Manly greats set to retire

first_imgThe Sea Eagles are working closely with the NRL, the RLPA, and the players’ respective managers George Mimis (Stewart) and Gavin Orr (Matai) to give the players a dignified and respectful exit from their brilliant careers.Both players have been unable to train in preparation for the 2017 NRL season as a result of surgery at the end of 2016 and the inability to receive medical clearance to train.Manly Sea Eagles are working with the management of both players to give them the farewell they deserve in front of their thousands of adoring fans at Lottoland.last_img

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Dwayne Smith stars for Lions again

first_imgPUNE, India (CMC): Dashing West Indies opener Dwayne Smith stroked a high-class half-century in a Man-of-the-Match performance to help leaders Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by three wickets off the last ball in their Indian Premier League contest here yesterday. Set an imposing 196 for victory at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Lions scrambled the nine runs needed from the last over to pull off their sixth win in seven outings to move four points clear at the top of the standings on 12 points. Smith pioneered the run chase with a superb 63 from 37 balls to record his second half-century in three days and extend his rich vein of form. The Barbadian right-hander counted nine fours and a six and put on 93 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, whose 43 came from 22 balls and included five fours and two sixes. Captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 34 from 28 balls while wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik hit 33 from 20 deliveries. Australian stroke-maker Steve Smith had earlier pummelled his maiden T20 hundred to help fire Supergiants to 195 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. The classy right-hander carved out 101 off 54 deliveries with eight fours and five sixes, adding 111 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane, who made 53 off 45 balls and a further 64 for the second wicket with captain MS Dhoni, who slammed an unbeaten 30 from 18 balls. West Indies medium pacer Dwayne Bravo accounted for Smith in the final over to finish with one for 40 from his four overs.last_img read more

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VE Brandl Pee Wee B Flyers 4-0 on Season

first_imgThe VE Brandl Pee Wee B Flyers, with a strong team effort, beat High Prairie 5-4 and Beaverlodge 5-3 on the weekend to go to 4-0 in All Peace Action.  Ricky Bateman led the way with 5 goals and an assist, Alex Hartman contributed with 1 goal and 5 assists, Jarod Lang had 3 goals, and Bryson Eklund scored once. Logan Edwards and Lane Delfs shared the net minding and both goalies were instrumental in the wins. The Flyers next game will be played at the North Peace Rec Center on Saturday, November 22nd, at 11:30 am. – Advertisement –last_img

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MacArthur Park quiet despite rumors of rally

first_imgAbout 30 Los Angeles police officers milled around a quiet and tranquil MacArthur Park on Saturday, watching soccer games, picnickers and strolling couples – but scant protesters. More than 100 people at the park enjoyed sunny and warm skies despite a threat from some anarchist group members to stage a “Retake The Park” rally there. Police said one known activist was in the park with a bullhorn, but no disturbances were reported. The peaceful day in the park unfolded as the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League released letters blasting state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez and City Councilman Herb Wesson for their criticism of police tactics during the May Day rally, when police opened fire with rubber bullets and clubbed members of a largely peaceful crowd protesting immigration laws. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Union President Robert Baker singled out Nu ez for telling reporters that police officers had “wanted to do some target practice on some of the immigrants that were marching.” “Your words were dangerous and unethical,” Baker chided in a letter released Saturday. “Fomenting crowds to distrust the LAPD encourages more of the kind of violence that already plagues your district.” Baker also called on Wesson to apologize for comparing Tuesday’s police tactics to Mississippi in the 1960s. last_img read more

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Irvine warns West Brom fans not to expect any new arrivals in January

first_img Alan Irvine 1 West Brom boss Alan Irvine is not expecting to be active during the January transfer window.The Baggies currently lie 15th in the Premier League and there have been a number of reports linking them with potential transfer targets.However, Irvine has now revealed that West Brom do not plan to be overly active – unless players leave the club.“Unless people come in and make offers for players I don’t think that will happen,” said Irvine.“The structure is different here so I’m not going to be involved in doing too much as far as January is concerned.“I don’t think there will be an awful lot of activity in January but there can be a domino effect and one move can trigger off other moves.”last_img

