LONDON: Australia captain Aaron Finch hit a hundred but was out next ball in the champions' World Cup clash with arch-rivals England at Lord's on Tuesday (Jun 25).Australia were 185-3 in the 36th over when Finch, dropped on 15, was dismissed for exactly 100 - the opener's second hundred of the tournament following his 153 against Sri Lanka.Together with David Warner (53) he shared a first-wicket stand of 123. It was the pair's fifth successive partnership of 50 or more at the tournament.Warner, the World Cup's leading run-scorer, and Smith were booed as they came in to bat after their recent return from year-long bans for ball-tampering.England captain Eoin Morgan, who has said it is not his job to tell the crowd how to behave, won the toss in overcast conditions and on a green pitch that promised to help his attack.Finch earned a reprieved when James Vince at backward point could not hold a tough chance.The Australia skipper completed a 61-ball fifty and then looked to up the … [Read more...] about Cricket: Ton-up Finch falls against England in World Cup
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BERLIN: Germany and Olympique Lyon star Dzsenifer Marozsan is set to make a return to World Cup action in Saturday's last-eight clash with Sweden after missing three games with a broken toe, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said on Tuesday (Jun 25).The 27-year-old broke her toe in Germany's opening game, a 1-0 win against China, prompting fears that she might miss the rest of the tournament.Yet at a press conference on Tuesday, coach Voss-Tecklenburg said that she was "very optimistic" that Marozsan would return for Saturday's quarter-final."We may decide on the day of the game whether Dzsenifer can play from the start or whether we will bring her on in the course of the game," said Voss-Tecklenburg, 51.Marozsan returned to team training last week, and had considered playing in Germany's 3-0 win against Nigeria in the second round."I told the coach that I am ready, but it was good that I didn't play. The more time I have, the more my toe can heal," she said after the game.Marozsan has … [Read more...] about Football: Germany star Marozsan set for World Cup comeback
AT the Asean Summit in Bangkok recently, one of the issues that was discussed was a joint bid to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2034. This news will be welcomed by Asean citizens, where football has a passionate following. No doubt hosting the World Cup will have positive impacts socio-culturally and economically yet there are negative effects that must be considered. One argument is the creation of new infrastructure and improvement of facilities. For example, Russia had created more than 800ha of parks and green zones, and it upgraded power stations and built new hotels to cope with the demand during the World Cup last year. These are beneficial to Russian citizens as the infrastructures are in use after the World Cup. Similarly in Asean, upgraded infrastructure could provide much needed electricity and water to poorer areas. During the 2018 World Cup, visiting fans (an estimated 570,000 international fans) spent about US$5,000-8,000 each which contributed an additional US$2.5-4 … [Read more...] about Should Asean nations co-host the 2034 World Cup?
Sport Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Wednesday that South Korea's run to the final of the Under 20 World Cup was "remarkable" and reflects the rising standards across the continent. 12 Jun 2019 02:46PM Bookmark SEOUL: Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Wednesday that South Korea's run to the final of the Under 20 World Cup was "remarkable" and reflects the rising standards across the continent.South Korea reached their first men's final of any FIFA competition after Choi Jun's first-half goal saw them beat Ecuador in Lublin, Poland.The Koreans have had an incredible ride to the final, beating six-times champions Argentina in the group stage before going on to eliminate Japan, Senegal and Ecuador.South Korea will face Ukraine for the title on Saturday in Lodz."Their achievements so far have been remarkable, and I hope they carry on this form and go on to win the competition," said the Bahraini in an AFC … [Read more...] about AFC president hails South Korea’s run to U20 World Cup final
SEOUL: Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun’s experience of playing in Europe could prove an invaluable asset for South Korea when the Women’s World Cup begins later this week. Nicknamed “Ji Messi” by fans who regard her as the female equivalent of the Barcelona and Argentina great, the 28-year-old is South Korea’s record scorer with 54 goals in 115 appearances. Ji started playing football at school aged seven, but had to train with the boys as there was no girls’ team. The trailblazing Ji became the first Korean woman to play professionally in England when she made a high-profile move to Chelsea in 2014 from Japan’s INAC Kobe Leonessa. Ji’s first season in London was a success as Chelsea, who had struggled near the foot of the table in 2013, were transformed into title challengers. English title disappointment She netted nine goals in 19 appearances in all competitions but Chelsea ended up being pipped to the Women’s Super League crown by … [Read more...] about Trailblazing ‘Ji Messi’ leads South Korea’s World Cup hopes