Raiders release Jarrad Kennedy

first_imgKennedy played 49 matches for the Raiders since making his debut in 2012. Kennedy was also part of the Raiders inaugural NYC team who claimed the title in 2008, scoring the match winning try in Golden Point extra time.In 2016 Kennedy was an instrumental part of Mounties push to the Intrust Super Premiership Grand Final.The Raiders would like to wish Jarrad all the best in the future.last_img

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South Africa target home win in Cape Town

first_imgThe Blitzboks, England and USA all progress to the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after taking three wins from three in the pool stages. South Africa face Fiji in the final eight, reigning Cape Town champions England play New Zealand, Canada face France and USA play Argentina. South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the 2018 world series in Dubai last weekend. A highlight of the day for the 47,000 strong home crowd was Seabelo Senatla becoming the fastest player to reach 200 world series tries, achieving the milestone in just 35 tournaments. “It’s been a surreal day for me,” said Senatla. “The reception I got was amazing today and to play in my home town was incredible. The crowd was sensational.”Reigning champions England, who beat South Africa in the 2016 Cape Town final 19-17, conceded just 14 points in their pool matches but head coach Simon Amor says there’s scope for improvement.”I didn’t think we played particularly well but there’s a lot of heart shown which is key in this game,” he said. “The effort and the attitude was excellent, but our sevens wasn’t as good as it should be.In the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Kenya face Samoa, Scotland play Spain, Wales face Russia and Uganda go up against Australia.POOL AFresh from their win in Dubai, South Africa began the pool stages with a 40-5 win against Russia, with Senatla bagging a hat-trick. Their 31-5 victory over France featured Senatla’s 200th world series try and the speedster also got on the scoresheet against Kenya as the Blitzboks took their third pool win, 26-7. France started strongly with a 21-14 win against Kenya, and despite their loss to South Africa were able to finish second overall in the pool thanks to a 21-5 victory over Russia. Kenya will play Samoa in the Challenge Trophy final, while Russia will face Wales.  POOL BAfter a tough opening round in Dubai, USA were back on form and opened their Cape Town campaign with a 22-0 win over New Zealand. A hat-trick from Isles helped them to a 31-14 victory over Australia and four different try scorers got on the scoresheet as they finished pool play with a 26-5 over Spain. The All Blacks Sevens, who lost 24-12 to South Africa in the Dubai final, beat Spain 50-0 and scored a crucial 35-12 win over Australia to take second place in the pool. Australia’s sole win came against Spain in their opening pool match, 36-12. They now play Uganda in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final while Spain face Australia. POOL CEngland conceded just 14 points in the pool stages, beating Uganda 36-0, Argentina 24-7 and Scotland 12-7. Simon Amor may not have been pleased with his side’s performance on day one but it was enough to leave them top of the pool. Santiago Gomez Cora’s Argentina side, who contested the final at the tournament in 2015, opened their account with a solid win over Scotland. A great individual try from Santiago Mare was the highlight of the match. Their loss against England was nullified by a seven-try haul vs Uganda, who they beat 43-7. Scotland’s strong 45-0 win against Uganda was their only one of the day and they now face Spain in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final, while Uganda face Australia.  POOL DThe major upset in Pool D came from Damian McGrath’s Canada side, who overturned Fiji 22-14, with a double from Justin Douglas absolutely crucial to his side’s victory. Canada started off their day with a narrow 19-17 loss against Gordon Tietjens’ Samoa outfit, who looked trim and dangerous in attack, but closed out the day top of the pool with a 31-14 win over Wales.Pacific islanders Fiji, who finished fourth in Dubai, sent the crowd wild with some champagne rugby against Wales in their opening pool match, finishing up 28-14 at full time. Despite their loss against Canada, they still finished second in the pool, a 38-7 victory over Samoa giving them seven points in total. Wales’ only win came against Samoa, with a Luke Morgan hat-trick helping them to a 17-12 win. Wales will play Russia in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final and Samoa face Kenya.last_img read more

