BESTA United PNG FC have proven bookies wrong after earning their first National Soccer League grand final while defending premiers Lae City Toti FC scaled a tight-rope finish in a penalty shootout for their third grand final appearance. Toti FC defeated Madang FC 5-4 in a penalty shootout of the other semi-final against Madang on Sunday. Crowd favourites FC Morobe Wawens missed out in a place for the grand final but it would be a sweet finish to their inaugural NSL 2018 season. The PNG Besta United FC will now take on Toti FC who are chasing their fourth consecutive title in the grand final in Lae on Saturday. Toti FC goalkeeper and Solomon Islands bound Ronald Warisan made up for miscalculated runoff from his goal mouth and sealed the 11-man penalty shootout with the winning goal for the 5-4 win against Madang FC. The scores were tied 2-2 at fulltime with Madang having a better luck throughout the match but didn’t have the capacity to hold off the sleek comeback by Toti FC, even if it was the dying seconds to full-time. Despite Madang dominance, Toti FC never let down their guards with captain Raymond Gunemba leading their charge for their comeback to eventually win. Madang FC striker Emmanuel Airem found the net early to lead 1-0 after Warisan left the goal mouth unattended in the first half and 15 minutes into the second half, Gunemba beat two defenders before setting Jacob Sabua for the equaliser. With the scores at 1-1 at full time, the game was forced into 20 minutes extra time and Madang’s supremacy mustered the tie breaker to midfielder Samuel Kini to lead 2-1. From there, Madang would just have to hold on but it was too much as they gave away a penalty through a hand ball. Gunemba found the target to see the scores level 2-2 at the end of extra time. And the fanfare continued to the third option of penalty shootout with scores again tied 3-all after the first five shots from both sides. The call for the next six to the penalty shootout weighed in on Madang FC claiming four out of six while Toti clipped one ahead for five out of six to win 5-4 in the end. Lae City Toti FC meet Besta PNG United in the 2018 NSL grand final on Saturday.
JOEL GOULD NRL.com Reporter Jordan McLean’s six super weeks of form to finish last season has North Queensland Cowboys powerbrokers convinced that the Kangaroos prop is set to start 2019 on fire as the club targets a return to finals football. Cowboys assistant coach Josh Hannay has also noted how McLean, now fully recovered from an ankle injury that led to him missing 14 games last year, is talking more at training and taking on more of a leadership role as he settles in to life in Townsville after five seasons at the Melbourne Storm. McLean averaged 155 metres per game in the final six rounds of 2018 and was key in four Cowboys wins. McLean, in cahoots with Jason Taumalolo and a revitalised Matt Scott, played a major role in steamrolling the opposition when coach Paul Green was able to bring him back on for the final quarter of the game. His performance in the team’s 34-30 win over the Broncos, where he was unstoppable on his way to running for 195 metres, was his best. “I thought Jordan was really strong for us at the start of last year before he got hurt, but at the back end of the year, in tandem with Matt Scott, he went to another level,” Hannay told NRL.com. “I just feel as though he is going to start the year off the way he finished last year where he was in phenomenal touch for us, and I think that is all about settling in. “No matter how good a player you are it still takes times to feel comfortable and fit in with your new surroundings and I just feel that 12 months on Jordan looks like Townsville is home for him now and he is speaking up a lot more on the training field. “He’s come to us from a really strong club obviously and already had all the good habits you hope for in an NRL player. He prepares himself really well and sets really high standards for himself. That is always a good thing when you get a new player who you don’t have to coach that into.” The Cowboys played the last two seasons with virtually one hand tied behind their backs. There were the lengthy absences of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott in 2017 and then last year Michael Morgan and McLean both missed significant slabs of the season. They were notably a better outfit when McLean returned for the final six rounds. “He complemented Jason Taumalolo and all the other forwards by adding a different dimension to our pack,” Hannay said. “A lot of our middles are quite stocky in build but Jordan is that big, tall athletic front-rower and gets around the park really well. “It is no fluke he is an Australian front-rower and I’d say he is a really strong chance of getting his first taste of Origin footy this year. He is still relatively young and has his best football in front of him.” McLean won a World Cup with the Kangaroos but is yet to represent the NSW Blues, a scenario he hopes to rectify this year. Getting in a full season with the Cowboys will help towards that end. “It would be nice to play a few more than 10 games and hopefully the rest will take care of itself after that,” McLean said. “We had an emerging camp and (Brad Fittler) let everyone know what was expected of them if they want a (Blues) jumper. Hopefully throughout the year I can do my job, and if it leads to that I’ll be very happy.” McLean is one of several experienced Cowboys keen to take on more of a leadership role in the wake of Johnathan Thurston’s retirement.
