RWC Sevens 2018 fans urged not to miss out following strong first week of ticket sales

first_imgIn the first seven days since tickets were released onto the market, an incredible 13,416 three-day packages (that’s a record 40,248 tickets altogether) have been sold via the tournament website. Already, fans from every single state in the USA have bought tickets with the majority of them coming from California. Further afield, supporters in Canada and the UK are represented well but, amazingly, tickets have been bought from a total of 36 nations, indicating that RWC Sevens 2018 is going to have a truly international feel.With thousands more supporters from the Bay Area, throughout North America and around the world expected to seek tickets, they are being urged not to delay any longer or else they could be left empty-handed.USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We knew this would be a popular tournament. The importance we are placing on delivering a successful event and how that ties with growing the game in America can’t be overstated. The first week of ticket sales has exceeded even our own, lofty, expectations. The risk now is that fans who don’t act fast could actually miss out so we’re publishing this appeal for everyone who wants to see the world’s best sevens players in action at the highest level to go to the website today and book their seats.“This is a major priority for USA Rugby. We want the world to see that we can put on a great show and make RWC Sevens 2018 the biggest and best one so far. This is a once-off opportunity for rugby lovers in San Francisco and elsewhere in the US to be a part of this amazing tournament right here on American soil.“It’s also about showcasing rugby sevens to a generation of new American fans, who love to attend big live sporting occasions but who maybe haven’t been to a rugby event before. We think they will be blown away by the excitement, athleticism and skill on display in AT&T Park. But they’d better move quickly because tickets are disappearing fast.”last_img read more

Tonga savour watershed moment

first_imgWith a 32-18 win over Samoa on Saturday night, Tonga made it two wins from two at the tournament and assured themselves of advancing beyond the group stage for the first time in five attempts dating back to 1995.The victory in front of over 18,000 fans at Waikato Stadium was also just the second time Tonga have tasted victory over their Pacific neighbours in a rugby league Test match, with coach Kristian Woolf happy for his men to celebrate before re-focussing for their final pool game against New Zealand.”[Saturday night was] about enjoying the win, we’ve only beaten Samoa once in the last 10 years and that was in 2013, so that was a long time ago as well and some of these blokes were part of that,” Woolf said.”It’s about enjoying that, and letting our hair down a little bit, after a short turnaround which is always a tough week. “I was pretty satisfied with all of it to be honest, I thought we played some really good footy.”That’s a win you can be really happy with for a number of reasons, it was a high-quality game of footy.”Tonga now face the Kiwis to decide who will top Pool B and avoid having to play the winner of Pool D in the quarter-finals, with New Zealand currently sitting at the top on points differential thanks to their 74-6 thumping of Scotland in week two.Woolf said he was satisfied with the way his side were building, but wasn’t interested in engaging in any talk about New Zealand’s huge victory.”No [I didn’t see the Kiwis game], and to be honest I’m not real interested, we had a big game and I was right into that as every spectator was, so I hadn’t bothered with it, no,” Woolf said.”I think we are getting a little bit better each week, we were certainly better this week than what we were last week.”There’s certainly improvement areas in it, we are going to have to be better next week as the opposition goes up a level as well.”But we are on the right track.”The clash between New Zealand and Tonga will also take place at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.last_img read more

Port Moresby are 2015 women’s softball champs

first_imgPort Moresby did it easy, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The first run was scored by a hit from veteran Antonia Kinit.Kinit herself came home in the next play. Two more runs were scored before three down was called.It was Port Moresby again who added another two runs in the third inning to put themselves 6 points in front.The duo of pitcher Selina Karai and her catcher Kinit restricted the Madang batters from getting on base.By the top of the sixth inning, Port Moresby made a change in the pitching, resting Karai.Madang used this to their advantage and opened the scoring through a power hit from Priscilla Mocke that allowed Carol Apelis to run home.Advancing to third base, Mocke was brought home thanks to a safe hit from Fedelma Takaili.The Moresby girls maintained their cool and got the next two outs to keep the pressure on Madang.With a full base situation,  Kinit went up to bat and smacked the ball to the right outfield that brought home all three runners.The mercy rule was then applied with the game called off at the bottom of the sixth inning.Port Moresby Gold finished undefeated at the championships.last_img read more

