Blues squander lead in loss to Highlanders

first_imgTrailing 20-13 at halftime, the vastly-improved hosts slowly wrestled control of a clash between the two bottom-placed teams in the New Zealand Conference and retained the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy.One of the few highlights of a scoreless second half for the Blues was the debut of cross code star Sonny Bill Williams, ending eight months out of rugby after rupturing his Achilles tendon at the Rio Olympics.All Blacks midfield back Williams made one lightning break and offload but otherwise had little impact as the Highlanders dominated the closing stages.It was the third successive win for the Highlanders, who improve their record to 4-3 while the Blues slip to 3-4.Like their 16-12 defeat of the Blues when the teams met in Auckland in round four, the Highlanders were more physical than the northerners and treasured possession better.Both teams scored two tries but the goalkicking of first five-eighth Marty Banks proved decisive, landing six from six in a 16-point haul.It continued a sorry record for the Blues in matches away to Kiwi teams. They have won just one of their last 23 such games.After Banks landed an early penalty, the Blues took control of the first half, dominating possession to set up tries to prop Charlie Faumuina and lock Gerard Cowley-Tuioti.Their first five-eighth Piers Francis landed all his four shots at goal but the Highlanders kept themselves in the contest late in the opening spell, with captain Ben Smith bagging a try, followed by Banks’ conversion and penalty.The home side emerged a more committed outfit after the break, exemplified by a powerhouse try to their All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa.A contender for the best player on the park, Fekitoa’s try was his fourth in five games against the Blues, the team who famously shed his services in 2014.With the scores then level, penalties to Banks in the 55th and 73rd minutes pushed the Highlanders team clear of the flagging visitors, who made a glut of errors while attempting to play catch-up rugby.last_img read more

Economist suggests Tonga co-host Pacific Games with Samoa

first_imgHe also says the experiment of involving Australia and New Zealand in the games has been a failure, with the two countries winning a huge number of medals.Professor Narsey says smaller Pacific nations like Norfolk Island, Cook Islands, Nauru and Niue actually win more medals at the Pacific Games per head of population than the larger countries.last_img

Saúl: “I still play against Madrid”

first_imgFortress that gave the victory against Barcelona: “It gives us a lot of strength. It’s very important how we get it. We have to get a lot of positive things out. We didn’t know how to hurt the opponent in the first half but the team knew how to be strong together. Barça had that chance for Griezmann but since we have the best world goalkeeper leaves you calmer. “As the new ones have already soaked in courage and traced: “The comeback has not happened in this game alone, but already in several. And that is for and against, the team makes the best of itself when seen against the ropes many times. If we have it when we are cornered, we must try take it out as soon as possible so as not to suffer so much wear and tear of doing things like that. “Simeone’s work a day before a final: “Work more normal days than the days of the finals. He knows that in the finals it is difficult to speak to him a player. Many times it is not necessary, you feel that special thing when you are in a final. That hunger, hope to win, transmits it to you every day and I think it’s the hardest thing. When you reach the final all players are fine. I would not point out that being a final more work you do. “ Derbi, are you still excited to play it ?: “I would lie to you if I told you no. It keeps putting you on, it’s against the eternal rival, even more so when you play for a title.”Simeone has said he is not afraid because he sees them strong: “I’m glad the coach said that, it shows that he sees us with enthusiasm and enthusiasm. That says a lot about the team, but tomorrow we have to prove it in the field.” What match do you imagine tomorrow: “The possession is already clear that it does not have to do. It will be a very beautiful battle in the center of the field, they are growing from there, and it will be what the party decants, who will win it. They arrive at a good time, like us” .João Félix, first final, do you need a chat ?: “You are individualizing in a single player and I don’t usually like that. He does it very well and when the team is well, he will be too. The important thing is the team and you don’t have to give them talks. It’s a final and we all know what that we play. “center_img How they face the chance to win a title tomorrow: “This Super Cup arrives at a great moment. The team arrives at a very important ascending line. We have been looking forward to a very good month, and we would like to give it to all the fans. We receive a lot of love, in social networks, calls… it took a lot to get here. The semifinal was very tough but it leaves us positive things. It reinforces us mentally for the final. “Can Atlético win? Why?: “We are Atleti and we face each game as a final. We really want to get this title. Personally it was the first one I got after my return from the assignment and it makes me especially excited.”last_img read more

