Oceania 7s Champs to stay in Fiji

first_imgPhoto: Oceania Rugby Fiji celebrate winning the 2016 Oceania 7’s title The men’s and women’s tournaments were hosted at ANZ Stadium in Suva last December and will both return to the Fijian capital until at least 2019.A record 21 teams are set to contest the 2017 Championships, including 13 men’s teams and eight women’s sides.New Zealand will also enter teams in both the men’s and women’s competition for the first time in three years.The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Bale Tuitubou, said the Fiji Government was delighted to secure hosting rights for another three years.”We see this as building on the outstanding success of our rugby teams in the Olympic Games last year and supporting the bid by the FRU (Fiji Rugby Union) to host a leg of the Sevens Series here on our doorstep,” he said.”We hope that home ground advantage will help our teams out-perform all our visitors, including the defending Olympic women’s rugby champions”.Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor thanked the Fiji Government for its support and said hosting the Oceania event will boost the country’s chances of hosting a World Series leg in the future.”With FRU’s announcement that it will be bidding for a leg of the HSBC World Sevens from 2020, the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship will give our country a great opportunity to build our hosting credentials over the next three years,” he said.”And our players will relish the chance to compete against world class teams in front of a home crowd.”The tournament will be held in early November, a month before the start of the new World Sevens Series in Dubai.last_img read more

Perenara celebrates 100th with a derby win

first_imgWinger Ben Lam scored two of the Hurricanes’ four tries on Saturday as they notched a third-straight win and handed the Highlanders their first defeat of the season.The scores were locked 12-12 entering a final half-hour which the hosts dominated, scoring through a long-range penalty to Jordie Barrett and tries to reserve winger Vince Aso and Lam.Both tries required expert, diving finishes in the corner from the wide men when tackled by the cover defence, as did Lam’s first-half try.It was the sort of finishing required as two of the competition’s most resilient defensive sides went toe-to-toe, with the Hurricanes’ ball-in-hand style prevailing against the kick-based Highlanders approach.It was a fitting way for halfback TJ Perenara to bring up 100 games for the Hurricanes, who have won seven of their last eight Kiwi derby games at home.A dampener on the win is a possible serious rib injury to All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea, who hobbled out of the game soon before halftime.The Highlanders, who opened their campaign with three-straight wins in Dunedin, were the only unbeaten team coming into round six.They crossed once in each half through Test winger Waisake Naholo, with the second showcasing his exceptional pace as he chased a kick ahead.The result means the Crusaders, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders have all won three matches, with the Kiwi sides all residing in the top six on the overall table standings.last_img read more

Fiji, Tahiti qualify for soccer Semis

first_imgTahiti were reduced to nine players in the second half after captain Manuarii Hauata and Thibaut Pito received two bookings and were sent off.Tahiti head coach Patrice Flaccadori was pleased with his team’s spirit in holding out for the draw.“It was a very tough game against a good team. I think the score is fair, but I am angry because we received two red cards and I found the referee’s decisions very hard,” said Flaccadori.“It was difficult because Fiji were very organised. I’m very proud of them but I’m a little angry with the captain (Hauata) because he didn’t respect the game. But it’s a good experience for us.”Fiji manager Juan Carlos (URU) was also pleased with the draw after Tahiti had the better of the first half, before the red cards.“It was important not to lose the game today. We knew that if we didn’t score in the first half we would have had a very difficult time to score against the wind in the second half. But we have achieved our targets,” Carlos said.“I was more relaxed after the two red cards. With nine men their only option was to pump the ball to the big fellow up front and we had three people marking him.”The draw means Vanuatu are eliminated from the Pacific Games soccer tournament, although they remain in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament where they face a tough semifinal match against New Zealand.Fiji have qualified for two semifinals: one against PNG in the Olympic tournament and another against New Zealand in the Pacific Games competition.“New Zealand is a tough game and it will also be difficult against PNG because they have a good squad and they are at home. The crowd will be behind them, but my players don’t care about that. It will be a great atmosphere,” Carlos said…..PACNEWSlast_img read more

