Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018, Belgium vs England: Who will get the third spot?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Belgium and England will meet for the second time in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 as they compete for third place in Saint Petersburg in the hope of finishing the tournament on a high.Both sides suffered heartbreak in the semi-finals, with Belgium losing 1-0 to France, and England falling to an extra-time winner by Croatia in a 2-1 defeat. By reaching the semi-finals – for the first time since 1986 – the Red Devils have somewhat exceeded expectations this World Cup, and coming into this game have a record in Russia of 5 wins, 1 loss, whilst scoring an impressive 14 goals and conceding just six.England have also had a surprisingly good run this World Cup – their best for 28 years. Their record of 4 wins, 2 defeats (including extra-time and a penalty shootout), with 12 goals scored and six conceded, has been a decent return from such a young and inexperienced squad.Coincidentally, the Three Lions’ only loss during 90 minutes was to Belgium (1-0) during the group stages.England coach Gareth Southgate has dealt with similar feelings before when his and England’s dream were crushed by his penalty miss in the semi-final of Euro 96. In their last seven matches (in all competitions), England have the better Head-to-head record against Belgium (W3, D3, L1), but two of their last three World Cup matches against each other have gone to extra-time (1990 and 1954).Key battle: As long as they are not rested, England’s Harry Kane (six) and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (four) will both be looking to finish the WC with the much-coveted Golden Boot.Stat attack: The last four World Cup third-place play-off matches have ended with 3.0+ goals scored, including 4.0+ goals in three of those four.England have kept just one clean sheet from their six WC matches in Russia.Four of Belgium’s six World Cup matches in Russia have seen over 2.5 goals scored (total).The last two meetings between the sides have both finished 1-0 (one win each).Three out of Belgium’s six Russia 2018 matches and four of England’s six have seen both sides score.This tournament has been a rollercoaster ride for many teams as well as the fans and we could be in store for another one on Saturday. last_img read more

Ghana and Egypt Clash tickets go for free on Nyhira Sports

first_imgAs part of being loyal to its numerous listeners, a member of the Multimedia family, Nhyira FM is giving out match tickets to its loyal sports  listeners on the “Nhyira  Power Sports” programme which runs from 10-12noon daily.This gesture comes as a result of  shortage of tickets in the Kumasi Municipality  ahead of the Play off between Ghana and Egypt on Tuesday .Meanwhile reports are that tickets for the much anticipated encounter are the hottest seling  commodity in the metropolis and this has made certain individuals  hoarding tickets to sell to the highest bidders on the match day.Delali Atiase, Head of Sports of Nhyira Fm believes  this philantropic gesture is not a nine day wonder.”Tickets for our listeners will be going on daily basis for them to know we cheerish their contibutions on daily basis on our programmes,” Host of the show said.There will be live commentary on the match from 3:30pm on  Tuesday on all Multimedia platforms.last_img read more

