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Griffin is captain, Minoga out, Eliab in

Posted in avadfeqk on May 14th, 2020

first_imgThe 30 year old from Wabag, Enga Province made his debut for the Kumuls as a 20-year-old in 2007 against Wales. He is Kumul #218.It will be a memorable occasion for Griffin when he runs on for the Kumuls for the 11th time, but first as captain.“I thank Coach Michael Marum for giving me the honour to captain PNG in this test.“It’ll be great to lead the boys out on Saturday. Captaining your country, there’s nothing like it.“Coming into camp, you see the smiles and it gives you the fire in your belly. You see the reason behind why you play, and especially for PNG where everyone loves footy so much, it’s hard to describe the feeling, it’s amazing,” said Griffin.Griffin joined the Bulldogs this year after two seasons with the Wests Tigers.The second rower will be assisted on the field by PNG Hunters captain, Ase Boas as his deputy.Meanwhile, the PNG LNG Kumuls’ preparations were dealt another blow when Willie Minoga was suspended by the QRL judiciary for two matches for a dangerous throw.This follows the late withdrawal of St George Illawarra Dragons winger Nene Macdonald on Monday due to an ankle injury sustained in their game against Melbourne Storm.Speaking from Sydney this morning, Coach Michael Marum said Minoga will return to Port Moresby tomorrow.In place of Minoga will be Israel Eliab who will join the Kumuls in Penrith tomorrow afternoon.Stargroth Amean who was also cited for a similar offence during Saturday’s win over Northern Pride entered an early guilty plea and has been cleared by the QRL judiciary. Amean will take up his position at fullback on Saturday night.last_img read more

Wlad retirement disappointing – AJ

Posted in hqpxmowc on May 14th, 2020

first_imgIBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight champion Joshua knocked out veteran Klitschko in the 11th round in an epic Wembley bout in April.It had been expected that Klitschko, whose nine-year reign as lineal world heavyweight champion was ended by Tyson Fury in 2015, would agree to a rematch with Joshua in Las Vegas.However, the 41-year-old instead decided to hang up his gloves, a decision the unbeaten Joshua said he saw coming.”In my heart of hearts I kind of knew he probably wouldn’t fight again,” he said.”He was saying how obsessed he was with becoming heavyweight champion of the world again.”If you fail at the first hurdle, you go again – [he] knew from my side I was ready for a rematch, making it clear that if he wants to go again, we’ll go again.”With Klitschko, we weren’t hearing too much, so I just thought he was 50-50, but I had a feeling he might not fight again.” Asked how much of a disappointment Klitschko’s decision was, he added: “Massive. It was probably even a disappointment for his management, his trainer [Johnathon Banks].”Joshua, who is now set to face the mandatory challenger to his IBF belt Kubrat Pulev, hopes to receive advice from Klitschko.”Take the financial side away, this is a sport when you get damaged mentally and internally,” he added. “It all looks good on the outside, but he’s put his body through so many years of impact.”He’s quite intelligent so has other things to keep him busy, other interests outside of boxing, so he can make that decision comfortably with retiring and focusing his energy on other things.”I know he’s got some awards nights. I’d love to work with him, present him an award, and keep a good relationship now the fight’s out the way. “I’d appreciate it if we just sat down as gentlemen, and he gave me some experience he’s learnt from over the years.” Photo by Getty Images. Caption: Anthony Joshua with Wladimir Klitschkolast_img read more

