The trio who started all three tests against the British and Irish Lions have been left out of the starting lineup are being rested on advice from medical staff.The side will still have seven All Blacks in its starting lineup including Israel Dagg and Keiran read – Sam Whitelock is on the bench.RNZI reports Ryan Crotty is still out of action with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first Lions test, but should be back for the quarterfinal next weekend.A win tomorrow night would assure the Crusaders finish top of the table and get home advantage through the playoffs.Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd (captain), Jordan Taufua, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Michael Alaalatoa, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry, Oliver Jager, Sam Whitelock, Jed Brown, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Sean Wainui.
It comes as Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko continues to threaten legal action against Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow Laboratory who has claimed up to 15 Russian medal winners at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were doping.Rodchenkov claimed in The New York Times that a doping system in place throughout the Winter Olympic Games was so effective it ran like a “Swiss Watch”.This included the development of a “three-drug cocktail” of banned steroids which were mixed with alcohol and given to Russian athletes, he claims, as well as a covert system to replace the urine of affected medal winners with clean samples using soda containers and baby bottles.Mutko, the Kremlin and those accused of doping have all strongly denied all allegations and argue that, as someone who has left the country, Rodchenkov’s claims have no credibility.”We’ll take a decision [on legal action] today or tomorrow after the legal service of the Sports Ministry makes a conclusion,” Mutko told Russia’s official news agency TASS.”Such a task has already been assigned to it and several law firms have been involved in the effort.”I admit [there is] the possibility of filing a lawsuit either from the Ministry or from athletes – we’ll see.”Writing in The Sunday Times, Mutko admitted to being “sorry” and “ashamed” about Russian doping which has resulted in the All-Russian Athletic Federation being suspended by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) following allegations of systemic and state-sponsored illegal drug use.There are indications, however, that sporting opinion is hardening against the ban being lifted in time for Rio 2016, with The Times in London reporting today that IAAF Council members are increasingly sceptical that the required changes are being made.The call from St. Petersburg Senator Vadim Tyulpanov is interesting given this context, but it is not yet clear how much high level backing there is for such a move, or how effective it would be in practice.Officials guilty of orchestrating doping could face reported fines of up to RUB ₽200,000 (£2,150/$3,100/€2,700), up to one year of “correction labour” or up to one year of “limited personal freedom” for violating the rules on the sale or transportation of any drugs that contain substances banned for use in sports, according to reports.Coaches, medics or other members of the athletes’ entourage could face even harsher punishments, including five years in jail and fines in line with their income over a three year period.Tyulpanov told Izvestia Daily that this move is connected with the “string of scandals resulting from the revelations of doping use by top Russian athletes”, especially because, “in many such cases, coaches and medics have pressed the athletes they were working with into using banned substances”.Passing the new ruling could “preserve the athletes’ health, observe the moral norms accepted in sports and boost the prestige of Russian athletes on the international arena”, he claimed.
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “The coaches should never take credit of the achievements of their players because the players themselves are the ones who worked on it,” said Ayo. “They’re the ones who practiced and trained and us coaches are just there to guide them.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Growling Tigers are in a three-way tie with University of the East and National University at the eighth seed, but despite that Ayo said he perfectly happy being in UST.“I appreciate the support of the UST community, the support of the managers, the priests, I wasn’t even aware that we would have t-shirts with my old jersey number on it,” said Ayo in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Aldin Ayo signs six-year deal with UST“Even though this was the outcome against La Salle, I’m very happy here in UST.” Belingon looks to end Team Lakay’s banner year with a bang View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Growling Tigers wore shirts that seemed to be in support of Ayo. It had the number four printed on the back, which was their coach’s jersey number while he was still playing at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.