Sports enthusiasts to be awarded for contribution to sports

first_imgLocalNews Sports enthusiasts to be awarded for contribution to sports by: – May 2, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 7 Views   no discussions Photo credit: epthinking-blogspot.comSeveral sports enthusiasts will on Wednesday be awarded for their contribution to the development of sports in Dominica when the Sports Division hosts its 6th Annual National Sports Awards.The Annual event which has as its theme, “Spurring on Sporting Achievement through National Recognition” will commence at 7pm at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.The main feature of this award ceremony will be the declaration of the Sportsman and Woman of the Year for 2011. Other notable awards will be the Male and Female Youth Athletes of 2011.A total of 34 awards will be presented to deserving sports persons and organizations. Addresses at the function will come from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Sports Minister Justina Charles along with other government officials.The National Sports Awards is the Ministry’s way of showing due recognition to sports personalities and organizations for their steady contribution towards sports development. Dominica Vibes News have been reliably informed that Prime Minister Skerrit will use the forum to announce an additional title for Dominica’s off spinner Shane Shillingford who made history here last week by capturing ten wickets.He has already been named a goodwill ambassador and will receive a diplomatic passport.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Sunderland throw away lead to share points with West Ham

first_img What could prove to be Advocaat’s last game in charge unravelled alarmingly in front of a crowd of 42,932 as the Black Cats extended their run without a Barclays Premier League victory to 11 games stretching back to last season while collecting just their third point of the current campaign. West Ham ultimately surrendered their 100 per cent league record on the road this season, but will take some comfort from their fightback. Whatever the future may hold for their head coach, his players chose their moment to turn in their best 45 minutes of the season to race into a 2-0 lead which could have been even greater. Unfortunately, the first half lasted significantly longer and it was in added time that the Hammers grabbed a lifeline they scarcely deserved. Fletcher started the ball rolling with just 10 minutes gone when, after Jenkinson had hauled Fabio Borini to the floor in pursuit of Yann M’Vila’s ball over the top, M’Vila pulled the free-kick square to the Scotland international and he slammed it first-time past the helpless Adrian. The Black Cats were simply irresistible with the midfield trio of Lee Cattermole, Ola Toivonen and the hugely impressive M’Vila dominant, and it was the Frenchman who capitalised on Winston Reid’s hurried clearance from Payet’s under-cooked 22nd-minute pass to slide the ball into the path of Lens and watch him chip the stranded keeper and score off the underside of the crossbar. The game could have been effectively over before the break with Borini shooting narrowly wide on two occasions, the first of them after being played through by Fletcher’s clever flick. But having failed to kill off the contest, Sunderland were made to pay in stoppage time when Victor Moses created half a yard of space for himself on the left and crossed for the fast-arriving Jenkinson to sweep home. The 68-year-old had tears in his eyes as Jeremain Lens struck to make it 2-0 after just 22 minutes, with Steven Fletcher having opened the scoring. But his emotions were altered dramatically when Carl Jenkinson pulled one back in first-half injury time and Dimitri Payet levelled following Lens’ dismissal for a second bookable offence. Dick Advocaat could only look on in horror as Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham amid speculation that his reign is drawing to a close. Payet forced Costel Pantilimon into a 48th-minute save with a curling free-kick as Sunderland struggled to rediscover their first-half vigour, and Manuel Lanzini fired just wide after embarking on an adventurous 56th-minute run. The visitors received a further boost seconds later when Lens, who had already been booked for a first-half challenge on Aaron Cresswell, went through the back of Winston Reid and received a second yellow card, and they needed just three minutes to make their numerical advantage count. Pantilimon could not hold Lanzini’s shot from distance and Payet was on hand to convert the rebound and stun the locals inside the Stadium of Light. That signalled an all-out assault from the Hammers and Pantilimon had to palm away Cresswell’s 80th-minute piledriver, but his side managed to spare themselves further pain. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@dpcoverdale: Dick Advocaat confirms he has made a decision on his future and we will soon hear one way or the other #safc” – There was plenty of speculation in the media over the future of the Sunderland manager before and after the game. https://twitter.com/dpcoverdale/status/650346678088826884 PLAYER RATINGS Sunderland Costel Pantilimon: 5 DeAndre Yedlin: 6 Billy Jones: 6 John O’Shea: 6 Sebastian Coates: 6 Lee Cattermole: 7 Yann M’Vila: 8 Ola Toivonen: 7 Jeremain Lens: 5 Steven Fletcher: 7 Fabio Borini: 6 Subs Sebastian Larsson: 6 Jack Rodwell: 6 Jordi Gomez: 6 West Ham Adrian: 6 Carl Jenkinson: 6 Aaron Cresswell: 6 James Tomkins: 6 Winston Reid: 5 Manuel Lanzini: 8 Cheikhou Kouyate: 6 Mark Noble: 7 Victor Moses: 7 Dimitri Payet: 7 Diafra Sakho: 6 Subs Nikica Jelavic: 6 James Collins: 6 Mauro Zarate; 6 STAR PLAYER Yann M’Vila ran the show for Sunderland from midfield in an excellent first-half display and dug in after Jeremain Lens’ dismissal to help ensure they got at least some reward for their efforts. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Jeremain Lens’ superb chip, which looped over keeper Adrian and went in off the underside of the crossbar to put Sunderland 2-0 ahead. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Dick Advocaat and Slaven Bilic enjoyed mirror-image emotions with Sunderland dominant before the break and West Ham awful, but Lens’ premature departure handed the visitors an advantage which they almost made tell. MOAN OF THE MATCH Lens’ senseless challenge on Winston Reid after he had already been booked, which earned him a his red card. WHO’S UP NEXT West Brom v Sunderland (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 17) Crystal Palace v West Ham (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 17) Press Associationlast_img read more