Valencia and the gift of effectiveness

first_imgValencia does not go through its best moment. After the copera elimination, the Getafe put the lace on a team that begins to show signs of exhaustion and loses pieces per day accusing a plague of injuries. But without time for regrets, Celades team will seek to recover sensations tomorrow against Atlético de Madrid. And for this they cling to great gift they have shown to have this season: effectiveness.It is a reality that the Celades team He has trouble generating scoring chances. Not surprisingly, black and white are the third by the tail in auctions this season (215) and only surpass Valladolid and Alavés, teams struggling not to descend. The team exhibits with this statistic the difficulty that is reflected on the pitch to reach the rival goal.However, despite these data provided by the website of Bein Sports, that lack of auction is not a drought scoring for the squad, because the pupils of Catalan have scored 33 goals to date, more than Sevilla or Atlético de Madrid. The key of these opposite numbers is the aim Door to door shown by the team che. Today, Valencia is the third most effective team in the championship. Fragility.The lack of arrival It is an issue that is being treated in the capital of Turia as the team has been sharpening its poor performance. Nevertheless, since Celades arrived, it is a fact that has been present in practically every meeting. Without going any further, in all the victories he has achieved in LaLiga, his team shot less than the rival.From the first win in San Mamés (with 14 shots against and 10 in favor), to the last against Celta (with 11 against and 9 in favor). Che have shown that Although they find it difficult to reach the rival camp, they are accurate when they get it.These numbers show that although Valencia has experienced an improvement at the scorer level, since it adds 9 goals more than last year to these dates, He has suffered greater defensive fragility. The coach decided by 2020 reduce the number of many embedded, something that he managed to keep the goal at 0 for 4 consecutive games. But in addition to the team resurfacing in attack, Getafe truncated the good numbers defensive.The coach continues to seek to balance his team, but in the meantime he takes advantage of the effectiveness of his attackers. Proof of this is Maxi Gomez, the charrúa has scored 9 goals in just 17 shots between the three suits, figures that exhibit a superlative success. Without going any further, Benzema has scored 13 goals but has needed 38 shots.center_img So the Maxi, Rodrigo, Parejo and company write down 20% of the shots they take, statistics only surpassed by Real Sociedad and Barcelona. The effectiveness has kept Valencia afloat in matches in which it has been difficult to reach the rival area, such as against Celta or Eibar. And he is largely responsible for the club being currently only two points behind Champions League positions.last_img read more

El Alavés will donate 10,000 food items to the most disadvantaged families in Vitoria

first_imgSolidarity in times of coronavirus becomes even more important and that is where the Alavés-Baskonia Group and their sponsoring companies want to be present. Together with a group of eight food supply companies for Baskonia and Alavés, the Vitorian entity has turned the Buesa Arena into a collection point for the more than 10,000 food products that these companies have decided to donate selflessly and will be distributed to two reception centers in the city, the CMAS (municipal shelter) and the Arquillos Residence Hall. Thousands of families from all over the Historical Territory of Álava will benefit from this action that will also complete the shopping cart of Red Cross through your project “Red Cross Responds”. Nestlé, GOIKOA, Coca-Cola, La Brasileña, Iberitos, Amutio, MCDonalds and La Vitoriana are the proper names and the protagonists of this solidarity initiative that will provide food and resources to all those citizens of Vitoria-Gasteiz and Álava at risk of serious residential exclusion.More than 10,000 products to improve the diet of those most vulnerable social groups at the moment. The Alavés-Baskonia Group once again shows its commitment to Alava society and continues to promote solidarity actions to help those groups that are most disadvantaged and are most affected by the health crisis we are currently experiencing. They also plan to sell T-shirts, which the two teams will use in the first official games after the pandemic, in order to obtain funds for OSI Araba (entity that groups hospitals, outpatient clinics, residences and social services of the province).last_img read more

