FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Gippsland Trophy – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021 Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova in action during her semi final match against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi REUTERS/Loren Elliott
March 2, 2021
Teen qualifier Clara Tauson of Denmark upset top-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-3, 6-4 on Monday in the first round of the Lyon Open in France.
The 18-year-old Tauson saved six of nine break points and improved her 2021 record to 15-3 with the victory in one hour and 32 minutes. Her next opponent will be Hungary’s Timea Babos, a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 winner over Russia’s Varvara Gracheva.
Other seeded players in action included No. 2 Fiona Ferro of France, who rallied for a 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 win against Poland’s Magdalena Frech. Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic upset No. 6 Sorana Cirstea of Romania in 75 minutes. No. 8 Arantxa Rus held off China’s Wang Xiyu 7-6 (6), 6-4.
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Two-time champion and No. 8 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round in Doha, Qatar.
Azarenka, who won the event in 2012 and 2013, saved seven of nine break points during the one-hour, 51-minute match. She will face either Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina or Germany’s Laura Siegemund in the second round.
Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit eased past No. 7 seed Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-2. Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko crushed No. 5 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-2. Spain’s Garbine Muguruza posted a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win against Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova. Germany’s Angelique Kerber was a 6-4, 6-2 winner against Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay. Maria Sakkari of Greece defeated Egypt’s Mayar Sherif 6-0, 6-3.
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St Kilda ruck recruit Paul Hunter is intent on pushing for a spot in the senior side early in the season, saying he’s not around to make up the numbers.
The 28-year-old had been training at the Saints since the start of February, with the club offering him a one-year contract after he impressed in a match practice, while also seeking extra ruck depth after Rowan Marshall’s foot injury.
Hunter believes a place in the side is “gettable”, saying he wasn’t interested in playing “second fiddle” to an established ruckman.
“I’d like to say it was complicated (to sign at the club), but I probably would have taken (a crack at AFL level) at most clubs,” he said on SEN SA Breakfast.
“This one (at St Kilda) is where I probably thought the ruck position was gettable, so that’s why I sort of jumped at it.
“At the same time, I was of the view that I wasn’t going to go and play second fiddle to someone like Nic Naitanui (West Coast ruckman) and I made it pretty clear to them as well and I got the same sort of vibes back that (St Kilda) thought it would be a gettable position.
“That’s why I thought I’d come over.”
Hunter was originally on Adelaide’s list after being taken in the 2018 rookie draft but failed to play a game during his time at West Lakes.
He said moving states to chase his AFL dream was “pretty stressful”, but it was a sacrifice he’s happy to make for a chance to make it at the highest level of the game.
“It’s definitely tough moving interstate over and over again for footy,” Hunter said.
“This is the fifth time I’ve done it now and I wouldn’t recommend it as it’s pretty stressful. It’s been a dream of mine (to play AFL) so I’m still going to make those sacrifices – I’ve already made too many.
“It’s a bit of a tough one.”
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A parliamentary inquiry into the link between sport and long-term brain injury is being launched on Wednesday.
MPs will consider the links between head trauma and dementia, and how risks can be mitigated.
Last year, Sir Bobby Charlton became the fifth member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad to be diagnosed with dementia.
A number of ex-rugby union internationals are also suing for brain damage.
The Concussion in Sport inquiry, which starts on 9 March, will consider scientific evidence and hear from players and governing bodies.
The inquiry will not consider material involved in ongoing legal proceedings, but will look at potential implications of successful legal action and what impact that could have on sport in the longer term.
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee chair Julian Knight said: “We will look particularly at what role national governing bodies should be taking and their responsibilities to understand risks involved for players and what actions might be taken to mitigate them.
“We’re seeing a number of cases involving brain injury in sport likely to reach the doors of our law courts and we will also look at the implications for sport in the longer term of any successful legal claim.”
A 2019 study showed footballers were three and a half times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease than age-matched members of the population.
