College football star chooses rugby over NFL

first_imgIsland heritageThough Wooching was born in Hawaii, the influence of his father — who heralds from the rugby-mad island of Samoa — has always weighed strongly on his shoulders.While most kids are told not to play with fire, Wooching was taught the opposite. As part of his Samoan heritage, he learned fire knife dancing from a young age and still bears the blistering scars from it today.”It ties into the whole culture thing and how I was raised,” he says. “It’s a Samoan thing. You know, the warriors do it. My dad taught me a lot when I was young, and you learn lessons through it.”Like the fire — the concept of not keeping your hands on too long. That relates to life and different things that you might come across.”Then there’s the maze of tattoos spreadeagled across Wooching’s shoulders, torso and limbs.”Most of my tattoos aren’t finished. They’re still telling the story of my life and as I progress and walk down the road, I’ll keep on adding things to my tattoos to signify big events or stuff like that, family things in my life.”Wooching’s faith — his Twitter bio refers to himself as a “Soldier of God” — shapes his life on and off the field. He first picked up a rugby ball on a Christian missionary visit to New Zealand and played the game well into his high school years until a coach recommended he try his hand at football.But he’s always had an ache to return to rugby, something which has been fed by watching highlight reels of Samoa’s Tuilagi brothers. Renowned for making big hits and scoring blistering tries, the five Tuilagis play an all-action brand of rugby Wooching dreams of emulating.”There’s a whole bunch of them but Alesana and Manu, I really try to mirror my game around them. I love to go into contacts and just be that fearless back taking the ball into tackles and making yards,” he says.”Those are the two that I generally look up to — some island players who have gone out and made a name for themselves.” USA: Rugby’s ‘sleeping giant’Rugby is considered to be the fastest-growing sport in the US. This month’s Las Vegas Sevens attracted record crowds for the seventh year in a row, boasting over 80,000 spectators across the three days.After a disappointing Olympics, the US team is enjoying its best season in the world series; having finished sixth for the past two seasons, it is fifth ahead of next week’s Hong Kong Sevens. The likes of Perry Baker and Carlin Isles are among the fastest players on the global circuit.”I think the best athletes in the world are in America,” Wooching says. “It’s just, you know, transitioning those guys into rugby and just gaining the knowledge — upping the knowledge in the game, people learning instead of just relying on pure talent and skill-set.”For Wooching, the rise of the game in the US is “awesome.” But he’s still unsure about which country he’d represent — the States or Samoa — if the opportunity should arise, nor which format of the game he’d specialize in.”I’m still trying to get to the top of whatever that may be: 15-aside, sevens, the US sevens, the US 15s, overseas, whatever that might be,” he says.”I think at the end of the day 15s is what is what I want to do, and if I can get there through sevens then I’ll do that.”Wooching’s immediate plans are just to get on a rugby field and start pursuing the game he was born to love.”What attracts me the most is the brotherhood and the stuff like that you build through rugby and the travel and all that,” he says.”Yeah, oh I’m stoked, I get to run out with all these good players, couple of teams from international places, yeah, I just love it, it just brings a smile to my face.” He had captained the Washington Huskies to the national championship playoffs, and had an opportunity that most players can only dream of.But not Wooching. Ever since he was a kid growing up in Hawaii, this burly, tattooed linebacker had harbored dreams of a different kind.”My passion was rugby,” the 23-year-old tells CNN. “The first time I picked up a ball … that’s when my love for the game started, and ever since then it’s just been gaining.”I was getting a lot of interest from agents, 20-plus agents would call my phone, connect with me through social media and what-not. I know the thing that attracts most people to NFL is the income, the money and all that, but rugby is like a little brother that kept nagging at me saying, ‘Hey you got to play, you got to play.'”Wooching now plays rugby union for the Seattle Saracens — which competes in the British Columbia League — and sevens in an invitational, US-based franchise named after Fijian legend Waisale Serevi.He is still unsure where his future lies. But at 6 foot 4 inches and 241 pounds, his powerful physique is the sort that can wreak havoc in any format of the game.last_img read more

