Australia were victorious in Sunday’s Four Nations final, beating New Zealand 34-8 at Anfield, but the Rugby League International Federation’s chief executive David Collier does not know if or when the tournament will be held again.The 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from next October to December, will bring to an end the RLIF’s current calendar of events.Although the Federation has confirmed the 2021 World Cup will take place in England and the 2025 competition in North America, there is currently nothing set in stone for the intervening years.Collier told Press Association Sport there is a consensus for an eight-team event, which could be good news for Scotland, but that is unlikely to take place until 2023.”I think eventually the eight nations will become the Four Nations on steroids, so it has a growth spurt to it,” Collier said.”We want a second major event and we made a decision on Saturday that we will play that in 2023 and we will go out to tender fairly soon for a destination.”There is a gap in the first four-year cycle, so there is potential still for a Four Nations but that will be up to the three major nations to determine.”We call 2021 and 2025 the bookends – the three major nations in particular needed to know exactly where the major events are going to be played.”Once we got the global events away, they fill in the rest and I think they are going to be making announcements fairly quickly as to what they are going to play in the interim period.”With Australia almost certain to take a sabbatical from the international game in 2018 as part of an agreement with their NRL players, there is scope for another Four Nations Series in 2019 but the potential return of the Kangaroos or British Lions tours is back on the agenda, as well as an international nines competition.”There was discussion over whether we wanted to trial a nines tournament so we might well go out to tender to see what happens,” Collier said.”I think nines is very much more destination based so I think we’d be looking for a warm destination, although there is also interest from one of the major nations to get it up and running so we may want to look at a World Cup of nines.”
Masters LeagueChristian Ambassadors were one of six winners in the INSPORTS St Catherine FA Masters Football League last Sunday.Christian Ambassadors defeated Flamingo 3-1 in Zone Two, while Maxfield clipped Spanish Town, also in the same zone. DB Basovak tagged Windsor Lion 2-0 and Above Rocks beat McCook’s Pen 2-1 in Zone One, while Eastern Strikers stopped Steadham 2-0 and veteran club Nautica got by Dunbeholden 1-0 in Zone Three. The competition continues tomorrow.Joy for Cedar Grove EstateThe Cedar Grove Estate community is still in a celebratory mood as their football club won its first York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League crown at the Dunbeholden playing field last Sunday.Cedar Grove Estate defeated Braeton United 3-0 courtesy of a second half hat-trick from Damion Jackson, that left the Braeton hopefuls in shock. The win saw Cedar Grove collecting one of the most coveted trophy in Portmore football and will now turn their attention to Division One duties next season.”This is pure joy for the community. We had a mini motorcade as we drove back to Cedar Grove Estate,” said Bryan Cunningham, president of Cedar Grove Estate FC.He added that hard work has paid off for his team, noting that Division One will take an extra effort and a high level of commitment for his players and executive body.Church cricket league starts this morningThe Power of Faith Ministries Church Cricket League will officially get under way this morning, after water woes forced its postponement last Saturday.Defending champions Power of Faith International will open their campaign breaking bread with their brother team, Power of Faith Development, in the curtain-raiser of a double-header at the Bridgeport Sports ground this morning, at 10 a.m. Faith Temple New Testament oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly at 2 p.m.The league will be played in a round robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final. Christian Gardens, Greater Portmore in INSPORTS Community League finalChristian Gardens and Greater Portmore Strikers will contest tomorrow’s final of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League at Dunbeholden playing field at 3 p.m.They booked their spot after narrow semi-final victories last weekend at the Cedar Grove community playing field.Christian Gardens came from behind to overcome a stern test from Dunbeholden to win 5-4 on penalties, after playing to 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time. Jevonne Munroe (64th) scored for Christian Gardens and Ricardo Boothe (21st) netted for Dunbeholden.It was also another nail-biting battle in the feature game of the afternoon as Greater Portmore Strikers edged East West Strikers 6-5 on penalties, after both sides remained inseparable at 1-1 following full and extra-time. Mario Wilson (49th) equalised for Greater Portmore, after Jevoh Robert (30th) had given East West Strikers the lead.INSPORTS St Catherine FA
