Barrett: Sea Eagles face tough task shedding players

first_imgDespite Barrett’s best intentions to shield his players from the fallout of the $750,000 fine and $660,000 in cap deductions over 2018-19 announced on Monday, he has 12 players off contract at the end of this year – seven are in the 17 he named to face the Canberra Raiders at Lottoland on Saturday.”We’ve spoken as a group about it and we’ll do our best to keep them informed about what’s going on,” Barrett said on Friday.”As I understand it the club did lodge an appeal last night (Thursday) so who knows what’s going to happen.”The players I’ve got in the room now are here to do a job. As I said they’re professionals and we’ll keep them in the loop as much as we can.”I’d love to be able to keep all of them but what happens over the next few weeks will determine what we’ve got this year and what we’ve got next year.”Experienced prop Darcy Lussick is in the final stages of negotiations to move to Super League – reportedly the Toronto Wolfpack or Leeds Rhinos.”Look, I’m not sure where that’s at. It surfaced a couple of weeks ago,” Barrett said. “But as it stands Darcy will be here and he’s going to play this weekend – for Blacktown (Workers Sea Eagles) on Saturday.”Another in line for Manly’s Intrust Super Premiership NSW feeder club is 19-year-old Moses Suli, who has switched from the Wests Tigers to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the off-season before linking with the Sea Eagles earlier this month.Manly lodge appeal with NRL over salary cap sanctionsLong-term pain: How Sea Eagles avoided losing pointsSuli has documented off-field issues but Barrett is willing to invest time in the youngster.”He’s going well and we’re expecting Moses to be available to play next week. So he’ll play for Blacktown next weekend,” Barrett said, as Suli was put through some sprint drills on his own with a trainer in the background at Lottoland on Friday.”He’s been really good. He hasn’t missed a beat. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him.”He’s a lovely kid and I’m really happy for him. He’s put himself in this position to get back on the field.”He came over and saw us and I think you can always see when there’s good in a person and I certainly see a lot of good in Moses. He’s got some close friends here at the club.”I just saw something there that he wasn’t a write-off and I was willing to give him a chance. He’s been a pleasure. He hasn’t rocked the boat at all. He’s got the full support of the blokes inside (dressing room) which is the main thing.”I’d love to be able to keep all of them but what happens over the next few weeks will determine what we’ve got this year and what we’ve got next year.Trent BarrettWhile Lussick and Suli aren’t a part of the squad to play the Raiders, Barrett quashed speculation that Api Koroisau would slot into the No.6 jersey at Lachlan Croker’s expense, with Jackson Hastings coming off the bench to start at No.9.”I don’t know where that’s come from. Crokes didn’t train on Tuesday because of the HIA (head injury assessment) and that’s how we rolled. But that (switch) won’t be happening,” he said.”Crokes will definitely play (five-eighth) and there has definitely been no contemplation or thought about anything else.”There has been, however, an edict issued by Barrett that the Sea Eagles need to respond to the 34-6 thumping by the South Sydney Rabbitohs last round.”They are never pretty. We’re embarrassed about it. They’ve fronted up and owned what we tossed up last week. That was a product of all of us last week, and none of us were happy with it,” Barrett said, adding he didn’t think there was complacency after Manly enjoyed a drubbing of their own beating Parramatta 54-0 in round two.last_img read more

