Rugby Wrap: Glasgow’s win not enough, Edinburgh slip to exit Europe

first_imgRussell and full-back Stuart Hogg, who combined well for the home side’s only try, are Scotland’s key attacking players and much like Jonny Sexton in Ireland or Leigh Halfpenny in Wales, both will automatically start for the national team if fit, regardless of their form.Maul worriesRacing managed a solitary try on the evening, courtesy of prop Cedate Gomes Sa from yet another driving maul close to the Glasgow line. The Warriors have now conceded six tries in recent weeks from this particular tactic, and until Gregor Townsend and his coaches find a way to stop it at source, and legally, opposition teams will continue to hurt his side with it.Townsend proud“There were a couple of tactical things we had to address at half time, such as kicking the ball too much”, Townsend reflected at full time. “We had to have patience and I thought the players really upped their intensity in the second half”, he continued, having given the likes of Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Alex Allen and James Malcolm a taste of European success in the latter stages.Launch pad for success Despite the game being effectively a dead rubber for both sides, Glasgow Warriors can use this impressive win as a catalyst to jump-start their title defence as they hope to welcome back the likes of Peter Horne, Mike Blair, Henry Pyrgos and Josh Strauss among others in the coming weeks.Their European ambitions may have been extinguished again for yet another season, but despite currently sitting outside the top seven in the Pro 12, Townsend’s men know that with two games in hand over the likes of Edinburgh, Ulster and Connacht, they can set their sights on another top four finish come May, having re-discovered that winning feeling.With all pools staging simultaneous final round matches, there was plenty of drama around Europe, not least in Pool 1 where Ulster hammered Oyonnax 56-3 at Kingspan Stadium.That crushing win came just as Saracens were seeing off four-times champions Toulouse with a second-string side in a 17-28 away win, sealing top seeding in the process.Pool 2 also had plenty of late drama as Exeter Chiefs sealed a first-ever Champions Cup quarter-final place by beating Ospreys 33-17 at Sandy Park. Paired with Clermont Auvergne’s shock 28-37 home defeat to Bordeaux-Begles, it ended both French sides’ interest in the competition.Scarlets suffered another defeat in a 10-22 home loss to Northampton Saints who joined Racing 92 in qualifying from Pool 3, whilst in Pool 4 Stade Francias defeated Leicester Tigers 36-21 in a result that ensured their quarter final meeting in April. Munster, as expected, ended their European campaign with a 5-28 away win at struggling Treviso.In Pool 5 Wasps secured home advantage in the last eight with an emphatic 51-10 thumping of former champions Leinster on Saturday, whilst current champions Toulon’s fortuitous 14-19 win at Bath secured their quarter final berth.Quarter finals – to be played on 8/9/10 AprilSaracens v Northampton SaintsWasps v Exeter ChiefsRacing 92 v ToulonLeicester Tigers v Stade FrancaisAlan Solomon’s side failed to progress. SNS GroupGrenoble 34-23 EdinburghWith 10 minutes left to play at Stade des Alpes on Saturday night, it looked as though Edinburgh had sealed a place in the quarter finals, as they led their Pool 5 rivals until South African star Gio Aplon’s late double took the contest away from them and a place in the last eight of the competition as a result.Blown opportunityAlan Solomons’ side had led 13-17 at the break thanks to early tries from flanker John Hardie, winger Will Helu, but their French opponents had stayed in touch through Jonathan Wisniewski’s boot and a 30th minute try of their own through hooker Arnaud Heguy.Edinburgh can only really have themselves to blame for their failure to qualify from Pool 5 which was hardly the most challenging of Challenge Cup pools, due to their sloppiness and failure to capitalise on early dominance.Positives for Vern CotterFrom a Scottish point of view, there were positive performances from Hardie, centre Matt Scott and scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne who contributed 13 points from the kicking tee on the night, but Edinburgh will be kicking themselves for allowing this game to be decided by their own errors, going from a winning and qualifying position, to a defeat and being knocked out of the competition thanks to results elsewhere.London Irish’s 7-31 win away to Agen meant that they overtook Edinburgh in Pool 5 thanks to their head-to-head, and progress from the pool at the Scots’ expense.Challenge Cup WrapConnacht registered a routine 47-5 win over Enisei-STM on Saturday to clinch top spot in Pool 1 as Newcastle Falcons beat Brive 27-23 in the pool’s other match.In Pool 2 Sale Sharks earned themselves a quarter final place with an impressive home win over Newport Gwent Dragons whilst Castres defeated Top 14 rivals Pau 24-7 in the pool’s dead rubber.Cardiff Blues ended their mixed Challenge Cup campaign with a big 74-6 win over Calvisano, whilst Montpellier defeated a weakened Harlequins 42-9 at the Altrad Stadium to join the English side in qualifying from Pool 3.Gloucester also joined them in the last eight thanks to a hard-fought 11-14 win in Zebre to clinch Pool 4 as La Rochelle defeated Worcester 35-11 in the pool’s final match.Quarter final line up – to be played on 7/8/9/10th April:Sale Sharks v MontpellierGloucester v Newport Gwent DragonsHarlequins v London IrishGrenoble v Connacht Having elected to omit the likes of Dan Carter, Juan Imhoff and Mike Phillips from their squad, Racing 92 knew that this was a game where they could afford to blood some fringe players. The French side had already qualified as Pool 3 winners, but hadn’t banked on facing a fired-up Glasgow pack who had been posted missing in action these last few weeks.Led by the superb Leone Nakawara, captain Jonny Gray and recalled James Eddie, the Warriors eight consistently made dents in Racing’s lauded defence and would have been further than 3-0 ahead at half time, had it not been for winger Taqele Naiyaravoro spilling a pin-point Finn Russell cross-kick yards from the line just before the interval.Superb second halfThe Warriors however, were far better in the second half with stand-off Russell dictating play with measure and confidence that has been lacking in recent weeks, which will be a major boost to Scotland coach Vern Cotter’s plans for the next few weeks. In the final round of European pool matches, Glasgow Warriors welcomed star-studded Racing 92 to unfamiliar Rugby Park looking to end their disappointing campaign on a high, whilst Edinburgh had their sights on a Challenge Cup quarter- final place as they travelled to Grenoble for a winner-takes-all clash, writes Finlay Morrison.Glasgow Warriors 22-5 Racing 92Having endured a month to forget, the near 10,000 fans that made the unfamiliar trip to Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park on Saturday night finally had something to cheer about as the Warriors made a long-overdue return to winning ways, and showed glimpses of their best rugby of the season against the Parisians.Rested Racing starslast_img read more

