I’ll never watch that game again: Green

first_imgGreen’s 50th and final match for the Storm ended in heartbreak with Melbourne conceding a late converted try to fall two points short of their second premiership in five seasons. The 30-year-old didn’t have a lot of time to mull over the disappointment, packing up his belongings for Sydney’s northern beaches after inking a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles.Following stints with the Eels, Sharks, Bulldogs and Storm – plus time with Hull KR and Wigan in the English Super League – Green is looking forward to the challenge ahead as he and his new teammates look to make amends after missing the finals in 2016.”It was hard. I’ll probably never watch the game again. It’s not something I’ve really looked back on, to be honest,” Green said of the grand final loss. “I came up to Sydney about two weeks after the game, packed all my stuff up and moved straight to Manly. My family and I had a month to ourselves over here before I started training. “It wasn’t an ideal situation for us and it didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. We had a really successful time down there in the two years I was there. We were deep into the finals [in 2015] and then got into the GF last year.”I guess I didn’t have anyone to bounce off…but after I stopped feeling sorry for myself, it probably got a little bit easier because these boys were ripping into training and were a month deep into the pre-season when I turned up. “Results from the previous year were the furthest thing from their mind and they were just worried about working hard and starting again.”  Green’s move north is a reunion of sorts with coach Trent Barrett after the pair played together at the Sharks in 2009. “It was a hell of a lot different to when I was there. I was 21 when Baz was at Cronulla,” Green said. “I learnt a few really importing things about the game from Baz then. I probably didn’t realise how important they were until I got a little bit older. He was one of my favourite players growing up so I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for him.”I guess he was under a fair bit of pressure when he came back to the NRL and played. At Cronulla he was a really big signing and he was going to be a big chance of taking a lot of pressure off the club. Ricky (then Sharks coach Ricky Stuart) brought him to the club to elevate us to new heights. “He’s still the same person, he’s still got the same principles, he’s still a hard worker, and they’re the things that have rubbed off on the group.  “He’s really good for our playing group, he’s got really clear, simple messages, everyone’s under no illusions because he gets his point across. He’s very relaxed, but he’s been getting the best out of the playing group in the pre-season so far.”Barrett’s relaxed demeanour is slightly different to what Green was used to in Melbourne, but the five-eighth was quick to defend Storm coach Craig Bellamy, blaming the networks for always showing him at the most inopportune moments.  “He’s a little bit more relaxed than Craig. Craig’s not as angry as everyone thinks, but he just gets in some bad shots on the TV sometimes.”last_img read more

Stone rock-solid to defend gold medal

first_imgRunning his season’s best time last weekend, recording 47.81 seconds in his 400m race will ring bells that the Central Province man will be no pushover in his pet event.In a chat with Loop PNG, Stone said, “I want to defend (my gold medal) that’s the aim and yes my form is coming back but I have to accept the fact that there are others who are gunning for that too so it’s a challenge that I accept.”With the 400m event a potential 1,2,3 finish for Papua New Guinea with elite 400m runners running good times, Stone knows he has to make up for lost time after an injury plagued season.The national 400m record holder said he has fully recovered from injury and it’s “all good now.”“Nothing really to say but all I can say is I‘ll let my running do the talking and God will decide. I’ll just hope for the best.”Stone is still in Brisbane and expected to arrive in Port Moresby before the opening ceremony.last_img read more

Málaga suspends Victor after a video of the technician’s sexual nature has been disseminated

first_imgVíctor Sánchez del Amo has put in the hands of the police harassment and extortion who is suffering after spreading through social networks orNo supposed video of his sexual nature. Malaga, meanwhile, has decided to suspend him from his duties until the investigation is completed.The coach of Malaga has issued a statement on their social networks informing the fact and reminding users that it is a crime typified by article 197 of the Criminal Code to disseminate personal content without consent. The statement of Víctor Sánchez de Almo pray like this: “I want to report that I am being the subject of a crime against my privacy with harassment and extortion. The matter is in the hands of the police and I entrust myself to follow their instructions. I also want to inform that they share or disseminate an intimate content of anyone without consent it is also a crime, either through social networks or messages or in any other way as established in article 197 of the Criminal Code with penalties for those who disseminate personnel without the consent of the affected person. Thank you for your understanding and support “. The malaguista team does not play this weekend since it was eliminated in Copa del Rey by the Broom (2-0). The next meeting of Malaga is Tuesday, January 14 before the Ponferradina (20:00 hours) and for now, Victor will not be on the bench The Rose Garden.last_img read more

