRA CCI4*S (France). He is currently the highest-ranked individual in Group G. COMMENT India’s double Asian Games silver medalist Fouaad Mirza bagged the top honours at the CCI3*S. It is an Olympic qualifying event, held in Strzegom, Poland. Fouaad is currently the highest-ranked individual in Group G for the Asia Pacific Zone with 34 points on one horse Fernhill FaceTime. He also has 30 points on the second horse ‘Touchingwood’ and at present qualifying his third horse, Dajara. The eight-year-old Dajara, procured by the Embassy Group, is a promising German Holsteiner with an excellent track record of wins including a German National Championship, Bundeschampionat.Also Read | ISL 2019-20: New-look Mumbai City FC Sport Fresh Faces This SeasonFouaad Mirza: A background on India’s latest equestrian sensationIn an interview with a leading media daily, Mirza said that he is very excited about his new horse ‘Dajara’. He added that the horse has immense potential for success at the Olympics. Through the event CCI3*S, they were able to level up the horse-rider combination to 4* and build up his points to qualify for the Olympics. It has proven to be excellent and successful so far. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 14th October, 2019 23:02 IST Written By Gladwin Menezes FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone: UFC fan offers a sneak peek into the future

first_img 9 months ago Conor McGregor teases UFC fans, could choose new weight-class for his return fight First Published: 29th November, 2019 19:01 IST FOLLOW US Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Danish Ansari Also Read | UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz Salary RevealedConor McGregor and Donald Cerrone – current standingsDonald Cerrone is coming off two straight losses and has last competed in the octagon at UFC Fight Night 158 in September. He faced off against his good friend Justin Gaethje. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned for The Cowboy as he suffered a round one TKO in the main event. Meanwhile, Conor McGregor last competed against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title fight before losing in the fourth round. For his fight against Cerrone, Conor McGregor will make his Welterweight return for the third time in his career after his two encounters with Nate Diaz in 2016.Also Read | CONFIRMED: Conor McGregor To Face Donald Cerrone In UFC 246, Says President Dana White Also Read | Conor McGregor: Dana White Reveals Donald Cerrone As His Next OpponentUFC News: McGregor vs Cerrone – Back to realityUFC president Dana White has recently revealed (in an interview with ESPN) that a fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone has been finalized and that McGregor has already signed the contract. The highly anticipated bout will finally take place next year at the UFC 246 pay-per-view event on January 18 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the fighting capital.”Conor has signed and Cowboy is ready to go,” Dana White told ESPN. Breaking: Per Dana White (@danawhite), Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) has signed to face Donald Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, at welterweight.”Conor has signed and Cerrone is ready to go.”— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 28, 2019 9 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor wants to fight Donald Cerrone in his return, confirmed his manager 10 months ago UFC: Dana White uncertain about Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone fight 9 months ago Nate Diaz has a major compliment for bitter UFC rival Conor McGregor WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 29th November, 2019 19:01 IST Conor McGregor Vs Donald Cerrone: UFC Fan Offers A Sneak Peek Into The Future Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone: A UFC fan offered a potential peek into the future when he simulated Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone on EA Sports UFC 3. WATCH US LIVE A UFC fan recently offered a sneak peek of what could potentially happen when Conor McGregor takes on UFC Welterweight Donald Cerrone. He did so by simulating a fight on UFC videogame EA Sports UFC 3. Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone in UFC 3Both McGregor and Cerrone pull out everything from their arsenal as they engage in an all-out brawl right from the start. The brutal encounter also involves both fighters bleeding heavily from the series of strikes. However, Donald Cerrone is the one who emerges victorious as he locks McGregor in an armbar in the final round of the fight. Watch the complete simulated fight below:Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore Him LIVE TV COMMENT 9 months ago CONFIRMED: Conor McGregor to face Donald Cerrone in UFC 246, says President Dana Whitelast_img read more

A’s sound impressed by Shohei Ohtani as he prepares for pitching encore

