Crotty, Smith under injury cloud for Lions

first_imgCrusaders’ Crotty suffered a rib cartilage injury, while Highlanders’ Smith was forced off for a concussion check and did not return during the Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen names his squad on June 8, with the Crusaders due to play the Lions in Christchurch next Saturday.Crusaders coach Scott Robertson cast a gloomy prognosis for Crotty shortly after the game.”He’s done a rib cartilage, so I think that Steve Hansen will be tucking into his notebook and thinking who’s next,” Robertson said.The former All Blacks loose forward later rowed back on his initial assessment and said the extent of the injury would not be known until at least Sunday but that Crotty would probably miss “a couple of weeks”.Crotty was the leading contender for one of the positions in the All Blacks’ midfield for the Lions series. The 28-year-old was likely to partner Sonny Bill Williams or Anton Leinert-Brown, depending on what kind of game Hansen wanted to play.Smith did not want to leave the field after he fell heavily in a tackle but was forced off by referee Glen Jackson and did not return to the game.It would mark his second concussion of the season and Highlanders coach Tony Brown said it was too early to determine if he would miss the Lions series, with the first test on June 24.”It’s hard to say at this stage. I haven’t caught up with him or the doctor,” Brown said. “But he was walking around after the game, so he should be all good.”Everyone wants to stay on the field in games like that. But, precautionary, he needs to go off and get checked and he didn’t pass.”The loss of Smith, arguably the world’s best fullback, would be a setback for the All Blacks but with Israel Dagg returning to action for the Crusaders as a second-half substitute on Saturday Hansen has another option at the position.Dagg, who is returning after knee surgery, could slot comfortably back into the number 15 jersey after spending time on the right wing last year. Photo: Photosport Ryan Crotty celebrates his try with team mates TJ Perenara and Ben Smith.last_img read more

Commonwealth Youth Games to open in Samoa

first_imgPreparations for the week-long event have been praised by organisers, who also backed the Samoan government’s decision to deny entry for athletes from Sierra Leone.The delegation from Sierra Leone was denied entry visas over Ebola virus fears.Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says it’s the responsibility of his government to put safety first for the up to 2,000 athletes participating in the Youth Games.Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg is confident Samoa will host a memorable Games with a lasting legacy.”From an event standpoint, there’s no question that there are infrastructure aspects of venues that have been enhanced – in terms of new stadia, the swimming pool and so forth – that will be used for world class competition. The fact that you’re going to have this realisation among Samoans that we can pull these types of events off, so I think people have a much much greater appreciation for Polynesian culture, Samoan culture but also the fact that Samoa’s going to be a fantastic world class host.”The 67 competing nations will be welcomed at tonight’s opening ceremony at Apia Park.Seven of the nine sports then begin competition on Monday.last_img read more

Snooker titles gets K20,000 boost

first_imgThe funding will assist the Papua New Guinea Billiard and Snooker Association (PNGBSA) host the event.This is the 14th consecutive year of sponsorship by BSP, gaining the naming rights.The minor B Grade titles cues off on Sept 7-11 followed by the major A Grade titles from Sept 14-18.BSP NCD area manager Stanerd Wai said they’re proud to support an event which brings in players from around the country to participate in a competitive and social friendly environment.Wai said that through this partnership, there has been an increase in recognition and participation at all levels throughout PNG.Prize money for the major titles has been increased to K3000.A subsidy will be given to the best outstanding players particularly to cover airfares.PNGBSA vice president John Chan thanked the Bank for its continued support.Chan said this support has contributed immensely to the sports growth and development and participation by the young players around the country.He also thanked the management and staff of the venues namely Aviat Club, Dragon’s Den and Lamana Q Club for the use of their facilities during this year’s titles.last_img read more

Chinese social media and networks go crazy with the goal of Wu Lei

first_img“Salvador del Espanyol and hero of China”, another follower ditches over Wu, whose goal is being broadcast on the Chinese state chain CCTV and has been widely commented on sports newspapers and even in the Xinhua state agency, which highlights that Wu has become the first Chinese footballer in score a goal for Barcelona.Wu, 28, arrived at Espanyol in January of last year from Shanghai SIPG, and so far he has achieved score 9 goals in 44 games with the blue and white jacket. The presence of the player Chinese in Espanyol has made the matches of Catalan club be more seen in China than those of Real Madrid or those of Barcelona and that they even have twice as many users in this market. The label #GoldeWulei has been seen more than 220 million times in Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, where followers have given up to the goal achieved by the player. “Today Wu Lei has been faster than Messi,” says a Weibo user after verifying that the Chinese star ran in this match at a maximum speed of 32.1 kilometers per hour by 31.4 of the Argentine star.“Very Proud to wave the Chinese flag. The Spanish fans turned to us to celebrate the goal. Long live Chinese football! “, comment another who went to the field to watch the game. Others comment that “Wu Lei is the best striker in Asia“and they highlight the moment in which the striker marks and the stands are coming:” it has been the best moment in the history of Chinese football. “ TO The league also interested exploit this reef, since the country of Wu Lei is its third most important market in revenue, with a total of 100 million euros.center_img The chinese media and the Internet users from the Asian country they went crazy at dawn on Saturday with the goal that their compatriot Wu Lei He scored in the 88th minute and allowed Espanyol to save a point against Barcelona (2-2) at RCDE Stadium.The fChinese utbolist, that came out from the bench, signed a cross shot impossible for the goalkeeper Net that fed the blue and white optimism after the arrival of Abelard to the bench and that prevented the solo leadership of the Catalan team in the first round of the championship.last_img read more

