Broncos confident against Storm

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgThat match ended 48-6 in Melbourne’s favour, with the Storm delivering the Broncos their worst ever loss at Suncorp Stadium.‌That Brisbane side was missing Jordan Kahu, Jack Reed, Greg Eden and Tom Opacic before a ball was even kicked, while winger Corey Oates left the field in the 18th minute due to concussion. Oates’s injury forced coach Wayne Bennett to move the 174cm Kodi Nikorima to the Broncos’ wing, but there was one large problem, his direct opponent was 18cm taller than him. Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu took full advantage of this with the help of halfback Cooper Cronk as the two took the match away from Brisbane. Cronk put a number of pinpoint cross-field kicks above Nikorima’s head, with Vunivalu soaring above Nikorima time and time again to score three tries, while Cronk himself notched up five try assists. It was the definition of using a side’s weakness to one’s advantage and something that could not have been achieved without the accuracy of Cronk’s kicking game. But all things going to plan, the Storm should not be afforded the same benefit on Friday night, with Oates intent on staying on the paddock for the full 80 minutes this time around. It is not just Oates’s health that has Blair confident of a Broncos victory, with the 31-year-old saying his side are in a better headspace and physical condition than this time last year.”We lost a lot of players that night. Kodi ended up out on the wing so it was a tough one,” Blair said.”We are in a really good place at the moment player wise. Mentally we are very good and majority of us are doing well physically. “We’ll go into this game with a good preparation. Energy and a great attitude is key to it so hopefully those things can help us come away with the win.” Recently named captain of his home country New Zealand, Blair is using his time as captain of the Broncos to hone his leadership skills heading into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. He received the opportunity to take charge of Brisbane due to a thumb injury to regular captain and fullback Boyd who is not due back until Round 20 at the very earliest. With Boyd’s return still weeks away, Blair is enjoying the opportunity and focused on guiding his side to their first win over the Storm at Suncorp Stadium since 2009. “I still feel like I’m filling in. I guess it is a role I have to start getting used to anyway,” he said. “I enjoy being a leader, whether that is on the field with my actions or with my talk. “I’m a passionate player but at times you have to be calm and collected as a captain. “Those are the things I want to be better at so this period while Darius is away is a good opportunity for me to practice those things.”  Photo by: Scott Davis/ NRL Photos. Suliasi Vunivalu soars above the Broncos to score a hat-trick at Suncorp Stadium.last_img read more


Warriors taking extreme measures to make top eight

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgThe message is simple – work hard.Players have started on an even keel competing to impress at the upcoming trials ahead of game one of the season against South Sydney Rabbitohs in March.”There was a gap we needed to close in certain areas, hence why we made a decision on the back end of the year to bring someone to the club like Alex (Corvo).” says Kearney.”It’s pretty demanding but that’s because that’s what the game asks for and the boys have really responded.”Part of that demand before pre-season was training mixed martial arts at a New Lynn gym under jiu-jitsu black belt Steve Oliver. The idea was to work combatively on defence – not unfamiliar to Rugby league.In 2013 the official tackle coach to the Bulldogs NRL team and the New South Wales Blues was Brazilian jiu-jitsu professor Marcos Neve, the Rabbitohs have called on jiu-jitsu specialist Marco Villela, and last year the Melbourne Storm were known for their jiu-jitsu and MMA sessions.”During the off season before pre-season I’d send a few of them along to learn some new skills, it was about the defence aspect.” says Kearney.”They’re on wrestling mats which is a little bit softer than the ground and there will be times particularly in the long turn-a-arounds we’ll use the facility.”It’s quite clear that the adoption of Melbourne Storm’s winning culture is being filtered into the Warriors – both in the squad and coaching ranks, something new recruit Tohu Harris is already accustomed to.”All this training is pretty familiar, my first couple of years were under Alex Corvo and without sounding negative, it’s been tough – there’s no way around it.” says Harris.Despite the 2017 NRL premiership title under his belt with the Storm, the second rower says after nursing injuries the pressure is high to earn a starting spot for game one of the season.”There’s a lot of competition for spots but if you look past the trials you might find yourself watching the boys run out in round one, so you have to make sure you’re always training as well as you can.”The Warriors will hold their first trial match in Rotorua against Melbourne on February 17, then travel to the Sunshine Coast for their second trial against the Gold Coast Titans.last_img read more


