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first_imgWhether they’re providing the final pass for their winger or bustling their way through for a four-pointer, these are the best centres in the business as voted by the NRL.com team.5. Will Chambers2016 stats: 3 tries, 1 try assist, 3 line breaks, 30 tackle breaks, 114.6 metres per gameInjury restricted Chambers to 17 appearances in 2016, missing the middle portion of the season (including possible selection in the Kangaroos and Maroons sides). While 2016 wasn’t his most prolific season, Chambers still played his role in Melbourne’s charge to the grand final and is likely to return to the representative arena in 2017.4. Jack Bird2016 stats: 6 tries, 6 try assists, 9 line breaks, 81 tackle breaks, 111.8 metres per gameAfter bursting onto the scene in the halves in his debut season, Bird shifted to the centres to accommodate the signing of Chad Townsend and James Maloney and went on to play his part in Cronulla’s maiden premiership. A contender for the No.1 jersey in pre-season, the versatile Shark also spent time at lock and made his NSW Origin debut. Formed a lethal partnership with Valentine Holmes on Cronulla’s right edge and will be one of the club’s key players in years to come.3. Blake Ferguson2016 stats: 11 tries, 8 try assists, 8 line breaks, 73 tackle breaks, 125.7 metres per gameThe Roosters’ 2016 campaign was one they’d rather forget, but Blake Ferguson had perhaps his most consistent season in first grade. He played in 22 of the Tricolours’ 24 games and all three Origin matches as well as all six Kangaroos Tests, and was named Australia’s best in the season-ending Four Nations tournament. While he spent the final few rounds of the NRL season on the wing and at fullback, Ferguson is set to return to the centres on a permanent basis in 2017.2. Jarrod Croker2016 stats: 18 tries, 7 try assists, 15 line breaks, 75 tackle breaks, 96.3 metres per gameThe Raiders skipper has been among the game’s highest points-scorers even when his side were failing to make the top eight, so it came as no surprise that he enjoyed another bumper season when the Green Machine finished in second spot after 26 rounds. He surpassed former coach David Furner as the club’s all-time leading points-scorer with a whopping 296 points in 2016, also comfortably leading the competition in this area. Has also improved his defence and at just 26, still has plenty of good years ahead of him.1. Joey Leilua2016 stats: 11 tries, 10 try assists, 14 line breaks, 130 tackle breaks, 130 metres per gameIt’s rare that two players from the same club make a top five positional list, let alone those two players occupying the top two spots. But it is indicative of the dominant nature of Canberra’s backline that Joey Leilua pipped his skipper as the best centre in the game according to our writers. Leilua finished fourth in the competition for tackle breaks and second for offloads, while his 11 tries and 10 try assists were also highlights. Along with right-edge partner Jordan Rapana, was perhaps the most destructive attacking force in the NRL in 2016 with further representative honours likely to follow next season.last_img read more

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first_imgFinal week Patrick Mouratoglou launched an open letter to lift consciousness about the monetary scenario of tennis gamers ranked outdoors the prime 100, which achieved a worldwide strategy amongst the tennis neighborhood. At the similar time, world quantity 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was out of the top-100 till 2017, had an excellent thought that may assist assist his ATP and WTA teammates ranked past the prime 100. Stefanos contacted Patrick to affix forces and make this concept a actuality. Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams and mentor of Stefanos Tsitsipas, has answered the name of the Greek tennis participant to set up an auction with which to assist financially to the ATP and WTA gamers who’re beneath the top-100 in each rankings.The French technician and businessman of Hellenic origin, collaborates decisively in the initiative Past 100 AssistInitially the brainchild of the Australian Open semi-finalist and ATP Finals champion. Each wish to assist those that are blaming this season the havoc most attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH,BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT,GIROUDAGUERO,STERLING, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, KOMPANY, OTAMENDI, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)This is the first clash of the season that may give a pointer to the potential winners of the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal are second, two points behind leaders Leicester City, while Manchester City are a point behind, in third place.Having won 2-0 at Aston Villa, Arsenal return to the Emirates where they have scored just 11 goals, but they have conceded only five there.Manchester City have three wins from their last seven games in the Premier League and they were fortunate to beat Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal will hope that Olivier Giroud can maintain his impressive run of goals. The Frenchman became the seventh Arsenal player to score 50 Premier League goals with the first in the 2-0 win over Villa last Sunday. Giroud scored his 50th goal in his 113th game.City have not got a great Premier League record at Arsenal. In 18 visits they have won just once, in April 2012, while drawing six, including four of the last six.last_img read more

