U-21 netball squad to be cut down to 20

first_imgHead of selectors, Pole Kassman said today’s session saw the squad work on agility and movement drills, skills  development (defensive skills), defence structures, skills development  (shooters, midcourt and defenders) and finally a match assessment match.She said the squad of 20 will be announced later this afternoon.”We also have friendly matches scheduled against the U-21 Singapore team here in Port Moresby.”This will prepare the girls for the Regional World Cup Youth Cup qualifiers in New Zealand next month,” said Kassman.last_img read more

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Serritslev praises side despite 3-1 loss

first_imgPlaying with 10 men after the 22nd minute, PNG took a 1-0 lead at the break, but conceded three goals in the second half.“It was a deserved win. They had more chances than we had.“On the other hand, I have to praise my players for a strong physical performance being down to 10 men for I think 70-75 minutes. I think they fought the best they could,” said Serritslev.Serritslev said PNG felt the hard pressure from Tahiti towards the back end of the game.“They used their advantages. We know that they are very strong at the far post for example. Unfortunately, even if we had prepared for it, we were not able to stop them.“What bothers me most is not that we have lost tonight, but for our next match in Tahiti, we will be without both our wingers- Nigel Dabinyaba for his second yellow card and will not be available, and David Browne of course with the red card who will not be available either.“From a playing style of view, it’s not the problem for our team. What we will need to do now is work on the mental side of the game. Get the boys back, get them back into a good mood for our next match.The PNG Kapuls will travel to Australia tomorrow and then to French Polynesia for their second match against Tahiti at Stade Pater next week Tuesday.“I believe we can do it,” said Serritslev.last_img read more

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Cassano hopes there are no gays in Italy team

first_img0Shares0000KRAKOW, Poland, June 12 – Antonio Cassano said Tuesday he hopes there aren’t any gays in the Italy team but wouldn’t know if there were any.The jovial joker was asked during Tuesday’s press conference about a rumour that there are two homosexuals and two metrosexuals in the Italy squad, a question which visibly amused the AC Milan striker.“What’s a metrosexual?” he asked the questioner. “If they’re queer, that’s their problem. I hope there aren’t any queers in the national team. “But if they’re queer, it’s their business. Are there any? I don’t know.”The question and answer brought howls of laughter from the Italian press corps after which Cassano turned to the translator and added: “You’re not going to translate that to the Polish press, are you?”Homosexuality in football is an issue that comes up often in Italy.Earlier this year Italy striker Antonio Di Natale said he thought it would be very difficult for a player to be openly gay while former Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso insisted a couple of years ago he’d never come across a homosexual in football.UEFA probing Balotelli racism claims UEFA on Tuesday said that it was investigating claims Italy striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused during the country’s Euro 2012 Group C match against European champions Spain.“Following the provision of new independent information today (Tuesday) regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting in the Spain-Italy and Russia-Czech Republic matches, UEFA is now conducting further investigations,” it said in a statement.“There are, however, no disciplinary proceedings open at this moment in time.”European football’s governing body has already said it was investigating claims from a racism monitoring group that the Czech Republic’s Theodor Gebre Selassie was targetted by Russian fans during their opening Group A match on Friday.But Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Monday rejected outright claims in a British newspaper that Spanish fans taunted Manchester City player Balotelli with monkey noises during the 1-1 draw in Gdansk, northern Poland.“That’s absolutely untrue,” the Azzurri coach said at a news conference on Monday.Balotelli, 21, has said that he would walk off the pitch if he were racially abused by fans.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ankle, now fat lip as Serena moves on

