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first_imgThe Husky Indoor Soccer League will offer discounts on its registration fees this winter by providing scholarships based on need, plus free registration to children of active military personnel. For details, call Art Perri at 732-566- 0154. The registration deadline is Dec. 15. The Husky Indoor Soccer League is celebrating its 25th anniversary with registration fees to reflect the present economic situation. Scholarships will be provided base on need, and the children of active military families will receive free registration. For more information, call Art Perri at 732-566-0154, or visit www.leaguelineup.com/huskysport. The Knights, a Middletown-based competitive travel baseball club, is looking for players for winter workouts, spring season and summer tournaments. Divisions are: 15/16-and-under, born after April 30, 1994; 14U, born after April 30, 1995; 13U, born after April 30, 1996; 12U, born after April 30, 1997 — Cooperstown Team; 11U, born after April 30, 1998; 10U, born after April 30, 1999; 9U, born after April 30, 2000; and 8U, born after April 30, 2001. Tryouts will be held in January. For more information, call 732-213-8216, email lincroftknights@ yahoo.com, or go to www.eteamz.com/lincroftknights. The Lady Knights, a competitive travel softball club based in Middletown, is looking for competitive players for winter workouts, spring season and summer tournaments. Divisions are 10-and-under, born after Dec. 31, 1998, and 12U, born after Dec. 31, 1996. Tryouts will be held in January. For more information, call 732-213-8216, email lincroftknights@ yahoo.com, or visit www.eteamz.com/lincroftknights. The Monmouth Women’s Basketball League seeks players for a Sunday night league that will run January through April. Players must be 18 ears old by Jan. 1, 2010. All games will be played at the Salvation Army Community Center gym, Red Bank. Details: 732-213-8216 or email MWSL2002@yahoo.com.last_img read more

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Colts look to make Keane’s final season memorable

first_imgBy WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) soccer team continued its pursuit of another glorious season — and the final one under coach Dan Keane, who is retiring at the end of his 40th season — when it played new nemesis Manalapan High School in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals Oct. 27.Manalapan beat CBA twice by 1-0 scores in Shore Conference A North Division matches, but Manalapan suffered a few losses late in the season, and the Colts won the division for the 21st time under Keane by a point over Freehold Township High School.The Colts also begin pursuit of the NJSIAA Non-Public A title in the South bracket as the expected No. 1 seed, based on power points, at home Nov. 6.Although he is stepping down with all but the first two seasons spent coaching at CBA, Keane said he doesn’t get a sense of urgency from his players on that subject.“Not all the time,” said Keane, who comes into this week with a 539-157-43 record. “When I talked to them in the preseason, they understood why [I’m retiring]. They did say, ‘If we can get to the Shore Conference Tournament final and the state section final, that would be good for the coach.’ One player said the other day, ‘Well, we got the A North title for the coach.’ ”His teams have won five state titles — the last one in 2011 — 14 South Jersey section titles and now are focused on winning a ninth Shore Conference Tournament title.Ironically, this team could be tooled for an even stronger run next year with only three seniors and a bunch of juniors starting. But that hasn’t changed Keane’s mind to coach one more season.“They should be good and able to make a run for the Shore Conference and state titles next year, but I’ll be watching those from the sidelines,” Keane said. At this juncture, Keane was looking to figure a way for his team to score against a Manalapan team that handed the Colts two of their three shutouts. “We had opportunities in both matches,” Keane said of the Manalapan losses. “Defensively we’re fine but offensively, once we got a shot, we didn’t finish it. We had shots hit the post. We have to finish.” Keane said the offense has slumbered the last two weeks. “Hopefully, we’ll get it going,” he said. It won’t depend on one player, although Patrick Kollman scored three of his 10 goals Oct. 24 against Toms River High School North — a 5-0 victory in the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Aedan Boriotti, a junior goalkeeper, secured his 12th shutout with strong support defensively from inside fullbacks Tom Loszowski (senior) and Scott Misson (junior), as well as outside fullbacks Tim Mikulski (senior) and Colin Lankau (junior). Matt Thorsheim, a junior who is one of the three interior midfielders in the 4-5-1 configuration, and junior outside midfielder Tom Judge each have seven goals, while junior Aaron Robertson, who alternates with Kollman at striker, has six. Juniors Ryan Nigro and Matt Mawson also play on the inside midfield spots, and Nick Meyer, the other senior in the starting lineup, is the other outside midfielder. Seniors Joe Paolillo and John Fryzc are backup midfielders.“We’re good, but it’s the talent of the junior class,” Keane said of the ingredient to success this season. “They like each other.”As the time-honored sports cliché goes, you’re remembered most by what you do last, and this team is looking to send Keane off with a lasting memory of this season.last_img read more

