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first_imgSwimming in heat two of the Women’s 50 Butterfly, McCarthy finished in a time of 30.27 seconds.“It was just off my Personal Best so it wasn’t as I hoped it would be, but it was alright,” said McCarthy.She said in terms of improvement from the Championships, she is now able to hold her stroke better for the 50 metres and push harder in the swim.“It’s been a great experience. So nice to come from Papua New Guinea and come straight here and compete. It’s a really nice experience,” said McCarthy.last_img read more

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first_imgSP Hunters Coach Micheal Marum announced their names adding they are potential leaders that the management has confidence in to lead the team.“I want to thank the coaching staff for the confidence in me and Adam to lead the boys for this season. I know it’s a big task but I believe in the boys for cooperation,” Zeming said.He said being under the leadership of Coach Micheal Marum and former captain Israel Eliab in the past two years has given him a bit of courage to lead.Adam Korave also thanked sponsors and the management for putting their trust in him and urged the boys for their cooperation throughout the season.“Big thanks to SP ‎ Brewery General Manager Stan Joyce for supporting us for the past two years and also thanks to the family of sponsors. To our supporters, Noel and I will work with the boys to do our best to make you proud,” Adam said.last_img read more

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first_imgHistory was made this year when ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) and ICC World Cricket League (WCL) matches were played this year at Amini Park, Port Moresby.Chief Executive Officer for CPNG, Greg Campbell said this was a milestone for CPNG.“This was one of our highlights for the year, being able to successfully host ICUP and WCL matches in Port Moresby.“Next year we will not only be hosting these matches, but we will be hosting official One Day International (ODI) matches.“Work will start on the ground and offices very shortly, with the aim of getting Amini Park an official ODI rating by the end of March next year,” said Campbell.last_img read more

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first_imgTrukai’s involvement with the PNG Olympic Committee began in 1999 when they became one of its corporate sponsors. Trukai supports the PNG Olympic Committee through its sponsorship of the nationwide Trukai Fun Run, which raises funds to send Team PNG to the Pacific, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.“With Trukai’s support through the Fun Run, we have sent Team PNG to six Pacific Games, five Pacific Mini Games, five Commonwealth Games and five Olympic Games. And with the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, this is the perfect time to secure their partnership once more,” said Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla.“We are delighted to continue this partnership with Trukai Industries and look forward to another fruitful journey with them,” she said.Commenting on the sponsorship renewal, Trukai Industries Limited, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Maybellyn Fernandes, said the company has a long and proud history of investing and contributing towards the development and growth of sports in PNG.“The annual Trukai Fun Run, in partnership with PNGOC, is one of our major sponsorship programs since we took up official sponsorship 20 years ago.“We are proud to know that through our annual sponsorship we are making an impact on not just an individual athlete but it goes a long way in developing successful athletes and sporting codes in PNG through the annual Trukai Fun Run.“Trukai is a great supporter of sports in PNG and we look forward to continuing our partnership with PNGOC to ensure PNG athletes get the assistance they need to prepare and represent PNG to the best of their abilities across the many different sporting codes at the international sporting events in the coming years.“The annual Trukai Fun Run has become one of our largest corporate social programs for the past 20 years and we look forward to continue our support towards this largest fundraising event for Team PNG,” she said.The two organisations renewed the sponsorship agreement this year, which will see Trukai remain as a platinum sponsor of the PNG Olympic Committee for another four years beginning in 2020.Apart from supporting the PNG Olympic Committee and the Trukai Fun Run, Trukai Industries is also involved in supporting other sporting teams and programs, including the PNG Weightlifting Federation.last_img read more