Barras to face Ireland this month

first_imgIreland is currently the team to beat, sitting comfortably on top of the points table on 40 points with two wins and no losses.It will no doubt be a tough ask for the Barras.The Barras are in fifth place on 20 points after one win over the Netherlands and one loss at the hands of Afghanistan.The four day match will be played from the 31st of January to the 3rd of February.Eight countries are taking part in the Intercontinental Cup that started last year and will run all the way up to 2017.The points ladder:Ireland (40), Netherlands (26), Afghanistan (21), Hong Kong (20), PNG (20), Namibia (20), Scotland (13), United Arab Emirates (0).last_img

‘Renove Plan’ in June

first_imgReal Madrid faces next summer the start of the reconstruction of a team in which up to seven players are 30 years old or older (Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Bale and Benzema). In the club they believe that it is time to start collecting the fruits of the bet they are making to capture the best young people in the world so that this transition when rebuilding the template is not traumatic. Gradually, without a total revolution. The example to follow is what is happening today with Mendy and Valverde, who naturally move two important players like Marcelo and Modric.AchrafThey finish their two years of assignment at Borussia Dortmund and at the club they are convinced that they are ready to perform at Madrid. Even more with Zidane on the bench, who was the one who opted for him to occupy a place in the first team when he was only 18 years old (in the 2017-18 season). They value the experience he has acquired in the Bundesliga: three goals and seven assists in the 28 games he played last season and six goals and seven goal passes in the 31 games he has played in the current one.The increase in their offensive contribution in this course is due to the fact that a large part of the games (21 of 31) have played them as an extreme, either in the left or right wing. However, in Madrid he will return to occupy his usual position, that of the side, since his ability to occupy both bands is also assessed when he acts as a defense.Madrid, in addition to recovering him, will negotiate with him an improvement of the contract to adapt his economic conditions to his new role. The player, however, wants to talk to Zidane because he wants to come back to be important. On the other hand, Borussia will make an offer to buy it (they already tried last summer), but Madrid does not value that option. OdegaardThe Norwegian ends his assignment at Real Sociedad and Madrid has the idea that he will be part of the white team next season. Although the intention of the Basque team is to stay another year in San Sebastian, Madrid has the last word, since the transfer that was signed is only one year and there is no penalty in case of not extending it for another season. .The white club, however, will communicate its plans to Odegaard and let the Norwegian player have the last word. Although they understand that Odegaard will not miss the opportunity to have a place in the first white template …ReguilónHis good year in Seville, together with the poor performance of Marcelo, make Madrid want to have him next season. However, the Real Madrid squad has doubts. His goal is to play on the team he formed, but not in any way. Understand that, after shining in a club of the requirement of Seville, will not return to have a secondary role. Zidane has never opted for him (he asked to be assigned despite his good performance last year). If he sees that he still does not fill his eye with the French, he will ask for a new assignment …CeballosThe board continues to have a lot of faith in him, but the arrival of Arteta after Emery’s dismissal has hurt him (he is now a substitute in Arsenal). In your case, as with Reguilón, the talk you have with Zidane will be key. The Frenchman has never given him minutes and the utrerano is not willing to stay in Madrid as a regular substitute.last_img read more

Simeone, with Diego Costa and João Félix in attack at Anfield

first_imgCosta’s fury as an antidote to the fault that Klopp has prepared in Anfield. The striker returned from his injury, cervical disc herniation that forced him to go through the operating room in November, precisely in the first leg of this tie. A Coast that has since played 62 minutes spread over three games. That against Liverpool (13 ‘), Espanyol (27’) and Sevilla (22 ‘). No goal. He has only two in a season in which he has only been able to play 33% of the total minutes. But it’s Costa. His presence alone threatens. Diego Costa was one of the letters that Simeone lacked last year in the round of 16 against Juventus in Turin and will be his surprise in this one. As in that one way. Coast in Anfield, holder. Lagarto’s is the bet of the Argentine coach in his front, along with João Félix, instead of Morata, who last Saturday suffered a blow to the thigh against Sevilla. The rest will be as expected. Oblak in the goal and Trippier and Lodi in the bands. The Cholo reserved himself precisely to the Brazilian side against Sevilla on the weekend because he was dragging a contracture and needed it ready for this game, in the first leg it was fundamental, both in attack and defense. In the center of the defense of the last nine games: Savic-Felipe.In the center three positions are non-negotiable, those that occupy Thomas, who also did not play in Seville by penalty not even a season before Juventus in Turin and that is the rigor and balance of the center of the field. Like Saul, the rojiblanco that always stands out in these nights, the great Champions, and the captain, Koke, who makes everyone else better. Correa is also non-negotiable at the moment: from being out in summer to gain ownership with goals, assists and differential talent.Next to Costa, João Félix. The rojiblanco club paid 127 million last summer to be differential in games like this. His great night has come. In summer I had no better partner than the Hispanic-Brazilian. That is what Simeone will think when tonight his team jumps in Anfield, to play the remaining 90 minutes of this tie that, for the moment, is winning 1-0.last_img read more

