Rugby League BY JERRY SEFE The 2018 Intrust Super Cup game 19 of the Country Week Round played at the Lae rugby league ground in Morobe Province between the SP PNG Hunters and Norths Devils was remarkable. The game attracted more than 10,000 spectators from within and around the province, including those from other centres into the city at the weekend for the Sunday match. This is the first time in the history of Lae league to host an he Intrust Super Cup match and it was a thumbs up. Hunters’ coach Michael Marum said he was happy with the results and thanked the Norths Devils for putting a tough challenge to the end despite the weather conditions. “Well, the first half was good but we turned to lose focus on our defence in the first minutes of the second half that resulted in the breakthrough for Norths with two tries” Marum said. “But the boys managed to get back on track following their game plan that saw the win for them.” The Hunters were extremely defensive and victorious after they took out the Devils 32-10 in the final minutes. Hunters’ captain Ase Boas secured two points in the first 10 minutes into the match from a penalty against Norths. Devils’ coach Rohan Smith was quite upset with the result however was impressed with the turnout of the crowd and support towards them. “Hunters placed a very tough challenge and they deserved the win because of their good teamwork,” Smith said. He said despite the loss, they have truly enjoyed their stay in the tropics of PNG and the support from the fans in both Port Moresby and Lae. Devils’ captain Jack Ahearn also congratulated the Hunters for their win and said they will have to work on what went wrong and get the boys back on track. “Above all, I am very happy and I believe all of us have enjoyed the game, atmosphere and people here and we look forward to come back for another game here in PNG,” he said. It was after some 15-20 minutes into the game when the Devils gave away the ball and had to chase Hunters full back Edene Gabbie for the opening try. Gabbie scored a runaway try with smiles from the first half bringing Hunters to 8 points to nil and later secured his second try with a 14-point lead-up. Despite a strong defence in the first half, the Hunters were not able to stop Devils Jack Miers and Luke Pollock who pulled in with two tries with only one successful conversion by Herbie Farnworth bringing them to 10 points from the second half. However, the comeback from Hunters again was exceptional as they tightened their defense with backline Willie Minoga and Gabbie displaying a supporting role into the final minutes of the game. The outcome of the second half teamwork was outstanding that saw Charlie Simon secure his two tries and Moses Meninga with his final best bringing the Hunters to 32 points to 10 against the Devils. Captain Ase Boas had a field day with his boots converting all six tries in the game.
BASKETBALL The PNG Propest Control sponsored Chariots basketball franchise club has partnered with the PNG Cancer Foundation to help raise funds and do more awareness on the avoidable but deadly diseases in the country. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the club and PNG Cancer Foundation at the foundation’s head office in Port Moresby yesterday. The MoU is for two years with franchise club to wear PNG Cancer Foundation colors during their home games in the PNG’s Premier Men’s Basketball League competition. Speaking on behalf of franchise owner John Vere, one of the senior players Vele Rupa said they were excited about the partnership with the foundation. “Cancer affects all of us. It can be a close family member or someone you know of,” Vele said. The club will also become an active participant of the cancer foundation’s activities as part of their support over the duration of the partnership. PNGCF programs coordinator Priscilla Napoleon signed on behalf of the foundation to pave way for the partnership between the two parties. “We are grateful for Propest Control and the Chariots basketball team for coming on board to join the fight against cancer in PNG and supporting the work for the foundation,” Napoleon said. “The partnership will allow PNGCF to not only reach out to more people on the importance of cancer prevention but it will also greatly assist with raising funds to continue the work of the foundation as we continue to conduct cancer education and awareness programs in PNG,” Napoleon said. She also added that the partnership with the PNGCF healthy lifestyle message of eating healthy and regular exercises as a way of reducing the risk of developing cancer in the future. Vele said Chariots will use the sport of basketball to advocate and educate players, the coaching staff, our families and the broader basketball fraternity on cancer awareness. “Key to Chariots basketball organisation is our social and community responsibilities and developing our young players to be better members of their families and the communities they represent. We also would like to extend the invitation to individuals and oragnisations who are interested to come on board to support,” Rupa said.
