PGE Ekstraliga: Advantage Leszno while Gorzow defeat Czestochowa…

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Fogo Unia Leszno took a massive step towards the Ekstraliga playoff final after defeating Silesian rivals BETARD Sparta Wrocław at the Stadion Olimpijski last Sunday (September 2).

2019 Speedway Grand Prix qualifier Janusz Kołodziej led the way for the PGE Ekstraliga champions with 13 points, with 2018 star Emil Sayfutdinov scoring 11, paid 12.

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Janusz Kolodziej was the standout performer for Leszno against Wrocław

Current World Under-21 champion Maksym Drabik was one of Sparta’s best performers, scoring 10, paid 11.

Grand Prix stars Maciej Janowski and Tai Woffinden managed nine, paid 12 and nine, paid 10 points respectively. Australian youngster Max Fricke collected nine points for the Spartans.

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Maksym Drabik starred for Wrocław with 10, paid 11 points

Over in Czestochowa, Slovakian star Martin Vaculik raced to a 15-point maximum as Stal Gorzow also put one foot in the showpiece final.

Vaculik, who won the MIB Nordic Gorzow SGP just weeks earlier, was flawless from five rides to inspire Gorzow to a 49-41 first leg win.

SGP title chaser Bartosz Zmarzlik produced a brilliant performance to back up Vaculik, managing 11 points, while Krzysztof Kasprzak piled up 10, paid 11.

Michał Gruchalski and Denmark’s Leon Madsen were the top scorers for the Lions, managing 11 points apiece. It was a tough day though for Czestochowa’s SGP stars as Freddie Lindgren scored six points, paid eight, while Matej Zagar could only manage three.

The Slovene crashed with visiting rider Szymon Wozniak and withdrew from the meeting through injury.

Both return fixtures take place this Sunday (September 9).

Meeting scores…
ForBET Włokniarz Czestochowa 41:
Leon Madsen 11, Michał Gruchalski 11, Fredrik Lindgren 6+2, Adrian Miedzinski 5+1, Tobiasz Musielak 4+1, Matej Zagar 3, Bartosz Swiacik 1, Andreas Lyager 0
Cash Broker Stal Gorzow 49: Martin Vaculik 15, Bartosz Zmarzlik 11, Krzysztof Kasprzak 10+1, Szymon Wozniak 6+1, Rafał Karczmarz 5+1. Alan Szczotka 1+1, Grzegorz Walasek 1, Hubert Czerniawski 0

BETARD Sparta Wrocław 42: Maksym Drabik 10+1, Maciej Janowski 9+3, Tai Woffinden 9+1, Max Fricke 9, Vaclav Milik 3, Damian Drozdz 2, Przemysław Liszka 0, Patryk Wojdyło 0
Fogo Unia Leszno 48: Janusz Kołodziej 13, Emil Sayfutdinov 11+1, Bartosz Smektała 8+1, Piotr Pawlicki 8, Jarosław Hampel 4, Brady Kurtz 3+2, Dominik Kubera 1+1, Jaimon Lidsey 0

 

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Eventing: New Zealand’s Tim Price victorious at 2018 Burghley Horse Trials…

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New Zealand’s Tim Price has claimed his first four-star eventing title on British soil after winning the prestigious Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Price had a fence in hand over nearest rival, and defending Burghley champion, Oliver Townend and jumped clear on his horse, Ringwood Sky Boy, to confirm his overnight lead from the cross-country phase and therefore win the title.

Speaking to Horse & Hound, a delighted Price admitted he took inspiration from watching he fellow countrymen Andrew Nicholson, Mark Todd and Blyth Tait on television as a child.

‘I took inspiration from that, but being here and in this position is not something I’d have predicted. I thought I was just good at breaking in horses and sitting on tricky ones. To be here and win is beyond my wildest dreams,’ said Price.

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Tim Price jumps clear on Ringwood Sky Boy to win Burghley 2018. Photo: Peter Nixon

He also made reference to the showjumping course, saying he learnt from from riding the tricky six-stride distance through fences seven and eight, having jumped clear on his first horse, Bango.

He said: It was riding quite short this morning, which people weren’t reading, so I jumped in and made a proper connection for a few strides, then found myself off fence eight although Bango is a big-striding horse. So that reminded me if I made a nice six strides it should be ok.”

Townend best of the Brits, Nicholson in top three, Price with two horses in top 10…

Outgoing champions Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class held onto their overnight second place and finished as the best of the Brits, even though the pair rattled the first part of the double at fence five.

“I couldn’t be happier with his performance – he felt completely with me in all three phases, ” he said.

Price’s fellow countryman Andrew Nicholson produced a clear round on his mount, Swallow Springs to move him up from fifth to third. Sarah Bullimore was another one to move up two places with a clear on her horse Reve De Rouet.