“I told my players ‘guys I don’t know that people had this planned for me, this is not for me, this is for UST so let’s play for UST, let’s play for our alma mater,’” said Ayo, whose game against the Green Archers was his first since leaving La Salle, which his steered to a title in Season 79.READ: Ateneo jeers serve as motivation for UST, Ayo: ‘It will help us’ The muscular head coach added that he doesn’t take credit for the improvements his former players had like Aljun Melecio and Justine Baltazar, two Green Archers who punished the Growling Tigers during their matchup.Baltazar finished with a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Melecio had 19 points and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Aldin Ayo hasn’t had the best starts with University of Santo Tomas after his new team fell to a 1-4 record on Wednesday with a 99-72 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
After extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until December 31 of this year, the Security Council will today, Wednesday, December 21, discuss whether or not to maintain its force in the country, UN Police Commissioner Simon Blatchly said yesterday.Blatchly made the disclosure during the launch of a five–year strategic plan by the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), formerly the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).Mr. Blatchly, the Commissioner of the United Nations Police (UNPOL) in Liberia, told the audience, many of them LIS officers, that the UN Security Council will review UNMIL’s mandate today with the hope of extending it by a year.“We would like to leave your country if only you can take full responsibility of your own security, but we will see and wait for tomorrow’s deliberations; maybe the council would agree for us to leave your country in the next 12 months,” Commissioner Blatchly said.The five-year plan launched by LIS focuses mainly on the strategic directions of the force regarding its role in maintaining the security situation as well as protecting the country’s territorial integrity and sustainability during and after UNMIL’s transition.It is also intended to design and establish a framework for ensuring the protection of the country’s porous borders, curtailing cross- border crimes and the prevalence of illegal migrants.Blatchly meanwhile challenged the LIS authorities to transform the institution to become capable, efficient and effective to deliver immigration services.He said implementation of the plan depends on government’s support in the areas of manpower development and training.“I also encourage development partners to support LIS’ plan to deliver on its immigration management and to maintain the border entry points,” Blatchly said.He then pledged the UNPOL’s support to fully help implement the strategic plan. “One of our mandates is to support the LIS development and reform process and its strategic plan. So we would continue to engage them at the leadership level by supporting the framework,” Blatchly added.For his part, Hilary Sakor Sirleaf, Assistant Justice Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation, said if government cannot allot adequate budget for the entity, it would mean LIS cannot achieve its goal as stipulated in the strategic plan.“The government needs to see the plan so as to ensure that it meets the required professional service delivery,” Sirleaf, who proxied for Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Fredrick Cherue, said.Sirleaf, who launched the plan, warned the LIS to be more professional in their day to day operations.According to LIS Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel A. Reeves, the five-year plan is “more proactive,” with the intent to also strengthen the officers’ capacity by improving border management and delivery of quality services to the public.“These include mechanisms to control the increase in illegal residency, illegal cross-border trades and organized crimes, the prevalence of fraudulent travel and citizenship documents and the implementation of a more robust border management system,” Cllr. Reeves said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I know in my heart I was in no way responsible for the death of that police officer,” Brancato said. Former “Sopranos” actor Lillo Brancato Jr., who faces a real-life murder charge in a police officer’s death, said he isn’t the thug he believes he has been made out to be. “I’m not the monster that they portray me as in newspapers, a cold-blooded killer and all of that. I’m not that person at all,” he told WCBS-TV in a jail interview that aired this week from New York. Brancato and a co-defendant are awaiting trial in the December 2005 shooting of Officer Daniel Enchautegui, shot while off-duty. Prosecutors said Enchautegui confronted Brancato and Steven Armento while they were breaking into a Bronx apartment in search of prescription drugs. Armento is accused of firing the fatal shot.
