Bennett hunting Sims and James to bolster pack

first_imgSims is unsettled at Newcastle and is keen to settle at a more established and successful club, meaning there is high possibility of him walking out on the final year of his $400,000 a year contract.Meanwhile James has reportedly been offered a big money contract by the inter-state rivals, although he is set to reject the deal and finalise a new three-year commitment to the Titans.Bennett is desperate for a forward leader and might have to settle for only Sims, with James likely to stay put at the Gold Coast.Sims’ departure will put more pressure on the struggling Newcastle forward pack, and coach Nathan Brown is considering making a play for former Souths and Penrith forward Chris Grevsmuhl who was released by the Panthers last season on compassionate grounds.The Titans will fancy their chances of retaining one of their best forwards, but may face another fight with the Brisbane mastercoach who has expressed his interest in Broncos junior Ashley Taylor.Bennett is super keen on the teen sensation and if Ben Hunt ends up moving to a Sydney club, expect the Broncos to put in a huge offer for the man they once had their hands on.Will the Titans be able to win the battle against their big brother?last_img read more

Cheika taking nothing for granted

first_imgReigning champions New Zealand have been pitted against South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while England have France and Argentina for company in their five-team group.The Wallabies, meanwhile, will go up against Wales and Georgia, as well as qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas, in Pool D.But Cheika would not get carried away with what appears on paper to be a better draw, suggesting any hint of complacency could well prove Australia’s downfall in Japan.”When you’re standing out there and singing the anthem, 0-0 all bets off,” said Cheika.”The minute you stop thinking like that is the minute you get in the water. That’s how you’ve got to chart a course in tournament play.”That’s something that’s different in competition, regardless of who the draw is against.”You’ve got to plan with the lay of the land, those teams you’re playing, know who the crossover teams are, do the homework, but at the end of the day it’s going to be all about how we play.”You’ve got to win seven games to get there and you put your best foot forward on all seven occasions.”Michael Cheika popped out after the #RWC2019 draw, to speak to you! #StrongerAsOne pic.twitter.com/W8kFUY1yo8— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) May 10, 2017Cheika is particularly wary of Georgia but wants the Wallabies to improve upon their runner-up finish in England in 2015.”Australians probably won’t know a lot about them but they’re a team being run by a few Kiwi lads and they’re on the up and up,” he said.”Strong forward play, they’ve got some gas out wide and between now and 2019 we’ll learn a bit more about them.”The reality is just how big an event the World Cup is and how important it is for us to go one better in 2015.”last_img read more

Lae Snax Tigers beat Hagen Eagles in trial match

first_imgIn a trial match played by the two contenders of the 2016 Digicel Cup, Tigers wasted no time running over the line three times to lead 14-0 in the first quarter.Eagles regrouped and came back strong in the second quarter, scoring a try and keeping the visitors scoreless.The halftime score was Tigers 14, Eagles 4.With local crowd support into the third quarter, the Eagles put more pressure with hard tackles, stopping their opponents and allowing themselves a four pointer.Tigers also collected four points,  bringing the score to 20-10 in their favour.The Eagles scored another successfully converted try in the final quarter, keeping their hopes alive.But the Tigers sealed the game with a final try with the full time score 24-16.The match was witnessed by PNGNRL Administrator Stanley Hondina, officials of the PNG Referees Association, WHP Government representatives and Hagen League officials.Eagles will host Whagi Tumbe when the 2016 Digicel Cup season-proper starts on April 17 while the Tigers will be on bye.Photo: Pictured is Tigers captain Charlie Simon (right) and team mates cooling off after the trial match at Rabiamul.last_img read more

Wewak women’s coach happy with team’s performance

first_imgCoach Catherine Kususan said the tournament has built up confidence for her young side comprising mostly of primary and secondary school girls.Wewak finished fourth in the tournament, however, displayed competitiveness in their earlier pool games, even toppling host Madang in their meeting.Kusunan said the tournament had taught the players many new things and they look forward to better improvement next year. She added that the Momase Best qualifier was provided a good experience for most of the young players and good yard stick for the team and individual players to improve on in next major tournaments.Lahi women team from Morobe bagged the Momase Besta qualifier title after toppling its sister team Lae Football Association, while Wau edged out Wewak for the third and fourth placings.Local Organising Committee Chairman of the Momase Besta qualifier, John Maripal also heaped praise on a young female player from Wewak Eunice Wablasu, who displayed class for a raw talent from East Sepik. Eunice was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the women’s division during the presentation at the end of the tournament last Sunday.Picture:  Wewak’s Besta team had the youngest playerslast_img read more

Rafa Nadal suffers to put Spain in the rooms of the ATP Cup

first_imgPhotograph: EFE Rafael Nadal suffered greater than anticipated to get the 7-6 (4) and 6-Four victory in opposition to a troublesome Yoshihito Nishioka, quantity 72 in the world, and, in this fashion, assure for the Spanish group each the management of group B as the cross to the quarterfinals of the tennis ATP Cup after the victory of Roberto Bautista over Go Soeda and the subsequent 3-Zero clasp to the Japanese in the doubles. The Mallorcan defeats Nishioka after the preliminary victory of BautistaTogether with Carreño, he closes in the doubles the Spanish 3-0 to Japancenter_img Nishioka, 24, who in earlier rounds beat each Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (6-Zero and 6-1) and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-2 and 6-3), managed to get a break forward up to twice In the first manga. Nonetheless, the rapid response of the Spaniard prolonged the first assault till the tiebreaker, which Nadal took 7-4.The Japanese didn’t decrease his arms and pressed till the final sigh to the world primary, who received the break with the rating equal to 4 in the second set to observe each the sport and the cross to the quarterfinals.Beforehand, Roberto Bautista had received Go Soeda, 119 of the world, 6-2 and 6-4 in a match in which the Spaniard wanted two units and a little bit greater than an hour and a half to put the first level in the tie. After the two singles, Spain closed the cross in opposition to the Japanese with a brand new victory in the doubles that confronted Rafa Nadal and Pablo Carreño in opposition to Go Soeda and Ben McLachlan. Though the Spaniards superior with the preliminary 7-6, the Japanese matched the duel (4-6), however left the conflict in the supertiebreak, the place they have been crushed 10-6 for the undefeated Spanish.last_img read more