Piggy French finished in fifth after her horse Vanir Kamira hit the gate at fence four, while four faults for Harry Meade at the infuential UK Sport oxer at fence eight, meaning the pair could only manage sixth.

Richard jones and Alfies Clover placed seventh, with Willa Newton eighth on Chance Remark. Both riders jumped clear.

Elizabeth Power incurred four faults on her mount, Soladoun, for Ireland, dropping her from seventh to ninth. Eventual champion Price rounded off the top 10 with a clear round on his second horse, Bango.

Next years event runs from 5th-8th September 2019.

Speedway: Polish rider Tomasz Jedrzejak dies aged 39…

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Speedway is in mourning today after Polish rider Tomasz Jedrzejak was found dead at his home.

Jedrzejak’s death comes less than 48 hours after he last rode for his current Polish club, Stal Rzeszow, and has been described by Poland team manager Marek Cieslak as ‘a huge and incomprehensible tragedy.’

Rzeszow owner Ireneusz Nawrocki added: “It froze me. The world collapsed on my head. I recently said goodbye to a friend who hanged himself, and now something like this.

“I talked with Tomek on Sunday. It was normal. We laughed, we were joking. I have no idea how this happened.”

Polish news sources are claiming that the former Polish champion took his own life.

Tributes have been pouring in for Jedrzejak – a popular rider on the international speedway circuit.

Former Grand Prix star Darcy Ward tweeted: ‘Rip mate. We had some good racers. You normally trapped me. Pretty cool style on ya. Very sad.’

World Championship leader Tai Woffinden also paid tribute to Jedrzejak – a former teammate. He said: ‘Some times you just dont know whats going on under the surface! Your a legend mate such a good bloke. Your gonna be missed brother.’

The 39-year-old started his career in Ostrow and stormed to national championship glory in 2012.

Jedrzejak has also played a key role in firing ‘The Cranes’ to the top of the Polish second division table this season, as the club begins its charge towards the PGE Ekstraliga, Poland’s top flight.

Prior to that, he was a vital part of Sparta Wrocław’s side in the Ekstraliga, racing alongside World Championship stars such as Tai Woffinden and Maciej Janowski. He has also raced in Sweden and competed in the UK for clubs such as Belle Vue, Eastbourne and Lakeside.

Away from league racing he also featured as a non-riding reserve at the 2007 European SGP in Wrocław, as well as being named as second substitute rider for the 2009 series but didn’t get a ride.

Ride in Peace Tomasz. Gone But Never Forgotten!

Bandy: A guide to Peterborough’s newest and coolest sport…

It hasn’t been played on the Fens since way back in the 1910’s, however the newly established Peterborough Bandy Club is aiming to reignite bandy in the UK.

The club, which plays out of Planet Ice in Bretton, Peterborough, has been set up under the guidance of the Great Britain Bandy Federation (GBBF), by current president Lyn Gibb De-Swarte, as the founding club for the sport in the United Kingdom.

Not only is it the club’s main aim to bring the sport back in the UK, it is hoped that, over time, it will contribute players to both a Great Britain men’s and women’s team for the purpose of international competition – something which will likely increase the demand for the sport’s inclusion in the Winter Olympics.

The Peterborough club currently has 15 players at its disposal, with 9 male players and 6 female. Some players have made the transition to bandy having played ice hockey for various teams within the city, including the Peterborough Penguins, Peterborough Phantoms and more.

Here is a quick guide to Peterborough’s newest and coolest sport…

What is bandy?
Bandy is a team sport, played on ice. It is similar to hockey, however it shares its most common traits with association football, ice hockey and field hockey. To play the game, skaters use a short, curved stick and direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal.

How long is a game of bandy?
Similar to association football, a game of bandy typically consists of two 45 minutes halves. It is played on an ice pad which is around the same size as a football pitch, with teams of 11 players each. A variation of the sport, rink bandy, can be played on a field the size of an ice rink with goal cages being used. Rink bandy teams comprise of six players, although in the USA Bandy League, teams are made up of just five players. Both forms of the game are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Is the sport an Olympic sport?
Despite never being officially played at the Winter Olympics, bandy was demonstrated at the 1952 Games in Oslo,  Norway.

What equipment do I need?
A typical bandy kit comprises of a round ball (instead of a puck), a shorter stick, socks, ice hockey skates, helmet and gloves. Knee and elbow pads can be worn if desired.

Is it a contact sport?
Bandy is non-contact, meaning women can train on the same ice as men. This is unlike ice hockey, where men’s and women’s teams have separate rules regarding contact.

What countries are the most successful?
Top bandy countries include Sweden, Russia and Norway. Russia fielded the most successful bandy team in the 1955 World Championships.

