By Karolos GrohmannBayern Munich on Friday “regretfully” accepted the surprise departure of long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who said the medical department was blamed for the 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto this week.Mueller-Wohlfahrt, a respected doctor, had been in charge since 1977 and has also treated many other top global athletes, including sprinter Usain Bolt while also being the German national football team doctor.“After the Champions League game at Porto for unexplained reasons it was the medical department that was chiefly blamed for the defeat,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt said in a statement.He said “the relationship of trust has been permanently damaged.”Bayern made a brief statement on his departure prior to their weekly news conference with coach Pep Guardiola, saying they “regretfully took note” of his decision.“Especially Dr. Mueller-Wohlfahrt, but also his team, have in the past years offered the club and its players first rate work. For that we are expressly thankful,” the club said in a statement.Bayern have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Medhi Benatia and David Alaba all missing in their loss to the Portuguese team on Wednesday.The ties with Guardiola who took over in 2014 were tense from the first season with midfielder Thiago Alcantara being sent for treatment to Barcelona by the Spanish coach without consulting the team doctor.The most recent incident was involving Ribery. The player was initially ruled out for a few days with an injury but the winger has already missed the last five weeks.“It was his decision to leave,” Guardiola told reporters. “I respect his decision. That is all.”Mueller-Wohlfahrt’s resignation comes at a crucial time for Bayern, who are chasing a treble of titles, entering the crucial phase of the season.Bayern, who are 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, face Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup last four and have to overturn the 3-1 deficit against Porto in the return leg in Munich next week.
By Dmitry Rogovitskiy and Maria KiselyovaThe Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday it had ended its contract with national team coach Fabio Capello, three years before the country hosts the 2018 World Cup finals.It did not immediately name a successor for the 69-year-old Italian though local media have quoted sources as saying CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski is likely to take over.“The Russian Football Union and the head coach of Russia’s national team, Fabio Capello, have reached an agreement to terminate the employment contract by mutual agreement,” the RFU said on its website.Capello, who managed England at the 2010 World Cup, took over as Russia coach in July 2012 and had extended his contract until the end of the 2018 tournament.He took the team to the World Cup finals in Brazil last summer but Capello’s side were knocked out in the group stages.The team’s form has not improved since then and they suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Austria in their Euro 2016 qualifier on June 14, leaving them third in Group G with eight points from six games.The RFU had been holding talks with Capello over his contract since late June. Russian sport news agency R-Sport on Tuesday put the level of the compensation at 930 million roubles ($16.34 million).Nikita Simonyan, the RFU’s acting president, said last week that all debts owed to Capello until the end of the 2014/15 season had been paid off.
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PNG took out gold and silver in the 25m pistol event.PNG Loop’s Head of Mobile Advertising and Media Sales Tania Mahuru won gold while silver went to PNG’s Mel Donald and a Tahiti shooter took bronze.Mahuru has been in the sport for only 10 months. She told PNG Loop that her win as a big achievement considering that.The enthusiastic Mahuru said she took up the sport just for fun and didn’t think she would get this far.“I kept coming every weekend and got better and eventually made the development squad and the Pacific Games team,” she said.Mahuru also won silver yesterday (July 6) in the air pistol individual event.She finished second behind Tahiti and ahead of Guam yesterday.
The Gurias are sitting on 10 points (from one bye and four wins). The Gurias have not lost any games so far this season.In second place are the Snax Lae Tigers who are also undefeated. They are on 9 points.Underdogs, PRK Gulf Isapea are climbing up the ladder and sit in third place on 7 points after their 24-4 stinging win over the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis yesterday.The struggling SNS Port Moresby Vipers are last on the ladder on 2 points from 1 win and 4 losses.The progressive points ladder is:Agmark Rabaul Gurias (10), Snax Lae Tigers (9), PRK Gulf Isapea (7), EPG Mioks (7), Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles (7), Kemele Hela Wigmen (5), Waghi Tumbe (5), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (4), PRK Mendi Muruks (3), 10 SNS Port Moresby Vipers (2).
The Madang girls were up by five points after their first turn at bat, thanks to some power batting from Eunice Fong and Angelica Takaili.This forced the Pirates coach to make a change bringing on Vince Tirupia to take over the pitching duties from Lina William. Pirates hit back in the same inning with William making up in a big way hitting the first home run for the team, bringing the score to 5-1 after the completion of the first inning.With the home crowd behind them, the Pirates continued to fight their way back with the score at 7-6 in favour of Rovers after the completion of three innings.But that would be all from the Mt. Hagen girls as the Rovers tightened up their infield, holding the Pirates scoreless for the remainder of the final.Rovers went on a rampage adding on a further nine runs to win comfortably in the end.Rovers will now meet the winner of the second preliminary final between Bears and another Mt. Hagen team, the Titans.The Bears and Titans game will take place tomorrow morning with the grand final to be played later in the afternoon.
