Royal Challengers Bangalore still have a mathematical chance of reaching the IPL 2019 playoffs even after their 16-run loss against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday. Royal Challengers need to win their last two league matches and then depend on some of the other results to go their way in order for them to advance in the tournament.But captain Virat Kohli knows the chances of his team advancing are minimal which is why he urged his players to have some fun in their next two games and not worry too much about the other factors.”We can only focus on having fun, that’s what we decided to do and has helped us win four out of the last six games. We don’t want to take too much pressure.”The fun factor should never go away, we still got two games and we’ll work hard. We’ll go out there, expressive cricket and be positive. When we’re done with the two games, we’ll sit down and see where this tournament goes,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.That’s that from Delhi as the @DelhiCapitals win by 16 runs and are through to the Playoffs pic.twitter.com/KtxeYqEwUYIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2019Chasing 188 for victory, Royal Challengers got off to a blazing start thanks to Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli but their chances diminished once the openers departed after adding 63 runs in quick time.Parthiv once again top-scored for his side with 39 runs while Kohli made 23 but the rest failed to fire which led to their downfall. Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 32 off 24 balls kept their hopes alive at the end but the target was just too far out of his reach and he also kept losing partners at the other end.advertisementRCB were restricted to 171 for 7 by Delhi Capitals with Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra bagging two wickets each while Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel and Sherfane Rutherford picked one wicket each. Delhi Capitals became the second team after Chennai Super Kings to reach the playoffs after this win.WATCH: When Virat was quicker than the Third UmpireFull video here https://t.co/ElvGxIo71r #DCvRCB pic.twitter.com/VThDypQA0nIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 28, 2019Kohli admitted that his team got outplayed by Delhi Capitals in the crucial moments which led to their eventual loss.”It was an important toss, but even after losing it, the way we bowled was nice. Showed character but the game got away, 185 on that pitch with three spinners in their ranks was going to be tough.”We were thinking 160-165, we had a chance. In crunch moments, Delhi played better than us. With the bat, we started very well. PP was outstanding, I got off to a start but me and AB getting out to balls you don’t get out to changed it,” Kohli said after the match.RCB have two home games remaining in their campaign with the first against Rajasthan Royals on April 30 and the last one versus Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 4.Also Read | DC vs RCB Highlights, IPL 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli trolls himself after losing toss for the 9th timeAlso Read | Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC again
“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!” exclaimed Ravi Shastri on commentary as MS Dhoni led India to a win in the final of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with a humongous six off Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara.Eight years later, roles have changed. Dhoni is no longer the captain of the team. Shastri is now the head coach of the squad led by Virat Kohli. And more importantly, Dhoni himself doesn’t enjoy the role of the finisher as much as he did in his prime. Failures have come thick and fast in the last two seasons and even Dhoni hasn’t escaped the public scrutiny.In fact, Dhoni had a horrid time the last time he played for India in England. In the three-match ODI series played last year, Dhoni was completely out of form and lacked that finesse and tenacity which one associates with the wicketkeeper-batsman. His strike rate was so slow that he was even booed at Lord’s when India were chasing 323. Dhoni managed to score only 79 runs from 125 balls in two innings against England and was heavily criticised by the pundits as well.Dhoni might be ranked as one of India’s most successful captains, but after the England tour, questions were raised on his approach to batting with some even suggesting that he was detrimental to the team’s hopes at the upcoming World Cup.However, like many great cricketers, the 37-year-old didn’t answer the critics with his words but instead gave fitting replies with the bat, scoring runs in bulk thereafter. He has been in exceptional form this year: in nine ODIs, he has scored 327 runs, hitting four half-centuries, three of them in a row during the tour of Australia.advertisementHe continued his form in the recently concluded IPL as well and scored 416 runs in 5 matches he played for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Additionally, his average of 83.20 ended up as the season’s best.Knowing Dhoni, fans can be rest assured that he would be roaring to make amends to his record in England and score big for India when they take the field in the World Cup beginning May 30.In the three World Cups Dhoni has played so far, he has scored 507 runs in 17 innings at an average of 42.25, his best being that of famous 91 not out which came against Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 edition at the Wankhede.As India will aim to clinch their third World Cup trophy, it becomes all the more important that Dhoni continues his form, not just in batting but in terms of his tactical brilliance and extra-ordinary wicket-keeping skills.As the Indian middle-order is relatively inexperienced, Dhoni’s experience to pace the inning and score big towards the death will be like gold to Team India in the prestigious quadrennial event. In wicket-keeping, Dhoni’s lightning quick stumpings and catches would be crucial for Team India when they take on the opposition teams on high-scoring England pitches.However, there is still a question mark over where he will bat. The number four role seems a possibility, although there is plenty of competition for that role. India have tried out a lot of players, and with the inclusions of Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar and K.L. Rahul in the World Cup squad, they are no closer to arriving at a conclusion and it would only be in England when the fans will get to know where Dhoni will bat.Dhoni’s importance in the Indian cricket set-up has been time and again highlighted by many, including the likes of current skipper Virat Kohli, who thinks that no one has contributed more to Indian cricket than Dhoni. Besides all these qualities, Dhoni brings to the side the much-needed calmness which becomes of utmost importance in a cliffhanger of humdinger in the World Cup. If Dhoni can continue to remain as consistent as he has been for Team India and CSK over the last decade, then the Men in Blue would sail smoothly to victory and give a fitting farewell to Dhoni who, in all likelihood, will be playing his last World Cup.However, it will be fascinating to watch how the drama unfolds in England and if Dhoni can inspire India to their third World Cup title and finish it on a high.
