No. 4 Nicholls Survives No. 5 Islanders, Advances to Semifinal

first_imgBox Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – With a trip to the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals on the line, Cassidy Barrios showed why she was named the Southland Player of the Year. Barrios scored eight of her 22 points in the fourth quarter as No. 4 Nicholls outlasted No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 61-59 nail biter that sends the Colonels (17-13) into the semifinals for the first time in program history. They will meet top seed Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. “I just decided we weren’t going to lose this game,” said Barrios, who added 12 rebounds and denied the Islanders’ (19-12) Dae Dae Evans a chance to put up a potential game-tying attempt as the final horn sounded. “It was a hard-fought team win, a total team effort and we just pulled through.” The Colonels took their biggest lead of the day at 45-36 with 3:33 in the third but the Islanders stormed back with a 10-1 run that featured a pair of baskets from Tiara Matthews while Mbamalu added a basket before drilling a three-pointer that tied the score at 46 entering the fourth quarter. A&M-Corpus Christi’s comeback was helped by better ballhandling as the Islanders, who committed 14 turnovers in the first half, had just two in the third. In a game dominated by defense and runs from both teams, it was Barrios’ layup with 2:56 remaining that snapped a 52-52 tie and gave Nicholls the lead for good. Free throws from Barrios and Marina Lilly helped extend the margin to 58-54 but the Islanders moved within a point following Emma Young’s basket with 13 seconds left. “The more disruptive we are on defense, that can really creative a whole lot of offense for us,” said Nicholls coach DoBee Plaisance. “We’re in our element when we are forcing turnovers and converting them. Our defense really motivates us.” Nicholls lost 76-61 to Lamar on Jan. 24, the only regular season meeting between the two. “I thought we executed the things we have to execute to win close basketball games,” said Islanders coach Royce Chadwick, “but you need a break or two here and there. It didn’t happen for us.” The Colonels were able to hang on to victory despite being outrebounded by a 55-38 margin. Corpus Christi had 25 offensive rebounds yet managed only 14 free throw attempts. Nicholls’ attack-style defense made up for their rebounding as they converted 20 Islanders turnovers into 30 points. The Colonels also did a solid job in containing Mbamalu, who scored 18 points but was held to just 6-for-16 shooting. Mbamalu had just one trey in the second half as Nicholls used a variety of zone defenses to deny the second team all-conference standout an opportunity to dictate the way she did in Wednesday’s victory over McNeese. Held to just one basket in the first quarter, Barrios found her stride in the second. After Lilly’s layup gave the Colonels a 23-22 lead, Barrios knocked down a trey, shot a pair of free throws and added another jumper that helped Nicholls take a 30-22 advantage with 3:49 before intermission. Turnovers plagued the Islanders, who went nearly five minutes without a point until Kre’Ana Henry’s basket with 2:47 left in the half. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi jumped out to an early 14-4 lead yet Nicholls closed out the first quarter with a run that brought them within 18-14 following the opening 10 minutes of play. Henry’s basket helped revive A&M-Corpus Christi, which pulled within 35-32 on Brittany Mbamalu’s third trey of the half with 22 seconds remaining but Barrios hit one of her two free throws to allow Nicholls to take a 36-32 lead at the midway point of play.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s charm offensive at Spurs is nauseating and will end in tears

