John defeated fellow PNG representative Helen Samuel 4-1in the best of seven frames final at the Dragon’s Den in Port Moresby on Saturday.John won the first two frames 68-11, 36-13, Samuel the 3rd 27 -15 before John took the next two 61-33 and 39-11 to become the first winner.May Vare and Madeleine Kaina scored the high breaks of 25 while Vare also took out the most outstanding player of the tournament.The best dressed award went to Anne Munasinghe while in the Plate, Melvin McDermott defeated Ann Saruva.Port Moresby Billiards and Snooker Association president John Chan commended Women In Snooker PNG president Bobbie McCarthy and her committee for initiating the event and the 32 players for taking part in the inaugural Port Moresby Women’s 6Red Shootout event.He said the event will be included in the Annual Port Moresby Billiards and Snooker calendar.This was the last event on the PNGBSA 2015 calendar of events. The presentation of awards recognising achievements for this year will be held on February 4, 2016.
LLG President Erich Pekah says the people are preparing and looking forward to the event to market their culture, food items and to mingle around with the tourists.Mr Pekah says with months counting down before the surfing title, he wants the National Tourism Promotion Authority, Madang Tourism Authority and PNG Surfing Association to work with his government and the local people on how they can make this event become a success.He says the surfing competition will lure athletes from PNG and abroad, including tourist, and world surfing body delegates and to make it successful the SAPNG must work with the people to involve them in the preparation works.Mr Pekah says it will be a once in a lifetime experience for his people to see such an international event, and the authorities must tell them what to do and what is expected of them.He says the responsibility lies with everyone when hosting such big events and the local landowners must be properly informed and consulted to make them happy and involved in the activities so that the event will bring a better image to the government and people in the long run.Mr Pekah says his office is open for discussion and he wants the authorities to work with him to see this big event come out successfully.
The program-‘Be The Influence’ (BTI) was hosted last week by the AUS National Programs Manager, Donna Spethman.“It is to encourage students and people who are in leadership roles to become stronger leaders and understand their leadership skills and their personal brand and what makes them successful in the leadership role,” said Spethman.Spethman said this was the first time to run the workshop in PNG and out of Australia.“It is quite exciting to pilot it here in PNG and everyone obviously contributes very well and very eager to learn more.“It is always exciting to come up and present a workshop to anyone here in Port Moresby they just love learning more and taking away those skills.“People will have taken away some good skills and will help improve them as a leader in their communities in their families and in their sporting teams,” said Spethman.She added she also aims to run the BTI program across all universities in the country and eventually do other workshops around event management.The event management specialist who organizes some of the largest participation events such as the Australian Uni Games said students playing sport in university is very important for a healthy body and healthy mind.“It is important for their wellbeing.“Students even playing participation sports, social sports, playing at lunch time is great, but then also something like the PNG Uni Games, enables them to represent their universe and enjoy that representation and that pride that comes from representing their university.“It can be talent pathway because attending the PNG Uni Games, could mean that you may have an opportunity to expand on your sporting ability, and also have the opportunity to represent PNG at the world University Games,” said Spethman.
Without a goal in the previous five games, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was quick to grab the ball when his team were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute of their Champions League game against Benfica.United were 1-0 up and had already missed one penalty, a soft effort from Anthony Martial saved by Benfica’s 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar.But with Lukaku ready to end his barren spell and secure the win, United manager Jose Mourinho signalled he wanted someone else to take the spot-kick.Spanish subsitute Ander Herrera showed his willingness to take the kick but still Mourinho was not happy until his clear choice, Dutch defender Daley Blind was given the ball and drove confidently down the middle.It was an unusual scene but Mourinho said it was simply the boss doing his job.“I am paid to take decisions – good or bad. In the first half the decision was bad because the player I chose to take the penalty missed,” he said.“In the second half I made another decision and I don’t see the drama. The penalty taker for this match was Martial, he took it in the first half and missed and he was not even on the pitch for the second one.“Then I have to make a decision. Romelu wants to take, he had the personality to take the responsibility, Herrera the same but my decision, based on what we did in training in the past couple of days, was Blind. The players respected my decision and that is it – end of story.”While United were far from their best, Mourinho said he was pleased to have picked up a fourth win in four games in Group A.“We have not qualified yet? Four victories and it is still not enough? We must get that point from the two remaining matches,” he said.“I am more than happy. We changed a lot of players, we broke the natural dynamic and routines of the team and we played a kid (Scott McTominay) from the academy.“We scored two goals, did not concede, gained three more points, more money for the club because every victory means money and did not have any significant injuries.”
