This is a column that comes with an asterisk, a warning that all the fine things you read below about Saracens and their nurturing of players, their massive presence at this Rugby World Cup across several countries and their belief in good people making for good players, is underscored by the fact that salary cap investigators will soon deliver findings into the club’s spending. If they are found guilty of transgressions, it would put an indelible stain on their reputation. There’s the asterisk, and it is a large one. Do not ignore but also do not let it be your only view of what is one of the finest sporting institutions in the land. Saracens have nine players in the England squad preparing... … [Read more...] about Saracens leave massive imprint on Rugby World Cup even as salary cap investigation threatens club’s cachet
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Tickets for the coming match between Vietnam and Thailand in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Asian second qualifying round are on sale online at extravagant prices. The second match is scheduled to take place at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi on November 19. Tickets for the coming match between Vietnam and Thailand are on sale online at extravagant prices. The sale of the match tickets has been offered for sale online at prices which are even eight-fold higher than original prices. For instance, a pair of VND200,000 (USD8.69) are being sold at up to VND1.6 million (USD69.56) or at VND2.2 million (USD95.65). Meanwhile, tickets of VND300-400,000 are priced around six-fold higher than their original prices. Prices for tickets for the match against the UAE which took place at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi on Thursday went through the roof. However, many ticket touts suffered big losses as demand was much lower than expected. As a result, lots of tickets had to be sold at the original … [Read more...] about Black-market tickets rife for Vietnam-Thailand World Cup qualifier
Coach Park Hang-seo and Việt Nam national football team celebrate beating the UAE at the World Cup qualifier on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam national football team have received VNĐ5.6 billion (US$243,400) from the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) and enterprises for their result in the 2022 FIFA World Cup’s second qualifying round. Following the 1-0 win against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Hà Nội-based Mỹ Đình National Stadium on Thursday, Việt Nam immediately got a bonus of VNĐ2 billion ($87,000) from the VFF and CT Group. Earlier, the VFF also awarded VNĐ1 billion ($43,500) for the victory over Malaysia on October 10 and VNĐ800 million ($34,700) for the win against Indonesia away on October 15. The Vietnamese squad also received VNĐ1 billion ($43,500) from Hưng Thịnh real estate business investment … [Read more...] about Việt Nam receive VNĐ5.6 billion for their performance in FIFA World Cup’s qualifier
Ever since the 1987 World Cup, India have consistently been one of the favourites to win the title; they made it in 2011. There are usually four teams equally capable of winning, and this year in England is no different. Besides the hosts, who are the bookmakers' and pundits' favourites, Australia and India should make the semi-finals. They have the best balanced teams. The fourth place should be a tussle between South Africa and New Zealand, although this would be a good opportunity for the West Indies, once the kings of the game, to find their place in the high table. Why England are favourites for the Cricket World Cup Cricket World Cup 2019 fixtures The West Indies had to qualify for this one, but they have a team that is as talented as it is unpredictable. New Zealand have been in more semi-finals than anybody else.So the short answer to the question, can India win the World Cup, is "yes", but then so can any of the other semi-finalists. While the likes of Afghanistan, … [Read more...] about 2019 Cricket World Cup: Can Virat Kohli take India to its third win?
France and Australia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday. They join Serbia, Spain, Poland and Argentina in the final eight. The last two quarterfinal spots will be decided Monday when the United States (4-0) faces Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2) plays the Czech Republic (3-1). The U.S. is in the driver’s seat and Greece can still advance with a win, a U.S. loss and some help from a tiebreaker. France (4-0) moved on with a narrow 78-75 victory over Lithuania. Australia (4-0) defeated the Dominican Republic 82-76 to advance. In the day’s other second-round games, the United States defeated Greece 69-53 and the Czech Republic defeated Brazil 93-71. FRANCE 78, LITHUANIA 75 At Nanjing, Evan Fournier led France with 24 points and Nando De Colo scored 21. France led after three quarters 65-54 and withstood a closing charge by Lithuania. Lithuania was led by Jonas Valanciunas with 18 points and eight rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis scored 12. UNITED STATES 69, GREECE 53 … [Read more...] about France, Australia into World Cup quarters; US must wait