Photo by: Photosport Caption: Ngani Laumape could be back in a Manawatu jersey on Saturday after being released from the All Blacks’ camp. Loose forward Akira Ioane is available to play for Auckland against Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup on Wednesday.Hooker Nathan Harris could play for Bay of Plenty on Thursday against a Wellington team who could have forwards Vaea Fifita and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen back from the All Blacks’ camp.Manawatu’s backline could get a turbo-charged boost from midfielder Ngani Laumape and wing-fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder for Saturday’s encounter with Otago in Dunedin.Waisake Naholo is again available to play for Taranaki against Counties Manukau on Saturday.Halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow and utility back David Havili could be opposite sides for Waikato and Tasman, respectively, on Sunday.
The HSBC Singapore Sevens is set to be a massive weekend of rugby as 52,000 fans are expected to come through the doors on 28 -29 April. The 2018 series has been the most competitive to date with five different teams winning the first five rounds and just 41 points separating the top six teams.Current series leaders, South Africa have been incredibly consistent so far this year making three cup finals and narrowly missing out on a few other occasions. However, with only one tournament win this year, they’ll be looking to go that one step further this weekend and continue to build a gap at the top of the series table.”I think this weekend and the other two tournaments left in the series in London and Paris are all going to be important.” said the Blitzboks veteran, Kyle Brown”It’s important we maintain the consistency that we have, that’s exactly what we spoke about at the beginning of this season but also to go that one step further and get into the finals and finish them well at the end of the day.”Another team that have been in excellent form this year is Fiji, they’re the only team with more than one win on the series so far (Hamilton, Canada, Hong Kong).Despite this, they sit second in the table behind South Africa but will take confidence in the fact they’ve beaten them four out of the six times they faced them in the playoff stages this year. Another tournament win would be huge for their title hopes and they’ll know that going into the third last event of the 2018 series.Kenya have had a pretty successful series reaching the last two cup finals consecutively but ultimately falling short against Fiji on both occasions. However, this tournament has added significance to them, just two years ago they won their first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event here in Singapore. “For the guys who were here (in 2016), it was all about brother hood, playing for the man standing next to you, putting in the hard work and dedication and that’s what made the difference.” said Kenya’s Oscar Ouma”There’s definitely a lot of positive sentiment, the fact that we won our first tournament here brings a lot of good memories and makes it a good place for us to play”The stage is set for another competitive series event. Can the Singapore Sevens provide another new tournament winner? If history is to go by it’s certainly a possibility. One thing is for sure, the Singapore Sevens will be rocking this weekend.The action gets underway at 11:00 local time on Saturday (GMT+8) with Scotland taking on Australia.
At last the defending champions the Department of Works were brought down to ground level at the Rita Flynn indoor courts with the PNGOC, sealing their first Public Servants Netball title. PNGOC coach Ani Iamo wanted the perfect game for her girls but instead, she got the perfect feeling ever as her side stole the victory.Prior to the final, PNGOC had beaten Works just two weeks earlier but were not confident enough for in final as the two-time champions Works was a tough team to beat in the league.Momentum was what brought everything to the last moment in match that swiftly pulled away the blood pressures of the audience to think otherwise of the PNGOC.It was a one point victory, but nonetheless the PNGOC who were uncharacteristically unpredictable, spending almost the entire match trailing the Works, suddenly they took the lead for the first time in the second half of the game.With minutes to go, veteran Wilma Gigimat slashed the hoop with a decisive goal, and suddenly everything that came before that was irrelevant.They OC were powerless but as they smelled blood in the dying minute, they pushed forward from the Work’s little carelessness at the shot and turnovers to take the ascendency and win a grand final thriller by one match point.
