Montpellier humbled by Racing

first_imgPhoto by Getty Images. Caption: Racing 92 fly-half Pat Lambie Montpellier had won their last three games, but were put to the sword by the hosts, who ran in three tries and saw 11 points come from the boot of fly-half Pat Lambie to give their home stadium in Colombes a fine send-off before they move to the newly built U Arena.Racing, who are set to lose Dan Carter at the end of the season after he announced this week that he is to leave for Japan’s Kobelco Steelers, went ahead courtesy of the first of three Lambie penalties 23 minutes in.And seven minutes later Albert Vulivuli crossed for the game’s opening try.Another Lambie three-pointer made it 13-0 at the break and Brice Dulin extended the lead further when he went over out wide.Juan Imhoff added the finishing touches with a 70-metre solo effort from an interception as Racing recorded a bonus-point success that marked their fourth successive win.Bravo à nos Ciel et Blanc pour cette belle victoire ! Au programme : Tour d’honneur + selfie avec les supporters ! #R92MHR pic.twitter.com/Q8qkKaYrE6— Racing 92 (@racing92) November 26, 2017Lyon could have gone top had they taken advantage of Montpellier’s slip-up, but they too stumbled at home against Toulouse.Lionel Beauxis’ penalty put Lyon ahead after 13 minutes but a Toulouse penalty try and a Zack Holmes converted try put the visitors into a 14-3 lead.A late hit from Dorian Aldegheri saw him sent to the sin bin and Beauxis took advantage with two penalties to narrow the gap, only for a late Thomas Ramos penalty to put the game beyond doubt.Lyon remain four points behind Montpellier in third, level on points with Racing, while Toulouse are a point further back.last_img read more

Coleman ruled out of clash with Brumbies

first_imgThe star lock was an integral part of Melbourne’s win over the Sunwolves, wreaking havoc at lineout time and playing an understated hand in the Rebels attack.But he pulled up particularly sore after the match and has since been ruled out of the Australian Conference blockbuster, with Ross Haylett-Petty getting the nod in the second row alongside Matt Philip.Outside of the forced change, coach Dave Wessels has stuck solid with the starting XV that has claimed convincing wins through the opening fortnight.There is some movement on the bench, though, with Marika Koroibete and Richard Hardwick making their returns from injury.Ben Daley has also been named on the pine.”Unfortunately for Adam with the travel and a six-day turnaround that he hasn’t pulled up from a knock against the Sunwolves in time for Friday night but it’s exciting to welcome back Marika, Dickie (Richard) and Ben,” Wessels said.”Ross also thoroughly deserves his chance to start – he works incredibly hard around the field for such a big man and brings some real intensity in the contact areas.”last_img read more

Tonga vs Australia league test finally confirmed

first_imgMate Ma’a Tonga will take on the Kangaroos at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on October 20th, almost 11 months after a sold out crowd watched the Kingdom pipped by England at the same venue in the World Cup semifinals.Tonga coach Kristian Woolf and Australia’s Mal Meninga have both been supportive of the fixture but confirmation was delayed after New Zealand Rugby League officials expressed concerns the test could overshadow or affect ticket sales for the Kiwis vs Kangaroos clash at the same venue a week earlier.Initial plans to host the match in New York also fell through.However, following talks with the NRL, an agreement was reached.It’s understood Australian players have agreed to a one-off pay cut to ensure the match goes ahead.last_img

Oceania endorses participation at Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

first_imgMeeting following the conclusion of the OCA General Assembly the delegates of 17 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Associate Members of Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) unanimously agreed that competiting at the 5th AIMAG is a step in the right direction for the region.French Polynesia (Tahiti) representative Tauhiti Danilo Nena says this is the best thing to happen for his country since they are only associate members of ONOC and unable to participate in the Olympic Games.Their only major regional Games is the Pacific Games.Niue delegate Maru Talagi says coming to Turkmenistan is an eye-opener and definitely they would want to be here in two years time.The delegates from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Marshalls, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu praised ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell and Secretary General Ricardo Blas for making the connections with OCA and the Turkmenistan NOC.The Oceania delegates return home on Friday.last_img read more

PNG kickboxers invited to register under WKF

first_imgWKF World secretary general and Oceania president Robert Wilesmith has invited kickboxers in all provinces across PNG and surrounding Oceania countries.Wilesmith invited kickboxers to get registered and join the WKF to get global exposure by getting their names in the WKF World Rankings.“By being registered under WKF, all the global Promoters around the world will see who the PNG fighters are as Promoters cannot guess who is in PNG.“The PNGKBA cannot create a pathway for PNG fighters to fight for World Titles unlike the WKF,” he said.Wilesmith added that the fighters need to enter the International WKF Rankings, and also compete at the WKF Amateur World Championships in Andria Italy on November  14-19,  2016.Anyone that wishes to register as a fighter, an official, a promoter or a trainer can contact the WKF Australia Oceania head office president Robert Wilesmith on email: wkfaustraliaoceania@hotmail.comlast_img