SA’s one-two in 400m hurdles

first_img23 March 2006South Africa claimed a one-two in the men’s 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Thursday, with LJ van Zyl and Alwyn Myburgh finishing in the gold and silver medal positions.Van Zyl was the slowest man out of the blocks, but came back strongly to run a Games record of 48.05 seconds, overhauling his compatriot down the straight.Myburgh, who finished seventh in the Athens Olympics, ran a season’s best 48.23 to comfortably secure silver ahead of Jamaica’s Kemel Thompson, who finished in 48.65.Another South African, Ter de Villiers, finished seventh.Following in Hestrie’s footstepsSouth Africa’s successes in field events continued as 19-year-old Anika Smith followed in the footsteps of Hestrie Cloete by winning the women’s high jump.Smith equalled her personal best of 1.91 metres to finish three centimetres clear of Wales’ Julie Crane. Third place went to Karen Beautle of Jamaica.Back on the track, sprinter Geraldine Pillay added a bronze medal in the 200 metres to the silver medal she won in the 100 metres.Running in lane eight, Pillay ran superbly to claim third behind the Jamaican duo of Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell in a time of 22.92 seconds.Shooting silversSouth Africa’s shooting team won two more medals, both of them silver.Esmari van Reenen was squeezed out of first place by India’s Anuia Jung in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone. She finished on 670 points to the 670.7 of Jung.Byron Swanton, whose sister Diane won gold in the women’s trap, finished second in the men’s double trap.India’s Olympic silver medalist Rajyavardhan Rathore successfully defended the title he won four years ago in Manchester, while William Chetcuti of Malta won bronze. Former Olympic champion Russell Mark of Australia had to settle for fourth.Chauke in flyweight finalSouth Africa is assured of at least two more medals, both of them in the boxing ring.Jackson Chauke reached the flyweight final when he beat Uganda’s Martin Mubiri on points on Thursday. He faces England’s Don Broadhurst, who eliminated Jitender Kumar of India, for the gold medal.Welterweight Bongani Mwelase, who won gold at the 2005 Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Glasgow, stopped Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba in the second round of their quarterfinal contest to reach the semi-finals. Both losing semi-finalists win bronze medals.last_img read more

