Biting citing sours Fiji team’s Australian NRC debut

first_imgPhoto by: BRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Samu Suguturaga of Fiji scores a try during the round one NRC match against Brisbane, but was later the subject of a biting allegation. Fijian Drua hooker Samu Suguturaga will face a NRC judicial hearing on Tuesday night after allegedly biting his opposite number, Brisbane City skipper Andrew Ready, on the ear in a scrum.Ready reported the incident to the on-field referee immediately during his team’s 45-36 opening round win at Ballymore on Saturday.”I’m lucky he was wearing a mouthguard otherwise he would have had the whole thing [ear],” Ready said later, sporting two stitches in his outer ear.”It’s pretty disgusting and shouldn’t be in the game. The ref said he didn’t see it so it’s with the officials now.”The judicial hearing will take place at the Queensland Rugby Union offices at Ballymore and will be overseen by judicial officer Paul Tully.last_img read more

Folau claims record third John Eales Medal

first_imgFolau has topped the medal count, which is voted on by players on a 3-2-1 basis after each Test from Spring Tour to the final Bledisloe, for the third time in just five seasons in rugby, finishing with 260 votes, ahead of Kurtley Beale (166), Bernard Foley (146), Michael Hooper (142) and Sean McMahon (129)The fullback, who is set to go on sabbatical after this weekend’s Barbarians clash, was one of just four players to have won it twice before this season – alongwith George Smith, Nathan Sharpe and current skipper Michael Hooper.Folau comes off contract at the end of 2018 and has now won a Super Rugby title, played in a World Cup and won three top individual gongs, but he still feels there’s more to give.”Winning a Bledisloe – that’s something that stands out, that loss that we had to the All Blacks in the World Cup was disappointing,” he said.”So those things it’d be nice to tick those boxes but in terms of personal goals and that, I’m happy with how things have gone.”I’m never satisfied, it’s always about the team and how we can improve and move forward and get better.”Folau trailed flanker David Pocock at the end of the Spring Tour, before a sensational June Series, that included three consecutive doubles for the 28-year-old, put him in front.Beale’s sensational season since returning from England had him right in the reckoning, with the inside back finishing second despite missing half the Test year.”I didn’t expect it,””(Michael Hooper) is always a standout for me, he does all the hard work and I think a lot of people don’t realise the work that he puts in week in, week out.”I guess I’m a little bit lucky in the sense that KB (Beale) didn’t participate in the Spring Tour last year.”For me it’s been special to receive this award and be recognised by the guys that you go out with and play alongside, that’s something that I’m very humbled by and you can’t really describe it with words.”Hooper took the fan’s choice Wallaby of the Year, going back-to-back with that gong, while 2017 debutant Ned Hanigan was crowned the Rookie of the Year, ahead of Wallaroos’ Millie Boyle, Aussie Sevens’ Lachie Anderson and fellow Test debutant Izack Rodda.Chloe Dalton and James Stannard were named the Shawn Mackay Award winners after standout seasons in transition years for both sides.Liam Wright, a surprise call-up into the Wallabies squad this week, was named the U20s player of the year, beating out Wallabies debutant Jordan Uelese for that prize.Rebels backrower Amanaki Mafi topped the Super Rugby Player of the Year voting, in an award dominated by forwards, besting nominees Adam Coleman and Allan Alaalatoa. Joe Powell’s try that lit up the Brumbies clash against the Hurricanes was handed try of the year.AWARD WINNERSJohn Eales Medal standingsIsrael Folau  – 260Kurtley Beale – 166Bernard Foley- 146Michael Hooper – 142Sean McMahon – 129Tevita Kuridrani  – 111David Pocock – 107Reece Hodge – 91Dane Haylett-Petty – 86Jack Dempsey – 76Shawn Mackay Women’s Sevens Player of the YearChloe Daltonlast_img read more

Sport: PNG to face Afghanistan in World Twenty20 playoff

first_imgAfghanistan get another life after losing to Hong Kong by five wickets overnight.Hong Kong scored 16 runs off the last five balls to surpass the Afghan total of 161 for 7.The Netherlands have also advanced to next year’s global event, beating Namibia by four wickets.PNG will be hoping to go one step better after missing out at the final hurdle two years ago.last_img

