10. Scott Bolton (Cowboys)The North Queensland prop is not only approaching 200 first grade games but also the biggest season of his decade-long career. Bolton has a huge breach to fill considering Ben Hannant’s recent shock retirement and James Tamou’s move to the Panthers. The 29-year-old played every game for the Cowboys last season but only started four times. North Queensland will be hoping Bolton can help carry the load in 2017.9. Jarryd Hayne (Titans)Hayne made an unprecedented comeback to the NRL for the Titans’ final six games of last season. The former San Francisco 49er showed glimpses of his past self – including a match winning field goal – yet failed to reach the great heights of his Dally M winning seasons. Considering the experience he possesses and the big price tag, the Titans will be hoping for the Hayne of old to return in 2017. 8. Josh McGuire (Broncos)With Corey Parker pulling the curtains on an illustrious 16-year career, it has opened the door for McGuire to take another step up at the Broncos. McGuire has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Parker’s No. 13 jumper ahead of next season. The Queensland Origin and Australian representative has only officially been named at lock once in his career (back in 2012). 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)Blake Green’s arrival at the Sea Eagles has opened the door for Cherry-Evans to re-establish himself as a genuine representative-calibre playmaker. While the 27-year-old’s 16 try assists in 19 games last year was a decent return, a consistent halves partner in Green will allow Cherry-Evans to concentrate on what’s best for Manly. 6. Robbie Farah (Rabbitohs)The Rabbitohs rake doesn’t need any extra motivation for the year ahead. Farah will be out to prove 2016 was just a bump in the road after being restricted to nine games in his final year at the Wests Tigers. From a Redfern perspective, the Rabbitohs will be hopeful Farah can fill the void left behind by now Warrior Issac Luke. 5. Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird (Sharks)Ben Barba’s well-documented departure from Cronulla has opened the door for one of Holmes or Bird to shift to fullback next year. Holmes has never shied away from his desire to make a permanent move to fullback. That despite making his debut for Australia on the wing at the recent Four Nations tournament. Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has also mentioned Bird as a potential fullback candidate. Bird himself went on the record midway through the year and said he was “bored” playing in the centres. 4. Gareth Widdop (Dragons)Widdop’s first year as Dragons skipper was a tough initiation. With usual halves partner Benji Marshall in and out of the team due to injury, Widdop was forced to shoulder much more responsibility than desired. Things don’t seem to be easing up on the England international in 2017 considering first-choice playmaker Drew Hutchison is likely out for the season with an ACL injury. 3. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)Pearce’s ill-fated start to 2016 had dire consequences for the Roosters’ entire season. Suspended for the Tricolours’ first eight games, Pearce was forced to watch on as his side fell to a 1-7 record. By the time Pearce returned it was too little too late, the Roosters finishing 15th on the Telstra Premiership ladder. How Pearce combines with new recruit Luke Keary remains a huge factor in the Roosters’ 2017 fortunes. 2. Corey Norman (Eels)If the Eels are to make the finals for the first time since their grand final loss to the Storm back in 2009, it will come down to Norman. The 25-year-old was having the season of his life last year (15 try assists in 16 games) before an untimely eight-week suspension derailed his season. Kieran Foran’s mid-season departure means the usual No. 6 will likely have to play halfback moving forward. 1. Stephen Kearney (Warriors)As coach of New Zealand Kearney was able to turn the Kiwis from constant bridesmaids into the No.1 Test side in the world. Once it was announced he would become Warriors coach – and consequently left his post at the Kiwis – Australia jumped New Zealand in the rankings. Now it’s Kearney’s challenge to turn the Warriors into the premiership force they have longed to be.
The race is on as sporting teams, athletes and coaches vie to take out awards on the 24th of this month at the South Pacific Brewery Sports Awards.From the racing arena comes nominees Toea Wisil, Betty Burua and Nelson Stone, to the sporting teams like the eccentric Barramundis and the high flying Pepes.The sport of weightlifting has done extremely well, being given the nod in several different categories with the sports club of the year, male athlete of the year plus the junior male athlete of the year.The nominees and categories:Coach of the year: Rarua Dikana (cricket), Tommy Lui Kila (volleyball) and Laka Nou (rugby union).Sports Administrator of the year: Don Fox (rugby league), Ludwig Peka (soccer/Team Morobe), Konio Vai (squash).Best Sportsperson with disability: Pope Gazave (parasports), Rose Nega (special Olympics), Thomson Ninkama (special Olympics).Distinguished service to sports: Abel Manumanu (athletics/Milne Bay), Graham Osborne (rugby union), Timai Tally (bodybuilding).Sports club of the Year: Hanuabada weightlifting club, Kempa outrigger canoeing club, Telstars netball club.Junior female athlete of the Year: Jenny Albert (athletics), Lorraine Harry (weightlifting), Lynette Vai (squash).Junior Male athlete of the Year: Riley Hekure (cricket), Geoffery Loi (table tennis), Fred Oala (weightlifting)Community Sports Initiative Award: Kempa Outrigger Canoeing Club, NSI judo club, Tubusereia junior basketball club.Team of the year: Amoa men’s volleyball team, Barramundis, Pepes.
