Half-time: Brentford 0 Derby 1

first_imgChampionship front-runners Derby controlled the first half at Griffin Park and took a deserved lead through Chris Martin.The goal came on 27 minutes as left-back Craig Forsyth clipped in a low cross for the sliding Martin to guide into the far corner.Steve McClaren’s side were lively from the off, with Simon Dawkins firing into the side netting from a tight angle early on, but the Bees defence largely kept them arm’s length.Brentford mainly played on the break in the first half, with Jota looking their liveliest player.Andre Gray twice got into good positions but his final pass let him down, while Jon Toral floated a shot high and wide of the far post.Brentford began playing their usual 4-1-4-1 but switched to 4-2-3-1 before the goal in an attempt to shore up their midfield.They are without Alan McCormack, who is sidelined for three months following ankle surgery. Moses Odubajo is deputising at right-back, while Toral pipped Alex Pritchard to a starting place. Sam Saunders is in a matchday squad for the first time since January. Brentford (4-1-4-1): Button, Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas; Jota, Diagouraga, Toral, Judge, Jota; Gray. Subs: Bonham, Saunders, Dallas, Pritchard, Smith, Tarkowski, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Bianca Buitendag’s star on the rise

first_img13 May 2013South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag achieved the best result of her fledgling professional surfing career when she placed third in the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro at Barra da Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, the fifth stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).The 19-year-old rookie from George in the Southern Cape, competing in just her fifth event at the highest level of women’s pro surfing, overcame a string of the world’s best female surfers to reach the semi-finals before bowing out to eventual event winner, Tyler Wright of Australia.“I think it’s the best result of my professional career,” Buitendag said. “I’m really happy with my result and happy to be here in Brazil. It’s good to get my head above water for a change.‘Tough mental space’“I’d been in a tough mental space over the last few events and kind of putting myself down and this allowed me to think and surf smarter. Now that this event is over I’ll be able to go back and analyse my performance.”Buitendag won US $8 000 (approx. R72 000) and an invaluable 6 600 points that saw her move up one place to eighth on the ASP Women’s WCT leaderboard. With two events left in the 2013 season, she is now a significant 3 550 points ahead of Malia Manuel in the 10th and final spot for automatic requalification for next year’s elite WCT.Buitendag started her Rio campaign with a third-place finish in round one before bouncing back to defeat Philippa Anderson of Australia in round two. After repeating her third place in round three, the South Africa overcame the challenge of ASP No. 13 Pauline Ado (Fra) before holding on to defeat the third-seed, Courtney Conlogue (USA), in their quarter-final match-up.FinalTyler Wright defeated fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons, 22, in a high-scoring final (17.80 to 15.67) to win the event in peaky two-to-three foot waves and take the lead on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT rankings.Wright dominated the Barra da Tijuca line-up from start to finish, posting the high scores of each round with progressive combinations including the final where she unloaded committed forehand combinations and was rewarded a 9.33 and 8.50 to secure the win.“This feels pretty good,” Wright said. “This whole event has been stepping stones for me. I started off a bit shaky and this is my first event where my family is not here with me. Brooke Farris was here looking after me and thanks to everyone for all of their support.”Second winWright’s victory in Rio marks her second of the season following a win on the Gold Coast and the two victories combined with two additional runner-up finishes have launched Wright to the number one position over Hawaii’s Carissa Moore.“It’s awesome to move to the top of the rankings, but I’m honestly not thinking about the world title,” Wright said. “I’m just having fun surfing and enjoying each event and we’ll see what happens at the end of the year.”Sally Fitzgibbons, the defending champion, put in an amazing effort in an attempt to retain the title, ousting Carissa Moore in their semi-final clash, but was unable to put a stop to Wright’s momentum in the final to finish runner-up overall.“I’m happy to progress through to the final,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s always exciting to come in to a final against Tyler and I knew she’d be tough to beat out there. I love coming to Rio and I always get good results here. Unfortunately I fell at the last hurdle, but I’ll come back bigger and better next year.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Praise for rugby academy programme

