Month: September 2020

O’Brien continues successful run at Newmarket

first_img8-11 hot favourite Churchill beat stablemate Lancaster Bomber to edge O’Brien closer to the record number of Grade 1 winners in a year set by legendary trainer Bobby Frankel.Six days ago the Ballydoyle supremo trained the first three finishers in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.last_img

Bolstered by Neymar, Mbappe, PSG Finally Ready to Make a Mark…

first_imgParis Saint-Germain kicks off their latest bid for the UEFA Champions League glory at Celtic this evening bolstered by the big-money signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.The French giants will be hoping that their lavish close-season spending can help finally achieve their Qatari owners’ dream of lifting the European Cup.PSG responded to last season’s disappointments of losing the Ligue 1 title to Monaco and their stunning Champions League last-16 defeat at Barcelona, by smashing the world record transfer fee with the 222 million-euro ($267m) signing of Neymar from Barca.While Qatar’s billions produced four consecutive French titles from 2013-2016, that form has yet to translate to European competition.PSG’s last, and only, Champions League semifinal appearance was in 1995, with four straight last-eight exits followed by the harrowing 6-1 second-leg loss at the Camp Nou earlier this year, having beaten Barca 4-0 in the first game.But with the additions of Neymar and Mbappe, hopes are high that Unai Emery’s men can put their continental troubles to bed.“We are more than ready for the Champions League,” said defender Thomas Meunier after a 5-1 thrashing of Metzon Friday.“We are a very good group, we can see that on the bench today with all the options we have.“Every footballer plays for the Champions League, and with the team we have this year, we must show the world that we want to go further than in previous years.”Teenage sensation Mbappe joined from Monaco on deadline day on a season-long loan, with an option to buy for a fee that could reach a staggering 180 million euros.“It’s too early to say (how far we can go), we haven’t even played yet,” said Mbappe, who scored on his debut against Metz.“We have a good team and a lot of confidence, but we know that there’s still a lot of work to do. We’ll go to Glasgow to win and to start well.“I’ve always said that the Champions League is a special competition, it is the competition for the big players and where we see the big players.”PSG will have their European credentials tested by what promises to be a spine-tingling atmosphere at Parkhead, as Celtic look to cause an upset in Group B after an underwhelming return to the Champions League group stages last season.Brendan Rodgers’ men have gone from strength to strength since the turn of the year, and are unbeaten in their last 54 domestic matches.“What we’ve learned from our first game of the Champions League last year is that we’re not going to be as passive,” said Rodgers.“They’re (PSG) a world away from where we’re at in terms of finances but it’s going to be an incredible night.“It’s the first game of the Champions League against one of the great teams now of the competition, it will be another special night at Celtic Park.“We’ll look forward to the challenge and we’ll recover well and prepare well for it.”PSG’s fellow wannabee members of the European elite, Manchester City, came unstuck with a 3-3 draw at Celtic Park last season, and the Scottish champions still have the potential to be a danger on home turf.While Celtic won the 1967 European Cup with a 15-man squad made purely of players born within 30 miles of their stadium, Paris have flung an expensive net far and wide in an attempt to emulate the likes of the ‘Lisbon Lions’.Over 50 years since Celtic’s finest hour, PSG are fed up of waiting to dine at football’s top table.UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TODAYCeltic v PSGBenfica v CSKA MoscowMan Utd v BaselOlympiakos v Sporting CPBayern v AnderlechtRoma v AtleticoChelsea v QarabagBarcelona v Juventus WEDNESDAYMaribor v Spartak MoscowTottenham v DortmundRB Leipzig v MonacoFeyenoord v Man CityShakhtar v NapoliLiverpool v SevillaPorto v BesiktasR’ Madrid v APOEL Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUElast_img read more

Umtiti Heads France into First Final in 12 Years

first_imgFrance will now have to wait for the winner of today’s second semi final between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to know who to play in the final scheduled for Sunday at same venue in the Russian capital city.After being dominated in the first half, due to an awesome Eden Hazard brilliant display, France took responsibility and the control of the match after half-time.After Raphael Varane performed heroics in the quarter-finals against Uruguay, this time it was Umtiti’s 51st header that made the difference from an Antoine Griezmann’s corner at the near post. After out jumping Marouane Fellaini, Umtiti simply flicked the header beyond Thibaut Courtois in goal for Belgium. Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks from Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.But it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba’s delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger.The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloris’s far post.Hazard was dangerous again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar.From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.Olivier Giroud flashed a header just wide and Mbappe set up Benjamin Pavard whose low shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Courtois.It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.Late into the second half Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage time to book their place in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in St PetersburgSamuel Umtiti fired France into her first World Cup final in 12 years last night when the FC Barcelona defender headed home the lone goal of the semi final clash with Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium.There was no doubt that the Belgians were the more attack conscious of the two teams but at the end of 90 minutes it was Les Blues that grabbed the first final ticket of Russia 2018.last_img read more

