Seven Year ItchWith James Madison winning the title last January and North Dakota State claiming the previous five national championships, it’s been seven years since neither of the two 2018 championship game participating schools were playing in Frisco in early January. The last time neither of the teams were featured at the FCS championship game was the 2010 season’s championship on January 7, 2011, when Eastern Washington defeated Delaware 20-19. That contest was the first time the game was held in Frisco and hosted by the Southland Conference, the City of Frisco, and Hunt Sports Ventures.In late 2016, the NCAA agreed to a four-year extension to continue holding the Division I Football Championship title game at Toyota Stadium, keeping the championship game in Frisco through 2020. Game CallsThe championship will telecast live on ESPN2 starting at 11 a.m. CT. Two-time Emmy Award winner Dave Neal will have the play-by-play call, while former NFL and University of Georgia standout Matt Stinchcomb will handle analyst duties. Longtime ESPN college sports broadcaster Quint Kessenich is the sideline reporter.Westwood One will provide the nationwide radio broadcast, available via westwoodonesports.com, the TuneIn mobile app and SiriusXM channel 84. Stingy DuoJames Madison is ranked number one nationally in scoring defense while North Dakota State is the second-ranked team in all of FCS. The Dukes forced an eye-popping 10 turnovers in last week’s contest – six interceptions and four fumble recoveries, both season highs. The six picks matches a 44-year old program record from when JMU competed at the Division III level. Last Friday, the Bison held Sam Houston State to a season-low 13 points after the Bearkats entered the game leading the FCS in scoring offense. Game OfficialsA crew from the Southland Conference will officiate the game as well as handle replay officiating. This year will mark the second time in four years that Southland officials receive the honor to work the national championship game. How They Got HereThe Dukes extended their consecutive game-winning streak to 26 with a 51-16 drubbing of South Dakota State last Saturday. JMU began its playoff march to Frisco on Dec. 2 with a 26-7 victory over Stony Brook followed by a nail-biting 31-28 win over Weber State on Dec. 8. Meanwhile, North Dakota State advanced to the championship after upending Sam Houston State 55-13 on Friday. The Bison’s return to Frisco began with a 38-3 toppling of San Diego on Dec. 2, followed by a 42-10 walloping of Wofford on Dec. 9. Thursday, Jan. 4Noon – NDSU Interviews – Toyota Stadium, Practice Field 712:30 p.m. – Media Luncheon – Toyota Stadium, Winners Club1:15 p.m. – JMU Interviews – Toyota Stadium, Practice Field 25:15 p.m. – Miracle League Community Outreach Activity – Frisco Paint Ball7 p.m. – Great Texas Barbecue Bowl – Main Event Friday, Jan. 58:30 a.m. – Championship Banquet (breakfast) – Frisco Conference Center3 p.m. – Home Team Press Conference – Toyota Stadium, Media Operations Room4 p.m. – Visiting Team Press Conference – Toyota Stadium, Media Operations Room5 p.m. – VIP Reception – Toyota Stadium, Winners Club6 p.m. – STATS FCS Awards Banquet – Frisco Conference CenterSaturday, Jan. 69 a.m. – NCAA Tailgate Town – Toyota Stadium North Concourse11 a.m. – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Toyota Stadium Coming in HotJames Madison (14-0) is looking to win its 27th straight game and second consecutive national championship. The Dukes rolled through the regular season with an 11-0 record, beginning the year with a 34-14 win at East Carolina. Before Weber State put up 28 points in the FCS quarterfinals, JMU had not given up more than 14 points in a game all season.North Dakota State (13-1) saw its only blemish of the season come in a 33-21 loss at South Dakota State on Nov. 11. Besides that, the Bison put together a perfect season, including regular-season wins over No. 6 Eastern Washington, No. 8 Youngstown State, No. 10 Western Illinois, No. 25 Northern Iowa, No. 10 South Dakota at No. 21 Illinois State. One versus TwoAfter beginning the playoffs on Nov. 25 with 24 teams competing for the opportunity to play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship in Frisco, the final game matchup is set. The bracket held form as defending national champion and No. 1 seed James Madison is set to square off against No. 2 seed North Dakota State.Click here for the complete tournament bracket. Tough TicketThe general public ticket allotment sold out shortly after going on sale in August. NCAA Experience ticket and hospitality packages are still available via the NCAA Ticket Exchange. To keep up to date regarding future ticket opportunities, sign up here. Revenge-Minded BisonThe Dukes’ 27-17 win over the Bison in Fargo, ND, in last year’s semifinal round ended a streak of five straight national championships and Frisco appearances for NDSU. The loss snapped the Bison’s 22-game postseason winning streak and was the first home playoff loss since the 1991 Division II first round. Live From FriscoESPNU will air a live half-hour pregame show from Frisco and Toyota Stadium immediately preceding the ESPN2 television broadcast. Championship Week EventsAll times are CT
LONGSHOT PLATINUM WARRIOR PREVAILS BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH IN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES AS SADLER & FOLEY TEAM FOR MILE AND A QUARTER WIN ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 2:02.37
