Hansen happy to draw Springboks

first_imgThe All Blacks on Wednesday discovered they will come up against the Springboks, Italy and two qualifiers at the showpiece event in Japan in two years’ time.New Zealand beat South Africa 20-18 at the semi-final stage of the last World Cup in England, before going on to retain the Webb Ellis Cup with a win over Australia.Hansen is braced for a tough Pool B, but knows his defending champions will have to beat the best teams on the planet if they are to win the tournament for a third time in succession.REACTION: @AllBlacks head coach Steve Hansen on being in a Pool with @Springboks @federugby, Africa 1 qualifier and the repechage winner pic.twitter.com/vQ2buNHynV— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) May 10, 2017″It was always going to be what it’s going to be. We’ve drawn a pool that’s got some strength in it, that’s okay. We know South Africa well, we know they will be tough,” said the All Blacks’ head coach.”Italy are an improving side and we don’t know yet who the qualifiers are going to be. We can assume they will be good sides if they’re going to make it, so it is what it is.”Hansen can also see why a Pool C which includes England, France and Argentina has already been billed as the group of death.”There are some very tough pools, Pool C is also very tough and eventually if you’re going to win the thing you’ve got to play all the good teams, so we are happy now.” “We’ve just got to find out where the games are going to be played, so we can get our planning set.”last_img read more

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Canterbury Bulldogs off to horror start to NRL season, prompting calls

first_imgPay remains without a win in his short coaching career after the Sydney Roosters sent his Bulldogs back to their kennel with an 18-point loss and their tails between their legs on Friday.The Bulldogs conceded three tries in 38 minutes and never got within striking distance as they allowed Roosters pair James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk to click into gear at their new club.It was the second week in a row Pay’s side gave up 30-plus points, following their heavy defeat to defending premiers Melbourne in their season-opener.Not since the old ‘Berries gave up 93 points in 1971 have the Bulldogs allowed as many points over the opening fortnight of a competition.“It’s becoming frustrating, that’s for sure,” Pay said.Roosters backline stars Blake Ferguson and Latrell Mitchell joined Tedesco in combining for 562 metres, 15 tackle busts, four line breaks and two tries.“In the first half their back five rolled out of their end too easily. We said we were going to try and nullify that, but I just thought we didn’t do a good enough job of that,” Pay said.Pay was also unhappy with their restructured attack, particularly during a crucial 10-minute period in the first half when the Roosters had forward Isaac Liu in the sin bin.Pay was left to rue the bunker’s decision to overturn a Marcelo Montoya try due to an obstruction, but was otherwise unimpressed by their play with the ball.“We’ve worked hard in the off-season with how we want to attack and we didn’t get that on tonight, so that side’s frustrating as well,” he said.Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson refused to use the daunting task of facing the Storm and Roosters first up as an excuse.“It doesn’t matter who they are, 30 points isn’t good enough,” he said.“If we want to be there in September we’ve got to match it with every team in the competition, regardless of how good of a footy team they are. Very disappointing in that aspect.”last_img read more

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Costas will form for the first time tandem holder with Aidoo

first_imgEI Celtic 2020 begins with the defense in frame. Oscar Garcia He has found himself in the lap of training with only four defenses available to receive Osasuna on Sunday. The losses in the rear will cause a duo of centrals to open. David Costas will first form a tandem holder with Joseph Aidoo.The youth has only played two games since the beginning in this first round. It started The league entering eleven to face the Real Madrid and the coaching staff of the García Junyent brothers He opted for the first time for the chapeleiro on the day before the Christmas break. Costas played the 90 minutes in the City of Valencia, where Celta used a scheme with three centrals, and was one of the players signaled by the defeat against the I raised. During the first part he kept the fighter at bay Roger Martí, but after the break he was unarmed, like his two companions in the axis of the rear, by the attacking granotas. The new year will start for the player trained in To Madroa with the opportunity to compensate. Néstor Araujo will not be able to participate before Osasuna when completing the card cycle, while Jorge Sáenz continues to leave after damaging his left shoulder in the cupping match with Peña Azagresa.Mal. Only two exchanges are suitable and, for the moment, also two sides: Kevin Vázquez and Lucas Olaza. The other two lanes should arrive to measure the reds. David Juncá has partially restarted training with the group and Hugo Mallo will be 2-3 days more exercising on the sidelines due to muscle strain.last_img read more

