Rep wins set to spark Panthers’ season

first_imgEmotion. That was the first word used to describe the experience for the Panthers prop-forward, who scored a double against Fiji including the match-winner with two minutes left on the clock.Lined up behind another Tongan debutant in Manu Vatuvei, an emotional Latu admitted the occasion got the best of him before taking to the field.”Everything felt like a blur, it all went so quick. Before we walked out I was standing behind Manu and could see that he was teary so I started as well and couldn’t control it,” Latu told NRL.com of the experience.”I tried so hard to stop crying but when you sing the anthem for the first time, emotions run wild and our coach (Kristian Woolf) just told us to control that and put it into the game.”We got together the night before the game and everyone heard each other talk about what it meant to play in a Tongan jersey, it really brought out a vulnerable side to everyone and we took that out onto the field.”Despite a two-win and seven-loss record to start the season, Penrith were happy to release as many players as possible for the weekend across all five games.Australian international Trent Merrin was solid against the Kiwis in a 48-minute effort, while New Zealand pair Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dean Whare fought hard in the 18-point loss to the Kangaroos in Canberra.Panthers trio Matt Moylan, Bryce Cartwright and James Tamou all found form in the final City-Country game and back-rower Viliame Kikau was among Fiji’s best in a beaten side with a four-pointer and try assist of his own.”I’m sure I can speak for everyone by saying that everyone was glad our coach (Anthony Griffin) gave us the OK to play in the representative round,” Latu said.”He knew how important it was for each individual that did get picked that they could gain some confident and experience out of the week. “Hopefully now every individual can take what they’ve learned back to the club and put our best foot forward for Penrith.”It will be another special occasion for Latu in Saturday afternoon’s clash against the Warriors with the National Rugby League embracing Indigenous Round across all eight games.With a proud indigenous heritage, Latu’s emotion could yet again be on display at Pepper Stadium.last_img read more

Crazy about Eriksen: Inter and United want you in this market

first_imgTottenham, for its part, can only trust that the arrival on the bench of Jose Mourinho make him change his mind, but it seems that the player has already made the decision to leave and only remains to know when he will go and where he will go: “The only thing I can tell you is that I know what he will do, but it won’t be me who says so. It’s up to him to say what it is and when he’ll decide to talk about it, not about me.” Eriksen can choose and if everyone fights for him he can get a high chip go to the team that goes. Both from England and from Italy, they point out that Inter and United would be willing to pay now, but the player is the one with the last word. In the case of the Italian team there has even been talk of paying a bonus of 20 million euros to the player to make the decision now and thus avoid all the competition that may arise at the beginning of the next semester. These last two clubs, precisely, are aware of how difficult it will be for them to bid with such competition and intend to get ahead trying to convince them to change their air this month. To do this, they would have to pay Tottenham an amount close to the 30 million eurosalthough the Daniel Levy He does not have many weapons to press, since the player has not wanted to renew and knows that if he leaves in summer he will have the option to negotiate a somewhat higher chip if his buyer does not pay a single euro to the London team. Each day that passes the price of the player is a little lower and retain six months knowing that they would not enter anything does not seem the most appropriate option. 2. 3 Premier League* Data updated as of January 2, 2020 Since yesterday, all players whose contracts expire on June 30, 2020 are free to negotiate with other clubs. This is the case of Christian Eriksen, Perhaps the best market opportunity right now. The Danish of Tottenham It is intended by endless teams. Real Madrid is the one that has sounded the strongest and perhaps the one that the midfielder likes, but they have also been interested Juventus, PSG, Inter de Milan or Manchester United. A series* Data updated as of January 2, 2020last_img read more

