Joseph Parker’s manager, David Higgins: “We’re actually a lot more relaxed about it, because when Junior is lying on the ground, it doesn’t matter who the judge is.” The former WBO champion faces the Fa on Saturday
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 23/02/21 10:07
Joseph Parker has been involved in a heated argument with Junior Fa over the judges for this weekend’s heavyweight bout between rivals New Zealand.
The former WBO champion returns to face the Fa in Auckland on Saturday, but disagreements over officials have flared up again during their press conference.
Fa manager Mark Keddell has suggested that Parker will be favored by the judge from Christchurch, a charge his opposing coach Kevin Barry has denied.
“We looked at the jury list,” said Keddell. “The Barry family is a very successful Christchurch family, and we just thought there were some Auckland boys fighting, so we had to have an Auckland judge.
“We feel very strongly about that.”
Fa coach Eugene Bareman joked: “We definitely don’t want Kevin’s partner from the pub to be one of the judges.”
Barry replied: “What they have to say about my influence in Christchurch is pretty good. I left Christchurch in 1992. I haven’t lived in Christchurch or New Zealand for nearly three decades.
“The fact that I have all this influence with officials in Christchurch is simply ridiculous.”
Parker’s manager David Higgins revealed that he had made a “compromise” and hoped the dispute could be resolved ahead of the fight.
“Dealing with Mark Keddell is more complicated than dealing with Eddie Hearn or Bob Arum, because this is a great moment to shine,” said Higgins.
“He’s the smartest person in the room. We’re actually a lot more relaxed about it, because when Junior is lying on the ground, it doesn’t matter who the judges are.”
A clash with Derek Chisora could be next for Parker, if he overcomes the Fa, and the 29-year-old is determined to deliver a decisive win.
“There are no secrets, do fights, a fighter wants a knockout,” said Parker. “That’s what I’m going to be looking for. I think that’s what he’s going to look for too, but I know I have the strength to knock him down.
Wednesday’s PRADA Cup race was postponed after New Zealand went into lockdown for 72 hours. THE INEOS UK TEAM wants to finish the PRADA Cup Final, despite being postponed, and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli has submitted a hard cut-off.
By Emma Thurston
Last Updated: 17/02/21 18:38
There is much uncertainty surrounding the Copa America competition, with INEOS TEAM UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli taking different positions regarding future fixtures.
The race in the PRADA Cup Final between INEOS TEAM UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli will continue on Wednesday. However, after New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert levels changed and they locked themselves out for a total of 72 hours, race day was postponed.
The PRADA Cup Final is a competition between the two remaining challengers that determines who will challenge the Emirates New Zealand Team in the 36th Copa America. This is the first series with seven wins, and four races have taken place so far.
Now, event organizers have said they want to retain as much of the American Cup as originally planned, but race day may need to be postponed to do that.
In a statement, organizers later explained that if New Zealand’s alert level drops to one, the race will resume this weekend.
However, if the alert level remains at three or two, that means restrictions in encounters and difficulties with events, races and event activations will need to be rescheduled.
The intention of the potential rescheduling will provide the best opportunity to see the event progressing with maximum involvement and benefit for the public and stakeholders.
Tina Symmans – Chair of the American Cup
The proposed date is the rescheduling of the PRADA Cup Final to restart on February 26, with the first race of the Copa America match set to kick off on March 13.
The INEOS TEAM, led by team head and captain Sir Ben Ainslie, followed Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 4-0 in the PRADA Cup final and the England team supported the race organizer’s proposal.
The result of the PRADA Cup final must be won and decided on the water in the format agreed to win seven races, their statement said.
“THE INEOS UK TEAM fully respects the government’s decision to limit racing until it is safe to do so and will support postponement of competition if necessary.
“The solution ACE puts forward is prudent in ensuring the safety of everyone in New Zealand, and the integrity of sporting competition. INEOS TEAM UK will continue our race preparation and be ready to race if it is safe to do so.”
Challenger of Record has also offered its full support to ACE and to local authorities to immediately implement the Level 3 Alert management plan provided by AC36 Event COVID-19 Management On Land and On Water Plans.
The plan stipulates that, in warning of COVID-19 level 3, AC36 Village will be closed and regata will be continued “behind closed doors”, without the public, as has happened in many international sporting events.
This water management plan has been tested and therefore can be activated immediately with the approval of the authorities.
As teams are allowed to sail and train under COVID-19 alert level 3, it is difficult to understand why races “behind closed doors” cannot be allowed to enforce the same protocol.
