HUNTERS KUKIM with Howard Lahari

first_imgHi everyone n welcome to the 40th edition of Kukim. Game 1- PNG Kumuls Vs England Knights (Lae, October 27) Much has been said about the Kumuls’ woeful performance in their 12-16 loss, last Saturday to the visitors in front of a very poor crowd in attendance. Lae has always been renounced for their huge spectator base, but fell short in producing the expected bumper crowd. This is probably due to the high cost of gate fees at K50 per head or because of the Lae show which was held on the same weekend. Like the Prime Minister’s XIII game, we expected the Kumuls to win against a second string/development England team, but were beaten by the visitors who were more hungry and determined to win. The Kumuls had more opportunities to score in the second half but took wrong options, plus handling errors and giving away silly penalties were their own worst enemies. At the end of the game both sides scored 3 tries a piece, Watson Boas failed to convert (even one next to the goal posts) all tries, while the Knights converted 2/3 tries scored to win. The Kumuls uniforms too were terrible; I would urge PNG Rugby Football League to use the designated PNG colours for all Test matches by the Kumuls, while other colours like the one displayed last Saturday, can be used when playing on test matches n named “Emerging or development PNG team.” Game 2- PNG Kumuls Vs England Knights (Port Moresby, Saturday November 3) The Kumuls can win this game if they can; Cut down on errors and not to give away silly penalties; Their spine 6, 7 and 9 must control/coordinate and manage the game by spreading the ball out to the wings; Cut down on too many individual hit-ups; Quick play the ball; Convert all tries scored n option to kick for goal when close to the goal posts; And maintain strong and aggressive defence in gang tackles, apply similar one-on-one tackles displayed by Justin Olam last Saturday. EX PX RL Reunion November 24 The working committee had their first meeting last Saturday and all preparations are on target; PX polo shirts have been collected and will be printed accordingly 1X 15-seater bus has been organised and all will meet at Unagi oval and convoy to Sea Park, Gaire. we are expecting 30-40 former players and officials to attend so we urge everyone to make contact ASAP….Closing date is November 10. Good luck Kumuls! Kukim ol!last_img read more

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Auburn captain says Duke Williams dismissal ‘needed’

first_imgAuburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams (1) high fives fans during Tiger Walk before the NCAA football game between Auburn and Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.Auburn wide receiver D’haquille Williams (1) high fives fans during Tiger Walk before the NCAA football game between Auburn and Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.AUBURN – Duke Williams’ teammates gave the impression his dismissal was a forgone conclusion.The Auburn players sounded resolute about the decision by Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn Monday night given how many chances the coaching staff gave the senior wide receiver.“Personally, I love him to death,” Auburn senior wide receiver and team captain Jonathan Wallace said. “I’m sad to see this had to take place but it needed to be done so we can move forward and get better as a team.”Auburn dismissed troubled wide receiver D’haquille Williams from the football program permanently Monday evening and Malzahn refused to get into details about what incident led to the decision.“You give people chances, you give opportunities for people to prove themselves and the bottom line it didn’t (work out),” Malzahn said. “It’s not easy and it shouldn’t be easy for a coach, but you’ve got to do what’s best for your team.”Auburnsports.com reported late Monday evening Williams’ dismissal was the result of “an off-the-field incident at a local nightclub” this past weekend but Auburn officials have declined to release any further details to Williams’ situation at this time.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Malzahn said Tuesday that Williams had “not much” of a reaction when he was informed Monday evening of the decision.“It’s kind of unfortunate it happened, but you got to draw the line somewhere,” Wallace said. “We move forward, everybody is handling it the right way.”Williams was expected to be a top target in the 2015 season after leading the Tigers in catches (45) and touchdown receptions (5) in 10 games during the 2014 campaign. However, like a lot of Auburn offense through the first month, the 6-foot-2, 224-pound receiver failed to get any momentum and ended his final season with just 12 catches for 147 yards and a single touchdown while Auburn down big at LSU.Tuesday marked the first day of position meetings without Williams and the first team practice with the senior wide receiver not a member of the program permanently.Williams missed six preseason practices in August due to what the program was categorizing as a discipline issue but was allowed to return to the team and was starting in the season opener in Atlanta vs. Louisville less than a month later. He was also Williams was suspended from the 2015 Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin due to what the school would only call a violation of team rules.“I feel good about the process that led us up to this point,” Malzahn said. “The biggest thing is you’re disappointed when you have to get a rid of a player, and you hope that things would be different and you hope that he would’ve responded differently.”Williams has been unavailable to the media since 2015 A-Day spring game in April. Malzahn confirmed Williams, who was the on-campus roommate of Jeremy Johnson, is no longer enrolled in school.Now the focus for Auburn (3-2, 0-2 in Southeastern Conference) is how the rest of the members of the roster react to the loss of a veteran starter to an already inept offense.“All teams are going to have people get in trouble and things happen on and off the field,” Auburn senior defensive back Jonathan Jones said. “It’s up to the team to come together and put that to the side and say, ‘hey, we’re going to focus on football.’ We’ve always been able to do that.”Timeline: Duke Williams era at AuburnAuburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams (1) celebrates with Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after catching a touchdown pass during the Auburn A-Day spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.Auburn wide receiver D’haquille Williams (1) celebrates with Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after catching a touchdown pass during the Auburn A-Day spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. 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Georgia looks to fill-in starter Michel to boost offense

