This was the word from the New Zealand’s coach Anthony Hudson during the All White-Kapul conference yesterday at the Sir John Guise stadium in Port Moresby.The side is without Chris Wood, their captain and leading goal scorer, which in itself is a loss.But they’ll also be missing key defender Themistoklis Tzimopoulos and midfielder Luka Prelevic to suspension, two players who have made starts in three of the four matches they’ve had at Sir John Guise Stadium. This gives some indication of the gap they will leave.While those absences are a talking point, coach Hudson believes the squad has the depth required to secure passage to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.“He left, the mood has not changed,” Hudson says of Wood’s departure.“We’re in a very good place, everyone is healthy, strong, fit, recovered. So we’re in general looking forward to a good game.”Meanwhile, no matter what the result is between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in this afternoon’s OFC Nations Cup final, it will be an historic moment for the host nation.Papua New Guinea have beaten New Zealand just once before, a 1-0 win in 1997 and for the first time in the 43-year history of this competition, PNG will compete in the final of Oceania’s most prestigious competition. They will play against a side that has been there five times before – and successful in four of them.It’s a big ask for the amateur side but coach Flemming Serritslev has been through it all before and believes the side has the talent and mental strength to do well.“I think we are well prepared as we can be for this match. For sure it will be different for our players to suddenly be playing in front of such a big crowd but I’ve been speaking to the boys about it,” Serritslev says.“They have to be confident with themselves, they have to believe in themselves and they have actually shown for me a good style here so why shouldn’t they believe in themselves?“Of course we’re facing a very tough opponent in New Zealand and it will be tough for us, but hopefully we can make it a bit tough on New Zealand too.”And there is no expectation that it will be an easy ride for the All Whites as they chase their fifth Oceania title.
Dornelles, speaking in an interview with Olympics-rightsholders Globo, insisted that a “great Olympics” remains possible, but only if specific steps are taken.”I am optimistic about the Games, but we have to show the reality,” he wrote.”We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure. “I have said that without security and no subway, there will be difficulties. “How will people get to places without underground transport? “How will people feel protected in the city without security? “We have to give proof that we are equipping security and the mobility for people to come to the country.”This marks the most serious admission of fears ahead of the Games by a Brazilian official after repeated insistences that the Games would be unaffected by the various political and economic problems ravaging the host nation.Dornelles declared an unprecedented “state of public calamity in financial administration” earlier this month with less than 50 days until the Opening Ceremony, which could threaten “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016”.Brazil’s interim President, Michel Temer, has already reportedly agreed to disburse federal funds to cover Rio’s shortfall, prioritising any projects considered necessary for the Games.One of these is the subway line due to link the city centre with the Olympic Park site at Barra de Tijuca.A payment of BRL$989 million (£193 million/$280 million/€246 million) to the State Government was rejected earlier this month by the Brazilian National Development Bank due to a failure to pay-back previous loans.Dornelles said that the state is still awaiting a BRL$2.9 billion (£579 million$860 million/€720 million) payout from the Federal Government.He also warned that, until this support arrives, there is only enough money to continue police patrols in the city until the end of the week.Security is another concern after a series of muggings affecting athletes training for the Games.Australia’s six-time Paralympian Liesl Tesch was robbed at gunpoint close to the Guanabara Bay sailing venue last week, while members of both the Spanish and British sailing teams have also been affected.Eight-five thousand security forces are expected to be deployed during the Games.But concerns remain over their accommodation and to what extent the financial crisis affecting the State Govenment will hinder their activities.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side opened the scoring after only 11 minutes thanks to Christian Eriksen’s brilliant long-ranger – the first goal Chelsea had conceded in over 10 hours – only for Pedro to level just before half-time with his own sensational strike.The home team claimed all three points when Victor Moses – making his seventh consecutive league start – slotted home after 51 minutes as they made it seven league wins in a row, their best run for six years.As a result, Chelsea remain a point clear of second-placed Liverpool and third-in-the-table Manchester City, who both also won earlier in the day, while Spurs stay fifth and are now seven points behind their London rivals.As expected, Blues boss Antonio Conte named an unchanged starting line-up for the sixth successive top-flight match, although captain John Terry was ruled out with a muscular injury.Tottenham were without full-backs Danny Rose and Ben Davies through suspension and injury respectively – with Kevin Wimmer surprisingly filling in for the former at left back – while both Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld missed out with injury.However, it was the visitors who made the more accomplished start to the contest, dominating