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Seymour wants more attack

first_imgThe Lions scored all their points with the boot when they out-muscled the Crusaders 12-3 on Saturday, the impressive display following two lacklustre tour outings in which the visitors combined for just two tries.Seymour, however, is confident that a contest against an expansive Highlanders side combined with the gradual improvement of the touring party will enable the Lions to finally start putting more points on the board ahead of the All Blacks tests.”We would be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit disappointed that we hadn’t crossed the whitewash a few more times,” the 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors wing told reporters in Dunedin.”It is only so long you want to go creating those opportunities and not finishing them off, you can only be pleased for so long about creating them. It is no good having them and not converting,” he added.”But it’s a lot easier to go finishing off those final passes, than it is to go from creating nothing.”Seymour starts in the back three with Jack Nowell and Jared Payne against the 2015 Super Rugby champions after coach Warren Gatland opted for an entirely new starting lineup, and the Scot is looking forward to facing All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo.”That’s the theme for this trip, there is a lot of talent in the back three over here and certainly Naholo fits right into that,” he added.”He is a fantastic player and a very tricky opponent but one we are looking forward to.”These are the challenges both as a team and individually that we knew we were going to face and it’s an exciting opportunity for myself and us as a backline to try to go out and hopefully get the better of them.”Following the Highlanders match, the Lions have two more tour games prior to the first of three tests against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 24. Photo by: DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES (Tommy Seymour in action against the New Zealand Barbarians in the first match of the British and Irish Lions tour)last_img read more

Cordner’s selfless act to own loss

first_imgWith speculation growing louder that this will be Laurie Daley’s final series as coach of New South Wales, the question was put to him as to whose shoulders the responsibility for the loss should fall on.As Daley moved to defend the 17-man playing group that he had shepherded through this Holden State of Origin Series by accepting the entirety of the blame himself, Cordner spoke up for the first time in the post-match press conference to stand in front of the bullet.Magnanimous in defeat with a speech during the on-field presentation that oozed class that an entire state should get behind, Cordner refused to allow Daley to be held responsible for a fourth series defeat in five years in charge.”I’ll step in there. I reckon it’s the players,” said Cordner, who is generally much more comfortable running tough lines against monster back-rowers than he is in front of a microphone.”All we have to worry about is turning up and training. We’ve got a game-plan and a structure to stick to and Laurie and the coaching staff have been nothing but great every time I’ve been wearing a Blue jersey, especially this series.”We had the same team all the way through the series and we prepared really well every game, especially this game because our training this time we didn’t have to learn anything new because we had the same players.”It falls back on myself being the captain and the playing group as well.”We played really well Game One and most of Game Two; it was really disappointing how that ended. We come up here tonight and we didn’t start the game off how we planned.”That doesn’t come back on the coaches, that’s the players. I’ll put my hand up there.”‌If Daley does step aside, when the dust settles the next coach in line need look no further than Cordner for the embodiment of the players they will need to break a Queensland stranglehold that has been loosened only once in the past 12 years.It’s an extraordinary period of dominance in a rivalry that had never seen a team dominate for more than three years in a row for the first 25 years, and given the confidence the young Maroons will take from this year that dominance shows no signs of abating.Queensland has developed this superiority on a selection policy not of picking the best individuals but the best teammates.They want to know that when a game is in the balance and they are struggling to gain the ascendancy the 16 other players in the squad will fight just as hard as they will to turn the tide.You can never question the effort of any player that graces the Origin arena but if it is not done as a collective it can be very easily misdirected and energy soon degenerates into panic.Players such as Jake Trbojevic, Josh Jackson, Wade Graham and Jack Bird will be willing allies to Cordner for the next five years at least and can develop a dependability that will stand up in the harsh glare of Origin’s spotlight.The challenge for the New South Wales coach in 2018 will be finding the formula for the right players to put around them.last_img read more

