National Soccer Academy development team Besta PNG United went head to head with Admiralty FC for the last time this season with Admiralty coming out winners 3-1.The match got underway on Saturday in Port Moresby at the Bisini soccer ground as the National Soccer League ended its round 14 matches before heading into the semi-finals next weekend.The development team suffered the loss following the absence of some of its key players who are out of the country for the U19 World Cup Qualifiers.Admiralty took advantage and played well, scoring three goals which included one from a penalty shoot out. Both teams struggled to score in the first 30 minutes of the game with both teams defending well.Admiralty organised well and got on track 10 ten minutes before half time, scoring their first goal 1-0 through Poakot Poesi who found the net after a great set up by Mark Gobono.In the second half Admiralty continued their lead, scoring their second goal through Moffat Kalif to make it 2-0 following a penalty shoot out.The penalty shoot out came after Pettyshen Elizah was knocked down right in front of Besta’s net by Besta’s Russel Chris who was given a yellow card.Admiralty were on fire scoring their third goal ten minutes later through Moffat Kalifa after a second attempt straight through the net.Besta fired back ten minutes later with a powerful goal by Maskulan Pulung straight through the net ten metres away.However Besta lost composure in the remaining minutes of the game following two missed opportunities right in front of Admiralty’s net with full time score 3-1.The game was the final match played in Port Moresby for the season as both semi-finals will be played in Lae, Morobe province.Results from the double header in Lae, the undefeated minor premiers Hekari United FC continued their winning streak, beating Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC 3-1, while Lae FC thrashed bottom team Eastern Stars FC 4-0.The semi-finals next weekend will see the top four teams battle for a place in the grand final. They are top team Hekari, Morobe FC, Lae FC and Oro FC.Besta have finished in the 2014 season in fifth place followed by Admiralty in sixth place and Eastern Stars in seventh spot.
Wales’ World Cup campaign in England has been overshadowed by injuries, with Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Webb, Cory Allen and Eli Walker all withdrawing.Wales also has injury concerns in the front row, with Aaron Jarvis, Paul James and Samson Lee all being assessed, while full-back Liam Williams suffered a hip injury in the win over Uruguay.
PNG Netball Board has given its endorsement to the newly established PNG Mixed and Men’s Netball Association.The endorsement of the PNG Mixed and Men’s Netball Association will give rise to equal participation opportunities for male players and female players outside the mainstream High Performance Program.The Association will be formalised as an Associate Member of PNG Netball at the Council AGM in September 2016.PNG Netball President Julienne Leka-Maliaki confirmed in a statement that competition will start with a dedicated Mixed Competition due to start in March 2016 and will have three grades for all levels of players with different abilities.The Premier League will cater for those teams that have above average skills who want a tough fought competition.Social A Grade for those teams who have the skills but like to have fun and Social B Grade for teams who a new to the game and want to have fun learning.The inaugural competition will run for 15 weeks, twice a year following International Mixed Rules and the Association is looking to run this competition midweek in the evenings to keep weekends free.Volunteers interested to help with the running of the association including umpires who wish to develop their skills into the Mixed and Men’s game can contact the coordinator, Adam Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Secretary for APNG Philip Rehder said this is to avoid confusing athletes, coaches and observers. “APNG are the authority on the matter of team selections and this is not a multi-sport game where our athletes participate under the umbrella of Team PNG,” said Rehder.This call was backed up by president of APNG, Tony Green, who said both sides of the story must be reported at all times.“Before publishing negative stories about the conduct of sporting events, please get both sides of the story,” said Green.
Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Spain’s Marcel Granollers were facing off against Britain’s Jonny Marray and Canada’s Adil Shamasdin in the men’s doubles.After an almost-four-hour, five-set marathon and down a break at 8-9, Cuevas and Granollers were denied a bathroom break by French umpire Aurelie Tourte.A witness accused Cuevas of threatening to relieve himself into a ball can under the cover of a towel, prompting a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.The accusation did not go down well, and when a second violation was issued after Cuevas smashed a ball out of the court in anger, chaos ensued.The code violation saw the 15th seeds docked a point, putting them down triple match point in the final set.”He got a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct,” Shamasdin said.”It was during a changeover and I guess it was something to do with a can or something, I really don’t know. I think it has something to do even with bathroom breaks, I’m not really sure.”With perceived injustice hanging in the air, Cuevas and Granollers promptly marched to their seats, sat down, and refused to budge.Marray and Shamasdin, left standing at the other end of the court, simply looked on with bemusement.The delay lasted just shy of 10 minutes. Forfeiture looked a real certainty, before Cuevas and Granollers eventually returned to play the final two points, losing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 14-12.But once handshakes were out of the way, the protest continued.Granollers shoved an empty ball can towards Tourte, sans the alleged urine, as the umpire was led away from the fuming Spaniard by security.Granollers vowed to lodge a formal complaint with the referee’s office, saying his English was not good enough to articulate exactly what went down on the court.”She lied, she lied. She thought one thing that was not true,” Granollers said of Tourte.The rules for men’s doubles say players are allowed two toilet breaks during a match. Marray — who won the 2012 Wimbledon doubles title — said his opponents should have been allowed to go.”I think you should be allowed an extra toilet break if it goes to five sets,” he said.”Are you supposed to go before your own service game? I don’t know what the actual rule is. I think you should be allowed to go to the toilet. It’s deep in the fifth set. I went a couple of times.”Inadvertently, the pair’s protest before wrapping up the match almost caused another unintended consequence.”I actually had to go to the bathroom at that point, because we were waiting,” Shamasdin said.
Adrián Embarba, who is officially an Espanyol player, arrives to complete Abelardo Fernández’s squad in his fight to achieve salvation. It is the third signing of a winter market in which the blue and white club has thrown the house through the window, with the hiring of Raúl de Tomás (21 million plus 2.5 in variables) and Leandro Cabrera, which has cost another nine million. A blow on the table of the president, Chen Yansheng, and a new policy of signings with Rufete as sole responsible.Espanyol will pay Rayo Vallecano ten million for the termination clause. It remains to be seen whether it is at once or in installments, the same formula with which Betis was made with Borja Iglesias last summer. A way to amortize the signing more and not impact so much on a salary limit that increased thanks to the capital increase of 50 million and the increase in income due to the Europa League to 80 million. The footballer, 27 (will turn 28 in May), He has signed until 2024 and sees this opportunity as a “challenge” and as an “honor”, as well as “a great step in my career.” “It is one of the best clubs in this country, it is a responsibility, not a burden. We want to achieve the goal by going day by day. We all want to add. The group is amazing and from there we will build it,” insisted the player who has passed seven years at Rayo Vallecano, a club where he coincided with Raúl de Tomás. “I have a very good relationship. I played with him for two seasons. We continue to have contact. When he heard the news he started writing to me. I congratulated him. Luckily, we got together and hopefully give many joys”he proclaimed. The soccer player arrives in shape. He has seven goals and 11 assists in the Lightning, so he has already wanted to play as soon as he enters the stadium. “I’ve been walking around the stadium before and I wanted to change and start playing. I arrived very well physically and in a great mood. I really want to wear this shirt and hopefully I can help the team, “he explained.Embarba fits perfectly in Abelardo’s scheme. As Rufete pointed out, the end is going to give the team immediate performance considering that it comes from playing regularly with Lightning. “It’s been almost seven years that I play in the Lightning, also close to my people. I’m looking for new challenges, I want to grow, left many things. It is time to say goodbye and think about everyday life. It is a pride that Espanyol is my home, I hope there are joys, “he said. Rufete He believes that “statistically you are a great player. Raúl de Tomás and you know each other. We want immediate performance. We value all market options. It will give us speed in performance, which is what we need. “The player also said that he has been receiving offers since summer, but he did not think about it when Espanyol knocked on the door. “I want to try to see how far I get”, he said just before leaving the lawn of the RCDE Stadium and traveling by car to Sant Adrià, where he will train for the first time with his teammates.Embarba is an old yearning for Espanyol, since it has been several summer markets that its name sounds in the offices of Cornellà, but Rayo has been adamant not to let it out. The player accumulates 89 games in First and has scored ten goals. This course has 22 games played, with 11 assists and seven goals. The club has decided on this option by also contemplating those of Cristian Tello and Ibai Gómez. But the agreement with Lightning was faster.
