Samoa Bowl to be held in Hawaii

first_imgThe annual event pits high school all star players from American Samoa against mainland and Hawaii players in football and volleyball.The Director of Athletics for American Samoa’s Department of Education, Tumua Matuu, says the move is about gaining maximum exposure for local athletes.Governor Lolo has offered to provide financial support and the DOE will raise the rest of the funds needed to cover remaining expenses.Matuu says volleyball and football have provided nearly 200 college opportunities for American Samoa athletes within the last five years alone.last_img read more

Lions ravage Isapea

first_imgThe Lions took a 12-6 lead at half-time at the Sir Hubert Murray stadium this afternoon. They had to hold off a determined Isapea side in the second half to secure the win.Suspended Hunters player Gahuna Silas put Isapea right back in the game, scoring two minutes into the second half.Solomon Pokari Kale made no mistake in converting the try to level up.The Lions took back the lead six minutes later after Robin Soga converted a penalty from right in front.Isapea were keen not to let the game slip away from them and the scores were tied again at 14-14 in the 51st minute after Kale kicked a penalty.Two quick tries to Rex Maima and Jerry on the wing gave the Lions some breathing space but Isapea hit back with a try through half-back Japheth Olik.This set up a nail-biting last 10 minutes with the score now at 24-20 with the Lions still leading.The win was sealed in the 74th minute when quick hands to Jerry saw him fly over to score the winning try, with the final score at 30-20.last_img read more

Conchita: “Now Garbiñe is a very dangerous player”

first_img-When Garbiñe and you’re collectively good issues occur, how do you clarify that?-It’s taking place now, let’s go away it that method. I’d reasonably not gaff it. I’m certain there will likely be troublesome and good instances. It’s nice to benefit from the second. It’s going properly, let’s simply take pleasure in what we’ve now. (They already labored collectively in 2017, when Garbiñe gained Wimbledon). -Many individuals talked about you and Garbiñe as a logical work duo, have been you destined to work collectively?-Nicely, sure, I heard that. It’s like with {couples}, all of us need Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to be collectively once more, proper? Typically it occurs like that. I used to be very good with Karolina (Pliskova). It was a nice affiliation. We had a fantastic 12 months. Now, again with Garbiñe, I really feel nice working exhausting along with her. For me, seeing her properly is nice.-How did you discover Muguruza once you began working and the way do you see her now?-Now I see her properly. I discovered her wanting to work, to do issues properly, to let go and let me work along with her essential issues. Issues are being completed properly and we should proceed like this. We’re on the best method.-Are you able to clarify the way you labored with Muguruza?It seems on the monitor. He is very, very aggressive like when he performed his finest tennis. Bodily I see her very properly. It’s attending to the balls with time. It stands agency, accelerating, ending a lot within the community. That is at all times good to see.-How are you going to persuade Garbiñe to climb extra?It’s best to be ok with your background pictures. You can not go to the community with out extra. He won’t serve and volley. With the essential blows you should put together the purpose, earlier than climbing. While you really feel snug with that and belief, that is when you’ll be able to take the following step. That is your sort of recreation. You need to begin constructing to really feel safer going to the community. She feels snug from the baseline.-How a lot are you engaged on the psychological aspect? I attempt to assist as a lot as I can with every facet, additionally within the psychological half, for my expertise as a tennis participant. Typically it is not crucial to talk for 3 hours. You go straight to the purpose and he or she understands. I attempt to present you what you are able to do to create and achieve confidence. Regularly and with out shortcuts. However she is a champion, she is very good.– Are you shocked that you simply obtained outcomes so rapidly?It has a lot of potential, however we anticipated to go step-by-step. Earlier than Svitolina it was spectacular to see him so properly. There is a lengthy solution to go, however I hope it goes far right here. She is very concerned within the match and is very dangerous.-This 12 months you’ll lastly enter the Corridor of Fame (the sixth Spanish after Alonso, Santana, Arantxa, Orantes and Gimeno), what does it imply to you?-It’s a nice honor. It was the third time he entered the voting. There have been huge names subsequent to mine. Being with them is superb. I’ll really feel full and good in regards to the achievements of my profession. I take pleasure in what I do, what I did as a participant and now continued as a coach. I’m at all times linked to tennis.– How was the transition from working with Pliskova to return to Muguruza?It was fairly quick. I completed with Karolina after the WTA Finals and began the preseason with Garbiñe on November 28. We went to San Diego. We have been there virtually 5 weeks earlier than the beginning of the course, till we went to Shenzhen and Hobart and now, right here we’re. The preseason was very, very good. There was a lot of time to work on the issues that have been wanted. I believe the outcomes are right here. It’s very good to see that the belongings you’ve been engaged on in the course of the preseason are mirrored on the monitor. It’s at all times good for a coach and for the group, for everybody who is behind Garbiñe.What is your philosophy as a coach, methods to work together with the gamers?There is no secret. I find it irresistible, I’m very obsessed with what I do. Exhausting work is at all times very, very essential. I’ve a good relationship with the gamers, as a result of I used to be and I understand how they really feel. I get that further that I believe is very good to have as a coach. I believe folks know that I’m a very severe one that likes to assist and work exhausting. Having the boldness of the gamers is key. Up to now, I’ve succeeded with that.last_img read more