Florenzi-Valencia Agreement

first_imgThe project that fascinates him the most is that of Valencia, with which he already has a total agreement. Now we need to find the two clubs: the entity that has proposed a transfer with option to buy (12 million euros), which would become mandatory only in case of qualification to the next Champions.The player and Roma, however, want to separate definitively and seek a transfer: this afternoon the agent of the footballer has met with the Giallorossa board to approach positions, and from the Italian capital filters optimism so that the operation comes to fruition. Having lost Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, Rome could say goodbye these days to another captain. Alessandro Florenzi has decided to change teams. The side, disappointed with the relationship with coach Paulo Fonseca (who did not grant him a minute in the derby on Sunday), is looking for a new adventure where he has more space to not lose his place in the Nazionale for the next Eurocup.last_img read more

Godín: “I traveled with the permission of the club and the doctors”

first_imgDiego Godín arrived yesterday in Uruguay. He traveled from Milan, after leaving Lombardy, one of the regions most affected by the coronavirus. He and other foreign Inter players such as Lukaku, Brozovic, Moses, Young, Handanovic and Eriksen have done so after having been quarantined at home. They have not tested positive for the coronavirus and received permission to leave Italy and reunite with their families while the future of Serie A is clarified. “I want to tell you that I have passed the preventive quarantine in Italy, with the authorization of the club and the team doctors, I have also been able to go home and I am already in Uruguay,” said the defender. “Although I am not positive for Covid-19, now I have to do preventive quarantine also here in Uruguay, I recommend staying at home and, for those who have to quarantine, strictly comply with it because it is the only way to stop this pandemic. We must listen to the authorities and the recommendations they are making to us. We put this situation together, “he explained through a video on his social networks.last_img read more

The campaign against the coronavirus of Simeone and Atlético adds to the cinema

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 31, 2020 The ‘We give everything’ campaign that Argentine coach Diego Pablo Simeone and Atlético de Madrid launched to raise funds for the Red Cross activity against the coronavirus in Madrid, is advancing in contributions and is adding personalities to Spanish cinema. This initiative, launched by the rojiblanco coach and his partner, Carla Pereyra, together with the Red Cross and the Atlético de Madrid Foundation on March 20, using the same motto that they used in previous years to organize food collections, “It goes very well” regarding the arrival of economic contributions, as explained to EFE sources close to the technician, who ask “do not loosen”.During the last days, the rojiblanco president Enrique Cerezo, the captains of the first male and female squads, Koke Resurrección and Amanda Sampedro, or the president of the Fundación and former rojiblanco footballer, Adelardo Rodríguez, They have been adding their support through the rojiblanca website, where there is a web link and the account number to make donations.center_img Also the maximum shareholder of the club, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, announced in the letter sent last Friday, in which it communicated the decision to make a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE), that the club would channel its aid against the pandemic through this initiative.“We have decided to channel all the club’s aid to the fight against this pandemic through the #LoDamosTodo campaign, whose entire collection will go to the Red Cross, so that it can meet the needs of the health workers who fight against Covid-19 in the Community of Madrid, which unfortunately is the region most shaken by the coronavirus in Spain “he pointed out.That same Friday, players like the striker Álvaro Morata, the Ghanaian midfielder Thomas partey or the substitute goalkeeper Antonio Adam They starred in a video asking rojiblancos fans to also make a donation to support the Red Cross fight against Covid-19.They were joined from the weekend by personalities from the world of cinema and entertainment such as the humorist José Mota, the music producer Carlos Jean, he ‘Wizard More’, the actor and former president of the Antonio Resines Film Academy, and the actor and director Safe Santiago, with videos in which they show their support for health personnel and ask to make donations to the Red Cross.last_img read more

Laporta will announce before the end of the year whether to stand for the Barça elections

first_imgThe lawyer Joan Laporta, who was president of FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, assured this Wednesday that he will announce “before the end of the year” whether or not he decides to stand for the club’s presidential elections, initially scheduled for the summer of 2021.In a statement to ‘Deportes Cuatro’, Laporta indicated that he maintains the illusion and has “a project for the future.” Although he has proposed not to reveal his plans before the end of the year, he admitted that he is bringing together “a group of people” he trusts, “professionals, with experience” to do so.The lawyer has the desire to experience the last soccer stage of players like Leo Messi. “I am very excited to manage this period, I see myself winning ‘Champions’ and the League”, Laporta pointed out, who joked about it when remembering that in his stage “the madridistas did not win a single one (‘Champions’)”. As for Messi’s future, Laporta said that “he will have no problems” to renew, although he understands that as captain he is upset. “If I were a Barça player, I wouldn’t be very happy either”, he claimed.He specifically referred to the Neymar case. The former president believes that “they were not clear” with the Brazilian. “I would get Neymar back for sure”, said.And for the bench, Laporta also has a candidate. “Xavi? Of course it would be possible. It would be like the natural solution, the time will come when you consider it. He has to decide the moment, “he said.last_img read more

