first_imgWith Madness entertaining the sold-out crowd at the break, madness also reigned on the pitch as Russia shocked Scotland, Wales drew with Fiji and the series qualifier tournament had fans on the edge of their seats. Australia will be happy with their performance on Saturday as they followed up their day one win over Samoa with victories against South Korea and England to ensure their place in the quarter-finals against Argentina.The other quarter-finals on Sunday will see Fiji play Canada, USA face England and a mouthwatering encounter as South Africa take on New Zealand.Elsewhere in the World Rugby series qualifier competition, Chile, Germany, Papua New Guinea and Spain progressed to the semi-finals on Sunday. The day began with the announcement that the next Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA will take place from July 20-22, 2018. Pool AAustralia kicked off proceedings on day two with a comfortable 52-0 win over invitational team South Korea but it was their 12-10 winning performance against England in their final pool match of the day that sparked rapturous cheers in a packed out Hong Kong Stadium. Rookie of the year 2015-16 Henry Hutchison scored twice as Andy Friend’s outfit finished top of their pool for the first time since Dubai last December.Despite their loss to Australia, England had already secured their place in the Cup quarter-finals with a 12-10 win over Samoa earlier in the day, with Gordon Tietjens’ side pushing them close.Pool BSeries leaders South Africa finished with a clean sweep of three wins from three in the pool stages, beating Kenya 35-10 on the morning of day one with a hat-trick from Werner Kok the highlight of the match. Damian McGrath’s Canada side proved a different level of competition though, keeping the score level at half-time with Justin Douglas’ try cancelling out Dylan Sage’s score to keep it 7-7 at the break. The familiar Blitzboks momentum shone through late in the second half though, with scores from Ruhan Nel, Cecil Afrika and Siviwe Soyizwapi sealing the win 26-7. McGrath’s Canada side had beaten France 28-14 earlier in the day and beaten Kenya 17-14 on day one to make sure they will be in the business end of things come the third day in Hong Kong. Pool CFiji topped Pool C but were almost tripped up by a fierce performance from Wales in their first match on day two. Having lost to the Welsh in Sydney earlier in the series (which broke Wales’ 14-match losing streak against the Pacific islanders), Fiji were aware of the threat and Luke Morgan was on song scoring twice in the first half to give his side a 10-5 lead at half-time. Vatemo Ravouvou scored early in the second half to put Fiji ahead 12-10 after his conversion also landed, but Morgan tipped the game back in favour of Wales. A late try from Amenoni Nasilasila brought the scores level, making it a thrilling 17-17 score line. Gareth Baber’s side faced a strong New Zealand outfit in their second pool match, a side who had beaten Japan 40-14 earlier in the day to qualify for the quarter-finals. Despite a barnstorming try from New Zealand debutant Joey Ravouvou, it was his namesake Vatemo who clinched the winning try for Fiji and put a 17-14 win on the board.Pool DUSA went unbeaten in Pool D, beating Scotland 19-14 early on day two thanks to a hat-trick from Perry Baker to secure their spot in the Cup quarter-finals. Mike Friday’s side produced a dominant performance against Argentina in their final pool match, with the returning Mike Teo showing his class from the recent Americas Rugby Championship by bagging two tries in his side’s five-try, 33-5 win. Argentina had fortunately secured their Cup quarter-final place with a 17-12 comeback win over Russia earlier in the day. Russia’s Vladimir Ostroushko and Vitaly Zhivatov scored in the first half and combined with Dmitry Sukhin’s conversion made it 0-12 at half-time. However, Santiago Gomez Cora’s side bounced back quickly with Fernando Luna, German Schultz and Matias Ocsaduk all scoring to help make it 17-12 at full time.QualifiersDay two of the Hong Kong sevens finished with four thrilling quarter-finals as the eight teams battled out for a chance to be a core team on next year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. After pool play, Guyana, Tonga, Jamaica and Sri Lanka had been eliminated.South American rivals Chile and Uruguay faced off in the first qualifier in a tense affair that saw two men in the bin. Chile scored first but Uruguay fired back to leave the teams level 7-7 at the midway point. But a try from Lucas Westcott stretched the gap and Francisco Neira – the man who just completed his business studies degree – put Chile in the business end of the qualification tournament, despite a consolation try for Uruguay. It finished 21-12 and Chile took their place in the semi on Sunday.Their opposition was to come from the next quarter-final as Germany faced off against Hong Kong, who were, unsurprisingly, backed by a passionate local support. In what turned out to be a breathless affair, Germany’s Sebastian Fromm opened the scoring with a superb break after just two minutes. However the hosts grew into the game and Jamie Hood levelled the scoring in the dying minutes. The game was headed for extra time when Hong Kong chipped ahead only for the Germans to counter-attack, making space for Bastian Himmer who broke away to score and silence the home support. 