first_imgATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Quarterback Greyson Lambert’s early season magic has faded.Starting tailback Nick Chubb has had season-ending knee surgery.Georgia’s sagging offense, held without a touchdown in its last game, needs a lift as the Bulldogs prepare for Saturday’s crucial SEC East game against No. 11 Florida (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference).Chubb’s replacement, Sony Michel, could be asked to provide that boost.Michel suffered a bruised hip early in the Bulldogs’ ugly 9-6 win over Missouri on Oct. 17, but he remained in the game and rushed for 87 yards on 26 carries. He ran for 145 yards in a loss at Tennessee the previous week.Michel said Tuesday the hip injury affected his running against Missouri. He said having an off week after the Missouri game has helped.“I feel great,” Michel said. “I had a good practice yesterday.”Coach Mark Richt confirmed Michel “looked very good” on Monday. “I don’t anticipate him having any issues with injuries unless something would happen today or tomorrow in practice,” Richt said.Chubb was instant offense for Georgia before suffering the knee injury on the first play against Tennessee. He had a string of 13 straight games with at least 100 yards rushing end with the injury.Michel paused when asked if he is comfortable filling Chubb’s all-important lead role. He said “anybody is replaceable.”“But I’m comfortable playing that role as the starting running back,” Michel said. “It is an opportunity, an opportunity for me to help the team go to the SEC championship.”The offense has struggled in two of its last three games, including an embarrassing 38-10 home loss to Alabama on Oct. 3.Lambert completed only 10 of 24 passes for 86 yards against Alabama. He threw for 178 yards with one interception and no touchdowns against Missouri.Lambert, the Virginia transfer, set a NCAA record by completing 24 of 25 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-20 win over South Carolina on Sept. 19. He again had only one incompletion in limited time against Southern the following week.Richt said the uneven performances by Lambert are an accurate reflection of the quarterback competition in the preseason. Lambert beat out Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta for the starting job.“We’ve definitely had some up-and-down performances at that position and it was kind of that way throughout camp,” Richt said. “It wasn’t like one guy stole the show and that was it.”Richt said it’s too early to judge Lambert’s season. He said the most important point is Georgia (5-2, 3-2) can still control its hopes of playing in the SEC championship game.“So that’s where you hope to be,” Richt said. “To me, there’s still a lot to be written this season. It’s just a little past halfway. So I’m not ready to say what kind of year it was for quarterbacks yet.”Georgia did not make Lambert available for interviews last week or on Tuesday. His overall numbers are solid. He has completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,276 yards with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions.The Bulldogs began the season with a plan to give Ramsey regular time behind Lambert. Ramsey has not played since throwing two interceptions in only six attempts in the Alabama game.NOTES: Richt smiled when asked about speculation his name could surface in his alma mater Miami’s search for a new coach. “I don’t think much of it, really,” he said. “I love my alma mater, no doubt about it. But there’s been nobody calling or writing or texting or anything like that. I’m sure they’ll find a great coach.” … Due to wet conditions, the team practiced on Tuesday at the Atlanta Falcons’ indoor facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, about one hour away.last_img read more

