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first_imgEngland’s build up to their do-or-die World Cup clash with Australia has been stung by the most savage criticism yet after former Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy delivered a brutal assessment of Sam Burgess. The fall-out from Saturday’s 28-25 defeat by Wales saw the hosts branded “amateurs” by Sir Clive Woodward while Will Carling accused Stuart Lancaster of creating a “classroom-orientated environment” in which the players were treated as “schoolboys”. Now D’Arcy, a veteran of 82 caps and one half of a celebrated Ireland midfield axis with Brian O’Driscoll, has added his voice to the chorus by claiming Burgess’ “naivety embarrassed those around him”. The Welsh were unable to turn the break into a try, but D’Arcy notes: “In those defence-shredding seconds, the English coaches must have realised just how wrong they got their selection.” D’Arcy, a Test player for 16 years who was capped once by the British and Irish Lions, believes a way must be found for Steffon Armitage to join the squad, questions why Luther Burrell was not among the final 31 and insists Henry Slade should have a bigger role. “Burrell had proved he can do what they hoped Burgess would do. The selection errors are glaring now,” he said. D’Arcy also criticised England’s management following Chris Robshaw’s decision to send a late penalty into touch instead of opting for a shot at goal that would have secured a draw if successful, claiming: “Warren Gatland, Joe Schmidt or Steve Hansen would have sent in a clear command that would have been obeyed. Kick your points.” Press Association Burgess, who switched codes from rugby league last October, was a surprise pick at inside centre and while England’s management have declared the selection a success, D’Arcy took the opposite view following detailed analysis of his performance. “Burgess lacks the sense of timing, in attack and defence, required to be effective at international level,” D’Arcy wrote in a column for the Irish Times. “His naivety embarrassed those around him and severely damaged England’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals. He had no idea what was happening around him. “All Burgess did was run straight in search of collisions with (Wales centre) Jamie Roberts. who obliged but really conned him most of the time. “Sam is a phenomenal athlete and clearly a fast learner. The damning question for Lancaster’s England is: why were these learning curves taking place in the pool of death’s must-win game?” Burgess will drop to the bench for Saturday’s clash with Australia – a match England have to claim if they are to reach the knockout stage of their own World Cup – providing Jonathan Joseph evades any late setback in his recovery from a pectoral muscle injury. Owen Farrell is set to continue at fly-half, Brad Barritt will move to inside centre and Joseph will be reinstated in the number 13 jersey with Burgess likely to reprise his role as a final-quarter impact replacement. Among the moments of the calamitous defeat by Wales scrutinised by D’Arcy is the defensive mix-up that cleared a path through the midfield for Scott Williams shortly before half-time. last_img read more

first_img The Italian, who will work alongside Alan Curtis at the Liberty Stadium, has an interesting CV. Here, Press Association Sport’s James Cann looks at five things Swans fans should know about their new man. Former Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin has been named Swansea’s new head coach. 3. He failed to win big in Monte Carlo Guidolin has coached outside of Italy only once before in his career. He signed a two-year deal with ambitious Monaco in 2005 but left the principality after a poor 10th-placed finish in his first season. The Venetian was soon back at Palermo, the club he had previously restored to Serie A after a 35-year absence. Under his stewardship, the Sicilians finished fifth in 2007 to reach the UEFA Cup. 4. He is a promotion expert This may be a bitter pill to swallow for Swans fans but it could well taste a lot sweeter in a year’s time. Guidolin forged his career in Italy on masterminding a series of improbable promotions. His unfancied Vicenza side climbed out of Serie B to win the Coppa Italia and qualify for Europe in the late 1990s. He got the best out of Luca Toni as the striker hit 30 goals to fire Palermo into the top flight and when Parma suffered a shock relegation in 2008, Guidolin helped them bounce back immediately. 5. He turned Alexis Sanchez into the player he is today Guidolin cannot claim to have recruited Sanchez himself – the Chilean arrived at the Stadio Friuli two years before him, in 2008 – but he certainly got the best out of the man from Tocopilla. He is credited with transforming Sanchez from a winger into the creative forward who now provides such a formidable goalscoring threat for Arsenal. Sanchez was key to Udinese’s fourth and third-placed finishes in Serie A, which brought about entry to the Champions League’s qualifying rounds. The likes of Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew – or even Marvin Emnes – could surely benefit from an arm around the shoulder from the knowledgeable Italian. 1. He knows a thing or two about Swansea’s next opponents When Guidolin called time on his four-season stint as Udinese boss in May 2014, he kept working with the club’s owners, the Pozzo family. His brief was to supervise the three teams under the Pozzos’ control – namely Udinese, Granada, and Watford. And when Slavisa Jokanovic left Vicarage Road in the summer, Guidolin was almost asked to step in before the position ultimately went to Quique Sanchez Flores. Furthermore, Odion Ighalo, Allan Nyom, Almen Abdi and Joel Ekstrand worked with him at Udinese. 