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Auckland gears up for Lions v Blues clash

first_imgPhoto: Photosport NZ Lions supporters at Saturday’s match against the Barbarians Auckland Transport is putting on extra buses and trains for the match, but it’s warning there could be delays.Kick-off is just after 7.30pm and gates open two hours before that, coinciding with the evening rush hour.Auckland Transport said people should consider catching the train to Kingsland early, and grab a drink or something to eat.For those heading home from work, there could be some delays on the roads and on public transport, because of the extra people travelling.Meanwhile, Eden Park said people should allow extra time when they arrive because security will be tight.It said there would be extra checks and it would take longer than for a normal rugby game. All bags would also be searched.While there were fears the Lions tour would put a squeeze on accommodation in Auckland, there were still hotel rooms available and places to stay on Air BnB tonight.The Ellerslie Racecourse would also be open for fans with campervans.But Greymouth man Adam Gilshnan, who set up a Facebook page to connect fans with families willing to billet them, said there were still people looking for a bed.”Pretty much every time an Aucklander posts what they’ve got in the way of accommodation, there’s a Lions fan – sometimes two or three – saying ‘is this offer still open?’ So I know the Lions fans are still looking for them. Some Lions fans are posting themselves saying, ‘Hey can anyone help out?’ and Aucklanders are just clicking on there and touching base with them,” he said.A Metservice communications meteorologist said the weather forecast for tonight’s game wasn’t looking too bad, and recommended supporters bring a decent jacket and prepare for a possible shower.Some tickets for the match are still availablelast_img read more

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Vanuatu survive big push by Tonga

first_imgVanuatu won 2-1 (21-19, 20-22, 15-13) in three closely contested sets at BSP Stadium.“We feel great winning this match but credit to our opponents who played very well,” said Vanuatu captain Isaac Mael.In other men’s matches, Papua New Guinea defeated Northern Marianas 2-0 and Fiji beat Tuvalu 2-0.In the women’s matches, New Caledonia defeated Fiji 2-0, Vanuatu beat Guam 2-0 and Tahiti overcame Tuvalu 2-0.last_img

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Kelerakwa has league fest

first_imgToday saw the completion of three days of competition played at the Kelerakwa primary school field.Tournament director, Mike Vele said 10 teams from all over the Aroma Coast took part.”It was good, the tournament  brought the whole community together and there was no trouble during Christmas and New Year. It was peaceful,” said Vele.He finished by thanking Member for Abau, Sir Puka Temu for giving K10,000 to run the tournament.The Sir Puka Temu Cup was won by Small Bees after beating Vewala Hunters 16-8 in the grand final.Small Bees walked away with K1,500 in prize money while the Hunters received K1,300 as runners up.In the Plate division grand final, Keleone Eagles came out victors over Wanepai Dolphins winning 14-4. Eagles walked away with K1,100 in prize money while the Dolphins got K900.For the Bowl division, Corner Stones defeated Water Miles 20-8. They picked up K1000 for their efforts. Their opponents were awarded K700.last_img read more

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USA walk over PNG 10-0 in women’s soccer

first_imgTaking a 3-0 lead at the break, USA went on to score 7 more goals in the second half to hand PNG their second 10-0 hiding of the Tri-Nations friendly series.Kelcie Hedge continued the onslaught in the 54th minute from a header that flew past PNG keeper Lavina Hola.This triggered a flurry of goals with USA reaching double figures in extra time.Japan finished undefeated in the Tri-Nations, beating PNG 10-0 and then USA 5-0. USA managed the one win over PNG while the home side finished winless.last_img read more

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Oblak, absence in the last session before the final

first_imgThe Uruguayan, therefore, could be new at eleven to the detriment of Savic, a final is a final, and, according to Saul’s words at a press conference, Cholo’s plan against Real Madrid could be in the center of the field. That “will be the battle that can decant the game” and could cause surprises in the eleven rojiblanco as the presence of Llorente, who is strength and muscle and, in addition, made a great game against Barcelona on Thursday, being one of the reasons for the red-and-white comeback against the Catalans. The other two players in doubt of the Atleti, Correa, who received another blow, and Gimenez, falls as a precaution, with some discomfort, they did exercise and made him strong. Oblak’s absence, in principle, should not alarm. On other occasions, when he has had a medical condition, he has managed the training times and then played the matches normally. Atletico exercised in the field of Al-Ahli to prepare the final against Real Madrid tomorrow. And he did it with a notable absence: that of Jan Oblak. The goalkeeper, who was hit by Barça in the semifinal, stayed in the gym doing alternative work. The rojiblancos soccer players did some fut-volleyball before starting the training and, later, an exercise of pass and possession of ball at midfield.last_img read more

