Samara, July 8: The 2018 FIFA World Cup now has its four semi-finalists after a typically thrilling set of quarter-finals. Here are four things we learned as eight contenders for the title were reduced to four, reports Xinhua news agency:1. Courage can only take you so far: Russia bowed out of the World Cup in a heroic and painful style following a penalty shootout against Croatia. Right now the Russians will be feeling the disappointment of their exit, but they should be proud of a squad of players who performed well above themselves and allowed their supporters to dream. The win against Spain was a minor miracle and fruit of their hard-work, courage and a necessary bit of luck. But if you want to get into the last 4 you need a bit more than that and a talented Croatia deserved to progress.2. Let’s talk about goalkeepers: The World Cup tends to be about strikers: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Lukaku and Harry Kane, but the quarter-finals have been as much about goalkeepers as attackers. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois made a string of brilliant saves to keep Brazil at bay, England’s Jordan Pickford made three magnificent stops to keep Sweden out, Hugo Lloris made out a great save against Uruguay for France when the score was still 0-0 and Danijel Subasic was once again an intimidating presence in the penalty shootout as Croatia got past Russia. Keepers win you matches just as much as strikers.3. Be flexible: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez produced a masterstroke to help his side beat Russia, swapping the 3-4-2-1 he has used for most of the World Cup, for a 4-3-3 against Brazil. The different formation allowed Belgium to stretch Brazil down the flanks, especially the Brazil right and clearly caught Brazil by surprise. Meanwhile Fellaini was a threat in the air that Brazil struggled to deal with. Brazil’s excellent coach, Tite, countered Martinez’s strategy at halftime, but by then Belgium were 2-0 ahead; too much of a lead for a team that good to surrender.4. France continue to improve: Didier Deschamps’ side didn’t look entirely convincing in their first two group games, making hard work of Australia and Peru, but World Cups with a possible 7 games in four weeks are all about evolving and growing as a team in a short span of time. France have done that and a team that looked disjointed in mid-June looks compact, solid and threatening after the first week of July: of course they have a fulcrum called N’golo Kante holding things together for them, allowing Paul Pogba, Griezmann and company to shine. IANS
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Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sportradar has been named the Official and Exclusive Data Partner to Badminton Europe (BEC) for all competitions after signing a comprehensive agreement with the governing body.The multi-year agreement will increase Sportradar’s scope of work with the governing body and adds to the betting and broadcast partnership that has been in place since 2015.Under the terms of the agreement, Sportrar will supply betting operators and media platforms around the world with data from more than 35 BEC tournaments each year. This includes the European Championships, European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships and European Mixed Team Championship in addition to elite circuit events such as the International Challenge and International Series.Lutz Tigges, Senior Director at Sportradar, said: “We value the success we’ve had working alongside Badminton Europe these past few years and the trustful partnership we’ve developed. Together we grew technical and commercial standards including the global reach of Badminton events.“Now, we’re excited to be supporting them as they utilize our broad range of products and services to grow the profile of their sport around the world and work towards their long term commercial goals.”Sportradar will also work alongside BEC to boost awareness of its tournaments across core markets including Asia and Europe, as well as in new and emerging territories.In addition, Sportradar will use its OTT platform to cover match action and editorial content, with coverage from the main events due to be shown on Badmintoneurope.tv. The platform will also feature on demand match content from previous competition draws, webinars and podcasts.Brian Agerbak, General Secretary at Badminton Europe, said: “The extended partnership with Sportradar to include an OTT platform, a new website and a Federation Data Toolkit will strengthen our digital footprint.“It is an important strategic target for us to grow our digital followers and allow them access to our digital services through a single sign on process. Furthermore, growing our media exposure and increasing global visibility for our products are key components for us.“We have been very satisfied with the cooperation with Sportradar in the previous years and we are excited to further develop our profile with such a strong partner by our side.”
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Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is working on the team’s NFL Super Bowl title defense from his basement amid the coronavirus pandemic.COVID-19 is wreaking havoc globally, with sport brought to a standstill; the Olympic Games have been postponed until 2021, while MLB, the NBA and the NHL are delayed or on hiatus. NFL teams are preparing for this month’s draft, ahead of the start of the season in September, and Reid is still working hard, albeit from a different location.MORE: ‘Madden 20′ to include play that sparked Chiefs’ comebackReid, who led the Chiefs to glory in Super Bowl 54, told reporters Thursday: “I wish I could take you on a virtual tour of this thing.”It’s kind of classic. I’m sitting in my basement, literally. I’ve got an arc trainer sitting here in case I want to jump on that to get a little exercise.”I’ve got my monitor set up, along with my computer, my iPad right next to that. And I’ve got one of my wife’s antique tables here, a little coffee table that I’m using to throw everything on. But I’m in the basement, yeah. You know what? It’s not bad.”The grind never stops for Big Red pic.twitter.com/C178nScVHx— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 2, 2020″We stay as current as we can through information from the league. We’re approaching it like we’re having a season,” Reid added. “I think it’s twofold, because it can be a real positive energy-giver back to the country at a time of maybe need for that.”At the same time, we’re very sensitive to everything going on. But as far as the offseason goes — again, we’re out of the office until they let us know that we can get ourselves back in and so I’ve got different plans that I’ve kind of set up for different stages of [the offseason], whether it’s virtual work or whether they let us back in the building for field work. Whatever it is, I’ve put together plans for that. And then we’ll just take it day by day and see what presents itself.” The Chiefs were scheduled to start offseason conditioning on April 20 — three days before the NFL Draft — with practice to follow in May.”We’ve got a little time before that,” Reid said. “We’ll just see what direction it goes. That’s normally a time we use for conditioning workouts. If we’re allowed to do that virtually, we can go ahead and do that at that time. We’ll try to stay in touch.”If we’re allowed to visit with the players with our Webex units or whatever, we can do that. We’re prepared to do all of that. And then if they’re allowed back in the building, we’re good with that. We’ve got that all planned out, too.”
