Peter Sterling appointed to Blues coaching role

Peter Sterling appointed to Blues coaching role

first_imgThe Maroons have won ten out of the last eleven series as pressure mounts on Daley and his staff.terling replaces Immortal Bob Fulton who filled the role under Daley, Ricky Stuart and Craig Bellamy.The former Eels, New South Wales and Kangaroos halfback has high hopes for the side.”I feel like I have been asked to step into a situation that is on the verge of something extremely special with the group Laurie has assembled and the decisions he has made during his tenure,” Sterling said.”I am really excited to be involved in something that is a very special part of the game.”Daley said he was thrilled to have someone of Sterlng’s knowledge on board.”I couldn’t be happier that Sterlo was not only available, but really excited about the opportunity,” Daley said.”He will bring so much to our squad that is aligned with the culture and team values we aspire to.”His knowledge of the game is without peer.”last_img read more

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Hampton ‘starstruck’ by Thurston meeting

first_imgFollowing his Four Nations campaign with the Kangaroos, Thurston returned to Cowboys training last week where he met new recruits such as Hampton and former Bronco Carlin Anderson before getting down to work.Born in Wagga Wagga, Hampton played much of his junior football in Mareeba in North Queensland before moving to Melbourne to link with the Storm as a teenager.He spent seven seasons in the company of the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk but despite playing against Thurston on two occasions was admittedly nervous prior to their first meeting.”I feel pretty comfortable approaching him now where when he first did arrive I was a little bit starstruck to be honest,” Hampton said.”I grew up watching him and I’ve watched a lot of him over the years of how he plays and how he holds himself off the field as well. “There are a few of the greats down in Melbourne as well – Slater, Smith, Cronk, [Jesse] Bromwich – so I’m not sure whether it’s because I went down there at such a young age, getting to know those boys over the years and how comfortable you end up with them.”They’re friends now and will be forever but the reputation that ‘JT’ has both on and off the field and how great of a player and person he is, it was a little bit daunting for me to first meet him.”I’ve played against him a few times but I’ve never actually met him until last week. It was a bit daunting but a week and a half in now really happy being involved with him and excited to learn from him in the coming weeks and into the future.”A half coming through the junior ranks, Hampton became a jack of all trades in his past two seasons at Melbourne, playing fullback, centre, five-eighth and halfback as well as hooking and lock forward roles off the bench.It is that utility value that most attracted Cowboys coach Paul Green and why after studying Smith and Cronk at close quarters Hampton has now turned his attention to the four-time Dally M Medal winner.”It does get difficult at times playing in different positions but I’m really enjoying it at the moment,” Hampton said.”I haven’t played heaps at hooker. Here and there when ‘Smithy’ was in the Origin camp and when he needed a rest I’d come on and play maybe 10 minutes every now and again. I did a fair bit of training at hooker and I enjoy playing through the middle and that utility role. “Any time I am in the halves I’m always looking about. I’m always looking at what [Thurston] is doing and he’s always one step ahead.”He trains really, really hard and he’s always on the ball and knows what he’s doing and that’s something that I can definitely improve.”Hampton’s first senior appearance as a Cowboy alongside Thurston will likely come at next weekend’s Downer NRL Auckland Nines where he hopes to press his claims as North Queensland’s No.1 utility option ahead of the likes of Ray Thompson and Josh Chudleigh.”If I do get in that Nines squad – and it’s a totally different game to a 13-on-13 game – but I’m sure that it will be a good chance for me to put into play the new structures that I’ve learnt,” Hampton said.”It will definitely be a good place to start and show ‘Greeny’ that I am keen and eager to push for that utility spot.”last_img read more

