Seibold dismisses Ponga talk

first_imgPhoto Getty Images Caption: Newcastle Knights full-back Kalyn Ponga Knights chief executive Philip Gardner this week stated that the Broncos are a “bigger” threat than New Zealand Rugby as he strives to tie Ponga down to a new deal.The 21-year-old Queensland State of Origin full-back, who has made no secret of his desire to play for the All Blacks, is contracted until the end of next year, so he will be a free agent to NRL clubs on November 1 if Newcastle cannot agree an extension.Broncos coach Seibold rates Ponga highly, but says salary-cap restrictions would make a move for the livewire Knights man unlikely.”If we had open slather of course I’d go for Kalyn Ponga because he’s an outstanding player but every club has got a salary cap and it is not like the [English] Premier League where you can pay what you want for a player,” Seibold said.”Certainly Kalyn hasn’t been in any conversation [with the Broncos]. I think any club in the competition would want someone like Kalyn in their group regardless of what position he plays.”We certainly haven’t spoken about him so I am not sure where that came from. We are guided by a salary cap, so that is pie in the sky sort of stuff.”last_img read more

Veteran sports photojournalist Bikash Sandhu passes away

first_imgKolkata, May 22 (PTI) Veteran sports photojournalist Bikash Sandhu died today following a prolonged battle with a liver disease, said Calcutta Sports Journalists Club. He was 64. Sandhu is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Sandhu has covered several Tests and One-day Internationals, including World Cups. He has also covered the Wimbledon, Olympic Games and several other prestigious tournaments in his long career spanning more than three decades. Sandhu was also a well-known photojournalist in Kolkata and national football circuit. He has served Aajkal newspaper from its inception in 1985. In his condolence message, Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer Biswarup Dey said, “Sandhu had a long association with sports photography and was well acclaimed.” The CSJC also mourned Sandhus death and sent its condolences to his family. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more