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  • Southern 9s complete knockout games

    first_imgIn the Bowl: Irupara GK def. Kapunarau 12-4, Gavuone Bullets def. Soges Development 12-0, TI Stones def.Bonenomu Flyers 24-4,   North Dingos def. Mahuru Eagles 34-8, Lime Beach Stones def. G Stones 10-6, North Dingos (1)  def. Boera Sailors (1) 14-10,  Lahua Nadies def. Donadabu Minas 22-10,  and Central Waga Hots def.  Lagoon Pirates 14-10.Irupara GK, Gavuone Bullets, TI Stones, North Dingos, Lime Beach Stones, North Dingos (1), Lahua Nadies, Central Waga Hots have all advanced to the next stage of the Bowl finals today.The losers from yesterday’s  Bowl games have bowed out.In the Cup/Plate: Maopa Flying Fox def. V Tribe Bees 10-8, SSG Roosters def. Waidex Blues (1) 18-4, Mogeana Blues def. Waidex Blues (2) 24-0, Miro Koivi def. IB Mantas 16- 6, Bara Paddlers def. Paramana Marlins 14-12, Bogi Dogs def. Porporena Marlins 10-8, Bige Bote Trekkers Titans def. Tuhava Hunters 10-6, and Rovanama (1) def. Maopa Paio 10-8.The winners from the Cup/Plate games will move on to the next stage of the Cup finals today while the losers will battle it out in the Plate finals.last_img read more

  • Young Brandon Nakashima uncovers at Delray Beach

    first_imgThe week in tennis is leaving us many surprises with nice performances of gamers who play their first event on the ATP Tour. Within the Rio Event the irruption of Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Albert Ramos with solely 16 years (he fell this morning within the second spherical towards Argentina’s Federico Coria) has shocked Spanish tennis and one thing comparable is going on within the Delray Beach event with the determine of Brandon Nakashima.At 18, the younger American tennis participant, who acquired an invite for the ultimate draw since he occupies the 294 place within the ATP rating, has already reached the quarterfinals of the Florida event after defeating Jiri Vesely in his first recreation on the ATP circuit (7-6 (4) and 6-1) and is already within the quarterfinals after beating Cameron Norrie within the second spherical 7-5 and 6-2 in a single hour and 21 minutes of the sport. Nakashima, who works beneath the controversial Pat Money (Wimbledon champion of 1987) and that started in tennis due to coaching together with his grandfather in San Diego, this 12 months has made the leap to professionals from the College of Virginia, the place Rookie was of the 12 months. In 2019 he already left flashes of his profession within the junior circuit, reaching the semifinals of the US Open, successful the Junior Masters and completed fourth within the rating. He has additionally stood out within the ATP Challenger Tour, and because of his good outcomes on this circuit, the place he has reached the semifinals in two tournaments, he has allowed him to leap from 942 to the High-300, as identified by the ATPThe victories towards Vesely and Norrie have spurred a Nakashima who in statements to the ATP confessed that he hopes to proceed with the dream he’s residing in Delray Beach. “I knew I had the sport to compete with high-level professionals. I hoped to play a primary spherical recreation right here, however after successful two video games, I’ve rather more confidence in my recreation I hope to maneuver on. “The following chapter of the dream will lead him to measure himself with one other robust rival, the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka. Nakashima needs to proceed making historical past.last_img read more

  • This will be the de-escalation in Spanish sport: 3 scenarios

    first_imgThe Ministry of Culture and Sports has published a document in which it develops the steps to resume professional sports activity for elite athletes (federations and the Olympic and Paralympic movement) and for leagues: “The objectives would be, for the leagues, to play behind closed doors (and finish the competitions) and for the individual athletes, to resume their professional activity, as in any other job (some with an Olympic perspective in the medium term)”.The reasons given by the Ministry to resume activity:Normalization of daily life. Playing professional football and basketball matches behind closed doors allows them to be broadcast on television. Seeing them at home brings us back to normal. It also contributes to strengthening the collective spirit in the last phase of confinement.Reputation of Spain. The two most internationally known Spanish brands are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The resumption of the Spanish league (one of the two best in the world) would have a positive impact on our reputation. Devising health-safe gaming protocols would place us at the forefront of sports health. International representation. The DAN (high-level athletes) are a “national asset”, as representatives of Spain in international competitions, including the Olympic Games. This has great political relevance: by resuming their training, we help that when they exercise that representation of Spain they do so in better conditions. We also demonstrate being aware of its symbolism for the country.Economic problems. A public-private rescue. Soccer represents approximately 1.4% of GDP, and some 185,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced), according to La Liga. In the post-covid era, soccer has to become the locomotive of sport.Training is a job. For professional athletes, their job is to train, therefore, when people are allowed to resume work, they can fairly claim to return to theirs, which is sports.The Government’s pdf on de-escalation in Spanish sportThe 3 scenarios considered by the Government:last_img read more