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, gives his bat to visually impaired Michael London of Sacramento, Calif., with his father Carl London, right, watching during warmups before the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen, right celebrates with catcher Bruce Maxwell after the Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton misses a line drive hit by Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman for a run-scoring triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates at the plate after hitting solo home run, with home plate umpire Pat Hoberg watching, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien, right, can’t handle the throw from the center field as Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton slides into second for a double during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie, left, celebrates his solo home run with teammates during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton follows though to hit a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, and Zack Cozart celebrate Upton’s two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien hits a two-run single against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Akeel Morris throws out Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell on a ground ball during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics’ Jake Smolinski (5) and Stephen Piscotty, celebrate scoring on a two-run single by Marcus Semien against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie, left, and Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart watch as Mike Trout is out at first on the relay for a double play during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, poses for a photographer with visually impaired Michael London of Sacramento, Calif, after Trout gave him his bat during warmups before the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Visually impaired Michael London of Sacramento, Calif., inspects a bat given to him by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, during warmups before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, gives his bat to visually impaired Michael London of Sacramento, Calif., with his father Carl London, right, watching during warmups before the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen, right celebrates with catcher Bruce Maxwell after the Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 16Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen, right celebrates with catcher Bruce Maxwell after the Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Expand Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was a stark turnaround from his struggles in spring training, which included a shellacking at the hands of the Tijuana Toros. Those issues vanished when Ohtani finally stepped on the big stage.“I didn’t see any sort of command issue that first start,” said A’s first baseman Matt Olson, who struck out swinging twice against Ohtani. “He was pretty locked in, doing what he wanted.”Angels manager Mike Scioscia downplayed the strategic significance of Ohtani taking the mound against the A’s twice in a row.“There’s adjustments that you make whether you’re facing the same team or you’re facing a different team,” Scioscia said. “They got a chance to see Shohei last Sunday. He got a chance to log what their hitters are doing.“But they made adjustments during the game last Sunday also. I think it’s just part of the schedule.”CALLED UPThe Angels optioned starting pitcher Parker Bridwell on Saturday, an unsurprising development after he allowed six runs in 1-2/3 innings the night before.Left with a thin bullpen after Friday night’s win over the A’s, the Angels called up right-hander Akeel Morris — whom they’d acquired from the Braves on Tuesday. Morris, 25, logged a 1.23 ERA in 7-1/3 innings for Atlanta last year.“Hopefully he’ll give us a boost to the bullpen, which is right now been stretched a little bit,” Scioscia said.The Angels now have just four starting pitchers, which means they will need to add two more for next week’s road series against the Rangers. Possible additions include lefty Andrew Heaney, who is on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, and Nick Tropeano.“He’ll throw his bullpen in couple of days,” Scioscia said of Heaney, who made a rehab start on Friday for Class-A Inland Empire. “We’ll evaluate what his next step is.”The Angels also sent Nolan Fontana to Triple-A Salt Lake for Ryan Schimpf, an infield switch that could be explained by the latter’s bat. Schimpf has a .492 slugging percentage in the last two years, compared to Fontana’s .182.“One thing he’s got is, he’s got big power,” Scioscia said of Schimpf. “He’s able to play three infield positions and both corner outfields. We’ll see how he walks in, but he gives us a lot of depth because of his versatility.”KINSLER OPTIMISTICSecond baseman Ian Kinsler wants to come off the 10-day disabled list as soon as possible, but also knows that his isn’t the only voice in the room.The 35-year-old veteran said his strained groin is no longer limiting him, and that he would be “ecstatic” to get back in the lineup when he’s eligible Tuesday. Still, he acknowledged that the Angels want to reduce the risk of a potential re-injury.