Before the postponement last Sunday, the Real had played 8 games in 25 days for facing two competitions with great success. She was sixth classified until a week ago in the league and aspires to qualify for Europe; while in Copa he is one of the four semifinalists after eliminating a single match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. In these 8 duels, he has won 6 victories (4 of them in the cup).The ‘toll’ paid by the San Sebastian team is the fatigue of its main players, because his coach, Imanol Alguacil, has used almost without resting his starting players. Thus, the postponement has benefited the Royal in order to give a break to its staff.On the other hand, Eibar wanted to dispute as soon as possible – once the environmental alert has disappeared – the meeting suspended due to air pollution. And is that in the league is immersed in the fight for permanence and during the last league day they have scored the last four classified. Thus, the Barça team, which could not play last Sunday, is only 3 points above the relegation points, although with one game less, and the derby with the Real is an option to add and move away from danger.Eibar faces a very complicated duel this week, as it will visit Barcelona (16 hours) on Saturday at the Camp Nou. Then he will play two consecutive games in Ipurua against direct rivals in the fight for permanence, on Saturday, February 29 (1:00 p.m.) against Levante; and on Saturday, March 7 (1:00 p.m.) against Mallorca.In this way, he will repeat in Ipurua against Real Sociedad on Tuesday, March 10 (8:00 p.m.); before making a new complicated displacement before Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. Although the duel against the white team, leader of the league, has not yet been designated, it will probably take place on Saturday, March 14. The blue and white club has achieved that The derby between the two Guipuzcoan First Division teams takes place after the Real play the return match of the Copa del Rey semifinal against Mirandés, which will be on Wednesday, March 4 in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos). The royalists did not want the postponed duel against Eibar to arrive before the decisive match against Mirandés in the Anduva camp, where they will defend the 2-1 achieved in Anoeta last Thursday. They are one step away from qualifying for the final copera of Seville, and have prioritized wanting to get ‘fresh’ to the semifinal cup above all else.Next week could not be celebrated in principle because Real plays on Friday. The Eibar knew and did not care. To the point that he asked LaLiga to change the party of the Donostiarras, involving Valladolid, a third party. The club that presides over Aperribay was clinging to Friday’s game, although it is clear that he preferred after the semifinal. The Eibar-Real Sociedad party, postponed due to air pollution, will be played on Tuesday, March 10 in Ipurua from 8:00 p.m.. The two Gipuzkoan clubs have reached an agreement to delay three weeks a match that should have been played last Sunday and that It was suspended by a fire in a landfill in Zaldibar (Bizkaia).The environmental alert still persists, and therefore Osakidetza (Basque Health Service) recommendation to close the windows of the houses of Eibar, Ermua and Zaldibar, and not to do outdoor sports, remains in force. But it is expected that in the next few days the fire will be stifled, which will reduce pollution levels and normality will return to the affected area.Tickets purchased will be valid for the new date, although fans also have the option of having their money returned. To do this they must contact the eibarresa entity.
The Anti-Violence Commission agreed to declare the Santander-Zaragoza Racing match a high-risk match, which will be played on Saturday 29th at 9:00 p.m. within the 30th day of LaLiga SmartBank, as confirmed by the Ministry of Interior.Racing is a colista of the category and Zaragoza is second, with a pending match which will play on Wednesday in Miranda de Ebro against Mirandés and that was postponed at the end of January due to the heavy rain that flooded the Anduva field.
The Argentine coach Diego Pablo Simeone (Atlético de Madrid) and the Valencian players Gabriel Paulista and Maxi Gómezthe espanyolista Victor Sanchez Mata and the bético Borja Iglesias, have been suspended this Wednesday with a match by the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, in relation to what happened on the twenty-fourth day in LaLiga Santander.Simeone was booked, in the 70th minute, of the Valencia-Atlético Madrid match, for “disapprove of one of my decisions through gestures“, as reflected in the arbitration record. The yellow one entailed suspension for accumulation of reprimands. Also for accumulation of reprimands have been punished with a suspension match. Gabriel Paulista and Maxi Gómez. For its part, Víctor Sánchez Mata has been suspended with one day for his expulsion, for double warning, in the Sevilla-RCD Espanyol; while Borja Iglesias has been for the red card he saw against Leganés. In the section of doctors and physiotherapists, they have been punished with four meetings Cristopher Oyola Palacios (Getafe) and Misael Rivas López (RCD Espanyol), expelled in the match played by their respective team.The Celtic delegate, Vladimir Gudelj, has been sanctioned by a match for his expulsion in the match against Real Madrid, for “voluntarily kicking a ball from his technical area by introducing it on the pitch.”