first_imgDele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return SO MANY Tottenham supporters have bought into the Jose Mourinho hype.The soundbites, the suits, the ballboy. The Special One is on the charm offensive and most fans have been lapping it up.3 Jose Mourinho endured his first defeat as Spurs manager at Old TraffordCredit: Getty – ContributorBut not me.The appointment of Mourinho has driven me largely toward apathy and disillusionment with my club.I have to be fair – he is without doubt one of the top three Premier League managers of all time, only Sir Alex Ferguson, and possibly Arsene Wenger, can be considered more accomplished in this division.But the game moves on.People talk of what a coup it is for Tottenham to have secured a manager of Mourinho’s “calibre” and standing within the game – but ultimately, his reputation has taken a battering and he is just as desperate as Spurs are.It’s a marriage of “convenience”, and Jose has instantly gone on the charm offensive.And it’s nauseating.Lines like “back me and I’ll make you winners”, and “are you Dele or Dele’s brother” – they are fantastic soundbites, but they are also empty statements.3When Mourinho arrived back at Chelsea in 2013, he called himself the Happy One.Well, that didn’t last long.He was acrimoniously sacked by the Blues when things had gotten toxic in 2015 and then rocked up at United with a reputation bruised, but his ego remained.He again went on the charm offensive, saying: “There is a mystique and a romance about it [Manchester United] which no other club can match.”This is the sort of “nice” albeit empty line that he has already often peddled so far at Spurs.But the truth is, his United side played dire football and in the end he appeared to alienate just about everyone at the club.Mourinho is not the manager he once was, but Spurs fans are so desperate for trophies after agonisingly falling short under Mauricio Pochettino, that they are blinded by the lustre of Jose’s past achievements.It’s not about spitting the dummy out after only four games in charge, it’s about believing from the start that Jose is not the man to lead the team forward.Already in his first four games in charge, you can see that Spurs have begun to play more long balls.3 Dele Alli has played well under Mourinho so far, unlike many othersCredit: AFP or licensorsAdmittedly, the high energy press that characterised the Pochettino era had not been seen for a while – but it seems likely to disappear forever under the new regime.And while fans will tolerate long-ball, counter-attacking football at home to the likes of Bournemouth while there is a novelty factor and optimism – when that starts to fade, it will not be accepted at Spurs.This is a club that has prided itself on its rich traditions for decades.Of playing with style and panache, doing things with flair.Even at his most successful, days that feel long behind him, Mourinho’s teams did not match these values of doing things in the “right way”.Mauricio Pochettino made Spurs fans believe in their team again, he reminded them of everything that is wonderful about supporting this club.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHiring Mourinho, however, seems a step in the direction of abandoning the traditions of the club in the desperate pursuit of short-term success – a pursuit that will ultimately drive fans mad and suck all of the fun out of it.Which sounds rather a lot like what has happened down the road at Arsenal.It’s important that football remains something to be enjoyed, and when it inevitably ends in tears, Spurs will find themselves back at square one.last_img read more

Tottenham news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from North London