Juventus renews goalkeeper Szczesny until 2024

first_imgSzczesny is almost untouchable in the goal of Juventus. Since its arrival in the summer of 2017 in exchange for 14 million euros, the former Arsenal guard has played 84 official matches and has won two Scudettos, an Italian Cup and an Italian Super Cup.The goalkeeper, at 29, was a substitute for Gianluigi Buffon in his first Turin campaign. With Buffon, with 42 years recently and probably facing his last campaign in the elite, the Juventus It is said to have a goalkeeper during the next campaigns. The Juventus has announced the renovation of the Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny until 2024. His previous relationship ended in 2021, therefore, Szczesny will continue wearing the shirt of the Vecchi Signora for three more seasons.last_img read more

Andre Agassi, fifty years of love and hate for tennis

first_imgAndre Agassi, “The Child of Las Vegas” turns 50 this Wednesday. Half a century of a life devoted to tennis, a sport that he himself confessed that he hated since his father positioned a racket in his fingers when he was two years previous, however during which he achieved a “revolution” till he turned one of the seven gamers succesful of successful the 4 Grand Slams. The “man with the quick steps”, the person with the wigs to cover his alopecia, the extravagant participant who wore quick denims to leap on the observe, who wore earrings and who even admitted that he had taken methamphetamine, He performed his final recreation at that 2006 US Open in opposition to German Benjamin Becker when he was 36 years previous. However till then a robust file had already been constructed.Sportingly, Agassi will at all times be remembered as a result of he has been one of the 26 numbers one which tennis has had, a place that he held for 101 weeks, and during which he managed to complete as soon as a season, in 1999, and additionally as a result of he gained 60 tournaments, eight of them Grand Slam. On this facet, you’ll be able to really feel completely happy as a result of it is usually the one one in historical past that has gained the seven most prestigious titles in males’s particular person tennis: the 4 Grand Slam, the Masters, now referred to as ATP Finals, the Olympic gold medal (Atlanta Olympics 1996) and the Davis Cup (1990, 1992 and 1995).It was additionally the youngest participant to achieve over 1,000,000 {dollars} in prizes, after solely taking part in 43 tournaments. However a look at his biography reveals that in these 50 years his life has not been so completely happy. Though the youngsters adored him, though he was the irreverent and “cool” that many praised, Agassi by no means felt liked by the good American public that devoted his love to Pete Sampras to a larger extent, with whom he rivaled in his greatest moments., and to whom he later devoted compliments reminiscent of, “He was extra robotic than a parrot.” It was, sure, an promoting banner, a breath of recent air that splashed and revolutionized tennis with its look, outdoors the canons that have been used then. Together with his racket he starred in what got here to be referred to as “The Rock and Roll of tennis”. However ultimately his complete determine was subjected to a phrase that haunted him: “the picture is every thing”.In his biography “Open”, additionally signed by the Pulitzer Prize J.R. Moehringer and revealed in 2009, many of its hidden truths for a time have been uncovered. His worry when he jumped onto the observe in a wig and feared that it will fall off was one of his foremost obsessions. “I began to wish when it was heat earlier than beginning the sport (Roland Garros remaining in 1990 in opposition to Ecuadorian Andrés Gómez). It was not for the victory, however in order that the wig didn’t fall offHe describes there. His hatred for tennis, a sport imposed on him by his father, Emmanuel “Mike” Agassian, who competed within the 1948 and 1952 Olympics representing Iran in boxing, marked his whole profession. Agassi didn’t select this sport, however his father who dreamed that one of his 4 kids could be a determine with the racket. “I nonetheless hate tennis. And now as a coach, I don’t need to love him. My job is to make a participant enhance his performances, get into his head, perceive who I’ve in entrance of him. And studying from him“He commented on” Open. “Inspired by his father, Agassi took” Pace ​​”unknowingly till his brother Philly warned him. Then, when he was struggling within the lowest moments of his profession, he sank in place 141 with a Severe wrist damage, he admitted that he had additionally ingested Cristal, as methamphetamine is thought.“This may make you are feeling like Superman,” stated Slim, his assistant, cheering him on his first shot. “There’s a second of remorse, adopted by huge disappointment. Then comes a seismic wave of euphoria that sweeps the adverse ideas out of my head. I by no means felt so alive, so hopeful … I by no means felt a lot vitality“Agassi says in” Open “when recounting these sensations from 1997.” My identify, my profession, every thing was at stake. Days later I sat in a chair with a notepad on my lap and wrote a letter to ATP. It was full of lies, blended with half truths“He provides referring to how he felt then, after an ATP physician warned him that he had examined optimistic for a doping management for a sort II substance.Agassi resorted to what might have been a three-month sanction, noting that it had been “his assistant’s mistake” and saved himself from the penalty. That remorse was uncovered in his biography. Additionally his laborious years at Nick Bolletieri’s academy the place he coincided amongst others with Jim Courier, his relationship and marriage with the American actress Brooke Shields and his subsequent wedding ceremony with the German Steffi Graf, icon of the American to maintain match, whose photograph was featured within the fridge. Shaved and proudly carrying his bald head, Agassi and Graf married in 2001 in Las Vegas with solely three individuals within the room, the decide who joined them and the moms of each. Then they’d two kids: Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.Life since then modified for him. His basis “Andre Agassi For Schooling”, targeted on kids, appears to have modified and improved him. He has been a short lived coach for Grigor Dimitrov and Novak Djokovic, and has declared himself an admirer of Rafael Nadal, whom he considers even above Roger Federer. His phrase “I play tennis as a method of life even supposing I hate him, I hate him with a secret ardour and I at all times have”, will stay in his reminiscence but in addition his legacy as a rebellious, irreverent and pleasant participant.last_img read more