SPURS are back in action as they welcome Crystal Palace to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a North-South London clash.After defeat to Newcastle here last time out and stalemate at Arsenal, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be hopeful of picking up a valuable three points.But the Eagles will be buoyant and eager for another top-6 scalp having already gone to Old Trafford and won this season. What time is kick-off?THIS Premier League clash will be held on Saturday, September 14.Kick-off is at 3pm.Palace have lost all of their last three visits to Spurs without scoring a goal.Is Tottenham vs Crystal Palace on TV and can I live stream it?UNFORTUNATELY this game isn’t being broadcast on live TV in the UK.But you can catch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC ONE from 10.30pm.Here on SunSport we’ll be running a LIVE BLOG to keep you up to date with all the goals as they go in. MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubWhat is the team news?#THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela, Son, KaneLatest from @WilliamHill (18+) https://t.co/1CBSiocV9k #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/DDXPiPUEQ4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 14, 2019 COME ON YOU PALACE#CPFC | #TOTCRY— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) September 14, 2019
Novak Djokovic reappears Monday at the prime of the ATP rating after profitable his eighth Australian Open after profitable in the closing the Austrian Dominic Thiem (6-4,4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4). After efficiently defending 2,000 factors as the 2019 champion, Djokovic inaugurates his 276 week as chief of the ATP rating with 9,720 factors and it is solely 10 weeks away from matching the second finest report ever, the 286 weeks of Pete Sampras as number 1, however nonetheless removed from Roger Federer’s 310. Djokovic leads Rafa Nadal in 325 factors, second in the rating with 9,395, who fell in the quarterfinals in opposition to Dominic Thiem and couldn’t defend the 1,200 runner-up factors from final yr’s match.On this manner Djokovic returns to take the lead in the battle that he and Nadal have been main in current months by the number 1 of the ATP rating and it turns into much more attention-grabbing if doable after the Australian Open. Nadal may method 120 factors of Djokovic if the Balearic raises the title of champion in Acapulco (February 24-29), the place he defends 45 factors in 2019.After the Mexican match, Nadal and Djokovic will face one another once more in the first 1,000 Masters of the season: Indian Wells (March 12-22). A priori, the Serbian would arrive with benefit to the Californian match, since defends 45 factors for the 360 that Nadal achieved after reaching the semifinals. Nonetheless, in the Miami Masters (March 25 – April 5) the scenario adjustments, since Djokovic defends 90 factors whereas Nadal would solely add (He didn’t compete final yr for damage) in a match that also resists him in his report. On this manner Indian Wells and Miami are offered as Nadal’s two nice alternatives to storm number 1 earlier than the begin of the land season, the place the Balearic defends a complete of three,900 factors (360 in Monte-Carlo, 180 in Barcelona, 360 in Madrid, 1,000 in Rome and 2,000 in Roland Garros) for 2,500 of the Serbian (180 in Monte-Carlo, 1,000 in Madrid, 600 in Rome and 720 in Roland Garros). This week’s rating additionally leaves Roger Federer in third place (7,130 factors) though solely 85 factors forward of Dominic Thiem, that with the 1,200 finalist factors surpasses Daniil Medvedev to match his finest historic classification (fourth with 7,045). In the Prime-10 highlights the rise of Gael Monfils, which fits to ninth place with 2,700 and David Goffin, which closes the Prime-10 with 2,555 after the fall of three positions of Roberto Bautista, which this week is twelfth with 2,360 factors, the identical as Stan Wawrinka. The American Tennys Sangren stars in the huge rise of the week after climbing 44 positions (from 100 to 56) after reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.ATP Rating at February 3, 20201. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9,7202. Rafa Nadal (ESP) 9,3953. Roger Federer (SUI) 7.1304. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7.0455. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5,9606. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4,7457. Alexander Zverev (ALE) 3,8858. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2,9059. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,70010. David Goffin (BEL) 2,555—–12. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,36029. Pablo Carreño (ESP) 1,33242. Albert Ramos (ESP) 1,13049. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 1,05055. Feliciano López (ESP) 93363. Pablo Andújar (ESP) 86783. Roberto Carballés (ESP) 66484. Alejandro Davidovich (ESP) 66487. Jaume Munar (ESP) 643Djokovic additionally leads the Race To LondonTogether with his victory at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic additionally expands his management at the helm of the Race To London with 2,665 factors, beating Dominic Thiem (1,265) by 1,400 factors and Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev by virtually 2,000, semifinalists in Melbourne (720). Rafa Nadal seems in sixth place with 610 factors, whereas Roberto Bautista marches tenth with 385 factors, 50 from Russian Daniil Medvedev who is the one who marks the restrict of the first eight.Race To London on February 3, 20201. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2,6652. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 1,2653. Roger Federer (SUI) 7204. Alexander Zverev (ALE) 7205. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6806. Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6107. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 4508. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 4359. Tennys Sandgren (USA) 39010. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 385
