Hurricanes rack up 61 points in win over Cheetahs

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first_imgTeaming up with midfield accomplice Ngani Laumape, Aso crossed once in the first half and twice after the break in the nine-try rout at Wellington Regional Stadium, the home side’s biggest winning margin over the South Africans.Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Ben Lam and Leni Apisai also crossed for the Hurricanes, who were back to their enterprising best after being humbled by the competition-leading Canterbury Crusaders last week.The Cheetahs slumped to their ninth loss of the season, three years after a 60-27 hammering in their previous meeting in Wellington.The Hurricanes dominated early but were unable to convert their possession and territory into points until two lapses of concentration from the visitors gifted the home side two tries in as many minutes.The Cheetahs were first guilty of botching a 22-metre drop-out and as the ball bounced around in front of the posts, lock Fifita pounced on a loose pass to canter over for the opening try.The lead was stretched to 14-0 in the 20th minute when a quickly taken lineout by scrumhalf Perenara left the Cheetahs disorganised at the back before quick hands put Aso clear for his first try.The Cheetahs responded five minutes later when flyhalf Fred Zeilinga finished off a sweeping move from a lineout to score under the posts.The Cheetahs did well to keep the Hurricanes at bay for the remainder of the half until loose forward Savea rumbled over from a driving maul on the stroke of halftime.The floodgates opened wide after the break as Perenara and Aso crossed for two tries in two minutes.The forwards rumbled prop Toomaga-Allen over near the posts for the fifth try in the 57th minute.Five minutes later, a line-break from deep in defence by Laumape put Aso over for his third try as the centre ran onto to his team mate’s kick and charged away.Brad Shields carried the ball to halfway, dishing off to replacement back Lam who bolted over for the Hurricanes’ eighth try in the 70th minute before Apisai completed the Cheetahs’ humiliation four minutes later by crossing for the ninth. Photo: PhotoSport Hurricanes’ Vince Aso celebrates his try with team mates Julian Savea (R and Ardie Savea (L) during the Hurricanes vs Cheetahs Super Rugby match in Wellington.last_img read more

Digi cup semis get underway this weekend

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first_imgBoth teams have not lost any games on home soil so far during the season.In the semi-finals this weekend, PRK Mendi Muruks will travel down to Lae to meet the Snax Tigers and Kemele Hela Wigmen will host Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles in Mendi.The losers will bow out of the competition.The winner of the Tigers/Muruks game will face the Lions in Kundiawa while the winner of the Wigmen/Eagles match will take on Gurias in Kokopo next Sunday.Both Gurias and Lions will be on bye this weekend.A fortnight ago, Tigers kept Muruks scoreless in Lae and they hope to repeat that performance.Muruks also defeated the Tigers in Mendi during the season’s crossover.The crucial match in Lae will go down the wire come Sunday as the Lae League Oval is expected to house visiting Southern Highlanders.Eagles will have an uphill battle against the 2014 champions in Mendi.The Wigmen have a solid and mobile forward pack supported by a youthful and talented back-line.They have a clean record on home soil as well and will be advantaged by the home crowd.But Eagles should not be written off after winning in Goroka last weekend with a comfortable margin against the Bintango Lahanis in the first preliminary final.They will be traveling to Mendi with some confidence on the back of five consecutive home and away wins.Eagles are the dark horse in the finals.last_img read more

The crooked lines of the countryside postpone the Verona-Genoa

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first_imgAs ‘Sky Sport’ revealed, the lines of the areas were crooked and had to be repainted, delaying the heating of the two sets and obviously the kick-off. The decision was made by the head of the referees Nicola Rizzoli, after an inspection, and was approved by the Lega Serie A. A setback never seen in Serie A postponed the start of the match between Verona and Genoa by 15 minutes, It was scheduled for 6 pm. In the Bentegodi stadium, a Hellas that closes an exceptional first lap (winning, would reach Milan and Parma in eighth place) will receive the ‘Grifone’, which fights to avoid the descent (penultimate march), but the tifosi they will have to wait a little longer than expected for the ball to roll.last_img

Fringes with the representative of El Hacen slow down his arrival in Lugo

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first_imgAlthough Valladolid and Lugo are still waiting for the operation to come to fruition, the pressure position of the player’s representative puts a point of insecurity in the arrival of El Hacen in Lugo. Even so, everything is expected to go as planned since otherwise the Mauritanian international would risk spending the remainder of the season competing in the Valladolid branch, away from the foci of the Second and First Division. The arrival of El Hacen on CD Lugo on loan from Valladolid could have found a last-minute pitfall in the player’s representative. According to sources from the Blanquivioleta environment, the agreement between Valladolid and Lugo itself would be total, as well as that between the player and the Lucense club, but certain last-minute requests from the representative of the Mauritanian pivot to Valladolid could have slowed down an operation that I expected to close already yesterday afternoon or tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Piqué, go down to Villamarín

