Domestic competitions – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:22:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-14-150x150.png Domestic competitions – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ 32 32 Biden touts actions to promote competition in aviation and agriculture sectors https://soccersuperflyxp.com/biden-touts-actions-to-promote-competition-in-aviation-and-agriculture-sectors/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:38:37 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/biden-touts-actions-to-promote-competition-in-aviation-and-agriculture-sectors/ Airlines for America, which counts American, United, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Hawaiian and Alaska among its member airlines, noted in response to a question about the proposed rule that their members already disclose an assortment of fees. “A4A member airlines – who are fierce competitors – already provide transparency to consumers, from first search to landing. […]]]>

Airlines for America, which counts American, United, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Hawaiian and Alaska among its member airlines, noted in response to a question about the proposed rule that their members already disclose an assortment of fees.

“A4A member airlines – who are fierce competitors – already provide transparency to consumers, from first search to landing. American airlines are committed to providing the highest quality of service, which includes the clarity regarding ticket prices, fees and conditions,” Airlines for America said. the spokesperson said in an email. “A4A passenger carriers provide airfare breakdown details on their websites, providing consumers with clear information on the total cost of a ticket. This includes transparency regarding taxes and government fees on airline tickets. ‘plane, which account for more than 20% of many domestic flights. stop, return tickets.’

On the health policy front, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced that they will make nursing home ownership data public – and that nursing home ownership data could be linked to identifying data. the performance of jointly owned nursing homes.

It’s part of a larger effort to shed light on what’s going on in federally funded nursing homes. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed broader structural issues in federally funded nursing homes, ranging from poor quality of care to understaffing. Nursing homes have had one of the worst death rates throughout the pandemic.

The Department of Agriculture, meanwhile, was announcing initiatives, including a partnership effort with state attorneys general to expedite antitrust investigations.

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Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. FC Cincinnati – prediction, team news, rosters https://soccersuperflyxp.com/preview-seattle-sounders-vs-fc-cincinnati-prediction-team-news-rosters/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 00:53:36 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/preview-seattle-sounders-vs-fc-cincinnati-prediction-team-news-rosters/ Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Major League Soccer matchup between the Seattle Sounders and FC Cincinnati, including predictions, team news and possible rosters. FC Cincinnati can come one step closer to securing their first-ever MLS playoff berth with a win on Tuesday at Lumen Field against the Seattle Sounders. The defending CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) winners […]]]>

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Major League Soccer matchup between the Seattle Sounders and FC Cincinnati, including predictions, team news and possible rosters.

FC Cincinnati can come one step closer to securing their first-ever MLS playoff berth with a win on Tuesday at Lumen Field against the Seattle Sounders.

The defending CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) winners are at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, four points from the Western Conference playoff line, while Cincy has points in 10 successive domestic fixtures after beating Real Salt Lake 2-1 last Saturday.


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In the Pacific Northwest, the Rave Greens are running out of chances to salvage their 2022 regular season, with just three games remaining and three teams to go.

Their first loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps in more than five years last weekend (2-1) couldn’t have come at a worse time for Brian Schmetzer and his men.

If Seattle had been able to emerge victorious from this meeting, they could now have the upper hand over the other teams in the search for a place in the playoffs, with Seattle playing the fewest games in the league (31).

Two of their final three regular-season contests will be at Lumen Field, where the Sounders have won the maximum points nine times in 2022, currently on a two-game winning streak at home.

Many started writing this team’s obituaries when they went winless in their last five domestic meetings last month, and there will likely be more doubts as the campaign progresses, given that Seattle only triumphed. only once in their last three regular season meetings combined. in 2020 and 2021.

Whether they make the playoffs or not, this regular season will be considered mediocre by the Sounders’ lofty standards as they cannot claim more than 48 points by the end of the year, which would be their highest total. lowest in a 34-game campaign since 2016.

In their last five games in which Rave Green had scored the first goal, this team failed to win three times, while they also conceded a goal beyond the 90th minute in four matches this year, including three winners. .

Calvin Harris in action for FC Cincinnati on September 21, 2022© Reuters

As we head into the home stretch of the regular season, the Orange and Blue are experiencing something they have never encountered in their time in MLS, an opportunity to participate in meaningful games at the end of the season. year.

Currently, on a series of 11 matches without defeat in all competitions, Pat Noonan seems to have this team peaking at the right time and in a solid position to claim a first-ever playoff spot since entering the league in 2019.

Although they are in fine form domestically, currently tied for the longest unbeaten streak in MLS this year (10 games), one mistake could change everything as the Orange and Blue are only three points behind. above the Eastern Conference playoff line.

During this campaign, this team has benefited from many outstanding individual performances, allowing them to win six matches in 2022 by a single goal.

More often than not, they’ve needed those quality players to step up and earn points, with Cincinnati conceding multiple goals 13 times but going two or more in 18 games.

A year littered with firsts for this franchise could see another on Tuesday as the Orange and Blue have never beaten the Sounders in a regular season affair, losing in their only previous visit to Lumen Field, 4-1 in 2019 .

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:

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Albert Rusnak in action for the Seattle Sounders on August 6, 2022© Reuters

Will Bruin scored the Sounders’ only goal in their loss to the Whitecaps last Saturday, his third of the year, tied for fifth on the team alongside Albert Rousnak and Fredy Monterothe latter collecting his first decisive pass on this count.

Nouhou Tolo made his 100th regular season start in MLS a week ago, Stefan Frei has four clean sheets at Lumen Field this season and Jordan Morriswho netted a brace in their first encounter against Cincy, started more than a week ago for the 150th time in all competitions.

Seattle will miss many key members of their team for this game, including Tolo, who is part of the Cameroon national team, while Raul Ruidiaz is on duty with Peru.

Alex Rollan is with El Salvador, Morris has made a strong case for being named to the USA World Cup squad and Xavier Arreaga will try to make a lasting impression with Ecuador ahead of the final.

Their leader assists Nicholas Lodeiro will miss this match due to an accumulation of yellow cards, while Christian Rollan still recovering from his groin operation.

Andrew Thomas and Obed Vargas are doubtful with low back stress fractures, while Joao Paulo ended for the year with a torn right ACL.

Brenner notched a brace for Cincy in their last domestic win over RSL, putting him within two brandon vazquez for the team leader.

Vasquez, Yuya Kubo and calvin harris all scored for the Orange and Blue in a 3-1 friendly win over Guadalajara on Wednesday.

FC Cincinnati Defender 2 Kai Thomas made his senior debut in that midweek triumph, while Roman Celentano stopped pablo ruiz from the penalty spot last week, allowing his side to enter half-time tied at one.

Luciano Acosta has 13 assists to lead the way for Cincinnati this season, Beckham Sunderland stays off due to concussion protocol and Kenneth Vermeer also came out with a torn pectoral muscle.

Possible Seattle Sounders starting lineup:
Free; Medranda, Ragen, Gomez, Dobbelaere; Rowe, Rusnak; Leyva, Bruin, Chu; Montero

Possible starting lineup of FC Cincinnati:
Celentano; Matarrita, Murphy, Miazga, Hagglund, Powell; Acosta, Moreno, Nwobodo; Brenner, Vazquez


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We say: Seattle Sounders 1-2 FC Cincinnati

The Sounders have had a lot to contend with this season, not to mention plenty of injuries, but as much as they’ve had to overcome to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, losing your top scorer (Ruidiaz), point guard (Lodeiro) and three of most versatile players in the league (the Roldan and Joao Paulo), seems like too steep a hill to climb.

America’s loss is Cincinnati’s gain, and we think Brandon Vazquez being snubbed by the US national team for these international friendlies will ignite a fire in their leading scorer, who has shown he can carry this team on his shoulders.

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European basketball team cancels Tall Ferns tour https://soccersuperflyxp.com/european-basketball-team-cancels-tall-ferns-tour/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:39:01 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/european-basketball-team-cancels-tall-ferns-tour/ Charlisse Walker-Leger will be part of the Tall Ferns tour of Australia. Photo: photo port Basketball New Zealand thought they had landed a slam dunk. Four international teams from Europe, North America and Australia traveled to New Zealand this month for a series against a Tall Ferns. team that hadn’t been on the pitch for […]]]>

Charlisse Walker-Leger will be part of the Tall Ferns tour of Australia.
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Basketball New Zealand thought they had landed a slam dunk.

Four international teams from Europe, North America and Australia traveled to New Zealand this month for a series against a Tall Ferns. team that hadn’t been on the pitch for 12 months.

But the European side en route to the World Cup offered a late block, thwarting the tournament when it was decided a stop in New Zealand was no longer possible.

Tall Ferns coach Guy Molloy said when one team pulled out it created a “domino effect” which left Basketball New Zealand searching for replacement competition.

Instead of three international teams at home, the Tall Ferns will face three national teams in Australia next month.

The fact that the team gets matches is due to Molloy’s links with the WNBL in Australia, where he first coached from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s and then again for 10 seasons from 2013 .

Calling on his contacts, Molloy helped the Tall Ferns secure games against WNBL teams – the Southside Flyers, Melbourne Boomers and Bendigo Spirit – over four games from October 15-24.

“Luckily the teams were quite hungry as they are in pre-season and on our tour they will be three weeks away from the start of their professional season.

“These three WNBL clubs play in one of the best women’s leagues in the world, so this tour will help us lay the groundwork and give a ton of additional experience to our players, especially our emerging talent.”

Not the international opposition Molloy had hoped for, but he’ll take what he can.

The Tall Ferns’ last campaign was a fifth-place finish at the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2021 and Molloy said it was vital the team played against quality competition this year with qualification for the Games 2024 Olympics on the horizon.

“We were much later in the starting block in terms of our preparations than we would like,” he said.

Covid, combined with the geography of New Zealand compared to other major basketball nations, had given the Tall Ferns limited opportunities over the past 24 months.

“The tyranny of distance has always been a problem for us, and generally we benefit greatly from any international competition we can play against.

“We certainly struggle to get the volume of international competition that we need because it’s obviously a very expensive exercise, so when they come to New Zealand to play that’s perfect, but with this tournament failing, we had to make other plans.

“The FIBA ​​Asia Cup in July 2023 is our supreme qualifying event ahead of the Olympics, so having this tour in Australia means we can go into next year with an international competition under our belts.”

Guy Molloy

Guy Molloy
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Molloy is currently in Sydney for the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup, exploring what’s happening on the international stage and envisioning a future where he can unleash new talent.

One of the 12 players named in the Tall Ferns for the Australian tour who may not be familiar to New Zealanders is Pania Davis – a 6’6″ center who plays in the NBL1 West Division in Perth.

Although Davis has lived most of her life in Australia, she has Kiwi parents – and Molloy said she was a “really good catch” for the Tall Ferns.

Molloy thought the 19-year-old Davis might be the greatest athlete to ever play for the Tall Ferns.

She came on Molloy’s radar at the suggestion of Southland Sharks coach Rob Beveridge.

“Girls that size aren’t abundant in New Zealand, so we’re hoping to see some exciting things from her as a player of the future.

“Usually we are undersized when we play at international level – with athletes like Penina [Davison] and Kalani [Purcell] having to take on the workload for us at their lowest in the past – and with no players available for this trip, it’s a great opportunity for Pania to show us what she can do in this position.”

Micaela Cocks Tall Ferns.

Micaela Cocks will return for the Tall Ferns.
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The squad includes several familiar Tall Ferns in Micaela Cocks (141 caps), Stella Beck (47 caps) and Charlisse Walker-Leger (27 caps at just 20), as well as Ash Taia and Lauryn Hippolite – both of whom won their young lady. caps during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup last year.

With seven new players on the team, Molloy appreciated the balance between age and experience and expects veterans to play a mentoring role.

For Davis and the other rookies on the team, Molloy is keen for them to understand and adapt to the level of competition they will often face in international play.

“The speed of competition, the size of the athletes you’re playing against, it’s all increased from what some of the younger players have encountered at the national level, so it’s important to acclimate those athletes to the caliber of player that they will be playing against.

“And then it’s also about building our methods and our team culture so that we are better prepared to face our opponent. It’s typical of a Kiwi basketball team – the Tall Ferns in particular – that we have to rely on teamwork rather than individual talent and on hustling and trying harder than the other team.

“We’ve tried to make a big push over the past few years to develop our own style of play, a style that focuses on player skill – and I’m really looking forward to that.”

Among the 12 athletes selected, nine of them played in the inaugural season of Tauihi 2022 in four of the five teams.

“It says a lot about the importance of this league in the future, not only as a national competition, but also as a route to the national team and beyond.”

The Tall Ferns Team: Ash Taia, Charlisse Leger-Walker, Gabriella Adams-Gavet, Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu, Kendell Heremaia, Lauryn Hippolite, Lilly Taulelei, Micaela Cocks, Olivia Berry, Pania Davis, Parris Mason and Stella Beck.

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An orderly layout can help stimulate the development of NEV https://soccersuperflyxp.com/an-orderly-layout-can-help-stimulate-the-development-of-nev/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 23:22:18 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/an-orderly-layout-can-help-stimulate-the-development-of-nev/ A driver charges an electric vehicle at a station in Taizhou, Jiangsu province in January. [Photo by TANG DEHONG/FOR CHINA DAILY] The National Development and Reform Commission said on Monday that it will further study and improve the policy system for new energy vehicles, create a conducive policy environment for the development of NEVs, accelerate […]]]>

A driver charges an electric vehicle at a station in Taizhou, Jiangsu province in January. [Photo by TANG DEHONG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

The National Development and Reform Commission said on Monday that it will further study and improve the policy system for new energy vehicles, create a conducive policy environment for the development of NEVs, accelerate the breakthrough of key system components and technologies. core generics of NEVs, and continue to improve the core competitiveness of the whole industry chain.

From January to August this year, the production and sales of new energy vehicles reached 3.97 million and 3.86 million respectively, an increase of 1.2 times and 1.1 times over the same period. last year. The country exported 340,000 NEVs at the same time, up 97.4 percent year-on-year. And NEV sales account for 22.9% of all car sales in China, where more than 10 million NEVs are on the road.

It is fair to say that China has established a relatively comprehensive industrial support system, and the level of key technologies has improved significantly. In particular, the global battery industry chain advantages have been enhanced.

However, the disorderly competition among Chinese NEV manufacturers is a big problem that hinders the upgrading of the industry. In recent years, hundreds of NEV brands have emerged in China through blind investment. Most companies will be wiped out, but neither the market nor the government can predict which ones. Therefore, the disorderly competition at the start and the waste of some resources may be the inevitable cost of trial and error for the development of industry, and also the source of industrial vitality.

Now China must enter the high-quality development stage of disorderly competition. It is necessary to encourage industries and enterprises to strengthen technological innovation, accelerate the breakthrough of key system components and core generic technologies of new energy vehicles, and continuously improve the core competitiveness of the entire industrial chain. Companies should avoid placing too much emphasis on domestic marketing and market share, and they should not ignore the fierce international technology competition.

Meanwhile, the country should take the initiative to optimize the layout of the new energy vehicle industry. There should be an industrial model with reasonable layout, orderly development and efficient operation.

In addition, the country should leverage its strengths to encourage a higher level of international cooperation in the industry and strive to build global brands to lay a solid foundation for surviving international competition.

HERALD OF 21ST CENTURY BUSINESS

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Henare rules out trans-Tasman wool handling test https://soccersuperflyxp.com/henare-rules-out-trans-tasman-wool-handling-test/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:45:57 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/henare-rules-out-trans-tasman-wool-handling-test/ World Champion Joel Henare throws a fleece during the 2018 Golden Shears open wool handling. Image – Golden Shears. TOP New Zealand’s top wool handler Joel Henare ruled himself out of competition in the trans-Tasman test at the Australian Wool Shearing and Handling Championships in Bendigo, Victoria on October 21-22. The winner and runner-up from […]]]>

World Champion Joel Henare throws a fleece during the 2018 Golden Shears open wool handling. Image – Golden Shears.

TOP New Zealand’s top wool handler Joel Henare ruled himself out of competition in the trans-Tasman test at the Australian Wool Shearing and Handling Championships in Bendigo, Victoria on October 21-22.

The winner and runner-up from the New Zealand Shears Open Woolhandling final in Alexandra on September 30 will represent New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Series revival test match in Australia three weeks later.

The decision comes after 2021 winner Joel Henare confirmed he was unavailable for the 2022-23 series and intended to take a step back from a usually busy schedule, which included a record of the series of 14 trans-Tasman wool handling tests since his first in Hay, New South Wales, in 2008 – at the age of 15.

He also won 113 individual open titles, including two world championships, which went with two world team championship titles.

Joel Henare after winning the 2021 New Zealand Merino Shears Open wool handling title. Photo – Barbara Newton

Henare will be present at the two-day Merino Shears Shearing and Woolhandling Championships which open the 2022-2023 New Zealand Shearing Sports season in Alexandra from September 30 to October 1. Waimate Spring Shears in South Canterbury a week later.

Henare then intends to return to Gisborne to help with the season-opening North Island event, his home Poverty Bay A and P Shears on October 15. But he rules out most of the rest of the competitive season, which includes being unlikely to contest an eight-show run to find New Zealand’s two wool handlers for the 2023 World Championships in Scotland.

Shearing Sports New Zealand will send a team of three shearers, two wool handlers and two blade shearers for separate trans-Tasman testing at the Australian Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Bendigo on October 21 and 22.

It will be the first tests since New Zealand’s home game at Masterton’s Golden Shears in March 2022, just three weeks before the first pandemic lockdown and a virtual shutdown of international travel.

Those already confirmed to the squad are Southland machine shearers Leon Samuels and Nathan Stratford, winners of the PGG Wrightson Vetmed National Shearing Tour in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

The third machine shearer will be the other top scoring New Zealand shearer in the Merino Shears Open shearing championship, and the blade shearers will be the 2019 world champion duo of Allan Oldfield, Geraldine, and Tony Dobbs, of Fairlie.

The crew chief and shearing judge is Greg Stuart of Alexandra and Gail Haitana of the Bulls travels as the wool handling judge.

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‘Big Brother’ and New Bedford’s Matt Turner in bottom four https://soccersuperflyxp.com/big-brother-and-new-bedfords-matt-turner-in-bottom-four/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 06:55:10 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/big-brother-and-new-bedfords-matt-turner-in-bottom-four/ NEW BEDFORD — Since entering the house on July 6, 23-year-old Matt Turner has been one of four remaining guests at the house and is targeting the $750,000 prize. The 24th season of “Big Brother” has been called one of the most controversial seasons to date with racially charged microaggressions, acts of colorism, conscious bias, […]]]>

NEW BEDFORD — Since entering the house on July 6, 23-year-old Matt Turner has been one of four remaining guests at the house and is targeting the $750,000 prize.

The 24th season of “Big Brother” has been called one of the most controversial seasons to date with racially charged microaggressions, acts of colorism, conscious bias, the use of bisexuality as a tactical strategy and many more. of course, the very popular “all black” and “all white” labeled wedding bands.

Turner, a North Attleboro native who currently resides in the New Bedford area and owns “The Rug Shack” art store in Bridgewater, was instrumental in kicking out some of the show’s tagged villains.

Competitively, Turner won three head of household contests and was briefly on the chopping block only once. His resume includes putting Kyle Capener on the block after an emotional week and knocking out super fan Michael Bruner.

On July 28, Turner spoke out in the house, calling out the bullying he was observing. However, her main reason was to expose and dissolve an all-female alliance that dominated the house.

Many Big Brother fans on Reddit.com called him out for “being one of the worst players out there strategically”, adding that he straddles the bottoms of the other main contenders.

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“That’s always been Turner’s game. He always sides with the strongest guys, the ones with power. He never sticks with anyone,” another Reddit fan commented.

Matt Turner will participate in the 24th season of

Currently, Turner is in the majority alliance with householder Monte Taylor, a personal trainer from Bear, Delaware.

But despite the criticism, according to GoldDerby.com, either Turner or former Miss Michigan Taylor Hale should win Big Brother 24.

How the “Big Brother” series works

According to The Cinemaholic, “Big Brother” is a reality television series that follows a group of contestants living together in a custom-built home located in Los Angeles at 4024 Radford Ave. in the Studio City neighborhood.

Locked down with no contact with the outside world, the 16 “HouseGuests” are filmed 24/7, with live streams available to watch on the official CBS app as well as weekly episodes airing twice a week on CBS. . The show is hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

Matt Turner on the 24th season of

There is a standard voting procedure for eliminating HouseGuests throughout the season, and whoever manages to be the last one remaining, bypassing all elimination processes, is declared the winner and wins a grand cash prize.

In a previous Standard-Times article, Turner reportedly told Big Brother, “I’m generally underestimated because of my looks. I think I’m absolutely going to run this game,” he said.

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Newbie Remo Stars snatch a draw https://soccersuperflyxp.com/newbie-remo-stars-snatch-a-draw/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 22:15:15 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/newbie-remo-stars-snatch-a-draw/ African debutants Remo Stars of Nigeria managed a shock 1-1 draw in the preliminary round against former Confederation Cup winners CAF FAR Rabat in Morocco on Sunday. Cape Verdean international Diney Borges gave the lead to the 2005 winners of Africa’s second division club competition. But Olamilekan Adebayo equalized early in the second half for […]]]>

African debutants Remo Stars of Nigeria managed a shock 1-1 draw in the preliminary round against former Confederation Cup winners CAF FAR Rabat in Morocco on Sunday.

Cape Verdean international Diney Borges gave the lead to the 2005 winners of Africa’s second division club competition.

But Olamilekan Adebayo equalized early in the second half for Remo, who qualified for the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League by finishing third in Nigeria last season.

FAR besieged the Stars’ goal mouth as the second half wore on, looking to regain the lead, but the visitors held on for an unexpected draw.

The teams meet again next weekend with the aggregate winners taking on Guinea’s Anglogold Ashanti Golden Boys or Mauritania’s Nouakchott Kings in the Round of 16 in October.

The FAR are among the six winners of African competitions competing this season in the qualifying phase of the Confederation Cup.

The others – defending champions Renaissance Berkane of Morocco, Tunisian sides Club Africain and CS Sfaxien, Hearts of Oak of Ghana and DC Motema Pembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo – were bye for the Round of 16.

Berkane was impressive 2-0 against Wydad Casablanca in an all-Moroccan CAF Super Cup game in Rabat on Saturday and is aiming for a third Confederation Cup title in four seasons.

Kwara United capped off a good day for the Nigerian challengers with a 3-0 win over AS Douanes du Niger in Lagos.

United were quickly taken out of the blocks with Paul Samson scoring in the fifth minute and Wasiu Jimoh bagging a brace before half-time including a penalty.

Royal AM, another team making their African debut after a third-place finish in South Africa, drew 0-0 with Eswatini’s Mbabane Highlanders in Lobamba.

After a mixed start to the season with four league and cup wins and four losses, it was a satisfying result for Royal, the Durban club funded by TV personality and businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize.

The other South African contenders, Marumo Gallants, received a bye into the second qualifying round.

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Diamond in the King’s Crown: The Tribune India https://soccersuperflyxp.com/diamond-in-the-kings-crown-the-tribune-india/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 03:30:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/diamond-in-the-kings-crown-the-tribune-india/ Tribune press service Vinayak Padmadeo New Delhi, September 9 Just weeks after winning his first Diamond League gold medal, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra again made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Diamond League Finals title. Reigning Olympic champion Chopra won the coveted title in Zurich with a throw of 88.44 […]]]>


Tribune press service

Vinayak Padmadeo

New Delhi, September 9

Just weeks after winning his first Diamond League gold medal, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra again made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Diamond League Finals title.

Reigning Olympic champion Chopra won the coveted title in Zurich with a throw of 88.44 meters. After starting with a foul throw, Chopra recorded her best with her second attempt. He continues with 88m, 86.11m, 87.00m and 83.60m. Czech Jakub Vadlejch (86.94m) and German Julian Webber (83.73m) finished second and third respectively.

“Normally you try to start with a good throw, but that didn’t happen to me because my grip on the javelin loosened and I foul,” Chopra said. “You think a pitch was wasted, but I was convinced I had a chance because I was throwing well during the warm-up,” he added.

“I’m glad I was consistent as I recorded two throws over 88m. It would be wrong to suggest that I was convinced I had won after the second throw itself. It’s the same for me at every competition, I try to focus and do my best with all my throws because I know positions can change at any time,” he added.

90m barrier

Chopra further stated that he was under no pressure to clear the 90m barrier as winning the medal and performing well were more important to him. “I’m not really disappointed not to have crossed it. Sure, it’s a magic mark, but performing well on competition day is more important. It’s a barrier that I want to cross but the sport is such that even if you cross it, you risk not winning a medal. So you’ll think, I could have thrown the javelin three or four meters ahead. What is important is to do well on the day,” he said.

Despite failing to clear the 90m barrier, Chopra has been impressive with his throws this season, consistently clearing the 88m mark. He won silver at the World Championships in July with a throw of 88.13m. It was India’s first silver medal in the history of the championships.

After missing the Commonwealth Games with a groin strain, the 23-year-old came back to win gold at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne with a throw of 89.04m – the third best effort of his career.

“Overall I’m happy with the end of the season. I was consistent and there was no pressure on me. I’m also happy that despite the injury I came back well and performed well,” did he declare.

Support for others

Rather than relish his title, Chopra pleaded with the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to help other Indian athletes to compete internationally. “I ask the federation to also help other javelin throwers. They have done well in domestic competitions, but I think they should get more international exposure. It was very strange to compete alone,” Chopra said.

“I hope that our other athletes will also have the chance to participate in international events and compete against some of the best in the world. The time has come to compete and win together,” he added. “It’s a good feeling if someone from your own country is competing. I saw that Latvia and the Czech Republic had a few of their compatriots together. I want to experience that too. To participate in the Diamond League or any other big tournament would be wonderful for our other athletes,” he added.

Skip National Games

Neeraj Chopra will not be seen in action at the National Games, which are due to start in Gujarat from September 27. Chopra said she made the decision after consulting with her trainer, Dr. Klaus Bartonietz. “My season is over. I plan to vacation with my family friends and will be away for at least two weeks. Since I won’t be training during this time, rushing to the National Games will be a big risk,” Chopra said. “I had a chat with my coach and he told me not to rush because I just recovered from the groin injury,” he added.

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My childhood dream was to have a sofa https://soccersuperflyxp.com/my-childhood-dream-was-to-have-a-sofa/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 23:36:12 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/my-childhood-dream-was-to-have-a-sofa/ Catherine Aoll was a shortlisted entrant for the 2021 SBS Emerging Writers Competition. This is an excerpt from her anthology play ‘The Couch’ Between two worlds (Hardie Grant). What were some of the things you looked forward to as a child when you became an adult? I had a few and they were: driving a […]]]>

Catherine Aoll was a shortlisted entrant for the 2021 SBS Emerging Writers Competition. This is an excerpt from her anthology play ‘The Couch’ Between two worlds (Hardie Grant).

What were some of the things you looked forward to as a child when you became an adult? I had a few and they were: driving a car, owning a wallet with money in it, going to the movies just so I could eat popcorn, being some kind of hero, preferably one of those saving a child from a burning building, and never touching my rice and beans. Yes, having my rice and beans on the same plate but not touching each other was worth the wait. It bothered me when the adults mixed it all up on my plate. Why they couldn’t just leave the beans next to the rice is still a mystery to me.

But what I expected the most was to have a sofa. Size, color or brand didn’t matter. All I wanted was for him to be mine. I sat on it for as long as my body allowed.

You see, in my childhood home, sitting on the couch was strictly for adults, and breaking that rule was one of the domestic crimes punishable by caning. When other kids were doing bold, rebellious acts like sneaking out of the house to go to a party, my siblings and I got our adrenaline fix by sitting on the couch with one eye on television and the other supervising adults- UPS. And we were bribing Aunty, the housekeeper, with offers to do extra chores in exchange for letting us sit on the couch and not sink.

…in my childhood home, sitting on the couch was strictly for adults, and breaking that rule was one of the domestic crimes…

When the adults had their gatherings, we would take turns walking past the living room entrance just to spot them on the couch and vicariously sit through them. Some days, after a successful bribe exchange, we’d sit on the couch and get carried away by a silly cartoon like Johnny Bravoonly to be brought back to reality by the doorbell.

With a quick movement, we slid to the ground with the agility of a circus contortionist, while straightening the buttocks left on the sofa. My siblings and I were very good at this art. If by any chance you were too slow to maneuver, the rule was to take your blows like a soldier. I’ll attribute my slowness to being the eldest, as I almost always ended up landing the punches. With each beating, I forced myself to grow faster so I could earn the right to sit on the couch.

As nature would have it, I grew up and so I gained the privilege of sitting freely on the couch; okay, maybe semi-free. I used this privilege as a form of getting things done by my brothers and sisters. “If you do what I say, I’ll let you sit on the couch for five minutes.” I loved sitting on this couch! Occasionally I would invite my friends over for a visit just so they could sit on the couch, but mostly so they could see me sitting on it too, as it confirmed that I was no longer a child. . Add a pop to a glass and I’m a good adult.

Once in a while I would invite my friends over for a visit just so they could sit on the couch, but mostly so they could see me sitting on it too

One day I was enjoying this couch fun when my mom showed up out of nowhere! Instinctively, I flinched and assumed the maneuvering position; then I remembered that I had grown now too, so I sat still but barely breathed. Mother didn’t look happy. She glared at me and in a stern voice asked, “How much did you give me as a share to buy the couch?” Confused, I only shook my head in response. I was hoping this would translate to “nothing”. She took a step towards me and in a split second I was on the floor. The message was loud and clear: it was his couch and I didn’t have to sit on it. With that, my short-lived privilege packed his bags and headed out the window.

As I sat on the hard concrete floor, watching TV through tears, I set myself a goal and ran towards it. One day, I was going to buy my own couch and would sit on it all day sipping Coca-Cola. Served in a glass; like an adult.

When I moved into my one-bedroom apartment, the only furniture I had was a double bed and a second-hand ottoman. I pretended to be a minimalist while continuing to save for my ultimate childhood dream. This day happened when I was 26 years old. Finally, I had saved enough money to afford my own couch, and nothing was going to get in the way. I walked to the furniture store with a spring in my step. “That one!” I said to no one in particular as my gaze fell on a plush white leather couch. Imagine my disappointment when I was told I had to wait six weeks for it to be delivered from the warehouse. In fact, I felt weak. I was so close!

On the day of delivery, I cleaned the house from top to bottom like a mother does before bringing her newborn baby home. Then I cooked coconut rice and beans, like they did at home. Then I called my manager and asked if I could have two days off. “Everything is fine?” she asked, worried. “Oh yes, everything is fine. My sofa is delivered today and I have to be there to receive it, then I have to sit on it.

I sat on my couch all day, and all the next day too

I waited impatiently by the window, my heart pounding every time a truck passed. Eventually a truck pulled up right outside my apartment. I jumped to my feet, put on mismatched shoes because I didn’t have time to find a matching pair. I opened the door just as the delivery guy was about to knock and smiled at him. He did some procedural checks and then it was time. The moment I was waiting for was here! I followed him and his co-worker a little too closely as they brought the couch in, mentally shouting “Pivot!” Pivot! Pivot!” like the sofa scene from Friends.

I sat on my couch all day, and all day after too. I didn’t drink Coca-Cola from a glass, though; I was now old enough to know the effects of soft drinks. However, I ate my rice and beans sitting on the sofa, served side by side, not touching. All I have to work on now is become a hero.

This is an excerpt from Between two worlds (Hardie Grant).

The 2022 SBS Emerging Writers Competition opens for entries on August 16. Write on the theme of “emergence” for a chance to win the first prize of $5,000, the second prize of $3,000 or one of two prizes of $1,000. The best entries will also be published in an anthology by Hardie Grant. Visit sbs.com.au/writers to register and learn more.

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Surprise name makes Manchester United’s Europa League squad https://soccersuperflyxp.com/surprise-name-makes-manchester-uniteds-europa-league-squad/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 22:35:56 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/surprise-name-makes-manchester-uniteds-europa-league-squad/ Manchester United flag. (Photo by Martin Rickett / POOL / AFP) / EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online use in match limited to 120 images. 40 additional images can be used in overtime. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 […]]]>

Manchester United are in a good position right now. Admittedly, they made a disastrous start to the season and lost the first two games in poor fashion. But since then they have won four on the trot, including victories over Liverpool and the best Arsenal. Thus, it’s safe to say that the Red Devils look like the top four contenders again.

The important thing for them is to try to keep this form. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance over the years, but sooner or later the wheels fell off again. Let’s see if it will be a different story this time or not.

Although domestic competitions are important, Manchester United also have a Europa League campaign to go. And they recently announced the team for it with a surprise inclusion.

Manchester United have confirmed their Europa League squad on their official website and it includes Facundo Pellistri.

Surprise name included in Manchester United’s Europa League squad

Pellistri is a player who was signed by Manchester United when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager of Uruguayan club Penarol.

He never managed to make his mark at first-team level, however, spending most of his time on loan.

As a result, the fact that he wasn’t loaned out this summer and was in fact included in Manchester United’s Europa League squad is interesting. With plenty of games to play in the competition where the Red Devils would be expected to field second sides, it’s possible Pellistri will get some decent playing time.

Let’s see how things go. The Uruguayan winger has yet to show he can produce the goods for Manchester United, but he is only 20 and has plenty of time on his side.

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