With three teams having left the 18-team four-conference competition is now a 15-team, three-conference format.Gone are South African sides the Southern Kings and Cheetahs, who have joined the European Pro14 competition, and Australian team the Western Force.Next year each team will play 16 conference matches, with eight matches within their own conference home and away, then four matches against teams from each of the other two conferences.The change means South African team and this year’s losing finalists the Lions, who didn’t play any New Zealand team during the regular season in 2017, will play four New Zealand sides next season.The 2018 competition starts on February 17th when the South African Conference kicks-off with the Stormers hosting the Jaguars in Cape Town. The Lions, runners-up the last two years, host the Sharks in Johannesburg, while Bulls have a bye.The Australian and New Zealand Conferences will kick-off a week later in round two. Defending champions the Crusaders opening the defence of their title at home against the Chiefs and the Highlanders hosting the Blues. The Hurricanes begin their season with a clash against the Bulls in Pretoria.The Brumbies, last year’s Australian Conference winner, open the season against the Sunwolves in Tokyo who are now positioned in the Australian Conference.The Lions and Crusaders will play a rematch of this year’s final in Johannesburg on April 1.There will be 120 regular-season matches, then eight teams will qualify for the finals. The final is on August 4.
The ten U16 PNG Binatangs who were selected to form Team South Pacific are getting intensive training to prepare for the National U16 championships at Australia’s Gold Coast. The annual championship will be held from July 5-14 bringing the best footy players from around Australia and the South Pacific region.The PNG boys were selected by AFL Queensland along with 15 other highly skilled athletes from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu boys.Selection of the team was made during the recent South Pacific Cup that was held in Coffs Harbour, Australia. PNG’s U16 Coca-Cola Binatangs retained the title for the second consecutive year.AFL Pacific development officer and coach of the South Pacific team, Ben Drew confirmed that all the players will be training in their respective countries and provinces here in PNG.Drew said they were given a training program from the South Pacific coaching panel to prepare well before travelling to Australia in July.“Each of the players was given a fitness regime to help them in areas that need improvement.“They know their strengths and weaknesses and the training program is a guide to help them to keep improving their skills.“What we want them to focus on is to keep improving their kicking, marking and handballing.“Even areas of contact skills, defence, forward, ruck and midfield strategies need to be maintained and improved every day,” he said.Drew said it’s not a massive fitness regime but enough to help them improve their skill work and physical fitness.Drew said earlier that the players will have to familiarise themselves with each other’s game and learn how to communicate well on the field because that’s very important.The trip to the Gold Coast includes a pre-tour training from July 5-7, high performance camp with the actual championship starting on the July 7-14.
India’s Supreme Court has ordered the removal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BBCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from office with immediate effect. The court’s decision follows restrictions on the BCCI’s accounts last year because of a failure to apply a series of reforms recommended by a panel headed by former judge Rajendra Mal Lodha (Lodha Committee). The court also ruled that other office bearers of the BCCI and state associations who did not meet the requirements set by the committee shall “cease to hold office” immediately. The committee says that an office bearer should be a citizen of India, should not be 70 years or older, should not be a government servant or minister, should not hold office in another sports organisation, should not have held office with the BCCI or state association for more than nine years, should not be insolvent or of unsound mind, and should not have a criminal record. All existing office bearers who met the criteria were permitted to continue in their roles but were asked to file an “unconditional undertaking” in the Supreme Court within four weeks from January 2 that they would implement the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The BCCI’s most senior vice-president will temporarily perform duties in Thakur’s absence while Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will take over for Shirke. Thakur said that he had fought for the autonomy of the BCCI and that his was not a personal battle. “Over the years, Indian cricket saw its very best in terms of administration and development of the game,” he says. “BCCI is the best-managed sports organisation in the country, with defined procedures. India has the best cricket infrastructure, built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world. “I respect the Supreme Court as any citizen should. Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I’m sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance.” NOT A PERSONAL BATTLE CITIZEN OF INDIA
