Emmanuel Adebayor set for debut as Dwight Gayle absence put down to injury

first_imgAlan Pardew plans to give Emmanuel Adebayor his Crystal Palace debut against Bournemouth on Tuesday. Adebayor’s arrival last Tuesday on a free transfer until the end of the season will likely further limit Gayle’s first-team chances, given he was already far from a regular. Swansea having reportedly bid £7million for him suggested Pardew had left him out to encourage the transfer, even if that is something he denies. “Dwight got four goals in our pre-game (training match) we have on a Friday, but was injured (on Saturday),” Pardew said. “We’ve kind of pencilled (Adebayor) in to be involved on Tuesday, so we’ll have to wait and see. I think there’s a good chance. “We had a few players missing (against Stoke), lost a couple at half-time, but everybody really put in a performance at their level or above their level, and you can’t ask for more than that. “You could see by the results in the FA Cup, the Premier League (teams are) taking this competition a lot more seriously than before.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes had made eight changes to the team that had lost on penalties to Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final. This Tuesday they travel to Manchester United in the Premier League and Hughes is concerned that not only will several of those unavailable for Saturday’s defeat at Palace not be ready for selection at Old Trafford, but that an injury suffered at Palace by defender Marc Wilson could be so serious he may have to sign a replacement. Press Association But the manager insisted only injury kept him from selecting Dwight Gayle for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup, when t he impressive Wilfried Zaha scored the game’s only goal. Pardew had previously spoken of his concerns surrounding Adebayor’s lack of match-fitness, but the absence of Gayle increased speculation he is to leave for Swansea. Asked whether the likes of Peter Crouch, Glen Johnson and Marko Arnautovic will be ready to return, Hughes said: “There’s still a doubt. “We’ve got bad news with Marc Wilson. We’re a little bit stretched at the back. Marc Wilson looks like he’s got a bad knee injury, the physio thinks he’s got medial ligament damage so he’s going to be out for a period of maybe 10-12 weeks unfortunately. “It might force our hand. We’re a little bit threadbare, Ryan Shawcross is injured as well, Geoff Cameron isn’t available, and Marc Muniesa’s only come back in after injury so we might have to do a short-term thing.” last_img read more

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“Warm-up” Sessions Set at ETC

first_img admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Tennis Center will be hosting two “warm-up” sessions for the upcoming high school tennis season.Experienced and beginning players are invited to participate in the Friday sesssions from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 and April 3.The two clinics will provide an opportunity for experienced players to re-tune their strokes and for beginners to learn some basic skills.ETC professionals will organize multiple courts of play from basic instruction to advance drills to accommodate players of all levels.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe cost is $15 for one session or $25 with advanced registration for both sessions for those who are not ETC members.Players are encouraged to call 664-0400 to sign up or for more information since space may be limited. Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015center_img Bio Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Hemraj Targeting PCL call-up

first_imgAFTER a solid performance is the just concluded Jaguars Franchise League three-day tournament, talented batsman, Chanderpaul Hemraj, feels he stands a good chance in reviving his first-class career.Hemraj is aiming for when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day tournament bowls off next month.The 23-year-old batsman, who hails from the village of Cane Grove on the East Coast Demerara, smashed the highest individual score in the eight-team tournament, 250, and was the fourth highest run-scorer, with 562 runs.Dubbed as one of the most promising cricketers of the Region, Hemraj has had little success in his short first-class career to date.The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who has the ambition of representing the West Indies in all formats at the senior level, has appeared in five first-class matches, but played his last game in April 2014,against the Leeward Islands.Four of those matches have been played on foreign soil, and Hemraj has managed 131 runs at an average of 13.10 with a highest score of 34.However, the talented batsman,in an exclusive interview yesterday,said he is pleased with his overall performance and feels his chances of a first-class return is just around the corner.“Before the start of the tournament, I had my goals set out. My goal was to produce a solid performance with the bat, and I think I have achieved that,” Hemraj said.He added “With that performance, I hope it sent a message to the selectors, and I am confident that my first-class career will be back on track”.Hemraj, who is among the academy’s players named by Cricket Guy Inc (CGI) in November last year, can only make his first-class return this season on a ‘Pay-for-Play’ basis, since he is not a contracted player with the Guyana Jaguars nor was he a part of the Player Draft for the 2016-2017 season, which took place on June 16, at the Coppin/Cozier/Short Media Centre at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.Meanwhile, the 2016-2017 PCL is set to begin on November 11, and veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul heads the list of the Guyana Jaguars contracted players.Chanderpaul, the region’s most capped Test player (164 Tests), is expected to play a mentor role, since Chairman of Selectors and former national fast bowler, Rayon Griffith,opted for a number of young players.However, the Guyana Jaguars opted for its local players, with only 21-year-old Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Vikash Mohan,being the only new imported draft choice.Barbadian left-handed all-rounder,Raymon Reifer,is the other foreign player, but he was one of ten players retained by the Guyana Jaguars.The other contracted players for the new season are: Shimron Hetmyer, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Assad Fudadin, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble, Steven Jacobs, Paul Wintz and Romario Shephard.Further, it must be noted that batsmen Leon Johnson and Rajendra Chandrika, along with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, were not considered for contracts since they all have WICB retainer contracts.last_img read more