The Lae chapter of the competition, held for the first time in the city, attracted 10 teams from the Steamships Group of Companies, who braved the heat at the Lae Secondary School ovals.CEL Liners had topped pool B round of matches and brushed aside a determined Riback, who finished second in pool A in the semi-finals, to book a grand final appearance.Pool A top place getter, Lae Port Services Sea Waves, could not stop East West Truckies in the other semi-finals.The champions proved too strong in their fielding department, denying East West Truckies any chances of scoring with good pitching from season softballer Henry Keleu. Keleu was aided by top fielding from short stop Rynnah Posikei, who combined well with second base woman Eileen Kevin in putting out runners.CEL Liners scored at their first turn at bat, with opening batter Valentine Uma, John Oa, Kevin, Posikei, Chris Aurufe and Posikei crossing the home plate.Oa came in for his second run at their final turn at bat to seal a convincing victory to claim the managing director’s cup.East West Truckies received the general manager’s cup.LPS Sea Waves finished third while Riback fourth.Individual awards went to Rynnah Posikei as top female player of the tournament, East West Truckies Jim Nol took out the male player of the tournament, LPS Sea Waves Bill Waninara top infielder, Ian David of CEL Mariners top batter and top outfield went to Nadu of Riback.The one-day fun was officiated by tournament director and PNG Softball Federation representative, Dick Bart Jr, with the assistance of Lae Softball Association president Lindsay Pulu.(Caption: Inaugural winner of the Steamship slow pitch in Lae, CEL Liners, with the managing director’s trophy.)
The Hunters were in trouble three minutes into the round eight match for the Kokoda Cup when Kurtis Rowe crossed over to score.Keanu Te Kiri then added the two points to bring the Bears out to a 6-0 lead.But the combination of Ase Boas and Wera put the Hunters right back in the contest, with two tries to Wera in the space of five minutes.The first came in the 11th minute from an inside ball to a charging Wera, and the second through a chip kick over the defence for a flying Wera to catch and score right before the dead ball line.A penalty goal conversion from Boas a minute out from half time gave the Hunters a comfortable 14-6 lead at the break.The floodgates opened up in the second half as the Hunters ran in five unanswered tries through Wartovo Puara Jr, two more to Wera, David Loko and Karo Kauna Jr to cap off an easy win and take back the Kokoda Cup.Boas had a near perfect afternoon, booting through six of the seven tries.
But as the score line reflected, the major semi-final win didn’t come easy.It took 62 minutes for the Hunters to find the try line and edge out the Redcliffe Dolphins 6-4 in front of 14, 104 screaming fans at the National Football Stadium this afternoon. The Dolphins thoroughly dominated possession in the first half.But the visitors couldn’t find the try line. Brick wall defence from the Hunters denied any chance of a four pointer.Penalty goals were the only option available to the Dolphins, and they hurt the Hunters twice in the 15th minute off the boot of Jonus Pearson, and again two minutes from half time thanks to Hugh Pratt.The second forty minutes of play was all the Hunters.Building up pressure, the Hunters surged home hungry for points. They came close to crossing the line on several occasions but were stopped short.It took over an hour but the Hunters finally broke through.Metres out from the try line, Wartovo Puara Jr put captain and five-eighth Ase Boas into a gap to score.Boas’ conversion put the Hunters in front at 6-4 with 17 minutes left on the clock.Buoyed on the by the home crowd, the Hunters defended their lead to the final whistle.Ase’s brother Watson Boas was awarded the man of the match.Hunters will meet the winner of the Dolphins and Sunshine Coast Falcons preliminary final.The 2017 Intrust Super Cup grand final will be played at Suncorp Stadium on September 24.
The 26-year-old from Simbu Province made his debut in the Digicel Cup for the TNA Simbu Lions back in 2014.“In 2016 I played with the Hela Wigmen and last year with the Agmark Rabaul Gurias, which was my best year.“So far I’ve played in two grand finals – in 2015 for the Lions and in 2017 for the Gurias. I feel I am ready.”Issac admitted there is pressure on the new Hunters players to defend the Intrust Super Cup this season.“With experienced players like Enoch Maki standing beside us, we’ll be prepared to defend the Cup.“The senior players are always very helpful, encouraging us and mentoring us on and off the field.”Issac said his main goal is to complete this season injury free.“I want to make the first 13 every weekend.”He added that the Hunters pre-season training in general is progressing well, and he can’t wait to take the field in the Hunters colours against his NRL team, the Brisbane Broncos.“The first three weeks were very tough for us the new players, but we’re getting there.“Pre-season training is going good and we’re all looking forward to the first trial match against the Broncos next month.”