  • If This is the State of the Republic…

    first_imgLast night’s State of the Nation address made many claims of accomplishments, backed by countless statistics, and tremendous projections for the future.Five major themes stood out – Security, Corruption, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Education.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asserted that Liberia is prepared to handle its own security come the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown. To buttress this claim, she stated that Liberia’s military personnel and police have been trained to that effect. Of course the quality of the training remains to be seen. If the status quo is anything to go by, then we have cause for concern. Case in point, the violent clash between the two security details escorting the president to a recent state funeral.Perhaps most shocking and insulting was the President’s position on corruption in Liberia. Madam Sirleaf herself has in the past said that corruption was entrenched in Liberian society. She seems, however, to have had a change of heart! In her State of the Nation address, the President said that despite the progress being made in the fight against corruption, the “negative perceptions” of corruption continue to prevail, with “accusations made where there is no evidence”. Of course, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) went bankrupt after her son, Robert Sirleaf, became chairman and ran for political office. His predecessor had left US$31 million dollars in the entity’s coffers. But be that as it may, corruption is only a “negative perception” in Liberia.We, on behalf of the Liberian people, feel slapped in the face. We deserve it, perhaps.Several cabinet ministers were fired from their positions for corruption but were let off the hook with no reasons given for their dismissals. And who could ever forget Honorable “You Eat, I Eat”, who was caught on tape making a corrupt deal for the Montserrado County Development funds? Perhaps that was a perception of corruption too. He is still a member of the House of Representatives.One of the most anticipated parts of the President’s speech had to do with agriculture, with specific regard to the farmers in Lofa who cannot get their rice to the markets. While she praised the bumper harvest of rice and even cocoa in Lofa, the President made no mention of the urgent plight of the farmers, who cannot pay back their loans because they cannot sell their produce on the Liberian market. Even with regard to the future of agriculture in Liberia, she dusted off old promises, proposing increased production of cassava and other crops which, with value added, have high export potential. The implication here is that rice, even as Liberia’s staple food, is not a priority because its demand is not as high on the world market. So are we to sell everything we produce and not eat? Or do we then turn around and spend the money we make from exports to buy imported food? We were informed our President was an economist.In terms of infrastructure, more promises of electricity by thus and such a date, while even central Monrovia, our capital city center, remains perpetually dark. Again, it was all in the numbers – how many megawatts, how many roads had been built. Of course, the boasted Ganta-Gbeni-Sanniquelli-Fishtown road is a dirt road; not a paved one. That means come the rainy season, it will become a mud basin if not the Grand Canyon.Regarding education, the numbers abounded again – how many children are being educated in Liberia, the number of schools built and teachers trained; the number of colleges and universities, and the number of students on government scholarships. Perhaps the President forgot having described Liberia’s education system as “a mess”. Of course the President is aware that it is not about the numbers but the substance – the quality of the education our children are receiving.Perhaps the only statement more shocking than the perception of corruption was her position that the Constitution should be amended to grant Liberian citizenship to everyone who meets certain basic criteria. Madam Sirleaf urged the Legislature to do away with what she called the “race-based, discriminatory provisions of the Constitution”. Yet another slap in the face from a President who knows full well that Liberia is nowhere near ready for that. Some development experts hold the theory of sequencing and pacing. That means what is good for the United States is not necessarily good for Liberia because the two countries are at different levels in their democracies and at vastly different stages in their development. She should be the one telling the international community that Liberia does not yet have the protections in place that will make that provision possible. The vultures are circling over this nation at a time when most Liberians can scarcely afford land in their own country. But as with agriculture, education and the Liberian economy as a whole, this President, with all due respect, is pandering to foreign interests who are just waiting for the opportunity to buy up all of the prime property across the length and breadth of this country.Well, all we can say is that if this is the state of the Republic, then we are in trouble.God bless us all and indeed save the State.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Trackers victorious over visiting Sting on Saturday afternoon

