Martin to lead PNG Kumuls

first_imgThe announcement was officially made today by the PNG LNG Kumul coach, Michael Marum.Martin replaces James Segeyaro, who was originally named as captain of the side.Being the most capped PNG Kumul player coupled with his vast NRL experience and great leadership quality, Martin stands out as the right candidate for captaincy.Speaking to the media after the team’s run today, PNG LNG Kumuls head coach, Marum, said with Martin’s good work ethics, loyalty and commitment to the national team since the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, he has been given the captain’s job on merit.Reacting to today’s announcement, Martin said it came as a pleasant surprise but he is very honoured and privileged to lead his country for the first time.Martin made his debut for the Kumuls back in 2014 against Tonga in Lae. In 2015 he was with the team that challenged Fiji.Martin last played for the Kumuls in the 2017 rugby league world cup. He played all four matches, scored two tries and kicked 16 goals. He also played last year’s PM’s 13 match against Australia.last_img read more

Shiffrin emotional over bittersweet slalom record

first_imgMikaela Shiffrin said that surpassing Marlies Schild on Saturday to become the women’s all-time World Cup leader in slalom was bittersweet since she always felt her childhood idol deserved to hold the record.The 23-year-old American, who surpassed Schild with her 36th World Cup slalom win in Semmering, said she had an emotional dream about breaking the Austrian great’s record while taking a nap before a training run in Lake Louise earlier in December.“I had a lucid dream about passing the record and I started crying a little bit because there is a large part of me that never wanted to pass Marlies,” she told reporters on Sunday, the day after her victory at the Austrian resort.“I wanted her to have that record because I always felt that she deserves to hold it,” she explained in Oslo, where she next competes in the New Year’s Day city event on Tuesday.Shiffrin added that she had become teary-eyed between runs on Saturday before notching her 51st overall World Cup victory to move into seventh on the all-time win list and becoming the first ski racer to win 15 World Cup races in a calendar year.“Marlies sent me a message pretty much immediately after the race that said thank you for your words and congratulations,” she said of the Austrian, who won 35 times before retiring in 2014.“The truth is she led the way in slalom skiing, she made it possible for me to do what I am currently doing and I wouldn’t be where I am without her. So I owe her a lot.”Shiffrin said records were made to be broken and that she would applaud if and when she was dethroned.“Somebody is probably going to come and take it from me and that’s good,” she said.“That’s awesome because it means the sport is progressing.”For now, no-one can touch Shiffrin, who extended her lead in the overall World Cup standings to a handsome 466 points over Slovak Petra Vlhova, who finished second toShiffrin in Saturday’s race.Shiffrin also leads the World Cup slalom and super-G standings, while ranked third in the giant slalom and ninth in the downhill standings.In a comment that should send shivers down the spines of her opponents, Shiffrin said she was feeling in top form heading into the New Year.“A week and a half ago, I was very close to crippled after the parallel slalom in St Moritz,” she said.“Parallel slalom and city events are so hard on your back, harder than any other event and my back muscles totally went out,” added Shiffrin, who was sidelined from training for a week. “Now I’m back to full capacity.”last_img read more


first_imgWest Second-Team All-StarsF – Aaron Armstrong, RyersonF – Matt Campagna, TorontoF – Brandon Robinson, LaurierD – Derek Sheppard, YorkD – Mike Moffatt, WaterlooG – Mack Shields, York OUA West Major Award WinnersMost Valuable Player – Alex Basso, RyersonRookie of the Year – Todd Winder, GuelphDefenceman of the Year – Alex Basso, RyersonGoaltender of the Year – Clint Windsor, BrockRandy Gregg Award – Shayne Rover, YorkMost Sportsmanlike Award – Shayne Rover, YorkCoach of the Year – Marty Williamson, Brock For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Print Friendly Version University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey forward Matt Campagna was named an all-star for the first time in his career as Ontario University Athletics announced the 2017-18 men’s hockey major award winners and all-stars on Thursday morning. For the second straight season, the employment relations major led the team in assists (17) and points (25). The third-year forward got off to a slow start, but ended the year in dominate fashion, tallying 16 points in 12 contests. Story Links The Mississauga, Ont., native matched a career-high with four assists in a 4-3 win over Ryerson on January 27. Campagna has recorded 25 goals, 53 assists for 78 points in 83 career games for U of T. West All-Rookie TeamF – Todd Winder, GuelphF – Cordell James, WesternF – Cavin Leth, RyersonD – Mathieu Henderson, GuelphD – Gregory DiTomaso, RyersonG – Andrew Masters, Guelph West First-Team All-StarsF – Matt Mistele, RyersonF – Scott Simmonds, GuelphF – Cody Thompson, GuelphD – Alex Basso, RyersonD – Josh McFadden, GuelphG – Clint Windsor, Brocklast_img read more

