England to face France and Argentina at 2019 World Cup

first_imgEngland have been drawn in the toughest pool for a second straight Rugby World Cup after being grouped with France and Argentina for the 2019 tournament in Japan on Wednesday.World champions New Zealand were drawn with twice winners South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while hosts Japan will take on Ireland and Scotland and two yet to be determined teams in Pool A.Australia, runners up two years ago, will become reacquainted with Wales and also face Georgia and two other teams who have yet to qualify in Pool D.England went on an 18-match winning streak after being knocked out of their own tournament in the pool stage in 2015, when they were grouped with Australia and Wales.The 2003 champions face another tough campaign in two years’ time against three-time runners-up France and Argentina, who have reached the semi-finals in two of the last three tournaments.Pool C will be rounded out by the United States or Canada as well as Fiji, Tonga or Samoa with only the top two teams qualifying for the knockout stages.“It’s all very exciting, we’ve got two Tests against Argentina in June so we can practise playing them a bit then,” said England coach Eddie Jones.“France have really improved over the last two years and are a really dangerous team.“I’m excited by the draw. We want to win the World Cup in 2019, and to win it we need to be ready to play and beat anyone.”South Africa’s slump to seventh in the world rankings means they face the All Blacks for the first time in the pool stage of a World Cup but the Springboks will fancy their chances of getting past Italy and going through.Another African team, most likely Namibia or Kenya, and the winner of the Repechage round of qualifying will complete their pool.Japan will be reunited with the Scots, who they lost to in the pool stage in 2015, but will certainly not view reaching the knockout stages as mission impossible.The 2019 hosts stunned South Africa two years ago and were widely praised for their entertaining brand of rugby.Twice champions Australia will be confident of topping their pool having won their last 12 games against the Welsh, even if the Georgians will present a huge physical challenge. They will also face one of the trio of Pacific Island teams.The ninth Rugby World Cup, the first in Asia, takes place from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2019.last_img read more

Another youthful XI? How Liverpool could line-up for their trip to Bradford

first_img punished Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The Ox was absent for almost the entirety of last season, with a knee injury sustained in the 2018 Champions League semi-final against Roma, but managed 45 minutes against Tranmere Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED getty Getty Images – Getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST After an impressive 6-0 demolition of Tranmere in their opening pre-season friendly, the academy graduates of Liverpool will once again be on display and heavily involved as the Reds travel to Bradford for their next fixture this Sunday.During their opening win, Klopp fielded five youngsters in the first-half, including Rhian Brewster who helped himself to two goals and a further assist, as well as Bobby Duncan who scored his first goal for the senior team. 3 Rhian Brewster could be set for a busy season as one of Liverpool’s only backup strikers deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January boost center_img TROPHY 3 3 New job targets Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Other senior players such as Fabinho – who was left out of Brazil’s Copa America squad, Simon Mignolet and Nathaniel Clyne are all potential starters, along with veteran James Milner.In terms of strikers, it will be between Brewster and Divock Origi – Champions League final goalscorer Origi, signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool earlier this week, while academy striker Paul Glatzel came off injured against Tranmere so may not feature.Here’s how Liverpool could potentially line-up: Latest Football News After successful loan periods for Harry Wilson (Derby) and Ryan Kent (Rangers) last season, the attacking pair were also involved at Tranmere and will likely be involved at some point this Sunday.Kent had been subject to a potential return to Ibrox on loan this season, with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wanting to prize the 22-year old away for another season – a move that Jurgen Klopp has blocked as he wants Kent to stay with the senior side this season.We expect to see England midfield pairing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana involved, with both in need of game time after lengthy periods sidelined through injury last season – they played 45 minutes at Tranmere as Klopp made 11 changes at half time. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Jurgen Klopp is still missing all of his first choice front three, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane away at AFCON with Egypt and Senegal respectively, while Roberto Firmino featured for Brazil at the Copa America.On top of this, Premier League Player of the Year winner Virgil Van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum aren’t due to join up with their team-mates until the end of July after their involvement in the Nations League final. JIBE last_img read more

Retro-Style Prints from WonderGround Are a Tempting Impulse Buy

first_imgShare This!When it comes to Disney merchandise, Disney art is my weak spot. When I saw these prints from WonderGround, it took a lot of self control not to go on a major shopping spree.Designed to look like retro posters for some beloved attractions, it would be hard to pick just one.Each is available as a print for $40. (Other, higher-priced options like framed versions and giclee, are available in limited quantities.)These four were found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Stage 1 Company Store, located near MuppetVision 3D.Could you choose just one, or would you have to get them all? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Spencer boys basketball one step closer to Cloverbelt East title with win over Owen-Withee

