Dutch give Koeman first win by cruising past Portugal

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool record signing Virgil van Dijk drilled in the third goal as the Netherlands gave Ronald Koeman his first win as coach © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIGENEVA, Switzerland, Mar 26 – Ronald Koeman claimed his first win in charge of the Netherlands national team as the Dutch cruised to a comfortable 3-0 friendly victory over an uninspired Portugal in Geneva on Monday.The three-time World Cup runners-up have failed to qualify for this year’s finals in Russia, but Koeman’s second game at the helm saw goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk seal an impressive win. It was a disappointing evening for European champions Portugal ahead of the World Cup, as talisman Cristiano Ronaldo cut an isolated figure just three days after his late brace had seen off Egypt 2-1.“They had four chances and scored three times, they deserved their victory,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.“Two years ago, before the Euros, we lost at home against Bulgaria. I don’t think we have lost confidence, I still believe in these players for the future.”The Netherlands, who lost 1-0 to England in Amsterdam on Friday, opened the scoring in the 11th minute as Depay grabbed the first goal of the Koeman era by turning home from inside the box.That strike came against the run of play as Portugal had dominated the early stages against an unusual 5-3-2 formation deployed by the Dutch.“We decided to play with a system totally different from the one that the team has been using for a number of years,” said former Everton boss Koeman.“The difference between tonight and last Friday is that we were more comfortable and scored quickly. The team had confidence.“It felt good with the new system and results like tonight make things easier.”Ronaldo was left incensed after his appeals for a penalty were waved away, despite replays appearing to show him kick the ground when attempting to shoot.– Kluivert debut –But the Netherlands doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark as Ryan Babel headed in Matthijs de Ligt’s driven cross from close range.The goal continued the Besiktas winger’s return to form, having only been recalled to the Dutch squad last year after a six-year absence.Things went from bad to worse for Portugal on the stroke of half-time, as De Ligt nodded down for Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk to volley into the far corner to score his first international goal.Portugal continued to monopolise possession early in the second period, but struggled to break down their stubborn opponents.Any hopes of a comeback were ended when Joao Cancelo was shown a second yellow card and sent off for a foul on Tonny Vilhena.That was the cue for several fans to invade the pitch attempting to take a photo with Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who was duly substituted with 22 minutes to play after failing to score for the first time in 10 matches for club and country.Ajax teenager Justin Kluivert, the son of former Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert, made his international debut after replacing Depay in the closing stages.After a low-key affair that was a far cry from the two teams’ infamous ‘Battle of Nuremberg’ at the 2006 World Cup, the Dutch claimed a win they will hope can spur them on to better things having missed out on back-to-back major tournaments.Portuguese fans will be expecting better when their side take on Spain in their World Cup opener on June 15 in Sochi, before further Group B games against Morocco and Iran.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Now prove it again’: Klopp tells Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to maintain the momentum from their win at Tottenham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Jurgen Klopp challenged Liverpool to extend their blistering start after the Premier League leaders delivered a statement of intent with a “perfect” 2-1 win against Tottenham.Klopp’s side made it five successive victories as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino rewarded their dominant display at Wembley on Saturday. Erik Lamela’s late strike for Tottenham prompted a nervous finale as the hosts appealed in vain for a penalty when Sadio Mane challenged Son Heung-min.But anything less than three points would have been cruel on Liverpool, who punished mistakes from Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm and the rest of his error-prone team.Liverpool are off to their best start since 1990-91 as they chase a first English title since 1989-90.This mature display marked them out as the most likely challengers to champions Manchester City.But Reds boss Klopp, a winner at Wembley for the first time, wants to see his men produce a sustained spell of excellence before he agrees with that sentiment.“I’m really happy and proud about the performance because the boys came back (from international duty) only on Wednesday and Thursday,” Klopp said.“With all good results, of course you have momentum. Now we won a few games, that’s good, but it doesn’t change anything for us. It’s a long season.