Scrumhalf TJ Perenara scored a try in each half as the All Blacks were pushed all the way by Argentina before they pulled away with two late tries in a 46-24 Rugby Championship triumph at Trafalgar Park in Nelson on Saturday.Perenara, who was given a rare start, also made a try-saving tackle on Matias Moroni and cleared up a loose ball in the goal area as the home side were regularly put under intense pressure from the Pumas.Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder, captain Kieran Read, Shannon Frizell and Jack Goodhue also scored tries for the All Blacks, who suffered injuries to lock Brodie Retallick (arm) and inside centre Ngani Laumape (knee) early in the game.Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez scored a try and ended with 14 points to reach 655 in his career and surpass Felipe Contepomi as his country’s highest test scorer, while winger Ramiro Moyano and fullback Emiliano Boffelli also crossed for tries.“The Argies really brought it to us today, and we expected that,” Read said in a post-match interview as New Zealand registered a third win in as many Rugby Championship matches after back-to-back triumphs over Australia.“A lot of enterprise but not a lot of accuracy out there,” the number eight added. “You look at the scoreboard, we went alright there but not up to our high standards I guess. To take a bonus point win, we’re stoked with that.”Mario Ledesma’s side were unlucky to have lost by such a wide margin as they took the contest to the All Blacks throughout, with Boffelli and Moyana popping up everywhere in the backline to exploit space.EXPLOITING GAPSMoyana’s slaloming run turned the All Blacks defenders inside out to give his side a 5-3 lead in the 15th minute after flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, making his first start, had settled his nerves with an earlier penalty.The All Blacks just shaded the rest of the high-tempo first half with Milner-Skudder’s try the culmination of some superb interplay between backs and forwards, while Perenara crossed after a concerted build-up to give the hosts a 15-7 lead.Mo’unga’s second penalty stretched the advantage to 18-7 at the break but the Pumas came out firing in the second half, with Sanchez scoring after Frizell had turned the ball over inside his own 22-metre area.The All Blacks, however, exploited gaps in the midfield to extend their lead, with Ben Smith’s burst setting up field position for Read to go over in the corner, while Anton Lienert-Brown gave Perenara a clear run to the line for his second try.Boffelli’s try from a well-worked attacking scrum narrowed the deficit once more, before the All Blacks blew the score out with tries to Frizell and Goodhue in the final six minutes.“The first (half) was really, really fast and I think we struggled with that,” Pumas captain Agustin Creevy said.“We feel good, we feel strong, we will continue. We had a lot of opportunities and we had a good result. We need to improve, we are building a good team, good rugby.”
Christian Eriksen scored twice to lead Denmark to a 2-0 win over Wales in their Nations League opener on Sunday, ending a week of turmoil for the national team on a high note.The Danish FA (DBU) was forced to field a scratch side made up of third-tier and futsal players for Wednesday’s friendly against Slovakia following a contract dispute over image rights with the regular internationals who helped Denmark reach the last 16 in this year’s World Cup.The parties reached a short-term agreement on Thursday to allow the players to return and they were greeted with loud cheers as they walked on to the pitch in Aarhus, despite being labelled greedy by many supporters during the week.“DBU and the players seem to have forgotten the national team is bigger than both of them and have ended up alienating us regular Danes. They need to find a true compromise and make it about what happens on the pitch,” said 23-year-old student Johannes.The Welsh fans chanted “you’re only here for the money” but that did not faze the Danes as Eriksen scored the opening goal after half an hour with a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net.Denmark coach Age Hareide also returned to the sidelines after missing the 3-0 loss in Slovakia and Pione Sisto had the opportunity to extend the hosts’ lead, but Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a good save.Eriksen added the second with a 63rd-minute penalty following a handball by Wales defender Ethan Ampadu.Welsh captain Gareth Bale went close to pulling a goal back in the 83rd minute when his deflected shot forced Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel into an acrobatic save.Wales manager Ryan Giggs was disappointed with the first goal his team conceded.“When you don’t get the press right and Eriksen is free on the box – which we’ve talked about beforehand – you’re in trouble,” he told reporters.Hareide also praised his main playmaker and thought his rested players had more energy than their opponents.“We’ve seen so many teams try to lock him (Eriksen) down but they lose him when he comes around the box and that is his big advantage as a footballer,” he said.“There is no doubt that our legs were fresher than the Welshmen.”
