Photo by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT (Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ for Friday’s game against the Panthers in honour of the departing club legend). The desire to keep playing at the top level still burns bright for Manu Vatuvei but the departing Warriors star admits the mental strain of the past 12 months has left him ready for a fresh start.After 13 years and 226 games at the club, Vatuvei confirmed on Monday that he would be leaving Mt Smart for Salford in the UK this week after being granted an early release from his contract.With a club record 152 tries, the most of any Kiwi in the NRL, Vatuvei is regarded as one of the Warriors’ greatest ever players, alongside Stacey Jones and Simon Mannering. However, the last two seasons have not gone to plan for the ‘Beast’.Last year, he was suspended for three games before being granted medical leave following his involvement in the prescription pills and energy saga, while he has played just 53 minutes of first grade this season following a run of knee and calf injuries.There is no doubt the injuries have taken a toll but Vatuvei is confident his body can still stand up to the rigours of playing in the NRL. However, the opportunity for a new challenge in the Super League was too good to refuse.”With everything that I’ve been going through for the last 12 months I think this was the right opportunity for myself to start fresh,” Vatuvei said.”I was still struggling a bit mentally but physically I was feeling good and wanted to carry on so I thought it was the right call to move on.”While Vatuvei was contracted at the Warriors until the end of the 2018 campaign, he had an inkling at the start of the year that this would be his final season at the club.The 31-year-old held regular discussions with Warriors boss Jim Doyle and coach Stephen Kearney about his future before Salford came calling last month.”I’ve always wanted to play out my career at the club. I wanted to finish the year at the club but things like this do happen,” he said.”I had a talk with Steve to tell him my thoughts and he just wanted the best for me and that’s why he decided he wouldn’t hold me back.” As the injuries mounted, Vatuvei was consigned to a mentoring role this season, which in some ways played a role in his departure, with the emergence of Ken Maumalo and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad keeping him out of first grade.But ever the team man, he is proud of their development and does not feel like he has been pushed out of the club.”It is disappointing to just play one game this season but that’s how it is, you can’t control things like this. “I feel blessed to have played that amount of games and to be in the game for that long. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time here and I’ve had a lot of good moments with the boys. That’s something I’ll always cherish.”Vatuvei is hoping to fly out to England with his family on Sunday, and the Warriors have big plans for his farewell ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Panthers.Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ in his honour and his teammates will have his name, club number and signature embroidered on their jerseys.While contractually he is not permitted to play, Vatuvei has been named in the number five jersey and will lead the team down the tunnel in what is sure to be an emotional end to an emotional week.”The club has done a lot for me, it’s like another family,” he said. “I can never thank them enough but all I could do was go out and play my best footy and if it was a bad one I’d always try and come back the next game and make them proud. “You always want to make your parents proud and that’s what I always wanted to do for the club.”Vatuvei is yet another player who leaves the Warriors without fulfilling the dream of winning the club’s first premiership. But he at least managed to play in the 2011 grand final, which he described as his career highlight.”To be honest, I don’t think I’m a club legend. I’m just blessed and lucky enough to have survived this long at one club and to keep doing what I love.”
Tahiti, who won gold at the 2011 Games, led throughout the match.In the first quarter, Tahiti easily scored to lead 21-12 against the weak defense by the home girls.Tahiti maintained their lead in the second quarter, 35-25.Aggressive play from PNG’s Betty Angula and Louisa Wallace didn’t scare the Tahitians as they fought hard to lead the third quarter 42-38.The final quarter was a close encounter as PNG bounced back to level the score at eight minutes to full time.But Tahiti managed to get back in the lead in the dying minutes to claim victory. Fiji will play American Samoa in the gold play off this evening.
