Ioane and Naholo dropped for Lions decider

first_imgPhoto: PhotoSport Waisake Naholo makes a break for the All Blacks. Speedsters Rieko Ioane and Waisake Naholo are out, and Israel Dagg has been shifted from fullback to the right wing.They’ll meet an unchanged Lions starting line-up and bench – with captain Sam Warburton again leading the 23 who won the second test – as coach Warren Gatland sticks to his winning formula. It’s the first time since 1992 that the Lions have kept the same starting 23 for consecutive tests.Jordie Barrett is thrown into a pressure-cooker role at fullback in what will be the 20-year old’s first Test start.Julian Savea, a more seasoned introduction on the left wing, has played no part in the series to date, after being usurped by the talented Ioane.Ngani Laumape, starts at second five-eighth joining Barrett in playing just his second Test and making his maiden start.Laumape had 55 minutes off the bench in last week’s 24-21 Second-Test loss in Wellington, introduced after Sonny Bill Williams was shown a red card which resulted in a subsequent four-week suspension.There is no change to the starting pack or halves, while a lone new face on the bench is centre Malakai Fekitoa, cakked into the squad following injury to Ryan Crotty.All three new starting faces are Hurricanes backs, and will operate outside that team’s playmaker, first five-eighth Beauden Barrett.Brothers Jordie, Beauden and lock reserve Scott Barrett match their New Zealand record- breaking scenario against Samoa last month, when all three were named in the 23.Ioane’s dropping is the biggest surprise, with the 20-year-old having utilised his speed to score twice in the 30-15 first Test win at Eden Park.Savea, the scorer of 46 tries in 53 Tests, may need to provide support to Jordie Barrett, who can expect to be the target of the Lions’ array of tactical kickers.Elsewhere, captain Kieran Read will play his 100th Test in what is his 25th cap as skipper. He will be the seventh All Black to reach a century milestone.Aaron Cruden and Charlie Faumuina will bring up 50 caps if used off the reserves bench. It could also be the last Test for the pair, who have signed French club contracts beginning later this year.Coach Steve Hansen says the Test shapes as a “cracker”.”It’s winner takes all and that’ll create its own unique pressures. It’s going to be interesting to see how both sides cope with it,” he said.The team:All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.Reserves: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa.last_img read more

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Multiple errors proved Warriors’ undoing against Sharks

first_imgAs has been customary for much of 2017, multiple errors and repeated knock-ons on Friday ultimately proved the Warriors’ undoing.Despite another decent showing up front, where the Warriors outran the Sharks with the ball, the defending premiers ran in four tries to two to cement their place in the top four with five regular-season games remaining.The Warriors are on the precipice and will have to win their last five, which include tough matches against Canberra and Manly to have any chance of a top-eight finish.Coach Stephen Kearney watched on as the Warriors again squandered chances and gifted the Sharks easy tries.Kearney backed his process-driven approach, post-game, saying finals qualification was secondary to week-by-week improvement.Yet his frustration with the side’s simple errors was clear.”The light’s getting dimmer and dimmer, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s never been about that,” Kearney said.”It’s been about improving from week to week, and the point I made to the group in the sheds afterwards is that’s the most important part.”We’ve got five games left. That’s my focus for the players, my tip for them – to attach themselves to that process.”In a mostly tight first half, Ken Maumalo failed to judge a Sharks grubber kick and gave Kurt Capewell the easiest of tries after four minutes, before Mason Lino’s 32nd-minute knock-on allowed Fa’amanu Brown to score.The Sharks’ first two tries – both against the run of play – sandwiched a juggling Solomone Kata intercept try in the 29th minute.There was a brief Warriors rally in the second half, with Lino putting Bodene Thompson over to get his side back to within two points.Former Warrior Sosaia Feki went over on the left edge in the 62nd minute, restoring the Sharks’ eight-point buffer, before Jayson Bukuya capitalised on a Matt Prior line break to score the Sharks’ fourth and wrap up the result.Both teams will also have injury concerns, with Thompson suffering a shoulder injury and Brown taken off on a medicab after being knocked unconscious by a Sam Lisone high knee.Lisone was placed on report.Photo: PhotoSport Solomone Kata in action for the Warriors.last_img read more

