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Nines the litmus test in Elgey’s comeback

first_imgTwelve months after suffering the ACL injury that ended his 2016 campaign before it even began, Elgey insists that he is mentally free of any lingering demons but admits the true test will come in his return to competition at Eden Park on February 4He won’t have long to wait with the Titans to feature in the very first game of the tournament against defending Telstra Premiership champs Cronulla and the 22-year-old believes that providing he comes through unscathed he can leave 2016 behind him.”I think I’m past it but in saying that I haven’t played yet so it’s hard to say,” Elgey told NRL.com of any lingering doubts about the knee.”Auckland Nines is very fast footy so after that I’ll be fine.”That will be the big stepping stone but I’m not nervous about it, it’s more being excited to get out there and play again having been so long.”It’s in the past now and I’m trying not to think about it. Obviously the boys went well [last year] and I’m just hoping to get through the trials and the Nines and hopefully bring something to the team.”Showing no ill effects of the injury through pre-season training thus far, Elgey continued with strengthening exercises over the Christmas break, a program he has been advised to continue for the next three years.A host of players in recent times have been plagued by recurring ACL injuries that – in the cases of Ben Henry and Kyle Stanley – prematurely ended their careers but Elgey is determined not to suffer a similar fate, the goofy-footer giving his left knee extra workouts by cutting across Gold Coast waves on his surfboard in his spare time.A standout as Titans’ rookie of the year in 2015 when he featured in 16 NRL games and scored six tries and kicked 10 goals, Elgey is in a three-way battle for a starting spot in the halves along with Tyrone Roberts and NRL Rookie of the Year, Ashley Taylor.last_img read more

Highlanders dispatch Reds

first_imgPhoto by: DIANNE MANSON/GETTY IMAGES (Highlanders flanker James Lentjes scores the Highlanders’ second try against the Reds on Friday night. Quade Cooper is also pictured). All they can do now is sit back and wait to see if they have to travel to Johannesburg to play the Lions or to Christchurch to play the Crusaders in the quarterfinals, something they might not know until about 5am on Sunday morning. Highlanders coach Tony Brown has maintained all week he’d rather play the unbeaten Crusaders, meaning he will be keeping a close eye on Saturday night’s match between the Hurricanes and Crusaders in Wellington.”It’s going to be a cracker of a game – the Crusaders and Hurricanes – just as a rugby fan it’s going to be pretty impressive to watch,” Brown said.”As Highlanders coach, I 100 per cent want the Hurricanes to win that one, so I’ll be cheering them on.”A Hurricanes’ win will mean the Highlanders play the Crusaders in Christchurch next Saturday night, unless the Sharks upset the Lions in Durban in the early hours of Sunday morning.”I doubt I’d be up [to watch it], but I’d check it when I wake up,” Brown said. Waiting to find out their fate might be tougher than their game at Forsyth Barr Stadium against the bumbling Reds. The Highlanders, without stars Ben Smith and Aaron Smith, outscored the visitors six tries to three to secure a bonus point win in their final regular season match.First-five eighth Lima Sopoaga, in his first Super Rugby start since pinging a hamstring in round three (March 11), kicked four conversions, while loose forward Liam Squire, playing his first game since breaking his thumb against the Cheetahs in May, impressed with his power running.It was far from a perfect display by the home side – their kicking game wasn’t up to scratch and they hashed a couple of tries –  but the result was never in doubt. Not only did the win extend New Zealand’s record against Australian teams to 25-0 on the season, it ensured the Dunedin-based franchise will head into the playoffs having won 10 of their last 11 Super games. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to play them when the sudden-death games kickoff next weekend, particularly if they play with the tempo they started with against the Reds.Electric wing Waisake Naholo only needed two minutes to dive over inside the right-hand corner flag, the final result of a sweeping attack.The Highlanders simply stretched the hosts from the get-go, and took a 21-5 lead into the halftime break after flanker James Lentjes and halfback Kayne Hammington crossed. Lentjes’ try, highlighted by a brutal fend on Reds fullback Karmichael Hunt, was the Highlanders’ second try inside the first 10 minutes and fears of a cricket score were real.But, despite losing Hunt after 15 minutes with a leg injury, the Reds showed some ticker and had the better of the middle stages of the first half.However, their finishing wasn’t up to scratch and the Highlanders were never seriously threatened as they scored two more tries, including a penalty try from a monster scrum, inside the first seven minutes of the second half.Reds flanker Caleb Timu scored the pick of his team’s tries with 10 minutes left on the clock, when he dived over out wide, while Alex Mafi barged over via a powerful rolling maul to avenge the battering the Reds’ scrum got in conceding a penalty try. The Reds will now head back to Brisbane to debrief a miserable 4-11 season, quite the opposite to Brown and the Highlanders, who would much rather prefer the one-hour flight to Christchurch than the 11,000km journey to Johannesburg. Highlanders 40 (Waisake Naholo, James Lentjes, Kayne Hammington, Tevita Li, penalty try, Ash Dixon tries; Lima Sopoaga 4 con) Queensland Reds 17 (Izack Rodda, Alex Mafi, Caleb Timu tries, Quade Cooper con) HT: 21-5last_img read more