Quique Setién appeared in the ‘flash interview’ of Movistar LaLiga after the game to give his first analysis of the victory (2-1) against Getafe.-More troubles than expected?– The predicted thing was that the party was going to be complicated, hard. They had won four games. It has been a match with alternatives and I think that in the first part we could have solved. But I am quite happy because it was not so easy to win.-Messi breaks blackboards-We have high level players who appear in difficult matches and this is normal. And it is what we want., That they plug in and solve.– Pitos have been heard.-Like everyone. We get nervous at the start of the ball. We were having a hard time leaving and when you left we needed them and you had to start again. But you have to respect people.-It has been a game that has been played on the benches.-The matches are played in the field.And the complaints to the referee?– They have made 29 fouls and we go with a card more than the rival.Also, at a press conference.Are you happy with how the team came out with the ball?We knew it was going to be very hard. They exert high and aggressive pressure and on many occasions we have overcome it, sometimes failures and the opponent has a lot to say. We have done 60 good minutes, but then when we left we needed and slowed us down. In the end the victory is deserved but suffered because you get a goal out of nowhere.How important is Ter Stegen in the ball out? The goalkeeper is the one who has to manage the ball and ensure that the partner can get rid of the brand of players as aggressive and intense as those of Getafe. We will continue to do so.How is the team physically?Well, very well, all physical records are correct.What did he complain about in the end?They made many mistakes to cut the rhythm, I understood that they had to be more severe when they cut the rhythm.What did you think of Angel?They are all good players. Among the three strikers they have scored 25 goals.How do you see Arthur?I could have changed to another, but I had to do something and get a cool man, that’s why I thought about Ivan, but I’m very happy with his performance.Are you worried about Jordi Alba’s injury?We do not know what he has. We do not know what he has.Do you see Junior ready to replace him?Ready has to be. He is in Barça and will grow safe.Do you see the signing of a forward essential?Let’s see if they leave us. We have said several times, we have said the club like me, but we must wait.Did Ter Stegen miss his whistles when he took the ball?It can be a product of the nerves, see the difficulties, even I get nervous. It is our sign of identity and we try to control the game from behind, the risk is such, but the benefit too.Is it here that I wanted to be?In moments we have done many things well. Rivals also play and I am very perfectionist. There are no teams that win games easily. In general I am happy with how things are going.
Situation. “When you don’t win, they say it’s the fault of the defense. But it’s not like that. We are a team. Now we have to suffer with these defeats. But now is when the uncles see each other: during this week when we play the Champions League, the League and the season. “Pursued? “No, I don’t feel persecuted. I will do something wrong, I am self-critical if I see so many cards. Whoever wants to see my cards, look at my resume. “Hazard. “What he has is screwed. It is an injury that has fallen back. It is quite annoying. Hopefully I will return as soon as possible. When it’s good, it’s very good. Hopefully not as serious as the first” Barça of the messes. “Everyone has their problems at home and everyone fixes it as they can. After being pushing all season, what is clear is that we are not going to throw the season. ”Goal Problem “In the end it is the same as always. When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we lose all. You have to be together and be united. ”Occasions not completed. “Not at all. Is bad luck. We made goals a few days ago. We will work this week to try to get the goal in the decisive week. It’s when I like to be the most, in the difficult moments ”. Next week. “We face it with enthusiasm. We are screwed in a league that is complicated. You have to turn the page. There is no time to lament. A magical week is coming and we must show who we are. Take a giant step against the City and the Classic. ”Morales: “If you talk to Hernández Hernández in bad ways, he answers you in the same way ““They (the referees) take the pulsations to 180. From my experience as a captain, if you talk to him calmly, he gives you his explanations. If you go in bad ways, then maybe … In Jaén, who arbitrated us in the Copa, we protested in a bad way, we made him corrillo and he answers you in the same way. You have to try to control your nerves and pulsations. It may be that the referees, at some point, may not be receptive to protests. “ Referee. “I don’t like talking about the referees. I’ve always said it because they are human and they can be wrong. But sometimes they make you doubt and make you think. The criterion is different according to the days. My last hand in the Super Cup, against Valencia, is beaten and is involuntary. And today there are two involuntary hands and they are not beaten. But With this referee I am not surprised at all. The referees were more respectful before. You could talk to them and you can’t talk to them. The captains are there to help the referee. Arrogance is had or not. It is outrageous. At the end of the game I asked him that question, if he had any personal problems with me. I hold on to the realities: in the 10th minute, the referee conditions you with a yellow one after suffering a stomp and elbow. There are predetermined decisions. I’m going a little screwed up. Holding on to Var is very advantageous. Madrid have made a great game, but we missed the goal. Today we lost the three points, not the VAR. “ Balance. “It’s a fucking night. I also say that the decisive moment of the season is coming. We have to turn the page. We leave seconds here and the differences are minimal in the League. Any mistake can cost you the title. There were many things in the game. that we are not going to value “.
