PNG take on Fiji in sell out match in Men’s basketball

first_imgFiji is looking to be favorites after finishing 4th at the last Pacific Games and defeating gold medal holders New Caledonia yesterday.However with the home crowd behind them and a win against American Samoa yesterday, we could expect some surprises from PNG.In previous matches today,  Solomon Islands defeated Kiribati 81-22 and Tahiti beat Samoa 31-39.last_img

Games will be trouble-free: security chief

first_img“I know we are just three days into the 2015 Games but the genuine support, commitment and cooperation of our people have been incredible,” acting Deputy Commissioner Andrews said.He thanked all members of the organizing committee for their support and cooperation and the government for its support in funding.”I want to thank commander of the security operations for the 2015 Games Chief Superintendent David Manning and committee members for their support and tireless efforts,” he sfaid.. Mr Andrews said planning began in early 2013.”Despite many challenges, we have managed to peacefully welcome the opening of the games and are now going into the first three days of the games.“It’s our responsibility as police officers to provide security for the games so that participants and supporters from other sister countries can fully enjoy the true spirit of the 2015 Pacific Games without encountering any problems.“I also want to extend my appreciation to the venue commanders and members of the Royal PNG Constabulary the PNG Defence Force, Correctional Service and other state agencies for their dedication and commitment to come together to achieve this early positive result.“I am confident of positive outcomes in as far as security and safety for our visitors is concerned,” Andrews, who is chairman of the Games police security operations, said.last_img read more

PNG climbs 20 places in World Soccer Ranking

first_imgRanked 188th  in the world since 2012 and slightly dropped to the worst in 2015 to 203rd  placing, this year the OFC Nations Cup’s performance had given PNG the boost to climb 20 places up to settle at 164th spot in the ranking.PNG was notified as one of the best movers in the ranking and the top in the Oceania after OFC champions New Zealand and second placed New Caledonia.The climb has left PNG above Oceania football colleagues Cook Islands and American Samoa while Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga were the worst movers in the ranking.last_img read more

Monfils, Thiem, Rublev, Wawrinka and Medvedev, to eighths

first_imgGael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Stan Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev certified for the spherical of 16 of the Australian Open and will accompany Rafa Nadal, Alexander Zverev and the winner of Kyrgios-Khachanov within the fourth spherical of the event.Monfils, tenth favourite, was the early riser and beat Ernst Gulbis 7-6 (2). 6-4 and 6-Three in 2h: 27. The Frenchman, who had already gained the Latvian twice, he obtained for the fourth time within the spherical of 16 with a strong efficiency, with few errors (22) and with 5 breaks towards an opponent who broke his serve twice. Monfils will see them on Monday with Dominic Thiem (fifth), who overcame with sure troubles Taylor Fritz (6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5) and 6-Four in 2h: 50. The Austrian saved six break factors and performed aggressively to counteract the self-confidence of the 22-year-old American. Thiem matched his greatest outcome within the aussie championship. Andrey Rublev (17th), the tennis participant in higher kind to this point in 2020, the 12 months during which he has already gained two titles and carries an 11-Zero mark, he went again in his match towards David Goffin (11th), which he beat 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 and 7-6 (4) in simply three hours of onerous mourning. Rublev, who had by no means come to this point in Australia, will meet Alexander Zverev.Stan Wawrinka (15th) was lucky in his match towards Josn Isner, as a result of the American was injured and stopped taking part in within the second set when he misplaced 6-4 and 4-1. The Swiss didn’t attain eighth in Melbourne since 2017, when he performed the semi-finals. Monday can be measured with Daniil Medvedev, who went easily after beating Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 in 1h: 47. The Russian made a sensible match and minimized the failures (19).Outcomes of the boys’s workforce of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Oyarzabal, a ’10’ from 11m

