Kaino – No intent to injure Murray

first_imgLions coach Warren Gatland expressed his anger at the treatment received by his scrum-half during the All Blacks’ 30-15 victory at the weekend.Kaino was one player highlighted for focusing on Murray after a lunging tackle on the Ireland international’s standing leg as he kicked from the back of the scrum.New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was quick to defend his players on Monday and Kaino has reiterated there was no specific plan to take out Murray.”No, it’s never our intent to go out and injure someone,” Kaino said ahead of Saturday’s second Test.”I guess people have their opinions on it and all I can say is it wasn’t my intention to go out there and target his planted foot.”It’s never nice when you have things done to you outside the laws. The way we do things is within the spirit of the game.”When asked about the specific challenge, he added: “I didn’t go in to tackle him. I rolled into his leg. What I was trying to do was… his swinging foot, if you can disrupt that it’s like an ankle tap so you can disrupt the kick.”My timing was off and I rolled into his planted foot.”last_img read more

PNG women through to touch finals

first_imgMax continued her good form, running in two more touch downs in what was a walk over for her team.Kiribati were left scoreless and could not find the try line.The win is PNG’s fourth consecutive win and they are all but assured of a place in the finals,  topping the round robin ladder.last_img

Djokovic grabs his eighth title in Australia and regains number one

first_imgPhoto: Reuters Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won this Sunday 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open final, after an intense game that served the Balkan for to conquer his eighth title in said tournament and recover the number one of the world ranking of the ATP, to the detriment of the Spanish Rafael Nadal.After 3 hours and 59 minutes with a fascinating battle on the hard track of the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic grabbed his seventeenth crown of ‘Grand Slam’. Thus, the Belgrade player approached Nadal, who is 19, and already points to the Swiss Roger Federer, who accumulates 20.Executioner of Nadal in the quarterfinals, Thiem faced his third final of a ‘big’, after the losses concealed in 2018 and 2019 precisely before the Balearic in Roland Garros. To top it off, he had an unbeatable man in the duels for leaving Melbourne champion.Seven victories in seven finals, that was Djokovic’s pristine balance before measuring himself against an opponent who during his training seemed only a specialist in clay. However, the Austrian is already much more than the champion of the ‘Next Gen’ project that drives the ATP.And so he made it clear from the first bars, although not quite. In the second game, ‘Nole’ broke his service as soon as he had the opportunity and also consolidated the situation immediately. The service shifts continued and the Serbian barely became restless, but on the other side of the net there was no mere guest at the party of others.Thiem accelerated in pace to repair the disadvantage in the seventh game and tie the score in the eighth (4-4), saving even a ‘break’ option that predicted the tenth’s fight. Then, Djokovic did take the opportunity to break the opposite serve again, in the second instance, and sign up for a set full of quality (6-4).For greater inri, the Belgrade player won his initial service in the second round and picked up his run. Before that gale, the Central European tennis player responded with another favorable blank throw and then made a timely ‘break’, with complications because ‘Nole’ resisted. Thiem succumbs 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to the Serbian playerDjokovic achieves his 17th Grand Slam after winning Thiem in an epic battlecenter_img Demonstrating a formidable reversed cut, the Wiener Neustadt-born player set 1-2 and gained some distance (2-4) until he reached a turning point in the ninth game. Just before, Djokovic had recovered the lost ground with a break (4-4); and when he was about to consolidate that to get ahead, he had a small rifirrafe with line judge Damien Dumusois.Thanks to a warning for violation of time executing his serve, the Serbian accused the nerves and finally committed another infraction, for the same reason, which earned him to be sanctioned by the French referee. Having lost that point due to regulation and not to racket, he was supposed to grant Thiem a breakout opportunity.There, the Austrian benefited from setting the 4-5 and scoring ‘ipso facto’ the second set. His opponent was visibly angry and tapped Dumusois in three shoes when he passed his chair; He congratulated the French judge with irony and also, already sitting on his bench, added that his “good job” would make him “famous.”Never give Nole for dead Still with many signs of indignation, ‘Nole’ vanished and began sending too many balls to the doubles hall. The peephole had been misadjusted in each racket and his opponent squeezed it completely, breaking the Balkan’s serve twice to track the sleeve (0-4).There were almost no burdens until the eighth game, where the world No. 5 buckled the set to the fourth occasion (2-6). Djokovic had doubted, and had made his ‘box’ doubt in the stands, but he knew how to suffer with his subsequent serve turns. As if that were not enough, he saved an adverse set with 1-1 and 30-40, since then to be more solid.In clear improvement, Belgrade was placed up 4-3 and 15-40. Thiem managed the times well at the first play, although he gave in the next and lost the ninth game blank (6-3). The fifth and final set would have the last word, with the Melbourne expert getting better and with the rookie between hesitations.The talent and tenacity of the Austrian, yes, made him stand with 0-1 and took ‘Nole’ to demanding levels with each wrist stroke, with each attack strategy. Meanwhile, the anger with the referee was already past water and the heptacampeón was looking for a coup de grace to touch his eighth title.In the third game, Djokovic smelled blood and only needed a ‘break’ ball to get ahead (3-1), pulled by the fans of Rod Laver Arena. On the other hand, his adversary wasted two options of breaking just below; they were details, nuances nothing more, that decanted the party of the side of the Serbian.The new world tennis number one set a blank 4-2 that sounded like a sentence. Thiem clung to his service in the seventh game, over 7 minutes, and then prowled the breaking ball with a 15-30. However, Djokovic never rushed and was supported by the public to stand 5-3 on the verge of reaching 4 hours.The resistance of the Wiener Neustadt tennis player lengthened the contest a bit, specifically what it took the Serbian to touch the glory (6-4) again in his favorite ‘Grand Slam’. Its season start, with a title included in the ATP Cup, makes Djokovic even more fearsome for this 2020.last_img read more