14-7 it finished and Germany will face Chile in the first semi-final on Sunday.  It started badly for Uganda – a poor kick off resulted in a try for their opponents Papua New Guinea as AA Clements broke through the line. However the African side equalised with a try from the energetic Govle Ramathan and the momentum saw them cross the line right at the break – Solomon Okia rewarded for his hard work in attack to leave it 10-7. Gaino Kapana then scored with 3 minutes left to make it 14-10 to PNG and, despite a frantic finish, Papua New Guinea held on for the win.The final match of the night saw Spain take on a plucky Namibian side. Spain, unbeaten so far in the tournament, went ahead in the first half with tries from Joan Losada, Pol Pla and Lucas Levy leaving it 21-0 at half time. Second half tries from Losada and Levy saw Spain take their place in the semi-final with a 33-0 win.last_img read more

first_imgThe announcement came as French and British authorities expressed relief that England’s victory over Wales in Lens passed without any serious spectator trouble.The two England fans were among 35 people injured during three days of clashes in Marseille between England and Russia fans before their game last Saturday.One of the badly hurt fans, in his 50s, is reported to have been hit on the head with an iron bar.”We are still looking for those responsible for these events which are considered attempted murder,” Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said.Investigators are studying security camera footage to track the attackers.Mr Robin said the Marseille violence “was in large part provoked by particularly violent Russian supporters who wanted to show their supremacy over the English supporters.”French riot police fired tear gas and baton charged beer-fuelled England fans in Lille on Wednesday night when they crossed with Russian, Wales and Slovak fans in the city. Thirty-six arrests were made and 16 people were injured.But England’s 2-1 victory over Wales in the nearby city of Lens passed without serious incident.Lens closed its schools and most shops followed in a near lockdown. The drink still flowed freely for the match however.last_img read more

first_imgWho will be sure is Gerard Piqué, which on Wednesday rejoined the group after overcoming its overload in the adductor of the right leg. Despite not completing the session today, the player is expected to be in full condition for the match against the Getafe. 2. 3 What the center does not know yet is if it will jump to the field next to Umtiti, if it finally recovers from its discomfort in the right knee, or from the branch of the subsidiary, the Uruguayan Roland Araujo. Do not forget that the other central team, Clement Lenglet, can not play when sanctioned.In any case, it seems clear that if in the lead the situation is absolutely bleak, with only two players in the first team, Griezmann and Messi, in the defense, and specifically among the centrals, it is also not for firing rockets, with three players for two positions, but counting that one of them, Umtiti, he can barely play three consecutive games of high demand because of a battered knee that is taking him to a dead end after ignoring the advice of the Blaugrana doctors to go through the operating room as the only solution to their problems.And as misfortunes never come alone, the defense Nelson Semedo, with tonsillitis, was the other absence in training, which by the way, had the novelty of the Brazilian Net, after overcoming your sprained right ankle.center_img As we advance in ACE, Samuel Umtiti finished the game against Betis very sore in his right knee. So much so that the next day, in recovery training, the French central did not jump into the field, staying in the locker room to perform “specific work,” according to the club. The truth is that the right knee of the player was very inflamed and opted for rest and anti-inflammatory as first shock measures. 48 hours later, the knee is not so inflamed, but the player still has residual pain in the area, so from the medical services it has been decided to continue doing rehabilitation work in the gym. In any case, everything indicates that this Thursday Umtiti already jump to the field to prove himself in front of Saturday’s game against Getafe.last_img read more