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first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Olympic star Keshorn Walcott and sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye have been voted Trinidad and Tobago’s top sportspersons of the year.The 23-year-old Walcott was rewarded for his bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, where he threw 83.45 metres to reach the podium for the second successive Olympiad.As a teenager, he shocked the world to capture gold at the London 2012 showpiece.Walcott also won the national title, finished second at the London Anniversary Games in July with a throw of 83.60m, and third at the Bislett Games in June, with a measurement of 86.35m.Ahye, meanwhile, was good enough to reach the final of both the 100 and 200 metres sprint at the Rio Olympics.In the 100m, she finished sixth in 10.92 seconds and followed up with another sixth-place finish in the 200m, where she was timed at 22.34 seconds.The 24-year-old pulled off the sprint double at the National Championships, won the 100m at the Chris Brown Invitational in April, and was second at the London Anniversary Games.Eighteen-year-old sprinter Khalifa St Fort, a member of the sprint relay women’s team that reached the final in Rio, was voted junior athlete of the year.St Fort also finished third at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.Cycling star Nicholas Paul, meanwhile, won the men’s junior athlete of the year award, a just reward for his exploits at the Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships in August, where he won gold in the sprint and silver in the keirin.last_img read more

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first_imgGinebra had a blistering start in the fourth quarter going on an 18-6 run to take an 81-66 lead after Greg Slaughter’s three-point play with 6:26 left in the game.“The opening game is always tough, you can often times start lethargic and we’re not in great shape,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “We’ve got really good talent, we know what we want to do, but sometimes we get tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCone added that it was his team’s versatility that pushed them to the victory especially in the fourth quarter when he didn’t have a legitimate center in the final four minutes of the game and instead relied on wingmen that surrounded Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio.“In the fourth quarter we went small and matched up with the, the versatility of our team is a weapon for our coaching staff,” said Cone. “It’s a long day and we’re glad we got through it.” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar goes to the basket against TNT in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra got off to a good start in its 2019 campaign after rolling past TNT, 90-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup opener Sunday night at Philippine Arena.This wasn’t the first time the two teams opened a PBA season in the same venue as they also played in the first game of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup with the Gin Kings taking the 101-81 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from trouble Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The KaTropa tried to fight back in the latter part of the fourth quarter with Jayson Castro’s 3-pointer cutting the deficit to 11, 82-71.Thompson, however, had a couple of pretty plays down the stretch first with bail-out bank shot right before a brilliant assist to the trailing Kevin Ferrer for the 88-71 lead with 4:26 left in the game.Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra’s offense with 21 points while getting four rebounds and swatting three shots.Greg Slaughter added 15 points and seven boards while Sol Mercado finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the Gin Kings.Roger Pogoy had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between against Newcastle United January 20, 2018 © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 20 – Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City restored their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.City’s 30-match unbeaten run in the league, which spanned two seasons, came to a dramatic end with a 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield last week. But their return to winning ways here had manager Pep Guardiola proclaiming his side needed 10 more victories to be crowned champions.Their advantage at the top of the table had been cut to single figures, for a few hours at least, when second-placed Manchester United beat Burnley 1-0 earlier on Saturday.Normal service resumed in the day’s late kick-off, though, with Aguero glancing in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the 34th minute to open the scoring at the Etihad.The Argentina striker then converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling tumbled in the box following a tug by Javier Manquillo.But struggling Newcastle scored against the run of play four minutes later when a rare lapse saw Jacob Murphy sprint through and finish in composed fashion.Arsenal’s defender Nacho Monreal (R) celebrates after scoring with midfielder Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League football match against Crystal Palace January 20, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALLAguero, however, put the result beyond doubt when City’s all-time leading goalscorer completed his 11th hat-trick for the club seven minutes from time following a superb run and pass from Leroy Sane.