Three years later, Bruno

first_imgVillarreal has confirmed that its captain, Bruno Soriano, has labored usually within the first two work classes of his crew after returning to coaching, which has meant placing finish of virtually three years of absence and of makes an attempt to have the ability to return after an ordeal of bodily issues.The footballer had already skilled together with his crew earlier than the pandemic stoppage occurred, however heor he did it regularly and alternating presences with the group and particular person work.The membership had not disclosed this example, ready to see if this evolution might be the definitive one and the long-awaited return might be made, since This isn’t the primary time that I attempted to return to full exercise, though within the earlier ones it was not profitable.This time it appears that evidently the footballer he has stated goodbye to his inconvenience, as, after having surgical procedure this summer season for the patellar tendon, the ache that prevented him from taking part in has subsided. Bruno’s ordeal started within the summer season 2017, when he underwent surgical procedure for osteophyte within the anterior tibial tuberosity, and that he was supposed to go away him out of the crew for less than three months.After two years of issues and discomfort of every kind, which led him to go to completely different medical doctors and face varied restoration plans, Artana’s participant He determined to have the patellar tendon operated on by Dr. Sakari Orava, which led to a radical change of their scenario.After that operation, the footballer has already begun to enhance till his ultimate return to exercise, as this week has lastly taken place. Bruno hopes to be together with his crew on this ultimate stretch of the League, during which the problem will probably be to see him play and see what occurs on the finish of this marketing campaign, during which his contract with the crew during which he has spent his complete profession ends.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Give Jamaicans a chance!