Dutch teen is youngest-ever F1 winner

first_imgMercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg initially stole the headlines, after a second-corner collision left the two drivers out of the race — the first time in history Mercedes has lost both its cars on the first lap.But the incident should take nothing away from the teenager, who sped to the front alongside Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo after the safety car had been deployed.Verstappen showed maturity beyond his years, as he led for the final 21 laps of the race on deteriorating tires and with far more experienced drivers on his tail. “It feels amazing,” the Verstappen said on the podium. “I cant believe it.”It was a great race — I have to say thank you to the team for giving me such a great car. To win straight away in the first race is a great feeling.”When asked if he thought his father, Jos, a former Formula One driver himself, would be proud, Verstappen replied: “I think so. From a very young age my dad helped me a lot and to achieve this amazing.”last_img read more

Ibrahimovic: “With classmates I will be very bad”

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic, after his first day in Milan, fIt was presented today with a massive press conference that the manager Zvonimir Boban closed, with a warning to his players: “Zlatan gives us illusion, but that nobody forgets the horrible defeat of Bergamo, of that 0-5: we need results. No one can hide behind Ibra’s back” The Swede was happy and eager to prove useful in the field, without too many promises: “I feel the illusion of people, with them everything will be easier. I’m ready and I want to play now from today.”Negotiation: “After the last game with the Galaxy, Maldini called me and we were talking. I had many offers, but I was looking for adrenaline. It was not a difficult choice: I did not want to leave here in 2012, I did not agree and now I have returned. I will do everything possible to improve the situation. I always said that Milan was my home, after Barcelona gave me the happiness of playing football and I really want to. I love this club very much. “ Decision: “The team is not the one before, but Milan is always Milan. Many things have happened since the sale of Berlusconi, I must think in the field: if I had not believed in this project I would not have come here. ”Career: “A soccer player is never the same, the years pass, the experience changes you, it shapes you. I know what I must do to give my best. I didn’t come here to be a pet. ”Training: “I will be very bad with the young classmates, now that I have children I know how to make them grow well (laughs). You have to work hard, strong, you must know how to suffer: if you do not know how to do it, you will not realize your full potential. I like to suffer, so I work hard and expect a lot from my colleagues: sometimes maybe too much, but I see it that way. ” Age: “After being injured I was very happy, they said it was impossible to return and instead I worked to get it: until I can play, I will. It is impossible to do it like when I was 28 years old, but in the field you know how to help: instead of running, you can boot from 40 meters… ”.Adrenalin: “In the collective I want to improve the situation, in the individual sphere I want to have a good time in the field, to be well. I want to notice the grass: when I was away for a year it was not easy. I missed the field, the fans that whistle or applaud you… I almost prefer to be beaten, this gives me even more adrenaline. ”Terms: “I’m fine, I’ve been training since the last game I played: I only need the ball, but that was never a problem. I think I’m ready. “Christian: “It’s nice that I’m in Italy for the championship, we’ll see what will happen.”Kulusevsky: “It is positive that players from Sweden arrive in the big teams, I heard positive things from him, I am glad that he arrives at Juve, there he will learn a lot.”Future: “I don’t know if I will stay here in the future too, you never know. Until I am in the field I will look for challenges: if in these six months I see that I can give something, I will continue, and if not, then I will leave. I’m not here because my name is Ibrahimovic, I’m here to give something, this is what motivates me. ”Pioli: “Yesterday we had little time to talk, we’ll tell ourselves what we need to get both of our best.”Contacts: “A year ago I didn’t feel ready to return, and I was fine in Los Angeles. I went to the United States to feel alive, and after two championships there I feel more than alive: I am ready for Serie A ”.Derby: “I always said that the most beautiful is Milan, we will see how the game will go, but I have not signed a five-year contract, so I can not look too much into the future: I focus on the next game and now.”Italian Cup: “When you start a season the goal is always to win something, now we are in January and it is normal to aim for a trophy, but the idea should be to improve, to raise the mental level and in the field.”Nocerino: “He was very good with me here, look how many assists I have given him (laughs). I don’t know if there is another one like him, I don’t know the teammates yet, but when a strong player arrives it’s normal to have a push. ”Goals: “Did I dial 373? No, be careful: they are more than 500. The numbers are important … (laughs). In football everything depends on the group, I want to improve those of Milan, let’s try ”. Europe: “Let’s go game by game. We want to improve things, I followed the team in the distance and I think it has quality to do more, despite the latest results. You have to believe and workReturns: “Sometimes they haven’t worked, but I still haven’t lost my passion in what I do and that makes a difference.” A series* Data updated as of January 3, 2020last_img read more