Coronavirus builds a wall in Mbappé renovation

first_imgReal Madrid had on its road map to launch everything for Mbappé in the summer of 2021, when the current contract of the striker entered his last year (ends in 2022). That he does not renew with a very notable salary increase, which PSG offers him, is essential to complete the mission of landing at the Bernabéu. Al-Khelaifi has been trying since May 2019, without success. Mbappé himself was very cold about it the last time he was asked, last January. “This is not the time to talk about it,” he said. A negotiation that now, in an unexpected and unpredictable scenario, and with those wage cuts, seems icy cold.Denies favor treatment in coronavirus testsIn parallel to this situation, Mbappé has stepped out, through his lawyer, and denied having received favorable treatment when you were tested to determine if you were infected with the coronavirus. In France, a rigorous policy was established in early March to determine who could have access to a test, reserved for possible patients in a vulnerable state, and it has been questioned whether some public figures have skipped that process. In a letter sent to Mediapart, The forward’s representative assures that there were no irregularities in the test that was carried out on March 10 to Mbappé, on the eve of the return match against Borussia Dortmund of the Champions League. The footballer was ill and showed symptoms of being affected “For anginas”, so the test was carried out by indication “of the club’s medical services and in compliance with the orders of the Ministry of Health.” A relevant matter because it is a panorama that has caught PSG offside. The entity has been trying in recent months to pressure Mbappé and his environment to accept a lucrative renovation. Twice, the French star said no. Now, the entity not only cannot commit to a new contract in the face of this uncertainty in the football market and, on the contrary, has in mind to pay its most valuable footballer less than what you are currently receiving (€ 20.8m gross). The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic open unexpected fronts. One, what will happen the relationship between PSG and Mbappé, the great objective of Real Madrid in the medium term. Despite having the Qatari financial backing, the president of the PSG, Al-Khelaifi, is in favor of reducing the emoluments of the Parisian workforce to face the economic crisis that is coming on top of French football. Among them, Mbappé’s salary. According to various French media, it has been transmitted to the leaders of the French League. Apparently, the example of Barcelona, ​​which is considering this measure to adjust the losses caused by the football breakdown, was mentioned in the talks.last_img read more

Norman Manley top Back-To INSPORTS Five-a-Side

first_imgNorman Manley of Delacree Park are the champions of the inaugural Institute of Sports Back-To Street Five-a-Side football competition, which was held on Saturday at the Majesty Gardens basketball court.Norman Manley won the title after a 5-6 penalty-kick victory over Young Boyz from Selassie Gardens. This after both teams had played to 0-0 draw at full and extra-time.We Dem Boyz from Waterhouse won the third-place trophy after defeating Barber Shop of Majesty Gardens 4-3 on penalties. Both sides had played to a 0-0 draw.The competition, which attracted 20 teams from in and around Kingston and St Andrew, was sponsored by the Institute of the Sports (INSPORTS).Tayna Wright, executive assistant at INSPORTS, said the competition was successful.”INSPORTS was proud to play an integral part in the Back-To Street football competition,” said Wright.”The competition was a successful one and, in seeing that, INSPORTS hopes to be on board for next year’s staging,” she said.FOSTERING GOOD RELATIONSHIPSWright added that the competition helped to foster good relationships between the youth from various communities in and around Kingston and St Andrew.”This competition has helped to bring a lot unattached youth in the communities together and this helps to foster good relationships and sportsmanship in the sporting circle,” Wright noted.Lionel Francis, organiser of the championships, said it was exciting.”This was a very exciting league because it brought together a lot of youth from in and around the Kingston and St Andrew communities, and everyone had a good time.”It was violence-free, and the vibes and competitiveness among the players on the field and off was excellent,” said Francis.last_img read more

GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila

first_imgINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ Pride and joy Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments For the third time in five years, LeBron James gave his Filipino fans another night to remember during his Strive for Greatness Tour 2017 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come backADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

