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SPORTS – Viral News http://viral71.com Online News Portal Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:50:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 Football: Goals prove Ronaldo’s back says coach http://viral71.com/archives/73 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:27:26 +0000 http://viral71.com/?p=73 Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-goal display against Hungary proves he has shaken off a poor start to return to his best at Euro 2016. Ronaldo scored a pair of brilliant goals in Lyon on Wednesday to go down in European Championship history as the first player to score at four finals. Portugal …

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Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-goal display against Hungary proves he has shaken off a poor start to return to his best at Euro 2016.

Ronaldo scored a pair of brilliant goals in Lyon on Wednesday to go down in European Championship history as the first player to score at four finals.

Portugal came from behind three times for a 3-3 draw which allowed them to scrape into the last 16 to face Croatia in Lens on Saturday, although they will only have two days’ rest.

Ronaldo, Portugal’s most-capped player ever with 128 appearances, rescued his country and wracked up another record by making a 17th appearance at a Euro finals, overtaking France’s Liliam Thuram and Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

“This is what Cristiano is all about, because he’s a winner and a scorer, he feeds on goals,” said Santos.

“This will have increased his confidence levels. He’s a confident player anyway, but this will have boosted him for the next game against Croatia.”

The 31-year-old opened his account in style with a deft backheel on 50 minutes, then netted with a powerful header 12 minutes later as he twice equalised at the Stade de Lyon.

Ronaldo had struggled as Portugal drew their other Group F games against minnows Iceland and Austria, when he hit the post with a second-half penalty on Saturday.

– Unwanted opponents –

Santos says Portugal must now raise their game against a team he had not wanted to play.

“Croatia are one of the sharks, we had been trying to avoid them,” admitted the Portugal boss.

“They placed first in a group with Spain, which tells you all you need to know about them.

“The most important thing is that we are through to the knock-out stage.

“We had wanted to finish in first place, to move on, but not like this.” The 61-year-old was relieved his side had rediscovered their goalscoring touch after converting just one of their 50 shots on goal against Iceland and Austria.

After 37-year-old Zoltan Gera’s superb opening strike gave Hungary the lead, Nani levelled for Portugal just before the break following Ronaldo’s superb pass.

Hungary captain Balazs Dzsudzsak then twice restored the lead for the ‘Mighty Magyars’ only for Ronaldo to level for Portugal each time in a frantic second half.

But Portugal’s defence, marshalled by Pepe, looked less than solid in what was an obvious cause for concern for the manager.

“I think over the three matches we played more than enough to finish in first place,” said Santos.

“We hadn’t been able to score and we weren’t convincing up front. Then we managed to score and we had chances to get more goals.

“We weren’t as tight in defence as we were before, we conceded a goal off a rebound, but that can happen.

“I have to praise my players, they responded three times when we were out.

“We tried to score the fourth goal, but maybe we were too cautious late on.

“If we had to choose between qualifying or taking unnecessary risks and going home, then we achieved what we set out to do.”

If Portugal beat Croatia on Saturday they would face either Switzerland or Poland in a quarter-final in Marseille on June 30.

“We only have finals now, they will be hard fought and I think we will come out on top at the end,” said Santos, who has said he expects to reach the final in Paris on July 10.

“We attack a lot more, but we’re weak defensively, so we need to find the 1,000,000 euro answer (to achieve a balance).

“The group is in an amazing mood, there is huge will to win.

“The players have huge expectations, because we want to reach the final and win it.”

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Chile beats Colombia 2-0 to return to Copa America final http://viral71.com/archives/70 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:21:23 +0000 http://viral71.com/?p=70 Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored in the first half and defending champion Chile returned to the Copa America championship with a soggy 2-0 victory over Colombia on Wednesday night. Led by Claudio Bravo`s stellar effort in goal, Chile earned its fourth straight win since a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Argentina in their Group …

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Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored in the first half and defending champion Chile returned to the Copa America championship with a soggy 2-0 victory over Colombia on Wednesday night.

Led by Claudio Bravo`s stellar effort in goal, Chile earned its fourth straight win since a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Argentina in their Group D opener. Next up is a rematch with La Albiceleste in the final Sunday night in New Jersey.