“We needed it (this win) after last week,” Aguero told BT Sport. “It’s a long season though and we’ve not won anything yet.”– ‘Didn’t panic’ –Guardiola added: “We need 10 more wins to be champions…It was important how we reacted at 2-1, we didn’t panic.”Meanwhile, Arsenal showed there was plenty of life after Alexis Sanchez as they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 without the United-bound Chilean forward.With Sanchez inching towards a £35 million transfer to United rather than City, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger left him out of his matchday squad.Manchester United’s striker Anthony Martial (R) vies with Burnley’s defender Phil Bardsley (L) during the English Premier League football match January 20, 2018 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYAny fears Arsenal might falter up front without him proved groundless as they surged into a 4-0 lead inside 22 minutes at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette before Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for Palace late on.Arsenal remain outside the top four but heartened manager Wenger said: “We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination.”– United ‘so close’ to Sanchez –At Turf Moor, United striker Anthony Martial scored a 54th-minute winner with his third league goal in as many matches.Jose Mourinho left midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the proposed makeweight in the Sanchez deal, out of his matchday squad and afterwards the United manager indicated the transfer saga was nearing an end.“Expect soon or never,” he said. “So close, so close, so close…I know my people are doing absolutely everything they can.”But Wenger warned: “Sanchez will only happen if Mkhitaryan comes here, that will be decided in the next 48 hours.”Chelsea won 4-0 away to Brighton as the reigning English champions leapfrogged Liverpool, who play Swansea on Monday, into third place.The Blues’ first win of 2018 saw Eden Hazard score twice with a goal in each half, while Willian and Victor Moses were also on target.Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match against Brighton and Hove Albion January 20, 2018 © AFP / Glyn KIRKOn a day when all Premier League fixtures were preceded by a minute’s applause honouring former West Bromwich Albion and England forward Cyrille Regis, a trailblazer for black players who died aged 59 last week, the Baggies drew 1-1 with Everton.Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom an early lead before Theo Walcott, on his Everton debut following a midweek move from Arsenal, laid on an equaliser for Oumar Niasse in the 70th minute.But the sight of Toffees midfielder James McCarthy going off with a broken leg cast a shadow over Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th game as a manager.New Stoke manager Paul Lambert won his first game in charge of the Potters as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 with second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf to climb out of the relegation zone.Leicester beat Watford 2-0 while West Ham and Bournemouth drew 1-1.Tottenham Hotspur continue their quest for a Champions League place on Sunday against Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThe new United Conservative government in Alberta proclaimed it into force shortly after Kenney was sworn in.Kenney has said he doesn’t intend to use the law right now, but he will if B.C. throws up roadblocks to the pipeline.The project, first approved in 2016, would triple the amount of oil flowing from the oilsands to B.C.’s Lower Mainland and from there to lucrative new markets across the Pacific.The federal government bought the existing pipeline last year for $4.5 billion after its original builder, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, threatened to walk away from its expansion because of B.C.’s resistance.The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval months later on the grounds that there hadn’t been enough consultation with First Nations or consideration of the pipeline’s potential impact on marine wildlife.Advertisement “We’re here because British Columbia’s vital interests are at stake,” Morley told the court Friday.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall interrupted Dixon frequently to challenge him on his points. He said it’s clear from Premier Jason Kenney’s comments in the legislature that the law is meant to squeeze Alberta’s western neighbour.“It’s to lay some hurt on B.C. and so the government of B.C. says, ‘I’m going to stand up for my people,”’ Hall said.The legislation was passed _ but never used _ by Alberta’s former NDP government as a way to put pressure on B.C. to drop its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Advertisement The project was approved for a second time by the federal cabinet last week.