Benji Signs With Dragons

first_imgThe Dragons released a statement, saying they will hold a “media conference to officially announce the signing of Benji Marshall at the St George Leagues Club at 5.45pm this evening”. Benji Marshall departed Super Rugby after being released from his Auckland Blues contract less than a year after walking out on rugby league. He played 212 minutes of game time in eight Super Rugby matches. Benji Marshall will return to the NRL with the St George Illawarra Dragons, having agreed to a two-and-a-half deal. “On the field I certainly wanted to achieve more than how it panned out. It didn’t go that way but in terms of life it did 100 percent.”-Triple M NRLcenter_img Marshall informed the Dragons of his decision just after 3pm on Friday, deciding agaisnt joining Cronulla where most of his ex-teammates now play.  The Sharks say they made him a good offer and are disappointed here’s not joining their team. “I gave rugby a go and it didn’t work out. However I feel like through being at the Blues I was able to find myself again, find some hunger, get fit and on top of that and more importantly I feel like I’ve become a better person,” he said at the time.last_img read more

IOC president vows to rebuild trust

first_imgSport has been rocked by the recent crisis in athletics, culminating in the suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) following the release of an explosive World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report, which alleged state-supported doping in the country.It followed the scandal which has engulfed world football’s governing body FIFA this year, which has seen the indictments of 41 officials and entities by the United States Department of Justice on corruption charges.Bach, writing in an opinion piece ahead of the IOC Executive Board meeting which opened here today, claimed he was an advocate for life bans for those found guilty of doping when he was younger but admitted “such a sanction would not be upheld by a judicial court”.“As an Olympic medallist, recent developments in some sports are particularly upsetting,” Bach, an Olympic fencing champion at Montreal 1976, said. “What saddens me most as a former athlete is that they erode the trust in the clean athlete.“Clean athletes who push themselves day in day out pursuing their dreams see the finger of suspicion pointing at them.“This is the very worst ‘side-effect’ of doping.“We must do everything we can to protect these millions of clean athletes around the world.”Bach’s comments marked the first anniversary of the IOC unanimously passing Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, at an Extraordinary Session in Monte Carlo.The IOC claimed it has made significant progress with the implementation of all 40 recommendations, claiming two-thirds of the 112 expected promises have been delivered, including changing the bidding process ahead of the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, which Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are all in the running for.More than 20 per cent are ongoing, with some expected to be complete this year and the rest in 2016.“Fighting corruption also means that good governance for sporting organisations is essential,” Bach said.“The IOC has put the necessary measures in place for a long time.“More recently, the reforms passed in Olympic Agenda 2020 exactly one year ago, ensure internationally recognised standards of governance.”Agenda 2020 is one of the key topics to be discussed here over the next three days, while reports on the progress of upcoming Olympic Games, including Rio 2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020, will be presented by IOC sports director Christophe Dubi.The election of new members is also on the agenda for the meeting, which is due to finish on Thursday.last_img read more

Seagulls praise the NFS crowd

first_img“We don’t usually get that kind of cheerfulness from the crowd in Queensland but it’s just amazing here with the new stadium packed to capacity and the fans and supporters cheer with enthusiasm and passion for the game,” Zimmerle said.“Even our players would have fallen off, the crowd was excited and that atmosphere just got us to play our best, which we even took the lead in the second half of the game,” he added.However, he stressed that even though it was their first time  to play in the new stadium, the Tweed Heads Seagulls, it did not feel as if it was their first time at all. He said the game was physical but off the field, “the people are friendly even though they want us to come here and lose, we always feel welcome as people here have something special about rugby league,” Zimmerle said.Tweed Heads captain Samuel Saville said: “Even though Hunters are always a tough team to beat, away or at home, we believe we put up a strong performance which got them off the edge before they came back in the last minute to take over and we are also proud of our performance and also, thanks to the amazing crowd that made us feel as if we are playing to the beat of their cheers.”Saville said it was a great game indeed and they were proud to be here and play in PNG, where rugby league is a well-recognised sport and “even though  we did lose but we hope to build and get motivated through this performance so we can get a win next time on our turf.”last_img read more

Team Madang gearing up for PNG Gmes

first_imgMadang Provincial Assistant Director for Community Development, Joe Bande who is Team manager said the 450 athletes will take part in both individual and team sports with the highest number being team sports.“Team Madang is ready to participate in the upcoming PNG Games with 450 athletes, accompanied by 50 officials which gives a total of 500 member team travelling,”“All the trials for each sporting code have been done, even the officials and team Managers and they are now training in preparation for games,” Bande said.Bande said team Madang in past PNG Games had been preparing late due to lack of coordination, team work, funding and eagerness from athletes but this has changed this year with lead up preparation taking place early.He said the support given by the Provincial Administration under the leadership of Daniel Aloi as Provincial Administrator is highly commendable.“The Provincial Administration has come good, with funding for the Provincial Games in January this year and had pledged to continue to support us in the upcoming PNG Games and in the future,” Bande said.He added that the working committee under his leadership have paid affiliation fees of K10,000 to the host organising committee and are now working towards raising funds to take the team to Kimbe.Bande said with the increase in air fares the team management is working around the clock to seek sponsors and to carry out fundraising events to meet the cost of transport and meals.Moreover, Bande said the host Organizing Committee will meet soon and one of the agenda which he wishes to discuss at the meeting is transportation for teams outside of Niugini Islands Region.Bande however says that preparation for Team Madang is going well and most of the athletes have resumed training with one goal to win gold for Madang.last_img read more

