In the Southern Conference fixtures at the Bisini Grounds in Port Moresby, PKA Rapatona FC take on FC Port Moresby in the first game at 12:30pm.Huawei PS Utd FC will clash with Gigira Laitepo Utd in the main game at 3pm.On Sunday it will be the ultimate test for newcomers Erema Gulf FC when they lock horns with Hekari United FC at 3pm.For the Northern Conference, Welgris Morobe Utd play Besta PNG United FC at 12:30pm while Admiralty FC go up against Lae City Dwellers at 3pm.Both games will be played at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.Up at the National Sports Institute in Goroka at 3pm will see Goroka Gosiha host FC Madang FC.
In his letter to Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan, President Konrote said our 7s gladiators have displayed how a small nation can be united during times of struggle. “The National 7s team has demonstrated that as a nation, united in our quest to overcome the hardships, we are indeed ‘Stronger than Winston’. “The win is particularly a sweet gift for Fiji and will serve to uplift the spirits of our people as we work towards rebuilding and rehabilitating our communities from the devastating effects of severe Tropical Cyclone Winston,” President Konrote stated. He said the players have taught everyone at home the importance of being positive. “The take home message from this experience is to remain focused and positive until the final whistle. “The team maintained its composure to win the game which is a significant encouragement to our people here at home to continue to soldier on with more determination to do well in life.” The President conveyed his well wishes to the players ahead of the Vancouver 7s which takes place this weekend. “I would like to wish the team a successful outing not only in this coming weekend’s tournament in Vancouver, but also for the rest of the World Sevens Series, especially as we build up to the Olympic Games in August.“I have every confidence that your professional and meticulous planning, in addition to the team’s commitment to Fiji, will achieve that anticipated result,” he said. President Konrote commended Ryan in his message saying: “Please accept also my profound appreciation for the manner in which you have coached the national team and moulded it into an exceptionally and consistently high achieving unit.” Fiji plays Samoa in their first game on Sunday 6:14am. They later take on Portugal at 9:50am and Kenya at 2pm.
Kumuls coach Michael Marum says there’s no guarantee that the players that challenged Fiji in the recent Pacific Test have a place in the Kumuls.Marum said they will have to compete against everyone else including players in the Digicel Cup, Queensland Intrust Super Cup, NRL and the Super League that is played in England.He said all these players are performing well and will be considered as selectors will have to pick the best players.“There’s no automatic selection for players that played against Fiji.“It doesn’t mean that we won one game and they will be automatic selection for the next international games including the World Cup,” Marum said.Marum added that everyone has to work hard to be considered in the selection as we want best results and the best team for the World Cup.
The nice efficiency of Garbiñe Muguruza at the Australian Open, the place he fell in the ultimate of the event in opposition to the American Sofia Kenin, It was seen this Monday mirrored in the WTA rankings. Muguruza stars in one in all the climbs of the week after rising 16 positions and positioned in the place 16 of the WTA rating with 2,527 factors, to nearly 1,100 factors of the Prime-10.Australia’s Ashleigh Barty stays yet one more week forward of the standings with 8,367 factors and leads Simona Halep by greater than 2,200 factors, which rises to the second place after reaching the semifinals of the event (in addition to the aussie). The primary novelty in the Prime-10 this week is the entry of Sofia Kenin The American added 2,000 factors after claiming champion of the Australian Open and rose eight positions to be seventh in the classification with 4,495 factors.Along with Garbiñe Muguruza and Sofia Kenin, two different gamers stand out for his or her rise in the rankings this week: Tunisia Ons Jabeur (up 33 positions to 45th place with 1,190 factors) and the American Coco Gauff (scale 16 positions to 51 with 1,112 factors). Carla Suárez (55th with 1,048), Sara Sorribes (up 13 positions to face 78th with 767 factors) and Paula Badosa (up 5 locations to face 92th with 698 factors) they full the presence of Spanish tennis gamers in the Prime-100 of the classification.WTA Rating at February 3, 20201. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 8,3672. Simona Halep (RUM) 6.1013. Karolina Pliskova (RCH) 5,290 4. Elina Svitolina (UCR) 4,7755. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 4,6756. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 4,6657. Sofia Kenin (USA) 4,4958. Kiki Bertens (NED) 3,9659. Serena Williams (USA) 3,91510. Naomi Osaka (JAP) 3,626 ————11. Petra Kvitova (RCH) 3,466 16. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 2,52745. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 1,190 51. Coco Gauff (USA) 1,11255. Carla Suárez (ESP) 1,04878. Sara Sorribes (ESP) 76792. Paula Badosa (ESP) 698Muguruza takes a large step towards the WTA FinalsThe Australian Open ultimate has allowed Garbiñe Muguruza to completely interact in the battle to be in the WTA Finals from Shenzhen, which brings collectively the eight greatest gamers of the season. With the 1,300 factors of the runner-up at the Australian Open Muguruza is in second place in the standings with 1,470 factors, solely surpassed by Sofia Kenin (first with 2,100) and surpassing the Australian Ashleigh Barty by nearly 180 (third with 1,251). Muguruza additionally maintains a bonus of 900 factors with the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, who this week occupies the final place that offers the go to the WTA Finals on this classification.Race To Shenzhen on February 3, 20201. Sofia Kenin (USA) 2,1102. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 1,4703. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 1,2514. Simona Halep (RUM) 8805. Petra Kvitova (RCH) 6156. Karolina Pliskova (RCH) 6007. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 5908. Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 5709. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 48610. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 486
On the opposite side, Morata advances in his attempt to be against Liverpool and during today’s training already He made a continuous career on the grass of Cerro del Espino. For its part Diego Costa works to be in the best conditions possible to receive the English and in addition to fine-tuning their aim, at the end of the training with the group (something he has been doing since last Wednesday) he was training alone to continue with his set-up. At the moment the only player discarded for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 is Trippier, operated from a pubalgia. The attack front is the one that is most depleted, while Costa, Morata and João Félix remain without medical discharge. Blacksmith It is another player who remains on the sidelines, with tendinopathy. Arias and Giménez on the other hand they are already training with the group and they are waiting for them in Mestalla on Friday against Valencia, where the Colombian points to the holder. During today’s training Lemar was absent, which conducted an individualized work session. Problems accumulate for João Félix. Portuguese works against the clock to be available next Tuesday, February 18 against Liverpool, but he had to stop his rehabilitation when suffering from a pharyngotonsillitis. The 20-year-old has not been able to work these last two days in the Sports City due to pharyngotonsillitis. The front will follow a medical treatment and sports rest, according to Atlético explained on its website. João Félix marked the date against the English in red since he suffered a right leg muscle injury during the game against Leganés on January 26. However, this sports rest makes its presence in the Champions League even more difficult.
The bet for Braithwaite is not the cheapest, but it is the one that most satisfies the Barcelona coach. Setien wanted a versatile player capable of adapting to all the front positions. Its price of 18 million almost double that of Angel, of Getafe, which was the other option that was considered until the last minute.Braithwaite could debut next Saturday against Eibar at Camp Nou and will not be able to play against Naples the following Tuesday in the Champions League. Only Setién can dispose of him in the domestic competition, which will return the following weekend with Barcelona’s visit to Santiago Bernabéu to face Real Madrid.Omeruo reveals the signingOmeruo congratulates Braithwaite for his signing for Barcelona. Omeruo reacted to an Instagram post congratulating his partner for his signing for Barcelona. Although not yet official, the central shared an image of the Danish dressed in the shirt of the Blaugrana club and dedicated a message: “Congratulations, brother. Miss you“. The last hours of the Danish player in Lega were intense. In the morning he went to the preparatory session with total normality and after that he collected his things and said goodbye to his classmates. However, nothing was fully closed yet. The player came to tell his relatives in the locker room that “maybe I’ll be back tomorrow, because the situation in Barça is complicated”. He was referring to the crisis unleashed by the SER chain’s discovery that the Blaugrana club had hired the I3Ventures company with the excuse of monitoring its activity in the Social Networks, but that it had also created a series of false profiles to attack, among others, players of the first team.For its part, in Leganés they also had no news from Barcelona. Contrary to what some sources assured, from the club cucumber they did not know until moments before the publication of the communiqué that Barça was going to pay the rescission clausen.Obviously, seeing everything that came out in the press they were already waiting for an exit from their striker. It was about seven o’clock in the afternoon when the player himself showed up at the offices of Butarque to personally inform the executives that Barça was going to pay its clause early in the LaLiga headquarters.The Leganés, by the way, is now in a more complicated situation. Struggling to avoid the descent and having to face the final leg of the season without its two starting strikers: Braithwaite goes to Barcelona and in the winter market Sevilla took En-Nesyri. Martin Braithwaite (28 years old) will be Barcelona player this Thursday. It was the player himself who told Leganés late in the afternoon that Barcelona was going to deposit the 18 million of its termination clause in LaLiga headquarters early Thursday morning. Later, at 11 in the morning the general director of Leganés, Martín Ortega will give a press conference. The presentation of the new Blaugrana player points to Thursday afternoon. The idea of coach Quique Setién is that he already enters the call to face Eibar next Saturday.