0Shares0000World-record signing Neymar had to be stretchered off against Marseille © AFP/File / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 27 – Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar suffered a sprained ankle and a fractured metatarsal when he was stretchered off in Sunday’s win over Marseille, the Ligue 1 leaders announced on Monday.The Brazilian, who signed for PSG in a world-record move from Barcelona last year, is now a serious injury doubt for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes on March 6. PSG trail in the tie after a 3-1 first-leg defeat in Spain, with their hopes of a maiden Champions League title taking a further body blow with the confirmation of Neymar’s injury, although they didn’t specify how long the 26-year-old would be out of action.“Additional examinations performed today (ultrasound and CT) confirmed an external sprain of the right ankle, but also an associated fissure of the fifth metatarsal,” PSG said in a short statement.The chances of Neymar returning to fitness in time to face the reigning European champions now appear extremely slim.He is all but certain to miss Wednesday’s French Cup quarter-final against Marseille and the weekend’s Ligue 1 visit to Troyes, with the Real clash just three days later.Metatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months to recover from.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal with Manchester City, and has struggled with further injuries since.Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past, with both still arguably being rushed back too soon for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups respectively.Brazil fans will also be keeping a close eye on Neymar’s fitness, especially after he missed their 2014 World Cup thrashing by Germany with injury.PSG, who lead the French top flight by a massive 14 points, also said that Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos had picked up a leg muscle problem.– Stretchered off in anguish –Neymar was stretchered off in anguish towards the end of PSG’s 3-0 victory over their great rivals in the capital, having innocuously rolled his right ankle and flopped to the ground in pain.With the game already as good as over, the stadium held its breath as he was treated and then carried away, with PSG forced to finish the match with 10 men having made all of their substitutions.Neymar himself posted a picture on Instagram of his right leg with the ankle and foot heavily bandaged, before later appearing to delete the post. “08:10. Finished for today,” said the caption.French newspaper Le Parisien had earlier reported that tests on Monday morning had ruled out a “fracture of a serious sprain”.But the club later confirmed their fans’ worst fears, with the return game against Real just eight days away.Despite the injury potentially benefiting Madrid, the Spanish side’s coach Zinedine Zidane claimed he hoped Neymar would recover in time to play.“I’m not happy with the Neymar injury and I hope he can be back for the game. I will never want a rival player to be out injured,” Zidane said at a press conference in the Spanish capital earlier on Monday.While Neymar was leaving the Parc des Princes on crutches on Sunday, PSG coach Unai Emery insisted he was “optimistic”.“We will be optimistic. If I had to say today (whether or not he will face Real) I would rather say yes,” said the Spaniard.But now his team’s hopes of keeping their European dream alive are hanging by a thread, despite the continued presence up front of Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.PSG have never reached the Champions League final, and lost at the last-16 stage last season after a humiliating 6-1 second-leg thrashing by a Neymar-inspired Barcelona, having won the first game 4-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
That was rejected last March, as was an appeal in December to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.However, he still has the right to appeal against his ban, UEFA said.The method is on the World Anti-doping Agency’s prohibited list and carries a maximum ban of four years.Nasri is currently without a club having left Turkish side Antalyaspor by mutual consent last month.The doping affair started when a Los Angeles clinic called Drip Doctors tweeted the fact they had treated Nasri with an intravenous vitamin booster whilst the player was on holiday there.Nasri was at that time on loan from City at Sevilla, who expressed surprise when the story broke in the media — Spanish anti-doping authorities quickly took up the matter and opened an inquiry at the end of 2016.After shining as a youngster at his hometown club Marseille, Nasri was recruited by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and switched three seasons later to City for a then sizeable £25 million (28m euros, $35m) transfer.He won two Premier League titles at City but was loaned out to Sevilla and then sold to Antalyaspor at the end of last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Samir Nasri is without a club and will not be able to play again this season © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAPARIS, France, Feb 27 – Former Manchester City midfielder and France international Samir Nasri was handed a six-month doping ban “for using a prohibited method” by European football governing body UEFA on Tuesday.Nasri, 30, had appealed to UEFA for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.
