Denver Test appears certain to go ahead

first_imgRLIF chairman John Grant was invited to attend the NRL CEO’s meeting, along with representatives of the NZRL and England’s Rugby Football League, to discuss with clubs and the RLPA concerns about the flight time and recovery process for players in the Test.The RLPA is still working through some issues with the countries but there is an acceptance that the Test will go ahead after the NZRL outlined details of the insurance coverage and medical processes for Kiwis players.Grant said all parties involved in the sanctioning for the Test acknowledged it had been a challenging process but there was widespread support for international football.”The opportunity afforded NZRL, RFL and the RLIF to meet directly with the RLPA, the NRL and the NRL clubs at this week’s CEO’s meeting, apart from being a first of its kind, allowed all parties to put their best foot forward in support of international rugby league,” Grant said in a statement.The NZRL and RFL have committed to a three-year deal to play an annual Test at Mile High Stadium and Grant said the RLIF would work with member nations and player representatives to review and improve the sanctioning process.”With the ever-changing broadcast rights landscape, more international matches will grow the number of participants and our audience worldwide and consequently increase revenue to the NRL and Super League from their domestic rights,” Grant said.”Growing this revenue line is an opportunity the clubs now clearly see and the Federation’s job is to ensure transparency of both a long-range international schedule and the process by which matches are sanctioned. This is at the top of our ‘to do’ list.”The Test has been scheduled for the stand-alone representative weekend, which also features the Women’s State of Origin match, the Pacific Test between Samoa and Tonga and Origin II.England coach Wayne Bennett told reporters in Auckland ahead of Brisbane’s match against the Warriors that the Denver Test would boost the international game.”Everyone else is off for Origin, there are other internationals going on, so why can’t England and New Zealand play in some part of the world,” Bennett said.”We don’t have the opportunity to play Origin and we have to take these opportunities when they come.”Australia has a huge advantage, and everyone wants us to be competitive and we won’t be competitive unless we play these kind of games.”There isn’t one player who doesn’t want to be on that plane. The players have the right to play in these games.”It is pretty unique to be over in Denver and play a game there. If I were a player, I’d want to take part as well.”last_img read more

Aisaga through to finals in boxing

first_imgWith a packed crowd this evening at the Caritas Hall Aisaga put up  a strong fight defeating Alfie Lai Pongi Junior of SI.In a three rounds bout, Aisaga defeated Pongo in round 2 in a technical knockout.So far all PNG boxers have made it through to the finals.last_img

Hunters hold strong to third spot

first_imgFrom 20 games played, the Hunters are on 32 competition points (14 wins, 6 losses and 2 byes) and a points for and against of 118.The Hunters 30-20 over the Burleigh Bears yesterday saw the Bears slip down to second place. The Redcliffe Dolphins are now first on the ladder.The Hunters will fly off to Australia this week to take on the Townsville Blackhawks at Jack Manski Oval this Saturday. Kick-off is at 4.05pm.The top 6:Redcliffe Dolphins (34), Burleigh Bears (33), SP Hunters (32), Townsville Blackhawks (31), Easts Tigers (26) and Sunshine Coast Falcons (25).last_img read more

