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Ding had been in brilliant form during the tournament , including scoring a maximum 147 in the quarter-finals, but looked to finish empty-handed as world number three Robertson stormed into a three-frame lead. The Australian won the first with a break of 88 after Ding had made a decent start, took the second with a break of 58 and then claimed the third with a half-century clearance. At that point last season’s runner-up Robertson looked on course to follow the 4-0 whitewashes secured by Stephen Lee and Shaun Murphy in the previous two finals, but Chinese ace Ding had other ideas. The 2011 Masters champion showed he was far from beaten with breaks of 52 and 70 in winning the fourth frame, and then a brilliant 130 – his eighth century of the tournament – saw him reduce the deficit to 3-2. It was all-square soon after and, with the momentum behind him, Ding clinched the title with a break of 98 in the deciding frame. The victory earned Ding his sixth ranking title of his career and first since winning the Welsh Open over a year ago. Press Association Ding Junhui staged a stunning fightback from 3-0 down to claim a remarkable 4-3 victory over Neil Robertson in the final of the Dafabet Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway.
O’Neill recorded a long overdue first victory in charge of the national team with a 1-0 home win over Fabio Capello’s men on August 14 and has an early chance to build on that next month. A World Cup qualifying double header, involving a home clash with Portugal on September 6 and an away date in Luxembourg four days later, is looming and O’Neill is hungry to use the Russia game as a springboard. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is delighted to be getting back to work with his side so soon after the morale-boosting win over Russia. The return of senior men like Brunt and Kyle Lafferty is a cause of great cheer for O’Neill, but neither can consider themselves a guaranteed selection when game time arrives. That represents somewhat of a sea change, but with the likes of Oliver Norwood, Martin Paterson and Jamie Ward turning in fine performances in their absence last time out, the competition for starting spots is growing – even for the established players. “Brunty is back after missing the last game with suspension and Kyle is available after injury,” said O’Neill. “There’s competition for places and that’s what you want. I felt the front four were superb in the Russia game, in terms of how they stopped the Russians playing. “They were all very disciplined when we didn’t have the ball – Jamie Ward knew what we were after, Niall McGinn and Shane Ferguson did well and Martin Paterson gives everything he has got. “There are no secrets with what Martin gives, it’s always a fully committed performance and I was delighted he got the goal.” One man who remains out of contention is Chris Baird, who was released by Fulham in the summer and has yet to finalise a new club despite training with QPR. “It’s a miss when Chris is not here,” admitted O’Neill. “It’s not a question of him not getting a club, it’s more about ensuring he gets the right club. It’s his livelihood. “I would like it resolved sooner rather than later because he is a very important player for us, gives us lots of options and has been a big player for Northern Ireland for the best part of 10 years.” Northern Ireland squad: Carroll (Olympiacos), McGovern (Falkirk); Hughes (Fulham), McGivern (Hibernian), Cathcart (Blackpool), McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Manchester United), Bruce (Hull), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley); Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Birmingham), C Evans (Blackburn), Brunt (West Brom), O’Connor (Rotherham); K Lafferty (Palermo), Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby). He has named a 22-man squad for the matches, though left-back Daniel Lafferty is only available for the second having picked up his second yellow card of the campaign. As well as those who delivered the first three points of Northern Ireland’s World Cup campaign, O’Neill has been able to add midfielder Chris Brunt, who is back from a one-game suspension, and striker Kyle Lafferty, fit again following Achilles trouble. Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, who was a matchday withdrawal for the Russia game due to sickness, is once again included. “The main benefit for me is getting the lads together again so soon after the last game,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “We can approach this game in as good a place as we could hope to be as a squad. “We have to prove we are capable of doing it all again, showing the same intensity, the same discipline, the same intelligence against Portugal that we did against Russia. “To get the players so soon again after we had them for Russia means the preparation for these games is slightly more straight forward, given the proximity between the sessions. “There’s a settled look to the squad and now the belief and confidence of playing at this level is growing.” Press Association
