Schmidt disappointed despite win

first_img The RBS 6 Nations champions gave six players their Irish debuts during the two-match tour which will increase Schmidt’s options, but he was not pleased with the quality of their display in the 23-17 win against the Pumas in Tucuman. The Ireland boss said: “We’ve achieved an opportunity where we broaden the group a little bit, we’ve found out a little bit about some of those players, some who’ve acquitted themselves really well and some others who’ve still got some work to do. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was pleased to achieve a second successive victory over Argentina, even if the performance was far from flawless. “That’s an achievement in itself. At the same time we know we have got a heck of a lot of work to do. There are some teams that will put us under a lot more pressure than that. “I think, again our set-piece probably saved us. We put them under scrum pressure a few times when they had great platforms and when they did get that platform in the last play of the game we were not able to defend it when they did get the ball in their hands, which is massively disappointing.” Schmidt’s attention will now turn to the November series when Ireland will entertain South Africa, Georgia and Australia before preparing for the defence of their Six Nations crown. He added: “We’ll have a bit of a rest now and dust ourselves off and try and approach the Guinness Series still with a bit of positivity, because it’s not that long ago that we were playing at the top of our game in the Six Nations. “I thought today we had a really experienced spine in the team and we probably should have offered a little bit more continuity, and it’s probably a disappointing performance by our standards.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dyche hoping to extend Keane stay

first_img Press Association Keane’s loan from Manchester United is due to run out at the weekend but he is currently the only fit centre-half Dyche has at his disposal. Dyche will continue discussions with United with the aim either of extending Keane’s loan for the rest of the season or signing him on a permanent basis. “It depends if they can become available at the right price and whether they and their clubs want to do it. We’ve had plenty at that stage that haven’t got through so we’ll wait and see.” The highlight of a third-round tie played in front of fewer than 10,000 people at Turf Moor was Sam Vokes’ first goal since he ruptured his cruciate ligament in March. The striker made only his second substitute appearance and converted Michael Kightly’s cross in the 73rd minute to cancel out Nacer Chadli’s opener and force a replay at White Hart Lane next Wednesday. Dyche said: “When someone’s waited that amount of time to come back from a very serious injury, to come on and deliver a performance and get a goal. I thought he looked sharp in general, his movement was good for the goal and we’re absolutely delighted to see him back.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche is working to try to keep Michael Keane at the club with his defensive resources stretched to the limit. “We’re looking at that situation,” said the Burnley boss. “That’s been ongoing ever since he’s been here. It’s a discussion we’ll have with him and United.” Keane was not in the side at the start of the season but has become an important figure with first Michael Duff and then captain Jason Shackell picking up calf injuries. To make matters worse, Kevin Long, who replaced Shackell at Newcastle last week, ruptured his cruciate ligament after 20 minutes of Premier League action and will miss the rest of the season. Dyche is hopeful he will have two central defenders to call on when Burnley play fellow strugglers QPR on Saturday, with full-back Ben Mee deputising alongside Keane in their 1-1 FA Cup draw against Tottenham on Monday night. “We’re confident, certainly with Shackell, but there’s no guarantees with that,” said Dyche. “I thought Ben Mee was excellent again, and (Daniel) Lafferty’s come in from nowhere and it’s a tough game to walk into when you’re playing Tottenham. Overall he hung in there and did okay. “One of the marvellous things about the group is they look round at each other – no disappointments, no excuses, we’re ready to play.” Dyche is working on adding to his squad during the January window, and said: “There’s a couple of situations we’re working on. last_img read more

GRFU hosts successful schools Rugby Festival

first_imgAPPROXIMATELY 200 pupils and students,along with their teachers,participated in the Guyana Rugby Football Union’s end of year Tag Rugby Festival.With brilliant sunshine, the pupils from the Primary level were introduced to the game of rugby while students at the secondary level exercised their knowledge of the game through competition.Competing in the boys under 14 categories were Covent Garden Secondary, North Georgetown Secondary, Tucville Secondary, St. Georges Secondary, Dolphin Secondary and Campbeville Secondary.North Georgetown Secondary claimed victory over Tucville Secondary in an exciting final. St. John’s College defeated North Ruimveldt Multilateral Secondary in the under 16 category,bringing the day’s activities in the National Park to an end.last_img read more