Leganés clings to the Cup to recover from the derby

first_imgLeganés looks to the future with the need to recover as soon as possible from the derby hit (0-3 in just 32 ’) and the certainty that the calendar will not help recovery. The following duels in league of the pickles are facing the Atlético de Madrid (Sunday, 12:00, in the Wanda Metropolitano) and Real society (Butarque, weekend of February 2). Crashes with a prologue to grow. To the south of the capital they cling to the Copa del Rey to recover the sensations.Thursday’s duel (7:00 pm) against Ebro already appeared with intensity in the mixed zone of Butarque as soon as the match against Getafe ended. “I am optimistic, I trust the team. We haven’t been up to the match and what the Leganés needs but tomorrow we return to train and think about the Ebro, “said Rubén Pérez. Minutes before, Javier Aguirre had sculpted the same speech. “The costumes are wrong … but they want the Ebro to come, they want to train … they are alive. It hurt the slap for which he gives it to you. (…) From defeats it grows. If not, you are wrong. If there starts to be cracks and things we do, we are going wrong. We lost, yes. We recognize mistakes, yes. We will surely draw positive conclusions. If we relax, with Copa and Wanda then, they make us a broken one, “Vasco insisted before the media.The risk of losing and rotationsIt happens, however, that The KO tournament now enjoys a dangerous dimension. The triumph (especially if a good image is left) It would help restore the catastrophe to Getafe, but the defeat could deepen the depression of a team, which also will have to pull rotations. When playing during the week and only 48 hours of the clash against Atlético, Aguirre will not be able to repeat the Murcia formula, when he lined up a mixed team, half starters, half substitutes.Coach You will have no choice but to use to the less usual and, surely, truffle the team with some canterano, especially in a front where there is only (in the absence of signings) two players: Braithwaite and Carrillo, both potential holders for the Metropolitan and not so much for Pedro Sancho.last_img read more

Reinier: “Getting to Real Madrid is the top”

first_imgReinier, who debuted as a professional at Flamengo last year, this season was crowned champion of the Brazilian league and the Copa Libertadores and has become a favorite of the Rio fans. “My love for Flamengo has grown since I was 12 years old. Play for Basque? Never. He’s our rival. Are you crazy?”, concluded the new Real Madrid player. Reinier Jesús is one of the fashion names in Brazil. The recent signing of the young Brazilian midfielder for Real Madrid has not left anyone indifferent and the still Flamengo player does not miss every opportunity to show his happiness for being part of the white club. “It’s a dream come true. Getting to Real Madrid is the top. It’s the biggest club in the world”Brasilia explained in an interview in Balloon support A few days after he granted this newspaper, “It is the realization of a dream. Mine and my family”. “Marcelo sent me a message, also Rodrygo. I was very happy with the welcome they gave me”, continues the young midfielder, who knows that the arrival in Europe will not be easy: “Now it is to go calmly, with your feet on the ground and see what can happen.”last_img read more

ProLiga offers collaboration of a psychologist to its clubs

first_imgProLiga is an organization that was born to ensure modest football. This commission, created to shelter Second Division B and Third clubs, currently has more than 250 member teams from all points of the Spanish geography.It was in September last year when ProLiga decided to go one step further by creating the ProLiga.es portal, thanks to which the coordination between the commission and the clubs was facilitated, in addition to providing multimedia content through its virtual campus. And it is through this virtual campus that this organization has launched a very useful initiative for these days of confinement. ProLiga has created a mental training for “footballers without football”, whose purpose is that the players of the clubs adhered to the platform can channel the absence of competition in their own home.It will not be a physical training, like the one that many soccer players are doing at home, but psychological. In charge of the classes will be the sports psychologist Rocío Pomares. His work, in his own words, will be that of take advantage of the quarantine “together, training something as important both for competition and for life, as is the mental part”.last_img read more