The Leinster centre was relieved that his four missed penalties did not cost the Dubliners safe passage at the Ricoh Arena. Fergus McFadden and Isaac Boss claimed Leinster’s tries, with Matt Mullan and Nathan Hughes responding in a frenzied last quarter for Wasps. Wasps edged out Harlequins into second place in Pool Two on points aggregate between the two sides’ meetings. Dai Young’s side must now wait for the rest of the weekend’s action to see if they progress as a best-placed runner-up, but that looks unlikely. Dave Kearney’s shoulder injury and Eoin Reddan’s knee knock could prove troublesome for Ireland boss Joe Schmidt however, with the Six Nations opener in Italy just a fortnight away. Wasps’ start was rendered inauspicious just 24 seconds in, as flanker Johnson upended the airborne Kearney. The Ireland wing soldiered on for another two minutes, but was withdrawn nursing his left shoulder. South African Johnson was probably fortunate to receive merely a yellow card for his crude but unintentional challenge. Leinster however, took full advantage: two penalty line-outs later Rob Kearney sent wing McFadden into the right corner. Madigan slotted the touchline conversion with ease to set Leinster seven points to the good. Sean Cronin unwittingly handed Wasps three points from Goode’s opening penalty when fielding a loose pass in an offside position. Madigan had a straightforward shot at goal in near-immediate response, but dragged his effort wide. Johnson returned from the sin-bin with Wasps trailing just 7-3, but the hosts still could not settle. Madigan missed a second penalty shot, then compounded that error by chipping out on the full under no pressure. The 25-year-old set Leinster back on the front foot with a neat break, but his refusal to oblige a three-man overlap cost his side a try. Madigan did convert a penalty shortly afterwards to move Leinster 10-3 ahead, but the Dubliners were still ruing an opportunity missed. Leinster scrum-half Reddan then trudge off with apparent knee trouble, before Wasps prop Cittadini was sin-binned for killing the ball. Kiwi outside-half Gopperth then assumed the goal-kicking duties to nudge Leinster 13-3 ahead. Goode responded in kind from the tee with Cronin offside at the ruck, before scrum-half replacement Boss claimed an opportunist’s try for Leinster. Gopperth thought he had scored after ignoring an overlap, but Television Match Official (TMO) Herve Dubes awarded the score to Boss from an earlier snipe to the line. Madigan took back the tee to slot the conversion and move Leinster into a 20-6 lead. And so the scores remained at the break, but Leinster turned around a man light after Kane Douglas’ rustic shoulder charge on Johnson. Goode inexplicably missed the routine penalty, leaving Leinster in charge at the break. Tom Varndell thought he had dragged Wasps straight back into the mix by sneaking into the left corner on the restart, only for Nathan Hughes to be penalised for obstruction. Leinster escaped the sin-bin unscathed as a result, a feat to underline the visitors’ dominance until the hour. Madigan had the chance to stretch Leinster’s lead, but duly missed his third penalty of an off-kilter afternoon from the tee. Wasps raised the tempo in a sustained bid for a foothold, but Luke Fitzgerald produced an astute tackle on Varndell that typified the visitors’ stubborn resistance. Finally Wasps breached that defence just past the hour, Mullan burrowing home after good work from number eight Hughes. Goode’s conversion cut Leinster’s lead to 20-13 with the final quarter still to unfold. A loose kick dead from Gopperth gifted Wasps the immediate initiative, and the hosts gleefully accepted with their second try. Number eight Hughes powered home from a driven lineout to trim Leinster’s lead to two points. Goode struck the post with the conversion, only to be handed a second chance courtesy of an early Leinster charge. The former England marksman grabbed the reprieve and levelled the scores, with nine minutes to play. Gopperth snatched at a drop-goal attempt as Leinster rallied, but stood it up in his haste to strike. Madigan had the chance to snatch Leinster the lead after Elliot Daly hit a ruck from the side, but dragged his penalty wide for his fourth miss of the day. Goode lined up the final-play drop-goal effort in a desperate bid to upstage the visitors, only to drag his effort wide and send Leinster through. Leinster survived a late Wasps fight back to book their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals despite a 20-20 draw in Coventry. Press Association The three-time Heineken Cup champions let a 14-point lead slip in the final quarter, but still topped Pool Two to sneak into Europe’s last eight. Andy Goode failed with a last-gasp drop-goal attempt that would have sent Wasps through to the knockout phase, allowing Ian Madigan to wipe his brow.