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‘I wasn’t good enough to play for Wigan,’ says Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Road to Wigan: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he “wasn’t good enough” to play for Wigan © AFP/File / SEBASTIEN BOZONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Pep Guardiola will finally step out at Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium in Manchester City’s fifth-round FA Cup tie with the third-tier side on Monday — 13 years after he almost joined the Lancashire club as a player.The Spanish midfielder was looking to extend his playing career, as a 34-year-old, in 2005 and contacted a number of Premier League clubs — including Wigan, then managed by Paul Jewell. Barcelona legend Guardiola also held talks with City’s manager at the time, Stuart Pearce, but eventually accepted a more lucrative offer in Qatar before eventually moving to a Mexican club.Now, as manager of a City team that is still aiming for silverware in four major competitions this season, Guardiola will experience a little of what he turned down in Wigan.“Yeah, it was years ago,” said Guardiola. “But I was not good enough! That is the truth, yeah.“I was old, really old, as a football player to come here. I tried to come here to play in English football but I was not able. The same happened when I came here to Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce. They were so clever!,” he added.“They were so clever because I was not good enough! Wigan were interested in me, I didn’t choose the club. It didn’t happen and that’s all.”Jewell recalled the episode differently, claiming in a recent interview he had made Guardiola an offer and expected him to sign, only to receive a phone call from the player’s agent to say he had received a “mind-blowing” proposal from Qatar.Wigan, of course, have fallen on hard times since that era and the heights of the 2013 FA Cup Final when they famously defeated City, then managed by Roberto Mancini.Relegated that same season, Wigan now find themselves in League One although they have already claimed the scalps of Premier League sides Bournemouth and West Ham in their FA Cup run this season.– Bravo for Claudio –Despite the threat posed by Wigan, however, Guardiola is adamant that back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will remain his first choice for domestic cup competitions.And that guarantee seems to assure the Chilean of starting for City in this coming Sunday’s League Cup Final meeting with Arsenal — Premier League leaders City’s first opportunity to secure one of the four trophies they are currently chasing.“He’s going to play, Claudio,” said Guardiola. “We are in the Carabao (League) Cup Final thanks to him. So I cannot forget what happened, he saved two rounds of penalties, and the way he played — the safest, in the Carabao Cup.“That is the decision this season. The other (competitions), we will see. The goalkeeper’s a different position to the other 10 team mates but, you know, it all depends on the performance and the quality but in this competition Claudio is going to play.”The 34-year-old Chilean lost his first team place last summer when Guardiola signed young Brazilian Ederson, who has been in inspired form this season.Bravo has not started a single Premier League game in the current campaign although his manager insists his selection as ‘cup keeper’ is not simply in order to keep him satisfied.“I don’t do that to keep him happy,” said Guardiola. “It’s because in the top clubs we need two good goalkeepers so you cannot survive with just one goalkeeper — if he is injured, suspended, something like that and the other one doesn’t have the level.“So all the big clubs who play a lot of competitions have two good goalkeepers and we have.“His reaction has been perfect. I know for the players, not just Claudio, when they don’t play regularly it’s not an easy situation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Kenyan junior Ndambuki shines in Moscow

first_imgNdambuki’s all-round performance saw him not only receive massive praises from his team-mates but also equal measure of approval gestures from the sizeable developmental scouts who graced the finals, referring to the Makadara Junior League academy prodigy as a talent in the making.“I will most definitely want to monitor Jadidi’s (Ndambuki) career path in the coming couple of years,” Ramiro Van de Laar from the Ajax Football academy in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, remarked.In the pre-world Cup tournament put together by Gazprom, the official partners of FIFA and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the organisers have also taken it upon themselves to mentor the youngster by forwarding his name to be one of the young coaches in the next edition.Jadidi Ndambuki in action during the Football For Friendship in Russia, Komodo Dragons lost 2-1 to Chimpazee. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Sometimes it’s not easy getting kids who speak different languages coming together to not only make formidable friendship but also gel so well, Jadidi (Ndambuki) was one of the standouts in the team performance and also being a team player-one of the core values of the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children’s Social Project,” Yana  Pavelnko, one of the educators spoke passionately about the Kenyan ambassador who got the opportunity to participate in the International Team of Friendship in the European City.The star of young Ndambuki, was not about to be dimmed, he got the once in a lifetime chance to fly the country’s flag at the Luzhinki stadium together with a few selected kids from different parts of the globe last Thursday before the 2018 World Cup kicked-off in a match the hosts Russia treated the packed to the brim spectators to a sumptuous 5-0 hiding over perennial whipping boys Saudi Arabia.“This is not what I envisioned when I was selected to be part of this project.  As far as my career is concerned, I believe this is only the beginning,” Ndambuki said.Jadidi Ndambuki lines up with his team-mates before the final match of the Football For Friendship in Russia, Komodo Dragons lost 2-1 to Chimpazee. Photo/AMOS ABUGAHaving made amazing friends from all over the world is another win for me, this are the moments you cherish,” Ndambuki, who was also given the official World Cup football as a souvenir, recollected.For developmental coach Stanley Achima, one of the founders of Makadara Junior League academy, he credits the rise of the Parkland’s Baptist school’s career growth to great discipline.“It is fair to say, he is not the best talent wise in the academy, but what makes him standout is his discipline and sheer hard work, many upcoming talents forget the discipline part, which is essential for career make or break,” Achima stated.-Kenyan Ambassador to Russia-Acting Kenya Ambassador to Moscow poses with coach Stanely Achima and and young journalist Myles Muriuki at the consular offices in Moscow. Photo/AMOS ABUGAPerhaps a pep talk to the acting Kenyan ambassador to Russia, Hillary Kyengo when the Kenyan delegation paid him a visit at the consular headquarters was itself a propeller in getting the good results.“Football in the country depends on how much investment we put in this juniors, I believe Kenya can qualify to the World Cup if a lot of emphasis is put in nurturing talents, I am so proud of your achievements,” lauded …when he hosted the team to a Kenyan delicacy at the embassy.The F4F aim was to bring together youngsters from 211 countries to play football while upholding the values of friendship, equality, peace and respect.The format of the tournament features 32 International Teams of Friendship, each named after endangered animals, and comprising players aged 12 and coached by teenagers from 14 to 16.Teams were made up of footballers from different countries, genres and physical abilities.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jadidi Ndambuki (C) fly the Kenya flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, June 20 – The completion of the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship tournament in Moscow, Russia might have just heralded the start of a budding football career for 12-year-old Kenyan Jadidi Ndambuki.The attacking midfielder surpassed expectations to lead his side to the finals of the juniors competition scoring a hat-trick and providing two assists  as the Komodo  Dragons  comprising of kids from  Brazil, Wales, Dominican Republic, Guinea Bissau and Philippines lost 2-1 to the Chimpanzees in the finals staged at the Lokomotiv Stadium.last_img read more