“I’m happy with my squad, it’s really good, but we will have problems in the season. How we deal with that, I don’t know.“I’m not a personality to wait for problems, but I’m old enough to know they will come.“Nobody will play the perfect season. It’s still early, five games, fantastic we won all five and improved. I like that development.“Now we have to prove that and do it again and again.”After suffering four defeats against their top six rivals last season, including a 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham, this was exactly the kind of composed performance Klopp wanted to see.Liverpool have yet to scale the attacking peaks they hit during last season’s run to the Champions League final.But they are so well drilled and are playing with such hunger that no-one has been able to rattle them yet.– ‘Outstanding’ –Jurgen Klopp said it was Liverpool’s best performance of the season © AFP / Adrian DENNISKlopp was delighted with the way Liverpool passed their first test against a genuine title rival.“The performance was better than the result and the result is perfect,” he said.“Winning here is so difficult. I would never expect that, you need a really outstanding performance and that’s what the boys delivered.“We could have scored more. We controlled the game. It was the best game of the season. We had 85 brilliant minutes.”The only cloud for Klopp was the eye injury that Firmino suffered in a clash with Jan Vertonghen.“Maybe an injury with Roberto, something in his eye, we don’t know in this moment. It is not comfortable for him,” he added.Tottenham have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since 2016, puncturing the optimism engendered by three successive wins to start the campaign.“The performance wasn’t great. If we analyse the first five games, the performances were similar but today the opponent was Liverpool,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.“When you make mistakes of course you will be punished by the quality they have. Of course they deserved to win.”Tottenham have made a habit of falling short on the big occasions under Pochettino, who is yet to win a trophy since joining the club.And he admitted Tottenham must improve dramatically to challenge for major silverware this season.“The reality is this type of game shows we need to improve if we want to be contenders at the end to win some titles,” he said.Hamstrung by injuries to Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris, as well as Harry Kane’s post-World Cup malaise, Pochettino added: “It’s the toughest season because it’s a challenge to work with a team that arrived a few days before the start of the competition.“I’m not worried. We are going to win a lot of games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp pictured with Muller!

first_img1 We all love a bit of transfer talk, but when rumours started doing the rounds this week that Liverpool ‘are monitoring the situation’ regarding Muller’s contract situation, only one image popped into our mind.And it wasn’t Thomas Muller leaving the mighty Bayern Munich for Anfield.You never know in football. After all, Liverpool were able to attract one of the hottest properties in football management when they lured Klopp to Merseyside.Perhaps Klopp’s magnetic personality could tempt a player like his countryman Muller to Anfield. You can be sure Klopp wouldn’t ask Emre Can to send Muller a text, at least.But for now, any Liverpool fans excited by the possibility will just have to make do with our specially mocked up picture of Herr Klopp tucking into that other well known Muller.Danke und gute nacht! Klopp and Muller last_img read more


first_imgA man who was almost struck by a drunk-driver after coming out of church with his children drove after the woman before pulling the keys out of her car.Majella McCrory was disqualified from driving for four years. Pic by Northwest News Pics.The man, Winston Kee, had come out of church with his two children in Carnone, Raphoe when the incident happened. Mr Kee was driving home around 11am on September 14th last when a black Seat Ibiza came around a bend on the wrong side of the road forcing Mr Kee to swerve to avoid a collision.He performed a u-turn and drove after the car and eventually pulled out in front of it forcing it to stop.Behind the wheel was Ms Majella McCrory who admitted having drink taken.However, Ms McCrory of Alt, Castlefin, ran from the scene but was apprehended 300 metres from the scene by Gardai who had been alerted to the incident.Gardai said they got a strong smell of alcohol from Ms McCrory and she was taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Defense solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been employed in accountancy-type work but had ben laid off recently after more than six years.He said she would have been better staying home that morning but she had decided to travel to see a friend and chat about her situation.The court heard the mother-of-two also had a conviction for a similar offense in Strabane.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms McCrory €200 and disqualified her from driving for four years.And he added “I presume she is aware she will have to do something with her alcohol issue.”MAN DROVE AFTER DRUNK-DRIVER AFTER ALMOST BEING HIT WHILE COMING OUT OF CHURCH was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefincourtdonegaldrunkJudge Paul KellyMajella McCroryRaphoelast_img read more

