Veupunama crowned premier mixed men’s netball champs

first_imgThe electrifying atmosphere around the complex set the tone for an enthralling match of intense high class netball.As both teams took the court, everyone wanted to know, does Kamuna have the ability to deal with the top team in the competition or would the Veupunama 1 be too strong and win their first straight title after a long reign on the premier’s ladder.Tight opening minutes of the match saw both teams exchange goals as they focused on maintaining possession to keep the scoreboard ticking over before the first quarter.The second quarter opened up much like the first, with both teams exchanging early goals. However, Veupunama came onto the court with an improved patience, forcing turnovers and some steady shooting.An increased intensity in defense saw the Kamunas make some crucial errors as both Veupunama’s goal shooters began to find space under the post and occupy Kamuna’s defensive unit.Changes were also made all over the court, introducing fresh legs for both sides as Kamunas shoot actively under Veupunamas goal. But the Veupunamas steadily increased their lead until the final whistle saw them thrash Kamunas 32-26.In the social A mixed division, PNGFP took a nail biting victory over Veupunama 2 to be crowned the champions whilst in the social B mixed division, Lasi 2 thrashed Graffiti to claim the social B title.last_img read more

Rafa Nadal avoids Roger Federer but will have a tough draw at the Australian Open

first_imgThe Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal will debut before the Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season and that starts next Monday, and will face a tough draw until the final rounds, although he avoided the Swiss Roger Federer for his side. For the women’s team, Garbiñe Muguruza will have to suffer to return to the top but will do so without favorites along the way.The draw that was held on Thursday of the final picture of the ‘big’ that is played in Melbourne Park was not excessively benevolent with Manacor, although the hard track does not leave too much room to choose which rivals are more suitable.In this sense, the ‘best’ news was that the faces would not be seen until a hypothetical final, in addition to the Serbian Novak Djokovic, current champion and favorite number two, with the Swiss Roger Federer, third series head who will go for the side of Belgrade.The premiere of the 2009 champion will be against Bolivian Hugo Dellien, currently number 72 in the world rankings who will play for the first time this ‘Grand Slam’ and against which he has never played. If it surpasses the South American, the Argentine Federico Delbonis or the Portuguese João Sousa would be the next opponent, while in the third round he could measure his compatriot and doubles partner in the ATP Cup, Pablo Carreño, head number 27 and still He doesn’t know his first rival. From there, the road will steep because between its possible crossings of the round of 16 two ‘bones’ are glimpsed. One is the wayward Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, with whom he does not maintain a good relationship either on or off the track and with whom he would play with the public ‘against’, and the other is the Russian Karen Kachanov.For the quarterfinals, the world number one would have the Austrian Dominic Thiem, fifth favorite, and on his side of the box to reach the final he fell the Russian Daniil Medvedev, fourth head of series and with which he already lived a ‘battle ‘on the hard track in the final of the last US Open.As for Djokovic, a great favorite and seven times champion of the tournament, the start will not be entirely comfortable against a punch like German Jan-Lennard Struff and until the quarterfinals the picture seems more friendly. There, the names of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista are presented as favorites.For the semifinals could be Roger Federer, who will debut before the American Steve Johnson and who has dangerous players like Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Polish Hubert Hurkacz or the unpredictable Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, with Italian Matteo Berrettini as a possible rival in rooms.Of the rest of Spaniards, Bautista, who has shown good form in the ATP Cup and that starts as the ninth head of the series, will live a complicated national duel against Feliciano López. Fernando Verdasco and Alejandro Davidovich must wait until the previous one ends, and Albert Ramos will face the Australian Alex Bolt, Jaume Munar the Frenchman Hugo Gaston, Roberto Carballés the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, and Pablo Andújar the American Michel Mmoh.Garbiñe and Suárez, to try to return in styleFor its part, in the women’s team, the Spanish-Venezuelan Garbiñe Muguruza, who had to retire this Thursday from the Hobart tournament due to a viral infection, will have a rival classified since the previous one, but already in the third round he could cross the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, fifth favorite.In addition, the Canarian Carla Suarez will have a hard premiere, as she will face the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, eleventh seeded, and the Castellon Sara Sorribes will cross with the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, who will play the semifinals in Hobart for the abandonment of Muguruza . Paula Badosa also has to wait for the previous one to end.The world number one, the local Asleigh Barty, will start against the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko and will go to the side of the Japanese Naomi Osaka, defender of the title, and the American Serena Williams. He will debut before the Bolivian Dellien; Delbonis, Carreño and Kyrgios, on the roadThiem and Medvedev are the last two hypothetical steps towards the finalGarbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez avoid Barty, Osaka and Serena Williamscenter_img Nadal, along with Carlos Moyá, during a training in Australia. Photo: Reuterslast_img read more

