Springboks coach Allister Coetzee to be sacked after attack on SA rugby

first_imgDuring his two-year tenure, Coetzee won just 11 of his 25 Tests in charge, with defeats to Italy, Wales and Ireland.Despite boasting the worst win ratio of any ‘Boks coach for 20 years, he refutes any responsibility and shifts the blame onto the SARU.South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper reports Coetzee sent a scathing letter to the governing body, accusing it of ill-practice.Coetzee met with CEO Jurie Roux on January 18 about what he thought was an upcoming performance review, but was told his time as Springboks coach was up.”Instead, the meeting was used as a platform to inform me of SARU’s decision to inter alia, terminate my contract of employment with immediate effect,” Coetzee writes in his letter.”You further informed me that a further aspect of decision is that my services will be terminated regardless of the outcome of the anticipated performance review, as contemplated by my employment contract.”Coetzee also alleges his sacking is to make way for SARU’s new director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, to take the helm.He believes a potential demotion, should he stay on board, would constitute unfair labour practice and infringe his right to equality.”And should I wish to remain in SARU’S employment, I will be reduced to a ceremonial coach, and further that, Johan Erasmus [“Rassie”] has already been employed to replace me and is already performing the duties of a Springbok coach.”Should I be reduced to the position of ceremonial coach I would have the fact in the indignity of reporting to Rassie.”Coetzee likens his perceived treatment by SA rugby to that of former outspoken and controversial coach Peter de Villiers.”I will not allow elements in SARU to wilfully destroy me and render me unemployable as was done to Peter De Villiers.”I was the most successful Super Rugby coach at the time of my appointment and was requested to return to Springbok rugby from Japan because my country needed me.”My treatment since my return as suggests that elements in SARU embarked on a deliberate attempt to undermine me from the word go and to create the public impression of incompetence on my part whilst wilfully obstructing my efforts to be successful.”last_img read more

Dwellers crush Rapatona in first away game

first_imgIn the other away game played in Lae at  the  Ignatius Kilage stadium Hekari defeated  hosts Welgris United FC 2-nil in a one sided affair.Dwellers in a dazzling opening minute took complete command of the match until the final whistle.It was the Dwellers top players Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba that shook the entire match with their power plays and  strategies to take full command of the proceedings.Dwellers opened up with the first goal from Raymond Gunemba just  after the kick off from the half way line.More ball control and outstanding quick passes and running saw the dwellers keep more possession in the first 45 minutes.Just before the halftime, Dwellers sent in Robin Dabinyaba with a quick through ball to make it a 2-0 lead.In the second half the Lae City Dwellers increases their lead further with more goals despite the Rapatonas strong comeback.Once more Dabinyaba and Gunemba scored one goal each after the second half 20 minutes play time for Dwellers to extend the lead to 4-0.Rapatona fought back to score but couldn’t make it through the strong Dwellers defense.Fifteen minutes before the final siren, Dwellers finished off the day with Obert Bika scoring from a cross which found him right in front of the goal mouth which he fired home with his right foot to put the issue beyond doubt to take a  5-0 lead.last_img read more

Federer: Kyrgios no chance of winning Australian Open

first_imgFederer, who has claimed four Australian Open titles himself, believes Kyrgios isn’t experienced enough to go the full length.”To win, he drops, in my humble opinion,” Federer told Fairfax Media. ”To do anything, yes, first week no problem, but to go all the way it’s a long way, and he’s never been into a semis before, so first he has to prove to the world and himself that he can make the semis.”So for me to start talking about him winning the tournament, Lleyton [Hewitt] never did it, and he was two times world No.1 at the end of the year.”So I know [Kyrgios] has got a big game, but he has to beat four, five amazing players. Can he do that right now? I’m not sure.”He can beat them, but not back to back to back to back to back, maybe. But I’m happy if he proves me wrong.”Kyrgios is in the same half of the draw as world number one Andy Murray, former Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and the 17th ranked Roger Federer.”I think he’s going to be tough to beat here. I think this court plays very well for him,” Federer said of Kyrgios.”It’s not a great start to the year for him in some ways because of his knee, he was a bit on and off, and best-of-five again, different story.”Two weeks, it’s a long one, and he knows that.”So I think it’s gonna be a tough one, but I hope he can play a good year, virtually injury free this year. For me that would be exciting to see how would he do then?”last_img read more

