Photo: NRL (Dragons centre Tim Lafai has re-signed with the Dragons for a further three seasons. Credit: Grant Trouville). Lafai will now remain at the Dragons at least until the end of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season.The Samoan international joined the club last year and has played 29 NRL games for the Dragons to date.Scoring five tries so far in 2017, Lafai has reaped the rewards from a strong off-season.The 25-year-old was pleased to secure his family’s future at the Dragons beyond the current year. “I’m excited to spend the next three years at the Dragons,” Lafai said. “When you’re off-contract it’s always one of those things that sit in the back of your mind, so now I can just fully concentrate on doing my job for the Dragons.”It’s really great to be able to sort out my future and focus wholly on footy now.”
PNG dominated the second half, scoring four more touch downs to bring home the win.All 6 touch downs were scored by captain Diane Vetu and Nadya Taubuso.PNG were undefeated, winning all their round robin games and into the finals as well.In the bronze medal play off, Cooks Islands did it easily over Kiribati, winning 11-2.
The injuries have stopped tightening Simeone. Just look at two lineups in the last month to check: Atlético has gone from making a list with only 14 field players available to overbooking. Atlético-Granada, February 8. Correa and Vitolo become the rojiblanca forward, Vrsaljko, eleven months without an official match for his knee injury until before the derby, again headline. On the bench, Lemar and Carrasco, ten days after returning, are accompanied by Saponjic (62 minutes in two games: 60 ‘in the Cup against the Cultural, 2’ in the League and now), Toni Moya, Manu Sánchez and Ricard. Atlético-Villarreal, February 23, just fifteen days later: from the Cholo list the kids have disappeared, all are players of the first team. Simeone must make three discards. “Blessed problem”, that the Argentine thought after so much trouble. If Diego Costa had a few minutes 100 days after going through the operating room To have a cervical disc herniation, Morata was already on the team after recovering, in 16 days, from the muscular injury he suffered in the derby against Real Madrid. Before that game the Argentine coach had already lost his star signing of the season, João Félix, another muscular injury, in his right leg, and then he saw how another of his soccer players also entered the operating room: Trippier, pubalgia. The word “nursing” produced cold sweats. From San Rafael to ‘déjà vu’The return of the pre-season ‘stage’ to Los Angeles de San Rafael had controlled the team what last year was a serious problem, the muscle injuries, which were around number 50 throughout the season. It was, but on account drops. Everything accelerated in December. The medical part of each protagonist party again. The 21 has been the last of Lemar. But since December 11 and at a new devilish pace. Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias, João Félix, Herrera, Morata and Lemar again. February on the Cholo charts was cold and hungry. But in the last week, of spring time, the sun has entered its infirmary. Morata recovered, Costa returned, João Félix has recovered, Trippier too, Herrera is already training with the group, although he did not enter the list. Lemar is the only member of that infirmary three weeks ago full. Today is the red and white bench.
Regarding the signings, is on the hunt for a central defender, a winger and a center forward. The end is already closed, once the Portuguese was signed in January Trincao. The center forward who likes is Lautaro Martinez , the Argentine of the Inter, who is still confined to Milan, the European epicenter of the pandemic.According Sports world, the last centrals they like are Alessio Romagnoli, of the Milan, Y Dayot Upamecano, of the Leipzig, in addition to other objectives. With all of them, logically, the contact cannot be personal.To all that, it remains unclear that Quique Setién go to be the technician of the next campaign. It will depend on the results of a season of uncertain outcome both on the field and in the offices, waiting for what happens with the competitions in dispute. The Barcelona in a complicated situation similar to what most companies are going through: paralysis of operations for the future, immobility. In a very sensitive moment regarding the planning of the squad for the next course, the executives of the sports area find themselves unable to arrange meetings with agents, clubs or the difficulty of taking planes to make trips to watch games, that in the best of cases they are played behind closed doors, if they have not been suspended.In the same way, the date to call the referendum among the partners to decide if they give the green light to the new financing project for the remodeling of the stadium is paralyzed waiting for what happens with the competition The league.Barça had made it an obligation for this referendum to be held on a match day in the Camp Nou to facilitate partner participation, but the entire planned plan has fallen apart. First, because it is not known when you will be able to play with the public; and, later, because it is feared that all competitions will be suspended.