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2 more gold for PNG

first_imgIn the second session of the day, medal count for the host nation continues to flow.PNG has now won five gold medals in powerlifting in day one of competition.In the women’s 63kg Melissa Tikio (PNG) got gold, Sanimere Abariga of Fiji won silver and Delia Dabwido of Nauru settled for bronze.And in the men’s 66kg Staron Slade of Nauru spoiled the PNG party winning gold, while PNG duo Henry Kelo and Brown Bilong sharing the second and third placing.But in the men’s 74kg division, PNG had the upper hand over Nauru, collecting two medals.Anderson Mangela won gold and Naime Kennedy got bronze.While Target Duburiya of Nauru was on target with the silver medal.The presentation for the medals will follow after the session three competition.last_img read more

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Rio 2016 venues to be included as part of ongoing corruption probe

first_imgThe investigation initially focused on transport and infrastructural projects associated with the Games, but is now set to include venues and services which have been financed with Government funds.This has grown out of the ongoing Operation Car Wash probe into corruption surrounding state run oil giants Petrobras.Construction companies paid bribes for inflated contracts with Petrobras, it is alleged, with leading figures across Brazilian society and politics having supposedly profited.Five companies implicated in that investigation are also involved in the Games: Odebrecht SA, OAS SA [OAS.UL], Andrade Gutierrez SA, Queiroz Galvao SA and Carioca Christiani Nielsen Engenharia SA.”It’s not just the physical works we’re looking at,” federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri told Reuters.“It is contracts for services, security, everything that used federal funds.”According to Reuters, investigators are due to scrutinise what happened to funding which had been designated to be used to help with the clean-up of Guanabara Bay.The controversial Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue has been among the biggest challenges for Rio 2016 organisers in recent years, due to water pollution concerns in the bay.The cleaning up of the bay was a major legacy commitment when they successfully bid for the Games in 2009, but several illnesses were reported after the Rio 2016 test event last August and concerns have remained over the water quality at the site.World Sailing claimed in March that they were satisfied with progress made by Rio 2016 at the venue.Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has repeatedly insisted that the Olympics is free of any corruption, but others have been highly sceptical.Operation Car Wash has also been particularly damaging to the country’s reputation.It is considered among the biggest scandals in Brazilian history, with numerous major business and political figures implicated.Any proof of wrongdoing would mark a major blow to the country, which is currently in political turmoil following the Brazilian Senate voting to proceed with an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, which will see her miss the Rio 2016 Olympics.Senators voted 55-22 in favour of the move, meaning Rousseff is automatically suspended for 180 days.She is accused of “fiscal irresponsibility” for allegedly trying to manipulate budget gaps during the 2014 election, but denies the claims.last_img read more

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Hunters to host Seagulls tomorrow

first_imgThey left late, but the unbeaten run at home remained intact against Souths Logan last weekend and they will be hoping for that to continue this weekend against Wynnum Manly.They also hold a handy home record against their opposition, having won both of their past encounters in PNG.However, despite losing their past two games on the trot, the Seagulls have a positive outlook about their chances of becoming the first side to come home with two points this season.Hunters coach Michael Marum said he was pleased with the way his side had been progressing in the season and was confident of springing the upset.“I’m actually pretty happy with the way we’ve been playing at the moment and we’re all looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” he said.“Our boys always love the opportunity to get away as a team and there’s no better game than playing at home.”Hunters co-captain Noel Zeming scored two late tries last weekend, including the all important match- winner against a somewhat unlucky Magpies side.That gave Zeming 18 in total for the club, which saw him pass Willie Minoga (now with Townsville) to become the club’s fifth leading try scorer.The match is set at 3pm tomorrow at the National Football stadium in Port Moresby, when the two teams go on head to head.Caption: www.qrl.com.aulast_img read more