Simon Zebo earns bonus point for Munster in win over Treviso

first_imgMunster left it late to secure their try-scoring bonus point against Benetton Treviso as Simon Zebo’s 75th-minute try topped off a 32-7 European Champions Cup win at Thomond Park A mostly forgettable first half ended 10-7 in Munster’s favour, BJ Botha burrowing over in the fourth minute and fellow South African Braam Steyn replying with a terrific solo effort on the quarter-hour mark. However, in wet and windy conditions, Treviso’s resolute defence was worn down in the third quarter as Ian Keatley clipped over his second successful penalty and captain and man of the match CJ Stander weighed in with his fourth try of the season. Replacement hooker Duncan Casey and winger Zebo both crossed to the left of the posts, either side of a yellow card for Treviso’s Matteo Muccignat. Zebo’s 40th touchdown saw him go within one of equalling the province’s record try scorer Anthony Horgan. The home side were quick out of the blocks, Donnacha Ryan’s lineout win on the 22-metre line setting up a purposeful maul. Conor Murray almost sniped over from close range before prop Botha, whose contract has been extended to next June, got in under James Ambrosini’s tackle. Keatley converted and an eighth-minute pick-and-go effort almost saw Botha grab his second try. The video replay showed he lost control of the ball as he lunged for the line and Treviso, with the wind advantage, gradually gained a foothold in the game. The Italians’ number eight Steyn showed them the way when he charged down Keatley’s attempted clearance kick in the 16th minute, dribbling through to the left of the posts before acrobatically dotting down before the ball went dead. Jayden Hayward levelled with the conversion. Three minutes later, Keatley responded off the kicking tee but the hosts’ play was pockmarked by individual errors and a general lack of penetration with the difficult conditions making for a defence-dominated half. Treviso lost their talismanic captain Alessanndro Zanni to concussion, and Munster’s Mike Sherry suffered a knee injury as the Ireland-capped hooker’s first European appearance in over two years was unfortunately cut short. The conditions worsened on the restart with the rain teeming down. Keatley’s 48th-minute place-kick was followed by Stander’s unconverted try seven minutes later, the Irish-qualified number eight outmuscling Matteo Zanusso and Ludovico Nitoglia from a couple of metres out. Munster went the direct route again for their third try, Ryan winning a lineout near the left corner and Casey piling over on the end of a well-executed forward drive. Keatley converted and further pressure from the home pack saw Muccignat sin-binned for not rolling away. Barely a minute later, Zebo was handed a simple finish and Keatley added the extras for a 25-point winning margin. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sonia, Jyoti enter quarters of women’s national boxing