first_imgJoe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 10:14 amVERDICT from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Wolves: Jose Mourinho is teaching this Spurs side how not to lose… Poch would have been lucky to get a point, let alone three.JOSE MOURINHO said he would not make the same mistakes when he became Tottenham boss.And he was true to his word in the last-gasp 2-1 win at Wolves.Mourinho knew exactly what to expect from a Wolves side managed by fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo – he was even one of his former players at Porto.As Manchester United boss, Mourinho lost twice at Molineux in the space of two weeks last season – with an FA Cup defeat followed by one in the Premier League.And Mourinho was clearly in no mood to get fooled again as he knew how to gain the upper hand – namely, striking the first blow which Spurs did with Lucas Moura’s superb eight minute goal.After that though, Tottenham could have crumbled as Nuno again tried to expose the weaknesses of a Mourinho side.But while the Spurs boss may be teaching his side how to be winners – but more importantly, he is telling them how not to be losers.Read more HERE.Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 9:35 amDELE ALLI came close to joining Aston Villa before ultimately signing for Tottenham, according to reports.The Athletic claim the England star had travelled with his foster parents and representative to Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground as an 18-year-old after the club agreed a deal to sign him from MK Dons.However, then-manager Paul Lambert was not part of the delegation that greeted Dele, having said to be unfamiliar with the midfielder’s game or potential.Despite Villa being prepared to pay Alli more than £20,000-a-week, Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for his signature led to him choosing Spurs with the Midlanders led to believe Lambert’s stance and absence proved costly.Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 9:00 amJOSE MOURINHO watched Paulo Gazzaniga’s “magic hands” help Spurs grab a vital victory then claimed: Dad’ll do for me!Mourinho’s late father Felix played in goal for Belenenses at Molineux in 1973 — and Gazzaniga’s save to deny Romain Saiss.That stop paved the way for Spurs to nick it at the end through Jan Vertonghen’s header on Mourinho’s first ever visit to Wolves’ ground.The Special One said: “Paulo had magic hands. He was important in that situation.“My father played in this stadium against Wolves in the Uefa Cup as a goalkeeper.“He was always telling me a goalkeeper of a top team has to be different to the others because you don’t have ten saves, you have one.“By the time the one comes, the magic hands have to be there and Paulo did it for us.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 8:24 amBAYERN MUNICH stars have demanded the club sign former Spurs target Philippe Coutinho following the forward’s stunning return to top form.The Brazilian scored a scintillating hat-trick in the weekend’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen while also grabbing two assists.It comes off the back of the 27-year-old’s goal and match-winning performance in the 3-1 Champions League win over Tottenham.And now Bayern team-mate David Alaba has called for the club to go all out and land him on a permanent deal.Speaking after the game, he said: “If you watched the game today, we have to buy him, right?”His thoughts were echoed by Robert Lewandowski who added: “It was outstanding how he did that today.“We need this kind of player. I’m really happy that he showed what he is able to do.”Jake Lambourne16 Dec 2019, 10:11 pmJOSE MOURINHO has sent Chelsea a warning after Spurs closed the gap on the Blues to three points after their win against Wolves.Tottenham can leapfrog Chelsea in the table should they beat their London rivals next week.Mourinho said: “We were keeping our balance until the end, knowing that we could perfectly win the game. “I think Nuno has to be disappointed, he has to say it was unfair for his boys – that’s normal to have this feeling after they played so well. “But I have to say exactly the opposite thing. I have to say that the way my boys worked hard, the way so many of our fans – in the cold, in the rain – were with the team until the last seconds. “I cannot ask for more, the only thing I can ask now is that next weekend [against Chelsea], we are there waiting for them.”Jake Lambourne16 Dec 2019, 9:36 pmSPURS fan Ben Stokes has been won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award! TOTTENHAM snatched a late winner to take all three points against Wolves and rise to fifth in the Premier League.Jan Vertonghen netted in injury time, after Adama Traore had equalised for the hosts.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has laid down the law to Serge Aurier, telling the mischievous right-back that he will not tolerate criticising messages on social media like he has done in the past.And Spurs will face RB Leipzig in the Last 16 of the Champions League – avoiding some of the bigger names like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.Follow all the latest updates from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium below…Joe Brophy4 Jan 2020, 12:30 amJake Lambourne4 Jan 2020, 12:27 amJake Lambourne28 Dec 2019, 12:29 amJake Lambourne27 Dec 2019, 12:37 amJake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 10:10 pm🇰🇪 @VictorWanyama X @EliudKipchoge 🇰🇪#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 9:33 pmICYMI – We have been drawn against RB Leipzig in the #UCL last 16!#UCLdraw ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 8:57 pmTOTTENHAM fans were probably chuffed to bits to get RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16 but their journey to Germany will be far from simple.Fans may no longer have to suffer the days of Europa League trips to far-flung corners of the continent and yet this tie is also not ideal travel-wise.There are no direct flights from London airports to the eastern German city, requiring either an additional plane or train journey.This has created a conundrum for those hoping to watch the second leg after the sides were drawn together on Monday.Skyscanner recommends catching the 12.15pm flight from Heathrow on the day of the game, Tuesday March 10.Travelling via Dusseldorf over three hours, passengers land in Leipzig at 4.45pm – in time for the 9pm kick-off at Red Bull Arena, and can fly back the same way for £248.For the cheaper £158, a return via Cologne can be sorted that leaves at 5.35pm on the Wednesday and takes just over four hours.Read more HERE. We will face RB Leipzig in the #UCL last 16!