Manly predicted Round 1 line-up: Soward on who plays pivot

first_imgBack-rower Joel Thompson has joined the club from the St George Illawarra Dragons but the team otherwise looks largely similar to the 2017 iteration.NRL.com expert Jamie Soward says:”For Trent Barrett, he’s seen the blueprint that works for Manly which is having Cherry-Evans play that six role where he can run around and play on the ball and get the ball when he wants it and having the guy alongside him who can control and kick. Croker is going to be important towards that.”He’ll be the starting six. Jackson Hastings I don’t think has quite worked out where his best position is, whether it’s fullback, halves or hooker but he’ll definitely keep the pressure on.”They got the best out of Sironen and Winterstein last year, it will come down to whether they can get the best out of them again.”NRL.com’s predicted Round 1 team:1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Aku Uate, 6 Lachie Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Marty Taupau, 9 Api Koroisau, 10 Darcy Lussick, 11 Curtis Sironen, 12 Joel Thompson, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Lloyd Perrett, 16 Addin Fonua-Blake, 17 Frank Winterstein. Reserves: 18 Jackson Hastings, 19 Shaun Lane, 20 Matthew Wright, 21 Jack Gosiewski.last_img read more

Finals underway for Amaiu 7s Cup

first_imgIn the men’s Shield semi-final, POM Diwai held on to beat Wyld Dogs 12-10.POM Diwai will meet the Cowboys in the Shield grand final. Cowboys beat Wanderers  (2) 19-7 in the second semi-final.For the bowl grand final, the Crusaders will go up against newcomers from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Haka’tautai.Crusaders beat Valley Hunters 26-12 while Haka’tautai were too strong for Spartans,  winning 24-7 in the semi-finals.last_img

How ‘Big Mal’ gave Canberra Raiders PNG star Kato Ottio belief

first_imgAfter Papua New Guinea’s 24-10 loss to Fiji last year when Meninga was at the helm, the Canberra Raiders legend told Ottio he had the raw ability to make the top level.The 22-year-old signed with the Raiders for two years in February and is the leading try-scorer in NSW Cup playing wing for Canberra affiliate Mounties.He will represent his country for the second time against Fiji at Parramatta on Saturday, and expects to line up against fellow Raider Sisa Waqa in the centres.The former volleyball international has used the encouraging words from Meninga, one of the greatest centres of all time, as a spur to realise him dreams.”Big Mal talked to me after that game about my football and what I can work on, he gave me some good tips,” Ottio said.”He told me to just keep working hard, play good footy and one day I can make it to NRL.”Someone like that to talk to me about how I can do things better, it’s something that motivates you to work hard and that you can become someone.”I’m just patient and hoping for an opportunity.”Fellow Raider Kurt Baptiste will make his Kumuls debut on Saturday. His Papua New Guinean heritage comes from his father, Bevan, who was born on the island of Samarai and moved to Brisbane aged 14.Baptiste has already enjoyed a taste of the country’s mad passion for rugby league, having played for Canberra’s former Queensland Cup affiliate Souths Logan against PNG Hunters in Port Moresby.”It was definitely an eye-opener for me,” Baptiste said.”It was good to see how the Papua New Guineans live and how mad for footy they are up there.”I remember coming into the hotel and there was all these kids on the side of the road chasing the bus.”They knew the footy team was here and were excited to see the players in the country.”It’s always something in the back of my mind I’ve wanted to do and I’m excited I get a chance to this weekend.”They’re just a mad footy nation, it’s their No.1 sport up there and the huge amount of support you get on social media is amazing.”If the official team list is to be believed, Baptiste will emulate his role at the Raiders as bench hooker for Papua New Guinea.He believes the Pacific Tests should remain on the calendar, despite some clubs being hesitant to release their players.”I definitely think they should stay on the agenda, there’s a lot of people out there supporting these nations and they want to see the best players,” he said.last_img read more