Road Runners When Mike Joyce won two athletics gold medals for the Territory of Papua and New Guinea in the inaugural South Pacific Games at Suva in 1963 all but a handful of the 67 finishers who competed in his honour at Port Moresby Road Runners on Saturday afternoon were not born. Full marks for longevity go to those in that illustrious handful especially the extreme veterans (70 to 79 years) the Maltese Falcon Neil Nicholls who completed the 2.3-kilometre event in 14 minutes flat ahead of the Sri Lankan Hawk, Ajit Muttu-Cumaraswamy (35.15). In the feature event on the card over a distance of 5.9-km a United Nations newcomer, Charlie Whetham, upstaged the locals with a powerful and polished victory in 25.06 ahead of Will Robinson (25.06), Swans Pinampio (27.17) and Kelly Thomas (27.44). Nikki Wright took out the female category in 31.59 after a hard fought and tactical duel with Marina van der Vlies (32.19), followed in hot pursuit by Annette Bora (35.03), Falyn Buda (35.24), Jerrin Paul (42.47) and Naomi Titus (45.50). Conditions were fine, sunny and humid and the pavements on Taurama Road were packed with cheerful and playful pedestrians, so plenty of zigging and zagging was required. FULL RESULTS: 2.3km: 1. Michael Ipaia 9.46, 2. Peto Elijah 10.58, 3. Brian Kisito 11.18, 4. David Rino 11.55, 5. Henry Heaoa 12.27, 6. Ropa Bida 12.31, 7. Helen Waha 12.48 , 8. Bruce Alabaster 13.11 , 9. Philip Samuel 13.21, 10. Noa Taga 13.28, 11. Rose Paul 13.35, 12. Glenda Yuwi 13.51, 13. Neil Nicholls 14.00, 14. Rose Henry 14.39, 15. Vicky Sailas 14.42, 16. Salome James 14.50, 17. Ethan Asina 15.14, 17. Augustine Asina 15.14, 17 Denzel Asina 15.14, 20. Lomba Willie 15.35, 21. Gabriella Heaoa 16.12, 22. Meddix Willie 16.26, 23. Dorcas Poua 16.30, 24. Martha Jacob 17.36, 25. Ali Hudson 17.38, 26. Donald Trumper 25.04, 27. Ajit Muttu 35.15. 5.9km: 1. Charlie Whetham 25.06, 2. Will Robinson 25.20, 3. Swans Pinampio 27.17, 4. Kelly Thomas 27.44, 5. Joshua John 28.08, 6. Jason Sambrook 28.25, 7. James Gurumi 28.32, 8. Buda Awowari 31.55, 9. Nikki Wright 31.59, 10. Marina van der Vlies 32.19, 11. Soa Gor 33.15, 12. Steve Burns 33.24, 13. Ed Wilkinson 34.06, 14. Ed Faber 34.24, 15. Annette Bora 35.03, 16. Judah Robert 35.06, 17. Falyn Buda 35.24, 18. Charlie Jack 35.24, 19. John Ulelu 35.44, 20. Randy Thomas 36.30, 21. Michael Sullivan 37.06, 22. Jacob Sailas 37.19, 23. Jamie Sailas 37.20, 24. Joseph Michael 37.36, 25. Lionel Emmanuel 38.47, 26. Robert Rozer 38.57, 27. David Denniston 39.24, 28. Titus Tobia 39.43, 29. Lindsay Ambo 40.18, 30. Luke Robert 40.20, 31. Jerrin Paul 42.47, 32. Kelo Kaia 42.50, 33. Raymond Muri 44.12, 34. Russell Mou 44.59, 35. Naomi Titus 45.50, 36. Simon Nutley 45.58, 36 Graham Compton 45.58, 38. Paulus Opus 46.52, 39 Augustine Unido 48.10, 40. Henry Horou 50.46. Timekeeper: Giri Sanata. Next weekend: Sat February 2, 5pm, Koroboro School, Gagoma St, Korobosea, 2km, 4.8km & 9.6 km.