first_imgOn the different hand, Schwarztman, first head of sequence and quantity 14 of the world, completed his sport of the quarterfinals against Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. “I had been taking part in at a excessive stage of tennis, reaching the final in Cordoba and right here I used to be in the semifinals with the very best situations to advance and even win the title. I waited till the final minute to see if Sousa went down, “ the Argentine joked.The ‘Peque’ fell final Sunday in the final of the Cordoba Open against the Chilean Cristian Garín 2-6, 6-Four and 6-4. Ruud and Sousa will meet in the final of the Argentine Open, which is performed on clay, this Sunday. Norwegian Casper Ruud beat the Argentine on Saturday Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 7-5 and 6-1 and will play the final of the Argentine Open, the ATP 250 of Buenos Aires, against the Portuguese Pedro Sousa, who certified as a result of his rival, the native Diego Schwartzman, didn’t present as much as play for an damageRuud, eighth favourite and quantity 45 in the world, will look for his first ATP title. The Norwegian got here to this occasion with out shedding partials in the earlier matches, however he fell in the first against Londero. In the second quarter the place had a string of unforced errors that tipped the steadiness in favor of Ruud. In the third quarter the Norwegian maintained his stage and the Argentine didn’t enhance.last_img read more

first_imgThe little one of the Alcantara is back. Rafinha celebrated this week his 27th birthday receiving the award for the best player of Celta during the month of January. after one flashing first lap, the midpoint ceded for Barcelona again resembles that footballer who aimed at crack before suffering three serious knee injuries.“I was very clear what was going to happen,” says the Brazilian about physical problems They ballasted him during the fall. “They were waiting for me different workouts and another way to play. I was aware that it was going to cost me. I’ve taken but now I meeting in fullness“, says the little son of Mazinho. On the shores of the Atlantic it has also been re-contracted with a old acquaintance that did not appear in the initial script. Oscar Garcia, who landed in November on the bench of Balaidos, trained the versatile attacker in the youth of Barça: “It was one of the years I stood out the most. Messi was playing fake ‘9’ in the first team and he had the idea to try me on that same position. The truth is that I started score many goals and we won everything. “The be reborn of the 2016 Olympic champion in Rio arrives in a key moment in his career. His contract with the Blaugrana entity ends in 2021. Everything indicates that at the Camp Nou they will try make box with him at the conclusion of this campaign. An unequivocal symptom of that intention is that the termination clause from Rafinha has gone from 75 million from euros to 17 after the renewal signed to play a loan in Celta.If you keep the physical level and the game of the last two months, the Brazilian international will not be missing offers this summer. Because of its age, it is still time for re-dress the shirt of the Canarinha Among the huge competition to take a place in the attack of the world pentacampeona are the Real Madrid Rodrygo and Vinicius. “They have a huge quality and show how Brazilian football has grown again,” says the Celtic, who breaks a spear in favor of carioca: “I have no doubt that Vinicius will end up scoring for the talent he has.” The last campaign Rafinha had to play Leo Messi in the Classic that meant Julen’s dismissal Lopetegui. The Argentine was injured and Ernesto Valverde placed the São Paulo as a false right-handed. his performance in that 5-1 he did gain weight in the plans of the Txingurri, but a month later the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee in the Metropolitan Wanda broke.Although the current course started it being one of the most outstanding culés, in the last days of August he decided to return to Vigo, the city where he grew up and where was consolidated in First six years ago under the orders of Luis Enrique.The Celtic convinced him with his ‘Operation Return’, the same plan that seduced Denis Suarez already Santi Mina. Rafinha preferred to be mouse head What a lion’s tail. “I knew it was a risky step, but I was looking for continuity, “admits ’12’, who begins to live what he imagined last summer:” I am happy for to have met footballily, feel one hundred percent. Logically, you always hope to have best resultYes, but now I can prove the football player that I am and, in this way, be able to help the Celtic“.