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FIFA World Cup 2018: Previewing the Quarterfinal match-ups and beyond (Part 2)

first_imgAdvertisement lwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E438e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ze1eWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚bufxRoller skating! Powered by Firework (from L to R) Luka Modric(Croatia), Kylian Mbappe(France), Harry Kane(England) and Neymar Jr.(Brazil).This world cup has been a pretty interesting one so far considering that the big teams like Argentina, Portugal and defending champions Germany have all exited the tournament.Advertisement Though some of the G.O.A.Ts like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thomas Mueller and Lionel Messi have exited the tournament we still have some players to look forward to.Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a who’s who of players to watch out for in the 2nd day of the quarter-finals. You can read the 1st part here. So, without further ado here’s the preview.Advertisement The first match of the day: Sweden vs England (Samara Arena) Advertisement This is the 24th meeting between the two sides, who have an even head-to-head record with seven wins apiece and nine draws. The last time they met in 2012, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted four goals for Sweden.Sweden have proved it possible that they can advance without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the World Cup as they have qualified for the first time since 1994. Wile their performance hasn’t been that much sensational or awe-inspiring they have proved their mettle and have shown that they can hold their ground. Their captain Andreas Granqvist so far has been their best weapon.England return to the quarter-finals of a World Cup after losing to a penalty-shootout to Portugal in 2006. They broke their curse of penalties when their goalkeeper Jordan Pickford lead them to the quarter-finals by saving Colombia’s penalty shots. Their captain, Harry Kane has been in tremendous form and is in contention for the Golden Boot award with six goals to his name. Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have also proved their mettle on the field considering that it is their first World Cup. This squad of youngsters and newcomers is also considered as a ‘dark horse’ like the other favourite, Belgium.Predictions: I have to go with England on this as they have the better squad on paper and is most likely to stop the Swedes on their track considering they don’t give any openings to Sweden.  Second match: Russia vs Croatia (Fisht Stadium) Who’s the better no. 10?Russia return to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970, when the Soviet Union lost 1-0 to Uruguay whereas Croatia have not reached the last eight for 20 years.This is the fourth meeting between the pair, who fought out two 0-0 draws in qualifying for the UEFA European Championship 2008, before Croatia earned a 3-1 friendly win in Rostov-on-Don in November 2015.The Croats are on a four-match unbeaten run in the World Cup, their longest in the competition, consisting of three wins and a draw.For the hosts Russia, Fyodor Smolov and Denis Cheryshev can be their trump cards as they can likely pose a threat to the Croatian defence. Their exceptional performance in the World Cup has been admired by many. However, Croatia’s Danijel Subasic is a force to be reckoned with as his saves in the penalty-shootout against Denmark was crucial in helping them advance to the quarter-finals. Likewise, Russia’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev won hearts when he double-saved the penalties of Spain’s Andres Iniesta and Iago Aspas in their round-of-16 match.Croatia have displayed a dominant performance in this World Cup. They remained unbeaten in their group stage matches and their 3-0 thrashing of Argentina awed spectators all over the world. With a mid-field that comprises of Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic along with Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic on the front they pose a threat to any opponent defences. However, what they lack in the defence department they can make it up with Danijel Subasic in the net.Predictions: I would say that Croatia slightly edges over Russia given their dominant performance in the tournament and also they have a better-balanced side. However, Russia can also pull a miracle given that they are the host nation and will obviously have the home team advantage. Read also: Football : Leicester’s Jamie Vardy remains a major doubt for the rest of the tournament.Football: Real Madrid sign young full-back, Alvaro Odriozola   Advertisementlast_img read more

Subterfuge in SEFNL

first_imgBy David Nagel THE subterfuge surrounding this week’s South East Football Netball League grand final has gone to a whole…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mum’s game of names

first_imgBy LIA SPENCER “Jill. No … Aryn, er … Kelly, Michaela … what’s your name again? I mean Lia ……[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

