Sport by Press Association September 23 2019, 5.27pm Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1.49 Day four at the Rugby World Cup saw Wales open their account in bonus-point fashion with a 43-14 win over Georgia in Toyota. Here, the PA news agency wraps up Monday’s action and takes a look at Tuesday’s fixture where Russia take on Samoa. Wales quick out of the blocks Playing for the first time since assistant coach Rob Howley was sent home for an alleged breach of betting regulations, Wales delivered a strong statement of intent less than a week before tackling Pool D rivals Australia. Warren Gatland’s men had a bonus point wrapped up by half-time thanks to tries from centre Jonathan Davies, flanker Justin Tipuric, wing Josh Adams and full-back Liam Williams, with fly-half Dan Biggar kicking three conversions and a penalty. Although the second period proved a much tighter affair – tries by hooker … [Read more...] about Day four at the Rugby World Cup: Wales ease past Georgia
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The result was about as bad as it gets in the NFL, especially for a coaching debut. The 49-point margin of defeat was tied for the fifth-biggest blowout of this century. Flores’s new-look defense allowed seven touchdowns in the first half. It broke down on three big-play touchdowns. The Dolphins got outgained, 644 yards to 200. They muffed a punt. They allowed a 60-yard fake punt run on fourth and 1. They couldn’t tackle, and they couldn’t stop committing penalties. All that preparation made over the last six months, all the managing and worrying about the little decisions, it all blew up over the course of three hours. “Obviously, I didn’t do a good enough job of getting this team prepared to play,” Flores said. “We talked about playing penalty-free. We talked about having a clean operation, alignments, assignments, trying to play turnover-free. And we didn’t accomplish any of that. There’s a lot of self-scout, a lot of … [Read more...] about Just how bad was Brian Flores’s head coaching debut?
Sport by Press Association August 10 2019, 6.41pm Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1.49 Manager Ryan Lowe admits his pace-setting Sky Bet League Two side Plymouth are still a “work in progress” despite getting off to a flying start. Argyle followed up their best-ever opening day away league win – a 3-0 victory at Crewe last weekend – with a solid 1-0 home triumph over Colchester in front of 10,542 at a windswept Home Park. Lowe admitted: “It really started last week, but I understand it’s the first home win in front of a fantastic crowd. “I’ll keep saying it as long as the season’s on: We are not getting carried away.” Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic atoned for a first-half miss by smashing in the Greens’ 57th-minute winner following a superb sweeping move started by Argyle’s new playmaker Danny Mayor. The home side could have already been ahead as … [Read more...] about Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe: We’re a work in progress
On Monday, the NFL opened its "legal tampering" phase of free agency, after "illegal-but-accepted tampering" has already been been going on for weeks. The Philadelphia Eagles were busy. Let's take a look at what the Birds did, and assign arbitrary grades to each move, shall we? Eagles agree to terms with DT Malik Jackson Jackson was set to count for $15 million on the Jaguars' cap in 2019, and with Jacksonville being strapped for cash, they made an obvious decision to let him go. The Eagles capitalized by signing Jackson to a reported three-year deal worth $30 million. With Timmy Jernigan walking in free agency, the Eagles were very thin at defensive tackle after Fletcher Cox. The only two other DTs on the roster were Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector. The team badly needed help there, and they found a disruptive player in Jackson, who has 18 sacks over the last three seasons. While $10 million per season is perhaps a tad pricey, Jackson is a player who can make you pay if you … [Read more...] about Grading the Eagles’ first day of (sort of) free agency
By The New York Times | Mercury News PUBLISHED: January 2, 2019 at 11:31 am | UPDATED: January 2, 2019 at 11:31 am SEATTLE — Army recruiters in Seattle can earn a Friday off for each new soldier they enlist. But in a city with a thriving tech industry and a long history of anti-war protests, the recruiters haven’t gotten many long weekends. “It’s no secret we’re a little behind,” Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Vargas, who heads the city’s recruiting station, told four recruiters at a recent morning pep talk. With a week left in the month, he wrote the station’s goal — five recruits — on a white board, and then the current tally: two. “What do we need to make mission?” he asked. One recruiter responded with a shrug, “A miracle.” The Army is not quite counting on miracles, but after falling 6,500 soldiers short of its goal nationwide in 2018, it is trying a new strategy that might seem almost as unlikely. … [Read more...] about The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to liberal-leaning cities