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It’s better for administrators to step aside than players – Viv continues WICB attack

first_imgFORMER West Indies captain Viv Richards has continued his criticism of regional cricket administrators insisting that it is more beneficial to the game for officials to step down than players to be left out of the team.In recent years, frequent disputes between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and numerous players, combined with various pieces of legislation, have left several players unavailable for selection. Richards, who recently chided the WICB for its role in what he believes to be the alienation of players, has continued the attack.“We have issues with our administrators. We have players defecting … they don’t want to represent their country anymore. They go for the easiest process … all the leagues around the world. There is too much infighting in terms of players versus administration. So there must be a reason for individuals to divert their interests. There is a huge problem there,” Richards said.“There are personality issues at administrators’ level which have gone to an all-time high in my opinion. They should start governing the game properly for which they are elected. In our society there is no one who has respect, if he has failed to do something … and so why not eliminate them from the whole administrative process?There has to be a change. I don’t know, if that’s all because of money. But it’s been going on for too long. No one is willing to say: ‘Okay we have failed in this and that: let me resign.’ I guess sometimes, that it’s too attractive and lucrative for individuals at that particular level to let go.”Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard number among those missing for the West Indies at various points, often opting to take part in various T20 leagues around the world.last_img read more

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UNICAL Malabites Rule 2019 HiFL Season

first_imgThe 2019 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), ended in grand style with University of Calabar, Malabites defeating defending champions UAM Tillers (5-4) on penalties in Lagos, Saturday, to emerge champions of the league’s second edition.It was sweet revenge for the Malabites, after a re-enactment of the 2018 finals, which they lost to UAM Tillers.UAM Tillers started the game on the front foot and showed flashes of why they deserve a place in the finals. In the 16th minute, the efforts of the lads from Makurdi, paid off, as captain, AssenShater, with jersey no 10, closed out a brilliant pass with a superb finish. The defending champions dominated play for most of the first half despite playing with 10 men after Dolumon Anikyongu got sent off following a second yellow card.UNICAL Malabites however, came into the game in the second half and got a goal in the 62ndminute from substitute Ngaji Mojafu. Despite the equalizer, UAM Tillers created the most chances in the second half, but had to settle for a draw at the end of full time.The game ended 5:4 on penalties in favour of UNICAL Malabites at the end of regulation time.Speaking during an international press conference organized before the match, Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Sola Fijabi, said that he is impressed with the huge support that the league has garnered and sustained since its launch especially during the second season“It is heart-warming to deliver a bigger, bolder and even better second season as promised. We are especially happy that the league did not only create an engagement platform for brands and several stakeholders, but it also unified students across Nigeria in the delightful spirit of sportsmanship, our expansion of teams to 32 and our very impactful coaching clinic are some of the many strides that we achieved in the season.We are extremely prepared for the 2020 edition and we are hopeful that like this second season, subsequent editions of the league will continue to have positive impact on sports and education in Nigeria” Fijabi concluded.Speaking after the final match, President, Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Prof Stephen Hamafyelto expressed satisfaction about the organization and execution of the second edition “This edition has really proven that we are here for the long term. We have once again delivered on the promises we made regarding standards, discipline even fair-play, especially as it concerns delivering a bigger and better league season”We are glad that the league has not only given a voice and a face to football talents across the country and in various institutions, but is also providing hope and a veritable platform of success for the numerous talents that are being discovered” He added.In all, 32 teams participated in the 2019 HiFL season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Waiting for the Punchline: Senses of humor should be treated like genres