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ravena, the former Ateneo stalwart, bagged majority of the awards in the two-day event including the MVP honors.“Maybe my competitiveness really showed up that I didn’t want to lose,” he said as his side completed a sweep. “My mindset is to really win as much as I can, whether individual skills or team competition, especially the team competition because I really wanted to help my team win and make my teammates look as good as I can here in the combine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRavena fired 12 points in the finals as Perkins topscored for their team with 20 markers.Herndon added 18 points, de Chavez got 17 markers, and Flores had 13, as their side took home the P75,000 cash prize. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 PBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena affirmed his place as one of the top amateurs in the country as he dominated the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and led his team to the championship.Team A-2, composed of Ravena, Robbie Herndon, Jason Perkins, Lervin Flores, Chris de Chavez, Elmer Cabahug, and Christian Geronimo, bested the Jeron Teng-led Team B-3, 83-72, in the finals of the mini-tournament Tuesday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teng paced his team with 23 points, as he gained support from Ervin Grospe, who had 18 markers, and Dan Sara, who poured in 10.The runner-up squad also had Kyle Neypes, Gian Abrigo, and Zach Nicholls in their team.Ravena was joined by Perkins, Herndon, Teng, and Raymar Jose in the Mythical Five.In the battle for third, the trio of Gab Dagangon, Jett Manuel, and Jose led Team A-1 past Team B-2 of Emil Palma and Louie Vigil, 59-55.Dagangon got 20 points, Manuel unloaded 13 markers, and Vigil had 10.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calisaan scores 36, Stags knock off Knights for 4th spot It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Battle for Third:A-1 59 – Dagangon 20, Manuel 13, Jose 12, Casiño 7, Moralde 5, Apreku 2.B-2 55 – Palma 14, Torres 14, Vigil 12, Gabriel 7, Baltazar 5, Sumido 3, Sargent 0.Finals:A-2 83 – Perkins 20, Herndon 18, De Chavez 17, Flores 13, Ravena 12, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0.B-3 72 – Teng 23, Grospe 18, Sara 10, Neypes 8, Abrigo 7, Nicholls 0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Palma and Thomas Torres had 13 points each in a losing effort.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila.Cross-over Semis:First Game:A-2 61 – Ravena 15, Perkins 14, Flores 13, Herndon 12, De Chavez 3, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0.B-2 58 – Vigil 12, Gabriel 12, Palma 11, Sumido 7, Torres 7, Sargent 6, Baltazar 3.Second Game:B-3 51 – Teng 17, Neypes 11, Abrigo 9, Grospe 8, Sara 5, Nicholls 0.A-1 45 – Manuel 11, Jose 10, Moralde 8, Dagangon 7, Casiño 5, Apreku 4.Classification Games: Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Gumabao, Gohing form superteam with Valdez at Creamline Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMelissa Gohing is officially with the Creamline franchise in the Premier Volleyball League, but she showed class in bidding goodbye to her former club Pocari Sweat.“Amazing years full of lessons, laughter, love, friendship, and memories,” posted Gohing on her social media accounts. “This will always hold a special place in my heart.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gohing became part of Creamline Saturday with former La Salle teammate Michele Gumabao also joining the move.The defensive ace won two titles in the Premier Volleyball League with the Lady Warriors, one in the Open Conference and the other in the Reinforced Conference.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 folk“Thank you so much to Pocari Sweat and FDI management, coaches, PT’s [physical therapists], and teammates/sisters,” said Gohing. “From the bottom of my heart, I love you all.”Gohing joins a loaded Creamline roster that includes four-time PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez, Risa Sato, Jia Morado, and Cesca Raqraquin. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I think this second round we’ll play better and work harder on our weaknesses.”Although NU lost its last game in the first round, Nierva said the team remained optimistic for the second round.“I saw in my team that we really want to win and if you see your teammates like that it lifts you up,” said Nierva.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU ended the first round with a 2-4 record with its wins coming against University of the East and University of the Philippines which Nierva said the Lady Bulldogs should bank on going deeper into the tournament.Nierva, who was part of NU’s four-peat champions in high school, said they found their winning attitude in their five-set win over the Lady Maroons, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.Against Ateneo, however, that was lost to the wayside.READ: Young Lady Bulldogs show bite against seasoned Lady Spikers“We need that winning attitude, we found it when we won against UP and we just have to maintain this and apply the things we learn every game,” said Nierva who had 29 excellent digs and 30 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Kobe Bryant steals show at 2019 Fiba World Cup draw MANILA, Philippines—National University may be a young team, but Jennifer Nierva doesn’t like at her team as just a bunch of rookies.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NU second-youngest team in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with six rookies in its lineup, next to University of Santo Tomas which has seven, but those first-year players make up four players of the starting six.“Once you’re in the game, there are no more rookies or seniors, everyone’s on the same footing,” said Nierva in Filipino after NU lost to Ateneo in four sets, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: No pushovers: NU Lady Bulldogs prove they’re more than just bunch of rookies“It all boils down on how you play against your opponents.” MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
