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Vunipola suffers fractured arm

first_imgThe back-row only returned from a three-month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury in the Premiership victory against Wasps last weekend and suffered another cruel setback at the Liberty Stadium.Vunipola was replaced at half-time in the Champions Cup clash, which ended 15-15, and Saracens on Sunday revealed that an X-ray showed he had fractured his forearm, just three weeks before England start the defence of their Six Nations title against Italy in Rome.”Billy is due to see a specialist later this week, when a timeframe for recovery may be defined,” said a Saracens spokesman.”But until that time Saracens will make no further comment. Saracens will issue a further statement once Billy has seen a specialist.”The luckless Vunipola had earlier given a strong indication that he was facing another frustrating period out of the game.He posted on Instagram: “One of these days I might actually be able to play more than 2 games without breaking (no pun intended).”I said it before and I’ll say again. God has a plan for me, it’s just hard having to be patient!”The loss of the Australia-born powerhouse will serve as huge blow to England head coach Eddie Jones, who must have been hugely encouraged by his performance against Wasps.Vunipola said after his comeback at the Ricoh Arena: “It means a great deal [to come back] and I feel I’ll be better for it next week and hopefully, if I can keep going like this, I’ll be back to where I was in no time.”It can be frustrating being injured but there can be higher powers at work. It taught me a huge lesson about looking after myself better in terms of recovery and sleep. I thought I did that better this time. Whatever runs for me, I’ll just try to smash it.”If I can convince Eddie I am in the right shape and playing well enough to be picked in his squad, then great. I want to play for England as much as I can and I have missed it but right now my biggest focus is playing well for Saracens and hopefully transferring that on to the pitch at Twickenham.”He will also be sorely missed by European champions Sarries, who are in great danger of missing out on the Champions Cup quarter-finals after they were held by the Ospreys. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Saracens and England’s Billy Vunipolalast_img read more

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PNGRFL wants Pacific Cup revived

first_imgTsaka said that he believed that another match international match would be of huge benefit to PNG players and give them additional exposure to quality international matches. He said this was needed to improve the performances and competitiveness of PNG at an international level.  “We also want to push for confirmation of Papua New Guinea’s intention to host an entire pool for the 2017 World Cup. Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed as co-hosts for the next World Cup but while there have been reports that some matches would be played in PNG, nothing has been set in stone yet,”  said Tsaka. He said the PNG Kumuls won the tournament ahead of eventual finalists Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga to proceed to the Four Nations in 2010 in Australia and New Zealand. Tassell said they would also hold discussions with participating countries regarding the Nines component of the rugby league competition at next year’s Pacific Games in Port Moresby.center_img PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka and CEO Brad Tassell will present this proposal at the two-day Rugby League International Federation meeting in Australia, which started today. “We want to lock that in at this meeting so that we can start preparations in plenty of time. We also want to bring back the Pacific Cup so that it provides Pacific islands countries an international competition that gives our players an opportunity to play Test standard-like football to gauge our standards before the 2017 World Cup,” said Tsaka. The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) is pushing for the revival of the Pacific Cup in addition to the traditional annual Prime Ministers XIII clash against the Australian Kangaroos.last_img read more

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Atoi involves youths in soccer tournament

first_imgThe venues will be at Bonus, Hutjena and Tarlena and prize money of K11,000 is up for grabs.Youths in north Bougainville have praised the Member for North Bougainville for such an initiative that brings people together. A youth spokesperson from the Taonita Tinputz area, Stanley Pakita told Loop PNG that at least we have an event to celebrate New Year with.“We would like to thank the honourable Member for North Bougainville Louta Atoi for sponsoring the tournament. It’s one of the most significant events for youths,” Pakita said.“This is a perfect period for youths to indulge in a lot of partying activities and sometimes it turns out nasty so to keep them out we have to keep them busy through sports, and Louta Atoi has done the right thing by sponsoring the tournament,” he said.The games will be played in three different locations one in the Tsitalato constituency at the Hutjena oval, and across the passage to the Selau constituency the Bonus field which can be seen from Buka town, and at the Bishop Wade Secondary school ground in Tarlena.Picture: First team Rangers about to take on Buin at the Hutjena Ovallast_img read more

