NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said today the format of the pools would ensure key rivals face each other in the fast-paced, action packed short form of Rugby League.During the official launch of the tournament Monday in Parramatta, it was revealed that:Group A would include Australia, New Zealand, PNG and USAGroup B would include England, France, Lebanon and WalesGroup C would include Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Cook IslandsMr Greenberg said the two highest-placed teams from Group A would progress to the semi-finals, alongside the winners of Groups B and C.The two highest-placed teams from the Women’s pool, which features Australia, New Zealand, England and PNG, will feature in the women’s final.The Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s Sydney 2019 was formally launched today in Parramatta featuring Damien Cook (Kangaroos), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Kiwis), James Segeyaro (PNG), Maika Sivo (Fiji), Michael Jennings (Tonga), Anthony Milford (Samoa), Alex Glenn (Cook Islands), as well as Isabelle Kelly (Jillaroos) and Raecene McGregor (Kiwi Ferns).Mr Greenberg said the pools were chosen to ensure exciting match-ups between traditional rivals.He added all teams would play one match on Friday and a minimum of two matches on Saturday.
Due to the PNG Games format, Team New Ireland Kickboxing athletes will be taking over 70 fighters both male and female including junior fighters.The tournament will be staged at Stamper Hall, Lahur in the heart of sleepy Namatanai Township.The General Code Director of Kickboxing Namaliu Toyet says the athletes will come from the 10 LLGs in New Ireland Province especially Murat, Lovogai, Kavieng Urban, Tikana, Central, Namatanai, Matalai, Konoagil, Tanir and Nimamar. Toyet said New Ireland is well known for other Martial Arts like Tong Long Kune Do, Taekwondo, Karate and Kungfu.“Most fighters will switch into Kickboxing as the code is growing strongdf and gaining popularity in the province,” Toyet said.He said at the last PNG Games in Lae, “we won two Golds, three Silver and two Bronze and Karate the highest with 10 Golds and that really improved the placing of Team New Ireland to fifth placing in the country but we are now aiming to triple that number this years.New Ireland kickboxing athlete is sengind word out to the other Kickboxing provinces that “we are not taking our opponents lightly come November in Kimbe 2016.”
AMAZING CAMPAIGN As a schoolboy at Manchester High Omar McLeod showed promise. A less-hyped member of Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, back in 2011, if not a medal magnet, McLeod, in what was his first real taste of top level international competition showed that while the medals were missing then, he certainly had the wiring of a champion. Unlike many of his Jamaican teammates at the championships, McLeod did not leave the island’s shores to headlines and mass expectations He did not arrive in the French city to any fanfare, but when he left, he certainly gave a glimpse of the type of athlete he would become, the type of athlete he matured into over the past two seasons. Fourth place in the 110m hurdles and eighth in the 400m hurdles with a spot on the second-place sprint medley relay team were his results. The outcome was not the most glittering, but his effort and performance over his seven races in three days laid the foundation. It sparked a fire and he later seemed to flip a switch after his move to Kingston College. He was unleashed, and as his confidence grew, the records tumbled. Back then he was still competing in both the 110m hurdles, and 400m hurdles and in his final year as a high-school athlete, in 2013, he set records in both events at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, becoming the first Jamaican junior to dip below 50 seconds in the longer event with a 49.98-second run. He would take his talents to the University of Arkansas, where he quickly established himself as a leading collegiate sprinter. There was little surprise when he turned pro in 2015, and although he didn’t get on the podium at the World Championships in Beijing that summer with an eighth place finish after winning the national title for the first time, McLeod again was laying the foundations – like he did in Lille. The year 2016 brought new expectations for the wide-smiling McLeod, who showed his intentions right at the start of the year with an amazing World Indoor Championships campaign. McLeod, who became the first Jamaican to win gold in the 60m hurdles at the championships, hurried along to the finish line in a national record 7.41 seconds. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with the expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful and it definitely set me up for the rest of the season,” McLeod told The Gleaner of his success at the World Indoors acting as a springboard for what was to come. He would underline his immense all-round ability with a ‘stand-up, and run’ 9.99 seconds in the 100m just over a month later to add fuel to strong belief that he will be the man to lower Aries Merritt’s 12.80 world record when that speed is fully applied in the 110m hurdles. He duly took his form to the circuit, dominating the Diamond League, winning his first six races of the outdoor season with a 12.98s run at the Shanghai Diamond League stop making it almost impossible for writers to punch in his name without adding the words ‘Olympic gold medal favourite’ a few strokes along. Trouble in his next two races in Monaco and Hungary brought questions about his ability to handle the expectations, but the sprint hurdler was clear about his own convictions. “What trouble? those didn’t happen. I am not even thinking about anything but to go to the Olympics and execute and deliver,” he said just before his arrival in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic spectacle. The youngster certainly delivered, tackling hurdles, rain and seven other determined hurdles to again become another first, crossing the line in 13.05 seconds to carve his name as the first Jamaican Olympic champion in the event. The emotions that followed still play vividly on his mind. “Its an amazing feeling, that’s the pinnacle of all sport. Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, and to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday, its an indescribable feeling, its awesome to be honest,” McLeod shared. “It was a great year obviously. I set goals for the year and I think I accomplished all of them: World Indoors, first athlete to go sub-10 and sub-13, being the first athlete to win an Olympic gold for my country in the 110m hurdles, so it was an astonishing year and I am really grateful for that and I am looking forward to an even better career because I still don’t think I have maximised my full potential as yet and that’s what makes it a lot more exciting for me,” McLeod added. He ended the year winning nine of his 12 races in the 110m hurdles and was unbeaten in the 60m hurdles with six wins. Such dominance is not often seen in his trade, leaving little surprise around his first nomination for the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Awards. The winner is set to be announced at a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Friday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Serena Williams has advanced to the Australian Open quarter finals with a scrappy 7-5, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova to open play at Rod Laver Arena yesterday. Williams is attempting to win her Open era-record 23 Grand Slam singles title, her seventh Australian Open championship and, with top-ranked Angelique Kerber’s fourth-round loss, a return to the number one ranking. She had 23 unforced errors in the first set and needed eight set points to clinch it. There were seven breaks of serve in the set, including the first four games. On the final point of the set a backhand by Williams bounced flatly on Strycova’s side of the court. The Czech player couldn’t pick it up and Williams had the first set in 55 minutes. Williams took a 4-1 lead in the second set and had her serve broken when she served for the match at 5-3. But Williams came back in the next game to break Strycova’s serve and clinch the match. Williams next plays the winner of a later match between Ekaterina Makarova and Johanna Konta. If Serena Williams needed any more incentive to win her seventh Australian Open title and a record 23rd Grand Slam major, she may have got it with top-ranked Angelique Kerber’s fourth-round loss. Williams began her match against Barbora Strycova on Rod Laver Arena yesterday knowing that if she does clinch the title next Saturday, she will overtake Kerber for the number one ranking. Williams lost the top ranking, which she had held for three consecutive years, to Kerber after the German player won the US Open in September.
A labourer was on Friday remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a robbery charge.Emmanuel Larry, 23, of East La Penitence, Georgetown, is accused of robbing Christopher Rambarran while using personal violence during or before the robbery.Larry however denied the charge.The prosecution’s case stated that on April 5, 2018, while in the vicinity of Longden Street, Georgetown, he robbed Rambarran of one cellphone valued $44,000 and $27,000 in cash.Reports are at about 19:30h, the Virtual Complainant was walking along Longden Street, when he was reportedly approached by Larry, who was in the company of others, and choked and robbed him of his valuables.The court also heard that a Police Officer was in close proximity and saw the ordeal and grabbed onto Larry. A search was carried out and the items were allegedly found in his possession.A further search was conducted while at the Brickdam Police Station where Police later found 16 grams of cannabis in his clothing. Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offence.The Magistrate agreed with the prosecution and remanded the defendant.The case will continue on April 27.