Smith enjoying life in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgHaving coached Wolmer’s Boys standout midfielder Rojay Smith, during his two-year stint at the Heroes Circle-based school, Harbour View FC’s coach Ludlow Bernard remains impressed with the player’s easy transition into the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) set-up. Bernard coached Wolmer’s to the 2012-13 Walker Cup knock-out title and now backs Smith to be a regular Harbour View player. “The transition for him would have been quite significant. I remember in 2012 when he was playing in the Under 17 competition, you would have seen certain limitations, but having been exposed to quality football, both at Wolmer’s Boys and again playing at Harbour View against senior and experienced players, his improvement, I would say, has doubled if not tripled over time,” the Harbour View coach noted during yesterday’s RSPL press briefing held at the sponsor’s head office on Spanish Town Road. GAMES PLAYED Meanwhile, Smith has played a total of eight games so far this season for Harbour View and said he is eyeing a regular starting role “I am playing with more senior players now and I want to reach up to their level, so I have to lift my standard. “When I just started out I was on the bench. Now I am in the starting 11, so progress is there,” said the attacking midfielder. He stressed that the RSPL competition is much more physical than the Manning Cup but he intends to give his best for his team. “I would rank my transition at five out of 10 because there is always room for improvement. I just need to be more attacking and link up more with the forwards. We have a problem scoring goals, so we midfielders need to step up and start scoring more goals for the team,” he pointed out, adding that playing in the RSPL is something he always yearned for.last_img read more

INSPORTS in limbo

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has found itself in a bind as the role of the administrative director, Ian Andrews, particularly as it relates to signing powers, has not been restored – as mandated – by the board of directors, which is led by Don Anderson.As a result, staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.And only last week, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.The issue is long-running, since September last year when Andrews was sent on administrative leave and his signing powers revoked by the board, following appraisal by the Auditor General’s Department.The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), which mediates on behalf of government workers, intervened and cited discrepancies in the removal, noting that it was unconstitutional.It said the decision to send Andrews on administrative leave was not in line with public-sector leave protocol and instructed Andrews to remain in his job as the board acted irrational and without foundation.The JCSA also insisted that Andrews’ signing powers be restored and even warned against the current dilemma facing the Institute, as a result of the administrative director’s signing restrictions.”This goes against proper governance … and will impair the smooth running of operations,” a portion of the letter from the bargaining unit shared.Further, it said because the bank had already accepted on the board’s request to relieve Andrews of signing power, it called on Anderson to make the corrective changes with the bank to restore such privileges.Since then, the Ministry of Finance and the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister have instructed Anderson to restore the signing powers of the administrative director. However, he has refused.The request was first made at a meeting between representatives of government ministries, the INSPORTS board and Andrews.In a letter to Anderson dated November 9, 2015, Alison McLean, chief technical director, Ministry of Finance, called for the expedition of the removal of the administrative leave and that “any consequential arrangements that were predicated on that instruction be rescinded from the date of the correspondence as agreed in the October 6, 2015 meeting”.A second letter to Anderson, dated November 18, 2015, from Elaine Foster-Allen, permanent secretary attached to the OPM, instructed: “Following our conversation this morning (Foster-Allen-Anderson), I write to confirm that the directives issued in relation to the administrative leave of administrative director Ian Andrews, which has been withdrawn, also indicated that his authority to sign on behalf of the Institute of Sports has been restored.”Please be kind enough to indicate that this has been done.”When The Gleaner asked Anderson about his refusal to follow the directives, he gave no clear answer.”That is a redundant question (why Andrews’ signing power is not restored). When you spoke to me last week I told you exactly what the position was … The thing about it is that I have answered this question already, unless you are trying to stoke up something else,” he said.”Talk to me in a few days time and all will be clear, hopefully. But I have to be sensible about my response, so later on we will talk,” he promised.last_img read more

Bravo backs Sammy

first_imgDELHI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spoken out in support of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy, who faces possible disciplinary action for publicly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the regional team won the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.Bravo says he and the rest of the champion West Indies T20 side are in full support of Sammy, who hit out at the WICB for its lack of support to the players.”The most unprofessional board”In an exclusive Skype interview from India with Trinidad and Tobago’s CNC3 television yesterday, Bravo described the WICB as “the most unprofessional board” in the world.”The players feel hurt, and the time has come where we cannot take it anymore, and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have the interest of West Indies cricket at heart,” Bravo said.Sammy faces possible disciplinary action after a statement from the WICB described his comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation.”I was not surprised by Sammy’s speech. I think we had enough as players. A lot of people don’t understand what we go through as players dealing with our board,” said Bravo.”It is the most unprofessional board in the world, and I think Sammy spoke from his heart.”last_img read more