Former Invincible wants to work with Unai Emery at Arsenal

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes he would be a good fit in new boss Unai Emery’s backroom team.Pires, 44, spent six years with the Gunners before leaving for Villarreal in 2006 and has maintained a close connection with the club.The Frenchman, a World Cup winner in 1998, trains regularly with the first-team squad and feels he could help Emery launch a new era at the Emirates Stadium following Arsene Wenger’s departure.“If I join Unai Emery’s staff, I think it should be good for me, and I hope it should be good for Unai Emery,” Pires told ESPN FC at Arsenal’s new Puma kit launch in London.“I could be like a bridge between him and the players. Because I know the players. For two years I have trained with the guys. So all of them, they respect me.“And I respect the players, I was an ex-player. So the relationship between the players and me is good. That’s why I think I can help Unai Emery.” The 1998 World Cup winner was a firm favourite of the Arsenal fansPires never had an official coaching role under Wenger, but hopes to keep training regularly with the Gunners and to speak with Emery.“I don’t know what will happen in a couple of months, but if I can train with the guys I will, because for me it’s very important,” Pires added.“With Arsene Wenger it was easy to keep fit and to still train with the first team. So now, I need to talk with the new manager.”Retired skipper Per Mertesacker spent last season preparing to take up his new role as Arsenal’s academy director this summer and another former Gunner, Swede Freddie Ljungberg, will also become part of the academy coaching set-up. 2 getty images center_img 2 Pires wants to work with Emery in north London last_img read more


first_imgVIRUS HITS COLM McFADDEN AND ARMAGHSo Kieran McGeeney was right in his pre-match assessment. His boys were just that – boys – up against the men from Donegal who arrived at the Athletic Grounds expecting to have to drain sweat and left with hardly a mop of the brow. Armagh did look lively for a spell early on but once the warm-up was complete they were out of their depth – and Patrick McBrearty’s well-taken opening goal was the sounding board for what was to come. Rory Gallagher had his team in fine shape in every sense of the term – McGeeney’s, meanwhile, was the poorest of reflections of Armagh teams of old, particularly those that once took the field with the words and tactical know-how of Joe Kernan ringing in their ears.While Michael Murphy was named man of the match and had a number of rivals on the Donegal team for that title they were truly up against little in the way of hardy opposition. The green and gold could even afford to field without Colm McFadden who was laid low with a virus.The visitors entered the lamb’s den having not tasted a Championship victory there for close to half a century – it was a hugely disappointing way for Armagh to surrender that long-standing record.There wasn’t a hint of the rough and rumble of Ulster Championship football and for those in the neutral seats and indeed all those sporting orange that made viewing it something of a chore. But let’s give due credit to this inspirational Donegal team who could have sunk to the level of their opponents on the day but instead put in a disciplined and decisive display that earned the plaudits of the sizeable contingent of fans who made the trip.Hell, even Pat Spillane was handing out the tributes in his post match comments.Derry will surely provide a much stiffer test for Gallagher’s squad in the semi-final but surely the only team that can threaten another Ulster crown for Donegal is Monaghan and they still have to overcome (a) Fermanagh and (b) the loss of key defender Drew Wylie – victim of a cruciate ligament injury which looks likely to force him out of contention until the end of the year.A RIGHT ROYAL GALLOP FOR MARTYIf you happened to be around the Trentagh/Rathdonnell area outside Letterkenny at around quarter to four yesterday afternoon, you may have heard the champagne corks popping. For family and friends of Marty Harley it was celebration time as the popular local jockey rode Goldream to victory in The King’s Stand Stakes race at Royal Ascot. It wouldn’t be true to say he romped home but winning even by a short head is still a win as he fought off some serious competition to take first place.That represents his second success at the coveted racecourse – having ridden Elidor past the post in the King George V Stakes two years ago.A nice bonus, too, for race followers after this week’s win – Goldream was priced at 20-1 but sadly I didn’t manage to darken the door of any bookies prior to it.And is there a future in television broadcasting for the young Letterkenny man? It looks very likely following his appearance as a panellist on ‘Royal Ascot – The Morning Line’ on Channel 4. Marty equipped himself brilliantly in the company of fellow Irish jockey, Mick Fitzgerald, on the programme and proved he can saddle up just as well under the camera lights.Not sure what the average viewing figures