#UCLdraw ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 10:58 amTHE Champions League has reached its business end with all four English teams escaping their groups to make the last 16.Tottenham were handed an extremely tough clash with French champions Paris Saint-Germain in SunSport’s simulator after finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich in Group B. Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 8:21 pmWin @WilliamHill’s super Sunday prize:⚽️ Two tickets to Spurs v Chelsea🎯 Two tickets to #WHDarts Championship🤞 To enter, simply tell us which ex-Spurs player made his professional debut this year!Terms 👉 ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 5:43 pmThose full-time celebrations. 👌📸 @KumhoTyreUK#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 5:07 pmRB LEIPZIG boss Julian Nagelsmann has spoken of what he is most looking forward to about facing Spurs in the Champions League.The German told the club’s social media channel: “Tottenham is a very nice and exciting tie!“They’re one of Europe’s top teams, playing in a fantastic city with star players who have a lot of experience. “It won’t be easy but we’re really looking forward to it, especially playing in that stadium.“Spurs have a world-class manager in Jose Mourinho. The games will be exciting and we’ll need to put in two top performances. “We’re more than capable of doing that. What a tie! We can’t wait!”Jake Lambourne17 Dec 2019, 4:31 pmJURGEN KLOPP is set to be ignored as Premier League clubs embrace plans to extend the Champions League.As SunSport reported earlier this month, support is growing among Europe’s elite clubs for a revised format involving more games from 2024.Liverpool boss Klopp slammed the plans after his side’s 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.The straight-talking German, who tasted Champions League glory last season, branded the proposals “absolute b******s”.But as SunSport has previously revealed, Liverpool — along with other members of the Big Six — have been part of extensive negotiations led by Uefa and the European Club Association.And this should lead to clubs agreeing to a redesigned competition.The Prem six were determined not to accept initial plans, drafted by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli.This would have seen 12 games in the initial phase and a ring-fenced structure involving promotion and relegation for the initial elite.Read more HERE.Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 3:33 pmJoe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 3:01 pmLUCAS MOURA has revealed how close he came to joining Manchester United back in 2012.He told ESPN Brasil: “Yes, there was a conversation.“I was very close to closing with Manchester United. It was still at the time of [Sir Alex] Ferguson.“I ended up choosing PSG, I spent five fantastic years there, I won a lot, learned a lot. I do not regret it.“Despite the hard times, the bad times, I don’t regret it because I grew a lot, I learned a lot.“Now I’m here in the Premier League, and it’s a new hope.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 2:29 pm⚽ The match-winner. 🏆 The @eToro Man of the Match.👏 @JanVertonghen #THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2019Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 1:50 pmA TOTTENHAM fan consultation of 23,000 supporters determined that 33 per cent still use the Y-word.Yet, it also found that 94 per cent of respondents accepted that it can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person.The club said: “[The consultation] underlines just how complex the nature of this issue is and these varying viewpoints are illustrated in the responses that we received.“Sentiment around this term appears to be changing among the fanbase. There is a recognition of the offence the Y-word can cause and that a footballing context alone does not justify its ­continued use.“This consultation has shown that a particular number of our supporters are offended by the term and almost half of all respondents indicated a clear desire to see fans use the Y-word less or stop altogether.“We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and forward-thinking club and these findings indicate the awareness our fans have of current sensitivities and a willingness to reconsider the appropriateness of the continued use of this term.“We shall be organising a series of focus groups, giving supporters the chance to meet and exchange opinions with fellow fans with views from across the spectrum on this matter.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 12:40 pmJAN VERTONGHEN has claimed Jose Mourinho has restored Tottenham’s fighting spirit.He said: “The gaffer has a lot to do with it – he has brought that fighting mentality back. We had lots of games last season when we won right at the end. “It is the best feeling, we can’t give up. Wolves wanted a late goal too – but we believed just that little bit more.“We had a lot of meetings this week about this game because, tactically, Wolves are a very good side, they will always have good spells in the game, especially in the first half.” Vertonghen added. “It was tough one, towards the end we were thinking, ‘Should we be happy with a draw or not?’ But this feeling is better.“At 1-1, you’re going to waste some time or try to go for the win. We had two thoughts there.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 12:08 pmLUCAS MOURA revealed Jose Mourinho has spent his first month in charge at Tottenham convincing the players they CAN be winners.Mourinho inherited a side from Mauricio Pochettino that had earned rave reviews for the way they competed at the highest level — yet failed to collect any silverware.Moura, 27, said: “He always talks to us, he tries to put in our mentality that we are strong, that we are a big club, that we are winners.“He tries to put this mentality in us and then afterwards, tactically, step by step, also his philosophy.“But especially he wants to put this mentality — a strong mentality, winners — in us.”Joe Brophy16 Dec 2019, 11:30 amTOTTENHAM have been handed a favourable tie against RB Leipzig.Jose Mourinho’s men avoided the likes of Barcelona and Juventus after finishing runners-up in Group B. The winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 is…🌟 BEN STOKES 🌟 #SPOTY— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 15, 2019Load more entries…last_img read more