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Lae cricket begins this Saturday

first_imgLCA president Rajitha Ratwatte said the competition will begin with four teams taking part this year- Taraka Nightriders, Malahang Heroes, Kings of Salamua and the Markham Warriors.“LCA has been running the competition for probably well over 10 years now. Thus we had the privilege to have 2 players (Damien Ravu and Billy Maha) in the PNG A cricket team that played in the Pacific Games,” said Ratwatte.He said that the competition will be held at the main showground and Unitech oval for the duration of the season.“We are looking for crowd support to attract sponsors as we have a lot of work to do to develop the venues.“Our showground venue is really fantastic and in fact the National Regional Championship was held there this year as your grounds in POM were under construction for the Pacific Games,” said Ratwatte.last_img read more

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Hunters trailing behind Blackhawks at break

first_imgIn the Intrust Super Cup round 23 clash, Hunters opened the scoreboard with an unconverted try from Adex Wera in the 8 minutes to lead 4-0.Twelve minutes later, the Blackhawks regrouped in a fast pace to capitalise into the Hunters zone with their first from Laybutt to level with Hunters, 4-4.With only 5 minutes on the clock, Laybutt slid through the Hunters defense for his second to extend the lead to 6-4 at half-time.last_img

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Salazar, the factory pichichi that is set in Cristiano

first_imgIsrael Salazar (forward of Juvenil C of Madrid) is just one goal to make history in ‘The Factory’: it would reach 150 many officers in less than five years. At 16, he is the maximum killer of his league (20 goals in 13 games) and has even come to train several times with Castilla de Raúl.Its explosion was immediate: since 2015 it has not dropped from the 16 goals in any campaign. These figures do not surprise anyone from the quarry: since I arrived at Infantil B (2015), It has always been the pichichi of the respective competitions. As a result, it is one of the talents that receives the most offers during all signings markets. Curiously, his idol is Cristiano Ronaldo. The canterano studies carefully the movements of the Portuguese from face to door. In fact, on the pitch it also shows the odd gesture similar to those of ‘7’. Off the field, he is not far behind: apart from training, he works four hours a day to improve his performance.InternationalThe great expectations he has generated in Madrid have made him the Spanish U-17 striker. Wearing the national team’s shirt, he has scored seven goals. Several employees of the Federation, close to Luis Enrique, see him debuting with the absolute in a couple of years. Other referents is Borja Mayoral (He lived a similar irruption in the national team) with whom he speaks daily to ask for advice. Madrid rubs his hands with him.last_img read more

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Abelardo emulates the premiere of Pochettino with Espanyol

first_imgThe history of that miraculous 2008-09 academic year is repeated, although Abelardo has been able to have six sessions in just five days to test his new team while Pochettino went cold-blooded. Presented on January 20, he directed the parrots that afternoon and met Barcelona the next day, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. “There is always risk in life. I assume the risk and responsibility, and I must convey confidence and optimism so that people feel proud to see our team, “proclaimed the Spanish-Argentine, whose Espanyol pulled claw, of bravery, to neutralize with a 0-0 celebrated in Montjuïc to a Barcelona that came with 13 straight wins as a visitor. Then the ‘Delapeñazo’ would arrive. And salvation … It is in both cases of third coach in a dramatic season. The first, after Bartolomé Márquez and José Manuel Esnal ‘Mané’. The current one, after David Gallego and Pablo Machín. And, just as it happened to Mauricio Pochettino in January 2009, today Abelardo Fernández will debut as coach of Espanyol at home and against Barcelona.last_img read more

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Canales and Joaquín lead the win of Betis

