Cook Islands encouraged by Pacific Test debut

first_imgThe Kukis trailed 12-0 after 20 minutes but fought back to draw level by half-time.Two second half tries from man of the match Stargroth Amean inspired the Kumuls to a 32-22 triumph but Cook Islands coach Tony Iro was proud of the way his young team stayed in the contest for 80 minutes.”I thought the boys did pretty good to drag ourselves back into the game by half-time,” he said.”We did have two tries disallowed previously so we created enough opportunities and at 12-all I was reasonably confident.”We generally dominated possession in the first half and I thought they were wavering a little bit – they scored two good tries but I thought our boys were on top.”Then basically in the second half we made a few errors, lost our fullback and our halfback after 20 minutes of the second half and then I was really proud of the way the boys hung in actually…and I thought the Kumuls played pretty good footy as well.”Tony Iro said says many of the young Kukis players will form the backbone of the national team going forward as the seek to qualify for the 2021 World Cup.”We’ve got a lot of guys who are just out of Under 20s footy – a few guys who I know will make their mark in the NRL over the next 12-24 months – who are here currently training at NRL clubs and just waiting for an opportunity,” he said.”So I’m confident they enjoyed the experience, – obviously they will be better for it.”The big thing about Cook Islands footy is just getting them in and around the culture and experience a different feel to what they normally do week in week out.”Tony Iro said the Cook Islands enjoyed being a part of the Pacific Test for the first time would love to remain involved.”The game has given our team a bit of profile and we’ve got to build our national side and find some more fixtures,” said Iro.”At this stage I think the next world cup qualifying will be in 2019, which isn’t that far away, so we’ve got a two year period in which we can start to build some depth in numbers and quality in player.” Photo: Facebook / Cook Islands Rugby League (The Cook Islands team for the 2017 Pacific Test v Papua New Guinea).last_img read more

Foran commitment defended

first_imgPhoto by: SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY IMAGES (Kieran Foran hasn’t clocked out early, says coach Steve Kearney). Former Kiwis coach Frank Endacott said on Tuesday he didn’t think Foran had played well recently because he was already thinking about the Bulldogs, who he will join next year.However, Kearney was not impressed with the implication.”I think there’s been stages where everyone hasn’t been at their best and to single out Kieran is pretty ordinary,” he said.”Has he been at his best? Absolutely not. But he’s not by himself there, so I don’t think he’s clocked out early.”I think he did some OK things early in the contest and I’m not going to be really critical because it’s a team performance.”My expectation is you will see a better performance this week.”While Foran was only in his second game back from a quad injury, the Kiwis playmaker had an uncharacteristically quiet performance during last week’s defeat to the Panthers.With halfback Shaun Johnson ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury, much of the burden will fall on Foran to step up in his absence.But Johnson, who has been replaced by reserve grade halfback Mason Lino for Saturday’s crunch clash against the Cowboys, believed that was unfair on his teammate who he praised for his work organising the attack.”‘Foz’ (Foran) will continue to do what he’s been doing,” Johnson said. “He’s the voice of our team and he does a terrific job at getting boys into position. “I don’t expect ‘Foz’ to step up, I think he’s been doing a great job and we just need him to keep building on his performance.”last_img read more

Tuchel: “It’s Cavani’s time”

first_imgThe coach of Paris Saint-Germain, Thomas Tuchel said this Friday what his Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has a good time, which has regained confidence and that it is necessary to give it continuity.“In recent training he has regained confidence. A few days ago he scored his 200th goal with PSG. I don’t think it’s time to stop him”, said the coach at the press conference prior to the league game that tomorrow his team will play against Dijon.Without revealing if the “matador” will start in the next game, Tuchel insisted that “It’s an important moment for Edi,” when asked about his competition with the Argentine attacker Mauro Icardi.Assigned by Inter Milan at the end of last season, Icardi snatched the post at the tip of the attack on Cavani, reduced by injuries.But in recent weeks, the “charrúa” has regained its good shape and Tuchel has given it more minutes at the match. In the crosshairs of the PSG is the return of the round of 16 of the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, who won in the first leg 2-1. The German coach acknowledged that defeat was a blow, but said they are working to turn the page.“Some of our most important players may lack a bit of rhythm. But we have to continue in the same way, it is not the time to change. The players want to turn the page,” he said.last_img read more