LONGSHOT PLATINUM WARRIOR PREVAILS BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH IN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES AS SADLER & FOLEY TEAM FOR MILE AND A QUARTER WIN ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 2:02.37 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2019)–The luck of the Irish carried the day in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita, as Irish-bred Platinum Warrior carried his Irish-born jockey Shane Foley to a 16-1 upset win. Trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old grey colt by Galileo got a mile and one quarter over a “good” turn in 2:02.37.Breaking mid-pack in a wide open field of 13 older horses, Platinum Warrior was a handful in the run under the wire the first time and pulled Foley into a dogfight for the lead with Argentine-bred Roman Rosso up the backstretch and into the far turn.Racing in the two-path while turning for home, Platinum Warrior opened up what appeared to be a four length advantage approaching the sixteenth pole and managed to hold off late surges from both Epical and Beach View for the win while providing Foley with his first-ever win at Santa Anita.Based in Ireland, Foley had been Platinum Warrior’s regular jockey prior to his U.S. debut at Arlington Park in Chicago four starts back on Aug. 11.A close fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths with Foley up in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes here on Jan. 5, Platinum Warrior paid $34.40, $13.80 and $8.40.Owned by Yuesheng Zhang, Platinum Warrior, a Group III winner in Ireland on May 27, is now 12-3-1-0 overall and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he has earnings of $208,290.In a huge effort under Tyler Baze, the Jim Cassidy-trained Epical, who lunged at the break while getting away a step slow, outgamed Beach View for the place. Off at 7-2, Epical paid $5.80 and $4.20.Beach View, trained by Leonard Powell and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was off at 7-1 and paid $5.40 to show while finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Ya Gotta Wanna.In what appeared to be the best betting race on an 11-race card, 3-1 favorite Chicago Style checked in fifth with Drayden Van Dyke.Fractions on the race were 23.37, 48.22, 1:13.24 and 1:37.67.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO has “reached the end of the road” following Tottenham’s 3-0 thumping to Brighton, according to Joe Cole and Jermaine Jenas.The Argentine was already feeling the pressure after being hammered 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich on Tuesday.1 Mauricio Pochettino is overseeing a full-blown crisis at SpursCredit: AFP or licensorsLowly Brighton then compounded Poch’s misery after capitalising on Hugo Lloris’ horror injury to claim a three-goal drubbing and their first win of the season.And speaking immediately after the final whistle, both former Tottenham midfielder Jenas and ex-Chelsea star Cole gave their verdicts on the manager’s future in north London.Cole told BT Sport: “The club is in disarray. Tottenham were dreadful with no desire, no heart, nothing. There was no press.”Pochettino looked uninterested on the bench, I think we’re getting to the point where it’s the end of the road for this team and this manager.”As a group, they have fallen apart and something is going to have to change.”Pochettino looked uninterested, I think we’re getting to the point where it’s the end of the road for this team and this managerJoe ColeThe defeat to Brighton meant Spurs have now lost SEVENTEEN matches in 2019 – more than any other Premier League club, including the Seagulls.And Jenas added: “I’ve been at that football when there have been changes. I love Mauricio and I hope he stays but it stinks of that type of moment. Things seem very stale.”He’s been at the club for a number of years, I feel like the club have let him down and the players are not applying themselves.”Something needs to change, hopefully it’s the players’ mentality rather than the manager.”Neal Maupay’s third-minute tap-in followed by a brace from talented teenager Aaron Connolly has left Spurs rooted in seventh on 11 points.They now also face a spell without club captain Lloris after the keeper was stretchered off the pitch and Poch provided an update on the Frenchman after the match.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe Tottenham manager said: “I think the news is not good. We have to wait, they are going to explain the real situation.“Everyone saw on the pitch when he landed that it wasn’t a good situation.”“Of course [Lloris’ injury] affected the players . We cannot take the credit from Brighton, but the team suffered a massive impact from that action.” Spurs chiefs worry axing Mauricio Pochettino will benefit their rivals as Man Utd and Real Madrid circle