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Barça returns to the charge for Willian José, but Imanol does not want him out

first_img9 Barça returns to the charge for Willian José, to the point that in Barcelona they talk about what he considers the priority objective in case the loss of Ousmane Dembele, which will be operated today, allow you to make a reinforcement to occupy your token. The Barca club has again asked the Royal Society about the situation of the Brazilian after the frustrated and controversial ‘affaire’ of the transfer market with Tottenham, asking for a price to see if he can undertake his signing in case he considers it necessary. The directive of the Real, after the experience in January and tired of the attitude of the player’s representatives, no longer closes in band at all, because it is clear that if it has not been in the winter market, this summer it will end up leaving La Real. Your stay in San Sebastián has an expiration date. That is, the feeling is that they do not close in band to listen to an offer from Barça and negotiate. Imanol Alguacil is tired of the Will Willian José case ’. The technician from San Sebastian is clear, the matter is settled for him. The transfer market was closed and already has the Brazilian for the remainder of the season, in which the Real Sociedad plays a lot and must have all its troops plugged in. He proved it by placing him as headline, nothing more and nothing less, in the Basque derby of the Reale Arena against Athletic. But, unfortunately, one thing is what the realistic coach wants, and quite another thing what others want, in this case the Football Club Barcelona, ​​which is still entangling with the situation of the striker of Porto Alegre.center_img But the club from San Sebastian has met with the express request of the coach of the first team, Imanol Alguacil, who has asked his opinion and has been very sharp: if it were for him, Willian José no longer leaves the Real. The Oriotarra has forgiven his attitude before the match against Espanyol de Copa, he has returned to integrate the group naturally and has returned to play, being the owner even this last day. He does not stop giving affection in his public appearances, praising his work in Zubieta, and has spoken seriously with the Brazilian that he needs it to fulfill the objectives and dreams of this campaign. His teammates have also “forgiven” him and re-wrapped him, as he saw in the Bernabéu, when everyone hugged him to go out to receive the ovation of the stands after eliminating Real Madrid. And that did not play a minute. And the realistic fans also seem to have pardoned him, judging by the applause he received last Sunday when he was replaced.Willian José has also changed the way he acts, and he no longer presses inside to exit. He is looking forward to the events, but he values ​​all the good treatment he has received in recent weeks. Moreover, he was surprised, because he thought that the realistic environment would be harder with him and take longer to forgive him. So it focuses on training with the Real. It would not be understood that he would now take the step again of wanting to leave La Real, when he went out to apologize in a video posted by Real and after everything the club has done to get him back into the dynamics of the team. He knows well that if Barça wants it, it is because it is a request of Setien, who already wanted to sign him for Betis two summers ago; but his predisposition to leave has changed. At least for now. We will see if Barça ends up making an official offer for the Brazilian, something that they say from the club has not arrived, although seeing the evolution of events they do not rule out.last_img read more

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Conte for Eriksen’s feet

first_imgThe idea is that it is key in the team, but the truth is that they still have no role. Meanwhile, Conte himself wanted to take pressure from the Danish after the match, although at the same time he dropped a message that sounded a reprimand to some: “Eriksen? I have to find balance, we can’t think that a player can change the fate of the team. We get here without Eriksen.”There is still a lot of season for the Danish to prove that it is worth what has been paid for him, especially if we take into account that the center of the field is one of the positions in which Inter interferes most.Conte saw ‘concealed’ goals concededAntonio Conte spoke after the defeat against Lazio (2-1) of the details that consolidated the defeat and explained that despite the equality of the match, two “very avoidable” plays threw the team’s work on the ground: “We conceded two goals and the game was there. The details become decisive and we were not impeccable. In the goals we have shown naivety but they are part of the growth process. The boys must continue working and improving to face all situations in the way “We were scared today. We are fighting at the top of the standings and having reached this clash should make us proud, but we still have a long way to go. The match was matched because neither team dominated, but He decided on two very avoidable goals. Lack of communication with the goalkeeper in the first goal? I don’t want to go into details, but we have to be calmer. We are enraged. The boys are making their way and we have room for improvement. A player must trying to improve. Not being afraid means growing in personality and we were afraid. Sometimes, when you win, you think about defending the result and I think that Better defense is a good attack. It is true that there was pressure in relation to this match, but we continue to believe in what we do. A series* Data updated as of February 17, 2020 The coach wants to introduce him to his system little by little and proof of this are the participations he has had so far. He has not yet played an entire hour in a match, so he has not gone up to his particular locker or goals or assists. He debuted in the cup before the Fiorentina and left 24 minutes. Then he made his record of participation in the league against Udinese with 58 minutes. He later reaped his first loss to the cup Naples adding 24 minutes on the grass, and in the derby before the Milan He was 18 minutes in the field. Yesterday, when they were already losing 2-1 against the Lazio, Conte took him 13 minutes and made a great shot whose rejection ended in the goal of a teammate who would be canceled out of play. 24 Christian Eriksen dressed for the fifth time yesterday the shirt of Inter Milan. The Danish midfielder left the Tottenham ahead of time to embark on a new adventure, knowing that he was not going to start with Jose Mourinho because his contract expired in summer. But at the moment it does not finish adapting to the team of Antonio Conte, although he is taking advantage of the minutes he has.last_img read more

