Saturday, September 8, 2012

Simon Gerrans Wins Canadian One-Day Cycling Competition

Simon Gerrans - Sports Jagat

Australian road cycling star Simon Gerrans has gained a most important self-confidence increase ahead of the world titles with a big win in Canada.

The reigning national road winner took out the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec one-day race, beating Belgian Greg Van Avermaet after the pair broke away near the end of the 201.6km WorldTour event.

It was Gerran’s first win since he took out the Milan-Sanremo classic earlier this year.
The Victorian started the season by winning the Australian road crown and then securing the overall title at Adelaide's Tour Down Under.

The Orica-GreenEDGE rider was unable to post any big results at the Tour de France or in the Olympics road race, but the Quebec win showed he is beating peak form again late in the term.

Gerrans and Van Avermaet finished four seconds ahead of a chase group in the tough route race.
Gerrans said, "We just managed to hold them off”.

"I glad to have pulled off the win, it is a huge feeling to be riding strong at the end of the term."
Gerrans will be a key rider in the Australian elite men's team for the September 23 road race at the world championships in Valkenberg in The Netherlands.

The Australians have become a force in the men's elite road race, with Cadel Evans winning the 2009 title.

Then came Allan Davis' bronze medal at Geelong in 2010 and the silver medal for Matt Goss last year in Copenhagen.

Valkenberg is a hilly course that should suit a rider such as Gerrans.

Evans pulled out of the team a few days ago and ended his season early because of injury and illness.

Friday, September 7, 2012

USA U-20 Girls Won World Cup Against Germany

U-20 Girls Won World Cup - Sports Jagata

The U.S. Under-20 women's national team is a game away from being on top of the world for a proof third time, but standing in its way is an opponent on a roll, and one that has already dealt the Americans a setback during this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The U.S. U-20 women support for a rematch with Germany in the World Cup final in Tokyo, Saturday, 6:10 a.m., less than two weeks removed from a 3-0 loss in their Group D finale to the defending competition champion. Since then, the U.S. women won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches against North Korea and Nigeria, respectively, and have rebounded to earn another shot at a team that has outscored opponents 15-0 during the tournament, including a 3-0 pasting of host Japan in the semifinals.

"In any sport you want to learn lessons from the successes, so if you win and still learn lessons that’s would be the greatest scenario, but sometimes those lessons don’t infuse as deeply as you would want and sometimes when you lose, lessons seem to sink in more," U.S. U-20 women's coach Steve Swanson told.

"In all of these games, not just the Germany game, we learned impressive, and in that particular game, because we lost and we lost the way we did, I think that hit home with our players and resonated more than any other game. Expectantly that had a positive effect, and our players rebounded quite well from that loss. I think there are a lot of good belongings that came from that skill and it showed in the quarterfinal and semifinal.”

For the U.S. women to crack the resolute German defense they will need all hands on deck. Maya Hayes leads the team with four goals in the World Cup, but all four came in the first two games of the tournament. Since then, it has been a balanced attack, with Vanessa DiBernardo and Chioma Ubogagu leading the U.S. past North Korea and Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai finding the back of the net against Nigeria.

The U.S. defenders will have to be mindful of German attacker Lena Lotzen, who has a team-high six goals and has scored in all but one game this competition, including two against the United States in the 3-0 result on Aug. 27. Avoiding a repeat performance on all accounts is the task at hand for Swanson and his players.

"This is a great chance for our team," Swanson said. "It’s rare that you get another chance at a team you played in group play, and we are keyed up about playing Germany again. We know it is going to be a very aggressive game. They clearly have quality throughout their whole team, and we are looking forward to it."

FIFA: Under-17 World Cup India Raise the Profile of the Game in a Huge Market

FIFA Under17 World Cup - Sports Jagat

World football governing body FIFA on Friday said that it wants India to host the Under-17 World Cup to raise the profile of the game in a huge market but warned that the country will not get the important event if it fails to meet the strict criteria.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said that India will have to satisfy the strict requirements for hosting the Under-17 World Cup and if the country fails in providing them, the event will go to another nation.

Valcke said: "Obviously, the infrastructure will have to be top class; the six venues needed for the game will have to be the best. We need safety promise from the government and then guarantee for accommodation, transport and airport facilities,"

"At the end of the day, for those young players taking part, this will have to be 'the' game for them. It does not matter where it is being held. So naturally, if India fails to satisfy the strict criteria, it will not host the event," he added.

Valcke was addressing reporters after a round table meeting organized by International Football Arena, which was attended by the visiting FIFA delegate, AIFF and club officials, experts, media persons and business representatives.

FIFA had signed a 10-year agreement with the AIFF on September 5, covering management plan, technical development and the strengthening of clubs and the I-League.

Valcke said that there will be no bending of rules for India to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup but added that FIFA will be involved in India's bidding for the event.

"There will no change in rules and it will be normal bidding method with countries competing. But we want the Under-17 World Cup to go to a country where the game can be developed from the grassroot.

"India is a vast football market. A country of 1.2 billion cannot lag behind in football. We see the event as the ideal platform for the development of infrastructure and grassrrot development. We want to make football the number two sport in India in ten years," he said.