Tottenham asks about Gareth Bale, according to El Chiringuito

first_imgIt is unknown if this possible interest it would be for the current winter market or for the summer, but do not forget that it is not the first time that Bale interests the club of London. In addition, it should be noted that Mourinho, current Tottenham coach, also wanted to sign Welsh when he trained the Manchester UnitedThis meeting takes place within the scope of the relaxed relationship that exists between the two president and tSome other managers of the white club have also been present. As commented Juan Sanz in The beach bar, there has been a meeting in Madrid between Daniel Levy, president of Tottenham Y Florentino Pérez in which the name of Gareth Bale.Daniel Levy has taken advantage of the meeting to ask Florentino Pérez about Gareth Bale, being interested in the situation of the Welsh player that lately does not seem to count too much to Zidane (remember that in front of Seville was not summoned despite being in perfect physical condition).last_img read more

Benzema gets stuck

first_img2020 has not brought Benzema goals, at least for now. The French striker, the main white scorer resource, is going through his first drought in a season in which he was demonstrating the regularity that was almost always missed during his ten previous seasons in the team: he has not seen a door since December 15, when he scored in the last breath the draw of Madrid against Valencia in Mestalla (1-1) in LaLiga. He did not participate in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia by a bruise on his left leg, but still enjoyed enough opportunities in these 41 days without seeing goal. In Salamanca, much of the encounter was shy, but he left two good chances at the end of his contest, without success. He will look for that guy tomorrow in Valladolid, where he will lead the white attack again, probably with Rodrygo. An opponent against whom he has a good record: five goals in eight games against the Spaniards. Better yet in Zorrilla, where he has seen the door three times in three duels, two in the win by 1-4 last year, in which it was the last game of Santiago Solari in front of Madrid; the next day the return of Zidane became official. He has played five games and 364 minutes since his last target: 90 ’against Barcelona, ​​90’ against Athletic, 81 ’in Getafe, 28’ against Sevilla and 75 ’in Salamanca against Unionistas. There are 364 minutes in which he has shot 14 times, eight of them between the three sticks; a ratio of auctions in those five games of 2.8 per game (against Sevilla, he did not try once), below the 3.33 that has been averaging this course. The generation of opportunities is not Benzema’s problem: He is the player who has made the most shots both in total (66) and between clubs (35).center_img Messi already sees Benzema in the rearview mirrorThe drought that Benzema is going through is a new phenomenon for Madrid this season: before it, it had not chained more than one match without scoring in LaLiga (in September it was two days, but did not dispute one of them). Not surprisingly, he has made 16 of the 58 goals of Real Madrid this course, almost 28%; what whites are missing is a squire in the attack that accompanies Benzema. Rodrygo has six goals, but has not scored since December 11 (in Bruges) and in LaLiga, since October 30; Bale has barely made three goals, Vinicius two, Jovic (with whom the minutes are played) one …That white dependence on the goals of the French took him to the top of the provisional classification of Pichichi during the first leg of the course: he made 12 goals in his first 16 league games. But Messi, who missed five of the first seven days due to injury, already looks at him in the rearview mirror: the Argentine has 14 goals, two more than Benzema. And with a much smaller participation: the culé scores a goal in LaLiga every 90 minutes; Benzema has fallen to 133 ’, or what is the same, you need a match and a half to score a goal.With his numbers at the beginning of the season, Benzema planned to sign his best League since he is in Madrid; the record has it set in the 24 goals he scored in 2015-16, at the orders of Benítez first and Zidane later. It is time to fix it, but right now it plans to stay in 23 targets. Although Madrid does not care about the drought of its ‘nine’, which enjoys all the confidence of Zidane: The renewal is already underway with him until 2022. The agreement will be announced at the end of this course.Near the 500 clubIn Salamanca, Benzema played his 491 game with the Real Madrid shirt; He is the 15th player with the most matches played in white and approaches the club of the 500 matches, which today has only 12 members, of which only Roberto Carlos is a foreigner (although Marcelo, with 499, is at the gates to enter) He has won 335 duels (68%) and has scored 238 goals.last_img read more