Mallorca-Espanyol, the party that extended the contracts

first_imgWith absolute commotion the more than likely extension of the contracts that expire on June 30 if LaLiga finally resumes. And it is not for less, with the uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, it is not an exceptional situation since it has at least one precedent.Mallorca and Espanyol, just as everything points to what will happen this season, they played a place in the First out of time 31 years ago. In the 1988-89 campaign. Specifically, the July 2nd, when they had to dispute the return from the promotion playoffs, between the third and fourth of Second and the antepenultimate and the seventeenth of First. The other settled between Tenerife and Betis.Since LaLiga would end that season on June 25, there was no choice but to formulate it like this. And, with much more naturalness than is being experienced now, the Professional Soccer League (LFP) and the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) met on May 31 to agree on that date of July 2 and that the contracts that expired two days before would be prolonged until then.“The LFP guarantee the obligations that the affected clubs maintain with their players during the extension of the season and, in any case, contractual rights will be respected club and players, “he explained at the summit exit Toni Fidalgo as director of external relations of the employers.Antonio Baró, who was president of the LFP and Espanyol, flanked here by Jesús Gil and Pedro Tomás. Data sheetMajorca. Ezaki; Parra, Vulic, García Cortés; Sala, Nadal, Pedraza, Rivas; Vidal (103 ‘), Endika (72’) and Álvaro Cervera. Also played: Bonet (103 ‘), Manolo (72’).Spanish. N’Kono; Eloy, Luis Martín, Golobart, Maestre; Mentxaka, Orejuela (74 ‘), Zubillaga, Rats; Heath and Mágico Díaz (79 ‘). Also played: Gabino (74 ‘), Pineda (79’).Goals 1-0 (12 ‘): Nadal. 2-0 (93 ‘): Vidal.Referee. Urío Velázquez, Basque. He admonished Mágico Díaz and Golobart. He expelled Álvaro with a double warning.Stadium. Lluís Sitjar. 18,000 spectators. For his part, Benito Joanet, coach of Tenerife, was able to lead the game thanks to the extension of the contracts that ended on June 30, although it did not disguise success as it a few days later, he signed for Espanyol’s bench, who would dismiss the technician, recently deceased due to the coronavirus, months later.In addition to the promotion matches, at 88-89. the final of the Copa de Rey also touched the limit. In fact, Real Madrid and Valladolid they disputed the titleor the same June 30, at 8:00 p.m., in the Vicente Calderón. The final was decided by a Gordillo goal, in the 5th minute. There was neither an extension nor a penalty shootout, so did not need to take advantage of the extension of contracts, for a few hours. Betis and Tenerife also played; and the Cup, by the hairsJ. A. Zapico / I. MoleroThat July 2, 1989, two other teams, Betis and Tenerife, the permanence or promotion were also at stake to the First Division, although the tie was practically decanted. In the previous match Tenerife had already prevailed in their field by a forceful 4-0, thanks to a spectacular game by Panamanian Rommel Fernández, who had signed a double, El Ghareff and Julio, who scored on their own goal.However, Benito Villamarín believed in the comeback and get longed for permanence. Nevertheless, a lone goal from Chano, in the 80th minute, gave the victory to the Betis, but did not allow them to avoid relegation to Segunda. Precisely, the Betic scorer would end up signing for Tenerife two seasons later.Journal AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Benito Joanet, Tenerife coach in that promotion, signed ten days later for Espanyol.AS newspaper He president of the LFPby the way was Antonio Baró, who in turn held the same position at Espanyol, although perhaps he ended up regretting this extension of contracts, because ended up resigning as head of the club on July 3, accomplished the descent.Indeed, and despite the fact that Espanyol had won 1-0 in the first leg, Mallorca turned the promotion at Lluís Sitjar, that July 2, with 33 degrees on the thermometer. And, things of fate, the goal that equaled the tie was scored by Miguel Ángel Nadal, one of the footballers who had ended his contract on June 30.In those conditions they also played Pepe Bonet, with minutes in the extension by Mallorca (decided by Gabriel Vidal in 93 ’), and Joan Golobart and Vasyl Rats as starters at Espanyol, even one of their technicians, ‘Pichi’ Alonso, that he was part of a curious and unfortunate triumvirate.last_img read more