Training has gone well for the Tipp county champions but defender Ferghal Condon told Tipp FM Sport that it’s all about performing well on the daySunday’s game throws-in at 2 o’clock in Mallow and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Stapleton’s Bakery, Roscrea.
Brazil legend Carlos Alberto, the captain of the 1970 World Cup-winning side, has died aged 72.He scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history in the 1970 final against Italy, rounding off a sublime team move with a powerful low finish.Right-back Alberto was capped 53 times by Brazil and won domestic titles with Fluminense and Santos, for whom he made more than 400 appearances.He died in Rio de Janeiro following a heart attack.Alberto was named in the world team of the 20th Century in 1998 and the Fifa 100 for the greatest living players in 2004.He told the BBC that leading a team containing legends Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino to the World Cup was “the best moment of my career”. After finishing his playing career in North America with New York Cosmos, Alberto managed 15 clubs and Oman and Azerbaijan.He won the 1983 Brazilian Championship with Flamengo and finished his coaching career with Azerbaijan in 2005.Analysis – ‘As a coach or pundit, Alberto held no prisoners’BBC Brasil’s Fernando DuarteCarlos Alberto had a huge influence in Brazilian football not only for being one of the best right-backs to ever don the Brazil shirt, but also for being one of the most uncompromising voices of the game in his native country. As a leader, his qualities were unquestionable, wearing the captain’s armband in the legendary Brazil squad that won the Jules Rimet trophy in Mexico 46 years ago, exerting command over the likes of strong-minded players such as Pele, Gerson and Rivelino.Alberto was a product of Brazil’s famous marauding full-back lineage, but the difference was that he united fitness with the art.Brazilians learned the hard way in the 1966 World Cup that style was not enough when they were easily outmuscled by European opponents and went out at the group stage.’The Captain’, as he was nicknamed by Brazilians, did not have the same success as a manager, but fans of Flamengo, the most-supported team in the country, have fond memories of his role in winning the 1983 national title.As a coach or TV pundit, Alberto held no prisoners thanks to a fiery temper and a sharp sense of humour. In his trademark raspy voice, he would lambast directors, players and express certain despair with what he considered a fall in standards in Brazilian football. I met Alberto several times and never left without some tasty quotes. The last time I saw him was month ago in Rio, the day after a round of the South American World Cup qualifiers, in the green room of a Brazilian TV station.The national team had won a crucial away game against Ecuador and a huge sense of relief was in the air after a stumbling start in the tournament. But ‘The Captain’ was having none of it.”I remember when beating those guys was not a reason to celebrate but an obligation,” he said, just before letting his thunderous laugh rip.