Warne gets 12-month driving ban for speeding

first_imgCRICKET legend Shane Warne has been banned from driving for 12 months after he admitted speeding.The 50-year-old pleaded guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court to driving at 47mph in a 40mph zone in a hired Jaguar car; in Kensington last August.The Australian, who was not in court for the hearing, already had 15 penalty points on his licence for five speeding offences from April 2016.He was also ordered to pay a total of £1,845 to the court.Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner told the court: “It may well be that none on its own were particularly serious but for points disqualification purposes the triviality of the offences is not to be taken into account.“A period of 12 months is necessary for the purposes I have mentioned.”Warne, of Little Venice, west London, is regarded as one of the best bowlers in cricket history. The Australia leg-spinner took 708 wickets in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007.He was ordered to pay £775 in costs, fined £900, and must pay a surcharge of £170. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Brazil’s male and female players to earn equal pay

first_img(BBC) – Brazil’s women’s national players will be paid the same as male players for representing their country, Brazil’s football association (CBF) has said.All players will be granted the same daily and prize amounts for taking part in preparation periods and games.CBF president Rogerio Caboclo says the measures were put in place in March.“Since March of this year, CBF has made an equal value in terms of prizes and daily rates between men’s and women’s football,” he said.“That is, the players earn the same thing as the players during the calls. What they receive by daily call, women also receive.”Caboclo says it also applies to performances at international tournaments such as the World Cup and Olympics.“There is no more gender difference, as the CBF is treating men and women equally,” he said.“What they will gain by conquering or by staging the Olympics next year will be the same as the men will have.”Australia, Norway and New Zealand are among the nations to previously decide to pay their men and women internationals the same amount.Brazil’s women’s team have not played since March, when many competitions around the world were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Slumping USC searching for answers

first_imgIt’s a sobering statistic, and not one USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin wants to hear: The Women of Troy are 3-6 overall.They opened the season by getting swept off their home field for the second straight year. They are 0-4 at McAlister Field for the first time in the program’s 17-year history. And for the first time in their history, they enter conference play Sunday against Washington State with a losing record.Scoring struggles · Senior midfielder Ashli Sandoval, who led the Women of Troy in goals last season with six, has failed to put the ball in the back of the net on 12 shot attempts this year. As a unit, USC has just 13 goals through nine games. – Mac Carlile | Daily Trojan“It’s been disappointing,” junior defender Kristina Noriega said. “We’re looking forward to starting over in conference.”Khosroshahin echoed similar sentiments.“It’s been disappointing,” Khosroshahin said. “We’ve been giving away too many cheap goals and not putting away our opportunities to finish.”It’s hard to pinpoint a particular reason for this team’s struggles. The Women of Troy’s shot total (114) is nearly identical to their opponents’ (113). They knocked off then-No. 17 Illinois in Champaign, Ill., with an impressive 3-1 victory. They hung with and at times even outplayed then-No. 4 Oklahoma State for 90 minutes, but nonetheless, lost 1-0.“We’ve shown moments that we can play with anyone in the country,” Khosroshahin said. “There have only been two games where we’ve lost the stats. But that doesn’t matter when you don’t win the most important stat.”But even Khosroshahin will tell you a team can only be so unlucky. He knows that ultimately, his team controls its destiny, insisting when it plays to its ability level it can play with anyone in the country. Yet USC hasn’t thus far, and now he is demanding improvement on both sides of the ball.“There are moments in every game where you go, ‘Wow this team is really good,’” Khosroshahin said. “And there are moments where you go, ‘Wow what just happened?’ And we need to eliminate those moments. We have to figure out how to find our discipline.”Of the 16 goals the Women of Troy have conceded this year, seven have come from fluid offensive play. On the other hand, several box score descriptions read as follows: “free kick tips off goalie,” “header over goalie,” “long ball through defense,” “rebound off cross bar,” “free kick deflects off defender,” “back heel tap” and “keeper challenge, open net.” None sounds particularly impressive.Many of the goals the Women of Troy have allowed have occurred during mad scrambles in front of the goal where the ball happens to find its way into the net.“We’ve conceded goals from lack of discipline,” Khosroshahin said. “We need to stick to our defensive responsibilities. If one person doesn’t do one thing, it causes a breakdown, someone has to cover for that and it turns into a domino effect.”The defensive backline is a young unit, still reeling from the graduation last year of captain Karter Haug, a four-year starter in the back and an anchor for the unit. And with sophomore Mia Bruno out for the season with an ACL injury and senior Chelsea Buehning slow to recover from an ACL injury of her own, Khosroshahin has been forced to mix and match on the backline.Noriega, a transfer, has been asked to start every game at center back, playing every minute of the season but seven. Senior midfielder Ashli Sandoval has spent most of her minutes next to Noriega. On the defensive wing, sophomore Autumn Altamirano, who spent most of her time last year at forward, has started every game and played in all but 19 of the 830 minutes the Women of Troy have played this year. Across from her is true freshman Jessica Musmanno, also recruited as a forward.“I want to have consistency back there,” Khosroshahin said. “But we haven’t found the right mix yet.”The forward spots face a similar issue.Like Haug on defense, the Women of Troy lost a pair of four-year starters last year in Megan Ohai and Alyssa Dávila. Sophomore Elizabeth Eddy has filled part of the void with a pair of goals, but Khosroshahin is still searching for a true playmaker. Senior Ashley Freyer, junior Samantha Johnson and senior Claire Schloemer have seen time up front. Altamirano finished second on the team in goals last year, but she’s needed back on defense this year.“Right now I really couldn’t tell you who our forwards are,” Khosroshahin said. “The players who have been in the past really aren’t performing the roles we need them to.”This week at practice, Khosroshahin said he started over. Open tryouts at every position on the field were held.“I’m always evaluating,” Khosroshahin said. “But this week I’ve really put it out there. Open competition. We need to find the best 11 to put on the field.”last_img read more