Álex Fernández and his family, hit by the coronavirus

first_imgIf the situation were to lengthen, as predicted by Madrid, the competition would be complicated, “It is difficult to do the exercises. And that we have a garden that somehow helps. But in the end you do not train at the level you need and were doing before. We try to move and work so as not to lose shape, but in the end when it comes back we will not be as is the desire and we will have to do a mini preseason. “Despite this, the Alcalá de Henares confident that the competition can be resumed and get the promotion he has fought so hard for all season. “I don’t know what will happen. If we continue, if they cancel it … The truth is that I have no idea. I think that theirs is for the competition to continue because we want to advance, which is what we have been earning throughout the year. We don’t have the last word and we will have to be prepared for the decision that is made. “At the moment, Álex admits that he is psychologically well, but begins to value having the freedom to make plans outside the home. “I am psychologically strong. The fact that I usually like being at home, where I play and am with my son, helps me. For me it is not a tremendous difficulty, but it is true that now you value aspects such as going to the movies or having a drink with a partner. “Lastly, the playmaker dedicated a few words to the people who have to continue at the foot of the canyon working outside the home and exposing themselves to the virus. “The people who have to work on the street, who are forced by that situation, make me very sad. They are the ones who are going to end this situation in the end but, at the same time, they are the most exposed. Our problem is quite different. You strip films, books, you have time to play with the children and be with the dogs. They, those who have to face the day to day on the street, are risking everything. When everything is over, I will give you my particular and more than deserved applause. “ Álex Fernández is suffering fully from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yesterday he recognized Diario de Cádiz that He has a family that has tested positive for the COVID-19 and has also suffered the loss of a relative. The Madrid footballer lives from the isolation of his home in Cádiz the terrible situation that the country is going through due to the pandemic, but above all, his hometown, where the player from Cadiz has family and friends, “I am in daily contact with my family and, except for what happened to that elderly relative, we are all safe, at home.”The footballer claims to be living this whole situation as if it were a dream, “I am living it like everyone else, under a strange situation. It is super strange everything. But I carry it in the best possible way and with my family.”Also, insist that it is something that never seems to touch you until it arrives. “You are never prepared for such a situation; it is impossible to imagine it. What I most want right now is that a very large number of people are not taken ahead. We are in that fight and we contribute our commitment to being at home fulfilling what they recommend “.Álex Fernández continues, like the rest of his teammates, training at home, but the man from Madrid is convinced that the quarantine will exceed the 15 days originally planned. “We are going to have to stay at home two more weeks. It is the feeling that I have for what I read and for the news that reaches me.”last_img read more

Pellicer signs playoff numbers at the helm of Malaga

first_imgIn these nine meetings only Zaragoza (19 points), Tenerife (17), Deportivo (17), Sporting de Gijón (16) and Girona (16) have added more than the Blue and Whites. The Castellón coach made his debut at the head of Málaga on January 14 against Ponferradina with a victory (1-0). Since then, three other victories (against Numancia, Cádiz and Racing de Santander), three draws (Fuenlabrada, Mirandés and Las Palmas) and two defeats (Elche and Zaragoza). Málaga has found its game pattern and the results of Sergio Pellicer. The club opted for the branch’s coach after the controversial departure of Víctor Sánchez del Amo and after two months of competition the numbers support the decision taken by the entity. Manolo Gaspar gave his confidence to Pellicer and, despite the fact that Al Thani and Shaheen refused to ratify him, waiting to find a more ‘media’ technician in the market, the arrival of the judicial administrator, who today is one month in charge of the management of the club, brought with it the ratification of the bet of the sports director.Under Pellicer’s baton, Málaga have scored 15 points in nine games, a very good average that has allowed him to climb some position in the table, increase the mattress with the drop positions, currently at three points, and that makes it the sixth best team in the Second Division in these two months. If the League had started when Pellicer assumed command, Málaga would occupy a promotion playoff position today.last_img read more