When can I train?
Training is every Tuesday night, 8pm-9pm and £10 per session.

Russia 2018: World Champions Germany eliminated after Korea defeat…

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There will be a new name on the World Cup trophy for 2018 as holders Germany were beaten by South Korea in Kazan.

The 2-0 defeat also marks the first time that ‘Die Mannschaft’ will not participate in the knockout stages of the tournament since 1938, after manager Joachim Low’s side finished bottom of Group F.

The four-time winners crashed out after conceding twice in second half stoppage time as they went in search of the goal that would send them through to the last 16.

In an astonishing turn of events, Kim Young-gwon’s 92nd minute goal, despite being initially ruled out for offside,  left the 2014 champions staring at the prospect of elimination. The goal was then given after VAR overturned the on-the-field call.

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Kim Young-gwon initially saw his goal ruled out for offside before VAR overturned the call.

However, worse was to come for the Germans when, deep into stoppage time and appearing evermore desperate for a goal, goalkeeper and Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer lost possession of the ball in the Korean half.

Ju Se-jong capitalised on the error, launching the ball forward where Son Heung-min was able to poke the ball into an empty German net for his side’s second of the afternoon.

South Korean fans inside the stadium were jubilant while, in contrast, some Germany fans were in tears after watching their national side lift the Jules Rimet trophy just four years ago in Rio; a fitting end to a tournament that had seen ‘Die Mannschaft’ beat hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.

Wednesday’s defeat to Korea followed their opening game loss against eventual group runners up Mexico, while it took a dramatic late winner from Toni Kroos to see off group winners Sweden – their only points of the group stage.

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The final Group F table sees Sweden go through as group winners, while Mexico take the runner-up spot. Holders Germany are out.

Russia 2018: Morocco become the first team eliminated after defeat by Portugal…

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Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible start to the tournament, scoring the goal that saw Portugal eliminate Morocco from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Following on from his hat-trick against Iberian rivals Spain, it took the Portugal captain only four minutes to make his mark in this game, diving on the end of a cross from Joao Moutinho and heading on target.

That goal put the European Champions top of Group B, with Spain playing Iran at 7pm tonight. Ronaldo has also extended his lead as the top scorer in the race for the Golden Boot.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores his fourth goal of the World Cup to send Group B rivals Morocco home

Morocco, who just last week failed in their bid to host the tournament in 2026, became the first team to be knocked out of this one with one Group B game to spare.

They did, however, create enough chances to earn at least a draw – and would have got it with better finishing in the final third, producing only one effort of note only to see Younes Belhanda’s header denied by Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

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Younes Belhanda had Morocco’s best chance for an equaliser in the game against Portugal

The North African nation, who were beaten 1-0 by Iran in their opening group game, are playing at a FIFA World Cup for the first time in 20 years.

Morocco concludes their tournament against, 2010 World Champions, Spain in Kaliningrad on Monday June 25.

World Cup: Canada, Mexico and USA win the right to host to host 2026 tournament…

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The biggest and, arguably most prestigious, football tournament in the world is heading to North America.

For the first time ever, the FIFA World Cup will take place across three nations after the United bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America (USA) saw off Morocco for the right to host the tournament in eight years time. It will also be the first World Cup that features an expanded field of 48 teams and a schedule featuring a record 80 matches.

The North American bid defeated the bid of Morocco by winning the first ever public vote involving all 203 eligible FIFA nations by a score of 134-65 (67% of the vote). All four bidding nations (Canada, USA, Mexico and Morocco) were not permitted to vote.

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For the first time ever the FIFA World cup will be spread across three different nations – USA, Canada and Mexico

The United bid also scored higher than that of Morocco in FIFA’s technical report released earlier this month. North America earned a mark of 4 out of 5, while Morocco only managed 2.7 out of 5. Both bids made one final presentation in front of the FIFA Congress in Moscow, just before the vote got underway.

The 2026 tournament will be the second hosted on US soil, with the first in 1994 holding the record for most tickets sold and most revenue generated. Mexico has hosted the tournament on two separate occasions – 1970 and 1986 – and Canada has never hosted the tournament.

It is not the first time that the US has attempted to host the FIFA World Cup. In December 2010, the country lost a bid for the 2022 edition following a secret ballot held between the 24 members of the FIFA executive committee and awarded the tournament to Qatar. That, in turn, led to an overhaul of the voting process due to charges of corruption and wrongdoing.

A statement from Major League Soccer, the top domestic football league in North America, said: “The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America,

“We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region,

“There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honoured to be a part of this joyous day.”

Reaction to the announcement can be found here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/06/13/global-reaction-2026-world-cup-awarded-north-america