Marlie Packer scored the decisive try in a scrappy England victory against France that will not live long in the memory but will go down in the history books. Rochelle Clark, 35, came off the bench at The Stoop to earn her 114th cap and level the record for an England player, held by Jason Leonard, as Packer’s late pushover try ensured a winning start to the autumn campaign. “It was amazing to get the opportunity to run on to the pitch with all the girls looking after me,” Clark said. “I am a teary anthem singer anyway but there was a bit of added emotion for me today. I was a bit nervous on the bench but I got a lot of carries.” Amy Cokayne’s first-half try seemed to have settled things until Christelle Le Duff capitalised on Fiona Pocock’s mistake with six minutes left to level matters at 5-5. Packer, however, ensured Clark’s milestone match ended on a high and though it was a forgettable performance, the result may yet prove … [Read more...] about Marlie Packer’s late try secures scrappy win for England women over France
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Moments after the greatest 10.83 seconds of Dina Asher-Smith’s life, the British sprinter grabbed a union flag from her mother, Julie, and began a lap of honour to celebrate her world championship 100m silver medal. But as she trotted round the 40,000-seat Khalifa stadium in Doha on Sunday night she was greeted by banks of empty seats and a ghostly silence. Observers reckoned there were no more than 1,000 people still in attendance and many of them were journalists tapping away to deadline. Asher-Smith’s mother later tweeted she had seen more spectators at England Athletics’ age-group championships in Bedford. Asher-Smith’s teammate Beth Dobbin was even more blunt. “I watched Dina’s victory lap and that was a bit heartbreaking because what she did was insane and there was no one there,” she said. “I feel like she was robbed of that moment.” The organisers have since blamed the start of the working week and an event schedule designed … [Read more...] about Dire in Doha: world championships ‘catastrophe’ leaves athletics reeling
IMAGE: The Indian women's team will play their first tournament since playing the World Cup final in July 2017. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Nearly seven months after their astounding performance in the ICC World Cup, the Indian women's cricket team will resume their rivalry against South Africa when the two sides head into the opening ODI of the three-match series at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley in South Africa on Monday. The three-match series, which is the first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship, will give two sides an opportunity to directly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup. Kimberley will be the venue of the ODIs on February 5 and 7, while the series will finish with the final match in Potchefstroom on February 10.India did not get to play an international game since the 2017 World Cup, where the Mithali Raj-led side made it to the final before slumping to a heartbreaking nine-run defeat at Lord's against England to lose by 9 runs. … [Read more...] about Indian eves to take on Proteas in first ODI after 7-month break!
It is a fair guess that Gareth Bale, everyone’s favourite top-knot idiot, did not rush from the pitch after Wales’s match against Hungary on Tuesday to inquire how the prime minister got on in his TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn. Or, indeed, bother to ask if we had the same prime minister as last month, when Bale pronounced in an unguarded moment of candour: “I don’t even know who the prime minister is any more … I haven’t got a clue … I follow the golf, that’s about it.” That is, indeed, about it. In the rarefied field of 2019 Celebrity Disconnection Bale is neck and neck with Prince “I let the side down” Andrew for the gold medal, with only six weeks left in the season. Others might yet make the podium. It comes as a surprise, though it shouldn’t, that famous people often do not know anything or anyone but their hairdresser or whoever it is looking after their property portfolio. They do not just live in another … [Read more...] about Rapinoe and Piqué give Bale a lesson in how to tackle murky world of politics
IMAGE: Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech celebrates winning and in the process setting a new Women's 3000m Steeplechase World Record at the Diamond League in Monaco at Stade Louis II, on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech smashed the world record in the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase with a time of eight minutes 44.32 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday. Chepkoech, 27, broke the previous record mark of 8 minutes 52.78 set by Bahrain's Ruth Jebet in 2016 and, after breaking clear 2,000 metres into the race, she finished 16 seconds clear of her nearest rival. "I am so grateful," Chepkoech told reporters. "I said from the beginning, from the first lap, and I was watching the time, and I knew I was going to break the world record." Her previous best was 8:59.36 in Paris last month and she finished fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 London world championships. American world silver medallist Courtney Frerichs took second in a North … [Read more...] about Sports Shorts: Kenya’s Chepkoech smashes women’s steeplechase world record