The worst Atlético de Simeone is still hooked on LaLiga

first_imgAtlético won Levante and the rojiblanco team won three consecutive victories in the league championship after beating Osasuna, Betis and the Granota team. It is the second time he has achieved it during the campaign. Curiously, in the first three league days he won all three matches. He beat Getafe, Leganés by the minimum and won Eibar 3-2, so he took nine points out of nine possible. On the fourth day he fell in San Sebastian. Since then he had not linked three straight wins. The win against Levante gives air to a team that continues with options, although it is still far from the head. It is located five points from Barcelona and Real Madrid. He’s the worst Atlético with Simeone on the bench, but he’s still hooked on LaLiga. There are many points, but it is not an insurmountable distance. And put to believe and have faith, there is no one more believer than Atlético. Atlético finishes the first league round in third position, with 35 points, tied with Sevilla. That is, it meets the objective set since the beginning of the campaign. The big challenge of each exercise is to finish in the top four classified and play Champions League every year. Regarding points, it is the worst of Cholo, matched with that of two campaigns ago. In exercise 16-17, Atlético finished the first round with 35 points, although with more victories. Now he has nine and then he got ten. In that exercise it was fourth. He won ten games, drew five and lost four. He scored 34 goals and conceded 16. Atlético have won nine, tied eight and have only lost two of the 19 games they have played in this 2019-20 League. He only fell defeated against Real Sociedad and Barcelona. He has marked 22 goals and conceded 12. Morata is the top scorer of the team, with seven goals. Correa, who was almost out in summer, is being decisive. He has scored three goals and given five assists. The problem of the Madrid team in this first round is the large number of matches they have drawn, eight. His lack of successful scorer has weighed his score. The year that Atlético won the title, 2013-14 season, Atlético had 50 points. In six of the 19 games played he did not score. He didn’t score against Real Sociedad, Celta, Real Madrid, Valladolid, Barcelona and Villarreal. In almost a third of the matches did not mark, something improper of a team of the quality of the rojiblanco. And that is giving your rivals too much advantage. Only in seven games (Eibar, Mallorca, Athletic, Espanyol, Osasuna, Betis and Levante) could he score two or more goals. On the other hand, it remains the same reliable team as always. Atletico has only conceded twelve goals and is the one that has received the least, tied with Real Madrid. In a practically new rear, with Trippier, Felipe and Lodi as headlines (and in many days also as Beautiful in the initial eleven), Atlético barely fits. It is what keeps him alive. His defensive system continues to create many problems for his opponents. Simeone is optimistic.Simeone is optimistic about the immediate future, since he has seen improvement in the game. Waiting for Diego Costa to return (he is expected at the end of February), Atlético combs the market in search of a 9. Simeone asked for it months ago, aware that with something more goal Atlético would be really fighting for the championship. Atlético will now focus on the Spanish Supercup dispute, thinking that their worst moments in LaLiga have passed.last_img read more

João Mario: “You can’t expect João Félix to be the savior in an almost Italian team”

first_imgJoao Mario, international with the Portuguese team and player of the Moscow Lokomotiv, believes that the young star of Atlético de Madrid Joao Felix is ​​one of those “different” players That will end up succeeding. “It is obvious that he is someone who differs. The first time I trained with him, I noticed immediately; there are players that I really like to watch play and Joao Felix is ​​one of them“, he declares in an interview with Channel 11 of the Portuguese Football Federation.One of the factors that weigh on the figure of the young athletic is the amount that the Madrid club disbursed for him (126 million euros). “The value of the transfer that is paid by a player does not weigh us during the game. You try to abstract yourself as much as possible from that factor, but obviously you know the investment that was made and you want to correspond to it, so it ends up influencing in some way, “said Joao Mario. “Although the player is not” guilty “of the amount paid, he always ends up weighing. In Inter I did not feel it so much because the club had many problems,” he added. “In the case of Joao Félix, it is natural to speak and weigh, but If you buy a player for that amount when he is 19, you cannot expect the boy to be the salvation of all problems even more in a team that is almost Italian because of its enormous tactical component“he concluded.last_img read more