Lindener fined for breaking 2am curfew

first_imgBrian Durga of Industrial Area, Mackenzie, Linden, was fined ,000 for disturbing the peace, when he pleaded guilty to playing loud music past the 02:00h curfew. Durga appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The court was told that on December 10, Durga played his music in a loud manner after the 02:00h curfew thereby disturbing the peace. This resulted in his equipment being seized.In plea of mitigation Durga told the magistrate that at the time he was playing music it was not yet 02:00h. He said after the Police were summoned he nevertheless cooperated with them. As such he was fined.last_img

Fergie: Money is the name of the game

first_img“My personal opinion is that it’s never going to change, the world is progressing, and transfer fees with it, and I don’t know if there’ll be an end to it,” Ferguson said after chairing two days of closed-door talks with top coaches at the base of European football governing body UEFA.“Fortunately, I’m not at the hub of it nowadays. Certainly it’s amazing, the amount of money spent nowadays,” said 72-year-old Ferguson, who retired in May 2013 after 26 years as United boss.His successor David Moyes was axed after just 10 months in charge as the club’s fortunes slumped.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal took the helm after leading Holland to third place in the World Cup in Brazil.The new United boss was given a green light to splash out on big name players for the 20-time English champions, who are looking to rebuild following a disappointing seventh-place finish last season.The club set a British record last week by paying 59.7 million pounds (75.5 million euros) for Real Madrid midfielder di Maria.As the transfer window closed on Monday, they made a sensational double swoop to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco and Holland international Daley Blind from Ajax.Blind’s arrival, in a 14-million-pound (17-million-euros) transfer, had been expected, but the signing of prolific frontman Falcao was a major coup for the ailing English giants.United are reported to have agreed to pay Monaco a fee of around 10 million euros to secure Falcao’s services for the season, with an option to make the deal permanent for 55 million euros.All told, they have spent around 150 million pounds (114 million euros).According to Swiss-based analysts the CIES Football Observatory, the di Maria deal was a case-study of the breakneck inflation on the transfer market, which far outstrips price rises in the overall economy.CIES said that United paid 30 million euros over the right price for the Argentina international.The story was similar at French club Paris St Germain, whose fee of 62 million euros to bring Brazilian David Luiz from Chelsea was 29 million euros too high, CIES said.The sum was a world record for a defender.Real Madrid, meanwhile, paid 25 million euros over the odds for World Cup Golden Boot James Rodriguez, CIES said.The Colombian moved from Monaco for 80 million euros.Those deals were emblematic of the role of wealthy clubs in stoking inflation, CIES said, noting that overall, European teams paid an average of 16 percent more than they invested in the five previous years for players with similar characteristics.CIES examined football’s “Big Five” – the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, the Italian Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NYON, September 4- Money is the name of the game but the huge sums spent on football transfers are jaw-dropping, coaching icon Sir Alex Ferguson said on Thursday.Speaking two days after a wide-ranging study showed that transfer fee inflation in Europe’s top leagues has hit 16 percent, and that his old club Manchester United paid tens of millions of euros above market rates for top purchase Angel di Maria, Ferguson said that was part and parcel of the sport.last_img read more

