Dagg’s Crusaders return on hold

first_imgDagg travelled with the team to Suva but will only take part in promotional activities.The 28-year-old outside back had a knee operation in mid-March but played 40 minutes of club rugby last weekend and declared himself ready to resume playing for the Crusaders.Coach Scott Robertson disagreed and left him out of the match in Suva, where the Crusaders will be looking to retain their perfect record this season with a 12th consecutive win.That leaves Dagg with just two more Super Rugby matches to prove his match fitness before Steve Hansen names his squad for the British and Irish Lions series on June 8. Photo: Photosport Crusaders fullback Israel Dagglast_img read more

Turagu’s fly away with the NCD Cup

first_imgTuragu’s started off with the opening whistle with their first try and went on to score in every second minute of the game in a one-sided grand final match. Almost all conversions from the goal kicker Manu Guise were counted in the first half leaving the score at 36-0 at half time.Turagus continued to extend their lead in the second half sending in another three their players into the Harlies try line to make it 48-0.And right on the full-time, Harlies were able to get the break through to score a late try to make it a 48-5 full-time score.Turugus walked away with the cup and K20, 000 cash prize.In other challenges, Baike Brothers defeated Black Orhids 17-12 to claim the Plate, Madgauns (Madang) defeated Valley Hunters 19-7 for the Bowl and Nova slammed Brothers in the shield challenge.In the female challenge Spartans lashed out Harlies with a 28-0 victory to claim K10, 000 cash prize and the cup.Other female finales include the Sisters who beat Southern Chives  5-0 in the extra time for the Womens Bowl and Wanderers beat Valley Hunters 21-0 for the Women’s Plate.last_img read more

Tonga out of the 2016 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

first_imgThe Friendly Islanders suffered their second loss in the four-team tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday after being thrashed 50-0 by Samoa A.Lolohea’s boys simply had no answer to the Samoan onslaught in an entertaining, open-style game.”Yes. It’s a disappointing performance but I’m all right with that,” Tonga A head coach Isi Fatani said.”We have a lot of new players from U21.”This is the first time for most to play in a tournament like this. This is new to them.”But in the long run, we will maintain them and give these young boys exposure for next year. In two years, they will get better.”Tongan right wing Atelea Moa and captain Lolohea were among a handful of players, who played well for the side. Speedy Moa put on a try-saving tackle against a Samoan forward and showed good vision as well. In the first half, he set up a sure try for Mateo Malupo but the big outside centre lost the ball in contact.Winless Tonga A will face Fiji Warriors in its last game on Thursday.”I think Fiji is the best team in this tournament. We will try our best to see how we can beat them,” Fatani said.In round one, Tonga was beaten by Junior Japan 28-6.The Tonga A-Fiji Warriors game kick-off is at 6pm.last_img read more

A French Cup that takes place on four continents

first_imgThe Saint-Pierroise, team they played on Papin, Djibril Cissé or Payet, has traveled more than 9,000 kilometers to face today to Niort in the thirty-second Cup Cups. In fact, in their ranks is an old acquaintance of Atlético de Madrid as it is Sinama-Pongolle.In 2019 he signed for the city club in which was born in Reunion Islands and is the emblem of an entity that seeks to be the 2nd Overseas team to reach 1/16 of the tournament, after Galder Kourou, who in 1989 lost scandalously against Nantes 0-11.The curiosities of the tournamentThe Linas of the sixth division will play against PSG tomorrow with a coach who is a subscriber of the Parisian team and who was at the Bernabéu in Real Madrid-PSG.No overseas equipment He has never exceeded the 16th of the French Cup. The only one who arrived was the Galder Kourou in 1989 and lost 0-11 to Nantes.The club with the most cups in France conquered is the PSG (12), followed by Olympique de Marseille (10). The big two.Didier Deschamps He will go to Bayonne-Nantes today, as the French coach went through the quarry of both clubs. Therefore, it is a special match for him.In 1992 the tournament was not played after “the drama of Furiani”. It was a sinking of the stands during the Bastia-Marseille match, causing 23,000 wounded.The Spanish Ladislas Lozano In 2000, he led the fourth division Calais to the final of the French Cup. A success. Can you imagine a club tournament that is disputed in four continents? Well it exists. The French Cup, one of the most special of European football, is characterized by including the best teams of the overseas territories, to the point of forcing French clubs to perform endless trips of more than 12,000 kilometers, What are they paid by the Federation In its whole.Overseas territories are considered officially french soil. In fact, if you attend to the political map of France, you may find that it includes various departments that are considered dependents of the French administration. Specifically, they are the following: New Caledonia and French Polynesia (Oceania), the Reunion and Mayotte Islands (Africa), and French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Peter and Miquelon (America). All of them, more the French of EuropeOf course, they gather their best teams every year to play the Cup.Everybody contributed two teams (except Mayota, New Caledonia and Tahiti, with one), although it has only survived the first rounds the Saint-Pierroise of the Reunion Islands, which has been among the 64 best teams in French football this season in the French cupper tournament.last_img read more

