first_imgForbes is the most capped player in world sevens series history, playing in 89 World Series tournaments and a record 512 games.The 34-year-old won 26 tournaments and six World Series titles with the All Blacks Sevens.He also captained New Zealand to gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and to the World Cup title in 2013.Forbes was named International Sevens Player of the Year in 2008 and has been the recipient of the Richard Crawshaw Memorial Trophy for Sevens Player of the Year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2014, the most wins by any player.Forbes said it was time to move on to other challenges.”The last 11 years with the All Blacks Sevens has been an awesome ride that I’ve loved every minute of.”I’ve built life-long friendships with players, coaches and management and got to experience the high of success on the international stage. I want to thank all those who have helped and supported me on the way, from club level right through to the national side.”Sevens means you’re on the road a lot. While I got to travel and represent my country, sacrifices were made at home. I want to thank my wife and kids and family and friends for their enormous support, and I am looking forward to being around a lot more.”Today starts my new life after footy. I’m looking forward to finishing my Master’s degree, which examines what makes successful coaching from an athlete’s perspective, and my goal is to one day coach a national side.”New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said Forbes’ retirement was the end of an era.”DJ has been an integral part of an incredibly successful All Blacks Sevens outfit that defined the way the game is played. His natural leadership saw him take on the captaincy of the team during a period of triumph and his knowledge of sevens and calm wisdom will be sorely missed.”His success in sevens is without peer. He’s been a consistent and dominant force on the world stage for so long, achieving nearly every title and accolade sevens has going during his playing career.”DJ is one of the great guys of rugby. Dominant on the field and respected off it. He’s has been a great ambassador both nationally and internationally for sevens and has given a huge amount of his time help grow its profile. We are sad to see him go but wish him and his family all the best for the next stage in his career.”All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw said Forbes was an inspiration to the team.”DJ’s contribution to sevens has been as big as any. His consistency of performance over a long-playing career is unheralded. What impresses me is DJ’s ability to always play at his very best and lead by example, regardless of the circumstances. We wish him the best of luck for the future.”Photo: PHOTOSPORT DJ Forbes.last_img read more

first_imgInglis was stripped of the Australian captaincy on Tuesday after he was charged the previous day with drink-driving and speeding offences.Meninga said Inglis was “bitterly disappointed in himself more so than anything else”.”He stuffed up. He has made a poor error of judgement and he has paid the price for it,” he said.”I want to see Greg have a strong off-season and start the season well for the Rabbitohs. He will lead Queensland again next year.”Meninga added he would then wait and see when the national team plays next whether Inglis would become captain.”He was really disappointed in himself but in the true character of him he has taken it on the chin,” he said.”The ultimate lesson in all this is you don’t get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol.”Meninga flies out of Brisbane on Thursday with the Prime Minister’s XIII squad to prepare for Saturday’s clash with Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_imgANZ batted first and were soon in trouble for 3/38 after eight overs. Sakavai Gebai (27), Norman Vanua (26) and Greg Baeau (24) then steadied the innings, to steeer ANZ out of trouble.But Paradise Foods Pistons’ captain Mahuru Dai (5/24) turned the match again, with a five wicket haul which was the first for the Gabba Champions ShieldANZ were all bowled out for 155 inside 36 overs. Dai picked up the first five-wicket haul of the Gabba Shield. At their turn of bat, the Pistons lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for  134 runs in 31 overs.ANZ’s Greg Baeau (4/30) and Simon Wedega (2/30) were the chief destroyers with the ball for their team. At Amini Park, BSP Heart managed a win over the Digicel Dragons in a low scoring game. The Dragons were bowled out for a very disappointing 80 with William Aiga (25) and Chris Amini (20) the only Dragons batsmen to make any real contribution.Loa Noa (3/13) and John Boge Reva (2/13 were the best of the BSP bowlers.Assad Vala guided BSP to victory with an unbeaten 43 runs.In the women’s division, Remington Rhinos got their first win of the tournament after defeating the Swire Shipping Sharks by six wickets in a T20 affair at Colts Ground #2.last_img read more