Mascherano ruled out of Barca’s Liga opener

first_imgHowever, he is likely to be fit and available for the trip to Athletic Bilbao on August 28. INJURY NEWS: Javier Mascherano has a hamstring strain in his right leg and will be out for a week #FCBlive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2016 Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been ruled out of his side’s La Liga opener against Real Betis due to a hamstring strain.The Argentina international suffered the injury during Barca’s Supercopa de Espana success against Sevilla on Wednesday.Mascherano came off to leave his team, who had used all three substitutes, to finish with 10 men.Arda Turan’s brace and a Lionel Messi goal saw Barca cruise to a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou, completing a 5-0 aggregate win.The club confirmed Mascherano would miss a week, ensuring he will miss Saturday’s clash with Betis.last_img read more

Valera opens in a list of the first team with Cholo

first_imgGermán Valera, 17, write his name. From Murcia, like that group that is sounding so loud and so loud, Long live Sweden; as Miguel Ángel Hernández, author of Pain of others (Anagrama), one of the novels of 2018, a boy who will be heard a lot to talk about. It is done. It is one of the pearls of the quarry and reason for the rupture of relations on the part of Villarreal with Atlético. He was the captain of Spain in the last U-17 World Cup. Powerful, very fast and with a powerful shot. Lefty, you can play for both bands although where you feel more comfortable is on the right to cut in and look for the shot. This season is his first in the subsidiary. And today his first call with Cholo. Because Germán Valera is the great novelty of Simeone’s list for tomorrow’s game (18:30, Wanda Metropolitano) before Levante. A list with 18 names which is also Sergio Camello and Vitolo returns to. Not so neither Savic nor Koke, both training at the same pace as the others in recent days but to which the Cholo is saved for the Arab Super Cup. Saponjic, habitual in the last lists although still without debut, is not. The Cholo summonedAdam, Oblak; Giménez, Arias, Lodi, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier; Thomas, Saul, Llorente, Herrera, Vitolo; João Félix, Morata, Correa, Camel and Valera They are the chosen Simeone for this match. The coach, who will be eight years old at the head of the Atlético bench in three days, has already debuted 30 youth players, Camel among them, in the last game of last seasonprecisely before the Levante. Eye Valera. A name for the future that begins in this 2020.last_img read more

Champions | Lyon surprises ‘the Italian’

first_imgGoals1-0, 30 ‘: Lucas Tousart As expected, the tables changed in the second half. Juventus was forced to advance lines, and Rudi García, showing off his defensive label, delayed the team about 20 meters to tie the result. It was no longer the Lyon of the first half that reached all duels and attacked the backlash with great sufficiency.The match began to be in the boots of Paulo Dybala. The Argentine had been missing in the first half, but with a much more dominating Juventus, began to appear between the lines and punish Lyon. A side center ended up in his boots, but the shot went off touching the post. Virtually every occasion of Sarri’s started from him.In the final minutes, lJuventus squeezed more than normal, but Lyon contained all the rush of the Italians. Cristiano Ronaldo requested a penalty from Denayer, but the Belgian collided shoulder to shoulder with the former Madrid. Gil Manzano annulled a goal from Dybala almost at the end for offside and Lyon ended up surprising Juve. ChangesRamsey (61 ‘, Pjanić), Martin Terrier (65 ‘, Karl Toko Ekambi), Higuain (69 ‘, Square), Tete (77 ‘, Dubois), Federico Bernardeschi (77 ‘, Rabiot), Joachim Andersen (80 ‘, Cornet) CardsReferee: Jesús Gil ManzanoVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraMarcelo (27 ‘, Yellow) Cornet (60 ‘, Yellow The Lyon of the great European nights has returned. The set of Rudi García surprised Juventus with a lonely goal from Lucas Tousart, and faces the return with advantage in a tie that started as one of the most unequal of all the round of 16.The clear favoritism of Juventus was evident in the absence of an hour of the game with the eleven of Lyon. Rudi García decided to bet on a defense of three centrals to stop Dybala and Cristiano, with the novelty of Guimaraes, who debuted in the Champions League forming the double local pivot with Tousart. For its part, Sarri lined a 4-3-3, with the inclusion of Rabiot in the center of the field and with Square on the right side to defend the area of ​​influence of Aouar in the left sector of Lyon.It mattered little that Juventus came as a Series A leader and that Lyon was in low hours. The Champions does not understand performance in local competitions, and that was demonstrated again in today’s game. Although Sarri’s dominated the first ten minutes, enclosing a fairly passive Lyon, as the minutes passed, the French team broke loose and began to believe that it could defeat a superior rival. Cristiano warned with a poisoned center-chut in the first minutes, but it was a mirage.The good work of Lyon, with a system of three centrals that plugged the sides of Juventus on the ball, found its fruits in the 31st minute. Aouar, a player who the fan asks for a step forward in the big appointments, made a play mark of the house on the left and attended Tousart. The midfielder of Lyon, so criticized in recent months, marks for the second consecutive year in the second round, after having already scored Barcelona last season.The nerves began to settle in Juventus, unable to draw a single danger attack, beyond two Cristiano Ronaldo centers. In fact, Olympique de Lyon found a highway on the right side. Dubois, right lane, always received brand free, and Alex Sandro, very pressured at the start of the ball, did not receive a single help from Rabiot. There, both the side of Lyon and Toko-Ekambi, signed two clear occasions before the break, but the former Villarreal could not score when shooting high two shots could well have carried more danger on the goal defended by Szczęsny.last_img read more