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Johnathan Motley of the Dallas Mavericks stands on the court during a 2018 NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have acquired the rights to forward Maarty Leunen and cash from the Los Angeles Clippers for two-way forward Johnathan Motley and the rights to guard Renaldas Seibutis.Leunen has spent the past 10 seasons playing professionally in Turkey, Italy and Germany, most recently with Italy’s S.S. Felice Scandone. A native of Washington state, Leunen was drafted by Houston in the second round out of Oregon 10 years ago. His rights were traded to the Clippers in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Roger Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Motley signed a two-way contract with Dallas after going undrafted out of Baylor last year. He appeared in 11 games as a rookie, averaging 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.Seibutis was a second-round pick by the Mavericks in 2007. The Lithuanian has been playing professionally overseas for 16 years. Seibutis spent this past season with Spain’s Basket Zaragoza.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Dallas also signed guard-forward Ding Yanyuhang, who has played professionally in China for seven years. Ding was with the Mavericks during the summer league last year. LATEST STORIES View comments
Members of opposition parties ALP and LP pledged their support to the UP campaign. Some fifteen influential supporters of major opposition parties, including Liberty Party (LP) and All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman, Benoni W. Urey, and Charles Brumskine have pledged their support to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai. The new Unity Party recruits, many of whom were ranking members of their old parties, have pledged to do all within their power to ensure that VP Boakai, whom they described as the light of the country, is elected at the polls in October.Fifteen ex-members (11 from ALP and 4 from LP) made their commitments to the UP at separate ceremonies yesterday. “We, formerly of the ALP, have come to pledge our support to the presidential bid of the best candidate for this race, VP Boakai,” Mr. Dickson N. Tamba, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues said at a press conference. Tamba is ALP’s former National Assistant Secretary General for Press and Information.“These elections are defining moments for our country because we have not had such a democratic transition in years, and as such the VP is the most qualified to lead this process,” he said.“Today is a historic day for Liberia. Historic because, conscious and patriotic Liberians, having gone throughout every nook and cranny of this Republic, assessed the political and development situations in our country, consulted with our people and having evaluated and soberly reflected on the character traits of all those wanting to become President and Vice President of Liberia, have resolved and declare our support to VP Boakai and Attorney-at-Law, Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay,” he said.Tamba said their decision to cross-over is not only “a pride to us, our families, our friends, political supporters and many followers but also our chiefs and elders of the land who sanctioned it. It is an honorable duty traditionally to listen and yield to the voice of wisdom.“We indisputably share the vision of this winning team to drive a new agenda for Liberia; one that sincerely seeks to put emphasis on all Liberians through inclusive representation without discrimination which will in effect contribute greatly to our national development and reconciliation.“We are aware that a few will call us names but we encourage them to muster the courage to join us because the truth is that this decision is in the best interest of the state and the forward march of our country and people,” he said.He added that “History will be kind to us because this is our testament to the people of Liberia and the world that we stand for peace, stability, development and national unity in our country.“We will work with you – body, mind, and soul from Todee to Barrobo, West Point to Hoffman Station, Careysburg to Edina, Lake Piso to Late Talla, Waum to Konobo, Belle Fassama to Karquekpo, Grandcess to Suehn Mecca, Wayzohn to Webbo, Kpatawee through Gibi and to Cestos to ensure that Ambassador Boakai and Speaker Nuquay of the Unity Party –win this election based on proven records of their high degree of humility, tolerance, wisdom, and ability to unite and lead this country on the path of Peace, Stability, and Development.”From the Liberty Party’s end, (4) District Coordinators of Montserrado County pledged their support to the VP.These Coordinators, who hailed from Districts #4, #5, #6 and #10 made the disclosure last weekend that they have resolved to cross over to the UP. They include Moses P. Tokpah, Washington G. Kartoe, Shadrach Capehart and Ronald J. Fayiah.They indicated that they parted ways with the LP because of its Standard Bearer. “We and our colleagues want to decisively announce to the nation our resignation as coordinators of the largest auxiliaries of Liberty Party for electoral Districts 4, 5, 6 and 10 of Montserrado County,” they said.They alleged that they had been oppressed while performing their respective responsibilities, but did not what oppression they allegedly endured. They also described Brumskine as undemocratic, uncivil who single-handedly drafted the party’s constitution which gives him exclusive power.They also accused Cllr. Brumskine of failing to live up to his many promises “where we have vigorously worked in our various communities recruiting and mobilizing supporters for the LP.