ABG soccer community disagree with change of venues

first_imgDescribing it as a major blow to the organizing committee on the ground, who have spent sleepless nights preparing for the event.President of the Bougainville Football Federation Justine Helele told PNG Loop in Buka that he only learnt of the change of venue by reading it in the Post Courier.“According to our NGI Presidents meeting in Goroka, Buka was chosen and we were all preparing and looking forward to the event but then without notice it changed.” Helele said.“We have now missed out on a lot of opportunities for Bougainville soccer, first of all we were never notified of the change of venue, and now all teams participating will miss out on the 20 percent discount offered by Chebu shipping.” he said.“Road construction company Raibro currently sealing the second phase of the Buka ring road have pledged sponsorship and were waiting to announce it during the Besta cup when it will be held here, in Buka,” he said.The member for Haku Constituency in the ABG Robert Tulsa had taken the initiative to head the organizing committee and it has also been a major blow for him too.last_img read more

Isco, the reborn

first_imgIsco has been reborn in this 2020, after a 2018-19 course to forget in which his personal confrontation with Solari led him to practically disappear from the starting eleven of Real Madrid. The return of Zidane predicted good things for Malaga, as the French coach has always shown his predilection for the game of the midfielder, but the beginnings were hard and generated doubts that in the last weeks have dissipated: Isco has been holder in four of the last five days of LaLiga, playing 271 league minutes in 2020, 60.2% of the possible. A dynamic that is dragged from the end of 2019: Isco started in Mestalla against Valencia (1-1) and at Camp Nou against Barcelona (0-0). In the first match of 2020, in Getafe, he returned to be part of the eleven (0-3), a situation that continued in the Spanish Super Cup played in Saudi Arabia: holder in the semifinals against Valencia (1-3) and in the final against Atlético (0-0, 4-1 in the penalty shootout for Madrid). Zidane has interspersed certain breaks to preserve his physique, as well as to give opportunities to other team media; thus he did not play a minute against Athletic and against Sevilla, both matches at home. But in the league derby against Atleti he was once again one of the eleven elected, although he stayed in the locker room at rest. And it is that Zidane has shown that he trusts Isco as one of his pillars for the great parties, although not as to end the matches: It has been replaced 12 times this season, more than any other player in the white squad. The following, with nine substitutions, are Benzema and Fede Valverde. That confidence of Zidane in the malagueño hatched in El Sadar, where Isco probably made his best game of the season, marking the equalizer for Madrid (he would finish 1-4) and shining in the middle with Modric, another who started the season with doubts about how relevant his role was going to be. It is now up to Isco to make its figures more forceful: He has only scored two goals so far in 1,068 minutes; the Andalusian continues to climb positions and It is already the 13th in the list of minutes played in Madrid this course.The European Championship, the main objectiveIn Isco’s mind it is recorded to return to the Spanish National Team, with which he has not been since June 2019. His physical problems at the beginning of the season and the difficulties to enter the rhythm of the white team left him out of Gerard’s calls. Moreno in September, October and November. But fortune has smiled at Isco, as Luis Enrique has returned to the position of coach and the Spaniard has always shown his taste for the Andalusian: with him he played three of Spain’s four games in the Nations League and the duel he did not play was because he was recovering from appendicitis. The following list of the National Team, at the end of March, will clear up doubts about whether Isco returns with La Roja, With a very clear horizon: the 2020 Eurocup.last_img read more

Blades: “Pitar in the Santiago Bernabéu is sometimes difficult”

first_imgA good point: “The truth is that we have competed very well. With the 0-1 the field becomes very large. With the second part we have believed it and although they have put us 2 to 1 very fast we have made offensive changes and we have deserved the draw “. Great substitutions: “In Valencia we got a cross with the changes and now it was expensive. It seems that football owes us one after some hardships.”Hobby: “Almost from the hotel there were people cheering. Thank them and we have another final on Saturday.”Protests: “I claimed a bit of everything. I was losing a bit of a claw, I have four cards and I did not want to hook Carvajal. I saw the entrance and Bale has no option to play the ball, entrance from behind … Against Granada they expelled us to two players for less than this. Pitar Santiago Bernabéu is sometimes difficult. “Other assistance: “Well one more. Fedov has a lot of goal and has come to help us these six months. Now to celebrate and see if more arrive”last_img read more