SAP to Settle Copyright Abuse Charges by Oracle

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… scott fulton Tags:#enterprise#news Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img It will amount to being publicly shamed, and although Oracle gave SAP an escape hatch, it purposely made that hatch too small to crawl though. In a deal announced yesterday, SAP is likely to plead guilty on behalf of its former customer support unit, TomorrowNow (TN), on charges that it stole Oracle’s intellectual property in an effort to support Oracle customers who were also TN clients.The fresh set of charges was, according to multiple press sources, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco yesterday. (A copy of the filing was not yet available at press time.) The sole defendant in this new set of charges is TomorrowNow, shifting the shame over to the SAP subsidiary, although it will still be SAP that is liable for damages.The agreement will probably include a settlement of the civil case against SAP, for which a jury already found SAP liable for a colossal $1.3 billion. Last week, the judge in that case tossed out that award as unjustifiably high, and held out the offer that the award could be pared down to a reasonably huge $272 million if SAP were willing to agree to a settlement – which apparently it did.This is the endgame of an arduous battle whose collateral damage spread throughout the services industry. Although it’s clear that TN staffers (during the time TN was not owned by SAP) hacked into Oracle’s servers to find the information and software they needed to service customers, the lesson here was not, “Don’t steal from your competitor to serve your competitor’s customers.” Instead, it was that companies make customer service scarce for a reason.In 2005, prior to the acquisition, companies like TN saw the opportunity to develop platforms around customer service – platforms necessitated by the scarcity of support provided by the software’s own manufacturers. PeopleSoft human resources management and J.D. Edwards enterprise resource planning software were both produced by Oracle. If enterprises were willing to pay for customer service, and Oracle was unwilling to tap into that goldmine, why not create a platform that fills that gap and addresses customer needs?The problem that TN may not have foreseen at the outset was that one of those customer needs was for software patches – updates that Oracle evidently had on hand, but were holding for release on its own schedule. It’s not that Oracle was withholding necessary updates, but that it wanted to release them in a timely fashion. Having someone else breach the firewalls and release them before it does, disrupted that agenda.And now we know that the agenda a business assembles to release support patches for its own products, is officially just as much intellectual property as the patches themselves. Although probably no one intends to follow TN’s footsteps and break into a competitor’s servers, everyone today is less likely than before to explore legitimate means of establishing customer service platforms that encompass competitors’ products. And that will leave customers as poorly served today as they were in 2005. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Corini: ‘Brescia dominated after break’

first_imgEugenio Corini maintains Brescia “dominated the second half, but should’ve closed down” the Inter strikers earlier in a 2-1 defeat. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a deflected strike, then Romelu Lukaku doubled it with a scorcher from distance. Dimitri Bisoli’s finish ricocheted in off Milan Skriniar. “It was a good performance, we had to settle, as we’ve only been working with this system for a couple of days and at the start we didn’t have the right shape,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “We went behind with a bit of bad luck, but then dominated the second half and pushed to the very end. We should’ve closed down both Lukaku and Lautaro, but we were too passive in our defending. In Serie A, there are players who can put the ball in the net from 25 metres out. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t want to go in, so we go home empty-handed, but I am proud of this team for many reasons. “It was the response I wanted from a team in a difficult situation and an uphill struggle, but I never doubted these players anyway. “We must realise our dimension and our role in this season. We had two debutants in Serie A this evening, so if we don’t realise where we came from, where we are and what we want to achieve, it’ll all become more difficult. “The analysis should be also on the way we played the game, not just the results. I understand the popular conception of our campaign, but I want what is best for Brescia and I don’t feel that this ‘in or out’ approach is healthy for anyone.” Mario Balotelli was certainly more impressive than at the weekend with Genoa, but still has only one goal this season for Brescia. “I realise Mario attracts a lot of attention, but we need to just leave him alone to grow and develop in the role, to understand the context he is in. A great player combines talent with other attributes and I am proud to help accompany him in this journey, but I can only do so much and he is the one who has to take the final step.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Castrovilli cancels out Gervinho

first_imgAnother diving Gaetano Castrovilli header earned Fiorentina a point, cancelling out Gervinho’s counter-attack in a 1-1 with Parma. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img

