Tigers lead Digicel Cup

first_imgThe Tigers shot up to first place after the Gurias suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Waghi Tumbe over the weekend.The Tigers now remain the only undefeated team in the competition on 11 points (from 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 bye).The progressive ladder after 6 rounds:Snax Lae Tigers (11) Agmark Rabaul Gurias (10), Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles (9), Kemele Hela Wigmen (7), PRK Gulf Isapea (7), Waghi Tumbe (7), EPG Mioks (7) PRK Mendi Muruks (5), SNS Port Moresby Vipers (4), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (4), TNA Lions (1).last_img

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Russian criminal investigation opened against Moscow Laboratory chief turned whistle-blower

first_imgRodchenkov, who has now left Russia for Los Angeles, is accused by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of ordering subordinates in 2014 to recycle samples despite pledging to store them until further notice.”The criminal proceedings were opened on charges of abuse of authority,” Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told the TASS News Agency.The investigation will look into materials published in some media, where in interviews the former official alleged many violations of anti-doping regulations in Russian sport, including with his participation, TASS added.This announcement comes just a day after Russia’s suspension from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was maintained here, meaning no Russian-based athletes are set to compete at August’s Olympic Games.Rodchenkov did not make allegations which affected this enquiry, but his claims that up to 15 home medal winners were involved in a clandestine anti-doping operation at Sochi 2014, which was “so effective it ran like a Swiss Watch”, are currently being investigated by WADA.”Rodchenkov used his authority despite the legal interests of the aforementioned organisation and with the purpose of gaining personal advantages and benefits, thus having abused rights and legal interests,” Markin added.”The Anti-Doping Center lost the right for work.”Rodchenkov’s activities also have affected the interests of state, damaging its reputation, discrediting the country’s anti-doping policies, and caused revoking of the international license from the laboratory, which had been established at [the] expense of the federal budget.”Some will interpret the timing of the announcement of the investigation against Rodchenkov as significant, coming just a day after the IAAF verdict, although it does follow similar proceedings being begun against officials from the All-Russian Athletic Federation earlier this month.Russian figures are still fiercely opposed to the IAAF decision, claiming it violated the rights of clean athletes and destroyed the principle of innocent until proven guilty.One of those affected, two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, has already vowed to appeal to an unspecified human rights court.She has now slammed the ban as “politically motivated”.”I can say one thing: no matter how much they may have argued that there is no politics involved, in my opinion, this is pure politics,” the athlete told R-Sport.”And obviously this decision was taken, guided by something, but not the Olympic principles, not the principles of sport.”In my opinion, this is pure politics, because no sport principle has been taken into account.”last_img read more

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Thompson robbed of LPGA major title after TV viewer dobs her in for third-round violation

first_imgThompson was three shots clear in the lead after the 12th hole of her final round at Mission Hills Country Club, when officials informed her she had been penalised two strokes for incorrectly replacing her ball on the 17th green the day before.The 22-year-old American was then penalised an additional two strokes for subsequently signing an incorrect card.She eventually forced a playoff, but lost to Korean So Yeon Ryu. When quizzed about the contentious incident after her round, Thompson said she “didn’t realise [she] did that”.Officials missed the incredibly minor indiscretion on the day, and were not alerted to it until a television viewer informed competition organisers from home.”Is this a joke right now?” Thompson asked officials, before regaining her composure to continue her push for victory despite the setback.Thompson fought to control her emotions after a brilliant second shot on the 18th, as the crowd rallied behind her and chanted her name.Despite Thompson taking momentum with her to the playoff hole, Ryu birdied the last to claim victory.”[The fans] got me through the whole round,” Thompson said after the playoff.”I felt strong through the finish and it felt great to see the fans behind me.”I learned a lot about myself and how much fight I do have in me.”I wasn’t expecting what happened today, but it is what it is and I’ll learn from it. I fought strong and that’s all I could do.”It is not the first time an eagle-eyed TV viewer has influenced golf officials, with Tiger Woods the victim during the 2013 Masters, when an incorrect drop cost him two penalty strokes.Thompson’s playing partner, Suzann Pettersen, fell one stroke short of the playoff, alongside Australia’s Minjee Lee, and said she wanted the American to go out and win the playoff after showing such mental fortitude out on the course.”I felt awfully bad for her,” the Norwegian said.”I thought she took it with the character she is — she fought back with birdies. It’s just true class from Lexi, taking that.”last_img read more

