Rampant France run riot against Swiss

first_imgBy Mark GleesonRAMPANT France sparkled in a 5-2 mauling of neighbours Switzerland in World Cup Group E last night to move closer to knockout phase four years after one of their darkest days.France, that beat Honduras 3-0 in their opening game, top the standings with six points and will advance if Ecuador and Honduras draw later.Goals within 66 seconds from Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi put France 2-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes at the Fonte Nova arena and on their way to a comfortable triumph on the anniversary of the Knysna bus strike at the last tournament in South Africa.The diminutive Mathieu Valbuena scored a third five minutes before halftime after Karim Benzema’s 32nd-minute penalty was saved by Diego Benaglio.But Benzema kept up a rich vein of recent scoring form as he grabbed France’s fourth in the 67th minute and Moussa Sissoko added the fifth.Substitute Blerim Dzemaili hammered home a low free nine minutes from time and a volley from Granit Xhaka in the 87th minute gave the Swiss a second late consolation goal.The emphatic win continued France’s World Cup rehabilitation as they seek to bury the ghosts of four years ago when a player revolt left their reputation stained.Giroud, restored to the starting line-up, rose firmly after 17 minutes to head home Valbuena’s corner for the first goal and from the kickoff, Valon Behrami’s errant pass was picked by Benzema who surged forward to set up Matuidi from the left.A needless trip on Benzema by Swiss centre back Johan Djourou just past the half-hour mark brought a penalty but Benzema’s spot-kick was saved by Benaglio and Yohan Cabaye crashed the follow-up against the crossbar.Giroud ran deep from his own half on a swift-counter attack to set up Valbuena for the third and France were comfortably in command at halftime.Paul Pogba’s exquisite pass with the outside of his boot allowed Benzema to turn and score the fourth through the goalkeeper’s legs before the striker turned provider for Sissoko.Benzema thought he had added a sixth in stoppage-time but the referee blew the final whistle moments before his volley hit the net.last_img read more

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The countdown begins to Parker vs Joshua

first_imgIn every possible way, the 26-year-old boxer from the south Auckland suburb of Mangere is ready to dance and defy the odds in a world heavyweight title unification bout with British superstar Anthony Joshua.As fit and fast as ever, mentally locked in and, perhaps most importantly, in a composed, confident and relaxed state of mind.In the words of Parker himself, no stone has been left unturned in pursuit of what bookmakers are suggesting would be a huge upset victory against a powerful and physically imposing opponent.There will be no excuses if the WBO world title holder is not able to overcome WBA and IBF champion and fellow undefeated fighter Joshua.And Parker is sure it certainly won’t be down to a lack of belief or being overcome by what is being treated as an event of some significance in the Welsh capital.A capacity crowd of almost 80,000 fight fans will pack into the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Those who have travelled from New Zealand will likely be hoping the presence of that many people will eleviate what has been a serious spring chill in the air.The locals here have already had a taste of the phenomenon that is Anthony Joshua after he won his last fight here in October against Carlos Takam, a man Parker himself defeated in 2016.If the more than 4000 who queued in rain and temperatures of five degrees to watch the public weigh-ins and chant the 2012 Olympic champion’s name on Friday are anything to go by, they can’t wait for another.Pubs in the area will be packed to the gunnels. Hotels and motels will be full to the brim. No less than 15 streets will be closed off to accommodate the hordes of people marching towards one of the world’s premier indoor sports venues.More than 300 accredited media will be there to transmit what transpires around the rest of the globe.Despite having no experience performing in an environment of such magnitude, Parker has insisted endlessly that the occasion will not overawe him.There is no guarantee, of course, it won’t.But every single indication during fight week suggests he, and every single member of his team who believe the same thing, will be right.Rather than retreat into his shell, Parker has thrived under an intense spotlight.At Tuesday’s heavily scrutinised pre-fight press conference at the Sky TV UK headquarters in London, an event beamed around the world and attended by around 150 media, he performed with aplomb.Looking slick, relaxed and primed for war, Parker had a message for Joshua and his enormous fan base.”I feel ready, I feel confident, I feel sharp. I’m taking those belts back to New Zealand. And Samoa”.The same subtle swagger followed at Wednesday night’s public workout session in Cardiff and at the weigh-in two days later.While most British boxing fans and media don’t believe he will be the one to stop the Joshua juggernaut, a decent portion have definitely come around to the idea it is possible.Some in the streets have started to suggest they wouldn’t necessarily be shocked if Parker walked away victorious. Several astute analysts are telling people, don’t write the Kiwi off.There is no doubt who the vast majority are picking to prevail.As he does everywhere he goes in Britain, here in Cardiff this week Joshua has attracted rock star levels of attention.A review of his resume makes it clear why. 20 professional fights, 20 wins, 20 knockouts. In a boxing sense, perfection.Add a story of redemption, from troubled teen to the holder of two world titles, and mix a dash of personable nature and charisma, and the pulling power becomes palpable.But none of that makes anyone unbeatable.Every fighter has flaws. In a match-up billed as a battle of Parker’s superior speed and movement and Joshua’s incredible power, the result is far from a foregone conclusion.It’s about execution, and execution on a huge stage.Within Team Parker they are adamant that rather than freeze, their man is ready to flourish.The stage is set for the pride of two countries from half a world away to produce the performance of his life.last_img read more