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Playoff chase heats up as action continues in Cyprus

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovWITH two thirds of the Cyprus championship already completed, nine teams are still in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top six places at the end of the regular season which leads to the battle for European spots next season and, more importantly, the national championship.After dismantling Doxa Katokopia 6-1 last weekend, Anorthosis are set to open Round 18 against AEK Kouklion at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.This will be a meeting of the team with the best attack in the league, Anorthosis, who have scored 39 goals so far, against the team with the worst defence away from home. The Kouklion side have conceded 28 times in eight games and they are yet to record a single point away from the Paphiako Stadium.At the same time in Larnaca, Nea Salamina face Enosis Neon Paralimni at the Ammochostos Stadium, while defending champions APOEL will be looking to extend their unbeaten run on all fronts to 13 games when they visit Aris in Limassol at 6pm.Omonia are desperate to get back to winning ways after two heavy losses to Apollon and AEL in the league. They take on Alki, who were dismal in their midweek cup clash against lower division strugglers Onisilos Sotira, on Saturday afternoon also at 6pm at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.“We are working very hard to start winning again. We have a very good opportunity to do so against Alki. Not because Alki is a weak opponent or anything like that, but simply because that is our next game,” assessed Omonia coach Miguel Angel Lotina.“It is good to feel some pressure and this is absolutely normal with the big teams such as Omonia. We know that we are a long way behind the teams at the top and that we need to improve to achieve our goals. However, I am confident in this team and we will stop fighting only once the championship is finished,” he added.On Sunday afternoon at 3pm, in-form AEK host league leaders AEL who will arrive in Larnaca fresh from being eliminated in the Round of 16 of the national cup by APOEL in the midweek.The home side is chasing sixth spot which leads into the playoffs as they are currently seventh with 26 points, four points behind Omonia.Two hours later Apollon host Doxa Katokopia at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, while at the same time Ermis Aradippou take on Ethnikos Achnas.last_img read more

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Ermis desperate to end miserable run