The heavy downpour that fell on Miranda from the early hours of Saturday afternoon led to the postponement of Mirandés-Zaragoza for which there is no scheduled date yet. Sagués Oscoz inspected the pitch twice with his assistants The ball did not even roll or bounce in the most flooded areas that were on the side of the lawn.With that panorama, the Basque collegiate made the decision to postpone the contest. “They asked us our position. As a club, we told him to decide if he could play or not. It is clear that the state of the countryside was bad. The ball was not going to roll. They were clear about their position. The reality is that you could not play and you have to assume that decision. If the referee had said yes, we would have gone ahead “, highlights the coach of the Mirandés Andoni Iraola. LaLiga announced the postponement of the meeting on Twitter: “The Mirandés-RealZaragoza is postponed by arbitration decision in agreement with the two clubs as a result of the inclement weather.”The date on which the contest will finally be disputed is unknown.. Since both teams are still alive in the Copa del Rey, the possibility of playing it this week was ruled out, even to see their faces tomorrow since Zaragoza will be measured on Tuesday at Mallorca in La Romareda: “I understand that we will have to eliminate both. As one continues, it will be played later. It will be played whenever possible. Now we must think about the next Celtic Thursday and put ourselves in Cup mode again. “ Iraola I was sure that I was going to introduce several changes in the initial eleven due to accumulated fatigue. The Gipuzkoan technician did not want to assess whether the postponement is positive or not for his staff: “Sportingly, I don’t know if it’s good or bad for us. We came from playing recently and we could be fair. I came, I saw the field and I was more aware of an alignment according to the conditions and who would adapt better. In the end it was going to be moving and gaining ground. We had a player with discomfort and also Odei who was sick, but that did not condition us at the time of postponement. “This is the third game that postponed the Aragonese team this season after meetings against Sporting, for the flu, and against Fuenlabrada, for food poisoning. Victor Fernandez He also said of the postponement in GOL: “It’s a shame, if we want to protect the show, the field did not meet the conditions to play without risk. I think it was the wisest decision. I don’t know if with 100 operators and itching there would have been some possibility. We have quickly agreed. I don’t remember having three games suspended in the same season. “Minutes of the matchThe referee of the match, Sagues Oscoz, reflected the following in the minutes: “Once the mandatory inspection of the pitch has been completed, upon arrival at the sports facilities, 90 minutes before the scheduled time of the start of the match, we verify that a large part of the surface of the pitch was impracticable for soccer practice, not bouncing or rolling the ball in numerous parts of the field, all this due to the incessant rains fallen in the hours before the start of the game. At 20:30 a second inspection of the pitch was made again, worsening it even with respect to the previous inspection. For this reason and in view of the fact that the rain forecasts after the start of the match were not favorable, announcing a high percentage of new rains, We took the decision to suspend the meeting. Both teams express, through their team delegates, their full agreement with the decision to suspend the match. Therefore, at 8:40 p.m., both delegates were officially announced to suspend the meeting.
Green sprouts in Girona. The triumph in the past day against Fuenlabrada has given the rojiblanco team a great boost in morals. The level of play was the minimum that is asked of a set full of resources, the intensity the ideal and the result, the desired (0-1). In addition, the team of Pep Lluís Martí managed to shake off the ghosts that were chasing him when he plays at home and, in this aspect has come out of the descent.Girona was the only visitor of the day that managed to add the three points and that served to return to the playoff promotion positions. And what is also important, cut points with respect to the second classified, Almeria, because it already glimpses eight and have a point of advantage over Numancia, seventh. Winning outside seems crucial to achieve the goal and after doing so in Fuenlabrada, Girona already has earned 11 points away from Montilivi this course. A somewhat poor figure compared to the first two in the table, Cádiz (21) and Almería (23), but at least the rojiblancos are not in the relegation zone in this aspect. They are tied at 11 points with Depor and Oviedo, and they have already placed four teams below, which are Ponferradina (ten), Sporting (ten), Lugo (nine) and Racing (seven). The triumph in Fuenlabrada is expected not to be a mirage because chaining good results outside is one of the pending subjects of the season. So much so that In the 13 games played the balance is three wins, two draws and eight losses. To date, the good results at home (it is the second best place in the category, with 27 points) has been covering up this lack a bit, but it’s a step forward. And without a doubt, the Calendar will put you to the test because your next four duels at home are aúpa: it’s up to you to visit Depor, Mirandés, Las Palmas and Elche.