19 Charles He has four goals in the league in the 19 games he has played, spread over 822 minutes. In addition, he achieved another three goals in the Copa del Rey, in three qualifiers for a single match.Third season of azulgranaThe center forward, a specialist who is celebrating his third season at Eibar, a team in which It was the last campaign (2018-2019) the ‘pichichi’ Barca with 14 goals in the league in 35 games (He achieved another success against the opposing goal in the copera competition).In his first experience in Ipurua, in the 2017-2018 financial year, he scored eight goals in 30 league games. He had a good ‘landing’, since in his official debut with Eibar he scored his first goal, on August 21, 2017. Interestingly, it was before his previous set, the Malaga, in The Rose Garden and his success gave the victory to the eibarreses (0-1) on the first day of the league. Without goals in favor of Charles -and other circumstances-, Malaga ended the 2017-2018 financial year by descending to the Second Division.Tickets with Mallorca and RealThe partners and shareholders of Eibar They have the possibility to buy tickets at 10 euros (5 euros children) for family or friends in the match against Majorca Saturday (13 hours) in Ipurua.On the other hand, the eibarresa entity has put up 250 new tickets for sale against the Real Sociedad, which will take place on Tuesday, March 10 in Ipurua, starting at 8 pm. It is possible to acquire them both in the offices of the Catalan club and online on their website.This duel between the two Gipuzkoan teams of First division He was postponed on Sunday, February 16, due to air pollution from a fire in a Zaldibar landfill, due to a detachment that buried two workers who have not yet been found.The Eibar He had sold all the locations for the clash against the Real, but there have been spectators who could not attend the new date and returned the tickets they had bought. The Spanish-Brazilian soon released his scorer this season (2019-2020), as he got against the Atlético de Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano, where the eibarreses remained at the end without a prize (3-2) on the third league day, on September 1, 2019.He had scored his last goal in league with Leganés in Butarque (1-2) on November 3, so neither in December, nor in January ‘wet’. Although he did it on the last day of February, the 29. And thankfully that the year 2020 is leap, because if not, he would have remained without savoring success also during February. Charles Diasfront of Eibar, has reconciled with the goal almost four months later, by achieving two goals against Levante in Ipurua last Saturday, which allowed the Guipuzcoans to achieve a vital victory (3-0) in their fight for permanence. His first success was to divert with his foot in the small area a ball headed by Orellana, an action with which the marker was opened in the first part (m. 27). As soon as the second half begins, started a play with a pass to Sergi Enrich, who returned the ball and Charles stuck it in the net of a formidable header (m. 48). He was able to increase his income, but the Gipuzkoan goalkeeper of the I raised, Aitor FernándezHe stopped a badly thrown penalty.
United Kingdom was one of the first powers to enter the World War I. He did not hesitate to be a main part of the allied side and send his citizens to face the Central Powers since the outbreak of the conflict in the summer of 1914.As it could not be otherwise, the European context led to the obligation to suspend all sporting events in the nations involved. All sport was suspended (JJ OO, Wimbledon, Tour de France …), but British football took longer than it should with the aim of keeping the spirits of the population high. Although the following four editions did not begin, the 1914-15 season was played out complete with the championship for the Everton and the decline of Tottenham (the FA Cup raised by Sheffield United). Footballers were not obliged to go to war, although due to physical conditions and age they were ideal to be called up. The decision to be sent to fight or not was made by the clubs. Public opinion was very critical of these privileged. One of the soldiers who were serving in France published an article in an English newspaper denouncing the situation and it was suggested to the king Jorge V to withdraw support for the Federation. Arthur Conan Doyle, who went down in history for being the creator of the character of Sherlock Holmes and in whose youth he dedicated himself to defending the goal of the team of Portsmouth, was in the same line of thought and left a reflection that turned a red face to all those who avoided fighting for their country with the excuse of sport: “There was already time to play soccer, business and everyday life. Now only it’s war time. If a footballer has leg strength to play soccer, let him run on the battlefield. “ Many of them had no choice but to accept the call of their army and some even ended up being decorated. The XVII and XXIII Infantry Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment were the so-called Football Battalion. Groups of soldiers formed, mainly, by soccer players. Players could return on Saturday to play their league game, but the Army was unwilling to bear the travel expenses and these were paid by the clubs themselves. Referees and managers also joined. The second mentioned battalion, number 23, was led on the Italian front by the first black officer, Walter Tull, midfielder of Northampton until 1914, who ended up dying on the northern front of France.Soccer had its leading role even on the battlefield itself. More than known is the story of the German and British soldiers in the 1914 Christmas Truce, when they stopped the battle to sing Christmas carols together, share a table, cigarettes and play a soccer pachanga (it lasted until this behavior reached the leaders of each side). The UEFA He has recognized this fact with tributes in the area where the game was played. There is even a curious story of how the British officer Wilfred Neville He decided to kick soccer balls (he had written phrases such as “without referees” on some) to indicate the start of the attack on his soldiers.The British federations came to abandon the FIFA for a few years after the world body recognized the countries on the side of the Central Powers. It was a very turbulent time for FIFA with the death of its president Daniel Burley Woolfall in 1918.One of the gestures that can be seen today is the tribute made by the Premier League in the days that remain around November 11, the Day of Remembrance in the United Kingdom. All teams wear a patch, usually in the center of the chest, with a red poppy in honor of soldiers killed in combat. It is a general movement of all British society to which football also joins.
