French coach Jacques Brunel admitted Wednesday his team struggled to control the game in their 33-7 win against the USA, pointing his finger at the humidity and the referee. The final score in the Pool C encounter flattered Les Bleus slightly, with three late tries securing the bonus point after the Eagles were only three points behind with just over 10 minutes remaining. “We struggled for sure, especially physically because it was very humid,” Brunel told reporters. “We made quite a lot of handling errors. We did not control the game well but it’s positive because we got the win and five points,” added the coach. France were penalised 10 times — seven times in the first half — and their indiscipline meant they never really imposed their free-flowing brand of rugby on the game. “We started relatively well, we scored from some kicks, then we got a bit carried away. We stopped applying pressure and we were up against a solid … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup: ‘We struggled’ admits France coach after USA win
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A Syrian man who spent seven months living in an airport in Malaysia has arrived in Canada, where he has been granted asylum. Hassan al-Kontar's plight garnered global attention when he began posting regular videos from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.He spent the last two months in a Malaysian detention centre and his Canadian sponsors sought to have his case expedited.He arrived in Vancouver late on Monday. Two organisations, the British Columbia Muslim Association and Canada Caring Society, sponsored him to come to Canada as a refugee. Laurie Cooper, a volunteer with Canada Caring Society, had earlier told the BBC that they heard last Thursday that he was coming to Canada. "It's a huge sense of relief, still a bit unbelievable," she said. "Until I give him a big hug at the airport, it's not really real. It's been a long, long journey with lots of ups and downs." Ms Cooper said Mr Kontar texted her from the boarding gate in Malaysia saying he could not wait to see her. "His … [Read more...] about Syrian man stranded in Malaysia airport arrives in Canada
AMRITSAR: Sikhs living in Canada have expressed concern over secularism bill tabled by Quebec government, which if passed, would prohibit wearing of religious symbols in public sector. President of World Sikh Organization of Canada, Mukhbir Singh told TOI on Friday “we are deeply disappointed that the Coalition Avenir Québec government has introduced legislation banning the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in Quebec. " "The proposed legislation is a solution to a problem that does not exist- there is no evidence to suggest that individuals wearing items of religious clothing are negatively impacting anyone in society”. Sikhs living in Canada have mainly objected on the section of bill that outlaws wearing of religious symbols by public workers . Expressing concern, WSO president said that there were approximately 15,000 Sikhs in Quebec who would be disproportionately impacted by the ban on religious clothing and symbols . Public servants in positions of … [Read more...] about Sikhs in Canada worried over Quebec government secularism bill
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Cheltenham Festival has been in full swing once again following a thrilling four days at Prestbury Park. You can follow all the reaction from Gold Cup Day and the 'Greatest Show on Turf'. Here's today's racecard: Results: 1.30pm: JCB Triumph Hurdle: Defi Du Seuil, Mega Fortune, Bapaume 2.10pm: Randox Health County Hurdle: Arctic Fire, L'ami Serge, Ozzie the Oscar 2.50pm: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: Penhill, Monalee, Wholestone 3.30pm: Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: Sizing John, Minella Rocco, Native River 4.10pm: Foxhunter Chase: Pacha Du Polder, Wonderful Charm, Barel Of Laughs 4.50pm: Martin Pipe Hurdle: Champagne Classic, Verni, Runfordave, Coo Star Sivola 5.30pm: Johnny Henderson Grand Annual: Rock the World, Gardefort, Theinval Key Events Rock the World wins Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase 17:37 Champagne Classic wins Martin Pipe Hurdle … [Read more...] about Cheltenham Festival 2017 recap: Gold Cup latest and all the results from Prestbury Park
After three days of this year's Cheltenham Festival , we're on the home straight. Tens of thousands of fans have packed into the famous track for the Gold Cup, the week's blue riband race. But there is plenty of action before that. The afternoon kicks off with the Triumph Hurdle before the competitive County Handicap Hurdle will be a test for the punters. After the Gold Cup, the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle completes the week's grade one races. You can also follow the action as it happens with our live blog. 1.30pm: JCB Triumph Hurdle, 2m 179y 1. Defi Du Seuil 5/2f 2. Mega Fortune 7/1 3. Bapaume 10/1 Defi Du Seuil was a different class in the JCB Triumph Hurdle as champion jockey Richard Johnson recorded a second victory at this year's Cheltenham Festival. The Philip Hobbs-trained four-year-old, who is owned by JP McManus, had long been ante-post favourite for this Grade One affair having excelled during the winter with five wins on the spin. And fears the ground would be too quick … [Read more...] about Cheltenham Festival 2017 Gold Cup day results: How did your bets do on the final afternoon of the Greatest Show on Turf?
England's World Cup dream may have ended in semi-final heartbreak, but the tournament has caused a surge of interest in the women's game, attracting record audiences and underlining how far the sport has come. To celebrate its long and varied history, which dates back 150 years, the FIFA World Football Museum is staging an exhibition in Paris on women's football in association with FIFA partner Hyundai.The exhibition, which runs until Sunday, when the USA take on the Netherlands in the final, charts the rise of women's football and tells the story of how it has repeatedly overcome adversity and marginalisation to achieve global popularity.Visitors can discover previously unheard stories related to the sport's development, with a host of fascinating exhibits which includes the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy itself.The highlight of the exhibition, though, is a painting by British artist Rachel Gadsden, commissioned by Hyundai.In the artwork, Gadsden depicts Mia Hamm, the legendary USA … [Read more...] about Hyundai celebrate women’s football with FIFA World Football Museum exhibition in Paris