Football News Belgium join France atop FIFA rankings

first_imgLausanne: Belgium have joined world champions France as joint leaders of the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, the first time in the table’s 25-year history that top spot has been shared.Belgium have notched up a pair of wins, including victory over Iceland in the inaugural Nations League competition to bring them level with the French, the team who beat them in the World Cup semi-finals.Also Read | Congress slams Modi over BSF jawan’s killing by Pakistan, asks ‘where is the 56-inch chest?’The only other change in the top 10 sees Denmark (10th, down one place) slip below Spain (9th, unchanged).Outside of the top ten, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up six) over Czech Republic (47th, down three) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up three) have started to edge back towards a single-figure ranking after their World Cup debacle.Read More | Sonu Nigam and Talat Aziz gave a befitting reply to Anup Jalota’s trollersFIFA world rankings as of September 201=. Belgium (+1)      1,729 pts1=. France                1,7293. Brazil                    1,6634. Croatia                  1,6345. Uruguay                1,6326. England                 1,6127. Portugal                1,6068. Switzerland           1,5989. Spain                    1,59710. Denmark (-1)      1,581 For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Frustrations abound during Badgers opening weekend at home

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer (1-1-2) team battled the Drake Bulldogs (2-0-1) to a 0-0 draw Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex.UW-Madison looked for its second win of the season following a loss at Notre Dame and tie to UW-Milwaukee. But the efforts of Drake goalkeeper Haley Morris and her five saves squashed any hope of victory.The match opened, seemingly one-sided, in favor of the Badgers, yet they were unable to take advantage of numerous opportunities. Throughout the first half, Wisconsin created numerous chances, including nine shots (three on-goal), and spent most of it in Drake’s half, while dominating possession.Wisconsin’s best scoring chance came in minute 19 when midfielder Rose Lavelle followed up a blocked with one of her own that Morris saved. It would not be the only time Lavelle called Morris to action, as the senior tallied eight shots total, three on goal.By turning away Wisconsin’s barrage time and again, Morris increased her scoreless streak to 155 minutes this season.Women’s soccer: Lavelle and Co. welcome Drake in historic first meetingThree games into this 2016 season, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team sits at 1-1-1 with its only win coming against Illinois Read…With so much action taking place at the other end, the Badgers defense had a relatively calm first half and faced just two shots, each of which lacked menace. The more dangerous one was in minute 43 when Wisconsin goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem hauled in a lazy header from Drake midfielder Brooke Salisbury.After the break, UW-Madison did not lose a step offensively and continued to create more chances, but were again unable to capitalize. In minute 56, the Badgers had yet another close call when midfielder Alexis Tye’s shot was brushed over the bar by a diving, finger-tip save from Morris.Despite turning the Badgers away, Drake barely controlled the ball in the the second half and never produced an offensive threat. UW-Madison head coach Paula Wilkins credited her team’s ability to defend against the counter-attack as a major contributor of possession.“[Drake] didn’t get as many numbers forward,” Wilkins said. “They were looking to counterattack us, so we were able to win the first ball coming out and control it that way.”The game would continue into overtime, but with it continuing in the same fashion and neither side finding the back of the net, it continued to be a frustrating affair for the Badgers, who outshot the Bulldogs 24 to 6.“We need to find a way to win,” Wilkins said. “If we get this many opportunities, we’ve got to find a way to do that. I think we have to go back to the drawing board and look at personnel and see what other people can add to our team.”Overtime was not without its excitement though. In minute 98, UW-Madison received a penalty kick, Lavelle poised to take it. Her shot hit the left post, but rebounded back to her where she netted the ensuing volley. Were it not for an offsides call on the play, game would’ve ended on the spot.Freshman Dani Rhodes, who recorded three shots (one on goal), aired her frustrations afterward.“It’s hard to have two overtime games back to back on the weekend,” Rhodes said. “At the end of the day, we have to execute on certain plays. We definitely should have won that game.”With the draw, the Badgers will now travel to California for a tough road trip where they will face No. 3 Stanford University and No. 13 Santa Clara University.last_img read more

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British Open 2019: Justin Rose questions scheduling changes for 2019 majors

first_img British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka not satisfied with 2019 major results The idea behind the decision was to give more precedence to the season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour, which will conclude in August this year to avoid clashes with the start of the NFL season.But Rose, speaking ahead of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, believes the new format does not give enough precedence to the majors or allow players to fully find their groove. Related News “One major a month, I think in my opinion they’re too soon,” he said.”It’s too condensed. As a professional in terms of trying to peak for something, the process that’s involved in trying to do that can be detailed and it can be longer than a month. So that’s my reasoning for that.”But I also think it’s pretty much driven by FedExCup, wanting to finish on a certain date, everything else having to fit in where it can.”For me a major championship should be the things that are protected the most. That’s how all of our careers ultimately are going to be measured. “Thirty, 40 years ago there wasn’t a FedExCup so if you’re trying to compare one career to another career, Jack [Nicklaus] versus Tiger [Woods], it’s the majors that are the benchmarks. For them to be tweaked so much I think is quite interesting at this point.”Last look at @royalportrush before a few days with the family…. #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/zlREPzbceY— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) July 12, 2019Rose placed in a tie for second at The Open at Carnoustie 12 months ago, two shots shy of Francesco Molinari.The Englishman was also well in contention at last month’s U.S. Open but struggled to find his rhythm on the final day and finished joint-third.Rose is not surprised he has been unable to add to the solitary major title he won at the 2013 U.S. Open, but remains confident of winning more of golf’s big four trophies. PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Justin Rose has questioned the decision to tinker with the scheduling of major tournaments in 2019 and feels the events are “too condensed.”This year saw the U.S. PGA Championship switch from August to May, meaning all four major championships were scheduled for four consecutive months between April and July.center_img British Open 2019: Tiger Woods lauds Brooks Koepka despite apparent Portrush snub “They are hard to win and you’ve seen great players not win one. I’m still obviously grateful to have that major under my belt,” he added. “I’ve had three second-place finishes in majors since then. Augusta [in 2017 when he lost a play-off to Sergio Garcia at the Masters], that was one-arm-in-the-jacket type situation but you never skip through a career without a little bit of heartache along the way.”I feel like I’d like maybe a couple more chances, but I’ve definitely given myself some looks and if I keep doing that I know the door will open again.”last_img read more

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Successful Bosnian: Take a Look at 3.1 million U.S. Dollars Villa Jusuf Nurkic bought (gallery)

first_imgBasketball player of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH’s) national basketball team, Jusuf Nurkic, bought a luxury real estate worth 3.1 million U.S. dollars in Oregon in November last year.House of nearly 1,000 square meters in the suburbs of Portland will be enough spacious for Nurkic and his NBA friends, writes Realtor, a specialized US real estate portal.Built in 2010 and situated on more than two meticulously manicured acres, the home is refined and traditional. Inside, Nurkic’s new pad features five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms with upgrades throughout.Winning features include top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, five indoor fireplaces, a yoga studio and gym, media room, and steam shower.[wzslider autoplay=”true”]Outside, the big baller can relax next to a sprawling pool and spa, or spend time in a covered outdoor sitting area complete with fireplace, outdoor kitchen, bar, and fire pit. It looks like the perfect spot to cozy up on a chilly Pacific Northwest evening.Selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft, Nurkic spent his first 2.5 seasons in the league with the Denver Nuggets. Traded to the Trailblazers in 2017, the 24-year-old center nicknamed the “Bosnian Beast” has found success, and his place, in Portland.last_img read more

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