World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said India will have a slight edge over Australia when the two teams meet in what is expected to be a blockbuster World Cup 2019 match at The Oval on Sunday.Speaking to India Today from London, Harbhajan Singh opined the addition of Steve Smith and David Warner has made Australia a stronger unit.India have won only 1 of their 4 matches against Australia in World Cups since the start of the 21st century but India have been among the most dominant sides in ODI history in the recent past.India clinched their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia earlier this year but Australia began their revival after a horror run in ODIs with a win over India in the sub-continent ahead of Indian Premier League 2019.Did anyone say serving some short stuff? #TeamIndiaWill we see some lethal ones against #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ERyTMrbK02BCCI (@BCCI) June 8, 2019Australia have won 10 ODIs on the row and showed they have regained their old combativeness when they came back after being pushed to the wall against the West Indies on Thursday.”It’s going to be an exciting game. Both the teams are top most teams in the competition. This is going to be a cracker of a game. I think India are slightly ahead,” Harbhajan said.”I don’t think there will be any changes in the Indian playing XI. Weather is expected to be fine. I don’t think we have to make a lot of chances. We have the players who can adapt to any sort of situation,” the off-spinner added.”Australia are a solid opposition. When Warner and Smith joined back, they made this team even more stronger but I think India are stronger as well.advertisementNext up Australia & #TeamIndia looks ready for the challenge – @ImRo45 #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/spW8OnnRAMBCCI (@BCCI) June 8, 2019″It’s going to be challenging to bat against Mitchell Starc. We saw in the previous game. He is in fine form. Coming to London, I don’t expect a lot of swing. India just should bat normally in the first 10 overs just the way they played Tests against Australia. If can resist and not lose too many wickets or not a single wicket inside the first 10 overs. then I think India have a good chance of making 280-290.”Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh also rubbished concerns of distraction over the much-talked-about controversy surrounding an Army Insignia on MS Dhoni’s glove. Dhoni’s gesture fuelled a huge debate back in India but the International Cricket Council has barred the wicketkeeper from wearing the gloves with Balidaan Badge.”Obviously [players will be focussed], that’s something news channels are showing. I don’t think any player on Sunday will be thinking what MS is wearing on his gloves. They have a big game in front of them. If they win this one, then they will put out a statement that they are in it to win this Cup.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Can’t pick favourites for India-Australia clash, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Unfazed by MS Dhoni gloves row, India focussed on Australia matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at Oval
On Saturday law enforcement agencies across the country will be conducting a “drug take back event”.Sgt. Mike Manthorne of the Sioux City Police Department says to clean out your medicine cabinet:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TAKE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………prescription drugs. :17The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.Sgt. Manthorne says the attention to opioid pill abuse adds emphasis to this year’s pill collection:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TAKE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….off the street. ;14The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps at the collection sites.Sioux City will collect drugs at seven locations including the Hy-Vee’s on Hamilton Boulevard and Sgt. Road, the Floyd Boulevard Wal-Mart, the westside Fareway, Target, the downtown Walgreens and Drilling Pharmacy on Morningside Avenue.In Sgt. Bluff, you may drop off unwanted pills at the Sgt. Bluff Pharmacy on Gaul Drive.South Sioux City has a collection point at their Law Enforcement Center at 701 West 29th Street.The event takes place from 10am until 2pm.
Great BBQ and music for a great cause will be taking place Saturday at the Battery Park parking lot of Sioux City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino .It’s the annual “Rib Fest” to benefit Camp High Hopes.Funds raised will support programs for kids and adults with disabilities at Camp High Hopes on Correctionville Road.There’s a $10 entry fee at the gate with kids 12 and under admitted free.You can then purchase a $10 punch card to taste BBQ ribs and chicken cooked by the competing teams.The event runs from 11am-4pm on Saturday at the corner of 4th and Water Streets at the west end of downtown.
Former running backs coach Jemal Singleton left Stillwater last year, but was well entrenched in Stillwater after being an assistant on staff for three years. He knows all about the culture in Stillwater.On Monday, he celebrated his 40th birthday, and some young gun poked the bear, which lead to this hilarious tweet:@The3rdRawleigh “I’m a man, I’m 40″— Jemal Singleton (@CoachSings) December 7, 2015Singleton is now the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the University of Arkansas.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Third straight week for @BradF79 on the blog. If you aren’t following him on Twitter, you should be. His Tech preview this week is tremendous.Before we get started this week on the analysis, I want to take a quick look back at the KSU game. If you recall, my keys to the game were the following:Can OSU limit success for KSU on early downs and force them into passing downs?Can the OSU run game get anything going against a stout KSU defense?Can Rudolph hit the intermediate routes accurately (and can the receivers make clean catches)?Can OSU limit the ability of the KSU return teams to affect the game?Turnovers.OSU failed on three of the five key points yet still came out with a victory. KSU was 67 percent successful on standard downs, but only 29 percent successful on passing downs. OSU lost the field position battle handily as well, starting on average on the 19 while KSU started on average at the 33. Some of that certainly had to do with turnovers but the return game of KSU was terrific. OSU had a 56 percent success rate rushing (50 percent of necessary yardage on first down, 70 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down) which was its highest this season by far. The success against Kansas was only 47 percent. Rudolph had a tremendous day throwing for over 75 percent with 11.5 yards/attempt. Moving on to Texas Tech, OSU has won 7 in a row against them, their longest win streak in this series. TTU last won in 2008 when Mike Leach was still coaching there. Trends do get broken however, as we experienced with a road victory in Manhattan last weekend. Let’s hope this trend stays in tact, but it isn’t without its challenges.Five FactorsThe baseline for all comparisons is the 5 factors, win more of these categories, and win the game (most of the time).The Texas Tech offense sports great success rate and they have a terrific ability to finish drives, averaging just over five points per trip inside the 40. They aren’t explosive as you would think for a TTU team (sitting below national average), they haven’t been great in coming up with good field position, and they are -5 in turnovers on the year. The OSU defense will certainly challenge them in field position and turnovers. Will TTU be able to get chunk plays against an OSU defense known for giving up the big play?The OSU offense is explosive, they don’t turn the ball over much, they routinely start with good field position and they also score over five points per trip inside the 40. While their success rate isn’t as good as TTU’s they are helped by the fact they are facing a TTU defense that allows success nearly 50 percent of the time and is susceptible to the big