Fun Run With just 12 days to go, the 2019 Trukai Fun Run is set to kick off on Sunday 16th June at seven locations around PNG. The seven centres confirmed to host the Trukai Fun Run are Port Moresby, Lae, Alotau, Ramu, Madang, Goroka and Kokopo. Last year an estimated 80,000 participants took part in the Fun Run and it is expected that more people will participate this year. This year’s route for Port Moresby has moved from Sir John Guise Stadium to the Paga Ring Road at Ela Beach. The Fun Run starts at 6.30am from the Paga Ring road adjacent to the APEC House, past Harbour side down to the Puma Service Station roundabout and heads back the same route to the finishing at the Paga Ring road. Trukai Industries Limited brand manager Nancy Inai said preparations are well underway to ensure a safe and enjoyable event in Port Moresby and other locations. She also encouraged everyone to be in their 2019 Trukai Fun Run T-shirt to participate. “Trukai Industries and PNG Olympic Committee are working in partnership with all relevant stakeholders such as St John’s Ambulance, Police, NCDC and others to make this year’s event; safe and enjoyable for all our participants,” she said. The route is estimated to be 6km walk and Port Moresby residents are urged to come along and enjoy the day with their families and be a part of the biggest social sporting event in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. The Trukai Fun Run is an annual fundraising event for PNG Olympic Committee to raise funds for Team PNG. Funds raised from this year’s event will go towards supporting Team PNG to the upcoming 16th Pacific Games in Samoa in July to ensure our sportsmen and women are well represented at such sporting events. Each year, Trukai Industries Limited donates 100,000 t-shirts to PNGOC to sell and raise funds. The event itself is 36 years old having started in 1983. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Trukai Industries as the official sponsor of the event since 1999. Early this year, the Trukai Fun Run auctions sold a total of 61,200 shirts in both Lae and Port Moresby, a massive achievement from the previous auctions. If the crowd from last year’s event is any indication, 2019 is expected to see over 40,000 participants flock Ela Beach in a sea of yellow on Sunday, (June 16). T-shirts are selling for K15 each. Please contact PNGOC on 323 1411 or Trukai Industries on 300 0000 to buy your t-shirts. There will also be massive t-shirt sales in Port Moresby and other participating locations in the coming days. For more information about the Trukai Fun Run, please visit the Official Trukai Fun Run Facebook page www.facebook.com/trukaifunrun
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky has yet to rank in the top 100 nationally in sacks allowed in the Mark Stoops era.UK QB Patrick Towles is sacked during the first half of the University of Kentucky – Florida football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, September 19, 2015.After surrendering six sacks to Florida the Wildcats find themselves back in that lowly territory at No. 116 in the country with 10 sacks allowed through three games.“There was some issues,” Stoops said. “We knew that going into the game…We can’t afford to take those negative plays and get behind the chains.”After surrendering four sacks in the first two games, the Kentucky offensive line struggled mightily to protect quarterback Patrick Towles against the Gators. Towles’ six sacks accounted for a total loss of 50 yards.Without watching the film, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had only one suggestion of what led to Florida dominating the line of scrimmage.“Rushing fast,” he said. “I’ve gotta do a better job of helping those guys out, too.”Stoops also gave credit to Florida for the sack total.“They’re big, athletic guys, disruptive guys,” Stoops said. “We watched it. I watch some tape on them and I saw some spots where I saw all four guys win one-on-ones. That caught my attention early in the week. When all four of your guys are winning in one-on-one pass rush situations, you know they can rush.”Email Jon Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ.
Mississippi State Westin Graves (25) kicks a field goal against LSU during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. No. 14 LSU won 21-19. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)STARKVILLE — Westin Graves kicked into the net as Mississippi State drove down the field in the final minutes against LSU two weeks ago.The sophomore prepared to kick a field goal within the range of 43 yards. He had made one from that distance earlier in the game.Then the Bulldogs were flagged for delay of game.“Once we got the penalty, I knew I was probably not going to be asked to hit that,” Graves said.Devon Bell attempted the kick from 52 yards and missed as MSU lost to LSU 21-19.Graves continues to move his range beyond 43 yards. He converted a 44-yard field goal against Auburn.During practice he moves back as far as 53 yards.“Anything long, anything like 50, it’s all ultimately up to coach (Dan) Mullen on that,” Graves said. “If he asks me to do it and I feel like I’m hitting the ball well and the winds at my back. There’s a lot of factors that could come into it. I’m going to say yes.”Graves’ range still is within 45 yards.“We’ve even moved him back in practice a little bit,” Mullen said. “I think he’s done a good job with that. But I don’t want him to have to change all his form and technique to lose the confidence.”Graves is 5 for 5 this season. His long is 44 yards against Auburn. His career-long – including high school – is 48 yards.The 6-foot kicker also said he slightly prefers the left hash to the right.“I try to really work on my hashes from any kind of distance,” Graves said.Mississippi State lost its starting kicker from last year when Evan Sobiesk left the team to focus on a career in dentistry. Through spring and summer practices, neither Graves nor Bell emerged as consistent kickers.Through a quarter of the season, Graves has won the job.“I was going to be close, I knew,” Graves said. “I knew I was ready for it.”Contact Michael Bonner at email@example.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.