CELTIC CHALLENGE RD 3 – 3 wins for Galway Teams

first_imgGalway Maroon 0-24 Offaly 1-13Galway Maroon recorded their second win of the Campaign when they overcame Offaly in Birr on Wednesday evening. Galway laid a marker early on and when Ross Albertini pointed on the 21st minute, they had built a 0-9 to 0-2 lead. By the interval Galway Maroon led by 0-12 to 0-5 as the spirited Offaly side stayed in contention.With a decent spread of scorers, Galway led by 0-18 to 0-10 at the three quarters stage before a Brian Duignan goal from a 20 metre free gave Offaly some hope at 1-12 to 0-21 with 7 minutes to go, but the Galway lads closed out the deal to seal a 0-24 to 1-13 win.Galway Maroon Squad: 1. Darrach Fahy (Ardrahan), 2. Sean Duffy (Killimor), 3. Ronan Flannery (Pearses), 4. Dean Callanan (Craughwell), 5. Adam Clarke (Craughwell), 6. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore) (0-12), 7. Noel Keogh (Athenry), 8. Enda Egan (Michael Cusacks) (0-4), 9. Paul Creaven (Killimordaly) (0-3), 10. Ross Albertini (Ardrahan) (0-2), 11. John Fleming (Meelick Eyrecourt) (0-2) 12. Nathan Earner (Meelick Eyrecourt) (0-1), 13. Liam Quirke (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 14. David Jordan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 15.  Niall Coen (Ballindereen), 17. Evan Ryan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 20. Alan Callanan (Craughwell) 21. Matthew Lyons (Turloughmore), 22. Oisin Flaherty (Castlegar), 23. Adrian Gavin (Ballygar).Management: Manager: Niall Canavan (Annaghdown), Selectors: Joe Hession (Turloughmore), Kevin Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim)Offaly Scorers: Brian Duignan 1-9, Rory Carty 0-4 Darren O Brien opened the scoring for North Clare before three in a row from  TJ Brennan, Conor Molloy and Isaa Dehora set Galway up for a lead they never subsequently surrendered. North Clare’s top forward Tom Barry rallied the Clare cause with a free and indeed North Galway were finding it difficult to get their best foot forward due to the honest effort provided by the home side.Eventually distance was put between the sides as Cillian Lawless and Conor Molloy hit minors before  Isaac Dehora struck for the first Galway goal. North Clare hit eight first half wides that they could ill afford to waste in terms of possession and chances. The final five minutes saw Tom Barry and Darren O Brien on target for the home side as Dylan Shaughnessy hit back to leave the visitors (1-8) to (0-5) interval leaders.At this juncture success for Clare looked improbable but based on their defensive effort in the first half a positive effort in the second half looked likely as Aaron Moloney, Ronan Donnelly, Shane Dowling and John Finucane as well as Martin Barry were holding their own.This defensive shield was shattered with little mercy five minutes into the new half as Galway hit (1-4) to no score for Clare. Conor Molloy (3), Mark Kennedy (1) with Dehora hitting the  second Galway McDonagh goal to surge (2-12) to (0-5) clear. Molloy cemented his place as top scorer with a further (2-3) as Galway McDonagh move onto to play North Tipperary next.GALWAY NORTH: Darragh Connelly (Liam Mellowes), Jack Hughes (Skehana), Mark Gill (Castlegar), Sean Burke (Kilconieron),  Sean Joyce (Salthill),  Conor Lee (Clarinbridge), TJ Brennan  (Clarinbridge)(0-2), Diarmuid O Brien (Ballygar), Dylan O Shaughnessy (Loughrea)(0-1), Cillian Lawless (Athenry)(0-1), Mark Kennedy (Clarinbridge)(0-1), Michael Glynn (Skehana), Damien McGlynn (St Thomas), Conor Molloy (Leitrim/Kilnadeema) (2-9), Iaasc Dehora (Clarinbridge)(2-1). Subs: Neil Connelly (Portumna)(0-1), Cathal Dolan (Kiltormer), Eoin Kerin  (Rahoon/Newcastle). Galway McDonagh 4-16 North Clare 0-7 Galway Tribesmen 7-24 Kildare 0-3Galway Tribesmen enjoyed a comfortable win over a spirited Kildare Cadets side on a splendid pitch in the Athlone GAA grounds. Dylan Carroll of Castlegar lead the scoring with 3-2 and his club colleague James Smith scoring 1-5 from play. The other goals were scored by Ronan Mitchell (2) and Jordan Ruffley. The final score did not do justice to a hard-working Kildare Cadets who never wilted despite the Tribesmen’s dominance.  Next for Galway Tribesmen is a game versus Donegal.Galway Tribesmen Squad: 1. Mark Connolly (Ahascragh Fohenagh) 2. Diarmuid McCartin (Craughwell) 3. Jack McCullagh (Athenry) 4. John Quinn (Salthill Knocknacarra) 5. Peter Martin (Kilconieron) 6. Jack Keville (Liam Mellows) 7. Jason Niland (St. Thomas) 8. Tom O’Connor (Moycullen) 9. Dara Coleman (Abbeyknockmoy) 10. Luke Lynskey (Killimordaly) 11. Jordan Ruffley (Rahoon Newcastle) 12. Cillian Davoren (Moycullen) 13. Sean O’Brien (Portumna)-Captain 14. Fionn McDonagh (Moycullen) 15. James Smith (Castlegar) 16. Jake Hogan (Sylane) 17. Ronan Mitchell (Mullagh) 18. Conor Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt) 19. Jack Tully (Ballindereen) 20. Stephen Doran (Padraig Pearses) 21. Hugh Moylan (Ballindereen) 22. Dylan Carroll (Castlegar) 23. Aaron Madden (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 24. Adrian Prendergast (Craughwell)Management: Manager: Gordon Crowley (Liam Mellows) Frank Enright(Moycullen), Denny Forde (Turloughmore).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Three in a row and heading for Division one is the mid term progress report for Galway north. This is the reality for the squad led by veteran GMIT officer and former Galway selector Damian Curley after a sterling second half display against Clare in scenic Tubber that is bordering the Burren on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Singapore Airlines’ new attitude at altitude