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Messi: “My duels with Cristiano will remain forever”

first_imgLeo Messi gave a long interview, published in Italy by ‘DAZN’, recalling his beginnings as a footballer, his current status in Barcelona and his challenges for the future. The Argentine acknowledged missing Cristiano and that his duels will remain “forever.” the beginning: “I played soccer seven, in Malvinas, the Newell’s field, and it was more forward, but there each one moved from different sides. I moved around the top, behind the tip, and as a child I felt comfortable there “.Quarry: “I have a lot of what I learned as a kid, on the street, playing on the stone, dirt court, and then I owe a lot to the Barça quarry, where I worked totally differently than what I had done in Argentina. a different philosophy from anywhere in the world: I grew up as a player, without losing what I had. “Philosophy: “In the first months it was difficult for me to understand the way of playing football that the Barcelona quarry had. I spent time without playing because of paper issues, I started and I got injured … It was not easy to understand such a marked philosophy, although doing so as a child is more easy”.Position: “When I arrived at the first team they sent me to play on the right. I had no other left, but it was a totally new position for me. I got used to it little by little, I was delighted because I played and eventually took care of the position, playing a changed leg made it easy for me to get in. “False nine: “It was a surprise for me. Guardiola told me that he was watching the Real Madrid games a lot, that he had been talking to Tito and that they had thought he was going to play a fake nine: he was going to send Eto’o and Henry for outside, and I was in the center, to join the media too. The idea was for the centrals to follow me and the two fast ends we had stung from behind. There is one of Henry’s goals that is like that. “Change: “Does Valdano say that I can play in any position? He loves me a lot (laughs). It’s true that in recent years I got used to getting a little late, having more contacts with the ball, getting more together with the midfielders. This happened when we stopped having Xavi and Iniesta, with them we had a lot of ball possession throughout the game. “Physical: “I felt a physical change in the beginning until today, because I think it is automatic, one is growing at a football, technical and physical level, and it was like that in every way. When one is turning years of age one realizes things that, when you are younger, you do not see them. From 20 to 24 you can do what you want, that the body does not feel it … From there, you have to take special care, they are many matches, a lot of effort, and the physicist does not forgive. “Sons: “Since Thiago was born, I reduced my parties a lot, and now that I have three children, even less. The pace of my life depends a lot on the boys: we finished training, I return home to eat fast and go out to look for them at school. Yes, my naps were cut a lot (laughs). “Records: “I do not give importance to the records, but today you find out everything through social networks, by friends, colleagues, the press … It is very difficult not to reach you, in the end I end up finding out, but the truth is that I I’m not looking much at these things. “Suspenders: “Gento? I would like to match his 12 Leagues, even, or beat him … But I would like it for what it would mean for all of us to win so many, not for the record itself.”Pichichi: “The goal record in the League is important and significant, spectacular players passed here, the best in the world. Being my historical scorer is special. He is one of the most beautiful records I have, an honor. They are many years here, I don’t know if others stayed that long, and that helped me a lot to keep growing at the goal level. “Fun: “I’m still having fun, obviously with a lot of responsibility, but the secret is to have fun, and when you do things come out more natural, easier.”Fans: “I have always received a lot of love in the whole world, I am grateful, I do what I like and I enjoy it, then people who think what I want both today and in the future.” Christian: “They were many years and it is not easy to keep so many years competing at the highest level, and more in the teams in which we were, as demanding, as are Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the two best in the world. Competing as equals as many years will remain forever, the sporting duel was very nice personally and I think people enjoyed it, whether it be Madrid, Barça or in general everyone who likes football. “Classics: “The games against Madrid are always special, but when I was Cristiano they were much more. But hey, they are stages that we are burning, that we leave behind, and it continues.”Job: “I still want to learn, that helps me a lot. I was left with a lot of penalties and it bothers me, the way to improve is to train it, study the rivals … As I suppose they do with me.”Xavi and Iniesta: “They were two incomparable players, very difficult to copy. I looked at them a lot, both when I had them as partners or when I saw them from the outside. I like to learn, get things from teammates and rivals.”The league: “LaLiga has grown a lot and is increasingly matched. It was said that it was only the three-team championship, in reality they were very close seasons, and that it is very difficult to win in any field. Going visitors is becoming more complicated, the small teams become strong at home and know that their chance to achieve the goals is to win at home. “Difficulty: “Football is very tactical, very studied, in most games the opponent locks back and leaves you no spaces. It is true that before there was more space, more time to think. Today everything is much more difficult.”Equipment: “The collective is essential. Today any team with players without much talent can match you and even win. With order, with work, effort and constant help.”Markings: “Man-to-man marking doesn’t bother me, but when it’s like that you know they are ugly matches, it’s rare to have one always close. It didn’t happen much either, it doesn’t bother me, but they’re weird, different matches. I don’t remember one in particular. Maffeo del Girona? Yes, it may be, that was exaggerated (laughs). “Defenses: “I never complained, I think that contact and kicks are part of these games. The tickets bother me when they are in bad milk, yes, but if not, everything is part of the game, I do not take it badly “. Goal scorer: “It seems weird, but when I was little I didn’t have to score many goals. I remember that in the first years in the first team it was hard for me, or I was missing or I was lucky. Eto’o once told me: ‘The day you start doing goals, you’re not going to stop. ”I missed a lot, until one day the ball went in, and they all started to come in.”Obsession: “Every time I think less about the goal, I throw myself a little further back, I try to be the creator, rather than define. Obviously I like it, and if the possibility comes welcome it is, but on the court I get less and less mentalized in that I have never been obsessed, although I understand that it is spoken when I do not frame much, but it is part of the growth, of continuing to seek the best for myself and for the team. “Favorite goal: “I always said that the goals I prefer are the most important, rather than for beauty. I think of the Champions League finals, both of them to Manchester United, the one of the semifinal against Real Madrid I also remember it a lot for what it meant … But I would have to review them and see them all to choose my favorite. “Goal against Getafe: “It was not a goal of great importance, but it was similar to what Diego did, although the moment and the match with one another had nothing to do with it. The play was similar, though.”Faults: “Before when I threw a foul, I settled and kicked for kicking, I tried to pass the barrier and go to the goal, I did it without thinking. Until I was training, I perfected the positioning, the steps, the punch, trying to set foot one way or another … But this is also going on streaks, sometimes you have the luck that they all go inside, and sometimes you throw five or six and they all stick to the barrier.It is all work, training.Each has his way of kicking , it is very difficult to copy another, everyone must do their own thing, find their way. “Penalties: “The penalties do not worry me, but erring them bothers me, nobody likes me. I also understand that it is part of the game, it is increasingly difficult because the goalkeepers are faster than before, they study you, everything is more prepared.”last_img read more