both possession and territory in the opening exchanges, culminating in Eriksen’s wonderful opener.Referee Michael Oliver deserves praise for his part in the goal, with the official playing an excellent advantage in the immediate lead-up to the Dane’s strike after a foul on Son Heung-min.The ball broke kindly to Eriksen towards the left-hand edge of the area, with the playmaker then beating Thibaut Courtois with a well-struck left-footed effort for his first goal of the season after his 39th attempt of the campaign.And if anything in the first period, it looked as though it was Chelsea, rather than Spurs, who had had a tough Champions League exertion on the road in midweek.However, the Blues gradually worked their way into proceedings and drew level in the final minute of the half through a sublime strike from Pedro, who picked the ball up on the edge of the area and after an exquisite Cruyff turn, the winger beat Hugo Lloris with an inch-perfect curler into the top right-hand corner of the net.That goal could not have come at a better time for Conte’s side, who marched off at the break in high spirits, and they maintained that spring in their step in the second half as Spurs wilted.In fact, it took Chelsea only six minutes of the second half to go in front for the first time, with Diego Costa playing an integral role as the muscular Brazil-born striker broke clear to the left-hand byline, before pulling the ball back for the unmarked Moses to score, despite Jan Vertonghen’s presence on the line.Thereafter, Chelsea controlled the temp of the match as Tottenham’s trip to the South of France on Tuesday appeared to finally catch up with them, with Marcos Alonso missing a great chance to kill off their rivals after side-footing over from close range minutes after Moses’s strike.That miss, though, was not to prove costly as Chelsea easily held on to their lead in the final quarter of the game as the visitors’ 26-year wait for a league win at the Bridge continues.Player ratingsChelsea: Courtois (7), Azpilicueta (6), David Luiz (8), Cahill (6), Moses (9), Kante (7), Matic (6), Alonso (7), Pedro (8), Diego Costa (8), Hazard (6)Subs used: Ivanovic (6), Oscar (6), Willian (6)Tottenham: Lloris (7), Dier (6), Wimmer (6), Vertonghen (6), Walker (7), Wanyama (7), Dembele (7), Son Heung-min (6), Eriksen (8), Alli (6), Kane (7)Subs used: Janssen (6), Nkoudou (7), Winks (6)Man of the match: Victor Moses
Australian Steve Plain became the fastest climber to scale the highest peaks in seven continents, taking 117 days for a feat popularly called the “Seven Summits”, after he scaled Mount Everest early on Monday, his expedition company in Nepal said.Plain, 36, from Albury, Australia, reached the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak of the world’s tallest mountain after climbing more than seven hours from the final camp, at the 8,000 m (26,246-foot) South Col, to claim the record.“He has set the record of climbing Seven Summits in the shortest time of 117 days,” said Ishwari Paudel, an official of the Himalayan Guides hiking company that handled logistics for the climber. Few details of the climb were available.A Polish climber held the previous record of 126 days to complete the Seven Summits.Apart from Everest, the six highest peaks are Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe), Vinson (Antarctica), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Papua New Guinea’s Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia/Oceania).A Chinese climber also set a new record on Monday, becoming the first double amputee to summit Everest from the Nepali side of the peak.Xia Boyu, 70, first tried to reach the top in 1975 but lost both his legs in the process due to frostbite. Subsequent attempts in 2014, 2015 and 2016 failed, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.The only other double amputee to have summited Everest was Mark Inglis from New Zealand in 2006 from the peak’s Tibet side.More than 340 foreigners, each paying $11,000 for a climbing permit, and their sherpa guides, are at the Everest base camp or other high camps in Nepal.The peak, first scaled by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, can also be climbed from Tibet, where about 180 climbers are waiting to ascend.The month of May, before the onset of the rainy season, is the best month for climbing Everest.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has undergone surgery for a hand injury sustained on international duty with Senegal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.Mane missed Senegal’s 1-0 win over Sudan on Tuesday in African Nations Cup qualifying and joined a growing list of injured players at Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Huddersfield Town.“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sadio Mane today underwent a procedure on a hand injury sustained while on international duty with Senegal,” Liverpool said.“The surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital and supervised by club medics, was successful. Mane’s recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days.”Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita went off with a suspected muscle strain in Guinea’s 1-1 draw against Rwanda on Tuesday while forward Mohamed Salah had to be taken off with a groin injury when Egypt beat eSwatini 4-1 in Cairo on Friday.Defender Virgil van Dijk was withdrawn from the Netherlands squad for Tuesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium as he was still feeling the effects of a rib injury that he suffered when playing for the club against Southampton last month.Third-placed Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten start to the league season at Huddersfield. Juergen Klopp’s side entertain Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League next week.