Waldo Rubio, end of Valladolid, in the orbit of Lightning

first_imgThe Lightning hurries the last days of market with several pending operations. They crave a few hours of heart attack. On the exit ramp are Abdoulaye, Lass and Piovaccari. However, the latter would only leave if the Franjirrojos sign a ‘nine’. So far, two of the options they liked most have vanished: Enric Gallego (Osasuna) and Sekou Gassama (Fuenlabrada). We will have to wait. Waldo Rubio, 24, grew up in Atlético Onubense and then went through Recreativo and Córdoba, set with which he debuted in Second (on January 14, 2018, in the defeat against Cádiz). From there he went to Valladolid (2018-19), he appeared in the branch and soon made the jump to the first team. Thus came his premiere in Primera, in a Leganés-Valladolid (1-0). That season he played just 491 minutes in the League and this one, 425. Hence, look for more filming and prominence. However, the forward is not the only demarcation to prop up. The injuries of Comesaña and Pozo have changed the initial plans and will force to reinforce the center of the field. For the core they like Keidi Bare (Málaga) and Milla (Tenerife). On the other hand, Lightning wants to tie to another end. De Frutos and Isi have already arrived, but Embarba’s march will lead to a new signing and there is a player that likes: Waldo Rubio. Of course, the Franjirrojos are not the only ones who keep track of La Paz, Ponferradina and Sporting also love him.last_img read more

Gisbert, Gimeno, Arantxa, Moyá, Conchita, Nadal and Garbiñe: the seven Spanish finalists

first_imgGarbiñe Muguruza grew to become Thursday the seventh Spanish finalist in the 108-year historical past of the Australian Championships, first known as Australasian Championships, and recognized since 1969 as the Australian Open. The primary Grand Slam of every 12 months can have a Navy consultant in the final struggle for the title in the girls’s staff. Joan Gisbert was the first to achieve the remaining spherical, simply earlier than the begin of the Open period, in 1968. The Catalan fell towards native William Bowrey 7-5, 2-6, 9-7 and 6-4. A 12 months later it was the lately deceased Andrés Gimeno who tried to elevate the title, however misplaced towards one other Australian, the legendary Rod Laver, 6-3, 6-4 and 7-5. They handed 25 programs till one other Spanish, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, reached the remaining. In 1994 he succumbed to Steffi Graf (6-0 and 6-2). The next season he repeated success, however fell once more, this time towards Mary Pierce (6-3 and 6-2). In 1997, Carlos Moyá, present coach of Rafa Nadal, touched the glory, however Pete Sampras, the finest again then, stopped him (6-2, 6-3 and 6-3). In the supply of trophies, the Mallorcan launched that well-known “goodbye, Lucas.” In 1998 Conchita Martínez took over from Arantxa, though she bumped into an intractable Martina Hingis (double 6-3). And it was not till 2009 when the first and solely victory of the Navy to date got here. Nadal received it in his first remaining, the 2009 towards Roger Federer (7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6 and 6-2). The Swiss cried bitterly for that defeat. I assumed I might by no means win once more once I was preventing and I used to be fallacious. Rafa repeated unsuccessfully in 2012 towards Novak Djokovic (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 7-5) and in 2014 towards Stan Wawrinka (6-3, 6-2, 3 -6 and 6-3). In 2017 Federer took revenge (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 and 6-1) and in 2019 Djokovic beat him once more (6-3, 6-2 and 6-3). Now it’s as much as Muguruza to strive towards Kenin. It will likely be this Saturday (09:30, Eurosport).last_img read more