Club registration on for NCD taekwondo trials

first_imgThis is in a series of three trials before a final selection is done on 31 July 2016.Taekwondo clubs in NCD are urged to register their clubs and fighters for the first trial with fighters from Central and Gulf Province invited to participate.Nomination fee is K150 per club and the competitor’s registration fee is K20 per athlete with registration to close on 31 December this year.All proceeds will go towards the levy fees for Team NCD taekwondo squad to the Games in Kimbe.NCD Taekwondo will work alongside NCDC Sports Desk to finalise the NCD taekwondo team for the Games.NCD taekwondo instructor master Jamuga Stone confirmed that the executives have selected 2nd dan black belt holder and PNG heavyweight champion Sam Ware as the new coach.Ware will be assisted by PNG 1st dan black belt holder Duaba Dauba to head the NCD Taekwondo team.Picture: PNG taekwondo fighter in action at the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresbylast_img read more

Morata already touches the ball

first_imgMorata continues to take steps in his recovery. The goal is to be available for the match against Liverpool next Tuesday and the striker could have minutes, even, this Friday against Valencia. Not from the beginning, but maybe at the end. It depends on how you are, the priority is Tuesday. If yesterday Morata was already running continuously in one of the fields below the Cerro del Espino, Majadahonda, the polyhedron, this morning I already played ball accompanied by one of the team’s recuperators, Óscar Pitillas. Morata suffered a derby muscle injury against Real Madrid Last February 2 at the Santiago Bernabeú and, with very fair deadlines, he immediately began working with an objective: February 18, Liverpool, much of the season goes through this match first leg of the round of 16 in the Wanda Metropolitano. Sin Costa, who went through the operating room in November because of a cervical disc herniation, and also without João Félix, that just before the derby went on to swell the infirmary for a muscle injury and for three days he has been resting at home for a pharyngotonsillitis, Simeone was left with Morata’s injury without pure strikers beyond Saponjic but his role in this Athletic seems rather residual: he was the last to debut, he did not do so until the Copa del Rey match in León, against the Cultural, and has only played 62 minutes, nothing. Before Granada, Cholo already had to improvise a forward Correa-Vitolo, a plan that, according to the tests that it has been carrying out in recent days, can be repeated in Mestalla. But with Morata already on the bench. Waiting for your minutes.last_img read more

Without José Mari, Cádiz has only won once

first_imgWith José mari MatchesCattleTiedLost 19144one 9one35 MatchesCattleTiedLost José Mari fell from the call of Cervera by a flu process and the technician wanted to counteract his absence by lowering Alex to the core. The Madrid was good during the game, but where he is most used is in positions close to the area. Malbasic, however, was not so successful playing Álex and Cádiz noticed. It happened again. Cádiz lost against Málaga and again the absence of José Mari was decisive. The yellow team does not carbure without the roteño on the pitch. The Cervera could not develop their game comfortably against a Malaga that was perfect and combative in the field. The number increases. Without José Mari, Cádiz has only won a match of nine. Five defeats and three draws complete the statistic. Everything changes when the roteño plays. In 19 games, the yellows have won 14, have drawn four and they have only fallen defeated on one occasion, against Fuenlabrada in Fernando Torres (1-0). In this match he was injured and without ‘6’, the yellows lost the income they had obtained during the first round, adding three draws, two losses and winning only one game (Oviedo, 1-2).Without José Mari After his absence of six games, he returned to wear the yellow against Racing and has played the last three games, before missing yesterday’s appointment in Carranza. Two wins and one draw, the baggage. Against Sporting, the midfielder should play again in the core. There is José Mari dependence.last_img read more