Chile also faced Lionel Messi and Argentina in last year`s championship, with La Roja winning 4-1 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 extra-time draw. Argentina was the last country to repeat as Copa champions in consecutive years, accomplishing the feat in 1946 and 1947.

James Rodriguez and Colombia got off to a slow start and their push for a comeback was hampered by a strong line of thunderstorms that delayed the start of the second half by more than two hours, drenching the playing surface and making it difficult to stay on your feet at Soldier Field, home of the NFL`s Chicago Bears.

Colombia, which will face the United States in the third-place game on Saturday night in Arizona, also had to play with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez received his second yellow card in the 57th minute.

Rodriguez got open for a low, hard shot in the second half that Bravo knocked down before pouncing on the ball before Colombia could get to it. Rodriguez pounded the wet turf in frustration after the play.

Chile played without Arturo Vidal after the skilled midfielder was suspended for a second yellow card, and defensive midfielder Marcelo Diaz was sidelined by injury. The defending champions lost another midfielder in the first half when Pedro Pablo Hernandez was unable to continue following a collision near midfield.

The familiar foes arrived at the final four of South America`s championship coming off wildly different performances in the quarterfinals. While Colombia needed penalty kicks to eliminate Peru after a 0-0 tie Friday night, Chile roared into the semifinals with a 7-0 victory over Mexico that included five second-half goals.

Each country picked up right where it left off.

Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman talked Tuesday about his team`s inability to finish, and the same problem showed up again in the country`s first appearance in the Copa semifinals since 2004. Roger Martinez`s drive was stopped by a diving Bravo midway through the first half, and Bravo denied Sanchez with another lunging stop right before halftime. Rodriguez also shot wide on another prime opportunity.

Meanwhile, Chile quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a Colombia mistake and making the most of another sharp play from Alexis Sanchez in his 100th appearance for the country.

Moments after the pro-Colombia crowd of 55,423 whistled and jeered while Chile passed the ball around its own end, a cross by Fuenzalida was inadvertently headed back into the middle by Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado. Aranguiz ran to the middle and volleyed it right by goaltender David Ospina for his first goal of the tournament in the seventh minute.

Then Alexis Sanchez cut inside to get open for a shot that bounced off the inside of Ospina`s right post and rolled toward the middle. With Ospina still on the other side after trying for a diving stop, Fuenzalida was all alone for the easy tap-in 10:44 into the game.

Source: Agencies

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Cricket: West Indies v South Africa scoreboard http://viral71.com/archives/67 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:18:55 +0000 http://viral71.com/?p=67 Scoreboard of the ninth and final preliminary match of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series between the West Indies and South Africa at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday. West Indies Innings J. Charles c Morris b Rabada 4 A. Fletcher c wkpr de Kock b Parnell 8 D. Bravo c du Plessis b Morris 102 …

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Scoreboard of the ninth and final preliminary match of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series between the West Indies and South Africa at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday.

West Indies Innings

J. Charles c Morris b Rabada 4
A. Fletcher c wkpr de Kock b Parnell 8
D. Bravo c du Plessis b Morris 102
M. Samuels b Rabada 0
D. Ramdin b Rabada 4
K. Pollard c du Plessis b Morkel 62
J. Holder c wkpr de Kock b Morris 40
C. Brathwaite not out 33
S. Narine run out 1
S. Benn c Duminy b Morris 5
S. Gabriel run out 2

Extras (lb-5, nb-2, w-17) 24

Total (49.5 overs, all out) 285

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Fletcher), 2-12 (Charles), 3-12 (Samuels), 4-21 (Ramdin), 5-177 (Pollard), 6-210 (Bravo), 7-264 (Holder), 8-266 (Narine), 9-275 (Benn), 10-285 (Gabriel).

Bowling: K. Rabada 10-1-31-3 (3w), W. Parnell 9.5-0-63-1 (2w), M. Morkel 9-0-68-1 (1nb, 6w), C. Morris 10-0-63-3 (3w), I. Tahir 10-0-40-0 (2w), J.P. Duminy 1-0-15-0 (1nb, 1w).