Last month, former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds United defender Gordon McQueen was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
Former England and West Brom striker Geoff Astle died of the condition in 2002, and his daughter Dawn is working alongside the Professional Footballers’ Association to help shape the way it cares for former players.
Dr Willie Stewart, the neurosurgeon who led research into football’s links with dementia, has warned the issue is “not just for older-era footballers but modern-era footballers as well”.
Last year heading guidelines were altered in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland to encourage coaches not to practise heading at all in training in children up to primary school age.
In the professional game concussion substitutes are being trialled in the Premier League and FA Cup, while a working group is looking at introducing similar guidelines to the ones set out for children to training.
The Football Association is currently supporting two independently led research studies examining former professional players for early signs of neurocognitive degeneration.
England football manager Gareth Southgate is taking part in the ongoing HEADING study, which works with PFA members aged 50-plus and is being conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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“We were literally in the tunnel when we made the change with [Naoki] Tsubaki coming in [for Berenguer]. But with the way we play, the way we do things, players are across it. I won’t say it was a simple change – it can be a disruptive time – but it’s full credit to Tsubaki, full credit to the team who stuck to what we said we wanted to do.
“Hopefully [Kisnorbo] enjoyed watching it on the TV back in the hotel room. We spoke to him before the game … the messages were the same, it just came from a different person.”
The Wanderers, in stark contrast, were woeful, slumping to consecutive losses – both at home – for the first time under coach Carl Robinson’s reign.
After a promising start to the season Western Sydney has now won just once in their last five outings – a 2-0 triumph over bottom-placed Melbourne Victory – despite boasting arguably the strongest and deepest squad in the A-League, and appear to be regressing at a time when they should be building.
“It’s disappointing, without a doubt. There’s no point hiding away from it, because with two wins you’re in a good position, but two defeats and everyone thinks it’s the end of the world,” Robinson said.
“What I’ll say is, we’re the same team we were four days ago – let’s not get carried away here. I won’t get carried away.
“But you can’t defend like that. We’re in professional sports here. You can look for excuses … I won’t do that. Individually we need to be better, collectively we need to be better.”
Maclaren gave City a deserved lead in just the sixth minute, with City’s high press snuffing out an errant pass from Keanu Baccus as the Wanderers tried to play out from defence.
Craig Noone pounced immediately, feeding the ball to straight Maclaren who produced an expert left-footed finish past Daniel Margush.
The night didn’t get much better for Baccus, who was yellow carded for diving in an attempt to win the penalty and then substituted out of the match at half-time for Jordon Mutch.
City could and should have been further in front by that point, with Andrew Nabbout coming closest to extending their lead on the half-hour mark after a darting run down the right, but his shot slammed into the right post.
Maclaren eventually made it 2-0 in the 54th minute from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee spotted a handball by James Troisi, who was turning and lifted his arms to protect his face from being hit by the ball as it was crossed into the box.
Robinson fumed with the decision post-match, saying Troisi claimed the ball came off his leg first and that it wasn’t enough of a “clear and obvious” error for the VAR to step in, before complaining about general inconsistencies in refereeing across the A-League.
“We had the head of the referees down to us, because I wanted to speak to him about a number of incidents – not just this year but in previous years,” Robinson said.
“And he was good, he was very good, he told us everything probably I want to hear. But … the clear and obvious we talk about, there was a decision today, the referee’s stood seven yards away and the VAR gets involved. Is it clear and obvious? It has to be 100 per cent, which is stated. It was not 100 per cent.
“So again, I’ll call him tomorrow and he’ll tell me the same thing, tell me what I want to hear. I’ve been in the game for a long time … it’s actually making me not enjoy football and that’s a shame.”
The inevitable second-half surge from the Wanderers, after the introduction of Bernie Ibini and Bruce Kamau off the bench, was well contained by City.
The hosts’ best chance came in the 71st minute, when Kamau headed Thomas Aquilina’s volley-cum-cross on target, but Thomas Glover produced a terrific reaction save to keep it out.
The Wanderers face Western United – led by in-form veterans Alessandro Diamanti and Besart Berisha – on Sunday, while City have a derby against Melbourne Victory to come on Saturday night.