ICC praises Shiv as role model

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, has praised recently retired West Indies batsman Shiv Chanderpaul as “a role model for millions”.The 41-year-old Guyanese called time on his international career last week, after playing 164 Tests and finishing as just one of 11 players to score in excess of 10,100 Test runs.”Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be remembered as a reliable and extremely effective batsman. He was remarkable with the way he could adapt his style, mixing solid defence and attack, to the demands of the situation,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.”For nearly two decades, Shivnarine not only excelled with the bat, but with his sporting attitude and quiet determination, becoming a role model for millions of youngsters.”Chanderpaul scored 11,867 Test runs to be second on the all-time West Indies list behind legend Brian Lara and seventh on the international list.He scored 30 Test centuries and finished with an average of 51.Chanderpaul also served as West Indies captain, leading the regional side in 14 Tests.While known for his attritional run gathering, Chanderpaul also excelled in the shorter formats, stroking 8,778 runs from 268 One-Day Internationals at an average of 41.His career was effectively ended last May when West Indies selectors axed him ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following failures against South Africa and England.last_img read more

Felix to miss Doha meet

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AP):Organisers say Olympic 200 metres champion Allyson Felix has pulled out of the Diamond League meet in Doha next week because of a “minor” ankle injury she picked up in training.Felix was to open her season by running in the 100 metres in Qatar on May 6.In a statement released by organisers, Felix says, “My coach and I feel that it is best to be fully healthy before opening up.”Felix is also scheduled to run the 400 metres at the Prefontaine Classic at the end of May, part of her preparations before attempting a 200-400 double at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.At the Prefontaine Classic, Felix is set to go up against Olympic 400 metres champion Sanya Richards-Ross at Hayward Field on May 27-28.last_img read more

Ja poised to lift men’s 100m medal tally to 10

first_imgThe men’s 100 metres is a flagship event for Jamaica these days at the World Championships, but it took an age to move the country’s medal tally in the event from one to two. Thankfully, those days of waiting are long gone. Not only is Jamaica almost certain of medals in the 100 metres, but when the 15th IAAF World Championships begins in Beijing, Usain Bolt has a chance to match Americans Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene with three gold medals each in the event. Lewis won the last of his three gold medals with a world record of 9.86 seconds in the 1991 Worlds. Sprinting has accelerated since then. When Bolt won his first gold in 2009, he did it with a stupendous world record of his own, 9.58 seconds. That was the first of three gold medals for Jamaica in the 100m, with Yohan Blake winning in 2011 and Bolt regaining the title in 2013. Lewis, Greene and Bolt are the only men to win the title more than once, with Greene successful in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Jamaica waited from 1987, when Raymond Stewart got a silver medal, until 2005 for relief. That’s when Michael Frater won a silver of his own. Since then, Asafa Powell, in 2007 and 2009, and Nesta Carter, in 2011, have garnered bronze medals. Overall, Jamaica has three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the men’s 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships. With the tall man healthy again and Powell over his long-standing groin worries, that tally could rise to 10 in Beijing. – Hubert Lawrence was in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.last_img read more