first_imgThe Real who returned from the locker room was knocked out and Betis collected occasions to expand the scoreboard while the crossbar saved a distant shot from Mikel Merino, who had caught Joel ahead. The fright and the local need changed the landscape somewhat in the last half hour. The defensive pivot Guido Rodríguez debuted in the Verdiblanco team, more acclaimed than in the first two thirds of the match. They could and deserved then the realists to cut distances. Portu, Isak, Barrenetxea and Oyarzabal didn’t have the afternoon that was blowing for the best of their team, Canales, who signed with the 3-0 in the discount his great encounter. Somewhat, by the way, that causes the heliopolitanos to win the difference of goals particular to the San Sebastian. Goals1-0, 26 ‘: Borja Iglesias, 2-0, 43 ‘: Joaquin, 3-0, 94 ‘: Channels ChangesAnder Barrenetxea (56 ‘, Isak), Guido Rodríguez (67 ‘, Aleñá), Willian José (70 ‘, Portu), Loren Morón (73 ‘, Borja Iglesias), Gorosabel (79 ‘, Zaldua), Tello (81 ‘, Joaquin) Betis thrashed the Real Sociedad and begins the second round with the optimism that allows to climb positions in the table and look more closely at the positions for which the Verdiblanco team was designed for budget, those that give the right to dispute European competition the next season. The Txuri-Urdines, who have already fallen against another direct rival (Villarreal) last day, deflate the illusion balloon that deservedly flew in recent months over Anoeta. The news, some forced, of Le Normand, Aihen and Isak in the Royal Society led to the eleven txuri-urdin who jumped on the lawn was only 23.3 years on average. Too imberbe, perhaps, before a Betis of players made and rights like Joaquín Sánchez, who again offered a clinic from the left, or Sergio Canales, tireless and undetectable in most areas of the field. With Emerson giving Aihen the afternoon, Betis had deserved the goal just before Borja Iglesias, in a corner, will not even need to move to connect the 1-0 header (27 ‘). Unable to engage with Oyarzabal and Portu, with overwhelmed Odegaard, the Txuri-Urdines did not breathe after that time. Just before the break, a major error in the exit of the ball caused Emerson to locate Joaquin in the center of the area and the captain’s bitten shot entered before the gaze of an impotent Remiro (2-0, 44 ‘). Seven goals have Joaquín already and five assists the Brazilian side, which Barcelona can sign for not too much money. CardsReferee: Adrián Cordero VegaVAR Referee: Carlos del Cerro GrandeLlorente (15 ‘, Yellow) Saved (22 ‘, Yellow) Alex Moreno (68 ‘, Yellow) Emerson (90 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

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The Barcelona press embraces Setién’s debut

first_imgThe columns of the firms were also optimistic. Ernest Folch, director of Sport, title yours: “Setién writes his first manifesto: possession and quarry.” Santi Nolla, director of Sports world, gives more credit to the best player in the world, at least in the headline: “Always Messi.” But, in principle, it can be said that the Barcelona press embraced and Setién’s debut was believed. The press in Barcelona has hugged Quique Setién since day one. Although the game of Pomegranate He was very bored and that the Catalans only opened the bolt in the last minutes and when the rojiblancos were already ten, the radical touch and possession convinced the directors of the media, who dedicate benevolent covers to the game of the Barça. “It shows Setién”, Title Sports world. While, Sport went further and talked about “Big hopes”. L’Esportiu, meanwhile, saw “green shoots” in the game on the first day of the Cantabrian coach.last_img read more

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Álvaro Giménez: “Marking half that last year would be happy”

