EAP suffer second defeat against Victoria

EAP suffer second defeat against Victoria

first_imgVictoria batted first and set a big total of 245 for victory after batting out the full 50 overs.This was thanks largely to a knock of 92 from opener Nathan Walsh.EAP’s Apolinaire Stephen from Vanuatu took 3/31 with the ball. The run chase got off to a bad start after opener Riley Hekure was dismissed for 8.Wickets continued to fall cheaply until PNG’s Jason Kila and Kipling Doriga were brought to the crease.The pair offered some resistance. Doriga finished unbeaten on 55 while Kila scored 30.But in the end, EAP were all bowled out for 154 after 45.1 overs.Adam Ward was one of the key figures in the win for Victoria taking 3/25This is the second consecutive loss for EAP.last_img read more

Storm Breakers crowned Game Fishing champions!

first_imgStorm Breakers netted 156 kilogram of fish over two days, clearly way in front of its nearest rival, Sea Pairates from Riurui village.The Breakers took home K5000 while Sea Pairates scooped K3000.Third-placed Coastal Fuel, a team from Rei Village, Lou Island, took out K2000. They were a late inclusion, sponsored by Cs1 Media based in Port Moresby.According to Chauka Kamalah, Game Fishing chairman, and major sponsor Simon Ronnie, this year’s event attracted anglers from all over Manus.They said the interest to start a new game fishing club in this maritime province will see an increase in membership in this newly-introduced sport.The tournament, in its second year, has now received K100,000 from the Manus Governor to improve its waterfront facilities in Naringel village.Prominent Manus citizen Wep Kanawi, during the award presentation, thanked the organisers for their catch and release policy on fish caught under 30cm.This will ensure the fish stocks are there for the future generation.last_img read more

Argentina hosts Lionel Messi’s ‘wedding of the century’

first_imgPhoto: REUTERS (Messi first met his future bride when he was just five years old) A civil ceremony for Messi, 30, and Antonela Roccuzzo, 29, was held at a luxury hotel in the city of Rosario.Football stars and celebrities were among the 260 guests, with hundreds of police deployed for the event.Messi, the Argentina and Barcelona forward, met Roccuzzo as a child before he moved to Spain aged just 13.Among the guests at Friday’s wedding were Messi’s Barcelona teammates Luis Suárez, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and his wife, Colombia’s pop star Shakira. A number of guests flew into Rosario on private jets.Argentina’s Clarín newspaper has variously called the wedding “the wedding of the year” and “the wedding of the century”.Earlier, crowds gathered at the local airport to try to spot some of the famous guests.A private security firm was working inside the hotel to keep out potential gatecrashers.About 150 journalists received accreditation to enter a special press area, but were not given full access to the venue, organisers said.Where did the bride and groom meet?Messi met Roccuzzo when he was just five years old. She is the cousin of his best friend, Lucas Scaglia, who also became a professional football player.Messi accepted an offer to play for Barcelona when he was 13, on condition that they pay for treatment for his growth hormone deficiency.He has spoken about the difficulties he faced on leaving behind his loved ones and former club.The couple, who now live in Barcelona, have two sons together.In May, his appeal against a 21-month jail term for tax evasion in Spain was rejected. He is unlikely to go to prison as the sentence can be served under probation or possibly avoided by paying a fine.What do we know about the big day?The event was held at Rosario’s City Center hotel complex, which has an adjoining casino.Roccuzzo, 29, was widely expected to wear a dress by Rosa Clara, a Barcelona-based designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.Aside from a “sushi station”, the menu was a very Argentine affair, including empanadas (traditional pasties) and all parts of the cow, from a casserole of sweetbreads to blood sausage.Who is on the guest list?Messi invited the Barcelona squad, including Neymar, Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué, who arrived in Rosario in a private jet with his wife, Colombian pop-star Shakira.Teammates from Argentina’s national team, including Sergio Agüero, were also present.Clarín reported that Messi did not invite any of his recent coaches, including Pep Guardiola, who is now at Manchester City.Argentina’s other big football legend, Diego Maradona, was also omitted from the list, according to the local press.Where is Rosario?The port city of Rosario sits on the banks of the Paraná, about 300km north-west of Buenos Aires in the centre of the country.Another famous Argentine to have spent his early years here is Ernesto “Che” Guevara.Messi is known locally simply as Lío.He has been a local hero since his days as a star player for Newell’s Old Boys.The team has a staunch rivalry with nearby Rosario Central, similar to that of Boca Juniors and River Plate in Buenos Aires.Since moving to Spain, Messi has won a record-breaking five Fifa Ballon d’Or awards.last_img read more

