14 May

PNG suffer defeat to Fiji

first_imgThe home girls lost to bronze medal holders Fiji 86-60 today in front of their home crowd.Fiji dominated the game, leading throughout the game and taking the lead in the first quarter , 25-16.In the second quarter, PNG pulled through to keep up but the Fijians were too fast and had a height advantage with players like  Leba Korovou and Vilisi Tavui.Fiji maintained their lead at the end of the second quarter, 45-31.PNG lost focus in the third quarter with a lot of simple mistakes like missed passes and travel offences. The home side missed opportunities with inaccurate shots which gave way to Fiji to run away and score baskets. Fiji opened the gap as they continued to dominate the game, taking their score to 78-43 after the third quarter. In the final quarter, despite clever ball work from speedy Betty Angula, PNG could not keep up with the fast play demonstrated by the Fijians.In the end, Fiji came out victorious 60-88 at full time.In the first match today, Solomon Islands defeated Nauru 95-71.PNG have a must win game against American Samoa tomorrow. Final playoffs kick off on Saturday with the grand final on Sunday.last_img read more

14 May

81 runs from Assad Vala gives Barras 5 wicket win

first_imgAfter winning the toss, Barras captain Jack Vare decided to send Northern Territory in to bat first.It was the right move as Northern Territory were all bowled out for 173 runs after 47.3 overs.Norman Vanua was in top notch taking 3/27 while Nosiana Pokana 2/25 and Alei Nao 2/33 picked up two wickets each.The Barras run chase started off in the worst possible way with opener Lega Siaka dismissed from the first ball by Blair Dalton.But next in came Assad Vala who blasted 81 runs off 98 balls to help reach the target inside forty overs. Vala’s knock included 6 fours and 2 sixes.Sese Bau also pitched in with 31 runs.was once again the chief destroyer taking 3/27 with the ball  while young fast bowlers, Nosiana Pokana (2/25) and Alei Nao (2/33) picked up a couple of wickets apiece.This is the second consecutive victory for the Barras in the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League after 6 rounds.last_img read more

14 May

French Open loses day to rain

first_imgThere could be more delays on the way with further heavy rain forecast in Paris.The washout left the French tennis federation having to refund around 30,000 ticket holders and prompted tournament director Guy Forget, a former player and Davis Cup winner, to warn that France is getting left further behind the sport’s three other majors.Wimbledon, the Australian and US Opens all have stadiums with roofs, but Roland Garros will not see a roof built over its showpiece Philippe Chatrier Court until 2020 at the earliest.”It is very frustrating but it is proof that the roof is a necessity and that we have to do it,” Forget said.”We cannot be like this for many more years. We hope to have the roof by 2020. People have to realise that nobody can stop the process.”The world is moving fast — we were talking about the roof 15 years ago.”Eight last-16 matches planned for Monday plus two more which had been held over from Sunday, including Australian Samantha Stosur’s clash with Simona Halep, will now be played on Tuesday.Two quarter-finals are also due to take place — Andy Murray against Richard Gasquet and defending champion Stan Wawrinka facing Albert Ramos-Vinolas.The last washout in 2000 also happened on May 30.If there are further delays, world number one Novak Djokovic, who is chasing a first French Open to complete a career Grand Slam, could end up playing his last-16 tie, quarter-final and semi-final on three consecutive days.Djokovic has suffered at the hands of the weather in Paris in the past.In the 2012 final against Rafael Nadal, he had fought back from two sets to love down to take the third set and lead in the fourth when play was halted.The final was suspended until the next day, when Nadal raced to victory in just a further 50 minutes.Djokovic will be poised to become the first man to win US$100 million ($139 million) in prize money if he makes the quarter-finals for the 10th time.Top seed Djokovic tackles Spain’s 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in Tuesday’s opening match.AFPlast_img read more