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A lawyer for the Alberta government has argued that the province’s turn-off-the taps legislation is not meant to hurt British Columbia despite political rhetoric that suggests otherwise.A Calgary judge is hearing B.C.’s request for an injunction against the law.The province filed a statement of claim in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench last month calling the law unconstitutional and has made a similar filing in Federal Court.- Advertisement -Evan Dixon, a lawyer for the Alberta government, says the legislation is neutral on its face and there have been no orders to restrict the flow of oil to B.C.He also argued B.C.’s attorney general does not have standing to fight the law in court because there are parties that would be more directly affected.Gareth Morley, a lawyer for the B.C. government, said it’s the attorney general’s job to stick up for the public interest.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to offer midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal for the Chile international.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and have made contact with his representatives, according to reports.It is understood United boss Jose Mourinho also wants rid of Henrikh Mkhitaryan this month. Sky in Italy are reporting that United are willing to consider involving the Armenia international midfielder in a swap deal for Sanchez, whose representatives have been contacted by those of United.Sky in Italy also understand United are ready to pay more than Manchester City for the Chile star, and would give him a higher wage.Sky Sports News – who have contacted United for their reaction – have received no information to suggest Arsenal have received a formal offer for the player at this stage.According to Sky in Italy, City already have a financial package in place for Sanchez, should he leave Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires.The potential deal would earn Sanchez £13m a year in wages, with the 29-year-old receiving a £30m signing-on-fee.Sky Sports News understands City are still keen on signing Sanchez, but may wait until the summer to avoid upsetting the balance of the squad which boasts a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s side made a £60m Deadline Day approach for Sanchez, however, the deal collapsed when Arsenal were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement from Monaco.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgIf you happen to see a bunch of rugby players pushing a Toyota today – don’t worry.They haven’t broken down on their way to some vital fixture. Instead members of Letterkenny Rugby Club are pushing the car from Mountcharles to Letterkenny to raise much-needed funds for the club.According to those on the great car push, things are moving nicely.The lads are due in Letterkenny after 7pm – as long as they don’t get a puncture of break down!Fair play to all involved. LETTERKENNY RFC ‘TRY’ A DIFFERENT KIND OF FUNDRAISING ‘DRIVE’ was last modified: April 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKelly’s ToyotaLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBpushlast_img read more

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first_imgWHITTIER – Determination and perseverance are hallmarks of the typical graduate at Rio Hondo College, said President Rose Marie Joyce. Take, for instance, students like Gloria Esparza, Joyce said while addressing hundreds of friends and family who gathered on the soccer field Thursday for the college’s 43rd annual commencement ceremony. When Esparza began at Rio Hondo, she was a widow with eight children. She managed to earn a 3.3 grade-point average and a degree in child development while working and also taking care of a disabled grandson. Then there’s Amelia Perez, Joyce said, who was born addicted to crack cocaine. Hyperactivity and lack of focus made school difficult, but she “found her academic home at Rio Hondo College.” “My father was in the gang and drug thing, I grew up with that,” said Romero, who lived in several homes in Whittier, Pico Rivera and Montebello. “But I knew there had to be something more out there, some place in life. “So I said to myself that I wanted to do more, and that’s what I did,” he added. That message came through loud and clear for graduate Perla Granados, 21, of South El Monte. On Thursday, she became the first to graduate from college in her family after spending five years at Rio Hondo. She received her associate’s degree in education and plans to earn a four-year degree at Cal Poly Pomona. “At first, being in college was fine but then about halfway through it got really hard,” Granados said. “But right now I’m so happy and excited, all of the above. This feels so great.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We’re proud of you and your accomplishments,” Joyce told Esparza, Perez and the other 900 graduates who earned degrees at the college between last summer and this summer. “Maybe the road to your degree was long and challenging, but you have since arrived and we salute you,” she added. At Rio Hondo, officials honored Whittier police Chief David Singer with its Fellow of the College award. Longtime Rio Hondo music teacher Jimmy Quiroz also received the honor posthumously. Valedictorian honors went to Yudith Cuevas. Rio Hondo alumnus and ABC7 Eyewitness News weekend weather forecaster Danny Romero gave the commencement speech and talked openly about his family and struggles. last_img read more

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