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Warburton returns to captain Lions

first_imgWarren Galtand’s tourists face the Super Rugby franchise in Dunedin on the back of tackling the competition’s dominant force, Crusaders, and beating them 12-3 on Saturday.Returning captain Warburton has not played the last two fixtures due to an ankle injury, while Biggar sat out the Crusaders win due to concussion.The skipper is joined by James Haskell and CJ Stander in the back row, while Iain Henderson replaces Maro Itoje at lock from the Lions’ last midweek match – a 22-16 defeat to Blues – to partner Courtney Lawes.TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT | @samwarburton_ returns to lead the Lions against @Highlanders#HIGvBIL info ️https://t.co/cxdkqLbkhj #LionsNZ2017pic.twitter.com/VU7ckFDw6a— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) 11 June 2017Rhys Webb returns at scrum-half, while Ireland’s Jared Payne will start at full-back, with Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Joseph in the centres. Jack Nowell is given another go on the wing despite struggling against the Blues, with Tommy Seymour lining up on the left.The front three of Joe Marler, Rory Best and Kyle Sinckler that started the first game of the tour will do so again on Tuesday.Gatland said: “At this stage of the tour everyone has had a start and as coaches we are happy that all the players have had a chance to put their hand up and perform in the Lions jersey.”Each game is a chance for individuals to shine but more importantly it’s about a collective performance. We are building some momentum and we have improved with every game.”We were obviously pleased with the win against the Crusaders, especially our defence and game management, but we know the Highlanders will be another massive test for us as a squad.”Highlanders will be missing All Blacks Ben Smith and Aaron Smith for the clash, but New Zealand international trio Malakai Fekitoa, Waisake Naholo and Lima Sopoaga will get a look at the Lions.Here’s #YOURLanders to take on the @lionsofficial on Tuesday! #HighlandersANDyou pic.twitter.com/evRc2lXxZY— The Highlanders (@Highlanders) June 11, 2017British and Irish Lions: Jared Payne, Jack Nowell,  Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Tommy Seymour, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson, James Haskell, Sam Warburton, CJ Stander.Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Dan Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Greig Laidlaw, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly.Highlanders: Richard Buckman, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington; Daniel Lienert-Brown, Liam Coltman, Siate Tokolahi, Alex Ainley, Jackson Hemopo, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock.Replacements: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Josh Dickson, Jimmy Lentjes, Josh Renton, Marty Banks, Patrick Osborne.last_img read more

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Isaac the most talented in Lucas family, says Kerevi

first_imgLucas, who turned 20 earlier this month, write a new chapter in his family’s already storied rugby history on Friday if he makes his debut off the bench against the Highlanders in Dunedin.The younger brother of Brumby Matt, former Reds scrumhalf Ben and Sevens player Tom, Isaac has been hailed as the most naturally gifted by Kerevi.”It’s exciting for the Queensland fans to have those new boys, especially the young guys in Fraser (McReight) and (Isaac) Lucas on the bench,” Kerevi said after the Reds completed their captain’s run in Deunedin on Thursday.”Obviously his brothers have come through and he’s the fourth brother and I’ve always said he’s probably the best.”He’s been training the house down.”Lucas made the most of his opportunities in the Reds trials, changing the tempo when he came on in the second half against the Chiefs at Ballymore and catching the eye of coach Brad Thorn.”You’ve got young Isaac Lucas there, the Lucas family, four from four talented footballers,” Thorn said.”He’s shown some wares and it was encouraging seeing those guys make the most of their opportunities.”Whether he gets a chance on Friday is up in the air, with Thorn likely to provide halves Moses Sorovi and Hamish Stewart with every opportunity as the Reds bid to seal a first win in almost three years against a New Zealand opponent.Wallabies stalwart Kerevi will make his debut as Reds captain as the team runs out in a Maroon strip.”I’ve said before it’s always been an honour for me to represent Queensland and to captain the side is an even bigger honour,” he said.”I think it’s really important to pay homage top the past.”Maroon has always been the Queensland colour and for us to be able to represent that week-in, week-out is enticing for us and for the fans.”I know the fans really love us wearing that jersey and it instils a lot of pride and a lot of history.”last_img read more

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Lewas remain focused

first_imgSo far at the International Cricket Council Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific in Samoa, the Lewas remain unbeaten.The Lewas started it off with a 6 wicket won over hosts Samoa on Friday followed by a 5 wicket win yesterday against Japan.”We don’t want to be too confident, that’s what I tell my players, and I’ll probably tell them again tonight (yesterday) when we have our meeting. But so far, so good.”I’ll take the wins as they come and I’m really happy for the girls,” said Maha.last_img read more