14 May

Kumuls go down fighting

first_img“We didn’t give up – we played right through to the end,” he said. “To get this far is a big achievement for the side. With the players we’ve got with the NRL experience we’ve got, I thought we did well. We didn’t give up. There were some errors in our game that we could have improved, but is something to work on for future games.”I think everyone will be disappointed today with the result. Back home for the past three weeks, we’ve been around in the city. I think there was a lot of talk those kids getting out to one day being a national player and a Kumul. They look up to players like David Mead, James Segeyaro and all those guys.”Segeyaro was confident the Kumuls could continue to improve but called for more Tests.”A couple of players have only been playing for three or four years and they’ve picked it up pretty well,” Segeyaro said. “There’s so much natural talent there. I think for rugby league and the nation going forward, [we need to] keep having Tests at the end of the year. I’d like to push for that. Therefore more players get exposed and start playing in the NRL and Super League. It just filters down to the younger generation.”In saying that, we just need to focus on what happened then. It wasn’t the result we wanted. But the whole campaign – coaches, players, staff – has been overwhelming, and is something I will remember forever.” Kumuls coach Michael Marum said they were in trouble after missing so many tackles early, allowing England to power home. Losing their skipper in the second minute also didn’t help.”It started off when we lost our captain David Mead through that first set,” Marum said. “He was our leader on field so we sort of missed him there. “The past three games we worked hard on our defence and improved back at home but playing here [in Melbourne, against a] stronger side against England, we kept missing tackles and I think in that first half, our contact wasn’t good enough. We didn’t turn up to play at all.”Marum was proud of how his team kept coming at the more experienced England side throughout the whole match.last_img read more

14 May

Australian women seal 3-0 series whitewash over India with 97-run win to regain number one ODI ranking

first_imgThe women’s victory on Sunday also allowed the visitors to reclaim the number one spot on the ICC rankings.Meg Lanning elected to bat after winning the toss and Australia set the pace with an innings of 7-332.Healy managed to dig in after quickly losing fellow opener Nicole Bolton (11) and then Meg Lanning (18), reaching 133 off 115 balls before being caught off a Poonam Yadav delivery.Rachael Hayes’ 43 and a rapid 34 from Beth Mooney helped push Australia to a total over 300.India made a fast start to the chase, reaching 0-101 before two wickets in as many balls to Ashleigh Gardner (3-40).Jess Jonassen and Nicola Carey then claimed the key wickets of Mithali Raj (21) and Harmanpreet Kaur (25).Although Deepti Sharma (37) and Sushma Verma (29) did their best, the tail was ably cleaned up by Megan Schutt (2-54) and Ellyse Perry (2-40).Healy said accomplishing her maiden ton was “a big feeling of relief”.”I’ve played a lot of cricket to not have one so I’m pretty excited to sit here finally with a 100 under my belt and hopefully I can get a couple more before I pull up stumps,” Healy said.”[Scoring 300] is a goal for us to consistently hit that mark and we did it quite comfortably in the end today.”We’ve just got so much power right down our batting order, which is really exciting.”Following the series win, Australia returns to Mumbai for the Twenty20 tri-series with England and India, which starts on March 22.AAPlast_img read more