Vasco da Gama confirms Ramon Menezes as his new coach

first_imgVasco also announced the return to the club of Antonio Lopes, who was the coach of the team in those golden years, although this time he will assume as the new “coordinator-coach”, a role he has been playing in the last clubs he passed through.However, the date of Menezes’ debut is still uncertain, as national and international competitions have been temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.Vasco da Gama, classified for the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana, announced on Monday through their social networks that they will give vacations until April 20 for its soccer players, members of the technical commission and professionals linked to the Soccer Department due to the pandemic.In fact, the start of the Brazilian League, scheduled for the first week of May, is in the air, due to the suspension still in force of all competitions and the forecasts of the health authorities, who are expecting the peak by then. of COVID-19 cases in the country. He Vasco da Gama confirmed this Monday to the former Brazilian midfielder Ramon Menezes, 1998 Copa Libertadores champion with the Rio de Janeiro team, as its new technician for a season that continues suspended by the coronavirus crisis.Menezes had already been the team’s interim coach for about two weeks, when Abel Braga was fired. witheringly after remaining in office for just three months.The board of the Rio de Janeiro club met on Monday and decided to ratify him on the bench of the first team. Menezes, 47 years old and considered an idol of the cross-Maltese fans, returned to Vasco at the beginning of 2019 to work as a permanent technical assistant.As a player, he lived through the best moments of his sports career in the whole of Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 90’s, when he added to his long record of conquests the Brazilian Championship of 1997 and the Libertadores of 1998.last_img read more

Mbappé denounces being scammed

first_imgIn the spring of 2019, Mbappé’s Twitter account was already hacked to recommend a similar investment in it, recalls ‘L’Équipe’.According to French researchers, this type of plot uses the good image of celebrities to convince investors to put their money in this type of virtual currency. Through call centers located in Israel, they contact clients to convince them to invest, and when they do, they disappear without a trace.According to the Financial Markets Authority, in 2018 1,100 complaints of this type were received and fraud reached 55.5 million euros. Last year, the scammed figure was about 30 million.The researchers claim that cryptocurrencies have fallen somewhat into disuse and that scammers are now proposing investments in other products, such as great wines, matured wiskis or even dairy cows. Paris Saint-Germain French international striker Kylian Mbappé has filed a complaint about the use of his name in a cryptocurrency scam network, which is being investigated by French police.As published on Tuesday by the newspaper ‘L’Équipe’, the player denounced the use of his name and image without his permission in various advertising campaigns on the networks to incite participation in programs to acquire virtual currencies, such as bitcoin. Mbappé, 21, In these campaigns, he recommended these “miraculous” investments that “allow anyone to become a millionaire in just three or four months.”For this, they invented interviews with the striker in various media in which he assured that this opportunity had to be seized before the traditional banks permanently eliminated them.last_img read more