TOP PHOTO: Former Caryville Cardinal Jody Wright directs his Fulton team on Monday night at Greeneville. This is Wright’s 35th season as a head coach that includes 18 trips to the state tournament, three state titles and eight final appearances.Fulton’s Edward Lacey (4) follows his 14-foot jumper that swished through early in the third quarter. Lacey, a senior, tallied 26-points in his final game at Fulton.GREENEVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Greeneville shot lights out for four quarters in Monday night’s 97 to 84 sectional win over Fulton at Hernard Gym. Caryville native Jody Wright’s Falcons played the Greene Devils tough all night, but it was Greeneville’s sterling offensive effort that proved to be the difference. Greeneville shot 63% for the game and a hot 15 of 23 beyond the arc for 65%.Fulton’s last lead was at 15 to 14 as the first quarter wound down, but Greeneville nailed a three at the horn to regain the momentum and the lead at 17 to 15. The Falcons would not lead again. The Greene Devils built the lead out to 13 in the second-half as Fulton carved it down to a 73-71 game with just under five minutes to play. However. the Greene Devils heated back up to finish strong as it made its free throws down the stretch on their way to the win. Thirty-years ago this week, Wright and his Fulton team headed to Happy Valley for a sectional game, and their school bus broke down on the way to the game and the win. Monday’s charter bus ride brought the Falcons to the front door of Hernard Gym at Greeneville.Greeneville (26 & 6) is headed to next week’s state tournament at Murfreesboro. Fulton, the state runner-up the last two seasons, finishes its year at 21 & 8. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/10/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Sir Everton Weekes, the last surviving member of the legendary “Three Ws” – Worrell, Walcott and Weekes – died on Wednesday, July 1st at his home in Barbados at the age of 95. People in the Caribbean are mourning his loss with sad and heavy hearts.Sir Donald Bradman, who first saw him in Australia in the early 1950s thought that he was the best of the Three Ws.Sir Everton, who played in 48 Tests, finished his Test career with an average of 58.6, scoring 15 centuries, five of them in consecutive innings, a record that still stands. He was denied a sixth century in Madras when he was unfortunately run out on 90. He never believed in hitting the ball in the air and throughout his distinguished Test career only hit one six! Former Australian captain Richie Benaud once said that Weekes was a “butcher” of fast and slow bowling and was similar to Bradman in his stroke play and his attitude to batting.Sir Everton holds the distinction of scoring his first 1000 Test runs in 12 innings, beating Sir Donald who did so in 13 innings – to date an unbroken Test record.Sir Everton was loved, admired and respected by cricket lovers around the world who had the pleasure of watching him and meeting him. A humble man from modest beginnings, he became one of cricket’s and West Indies’ best known and most distinguished ambassadors. A wise and wonderful human being, he had the unique capacity to see situations and challenges from different perspectives without distorting or magnifying them in any way.That was a measure of his wisdom and greatness. As someone once said, “The true measure of wisdom is the capacity to see and understand things from many different perspectives.”Years ago, I had the privilege of talking to him about cricket, particularly about the mental aspects of the game. When I asked him how he coped with pressure he said, “I always looked at pressure as a chance to show everyone how good a player I was. It gave me an opportunity to become a star for my team and country. I often got a high from pressure.” A few years ago, MS Dhoni, successful captain of Team India, echoed similar comments when he told me: “Lots of negative things are said about pressure. Pressure to me is just added responsibility. How can it be pressure when God gives you an opportunity to be a hero for your team and your country? That is exhilaration.” As a young boy, Sir Everton often batted on unprepared wickets without the protection of batting pads. He told me that was excellent training because it helped him to develop effective footwork, and that it taught him to watch the ball closely and carefully from the bowler’s hand on to the bat. Sometimes he batted for days without losing his wicket. That was excellent training for keeping his wicket intact later on. About two decades ago, the West Indies team was travelling to Jamaica by air and one of the Test players was seated next to Sir Everton. At the end of the flight the player, who was very impressed with Sir Everton’s knowledge, allegedly asked a team member if he knew the old man who was sitting next to him. His friend told him that he was Sir Everton Weekes!It would be interesting to learn how much our current Test players know about the great man and his enormous achievements. One must wonder if in our current system enough is being done to educate our players about West Indies’ cricket history and about West Indies’ champion teams and players. There is nothing in this life that we can have for very long. People come into our lives and then leave us, sad and aching because of our attachment.In the Caribbean, we tend to belittle the achievements and stature of our own people, but in the case of Sir Everton, I don’t think that will happen.Sir Everton will be missed but never forgotten.He was one of our greatest champions!