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Parker to make Fury wait

first_imgThe British duo have been named on a shortlist of possible opponents for Parker, who is likely to defend his WBO heavyweight belt on April 8 after claiming the vacant title with a points win over Andy Ruiz Jr this month.Parker’s promoters, Duco Events, are seeking ‘clarification’ on whether Fury is the WBO mandatory challenger and will continue to assess a number of alternative fights.”We are looking at every option,” Duco Events’ director David Higgins told Sky Sports. “As a boxing promoter, the worst thing you can do is only negotiate with one party.”That might give the Fury camp the misguided idea that they have got a lot of leverage – they are the only cab on the rank – they’re not. We will look at any opponent, if the deal is right.”When the WBO ordered Parker-Ruiz, it was agreed then that the next fight would be David Haye. We’re puzzled, but he seems to have done a runner and gone a different direction. Maybe he was worried that Joseph would beat him.”That leaves Hughie Fury as the possible mandatory. We are seeking clarification on that situation as well, but if we were to unify, we would chase [Deontay] Wilder. We are basically in the process of weighing up the options and the pros and cons of each.”Duco Events have teamed up with influential Top Rank boss Bob Arum and will be holding further talks with him next month as they plot Parker’s next move.”I would hope by middle of January we will have a better idea which way we are heading,” said Higgins.”I’m going to head to LA in early January, so I will probably catch up with Bob Arum in Beverly Hills. Then we’ll chat about all the options and come to a decision.”Haye was originally in pole position to face Parker, but opted for a big domestic clash with Tony Bellew on March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Higgins remains open to a possible fight with the Londoner later this year.”We will fight David Haye, anywhere, any time, but that’s a question for David Haye,” said Higgins.”Certainly if Haye has his fight and wins, and Parker wins, then we would be happy to look at Haye next. That’s up to David Haye.”last_img read more

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Vallejo leaves the Wolves and is close to being ceded to Granada

first_imgJesus Vallejo is close to closing his assignment to Granada, as advanced by AS. The Spanish central was on loan at Wolverhampton for Real Madrid but has not finished curdling on the English team, for that reason the assignment contract was broken with those of Nuno Holy Spirit. Zidane and Real Madrid gave the OK so that the defender will look for a team where he was comfortable and accumulated minutes. On December 30, AS already reported that Vallejo wanted to break the assignment with the Wolves and that he was considering three possible destinations: Granada, Leganés and Eintracht of Frankfurt. After analyzing all the options, a few days ago Vallejo made the decision to go to the Nasrid club but the transfer has been delayed because the Wolves had to approve definitive. The agreement is close, although the last fringes are still to be closed. This Wednesday will not be official. The announcement, at the earliest, will be Thursday.Although it was a request of the Portuguese coach, Vallejo has only played seven games at Wolverhampton, adding only 612 minutes. His last game was in the League Cup against Aston Villa played on October 30 and played 90 minutes. Almost three months without contesting an official meeting.last_img read more

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Jaime Seoane, debut with note in the Lugo

first_imgAlso in the case of Jaime Seoane, his debut was with note. The medium was one of the highlights of the game and, despite having little time to adapt to his teammates, he was not even noticed out of place. On the contrary, its presence in the wide area of ​​the Curro Torres group helped the team to show a better face than in previous games, so it seems that his contest in the initial eleven of the team before the Fuenlabrada It is more than likely. Jaime Seoane has entered with good foot in the CD Lugo. The midfielder, on loan from the Huesca which was done with their services from the Real Madrid Castilla, was the only one of the three signings of the winter market, excluding Kravets, who started in his first game with the albivermellos. Neither Lass Bangoura, who was on the bench, nor They do, who entered the call, still added minutes with the Lucense shirt. For its part, Lass Bangoura Y They do They continue working to get as quickly as possible to the level of their peers. Bangoura warmed up during part of the second half of the match against the Elche, although did not debut. In the case of They do, it is expected that in front of Fuenlabrada Sign your first call.center_img 17last_img read more

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The Thai League starts: Rochela, Sergio Suárez, Toti, Patiño …