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first_imgPiqué has 14 cards in 27 games this year, a very high figure that has nothing to do with the low average of previous seasons. His mistake against Levante will cost him not to be in a very important match for Barca interests. Gerard Piqué will not play against Betis. Barça central saw against Levante this Sunday his tenth yellow card in LaLiga this season, which means he will complete his second cycle of reprimands. The referee Cordero Vega punished a hard tackle from behind Borja Mayoral and Piqué, who had already touched the card in the first half, saw it. It will not be, therefore, in a key and difficult match like that of Villamarín.-last_img

“Hi, I’m Iker Casillas and here is my phone number”

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first_imgThe presidents of the Territorial Federations are of great importance in the election of the president of the Federation, since it is a collective that dominates between eighty and ninety votes of the 139 that make up the Assembly. More than is needed to win the elections. Of the 19 ‘barons’, only one is against Luis Rubiales, the president of Madrid. The rest have positioned themselves in favor of the current president. Casillas will have to work hard and well this fishing ground if he wants to have options to win Luis Rubiales, who dominated the group in the elections that beat Larrea two years ago. Iker Casillas is already in campaign. The candidate for the presidency of the Federation (RFEF) has sent this Monday a message via WhatsApp to the 19 presidents of the Territorials to communicate your decision to stand for election: “Hi, I’m Iker Casillas. I want you to know for me, first hand, that I will stand for the RFEF elections. Here is my phone number for what you need. We will have the opportunity to speak personally, “says the message from Iker Casillas.” I do not know Casillas personally and I have never had his mobile number, but I think it’s a detail on your part“said one of the territorial presidents on whom the weight of the election of president of the Federation falls.last_img read more

The Sporting of Portugal hires the coach of Braga Rúben Amorim

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first_imgPortugal’s Sporting announced on Thursday through the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) the hiring of Braga coach Rúben Amorim, who will replace current coach Jorge Silas, that last Tuesday he had already announced his departure.According to Sporting, for the hiring of Rúben Amorim has had to pay the Braga a clause of ten million euros. Together with the Portuguese coach, who was a Benfica and international player with Portugal, his two Braga assistants, Adélio Cândido and Carlos Fernandes, will arrive. Rubén Amorim signed in 2008 for the Portuguese Benfica and arrived at the Portuguese team at the same time as the Spanish coach Quique Sánchez Flores, who catapulted him in his football career, since that same campaign debuted with the selection of the “quinas”.As coach, his first team was Casa Pia luso, which he guided in the 2018-2019 campaign.Custódio Castro, new coach of BragaThe exfutbolsita Custódio Castro will take over of the first team of Portuguese Braga as of this Thursday, after the Departure from Rúben Amorim, signed by Sporting de Portugal.As confirmed by the bracarense club, Custodian Castro, who trained to the under-17 of the Braga, he already directed the first training of the Braga squad today.The coaching staff will be completed with the trainers Micael Sequeira, Paulo Jorge, Hugo Freitas, Jorge Vital and Orlando Silva. Custódio Castro, 36, retired as a footballer in the summer of 2017, began his coach career as an assistant to Braga B in the same summer.Braga is third in the Portuguese League, 16 points from Porto,Who leads the table. Rúben Amorim achieved in two and a half months very positive numbers with the Braga, a team that began oriented by the former player of the Real Sociedad Sá Pinto and that, after a bad start league, was fired.Since December 23, Amorim, 35 years old and who hung up his boots in 2017 after belonging to Benfica, has won in the league 8 victories – two of them to Benfica and Sporting – and a draw and, in addition, it was League Cup champion after beating Porto 1-0 in the final.last_img read more