Australian Open | Moyá: “Nadal’s match against Kyrgios will be Davis Cup”

first_imgAfter the one-hour morning coaching that Rafa Nadal did this Sunday on the 24th out of doors monitor of the Nationwide Tennis Middle, in Melbourne Park, his coach, Carlos Moyá, attended about 14:00 (native time) to the Spanish media displaced on the Australian Open. The Mallorcan coach analyzed the second of type of his pupil and the conflict of the spherical of 16 against the native Nick Kyrgios, which prepares with the primary on this planet and will happen on Monday at 09:00, Spanish time.Nadal-Kyrgios: “Good recreation for tennis lovers has many incentives. For our half, I feel Rafa arrives effectively, having gone from much less to extra as regular. The essential factor was to not lose in these first rounds and catch tempo. ”Kyrgios additional motivation: “It’s clear that he has it, particularly enjoying at house, in entrance of his folks and against a rival of the greats. Rafa arrives effectively too and will attempt to neglect every thing that will occur throughout and after the purpose. He will do his tennis. ”Setting: “Rafa is used to that. It’s going to be a bit just like the Davis Cup. He additionally has his viewers and could be very pricey right here. Absolutely he will have the respect of the Australian followers. We depend on you to assist Kyrgios extra, however it’s one thing that will not have an effect on you, you will have folks in your favor relying on which sector.Earlier than Carreño, turning level: “If we check out all of the tournaments he has gained, there will be only a few by which he has triumphed enjoying effectively from the start. It’s the greatness of those gamers, who with out being at their finest degree can discover their rhythm. Of all of the video games Rafa performs a yr, there are eight or new by which he has to be at his finest degree to win. In others he tries and can’t all the time, and people video games, so long as he doesn’t lose them, serve him to search for his tennis, his confidence, to know the balls higher, the circumstances … So have been the primary two. Earlier than Carreño, who’s a participant who can develop into harmful if Rafa shouldn’t be effectively, we had to enhance and play on the degree that we’re used to in the sort of rounds. “ Melbourne balls: “They’re what they’re and so they gained’t change. You must range the sport a bit, however as you noticed earlier than Carreño, if Rafa is assured, the ball goes. Final yr they have been the identical and performed at a fantastic degree. It’s true that they aren’t the perfect for the kind of Spanish recreation, however with them Rafa can do quite a lot of injury. ”Bodily issue: “The less hours you spend on the monitor, the higher. In recent times it’s one thing we’ve given significance. In that facet, Rafa arrives with a bonus, however Kyrgios is a younger participant, who will get better effectively and be very motivated. He had bodily issues and we should see how he arrives, however we can’t belief one another. Rafa has to play his recreation and we’ll see if he’s affected or not. ”The best way to play Kyrgios: “You must be targeted. It will be important that Rafa’s service works. Against Carreño it was superb and earlier than Delbonis, additionally fairly effectively. That will mean you can play the video games extra calmly to the remaining. And within the few alternatives you’ve got it should be high-quality. Now we have the instance of Acapulco final yr, the place I used to be being superior however had 10 break balls and solely transformed one. Kyrgios didn’t have and within the tie-break gained. In Wimbledon, Rafa gained two. In the long run these video games are selected three factors that with out going someway resolve Till you don’t break, they will all the time be there. You must attempt to reap the benefits of the events. ”last_img read more