“I think JGR, all of our cars are running good at places throughout the season, but for us personally on the 19, the last couple of mile-and-a-halves we’ve really turned a corner,” Truex said this week. “Michigan was a great run for us, Charlotte obviously, winning there was big.”We started out the year kind of searching a bit on the mile-and-a-halves and the bigger tracks with the 550-horsepower package. For us, I definitely feel like we’ve learned a lot the past month and half and really turned a corner there. That has given us a lot of confidence and we feel like Chicago will be a good race for us.”Among the favorites to spoil the Busch-Truex party at Chicagoland are their rivals from Team Penske, Logano and Keselowski. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, who is still searching for his first win this season, also has a strong history at the track; he has more career top-five finishes (10) in Chicago than anybody in the field. MORE: Watch the Chicagoland race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 3 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is the third such start time this season (Texas and Sonoma were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series is on NBCSN for the first time this season. (Fox’s portion of the broadcast schedule ended last week.) As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC is slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, which will consist of three stages (80 laps, 80 laps, 107 laps), is the 18th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (17th when not counting the All-Star Race).Chicagoland Speedway, located southwest of Chicago in Joliet, Ill., is a 1.5-mile oval that features 18-degree banking in the turns, 11-degree banking in the tri-oval and five-degree banking on the backstretch. The wide (and slick when hot) race track is ripe for good racing.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Chicagoland.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Chicagoland raceRace: Camping World 400 at Chicagoland SpeedwayDate: Sunday, June 30Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTVRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday will be the first of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at Chicagoland is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreIn a development that shocks nobody, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are again being tabbed as two of the favorites to win Sunday’s race. They are two of four multiple-time Chicagoland winners in the field this weekend (Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick being the others) and are the two hottest drivers in the series. Busch won this race last year, and Truex won it in 2016 and ’17.Busch, who is one point behind Cup Series standings leader Joey Logano, has a series-best 15 top-10 finishes in 16 races in 2019, including top-five finishes in his last four races. And now he goes to one of his best tracks; including his win last season, Busch has six top-10 finishes in the last seven races at Chicagoland.”Back when we first started racing (at Chicagoland) in the summer, it was a night race,” Busch explained this week. “So with a hot track now and the surface worn out more now, it certainly tends to play to my strengths, and as we saw last year, we can put on a really good race with the heat, combined with the worn-out surface.”MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for Truex, aka “Mile and a Half Martin,” Sunday offers a welcome return to an oval even after his road-course win at Sonoma last week. Of Truex’s five career top-five finishes at Chicagoland, three have come in the last three races, including his pair of wins in 2016 and ’17. What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the Cup Series’ only visit to Chicago all season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at Chicagoland is 3 p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on NBCSN is 2:30 p.m. ET.
Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously to ask Governor DeSantis to allow them to begin phase one of opening up Palm Beach County and to distance the county from Broward and Miami Dade. The Palm Beach County Mayor, Dave Kerner, will speak with the governor about opening up this afternoon via phone. However, Kerner adds that he does not need the governor’s permission to re-open. Kerner says Palm Beach County has full authority to open on its own terms and is not locked in with what Miami-Dade and Broward counties are doing.Palm Beach County commissioners said they will also send a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking him to move forward with the first phase of reopening for the county.Currently, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are excluded from all areas of Phase One of the plan, with the exception of elective surgeries.Under Phase One, which started on Monday, restaurants and retail shops across Florida can operate at 25% capacity.Commissioner Hal Valeche called for a vote to ask DeSantis to disassociate Palm Beach County from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and allow Palm Beach County to be added to Phase One of the reopening strategy.Valeche called the first phase a “baby step” and said Palm Beach County shouldn’t delay in entering that phase.