are for the show but you can be guaranteed that that Letterkenny accent was heard in millions of homes this morning across Britain and Ireland.EUROPEAN HOPES HEAD FOR AN EARLY SHOWERThe very bottom line is we should have beaten them. They’re no world shakers are Scotland – they’re not even Europe shakers – but we still, over two games, managed to avoid victory against them. Sure, Gordon Strachan is a decent manager but Euro for Sterling we possess the better players and should, certainly on our home patch, have been able to take care of them. We certainly proved it in the opening half with an impressive performance and a deserved lead, albeit with a goal that was blatantly offside.Had we survived longer than just two minutes at the start of the second we would surely have gone on to take the points but that wicked ricochet (or, to give it its technical name, John O’Shea) brought the Scots right back into it even if we still looked the team more likely to score again as the half progressed.We might have done had Shane Long been introduced well before he was and had Wes Hoolahan been kept on instead of being substituted with some seventeen minutes still to play.Martin O’Neill did his best to convince us that his team can still make it to the European Championships and the likes of Eamon Dunphy and Brian Kerr haven’t given up hope either. Six points are close to guaranteed in our next two outings against Gibraltar and Georgia and Dunphy believes we can claim the scalp of Germany at the Aviva.It is true that we are still in the running but if you don’t win your home games then the running becomes the hardest of slogs and O’Neill’s men have left themselves with too much to do while continuing to rely on other teams biting dust.On the way out of qualification we may be but I still hope that O’Neill remains in the hot seat even if his conservative approach to games has, occasionally, echoes of his predecessor.BALLYBOFEY RAIDGardai are continuing their search for a group of young men who made off with a haul of points in the Ballybofey area on Friday night. The Youths, who were all dressed in pink, got away with their valuable cargo following a raid at Finn Park.“The points should have been in the bag but somehow the bag became loose and they were quick to pounce. And before you could say where did they go, they had gone.”The culprits are believed to have made their getaway in the direction of Wexford.A second consecutive league defeat for Harps can only make for a sense of unease but while the result last weekend was disappointing, the performance was again positive as the home side fought from first whistle to last.A deflected free-kick and two breakaway goals gave the visitors those points but for much of the game, Harps were the dominant force and can count themselves unlucky to emerge with nothing but a warm show of appreciation for their efforts from the home crowd (a sure sign that they did most things right except – apart from Kevin McHugh’s cracker – finding the net).A trip to Tolka Park will follow the mid-season break – the tightest of venues, and opposition, from which to return to winning ways.  A draw or defeat will certainly see them unseated from the top spot they have occupied for some weeks now.Ollie Horgan has captured Oisin McMenamin but knows that another striker is essential given that Ruairi Keating and Regan Donelon are both returning to Sligo Rovers next month (that’s the problem with loan spells, you’re inevitably under the control of the parent club, something Harps should remember before entering into any such arrangement again next season).SO THAT’S WHERE YOU GOT TO BIG NORM…“And there’s a man I know….,” television commentator, Marty Morrissey, declared as the R.T.E. camera spanned on the balcony of a house overlooking Pearse Stadium from where a group of people were watching the Connacht Championship clash between Mayo and Galway on Sunday. A man some of the rest of us knew as well, as it happened. The unmistakable figure of Norman Costello, one-time goalkeeper with Finn Harps and currently operating as juvenile director with the Salthill/Knocknagarra G.A.A. club in Galway.Big Norm spent the guts of a season with Harps during the 1993/1994 campaign and my lasting memory of him has nothing to do with any spectacular saves or other incidents on the pitch (though there undoubtedly were some) but of the chartered plane journey home from far-off Cobh where Patsy McGowan’s team had just come a cropper in the second leg of a play-off at the expense of the local Ramblers (3-0 defeat for those of you who can’t, or don’t want to, remember).Anyway, the journey back to the City of Derry Airport, was, as you might expect, largely conducted in sombre mood with players, officials and the handful of fans on board experiencing turbulence without the turbulence, thoughts of another season to be spent in the low-flying First Division occupying all minds.All minds, that is, except our Norman’s who spent a good deal of the journey ambling from seat to seat to engage in banter in an attempt to raise spirits which were not for raising.