Verdasco and Carreño pass; Martinez collides with Medvedev

first_imgVerdasco goes again to BasilashviliFernando Verdasco can be for the sixth time within the third spherical of the Australian Open after beating and beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in 4 units (4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and 6-Four in 2h: 49). The Madrid had a foul time at the beginning of the sport, however then I danger every little thing to go for the win in opposition to an opponent who had gained final 12 months in Vienna and with which now has a positive stability of 2-1. That’s the reason he made 51 errors, though Basilashivili left till he was 58. Verdasco will meet on Saturday with German Alexander Zverev (2-2 in personal duels).Carreño, far superior to GojowczykPablo Carreño will play for the fourth consecutive 12 months the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after beating in 4 units the German Peter Gojowczyk (6-4, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-Four in 2h: 08). In 2018 and 2019, the Gijón reached eighth in Melbourne, though this time it will likely be very troublesome to realize it as a result of He’ll face Rafa Nadal this Saturday. Carreño disconnected within the third set, however he had the sport underneath management and regained the trail to a victory he confirmed within the fourth. With good serves and aggressiveness (44 winners), The most effective factor that Spanish did is to keep up exceptional accuracy (14 failures). He didn’t must add a lot to the community and he handed his opponents a couple of occasions, he had already gained in his earlier two clashes, when he did. Outcomes of the lads’s workforce of the Australian Open. Pedro Martínez had by no means gained an ATP match and it was launched in a giant approach. Final Tuesday he beat the German Koepfer within the first spherical and had the fortune, or misfortune, relying on the way you take a look at it, of crossing within the second with a prime tennis participant and on the central court docket of the Australian Open. His phantasm bumped into the wall of Daniil Medvedev, one of the stable gamers on the circuit, who saved in a couple of minutes of the primary set, gave him no selection: 7-5 and 6-1 and 6-Three in 2h: 09.Martinez fell, however loved the expertise loads. Within the first set he matched the preliminary drawback with which he began and fought to take the partial. Then every little thing was put uphill earlier than an impressed rival who gave some nice hits. Pedro had fun, a lot in order that within the fifth sport of the third set, with the sport nearly misplaced, he made the Muscovite a throw-in, though he was alert and gained the purpose. And within the sixth he threw three balloons as coaching to complete them. Moments of recreation on a special occasion for him, which he will certainly not neglect. On the observe, Medvedev was far superior and punished the alzireño with 19 direct serves for a complete of 40 successful strokes.You might have seen them with one other Spanish, Jaume Munar, however he fell to Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-2, 7-6 (5) and 6-2. The Mallorcan had the chance to match the sport within the second set when he was 5-1 up within the tiebreaker, however a 6-Zero of his rival ended his possibilities of passing.last_img read more