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Big Four must switch off cruise control on Manic Monday

first_imgThe ‘Big Four’ of men’s tennis have made it into the second week of Wimbledon unscathed and largely untroubled while the women’s draw remains wide open, but ‘Manic Monday’ could offer major clues as to the destination of this year’s titles.After a day of rest, all the fourth-round contenders will be in action at the All England Club on a day that promises an unmatched concentration of excellence.Spain’s Rafa Nadal has arguably looked the most impressive of the famed quartet at the pinnacle of the men’s rankings.The 31-year-old won this year’s French Open without dropping a set and he has kept up that run here – meaning he has now won 28 consecutive sets at the grand slams this year.But Nadal, Wimbledon winner in 2008 and 2010, is up against a tricky opponent in Luxembourg’s left-handed serve and volley specialist Gilles Muller, who beat him in the second round in 2005 – the Spaniard’s first loss at the tournament.“He’s one of the toughest opponents possible on this surface especially, this is his best surface without a doubt. He has a great serve, a great volley. He plays well from the baseline here. He is a tough, tough opponent,” Nadal said.Roger Federer, seven-times Wimbledon winner, has yet to be truly stretched but Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov should give observers some clues as to just how sharp the Swiss’s form is.“He’s in the prime of his career you would think right now. I expect that every time I have played him he has become better. I expect the same on Monday,” Federer said.Defending champion and home favourite Andy Murray is up against Benoit Paire, the tall bearded Frenchman who seems to have finally come to terms with playing on grass.Three-times Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also faces a French opponent in the shape of Adrian Mannarino.For the second successive match, 37-year-old American Venus Williams will play an opponent who was not even born when she made her Wimbledon debut.Croatian Ana Konjuh, at 19 the youngest player left in the draw, made many sit up and take notice with her three-set win over eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova in the third round.Britain’s Johanna Konta has won plenty of praise for the focused, business-like manner in which she has advanced to the last 16 and she will face an opponent who knows all about dealing with high expectations – France’s Caroline Garcia, once tipped by Nadal to be world number one.Current world number one Angelique Kerber will have to refind her form after a poor clay season if she is to get past confident Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.Simona Halep of Romania could unseat Kerber at the top of the rankings but she has the imposing presence of Victoria Azarenka, quickly back in form after her maternity leave, standing between her and a place in the quarter-finals.Order of play on the main show courts on the seventh day of the Wimbledon championships on Monday (play starts at 1200 GMT unless stated, prefix number denotes seeding, all matches fourth round unless stated):Centre Court 27-Ana Konjuh (Croatia) v 10-Venus Williams (U.S.)1-Andy Murray (Britain) v Benoit Paire (France)13-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) v 3-Roger Federer (Switzerland)Court One 6-Johanna Konta (Britain) v 21-Caroline Garcia (France)4-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v 16-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg)Adrian Mannarino (France) v 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Court Two (play begins at 1030 GMT) 1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v 14-Garbine Muguruza (Spain)Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) v 2-Simona Halep (Romania)6-Milos Raonic (Canada) v 10-Alexander Zverev (Germany)last_img read more

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Cost of watching Premier League football falling

first_imgThe cost of watching Premier League football has fallen, according to a BBC study, which found 80 per cent of ticket prices for this season have been cut or frozen.The BBC’s Price of Football study also found that average season ticket prices in England’s top flight had dropped to their lowest levels since 2013 after falling for the second straight year.The average cheapest season ticket price is now 464 pounds ($610), down from 472.75 last year.The average cost of the cheapest matchday ticket, however, has increased slightly from 29.05 pounds to 29.30 pounds.The fall in ticket prices comes as clubs enjoy the benefits of the record-breaking 2016-19 broadcasting revenue deal, which secured a 50 percent rise to 8.3 billion pounds.“This season, more than half of all Premier League tickets will cost 30 pounds or less,” the Premier League said in a statement.“The hard work of clubs to make Premier League football available to a range of supporters, combined with the impressive commitment of match-going fans, has resulted in record stadium occupancy of more than 96 percent for three consecutive seasons.”In a separate BBC poll of 1,000 18 to 24-year-old fans, 82 per cent said the cost of tickets was an obstacle to them going to more matches.last_img read more