Eibar players show concern about return

first_imgSebastián Cristóforo also revealed his unease over the same matter on April 2. “Before you talk about finishing the league, you must end this virus nightmare. The main thing is to try to find a cure for the virus, that there are no more infected and return to normal life. Later it will be seen how everything resumes: the league, life, jobs, studies, etc. But the essential thing right now is to try to stop the contagion. The main thing is people’s health“He pointed out flatly.” We are seeing that it is a world crisis, not just one country. Hopefully in a little while it will be known how this contagious disease can no longer be spread and a cure found. We have to try to reduce the contagion between everyone, being in our houses; let this end as soon as possible and let’s get our lives back“he indicated more than a month ago.“We want to play, but not at any price”“We want to play, but not at any price. We must first preserve the health of all the protagonists“Amaia Gorostiza, Eibar president, stressed last Saturday regarding the resumption of the league.” We know that not resuming the competition would have quite important consequences, both economic and social; and that is why we are working to return to the competition. We want to play, we all want to play, but not at any price. Obviously, we want to preserve the health of all those people who are within the competition itself“Barça president stressed.” Footballers want to play, but they fear for their health and the health of their families, of course, “said Amaia Gorostiza.“The first thing is the health of people who participate in a match“highlighted on April 4 Jon Ander Ulazia, CEO of Eibar, who then made an assessment of the three assumptions that were being handled (that the league should not be resumed, that it be done behind closed doors, or with the public). Now, the only thought is to finish the competition without spectators in the stands. “All possible scenarios must be planned, putting the health of the footballers and all those who participate on the field of play ahead. The League (said referring to the club management) has made it clear that there will be no resumption of any kind if health is not guaranteed, “he said.Eibar opens its store and customer service officeEibar will open its official store and the member service office on Tuesday, May 5, although by appointment, according to the Gipuzkoan First Division club on its website.Eibar will recover the face-to-face attention of its Orsaixan space (store and customer service office) with the obligation to arrange a meeting before being able to access the interior. So, it will be avoided that there is more than one subscriber or customer in the premises located in the Ipurua stadium, to prevent infections.During this week, the customer service hours will be from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Those who want to make an appointment, must do so through the telephone number 943 20 18 31, or through the email partners@sdeibar.com and store@sdeibar.com,The entity will make available to workers and users all the necessary safety measures, such as masks, to avoid contagion..The official store and Eibar partner service office has been closed for seven and a half weeks, since the last day it was open was Thursday, March 12, and on Friday, March 13, the shutter was lowered. Eibar players are concerned about the return to professional soccer activity, which has already begun to take its first steps after more than seven weeks stopped by the coronavirus. For this reason, they are thinking of issuing a statement to express the doubts and problems posed by the return to sports work, as announced by Cadena SER on Monday.Barça footballers see risks with a return to training and competition in a sport in which there is physical contactTherefore, it is impossible to maintain the physical safety distance and the protections (masks) that are required of other workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The Eibar team does not see it clearly, nor do many other athletes who practice a team sport in which there is contact, such as basketball, handball, or rugby. In Holland and France, professional football has already been suspended – Belgium was the first to say that the season was not going to end –, while in Spain the handball and rugby competitions of the highest categories have already been completed.Several Eibar players have publicly expressed their concern about the possibility of catching the disease in sports in case of returning to activity to resume a league that was paralyzed after day 27, and which still has 11 games to play if it wants to end the 38 league days.Pape Diop was very clear on April 16. “I would not play again if there is a risk of infecting the family. Football moves a lot of money, but the most important thing is health. It seems too soon to go training, this disease is more serious than what we had been told, “said the Senegal midfielder, settled at his home in the Basque Country two weeks ago.“Until health is secure, it doesn’t seem right to play,” said José Angel ‘Cote’ on April 8. “The fairest thing would be to play, but health comes first. And right now, health is not guaranteed. Until health is secure, it would not seem right to resume competition“highlighted the Asturian left-back defender.”I don’t think much about football with everything that’s going on out there. All of humanity must focus on stopping the virus“sentenced the gijonés.Not even the fact that it has been planned to start training first individually and, later, in small groups – as happened in Germany – they do not convince José Angel ‘Cote’. “It seems silly to me. I don’t think you can solve anything with that. The most important thing is health right now“He assured four weeks ago. His words were prophetic, because in Germany there are already 10 players infected before the competition began, and some are from the same team. And it is that the coronavirus is a contagious disease that the same can be transmitted between co-workers or sports activities, if they share a close space or if they maintain physical contact.last_img read more

Marcelo turns 32 looking at the record of Roberto Carlos

first_img12 He himself has been liable for educating his day by day work, with out relaxation at dwelling, throughout quarantine. Their social networks have been the showcase for many who wished to see what might be seen final Wednesday and this Monday in Valdebebas: it has been very nicely maintained. Each when going to the sports activities metropolis to take the COVID-19 check and for the first particular person session of Madrid, Marcelo has appeared very high-quality. Marcelo 505-527 Roberto CarlosAs AS defined on April 1 and confirmed in Rio de Janeiro on Might 1 in a stay on Instagram, the concept of ​​persevering with in Actual Madrid solely goes by his head, the membership he joined in 2006 and of which he’s at this time its second captain. In nearly 14 years it has raised 4 Champions, 4 Leagues, 4 Membership World Cups, 4 Spanish Tremendous Cups, three European Tremendous Cups and two King’s Cups. He’s the second Actual Madrid participant in titles (21), along with Sergio Ramos and behind Gento (23), however he thirsts for extra … Marcelo turns 32 at this time together with his batteries charged. The coronavirus break caught him in the infirmary, injured his left femoral biceps towards Betis, so this time with out competitors has allowed him to get better and sharpen for the return of soccer, scheduled for mid-June. Contract ends in 2022 and, along with the collective aims, it has between eyebrows a really specific incentive: change into the foreigner with the most matches in Madrid in historical past. A really particular record, particularly as a result of now it’s in the possession of his idol and pal, Roberto Carlos. The rating goes 505-527.last_img read more

Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more