Everton 0-0 West Brom: Toffees frustrated as Baggies stand firm to claim point

first_img Everton forward Kevin Mirallas misses a penalty in a goalless draw with West Brom 1 The ‘Tony Pulis Factor’ continues at West Brom as the Baggies made it four games unbeaten under their new manager with a stubborn 0-0 draw at Everton.Roberto Martinez’s Toffees, meanwhile, continue their torrid run of form, with the Merseysiders without a win in six having not tasted victory since their 3-1 win over QPR before Christmas.It was a cruel result for the hosts in a game which was attack vs defence for arguably the entire 90 minutes, with the Toffees continuously frustrated by the visitors’ stubborn defences in a typical Pulis-style shut-out display.Martinez’s side eventually paid the price for Kevin Mirallas’ costly penalty blunder, the Belgian hitting the post from the spot after Jolean Lescott handled in the area, and the team then missed his creative influence in the second-half after he was mysteriously substituted at the break.A point apiece sees both sides treacherously close to the bottom-three, with 12th placed Everton four points clear of the relegation zone and the 14th placed Baggies just three.Everton flitted around the area throughout the opening-half but struggled to find room as the Baggies crowded the boxChances came for Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku, but with an opposition player constantly nipping at their heels the opening had gone before they could get a shot away.Mirallas stepped up to take a free-kick in a dangerous area on 25 minutes, but the forward’s effort was well read by Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster, who collected the swerving shot with ease.Craig Gardner then looked to have missed a great chance to put the Baggies in front, Joel Robles doing well to save his point-blank volley after getting in behind Everton’s head-four, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside anyway.The key moment in the game came when Lescott was penalised for handball on the stroke of half-time.It had Leighton Baines’ name on it – the full-back’s form from the spot has been exemplary over the past few seasons – but, after having a word with the regular kicker, it was the in-form Mirallas who stepped forward.His miss, beating Foster but hitting the left-hand post, must have led to squabbles at the half-time break – with striker Steven Naismith making no secret about his anger with his team-mate – as the Belgian flyer was benched at half-time.Everton maintained pressure on the Baggies’ box throughout the second-half but struggled to carve out many clear-cut chances, landing just four of their 17 shots on target.West Brom star Saido Berahino, who was only available after a court hearing for drink driving was brought forward, had a quiet game and was pulled off on 70 minutes, but the introduction of Stephane Sessegnon sparked the Baggies into life in the final ten.The Frenchman’s positive runs down the left flank saw the visitors pose a real threat to Everton’s box for perhaps the first time in the game, but the hosts managed to keep them at bay.It was a deserved point for Pulis’ plucky side, but a frustrating one for the Merseysiders, who face Crystal Palace – another team buoyed by a new boss – in their next league outing.last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Sunderland eyeing January loan deal for former Liverpool man

first_img Joao Carlos Teixeira in action for Liverpool Sunderland are eyeing up former Liverpool midfielder Joao Teixeira.The 23-year-old moved to Porto in the summer but he has struggled to break into the first-team since then.It has led to reports that the Portuguese player is ready to leave on loan in January in the hope he can secure more action.Sunderland, according to Don Balon, are one of those interested in Teixeira and they could move for him when the transfer window reopens.Black Cats manager David Moyes is expected to add to his squad in January and the midfielder is one of his targets.Porto are reportedly willing to allow Teixeira leave on loan – but only if they can secure a replacement. 1last_img

Ballon d’Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo named winner, Lionel Messi runner up

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo crowned a memorable year by being named the world’s best player for a fourth time when he won the 2016 Ballon d’Or on Monday night.The 31-year-old Portugal and Real Madrid foward topped the poll of 173 journalists worldwide.Ronaldo played a crucial role as Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in May to become European champions for a record-extending 11th time.Then two months later, Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016 in France to claim a major trophy for the first time – despite losing their talisman to injury early on in the final.Ronaldo, who has so far scored 48 goals in 52 games for club and country during 2016, was not able to accept the award in person with the forward currently away in Japan as Real Madrid prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup.The 31-year-old has previously won the Ballon d’Or three times, the last in 2014 when it had been merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year accolade.The award moves Ronaldo clear of three-time winners Marco van Basten, Michel Platini and the late Johan Cruyff.Commenting on his triumph, Ronaldo said: “I never thought in my mind to win four times the Golden Ball, so I am so pleased and so happy.“I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.“As you can imagine I feel so proud and happy to receive this amazing and beautiful ball, I am so happy.”France Football announced Ronaldo as the winner at 7pm GMT, but it had revealed the top five before the countdown.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, who helped drive Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, was voted in sixth place.Some 30 players in all were put forward on the 2016 Ballon d’Or finals list, which included several players based in the English Premier League.Leicester’s title winning striker Jamie Vardy was put into the top 10 as the English forward finished in eighth place with midfielder Riyad Mahrez, the PFA Player of the Year, ranked seventh.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Manchester United from Juventus for £89million in the summer, and the France international placed 14th.Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic also headed to Old Trafford when he left Paris St Germain on a free transfer. The veteran 35-year-old striker finished in 13th position of the journalists’ poll following his tally of some 40 goals in 2016.West Ham’s French playmaker Dimitri Payet ranked joint 17th.Also included among the nominees were Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, along with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Along with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has also been named on a three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award 2016, which will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.last_img read more