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The AFL’s new stand rule is designed to make life difficult for players like Brisbane’s All-Australian defender Harris Andrews.
Umpires have been told players cannot move when standing on the mark, a rule designed to open up more of the field
Fans were outraged after a 50 metre penalty was paid when Fremantle’s Brennan Cox was judged to have moved off the mark in a practice game
All-Australian defender Harris Andrews said it has opened up the game and will allow more goals to be kicked
But the fullback, despite admitting he now feels a “little bit helpless” when standing on the mark, is fine with that and expects it’s here to stay after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan called for patience from disgruntled fans.
Fears over the possible implications of the new rule — which prohibits the player on the mark from moving in any direction — were heightened over the weekend when footage of a 50m penalty paid against Fremantle’s Brennan Cox gained traction.
The defender’s head was down as he took a couple of steps away from Oscar Allen as the West Coast forward went back to line up a shot at goal.
The umpire spotted Cox’s infringement and the ensuing penalty gifted Allen a goal from point-blank range.
Fans piled on as the footage circulated, but no more than two penalties were paid in any practice game and Andrews said his side had already switched their focus to exploiting the new parameters.
“When the umpire calls stand you’re not allowed to move; it’s pretty simple I would’ve thought,” he said.
“There’s ways to look into it and gain more 50m penalties, guys who are quick on their feet can [exploit it] and it impacts the way you defend.
“You feel a little bit helpless because usually you’re dancing, carrying on over the mark to put them off.
“But it’s opened up the game and that’s what the AFL and fans want, to see goals kicked.”
McLachlan played down the impact of the new law.
“All change is challenging for people, but universally our supporters, players, clubs want more open football.
“I think it was 2,000 opportunities for an infringement and seven or eight 50s [penalties].
“We’ll always listen but I think we need to be a bit patient on this one because it’s gone through a process, it’s there in its best intentions and we had teams scoring over 120 points for the first time in a long time.”
The AFL’s head of football, Steve Hocking, told the Herald Sun that he was “very, very happy” with the players reaction to the rule, but added that if “subtle adjustments” are required, those would occur over the coming weeks.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is the “right time” for the UK and Republic of Ireland to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
The UK government will reportedly pledge £2.8m to kick-start the process in Wednesday’s Budget.
The football associations of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland say they are “delighted” with the government’s commitment.
“We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030,” Johnson said.
In an interview with the Sun, he added: “I do think it’s the right place. It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country.
“We want to see a bonanza of football in the years ahead.”
A feasibility study will continue before the formal World Cup bidding process begins in 2022.
A joint-statement from the football associations of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland read: “The football associations and government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.
“The FAs will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before Fifa formally opens the process in 2022.
“Staging a Fifa World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.
“If a decision is made to bid for the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to Fifa and the wider global football community.”
Johnson also told the newspaper the UK was prepared to host additional Euro 2020 games, after the government last week unveiled plans to end all restrictions on social contact in England by 21 June.
The Euros were postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are now set to take place across 12 host cities this summer. It is understood that Uefa still intends the tournament to go ahead in this way.
Wembley will host seven games – including the final and semi-finals – of Euro 2020, while Glasgow and Dublin will also host games.
England is also hosting the postponed Women’s European Championship in 2022.
The last major men’s football tournament played in the UK was the 1996 European Championship, which England hosted 30 years after staging its only World Cup.
2010: South Africa
2026: US, Canada and Mexico
England failed with a bid – fronted by former captain David Beckham, Prince William and former prime minister David Cameron – to host the 2018 World Cup, which went to Russia.
World Cups from 2026 onwards will be contested by 48 team, beginning when the US, Canada and Mexico host the tournament.
A joint bid from Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay is expected for the 2030 competition, while Spain, Morocco and Portugal are also considering a joint bid.
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The Waratahs’ gravest fears have been realised: an injury crisis at the start of the year.