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouEven though there are still four rounds to go before the teams are split into two groups of six for the Cyprus football championship playoffs, there can be only one change in the groups as they stand now with AEL displacing Ermis Aradippou in sixth place. The two teams meet on Monday with home side Ermis hoping to put an end to their miserable run in recent weeks that has seen them drop from third to sixth in recent weeks.It will be a baptism of fire for their newly appointed coach, Mitchell van der Gaag, who arrived in Cyprus on Thursday and trained his players today Friday for the first time.At worst Ermis need to share the spoils on Monday as a defeat will see AEL leapfrog them into sixth place. AEL’s new coach Christophorou has done well since taking over but he will have to do without his most in-form striker, Marco Tagbajumi who is suspended for the game. Semo and Sardinero are the likely candidates to replace the Nigerian striker. The teams above Ermis and AEL have all seemingly easy fixtures this weekend as they face teams from the bottom half of the table.League leaders Apollonas are at home to relegation candidate Doxa Katokopias and anything other than a comprehensive win will be considered a surprise.The Limassol team have strengthened their defence with the acquisition of towering centre half Edwin Ouon while their star forward Guie Guie fired in six goals in his last five games.Doxa will need to perform at their best if they are to get anything out of this game.APOEL, who recorded their first league win in almost two months last week, will once again be without at least five first teamers against tough-tackling Ethnikos Achnas.Lanig is expected to partner Morais in the middle of the park while the other new APOEL recruit Nafiu may also get his first start.Ethnikos Achnas will be without the suspended Bezzera and Ogungbe and the injured Boyadjis and Francescou.Four days after thumping five past Ayia Napa in the Cup, Omonia return to the Tasos Markou stadium to face them in the league as favourites.However Omonia’s coach Kaiafas said after the Cup game that on Sunday it will be a completely different game. The same views were echoed by the Ayia Napa stand-in coach Savvas Theodorou who rested a number of players in the cup game.Anorthosis, who seem to have ‘locked’ a top-six finish, take on Nea Salamina in an all-Famagusta clash at the Antonis Papadopoulos while AEK face Othellos Athienou at the GSZ stadium.Saturday, February 7th : APOEL VS Ethnikos Achnas (17.00), Apollonas vs Doxa (18.00), AEK vs Othellos (19.00)Sunday, February 8th: Anorthosis vs Nea Salamina (16.00), Ayia Napa vs. Omonia (18.00)Monday, February 9th: Ermis Aradippou vs AEL (19.00)last_img read more

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Suarez on fire as Barca return to winning ways by destroying Deportivo 8-0

first_imgA red hot Luis Suarez scored four goals and contributed three assists as Barcelona’s stuttering La Liga title charge sparked back to life with a spectacular 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.Atletico Madrid kept the pressure on Barca with a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao thanks to a first half header from Fernando Torres, although defender Diego Godin was forced off in the ninth minute with a suspected hamstring injury.Barca lead Atletico due to their superior head-to-head record, with both teams on 79 points with four games remaining. Third-placed Real Madrid kicked-off against Villarreal later on Wednesday.Three successive defeats had put the breaks on Barcelona’s title hopes but Uruguayan Suarez made sure the losing run would not continue when he gave Barca a two-goal cushion at the break by scoring in the 11th and 24th minutes.He then provided the cross for Ivan Rakitic to grab the third in the 48th. Suarez completed his hat-trick five minutes later and netted his fourth in the 64th. Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar rounded off the scoring late on.Barca headed to Riazor without influential defender Gerard Pique in search of a first win in five league games.Suarez put them on their way by volleying home Rakitic’s corner from inside the six yard box, then added the second with a first time finish with the help of a stylish tee up from Messi.The former Liverpool striker laid on the cross for Rakitic to score on the half volley shortly after the break, and completed his treble thanks to another assist from Messi. Suarez’s fourth goal was scrappier, following his shot in on the rebound after being denied by Deportivo goalkeeper Manu.He then set up Messi to tap in from inside the box in the 73rd minute.Arguably the best goal was scored by defender Bartra, who was making just a fourth league start in the absence of Pique. The centre back powered his way through Deportivo’s defence and into the area before producing a confident finish into the far corner in the 79th minute.There was still time for Neymar to end his drought of five games without a goal, the Brazilian turning another pass by Suarez in at the near post.Torres scored for the fifth consecutive game in all competitions to give Atletico a fourth straight league win, heading in Antoine Griezmann’s chipped cross on 38 minutes.However, Atletico defender Godin could miss their next league game against Malaga and their Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich after hurting his hamstring, two weeks after recovering from a hamstring injury in the same leg.last_img read more