“They just want to make sure I’m 100 percent, strong, and can handle playing a bunch of games in a row,” Kinsler said.Scioscia echoed some of Kinsler’s optimism, but would not go as far as saying he expected a Tuesday return.“We’re hopeful we’re getting close,” he said. “It’s tough to put an end point on it.”UP NEXTA’s (RHP Kendall Graveman, 0-1, 8.10 ERA) at Angels (RHP Shohei Otani, 1-0, 4.50), Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM ANAHEIM — It’s very, very early, but for now, no MLB hitter has been more successful against Shohei Ohtani than Matt Chapman. That doesn’t mean the A’s third baseman is eager for a rematch — not even with the benefit of seeing the Angels’ two-way phenom on the mound twice in eight days.“He’s got such good stuff that I don’t know if it’s ever going to be an advantage,” Chapman said Saturday afternoon.Ohtani made a strong pitching debut in Oakland last Sunday, allowing three runs in a 7-4 win over the A’s. All three came courtesy of Chapman, who sent a slider over the left-center wall. Ohtani only allowed one more runner on base — a walk — before ending his six-inning stint with six strikeouts. Ohtani did not play on Saturday after blasting three home runs in three games, resting in preparation for his return to the mound. His pitching debut at Angel Stadium is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday. And to hear Chapman tell it, he and the rest of the A’s will need to be ready.“The first time you see somebody, you’re trying to feel it out,” said Chapman, a 24-year-old who looks like a potential star in his own right. “Luckily, I got two of the same pitches in the row. And then the next at-bat, I saw the fastball. It’s got good life. When his splitter’s down, it’s hard to differentiate between the two.”last_img read more

PNG rugby league set for games on the world stage

first_imgRugby league in Papua New Guinea has achieved a significant boost with the number of international matches involving the Kumuls set to rise significantly over the next few years.The PNG delegation to the recent Rugby League International Federation meeting in Sydney also pushed for a much larger slice of the action at the 2017 World Cup.Instead of staging just one or two matches, they want hosting rights for a complete group.Brad Tassell, the Chief Executive of the PNG Rugby Football League, told Pacific Beat the RLIF is also very keen for PNG to host a pool.”We put a really strong case in regards to it which is still being assessed but we’re pretty confident we will get the nod to do that with all the development that’s happening particularly the rugby league programs and all the facilities up here,” he said.”I think there is a real groundswell of support – at the meeting we had delegates from all around the world and they’ve heard a lot of things about what’s happening in Papua New Guinea, the rejuvenation on the game, everyone knew about the PNG Hunters as well from around the world.”So there’s a real focus on Papua New Guinea at the moment and being a nation of seven million people and having rugby league as a national sport, its vital that PNG are strong on the international scene.”The PNG delegation also called for the revival of the Pacific Cup as a four-nation, biannual event between PNG, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. PNG wants to host the first tournament in the off-season in October next year .”We need to get up regular international games between the Pacific nations,” Mr Tassell said.”It’s after the end of the NRL season, the end of the Queensland Cup season when players will be available and we’ll be expecting the release of those players to compete in that tournament.”PNG also wants the go ahead for a one-off international this year and Mr Tassell said it would be against either Samoa or Italy on October 19.Mr Tassell says the RLIF meeting was vital for Pacific nations to impress on the world body that they need to play regular test matches.It’s proposed that in the year when the Pacific Cup isn’t played, Pacific nations would hold a test series – PNG versus Fiji and Samoa versus Tonga.”We need to play more test matches, we need to give our players more international exposure and that’s the only way that we’re going to improve,” he said.Women’s soccer misses out on moneyMeanwhile, the vice-president of the Papua New Guinea Football Association, Linda Wonuhali, has criticised the PNG government for failing to come to the aid of the Women’s National League.The competition has been cancelled for 2014 after the FA failed to find a new sponsor.It’s a blow for the women’s game in the run-up to the Pacific Games in Port Moresby next year, where PNG will be the defending champions.While the government’s focus is on rugby league, Ms Wonuhali argues that soccer has far greater potential on the international stage.She told Pacific Beat that they will battle on, with or without the government’s assistance.”It does not discourage us – in August, we have the girls under 15 (team) that is leaving for the Youth Olympics in China and then we are hosting the