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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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
SEATTLE (AP) — A look at Sunday’s MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders: WHERE: CenturyLink Field. WHEN: 3 p.m. EST. ATTENDANCE: Game is a sellout, with more than 69,000 expected. REFEREE: Allen Chapman. He was also in charge of the 2017 final in Toronto. ALL-TIME MEETINGS: The Sounders have a 9-3-2 edge in the regular-season series (including 5-2-1 in Seattle). The teams have split their two championship games. Seattle won in 2016 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie and Toronto won the 2017 final 2-0. Both were in Toronto. THIS SEASON: Seattle (16-10-8) finished second in the Western Conference. Toronto (13-10-11) was fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Sounders won 3-2 when the teams met in April in Seattle. PLAYOFF RUN: Seattle beat No. 7 FC Dallas, No. 3 Real Salt Lake and No. 1 Los Angeles FC to reach the final. Toronto dispatched No. 5 D.C. United, No. 1 New York City FC and No. 2 Atlanta United FC. FORM: Toronto has won four straight and is … [Read more...] about MLS Cup final preview capsule
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?
Thibaut Courtois argues he is among the world’s best goalkeepers despite facing criticism over his Real Madrid form in recent months. The former Chelsea 'keeper spoke ahead of Belgium's Euro 2020 qualifier in Russia on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League."With my talent and my form, I am certain that I belong among the best," Courtois told Belgian reporters. 'Mbappe dreams of Madrid move'Zidane: I don't want Bale to leave Russia vs Belgium November 16, 2019, 4:55pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass "That is precisely why I have been criticised. I have only conceded seven goals in La … [Read more...] about Thibaut Courtois: Real Madrid goalkeeper says he is among world’s best