Joshua Ready to Fight Wilder Even if He Loses to Fury

first_imgAnthony Joshua says a heavyweight showdown with Deontay Wilder will still happen, even if the American loses his WBC belt in a fight with Tyson Fury.The unified champion defends his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO titles against Povetkin at Wembley on September 22, while Wilder has announced that his next fight will be against Fury.Joshua had hoped to face Wilder for the right to become the division’s undisputed No 1, but has pointed out that a defeat will not prevent him from sharing the ring with any of his rivals in the future. “We’re going to fight regardless because we’re the same weight category, and we’re in the same era, and it’s the fight that people want to see,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.“Yeah, we’re going to fight each other, but it’s interesting, because let’s say worst happens with Povetkin, it don’t stop me from having to fight them.“They will still want to fight me, because we’re big in the game. That fight will happen regardless who wins.“If Wilder gets beat in that fight with Fury, I’ll still fight Wilder down the line, or if Fury gets beat.“With boxing, one corner loses, one corner wins, but because it’s still a fight that the public will demand – big puncher, good stylistic fighter, good talkers – there will always be interest around the name of heavyweight boxing.”The British star must firstly overcome Povetkin, the WBA’s mandatory challenger, and is eager to produce another knockout victory to strengthen his reputation as a destructive fighter.“I think I’ve got good opponents on my record so far,” said Joshua. “Povetkin’s a good one and I’m at that stage where I do want to look past Povetkin, because the division is alight, it’s amazing.“There’s some real good challengers out there, but at the same time you’ve got to focus on your opponent in front of you, and that’s why – is it a big threat? Yeah, but if I can’t get past him then what can I say, everyone is going to be a big threat.“I’ve got to dismantle Povetkin with ease, so I’m the threat, I’m the one to be reckoned with.”Joshua has been at the forefront of a resurgence for heavyweight boxing in recent years and recognises the threat that Povetkin poses to his reign, predicting an explosive encounter at the national stadium.He said: “It’s been years since British boxing, especially at heavyweight, has got the respect it has today, and it’s good to be leading the way, and Povetkin is a real game challenger, but he’s got to come across myself, I’m game as well, and it will be a good fight.“It’s not going to be a quick one. We both can take a lot of punishment, and dish out a lot of punishment, and it’s the first one to go.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshualast_img read more

Basque Derbies, Gripping Title Race Headline Weekend Clashes

first_imgSaturday’s programme begins with a top vs bottom clash as co-leaders FC Barcelona, who have had an up and down time away from the Camp Nou this season, visit a CD Leganes team with just one win so far in 2019/20 but who did win this fixture 2-1 last year.Next up is a Real Betis side whose players and fans have had a fortnight’s international break to dwell on their derby defeat to Sevilla before hosting Valencia CF, who have climbed to sixth in the table having kicked into form in recent weeks.Three straight LaLiga Santander losses have seen Granada CF dip a little after such a high-flying start, so they will be fired up to welcome third-placed Atletico de Madrid, who have Portuguese starlet Joao Felix back after a month out injured.Saturday evening’s late clash should be a cracker, as Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in a clash of two teams full of exciting talents hitting form.Many eyes will be on the visitors’ fit again playmaker Martin Odegaard – who is on loan from Real Madrid – going to head to head with Los Blancos new midfield star Fede Valverde.Sunday’s action starts with 19th placed RCD Espanyol hoping the international break will have changed their fortunes when they host Getafe CF, who have steadily climbed the table with just one defeat in their last five league games.The action then shifts to Pamplona, with CA Osasuna hosting local rivals Athletic Club in what is likely to be a typically tight and passionate derby match-up. Los Rojillos are 31 games unbeaten at El Sadar but Los Leones won 2-1 on their last visit, with Pamplona native Iñaki Williams among the scorers.Another all-Basque clash quickly follows with SD Eibar hosting their neighbours D. Alaves – who hail from the city of Vitoria jut 50km away – with another tight encounter on the cards given their three LaLiga meetings to date at Ipurua having brought one win each and a draw.New RC Celta coach Oscar Garcia, who impressed with his tactical ideas on his debut last time out at Barcelona, will be challenged again on Sunday as the Galicians visit high-scoring but unpredictable Villarreal.Sunday’s final game sees a highly-organised Real Valladolid team still unbeaten in their five games at their Estadio Jose Zorilla so far hosting Sevilla FC, who travel with the joint-best away record in LaLiga Santander with 13 points from seven away games in 2019/20.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LALIGA SANTANDERLaLiga returns this weekend with the title race hotting up; more thrills and spills are sure to come as the most competitive LaLiga Santander table in decades currently has just two points separating the top five clubs, while local pride and much more will be on the line as four of LaLiga’s five Basque clubs come together on Sunday.The action begins this night at the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium where hosts Levante UD defeated Barcelona in their last home game, welcoming an RCD Mallorca side capable of defeating Real Madrid at home but yet to pick up even one point away from their Son Moix Stadium.last_img read more

