Rugby League BY BENJAMIN KOITAKA The PNG National Rugby League board will decide on whether Goroka in Eastern Highlands will host any of its games starting next year. The competition manager Stanley Hondina (pictured) said the fate of Goroka to host any of its home games next season will be left for the board to decide. Hondina described the incident as isolated and a failure on the part of the games organizers to provide security on game-day. “It’s a wake-up call for Goroka franchise club to improve on that, if it happens to host games again,” Hondina said. “The game management was a bit of lacking with the presence of the police to safeguard the perimeters of the venue. “It’s an isolated incident but whatever happens next year is for the board to decide, as it would be premature for me to say cancel all the games in Goroka forever.” Hondina said he had met the National Sports Institute management and the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis franchise owner Simon Sia after the incident and Sia had agreed to meet the costs of the damages. “We had a meeting right after the game with NSI and Simon Sia to come to terms and the costs of the damage done and Simon Sia to pay for that. “Irrespective to that, the board made a decision that the remaining game (this year) shall not be played in Goroka. “It’s a dead and close issue but we are mindful of the passion they have (for rugby league). Hondina said the incident happened a fortnight ago when Lahanis hosted the reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers in the round 8 clash that saw spectators set fire to a bush material (kunai gras) house inside the vicinity of the venue as the game was underway. He believes it was frustration caused by some of the spectators who were denied entry because games organizers were only allowed to let 500 people to enter the arena.
KENNEDALE, Texas – The inaugural IMCA Red River Modified Tour takes drivers in three divisions to six tracks in Texas and Oklahoma.IMCA Modified features May 26 at Kennedale Speedway Park, May 27 at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, May 28 at 281 Speedway, May 30 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and May 31 at Grayson County Speedway all pay $1,000 to win. The final Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event of the week is June 1 at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, with a top prize of $1,500.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods race for $500 to win and a minimum of $50 to start each night. All events are draw/redraw and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.Questions can be directed to Tour Director Selby Holder at 254-715-5742.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Razor Chassis South Central and EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region, Texas State and special series points, but no track points will be awarded.Series champions will be crowned in each division; Modified and Stock Car champions become eligible to qualify for their respective race of champions during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.RACEceivers are required in each division each night and Westhold transponders are also mandatory at KSP, Heart O’ Texas, 281, Devil’s Bowl and Southern Oklahoma.The use of IMCA mufflers is also required at Kennedale and Devil’s Bowl.Kennedale opens the pits at 4 p.m. and the grandstand at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for kids ages 6-11 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.At Waco on Sunday, May 27, pits and the grandstand both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military and students, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.The Monday, May 28 Memorial Day show at Stephenville has pits and the grandstand opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing is at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and students, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.At Mesquite on Wednesday, May 30, pits open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. and racing is at 8 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and students ages 13-15, and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at Bells. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 8 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $15, seniors, military and students all pay $10 and kids four feet and shorter get in free. Pit passes are $30.And at Ardmore on Friday, June 1, pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are on May 26 and 27 programs.Smiley’s Racing Products hosts an off-day lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at its 103 Gross Road location in Mesquite. Tour drivers can visit the facility and pick up any parts they need that day.
Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 targets He has started only seven Premier League games this season, with most of his appearances coming in the Europa League or as a substitute.Giroud’s current deal expires this summer unless the Blues activate a one-year extension clause – and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola says the club want him to sign a long-term contract.But the 32-year-old World Cup winner is not short of alternative options and could be tempted by the prospect of regular first-team football. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND LATEST LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Giroud is the Europa League’s top scorer LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti TOP WORK “I am frustrated when not on the pitch, but I just don’t want to show it,” Giroud said on Wednesday, ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague.“I am not happy to be the second striker. I don’t know [if I will be here next season] you have to speak to Marina [Granovskaia]. I want to enjoy my football. It must be decided by the end of the season.“Yes [I have received offers from other clubs] but I cannot tell you yet. I am focused on Chelsea.” moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Olivier Giroud has revealed he has received offers from other clubs, casting doubt over his future at Chelsea.The France striker is second-choice at Stamford Bridge, behind January arrival Gonzalo Higuain, and he has been left disappointed due to a lack of first-team opportunities. REVEALED
In a marathon legal hearing for five hours, Shah Rukh Khan’s legal counsel Dilip Sheth argued before the adjudicating authority of Enforcement Directorate to prove that the FEMA case is baseless.Sheth, also the legal counsel of SRK’s IPL franchise Knight Riders Sports Ltd (KRSPL), argued before the authority with the submission that the allegations of forex violation against the actor and his wife Gauri Khan are baseless.Last month, the ED had issued a notice to SRK and Gauri to be present before the adjudicating authority for the final hearing on the FEMA violation case on Wednesday. But both remained absent and on their behalf, legal counsel Sheth appeared before the authority along with KRSPL’s chief financial officer (CFO) Saloni Ganesh and some documents.ALSO READ | SRK’s lawyer gets ready to counter ED’s auditor in IPL FEMA caseOn other end, Chokshi & Chokshi’s partner Mithil Chokshi, a chartered accountant and auditor who had submitted the valuation report against KRSPL with the findings of FEMA violation of around Rs 80 crore was present with his counsel.Chokshi’s report had alleged that the Bollywood actor allotted 90 lakh shares of KRSPL to Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta’s Mauritius-based company Sea Island Investment Ltd (SIIL) by undervaluing the share prices ie from Rs 80-90 per share to Rs 10.For five hours, SRK’s counsel tried to put his case “very strongly” before the authority. Sheth cross-examined Chokshi’s valuation report, word by word.ALSO READ | SRK, Gauri get extenstion from ED in IPL FEMA case advertisementSheth refused to speak to India Today and before the hearing, he had protested the presence of journalists with ED officials claiming “it could affect the case”.”Further clarification and hearing of both parties will be sought, if required. The order in this case would be passed soon,” Vineet Agrawal, special director and head of adjudicating authority at ED, Mumbai told India Today.