OFC Nations Cup gets under way tomorrow

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgWith the Oceania Teams Tahiti, Samoa, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand and the host Papua New Guinea will vie for qualifier to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.The defending champions are Tahiti, who won their first title at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup and are looking forward to defend their title again this year.   The games will be played simultaneously starting tomorrow (Saturday)  with the Pool B division  at 16:00 when New Zealand will take on Vodafone Fiji and at 19:00 Vanuatu will play Solomon Islands in Pool B at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.Other matches that will follow will be on Sunday when the host nation Papua New Guinea go up against New Caledonia followed by the game between the defending champions Tahiti and Samoa.Then on May 31, Vanuatu will play New Zealand and Solomon Islands will clash against the Fijians whilst PNG Kapuls will be ready to take on the champs Tahiti in their second game on June 1 and New Caledonia against Samoa.The last four games before the finals for Pools A and B will be played on June  4 and 5, respectively as  in Pool B, Fiji plays Vanuatu and New Zealand plays  Solomon Islands whilst in Pool A on June 5, Samoa  will take on Papua New Guinea and Tahiti meet New Caledonia.The finals will kick off starting on June 8 to 11.last_img read more


Messi has only scored 20% of his goals for Espanyol away from home

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgWhile Messi makes a goal every 69 minutes for Espanyol at the Camp Nou, which basically means that Barça goes to the home derbies by winning 1-0 if he plays the Argentine crack, out of the Estadi, Leo takes 248 minutes to make each goal to the periocos. Messi scored the first of his five goals against Espanyol in the Estadi Lluís Companys, in that derby of the flares that was decided in the 102nd minute with a goal from the Argentine 1-2. The other four goals already scored in the RCD Stadium. In the 2013-14 season, he scored the penalty goal that the derby decided (0-1). In the 2014-15 season he contributed to the 0-2 victory and, finally, last year he doubled in the 0-4 victory. The derby is coming and it is time, as in every previous one of a Barça match, to take a look at the numbers of that monster that is Messi against the rival. The Spanish He has always been one of Argentina’s favorite rivals, capable of even scoring four goals in a match like in the 2011-12 season, when he sealed with a hug to Guardiola the relationship between the two on the eve of the goodbye of the coach of Santpedor. Messi has scored up to 25 goals for parrots during his career, but it is true that with an asterisk. Only 20 percent of them, five, have been away from home. And that last season was able to make two in the 0-4 that fit the Ruby. Just back from Argentina, where he has spent the Christmas holidays, Messi will initially be the owner. Since that storm of Anoeta, do not usually miss the beginning of the year. And Barça, despite being a leader, is in a situation of need because Madrid is two points away and, who knows, if maybe leader at the time the game starts. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 3, 2020 10last_img read more


The newspaper archive betrays the new signing of Juve: “Messi is better than Cristiano”

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgIt was in SVT Sport, a Swedish television channel. They asked him who seemed better, if Totti, idol of Rome, or Del Piero, his namesake in Juventus. The young soccer player answered “Totti”. The next question was: Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Dejan had no qualms about answering Messi, although Cristiano will now be his teammate.The interview concluded with Kulusevski confessing that his team as a child was Chelsea, and that his idol is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is back in Milan. In this inventory period of signings, The Juventus of Turin closed an agreement with Dejan Kulusevski. This Swedish midfielder of Macedonian origin stamped his signature and became part of the Vecchia Signora after the relevant medical examination. His contract binds him to the bianconero club until 2024, although He will play until the end of this season on loan at Parma.However, in Italy they are talking about him for more than his signing. And is that Kulusevsky appeared in an interview before signing for Juve and He made some statements that have not liked his new hobby at all.last_img read more


Espanyol-Barcelona The insults against Piqué returned in Cornellà-El Prat

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgAs seen in the images offered, Piqué approaches the colleague Del Cerro Grande and informs him that from one of the stadium funds (Gol de Cornellà) they are dedicating songs against him and his family. The referee did not indicate at any time to the delegate of Espanyol to communicate to the stands that the songs cease against the football player of Barcelona. Nor did he reflect it in the arbitration record after the match.Last season The league, chaired by Javier Thebes, already denounced the Competition Committee of the RFEF that Pique and your partner Shakira They received insults from an area of ​​the Cornellà stands during the Barcelona derby held in 2018. A part of the hobby of Cornellà-El Prat he dedicated another series of insults against Gerard Piqué during the match between Spanish and the Barcelona, according to the images offered by Movistar + Laliga.The Barcelona footballer had to hear how the blue and white fans dedicated the usual offensive chants whenever he visited the blue and white stadium: “Piqué c …., Shakira has r …, your son is from Wakaso and you are a m …”.last_img read more