Reno seek maximum points against tough Boys’ Town

first_img SLOW START “I believe that we are slowly coming into our own after a slow start, mainly because of players being overseas and playing in the Business House competition. We have had the entire group together, now for about a month, so we are gelling now. Once we stay together, we can put ourselves in the top half of the league and stay there. It is about consistency now,” he said. Boys’ Town’s chances will not be helped by the fact that Xavian Virgo will again be missing because of an ankle injury, but the improved play of Shamar Nicholson should be a plus. Reno, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of attacker Renorio Downswell. Tomorrow’s game Today’s Games Standings After getting off to a fast pace at the beginning of the season and even topping the table for a while, former champions Reno spent a good part of the first round looking up at teams such as leaders Montego Bay United and Portmore United, a thing they will have to address in the second round. That is the view expressed by the Westmoreland team’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, who will lead his six-placed team into battle against eighth-placed Boys’ Town and Barbican today. “Traditionally, Boys’ Town are a tough team and very difficult to beat, and I don’t suppose their approach will be any different,” said Downswell, who starred for the club as a player. But even while he expects Boys’ Town to be at their best, the successful national youth coach is of the view that playing at Barbican could be beneficial to his team. “The fact that we are playing at Barbican may neutralise things a little bit, but we are hell bent on getting the three points when we meet them,” Downswell declared. While their recent results do not translate to dominance, Downswell said that will change soon. “We had some injuries, causing some of our key players to be out. We are getting them back now, so you will see the result of that. “Our issue now is the goalscoring. That is one of the things we are placing emphasis on. We have been spending quite a lot of time on that on the training ground. We have to fix that going into the next round,” Downswell explained. Boys’ Town also intend to make a statement of their own after steadily inching their way out of the relegation zone. “It is an important game. At the midpoint of the first round, we said that our objective was to get 15 points, so it is important that we win this game to achieve that,” said Andrew Price, Boys’ Town head coach. Rafeik Thomas has been one of their best players so far, and Price believes that other players are getting fit and contributing more to the team. – 3:00 p.m. Boys’ Town vs Reno at Barbican Stadium – 3:00 p.m. Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens at Juici Park Clarendon – 4:00 p.m. Rivoli United vs Montego Bay United at Drax Hall, St Ann – 3:00 p.m. UWI FC vs Tivoli Gardens at UWI Bowl, Mona – 3:00 p.m. Waterhouse vs Humble Lion at Drewsland Stadium – 8:40 p.m. Cavalier SC vs Harbour View FC at Stadium East Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay Utd 10 6 3 1 22 9 13 21 Portmore 10 5 3 2 9 7 2 18 Humble Lion 10 5 3 2 8 6 2 18 Arnett 10 5 2 3 16 8 8 17 Tivoli 10 4 2 4 14 11 3 14 Reno 10 3 5 2 12 11 1 14 H.View 10 3 5 2 11 10 1 14 Boys’ Town 10 3 3 4 10 16 -6 12 Rivoli 10 3 1 6 8 12 -4 10 Cavalier 10 2 3 5 3 8 -5 9 UWI FC 10 2 3 5 6 15 -9 9 Waterhouse 10 2 1 7 6 14 -8 7last_img read more

SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines U22 team dismantled Cambodia, 2-0, on strong second-half goals by Reymart Cubon and Filipino-Japanese Kou-Ichi Belgira late Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Cubon, of Far Eastern University, broke the ice in the 52nd minute as the Filipinos shook off a lethargic start.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as hercenter_img Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Then Belgira booted home a free kick with exciting striker Javier Gayoso acting as decoy in the 81st.The win gave the Philippines three points in the tournament and bolstered its hopes to make the podium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Cambodia started off hot, fueled by the promise of its prime minister to give team members $1,000 each per won game.But the Filipinos buckled down to work and put up a punishing string of attacks in the second half. LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Jose gives it all for Cignal before flying for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Rush of relief after Gina Iniong escapes with close win in ONE Bangkok card

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Iniong could only breathe a huge sigh of relief when she was awarded a narrow win over Radzuan, who was undefeated coming into Saturday’s bout, in ONE: Clash of Legends in Bangkok, Thailand.“To be honest, I got nervous when they announced it as a split decision,” said the Filipina, who improved to 8-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I thought I should have won it by unanimous decision. I almost lost my breath because of that, but it’s okay.”It’s understandable for Iniong to feel as if she’s sitting on pins and needles before the announcement was made after two of her Team Lakay teammates in Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio both dropped close decisions in their title defenses last month. But it wasn’t the same case during the fight where Iniong said she felt calm from the get-go.“I think I did well, I was able to execute our game plan during the fight. I was relaxed throughout the fight even when she got back in the last round,” The 29-year-old Iniong said.“Radzuan is a tremendous warrior, and I wasn’t expecting this to be an easy fight at all. Thankfully, our game plan worked.” The victory did not only boosted Iniong’s bid for a world title shot, it also served as a shot in the arm for her ailing mother, who is suffering from chronic kidney disease.“This win is for my family, especially to my mom, who’s still ill.”ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA D-League: CEU drubs Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill Gina Iniong’s most anxious moments against Jihin Radzuan came after the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

