Germany tops Nigeria to advance to FWWC quarters

first_imgAlexandra Popp had just scored a go-ahead goal against Nigeria in her 100th international appearance when Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita signalled for a video review to determine whether a German teammate, Svenja Huth, who was in an offside position, had obstructed the view of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.“I was a bit irritated to be honest,” the German captain said through a translator.Popp’s goal stood, and a few minutes later, the match was stopped for another video review, this time to determine whether Germany’s Lina Magull had been fouled in the penalty area by Evelyn Nwabuoko. Having seen the stud marks on her teammate’s leg, Popp was pleased that the referee took a look and awarded a penalty kick.“Otherwise, I would have asked myself why we were using this technology,” Popp said, “so it was quite obvious in the pictures.”Germany advanced to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals for the eighth straight time, beating African champion Nigeria 3-0 yesterday in Grenoble, France.Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby endorsed VAR but said it caused disruptions.“Football is also a game with a rhythm, and if you break the rhythm, sometimes that is not good,” he said. “It’s good for the game, but I don’t think anybody really has the final solution for VAR yet.”Popp scored in the 20th minute. Sara Däbritz made it 2-0 in the 27th with the penalty kick, and Lea Schüller got the final goal in the 82nd.“All the interruptions are quite difficult to handle, especially emotionally, but we tried to keep calm,” Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said through a translator. “Maybe they can speed up the whole process.” Video review Players are unsure when a video review will be signalled.“It was a bit of insecurity throughout the match because we didn’t quite know what was assessed in a certain moment,” Popp said. “But in general, I think it’s important to have this sort of assessment.”Second-ranked Germany, which has outscored opponents 9-0, plays the winner of tomorrow’s match between Sweden and Canada on June 29 at Rennes.German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Voss-Tecklenburg after the match,“She congratulated us,” Voss-Tecklenburg recalled. “She said she was very delighted.”The Germans, who won the tournament in 2003 and 2007, have never failed to reach the quarterfinals.No. 38 Nigeria was in the knockout phase for the second time, the first since it lost in the quarterfinals to Brazil in 1999, and it joined Cameroon to become the first pair of African teams to reach the knockout stage in the same Women’s World Cup. The Indomitable Lionesses play England today.Popp scored on a 4-yard header off Magull’s corner kick, her 48th international goal.Däbritz scored on a low penalty kick beyond the outstretched left hand of Nnadozie, her third goal of the tournament and 13th of her international career.Nigeria had an excellent chance to cut its deficit in the 50th when second-half substitute Rasheedat Ajibade streaked up a flank and passed to an open Desire Oparanozie, but the ball was just ahead of the forward and rolled by.Schüller got her ninth international goal following a giveaway by Halimatu Ayinde.The Super Falcons were missing defender Ngozi Ebere and midfielder Rita Chikwelu, who served suspensions for yellow card accumulation, and forward Asisat Oshoala, who was injured.“I think we showed the whole world that Nigeria has a team that improved a lot,” Dennerby said. “It’s going the right way.”last_img read more

Thompson national champ but Williams steals show

first_imgElaine Thompson beat Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by the finest of margins to win the women’s 100m at the 2019 JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Athletics Championships at the National Stadium last night as Briana Williams continues to rewrite the record books.Thompson and Fraser-Pryce both clocked season’s best times of 10.73 seconds, but it was Williams who elicited the loudest applause as she ran a World Under-18 record with her 10.94 seconds effort.“I am officially a part of the 10.9 club, so I am really happy tonight,” Williams said. “The aim was to get a good start and execute, and I am glad I made the team.”The race also drew a range of emotions as Thompson was moved to tears after it was confirmed that she was the winner.“I have been battling for the last two years with this Achilles injury, and even though it is not 100 per cent, I still pulled through, and for me to come back and run 10.73, it is overwhelming,” Thompson said. GRACEFUL DEFEAT Fraser-Pryce, who is in her second season after taking time off for pregnancy, was graceful in defeat.“I must say congrats to Elaine and Briana. She (Williams) is running 10.9. I wasn’t running 11 seconds good when I was 17 years old,” Fraser-Pryce said.Yohan Blake won the men’s version in 9.96 seconds ahead of Tyquendo Tracey, who clocked a season’s best 10.00 seconds.Rasheed Dwyer rounded out the top three with 10.11.Rushell Clayton pulled off a shocker to win the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.73 seconds.The former University of The West Indies athlete covered pre-race favourite Janieve Russell from the first bend and never looked back. “I felt this time coming, knowing who I am competing with,” Clayton said after the race.She came into the with a personal best of 55.08.“My aim was to finish in the top three race, and I finished first and got 54,” she said.Shiann Salmon, who competed at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships last year for Hydel high school, clocked 55.39 for second, while her Sprintec teammate, Rhonda Whyte, finished third in 55.41.“I am overwhelmed to know that I made my first team just one year out of High School. The transition into the senior stage was challenging, but thank God, I made it through, “ Salmon said.The Lennox Grahan-coached Kemar Mowatt won the men’s equivalent in 48.70 seconds, ahead of Romel Lewis, 49.46, and Jaheel Hyde, 49.57.“I am really pleased because I only got four good weeks of practice after an injury, so it’s all (because of) God,” Mowatt said after his victory.Though he was pleased to have finished in the top three, the former World Under-20 champion Hyde knows he has work to do.“I am pretty pleased with the season’s best, and I have until September to get the qualifying mark, so it’s just work from here,” he said.The qualifying mark for the World Championships in the event is 49.30.last_img read more