“SIT DOWN, NORMAN,” we silently screamed at him. But I can’t recall him doing so and there he was still bantering on the balcony overlooking Pearse Stadium and his native Galway heading for yet another defeat at the hands of MayoSHOWING THE MEN HOW IT’S DONETwo Donegal teams; two All-Ireland semi-finals; and Roscommon the opposition in both cases. And the most significant common denominator, both the Donegal Ladies under-21 side and the girls under-14’s winning through to respective finals over the weekend. Not a bad couple of days work – starting with the under-age team trotting out to the St. Aidan’s G.A.A. pitch in Bawnboy in the County of Cavan, for their semi-final on Saturday. A strong start from the Roscommon girls put them 3-1 ahead on the points board early but by half-time Donegal had opened up a slight gap of their own and two goals from Moville’s Kate McClenaghan helped them overcome the pre-match favourites.A purple patch midway through the second half looked to have Greg Harkin’s side in a comfort zone but Roscommon fought back and not for the first time during the game, some stirring defensive work and outstanding goalkeeping from Bronagh Gallagher of Naomh Conaill with a handful of wonder stops kept Donegal ahead.At the time of writing the venue for the Final hadn’t been decided but the date, July 4th, and opposition, Tipperary, are now known.Longford, meanwhile, will be up against the Donegal under-21’s who edged out their Roscommon counterparts by a single point in their ‘B’ semi-final at Markievitz Park in Sligo. It was close right throughout with Donegal leading by 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval helped by Amber Barrett’s well-taken penalty which left the Roscommon ‘keeper stranded on her line.It ended as tight as it started – 1-10 to 1-9 squeezing Donegal through by the skin of their teeth for a crack at Longford in the Final.KENNY LIVEDespite the serious rival attraction of the Donegal game in Armagh, the county’s Community Games Finals drew an impressive attendance to Milford on Sunday and, once again, credit to the organisers for the smooth running of the event. One familiar face there was that of manager of Dundalk F.C., Stephen Kenny, who had family interest in this year’s Games. I got chatting to him and a true gentleman he is even if such a term rarely occupies the same sentence as football manager.The Dubliner resides in Fahan and has done so since his days managing Derry City (that still didn’t prevent me talking to him).He’s done some job with the County Louth team who look likely to follow up last year’s title win in the Premier League with another one in 2015.He’s also anticipating a kind draw in the Champions League qualifiers and I won’t be surprised if Dundalk advance beyond a couple of rounds such is the quality of their performances aided and abetted by the likes of Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan (a lookalike for Damian Duff if ever there was one both physically and in terms of his playing ability).Now where was I? Oh, yes, in Milford at the Community Games Finals. And good luck to all those young athletes who have qualified for the national finals in Athlone later in the summer.STAGE FRIGHTEvery year at this time in June, I promise myself I’m going to get along to a stage of the Donegal International (no need to add Car Rally to this for the truly avid follower out there though I just have) and every year I don’t manage it. I did make it to the starting ramp last year and the year before to the finishing line but it’s the action in between that I keep missing. Excuses I have none except that once you get out of the habit, it’s hard to rally to the cause again.And many years ago it was a habit. I can recall watching stages in Ramelton, Portsalon and the Glen and was there when the event roared through the streets of my home town of Letterkenny and we were left picking up the straw from the safety bales for days afterwards. I even did marshaling on one occasion but that was probably (well, no probably about it) because they couldn’t get anyone else for the job.And this year? No invitations to marshal but still a quiet determination to get out to at least one of those stages again and relive old times and fresh fumes.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Will I keep this item for next year as well?].VIRUS HITS COLM MCFADDEN AND ARMAGH, WHILE GARDAI HUNT ‘YOUTHS’ WHO STOLE THREE POINTS FROM FINN PARK – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columndonegalfinn harpsHome-page SportnewsPaddy Walshlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Thursday, August 24. Cara BYRNEThe death has occurred of Cara Byrne, Drumcarbit, Malin, Donegal. Removal from Murphy’s Funeral Home, Burnfoot this evening at 6pm to their late residence. Removal on Saturday at 11.15am to St. Mary’s Church, Lagg, Malin for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private from 10pm until 11am and strictly private on the morning of the funeral. Willie ROSEThe death has occurred of Willie Rose, Keelogs, Inver, Donegal, suddenly at Letterkenny University Hospital. Reposing at Gallagher’s Funeral Home, Station Road, Mountcharles today from 1pm with removal at 2pm to his late residence at Keelogs, Inver.Removal on Saturday to St. Naul’s Church, Ardaghey for 11am Funeral Mass followed by burial in Cranny Road Cemetery, Frosses. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if so desired, to the Donegal Cancer Bus and the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. Family time from 10pm until 12 noon and on the morning of the funeral.  John MCFADDENThe death has occurred of John McFadden, Moyra, Falcarragh, Donegal.Reposing at his mother Maureen McFadden’s residence, Moyra, Falcarragh from 5pm this Thursday evening, August 24th. Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 26th, at 11am in St. Finan’s Church, Falcarragh with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 11pm until 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Neighbours and friends welcome. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice. Kathleen MARTINThe death has occurred of Kathleen Martin, Glenagivney, Lecamy, Moville, Donegal.Reposing at her late residence. Removal from her home at 10.15am tomorrow, Friday, August 25th, for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Ballinacrae followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 10pm to 11am. Mary (Donnie) GALLAGHERThe death has occurred of Mary (Donnie) Gallagher, Ranafast, Donegal.Reposing at her late residence from 4pm today, Thursday, August 24th. Removal on Saturday, August 26th, at 10.30am for 11am Funeral Mass in the Star of the Sea Church, Annagry with burial afterwards in the Old Cemetery. House private from 11pm to 10am. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Aras Ghaoth Dobhair.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 24th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituarieslast_img read more

Giants show off strengths and weaknesses behind Rodríguez

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The Giants played the type of game Thursday that would please anyone in Major League Baseball concerned with the sport’s pace of play.They also played the type of game that would frustrate a fan base that has no interest in stomaching another weak offensive season.The Giants’ 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks featured just three hits from San Francisco’s lineup and took two hours and 16 minutes.“We just didn’t hit many balls hard,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Two or three balls. …last_img read more

South Africa ready for the USA in Rugby World Cup

first_img7 October 2015In the last of the Springbok’s Pool B Group match, South Africa faces off against the USA today. The match will be aired on TV at 5.45pm.After a somewhat unsuccessful start to their Rugby World Cup journey, losing against Japan 32-34, the Springboks redeemed themselves when they thumped Samoa – winning 46-6, and subsequently beating Scotland 34-16.See South Africans celebrating after the win over Scotland:#Habashwe#SouthAfricans celebrating after the #SAvsSCO game in @NUFC@SkyNews@sapeople@SABCNewsOnline < href=”https://twitter.com/Brand_SA”>@Brand_SApic.twitter.com/stziYy6CAf— Pumela Salela (@pumelasalela) October 3, 2015 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has remained optimistic. “I’m a very, very positive person,” he said of the comeback following the unexpected loss to Japan. “I believe everything is possible, and I’ve been in situations where I’ve lost every single game and come back and won trophies. The guys know it’s possible. A lot of these guys have done it before.”Watch South Africans playing their part and supporting the national team:Watch a few South Africans pick their favourites from the team:Good sportsmanshipMeyer has also praised the American team. “You have to stay humble and respect every single opponent,” he said. “USA have shown they are a world-class team. They’re very difficult to play against, very physical, a lot of big, strong forwards and great runners in midfield.“Because it’s a short turnaround (from the Scotland game), there’s not much time to train and prepare, so why not go with some sort of continuity but also with some fresh guys on the bench.”The team to tackle the USAMeyer has made only two changes to his team who defeated Scotland on 3 October.Frans Malherbe will start at tighthead prop in place of Jannie du Plessis and Lwazi Mvovo comes in at 11. Bryan Habana shifts to right wing.These are players who will go up against the Americans:Tendai MtawariraBismarck du PlessisFrans MalherbeEben EtzebethLodewyk de JagerFrancois LouwSchalk BurgerDuane VermeulenFourie du Preez (captain)Handre PollardLwazi MvovoDamian de AllendeJesse KrielBryan HabanaWillie le Roux#RSA name a strong team to face #USA on Wednesday, making two changes from the starting XV that beat #SCO#RSAvUSApic.twitter.com/GJ4PySLTst— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 5, 2015Burger will make his 17th appearance in a World Cup match, and Du Preez will captain the Springboks for the second time in his Test career.Schalk Burger will make his 17th #RWC appearance, equalling the #RSA record of 17 by ex-captain @JohnSmit123#RSAvUSApic.twitter.com/qhCG9DaI1R— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 5, 2015HABANA WATCH: @BryanHabana is tries behind @JONAHTALILOMU‘s RWC record – will he get closer against #USA? #RWC2015pic.twitter.com/bWLAnFB3JR— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 5, 2015SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more