Flying Fijians challenged to reach new level

first_imgThe Flying Fijians won their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title in July and secured the Oceania One berth for the 2019 World Cup, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.The ninth-ranked Fijians also chalked up major victories on home soil against Six Nations duo Italy and Scotland but McKee is wanting to see that form replicated on the road.”We set ourselves a good high benchmark across those tests earlier in the year but the important thing now is to step up to another level in November,” he said.”Our medium-term to long-term ambition is our Rugby World Cup campaign and to be successful in 2019 we have to improve on each assembly we have and make the most of all the time we have together.”Fiji open their tour against 14th-ranked Italy in Catania before taking on Ireland in Dublin and closing out their tour against Canada in Montpellier.”For us I think it’s very good for us to start against Italy,” said McKee.”We know they’ll be a big challenge to play them in Italy – they’ll be a tough opposition for us there and they’ll be hurting a little bit, coming off our close win in Suva earlier in the year.”I think for our players they can approach the November tour with some confidence, knowing that we’ve been successful against Italy earlier in the year, that we can really take them on in that first game and I’s hope that with our pre-tour camp and our preparation for the Italian game, with a successful performance there we can carry some momentum towards Ireland.”We want to test ourselves against the best and in the past 12 months Ireland have beaten both the top two teams in New Zealand and England, so Ireland are going to be a true measure of how our progress is going.” Photo: Supplied Flying Fijians rugby coach John McKeelast_img read more

Koke is still on the sidelines and it seems difficult to play against Levante

first_imgNor did Lemar exercise, who also continues to recover from the injury he has suffered this week. French has “An injury to the hamstring musculature of the right thigh” and is ruled out to be measured in the Levant. For his part, Trippier did work in the gym. Atlético will return to work tomorrow Thursday with a view to preparing the first league clash of the year. Atlético has trained this afternoon in Majadahonda in the first training of 2020. The rojiblanco team continues to prepare this weekend’s match against Levante (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.) and Simeone still cannot count on one of its important players. Koke continues to recover from the injury which prevented him from being in the last league match against Betis. And it seems complicated that he could be against Levante, so his contest would already be in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. Koke suffers a “elongation in the hamstring musculature of the right thigh”. last_img read more

Pacheta: “From the market I only want players to add and be good people”

first_imgPacheta starts the new year with clear ideas. The coach of Elche CF has assured, in his first public appearance after the holidays, that he continues to ask 2020 for “permanence”, but has warned that “If the team achieves it soon, everyone will be happy and we will quickly change the objective“to start looking, then, to promotion promotion positions to First Division.The technical franjiverde has referred to the winter market, which is already open. The first message he has confirmed is that he doesn’t want to have too many movements in his locker room: “I would not like anyone to leave. I neither want nor desire many signings; only the two positions that are being talked about (central and front) and if there is any more demarcation to cover, for that we have the youth and the subsidiary. “ Pacheta has insisted on three occasions during his speech that he does not want any component of the workforce to come out, with special mention for Tekio, which is intended by Cartagena, leader of Group IV of the Second Division. His stance is firm: “In the second round can happen a thousand stories conditioned by personal or work situations. I don’t want more outings because the team is working well and I want it to stay that way. “The coach of Elche has begun his press conference taking the floor to thank “the samples of love” received after learning of the recent death of his mother. “I want to thank everyone, especially on behalf of my father“, he pointed out. For the staff he has also had words of praise because after being absent in three work sessions he has had”exemplary behavior“.Elche will premiere the year in official competition this Saturday, starting at 8:00 p.m., in front of SD Huesca. The ilicitanos are eighth, with 31 points, just one in the playoff and four of their next opponent. In the first leg, the Oscenses passed over the franjiverdes (2-0), but Pacheta warns that this time “think they are going to run“to the Aragonese team.”In El Alcoraz we did not play a good game, although it is also true that we are now at a different time than the first round“, has said.Claudio Medina is the only casualty confirmed by injury while Nino will be recovered from his injury in the right sole and can play. Footballers who have dragged discomfort as Josan, Iván Sánchez and Juan Cruz They are in perfect condition and everything indicates that they will be in the first game of the year 2020. The doubt in this month of January will be whether the new owner, Christian Bragarnik, will bet on players in his portfolio or leave freedom for Nico Rodríguez’s sports management to move freely in the market. Pacheta has always opted for “the national product”, although this time he has acknowledged that “all I want is good footballers and good people”. “We are in an increasingly globalized world and all I want are good players; if they speak Spanish, better for adaptation,” he said.last_img read more