João Félix and the Kun mirror

first_imgA slowdown that comes when he was achieving continuity playing as second tip. Your global statistics: six goals (four in the League and two in the Champions), one every 354 minutes and three assists, which are already on par with Agüero’s in its first year, with a total of seven goals (six in the league and one in the cup) in 2,634 minutes, one every 376. What’s more, João Félix’s goal scoring debut in the Champions League against Lokomotiv at 19 years and 325 days, served to break Agüero’s record, at 20 years and 106 days, as Atlético’s youngest scorer in the top European competition. Kun did so in Eindhoven in his competition debut against PSV in the club’s third season.Golden boyBut if something makes clear the expectations that the world of football has set for João Félix was the delivery of the Golden Boy as the best footballer under the age of 21 in a calendar year. The second Atlético player to win the award after precisely the Kun Agüero in 2007, beating Messi and Cesc Fàbregas in the vote. A very prestigious trophy that has been obtained by those who are now the best players in the world. João Félix so far has been following in the footsteps of Kun Agüero, but now he has before him the most difficult challenge, having the continuity of the Argentine. After those first months of acclimatization under the shadow of Fernando Torres, Something that João Félix was apparently going to have this year with Diego Costa according to what was seen in the preseason but that has not been the case, Kun assumed the team’s stripes to become a completely decisive player. MACARIO MUÑOZ & nbsp; (DIARIO AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Kun Agüero, after scoring Villarreal in his first season at Atlético.MACARIO MUÑOZ (DAILY AS) And the Portuguese is following in the wake of the Argentine on his arrival at the club, with a first year of learning to meet all the expectations placed on his signing. João Félix, like Agüero, left a most exciting preseason, clarifying the reason why Atlético decided to make the largest investment in its history for its services. Although the amount of the transfer serves to show the inflation of soccer and the increase in the mattress’s economic power. If Kun happened to be the most expensive signing in Red and White history in 2006 for 23 million that the club paid to Argentinian Independiente when the player was only 18 years old, the amount of João Félix this summer shot up to 127.2 million paid to Benfica by the 19-year-old footballer.But already in official competition, João Félix’s season is going from less to more. The Portuguese started the course displaced to the right wing and participating very little in the game, although leaving flashes of its quality such as the play in his debut against Getafe to cause a penalty, his assistance to Vitolo on the second day or his goal to Eibar on the third. Same day in which Agüero premiered as a rojiblanco scorer. The Argentine scored his first goal with Atlético in San Mamés on the third day of the League after starting the course as a regular substitute with the idea of ​​Aguirre to start giving him little by little. CHEMA DIAZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>João Félix celebrates with Koke his goal against Villarreal.CHEMA DIAZ (DAILY AS) Forming attack partner with Forlán, Agüero finished with 30 goals in 53 games in his second season after leaving an extraordinary U-20 World Cup, a summer tournament to claim that João Félix will not be able to explode due to the postponement of the Euro Cup to 2021 by the Coronavirus. From that second year, Kun was an unstoppable footballer, who commanded in LaLiga and who met all the expectations presented on his arrival until signing for Manchester City.At Atlético João Félix is ​​expected to continue progressing with Agüero’s mirror. Two different players, who when they catch the ball lift the spectator from the seat and generate illusion in the stands. From the Portuguese, he is trusted to work until he becomes the footballer who by quality has already made it clear that he can become. Atlético once again has a world promise in its squad, a player called to dominate football in the future despite being only 20 years old. Since Kun Agüero, who left the rojiblanco team in the summer of 2011, the rojiblanco team did not have such a young figure with so much depth in their squad until the arrival of João Félix eight years after his goodbye. Two diamonds in the rough that stand out for their talent and quality with the ball. An ownership that João Félix has had from the first day, but in the case of the Portuguese it has been the injuries that have slowed his participation in the team, with two long injuries of one month each. So far it has disputed 2,124 minutes in 28 games, 24 of them as a starter. Since his return to the team after overcoming a muscle injury, João Félix saw the door against Villarreal and against Sevilla, in addition to assisting Marcos Llorente in the first of his goals against Liverpool. Two goals and one assist in four games before the halt caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