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“In Saudi Arabia it is a crime to be homosexual or feminist”

first_img“Why has Amnesty International turned to denouncing the celebration of the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia?”—The celebration of sporting events in countries where there are serious human rights violations tends to aggravate those violations. I remember the World Cup in Argentina and the enormous repression there was. Or the China Games, in 2008. They made promises that it was going to be an opening, it wasn’t like that … You can’t make an abstraction of playing a football game without knowing where it is. The Saudis do not deserve it. It is necessary that the suffering of the Saudis be known outside of Saudi Arabia.—You wanted to see Luis Rubiales and sent him a letter. He said he answered it and you, no. What happened?“The fact is that Rubiales lied.” We sent him on October 11 a letter asking for an interview. It is not enough just for women to go to the stadium. That is a curtain that covers the same women who fought there for rights, such as driving or freeing themselves from male guardianship, are imprisoned. Rubiales talks about women’s football, has a corporate social responsibility committee … But can’t we sit down and talk about human rights? He never answered us.“Can it be extracted that it is a purely economic decision?”-Fundamentally. Like all events held in places where there are very serious violations of human rights. Rubiales talks about the Equality Super Cup, but how can you talk about that in a country that uses decapitation as the death penalty. In 2018, they executed 149 people. You cannot do abstraction from this.– It will be, by the way, an event practically without Spanish fans …– At the presentation of the Super Cup was the Saudi sports minister and the ambassador. They use sporting events to invite foreign investment. They came and said that everyone is invited to travel to Saudi Arabia. If you go, you have to stick to their laws. It is an arbitrary regime. Any decision made by a police officer, for example, cannot be reviewed.–What will those traveling find?“I will tell you what you will not see, but that it is there.” They will arrive, first, at a country at war with the Yemeni rebels and to which Spain has sold weapons worth € 1 million a day since 2015. That country at war also bombs civilian targets, such as markets and hospitals. It is a country where women activists protesting some of the current conquests of Saudi women, such as being able to have a passport, are in jail. Many of them have suffered abuse there. It is a country, Saudi Arabia, where it is difficult to find more human rights violations inside or outside its borders. – What could happen to a player of the four teams that play the Super Cup that had declared himself publicly gay?—A few months ago, in a promotional video from the state security agency, Saudi Arabia described homosexuality, feminism and atheism of extremist ideas. They did it the same day that the Saudi prince and Minister of Sports spoke of the opening of his country. The same day. Talking about equality between men and women, saying that you are an atheist or that you are homosexual, are criminal acts … And they use corporal punishment. A blogger questioned Islam six years ago and was punished with a thousand lashes. He is still in jail and during the Supercopa, he is eight years of imprisonment.“So, could a gay footballer be arrested?”-Could. Another thing is whether they do it or not, because they are a dictatorial regime.“Isn’t it shocking that the women’s Super Cup does not contemplate taking her, for now, to Saudi Arabia?”– It must be said that many players, including the National Team, have expressed their opposition. They do not want to go. We are waiting for Spanish soccer players to join. Playing football does not inhibit you from having an expression about human rights. It’s easy, we just want the Federation, clubs and soccer players to join the campaign for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. It is about giving your opinion about something that humanity resolved seventy years ago with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, nothing more. The Equality Super Cup will not be such if you do not make an effort to do so and it is not enough just for women to go to the stadium. There were also many people in ’78 to see Kempes score goals, but underneath there was a huge repression.“Are protests expected from activists on Saudi soil?”– Saudi Arabia is so repressive that in the last four years it has ended all independent activists. They are in jail or on probation. There is no independent press, there is no political opposition … Who will protest in that context? There cannot even be an organized germ in defense of human rights. If someone is going to protest during the Super Cup, life is played …last_img read more