Small firms optimistic

first_imgNEW YORK – If you believe the surveys, small-business owners are growing less optimistic as they see the economy slowing. Look closer and you might find that owners can be pretty upbeat – provided their businesses are well-positioned to weather a downturn. Even though the housing market has slowed, John Reinhardt is very positive about his real-estate company, based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. “I’m really excited. I wasn’t a few months ago, but the numbers are doing real well – if I took my average monthly production, it’s up 20 percent the last month and a half or two months,” said Reinhardt, owner of Fillmore Real Estate. Reinhardt said the slide in home prices has made buying a house more affordable for many first-time home buyers, including blue-collar workers who are now being priced out of the rental market. “Many of them are saying, `Maybe it makes sense to buy,”‘ he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleReinhardt put his company in place to benefit from this shift by diversifying away from a focus on more upscale housing. A survey of small-company owners by the National Federation of Independent Business found that, overall, they were less optimistic last month; the NFIB’s small-business optimism index fell 2.2 points, to 95.9, the lowest reading for the index since March 2003. The survey found that more businesses are borrowing – a possible indication that cash flows are slowing along with the economy. But two components of the index – the number of job openings and owners’ plans to create new jobs – rose last month. That indicates that even as small-business optimism has ebbed, many owners are comfortable enough to think about expanding. Some business owners are upbeat because they’re in industries that stand to benefit from a downturn. Lew Freeman, whose Miami-based businesses include forensic accounting and real-estate consulting concerns, specializes in helping lenders who are worried about borrowers who look like they’re heading for default. Business is up right now – “bad is good,” Freeman said – because lenders are seeing more signs of trouble as the economy slows and they don’t want to wait for an actual default to occur. Freeman’s company looks over a borrower’s books and determines whether it’s likely to default. After the real estate and mortgage boom of the past few years, “I think we’re going to see a lot of setbacks,” Freeman said. That will keep his revenue increasing, but Freeman also noted that he’s not immune from the challenges that other small-business owners are contending with. He’s also had to deal with rising expenses, including higher energy prices and the rising cost of property and casualty insurance because Florida is a hurricane zone. Other business owners had the foresight to make their companies less vulnerable during a downturn. Jon Bailey, co-owner of Bailey Gardiner, a San Diego-based marketing firm, described himself as cautiously optimistic about his company because it diversified away from a heavy dependence on clients in the real estate industry. More of Bailey Gardiner’s clients are now in industries such as tourism and hospitality. Bailey said the company has had a slight increase in revenue and profits this year, and said “that has been a very happy experience.” Memories of the dot-com bubble and bust contributed to Bailey Gardiner’s change in strategy. “We had layoffs, salary cuts – we didn’t want to go through that pain again.” Bailey said. Jennefer Witter, owner of the New York-based marketing firm The Boreland Group, said while her company is steadily growing – “I’ve already started to get nibbles from people who are doing their business planning for 2007” – she’s also preparing for a possible slowdown.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Suit cites LAPD pepper-spray use

first_imgIn the second such incident to emerge in the last two weeks, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges Los Angeles Police Department officers pepper sprayed a suspect without provocation while he was handcuffed. In his suit filed against the city and three LAPD officers, Gregory Falk of Venice alleges that his constitutional rights were violated July 27, when he was handcuffed and “summarily punished” by officers who applied pepper spray to his face. Falk said in the lawsuit that the incident began after a surfing dispute with lifeguards. When officers arrived, Falk said in the suit, they threw him against the hood of their SUV. One officer called out, “Resisting arrest!” and punched him in the face, then threw him to the sand and handcuffed him, according to the suit. As he was held against a nearby lifeguard truck, one of the officers pepper-sprayed his eyes and face, the suit says. In a separate review, Police Chief William Bratton concluded that no policy changes are needed in the department’s use of pepper spray, calling it a “highly effective nonlethal tool that is necessary for officers to use when trying to de-escalate a confrontation with an uncooperative and or combative suspect.” (818) 713-3731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Falk was arrested and taken to Pacific Station but never charged with a crime, according to the complaint. “The significance is another incidence of (officers) pepper spraying someone as summary punishment,” said John Raphling, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit alleging a pattern of LAPD officers using pepper spray on suspects without justification. LAPD spokeswoman Martha Garcia said the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Falk’s suit follows a video shown by Raphling earlier this month of a February 2005 arrest of transient Benjamin Baker. The video shows Baker being pepper-sprayed by an officer while handcuffed in a patrol car at Venice beach. The LAPD completed an investigation into that incident earlier this month but declined to divulge information about the officers. last_img read more