Solskjaer loads Pogba and does not bring him to Spain

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgThe Frenchman had surgery on his ankle injury almost a month ago and is still working on his recovery. Solskjaer publicly estimated “three or four weeks off” but that of Lagny-sur-Marne has not appeared for a month and a half.Not being available to train with the rest of the first team, the Norwegian has decided to dispense with a Pogba that is practically unpublished this season. The United midfielder has played just eight games so far this season in which he has given two assists, both against Chelsea on the first day, and he has not completed a match since September 30, when he played 90 minutes against Arsenal. Paul seems to face his last season as a red devil with hardly any presence. The relationship between Paul Pogba and Manchester United is not going through its best moment. The great investment in Bruno Fernandes and the doubts that the Frenchman has been sowing about his future in Carrington have distanced the club from which he has been, objectively, his best player in recent years.According to the English press, the Frenchman would have already warned the dressing room that he will leave the club next summer and the Manchester entity also gives signs that invite him to think that it will be so. During the winter break, United will make a stage in Marbella to prepare the second half of the season for Solskjaer has decided that Paul Pogba does not come.last_img read more


Opelka achieves the second title of his career at Delray Beach

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgIt’s the second title of his career and first of the yr. pic.twitter.com/FBX2tL2KUo– Tennis respite (@Respiro_Tenis) February 23, 2020The ultimate was additionally prolonged. Opelka, 54 of the rating, gained the first set however couldn’t shut the sport in the second, through which none yielded his serve and needed to be resolved in the tiebreaker.In the third, the American was superior and guaranteed the victory, the second he will get in opposition to the Japanese after New York on this identical course, the place he received his first trophy final yr. Reilly Opelka gained two video games on the identical day and have become the ATP 250 champion of Delray Beach after beating Yoshihito Nishioka 7- 7-5, 6-7 (4) and 6-2. The American Reilly Opelka beat the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka this Sunday by 7-5, 6-7 (4) and 6-2 in two hours and 9 minutes and he gained the Delray Beach event, the second title of his career after he gained in New York final yr.The 22-year-old St. Joseph tennis participant had a marathon day. A number of hours earlier than he needed to settle an extended semifinal in opposition to the Canadian Milos Raonic, which he gained in three units after two hours of the sport.last_img read more