first_imgThis weekend starts the Thai League, a competition that in its 24th edition will feature eight Spanish soccer players. See if the Buriram United of Andrés Túñez is able to reconquer the Thai throne, check how far the Port FC of David Rochela and Sergio Suárez is able to reach or clarify what the goal of the Pathum United of Álvaro Silva and Toti is in their return The elite are just some of the great attractions of the tournament in the ‘Spanish for the world’ key.Port FC, eternal candidate?After starring in 2018 the best season in its history and staying last year just five points away from the championship, the Port FC of Sergio Suarez Y David Rochela He is ‘forced’ to become a serious candidate to win the Thai League. The lions conquered the FA Cup last year, ending 10 years of drought and achieving a place in the previous phase of the Asian Champions League. They fell in the second round against the Black Ceres of the Philippines, but not competing at the continental level could end up being positive in their particular fight for the Thai throne.David Rochela will continue to be one of the team’s great bastions. The Galician, captain of the Bangkok-based club, faces his fifth season at Port FC with the goal of continuing to lead the lions behind. Two lines later will be Canarian Sergio Suárez, great star of the team last season. At 33, the Las Palmas UD squad has reached his best version in Thailand. Last year he scored 12 goals, which attracted the interest of several Asian giants. However, Suarez decided to fulfill his contract in Port FC and 2020 promises to continue smiling at him. Continuity in failureLast season, Buriram United lost the Thai League after drawing in the 87th minute of the last day against the colista. And 2020 also did not start better because they fell eliminated against Shanghai SIPG in the final phase of the AFC Champions League. In spite of everything, the directive of the ‘Thunder Castle’ gave continuity to Montenegrin coach Bozidar Bandovic, who will once again count on the Hispanic-Venezuelan Andrés Túñez in the center of the rear. The central formed in the lower categories of Celta de Vigo, which has already won eight titles in Thailand, will seek to recover a throne in which it has already sat three times.He does not know what it is to win the Thai League Bangkok Glass Pathum United, which went down to Second in 2018 but regained its place in the elite after an impeccable season in which he was the leader in 28 of the 31 days. The veteran Salamanca midfielder Daniel García was instrumental in the ascent ‘Toti’, which went through Cádiz, Granada or Alavés before embarking on an Asian adventure that still lasts in 2015. This course will accompany the Andalusian Alvaro Silva, which came from the Suphanburi, which failed to save the decline last season.If you know what it is to succeed in Thailand Javier Patiño, who in his first stage in Buriram United came to conquer two leagues, an FA Cup, a Thai League and a Royal Cup. The Madrid striker, international with the Philippine national team, will compete this course with the Ratchaburi shirt, with whom he already He played on loan from Buriram last season. Carli de Murga, who will try his fortune in Chonburi after six years in the Philippines, and the Asturian of Thai origin Ernesto Amantegui, who joined the Samut Prakan City squad, complete the list of Spanish soccer players in the Thai League.last_img read more

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What does Mirandés complain about? Of the biggest rest that Real has for the return of semis

first_imgBoth correspond to the current season. The Coruxo was measured to Andoni Iraola’s pupils in the first tie with only two days off. The Vigués team played their league match against Las Palmas Atlético on Sunday morning, a schedule that marks the Spanish Federation as it is a Canarian club that travels to the peninsula, and on Tuesday he faced the Reddish team at 4:00 p.m. In the same scenario. It is true that it was up to the local entity to determine the day of the match so there can be no complaint about it.And the other assumption has to do with the Royal Society. Some of their fans do not understand the claim of Mirandés since the Gipuzkoan team defeated Mallorca in the domestic competition on a Sunday afternoon and three days later he beat Osasuna in the round of eighths. In the Mirandesista bosom they have made it clear on several occasions that the Txuri-Urdin club has nothing to do with this whole issue. The relationship between both institutions is magnificent. Even the reddish team has three players on loan from Real: Jon Guridi, Martín Merquelanz and Modibo Sagnan. While Mirandés claims his right to have at least the same rest days as his rival in the semifinals, in San Sebastián they throw numbers in order to dismantle the argument of the rojillo club. It is noted that the Mirandés has had 112 hours more than its rivals to prepare for the Cup matches, while the Real has been harmed by having 82 hours less throughout the tournament. They forget the data for the return crash. Those in Anduva will have 39 hours less, to which we must add that the picture of Imanol Alguacil since he played the first leg at the Reale Arena until tomorrow’s appointment against Valencia has had 213 hours of rest since his league duel in Ipurúa was postponed.If we add to this that there are another 24 hours of difference between the games that both teams play this weekend, that each draw their own conclusions. And all this without counting that Mirandés disputed his postponement against Zaragoza this past Wednesday. What is clear is that at the moment the date for the Mirandés celebration will not be advanced – Girona, nor is a change expected. There are some precedents in which the dispute day was not varied either of the league or cup match.last_img read more

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