LaLiga will announce shortly that it will extend its suspension to April

first_imgAs AS has learned, the proposed alternatives that have already begun to be debated have fluctuated from the most optimistic, which would be to start on April 23, during the week, the most pessimistic, which would happen because they could not restart the championship and make drastic decisions together with the Federation to designate the champion, if there were or if it is left desert, the ascents and the descents. This is the situation that everyone wants to avoid since it would be necessary to put themselves in the hands of UEFA to decide also who will go to Europe next year without having finished the season on the pitch. A scenario that for the RFEF, in the words of Luis Rubiales, “would be totally unfair”.Now they will continue to work on the UEFA reduced committee to take a good look at all the possibilities. “Until late May we have time to start competing,” the LaLiga president said yesterday. Therefore, several of its alternatives focused on restarting Spanish football in that month, when it is already assumed that the coronavirus contagion curve will be on the decline.The first option is to play again the weekend of May 2 and 3. And if it is not possible, on the 13th and the 14th, again during the week. Even so, Thebes has also offered more possibilities with which it would no longer be feasible to end on June 30, as desired, since this could cause problems with the contracts of the players that, on the other hand, as announced yesterday by Iusport, FIFA going to check urgently. Thus, it is not ruled out having to finish in July or even in summer if necessary.What is clear, whatever the calendar plan chosen, is that it will be necessary to play during the week several times. And that, in addition, the Champions and the Europa League could also be played on weekends. In all the possible scenarios to be studied, the Second has also been considered. LaLiga guarantees that all the games will be played (there are 11 days left as in the First) and that also goes through playing the promotion Playoff. LaLiga will communicate soon, at most in a few days, the extension of the suspension of the Spanish championship while the state of alarm and its extension lasts. The Government is already planning to announce an extension of the confinement decreed for two weeks, surely until the end of Holy Week (April 12), as Minister Ábalos already announced and published El Confidencial Digital, and the employers will shortly communicate that football is not You can therefore resume football. At first it could extend the break until the same date that the Government decreed, so it wants to wait, although You are already aware that it will be difficult to compete again until the end of April or even May.LaLiga, after meeting several times electronically with the rest of the major competitions, has agreed to take this step. In fact, The Premier has already officially announced that it will suspend its league until April 30. LaLiga will also do the same right away while continuing to redo all the schedules with UEFA. As Javier Tebas himself assured AS in a recent interview, “Until mid-May we have time to resume and for LaLiga to end perfectly before June 30.”LaLiga has been working since last weekend on five possible alternatives to square the restart of its championship with that of the rest of the countries and with the European competitions. The fact that the Euro Cup has already been officially postponed to June 2021 has made things much easier, although Javier Tebas had already designed different sketches of calendars to present to UEFA, regardless of this decision that was made last Tuesday. Luis Gil, competition director at LaLiga, has been the architect who, together with Thebes, has developed all the new scenarios.last_img read more

Fudadin eyes 1,000 runs, five centuries

first_img “When I began this competition, my goal was 1,000 runs and five centuries. With six matches to go, I still believe that is possible, but the way we (Jaguars) are beating teams by an innings will make that goal harder,” Fudadin said with a chuckle during an interview with Kaieteur News. “But I can’t do it on my own; it has to be the will of God.” Starting the final day on 52 for two, requiring a further 213 to make the visitors bat again, Red Force battled to 136 for two before suffering a sensational collapse to be bowled out for 216. Jaguars have now vaulted clear at the top of the standings on 70 points after four straight victories. “It feels good to get a hundred after so long. Alhamdulillah …. without God nothing is possible,” said Fudadin, a devout Muslim who played Test cricket in 2012. “I have been working hard on my game. I was batting well for a long time but not spending enough time at the crease to build big scores. I never doubted my ability to bat. It was not a technical problem but more of a mental one.” The talented left-hander has struggled to get starts in this season’s tournament with scores of four and zero in the first round, five in the second round and nine in the first innings of the third round. However, he found some form and confidence in the second innings against Barbados when he made 42. “I did not spend much time at the crease in my previous innings in this tournament because I did not manage too many runs,” said Fudadin, whose 102 was his first century since scoring 103 for West Indies ‘A’ against Sri Lanka ‘A’ October last year in Sri Lanka. “In addition to perseverance, patience and self-belief, having a supporting family helps. My wife (Akeema) and friends are always there for me.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Opener Assad Fudadin says Guyana Jaguars’ rampage through the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) after four rounds may prevent him from achieving his goals in the regional tournament this season. Fudadin has set a goal of 1,000 runs, including five centuries for the season, but says the Jaguars’ lopsided victories in the tournament are making it impossible for him to attain such a feat. Fudadin scored 102, his fifth first-class century, to help Jaguars to a massive innings and 49-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park oval on Monday. HARDER GOALlast_img read more

