Maroons Coach Kevin Walters made the announcement on Monday, December 17th.Martin (25), who grew up in Queensland, has been a strong performer for the Kumuls, especially during the 2017 World Cup.This season he achieved his goal of playing in the NRL, with a memorable debut against the Brisbane Broncos in Round Nine, where he scored a try with his very first touch of the ball.Macdonald debuted with the Roosters as a 20-year-old in 2014 and has emerged as one of competition’s top wingers during his stints with the Titans and Dragons.He secured a release from the Dragons to sign a long-term deal with the Cowboys in order to be closer to family.The 24-year-old has also made nine appearances for PNG since debuting at the 2013 World Cup and appeared for the NRL All Stars in 2016.Emerging Queensland Origin squad: Joe Ofahengaue, Christian Welch, David Fifita, Jaydn Su’A, Rhyse Martin, Ash Taylor, Brodie Croft, Jake Clifford, Corey Norman, AJ Brimson, Phillip Sami, Tautau Moga, Nene Macdonald, Kyle Feldt, Brenko Lee.(Nene Macdonal, left, during the two-test series against England Knights last month)
World record holder Kendra Harrison who actually set the 12.20 mark at this same meet last year and a fierce American brigade that includes Nia Ali, Shakira Nelvis, Christina Manning, Jasmin Stowers and Kristi Castlin as well as Australian Sally Pearson, who seems to be rounding back into form. Two heats starting at 1:24 p.m. (7:24 a.m. Jamaica time) with the final set for 3:17 p.m. (9:17 a.m.). Simmonds failed to finish inside the top five at her previous Diamond League competitions and faces a strong challenge if she is to improve on that statistic at tomorrow’s meet. The two-time NACAC Under-23 medal winner and national champion from 2016, has seemingly done considerable work on the first phase of her race and was solid in her first indoor 60m hurdles race, posting 8.07 seconds in Birmingham earlier this year. Only two Jamaicans have gone faster over the distance this season and that bullet start will come in handy. In the longer version, Simmonds has shown that she can compete with the best on the planet. Only 10 women have cleared the barriers faster than her this season six of those will compete in London tomorrow, making this a truly vital contest for the stout-heart Jamaican. LONDON, England: Megan Simmonds seems to be rounding into top gear at just the right time, and with her fourth Diamond League appearance just a few hours away, the pint-sized sprint hurdler will no doubt be looking to improve on her personal best ahead of next month’s World Championships. At the start of June, Simmonds clocked 13.30 at an All-Comers meet inside the National Stadium but has since improved in each race, taking her time down to 13.16 seconds at the JN Racers Grand Prix a week later, before impressing at the recently-concluded National Senior Championships with times of 12.81 seconds in the opening round and a personal best 12.63 seconds in her dart for second place behind world champion Danielle Williams in the final. It was a timely delivery of a promise shown after her early season 12.83 seconds run registered in April at the UTech Classic. A 12.63 clocking is just about par for the course in an event that is among the most competitive and consistent in terms of high level performances on the international scene and Simmonds, a semi-finalist at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will tomorrow face some of the ladies she must get the better of in a few weeks at the World Championships when she lines up a stacked 100m hurdles at the Muller Anniversary Games inside London’s Olympic Stadium. In-form field
A 34-year-old miner of Providence, East Bank Demerara, was on Saturday morning nabbed with an unlicensed firearm and 12 matching rounds of ammunition at “WarLock”, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Reports are the suspect went to visit his girlfriend and at about 00:30h, Police acting on information swopped down on the location during which it was observed that the miner dropped an object.Upon checking, Police realised it was a .9mm pistol loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested and is expected to be charged shortly. Recently, the Guyana Police Force reported that some 67 illegal firearms were seized during this period January to September 2016. This includes 29 pistols, 21 revolvers and 17 shotguns.
