May 2020

Jennings the key to Eels backline reshuffle

first_imgAll other playmakers are fit, but the Eels’ successfully-rejigged backline actually came about largely due to the return from injury of veteran centre Michael Jennings.Explaining the line-up changes after a 24-10 win over the Dragons on Sunday, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said a lack of quality ball in a poor loss to the Cowboys last week denied Gutherson a chance to show what he is capable of in the centre position.Nevertheless, the players available for Sunday’s game made moving fullback Bevan French to the wing the best option.The return of Jennings meant playing Gutherson at centre was no longer the best option; the absences of outside backs Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva’a meant a wing spot needed filling and French was the best man for that job, according to Arthur.Crucially, specialist left-side centre Jennings was shifted to the right to help out half Mitch Moses on his inside as well as makeshift winger French on his outside.The move also allowed centre to return to the left where he formed such a potent combination with Semi Radradra in 2015.”We’ve used 10 backs this year and only two of those have played every game,” Arthur said.”Eight of those players have been out for extended periods and at the moment blokes have got to jump in and play a position [that is] probably not their preferred position but they’ve got to do what’s best for the team.”This was epitomised by French, who took the news of his shift to wing in his stride and threw himself into training to ensure he was ready for the task defensively.”He had the choice to sulk about it and he didn’t and that’s the sort of kid he is. He worked really hard all week at training with Jenko on that right edge,” Arthur said.”I thought they did a great job in defence and Bevan nailed a couple of big moments for us. They put him under pressure and maybe he was the difference in the game for us. He was really good.”He put his body on the line. He’s not real heavy or strong at the moment but his decision-making was good and having Michael Jennings inside him with his talk and experience probably helped Bevan with some confidence.” ‌Despite the strong outing from all the backs, Arthur said there was no guarantee Sunday’s structure would remain once Auva’a and Hoffman are available in the near future.”Bevan’s best position moving forward is fullback but he’s still only young, still learning his trade and at the end of the day we need to put the best possible team out there every week to try and win a footy game. Gutho’s just a footballer and I don’t know where his best position is to tell you the truth, you just need to have him on the field somewhere.”The improved right edge defence came down to the efforts of both Jennings and Moses, Arthur added.”[Moses] was great. There was [one defensive mistake when] he went from marker but that was a technique thing. He’s worked really hard during the week, he’s carrying a bit of an injury which has prevented him from doing a bit of contact work but he really went about his business this week and did a lot of extras.”I think Michael Jennings is probably the key for us too, just put him on that right edge. It gives the boys a bit of confidence. Jenko’s one of the best defensive centres in the game.”Right-edge defence is an area where the team had struggled even before Moses arrived, Arthur said.”We needed to do a bit of work there but Jenko’s one of the best defensive centres in the game so why not have him there.”The result leaves the Eels in equal eighth place on the Telstra Premiership ladder (ninth on for-and-against) with a chance to make a charge with two byes in the next four rounds plus winnable games coming up against the Bulldogs, Tigers and an Origin-depleted Melbourne in Round 18.”[The win] was important for us. Real important,” Arthur said.”We probably deserve to be where we sit. We’ve played some good football and we’ve played some football we’re not really happy with. We’re a middle of the road team at the moment and I think we probably sit in the middle of the road.”last_img read more

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Tonga, PNG included in new Sevens Challenger Series

first_imgThe men’s and women’s series kick-off in February with the aim of developing the next generation of rugby players and growing the popularity and participation of sevens around the world.World Rugby chair Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are thrilled to launch the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in a pivotal year for rugby sevens ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”.”Rugby sevens continues to attract new fans around the globe with its fast-paced, athletic and highly skilled format. The new Sevens Challenger Series will help to develop the next generation of players and bring international sevens events to new nations, further growing the popularity of our Olympic sport around the world.”The men’s series will feature 13 core teams from the six World Rugby regions, who will compete over two rounds alongside three invitational teams. The inaugural legs will be played in Viña del Mar in Chile and Montevideo in Uruguay.Chile, Uruguay and Brazil will represent South America in the competition, which also features Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Tonga, Uganda and Zimbabwe.The teams, who will be joined by three invitational sides from the Americas: Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay, earned their place by finishing as the top ranked teams in their respective regional sevens competitions.The top eight ranked core teams after two legs will then compete in a final playoff tournament, played alongside the Hong Kong Sevens in April, for a spot in the World Rugby Sevens Series, replacing the bottom placed team in the current campaign.A separate announcement for the women’s Challenger Series will soon be made.World Rugby Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said this was just the beginning.”(The Sevens Challenger Series) will evolve to feature more rounds across the globe as it grows and develops in future years,” he said.”The competition will allow unions outside of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to compete on a more regular basis with a clear pathway to the highest level.”Launching next year will provide an excellent platform for nations to develop and improve their competitiveness ahead of Tokyo 2020 and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in South Africa.last_img read more