No Payet deal following talks

first_imgSky sources understand West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has rejected an improved second bid worth around £20m from the Ligue 1 side and is refusing to be bullied into a quick sale, with no financial need to sell the 29-year-old.Marseille’s president Jacques-Henri Eyraud held high-level discussions with West Ham officials in London in a bid to secure a deal for Payet, who played at Marseille for two seasons before joining the Hammers in the summer of 2015.Payet, who has turned down numerous offers from clubs in England and China, wants to leave West Ham and return to Marseille due to family reasons. Sky sources understand Payet will also take a 30 per cent pay cut if a move to Marseille does go through.West Ham will not consider an offer of less than £30m for Payet, having turned down a £19.1m bid for the France international from Marseille last week.Sky sources understand Marseille are considering making a third bid for Payet, but are concerned that the longer negotiations drag on, the more likely it is that other clubs will try to sign the former Lille and Saint Etienne man.Sky Sports News HQ reporter Kaveh Solhekol said: “I have just been speaking to someone who was involved in those talks. The first thing to make clear is that Dimitri Payet has nothing against West Ham, he has nothing against the club’s fans, he has nothing against the other players in the squad or the manager Slaven Bilic.“By moving to Marseille he will be taking a considerable pay cut. This is nothing to do with money. Dimitri Payet is not being greedy. At the moment he is being paid around £125,000-a-week by West Ham. My understanding is that if he goes to Marseille he will be taking a 30 per cent pay cut, he will be being paid less than £100,000-a-week.“The reason he wants to move back to France is simply that his wife and three young children have not settled in England, they are struggling to adapt to life in London. He has also turned down massive offers to go to China and he has also turned down expressions of interest from other clubs in England. He just wants to go home because his family has not settled here.“He knows the fans are finding it difficult to understand why he wants to return to France, but he hopes they can find it in their hearts to understand that he wants to go back for family reasons.”Payet informed Bilic of his desire to leave the club last week and was not included in the matchday squad for Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.He is not training with the first-team squad and will continue to work with the under-23s.Sky sources understand West Ham would prefer Payet apologised to the club and supporters and return to first-team training.Payet has been a stand-out performer for West Ham since arriving for £10.75m, scoring 15 goals in 60 appearances, and was rewarded with a new five-and-a-half year deal in February.last_img read more

Rei Manaj is transferred to Barça

first_imgThe Albanian international leaves the discipline of the La Mancha team, which It came from Inter Milan in the summer of 2018. Since then, Rei has played 41 official matches, scoring 10 goals.Now, Albacete is looking for at least one forward in the market to find a replacement for Rei Manaj since the Manchego team is the least scoring team of Second division.Olabe, near ExtremaduraAs for departures, it is expected that in the next few hours the return of Roberto Olabe to the Estremadura, a player assigned by Eibar in Albacete but who has not enjoyed prominence in the white team this season. The outgoing operation begins in the Albacete. The front Rei Manaj has been transferred to FC Barcelona to play in the Barca subsidiary that seeks promotion to the Second Division in an operation that AS Albacete has been able to know expect to enter more than 2 million euros. In addition, the white set a percentage is reserved in case of a future sale and also, would receive an amount of money in case Manaj gets to debut in the first team culé.last_img read more

Cavani goes on stage in two minutes

first_imgThe Uruguayan did not disappoint his own when he sent a trap to the Lopes network within minutes of entering. On his first try. The Matador signed his goal 199 with the shirt of the capital set that both he and the fans celebrated with rage. And even flares and flags of Uruguay. Despite a last month with doubts and no goals (he did not score since January 5), love remains intact between the whole of Paris and the striker. L ‘Equip Edinson Cavani has returned strongly after his frustrated departure to Atlético de Madrid. The Uruguayan returned to play before his audience in the Park of the Princes and he did not decide to take its toll on his attempt to march. And even less, when his goal ended up sentencing Olympique de Lyon that threatened the comeback (4-2).When in the 75th minute, when the fourth referee pulled the sign with the number 9 in green, The Parisian public entered into effervescence. The Salto received a great ovation as soon as they entered and from the bottom, they sang their song.center_img Eight days after traveling to Dortmund for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, Tuchel tries to recover the best Edi, who is having muscle problems getting more minutes on the green in his last season in Paris. So, the German tries to generate a blessed headache to have to choose the nine of the Westfalenstadion.last_img read more

Torrado: “I came to ask for a test to play in Europe”