A rough week that included a 74-65 loss at Michigan State didn’t hurt Maryland too badly in the polls.Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins (17-3) fell only one spot to No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released on Monday despite a closer-than-expected home win over Northwestern and the defeat at the hands of the Spartans. Though standing in the top 10 all season, Maryland has yet to secure a win over a ranked opponent, leaving some to wonder just how great the Terps really are despite an abundance of talent on paper.Defensive rebounding has been a major concern, particularly over the last two contests with Northwestern securing 16 offensive boards and Michigan State grabbing 17 on the offensive end to hand the Terps their third loss of the season.Maryland will have a chance to secure its first victory of the season over a top 25 opponent against Iowa in College Park on Thursday night. The Hawkeyes have been one of the biggest surprises in the country and have climbed all the way to No. 3 in the AP poll with a perfect 7-0 mark in the Big Ten.Following the win over the Terps to snap a three-game losing streak, Michigan State dropped one spot from No. 11 to 12th in the nation.
A.J. Ward’s 1,100-mile round trip to Outlaw Speedway paid off with the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature Spring Nationals feature win. (Photo by Greg Mesler)By Paul Szmal and Kenny ShuppDUNDEE, N.Y. (April 21) – Another long trip to New York ended with another IMCA Modified feature win for Michigan speedster A.J. Ward.The two-time defending Dirt Works Eastern Region champion chalked up his sixth victory in seven New York State starts, and career 82nd win in the division, by passing Will Ward on the last of 20 laps at Outlaw Speedway’s Spring Nationals on Saturday.A late restart helped open the door for A.J. Ward, who’d taken the initial green flag from fifth starting. He ran side-by-side with Will Ward before eking ahead to take the checkers by close to a couple car lengths.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, A.J. Ward earned $1,000 for the win. Will Ward, the defending state champion, was second and third went to Brandon Smith.Feature results – 1. A.J. Ward; 2. Will Ward; 3. Brandon Smith; 4. Tyler Stoddard; 5. Kody Johnson; 6. Mark Griffin; 7. Gary Lamphere; 8. Keith Jack Lamphere; 9. Keith Lamphere; 10. Rodney Morgan; 11. Billy Ward; 12. Jake Maynard; 13. Phil Yaw; 14. Sparky Hills; 15. Todd Stone; 16. Gary Roberts.
iStock/Thinkstock(WEST CHESTER, Pa.) — More than two dozen people were injured while others remain unaccounted for after a massive fire engulfed a senior living facility west of Philadelphia on Thursday night, authorities said.The five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 35 miles from Philadelphia, began just before 11 p.m. ET Thursday, authorities said. It burned for hours before firefighters brought it under control early Friday. Hundreds of first responders scrambled to rescue the elderly residents from the burning building, evacuating them on beds and in wheelchairs.Approximately 27 people were hospitalized for injuries related to the blaze, West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said at a press conference Friday afternoon. All of them are expected to survive, Bohn added. The police chief estimated that 160 people, including residents and staff, were evacuated from the flaming center. The blaze was contained Friday afternoon but continued to burn.Authorities were unclear on the exact amount of people unaccounted for and whether that number includes residents or staff. “As you can imagine it was a little chaotic during the evacuation. There were some folks who were evacuated to West Chester University, some folks went home with family, so we’re still trying to account for everybody,” Donald Robinson, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Center for Explosives Training and Research, said at the press conference Friday afternoon.The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and the ATF was on scene Friday. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
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Former England captain David Beckham will be presented the 2018 UEFA President’s Award, in recognition of his remarkable career and humanitarian efforts, the sport’s European governing body said on Tuesday.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hailed Beckham as the “a true football icon of his generation” after selecting the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder to receive the award in Monaco later this year.“The President’s Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities,” Ceferin said in a statement.“I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet.“His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation.”Beckham made 762 appearances for club and country, scoring 130 goals in a career spanning over 20 years.He won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League with his boyhood club United, before claiming the Spanish La Liga title with Real.A stint at Los Angeles Galaxy along with two short loan spells at AC Milan followed, before he finished his career with Paris St Germain in 2013.Beckham will become only the third Englishman to receive the award after Bobby Robson (2002) and Bobby Charlton (2008).It is an honour for me to receive the UEFA President’s Award,” Beckham said.“During my career I always gave 100% and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award.”Beckham made 115 appearances for England, scoring 17 goals, and featured in three World Cups.