André Jardine (Porto Alegre, 1979), Olympic coach, he played with Reinier (18 years) for the Pre-Olympic in which the U23 of Brazil has just won the ticket for Tokyo 2020. The coach included him on his list almost by surprise, being the youngest in the age of the call, and the bet has been beneficial for all parties. This is expressed by the coach himself, when talking about the Madrid signing and the Games, in AS. 19 Did you expect such a quick adaptation of Reinier?I was very impressed in the first week of training, for his behavior, his talent and how he manages to show all his qualities. He was the youngest and has not been noticed, has managed to help.While closing the signing for Madrid, did he see him calm, nervous, happy …?Very calm and very happy because at the same time he managed to be in the National Team and live an individually important moment, go to a team the size of Madrid. He is living a dream. I expect great moments from him in Spain as I expected with Brazil.How do you describe him?Little by little I got to know him. He has a great talent and at the same time a lot of ability to work in a team. Its qualities are out of the ordinary. It will do well.What have you worked with him?We have focused on finding more and more spaces and feeling more important. I have talked a lot with him. He told me that he likes that middle function on the left, approaching a lot to 9, working hard, going to contribute to the construction of the plays and also having the possibility of being a second attacker, as in Flamengo. It is important to understand how you like to play to get the best out of it. Where do you play best for you?It’s a classic 10, it must be close to the goal because of that great definition potential. He makes goals, joins the attack with danger and last pass.Have you been treated more carefully than usual?Yes, especially in the physical part. His maturity in that was less than that of his companions due to an age issue.And how has your attitude been?That of a very good boy, simple, relates to everyone. He tuned in quickly with the group. It has ease to adapt.What rating do you make of your Pre-Olympic tournament?It has been important, he knew how to wait patiently for his opportunities and was very important in the decisive game, fulfilling a difficult defensive tactical function and giving creativity and personality in attack.What player does it look like?It is difficult to find the right comparison, its characteristics are very special. He has everything to mark an era and be a decisive player.When did you see him play for the first time?In a semifinal of the Brazilian Cup U17. I was in the technical commission of the first team of Sao Paulo and played our quarry with Flamengo. They won and Reinier stood out a lot. He gave a goal and an assist, and already showed the talent he had. I remember very clearly his performance, I was very impressed.Have you missed the Real Madrid players in the Pre-Olympic Championship?We knew that it was very difficult to have them for the policy that Madrid always made clear. We understand it because the greatness of the club ends up beating the teams.Count on them for the Games …True. It will depend on the moment they go through. Rodrygo, Vinicius and Militao, and now Reinier, are important if they can come.How many would you ‘settle for’ for Japan?Hard to say a figure. The four of them. There are also others who stayed outside the Pre-Olympic and must be taken into account: Neres, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison …
The RFEF raised the case to FIFA trying to find protection from the world body, but the response was also negative. He says FIFA that in the whole world there is only one exception to sign out of the market and it is to hire players without equipment before the closing of the last transfer window, that is, the signing of unemployed players. Spanish legislation in this regard is unique because the exception also includes a long-term injury, as has been the case with I trembled Y Braithwaite. “In case of accessing the request of the CD Leganés SAD, to allow a new player to register the consequences of that situation, they would be predicable to the fourth club, the fifth club … and so on, being able to give rise to a chain of transfers outside of the registration period that would be a significant damage to the integrity of the competition and the fairness of the participants“, explains the RFEF. Leganés has received an official response this morning to his request for the Spanish Federation (RFEF) to grant him an extraordinary term of signings after Martin Braithwaite’s departure to FC Barcelona, previous payment of the clause, to replace out of market the withdrawal of I trembled. How they intuited in BumperThe response, which arrives one week after the request occurred, has been negative. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 27, 2020 In this regard, the RFEF has confirmed to the Leganés that it will propose shortly changing the regulations to suppress this assumption and equate to the regulations in the rest of the world. Article 124.3 of the general regulation of the RFEF, which enables these signings due to injury, is therefore officially bound to disappear. “The RFEF will begin the appropriate procedures to raise the proposal for the suppression of Article 124.3 General Regulations, hoping, on this occasion and contrary to what has happened before, that the National Professional Football League report favorably to said proposal and that the CSD Board of Directors estimates the regulatory modification that the RFEF has been wanting to implement for a long time “, argues the RFEF in its statement.The feeling within the club is of great discomfort for this response and, although they expected it to be what the norm affirms, they still had some hope that a loophole could be found to undo a mess that, as the president stated, Victoria Pavón, a week ago, it was doing almost irreparable damage to the entity, even if the RFEF gave the green light to sign.Goodbye to an advanced signingThe Leganés, confirm sources close to the club, will not raise any more resources. Exhausted the route of sports justice, there was the option of resorting to ordinary justice, something that is ruled out due to lack of time.With this refusal, the Leganés says goodbye to the almost certain incorporation of any player from here at the end of the season. In Butarque they insist that there was a very advanced signing that, if they had received a positive response, they would have arrived in Leganés in a matter of two-three days. The agreement between all parties, they insist, was almost done.Closed this option, now the Leganés must study whether to sign a unemployed player, but it is almost discarded. The market is meager and the options that were on the table, insist on Butarque, did not give the desired profile.