play. OSU has an advantage in five factors in nearly every category. We could call the matchups even in success rate and finishing drives, but that still gives OSU a three out of five advantage for the game.Success Rates (Play-by-play & per Possession)Looking briefly at the play-by-play success rates for the two teams … again, I find it interesting the the explosiveness of TTU is below average in every category but passing downs. Hopefully OSU can limit the big plays though they have certainly struggled doing just that this season. TTU has one of the best passing down success rates and they also do a good job of protecting Mahomes (a terrific 2.2 percent sack rate on standard downs and a more average 7.7 percent on passing downs). OSU must limit their success on passing downs and get hurries, hits, and sacks on Mahomes.OSU is trying to turn the run game around, but the success rates aren’t quite catching up with their recent success. OSU will try to run the ball and control the game against a TTU defense that allows over 52 percent success rate versus the run. On passing downs, the OSU offense also holds a significant advantage, and despite their less than stellar sack rate on passing downs, TTU’s defensive sack rates are extremely poor (less than 1 percent on standard downs and only 2.7 percent on passing downs).You really don’t need my analysis on these two charts. The TTU offense is terrific when looking at drive-based stats. They do turn it over 11 percent of the time, which is perhaps one weakness. The other is their inability to keep momentum in possession success rates. The OSU defense must try to put them in long drives and hope to eventually stop them as they march down the field.This TTU defense is really bad. OSU must limit their mistakes as their biggest obstacle to scoring will most likely be themselves. If OSU can take advantage of their momentum success rate and bury TTU this game will be much easier for their fans to watch after last week’s thriller.Opponent-Adjusted SuccessThese opponent-adjusted numbers look a little too similar for me, especially on defense. To say the OSU defense has been a disappointment would be putting it lightly. They’ve certainly had their success at times, and been good at getting turnovers, but when I look at their adjusted numbers vs TTU and I don’t see too much variance, I have concerns. OSU defense is certainly bolstered by their third-down defense and their improved success in the 3rd/4th quarter. Offensively, these teams also have similar profile, OSU struggles more running the ball than we’d all like and they need to find a way to score points in the 3rd quarter and be more effective on 2nd down. TTU is nearly as good as OSU is on 3rd down and this will be a key matchup in the game. When TTU is in 3rd down, can OSU limit their success?Special TeamsTTU’s punt success rate isn’t very good. It’d be nice to finally see Barry J. break a long return. The TTU team doesn’t provide near the ability in the kick return game as KSU did last week. Ammendola still needs to have a better week kicking the ball. TTU is plenty good in the FG department but the other special teams struggle at times. OSU needs to win special team battles this week after being run off the field by KSU last week.ConclusionIf the OSU defense comes out flat, this is going to be a barn burner. If the OSU offense comes out flat, it might be a long stressful day. OSU will score their points (eventually), but can they limit the points scored by TTU?Here are the keys to the game:Can the OSU offense keep from beating itself with turnovers and penalties?Can OSU defense get off the field on 3rd down and limit the success of TTU on passing downs?Can OSU special teams find a way to impact the game (blocked FG/P or perhaps a long return)?Can the OSU control time of possession with the run game keep the TTU offense on the sideline?Turnovers.
Chevrolet Skip survey header BMW Ford View Results Friendlies Eric Johanna extends Harambee Stars goal tally Elvince Joshua Last updated 2 years ago 15:49 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal Kenya. Friendlies Mozambique v Kenya Mozambique Kenya The 2015 Kenya Premier League midfielder of the year – first scored against Mozambique in a 1-0 win on Nov. 12, 2016 Sweden-based Eric Johanna took his goal tally to three with a late goal for Harambee Stars in a 1-1 draw against Mozambique on Saturday.Johanna, who has eleven caps with the national team, made his senior debut on July 4, 2015, against Ethiopia at the Nyayo Stadium.But the former Mathare United midfielder had to wait until June 4, 2016, for his maiden goal for Stars, when he scored the winner for Kenya in a 2-1 victory against Congo Brazzaville in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at Kasarani Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The last two goals for the 23-year-old, who turns out for Swedish Third Division side Vasalunds IF, however, came against a familiar opponent, Mozambique.The 2015 Kenya Premier League midfielder of the year – first scored against Mozambique in a 1-0 win on November 12, 2016, during a friendly staged at Kasarani.Almost a year down the line, he completed his double against the same opponents in another friendly, when he hit home Kenya’s equalizer in the 85th minute to cancel out Domingues Pelembe’s 59th-minute goal in Maputo.The friendly was a build up to the second match of the 2019 Afcon Qualifiers against Ghana scheduled for March 2018 in Kenya. Audi Hyundai Nissan Toyota 1. Which car brand do you most associate with football?
Juventus Chiellini joins Mata and Hummels in pledging money to Common Goal initiative Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 06:45 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Serie A The Juventus defender has joined the Manchester United and Bayern Munich stars in making a financial commitment to global football charities Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has joined the Common Goal charitable project after penning a heartfelt e-mail outlining his desire to get involved.The 33-year-old is the fifth player to join the initiative, which sees participants donate a portion of their salary to football charities around the world, following in the footsteps of Manchester United’s Juan Mata, Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels, and American stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. Inspired by Mata’s recent promotion of the campaign, Chiellini contacted Common Goal of his own accord and hopes his involvement will inspire young players to follow his lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. His e-mail read: “Hello. I’m Giorgio Chiellini, player of Juventus.”I’m interested to support your program and I would like to give my congratulations to Juan Mata for finding the time and having the idea to support through football people less lucky than us.Fancy a heartwarming story about a footballer and his money?Giorgio Chiellini joins #CommonGoal, donating a % of his salary to charity pic.twitter.com/ZVoOBcP01v— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) September 29, 2017″I’m not interested in advertising, I want only to support a brilliant project.”Sorry for my English. I try to make the best as possible!”I wait for your answer about complete the registration. Bye, Giorgio.”Sono molto felice di annunciarvi che ho deciso di aderire al progetto sociale #CommonGoal @juanmata8 @matshummels @alexmorgan13 @mPinoe pic.twitter.com/5o47LOP8ua— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) September 29, 2017Speaking after joining the project, Chiellini said: “By joining Common Goal, I hope I can encourage the younger generation of players to think about social responsibility in their lives,” he said. “As professional footballers, we are in a fortunate position compared to much of society. I think it’s important we keep this in mind and try to support those less lucky than us where we can.”This isn’t really about my pledge to Common Goal. This is about all of us footballers giving back as a team. Individually our pledges might not change the world, but together we can make a real difference.”