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EMPNG backs Olympic values program

first_imgThe K231,700 support will ensure the OVEP continues to integrate sporting values and physical activity into a cultural and educational framework, promoting the three Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence.Both organisations believe in the power of education to improve the nation.ExxonMobil PNG has supported OVEP since 2015. The program was extended to other centres in the country, reaching over 3000 students from schools in the Central Province, Port Moresby, Lae, Kimbe, Mendi, Alotau and Mt. Hagen in 2016.ExxonMobil PNG’s support will further extend the program to more students and schools throughout PNG.PNGOC’s focus is to take the program to PNG LNG project areas. These provinces include Hela, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Western.“Sports provides a great platform to teach youth about strong values and how their families and community benefit when they apply those values to their lives more broadly,” said ExxonMobil PNG managing director, Andrew Barry.“The unifying factor that sports brings cannot be underestimated and we fully support the values of teamwork, respect, friendship and excellence for these are the same values our workforce applies every day in everything we do for PNG LNG.”A unique aspect of the education program is the facilitation of the sessions by Team PNG athletes, who have been trained in PNGOC’s flagship program – Team PNG HERO.The Team PNG HERO program has equipped Team PNG athletes with knowledge and facilitation skills to go out to schools and communities to share their sporting experiences and values to help children and youth perceive the world positively.“We are grateful to have ExxonMobil PNG support OVEP,” said Secretary General of PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla.“The Olympic values are positive values that not only transcend sport but all aspects of life. The program has seen a great connection between the athletes and students, with both benefiting from the sessions.”last_img read more

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Simone Biles says former USA team doctor abused her, too

first_imgLarry Nassar’s sexual abuse victims will have their day in courtHe worked at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 as an associate professor, and he served as the gymnastics and women’s crew team physician. In his plea, Nassar admitted to sexually abusing patients under the guise of providing medically necessary treatment in instances as far back as 1998, some of which involved girls under 13.Several days have been set aside in Nassar’s sentencing for victim impact statements. At least 88 people are expected to speak, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.At his plea hearing, Nassar apologized and compared his crimes to “a match that turned into a forest fire.”Allegations of a culture of complicityBiles’ teammates and others have repeatedly accused USA Gymnastics of complicity in Nassar’s abuse. In 2017, the organization said it would implement 70 policy change recommendationsfrom an independent investigator.In a lawsuit, Maroney said USA Gymnastics paid her to be quiet about the abuse, which she said began when she was 13.University of Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols said she and a coach reported abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015, a few years after Nassar began treating Nichols for a back injury. USA Gymnastics said it hired an independent investigator to look into her allegations.Raisman said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15. She called for a thorough investigation of a system that she said enabled a “monster” to thrive for decades by silencing victims.On Monday, Raisman praised Biles for coming forward and vowed to stand with her.”I know we will all get through this together,” Raisman said on Twitter.In her statement Monday, Biles said she hoped for the kind of reckoning that would prevent serial predators from striking again.”We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us. We need to make sure something like this never happens again.” “I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she said Monday afternoon in a Twitter post with the hashtag #MeToo.”There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now that it is not my fault.”Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics through four Olympic Games, treating young hopefuls and gold medal winners. The basic facts of his case illustrate the drive of the #MeToo movement to call out serial predatory behavior and the forces that enable it.This experience ‘does not define me’Scores of female athletes said they were abused by the once-respected doctor, then pressured into silence by powerful institutions, including USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body in the United States.More than 140 women and girls have accused Nassar of sexual misconduct, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, members of the “Fierce Five” US Olympic gymnastics team that won the gold in 2012. Biles, now 20, joined the US Olympic gymnastics team in 2016, winning the individual all-around.Though her statement did not include specific allegations against Nassar, she described experiencing abuse under the guise of “special treatment,” a recurring claim from Nassar’s victims.”This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone I was TOLD to trust,” she said Monday.”For far too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me.”Dozens of victims expected to speakNassar faces sentencing on Tuesday in Michigan state court after pleading guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.last_img read more