Digicel Samoa named the official sponsor of the 2019 Pacific Games

first_imgThe announcement was made by the Games Organising Committee Chairman, Minister Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio with Farid Mohammed Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Samoa.“We are honoured to have Digicel Samoa on board as the official sponsor for next year’s games.”“Digicel’s sponsorship will provide significant support in our efforts to host a remarkable and memorable Pacific Games event.”The official sponsorship package is valued at $3 Million Tala.Digicel Samoa CEO, Farid Mohammed added “We applaud the Government of Samoa’s bold commitment in securing another great opportunity for Samoa to once again, make the history books in being the first Pacific nation to host this event twice, in less than 20 years. We look forward to working together with the Government of Samoa through the Office of the Pacific Games, the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, as well as other relevant ministries, in delivering the best Pacific Games in 2019”The sponsorship announcement not only recognizes the significant support from Digicel Samoa but also marks the success of an extensive sponsorship strategy set up by the Pacific Games Office for the Pacific Region’s largest quadrennial games.The XVI Pacific Games will be held from the 7th – 20th of July 2019 in Samoa.It is set to attract more than 4,000 participants from 24 countries Pacific Island Countries including New Zealand and Australia. Photo suppliedlast_img read more

Spieth back on top while Finau pens Masters folklore

first_imgJordan Spieth carded five birdies over his final six holes to power his way into a two-shot lead at the U.S. Masters on Thursday but that spectacular finish was overshadowed by Tony Finau, who penned a bit of Augusta National folklore as he hobbled into contention.On a day that saw Tiger Woods back at the Masters for the first time since 2015 and reigning champion Sergio Garcia record a 13 — the highest score ever for a single hole at the tournament — it was Finau who stole the show by grinding out a 68 to join Matt Kuchar on four-under.Spieth, the 2015 champion and runner-up in 2014 and 2016, sputtered through his first seven holes, mixing two birdies with two bogeys, before carding an eagle at the eighth then reeling off five straight birdies from the 13th.The three-time major winner signed off with a bogey at the last for a six-under 66 to leave him alone in top spot.“It’s round one and I know as well as anyone anything can happen here at Augusta,” said Spieth, who has now held the first round lead in three of his five Masters.But it was an inspiring performance by Finau that had the golf world buzzing.Finau’s first Masters was in danger of being over before it even started when the 28-year-old suffered what appeared to be a gruesome ankle injury while celebrating a hole-in-one during Wednesday’s Par Three contest.The cheers turned to gasps as Finau’s ankle dislocated, sending him to the hospital for treatment and an MRI.Not willing to surrender his chance of playing in the year’s first major, Finau limped up the leaderboard ahead of a glittering array of major winners.“It’s been pretty crazy,” Finau told reporters. “To be in this position I’m at now; when I woke up this morning, nothing short of a miracle if you ask me.“I could barely put any pressure on it. I could barely walk.“But obviously, after the MRI we had, you know, there was no real damage. So at that point, at about 8:00 this morning, I knew I was going to play.”HARD TO WATCHThe horror story of the day was penned by Garcia, who watched five balls splash into the pond guarding the 15th green.The stunned Spaniard saw his hopes of becoming the fourth man to win consecutive Green Jackets all but disappear in just a few minutes.Australian former world number one Jason Day also watched his ball hit the drink, literally, when his shot landed in a patron’s beer on the opening hole.While everyone had a good chuckle over Day’s plight, Garcia’s was hard to watch, his 13 at the par five matching the highest score for a single hole in the 82-year history of the Masters.“I don’t know what to tell you,” said a shaken Garcia, after carding nine-over 81. “It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. Simple as that.“I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t want to stop. I don’t know, it’s just one of those things. So it’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”Woods, who is on the comeback trail after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April and bidding for a fifth Green Jacket, did not set Augusta alight with his opening round but he was happy to be in contention at one-over par.“A 73 is fine,” said Woods, who will start Friday seven shots off the lead. “By the end of the week this will be a pretty packed leaderboard the way the golf course is set up.“They have it right where they want it. It’s really hard to run away from it, but it’s also really easy to lose it out there.”Lurking three shots back is a pack of seven golfers at three-under that includes major winners Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy, who needs a Green Jacket to complete a career grand slam.last_img read more