Mario Suárez: “I would not care to play in July, but with the fans”

first_imgEPIDEMIC Mario Suárez, 33, punctually goes to his phone appointment with AS, worried about this situation that we are now experiencing. In the background you can hear their little ones, who want to play Frozen. Having time for yours is, without a doubt, the most positive thing about confinement.-How is your day to day?-This situation is incredible: it looks like a horror movie in which we are the protagonists. We don’t leave home, but we don’t get bored. Children are my alarm clock from eight to nine, we have breakfast together, I do my exercise hour and the rest of the day I spend with them, doing homework, drawing, inventing games, reading … When they fall asleep we can have a more quiet time my woman and me.-And it gives you time to study your Master in Sports Management …– Captain Alberto did it and I found it interesting. I go to the Garrigues Study Center on Thursday afternoons and now we continue online. There are also the president of Zaragoza, Cristian Lapetra; the general director of Albacete, Jorge Buergo; former soccer players Leo Franco, Juanjo Camacho and Borja Fernández; player Amanda Sampedro; the Olympians Silvia Soler, Jorge Díaz … The first thing is my career, I still have several years left, but it is good to train and grow.-What physical and nutritional plan have been imposed on you?-The club has sent us a schedule and a bicycle for those who did not have it. In addition, I have rented a treadmill and materials such as dumbbells, rubbers, a bosu … Nutritionally, we must eat vegetables, fruits and salads, reduce the intake of carbohydrates … “This teaches us to value more what we have” -And would you play without an audience?-We play for and for our people. We have a hobby behind that has paid its subscription for the whole year and doing it without an audience is nonsense. In addition, if there is a risk for viewers, there is also a risk for us, although less. I guess that decision will ultimately depend on Health and the Government.-These days talk about ERTE and salary cuts.-We have not been asked either one or the other. If LaLiga is suspended and Rayo has losses, I understand that it would also affect us players. It would be logical. But this now is talk for talk. Rayo is a viable club. They put it to us as an example of economic viability in my course.-Sport is showing solidarity in this great crisis.-I want to highlight the initiative of our fans, which raised almost € 35,000 for the Infanta Leonor Hospital. It is admirable. That speaks highly of our country, our society and our hobby. They give everything for us and we must give it for them, for the neighborhood and for the shield. Vallecas goes out of its way for the others. The club has also manufactured and donated material for the toilets. Any help is appreciated. “Vallecas goes out of its way for the others” -Who do you have contact with?-The mister called us all, also the doctor and the delegate. We have a team chat in which we talk about how we are doing and we each take it. There is a very good wardrobe. Hopefully we’ll see you soon.-Do you have a close case of coronavirus? The other day on Twitter he asked for measures …-The closest thing has been the death of Lorenzo Sanz because I have a very good relationship with his sons Fernando and Paco. On Twitter, I show my concern, I am not talking about politics or anything like that. I want this to end as soon as possible, that people stop suffering and dying and that the measures that have to be taken, even if they are difficult, are taken.-You played in China and Italy, other epicenters of the pandemic.-I spoke to the president of the Guizhou in China and a couple of translators and they had a very bad time. From Italy, with Valero, Godín and El Chacho before he came. There they had become very serious already, they only went out to buy and to the pharmacy. We had that example, we could have gone ahead and skipped steps. It is a complicated situation for us and for those who must make decisions, but we will come out and make it stronger.– Will LaLiga resume? -It’s all in the air. The main thing is health. Hopefully all this happens and we can finish the competition, fight for the playoff and move up with Rayo. I would not care to lose vacation and play in July. We are privileged and, if I have to sacrifice days, I would. SOLIDARITY -He launched a question from a Curro Canete book that I ask him today: What is life trying to teach me at the moment?-To value what we have, to enjoy each moment and our loved ones, not to worry about nonsense or things that do not depend on us … To think about the present, without looking beyond. It’s a shame something like this has to happen to figure it out.-And what about 2019-20?-The first lap was below expectations and on the second we started well. We must go to the top in what remains and win, we have not yet chained three victories. There have been positive things, like the three months without losing and that we do not fit much. The negative is that it costs us to score, we need many occasions.-How have you seen yourself?-I missed the preseason due to a soleus injury. I came back with the ankle without being or performing well, so we decided to stop. Then I have picked up the rhythm and now I feel good. The coach brings me closer to the area and, for the moment, I have three goals and one assist. I try to help the team, leaving my skin for this shield.-He’s already one of the captains.-With Alberto’s injury and Embarba’s departure, Trejo, Tito and I were left. We are proud to wear the bracelet. I feel loved by the club, the fans and the dressing room. Here I have lived things that I never lived. Lightning is special.last_img read more

UEFA denies that August 3 is the deadline to end the Champions League

first_img“UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is reported to have told ZDF in Germany that the Champions League must end before August 3. This is not true. The president was very clear in not setting exact dates for the end of the season. UEFA is currently discussing all options for completing the domestic and European seasons with the European Club Association and the European Leagues in the working group established on 17 March. The main priority of all members of the working group is to preserve public health. After that, it is to find calendar solutions to complete all competitions. Options to play games in July and August if necessary are currently being studied, depending on the restart dates and the permission of the national authorities. ” UEFA issued a statement in which it denied words from its president, Aleksander Ceferin, in which he would have set August 3 as the deadline to finish the Champions. “This is not true,” reads the note, which also acknowledges that the options to play in July and August are being valued, but without a deadline as published.This says the official note:last_img read more