The Football Association is to launch an investigation into the alleged spitting incident between Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.Reports suggest disciplinary chiefs are awaiting match referee Anthony Taylor’s report while at the same time reviewing video footage from Wednesday night’s game, which saw United win 1-0 at St James’ Park.The pair clashed after an Evans challenge on Cisse, with television replays suggesting both men had spat during an ugly confrontation.Taylor is unlikely to have seen the confrontation as he followed play after waving away Cisse’s initial appeals for a free-kick, although he was quick to intervene as tempers frayed once his attention was drawn to the fracas.Both United boss Louis van Gaal and Newcastle head coach John Carver admitted they had not seen it in the immediate aftermath of the game, and the Dutchman said he could not imagine Evans spitting at an opponent.The pair could face lengthy bans if charged and convicted, with then Hull striker George Boyd serving a three-match suspension last season for spitting at Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, a charge he denied.A similar sanction could prove costly for both clubs, with United facing Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals and Barclays Premier League top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool in the next few weeks, and Cisse Newcastle’s leading goalscorer on 11 for the season.It proved an eventful night on Tyneside, with the home side convinced they should have been awarded a 10th-minute penalty for Chris Smalling’s trip on Emmanuel Riviere before Ashley Young snatched victory with an 90th-minute strike. 1 Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans clash
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has named 18-year-old defender Ola Aina in his starting line-up for tonight’s pre-season friendly against Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge.Another academy product, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, is also in the starting line-up, as are summer signings Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao. Chelsea: Begovic, Cuadrado, Zouma, Terry, Aina, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Oscar, Moses, Falcao. Subs: Courtois, Blackman, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Hazard, Willian, Remy.See also:Aina pens four-year deal with ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
23 June 2010Bafana Bafana bowed out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup with heads held high in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, playing with style and belief to score South Africa’s first ever win over France. The 2-1 victory left them placed third in Group A, level with Mexico on four points, losing out only on goal difference.Bloemfontein is renowned for its passionate football fans, and a crowd of 39 415 at the small Free State Stadium made the crowd appear much bigger than it was. The place was rocking, and the South African supporters were rewarded with an equally passionate performance by Bafana Bafana.Aaron Mokoena and company showed huge appetite for the contest, which contrasted markedly with a deflated looking French squad. For most of the game, France, World Cup finalists only four years ago, were laboured and poor.French problemsThere had been huge problems in the French camp in the lead-up to the match, with the squad refusing to train on Sunday after striker Nicolas Anelka had been sent home on Saturday. This followed a bitter tirade he had launched at coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of France’s 2-0 loss to Mexico.Further evidence of the discord in the French camp was evident in the benching of captain Patrice Evra for Tuesday’s clash, with Alou Diarra taking over as captain.In the tunnel before the teams took the field, the difference was clear: France looked tense, talking in muted tones, while there was a determined look in the eyes of the South Africans, a oneness that was lacking in the French team.South African changesSouth Africa showed a number of changes, through suspensions and the need to attack and find another gear going forward. There were starts for Moeneeb Josephs, Anele Ngongca, MacBeth Sibaya, Thanduyise Khuboni, and Bernard Parker.France were the first to make any sort of waves once the contest was under way. Andre-Pierre Gignac managed an early shot on goal, but it was directly at Josephs in the South African goal and he had no problems dealing with it.In the 10th minute Djibril Cisse steered a glancing header goalwards, but once again it went straight into the welcoming arms of the goalkeeper.South Africa’s first effort on goal came in the 17th minute when MacBeth Sibaya took a shot from distance, but it flew high and wide.Bafana Bafana had struggled to make much impact on the French defence, finding it hard to penetrate at all in the final third of the field, but that was soon to change.Goal!On 20 minutes the home team won its first corner of the game. Siphiwe Tshabalala swung it in. goalkeeper Hugo Lloris started to come for it, but then back-pedalled. The ball flew over his head to the back post and central defender Bongani Khumalo, showing plenty of desire, rose up and headed it down into the ground.The ball bounced up and into the net and the crowd exploded with joy. Khumalo took off towards the crowd, blowing kisses, and for a moment Bafana Bafana supporters began to dream that the big win they needed to reach the next round might be on.Cisse responded with a shot a few minutes later, but it was a harmless effort that passed wide of Joseph’s left hand post.South African striker Katlego Mphela then made a mazy run from halfway to deep inside the French half. He fired from the top of the box and Lloris needed to pull off a good save, diving