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Calming Messi – AS.com

first_imgBut then Messi appeared to calm the spirits and return everything to its place. About to finish the quarter-hour game, the Argentine took the ball threw against the Basque defense, made a cassock to Arbilla, endured the Diop cob body and beat Dimitrovic. A gentleman who breaks a bad run of the Argentine, who added 4 consecutive league days without scoring. In this environment, the team was infected with the general nerves and the first minutes of Setién’s team were disastrous. Eibar tried to take advantage of it, but first Ter Stegen stopped a header from Escalante after three minutes and then the referee annulled an offside goal from Enrich. This non-conceded goal reactivated the screams against the box and the team saw how it also charged at six minutes when a part of the stands booed a pass back towards Ter Stegen as it happened a week before Getafe. The match began to get complicated for Barcelona. The both worked wonders in the game of Barça, which since then was another. Aided by a peaceful stand, the Blaugrana team submitted to Eibar. Arturo Vidal, who played in the position of false left winger (not played by Fati, nor Sergi Roberto and De Jong) in anticipation of the coming week had a couple of occasions, but it was Messi, obviously, who took the most advantage of those minutes of Barcelona dominance. In the 36th minute, a sensational change of pace allowed him to face Dimitrovic, to which he slipped the ball where it seemed geometrically impossible and a minute later he scored the third after a blunder from Griezmann that had wasted a goal given by Messi himself.With 3-0 and the game resolved, it was time to think about what is coming next week, give breaks and give entrance to Braithwaite, the last signing of Blaugrana that began to warm up already in the break although the first who entered the field were De Jong to give rest to Busquets and Umtiti to do the same with Piqué.The match fell logically in intensity with some sporadic flashes in both areas, where Dimitrovic and Ter Stegen solved the work except for an arrival of the Eibar that Escalante turned into a goal, but which was again canceled, this time by dangerous game.The Danish entered the field in the absence of 20 minutes by Griezmann in the midst of an unusual illusion by an audience that with 3-0 and having staged his anger at the box was already in a better mood. A mood that improved much more with the last two goals, Messi and Arthur, in which the Danish was decisive. What started in anger ended at party. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 22, 2020 Goals1-0, 13 ‘: Messi, 2-0, 36 ‘: Messi, 3-0, 39 ‘: Messi, 4-0, 86 ‘: Messi, 5-0, 88 ‘: Arthur Melo In case of emergency, call Messi. The Argentinian needed 40 minutes to change the mood of a Camp Nou that began abroncando the box for the latest events and ended up surrendered to the lighthouse, light and guide not only of the team, but of the institution that marked a hat-trick to cement the triumph Barça 5-0 against Eibar and face with renewed spirits a decisive week in which Naples and Real Madrid await.The game began six minutes late because of a problem in the audio connection of the stadium with the VOR room that was made eternal to President Josep Maria Bartomeu. The audience began with a blink against the box, which was answered by applause from the supporters of the board, which made the shouts of “Bartomeu resignation” worse. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 22, 2020 ChangesFrenkie De Jong (58 ‘, Busquets), Pablo De Blasis (65 ‘, Inui), Quique (65 ‘, Sergi Enrich), Umtiti (67 ‘, Piqué), Braithwaite (71 ‘, Griezmann), Cristoforo (82 ‘, Edu Expósito) CardsReferee: César Soto GradoVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraEscalante (63 ‘, Yellow) Diop (84 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