Mourinho’s trophy-laden career has been marred by periods when he has blown up in frustration and anger – usually just before he leaves a club.The last few months of his spell at United saw him at odds with the board and his players as results stuttered on the pitch.But Mourinho is unrepentant – saying there is no way he is going to be happy if his team are not winning.He said: “If you are happy by losing football matches, it’s difficult to be a winner in any moment of your career.”But the emotional control to keep the self esteem and confidence and in those around you is very important.”Having spent two spells at Stamford Bridge, there was a time when he was known as Mr Chelsea – but Mourinho claims he is now only Mr Spurs.He added: “I think I am Mr Porto and Mr Real Madrid and other clubs as well, I am whatever club I am at.”I wear the pyjamas of the club and sleep in them. I am a club man, but I am a many club man.”Mourinho also made a point of paying tribute to the work done by his predecessor Pochettino, who has been a good friend of his over the years.The Spurs boss said: “I’ve been smiling for two days. First of all I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio.”I have to congratulate him on the incredible job he did. I share with you what we shared inside.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”This club will always be his home, this training ground his training ground. He is always welcome here.”Tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness soon. He will give everything like he did at this club.”He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt.”Mourinho will get dow tobusiness, with Spurs travelling across London to face bitter rivals West Ham at lunchtime on Saturday. JOSE MOURINHO admitted he has made mistakes in his career and will “make new ones” as he spoke this afternoon for the first time as Tottenham manager.But the Special One says he is humble enough to have learned the error of his ways as he attempts to turn Spurs into a winning club.4 Mourinho looked happy and relaxed as he held his first press conference at Tottenham – and says he has not stopped grinning for two days4 Mourinho said he felt bad for Poch and that the former boss will always be welcome at SpursMourinho, 56, took over from Mauricio Pochettino yesterday, tasked with bringing success to North London.And he insisted at his first press conference as boss he does not need to sign any players to deliver what is being asked.Asked if was an improved boss after being sacked by Manchester United last December, Mourinho said: “I think so. These last 11 months have been used to think and to prepare.”You never lose your DNA. You are what you are – for the good things and the bad things. I know in my career that I’ve made mistakes.”I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes. I’m going to be stronger.”Happiness-wise I am convinced my choice was a great one. Ten out of ten.4 Jose Mourinho has admitted to mistakes in the past but says Spurs have got a humble managerCredit: Getty – Contributor“The job? Sometimes results make these decisions. I wouldn’t say it’s a big job. The club is huge.“I know that I have potentially a great job in my hands.“I am humble. I am humble enough to try to analyse my career.”Not just the last year but the problems and the solutions. The principle of my analysis was not to blame anyone else.”Mourinho added: “The best gift are the players who are here.“I don’t need new players. I just need to get to know these ones better.“I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them.”I told the players I came here because of them.”I tried to buy some for different clubs and some I didn’t even try because you know how difficult it was.”4 Harry Kane was deep in conversation with his new manager Mourinho at their first training sessionCredit: Getty – Contributor Jose Mourinho gives first interview as head coach at Tottenham
CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsBut the latest news will give the Gunners a boost having appeared to have fallen behind their bitter rivals in the race to land the Brazilian.They were said to be leading the way at the end of April and now appear to be back in the hotseat.But if Willian is seen to be dragging his heels, that will not impress Gunners boss Mikel Arteta who warned yesterday he is not interested in players who hesitate over joining his club.In an interview with Ian Wright on Adidas UK’s Twitter account, he said: “Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are.2MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do, for me it’s not a good starting point.”If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit.”Willian has said that should the season be extended beyond his contract he will stay and see out the campaign because of his “loyalty” to the Stamford Bridge outfit.Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham. Absolutely no deal even close there. #Willian #thfc #CFC— Joao Castelo-Branco (@j_castelobranco) May 6, 2020 WILLIAN has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with Tottenham.The Brazilian looks almost certain to leave Chelsea at the end of this season as he hunts for a three-year-deal and North London seems a likely destination.2 Willian has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with SpursWillian’s Chelsea contract expires this summer and the club have only offered him a two-year-deal but the winger wants three.Earlier this week it was reported Willian had agreed to move to Spurs having discussed the move with his “friend” and old manager Jose Mourinho.But the 31-year-old has flatly denied that is the case, according to ESPN.Brazilian journalist Joao Castelo-Branco tweeted: “Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news”Absolutely no deal even close there. #Willian #thfc #CFC.”Willian has made no secret of his desire to remain in London, where he has lived with his family for the last seven years.In an interview with Bolivia Talk Show, he said: “I like London and my family likes it too but that’s a question I don’t know how to answer.”I don’t know which club I’m going to or if I’m staying here at Chelsea or if I’m leaving to another London club or if I’m leaving England, that’s something I don’t know.” Simon Jordan says the Premier League are ‘trying to come back for one reason – money’