Pollard pleased with WI win over Afghans

first_imgLUCKNOW, India (CMC):West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard has praised the professional performance by his side after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening one-day international (ODI) here yesterday.Pollard, in his first series as captain after replacing Jason Holder two months ago, said that he was pleased with how West Indies executed their run chase after being set 195 for victory at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.Roston Chase top-scored with 94, while Shai Hope struck an unbeaten 77 – the pair adding 163 for the third wicket – as the Caribbean easily overhauled their target with 21 balls to spare.“It’s something that has been haunting us for a very long time, losing early wickets [and] not batting 50 overs, so today was a conscious effort to bat 50 overs and [there’s no two] better guys to do it but Shai Hope and Roston Chase,” Pollard said.“Chase [got] that opportunity to bat up the order in one-day cricket and he showed the kind of player he is. Shai Hope, we know he’s a class batsman and what his role is in the team, so again, kudos to those two individuals. “I think they batted well and brought us to victory. [It is] unfortunate for the couple guys who didn’t get a score, but that’s what team cricket is all about.”After winning the toss, West Indies executed brilliantly with the ball to dismiss Afghanistan for a modest 194 off 45.2 overs, with fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-21) and Romario Shepherd (2-32), along with off-spinner Chase (2-31), all picking up two wickets each.Rahmat Shah top-scored with 61 and 19-year-old wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil struck 58 in a 111-run, third-wicket partnership but once the stand was broken, West Indies ran through the middle and lower order.Pollard, playing his first ODI in three years, said that the bowling effort was an expression of the ideal type of cricket West Indies wanted to play.“There are conversations we’ve been having in the last couple of days in terms of how we want to play cricket, and then we got the opportunity to bowl first and express ourselves,” he explained.“And who better to start but our [former] captain Jason Holder, and he continues to prove he wants to be the number one all-rounder in all formats, so that [was a] brilliant spell to open the bowling along with Sheldon (Cottrell).”West Indies will face Afghanistan in the second ODI at the same venue on Saturday.last_img read more

COVID-19 lesson – Insiders urge youngsters not to neglect education in pursuit of sporting ambitions

first_imgWith the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the sporting world to a halt and eroding the earning ability of sportsmen and women all over the world, there is a renewed call for young local athletes to prioritise the continuation of their education upon leaving high school. Over the years, several of the island’s high-school stars have opted to go professional straight out of high school or before completing university, choosing to put their education on hold in pursuit of their athletic ambitions. However, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association general secretary, Garth Gayle; acting principal of G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Maurice Wilson, and Edwin Allen’s head coach Michael Dyke all pointed to the present realities as a warning to young athletes about the importance of a strong educational foundation.“As an educator, I would encourage all student-athletes to consider their education first and foremost. Yes, athletics, or sports in general, is a good avenue for student-athletes to make headway for their future, but this headway must be education, which is academics, as they are able to take any pathway that becomes available to them,” said Gayle, who is also the principal at Charlemont High School.Several major sporting events such as the Olympic Games have been postponed while major earners such as the Diamond League have seen some meets already cancelled. Locally, every major sport has been affected. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN “We have seen what COVID-19 has done, causing an entire shutdown of one season, where earnings have decreased, but with education, there is always something to benefit from. They (athletes) must always put education in the forefront of their minds as injuries can also take them away from the sport while with education, one can still have a job to take care of their bills.”Gayle drew reference to athletes in the past, who have balanced well, such as Olympic pioneer Dr Arthur Wint, who was a practising doctor. That balance is shared with contemporaries such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Hansle Parchment, Michael Frater, and several others, who have excelled both on the track and in the classroom. Wilson, who is also the head coach of Sprint Tech Track Club, believes that the pandemic will be a lesson for all those involved in sports.“I am not sure if COVID-19 will make a difference in young athletes thinking about education first, but it must be a lesson to all those who are involved in sports, including coaches, administrators, and parents, that it is of critical importance, irrespective of how talented they are, that they are given an opportunity to further their education whether it is theoretically or occupational in nature. They must have something they can fall back on in case of an injury or if their track and field career is not successful,” Wilson said. Dyke, who came under fire from some sections recently after allowing his top charge Kevona Davis to sign for the University of Texas instead of going professional, also chipped in.“I always believe that student-athletes should ensure they acquire an education regardless of their talents or performances over the years because the lifespan in track and field or sports is very short, short in the sense for, say, eight -10 years, and you will have to be exceptional to be there for that long and earning enough to keep you after sports, so acquiring an education will enable you to stabilise your life after the sport,” Dyke offered.last_img read more