first_img0Shares0000MELBOURNE, Australia, January 17- Serena Williams bounced back from an injured ankle to sweep into the Australian Open third round on Thursday, but now has a fat lip to worry about after hitting herself in the face.The 15-time Grand Slam winner and third seed rolled her ankle on Tuesday but moved freely in her 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and said the injury felt better than she hoped.“I didn’t feel anything today,” she said after plenty of ice and massage on the ankle and painkillers to dull any discomfort. “Obviously when you go out to play you’re heavy on adrenaline and you’re really pumped up. Usually I feel injuries after the match, but so far, so good. I felt pretty much better than I ever dreamed of expecting to feel.”Williams though remained in the wars after smashing herself in the face with her racquet while going for a lob at full stretch against Muguruza, a mishap that drew blood and left her dabbing her lip.“I just busted it, busted it wide open,” she said of the lip.“I think it happens to everyone, but I have never busted it wide open like that. So, yeah, I was like, ‘Oh, no, I can’t have a tooth fall out.’ That would be horrible.“I don’t know why my racquet was even in my face,” she added. “I mean, it’s like I have been playing tennis far too long to hit myself. I’m like, come on Serena, pull yourself together.”Asked if she felt she was having bad luck in Melbourne, she replied: “I’m on the up and up, I feel. It can only get better from here.”Gunning for a sixth Australian title, Williams, who has admitted she’s eyeing the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, showed little sign of the ankle problem in her workout against Muguruza.She had never before played the 112th-ranked Spaniard, who was making her tournament debut, and she raced to a 2-0 lead before some uncharacteristic forehand errors allowed Muguruza to hold serve and get off the mark.The American wasn’t at her best and then hit herself in the face in the sixth game. But she rallied to break once more for 5-2 and held for the set.The second set opened with a marathon 18-minute game, with Williams finally prevailing to break. Any fight left in the Spaniard disappeared with the American taking only 19 more minutes to reel off the last five games.Despite the scoreline, Williams said Muguruza, 19, had a bright future.“I thought she played really well. I actually thought she improved as the match went on. She was blasting balls for winners and she has a pretty big serve,” she said.“I didn’t know anything about her game, so it was one of those players I had to see in warm-up and see in the first two games how she would play.“But I thought she played really well, and she’s only 19. I think she can do really well.”She next plays Japan’s Ayumi Morita, who beat German Annika Beck, and if the draw goes to plan is scheduled to meet world number one Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chinese group Fosun International complete £45million Wolves takeover

first_img1 Chinese group Fosun International have completed their £45million takeover of Wolves, the club have announced. The Championship side have been up for sale since 2015 and Fosun will pump up to £30million into the club over the next two years as part of the deal.The investment group has links with super-agent Jorge Mendes who represents Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo and has stakes in travel agent Thomas Cook, among other interests.Fosun will have a football board of four people with Jeff Shi, who led the negotiations on behalf of Fosun, becoming the club’s representative. Sky Sun will join him with local businessmen John Bowater and John Gough remaining as non-executive board members.“We are delighted to have completed the deal to become the new owners of such a famous and historic club as Wolves,” said Shi.“Football is enjoying a huge growth in China and, of course, is England’s national sport. As part of our strategy, it makes perfect sense to buy a great football club.“Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.”Chief executive Jez Moxey has been managing the club on a day-to-day basis but will leave in three months after overseeing the transition and Wolves are looking for his replacement.Former owner Steve Morgan bought Wolves for £10 from Sir Jack Hayward in 2007 with the promise of investing £30million into the club. He added: “It is the right time to be handing the baton on to someone else to take Wolves forward, and to that end I am delighted to have completed the transfer in ownership to Fosun International Group.“Leaving the right legacy is hugely important to me and I am delighted that as part of my deal with Fosun they have made a commitment to invest between £20-£30m over the next two years into the club.”The future of manager Kenny Jackett, who is currently in Ireland with the squad, is also in doubt.The 54-year-old is understood to have told the team earlier this month that the takeover was going ahead and he had been given no assurances over his future. Wolves finished last season 14th in the Championship, their second season back in the division after winning League One in 2014. Chinese group Fosun International have completed their £45million takeover at the Molineux last_img read more

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West Nile found in central Palmdale flock