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Rains postpone the semifinals in Rio

first_imgThe persistent rains which have punished Rio de Janeiro since Friday pressured the organizers of the Tennis Open of this Brazilian metropolis to postpone the two semifinals for Sunday that started to happen this Saturday.The semifinals of the Rio de Janeiro Open, solely ATP 500 match in South America, they had been suspended round midnight when Chilean Cristian Garín (25 ATP and second favourite) beat Croatian Borna Coric (32 ATP and fifth favourite) for a set to zero and Italian Gianluca Mager (128 ATP) was imposed on Hungarian Attila Balazs ( 106 ATP) additionally 1-0. Garin, near the first ultimate of an ATP 500 in his profession, had gained the first set 6-Four and tied the second 4-4, whereas Mager beat the first spherical 7-6 (7-4) and tied the second in 3-3.The choice forces the candidates to the title of the Rio de Janeiro Open, the solely ATP 500 match in South America, to dispute what stays of the semifinals a number of hours earlier than the ultimate, which is scheduled for Sunday night time with no chance of postponement. The 2 video games began at 22.15 native time (1.15 GMT on Sunday), with 5 hours late attributable to a persistent drizzle, however the rain solely gave a truce of an hour and a half, in order that they had been suspended and postponed till Sunday.The truce given by the rains at the starting of the afternoon allowed, not less than, to conclude on Saturday two of the quarterfinal matches that had began on Friday and needed to be interrupted. That means, Mager, a tennis participant from the qualifier, managed to verify the Event shock by eliminating Austrian Dominic Thiem, fourth greatest in the world and that was the favourite to prevail in the Brazilian match. Mager, who with the factors conquered this week can enter the High 100 subsequent week, beat Thiem 7-6 (7-4) and 7-5 in a 1-hour and 55-minute sport that started on Friday and ended this Saturday after the interruption attributable to the rains. The Italian, who gained three Challenger titles final yr, will now have the alternative to dispute the first semifinal of an ATP in his profession, in which Hungarian Attila Balazs will likely be measured, one other competitor from the qualifier. The Hungarian superior this Saturday to the semifinals by profitable 2-6, 6-Four and 6-2 to the Spanish Pedro Martínez. Balazs benefited from the interruption by the rain of a match that had begun on Friday and in which Martinez, 22 years previous and 133 in the rankings, was a lot increased the day earlier than.Balazs, who solely acceded to the foremost group in Rio in the situation of “fortunate loser” of the qualifier, will now have the alternative to play the first semifinal of an ATP 500 in his profession and of add the essential factors to enter the High 100.Whereas certainly one of the semifinals will face two gamers who needed to face one another in the qualifier to entry the entry group, in the different two of the favorites will likely be measured: Garin (third key head) and Coric (fifth). Coric eradicated Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals (52 ATP) by 7-6 (7-5) and 6-3 in a sport that was interrupted about 4 hours by the robust storm that punished this metropolis. Garin gained Friday in the quarterfinal match 2-6, 6-Three and 7-5 to Argentina’s Federico Coria (116 ATP).The Rio Open has been performed on the clay courts of the Brazilian Jockey Membership of Rio de Janeiro since 2014 and this yr affords 1.9 million greenback prizes, of which $ 355,530 is for the winner, together with the 500 factors in the ATP classification.last_img read more

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Footballer’s teleworking: cardio, weight training and prevention

first_imgThe plan designed by the APF starts with cardiovascular and metabolic work (treadmills, exercise bikes, ellipticals), aimed at maintaining resistance and regulating a possible weight gain (It is recommended to reduce the usual food intake, as the daily calorie expenditure is also lower). It is not a continuous race, more common in summer work, but series with intensity changes, sprints, etc; then, muscular work, with your own weight or with simple materials (weighted anklets, rubber bands, weights …); and lastly, injury prevention, with flexibility and mobility exercises in sensitive areas, ankles and knees, mainly, in addition to muscle groups in which each player, particularly, may have recurring problems. The Spanish Association of Physical Trainers of Soccer (APF) It has encountered a barrage of queries regarding how players should work in their homes while the quarantine periods that several clubs have implemented as a result of the appearance of coronavirus cases last. Luis Casáis, APF member and physical trainer of the Russian Rostov, has prepared a standardized plan, divided into three parts, in which all players can lean.“This situation, supervening and obviously undesirable, may nevertheless try to normalize. It is not an unusual situation for soccer players, they are used to carrying out similar work when the competition ends, with the so-called vacation plans, prior to joining for the preseason . With them the state of form will not be maintained (which requires inexcusable field and specific work), but the general physical tone will be maintained., which will make it relatively easy to resume competitive activity in a few days, “says Casáis.last_img read more

