Ex-Wallaby disgusted by ARU

first_imgWest Australian Liberal senator Linda Reynolds’s motion was carried on Wednesday – a day after RugbyWA lost its battle in the NSW Supreme Court to retain the Western Force.Senator Reynolds was critical of the decision-making process used by the ARU to axe the Force, and also the governing body’s lack of transparency.The Community Affairs References Committee will put the ARU under the microscope and report by November 13.”As a stakeholder in rugby … I am disgusted at the lack of leadership sport has in Australia,” Welborn said.”The Super Rugby competition will be poorer for the absence of the Western Force.”Andrew Forrest has been quite public in saying he offered the ARU A$50 million (NZ$55m), and they turned him down. I was in the room. I was stunned.”I mean if that’s not a breach of director’s duties, I’d be surprised.”Welborn said the ARU’s decision to axe the Force was short sighted.”What the ARU have done is executed a rugby union. They’ve taken a side out and shot it in the head,” Welborn said.”And if you ask them, ‘What’s your plan for the Western Force?’ They don’t have one.”The plan is to take that $6 million and regurgitate it into the defunct unions they’re currently propping up on the east coast of Australia.”They have absolutely no plan whatsoever.”Welborn has joined forces with Forrest to launch a new Indo Pacific rugby competition.Exact details of the competition are yet to be revealed, but Welborn is confident it will be a success.The six-team competition could feature clubs from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand.Forrest is yet to decide whether to appeal the NSW Supreme Court’s decision to the High Court of Australia. Photo by: FAIRFAX  Caption :John Welborn has blasted the ARU leadership.last_img read more

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Storm into final four

first_imgIn a dramatic start to this year’s final series, the Rabbitohs appeared to have clinched a preliminary final when Cameron Murray controversially stormed over with nine minutes to go.But Munster set up a line break for Billy Slater and then stepped up to nail a 31-metre field goal to send a raucous crowd of 17,306 at AAMI Park into raptures.The Rabbitohs now wait on the winner of Sunday’s elimination final between Brisbane and St George Illawarra to keep their season alive next week.The Storm had to come from behind five times in an absorbing contest, and also had to overcome a number of controversial refereeing decisions, to claim the win.Scores were locked at 18-all midway through the second half when Curtis Scott was penalised for a second effort in a tackle that led to Robert Jennings crossing not long after.A Cheyse Blair try levelled the game again, only for a sideline official to rule a Josh Addo-Carr forward pass that led to Murray’s go-ahead four-pointer.But Munster’s late game heroics ensured the Storm remain on track to become the first team to defend their crowd in a unified competition since Brisbane in 1992-93.Blair and Suliasi Vunivalu both finished with doubles, while Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis did his best to inspire his side to also nab a double.It was an explosive start to the qualifying final, with the hosts forcing an error in their first defensive set that almost ended in an opening try for Slater.But the retiring fullback grounded a grubber on the dead-ball line, to which the Rabbitohs responded through an aerial raid for Dane Gagai to post first points.The ferocious collisions kept on coming with Sam Burgess jolting the ball free on an early play, while Inglis also had the wind knocked out of him by Vunivalu not long after.Poor defensive reads by the Rabbitohs, sandwiched by a stadium-shaking Kaufusi shot on Sam Burgess, ended in back-to-back Storm tries to Scott and Vunivalu and their first lead.The visitors regained the lead on a bizarre 37th-minute Inglis try, where Vunivalu gave up on the play as he appealed for an offload from the ground from Jennings.But Storm halfback Brodie Croft – a last-minute inclusion for Jahrome Hughes – broke the game open with a 70-metre line-break and grubber for Vunivalu on the stroke of halftime.And it appeared the Storm were on their way when George Burgess was sin-binned for a professional foul that resulted in Cameron Smith kicking the Storm to a six-point lead.However the Rabbitohs rebounded with back-to-back tries, only for the Storm to once again prove their big-game quality with another strong finish.Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds came off with a shoulder injury moments before the break but took the field upon resumption with what was described as a shoulder sprain.last_img read more