Bartomeu does not rule out Neymar and warns: “There will be exchanges”

first_imgDo they change the reinforcement policy?: “No, Abidal and Planes continue working to prepare a team, although in this summer window exchange operations are predicted, there will not be so much money, so much cash, but there will be more exchanges.”Market ambition: “Yes we do. We have to make a good team.” Messi Renewal: “Everything, Barça is the largest club in the world. The fact that income has been reduced, like everyone else, does not stop us from being the club that enters the world the most. When it comes to saying that Barça is fatal, I tell them that when June 30 ends, we will continue to be the one who enters the most, but less because they all go down. “Neymar and Lautaro: “I cannot speak of names. Barça will be in the market in a position to carry out the operations that it deems convenient. Of course we will have capacity. I say it again, we are the club that enters the world the most. I hear people say according to what and I think: But if we are the greatest, what do they say? “Talk to Messi: “Now we are very involved in this issue of the impact of the pandemic in the club and in what will happen in the Alert State. We have to do this, talk to the Leo people, but we will do it at the right time” .He’s busy?: “No, Messi has already said it many times. He wants to finish his sports career at Barça, therefore we are not worried. But we will have to sit down with him to reach an agreement.” Josep María Bartomeu has given an interview at Sport and Mundo Deportivo, in which in addition to talking about the ERTE that will affect all the club’s workers, has explained the consequences that the coronavirus crisis will have on the transfer market. The president of Barcelona does not rule out the hiring of players like Lautaro or Neymar, he exposes new ways of negotiation and boasts about the income of his club.last_img read more

Pedro López: “This running of the bulls is unnatural for an athlete”