However, their opponent Luna Rosa Prada Pirelli takes a very different stance on the matter and has made it clear that they want to race as soon as February 19, while respecting public health and the protocol enforced by the New Zealand government.
“As teams are allowed to sail and train under COVID-19 alert level three, it is difficult to understand why ‘behind closed doors’ races cannot be allowed to implement the same protocol,” their statement said.
As Challenger of Records, they continue to say that if the race program is not completed by February 24th, then they intend to set top scorer as the winner of the PRADA Cup.
The team will be a contender for the Copa America match and under the current points situation, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.
Watch every moment of the America’s Cup challenge, live on Sky Sports.
George Fisher talks about New Zealand, the ‘best’ British gown ever, the Vitality Legend Series and more in his latest Sky Sports netball diary.
So much has happened since my last diary, you might want to grab a cup of tea for this one, but before I dive in, I just want to say that I sincerely hope you all stay as safe and as possible.
We’re still in really weird times so keep talking to the people around you, do what you can to stay active and also, hopefully, you can enjoy all the netball live to come too.
So, what’s happened since my last post? Yes, I was very lucky to be able to go to New Zealand for a month to tour. I find it exciting not only to be back with The Roses but to know that I will be back in New Zealand again to play this season with Southern Steel.
I absolutely got to meet my new coach and some of the Steel team-mates, who were absolutely awesome to actually talk in person and not just through the screen!
New Zealand is a place that is cool and very cold. It’s amazing, but a little strange, to be in such a ‘normal’ place right now. After we came out of quarantine two weeks after many COVID tests, we didn’t need to wear masks anywhere or had to be socially distant from other people, it was a bit surreal.
Here, you always go through the same checklist before leaving the house now; phone, keys, wallet, masks, hand sanitizer, and when you’re there, nothing. That’s weird, but in a very nice way.
What’s the highlight of this tour? Well, everyone has to face the world champions and we took a lot of positives and lessons from our time there.
Serena’s 100 cap is amazing, the game is super hot; what a moment for him and a huge honor to say that I played with him in that game.
Personally, I really enjoyed playing the right match and the great competition again. It’s been a long time and I really enjoy playing with lots of different combinations. It was a very positive tour, I love it.
Kiwi is a phenomenal player. Sulu (Fitzpatrick) behind has an amazing series. It’s hard to know how to play against him and a good challenge, which I really like!
I like to play against different styles, for example New Zealand plays very differently to say South Africa or Uganda. I really enjoy thinking about what you can do against different teams and looking for ways to change my game to get the best out of my opponents.
Obviously, the Kiwis have their zonal play, and it’s great to deal with it head-on because we do so much analysis on it and have a lot of tips and tricks up our sleeve – which I obviously can’t tell you because I’d get into a big problem if I did – so dealing with it head-on is great, especially with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner. You think that four years is a long cycle but it’s not!
Once we returned from New Zealand, there was a little free time I spent at home with my family and furry baby; I do a lot of cooking, dog walking, running, and home training.
Also, Kat Ratnapala was amazing to let me be a training partner with the Saracens Mavericks until I left for New Zealand. I’m totally stuck in it and feel so honored to actually be back in the gym and training on the pitch with the girls.
At the end of the year, we have several UK camps and because of COVID they are completely different from normal.
We get tested regularly and the only time we can be together is in the field, other times you have to be in your room, masks are worn everywhere, everything is cleaned and all your food will be delivered to your bedroom door.
Everything is there to try and keep everyone as safe as possible – we will do everything we can to play netball, so we take it all in stride.
We do a lot of ZOOM from our rooms to stay in touch outside of training and we can go for walks every day with one masked person, so now I can say that I am very much aware of how big the Loughborough Union campus is and I know quite well where most of the things are right now , and that’s a good thing!
Sometimes we all go into ZOOM and have a naughty little ZOOM party, or if we’re having dinner, we’ll hook up to a video chat and laugh together. There’s also space for some quiet time, it’s a very nice balance.
We are such a tight-knit team that it really feels like a family. It’s great to be able to talk to anyone and laugh, but also if you need to be serious you can. Everyone understands what is unique about everyone and we are a perfect fit as the Roses squad.
Early January we had a Jamaica series scheduled but unfortunately, due to COVID, this is not possible. With a lot of hard work behind the scenes, UK netball is announcing the Vitality Legends Series, which will allow us to get some much-missed competitive match play.
So, we all returned to the pre-tour camp in the same conditions as before, however, this time a lot of girls had lots of exams and revisions, so we all supported each other.
On the pitch we had three wins which felt incredible because we were up against a team of quality players and we really didn’t know what to expect. We knew how great they were as individuals and then when they got together I remember seeing Jo Trip and Sam May after their first few minutes and thinking that they looked like they had been playing together for years!