AUBURN — When he moved from cornerback to wide receiver full-time this year, Derrick Jones joined a deep group highlighted by Quincy Adeboyejo and Laquon Treadwell.Ole Miss wide receiver Derrick Jones caught a big 45-yard touchdown against Auburn on Saturday after struggling to get much playing time this season.The depth limited him to four catches for 62 yards in three games entering Saturday’s contest against Auburn, but he caught an important touchdown in Ole Miss’ 27-19 road win.“We’ve got a room full of talented guys, and it’s like, ‘Who do I play? Who do I put in?’” Jones said. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity, and I don’t mind waiting my turn.”A 23-yard field goal by Auburn with 4:00 left in the third quarter evened the score at 13, but Jones caught his 45-yard touchdown down the right sideline.The junior used his double-move against the defender guarding him, drawing him in, before splitting between him and another defender who had come over.“It feels good to feel like I’m finally getting my rhythm back,” Jones said. “I had kind of a rough fall camp, but I feel like I’m getting back in the groove. Just keep that confidence. You just got to go into every game with that confidence, believing that you’re going to make that play.”Contact Daniel Paulling at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @DanielPaulling on Twitter.
Bashaara Graves made a tiebreaking basket with 2:48 remaining and No. 4 Tennessee held No. 25 Syracuse scoreless for the final 5-plus minutes in the Lady Vols’ 57-55 victory Friday night.Graves’ basket broke a 55-all tie and ended up as the final points. Syracuse (1-1) missed its last eight field-goal attempts after tying it on Abby Grant’s 3-pointer with 5:12 left. The post presence of Graves and Mercedes Russell helped Tennessee (3-0) win despite being outscored 24-3 from 3-point range.“Anybody that knows Tennessee knows that we play inside-out, and our posts are going to touch the basketball,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “They did tonight. But it gave guards an opportunity to shoot, and we just didn’t knock down shots.”Syracuse’s Brittney Sykes had given Syracuse one last chance by stealing the ball from Tennessee’s Jasmine Jones with less than 15 seconds left. Brianna Butler missed a 3-pointer that would have put Syracuse ahead, but the ball went out of bounds off Tennessee. Sykes then drew a foul and went to the line to try tying the score with 5.4 seconds remaining.The first of her two free-throw attempts hit both the front and back of the rim before falling out. Russell got the rebound off Sykes’ second miss.“It felt fine leaving my hands,” Sykes said of that first miss.Graves had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Tennessee (3-0) to its 25th straight home victory. Russell added 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Alexis Peterson led Syracuse with 19 points.After trouncing Central Arkansas 102-47 in its season opener, Tennessee has come from behind in the second half of close victories over Penn State and now Syracuse.“We have a lot to learn from,” Graves said. “These close games have taught us a lot. We’ve got to go back and fix what we need to fix in practice. These close games have been great because we’ve fought through to the end.”Tennessee’s poor outside shooting has made these games close.The Lady Vols shot 9-of-19 from 3-point range against Central Arkansas. They’ve been 1-of-12 from beyond the arc in each of the past two games since while seeing plenty of zone defenses. Tennessee had gone 56-plus minutes without a successful 3-pointer before Te’a Cooper connected in the final seconds of the third quarter.Syracuse wasn’t exactly shooting well either, as the Orange went 8-of-32 on 3-pointers. Butler, who entered the night with the most career 3-pointers of any active Division I player, was 2-of-13 from beyond the arc.No. 4 TENNESSEE 57, No. 25 SYRACUSE 55SYRACUSE (1-1) Slim 0-1 0-0 0, Brian. Day 1-9 0-0 2, Peterson 7-12 3-4 19, Butler 4-19 0-0 10, Sykes 5-13 2-4 13, Fondren 1-4 0-2 2, Ford 0-3 0-0 0, Chandler 0-0 0-0 0, Grant 2-3 0-0 6, Morrison 1-2 0-0 3, B. Day 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-66 5-10 55.TENNESSEE (3-0) Graves 8-9 0-0 16, Russell 6-11 1-2 13, Reynolds 2-7 0-0 4, Carter 1-4 0-0 2, Cooper 4-17 1-2 10, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, DeShields 0-5 0-0 0, Dunbar 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 5-9 2-3 12, Middleton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 4-7 57.Halftime—Tennessee 31-31. 