Peru captain Guerrero cleared to play after court ruling

first_imgPeru captain Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play at next month’s World Cup after a Swiss court on Thursday agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension while it considered his appeal against a 14-month ban.In the latest twist to a long-running saga which has kept the Andean nation on tenterhooks, the Swiss Federal Tribunal acknowledged that it would be harsh for Guerrero to miss what is likely to be his only chance to play at the tournament.“The President of the court took into account the setbacks of all types that the appellant, already aged 34, would suffer if (he) was prevented from participating in a competition that will be the culmination of his career as a footballer,” it said in a statement.It also recognised that Guerrero, who tested positive for a cocaine byproduct — contained in a tea he drank — in October, “did not act intentionally or with significant negligence.”The court, the last course of appeal in the sporting judicial system, said it would consider the merits of the appeal itself once it had the full reasoned decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which imposed the ban earlier this month.Guerrero, who will almost certainly not have had another chance to play at the World Cup even if Peru qualified again, is now free to lead his country in their first appearance at the tournament for 36 years.They face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C at the finals which start on June 14.‘JUSTICE DONE’Guerrero said in a statement issued by his lawyer that “justice has been done, at least partially”, and said he would continue the fight to clear his name.He thanked the “millions of compatriots who have united with me, in thousands of different ways but with one common denominator; their undying affection.”Guerrero has been on an emotional rollercoaster since the positive doping test following a World Cup qualifier away to Argentina in October.He was initially given a 12-month ban, starting in November, by soccer’s world governing body FIFA, which ruled him out of the World Cup. That was reduced to six months on appeal, putting him back in the tournament.However, less than two weeks after the six-month ban ended in May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport’s highest tribunal, increased the ban to 14 months, again ruling out of the finals.That decision followed an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which considered six months as too lenient.Guerrero has said that benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, was found in his system because of a herbal infusion he drank that was contaminated with coca leaf, an ingredient in cocaine which is also widely used as a non-narcotic traditional remedy in South America.The world players’ union FIFPro and the captains of Australia, Denmark and France backed Guerrero, pointing out that CAS itself recognised that he did not seek to gain an advantage.FIFPro said it was delighted with the result but added: “It is unfortunate that he has to endure such a protracted legal wrangle that is still not over.”last_img read more

Swedes beat Mexico 3-0 but both qualify for last 16

first_imgSweden and Mexico both qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup after the Swedes won 3-0 in their Group F match on Wednesday.Having dominated the first half, Sweden went ahead with a fortuitous goal in the 51st minute when Viktor Claesson completely mis-kicked his shot but the ball flew straight to Ludwig Augustinsson who fired past Guillermo Ochoa.The Swedes extended their lead in the 62nd minute when Andreas Granqvist fired home a penalty after the referee ruled that Marcus Berg had been fouled by Hector Moreno. The referee did not call for a VAR review despite Mexican protests.Mexico’s misery was compounded when Edson Alvarez put the ball in his own net in the 74th minute. But both teams finished on six points and qualified, three ahead of Germany who lost 2-0 to South Korea. Sweden topped the group on goal difference.last_img read more

Serena looms large as second week begins at Wimbledon (order of play)