Tickets were priced at 1,500 baht which included entrance to the event and the buffet in the evening; it ‘sold out’ weeks ago and this demonstrates the outstanding public support for this one-of-a-kind event which has a unique carnival atmosphere.Father Giovanni Contarin from the Camillian Home (left) gratefully accepts a cheque for 500,000 baht from event organizer Tony Sales.Tony stated that despite the atrocious weather he was delighted with the turnout. In 2012 he hosted the first event hoping to raise 150,000 baht – the event nearly doubled that amount, then in 2013 it raised 1,000,000 baht shared between 4 charities. Water4Life (Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard), Heartt2000, Life Home Trust Project (Phuket) and Camillian Homes.115 people sponsored the 8 teams, and 4 corporations made significant contributions – NB Surveys contributed 150,000 for the second year running.The raffle and auction consisted of dining vouchers from popular Pattaya eateries – Beefeater, Sportsman and Yamato restaurants. Many other items were donated by individuals and by every participating bar.Dr. Jureerat (left) receives a cheque for 500,000 baht on behalf of Dr Philippe Suer (Heartt2000) from Tony Sales.After last year’s event all the teams were invited to visit each of the 4 beneficiaries and every team actively participated in these visits. They could see the actual results of their contribution. One visit was to deliver 250 gravity-fed water filters to the mangrove swamp area, near Chantanaburi, to provide free potable water to 250 families for up to 5 years. This year’s beneficiaries are the Camillian Home and Heartt2000, Tony Sales explained: “250,000 baht makes a difference but 500,000 makes a bigger difference. Camillian is a wonderful place for kids suffering from a variety of disabilities, and we wanted to make a BIG difference. They are building a new extension and we hope that our contribution can see that realized on schedule.”TJ’s team relax in the pool before one the qualifying matches.Tony continued: “Heartt2000 is run by Doctor Philppe Suer who looks after 2000 patients affected with HIV. He has my personal respect as a ‘one man’ humanitarian who invests his own time in helping people with HIV. This illness is not a killer if treated quickly enough – education is the key.”The sponsors for the 2014 event were the Areca Lodge, NB Surveys, LadyBoysPattaya, OzTrail Leisure Products, USVPN, The Beefeater, Sportsman, Yamato and Pattaya Mail & Pattaya Mail TV.Cheerleaders get into the spirit of things.Aside from the charity angle the focus on the day was to have fun, with teams from 8 bars around Pattaya and Bangkok giving up their time and energy to show their positive contribution to society. Since May, many of them have been training hard, honing their skills on the beaches around town in an effort to be crowned worldwide ladyboy water volleyball champions.Last year’s winning team, Sensations, had lost 2 of their key players so TJs, last year’s runners up were keen to take advantage. There were two ‘dark horses’ (Temptations and Check In Bar), competing from Bangkok, and that left everyone unsure of the outcome.The Pattaya teams (Baby Boom, Kings Bar, La Bamba, Sensations, Stringfellows and TJs) were all under pressure to secure a home win.The Areca Lodge sold drinks and food at competitive prices as the ladyboys played game after game and after a while as the rounds became more heated everybody forgot about the rain.A fashion parade and water volleyball tournament go hand in hand.The standard of play has improved vastly over the last few years and the top 5 bars were those that practiced the most – and it showed.In spite of the torrential rain the matches were all completed on time with one critical point, in a deciding game between TJs and Baby Boom, seeing a challenge with the referees actually referring to video footage to confirm the point and decision.Sensations take on Baby Boom in the tournament final at Areca Lodge, Saturday, Nov. 1.In the end it was a black and white finish with Sensations in Black and Baby Boom in white, and yet again Sensations came in first place, earning them the coveted title of 2014 champions.The hugely enjoyable day raised 1,300,000 baht and after expenses 500,000 baht was donated to the Camillian Home and another 500,000 baht to Heartt2000.More information about this unique and colorful event can be found online at www.lbwvb.com. The only ladyboy water volleyball contest in the world took place on Saturday the 1st of November at the Areca Lodge in central Pattaya. This is the third consecutive year the event has taken place and despite dark skies and torrential rains, a loyal turnout of fans and enthusiastic players resulted in it being the greatest fundraiser yet. The whole event is the brainchild of Tony Sales, a man who is keen to show ladyboys (transgenders/transsexuals) in a positive light. “Every strata of society has good and bad – I am proud of all the teams to demonstrate that many ladyboys care about their society and, given the chance, can positively contribute. We have given them that opportunity and they excel,” said Tony.Event organizer Tony Sales (left) presents the winning trophy to the Sensations Bar Team.The venue for the event was the large pool nestled at the rear of Areca Lodge on Soi Diana and it provided the ideal location and size for the 350 people who attended.