Easy-going Blake Arcuri anchors Leafs blueline

first_img His pre-game routine is to have a meal five hours before game-time. He puts equipment on the left side before the right. He says he is easy-going, but likes to win and hates to lose.The easy-going D-man is back on the ice Wednesday as the Leafs play host to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The game is the third time less than a week the teams have met.Nelson won both previous games, 5-3 in Grand Forks and 6-2 last Friday at the NDCC Arena.Game time Wednesday is 7 p.m. Away from the rink and work, he enjoys other sports action, including baseball and golf.His favourite food is pasta. His choice of TV programs is the Big Bang Theory.Never Back Down tops his list of favourite movies, and Will Farrell gets his vote for best actor.He listens to Luke Brian and country music. Although he favours the Canucks as a team, he selects Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals as his favourite NHl player. He rates his rookie year with the Leafs as his best hockey experience, and a game seven playoff loss as his worst hockey experience. Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years.Now Millar has graciously accepted an offer to give that same insight to readers of The Nelson Daily.Today Millar profiles Nelson Minor Hockey grad Blake Arcuri.Blake Arcuri is in his third season patrolling the Leafs blue-line, a task he usually shares with defensive partner Damin Devlin.“Dirt” names Mario DeBella as the most significant mentor in his hockey development, and his dad as the most important influence on his philosophy of life. Blake’s goal for this year is to help the Leafs win a championship. He expects to be in post-secondary studies five years from now. In ten years, he sees himself as a family man.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 3 EVERTON 3GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: SMITH 80th; STANISLAS 87th, 90th. EVERTON: MORI 25th; LUKAKU 36th; BARKLEY 90th.Junior Stanislas scored an equaliser in the eight minute of added time as Bournemouth came from behind twice to earn a point in an astonishing game at Vitality Stadium. Everton looked set for victory when goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku put them 2-0 up at half-time. Adam Smith rifled in a sizzling strike from 25 yards and Stanislas converted Joshua King’s cut-back to make it 2-2. Ross Barkley scored five minutes into added time, but Bournemouth responded through Stanislas’ header.ASTON VILLA 2 WATFORD 3GOALS:-VILLA: RUCHARDS 41; AYEW 89. WATFORD: IGHALO 17; HUTTON OG 69; DEENEY 85.Watford condemned bottom club Aston Villa to their 11th defeat in 14 Barclays Premier League games. Odion Ighalo poked home to give the visitors the lead, but Micah Richards’ header levelled it before half-time. The Hornets lost goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to a head injury, but Alan Hutton’s own goal and Troy Deeney’s bullet header put them in control. Jordan Ayew’s shot found the corner to give Villa hope, but they could not equalise in 10 minutes of injury time.CRYSTAL PALACE 5 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- PALACE: McARTHUR 14th, 90th; BOLASIE 17th, 47th; ZAHA 41st. NEWCASTLE: CISSE 10th.Alan Pardew enjoyed victory against his old club as Crystal Palace came from a goal down to trounce Newcastle. Striker Papiss Cisse opened the scoring for the visitors with a glancing free header from close range on 10 minutes. But Palace hit back quickly with two goals in three minutes through James McArthur’s deflected effort and Yannick Bolasie’s lashed finish. Wilfried Zaha volleyed a third with further Bolasie and McArthur strikes leaving Newcastle in the bottom three.LEICESTER CITY 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- LEICESTER: VARDY 24th. UNITED: SCHWEINSTEIGER 45th.Jamie Vardy wrote his name into Barclays Premier League history by scoring for the 11th successive game at King Power Stadium. Vardy went into this game hoping to eclipse former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, set across two seasons in 2003. And he savoured his moment in the 24th minute, running on to Christian Fuchs’ pass to send a low finish. Bastian Schweinsteiger headed United’s equaliser right on half-time.MANCHESTER CITY 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOALS:- CITY: DE BRUYNE 9th; DELPH 20th; KOLAROV 69th. SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 49th.Manchester City returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Kevin de Bruyne gave City the lead and Fabian Delph added the home side’s second with a deflected shot. But Shane Long nodded in to give Saints hope. Long had a penalty appeal turned down before Aleksandar Kolarov fired in City’s third with an angled strike. Fernandinho appeared to block Long’s shot with his arm after City keeper Willy Caballero had palmed away an effort from Dusan Tadic.SUNDERLAND 2 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: VAN ANHOLT 82nd; WATMORE 84th.Sunderland lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with just their third Barclays Premier League win of the season, as two late goals saw off 10-man Stoke. The Potters had held firm despite Ryan Shawcross being sent off, but Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore struck with two goals in the last 10 minutes. Shawcross was dismissed for a second yellow after a foul on Watmore, who replaced the injured Jermain Defoe.last_img read more