first_imgSerena Williams was considered a ‘dangerous floater’ a week ago, but halfway through Wimbledon the American now looks favourite to win an eighth, and perhaps most special, title.The exodus of seeded players has been so spectacular that only one of the top 10 remains — number seven Karolina Pliskova.World number one Simona Halep, defending champion Garbine Muguruza, Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki and U.S. Open title holder Sloane Stephens have all bitten the dust.Add double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Serena’s older sister Venus to that list, and there is a strong case to say the title is now Serena’s to lose — so impressive has the 36-year-old American been despite playing only a handful of matches this year after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September.At 181 she is the lowest-ranked player left in the draw but that will fool nobody.She was sensibly bumped up to 25th seed and has fully vindicated that decision, winning all six sets she has played.It is unlikely that 29-year-old Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina will stop her in Monday’s last 16, but the path ahead is not without hazards.Former world number one Pliskova, Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens – who did for Venus in the last round, and Germany’s Julia Goerges, the 13th seed, are all in her half of the draw.On the other side Dominika Cibulkova, who was bumped out of the seedings to accommodate Serena, is playing as if she has a point to prove, while Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who won last year’s French Open, and Russian Daria Kasatkina, both 21, have proved they are no respecters of reputation.After a week of shocks, the women’s tournament has reached the halfway point tantalisingly poised.Look only as far as Halep, who was knocked out by Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei, as evidence that this year’s tournament has been the wildest in terms of seeds falling for decades.“(Serena) I feel has a chance to win it, definitely,” the Romanian said. “But also I see many other players that they have the chance to win it. Depends on the day. Depends on the power, the feelings. Everyone can do it.”Centre Court1-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v 22-Adrian Mannarino (France)25-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Evgeniya Rodina (Russia)Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) v 2-Rafa Nadal (Spain)Court One11-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v Belinda Bencic (Switzerland)Gael Monfils (France) v 8-Kevin Anderson (South Africa)Karen Khachanov (Russia) v 12-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Court Two (play starts at 1030 GMT)7-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) v 20-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)24-Kei Nishikori (Japan) v Ernests Gulbis (Latvia)5-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) v Gilles Simon (France)last_img read more

Nigeria and Ghana could face bans over interference, says Fifa

first_imgNIGERIA and Ghana could face international football bans this month over political interference with their football associations, the world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Tuesday in a final warning to the two African nations.FIFA said the Nigerian federation (NFF) must be led by its elected president, voted in back in 2014, and its executive committee amid domestic challenges to the federation leadership.“The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick… the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect,” FIFA said in a statement.“The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.”FIFA said any ban would not affect the Nigerian team currently competing in the women’s Under-20 World Cup in France as the tournament was already under way. Nigeria also took part in the men’s World Cup in Russia in June.Ghana will also be banned this month if an order to liquidate its FA is not withdrawn.“The Bureau of the Council considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said.“Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.”last_img read more

Solskjaer handed caretaker manager role by Manchester United

first_imgManchester United have turned to former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to steady the ship until the end of the season, confirming the Norwegian as caretaker manager in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday.Solskjaer, who leaves his role as manager of Norwegian club Molde, will be joined by Mike Phelan as assistant manager. Phelan previously carried out that role under former United boss Alex Fergsuon for five seasons before leaving in 2013.United parted company with Mourinho with the club in sixth spot in the Premier League having made their worst start to a season for 28 years, culminating in a limp 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.The appointment of Solskjaer to inject some life into United in some ways mirrors his playing career at the club where he scored 126 goals between 1996-2007, often as an impact sub.His most memorable contribution came in the 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich when he netted a stoppage-time winner.“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” the 45-year-old former Cardiff City manager, said in a statement.“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”Coincidentally Solskjaer’s first task will be to try and guide United to a much-needed three points away at Cardiff — the club who were relegated from the top flight on his watch in 2014 — on Saturday.CLUB LEGEND“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back.“We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s backroom staff, will be retained at the club to work under Solskjaer, who won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups to go along with the 1999 Champions League triumph at United.Solskjaer was given the blessing of Molde, who he steered to two Norwegian titles in 2011 and 2012, and even earned some plaudits from Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who tweeted: “FINALLY CONFIRMED! Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils, @olegs26_ole”Molde said that their manager’s ‘temporary’ departure to United was an endorsement of the team’s success.“The fact that Manchester United asked to borrow Molde’s manager is in itself a happening, and a vote of confidence in both Ole Gunnar and in Molde FC,” the Norwegian club, who begin their new season in March, said in a statement.“We’re happy to lend them Ole Gunnar and wish both him and the club success,” it added.First team coach Erling Moe will take temporary charge of Molde, who finished second in the league last season.Following the loss to league leaders Liverpool, Manchester United (26 points) are 19 points adrift of their rivals after 17 matches and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the early favourite to take over as United’s permanent boss next season and the Argentine did little to quell speculation during a news conference on Tuesday.“Like always in football nobody can guarantee anything. What’s going to happen in the summer? What is going to happen tomorrow? Nobody knows, The most important thing is to enjoy the journey,” Pochettino told reporters.The 46-year-old Pochettino, who joined Tottenham from Southampton in 2014, has guided the London club to three consecutive top-three finishes in the Premier League but is yet to win a trophy.However, his attacking style and youth development are traits that were synonymous with the dominant United sides under Ferguson but largely absent since the Scot retired in 2013.last_img read more