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Vipers bow out of Digicel Cup 2015 season

first_imgThey were defeated by visitors Mt Hagen Eagles 7-6 at Murray Barracks oval on Sunday in a close encounter.Each team scored a try and a penalty kick but Eagles brushed off the heat and dusty surface coming out winners thanks to a field goal.Both teams scored in the first half with Vipers first to put the ball over the line through Ben Wemin.  An unsuccessful conversion by Scott Francis left the score 4-0 three minutes into the game.The pressure was on as Eagles fought hard to catch up but after two missed opportunities, the visitors managed to score through left winger Elijah Peter.Eagles’ unsuccessful conversions left the score 4-4 at half time.In the second half, a field goal through half back Willie Guambo put Eagles in the lead 5-4 ten minutes into the second half.Ten minutes later the home side took the lead after a penalty kick 6-5 but Eagles maintained attack, gaining two more points from a penalty kick 7-6 to claim victory.In other matches, Hela Wigmen defeated Agmark Gurias 16-6 in Mendi, TNA Lions beat Goroka Lahanis 18-17 at Kundiawa, Gulf Isapea was defeated by Waghi Tumbe 37-4 in Minj and Snax Tigers beat Mendi Muruks 28-4 in Lae.Eagles have now secured a spot in the final eight and will play in the final playoffs while Vipers and Gulf Isapea have bowed out of the season.last_img read more

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Solomons to bid for 2023 Pacific Games

first_imgAsking for a special adjournment in parliament, he said a delegation would be travelling to Vanuatu to make the bid.In recent months, the government revealed it was interested in bidding and promised to back the bid with funding.Mr Sogavare says members of parliament will be part of this delegation.The leader of the opposition Independent Group, Dr Derek Sikua, wished the government success in the bid.He said the Pacific Games had eluded Solomon Islands for far too long, and said the last games, the Mini Games the country held in 1982, was too long ago.last_img read more

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first_imgMoreover, there is a possibility that Müller can share the Olympic event with his wife. This is Lisa Müller, with whom the Bayern squad has been married since 2009 and who is also part of the world of sport in her role as dressage rider. Alongside his horse Stand by me, Müller is signing a great season and has many options to travel to Tokyo with the German team. “Right now my wife is looking at other championships, so far she has not stopped to think about the Games,” said Thomas, who does not usually miss the equestrian appointments of his Lisa. Thomas Müller could wear the Mannschaft clothing again. A year after being banned by Joachim Löw along with Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, the Bayern striker returns to sound for the German team. Of course, the veteran player of 30 years still does not count for Löw, who does not intend to include him in his list of summoned for the European Championship in summer, but does Stefan Kuntz, coach of the German U21, who would look forward if Müller Your team will be part of the Tokyo Olympics. According to the German newspaper Kicker, Kuntz is considering the possibility of having the 2014 world champion as it would bring seniority and experience to the highest level. The statutes also allow it, where it is reflected that each coach can summon a total of three players who were born before January 1, 1997. Müller himself, who has returned to ownership in Bayern under the orders of Hansi Flick, He said in statements collected by the sports website Sport1: “The truth is that, if one stops to think, it would be cool.”last_img read more