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first_imgFinland’s Valtteri Bottas celebrated the first Formula One victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after jumping both Ferraris at the start and then holding his nerve over the tense closing laps.Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who had started on pole position alongside Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, extended his advantage to 13 points with second place after putting Bottas under huge pressure at the finish.The German crossed the line just 0.6 seconds behind a man who joined Mercedes from Williams in January as replacement for retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg and was finally a winner after 81 starts.“Took quite a while, huh?,” said the Finn over the radio as he took the chequered flag, an expletive bleeped out for the listening world as he whooped in a rare outburst of emotion. “Worth the wait.”“This strange opportunity came over the winter to join this team and I have to thank the team for making this possible,” he added after meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin before spraying champagne on the podium.“First win and hopefully first of many… it’s a good feeling.”It was the first time in four years, since Raikkonen won with Lotus in Australia in 2013, that a Finnish driver had stood on the top step.Raikkonen made it two Finns in the top three with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, Vettel’s closest rival, struggling to match the leaders’ pace and finishing fourth for Mercedes.Vettel now has 86 points after the opening four races with triple champion Hamilton, a winner in China, second on 73 and Bottas third with 63.Mercedes continued their record of winning every Russian Grand Prix since the first in 2014, this time against the odds after Ferrari had swept the front row for the first time in nine years.But their proud boast of also leading every lap around the Olympic Park circuit disappeared when Vettel briefly led following Bottas’s first pitstop.After an aborted start, with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren breaking down on the formation lap, Bottas seized the lead from third on the grid.The safety car was then deployed after a collision between Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Haas’s Romain Grosjean put both out, and the race settled down into a procession before the nail-biting finale.“I tried everything to catch Valtteri. I thought there would be an opportunity on the back straight,” said Vettel, winner of two of the first three races for his resurgent Italian team.“I thought there was an opportunity but I was not sure what Felipe Massa would do and ended up losing out,” he added, with the Williams driver delaying him at a key point in the chase.“It doesn’t matter, though. Big congratulations to Valtteri. It is his day.”Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished fifth with Sergio Perez chalking up his 14th successive points finish for Force India and French team mate Esteban Ocon seventh.Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Renault, with Massa ninth for Williams and Spaniard Carlos Sainz taking the final point for Toro Rosso.Canadian rookie Lance Stroll finally reached the finish line after three retirements in a row and took 11th place for Williams. Result from the Formula One GP Russia at Sochi Autodrom1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1:28:08.7432. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari +00:00.6173. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:11.0004. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:36.3205. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 01:00.4166. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 01:26.7887. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India – Mercedes 01:35.0048. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 01:36.1889. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap10. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Renault 1 lap11. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap12. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso – Renault 1 lap13. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas – Ferrari 1 lap14. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1 lap15. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 2 lapsr. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 47 lapsr. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 52 lapsr. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas – Ferrari 52 lapsns. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 52 laps(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen,1:36.844, lap 49. Driver and Constructor Standings after the Formula One GP Russia at Sochi Autodrom Drivers Points1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 862. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 733. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 634. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 495. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull 356. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 227. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 228. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 189. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1110. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India 911. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 612. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 413. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas 414. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 215. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber 016. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams 017. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) Sauber 018. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 019. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 020. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 021. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 0 Constructors Points1. Mercedes 1362. Ferrari 1353. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 574. Force India – Mercedes 315. Williams-Mercedes 186. Toro Rosso – Renault 137. Haas – Ferrari 88. Renault 69. Sauber – Ferrari 010. McLaren 0last_img read more

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first_imgParis mayor Anne Hidalgo opened a clean swimming zone in a city canal on Tuesday, calling it a step on the way to open water swim events in the city’s Seine river in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.Paris is in competition with Los Angeles to host the 2024 games. Hildalgo has repeatedly said she intends to see Olympic swimmers use the river that snakes around Notre Dame Cathedral and past the Eiffel Tower should Paris be victorious.“This opens that door to open water swimming in Paris,” Hidalgo said at the opening of the canal water pools, sectioned off and filtered in the Bassin de la Villette, a wide section of canal in the north of the city.“Thanks to the Olympic Games we’ll be able to see to it that the water in the Seine is clean wa-ter.”A Triathlon open water swim was held in the Seine in 2011, but a competition scheduled for 2012 was abandoned partly because of health worries. Casual bathing in the Paris section of the Seine was outlawed in 1923 and swimmers are a rare sight, even on the hottest days of the year.When he was mayor of Paris in 1990, former French president Jacques Chirac pledged to make the Seine clean again and said he would swim in the river himself in three years time.There is no record that he kept that promise, but progress has been made. Some species of fish absent for decades are now back, and Celia Blauel, a Paris city environment official, told Les Echos newspaper last week that the river was already clean enough to swim in on some days in the year.last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United are optimistic ahead of a crucial period of fixtures as they are close to finding their best form, midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s top of the table showdown against Premier League leaders Manchester City.United beat top four contenders Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia along with a brilliant performance from goalkeeper David De Gea, to record their fourth consecutive league win.“We are going to find our best moment very soon,” Herrera told the club’s website. (www.manutd.com) “We are second and chasing to be top of the table.“It was a fantastic result (at Arsenal) with some great performances. David was amazing, and we were clinical in the first half, with two chances in the first 15 minutes and two goals.“Jesse is on fire now, Paul (Pogba) as well, it’s a pity he got a red card. Romelu (Lukaku) didn’t score but he helped us a lot. The centre-backs — Victor (Lindelof) is in fantastic form right now. So we are optimistic of course.”City are in dominant form and look almost unstoppable as they aim to extend their 20-game winning streak across all competitions along with their eight-point lead.United play their final Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday and Herrera says the team are fully focused on sealing progression to the knockout stages rather than Sunday’s crucial league encounter.“I’m not thinking about Sunday, now it’s about CSKA. We are not qualified yet so we don’t think about City yet,” Herrera added. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)last_img read more