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Segeyaro named Captain

first_imgCoach Michael Marum made the announcement on Tuesday.The 27 year old Eastern Highlander made his debut as Kumul No. 282 in the 2017 World Cup against Wales in Port Moresby and went on to play the next three games including their quarter final loss against England in Melbourne.In a statement Marum said it is James’ second year representing PNG and he has really settled into being a Kumul.“He has been outstanding for Cronulla Sharks in their recent games, and has become one of the leaders at his club.“I’m sure he’ll go out there and lead his country well and, with his father (late) Ifisoe Segeyaro being a former Kumul (No.70), this will mean a lot to him,” Marum said.Segeyaro said it was a massive honour to be named captain, especially being a second generation Kumul and it was the most rewarding he’s achieved so far in my career.”Representing my country and my people is an honour. It’s a privilege to put on the Kumul jersey for any game, so to be captain is overwhelming,” Segeyaro said.”I would like to thank Coach Michael Marum, the other coaching staff and my family for their support over the years that has helped me reach such a milestone.“I’d also like to thank the people of PNG, especially the ones who stuck by me and always supported me whether I made the right decisions or not,” he said.last_img read more

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AFL teams need support

first_imgThe academic team comprises of young talented males who are in primary and high school but have been playing senior footy mainly in the reserve grade, while the secondary team comprises of players selected from secondary schools in Port Moresby.In the training session this month, the players have been kept together in preparation for next year’s season as the team will be traveling out but are waiting for the green light from Queensland AFL.Coach William Yogomin said the team’s challenge is basically to do with sponsorship as a couple of young players are coming outside of Port Moresby and the club is not capable of handling the cost.“I would like the business houses to come out and see what is happening to the youths’ sports and we would like to see the corporate sponsors back the youth sport.”The captain of the academy team, Benedict Popal, shared the positive results he experienced while playing in AFL.“I went to Australia in 2017 for PNG’s Binatangs under 14 and in 2019, I went to Gold Coast to play for the state championship and I stayed for 2 weeks there and I was selected there again to play for the Queensland state.”The captain of the secondary team, Demas Bailey, said most of the players in the secondary team do not have any idea about AFL but getting involved is a way forward in familiarizing themselves with the game.“Some of us don’t really know what AFL is but because of the influence of some of our friends, we are getting involved in it and we are looking forward to discovering the game itself.”The junior grade team and the secondary team are seeking assistance from corporate houses in preparation for the 2020 season.(Article by Albert Moses – third year UPNG Journalism student)last_img read more

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France thrash 10-man Dutch with Lemar double