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Leistner’s departure confirmed as QPR eye Dickie deal

first_imgAdChoices广告Leistner this month returned from his native Germany after Cologne opted not to take up an option to sign him on a permanent deal.He joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan in January.German and English clubs have been made aware of his availability but so far no offers have come in for him, prompting QPR to seek to terminate the remainder of his contract.Manager Mark Warburton told the player he wanted to bring in a new, younger centre-back and that Leistner could leave.How Leistner’s QPR career unravelledLeistner made 65 Championship appearances following his from Union Berlin two years ago.He was made captain and was a mainstay of the defence under Warburton’s predecessor Steve McClaren.West London Sport revealed soon after Warburton took over that Leistner was out of favour under the new boss and that QPR were looking to offload him along with Massimo Luongo.Sheffield Wednesday came in for Luongo but there were no takers for Leistner, who was stripped of the captaincy but ended up regaining his place in the team.But he was shipped out to Cologne after the transfer window reopened and Warburton has made it clear there is no way back for him.Warburton is keen to bring in at least one centre-back before the new season begins.Oxford United’s Rob Dickie has long been QPR’s first-choice signing and an approach has now been made for the 24-year-old. QPR have confirmed the departure of Toni Leistner.The defender has left Loftus Road by mutual consent after reaching a financial settlement over the final year of his contract.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers were looking to agree a pay-off with Leistner – and later revealed an agreement had been reached. Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img See also:QPR looking to agree Leistner pay-offQPR set to move for Oxford defender DickieQPR to hold crunch talks with Osayi-Samuel and ManningLeistner leaving QPR after agreeing pay-off’Fantastic’ Eze completes move from QPR to Crystal PalaceQPR close to clinching signing of Oxford defender DickieMackie urges Dickie to choose QPRDickie to join QPR on four-year dealQPR complete signing of defender DickieBirmingham interested in QPR keeper Lumleylast_img read more

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Fruitport starts slow, then beats Kenowa Hills in O-K Black volleyball

first_img Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller (5153) LocalSportsJournal.comThe Fruitport volleyball team overcame a slow start to pick up a win over Kenowa Hills in O-K Black Conference action on Tuesday. The Trojans dropped the first set 20-25 before reeling off three straight wins by scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-22.Ally German led the team with 16 kills while Kelsie Schultz and Katie Veihl had 15 digs each. Kailey Carmean had a team-high 42 assists to go with seven digs and three aces.Fruitport is now 11-10 on the season. $0.00 Bestseller × Other (975) Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… (8133) Displayed poorly × Not relevant Other Bestseller Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $0.00 Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Bestseller Bestseller Twelve (832) Other Not relevant ENDS IN Shop Now Share Report a problem This item is… (1445) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY NBC Sports Displayed poorly Other Bestseller × Inappropriate / Offensive Share Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (3879) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAYcenter_img DEAL OF THE DAY $22.99 $9.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Fox Sports Go ENDS IN × ENDS IN (32825) $14.99 Inappropriate / Offensive Mail Displayed poorly Other Bestseller Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive × Not relevant $20.00$233.61 Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… $19.38 Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Other Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Sports Illustrated Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $0.00 ENDS IN Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Shares Inappropriate / Offensive × Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… Ads by Amazon Other ENDS IN (35309) ENDS IN last_img read more