2. He could have moved to England nine years ago “I would be pleased to have a professional adventure in England.” In October 2007 an out-of-work Guidolin thanked QPR for their interest in him but turned down the chance to replace John Gregory. The Loftus Road job went instead to Luigi De Canio – with then-owner Flavio Briatore determined to bring some Italian flair to the Shepherd’s Bush outfit, who were then struggling in the Championship. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Finally, Australia broke England’s resistance to retain the Ashes with a 185-run win in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday. This victory didn’t come easy as England’s ninth-wicket pair Craig Overton and Jack Leach survived for 14 overs against the second new ball.But after Leach turned the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne to short leg, Overton was lbw to Josh Hazlewood to give Australia victory with 13.3 of the day’s 98 overs remaining.Before that Jos Buttler led a defiant rearguard action as England fought desperately to draw the fourth Test.England were 166-6 at tea on the final day in a match in which a win for Australia would see the holders retain the Ashes at 2-1 up with one to play in a five-Test series.Buttler, England’s last recognised batsman, was 30 not out, with the usually free-flowing runscorer having faced 96 balls, while Craig Overton was unbeaten on 12 off 47 deliveries.Any thoughts of England chasing down an imposing victory target of 383 had long since evaporated.Instead, with a new ball available to Australia 11 overs after tea, the question was whether they could hold out for a draw, which would leave the series all square ahead of next week’s finale at the Oval in London.England, resuming on their overnight 18-2, got through the first hour without losing a wicket.But when Ben Stokes, whose superb 135 not out had sealed a stunning win at Headingley, fell for just one shortly before lunch, the home side were floundering at 74-4.England started the day with makeshift opener Joe Denly 10 not out and Jason Roy eight not out after Pat Cummins had taken two wickets in two balls on Saturday, including Joe Root for a golden duck, the England captain’s third nought in five innings.The most England had made in the fourth innings to win a Test was the 362-9 they posted at Headingley But their immediate goal was to bat out the fifth day for a draw — something they had not done since Matt Prior helped them defy New Zealand at Auckland in 2013.Denly was fortunate to see a loose drive off left-arm quick Mitchell Starc fly over the slips for four and he almost gave his wicket away when, despite England’s desperate position, he lofted a sweep off Nathan Lyon’s off-spin which just dropped short of deep midwicket.World Cup-winner Roy, who has struggled to transfer his one-day international form into the Test arena, defended solidly before he cover-drive Starc for four.Fast bowler Cummins, however, struck again when a fine-off cutter found a gap between bat and pad to bowl Roy for 31.Stokes falls cheaplyStokes walked out to a huge ovation from a capacity 23,500 crowd. But he had made just one when Cummins, the world’s top-ranked Test bowler, cut one back to the left-handed batsman, with Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine holding a good diving catch off the inside edge.Stokes did not even wait for umpire Marais Erasmus to raise his finger before leaving the crease.Denly, who rode his luck to be 48 not out at lunch, completed a 112-ball fifty when he drove Starc down the ground for four.But he was out soon afterwards for 53 when he gloved a Lyon delivery that turned and bounced out of the rough to Marnus Labuschagne at short leg.Jonny Bairstow and Buttler were together for 14 overs until the former’s 61-ball 25 ended when he was lbw to Starc.Bairstow reviewed but, with Kumar Dharmasena’s decision upheld on umpire’s call, England were 138-6.Cummins thought he had his fifth wicket of the innings when Overton, on five, was given out lbw only for Erasmus’s decision to be overturned after a review revealed the ball had pitched outside off stump. last_img read more

first_imgAfter a disappointing 2004 season, the men’s crew team opens its 2005 campaign at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston, Mass., this weekend.Established in 1965, the regatta is now the world’s largest two-day rowing event. “Head” races are three miles long and boats compete against each other and the clock, starting in succession approximately 15 seconds apart.Winners of the races receive the honorary title of “Head of the River,” or in this case “Head of the Charles.” With more than 7,000 participants competing in 24 different races, the Head of the Charles regatta has become a major attraction in the rowing world.In this year’s Head of the Charles, the Badgers will be competing in both the four-man championship as well as the championship eights. Although Wisconsin put forth an impressive four-man performance last season, head coach Chris Clark is looking for improvement from his eight-man boat.”Last year’s Head of Charles performance was really an exact mirror of how we did last season,” Clark said.” The four-man boat really blossomed and continued to do so throughout the season. The eight-man boat finished somewhere out of the top 20 and it wasn’t good.”We fell a long way in the eight last year and it’s hard to believe were not going to do better,” he continued. “We’ve got everyone back with one more year experience and they got a bitter taste in their mouth from last year.”The Badgers are led by senior captain Ryan Larson, who headed six first-place boats in the 2004 season. With a predominantly young team, the veterans know it will be up to them to lead their younger counterparts and carry the load. Junior