Businessman Andre “Zipper” Gomes was on Thursday further remanded by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a charge of trafficking cocaine, in a matter which has its genesis in the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) last year issuing a wanted bulletin for the former murder accused in relation to nine kilograms of cocaine being found in a gas cylinder at an apartment which he had rented for his 51-year-old girlfriend, Naomi Persaud.A search had allegedly been carried out last year at the residence of the 57-year-old defendant at Lot 32 Craig Street, Campbellville Georgetown, during which 992 grams of cocaine, an undisclosed sum of cash, and a quantity of jewellery were seized.Defence Attorney Mark Waldron on Thursday informed Magistrate Daly that the defence is ready to go ahead with the case, once the submissions are received. Waldron said the cocaine was not found on the premises of his client, but in an alleyway next to the house.However, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Thompson informed the court that eyewitness accounts indicated otherwise. She also noted that the court was given no special reason for the defendant to be placed on bail.As such, the businessman was further remanded to prison, and the matter was adjourned to June 18.Zipper’s girlfriend, Persaud, had, on August 6, 2017, been taken into custody with her 17-year-old grandson on an accusation of being in possession of nine kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Arraigned for the offence, the Lot 25 Delph Street, Campbellville, Georgetown resident had pleaded guilty to the charges, and was jailed for four years and fined $21 million. As a result of her guilty plea, the charge was dismissed against her teenage grandson.
David Luiz could leave Chelsea for a second time 2 Napoli’s move for David Luiz hinges on Chelsea brining in Daniele Rugani from Juventus.The Blues are ready for a major reshuffle at the back, with Luiz set to be shown the door this summer and are in deep talks about a deal for the Juve centre-back, who they want to be a key cog in their defence next season. The Blues are happy to let the Brazilian go for a second time, but they are refusing to do so until his replacement has been brought in.Luiz, the 31-year-old, is now ready to leave Chelsea for a second time and was recently linked with a sensational move to Arsenal.Rugani, 23, joined Juventus from Empoli in 2015, having come through the youth academy there. He has seven caps for Italy.For all the latest transfer news and features, follow talkSPORT.com here. 2 Rugani has been at Juventus since 2015 Luiz fell out of favour under manager Antonio Conte last season and he made just four appearances during the second half of the campaign.The 31-year-old is now a target for Napoli and they are prepared to cough up £26m to sign him.However, according to Calciomercato, any deal for Luiz is dependent on Chelsea signing Rugani.
A DONEGAL-based Garda has joined middle-ranking gardaí in hitting out at the payment of €3m to former AIB boss Colm Doherty last year.Officers claim it’s further evidence of top bank executives getting away “scot-free” while the ordinary worker suffers.Sergeants and Inspectors say the three million euro would have been better spent investing in the gardaí, particularly the garda fleet. Sergeant Paul Wallace, who’s based in Letterkenny garda station, says during last winter’s Arctic conditions gardaí weren’t able to do their job.He told NewsTalk: “We had an incident where there was the victim of a rape and a member had to take out his own private car which had 4×4 capability to get to the scene.”He added: “We also had the ludicrous situation where we had Donegal Mountain Rescue doing traffic duty because the guards were stranded at the each side of a mountain.”DONEGAL GARDA SERGEANT HITS OUT AT BANK BONUSES was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cutbacksGardailetterkenny