A Espanyol-Barcelona with historic revolving doors

first_imgSomething similar happened behind gate 82 with Diego Orejuela, culé at age 15, with Sergio Gonzalez, door 83, who played alongside Roger Garcia in the Catalan cadet, with Albert Albesa, former Barça Atlètic at gate 90, or with the owner of 92, Toni Jiménez, who played two seasons in the youth culé.One more degree of link with Barcelona had when the guest of door 2 arrived at Espanyol, Cristóbal Parralo, who conquered the Wembley European Cup with the first and the Copa del Rey de Mestalla with the second. Also behind door 66 a Cayetano Ré for whom the parakeet club paid 600,000 pesetas to Barcelona. Almost the same thing happened to Toni Velamazan (gate 61) or Victor Sanchez (72). And not to say has the culé connection that they had Ivan of the Rock, door 76, or Sergio Garcia, 87, when they arrived at Espanyol. The unique case of CanitoMany others crossed the opposite path, with Barça as their last destination. This happened in the 10s of the last century with Santiago Massana (door 16), Martí Vantolrà (24), José Padrón (25). Special mention deserves José Cano ‘Canito’, which houses the stand that bears his name behind gate 43 and that, being a Barca player, celebrated in the Camp Nou somewhat of Espanyol that was reported on the video marker.Together with all of them, the doors of Cornellà hide cases of soccer players who one day were about to move to Barcelona. From the mythical Jose Parra (Gate 5), whom they tried to seduce after their outstanding role in the 1950 World Cup, to Juan Maria Amiano (70), going through Pepe Mauri (9), José María García (10), Toni Soldevilla (42), Antoni Fàbregas (49), Vicente Balaguer ‘Tasting’ (53), Joan Bartolí (58).Solsona and Marañón could go to BarçaLess known were the outputs that were about to undertake authentic parakeet symbols such as Dani Solsona (8), to whom the retention clause of the time was saved, and Rafa Marañón (11), which was informally transferred to Camp Nou in 1978 due to the economic urgencies of the Blue and Whites, which backed up the sale of Solsona to Valencia.Myths without a doorAs if all these names were few, there are cases of football myths that dazzled in Espanyol and Barça but did not get a door in Cornellà. This happened to Ladislao Kubala, Martial Pina or Javier Urruticoechea ‘Urruti’.And on the benches, an adventure that Abelardo now undertakes, they also successfully jumped from one club to another Juan José Nogués, Luis Aragones or, until just a few months ago, Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’. It is the other derby, that of the doors of history. Eight seasons, 257 matches and 17 goals testify to the firm step of Abelardo Fernández as a soccer player for Barcelona. A striking past for a technician whose mission is to save Espanyol from relegation, with whom he debuted precisely against the Catalans. However, the parakeet story is full of icons that were despite having gone through the revolving door of Barcelona.Just look at the culé bench tonight, Ernesto Valverde, to run into the first. The ‘Txingurri’ has a door (89) to his name at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium, a distinction he shares with a few former Barça players. Door 1 indicates this, nothing less than the legendary Ricardo Zamora, with round trip ticket. OR Javier Marcet, tenant of door 52, who played with the amateur of the eternal rival. Even Raul Tamudo, door 23, was tested a year in Can Barça before arriving at the quarry.last_img read more