SAI forms sub-committee to strengthen quality of its faculties at all NIS Centres

first_img LIVE TV An expert sub-committee has been formed by the Sports Authority of India to take steps towards strengthening the quality of the faculty at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Trivandrum. This expert committee will screen the existing faculty and recommend new and future faculty and guest teachers so that a pool of outstanding experts can be created and course trainees can benefit from the best faculty available in the country, especially in the new online teaching format that has been adopted recently. SAI took these decisions in its recent academic council meeting to further promote and strengthen sports coaching at the grassroots and elite levels.Read: Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan: Sehwag, Saina Nehwal, Other Sports Stars Extend WishesRead: 258 Athletes Shortlisted In 12 Disciplines For SAI’s TOPS JuniorSyllabus structure of courses revisedThe decisions were aimed to promote sporting excellence by strengthening the existing system at the National Centre for Sports Coaching (NCSC), as well as to provide new skills to coaches in line with the evolving needs of athletes. In keeping with the evolving structure of the global sports ecosystem and to ensure that Indian coaches are equipped to train athletes as per global standards, the syllabus structure and contents of the premiere course at NSNIS Patiala, Diploma course in Sports Coaching, have been revised after wide consultations with all relevant stakeholders, including the National Sporting Federations of the sporting disciplines. It has also been decided that in view of the COVID pandemic, the first semester of the Diploma course will be held online. Taking note of the present COVID-19 situation, a decision was taken to continue the six-week certificate course of the coaches education programme online for grassroot-level and developmental coaches.Read: Actively Organise State-level Khelo India Games To Identify Talent: Kiren Rijiju To StatesRead: Would Urge States To Start Some Kind Of Sporting Activities After 2-3 Months: Kiren Rijiju(Image credits: PTI) 1 month ago National hockey camp in SAI Bengaluru gets official nod 1 month ago SAI coach at Karni Singh Shooting Range tests positive for COVID-19 First Published: 6th August, 2020 17:03 IST WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By 1 month ago 258 athletes shortlisted in 12 disciplines for SAI’s TOPS Juniorcenter_img FOLLOW US Suman Ray Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 17:03 IST SAI Forms Sub-committee To Strengthen Quality Of Its Faculties At All NIS Centres An expert sub-committee has been formed by Sports Authority of India (SAI) to take steps towards strengthening the quality of the faculty at NIS in 4 cities WATCH US LIVE COMMENT 1 month ago ‘Mazha Hoshil Na’ Written Update July 30, 2020: Aditya teaches Sai how to ride a cycle 1 month ago Sai Tamhankar resumes ‘Maharashtrachi Hasyajatra’ shooting; shares pic with Prasad Oaklast_img read more

Jerry Kelly makes ace on his way to winning 1st senior major

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By Jerry Kelly seized control at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship with a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Firestone, sending him to a 1-under 69 and a two-shot victory Sunday for his first major on the PGA Tour Champions.Kelly was clinging to a one-shot lead over Scott Parel when he hit a soft cut with a 5-iron that landed in front of the hole and rolled in for an ace, eliciting a shout from one volunteer around the green.From there, Kelly was on his way. His only big mistake came on the 18th when he could afford it. He found a bunker off the tee, his next shot hit a tree and dropped into rough below the limbs. He did well to get into the fringe and took three putts for a double bogey, knowing that was enough to win.“It never goes as planned. It gets you sooner or later,” Kelly said, knowing that later in this case was late enough.Parel, who wasted chances to put stress on Kelly earlier in the round, hit a tree from his approach in the fairway and made bogey to finish with a 70. Parel last year had the 54-hole lead at Firestone and failed to hold it. His runner-up finish was enough to move him to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings.Kelly, who finished at 3 under, won $450,000. He and Parel were the only players to finish under par on the South Course at Firestone, which previously hosted a World Golf Championship where Tiger Woods won a record eight times.“Just to have a major out there is huge for me, not even getting that close on the regular tour,” Kelly said.The victory gives him a spot in The Players Championship next March. That was equally exciting to Kelly, who in 2001 had a two-shot lead over Woods going into the final round at the TPC Sawgrass, only to fade with a 73 to tie for fourth.Kelly also gets a five-year exemption into the PGA Tour Champions’ season-opener on the Big Island in Hawaii. It was Kelly’s first victory of the year, and his seventh since he turned 50 to become eligible in 2017.This was a two-man race for the most part.Colin Montgomerie close with a 71 and Miguel Angel Jiminez had a 69. They finished at even-par 280.Kelly made two birdies early and had a two-shot lead when Parel made bogey on the par-4 sixth hole. Kelly had to make medium-length par putts on Nos. 8 and 10, and when he failed to save par on the 11th, the lead was down to one.Parel hit a good shot into the 12th. Kelly followed with an ace, and when Parel missed his birdie putt, Kelly’s lead was back to three shots and he was on his way. First Published: 17th August, 2020 07:40 IST COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 07:41 IST Jerry Kelly Makes Ace On His Way To Winning 1st Senior Major Jerry Kelly seized control at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship with a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Firestone, sending him to a 1-under 69 and a two-shot victory Sunday for his first major on the PGA Tour Champions. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more