Manuel Neuer Neuer reveals he could be out for ‘half a year’ Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 19:03 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Germany’s number one’s broken metatarsal could keep him out for longer than expected, with his club side initially having set a January target Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has revealed he could be out for as long as six months after fracturing his metatarsal in September.The 31-year-old has seen game time limited in 2017, having initially suffered the injury in the second leg of Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid in April.Neuer missed the remainder of the season and, after a brief comeback at the beginning of this campaign, the Germany number one experienced a repeat in training, with Bayern saying at the time that he would be unlikely to feature before January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Now Neuer has spoken about the issue himself, conceding that a January return might be a little optimistic.Borussia Dortmund 2/1 to win the Bundesliga”The wound has to stay clean and heal by itself,” he told FCBayern.tv.”Then the healing within the foot takes place. That can even take half a year.”Neuer will miss a large chunk of Bayern’s season, but he is expected to recover in time to feature for Germany at the 2018 World Cup.
Manchester United Lindelof horror show leaves Man Utd trailing in City’s wake Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 00:04 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) Getty Manchester United Premier League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town The Swede’s first chance to impress in the Premier League ended horrendously, with United suffering a costly 2-1 loss at Huddersfield For Huddersfield Town it was one of the most momentous results in club history, but Manchester United and Victor Lindelof will want to quickly forget Saturday’s 2-1 loss in West Yorkshire as the Swede endured a nightmare afternoon which leaves his side five points behind neighbours City.In a showcase of the romance football is truly capable of, a team playing only their ninth Premier League match and having scored just once in six games toppled the previously-unbeaten 20-time league champions.West Brom 4/1 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Jose Mourinho will not see the funny side after watching Lindelof undergo a torrid exam as Manchester City simultaneously kept up their lightning start to the campaign with a 3-0 victory over Burnley.When Phil Jones limped off in the 23rd minute at the John Smith’s Stadium it gave Lindelof his first real outing in the Premier League having only made his debut in the competition in injury time of last week’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool. These were hardly the optimal conditions for a rookie defender to be thrown into, and doubtless Jose Mourinho would have hand-picked much more forgiving circumstances given the chance.But in the wind and the rain, Lindelof struggled from minute one and was hardly helped by Juan Mata’s sloppiness in position as Aaron Mooy pick-pocketed the Spaniard before feeding Tom Ince. The wide man twisted Lindelof inside and out before seeing his shot beaten away only as far as Mooy, who slotted home Huddersfield’s first.Worse was to come for the Swede though, as within five minutes he decided to allow a Jonas Lossl goal-kick to clear his head and Laurent Depoitre stole in behind him to round De Gea and make it 2-0. It was the ugliest of decisions, and within seconds had social media abuzz with reference to some of the Premier League’s most embarrassing clangers.Thereafter the game was primed for Huddersfield to enjoy the chance to break on a fragile United. The Red Devils had little in the way of penetrating options going forward, and whenever they lost the ball Depoitre and substitute Rajiv van La Parra put them under physical pressure with which their retreating back-line seemed anything but comfortable. Marcus Rashford did grab one goal back late on but it would have been harsh on the home side had they got another.The last time United had played away to Huddersfield back in 1971, their famous Holy Trinity of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, and George Best had each got on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win. Today there never seemed likely to be a repeat as the former pair looked on from the directors’ box. Town’s high-tempo game had United knocked out of their stride from the off and they just never regained their composure enough to play their natural dominating game.In fact, United have looked off their game in all three games since returning from the last international break. They were cagey at Liverpool a week ago and took a long time to get going in the 1-0 win at Benfica on Wednesday. But this one was undoubtedly their 2017-18 nadir so far.And it leaves City with a significant early lead too, which will surely concern Mourinho as Pep Guardiola’s side look unstoppable right now having embarked on a club-record 11 game winning run. Whether he is missing key players or not, this was a fixture from which Mourinho would have expected three points. Nobody of a red persuasion will demand their side to match their city rivals for silky football, but losing a game on fight, heart and smarts will not go down well.Few other occasions this season will be quite so highly-charged as this for United, but they should have been able to deal with the challenge. And next time Lindelof sees a ball come hurtling towards him in the air, he is unlikely to choose once more to allow it to bounce. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Read more Wallabies jump to third in world rankings after Rugby Championship Could the Wallabies be on the cusp of a rugby league-led recovery? Should Karmichael Hunt be selected alongside Israel Folau and Marika Koroibete for the third Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night, it will be the first time three high profile rugby league converts have played together for the Wallabies since Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri and Mat Rogers.And it would not be a coincidence. Like former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who recruited Sailor, Tuqiri and Rogers, current Australia coach Michael Cheika is fascinated with rugby league. Cheika loves watching the game and incorporating NRL team plays into the Wallabies’ attack. He would be itching to get Folau, Koroibete and Hunt onto the field at the same time. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Rugby union Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Topics Folau, of course, is an automatic selection at fullback, while Koroibete seems to have cemented his place on the wing after scoring three tries in his three Tests against Argentina and South Africa, providing the Wallabies with the finishing they have been looking for.Hunt, who was ruled out of the Rugby Championship with an ankle injury, has been recalled to the Wallabies training squad and his match fitness will be assessed to determine whether he will be considered for the All Blacks.If the former Brisbane Bronco proves himself at training, it would be unlikely he would start against the All Blacks, but he could secure a place on the bench at the expense of centre Samu Kerevi or specialist winger Henry Speight.Even if Hunt is not ready for the All Blacks, the chances of seeing the ex-rugby league trio together in the Test squad in the near future are good – given that Hunt can play anywhere from five-eighth to fullback there is a strong possibility the three of them could start alongside each other.While Folau is a supreme athlete, Cheika will be looking to Hunt and Koroibete to inject the uncompromising attitude of rugby league into the Wallabies. Koroibete and Hunt in particular defend with the physical aggression and intimidation that code is known for. There is also a synergy between the three of them, which Cheika would be keen to tap into. Folau and Hunt both played for the Broncos and the Queensland State of Origin team and were exposed to the same culture and