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — The beat goes on for the Spencer boys basketball team.Mitch Susa scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Spencer made nine of 14 shots from 3-point range to down Owen-Withee 64-41 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Tuesday night at Spencer High School.The Rockets won their 10th-straight game to improve to 15-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the Cloverbelt East. Spencer holds a three-game lead in the conference standings with four games remaining.The game was tight through the first quarter with Spencer taking a 13-12 lead after a late 3-pointer by Bobby Pilz.The Rockets used that momentum to their advantage, scoring the first six points of the second quarter and going on a 16-6 run overall during the first five minutes to open up an 11-point lead.Back-to-back baskets from Susa capped the run. Owen-Withee responded with a pair of free throws before Ryan Busse scored for the Rockets, and Spencer maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.“I thought the last couple of games we were sloppy offensively,” Spencer coach Randy Reckner said. “They gave us a lot of pressure with trapping, and we did a great job of handling that.”Spencer held Owen-Withee scoreless for the first 5:19 of the third quarter, pushing the lead to 17 after a Pilz 3-pointer.Owen-Withee (9-8, 7-5 Cloverbelt East) went without a basket over the first 4:25 of the fourth quarter as Spencer kept up its relentless pressure and took the lead to as much as 24. Spencer made nine of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter and was an impressive 17 of 20 for the game.Nate Mercier added 14 points, and Pilz finished with 13 as both made three 3-pointers in the victory.“We knew they would use a 1-2-2 trap, and we prepped for it,” Reckner said. “Bobby, Nate, and Mitch did a really good job handling it on top. I’ve got a lot of experience here, and it’s nice to see them talking on the floor and letting everyone know where everybody is.”Junior Calvin Lenz came off the bench and added 10 points and four rebounds for the Rockets. Lenz has been a key component for Spencer all season.“Calvin is a quarterback, and he knows how to lead the team,” Reckner said. “He talks so well, and everybody on the team knows it and hears him. We had a couple young kids in there, and he had them going to the right spots. He’s playing so well for us, and he’s doing it in a role coming off the bench.”Spencer plays at Neillsville on Thursday. With a victory, the Rockets would clinch at least a share of the Cloverbelt East championship.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 64, Blackhawks 41Owen-Withee 12 14 7 8 – 41Spencer 13 23 17 11 – 64OWEN-WITHEE (41): Austin Milliren 4-8 0-0 11, A.J. Ovyn 2-5 4-4 8, Kolton Kaduce 3-5 0-0 7, Bryce Niemi 1-5 4-4 7, Will Maki 2-3 1-2 5, Preston Shelton 0-3 3-4 3, John Schmelzer 0-2 0-0 0, Hayden Houts 0-0 0-0 0, Adam Shakal 0-3 0-0 0, Colton Booth 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Marlin Pogodzinski 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 12-35. FT: 12-14. 3-pointers: 5-14 (Milliren 3-4, Kaduce 1-2, Niemi 1-2, Ovyn 0-1, Shelton 0-1, Schmelzer 0-1, Shakal 0-3). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-8, 7-5 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.SPENCER (64): Mitch Susa 4-10 6-7 15, Nate Mercier 4-6 3-4 14, Bobby Pilz 5-12 0-1 13, Calvin Lenz 3-7 2-2 10, Ryan Busse 1-2 2-2 4, Noah Zastrow 0-0 2-2 2, Aaron Pankratz 1-1 0-0 2, Miles Weber 0-3 2-2 2, Dakota Andreae 1-2 0-0 2, Jonathan Tomke 0-0 0-0, Jack Burnett 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Meyers 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Bezlyk 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 19-43. FT: 17-20. 3-pointers: 9-14 (Mercier 3-3, Pilz 3-4, Lenz 2-2, Susa 1-5). Rebounds: 31 (Susa 10). Assists: 12 (Lenz 4). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 15-1, 12-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.last_img read more

Marshfield freshman football rolls Wausau West

first_imgFour Tigers score TDs in home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Four different Marshfield players scored touchdowns as the Tigers freshman football team beat Wausau West 27-6 on Thursday at Marshfield High School.Simon Baity had a 30-yard touchdown run, Noah Seehafer and Brad Dickinson had 1-yard TD runs, and Sam Hinson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Meverden for Marshfield’s scoring plays. Austin Kuhlka had three extra point kicks.Joey Goettl intercepted two West passes, and Emmett Meissner, Tyler Wein, and A.J. Trierweiler led Marshfield (3-1) in tackles.The Tigers will play Stevens Point at Goerke Field next Thursday at 4:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Google Media Server Launched – Google Enters the PC to TV Arena

