BREAKING: USA beat Nigeria 2-0 at U-20 World Cup


The Under-2o team of the United States of America beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, 2-0 at the ongoing World Cup in Poland.

Details later.

Melbourne Cup

Dettori was given a nine-meeting ban after the victor, trained by Australian Danny O’Brien, won in a tight finish.

Stewards ruled Dettori, riding for Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien, impeded Il Paradiso, who was fourth past the post for Joseph’s father Aidan.

Il Paradiso was promoted to third, with British raider Prince Of Arran second.

Dettori looked to have sealed his first victory in the two-mile race ‘that stops a nation’ but Craig Williams claimed his maiden Melbourne Cup triumph on Vow And Declare before more drama in the stewards’ room.

Italian-born Dettori, 48, was banned for nine racedays in the state of Victoria, up to and including 13 November.

But there was only elation for Williams, who said of his mount: “It was a privilege to ride him today and great to be associated with such a great horse.”

Winning trainer O’Brien was also celebrating a first Melbourne Cup victory.

“I really can’t believe it, I just feel incredibly blessed to have a horse good enough to be in it. The last 100 (metres) he just wouldn’t give in,” said O’Brien, who is no relation to the Irish father-and-son trainers.

Asked where the horse’s name came from, owner-breeder Paul Lanskey said he was named after his father.

“Dad would come home from the pub and say to mum: ‘I vow and declare I’ve only had a few beers.'”

Prince Of Arran was awarded second after the inquiry, having finished third last year for British trainer Charlie Fellowes.

“I’m incredibly proud of the horse. To do what he has done two years in a row is a remarkable achievement,” said Fellowes.

The build-up to the race had seen animal welfare in the spotlight after recent cruelty scandals in Australia.

All 24 horses appeared to return back safely, although Rostropovich was later found to be lame and was receiving veterinary treatment.

Jockey Craig Williams celebrates after his first Melbourne Cup victory
Jockey Craig Williams celebrates after his first Melbourne Cup victory

How the drama unfolded

Dettori, who first rode in the Flemington race 26 years ago when Master Of Reality’s trainer was just six months old, sensed this could be his chance to finally claim the AUS$8m (£4.3m) race.

The Italian-born jockey, who has ridden a personal record of 19 top-level Group One winners this year, was always handily placed and pushed his mount clear as the race developed in the final quarter-mile.

But just as Master Of Reality looked to have stolen the prize, Williams shot up the inside on Vow And Declare.

Meanwhile, Prince Of Arran came into contention and Il Paradiso finished with a late flourish under Wayne Lordan.

The pair were closing all the time before being checked as Dettori drifted to his left and Vow And Declare just managed to keep on for a narrow victory.

Full Melbourne Cup result

1 Vow And Declare 10-1 2 Prince Of Arran 16-1 3 Il Paridiso 14-1 4 Master Of Reality 25-1

(Master Of Reality demoted from second to fourth, Prince Of Arran promoted to third from second, Il Paradiso up to third)

5 Surprise Baby 6 Mer De Glace 7 Finche 8 Cross Counter 9 Steel Prince

10 Magic Wand 11 Twilight Payment 12 Sound 13 Constantinople 14 Mirage Dancer 15 Hunting Horn 16 Raymond Tusk

17 The Chosen One 18 Latrobe 19 Southern France 20 Youngstar 21 Neufbosc 22 Downdraft 23 Mustajeer 24 Rostroprovich

Gary Kirsten right man to be England coach – Lance Klusener

Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten played 101 Tests and 185 one-day internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004

Gary Kirsten is the “right man” to become England’s next head coach, according to former South Africa team-mate Lance Klusener.

“He brings winning, so that for me is vitally important.”

Former opening batsman Kirsten, 51, led India to their World Cup triumph in 2011 and was in charge of South Africa when they went top of the Test rankings the following year.

He has also coached Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash.

“Gary’s won the World Cup. He’s the right man for the job,” said former all-rounder Klusener, who was appointed Afghanistan head coach last week.

“He brings experience in coaching the big T20 leagues around the world. He’s one of those guys that when he does stand up and speak, people tend to listen, and he’s had that ability since I used to play with him.”

England are looking for a replacement for Australian Trevor Bayliss, who left after four years in charge at the end of the summer.

Under Bayliss, England won the World Cup for the first time but their performances in Test cricket stagnated.

Giles has said that he wants a renewed focus on red-ball cricket.

“Can you lift England white-ball cricket much more?” Klusener said. “What they’ve done is fantastic but their challenge is in Test cricket.

“Kirsten was a phenomenal Test cricketer himself, so he knows exactly what’s needed.”

England begin their tour of New Zealand later this month, playing five Twenty20s and two Tests in November.

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May 2019