Parker taunts fire up Joshua

Posted in dnxjvxyy on May 14th, 2020

first_imgPhoto by: GETTY IMAGES. Caption: Anthony Joshua likes respect but admits there’s a gutter element that still has its place in boxing. WBO champion Parker is desperate to fight WBA and IBF champion Joshua and the big Brit believes a March or April bout in the UK is “realistic”.It seems Parker’s unorthodox methods of prompting Joshua into taking the fight are hitting a nerve.Team Parker have released videos to question Joshua’s “glass chin” and repeatedly accused him of greed as the Kiwis haggle for a 35 per cent cut of the net profit from what would be a mega-fight.Joshua has tried to steer clear of the trash talk though he admits there is a place for the “gutter” element of boxing.”Life is about how you interpret things and when I first started boxing, my interpretation [of boxing] was all about Mike Tyson and the gutter side of it,” Joshua said.”Then I started realising the discipline and regimen of the likes of Klitschko and how they conduct themselves. So I tried to change the angle.”But you need that gutterness as well, which I show in the fight, but outside of that, it’s calmness and respect.”It’s tough sometimes though if someone keeps on poking you, how do you keep a lid on that pot of fire?”There has been no lack of “poking” from Parker to keep the fight in the headlines.The Kiwi has been successful in giving a hoped-for fight with Joshua international attention and also increasing his own profile in the UK.And it appears there has been enough progress in talks between the two camps to suggest the fight will happen. Details could even be revealed later this week with a desire by Parker to get things squared away before Christmas to allow planning.Joshua has also been negotiating with American Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, about a unification fight. But Wilder’s steadfast attitude about getting 50 per cent of the profits mean Parker is the priority for Joshua at the moment.”We have to get our hands on another championship belt. Joseph Parker is being very realistic in terms of when he’s going to fight and negotiations,” Joshua said when he attended the BBC’s sports personality of the year award in Liverpool on Monday (NZT).”That’s a fight that potentially could happen sometime in March or April.”Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn released a short video of a chat in a car on their way back from the awards where they repeated that view with Hearn saying Parker had priority over Wilder.”Why do you say Parker first?” Joshua asks.Hearn replies: “Because he is the one who is remotely realistic … remotely realistic.”Joshua then chips in with: “I don’t like to give false promises, but I agree … Parker is remotely realistic in negotiaitons.”It is understood Hearn has been willing to give Parker 30 per cent.It’s now a matter of seeing if they can find some middle ground for a fight tipped to be held at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium which holds 76,000 and has a retractable roof, making it an ideal large venue for that time of year.last_img read more

Kiwi Steven Adams snubbed again for All-Star game

Posted in myekaaeu on May 14th, 2020

first_imgThe NBA announced the reserves for the East and Western Conferences on Friday, with Adams missing out to the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nikola Jokic on the West bench.The road to his first All-Star call-up was always a steep one for the OKC fan favourite against such quality big men, including Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, who also missed selection. The Western Conference bench will be represented by Towns, Aldridge, Jokic, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard.The news was better for Australian Ben Simmons, who was controversially overlooked in 2018.The Philadelphia 76ers star put up record rookie numbers during his first full season, but to his dismay and that of many NBA pundits, Simmons was snubbed.The point guard has been named as one of the reserves on the Eastern Conference bench.The other Eastern reserves are Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, Khris Middleton, Bradley Beal and Nikola Vucevic.Oladipo will have to be replaced, after he suffered a season-ending leg injury last week.The Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving and Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker were named the East’s starting guards.The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and 76ers’ Joel Embiid make up the East’s imposing front court.The Western Conference starters is lethal with LeBron James partnering with Kevin Durant, Paul George, Stephen Curry and James Harden.The power is now in the hands of respective captains LeBron James and Giannis Anetokounmpo who will pick the All-Star game lineups in high school yard form.James will have the first choice on player as he received the most votes and then the two will alternate picks, but they must select the eight remaining starting players first, before moving onto the named reserves.last_img read more