first_img Team strikes Oral Tracey is a man of my own order, or almost, or, at least, when he writes in The Gleaner on Tuesdays. I only wish there were more like him, or rather, there were more people who would speak out as he quite often does. As I have been doing for years now, Tracey has been calling for a change in the attitude of the Jamaica Football Federation, or of its president, Horace Burrell, in travelling to England and elsewhere and turning over every stone in order to find a footballer who has a Jamaican connection and who he can convince to come and play for Jamaica. According to Tracey, Burrell is wasting his time, and, again, I congratulate him on saying that. According to Tracey, and me, who believes that he is also wasting the people’s money, Burrell would be better served if he concentrates on building Jamaica’s football and improving Jamaica’s footballers, especially the young footballers. Instead of flying all over the place to tell the foreign-based players about Jamaica, to encourage the foreign-based players to visit Jamaica for a while, a few days at a time, and to represent Jamaica, instead of bringing in these players, paying for their flight “home” and their hotel bills, Burrell could spend a little money, some of Jamaica’s money, on local football, on grounds, etcetera, etcetera. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will the quality of Jamaica’s football, if it is ever to be built at all. Jamaica made it to the World Cup in 1998, however, and Jamaica can make it back again. In around 1993, Burrell turned up at Jamaica House, at a meeting of the National Sports Council, and pleaded for help, for some money, to try and assist Jamaica’s efforts to reach the World Cup finals in 1998. He spoke about the basic skills of young Jamaicans, and about the young footballers’ dream. The meeting turned him down, and he left in disappointment. Prime Minister P. J. Patterson then spoke to the meeting about really considering Burrell’s request. He asked them if they would rob the poor young men of Jamaica of the chance of trying for the World Cup and of fulfilling their dreams. And it is worse to hear that the “team was on strike yesterday over money”, the day before a match. And it is worse, remembering that none of these boys play for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, or Liverpool, and that none of them is Raheem Sterling or Daniel Sturridge. Although Wes Morgan is from Leicester, most of them are from small clubs playing in the lower leagues and would never ever be called to play for England. If, by some miracle, that happens, Burrell would spend his time on his knees pleading in vain for them to come “home” and play. Jamaica is a small country, and we should give opportunities to those who travel while seeking a better life. But their presence on the national team should be limited in numbers, and it should be limited to those who want to play, those who seek to play, and those who are good enough to play. If we follow Tracey’s plea, Jamaica may not make it in 2018, and Jamaica may not even make it 2022 or in 2026. The only hope for Jamaica, however, to make it after that is to offer opportunities to our young, talented local footballers, get them together regularly, play them in the Premier League, and let them express themselves on the way to fulfilling their dreams. On top of it all, Jamaica cannot afford to bring “home” strangers to play “home” matches at the National Stadium, to be in the bargaining room arguing over money when the players should be preparing to play, especially when they are average players treated with kid gloves and are lucky that there is a place like Jamaica, with a body like the JFF, and a president like Burrell. Government assistance The meeting then voted for the government to assist. The government went beyond the call of duty, and the result is history. A group of Jamaicans, including young Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, plus a small set of English-based Jamaicans, Robbie Earle, Paul Hall, Deon Burton, and Fitzroy Sinclair, worked and trained under the guidance of coach RenÈ Simies of Brazil and assistant coach Carl Brown of Jamaica, went to the World Cup, and also beat Japan. That was 1998, and although it is no disgrace, Jamaica have not been back to the World Cup. They, however, recently went to Japan and were easily and comprehensively beaten. What has happened to the Burrell, who in 1993 or thereabouts spoke so emotionally about the young Jamaican footballers? Is this another Burrell? Jamaica’s football has been kept alive, mostly by Red Stripe. The parish leagues have been kept going, mostly by the Captain’s money, but local football itself has been nowhere since 1998. The “national” team, the squad, is made up of almost all foreigners, sometimes with a token local player or two, sometimes they play reasonably well, and sometimes, most times, they play badly. The “national” team, the playing eleven, sometimes has no born and bred Jamaican in it. It is sad to hear commentators, Jamaican commentators, saying that “number 20 plays a pass to number 22”, while describing play, or the newspapers writing that “the Jamaica players arrived yesterday for the home match against El Salvador at the National Stadium”.last_img read more