Preview: Bristol Flyers v Leeds Force

first_imgAll the key information on Friday’s BBL opponents can be found below.LEEDS FORCEForce are well known to Flyers having made the step-up to the BBL from EBL Division 1 at the same time as Coach K’s men at the start of this season. Beginning life in 2006 as Leeds Carnegie, the team had a rapid rise, with three successive promotions in their first three years to reach the EBL Division 1. Leeds finished last season in 6th place in the EBL, before winning the play-offs in the post-season. Rebranded as Leeds Force for their inaugural BBL season, the team have had a decent first season with a 7-20 record leaving them in 11th. Force will be in good spirits this week fresh from the highlight of their season so far – a 78-76 victory over Cheshire giving them their first win over a top four side.COACHMatt Newby – Force Head Coach Newby is also Director of Basketball at Leeds University and has a strong focus on developing domestic talent. Like Force, this is Newby’s first season as a BBL coach.STAR MANJames McCann – Signed from University College of San Diego ahead of Force’s debut BBL season, the American guard has had a good start to life in the BBL. The 22 year old has fitted in well at Leeds, currently fourth in average assists and fifth in total assists made – if Flyers can stop the American calling the shots then they’ll have a good chance of a fourth successive win.OFFICIALSTaking charge of Friday’s game will be Andy Thackray, Darren Bolt and Gavin Lewis.TICKETSTickets for this game are SOLD OUT with no tickets available on the door on the night.Tickets for next week’s game with Sheffield Sharks are now on sale – click here for tickets to next week’s game.LAST TIME OUTFlyers cruised to one of their biggest wins of the season 73-58 at Leeds.LAST SEASONBBL: n/a (6th in EBL Division 1 – play-off winners)BBL: n/aBBL: n/aDID YOU KNOW?This Friday will mark the first meeting between the sides as BBL teams at the SGS WISE Arena.last_img read more

Tomlin Looks To Recreate History

first_imgWhen the two sides met at Craven Cottage towards the tail end of last season, Tomlin’s thunderous 25-yard strike in front of a 4,000 travelling support earned the visitors a dramatic three points.But, Tomlin was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s EFL Cup third round victory at Fulham and the former Bournemouth attacker is “itching” to get back out there.“I hate spectating, I can’t even watch football on the TV – I just want to go and play football when I see it,” the 27-year-old told Bristol City Player HD.“However, it was a great win and a last-minute goal is always good and it’s great for the team.”When reminiscing about last season’s famous last-gasp goal to clinch victory, Tomlin is hoping he and his team-mates can grind out a similar performance and end result this time around.“The first half didn’t go very well last season, but we battered them in the second half,” he said.“Marlon (Pack) scored the first goal and then we got a free kick and I thought, ‘let’s see what I’ve got’.“I don’t think it was the best of free kicks, but the keeper gave me enough room where as long as I got it over the wall, that’s it, and hopefully it happens again on Saturday.“We do not give up. As well as score late, we can concede goals late as well, but that doesn’t mean we give up. We are still learning but we are also extremely fit, which I think is another main thing to our game.“It is vital we get the three points (on Saturday). We have had some unbelievable displays but we have not been getting the points. We need to start grinding them out again.”last_img read more