Another showcase for João Félix

first_imgEI Atlético needs João Félix, who before Barcelona went practically unnoticed. The Portuguese was more news for his encounter with Messi and Jordi Alba than for his game. Before Real Madrid he will have a new opportunity to prove his worth. A good game against the Madrid team would raise their morale for the second part of the season. Precisely the Portuguese lived before Madrid one of his great joys with the Atlético shirt. It was in summer, in the friendly played in New Jersey. On July 27 last year Atlético defeated Real Madrid 3-7 in a match in which the Portuguese played on the right wing. He scored a goal and it was a nightmare for the Madrid defense.João Félix has played 20 official meetings with Atlético: fifteen of the league championship, four of Champions and one of Supercopa of Spain. He has scored four goals, two in LaLiga and two in ChampIons. And gave an assist in the league championship. A somewhat poor baggage for a player of his quality and his talent. João Félix needs to make a great game in the derby. Your position could vary somewhat and start playing on the right wing, just as it happened in the summer game. That day Costa and Morata played on top, Koke and Saúl did it in the center of the field and João Félix and Lemar acted in band. Now Correa could play on tip and João Felix arrive at the attack starting from the right.Simeone believes that from now on Portuguese will begin to improve its performance. For the Atlético player it will be the first opportunity to win a title with his new team. With a contract until 2026 and with 20 years, João Félix has the opportunity to start putting his name in the rojiblanca history. Atlético signed him so that the player appears in big matches. And no one doubts him: he is prepared to perform fully. It’s time for João Félix.last_img read more

From the Reinier museum to ping pong-soccer with his father

first_imgAt the beginning, when moving to housing, it catches our attention the ping-pong table next to the pool, on the main terrace, and Mauro is fixed. So as soon as he sees the moment he proposes a match. With an ice cold beer in between, we agreed to the rematch. And after the second game, the second beer. In the meantime we talk a lot about Reinier, and about that and more is the interview that we publish in AS.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mauro, Reinier’s father, poses for AS at home.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS There is still time to see Reinier’s room, photos of the child’s crack and give Mauro and Suzana a flag of Madrid that they immediately incorporate into the mentioned museum. They offer to hang us the medal of the last Liberators, won by Flamengo, and pose with her, so during that moment we became soccer players. But that dream, and that of playing in Madrid, it is up to Reinier to live it.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Reinier’s boots, in his room.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS What was going to be an interview to use ends in a three and a quarter hour meeting for the kindness of Mauro and Suzana, Reinier’s parents. They do not take in taking coffee, pastries and juices. They ask if the air conditioning is to our liking and we begin to talk about the exciting situation of his boy. They can not stop smiling, and it is not for less.Mauro explains to this newspaper the improvised museum with the most special t-shirts and trophies of Reinier, which already has a corner of the most curious for his young age. Take the opportunity to stand in one of his own awards, those of a world champion futsal in Spain in 1985 and recognized in 1987 as the best player in the discipline in Brazil.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The Reinier museum in his house.Mario Cortegana / Diario AScenter_img Minutes to 9 in the morning, the time of the appointment with Mauro Brasília (Brazil, 1960), the father of Reinier Jesus (18 years). ACE arrives at the checkpoint of a middle-upper class development in Rio de Janeiro and very shortly after appears O Pai do Craque. In t-shirt and shorts, with flip flops, he guides us to his house, a two-storey villa in which Reinier still lives, for which Real Madrid has paid 30 million euros to Flamengo.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Reinier childhood photos.Mario Cortegana / Diario ASlast_img read more