    first_imgNext up for the Trackers is a date with the Grande Prairie Drilling Storm on Friday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is noon. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers were victorious over the Sturgeon Sting on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena.The Trackers played the game with 13 players but opened the scoring with 6:43 remaining in the first period when Nick Loewen deposited a rebound from three feet out, assisted by Logan Kimmie and Connor Kindrat. The home side made it 2-0 just over five minutes later when Curtis Hammond riffled a shot top shelf from the slot after great puck movement between Aiden Craig-Steele, Jayden Viens and himself. The Trackers skated into the first intermission with a 2-0 advantage.The Sting cut into the lead midway through the middle stanza after the Trackers defenceman got caught pinching. The Trackers used the momentum from killing off a 5-3 advantage to dominate the last five minutes of play of the middle stanza.- Advertisement -The Trackers controlled play in the third stanza but didn’t find the net until Logan Kimmie buried a shot from the far hash marks off a feed from Craig-Steele, with 2:19 left to play. Devan Minard made it 4-1 with an empty net tally after great board play from Cayden Frenette and Curtis Hammond who found Minard in the open ice.Logan Kimmie, Aiden Craig-Steele and Curtis Hammond each chipped in with two-point outings.“We had a lot of chances we would have liked to capitalized on in the second period,” said assistant coach Gavin Brandl. “It was important in a game we weren’t burying our chances that you stay focused on shutting them down so you don’t have to play from behind.”Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Little things get to Lakers in loss

    first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – No twoplayers in today’s NBA have worn the jersey of the same team longer than Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, who might as well have been kindred spirits Tuesday night at Target Center. It is the duty of Bryant and Garnett to find a way to overcome the shortcomings of their respective teams from game to game, a job description neither superstar probably ever envisioned for the second half of their careers. When the final horn sounded on a marathon game, Garnett and the direction-less Minnesota Timberwolves had a 117-107 double-overtime triumph over Bryant and the injury-ravaged Lakers, who dropped to 0-2 on this four-game road trip. All Lakers coach Phil Jackson asked with Lamar Odom and Luke Walton out was for his players to give themselves a chance to win. But the Lakers couldn’t close out the game or outlast a Minnesota team that lost in twoovertimes Sunday to Boston. The Wolves led exactly once in regulation and once in the first overtime yet wound up winning for only the second time in eightgames since the All-Star break, improving to 7-13 since Randy Wittman replaced Dwane Casey as coach. Bryant finished with 40points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in 53 minutes but the Lakers could point to Smush Parker’s fourmissed free throws at the end of regulation and the first overtime as the reason they lost. “It’s frustrating because it’s the little things that beat you,” Bryant said. “You’ve got to step to the line and knock down the free throws, make sure you don’t give guys open looks at the basket and things of that nature. “It’s just the little things that we’ve got to figure out how to close games out with. That being said, we played a good game. All the way up until the end, we played a good game. We did the things defensively we wanted to do. We just didn’t close it out.” Although he didn’t mention Parker by name, Jackson was blunt in saying: “The reality is we missed free throws at the end of regulation and overtime that cost us the game.” The Lakers also lost forward Ronny Turiaf to back spasms in the second quarter. Turiaf did not return and is listed as day-to-day for tonight’s game at Milwaukee, possibly leaving the Lakers with only 10available players. Parker, who got off to a blazing start in scoring 11 first-quarter points, wilted at the end to his night. He was in position to be the hero for the Lakers when he stole Marko Jaric’s inbounds pass with 5.7 seconds left in regulation. But Parker missed the first of two free throws, leaving an opening for the Wolves to send the game to overtime when Ricky Davis drove and was fouled by Kwame Brown. Davis sank both free throws to tie the score at 98-98. Parker, who finished with 24points, has been the Lakers’ second-worst free-throw shooter (62.8 percent) aside from Brown this season. All he could say after the game was, “Needs work.” “I was confident,” Parker added. “I want to step to that line. I want the ball down the stretch to get fouled. I’ve just got to knock them down when I get there. . . . I strive to be better. If I was a 90 percent free-throw shooter, I’d want to be 100 percent.” The Lakers also were unable to get the ball to Bryant at the end of either regulation or the first overtime for a final shot. Jackson had Sasha Vujacic inbound the ball the first time, Aaron McKie the second, and lamented not having Odom or Walton in that situation. In addition, the Lakers committed three 24-second violations in overtime against Minnesota’s zone defense and gave up twocrucial putbacks. The first was to Davis with 3.3 seconds left in the first overtime as he followed up Garnett’s miss. The second was to Randy Foye and put Minnesota ahead 111-107 in the second overtime. Davis finished with 33 points, 10rebounds and eight assists and played 56 minutes while Garnett totaled 26 points and 17rebounds in 51 minutes. The Wolves rallied from sixpoints down in the last 21/2 minutes of regulation as unheralded Mark Blount connected on three 3-pointers. They also got the defensive stop they needed with 7.9 seconds remaining when Jaric blocked Brown inside. There will be no sure victories for the Lakers on this trip, even with games against sub-.500 Minnesota, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. That fact was all too apparent as they twice gave back a 13-point lead as well as a nine-point lead in Tuesday’s game. It was instructive just what happened when Bryant and Garnett went to the bench in the game. The Wolves gave up a 12-0 run and fell behind by 13 after Garnett checked out in the second quarter. The Lakers weren’t much better without Bryant at the start of the fourth. They gave back what had been a seven-point lead entering the quarter, were outscored 10-2 and trailed 81-80 when Bryant returned for the final 8:33. Bryant scored the Lakers’ first eight points out of halftime and finished with 17 points in the third quarter. He also hit what could have been the game’s biggest shot, a 3-pointer with 43.8 seconds left in the first overtime. But it wasn’t meant to be. “I think we were despondent in that situation,” Jackson said. “In both regulation and the first overtime, we had the lead and lost the game or lost the chance to win the game. I was trying to rally them and keep their spirits up. It was tough.” (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • I turned down Real Madrid offer, reveals Wenger