eight-man rower Matt Donohue is up for the challenge.”Were just looking to improve on last year and hopefully finish in the top ten at the very least,” Donohue said. “We’re still pretty young, and it’s time for the older guys like myself to step up and fill the leadership positions as upperclassmen. As long as we fulfill that leadership role during the races and during the season, we should be successful this weekend and throughout the course of the year.”The four-man boat, which is coming off a season in which they held the No. 2 ranking in the country, is looking to start the season strong and build off of last year’s performance.”We’ve all got to step up come together as a boat and put up some good scores this weekend,” four-man rower Derek Rasmussen said. “It’s a great event — there’s a lot of history on the Charles River.”Wisconsin, which finished with 98 total points and the No. 12-ranking in the country last season, will be competing against some of the top crew teams in the country, including No. 1 Princeton, No. 2 Cal and No. 3 Harvard.Although the Head of the Charles is not a championship competition, the large scale of the event coupled with the talented competitors makes this a very important weekend for the Badgers.”The only unfortunate thing is that it’s the first thing on our schedule,” Clark said. The nice thing about that is that it gets you juiced up for the upcoming season. It’s very exciting — there are 100,000 people there and 7,000 rowers compete. The guys are all really fired up for it.”last_img read more

first_img Published on October 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) is scheduled to play No. 24 Clemson (4-1, 3-2) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Clemson, South Carolina, the ACC announced Monday. The conference also announced the game will be aired on ESPNU.The Orange and the Tigers last met in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 15, 2013. Tajh Boyd threw for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns — including one to Sammy Watkins — to cruise past the Orange and lead Clemson to a 49-14 victory.Clemson takes on Boston College on the road this Saturday riding a three-game winning streak after starting the year 1-2 with losses to Georgia and Florida State — both of which still rank in the Top 10.The Tigers are now without quarterback DeShaun Watson, who’s expected to miss the next four weeks with a hand injury he suffered in Clemson’s win over Louisville. Watson has thrown for 1,176 passing yards and 12 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions.This week, Syracuse travels to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to play Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2) at noon on Saturday. The Demon Deacons are coming off a bye and lost to the Seminoles, 43-3, the week before that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe London gold medal winner beat Agnes Alexisson of Sweden in a unanimous decision in her last-32 bout.Taylor needs to reach the semi-finals in Astana to book a Rio ticket at the final qualifier for women.last_img

first_imgRockTech Paris has announced the eight finalists of its upcoming esports and gaming focused event in Paris.This is the third edition of the RockTech Paris series, and is aimed at facilitating an evening of networking, discussion and providing a valuable opportunity for esports and gaming startups. Benjamin Debusschere, RockTech ParisEvent organiser Benjamin Debusschère told Esports Insider: “We are extremely pleased with the selection of the eight startup finalists. It shows the strong potential of the esports and gaming markets and I am confident that out of these eight, most of them will become rockstars in this ecosystem!” The following are those in the running this time around:Gleetz (UK): First professional social network entirely dedicated to the Gaming & esports industry.Hypersuit (France): Creating ultra-sensational VR Gaming technologies.Gameway (UK): Personal mobile gaming for everyone.Yalla (France): Social sports betting app allowing you to bet with your friends.Join (France): First data marketing plateform that helps advertisers to optimize their esport media campaigns.Gameblr Esports (France): The one and only 100% free esports prediction webapp.StriveWire (Germany): Global platform for eSports cash tournaments and 1vs1-challenges.MateCrate (Germany): Connecting Players in the eSport universe.In partnership with Orange & Reed Smith, RockTech Paris #Gaming & #Esport will put these startups which operate in esports and gaming more generally during one special networking event on February 15th, 2017 (6-10pm) in Paris, at Spaces Réaumur.The event will kick off with an onstage Q&A with Flavien Guillocheau, CEO of Pandascore on ‘The challenges of raising money in esports’, and will be moderated by our own Sam Cooke, Editor at Esports Insider. The evening will then continue with the pitches by the eight finalists. They’ll be in front of a jury consisting of Sophia Metz, the Founder of Meltdown Bars, Jean-Louis Charlety,  VP Games, Music, Culture and Infotainment Business Unit, Orange Content, Matthieu Dallon, Advisor to Webedia and CEO of Trust Esport Ventures, Guzman Diaz, Principal at Index Ventures and Guillaume Rambourg, GM at Riot Games France. The audience will also be able to select who they deem the winning startup by voting on RockTech Bot. The selected startup will win 3 months of incubation at Paris&CO new incubator dedicated to esport startup, as well as personalised mentoring from experts and investors of the ecosystem and a ticket for ESI Super Forum (organized by Esports Insider) on March 22nd in London.Esports Insider says: Some familiar faces in our friends Gleetz making the list but some interesting new contenders too. We’re excited to hear each company pitch their products and see just who the jury deems worthy of the incubator scheme, and a pass to our own ESI Super Forum. Disclaimer: Esports Insider is a partner of the RockTech Paris eventlast_img read more