first_imgPALMDALE – West Nile virus has been detected in central Palmdale, mosquito-control officials said. Since the virus first turned up in the Antelope Valley in 2003 it has sickened and killed birds and horses, but so far no people, officials said. “I hope we can keep it that way but you never know,” Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District entomologist Karen Mellor said. The most recent discovery of the virus, in two chickens living in a flock kept near 20th Street East and Avenue Q, was made by the mosquito-control district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In May, the virus was found in a chicken kept near Division Street and Avenue I in Lancaster. Last year, the virus killed 199 people nationwide, including 19 in California. So far this year, only four people have been sickened nationwide, none in California. The low number of cases might be due to the weather patterns or heightened awareness of the virus leading more people to hinder mosquito breeding by removing stagnant water and reporting dirty pools, Mellor said. Mosquito-control officials ask the public to help detect West Nile virus by reporting recently deceased birds – without obvious trauma – to the dead bird hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473) or online at www.westnile.ca.gov. West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes, which feed on the blood of infected birds and then pass it on to humans or other animals. The virus is not spread by person-to-person contact or by handling dead birds, experts said. Health officials say the risk of acquiring the virus is low. About 80 percent of people who become infected with the virus show no symptoms, and most of those who become ill show only mild flu-like symptoms. In rare cases, the virus can cause encephalitis and death. People over age 50 are most at risk for severe cases of the disease. There is no specific treatment for the virus. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742 MOSQUITO TIPS To reduce exposure to the virus, health officials suggest residents follow the precautions recommended for all mosquito-borne diseases: Get rid of standing water, where mosquitoes can breed. Empty all small containers at least once a week, keep pools and spas chlorinated or drained. Make sure lawn sprinklers are set so that the ground will dry completely before the next watering. Get mosquito-eating fish (Gambusia affinis) for free from the mosquito district if you have sources that cannot be drained, such as fish ponds and large horse troughs. Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants and use mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon or eucalyptus when outdoors during dusk and dawn. Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes. Horse owners should make sure their horses are properly vaccinated. Report stagnant pools and other backyard sources to the mosquito district so technicians can treat them. The mosquito district can be reached at (661) 942-2917. Its Web site is www.avmosquito.org. AT RISK People at the highest risk of life-threatening disease are over age 50 or have weak immune systems from another illness. Most mosquitoes do not have West Nile virus. Eighty percent of infected people have no symptoms. People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. They pass on their own. Of those infected, one in 150 can develop severe symptoms or die. Severe symptoms can include high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Neurological effects may be permanent. The best way to fend off the disease is to protect against mosquito bites. Source: Los Angeles County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Business workshop titled “How to Start and Manage a Business,” 9 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 294-9375. Volunteer Orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Travel lecturewill be presented by Collette Tours Company, 2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444, Ext. 111. Business workshop titled “Street Smart Marketing,” 6-8 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 294-9375. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks V illage Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262 or e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at Valencia Dental Group, 28134 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. last_img read more

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Valencia vs Celtic live on talkSPORT 2: Full coverage of Europa League tie

first_img 2 Valencia ace Denis Cheryshev celebrates his goal against Celtic 2 Denis Cheryshev and Sobrino scored for the La Liga outfit in Glasgow and Brendan Rodgers will know he’ll need a miracle if his side are to overturn that deficit and reach the last-16.The tie will be live on talkSPORT 2 and here’s how you can tune in. LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic take on Valencia in the Europa League Celtic have it all to do if they are to keep their Europa League journey going this season.The Scottish champions lost 2-0 at Celtic Park to Valencia last week to leave themselves with a mountain to climb tonight. Valencia vs Celtic: Kick-off timeThe Europa League clash will get underway at the Mestalla at 5:55pm on Thursday, February 21.Valencia vs Celtic: Confirmed teamsTO FOLLOW on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Valencia vs Celtic: How to listenWe will have in-depth coverage of the match on talkSPORT 2, with our build-up beginning at 5:30pm.Jim Proudfoot and Adam Virgo will be on commentary duty and you can click here for the live stream or click below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.last_img read more

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Griffiths aims to silence team-mates’ cup final taunts

first_imgLeigh Griffiths hopes to silence his boasting team-mates, Scott Brown, Craig Gordon and Liam Henderson, by finally getting his hands on the Scottish Cup at the end of May.It’s the only top-flight domestic trophy the Celtic striker hasn’t won in Scotland and he has the chance it to add it to his collection when the champions take on Aberdeen at Hampden in three weeks. Griffiths was part of the Hibernian side that was hammered 5-1 by their Edinburgh rivals in 2012 and also lost 3-0 to Celtic in the League Cup final the following season. He described the two defeats as “humiliating” and is determined not to let his run of bad luck strike for a third time.  “You want to be involved in cup finals at the end of seasons and I’m no different,” he said. “I want to be playing, regardless of whether it’s starting or on the bench. “I want to be involved. I’ve been to two cup finals and got humiliated twice so hopefully it’s third time lucky for me this year. “I’m sick of being tortured by Scott, Craigy and Hendo. We sit at the front of the bus and they’re always winding me up saying “Put your hands up if you’ve won the Scottish Cup” …and I’m sitting there with my hands on my a**e. “So hopefully it’s third time lucky for me as I’ve been humiliated twice. It wasn’t a nice feeling but we’ve got a great chance this year to go one step further and get the treble.”last_img read more

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