El Rayo suspends the session scheduled for this Friday

first_imgThe advancement of the coronavirus has not only affected the first team. Also Ray B, Ray Women and the lower categories have been suspended from their competitions over the next two weeks, as announced by the RFEF and the RFFM just a few hours ago. The incessant trickle of news and decisions caused on Wednesday, the amount of the tickets would have to be returned to those hundreds of fans who bought them at the beginning of the week to travel to Carranza. LaLiga announced this Thursday “the postponement, at least, of the next two days” of the championship due to the coronavirus. A scenario that is affecting absolutely all clubs. Without going further, Rayo Vallecano has exercised all week behind closed doors as a precaution, thus avoiding the usual presence of the public in the sessions. It is about minimizing the risk of contagion for both amateurs and professionals.Also, this morning, the redhead entity has announced that the training scheduled for Friday is suspended and it is still to be determined if the squad will work the weekend now that they will not have to travel to Cádiz to play. The measures not only focus on what is strictly sporty. And there will be no interviews or press conferences in the next few days. Veterans stopLightning veterans have confirmed the cancellation of both training sessions and scheduled matches in the coming days by the coronavirus. This was announced on their Social Networks, also calling for social responsibility to prevent further contagion.last_img read more

Xisco Campos: “One day we have to start, but we have to do it at the right time”

first_imgThe Balearic squad and the club agreed a few days ago a salary reduction of 15% in the event that the competition does not return and in this sense Xisco affirms that the decision “has not been very difficult, with two talks with the Board of Directors an agreement was reached, from the beginning it is a matter of logic, the competition stops and obviously measures have to be taken , the club situation is explained to us a bit and also our concern is also the people of the club who do not have our income and we were willing to collaborate“ The captain of Real Mallorca, Xisco Campos, has held since his confinement a press conference with the island’s media to review various aspects of current affairs, Among those who have highlighted the possible return of the competition, the qualifying situation and the drop in salaries of the staff. On the stage that is presented to be able to return to the competition gradually and progressively, the Mallorcan central defender points out that “in my opinion the most feasible scenario to end the season is to advance the individual training sessions, which would be phase 1, and then make a good protocol in which all parties see what can be done once we have the security of health, of the authorities, of the League, players, physical trainers, sports doctors and everyone, and at that point we will have to sit down and make the right decisionOne day we have to start, but we have to do it at the right time. “Regarding the plan to return to the competition, Xisco assures that “the club has informed us and we are evaluating it, we know it is made by specialists, for health, and the soccer players together with the workers have to see what can be done that is safe and with health ahead “. In this sense, Xisco adds that” we are at the expense of the administrations, the authorities, so they give us permission to train starting with phase 1 and then see how we are doing it with a lot of measures that we have to take because, apart from wanting to play again, we are talking about a health issue that is a priority. “Sportingly, and with the team in a relegation position, the Majorcan player does not contemplate a relegation because “it would be unfair”, adding that “I think it would not be good for us to be descended when the competition is not really over and the options to save are more than possiblebut these are not things that depend on us. “last_img read more

