The bedtime ritual that has Fusitu’a flying

first_imgSince making his NRL Telstra Premiership debut in Round 2 of the 2014 season, Fusitu’a has been in and out of the club’s first-grade squad, battling a number of injuries which led to him playing only 32 of a possible 71 games over the past three years.It was enough to make the 22-year-old rethink his entire approach to being a professional athlete. “I think for me it’s not so much the things I do at training but more the things I do away from training, things like doing my own pool recovery or stretching before I go to bed,” Fusitu’a said in the build-up to Sunday’s match against the Newcastle Knights in Auckland.”The things I do at home are massive for me, I have a little setup at home so before I go to bed I stretch and stuff like that now.”If I feel tight on our days off then I get the roller out, just little things like that really help me out on the field.”I feel a lot freer and I am a bit more injury free now. I need to keep that up and hopefully the injuries stay away.”I am doing everything possible to stay on the field.”Even when he was fit over the last few seasons Fusitu’a was somewhat of a conundrum for former Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden; too good to leave out of the squad but not good enough to be a frontline fullback, winger or centre in the first-grade team.He played all three positions at various stages last year, but is clear on where he sees his future.”It [centre] is really a position where I would love to end up in and cement a spot there,” Fusitu’a said.”He (new Warriors coach Stephen Kearney) has put me in the centres to train there and use my craft there, so I am excited. He has given me the opportunity and now I have just got to take it with both hands.”From the moment he took over as the Warriors’ head coach late last year, while Fusitu’a was in England for the Four Nations with the Kiwis, Kearney said he always planned to play the 191cm speedster in the centres.”I think he can make himself into a world-class centre, but it’s a journey for him,” Kearney said.”I know he has sort of been around a bit, in and out through injury, but I think as a long-term prospect he can be a very, very good centre in the NRL.”[How good he can be] is the question he needs to ask himself. For me all the signs have been good for him. He spent December and January training in the centres…he is a real talent. “I have seen some real good progress from him over the last couple of months.”Fusitu’a will have pleasant memories of facing the Knights, given he scored four tries against them the last time they met in Round 14 last year, while he boasts six tries in three career games against Newcastle to date.last_img read more

Western Force fight could go to high court

first_imgBillionaire backer Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is considering all legal avenues and it is believed the Force are willing to exhaust all options available pending appeal rights, which could drag the saga out long enough for them to compete in the 2018 Super Rugby season.Super Rugby officials are nervously awaiting the outcome of the appeal hearing before finalising a draw for next year.However, if the Force pursue other avenues and are able to win an injunction against the ARU’s decision, the legal process could drag on for months and affect Super Rugby planning for 2018.Forrest launched a stinging attacking on the ARU on Wednesday, calling for chairman Cameron Clyne to resign. Forrest also released documents supposedly showing the ARU decided in February to axe the Force because they were the easiest legal option.Clyne rejected Forrest’s claim, saying the legal advice, which described the ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels as “high risk” and the Force as “low risk”, was only a small part of a bigger decision.Forrest also slammed the ARU’s process as a “charade”, accusing them of bullying and insisting his offer of A$50 million to save the Force was not too late.The NSW Supreme Court is likely to make a ruling next week on the Force’s appeal after the ARU axed the franchise on August 11.Forrest claimed the ARU made its decision six months ago, but dragged out the process and released a document to back up his point.”There is no legal obligation to retain the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition following a renegotiation of the broadcast rights,” the document read.”If the broadcast contracts are renegotiated with effect from the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, the Alliance Agreement will automatically terminate at the end of the 2017 season and the obligation on the ARU to maintain the Western Force as a Super Rugby team in Perth will lapse at that point.”The document said the ARU would be breaching a participation deed if it attempted to cut the Brumbies or the Rebels.”If a negotiated exit is not achieved, an attempt by the ARU to terminate the Brumbies/Rebels participation deed without cause would constitute an unlawful termination,” the document read.Forrest, one of Australia’s richest men, lashed out on Wednesday, saying the documents prove the ARU always had the Force in its sights, which raises questions of how fair the process may have been.”The document I have, which I have released, came from caring members of the business community,” Forrest said. “It shows clearly that late in February this year the advice was received and taken to cut the Western Force for no other reason apart from legal advice. This is what I have stood up for, this is what I accuse the ARU of; of litigating, of lawyers and not leadership, of choosing not for merit but choosing to cut because they can bully a submission.”Clyne denied the claims.”Andrew referred to a document or documents which indicated that a decision had been made to remove the Western Force in February,” Clyne said.”This was not the case and there are no documents which contain this information.”RugbyWA has been provided several opportunities to put its best business case for the Western Force to the ARU board, from April 10 right up until our final request for this information on August 2, 2017.”I can only assume that Andrew has been provided with a document that contains some of the analysis that was undertaken by ARU management at the request of the board, to assess the many implications and considerations for exiting each of the three teams we originally assessed, which included the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.”As we have previously announced, there was an extensive analysis conducted on each of these teams and one of the key issues we assessed was the legal risks associated with any decision to exit one of those teams.”These legal risks were factored into our decision, but the board still had options outside of legal avenues to pursue its course to remove a team.”Forrest also responded to comments made by ARU chief executive Bill Pulver on Tuesday. Pulver said the mining magnate had come to the table too late after tabling a $50 million offer to prop up the Force and assure the future of the code. Clearly frustrated by the comments, Forrest accused the ARU of bullying tactics and said he would not stop trying to save the Force.”I’m here to say to the ARU, you cannot bully this team, your ambush has been sprung, you have now been discovered,” Forrest said. “Chairman of the ARU, Mr Cameron Clyne, you’ve told me so many times that there was a broad spreadsheet of factors which were all based on merit, which were based on fairness and of course Australia now knows that was a charade. You received advice you could not cut the Rebels. “I ask you now to resign Mr Cameron Clyne. This has been discovered. The secret is now out. The process from here now must be transparent, we must all come clean.” Forrest disagreed that his generous offer to the ARU had come too late. “My message to the leaders of the ARU, Mr Bill Pulver, who I’m not holding to account, you’ve been an honest and faithful servant. But Mr Pulver and remaining ARU board … it is not too late. I’m in business. I know what too late looks like. I know what 11th hour looks like and I certainly know what bullies look like.”This is not 11th hour, this is not too late. Keep the Western Force, stop this legal charade, be transparent and let’s get on with building a fabulous sport in Australia and the code of rugby union across Australia and across the world.”Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Andrew Forrest says ARU chairman Cameron Clyne should resign over the Force being axed from Super Rugby.last_img read more