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This Day in History: Arthur Ashe, first African-American to win U.S…

first_imgOn this day in history, September 9, 1968, the U.S open is established as the first time pros are eligible to compete in the most prestigious tournament in the United States with Arthur Ashe, an African American amateur, winning the tournament, becoming the first African-American male to capture a Grand Slam event.Because of his amateur status, Ashe, 25-year-old lieutenant in the Army, is ineligible to receive the first prize of $14,000 in the $100,000 event, however, he collects $280 in expenses for 14 days. He is the first American to win the U.S. title since Tony Trabert in 1955.Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 10, 1943 and died on February 6, 1993 in New York City at 49. He set many first on the competitive courts of tennis including being the first African American to win the singles cup at Wimbledon on July 5, 1975 over defending champion Jimmy Connors. He achieved the ranking of No. 1 in the world among his peers and had a singles career record of 818 wins, 260 losses and 51 titles which included wins in the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.In 1983 Ashe went through a second bypass surgery and received a blood transfusion, it was this transfusion that resulted in him contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Throughout the rest of his life he worked to educate people about the AIDS disease once he publicly disclosed his illness and died of AIDS related pneumonia. That same year, along with Harry Belafonte, he founded Artists and Athletes Against Apartheid which worked toward raising awareness of Apartheid policies and lobbying for sanctions and embargoes against the South African government. Two years later he was arrested outside the South African embassy in Washington during an anti-apartheid protest on January 11, 1985.In 1985, his career was commemorated with his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.last_img read more

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Broncos players, coaches join Floyd demonstration in Denver

first_img FOLLOW US First Published: 7th June, 2020 06:50 IST Associated Press Television News Denver Broncos coaches and players marched and spoke out against racism and police brutality at a protest in downtown Denver on Saturday.The players wore black shirts with the fist of power image and “Justice for George Floyd” emblazoned on the front and the words, “If you ain’t with us, you against us” on the back.All of them wore face masks in accordance with coronavirus mitigation efforts, and most of the players’ masks were black with the phrase “I can’t breathe” in white lettering.Safety Kareem Jackson was instrumental in organizing the team’s appearance at Civic Center Park on the 10th day of demonstrations sparked by the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.Safety Justin Simmons flew in from Florida to join dozens of his teammates at the demonstration that included quarterback Drew Lock and first-round draft pick Jerry Jeudy, making his first trip to Denver.Also in attendance were team president Joe Ellis, vice president of strategic initiatives Brittany Bowlen, head coach Vic Fangio, coordinators Pat Shurmur and Ed Donatell and several other assistant coaches.Simmons and linebackers Von Miller, Alexander Johnson and Jeremiah Attaochu were among the Broncos who spoke to the crowd of thousands from the steps of the Greek Amphitheater. Afterward, the team marched with other demonstrators through downtown streets, fists raised and chanting, “I can’t breathe!” and “Black lives matter!”The crowd was about evenly split between whites and racial minorities, something Simmons, who is biracial, said was important.Simmons thanked his “fellow black brothers and sisters,” asked them to look around and see the support they had and implored them to “keep fighting the good fight.”“I understand the grief, I understand the pain, I’ve lived it, I’ve been a part of it,” Simmons said. “I’m standing here today telling you hate does not drive out hate, OK? … We have to make sure we stick together. … This is making a difference.”Simmons thanked the white demonstrators for coming out and asked them to continue speaking out against racism and excessive use of force by police against racial minorities “because you have more power in your voice than we could ever have.”Failing to spread the word, he said, would stifle real change and justice.“If you can look at white people and do not have those conversations their lives will not be affected by it,” Simmons said. “But black lives will.” Last Updated: 7th June, 2020 06:50 IST Broncos Players, Coaches Join Floyd Demonstration In Denver Denver Broncos coaches and players marched and spoke out against racism and police brutality at a protest in downtown Denver on Saturday SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Players paid!

