The 14-member squad consists of three new debutants – Geathie Kilapat (Popondetta Cricket Association), Daniella Luwenica Saiwa Ila (Lae CA) and Renagi Mogala (POMCA).The team will be coached by Rodney Maha.High performance manager for Cricket PNG, Rarua Dikana said the squad had been training for 4 months now, working hard on improving skills and fitness.“After a few practice matches, the team was finalised. The girls are focused and on course to qualify,” said Dikana.The Lewas will depart on July 12 for Apia, Samoa, where the qualifier will be staged. It will run from July 15 – 22.PNG, Samoa and Japan will play each other twice with the winner to advance on to the next stage – the global qualifiers.The top 2 countries from the global qualifiers will book their spots to play in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England.The squad:Pauke Siaka (POMCA)Helen Buruka (POMCA)Ravini Oa (POMCA)Veru Kila Frank (POMCA)Konio Oala (POMCA)Brenda Hoi Tau (POMCA)Kopi John (POMCA)Mairi Tom (POMCA)Hinamutawa Philip (Ahioma CA) Kari Seura (POMCA)Sibona Lucy Jimmy (POMCA)Geathie Kilapat (Popondetta CA)Daniella Luwenica Saiwa Ila (Lae CA)Renagi Mogala (POMCA)
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1 Barcelona have rubbished reports linking Brazilian superstar Neymar with a huge world record transfer to Manchester United, insisting the forward to set for talks over a contract extension with the European champions.Rumours circulated on Tuesday that the Red Devils were prepared the smash records and spend up to £240million to prise Neymar away from the Nou Camp and make him the global face of the Premier League club.It was also claimed the 23-year-old, who has a €190million buy-out clause at Barca, was tempted by United’s rich history, as well as the prestige of the English top flight.But president Josep Maria Bartomeu has brushed aside the rumours, insisting the club want the Brazil international ‘to stay for 15 more years’ at Barcelona.“Those are just rumours and what people write but there is nothing to it,” Bartomeu said to Catalan radio station Catalunya Radio.“Neymar is happy at Barca. We don’t want Neymar to leave at all. “He is a young player that has an international football projection above the norm. He has helped us a lot in our recent successes.“In a few months’ time we will discuss his contract extension as he has three years left on his current deal.“We want him to stay for many years, three, five, 10 or even 15 years more with us.” Barcelona star Neymar with Lionel Messi
Everton want Ronald Koeman to become their new manager, according to widespread reports.The Toffees ended Roberto Martinez’s reign on Thursday after a season of under-achievement at Goodison Park.Farhad Moshiri, the club’s new major shareholder, will lead the hunt for a replacement and has reportedly made Koeman his top target.The Dutchman has extensive experience across Europe and has done a hugely impressive job at Everton’s Premier League rivals Southampton.He took charge of the Saints in the summer of 2014 and, despite an exodus of key players, led the club to a seventh place finish in the Premier League in his first year at the helm.This term, they have enjoyed another impressive campaign and could finish as high as fifth if results go their way on the final day.Southampton are desperate to keep Koeman but he has yet to commit to a new contract and Everton are now plotting a move for his services.According to the Daily Mirror, the Merseysiders will offer the 53-year-old a £100million summer spending budget to try to tempt him away from the south coast. 1 Southampton boss Ronald Koeman
Re “4 more years: priceless” (July 23): Four more years for council members is not going to get any more done or teach them any more than eight years. After watching the council meeting on July 25, the only thing these people showed was how rude they are. First of all, the 10 a.m. meeting could not start till 10:14 a.m. because not enough members could get there on time. Second, the president had to ask the council members to be quiet so the speakers could be heard. Manners are something you learn at a young age. These people showed they have never learned them. They are above everyone else. – Jane McKinsey – Jerry F. Piro Sun Valley How many workers? Re “Powerless” (Your Opinions, July 26): George Killbride asks, regarding a recent power outage during which various foods in his freezer were ruined and had to be thrown out: “Why can’t these companies build for maximum power use?” Having read the whole story, to me a more important question is this: Why did it take “Ten nice men in two trucks” to respond to the situation, when only one of them got out to throw an overload switch to restore power? Sounds like overkill to me. – Anita Work Sylmar Do this, then whine Re “Outage outrage” (Our Opinions, July 25): Calling all applicants who want to work for good pay assisting the minimum number of crews working west end of San Fernando Valley. From Granada Hills south to Mulholland Drive and the 405 Freeway, west, to Valley Circle. Working overhead on poles or in underground vaults. De-energized or energized up to 34,000 volts. Always exciting. Work possible on weekends. During emergencies up to 16 hours a day. During the winter and summer. In the wind and rain or up to 119 degrees. With