He’ll attempt to get this Saturday in the ultimate towards Bublik, who shocked the fourth seed, Canadian Denis Shapovalov with a 7-5, 4-6 and 6-Three in two hours and 18 minutes. That is Bublik’s most vital victory since defeating Spaniard Roberto Bautista in Moscow in October 2016.Simon received a place in ‘semis’ at the expense of Russian Daniil Medvedev, world quantity 5 and finalist in the final US Open and which he beat comfortably 6-Four and 6-0. Simon’s rival for a spot in the ultimate will probably be the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, seventh favourite and executioner of the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, who accessed the most important draw since the earlier one, 7-5 and 6-2. The Greek Stafanos Tsitsipas, second favourite ,. he’ll play towards Kazakh Alexander Bublik, and Frenchman Gilles Simon, executioner of Russian Daniil Medvedev, in entrance of Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals of the ATP tennis event in Marseille France). Tsitsipas, who defends the title in Marseille, agreed to the semifinals by beating Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-5 and 6-Three in 87 minutes in the first match between the two in the elite.
Three months later, the crisis of the Joaquín, Canales and company has increased in two ways. First because they don’t win in LaLiga since January 19 and second because it seems that the staff and the board of directors do not just believe in the project proposed by the technician Catalan. Valencia and Betis will live tomorrow a deja vu of the match they played in November. Well, the circumstances in which both sets arrive to it are practically traced to those of the first round. Valencia plagued by casualties and Betis of doubts.Celades’ they will face the verdiblancos with the usual plague of injuries and a box defense, without Garay and with Gabriel and Gayà between cottons. Something similar to what happened in the first leg, where Mangala had to debut in the absence of options and Jaume Costa served as a right back, all because neither Coquelin nor Kondogbia were available and Wass had to participate in the center. At least the Central African international will be tomorrow, not Coquelin. For its part, Betis is living a roller coaster this season that began to come up with Valencia and can sink completely with the che. After the victory against Celades, the team took a run and won three of their four subsequent commitments.
