Daily Archives: June 10, 2016

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon with wrist injury

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Tennis fans will have one less star to cheer for at Wimbledon this year as Rafael Nadal withdraws from the grand slam due to his wrist injury.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who had won twice at the grass court, had confirmed the news of his withdrawal on his social network channels earlier yesterday.

“I’m sad to announce that, after talking to my doctors and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon,” Nadal wrote on his Facebook page.

“As you can all imagine it’s a very tough decision but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal,” he added. “Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much.”

Nadal hasn’t competed since withdrawing after two quick wins at the French Open in an emotional press conference. His hand was shown to be encased, to calm the effects of shredded tendons.

This marks yet another injury issue for Nadal since missing the competitive equivalent of a year through injuries from his feet, up to his knees, his back. Now, with the effectiveness of his most important joint called into question, the Spaniard faces an uncertain career ahead of him.

His victories of 14 majors from 20 finals, 28 Masters titles, an Olympic gold medal and a total of 69 trophies in all competitions were essentially won with the most lethal, top-spun, left-handed forehand in history.

It is difficult to imagine him winning without it, and there had been alarming signs after he lost to Andy Murray on clay in the Madrid Open on clay – his favourite surface.

 

Brazil overcompensated, destroys Haiti 7-1

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Brazil overcompensated and destroyed Haiti by 7-1 in Group B of the Copa America.

The Selecao ran rampant as Philippe Coutinho’s powerful shot kick-starts the scoring after 14 minutes, and the Liverpool player tapped home another 15 minutes later. The team looked absolutely in control as Renato Augusto added a third.

Haiti looked stronger after the break, but could not find scoring opportunities to answer Brazil’s onslaught. Then the inevitable ensued.

Half-time substitute Gabriel slotted home for the fourth, and Lucas Lima heads past Johnny Placide for Brazil’s fifth. By that time it was already a consolation goal when James Marcelin scored Haiti’s first in close range. The game then headed into the dying minutes, as Augusto found his second.

As Coutinho scored a knuckleball to bag a first hat-trick for his national team, it was a 7-1 that Brazil can be proud of, after their decimation by Germany with a similar scoreline at the 2014 World Cup semi-final on home ground.

They can now put critics to rest up until their next group stage match after their lackluster opener against Ecuador which ended at 1-1. With their last opponents fighting to a 2-2 stalemate against Peru, Brazil can enjoy their advantage on top of Group B, however long it lasts.

Haiti, now having suffered two consecutive defeats, is all but fated for an early exit out of the tournament.

 

Euro 2016 opening games: highlights and predictions

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Group A: France vs Romania

Euro 2016 opening games highlights and predictions

EURO 2016 kicks off with France facing off against Romania, with the host nation looking to top Group A ahead of Romania, Switzerland and Albania.

But conversely, the other teams would have nothing to lose.

Additionally, there were not much opportunities to gauge France’s potential to force wins amidst difficult situations. While they have powerhouses such as Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba forming a strong forward and midfield lineup, they had noted been shaky at the back.

Still, it does not mean that Romania can win it – even if they are among the best defense teams in the tournament. Quite simply, France has the means to wear them down, or find an early opportunity even.

Prediction: France 2-0 Romania

 

Group B: England vs Russia

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There is a lot hype surrounding England’s attackers especially. Whether it is Premier League top scorers Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane or latest addition Marcus Rashford, a lot is expected of their pace and ability.

But therein lies the issue with the team – the abundance of attackers leaves little room for their defense to play an important role. Roy Hodgson is spoilt for choice as he needs to seriously contemplate how to incorporate Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling into a single, functioning lineup without bending the team out of shape.

Even with that thought things does not look exactly bright for Russia. They lack key performers who had been vital during qualifiers, such as playmaker Alan Dzagoev, Real Madrid’s winger Denis Cheryshev, the experienced left-back Yuri Zhirkov and, as of last weekend, Igor Denisov.

The Eastern Europeans will be without first-choice midfielders, leaving only a makeshift partnership attempting to protect the central defenders, Vasili Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevich, who have a combined age of 69. Their lack of pace can have serious implications to the team, even if England kicks themselves in the foot in trying to move forward.

Prediction: England 1-0 Russia

 

Group C: Germany vs Ukraine

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Doubting the World Champions would be almost unimaginable two years ago, but their warm-up results leading to Europe’s main event can only described as disheartening.

But it remains that Ukraine, another defense minded team, lacks strength up front. One could only wish that the Germans can summon the strength to play their usual, technically sound and pristine football so that they earn themselves another nothing-to-see victory.

Prediction: Germany 2-0 Ukraine