Saifiti was cited for a grade one dangerous contact for a tackle on Dragons’ forward Tyson Frizell, but will not miss any matches if he pleads guilty. Jackson was slapped with a grade one dangerous thrown on Tevita Pangai, but will be free to play against the Roosters next week if he takes the early plea.
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Palais will face France, Australia and Spain while the PNG Pukpuks are pooled against South Africa, England and Spain.The full match schedules for both the men’s and women’s HSBC Sydney Sevens 2018 have been released with 28 teams set to compete across three action-packed days on 26-28 January.Fans will be treated to 79 matches as the Allianz Stadium plays host to Sydney’s biggest festival of rugby across Australia Day weekend.In the women’s 12-team tournament, Dubai champions and hosts, Australia, will begin the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series with matches against France, Spain and PNG in Pool A on day one.In the men’s 16-team tournament, reigning Sydney champions South Africa play England, Spain and the PNG Pukpuks in Pool C. Canada, USA, Australia and Scotland complete Pool D.PNG Pukpuks 7s are down to the business end of things and Coach Douglas Guise has his team working extra hard at training.The tournament will be live streamed on worldrugby.org/sevens-series and Facebook.com/worldrugby7s.Follow all the action on social media using #Sydney7s.(Picture: Rugby World Cup Sevens)
Saturday’s matchup between the Celtics and the Warriors was the perfect cliched atmosphere. It felt like a playoff game, the two best guards in the league were battling back and forth in a potential NBA Finals showdown.But there was nothing cliched about Curry and Irving’s performances at Oracle Arena.Two-time MVP Curry dominated the second half, but did so getting to the line just two times before the final minutes of the game, finishing with 49 points, five assists and four rebounds.”We bring the best out of each other and he’s always battling,” Curry told ESPN. “He’s an amazingly talented player who can do some crazy things on the floor whether I play good defense or not.”Irving scored 37 points on 13-of-18 shooting for the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics.WESTBROOK POSTS ANOTHER TRIPLE-DOUBLERussell Westbrook posted his 15th triple-double of the season with 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but Carmelo Anthony was the star of the night eclipsing the 25,000-career points mark. Anthony scored 21 points and added five rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 121-108 win over the Detroit Pistons.Hornets guard Kemba Walker scored 30 points with six rebounds and five assists, but Charlotte fell to the Heat 95-91.Wizards guard Tim Frazier got a lot of playing time and he took advantage as Washington blew out the Atlanta Hawks 129-104. He scored just four points, but he had 14 assists in 27 minutes of play.SCHRODER STRUGGLES IN HAWKS LOSSHawks guard Dennis Schroder scored just nine points on three-of-12 shooting with seven assists. The nine points are just two more than a season low for the 24-year-old player.SIT BACK AND ENOY GORDONNever give Aaron Gordon an open lane to the basket, and never, ever let him get a fast-break opportunity. He just may throw down a reverse-windmill dunk like he did in the Orlando Magic’s 114-112 loss to the Indiana Pacers.AARON. GORDON. REVERSE. WINDMILL. #PureMagic pic.twitter.com/sasI4JgP5i— NBA (@NBA) January 28, 2018
Order of play on the main showcourts on the ninth day of the Australian Open on Tuesday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding, quarter-final matches unless mentioned):ROD LAVER ARENAMen’s Doubles – 6-Bob Bryan (U.S.)/Mike Bryan (U.S.) v 15-Marcin Matkowski (Poland)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan)4-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) v Elise Mertens (Belgium)3-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) v Kyle Edmund (Britain)Not before 0800 GMT1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) v 6-Marin Cilic (Croatia)Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) v 2-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
