Watabe earns second place in Nordic Combined meet

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 LAHTI, FINLAND – Akito Watabe placed second for his second straight podium finish Friday at the men’s Nordic Combined World Cup meet won by his German rival Eric Frenzel.After losing his balance due to a collision with Frezel at the final stretch of the 10-km cross country ski race, Watabe crossed the goal line 1.7 seconds behind Frenzel, who posted his seventh victory this season with a total time of 23 minutes, 57.7 seconds. KEYWORDS Akito Watabe, Eric Frenzel center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “My ski pole got caught in Frenzel’s skis. Oh well, it can’t be helped. I finished second, but it was a good race and I’m satisfied with how I did today,” said Watabe, who missed out on his first victory of the season.Jan Schmid of Norway was third in 24:29.9.In ski jumping, Noriaki Kasai finished seventh with 246.6 points and Daiki Ito was 10th. last_img read more

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Pacific’s fastest man reigns in thrilling 200m final

first_imgAthletics The fastest man in the Pacific, Fiji’s Banuve Tabakaucoro, ran close to defeat in the men’s 200m final the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games yesterday, but edged past Samoa’s Jeremy Dodson by four hundredths of a second to retain his title. In a thrilling contest at Apia Park Stadium, Tabakaucoro was victorious in 20.87 seconds, inches ahead of Dodson who finished in 20.91 seconds. Papua New Guinea’s Theo Piniau snatched bronze in 21.70 seconds. Both Tabakaucoro and Dodson fell after crossing the finish line, sending the medics out onto the field. The Fijian admitted he was feeling very sore after the competition. “I expected to finish strong but not to fall over like that, but it just shows the level of competition here,” Tabakaucoro told the Pacific Games News Service. Dodson reflected positively on his performance. “It shows that I’m going in the right direction leading up to the world championships in Doha in September and October,” he said. “Doha is a lot hotter than this, a little dryer, so this was great preparation all around”. In the women’s 200m Papua New Guniea’s Toea Wisil won gold in 23.45 seconds, roughly half a second ahead of the silver medallist, Heleina Valetta Young of Fiji. Leonie Beu of PNG claimed bronze. Young admitted that she had anticipated a hotly contested race against Wisil. “Keeping up with her was quite hard, but I got a personal best, and for that I’m proud,” Young said. A victorious Wisil said she was hoping to sweep her races tomorrow, and will certainly be one to watch on the final day of competition.last_img read more

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Leeds v QPR player ratings

first_imgQPR secured another win – and another clean sheet – with their victory against Leeds maintaining an impressive start to the season. Here’s how we rated the players in their triumph at Elland Road.Rob Green: 7Made a couple of excellent interventions and was solid throughout.Danny Simpson: 7Created an early chance for Shaun Wright-Phillips and did well defensively too.AdChoices广告Richard Dunne: 7Is getting better as his fitness improves. Excellent in the air and quicker than he is given credit for.Nedum Onuoha: 8A rock at the back for Rangers. Onuoha has started the season brilliantly and his display at Elland Road was crucial to his team’s success.Hill’s goal gave Rangers the points.Clint Hill: 8As well as scoring the all-important goal, the R’s skipper was excellent again. He was dependable at the back and willing to get forward when possible.Gary O’Neil: 5A somewhat disappointing performance by the recent signing, who gave the ball away a number of times and looked off the pace.Karl Henry: 6Did well during an important 15-minute spell in the second half but was shoddy at times in the first, with one mishap almost leading to a Leeds goal.Joey Barton: 8Had another fine game in midfield, clearly relishing the stick he was getting from the home fans. His passing was simple and effective and his wickedly delivered free-kick from the left led to Rangers’ goal. Was also denied a perfectly good goal of his own when he netted only to be wrongly adjudged to be offside.Shaun Wright-Phillips: 7Another under-performer who has improved of late – no doubt partly because of the difference between Premier League and Championship level. Missed a good chance to score but overall had a decent game and looked dangerous, especially when cutting in from the flank.Charlie Austin: 6Worked hard up front but had a frustrating time in front of goal, not least when shooting high and wide when a good chance was created for him.Andy Johnson: 7Not much came his way in terms of clear-cut opportunities but his movement caused Leeds problems and he linked up well with the likes of Barton and Wright-Phillips.Junior Hoilett: 7Made a welcome return for Rangers following a hamstring problem and looked lively when he came on midway through the second half. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookcenter_img See also:Captain Clint gives QPR victory at Leedslast_img read more