The final that saved Cruyffism

first_imgIt was an ugly ending to a tough game. So much so that the referee in the final, García de Loza, said as soon as he finished: “It was the most difficult game of my life. From the first moment, the players have been making very tough innings and I had no choice but to show the cards. The truth is that I have a very clear conscience and my only doubt is whether I was not wrong in not showing the second card to Amor “. Remote times, those in which the collegiate spoke after the games.That was the great reproach of Madrid. Fernando Hierro had been sent off for a double yellow card (he saw the second card for an entry to Robert) and Amor had been pardoned by the Galician. The Madrid players stormed out for the referee. Gordillo was as spontaneous as ever: “The referee has screwed up.” Míchel was also clear on whom to point out: “I think the main culprit for our defeat has been the referee, who has been downright wrong.”Yes, the end had been hard. With hard entrances and even underground play. Sanchís punched Salinas in the stomach who was not punished, Aloisio and Hugo Sánchez had their pluses and minuses. The least there was was soccer, but this time Cruyff was obliged to be more pro-journalist than ever. And Cruyff, especially, liked to win. When he was about to be substituted, Guillermo Amor made it 1-0, which was served to him by Txiki Begiristain. “Yes, I was going to change Guillermo, we have been lucky.” Salinas closed the game. In those times, raising a title for Madrid de la Quinta was everything for a fans accustomed to very little.But that title meant much more. “It gave stability,” Amor admitted in his day. Thanks to that victory, Cruyff continued at Barça, who put the icing on his project with the signing of Stoichkov, and the winning cycle began. The trend was reversed. “Possibly, it began to be the decline of that fifth,” admitted Paco Buyo years later in an interview with Efe. Núñez had to contain himself, the Dream Team was born and Cruyff triumphed. Possibly, without that ending the story would have been written differently.DATA SHEETBarcelona: Zubizarreta; Aloisio (Serna, 26 ‘), Koeman, Alexanco; Eusebio, Amor (Soler, 71 ‘), Bakero, Robert; Laudrup, Salinas, Begiristain.Real Madrid: Buyo; Chendo, Ruggeri (Llorente, 63 ‘), Sanchís; Gordillo; Míchel (Aldana, 77 ‘), Hierro, Schuster, Martín Vázquez, Butragueño, Hugo.Goals. 1-0. Love (78 ‘). 2-0 Salinas (91 ‘)Referee. García de Loza. He admonished Alexanco, Koeman, Amor and Salinas at Barcelona and Hierro, Míchel and Martín Vázquez at Real Madrid. Barça finished LaLiga of the 1989-90 season, Cruyff’s second on the bench, in third position and eleven points (when the victories were worth two) from Real Madrid of the Quinta del Buitre. LaLiga did not end until May 6, but by the time the Copa del Rey final was to be played on April 5, the azulgrana no longer had any option. They lost ten games during the regularity tournament and Cruyff was starting to lack defenders. After saving his first season with the Recopa won at Sampdoria in Bern, in the second, after the arrival of Koeman and Laudrup, more was expected. But Cruyff’s cheeky football ended up becoming brittle and kamikaze. The bold idea of ​​the Dutch had not yet caught on and the most conservative sectors of Barcelona accused the Dutch of an empty romanticism. Cruyff was in danger.The Cup final, which Barça arrived at, it must be said, after an immaculate trajectory in which he eliminated Athletic, Real and Valencia, had a certain air of all or nothing for Cruyff. The old guard, the one who did not believe in Johan’s new methods, proclaimed to the four winds that if he lost in Mestalla on April 5, the Dutchman was amortized and could jump. Also, the previous weekend, Barça had lost 0-2 against Atlético de Madrid. Núñez had come out to give a conciliatory message, but not too powerful either. Barça also had a collateral fire. The Milla case had exploded. The player from Teruel would not travel to the Mestalla final and Cruyff’s management in the matter was disputed. No one would remember after him. And less so next year when a certain Josep Guardiola appeared, growing up in the same garden that had seen Milla born.This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of that game that saved Cruyffism and had much more than football. To begin with, some unfortunate statements by Chendo, today the delegate of Real Madrid. “The party has been won by some who are not Spanish, simply,” he said as soon as he finished the final. Then he tried to rectify without much success: “What I feel bad about is that a Spanish team wins that cup for fans who do not feel Spanish.” Although later he qualified with distinctions: “At no time have I referred to the Barcelona players or the team, but to a sector of the fans.”last_img read more

Sammy Lee: “Michael had a huge personality”