first_imgTorrado started in the year 2000 in Tenerife, then went through the Polideportivo Ejido, Sevilla and Racing de Santander at a decisive moment in his career in which he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Mexico, participating in three World Cups .How do you see your time in Spain so long after?It was enriching what I experienced in Spanish football. I came to Tenerife by chipping stone, they did not come looking for me, I came to ask for a test to be able to play in European football. I valued everything and took advantage of every moment.How do you remember the signing with the Ejido?I earned the chance to play with them and I am grateful that my career because of the gentlemen’s agreement in Mexico could have been cut short there. They opened the doors for me so that I could continue playing and that catapulted me to later sign for Sevilla and finish my European adventure at Racing Santander.What was the hardest part of being a foreign player in Spain?The hardest thing was after having promoted with Tenerife. Despite having started in 38 of 42 games, I did not find a place in another club, which meant one of the most important challenges I experienced in my career.It was difficult to turn everything around and find a team that trusted me; continue working even though I could not play. That made me resilient. It was also hard to be at Sevilla and they will take the card from me because of the foreign position. I decided not to quit and continue training, despite not playing.How did you take on those days?They helped me to appreciate the environment in which I grew up, I spent many days alone and always remembered where I saw and the values ​​that were instilled in me. It was valuable to realize how lucky I had been, then I had the opportunity to go to Santander, play again and feel like a footballer, useful in a team.How was the deal with the Spanish?The Spanish footballer is very professional, I have seen that throughout my career. I had a good relationship with Luis García when we played in Tenerife, with Mista, with Pablo Alfaro, Javier Casquero, David Charcos, Curro Torres, Pierre Cherubino and others. I was fortunate to have good colleagues, excellent people like Rafa Benítez and Ramón Planes, who gave me the opportunity at Santander, and with whom I have a good friendship.How did playing in Spain influence you as a person? In addition to the friendships I was able to cultivate, I met many people from other countries. I had the opportunity to study marketing. In Seville I met people from outside soccer, something valuable. and I appreciated the experience of knowing a different culture. The diet, although similar to that of Mexico, was different.Did you figure out that you would have had better contracts if you had stayed in Mexico?I never saw it as a matter of money. I always saw it as a way to fulfill my dream and show myself that I had the ability to play in a competitive league like the Spanish one. When you do it without looking for the money at the end everything turns around and you are compensated by other sides.I was compensated in having good friends, living a culture that I did not know, knowing places that I would not have known if I had not been there. Then I returned to Mexico and had a good contract. One thing is not at odds with the other. Many people will say that I spent years in which I could make more money, but I saw it as an investment, I was able to polish my football, find people who enriched me and know other things.Was it difficult for you to accept the withdrawal?It was a duel that I experienced as a footballer and as a person. Throughout childhood, adolescence and youth I played soccer. It was a 20-year career and when I left it, the mat moved me. I was grateful for what he touched me; I always came up with the idea of ​​giving myself as much as possible to the institution that I trust and contributed with commitment.How do you think the transfers will change after COVID-19?We will have to see how the situation evolves and how the economies of this global pandemic are recovering. See how the relationship of the clubs with sponsors will be, how the television rights will continue and based on that the clubs will determine how much money they have to invest in signing. We don’t know that now, especially when you are outside an institution.Now many repeat that soccer players earn a lot and doctors little. How do you see that?All professions are important. When there is a World Cup it is the soccer players who generate the expectation and entertainment for all people. Today it is the doctors who will determine where we have to go and what the processes will be to get ahead of the pandemic all together. All professions are worthy and at some point they become relevant.Messi, to give an example, is a footballer of international stature, decisive in his team and his team. He generates a lot of economic profit, the market is willing to pay.Keep training?I like to do exercises. I don’t do it as an obligation, but I enjoy it. I do functional exercises, I have a pulley at home, kettlebells, dumbbells, I do push-ups, bars, I don’t like running, but I do jump rope. I like to ride a mountain bike, it is one of the things that I could not do when playing. Every time I can I take a trip to some mountain to experience the adrenaline. I also play tennis.How do you see his life about to turn 41?I can say that I sleep peacefully. The things I wanted to do as a footballer I did. I achieved the dreams I had as a boy, I was able to represent my country in the World Cup, in one of them I scored a goal, and I am fortunate to have a beautiful family with which to grow, share and now educate three children’s jewels that I have. The Mexican Gerardo Torrado, who played in Spanish soccer between 2000 and 2005, assured this Sunday that Trying out in Laliga, it was an enriching experience because it “smashed stone” in the Second Division and grew until reaching Sevilla and Racing Santander.last_img read more