Give cat for hare and other expressions with historical explanation

first_imgThe phrases made, popularly known sayings that express a truth based on common sense or experience, are often used to give advice or qualify a situation. However, and although we use them regularly, we do not know the origin of these sayings. In this article we explain the most commonly used phrases:Be two candlesWe can use this phrase made in several ways, but in any of them it refers to the lack of something. It is believed that it can come from the timbas of cards in which the bank had a candle on each side of the table to be able to count the money. Therefore, “leaving it with two candles” would mean being bankrupt and having nothing. Throw the house out the windowIt is said that someone “throws the house out of the window” when succumbing to large expenses, higher than what they used to. The expression stems from the custom that existed in the nineteenth century to literally throw furniture out of the window when someone touched the National Lottery in Spain. Go punchingWhen dismissing someone with some disregard or sentencing a discussion that we do not fully agree with, we use “go to hell.” A phrase made dating back to ancient times, where the “freaks” were the embroideries of the nearest part of the sleeve. These ornaments were made by hand with thread; a very delicate work that implies a lot of patience and money. Like Pedro for his houseWhen we talk about “walking like Pedro through his house” we mean a person who moves comfortably and not always well received in a place that is not his own. Its origin could go back to the old forgotten sayings that say: “Something goes from Peter to Peter” or “Well Peter is in Rome, even if he doesn’t eat”. All of them to indicate that “Pedro” is the name given to any individual to personalize phrases or popular sayings. Peter, in his figurative sense, seems to represent the master of a house, as if it were the relation of the Christian words according to which Saint Peter was the cornerstone or the first stone of the house of God.Take for a rideLiterature is full of allusions, many of them ironic, about the value of the food offered at the inns and inns. It was so much the discredit of this type of resting places that a kind of “exorcism” became habitual among diners that recited: “If you are a kid, keep fried; if you are a cat, jump to the plate”. And although this never served to demonstrate the true fame of the inn, it gave rise to the expression “give cat for a hare” that we know today.The third time luckyWhat is meant by this proverbial phrase is that the desired end is reached on the third attempt. But its origin is not so clear: some experts find in the criminal law of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in which the death penalty was imposed on the third theft. Others point out that the expression has been taken from “the melee fight” that goes to three falls. Known for expressing a truth based on common sense or experienceThey are used to give advice or sentence in their figurative or metaphorical senselast_img read more

Guti supports Casillas

first_imgIt has not been the only time that Gutierrez has been wet by the candidacy of his former partner, since last month also had positive words for it. “If Casillas presented himself to the Federation, he would vote for him. Even for Madrid coach I would vote for him “, commented in lox microphones of the COPE chain, before Iker made the candidacy official. José María Gutiérrez got wet when he was questioned about the candidacy of Iker Casillas for the presidency of the RFEF. “It is a responsibility and a position for which I think he is qualified because he has played a lot for the Federation. It would be a good visible head, not only in Spain, but throughout the world.”, said the UD Almeria preparer in the first gathering of the season of the official radio station of the entity rojiblanca, UDA Radio.“I can’t vote for Iker Casillas, but he can bring his wisdom and peace of mind. He will do everything because he loves football and our country.”, also commented the coach of Torrejón de Ardoz about the candidacy of the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, where they both shared costumes until exercise 09-10, when the now coach left Madrid’s discipline.last_img read more

The US Open will not move and criticizes Roland Garros harshly

first_imgThe USTA additionally took the chance to cost in opposition to Roland Garros and their unilateral resolution to move the match to September, and they announce that, within the occasion that the US Open is postponed, they will determine on a brand new date in settlement with the opposite tennis establishments. “At a time when everybody must be collectively, We acknowledge that this resolution ought to not be made unilaterally and due to this fact the USTA will solely accomplish that after consulting with the opposite Grand Slam tournaments, the Wta and ATP, the ITF and our sponsors, along with the Laver Cup. “ Roland Garros’ resolution to move the match to September due to measures by the Authorities of France to fight the unfold of the coronavirus maintain elevating blisters on the earth of tennis.After a number of tennis gamers have criticized this measure and the way in which it was introduced, it’s now the US Open criticizes the Parisian Grand Slam for its resolution to move the match only one week after the American match ends at Flushing Meadows.The United States Tennis Federation (USTA) issued an announcement late at evening wherein it said its resolution to maintain the US Open on schedule, from August 31 to September 13. “The United States Tennis Federation (USTA) maintains its plans for the 2020 US Open and is at the moment not contemplating altering its date on the calendar.” Nevertheless, the USTA might delay the match if the scenario continues. “These are unprecedented occasions and we’re evaluating all choices, together with the potential for deferring the match to a later date. “last_img read more

