NFS to host league triple-header

first_imgIt starts at 12pm when the PRK Gulf Isapea take on the Digicel Cup competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers.Following this will be the round 20 clash of the Intrust Super Cup between the SP Hunters and the Easts Tigers. This game will kick off at 3pm.Straight after this game, the Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will lock horns with the Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers at 5pm.In the other round 15 games of the Digicel Cup tomorrow, the TNA Simbu Lions will clash with the PRK Mendi Muruks in Mendi while the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis go head to head with Waghi Tumbe at home at Goroka.All games in the Highlands start at 2pm.At 3pm in Kokopo is the encounter between the Agmark Rabual Gurias and the Kemele Hela Wigmen.last_img read more

Madrid draw a huge step forward for Pochettino’s Spurs

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid on Tuesday was the moment they proved they can compete at the highest level, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino who hopes it could be the making of his young, exciting side.Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris took the plaudits for keeping out Real’s glut of chances in either half while Madrid stopper Keylor Navas was also in inspired form in a highly entertaining game at the Santiago Bernabeu.Borussia Dortmund’s surprise 1-1 draw at Group H minnows APOEL Nicosia means Spurs and Real are six points clear of the Germans and within touching distance of sealing their place in the last 16.That marks a huge contrast for Pochettino’s side from their early exit from the competition last season. “This was an opportunity to show we can compete and this game is fundamental to us on a mental level,” Pochettino told a news conference.“We are a team that is still under construction. Last year we took seven points from six group games now we have seven from three. Last year was very sad as we couldn’t continue in a competition that really excited us but we’ve made a huge step forward. We are developing this club’s potential for the future, which is enormous.“The result is the least important thing, the objective was to be able to compete against Real Madrid and that we managed to do that makes me more than happy.”Pochettino hugged all 11 of his players after the final whistle, which Spurs’ 4,000 visiting supporters greeted with an ecstatic roar as if they had won the game.“TWO SUPERHEROES”“Tottenham are in a process of growth, we are finishing a new stadium, constructing a team and it’s vital to have a huge boost in morale like this,” added the coach, who also sung the praises of his captain Lloris.The France international made an outstanding save with his feet to deny Karim Benzema in the second half as well as thwarting Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco.“Hugo was fantastic. He deserves a big prize, he showed his real level,” he said.“Today you saw why we often say Hugo is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The performance was fantastic, the effort, the belief, it is important to congratulate our players, it is so important the effort from them.”Real coach Zinedine Zidane also paid tribute to his compatriot Lloris as well as his own goalkeeper Navas, who made two impressive late saves to deny Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.“The two goalkeepers were two superheroes tonight,” Zidane said.“Sometimes you just have to accept that. We’re not happy because we always want to win when we’re at home. We did things well but they defended well and in the end it’s a normal draw.”last_img read more

Salah back in Liverpool squad but may not be risked at Genk

first_imgLiverpool forward Mohamed Salah has recovered from an ankle injury to return to the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League group game at Genk but they will take a late call on his participation, manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday.Salah has not played since injuring his ankle in a 2-1 win over Leicester City earlier this month and he missed the 1-1 draw at Manchester United over the weekend, which ended the Anfield side’s 17-match winning streak in the Premier League.“It looks promising,” Klopp told reporters when asked about the Egyptian’s participation. “Yesterday we weren’t sure, today it looks good but we won’t take any risks. We will see how he does overnight.”However, centre back Joel Matip (sore knee) and full back Trent Alexander-Arnold (virus) did not make the trip to Belgium with defenders Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez expected to replace them in the starting lineup.“We thought (Matip’s injury) would be a two-week thing before Man United,” Klopp added. “It’s not a serious thing but it’s serious enough for him not to play tomorrow.”Defending champions Liverpool have three points after two games and are a point behind Group E leaders Napoli while Belgian champions Genk are bottom with one point.“We don’t want to make Genk bigger than they are but they are at home and they can be annoying,” Klopp said. “They’re a good team, we have to be here with the right mindset.“They are organised and brave in their positioning. They don’t play with the pressing line too much but go for second balls, have speed, good midfielders and very active full backs.”After Liverpool dominated this year’s Ballon d’Or 30-man shortlist, with seven footballers nominated, Klopp said his players “deserved” to make the list and hoped he could keep them together for the next few seasons.“I’m proud of my boys in general, not just because seven of them have been nominated. I like them a lot and I’m happy when they win things,” the German manager said.“If it’s a sign that we are now a destination for players, I don’t know. We want to work together for the next couple of years and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Man City star Toure won’t rule out move to ‘a big club’