Top seed Simona Halep had to summon all of her determination and grit against Kaia Kanepi in a 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 victory in the Australian Open on Tuesday and survive a repeat of a first-round Grand Slam exit at the hands of the Estonian.In a rematch of last year’s US Open first round, where Kanepi dumped her out in straight sets, Halep had to dig deep against the powerful groundstrokes of her opponent, who is ranked 71 but had not played since New York.The 2018 French Open champion was without a coach and on a five-match losing streak coming into the year’s first Grand Slam and had to make sure she kept her unforced errors to a minimum.She broke Kanepi twice in the final set and sealed the match when her opponent sent a forehand wide for her 62nd unforced error. Halep will next play American Sofia Kenin, who earlier beat Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova 6-3 3-6 7-5.
By Abhishek TakleSHANGHAI, April 14 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time on Sunday to seize the overall lead from his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.Bottas, who made a poor start from pole and lost out to five times world champion Hamilton into the first corner, was second for his team’s third one-two finish in as many races this season.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place, his first podium appearance of the campaign, with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly denying the German an extra point with the fastest lap right at the end.The comfortable win in a race short on thrills was the 75th of Hamilton’s career, and second in a row after his lucky triumph in Bahrain two weeks ago.“To have a one-two together is really special in the 1,000th Grand Prix. The start was where I was able to make the difference, and after that it’s kind of history,” said the Briton, who also won the 900th in Bahrain in 2014.He is now just 16 victories short of Michael Schumacher’s all time record tally of 91.Hamilton has 68 points to Bottas’s 62 with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third on 39. In the constructors’ standings, Mercedes are already a hefty 57 clear of second-placed Ferrari.There has yet to be a winner this year from pole position, with Bottas triumphant in the Australian opener in similar fashion to Hamilton in China.“I think I lost it in the start. The car was feeling OK and otherwise the pace was similar,” said the Finn, who was never under any real threat from behind.“In the first stint in the dirty air I couldn’t follow. Shame about the start, I got some wheel spin when I went over the white line, the start-finish line which is immediately after my box, and I lost it there.”FERRARI TEAM ORDERSVettel’s team mate Charles Leclerc, on pole in Bahrain but denied victory there after a late loss of power while leading, finished fifth behind Verstappen, who briefly went wheel-to-wheel with Vettel for the final podium spot.Leclerc got ahead of Vettel at the start but was Instructed by Ferrari to let his team mate through on lap 11, an order the Monegasque complied with while making clear that he did not agree.“Let Sebastian by,” he was told over the radio while in third place. “But I’m pulling away,” responded the 21-year-old.Vettel then struggled to find a rhythm when freed up to take on the Mercedes pair, but Leclerc was the clear loser of a situation that pushed him back and behind Verstappen after the pitstops despite an attempted longer stint.“I’m happy to be on the podium,” said Vettel, who made two pitstops that Mercedes covered by switching to a similar strategy. “But (the race was) tough because we tried to stick with them but just couldn’t.”Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said the team has just wanted to try everything they could, with Hamilton pulling away at the front.“I understand the feeling of Charles. It’s a shame for him but at that stage of the race Mercedes were slightly faster and we simply tried to give Sebastian a go and see if he could keep the pace of Mercedes,” he explained.“If Charles is upset, he is right to be upset. We should accept it, it’s a shame for him and next time maybe it will be to his advantage.”Mercedes pitted Bottas first to protect him from Vettel, a move that reduced Hamilton’s lead, and later on pitted the pair in a perfectly timed sequence with Hamilton leaving the box just as Bottas arrived.RICCIARDO SCORESGasly was sixth, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo — the Australian’s first finish of the season after two retirements– and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth for Alfa Romeo and Thailand’s Alexander Albon, who started from the pitlane after missing qualifying due to a heavy crash in final practice, took the final point for Toro Rosso.Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat were the three retirements.The last two and the other McLaren of Carlos Sainz were involved in a three-car tangle on the opening lap that resulted in a brief virtual safety car period.Kvyat was handed a drive-through penalty for causing the collision, a decision the Russian felt was unfair and needed clarifying.