first_imgIt’s funny — most people think of a good sense of humor as a tendency to enjoy any and all jokes that come their way, but is it a sense of humor if you don’t have a sense of the kinds of humor you truly connect with? Whenever conversations on art arise, genre can be a necessary and helpful tool for artistic categorization. Genre allows us to sort works — music, literature and film alike — into groups based on shared motifs, stylings and concepts. We use genre as a reference point for new works, as well as a means of deciphering our own preferences. This casual sentiment toward comedy exists because it’s the one art form we create every day when we crack jokes with our friends. Because of this familiarity, most of us consider ourselves to be intuitively good judges of comedy. When it comes to jokes that we don’t particularly enjoy, we’re much more likely to declare them bad than to simply concede that the joke’s not for us — that it is not our genre of comedy. Dave Chappelle (right) and Donnell Rawlings (left) are both comedians whose styles would be considered “blue comedy,” a genre known for its observational and dirty jokes. (Photo courtesy of Senior Airman Tom Brading Dave) With this in mind, don’t panic if you don’t really “get” a joke or if someone doesn’t love yours. One can still connect with and show appreciation for a joke without disingenuously laughing, putting it down or feeling slighted. There are plenty of jokes in the world to tell and enjoy. This one just might not be your sense of humor. For mediums such as music, film and literature, genre is king. In fact, it feels nearly impossible to have a conversation about a title without invoking genre. Think about trying to describe “Knives Out” without the term “whodunnit.” Or, try recommending Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” album (a hard enough task as is) to a friend without using the term “gospel.” It’s really hard, right? We also tend to forget that all of us have had an embarrassing situation where we’ve tried telling a joke to someone and failed at getting a laugh. Someone may have thought your joke was stupid or simply did not understand it. Either way, it’s a microscopic but significant blow to the ego that not many people willingly experience. Most people just fake laugh as an easy patch when the joke doesn’t land. However, when the person conveys their disengagement with the joke, you know one thing: The joke didn’t work. It’s for this reason that I don’t understand why the concept of genre isn’t used as much to talk about comedy. You wouldn’t ask your friends to catch a movie with you without knowing what types of movie you want to go see. It’s rarely asked: What kind of comedy is it? What kind of jokes will they be telling? Should I invite my mom or should I have never even considered sharing an experience like this together? With comedy, audiences are much more likely to be content with simply going to see “a comedy show.” There is one rarely used and vastly underrated phrase that can be used to approach a clash of humor. It’s a completely respectful way to signal that the joke didn’t land for one reason or another.  “I’m sorry, it’s just not my sense of humor.” The thing is, comedy does have genres. Dark comedy, slapstick comedy, blue comedy, observational comedy, deadpan comedy and cringe comedy are all separate, legitimate genres. Still, we treat comedy as a different, more easily accessible art that doesn’t require the bookish categorization across the board that other art forms do.  This one phrase conveys the message, but why don’t we use it often? For one, most people tend to think they’re funny and most people’s conception of funny is a near-universal sense of humor. Most people typically use humor to connect, not categorize people by their own circles of humor. But this, in essence, is what a sense of humor is. A sense of humor is not simply enjoying all kinds of humor relatively the same amount — it’s having a defined idea of the kinds of humor you click with the most and the least. (Katie Zhao | Daily Trojan) Think in terms of music. You may enjoy a great jazz composition from time to time, but what you really like is rock and hip-hop music, thus, you listen to and search out the latter more. You wouldn’t go to a Jason Aldean concert if you knew that you didn’t like country music. Why would you go to a shock comic’s show if you don’t typically enjoy edgy or provocative humor? You can still go — just know what you’re getting into and understand that it might not be exactly what works for you. Matthew Philips is a senior writing about comedy. His column, “Waiting for the Punchline,” runs every other Thursday.last_img read more

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Angels counting on catchers’ pitch-framing skills to boost pitching staff