Nafti, the Mourinho of Second B

first_imgThe Badajoz Sports Club, this Thursday seeks to achieve the pass to the eighth of the Copa del Rey, a feat that he already achieved 18 years ago after eliminating Recreativo. One of the great architects of the good moment that the Badajoz is going through is its technician, Mehdi Nafti The Franco-Tunisian, who arrived at the club in October 2018, is, together with President Joaquín Parra, the leader of a project aimed at the club pacense arrive as soon as possible to the Professional Football League. Those who know Nafti highlight his personality and his total empathy with the players, as he made clear on November 4 with explosive statements in defense of his squad: “They can kill me that I don’t care, but whoever touches a hair of my players tore my head.” There are those who do not hesitate to call him the ‘Mourinho of Second B’. Badajoz is not only one step away from the knockout stages of the Cup final, but is also in fourth position of the Group IV of Second Division B, just three points from Cartagena, who leads the classification and who defeated last week 2-1. Nafti bases his approach on the defensive strength (second least thrashed of his group) and on carrying the weight of the matches. Although the most commonly used tactical scheme is 4-4-2, it also sometimes uses 4-5-1. The good work of Nafti at the head of Badajoz It has already attracted the attention of superior teams. In fact, he was one of the candidates Lugo had to replace Eloy Jiménez.last_img read more

What is the Apocalypse Clock? Why do scientists delay or advance it?

first_imgImage: iStock The Clock of Revelation shows how close the total destruction isOne group of experts is responsible for varying their hands The Apocalypse Clock is a symbolic clock that represents how close the world is to total destruction. The less are the minutes left until midnight, the closer is the end of the world. The hands of this watch move according to the conclusions that a group of experts solve after analyzing the situation in which the world is in each moment.center_img In 1953, the clock hands were only 120 seconds from midnight or the end of the world. This situation was repeated in 2018 and was so far the closest point that the clock was to arrive at 12:00 at night in its 73 years of history. Currently, after analyzing the situation of our planet at the end of 2019, experts advanced the needles 20 seconds more and only 100 seconds left to reach midnightWhen was the Apocalypse Clock created?It was created by experts participating in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947 after World War II.Why was the Apocalypse Clock created? This watch was originally created to show the effects of the nuclear holocaust in the world, but today it also represents the threat of climate change.What is analyzed to advance or delay the clock? The most important aspects that influence the time of the Apocalypse Clock vary are the technologies that affect the climate, cyber technology, biotechnologies and especially nuclear weapons.How many times have the clock hands been adjusted? Throughout its 73 years, the hands of this watch have been adjusted between 2 and 17 minutes, about 20 times.last_img read more

Oyarzun, available to Carrión

first_imgThe last player to extend the contract with the Soria team was Escassi after Higinio. As As has learned, one of the players who have been offered the renewal is Mateu but at the moment there is no agreement Between the parts. The team will work again this Thursday at the Los Pajaritos Stadium in order to prepare for Saturday’s game at La Rosaleda against Málaga.Upcoming matchesThe Numantino team already knows that the twenty-ninth day will be played at Carlos Belmonte on Saturday, February 22 at half past eight in the afternoon. At the moment only the next three meetings of Carrión are known: on Saturday 9 against Malaga at half past eight, a week later in Los Pajaritos you will receive the visit of the UD Las Palmas at six fifteen on Saturday 15.Little by little the sorianos are advancing in the season and yes well the main objective is to achieve permanence as soon as possibleThe Reds know that they are willing to fight for something more important if the opportunity is given. Virtually unnoticed. This has been, so far, the current season for Alain Oyarzun. Inside he played his last game with the CD Numancia in Riazor, when he jumped on Riazor’s turf in the 74th minute of the game, on October 18, and since then he hasn’t put on the rojillo team’s shirt again. Now, in the final stretch of his injury, Oyarzun has a hard time getting into the eleven But, like everything else, the first step is to be fully recovered and gradually enter the calls: “I’m happy to train again, I’ve been training with the team for three weeks, I’ve had a hard time ” indicated the player after Wednesday’s work session.For Oyarzun it has been the worst year as a professional, the injury has had him out of the team for almost four months: “It was weird because there were better days and worse days, I had pain again and yes, it was the worst time of my life ” The player clarified explaining how his day to day recovery has been: “It was a break that brought from last year, the preseason went well but I had to polish things and so far we have been working. “Now, with everything solved, Oyarzun wants to be one of the important pieces of the team again. A team that has achieved good results this season and that after 26 games has risen to the seventh position of the classification.Thus the Basque is again available to the coaching staff for the remainder of the season: “I am available to the coach and he knows it, when I touch I will be willing to help and encourage, “he said. Oyarzu is one of the many Numancia players that ends the contract next June. At the moment there is no news in that regard. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of February 5, 2020last_img read more