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Vinicius and Brahim, off the Madrid list for Valladolid

first_imgZidane already hinted at a press conference that this could happen. In the case of Vinicius, asked about his good performance in recent weeks, he said: “He is 19 years old and you have to be calm with him. He has to be ambitious. You have to be calm, We have 25 players and when not some are not on the lists it is because there are many important players. All these players could have more minutes. “The coach already made it clear that falling out of a call is not a symbol of anything other than the strong competition that exists in the squad, although It is true that Zidane does not seem to feel special predilection for the game of Vinicius. Zidane provided a call for 19 names for Real Madrid’s visit to Valladolid this Sunday at 9:00 p.m.. They travel 18 of the first team plus Altube, goalkeeper of Castilla and who usually serves as third goalkeeper of the first team. the news is in the men that Zizou has left out of the call: Vinicius, Brahim and Mariano. The first two recently played in the Salamanca cupbearer match against the Unionists and the second in fact signed a brilliant match from the bench, scoring one goal and provoking another. Nevertheless, Zidane chose to leave them in Madrid for the visit to Pucela, in which the white team can stand out as the leader of Primera after the defeat of Barcelona in Valencia.center_img And in the case of Brahim and Mariano (who also stayed off the list) it was more explicit: “Everyone knows their situation, then the player has to choose and do. I am not here to say what they have to do. If I do, I speak directly with the player. They are here and I will count on them … when I can. ” Mariano was more expected, but the good game of Brahim in Salamanca invited to think that he could enjoy some minutes in Valladolid. But Zidane remains firm with his plan. In addition to the three of them, the sanctioned Carvajal and the injured Bale, Hazard and Asensio are left out.Full callGoalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Militao, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James and Isco.Forwards: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Rodrygo.last_img read more

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Arteta confesses that he still asks Pep for advice

first_imgMikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola have seen how the coronavirus has prevented their reunion on a soccer field. The gunner club was exposed to a possible contagion in its meetings against Olympiacos and has decided to put all its staff in quarantine. Before hearing the news of the suspension, the Arsenal coach spoke at a press conference about the relationship he continues to have with the City Minister. Arteta, who was his second until the dismissal of Emery and his return to London as first coach, confessed that he asks Pep Guardiola, his ‘former boss’ for some advice on football. “We talked a lot since I left. About football, life, family … It’s not just a professional relationship. If I ask about matters as a coach? I have all your support and I can ask you anything. He always knows how to answer me because he knows me well and knows how I think. I count on him and it’s something positive for me “, acknowledged the Arsenal coach.“I have wonderful memories, great friends there and many people I appreciate. I really want to go back,” he acknowledged before meeting a suspensionn that, for the moment, will avoid the reunion of Arteta with what was his home for years.Arsenal goes through one of its best streaks of the season. The gunners add eight games without losing and are ninth in the standings with 40 points and one game less than the rest. In the absence of 10 games for last, the 8 points that distance him from Europe seem a really difficult difference to return to continental football.last_img read more

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UEFA fines Ajax for incidents against Getafe

first_imgIt is the second time in less than six months that the Amsterdam club is punished for the behavior of its followers in Spain, since he received a fine of 50,000 euros due to the altercations that occurred on October 2 after Valencia-Ajax in the Champions League.On the Dutch team there is a suspension of a game away from home without being able to buy tickets, although it is temporarily suspended on the condition that its fans do not engage in similar behavior for a year.It remains to be seen whether the incidents of the Europa League second leg match between Ajax and Getafe at the Johan Cruyff Arena, which occurred on February 27, carry another punishment.Some Dutch supporters threw plastic cups of beer into a tribune area where family members of the Madrid club players were sitting, prompting Getafe president Angel Torres to announce that he would file a complaint with UEFA. The striker of the Madrid team Deyverson Silva suffered the impact of a lighter when he celebrated the goal he scored in the first half and the object was thrown from the stands where the Dutch supporters were. After the game, destroyed seats were found in the area reserved for these same fans.The Dutch team’s management assured that it has identified those responsible and has begun a procedure to make them pay the UEFA sanction, it said in the statement. The UEFA has fined Ajax Amsterdam with a fine of 53,250 euros for seats destroyed by their fans at Getafe stadium, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, and the launch of objects during the Europa League soccer match on February 20, the Dutch club said in a statement.last_img read more