AFE wants to know if the League can test players

first_imgIn this sense, the same order states the following:Second. Requirements for the performance of diagnostic tests for the detection of COVID-19. The indication for carrying out diagnostic tests for the detection of COVID-19 must be prescribed by a physician in accordance with the guidelines, instructions and criteria agreed to that effect by the competent health authority.Third. Notification of confirmed COVID-19 cases. 2. Likewise, any entity of public or private nature that, in relation to the diagnostic tests for the detection of COVID-19, acquires swabs for sampling, virus transport medium, inactivation reagents, acid extraction kits. nucleic or PCR reactions, or rapid diagnostic tests, must inform the competent health authority of the autonomous community in which they are located and / or provide their services, with express indication of the type of material, number of units purchased and use destination. 3. The information referred to in this section must be communicated as soon as possible, with the competent health authority of each autonomous community being responsible for establishing the specific procedure for its referral. 4. The autonomous communities will transfer to the Ministry of Health, when it requires it, the information referred to in this section that it requests. Once this information has been received, the Ministry of Health may adopt, where appropriate, the appropriate measures in response to criteria of necessity and urgency, with the aim of guaranteeing the principles of equity and cohesion.AFE also asks the administration, regarding the state of alarm, that “rule for legal certainty for those affected in this case. Due to the sense of co-responsibility that soccer players have always expressed in a matter of which they are aware, it produces controversy in a society whose pandemic has caused thousands of victims. Public health is not a matter of some, nor of others, but of the whole of society. As workers, footballers will comply with the prescriptions indicated by the clubs from occupational hazards. AND from AFE it is absolutely necessary that the Government clarify this issue of the tests“ The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) reports that it has contacted again, through two letters, the Ministry of Health, chaired by Salvador Illa, and the Higher Sports Council (CSD) to convey their concern, as well as that of the players, about whether the clubs can subject their footballers to the COVID-19 test. In addition, to convey his concern about the return to training. He already made this same request on April 22. For this reason, ask a simple question to Health and the CSD: “Can you tell us if the clubs are authorized to carry out tests before returning to the activity at this time?”This is the statement issued by the soccer team: “AFE again conveys the concern of the First and Second Division footballers about returning to training and testing, understanding that this decision should be taken by the Government. AFE rejects, in this sense of responsibility with our society, any type of stigmatization when the matter in question affects public health, remembering that other championships and competitions of other soccer categories, of both sexes, which are not mentioned and are also affected, are also affected. “Therefore, AFE wants to emphasize: “That the soccer players have stated in the meetings they have had with this union that, in their opinion, they consider that there are other groups that need more than they do the test and access to other sanitary material at this time. Our association underlines in its writings that footballers are fully committed to our society, and therefore asks a simple question to the Ministry and the CSD: “Can you tell us if the clubs are authorized to carry out tests before returning to the activity at this time?” And if so, “can you tell us the authorizations for this purpose?”For this reason, the AFE statement continues, rRoyal Decree 463/2020, dated March 14, agrees in both writings: “Taking into account article 12.4, the competent delegated authorities may adopt measures to determine the best distribution in the territory of all technical and personal resources, in accordance with the needs that become apparent in the management of this health crisis. Specifically, in that Order SND / 344/2020, of April 13, it is stated that “likewise, the carrying out of diagnostic tests for the detection of COVID-19 is limited to those cases in which there is a prior prescription by a doctor and comply with criteria established by the competent health authority“last_img read more

The day Luis Aragonés said: “I will fight to the death to be Real Madrid coach”

