Friday night rugby here to stay

first_img Press Association The 2015 tournament kicks off on Friday when Wales host England and the Millennium Stadium will again play host to Friday night rugby in the next two tournaments. France will visit Cardiff on Friday, February 26, 2016 and a year later Ireland are the visitors, on Friday, March 10, 2016, organisers announced on Wednesday. Friday night rugby is here to stay after the fixtures for the 2016 and 2017 RBS 6 Nations were announced. center_img The opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, between England and Fiji, is also scheduled for a Friday night, September 18, 2015, but at present only Cardiff is scheduled to host Six Nations Friday night rugby. Matches between teams alternate annually on a home and away basis, so in 2016 England will host Wales on the tournament’s penultimate weekend, with the match taking place on Saturday, March 12. The opening weekend of the 2016 tournament, the first to follow the 2015 Rugby World Cup, takes place on February 6 and 7, 2016 and features a Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield between Scotland and England. The pick of the matches on the final weekend sees England travel to France on March 19. All three matches on the concluding weekend take place on the same Saturday. The 2017 tournament begins with France visiting Twickenham on Saturday, February 4, 2017, and Wales host England the following weekend, Saturday, February 11, 2017. The concluding weekend, Saturday, March 18, 2017, sees Scotland play Italy in what has perennially been a Wooden Spoon decider, before Wales play France in Paris and England travel to Dublin to take on Ireland. last_img read more

Dodgers come up short against Padres in series opener

first_imgAfter four consecutive 90-loss seasons, nine in a row under .500 and 13 without a trip to the playoffs, the San Diego Padres have been the grass and the Dodgers the lawn mower in any rivalry between the two Southern California teams.The opener of a three-game series at Petco Park on Monday night was another chance for the Padres to get the Dodgers’ attention. They might have done it by hitting three home runs off Walker Buehler and scoring twice against the Dodgers’ bullpen in a 5-4 victory.The two teams have matching 7-4 records and their fellow National League West tenant, the Colorado Rockies, are off to a 7-2 start.PreviousSan Diego Padres second baseman Jurickson Profar, right, jokes with Trent Grisham after Grisham hit a home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger gestures after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres closing pitcher Kirby Yates, right, and catcher Austin Hedges celebrate after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTrent Grisham #2 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by third-base coach Glenn Hoffman #26 after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, reacts with third base coach Dino Ebel after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Abraham Almonte #16 of the San Diego Padres is tagged out by Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he tries to steal second base during the second inning at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Chris Paddack #59 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres watches the flight of his solo home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., left, dances as teammates reacts after San Diego Padres’ Trent Grisham hit a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. watches his home run hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, reacts with teammate Max Muncy (13) after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson gestures above the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. watches his home run hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., left, celebrates with center fielder Trent Grisham, center, and right fielder Wil Myers after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, collides with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, center, as he is tagged out attempting to score from third base on a line out by Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) looks on at left. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talks with shortstop Corey Seager before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith, behind center, attempting to score from third off a line out by Manny Machado as Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) looks on, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith looks towards San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, after tagging him out as he tried to score from third off a line out by Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after being tagged out while trying to score from third base off a line out by Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Clayton Kershaw #22 after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by Manny Machado #13 after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., center, runs towards home chased by Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, right, before being tagged out trying to score from third off a line out by the Padres’ Manny Machado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres points skyward after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park August 3, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, looks on before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres second baseman Jurickson Profar, right, jokes with Trent Grisham after Grisham hit a home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger gestures after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 27Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger gestures after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Expand“Those guys tonight, you could see it. The Padres, they came out with energy,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I was not surprised. We expected three good ones this series. (Dinelson) Lamet going tomorrow, (Garrett) Richards on Wednesday. And this is a very talented offensive club. They’re playing well, they got a lot of confidence so this was no surprise.”The series opener in San Diego was a matchup of young guns, right-handers Buehler and Chris Paddack. Neither was at his best.In his second start of the season, Buehler gave up three hits in five innings — all solo home runs. Trent Grisham got him in the first inning, Wil Myers in the fourth and Fernando Tatis Jr. in the fifth.Buehler struggled with his command, also walking three. A year ago, Buehler gave up 20 home runs in 182 1/3 innings — roughly one every nine innings. But he has already given up four in 8 2/3 innings this season.“Just not enough strikes, not enough good counts,” Buehler said. “Then when I made mistakes they hit them out. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Got to get in the zone more and start getting in better counts. … I expect a lot of myself and I think me being good is important. I just want to be better.”Joc Pederson led off the game with a home run on Paddack’s first pitch and Will Smith drove in two with a double off the Padres right-hander in the fifth.But Smith was picked off third to end the inning, getting fooled when third baseman Manny Machado shifted toward the middle of the field then sprinted back to take a throw from catcher Austin Hedges.“He (Paddack) was going out of the windup. Manny kind of scooted over and I just kind of ventured off,” Smith said. “That can’t happen. … Right away, I was like ‘Uh oh.’”That left a tie game for Buehler to hand over to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Brusdar Graterol and Caleb Ferguson let it get away in the bottom of the sixth.Machado led off the inning with a single, moved into scoring position on a ground out and trotted home on a single by Jake Cronenworth.Ferguson came on with two outs but gave up singles to Abraham Almonte and Hedges for another run. Hedges’ hit was his first of the season after starting 0 for 17.“The base hit off Graterol was a cross up. We had him set up, just a little miscommunication with signs there,” Smith said. “Ferg pitched well. They jumped on a couple fastballs, one (Almonte’s hit) with a shift, and Hedges put a good swing on that 0-0 fastball and they were able to push a couple more cross. All in all, they came out ready to go. They’re throwing their A stuff.”The Dodgers were hitless after Smith’s double until Cody Bellinger led off the ninth with a 409-foot home run off the Padres’ struggling closer Kirby Yates (four runs on five hits and four walks in his first 2 1/3 innings this season). But that was the only ball the Dodgers put in play against Yates. He struck out A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager and Chris Taylor to end the game.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Alli says Mourinho should have subbed him instead of Dier after ‘awful’ start