influences. Australia rugby union team Share on Twitter features Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Australia sport Read more Share on Pinterest Bledisloe Cup Similarly, Folau and Koroibete both spent time under the guidance of Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy, albeit six years apart. Their formative years in football have much in common, meaning they are in a strong position to work together. But as the great rugby league convert experiment of the early 2000s showed, there are rewards and risks with players from the 13-a-side code.The Wallabies reached the 2003 World Cup final with Sailor, Tuqiri and Rogers in the back three, but some still believe they would have beaten England if the natural rugby players, Chris Latham and Joe Roff, had started ahead of Rogers and Sailor respectively.There is an argument that union and league are such different games that it is not wise to recruit too heavily from the rival code. Union is not second nature to ex-league players, although Hunt and Koroibete played the 15-a-side game as schoolboys. Having three league converts on the field at the same time could expose the Wallabies to costly errors, particularly against the All Blacks.One of the biggest potential liabilities of Hunt and Koroibete is also one of their major strengths – their defence. Both players like to rush out of the defensive line and put big dominant hits on opposition players, rugby league-style.But old habits die hard. Sonny Bill Williams had not played rugby league for nine years, but was red-carded in the All Blacks’ loss in the second Test against the British and Irish Lions for a shoulder charge which connected with an opponent’s head.If you have two or three ex-league players in the team, there is the risk of increasing chances of bad habits creeping in at crucial times, something which may not be able to afford in a Bledisloe Cup Test or a World Cup knock-out match. But this is a risk that Cheika may feel he has to take to build a physically and mentally tough team that can finally win back the Bledisloe Cup and contend for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Reuse this content
Share on Facebook Uefa news Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn The FA Share on Messenger Euro 2020: get ready for games from Bilbao to Baku and more minnows Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Twitter Hampden Park’s hopes of staging the opening game were also dashed, with the match going to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.Staged across 12 countries, Euro 2020’s unusual format was the former Uefa president Michel Platini’s brainchild – a one-off gesture to celebrate the tournament’s 60th birthday.As well as deciding where the first game, on 12 June, will be and what to do about the difficulties in Brussels, the executive committee also announced where each of the six groups’ games will be played.Baku and Rome will host group A, group B games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F’s fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.In a statement, the Football Association of Wales said it was “extremely disappointed” that its bid for four Euro 2020 games had been unsuccessful.“Over the past four years, Wales has successfully staged three Uefa events – firstly, the Super Cup final in 2014, followed by the men’s and women’s Champions League finals in June this year,” it said.“Uefa ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece. The concept of taking Euro 2020 to different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament. Wales has never staged a Euro or World Cup final and this was its one and only chance of doing so.“The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to Uefa to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference.”The statement concluded by wishing Uefa and Wembley all the best and saying it would now concentrate all its efforts on ensuring Wales qualify.While the decision has come as a blow to the Welsh, and Belgians, it is a coup for the English FA, London and Wembley Stadium, which hosted several games at Euro 96. If England qualify they will play at least two group games at Wembley, just as Ireland and Scotland will get two home matches if they reach the tournament.The FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: “We are delighted to help Uefa by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium. It’s an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious Euro for Europe tournament and I would like to thank the Uefa executive committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games.” Wembley will host seven games at Euro 2020 after Uefa on Thursday handed the stadium the four matches scheduled for Brussels.Uefa decided to reallocate the three group fixtures and one last-16 game given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the building of a 60,000-capacity stadium on the site of Heysel. Belgian authorities failed to provide guarantees the stadium would be ready.Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Stockholm’s Friends Arena – the venues for last season’s finals of the Champions League and Europa League respectively – had hoped to pick up the Brussels games but Uefa opted for Wembley, which had already been chosen for the semi-finals and final. Topics Euro 2020
Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on Facebook Topics Tickets for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony remain on sale Share via Email The Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has secured the first medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – nine days before actually stepping in the ring for her first bout. The 19-year-old from Queensland is guaranteed at least a bronze in the women’s 51-kg division after receiving a free pass to the semi-finals. Only seven boxers are competing in the category and both losing semi-finalists receive bronzes. “Can’t wait to get in the ring and represent Australia on such a big sporting stage,” Robertson, whose semi-final is set for 13 April, wrote in a post on her Facebook account. Her coach Mark Evans said it was “just the luck of the draw”. “For some reason the numbers in that division were down. When you look at some of the boys divisions, some of them have 24 to 26 boxers there,” said Evans. “We’ve got a guaranteed bronze but I’m tipping that colour might change.” Share on Pinterest Boxing Australia sport Commonwealth Games 2018 Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Commonwealth Games … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.
French police used tear gas against England supporters in Marseille before the meeting with Tunisia. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP John Barnes: ‘I would never advise a young black player to walk off’ Share on Twitter England Facebook Sign up for the World Cup Fiver. Share via Email World Cup Gareth Southgate tells squad his starting team to ease England anxiety Tunisia football team Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Pinterest If I have one piece of advice for the boys, it’s to play without fear. We had so much confidence back then. We were on a high after Euro 96. Glenn was very good tactically. We always seemed to have the ball. We had players who could cause trouble for the opposition. It makes a huge difference when your creative players are able to shine. If the likes of Dele Alli do well, England can have a good tournament. I want to see them play with freedom and enjoy themselves. That’s what it’s all about. Sportblog Gareth Southgate Share on Pinterest Our experience helped. We had players like David Seaman, Tony Adams, Paul Ince and David Batty, although we also had a few youngsters coming through – Michael Owen, Becks, Scholesy and Sol Campbell. Rio Ferdinand was in the squad as well. We had a good blend. People always talk about Euro 96 but I thought we had a special squad in 1998.This team is much more inexperienced and this is the first World Cup game for a lot of these players, which makes a difference. People question whether the players care as much about international football these days