The second coach of FC Barcelona, Eder Sarabia, sent a letter, through the club’s official media, where he explains his day to day during the confinement due to the coronavirus crisis.After a few first paragraphs where he evokes what he would be doing in the Blaugrana club if this pandemic had not devastated the planet, “at eight in the morning I would have woken up to go to the Ciutat Esportiva”, adding that “surely I would have found myself in the dining room Setien with a bowl of fruit and we would have talked about Johan Cruyff, who was celebrating four years of his death ”, the assistant begins to review his daily life in the confinement. “Before eating, I start to play chess, then I learn a little Catalan in an online course that I signed up for, then I cook a delicious pasta salad and I stretch out on the sofa to take a nap,” says the technician, who ensures that this dish is one of their specialties. You also have time to “review the latest games on the computer” and even enjoy one of your favorite sports: cycling. “I spent the whole afternoon watching the legendary Vuelta del 91, when Indurain first dressed in yellow.”Like the rest of mortals, he is also hooked on the series. In his case, it is ‘You’, “a series that has me hooked and that I took advantage of to see two chapters.”At 8:00 p.m. he goes out to the balcony to applaud and thank the toilets for his work, and then puts on his sneakers, using the dining room “as a makeshift gym.” After having dinner “a French omelette and a grilled chicken breast”, the night ended “talking to my parents and my sister on the phone.”Sarabia ends his article, acknowledging that he is “privileged” and that this confinement has made him even more aware of “valuing more” everything he has.
A new boost for women at Barça. That meant Maria Teixidor. Since January 2017, she was president of the Edelmira Calvetó Group, created by the club with the purpose of recovering the legacy of women in the history of Barça, and promoting the role of members and women athletes in the club. In addition, he represented Barça in the Grup de Treball Dona i Esport, which reports to the Municipal Council of l’Esport de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. His activity at Barça multiplied at times. Her appointment as secretary of the Board of Directors in February 2019 confirmed her ancestry in the club, where she had a frantic activity. He was also in charge of activities related to children and the elderly within the social area.And one more detail, surely important in this story. Since September 2017, Maria Teixidor was president of the Barça Commission for Control and Transparency. A basic commission on censorship, for example, of the I3 Ventures scandal, in which the payment for the creation of accounts that eroded the image of third parties was fractured to avoid passage through the corresponding delegated control commissions.No one doubts that Teixidor was a fundamental asset for Bartomeu’s board and a figure with a background. His departure leaves Barça without references in the development of women’s football and without a fresh face that modernized the image of the club. Ambitious, Maria Teixidor has decided to leave. Who knows if to join another electoral candidacy with a view to June 2021. Who knows if to stand and try to be the first woman president of a club with more than 120 years of history. A terribly powerful image that Bartomeu may not have weighed well. It was Maria Teixidor (8-10-1975) who called Josep Maria Bartomeu to give him the news. The president could wait for the resignations of Rousaud, Tombas, Calsamiglia, Font or Elias, but that of Teixidor, at least out of doors, was a thunderclap for Barça. He had achieved great relevance in the board, so much so that for a time he had sounded like a possible replacement for Josep Maria Bartomeu in a continuation candidacy.The promotion of Maria Teixidor i Jufresa at Barça was brilliant. Lawyer, mediator and entrepreneur in the LegalTech sector (she is the creator of the first bullying detection and conflict resolution app for schools), she was a member of the board since July 2015, when Josep Maria Bartomeu won the elections. Teixidor had revolutionized the feminine universe of Barça. He was responsible for the first team since January 2018, actively collaborated in the millionaire signing of the sponsorship contract with Stanley, He presented in Los Angeles on the mixed tour that the professional male and female teams made in the United States in that 2018. The women’s soccer section had become the only professional that generates profits, which increased its prestige like foam.
Calabar High’s head coach, Michael Clarke, is promising a high-class performance at home when the school hosts the inaugural McKenley-Wint Invitational Track and Field meet tomorrow.”We are really excited about the meet tomorrow and the guys are upbeat after training on the new synthetic track last Tuesday. They really want to do something special,” said Clarke.Clarke, who has coached three high school teams to top Boys’ Championships, is very confident that with the new track, it will be even harder for any team to wrest the title from them this year.”Training on the school campus is a great plus for the team and the institution as the boys will not have to travel away from school, and also, it has cut down on transportation costs as this money can go somewhere else in the programme,” he said. “It will be a family affair as we expect many past students to be present,” he continued.Calabar is the first local high school to have its own synthetic running track. The opening and dedication of the new track will take place today at a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the main speaker at today’s function.
SHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, said his players will use warm-up matches against English County Warwickshire this weekend to ramp up their fielding arsenal in preparation for the T20 World Cup starting next week in India.West Indies start a two-match series against Warwickshire tomorrow at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, after thrashing Zimbabwe 2-0 in a similar series which ended here on Monday.”It’s a case of making sure that we get back to a standard where people are afraid of us in the field, and we have the players that can put that fear into other people in the field,” said Simmons.”I think we, as a unit, have to make sure everybody is doing their job and if we can get it to that stage by the 16th then people will be in for a shock.”The Caribbean side displayed solid batting in their confidence-boosting warm-up victories against Zimbabwe.However, Simmons expressed some reservations about their fielding, especially during their final match against the Zimbabweans where catches were dropped.”I think we need to make sure that we are in the field, that we are getting to the ball and we are hitting stumps and things like that,” he said.”We dropped a few catches today … but we got to make sure that we are doing everything right by the time we leave here.”UNBEATEN CENTURYThe former West Indies all-rounder says he was impressed with the unbeaten century stand for the first wicket between Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, which led them to a 10-wicket victory against Zimbabwe on Monday.He says competition for Chris Gayle’s opening spot is healthy for the regional side.”This was a much better wicket than two days ago and they showed what they are capable of doing,” said Simmons.”They are both in a way fighting for a spot as Chris Gayle has to come in, so it’s good for them to show what they have and for us to know that if Chris is not there that we still have people who can do the job up top.”West Indies are also scheduled to play warm-up matches against India and Australia next week.
As the momentum begins to gather ahead of the semi-final round of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying, the perennial and ever-revolving debate about the disdain for local-based players and the converse obsession with foreign-born players for the senior Reggae Boyz team continues. Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell was at it again last week travelling to England to try and convince more players to join the squad heading into the semi-final group of death fixtures involving Costa Rica, Panama, and Haiti. The thinking remains for the captain and all the recent coaches of the national senior team: the more foreigners, the better the team. The obvious inference is that players in the second or third tier of English football or players in the abstract leagues of Scandinavia, or even in the American Major League Soccer and its supporting leagues are automatically and significantly of superior quality to all players playing locally. This, to my mind, represents a disrespect of local football generally, and commensurate dissing of the local players. Chairman of the Harbour View Football Club Carvel Stewart, who has held firm to his conviction on this issue, stated again last week that Jamaica would not make it back to the World Cup Finals until a local-based core of players is established as part of the senior squad. While agreeing with the general sentiments of Mr Stewart, my wording would be different. My sentiments are, until the delicate balance between the number of foreign-born players and the number of local-based players is struck, Jamaica will struggle to get back to the World Cup Finals. At the moment, instead of a delicate balance being struck, there is a distinct bias at work. It might turn out to be a “curse in disguise” for the long-term development of the national football programme that Jamaica performed so well in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. What that string of performances has provided is a “false vindication” for “more foreigners policy”. What is fast becoming my “pipe dream” is for that elusive right balance to be found – not a sharp swing from one extreme to the other extreme, where it’s either what we have now or the practice of playing a group of local-based players exclusively to look at them and ask them to prove themselves. That strikes me as a ploy to ensure that the local- based players fail, ensuring it’s business as usual and another scamper or two or three up to England to try and convince some more unwilling players to “try Jamaica”. Impractical solution Mr Stewart and others have proposed the formation of a local-based squad to be kept in training. I think that suggestion has actually outlived its practicality since the majority of the best players are based overseas. It is highly unlikely that Jamaica will be able to afford the luxury of playing a full local team on a consistent basis. Therefore, middle ground should be found. There are local-based players who can make at least the Jamaican squad on merit if they are given a fair chance. Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence and Hughan Grey are testament to that. They got a chance, grabbed it. It would be great to see players like Dino Williams or Allen Ottey from Montego Bay United get some significant playing time with a full-strength team around them. Same for players like Ricardo Morris from Portmore United, or Vishunal Harris from Arnett Gardens, or Chevonne Marsh from Cavalier, or any other promising young local-based player as identified by the coaching staff. Keep them in and around the team and manage their development. My theory, however, hinges on the technical leadership of the football, having faith in the talent and potential of these local-based players. Sadly, that faith is non-existent at the moment.
Young Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.