Kadiker Dahn’s Defection from Liberty Party: Wisdom? Or Something Else?

first_imgThe news last week that former Deputy Education Minister in the Unity Party-led government, Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, had suddenly quit the Liberty Party, which he joined only two months ago along with his 5000 followers from Nimba County, is bound to raise several questions.As we approach the pivotal election year of 2017, Dr. Dahn, like everyone else, began weighing his options. Shall he continue to affiliate with the ruling party that had, upon his return from doctoral studies in the United States, appointed him Deputy Minister of Education? No longer in that position, he still enjoys a good GOL Education post.Recently, Dahn suddenly decided to join Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party. Why do we say “suddenly?”He also must have heard that Brumskine had stated, already during the 2005 campaign, that it was time for a man from Grand Bassa to become president and “to eat dumboy in the Executive Mansion.”On February 17, 2017, Dr. Dahn jumped up, along with 5000 followers from his native Nimba County, and joined the Liberty Party. Why do we say he “jumped up”? Because that is exactly what he did.Did the ‘book doctor’ not know then that Brumskine’s desire, as a good Bassa man, to “eat dumboy in the Executive Mansion” was, however jokingly it may have been intended, a patently ethnic remark?Dahn also should have realized that as an opposition politician, LP standard bearer Brumskine is expected to seize every opportunity to criticize the ruling UP government. So why was Dr. Dahn surprised that Brumskine was “increasingly critical of the ruling party?” Dahn also said he did not like Brumskine’s description as “nonsense” a remark Vice President Joseph N. Boakai had made.What, may we ask, did Dr. Dahn learn about American politics during all the years he spent studying and working in the United States? Did he, in this digital age, when world news is instantly available on mobile phone, miss the most recent presidential campaign between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, which everyone described as very “nasty and vitriolic”? So Dahn’s criticism of Brumskine in that particular respect was at best flimsy, trivial, and devoid of political experience and maturity.It was also confusing. If he wanted to be defensive of the ruling UP, he should have stayed where he was.Here now is he, exactly two months later, April 17, 2017, taking yet another jump, back to the party in whose government he is still employed.He argued that the LP is ethnocentric and, in another reminiscent “jump,” remembered that just a few years ago Counselor Brumskine had pledged “to eat dumboy in the Mansion.”What had happened to Dahn’s analytical and research skills, which he should have mastered in his pursuit of the PhD? Had he realized LP’s ethnic proclivity (tendency) barely two months after he had joined?To buttress his decision to quit LP for UP, Doctor Dahn also claimed that “a wise man changes.” If he is that much a genius to have realized Brumskine’s negative peculiarities only two months after joining the party, why had he not figured that out long before—in all the years since Brumskine’s first plunge into the presidential race?Is Dahn’s sudden departure from LP to UP “wise”? Or is he simply seeking a greener pasture, after realizing that the LP terrain may not be that “green” after all?Will at least some of his “5000 followers” think that he had misled them? How many of them may follow him to his new pasture? In one of his many instructive songs, the late South African reggae star, Lucky Dube, warned: “The grass is greener on the other side until you get there and see for yourself.”It is said that Dr. Dahn is an aspirant for the representative seat of Buuyao Electoral District #5 in Nimba County. He must have harbored that aspiration before joining LP. Does he suddenly now believe that his chances of election are better under the UP banner?Or does Dr. Dahn suspect that, as the voter-rich Nimba County people did both in 2005 and 2011—they will swing once again to UP?Where does Senator Prince Johnson, who calls himself—and many Nimbaians believe him to be—the county’s kingmaker, stand in all this?But this is what makes politics a most interesting game. There is a lot to watch in this ensuing political season. In the case of this “wise man,” Kadiker Rex Dahn, it remains to be seen where his most recent “jump” will land him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fifth annual Crystal Cup to begin tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fifth annual Crystal Cup gets underway tomorrow evening. Opening faceoff for the tournament is at 6 p.m. with 10 games taking place at Charlie Lake.Among the teams taking part will be the Griffins who are the defending champions. The group has won the event three times overall and includes Fort St. John Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander.Among the events taking place will be a pancake breakfast Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. There will be pancakes for 200 people, or until supplies last. There will also be musical entertainment Friday and Saturday night starting at 7.- Advertisement -Making an appearance at the tournament will be Fort St. John alum Mark Hartigan. His professional playing career spanned 11 seasons and included Stanley Cups with the Ducks and Red Wings. Hartigan will be taking part in a ceremonial faceoff to begin the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. He’ll be spending most of Saturday with the children’s event at the tournament.last_img read more