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A market in crisis for oprtunistas: PSG, City and Madrid

first_imgThe teams will have to do the math while soccer is stopped. Income has disappeared but expenses are still present. Therefore, the clubs that will best cope with this break will be those who enjoy better financial health and have more money in their treasuries. “It will be essential to undertake their financial obligations, but if someone was already ‘drowned’ before COVID-19, now they will have a much worse time,” says Carles Murillo, president of the Spain Society for Sport Economics.Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Athletic are the three teams with the most liquidity in LaLiga, but the short-term debt and the items to be collected in the same period must be taken into account. Since even if you have money in the bank, if you have many debts this can affect the viability of your economy if the income tap is cut. Or vice versa, if you have little money in the box but few expenses and short-term debt, perhaps you can better cope with the impact of the break.Real Madrid’s financial health places it as one of the few teams with a solvent treasury to deal with this crisis and to have the economic capacity to surprise the transfer market. “If I had to bet on one of the clubs that would play it on the market, one would be Madrid. All seasons generate 700 million and would be easy to finance, so they could take risks. In addition, it is a team that has enough money in its accounts for provisions and that has been saving to face a great signing. There may be owners, like those of PSG and City, who take advantage of the situation and find opportunities in the market. There will be less competition and they will be able to sign players and it could be easier for them“explains Jaime Fortuño, professor at the EAE Business School.For his part, Carles Murillo points out: “It depends on the reserves that Real Madrid may have and the debt it has in the short and medium term. The panorama of the debt that the clubs have is very varied at the Spanish and international levels. If the debt ratio does not commit you and you have reserves, you could play with this advantage in the market. It would be, if they can do it, an award for their economic performance in recent yearsAnd he adds: “At the moment I do not see it feasible to pay a lot, except these clubs that are owned by people with many reserves can break the deck.” A clear reference to club-states like PSG and Manchester City that have recorded millionaire signings season after season. Although these three may be the agitators of the market, Gay de Liébana warns against the possibility that the current situation will continue too long: “Having a good treasury allows you to face payments when there is a downturn. Madrid is well positioned financially and now it is not going to make adjustments, but it will have to be thought about if this lengthens. On the other hand, regarding PSG and City, it must be borne in mind that they may be affected by the price of gas and oil, which is falling and its owners are influenced by it.“All agree the specialists consulted by AS agree on one point: the season must be ended to soften the impact. “Tebas is right, the League must be ended and thus secure part of the audiovisual rights,” says Fortuño. With these revenues, it would be possible to save a large part of the teams’ budgets, since they are one of their most valuable assets, especially for lower-middle class clubs. For the big ones, the loss of the make-up and marketing will be very important: “The sponsors put money to have visibility and will readjust their contracts if the paying clubs are not playing. These brands, in addition, are already suffering the brake on the demand for their products, “says Gay de Liébana.The return of the leagues would assure the teams the return of income from television rights (494 million euros are at stake in the First Division) and a large part of those obtained through marketing, although there is a decrease in this item due to the crisis suffered by brands. The box office and the fertilizers is the asset that is most in danger, since to return the competition aims to be behind closed doors. But Madrid in its latest accounts shows tranquility in the face of an eventual crisis: “The diversification of recurring income confers economic stability on the club, cushioning the impact of possible income fluctuations motivated either by sporting activity or by the economic situation”: It is say, As the experts and the accounts of the club point out, Madrid can be one of the great agitators in the next transfer market.last_img read more

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Tennis Players Launch ‘WTA 4 Love’ Humanitarian Campaign

first_imgThe Affiliation of Skilled Feminine Tennis Players WTA has launched a humanitarian marketing campaign to struggle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been known as ‘WTA 4 Love’, to help establishments in want from hospitals to nursery faculties.The help that the marketing campaign promoted by the WTA will present it is going to be within the type of donations of medical tools and provides, serving to under-resourced faculties to help youth studying and empowerment, steerage on well being and wellness initiatives, in addition to elevating normal consciousness of keep secure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary initiative of the marketing campaign ‘WTA 4 Love’has been the donation of 5,000 masks to front-line employees the struggle in opposition to the pandemic and 20,000 meals within the Tampa Bay space (Florida, USA), the world headquarters of the WTA.In London, the place the WTA European workplace is situated, greater than 4,000 meals have been supplied for front-line medical professionals, kids and households. The ‘Come Play’ program may also be tailored to implement bodily exercise in houses, with the assistance of the primary gamers on the world circuit.last_img read more

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