UL, Norwegian University to Sign MOU

first_imgA four-man delegation from the Union of Liberian Association in Norway (ULAN) and the University of Tromso has arrived in the country to signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  between the University of Liberia (UL) and that Norwegian university.The MOU, which is expected to be signed between these two institutions of higher learning, is intended to provide opportunities for students of the UL to travel to that European country on a Student Exchange Program.The four-man delegation arrived in the country on Monday, April 7, and is expected to meet with other stakeholders in the Liberian education sector.The MOU signing ceremony, which is expected to take place Thursday, April 10, comes as a result of consultations mediated by the ULAN leadership between the administrations of the two universities, who have mutually consented to this effort.According to the head of the delegation, Emmanuel Suah, the initiative (the crafting of the MOU) is a dream of the Liberian association in that country, who have thought it wise to seek opportunities that will improve the learning capabilities of their compatriots and as well proffer better living conditions for Liberian students after the 14 years of war that have left everything in shamble.Dr. Percy Oware will be signing on behalf of Tromso University, while it is anticipated that Dr. Emmet Dennis will sign behalf of UL. The official signing ceremony will take place at the main campus of the University of Liberia.The delegation comprises the chairman of ULAN, Emmanuel Suah; the vice chairman, Michael Forster; Secretary General, Linford A. Gweh, as well as a senior faculty staff, Dr. Percy Oware, who is serving as a representative of Tromso.Mr. Suah plainly indicated that when signed, The MOU will create the opportunity for deserving Liberian students to pursue higher education in various disciplines at the University of Tromso.The ULAN boss said: “While in the country, the delegation will also meet the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders to discuss further details of the Student Exchange Program.“This is all meant to see how best we can help our brothers and sisters who are in need of higher education,” ULAN chairman Suah further stated.He noted that the ULAN has been very instrumental in the process of bringing the two universities together to have the program formulated and to help other Liberians to further their education.“Some of us have the opportunities and I think it is prudent to find means for our brothers and sister, too,” Suah told the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, ULAN, which was established in 2010, by a group of farsighted Liberians in the Norwegian City of Kongsberg, has over 30 at the UL already through its Student Aid Program (SAP).The ULAN SAP was intended to get those students who were affected by the civil conflict, back on track educationally, according to Secretary General, Linford Gweh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beaucoup D’argeant

first_imgDopeMusic Empire versatile artist Jodi Clarke makes MTV Base chart history this week becoming the first Liberian artist to occupy the popular America-based entertainment TV show.The “Baby I do” star continues with his brand new video titled “Beaucoup D’argeant” featuring Ivorian sensation Serge Beynaud. The two heavyweight acts teamed up in Paris to produce the massive “coupe decale” record, which is gaining heavy buzz across the continent. Jodi Clarke says the collaboration for him was a major accomplishment as a Liberian artist who grew up in the Ivory Coast and studied their style of music. “It’s a pleasure coming back years later to work with the biggest Ivorian artist Serge Beynaud. It is an expansion of my fan base,” he added. Not forgetting his previous collaborations with Bracket from Nigeria and EFYA from Ghana.Shot by highly revered French cinematographer Kyba and co-directed by SB, the crisp video was filmed in Abidjan. The video is now playing on MtvBase, TraceAfrica, SoundCity and Channel O.Meanwhile, Jodi has his interest set on promoting education, especially in Liberia. He recently released a statement about a collage/high school tour in the making aimed at promoting Liberian arts and culture through music and education.Jodi Clarke is one of the Liberian artists whose music is currently on the international platform. He has featured major African artists such as Bracket from Nigeria and Serge Beynaud.His videos are currently playing on Trace Africa, MTV Base, and Channel O. His music is currently playing on Trace FM, major radio stations in Ivory Coast and also radio stations at home in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A dance with stars

first_imgAwaiting the No. 12 seed 49ers is 5th-seeded Tennessee in the South Regional, which will take place in Columbus, Ohio. The LBSU game is set to tip off at approximately 11:45 a.m. depending on the length of the earlier game between Virginia and Albany. “It’s a compliment to our season as a body of work,” said Florida coach Billy Donovan, whose team rebounded to finish 29-5 after losing three games at the end of the regular season. Still, it’s hardly a guarantee the Gators will be in Atlanta for the Final Four on March 31. Last season, they won it all as a No. 3 seed, and not a single top-seeded school made it to the Final Four for the first time since 1980. Falling to a No. 2 was last year’s national runner-up, UCLA, which looked headed for a No. 1 seed until losing its last two games, including the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament. But the real surprise came in the meager number of at-large bids handed out to mid-major teams. Only six of 34 spots went to the little guys, down from eight last year and 12 in 2004. South Regional in Columbus, OhioNo. 12 49ers vs. No. 5 Tenn. Friday, Time: appox. 11:45 a.m. Ch. 2 For ticket information go to longbeachstate.com Fill out your men’s bracket / B6 Florida will try to become the first team since 1992 to repeat as champion – and the first ever with the same five starters – and the Gators will do it with their first overall top seed in the tournament, leapfrogging Ohio State courtesy of three straight routs in the Southeastern Conference tournament. North Carolina and Kansas were the other No. 1 seeds, rounding out a group that all won both their regular-season and conference tournament championships. And joining the field for the first time since 1995 will Big West champions Long Beach State who got the automatic bid by defeating Cal Poly in the conference tournament on Saturday in Anaheim. It means fewer opportunities for a repeat of last year, when 11th-seeded George Mason – the commuter college in Virginia – struck a blow for the underdog in a stirring trip to the Final Four. “Last year, the impression was that the tournament committee had gone overboard in selecting mid-majors,” selection committee chairman Gary Walters said. “But when we start the process, we throw conference affiliation out the window … and it shakes out where it shakes out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NCAA Tournament brackets Printable brackets So much for the little guy. Big boys like defending champion Florida and No. 1-ranked Ohio State are among the top-seeded favorites, while the darling mid-major teams get surprisingly few chances to turn the NCAA tournament into a free-for-all for underdogs. March Madness officially began Sunday when the pairings were announced, kicking off office and online pools and triggering debate about seedings, who went where and who didn’t make it at all. last_img read more