Huskies fall in Grande Prairie

first_imgClick here to listen to a highlights package from Sunday’s game. [asset|aid=2161|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e118e5e28c11ba65077a7c975727e32d-Huskies lose 5-2 to the Grande Prairie Wheelers_1_Pub.mp3] For Fort St. John, it was just the third regulation loss of the season, dropping the Huskies to 11-3-1 on the season.   The pups remain in second place in the NWJHL, with games next weekend in Sexsmith (Fri Nov. 27) and Saturday home to Beaverlodge. With the game slipping out of reach, the Huskies tried to sate their frustration, with a few fights in the final minutes.   First, Cory Langdon fought Keith Comeau, then Carter Sali fought Kael King, then Cash Brinkworth fought Cordell Shmyr on the same play as Brighton Campbell fought Paul Laroque.  just 14 seconds remaining, the referee decided to run out the clock, giving the Wheelers a 5-2 win. “We just didn’t come to win” said Jeremy Clothier of his team’s performance.  Though the Huskies had looked better on Friday night in their 4-1 win over Peace River, Clothier suggested the result was symptomatic of deeper problems with the way his team is playing.   “We’ve been playing like this for the last little while, we’ve been squeaking out some wins, but this was bound to happen.” For Cory Langdon, the problem was simply.  “Lack of effort out there” he said, adding “We just kind of fell apart as a team.”  Clothier admitted the absence of Payden Wongstedt on Sunday hurt the team, particularly on the breakout.  “But, on the other hand, the team needs to be able to step up when he’s not there.   He plays with an edge all the time, so there’s going to be times when he’s missing.”   Clotheir said not too many of his players had come to play, but he did single out Moose FM player of the game Brighton Campbell for his effort on the third line.   “He made a couple of big hits, and got the puck turned over, and put it in the net.” Advertisement The Huskies were outworked by the Grande Prairie Wheelers on Sunday afternoon, and suffered their first loss in seven games. The first period was a fairly even contest, with neither team creating any terrific scoring chances.   There was a good pace, but not a ton of physical play, and a noticeable lack of intensity. In the second, the Wheelers ratcheted up their game, and earned the benefits.   Liam Moon opened the scoring on the powerplay, when he converted the rebound on a Rory Simigan point shot.  Two minutes later, another Simigan point shot was kicked out to Keith Comeau, who managed to spin and fire it past Ty Gullickson before the Huskies goalie could recover.  Simigan added a goal to his impressive night, when he fired a slap-shot from just inside that fluttered past Gullickson, and the Huskies were reeling. – Advertisement -Late in the period, Brighton Campbell finally got the Huskies on the board, after a good forecheck from the Huskies third line, leaving Grande Prairie with a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Huskies got exactly the start they needed in the third, when Dan Pappin fired his own rebound past an outstretched Kris Dika.  But, the Huskies couldn’t keep the intensity up, and the Wheelers managed to keep Fort St. John hemmed in the defensive zone for much of the rest of the game. Midway through the third, Cordell Shmyr scored two goals just 37 seconds apart, both the result of soft defending from the Huskies.  “We struggled in our own end again tonight, getting the puck out” Huskies Assistant coach Jeremy Clothier said after the game.  “We coughed the puck up way too many times, and gave them two or three chances to score every time.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A big-rig and a vehicle collided Thursday morning on the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near the Peck Road exit, causing a brief lane closure, authorities said. No serious injuries were reported. The accident occurred just before 10 a.m. Schurr to host magic show MONTEBELLO – A magic show fundraiser to benefit academic programs at four elementary schools takes place at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Schurr High School auditorium, 820 N. Wilcox Ave. The fundraiser was organized by IMPACT, a student community service club at Schurr. Magician John Gabriel will perform. Proceeds will go to Schurr’s four feeder elementary schools. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, call (323) 887-3090. Military hallway gets a face-lift WHITTIER – The Whittier Historical Society Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave., will hold a pre-Memorial Day unveiling of the museum’s newly renovated and updated military hallway at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The name of Whittier soldier Brian Hughes, who was killed in 1967 in Vietnam, was recently added to the wall. Hughes had been corresponding with students at St. Mary’s Elementary School while he was in Vietnam. The day he was killed was the day the students received Hughes’s last letter. Hughes’s father, Elmer Hughes, will attend the event. For more information, call (562) 945-3871. Relay for Life set for Saturday LA MIRADA – The fourth annual Relay for Life, 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Benton Middle School, 15709 E. Olive Branch Lane. Numerous teams have paid $15 and will walk around the Benton track from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. At 9 p.m., luminaries will be placed around the field. Each candle-lighted bag will have a memorial message. The La Mirada Kiwanis Club will hold a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (714) 232-0103. Mexican breakfast at VFW post SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will serve a Mexican breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday to raise funds for local veterans. For $4, guests will get chili verde, rice, beans, eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee and juice. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Basketball league signups slated SANTA FE SPRINGS – Registration for the city’s summer adult basketball league will be held from Monday through May 25 at Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. Games begin the week of June 18 and will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Activity Center, 11155 Charlesworth Drive. Team fees are $485 for residents and $505 for non-residents. A minimum of $225 is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (562) 863-4896. Free legal advice is available SANTA FE SPRINGS – Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advise – by appointment only – every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Neighborhood Center, 9255 Pioneer Blvd. To make an appointment, or for more information, call (562) 692-0261. – From staff reports 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