-What happened?-It was a difficult game. In the first part we were not well at the level of depth and arrival. We improved, we knew how to correct some error tactically, and when we were better they made us 1-0. We tried to continue and had good occasions. But with 2-0 it was already impossible for us, -The lack of depth is repeated since Setién arrived.-In the first part maybe yes. In the second we went deep but we did not specify. You have to adapt the players to the coaching staff to get the idea. Despite the result there are good things but we have to improve.– Is Barça missing a nine?-We have players who can play nine. That is for the coach and the technical secretariat. Those of us who are the ones who have to move this forward.-What situation are they left in?–There are not many but despite the defeat we have done a second part with chances and control. But today they send the goals. There is much League left and we will fight. Sergio Busquets He showed his face at Movistar LaLiga after the game. He tried to justify the defeat of Barça, but it was difficult.
Ajax plays a large part of its season against Getafe and for this match he will not be able to count on Ziyech, its star player. The Moroccan carries some discomfort in his left leg that caused him to be off the field for a month. He was tested against Vitesse (10 ‘) and Waalwijk (45’), and was able to play in the Coliseum “without any problem”, according to his coach. However, it seems that He fell in Madrid, could not play this past weekend and does not arrive in time for this second leg.“We don’t want to risk the whole season for a match, we are in a very important phase of the season”, explained Ten Hag at a press conference. It is a blow to Ajax that, as the coach himself recalled, keeps David Neres down. It was expected that the Brazilian could return after the winter break but the recovery process is not working as expected. Who is available again is Quincy Promes. The former Sevilla was injured at the beginning of December and, although he was able to return for a couple of games, he fell back just like Ziyech. Last week he started touching the ball and today has entered the call. He trained in the pre-match session with total normality and, with the casualties, he could start.In this way, Ten Hag, who recovers Onana after his suspension game but loses Tagliafico for the same reason, could line up an eleven similar to: Onana; Dest, E. Álvarez, Schuurs, Blind; L. Martínez, Eiting, Van de Beek; Promes, Babel and Tadic.
The first international matchThe Dick Kerr’s Ladies was the protagonist of first international women’s soccer match. At the Deepdale Stadium in April 1920 and against a French team The first women’s match between teams from two different countries was played. The English won 2-0 before near 25,000 viewers that, after the game, they shouldered the players like heroines. It was the beginning of a tour that led to face these two teams in several English cities. In Stockport, gagain the English 5-2; in Manchester, the duel ended with tie a bit and at Stamford Bridge from London ended also with English victory.Such was the success of the tour that it was decided to do another one, but this time through Gallic lands. Thus, both teams were re-measured. Paris, Roubaix, Havre and finally Rouen were the scenes of the four games which were settled with three draws and an English victory in the last meeting. The French tour generated huge publicity and during the Boxing day from 1920 managed to summon 53,000 spectators at Goodison Park. The duel between Dick Kerr’s Ladies and St. Helen it was all an event narrated by Great English media and players like Lily Parr and Alice Woods became soccer idols. But the great explosion of World War I had its end with the end of the war and the return to normality. So, both FA and FIFA they put all their means for women to leave football, a “men’s sport” they said … He Women’s Football continued to evolve, especially in the United Kingdom, to despite the ban of the FA to be played matches between women. But the arrival of the World war i made the women’s football will proliferate, especially in factories. The vast majority of men were recruited by the British Armed Forces for Combat and women they had to take over I work in factories. This caused the women are also introduced in soccer tournaments that the workers disputed at the time. Lack of male labor gave way to women and football became the great distraction from breaks. Despite the ban women’s football in the UK, women took the Honeyball legacy and they returned to form female teams that played tournaments of the time, then reserved for men. A new team was born at the Preston rail factory that would give a lot to talk about. The Dick Kerr’s Ladies It became the most successful team of the time. After winning their male counterparts from the factory in informal parties, The English ensemble was officially formed under the direction of the factory administrator, Alfred Frankland. He was ambitious and rented the Deepdale Stadium, the city’s most important team, the Preston North End. And from the beginning, the team got attention of the large public that filled the stands at each of their meetings. The money raised was for the fighters.Fame led them to tour the islands playing in mythical stadiums like Anfield (Liverpool), Old Trafford (Manchester) or Saint James Park (Newcastle). Preston’s Workers they got to summon 53,000 people at Goodison Park, that of Everton, and, according to the chronicles of the time, another 14,000 were left out.