first_img24 October 2013 Nine Academy players represented the Eastern Province under-19s this year which, after winning the Absa under-19 B competition, secured promotion to the A- division in 2014 after defeating Border in a promotion/relegation playoff. ‘A significant role’“There can be no doubt that the Kings Academy has played a significant role in the identification, development and retention of young up-and-coming players from the region,” said Crous. “The support and commitment from Saru, through their partnership with the Academy, has played an integral part in the successes achieved.” ChampionsIn their respective finals the EP under-21s – unbeaten in the league phase and knock-outs in 2013 – beat their Boland counterparts 59-19, while the EP under-19s defeated the Valke 56-40 in a high-scoring final. ‘A massive improvement’“The biggest positive impact the Academy made in the Boland, was the good performances by our under-19 and under-21 teams in their provincial competitions, with both qualifying for the playoff rounds and showing a massive improvement from 2012,” said Smal. “The performances of these teams this season is testament of the commitment and hard work that was done in those provinces, which are crucial in our identification and development of talented young players,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement. “We’ve not only given them opportunities to play, but because our Academy is situated on the George campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the players also got the opportunity to study.” The CEO of Eastern Province Rugby, Charl Crous, said 19 of the 30 players currently enrolled at the Academy had played for the province’s under-U21 team, which narrowly missed out on being promoted to A-division after losing to Border in a playoff. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby “We’re planning to increase this in the coming years as we aim to roll out the Saru Academy programme across all 14 provincial unions. We could already see in 2013 what a difference it made helping these players by improving the quality of their facilities and coaching, while we also focus on things like conditioning, injury treatment and rehabilitation, mentoring, nutrition, tertiary studies, life skills and good accommodation. Aim“Our aim is to ultimately help create a fully professional rugby player. In the long term, we’re aiming to produce 70 professional black players in the next four years, of which 25 will hopefully go on to play in Vodacom Super Rugby in five years’ time and by 2019, we’d like to see eight new black Springboks emerge from the Academy programme.” R18-million investedMervin Green, Saru’s general manager for development, said a total of R18-million was invested in equal portions across the four Academies this year. He also lauded Saru’s High Performance Mobi-Unit for the key role they played in ensuring the Academies had a good start in 2013.center_img “It was great to see so many players come through and gain valuable experience on the playing field,” said Prinsloo. South Western Districts CEO Johan Prinsloo lauded the programme and said 19 Academy players featured for the Eagles at under-19, under-21, Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup level this year. The Academies are funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and are located in areas that traditionally have high numbers of black players. During the 2013, season, five out of the eight positions in the knock-out phases of the Absa Currie Cup under-21 B and under-19 B competitions were filled by teams featuring players from Saru’s Academy Programme. Eastern Province won the Absa under-21 B and under-19 B divisions after winning their finals in Nelspruit. Rassie Erasmus, Saru General Manager for High Performance, said: “The feedback we’ve received on the involvement of the Mobi-Unit has been very good. We worked with all four Academies at least twice this year and were very well received. It was also good to interact with the coaches there.” In the U19 B division, Boland and South Western Districts made it to the semi- finals before being eliminated from the competition. “Out of our group of 30 Academy players, a total of 28 played for our junior teams, while Ashley Esau played one Vodacom Cup match for the senior team and a couple of players also trained with our senior Absa Currie Cup team.” Willie Smal, the CEO of Boland, said the Saru Academy allowed his union to retain a lot of the young talent in the province and made a massive difference in Boland’s junior teams’ results this year. “It was superb to see how the Academies and the provinces co-operated this year, and I believe that is one of the many reasons why they were so successful. I’m confident we’ll see the positive effect at a higher level in the next couple of seasons.” “Our return on investment in the first year was massive and we really got off to a very positive start this year,” said Green. The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Thursday declared the first season of operation of its four Saru Rugby Academies – established last year in Border, Eastern Province, South Western Districts and Boland – a success.last_img read more

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World champ Fanning wins J-Bay Open