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PNG swimmers bag six medal in Oceania Championships

first_imgThe swimming team consisted of Papua New Guinea ‘golden fish’ Ryan Pini who claimed Silver medals in the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke  and 100m butterfly while Sam Seghers bagged the first Bronze in the 200m freestyle and the other two bronze  were from the mixed and men’s relay.The mixed 4 x 50 medley team of Shanice Paraka (back), Barbara Vali (breaststroke), Ryan Pini (fly) & Sam Seghers (free) took the first of two bronze relay medals.The second bronze was from the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay team of Ryan Pini (back), Ryan Maskelyne (breaststroke), Sam Seghers (fly) and Stanford Kawale (free) finished off the meet on the last race of the competition with a bronze medal.The team including Leonard Kalate (16), Stanford Kawale (20), Ryan Maskelyne (17), Shanice Paraka (17), Ashley Seeto (28), and Barbara Vali (19) swam their Personal Bests and Seasonal Bests in nearly all the swims the team competed in.last_img read more

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Matches today, January 27, at the Australian Open 2020: order of play

first_imgG. Monfils (FRA, 10) vs. D. Thiem (AUT, 5): not earlier than 02:00 in SpainGarbiñe Muguruza vs. Okay. Bertens (HOL, 9)Evening session (from 09:00 Spanish time)Rafael Nadal (1) vs. N. Kyrgios (AUS, 23)Margaret Courtroom AreaNot earlier than 05:00D. Medvedev (RUS, 4) vs. S. Wawrinka (SUI, 15)Not earlier than 07:00A. Kerber (ALE, 17) vs. A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS, 30)Melbourne Area (not earlier than 08:30)A. Rublev (RUS, 17) vs. A. Zverev (ALE, 7) The day of this Monday, January 27 at the Australian Open will once more characteristic the presence of Rafa Nadal and Garbiñe Muguruza, the two Spanish tennis gamers who’re nonetheless in liza in Melbourne. They are going to search for the quarterfinals towards Kyrgios and Bertens, respectively. Amongst the relaxation of the matches, the duels between Monfils and Thiem and Medvedev towards Wawrinka.Rod Laver AreaDay session (from 01:00 Spanish time)E. Mertens (BÉL, 16) vs. S. Halep (RUM, 4)last_img read more

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Tottenham makes the purchase of Lo Celso al Betis official

first_imgTottenham had the option to buy Lo Celso for a figure significantly lower than what he had to pay next June if he wanted to acquire it definitively. The player, international with the Argentine national team, started the season badly and was injured a few weeks but in the last few days, with José Mourinho already on the bench, he had begun to be again the footballer who emerged at Villamarín last year. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 28, 2020 Tottenham announced the purchase to Betis of Argentine Giovani Lo Celso, who has played on loan in the English team during the first part of the campaign. Lo Celso signs until 2025 and will leave in the green-white box a figure higher than 30 million euros after the Spurs already paid about 15 for the assignment. The PSG had part of its sales rights and keeps 20 percent of the operation. The Verdiblanco club, which also made it official, For his part, he affirms that the player will cease to be assigned on July 1 to be owned by Londoners.center_img The London team has just transferred the Danish Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan to get the necessary money when undertaking the purchase of the Rosario midfielder. His record in the Tottenham was practically unassuming in Heliopolis, bringing his final march, in addition to an economic injection, It is really a relief for Betis.last_img read more