X-ray of the coronavirus: this affects Spanish footballers in Asia

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgSpaniards competing in the United Arab Emirates, up to 18, experience the coronavirus crisis with relative normality. There have only been 48 cases detected, but “colleges and universities remain closed until further notice”, reveals Beto Cabot, technical director of Al Ain grassroots: “In Emirates they have published a series of rules because the simple act of greeting implies a lot of contact“Football in lower categories has been canceled or is played behind closed doors. Like the UAE League (First Division). Without going any further, the Dubai derby between the Shabab Al Ahli by Pedro Conde and the Al Nasr by Álvaro Negredo It was played without an audience.The ‘normality’ they enjoy in the United Arab Emirates is what the Spaniards crave (11) competing in the First Division of Hong Kong, where although one of the cups has been disputed it has been done in training camps “because the Government closed the stadiums, “reveals Manuel Bleda, forward of the Kitchee. The city-state, which already suffered alterations in its football due to the diplomatic conflict with China, managed to halt the advance of the coronavirus – it borders China and only has 108 cases – and will resume the league in the next few hours. It will be done, yes, behind closed doors and with restrictions. “We will not be able to use the showers in the changing rooms”, discovers Kitchee captain Dani Cancela. Luisma Hernandez Playing if public, as in Hong Kong, is one of the options that the Malaysian Federation is considering, where the local competition has not yet been affected by COVID-19 despite the fact that 83 contagions have been made public. “A meeting is scheduled next week and everything indicates that they will suspend the Super League,” predicts Jorge Álvarez, physical trainer of Johor FC.China, South Korea and Iran, big bulbsAs the focus of the coronavirus, China was the first Asian country to paralyze its competition. Soccer there is nonexistent and even there are teams that gave vacations to their players. This is the case of the Qingdao Huanghai directed by Juan Manuel Lillo. “We do not know when we will train again,” reveals Yaki Yen. The Asian giant, however, has been able to stop the spread of the virus and it is planned that the Super League can start on April 12. Due to the veto that some countries imposed on Chinese citizens, only Jonathan Viera’s Beijing Guoan has been able to debut in the Champions League, a competition that has also suffered a lot of delays in recent weeks. Daegu, where almost 5,000 cases have been detected, is “everything is nerves and uncertainty”center_img The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has already infected more than 100,000 people worldwide and its threat is affecting football. Europe has got to work – Champions League, Europa League or Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors – but it is in Asia, a continent with greater deficits in organization and hygiene, where more measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.Almost 300 Spaniards are dedicated to professional football in the most populous continent on Earth and there are few who are developing their profession with total normality these days. In Saudi Arabia, where so far only five cases of coronavirus have been detected, “everything is developing normally,” he reveals Josep Cifré, development director at Al Hilal, although “the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors is already being studied if the spread increases.” Nor has the First Division of Oman suffered any alteration, where four Spaniards compete. “At the airport they make you fill out a series of documents to know where you come from or where you are going. Life and football continue normally,” he discovers Carlos Jimenez, physical trainer of Al Orouba. In the country 16 cases of contagion have been made public.Similarly, the Qatar Stars League remains unchanged, where Xavi and Gabi’s Al Sadd is still seven points behind the lead in the absence of six days, and the Indian Super League, which is in full semifinals for the championship. “There is no social or media alarm here like in Europe. But it is a huge country, with a huge population and organizational and hygiene needs. Now there are only 31 cases, but I would not be surprised if the number of patients increased in the coming days“, values ​​the Catalan coach Carles Cuadrat, who struggles to win back the title with Bengaluru. Fran González, who competes in the I-League with Mohun Bagan, says that in India” they have enough to survive many other things to worry about coronavirus. “Nor is it expected that the planned date for the start of the First Division of the Philippines will suffer any change, where Bienve Marañón and Manu Herrera will defend the title with Ceres Negros. The Bangladeshi gold category, where the Vigo Oscar Bruzon directs Bashundara Kings, also persists smoothly. Like the C-League of Cambodia. There, as in Bangladesh, there are no active cases “because the population reacted and was very cautious from the start,” says Oriol Mohedano, coach of Angkor Tiger. “We do not rule out that the competition ends up being suspended because the surrounding countries have done so,” adds the Catalan. In Indonesia, on the other hand, “the suspension of some parties in which a high risk of contagion has been identified as the Persija Jakarta-Persebaya”, details Rafael Berges, coach of the Badak Lampung.The measures of the government of the Arab Emirates to prevent contagion The second country with the most cases of coronavirus, 7,000, is South Korea. 5,000 have been detected only in the city of Daegu, where the Luisma Hernandez He works as an analyst at Daegu FC, K-League (First Division), and coach of the reserve team. “The city has become a place of nerves and uncertainty,” discovers the canary, which only goes out “in specific cases.” “All the soccer in the country is paralyzed. Our team is being held at the club’s facilities, training both in the gym and in the field but with many precautions. We check the symptoms at each meal and try to empathize because it is a very stressful situation“adds Luisma.The third most affected country (about 5,000 cases) is Iran, where there are no Spanish soccer players but three technicians. Pepe Losada, physical trainer at Gol Gohar, says that the coronavirus “is wreaking havoc” in that territory. The Federation ordered to play the last day behind closed doors, but last Wednesday announced the suspension of the championship and its resumption next April. “We have given the players five days off and then we will resume training,” says Losada, who avoids leaving home unless it is “strictly necessary.”Japan, Kuwait or Thailand, in pauseThe J-League, where a coach and three Spanish soccer players compete this season, only managed to play one day before the suspension. Elite football is expected to return to Japan on March 15, although the matches will be played, almost certainly, behind closed doors. The Second Division was also interrupted. Juanma Delgado, forward of Avispa Fukuoka, believes that “there are many hoaxes and the coronavirus is being given too much hype” His team trains “normally” and disputes friendly “not to lose form.” Mila Martínez, coach of Suzuka Unlimited, Fourth Division, thinks that “everything will be paralyzed to prioritize the celebration of the Olympic Games“.Nor will there be football in March in Kuwait, where eight Spaniards compete and so far 58 cases of coronavirus have been detected. Xavi Torres, player of Al Arabi, reveals that the Federation Cup dispute is planned, where his team is one match away from reaching the semifinals. Pablo Franco, coach of Al Qadsia, discovers that both he and his Spanish coaching staff are living a normal life. “The disease is raging, but we are calm. We go outside, we train … We wash our hands more regularly, yes.” “There are options for the season to end after the contracts expire. Matches could also be played every two or three days, but neither the country nor the players are prepared for that. Above is Ramadan … The quilombo that is mounted is spectacular, “completes the Madrid.Soccer has also been suspended in Thailand, where there are only 50 cases but precautions have been taken. “A boy who had previous pathologies died. In Thailand everything is quite controlled. We continue to train, although without competing,” says David Rochela, captain of Port FC. More complicated is the situation in Lebanon, where the league has been paralyzed since last October due to internal problems in the country. “Since the first contagions were made public, several parents preferred that their children not do sports activities,” he discovers. Daniel Gimenez, Al Ahed analyst, current AFC Cup champion, and director of the Beirut Sports Club academy. “This week we received a ‘suggestion’ from the Ministry of Sports to suspend all sporting activity. Our next AFC Cup match has also been postponed,” he says.last_img read more


Manchester United extends Matic’s contract for another year

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first_imgThe Manchester United has exercised the Serbian contract extension Nemanja Matic for him to stay at the Old Trafford club one more season.Matic ends his contract this summer with the ‘Red Devils’, but United have the option to extend the commitment of their players for another year. Serbian He has played 109 games for United since he arrived from Chelsea in 2017.This season, under the command of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has played 22 matches, scored one goal and given two assists.last_img