Having said goodbye to their six most experienced players last year — Wallabies captain Michael Hooper (sabbatical, Japan), Waratahs captain Rob Simmons (England), Kurtley Beale (France), Damien Fitzpatrick (retired), Ned Hanigan (Japan) and Tom Robertson (Force) — the Waratahs’ depth was always going to be stretched.
But they will now be without their new captain Jake Gordon, who will miss up to eight weeks after coming off midway through his side’s record 41-7 defeat to the Reds to open the new season last Friday night in Brisbane.
The Waratahs confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Gordon had syndesmosis to his left foot.
It’s a crushing blow for the Wallabies halfback, whose tryscoring ability and experience was imperative for the Waratahs to stay afloat in their second rebuilding year under Rob Penney.
He will be joined on the sidelines by rising centre Joey Walton, after scans confirmed a more serious ankle injury. But the full extent of the injury is not yet known, with the 20-year-old to see a specialist.
The fresh news comes off the back of Izaia Perese’s three-week ban for a dangerous tip-tackle on Wallaby Hunter Paisami.
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It’s not all bad news though, with one-Test Wallaby Lachie Swinton — who became the first Australian to be red carded on debut during their win over the All Blacks in Brisbane — free to return.
Penney’s men will now head down the Hume Highway to take on a Brumbies side that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The inaugural Super Rugby AU winners had a comfortable 27-11 win over the Force in Perth on Friday night.
Just who captains the Waratahs remains to be seen, with a decision expected by Wednesday.
But it’s likely that Alex Newsome, who has vice-captained the side previously, will be asked to step up and lead in Gordon’s absence. New recruit Dave Porecki — who co-captained London Irish during the 2019-20 season — is another candidate to step into the leadership position.
Newsome is expected to shift from the wing to outside centre to cover Perese’s suspension, while former NRL backrower Tepai Moeroa is likely to make his return to the side from injury to play at inside centre.
The injury crisis should see exciting wing prospect Mark Nawaqanitawase return to the starting lineup.
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Penney was putting on a brave face when he fronted the media on Monday.
The New Zealand coach said that he had “no regrets” over the club’s failure to keep their most experienced players, but lamented his side’s cohesion and 15-minute period early in the first half in Brisbane where they conceded three quick tries.
“There were certainly some elements of that inconsistency that were evident early on last year,” he said.
“That rose its head. It’s a different group. This group is still feeling its way a little bit and there was only really a bad window of seven or eight minutes where the Reds scored some good seven pointers. They were ugly.”
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FILE PHOTO: The Olympic rings are illuminated in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
February 26, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month, organisers said, during which time organising committee president Yoshiro Mori quit due to sexist remarks and a new president was chosen to replace him.
Volunteers are the backbone of any Games, performing everything from guiding people to venues, translating and driving visitors around. A significant drop in their numbers could be another hurdle for Tokyo 2020, already hit by an unprecedented year-long postponement and a lack of public support fuelled by concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 organisers said not all those volunteers who stepped down recently were quitting due to Mori’s comments. Surveys have shown volunteers repeatedly expressing concerns about the coronavirus.
The total number of volunteers recruited by Tokyo 2020 is 80,000 and organisers have said they don’t expect running the Games will be affected, since the number quitting is only about 1% of the total.
Another 30,000 volunteers have been recruited separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which was unable to immediately comment on how many have quit.
In addition, the postponement of the Games has affected some volunteers, who were in a position to help last year but aren’t this year, due to job changes or other lifestyle changes, such as having to care for small children.
The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to August 8.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)
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Leading Irish racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott has apologised for a photo circulating on social media of him sitting on a dead horse.
Elliott said in a statement that he took a phone call and sat down on the horse “without thinking” and the image was taken “some time ago”.
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has begun an investigation.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said it was “appalled” and “considering its own regulatory options”.
“People who work in our industry believe their values – of caring for and respecting our horses – have been deeply undermined by this behaviour” the BHA said. ” On their behalf, and on behalf of all horse-lovers, we say loudly that British horseracing finds this totally unacceptable.”