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Mario Suarez replies to the RFEF for the Lightning penalty: “I expect the same standard for all”

first_imgIt has also been confirmed that the second half of that controversial Rayo-Albacete takes place behind closed doors, after the colleague presented in the minutes what happened between the fans and Zozulia and the display of banners cataloging the rival striker as a person related to fascist ideologies.In his day, Ray showed his disagreement over the decision of the collegiate and filed an appeal with the Appeal Committee to avoid partial closure of the fund imposed by competition. So, he managed to fill his stadium after obtaining the precautionary. Now, the competent body has imposed its verdict and, of course, is not favorable to the club led by Raúl Martín Presa. The first to react has been Mario Suarez and other members of the entity are expected to defend their position. Mario Suarez has been one of the first authorized voices within the racism to express his opinion to the resolution adopted by the Appeals Committee, which condemns Rayo Vallecano to partially close its stadium during the 29th and 31st (in front of Elche and Huesca) by LaLiga SmartBank for the songs delivered to Zozulia. In addition, the club must pay a fine of 18,000 for what happened. “I hope it is measured with the same standards in all stadiums in Spain. If not, something will not be doing well.“, the midfielder writes angrily on his Twitter account, adding the incredible # up togh and responding directly to the Federation’s publication in which the sanction that his entity will have to face was exposed. Thus, he claims that others episodes, like the racist shouts to Iñaki Williams in Cornellá, be punished in the same way.last_img read more

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How much did the creator of the Nike swoosh (logo) charge?

first_imgNike logo. Image: Wikipedia. It is one of the best known logos in the world and Nike one of the largest multinationals on the planet. It is worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James or Rafa Nadal after payment of millionaire contracts and Michael Jordan made it iconic in the nineties. What perhaps few know is that the swoosh, the name of the Nike logo, represents a wing of the Greek goddess Athena Niké and was designed by Carolyn Davidson in 1971. The Oregon brand then gave her $ 35 for the design, according to Europa Press.Davidson was a graphic design student and was commissioned by Phil Knight, an associate professor at Portland State University where the young woman studied. There, in Oregon, one of the greatest brands in history would be born. Knight was preparing a revolution with lightweight shoes that would multiply the performance of athletes around the world.“I don’t like it, but it will grow with me,” were Knight’s words to Davidson before thanking him for the services rendered. There seemed to end the story.12 years after the Blue Ribbon Sports took the name of Nike, Inc, Knight called Davidson to meet for lunch. What was not expected was that the creator of Nike came with a gold ring and brilliant with the logo of the swoosh, with a patent that registered her as the creator of the icon and with a number that was never known of the company’s shares, one of the most valued in the world today.last_img read more

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Sevilla recounts its coronavirus crisis to the Los Angeles Times

first_imgThe worst moments of the coronavirus pandemic have come to the United States later than in Spain, but the North American country is already feeling it in its meat with all virulence. The Los Angeles Times, a prestigious Californian newspaper, wanted to push the crisis in the elite Spanish sport and for this they turned to Seville. Monchi and Captain Jesús Navas describe it this way for the other side of the pond, almost the World:“We have to be responsible, for the memory of the thousands of Spaniards and people around the world who are dying because of this virus”, states the Nerve sports director. “You have to see how the pandemic evolves. Logically, I want to be optimistic. But nothing makes sense if we don’t first defeat the coronavirus. First there is health and then everything else will come.” “The best thing, at least for me, in the life of a footballer is to live day to day in the locker room. Especially if it is a healthy locker room, with a good group like the one we have this year. They talk to each other and motivate each other. I try to see the bright side of things, even in this difficult situation. So I think our group can come back much stronger. Everything will pass and it will be fine. And when we get out of it we will give much more value than before to the things and moments of our lives, “adds Monchi.“Monchi made it clear to us that this is not a vacation”, Navas says. “He wants us to do our best and not lose our shape. It is strange to work alone. But every day I do a demanding exercise routine. Our nutritionist is also in constant contact with us.”The captain of Sevilla is clear: “We are professionals and we have to demonstrate it now more than ever. I take this as a challenge for personal improvement. As a captain I want to be an example for my teammates. This situation is a challenge for any elite athlete. In adverse moments is when people bring out the best in themselves. And as professional footballers we have to do just that. “last_img read more