first_imgDELE ALLI has defended close mate Eric Dier by insisting it should have been him that was hooked after 28 minutes in the win over Olympiakos.New boss Jose Mourinho took drastic measures early on during last night’s Champions League game after conceding two goals to their Greek opponents in the opening 20 minutes.2 Eric Dier was hooked off after 28 minutes against OlympiakosCredit: Getty Images – GettySensing something had to change, Mourinho made Dier the casualty as he subbed the England midfielder for Christian Eriksen after just 28 minutes.It sparked Tottenham into life and a fortuitous goal on the stroke of half-time by Alli was the catalyst for a 4-2 comeback win.But Alli insisted he should have been the one sacrificed following his performance after 20 minutes.He told BT Sport: “We were losing and it’s the manager’s decision to bring on probably a more of a forward-thinking midfielder but to be honest, it could have been anyone that came off in the first 20, especially myself because I thought I was awful.”It’s one of them, it’s a team game and the manager felt a change needed to be made. Thankfully it worked in our favour.”Dier and Alli are one of sporting’s biggest bromances after appearing on reality TV show Gogglebox together.Dier was also once forced to be Alli’s personal chauffeur for the day after losing to him at “arcade Olympics.”Alli has already shown glimpses that he could find his best form once again playing under the Portuguese boss.He starred in the victory at West Ham and admitted that an honest chat with the boss proved enough motivation to do his talking on the pitch.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Saints vs Watford, Arsenal and Leicester vs Everton scores this coming weekend and win £100most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsMourinho’s first question to Alli was to ask him whether he was “working with Dele, or Dele’s brother”.Alli said: “To have it honestly said to my face was nice – because a lot of people would prefer to say it behind my back.“It was actually the first thing he said to me. It was funny, I thought, I laughed.“But we’ve had a few conversations now. That was one of them. There have been a few more as well.“I’m hoping I can show him who I am.”2 Dele Alli, right, claims it could have been him to be subbed offCredit: PA:Press AssociationJose Mourinho says he wanted to invite the heroic Spurs ballboy to the dressing room after the match but couldn’t find himlast_img read more