Eight NRL stars in Bennett’s England squad

first_imgCronulla Sharks veteran Chris Heighington will make his return to the squad after last being selected for England in 2011, while Zak Hardaker has also been recalled and Chris McQueen, Mike McMeeken and Alex Walmsley have been handed debuts. Gold Coast Titan McQueen qualifies for England selection through his English father.Sean O’Loughlin will captain the side, which also features NRL stars James Graham, Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead and Gareth Widdop.England squad: Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Luke Gale, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Heighington, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jermaine McGillvary, Mike McMeeken, Chris McQueen, Sean O’Loughlin (c), Mark Percival, Scott Taylor, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.last_img read more

Lewas return in triumph

first_imgThe queens of the East Asia Pacific (EAP) region-the Pacific MMI Lewas returned to the country this afternoon to a warm reception from family, friends and supporters.The Lewas gathered outside the terminal and sang their victory song to the crowd of people who had gathered to welcome back the newly ranked number one team in the EAP.Lewas coach Kunemo Amini said that she was extremely proud of the girls who had achieved their main goal of being number one again.“We trained hard and played hard. We deserve it, we’ve been waiting for it for four years and we finally got what we wanted. Thank you to all our sponsors, our family and friends and the country for their support,” said Amini.Amini said there was still room for improvement and that the team would be working on enhancing their fitness levels as well as improving their technique in fielding and batting. She said this would help them prepare for the upcoming world cup qualifiers.From the EAP women’s trophy in Japan, a total of six Lewas players were named in the EAP team named by tournament directors. This was the most number of players out of all the competing teams.last_img read more

CRE blitz their way to hold top spot in Media Pool

first_imgClosing off rounds 3, 4 and 5 last Saturday, CRE took easy points forfeiting both Telinet and Post-Courier 7 frames to 0 and then made light work of Peoples Notice Board 6 – 1.However the real big movers and shakers on the weekend were Patrons led by old hands Willie Walimu and Colin Taimbari.Willie ‘the Olympian’ once again led from the front as his team of under-dogs upset Teksol Keleone 4-3, punished Vemps Media 5-2 and then smacked big names NIIB Lamana 4-3.Last year’s minor premier North Mirror led by their core team of captain Lasark Joseph and senior players Chollai Chauka, Charlie Lainda and Alice Mai also made headway thrashing Pacific MMI 7-0, thumping Poi-Nangu 6-1 and brushing off Parliament 5-2.The match of the day between Dataco Pebbles and defending champions Cool Grafix did live up to expectations going down to the wire with the premiers coming from behind to pip Pebbles 4-3.Papuan Blacks who have grown from strength to strength also had a good outing pumping Education Media 5-2 and then going down to a superior Keleone side in a close one 4-3 before coming back to haunt Vemps 6-1.Auditor General have also made serious progress by halting Crime Stoppers 6-1, brushing aside Pebbles 5-2 before going down to Cool Grafix 4-3.Tournament director Ephraim Kara has raised concern about certain teams giving away points on forfeits saying the MPC executives will make a decision shortly on which teams should continue in the competition.“The competition has progressed very well except for a few forfeits but that is been noted by the executives and decisions will be made on whether these teams should continue in the competition or not moving forward,” he added.The top 12 teams of the MPC ladder after round 5 – CRE (10 points), NIIB Lamana (8), Auditor General (8), Patrons (8), Pebbles (6), NEM (6), Keleone (6), Parliament (6), Papuan Blacks (6), Poi Nangu (6), Cool Grafix (6) and City Hall (4).last_img read more