Curtain Brothers supports PNG triathlon development program

first_imgThe funding support will go into identifying a junior talent pool and training these junior athletes into future elites.Curtain Brothers is one of the first corporates who has put its support behind this program.The PNG triathlon junior development, still in its design phase, will identify our future junior athletes hopefully from the National Triathlon Championships on Sunday, May 15. Wewak, Port Moresby, Lae, Manus, Lihir and Kavieng are sending athletes for this competition. Some of these will be juniors competing for slots in the PNG squad to the Pacific Islands Triathlon Championships in Solomons Islands in July.“The Oceania Triathlon Union (OTU) is also finalising its regional development squad around this time and we hope that we can select an additional number of juniors into this,” the association said.“Getting selected into the OTU team means opportunities for expert international training, exposure to international races and an opportunity to develop and prepare our junior athletes for future competitions like the Pacific Games and the Commonwealth Games.”Curtain Brothers is one the first corporates to support this program with others to make an announcement next week.(Some of the Pacific Games triathletes in New Caledonia in 2013. Credit: ABC)last_img read more

Negredo will play his first final with Al Nasr

first_imgNegredo, who has seven goals this season, will have the opportunity to lift the first title of his Asian adventure. The Vallecano striker, in Al Nasr since September 2018, when he arrived from the Turkish Besiktas, has to go back to 2014 to remember the last time he lifted a trophy. He did it with Manchester City, club with which he won a Premier League and a League Cup in the 2013/14 season. Álvaro Negredo He will fight to conquer his first title in the United Arab Emirates. The Madrid striker of Al nasr He won the pass to the Arabian Gulf Cup final after defeating Al-Ain in the penalty shootout. It was Negredo himself who forced the throws from 11 meters in the 82nd minute, when he gave Toze the 1-1 assist with which the 90 minutes ended. Al Hammadi, on his own goal, had advanced Al Ain in the first half.Al Nasr did not fail from the penalty spot. Toze, Captain Negredo, Kuwas and Hassan converted their respective pitches. Something that Maroof and Canedo could not do, which meant the elimination of Al-Ain. It was the Dubai team, therefore, who achieved a place in the final, where he will meet an Al-Ahli who also needed the penalties to impose himself on Al-Jazira.last_img read more