first_img1 Yaya Toure has once again opened the door for a possible move away from Manchester City by saying he would never turn down the chance to play for a bigger club.Toure has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain even though he only committed his long-term future to the Premier League champions during the summer.But the Ivory Coast international has struggled to produce his best form this season and speculation continues to link him with a big money move away from the Etihad Stadium.There are now fresh doubts over his long-term future after he was asked about a possible move to PSG in the future.Toure, speaking on French radio station RMC, said: “I don’t know. The most important thing is to continue my job, you do not know what might happen tomorrow.“It’s always an objective to play at big clubs and win trophies. The most important thing is to continue to learn. You never close the door to a big club.”Toure feels the World Cup in Brazil has had a major effect on the Manchester City squad this season and says it has played a major part in the club struggling to compete with Chelsea at the top of the table.He added:  “Everything does not happen as it should. The hard, physical work last year did not help us.“When we look at all the players in the squad, almost everyone has played the World Cup, so physically, it leaves traces.” Yaya Toure last_img read more

Southampton eye Schalke midfielder as Schneiderlin replacement

first_img1 Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka Southampton have identified Schalke star Leon Goretzka as the man to help fill the void left by Manchester United new boy Morgan Schneiderlin.United landed the Frenchman for £24m earlier this summer and now Saints have cash to burn on his replacement.They have already brought in fellow midfielder Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord but now newspaper Bild have claimed Ronald Koeman has set his sights on German anchorman Goretzka.Southampton reportedly sent scouts to watch him in Schalke’s pre-season clash with Twente at the weekend and the club are ready to lodge a bid of £11.2m for his services.last_img read more

Yaya Toure is not thinking about the future, insists Manchester City boss

first_img Yaya Toure 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is focused on the Blues’ current push for silverware and not thinking about which club he might be playing for next season.Toure’s controversial agent Dimitri Seluk was this week quoted as saying of the midfielder, whose contract with City runs until 2017: “He will not move in January.“However, in the summer things can change. We are ready to listen to any offers that are on the table.”He also expressed his concern at Pep Guardiola’s potential summer appointment at the club.When asked about that on Friday, Pellegrini admitted “at the end of the season you never know what will happen with anyone”, while stressing how important it was for all players to “think in the present” rather than about the future.But he also said he was convinced Toure was absolutely of that mindset.“I don’t want to try to answer to every agent who talks about different things,” Pellegrini said.“I know what Yaya thinks. I think that Yaya is mentally absolutely involved in this season, and that he is not thinking about his future.“He wants to continue being the same important player that he has been for this team in other years.”Seluk has made remarks at various times in the past to suggest 32-year-old Ivory Coast international Toure may be set to leave City.One such occasion was at the end of last season, and when that was put to Pellegrini on Friday as he was asked how much of a problem Seluk’s comments were becoming, the manager said: “And what happened? Nothing – it was his opinion and nothing more.”last_img read more