NDIA promises to desilt Demerara River at Coomacka

first_imgThe National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has announced a series of drainage- related operations pegged at some $47 million, which will be carried out over the course of 2019.According to the Agriculture Ministry, the works include the “partial removal of sand from the Demerara River, construction of a reinforced laterite dam with overflow mechanisms to retain the migration of sand into the Demerara River, and the re-vegetation of a pilot area with grass.”According to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NDIA, Dave Hicks, residents of Coomacka have been faced with constant flooding, which extends to neighbouring areas. As such, it was mandatory for the Authority to address this issue by consulting professional and members of the community on the reasons behind the inundation.The section of the Demerara River which will be desilted“An interagency task force was thus assembled to determine the root causes for flooding in the community. To this end, the interagency task force led community engagements with regional authorities and residents, and conducted an engineering analysis to determine the factors that contribute to recurring flooding of Coomacka,” Hicks stated.Coomacka is home to over 300 persons, and because of its location in a basin, the area is susceptible to flashfloods during intense rainfall and increased runoff from elevated lands which surround the community.As a result of this, some two-thirds of the total width of the river has been blocked, not only affecting the eco-system, but navigation along the river. On most occasions, emergency interventions are required to restore normalcy to the community when it rains.Only two days ago, Guyana Times published an article highlighting the calls from villagers of Speightland and Kara Kara, communities in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), for sections of the creeks and the Demerara River area to be desilted. According to the residents, sections of the waterways in the communities are severely blocked due to bauxite overburden sediments caused by mining activities.They noted that this is an issue which has been affecting them for a number of years, as farmers explained that many farmlands are under water.Residents further explained to this publication that some sections of the river and creeks, which they utilise as modes of transportation, have been rendered impassible.last_img read more

Blue Devils lose fourth straight

first_imgJames Gist had 16 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Greivis Vasquez scored a season-high 18, and host Maryland handed No. 16 Duke its fourth straight loss 72-60 Sunday, the Blue Devils’ longest skid in 11 seasons. Maryland (18-7, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) took control with a 29-4 run in the first half, then used a late surge to hold off a comeback bid by the skidding Blue Devils (18-7, 5-6). No. 5 Connecticut 72, No.7 LSU 71: Renee Montgomery made a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds left as the visiting Huskies (22-2) won their eighthstraight. Sylvia Fowles led LSU (22-4) with 22 points and 17 rebounds. No. 6 Maryland 83, Virginia 74: Crystal Langhorne had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the visiting Terrapins (24-3, 8-3 ACC). No. 8 George Washington 75, St. Bonaventure 41: Sarah-Jo Lawrence and Kenan Cole had 15 points apiece, and Jessica Adair and Kimberly Beck added 11 each to help the host Colonials (21-2, 10-0 Atlantic 10) win their 14thstraight and beat the Bonnies for the 26thstraight time. No. 9 Georgia 81, South Carolina 57: Tasha Humphrey had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 SEC) used an early 19-0 run to take the lead for good. Michigan St. 54, No. 13 Purdue 52: Mia Johnson made a winning 3-pointer with 1.3seconds left to help the visiting Spartans (19-6, 10-2) win their fourth straight and tie the Boilermakers (21-5, 10-2) for second place in the Big Ten. No. 14 Vanderbilt 80, Auburn 54: Carla Thomas scored 15 points, and Caroline Williams and Liz Sherwood added 14 apiece to lead the host Commodores (21-4, 7-3 SEC), who raced to a 16-0 lead. No. 19 Middle Tennessee State 78, Western Kentucky 63: Amber Holt scored 24points, Chrissy Givens had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Blue Raiders (23-3, 15-0 Sun Belt) rallied in the second half for its 20th consecutive victory. No. 22 Rutgers 55, West Virginia 49: Essence Carson had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the host Scarlet Knights (15-7, 8-3 Big East), who were trailing 30-23 with 14:20 left, went on a 21-4 run to roll past the Mountaineers. No. 25 James Madison 85, Northeastern 63: Meredith Alexis had 21 points and 17rebounds as the Dukes (22-2, 13-0 Colonial Athletic Association) won their 14th straight overall and 24th straight at home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Josh McRoberts scored 20points and Greg Paulus had 12 for Duke. The Blue Devils’ previous three losses were by a combined nine points, but this one wasn’t that close after Maryland took the lead for good at 8-7. Duke’s last four-game losing streak was from Jan. 3-13, 1996. center_img The Blue Devils cut a 20-point deficit to 58-52 before Ekene Ibekwe and Mike Jones had two baskets apiece in a 10-2 spree that made it 68-54 with 3:33 left. That was enough to assure the Terrapins an important victory in their bid to get back into the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence. WOMEN No. 1 Duke 77, Wake Forest 45: Lindsey Harding and Joy Cheek scored 13 points apiece and the Blue Devils (26-0, 11-0 ACC) beat the host Demon Deacons for the 30th consecutive time. No. 3 Tennessee 84, Kentucky 62: Candace Parker scored 22 of her 31 points in the first half for the host Lady Vols (23-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference). No. 4 Ohio State 69, Illinois 60: Jessica Davenport scored 28 points and played all 40 minutes for the visiting Buckeyes (23-1, 12-0 Big Ten). last_img read more