All eyes on Calabar’s Taylor

first_imgATHLETES from the Corporate Area will be hoping to cement their spots for the finals of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship later this month, when they compete in the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet at the Usain Bolt/UWI Stadium today, starting at 10 a.m.There will be seven Grand Prix finals. These are the boys’ Class Two discus, boys’ classes One and Two long jump, girls’ classes One and Two high jump, and the boys’ and girls’ Open 4×400 metres. The other Grand Prix events are Class One boys’ discus final, classes One and Two boys’ high jump finals, boys’ 800 metres, girls’ discus, girls’ long jump, girls’ 800 metres, girls’ discus, along with the 200 and 400 metres.Today’s meet will be the penultimate one for athletes in the Corporate Area to book their individual spots for the grand final, which will culminate next Saturday with the G.C. Foster Classics.They will get their final opportunity on Saturday at the Digicel Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium.Beside seeking top spot in the Grand Prix events, athletes will be hoping to help their schools gain valuable points, as the top teams overall in the male and female categories will walk away with a cash prize of $250,000, and the top two individuals will carry points towards the finals.BATTLE ROYALThe top-three boys’ teams at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships – defending champions Calabar High, Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC) – are expected to have another battle royal, while it should also be close among the females, as Corporate Area champions for the past eight years, Wolmer’s Girls, will be severely tested by the likes of a vastly improved Excelsior High, Camperdown High, St Andrew High, Immaculate Conception High, and Convent of Mercy Academy ‘Alpha’, which have all been in terrific form this season.Again, all eyes will be on Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, who is the leader in the boys’ Under-18 400 metres Grand Prix event. Taylor, despite just going through the motions last Saturday at the Youngster Goldsmith Meet, was still able to clock 47.18 seconds. His teammate, Brandon Heath, who was second overall with 49.66 seconds, will be hoping to maintain that position. Jamaica College’s Romario Mickel and Excelsior High’s Mikel Clarke will also be looking to make an impact.Calabar are also ahead in the Grand Prix Class Two 100 metres, where the outstanding Dejour Russell is the leader in the Under-18 category after winning the event last Saturday in 10.89 seconds. His teammate, Tyreke Wilson, was also under 11 seconds on the day, after finishing second in 10.97. Wolmer’s Boys’ Malik Shepard, who was third in 11.05, and his teammate, Xavier Nairne, who was fourth in 11.07, are also seeking spots among the top two.KC’S JHEVAUGHN MATHERSONKingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson, who won his heat in 10.69 seconds in Class One, will be hoping for a faster time today to move ahead of Calabar High’s Xavier Angus, who was first overall with 10.66.Among the females, Alpha’s Kiara Grant was the fastest Class Three athlete in the 100 metres among Corporate Area athletes last Saturday, winning in 11.74 seconds to lead the Under-17 section. Wolmer’s Girls’ Kellian Kelly is second overall, after finishing fourth overall in Class Two in 12.05 seconds.last_img read more

Basketball wants its own house

first_imgHaving a facility of its own to manage and host national camps, plus getting better financial aid would be on top of the wish list of basketball president, Mark Broomfield, when the new Government takes office.Broomfield says if associations, especially basketball, have a facility to call their own, it would greatly improve preparation for international tournaments and enhance programmes to develop local talent.”We want a facility to manage and operate on our own. For any sport, give them (associations) facilities, so they can develop programmes. As it is now, we don’t own any facilities. The minister of sports for the first time gave the national (basketball) team the opportunity to train indoors when we are preparing for international tournaments, so we can use the indoor centre free of cost.”The next step would be to have our own facility, where we have the keys and can have any training programmes and have access to it. We want also a facility that can be managed by the association, so we can have training when preparing for international tournaments, especially the youth programme.”If you have a home, you can have a camp and have access to courts. We have one that is used for netball, we want one for basketball as a home allows us to do things that you are not able to do if you don’t have a camp, and for basketball, we want our own facility,” he reasoned.Broomfield added that financial assistance could also be improved.”One of the improvements I would like to see is greater financial support for the associations, especially basketball. But I would love to see them continue the improvement of sport as it relates to government intervention,” he said.last_img read more

WI batsmen struggle in tour match

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies batsmen made a sluggish start to their tour of Sri Lanka on a rain-hit opening day of their three-day tour match here yesterday.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored with 46 but West Indies struggled to 127 for six against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI, on a day when only 46 overs were possible at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Rookie Shai Hope was unbeaten on 24 while Darren Bravo made 21, but opener Rajindra Chandrika (18), Jermaine Blackwood (3), Shane Dowrich (3) and Marlon Samuels (0) all failed.Off-spinner Suraj Randiv was the President’s XI best bowler with three for 33, while seamer Suranga Lakmal supported with two for 10.Rain and a wet outfield forced the abandonment of the morning session and when play finally got under way at 1:45 p.m., West Indies lost Chandrika cheaply with the score on 23, pulling Lakmal to midwicket in the 16th over.The right-hander faced 49 balls and struck three fours.Brathwaite and Bravo then put on 55 for the second wicket to take the Windies to tea at 78 for one.The left-handed Bravo fell to the fourth delivery following the break, however, edging one behind off Randiv without a run added to the interval total.He struck three fours and a six in 32 balls at the crease.Multiple wicketsHis dismissal sparked a collapse where five wickets fell for 35 runs as Randiv and Lakmal ran through the middle order.In the second over after tea, the right-handed Samuels edged the fourth ball he had faced to the keeper off Lakmal, and Blackwood spent 19 balls at the crease before holing out to mid-on off Randiv.The obdurate Brathwaite, who faced 102 balls and counted six fours, perished in the next over lbw to 24-year-old seamer Vishwa Fernando and Dowrich fell six overs before the eventual close to give Ramdiv his third wicket of the day.Though 59 overs had been scheduled, bad light forced a premature end to the day’s play, with Hope and Denesh Ramdin, unbeaten on five, attempting to steady the innings.The right-handed Hope has so far struck three fours in a 35-ball knock.last_img read more