“We have realized that the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket does not have any good intent for our country. For instance, look at the case of Cocopa Rubber Plantation. This plantation was intended for the people of Nimba to manage in anyway whatsoever to improve the livelihood of the great people of Nimba, but because of Brumskine-Karnwea’s manipulation, today the Plantation is owned and managed by both of them,” they said.Coordinator Fayiah said he and his colleagues in 2011 joined the political fight against Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to elect Cllr. Brumskine as president, but are glad that that didn’t happen at the time.Meanwhile, a Liberty Party official who spoke to the Daily Observer, denied allegations of oppression, by the defectors, saying: “There is nothing wrong to leave one party for another if you decide to do that, but it is unfair for such people to make up stories against the party they have decided to leave.”He condemned the defectors for their lack of vision and assured them that the Liberty Party is not worried about their decision to leave.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Capital FM will now represent Kenya in the world championships slated for July in Brazil.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUIt was a day to remember for Capital FM, who conceded only two goals after picking five wins and only two draws to be crowned the champions and maintain the bragging rights.Stand-in coach Lassie Atrash was loss of words, heaping praises to his charges that comprised of captain of the day Kristian Malumbe, Solomon Okeyo, Jeff Ooko, Vincent Otieno, Kaysha Shagava and Shuyaib Shabir.“You guys are just the best. You have proved that today. Team work, commitment and discipline won for us today and we can only thank God for this victory. We are not resting yet because we want to win the world title in Brazil just like we did at Anfield in 2016,” Atrash, the Capital FM Production Assistant said after the grueling finale.Capital FM Football Team. Photo/ TIMOTHY OLOBULUTeam Manager Duncan Kikata was pleased with his boys’ display, outlining that the win has made the team set the standards of the 5-Aside football tournament in the country.“Congratulations boys, you have made Capital FM and the County of Nairobi proud, now you are going to fly the Kenyan flag in Brazil, go there and show them that as much as it’s a football nation, Kenya also has got talent,” ecstatic Kikata told his players.Cheered by the home crowd, Capital FM started the day with a playoff to determine the representative of Nairobi region and they indeed did not disappoint as they eliminated Hakati FC 2-0 thanks to goals from Vincent Otieno and goal poacher Okeyo.The win sent Capital FM into the Nationals that was played in a round robin format featuring representatives from Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos with the top four booking a slot in the semi-finals.Capital FM’s Kristian Malumbe in action against Nakuru’s NYSA. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUOpening the round robin for Capital FM was a clash against Kisumu’s Pro 16 whom they demolished 5-0 with Ooko grabbing a hat-trick while Malumbe and Otieno scored a goal apiece.It was routine in the second match as they whipped Mombasa based side Wiyani FC 2-0 where Okeyo opened the scoring before Ooko slammed home the second.The third match against Eldoret’s Radho FC was tight and it needed Capital FM to dig deep to secure a point and force the match end 2-2. Otieno had tapped home from a Malumbe loop to send the hosts ahead but the hard fighting opponent leveled.They took the lead with four minutes remaining, but Okeyo restored parity for the Atrash led side.Capital FM bounced back in their fourth match, thrashing Machakos’ Heroes FC 3-0 with Shabir ‘Mo Salah’ notching a brace to add on Okeyo’s wonder goal.However, the last match of the robin was settled for a goalless draw against Nakuru’s NYSA FC, but it counted less since they had already sailed through to the last four.Capital FM team and staff celebrating after being crowned champions. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUIn the semis, Capital FM was paired against Mombasa, whom they bundled out after winning 2-0 courtesy of goals from the twining striking of Okeyo and Otieno and storm the final where they met a stubborn Nakuru side.In the decider, Okeyo was the hero after striking the winner and only goal to send Capital FM to Brazil, sparking celebrations in the Capital City.The team will now turn attention to the StarTimes Media tournament to be played next weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM FC celebrating after wining the Neymar Jr’s 5-Aside tournament. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – Capital FM showed a character of a champion after once again proving they are the best, this time clinching the Neymar Jr 5-Aside football tournament after silencing Nakuru’s NYSA 1-0 in the National Finals played at Nairobi’s Aga Khan Walk on Saturday, booking a trip to Brazil for the global showpiece scheduled for July.The Best Mix of Music team will now represent Kenya in the prestigious world title that will bring together over 60 countries where Capital FM will be out to write history by overcoming all the odds to win the global crown and have a chance to play against PSG and Brazil captain Neyar Jr.
