An opening round 20-12 win over Manly at their home ground is a pretty good way to start a season for any NRL club but if you’ve been paying any attention to Arthur in his time at the club you won’t be surprised that he isn’t exactly getting carried away just yet.The Eels triumphed by just three tries to two despite a 60-40 weight of possession in their favour and at one stage had nine straight possessions (including forcing four back-to-back goal line drop-outs) without scoring anything more than a penalty goal.”I thought both teams went at it and I reckon we probably need to give a bit of credit to Manly, they drew a fair bit of pressure on the try-line there in the second half but I was really happy that we showed a bit of patience,” Arthur said after the game.He also noted that the new playmaking spine of halfback Corey Norman, five-eighth Clint Gutherson, hooker Kaysa Pritchard and fullback Bevan French were playing their first game together as a combination having not even so much as trialled together yet.”We went into this game a little bit underdone. We didn’t play a lot of minutes throughout the trials with a lot of our key players,” he said.”Corey Norman and ‘Gutho’ haven’t played together; Normy hasn’t played since Round 18 so we’ve got a lot to work on but just to complete at 82 per cent and turn up defensively and grind out a win was pleasing.”They had a lot of training pre-season with them together but then after Christmas we only had a couple of weeks then some of them are getting ready to play Nines, some of them are getting ready to play in a trial in Alice Springs so their preparation wasn’t great but they’re going to get better.”It will be a little bit better next week. It’s going to take time but we’re going to persist with it and Corey Norman hasn’t got any match fitness at the moment so he was seeing things and he just couldn’t get there.”
South Africa – series winners and champions in Paris – are top seeds in Pool A alongside USA, Wales and Kenya.Pool B is topped by last year’s London champions, Scotland, who will face France, Argentina and Russia on day one in Twickenham.New Zealand will play Fiji, Canada and Japan while host team England will play Samoa, Australia and Spain. Photo by World Rugby
Champions Lae City Dwellers and unbeaten Hekari United FC will vie tomorrow for the top spot at the Bisini grounds.Both teams are in top form after thrashing Rapatona FC and Welgris FC 5-0 respectively in separate games in the mid-week clash.However, champions Lae City Dwellers are well positioned to claim the minor premier as they are leading the race with points in number of goals scored and win or lose, they will still claim the minor premier seat.Hekari United FC this time will have to fight even harder to defend their title. They will bank on their top goal scorers; Tommy Semmy and Koriak Upaiga.But the Dwellers will repeat last weekend’s fearless performance to level the scores at nil all.Dwellers are in top form and have faith in their greats, Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba, to steal the minor premier from the defending champions.
The game will kick off at 3pm at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.This is Hekari’s 11th grand final match while Dwellers have done very well to reach the grand final stage in their first two seasons.Dwellers team manager Peter Sesk said the Lae side is preparing well for this game.“As minor premiers Hekari proved their worth and we as defending champions we are ready to play as champions and defend the title,” said Sesk.Hekari team manager Vonnie Kappinato praised Dwellers for playing very well throughout the season.She encouraged Dwellers to keep their heads up for this grand final and also the OFC Champions League starting in April at New Zealand where both teams will participate.“Hekari players are looking forward to the game and we know it will be very tough as Dwellers have a lot of good players so we will not take this game lightly,” she said.With a few injuries, Kappinato said it will not be easy but the team is ready for that both mentally and physically.She added that only the team that works hard, is disciplined and patient on the field will win the grand final.The game will be telecast live on EMTV with gates to open at 12pm and close at 4pm.Tickets are being sold at Telikom outlets at Boroko, Vision City and Telikom Rumana. They are selling at K10 for outer stand, K20 for outer grandstand and K50 for main grandstand.
Wisil cracked the previous record of 11.37 set by Mae Koime back in 2007.Wisil now holds the national records for the 60m and 400m events and is undoubtedly PNG’s best chance at competing at this Rio 2016 Olympics.Wisil’s coaches, Tony and Alison Fairweather said Wisil’s hard work had paid off.“Toea’s success at last weekend’s National Open is due to the hard work and commitment she has put towards competing over the past nine months.“It was fantastic for Toea to break such a momentous record in front of her home crowd in Lae, especially since many of her friends and family, including her mother Kundwalun were there to witness it.“The life of an elite athlete can be lonely as they are often required to be away from family for extended periods of time. So to be able to have your loved ones witness special performances is the icing on the cake,” said Alison.Wisil has headed back to Australia for final preparations before competing at the Melanesian Championships in Fiji in July.