Gardener appointed U-20 head coach

first_imgFormer Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner has replaced his 1998 World Cup teammate, Theodore Whitmore, as the national Under-20 head coach.Altimont Butler, also a former Reggae Boy, will be his assistant.Whitmore will be in charge of the national Futsal team that will be involved in a tournament in Cuba next January. Fabian Taylor will be his assistant.President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell in announcing the change at the Sherwin Williams Women’s League awards ceremony held at the JFF’s offices last Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the transition of local talent from the schoolboy level to national representation.”There has been a lot of talk about youth development in Jamaica. I am very happy to announce that JFF will be making some changes in this regard,” the JFF boss said.”The transition between the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup and the senior national team is not what it should be. After extensive discussions with the director of football (Vinimore Blaine), a decision was made to put the two former Reggae Boyz players in charge of the Under-20 team,” Burrell said.Butler told The Sunday Gleaner that although he has more experience as a coach than Gardner, he (Butler) is willing to play any role in a coaching position.”I am a Jamaican and will to do duties for the country in any role as a coach,” Butler said following the announcement.Butler, who has coached in Europe and the United States has a ‘B’ licence in football coaching, while Gardner is currently pursuing his licence. Gardner is also a member of Harbour View FC coaching staff.Jamaica will participate in the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers, starting next year.last_img read more

Second-innings batting stings Jamaica Scorpions

first_img SCOREBOARD Newly appointed captain John Campbell believes the Jamaica Scorpions need to bat well in both innings of a match if they are get improve their chances of winning. The opening batsman, who was on debut as leader of the Scorpions at the weekend, made the assessment following his team’s eight-wicket loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round of the WICB Regional First-Class Tournament at Sabina Park yesterday. Set a victory target of 175 and resuming in a commanding 113 for one on the fourth day, the Red Force went on to achieve victory inside the first hour of play, scoring 178 for two. They had made 206 in their first innings in reply to 225 made by Jamaica, who in their second innings posted 155. “In most of the matches, we bat well one time, and we need to take a look at that and try to rectify that,” stated Campbell, who took over from dropped opener Paul Palmer Jr. “We had a slight lead, but setting a (victory) target of 175 was just not good enough. I think that is where we fell short: our batting in the second innings.” OUTSTANDING OPENER Leading the way for the Gus Logie-coached Red Force was outstanding opener Evin Lewis, who followed up his first-innings 87 with an accomplished 104. Starting the day on 66, along with Kyle Hope, 17, the 24-year-old Lewis went on to net his second first-class century before he was dismissed seven runs shy of victory. His innings included nine fours and a six. Hope ended with 27 not out, and with him at the end was Yannic Carriah on six. “The hope was to pick up some early wickets and see what would happen, but that didn’t happen for us,” cited Campbell. “It is very disappointing as it now is the second game we have lost in a row in the second half (of the tournament).” Jamaica, with this, their fourth loss, are now out of the title race. In their previous match, they lost to cellar-dwellers Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs the previous weekend. The Red Force, the reigning regional one-day champions, entered the round as non-title contenders. The win improved their record to two wins, three losses and two draws. “It is good to see us rebound from our loss to the leaders Guyana Jaguars, the last round,” said Logie. “It was good game, one in which I thought we won by virtue of a good second innings bowling performance. Led by Jon-Russ Jagessar, I thought we applied the pressure well.” Off-spinner Jagessar, playing in his second first-class fixture, finished with a match haul of 11 for 111, following figures of three for 53 and eight for 58 in the respective first and second innings. SCORPIONS 1 st Innings 225 RED FORCE 1 st Innings 206 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings 155 RED FORCE 2nd Innings (target: 175 runs) (overnight 113 for one) E Lewis b McCarthy 104 J Solozano c Miller b Campbell 19 K Hope not out 27 Y Cariah not out 6 Extras ((b1, lb18, w1, nb2) 22 TOTAL (2 wkts, 56 overs) 178 Fall of wickets: 1-66, 2-168. Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-19-0 (nb1), Mindley 3-0-15-0 (w2), Miller 19-4-39-0, Campbell 14-3-41-1, Jacobs 10-3-25-0, D Thomas 2-0-9-0, McCarthy 3-0-11-1. Result: Red Force beat Scorpions by eight wickets. Points: Red Force 16, Scorpions 4 Toss: Scorpions. Man-of-the-match: Evin Lewis. Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer Jr.last_img read more