As the snow obscured the Wembley grass and confusion reigned on and off the pitch during Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup replay against Rochdale on Wednesday the words of former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly sprang to mind.It was the tough-talking Scot who once said “football is a simple game, complicated by idiots.”Fair to say had he been at the national stadium he might have turned the air blue with his pronouncements on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.It should have been a night for underdogs Rochdale to enjoy their moment to shine, or for Tottenham’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente to savour scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 win.Instead, the talk was of how VAR, which could be rolled out at the World Cup this year, left players, managers and fans cold.Tottenham left-back Danny Rose called the tie “shambolic”.Former England full-back Stuart Pearce, speaking on Sky Sports, said VAR does not work for football. “There are so many grey areas in our game. Let the guy in the middle make the decision and respect that decision.”Ex-England striker Alan Shearer said on Twitter: “VAR you were hopeless again.”The video assistant was called into action at Wembley after seven minutes when Tottenham had a routine Erik Lamela goal disallowed when an official watching on the video screen flagged up to match referee Paul Tierney a tiny shirt-pull by Llorente.In the 22nd minute Tottenham’s Lucas Moura was denied a penalty after Tierney, finger in ear, again consulted VAR.When Son Heung-min did fire Tottenham ahead a BBC Radio Five commentator said: “There can be no argument about that one.” Yet Tierney still went to the VAR to confirm the goal’s legality.CHORUS OF BOOSMinutes later Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier was bundled over and Tierney awarded a free kick outside the area, only for VAR to intervene and, after a long delay in which fans were left bemused, upgrade it to a penalty.When Son stopped his run before scoring from the spot – a breach of the rules – Tierney again checked via VAR before disallowing the goal and booking Son.A chorus of boos erupted at halftime as fans braving a freezing night witnessed a sport being complicated to death, not knowing what they were watching.The time taken for the VAR decisions stripped all the raw excitement from what was a great match.Celebrating a goal, whether as a player of a fan, has always been sacrosanct, yet five of the seven goals on the night were checked via VAR before Tierney awarded them.The referee was merely doing what was asked of him by those who have authorised the trial of VAR in some FA Cup and League Cup ties, but it opened the official to heavy criticism.Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino sympathised with Tierney, but said the first half was “embarrassing”.“We love the game we know, football is about emotion but if we are going to kill emotion then people who love football will not be happy,” he said.Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney said on Twitter: “We’ve got the best game in the world don’t try to fix it if it’s not broken. Just let us play. The talking points, controversy and human error is what makes it so special!!”Video technology has worked well in tennis, while rugby also uses it.Respected Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens warned that football must use VAR intelligently. “The danger is that decisions can become too technical,” he told radio station TalkSport.“Referees must referee the game as if there is no technology there. Only rely on it for clear and obvious decisions.”
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has curtailed his vacation and will join Manchester United at the start of their Premier League campaign, manager Jose Mourinho has said.Mourinho called for the club’s World Cup participants to shorten their rest days after last month’s tournament to help United, who have also been hindered by injuries, avoid a poor start to the league season.England duo Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford were already set to return early and United will now be boosted by Lukaku’s decision as they prepare to host Leicester City in their first league game on Aug. 10.“We will have (Victor) Lindelof who started training two days ago,” Mourinho said after United’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the pre-season International Champions Cup (ICC) on Wednesday.“Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku, because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays, so they are coming back three days early to try to be available for the team.”The Portuguese boss praised his senior players for the intensity they showed in United’s pre-season tour but insisted the fixtures did not reveal anything new strategically.“I didn’t learn anything (tactically). I know what (Ander) Herrera is, I know what (Juan) Mata is, I know what (Alexis) Sanchez is, I know what they are… I know the kids need time to grow up,” Mourinho said.“The boys tried everything, they gave everything, they know we have to try to fight for the best result but tactically it means nothing.”United have won two of their five pre-season fixtures so far and will be keen to make a quick start in their quest to win silverware this season.Mourinho was unsure, however, if Anthony Martial would return in time to play Sunday’s final friendly against Bayern Munich after the Frenchman left the team’s pre-season tour early to attend the birth of his daughter.
