“It will be a massive challenge going to the Stade de France and playing against an experienced and unbeaten French side but we are excited about the opportunity and want to do the country proud.” Off to a flyer: Owen Farrell retains the England No 10 after impressing against Wales two weeks agoSTUART LANCASTER has picked an unchanged England starting XV to play France in Paris in the RBS 6 Nations on Sunday afternoon.The only changes from the England 22 that lost 19-12 to Wales come on the bench with Stade Francais lock Tom Palmer replacing the injured Courtney Lawes and fit-again Charlie Hodgson, the Saracens fly-half, coming in for Toby Flood.Return: Tom Palmer is in the 22England have won on two of their last three visits to Paris, 24-13 in the 2008 Six Nations and 14-9 in the 2007 World Cup, and head coach Lancaster is feeling positive about the match as his team look to bounce back from the Wales defeat.“We’ve had a good week following on from the Loughborough training camp and the players have been very positive and focused,” said Lancaster. “We were really disappointed to lose to Wales but we took a lot out of the performance and felt it was right to pick the same starting team to go to Paris. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NOT FOR FEATURED ENGLAND TEAM TO PLAY FRANCE, SUNDAY 11 MARCH, STADE DE FRANCEBen Foden; Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, David Strettle; Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson; Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Mouritz Botha, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Chris Robshaw (captain), Ben Morgan.Replacements: Rob Webber, Matt Stevens, Tom Palmer, Phil Dowson, Ben Youngs, Charlie Hodgson, Mike Brown.
Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), the only regional hotel-investment conference, will be held in Zagreb on February 18 and 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Conference participants are mostly owners, investors, board members and directors of hotel companies, consultants, bankers, lawyers and other experts.This year, the focus of the conference is on the changes that have occurred as a result of global events during 2018 and 2019. Countries such as Turkey and Greece and the countries of North Africa have returned to the tourist map, the tourist market has changed its course and it is to be expected that in the same way capital will look for locations where the return on investment will be greatest. Answers to the new situation, which means for Croatia and the region, will be given by global experts: Applications are open until Monday, February 17, and the full program and more information is available on the official conference website. Joep Peeters, Senior Vice President of Franchise and EMEA Owner Relations, Radisson Hotel GroupNicola Lichtenberg, Senior Director of Hotel Acquisition and Transactions, Arountown SAArdiana Sokoli, Member of the Management Board, Blafin GroupAlan Mantin, Executive Director for Southern European Development, HiltonMarkus Lehnert, Vice President of Development, Marriott Internatinaland many others.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped two places to the 46th position in the first FIFA Rankings released Thursday. The Three-time African champions however retained their last month’s fourth spot in Africa.The drop was expected as the Nigerian senior national team was not involved in any activities to warrant any improvement in the 44th spot they ended the year with.With two matches lined up for Eagles in March, Nigeria is expected to rank better in the next edition of the grading scheduled to be published by the world football governing body on April 4. Even with nothing at stake for Nigeria in the dead-rubber last AFCON 2019 qualifier against Seychelles in Asaba next month, Eagles stand to reap points with good display.Few days after the clash with Seychelles, Super Eagles will begin their AFCON 2019 preparations with a high-profile clash with Pharaohs of Egypt at the same Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.Both Seychelles and Egypt are ranked 189th and 57th in the world respectively.Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo are the top five countries in the CAF region.Similarly, there were no changes in the top 20 of the global ranking with Belgium, France, Brazil, Croatia and England the top five teams in that order.Top Ten African Teams1) Senegal2) Tunisia3) Morocco4) Nigeria5) DR Congo6) Ghana7) Cameroon8) Egypt9) Burkina Faso10) MaliShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on February 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The third dunk made up for the first one he blew, because Tyus Battle thundered it down and the thousands of fans packed into the Carrier Dome stood up.He had outraced a Wake Forest defender, snatched the ball away by his fingertips and risen up to jam. The roar from Battle himself, who flexed after he landed back to the court, and the crowd carried the same cathartic weight. After 39 minutes of struggling to push Wake Forest away, of the Demon Deacons snapping the net from 3-point land six straight times, of watching his head coach, Jim Boeheim, tear through his stages of furor from de-jacketing to reach chair-shaking, Battle had closed the door. The last bucket in his game-high 34 points was the loudest, and it helped Syracuse (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) survive a late upset bid by Wake Forest (9-16, 2-11) and win, 78-70, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Battle entered the contest averaging a team-high 20 points per game in February.“When they made their run,” Boeheim said, “we had a little cushion, and then Tyus just made big plays, and Frank (Howard) made a big play to Paschal (Chukwu) at the end. That was the difference.”Battle started cooking early. He hit a short jumper, then finished a layup in traffic. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust more than three minutes in, the sophomore guard found himself on the right wing against Bryant Crawford, the Demon Deacons’ best scorer who shadowed Battle for most of the afternoon. Crawford had been the one who hit three-straight corner 3s to deal the Orange its first-ever loss to Wake Forest on Jan. 3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Battle sized up Crawford, then jabbed right and appeared to drive that same way. Crawford reacted. But, too late, he realized it was a fake. Crawford tried to stop his own momentum and reposition himself in front of Battle, but none of that happened. The Wake Forest guard crumpled to the floor.The Carrier Dome student section lost it. Above the “Ohhhhhhhhh!” the only words audible were: “He better have ankle insurance!” Battle drilled the 3.“Yeah, (that’s the dream),” Battle said of making an ankle-breaking move. “That’s happened a few times throughout my short basketball career, so…” He paused. “I didn’t think he was going to fall, but he went down and I had a wide-open 3. So, I had to take it.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorBattle finished with 10 first-half points, but he popped off even more in the second half. On Syracuse’s second possession, the ball got knocked away from Battle out of bounds and he turned to one referee and stared at him, like, “Where’s the foul?” After the in-bounds, Battle beat his man and the seas parted to the hoop. When he missed, Chukwu grabbed the offensive rebound and dunked. Then, just as determined, Battle drove and drew a foul. His relentless aggressiveness set the tone and helped Syracuse keep attacking.When Battle was asked if he felt like he has had to carry the team this season, he shrugged it off as he does any question that puts attention on himself.“I never feel like that,” he said, and then he added Howard carried the team on multiple occasions, with his big steal late to stop Wake Forest from being close the gap even more, after WFU cut the lead from 14 to single-digits with 3s. Then, Battle added: “I should’ve done better in the first half so I wouldn’t have had to have 24 in the second half.”After Chukwu’s dunk, Battle scored 12 of Syracuse’s next 13 points and piloted the Orange through the challenges faced by the Demon Deacons heating up from the field. “(Wake Forest) did a good job making some shots,” said associate head coach Adrian Autry, “but Tyus was hot. We rode his hot hand. It’s one of those games.” Comments
Set 1Key points in Saturday’s US Open women’s singles final between Madison Keys (USA x15) and Sloane Stephens (USA): In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her.Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final. Stephens 6-3+ Colorful start to the evening as service personnel of the US Marine Corps and cadets from West Point unfurl a huge American flag on Arthur Ashe court+ First break of final as Keys hits long, Stephens leads 3-2+ Keys goes long on set point and set is over after just 30 minutesKey stat: Keys winners/unforced errors 10/17; Stephens 2/2Top tweet: “Definitely looks like Madison Ave Keys movement a bit off going to her fearhand going to have to be more aggressive.”— Former player and coach, now TV pundit, Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnationSet 2Stephens 6-0+ Stephens in complete control, passing shot winner for the break and 2-0; holds and it’s 3-0+ Keys broken again on double fault and trails 0-4+ Keys has her first break points of final but can’t convert any of the three. Stephens 5-0 ahead+ Stephens wins on third match point when Keys nets forehand after just 61 minutes of action.Key stat: Total unforced errors for match – Keys 30; Stephens 6Top tweet/comment: “Best moment of the tournament was at the net just then — aw.”— Australian player Daria Gavrilova on the emotional Stephens/Keys embrace at the net @Daria_gav****Recent US Open women’s champions after Sloane Stephens beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s final:2017: Sloane Stephens (USA)2016: Angelique Kerber (GER)2015: Flavia Pennetta (ITA)2014: Serena Willliams (USA)2013: Serena Willliams (USA)2012: Serena Willliams (USA)2011: Samantha Stosur (AUS)2010: Kim Clijsters (BEL)2009: Kim Clijsters (BEL)2008: Serena Willliams (USA)Share on: WhatsApp US Open tennis champion Sloane StephensNew York, United States | AFP | Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million (3.07 million euros) top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.The only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.In the firset set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.
Silverstone, United Kingdom | AFP | Sebastian Vettel warned Ferrari on Friday his team needs to take a ‘significant step’ if they are to mount a challenge to Mercedes at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.The four-time world champion finished fourth behind pace-setting Valtteri Bottas, the Finn’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel.“It was a tricky afternoon. We tried a couple of things.“Now we need to see what of the stuff we tried we keep and what we dismiss. And, hopefully, tomorrow we’ll take a significant step. FILE PHOTO: Ferrari “Mercedes looked very, very fast and are the ones to beat so we’ll see where we are tomorrow. The car was quite nervous,” he added.Frenchman Leclerc, who was faster than Vettel in both the morning and afternoon sessions, said Mercedes were emphatically faster than Ferrari.“To be honest, on my side, I expected Mercedes to be the team to beat this weekend and they confirmed that today — that they are very, very quick in race pace,” he said.“We need to work. We struggled a lot on race runs and a bit less in qualifying runs, but we still have to find pace,” he added. Share on: WhatsApp