Their participation in the recent Northern Zone club championship in Lae (through the Wewak Defence Club) and topping it off with the premiership title indicates how far league has developed after being in the wilderness.Annis said Wewak league management had made its stand known to all the nine clubs on the need to adhere to the PNGRFL rules regarding league and club affiliations and player registration.”We, the management of Wewak league are working according to PNGRFL rules and guidelines,” Annis said.”We met all requirements.”He said while there’s still more work to do in bringing back the code in the province, a lot has been achieved this year.So far Wewak league took part in various competitions at the zone level, including the 9s challenge and club championships.”Wewak league has picked up well this year in its development,” said Annis, who is a former Northern Zone player.”Facility wise we have the Wewak stadium, which is where all our local matches are hosted.”From next year o, Annis said his executives will look at starting up school boys and womens league competition.”To build confidence and market league in the province, we will consider inviting Digicel Cup to bring one of the matches to be played at Wewak Stadium.”Wewak league produced some of the finest Kumuls in the during the heydays. Two of Wewaks products who represented the country in Kumul colours were hooker Roy Heni and the uncompromising enforcer in prop forward Robert Jarkis.
‘Akilisi Pohiva said even though the Supreme Court has reinstated Lord Sevele as chair of the South Pacific Games Organising Committee his part in preparations for the Games would be minimal.The Prime Minister told Kaniva News this was to reduce spending as much as possible so money could be spent on sport.He said that in 2015 alone the government spent TP$1 million on the committee’s salaries and operational costs.Mr Pohiva said foreign governments and donors sacrificed part of their people’s taxes so they could help fund Tonga’s preparation for the Games.He said he wanted Tonga to repay that sacrifice by cutting costs and allowances wherever it could.He said members of the Facility Committee were government officials and were paid their normal salaries.Mr Pohiva said he was not paid for his work as chair of the Committee.PNG FundingMeanwhile, the delegation from Papua New Guinea will return to Tonga next month as part of the country’s promise to help the kingdom funding the sport.PNG Sport Minister Justin Tkatchenko led a delegation to Tonga in June to see what areas his country could fund.Hon. Pohiva said he met the PNG officials at the United Nations meeting in New York last month.He said PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill assured Tonga his country would still assist the Games preparation.They were waiting for their government’s budget to be passed by Parliament in November, Hon. Pohiva said.Pacific Games supports TongaThe President of the Pacific Games Council, Mr Vidhya Lakhan, said last week the Council would continue to support Tonga as the host nation of the 2019 Pacific Games.“The Pacific Games Council has always taken a flexible and modest approach to the requirements of the sporting facilities to ensure the Games leave Tonga with an affordable legacy,” a statement from the council said.The Council said it had never asked for the existing nine hole golf course be re-developed to an 18-hole facility.The Council said that while Tonga’s budget was smaller than that of the previous two games, it was the same as Samoa’s budget when it successfully staged the Pacific Games in 2007.“As far as the Pacific Games Council is concerned, the 2019 Pacific Games will continue to be hosted by Tonga,” Lakhan said.“I urge the Government to fully get behind the Games and move forward with the exciting plans they have developed to build the facilities and deliver the Games in conjunction with the Tonga 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee.”
AS Magenta’s Nicolas Marin booted the first and only goal of the first half from a penalty kick in the 25th minute to give the home side a 1-0 lead.The flood gates opened up in the second half starting from the 60 minute mark when Shene Jean Francois Welepane latched onto a cross from Marin to slot the ball past Madang’s Glen Agat.AS Magenta scored again in the 69th and 73rd minute before finishing it off with a powerful strike from Joseph Athale that beat Agat in the 85th minute and cap off an easy win.In the other pool A match yesterday, AS Central Sport beat Lupe Ole Soaga 3-0.The 5-0 win allowed AS Magenta to become the first team to qualify for the OFC Champions League semi-finals.First timers to the Champions League, Madang FC have registered one win from three games played.Photo credit: www.oceaniafootball.com
Photo Getty Images. Caption: Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder Lineal heavyweight champion Fury is to face Braun Strowman at WWE’s Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia on October 31.The ‘Gypsy King’ is pencilled in to face Wilder in February, with the two having fought to a contentious draw during their first meeting for the latter’s WBC strap last December.Fury, though, says he is not looking beyond his current run with WWE and that any thoughts of Wilder can wait.”Potentially [the Wilder fight is at risk], anything can happen in a ring,” Fury told ESPN’s Get Up.”With two big massive guys, you never know what can happen in there.Things got intense when @BraunStrowman and @Tyson_Fury shared the stage after their match at #WWECrownJewel was made official! pic.twitter.com/BkvKZZnXaZ— WWE (@WWE) October 11, 2019″But hopefully, touch wood, everything goes well and we roll on to February 22 [when the rematch is pencilled in for].”I’m concentrating on Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel for now.”I only take one fight at a time as I’ve always said. When I get past this one, then we’ll look at the Wilder rematch.”