“When I see my players well, I’m not afraid of anything”

first_img-Barça semifinal analysis: “The best defensive part was the first half. We defended very low but because they were better but the team had support. In the second half the opposite. We defend worse and attack better. In the second goal void to them there was an aura in the stadium that I saw my players think: ‘If we tie it we win it’. They lost their fear of the game. Then Llorente, Correa, Vitolo with the driving… ”-What movie do you expect from tomorrow’s game?: “Madrid is a team that we know very well, very important in the hierarchy of its protagonists. He has an absolutely winning coach. He transmits every time he plays that he has to win and he wins. Neither Benzema nor Bale nor Hazard came here and nothing changes them, they seek to strengthen themselves. They did it from the circulation, from the arrival of the second line. They have Vinicius and Rodrygo there, if they play they will have more speed but more possession and we have to think about how to attack those positions to harm them the way we want. ”-Party scenario: “It’s fantastic. With two teams looking forward to winning this Super Cup they will face their weapons to take the game where it suits them best. ”-Zidane, looks better coach than when he won the three Champions, you ?: “This is like life, we are better with the years. All the accumulated experiences we manage to develop. I consider having grown both in life and in sport since, I think, there is no separate relationship from life with football. ”-Valverde, position in which he left the defeat against Atlético: “A lot of respect for the opinions that everyone gives. For me Valverde is a great coach and has shown his ability to support the club. ” -Do you have the equipment and cruise speed for a title ?: “We continue in the same place of growth, of improvement, of looking for our players to take experience. The youngest and those who have more time have, to transmit to them what Atlético is and the moment we are living. Always face rivals like Madrid, Barça or Liverpool makes us better. Tomorrow we have a nice opportunity. ”-Change at Real Madrid from the derby: “In LaLiga it’s different, we already talked about it in the previous game. There you have three results, here only three. Any mistake that occurs in the game leads you to have less chance to recover it because the result is only one, both in the direct semifinal and in the final. ”-Players played: “Oblak and Correa are well beyond the coup and José (Giménez) yesterday trained very well. Let’s see how his fitness progresses in this afternoon’s training and from there we will decide who starts tomorrow’s game. ”-How can you convert all the sticks you get into gasoline: “Believing in my players and always looking to empower the club. I think the club has always done a great job with an institution since we arrived. From the Falcao that stayed to give us as a coaching staff the possibility, then very difficult, now an obligation, to enter the Champions League. With the young boys now. Yesterday afternoon when they spent the game on TV I saw them watching him with admiration and wanting to improve. My energy is my soccer players. When I see them well, I am not afraid of anything. ”– Mid-season title, what does it mean?: “It would not seem right to make an analysis of what could happen. Winning is always very beautiful and I don’t want to say what would happen if I won. There is nothing more important than tomorrow’s game. ”last_img read more

Valverde-Xavi, now or June, in the press of Barcelona

first_img“Offensive for Xavi” or “Xavi earthquake” are the covers of Sports world Y Sport, but the two newspapers disagree on when Ernesto Valverde’s cycle can end. Sports world ensures that the technician has stayed “no credit”, while Sport keeps going “until the end of the season”. L’Esportiu, meanwhile, he does not choose a photo of Xavi but of Valverde and talks about the end of the Valverde cycle, but also leaves the date open. It is clear that the defeat of Barça against Atlético de Madrid has unleashed a gigantic storm at Barça. Ernesto Valverde and Xavi Hernández are the main protagonists of this Saturday in the press of Barcelona. The startle of the information advanced by RAC this Friday for the presence of Eric Abidal Y Oscar Grau in Qatar to meet with Xavi It was taking shape until it was consolidated as a news of tremendous weight and significance for the future of the club.last_img read more

The WTA opens the ‘coaching’ from the stands: “I don’t think it’s a bad idea,” says Muguruza.

first_imgGarbiñe Muguruza, who gained the reappeared Belgian Kim Clijsters in the first spherical, mentioned about the new coaching system on the monitor: “I don’t think it’s a bad thought. Conchita (Martínez) had extra freedom to speak to me. They do it in all sports activities, the coach is all the time screaming in soccer, in basketball … Sure, not bad. Let’s see how others are doing. “The Spaniard didn’t use the recommendation of the Aragonese in the hottest moments of a sport that received a little sophisticated in the second set, when she misplaced her service twice. Each gestures and phrases are allowed inside an order and with out disturbing the rivals. If it really works, it’s going to proceed in upcoming tournaments as a substitute for on-site face teaching. For the first time and as a check measure, at the Dubai Premier, coaches and trainers can instruct their gamers from the stands. The teaching, which was beforehand allowed solely in some tournaments however on the bench if the tennis gamers requested the presence of their technicians, has taken a new step ahead with this initiative of the WTA, which has already been examined in the first matches of the Arab championship.last_img read more