Wewak bikers ride to Madang with a message

first_imgRBN Maintenance Limited, a local company in Madang town, came on board and supported the bikers with biscuit and water worth K500 and K100 cash to help them return to Wewak, East Sepik Province.The bikers came on August 11, into the second day of Momase Regional Besta Qualifiers, to support their teams from Wewak, Ambunit, Maprik, Hulupu and Passam. And also, for the first time, to see how the teams from other provinces of Momase compete.Team leader of the bikers, Sam Kang,i said they travelled on three dinghies with one carrying their bikes and two other boats carrying the bikers to Base camp in Bogia. From there they travelled to town.Kangi said the aim of the boys is to show Momase that Wewak town has the potential to host the Momase Regional Besta Cup.“We came here to show support and solidarity for our teams and at the same time, to show the people of Madang and Momase that the four corners of Wewak Urban are not what they see and have heard about.“We have changed from boys to men and the so-called big heads in Wewak are us, coming to show that we are ready to host any future Besta Cup or PNG Football sanctioned tournament,” Kangi said.He said the riders came from the 16 wards of Wewak Urban, forming up this Wewak Urban Bike Association. All are soccer players and lovers.“This is not our first time to travel a long way to watch soccer. We have travelled to Aitape this year to support and cheer for our teams taking part in Pruaitch Cup and through that, we have gained confidence to continue to advocate and play soccer,” he said.Kangi said Momase is a big region and such tournaments should be equally distributed in the provinces.He said such favouritism will only kill the spirit of soccer in youths.Kangi however, thanked the people of Madang for loving soccer and keeping soccer as the number one sport in the province. He further thanked RBN Maintenance Limited for their backing.RBN Maintenance Limited owners, Reuben Neiman and wife Lucy, said the donation was to show their support to help youths play soccer and be soccer fanatics to help develop a better society.last_img read more

The calendar is tight: all the dates of women’s football

first_imgStart a 2020 full of illusions in Spanish women’s football. With the close signature (dated on January 10) of the first collective agreement in the history of this category in Europe, the starting signal will be given to intense months and with a lot at stake for the Spanish teams. From the First Iberdrola, where it is not yet known what will happen with the day not disputed by the strike of the players on November 16 and 17, to the quarterfinals of the Champions League between Atleti and Barça, the first Spain Supercup or the dispute of the Queen’s Cup, with the presence of also several FIFA dates.For now, January is very exciting in the Spanish League. The first month of the year will begin with a Athletic-Barça (Sunday, at 12:00) in San Mamés, with the challenge of continuing to add attendance records in this category, and will continue with a Tacon-Barça in Valdebebas (January 11 or 12) and an Atlético-Barça Classic (January 25 or 26), with the memory of 6-1 of the first leg at the Johan Cruyff Stadium. Without a doubt, duels loaded with morbidity in which everyone will seek to knock Barça, a great favorite and leader of Primera.There will be no time to relax, Atlético and Barça will see each other again in the remainder of the season, although in January the round trip of the League would be settled. Both will participate in the first Women’s Super Cup in Spain, which will be held in the second week of February and with a final four format, also adding Levante and Real Sociedad, current champion of the Copa de la Reina. Calendar3-8 February: Spanish Super Cup (semifinals)February 9: Spanish Super Cup (final)11-12 February: Copa de la Reina (round of 16)February 25-26: Queen’s Cup (quarterfinals)March 17-18: Copa de la Reina (semifinals)March 24-25: Champions League (quarter-finals -ida-)1-2 April: Champions League (quarterfinals -turn-)April 25-26: Champions League (semifinals -ida-)May 2-3: Champions League (semifinals-lap-)May 24: Champions League (final)May 31: Queen’s Cup (final)The headquarters of the Cup final and the Super Cup are not knownHe will also roll the ball in the K. O. tournament, which will begin to be played from the third week of February and whose finalists will meet in mid-March, leaving the final on May 31, without a seat to be defined. There is also no established headquarters for the Super Cup, whose close dispute has caused the complaint of the participating teams, who claim to know as soon as possible the place chosen to organize their trips.From national tournaments to the great continental competition: a Champions League in which Barça defends the runner-up title. The azulgrana will be measured in quarters at Atleti, which reached this round for the first time in its history. Rojiblancas and Barça will fight to sign the pass to the European semifinals (end of April and beginning of May) and take another step towards that end of May 24 at the Viola Park in Vienna (Austria).last_img read more