Kangaroos v Kiwis: Five key points

first_imgMatch report: Kangaroos hold off Kiwis in Four NationsKiwis scoring woes continueAt half time, trailing 10-0, New Zealand’s 200 minutes of Test football against Australia in 2016 had netted them just a solitary try – to Kevin Proctor in Perth last month.Their two second-half tries amounted to more four-pointer than in their previous five halves of football against the Kangaroos combined.Despite winning the offloads 15-8 and completing an impressive 81 per cent with 30 of 37 sets completed, the Kiwis couldn’t find the big play in their opponent’s red zone. Some early soft defensive misses ensured they were trying to play catch up from early on and allowed the Kangaroos to dictate terms. In the first half they completed 16 of 18 sets but still trailed the possession stat by 54 per cent to 46 per cent.Five-eighth Thomas Leuluai and fullback Jordan Kahu both aimed up but failed to provide the sort of playmaking support halfback Shaun Johnson requires.Ferguson silences doubtersThe continued selection of Roosters back Blake Ferguson on the Kangaroos right wing has been one of the more debated decisions of Mal Meninga’s tenure as Australia coach. There were whispers this week that specialist right-side flanker Valentine Holmes would return to the 17 to bump him out, with specialist left-edge winger, the in-form Josh Mansour, no chance of being dropped.A knee injury at training that ended Mansour’s tournament ensured Holmes and Ferguson both played and, after a strong outing against Scotland last week, Ferguson backed it up with a powerful man-of-the-match outing against the Kiwis.A surging, tackle-busting long-range run in just the sixth minute set the tone. For the second game running he opened the scoring and had plenty to do when he beat three to score in the right corner in the ninth minute off the back of some good Michael Morgan lead-up work. His exceptional support play helped set up Johnathan Thurston for the team’s second try just five minutes later and he also did the business off the ball, coming up with a big tackle on Gerard Beale to force a line drop-out later in the half. A surging 60th-minute run, when he beat five players to miraculously escape from his own in-goal, was arguably the most important and impressive play he produced on the night in which he finished up with game-highs in run metres (228) and tackle busts (eight). The loss of Mansour is still a shattering one but Ferguson’s form ensures it shouldn’t be too costly in terms of this tournament.Too little too late for hot-and-cold JohnsonIf the Kiwis were to be a chance in this one they were always going to need a big game from mercurial halfback Shaun Johnson, but by the time he reached into his big bag of tricks and pulled out something other than fresh air the match was all but gone.Two early attacking grubber kicks were so heavy they virtually bounced off the advertising hoardings past the dead ball line before any of his teammates had a chance to react and a 63rd-minute clearing kick that sailed out on the full was the last thing his team needed.With the match all but gone he conjured a stunning chip and chase with a regather that led to a Jordan Rapana try and a grandstand finish before his solo run to the in-goal came within inches of potentially nabbing a late draw, but the Kangaroos managed to hold him up.Aussie forward competition heats upWith impressive Test rookie Tyson Frizell rested, first-choice back-row pairing Boyd Cordner and Matt Gillett returned to the starting side. Cordner resumed his familiar left-edge role and was arguably the best forward on the field. He was everywhere in his 80-minute stint, racking up 162 metres from 17 runs with three tackle busts.On the other side, Gillett was quiet in attack but still eked out 100 metres to go with his usual defensive output of 36 tackles. Senior man Sam Thaiday was again quiet off the bench but it would be a massive call for Meninga to drop either of the Maroons stalwarts for the big end-of-tournament games. However it would also seem a mistake not to find a spot for the in-form Frizell. Elsewhere in the pack, bench prop David Klemmer produced arguably his best stint in green and gold with his powerful charges getting in the face of the Kiwis as he ran for 159 metres with four tackle busts, ensuring Meninga has some welcome headaches next time he sits down to choose a 17.Poor penalties cruel KiwisAmong their other shortcomings on the night was a habit by the Kiwis of giving away penalties at the wrong time. It started in the eighth minute when a late-set ruck penalty against Kevin Proctor handed the Kangaroos the first attacking chance of the game for either side. A few plays later Johnson gave the referee no choice but to hand the Aussies another penalty when he clung on way too long in a tackle and Ferguson scored moments later.There was a double whammy 15 minutes into the second half when a silly cheap shot from Martin Taupau on Thaiday piggy-backed the Aussies downfield right after Solomone Kata’s try – on the back of some good possession and field position – had finally got the Kiwis back into the contest.On the fifth tackle of the next set in front of the posts, Tohu Harris laid too long in a tackle to hand the Kangaroos an easy penalty goal to kick out to an eight-point lead.A fifth-tackle penalty in the same spot in the 70th minute for the same offence by Adam Blair gave Johnathan Thurston another easy two points.It’s those moments of ill-discipline, when added up, that can make such a big difference in an otherwise tight contest.last_img read more