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Fulham v Sunderland: Hangeland out

first_imgFulham are again without skipper Brede Hangeland against Sunderland, who recall Adam Johnson and Jack Colback.Fulham: Stockdale; Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, Riise; Duff, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Taarabt; Berbatov.Subs: Kasami, Kačaniklić, Richardson, Hughes, Dejagah, Etheridge, Bent.Sunderland:Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown, O’Shea, Cattermole, Colback, Ki, Johnson, Borini, Fletcher.Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Altidore, Giaccherini, Ji, Pickford.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Player ‘has an agreement’ with Everton on personal terms, a ‘pity’…

first_imgby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoPerfect-Dating.comThousands of successful men are looking for women in Tung ChungPerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo After struggling for two years at Barcelona, Andre Gomes impressed while on loan at Everton during the 2018/19 season. The La Liga winners want to offload the midfielder in the summer transfer window and he’s attracting interest from the Premier League, with Everton, his loan club, West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal all linked recently.Wednesday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo explains Ernesto Valverde’s side are planning to complete the sale of a few players before the end of this month and the 25-year-old’s name is included on the list.It’s claimed the Portugal international’s preference is to join the Toffees after a good season at Goodison Park and he ‘has an agreement’ on personal terms with Marco Silva’s sideHowever, West Ham are offering more to Barcelona.Embed from Getty ImagesMundo explains it’s a ‘pity’ because the Hammers are willing to pay a fee between €25-30m to Barca, which it’s stated Everton are not.It’s a surprise this has dragged on to this stage, and if Gomes is really set on staying at the Merseyside club then an agreement will need to be found.last_img read more

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“Not the right time” – Chelsea player dismisses rumours of departure

first_imgNow back at training with the Blues, the 25-year-old has spoken a lot about their work to get in good shape and resume the season.Palmieri has praised the work of Frank Lampard during quarantine, since he’s been very attentive to each player’s situation.“During this time that we were not training, Lampard was a guy who cared a lot about us. Every week he had a meeting with the whole team, via the internet. He’s a very open guy, always asking what we want, how we are feeling, and has always been by our side. This makes all the difference in the team’s unity,” Emerson Palmieri told Globo Esporte.The left-back says the Chelsea legend has been doing a great job by keeping a close relationship with all players in the squad.“For being a young guy, for being an ex athlete, for knowing what it’s like to be on this side, he always made us feel free to say what we wanted. And it helps a lot! There is no distance between coach and player, we are together in the same job, in the same team, and we always want to think the same.”Embed from Getty ImagesRegarding the Premier League players who chose not to go back to training, including his Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante, the Brazilian says he respects their decision.“We are human beings, but we are different and we often think differently. It’s a difficult situation, we all have family, we have friends who are always with us, so, of course, there is a fear of getting the virus and transmitting it to someone you love, and that person dying. It’s a difficult situation. I respect the decision of Kante, Troy Deeney and Danny Rose, these are decisions that you need to understand, people who are not comfortable to return to training.”Palmieri has also spoken a little about the upcoming transfer window. The Italian media has been making out of heavy coverage of his future, with stories linking him to Juventus every day. Still, he claims he shouldn’t leave the Blues this summer.“I have a strong connection with Italy. I did a good job at Roma. So, when the transfer window opens in the middle of the year, these rumours always show up. It’s difficult to happen now, because I’m very happy here, it’s not the right time.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameThe Most Addictive Game of the Year 2019Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTemenos by CNBC CatalystIs a Digital Revolution Crucial for Banks to Stay Ahead in a Post-Pandemic World?Temenos by CNBC CatalystUndo Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte today features an interview with Chelsea fullback Emerson Palmieri.last_img read more