first_imgThe statement came as worry mounted that the mosquito-borne virus, which has spread across much of Latin America and which can lead to severe birth defects in babies, might spread further when the Olympics begin in August.”The Committee concluded that there is a very low risk of further international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as Brazil will be hosting the Games during the Brazilian winter,” the WHO said.The global health agency explained that the intensity of the transmission of viruses like dengue and Zika “will be minimal”.Brazilian authorities are “intensifying vector-control measures in and around the venues for the Games which should further reduce the risk of transmission,” the WHO said.The committee however said Brazil should make sure it boosts its control measures in cities where the Games will be held.In Brazil, some 1.5 million people have been infected with the virus, and nearly 1,300 babies have been born with microcephaly – abnormally small heads and brains – since the outbreak of Zika began there last year.The virus, which usually causes only mild, flu-like symptoms, can also trigger adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death.In an added complication, there is limited, but growing evidence that Zika can be transmitted sexually.There is no vaccine for Zika.A number of high-profile athletes have expressed concerns over the virus, with Boomers star Andrew Bogut saying it was expected the Internatonal and Australian Olympic committees would say everything is fine in Rio.”The (International) Olympic Committee and the AOC are obviously saying everything is fine,” Bogut said.”No shit. They want you to go. I take it with a grain of salt what they’re putting out.”Just being bitten by a mosquito and then come down with something is a pretty scary prospect.”I’ve had my yellow fever shot already, which is a battle in itself. And then you’ve got malaria and you’ve got Zika. So being able to get that from an insect is pretty scary stuff.”Australia’s world number one golfer Jason Day also has reservations about travelling to Rio, while Olympic gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford has frozen his sperm as a precaution.AFP/ABClast_img read more

first_img“Barcelona is a special place, because winning the League is not enough. It tastes really bad for Ernesto Valverde. He does not deserve this. Hopefully the situation can be resolved soon, as a member of this club. This is all“, Guardiola sentenced to the completion of Aston Villa-City (1-6).Ernesto Valverde is at the expense of the board of directors ruling on his future, after it has been known that the club is looking for a substitute, by failing two options that have rejected the offer, such as the current Al-Sadd coach Qatari, Xavi Hernández, and Dutch coach Ronald Koeman. The Manchester City coach, Josep Guardiola, he pronounced this Sunday afternoon about the situation he is living Ernesto Valverde in Barça, where it seems that it is more outside than inside the club, noting thatand tastes bad for his counterpart and “he doesn’t deserve that”.last_img read more

first_imgNone of the four goes through a good time, Thomas is the capital at the start of the ball and when breaking lines, but In recent games he has failed to exploit that facet. Saul seems lost between the defense, the band and the middle, and his contribution with the ball is scarce. Simeone counts the days to retrieve Koke, a fixed in his scheme and that, even without going through the best stage of his career, is capital for the team. He brings personality, never hides and is an exit played for his teammates, offering himself in each attack.Summoned without dischargeThe ‘6’ is the player who best understands his coach, who best works tactically on his scheme, finishing game after game as the player with the most distance runs and is also the in charge of leading the team from within the field as athletic captain Simeone summoned him in the list of 20 players for the match against Leganés despite not being recovered from his injury simply so that his captain was part of the expedition before being discarded in the morning.Koke is more than a player for Simeone, with the goodbye of so many heavyweights in summer it has remained as the cholista reference (eight years together) and the Cholo Pray for having him back for the game against Real Madrid next Saturday. Someone trained to raise their voice if it is necessary to alert or call attention to a partner, but also to give a message of encouragement and tranquility mainly to the youngest if things don’t go out. Koke, a football player who is not when it is most important in the team. Atlético goes through one of its most delicate moments since the arrival of Simeone on the bench, out of the Championships, eliminated from Copa del Rey by Cultural Leonesa, of Second Division B and all this after lose the final of the Spanish Super Cup on penalties against Real Madrid. Three defeats and a draw in two weeks that have complicated the season a lot. The four meetings have coincided with an alarming scoring drought (only somewhat) and a football crisis in the development from the midfield. But in addition, the mental blockage that the rojiblanco team has experienced has required leaders to throw the team behind their backs and assume responsibilities in bad times and have not had them beyond an Oblak that with the bracelet on their arm every day Take on more gallons. All of this has had Koke’s injury among the common factors, team captain, cholismo veteran and midfielder with more assists of the decade in LaLiga. Without Koke, Simeone has been changing its center of the field in search of greater creativity and inspiration from the second line. Herrera has been the alternative that has enjoyed more opportunities, with Thomas and Saul fixed in the team, although in the case of ‘8’ alternating their position in the middle with the left side. But the Mexican, who has been a starter in all meetings except Leganés, has failed to settle on the team or have progression in his game. Llorente has also been growing in participation, although its function is more destructive than imaginative.center_img Vallecano was injured at the end of the game against Osasuna (2-0) on a day where he went to play directly from the hospital after celebrating his paternity. Missed meetings against Betis (1-2) and Levante (2-1) for an elongation in the hamstrings of his right thigh until he forced his return in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. He could only hold 27 minutes on the pitch, although it served to make the goal that opened the scoring. Before the Blaugranas, he relapsed from his muscular problems and has been on leave for 18 days. last_img read more