Xhaka looking for house in Milan

first_imgArsenal outcast Granit Xhaka is reportedly looking for a property in Milan, as his link to the Rossoneri strengthens before the transfer window this January. Milan have been linked to the Swiss 27-year-old this week and now RSI reports that Xhaka has been studying the property market in Italy’s fashion capital. The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since he reacted with anger towards the club’s fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month. He has also been stripped from his captaincy by Unai Emery, who is now ready to let the Switzerland international leave the club. Milan’s managing director and former Gunner Ivan Gazidis might be ready to give the player he brought to London in 2016 a new opportunity at San Siro. Milan are 14th in the League and will face Napoli when they return to action after the international break. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Show of force

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I’m glad that we won, but we’re still down (in the series),” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “I expect Game 4 to be a lot more like Game 2 (which was close). I guarantee you, this (blowout of the Hotshots) will not happen again.”“I’m shocked,” Compton said of their 29-point victory. “I didn’t expect this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefImport Mike Harris scored 36 points and had 18 rebounds in just three quarters, and Compton pulled rabbits out of his hat in Abe Galliguez and Carl Bryan Cruz to register their first win in the series.Romeo Travis scored 18 points and Mark Barroca 13 for the Hotshots, who will have three days to regroup.The startling difference in this game, aside from the score, was how well the Aces executed and minimized their mistakes. Adjusting on the match-ups and with his charges taking care of the ball a lot better this time, Alaska carved out an authoritative Game 3 win over Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup title series.After losing the first two games of the best-of-seven series in contrasting styles, the Aces broke away in the second quarter to cut the Magnolia lead to 2-1 after a 100-71 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Lakay’s Pacio faces Japanese, kicks off One’s 2019 season Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing LATEST STORIEScenter_img Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy After averaging 25.5 turnovers in the first two games, Alaska only had 15 for Game 3, with Chris Banchero finishing with 11 assists against just two errors. Harris, who came into the contest norming six errors a game, had three.“While it would be great to hope for this (blowout win) to happen again, it won’t,” Compton said of his expectations for Wedensday’s Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’re going to bring the same level of intensity, but I don’t expect for one minute it will be like this.”Magnolia coach Chito Victolero accepted defeat by crediting how better prepared the Aces were. However, he had things to say about the game officials.“Just give credit to the Alaska team, they prepared (well) for this game,” Victolero said.“But I kept reviewing the tapes. For this game, the Alaska players were the ones holding my players and they weren’t calling the fouls. I just want consistency. Yes, I’m calling their attention now. Let’s be consistent.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Preachers foundation playing “active role” in terror: Raut

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut today alleged in Rajya Sabha that controversial preacher Zakir Naiks Islamic Research Foundation was playing an active role in encouraging “terror” in the country. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Raut said while the Home Ministry repeatedly said that ISIS had very limited influence in India, the “facts” coming to light suggest that poison was being spread among youth. He claimed that 21 youths, including five women and three children, who had disappeared from Kerala had gone to Afghanistan and joined ISIS. The cause of concern was that five among those who went to Afghanistan, had changed their religion. “After changing religion, they had straightaway joined ISIS and became terrorists. Who is doing this? … Zakir Naiks name figured in Bangladesh terror attack. His organisation Islamic Research Foundation is playing an active role, a big game in encouraging terror in the country,” the Shiv Sena member alleged. Early last month, Naik had reportedly denied his involvement in the Dhaka attacks and called the Islamic State “un-Islamic”. Raut said the recent arrests from different parts of the country showed that ISIS has spread its network. He also alleged that Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen had spread its network in parts of West Bengal and was targeting unemployed youths to join them. PTI NKD ARClast_img read more