Powell then weighed in on the make-up of the 53-member team, pointing to its diversity and hailing the treatment received at their training camp in Tottori, Japan. “The team is not necessarily the strongest we have had, but it’s pretty strong all around, and not only for sprinting, but also in the field events and in the middle-distance events. Everyone’s attitude is great, and that makes a huge difference in performance as well,” said Powell. “The experience in Tottori has been very good; we have gotten the chance to focus on training. The team spirit is very good; everyone seems to be getting along quite fine, even those who didn’t use to talk much. Everyone seems to be happy and in good shape,” Powell noted. He added: “The people in Tottori have gone all out to ensure that we are happy, and they really seem to love Jamaicans here.” Jamaica ended the last World Championships with nine medals – six gold, two silver and one bronze. diverse team Newly appointed co-captain, Asafa Powell, says he is honoured with the appointment and is looking to lead by example at the fast-approaching IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Powell, now in his 12th year as a senior international representative for the island, received his first team captaincy, along with another veteran, Veronica Campbell-Brown, ahead of the August 22-30 championships, which takes place inside the Bird’s Nest. “Being selected as team captain is a real honour for me,” Powell told The Gleaner. “I appreciate and thank the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association for choosing me to co-captain along with Veronica Campbell-Brown, who I have a great deal of respect for.” Powell, a two-time bronze-medal winner at the World Championships, admitted that he believed his experience and relationship with his teammates played a role in his selection. “My aim, with or without the captaincy, is to lead by example, to work hard and to give my all. As it relates to the younger athletes, showing them what it takes can speak louder than any words you can say, but I have always been there if they need to talk or if they need advice, and I will continue to be there long after this training camp or the World Championships itself,” said Powell. “I do get along with everyone, and I have been there for the last 12 years, so I have seen a lot of meets, and those things may have contributed (to selection).”
By Devina SamarooOver $3 million worth of work now wasted with the recently rehabilitated Barabina Swamp Road in Region One (Barima -Waini) now back to a sludgy trail, and residents are peeved.Before rehabilitation, during rehbailtation and after rehabiltationThe 200-metre track is constantly inundated, and villagers have grown accustomed to slushing through the water to traverse around the region.Central Government, through its special initiative aimed at rehabilitating hinterland roads, had allocated some $3 million to fix the road.Reports indicated that the rehabilitation works were completed sometime in April. During an interview with Guyana Times, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley explained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) had no knowledge of the undertaking until after works had commenced.He claimed that the Regional Executive Officer Leslie Wilburg, who has responsibility for the awarding of contracts for the region, was aware that the Public Infrastructure Ministry had committed financial resources for the rehabilitation but failed to inform the council. Ashely said the REO took it upon himself to sole source an inexperienced contractor to carry out the project, and posited that because of the substandard works, the road is back to square one.“He went around to do the road by sole-sourcing someone who has no engineering idea or technical idea of road construction… when we found out, even though as an RDC and as Regional Chairman, I highlighted that, although I am not an expert in civil engineering, I believe that if we find ways to open avenues for water to have a free flow out of the creek that leads to Barabina through the Kumaka area, it would help to alleviate the flooding that is taking place and damaging the road; and then we can think about rehabilitation with construction,” the Regional Chairman explained.He posited that the entire undertaking lacked future vision to help ensure the problem is solved and only focused temporary solutions.Shortly after government announced that the rehabilitation works were completed, a letter to the editor appeared in one of the daily locals, complaining about the substandard work done.The writer explained that two vehicles were stuck in the road and had to be pulled out by a tractor, and by a pick-up.Currently, attempts are being made to engage the Public Infrastructure Ministry in an effort to garner assistance and advice on the way forward.With the rainy season ongoing, residents are worried about the extent to which the heavy showers will compound the situation.In an effort to provide some relief, the RDC provided the leaders of Barabina some resources to rehabilitate a dilapidated catwalk which can now be utilised as an alternative route to traverse the area.