first_imgPedro Lopez (Aguilar del Campo, May 6, 1980) attends Ace from home, where he lives this confinement with his wife and his first-born with the illusion of the arrival of his second son, which will be in the next days. The U19 and U20 coach has not stopped working and he has called all his players one by one to see how they were going these days. It practically takes his entire career at RFEFwhere did it come from angel Vilda’s hand, and always working for women’s football, which she has seen grow very closely. With a silver in it Sub 20 world and several Europeans in his record, Pedro López wants to continue enjoying what he likes the most …-How do you carry the confinement?-I’m not bad, I can’t complain. We just came from a concentration in La Manga and we were watching an Under-19 tournament in Cartagena. It had a lot of material. Also, enjoying with the family, that within my work as we spend so much time away from home, it is not normal to have spent Father’s Day or my wife’s birthday with the family. You have to be positive -What does a coach do when there is no football?-I had material. Analyze the four games we play for the next call, shape the U-20 team and also the U-19. We analyzed the rivals of the U19, but that has fallen because they have canceled the European U19. With the cancellation, call all the players to encourage them and that they do not lower their arms, because to take away that illusion attached to this situation that is opposed to sport, could demotivate them and lower their arms. I convey to you that if they are with us it is because they are the best and the best have to be prepared for all kinds of challenges. Even if they take the European away from us, they have many challenges to motivate themselves every morning, from taking advantage of this time at home to study, or when they return they have to be the best to have a place in their team and continue in the National Team. That they demonstrate in these conditions that they are also the best.-How are the players in this situation?-There is everything. There are some who do well and others less well. It is unnatural for an athlete to be locked up at home for a month without practicing the sport that you have been practicing for many years. None of us who do sports had lived a month without going outside and without being able to practice it. It is extreme and it is very important psychologically and mentally how to deal with it. You have to look for the positive things that this confinement can have to focus and focus attention on those positive things.– At the moment, the European U19 has been canceled, how can it affect the players?-One of our strong points is the baggage of final stages that carry plays. In recent years we are going far and that makes them better players. The players from 2001, who finish the stage, who were covered last year by 2000 players and could not go to Scotland, to have this championship taken from them, it is clear that it does not add up, it remains. It also remains to be out of competition for a month and a half. You have to see how to overcome and seek other goals. Especially for the 2001 players who last year were more covered and in this they will not be in the final round. You have to change the chip and orient your motivations to other things and show why you are one of the chosen ones. Not only do you get to the national team for playing football well, you have to have your head in order to overcome all the inconveniences, from the coronavirus to a crusader injury.– That generation of 2001 that they had to play this European is, in addition, one of the most successful generations, the U-17 World champions.– Players from that generation mix, if I am not mistaken it is from 2001-02, and those from 2000 also enter, then it is true that I have spoken with them, because I have not spoken to all of the Sub-20, the World Cup is the main concern they have and, if it is delayed, if they would continue playing the same ages. Playing a World Cup is a special motivation. There are also players who have never played a World Cup like Rosa Márquez, Teresa … and there are more. Above all, they can postpone it, change the date or whatever, but do not cancel it. It is one of their biggest goals.-Do you think that the generation that would play in this 2020 should go?– For me it is logical because they are the ones that have played the classification.-Spain, in addition, arrives at the U-20 World Cup as runner-up in 2018 in a team that players who have been in France may repeat. -In the World Cup there were already Cata, Pina, Candela, Eva Navarro, Aleixandri … they experienced it with a second level of prominence. In that World Cup he went runner-up without Aitana, Ona, Lucía García and with Lucía Rodríguez played in the final. Spain is a power because it has shown it in the last championships.-You were also in Uruguay in the U-17 World Cup that La Rojita won in 2018, how did you experience it?-It’s something to remember a lifetime. I have been to three U-17 World Cups and two U-20s. The World Cup is special, it is an unforgettable experience. It can not be explained with words. You enjoy it because you don’t know if it will be the last time, because hundreds of countries participate and you are the one who are … you feel lucky and you want to give it your all. It is not normal what we are doing in recent years, reaching all the finals, we are getting used to it badly. You just have to enjoy it in case you cannot go in the following seasons.-It has to be a pride that the players he has taught and directed are now triumphing in the national team …-You feel identified, like all the trainers they had when they were girls or the territorial ones. I enjoy when I see Lucía score a goal … I live it as if I were scoring it. Every time they catch the ball, all your muscles tense.-The Spanish quarry seems to have no end, how do you work to achieve so many successes?-It is the sum of many factors. It is like when you start a talk and you have to thank everyone, as someone is missing you look bad. The team is everyone’s team and is showing the evolution of women’s football in our country, from schools to territorial federations, coaches, parents … everyone. And the clubs, which are putting much more resources than before so that the players can develop as footballers. It is the sum of all those who have touched each player, from the time they were born until the medal is hung.-And that is reflected in the absolute, which is getting closer to the great powers …– It is the reflection of everything: of a great technical work, good preparation of the soccer players, who now live guiding their lives to soccer, before they could not, and are showing the development of women’s soccer in Spain. You have good material and you are getting a good performance.– Before it was difficult for a player to only think about soccer.– Before I think that they could not. The players could not direct their lives exclusively to soccer nor did they have all the means as now. There were countries that beat us and we did not compete on equal terms.-It has become more professional.-The more professionalized and the more means they have, the more we can take advantage of talent. They are showing that they have talent and the more means you have you will not go to a war in inferiority.-It shows, above all, in the physical differences.That physical difference was insurmountable, today it has been reduced. And when the day comes the team is working well to get the most out of it.Do you think that in the First Iberdrola there should be a limit of foreign players?-Each year it is being shown that the Spanish players are, if not the best, of the highest European and world level. You have to give them opportunities and that the players come, and there have been many cases that come to add. Given equality, I would like those opportunities to be given to Spanish women and young women.-What do you think about the suspension of the First Iberdrola?This pandemic is making us develop at the level of finding solutions. It is making us think. There are many people looking for the best solutions that are healthy and fair to save this pothole. There are many people working to solve everything. This virus is going to make us work wit. The more you work, the better you will be working for the following situation.-How did you get to the Federation and women’s football?I came to Madrid to work at a school to be a teacher of physical education. I had taken the coach courses and my hobby was soccer. I did it in my free time and I entered the CD Canillas. There I met Jorge and Ángel Vilda. There I was a coordinator, a physical trainer, a coach … I spent there afternoons because I arrived in Madrid and didn’t know anyone. Since I had nothing to do after work, I would go there. Ángel signed for the Federation and does a project in which Jorge and I are incorporated. At that time, I did everything that was required of me: physical trainer, analyst … After four seasons working with all the teams, I was appointed U17 coach, later I became U19.last_img read more