first_imgSammy Lee (Liverpool, 1959) played as a midfielder for Liverpool from 1976 to 1986, where he met and became friends with Michael Robinson. The two also played for QPR and Osasuna after leaving Liverpool.What was Michael like?The thing about Michael is that he had a huge personality. When he came to Liverpool, he entered a very good team and made a fantastic contribution to the football club, but, for me personally, he was more than that. He was just an absolutely excellent guy in every way and his death is a sad, sad loss for all of football.What impact did Michael have on your career?When I finished my time in Liverpool as a player, Michael was very, very important in my departure first to QPR when he was there, and then, and even more important to me, Osasuna in Spain. He was crucial in all of those decisions of mine, and he played a hugely important role in everything I learned on the stage after Liverpool, both as a player and as a coach.So Michael was helping you when you left LiverpoolWhen you leave Liverpool no matter where you go, it is always difficult. Michael first helped make this happen by influencing me to go to the QPR and then helping me adjust to life in London; It was very important because it was not an easy moment for me, personally or professionally. Leaving the club you have loved and been with all your life is a brutal change and Michael helped me a lot. How was your time together in Spain?He was excellent with me in all of that – it’s always difficult to leave the club you grew up with and supported all your life – but that moment comes for everyone and both Michael and his wife Chris helped a lot and made life much easier for me and my wife. After Liverpool it was the best experience I had as a player because I got to know a new culture and that’s where my love for training started, because I was lucky to go to Osasuna in Pamplona and the people there were absolutely fantastic with me and Michael. That was my best football experience as a player after leaving Liverpool.Football was everything to Michael …Yes, he had a passion for life and soccer and I think that all this passion was evident on TV, his knowledge of soccer was evident. I noticed it in every conversation I had with him.After his injury, he knew how to start a career on television.He knew how to take advantage of what happened to him and created a second option in the world of commentators in Spain, he was loved, and rightly so because he was passionate about it. He loved life, the main parts of his life were his family and soccer and he was passionate about both.People here in Spain are absolutely devastated …It was just a guy with great enthusiasm. He came out of it in everything he did, both in his playing days and in his later career. So they love him in Spain, I know they really love him.last_img read more

14 J’cans in Pan Am Juniors action today

first_imgNATIONAL Junior 100 metres hurdle record holder Deashon Gordon will lead 14 Jamaicans into action on today’s opening day of competition at the XVIII Pan American Junior Championships, which will be held at the Foote Field on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Canada.The country’s athletes will be trying to better the performance of two years ago when two silver medals were mined.The three-day competition will start at 11:30 a.m. (Jamaican time), and there will be some 14 finals on today’s opening day.Gordon, who just completed her first year at the Louisiana State University (LSU), is expected to be one of the country’s main medal hopes when she competes in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles, with the preliminary round set for a 12:50 p.m. start. The final of the event will take place later on at 6:05 p.m. Gordon, who finished fifth in the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the National Senior Championship in a National Junior record of 12.97 seconds, is the number two-ranked athlete in the event, just behind the United States’ Dior Hall, who has a top time of 12.74 seconds.The Jamaican will be joined in the event by 2013 World Youth champion Yanique Thompson, who has failed to fire all season and will be hoping for a big performance here.There will also be preliminary action in the women’s and men’s 100 metres, along with the women’s and men’s 400 metres in the opening session.100 metresJoniel Smith and Sashalee Forbes will compete in the women’s 100 metres, while Xandre Blake and Shivnarine Smalling will do so in the men’s 100 metres. Dawnalee Loney and Candice Mcleod will be in action in the women’s 400 metres, while in the men’s event, it will be Ivan Henry and Bernardo Wilson. The finals of these events will be contested later in the day.Four other Jamaicans will be in action in the second session of competition. Obrien Wasome and Odaine Lewis will do battle in the men’s long jump final at 7:20 p.m., while Thaleeto Green and Shemar Salmon will contest the Men’s 5000 metres final at 8:25 p.m.last_img read more

Jamaican flag hoisted at Toronto Para Pan Games

first_imgTORONTO:The grandeur of the National Anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted on the country’s Independence Day, at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada, who bonded with team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.Several hand-held flags were waved in a flurry of patriotism, while the contingent’s media outfit captured expressions of pride on camera. The occasion was celebratory, but reflections on the purpose of the journey and the business at hand introduced a solemnity which gave the ceremony greater meaning for Jamaica’s athletes.Chef de Mission, Randolph Jones, led team Jamaica into the international zone where flag-raising ceremonies at international and regional Games are customarily held, and after the flag was hoisted, he presented Jamaica’s gift of the globally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee and an assortment of Jamaican spices to a representative of the mayor, who in turn handed him a replica of the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American torch.Music, modern and cultural, and dances performed by youth to the sounds of generational hilts, characterised the ceremony in which Brazil and Bermuda were the other participants.”The ceremony was a celebration of sport, its camaraderie, friendship, and unifying influence, and team Jamaica embodied that expression,” said Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association.Wayne and Heather Fullwood and Roger Shaw, Jamaicans residing in Canada, celebrated with the team, and after the ceremony, the festivities continued in the Chef de Mission’s office with the volunteers assigned to Jamaica, who have become, in their words, “totally Jamaicanised”.last_img read more