first_imgIn the middle of the race to sign a striker, but with the team’s sport crisis on the table, Josep Maria Bartomeu granted an interview to Mundo Deportivo on the occasion of the gala that organized this media last Monday. The first that He wanted to send a message of confidence to Setién: “He is a coach we like. Both his philosophy of play and his way of thinking. We know that it is not always easy when a coach arrives. There have been few matches and few trainings but soon we will see positive changes. “Then, Bartomeu stopped to talk about several proper names. First, Messi and his renewal: “He has a contract until 2021. Our goal is to retire at Barça and therefore it will have to be renewed. He has a lot of football to teach us and enjoy it. Therefore, he will not finish in 2021 his exercise as a footballer and will have to be renewed of course so that he ends up at Barça whenever he wants. “And then, of Neymar and his possible arrival in summer:” It is the recurring question that makes us all the world since last year but I already said it. Until we have meetings and plan the following season, this topic will not be discussed. Now we are very aware of what we can do this January, some departures that are seen and some arrival. But for next season it has not been spoken and if it has been spoken, I cannot reveal it. We are always open to everything. “ On Suarez he did clear balls outside: “(his renovation) is not on the table. We have not talked to him or his agent. If the opportunity arises, we will talk about it. But we are currently worried about his recovery. It was a shame that you miss this important part of the season. “He also dropped that there will be an extraordinary Assembly to launch the Espai Barça: “We do not know yet (if it will be in March the Assembly), but there will come a time when we must gather the compromising partners to consult them in order to start the works of the Camp Nou. But the Estadi Johan Cruyff is finished, the Mini is already demolished and this does not stop. Now it is necessary to ask the members if they agree with this financing to continue with the Camp Nou, which is the most important of this project, renovate the stadium that is already a few years old. “last_img read more

first_imgIn its ordinary meeting on Wednesday, Competition has valued the racist shouts that Williams received from those 12 subjects when he retired, after being replaced, at the Espanyol-Athletic on Saturday at Cornellà-El Prat. And he has decided to open an extraordinary procedure. As the agency specifies in its brief statement, “from now on an instructor will be appointed, a period of allegations to the clubs will begin and finally be resolved. The estimated period is approximately one month. “Regardless of the allegations that are yet to come, se can take into account that in the letter sent by LaLiga to Competition, and also to Antiviolencia, it was recalled that Espanyol had “sharply condemned” racism and that the racist insult was “isolated” and that the rest of the followers in Cornellà had “adequate behavior.” Iñaki Williams raised his voice. And he received all possible support from the world of sports and even politics. The Athletic Club, of course, also supported him. Espanyol not only strongly condemned any sample of racism but also identified the perpetrators of the insults, 12 individuals specifically, and will expel them from partners, in addition to possible criminal consequences. And LaLiga first asked for the partial closure of Cornellà-El Prat and, finally, moved his complaint to the Competition Committee. And this one has pronounced.last_img read more