Martín Merquelanz remains in the infirmary. The club expects the Irundara footballer to arrive in conditions for the clash against Real Sociedad next Wednesday. A sprain in his right shoulder causes his participation in the match to be jeopardized. The one that will be low safe this weekend is the Malaga Joaquín Muñoz with a fiber break in the biceps femoris of the left thigh. Although the nursing redhead still has too many tenants, at least Andoni Iraola will recover several players for the next league match against Girona. Little by little it has transcended the injury that caused the side Gonzalez left last Sunday the lawn of Francisco de la Hera, although initially it is not serious.At least, the Gipuzkoan technician You can count on the Dominican Carlos Julio who already trains normally with the rest of the group, like with Sergio González and Captain Gorka Kijera. The Hernani player took advantage of his absence by penalty in the last duel against Extremadura to recover from his physical discomfort. TAndalusian end Álvaro Rey will also return, absent in the last days after a strong blow to the ankle that occurred in the first leg of the Cup semifinals at the Reale Arena. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of February 27, 2020
Madrid is providing the COVID-19 stoppage to regional scouts with alternative tasks to take advantage of their knowledge. One tool is WyScout, a powerful software with a lot of material from other European Leagues more difficult to follow (Holland, Greece, Turkey …), searching for specific player profiles. Also they analyze the vast catalog of videos of the white club, especially on RMTV, which records a minimum of five games from the lower categories every day in Valdebebas. This is also done, for example, by Valencia. The scouts who work outside the Valencian Community have been sent the videos of the Ches youth squads to give their opinion. A kind of impromptu audit. “The club traditionally tries have homework done by the end of December, there is already transfers signed and they have been done tests interesting players in Valdebebas during the winter, but you should always be on the lookout for the end of the season, ”a scout from the white team tells AS. A job, yours, poorly paid (the majority cannot dedicate themselves to it full time) and that some have made compatible with tasks that range from from being public officials to goalkeeping coaches. More than economically, that also, uncertainty is the future. “The club reassures us, but it is impossible to know what will happen, this season is lost ”. The only ones who really have their job secured are the high-ranking officials of the quarry. Ramón Martínez, the head of the Factory, David Fernandez, Recruitment Coordinator and strong man since 2017 when he joined Espanyol, Alfredo Merino (head of scouts) and some managers of weight zone, such as the former soccer player Mutt Solarium (head of the downtown area). It is a long-suffering profession, that of the foot-scout. For the number of recommendations that remain on the road and for the day to day. “I would go out at eight in the morning on Saturday and have breakfast in a field before a game, I would watch games and sometimes I had to eat a snack in a bar in the sports hall itself so as not to miss a game first thing in the afternoon… on Sunday the same and so every weekend, it started in Tarragona and ended in Girona ”, explains Manolo Romero, a veteran Madrid exojeador for two decades in Catalonia. Your stubbornness was the one that took Mariano to Valdebebas against the initial reluctance of the entity, which really went to Barcelona to see another promise, Sergio Cortés. A scout of the notebook, pen in hand and a lot of smell. Easter has always been a hotbed of championships de grassroots. A fishing ground in which the scouts of the great clubs, including the Real Madrid, take the opportunity to make reports, discover kids and be aware of what new talent pops up. A section that coincides with the end of the season, a fertile time in quarry movements that this year will not be. COVID-19 has paralyzed everything and its effects have left an essential part of Factory, the scouts. David Fernández is the coordinator of scouts for Real Madrid. The club signed him from Espanyol in 2017. Ramón Martínez, boss of La Fábrica blanca, and Juni Calafat, the strong man in the club’s signings.JAVIER GANDUL Distributed by the four cardinal points …They are also placed in constant rotation. Strong men left in important regions, such as Arkaitz Mota (left Madrid for the Qatari Aspire academy) in the Basque Country and Carlos Paniza, an institution in the Balearic Islands and discoverer of Marco Asensio, who left for Mallorca. They are supported by Madrid, yes, very veteran as Antonio Galán, a huge connoisseur of Andalusian football and especially of Cordoba, and Sixto Alfonso, attentive to the always prolific Canarian quarry (he discovered Jesé). There are spies at the four cardinal points. The Galician quarry controls it Pablo Fernández and the Asturian, despite being dominated by Sporting and Oviedo, watches closely Juan Carlos Rodríguez ‘Sardín’. In the downtown area, under Solana’s command, reports pass Mario Followed and the former soccer player of the entity Santi Aragon…They are on the ground, become the first link in the chain (they are the ones that alert the club before Merino travels to see the possible signing) and although now, because of the stoppage of all national grassroots football, they cannot browse talent, they are an essential piece for Real Madrid and Factory. Manolo Romero thinks so: “Today there are computer applications with a lot of data and the agents carry a lot of weight, but in the end the talent … the talent is seen by two eyes“