    first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger departed Arsenal as manager with one year remaining on his contractLONDON, United Kingdom, May 31 – Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down Real Madrid on multiple occasions and says he wants to be “tested” in his next role.The 68-year-old Frenchman has already expressed his desire to continue his managerial career after ending his 22-year spell at Arsenal. Wenger has received more offers than he expected, but says he will not be accepting any easy options.“It is exciting because you will be tested again, that’s what I want again in my life basically I am a competitor who needs to be tested,” he told BeIN Sports.“I don’t know exactly what will happen now, but I am in front of an empty page and I will have to write the next chapter.”Wenger also explained his decision to reject offers to become Real Madrid’s head coach on more than one occasion.“Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know,” he said. “It’s one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal Football Club.“When we built the [Emirates] stadium the banks asked me to commit for five years. The first time I thought it was inside the five year and I thought I cannot do that, that would betray my club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Arab dismay – and jokes – after mass World Cup exit

    first_img0Shares0000Saudi Arabia midfielder Abdullah Otayf reflects after his side were eliminated by Uruguay © AFP / JOE KLAMARNIZHNIY, Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – No-one expected Egypt, Morocco or Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup but for all three to crash out on the same day was a disaster for Arab football.Between them they have so far mustered no points, the tournament’s biggest thrashing and just one goal — and that was a penalty. The only Arab team now with any hope is Tunisia, and they face the task of trying to beat a Belgium side who some tip to win the World Cup, after losing 2-1 to England in their first game.Reaction was swift across the football-mad region after the losses on Wednesday.Many fans took to social media to joke that they now knew what FIFA stood for — “Football Is not For Arabs”.Others claimed that “Arab teams were years behind Europe and Latin America”.Another drily noted: “Arab countries always differ in everything but agree to leave the World Cup together.”Saudi Arabia were the most disappointed. They were thumped 5-0 by Russia and then lost 1-0 to an unconvincing Uruguay.Saudi’s Argentinian coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was asked by journalists why the team had failed to make Saudi Arabian fans “proud” of their team.Turki al-Sheikh, the Saudi Arabian sports authority chief, lashed out at the players after the Russia debacle in a Twitter video, claiming the performance was a personal insult.“We’ve done everything we could for the national team players,” he thundered, before adding: “They’ve blackened my face.”Mohamed Salah arrived in Russia with an injured shoulder and Egypt’s World Cup was a disaster © AFP / Olga MALTSEVAEgypt’s tournament has been a fairytale turned horror story with the injury saga of their key player Mohamed Salah, whereas Morocco played well against Iran and Portugal but were toothless in attack.– Extra scrutiny –Teams from the region were hardly alone in experiencing disappointment, but their failure in Russia is especially relevant because the 2022 World Cup will be held in the Middle East for the first time and the performance of Arab sides will be closely scrutinised.Moroccan women watch their country’s World Cup defeat to Portugal © AFP / STRThe host nation, Qatar, has never qualified for the finals, a fact often pointed out by its many critics — it will get a free ticket in 2022 in return for organising the event.Russia defied pre-tournament expectations that they would flop on home soil, but some have predicted that Qatar will make history in 2022 by becoming the first host team to lose their opening game.Since controversially winning the right to host the tournament, Qatar has said its World Cup would be one for the whole region, a legacy now under risk.The tournament could have a different flavour to any before with the vast majority of the 1.5 million fans expected to attend coming from the Middle East region, particularly the Gulf.But an increasingly poisonous political dispute between Qatar and its rivals, including Saudi and Egypt, threatens that.The Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha has been refurbished ahead of the 2022 World Cup © AFP / KARIM JAAFARSaudis, and others from the region, are now banned from travelling to Qatar.In 2026 in North America, the first 48-team World Cup, there will be potentially more Arab teams than ever before.Sides such as Saudi qualify for the World Cup via the Asian Football Confederation and Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia via the Confederation of African Football — an Egyptian fan explained that in football, they are “Arab first, Africans second”.In eight years’ time, the AFC and the CAF will have 17 teams at the finals, instead of the nine at present.A similar poor performance in 2026 as in Russia is sure to lead to other federations questioning why these nations have so many World Cup spots.So despite the pride in Arab teams qualifying for Russia, for now there is disappointment and bitter recriminations.As one fan tweeted: “We (Arabs) have to be honest, we don’t deserve to play in big tournaments.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • ABC Radio assets to merge with Citadel Broadcasting