Democratic House hopeful stumps at AVC

first_img“I decided I needed to come back to my home district and make some changes,” Rodriguez said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Democratic congressional candidate Robert Rodriguez campaigned Tuesday at Antelope Valley College by passing out fliers warning students that college-loan interest rates are rising. Rodriguez, a UCLA- and Harvard-educated former House and Senate aide who grew up in Barstow, said the rising interest rates are an outcome of college-loan vendors’ campaign contributions to politicians including his opponent, U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. “We’re trying to get the big money out of politics. That’s deciding policy now,” said Rodriguez, 29, who will face McKeon, a seven-term Santa Clarita Republican, and Libertarian David Erickson in the Nov. 7 election. McKeon’s campaign staff could not be reached Wednesday for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As a result of congressional action in 2002 and reaffirmed last year in a deficit-reduction bill, interest rates on college loans to students will rise July 1 to 6.8 percent, from 5.3 percent. Rodriguez said he and a campaign staff member were at Antelope Valley College on Wednesday to inform students that they have a few more days to lock in the lower interest rate, and also advise them they need to save money, prepare now to qualify for scholarships and take other steps to afford college. “Everybody tells us the importance of education, but they make it harder and harder for us to get that education,” said Rodriguez, who said he still has about $13,000 in college loans of his own. The son of a Santa Fe railroad worker, Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a master’s degree in business-government relations from Harvard University. He worked in the offices of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, and U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood. In Washington, D.C., he said he watched as McKeon and other Republicans pushed through Medicare prescription drug changes, which he opposes. last_img read more

Andy Murray to play first Grand Slam match in 14 months

first_imgAndy Murray will play his first Grand Slam match in more than a year later on Monday.Murray, who underwent hip surgery in January, takes on James Duckworth at the US Open around 6pm.The match in New York will be momentous for the Scot, who hasn’t played at the top level since Wimbledon last year.Murray, now world number 382, has admitted he has no expectations for the tournament, having played just seven matches – all best-of-three sets – in 2018. The 2012 US Open champion said: “My body feels better than it did a few weeks ago so that’s positive.“I haven’t played one (a five-set match) so you don’t know until you get out there and do it.“I played some long matches in Washington so that will help me.“My expectation is to give my best effort in the matches and hopefully my tennis will get better. My tennis is getting better all the time.” But in Duckworth he meets the only player in the tournament ranked lower than he is – at 445 – and one who knows all about the struggle to recover from surgery.The Australian has undergone three operations to fix a stress fracture in his foot as well as surgery on his shoulder and elbow since January 2017.“The foot was the biggest thing,” he said. “For most of the last year I couldn’t run, jump or hop.“It was only really after I had my last surgery that the foot started to feel good and I could run around the court. You don’t really appreciate those things until they’re gone.“It’s been pretty rough but probably the last month or so the body’s starting to feel pretty good. We’re both trying to get back and get into playing matches day in, day out. It can be a tough road.”Also on Monday, Scotland’s current number one player Cameron Norrie will look to continue his apparently relentless upward march against Australian Jordan Thompson.last_img read more