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“I prefer a title in an empty field to lose it in a full one”

first_img“I still think they shouldn’t have annulled our goal at the Bernabéu. Militao didn’t know where the ball was, my blocking is well done.” LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 21, 2020 Nemanja Gudelj “Many said that China would be the end of my career, but there I learned many things and in the end I was smarter.” Nemanja Gudelj He talks about his father, Nebojsa, who played in Logroñés and Leganés in the 90s. And there is his uncle-cousin, Vlado, legend of Celta de Vigo. Football is in the genes.Yes it is. I have seen many videos of Vlado, sometimes even people on Twitter mention me when they put one of the many goals he scored at Celta. We are a very close family, we talk a lot with him. He is working there in Vigo.Although he now plays as a pivot, he has scored many goals in his career. Will it come from Vlado?At AZ I scored 13 or 14 goals a season, many from set pieces. But he played 8 often. He had more freedom to go forward and shoot on goal. As a pivot there is another type of responsibility, although it is still a position that I really like. With Lopetegui I see myself more than 6, sometimes even embedded in the line of 3 defendersAnd that did not start as a starter in Sevilla.He entered many games, but not like from the beginning, only in the Cup and the Europa League. I think Lopetegui gained confidence with me and now I play more in the league too.He did start at the Bernabéu. Do you still remember that goal annulled De Jong for his ‘block’ to Militao?I still think the same. It was badly canceled. I know where Militao is going to run, but I stand still and there is no lack. Militao also has no idea where the ball is, he just grabs De Jong. It is a tactically very well done block, it has happened to me and when I fall I do not ask for a fault. But what good is it to regret.Lament as a third party?That is what I say. If we do not play, we do not play and we will finish third deservedly because nobody has given us anything. If I am against playing? What the authorities and the Ministry of Health decide. If LaLiga returns, to win games and if we can, the Europa League. Although you have to play the games with empty fields.Would you rather win a title on an empty field than lose it on a full one?Of course. I understand that building a Europa League in an empty stadium is not the perfect situation, but let’s find a solution to celebrate it with the fans. We would either bring the Cup to the people or celebrate it for Zoom, even if it was. It is known that he lived in Spain for three years, from 3 to 6, but how does he keep that Castilian so good? You don’t even eat the items …My mother liked Spain very much. When we left we returned here every year on vacation. Sometimes up to a month and a half in a row. On the street, with friends, I was cultivating it and I no longer forgot it. The truth is that I am good at languages. In a few months I learned Portuguese. And I can speak basic Chinese. If you put me on a street in Beijing I don’t get lost …Is it true that you wanted to recruit Bosnia and Herzegovina?Yes, my father is from there and they called him when I was at AZ Alkmaar. Dick Advocaat, who was my coach at the time, also said that the Netherlands should call me. It only lacked that Spain called me! (Laughs) But I feel Serbian, it gives me goose bumps when I listen to the anthem and I think that one should not play with a country that one does not feel to be. How is this confinement being taken?Positively, because it is the only way to be right in the head. My parents and my sister are around here. We train every day together, I have a Chinese friend who is a cook … the house is full. And also, I have a pretty big garden. It is lucky. Why did he leave for China at just 25 years old? They say it’s an elephant graveyard …I do not believe it that way. When I left, the League was going up, there were great players like Óscar, Obi Mikel … Paulinho left there and then played for Barça. It is not a league with child level, it is not easy to play there. And I learned a lot of things as a soccer player. Also, at the time it was hard to say no to a contract that earned you the same as you could earn here in eight years. Many told me that it was the end of my career, but in the end I was the smart one. Then I left Sporting and now I have come to Sevilla, which has won European titles.last_img read more

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He lifted the European Cup in Rome in 1984

first_imgThe greatest sports milestone in the brilliant career as a footballer in Michael Robinson it occurred on May 30, 1984. That day Liverpool played the European Cup final against Roma in the Eternal City and the victory was for the reds on penalties after the 1-1 final. In the picture, lift the Orejona beside Bruce Grobbelaar. Getty ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Gettylast_img

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