Courtois before Oblak, the guardians of the derby in Jeddah

first_imgCourtois arrives at the appointment before his former team at his best white moment. Far away is that October whistle before the Bruges. The Belgian has dispelled the doubts that surrounded him then based on improve your feelings and numbers in an obvious way. In his first five games he made nine stops and received nine goals; in the last six and before a similar number of auctions, he has stopped 17 and has conceded two. In League, in fact, He is the goalkeeper with the best average: 0.56 goals per day (9 in 16, Areola played the other three). The Spanish Super Cup looks for its hero in Jeddah and two of the candidates are undoubtedly the goalkeepers. On the one hand Oblak, savior of Atlético against Barça with seven stops (his course record), some spectacular; by the other Courtois, guardian of Madrid with a goal conceded in the last four games. Both have won points for their teams in the League and Champions and now pursue the first title of the year. It is one of the great duels of the final. It will be the fourth Madrid derby with Courtois and Oblak and two of the previous ones were 0-0. It doesn’t seem coincidental. In the last one it was decisive the rojiblanco, as it has been in the two games of 2020, with the I raised (stop at 93 ‘to Bardhi) and the Barça. Thursday came out victorious from two hand in hand before Griezmann and another before Messi, big words. And it comes from a 2019 where he threw the best numbers in Europe, with 25 goals to zero in 46 games. In total, Oblak has stayed unbeaten in 128 matches of 234 (54.7%) with Atleti. The course numbers of Courtois they approach him: did not fit in 11 games of 22. The athletic, who tomorrow will be the captain again, on 12 of 26.Those are the figures and, along with the feelings and praise, they point out how two of the most fit goalkeepers in the world. One morning can be crowned.center_img That is the Zamora is going to compete with Oblak, the absolute owner during the last four seasons. The Slovenian is at 0.63 (12 goals in 19 games). In the global season (League, Champions and Super Cup) yes Atlético’s boss, who has conceded 0.73 goals per game (19 in 26) by 0.77 (17 in 22) of the Real Madrid player.AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The numbers of Courtois and Oblak in this seasonACElast_img read more

Willy Hernangómez brushes perfection in the defeat of the Hornets

first_imgAdd 14 points (in seven of eight field shots) and four reboundsCharlotte loses a visit to Portland Trail Blazers 115-112 Photo: Getty The Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez has returned to the activity with an almost perfect performance, since he has scored 14 points with a 7/8 in field shots, but Charlotte Hornets have fallen in their visit to Portland Trail Blazers (115-112).center_img The oldest of the Hernangómez, who is having very few opportunities this season, showed his good basketball again every time he has the confidence of his coach and left almost ready for a minute in the 16 he was on the court.His good individual sensations contrasted with the collective ones, since the Hornets conceded their fifth consecutive victory, but still remain ninths of the Eastern Conference of the NBA to three victories of the zone of ‘playoffs’.Devonte Graham (27 points and 10 rebounds) and Terry Rozier (25) were Charlotte’s best at the Moda Center, where they came to have a triple on the horn to tie that did not even touch the hoop. As for the locals, Damian Lillard (30) and CJ McCollum (27) fulfilled their usual leadership role to seal the victory.last_img read more

Copa del Rey: Ibiza-Barça, Cultural-Atlético, Unionistas-R. Madrid…

first_imgThe four teams come to play the Super Cup arrived with preference in the draw. Since they had to be paired with the teams of less category in a single match elimination. That is, with four of the eight clubs in Second B. The remaining teams in the bronze category will be measured at First (Ebro – Leganés, Badajoz – Eibar, Badalona – Granada and Recreational – Osasuna). The other teams of LaLiga Santander will seek the pass against Second Division clubs, of which only 6 of the 22 teams have qualified. All the qualifiers will be played in the field of the smallest team (as long as it meets minimum requirements) or according to the order of extraction of the balls if they are of the same category. As has happened with him Seville-Levante and the Real Sociedad-Espanyol.The sixteen winners qualify for eighths, which will be played on January 28, 29 and 30.Matches of the Champions teams against a Second B.Ibiza – BarcelonaUD Logroñés – ValenciaCultural – AthleticUnionistas-Real MadridPairings of a First against a Second BEbro – LeganésBadajoz – EibarBadalona – GranadaRecreational – OsasunaFirst vs. Second MatchesLightning – BetisMirandés – CelticTenerife – ValladolidGirona – VillarrealElche – AthleticZaragoza – MallorcaPairings between FirstSeville – LevanteReal Sociedad-Espanyol The Copa del Rey Keep picking up speed and weight. The round of 32 to be played the next few days January 21, 22 and 23 they will already have the four Spanish Champions teams, which had been exempt in the first two rounds for being qualified for the Spanish Super Cup. The Real Madrid starts his career in the Copa del Rey visiting Las Pistas, where he will have to face the Unionists of Salamanca in sixteenths, a team of just six years of history and that eliminated Deportivo in the previous round. The Valencia, champion of the tournament, begins his defense of the title by measuring UD Logroñés. The Barcelona, runner-up and team with more cups in his medal winners, will face the Ibiza by Pablo Alfaro. And the Athletic will face the Leonese Cultural, rival that faced in 2002/03 and 2003/04 with victory for the rojiblancos in both occasions.last_img read more