General reduction of wages

first_imgIn the face of global problems, global solutions. This is the idea that various european clubs think pose in the telematic meeting of the ECA planned for today Monday in which several teams will propose a contingency plan to study one general reduction of wages to the templates of the professional teams of European football before the mace what does the economic crisis caused by the pandemic of coronavirus. The Barcelona is one of the groups most interested in implementing this initiative.This newspaper already reported last Wednesday that in the Barca They were considering reformulating the budget for this season (1,047 million) due to “unrecoverable losses” due to the lack of incomes in television rights, museum, shops, sponsorships, box offices, schools worldwide, VIP tickets, advertising and hospitality. So, it is time to act accordingly. A problem that does not exclusively affect the Blaugrana set. It is a matter that, to a greater or lesser extent taking into account the particularities of each entity and affects all teams from Spain and Europe.This is a general problem. Italy, that suffered the effects of the coronavirus before the rest of European countries is one of the most affected and think act in the same line. According to ‘Il Giornale’, the CEO of the Inter Beppe Marotta contacted several European clubs to propose the same strategy before this matter: both Barcelona and Real Madrid, for the Italian newspaper, they would have given him the go ahead. Nevertheless, the white club categorically denies that he had any conversation with Inter on this. And is that Serie A clubs are considering seriously cut the salaries of footballers due to the emergency. For Serie A, the economic prejudice is enormous: around 800 million euros, perhaps more. Many clubs have already invested the money they expected from television rights and if the championship is suspended they will be in a highly compromised situation.During the Friday assemblyItalian teams have already discussed suspending payments to footballers for the month of March. Damiano Tommasi, President of the AIC, Italian association of footballers, opened the doors to negotiate saying that “footballers are the first ones interested in maintaining the system,” but he asked for calm, since it is not yet known if the season will be suspended, and above all he recalled that each player will have to decide individually: “We cannot compel anyone.”In Spain, at the moment the topic is latent, but there is more than rumors. Joan Vehils reported in the Saturday edition of Sport that he Bartomeu president had kept a Contact informal with captains, that they would have shown him their availability by being aware of the seriousness of the situation.However, the Blaugrana club intends, along with other protagonists from the football association that is this a collegial measure he has his first step at Monday’s ECA meeting.last_img read more

