BANGKOK – A New Zealand woman has been reunited with her dying sister in Australia after gaining an exemption from pandemic travel restrictions on compassionate grounds. Australia had rejected Christine Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media attention. Christine Archer, right, and her sister Gail Baker cry as they are reunited in Bowraville, Australia Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Australia had rejected Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media attention. Her only sister Baker was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer in late March after both countries stopped international travel. Baker has perhaps weeks to live. Archer was eventually allowed to fly to Sydney and spent only a week in hotel quarantine before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AuBC via AP) Her only sister Gail Baker was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer in late March after both countries stopped international travel. Archer was eventually allowed to fly to Sydney and spent only a week in hotel quarantine before testing negative for the coronavirus. International travelers are usually quarantined for two weeks. (AP)
“We didn’t score an early goal, but it was the perfect time, five minutes before half-time, and I think we controlled the game during the 90 minutes, were definitely the better side and deserved this win.” Dzeko’s impressive individual display came amid reports that he is close to signing a new contract at the Etihad Stadium, but it was collective, rather than individual plaudits which were of greater interest to the Bosnia-Herzegovina international. He said: “I am very happy because of my performance and the performance of the team because I think we were brilliant. “It’s always good to start the season with a win, especially away at Newcastle where it is always tough to go.” Dzeko’s mood was in sharp contrast to that of Newcastle debutant Jack Colback as he and his team-mates emerged from a tight encounter with nothing to show for their efforts. Manager Alan Pardew was quick to take positives from a spirited display in the immediate aftermath, and urged his players to take them into Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa. Colback told nufcTV: “We are disappointed with the result. You get nothing for good performances, but defeats. “We are not going to come up against the quality that City have every week and we are going to get more chances against the teams who aren’t the so-called better teams, so we have got to take the positives out of Sunday and look to go there and get some points.” Tyneside-born Colback fulfilled a dream when he made his league debut for the club he supported as a boy after spending the whole of his career until the end of last season with arch-rivals Sunderland. The 24-year-old said: “It was bittersweet, really, coming off with a defeat. It would have been fantastic to have come away with at least a point. “But it was great to finally have that moment and get it under the belt.” The reigning champions launched their defence with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday with an efficient, rather than dazzling display. Title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal both enjoyed even narrower successes in their opening fixtures, and Dzeko knows there is no room for complacency during a campaign he expects to be as competitive as ever. The 28-year-old frontman told CityTV: “It’s just the beginning of the season and it will be, definitely, a long season with the five teams fighting for the title. This is just the beginning. “It’s good to start with a win, but we are not there. There are so many games to come and we have to prepare for the next one, for the big game against Liverpool to try to win at home. “We have brought in some great new players. Some of them still need time because it was the World Cup and a lot of us came later to the pre-season. “I think we can still improve a lot. Each game, we can be better and better and just try to continue where we finished [at Newcastle].” Dzeko was a key figure in the win at St James’ Park despite not finding his own way on to the scoresheet. It was his clever back-heel after he had drawn central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson to the ball which allowed David Silva to fire City into the lead against the Magpies, just as he had done 12 months earlier. But if Silva’s 38th-minute intervention gave the visitors the advantage, it was one they were unable to push home until substitute Sergio Aguero beat Tim Krul at the second attempt in stoppage time at the end of the game. Dzeko said: “We played very well. From the first minute, we were there like the manager wanted us to be, from the first minute to try to press them high, to try to score a goal. Press Association Edin Dzeko has insisted Manchester City will take nothing for granted as they attempt to defend their Barclays Premier League title.
DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – Play was abandoned because of a wet outfield without a ball being bowled on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand yesterday.Rain on Saturday had curtailed play from just before the end of the first session with New Zealand 15 for two in reply to their hosts’ first innings score of 263.There was a much heavier fall of rain overnight which left several wet patches on the outfield that the umpires wanted dried out.They had two separate inspections at 12pm and 2pm local time but decided soft patches caused by the rain posed a danger to the players.Play will start 30 minutes earlier today at 9.30am local time, the umpires said.
While Ortega lets the situation with Holloway play out, he has an idea in mind on what he would like to do in the interim.”I have no idea,” Ortega said on what Holloway taking on Poirier means for the featherweight division. “We have to see if he’s willing to come back down and if he does, what is the timeline of him coming back. There are so many questions. It all depends if he comes back down to the division. If he does come back to featherweight then the division really won’t be held up. He’s the guy who has the belt. I feel that’s more of the UFC’s job to figure out what to do in either scenario.”I would like to fight Jose Aldo. I would like to fight him at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I would love to fight Aldo because if you look at the rankings, we are right next to each other. The rest of the people that are there are people we have beaten already. I feel that we share something in common: We have both lost to Max and are both warriors.” Brian Ortega’s 2018 didn’t end the way he wanted it to when he suffered a fourth-round TKO loss to featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 231 in December.During the fight, Ortega suffered a broken nose and a broken hand. The nose is fully healed, but the hand won’t be 100 percent for another six weeks. However, not all is lost for the 28-year-old. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe way Ortega ate hard shot after hard shot and trying to deliver the same type of punishment to Holloway earned “T-City” a new legion of fans including Hollywood actress and superstar Halle Berry, who mentioned last week on Twitter that Ortega was her #ManCrushMonday and would be helping her train in an upcoming movie.”We saw each other at UFC 232 and we took a picture together,” Ortega told Sporting News on how the communication started with Berry. “Then we started talking a little bit and start to establish a friendship and that connection. After we became followers of each other on Instagram, we kept in touch. A little while after that, she reached out saying she found out more about me and saw what I was all about and reached out to want to train with me for her movie. I told her ‘of course and it would be an honor to work with you and help you out for your movie.’ I told her it was an honor for her to say I was her #ManCrushMonday. That was a big victory.” All about this #ManCrushMonday, @BrianTcity – the #1 @UFC ranked featherweight 👊🏾! So grateful he said yes to training with me in preparation for #BruisedTheMovie, and cannot wait to share what we cook up together 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bPNTggc9SM— Halle Berry (@halleberry) February 25, 2019The good news kept pouring in for the 145-pound star, as it was also announced last week that Ortega would be featured in a commercial by Modelo, which is focused around their “Fighting Spirit” campaign starting on March 11. “Last year didn’t end the way I would have liked,” Ortega admits. “Some good did come out of it, as more people started to recognize what I have done in the UFC and that helped me get the 2019 campaign. Now, I can drink some beer and relax watching other fights (laughs).”The fight with Max showed what I was really about and why I’m with Modelo. I showed a ton of heart in the Octagon and showed who I really am. I think that’s what they saw in me in the fact that I will never give up, I will go through hell and back and my fighting spirit will never die. There’s nothing you can do to stop that.”A lot has happened in the featherweight since Ortega fought Holloway. Alexander Volkanovsksi has emerged as a new contender and will battle former kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 237. Perhaps the biggest news in the division is that Holloway will be heading to lightweight and is set to challenge Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236 in April. Hearing the news surprised Ortega because he presumed Holloway would continue defending his title as a 145-pound fighters. The future of division is now cloudy at best.