first_imgIt seemed that it was going to be a long time until the realistic parish found a substitute for as many guarantees as the Donostiarra, but it was not long in coming. Oyarzabal scored his first penalty curiously against the only opponent who saw his predecessor fail one. In fact, in that match he scored two to Unai Simón, goalkeeper of Athletic Club, who served to prevail 1-3 in the New San Mamés.Since then, the eibartarra has not failed a single penalty. There are already ten who have scored in his career as a professional. Also last season he scored the maximum penalty he had against Sevilla, although that time it did not help, since his team was thrashed 5-2. This season he has already scored five. In addition to the two who have helped the Txuri-Urdin qualify for a final 32 years later, it has marked Valencia, Alavés and Barcelona.If we add all of them who put in the semifinals of the U21 Eurocup last summer against France, are a total of nine penalties scored from nine thrown. He was not the only one who threw with the U21, as he put another one in France in a friendly match played in November 2018. That characteristic jump of captain txuri-urdin is on his way to becoming one of the most infallible penalty kickers in our football. Despite his young age, Mikel Oyarzabal, Captain and referent of the Royal SocietyHe has a confidence in himself and an improper coldness for someone so young. Today he proved it again, by scoring the first goal of the semifinals of the Copa against Mirandés. He did it from 11 meters, as he would do in the match that was played at the Reale Arena.Anyone would say that when he retired, Xabi Prieto not only left Mikel Oyarzabal with the honor of wearing the ‘10’ of the Royal Society, but also his cold blood at the time of throwing the penalties. Whoever was a realistic captain, wearing the elastic txuri-urdin for 15 seasons, only one of the 21 maximum penalties that he threw throughout his career failed. It was January 28, 2007, in the defeat of the San Sebastian by 0-2 against their maximum rival, Athletic Club.last_img read more

De Bruyne: “If not playing avoids problems, better not come back”

first_imgConsequences: “Waiting so long to make a decision can cause problems for next season. It’s not that we have a very long summer vacation and we can postpone everything. I would regret stopping early after such a good season, but if you avoid problems for next year, It must be done. “How you wear insulation: “I’m not used to being at home. It’s the first time since I was 14 years old that I spend days at home. Normally, as always, you have that daily routine and the equipment you work with. Now you don’t see those people anymore I miss that contact. “training: “I recently bought a treadmill, with which I do six or seven kilometers a day. I spend a lot of time with my children and I see that they get very close to each other because they have to be entertained. That is nice and the most important thing is that everyone is healthy. “Coronavirus: “In my house there were symptoms two weeks ago. First my little son was sick, then the oldest and then my wife. We have no idea if they had the coronavirus, but we isolated ourselves and now we are all back.” Kevin de Bruyne has given an interview in the Belgian media HLN in which he has talked about the possibility of not playing again this season. The Manchester City midfielder does not rule out that option and, in fact, considers it to be the most correct in case returning is a problem for next season. Competition return: “I don’t know if we will continue playing. Also in England they want to wait as long as possible to make a decision. But as a footballer that is not so evident. Being inactive for six weeks usually requires a preparation of three or four weeks. If we restart immediately, all the players will be in the infirmary after some matches. That may not be their intention, but there is a lot of money involved … “.last_img read more

Vela: “I played in the team I wanted, San Sebastián is my home”