The Atleti asks about Milik

first_imgAtlético de Madrid continues its casting to reinforce the lead, and in recent weeks he has also been interested in one of the most effective tips of the Serie A. It’s about Arkadiusz Milik: as he could tell ACE, the Polish has been on the list of mattresses for some time, who have contacted their surroundings taking information about their situation. An average that has improved in this course, in which He has already scored 10 goals in 12 games and 855 minutes in the green. Basically, one every 85 ‘: seven of his goals came in Serie A, and it’s the unique in the five major leagues to have achieved them with less than 10 presences.Milik, with 25 years, promises to improve still much, and his contract that expires in 2021 It has aroused the interest of several clubs also in England (it is spoken of Manchester United). The desire of the tip, however, is renew your link with the entity of De Laurentiis, who should meet with his agent in these weeks to try to reach an agreement on duration and termination clause (the team proposes five years and 100 million). If it does not arrive, the Atleti will call again … Having suffered two consecutive injuries in the cruciate ligament, which left him out during almost every game of his first two Neapolitan seasons (in which he still added 14 goals), the former Ajax last year finally had continuity and scored 20 targets in 47 presences.last_img read more

The relationship between Zidane, Florentino and Barnett according to the agent

first_imgWas it his right eye? “I want to think so, but there were others, like Cristiano or Ramos. I could not say if it was his right eye, I do not have so much confidence with him (with Florentino). He has never told me. “He always said that Bale would win the Golden Ball … “Now it is unlikely.” Are you still in love with Florentino de Bale? “I think so. He has a fantastic relationship with him. “last_img

Official: Ziyech will play at Chelsea next season

first_imgWhat was an open secret among the leading media in the Netherlands has become official today. Ajax has announced, through its social networks and through a statement, Hakim Ziyech’s transfer to Chelsea. The 26-year-old Moroccan extreme will change Amsterdam for London from June 30 and will become the first reinforcement of the blues Looking forward to next season. Through the agreement reached, London club will pay 40 million (being able to reach four million more in variables) by the player still trained by Erik ten Haag.Ziyech was already tempted last year by clubs like Sevilla or Roma, but declined those offers. Even Chelsea himself tried to sign him in this winter market, but the negotiations did not come to fruition because Ajax could let such an important player go midway through the season. The team led by Ten Haag will thus lose one of its flagships. 49 goals in 160 official matches played with the set jacket amsterdammer They guarantee it. Also the fact of having been awarded the prize to best player in the Netherlands in the 2017/18 season. For its part, Chelsea is reinforced by incorporating more gunpowder into the attack through a player that is very much to Frank Lampard.last_img read more

MAN UNITED VS NORWICH CITY

first_imgMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, BLIND,CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN,MATA, ROONEY, YOUNG,MARTIALJEROME,BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND,TETTEY, O’NEIL,OLSSON, BASSONG, MARTIN, WISDOM,RUDDNORWICH (4-2-3-1)Manchester United suffered a poor week when they were knocked out of the Champions League and then lost 2-1 at Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League.Interestingly both goals conceded by United at the Cherries came from corners; it is the first time that has happened since January 2014, against Chelsea. It was also United’s 13th defeat against a newly promoted side in the Premier League, their first since losing 5-3 to Leicester last season.They face a Norwich City side that held Everton to a 1-1 draw last Saturday, their fourth league game without a win and that saw them drop into the relegation zone.Norwich have lost on their last five league visits to Old Trafford. In a total of seven Premier League trips there they have lost six and drawn one. Overall, they have won just three times in 28 visits, while losing 19 and drawing six. They last won there in August 1989 in the old First Division.last_img read more

Badree shoots down Stars

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree snatched a five-wicket haul as Brisbane Heat stormed to a 56-run win over Melbourne Stars and their second on the trot in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday. Defending 189 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Badree sliced through the hosts’ innings with a spell of five for 21 from four overs, as Stars collapsed to 132 for nine off their 20 overs. Evan Gulbis tried to rescue the innings with a top score of 61 not out off 52 deliveries in a 59-run, sixth wicket stand with captain David Hussey who made 25. However, once the stand was broken in the 14th over, Stars struggled to keep up with the required run rate of 17 per over and folded quickly. Earlier, Badree’s West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate Lendl Simmons, had provided the early impetus for Heat with a knock of 44 off 35 deliveries. Sent in, Heat lost Jimmy Peirson without scoring off the first ball he faced at five for one in the first over, but Simmons led the revival in an entertaining 84-run, second-wicket stand off 40 balls with skipper Chris Lynn who made 56. In reply, Stars never got going, due largely to Badree’s devastating spell. Handed the new ball, the Trinidadian accounted for the first five wickets to fall to leave Stars in disarray at 23 for five in the fifth over. With the third ball of the innings, he bowled Luke Wright with a googly off the inside edge before the Englishman had scored, and then trapped marquee batsman Kevin Pietersen leg before wicket for seven and claimed opener Marcus Stoinis for eight to a catch at mid-off, in the third over. Badree has taken nine wickets so far in the tournament. IMPRESSIVE INNINGlast_img read more