‘Showtime 5’: Fanneran takes impressive win as McNamee misses out on title tilt

first_imgRyan Fanneran was the sole Donegal winner on Saturday at the Mayhem Martial Arts & Fitness’ ‘Showtime 5’ night in Derry.By Chris McNulty at The White Horse HotelThe White Horse Hotel was packed-to-overflowing as patrons stood on their tip-toes to get a glimpse of the action in the ring on a night when Convoy native Paul McNamee, from Peak Physique, left gutted after a debatable decision defeat in a title eliminator. Of the six fighters from Donegal clubs, Fanneran was the lone man to have his hand raised in victory.Fanneran agred to his fight with Dylan Harley of Mayhem just six days beforehand.Fighting out of the Kickboxing LK/Letterkenny Muay Thai club Fanneran – making his K1 debut – came into his own towards the end of the first round.It had been a cagey beginning before Fanneran took control with a barrage of punches. When Fanneran, trained by Tommy McCafferty – the former ISKA World Light middleweight and ISKA Middleweight kickboxing champion – got into a rhythmn with his kicks, Harley was in trouble in the second round.However, Harley came out strong in the third round, but Fanneran managed to stave off the threat of the Derryman and landed a rousing finish.“Ryan is one of the most dedicated students I have and walks from the Mountain Top to the Aura Leisure cCntre no matter what the weather is for training,” McCafferty said.“His dedication to his art paid off in an excellent performance. We took the fight on late notice but I had every confidence in Ryan as I have seen what he is capable of in training. We only let them compete when they are ready.“It’s a busy few weeks ahead with lads fighting in Athlone and Dungannon before the end of the month.” McNamee went into his title eliminator with an unblemished 3-0 record.The Convoy man and Peak Physique fighter was up against Ronan O’Kane from Mayhem in what turned out to be a cracking 80kgs bout.McNamee left everything on the canvas and could reflect on a night when he gave his all, but all three judges sides with O’Kane to give the Derryman a unanimous win.McNamee had big spells of pressure in each stanza and finished the contest well on top, but O’Kane had perhaps caught the eye with the cleaner shots, even if McNamee had been the busier of the two. The fighters from Peak Physique who were in action on Saturday nightThere was plenty for McNamee and his coach, Abdul El Absy, to be happy with and it’s likely that he’ll get another shot at prizes in the months ahead, though the disappointment of a hardly-deserved defeat was evident.Peak Physique’s Hamayun Nassiry and Mayhem’s Ciaran McBride staged one of the night’s best fights that was ruled a draw at the end up.It felt like an anti-climax that there wasn’t a winner but, then again, neither deserved to lose it.Nassiry had persistent issues with his headguard during the bout, but the Afghan took the fight to McBride from the early stages.McBride grew as the fight went on and staged a brilliant last round to earn a debut draw.Nassiry tired in that third round, but it was a night when he showed plenty of good qualities.Ryan O’Donnell, also out of the Peak Physique stable, came with a big finish against Mayhem’s Matt Norby in an 85kgs bout, but it wasn’t enough to sway the judges.A belting contest had the capacity crowd on their feet. Debutant O’Donnell landed several massive shots, but Norby repelled them and it was he who was the victor by unanimous decision.El Absy and Peak Physique are a club on the rise and the PPK coach has injected real confidence and hope into novice fighters he hopes to turn into contenders.The trust from coach to fighter was obvious and is something that should stand to them as they aim to build on what will have been an encouraging“It’s not about the win or the loss, it’s about getting in the best shape of your life, meeting new people, having fun and chasing your dreams,” Al Absy said.Peak Physique youngster Oisin McCrabbe was pulled in at an hour’s notice as a replacement fought an exbition with Mayhem’s Rio Oxle while PT Kickboxing’s Rhys Boyle – another who took the fight at short notice – was stopped in the second round by Mayhem’s Ethan Mullan.‘Showtime 5’: Fanneran takes impressive win as McNamee misses out on title tilt was last modified: April 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NC Makes Little Progress in Reducing Rate of Uninsured Latino Children

first_imgThis week is National Latino Week of Action, as agencies and organizations work to connect Latino communities with health coverage.Data in a report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and National Council of La Raza indicates that while North Carolina is making slight progress in increasing coverage of Hispanic children, there is much work to be done. Rob Thompson, a spokesman for NC Child, explained why the state should work to do better for the children, a vast majority of whom are citizens.“Hispanic children are becoming a larger proportion of people in our state and in our country,” he said, “and so when those children are growing up, uninsured, not as healthy, that has a statewide impact on our entire well-being and our economy.”While the data marked a success, Thompson said a disparity exists between Hispanic children and the larger population, with about 10-percent of them lacking coverage, compared with 5 percent for all children. The report suggested that states can remove additional barriers to enrollment by offering Spanish-language materials and outreach programs.Sonya Schwartz, a policy fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, said data shows that health coverage benefits the whole child for a lifetime.“Healthy children are healthy learners,” she said. “We have some new research available, and it shows that health coverage for children is linked to better health throughout childhood. It’s linked to school success, and it’s linked to improved financial security for their families.”Nationwide, there was a reduction of 300,000 uninsured Hispanic children from 2013 to 2014, the year the Affordable Care Act was implemented. Thompson said the Tar Heel State could be a larger part of the success story if lawmakers opted to take advantage of all opportunities available.“In the states that have made the biggest gains, a large portion of them have actually taken the federal funds to close the coverage gap for low-income adults,” he said, “and so that’s one thing we can do in North Carolina if we want to continue to make progress on insuring Hispanic children.”North Carolina ranks 44th in the country when it comes to the number of uninsured Hispanic children, and is one of 10 states with the largest overall number of Latino children.The report is online at read more