but playing in the World Cup is the dream. You’re very aware that you’re lucky to be there and also that you might not get another crack at it. A lot of nerves come with that. You want to perform well for yourself and make sure the team starts well. features There was a lot of trouble before we played Tunisia in Marseille. The two or three days leading up to the game were unpleasant. A lot of the squad had family over there, so it wasn’t easy.We were aware of what was going on. We had families flying over in the morning or on the night before and you just never know, do you? My mum and step-dad were out there. They were having a holiday in France and were travelling down for the game. I spoke to them and it was fine but it’s something you think about. You just had to assume that people you cared about were going to stay well clear of the trouble. We were buzzing for the game, though, and could not wait for the tournament to start. It was a really hot afternoon and we were expected to win, like the guys are now. But none of us were taking anything for granted after the way we started Euro 96 against Switzerland. Tunisia were defensive and I’m sure it will be the same on Monday. You have to be patient. First games can be tedious and are so important not to lose, which makes them even more nervy.The heat was an advantage for Tunisia. The pitch was dry and sticky and we were playing against a team who wanted to frustrate us and try to nick a draw or a goal on the break. It was far from ideal. We would rather have played at night with a bit of dew on the pitch because then the ball zips around. But we believed we could control the pace of the game and have most of the possession.The key was to get the first goal and force them to come out a bit more. It worked out perfectly in the end. Alan Shearer made it 1-0 in the first half and we never looked back. Paul Scholes scored a great second goal to finish it off and it was a comfortable win in the end. Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Topics World Cup 2018 Read more Gareth Southgate has a lot of quality at his disposal, though, and I think he’s doing a good job. I played with him for England and could see him being a coach one day. It was a surprise when he became England manager but he was an appointment from within: English, a good guy and a very clever man. He played the game in an intelligent way, read the game brilliantly and was pretty underrated.He’s found a system that suits international football. Glenn Hoddle used a back three in 1998 and it helped us dominate possession. We had more players in midfield and didn’t get overrun. I played at right wing-back and although it was tough not to have the security of a right-back behind me, we were told to play in a positive way. We wanted people on the ball in good areas and I think Gareth has a similar mentality. Reuse this content
Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Share on WhatsApp RB Leipzig Read more Having taken Aalen to the 2.Bundesliga for the first time, he moved to Ingolstadt in October 2013 and transformed a team threatened with relegation into champions the following season. He left after a successful Bundesliga campaign in which the tiny club finished 11th, taking up the challenge of guiding nouveau riche RB Leipzig through their first season in Germany’s top-flight.RB Leipzig broke the record for the longest undefeated streak of a promoted team as they finished runners-up to Bayern and qualified for the Champions League but Hasenhüttl’s time in eastern Germany was brought to a sudden halt in the summer when he failed to repeat the trick, with the sporting director, Ralf Rangnick, stepping into his shoes while they await the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann.“I think he also wanted to take the next step – it’s very hard to keep Leipzig in the Champions League every season,” says Heidenreich. “It’s also not so easy to work with Ralf Rangnick … ” Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share via Email But nagging injuries and the presence of poster boy and part-time pop star Polster meant Hasenhüttl, despite scoring three goals in eight appearances for his country, missed out on selection for the 1990 World Cup and again in 1998, winding down his playing career in Germany, where he lived for two decades until his move to Southampton was confirmed on Wednesday.“He talks more like a German these days than an Austrian,” says Andreas Heidenreich from the Kurier newspaper. “But it’s very good for the country to have our first Premier League manager. He’s very popular in Austria, which is a small country in world football, so people are very proud to see him move to England. He’s a very down-to-earth and that is the same style as he was when he was a player. He was never fancy – he was very good in the air but had limited chances because he was playing in the same era as Polster.”After playing for Bayern Munich’s reserve side at the end of his career, it was in Bavaria that he was handed a first opportunity in coaching, taking over the youth team at third-tier Unterhaching in 2004 before being promoted to the first team three years later. Hasenhüttl was sacked in 2010 and joined VfR Aalen, where he began to develop a gegenpressing style that has brought comparisons to Jürgen Klopp. Both were born in the summer of 1967 and they went on the same course to earn their coaching badges, yet whereas Liverpool’s manager was handed his chance by Mainz after retiring in 2001, the “Alpine Klopp” had to do it the hard way. 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Share on Pinterest With Hasenhüttl having spent two weeks on trial at Chelsea under Glenn Hoddle in the mid-1990s, there was always a sense that the Premier League could be his next destination. “I didn’t really believe that I could sign there but it was fantastic inspiration for my career that I could train there for two weeks,” he said in an interview in 2015. “My talent in playing football was not the highest but I was very hard-working, interested to learn and get better, and this focus made me better and better.”He has certainly applied that approach to management, spending the summer after he left Aalen riding between Borussia Dortmund’s and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s training camps on his mountain bike and spying on their sessions with a pair of binoculars.“It’s better to be incognito because otherwise everyone is talking to you because they know you – and you can’t concentrate on the training because everyone is talking to you,” he explained. “I was also in Italy when Germany were preparing for the World Cup because it was interesting for me. I’m maybe in this way a little bit crazy but it made me a better coach.” features Topics Ralph Hasenhüttl is said to be a demanding coach who fosters a positive atmosphere. Photograph: Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images Southampton Hasenhüttl, a talented piano player, will need to press all the right notes if Southampton are to recover from an awful period that has brought only one home win in the Premier League since November 2017. But if anyone can do it, then it is surely the manager who became known in Germany for his exuberant celebrations.“He expects players to work very hard and is very demanding but is a very positive guy who brings a good atmosphere to his teams,” says Heidenreich. “After the matches, he often cannot sleep and has said that he sometimes stays up all night watching replays.”There may be a few sleepless nights to come. Spurs’ Harry Kane shows new manager size of Southampton job ahead Share on LinkedIn Ralph Hasenhüttl sets hare running on Southampton’s escape bid Twitter Share on Facebook Ever since Ralph Hasenhüttl made his debut as a gangly teenage striker for his hometown club Grazer, Southampton’s new manager has forged a career out of being patient. The first Austrian to take charge of a Premier League club was signed by Austria Vienna in 1988 as a replacement for Toni Polster, who had been sold to Torino the previous season for £1.2m, and he went on to win three successive titles and earn an international call-up.
Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Leeds 21 Roos 11 Jozefzoon (s 63′) 43 Klich It was, though, merely a stay of execution. When Scott Carson could only punch Pablo Hernández’s corner towards Jack Clarke, the latter proceeded to sweep beyond Craig Bryson and deliver a superb right-wing cross. It found Roofe in the right place at the right time to lash a first-time volley home. Pinterest 2 Wisdom Leeds United 2-0 Derby County: Championship – as it happened Share on Pinterest 40 Davis Match stats To say Frank Lampard’s side were well beaten would be an understatement as goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison erased memories of a mid-winter blip featuring two successive league defeats.“We lost to the better team,” said Lampard. “There’s no doubt about that but…” It was a big but too. This will forever be a fixture haunted by memories of the bitter rivalry between Don Revie and Brian Clough and revived some of the dirty tricks detailed in David Peace’s The Damned United.Earlier in the day Derby announced that police had been called to their training ground on Thursday following reports of a man equipped with binoculars, wire cutters and camouflage clothing hovering suspiciously on its boundaries.Bielsa admitted he had sent a member of his backroom staff to spy on Lampard’s preparations, revealing it was a ploy he had deployed ever since his days in charge of Argentina and Chile.Unimpressed, Lampard indicated that he believed it was no coincidence that, shortly before his side lost 4-1 to Leeds at home earlier in the season, a man was spotted lurking in the bushes beside their training complex.“I don’t think that, at any level of sport, it’s right to send men to break into private property,” said Derby’s manager afterwards. “It’s a cultural thing but I was very surprised by it – and by the frank admission he’s done it before. Cheating is a big word but this is over the line. I spent 15 hours watching tapes of Leeds game this week and that’s what the best managers do. I was a fan of Bielsa’s from afar but I’d rather not coach than send people undercover on their hands and knees in the undergrowth.” 5 Tomori 25 Lowe DER LEE 10 Alioski 10 Leeds Off target 5 Derby 5 Leeds On target 2 Derby Corners 8 2 Possession 11 13 17 Evans Reuse this content 28 Nugent 11 Roberts Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa accepts the blame over spy row with Derby 46 Malone (s 61′) 1 Peacock-Farrell 13 Huffer 44 Huddlestone Lineups Twitter 39 61 6 Cooper Marcelo Bielsa 47 Clarke Facebook (s 72′) 22 Harrison 18 Jansson (s 79′) Share via Email Read more Derby Substitutes Substitutes Share on Facebook 46 Shackleton Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard watch on during the second half. Photograph: Alex Dodd/CameraSport via Getty Images Share on Twitter match reports Lampard stared at the ground. His players could barely get out of their own half and frequently seemed overwhelmed by the relentless tempo of Leeds’ high pressing game. At times it was easy to imagine that Bielsa’s team had a couple of extra players on the pitch.Derby were failing to work out the home side’s highly fluid formation – one minute 4-1-4-1 and 3-3-3-1 the next – and kaleidoscopic, opponent perplexing, positional rotation. Alioski not only alternated between left-back and midfield but occasionally centre forward too.His side doubled their advantage at the outset of the second half. Once again Clarke provoked panic on the right and, once again, Carson made less than perfect contact as he misread his looping cross. The goalkeeper’s weak punch travelled only as far as Alioski who played it back in for Harrison to score from close range.Spy-gate may be boiling up but Leeds show few signs of burning out. “I would accept any sanction the club or federation make against me,” said an unrepentant Bielsa. “I respect the morals of the country where I work but I won’t say I won’t do it again. I don’t think I’m a person that cheats. I have done this practice for many years. It’s legal in South America – and England, too, but it doesn’t provoke indignation in South America.” 23 Holmes If MI6 are unlikely to be poaching the “agent” Bielsa dispatched to Derby any time soon, it rather begs the question as to how many other Championship rivals have been spied on since August?Not that Lampard’s defence could use such dubious tactics as an excuse. That quartet should have conceded a penalty following Andre Wisdom’s foul on Ezgjan Alioski but, although the referee pointed to the spot, a linesman had already flagged – controversially – for an offside against Alioski. 1 Carson 52 Halme 14 Marriott (s 46′) 48 Stevens 19 Hernandez 53 Gotts 7 Roofe 10 Lawrence 37 Bogle 8 Mount DER39LEE61% 2 Ayling Championship 4 Forshaw Derby County 9 Waghorn Fouls For a man who had just been un-masked as a spy master running a series of agents embroiled in the murky world of “dark-ops”, Marcelo Bielsa cut a remarkably unconcerned technical area figure.The former Argentina manager sees little wrong with snooping on opponents and right now this combination of coaching and reconnaissance seems unbeatable. Bielsa has led Leeds to the top of the Championship where they stand five points clear of second-placed Norwich and 11 ahead of sixth-placed Derby County. 4 Bryson 6 Keogh Share on LinkedIn Goal attempts Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Leeds United
Netball … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Diamonds news Australia sport Read more Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Curtain falls on Super Netball season with Swifts targeting dynasty NSW Swifts defender Maddy Turner and Sunshine Coast midcourter Laura Scherian are the two uncapped players in Australia’s squad of 13 for next month’s four-match Constellation Cup netball series against recently crowned world champions New Zealand.Nine players from this year’s World Cup squad have been named, with midcourter Kelsey Browne (injured), defender April Brandley (pregnant) and shooter-wing attack Steph Wood (resting) out. Melbourne Vixens shooter Tegan Philip and Collingwood Magpies midcourter Ash Brazill have been recalled.“I would like to commend Ash Brazill, Tegan Philip, Laura Scherian and Maddy Turner on their selection following their outstanding Suncorp Super Netball seasons,” Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.“They’ve shown they have what it takes to perform against the world’s best, standing up in key moments, and we’re thrilled to welcome them into the team.“My fellow selectors Annie Sargeant, Michelle Wilkins and I believe this is the combination of players that we need to face an incredibly strong Silver Ferns team, with flexibility right across the court and a great mix of experienced talent and exciting up-and-comers.”Five more players have also been added to round out the Diamonds’ 2019-20 squad – Wood, uncapped shooter Kiera Austin, defender Emily Mannix and midcourters Kate Moloney and Gabi Simpson.Previous squad member and senior midcourter Kim Ravaillion opted out of selection for 2019-20.Alexander will bring up her 100th match at the helm in the second Test at Auckland’s Spark Arena on 16 October. The series starts on 13 October at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena.Following the Auckland match, the series moves to Australia with Tests at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on 20 October and Perth’s RAC Arena on 27 October.Australia hold the Constellation Cup and have won eight of the nine series, including all of the last six. The series marks the first meeting between the great rivals since the Silver Ferns’s one-goal World Cup-final win over the Diamonds in June.Diamonds squad: Caitlin Bassett (Giants), Ash Brazill (Magpies), Courtney Bruce (Fever), Paige Hadley (Swifts), Sarah Klau (Swifts), Tegan Philip (Vixens), Jamie-Lee Price (Giants), Laura Scherian (Lightning), Caitlin Thwaites (Vixens), Gretel Tippett (Firebirds), Maddy Turner (Swifts), Liz Watson (Vixens), Jo Weston (Vixens). Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup 2019 Facebook Read more Japan show world their defiance and skill in face of typhoon destruction Sportblog Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Share via Email The last time the All Blacks lost a World Cup match was in 2007. It was a match I do not have fond memories of, having played in it, but incredibly valuable lessons were learned considering New Zealand’s record in the tournament since. Two things stand out when looking at why we lost that match against France. Firstly, we tinkered with our game plan throughout the pool stages and we just didn’t quite get it right in the quarter-final. Secondly, we had not been tested at all in the pool stages and we came up against a team on a completely different level to anything we had experienced.The first point shows the danger of not having clarity but I am not sure the second is relevant at this World Cup. Back then we put 70-odd points on Italy, more than 100 on Portugal, we thrashed Scotland because they were fielding a weakened team and scored another 80 against Romania. It will be interesting to see how England deal with the transition. I do not believe that the cancelled match against France will be much of a problem. Teams such as New Zealand and England can use that extra time to their benefit. Yes both teams have a couple of players who would have benefited from the extra game time, Mako Vunipola and Brodie Retallick for example, but both sets of players have been afforded a bit of downtime and then they can put in the extra analysis – everything will be that little bit more detailed.Where things could be problematic for England is the lack of experience of knockout international rugby. They did not get out of their pool four years ago which means there are only a few players in the squad with experience of playing a sudden-death World Cup match. Making up for that though, is the fact that the core of this team has huge experience of playing knockout club rugby. You look at the Saracens spine of this team and the amount of European matches they have won – Super Rugby does not have that kind of equivalent. Read more Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union The biggest concern I have over England is their discipline and whether it stands up when the heat is on in the knockout stages. It is the only area where I worry about them and how a game could slip away from them. They play right on the edge, defensively they are right on that line and the one thing you do not want to do in a quarter or a semi-final is give teams easy outs. If England find themselves charging into rucks when there is no genuine chance of winning the ball, or if they find themselves going in at the side, it would not surprise me to see referees clamping down on that sort of thing the deeper we go into the tournament.With the pool stages now complete we are going to have very experienced assistant referees and that makes a difference – very little is going to go unnoticed. If England’s opponents try and get under their skin, how will they react? Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Chris Jack and Nick Evans following defeat to France in the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: Ross Land/Getty Images Australia rugby union team England rugby union team comment You then get to the quarter-finals and the difference is huge. That is not the case any more. The lesser teams are competitive for long spells and while some scorelines have ended up as blow outs, things have improved so much in terms of athletic ability and physicality – all teams hit hard. All teams have strength and conditioning coaches, they have nutritionists and the benefits are being reaped.Having said that, there is inevitably a different feel when it becomes knockout rugby. Suddenly there is no tomorrow and all the players will all be aware of that. The key, and this is where the coaching staff come in, is to try and keep everything process driven as much as possible. When you start worrying about the outcome, that’s when you have a problem. That was the big thing that changed for the All Blacks after 2007.You have to try and keep the mood and the atmosphere in the camp the same, or as similar as you can, whether it be a pool stage match against Portugal or a quarter-final against France. For New Zealand, it was the development of the players’ leadership group after 2007 that has been key. How they learned to deal with the pressure and how they kept ice cold “blue” heads rather than panicked “red” heads in the crucial situations. Twitter Because I fully expect that sort of challenge from Australia on Saturday. At the breakdown Australia will really try and put them under pressure, slow the ball down and try to take the sting out of England’s power game. It will be niggly and how England’s discipline holds up will be fascinating.To give them their dues, England have been clinical so far. They’ve responded and adapted to what has happened to them. Teams want to lift their performances against England but Eddie Jones’s players have found a way to get the result they needed. I think they are in a good place. The expectation will come from outside the group but I do expect an awkward, potentially scrappy game against Australia. The breakdown will be a massive contest and that could make it stop-start and help England in terms of their tactical kicking.Either way, it should be a cracking encounter and it will be proper knockout rugby. These are the matches that everyone has been waiting for and while we’ve had a wonderful pool stage, bookended by New Zealand and South Africa going at it and then Japan’s incredible win over Scotland, it is now that the World Cup really starts. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Topics Australia sport Reuse this content
Transfers Liverpool and Newcastle target Trapp planning PSG stay Sacha Pisani 15:34 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Transfers Liverpool PSG Ligue 1 Αμιάν v PSG Coupe de la Ligue Newcastle United Premier League The Germany international, who is struggling for game time with the French giants, is not interested in securing a switch during the January window Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is happy to stay at the French giants for now as he continues to attract interest from the Premier League.Liverpool have been linked with out-of-favour Trapp, who has only made two Ligue 1 appearances after falling behind Alphonse Areola.Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in the 27-year-old Germany international, albeit via a loan deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Trapp is only focused on winning over head coach Unai Emery and playing for PSG ahead of the World Cup in Russia.”For now, I want to stay,” Trapp said following PSG’s 2-0 win over 10-man Amiens in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. “I am in Paris, even though I do not have enough playing time. “There are things that cannot be changed. As soon as I play, I want to do my best. I want to show that even with this lack of playing time, I am able to play well. The goal after the season is the World Cup.”Mission accomplished #ASCPSG @CoupedelaLigue#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/Fv1rGTYalp— PSG English (@PSG_English) January 10, 2018Trapp was named in the starting XI midweek as PSG reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, earning a meeting with Rennes.Neymar and Adrien Rabiot were among the goals – with the former producing a bizarre celebration – while axed pair Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore were absent.”We’re very happy, because we’re going to play a Coupe de la Ligue semi-final,” Emery said. “We put in a serious display. We were quickly with a man over and – with patience – we worked to score the first goal.”Little by little, the match turned in our favour. Amiens pushed, but we didn’t give them many chances. So we’re through to the semi-finals, and I think we deserved it, just like the other three teams still in it.”In the next round, we’ll meet Rennes again. Of course, we would have preferred to play at home, but we’ll have to secure our place in the final. Before the holidays and last Sunday, we won there, so we’ll go to Roazhon Park with the same goal.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web