Canes going back to Napier

first_imgPhoto by: GETTY IMAGE (Caption: First five-eighth Beauden Barrett put on an absolute clinic when the Hurricanes thrashed the Brumbies at McLean Park in April) Drainage issues have seen the Napier venue lose hosting rights for three New Zealand one-day international cricket matches, but it will continue to successfully stage Super Rugby games.The Hurricanes will come to McLean Park for their eleventh time, on April 6, when they meet the Sharks in a Friday-night round-eight clash. The team have won seven of their previous 10 games in Napier, including April’s 56-21 win over the Brumbies. That followed the previous season’s 56-20 thrashing of the Highlanders.”Over the past two years Hawke’s Bay has run a fantastic match-day experience at McLean Park and I know our players and coaches are already looking forward to returning in 2018. The Hurricanes will continue to take big matches to the regions and we are already in discussions with Manawatu about hosting a match in Palmerston North in 2019,” Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said in a statement.More than 13,000 fans attended this year’s clash with the Brumbies and Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union chief executive Mike Bishop was confident of a similar turnout against the Sharks.”The Hurricanes have a strong history of success at McLean Park with successive wins over the Bulls, Highlanders and Brumbies since 2014 and will be looking to build on that in front of their Hawke’s Bay fans in 2018,” Bishop said. “The game will be of special significance for the Magpies quartet of Ihaia West, Gareth Evans, Ben May and Jonah Lowe who will want to add to the rich history of Hawke’s Bay players making a big contribution to the Hurricanes brand.” The connection between the Hurricanes and Sharks is well known. Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree is a former Sharks player and head coach and he was assisted during that coaching tenure by Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd.The Sharks soundly beat the Hurricanes in Durban, during the 2016 regular season, before the tables were turned in the quarterfinals. On a wet and windy night in Wellington the Hurricanes won 41-0 and the two teams have yet to meet since.They came within a whisker of a clash this year, but the Lions just pipped the Sharks in their quarterfinal. A Sharks win would’ve set up a semifinal in Wellington but the Hurricanes instead went to Johannesburg, where their title defence came to an end.last_img read more

Trent Merrin returns to Dragons

first_imgPhoto Getty Images Caption: Trent Merrin playing for the Dragons in 2015 Merrin, 30, spent this year with the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League, but is back with the club he started his career at in 2009.The former Australia and New South Wales representative played 133 NRL games for the Dragons, including the 2010 Grand Final win, before joining the Penrith Panthers in 2016.Merrin replaces Luciano Leilua, who was released from the final year of his contract, in the Dragons squad.”Trent could’ve jumped like a kangaroo all the way back to Australia he’s that excited to come back to the Dragons,” Dragons director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward said in a statement.”Trent has indicated to the club several times over the past 12 months that he’d love to come home; an opportunity for this has since come up after the club granted Luciano his requested release.A 2010 premiership winner is coming home  – #redv— St George Illawarra Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) November 29, 2019″Luciano indicated he wouldn’t be renewing his contract with the Dragons beyond the 2020 season. As a result we’ll be able to do a multiple things as far as overall recruitment is concerned with Luciano’s money.”Trent brings plenty of experience to the Dragons’ forward pack and is someone who is really passionate and can’t wait to put the red V back on.”The Dragons are looking to bounce back in 2020 after finishing 15th in the table this year.Meanwhile, the Rhinos wrote on Twitter: “A big thank you to @TrentMerrin for all his efforts in blue and amber, from everyone at the Rhinos we wish him and Jess all the very best for the future.”Leeds also confirmed the signing of Matt Prior from the Cronulla Sharks.Leeds Rhinos are delighted to confirm the signing of Matt Prior from @Cronulla_SharksClick here to find out more details— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) November 29, 2019last_img read more

PNG’s spectacular Games showcase to world

first_imgThe night extravaganza of traditional and modern performance closed at 21:45pm, as PNG Commonwealth gold medalist DIka Toua climbed 50 steps to deliver the relay baton which has travelled throughout the country in the last 100 days.Later, fireworks light the sky, with the Games declared open.    Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was a happy man, declaring that all “sporting facilities built (for the Pacific Games) are world class.”He also wished good luck to the 4000 athletes who will be competing in the next two weeks, and encouraged them to take the PNG experience back with them to their own countries.Meanwhile, the Pacific Games Council President Vidyah Lakan proclaimed that the 2015 Port Moresby Games could be the greatest ever.Prince Andrew passed on greetings to the athletes from the head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth.Security before, during and after the closing ceremony was well organised, with many spectators freely walking into the BSP (Sir John Guise) Stadium and leaving at the end of the opening ceremony.Port Moresby has shown its Pacific neighbours that PNG means business in trying to top the medal tally for only the second time in the Games’ history. PNG only came first in medal ranking during the 1991 Pacific Games which was hosted on home soil.last_img read more