He is 17 years old and the last season, at 16, he became the first player born in 2002 in debut in one of the big five leagues from the old continent. Was against Monaco in May. Thereafter, Camavinga, of Angolan origin, has become indisputable starter with Rennes and in the great sensation of French football after the emergence of Mbappé. Zidane loves you if Madrid does not sign Pogba this summer. Is his bet for the future, as before was Varane (Madrid hired him at 18 from Lens).According has been able to know AS from nearby sources to own Camavinga, the Rennes has appraised at 50 million of euros. There is no release clause, so the club that loves you is forced to negotiate with the entity owned by magnate François-Henri Pinault, owner of the Artemis Group, specialized in luxury items. Camavinga is the player with the highest market value of those born in 2002, according to Transfermark, ahead of Ansu Fati and Reinier. The Madrid website, Camavinga, claims a specialized value of 37.5 million euros, the 36-year-old from Barcelona and Reinier, recently signed by Madrid, 22.5. The white entity paid 30 for it to Flamengo. These themselves sources acknowledge that Madrid’s interest has come after that of other teams they already have more advanced contacts with the Rennes, mainly the almighty PSG and Juventus. And they even point to the “interest of another Spanish team”. The Borussia, who also asked about him, has withdrawn from the bid when he saw that the price was skyrocketing. Camavinga is represented by Moussa Sissoko, one of the most influential agents in the French market that carries, among others, to players like the Barcelona player Dembelé or Kanté, the latter, now at Chelsea, also in Madrid’s orbit.Meteoric rise.The truth is that Camavinga just started rolling. A few months ago I was playing in the Youth League. The Rennes recruited himwhenor was six years old, from one of its satellite teams, the AGL-Drapeau Fougeres. Until their historic debut, his trajectory has been meteoric. And his agent wanted me to just sign his first contract professional until 2022 (charges, as they point out in France, two million gross a year), with the idea of being able go out to a big team as soon as possible. Moussa Sissoko knows Rennes well. It is their main fishing ground. Thence Dembelé also came out. The Madrid stay tuned the evolution of the player, knowing that a conversation from Zidane with the footballer’s environment would suffice for Camavinga to give priority to Madrid. But there have been no official contacts with Rennes yet. The uncertainty provoked for the crisis has all operations stopped, including Pogba, Zidane’s great longing. If United’s didn’t come, the signing of Camavinga is considered feasible and appropriate: complies with the new Madrid policy, signing young talent at a reasonable price to find future stars … And Camavinga aspires to be the new Pogba (which United valued at 180 million euros last summer). Camavinga have options playing at the Bernabéu.