Cyprus take on Kazakhstan in a Uefa Euro 2020 qualifier at the GSP stadium in Nicosia on Friday evening, desperate for a win.This will be Cyprus’ fifth game in Group I and they need to pick up three points to keep alive any lingering hopes of making the playoffs.Cyprus are fifth in the six-team group on three points, following a 5-0 victory over San Marino back in March, with Kazakhstan on six points.Also on six points are Scotland, with Russia further ahead on nine points and group leaders Belgium on 12.Cyprus’ Israeli coach Ran Ben Simon described this game as the most crucial in their campaign so far and appeared optimistic in his pre-match press conference.“Kazakhastan is a good team but I have seen my players’ desire throughout our training sessions and we believe that we can get the win,” said Simon.It will be a tough game for Cyprus especially as the league in Kazakhstan is already past the halfway mark, while in Cyprus it has barely started.Belgium should have few problems in overcoming pointless San Marino and maintaining their perfect record, while second-placed Russia have a tricky away fixture against Scotland.The game in Nicosia kicks-off at 7pm, with the other two group games starting at 9.45pm.The top two teams in each of the 10 groups qualify directly for next year’s tournament. The remaining four places will be decided by a series of playoff matches involving teams who won their Nations League groups last year.
Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “Upon evaluation and seeing the competition, the management decided to get an import to address our rebounding, which has been the weakness of the team,” he said.Lee Seung Jun has been averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds through four games for Alab, while the younger Dong Jun has only been norming 8.0 markers and 4.0 boards in this three games with the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIn exchange, Alab team manager Charlie Dy confirmed that one of the imports the team is looking at is 26-year-old Sampson Carter.The former University of Massachusetts Amherst forward is a veteran from leagues in Portugal, Dominican Republic, and recently, Mexico with Caballeros de Culiacan. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Rosario thrives on pressure to keep up with vets Castro, de Ocampo EDITORS’ PICK View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Dy refused to divulge the name of the other reinforcement, hinting that the one Alab is contacting will definitely a big guy.The Philippine side got both of its wins against Kaohsiung Truth, but lost both of its duels against Singapore Slingers, with the last coming in a 71-68 heartbreaker last Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmFinishing the year with an even 2-2 card, Alab Pilipinas is going to undergo chances as they are set to replace their Korean imports when the new year comes.Head coach Mac Cuan confirmed that the squad will part ways with brothers Lee Seung Jun and Lee Dong Jun asAlab seeks to fare better in the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND
MOST READ “I think it’s my fault and I told that to my players,” said Victolero when asked if the frustrations are rubbing off on his players. “It starts with me so it’s my fault. We lost this game because of me.”READ: Ginebra frustrates Star to knot seriesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Hotshots have now lost two in a row after winning eight straight including the first two games of the best-of-seven semifinals series.Victolero feels now is the time for Star to lean more on one another with the pivotal Game 5 set on Friday night. “You saw what happened. And the PBA also saw it. I mean, I don’t have anything to say to the referees. It’s just that my emotions went up. And you know, it’s up to them. And to those who saw the game, it’s also up to you what you think about the game,” Victolero said in Filipino.But more than his frustrations, Victolero said he also needs to make the right adjustments to counter what his counterpart Tim Cone and Ginebra have been doing the past two games.“I think I learned a lot from this game. I need to adjust. I need to focus on the game. Coach Tim did a good job with our defense.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Star Hotshots coach Chito Victolero. PBA IMAGESStar head coach Chito Victolero thinks he has to do a better job in keeping his emotions in check.Victolero was visibly upset after the referees missed a traveling violation on Ginebra big man Dave Marcelo that led to a basket by Kevin Ferrer early in the fourth quarter. He also got called for a technical foul for crossing the hash line.ADVERTISEMENT “We need to stay together and stay positive. Experience-wise, the players already know what they have to do,” he said. “This conference we’ve experienced a lot of [character-building moments] and we need to keep building our character during these situations so it’s not easy.”“At the start, I know that it’s not going to be easy because we’re playing Ginebra. It now boils down to a best-of-three and I’m very happy it’s still, 2-2.”READ: Desire to win drives Cruz to season best Victolero, however, kept his lips sealed when asked to comment about the huge discrepancy on fouls called. The Hotshots were whistled for 36 fouls as compared to the Gin Kings’ 18.As a result, Ginebra attempted 23 more free throws than Star, which went 9/10.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Desire to win drives Cruz to season best