Joselu, king of the air

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first_imgTheir personal friendship and total rapport with Lucas Pérez has made them the most lethal Spanish strikers in the league. The two were in a great state of form although Joselu will not be able to play the next league match day (if it is played) due to the cycle of five yellow cards. He saw the final against Valencia in Mendizorroza on the last day played before the break caused by the coronavirus epidemic, which has affected the city of Vitoria in a particularly cruel way where there are already more than 100 deaths, being a population of 255,000 people. Joselu turns 30 today. The Alavés footballer was born in Stuttgart (Germany) but, when he was very young, he returned with his migrant parents to Galicia. He took his first steps at Silleda and then went through the Celta and Real Madrid quarries. The truth is that the tip celebrates its name day aware that is the Primera player who wins the most aerial duels in the Santander League. Now that the competition is stopped, the statistical data can be studied in more detail.The Alavés footballer, a team based on stealing the ball to leave at speed or with long passes, He has already won 217 head duels so far in the league. The second in that section is Raúl García (Athletic) with 151. The podium completes it Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad) with 139. Fourth is Before Budimir (Real Mallorca) with 120 and fifth Luuk De Jong (Sevilla) with 117. Joselu comes from the English Newcastle but Alavés took his property rights this past summer and whoever is interested in his services will have to contact Sergio Fernández, Sports Director of the Babazorro club.last_img read more