Greek football league suspended after gun drama

first_img“We must all decide to ignore the political cost…It’s a question of will. Personally, I am determined to go ahead,” Tsipras said ahead of a meeting with a rival party leader.His deputy minister for sport, Yiorgos Vassiliadis, had earlier told reporters after an emergency meeting with Tsipras that the Superleague championship would “not start again without a new framework agreed by all.”Vassiliadis said the government was in close contact with European football body UEFA, which he said had been “shocked” by the incident.Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of PAOK owner, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, after he stormed the pitch on Sunday, accompanied by bodyguards, to confront the referee in protest at a 90th-minute disallowed goal in a top-of-the-table clash against AEK Athens.PAOK sports director Lubos Michel, a Slovak former FIFA referee, is also believed to have threatened referee Yiorgos Kominis.The match was interrupted as AEK’s squad walked off the pitch. The goal was later allowed.Vassiliadis said the government had “fought to clean up” Greek football for three years “and would not allow all this effort to be threatened”.“We await proposals from the federation and the league,” he said. “A tougher framework is needed.”He did not rule out the prospect of Greek clubs sitting out next season’s European matches, but insisted the national team would not be affected.PAOK and AEK are in a neck-and-neck race for the league title, which would be their first in over 24 years.Olympiakos have won the last seven championships under the ownership of Greek shipowner Vangelis Marinakis, who, like Savvidis, is one of Greece’s most prominent businessmen.The league suspension is the latest stopgap measure adopted by the Tsipras government to maintain order in a championship spiralling out of control.– Clashes –Less then a month ago, fans of the four most popular clubs — AEK, PAOK, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos — were banned from away games after recurring violence.This was after Olympiakos fans clashed with police on February 4 after a shock home defeat to AEK dealt a serious blow to their title defence.Yet a few weeks later, another match in PAOK’s Toumba stadium had to be abandoned after a cashier roll thrown from the stands hit the Olympiakos skipper.PAOK were initially docked three points, but managed to overturn the decision on appeal.A tobacco industrialist with extensive holdings in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Savvidis controls the city’s top hotel and recently also bought one of Greece’s top newspapers, Ethnos.The 58-year-old, a former lawmaker with the party of Russian president Vladimir Putin, is considered a political ally of Tsipras.A police source on Monday said Savvidis was not sought over the gun, for which he has a license, but for the pitch invasion, a misdemeanour that carries no prison term.Savvidis, who owns companies that are leading sponsors of the Greek league, defended his behaviour.“Ivan (Savvidis) didn’t threaten anybody with a gun,” his media department told Russia’s Sport Express newspaper.“It means that the provocative headlines in certain media are totally untrue.“He carries weapons as he has a permission for it. It’s not prohibited in Greece…..Savvidis has allowed himself some excessive emotions but, once again, he didn’t threaten anybody with a gun.”Last year, Savvidis was part of a Franco-German consortium that won a bid for the privatisation of the Thessaloniki port authority.But the deal was postponed after a Russian bank backing Savvidis was placed under temporary administration.In a rare step, the US embassy in Athens later expressed concern over the issue, suggesting a lack of transparency over the funding behind the deal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Greek football league has been suspended after PAOK president Ivan Savvidis, with a handgun in his waistband, confronted the referee after he disallowed a last-minute goal against AEK Athens in the top-of-the-table clash on Sunday © AFP / stringerATHENS, Greece, Mar 12 – Greece’s top-flight football championship was suspended indefinitely Monday, a minister said, hours after the owner of the PAOK team invaded the pitch with a gun strapped to his belt.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was “determined” to enforce order in the country’s oft-chaotic leading sport, which has repeatedly been marred by violence on and off the pitch.last_img read more