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Johnny Grave said yesterday that while match fees for the West Indies players which are due next year, have not been paid, all other payments for its players are up to date. Stabroek Sport contacted Grave yesterday enquiring about the status of payments of both players and officials of CWI.“All player salaries for December were paid before the Xmas [Christmas] break so we are up to date. Next salary payments are due at the end of January,” Grave said.He added that while all salaries have been paid, players’ match fees are due in the new year. According to information reaching Stabroek Sport, some players turning out for the various teams in the Maroon colours had not been paid for their latest encounters.Stabroek Sport was informed that regional players turning out for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50, the West Indies Under-19s which took part in the recent tri-series against England and Sri-Lanka and the Women’s team which took part in the Australia and India series are yet to be paid.However, Grave explained that CWI will honour those payments next  year. He had, earlier this month in a SportsMax interview, explained that it is the norm for CWI to pay monthly salaries in advance as well as allowances but match fees and bonuses were paid within 30 to 50 days of the end of the series.Grave had also disclosed  that November salaries for players and all staff was delayed adding that with the number of series played in November, it was the most expensive month of the year.Additionally, Grave told SportsMax that the seven-year media rights deal ended in August and the body is seeking new rights holders for at least a five-year deal. The CEO also noted that CWI has cleared off around USD 15 million in debts.last_img read more

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Pollard bemoans inconsistency following series whitewash

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka,  CMC – Captain Kieron Pollard has praised West Indies’ efforts despite losing the final One-Day International here Sunday and suffering another embarrassing series whitewash to Sri Lanka, but says consistency needs to become key to his side’s approach. Bidding to avoid a clean sweep after losing the first two matches in Colombo and Hambantota, West Indies failed to chase down a challenging 308 here and slipped to a six-run loss in a dramatic finish at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.They needed 13 runs from the final over and Fabian Allen, who struck a cameo 15-ball 37, hit a boundary off the first ball but perished off the very next delivery, leaving the run chase to fizzle out.“You’re always disappointed when you lose a cricket game but when you look at it, cricket is a game of its and bits and we fell short a little bit in terms of in the field – we should have restricted them to 280, 290 and it would have been a different chase,” Pollard said afterwards. “Having said that, the way the guys went out to chase this total even though it was 300-plus was a good effort from each and every batsman. “They went in there and showed that sort of intent and my question would always be: why can’t we do that from the start? [The game] is a blueprint for us but again, I’m very disappointed to lose 3-0.”Sri Lanka got half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (55) and Dhananjaya de Silva (51) after captain and opener Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera and both scored 44 to provide a pleasant start to the innings. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph snatched four wickets but conceded 65 runs from his 10 overs while pace bowler Jason Holder picked up two wickets but was also guilty of being expensive, leaking 68 runs from his full complement. Pollard said the Windies attack had lacked consistency throughout and needed to continue addressing this area of their game.“I think you have to be consistent. Even though you take pace off the ball, you still have to hit that kind of area as well on a consistent basis,” he explained.“And I think we’ve been kind of inconsistent as a bowling lineup in terms of the guys not setting up the over in the way we want guys to play. That has haunted us for a bit, we spoke about it but these things happen.” The series defeat was the second straight one for the Windies on Sri Lankan soil after Holder’s side suffered an identical fate five years ago, and it left the Caribbean side still without a series win in the Asian nation.However, Pollard said it was important to now turn the page and focus on the two-match Twenty20 International series starting on Wednesday.“[The ODI series] is done and dusted but what I can say is that we look forward to the T20 format,” he said. “We have a couple guys that have come back into the team, guys who’ve been around the world playing T20 cricket [but] now they’re back in the maroon. “It’s very exciting for us. Hopefully we can come out and show that type of intent and determination and try to leave Sri Lanka with something.”last_img read more

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