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool arrives at the Metropolitan with confidence deposits in the clouds. He is on his way to breaking all the records in the Premier to be crowned champion with unusual speed. He beat Norwich, the colista of the championship, in a match in which those of Klopp showed discomfort, especially in the first half. Kloop tried to save resources against the last classified of his championship, but he could not do it and finally had to pull Mané and Fabinho, both of them convalescing lately, to solve the match. And it was precisely an exrojiblanco the last to circumvent the attention of the two central network. Raúl Jiménez tied Wolverhampton-Liverpool momentarily on January 23 with a header from Adama Traoré. It was 1-1 because before Henderson had scored, also above the exit of a corner. In the 84th minute of that duel, Firmino finally gave Liverpool the victory. The Mexican striker had managed to surprise Liverpool in a kickback that he initiated, to send to space on Robertson’s back. There Traoré gave continuity to the counter and returned to serve so that the Aztec headed from the point of penalty free of mark. In addition, before the Canaries the Mersey city team added another unbeaten goal again. Tettey was close to scoring in the second half, but the post spat out his shot from outside the area. Apart from that, the Norwich had another option to score, this one in the first half. But Alisson came out very well at Pukki’s feet. In the end another match that the Brazilian added without fitting and the best thing for Klopp is that he feels he has found the ideal match to accompany Van Dijk in the center of the rear. Matip’s injury raised doubts. Later the German technician met Lovren’s, but what seemed like problems became solutions. On December 14 Joe Gomez (22 years old) formed as a starting couple with Van Dijk in the center of the defense against Watford and since then, in 900 minutes of Premier, Liverpool has only conceded a goal.center_img Van Dijk had to leave to cover Robertson’s back and Gomez did not get to cover the Mexican. In the first half Jiménez again had another occasion, this time looking for Alexander-Arnold, the other side of Liverpool, clearly identifying the weak points of the network defense. Since that December 14 when Gomez settled with Van Dijk, Liverpool has added nine goals to zero in ten Premier matches and has only conceded that goal from Raúl Jiménez.last_img read more

first_imgThe break in tennis is lengthened by the coronavirus disaster. After the six weeks initially deliberate, a brand new date has been decreed to return to exercise: Sunday June 7. On Monday 8, in precept, the competitors would return. In each the ATP and WTA circuits there will likely be no exercise till then. This suggests the cancellation of the Madrid 1,000 Masters, from Could three to 10, and that of Rome, from 10 to 17. Later, it will be Roland Garros’ flip, though he anticipated different actions and moved his dates from September 20. to October 4, one week after the US Open. Worldwide Federation (ITF) President David Haggerty spoke about this prolongation of inactivity in tennis: “In these tough occasions, it’s extra essential than ever for our sport to return collectively to offer the best potential certainty to all these affected by these deferrals. We acknowledge the big impression this can have, however finally, the well being and security of gamers, officers and spectators have to be our major concern.. The ITF is dedicated to taking a accountable method, working with all tennis stakeholders to allow gamers of all ability ranges to renew play as quickly as it’s secure to take action. “.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bundesliga wants to return to the playing fields as soon as possible. The road map drawn up by the highest German competition foresees the resumption of the championship by May 9, as long as it is possible to guarantee the health of the players. PFor this, there is a total of 20,000 tests that may be necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. throughout the remaining nine days, a figure that is causing a major conflict within German society.The idea of ​​allocating such a number of tests to the exclusive use of footballers blew up health experts, that they consider it to be the most unfair taking into account what some people suffer to get a single copy. Christian Seifert, President of the Bundesliga, already stressed that doctors and health personnel had preference over all kinds of athletesBut the majority of society continues to see a kind of prioritization of the world of soccer over the rest in the face of such a waste of tests. “We could play again in the fall, when we have enough tests and nobody feels that they are depriving them of anything”, explained the doctor Karl Lauterbach in the German chain Sport1. Sports philosopher Gunter Gebauer went further: “There are too many tests taking into account the number of people at risk of infection. It is something excessive“He stressed. The heads of the Bundesliga clubs are of the same opinion: “Soccer does not occupy a special position. It has to go hand in hand with health and society “, he concluded in statements to the magazine Kicker.