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting steve ohear last100 editor 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google today made its own contribution to solving the PC to TV problem with the release of Google Media Server. The Windows-only software works in conjunction with Google’s desktop search application – Google Desktop – to locate various media (photos, music and video) stored on your PC and make it available for streaming over a home network to any UPnP compatible or DLNA ‘certified’ device, such as a PlayStation 3.Syndicated from last100, our digital lifestyle blog While many UPnP server solutions already exist for Windows (it’s a pity Google hasn’t targeted Mac users), Google Media Server does bring a few specific features to the table. Namely support for Internet-based content from its photo sharing service Picasa, along with videos hosted on YouTube (using H.264 not Flash Video). From this we can conclude that Google Media Server is designed to make Google’s desktop search application that bit more useful, as well as offer another means of accessing YouTube on a TV.Of course, Google Media Server could also be another sign that the company is testing the waters for a much more ambitious living room strategy — see Google wants to do for TV what it did for the Web.This post is syndicated from last100, our digital lifestyle blog covering Internet TV, digital music, Mobile Web and more. You can subscribe to last100 here.See also last100’s recently published guide: DLNA certified: how your computer, cellphone, games console, media streamer and other devices can play nicely togetherlast_img read more

Akshay Kumar not ‘Rowdy’ in real life

first_imgAfter tasting success with his latest action packed film Rowdy Rathore, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is back to his clean-shaven, gentlemanly image and says he does not like to be associated with the word ‘rowdy’ in real life.”Real life is different than reel life. In real life I am no longer a puppet as I am in reel life. I am a thoroughly different person in real life. Kicks and punches are the reel life stuff. I wonder why the word ‘rowdy’ is being used for me,” said Akshay, who was in the capital last night to attend Aaj Tak Care awards.Dressed in a chequered white shirt and a format suit, the 44-year-old said he was happy to see his film do well at the box office.Akshay, who is also known as the Khiladi of Bollywood for his action roles in the 90’s said that though his initial years in the industry were very tough, he is happy to have come so far.”My initial years in Bollywood was very tough. I had to struggle a lot. I always believed God was with me. I never deviated but rather focused on my efforts,” he said.Though the actor did not divulge much about his upcoming films, he said that his forthcoming film Khiladi 786 is an exciting project and he is glad to be part of it.”I believe Khiladi 786 is one of the important assignments of my life,” he said.When asked if he would like to enter the field of politics ever, Akshay said, “If I become a politician, I would definitely do something for sports.”advertisementlast_img read more

A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horror

first_imgA bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorBangladesh cricket team’s Performance Analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran recalled the Christchurch mosque shooting, saying that “initially they didn’t even realise that it was a terror attack”.advertisement Press Trust of India ChristchurchMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 15:32 IST Shrinivas Chandrasekaran said all the Bangladesh players and support staff are in a state of shock (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch on FridayBangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers when the shooting occurredShrinivas Chandrasekaran, Bangladesh’s Performance Analyst, said the team was in shockThe plan was to offer the Friday namaaz and then head for practice. But the Bangladesh players ended up praying for their own lives as they narrowly escaped a terror attack inside a mosque close to the Hagley Oval ground in New Zealand’s Christchurch.The team bus was barely metres away from the scene of the carnage when the players first heard gunshots. Moments later they saw a woman collapse. Some of the players wanted to help the distressed woman, but just then they saw a horde of petrified worshippers pouring out of the mosque, some of them covered in blood.”We couldn’t react initially. In such a horror situation, your brain automatically freezes as you are terrified. That’s exactly happened to all of us,” Bangladesh cricket team’s Performance Analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, who was in the bus, told PTI over telephone from the team hotel in Christchurch.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden later announced that 40 people were killed and more than 20 injured in the attack, claimed by a 28-year-old white Australian who is in police custody.Shrinivas, a Mumbai-based software engineer who works as a video analyst with the Bangladesh team said that initially they didn’t even realise that it was a terror attack.”It was a few metres away from the mosque and we suddenly heard gunshots. Neither the players nor me initially realised what was happening. Suddenly we saw this woman fainting on the road. We thought it was a medical emergency and some of the boys wanted to get down from the bus and help the lady,” said Shrinivas, his voice still quivering as he recalled the the team’s close shave.advertisement”However, we realised that it was something much bigger than what we had thought. We saw people running for their lives and blood everywhere and suddenly we were all told to lie down quietly on the floor of the bus. I don’t know for how many minutes we lay on the floor of the bus. Once we understood, everyone was calm and did what was told,” said Shrinivas.It was some time before the police arrived and they were escorted out of the backdoor of the team bus and taken to the ground.”It is obvious that all the players and support staff are in a state of shock. They are all too shocked to react.”Shrinivas, who earlier worked with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and joined the Bangladesh cricket team in 2018, thanked both the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as well as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their prompt reaction.”We all are waiting to return home. The players will be leaving for Bangladesh and I am also waiting for my return ticket to India,” he said.Also Read | Shocking and tragic: Virat Kohli reacts to Christchurch mosques terror attackFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BangladeshFollow New ZealandFollow christchurch mosque shootingslast_img read more