Honduras accuse Australia of ‘espionage’ by drone

Posted in uwvmwtei on May 14th, 2020

first_imgHonduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto has accused Australia of “espionage” after alleging they had used a drone to film his team’s training sessions ahead of today’s decisive World Cup playoff match.The Honduran National Football Federation posted on Twitter footage of a drone flying above Sydney’s Olympic Stadium where the team trained after their long flight from Central America.Honduras face the Socceroos at the same stadium on Wednesday in the deciding second leg of their intercontinental playoff with the scores level at 0-0 after a tight first leg in San Pedro Sula on Friday.While Football Federation Australia said they were not involved in the drone incident, Pinto said the affair was “embarrassing for such an advanced country”.“Let’s not be innocent, it’s espionage in football,” he told reporters through a translator on Tuesday.“When Australia went to Honduras, they checked every bathroom, every box at the stadium where they trained.“It just takes some of the merit away from the fair play and the sporting event that will be held tomorrow.”Pinto was also involved in a row with the media at the start of Monday’s session when he tried to close training before the 15 minutes of open access allowed under FIFA rules.The Colombian also suggested on his arrival in Sydney that someone in the Honduran media had leaked tactical details to Australia.“Regardless of the incident with the drone, and the possibility of a journalist from Honduras leaking information regarding our team, we are happy with the welcome we have had here,” said Pinto.“We are facing a balanced side. We need to be aggressive and I’ll be even happier we’re able to go back to Honduras with qualification.”Honduras’ bid for a fourth appearance at the World Cup finals, and third in a row, has been far from plain sailing and they needed two second-half goals to clinch a place in the playoff with a 3-2 win over Mexico last month.On Wednesday, Pinto will be able to call on experienced captain Maynor Figueroa and winger Alberth Elis, who were both suspended for the first leg.But it is the long balls through to forward Carlo Costly, who came close to breaking the deadlock in the first leg, that might concern Australia most as they seek to avoid conceding an away goal.“Without a doubt we’ll be employing long balls tomorrow,” Pinto said.“If the head coach of Australia is watching the press conference, he has an insight into our gameplan.”last_img read more

Joshua wants Wilder fight in Britain for undisputed title

Posted in avadfeqk on May 14th, 2020

first_imgAnthony Joshua, ever more the golden boy of British boxing, says he has no interest in trying to conquer America after adding a fourth world heavyweight championship belt to his collection on Saturday.Instead, he wants America — in the shape of WBC champion Deontay Wilder — to come and fight him in his own backyard for the undisputed crown.The WBC title is the only one remaining on Joshua’s radar after he took the WBO championship from New Zealand’s previously unbeaten Joseph Parker with a unanimous points decision at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.Joshua, who already had the WBA, IBF and IBO titles, told the 78,000-strong crowd to expect more such big nights in future.“All these years, the UK fighters had to go to America and everyone had to spend a heap of money to go to Vegas,” he said from the ring.“We can do it in London, around Wembley, or Cardiff. It’s local. We’re staying right here.“Wilder – Let’s go baby, let’s go.”Joshua won his first three belts by stopping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium in April last year, with 90,000 fans celebrating one of the great nights for British boxing.He has now twice defended titles in Cardiff before similarly huge crowds.Asked what he would have to do to beat Wilder, Joshua replied: “Get him in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out.”The Briton’s promoter Eddie Hearn questioned whether Wilder was up to the challenge, however.“Deontay Wilder was supposed to be here tonight, but he pulled out,” he told Sky Sports television. “Deontay Wilder’s people don’t contact us, they don’t want to know. He talks the talk, he can’t walk the walk.”“We’ll do it anywhere,” he added. “Have you seen where he boxes? He boxes in some great venues with no one there. Look at what we’re doing over here. Look at what Anthony Joshua’s doing.“Deontay Wilder will be watching right now. And this is called a show, this is called a crowd. He will not beat AJ and these people.”Wilder, unbeaten in 40 fights, begged to differ and put out a video on social media after the fight suggesting he wanted to make it happen.“Of course I want Joshua to fight, he knows it no matter what they say and no matter what his promoter says … I want the fight, let’s make the fight happen, stop making these excuses,” he said.last_img read more

‘Strong start bodes well for Spurs’ title hopes’