Whicker: When a Dodger Stadium HR was more like a UFO

first_imgInto the bottomless suggestion box of baseball improvements, some have dropped the idea of the universal foul ball.Anything that goes into any seat is a strike or a do-over. That goes for the bleachers, too. That’s right. No more home runs.That would not seem radical to those who attended Dodger Stadium games in the mid-1960s.Al Ferrara, the outfielder, still calls it “the airport,” the place where home runs would sputter into a glove on the warning track, like wayward missiles into the ocean. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Note that the 2019 Dodgers hit their 27th Dodger Stadium home run on April 17, a two-out, two-run shot by A.J. Pollock against Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray.In doing so, Pollock pulled the Dodgers past the home total of the 1965 Dodgers. They had 26 for the season.Jim Lefebvre and Lou Johnson led the club with 12 overall. Lefebvre hit three of them at the airport.Willie Davis had 10. Ron Fairly hit nine, only three at home. John Roseboro hit eight, two at home.The seventh-leading power producer for the ’65 Dodgers was Don Drysdale, the Hall of Fame right-hander who had seven, but only two at home. He also was the only .300 hitter in L.A.’s starting lineup for Game 1 of the World Series. It isn’t just the tyranny of the home run. It’s the homogenous nature of modern baseball, right down to all-white promotional uniforms with unreadable nicknames that were supposed to be the lure.It’s the copycat ballparks that all play the same. No more bandboxes like Atlanta-Fulton County, no more canyons like the Astrodome or Jack Murphy. Thirty teams, one style of play, a groupthink exercise that drains the identity.There’s no use talking about happy mediums when the current Dodger environment is happy enough. But when we used to refer to stadiums as either pitcher’s parks or phone booths, who knew they’d both disappear? Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Those Dodgers won five 1-0 games, seven 2-0 or 2-1 games.“Yeah, we were a real juggernaut,” said Jeff Torborg, the catcher. The Dodgers hit .239 at home with a .618 OPS.And yet they were world champions and their home attendance of 2.5 million led the National League. Back then, maybe we weren’t as hard to entertain, but the games went quickly, and pitchers filled up the lens.In Game 4 of a seven-game World Series win over Minnesota, Johnson and Wes Parker actually homered at Dodger Stadium, only the fourth multi-homer game there all season.Maury Wills hit six home runs in 1962, stole 104 bases, scored 130 runs and was named Most Valuable Player. He hit none in 1965 and stole 94.“Maury dominated games more than anybody,” Ferrara said. “We had Frank Howard before that, and he’d hit 30 home runs a year (a Dodgers high of 31) and then we traded him to Washington and he started hitting 40 (44 twice, 48 once).“We got used to the ballpark because we knew how to win there. But you’d hit those balls to the warning track and you’d be thinking how much you were looking forward to going to Chicago.”Indeed, the Dodgers went deep 52 times in 81 road games.“They had a lot more smog in L.A. back then,” Ferrara said. “It seemed like that affected how far the ball went. But the main thing was the pitching. You had 10 teams with only four starters apiece. They were all pretty good.”The park itself was different. The power alleys, such as they were, stretched 380 feet from the plate, then curved to 390 and finally 410 to center. Then the Dodgers moved the plate out 15 feet, meaning that nearly 29 percent of the surface was foul territory. Premium seating significantly reduced that.Today, the wall in center field is 395 feet away, although some maintain it still is 400. There’s no doubt the warmer nights are more conducive to flight.“That was before baseball lowered the mound,” said Joe Moeller, a right-hander from those days. “Dodger Stadium’s mound was still the highest. You could get nosebleed standing there.“You could see some power hitters get frustrated. But we had our own style of play. We’d get on base, run and play defense, and of course, we had some legendary pitchers. The fans kept coming because they knew Sandy Koufax might pitch a no-hitter any night.”“But Sandy and I were talking the other day and we were trying to remember how many guys ever hit opposite-field home runs when we pitched down and away,” Torborg said. “Willie McCovey did, and Jim Wynn, and nobody else. Nowadays you see it every night.”“Or guys get jammed and they hit it out,” Ferrara said.Related Articleslast_img read more

January Jones won’t let NBA bubble stop her from courting Clippers star Kawhi Leonard

first_imgI imagine the call would start with a greeting from Jones before Leonard immediately cut her off like this…Hollerin at January Jones— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) August 7, 2020Oh, and that other little problem: Leonard is taken. He shares two children with longtime partner Kishele Shipley, and while Leonard is never one to pass along details about his personal life, there is no indication the relationship will end anytime soon. So yeah, Jones probably should have done a little research before throwing that halfcourt heave. She did tag the Clippers in one of her posts, so maybe they can help her find an eligible bachelor once the season is over. January Jones shooting her shot.— Daniel Ralston (@danielralston) August 7, 2020MORE: Clippers’ Lou Williams addresses strip club visitYou have to respect the boldness, especially considering she has one million followers on the social media platform. Unfortunately for Jones, there are a few obstacles standing between her and Leonard.The two-time NBA Finals MVP is inside the NBA “bubble” with the rest of his teammates preparing for a deep playoff run. Leonard is completely focused on winning another title, so potential phone chats would result in time away from the court and film room. That doesn’t seem like something Leonard would be willing to do. As the great philosopher Michael Scott once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Well, January Jones is pulling up from well beyond the 3-point line.The “Mad Men” actress must have been impressed with Kawhi Leonard’s 29-point performance in the Clippers’ win over the Mavericks on Thursday night. Jones shared two video clips from Leonard’s postgame interview on Instagram with the captions “future boyfriend??” and “[call] me Kawhi.” (Don’t forget those heart eyes emojis.)last_img read more