BURNLEY 0 ARSENAL 1An injury-time penalty from Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday to send the Londoners up to fourth place.It was a close affair throughout with Burnley showing exactly why they entered the game level on points with Arsene Wenger’s side but it ended in controversy.Arsenal won both games against the Lancashire side last season with disputed late goals and were reminded of that recent history throughout the game by the home support.Television replays showed that James Tarkowski pushed Aaron Ramsey in the back although the Welsh international’s dramatic fall angered the home support who booed off referee Lee Mason at the end.“I can understand they are disappointed but from the outside it looks like a penalty,” said Wenger, who said Ramsey had told him it was a “very strong push”.Arsenal, who were without German playmaker Mesut Ozil because of illness, arrived at the ground late after what Wenger called “traffic problems” and they were slow out of the blocks.Burnley, on the back of three straight wins and without a home defeat since mid-August, started strongly and went close in the 15th minute when Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson struck the post after a flowing counter-attack.Arsenal gradually clawed their way back into the game but they had trouble handling Gudmundsson’s speed and directness down the flanks.Ramsey missed a good chance when, taking the ball first time from a low cross by Alexandre Lacazatte, he fired over the bar.Nacho Monreal shot just wide of Nick Pope’s post as the Gunners ended the half strongly but there were few chances in a tight second period.Burnley’s Belgian midfielder Steve Defour fired over after Robbie Brady had a low shot blocked and although Burnley threw on an extra striker in Chris Wood, they were unable to replicate the pressure that they had created in the opening half.Then came the late drama with Sanchez keeping his cool to slot the penalty past Pope, end Burnley’s winning run and allow the Gunners to move above North London rivals Tottenham and Liverpool, a point behind third-placed Chelsea.SOUTHAMPTON 4 EVERTON 1Charlie Austin’s second-half double, on his return to the Southampton starting line-up, helped to earn his side a 4-1 Premier League win over Everton, whose misery continued on Sunday.Southampton took the lead at St Mary’s in the 18th minute after Dusan Tadic finished off a fine team move but, just before the break, Everton levelled with a bolt from the blue as Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson thundered a strike from distance in off the crossbar, his first league goal for the club.The goal did little to settle a nervous-looking Everton and they were soon behind again as Austin, making his first league start of the season, headed home in the 52nd minute before getting on the end of a left-wing cross to make it 3-1 six minutes later.Captain Steven Davis fired home a late fourth as Southampton strolled to just their fifth home win of 2017 to move them up to 10th in the Premier League table, while 16th-placed Everton’s woes continue and David Unsworth’s chances of getting the manager’s job on a permanent basis were dealt another big blow.
Former European football chief Michel Platini has said he has been cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA that resulted in a ban for ethics violations and that he now plans to return to the game.The Frenchman was banned from all soccer-related activities over a two million Swiss francs ($2.02 million) payment FIFA made to him in 2011, with former chief Sepp Blatter’s approval, for work done a decade earlier.FIFA’s ethics committee said the payment, made at a time when Blatter was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest. Both men denied wrongdoing.A criminal investigation was opened against Platini, but the former France captain said on Saturday he had been told by the Swiss authorities that had now been closed.“After (three) years of investigation, the Public Ministry of the Swiss Confederation has just restored the truth by officially confirming that no charge has been at any time or will be in the future held against me in connection with my activities for FIFA,” Platini said in a statement.“This official information from an authority of justice attests definitely of my innocence.”Platini was initially banned from all football-related activities for eight years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the suspension to four years.The 62-year-old added he and his family had been living a nightmare for the last three years.“These years were difficult and painful,” Platini said.“My honour and integrity have been tarnished. I was robbed for three years of professional life.“I will come back: where, when, how? It is too early to tell. But I will come back to football.”