first_imgFor his part, Filip Malbasic arrives from Tenerife, where the coach did not have the Serbian, “I had problems in Tenerife, when the Cádiz offer arrived I was glad because it is a very good opportunity. I did not enter the plans of the master, so they got a good opportunity for me, now to work in Cádiz “.The Serbian striker is happy with his debut, “I am here to do my best. We got a very important point against Zaragoza.” In addition, he acknowledges in a humorous tone that the teammates have not recriminated the goal he scored on the penultimate day of the 2017/18 season, which left the yellow team at the gates of the ascent play off.Óscar Arias: “The president is responsible for the renovation of the Mr.”The sports director of Cádiz has analyzed the winter market. He is satisfied with the work done despite the difficulties They have found. He claims to be in tune with the cadista coach.Pretensions winter market. “Given that the winter market is more complex than the summer market, because it is smaller, expectations are reduced and complex, I think we have improved in certain situations as demanded. We have enabled the departure of players who were not having a lot of participation and we have looked for players who raise the level We are happy with the additions and the exits We have not been able to find that left-handed player, we are in the line of what the coach wants The options that we have considered have not come out. Most of the players who play in that demarcation usually do it with a changed leg, so there aren’t many options. “ Álvaro Giménez has highlighted his arrival at “a historic club, which has the objective of promotion”. Regarding the responsibility of defending the Pichichi Trophy from last season it is clear that the key is “work and try to make things go well, with half the goals that last season would be very happy.”The ilicitano knows that it will be difficult to make a hole in the eleven, “now we are four, it will cost a lot to play, with work you will try to win the position, but always with companionship. “As for his time in the English league, the player acknowledges having grown “in recent months I haven’t played what I wanted, but I’m not sad and I have improved a lot. “ Left-handed end “We work on what the coach asks. Several names have been discussed, but in the end the circumstances have not occurred. We are in the line of play that the coach wants. Perea is being very important in that demarcation, if we could have found a player who played with that natural leg would have been a help. “Manage strikers “We have the top we had before the market, we had four and we still have four. A priori we give more resources and potential to the team.”Objective. “Cádiz is the first, we have been there almost all season. We want to take a twist to continue in that fight. The market opens when it opens and that is when you have to find improvements.”Álvaro Cervera renovation. “I will not talk about that issue. That is what the president is doing. We have already said that Álvaro will be here until he wants to.”First Division Euphoria. “I think that nobody here has talked about promotion at any time, but of being ambitious, we cannot deny that we are up and that we have been there all year, we will try to do everything possible to stay there. Ambition is not subtracted, all we have the same thing in mind, we know we can fall if we don’t do things right. “Worse performance in the second laps. “What we try is to improve, the guarantees do not exist in football. The truth is that the players have performance levels and there are some better than others, but it does not guarantee us anything. We have a very definite identity stamp and we must emphasize in that because it works for us. “Cádiz B objectives. “Sometimes there is confusion, Cádiz B as a team is not the important thing, the important thing is the players that are in that moment of formation so that they have the maximum options to play in the first team. There is a competitive aspect, that they have to compete , but the difficulties they encounter with other teams that have marked objectives, makes them have deficiencies. “Subsidiary incorporations. “Marc Baró, on the left, is something different from what we had. Viedma can be important, we know him well from Sevilla and he has a very high level. Hicham is going to give us packaging, he has made a great effort to come here, it is a player who has shown that he wants to continue growing and succeed in football. All the players of the branch try to have the maximum guarantees of playing in the first team. “last_img read more

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Echenique’s past: he was affiliated with Citizens and supported the US in the Iraq War

first_imgIn this public letter from Echenique, progressively forgotten and now rescued, the charismatic leader of Podemos recognized even having gone through a “neoliberal” stage prior to his landing in Citizens: “And yet, a few days ago, a friend reminded me that I Not only did I vote for Citizens, but I was affiliated with that party a few years ago, and he proposed to write a post about “not what someone is wrong, but what you were wrong about.” My friend has known me for a long time and knows that I used to be neoliberal (in my Citizens stage I was already moderating). “In this ‘post’, Echenique also reveals that he even came to defend the role of the US in the controversial Iraq War in 2003, a phenomenon so answered by the Spanish left: “It seemed appropriate for the US to invade Iraq, I thought that” freedom “He was above all, and he believed in all those slogans that capitalist advisors whispered to ZP in his ear.”The references against the former president of the Government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, now defended in certain terms by some names of Podemos as opposed to other socialists such as Felipe González, Susana Díaz or Pedro Sánchez himself, were also a constant in Echenique’s ideology: ” Even the most idealistic politicians, such as our now longed for Bambi ZP, tend to succumb to the wishes of the lords of the top hat for a fairly simple reason (…) ZP, although he smoked parsley and believed in love, he didn’t have Ada Colau advising him, he had Pedro Solbes. “In the same writing, Echenique recognizes what it is hard for him to be reflected in those ideas that he defended: “It is hard for me to imagine myself thinking that, but it is a fact. I thought so.” Something that led him to ask himself the following questions in the months prior to the birth of Podemos: “Of more complex digestion than the facts are the explanations: How could I think that?” Now that Pablo Echenique has made a qualitative leap into Podemos by being appointed Secretary of Organization after being relegated to ‘first sword’ of the party in Aragon, many have wanted to dive into his past and rescue the era in which he sympathized with his great today rival, citizens.Far from hiding it, it was Echenique himself who, in a radio interview granted last week, recalled how one day he voted for the ‘orange’ party. However, rescuing a ‘post’ of his from 2013, it is discovered that the now ‘number three’ of Podemos not only voted for those of Albert Rivera, but also became affiliated with the party. Echenique, in the last Citizen Council of Podemos. Image: EFElast_img read more

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