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Fever decreases lions

first_imgThe rojiblanco coach, Gariz Gaizka, had as safe casualties the operated De Marcos and the injured in the hip, Aritz Aduriz, with the possibility that Iker Muniain Reappear from your biceps femoris injury with a few minute dispute. But, due to illness, you can fall some more.At the moment the caution is maintained to see the evolution of those affected until the moments before the appointment of Sestao. Balenziaga it was one of them during the week while Unai Núñez He did not train yesterday. The fever that affects some lions in the last hours delays the officialization of the call for the match this afternoon (7 pm) between Sestao River and Athletic at the Las Llanas stadium.last_img read more

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João Félix seeks to recover the forgotten goal in the Copa del Rey

first_imgJoão Felix it came out of Ipurua as usual in recent weeks, replaced before the end and with the somewhat crooked gesture. To Portuguese, more or less successful in Eibar, things still do not go as expected and tonight in Lion You will have a new opportunity. The forward has only four goals, two in League and two in Champions and before the Cultural It will be one of the references of the rojiblanco attack. He will not rest. It will not be a simple game against an opponent that will not let him breathe. But it is not something that shrinks João Félix. Yes it is that since returning from the sprain that slowed him in the fall, he has played eleven games and only two completed them. It is one of the typical changes of Simeone. In this section he has only celebrated the goal Lokomotiv, of penalty. The Cup is a real goal for Atlético and that’s why João will pull the car in the Kingdom of LeónFelipe will play his 19th game in a rowWho has become indispensable for Simeone to the point of not resting in the Cup is Felipe. Since he entered the eleven before the Valencia He hasn’t missed a single minute. He has completed 18 games in a row (1,650 minutes) and tonight he will repeat with Beautiful.last_img read more

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Roger Federer suffers the unspeakable to win John Millman and move to eighth of the Australian Open

first_imgThe Swiss stayed two points behind, but won the last gameHis rival in the next phase will be Hungarian Marton Fucsovics The Swiss Roger Federer was only two points behind the loss but went to the knockout stages of the Australian Open with a win over local John Millman (6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6 -7). Photo: EFEcenter_img The continuity of the Swiss in the tournament hung by a thread during the five sets that made up the most vibrant match to date in Melbourne Park.However, the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in history (20) did not let this time the local Millman gave him a sentence in a ‘major’ competition after the Australian became his executioner in the 2018 US Open.The tennis player of Basel reached with the victory over the Australian his victory number one hundred in Melbourne Park, figure that premiered with his victory over the American and world number one Michael Chang in the first round of the 2000 edition.Regarding his next crossing, the Swiss won the two times he faced Hungarian Marton Fucsovics: the first one in Australia in 2018 and the most recent in Dubai in 2019.last_img read more

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Why do some people use Whatsapp for the shopping list? What are the advantages?

first_imgWhatsApp is one of the most used applications by people of all agesIt allows us to be in touch with our loved ones from anywhere One of the applications most used by people of all ages is WhatsApp. This instant messaging application allows us to be in touch with our loved ones from any corner and at any time of the day. With this app we can send messages, audio notes or even make video calls, but there are people who go further and use it even to make the shopping list. The shopping list is a resource that has been used for years. With it, we can go to the supermarket without fear of forgetting anything and without buying more than we need. Although we generally associate the shopping list with a paper in which we write by hand all the products we need in our home, it is not uncommon to think of people who use the mobile to create it. The mobile is already a must in our day to day and having the shopping list on it, assures us of not forgetting to take the list to the supermarket. Using WhatsApp to write down the products we need may seem strange, but if we stop to think about it it is really convenient and practical. The trick to use WhatsApp as a shopping listWhatsapp is an application that we use every day and to which we are accustomed. Everyone knows how to use the application and in most cases we have it very well located on our mobile. In addition, by always carrying the phone, if we remember something we need for home, we can write it at any time and place. Using WhatsApp as a shopping list is really the easiest. You just have to create a chat group, include some of our contacts and then eject it and get a complete chat for us, where to write all the products we need for home.center_img Image: iStocklast_img read more

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