The two men who can give Queensland the blues

first_imgHayne is undoubtedly one of the game’s most damaging stars and has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the series, including a try in each of the first two Origins.  However, his final 20 minutes in the Game Two loss at ANZ Stadium left some questioning whether he should be retained for the July 12 decider after Hayne came up with a couple of errors, including a shocking behind-the-back flick pass that let Queensland off the hook just when the Blues were going in for the kill. A veteran of 22 Origin appearances, Hayne shrugged off the post-game criticism with a pair of stunning performances for the Gold Coast Titans against the Wests Tigers and the Dragons to temporarily silence his critics. Those doubters will be waiting for him to fail at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday, but according to Pearce, that scepticism will only bring out Hayne’s best. “Jarryd is the first guy I want to play with in any big game,” Pearce said at the team’s hotel in Kingscliff. “He’s proven time and time again, and sometimes I think we forget how good he’s been for a long time. “He’s won two Dally Ms and he’s probably been one of NSW’s greatest players. It’s a big call, but in my eyes that’s how I see him. In Game One he was a match winner for us and I thought in Game Two he did some really good things. “He made some errors, but I wouldn’t be poking the bear.”‌For Hayne and the rest of the backline to be at their best, the engine room up front must lay the platform to give the speed merchants the room they need to tear apart Queensland’s defence. That’s where Andrew Fifita comes in.The wrecking ball produced one of the all-time great Origin performances in Game One with some likening him to Arthur Beetson after his man-of-the-match showing inspired NSW to a comfortable 28-4 win in Brisbane. The Sharks prop had spiders on him as he ran for 183 metres, broke 11 tackles and set up a try in the series opener but was well contained in Sydney, limited to just 93 metres as the Maroons found a way to handle the hulking No.10. Fifita’s front-row partner, Aaron Woods, conceded the Blues got their tactics wrong in Game Two but promised there would be no repeat of that in the decider. “‘Fifi’, he’s ready for a big game,” Woods declared. “He’s probably disappointed that he didn’t get enough ball but I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go. He’s been a little bit crook (flu) earlier on but he’s got enough rest heading into Wednesday.”They (Queensland) just got a lot of numbers to him and just attacked his legs. He’s a big frame and probably the way that we carried sometimes didn’t help the way that Fifita plays. We might have to look at a few things there and fix that up. “You can tip-on to him and maybe get him to run a bit wider. It’s something we’ll sit down and talk to Loz (Blues coach, Laurie Daley) about how our game’s going to go and the structure that we’re going to play.” Photo: NRL Photos.NSW star Jarryd Hayne.last_img read more