first_imgSingapore Airlines new A380 First Class Through the latter end of the last century, Singapore Airlines was a byword in innovation with more than a touch of class.If it happened in the airline cabin it typically happened first on Singapore Airlines. The list of first was almost endless as it strove to propel the airline industry out of its complacency of the 1950s and 60s.However, for a while earlier this decade the airline lost its way – resting on its hard-won reputation.WATCH: Boeing’s video of cabin concepts of the futureBut over the past year or so all that has changed and the Singapore Airlines touch of class is back.New product in all classes, new aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, and a new attitude are now the face of Singapore Airlines.The flagship of the makeover is the new A380s delivered from Airbus with stunning new first suites, business class, and premium economy.Singapore Airlines expects to roll out new cabin products to its entire 20-strong – Airbus A380 fleet by 2020 as part of a $1.2 billion upgrade across its planes, aimed at reinforcing its industry leadership.The new cabins come 10 years after SIA operated the first A380 scheduled service and are in a four-class configuration with six suites and 78 business class seats on the upper deck as well as 343 economy seats and 44 premium economy seats on the lower deck.Singapore Airlines new A380 First Class The upgrade is the culmination of four years’ work involving extensive customer research, customer focus groups and a partnership with designers and manufacturers.Singapore Airlines (SIA) chief executive Goh Phoon Phong told Airlineratings.com editor Steve Creedy last year that the airline was committed to new products and a long-term approach to retaining its industry leadership position. He said this the big investment demonstrated the airline’s confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel.“We are confident that the result will genuinely wow our customers,’’ he said.And he is right – the impact is wow!Designed from the ground up, the new business seat is a step change from the new-generation seats in the airline’s Airbus A350s and Boeing 777-300ERs.At 63.5cm wide and with a seat pitch of 127cm, it is spacious and a center divider can be completely lowered to form a sort of “double bed.”However, while it is 12.7cm narrower than the airline’s previous business seat, that seat came in for criticism for being too wide with passengers “lost” in all the space.I believe the new business seat is just right and is 5cm wider than competing airlines.The business seat converts into a 198cm bed.In a bonus, the carbon fiber shell structure creates a thinner base giving passengers room to store a standard-size cabin bag underneath, rather than in the overhead bins.Singapore Airlines new A380 business class The cabin layout is a 1-2-1, which of course means everyone gets direct aisle access.The color palate is elegant with soft purple and copper hues.Space abounds giving you, for instance, flexibility to keep working on your laptop when the meal is served.The new A380 has “MyKrisWorld,” which provides recommendations based on customer experience and allows KrisFlyer members to create playlists as well as bookmark content and resume it on a subsequent flight.While very spacious, the business class seat wraps around you and gives you complete privacy to the point where you simply cannot see anyone else.There are also plenty of charger positions for “you can’t live without it electronic gear.”The airline will have all its A380s refitted to the new standard by later next year but have the first planes dedicated to the Sydney-Singapore-London route.Part of the new makeover is the airline’s new Boeing 787-10s which feature a new lie-flat regional business class.READ: Amanda Keenan’s Singapore Airlines 787 regional business class reviewThe first services are to Osaka and Perth, Australia.In the longer term, the Singapore Airlines long-haul routes will be operated by A380s, 777-300ERs and the new A350s with the recently delivered 787-10s looking shorter range flights.After 2020, the airline will take delivery of the 777X which will replace its 777-300ERs.Geoffrey Thomas was a guest of Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