3-Point Goals—Syracuse 8-32 (Grant 2-3, Peterson 2-7, Butler 2-13, Morrison 1-2, Sykes 1-4, Slim 0-1, Ford 0-2), Tennessee 1-12 (Cooper 1-6, Dunbar 0-1, Middleton 0-1, Carter 0-2, DeShields 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Syracuse 43 (Fondren 11), Tennessee 45 (Graves 10). Assists—Syracuse 6 (Butler, Fondren, Peterson 2), Tennessee 15 (Cooper 4). Total Fouls—Syracuse 13, Tennessee 15. A—10,007. Tennessee forward Bashaara Graves (12) shoots past Syracuse center Briana Day (50) in the first half Friday.KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s superiority in the paint has helped the Lady Vols barely withstand their struggles from 3-point range. Syracuse guard Cornelia Fondren (11) has her shot blocked by Tennessee guard Andraya Carter (14) in the first half Friday.
COLUMBIA – South Carolina hasn’t played great basketball so far this season.Jan 26, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard/forward A’ja Wilson (22) dribbles the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY SportsThat should be a frightening concept for women’s college basketball.Struggling for three quarters, the second-ranked Gamecocks found their groove in the fourth period as they blew past 13th-ranked Duke, earning a 66-55 victory in front of 16,429 at Colonial Life Arena.The win marked the Gamecocks fourth over a ranked opponent this season.Sophomore forward A’ja Wilson continued her superior play, scoring a career-high 28 points and pulling down a game-best 11 rebounds.“I really just went with what Duke gave me,” said Wilson, who has twice been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. “They were letting me get open.“I really just let the game come to me. I just took a deep breath. That what coach has been talking about. We just focused on our game plan. We focused on our keys to win.”The win improved USC’s record to 8-0 and increased its winning streak in Colonial Life Arena to 37 games.The Gamecocks were forced to overcome poor free throw shooting throughout much of the game.In addition to making only 24 of 57 field goals, they were two of 10 from 3-point range and made only 16 of 28 free throws.USC was down by four with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter before going on an 11-0 run to take control.Duke kept fighting, however, taking a one-point lead with 6:23 remaining.A 10-1 Gamecocks run after that proved to be more than the Blue Devils could handle.While her team fell to 7-2, Duke coach Joanne P. McCalli, left Columbia upset about the play of her team down the stretch and the state of officiating in women’s basketball.The Blue Devils were charged with 21 fouls, while USC had 16.“The hypocrisy of it all is just something isn’t it,” said McCallie. “Sure you’re going to clean up the game. Sure you’re going to let people beat on people.“The women’s game is a mess, officiating wise.”USC’s Alaina Coates scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Tiffany Mitchell scored 12.Duke was paced in scoring by Kyra Lambert with 16 points, while Azura Stevens and Oderah Chidom had 11 and 10 points respectively.USC takes a week off for exams before hosting Winthrop on Dec. 13.
Mississippi State is down two players for at least the remainder of the preseason because of injuries to Craig Sword and Johnny Zuppardo.Sword, MSU’s leading scorer from a year ago, is scheduled for surgery on Thursday in Nashville due to irritated nerves in his back caused by a bulging disk. The junior from Montgomery, Ala., will be out four to six weeks.The optimistic timetable pushes the season opener of Nov. 14.Zuppardo, a junior college transfer from Bay St. Louis, is out for the season after he tore his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He will have surgery in the next two weeks and also seek a medical hardship.Mississippi State begins the season on Nov. 6 in an exhibition outing against Delta State at 6 p.m. before battling Western Carolina on Nov. 14 in the opener.