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“No field is easy but Nacho has been able to hook it”

first_imgSergio Ramos, captain of Real Madrid, spoke of the worked victory of Real Madrid in the stadium of Fox before him Valladolid. He did it for the microphones of Movistar LaLiga and Real MadridTV.Party suffered: “Of course. No field is easy and all the teams demonstrate it. We knew that with its scheme it was difficult, with that 4-4-2 it was more difficult to create spaces, they were very closed and folded. The first part has been a bit thicker , but in the second we have found some more space and finally, in a second play, Nacho has been able to hook it. We are very happy with the objective, add three points and become leaders. Now, keep adding. “ Points: “We knew it was going to be very difficult and they put it at home very complicated.” Maturity: “The first part they always come out very intense and know how to defend very well. We knew that we had to mature the game and we did so.”Leadership: “Very happy and eager to follow up”19 games without losing: “It indicates that we have to work, work and work and that’s how things go.” Recover the leadership: “It is important. It is very soon, the League is very long and is seen in any game that is becoming more complicated, as everyone says. You can leave points in any field and against any team. We will continue game by game and continue in this dynamic: with a lot of personality, a lot of initiative, sometimes you can not play but we always try, that is to see a Madrid with commitment and identity … “.center_img The Nacho-Zidane hug: “It’s very good, summarizes the unity of the group, which is fundamental. The balance revolves based on the unity of the group. Although some play less, everyone is prepared. It is a hug from the whole team. We all fight for the same goal and it looks in those little details. “Match after injury. “I had a second degree sprain and had affected a ligament. I was looking forward to returning. After the Super Cup I have returned in record time. I hope I can contribute my highest level to the team.”Lucas Vázquez: “We had to mature the game”last_img read more

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Londero beat his own nerves and Mayer said goodbye

first_imgJuan Ignacio Londero tonight he received over the nerves that his debut on the Argentina Open and superior to the spherical of 16 ATP 250 Buenos Aires with a laborious triumph in three units in opposition to Slovak Filip Horansky.The Cordoba participant had very excessive moments and different diametrically opposed throughout the nearly two hours that the assembly lasted within the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership.Nonetheless, the primary and Londero, 69 within the ATP rating, was imposed earlier than Horansky, 182 in that very same checklist, with partials of 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2.“I used to be nervous. I don’t know if my abdomen pains. I may let go and join within the third set, and I’m pleased for the win ”admitted Londero.On the finish of the sport, the Cordovan added: “The start of the sport is my mistake and I’ve to alter it. I’ve psychological lows and I’m attempting to beat them. ” Within the subsequent spherical, Londero will probably be measured with the Slovak Laslo Djere (35), winner within the first spherical of the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo 6-2, 2-6 and 6-4.Mayer misplaced to Albert RamosLeonardo Mayer he misplaced tonight the potential for finishing the ultimate field of the Argentina Open. The Correntino fell in three units in opposition to the Spanish Albert Ramos Viñolas, who agreed to the spherical of the 16 better of the ATP 250 event that takes place within the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis MembershipThe evening started nicely for the nickname Yacaré, as a result of he took over the primary quarter by 6-4, however within the second he turned erratic and allowed the Catalan to degree the sport by successful 6-3.Within the third, probably the most even of all, the distinction got here solely within the eleventh sport. Ramos Viñolas, 42 of the world, attacked on the serve of Mayer, 107 of the rating, and received the decisive break.Within the subsequent sport, the Spaniard received all 4 factors in a row with his service and superior to the subsequent spherical.last_img read more

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The Norwegian Casper Ruud wins his first title in Argentina

first_imgThe Norwegian Casper Ruud, quantity 45 of the world, was consecrated this Sunday champion of the Argentine Open, the ATP 250 that’s performed in Buenos Aires, after beating in the ultimate the Portuguese Pedro Sousa, quantity 145 of the world, 6-1 and 6-4.The Argentine Open, which was performed on clay, is the first ATP title received by the 21-year-old tennis participant. Ruud was notoriously superior to Sousa, who performed with bodily discomfort.“It’s a terrific feeling. It’s what all gamers search for and dream. I’m very proud of my profession, I’m nonetheless younger.”Ruud stated as quickly because the match was over. “Buenos Aires will at all times be a particular place for me, that is my first title,” he added. Ruud acknowledged that his rival “was not 100%” however clarified that “these kinds of points are a part of the sport.” On his approach to the ultimate, the Norwegian beat the Spaniards Pablo Andújar (6-2 and 6-3) and Roberto Carbálles (6-1 and 6-0), the Serbian Laslo Djere (7-5 ​​and 6-1 ) and the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero (4-6, 7-5 and 6-1). Sousa had eradicated the Argentine Facundo Díaz (4-6, 6-2 and 6-3), the Slovak Jozef Kovalik (7 (7) – (3) 6 and seven (7) – (5) 6) and the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 7 (7) – (5) 6 and 6-4).Within the semifinals, the Portuguese needed to face the first head of sequence and quantity 14 of the world Diego Schwartzman, however the Argentine didn’t seem for an harm.Among the many spectators, the presence of Gabriela Sabatini, the perfect Argentine tennis participant in historical past, stood out. Sabatini was invited to the sector for the awards and the coronation of Ruud. The Argentine Open was performed on clay on the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership in Buenos Aires.last_img read more