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Arsenal, Liverpool, Celtic and Rangers heroes among the greatest footballers you’ve never seen

first_img1 The passing of the late, great Dave Mackay rightly saw one of British football’s finest ever players lauded for his remarkable talent.A vital member of the legendary 1961 Tottenham double winning team and a star for Hearts, Derby and Scotland, many present day football fans would not have had the privilege of seeing Mackay in his playing heyday.But as with allegiances to clubs, the memory of footballing talent is often passed through the generations, so children and grandchildren are raised on tales of remarkable exploits by footballers from days gone by.With that in mind, we asked talkSPORT listeners to nominate the greatest players they never saw – something of an oxymoron, perhaps, but a statement that students of the game would understand in an instant.Take a look at some of the nominations, and leave your own answer by commenting below. The late, great Dave Mackay last_img read more

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Juventus v Tottenham: Four key battles in the Champions League clash

first_img Giorgio Chiellini v Harry Kane – Click the right arrow above to see the Juventus v Tottenham key battles… – The Italy centre-back has been glowing with his praise of the striker since they met on the international stage and he will want to keep Kane under wraps in Turin. Chiellini has been one of the world’s best defenders in recent years but may find it hard to contain his opponents if he roams too far away from him. 4 4 Stefano Sturaro v Christian Eriksen – Sturaro should line up in the left of a midfield three for Juve, with Blaise Matuidi out, so he will be tasked with helping Alex Sandro nullify the Dane in the Champions League clash. Eriksen will be looking to push the 24-year-old back, especially given his lack of game time this campaign, but with his opponent’s work rate he may find it hard to create space and lay on opportunities for his team-mates. Douglas Costa v Serge Aurier – He may only have been back for one match – a substitute role against Fiorentina – but Costa could cause Spurs some real problems with his pace and trickery. Kieran Trippier has been excellent in recent matches but Mauricio Pochettino may in the end choose to pick Aurier for the game to cope with Costa’s incredible speed. You can listen to live and exclusive national radio commentary of Juventus v Tottenham only on talkSPORTAs Spurs head to Turin for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Juve, there are plenty of intriguing match-ups to watch out for.Already many are excited by the prospect of Harry Kane and Giorgio Chiellini going head-to-head on the pitch, especially with the Italian praising his opponent pre-match.But what are the other key battles in Juventus v Tottenham? Click the right arrow above to find out… Gonzalo Higuain v Davinson Sanchez – Strike star Higuain isn’t the most athletic footballer you’ve ever seen but mentally his finishing is lethal and his movement hard to follow. Sanchez may have the better of him physically but it will take all his guile to mark him throughout the game in Turin. 4 4last_img read more

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Celtic stutter with goalless draw against Rosenborg

first_imgCeltic’s bid to reach the Champions League group stages stuttered with a goalless draw against Rosenborg at home.In the first leg of their third round qualifier at Celtic Park. Celtic played without a recognised centre forward due to injury and suspension.The Norwegian side created the better chances with Celtic keeper Craig Gordon making several saves.The second leg takes place next Wednesday in Trondheim in Norway.last_img