14 May

PNG Barramundis continue undefeated run

first_imgIn the morning match against Hong Kong ‘A’, the Hebou PNG Barramundis fought hard and were eventually bowled out for 159 in the 20th over with Sese Bau (65) and Tony Ura (40) the main contributors with the bat. Aftab Hussain (4/25) and Hasan Mohammad (3/22) were the pick of the Hong Kong ‘A’ bowlers, taking seven (7) Barramundis’ wickets between them.In reply, the Hong Kong ‘A’ batsmen were no match for the Barramundis’ bowling attack, eventually being bowled out for only 105 in 17.3 overs with Simondeep Singh (32) top scoring Hong Kong ‘A’. With the ball for the Barramundis, Nosaina Pokana (3/20) picked up three wickets while the spin-twins of Jason Kila (2/16) and Charles Amini Jnr (2/16) picked up a couple of wickets apiece.In the afternoon match, the Barramundis batted first again and posted a respectable 7/165 off their allotted 20 overs with Assad Vala (58) notching up his first half century of the tour while Tony Ura (25), Charles Amini Jnr (19) and Jason Kila (19) all made valuable contributions with the bat while Ehshan Khan (2/17) and Mohammad Ghazanfar (2/42) picked up a couple of wickets each for Hong Kong.  In reply, the Barras bowled brilliantly to bowl out Hong Kong for 128 in the 19th over. Jason Kila (3/11) continued his great form with the ball, picking up three wickets as did Nosaina Pokana (3/33) while Babar Hayat (48) top scored for Hong Kong.    The West Pacific Cup continues today with the Hebou PNG Barramundis taking on Hong Kong with the final to take place tomorrow.The West Pacific Cup is a T20 Competition featuring the Hebou PNG Barramundis, Hong Kong and Hong Kong ‘A’ and will be played from 23-27th October, 2018.     Match SummariesWednesday 24th October, 2018Match 3: Hebou PNG Barramundis 10/159 (19.3) Sese Bau 65 (49), Tony Ura 40 (18), Aftab Hussain 4/25 (3.3), Hasan Mohammad 3/22 (4) defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ 10/105 (17.3) Simondeep Singh 32 (22), Nosaina Pokana 3/20 (3), Jason Kila 2/16 (4), Charles Amini Jnr 2/16 (4) by 54 runsMatch 4: Hebou PNG Barramundis 7/165 (20) Assad Vala 58 (39), Tony Ura 25 (14), Charles Amini Jnr 19 (14), Jason Kila 19 (11), Ehsan Khan 2/17 (4), Mohammad Ghazanfar 2/42 (4) defeated Hong Kong 10/128 (18.2) Babar Hayat 48 (31), Ehsan Khan 22 (20), Aizaz Khan 21 (15), Jason Kila 3/11 (4), Nosaina Pokana 3/33 (4), Norman Vanua 2/30 (3.2) by 37 runs  HEBOU PNG Barramundis squad 1. Assad Vala2. Tony Ura3. Charles Amini Jnr4. Sese Bau5. Lega Siaka6. Kipling Doriga7. Dogodo Bau8. Jason Kila9. Norman Vanua10. Nosaina Pokana11. John Boge Reva12. Chad Soper13. Damien Ravu14. Anthony VareHebou PNG Barramundis Fixtures West Pacific Cup (T20)Tuesday 23rd October, 2018:      1:30pm   Hebou PNG Barramundis defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ by 139 runsWednesday 24th October, 2018:9:30am   Hebou PNG Barramundis defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ by 54 runs1:30pm   Hebou PNG Barramundis defeated Hong Kong by 37 runsThursday 25th October, 20181:30pm    Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong KongFriday 27th October, 20181:30pm    FinalSouth China Cup (50 Over)Saturday 28th October, 2018:  Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong KongMonday 30th October, 2018:    Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong KongThursday 1st November, 2018:    Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Konglast_img read more

14 May

Arsenal overpower Spurs in north London derby

first_imgShkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a convincing 2-0 Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Mustafi opened the scoring with a superb 36th-minute header and Sanchez doubled the advantage five minutes later with a close-range strike.The result lifted Arsenal to fifth place in the table on 22 points, one behind Spurs.Arsenal have now won 11 Premier League matches in succession at their home ground after their first league victory over arch-rivals Spurs in seven games.The hosts started the better and Alexandre Lacazette should have done better than scoop a right-footed shot from the edge of the box high and wide in the fifth minute.Harry Kane fired straight at Petr Cech a minute later but Arsenal remained the more potent attacking force and almost took the lead when Hector Bellerin’s 10th-minute cross only just missed Lacazette’s toe.Tottenham were operating solely on the counter and went close twice in quick succession, Christian Eriksen scraping the outside of the post in the 33rd minute before Kane’s deflected header was saved by Cech.They were made to pay in the 36th minute, following a disputed foul from Davinson Sanchez on Alexis Sanchez. Ozil floated the resulting free kick into the box and Mustafi found the top corner with a brilliant guided header.The hosts were now buoyant and doubled the lead five minutes later with another raid down the right flank.Lacazette was fed by Bellerin and cut back for Sanchez, who made a mess of his first touch but lofted his second high into the net from a tight angle.Tottenham were more urgent after the break but were unable to fashion clear-cut opportunities and increasingly became vulnerable to Arsenal counter-attacks as they pushed forward.Sanchez had three chances to put the match beyond Spurs but lashed one of the efforts high and had the other two saved by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Any hope of a way back into the match for Tottenham seemed to disappear when manager Mauricio Pochettino took off Kane and Dele Alli, both of whom were returning from injuries that had ruled them out of international duty.last_img read more

14 May

Egypt’s Salah named African Footballer of the Year

first_imgEgypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday, finishing ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Salah, 25, helped Egypt reach the African Nations Cup final and qualify for this year’s World Cup.He also made an African record move to Liverpool and scored 23 goals in all competitions for the Premier League club in 2017.Salah is the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983.last_img read more