Sidnei changes his role at Betis for this season finale

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 23, 2020 Betis did not touch their defense in the past summer market and Sidnei soon became one of Rubi’s most used tricks in the middle of his back. The bet was short-lived: both Mandi’s return and injuries left the Brazilian behind, who now has only nine games and intends to turn his situation around in the remainder of the league championship. His good performance against Real Madrid invites a changing scenario: he has eleven duels to earn a continuity ticket in Heliópolis despite the fact that his contract expires in 2022.Betis already managed the option of a departure of the Brazilian player in winter, But neither the player was clear on that trick or clubs came with the necessary conditions for him to say goodbye. Rubi then ran into a defensive overbooking after pivot Guido Rodríguez arrived and settled on his plans Edgar. With only two places behind and four central to play there, Sidnei waited for his opportunity and added two starts in the last two appointments of his team to expose his conditions, the same ones that made him an important piece last season under Quique Setién. The outlook will be different at the end of this campaign. The Verdiblanco club has decided to make variations in its defensive zone before the number of pieces present and the bad numbers that the team reflects again at the collective level behind. Rubi’s team is the third team to score the most goals in the current League and this reflects the excess risks taken by a style of play that already experienced a similar situation at Espanyol last season despite the European ticket (50 goals conceded) . Sidnei wants to extend his time as a verdiblanco and hopes that the resumption of the League will allow him to present his best arguments.last_img read more

Stoichkov relates how and why he came to Barça 30 years ago

first_imgThe Bulgarian thus related the difficulty of his beginnings and how Johan Cruyff helped him: “To whom I also owe a lot, or everything, it is to Johan Cruyff. Just landed in Barcelona, ​​I remember he said to me” Listen to me, I will work with you until you win the Golden Ball. “ I was practically an unknown boy at the time, and that Cruyff told me that motivated me a lot. Johan was a great motivator and did a lot of things for me and my family that I will be forever grateful to him for. (…) Socceristically speaking, the beginnings were not entirely easy. I had to adapt to the position of the ball and I had a hard time not running after it. “The former striker He also had words of thanks for his colleagues and club employees., who, according to him, helped him succeed at Barça. Special mention made to Josep Lluís Núñez and his wife, who were key “for me to return to Barça after my transfer to Parma. Surely, leaving Barça in 1996 is the worst decision I have made in my career. If I had a magic wand and I could change one thing about my trajectory, it would be that. Fortunately, I was able to return a year later. ” Finally, he thanked all the fans. 30 years have passed since Hristo Stoichkov, a figure well loved by the Barcelona fans, signed for the Barcelona team. The 1990/91 season was the Bulgarian’s first in Can Barça, the first of the seven in which, based on goals, he forever won a place in the hearts of Barça fans. Three decades after his transfer, he has written an epistle explaining how his transfer was for the whole of Barcelona and some memories of its past at Camp Nou.“On May 3, 1990, I officially signed for FC Barcelona and I became the happiest human being on the planet”This is how Stoichkov wanted to start the letter. “My arrival in Barcelona began to take shape a year earlier. It was April 1989 when my then team, CSKA Sofía, faced Barça in the semifinal of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. (…) The smartest of all was Josep María Minguella, the Barça representative and intermediary who ended up leading my signing with the late Paco Ventura, vice president of the Club at that time. After those games and see my evolution, Both recommended my incorporation to Johan Cruyff, who gave his OK to the signing. (…) At the end of 1989 I already had a pre-contract signed with Barça … but I hadn’t told my wife or my parents! I didn’t want anything to go wrongso I was quiet until it became official in May 1990. “Stoichkov also pointed out the ease with which he adapted to Barcelona: “I quickly adapted to its people. (…) During my first stage in Barcelona I dedicated the days I had free to tour Catalonia. I would take the car and go to typical villages. Everyone treated me great, it was wonderful! I felt integrated from the first moment. “last_img read more