Coming into the third match of their tour, Warren Gatland’s Lions were not fit for purpose, midweek defeat by the Blues giving the British press corps serious jitters. Lions exposed and lacking ‘x-factor’, they declared, almost in unison.But a gutsy 12-3 win over the redoubtable Crusaders on a cold, greasy night in Christchurch (billed by some as the fourth ‘test’) has transformed the mood. It was ever thus.Victory “ensured that any talk of an ill-fated tour of New Zealand can be put to bed by triumphing in what looks to be their toughest warm-up match of the schedule”, the Independent breathed, with obvious relief.According to the Times, this was a massive victory. “A real statement. A line in the sand.””They did not score a try, but, right now, that doesn’t seem to matter. Actually, they should have scored at least two or three. So they can tuck that away – improvements to be had, etcetera.”Unlike its own rather laboured headline effort (Owen’s a win), The Sun also had Gatland’s men laying down a marker, with a controlled performance against the Super Rugby league leaders.”The hosts have not been beaten once this season,” said their man on the ground, “so this win will be a real boost for the Lions who mis-fired in their opening two games.”There had been no effort to downplay the significance of this particular fixture – inside and outside the Lions’ den – in the wake of Wednesday’s frustrating loss at Eden Park. Asthe Guardian said during the week, in the social media age everyone already has an opinion about these tourists and the virtual noise is tricky to ignore.Gatland’s visible relief, therefore, came as no surprise.”I’m really pleased, more with the result than the performance. We needed that,” reported WalesOnline.So, for the press, a step up, the Lions imposing themselves, on the back of a good defence, forcing the Crusaders – with their gang of All Blacks – to kick more than they would normally. The French referee will no doubt get it in the neck.On social media, former England number eight Nick Easter revelled in the performance: “Blueprint for the series. Brilliant D, disrupted set piece and forced Crusaders into a kicking game! Take chances that come. Gonna b a belter.”The BBC was right behind him: “Like the Blues in the previous match, the Super Rugby outfit looked impressive on the counter-attack but the Lions were able to nullify the danger and keep them pinned back in their territory.”Jet-lag a distant memory, it is now about getting to know you, and the press pack liked the pairing of Owen Farrell (and his four penalties) and Conor Murray (a pinpoint kicker, said the Telegraph).The powerful carries of Mako Vunipola and captain Alun Wyn Jones went down like a cold tinnie.In fact, as the Telegraph added: “There was so much to admire, so much to savour.”Gatland had named a strong side, and the feeling was that many would have done their chances of starting the test series no harm at all.Selection for the Highlanders game on Tuesday may be a cause for concern, however. Full-back Stuart Hogg joined Jonathan Davies in the dressing room after colliding with Murray’s elbow, cutting above his left eye.Success will be defined by the last three weekends, but it sure does feel good on the back pages today.
Civoniceva, who captained the Bati at the 2013 World Cup, believes his three-year campaign for a Fiji team in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW will finally come to fruition in 2019 after the FNRL wrote to the NSWRL to advise they had formally endorsed the bid at a recent board meeting.”The endorsement of the FNRL was the missing piece in the jigsaw so now that we have got that it allows us to start to set up for 2019,” Civoniceva told NRL.com.”We are obviously now going to make a major announcement and will then get on our way towards meeting all the criteria set by the NSWRL to have a team ready for the 2019 season.”The backing of the FNRL was the final hurdle for Civoniceva to secure support and funding from the government and sponsors in Fiji for the team.The former Brisbane Broncos prop has been in discussions with sponsors to help provide the $1.5 million needed to cover operating costs, including flights and accommodation for visiting NSW Cup clubs in Fiji.”To have the endorsement of the FNRL, there is obviously benefits for companies that sponsor the bid in Fiji and that is why it was important,” he said.”Now we have that it allows us to go to the sponsors we have been speaking to for some time to let them know we have ticked every box in terms of getting those endorsements in place.”A team in the NSW Cup would be a massive boost to the game in Fiji, which has qualified for the semi-finals of the past three World Cups in 2008, 2013 and 2017.With more than 25 Fijian players in the NRL last season there is no shortage of talent in the island nation and the Bati scored the country’s greatest rugby league victory when they defeated New Zealand 4-2 in November’s World Cup quarter final at Wellington.The success of the PNG Hunters in the Queensland Cup has provided a blue-print for the Fiji bid and the NSWRL is keen to replicate that model in 2019 provided Civoniceva can satisfy conditions about finances, organisational structure and the quality of their playing and training facilities.”There are obviously financial matters that need to be adhered to and we have to have those ticked off by the NSWRL, and then once we do that we can get underway,” he said.”Providing we can prove ourselves financially viable and sustainable we will be ready to go in 2019.”