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The Eredivisie will inform UEFA of its intention to end the season

first_imgThe resumption of the Dutch league is in danger. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has communicated that there will be no professional soccer until September 1. The Dutch Government has extended the ban on mass events on the territory from June 1 to September 1, which it leaves the current football season in the Netherlands in a very bad position. And if you do it beyond that date, you compromise the following campaign. “It is sour but we cannot take risks. We have to make that sacrifice and I hope people do,” Rutte said of the ban.Now the members of the Eredivisie, together with the federation (KNVB), will have to make a decision in the next few hours Although everything indicates that the season will be over, as some clubs want. The KNVB He has released his reaction in a statement: “The professional soccer board has the intention not to continue playing the competition. Based on the government’s decision, the KNVB will consult UEFA, after which a decision will be made. The clubs and other parties will meet on Friday to discuss the consequences. “ In the neighboring country, Belgium, Bruges has already been proclaimed winner. It remains to be seen if Ajax will be the champion, first but equaled to points with the AZ Alkmaar. In addition, to distribute the European squares. Fortunately, there is no dispute about any European competitions on Dutch territory, which would have caused another problem for UEFA.Matches in Germany, possibility almost ruled outAnother possibility that was on the table was to try end the 2019-2020 season in German territory, as some Dutch media point out. In Germany, from May 9, the Bundesliga returns and se was considering the possibility of finishing the Eredivisie in the German stadiums and without an audience. The KNVB statement leaves this option very far away.last_img read more

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Mississippi girl carries Ja hopes in steeplechase

first_imgLONDON, England: How does a girl from the banks of the Mississippi River come to be on the verge of representing Jamaica – of all events, in the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next month’s IAAF World Championships? A Jamaican in the steeplechase isn’t a totally unusual occurrence, but the bright-eyed Aisha Praught likens her Hollywood-style twist of fate to one of her favourite movies. “It’s like you grew up watching the movie Cool Runnings and I’m here now doing my own weird thing,” she laughed. The 25-year-old Oregon-based distance runner told The Gleaner that meeting her Jamaican father for the first time, two years ago in Berlin, played a big role in her decision to represent the Caribbean island that she has always felt deeply connected to. “I’m really excited, this will be my first appearance at the World Championships and I’m looking forward to having a spot on the line. Anybody on the line has a shot at doing something great so I’m excited about that,” said Praught, who was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Illinois, USA. Now, with a few weeks to go before Jamaica, known for its sprinters, enters athletes in the men’s 5,000m and women’s 800m in Beijing, Praught, who started out a sprinter, is hoping that she can help to drive new interest in the middle-to-long distances. “I think there is a wealth of distance-running talent that Jamaica has not realised yet. When I was in Jamaica at the trials, I was looking at the body types … it’s (distance running) probably not the cool thing to do, but I was really encouraged at the championships,” said Praught. “I spoke to a lot of them and I hope that more people will get involved and maybe that we can put it on a bigger level and some of the young Jamaicans can be inspired and try it.” “I think that I could potentially make a bigger impact that way and I hope to inspire someone, even just to get another pair of eyes on the event, get maybe a couple of kids curious. Maybe they have been running around and they are not the fastest, but they can outlast everyone else, maybe they will turn to the sport and distance running,” added Praught, who is already planning to return to Jamaica after the World Championships. The athlete who made her first trip to the island to compete at the National Senior Championships a few weeks ago, where she won the 1,500m in 4 :15.92, admitted that she never really considered representing the island until meeting her father a couple years ago. “I grew up knowing I was Jamaican, but I really didn’t know my father until I was an adult. I sort of just grew up with the knowledge that he was there, but I didn’t meet him until the summer of 2013 when I was in Europe, and he lives in Berlin. Our meeting was really life-changing; just looking into his eyes for the first time was really incredible,” Praught shared. “It’s like there was no time, like we always knew each other.” “It sort of felt serendipitous, it was like, all of a sudden, that was my identity. It was such a warm and welcoming feeling; it felt real and genuine and I felt like a part of myself that had been missing was suddenly there, and it just felt right,” she said of her subsequent decision to represent Jamaica. excited Now, Praught, who competed at the recent IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco where she was the pace-setter for the women’s 3000m steeplechase, can hardly contain her excitement at the chance of wearing Jamaica’s gold singlet in Beijing next month. “I am so excited and a lot of my friends – I am pretty close with a lot of the American female steeplechasers and it has been the big topic. They are like ‘As soon as you get the kit, you have to send us some pictures,” Praught exclaimed. “Everyone is a little jealous, Jamaica is the coolest team in athletics and putting on that vest is going to feel amazing. I picture it every day and I can’t wait to see it.” Praught will be the first Jamaican entrant in the 3,000m steeplechase at the World Championships since Mardrea Hyman at the 2011 edition in Daegu. Hyman failed to finish in Daegu, as well as the 2008 Olympic Games, her last two major championships. Korine Hinds also represented Jamaica in the event up to the Daegu World Championships. – Andre Lowelast_img read more