– Mercedes still in frontThe more things change, the more they stay the same. After three years of total dominance, even a drastic overhaul of the sport’s rules hasn’t stopped Mercedes from setting the pace.Valtteri Bottas showed he can prove an able replacement to retired world champion Nico Rosberg by posting the best time of the week and since 2009 at the Circuit de Catalunya in 1min 19.705sec.Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were also carrying out race simulations whilst some at the back of the paddock were struggling to get out of the garage on the first two days.– Ferrari pace encouragingHowever, those hoping for more of a contest at the front of the grid this season will have been encouraged by the early signs from Ferrari’s SF70H.Kimi Raikkonen was fastest on Tuesday and Thursday, whilst Sebastian Vettel outpaced Bottas when both were on the same soft tyre compound on Wednesday.– McLaren woes continueIf Mercedes’ dominance has become predictable, then so have the woes of a former championship contender in McLaren.Two years on from joining forces with engine supplier Honda, McLaren look further off the pace than ever.More unreliability problems meant McLaren were second last when it came to laps completed and only Toro Rosso were slower once they did get on the track.– Faster cars pose physical toilHamilton admitted on Tuesday to having “bruises and bumps where I’ve never really had them before” as a result of the increased physical toil in dragging bigger and heavier cars at much greater speed.Rosberg claimed the “monstrous” new machines would make the drivers “proper gladiators” and warned races could be decided on who is the fittest and strongest driver.“We might even see drivers losing race wins because of just being game over physically and that’s what we need,” said the German.– Barcelona not the place for rainThe need for tyre manufacturer Pirelli to try out their new wet and intermediate tyres on Friday led to the unusual situation of water spraying up behind cars bathed in the Barcelona sunshine.With no help from the elements, and no sprinkler system on hand, huge trucks dumping gallons of water were needed to create the artificial wet surface both overnight and again in the lunch break between morning and afternoon sessions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on March 2, 2017 © AFP / JOSE JORDANBarcelona, Spain, Mar 2 – Formula One’s faster and more powerful cars for 2017 were put through their paces for the first time in Barcelona this week.Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the first four days of pre-season testing:
0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 26- Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has accused his team-mates of getting in his way following a horror showing in front of goal during the 2-0 Champions League defeat at Olympiakos on Tuesday.The Red Devils managed just one solitary shot on target over the entire 90 minutes of their last-16 tie, meaning goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell have left the Premier League champions with a mountain to climb in the return leg. Speaking after the game, a clearly frustrated Van Persie lashed out at his colleagues, saying: “It was quite difficult because my team-mates are often in the area where I want to play,” he said.“That’s why I have to change my tactics. Unfortunately, they are often in my area.“It was much too slow and we only had one shot on target in the whole match against Olympiakos, which is far too little. Everyone is very disappointed.”Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes believes his side produced the ‘worst’ European night of their season on Tuesday, but admits the responsibility lies solely with himself.The Red Devils saw their hopes of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals severely dented as Olympiakos recorded a 2-0 win in the first-leg of their last-16 encounter.The shock result is the latest in a long line of below-par outings from United this term following the appointment of Moyes as manager, and the Scotsman admits the Old Trafford outfit are just not performing as they should be.He said: “It’s the worst we’ve played in Europe, that’s for sure. A really poor performance tonight. We never got going from the start and we didn’t deserve anything because of the way we played tonight.“We just never really got to grips with things. To a man, you could hardly pick anyone out, we just didn’t perform. We came into the game in good form, a good mind set, but we didn’t show that tonight.“I still didn’t think we were necessarily two goals worse off in the game. We had a shot that gets deflected, but we didn’t offer enough on the night.– TEAMtalk Media0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Former Liverpool and Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant is back in English football after agreeing a short-term deal with League One side Bury.The 33-year-old, who last played in this country for Wigan in 2015, has penned terms with the struggling Shakers until the end of the season.Pennant has had spells in India and Singapore recently and has been training at Bury’s Carrington base for a number of weeks before agreeing a deal.The club need international clearance before they can play Pennant, who can also list the likes of Arsenal, Birmingham and Leeds among his many former teams. The 33-year-old has penned terms with the struggling Shakers
Former Leyton Orient chief Barry Hearn has told talkSPORT no one could have foreseen the club’s dramatic nose-dive from the Football League under new owner Francesco Becchetti, saying: “You can’t do due diligence on ‘is he a nutter’!”The east London side’s long-expected relegation from League Two was confirmed this weekend following a 3-0 defeat to Crewe.But Orient, who have ten wins from 44 games this season, are in crisis off the pitch as well as on it.READ MORE: English Football League ‘exceptionally concerned’ about Leyton OrentThey survived a winding-up order last month over unpaid taxes, reported to be £250,000, and staff have called for action to be taken over unpaid wages, with their concerns to the club’s hierarchy being ‘met with a wall of silence’.The ongoing turmoil at Brisbane Road led to Hearn stepping down as Orient’s honorary life president on Monday.And he joined talkSPORT on Tuesday to explain his decision, saying that the Italian has ‘dumbfounded everybody’ by his disastrous management of the club.“It’s been getting worse and worse,” the former O’s owner and chairman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Until relegation was confirmed I thought it was counterproductive to say anything – I didn’t want to do anything that would have an effect on the kids on the pitch.“But now we know our fate, I can at least come out and say I’m not prepared to be associated, not with the club, but with the owner. I don’t like when ordinary people don’t get paid wages. There are certain standards we all have to keep up in business and I’m not going to be associated with anything that doesn’t keep up the standards I set myself.“It’s terribly sad because of where we were three years ago [when Hearn sold to Becchetti with the club on the verge of Championship football].“I look at myself and ask, should I have sold the club to him? People talk about due diligence, and the football league do that properly with top lawyers, top accountants, they know the man had money and he promised me – and he kept his word – that he was going to put a lot of money in.“But no one could have foreseen the level of ineptitude when it comes to management.“You can’t do due diligence on ‘is he a nutter’!“He runs big businesses, and if a man has a lot of business experience you can naturally assume he can run a proper business, but this guy has just dumbfounded everybody.“Eleven managers…you couldn’t write the script, because it’s so bad.“But where do we go from here? That’s much more important looking forward than backwards.“We don’t know whether Mr Becchetti will sell the club – we hope he does. But is there anyone seriously interested in the level we’re going to be operating on?”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Barry Hearn IN FULL above…
