Technical Director Jill McIntosh said the Sunshine Girls have no room for error in their remaining Pool E games at the Netball World Cup, warning that their opponents are no pushovers.”We have to win our two games to be in the semi-final. We have to win,” McIntosh pointed out. “If we lose, there is no way we will be in the semi-finals, so to win is our focus.”We have to play our best. We have to go out and play our normal style of netball as we have been doing and just take it one game at a time as we go. Uganda are looking good and Malawi are very good,” observed McIntosh, the former Australia coach.Jamaica lost their opening game 55-48 to New Zealand on Tuesday and played Uganda (earlier this morning) in their second match of the group, knowing they had to win to keep their semi-final chances intact.Malawi, in the meantime, had lost to New Zealand 57-49 yesterday.”Malawi only lost to New Zealand by eight (goals), so they are a very good team,” McIntosh noted. “They are number six in the world, so we have to be very careful when we play them on Friday, that one won’t be easy,” she said.Despite that, McIntosh is confident that the Sunshine Girls will have enough in the tank for the two African nations.”We have our tactics worked out, we played them (Malawi) last year at the Commonwealth Games and we know we can beat them, but in saying that we know that they are very good, they have improved again, they play a very nice style of netball, so we have to go out and play our best game,” she continued.New Zealand leads Pool E with maximum four points from two matches, while Malawi follow with two points from two games. Prior to last night’s fixtures, Uganda had lost both their matches, while Jamaica had lost once and were yet to get off the mark.
ZURICH (AP):Gianni Infantino is the new president of football’s corruption-scarred world governing body, winning the election after promising national leaders of the sport that he would share the wealth from FIFA’s $5 billion World Cup revenues.Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot yesterday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced out by the pressure of US and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption that emerged two days before the previous vote in May 2015.The stunning outcome seemed to catch the 45-year-old Infantino off guard. He had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech and saluted voters by patting his heart with his right hand.”We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA, and everyone in the world will applaud us,” said Infantino, who only became a candidate when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss, Michel Platini, at Europe’s soccer body UEFA.”I am convinced a new era is starting,” said the Swiss-born former lawyer. Blatter headed FIFA for more than 17 years.Infantino pledged to meet quickly with World Cup broadcasters and sponsors, saying they “they need to regain trust and confidence in football and in FIFA”.There were only four candidates on the ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters. The four were Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary; Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the Asian confederation president; Prince Ali of Jordan; and Jerome Champagne of France.WORLD LEADERInfantino, who had waged a globe-trotting campaign in the four months leading up to the election, gave an impressive 15-minute speech only 20 minutes before the first-round vote. The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just Europe’s wealthy confederation.His campaign promised to spread the World Cup largesse to more federations, including additional guaranteed funds. He also pledged to expand the World Cup from a 32-team tournament to 40 teams, and give more opportunities to countries to stage the World Cup with multinational regional hosting.”The money of FIFA is your money,” he said, jabbing his left index finger to the 207 members of soccer federations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe before the election.”It is not the money of the FIFA president. It’s your money,” added Infantino, sounding more like a CEO promising a dividend to shareholders.A rare burst of spontaneous applause followed, signaling a shift in momentum towards Infantino, who since his 30s managed the billion-dollar Champions League revenues for the UEFA.
CONSTANTINOPLE – When Olympiacos Piraeus arrives for its sixth Final Four in the past nine years, it will do so in a city – Istanbul – where it has made the best of memories. Sinan Erdem Dome, site of Final Four games, is where Olympiacos authored a spectacular comeback in the 2012 championship game to beat CSKA Moscow in the closing seconds for the first of its historic, back-to-back EuroLeague titles. This season, the Reds already survived a must-win game in the city to overcome Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Game 4 of their playoff series before taking Game 5 at home.The path that leads to challenging for a European crown is by now a very familiar one for this team. Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis – the two players who hooked up on the title-winning basket in 2012 – highlight a roster that has four former EuroLeague champions and three more players who partook in the team’s 2015 championship game loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. As such, Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos came into this season knowing he had a squad with the experience to go far.The Reds’ recipe for success is no secret: elite defense. With newcomers who bought into the team’s defensive work ethic, Olympiacos allowed its opponents the lowest average performance index rating and two-point shooting accuracy, fewest assists and second-fewest points in the EuroLeague this season.Read more at Euroleague.netTweetPinShare0 Shares