Abortion views stir GOP debate

first_img• Photo Gallery: GOP Debate | 2SIMI VALLEY – Alone among 10 Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani said in campaign debate Thursday night “it would be OK” if the Supreme Court upholds a 1973 landmark abortion rights ruling. “It would be OK to repeal it. It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent,” said the former New York city mayor, who has a record of supporting abortion rights. In a party that draws strength from anti-abortion voters, Giuliani’s nine GOP rivals agreed that it would be a great day if the court overturns the landmark ruling. “Glorious day of human liberty and freedom,” enthused Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acknowledged he had changed his mind on the subject when he began to delve into the issue of cloning. He said his position had once effectively been “pro-choice.” But Giuliani, who said he personally hates abortion, hedged when asked about his current position. “I think the Court has to make that decision and then the country can deal with it,” he said. “… The states could then make their own decisions.” Alone among the top three contenders, Arizona Sen. John McCain has a career-long record of opposition to abortion. The 10 rivals showed their conservative credentials across 90 minutes of debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, each claiming to be a worthy heir to the political legacy of the late 40th president. They stressed the importance of persisting in Iraq, called for lower taxes and a muscular defense and supported spending restraint. “The first pork barrel, earmark bill that crosses my desk I’m going to veto it and I’m going to make the author famous,” said McCain. Romney jumped in at that, saying that as governor he had cast a veto “hundreds of times.” Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson put his total at some 1,900 vetoes. The field split on another issue, with Brownback, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo raising their hands when moderator Chris Matthews asked who did not believe in evolution. Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean boldly said the debate “confirms that a Democrat will be elected in 2008. The Republican presidential contenders are only offering more of the same failed leadership and misplaced priorities that President Bush brought to the White House.” Giuliani, McCain and Romney were the first among 10 equals on the debate stage – the men with the most money and the best approval ratings in the polls more than eight months before the first 2008 national convention delegates are selected. Other participants included former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia; and Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas. They debated in the shadow of Reagan’s Air Force One, the aircraft hanging suspended in the library’s pavilion. The 40th president’s widow, Nancy Reagan, sat in the front row next to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. One by one, the candidates invoked Ronald Reagan – he was mentioned 19 times. The issue of abortion looms large in the 2008 presidential campaign in a party where a wide swath of political activists support the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Both Romney and Giuliani must persuade conservative voters they are ready to embrace that view – or else persuade them to overlook the issue in picking a candidate for the White House. In a debate that ranged broadly, most of the contenders said they opposed legislation making federal funds available for a wider range of embryonic stem cell research. The technique necessarily involves the destruction of a human embryo, and is opposed by many anti-abortion conservatives as a result. There are exceptions, though, including Reagan’s widow, Nancy. Also, public opinion polls show overwhelming support for the research, which doctors say holds promise for treatment or even cures of numerous diseases. Most of the contenders said they opposed expanded federal research. McCain was the exception, saying unambiguously he supports expanded federal research into embryonic stem cells. Thompson said there was “so much research” in the area that he couldn’t give a yes or no answer. Giuliani’s response was open to interpretation. He said he supports it “as long as we’re not creating life in order to destroy it,” then added he would back funding for research along the lines of legislation pending in Congress. The bill he cited does not expand research on embryonic stem cells, however, but deals with adult stem cells. There was no dissent about the importance of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. “We should never retreat in the face of terrorism,” said Giuliani, adding, “terrible mistake.” Romney also said the United States must support the government of Nouri al-Maliki in its efforts to combat terrorism. “I want to get our troops home as soon as we possibly can, but at the same time we don’t want to get them out in such a precipitous way that we have to go back,” he said, warning that too hasty a departure could lead to chaos in the region. McCain said the war effort is now on the right track, although he said that until recently, the war had been “terribly mismanaged” by the Bush administration. “Terribly mismanaged,” he repeated for emphasis. The Iraq comments contrasted sharply with last week’s debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls. Then, eight presidential hopefuls called for an end to the military involvement that so far has claimed the lives of more than 3,300 U.S. troops. Speaking of Iran, Giuliani said “they looked in Ronald Reagan’s eyes and in two minutes they released the hostages.” That was a reference to the U.S. hostages released from captivity on the day of Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. He didn’t mention other hostages taken on Reagan’s watch – those seized in Lebanon and kept for years. Romney invoked Reagan in discussing abortion rights. “I changed my mind. I took the same course that Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush” did, he said. Romney and McCain squared off over terrorist leader Osama bin Laden without directly addressing each other. Last week, the ex-governor said, “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person” and advocated a broader strategy to defeat Islamic jihadists. McCain had called the comment “naive.” Under questioning, Romney defended his comment, saying: “It’s more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay and he will die.” McCain shot back, saying bin Laden’s responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans. “We will do whatever is necessary. We will track him down. We will catch him. We will bring him to justice and I’ll follow him to the gates of hell,” he said. MSNBC and The Politico co-sponsored the debate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

3×3 Pro Basketball League approaching the end with an exciting fifth round in Bangalore…

first_imgGajendra Singh Rathore, Senior Centre Director, Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore said, “We are looking forward to hosting the fifth round of the 3×3 Pro Basketball League at Phoenix Marketcity Bangalore. At Phoenix we believe in variety and diversification and hence this time we have forayed into the field of sports and basketball is becoming more and more popular by the day among the youth in the city. We would like to wish all the players the best of luck!”Advertisement The 3×3 Basketball League (3BL) franchise Delhi Hoopers will participate in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya. They qualified after emerging as champions in the third round of the only FIBA-recognized league in India.  Yoshiya Kato, Chairman, 3BL said, “The success of 3×3 Pro Basketball league’s first ever season in India is the result of the constant engagement of fans and supporters. 3×3 basketball is a thoroughly entertaining sport and is equally challenging to satisfy the most passionate basketball players.” Rohit Bakshi, League Commissioner, 3BL, said, “It’s hard to fathom the constant support that 3BL’s first season in India has received. Bangalore Machas have set a benchmark when it comes to a proficient gameplay and a sudden climb through the team standings. We are very excited for the upcoming 5th round and are looking forward to witness a bright introduction and passion for 3×3 basketball in India.” 3BL has been a huge success so far and has provided incredible opportunities to Indian basketball players. As the inaugural season is approaching its ending, the leading teams face tougher competition, as the prize money and a FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hyderabad spot comes within arm’s reach. The current standings have Delhi Hoopers in the first place, followed by Ahmedabad Wingers and Bangalore Machas. Chennai Round MVP Timajh Parker-Rivera and Chethan Suresh created a powerful inside-outside duo against Delhi Hoopers in the final match of the Chennai round and increased their chances of emerging on the top in the inaugural season. AdvertisementAfter a sensational fourth round in Chennai, 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) moves to Bangalore on 11th and 12th August 2018 at Phoenix Marketcity. The surprising and eye-catching victory of Bangalore Machas, to end the three Round reign of the Delhi Hoopers, in Chennai increases the stakes in the league again as the competition for the leading teams increases.  3×3 basketball has been recognized as an Olympic sport and will be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The interest and excitement for the inaugural season as well as for 3×3 basketball overall has surged considerably in India since the inception of 3BL.last_img read more