Koke reappeared and relapsed almost at the same time in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup; he was waiting for the derby with Madrid next Saturday, but he has advanced his return. For Vrsaljko, however, it could be his first minutes after more than a year standing still. On January 13, 2019 he played for the last time with Inter, before being operated on the knee. In summer he returned to Atlético and has been getting ready with the group for several months.On the other hand, and As in the previous five games so far in 2020, Simeone will not be able to count on Lemar. In the previous ones the reason was a muscle injury (hamstring), but now that he has recovered and had been able to train several days with his teammates, what he has left out is a gastroenteritis. This Saturday he did not work with the group and stayed at home recovering. He will not play against Leganés, which could have been the game of his farewell to Atlético. That is, it is possible that he leaves without saying goodbye, leaving the visit to Betis in December as his last participation of rojiblanco. Less than a week before the market closes, Lemar’s name is marked in red as one of the possible exits. Arsenal loves him and, as reported Monte Carlo radio, the London club already has started conversations with the soccer player, although the positions would still be far away. That said, all parties have only a few days to reach an agreement, either in the form of assignment or transfer. Beyond the team gunner, It is in the Premier where Lemar has more market and where it is most likely to end.The midfielder, 24, has played 21 games so far this season and has not had the explosion that was expected after a first course of adaptation. For example, you have not contributed neither a goal nor an assist. And the fans run out of patience with who is the second most expensive signing ever of Atlético, surpassed by João Félix only.Giménez, Costa and Arias, in nursingThey stay again besides Giménez and Diego Costa, that is lost what could have been his farewell to Atlético, if his departure in this winter market is finally consummated. And joins the casualty list Arias, who suffers an “injury to the adductor musculature of the left thigh.” On the other hand, with respect to the list of Leon Oblak and Morata return. Simeone has made the call public of 20 players for Atlético-Leganés on Sunday (12:00). In it two canteranos appear (Manu Sánchez and Riquelme) and there are two big news: Koke and Vrsaljko. It is the first call of the Croatian since his return in summer. Also returns Trippier, after a week stopped by a pubalgia. However, the technician will do two discards before the meeting
Further, said that the CSD has not yet entered the money “committed”. “The RFEF wants to expressly state that, unfortunately, as of today it still does not receive the money committed from the Higher Sports Council and that this creates a huge setback for the affected clubs,” he said.“Given the situation, the RFEF has decided to advance the money to the clubs to mitigate the negative consequences of non-payment of the Aid by the Higher Sports Council, as it already did in the month of July advancing 75% of the aid to those clubs that requested it“he concluded. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced this Monday which will advance the total amounts for Social Security business fees to clubs of Second Division B and First Iberdrola with the objective of “mitigating the negative consequences” of the lack of payment of the aid by the Higher Sports Council (CSD).“The RFEF has initiated the processing of 100% payment orders of the amounts granted in the Resolution of the Superior Council of Sports referring to Social Security business quotas to the clubs that have provided the supporting documentation, “he informed The federative body.
Víctor Sánchez del Amo was on Thursday meeting at the headquarters of the Federation (RFEF) with the sports director of the institution, José Francisco Molina. The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, offered Victor a position in the technical structure of the RFEF when he was fired from Malaga after a sex video with him they wanted to extort him. For now, regarding this crime, the National Police has already arrested six people. For his part, the technician claims that his dismissal be declared void, compensation of 600,000 euros for moral damages and readmission at his job. The meeting between Víctor Sánchez del Amo and José Francisco Molina has taken place in the sports director’s office. In the federal facilities was also the coach, Luis Enrique, which this Thursday will witness live the Copa del Rey match that will face Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Bernabéu. The relationship between Luis Enrique and Víctor is magnificent, although it was Víctor Sánchez del Amo who he went up to the first team that then led Capello to cover the gap left by Luis Enrique, what he distanced himself from Madrid before signing for Barça after an economic disagreement with Lorenzo Sanz, former president of Madrid.
The Open River 2020, which begins this Monday in Rio de Janeiro, will likely be a historic second for Carlos Alcaraz, thought of one in every of the future pearls of Spanish tennis. At 16, the younger tennis participant from Murcia will play his first match on the ATP Tour on Monday towards the Spanish Spaniard Albert Ramos after receiving an invite to play the ultimate event.Alcaraz, 406 of the world rating, is skilled by a champion on clay as Juan Carlos Ferrero, Davis Cup champion in 2000, 2004 and 2009 and Roland Garros in 2003. His titles already embrace titles similar to the U14 Invitational by Lacoste of 2017, the Davis Junior Cup of 2018 and he has already been capable of win top-200 gamers regardless of his youth. Carlos Alcaraz is the 16-year-old tennis participant with the most factors in the ATP rating with 82, is the second in the rating if we depend the gamers of 17 years and would occupy the seventh place in a hypothetical desk if solely the gamers of 18 years or much less who compete in the circuit had been counted, which makes clear their early information in the tennis world.In the 2020 season Alcaraz has performed three ITF Futures tournaments and its worst end result has been a runner-up. The Murcia began the season profitable the two titles of the M15 of Manacor in the Rafa Nadal Academy and in addition reached the finals of the M15 of Antalya, the place he fell in the ultimate towards Hungarian Zsombor Piros in three units. This Monday Alcaraz faces the first check towards the elite at the ATP Tour, the place he’ll attempt to show to the normal public the nice tennis he has displayed in ITF Futures tournaments.
Valencia reports that it suspends the press conference of Albert Celades scheduled for Friday in the previous match against Betis and also the “previous and subsequent” appearances to the game this Saturday in Mestalla. The club makes this decision at the request of the health authorities and as a preventive measure of infection by coronavirus COVID-19. The journalist Kike Mateu, of Intereconomía and Las Provincias, was the first case of coronavirus confirmed in the city of Valencia by the Generalitat Valenciana, which at the end of Thursday confirmed four other cases around the communicator. Valencia has maintained permanent communication with the health authorities in the last hours and “in line with the recommendations marked” by them “Any non-sports public activity with members of the first team is canceled in the next few days.”The tribute to Guaje Villa is postponedValencia is also going to cancel the tribute that the Guaje Villa would receive in the prolegames of the encounter. The Spaniard, to whom the club is going to dedicate one of the canvases of the Mestalla facade, was going to do the honor roll and was going to perform a private act in the Mestalla box, with attention to the press included. Finally, the club has informed the Asturian player that another more suitable date will be sought. Valencia, which has promptly informed LaLiga and Real Betis of the measures to be taken, he wants to isolate the members of his staff and also those of the Betic group of possible sources of contagion, such as closed spaces in the press room of Paterna or Mestalla. The club makes this decision after confirming last Thursday of the first positive cases of coronavirus infection, one of them in the “environment of the media that usually cover the first team information”.