Inglis and Cronk played in four grand finals together at Melbourne Storm, won two of them (2007, 2009), and played in the halves together in two of those matches.On Saturday night, each will be trying to keep the other out of next Sunday’s Telstra Premiership grand final.The preliminary final between the Rabbitohs and Roosters has many storylines. The friendship formed between 31-year-old Inglis and 34-year-old Cronk in Storm, Queensland and Australian sides, is one line that extends the longest and deepest.”He’s great Cooper … stunning footballer,” Inglis told NRL.com.”But coming up against him … well, you want to play against the best – that’s what you want to do. It doesn’t matter if they’re a good mate, or former teammate.”And that’s what makes our game so good because we have such great players and they are spread across the whole 16 teams.”Coops and I have separate jobs to do on Saturday, but we have the utmost respect for each other.”Still, Inglis won’t let any of his teammates be overawed by the brightness of Cronk at No.7.The Rabbitohs skipper actually thinks the danger-men in the Roosters line-up are the No.6 Luke Keary and No.1 James Tedesco.”Having Keary back (from a knee injury) makes them stronger and his linking with Tedseco is definitely threatening,” Inglis said.”Those two are forming a nice combination so we have to try to nullify that. And that takes attitude.”It also requires a certain amount of patience, as expectation is growing among Rabbitohs fans that a repeat of their 2014 premiership triumph is on the way.”We just brush it, and put it aside as best we can,” Inglis said.”We know what we’re capable of. But we have to turn up ready to play – it seems like the easiest thing to do but it’s the hardest.”Playing our brand of footy for 80 minutes and not in patches is the goal.”And not offering a 70 per cent completion rate, like we did against the Dragons (30 from 42 sets). We need to be up around 90 per cent or we’ll give ourselves little chance.”The number of fans who turned up to Tuesday’s training – waving South Sydney flags and wearing the famous cardinal and myrtle jerseys – proves the love they have for their football team.”Obviously being in the prelim is the exciting thing. It doesn’t feel like four years since we were at this stage,” Inglis said.”It’s gone so quick. I think back 12 months ago and I wasn’t anywhere near this kind of situation,” he said referring to his knee reconstruction and mental health battles.”We’ve come a fair way as a team after 2014. Obviously didn’t get too far in the finals in ’15 [lost week one] and then missed them completely in ’16 and ’17.”As a team and as a club, we’re just stoked and so happy to be back in this position again. We’ve lost a few players, got a new coach, but here we are.”Despite Inglis’ lengthy association with big matches – including being a Clive Churchill Medallist – he gets anxious prior to kick-off.”I still get nervous but I’ve got no routine before big matches .. I just chill … do nothing.”The nerves will be there no matter what I try to do. Once I get to the ground and start getting taped, I know it’s time to zero in and stop the chilling.” Photo Fox Sports
PNG were in trouble batting first as opener Riley Hekure got dismissed for 5.Chris Amini (33) and Dodogo Bau (10) steadied the ship for PNG along with Jason Kila’s 13 runs.But the rest of the PNG batting line up failed to contribute significantly as four wickets fell for only 17 runs.PNG were all bowled out for 98 runs in the 19th over. Vanuatu’s Patrick Matautaava did the damage taking 3/16.In their run chase, Vanuatu got off to a bad start losing their two opening wickets for 7 runs. Matautaava (17) and Nalin Nipoko (49) did the bulk of the job for Vanuatu in chasing down the target.Middle order batsman Ronald Tari hit the winning runs in style in the 17th over smashing a four to deep backward point to finish at 6/101.In the bronze medal play off, Tonga beat New Caledonia by 7 wickets.
Pini will be looking at participating at the World Championship Short Course event later this year in Canada.The 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) will be held from December 6–11 at Windsor in Ontario, Canada.These championships will feature swimming events in a 25-metre (short-course) pool.Pini just represented PNG at the Rio Olympics swimming in the 100m butterfly event.The 3-time Olympic swimmer missed out on qualifying for the 100m butterfly finals clocking in at 53.24 sec in his heat, finishing outside the top 16 to qualify.Pini is currently ranked 30 in the world in the Men’s 100m butterfly with his current time of 53.24 sec.The 34-year-old said he will keep up with his swimming.“At the moment my 50 butterfly is ranked very well, an event they don’t have at Olympics so I would love to improve on that some more,” he said.Pini returns to PNG at the end of the month.