Ticket holders for Hunters game to enter through different gates

first_imgThe Hunters management announced that outer stand ticket holders will gain access to the stadium from the Port Moresby In-service College with eight queues.For the grandstand ticket holders, they will enter the stadium from the gate opposite Vision City. “The public is being advised to buy tickets from Stop-N-Shop outlets only to avoid counterfeit tickets sold on the streets as scanning devices have been upgraded for this game,” said the Hunters management.The gates will open at 11am with kick off scheduled for 2:30pm.Tickets for the game will go on sale tomorrow at all Stop N Shop outlets in Port Moresby.Grandstand tickets are going for K50 while outer stand tickets will sell for K25.last_img

Stopping Nemani Nadolo like trying to stop a slow-moving car, says university lecturer

first_imgCrusaders wing Nadolo blew through AMI Stadium like a tornado as he charged 33m down field against the Blues last weekend, beating flanker Blake Gibson and then clamping fullback Duffie in the glare of his headlights. For Duffie, listed at 92kg, it may have been one of those moments where he wished an escalator to the heavens would suddenly appear. He knew he had to try and stop the 135kg Nadolo, but a small voice inside his mind may have also reminded him about the importance of self-preservation. Depending on which team you supported, what followed was either a moment to cherish or one to bury: Duffie, a former NRL player with the Melbourne Storm, went in high with his right shoulder and ricocheted off Nadolo with such force his feet literally left the ground, and he sailed back through the air. Nadolo was then tackled by Ihaia West, but the ball was recycled and Kieran Read scored a crucial try for the Crusaders. When asked about the incident after the match, Nadolo was almost sheepish. “As leaguies are, he is a very good defender so I knew I had to go all-in,” Nadolo said. “It was kill or be killed … It was good to win the contest there.” Jenny Clarke, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury’s college of education, is contemplating using the footage of the Nadolo-Duffie clash during her classes in biomechanics. It is all very well teaching students how to figure out a complicated physics equation, but it also helps if they can see it put into practice. “So we look at it from ‘real world’ stuff. Things like that clip, I will probably end up using it,” Clarke, who includes a Doctorate of Philosophy in theoretical physics at Oxford University among her qualifications, says. “It would be very handy.” This equation does a good job of explaining the force involved in such collisions, notes Clarke: F = impulse/time: that is a momentum of something like 960kg-m/s divided by say half a second would give you 1921 N = 423lb. For those of us who are unable, or unwilling, to twist their melons around this calculation, Clarke is prepared to put it in layman’s terms.When someone the size of Nadolo is speeding towards a defender, it could be like trying to stop a slow-moving car. “Normally when you are looking at forces, it depends on how fast someone is moving as well,” Clarke explained. “Because what you are trying to do is get rid of all the momentum someone has got, get rid of all the energy if you like. So that depends on how heavy the person is and how quickly you are moving.” She also used her understanding of physics to offer advice to anyone who is in the predicament of having to tackle Nadolo in full flight: Words like impulse, momentum and impact were aired. “It is a little bit like to trying to catch a cricket ball. If you just try and catch it with a flat palm that really hurts, so what you tend to do with a catch a cricket ball is move your arms down a little bit. “That is the sort of thing you might do when trying to stop Nadolo. Just wrap your arms around him, and slowly slow him down. Rather than have that shoulder charge which is a very, very high energy impact. “Just try to get your arms around his legs, really, and try and slow him down.”Caption: Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo charging through Blues’ defence in Christchurch, NZ.last_img read more