It looks like Emmanuel Macron just got lucky again.France’s thrilling 4-2 triumph over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, their second World Cup after home success in 1998 that ushered in a wave of national optimism, is the sort of good-news fillip most presidents can only dream of.After 14 months in power, Macron’s poll ratings have been falling steadily, down to barely 40 percent. Despite overseeing a raft of economic and social reforms, the 40-year-old former investment banker has earned the label “president of the rich” from many left-wing critics, and the tag has stuck.Recent controversies over spending on official crockery, a swimming pool built at a presidential retreat, and cutting remarks about the costs of welfare have reinforced the image of a leader out of touch with the people, at least in some minds.But just as he took advantage of an extraordinary series of lucky breaks during the 2017 presidential campaign, when his strongest conservative rival had to withdraw after a corruption scandal, Macron’s fortunes may be about to turn upwards again.In Moscow to watch the final with his wife Brigitte, Macron was overcome by the victory, standing on the field in the pouring rain to hug each of the players in turn at length and then kissing the World Cup trophy in delight.In 1998, then President Jacques Chirac’s popularity soared on the ‘World Cup effect’ – an 18-point jump in his ratings according to Ifop pollsters – helping the ageing Gaullist recover from a humiliating defeat in a 1997 snap election.Chirac’s bonhomie and enthusiastic embrace of 1990s-playmaker Zinedine Zidane’s multiracial Black-Blanc-Beur (Black-White-North African) team helped him shake off a string of corruption scandals and he went on to win a second term.That Macron — who is still very much in charge and not reduced to a largely ceremonial role as Chirac was under the ‘cohabitation’ regime with the Socialists — could gain much more than a few points from his current low is unlikely.But nonetheless, political pollsters say a boost of some kind is not out of the question, at home and abroad.“It’s far from a given that what happened in 1998 will be reproduced in the same way now,” Gael Sliman, a pollster with Odoxa, told Reuters. “(But) one could very well see 5, 6, 10 points of popularity gains for the executive.“It could also have a meaningful impact on French economic morale, people’s confidence in the future, their optimism in general, including when it comes to consumer behaviour.”LUCKY GENERALMacron’s lieutenants have sought to play down any suggestion that politics and soccer are linked. They don’t want the president to be accused of leveraging the World Cup, even if Macron and his wife were in Moscow to watch the final.“We have nothing to do with it, but let’s rejoice,” Macron told his ministers last week, after France beat Belgium in the semi-final, according to spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.That said, Macron can expect Sunday’s euphoria to unleash a wave of renewed self-confidence and national pride, while perhaps enhancing France’s reputation internationally.For the young president, it’s somewhat akin to what Napoleon Bonaparte is supposed to have said of his military commanders: never mind their skill, “give me lucky generals”.“You have to be very cautious about a political effect, but maybe there will be a moral effect that will last through the summer,” Frederic Dabi of Ifop told Reuters. “I see more of an effect on the image of France abroad, it gives a cumulative effect, it reinforces the Macron chorus of ‘France is back’.”Domestically, the nation could do with a ‘feel-good’ lift.After years of high unemployment, economic stagnation and a string of deadly Islamist attacks since 2015, the World Cup win may help the nation feel the worst is behind it. That may also help sweeten the pill that the government is shortly to unveil, with unpopular spending cuts due after the summer.“The second half of the year will be a bit complicated,” Ludovic Subran, head of research at Allianz, told Reuters.“Spending power is down and those French who are not entrepreneurs are complaining. Macron needed this victory.”According to Subran’s research, the World Cup will boost French consumption by 0.2 percentage points this year, which in turn will give wider economic growth a 0.1 point lift.That might be just enough to help Macron sing along to the tune of the French team’s 1998 anthem: “I Will Survive”.