Saúl Ñíguez attended the microphones of Movistar after the tie between Atlético and Espanyol. The midfielder, author of the goal of The rojiblanco team lamented the first half of the team and valued the second. It was all very close. “The game has been very disputed in both areas, with little play in the middle and with a lot of competitiveness. In the first part we have not entered as we had to enter and in the second it has been the opposite. Then having clear chances was difficult because both sides. Each ball was a great dispute and could not be. “ That face B is a lot of ballast … “It has happened many times and we have repeated that we do not want it to happen. But at bad times, if it comes out, we have to know how to take the matches forward. You will not always be well, with positive dynamics of taking the initiative, but when it happens is when you have to take them out. When everything goes well, it’s easy to take them out. When not, you have to take them out with balls, with your heart, whatever it takes. “It costs a lot at home: “It is something to improve, it is what is depriving us of being higher. We have to improve, but it is already late. There are fewer days left, less room to solve this problem and I do not know exactly how to solve it as soon as possible.”But do they feel they are getting better? “Yes, because of the arguments we put in the field. The dynamics are good, if we had started as in the second part, being the rival in the situation that is, it would have been a good option to win.”Savic: “Embarba elbowed me and it was a red copy”Too many draws … “We will do the accounts when the League ends. We tried to recover after getting 1-0, we left in the second half well and Saul’s goal came. We wanted to win, but it could not be done. We have to look forward because there is a lot left to the fight for the Champions … “He suffered a blow from Embarba in the first part: “It is a red manual. The player jumps, does not look at the ball and elbows me in the mouth. I do not understand what the VAR is for if these plays are not reviewed is an exemplary red.”Why does it cost so much at home? “That says the statistics. Espanyol has a lot of need, has come out with all its weapons and hopefully this point serves us for the purpose …”.The fight is pressed above: “There are many teams in one or two points and we know it will be tough until the last day. Hopefully we can catch a winning streak and separate a bit from these teams.”It has cost to enter the match: “They have come out with a lot of intensity and we have not created many occasions. In the second part we have come out better, but it is a shame not to have been able to win.”The good news is that Costa, João are recovering … “It is important that everyone returns, because we are going to need everyone. Diego and João are picking up pace and are decisive players who can solve a match in any situation.” What did they change at rest? “We changed tactical things and the attitude of each player. They were balls played above, balls that you do not control. It is fine in the first plays, but with the passing of the minutes their centrals earned more, we did not win the first or the second day and in the second part we have been able to do it “.Espanyol showed that life was played. “We also need to win. They want to win and they are nervous about their situation and we want to win and be up and we also play without the peace of mind of having the position secured, everything is very close. We all need the points.”They click again. “It is costing us a lot. The support of our people shows a lot and we have to learn. There is less and less time left and away from home many points are decided.” Then, the Atlético player went through a mixed zone.A two-sided Athletic, one in each half … “In the first half, more than the game, which has been direct and was not the best option because we won the first play and we were away for the second. They felt comfortable, then they found the goal and we continued the same In the second one it has been different, we have changed to look for superiorities and find spaces We have felt better, especially for 20-25 minutes, we have managed to score the goal, create chances and be in their field. clear but we were comfortable. It’s the two-sided Atleti, who had not seen each other for a long time and we don’t like him coming back, but we have to know that there will be matches like that and we have to win them the same, even if it gets complicated. , know how to read them to get ahead because we need it … “.
The General Court understands that the Commission’s decision, which since 2016 required such payments, “suffers from several manifest errors of assessment”, which commends the resources presented by the respective law firms of the clubs and also by the IVF, who has been on his side throughout the process. “We always trust in European justice and in the annulment of this sanction by the Court, that is why our position was always very clear, it was not fair and we should not pay anything until we heard the sentence,” commented the president of Valencia. , Anil Murthy. For his part, his counterpart from Elche, Joaquín Buitrago, He affirmed that his club “has removed a large slab from above”.The events denounced by the European Commission occurred between 2009 and 2010. The IVF endorsed the foundations of both entities with two loans for the purchase of club shares, the same operation was made with the Hercules from Alicante (although his case was also dismissed by the General Court a year ago) and even with the Pick up, although his case was never studied. As the European Commission denounced, such guarantees, because there was no guarantee premium for the financial situation of the clubs, were synonymous with “aid” rather than a market operation. But, as the lawyers have shown, the Commission’s assessment was erroneous and therefore the requirement for payments is canceled.To Valencia the favorable sentence alleviates the accounts. The club, which would stay out of Europe if the current classification were validated, had a provident fund for the fine, including five million that Lim promised to pay the VCF Foundation in the sale process and diverted to the fund. The leaders of the Valencia CF Y Elche CF, as well as the managers of the Valencian Institute of Finance (IVF), entity linked to the Valencian generalitat, they took a joy in these times that run of restlessness; a breather and good savings. The General Court of the European Union (EU) annulled the decision of the European Comission regarding the measures it understood as state aid to said clubs. This means that Valencia is released from having to pay 24 million euros (more interest) and Elche 4.1 (more interest).