first_imgJulio Pardo, parakeet president, got off the hook asking Mendoza for 300 million pesetas. Luis replied in the interview: “I am going to meet Spanish until the last day. In Barcelona I was unemployed to defend the players. I am honest and I will be with Spanish. But I have already told the president that I will not I’m going to give in this time. I’m going to fight to the death to train Real Madrid. It is not human to be prevented from reaching an aspiration that I have had inside for many years. It’s kind of like going back to my roots. “ Confessions of Luis Aragonés to Sarmiento Birba in AS. 30 years ago. A whole document. As well, Many will be surprised by the interview we rescued from an AS from almost 30 years ago. Exactly from November 25, 1990. That day Di Stéfano debuted on the Bernabéu bench, in a League match against Betis, after Ramón Mendoza dismissed John Toshack. In the AS of that day both on the cover and on the back cover there was an interview with Luis Aragonés, signed by our dear companion, and teacher to many sports journalists, Manuel Sarmiento Birba. Luis at that time was the Spanish coach. Despite that, he honestly expressed and openly expressed a feeling at that point in his professional life. I leave you some headlines that will surprise many fans. “This is the third train I have in my life with Real Madrid and this time I am not going to lose it. I am going to fight to the death for being the coach of Real Madrid. I have never been a European champion and he wants to be.”Journal AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>AS cover from November 25, 1990.AS newspaper Interview with Luis Aragonés in the AS of November 25, 1990.AS newspaper Luis Aragonés left us six years ago with a unique curriculum and revered by the soccer family. The man who returned Spain to the path of pride by winning the 2008 European Championship in Vienna against Germany, with an identity stamp reflected in that tiqui-taca that Del Bosque prolonged with the World Cup in South Africa and the Euro Cup in Ukraine and Poland. Luis is also a myth for the athletes, given that with the rojiblancos he played 360 games (160 goals), winning three Leagues, two Cups of the Generalissimo and about to win the European Cup, scoring against Bayern Munich the Atletico goal in overtime. And as a technician, the nicknamed Sage of Hortaleza it was everything to win from the Calderón bench a League, three Copa del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup. Luis’s history with Madrid began in 1958, when he was a 19-year-old boy. He played at Getafe and Madrid signed him, seeing in that tall and tall player a classy footballer with a goal. His bad luck is that Samitier, then the technical secretary of Madrid, decided to transfer him to Betis due to the lack of opportunities that the boy had. Betis gave Madrid to Isidro Sánchez, father of Quique Sánchez Flores, and Luis, who had not yet debuted with the Whites in an official match, broke up forever from Madrid.Mendoza had already made, a couple of years before, another attempt to hire him, when he began to see that Beenhakker and his speech no longer fit the same in that Madrid of the Quinta del Buitre that one year crashed itself and another one also in the European Cup. Last minute fringes when almost everything was closed prevented Luis for the second time from fulfilling his wish to be in Madrid with all the honors. And in 1990 he received what was his last failed bullet with the targets. Mendoza came to offer Spanish unique conditions: He sold Parra, a fine midfielder who had played for Betis, Atlético and Madrid (valued at 40 million pesetas) and two free shares in the Ciudad de Barcelona Trophy, which was always filled by Sarrià when the whites went there.last_img read more

Asensio complies with the plan

first_imgThe set-up of Marco Asensio (24 years old) is on the right track. AS already reported on March 30 of the availability of the Madrid player to return to training with the rest of his teammates when the sessions resume. Since that information almost a month has passed and the feelings are still as good. Even better. The Balearic has tried to keep the plan established this month at home. On March 12, when they had to leave Valdebebas, they took everything they needed to their home to avoid causing a hiatus in their search to return to their best level.In these types of long injuries every week is important. In fact, that was the motto that was marked with Dr. Leyes since he operated on him at the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid on August 7, 2019: goals week by week. That is why it is very important that during these almost seven weeks in which Marco has exercised at home feeling remain just as positive. Although it is never the same as a playing field, at his home he has a small garden where he makes daily blows of the ball, as well as small explosive outings. The type of actions that, if they do not cause discomfort, give the green light to start contacts with other players. The coronavirus crisis has completely changed the picture for Zidane. Asensio’s intention was always to play in the last months, to help Madrid in the decisive matches and to go to the European Championship with Spain. Now, he may be under the command of the French coach much earlier than expected.In addition, the progressive return to training will also play in his favor. In the absence of an official protocol, it is logical to follow a path similar to what happened in Germany, where in the first training sessions the players have divided into small groups and without physical contact. This progressive increase in contact exercises to prevent contagion will also play in Asensio’s favor, since he will be able to gain feelings and confidence little by little on the return to training. After such an injury it is essential to go step by step. Do not rush. But if everything remains the same, Zidane will be able to count on Marco Asensio from day one ready to reappear.last_img read more