first_imgVela was challenged by his partner to the game ‘Start, Bench and Cut’ (Holder, Alternate and Discarded), in which the Aztec had to decide which city would be his ‘holder’, which would be ‘substitute’ and which would be discarded between London, San Sebastian and Los Angeles. Without hesitation, he chose London as his discard.For the Aztec, the time he spent in the British capital were “hard times, very hard.” “The best day of the week was Thursdays, when I met Gio (Dos Santos) to go to a Mexican restaurant to eat tacos.“He declared. For a Mexican, the weather conditions in England are harsh, as Vela shows: “I woke up and it was dark, I came back from training and it was dark, I ate and it was dark. I could go on like this all day“ The Mexican Carlos Vela, Los Angeles franchise player and MLS MVP last season, He has participated in the podcast ‘Shootin’ The Shot ’together with his partner Jordan Harvey and the club’s Chief of Business, Larry Freedman. In this talk, the Cancun footballer spoke of his time at Arsenal and, of course, Real Sociedad. “It was a different culture, a different language, I had no friends,” he added. Cesc Fábregas, with whom he coincided at Arsenal, was his great support and a fundamental piece for his adaptation. “The one who was always with me the most was Fábregas; we shared the same language, he always told me the right things. It helped me introduce myself to life in London, to culture. He taught me many things, “confessed Vela. The Mexican arrived in England after the U-17 World Cup in 2005. “Before the World Cup, he was just a young man following his dreams trying to reach the First Division in Mexico and do something good in soccer.; but after that it was to go to London, sign for Arsenal. I was not ready for that; It was all too fast and I was very young, “he acknowledged.” Out of nowhere you start to be a recognized player, “he continued,”they start talking about you, you start making money and it starts to go to your head“After several transfers, he ended up in the Royal Society. Vela chooses, without hesitation, San Sebastián as its “titular” city. “San Sebastián is my home“He explained,” It is where I made my family, it is my place. ” At the txuri-urdin club he spent six and a half seasons, in which he became a legend of the Donostia club and one of the most loved players by the fans. Throughout those years, there were several “greats” who were interested in the talented Mexican attacker. Many, in fact, they assure that it had more quality than Antoine Griezmann, with whom he formed a wonderful duo that returned Real to the Champions League. Precisely, the fact of not going to a ‘bigger’ club has been the reason why many have attributed lack of ambition. Vela responded to those criticisms: “I played in the team that I wanted, in the place that I made my life. Where I met my wife, where my son arrived. I was very happy to stay in San Sebastián until I came to Los Angeles, because there I became a man and I became a family man. There was a Carlos before and another after San Sebastián“Now, he is living his best moment as a footballer in Los Angeles, a team he came to in 2016 as a franchise player. Upon arrival, he was “excited I felt like ‘I’m the first and I have to try to do something special’”, He declared. “I am Carlos Vela and I want to give everything to do something great,” he thought. And he achieve it. The Mexican broke Josef Martínez’s scoring record last season with 34 goals in 31 games. He also gave 15 assists, also surpassing Giovinco as the player who has participated in the most goals in an MLS season, a record to which Vela gives the most importance. “I give more importance to this”, since it shows that it is not only “a player who is there waiting for the ball to score, I like to help my teammates“last_img read more

Charles to replace Darren Bravo

first_img Warm-up matches Full match schedule Super 10 Group 1 matches Wednesday, March 16: vs England – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Sunday, March 20: vs Sri Lanka – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Friday, March 25: vs South Africa – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur Sunday, March 27: vs Qualifier 1B – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpurcenter_img Thursday, March 10: vs India – Eden Garden, Kolkata Sunday, March 13: vs Australia – Eden Garden, Kolkata ST JOHN’S, Antigua: Johnson Charles has been named to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. The tournament will be played in India from March 8 to April 3. The 27-year-old Charles is a top-order batsman who can also keep wicket. He is also an occasional medium-pace bowler. He has represented the West Indies in 23 T20 Internationals so far, and was member of the team which won the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. During that tournament, he was Man of the Match against England with a match-winning 84 at Pallekele in the quarter-finals. The West Indies are due to arrive in Kolkata on March 7 ahead of the tournament. They will have official warm-up matches against India on Thursday, March 10, and against Australia on Sunday, March 13. West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage, where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor.last_img read more

Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Baugh Jr scores unbeaten 54 at trial

first_imgCarlton Baugh Jr stroked an unbeaten 54 on yesterday’s second and final day of the Jamaica Scorpians fourth WICB Professional League trial match at Kensington Park.The diminutive wicketkeeper, who was dropped towards the latter part of last season after a series of poor scores, was the top scorer for Paul Palmer’s XI who played to a draw with Brandon King’s XI.Palmer’s XI ended on 183 for seven in their second innings after dismissing King’s XI for 238 in their first innings early yesterday.Palmer’s XI made 169 in their first innings.Other leading scorers for Palmer’s XI were Andre McCarthy, 37, pacer Sheldon Cottrell, 20, and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, 17.Recent West Indies Under-19 captain, Ramaal Lewis, four for 35, led the way for King’s XI with fast bowlers Nicholson Gordon, Brian Buchanan and John Campbell claiming a wicket each.Earlier, Palmer’s XI, who resumed on 125 for three, were restricted by young pacer Rovman Powell, who finished with four for 40.Fast bowlers Marquino Mindley and Keno Wallace ended with two wickets apiece.The fifth and penultimate trial match, a three-day encounter, is set for Sabina Park starting next Wednesday.last_img read more