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card As a result of the transaction, 14 FM and 8 AM ABC radio stations in nine major markets – including KLOS-FM (95.5) and KABC-AM (790) in Los Angeles – will join Citadel Communications. The deal does not include Disney’s ESPN and Radio Disney networks. “This is going to rock the boat at ABC,” said Tom Taylor, editor-in-chief of Inside Radio, a trade publication based in Littleton, N.H. “There hasn’t been much turnover at ABC Radio for a long time. There isn’t a culture of change there.” Not so at Citadel. The Las Vegas-based company was founded in 1984 and has garnered a reputation as an aggressive suitor. The company owns and operates 177 FM and 66 AM radio stations, with formats that span the spectrum. In Citadel’s most recent quarter, the company saw revenue of $109.6 million, compared with $107.5 million in the prior year. ABC Radio, with 51 AM and 20 FM stations, also creates and distributes programming to more than 4,000 affiliates, with Paul Harvey News and Comment and The Sean Hannity Show among the group’s flagship programs. The Walt Disney Co. announced plans Monday to merge its ABC Radio assets with Citadel Broadcasting Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.7 billion. Boards of directors at both companies have approved the move to combine ABC Radio, which includes 22 radio stations and the ABC Radio Networks, with Citadel by the end of the year. The newly combined company, Citadel Communications, will be the third largest radio group in the country, reaching more than 50 markets. As part of the deal, Disney shareholders will own approximately 52 percent of Citadel, while The Walt Disney Co. will retain $1.4 billion to $1.65 billion in cash, depending on the market price of Citadel when the deal closes. Citadel shareholders will own the remaining 48 percent of the combined company. Robert Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, characterized the move as an “opportunity to offer Disney shareholders ownership in a new radio leader that will be well positioned for long-term success.” But industry trackers said the move will likely instill trepidation among ABC Radio executives as Citadel executives learn to harness a much larger corporation. Under terms of the merger, Citadel will deliver ABC News Radio programming to terrestrial radio stations, while Disney will continue to deliver ABC News content via wireless, broadband and satellite. Shares of Citadel rose 4 cents on Monday to close at $12 on the New York Stock Exchange. Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


    first_imgA school based in Ballybofey has taken home the coveted World Championship Globe at the 46th Irish Dancing World Championships held this week in Glasgow.Donegal was represented by a whole host of schools who qualified to take their place among the world’s dancing elite through the rigorous Ulster Oireachtas.One of these was the Smith McCarron school taught by proud teachers Tracy Smith-McCarron and her husband Don McCarron. One of their teams took 1st place and are now crowned the 13-16 Mixed Junior Ceili World Champions with their team consisting of 4 Boys and 4 Girls.They are the first mixed ceili champions to ever hail from Donegal!!Over 5,000 competitors from 20 different countries amassed on Glasgow for what is described as the Olympics of Irish dancing. The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall played host to this prestigious event which was watched by over 20,000 spectators.The school also enjoyed success on a solo level with Darragh McGranaghan taking 2nd place in the 15-16 Boys Championship and Sophie Duffy taking home 9th place in the 11-12 Girls competition DONEGAL DANCE SCHOOL TAKES ON THE WORLD (AND WINS!) was last modified: March 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeydonegalIrish DancingWorld Championshipslast_img read more