first_imgIt was precisely against his previous team that he was injured for the penultimate time, on November 27 at the Camp Nou. The player left desolate of the field, covering the face with the shirt by an injury (muscular break in the right thigh) in a moment, one more, that seemed its consolidation and definitive takeoff.To his misfortune, and that of Barcelona, this mishap in the Champions League was not going to be the last of the course, since it began with one in the field of Athletic Club and concludes with that of Tuesday, a complete rupture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right leg that already definitely condemns ostracism this season.In addition to these three episodes, Dembélé’s physical condition set off alarms on September 28, when he fell from the starting team before the game in the field of Getafe (0-2), to be ruled out by some muscular discomfort in the left thigh, which did not go further.PAUL HANNA & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Dembélé started badly in Barcelona: in Getafe he suffered his first injury in his second game, first as a starter, with the Barça team at 29 minutes.PAUL HANNA (REUTERS) Dembélé lives in a continuous nightmare, the nightmare of a young player of 22 years who also suffers from Barcelona since the Catalan club made one of the most important disbursements in its history (145 million euros), when he was active in Borussia de Dortmund, and has not been able to enjoy it regularly.This Tuesday, Barcelona reported that, for the eighth time since two and a half years of Barça, Ousmane Dembélé was returning to the starting point, to a new long recovery period due to a new muscle injury, after yesterday Monday already pointed out that something was not going well in the recovery that was in its last phase. Regarding his care, before last summer he was the chef of the player, Mickael Naya, he explained in the newspaper ‘Le Parisien’ the poorly controlled life that an elite athlete like Dembélé had when he sentenced: “(Ousmane) He does not respect rest times at all, there is no high-level structure in his environment.”The reality for Barcelona is that The physical trajectory of the player is something that is unparalleled in his history as a professional, since neither in the Rennes nor in Borussia de Dortmund, his two previous teams, had any significant mishap, the days of casualty that happened in the German team due to a problem in the hip flexor. Four.2018-19Ankle injury1/21/2018185 No.SeasonAffected partDateDays offLow matches In the past winter market, Barcelona sought the signing of a ‘9’ to cover the loss of Luis Suarez, but despite not curdling, he did not despair at the imminent recovery of Dembélé, which led to the club even getting rid of two players of the subsidiary (Abel Ruiz and Carles Pérez) assuming that the Frenchman would be ready shortly, when the second of the subsidiary’s footballers had already proved his worth for the first team. Dembélé de azulgrana’s trajectory -he arrived in the 2017-18 season- is linked to a medical part explaining his nth injury, since Since you saw Barcelona, ​​two and a half years ago, the Frenchman has spent almost one whole (342 days) on leave, a figure that speaks for itself of the sports and economic impact of the investment made by Barça with the French international footballer. The medical history of the French Ousmane Dembélé does not seem to have an end and since since arriving in the summer of 2017 to Barcelona accumulates ten injuries, has been 342 days off and has lost 63 games. 10.2019-20Muscle injury2/2/2020?? Barcelona is currently in a state of shock because it no longer knows how to deal with the Dembélé case, as it has for the player all kinds of care (he put a cook to order the food that was thought messy) and in the last recovery it was decided that there would be a phase in Qatar.Dembéle’s injury history, according to Transfermarktcenter_img 9.2019-20Muscle injury11/28/20197717 6.2018-19Thigh injury5/5/2019424 7.2019-20Thigh injury8/19/20193. 45 5.2018-19Muscle strain2/14/2019264 8.2019-20Muscle discomfort9/27/20193one 3.2017-18Muscle strain1/15/2018267 one.2016-17Hip flexor1/9/201710– two.2017-18Thigh injury9/17/2017106twentylast_img read more

first_imgCarlos Fernandez went through the DAZN microphones after the defeat in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Athletic.Semifinals: “In the end we knew the difficulty of the tie. There is no need to draw any conclusions. It’s a 180-minute game. The team has given everything and the tie is fully open.”Three defense: “The idea was to adjust their output and there were times when we were late. We felt better. We could not score, but the tie is still open.” Play off: “They are long qualifiers, 180-minute games and you don’t have to go crazy in the first game despite what Athletic demands in your field. The team has been up to par. We leave with the feeling that we have left 90 minutes to the final. “Copa del Rey: “What began as a long adventure, a competition with a new format allows you to reach this type of qualifiers. We have achieved it and now we will give everything to reach the final.”last_img read more