Month: May 2020

Kairuku Hiri beat Motu Koita West in main game

first_imgThe game was in the balance right from the starting whistle.Motu Koita ‘s centre Boio Lohia knew exactly who to give the ball to to score quick points.While goal shooter Boio Gari kept the defenders busy,  Lohia fired the ball to a free goal attack in Beverly English to score.But Kairuku Hiri used a similar plan to get back on the offensive and score.Goal attack, Dianne Lahari kept the defence second guessing and found gaps to feed the ball go goal shooter Pauline Thomas to score.By the end of the first half, Kairuku Hiri were just in front 19-15.Into the second half is where Kairuku Hiri took the game right to Motu Koita putting pressure on the defence.This plan gave Kairuku Hiri the edge with more possession to allow Lahari and Thomas to guidw their team home to a win to a narrow win.In the other A Grade game, Alotau managed a one point win over Central winning 32-31.last_img read more

Court rules in favour of transferring Operation Puerto blood bags to anti-doping authorities

first_imgIn a landmark decision in a case which has been dragging-on for over 10-years, the Court overturned an initial verdict that the evidence from the criminal trial of Eufemiano Fuentes should be destroyed and handed over to authorities.Over 200 frozen bags of blood and plasma were seized from Fuentes’ clinic in the Spanish capital after a police raid in 2006, with the doctor found to have provided blood doping to several of the world’s leading cyclists.Doping was not considered an offence in Spain at the time, with Fuentes having initially been given a one-year suspended sentence on public health grounds.The Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Italian National Olympic Committee appealed the initial verdict of Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria.The verdict will come as a surprise to many due to the lack of progress in the case, with the Court, unlike the initial outcome, putting doping at the centre of their decision.A key part of the decision focuses on the notion that the right to privacy and not having the blood analysed had been compromised by the athletes concerned due to the blood not having been “within the body of the person”, while the case was also due to a “chance finding”.”Attention to the aim pursued is to fight against doping, which undermines the essential ethical value of sport, which is fair play to prevent competition on equal terms,” a statement from the Court read.t was also stated that if the judgement had not been reached, it would have created “the danger that other athletes may be tempted to take drugs and a negative social message is issued to the effect that the end justifies any means.”The Court’s ruling cannot be appealed.Due to the 10th anniversary of the start of the case passing three weeks ago, the statute of limitations are now likely to be the biggest problem facing anti-doping authorities.Although the statute of limitations ran out at the beginning of this month, insidethegames understands that lawyers believe that there could be a prededent under the principle of force majeure, which may allow cases to go ahead.In February, Enrique Gómez Bastida, director of the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD), claimed it would be difficult to obtain DNA from those involved, in addition to the issues of the time elapsed since the beginning of the case.During the initial trial, Fuentes had indicated that he would be prepared to name the athletes in the case.“WADA acknowledges the Madrid Court of Appeal for having reached the decision to provide anti-doping authorities with this crucial evidence,” said David Howman, WADA director general, following the verdict.“We are dismayed that it took so long to receive the decision but we will now partner with the other parties that have been granted access [to the blood bags], to determine our legal options vis-à-vis analysing the blood and plasma bags.”UCI President Brian Cookson echoed WADA by stating: The UCI applauds this decision, although it is regrettable that we had to wait this long, in the end the message sent is clear.”Only a small number of cyclists involved have been outed, including Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich of Germany, Spanish Alejandro Valverde and Italy’s Ivan Basso.Top players from tennis, football and other high profile sports also been alleged to have been a part of the doping ring.The Court also ruled that Eufemiano Fuentes and Jose Ignacio Labarta, who had been a sport director at the Comunidad Valenciana team at the time of the initial case, have both been acquitted of public health charges.They ruled that “the conduct of Eufemiano Fuentes and Jose Ignacio Labarta Barrera does not fit the crime for which they were charged and convicted in the first instance.”Last week, Spanish athletics star Jesús España had launched a petition to request the transfer of the blood bags, stating that it was “necessary that the Spanish society and the Spanish athletes know the truth and to preserve the integrity of Spanish sport.”The petition received nearly 48,000 signatures of support.last_img read more

CWC schedule announced

first_imgThe tournament, which will be played between 8-18 December, features the six continental club champions and a representative of the host nation.The tournament will take place at the Suita City Football Stadium in Osaka and the International Stadium Yokohama, with the latter to host the final having also previously been the venue for the deciding match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan between Brazil and Germany.2014 FIFA Club World Cup champions Real Madrid were the most recent club to book their ticket to Japan when they won the UEFA Champions League in May, with South America’s representative to be determined when the Copa Libertadores final is played later this month. The two other confirmed participants are Club America (CONCACAF) and Auckland City FC (OFC) who both won their respective continental championships in April.Auckland City will open the competition in the First Round against the yet-to-be-determined host side in Yokohama on 8 December.They will eventually be joined by the winners of the AFC Champions League winners and the CAF Champions League, as well as the J.League champions representing the host nation.last_img read more