Real Madrid leaves two points and slows its streak against a great Celtic

first_imgPhoto: EFE Oscar also released his offensive version with three centrals, but the uneven moment of confidence in both teams was seen when adding people up. Madrid did not speculate, while Celta kept a lot of backs. However, with a recital by Rafinha, the support and quality of Aspas and Smolov’s clearing were enough for Celta to mark, take a breath and even forgive.In a throw-in, Aspas saw the gap between centrals for the Russian striker, which premiered as a scorer in Spanish football at the Bernabéu (0-1). Madrid continued to overturn, the visiting team did not last the ball, but getting air centers without a finisher. A good play by left wing, Benzema for Hazard and this one for Bale, left the best of the whites, out for a little.Mina slows the Madrid streak The return of costumes did not change the script and for Celta it was very difficult to endure a Madrid that also improved in the last meters. The Zidane threw the ball to the ground in their approach to the area and, after a warning from Ramos, who scored offside, Kroos made the 1-1 in the 52nd minute. Another play on the left wing, with Benzema and Marcelo to The pass back to German.Shortly after, Rubén Blanco gave Hazard a penalty, with the Belgian on the bottom line and the ball already out, which Ramos did not forgive. With Madrid ahead and Celta worn from running through the local domain, the leader seemed to have a quiet end until Denis Suarez masterfully attended a newly entered Mina. Two points of the Bernabéu vanished, in spite of the last attempts of Benzema, that give life to Barça.DATA SHEETREAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos (Modric, min. 81); Bale (Mendy, min, 84), Benzema and Hazard (Vinicius, min. 73).CELTA: Rubén; Kevin Vázquez (Sisto, min. 55), Aidoo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Bradaric (Mina, min. 83), Okay Yokuslu, Rafinha; Smolov (Denis Suarez, min. 71) and Aspas.– GOALS: 0 – 1, min. 7, Smolov.1 – 1, min. 52, Kroos.2 – 1, min. 65, Ramos.2 – 2, min. 85, Santi Mina.– ARBITRATOR: Alberola Rojas (C. Castellano-Manchego). He admonished Bale (min.72) and Carvajal (min.74) by Real Madrid. And Olaza (min. 57) and Okay (min. 76) in Celta.–Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Real Madrid gave a tie (2-2) this Sunday against RC Celta because of a goal from Santi Mina in the 85th minute, which reduces to a point the white income in the leadership of LaLiga Santander after day 24, point of life for Galicians in Santiago Bernabéu and more excitement in the fight for the title.Those of Zinedine Zidane traced the goal seven minutes after Smolov, with a second more effective part within the same domain they led in the first act. However, when Celta seemed already rendered physically and emotionally, Oscar’s changes were successful, with Denis Suarez attending Mina beautifully to get the celestial descent and spice LaLiga.Madrid missed two points on Hazard’s return after almost three months of injury. The Belgian performed at a high level, within what could be expected after a long absence, and the whites continued in their positive dynamics but had five minutes left. There Mina cut the streak of five victories followed by the whites, who are left with 53 points for the 52 of Barça, two weeks of the Classic.Madrid wanted to bite and did so in its pressure and recovery in the rival field, but then did not find the way to the goal. An eleven offensive, with Hazard’s long-awaited return as the biggest argument, left without a shot at goal. Meanwhile, despite suffering that local harassment in his field, Celta made the 0-1 and Courtois avoided the 0-2 at the edge of the break a shot only from Aidoo to corner.center_img Mina, five to the end, torpedo the accounts of Real Madrid last_img read more