“We mourn one of the greats in the history of our club”

first_imgBenito Jóanet belongs to the ‘very select’ group of coaches who got promotion to the First Division with Tenerife. Only four knew how to do it: Heriberto Herrera in 1961, Rafa Benítez in 2001, José Luis Oltra in 2009 and the Catalan did it in 1989 and therefore his death has caused deep regret in Tenerife. Miguel Concepción, president of the entity, dismissed him with a heartfelt letter.“Today we mourn one of the great personalities in the history of our club, a true example – in terms of principles and values ​​- for past and future promotions of Tenerife”, highlighted the writing. “A big hug for your family and friends. At the heart of all the Blue and Whites will always be the coach who led the rise that transformed Tenerife.”For the entity’s top president, the sporting success of that campaign “was led, in his capacity as technical director, by Benito Joanet, whom today we bid farewell with heartfelt tears, for his chivalry, his knowledge, his pedagogy, his nobility, his skill and work, values ​​that undoubtedly represent the club and its fans. “He was the coach who directed “one of the most beautiful works in the history of our club during the past century … The promotion of 1989, second in the collective biography of our entity to the First Division, it was one of the most celebrated successes in Tenerife’s almost 100 years of existence “, remarked the president. Total, There were 48 games that Benito Jóanet led the insular team, with a balance of 25 wins, ten draws and 13 defeats. It opened with a draw against Telde in Copa del Rey and his first league victory was in the derby against Las Palmas (3-1). He achieved promotion in the remembered Promotion against Real Betis, who thrashed 4-0 at Heliodoro and lost 1-0 in Seville.Players from that season also remembered him on the club’s official website. For example Quique Medina, who also had Jóanet in the coach course evoked: “He was a coach close to the player, although at the same time demanding as the most. You could be talking to him about your life and in 15 minutes he was giving you a hard time so you wouldn’t relax for even a moment. “Toño Hernández left “an important part of my history, the driving force and protagonist of the start of a great stage for our team. We live an unforgettable season, hand in hand with a great coach who was also a great person, “he said.David AmaralFor his part, he highlighted his work in those difficult years: “The club’s subsequent greatness had a before, and in that before Benito Joanet was a main protagonist. He had to live a difficult time, but with his great work he took the team to the First Division. It has a place of honor in the history of this institution for its professionalism, but above all for its behavior. “last_img read more

Tello: “Having given LaLiga to Barcelona would be very nice”

first_imgIt would be remembered as the ‘Liga de Tello’.(Laughs) Yes, that goal would always be remembered, because it would have been the last game and also the last goal of the season.And that is not going the year he was expecting.It’s been a difficult season for me, I haven’t had the minutes I wanted. I work to earn the title and that last goal against Madrid gave me a lot of joy and confidence. There has been talk of his departure in recent months. Will he still be here after the summer?I always had the intention to continue at Betis, at no time did it ever cross my mind to leave. In summer? I have a contract and I want to continue because I feel very comfortable, but it will also be necessary to listen to the needs of the club, know what they think.How is it that you have been a Betic since childhood?Well, I saw him with my father there in Catalonia. I don’t know if it will come as a family, but whenever we came to Seville they tried to take me to the country. I have family here. And in Barcelona he also went to the Barça and Espanyol stadiums, all dressed in verdiblanco.In Catalonia there are many Betis and in this Betis there are more Catalans than in Barça.Yeah i was kind of the pioneer (laughs) Then came Bartra, Edgar, Rubi, Álex Moreno, Aleñá … What if a lot of Catalan is spoken in the dressing room? We usually speak in Spanish, because if someone doesn’t jump to tell us that they don’t understand us. Just kidding, of course. You here and your former coach, Setién, in Barcelona. What do you think?Quique is capable of contributing many things to Barcelona. With him at Betis we played a spectacular game and achieved important things. Setién must give the game of Barça that touch point and association that he was perhaps missing, to return to being the Barcelona of before.He has been a good friend of Iker Casillas since they met in Porto. What do you think about presenting yourself to the Federation?It seems perfect. Iker is a super prepared person, both for his career and for everything behind him. There will be many people to support you. He has seen the occasion and believes that he can contribute a lot to Spanish football.What do you ask of what is left of the campaign, if there is anything left?I think we have seen a very difficult competition, that anyone can play on any field. We must take advantage of those occasions we have, go to death. We can go upstairs. Playing without an audience is not the same motivation, but we are in a complex situation and we will have to stick with it. We will be aware of what is at stake, we are convinced that we can enter Europe and strike a blow on the table. Cristian Tello Cristian Tello “Setién must give Barça that touch point and association that it was losing to return to being the team it was before.”center_img How does this confinement happen?Well trying to work at home without losing shape. It gets weirder with each passing week, but I try to be optimistic: we are closer to going out.You are an explosive player. Is it more difficult to train speed in short spaces?For any type of soccer player this becomes hard. Exercising on the grass is another matter. But there are different exercises for speed and strength, the Betis technicians are turning to us. “Casillas is super prepared and can contribute a lot to Spanish football. There will be many people who support him.” Do you think this League will be played again?I hope so, that a certain normality will return. Same without public and playing every two or three days. It is more risk when it comes to injury, but LaLiga must be ended.If not? See that if his goal, the last to be scored in the championship so far, makes Barcelona champion …Well, I hope it is played, of course. But it would not be very nice to have given Barcelona the League. I am very fond of the club and its fans, I spent many years there. If my goal has served for that, I would not hide the illusion. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 18, 2020last_img read more