Elche sets prices before Athletic: between 20 and 45 euros

first_imgFans who want to witness next Wednesday (19:00 hours) the Copa del Rey match, corresponding to the round of 16 round, between Elche CF and Athletic Club Bilbao will have to pay between 20 and 45 euros at the box office to access Martínez Valero. The subscribers of the ilicitano team, meanwhile, will have free access to the stadium and, in addition, will have the option of withdrawing two tickets at the price of one. The prices established by the Elche CF directive are the following: Covered Grandstand, 45 euros; Discovered Grandstand, 40 euros; Covered Preference, 35 euros; Discovered Preference, 30 euros; Covered Fund, 25 euros; Discovered Fund, 22 euros; Covered Tribune Curves, 28 euros; Discovered Tribune Curves, 25 euros; Covered Preference Curves, 22 euros; and Preference Curves Discovered, 20 euros.The space reserved for the visiting hobby will be in the corner of the Upper Ring that separates North Bottom and Tribune. The price of that area is 20 euros. The rest of the upper part of the stands will not open for this meeting, unless the demand for localities requires it. Children up to six years who are not paid will have to pay 10 euros throughout the stadium. A good response is expected from the franjiverde fans and the clubs that the Athletic Club of Bilbao has distributed throughout the southeast. The ilicitano club will take advantage to make a memory in the previous meeting of the heroes of the 1969 Cup final that faced both teams and in which they won the Bilbao by 1-0, with Arieta II goal.last_img read more

Nadal – Fritz live: Acapulco ATP 500 final live

first_imgFinal live hour of Nadal – Fritz: finish of the ATP 500 of AcapulcoPreview of Nadal – Fritz: finish of the ATP 500 of AcapulcoWith magnificent sensations, each bodily and tennis, in opposition to a thermal sensation of 29 levels and 78% humidity regardless of taking part in at evening, and earlier than a Dimitrov frankly improved in latest instances, Nadal certified for the fourth time and with particular brilliance for the Mexican Open final. If he wins this Saturday (04:00, #Vamos) the American Taylor Fritz, who soared earlier than his compatriot John Isner (2-6, 7-5 and 6-3), will elevate to 17 his absolute document of consecutive seasons with successes. Rafael NadalThe Balearic, who had by no means gained his good good friend Grigor in simply two units on the laborious observe (now dominates him 8-1 on that floor), lastly bought it (6-Three and 6-2 in 1h: 44) and is about so as to add his third title in Acapulco, which might be the 85th of his lengthy and incredible profession. Since profitable the primary in Sopot, in August 2004, there has not been a season wherein I’ve not raised not less than one trophy.Taylor FritzAt 22, Fritz is an exponent of the NextGen and the prototype of a contemporary American tennis participant, with good cash and energy in his service and proper. It comes from eliminating Millman, Umbert, Edmund and Isner in an advanced image.last_img read more