14 May

Mourinho out to end St James’ Park curse

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen end his barren run against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday but warned it will be far from a straightforward task for his team.The Portuguese failed to record a victory in six Premier League matches at Newcastle across two stints as Chelsea manager, recording three draws and three defeats.“I lost and I drew a few times, I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game will not be difficult,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.“They have a good team and I think they had a good transfer window, with Kenedy and (Islam) Slimani, two players I know very well, who can really improve the team.“(Rafa) Benitez knows how to get points so I think it is going to be difficult.”Manchester United are second in the table, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.Midfielder Paul Pogba is expected to return to the starting lineup after he was dropped to the bench in favour of academy graduate Scott McTominay in last weekend’s victory over Huddersfield Town.Pogba has faced recent criticism over his tactical discipline in the middle of the park but Mourinho launched a staunch defence of the club’s record signing.“For me Paul is a midfield player. He’s not a left back, he’s not a striker. It depends on the tactical system but he will always be a midfielder,” Mourinho added.“With so many opinions, and we are in a world of opinions, people can get confused. There is no confusion between me and Paul. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul.”Mourinho indicated full back Luke Shaw is set to sign a new long-term contract after the 22-year-old worked his way back into the first-team plans.“He has been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy,” Mourinho said.“The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years.”last_img read more

14 May

City looking for ‘perfect game’ against Liverpool

first_imgManchester City must overturn a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday and manager Pep Guardiola said that will require “the perfect game” from his players.City go into the match on the back of a 3-2 defeat in the Premier League to rivals Manchester United on Saturday when a win would have secured the title.Guardiola’s side gave up a two-goal lead in that game and they know that even a single slip-up against Liverpool will make their task of progressing to the semi-finals almost impossible.“Of course to go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances, be clinical, concede few chances, all the conditions have to be perfect,” said the Spaniard.“The result is tough but we have 90 minutes and in football anything can happen. What we are going to do is try. We have to score the first one, then make the second one. We’ll see the momentum, try to keep it longer and then we’ll see,” he added.City conceded their six goals in the past two games during a pair of intense short spells and Guardiola said they have to be ready to deal with adversity.“If we concede, don’t give up – it’s more than 90 minutes. We have very often created a lot of chances in short period of time and we have to be clinical. And if we are not clinical then move on to the next one,” he said.City were eliminated last season in the last 16 by Monaco and it would be a disappointment for them to fail to make the last four after such a dominant season domestically.But the former Barcelona manager believes that his side is growing and will soon be among the real elite of European football.“We need titles in Europe – it’s complicated but you need nights that make you understand it,” he said.“Beating Barca (last season) was so special because we know they’re the best team in the world but it will happen sooner or later.“With what this club has done in the last 10 years in terms of creating facilities and making it bigger it will happen.Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk says his team will have to approach Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City without thinking about simply defending their three goal lead.Juergen Klopp’s side won the first leg at Anfield 3-0 but the former Southampton defender said it would be a mistake to keep that result in their head for the match at the Etihad.“It is pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead is going to be a bit of a strange situation. We need to come here with the mindset it is still 0-0 and we want to win the game and we know we are capable of scoring goals,” Van Dijk said.“We know also as a team we can defend well, pretty compact, we saw it in the second half at Anfield but the main thing is we definitely need to keep the mindset of winning the game instead of defending a lead.”With City needing goals, Liverpool can expect to come under plenty of pressure from the outset but Van Dijk said even if they concede early, it is vital they do not panic.“We need to stay calm. We are not going to think we are going to concede early, that is not the mindset we want to have going into the game,” he said.“We know we need to be 100 percent, try to do the same things we did in the first half at Anfield and if we do that, everyone is ready for it, then it is going to be a difficult night for them as well.”City conceded three second half goals on Saturday as they gave up a two goal lead at home to Manchester United in the Premier League but Klopp said that even in that bitter defeat, Guardiola’s side had shown their quality.“If you saw the first half against United, in a normal game, against one of the best teams in the world, they could have scored six goals and maybe should have four at least,” the German manager said.“We have to be at our best again. That is how it is. If it was how everyone expected, then we are already half way out and here to keep our pride and show a reaction.“We have to use the situation because we created it with an outstanding performance. I am still excited and not anything else. I am really looking forward to this.”last_img read more