Dem presidential hopefuls headed to state party conclave

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates will pursue delegates and political dollars at a state party convention this weekend that amounts to an unofficial kickoff of the 2008 race in California. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the first of seven candidates to address an expected crowd of 2,200 party members. The two-day event gives campaigns a chance to court activists, insiders and elected officials whose support can lead to donations and, ultimately, votes. The lineup of leading candidates confirms California’s status as a pivotal player in the 2008 race. The nation’s largest state moved its presidential primary to Feb. 5 from June to increase its clout in the nominating derby. On stage, President George W. Bush is likely to be the main target, as he was in the first Democratic debate Thursday in South Carolina. Off stage, candidates will work behind the scenes to make connections with power brokers as well as rank-and-file members. “There’s going to be a real effort to secure endorsements that will translate into constituencies and votes,” said Chris Lehane, a veteran Democratic strategist. Because of the state’s newfound importance, “people who may not have mattered in the past are going to be on these campaigns’ speed dials.” State party Chairman Art Torres welcomed the campaigns into his convention hall. “I told our delegates, ‘Let ’em woo you, let ’em talk to you, see who impresses you and who you decide you want to go out and support,’” Torres told reporters. Democrats scheduled to follow Clinton to the podium include Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel. Clinton’s campaign announced a raft of endorsements from prominent California politicians and politically active celebrities, including former Gov. Gray Davis, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and music industry heavy-hitters Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy. Earlier in the week, Clinton announced that Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu?ez, a Los Angeles Democrat, would join her campaign as a national co-chairman. The powerful statehouse dealmaker has close ties to organized labor and can also help Clinton strengthen her ties to the Hispanic community, a critical voter group. Two state legislators — Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass, both D-Los Angeles — are expected to announce their endorsement of Obama when he arrives in San Diego today, according to campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Along with expected appeals to party leaders, the convention will also function as a beauty contest for campaigns looking to recruit activists and volunteers to stuff envelopes, knock on doors and organize other get-out-the-vote efforts. “This is a good thing — it’s part of the broadening of the presidency,” said Sam Popkin, a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. “It forces candidates and their war rooms to connect with the whole party, instead of just having a clever message.” But for most Californians, the weekend’s NFL draft could prove more riveting than the political pageant in “America’s Finest City.” “For the general public, this is a drive-by moment,” said Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant who has worked on presidential campaigns for Bill Clinton, Dick Gephardt and Ted Kennedy. One group that won’t be overlooked are California’s wealthy donors. The state has long served as an ATM for candidates. Among his events, Obama has a $500-a-ticket fundraiser at a Hollywood club Saturday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

World Jet Boat Championships – Eighth day leg results

first_imgAt a time of 3 hours 58 minutes 18 seconds Currently ranked 6th position in the division Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson Dirty HarryAdvertisement At a time of 4 hours 28 minutes 34 seconds Currently ranked 12th position in the division Xcalibur Leroy Currently ranked 8th position in the divisioncenter_img Currently ranked 8th position in the division At a time of 5 hours 14 minutes 30 seconds  At a time of 4 hours 46 minutes 55 seconds Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat TAYLOR, B.C. – The Eighth leg results of the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships results are in.Local racers from the Peace Country River Rats and their times include;Unnatural Disaster – Advertisement –  Gord Humphrey and navigator Jason Palfy Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel The 2019 World Jet Boat Championships started in Whitecourt, travelling along the Peace River, and finish up with the last leg in Taylor on July 20 to the 21, 2019.last_img read more