first_img21 July 2014Reigning ASP world champion, Mick Fanning of Australia, took a giant step towards a fourth world title when he defeated compatriot Joel Parkinson in the final of the J- Bay Open in sensational waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa on the weekend.After a holding period, all the elements came together on Saturday to produce an epic finale in pumping 6-to-10 foot (2-3 metre) hollow waves.On fireFanning was on fire from the outset of the title-decider, seamlessly threading together powerful rail work and deep tubes in the double-overhead waves to rack up a 17.00 point total in the first half of the 45-minute encounter.Parkinson, the 2012 ASP world champion, and like Fanning a previous two-time winner at J-Bay, fought his way back into contention with rides of 7.43 and 6.17, but was still looking for 9.57 points from a final ride when time ran out.Dream final“I never dreamed that I would get to surf a J-Bay final with Joel (Parkinson),” Fanning said on the podium afterwards.“I’m so tired, but it’s a dream-come-true kind of day. I had a great start with that 9.00 ride, but there were still 40 minutes to go and anything could have happened.“Joel is one of my favourite surfers and my best friend. We’ve known each other since we were kids.“I’m so stoked, it was such an incredible day of waves and I’m just so thankful that I got to surf it. A big thanks to Cheron (Kraak), Koffie (Jacobs) and the ASP for bringing the event back to Jeffreys Bay.”The victory, Fanning’s second of the season after he won at Bells Beach in April, moved him up to number three on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings behind Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and Parkinson.Parkinson was gracious in defeat and equally complimentary about the quality of the surf at Supertubes.‘An amazing heat’“It was an amazing heat and Mick is such a good tactician,” he said. “I made a couple of bad decisions, and I just didn’t get the right waves.“It would’ve been nice to get a win, but that was a brilliant day of surfing and it was so wonderful to be part of it. I feel like surfing won today. There was just so much good surfing and the waves were incredible.”Another Aussie, Matt Wilkinson was eliminated by Parkinson in the first semi-final after the eventual runner-up posted a an 8.83 and backed that up with a perfect 10-point ride to leave his giant-killing compatriot needing to replace both his scores.Wilkinson, who had previously dispatched 11-time ASP world champion Kelly Slater in round three and 2007 J-Bay winner Taj Burrow in the quarterfinals, fought back with a series of swooping turns on his backhand to earn a 9.77, but was ultimately still short of 9.07 points.‘So stoked’“I’m so stoked to have made it to the semi-finals,” Wilkinson said. “I came into this competition with almost no results so far this year, but I feel that I’ve improved in every heat. It feels really great to have so much support, especially for the goofy- footers, who have done so well at this event.”In the second semi-final, Owen Wright built on his victory over ASP world number one Gabriel Medina in their quarter-final encounter, to take an early lead over fellow Australian Fanning. However, the reigning world champion took control with rides of 7.17 and 8.0 before posting an excellent 9.00.Despite Wright earning a 7.23 to get out of a combination situation, he still needed a near-perfect 9.77 when the siren sounded.‘That really set me back’“I chose a couple of wrong waves at the start of the heat and that really set me back,” Wright said aftewards.“Mick was just clinical in his approach to the heat. I feel so privileged just to be here, competing at J-Bay. It has been by far the best event for me. I’m loving it.”ASP Heritage SeriesLegendary surfers Tom Curren of the USA and Mark Occhilupo of Australia took to the water in front of an enthralled crowd at Jeffreys Bay for the first nstalment of the ASP Heritage Series, which is designed to celebrate and honour the foundational contributors to the sport of surfing by showcasing rematches between iconic surfers.Curren, a three-time ASP world champion (1985, 1986, 1990) and Occhilupo, the 1999 ASP world champion and winner of the first ASP event in J-Bay in 1984, did battle in the epic conditions.With Curren posting a perfect 10, he put the Australian in a combination situation, and even though Occhilupo took a final long ride down point he was unable to post the excellent scores needed to take victory.‘ The waves were so good’“I got a little carried away during that 10 point wave. The waves were so good,” Curren said.“It’s Sonny’s [Miller, the renowned surf filmmaker who passed away earlier this week] birthday today, so I just want to dedicate this to him.“I love J-Bay, the waves are amazing and the people are wonderful. It’s so great to watch all the guys compete here in such good conditions.”‘That was sensational’“I had a blast out there. I think me and Tom put on a show,” Occhilupo said. “That was sensational. It was all about surfing J-Bay in all its perfection and putting on a great show for the crowd.“Tom ripped and it was also great fun. I think the ASP Heritage Series will really grow legs. I look forward to seeing other legends match up.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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BJP-Sena seat-sharing deal may derail over Aarey

first_imgSeat-sharing talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena were threatening to go off track after Uddhav Thackeray on Monday declared that the Metro 3 car shed project at Aarey colony will meet the same fate as the Nanar oil refinery project, which the Maharashtra government scrapped a few months ago.The statement came on a day the BJP’s national joint secretary V. Satish attended the final leg of the party’s seat-sharing talks with the Shiv Sena in the city, while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis confirmed talks were in the last stages already. “We are in continuous talks; we will soon take a decision on our seat-sharing arrangement,” Mr. Fadnavis said. The wedge between Mr. Thackeray and Mr Fadnavis over the proposed refinery at Nanar in Sindhudurg at one point got so deep that the Sena chief had publicly announced that the notification to acquire 16,000 hectares for the project stood cancelled. The CM later announced that Sena minister Subhash Desai, who heads the Industries Department, had no power to withdraw the notification for land acquisition. On Monday, a BJP leader said, “We are disappointed with the statement, since so far, the Sena has been playing a balancing role while opposing the (Aarey) project. But with this statement (Mr. Thackeray’s), they have made their position clear.” Mr. Thackeray’s statement comes in the wake of continuous pressure from activists and political opponents who have alleged doublespeak in the senior and junior (Aaditya) Thackerays’ stand on the project. Mr. Fadnavis, on the other hand, has claimed that Aarey is not a forest and his government will ensure the Metro Bhavan is constructed at the proposed site. BJP leaders said that as per the final round of talks, the BJP will likely propose 155-157 seats as its share, while asking Sena to take 115-117 seats and leaving around 18 seats for splinter groups who are part of the alliance. The new formula is not different from the promised 50:50 seat-sharing agreement arrived at by both parties before the Lok Sabha polls and it leaves room for negotiating over 20 to 25 seats on either side, leaders said. “From our side, this is the final number, considering many factors such as the wave in favour of the party post abrogation of Article 370,” a senior BJP leader said.last_img read more