On-fire Heat win seven straight

first_imgMIAMI (AP): There was only one quarter in which Miami figured out how to slow down Detroit. That was enough for the Heat. Goran Dragic scored 23 points, Wayne Ellington added 19 and the Heat pushed the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games by topping the Pistons 116-103. The Heat outscored Detroit 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding the Pistons to 30 per cent shooting. “Our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what’s good to see.” James Johnson scored 18 and Dion Waiters added 17 for the Heat, who tied a season high with 14 3-pointers. Ellington made three in a span of less than two minutes of the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away. Miami was 11-30 at the midway point of their season – and hasn’t lost since. Only Golden State, San Antonio and Houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the Heat’s run of late. “We are clicking on all cylinders,” Waiters said. “We’re playing together, having fun, and guys are making plays. We’re just playing the right way. We’re healthy and it’s fun.” Reggie Jackson scored 24 for Detroit, which got 17 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Tobias Harris added 16 points and Marcus Morris scored 14. TERRIBLE DOWN THE STRETCH “Down the stretch we were terrible. Terrible,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t make plays. We’ve got to find better stuff down the stretch. … I don’t know if defences have us figured out or what, but we’re just not making plays.” Ellington’s first in that late trio of 3s came with 4:38 left, giving the Heat a nine-point lead. He struck again about a minute later, and the last of those with 2:55 remaining put Miami up 114-101. Miami won despite getting outscored 62-40 in the paint. The Heat more than made up for that by outscoring Detroit 42-12 from 3-point range, and somehow looker fresher down the stretch – even though Miami was on a back-to-back and Detroit had not played since last Monday. The Heat will host Brooklyn tonight, the Nets’ only trip to Miami this season. The Heat won in Brooklyn on Wednesday.last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Beda slips past St. Benilde to stay unscathed

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda toughed out a 25-22, 24-26, 27-25, 25-19 win over College of St. Benilde to stay unbeaten in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cesca Racraquin capped off a dominant showing with an emphatic hit that clinched the Lionesses’ third victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals The Lady Blazers had four players in double-figures led by Rachel Austero and Ranya Musa, who scored 13 apiece. Klarisa Abriam and Diane Ventura added 11 points each.Rebecca Cuevas also shone for San Beda, which is two wins away from matching the school’s best ever start in the tournament, with 44 excellent sets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “Every game is important especially since this is just a single-round eliminations. All the teams are competitive so we have to be ready all the time,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino in Filipino.Racraquin finished with 17 points that went with 15 digs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe duel was a rematch between last season’s semifinalists. San Beda exacted revenge after losing in straight sets to St. Benilde last year in the stepladder semis.St. Benilde, which suffered its first loss after a 2-0 start, took an 18-17 edge in the fourth set but couldn’t follow through after committing too many errors. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Andray Blatche to join Gilas for Fiba Qualifiers in February Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more