first_img“I do [think that will help], and if I look at our campaign, we played Italy in a trial, got a little bit better against Scotland, then the level went up against Samoa,” Woolf said.”We are on the right path that’s for sure and I think the more hard games of footy you play the more you get tested. The more you get tested mentally by being under pressure the better you become as a team and the more confidence you take from that.”Tonga are set to take the field as named, with halfback Ata Hingano overcoming an ankle injury to take full part in Friday’s captain’s run. Having played at Waikato Stadium last Saturday, where they beat Samoa 32-18, Tonga have remained in Hamilton all week as they prepare to play New Zealand at the same venue, allowing for an ideal build up for the match which will decide who tops Pool B.”Our lead in has been perfect, we certainly have had the right preparation and done everything we can to be our best,” Tonga coach Kristian Woolf said.”We have had a couple of really big weeks so just to settle in Hamilton, things settle down a little bit here, it’s a nice quiet town, it’s really allowed us to refresh a bit.”We are nice and fresh and ready to go now.”Woolf also believed his side would benefit from coming off an intense match against Samoa last up, while the Kiwis conversely enjoyed their biggest win in 17 years with a 74-6 romp of Scotland.last_img read more

first_imgSavannah took out bronze in the 50m breaststroke tonight clocking in at 34.60 sec.New Caledonia’s Adeline Williams got gold clock with a  32.61 sec time  and Pilar Shimiziu of Guam got silver with a time of 33.35 sec.Savannah also grabbed bronze in the 100m breaststroke yesterday.She was presented with her medal by her father PNG Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.last_img

first_imgHunters gained two points after defeating Mackay Cutters 34-20 on Saturday at Mackay.Saturday’s try scorer halfback Wartovo Puara said the win against Cutters was rewarding as they needed the two points before taking on a much tougher side like Townsville Blackhawks.Hunters will challenge Blackhawks this weekend at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.Blackhawks continue to lead the ladder on 10 points, while Burleigh Bears share 8 points with Hunters but Bears take second spot due to points for and against.Easts Tigers are on fourth place with 7 points followed by Redcliffe Dolphins, Northern Pride, Sunshine Coast Falcons and CQ Capras all sharing 6 points, Norths Devils on 5 points.On 4 points are Ipswich Jets, Souths Logan Magpies and Tweed Heads Seagulls while Cutters and Wynnum Manly Seagulls are yet to put a mark on the scoreboard.last_img read more

first_imgYair Rodriguez vs. BJ PennFormer lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn hasn’t fought since a TKO loss to Frankie Edgar in 2014 and hasn’t won a fight since 2010. Those facts haven’t deterred his UFC comeback though, as he returns against budding star Yair Rodriguez on Jan. 15 at UFC Fight Night.Rodriguez is one of the best prospects on the roster and has already cracked the featherweight top 10 thanks to four straight action-packed performances against fellow prospects.Now, he’ll get a chance to battle a veteran and officially gain some mainstream notoriety in the process.Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge MasvidalDonald Cerrone takes the Octagon on Jan. 28 just over a month after going three rounds with Matt Brown but that’s bee his M.O. lately.Cerrone has fought 12 times since the beginning of 2014 and looks to continue that trend with a first-quarter bout against former Strikeforce contender Jorge Masvidal. Cerrone’s incredible 2016, when he moved up in weight from 155-pounds, saw he crack the welterweight top five. But he takes a step back to face 12th-ranked Masvidal, who has been calling for a fight with “Cowboy”.Cerrone and Masvidal are both world-class strikers that should put on a show for the fans in Denver.John Moraga vs. Sergio PettisFlying under the radar at UFC Fight Night in Phoenix in a fantastic flyweight tilt between John Moraga and Sergio Pettis.Moraga, a Phoenix native and eighth-ranked flyweight, has dropped back-to-back fights but before that had won five of his last seven, including four by finish. Pettis on the other hand, the younger brother of former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, sits at 15th in the flyweight rankings and has won two straight since dropping down from bantamweight.This bout should be action packed from bell to bell and could steal the show on Jan. 15.Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna PenaTop women’s bantamweight contenders Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena battle for a shot at the UFC title when they throw down in the main event of UFC Denver on Jan. 28.Shevchenko is coming off an impressive win over Holly holm back in July, where she outstruck the former boxing champ over five rounds en route to a unanimous decision. Her only loss in her three UFC fights was a decision to current titleholder.Pena is undefeated in her UFC career, winning all four of her fights since taking home the “Ultimate Fighter” season 18 title. Pena beat former title challenger Cat Zingano at UFC 200 and immediately called for a title shot, but it appears she’ll need one more win to get that fight.Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis NgannouFrancis Ngannou looks to continue his destruction of the heavyweight division when he takes on former champion Andrei Arlovski in Denver.Ngannou has never been to the judges in his professional career and in his four UFC fights, has dished out some reckless damage against his opponents. And he even proved he wasn’t a one-trick pony when he submitted Anthony Hamilton in his last fight.He’ll have his hands full against fellow striker Andrei Arlovski, who looks to start 2017 off on a positive note after dropping all three of his fights in 2016. Despite that, Arlovski still holds dynamite in his hands and his years of experience should help the vet challenge Ngannou in ways he hasn’t seen inside the Octagon.last_img read more