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin reviewed in Corriere della Sera the news that concerns the world of football after the pandemic of coronavirus. He spoke about when to resume competitions, how to tackle the economic crisis by being more flexible with the Financial Fair Play, the limitations and new measures that will be taken to be able to play again with full stadiums or about the exclusion of Belgian teams from the Champions League. and the Europa League for ending the season.End the season: “The priority is the health of the fans, players and managers. I am optimistic and I believe that there are options that allow us to resume and complete the championships. We may do it without spectators, but the important thing is to play. In difficult times, people will see It is normal that they can only be seen on television. It is too early to say that we cannot finish the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues. We must respect the authorities and wait for permission to play again. “Prioritize leagues to European competitions: “It depends on when it resumes, the leagues and cups can be played in parallel.”Deadline in Europe: “There is no deadline for the Champions League and Europa League finals. It depends on when we start playing again.”When will the national teams return: “I would say in September.”Guarantee controls to players and staff: “Authorities will only allow a fresh start if these measures are taken efficiently.”Play behind closed doors: “At first we will only watch soccer on television, but it is better than not doing it. The measures will be for a limited time and we will return to normal, with full stadiums.” Deadline to end the season: “I find it quite difficult to finish the season between September and October. It would have a huge impact on the schedule for next season.”Lighten the calendar load: “We will discuss the post-2024 international calendar and agree on future scenarios, but it is too early to discuss possible solutions.”Unify calendars in the future: “Full harmonization is difficult due to different weather conditions. In some countries it is not possible to play during the winter months.”Exclude Belgian teams: “Those decisions are not made alone. Football is interconnected. We have seen how important it is for UEFA and the leagues to work in coordination. The Executive Committee will review each case.”Economic damages for football: “Leagues are the basis of revenue for clubs. If they are completed, the financial consequences will be limited. UEFA, on the other hand, will lose a lot of money by postponing the Euro Cup.”Be flexible with the Financial Fair Play: “We have already suspended some conditions, but we will not rule out Financial Fair Play. It has brought many benefits, but it must be a help and not an obstacle, so we will be flexible.”The sanction against Manchester City: “The case has been handled by an independent body and is now in the TAS. It is not appropriate to comment.”Extend contracts and extend the transfer market: “We need to give more flexibility to clubs and players. It seems to me that expanding the transfer window is a good option.”The VAR: “It should only be used in case of clear errors. It is an important help but cannot guarantee that an offside by a toe is an absolute certainty.”
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo failed to spark as Melbourne Renegades crashed to a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat to city rivals Melbourne Stars here yesterday.Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Renegades reached 161 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in, with Cameron White top-scoring with 54 from 39 deliveries and captain Aaron Finch getting 36 from 29 balls.Gayle fell cheaply in the fourth over with the score on 17, scoring just four off 10 balls before giving a simple catch to Kevin Pietersen at mid-on off seamer John Hastings.Bravo, meanwhile, fell in the final over for just seven off eight balls, bowled by Hastings, who finished with four for 29.In reply, Stars got a superb unbeaten 109 off 63 balls from Englishman Luke Wright as they raced to their target off the first ball of the final over.He struck 11 fours and four sixes in a knock that held the innings together as wickets tumbled around him.Bravo finished with one for 28 from four overs of medium pace.