Today a historical sentence has been announced in Spanish football. For the first time, a sports corruption conviction has been passed and nine of the eleven defendants will have to go to prison. One of them is the former player Xavi Torres, who has been sentenced with one year, a 900,000 euros fine and two years of disqualification from exercising the activity of professional football. Through a statement, has confirmed that he will appeal:“Today I have been notified of the Judgment of the so-called Osasuna Case, for which I have been convicted of a crime of sports corruption. First of all, I want to express my full respect to the magistrates who have issued it. At the same time, I cannot hide my surprise since I do not understand that I am condemned for the commission of a crime that I have never been able to commit or intervene in any way.Both in Betis and in the other clubs that I have defended throughout my career, I have acted with rectitude in accordance with codes of professionalism and honesty. Far from committing any infraction, I have always tried to collaborate with justice, with the truth and I will continue to do so to safeguard the values of sport.With deep sadness, I have asked my lawyers to carry out the corresponding appeal, with the complete certainty that the sentence will be revoked soon.Xavier Torres Buigues “.
It was the 10th minute, Vicente Calderón was holding his breath. Saúl grabbed a ball and sewed it to his boot to run with it and knock down rivals in his path like someone who takes lint off his shoulder. First Xabi Alonso, then Bernat, later Alaba, when he was already in the area and kicking with the left. When the ball landed in the net as it passed he had taken a ghost that weighed in the old rojiblanco stadium as Lisbon would later do: the goal Schwarzenbeck one minute from that final of the Champions League in Brussels that snatched the European Cup that was already cradled, 1-1, tiebreaker match, 4-0 for the Germans who did not meet again with Atlético until tonight, the one of April 27, 2016. It was the first leg of the semifinals of that Champions League that ended in Milan and Saúl’s goal helped the rojiblancos take a first step and end that ghost. Schwarzenbeck. A particular legend began: that of Saul himself who knows nothing of current goals. If he had already shown proof of this in the 4-0 of Real Madrid on February 7, 2015, with the 2-0 of a fabulous Chilean, her words would later be prescient. “This goal gives me status in the locker room.” The night of Bayern would add a nuance that would define him later: Saúl would not only know of spectacular and important goals, these would always serve to boost Atlético, goals open matches.It happened again in Eindhoven, Leverkusen, just three months ago, before the coronavirus stopped it all, against Liverpool in the first leg of the round of 16. When Atlético needed it most, his boot appeared again, to push the ball in a corner launched by Koke and pave the way for Atlético towards the quarters against the reigning European champion.
Likewise, a series of informative posters have been placed in key places -locker room entrance, hallways and toilets- so that soccer players have access to the security protocol that they must follow within the enclosure.The number of masks, gloves and gowns that will be distributed over the next few days to the players was also approved, so that they have all the preventive sanitary material at their fingertips, since they will have to go and leave the Blaugrana facilities with the mask and gloves for protection. Only when they are on the field exercising can they be removed. The Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will host the soccer players starting Wednesday to undergo the PCR tests for the coronavirus test after receiving the approval of the inspector sent by LaLiga to personally supervise the disinfection work carried out at the Blaugrana facilities. The LaLiga coach, who arrived at the Ciutat Esportiva at 12 noon, was accompanied by the delegate, Carles Naval, and by the first-team doctor, Dani Florit, on his tour of the Ciutat Esportiva.The disinfection that was carried out between Monday and Tuesday has been exhaustive in all the rooms that the players will use in the coming days. The walls of the enclosures, the door knobs and doorknobs, the railings, the floor, the ceilings, the chairs, the coat racks, the toilets, the materials used in training have been disinfected …
The ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!