Tottenham Hotspur made a world-record profit of 113 million pounds after tax last year, the Premier League club reported on Thursday – the day after they officially opened their new 62,000-seater stadium.With income rising sharply as a result of player sales, hosting home matches at Wembley and a Champions League run, Tottenham’s profit surpassed the 106 million pounds reported by Liverpool earlier this year.Tottenham became the first Premier League club not to make any signings in the summer transfer window last year and also failed to add to their squad in January.The club was supposed to move into their new stadium, the cost of which has risen to one billion pounds, at the start of the current season but a series of delays meant home matches had to be played at Wembley.While it was a frustrating wait, the extra capacity at Wembley allowed Tottenham to sell around 340,000 extra tickets, according to chairman Daniel Levy.Tottenham’s income rose from 310 million pounds to a new club record 380 million pounds, with Premier League matchday revenue rising from 19 million to 42.6 million.The club’s Champions League revenue also rose to 53 million pounds after reaching the last 16 in 2017-18. This season they have reached the quarter-finals and will face Premier League rivals Manchester City this month.Tottenham, currently third in the table, continued to lag behind their top-six rivals in terms of players wages, spending 147 million pounds — about half that of Manchester United and 100 million pounds less than Arsenal.While Tottenham posted record profits, they have borrowed heavily to finance the new stadium with the loan increasing to 537 million pounds compared to the initial 400 million.
Inter Milan have secured the services of rising Italy star Nicolo Barella on a five-year contract.The 22-year-old midfielder recently enjoyed two fine seasons with hometown club Cagliari, for whom he made his debut as a teenager in 2014, and was handed his full Azzurri debut last October.Barella has since scored twice during Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and Antonio Conte’s Inter have moved quickly to sign the versatile player, initially on a season-long loan deal.A statement on inter.it read: “He’s determined and ambitious, and now he’s beginning a new adventure with Inter. The whole of the Nerazzurri family wishes him the best of luck.”Barella joins the likes of Valentino Lazaro, Matteo Politano and Diego Godin in a new-look Inter squad as new head coach Conte bids to challenge his former employers Juventus for the Serie A title.
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon made light work of England’s batting line-up as the hosts were bowled out for 146 in their second innings, losing the first Ashes test by 251 runs to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the series.Chasing the second highest successful run chase in Ashes history (398), England first innings centurion Rory Burns fell first in the second over of the day for 11. The highest successful run chase ever was Australia getting 404 at Headingley in 1948.Fellow opener Jason Roy (28) looked in good shape until he was bowled when coming down the pitch, before Joe Denly (11) and the key wicket of England captain Joe Root (28), having been saved by two earlier reviews, were out before lunch.The wickets kept tumbling in the afternoon, with England’s middle order collapsing for the second innings in a row, before Lyon ripped through the tail for finish with figures of 6-45 as Australia picked up a first win at Edgbaston in 18 years.
Pep Guardiola’s mother has died after contracting coronavirus, Manchester City have announced.City said Dolors Sala Carrio passed away at the age of 82 in Manresa, Barcelona.“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends,” a club statement read.City boss Guardiola, who is one of four siblings, last month donated one million euros to aid the fight against coronavirus in Spain, having returned to his home country during the ongoing Premier League shutdown.Spain has suffered one of the worst outbreaks of the virus in Europe.According to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins, Spain has had 135,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, second only to the United States, and more than 13,000 deaths, second only to Italy which has suffered almost 16,000.As part of the club’s Cityzens At Home intiative, Guardiola last week recorded a video urging fans to stay at home and to follow the advice of scientists, doctors and nurses.In a statement, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with Pep and his family at this overwhelmingly sad time. He and they have the love and support of the entire City family.”