“I never said that Madrid had to be proclaimed champion”

first_imgThibaut Courtois has granted an interview to RTVE to narrate how he has lived the quarantine and the way the return to coaching has been. The Belgian goalkeeper acknowledged that he desires to get better the routine and gave his imaginative and prescient on the date set (June 12) for the return of the competitors. Courtois Clear the ball: “The goalkeeping coach has to change the gloves and likewise the balls. They’ve to be disinfected, additionally the ft … We go away boots and gloves on a chair and they’re disinfected there. It’s uncommon, however the state of affairs will enhance.”Concern?: “I’d say no, however with the warning of following a protocol. We don’t need to take it and go it on. We wish there to be no viruses and return to normality. For us it’s a job like different individuals’s.” I see Hazard very high-quality Play at Di Stéfano: “In Valdebebas we now have our residence and it will probably be simpler for us. We wish to play on the Bernabéu, however proper now could be what the membership tells us. Enjoying video games in a stadium that has a membership legend as its identify can be good” . Again to coaching: “I need to ship a giant hug to the individuals who have had a nasty time in Spain. It has been good to return to normality, to be in a position to practice, but it surely has been uncommon by all requirements. Feeling that you possibly can return to coaching is healthier than nothing “Valdebebas: “We should comply with the LaLiga protocol. We are able to change in our room, however we additionally put on gloves, a masks, we’re two meters from one another, we now have to disinfect every little thing … Little by little we are going to get used to it.”See the companions once more: “Even whether it is from a distance there are the identical pitfalls (laughs). It’s good to really feel the crew union once more and work in direction of the purpose of ending the League and being champion.” Enjoying video games in a stadium named after a membership legend can be good Courtoiscenter_img Be champion: “We’re Madrid and we at all times battle for every little thing. We really feel superb, the entire crew is there, everybody recovered … I’ve confidence in my crew and I’ll at all times have it, till the final recreation I play with Actual Madrid. It’s going to be totally different: with out public, with norms … However we are going to battle “.Concentrations: “If for safety you will have to be targeted, properly, that’s what you will have to do. It’s going to be totally different in case you have to spend weeks in a lodge, however we already lived in Eurocups. It’s not the simplest, however it’s what you determine to end LaLiga, that’s the way it may have to be. “ Cancel the competitors: “A League is performed in its entirety. Both there’s a champion after taking part in every little thing or it couldn’t be finished, it could not be truthful. In a case like Liverpool, it might be understood to get so many factors. At no time have I said that you will have to proclaim Madrid champion if the League had been to cease. We’re in a greater second though we had misplaced towards Betis, to win this League. I can assume that we’re stronger than Barça although we’re two factors behind. And if the eleven remaining video games are performed I’ve confidence in my crew and that we are able to win the League. “Hazard and Asensio: “With Hazard I’ve been involved these months and I see him very high-quality. Clearly in summer time he had extra weight than now, however now he’s very high-quality and keen to play once more. He’s fortunate that now he’s all particular person to be in a position to get better, though at all times with warning that he has had an harm that has left him a number of months out. Marco can be the one who most desires to return to coaching as a result of he was injured final summer time. “ Asensio is the one who most desires to return Courtois No viewers: “Footballers need to play in full stadiums, with environment, chants, adrenaline. In fact we would like that, however we all know that it isn’t potential and it’ll final for a time like that. It’s what we now have to do, we may have to change the normality of day to day It is necessary for the virus to go away. “Online game: “I’ve at all times favored them. It’s true that within the final two years I’ve performed lots of System 1 and competing towards actual drivers has been superb. I’ve been in a position to entertain and assist individuals at dwelling, so that they aren’t so boring I’m fortunate for the home and the backyard that I’ve, however others have smaller flooring “.last_img read more