Cavani, already recovered, does not travel to Lille and Tuchel sees him further outside: “He needs to solve things …”

first_img“Things are not clear. They will not be with us in Lille (in reference to Cavani and Kurzawa, also with their future in the air and that does not travel to that party either)”, said the press conference technician on both players with their eyes on the duel this Sunday, the fourth without playing for the Uruguayan battering ram. The Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, striker of Paris Saint Germain and claimed in the winter market by Atlético de Madrid, is already recovered from his muscular discomfort, but neither will he travel with the team for this Sunday’s duel in Lille by coach Thomas Tuchel’s decision, who said the attacker has trained with the group, but “needs to solve things.” In the previous three, the club reported some discomfort in the pubis; In this Sunday, the technician already confirmed that Cavani is recovered from his ailment. “He has done the training, but he needs to solve things. It’s the same for Layvin (Kurzawa). You have to make decisions,” Tuchel added.Cavani is the goal of Atlético in this winter market, whose term ends in less than a week, next Friday. At the moment, Paris Saint Germain rejected a first offer from the rojiblanco team, which is expected another attempt during the next few days.The player, who will turn 33 next February 14, has participated in fourteen meetings this season, in which he has scored five goals. This course its presence and impact in the Parisian complex has been inferior. In his time at PSG in the last seven years, he has scored 198 goals in a total of 269 crashes.last_img read more

“Sometimes you go out with the head that you want to change clubs”

first_imgCopa América or Olympic Games: “If I could play both … But it’s my last Olympiad, I want to be Olympic gold and be marked in the history of the national team.”Released by Madrid: “I don’t know. We don’t talk yet. Let’s see what’s best for the club and for the people.”Ups and downs season after the first season injury: “I have been very calm with the family and always thinking about the club and the tranquility of playing. I found the best when I was in the season and for nothing was worse at the beginning of the season, it was a bit difficult and playing less, but the club always gave me more support so that I could have the peace of mind of having this moment now, which are the best games in January and February. We need all the players. “Personality helps in bad times: “It does not matter the moment if you are being happy always laughing for everyone and always wanting to learn that helps me a lot too and having the family close helps me a lot.” Vinicius reviewed the news of Real Madrid and his possible presence in the Olympic Games in an interview with Intensive Esporte. 25center_img To mature: “I play here with more experienced players who are club legends who already won everything and who want to win more. They always help me and Rodrygo. Rodrygo and Militao are here for a short time and the players want to continue long enough to continue winning, to continue having that group strengthAssignment: “It did not go through my head and I know that in football everything changes every minute in the game you have to always be calm. Sometimes you go out with the head that you want to change clubs and in the middle of a season it is always quite complicated. Never I thought that. I always thought about staying here, doing my best and playing again with the best players in the world. I think there is nothing better than going out for another club, the level of training and play will go down a bit. “Costume support: “The Brazilians. Marcelo, Casemiro, Militao, Rodrygo … We are younger and we are always giving strength to each other, also to have peace of mind, because here it is always said that the most difficult is not to arrive, the most difficult is keep you and have a good head. “Neymar says he wants to play Copa América and the Olympic Games. Where is it most needed? “In both. Neymar is needed everywhere. He can play in both and help.”Neymar, Golden Ball: “Yes, that I can win the best in the world, that I don’t have any injuries, I can play a lot, conquer many titles, less against Madrid, and I can play a lot in the National Team, which is always good to play with Neymar.”training: “I have to be very focused and do a good job. With maximum strength in training.”Does training help you gain confidence when you are playing?: “Yes, a little. Just in the game you don’t have to compare it. In the game you can score and that confidence comes back faster.”last_img read more