Four Nations Cup so that will keep us fit and also these are internationally-recognised games that we are participating for this year – we’re not going to give up,” she said.Ms Wonuhali says she’s very disappointed that there’s significant sponsorship for the men’s game and sports like rugby league get government funding as well but women’s soccer misses out on government help.”I am very, very upset. To me, honestly, if you are looking at performance based on money, I think soccer is doing much, much better than rugby but even the men’s competition in soccer does not seem to get a lot of support from the government.”It is really frustrating to see that the government is not fair in contributing to other sports.”Everyone of us are playing the same game here trying to promote sports and have our young people stay out of trouble.” – Radio Australialast_img read more

US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The fourth round begins, with the most anticipated matchup being reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Muguruza is seeded No. 3; Kvitova is No. 13. They are among the most powerful hitters in the game today. For Kvitova, this is her toughest matchup since returning to action at the French Open following surgery on her left hand as a result of an attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. “I would be happy (to) see a top-10 player, finally. That’s means I’m kind of deep in the tournament, finally,” Kvitova said. “It’s nice to play someone who won a Grand Slam this year. I’m really looking forward (to) the big stage and (to) that match.” Another past Wimbledon champion, No. 9 Venus Williams, is also in Ashe, playing Carla Suarez Navarro in the afternoon. In men’s play, the revelation of the tournament, 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov, takes on the highest-seeded man left in the bottom half of the draw, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta.SUNDAY’S FORECASTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Rain. High of 73 degrees (23 Celsius).SATURDAY’S WEATHERcenter_img Rain in the evening. High of 66 degrees (19 Celsius).SATURDAY’S RESULTSMen’s third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Roger Federer beat No. 31 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5; No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat No. 30 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; No. 9 David Goffin beat No. 18 Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-1, retired; No. 24 Juan Martin Del Potro beat No. 11 Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; Aleksandr Dolgopolov beat Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0, 6-4; Andrey Rublev beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber beat John Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Women’s third round: No. 1 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5; No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe beat No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Daria Kasatkina beat No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2; No. 15 Madison Keys beat No. 17 Elena Vesnina 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Jennifer Brady beat Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3); Lucie Safarova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2; Kaia Kanepi beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.STAT OF THE DAYADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 16 — Unforced errors by Roger Federer in his victory; he averaged 62 in his first two matches.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Maybe ‘The Real Housewives’ will want to play tennis one day.” — CoCo Vandweghe, the 20th-seeded American, who says she likes to watch reality TV shows. Knights, Lions relish unlikely team-up in NCAA All-Star Game LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, waves to fans after beating Caroline Garcia, of France, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APA quick look at the U.S. Open :LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAYADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Decent Work Bill Dangles

first_imgThe Decent Work Bill is arguably becoming the most controversial Bill within the Chambers of the 53rd Legislature.In terms of duration in the House, it is only second to the Code of Conduct, which goes as far back as 2009 with the Decent Work Bill being introduced in 2010.Besides suffering several setbacks either by the makings of the various committees mandated to scrutinize it and advice the two Houses on what decisions to take, or the Plenary of the two Houses differing discussions, the fate of the Bill is still dangling on an unbalanced political sword waiting for another conference committee to decide on a final resting place.Tuesday, May 6, the Senate received a communication from the House of Representatives, informing that body that it has endorsed the recommendations of the conference committee on Decent Work Bill 2010 to set a minimum wage.