Elliott, 43, who is based in County Meath, is a highly successful trainer who has won the Grand National three times, including twice with Tiger Roll.
“I apologise profoundly for any offence that this photo has caused,” he said.
“I can categorically state that the welfare of each and every horse under my care is paramount and has been central to the success that we have enjoyed.
“The photo in question was taken some time ago and occurred after a horse had died of an apparent heart attack on the gallops.
“At what was a sad time, which it is when any horse under my care passes away, my initial reaction was to get the body removed from where it was positioned.
“I was standing over the horse waiting to help with the removal of the body, in the course of which, to my memory I received a call and, without thinking, I sat down to take it. Hearing a shout from one of my team, I gestured to wait until I was finished.
“Such background information may seem trivial at this time and will not allay the concerns of many people both within and outside the world of horse racing.”
What has been the reaction?
Eight-time champion jump jockey Peter Scudamore said the photo “was an act of crass stupidity”.
“It just hit the bottom of my stomach,” said the 62-year-old, as he recalled his reaction to seeing the image.
“I think everybody in racing I know hoped it was fake, and then there was a slow realisation that it’s not a fake. It’s desperate sadness on so many fronts.
“It is just such an appalling image and I’m very sad about it.”
Michael O’Leary has said Gigginstown, who own Tiger Roll and a number of other horses trained by Elliott, will “continue to support him and his team, as they work to recover from this deeply regrettable incident”.
He says the photo is “unacceptable” and “grievous” but calls it a “momentary lapse of judgement”, adding “we all make mistakes” and that Gigginstown accepts Elliott’s apology.
Cheveley Park Stud, who own several horses trained by Elliott including the unbeaten Envoi Allen, say they are “truly horrified” by the photo but will not comment further until the investigation by the IHRB is over.
The Jockey Club, which owns Cheltenham and Aintree racecourses, said: “Clearly this is totally unacceptable and not reflective of the respect and care that racehorses receive from participants in our sport.
“The anger and upset across racing says it all. We understand the authorities are reviewing this as a matter of urgency.”
Betfair said on Monday it had chosen to end its relationship with Elliott, who had been an ambassador for the betting company.
“While we recognise that Gordon deeply regrets and apologised unreservedly for his poor judgement, his actions are completely at odds with the values of the Betfair brand and that of our employees,” a Betfair spokesperson told the BBC. “With that in mind, we have decided to discontinue our association with Gordon with immediate effect.”
The charity World Horse Welfare said: “This photo looks abhorrent. We understand the trainer has apologised and there is an investigation ongoing.”
Great British Racing, the promotional body of British racing, said: “Respect for our horses is at the heart of everything that we stand for in British racing and the shocking image is counter to that and betrays the work of thousands of people loving and caring for our horses on a daily basis – we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”
An IHRB spokesman said on Sunday: “The investigation is ongoing and will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”
Horse Racing Ireland also condemned the picture and supported the IHRB investigation, adding: “From a disciplinary perspective, the matter is in process, so any further comment on the matter or the detail of the case at this time would not be appropriate.”
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I’m not a coach, but I would assume the North girls spent a lot of time having shots for goal at training this week after a shocking performance against Collingwood last week.
Two weeks ago, we were speculating that North wouldn’t lose a game this season.
The Kangaroos have now lost two in a row and failed to kick a goal – a total of 0-8 (8), the lowest score in North’s short but impressive AFLW history.
On the stats sheet, North did well, and they at least held Collingwood to a final score of 4-4 (28)
Speaking of coaches, had Daniel Harford not given his Blues girls an almighty spray at quarter-time last weekend, they probably would have lost to Richmond.
Carlton got into gear in the second quarter and did just enough to get the win over the Tigers by just one goal in a high-scoring contest.
It was great to see Darcy Vescio back in some really good form and the Blues lost Maddy Prespakis during the week who was handed a one-week suspension for a sling tackle on Tiger Sarah Hosking.
Prespakis being out of the Blues side puts a serious dent in their chances of causing an upset over North.
North are too good and there’s no way this team is losing three on the trot.
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