Fede Valverde and Casemiro are Zidane’s seat belt

first_imgThis is the third defeat of the season for Real Madrid, after the fits in Paris against PSG (3-0) and Mallorca (1-0); It is the first at home, where Madrid had been showing a historic rockiness. And the three defeats have a common factor: the core pair formed by Casemiro and Valverde was not part of the eleven. In Paris, the Brazilian played, but not the Uruguayan; the same happened in Mallorca, where Zidane did pull the charrúa in the second half; and before Real he rested was Casemiro. The Cup is already past for Madrid, it’s time to focus on the two competitions in which this course can still do something great. Starting with this same weekend, in which the white team visits Osasuna in Pamplona, ​​a historically hot stadium for Madrid and where he knows what it is to leave points: he only won in two of his last seven league visits to the Sadar. Each day now becomes a defense of the leadership alone by Madrid and surely Zidane will recover for that first assault the core duo that better results have guaranteed him this course. Zidane booked Casemiro against Real and go if he paid. It is true that the Brazilian had gone through a febrile process during the week that had left him weakened, although he completed the training prior to the copera visit of the Basque team. Zidane preferred to be cautious and pulled a spinal cord formed by Kroos, Valverde and James. The Uruguayan would act as Casemiro in the drawing, despite having one of the most dynamic teams in attack in LaLiga.center_img The result speaks for itself: the Real topped ten times, five on goal, and scored four goals. That enormous effectiveness came motivated by the constant situations of advantage in which the attackers of the Real appeared throughout the game; It is not in vain, three of the four goals were auctioned within the area of ​​unmarked players at that time. Imanol found the rift that left Casemiro’s absence ahead of the plants and arranged Odegaard to make blood.last_img read more

“It’s a pride to stay here”

first_imgAlthough he ended his contract in June, he admitted that he was “more worried in December about the situation of the team than about my personal. 2020 has given us a change in the situation of the team and also this new contract. I try to be positive and it never crossed my mind at the time of the injury that could have been my last game with Tenerife, “he said.Also, since he has been in the club for so long, both Carlos and Suso “In addition to classmates they are also my friends. The performance in the field is what you see every weekend, but it is not all that is done within a team. We must also help in other aspects and other facets. “Missing to review Carlos Ruiz who this year resolved his future earlier than the previous year. “For me it is grateful to be able to continue another year wearing this shirt and this shield. I thank the club, the coach and my teammates who helped me get me here for another year. “Baza confessed that when they told him to continue, “Say yes without knowing the conditions. I am old and I know that every day I have less to enjoy this. I have been here for many years and I am happy to continue another season. I have never been so long in a club. Every time I identify more with the entity and with the people of the island. My wife is from here and I can’t ask for more. My intention is to continue in Tenerife for as long as possible and, in a somewhat distant future, to hang my boots. “Like his teammates, he highlighted the task of Cordero, “a close person who likes to be on a daily basis. He has entered with great enthusiasm, holding conversations and meetings with the whole team and it shows that he wants to help from the beginning “. More than 700 games played at the club were in the press room of Heliodoro this midday when Suso Santana (309), Carlos Ruiz (224) and Dani Hernández (186) offered a joint press conference after meeting on Wednesday the renewal of each of them for a season. “It’s a pride to stay here,” was the most repeated response from these veterans. They are already a reference of the costumes.Suso He was the last to appear and indicated that He feels “highly valued since I arrived in Tenerife. I never thought I’d be here for so long and it’s already going for nine seasons. The fans have been with me in good times and, above all, in bad times. I know we are all turning years, but the seasons in Second are very long and there are minutes for everyone, “he said.Taco’s He highlighted the “tranquility and confidence” that Miguel Concepción transmitted about his continuity. In addition, the march of Victor Moreno helped. “Juan Carlos Cordero is a person very close to the soccer player, who tries to be with us every day and that’s welcome, “he said. And also in the coach Rubén Baraja, “what He conveyed to us what he wanted and, in the end, we had the reward for our patience. He wanted to continue counting on us and the arrival of Lamb has made everything easier. “As for your personal performanceFinally, the Tenerife player assured that this course “I’ve been playing for many minutes and in the last game another partner came in, so I am looking forward again to my moment. “For its part, Dani remarked to continue for one more year “in the club of my land and with which I identify most. Grateful and eager to return that trust doing his best. The meeting lasted a minute and a half. We reached a quick agreement, “the goalkeeper acknowledged. “I work to do things well and in the club they have seen it that way.”last_img read more

On sale the Champions League final tickets: from € 70 to € 600

first_imgUEFA on Thursday opened the ticket sales deadline for the Champions League final that will remain open until next day 12 on your website, with a total of 6,000 locations available to the general public and 20,000 to be distributed for each of the two finalist clubs.As reported by UEFA, after consulting with the independent network of European Soccer Fans (FSE) has set the same prices and categories that last season, so that the cheapest ones will cost 70 euros and 600 the most expensive. There will also be locations for 280 and 450 euros in the intermediate categories. Tickets for disabled spectators will be priced at 70 euros, with a companion ticket included for free.Each application may include up to two tickets and once closed the deadline for making requests, at 2 pm on the 12th in uefa.com, UEFA will draw a raffle to distribute the tickets, the price of which includes Shipping costsUEFA will inform applicants at the end of March, at the latest, about the status of their requests and tickets will be sent by courier no later than mid-May.The Champions League final will be played at the Olympic stadium Istanbul Atatürk, which has a capacity for 72,000 spectators, the Saturday, May 30, 2020.last_img read more