first_imgThomas Lemar got his first two goals for France while Kylian Mbappe also scored in a 4-0 demolition of 10-man Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that left the Dutch with a huge task to reach the 2018 finals in Russia.New Paris St Germain signing Kylian Mbappe, who joined the capital club earlier on Thursday, wrapped up the victory in added time after the teenager came on as a late substitute.Antoine Griezmann had put the home side in front after 14 minutes, beating goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with a left-foot shot from inside the area after a quick one-two with fellow striker Olivier Giroud.Midfielder Lemar, arguably the best player on the pitch, doubled the advantage by firing a superb half-volley into the top corner of the net from 20 metres after 73 minutes before adding a third from close range in the 88th.The Dutch, who hardly created a chance, played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Kevin Strootman was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.France now top Group A on 16 points from seven matches, three points ahead of Sweden, who lost 3-2 in Bulgaria. The Dutch are six points off the top in fourth place, two points behind third-placed Bulgaria.The winners of the nine groups qualify directly for Russia while the best eight of the second-placed teams take part in two-leg playoffs for four more places.MBAPPE STRIKESFrance, who had looked sluggish until Griezmann showed them the way, then stepped up a gear and thrilled their fans, notably with fine midfield moves by Lemar and blistering runs from winger Kingsley Coman.The visitors, who have now lost their last four games against France, looked clumsy at the back, short of ideas in midfield and toothless up front.They threatened only once, when a header from close range by veteran winger Arjen Robben was headed out by France defender Samuel Umtiti 20 minutes from time.The 18-year-old Mbappe, whose move to PSG from Monaco on loan with an option for a permanent deal was concluded shortly before kickoff, made the most of his few minutes on the pitch, concluding one his trademark, zippy runs with his first goal for France on his fifth appearance.“This is just a step forward but it was a solid performance”, said France coach Didier Deschamps, whose men bounced back from a 2-1 defeat in Sweden in their previous qualifier in June featuring an embarrassing blunder from goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.“NOT GOOD ENOUGH”“They were down to 10 men but, still, we showed good things with the ball and produced a strong, collective performance,” Deschamps added.“There are still nine points to play for and we are not worrying about the others, even if the fact that Sweden lost in Bulgaria is not a bad thing.”Dutch coach Dick Advocaat, on a mission to heal the pride of a team he has managed in the past, admitted France were just too strong.“France’s win is well-deserved,” he said. “They have very good players and we were simply not god enough.“When you look at the players who were on the bench and those who were not even here tonight, you can only think that this France team can go a long way.“As for ourselves, it’s not over. If we win our last three games, we can still make the playoffs.”Les Bleus face a relatively straightforward match when they host Luxembourg in Toulouse on Sunday. Sweden visit Belarus, while the Dutch and Bulgarians also meet.World Cup Qualifying European matches on Thursday Bulgaria 3 Stanislav Manolev 12, Georgi Kostadinov 33, Ivaylo Chochev 79Sweden 2 Mikael Lustig 29, Marcus Berg 44– – –France 4 Antoine Griezmann 14, Thomas Lemar 73,88, Kylian Mbappe 90+1Netherlands 0– – –Luxembourg 1 Daniel Da Mota 60Belarus 0– – –Hungary 3 Tamas Kadar 6, Adam Szalai 26, Balazs Dzsudzsak 68Latvia 1 Gints Freimanis 40– – –Portugal 5 Cristiano Ronaldo 3,29(pen),64, William Carvalho 58, Nelson Oliveira 84Faroe Islands 1 Rogvi Baldvinsson 38 – – –Switzerland 3 Haris Seferovic 43,62, Stephan Lichtsteiner 68Andorra 0– – –Cyprus 3 Demetris Christofi 65, Vincent Laban 67, Pieros Sotiriou 76Bosnia 2 Toni Sunjic 33, Edin Visca 44– – –Greece 0Estonia 0– – –Belgium 9 Dries Mertens 15, Thomas Meunier 18,60,67, Romelu Lukaku 21,38,84pen, Axel Witsel 27, Eden Hazard 45Gibraltar 0– – –Next Fixtures :Friday, September 1 Czech Republic v Germany (2145)Norway v Azerbaijan (2145)San Marino v Northern Ireland (2145)Kazakhstan v Montenegro (1900)Denmark v Poland (2145)Romania v Armenia (2145)Lithuania v Scotland (2145)Malta v England (2145)Slovakia v Slovenia (2145)Saturday, September 2Georgia v Ireland (1900)Serbia v Moldova (1900)Wales v Austria (2145)Albania v Liechtenstein (1900)Israel v Macedonia (2145)Spain v Italy (2145)Finland v Iceland (1900)Croatia v Kosovo (2145)Ukraine v Turkey (2145)Sunday, September 3 Belarus v Sweden (1900)Netherlands v Bulgaria (1900)France v Luxembourg (2145)Faroe Islands v Andorra (1900)Hungary v Portugal (2145)Latvia v Switzerland (2145)Estonia v Cyprus (1900)Gibraltar v Bosnia (2145)Greece v Belgium (2145)Monday, September 4Azerbaijan v San Marino (1900)Germany v Norway (2145)Northern Ireland v Czech Republic (2145)Armenia v Denmark (1900)Montenegro v Romania (2145)Poland v Kazakhstan (2145)England v Slovakia (2145)Scotland v Malta (2145)Slovenia v Lithuania (2145)last_img read more

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