“By directive, the Honorable House of Representatives in session have mandated me to inform the Honorable House of Senate that it has endorsed the recommendation of the conference committee on Decent Work Bill 2010 to set a minimum wage bill articulated in the attached addendum. The Bill was deliberated and passed into the full force of the law on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the hour 1449 GMT during its regular session…”According to communication from the House of Representatives under the signature of Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon, the addendum to the minimum wage as passed by the House of Representatives and Senate Conference Committee, the minimum wage for skilled professional employee was put at US$0.75 hour, amounting to US$6 per day and US$156 a month.Domestic or unskilled employee minimum wage was agreed at US$0.40 per hour; US$4 per day, and US$104 a month.The committee said the function and duty of the National Wage Board is to review wages after every two years.But the Senate’s immediate reaction Tuesday as propounded by Maryland County Senator John Ballout, was that the Senate received firstly the document, discuss it the next session and decide whether there was a need for another conference committee. “I am begging this plenary indulgence that we allow all Senators to receive what has been read; may be it may not necessarily amount for conference committee, but in the event it does, so be it.”In its final decision, the plenary agreed for another conference committee with the mandate that Senate maintains its original decision as passed on Thursday, September 10, 2013, during the 59th day sitting of the 2nd Session. The Senate at that sitting last year concurred with the joint conference committee of both the Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Decent Work Bill with a minimum wage at US$75 cents an hour and US$6 a day, without amendment.Meanwhile, the leadership of the Senate after few minutes of consultation Tuesday, set up a six-man committee that includes Senators Joseph Nagbe, Frederick Cherue, Sumo Kupee, Isaac Nyenabo, Geraldine Doe-Sherif and John Ballout; with the spelt out mandate to go to the House of Representatives and negotiate the terms that the Senate passed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rayad Emrit says Sohail Tanvir makes his job so much easier

first_imgThe Guyana Amazon Warriors have come close to winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League, but they have never got over the line, having been losing finalists in 2013, 2014, and 2016.Flashback! Hero CPL 2017: Rayad Emrit and Sohail Tanvir having a chatIn 2017, they finished in third place despite a poor start to the tournament. Rayad Emrit, the man that stepped into the captaincy when Martin Guptill returned home for family reasons, felt that they did well to make the play-offs.“I thought having to win the last five games to qualify to the knockout stages; I think we came up pretty well. We didn’t get the start that we wanted, I thought if we had gotten a couple of wins where it came down close in the last over – we had a couple of games coming down to the last over that we needed eight runs and we didn’t go through the line. I think if we had those victories it would have been a different season, but all in all I thought it was pretty decent coming down to the back end of the tournament.”Looking forward to the 2018 season, Emrit thinks that the additions that they made to their squad at the draft mean that they can get close this year as well. “We always there to win the trophy. I think the hunger is still there; to be honest it’s just that we haven’t been finishing well, and coming down to the back end of the tournament where we need to finish well, that’s where we don’t.“It’s a bit different this year, we have Shoaib Malik who has the wealth of experience, with him coming in to the team, especially with the batting, he knows how to win games and hopefully he can do that for us. We have a decent bowling attack. Rashid Khan isn’t there, but Imran Tahir is there as well as Sohail Tanvir. so I think we’re covered pretty OK.”The Amazon Warriors had three of the top five wicket-takers at the 2017 tournament, with Emrit himself finishing third on the list with 15 victims. The man with the most wickets was Tanvir, who has been retained by the Guyanese team for 2018. Emrit says having Tanvir bowling at the other end makes his job easier.“Tanvir knows how to swing the new ball; a lot of guys don’t swing the new ball in the Caribbean. On his day, when he starts swinging it, he causes a lot of trouble for the opponents. He started to swing the ball later on in the tournament and that’s where we got our momentum. If he can do that from the start, definitely he’ll be a handful again.“It’s easy when he does the job; it’s easier for the other guys at the end, even though it’s going to be a lot of pressure on us to maintain the pressure. It’s always easy having a bowler like that at the other end. He’s been brilliant and as I said, if he can do the job again for us, it’ll make the other bowlers’ job a lot easier.” Emrit ended.last_img read more