The Portuguese coach of Rome, Paulo Fonseca, said Tuesday in an interview with the EFE Agency that the Italian squad “is in a good moment” and that they will play against Sevilla “without fear, but with respect”.This Thursday is played the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 between Seville and Rome, Y Paulo Fonseca, in his first interview with an international media since he arrived in Rome, He explains that they will go out to play true to their style of ball possession and with a very offensive midfield.“I admire Lopetegui very much, he was my successor in Porto and whoever sees us on Thursday will find two very offensive teams that will try to dominate the game, “he said.The staff of Rome highlights the good adaptation of the two young Spaniards arrived in January, Carles Pérez and Gonzalo Villar, the 23-year-old Italian international Mancini, the good form of goalkeeper Pau López or the experience of Smailling and Serbian captain Kolarov.In Fonseca’s opinion, UEFA must get involved so that decisions are taken together for all European leagues in relation to the coronavirus.Question: What will the team be like in Seville next Thursday?Reply: (smiles) I can’t reveal the secrets. There will be two teams with very offensive game ideas. I know Lopetegui very well, it happened to me in Porto and he is a person and a coach that I admire a lot. They are two teams that want to dominate the ball, play and create offensive situations. Sevilla has good results and Rome is in a good moment and motivated. We are not afraid, we go without fear, although we have a lot of respect for Sevilla, which is a very strong team. R: It’s very easy (smile). It’s like any other player. For me, Justin Kluivert is a normal, team player, a young man with great talent.Q: Fifth in the League, 3 points from the fourth, the Atalanta, which is the first place to qualify for the Champions League. What does it mean?R: Is not easy. Atalanta is a very strong team right now. But, honestly, I trust it is possible, there is still a lot of championship. Here, in Italy, the last one can win the first and if we are well until the end of the championship we can achieve it.Q: Have you met in Italy with Cristiano Ronaldo?R: I already played against him, talked to him. I cannot say much more about him than what has already been said. He is a great player, a great professional. If you wanted, contrary to what some think, he is a very nice, friendly and open person. An excellent professional, although I never worked with him. And here in Italy it is not easy to score goals.Q: Tell me your dreams as a coach, your preferences and a favorite for the Champions League.R: I always dreamed of training in Italy, Spain or England, which are, for me, the three best leagues in the world. The team that I like, because I’m a big follower of Guardiola, is Manchester City.Q: But he also admires Jorge Jesús, who trained him when he played at the Estrela Amadora luso, where he retired, right?R: In those years (2001-2002) Jorge Jesús was already a very different coach, with great tactical rigor. I still have a good relationship with him.Q: The big leap in his career was when he trained Paços de Ferreira in 2011-2012, with whom he was third in the League and managed to play in Europe to sign a year later for Porto?R. The Paços de Ferreira is a great club, very welcoming, like a big family and is a team that gives opportunity to young coaches. And in Porto (2012-2013) I trained players like Jackson Martínes or Danilo. I also trained, coincidentally, the Brazilian Fernando, a player who is now in Seville and who in Porto was always a starter with me, although he is now injured, the coach lamented.Q: The coronavirus is already a serious problem for Italian football, will it be for all European football?R: There is one thing that is more important than football, which is people’s health. I think that these days very important decisions will be taken and should not be taken only by the respective leagues, they should be taken in conjunction with UEFA. We cannot have the Italian League stop and then play a Valencia Atalanta, for example. UEFA’s involvement will be very important for all championships. Q: How does it take to train Patrick Kluivert’s son? Q: In Rome, the game starts from the Spanish Pau López.R: He’s a great goalkeeper. For those who like to play like me (going out with the ball under control), he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world with his feet, there is almost none who does it like him. He is a very calm goalkeeper, with a lot of confidence and that gives the team a lot of stability. He is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and is in a good moment.Q: Carles Pérez – granted by Barça – and Gonzalo Villar – from Elche – the two incorporations of January.R: Gonzalo Villar (Mucia, 1998) is a young man we discovered in Elche. He is a strong, courageous soccer player, international with Spain (U21) and will be a big surprise in a few years. And Carles Pérez is adapting well, because Italian football is much more tactical. He is a young man of great quality that we trust a lot and, if he continues like this, working like this, he will be a great player.