Ulloa, operated on by the crusader

first_imgIf this season in Vallecas has been characterized by something, it is serious injuries that have plagued the team practically since summer. The first was Velázquez with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and then Baby followed with the same problem in his right knee. Captain Alberto has also had to undergo surgery twice, although in his case the reason was the cartilage of his left knee. Leo Ulloa, 33, He underwent surgery on Wednesday for the rupture in the anterior cruciate ligament and the internal lateral aspect of the left knee. that occurred during training last Wednesday, February 12. The operation was carried out by doctors César Flores and Manuel Leyes at the CEMTRO Clinic. The estimated recovery time for the Rayo striker amounts to seven months. The last footballer to be operated has been the Argentine Ulloa – Comesaña did it before for a bilateral inguinal hernia – who says goodbye to a season in which he has contested a total of 1,513 minutes spread over 17 matches (all of them as owner) and in which he scored six goals (the last, Oviedo, just a few days before he was injured) and assisted twice. (Almería and Ponferradina).center_img This serious injury forced the franjirrojo club to look for another striker, since he only had Yacine as ‘nine’ after this unexpected loss. This situation opened the doors to Juan Villar, who came to Vallecas on loan until the end of the season. At the moment, Yacine has participated in five games (four of them as a starter) and has scored a goal (Albacete), while Juan Villar has 64 minutes in the last three games.last_img read more

They lost reds and blues

first_imgMadridistas Ricardo Zamora and Santiago Bernabéu had to go into exile in France, both sympathizers of the rebel side. The historic doorman, who was imprisoned during the first days (“He told us that he was once going to be taken out of prison with a group of prisoners, surely to be shot, when he was recognized by a militiaman who saved his life”, relates his son), played for Nice, where he retired. Bernabéu returned to Spain to fight the Republicans.Although the championships could not be played, each sought their own friendly matches. Soccer has always been an instrument to do politics and neither side missed it. International recognition and financing were, mainly, what the nationalist side sought with the Selection. In blue, to avoid, for obvious reasons, the color red, the Spanish team could only manage to play two games against Portugal (defeats 2-1 and 1-0). The Basque Government promoted the Basque Country team, which toured Europe and the USSR. Bilbao fell when they were outside our borders and they decided to extend the international matches in America, where they came to play the Mexican league. At the club level, the Catalan and Valencian federations organized the Mediterranean League (for Barcelona) and the Free Spain Cup (for Levante), tournaments to which the RFEF has never granted any official validity.Taking up football in 1939 was not easy since stadiums like Villamarín, which was used as a tank warehouse and shooting range for Italian troops; Chamartín, which lost its wooden stands, used as fuel; or the Metropolitan, almost in ruins. The most extreme case was the Buenavista of Real Oviedo, destroyed, and that forced the club to abstain one year from the competition if they respected the place. Therefore, for that same season there was a place to assign and they played it at Mestalla the new Athletic-Aviation Club (union of Athletic Madrid and the National Aviation Club) and Osasuna, a club that claimed merits from the people of Navarre in the victory of the national side. The madrileños won and got the permanence to, in that same year, win their first league with Zamora as coach. Will we see such a strange restructuring when our football resumes? The military uprising began in the summer, so it gave time to finish the 1935-36 league that Athletic raised. On the last day of April 19, football ended – official, now we will see – until September 39. The justification for why a civil war is not comparable with the situation we are living now because of the coronavirus, but, and without counting strikes for specific days, It was the only time that Spain has had to suspend all its football as we are seeing in this 2020.It would be impossible to give a list of all the soccer players, managers or employees who lost their lives in the conflict, but one of the many that deserves a special mention is Josep Suñol, president of Barcelona. “He has gone down in Barça’s history as the martyred president due to his tragic death, when he was in office, in the early days of the Civil War, shot by the Francoist army in the summer of 1936”, can be read on the Barcelona club website. Suñol was a member of the ERC and a member of the party, an ideology that cost him his life when, in the Sierra de Guadarrama, he entered the Franco zone without realizing it. The news took a week to reach the club and then an Employees Committee was created to rectify the loss of the “absent president”, as he was named after his death.His tragic disappearance caused such an impact on the republican side that the Federation formed a group of volunteer forces with the name of the ex-president culé: “As many athletes as willing to defend republican liberties can enroll in this new force. The headquarters of the new republican militia has been installed on the ground floor of the Madrid Fútbol ClubOne day before leaving for the front, on September 6, a Madrid-Valencia game was played with which funds were raised for blood hospitals.In its non-sporting facet also was the founder of La Rambla, a sports weekly located where its own name indicates. The Barça fans came under the newsroom to find out the result of their team when they played away from home and celebrated it right there in case of winning. A meeting place that has become a tradition and is still active today, as it is where the Canaletas fountain is located. Another of the traditions that continue to be part of our day to day es foosball, the work of the Galician poet Alejandro Finisterre when he was admitted to the hospital for his war wounds.last_img read more