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‘I can’t focus on negativity’ – Spencer

first_img “Unfortunately, I think my run-up was too slow for the first hurdle, and from there I wasn’t able to catch my rhythm and it cost me,” Spencer explained. “I wasn’t actually getting my stride pattern properly. “I’m not even going to think about those negative vibes, I am just going to stay focused, continue training; next year is the Olympics, so I’m looking forward to coming back and regrouping from there,” added the hurdler, who said she would steer clear of criticism around her poor record in major finals. Spencer, a dominant force on the circuit, finished fourth place at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I am very strong. I have been going through this for a few years now and I have a lot of people who motivate me – my church, family, friends – so there is no need to break down or be disappointed, I just have to go ahead and continue training. I am still hopeful (of that medal),” said Spencer, who won medals at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships (silver, 400m) and the 2014 Commonwealth Games (gold, 400m hurdles). “Right now, I am kinda okay. I don’t know if when I go back to the hotel, I will be thinking about it too much, but for now I am okay,” Spencer said. “To God be the glory. I came out here and made it to the final and I have to give thanks because it was an up-and-down season for me, so I have to be grateful. I wasn’t feeling pressured at all, I was really relaxed and ready to go.” BEIJING, China: Another major final, another big disappointment for Jamaican hurdler Kaliese Spencer. However, after her shocking eighth-place finish in the 400m hurdles final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday, Spencer says she isn’t paying too much attention to criticism about her mental strength in finals. Running from lane seven, Spencer had early issues with her approach to her first hurdle, clipped another and almost fell as she struggled to really get going, eventually crossing the line at the back of the pack in 55.47 – her worse time since June 2012. It was also only Spencer’s third loss since May last year. The event was won by Zuzana Hejnova, who clocked a world-leading 53.50 ahead of Americans Shamier Little, 53.94, and Cassandra Tate, 54.02. Young Jamaican Janieve Russell finished in fifth place with a personal best 54.64. Slow startlast_img read more

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Bell eyes sweep

first_imgDespite admitting “respect for a very good Jamaica College team”, St George’s College’s coach, Neville Bell, said his charges are looking forward to ending the ‘dark blues’ reign in their backyard in today’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup final at Sabina Park.Bell is eyeing a clean sweep of all titles this season.”We want to win everything, but again, this is football and we are going to go up against a pretty decent team. We wanted to be in the final. This is what we have played for all season.”We know the Jamaica College team and they know us. They are a very very good team. We have a lot of respect for them,” Bell said.Bell’s team beat the defending champions 4-0 in the FLOW Super Cup recently, but he is aware that game is in the past, and today’s game is another massive encounter.”The ball is round and we certainly hope that we can execute just as well as in the Super Cup. We did well last week, that’s finished. They lost the FLOW Cup, they are now thinking about the Manning Cup, and so are we. Hopefully, we can get as good or even a better performance than we got last week,” Bell told The Gleaner.- S.F.last_img read more

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