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Casillas: from Rubiales partner in AFE to his adversary in the RFEF

first_imgCasillas has no experience in sports management. Curiously, he held the only position with responsibility in the management a decade ago. It was on the AFE Board of Directors when Luis Rubiales presided over it, with which he will face now at the federal polls. In fact, one of the first things Rubiales did when he arrived at the players union was to include the goalkeeper in his team with David Villa. The role of both was key to the strike call of the 2011-12 season, which was then halted.Personally, Iker is a very recognized idol in the whole world. In 2010, he received from the Secretary of State for Sports the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit. The jury valued his sports career “for his behavior and determined commitment to society and the most disadvantaged.” UEFA and FIFA have also recognized him on numerous occasions as he was nominated six times in the Golden Ball Awards. Casillas is married to journalist Sara Carbonero, with whom he has two children, and has a brother named Unai. Years ago he even made some cameo in the cinema (Torrente 3 and Goal! 2). Now comes another leading role. Iker Casillas could spend a matter of months from an elite athlete to a manager. The goalkeeper, now officially a candidate for the presidency of the Federation, was born in Móstoles (Madrid) on May 20, 1981. He is a professional goalkeeper since 1998, when he made his debut with Real Madrid in San Mamés after being previously called to Norway in the phase of classification of the Champions. The white club left through the back door in 2015, antagonized with part of the directive and Real Madrid more like Mourinho, and left for Porto, which still belongs and in which he played his last game last season after suffering a myocardial infarction that still keeps him off.Casillas is closely linked to the Federation. He has been international for 16 years and since 2006 he was the captain of the absolute and is the player with the most matches in the history of La Roja (167). With the National Team he won a World Cup and two Euro Cups, in addition to the U20 World Cup. With Madrid he won 19 titles, among others, three Champions and five Leagues. He is the second player in the history of Madrid with more games (725). With Porto he has won two titles.last_img read more