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The 1-and-1 pitch is often the fulcrum of discussion about framing because statistically there’s a huge difference in outcomes depending which way that pitch goes. Last year, hitters had an .828 OPS after a 2-and-1 count, compared with .518 after a 1-and-2 count.That adds up to a guy like Stassi being able to comfortably have a job in the big leagues.According to FanGraphs, of the catchers who have caught at least 1,000 innings over the past four years, Castro ranks ninth in framing runs and Stassi ranks 11th. However, it’s a cumulative stat, and Stassi has barely caught 1,000 innings, while all the catchers ahead of him have caught at least 2,500.“I take a lot of pride in that,” Stassi said. “You want to be really well-rounded, but I think that framing is extremely important.”Not coincidentally, Castro and Stassi both came about their proficiency at framing from the same place. Both were with the Houston Astros in 2013 when they had a meeting in spring training with Mike Fast, whom the club had hired to its analytics department a couple of years earlier. A former author for Baseball Prospectus, Fast had been among the first to publicly quantify the value of pitch-framing.“They got all the catchers together and they had a presentation about the importance of keeping the ball in the zone,” Stassi said. “How a lot of guys take pitches out of the zone, and just the impact that has on the course of a game.”Castro actually bristles somewhat at the term “framing,” because it implies deceit of the umpire, or trying to steal strikes on pitches that are out of the zone. In reality, he said he is much more focused on not losing any strikes.Catcher Jason Castro, acquired by the Angels in January, says part of his job is to “reward the pitcher as often as possible for doing his job” by getting pitches called as strikes. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Castro said catchers who move their glove too much to try to sneak borderline pitches into the zone can actually hurt the pitcher. When the catcher moves his glove perceptibly, he is essentially telling the umpire that he doesn’t think the pitch is a strike.The most difficult and important part of framing, Castro said, is to catch a breaking ball that is moving out of the zone in such a way that the umpire can call it a strike if it clips the zone.“My job is to keep strikes strikes,” Castro said. “I mean, that’s really what I’m trying to do: Reward the pitcher as often as possible for doing his job. Everything outside of that is kind of like cherry on top, if you can get some extra pitches.”For all of the effort that Castro and Stassi have put into pitch-framing, they both acknowledge the elephant in the room. By all accounts, the electronic strike zone is coming eventually. There is no need for framing if a high-speed camera, rather than a human, is tracking the baseball.“I don’t think it’s good for baseball,” Stassi said. “I think that the history of the game has been a certain way. You know, no one’s perfect and I’m not a fan of it for many reasons. I just think that it would completely change the game. It would change the way that pitchers pitch, the way that catchers catch.”For example, Stassi said with a runner on first catchers would probably just set up in a throwing position, with one foot behind the other. Or they might start on one knee to focus on blocking. Catchers equipment might even change because of different ways they would set up, Stassi said.Pitchers and hitters would need to get used to different pitches called strikes, like breaking balls that seem too high or low but nick the top or bottom of the zone.“I don’t think it’s as clear as what people think that the electronic strike zone (would be better),” Stassi said. “A lot more hitters would be upset, I think. I just don’t think it’s good for baseball.”Castro is also skeptical that an electronic strike zone would be good for the game, and he suggested there are still some “kinks in the system” that would need to be ironed out before it’s even worth considering.“It could alter how the position is evaluated,” Castro said. “That’s such a major part of what the position is right now. So, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.”In the meantime, as long as humans are still calling the balls and strikes, the Angels are thrilled that they have a chance to give their pitchers a boost by having Castro and Stassi behind the plate.Related Articles Pitching coach Mickey Callaway, whose mantra all spring was for his pitchers to throw more strikes, said having quality framers makes a big difference.“It’s big,” Callaway said. “You want to steal those extra 10 percent strikes if you can. That’s 10 pitches a game that can go in your favor. We want to turn that 2-1 count into a 1-2 count. That’s the key. If we control 10 more at-bats and get ahead because we’re framing well, that’s maybe two hits instead of three in those 10 at-bats. That’s something that’s very important.“We take that very seriously here, and it helps the pitchers. The pitchers love (good pitch-framers). And the good thing is, we have two of them.” Max Stassi, acquired last July, and Jason Castro, who was signed as a free agent in January, have been among the best pitch-framers in the majors for the past few years.Assuming the season begins eventually, the Angels are banking on them making a difference.“It’s huge,” Andrew Heaney said shortly before the COVID-19 shutdown. “Obviously, anytime you can steal some extra strikes, that’s a big thing.”General Manager Billy Eppler said he and his counterparts have placed an increased emphasis on pitch-framing over the past decade simply because it is something a catcher does far more often than throwing or blocking.“It’s an area that doesn’t jump off the page or jump off the screen, but if you have a catcher who you know can present a ball well and receive a ball well, that gives confidence to your pitchers and could potentially move a count from 2-1 to 1-2,” Eppler said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros In retrospect, Angels fans are certainly all longing for the days when their primary concern was if the team had acquired enough pitching to contend this season.A winter of hand-wringing about the Angels missing out on marquee pitching acquisitions has given way to a spring of wondering if the coronavirus pandemic would subside soon enough for there even to be a baseball season.In between, though, during a month of spring training in Arizona, the Angels had grown quietly optimistic that they had found at least part of a solution to their pitching issues … at the other end.In order to get more value out of the pitchers throwing the ball, the Angels have two of the best at catching it.last_img read more