A mother of 11, who received her sixth theft conviction in Buncrana Court, was given a two month suspended jail sentence.Kathleen McDonagh, 63, of the Big Isle, Manorcunningham, was charged with stealing a Triton T90 Power Shower worth €250 from Inishowen Co-Op at the Cockhill Road in Buncrana, on November 28, 2015. Buncrana District Court heard that Ms. McDonagh repaid the compensation to the Inishowen Co-Op. She pleaded guilty to the offence last Thursday.The court heard that charges against two juveniles, who were charged alongside Ms. McDonagh, were withdrawn by the Gardai on the basis of Ms. McDonagh’s guilty plea.Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that Garda McHugh was called to Inishowen Co-Op on November 28, 2015, after it was alleged that items were stolen from their premises at the Cockhill Road.He said while there he met with the store manager, Sam Ramsey, who had viewed CCTV of an older female, who was accompanied by two younger females, removing a Triton power shower from the store.Insp. Murphy said the CCTV showed Ms. McDonagh pointing towards the shower and holding open the door, while the two younger ladies removed it from the store.He said it was clear that it was a ‘joint enterprise’ between Ms. McDonagh and the two juveniles.Insp. Murphy said Gda. McHugh recognised Ms. McDonagh from the CCTV footage and he searched her home at the Big Isle in Manorcunningham after receiving a search warrant. However, he did not locate the shower at the Big Isle.Kathleen McDonagh was arrested. However Insp. Murphy said she was not co-operative during interview and answered ‘no comment’ when questions were put to her by Gda. McHugh.Insp. Murphy said the power shower was never recovered, however McDonagh repaid the compensation to the Inishowen Co-Op.He said McDonagh had five previous convictions for theft, damaging property and had been given the probation act for cruelty to animals.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said Ms. McDonagh and her family were familiar to the court. He said Ms. McDonagh, a mother of 11 children, had seen hardship in her life, adding that her domestic situation was ‘chaotic’.“Her family has lived in the compound in the Big Isle for twenty years, her domestic situation is chaotic but she is the voice of reason among these people most of the time,” Mr. Dorrian said.“She has great remorse and regret for what happened.”Judge Paul Kelly said McDonagh had five previous convictions for theft dating back to the late 1990s.“She is well aware of the impact these convictions would have on her,” Judge Kelly added, before sentencing her to two months jail, suspended for 12 months, on the basis that she is not convicted on any other offences under the theft and fraud offences act.”Mum of 11 gets suspended jail sentence for sixth theft conviction was last modified: January 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalKathleen McDonagh
— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 21, 2019It was the Pune team which started off well, consistently tackling Bengaluru Bulls raiders, with Sagar Krishna justifying his inclusion with an incredible body block on Rohit Kumar six minutes into the match.The defensive units matched each other tackle for tackle, as the raiders, including Punes Nitin Tomar, struggled to impress.A low-scoring, heavy tackling first half, which also saw Sehrawat reach 100 points for the season, ended with scores even at 10-10.Bengaluru’s decision to play just two raiders backfired as Paltans improved defence thwarted any raider who ventured into their territory.Pune inflicted the game’s only All-Out on Bengaluru Bulls in the sixth minute of the second half to open up an 8-point gap.Manjeet’s clever raids in do-or-die situations were also vital for Pune as they raced to a two-digit lead.The defence held firm, as Surjeet Singh completed a personal milestone of 250 points in Pro Kabaddi League, and secured a very important victory that pushed his team up to 10th in the league standings.Bengaluru’s loss meant they lost out on an opportunity to go to the top of the points table. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. An all-round performance made sure @PuneriPaltan make their ascent up the #VIVOProKabaddi Season 7 points table with a win over @BengaluruBulls in #PUNvBLR tonight.Keep watching all the action, LIVE on Star Sports & Hotstar. #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/A1mfJNtoMp Chennai: Puneri Paltan registered a 31-23 win against defending champions Bengaluru Bulls in a Pro Kabaddi League match at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.A heavily bandaged Surjeet Singh at the centre was the leader (6 tackle points) in the defensive unit for Puneri Paltan, never allowing the leagues best raider, Pawan Sehrawat, to weave his magic. Sagar Krishna came in for a struggling Girish Ernak as coach Anup Kumar made the changes to a faltering Pune side while the Bengaluru Bulls went in with an extra defender in the line-up buoyed by the performances of their two raiders in Pawan Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar. bengaluru bullspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019Puneri Paltan First Published: August 21, 2019, 11:00 PM IST