Chiefs storm back to beat Cheetahs

first_imgTries by winger Raymond Rhule, prop Torsten van Jaarsveld and centre Francois Venter had put the home side in control with a 24-point lead after 22 minutes, but the visitors regained their composure and started to pick holes in the Cheetahs’ defence.Winger Toni Pulu scored a brace of tries as the visitors mounted a fantastic comeback to earn a bonus-point victory and avoid a second successive loss on their tour of South Africa.Pulu’s double had them trailing by 10 points at halftime, and halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, wingers James Lowe and Shaun Stevenson, and prop Hika Elliot sealed victory in the second period.What started with a bang ended with a whimper for the Cheetahs who tried – like the Stormers – to go head to head with the Chiefs, but did not have the defence to keep the New Zealanders out when it mattered.The Chiefs are second in the New Zealand Conference, behind the Crusaders, and head to Perth this week.last_img read more

Chiefs bolter called into All Blacks

first_imgTu’inukuafe will join the squad for next month’s three-test series against France after the Crusaders prop Tim Perry suffered a hamstring strain.Perry will be reviewed by Crusaders medical staff over the next few days, though it leaves them without three All Black props for Friday’s top of the table Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes in Christchurch, after Owen Franks and Joe Moody were suspended for striking.The All Blacks squad have a camp in Christchurch from Sunday until Tuesday before assembling in Auckland on Sunday June 3rd to prepare for the first Test.The 25-year-old loosehead Tu’inukuafe first came to prominence back in 2010 as part of Auckland’s Wesley College 1st XV, where he propped alongside fellow Chief and All Black Nepo Laulala.Tu’inukuafe made Counties Manukau age-grade teams and then took a couple of seasons off before kick starting his career with North Harbour in 2015.He spent a season in French club rugby before returning home and was called into the Chiefs squad late last year by coach Colin Cooper, initially in a development capacity.But injuries have meant he’s made the matchday squad regularly since round five and he has impressed so far in his debut Super Rugby season.last_img read more

Three-way race for athletes for spot to Rio

first_imgThey are three time Olympian and four time Pacific Games 400m hurdles Champion Mowen Boino, double Pacific Games 400m champion and London 2012 representative Nelson Stone and rising star in the 200m and 400m Theo Piniau.Athletics PNG last year named the three contenders for this place and set out how the selection process will work.The athlete selected will be the one who, by the PNG Olympic Committee deadline of June 19, has the best performance by reference to the IAAF scoring tables in Athletics.The tables are a recognised method of comparing performances in different events, with each performance being worth a certain number of points.The better the time the more points it is worth. Whoever has the best performance this year up to June 19 will be selected.Athletics PNG President Tony Green said it will be very competitive.He said both Nelson and Mowen are determined to make it to Rio and with Theo improving it could be an one of these three.last_img read more

35 points, the indicator of permanence in 2019-20

first_imgTo get started, the 15 points that Celta scores become the lowest score of a seventeenth ranked, the one that fixes the permanence, in all the three-point leagues. The average points with the current conditions (Leagues of 38 days and with decrease of the last three), to get an idea, is in the 19. And Celta himself, who occupied last year the same position at this point, already had 21 points. This figure predicts that, unless historical milestone, this season will be a cheap stay.But how much can it be? If we stick to the points necessary to save in the previous Leagues, would stand at 39. However, it would be more reliable to calculate how many points have been needed to save between the first round and the second round. And there the result is 20 on average, a figure that in the last five years has dropped a lot. Therefore, in this case it would go from the current 15 to the final 35 as a figure for permanence. Journal As’); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>As diary The mission will not be simple, but not impossible. How to climb a high mountain, It will be a huge, epic effort, not a miracle. This is how Espanyol will face the second round after finishing the first in some numbers that certainly clash with the story: no team that added 11 points on day 19 has been saved. So far the negative, which is not little. The rest of the statistics announce that, as Cornellà-El Prat sings, “yes, you can”.center_img And the Spanish? Well here goes another great statistical news. His average points in the second laps is 24. Sure enough, they are juThese would need to reach that magical amount of 35 that could guarantee you continue in First. It would be worth it, to get an idea, emulate what he has already achieved in 11 of the last 20 seasons, beginning with the last course with Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’ (29) and also the previous two, with Quique Sánchez Flores and David Gallego (30 and 25, in chronological order).Obviously, these are only calculations based on historical value. The only sure reality today is that it is Espanyol forced to overcome his three immediate rivals. Specifically, to trace the three points he lost against Leganés and recover the four that take him away from Mallorca (which was five until Saturday) and Celta. And some more than sure will get into the fight …last_img read more

Nadal and Federer, in Cape Town for a historic match

first_imgFederer was very enthusiastic about this particular recreation. “This ‘Match in Africa’ is a dream come true. I’ll play in my mom’s dwelling nation towards my hardest opponent and on the similar time nice good friend Rafa Nadal. We don’t share solely the love for tennis, but in addition the actual fact of serving to kids have a higher begin in schooling and in their lives. ” Nadal additionally positively valued what he expects from this match. “Roger and I share nice moments on and off the observe. Touring with him to Cape Town and taking part in to assist kids is one thing that excites me. Will probably be my first time in the realm and I’ll have Roger as a information. Will probably be enjoyable”.Federer arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday after visiting Namibia, the place he met with the president of the nation, Hage Geingob, and visited the varsity that his basis has in the nation, in addition to speaking with the youngsters, witnessing the courses and speaking with the middle workers, and this Thursday he shared raquetazos with the captain of the Springboks, Siya Kolisi as warm-up to the large recreation that each Federer and Nadal will convey us this Friday for a good trigger. The tennis world this Friday has an appointment with the historical past in Cape Town in the exhibition match ‘The Match in Africa’ Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer will dispute to lift funds for the tasks that the Roger Federer Basis carries out in the African continent. It’s anticipated that the match, which shall be performed at Cape Town Stadium, exceeds the world report for attending a tennis match with greater than 50,000 individuals.The exhibition will begin with a doubles match in which Federer will companion with Invoice Gates (the couple has already been baptized as Gateserer) and shall be measured to the duo shaped by Rafa Nadal and South African comic Trevor Noah, one of many nice stars of tv in the USA. After this present, and after the performances of Zip Zap Circus and Ndlovu, it can happen the spotlight of the occasion, the person match between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, which will be adopted stay in Spain by Gol.last_img read more