little or no appreciation from the public or any other group. – Christine Martinson West Hills Common knowledge Re “Hot: Power outages” (July 24): As parts of the San Fernando Valley were suffering from the recent catastrophe, I was wondering why a slew of businesses, closed for the night, need to be lit up like a Christmas tree. Common sense? Yes, wouldn’t it be lovely if people had some? – Christine Peterson Woodland Hills And it’s getting hotter Re “Heat’s on DWP” (July 25): Why is Los Angeles unable to meet the energy needs of its citizens? According to press reports, the infrastructure of our electrical plants is as old as 1929. Why haven’t our elected political leaders insisted on mandatory solar energy and other renewable sources of energy in order to meet the ever growing needs of our population? Who benefits from this crumbling system besides the likes of Enron, the dead Ken Lay and other greedy price manipulators? Why haven’t we as a citizenry held those in “power” accountable? I say vote anyone out who does not consider this a top priority. Lives are at stake, and it’s only getting hotter. – Victoria Minetta Hollywood Passing the DWP buck Re “Heat’s on DWP” (July 25): I was disappointed to read that Councilwomen Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry passed the buck and blamed the Department of Water and Power for the energy emergency in Los Angeles. Since they serve on the City Council’s Environment and Energy Committee that oversees the DWP, they should have anticipated these problems and are as much to blame as the utility itself. – David Fleck Granada Hills Heat and humidity The heat lately has been bad enough, but the humidity makes it even worse. The weather in L.A. has been more akin to Houston than Los Angeles. It occurred to me that if we rid ourselves of gasoline-powered autos and go with hydrogen engines, would the water exhaust from those engines make the humidity in the air worse? Maybe a scientific-minded reader can answer this question. – Armand Vaquer Tarzana Strategy not working Until Jews and Arabs realize that the solution to the Middle East problem is through negotiation and listening to the other side’s point of view there can never be peace. Israel’s strategy for fighting terrorism – so admired in the USA – has led Israel to suffering more terrorist attacks than any other nation, losing more of its citizens to terrorist attacks than any other nation, and still the terrorism is mounting. This strategy can hardly be called a success. The international community after World War II imposed Israel on the Middle East to give Jews a homeland; now the international community should impose a peace on the area before this situation gets too out of control and leads to a much larger conflict. – Paul Hutchinson Calabasas Haste makes waste The mayor’s currently proposed takeover of LAUSD (Nuñez AB 1381) is seemingly based on shaky and loosely interpreted data/studies. It is a hastily conceived bill, shoved through the California Legislature without adequate committee hearings and oversight. During one “Mayoral Town Hall” I attended, the mayor’s staff used PowerPoint presentations without handouts, followed by questions from only carefully selected audience members. Despite frequent requests, the mayor has not publicly released a hard copy of his presentations, nor given citations for the studies referenced. I am suspicious of the need to conceal data/sources, and I invite the mayor to provide the public and legislators with the original data used to support his bill. – Diana Dixon-Davis Chatsworth Israel overreaction? Israel has won all their unprovoked wars so far but they have not been permitted to win the peace. The U.S. restrained Israel from completing the victory and therefore the peace. Recently, when a country is victorious, it occupies the defeated country until a regime, friendly to the victor is installed. In World War II, Germany, Japan and Italy, were neutralized and now exist in peace with the Allies. Israel was never given that privilege, and so the conflict will continue. Israel will never accept defeat. It will resort to the ultimate weapon instead. Israel overreaction? The U.S. reaction to Pearl Harbor: complete obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the poisoning of the atmosphere for years thereafter. – Bernard Lehrer Ventura And neither can play Re “Dodger dogs” (July 27): After reading Steve Dilbeck’s excellent column in Thursday’s Daily News, and after seeing “Slayer” at the Long Beach Arena last Saturday night, I realized that “Slayer” and the Dodgers have something in common: “Seasons in the Abyss.” – Matther R. Hines Costa Mesa160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesCanoga Park Silence of the lambs Re “Council snubs public views” (July 26): It was obvious that the City Council was trying to muzzle public dissent over the trash fee increase. Normally, when a hot item comes up, it is the first thing on the agenda. This time, the trash fee increase item was put off for many hours until all bedlam broke out in the audience. All 15 council members were allowed to talk their heads off, trying to convince the audience to accept the cost increase. Only Greig Smith dissented and got a round of applause. The people of Los Angeles did not have a chance to vote. Four more years?