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first_imgDerby County moved a step closer to the Premier League after reaching the Championship playoff final with a 4-2 win over Leeds United on Wednesday, as they roared back from a two-goal aggregate deficit to win 4-3 over two legs.Jack Marriott came off the bench to score twice for Derby, including an 85th-minute winner in a pulsating encounter in which both teams were reduced to 10 men.With Aston Villa awaiting the winners, Derby, managed by former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, became the first team to turn around a first-leg home defeat in the playoffs, which provide the final promotion spot to England’s top flight.Leeds took the lead in the 24th minute when Kalvin Phillips launched a free kick into the box which bounced through the area and out off the post with Stuart Dallas reacting well to slot the ball home from close range.That put Leeds 2-0 up on aggregate but just before the break, a terrible defensive mix-up between Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla and defender Liam Cooper allowed Derby substitute Marriott to convert into an empty net with his first touch of the game.A minute after the interval Mason Mount put Derby 2-1 up with a fine finish after a clever touch from Harry Wilson, who then made it 3-1 on the night with a 58th-minute penalty.Derby were attacking with pace and invention and scrapping for every ball in midfield but Leeds, managed by Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, were able to get back on level terms on aggregate with a fine effort from Dallas.He cut in from the left and fired home a diagonal drive in the 62nd minute.Leeds went down to 10 men though in the 78th minute after Gaetano Berardi was dismissed after a second yellow card for a late lunge on Bradley Johnson.That gave Derby the belief to push for the decisive fourth goal with Wilson hitting the post in the 84th before Marriott grabbed the decider moments later with a clinical finish after good work from Richard Keogh.Derby’s celebrations were dampened slightly, however, by Scott Malone’s red card in stoppage time, ruling him out of the final.Lampard, who will come up against his former Chelsea team mate John Terry, who is assistant coach at Villa, hailed the approach of his players.“I said to the lads that everyone had written us off. We changed the system and made a little tweak. But we needed the lads to show bravery on the ball and they did,” he said.“The goal before halftime gave the players belief and I am so delighted for Jack Marriott. I felt it was his night but I didn’t know he’d do that. We have to enjoy the moment but now prepare for Aston Villa, but we’ll be underdogs again,” he said.The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on May 27last_img read more

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first_imgJuventus have announced the signing of highly-rated Dutch centre-back Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax.The 19-year-old, who had previously been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona, has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champions.Juve have paid an initial fee of 75 million euros for a player who helped Ajax reach last season’s Champions League semi-finals and win the Eredivisie title, while reaching the Nations League final with Holland.At the weekend Leiderdorp-born De Ligt was left out of Ajax’s squad for their summer tour to Austria pending a transfer and he arrived in Turin on Wednesday to undergo a medical at Juve’s headquarters.Earlier in the summer the Holland international was expected to join Barcelona, who have signed his former Ajax team-mate Frenkie De Jong, while Premier League club United and Paris St Germain had reportedly been interested in securing his services.De Ligt joins Cristian Romero, Luca Pellegrini, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Merih Demiral as a new signing at Juve, with recently-appointed head coach Maurizio Sarri also bringing veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon back to Turin ahead of a bid for a ninth consecutive league title for the Bianconeri.last_img read more

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first_imgCyprus champions Apoel face Qarabag FK in the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Tuesday night (8pm) at the GSP stadium in Nicosia.Should Apoel overcome the Azeris over two legs they will be guaranteed at least a place in the group stages of the Europa League, something that will help them balance their books for the season. Failure to do so may mean Apoel will need to offload their more valuable assets like Jordanian Moussa Al Tamari and young Cypriot defender Nicholas Ioannou.Qarabag though are no pushovers having won the league in Azerbaijan five years on the trot as well as competing uninterruptedly for the past five seasons in the group stages of either the Europa or Champions League.Their coach Gurban Gurbanov has been with the club since 2008 and at the age of just 47 is already the most successful Azeri coach with nine league and cup wins.The majority of his players are homegrown, but over the past few years he has added overseas players of quality and experience to his squad.Their midfield play is dictated by Spaniard Michel, with over 300 appearances to his name in top leagues like the Primera Division and the Premiership, and Croatian international Filip Ozobic. Summer signing Magaye Gueye has been added to add some firepower up front having played before for Strasbourg, Everton and Millwall amongst other teams.During the pre-game press conference Gurbanov admitted that that he knows very little about the current Apoel team as ‘they made a lot changes to their squad during the summer and we really don’t know what to expect’ but concluded, ‘whatever the case, we expect a tough game today’. After a rather mediocre first leg game against FK Sudjeska in the previous round, Apoel improved considerably in the return fixture and totally outplayed the Montenegrins in Nicosia with their new boys hitting the headlines.Serbian striker Andrija Pavlovic grabbed a hat-trick while his fellow countryman Vujadin Savic was imperious at the back in only their first full game of the season.However there is a major concern for Apoel coach Paolo Tramezzani as his star player, the nimble-footed Al Tamaari is struggling to shake off a hamstring strain sustained a week ago against FK Sudjeska.Tramezzani will wait until the last minute to decide on whether to start Al Tamaari, with Apoel sources saying that his chances of making the starting line-up are 50-50. The Italian ‘revealed’ that should Taamari not make the starting eleven he will have to switch to a 3-4-3 formation, instead of his more favoured 3-5-2. Even if Al Tamaari is not deemed fit for the game, Tramezzani has a number of other options with Swedish striker Hallenius his most likely replacement.last_img read more