Detailed proposals aimed at reducing the financial gulf between the continent’s richest clubs and the rest were put forward by the European Leagues group (EL) on Friday.The umbrella group representing Europe’s domestic football leagues said it wanted to reverse some of the changes which were introduced to European club competition this year and distribute revenue from those competitions more evenly.However, it said it supported UEFA’s plans to introduce a new third tier European competition, with 32 teams in the group stage and reduce the size of the second-tier Europa League from 2021.“Our fundamental principle is to improve competitive balance in domestic and international competitions to protect the unpredictability of sporting results,” Eredivisie — Dutch League — chairman Jacco Swart told reporters.However, officials said it was not realistic to return to the days when teams such as Ajax Amsterdam, Porto and Red Star Belgrade were crowned European champions.“It is a question of going forward in time, not looking backwards, and of having attractive tournaments,” said Claus Thomssen, chief executive of the Danish league.The EL said it hopes UEFA will consider its proposals when it decides of the format for European competitions in the 2021-24 cycle, a decision expected in December.The Champions League is dominated by a handful of elite clubs and the group stage has been marked by increasingly one-sided matches in the last few years.EL general secretary Georg Pangl said that in the last 26 years, a total of 15 billion euros ($17.2 billion) in revenue had been handed out, with 14 clubs receiving 7 billion of that amount.It was projected that 12 billion euros will be distributed over the next six years and, under the current model, another seven billion would go to the 14 top-ranked clubs, Pangl added.In its proposal, the EL said it wanted to reverse a change introduced this year which guarantees four Champions League group stage slots to Europe’s top four leagues — currently England, Spain, Germany and Italy.This should be reduced to three places, at most, plus one playoff place each, the EL said.It also wanted to undo a rule that revenue distribution is partly distributed according to a club’s historical record – something which favours big clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.A further suggestion was that at least 36 national champions were involved in the group stages of European competitions.Swart said the EL were opposed to any increase in the number of dates allocated to UEFA club matches or for them to be played at weekends, apart from the Champions League final.Andrea Agnelli, the head of the powerful association representing European clubs, suggested this year that the continent’s top teams should play more European games and fewer domestic ones.
Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, who caused a huge upset when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round two years ago.The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday and the top seeds could face some early tests of their credentials when play gets underway in Melbourne on Monday.The Swiss six-times Australian Open champion, who beat Marin Cilic in last year’s final, could meet the Croat again in the quarter-finals, should he come through a potentially tricky fourth-round tie against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas.Men’s top seed Djokovic, who was defending his title when he lost to Istomin, has drawn a qualifier in his bid for a record seventh Melbourne title and third Grand Slam crown in succession following wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Serb Djokovic could then face a rematch of his 2008 final triumph over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round, before a possible second week match-up against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.Second seed Rafa Nadal, who has question marks concerning his fitness after pulling out of the Brisbane International, will play unseeded local James Duckworth in the first round.Last year’s semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, seeded 13th, looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals if the draw follows the seedings.
BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK “Right now, medyo angat si (Joseph) Eriobu and si Raphy Banal, sa big man si (Chris) Javier. Sa guards naman, si (Gelo) Alolino maganda ang pinakita. May other guys pa rin na nagstep up like (Rashawn) McCarthy,” he shared. “Maganda rin ang makukuhang talent doon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Despite Star having a guard heavy line-up with new acquisition Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Peter June Simon, RR Garcia, and Justin Melton in tow, Vicolero is keeping his eyes open. He said the Hotshots won’t shy away from the opportunity if the best remaining talent is still available.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We’re looking for the best available talent who can fit to our system. Of course, we’re not closing any possibilities so mayroon kaming naka-ready sa kung ano man ang maging scenario for us,” he said.Victolero admitted that there are few aspirants who have impressed him. Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway A spit in democracy’s face MOST READ 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 We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready enjoying a deep guard rotation, Star coach Chito Victolero is looking for a few more pieces from the upcoming 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to bolster his line-up “We’re looking for a big man or winger,” Victolero said on Thursday in Day 2 of the 2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw..ADVERTISEMENT View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas
Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Lets bring back the glory! #pusopridepalaban #GoUSTe #USTGrowlingTigers,” the tweet read, accompanied with a photo the Tigers celebrating the UAAP Season 69 chamionship.Jarencio, who was a Growling Tigers star back in the 1980s, coached the squad from 2006 where he won thechampionship in his rookie season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHe then went on to two more Finals appearances before his departure in 2013.Jarencio then had two stints as the head coach for GlobalPort in the PBA, leading the squad to its first semifinals appearance in the 2015 Philippine Cup. 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 We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK PH Jr. Volcanoes looking to pull off upset vs seasoned foes Jarencio during his time as UST head coach. INQUIRER file photoIs Pido Jarencio on his way back to University of Santo Tomas?The champion coach posted a cryptic message on his social media accounts on Tuesday, which some interpreted as a sign that he could be returning as a head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Currently, he is the basketball operations for the Batang Pier.There has been a clamor among the UST alumni urging the 52-year-old mentor to return to España after threeyears.Since he left, the Growling Tigers made it back to the Finals in UAAP Season 78 under coach Bong dela Cruz but lost to Far Eastern University then dropped to last place under coach Boy Sablan, curiously a former assistant coach of Jarencio, with a 3-11 record in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments