The programme was held last month and was run by the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee.The programme was presented in two parts;1. Why values are important to them2. Understanding the Olympic ValuesTeam PNG’s HERO programme athletes and 2015 Pacific Games basketballers, Dia Muri, Betty Angula and Karate athlete, Andrew Molen facilitated the OVEP sessions.Having athletes facilitate the sessions allowed for a more powerful interaction with the students.The first session was held on March 30 at Kumin Primary School followed by North Mendi Primary school the next day.They also had to opportunity to run a session with students from the Mendi School of Nursing. The sessions incorporated fun activities designed to emphasize the values.A session on basketball drills was also held with local players on April 1 and was led by Muri and Angula.Programme coordinator, Shareena Tanabi said they were very excited about running the programme in Mendi and enjoyed the experience in meeting and working with the students and the local athletes there.“The OVEP programme provides educational awareness on the important Olympic Values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship and how our own PNG athletes and other athletes around the world use this to better themselves in their sporting career and in their personal lives as well,” said Tanabi.She said the programme had also been received well in other centers in the Highlands including Hides and Mt. Hagen and the team was pleased with delivering another successful session for the students in Mendi.“These are very important values for us and we are glad that we can share that with the students and athletes in Mendi this time,” said Tanabi.Tanabi thanked ExxonMobil PNG for their support of the OVEP and Basketball PNG for providing resources for the visit.
Ramos-Vinolas beat the world No 1 on Murray’s return from an elbow injury in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, and he looked poised for a repeat.But Ramos-Vinolas missed a chance to serve for the match and it was Murray who came through 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in a little under three hours.In the semi-finals he will face fourth seed Dominic Thiem, who will be looking for a third British scalp of the week after knocking out Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans.”It was obviously a very tough match,” said Murray. “It was kind of the opposite of the match we had last week, where probably today he deserved to win, he created a lot more chances, he served for the match and couldn’t quite get it.”Last week I had 4-0, I felt like I had all of the chances and sometimes on clay matches happen this way so I’m very happy to get through.”I started coming to the net more and volleying, I felt like I started to dictate more of the points and that was a big difference.”Ramos-Vinolas is in the form of his life having risen to a career high ranking 19 and he dominated the opening stages, taking five straight games after Murray started with a comfortable hold.The second set went with serve for the first nine games, but Ramos-Vinolas was left to rue three missed break points to serve for the match as Murray held and then immediately broke for the first time in the match to level at one set all.The Scot, though, failed to build on that momentum as he was broken in the first game of the third set.However, Ramos-Vinolas had to take an injury timeout for blisters when leading 2-1 and Murray pounced to break back at 2-2.Ramos-Vinolas had the chance to serve it out when he broke again for 5-4, but nerves seemed to get the better of him as three errors handed Murray the break back.Murray raced out to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break and saw it out as Ramos-Vinolas’ efforts took their toll.Murray will have at least one more match to work on his fitness before he heads to the key French Open warm-up events in Madrid and Rome.The Wimbledon champion faces Thiem in Saturday’s semis after the Austrian ended Japanese lucky loser Yuichi Sugita’s unlikely run to the quarters 6-1 6-2.”I knew he was in great shape after beating three great players before me,” Thiem said. “My game plan was to take him out of his comfort zone. I sliced a lot and tried to play with high spin.”Rafael Nadal’s quest for a 10th Barcelona title continued with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 win against Korean qualifier Chung Hyeon. He will face the winner of the match between Russia’s Karen Khachanov or Argentine Horacio Zeballos.
A second-half goal by Sweden substitute Jakob Johansson was enough to beat Italy 1-0 and put his side in the driving seat after their World Cup playoff first leg on a chilly night.Italy’s Andrea Belotti sent an early header just wide but after that the visitors showed little ambition, seemingly hoping for a draw to take back to Milan for Monday’s second leg as they battle for a place at next year’s tournament in Russia.That all changed when Johansson came off the bench to replaced Albin Ekdal in the 57th minute and four minutes later snapped up a flick-on from a throw-in and hammered the ball through a forest of legs where it was deflected into the net.Matteo Darmian came closest to an equaliser, sending a shot cannoning off a post, but the visiting forward line failed to ignite and Italy are now in danger of missing the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 in Sweden.With retired record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic watching from the stands, Sweden peppered the Italian defence with long balls but the experienced trio of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci dealt comfortably with the bombardment.In a combative game, midfielder Marco Veratti was booked midway through the first half for a tackle on Marcus Berg and will miss the return leg due to suspension.Italy manager Gian Piero Ventura cut a frustrated figure on the touchline, sending on Lorenzo Insigne for Veratti in the 76th minute and the Napoli forward immediately provided a much-needed spark of creativity.But with a crowd of 49,193 roaring them on, the Swedes cleared their lines repeatedly and defended heroically through five minutes of added time to hang on for a superb home victory.
With the second series of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer.The top two teams in each group go into the last 16. In the case of teams finishing level on points, FIFA has put in place seven tie-breakers starting with goal difference and then the number of goals scored in all group matches.If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows: * points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned; * goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned; * number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned; * fair play points determined by red and yellow cards at the tournament. * drawing of lots.Here is where things stand in each group going into final round-robin matches.Group A : Russia and Uruguay are through and all that is left to decide is who will top the group when they meet on Monday. Russia have a superior goal difference so a win or draw will send the hosts through as group winners to face the runner-up in Group B.Neither Egypt nor Saudi Arabia have any points but with the Saudis shipping six goals, anything but a win will see them finish last.Group B : Spain and Portugal sit top of the group on four points with Iran on three and Morocco eliminated with no points so far.Spain and Portugal are also level on goal difference and goals scored and, since they drew, if their final results are the same the group could be decided by fair play points.Spain have the advantage at the moment with one booking against the two of Portugal.Portugal need at least a point from their final match against Iran to guarantee a place in the knockout round. Iran would secure their spot with a win and could also go through with a draw if Spain lose to Morocco.Spain face winless Morocco with a point needed to guarantee progress.The winner of Group B plays the runner-up in Group A, either Russia or Uruguay.Group C : France, on six points, top the group and have secured passage to the next round but will need a point against second-placed Denmark (four points) in their final match to clinch first place. Denmark could finish first, second or third.A Denmark loss coupled with an Australia win over Peru, who have yet to earn a point, could see the Socceroos sneak through on goal difference. Since Denmark and Australia drew, they too could be split by fair play.Australia, with three yellow cards, currently have the edge in this respect on the Danes, who have four.Peru have been eliminated but will finish third with a win.The winner of Group C will meet second place in Group DGroup D: All sorts of outcomes are possible here with Croatia, on six points, through but the other three teams still in the hunt.Croatia will top the group if they beat or draw with Iceland.Nigeria, on three points, will secure their spot in the last 16 with a victory over Argentina, who sit bottom of the group on one point behind Iceland on goal difference.A draw may also be enough for Nigeria even if Iceland beat Croatia, depending on goal difference.To go through, Argentina need to beat Nigeria while hoping Iceland lose to or draw with Croatia. If Iceland and Argentina both win, to move to four points, they will be split by goal difference.Iceland must win to have any chance but also need the other results to go their way.The Group D winner will face the Group C runner-up.Group E: Only one thing is certain in Group E and that is Costa Rica, without a point, will be going home. Brazil’s last-gasp win over Costa Rica took them alongside Switzerland on four points, with Serbia on three.Wins or draws for Brazil against Serbia and Switzerland against Costa Rica will send both through.Serbia must beat Brazil to qualify but a draw could see them through if the Swiss are beaten by Costa Rica by more than one goal.The winners of Group E face the second-placed team in Group F.Group F: This was another group that changed dramatically after a stoppage-time goal as Germany, facing potential elimination, pushed themselves right back into the mix by beating Sweden.Mexico, on six points, are in the driving seat, with Germany and Sweden both on three.Mexico will qualify with a win or draw against Sweden. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who have no points.Germany will progress if they beat South Korea by two goals. They will also go through with any win should Sweden fail to beat Mexico.Another scenario could see Germany advancing on a better goal difference with a victory over South Korea even if Sweden beat Mexico.Sweden can qualify with a win over Mexico and a Germany loss to South Korea. If both Sweden and Germany win it is possible for the Swedes to advance on goal difference.Despite two losses South Korea still have a slim chance of advancing but they would need to beat Germany and hope both that Sweden lose to Mexico and that the goal difference goes their way.The winner of Group F will meet the runner-up in Group E.Group G: England and Belgium are guaranteed to progress but their finishing positions will be decided by their meeting on Thursday.Both on six points, they have identical goal totals so a draw would mean top spot going to the best-behaved team. England are currently on two yellows to the three of Belgium.Tunisia and Panama have no points ahead of their meeting, where a draw would secure third place for the North Africans.Group H: Japan and Senegal will advance with draws against Poland and Colombia respectively. Should Senegal and Japan both draw with the same score, they will be split by fair play; Senegal have five yellow cards to Japan’s three.Colombia will progress if they beat Senegal and a draw will suffice if Poland beat Japan. Poland have been eliminated.The top two teams in the group will face either England or Belgium.
Antonio Conte has admitted his surprise at Chelsea’s position as Premier League leaders following an indifferent start to his tenure.The Blues boss has guided his team to 10 consecutive domestic victories, which has seen the west London club go six points clear at the top of the table, after beating Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday night.But Conte revealed his side have performed above his expectations following defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal back in September – leaving the Blues eight points off first place.“If I imagine this situation at Christmas – I must be honest – I tell you no, after two bad defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal,” Conte told talkSPORT.“Then we changed it. We found the right solution, a new system, we are working a lot and very well. I’m pleased for the players, because the players deserve this after a bad season last year.“We have to continue in this league because anything can happen.”Cesc Fabregas scored the decisive goal for the Blues, but it was far from a comfortable victory at the Stadium of Light, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced into a fine late save to earn his side all three points.And Conte feels the quality of the Belgian shot stopper allowed his team to hide their lack of a killer instinct in front of goal.“After the first half, I spoke with my players and told them to try and kill the game, because it’s always very dangerous to keep the score at 1-0.“At the end of the game, Sunderland had a great chance and only because of Thibaut [Courtois] we kept the result at 1-0.”Despite his side’s outstanding form, Conte is demanding his side to retain their focus ahead of a gruelling festive schedule.“I’m pleased for the team and the fans, but now we have another tough game against Crystal Palace before Christmas and we will try to have a good Christmas.”
1 West Ham have opened talks with the representatives of teen sensation Alexandre Mlinde.The 17-year-old striker currently turns out for French minnows AS Minguettes, an amateur club in the suburbs of Lyon.Mlinde scored 21 goals in 22 games last term, while the season prior he found the back of the net an astonishing 35 times.The youngster’s eye for goal has not gone unnoticed and, according to Foot Mercato, West Ham are speaking to Mlinde’s representatives.Mlinde is likely to be on the radar of a number of top sides due to his goalscoring exploits at youth level in France, meaning the Hammers will have competition.But they are working to put themselves in pole position if a deal becomes a realistic prospect.??Mlinde has picked up trophies with his side at youth level and is likely to think long and hard over his next move. Alexandre Mlinde
1 Wigan are to carry out a full investigation into the crowd disturbances which marred the club’s dramatic FA Cup victory over Manchester City on Monday.City striker Sergio Aguero became involved in a physical exchange with a Wigan supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the field following the final whistle at the DW Stadium.READ MORE: Wigan 1-0 Man City – Conclusion of FA Cup tie marred by ugly scenes involving fansA number of fans also headed towards the end where City supporters were sat to continue their celebrations, sparking further disorder.Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown onto the field along with other objects, while missiles were also thrown from the field into the stand. There were also clashes between fans and police and stewards.Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson said in a statement: “Whilst we appreciate that the vast majority of supporters who ran on to the pitch did so spontaneously to celebrate a famous victory, we were disappointed with the action of a minority of supporters who acted in an inappropriate manner.“Player and staff safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation.”City have not yet commented but Press Association Sport understands the club consider the events unacceptable and intend to discuss the issue with Wigan.The Football Association is assessing the situation but is yet to say whether either club will be investigated. The report of referee Anthony Taylor and video footage are likely to be taken into account.The governing body could also look into a confrontation between City manager Pep Guardiola and his Wigan counterpart Paul Cook. The pair exchanged heated words after City’s Fabian Delph was sent off late in the first half.Their argument continued in the tunnel after the sides left the field at half-time and television pictures showed Guardiola having to be restrained by colleagues.Guardiola later played down that incident, suggesting he had been annoyed that Cook had left his technical area.“Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague,” the Spaniard said. “It was just please stay in your position, that’s all, and then finished.”League One Wigan beat the runaway Premier League leaders 1-0 with a 79th-minute strike from Will Grigg.MATCH REPORT: Will Grigg ends Manchester City’s quadruple hopes in fiery FA Cup tieChief Superintendent Stuart Ellison of GMP’s Territorial Commander for Wigan, said: “Football is a family event and the disruption that players and fans alike faced last night will not be tolerated.“As soon as people were on the pitch, we immediately deployed our resources to the front of the stands, where they were able to keep the two groups of supporters apart and prevent any further disruption.“Our officers met with the club and other partners ahead of the match to carry out a full risk assessment, which ensured we had the appropriate resources for the number of people attending.“Emotions always run high at football matches and sometimes this means that officers have to intervene to ensure the safety of the fans.“We have made two arrests but as our investigation into last night’s disruption continues, I’d ask anyone with information about the incident to please come forward.” Wigan fans flooded the DW Stadium pitch after the full-time whistle
Pochettino was also quick to defend Kane over the incident against their London rivals.“He was very professional in the action,” the Spurs boss said. “I wasn’t worried because I knew what was going to happen.“He is a player that cares about the club, the team and the result.“The reaction is fantastic from my point of view because it is a player that cares. I would be more worried if he didn’t show that character or shows the message that he cares. That is the most important thing in my point of view.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE Harry Kane will be available after he escaped retrospective action from the Football Association for an apparent headbutt on Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta.Dele Alli (hamstring) and Eric Dier (tonisillitis) are both out.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Vertonghen and Winks: “I don’t know because we are going to train in the afternoon and we will see.“I cannot say a percentage, we need to assess to see whether they will be available.” REVEALED MONEY Tottenham head into Saturday’s derby in third place, nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool and looking to end a run of back-to-back defeats in the league.Pochettino is aware of the damage those results – against Chelsea and Burnley – have done to their title challenge.He said: “It was difficult after Burnley and after Chelsea it is nearly impossible.“It is going to be tough. We need to win all of the games and the two opponents above us need to lose some games.“If we want to be dreamers then until it is mathematically impossible you can dream. But realistically the percentage is not too big.” Tottenham are sweating on the availability of Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks ahead of Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal.Both men are set to have late fitness tests on have hip injuries. Vertonghen’s was picked up in the build-up to Wednesday’s defeat to Chelsea, where Winks sustained a similar problem. BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Vertonghen would be a huge miss for Tottenham no dice Harry Winks could miss the north London derby through injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade
ITV 3 MERSON SEALS IT!! And didn’t he deserve that! #HarrysFullEnglish pic.twitter.com/Aus5FZHS5Q— ITV (@ITV) March 19, 2019During the show, Merson missed the team’s training camp in Spain over his relapse and was filmed meeting former journeyman striker Drewe Broughton, who also battled with addiction.Merson told him: “If I’m being honest, I’m struggling at the moment, really am, with the gambling.“I find it very difficult. I’m back to virtually where I was many years ago.“I’m just sort of like constantly gambling all the time and I don’t like myself. And it’s scary.“My life should be good. It should be good. It should be like, two lovely kids, a lovely wife and my life should be good.“And it’s literally going like that and I mean quickly and worryingly.“In the cab on the way here I broke down. I’ve had enough.” “I’ve been there once, a long time ago……before you knew it you’re in big, big trouble.”While discussing gambling addiction, Alan Brazil reveals he was once worried about his own betting habit. pic.twitter.com/hxlvGvt3ws— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 20, 2019 ITV GamCare provides free support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem. It runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) and also offers face-to-face counselling. MORE INFO HERE 3 3 Support for Merson poured out on social media, with fans praising his bravery and willingness to speak openly about his struggles, and they later celebrated with him when he scored a 90th minute goal to seal a 4-2 win over the Germans. Thank you for the supportive tweets, means the world to me. Taking one day at a time but it’s getting better for me. Addiction is the most lonely of places and I’ve had three of the worst types over three decades. Never be afraid to talk, you’re never alone— Paul Merson (@PaulMerse) March 14, 2019And Redknapp joined talkSPORT host Alan Brazil and David Seaman on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast to heap further praise on the Three Lions ace.“David, you know as well as anyone, from all those years playing with him, what a great lad Merse is,” said the gaffer.“The lads did great with the time they spent talking to him and helping him out.“It’s a difficult one when you have demons like that. Gambling is difficult.“We all love a bet, I know I do, but it’s all about keeping it in moderation, that’s the key.“Enjoy it, but don’t let it ruin your life.” Paul Merson breaks down in tears as he talks about his gambling addiction Harry Redknapp and his team of retired England stars Paul Merson is now a pundit on Sky Sports and regular guest on talkSPORT He added: “It’s got to that stage now. There’s got to be something wrong with me.“I’ve been in treatment, I’ve done it a few times. I’ve been to Arizona.“You know what, it was unbelievable at the time. It was unbelievable what they did, and that’s what scares me that I still went back and done what I’ve done now.”Listen back to Harry Redknapp on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above But amid all the fun, games and dressing room banter, there were some serious messages touched on by the former stars about addiction, mental and physical health.One of the hardest-hitting moments saw David Seaman and Robbie Fowler speak with Paul Merson about the issues he has had in his life.Merson infamously lost £7million to his drug, alcohol and gambling problems during the 1990s, and the former Arsenal star was later seen breaking down when speaking about his troubles, having slipped back into old habits during filming of the program.“I’m struggling with life at the moment, struggling badly,” Merson said in an emotional scene.“Life’s fallen apart – gambling… I’ve just completely lost control again. I’m digging a hole – I can’t get out of it.“It’s the worst addiction in the world.” Harry Redknapp has heaped praise on former Arsenal and England forward Paul Merson after he opened up on his battles with addiction on hit show ‘Harry’s Heroes: The Full English’.Merson was part Redknapp’s rabble of out-of-shape former pros, tasked with shedding the pounds ahead of one last swansong match against arch rivals Germany for the ITV documentary.The show, which saw the likes of Robbie Fowler, Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Matt Le Tissier, Ray Parlour and Lee Sharpe kick their beer and burger habits to undergo 12 weeks of intensive training and dieting, was a huge hit.
Microsoft has made it easier than ever to have conversations with your friends, family members, and colleagues around the world for free. Announced earlier this month, you can now use Skype for free without needing to register or download the application. All you need to do is join Skype as a guest to chat, message, or have a video conversation. How to Use Skype Without Creating an AccountTo use Skype without an account, visit Skype.com and select the Start a conversation button.Enter your name and select Start a conversation. Skype will provide you with a link you can share with your friends or family, via email or on your social networks. The link can be sent individually or sent to a group. Once your friends select the link, they can join your conversation. What Features Are Available?When you use Skype as a Guest, you’ll have all of Skype’s free features available to you, including:One-to-one and group instant messagingVoice callsVideo callsScreen sharingFile sharingYou’ll be able to invite up to 300 people to chat with you. Up to 25 people can join you on a voice or video call.What You Need to KnowTo use Skype without creating an account, you must use Skype for Web. Anyone who joins your conversation can use any Skype client or they can join as a Guest using Skype for Web. When using Skype as a Guest, your conversation will last for 24 hours. One thing I noticed that Skype as a Guest doen’t offer is the real-time Skype Translator. You’ll need to sign up for a free Skype account if you want the real-time translation of your conversation. Skype as a Guest doesn’t seem to work on a smartphone browser. When my friend tried to accept my conversation using Skype for Web on their smartphone browser, he couldn’t connect. Skype kept asking him to download the app. SummaryUsing Skype as a Guest makes it easy to have conversations with your friends, family, and colleagues for free. It’s easy to set up and use. I’m always on the lookout for online tools that make it easy to keep in touch with my friends, without requiring them to download an application or create an account. Thanks, Microsoft! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedSkype’s Latest Feature Lets Anyone Join Chat, Even Without an AccountI’ve been a fan of Skype for a long time. It’s an easy way to chat with friends and family, keep up with their latest news, and share what I’ve been doing. And with Skype for Web and support for mobile devices, as well as desktop, I could start conversations…In “Internet”There’s More to Like About Firefox HelloLast updated: December 27, 2016 When I wrote earlier this year about Firefox Hello, the new feature that allowed you to easily start an online video conversation, I was excited. After more than four years of searching for a free online video and voice application that: Is easy to use…In “Internet”Firefox is First Browser with Built-In Instant MessagingLast updated: December 27, 2016 When Firefox Hello launched earlier this year in the Firefox browser, I was excited. The chat service allowed you to make free online video calls. No download. No account to set up. It just worked in the browser. Additional features were added to Firefox Hello…In “Internet”