Santi Denia: “I looked for a respirator for my father and I couldn’t find it”

first_img“Death certificate suspects coronavirus”Lastly, he left a piece of information for reflection on this pandemic that is taking more than 9,000 lives in our country: “It was tremendous what we lived and I leaned heavily on my sister because my mother died five years ago from pneumonia. I would like to emphasize, on the other hand, that in the death certificate it states that he is suspected of coronavirus, but it is lawful for me to know if he is on that list or not. Unfortunately there are going to be many cases in Spain that die from coronaviruses and we don’t know. Today I read that 60 elderly people died in a nursing home in Las Rozas. Very painful. I would like to know if my father is on the list and I would like him to be on it. My father was going to turn 86. We know that the elderly, most have previous pathologies. But what is clear to me is that he would still be alive if not for the coronavirus. I don’t know how long, if one, two, three or five years. But he would still be alive. The Government must make an effort to do the maximum number of tests possible. The WHO says that the asymptomatic can also infect, it is necessary to make test as it is. I do not want to enter politics, I am only expressing myself as a citizen who has lost his father. My message, anyway, is that we will have hope and that, in three weeks, we will have the security of having overcome this virus. ” Santi Denia, U19 coach, shared in The spar, of the SER, the hard trance he has suffered these days when he had to fire his 86-year-old father as a consequence of the coronavirus on March 21. “This virus has taken my father and is taking many people. All citizens are suffering with this issue. I am very sorry and very helpless for all the circumstances that have surrounded the death of my father. He was fine, in a residence in Albacete. It was very fast. My sister gave her time to say goodbye because the doctor told her at lunch: she told us that she had worsened. I arrived two hours later, yelling “Chapi” which is what they call him, and he didn’t answer anymore … “. The tragic outcome was dramatically narrated by Santi Denia: “I tried to find a respirator in Albacete for my father. He believed it was the only chance to give him a chance. I asked the doctor, friends from Albacete, friends in Madrid, but Spain has a complicated situation. I also tried to take him to Madrid, but the doctor advised against the transfer. There was no option because there were no respirators anywhere. “The former player from Albacete and Atlético de Madrid had the strength to share with all of Spain the sadness and helplessness with which he had to fire his father at the wake: “There was no way to get that respirator because the system is overflowing. I I am nothing more or less than anyone to give me a respirator. Just a citizen who was looking to give my father a chance. The next morning, they called my sister and told us that she had passed away since 5:00 pm you had to bury him. Four people went to the wake without being able to hug each other, with masks. It was very hard. Then inside the bad, at least we were lucky that we were able to fire him. Within the bad we were lucky, but I couldn’t even hug my sister. “last_img read more

Inter makes Lautaro more difficult: he wants € 90m in cash

first_imgeleven The stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic continues and in the meantime, the teams continue to plan the touches to the next year’s staff. At Barcelona, ​​the signing of Lautaro Martínez has long been a priority, whose termination clause will soon drop to 111 million euros. However, Barcelona will not have much liquidity after the coronavirus crisis and presented the Italian club with a list of footballers that could make the operation cheaper. A list that has been changing since then. 10 Of those offered, the one that convinces the most is Nelson Semedo, since it is urgent to reinforce both sides. On his agenda is also Junior Firpo, although it would be the third on the list, since ahead would have the Italian-Brazilian of the Chelsea, Emerson Palmieri.Looking for a substitute for Lautarocenter_img But as published La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter mainly wants money, and although it considers some feasible footballers in case the deal goes ahead, it will ask for at least 90 million euros to let the Argentine out, that is, that Barça would have to pay 90 million euros in addition to a footballer, provided that the chosen one is to the liking of Antonio Conte. At the same time, Inter shuffles a host of names as possible replacements for the player, among which would be the German of the RB Leipzig, Timo Werner, whose termination clause will be 65 million euros. The striker, on the other hand, has his own plans, and both Inter and Barcelona or Bayern Munich would be alternatives to what he really wants: to play for Liverpool.last_img read more