first_imgThe intention of the new coach was to also include in the call to the Uruguayan central of the subsidiary, Roland Araújo, but his expulsion on the last day will prevent him from being present in the Cup match since he can not play again before fulfilling the game he has of penalty Hence he finally decided on Chumi.Surprised also the absence of a subsidiary goalkeeper on the list and that the coach has taken the two goalkeepers of the first team: Ter Stegen and Neto.The youth squad Riqui Puig repeats the call, while the Dutchman Frenkie de Jong returns to a list after having completed the penalty match against Granada. Who still does not appear on a list of Setién is the Senegalese defender Moussa Wagué.The list of 18 summoned by Quique Setién is the following: Ter Stegen, Net, Semedo, Umtiti, Lenglet, Junior, Alba, Sergi Roberto, From Jong, Rakitic, Vidal, Arthur, Griezmann, Ansu Fati, Perez, Riqui Puig, Chumi and Abel Ruiz. Quique Setién is aware that rotations are non-negotiable If you want the team to reach the final leg of the season plugged in in every way. Hence, at the Barcelona’s cupper premiere, the Cantabrian coach has opted to reserve three of the most loaded minutes players this season: Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Gerard Piqué will not travel this Wednesday to Ibiza to play the round of 16 round to one match (19:00 hours). They will be the only outstanding absences because Setién takes the rest of the players from the first team he has available, that is, a total of 13, to which we must add five more of the subsidiary: the central Chumi, the midfielder Riqui Puig, the strikers Ansu Fati, Carles Pérez and Abel Ruiz, the latter as a great novelty.last_img read more

first_imgÁlvaro Morata launched a message on Twitter pulling pride after the derby: “Proud to belong to this club. Proud to be an Indian. Today as always and more than ever, force Atleti”. The striker retired touched in minute 50 giving entry to Lemar after they did not point out a possible penalty of Casemiro on Morata himself.The footballer of Atlético de Madrid accompanied the tweet with a photo of the controversial play in which you see Casemiro making an entrance to Morata in which they did not point out a penalty. The Bernabéu threw chants against the strikerIn the first minutes songs of “How bad you are, Morata how bad you are.” But the anger of the fans of Real Madrid was increasing with the passage of minutes and the participation of ‘9’ in the meeting.After an action between rojiblanco and Casemiro, where Morata requested a penalty for an obstruction of the Brazilian, the fans of Santiago Bernabéu focused on the tip under the chant “Morata is a rat.” Finally, neither the referee nor the VAR decreed the action as a penalty.last_img read more

first_imgThat is the fourth Tsitsipas title and the primary of 2020 in which the target is to current battle to the primary three of the rating, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.Auger-Aliassime already misplaced this 12 months the Rotterdam closing in opposition to Frenchman Gael Monfils.Now the clashes between Auger Aliassime and Tsitsipas are balanced. Twice the Canadian gained, in Queens and in the 1000 Masters of Indian Wells, whereas helene prevailed in the 1000 Masters in Shanghai, all three in 2019. Marseille balances the steadiness. Greek tennis participant Stefanos Tsitsipas renewed the title in Marseille and premiered his document in 2020 by beating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 and 6-4 After an hour and a half.Tsitsipas, 21 years and 6 in the world rankings, imposed his biggest expertise earlier than an Auger-Aliassime, 19 and 18 on the world listing, who opted for the primary success of his profession.last_img read more