Women’s football takes the Congress: the agreement is formalized

first_imgA chapter in women’s football closes. The 1st Spanish Women’s Soccer Collective Agreement was presented at the Congress of Deputies, after clubs and unions gave the green light this Tuesday with the rubric of this document, which will regulate the labor landscape of the players of the First Iberdrola. After being unanimously approved in the lower house, the president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, accompanied by representatives of all parliamentary groups, the president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, about twenty players and the top representatives of the AFE and clubs, opened the act by crossing out a “historical” date this moment.Ainhoa ​​Tirapu, player of Athletic Club and spokeswoman for the players, she wanted to thank all her teammates for the unity shown in the fight for this document. The Basque goalkeeper also apologized for the delay of this agreement and the possibility that several companions have been harmed by this delay. “I would like to make a reflection. I have been the visible face of this process and people have always told me that I am very brave for it. Today I want to say that courage is that of all those players who in situations much more precarious than mine and less dignified conditions have joined and fought for this agreement. I feel proud of that great unity that this group has shown. Today is a day of celebration, but I have the shin of not having achieved this before and I want to apologize to all those players who have suffered labor inequalities. Today we put the first stone to continue growing in women’s football“Tirapu said in his speech. The president of AFE, David Aganzo: “It has been a negotiation of more than a year and I thank everyone for your sensitivity to this issue. It has taken a lot of negotiation and pedagogical. This first agreement is a labor change for all the players. I want to thank them for their courage and unity. The strike was a turning point in the negotiation It has been long and hard but today you finally have your agreement It is a pioneer agreement in Europe It is a historic day Tomorrow will be another day But it will be another day in which our partners will have your regulated labor rights. ” For its part, the president of the Association of Women’s Soccer Clubs (ACFF), Rubén Alcaine, stressed the hard work of all parties to reach a consensus. “It is something historical. We are very proud since the Association. It has been many months. We have to thank all the clubs and players for this moment. I want to highlight the work of the parties that have worked for women’s football and have allowed us to reach this moment “Alcaine said. The Federation, absent in a historical photoThe Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) did not attend the presentation of the I Collective Agreement of Spanish Women’s Soccer, although this document regulates the working conditions of the players of the First Iberdrola, a new women’s competition that launched under his tutelage this summer the federative entity. “I would have liked to have been all the agents involved in women’s football, including the Spanish Women’s Soccer Federation (RFEF), which is the organizer of the competition and we understand that we all have to work in the same direction. But it is a respectable decision, “Alcaine said after the act in the parliamentary chamber. Aganzo also reminded him: “He is missed. We have tried to be all parties here, but the RFEF has also helped in this agreement and you have to keep working together. “It should be noted that RFEF has not been part of the negotiations in this collective agreement, since legally it is an issue that belongs to clubs and unions. The body chaired by Luis Rubiales asked for a presence at the negotiating table, but the parties refused. It should also be stressed that the arrival of this collective agreement has been possible thanks to the agreement between Mediapro and the ACFF, after the clubs failed to close an agreement with the RFEF in order to enter the Elite Program, initial solution to give viability to the agreement due to the 500,000 euros of revenue per club offered by this plan.The most important points of this agreement– It will be retroactive, with an application date of July 1, 2019.– Minimum salary of 16,000 euros per year at 75% partiality of the working day or, what is the same, 12,000 euros. In this line, it also includes compensation for all the players who currently have contracts with a 50% partiality or working day, with a mandatory change to 75%. Thus, salaries between 12,000 and 15,999 will become 16,000 euros gross per year, applying a linear increase of 2,000 euros in which they are 16,000 to 30,000 euros gross annually. The salary increase would affect 40% of the players.– Maternity protocol: In the event that a player becomes pregnant, she can access an automatic renewal without a limit in the contract. It does not include any section for breastfeeding.– Seniority Plus: the prize of linking would range between 2,000 euros (6 seasons) and 3,500 (9 seasons or more).– The personal scope of the agreement: limited to players who are called at least twelve official matches with the first team or in their case ten games played.– Rest of a day and a half weekly.– Holidays: 30 days per year.– Workday: 7 hours a day / 35 hours a week on a semi-annual basis, not including concentration or travel periods. In the case of home games, the concentration shall not exceed 24 hours, with a maximum period of 72 hours for visiting matches.– Financial consideration for the player of 15% of the agreed price in case of transfer or image rights (agreement between the parties is required). In the latter case, it is established that for a player who exploits her image rights in her own name, the amount that the club satisfies to that for the use of her image, name or figure for economic purposes will be considered as a salary concept.last_img read more