In these days of uncertainty about whether he will compete again, and about the times that professionals will have to prepare, The head of the Barça Methodology Area, Paco Seirul·lo, is an authorized voice to recommend scenarios to professionals. A boat soon, Seirul·lo, a medical eminence in Can Barça, is against the FIFA proposal to make five changes per game. His reasoning is that simple. “The more players participate, the more the injury options increase. I would not touch anything,” explained Ràdio’s Tot Costa de Catalunya program. Seirul·lo is clear on how he would propose the return to competition of professionals. No long sessions and taking it as a preseason to use. Quality training and not quantity. “The work should be specific, qualified, short, with breaks. It is better to do specific short workouts. If done this way, in three or four weeks the players could be playing.” In addition, Seirul·lo says that “veterans would admit this type of work well. Young people will have problems for that. Seirul·lo insists on discouraging” generic “training.” You have to take a state so that it is enough to hold the games left. If you do it that way, you can start competing in three to four weeks. “In fact, he believes that” if there are five weeks there can be confusion “because the physical trainers could design another type of season.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love.After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park – and extending his old friend Andy Murray’s streak to five losses from five championship deciders Down Under – Djokovic had hundreds of Serbian fans singing and chanting his name so loudly he could barely hear questions in a TV interview.While Djokovic was still celebrating his 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory last night, equalling Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian titles, Murray was rushing for the airport to catch a flight back to Britain to reunite with his pregnant wife.”I never experienced this much crowd and this much love,” Djokovic said. “I’ve had the fortune to win this trophy now six times, but I never experienced such support.”Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam titles and four of the last five, to lift his career haul to 11 – equalling Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg in fifth place on the all-time list.”I don’t take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five finals, it’s phenomenal,” said Djokovic, reflecting on a period of time in which he was married, became a father and only lost one match in five major championships – the final of the French Open.’BEST TENNIS OF MY LIFE'”No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months,” he said. “Everything is going well privately, as well, so I feel like I’m at the point in my life where everything is working in harmony. I’ll try to keep it that way.”His next objective is a first Grand Slam title on clay to complete his collection. Djokovic has reached three finals at Roland Garros, but never won the French Open.After getting on his hands and knees and kissing the court at Rod Laver Arena and going to the stands to hug Boris Becker, his coach since 2014, Djokovic paid tribute to Murray in his post-match speech.”You’re a great champion, great friend, a great person who is very professional and committed to this sport,” he said. “So I’m sure in the future you’ll have more opportunities to fight for this trophy.”As a father himself, he didn’t want to delay Murray’s departure.The 28-year-old Scotsman had his share of distractions in Australia. His wife, Kim, is due to have their first child in February and didn’t travel with him. Kim’s father, Nigel Sears, was in Australia as coach for Ana Ivanovic, but became ill and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance while Murray was on court in his third-round match. After a night in hospital, Nigel Sears was well enough to return home, which meant Murray could stay in Australia and try to refocus on winning the title.”It’s been a tough few weeks for me away from the court,” Murray said in his post-match speech, before turning his attention to his wife.”You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support,” he said, choking back tears and waving as he walked away from the microphone. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”A little more than a half-hour later, at 11:15 p.m. local time, Murray said he was aiming for a 1 a.m. flight.”It’s been hard, regardless of today’s result,” he said. “I’m proud I got into this position – just quite looking forward to get home now.”Murray became only the second man to lose five finals at one major – Ivan Lendl lost five and won three US Open finals in the 1980s.Djokovic had won 10 of his previous 11 matches against Murray and was 21-9 in their career meetings – including four finals at the Australian Open.Again, he was just too good.
Captain of West Indies Women Stafanie Taylor says emulating the feat of four years ago of their male counterparts remains the focus ahead of next month’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in India.Describing the triumph by the men in 2012 as a signature accomplishment, Taylor said the victory by the team brought pride and joy to the Caribbean, and they would like to do likewise.”For us women, it would be great, as the men actually won a Twenty20 World Cup, and we have been so close (semi-finals) to winning it,” remarked Taylor.”For the Caribbean, it would be fantastic, as a lot of people are behind us and know that we have the potential to go out there and do the job.”The Jamaican all-rounder, who will be captain of the side for the first time at a global event, has, however, cautioned that the job should be difficult.She explained that other teams like defending champions Australia and perennial title challengers England are expected to be strong, while developing teams are getting better.This, she further noted, is evidenced by hosts India, who, in light of being a traditional lightweight in the female version of the sport, defeated the Australians recently.TOUGH TEAMS AHEAD”I think all the team’s are going to be tough. As such, we will not take any team for granted,” highlighted Taylor.”We are (therefore) going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s to be right up there.”Meanwhile, as it relates to preparation, Taylor said it has been good so far, with the team looking to do well on their tour of South Africa.”In the few games that we have been in at the camp, the team really looks good,” she said.”It’s just for us to now prepare ourselves for South Africa and then take it from there.”The West Indians are scheduled to play three Twenty20 and three one-day internationals in South Africa.The Women’s World Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held between March 15 and April 9, will see the West Indies at the preliminary stage contesting Group B alongside England, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.