Cholo defensive display

first_imgOther injury The Cholo surprised with the inclusion of Lemar in his eleven to the detriment of Marcos Llorente, who has already gained ownership. He put the Frenchman looking for him to hook some counterattack to impose his quality on the overflow, but Lemar had no luck hooking any ball and if he had the increasingly common misfortune in the Atlético squad of being injured at rest and leaving his place Marcos Llorente. So many muscle injuries worry the leaders of Atlético and the magnifying glass is set on Profe Ortega’s methods, which worked well until three seasons ago, but which are now a serious problem.The 3 of Brazil. Atlético de Simeone starred in a magical night in the Metropolitan with a perfect communion between the players and the fans who understood that before Liverpool the logical thing was to defend in a low block so as not to leave spaces for the Klopp team and nobody whistled the approach as it happened before Leganés and Granada. The big game of Lodi, which will be the 3 of Brazil, demonstrates the success of his signing and the performance of all the players speaks of the good configuration of the squad, which responds to the indications of his coach and takes games forward despite the numerous casualties that the team has. Diego Costa reappeared (entered through Correa in the 77th minute and 7 minutes before Vitolo had entered Morata) and was enthusiastically received, the same enthusiasm with which the victory was received. Now the siege of the reds is endured in Anfield. Simeone has work ahead to avoid a crash like the one he had last season against Juventus on the lap in Turin after winning 2-0 in the first leg. He will be able to give another master class of how an intensive retreat is done, but it would only be to prepare the way to go on the counterattack. But first, Villarreal, which for the club is more important. Permanent aids Simeone was exhibited against Liverpool as the coach who best defends the world. The Klopp team is the ideal to make an intensive withdrawal to counteract its virtues that are its fast transitions. To that he took his team the Cholo, to defend themselves with order, with permanent defensive aids, with coverages, swaps, with synchronized tilts, forcing Liverpool to make changes of orientation seeking the incorporation of the sides that became predictable and forcing the rival to center without reaching the bottom line, giving an advantage to an imperial Felipe in the head clearance. And he achieved the goal of minimizing the opposing figures and got Liverpool not to throw between the three Oblak clubs in the whole game.Corner with four. Saul’s goal helped the plan, which would have been the same without that 1-0 looking to hold the tie to zero as well. Attention was drawn to the disposition of the Atlético players in that action with the ball stopped because there were only four at the auction inside the area, while six, including the pitcher, were out with the aim of aborting any attempt to counter Liverpool against those five troops rojiblancos outside the area. But Atlético’s four beat Liverpool’s ten in their area and the ball fell to Saul in the goal area and scored. Atletico came out with the 1-4-4-2 first of cholismo arranged like this: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, Saul, Lemar; Correa and Morata. Two lines of four and a line of two juntitas. The goal kick start was with direct football always throwing to the left zone of the attack on the jump of Morata and Saul.last_img read more

Madrid, in the hands of Areola

first_imgone In Madrid they value Areola’s work very positively in his role as second goalkeeper, giving everything in training and facilitating the good atmosphere with your attitude. An image portrays its great adaptation, that of his career towards Courtois, his ‘rival’ for the position, to celebrate the victory in the Spanish Super Cup in the round with Atlético de Madrid. His goal now is for hugs to be for him. 13 The situation perfectly sums up the paradoxical life of the substitute goalkeeper, who from one day to another, and almost always due to the injury of the holder, receives the prominence and attention that they do not usually accompany. The opportunity can become condemned by the requirement for an Areola that was transferred at the end of last summer and now has to assume the role of savior how well Courtois was playing.center_img The Belgian, after the turbulence of his first white season, has been stabalized in the goal in this second. In a smaller Madrid, he has received 26 goals in 32 games, that is, an average of 0.81, and has left the goal at zero 15 times, that is, in 46.87% of his appearances. Meanwhile, despite entering Madrid with a good footing, Areola has sown some doubts for several blots. For example, in the afternoon before Granada (4-2) his overconfidence with the ball led him to commit a penalty that put the Andalusians in the game. More recently, a double mistake of his facilitated the 0-1, of Odegaard, with which the Real society He began digging the white grave in the Copa del Rey.Areola’s turnAlthough when you are really going to see what it is made of it is now, in the service sheet of Areola at the moment appear 9 goals received in 8 games (1.12 on average) and 3 doors to zero (37.5%). Its percentage of stops is a discrete 59.09%, far from 72.92% of Courtois. With the French international, Madrid have drawn (2-2, although he left after the break, with 0-2 down) and won the Bruges (1-3) in the Champions League; defeated Osasuna (2-0), Granada (4-2) and Alavés (1-2) in the League; and won Unionists (1-3) and Zaragoza (0-4) in the Copa, where he fell (3-4) with Real. The injuries are always inconvenient, but some seem especially so. An example is that of Thibaut Courtois (27 years old), of whom Real Madrid announced yesterday that he will be in the infirmary due to an accident “muscle in the long left adductor”. The setback leaves Zidane without her guardian to about two weeks which includes this Friday’s games against Eibar (9:00 p.m.) and next Tuesday against Manchester City (21:00 hours), and forces Alphonse Areola to rescue from his background (647 minutes) (27 years).last_img read more