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“Wonder Woman” is the Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer

first_imgThey asked more than 10,000 people what summer movie they’re most looking forward to, and “Wonder Woman” came out on top.  Here’s the Top 10, along with the movies’ release dates: 1.  “Wonder Woman”,  June 22.  “Spider-Man: Homecoming”,  July 7th3.  “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”,  This Friday4.  “The Dark Tower”,  August 4th5.  “Dunkirk”,  July 21st6.  “Despicable Me 3”,  June 30th7.  “War for the Planet of the Apes”,  July 14th8.  “Transformers: The Last Knight”,  June 21st9.  “The Mummy”,  June 9th10.  “Baywatch”,  This Thursday “Batman v. Superman” and “Suicide Squad” may have gotten crap reviews, but that isn’t driving people away from the DC Comics movies.  According to Fandango.com, “Wonder Woman” is the most anticipated movie of the summer.last_img read more

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C-Store Employee Stole Lottery Tickets; Busted Trying to Cash Winners

first_imgAn employee of an Arkansas convenience store was arrested Sunday on multiple counts of lottery fraud after attempting to cash lottery tickets stolen from her store last month, according to court documents.Shakenyah Louise James, 22, of Hot Springs was taken into custody in the 200 block of Blacksnake Road by Mountain Pine police on felony warrants for nine counts of lottery fraud, each punishable by up to six years in prison, and a misdemeanor count of theft of property less than $1,000, punishable by up to one year in jail… Arkansas Democrat Gazette Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

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Smartphone Users Want Mobile Coupons, Barcode Scanners & Location-Aware Ads

first_imgLocation-Aware CouponsWhile it doesn’t come as a surprise that a lot of consumers would like to receive coupons, one surprising result from Competes report is that 21% of respondents would like to get SMS alerts with promotions when they walk by a store. Another 15% also would like to receive ads via SMS. Chances are that a lot of marketers would like to offer these kinds of location-aware ads and coupons that catch a consumer while they are already out shopping and close to a retailer. At the same time, though, most modern smartphones don’t allow developers to create these kind of applications. The iPhone, for example, doesn’t (yet) allow developers to run application in the background, which would be necessary if a developer wanted to create a service that could send out ads via SMS based on your location. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Tags:#Location#mobile#news#web Once upon a time, smartphones were mostly about connecting busy professionals with their email accounts while on the go. Now that smartphones have reached the mainstream consumer market, however, people are looking for more than just email access – and a surprisingly large number of smartphones hardly ever leave their owners’ homes.According to a new study from Web analytics firm Compete, 74% of smartphone owners now primarily use their devices for personal reasons, and they often spent the most amount of time with the device at home.As we noted last October, when they leave their homes, a lot of consumers with iPhones and phones that use Google’s Android operating system are now also using their devices to compare prices and look up reviews while they are out shopping. Compete looked a bit further into this market and found that more than 35% of consumers with smartphones would be interested in receiving coupons on their devices. Another 29% would like to be able to scan barcodes with their phones and get more information about the product as well as access to coupons and other promotions. last_img read more

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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma star in India’s emphatic victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo

first_imgDisciplined bowling from Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav helped India defeat Sri Lanka by 168 runs at R Premadasa Stadium on Friday to go 4-0 up in their five-match One-Day International series.Bumrah, Pandya and Yadav picked up two wickets each as the hosts lost men at regular intervals to be bundled out for 207 runs in 42.4 overs in reply to the visitors’ 375 runs.Chasing the mammoth target of 376 runs, the hosts were off to a horrible start and were reduced to 68/4 in 16 overs. (Also Read: MS Dhoni is a DRS genius: Memorable moments from the legend’s 300th ODI)Angelo Mathews (70) played a vital knock along with Milinda Siriwardana (39) to put up a 73-run stand before the latter was removed by Pandya.Sri Lankan top order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella (14), Dilshan Munaweera (11), Kusal Mendis (1) and Lahiru Thirimanne (18) were sent packing by Indian bowlers within 16 overs of the inning. (Also Read: Virat Kohli satisfied with clinical India after another demolishing job)Later Mathews and Siriwardana tried to bring the hosts back on track, but failed to keep going. Mathews’ 80-ball innings was laced with 10 boundaries, while Siriwardana hit three fours and one six.In the end, Akila Dananjaya (11), Malinda Pushpakumara (3), Vishwa Fernando (5), Lasith Malinga (0) all fell in quick succession as India maintained their winning streak.Earlier, India rode on centuries by skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma to post 375/5 in their 50 overs.Electing to bat first, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over before Kohli and Rohit came together to post a 219-run second-wicket partnership.advertisementlast_img read more

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