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Auto racers encourage youths on career goals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Surrounded by the revving of engines and smell of exhaust at the Pomona Raceway, students learned there is more to a career in motorsports than being behind the wheel. Sponsored by the National Hot Rod Association and the U.S. Army, thousands of Southern California students spent Friday at the the track through the Youth & Education Services program. Speakers talked about behind-the-scenes careers in the motorsports industry. “How about working on the race car, painting the race car or designing the race car?” suggested George Phillips, NHRA’s competition director for the junior drag-racing league. Top fuel driver Tony Schumacher shared the experience of driving a dragster that goes upward of 300 mph. It’s important to trust the people who design the vehicle and the safety mechanisms, he said. Diamond Bar High School senior Dustin Seetoo, 18, said he’s never seen an auto race before. “It’s pretty cool. But it’s boring after a while,” Seetoo said. Phillips said the Army can provide training for various careers. “College is a good opportunity, trade school is a good opportunity and so is the military,” he said. – Esther Choulast_img read more

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Agency may lease `Taj Mahal’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Irrespective of the sins of the past, it is incumbent upon MTA to engage in rational decisions on their space utilization now,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “If they do indeed find themselves with available space, we would think, as taxpayer advocates, to consolidate their operations and sublease space is a good thing.” The MTA hopes to have a study on the issue completed by September. These days, the building houses 1,600 employees, compared with the 1,800 who worked there when it opened behind Union Station in 1995. But the MTA warns that consolidation might not be worth it, since it would cost as much as $400 per employee to relocate computers, phone lines and other office equipment. Downtown commercial real estate broker Mark Tarczynski said office buildings are commanding $16 to $22 a square foot – about $500,000 for a 22,000-square-foot floor of a high-rise. The MTA’s grandiose headquarters building – often dubbed “the Taj Mahal” – isn’t as busy or crowded as it used to be. Gone are the subway contractors who built the Metro Red Line. Missing are the employees whose jobs have been lost to budget cuts or reassigned to local offices in the community. Now, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering whether it could make money by leasing out empty floors of the 26-story office building. “We’re looking at what we can do to re-stack the building,” said MTA chief Roger Snoble. “If there’s an opportunity for us to take advantage of it, we’ll take advantage of it. It hasn’t happened yet.” Those who protested when the $145 million tower was built a decade ago – with Italian granite, imported tile and a massive board room – said the MTA has a chance to right its wrongs. “It’s great because it’s in the hub of mass transit. If someone’s commuting in from Orange County or Riverside, they can just take the train and, bingo, they’re there,” said Tarczynski, senior vice president of CBREs downtown urban redevelopment group. Meanwhile, the Exposition Construction Authority, which is building the MTA’s Exposition Line, recently rented downtown office space for its crew because there wasn’t a full floor available at the MTA, said Rick Thorpe, an executive for both the MTA and the Expo authority. lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Monday, May 8

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Monday’s Sports Bar show.On today’s show, the boys take calls on whether Chelsea are one of the worst teams to win the Premier League, there’s Arsenal v Manchester United reaction, back pages, the Swap Shop and MORE!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

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