Football and drugs in the 80s

first_imgGaliciaDrug trafficking was so powerful in Galicia at the end of the century that drug traffickers tried to hide it. Sito Miñanco, one of the biggest bosses of the Arousa estuary, took over the equipment from his town, Cambados, of just over ten thousand inhabitants. In other chapters of this report series we have seen how football was used to wash the image and advertise, but in this case the narcos already had everyone in the palm of their hand.Nacho Carretero tells it in his fantastic book Fariña: “The profile of a great boss had to be completed with football. The Youth Club of Cambados would not be one of the best known teams in Galicia if it were not for Miñanco “.” Ahe start of each championship Sito put 30 million pesetas (180,000 euros) on the table and Youth planned the season with salaries for players higher than Deportivo or Celta de Vigo“” When the president was in Cambados, the team arrived on the field aboard his yacht. “” In the preseason, Miñanco took the team on tour to Panama and Costa Rica. “This modest team stopped being so and rose from Preferred to Third and from Third to Second B (with 47 points above the second) as fast as the gliders of the time. In those categories, with that budget, those boots, those balls … they were just on another level. Today Cambados fights in the categories of regional football far from its shameful past, which they do not hesitate to distance themselves from. In 2018, when Brais Méndez was referred to as “the son of the Fariña FC striker” (the Celta player’s father is Modesto Méndez ‘Pupi’), the club came out with a statement expressing outrage: “The CJ Cambados is a club with more than 50 years of history and which has partners, sponsors, players, managers and a whole town that deserves to be treated with more respect”. A few years that Galician society and football would like to forget. It is impossible to quantify the direct and indirect victims of American drug trafficking in the last third of the 20th century and it would be irresponsible to compare it with the lives of many people, but soccer was also stained by the drug business.America de Cali was seventeen years on the Clinton List. Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, along with his brother Gilberto, controlled America de Cali. He was not the only one, and the drug traffickers could manage small and large teams, such as maximum shareholders or leaders in the shade. One of the most popular is Pablo Escobar’s Atlético Nacional. Today almost mythologized by the famous television series, he was one of the most dangerous capos of the time. He was one of the most moving and Magazine Forbes of the hundred richest people in the world since 1987, the first year the magazine produced this list, until his death in 1993.They achieved great sports results, such as the three consecutive finals of the Copa Libertadores del América de Cali or the title of Atlético Nacional in 1989. The economic power was immense and nobody escaped what they used it for. The threats, bribes, and fear they instilled provided all the scores for those teams.Some of the most famous footballers had a relationship with them. The goalkeeper René Higuita was, in his words, “little friend” of Pablo Escobar and visited him in prison, where his relationships with drug traffickers took him for nine months. The América de los Rodríguez Orejuela met with Maradona to try to sign him for three million dollars before going to Barça.last_img read more

