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Black Satellites set for France examination in opener at FIFA U20 World Cup

first_imgGhana open their 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup campaign against France at the Istanbul Arena on Friday in Group A.But they face a difficult opposition in a talented France squad.The Black Satellites became the first African side to lift the World U20 trophy in Egypt after beating Brazil on penalties in 2009.Sellas Tetteh, who masterminded that historic feat four years ago, has returned to take charge of the Ghana squad.The West African’s record in the competition far surpasses Friday’s opposition.They have finished in the medal zone of previous tournaments on three occasions. At the 2001 finals in Argentina where Ghana won silver, they drew 0-0 with France in a final Group F match.Ghana’s side featured the likes of Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, John Pantsil and Fulham’s Derek Boateng.Friday’s match will be entirely different.Though Udinese-target Ebenezer Assifuah is the brightest spot in the Ghana team, Tetteh would be relying most on Inter Milan midfielder Alfred Duncan who helped Livorno secure promotion to the Italian Serie A.Anderlecht’s Frank Acheampong and Baba Abdul Rahman from German side Greuther Furth will be crucial. Left-back Jeremiah Akorful is also a delight to watch on the ball.Juventus striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom is also with the team.Ghana had to drop Chelsea reserve team captain Daniel Pappoe over a swollen knee.Les Bleuets earned their spot at Turkey 2013 by reaching the last four of the 2012 UEFA European U-19 Championship in Estonia.France’s best performance in the competition comes in 2011 in Columbia where they finished fourth after losing to Mexico in the bronze medal game. The European giants, despite their rich pool of talents at youth level have appeared just four times out of 18 possible times.Pierre Mankowski’s side is inspired by the presence of Olympique Lyon’s regular squad member Samuel Umtiti who completed 25 Ligue 1 games last season and Juventus’ Paul Pogba.Striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck single-handedly took Troyes to the semi-final of the Coupe de France competition last season.The failure of AC Milan’s N’Baye Niang to make the final squad for the France squad sums up the quality of their squad.About 70% of the France squad have played in the French top-flight. Ghana’s probable starting line-up: Eric Ofori Antwi – Baba Rahman, Lawrence Lartey, Joseph Attamah, Richmond Nketiah- Alfred Duncan, Seidu Salifu, Frank Acheampong,Francis Narh – Ebenezer Assifuah, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2019: American teen Coco Gauff gets marquee opener vs. Venus Willliams

first_img Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal faces possible Roger Federer semifinal in difficult draw American Coco Gauff, 15, makes Wimbledon history by earning main-draw spot She opens against Zheng Saisai but faces a possible third-round clash with 2017 winner Garbine Muguruza and a quarterfinal with defending champion Angelique Kerber or Serena Williams, who are on course to meet in the last 16.The first round of The Championships…15-year-old @CocoGauff will play 39-year-old @Venuseswilliams #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/N6PMi3YN3y— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2019Kerber starts her title defense against Tatjana Maria while Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, faces qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone in the first round. Maria Sharapova also features in a star-studded top half of the draw, and there is plenty to whet the appetite in the bottom section, including a prospective quarterfinal between Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka.World No. 1 Osaka, the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion, takes on Yulia Putintseva — who beat her in Birmingham — first up and may have to deal with a fourth-round encounter with another former world No. 1 in Caroline Wozniacki.Halep, the 2018 French Open champion, meets Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening round and could face Aryna Sabalenka in a round of 16 that may also feature a contest between Sloane Stephens and two-time winner Petra Kvitova. Fifteen-year-old qualifier Cori “Coco” Gauff will face five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, part of a women’s draw in which recent French Open winner and top-seeded Ashleigh Barty’s route to the final could be lined with former champions.Gauff on Thursday became the youngest Wimbledon qualifier in the Open Era at 15 years and 122 days when she defeated Greet Minnen, 6-1, 6-1. Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer seeded over Rafael Nadal in controversial move And she has been rewarded with a meeting with an all-time great in Williams, 39, who herself was just 17 when she made the U.S. Open final and lost to Martina Hingis.Meanwhile, Barty, whose first Grand Slam title at the French Open and victory last week at the Birmingham Classic has seen rise her to the top of the WTA rankings, is the No. 1 seed in the women’s singles but the draw has been no kinder to her as a result. Related Newslast_img read more

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BRAZILIAN-BRED JOLIE OLIMPICA IMPRESSIVE IN HER U.S. DEBUT AS SHE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH

first_imgBRAZILIAN-BRED JOLIE OLIMPICA IMPRESSIVE IN HER U.S. DEBUT AS SHE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; TRAINED BY MANDELLA, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.00ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2020)–Bet to favoritism in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica was equal to the challenge, as she tracked the early leader and went on to an impressive 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Richard Mandella, the 4-year-old daughter of Drosselmeyer got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01 flat–a new track record for Santa Anita’s recently adopted turf sprint distance.“I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning,” said Smith, who made the lead just inside the sixteenth pole. “He said ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer.  I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride…The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you.  She galloped out well within herself and she wasn’t winded at all.  She should get a mile for sure any day.”Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Jolie Olimpica had been idle since winning a Group I stakes on June 9 in Brazil and was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares, returning $4.40, $4.00 and $2.20.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super quick…Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock. Mike got her calmed down in the post parade, had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that.”Now unbeaten in four career starts dating back to Feb. 23, 2019, Jolie Olimpica, who is out of the Trempolino mare Jolie Celina, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $111,520.Kentan Road, who showed the way to the sixteenth pole, finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Storm the Hill for second money with Jorge Velez up and paid $5.40 and $3.00 while off at 5-1.Storm the Hill, a Grade III winner who was shortening up out of five consecutive turf routes, never threatened for the top two placings and finished third by 1 ½ lengths over An Eddie Surprise. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Storm the Hill was the second choice at 3-2 and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.00, 44.22 and 55.32.last_img read more

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Flyers and Rangers playing final regular season home game tonight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers will be hitting the ice tonight to play their final regular season home game tonight, a game that was originally scheduled for late last week.The Flyers will be hosting the Spirit River Rangers at the North Peace Arena, the fifth meeting between the two teams this season. The two teams were set to battle it out last Thursday night, but the North Peace Hockey League postponed the game after freezing rain made highways across the Peace Region incredibly treacherous.Fort St. John is 3-and-1 against the Rangers so far this season. They beat Spirit River by a convincing 7-4 win on the road in the team’s second game of the season on November 3rd. The second contest at the North Peace Arena on November 24th was a much closer affair, as the two teams battled to a 4-4 draw after 65 minutes of hockey. The two opponents ended up needing to go to the fourteenth round of the shootout, where Brady Busche managed to seal the deal for the home team. The team’s only loss to Spirit River this season was by the score of 6-2 in Fort St. John on December 15th. The Flyers bounced back to double up the Rangers 6-3 on the road on January 5th.- Advertisement -The puck drops in Fort St. John tonight at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more