The echoes of (Real) Madrid FC

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first_imgIf Martínez Abarca advocates anything, it is that inclusive bias of a popular club proper, by the way, of that Second Republic. “Football should be more festive,” he reflects, “It would have to be disengaged”. Because ideological prejudices against Madrid fans haunt him even to his seat. “Sometimes they ask me ‘What does a red like you do being from Madrid?’And it’s my turn to laugh,” he admits. “It is something that should have been overcome. Valdano and Cappa, also Del Bosque … generated the closet output that you could be on the left, read books and also like soccer …“The republican shirt that went to trialThe lack of waist of the entity with part of its history has survived to this day. There is the game that he played (and lost) against the clothing brand 198. In 2017 it emerged, almost as an extension of the alternative shirt of the Spanish team in the republican version that Pablo Iglesias made multi-sales, the republican shirt of Madrid. A snowy white elastic and modern cut but with the tricolor on the neck. The shield, obviously, without a crown. “A few days after launching it we got a complaint from Real Madrid, the police requisitioned the shirts and I had to go to trial facing three and a half years in prison for a crime against industrial property ”, sums up Eduardo Garrido, one of the 198 owners, brand with openly left-wing designs. “One of our partners is very Madridista and we came up with that shirt as a tribute to that MadridAs if it had been done now by another club that maintained that loyalty to its history, to the history of the city and the country. ” This was explained to the judge. “He did not supplant Madrid nor was he misleading, even if the club itched, but the judge agreed with us, also when they appealed.” “Is that typical of a Francoist club?” Asks Professor Bahamonde. “The reality is that after the Civil War, Franco hated Madrid because it was a traditional fiefdom of the left and he sent his brother-in-law Serrano Súñer to ‘de-republish’ the city through football creating a team called the National Army that included Madrid FC and Atlético. Madrid FC refused to lose its identity, Atlético did give in and became Atlético Aviación and while Barça swelled to win titles during the 1940s… ”.A period, the republican and even before him, where Madrid copied and brought to Spain the most advanced models of sports organization of the time (he traveled to England to study at Manchester United) and conquered titles (two leagues and two cups), but that the entity itself “has not known how to sell”. “Practically in the club they do not have documents prior to 1939, all that file that Hernández Coronado tried to save,” reveals Bahamonde. “Perhaps that is why something like Santiago Bernabéu year zero has been established, as if everything had started in it, and it is not so, there is a very rich previous story that should not be forgotten“The deputy who wanted to claim the purple stripThe stereotype that Madrid is a right-wing club has been attempted by Hugo Martínez Abarca from the trenches. Today deputy in the Madrid Assembly for More Madrid, nine years ago a member of the small group of Real Madrid members who tried to raise the first Real Madrid Republican supporter from scratch. The name was not misleading: ‘The Purple Strip’. He does not remember why it did not hatch, but what they were looking for. “It was not about saying that Madrid is a left-wing club, it was claim that Madrid can and should belong to everyone” An argument reinforced from resistance. “We wanted to be too a counterweight to the ultra sector, the Ultrasur, who unfortunately were the visible image of Madrid fans for the collective imagination ”. Colonel Antonio Ortega, whom some sources place as president of Madrid CF between 1937 and 1938. Hugo Martínez Abarca (deputy in the Madrid Assembly) “They still ask me ‘What is a red like you doing being from Madrid?’ …” The controversial success of the no less controversial historian María Elvira Roca Barea has once again extracted the phenomenon of the Spanish black legend as ideological oil. In the world of national soccer, There has not been and probably will not be a more widespread black legend even today than that of considering Real Madrid ‘Franco’s team’. History teaches that that Madrid Foot-ball Club (the name of the club after the fall of Alfonso XIII, without Real in the title or crown on the shield and with a purple stripe on it) It was closely linked to the Second Republic that this Tuesday celebrates its 89th anniversary and, in fact, flourished at the same time. A period that, in Madridista terms, almost forgot the republican Rafael Sánchez-Guerra, a visionary leader who anticipated what the Bernabéu would bring, while recently rescuing the disputed figure of the colonel Antonio Ortega, separated from the official list of eighteen presidents who have governed the Madridista ship. One was republican with its share of nostalgics, too, although they have not lived it. AS has tried to paint a portrait from then to today, of what really happened in the club in those years that preceded the tune of being ‘the team of the Regime’ and its ramifications (the Di Stéfano case, Guruceta …) until today, from a ‘red’ Madrid club who was left in embryo nine years ago to a republican design t-shirt now for sale that pays tribute to that Madrid FC (Real ‘fell’ obviously with II Republic) … and that sung the leaders of the current Real Madrid.The disputed ‘presidency’ of the communist colonelOn the club’s website, in the list of presidents of the entity, there is a striking gap between Rafael Sánchez-Guerra, last leader before the civil war (1936), and Adolfo Meléndez, who took the reins after the end of it (1939). An enigmatic and poorly clarified an emptiness that has been attempted to fill with the figure of Colonel Antonio Ortega, that the entity would have been run de facto for eight months and as such was presented in one of the few interviews of the time. Forgotten or willful omission? The journalist Julián García-Candau (author of the book Sport in the Civil War, 2007) lit the flame two years ago in the Sàpiens magazine and in a lapidary way: “They simply excluded him as a communist”. Ángel Bahamonde (Professor of Contemporary History at the Carlos III University)center_img Colonel Ortega was indisputably a communist … but also president of Madrid FC? “No, I am on the left and I have no doubt that legally it was not”Answers categorically Ángel Bahamonde, professor of Contemporary History at the Carlos III University of Madrid and a Madridista scholar. His is the reference work (Real Madrid in the history of Spain, 2002) that approaches the history of the club from the perspective of a historian. “It is a story, that of the hiding of Colonel Ortega, fed from Barcelona to generate the story that Madrid is a facha club, it is fallacious”. Rebate with data (“Madrid ceased its activities in October 1936”, therefore there would be no possibility that Ortega was president in 1937) and a political background. “In July 1936, the Communist Party greedily looked at Madrid’s Chamartín field and the CNT also wanted Barça’s, Les Corts, so the two clubs were seized by their respective Popular Front partners, to avoid greater evils” , Explain. “It was those members, not the Republic, who seized Madrid, and it was the only way to save the club’s assets”.The iconic but relatively little-known image of a Real Madrid eleven, raised fist, enters the discussion. “It predates Ortega, Madrid has been under siege since November 1936, and the club ceases to exist in practice,” he continues. “It was a year later when it is not known how, the communists organize a comedy to stay with the use of the Chamartín field for their propaganda acts and they do it pretending that Colonel Ortega is the president of a club … that no longer exists in absolute. Hernández Coronado (secretary general of Madrid FC) he had hidden the entity’s file and the aforementioned colonel Ortega was not voted by any partner …“ The shirt tribute to that republican Madrid FC that designed and markets the clothing brand 198. The last real match of that Madrid Foot-ball Club, at the end of October 1936, was before Colonel Ortega. “Then there are matches, but from military units, not from Madrid FC.” “The last legal president of Madrid for Professor Bahamonde is Sánchez-Guerra, visionary (he had the idea that Bernabéu later went on to build a stadium for 70,000 people) and a unique life event. After leaving the white presidency he was republican army officer and sentenced to life after the war. He managed by a strange trial that they put him on probation and after fleeing Spain he was minister without portfolio of the first Government of the Republic in exile… Hugo Martínez Abarca, in the center, is today a deputy of Más Madrid but in 2011 he tried to create the Peña La Franja Morada, the first republican peña of Madrid members.DANI SANCHEZ “The story of Colonel Ortega’s concealment was generated from Barcelona to feed the black legend of Madrid as a ‘facha’ club, it is fallacious” Madrid made the shirt go from being an almost underground object to reaching a certain media level. Pure Streissand effect. “We sold enough,” agrees Garrido, who has not stopped keeping stocks of his creation. “We beat Florentino 2-0 and with what it cost, we have to keep making it”. And on its website it is, for 29.95 euros, next to the Livorno partisan shirt with a wink to Lucarelli, which pays tribute to the Palestine team and the official kit of the rebellious German St. Pauli, the most openly left-wing club. famous planet.Echoes past and present of that Real Madrid who lived with the Second Republic and who is still longed for, discussed and forgotten, not always in equal parts.last_img read more

‘Scorpions were let down by poor batting’

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first_imgTop batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.last_img read more