Barras to take on Tasmania in Australian states cricket fest

first_imgHEBOU PNG Barramundis Squad; Assad Vala (Captain), Vani Vagi Morea, Kiplin Doriga, Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Dogodo Bau, John Boge Reva, Norman Vanua, Chad Soper, Nosiana Pokana, Jason Kila, Hiri Hiri, Alei Nao In a major boost for Cricket PNG, the Hebou PNG Barramundis will take on Tasmania tomorrow, Western Australia on Friday and Queensland next Monday over the space of a week in 50 over matches at the Maroochydore Cricket Ground on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell said this is a wonderful opportunity for our Hebou PNG Barramundis to play against some of the best elite cricketers from an ICC Full-Member Country (Australia). “It will be a great test for our squad, playing against hardened, professional cricketers and also be a great opportunity for our boys to promote themselves as cricketers for potential future state and Big Bash opportunities,” Campbell remarked. Adding that these matches will get the boys back into the game after a while being on training in the country.“The matches will be a warm up to the annual South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League and the Inter-Continental Cup (I-Cup) before the World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) matches in October against Namibia.Hebou PNG Barramundis Fixtures;  Wednesday 31st August, 2016-Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Tasmania Friday 2nd September, 2016-Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Western Australia Monday 5th September, 2016- Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Queenslandlast_img read more

Topal to study in the USA

first_imgTopal was a surprise bronze medallist at the 2015 Games, producing an 11.99m national junior record jump to finish third behind Rellie Kaputin who won gold and Milika Tuivanuavou of Fiji who had just completed her four year US University program.NMHU is in the city of Las Vegas and their athletes compete in Division 2 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) program. “Annie’s performance attracted the attention of a number of colleges, but there were a number of requirements she needed to fulfil including the SAT test and NCAA registration before any arrangements could be finalised,” said Athletics PNG Secretary, Philip Rehder.Meanwhile, the East New Britain Provincial Government has also pledged to support talented athletes from the province to pursue a career in track and field while studying in the USA.This follows a decision made last September endorsing a submission by Athletics PNG (APNG) Inc. for some assistance for its athletes studying overseas. A joint announcement about this program will shortly be made by APNG Inc and the Office of the Provincial Administrator.last_img read more

Pukpuks will play semi-finals today

first_imgThis comes after a gutsy 14-10 win over Uganda in last night’s quarter-final at Hong Kong Stadium.PNG’s points came from tries to Arthur Clement and Gairo Kapana, and two successful conversions from Emmanuel Guise.The win has set up a meet with Spain today at 12:52pm local time (2:52pm PNG time). The other semi-final will be between Chile and Germany.The winners will play off in the grand final.Photo credit: Hong Kong Sevens Facebook Pagelast_img

Rooney keen to focus on football after competitive Everton return

first_imgPhoto: Getty Images (Everton striker Wayne Rooney argues with the referee on his second competitive debut for the club) Rooney played the full 90 minutes, but struggled to find space up front before dropping into a deeper role following the introduction of Sandro Ramirez in the second half.Leighton Baines came up with a deflected winner to give Everton a slim advantage ahead of next week’s second leg in the third round of qualifying and Rooney is ready to move on after his second debut at Goodison Park.”Great day obviously, I’ve been looking forward to it and I’m pleased we got the win in a tough game,” Rooney said to ITV. “We’re early on in pre-season and we know we can play better but it was important to get the win and a clean sheet. I think we got more control of the game when I came deep into some pockets to drag the midfield around and give us space. But getting the goal gave us relief and control.”I’ve said everything in the last few weeks but it’s great to be out there in a blue shirt. It’s a great feeling but the game is the most important thing. “I put my emotions to one side and now I can get down to focusing more on the football in the coming weeks.”| @WayneRooney and @DavyKlaassen both start. Their last competitive games were on opposing sides in last season’s @EuropaLeague final.— Everton (@Everton) July 27, 2017Boss Ronald Koeman was satisfied with Rooney’s performance, despite the former Manchester United captain wasting a couple of opportunities in front of goal.”It’s always difficult because there were a lot of defenders around him”, the Dutchman told ITV. “He had a good first touch and he had more freedom when Sandro came in and the team got better in the second half.”We know that we’d like to sign another striker, we have Sandro as a nine and normally you will have two in the squad. I’m still confident we can bring in a new one to make us stronger.”The stubborn Slovakian outfit made life tough for Everton, but Koeman remains confident his side will be in the Europa League play-offs.”It’s always difficult against teams that drop back. We know we aren’t 100 per cent yet as we’re in pre-season,” Koeman said. “So it’s a good result. We’d like to score more goals, we had chances, but every clean sheet in European football is a great result.”It’s still 90 minutes to play and we know it will be tough away but they will have to be a little more open to score at least one goal. We’ll have more space to play and I’m confident that we can get through in this tournament.”| @sandroramirez9 speaks about his competitive #EFC debut. #EFCmatchday— Everton (@Everton) July 27, 2017last_img read more