New Zealand rugby team under fire over stripper assault allegations

first_imgPolice are looking into allegations that players from the Chiefs – a club based in the city of Hamilton – groped and licked the woman as she danced.The issue drew more attention after an executive from the club’s major sponsor said the woman was partly to blame.The team’s management also initially said she was “not beyond reproach”.Women’s groups said the comments were “shameful”.A second woman has now come forward making similar allegations.’Intimidated’In interviews this week, the first woman, identified only by her professional name Scarlette, said she had been booked to perform a strip routine at the Chiefs’ “Mad Monday” end-of-season party at a local hotel.She alleged that the players were drunk when she arrived and touched her inappropriately, including “forcefully” between the legs, poured alcohol on her, threw gravel at her and used sexual insults.”I made it very clear that I didn’t want to be touched,” she told Radio New Zealand.She said that when pressured, she agreed to let one player perform a sex act on her for NZ$50 (£28), but that four more then did so without her consent. She was not given the money.She said she had felt “intimidated and scared” and that when she went to collect payment for the routine the team “short-changed” her.”They wanted me to be a whore, which I wasn’t prepared to be,” she said.’Not out of line?’On Friday, a second woman, identified as Laura, said she was assaulted at last year’s Mad Monday party. She told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that players had grabbed her and spat beer at her.The team have not yet commented on the new allegations.But the team’s chief executive Andrew Flexman initially said Scarlette’s allegations were “one person’s accusation and her standing in the community and culpability is not beyond reproach”.In a second statement after his comments were widely criticised, he said: “We are taking, as an organisation, those allegations extremely seriously”.He added: “We are really, really disappointed in the actions of our players and in engaging the services of a performer.”Comments by a senior executive of the Gallagher Group, a Hamilton-based technology firm and the Chiefs’ main sponsor, also triggered a backlash.Margaret Comer told media outlet Fairfax: “If a woman takes her clothes off and walks around in a group of men, what are we supposed to do if one of them tries to touch her?””Perhaps the stripper shouldn’t have been hired but I’m reluctant to say that the boys were out of line.”New Zealand’s National Council of Women called the two responses “shameful”.”Taking your clothes off is not a license to touch and dismissing the allegations because of the woman’s profession is a disgrace,” it said in a statement.Ms Comer later apologised, saying that she felt “terrible” that her poor choice of words had caused hurt.The Gallagher Group told the BBC that they “firmly believed in equal, fair treatment of women” and that full and formal investigation was under way.New Zealand Rugby are also investigating.last_img read more

“The only time I had any fear was in the Lisbon final”

first_imgReal Madrid defender Dani Carvajal does not forget the tension he experienced in the 2014 Champions League final against Atlético de Madrid, a match that has meant “the only time” that has felt “some fear” on a pitch for how close they were to lose.“I think the only time I had any fear or modesty was in the Lisbon final when I saw that the game was slipping out of our hands, that time went by without realizing it and I saw that the maximum rival of the city was going to win that Champions League. I think that is the only time I have been afraid or a little afraid in the countryside, “ Carvajal confesses in the February issue of the magazine ‘GQ Spain’. Therefore, bet on “keep your feet on the ground, to avoid criticism or flattery when things are going very well, try to be constant. “” You should know that there are better and worse moments, but always give everything of yourself and trust, “he emphasizes.The side also remembers that in the locker room, “as a key to success”, they try “Be all a team and go all to one”. “When Zidane arrived he implemented that philosophy and is doing it again”, highlights the international who rules out that the coach has ‘flower’ and that he wins “even if the team is not well and whoever he takes out.”“That seems to be luck, but I think the coach works hard, trusts all the players and knows what staff he has, how and when each player can perform, and that is very, very good,” says Dani Carvajal. On a personal level, Leganés recognizes that “many times collective titles have a great influence on reaching those individual titles”, but that he is currently “in one of the best moments” of his career.“With the confidence of the master and my teammates, I am playing with great intelligence, with the experience that the years give, and working hard physically to be at that level, “adds the side, who knows that he is in a club with” the best in the world “and that” it is not easy to get from the quarry and be there for so many years. “That is why, despite everything, he tries to maintain his “lifelong” friendships and “keep your feet on the ground”. “I have to know where I come from, but it is true that it is the stereotype that people least imagine.”center_img And is that Carvajal wants to be “true” to himself and maintain “contact with the people you grew up with”. “If I have to have a beer with my friends to tell us about our lives, I drink it calmly. In your group one will work, another will study, but not because you have done very well means that you are above anyone,” he said. sincereSimilarly, admit that “Not everyone is prepared to withstand” the pressure of playing at Real Madrid and “have two bad games and be questioned.” “You give a bad pass and you hear the murmur of your people. We already know how the Bernabéu is demanding and it is complicated,” he emphasizes.last_img read more