A ‘yes with conditions’ to a return from the Premier in June

first_imgThe Premier League begins to see the light. The league held a meeting with the British government in which it received a provisional green light to resume competition from June, always subject to developments in the coronavirus.According to Daily Mirror, the intention is that the competition will resume in June with all the games behind closed doors and some criteria of total protection for all the personnel involved: players, coaches, cameras, etc.Furthermore, for the sake of the common good, ehe First Division football could stop broadcasting exclusively on pay TV (Sky and BT) to do it outdoors, at least, in certain encounters. Mirror assures that this proposal, which they will have to discuss with Sky and BT, would serve to avoid crowds of fans in the stadiums, as happened in Paris, in addition to entertaining a higher number of people during confinement. Of course, all this small agreement, of which no further details about the plan to carry it out, will depend on how the pandemic advances in the United Kingdom, which has 48,000 positive cases and where the number of deaths is close to 5,000.The plans that have been appearing in England to resume the competition are varied and also arise in quantity. One club asked to bring the competition to China while the English press reported that the idea of ​​taking the entire competition to the Midlands and playing for a month ‘like a World Cup’ was also valued. For now, they only discuss the resumption date. The ‘how’ is still waiting.last_img read more

Nadal beats Halep in the first round of the ITF Fantasy Champions

first_imgRafa Nadal passes the confinement in his home in Porto Cristo, close to his native Manacor, the place he doesn’t have a tennis courtroom to follow whereas isolation by the coronavirus pandemic lasts. However the Spanish now triumphs just about. This Friday he went to the second round of the ITF Fantasy Champions of Champions, yesterday and in the present day’s star event organized by the Worldwide Tennis Federation on Twitter since final Wednesday, and that works with the votes of followers on the social community. They’re the ones who resolve who wins every of the figurative matches that face some of the finest gamers of all time. Nadal might with the Romanian, former world primary and Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion, Simona Halep with 68.1% of the votes. Now he’ll face the American Chris Evert, who gathered extra followers (67.7%) than the Swedish Mats Wilander There are two extra Spanish girls on the roster of the incredible championship: Garbiñe Muguruza and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. The lady from Caracas didn’t beat the Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the earlier one (55.8% vs. 44.2%), whereas the Barcelona participant beat the American Jim Courier by a slim margin: 50.3% vs. 49.7%.This Fantasy brings collectively the 36 ITF World Champions (these of 2019 have been Nadal and Barty and the first, Borg and Evert, in 1978), amongst them, in addition to these already talked about, Djokovic, Federer, McEnroe, Serena Williams, Roddick, Connors, Graf, Barty, Hingis, Agassi and Navratilova. On the Nadal aspect, in the decrease half, are Murray, Evert and Arantxa; and above, Kuerten, Sampras, Serena and Clijsters. Every single day 4 conferences of this imaginary portray are posted on Twitter made with 4 seeded (Nadal, Federer, Serena and Graf) and ordered by advantage of the quantity of titles of Grand Slam and Davis Cup.last_img read more

Athenea and Tere Abelleira, from promises to stars in Depor

first_imgAthenea del Castillo and Tere Abelleira have been two of the great feelings of Deportivo (4th), revelation team in this First Iberdrola. Cantabrian and Galician were on the list of young promises called to succeed in Spanish football and the forecasts have not failed. Its quality is a reality at the highest level of the First Iberdrola. Both are fixed in the lower categories of the Spanish team, with which they were proclaimed champions of Europe U-19 in 2018, and have proven to have a level for more. In this season they have shined with their own light being the maximum assistants of the Depor, with six passes of goal and two so many each one. Considered as the successor to the legendary Vero Boquete in Galicia, Tere Abelleira is the great symbol of this Depor, of which she has been a part since her birth in 2016. The one from Pontevedra is the great star of the A Coruña team, a distinction that has been earned by hand, in its continuous exhibition on green. With the best teams behind her, with the interest of clubs like Real Madrid or Barça, Abelleira has these days all the focus on her decision: if he renews as blue and white or decides to leave A Coruña to continue to succeed.In the case of Athenea del Castillo We are facing a player who lived through great hell to be able to end up in Depor. After a long soap opera on her departure from Racing, the Cantabrian footballer managed to land in La Coruña and, since then, has not stopped bringing great moments on the field. The player, with exquisite technique, renewed with Depor a few months ago, which caused great tranquility in the club from A Coruña, who ties one of his pearls with it.last_img read more