France’s World Cup winning squad can emulate the side of a generation ago and back up with the European Championship in two years’ time, according to former midfielder Robert Pires.The 44-year-old Pires was a member of the French side and team mate of current national manager Didier Deschamps that won the tournament for the first time at home in 1998.They then won the Euro 2000 title and Pires said with his former captain in charge, there was no reason why the current side could not repeat the performance in the tournament that will be held across 12 cities in 2020.“The Euro is the next opportunity for Deschamps. He has a very good team, a young team, very talented,” Pires, who was in India as an ambassador for La Liga, told Reuters in an interview.“Now everybody knows the names, the players. He can make a double of World and Euro champion.“But it will be difficult because I think winning the Euro is more complicated, more difficult. But we have a good chance to win the trophy in two years.”Pires, who said he had a “good feeling” about the team’s chances ahead of the tournament in Russia, recognised the similarities between his side and this generation’s champions.“I had a good feeling about the team this year,” Pires said. “It was a bit similar between 1998 and this time. We had a good team, good manager, good young players.“Didier Deschamps had a big role. Even in 1998, he had a big role. He was the captain. You need a player like him.“Technically he’s not so good but he was a warrior on the pitch.”POGBA CRUCIALOne of the players that Deschamps will rely on is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who was instrumental in their World Cup run in Russia.However, according to British media reports, Pogba’s relationship with club manager Jose Mourinho has deteriorated after the player apparently criticised the side’s tactics.Pires said Pogba should try to repair his relationship with club manager Jose Mourinho, or at least make sure it was amenable and that he performed on the pitch.“For Paul Pogba, the best is to say nothing,” Pires said.“He’s a great player. If Man United paid a lot of money for him, it’s because he’s a good player.“His relation with the manager may not be so good but he’s a professional. It’s very important for him to be focussed on Man United, on the pitch.“Now say nothing, play football and walk out – that’s my advice for Paul Pogba.”While Pires had acknowledged there were similarities between the team he played in and the current French side, there was no question who was the most talented.“Sorry, no the current team was not better than us,” he said. “The 1998 team was much better.“We played with Zinedine Zidane, the quality was very, very good.”
Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “My players are feeling the pressure, but I keep on telling them to ward off the pressure with hard work,” said Ayo.“For us, we still want to learn because until now, we’re still a work in progress,” added La Salle assistant coach Louie Gonzales.The Warriors, their Final Four aspirations in peril, are out to prove they can salvage their bid after forgettable setbacks against Adamson and Ateneo.“Our immediate goal is to crawl out of the hole,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren. “We got to be ready to compete and play with confidence.”The Warriors are at 2-8 and a ninth loss ousts any team from Final Four contention.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Mbala. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.Every team that La Salle has come across this season has been reduced to target practice.And with a twice-to-beat edge already in the bag, coach Aldin Ayo minced no words about what the Archers are really after.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ “We’re just focused on winning,” said Ayo. “Everything will be put to naught if we don’t win the championship.”University of the East takes a crack at slowing the La Salle juggernaut when it stands in the way of the Archers and win No. 12 in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball today at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThree more victories and La Salle goes straight to the best-of-three championship finale, duplicating the Warriors’ feat of sweeping the eliminations during the 2007 season.They’re clearly headed toward that direction following a 43-point blowout win over the UST Tigers. Also in a must-win are the UP Maroons, whose resurgent second round got stalled by a narrow 63-60 defeat against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.Sporting a 3-8 record, the Maroons need to beat National University Bulldogs in the other game to stay alive.“I told them to forget that game and move forward,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We just have to keep on playing hard and never give up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dreamin’ of a heroic POC Christmas Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Racraquin and the Virays stepped up big in the first set when they had to parry every challenge launched by the Lady Pirates to survive the set.It was enough to unnerve LPU, which wasn’t the same after the heartbreaking first set defeat and suffered their first loss against two wins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliArellano University, meanwhile, barged into the magic four as it turned back Mapua, 25-17, 25-8, 18-25, 25-18, with team captain Rialen Sante and Mary Anne Esquerra spearheading the charge with 14 and 12 points, respectively.It was the Lady Chiefs’ second win in three starts, which was good for a share of No. 4 with LPU and Jose Rizal. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young In men’s action, Arellano U bested Mapua, 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, to zoom to the top with a pristine 3-0 (win-loss) record.John Joseph Cabillan fired 17 hits while Kevin Liberato and skipper Benrasid Latip contributed 15 and The Cardinals fell to 2-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK With Alapag gone, Dillinger has to earn leadership role for Bolts Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine San Beda overcame Lyceum early challenge to hammer out a 29-27, 25-13, 25-14 victory Monday and join defending champion College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian on top in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Francesca Racraquin paced her team with 11 hits while twins Nieza and Jiezela Viray combined for 16 points to help power the Red Spikers to their third victory in row that put them alongside the Lady Blazers and the Lady Stags at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