Liverpool is ahead of Madrid and warns Dortmund that is going to Sancho

first_imgBut the head of that locker room, Jurgen Klopp, could be the ace in Liverpool’s sleeve to finish closing the signing. The English newspaper ensures that the good relations with his previous club, which he also led to conquer great successes, they would help make Dortmund more receptive to an offer from Liverpool than from other clubs.Sancho, who came to Westfalia from the City for less than 8 million euros, is already priced at least 100 million for the club that wants to get him out of there. Klopp said that its price could “be a problem” at the beginning of December 2019 but the signing of the agreement with Nike in January this year to be the technical sponsor at a rate of 94 million euros per year would appear as a liquidity injection that It would allow you to undertake your signing.Since arriving in Germany from the Manchester City Academy, Jadon Sancho is being one of the best young soccer players in Europe. After finishing last season with 13 goals and 19 assists, it is close to improving its data. The Londoner has 15 goals and 17 goal passes with the yellow shirt. Some figures that are going to be worth a return ticket at a gold price with a destination yet to be defined. “He is a good player.” However, straightforward, Jurgen Klopp made it clear that Jadon Sancho is one of the ones he likes and fits as a reinforcement in his Liverpool. The reds did not close their signing in this winter market but they are already preparing for the battle for the London player against United, City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.In England, Daily Mail puts all these clubs in the bid for the Englishman but sees Liverpool with some advantage to finish closing his return home. This newspaper highlights the good relationship that Jadon Sancho maintains with several of the English network costumes such as Alexander-Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Captain Jordan Henderson or Rhian Brewster. With everyone has coincided in the absolute English team or the lower categories which would facilitate their integration into the Anfield locker room.last_img read more

Carlos Soler, shadow worker at the service of Valencia

first_imgThe Valencian He has led his team in recent months in what is known as ‘dirty work’. Celades, aware of Carlos’ work, has adopted a game layout on the left where side overflows have more relevance compared to the right. Not surprisingly, the data in the last precedents so express, ‘8’ coverage They allowed Gayà to be, together with Ferran, the player who most focused on the rival area against Atletico. Soler was also who else ran in San Siro a little over a week ago and also completed the same recoveries as Diakhaby in San Sebastián.Although it is a less striking work, although Soler starred in the important goals against Chelsea, Celta or Real Madrid, the technician has shown value. Proof of this is that since he returned from the injury He has been a starter in every game, including the Super Cup, the Champions League and the Cup. And only in five of 18 Celades decided to replace him. One of the players who, a priori, seemed to benefit from the arrival of Albert Celades to Valencia was Carlos Soler. The canterano had to adapt to play in the band with Marcelino and although that allowed him to adopt new faculties, the signing of the new technician seemed to return him to a more advanced position and hook with the strikers, his natural place until he reached the elite and where he could shine more. Nothing could be further from the truth. And is that the Valencianist Not only has he continued in the band, but he has had to adapt to the left side and play changed leg. In that part of the field, José Luís Gayà has shone in recent months, where he has participated in the attack moves as one more extreme. And if the side has been able to reach the opposite area without fear it has been, in large part, because Soler covered his back.last_img read more