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice 2 The forward was starting his fourth consecutive Premier League game for Chelsea when he suffered the untimely injury.He became a full England international last month, and has since won two caps, but now looks set to miss the Three Lions’ Nations League finals campaign in June. gameday cracker Hudson-Odoi remains a target for Bayern Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals REAL DEAL tense Chelsea are set to offer Callum Hudson-Odoi the No.10 shirt which could be left vacant by Eden Hazard this summer.According to the Daily Mail, Hazard has reportedly agreed terms with Real Madrid, but a fee is yet to be resolved, with the La Liga side still well below Chelsea’s asking price of £100million for the Belgian. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow The winger was the subject of four separate bids from Bayern Munich in January and they also added the incentive of the No. 10 shirt, which had been worn by former Blue Arjen Robben, who played his final game for Bayern on Saturday. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Hudson-Odoi, 18, is currently sidelined after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley and will only consider singing a long-term deal if Chelsea show they are willing to build the team around him in the near future.A ruptured Achilles can require up to nine months of recovery – and he is already facing a race against time to be fit for the start of next season. REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Hudson-Oodi is sidelined with a ruptured Achilles Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January
“Today I don’t think there is a Celtic player who is going out there and putting a shift in that would fear getting beat by Glasgow Rangers.”Henderson admits he has not seen a gap as big between the two clubs than before Jock Stein became Celtic manager in the 1960s.He says: “I was thinking back a long time when we had played Celtic on the Saturday in a Scottish Cup final and there were 125,000 people there and it was a draw, then on the Wednesday we played and there was 125,000 so that was like quarter of a million people watching.“We won 3-0 and at that stage there was a huge gulf between Celtic and Rangers, we were far in front.“But then along came the genius Jock Stein who got the stuff that was there from the likes of Jimmy Johnstone, Tommy Gemmill, Bobby Murdoch.“I think the gulf today is the same gulf as it was in the 60s just before Jock Stein came.”The former winger said the club do not possess the quality of player needed to challenge Celtic and would choose only four players from the current squad to continue next season.He said: “We don’t have players of that calibre there just now for any manager that is coming in for to be able to improve the team that much.“I find it difficult to understand, if you can’t get up for a Rangers v Celtic game you are never going to be up for a game in a Rangers jersey.“I think the new manager is prepared to change things and be good for the team but he needs the material to work with.“I would certainly say Kenny Miller has had a very good year this year but he would be first to admit he is getting on.“However, with his experience I would keep Kenny Miller, the goalkeeper, Lee Wallace and the lad Hyndman, I think these are good players.” Rangers legend Willie Henderson has claimed the club need £50m if they want to compete with Celtic next season.Henderson, who played more than 450 games from the Ibrox club, said the current crop of players are not good enough to be playing for the club.He thinks massive investment will be required to challenge their Glasgow rivals.Henderson said: “What showed up was Rangers are now so far behind Celtic that the fans at least expect an enormous effort from the people wearing the blue jersey. “I think they except that Celtic are a better team just now but they should not be a better team with effort and that was very disappointing for the fans.“These fans have put up with a lot for a long time and we are now in a situation where if Rangers are going to complete with Celtic there needs to be a huge investment in this club to purchase players that are going to be of a standard that can play for Glasgow Rangers and compete with Celtic.”He added: “£50m. £50m solely for players. It might be an idea if another investor could be brought into the club who is interested in putting money into football because it is certainly needed.“It shows that a lot of players at Ibrox who for a considerable time had a chance to prove themselves to be of that class, I’m afraid some of them are not that good.
Celtic will begin their defence of the Scottish Premiership live on television after their first three league games of the 2017/18 season were chosen to be broadcast. They will unfurl their six-in-a-row league-winning flag at home before taking on Hearts on the opening day of the season. Their fixture will now kick off at the earlier time of 12.30pm on Saturday, August 5. Their following two away games against Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock have also been selected for television coverage. Rangers will now start their campaign on Sunday, August 6, when they travel to Fir Park to take on Motherwell. Their away fixture against Ross County at the end of the month has also been selected, meaning the game will now take place at 3pm on Sunday, August 27. The only televised August fixture not involving Celtic or Rangers will be earlier that afternoon when Dundee welcome newly promoted Hibs to Dens Park.
Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3Sun, 08 Apr, (Round: Round 2), Cloonacool 2-6 Curry 1-11Sun, 08 Apr, (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s 0-3 Ballymote 4-19Sun, 08 Apr, (Round: Round 2), Owenmore Gaels 2-17 Shamrock Gaels 1-13 St Farnan’s20021833-150 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA club20112728-11 Eastern Harps1010101001 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2 Curry/Curraigh20022939-100 Owenmore Gaels2101322932 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige20022841-130 Ballymote Round Towers22004412324 Martin Brennan CupSun, 08 Apr, (Round: Final), CooleraStrandhill 1-10 Calry/St Joseph’s 3-12 Curry/Curraigh2200322574 Enniscrone/Kilglass10011214-20 Tubbercurry GAA Club10011314-10 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane2200242224 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), Castleconnor 0-7 Easkey 4-7Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), Geevagh 2-14 St Michael’s 0-7Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), Bunninadden 1-8 Calry/St Joseph’s 2-16Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), St Farnan’s 1-10 St Patrick’s/Dromard 2-9 St Mary’s2200363424 Castleconnor G.A.A Club20112335-121 Calry/St Joseph’s22004016244 Eastern Harps1100181262 St John’s10011520-50 St Michael’s/Naomh Mícheál20021340-270 Geevagh22004022184 St Molaise Gaels20022628-20 Easkey22003319144 Bunninadden2101312832 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s 0-17 Shamrock Gaels 1-13Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), CooleraStrandhill 2-7 Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 1-9Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), Coolaney/Mullinabreena 2-14 Curry 0-11Sat, 07 Apr, (Round: Round 2), St Molaise Gaels 1-6 Tourlestrane 0-10 St Patrick’s2110312923 Cloonacool21013720172 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1 Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige2101343402 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane10011318-50 Cúil Irra/Leathros/CooleraStrandhill2110232213 St Mary’s2002956-470 Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / Mullinabreena2110352693 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — What a difference a few days can make.The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team was able to move on from a 26-point loss at Auburndale earlier this week and pounded Gilman 66-29 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup on Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.The Dons went out running in the first quarter, using a suffocating defense to force 16 turnovers in the opening 7 minutes. Many of the turnovers resulted in easy layups for Columbus, which made 13 of 16 shots from the field in the quarter and scored a whopping 28 points.“Our press was effective tonight,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said. “We had a team that we could turn over and get some easy baskets in transition, which I think gives us more confidence shooting the ball.“A team like Auburndale is so disciplined and has seven or eight talented seniors. Pressure doesn’t affect them as much. Tonight was a great night in that it gave us a chance to get some minutes for some players that work really hard and deserve to be rewarded.”Leading 28-9 after one quarter, the Dons quickly put the game away in the second.After an early Gilman basket, Columbus (3-3, 2-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division) scored 15 points in a row in a little more than 2 minutes to open up a 43-11 advantage.Hunter Schultz hit three 3-pointers in the run for the Dons.Evan Nikolai had 15 points, Schultz finished with 13, and Ben Behling added 10 for the Dons. All of the trio’s points came in the first half as Columbus played with mostly reserves in the second half.Columbus pushed the lead to 48-14 by halftime and maintained a 20-plus point lead throughout the second half.Columbus Catholic’s next game is Tuesday at Neillsville. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 66, Pirates 29Gilman 9 5 9 6 – 29Columbus Catholic 28 20 8 10 – 66GILMAN (29): Zach Sonnentag 3-6 1-2 7, James Copenhaver 4-13 1-4 10, Ethan Aldinger 0-3 0-2 0, Travis Lato 0-0 0-2 0, Emmit Sherfield 0-0 0-0 0, Chanse Rosemeyer 2-7 1-1 5, Elliot Wininger 0-2 0-0 0, Landen Tischer 0-2 0-0 0, Lane Webster 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker Schmuckal 0-1 0-0 0, Colton Schmitt 1-4 3-4 7. FG: 10-38. FT: 6-14. 3-pointers: 1-10 (Copenhaver 1-4, Sonnentag 0-1, Rosemeyer 0-3, Wininger 0-1, Tischer 0-1). Rebounds: 25 (Schmitt 6). Turnovers: 30. Fouls: 6. Fouled out: none. Record: 1-3, 0-3 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (66): Billy Young 0-1 0-0 0, Kevin Gruber 2-3 0-0 6, Christian Payant 1-1 0-0 2, Ben Behling 4-4 0-1 10, Charles Payant 1-2 0-0 2, Evan Nikolai 7-7 0-0 15, Hunter Schultz 5-7 0-0 13, Nick Malovrh 0-8 0-0 0, Matthias Gouin 1-5 0-0 3, Tyler Fuerlinger 4-6 0-1 9, Zach Drexler 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Loveland 2-5 0-0 4, Evan Hansen 0-4 0-0 0. FG: 27-53. FT: 0-2. 3-pointers: 10-31 (Schultz 3-4, Gruber 2-3, Behling 2-2, Nikolai 1-1, Fuerlinger 1-2, Gouin 1-4, Loveland 0-1, Malovrh 0-4). Rebounds: 25 (Hansen 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 3-3, 2-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.