The Camel Festival is the great rival of the Super Cup

first_imgA lot before of what a ball arrived to the Arabian peninsula, with the English, who else, already was he the camel. These days the Spain Supercup is having to share in the passions of the Saudi upper class with the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. While in Jeddah they walk Zidane and Simeone going around how to take the trophy to Madrid, in Riyadh (the capital of Saudi Arabia) is held in parallel the largest annual camel competition of the world. A massive event that gives 80 million euros in prizes and probably move many more in parallel businesses, such as the sale and transfer of the best copies to perpetuate their good genetics. The camel, As the horse, present in the form of a statue or sculpture in many roundabouts in Jeddah, is almost sacred word in saudi arabia. That is why more than 30,000 camels will run and be exhibited in beauty contests during this festival, whose registration is very rigorous (only admits saudi animals), is celebrated with bleachers in the desert and is sponsored by the Saudi royal family.Like any competition, the juicy of the awards fan the picaresque. In the edition of last year, thirteen camels were disqualified by the jury when it was discovered that their owners had injected botox. Doping also exists in Miss camel (This is how it is known internationally). Because all the participants are female specimens, although they live under the sultan’s body. They have special cleaning care and follow a careful official diet based on vegetables and barley. Like Sergio Ramos or João Félix, they are stars in their own.last_img read more

César Caneda: “Overcoming Zubizarreta are major words”

first_imgBeing competitive, a compact block. Attacking from the first defense and defending from the first striker. We try to play a combinatorial football although we adapt to the circumstances. In Second B you have to adapt by noses.Are you still excited about these games?Yes, all the matches. And this is very special. We have the most beautiful profession in the world. And I enjoy every game. We are authentic privileged. The question of when I’m going to retire is being asked continuously for four or five years. The day I see that I play little or that the physicist no longer responds to me, I will leave it.More than 20 years ago, you were an international under-20 …Yes. Now that we play against Valencia, I remember that I shared Selection with players like Farinós or Albelda.Counting the National Team, you have 850 matches. Zubizarreta holds the record, with 902, in all international categories and competitions. Will Caneda overcome it?That is already big words. The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing at all times. Valencia plays tomorrow against a 41-year-old center: César Caneda.Yes, I’m lucky that the coach trusts me a lot. How do you get to be playing even with my age? Well, training well, respecting breaks, taking care of meals … A little of all that and with some luck.The Cup puts him back in focus. With Mirandés, you scored the goal against Espanyol that gave the pass to the semifinals of a Second B team …That was one of the most beautiful things that football life gave me. A huge joy. But football is day to day. You don’t live from the past. And now we have another nice challenge.The champion arrives … but in low hours.Yes, I saw that Sunday lost 4-1. They will come wanting to make a blur and a new account, to take revenge. You never know. If they arrived after winning, they would be in good dynamics. And now they may want to recover from defeat.How can you beat Valencia?last_img read more

The Bernabéu is the judge

first_imgToday (21:00 hours, Movistar Champions League) appears the City of Guardiola, a huge challenge to gauge the strength of the second Zidane project. The English are presented with 101 goals in 41 games (2.46 on average) and with the Catalan technician used to make Concha Espina your home, with a single defeat in eight games in enemy territory. They are not very promising data for both the 1-X-2 and the Madrid goal of keeping the goal to zero, but also to put the white fans on alert and in tune. In 2019-20, Madrid has played 16 games at the Bernabéu, 12 League, 3 Champions and 1 Cup. His baggage in Europe is 2 draws and 1 win, which speaks of his need to improve local. In the league tournament, Chamartín has not been a trap for rivals either, with 8 wins and 4 draws. And his only copera appearance as host resulted in the elimination at the hands of the Real. Of all this results in 56% of victories. And against all that the team has to help the crowd this week. 9 victories in 16 games (56%) this year at the BernabéuThe second dish, four days later, also paints something indigestible. Barça has held three consecutive wins, A good example of how he has been driving on the stage where he has the most desire. And the classification, without drowning, squeezes Madrid, which has suddenly been seen two points below the leader.center_img This is a week of those for which Real Madrid subscribers have their card as gold cloth. They look at their agenda and look like vacations: there should be no plans for them above those of Wednesday and Sunday, the visits of Manchester City and Barcelona. Two nights that build history and condition the future, in which the Bernabéu will be the judge of this season.last_img read more

LaLiga distributes coronavirus tests to clubs by order of Thebes

first_imgThebes has made it clear in several telematic meetings that The tests must be done by all the players from all the clubs that have not yet done so. The results of the respective clubs will come throughout the week, so it would not be ruled out that the number of those infected in Spanish football would grow in the coming days due to statistics and probability. The case of Valencia, with 35% of the staff infected, is the one that most worries at the moment. LaLiga has become serious with the coronavirus crisis. Despite the fact that for 42 days the professional teams have been following a series of protocols to ensure the health of their soccer players and workers, Javier Tebas wanted to go one step further and has made available to all his associates, Since last Friday, the necessary means for them to pass tests immediately in all the locker rooms that have not already done so.Some clubs, like Barça, Madrid and Valencia and others, they had already passed these controls before the order. Levante, for example, was one of the first to do so last Friday at the request of LaLiga, so he has already been able to communicate that there are no positive cases in his dressing room. All teams maintain very strict rules with their players. Especially in relation to the taking of temperature. However, other clubs, especially Second Clubs, were leaving these controls only for cases that were having symptoms.last_img read more