England Women Finish Fourth In Dubai Sevens

first_imgEngland came through the opening day to qualify for the Cup play offs but the side’s inexperience was exposed on the second day of competition, losing out to Olympic gold medallists Australia in the semi-finals.The newly-formed squad nonetheless showed plenty of promise, scoring 18 tries over the two days, including six from stand out performer Natasha Brennan.Brennan scored the first of two England tries in their final game, but the Russian defence proved too strong, with England unable to break out of their own half. Russia took every chance they were given to score three times, including two from Elena Zdrokova.Deborah Fleming closed her first World Series leg with a solo try, breaking through to run down the Russian defence in the closing stages.Dramatic victoryEngland started the day with a dramatic 19-17 victory over Fiji, courtesy of Alice Richardson’s late conversion with tries from Heather Fisher and Watmore (2).A dominant first half performance by Fisher allowed England to get off to a good start, bursting through the defence after starting the passage of play with a quick offload out of the tackle.Fiji then capitalised on England errors to assert themselves on the game and levelled the scores just before half time. Exploiting space on the outside, they added a second after the break before extending their lead further to 12 points.Strong in the contact, and with a determined performance, England eventually created space for Watmore to break through and touch down under the posts. With Fiji giving away penalties, England showed composure to keep edging towards the try line until Watmore was able to get the all-important score.Australia defeatThey were then beaten 31-10 by Olympic gold medallists Australia in the Cup semi-finals.Despite early pressure from England, Australia quickly transitioned from defence to attack with Charlotte Caslick, the World Rugby sevens player of the year, opening the scoring from a turnover ball.England responded with a well-worked move between Bristol Ladies Abbie Brown and Alice Richardson, allowing the captain to score England’s first. Australia however quickly built momentum, scoring four more times, before Brennan was able to build on her excellent first day to finish the game with an England try.’Realistic expectations’Head coach Simon Middleton said their experiences in Dubai would give them confidence for the remainder of the world series.“We came here with realistic expectations and were aiming for a top six finish, given we have a group who are so new to the World Series,” said Middleton. “To come and get a fourth is very pleasing.”The final game showed where we are at against the high level teams. We lacked a bit of forward momentum and the cutting edge you get from senior players. This group will learn and this has been a great experience for them.“This is a young group and our more senior players have been outstanding in leading the squad. This gives us a great deal of confidence to go forward and grow.”last_img read more

Bitton didn’t make it easy for us – Paterson

first_imgPaterson struck City’s second goal in a 4-0 victory over the Ton, in a day which was all in aid of the South Gloucestershire club and Bristol City’s Community Trust.The Trust ran a five-a-side pitch and a penalty shootout, while there were plenty of other attractions and food to keep families entertained.On the pitch, Matty Taylor got City up and running, before Paterson struck a sweet strike to double City’s advantage just before half time. New signing Hakeeb Adelakun pounced to add the third, before Rory Holden struck the late fourth.Speaking to BCTV as the day’s events at the WDS Associates Legal Services Stadium came to a close, Paterson said: “It was great to see a lot of young fans around, enjoying themselves and it was busy once again, as it was against Bristol Manor Farm last year.”There was still a game of football to be played, you still want to put on a show, we got the win but overall it has been a good day.”Everybody was competitive, of course both sides wanted to win and no matter what the game, you want to show the fans what you can do and we got a good result in the end.”Their goalkeeper (Dan Worton) did very well, he was in for a busy day and Bitton had some good players so it was not as easy a game as we probably would have thought it would be.”WATCH: PATERSON’S FULL POST-MATCH INTERVIEWHe added: “The kids had smiles on their faces, we had great weather and it carried on the mood from Saturday when England won their World Cup game! It was a real positive feeling.”Next up on City’s pre-season schedule is a trip to Weston-super-Mare’s Woodspring Stadium, which will host the “Johnson Cup” encounter with Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night (July 10th, 7.45pm kick-off).last_img read more

Phoebe Murray to captain England Women U20’s against Canada

first_imgMurray has been named as captain for the first time by Jo Yapp and is to start at centre for the tomorrow night’s game.  Lagi Tuima will oversee the England U20 backline from full-back, whilst Lucy Attwood will play at inside-centre and speedster Lillian Steoger-Goddard starts on the wing. Ellie Mulhearn starts at tight-head prop and Hollie Cunningham completes the compliment of Bristol Bears Women as she is named in the second-row.The match is available live online via Rugby Canada with kick off at 10.30pm BST in the first of a three-game tour for England Women U20.Head coach Jo Yapp said: “We arrived in Canada on Monday and the squad have recovered well, acclimatising to the humidity and warm temperatures.“This is a really exciting team with a mix of experienced players alongside some talented youngsters that are stepping up from the TDG for the first time. “We are really pleased with how the players have bonded as a squad in such a short space of time and adapted to the tour environment.”England Women U20 side to face Canada Women U2015. Lagilagi  Tuima, 14. Abigail Dow, 13. Phoebe Murray©, 12. Lucy Attwood, 11. Lilian Stoeger-Goddard, 10. Zoe Harrison, 9. Brooke Bradley; 1. Ellena Perry , 2. Leah Bartlett, 3. Ellie Mulhearn, 4. Rosie Galligan, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Amelia Harper, 7. Charlie Wilcock, 8. Sarah BeckettReplacements: 16. Connie Powell, 17. Akina Gondwe, 18. Detysha Harper, 19. Rianna Manson, 20. Cara Brincat, 21. Ella Wyrwas, 22. Ellie Green, 23. Bethany Wilcock.England Women U20 fixturesFriday 10 August – Canada Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST Tuesday 14 August – USA Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST Saturday 18 August – Canada U20 v England Women U20, Wanderers Grounds (Halifax), KO 8.00pm BSTlast_img read more