Posted in myekaaeu on May 14th, 2020

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur defender Lee Young-pyo is backing his old club to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, with the return of fellow South Korean Son Heung-min to bolster the side after their strong start.Spurs, who won their first three games of the new campaign before slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Watford, resume their bid for a first league title since 1960-61 when they take on high-flying Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be boosted by the return of Son, who was not featured since mid-August after joining South Korea for the Asian Games, and Lee is confident Tottenham are in a strong position.“I’m always watching and focusing on Tottenham because they’re my old team and this season has been a great start,” Lee, who played for Tottenham for three seasons from 2005 to 2008, told Reuters.“The last few seasons the start hasn’t been good but this season with three wins to start is great. And they have Son Heung-min to come back and he will bring more power for them.“This is a great chance for Spurs. Some people have complained that there have been no new players but it makes for a better combination because they know each other and this is great for them.”Son returns to the squad having helped his country win gold at the Asian Games, which secured the 26-year-old an exemption from military service that could well have damaged his football career.“The army is important for our nation, but two years out of football finishes your career,” said Lee, who earned his own exemption as part of the South Korean squad that reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals on home soil.“It’s very important for Son Heung-min, for his career, our national team and for Tottenham.”Lee believes the current Korean crop led by Son can build on their success at the Asian Games — an under-23 tournament which permits three over-age players per team — when they play in the more demanding Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.“In that age group, when they play in Asia they always become champions, they are strong,” Lee said of their Asian Games triumph.“But our target is not Asia, we need to go to the Olympics and the World Cup. This team isn’t bad but not at the level of our generation. We need to wait and see.“Every single time we have a great chance to get the title in the Asian Cup, and in the UAE, it’s also a great chance they can do it. And I’m confident they can do it this time.”last_img read more

Infantino plans for new global tournaments back on FIFA agenda

Posted in myekaaeu on May 14th, 2020

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans for two new global tournaments are back on the agenda at the governing body with officials set to discuss the proposals on Friday.FIFA’s ruling council meets in Kigali, Rwanda and Infantino’s plan for a new ‘mini World Cup’ and an expanded Club World Cup feature among the items for discussion according to the agenda document.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment and it was not clear if the plans will be put to a vote.Infantino wrote to FIFA Council members in May outlining his plans which he says are backed by a ‘solid and serious’ group of investors willing to spend $25 billion over a 12-year cycle starting in 2021.The letter did not outline the identity of the investors but several media reports have stated that Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group is heading the consortium.However, the plans were strongly opposed by clubs and leagues in Europe and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the plans were ‘highly cynical and ruthless mercantilism’ and accused FIFA of selling the soul of the game.The plans did not feature on the agenda of FIFA’s congress in Moscow in June.Infantino’s proposals would bring about major changes to the international calendar.The proposals outline what would effectively be a mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event.The tournament, known as the ‘Final 8’, would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition.In the May letter, it was suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021. The Confederations Cup, currently staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.The annual Club World Cup, which currently features seven teams, would be expanded to 24 teams and moved to once every four years, according to the proposals.last_img read more

Sarri considers forward options ahead of Arsenal match

Posted in jetevarl on May 14th, 2020

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri could opt to restore Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata up front, or continue with Eden Hazard, in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.Morata was left out of the squad to face Newcastle last week, when Hazard started as a ‘false nine’, amid doubts over the Spain striker’s long-term future.Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is the only definite injury absentee.Provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi.last_img read more

England want more than semi-final finishes, says Southgate

Posted in hawtgbjn on May 14th, 2020

first_imgEngland have reached the semi-finals of the last two major championships but manager Gareth Southgate says missing out on the World Cup and Nations League final has left the squad deeply unsatisfied.England’s shootout win over Switzerland on Sunday saw them finish UEFA’s inaugural Nations League in third place, one spot better than the 2018 World Cup when they were beaten by Belgium in the bronze medal game.“None of us is satisfied with two semi-final appearances in successive years,” Southgate told reporters. “We all wanted to move forward further.“We needed to finish what’s been a good year with the international team with a strong performance.”Southgate said it was a good thing that the players were feeling they could have achieved more.“We owed it to ourselves… The commitment is there. They’re not satisfied with where they’re at and that, as a coach, gives you a lift,” he added.Southgate also voiced his displeasure over UEFA’s decision not to award England their bronze medals on the field after the game.“We’ve had to go through another third/fourth-place playoff and have finally won one, and we don’t even get the medals in front of our fans,” Southgate said.“It’s nice to have some acknowledgement, but we’ll be parking it to one side and looking forward.” (last_img read more