CALIFORNIA’S political system is so nakedly corrupt, with special interests buying access and favors, that anything would probably be better – anything, that is, except what’s proposed in Proposition 89. The measure would institute a “clean money” public-financing system for state legislative races. The idea of taxpayer dollars – and not special interests – funding campaigns is a good one, in theory anyway. But somewhere between theory and reality, Proposition 89’s sponsors managed to botch things rather badly. For starters, public financing can work only if there’s no private financing for campaigns, including independent expenditures – spending on a candidate’s behalf, but not through his or her official campaign. And while Proposition 89 nominally bans independent expenditures, that provision seems certain to be struck down as a violation of the First Amendment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But Proposition 89 contains a severability clause, meaning that if one of its provisions is overturned, the rest still stand. So if passed, the measure would most likely do nothing to stop special-interest election spending, while providing a public subsidy to politics as usual – much like the disastrous “matching funds” system Los Angeles uses in its City Council races. Proposition 89 would also create a massive potential for abuse. Low qualifying thresholds for public financing would enable special interests to flood the ballot with bogus candidates to make life difficult for politicians they don’t like. And a provision that gives candidates extra cash to respond to independent attack ads could lead to the creation of faux “attacks” just to bring in more public cash. Worse, though, is a treacherous provision that Proposition 89’s sponsor – the California Nurses Association – worked into the ballot language that’s a stealth assault on the integrity of the initiative system. That provision would bar most incorporated organizations – but not, it seems, groups such as the CNA – from funding initiative campaigns, thereby rigging the system. Adding insult to injury, even though Proposition 89 bars businesses from contributing to ballot campaigns, it requires them to bear the cost of the “clean money” system with an increase in the corporate income-tax rate. This provision would further despoil California’s business climate, and ought to be unnecessary if – as clean-money advocates contend – the system saved the state billions by curtailing public corruption. Someday someone might come up with a public-financing system for California that works. But Proposition 89 isn’t it. Vote no.
Aston Villa are reportedly keen to sign Gary Cahill and reunite him with John Terry.Cahill, who started his career with the Midlands club and played with Villa No.2 Terry at Chelsea, will be a free agent this summer. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The Villains ended their three-year Premier League exile after beating Derby in the Championship play-off final last weekend.Wembley stars Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe will return to parent clubs Bournemouth and Manchester United, respectively.It has forced Villa boss Dean Smith to look at his central defensive options ahead of their top-flight campaign.And The Sun claim Cahill, who made 31 appearances for Villa after coming through their academy in 2004, is ‘firmly’ on the club’s radar.Terry knows the 33-year-old very well after partnering him in defence between 2012 and 2017. Getty Images – Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker The pair won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup during their spell together at Stamford Bridge.But Cahill was frozen out by manager Maurizio Sarri in his final season in west London. He was restricted to just eight appearances and failed to start a Premier League game.Despite his lack of playing time, Cahill insists he is still good enough to play at the highest level.Earlier this month, the former England defender told talkSPORT: “I’m as fit as a fiddle and ready to go. I’ve used the time I’ve not been playing wisely. LATEST Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “This chapter will close and another will open for me without a doubt, so I have a few more years left to play.“It has been a pleasure to play for the club and I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to play at the highest level.“The memories I’ve made from this football club will live with me forever – they’re some of the best memories I’m going to have from football.” no dice shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 REPLY Gary Cahill and John Terry were hugely successful at Chelsea tense 2 Gary Cahill’s playing time was severely restricted under Maurizio Sarri Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REAL DEAL Getty huge blow
Share This!©Rikki NiblettWell, it appears that some interesting changes are coming for some Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests in regards to FastPass+.Beginning January 12, Guests staying at select resorts (though rumors are indicating it’s for those staying Club Level at the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts, at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s bungalows, and at the Copper Creek Villa Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) will have the ability to purchase three more FastPass+ reservations to use on a given day, if they so choose. The additional FastPass+ reservations can be purchased for an extra $50 plus tax per Guest per day. These Guests must have purchased a 3 day or longer theme park ticket or have an annual pass. What is nice though is that if you have the Park Hopper option, you can make your extra three selections in more than one theme park. Also of note, FastPass+ attractions that are chosen cannot be repeated during a single day.Another perk, these Guests will also receive one per day preferred viewing locations for the Walt Disney World nighttime spectaculars. Guests can choose from Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Advanced reservation is required and availability of each nighttime spectacular preferred viewing location is limited.Oh and those who add on these additional FastPasses will be able to take advantage of a 90 day booking window for these three additional FastPass reservations. Normally Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests can book their FastPasses 60 days in advance.This offer does not change the way FastPass+ reservations work for day Guests. All theme park Guests with valid theme park admission will continue to receive up to three FastPass+ selections at a single park per day at no extra charge, as well as additional day-of in-park selections that may be reserved and redeemed one-at-a-time after those initial three selections are redeemed.This is billed as a test, so this option could end at any time.