Fraser-Pryce may double at World Champs

first_img 200m a possibililty Fraser-Pryce’s status makes her the woman to beat, but that fact does not trouble her. “For the 100m, you don’t have to look at the start lists to know that it is competitive right now,” she said. “They (her competitors) are running well and they are excited and hungry. Five other Jamaican athletes will compete at the meet. Peter Matthews will contest the 400m, while Simoya Campbell competes in the 800m. There are two Jamaican men in the 400m – Edino Steele and Rusheen McDonald. Joining Fraser-Pryce in the 100m will be Natasha Morrison. Stockholm, Sweden: REIGNING OLYMPIC and World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may very well also compete in the 200m at next month’s World Championships in Beijing after all. The defending 200m world champion admitted yesterday that her coach is now reconsidering his earlier decision to have her only compete in the 100m. Fraser-Pryce is currently in Sweden to contest the 100m at the BAUHAUS Athletics meet which makes up a leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series. Once proceedings are over in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Fraser-Pryce will concentrate all her efforts on retaining her 100m World title at the Bird’s Nest Stadium. However, the Jamaican sprint star was unsure whether she would also compete in the 200m at the sport’s global showcase next month. A clearly relaxed Fraser-Pryce said: “My coach (Stephen Francis) did say earlier in the year that I would not be running the 200m at the World Championships. “But last week in training, I did 250m, 200m and 150m, and I’m like, why is he sending me all the way round the track? “His response was, ‘Who said you’re not doing the 200m at the World Championships?’ “He added that he’s changed his mind and he’s not sure just yet! “The good thing is I’m qualified for the 200m, so it’s not like I’m taking anybody else’s spot. “But for me, my mind is just on the 100m at present.” The affable Fraser-Pryce revealed that should she take part in the longer sprint, she would have a game plan. “The 200m is more strategic than anything else. I’m not an endurance runner, whereas there are other athletes who are good at it because they can run a very good 400m, too. I don’t run a very good 400m at all. “When I get to the 200m start line, it is more a case of whether I go hard for the first 50m, or do I give it 80 per cent and then blast the final stages? “Whatever I settle on along with my coach, that’s what I’m going to do. She added jokingly: “The 200m is too hard!” During her last Diamond League outing in Paris, Fraser-Pryce saw off a top-class field to record 10.74 seconds. In her wake was the highly rated English Gardner from the United States and Africans Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) and Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast). Shelly the one to beatlast_img read more