2012 Queensland Junior State Cup Results

first_img180 teams from across Queensland took to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex last weekend to compete in the 2012 Queensland Junior State Cup. The Gold Coast was rewarded for its strong performances on the field, winning the Eggers Moles affiliate championship, making three of the 10 finals at the event. At the event it was also announced that Hervey Bay will host the championships for the next five years. Congratulations to the following teams on their respective wins at the event:10’s Girls Caboolture 2 defeated Toowoomba 1 Player of the Final – Chloe Sawtell (Caboolture)10’s Boys Palm Beach 2 defeated Redlands 1Player of the Final – Branden Taylor (Palm Beach)12’s GirlsBrisbane Metropolitan 3 defeated Gold Coast 2Player of the Final – Shante Phillips (Brisbane Metropolitan)12’s BoysIpswich 7 defeated Gold Coast 1Player of the Final – Paul Karaitiana (Ipswich)14’s GirlsRedlands 3 defeated Toowoomba 2Player of the Final – Jo Miller (Redlands)14’s BoysGold Coast 5 defeated Ipswich 2Player of the Final – AJ Brimson (Gold Coast)16’s Girls Rockhampton 3 defeated Ipswich/First Contact 2Player of the Final – Tamika Upton (Rockhampton)16’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Ipswich 4Player of the Final – Corey Russell (Redlands)18’s GirlsCaboolture 5 defeated Toowoomba 1Player of the Final – Paige Parker (Caboolture)18’s Boys BMTA/First Contact 7 defeated Labrador 2Player of the Final – Ash Taylor (BMTA/First Contact)Related LinksJunior State Cuplast_img read more

Vivendi has bought itself time to regroup and pers

first_imgVivendi has bought itself time to regroup and persuade Telecom Italia (TIM) shareholders to support its strategic plan for the telco by having its representatives on the TIM board resign on mass, triggering a re-election process and delaying a vote on the make-up of the board to May 4.Arnaud de PuyfontaineThe move came in reaction to moves by activist investor Elliott Management to engineer Vivendi’s removal from the board and push through a new strategic plan that would see the company split off its infrastructure arm.TIM chairman Arnaud de Puyfontaine and six other directors associated with Vivendi resigned. The resignation of a majority of the board means that the board has to be dissolved and re-elected under Italian law. The re-election will see the competing sides present rival slates of candidates for the board, with the winning side taking two thirds of the seats. Under Italian law, shareholders with over 0.5% stakes are permitted to present slates of candidates for the board.While a victory for Elliott, the resignation of Vivendi’s representatives was accompanied by a vote to delay the re-election from April 24 to May 4, buying some extra time for Vivendi to persuade investors of the merits of its vision.“In light of the attempt led by hedge-fund activist Elliott Management, well-known for its track record of short-termist initiatives, to dismantle Telecom Italia (TIM), the three members of the TIM Board of Directors representing Vivendi, which supports the unanimously approved industrial plan led by Amos Genish and his team, have decided to resign from the Board,” said Vivendi in a statement.“As five other Board members have also decided to tender their resignations, resulting in a majority of the Board members having resigned, a shareholder’ meeting will be held in May to allow the TIM shareholders to appoint the Board members they want and which policy to follow.”Elliott, which now controls over 5% of TIM’s shares, was quick to respond, accusing Vivendi of cynicism in delaying the day of reckoning after failing to come up with convincing arguments against its case that for the separation of the telco’s network arm, the whole or partial sale of its submarine cable arm and the resumption of dividend payments to shareholders.“Given the momentum behind Elliott’s campaign at Telecom Italia to improve both performance and governance, Elliott was not surprised to see yesterday’s resignation of seven board members affiliated with Vivendi. Unable to advance any meritorious arguments, the Board has simply abandoned their posts to stall for time. Elliott regards this action as cynical and self-serving, in that it delays the ability of Telecom Italia shareholders to express their votes at the upcoming AGM,” the hedge fund said.“This is yet another example of minority shareholder rights at Telecom Italia being abrogated and the continued disregard of corporate governance best practice. Finally, Vivendi should note Elliott’s forty-year track record of consistent value creation, and sustained, long-term commitments to expose poor governance and catalyse positive change; Elliott’s investment history in Telecom Italia dates back to 1999, well before Vivendi became a shareholder in the Company.”TIM named Franco Bernabè as deputy chairman, with responsibility for activities and assets related to Italian national security, a position previously held by Giuseppe Recchi, who was among those resigning.last_img read more