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Lawrence credits hard work for improvements

first_imgJamaican fullback Kemar Lawrence believes hard work, humility, and his faith in God are responsible for his significant improvement over the past few months since he joined the New York Red Bulls in the USA’s Major League Soccer in March this year.The 22-year-old Lawrence, known affectionately as ‘Taxi’, who was also a standout while he played for Red Stripe Premier club Harbour View FC, was this week named to a CONCACAF Gold Cup XI for his outstanding play, which helped the national team become the first from the Caribbean to advance to the final of the competition.He was one of four Jamaicans named to the squad. It was only last month that Lawrence was named to a Copa AmÈrica XI following the team’s performance in the competition, losing 0-1 each to world number one Argentina and Uruguay and Paraguay.So what’s been the secret behind Taxi’s success?”It’s just me doing the things that I know how to do, being simple, listening to instructions, listening to my teammates, being more relaxed, being more composed on the ball, and taking the time out, even though I don’t have a lot of time, to do some extra work and taking the time out to pray and ask God to guide me through this new adventure,” he said.defensive maturityHis quality at left back has also helped Jamaica play some of its best football in recent times. He demonstrated exemplary defensive maturity and leadership when Jamaica won the CFU Caribbean Cup in 2014, and he continues to shine during national representation. He feels however, that it is more than his doing why Jamaica is improving on the field of play.He gives much of the credit to Head Coach Winnfried Sch‰fer.”Coach Sch‰fer gives us a lot of respect and he gives us the opportunities to go out there and do what we know how to do. He lets us be relaxed and be the team that we want to be. He doesn’t force anything on us,” Lawrence said.He also revealed that Sch‰fer does not impose his ideas on the players, opting instead to hear what their ideas are as it relates to how they play.”He doesn’t force anything on us,” Lawrence said. “If he has an idea, he brings it across to the captain or a couple other players and then he brings it across to the group, and I think that’s the difference with him. Instead of going out and doing what he feels like, he tries to get everybody together to find out if everyone understands and if everyone wants to go in that direction. He tries to get the group involved, and that is why he has been so exceptional.”last_img read more

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Bolt points to Rio with more gold in his hands

first_imgBEIJING (AP): Hard as this is to believe, there were questions about Usain Bolt when the World Championships first started. Was he healthy enough? Was he fit enough? Was he – gasp! – fast enough? Yes, yes, and a resounding yes. The Jamaican great left the Bird’s Nest with three more gold medals and ended any suspicions about his dominance. Just in time, too, with the Olympic track competition in Rio de Janeiro starting 49 weeks from now. Once again, the Americans struggled getting the baton around the track. The men’s 4x100m relay was disqualified for stepping outside its lane on an exchange between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. That marked the eighth time since 1995 the American men have either been disqualified or failed to finish at the Worlds or the Olympics. The women’s 4x400m squad wasn’t clean on an exchange between Allyson Felix and Francena McCorory, opening the door for a Jamaican win. The U.S. has gone to camps to fix these foibles. Bottom line: It may simply be between the ears. KENYA’S GOOD GIVE ‘EM A HAND Counting Bolt out Kenya finished with 16 medals – and not one in the men’s marathon. Javelin thrower Julius Yego won the first gold medal in a field event for a country renowned for distance running. All the doubts about Bolt – his fitness and whether Justin Gatlin might be primed to beat him – only provided more fuel. “People pretty much counted me out this season,” Bolt said. “They said, ‘He’s not going to make it. That’s it for him.’ I came out and proved you can never count Usain Bolt out. I’m a champion and I’ll show up when it matters.” As if there was ever a doubt. The only thing that tripped him up was a clumsy cameraman who ran into him from behind on a two-wheel motorised vehicle. He even bounced back from that, anchoring the 4x100m relay team to gold after winning the 100 and 200 on his own. One thing that became clear as the meet went on is that Bolt doesn’t just beat people by being faster, he gets in their heads, too. Gatlin lost the 100 on a last-second lean that many viewed as a pressure-induced mistake. The U.S. relay team missed the handoff – and Bolt said he pretty much expected that. “We just know the key thing is just to get the baton around. Doesn’t matter,” Bolt said. “Because the US knows we always have the best team, they tend to panic. Pressure gets to them sometimes.” Gatlin appears to be the only man with the speed to push Bolt. Beating him is another matter. “What will it take?” Gatlin said. “It will take staying in front. That’s what it’s going to take.” Good luck with that. Here are some other things we learned from the World Championships in Beijing:last_img read more

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