Who is this child who now triumphs in the City?

first_imgOur mysterious player today was born in Lisbon on August 10, 1994 and since childhood I knew that his great passion was football. With eight years in the lower categories of Benfica and now, he already has up to twelve titles as a professional player.The boy exploded as a footballer in the club of the shirt you saw in the photo, Benfica, but just played three games with the first team. This midfielder dazzled with the subsidiary of the incarnated in Second Division being named best player in the category but never barely had opportunities with the majors. Benfica yielded it to Monaco, where it stormed the strength demonstrated in the Portuguese Silver Division. So much so that the club of the Principality invested 15.75 million euros to keep it in property when it was valued at just over 3 ‘kilos’. In his third season in France he would be part of a historical squad. Those in Monaco broke the hegemony of the PSG by winning Ligue 1 in a team that led alongside Lemar, Moutinho, Falcao and an imberbe Kylian Mbappé. In addition to its quality within the green, several teammates have noted that he is equally good person when he leaves the field. Guardiola highlighted his good attitude and his excellent ability for languages. “Bernardo is one of the most charming people I have ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages ​​and that is the best way to understand his open mind, “he said.Our mysterious player is a Bernardo Silva who lives a great moment in his career. The Portuguese is one of the important players in Manchester City and has become a regular in the calls of the Portuguese team with which he hopes to revalidate the title of European champions. In a few days, The Lisbon will be in front of Real Madrid to try to advance in the Champions, the pending subject of the City.CARL RECINE & nbsp; (Action Images via Reuters) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Bernardo Silva celebrates a goal against Manchester United.CARL RECINE (Action Images via Reuters) In July 2017, Our mysterious player was signed by Manchester City in exchange for 50 million euros. There, he has become one of the key players in the recent domain of the Premier League by the skyblue. The 18/19, which ended with a domestic triplet for the Etihad, has been his best campaign so far converting 13 goals and giving another 14 in 51 games.last_img read more

In England, the 2014 Pellegrini Premier is in danger

first_imgThe newspaper The Guardian recalls that the Premier has admitted to investigating irregularities committed by the City that have resulted in UEFA’s sanction, to see if such behavior should also result in punishment on their part. Until now there have been no demonstrations or accusations by the Premier, although media such as the Daily Mail and the Express They point out that the sanction, if it occurs, could have retroactive effects, something that allows the regulations of the Premier. Although we must also bear in mind that the Premier is much laxer than UEFA in its regulations, allowing clubs losses of up to 126 million euros in three seasons.In the case of a reduction of points, they point out that it would not make sense to be carried out on the current season, but in the years in which the infractions occurred, that is, from 2012 to 2016, period in which in addition to the aforementioned Premier, the City won two League Cups (2014 and 2016).In the event that this information is confirmed and the City lost the title of 2014 (and was awarded to Liverpool), it would mean the redemption of Steven Gerrard, the legend of the ‘reds’ whose slip on day 36 of that championship against Chelsea will always be remembered as one of the keys that allowed the City to win the title. Many of the direct and indirect consequences that UEFA’s sanction will entail for the Manchester City. Among them would be the possible ‘forced’ sale of players, the future of Guardiola … But today the English press points to a possible punishment that would entail the loss of one of the entity’s great achievements throughout its history: the 2013/14 Premier League.That was the fourth league title (second Premier) of the City in its history. The team led by Manuel Pellegrini then beat Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers after 38 games by two points. Premier League* Data updated as of February 16, 2020last_img read more

Official: Reinier will be presented tomorrow at the Bernabéu

first_imgThe new Brazilian pearl of Madrid landed in the capital this Saturday first thing in the morning in a flight from Rio de Janeiro after enjoying some days off after playing the Pre-Olympic with Brazil. Yesterday, Reinier witnessed the draw of his new team against Celta from the Bernabéu box.Initially, Reinier will play in Castilla, since there are no chips available in the first team and the club enrolled him in the subsidiary, where he will take number 19 on his back. Until the end of the season you will have the opportunity to play at least 13 games under Raul (the subsidiary is four points from the playoff). Reinier will be presented as a new white player tomorrow Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Santiago Bernabéu’s honor box. It will be the release of the last signing of the white club. After your presentation, Reinier will first step on the grass of the Santiago Bernabéu with the Real Madrid shirt and attend the media in the press room.last_img read more