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Kolev: We are in talks with major international companies for a…

first_imgThe executive director of Levski Pavel Kolev commented on what is happening in the club.Here is what he said on BNT: “It was important to achieve such a victory and take three points. Now there is a break. It will allow the coach to work more focused with the players.Levski finally won! The Blues defeated Montana at OgostaStein Spearing with two goals for Sofia, Paulinho and Naidenov scored onceI hope we will be able to attract new players in the next 10 days.We look to the future with positivism.We will sit down with Tavares and talk if the coach considers him suitable for the team. We are working on attracting several players. In addition, Bozhinov and Kurdov have been training with us for a long time.Claudio Tavares is training for the second time with LevskiValeri Bozhinov continues to prepare with the “blues”Todorov has received a lot of undeserved criticism. He deserves respect for what he does for the team.The less he talks and the more he works, the better for him.There is no final development on the topic with the general sponsor of Levski. We have talks, including with international companies. Very serious ones. Otherwise, we also talk to smaller companies, “Kolev said.Pavel Kolev: Everyone who has had the opportunity has been “dundurkal” Levski over the yearsThe CEO believes that the club has huge potential“There is a lot of egocentrism in Levski. This hinders the unity. The events that take place inside, in the community of Levski, have an impact.I see no serious cause for concern from this point of view. The fans are helping the team overcome the crisis and this is obvious.We have to do our job so that the long history of Levski does not end, “Kolev added.last_img read more

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Relentless Ineos already in pole position for Tour glory

first_imgCASTRES, France,  (Reuters) – Team Ineos are already poised for a Tour de France triumph before the race even enters the high mountains after a brutal display of strength on the eve of the first rest day. It had looked like being a tight battle between defending champion Geraint Thomas, his team mate Egan Bernal and in-form Thibaut Pinot, but the Frenchman was thrown off course by a gust of crosswind in yesterday’s 10th stage.Although the hardest part of the race has yet to come, the Ineos duo are second and third overall with yellow jersey holder Julian Alaphilippe of France not considered a threat for the title.Thomas leads Bernal by for four seconds and Pinot, who was 19 seconds ahead yesterday morning, is spending the rest day reflecting on a positioning error that caught him on the wrong end of a split. He is now 11th, 1:21 behind Thomas, and it was a sobering moment for the French fans hoping for a first home-grown champion since Bernard Hinault in 1985.It also means that with Pinot and other top contender Jakob Fuglsang now far behind, the race might be less exciting.Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford was not apologising, however. “I live and breathe and think all day about sticking the knife and when you get the chance twisting it,” he told reporters yesterday.“To be at this point of the race at the first rest day, second and third overall on GC (general classification) is probably the best it could be for us,” Brailsford, who led the British outfit to six of the last seven Tour titles, added.Thomas was also in upbeat mood. “It’s been excellent,” he said. “Things are really starting to heat up.”There are still one individual time-trial and two stages in the Pyrenees this week before one of the hardest Alpine blocks of racing in recent Tour history in the final week.But Thomas and Bernal are ahead of the pack and they only have to do what they excel at — defend their advantage with the best team of the peloton. “We don’t have to (attack). We might want to but we don’t have to,” said Brailsford.Ineos have also enjoyed a quieter Tour than in previous years when they were called Team Sky and doping allegations against their riders triggered angry reaction from the fans along the route.“It’s true that if you think about the crowds… everything has been fine, and not just on the Tour but considering what happened on the Tour last year it was not flattering from our compatriots – some of them – but can’t draw any conclusion,” said Frenchman Nicolas Portal, the team’s sports director.“The fact is that we’re not being insulted. It’s the opposite from last year. It’s quiet and it almost seems weird.”last_img read more

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Champion jump jockey battle heads to Thurles

first_imgThe battle for the champion jump jockey title will be one of the main focuses at this afternoons meeting in Thurles.Paul Townend tops the standings on 90 wins – he’s booked for two rides at the mid-Tipp track today.He’ll partner Tongie in the Urlingford Rated Chase for Pat Fahy at 2.30 and will look to double up on the Willie Mullins-trained Cash Back in the Maiden Hurdle at 3.05. Killenaule’s Rachael Blackmore is also in action in this one – she’s on board Automatic for Liam Burke – Blackmore and Burke were successful in Clonmel last month.She’ll be hoping to add to her 83 wins in the 4.45 when she takes the ride on the Joseph O’Brien trained Smoking Gun.The first on a 7 race card in Thurles is off at 2 o’clock.last_img read more

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