Employees of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation in Nimba County have threatened a go-slow action in demand of salary arrears owed them by the management.According to a Labor Sector Report presented at the COCOPA Rubber Unity Development Steering Committee Forum in Sanniquellie recently, the corporation has not paid the employees for the past four months. The report is being quoted by the Liberia News Agency (LINA).At the forum, Nimba County Labor Coordinator Itoka Quoi, is quoted as saying that the situation at the plantation has claimed the attention of his office, describing it as a looming crisis between the management and employees.Quoi stressed the need for the employees and management to reach a common ground to avoid confusion in the county’s labor sector.At the same time, Nimba County Representative Larry P. Younquoi, in a recent interview with reporters attributed the delay in paying the employees to the lack of subsidy to the company.The Lawmaker noted that the company was facing economic crisis, and promised to prevail on government to speedily intervene to prevent labor unrest in the area.Meanwhile, the President of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation Workers’ Union, Sarpah B. Mahn, has disclosed that the company has also failed to provide the employees with rental, health liability and food supplies for over 19 months.All efforts to get a representative of the COCOPA management to comment on the issue proved futile.One of the senior staffers at the company Monrovia, on condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the COCOPA situation would soon come to pass, since the management was seeking for financial assistance from foreign-based partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia National Police (LNP) has deployed officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) on the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia (UL) to prevent any attack by victims of the ongoing mass demolition of squatters’ structures on the university’s property.The ERU officers complement efforts of the UL Police who were also seen at the entrance of the Academic Complex (otherwise referred to as Chinese Building) watching movements of former squatters on the property and other passers-by.Since the demolition began last week, some of the victims have reportedly threatened to burn the university Fendell campus, although the Daily Observer could not get a confirmation from any of the victims.But a resident in conversation on April 24 in Millsburg, Montserrado County, indicated that there could be a possible violent attack on the university’s premises, particularly Fendell Campus, to express anger at the destruction of their brick houses. The resident said he could not be convinced of the fairness of what has happened to their residences although he admitted that he, along with the rest of the group were living illegally on the university’s property.When he was told that he could never gain anybody’s support, the resident said he could not understand why he should not receive compensation for the years he had lived on the university’s property.In further investigations the Daily Observer gathered that many of those whose houses were destroyed are angry at the UL authorities, since they were or have not been compensated.Yesterday, several victims were seen loitering about where their brick and zinc houses had once stood and scavenging from the debris what they could find useful.In a related development, the Daily Observer learned that UL students are planning to demonstrate against a tuition increment by the university authorities.About a month ago, the UL Administration and the Board of Directors announced US$4 per credit in the coming semester.Since the pronouncement students of the university have been threatening to protest against the increment until the board and administration reconsider their decision.Meanwhile, some students reportedly protested on the Capitol Hill campus yesterday, throwing stones and disrupting the distribution of last semester’s grade sheets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Women’s Hockey team got their tri-nation Hockey series off to a positive start with a win against the Trinidadian national team. Playing at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Wildey, Barbados, Guyana faced off with the home team just a few hours after their arrival in the land of the flying fish, and then returned to the artificial surface later that evening to play Trinidad and Tobago.The tri-nation series acts as a warm up tournament for the bigger Central American and Caribbean Games slated for the latter half of July.The inclement weather in Barbados did not deter the beginning of the high energy match-up between Guyana and Barbados. The game got off to a rocky beginning for the Guyanese ladies as they expectedly struggled to adjust to the unfamiliar artificial pitch. After a patch of scrappy defensive play, Guyana conceded a penalty corner to Barbados giving them their first real scoring opportunity. The corner was well defended by Guyana who launched a swift counterattack catching the Bajan defenders in mid-pitch. Three Guyanese strikers bore down on the Bajan goalkeeper and finished off a few well-timed passes with striker Shebiki Baptiste walking the ball into the empty goal in the 13th minute of the game. The goal by Barbados was the final one of the match leaving the scores leveled at 1-1 at full time.Later, in the afternoon game against the twin island republic, Trinidad and Tobago, was intense from the beginning to end with both teams running hard and trying to maintain possession of the ball.It was lucky minute number 13 once again when Guyana would find success off the stick of midfield player and 2017 National Sportswoman of the Year, Marzana Fiedtkou, from a penalty corner.Guyana held firm for the rest of the match despite feeling the tiredness of their travel the previous evening and the effort of the earlier match with the final whistle seeing them secure a 1-0 victory.