Hi-five for Jamaica athletes

first_imgThere were five wins for Jamaican athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night, with the Stephen Francis-coached Janieve Russell and Elaine Thompson leading the way with big wins, while there were also wins for Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, and Javon Francis.There were also top-three finishes for Jamaican females Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Novlene Williams-Mills, Danielle Williams, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson.A finalist in the women’s 400 metres hurdles at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, Russell ran a well-controlled race and hit top form in the latter stages to get by early leader Leah Nugent of the United States, to win in a personal best of 54.61 seconds, the second-fastest time this season. Ristananna Tracey finished strongly for second in a season best 55.31 seconds, while Nugent was third in 56.24.”I am feeling extremely happy after my performance, knowing that I did a PR so early in the season, and this has set the tone for the rest of the season. (The) fast time was not on my mind as I ran to the instructions of my coach, to take it easy, as I went out a bit slow and finished strong at the end as the objective was to finish among the top three, and this is telling me and Jamaica that something special will happen this year as for the first time, I am running injury-free early, and I am very excited,” said Russell.Thompson, the World Championships 200m silver medallist, defended her JII 100m title with a big performance, clocking a wind-aided 10.71 seconds (+2.4 metres per second wind reading). American English Gardner was second in 10.85 seconds, with third going to Trinidad and Tobago, Michelle Lee-Ahye, in 10.98 seconds.Defending champion Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas, the world leader in the women’s 400m, cantered away from rivals to win the 200m in 22.14 seconds (+2.2 mps), with McLaughlin-Whilby second in 22.70, and the United States’ Shalonda Solomon third in 22.80 seconds.NO START FOR SHELLYJamaica’s World and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was expected to compete, did not start in the event.Billed as the female race of the meet, the women’s 400 did not disappoint. It was close going all the way before 2014 winner and last year’s second-place finisher Francena McCorory of the United States won in 50.52 ahead of Williams-Mills, 50.87, while McPherson placed third in 51.20.Competing in her first race at home since winning the 100m hurdles World title a year ago, Williams, in a blanket finish, was nipped for third in 12.55 seconds. The United States pair of Brianna Rollins, 12.52 and Queen Harrison (12.54) took first and second, respectively.Among the men, Bailey-Cole, who was missing from the track most of last year due to injury, won a close 100m in 10.01 seconds. The United States’ Mike Rodgers was second in 10.03, with local Julian Forte third in 10.06.”I am happy going into the Trials this year as I didn’t have a win on my mind as I just came out to see where I am because of the hamstring injury I had, but definitely, this win has really boosted my confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Bailey-Cole.Powell led from the start and took the men’s 200 metres in 20.45 seconds.Beejay Lee of the United States was second in 20.52, the same time done by third-place Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer.Francis closed the show by winning the men’s 400m in a season best 44.85 seconds, getting the better of Vernon Norwood of the United States (45.00) and Kevin Borlee of Belgium, 45.17.Earlier, there was a vintage performance from World Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde. He upstaged his more senior rivals, only to be edged out by Bahamian Jeffrey Gibson (48.96).Hyde clocked a season best 49.16 seconds, with experienced American Bershawn Jackson third in 49.29 seconds.- R. G.last_img read more

MAN CITY VS BOURNEMOUTH

first_imgMANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV, FERNANDO, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, STERLING,BONYBOURNEMOUTH (4-5-1)MURRAY, RITCHIE, GOSLING, KING, SURMAN, PUGH, FRANCIS, COOK, DISTIN, DANIELS, BORUCManchester City suffered set-backs against West Ham United and Tottenham but responded last time out with a 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle in which Sergio Aguero scored five goals in a remarkable 20-minute period.Unfortunately for City, Aguero suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Argentina, against Ecuador on October 9 and later admitted he could be out of action for a month.City will also be without David Silva against Bournemouth after the Spaniard sprained an ankle in the European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg last week.With Fabien Delph missing and doubts over Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, City are beginning to run out of players.At least their win over Newcastle took them back to the top of the Barclays Premier League, two points clear of second-placed Arsenal and Manchester United, who are third.Bournemouth, though, are 15th and just four points clear of the relegation zone after winning just one of their last five – at home to struggling Sunderland.last_img read more