Rafa Nadal returns to Spain

first_imgRafael Nadal is already again in Spain. In contrast to different tennis gamers, who most popular to stay in the US after the cancellation of Indian Wells, the quantity two on the planet has chosen to return to Manacor to practice at his academy. The Miami Open, which ought to begin on Wednesday 25 With the primary spherical of the WTA, it maintains the intention to proceed advancing the sanitary and management measures. However minute by minute the state of affairs is altering. In the US, there are over 1,100 circumstances of infections by coronavirus and thirty are positioned in Florida, the place two deaths have already occurred.Carlos Alcaraz, who was going to play the preview of Indian Wells when he was solely 16 when he acquired an invite, he’s nonetheless there coaching along with his technician Juan Carlos Ferrero. The event gives lodging for tennis gamers till the 16th.last_img read more

Serie A shoots Madrid and Barcelona

first_imgThe coronavirus has paralyzed all competitions, which will create a financial problem for many clubs, but it can also become an opportunity for others to comb the market in search of high-level soccer players. La Gazzetta dello Sport He has drawn up a list of great footballers who end their contract soon or who are not going through their best moment in their respective clubs, which is why they become a great option for Serie A teams to launch for them. In addition, it is expected that the next market trend will be to exchange players instead of selling them for high prices, so discards will serve as a bargaining chip in many cases.Santander LeagueThe Italian newspaper focuses mainly on Real Madrid and Barcelona. Of the whites he looks at several, the first of them Luka modric, which has been on the agenda of the Inter de Milan for a long time. Do not lose sight of the lack of opportunities Isco Y James, remembering that the Colombian was already in the crosshairs of the Naples. They also mention Benzema, something that today seems impossible.As for Barcelona, ​​they believe that Ousmane Dembélé it could leave due to its constant controversies and injuries. The Frenchman has a great future ahead, but who knows if a great signing of Barca I would shut the doors on him. They do not neglect Raikitic or Vidal, whom they consider more than feasible to leave. Both the Croatian (has sounded even for the Milan) as the Chilean have been Serie A goals for a long time, especially Inter, owner of Lautaro Martinez. They also talk about Luis Suarez, but as with Benzema, it seems unlikely that the Uruguayan will abandon the Barça discipline. Premier LeagueThe jewel in the crown of the English league is Paul Pogba. His future seems far from Manchester United and the Frenchman’s desire to return to the Juventus according to the words of Mino Raiola, make him the most desired in Italy. It does not go unnoticed Emerson Palmieri, side of Chelsea to which Inter and Juve would dispute. There is also Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Gabonese striker from Arsenal He is highly valued and his contract will end soon (2021). He is happy in Londonbut his wish is to play the Champions League and right now it doesn’t seem like you’re going to have too many options to do it like gunner. Finally they talk about Segio Agüero, which could come out this summer of Manchester City if they don’t want to lose him at zero cost in the next campaign. It is not clear that he is going to renew but he has not been linked with any Italian club at the moment.BundesligaThe Italian newspaper delves into the Bayern Munich. Remember that Praise Y Neuer They do not want to renew their respective contracts, but the footballer who is most likely to end up playing Serie A is Thiago Alcantara. The midfielder would fit practically into all the great Italian teams, making him a great option for all of them facing the next transfer market.last_img read more

Coach Schäfer banned by FIFA – Burrell remains positive despite coach’s two-game suspension

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will have to do without head coach Winfried Schäfer after the German was suspended by FIFA’s disciplinary committee, from sitting on the bench for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti. However, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not expecting any major setbacks, as he threw his support behind the programme’s technical staff. Burrell said that the Reggae Boyz have an experienced technical team in place and remains confident that the continue to work well in Schäfer’s absence from the bench. “The effects should not be felt because the technical team has been together for a long period. I am confident in the other members of the technical staff and they should be able to cope,” Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday, following a release from the JFF. unsporting behaviour As a result, Schäfer will miss the Reggae Boyz games against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica and Haiti a few days later. Schäfer has also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 ($611,302) for a charge of ‘unsporting behaviour’ against a match official in Jamaica’s World Cup qualifier away in Nicaragua on September 8. Players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards have also been hit with suspension by the world’s governing body and will have to sit out four games. Both players will miss the November games as well as Jamaica matches against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29 next year. Laing and Edwards have also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 each. They were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter on September 8. Jamaica won the two-way tie 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the CONCACAF semi-final stage.last_img read more