But the 2015-16 champions have struggled this season and are third from bottom of the table with a single league win.Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said on Tuesday: “Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an assistant manager and since taking over as manager in challenging circumstances in February.“His dedication to the club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.“However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, board and owners.“Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club.”Former Blackburn and Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton, who had been working as Shakespeare’s assistant, will be Leicester’s caretaker Manager for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea.Among the bookmakers’ early favourites for the job are former England boss Sam Allardyce, who left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, Wales coach Chris Coleman, Burnley manager Sean Dyche and Zenit St Petersburg chief Roberto Mancini.Shakespeare’s appointment earlier this year had sparked a striking upturn in form that saw Leicester secure their Premier League status and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.But Monday’s 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion saw Leicester’s winless Premier League run reach six matches — the same as when Ranieri was sacked.Shakespeare had no previous managerial experience when he stepped into the hot-seat following Ranieri’s dismissal, which came with Leicester a point above the relegation zone.But he inspired the team to five straight league wins and they finished the season in a respectable 12th place.Shakespeare was given around £60 million ($79 million, 67 million euros) to spend on players in the summer transfer window and splashed out on striker Kelechi Iheanacho, Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra.But Leicester’s only Premier League win came against newly promoted Brighton in August.Their only other points have been picked up in draws against Huddersfield, Bournemouth and West Brom, while Shakespeare oversaw wins against Sheffield United and Liverpool in the League Cup.He is the second managerial casualty of the Premier League season following the dismissal of Frank de Boer from the Crystal Palace job.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester City sacked manager Craig Shakespeare after just four months in charge of the former Premier League champions, British media reported © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 17 – Leicester City have confirmed the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, just four months after handing him a permanent contract to manage the former Premier League champions.Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in February and in June he was handed a three-year contract.
0Shares0000Arsene Wenger says he wants to stay in football but has not decided whether he wants to keep coaching and “to continue to suffer as much.” © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Arsene Wenger admits he is still in shock after the curtain finally came down on his 22-year-reign as Arsenal manager and told The Guardian he will decide by the start of the World Cup as to do next.The 68-year-old Frenchman — whose trophy-laden reign at the Gunners came to an end without any silverware in his final season and failed to secure Champions League football for next term — said he hadn’t discounted taking on a different role. Wenger — who is to attend the World Cup in Russia as a pundit for Qatari-owned TV channel Bein Sports — stood down a year before his contract was due to end amid increasing discontent both among the fans and the board.“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he told The Guardian in an interview conducted in Paris this week shortly after he had taken charge of his 1,235th and final match in the Arsenal dugout — a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock.“I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide.“The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.”Wenger, who guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles, including the famous Invincibles 2003-04 unbeaten season, and seven FA Cups, said he wasn’t certain whether, at his age, he wanted to go through the emotional turmoil of being a manager.“But do I want to continue to suffer as much?” said Wenger.“I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure. Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”– ‘Write new chapters’ –Wenger, who says he has not held discussions about a potential role with the Qatari owners of French champions Paris Saint Germain, with whom he has close links and who he advised them to buy the club, concedes he is too restless to just loll around kicking his heels.“I have friends who can go and lay on a beach all day long for the whole of their holidays and I envy them,” he said.“I just can’t do that. I get bored. I need to be doing something. I need a challenge.“I have lived and breathed football all these years and it’s a passion -– I can’t imagine doing anything else.”Wenger said his lack of a firm plan for the future also filled him with anticipation.“That’s why, in a way, this is an exciting moment for me, too,” said Wenger.“I have a new page, a blank page in front of me.“As all good writers know, that can be a time of anguish but I hope I won’t have too much of that. It’s also a chance to write new chapters.”Wenger, who will also spend time in Russia travelling with close friend David Dein, the man who took the inspired decision to bring him from Japan to manage Arsenal in 1996, said he believed he had helped improve English people’s perceptions of the French.“When I arrived, you know, I was a complete unknown and I have always had the impression I am representing my country in a way,” said Wenger.“In a land where there has always been so much animosity between the English and the French I am proud to have achieved certain things and perhaps to have opened doors for other French coaches.“Don’t forget, when I arrived in England a foreign manager was a very rare thing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)