Cavaliers beat Raptors

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: LeBron James and Kevin Love Cleveland have won nine of their last 10 games following Tuesday’s victory in the NBA.Cavs star LeBron James led the way with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Cleveland, who are third in the east with a 48-30 record.Kevin Love added 18 points and 15 rebounds in a double-double display, while Rodney Hood put up 17 points.Point guard Jose Calderon has been playing a lot more minutes in recent weeks and scored 19 against the Raptors.Kevin Durant scored 34 points against former team the Oklahoma City Thunder as defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors won 111-107.Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook had 44 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder.SIXERS DUO HELP EXTEND STREAKJ.J. Redick scored 19 points and Ben Simmons added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia Sixers to their 11th straight win – a 121-95 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic came up big in a 107-104 win over the Indiana Pacers, with 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds.WOEFUL WALL STRUGGLESJohn Wall had almost as many turnovers (eight) as points (nine) and a terrible minus-18 rating in an ugly 120-104 loss to the Houston Rockets. The Washington Wizards guard, who returned to action on Saturday after being sidelined since January 25, hit three of 10 from the floor. SMITH SHINESDennis Smith Jr. looked like he was participating in the NBA Slam Dunk competition as he bounced an alley-oop to himself.Dennis Smith Jr. SELF BOUNCE alley-oop! #MFFL #NBARooks— NBA (@NBA) April 4, 2018last_img read more

Alli eager to make amends on European return

first_imgDele Alli was a spectator when Tottenham Hotspur earned a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid last month but after a frustrating wait he will get his first taste of Champions League action this season in tonight’s return at Wembley.The attacking midfielder’s red card for a dreadful tackle in last season’s Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Gent made him ineligible for Tottenham’s first three Champions League games this season.The north London club have done well without him, taking seven points from their first three Group H games and victory over Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid on Wednesday would guarantee a last-16 spot with two games to spare.Alli will be desperate to make an impression after he appeared in all six of Tottenham’s group games last season when they failed to emerge from the group after home defeats by Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.His return will be a boost as Tottenham try to beat Madrid for the first time at the sixth attempt, although he said that they must learn quickly after a 1-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester United at the weekend stopped their recent momentum in its tracks.“We don’t just want to compete, we want to win and as a team, we’re frustrated,” Alli, who wasted a golden chance against United shortly before the hosts grabbed a late winner, said. “We’ve got a huge game coming up in Real Madrid.“It’s important we learn from this, work on what’s gone wrong and keep building as a team because we’re still in a fantastic position and we’ve been in good form.“We can’t let the United defeat knock us back.”Tottenham striker Harry Kane meanwhile could return from a hamstring injury, the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.England international Kane, Tottenham’s leading goalscorer with 13 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, missed last Wednesday’s League Cup defeat by West Ham United and Saturday’s 1-0 league loss at Manchester United.“With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone,” Pochettino said when asked by reporters about Kane’s midweek return. “We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone.“We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.”Real’s first ever trip to Wembley will come as a welcome distraction to the European and Spanish champions in the midst of their worst domestic run of results in five years.Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat to La Liga newcomers Girona saw them fall eight points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the standings, the biggest gap they have faced with a league leader since their final turbulent campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2012/13.Madrid were also defending champions in the Portuguese’s final campaign but came unstuck at the start of the season, dropping eight points in their first four games while Barcelona raced ahead, eventually finishing 15 clear of Madrid while Mourinho had an acrimonious split with the dressing room.The feeling in the Spanish sports press after Zinedine Zidane’s side threw away a 1-0 lead at half-time over the weekend was one of resignation about Madrid’s faltering campaign, as the 32-time Spanish champions have never managed to win the title after falling eight points behind the leaders.last_img read more

FIFPro says players should not play over three games in two weeks

first_imgProfessional footballers should not play more than three games every two weeks and should have a close-season break of four to six weeks, uninterrupted by pre-season training, their global union FIFPro said on Friday.FIFPro also called for a minimum 72 hours’ recovery time between games, extra recovery time after long international flights and a mid-season break of between 10 to 14 days.It’s proposals were based on a survey of 543 professional footballers, conducted between February and April, where one third of those surveyed said they were playing too many matches.“Some of the world’s leading players feel they are playing more than their comfort level, which makes them vulnerable to injury,” said FIFPro’s medical officer Vincent Gouttebarge.“It’s important that all national-team members returning to their clubs after the World Cup in Russia are given enough time to fully recuperate.”Forty percent of the players surveyed said their performances were adversely affected by playing too many matches and the same number said they did not get enough rest between matches, FIFPro said.Sixty percent said that flights more than two hours long negatively affect their performance, health and recovery time.FIFPro called on global soccer body FIFA, leagues and clubs to implement its proposals.“The health and performance capacity of players is not adequately safeguarded in current competition calendars,” said FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen.“Many players are coming under extreme pressure to perform at their best in difficult circumstances.“We just recently saw many World Cup players being called up to their national team during a FIFA mandatory rest period (May 21-27) and likely they will join their club teams soon after the tournament as well.”Van Seggelen said there needed to be a better balance in the international match calendar which sets asides dates for national team matches and international tournaments.The World Cup in Russia will take place from June 14 to July 15.last_img read more