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s Jamaica Racehorse Trainers’ Association (JRTA) Day at Caymanas Park, the well-supported 10-race programme featuring the JRTA Trophy over 1200 metres.A maximum field of 16 native-bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) is down to face the starter, and victory should go to the lightly-raced 3-y-o colt, MAN IN BLUE, who left on a winning note on February 8 in maiden company.Trained by Richard Azan for emerging big owners, New Blue Limited, the chestnut colt by Miracle Man out of Lady Chiriya oufinished ROAD WI SEH by a short head over 1300 metres – as the howling 2-5 favourite back then – and although returning from a 10-month absence, has trained well and should take up where he left off.Truth be told, MAN IN BLUE looks to have a bit more class than his 15 opponents, on a line through ROAD WI SEH. He has worked fairly well alongside stable companions FRANFIELD, the recent Superstakes winner, and EDISON, in preparation for this trophy and reporting with only 52.5kg and champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis aboard, gets the nod over TURBO MACHINE CAT, TROJAN and the fleet-footed FIRE ALARM.I am expecting MAN IN BLUE to track the expected leaders FIRE ALARM and TROJAN into the straight, before disposing of both a furlong out. Thereafter, it should be smooth sailing as he should supplement New Blue’s December 5 double with the two-year-olds CUP O TEA and MISS MYRTLE.Supporting features on the card are the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres, for native and imported two-year-olds; the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup over a mile, for maiden two-year-olds; and restricted stakes over a mile for the Seymour ‘Foggy’ Mullings Memorial Trophy, to be contested by nine starters. The field for the latter race includes top contenders BRAWN, ORIGINAL TRAIN and SOUTHERN CRUISE.Significantly, the programme is staged annually by the Vin Edwards-led JRTA. Most of the races have been named in honour of prominent members, including Enos Brown, Dalton Sirjue, Clifford Atkinson Sr. and founding member, the late Roderick ‘Pilot’ Francis.BRAWN catches my fancy in the Seymour Mullings Memorial Cup, while other firm fancies include BLUE DIXIE IN the first for two-year-olds; FORCE DE JOUR to repeat in the fourth; BIGDADDYKOOL in the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Trophy; NATASHADONTPLAY in the sixth; and SIRMANDI In the eighth.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING, China:Seven years ago, Jamaican 800 metres athlete Natoya Goule, then a student at Manchester High School, was invited to the 2008 Olympic Games as an Olympic youth ambassador.Goule has returned to the Chinese city – this time as national champion and as Jamaica’s leading athlete in the event at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.Goule, who relived her experiences during the 2008 Olympic Games as she witnessed dominating performance after dominating performance from her countrymen, says she was influenced to get more focused in her event and is now eager to make her own mark in the Bird’s Nest.”After coming here and seeing all the Jamaicans doing so well here in the Bird’s Nest at the Olympics in 2008, I was really driven to try and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. That didn’t happen, but I know with God’s help, I will make it next year. But coming back to the same place, I’m just looking forward to running on the track. I’m looking forward to it,” an elated Goule told The Gleaner.”I’m physically fit and I feel like I’m ready to go out there and run. I just need to focus and run my race and not focus on others,” added Goule, whose winning time of 1:59.63 at the National Senior Championships was the fastest she had ever registered.She credits her improvements to the added international exposure she enjoyed competing at the IAAF World Relays in the 4x800m in The Bahamas, as well as at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.ADDED CONFIDENCE”I think competing with other 800m runners at that level has given me added confidence, so it’s really exciting, and all these international meets and championships have been preparing me for times like these. I have been praying really hard about it and my training will speak for itself on the track,” said Goule, who has won six of her nine races this year, even though she has only broken the two-minute mark once. “I know that a lot of persons won’t expect much from me, but I’m hoping to prove them wrong.”Her coach, Mark Elliott, a Jamaican who also coaches at Clemson University, believes she will do well once she paces herself well during her competition, while noting that the objective is to get her into the final.”Honestly, her progress is good, but expectation-wise I’d say she is still trying to learn to run at this level. It’s a process, but I’m more comfortable with her preparation now than in the past,” Elliott said.”She just needs to distribute her race. I think she is in shape to run at the top level. [I think] 1:59 is great, but I also think she is in better shape than that, honestly. It shows in practice; it’s now about applying that in the race,” added Elliott. “Take each round and do whatever it takes to make the final. That’s our objective.”andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more