Tony Becca: A time to cherish, and to remember

first_img Those memorable events will live with me forever. Somehow, however, they pale in comparison to the wonderful performances in recent years, to the deeds of Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce over the past eight years, and definitely, they fail in comparison to the feeling of national pride I felt after the IAAF World Championships in Beijing recently. I am a Jamaican, born and bred, and the feeling that swept over me, the goose pimples that appeared on my skin, and the pounding of my heart was tremendous. Bolt was again the man, Fraser-Pryce was again the woman, Danielle Williams was brilliant in winning the women’s 100 metres hurdles, Elaine Thompson was brilliant in winning the silver in the 200 metres, and Novlene Williams-Mills was fantastic in unexpectedly leading home Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay. I was also pleased to see, for obvious reasons, Kenya’s Julius Yego winning the javelin, and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva winning the women’s pole vault, two of the events that were always considered out of their reach. Those two victories, along with performances in the sprints, probably more than anything else, demonstrated that the old order of things is changing, or has probably changed. When McKenley ran Lindy Remigino to a photo finish in Helsinki in 1952, the world was shocked. Everybody, however, should have known what was coming in the sprints. And they did come. Jamaicans were coming into their own, and despite such greats as Bob Haynes, Jim Hines, Tommie Smith, Carl Lewis, Hasley Crawford, Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey, Justin Gatlin, and Tyson Gay; Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, Evelyn Ashwood, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Gail Devers, and Gwen Torrence; Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards, and Allyson Felix, came the Jamaicans. In London in 1948, Arthur Wint raced past the favourite, Herb McKenley, to win Jamaica’s first Olympic medal, the 400 metres gold medal; four years later, in Helsinki in 1952, George Rhoden held off the fast-finishing favourite McKenley to win the 400 metres; and also in Helsinki, McKenley, with a glorious run on the third leg, and Rhoden, with a truly memorable anchor leg, in a tight finish, led Wint and Les Laing to a fantastic victory in the 4 x 400m relay. Those were moments which, as a youngster, I can hardly remember, including the public holiday given by the Government in response to Jamaica’s world record run in the relay. What I remember about them was that Jamaica, a little dot on the map, a small island of little economic importance, a tiny island under British rule, flying England’s national flag, and singing their national anthem, had defeated much larger countries, namely the revered United States of America, and “mother country” England, and Canada, not to mention the real “mother countries” of Africa and India, and, of course, recently, China. I also remember Don Quarrie’s brilliance in winning the silver and the gold in the 100 and the 200 metres at the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, and Deon Hemmings’ gold-medal run in the 400 metres hurdles in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Brilliant performances They came in the form of athletes such as Keith Gardner, Mel and Mal Spence, Denis Johnson, Bert Cameron, Michael Fray, Raymond Stewart, Billy Miller, Donald Quarrie, Winthrop Graham, Gregory Haughton, James Beckford, and Danny McFarlane; Jacqueline Pusey, Lilieth Hodges, Rosie Allwood, Vilma Charlton, Una Morris, Carmen Smith, Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson, Lorraine Fenton, Sandie Richards, Beverly McDonald, and Juliet Cuthbert. They were champions all – every single one of them. The best were yet to come, however, and they came over the last 10 years or so: Maurice Smith, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Michael Frater, Warren Weir, Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade, Hansle Parchment, Kemar Bailey-Cole, and a string of talented Jamaicans. Veronica Campbell-Brown, Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Delloreen Ennis-London, Shericka Williams, Melaine Walker, Elaine Thompson, Williams-Mills, Natasha Morrison and many, many others. The world should have heard them coming; they were preceded by the sound of rolling thunder. In the time since then, Jamaicans have demonstrated their class and their pedigree. They have won almost every major sprint race since 2008; they have set a number of world records; they have finished one, two, two in the women’s100 metres at the Olympic Games; they have finished one-two in the men’s 100 at the Olympic Games; they have finished one, two, three at the same Olympic, and at the World Champion-ships, they have the glorious distinction of having four women in the 400 metres final, among many other wonderful performances. Those are enough to make a man blush with pride, especially a man from a country as small as Jamaica with such limited resources at that. Maybe I am too greedy, however, for all that failed to satisfy me as much as the picture of the final standing of the teams at the recent World Championships. The standing saw Jamaica – with seven gold medals, two silver medals – and three bronze medals – sitting pretty in second position, one behind Kenya, and one ahead of the USA. In medals won, Jamaica were in third position, behind The USA with 18 and Kenya. In terms of gold medals won, however, Jamaica stood on top of the standing, tied with Kenya and ahead of the much-vaunted United States of America. With America standing in the number-one position in the all-time list with an imposing 320 gold medals and a total of 767 medals at the Olympic Games, and Jamaica in 13th place with 18 gold medals for a total of 67 medals, it may not last long, or rather, it will not last long because things always change. Thanks a lot to administrator Herbert MacDonald; to the pioneers and pace-setters Wint, McKenley, Rhoden, Laing, and Cynthia Thompson; to coaches G. C. Foster and Ted Lamont; to the likes of Gardner and the Spence twins, who kept the pace going; to coaches Glen Mills, Stephen Francis, and company; to an administrator like Mike Fennell; and to Bolt and Powell, Campbell-Brown and Fraser-Pryce and company for taking Jamaica to dizzying heights. championslast_img read more