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City’s raising of the bar masks United progress

first_imgA win for Manchester City over Manchester United on Saturday would seal the Premier League title in record time, but City’s stunning superiority can give something of a false impression of progress at United.It has been anything but a smooth ride for United this season.Manager Jose Mourinho has been critical of fans on more than one occasion, Spanish side Sevilla ended United’s Champions League ambitions early and former Old Trafford greats have been lining up to criticise Mourinho’s style of play.“He (Mourinho) is playing in this defensive way, which is not the identity of Manchester United,” French forward Eric Cantona said.However, when the dust has settled at the end of the season, and United’s campaign can be truly assessed, should they continue at their current rate of 2.2 points of per game in the Premier League, Mourinho will be able to protest progress is being made.Sixty-eight points from 31 matches is a better return than United achieved in the entire 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons and just a point short of their last campaign’s total.Continuing at 2.2 points per game will see them finish with 83 points – enough to have secured the title two seasons ago, as well as in 2010-11.The problem for United is that City have raised the bar, massively. Should City continue at their current rate of 2.7 points per game, they will smash the 100-point mark for the first time in Premier League history and finish with a record total of 102.The gap to United will be huge – which will add to fan angst. However, perspective is needed because in any other season this United side would at least be challenging for the title.“We want to finish second and have 10 points more than last season,” Mourinho said. “But there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow.”A strong end of season is a must. Delaying City’s title party would be a start while FA Cup glory would also help appease the expectant United masses.That potential Cup win and 83 league points which would be United’s best haul for five seasons should be regarded as a successful campaign.City’s achievements are out of the ordinary and as difficult as it is for United fans to accept, they are still making progress, if at a much slower rate than their bitter rivals.last_img read more

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Spurs set to land first new players for 15 months

first_imgTottenham supporters will be getting excited as the club prepare to announce two potential new signings in the coming days.Last season’s Champions League finalists are expected to complete a deal for Leeds winger Jack Clarke while Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has also been strongly linked with a move to north London.While Spurs have not signed anyone since Lucas Moura on January 31, 2018, their Premier League top-six rivals have kept busy and here, PA takes a look at their dealings since then.Manchester City- £69.6 millionPep Guardiola’s side has lifted both Premier League titles on offer since Moura’s move to Tottenham and so have limited their incomings.Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez joined for £60million as the main signing of last summer, while defender Philippe Sandler was limited to two cup appearances following his £2.6million move from PEC Zwolle.A £7million deal was also struck with Columbus Crew in December for United States international goalkeeper Zack Steffen – who will join City on July 9.Liverpool – £160.75 millionWhile an agreement had been in place for a year, Liverpool completed the £52.75 million capture of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig last July, with fellow midfielder Fabinho coming in from Monaco for £39 million.Liverpool also took advantage of Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League to bring in Xherdan Shaqiri for a £13.5 million fee.Their drive to Champions League glory and second place in the Premier League also owed a lot to the recruitment of Alisson Becker from Roma for £55.5 million – at the time a record transfer fee for a goalkeeperChelsea – £189 millionThe late arrival of new head coach Maurizio Sarri saw Chelsea leave their summer spending until mid-July last year.Sarri went back to former club Napoli to land midfielder Jorginho for £51.3 million, while experienced goalkeeper Robert Green was signed on a free from Huddersfield.The Blues also eclipsed Liverpool’s deal for Alisson by forking out £72 million for Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.A move for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic was also struck in January, the player staying in Germany for the rest of the season after his £57.6 million deal had been agreed.There were also loan signings of Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain (for £8.1 million) to be taken into account.Arsenal – £70.9 millionThe Gunners may have ended the campaign behind their north London neighbours for the second successive year but they did at least bring in some fresh talent for new head coach Unai Emery to work with.Experienced defender Stephan Lichtsteiner joined from Juventus on a free while goalkeeper Bernd Leno came in from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.5million.Sokratis Papastathopoulos was acquired from Borussia Dortmund for £14.4million while the midfield duo of Lucas Torreira – £27million from Sampdoria – and £7million man Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient completed the summer spending before Denis Suarez joined on loan from Barcelona in January.Manchester United – £82.5 millionJose Mourinho made three summer signings last year before a wretched first half of the season saw him lose his job.United paid Porto £19 million for promising full-back Diogo Dalot with Brazil midfielder Fred signed for £47 million from Shakhtar Donetsk.Lee Grant came in for £1.5 million from Stoke to offer goalkeeping back-up, while current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Swansea winger Daniel James his first recruit after the Red Devils paid an initial £15 million earlier this month.last_img read more