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2012 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund Grants

first_imgApplications for the 2012 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF) are now open, with 20 grants to be awarded to clubs and associations across a broad cross-section of sports. The 20 grants, worth US$750 each, will be awarded to a variety of amateur sports clubs, associations and people who are striving to achieve sporting greatness in their community.Sportscover’s desire to assist community sports led to the creation of the SSF,  and over the last few years, the SSF has donated over $70,000 in grants to grass-roots sporting clubs and associations.The first round is now closed, however the second round of grants, in which seven grants will be awarded, will run from the 1st August – 15th September, and the third round of grants seeing six awarded will be open from the 1st October – 15th November.To view eligibility criteria please visit the following link:§  http://www.sportscover.com/sp_criteria.asp The application form can be found at:§  http://www.sportscover.com/ssf/ For more information on the SSF, please visit the Sportscover website by following the link below:http://www.sportscover.com/supporting-sport.asp?id=1610last_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

first_imgGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa have a deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sky Italia says Genoa will take Sturaro on loan from Juventus with €8m option to buy, which becomes compulsory after a certain number of games.Sturaro has been with Sporting CP for the first-half of the season.It is a return to Marassi, where Sturaro already played in several different stints, beginning his career in their academy.The midfielder is leaving Sporting due to board room upheaval. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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The English Premier League Starts Today Heres One Reason To Watch

Beautiful, ain’t it? Americans’ interest in soccer is about three times higher during the World Cup than it usually is, judging by how often they search for the sport on Google. But that isn’t true for other countries. In England, where the English Premier League will kick off its season on Saturday, club play is followed almost as enthusiastically as international competition. The same is true in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Mexico.What accounts for the international appeal of soccer? One factor may be the comparative simplicity of its rulebook. Product designers have long appreciated the value of simplicity, which offers a gentler learning curve and fewer opportunities for mistranslation.I downloaded the FIFA Laws of the Game along with the rulebooks for the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Then I counted the number of words in each one, excluding indices. This is a simple proxy for the complexity of each sport.Soccer is doing more with less; FIFA’s rulebook has just over 20,000 words. By contrast, the NBA’s has 30,000, MLB’s is close to 50,000, the NHL’s is nearly 60,000 and the NFL’s is 70,000.The correlation between the simplicity of a sport’s rulebook and its global popularity is almost one to one. Soccer, with its simple rulebook, is followed in almost every country. Basketball increasingly is, too. The more complex sports have less global appeal. Baseball is popular in the Americas and Japan but not yet elsewhere. Hockey fans are almost exclusively concentrated in the U.S., Canada, Northern Europe and Russia. American football has few fans outside America itself.Philosophers have also long recognized a connection between simplicity and beauty (indeed, long before soccer came to be known as “The Beautiful Game,” it was known as “The Simplest Game” instead). This June, when I attended a couple of World Cup matches at the Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro, I was struck by how rich the experience was with so few frills. There was no 60-yard-long Jumbotron — there were hardly any scoreboards. There weren’t many words spoken, on or off the pitch.Soccer can get away with this minimalist presentation because of the simplicity of its rulebook; you don’t need Ed Hochuli to come out and explain the difference between offsides and encroachment and a neutral zone infraction.Instead, when Chile scored against Spain in their Group B match, it sounded something like this (sorry about my shaky camera work): read more

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Malcom left out of Barcas squad against Sevilla

first_imgBrazilian winger Malcom has once again been frozen out of Barcelona’s squad for their big showdown with Sevilla on Saturday.Malcom has managed just 25 minutes of first-team football for Barca since his €41m arrival from Bordeaux.According to Football Espana, the Brazilian forward has already been linked with moves away from Camp Nou.On the other hand, Sergi Roberto is set for a return after a month out with a thigh injury, leaving Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen as the Catalans’ only absentees.Zenit Saint Petersburg denied racism to Malcom Manuel R. Medina – August 5, 2019 There were some reports in the media that a banner shown by the Zenit fans was offensive to the new Brazilian signing of the club.Sevilla can also move top of La Liga without a win, and they have Gabriel Mercado back in defence, the Argentine having missed almost two months of action with an arm problem.Meanwhile, Maxime Gonalons and Ibrahim Amadou are still out, while Sergio Escudero has a stomach bug.Barca squad: Ter Stegen, Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Rafinha, Lenglet, Alba, Munir, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, ChumiSevilla squad: Vaclik, Juan Soriano; Mercado, Sergi Gomez, Kjaer, Carrico, Mesa, Banega, Aleix Vidal, Jesus Navas, Arana, Sarabia, Franco Vazquez; Promes, Nolito, Ben Yedder, Muriel, Andre Silvalast_img read more

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