I don’t trust the system – VCB

first_imgQUEENS, New York: ONE of the world’s leading athletes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, says based on her own experience, she distrusts the way anti-doping measures are effected. At the National Championships in 2013, Campbell-Brown returned a positive test for diuretics (lasix) and was provisionally suspended. She denied knowingly taking banned substances and was later cleared (October 2, 2013) by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and issued a public warning. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the sport’s world governing body, appealed the decision, but the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS) cleared Campbell-Brown of all doping charges, citing the JAAA’s testing procedures for not being complicit with international standards. As a consequence of that experience, she has no faith in the system and is urging fellow athletes to be honest and arm themselves with enough information to avoid making incorrect decisions pertaining to doping. Seventeen-time Olympic and World Championships medallist Campbell-Brown was in New York at the weekend where she was a guest of honour at the 21st Children of Jamaica Outreach yearly function and presented with its Humanitarian Award for her work as a philanthropist. While here to collect her award, she was asked about a couple of current drug-related happenings in her sport, one relating to the Russian Federation – and, by extension, its athletes – being banned from competition after a systematic doping programme was uncovered; and corruption allegations against former IAAF president, Senegal’s Lamine Diack. “I tend not to judge people,” she said, when asked if the IAAF’s first-time decision to ban an entire country’s athletes from competition was unfair. “You never know what’s going on, and based on my experiences, which I really don’t want to go into, I really do not trust the system, and I won’t ever trust the system and that’s the most I want to say,” Campbell-Brown stated firmly. “But I do believe that God has blessed a lot of people and there are a lot of talented people out there, and the great talent that we have makes for great competition, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. “The federation made their ruling and I don’t know all the information they have to make that ruling,” she added. Diack is alleged to have taken bribes totalling more than US$1 million as part of a cover-up for Russia’s doping issues. “I do not know the president personally, so there’s nothing I can say on that matter,” was the Jamaican sprinter’s offering on that topic. She said the bad news isn’t good for track and field. “I do not follow the negative part of my sport too much, because it is not good for us, it’s not good for the upliftment of the sport,” the 33-year-old pointed out. “Track and field needs more support, we need more sponsors, and with the negative publicity that we’re getting, it’s not helping us, so I tend to just stay focused on me and I just pray that people will be honest in what they’re doing .”last_img read more

Popcaan adds $100K bonus to Digicel Grand Prix Finals

first_imgKINGSTON:In addition to his highly anticipated performance at the Digicel Grand Prix finals on Saturday, popular dancehall artiste Popcaan is also pledging $100,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the top two schools in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championships.”I have been hearing a lot about the Digicel Grand Prix and everything they’re doing for the young athletes and their schools, so I wanted to be a part of that,” Popcaan said. “So, in addition to the other prizes, I will be giving the top male and female schools $50,000 each to continue the development of their track and field teams.”I want to also encourage students to continue to pursue non-traditional career paths such as track and field and entertainment, especially with Jamaica’s growing dominance in these fields worldwide,” he added.Sponsorship manager of Digicel, Danielia McLean, welcomed the announcement.”We’re very excited to have Popcaan on board to close the 2016 Grand Prix series and celebrate the performance of our young athletes,” said McLean.”The development of the schools’ athletics programme and Jamaica’s track and field industry overall is something that we all have a part to play in, so Popcaan’s contribution will also go a far way in helping us to achieve the main goal of this initiative,” she added.The month-long series will end with a grand finale this Saturday at the G.C. Foster Classics in St Catherine. The top performing boys’ and girls’ schools will each receive $1m in gym equipment from Digicel and the most improved boys and girls’ school will each receive $125,000 in cash from GraceKennedy. Honey Bun will also be providing $100,000 cash towards for the athlete nutrition programme at each of the winning schools.The grand finale will feature exciting performances, a major surprise, plus a party stand. Tickets to the event will cost $500 for adults and $300 for children. Patrons can gain access to the party stand by purchasing a $300 Flex Card at the gate.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by SportsMax, GraceKennedy, CB Chicken, KFC, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun and Logo Stitch.last_img read more

HVFC for Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_img Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).last_img read more

Points standing

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Man City 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 62. Leicester 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 63. Liverpool 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 64. Man United 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 65. Everton 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 46. Swansea 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 47. Crystal Palace 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 38. West Ham 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 39. Norwich City 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 310. Aston Villa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 311. Arsenal 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 312. Watford 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 213. Tottenham 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 114. Stoke City 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 115. Newcastle 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 116. Chelsea 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 117. Southampton 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 118. West Brom 2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 119. Bournemouth 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 020. Sunderland 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0last_img read more