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Samir Selimović won bronze in Athens

first_imgOn the last day of the European Taekwondo Club Championships which was held in Athens, athletes of Sarajevo Novi Grad won yet another medal. In category of juniors up to 73kg, athlete of Novi Grad Samir Selimović, after losing to Italian athlete in the semi-final fight, won the bronze medal.This competition that lasted for five days (5-13 January) is significant because BiH won its first senior medal, and two bronze medals.Final results are: Armin Gredić, senior up to 80 kg- bronze, Samir Selimović, junior up to 73 kg- bronze, Alen Čukurija, juniors up to 63 kg and Emir Kaljanac, juniors up to 59- won victory, Nejla Kaljanac, senior up to 49 kg, Nedžad Husić, cadet up to 37 and Sadmir Habibović, up to 33 kg – without vicotry.Besides the athletes of Novi Grad, BiH athletes of Zlatni Ljiljan won one silver medal in the category of juniors up to 41 kg.last_img read more

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De Bruyne rested as City prioritise Champions League comeback

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola rested Kevin de Bruyne among other stars for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final rescue mission against Liverpool as City look to seal the Premier League title against local rivals Manchester United on Saturday (1630GMT).Guardiola made four changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Liverpool in the first leg of their last eight tie at Anfield on Wednesday with City just one win away from a fifth title and first of the Catalan’s big-spending time in charge.De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus drop to the bench along with full-backs Aymeric Laporte and Kyle Walker.City’s all-time top-scorer Sergio Aguero also makes his return from injury, but only as a substitute.Danilo, Fabian Delph, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling come into the side beaten by Liverpool.United trail their cross city rivals by 16 points, but remain the best of the rest behind City and can boost their chances of finishing second as well as spoiling City’s title party by inflicting just their second league defeat of the season.United boss Jose Mourinho included Paul Pogba in his side just a day after Guardiola claimed the Frenchman had been offered to City in the January transfer window by Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.Guardiola and Raiola have a long-running feud dating back to another of Raiola’s premier clients Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s unhappy one-season stay at Barcelona when Guardiola was in charge.Pogba, who joined United for a then world record £89 million fee in 2016, hasn’t always been picked by Mourinho for United’s biggest games this season, starting both legs of their Champions League last 16 defeat to Sevilla on the bench. And to add extra intrigue Pogba arrived at the Etihad still sporting a blue streak in his hair.Pogba should be given more licence to get forward with Ander Herrera returning to partner Nemanja Matic at the base of the United midfield.Manchester City (4-3-3)Ederson; Danilo, Vincent Kompany (capt), Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph; Fernandinho, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan; Bernardo Silva; Raheem Sterling, Leroy SaneManager: Pep Guardiola (ESP)Manchester United (4-2-3-1)David de Gea; Antonio Valencia (captain), Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis SanchezManager: Jose Mourinho (POR)Referee: Martin AtkinsonShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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PNG goes down by 1 to Fiji

first_imgThey lost 5-4 in day 2 of hockey matches.It was a match that saw both teams go neck to neck at each other as the more experienced hockey women’s teams showed how the sport is really played.It was a disappointing loss for PNG despite going down by one point to Fiji 5-4.First period of the match saw the competition’s leading scorer, Fiji’s number 10 Tiara Dutta open the scoring which later saw PNG’s Caroline Mulina respond, levelling the score.Close encounters by both teams saw the scores remain the same till the second period when Fiji through captain Catherine Thaggard found the box as shec scored her 5th goal since day 1 of hockey began yesterday.PNG’s Jessica Kevan responded with a second goal to PNG leaving both teams tied at 2 all before the last two minute break.Good guarding by PNG goalie Rosemary Miria prevented what could have been a spurt for Fiji in goals in the last period blocking off a good number of shots from the Fijian ladies.Fiji again opened the last 15 minutes with a goal from Lala Ravatu as PNG’s Miria was yet again put to the test to defend her goal line from the fierce Fijian attack.PNG captain Terry Kiapin gracefully dribbled the ball into the Fijian territory where she managed to score, claiming her second goal in the competition at 3 points all.Competition leading scorer Tiara Dutta again attacked the PNG goal mouth where she managed to get the ball past Miria, taking Fiji to the front 4-3.Fiji’s Lala Ravatu managed to get her second goal extending their lead further to 5-3.Pressure started to build up amongst the PNG girls as they were down by 2 in the last period, Kari Raurela managed to get the ball past the Fijian goalie reducing the gap to 5-4.Last minute attempts to secure another goal from Fiji failed as the hooter went off ending the match at 5-4, a disappointing loss yet a strong match between the top hockey countries.last_img read more

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