Spaniards living in the Belarusian ‘bubble’

first_imgThe President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, recommends fighting the coronavirus “drinking vodka, going to the sauna and working hard”, although, at the moment, the Spaniards at Dynamo Brest only support the third of its premises. “I don’t drink anything. And once I went to the sauna and I didn’t like it. I, being a Canary, prefer the 25 degrees of my land. When I arrived the temperature was -18º. I got off the plane and thought I was dying. One crazy thing, “recalls a David Deogracia uneasy about the situation his relatives are living in Spain:” There are my parents, my wife and my two daughters. They worry about me because I go out to work daily and I am in contact with 120 children and all those who work in the sports city. When we talk, we show happiness to try to take pressure off them. From so far I can’t do more. “Although the Belarusian government tries to appear normal, there are already those who raise their voices so that the country’s soccer will give in to the health crisis. “The most loyal fans ask that the competition stop because they fear getting contagious when they move to other fields. On the last day they did not attend the stadium as a protest“David Deogracia reveals.” The influx has decreased, but people continue to go to watch football, “added the Gran Canaria, aware that Belarusian football could benefit from such an anomalous situation:”They have sold the television rights to Russia and Ukraine for the first time in their history. It is very important to them that the Vysshaya Liga continues. It will bring them many economic benefits. “Thailand, Morocco and … MaradonaDespite having found stability in Belarus, David Deogracia knows what it is like to work in Europe, Asia and Africa. He went to Thailand after receiving a call from Alejandro Menéndez, who then led the Buriram United first team. Deogracia was in charge of the sub-19, which made him the national champion. After returning to Spain, he was recruited by Sergio Lobera to direct the Moroccan Atlético de Tetuán academy. And it led the U-20 team to the first league title in its history. In 2017 he left for Brest, where he witnessed the arrival of Diego Armando Maradona to the Dynamo bench. “We did not agree much, but since we were speaking Spanish, we were able to chat. He was very good to us. He is a crack.” As if it were an oasis in the middle of the desert, Belarus, apparently oblivious to the coronavirus pandemic that affects the world, wakes up every morning wrapped in an enigmatic normality. In Brest, a city of 300,000 inhabitants bordering Poland, he works David Deogracia, one of the three Spaniards who are members of the Dynamo Brest, current champion of the Vysshaya Liga. “We train and then we go home because, although they say that everything is going well, we are cautious. In the face of uncertainty, prevention is better than cure,” says the person in charge of running the academy. “Life here continues normally. Everyone works, takes the car, or goes to restaurants and cafes“adds the canary, who follows” the same prevention guidelines as in Spain “:” It is difficult because you take precautions, but the others do not. That leaves you totally unprotected. “Deogracia mistrusts the official data: “They say that in Brest, a city of 300,000 inhabitants, there is only one infected by coronavirus. It is striking, but precisely because of this the soccer, handball or ice hockey leagues continue to be disputed, because they say there is no risk”. The grancanario is in charge of directing the Dynamo Brest academy. The methodology, train the rest of the coaches or do scouting tasks. Everything has been on his account for three years now. The physical trainer accompanies you in the lower categories Armiche Vega, while in the first team, also as a coach, Fran Balaguer. Everyone claims to be living “in a bubble”. “It is as if we were starring in a movie,” adds David Deogracia, “perplexed” because “I can do whatever I want without any problem and, meanwhile, in Spain they are all locked up at home.”last_img read more