15 000 plus people are expected to pour into the stadium today to watch the final game of the season.The stakes couldn’t get any higher than this, the winner to have bragging rights as champions of rugby league in the country.Being seasoned grand finalists, the Gurias will want to make right their wrongs after their humiliating 34-8 loss to the Hela Wigmen in last year’s grand final.For the Lions, waiting nearly two decades to play in a grand final is more than enough motivation to drive the Simbu boys home to a win.In their two meets this season, both sides came away with a win each.The Lions narrowly beat the Gurias 12-10 at home in round 12.Round 15 saw the Gurias take their revenge at Kalabond when they thrashed the Lions 34-6.The grand final kicks off at 3pm.Before this will be the curtain raiser which is the third and fourth place play off between the Hela Wigmen and Lae Tigers at 12pm.
Details of the opening ceremony are always a closely-guarded secret, but what is known is that the budget for Rio’s festivities is substantially lower than the £31m devoted to director Danny Boyle’s London 2012 extravaganza.Reports in 2015 suggested Rio ceremony director Fernando Meirelles – who made films like City of God and The Constant Gardener – could be working with as little as one-tenth of Boyle’s budget.Organisers told the BBC that Rio’s ceremony will still be “the biggest event in the world – not just Brazilian culture but world culture”.There is no ticketed sports action outside the opening ceremony on Friday, but there is still some activity at Rio’s Sambadrome. Similarly to London 2012, archery holds its behind-closed-doors ranking round to seed the competitors for the events ahead.
Another state legislator is calling for hearings into misconduct in the Alaska National Guard.Sen. Bert Stedman, a Sitka Republican, believes the hearings should occur when the Legislature reconvenes in January. He says to call hearings now would politicize the issue further, but that the Legislature must be involved in the reform effort. He called the abuse, which included sexual assault and fraud, profoundly troubling.“In all my years of public service, this is one of the most appalling things I’ve ever seen,” said Stedman in a phone interview.In an interview with the Alaska Dispatch News last week, Sen. Lesil McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, demanded for the Legislature to involve a special investigator. The idea has received pushback from Senate President and Wasilla Republican Charlie Huggins.
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “Wherever he goes, you’re immediately going to get a tremendous locker room presence, a leader, one of the hardest working guys on the field and in the film room that you will ever find,” Jaworski explained. “He is a great teacher, as well as a great player.”Jaworski seems to echo those sentiments of former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who said Monday that if Manning were to sign with Arizona, the club should expect a period of adjustment. But he also believes that whoever lands Manning will improvise to make their new quarterback comfortable in a different scheme.“I would assume that some of the concepts that Peyton is so familiar with will be part of the concepts that whatever team he goes to, they would integrate those into their game planning and their playbook,” Jaworski said. Comments Share Top Stories The Peyton Manning-Jim Irsay-Indianapolis Colts saga that’s been playing out over the last few weeks has ignited impassioned debates around the NFL and in the media about what’s the best resolution for all parties involved.ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski joined Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 Friday and explained what he feels will be the end game in this increasingly messy situation unfolding in Indy.“Time to move on,” Jaworski said. “In respect for Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay, and the Colts organization — it’s time for them to move forward.” Manning’s an unknown entity, at this point, health-wise. The severity of his neck injury and the nerve damage that he has suffered is no doubt worrisome for any team that may be in pursuit of his services.But one thing is for certain — Manning is a veteran quarterback and one of the premier talents in the game — so Jaworski believes it would be unfair for him to endure a rebuilding season with a Colts team who seem dead set on moving in a new direction.The speculation has been fierce and widespread but the notion that a quarterback of Manning’s caliber could be available on the free agent market is astounding.“If he’s healthy, he’s arguably the best in the business,” Jaworski said. “There will be teams just throwing money at him to come onboard.” The Cardinals have been rumored for weeks — and still figure to be — one of those teams.“The scary part is that for the team (that signs Manning), I don’t think they are going to know for a few months — maybe three, maybe four, maybe even going into August — if Peyton Manning is healthy.” While it would indeed be risky for any team to invest in an aging quarterback with an unprecedented injury, the reward if it panned out would be far greater.