South Africa Innings

H. Amla lbw Narine 16
Q. de Kock c wkpr Ramdin b Gabriel 6
F. du Plessis lbw Gabriel 3
A.B. de Villiers c wkpr Ramdin b Gabriel 2
F. Behardien c Charles b Brathwaite 35
J. P. Duminy c Benn b Holder 5
C. Morris c Pollard b Narine 7
W. Parnell c sub (J. Carter) b Narine 28
K. Rabada run out 9
M. Morkel not out 32
I. Tahir c wkpr Ramdin b Brathwaite 29

Extras (b-8, w-5) 13
Total (46 overs, all out) 185

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (de Kock), 2-24 (du Plessis), 3-28 (de Villiers), 4-35 (Amla), 5-51 (Duminy), 6-65 (Morris), 7-96 (Behardien), 8-118 (Parnell), 9-134 (Rabada), 10-185 (Tahir).

Bowling: J. Holder 10-1-33-1 (2w), S. Gabriel 5-1-17-3 (1w), S. Narine 10-0-28-3(1w), C. Brathwaite 10-2-39-2, S. Benn 10-0-51-0 (1w), A. Fletcher 1-0-9-0.

Toss: South Africa
Result: West Indies won by 100 runs

Next match: June 26 – Final – West Indies vs Australia (Kensington Oval, Barbados)

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SLK), Gregory Brathwaite (BAR)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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Shastri disappointed at head coach snub http://viral71.com/archives/64 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:17:41 +0000 http://viral71.com/?p=64 Ravi Shastri has been left a disappointed man after the Board of Control for Cricket in India named Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian cricket team for a year on Thursday. Shastri was a top contender for the top job. Currently on a holiday, Shastri told Mid-Day.com that he was disappointed with …

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Ravi Shastri has been left a disappointed man after the Board of Control for Cricket in India named Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian cricket team for a year on Thursday. Shastri was a top contender for the top job.

Currently on a holiday, Shastri told Mid-Day.com that he was disappointed with BCCI`s decision but wished Kumble “good luck”.

“Yes, for the work put in, and results produced in the last 18 months. But if it (tenure) was for only one year then, not really,” said Shastri, who is known to speak his mind.

The former Indian all-rounder had kept his TV commentary job aside to take over as Team Director when India were getting thrashed in a Test series in the summer of 2014 in England.

Shastri joined head coach Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni in August 2014 and till the end of India`s campaign in the ICC World T20 in March-April this year, was in full command of Team India.

“It`s time to move on and do what you do best. I must say I had the ultimate experience with a young and happening side,” Shastri said.

India did well under Shastri`s directorship. They reached the semis of two World Cups and won a Test series in Sri Lanka after a gap of 22 years.

Till Kumble made a late entry, Shastri was in pole position to win a stint as head coach. Kumble was not on the 21-man shortlist for the final interview with the Cricket Advisory Committee but the BCCI left a small window for candidates without the set qualifying marks. Even though the BCCI did not appoint him, the Board made a special mention of Shastri`s good work in their official release on Thursday night.

Reports suggest that it was Sourav Ganguly who pushed former teammate Kumble to the hilt. Finally, Ganguly won the support of Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, the other members of the advisory panel. The BCCI finally endorsed the view of the advisory panel.

Ganguly, as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, is an important member in Board`s scheme of things. Thus, to consign the former Test captain`s recommendation on head coach to the backburner would not have been an easy thing for BCCI boss Anurag Thakur to do.

After Shashank Manohar stepped down as Board chief, Thakur was elected president of BCCI after East Zone backed him to the fullest and Bengal played the role of a catalyst.

Source: Agencies

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BCB announces HP squad http://viral71.com/archives/61 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:16:36 +0000 http://viral71.com/?p=61 he Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the High Performance (HP) Squad for 2016-17. The High Performance camp will start from 17 July 2016 at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Mirpur. The selected players will have to report at the NCA on 16 July 2016, a BCB media released said Saturday.

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he Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the High Performance (HP) Squad for 2016-17.
The High Performance camp will start from 17 July 2016 at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Mirpur.

The selected players will have to report at the NCA on 16 July 2016, a BCB media released said Saturday.

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