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Messi moves away from the area

first_imgThe Messi holidays in the Bernabeu they have finished. At least for now. The Argentine left Sad Madrid. With a defeated gesture, as if in part he felt guilty about the result. Messi was well placed in the match, especially in the first part. But the match map revealed that it forgot the rival area. In fact, just He stepped on it twice. The first, after a fabulous pass of Busquets He controlled with mastery. The hit, however, did not have the precision that characterizes it. He did not find the corners that are known with his eyes closed. The second action had a more worrying tone. After a spectacular ride, From Jong left him almost in front of Courtois But surprisingly, Messi did not protect the possession or put the body. He let himself win the duel for Marcelo Y Varane He ended up solving the action. The Brazilian lo celebrated as a goal. And the Bernabéu, more. Messi gave 59 good passes, failed three and lost 17 balls. But where it was shown that it was not fine it was in the dodge. Tried five Y Only one successfully. When a player lacks magic it is one of the arts of the game in which the mistake is most expressed. Removing the last minutes, Messi never left the game. His teammates found him and he wanted to lead. But it was not his day. Messi fell even in some helplessness. A Casemiro entrance it cost him the yellow card. Curiously, he had already been admonished in Naples, a rarity in Rosario’s crack. This time, the captain could not be a hero of his people. For a while, Messi has moved a few meters away from the area. Already Look for revenge. JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Messi, in action with Marcelo and Varane who was not able to take advantage of the second part.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA (DIARIO AS)last_img read more

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Jamaica does not want to travel to Europe to play against Catalonia

first_imgThe friendly match that is scheduled for March 30 in Lleida, between Catalonia Y Jamaica, at the moment it is in danger, since the Caribbean combined does not want to travel to Europe due to the risk of infection of the coronavirus that has occurred in some points. This fact, advanced by TV3, and that EFE has been able to confirm with a source from the Catalan Football Federation, points to the match could be suspended, although it is not yet official.This meeting was going to be the debut of the Catalan team in Lleida, after Catalonia debuted last year in a friendly in the municipal stadium of Montilivi (Girona) against Venezuela (2-1).Jamaica, trained by Theodoro Whitmore, is an integrated team among the fifty best combined FIFA (position 48).last_img read more

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The total suspension of the League would cost € 678.8 M to the clubs

first_imgThe League estimates 678.8 million the impact that the suspension of the First and Second Division competitions would have if the measure continues until the end of the season. Clubs would stop joining 549 million for television rights, 88 for subscriptions and 41.4 for box office, according to the estimate made by the employers themselves.To all this, It is worth adding the impact that competition has through sponsorships and in the industry., which provides the 1.37% of GDP. Bars, hotels, transport … The mobilization of soccer gives an important economic amount to different businesses in the country. Thus, the economic calculation would be even higher than the estimated € 678.8M. If he had finally decided to play the rest of the season behind closed doors, the First clubs would have stopped receiving 38.8 million for box offices and 78.1 for subscriptions, and the Second, 2.6 and 9.9, respectively. In total, losses in the highest category were estimated at 117 million and those of the Second, at 12.5. The suspension, on the other hand, triggers the impact. The clubs of Primera would stop entering 435 million more for television rights on a total of 1,664. Second, would lose 48 million on an income forecast of 185.At the moment, LaLiga announced, before meeting with the Federation and the AFE, that the next two days of the championship are postponed. In principle, it only contemplated the measure that was played behind closed doors, but finally accepted the proposal of the Government, the players’ union and the Federation to stop the competition to protect the health of the athletes, some of whom are already in quarantine.last_img read more

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