to his right, to deny Mphela.Red cardA minute later the game took a decisive turn in favour of South Africa. MacBeth Sibaya and Youann Gourcuff rose to contest a header in South African territory. Gourcuff caught Sibaya with an elbow in the face and the midfielder went down. It didn’t look like there was too much in it, a yellow card maybe, but.The referee, to the surprise of most, produced a red card and the French were down to 10 men! Matters were going from bad to worse for Les Blues.For a while after the sending off, the game struggled to find some rhythm, but Bafana Bafana slowly started to make use of their one-man advantage.Steven Pienaar earned a free kick on the right, outside of the box, and Siphiwe Tshabalala fired a shot not far over the crossbar.Two goals upA minute later, in the 34th minute, Bafana Bafana went two goals up. Tsepo Masilela initiated an attack down the left and laid the ball off for Tshabalala, who had an overlap.He centered and the ball ricocheted off a defender back to Masilela, who had continued his run. He crossed the ball on the ground and square to Mphela, who bundled it across the line from only two metres out.South Africa were two goals up and the French well out of the game. Once again, the South African fans began to dream.maybe an improbable place in round of 16 was on the cards.In the back of the netAlmost immediately Bafana Bafana had the ball in the back of the net again, but Bernard Parker, who had struck a sweet shot was rightly ruled offsides.France’s best moment of the half came with half-time approaching when Josephs fended off a dangerous looking free kick that William Gallas just failed to get a touch on.Two minutes from the break, Mphela once again tested Lloris with another long range effort that passed across the goalie. He was forced to deflect it behind for a corner.Good value for their leadThe half ended with South Africa 2-0 up and good value for their lead. The crowd was happy and with Uruguay 1-0 up against Mexico, the possibility of progressing looked reasonable, if unlikely, as the home team had France on the rack.French coach Raymond Domenech made a change at the start of the second half, bringing on Florent Malouda, which added some sting to France’s attacking efforts.South Africa, though, were the first to ask a question when Parker fired a left-footed shot on goal. Lloris dealt with it comfortably, however.Beautiful moveThen followed a beautiful move by Bafana Bafana. Pienaar passed from the middle of the park to Tshabalala, who found himself on the right. He picked out Mphela, steaming up on the left, with a fantastic ball between the two central defenders.The striker was in the clear, with only Lloris to beat. The goalie raced out and made himself as big as possible. Mphela shot to the left of Lloris and the ball grazed the outside of the goalie’s left hand post. It was a glorious opportunity spurned.On the sidelines, Bafana Bafana’s reserves, who were busy warming up, held their hands to their heads in unison.Ngongca was then replaced by Siboniso Gaxa after picking up an injury and Thierry Henry came on for Djibril Cisse. With his 17th World Cup finals appearance, Henry equalled the French record.Just before the hour-mark, Mphela tested Lloris with another excellently struck shot from distance, forcing the net-minder to concede another corner.Weak shotFranck Ribery made a good run into the South African box but, surrounded by three defenders, produced a disappointingly weak shot that passed high over the crossbar.Mphela then had another good chance to extend Bafana’s lead. He found space on the right, rounded the defence and closed in on the goalkeeper in the box. Lloris blocked the shot with his legs and the ball deflected back into the striker and out for a goal kick.Siyabonga Nomvethe, the scorer of the goal in South Africa’s only previous World Cup finals win – 1-0 over Slovenia in 2002 – was brought on for Parker after 68 minutes.French goalOn 70 minutes, France, showing more fight and rhythm, pulled one goal back. Bacary Sagna picked out Ribery on the right with a lovely pass. Ribery could have shot but, astutely, he drew Josephs before centering the ball. Malouda ran onto it and scored from an easy tap-in.The goal effectively killed off South Africa’s dream of an improbable place in the next round.Pienaar came ever so close to providing Khumalo with his second goal in response, his free kick passing only centimetres from the defender’s head in front of the French goal.Three minutes of additional time was shown to be played and it provided some stirring action. Teko Modise, on for Thanduyise Khuboni, fired off a strong shot into the side netting from the left and then followed a great chance for Bafana Bafana.Great chanceTshabalala was picked out in the goal box after Nomvethe had left a cross from the right. He had plenty of time and space to shoot, but Lloris reacted quickly to try to close him down. Tshabalala fired and the ball almost stopped, spinning on the spot. The South African midfielder raced to pick up the rebound, but Gallas was on hand to clear.Not long afterwards the final whistle sounded and South African supporters were left with a strange mixture of pride and disappointment. It had been a gallant effort by the national football team, but it had not been enough to clinch a place in the round of 16.With Uruguay beating Mexico 1-0 in the day’s other Group A contest, South Africa finished level on points with the Mexicans, but lost out on goal difference. Mexico had scored three goals and conceded two in their three games, while Bafana finished with three scored and five given up.Uruguay topped the standings with seven points, while France finished bottom with only one point and the single goal they scored against Bafana.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material