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first_img“With great joy I announce that I will miss the carnival this 2020. Thus, there will be no controversy.” With this statement, Neymar Jr denied on February 22 that he would appear on the streets of Rio de Janeiro to participate in one of the most famous parties in Brazil and which is usual. This Sunday, despite his denial, his strange expulsion for an ugly kick from behind a Girondins player in the 92nd minute has raised suspicions in Paris.The Brazilian is not the first time he ‘calculates’ a penalty to enjoy a few days off. On 14-15, he forced the fifth yellow to go to his sister’s birthday (Barcelona 6-Rayo Vallecano 1) and on 15-16, he repeated the dribble and enjoyed Rafaella’s party in Barcelona while his teammates won 0- 4 to Eibar. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival began this Friday, February 21 and will last until Wednesday 26, Ash Wednesday, which ends these celebrations. Neymar, sanctioned, will not have to play at home against Dijon (17th, 27 points) this Saturday. The 10 He has time and money to go to the Rio Carnival. Will you break your promise? 10center_img Your relationship with Paris Saint-GermainThe relationship with Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar is not going through its best moment. After the escape attempt in summer, the waters returned to a quieter channel but the controversies surrounding their figure do not cease. Last week, the striker complained about how Tuchel managed his inconvenience and publicly regretted not having been able to play before facing Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Now, he has in his hand a possible mess with the Carnival and in addition, Ney has made it clear that he wants to play the Olympic Games with his team in a summer where there is also Copa América, something that, surely, will not like in Paris.last_img read more

first_imgThe third season of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup came to the expected dramatic and spectacular end over the weekend. After some initial trepidation by some of the stakeholders of the schoolboy football product, the growth and popularity of this concept of a ‘Champions League’ for schoolboy football has worked wonders and is now being fully embraced across the entire football fraternity. The features injected by the main sponsors, of strategically pitting the best of rural versus the best of urban, and having all the games played on the best available surfaces in the country, as well as presenting a wider fun-filled experience on matchdays have understandably connected and resonated big time with the general public. The ISSA-FLOW Super Cup despite its relatively short existence, is the fastest growing football-related experience in Jamaica. This rapid growth and impact is taking place in the midst of yet another round of painful and heartfelt complaints by the owners and managers of the local Premier League clubs. Untenable, unworkable, impossible, senseless are but some of the many disparaging words being used to describe the situation as exists with the clubs in the nation’s elite league. Just last week, two of the bigger clubs in former national champions Arnett Gardens and city rivals Waterhouse squealed out in tandem about the crippling financial situation gripping the clubs. Both clubs proceeded to trim the size of their squads and to further cut the already meagre pay packages to their players. The problems are even deeper than the clubs’ inability to balance their books. It reportedly takes in the region of $20-30 million dollars per season to finance the running of a Premier League club with the winning prize at the end of the season being between $2 and $3 million. The fact that the Jamaica Football Federation in recent years has basically marginalised the players emerging from the league as it relates to meaningful national senior selection; has had an immeasurably negative effect on the marketability of the players and ultimately the league, which also translates into less and less players gaining the exposure needed to invite significant overseas contracts. There has long been an emerging sense of hopelessness as it concerns to the viability and sustenance of the local Premier League. Lots of hot air is still being emitted re: the implementation of a franchise system as the saviour, which is yet to be translated into any semblance of action. The Red Stripe Premier League is crying out for help but the cries seem to be falling on deaf ears. The league has been relegated to the role of the proverbial ‘worthless big brother’ being overshadowed by the more ambitious and progressive ‘little brothers’ the Manning Cup, the daCosta Cup and now the Super Cup continue to get all the praise and the raise. In that kind of wider context and in a space where there has not been a national senior knock-out competition for several years, a SENIOR SUPER CUP along the conceptual lines of the Flow Super Cup would most certainly give the local Premier League a much-needed shot in the arm. If managed and promoted along the same lines and with the same vigour, commitment and creativity. We do have a distinct tendency in Jamaica to en masse gravitate towards ideas that work. There is no doubt that the Flow Super Sup has worked and continues to work at the schoolboy level. In the absence of alternative inspiration, there is no insurmountable reason why the concept of the Flow Super Cup could not work at the senior elite club level. It is certainly worth a try. Negative effectlast_img read more