Pogba wants massive pay rise – Report

first_imgThe Red Devils are reportedly willing to offer Pogba a new contract, with former United captain Gary Neville recently saying that the club should steer well clear of negotiating with his agent Mino Raiola.And now Okdiario (via Goal) claims that Raiola wants United to stump up Sh 3.8 billion (£30m) a year to tie Pogba down to a new deal at the club.That would see the France international taking home a weekly wage of over Sh 68 million (€600,000) a week if United agreed to the deal.There have been rumours that Pogba could move to Real Madrid over the summer with his contract at Old Trafford expires in 2021.By demanding a huge amount of money, Raiola is understood to be trying to force United into allowing Pogba to move to Real.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pogba wants massive pay rise – Report. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly seeking a massive wage boost if he is to sign a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.Pogba remains at Old Trafford despite the France star stating his desire to leave during the off-season transfer window.last_img read more

Huge boost for Arsenal ahead of Crystal Palace clash

first_img Jack Wilshere 1 Arsene Wenger has welcomed the return of Jack Wilshere, with the midfielder in line to return against Crystal Palace on Saturday after three months out through injury.The 23-year-old has not played for the Gunners since damaging his ankle in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates on November 22.“Jack is a bit ahead of schedule and has worked hard with no big problems, so it’s good to have him back,” said Wenger.“It is always difficult to come back straightaway. What is good is that [he is] already back [earlier than expected].“That injury was on the left ankle. He had all his problems on the right ankle.“It is a straightforward injury – once it’s healed, there’s no problem.”Wilshere is likely to be bench at Selhurst Park and may have to bide his time before regaining a regular starting spot.Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all in impressive form, while Francis Coquelin has made the defensive midfield spot his own in recent weeks, and Wenger admits there can be no guarantees of selection for anyone.“No matter who plays, you always worry first about the balance of the team, yes,” said the Frenchman.last_img read more

Roma eyeing January deal for Stoke winger

first_imgRoma are keen on a January deal for Stoke City winger Ibrahim Afellay.The Dutchman only moved to the Britannia Stadium in the summer after his contract with Barcelona expired.However, since making the switch, the 29-year-old has failed to establish himself as a regular under Mark Hughes.And that, according to Corriere dello Sport, has ignited interest from Roma as the January transfer window draws ever closer.The Italian club wanted Afellay in the summer but missed out to Stoke after holding talks with the player.However, Roma now believe the former PSV star could be persuaded to make a u-turn and head to the Italian capital this January in search of first-team football. Ibrahim Afellay 1last_img