Donegal model Faye Dinsmore is certainly going up in the world.Ms Dinsmore splits her time between studying at Trinity College and doing fashion shoots for some of the world’s biggest labels including Ralph Lauren.But now Faye, who has more than 255,000 people following her on Facebook, is planning on giving something back. She is joining her sister Beth is climbing to the Mt Everest basecamp in aid of Suas educational development charity.The trek takes place from May 5th to 22nd when Ms Dinsmore finishes college. MODEL FAYE DINSMORE FACES UPHILL STRUGGLE THIS YEAR was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Faye DinsmoreMt Everest
A Polish man is to be sentenced next week for a raid on a petrol station in Buncrana.Pawel Witek appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court from Castlerea Prison where he is being remanded in custody since being arrested.Witek pleaded guilty to the robbery of €1,040 at Collins’ Shop at Cockhill Road, Buncrana on February 11th last. He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a house, the property of Pat McGrenra at Crana View, Buncrana on January 30th.Witek will be sentenced next Tueday by Judge John O’Hagan.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RAID ON BUNCRANA PETROL STATION was last modified: July 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaPawel Witekpetrol station
GAA: Naomh Conaill have defeated St Eunan’s in a thrilling Donegal SFC final at Mac Cumhaill Park this evening.It wasn’t pleasant viewing for the purists with scores at a premium especially in the second-half. The turning point for Naomh Conaill was when Eoghan McGettigan was introduced as a substitute.McGettigan got involved in a melee – and he was shown a straight red card by referee Andrew Mullan.That seemed to spark life into fourteen-men Naomh Conaill – and they were the better team after that incident.After eighteen minutes of the second-half there had only been two scores – with both coming from frees. Naomh Conaill levelled the game through Leo McLoone – and then back-to-back scores from Dermot Molloy and Aaron Thompson were critical.Cillian Morrison was introduced for St Eunan’s – but he was black carded almost immediately after body checking one of the Naomh Conaill players.St Eunan’s battled gamely to get back into it and Rory Carr gave them hope with a free late on.They had a late chance through Conal Dunne but he was unable to send his effort over.Andrew Mullan blew the final whistle, and that sparked euphoric scenes amongst the players and supporters of Naomh Conaill.It’s their first Donegal SFC title since 2010 after their maiden win in 2005. It’s revenge for Naomh Conaill who lost finals to St Eunan’s in 2009 and 2012.EUPHORIA FOR NAOMH CONAILL AS THEY WIN THRILLING DONEGAL SFC FINAL was last modified: October 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Home-page NewsHome-page Sport
Mali have failed to progress past the groups in the last two AFCONS. (PHOTO/AGENCIES)AFCON 2019Mali vs MauritaniaNew Suez Stadium, SuezMonday, 24-06-2019 @11pmSUEZ – Mali and Mauritania will square off in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener at the Suez Stadium on Monday night.The two nations have it all to do if they are to make it out of the group E as the other two occupants Tunisia and Angola seem to be better on paper.Mali would be out-right favourites for the game but have had several issues in the build-up to the tournament and it remains to be seen, which frame of mind the players are in, come game time.The Eagles had FUFA threaten to ban their country from the Cup of Nations over squabbling among officials.Their head coach Mohamed Magassouba then took four days longer than any of the other 23 coaches to name his squad, without offering an explanation.Such a chaotic build-up to any major tournament can easily destroy the mood of the camp and it is something that Mali will be hoping to overcome as soon as possible.The other concern for Mali coming into the game has been their defensive issues.Mali went down 3-2 to Algeria in a recent friendly, the third match in a row for the Eagles highlighting a need to tighten up on defence after conceding three other goals against Senegal and Cameroon.Mali made it through to consecutive semi-finals in 2012 and 2013 but have failed to progress out of the group stage since and they have not won a match during the last two editions of the tournament.They qualified with ease from a group containing Burundi, Gabon and South Sudan; they didn’t lose a game and only conceded twice during the campaign.Although there is not a vast amount of international experience in the squad with only three of the outfield players possessing in excess of 20 caps, Mali have a number of excellent talents plying their trade in Europe with Amadou Haidara and Moussa Marega amongst them. Marega had an excellent UEFA Champions League campaign for Porto with six goals in the competition.Mauritania are making their first-ever appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations after finishing second in their qualifying group ahead of 2017 semi-finalists Burkina Faso.Mauritania are making their debut at AFCON.They won all three of their home matches in qualifying but lost twice away from home which included a 4-1 defeat against Angola.Pleased to just have qualified for the tournament, their expectations are low and any positive results they gain will be a bonus.Mauritania are also coming off the back of a loss having suffered a 3-1 defeat to Benin in Marrakech.Lions of Chinguetti did, however, clinch a 3-1 win over Madagascar in their previous warm-up match.Other games on Tuesday-Ivory Coast vs South Africa-Tunisia vs Angola @8pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019MALIMauritania