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Wins for Gladiators and CTL College in Cyprus cricket league

first_imgDodging the heavy rain which fell on parts of Cyprus on Sunday, matches in the 2019 CCA #MoneyGram T20 Cup were completed at Ypsonas and Dhekelia, with CTL College moving joint top of group A while Limassol Gladiators gained their first win in group B.ESBA entertained Gladiators at their Dhekelia ground, where over-watering of one end of the ground meant that all the overs had to be bowled from the other end. This had the effect of speeding up the over-rate, which had the happy result of the game being completed just before the rain arrived.ESBA batted first and, despite losing an early wicket, made a good start with a partnership of 75 for the second wicket. Hornbuckle was the dominant player, hitting 53 from 43 balls, and received dogged support from Davies with a patient 31. A feature of their batting was the excellent running between the wickets.The opening bowling by Junaid and Abbas was very tight, with combined figures of 3 for 23 from their 8 overs, and they were backed up by Sadiq, Shah and Murtaza, plus three catches by Nasir. The innings fell away at the end to finish on 116 for 7 from the 20 overs, perhaps 20 runs short of a competitive total.When Gladiators replied Sadiq showed his intent with 4 boundaries in the first over, and continued to play well for his 53. The ESBA bowlers worked hard to contain the batsmen, but were let down by some shoddy fielding, and Gladiators were able to ease to victory without too many alarms. Shahid played within himself as he looked to regain his form of earlier seasons, and ended on 29 not out, well supported by Nasir with 17 not out, as victory was achieved in the 18th over for the loss of two wickets.At Ypsonas the game between Akrotiri and CTL College was a short one. Akrotiri batted first and despite 32 by Oliver they were bowled out for just 60 in 15 overs. For the College man of the match Raja took 3 wickets, as did Charan and Shekhar. The target was reached in only 8 overs for the loss of one wicket, with Harsha making 24 and Murali 16 not out.Sadly a softball tournament in Nicosia was washed out by a heavy downpour early in the day, and the organisers hope to announce a new date to complete the event.last_img read more

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Lively Man United earn 3-1 win over Brighton

first_imgManchester United climbed back into the top half of the Premier League table on Sunday, as goals from Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford and an own goal from Davy Propper gave the side a 3-1 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion.United climbed to seventh place on 16 points from 12 games after stretching their unbeaten home run against the Seagulls to 12 matches in all competitions. Brighton slipped to 11th place on 15 points.Pereira fired United ahead in the 17th minute with a fortuitous goal, as his shot from inside the penalty area took a heavy deflection off Dale Stephens and left Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan stranded.Propper then bundled the ball into his own net two minutes later as an inswinging free kick from Fred caused havoc in Brighton’s six-yard box. The goal was awarded after a VAR check.Lewis Dunk pulled one back for Brighton in the 64th minute with a close-range header, but Rashford restored United’s two-goal advantage two minutes later when he blasted a shot from 12 metres in off the underside of the bar.last_img read more

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Liverpool preparing for Salzburg like it’s a final, says Klopp

first_imgHolders Liverpool are approaching their last Champions League group game at Salzburg as if they are playing a final as they bid to reach the last 16, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday.Group E leaders Liverpool are a point ahead of Napoli and three in front of Salzburg, with all three teams still in the running to claim the top two spots and qualify.Liverpool drew 1-1 with Napoli at Anfield in the last round of group matches, while Salzburg won 4-1 away to Genk.“We drew the last game and after that game Napoli were for sure in a better mood than we were and Salzburg were in the best mood for sure, they won their away game and knew they could go to the next round by their own doing,” Klopp told the Liverpool website.“We knew immediately after the Napoli game we have a final, and we have to make sure we are prepared for a final.“We always had to do it the hard way, I can’t remember one time when it was, ‘Oh fine, done’ a week before. We’re at least used to that.”Liverpool will guarantee a place in the last 16 with a draw or if Napoli lose to Genk but may need a win to top the group and avoid one of the European heavyweights in the knockout round and Klopp said they would play for a victory.If Napoli beat Genk, Salzburg must beat Liverpool by a better score than their 4-3 defeat at Anfield to progress.“One thing is clear, Salzburg have to win,” Klopp added. “That’s the only really clear thing before the game. That sets the mark for the game as well.“We don’t know exactly how they will approach it but anyway it’s clear they want to win. But that means they have to beat us and that’s not so easy – and we should use that fact as well.“We will not go for a point, I actually have no clue how that works. We will try to win with all we have and at the end we will see what happens.”Klopp said defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are fine after recovering from injuries while Adam Lallana did not make the trip as he recovers from a minor knock.“Adam is not coming but will be back in training on Thursday,” Klopp said. “Under pressure we probably could have used him, but we didn’t want to make pressure.”Midfielder Fabinho and defender Joel Matip will not return from injury until early next year.last_img read more

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