first_imgLouis van Gaal has granted an interview for the TV3 program ‘Quan s’apaguen els llums’, in which he talked about the time of Barcelona and the influence of Dutch Frenkie de Jong on the football of Quique Setién. The former coach of the Blaugrana club has even dared with a proposal for the current coach, so far not put on the table: “If I put Frenkie central, they could improve“. From Jong: “He has the insight to defend forward at the right times. I am no longer the coach of Barcelona, ​​but I think Rakitic and Arthur can play in the midfield at the same time as De Jong. Barça could improve the central pair of the defense by putting Frenkie there. “Wrong signing of De Ligt: “If only one club had to buy Matthijs de Ligt, it would have been Barcelona. And with Busquets, it turns out that Frenkie de Jong should have gone to Juventus.”Priorities: “Barça needs De Ligt more than De Jong.”He also spoke in the local press: “De Jong is doing very well if we consider that he is a 22-year-old who has gone abroad to a different culture. He also paid a high price for it, which adds more pressure.”last_img read more

first_imgIt also asks the Federation to send the protocol to all football fields for the purposes of the World Health Organization. It also requests that a Office of preventive health in the respective Territorial Federations with medical specialists in epidemiology. This would be done, as AS has learned, in coordination with the Autonomous Communities. And the daily disinfection of the field facilities is also required where trainings and competitions take place.AFE is promptly informing its more than nine thousand associates and asks the institutions to share all the information they handle about this crisis to reassure athletes: “We want to insist on the importance of keeping players informed with a fluid interlocution among sport agents. Any player who has any questions or problems in this regard, can contact our association. Finally, to influence the importance of the responsibility that all sports agents have for the protection of public health and the prevention of contagion. “ The Association of Spanish Footballers continues its defense of the players of Spain against this crisis of the Coronavirus. If yesterday he asked the CSD, the RFEF and LaLiga to suspend all parties of all categories in the country, today he has sent a letter to Luis Rubiales to request new measures. The first remains the immediate suspension. But there is more, since “the risk to health belongs to athletes, and not only to the public.” AFE wants the issue to be discussed today in the Delegate Committee that will take place in the morning at the City of Soccer in Las Rozas.last_img read more

first_imgAgainst Coric he has hardly had prominence this season at Almería. However, José María Gutiérrez awaits his return like May water. The Croatian sprained his knee in the last match of 2019; in fact, he spent the Christmas period in Almería lands to work on his recovery with the rojiblanco coaching staff. He carried out a conservative treatment, promoting quadriceps and avoiding impacts with the aim of avoiding inflammation from the synovial fluid. Before Almería stopped its training due to the coronavirus, the ’19’ already carried out some exercises with the group, expecting their medical discharge shortly. And if José María Gutiérrez expects his return like May water, it is because he believes that he can contribute a lot to the Indian team despite having a surplus in the engine room. Once adapted to the team and the city, the Balkan can be a differential footballer in the last days of competition if it finally ends up being disputed. In the Almerian locker room they know the quality of Coric from what is seen in training, his teammates being aware that as soon as he picks up the competitive rhythm he will excel, either as a midfielder at 1-4-4-2 or inside in the 1-4-3-3.Despite having played only a dozen league matches (in which his team has only won three times), part of the rojiblanca fans already consider him ‘uno di noi’, knowing that the footballer of just 22 years can give enough glory evenings. The Croatian is already integrated, uploading a video to social networks after the rout against Deportivo in which he celebrated the victory while dancing with enough art.Almería paid 400,000 euros to Roma last summer for their loan during a course. Of course, the rojiblanca entity has a purchase option, around six million euros. In fact, the director general of the Almería club and the visible face of the sheik, Mohamed El Assy, stated that they would buy Ante Coric once the transfer expires. Thus, the Croatian seeks his opportunity in the final stretch of the season to try to record his name in a possible promotion of Almería.last_img read more