Samuel Eto’o signs for Qatar league side

first_imgThe club said on social media that it would “present the international star Samuel Eto’o” at a press conference.It is understood he underwent a medical earlier in the day.The four-time African player of the year will join former colleagues in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter with Eto’o.In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. A year later he won the same trophy with Inter in the same team as Sneijder.The Dutchman now plays for Al Gharafa in Qatar’s domestic competition, the Qatar Stars League.The signing is a coup for Qatar Sports Club, who finished in mid-table last season and currently have little hope of winning any domestic titles.Earlier on Monday Eto’o said Ligue 1 clubs had contacted him after he announced he was leaving Turkey last week. The 37-year-old is now in the twilight of a fabulous career.He enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, before helping Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to win the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy.He then had brief stints at Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League. Eto’o also scored 56 times for his country in 118 appearances and won two African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.DOHA, Qatar, Aug 14 – Veteran Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has signed for Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, it was announced Monday, just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish side Konyaspor.The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.last_img read more

Is Ozil the league’s most creative player? Top 10 creators per season ranked!

first_img 2. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 134 chances created in the 2008-09 season – Lampard’s mammoth total from the 2008-09 total was 17 more than anyone else for so long and looked unlikely to be surpassed. 1. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 137 chances created in the 2015-16 season to date – Ozil’s total this season is staggering as he overtook Lampard’s record during the Gunners’ disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Sunday. It will take some player to beat this total. 9 3. Florent Malouda (Chelsea) – 117 chances created in the 2010-11 season – Perhaps a surprising player to make the list but the Frenchman’s form in 2010-11 was outstanding despite the Blues surrendering the title back to Manchester United. =4. Leighton Baines (Everton) and Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 116 chances created each, in the 2012-13 and 2006-07 seasons respectively – Baines (2012-13) and Fabregas (2006-07) are joint fourth on the list. While the Spaniard makes his second appearance on this list, Fabregas has yet to replicate this kind of creativity at Chelsea. Baines, meanwhile, has probably seen his best days in the blue of Everton. 8. Mikel Arteta (Everton) – 108 chances created in the 2006-07 season – The Spaniard’s form in the 2006-07 season helped Everton qualify for the UEFA Cup as he won the club’s Player of the Year and was ranked the sixth-best player in the league. 7. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 112 chances created in the 2007-08 season – The third Spaniard on the list, Fabregas’ form during the 2007-08 season led to him being named the Arsenal captain for the following season. 9 9. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 107 (to date in the 2015-16 season) – Eriksen has been one of the most creative players in the Premier League this season, already manufacturing 107 chances for his teammates as Spurs look set for a best-ever finish in the Premier League era. 9 The top assist makers of a season is always a good reflection of how well a player has performed but can also be slightly misleading.Assists, obviously, are only registered if a goal is scored and is therefore just as much down to the shooter as it is to the passer.A much fairer reflection of the most creative players is by ranking them by the number of chances created in a single season.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has the most assists in the league this season with 18 but how does his tally of chances created rate against the best in Premier League history?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT rank the Premier League’s top chance creators in a single season. 9 6. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 114 chances created in the 2009-10 season – The first of two appearances Lampard makes on this list comes during Chelsea’s double winning season of 2009-10, but he was surprisingly overlooked for a place in the team of the season. 9 9 10. David Silva (Manchester City) – 104 chances created in 2012-13 – click the arrow, right, to see who is at number one – In City’s title defence of the 2012-13 season, Silva chipped in with a huge 104 chances created for his teammates despite rivals Manchester United reclaiming the title. 9 9 9last_img read more