The series is truly special, not only able to appear on the home court, but also for another big reason – the best dresses ever! We have ‘change agents’ in our clothes, so the names of people who have been so influential to us in our careers are in our hearts.
It’s an amazing touch and it tastes very, very good. I have my father’s name on my dress and I feel a huge sense of pride going there knowing that little of him is with me. It’s the same for all the girls and when we all get our dresses we all get a little emotional.
I didn’t actually tell my dad that his name would be on my dress! It came out on Twitter, and everyone who knows my Dad knows he loves Twitter, but he didn’t fully accept the announcement when he first saw him. He’s only half reading it, so he comes home and tells my mom they’re going to do this amazing thing with the names on the players’ dresses.
She nodded, knew what I had done, smiled back at her and then told her I would write her name on my dress. She was crying, this bigger than life grown man had a few tears because he was so arrogant and proud, it really made me very happy.
It’s so beautiful, and it means everything. Everyone says it’s their favorite outfit and I totally agree. I feel so wonderful in it. People don’t always see the journey players take to get to that pitch, but my family knows what has been taken and how important they are.
It’s the same for all the girls, some recognizing previous netball coaches or others who played a big part in their own journey. It means a lot and is a wonderful opportunity to be able to show that person your gratitude.
So what now? I just got some bits and bobs sorted in terms of visa, it’s kind of busy with that side of things, so many paperwork and it’s not easy!
The plan is to go to New Zealand in early March ready for the ANZ Premiership season which starts towards the end of April. Steel has given me a program I am on, and I can’t wait to get to join my teammates and experience netball in New Zealand.
It’s something I’ve always, always wanted to do, and I can’t wait to get caught up in it. I am very excited to immerse myself in that lifestyle; I’ve never lived outside of Hertfordshire and now I go to the other side of the world to play the sport I love! How crazy is that! They always say make it big or go home… so I’ll be big !!
Anyways, that’s all for now… stay safe and enjoy the netball to come, I’m really looking forward to Vitality Superleague starting this weekend, even though it will be weird to be a spectator. Watch out and we’ll be right there!
What do you get when you combine hummus and salsa? Hummusalsa! You can make your own hummusalsa at home with this week’s recipe. It’s a delicious twist on two popular sauces made with ingredients that will help keep you full longer.
Hummusalsa is made with stuffed garbanzo beans (chickpeas)protein and fiber. The combination helps control appetite and aids digestion.ResearchDemonstrating protein and fiber can lower your calorie intake throughout the day, making hummusalsa great to enjoy as a snack or at lunch.
Pair the hummusalsa with your favorite veggies like carrots, sugar peas or broccoli florets for a snack. Or, you can enjoy this sauce by adding a little to your lunch. Spoon a dollop of hummusalsa on whole wheat pita bread and add a handful of spinach or kale.
Rain is more likely to be a popup variety on Mato Grosso for the next seven to 10 days, allowing some breaks to finish planting. Attention must be paid to the prospect of rainfall; the shortened season means that all the rainfall will be critical and critical.
The forecast for most of February is not optimistic in this regard. The DTN forecast and the advanced versions of the American and European models agree that at least the first two to three weeks of February will have a lower than normal amount of rainfall, although February 5-9 could have a fairly decent amount across the region. Heavy rain is likely to occur around this expanse, but it may not be as heavy or as extensive as we usually see that month. This may lead to drier stretching and corns may have to rely on lower than normal soil moisture to germinate for early growth.
This is not normal for long strains during the La Nina pattern. Usually, rainfall is near normal in this part of Brazil. The model begins to retrieve La Nina’s trend for near-normal rainfall in late February and early March. The model even shows that rainfall can be above normal, including for southern Brazil too. Rain can occur in time if the soil moisture starts to decrease in the plants.
The DTN forecast agrees with this sentiment and has near-normal rainfall for March. And the pattern is expected to return to what we usually see in La Nina for April and May: close to normal throughout central Brazil and below normal for southern Brazil. Such a pattern would be good for the main growing areas of central Brazil, but southern Brazil could see much harsher conditions as plants reproduce and stockpile.
So, to summarize, February can be sketchy for safrinha maize planting as rainfall is too abundant in the south and possibly not enough in the north. Rainfall appears to be sufficient throughout Brazil for March as the plants go through the vegetative stage. However, rainfall returned to normal La Nina patterns in central Brazil and below normal in southern Brazil for April and May. This leads to normal prospects for central Brazil, but diminishing prospects for southern Brazil.