Pyeongchang organizers looking into ‘possible attack’ on internet, Wi-Fi

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The games are being held about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border between North and South Korea, countries that technically have been at war since an armistice in 1953.An International Olympic Committee spokesman said drones that were scheduled to be used in the opening ceremony were not deployed. Spokesman Mark Adams called it an “impromptu logistical change” and did not say whether it was related to the Wi-Fi and internet outage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Global opens AFC Cup bid vs Thanh Hoa People arrive at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the opening ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony.Organizing committee spokeswoman Nancy Park said the defense ministry and a cybersecurity team were investigating the outage that occurred Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It didn’t affect the opening ceremony,” Park said. “It went as planned. We just had some issue with our internal system.”Park said Saturday that the systems had been “normalized” without giving details. She earlier declined to speculate on the cause and said she did not want to call it a cyberattack.In a statement, organizers issued an apology “to all those affected. These have not disrupted any events.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSouth Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that servers were shut down to prevent damage to technical systems, causing problems with the Pyeongchang Olympic website.The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea’s ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Also on hand was U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer admits admiration for Bournemouth striker King

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer admits admiration for Bournemouth striker Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of his admiration for Josh King.The Bournemouth striker has been linked with a return to United since Solskjaer’s appointment.On facing King today, he said: “You’ve got to be concentrated. Josh is strong and quick, with loads of energy about him, so you’ve just got to be aware of him. Josh has really developed since I had him in the Reserves here. “It’s great to see him having such a great career. He’s doing well for Norway, so back home he’s one of the few that we can really enjoy watching in the Premier League! But I hope the Norwegians won’t enjoy watching him in this game, because hopefully we can stop him.” last_img read more

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO SHOWS OFF THE YAYOI KUSAMA INFINITY ROOM ITS

center_img The AGO has been crowdfunding to purchase an infinity mirrored room from artist Yayoi Kusama. On Thursday, it’s giving potential donors their first glimpse of the art installation, LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, which is set to arrive in Toronto in spring 2019. (Art by Yayoi Kusama/Photo by Maris Hutchinson of EPW Studio/Submitted by AGO) Login/Register With: LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER.That’s the name of the infinity mirrored room the Art Gallery of Ontario plans to purchase from world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama with the help of an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. And yes, it’s always spelled in all-caps, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) said.More than 3,000 people have chipped in a contribution to permanently acquire the brand new Kusama installation, even though they hadn’t seen it until now. Twitterlast_img read more

Islamic State claims Lanka bombings

first_imgColombo: The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka which killed at least 321 people and injured more than 500 in the worst outbreak of violence in the island nation in a decade. An Arabic language statement on the group’s official al-Amaq news agency made the claim on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, saying the suicide bombers were “fighters of the Islamic State”. “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the crusader alliance (anti-IS US-led coalition) and Christians in Sri Lanka were Islamic State fighters,” the brief message said, according to a translation by BBC journalist Faisal Irshaid. The group did not provide any evidence to back the claim. The statement came after an unconfirmed video posted to social media earlier by an affiliated group strongly suggested that the Islamic State was behind the Easter horror. That video showed photos of three of the alleged suicide bombers. The men, who are described as “assailants” rather than the more common “martyrs”, were named as Abul Barra, Abul Mukhtar and Abu Ubaida and featured in front of a black IS flag giving the one-finger salute, the news.com of Australia said. Sri Lankan authorities have thus far named a Sri Lankan Muslim group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NJT), for the bombings but said that it could not have been done without international support. The Islamic State’s claim gives an international dimension to the Sunday carnage that killed mostly Sri Lankans but also some 35 foreigners, including from the US and other Western countries as well as India that lost ten citizens. Earlier on Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the Sunday attacks were a “retaliation” for last month’s Christchurch mosque shooting. Authorities have arrested some two dozen suspects following the bombings and suggested that a total of seven suicide bombers were involved.last_img read more

Kevin Durant Makes Spectacular Crossover Against Vince Carter

During the first quarter of Oklahoma City Thunder‘s game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night, Vince Carter was at the wrong end of a nasty crossover by Kevin Durant.It happened at the top of the key in an isolation play where Thunders’ Durant completely sent Mavericks’ Carter in another direction with a quick crossover. It happened so quickly that neither Carter nor the Mavericks defense could recover in time to stop Durant’s sensational finish.It’s well documented that Durant has some ridiculous “handles,” which is amazing considering he is 6 foot 9 inches.Durant finished with 23 points and 10 assists in the Thunder’s 107-93 win over Dallas.Check out the video above to see the play that nearly shook 36-year-old Carter’s ankles straight into retirement. read more