first_img Press Trust Of India First Published: 5th December, 2019 04:33 IST 2018 World Championships silver medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Youth World champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) stormed into the quarter-finals of the fourth Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships on Wednesday. Chahal, who won the 57kg gold in 2016 and bronze in 2017, endured stiff resistance from All India Police’s Sandhyarani Devi in 57kg before coming out winner 4-1.”I started slow but was able to go on all-out attack in the third round. Overall, I am happy with my performance. Getting the gold here is important for me as it will give me the confidence to play the trials for the Olympic qualifiers. I hope to give my best and get the gold,” said Chahal after the bout.Youth Olympian and Youth World Champion Jyoti, representing the Railways, however, had a much tougher time in the ring. Chandigarh’s India Open silver medallist Monika proved to be quite a challenge for Jyoti, who needed to dig deep to edge past her opponent with a 3-2 victory. Cologne World Cup gold medallist Meenakumari Devi, who is also the defending champion in 54kg, didn’t need to exert much effort as she was declared winner by RSC (Referee Stop Contest) in Round 3 against UP’s Kanika Chaudhary. Cologne World Cup silver medallist Pwilao Basumatary also made an impressive start to her gold medal quest in 64kg against Delhi’s Aarti Rawal. The Assam pugilist, representing RSPB, emerged winner by dint of RSC in Round 3.Later, 2019 President’s Cup (Indonesia) gold medallist Monika landed a strong flurry of punches in her 48kg bout to record a commanding 5-0 win over Himachal Pradesh’s Jyotika Bisht. Punjab and Chandigarh’s boxers put up a dazzling display as usual. Minakshi (48kg), Riya Rani (54kg), Manu Badhan (75kg) and Parminder Kaur (81kg) put Punjab on the winners’ column. Chandigarh’s Ritu progressed in 57kg via an RSC win in Round 2 over Jammu & Kashmir’s Neha Bhagat, while Neema (64kg) emerged 5-0 winner over Maharashtra’s Simran Mendon. One of the biggest upsets of the day, however, was the exit of Chandigarh’s promising Nandini in 81kg. Nandini, who was a part of the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships squad, was knocked out 1-4 by Uttar Pradesh’s Shaily Singh. Written By Last Updated: 5th December, 2019 04:33 IST Sonia, Jyoti Enter Quarters Of Women’s National Boxing 2018 World Championships silver medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Youth World champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) stormed into the quarter-finals of the fourth Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships on Wednesday COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Tipp sides reach next stage of Junior Cup

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay The game between Nenagh Celtic and Peake Villa was called off. Cahir Park and St Michael’s have both progressed to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup.Cahir were 2 – 1 winners over Avondale of Cork in their 4th round clash – the Cahir goals coming from Shane Murphy and Benny Ryan.The Saints hammered St Saviours of Waterford 4 – 0.last_img

Wellington baseball and softball teams have played 3 doubleheaders this season but officials still hope all games will be played

first_imgHere is an updated regular season game schedule for the moment:Wellington baseball Thursday, April 25 — Augusta, home (make up from April 4), 4 p.m.Saturday, April 27 — Circle away (make up from Monday), 4 p.m.Tuesday, April 30 — Collegiate, away, (make up from April 11), 4 p.m.Wednesday, May 1 — Rose Hill away (make up from two previous times), 4 p.m.Thursday, May 2 — Clearwater, home, 4 p.m.Saturday, May 4 — Wellington Triangular: Kansas City Turner, 11 a.m., Ark City, 3 p.m.Tuesday, May 7 — Andover, away, 4 p.m.Wellington softballThursday, April 25 — Augusta, home (make up from April 4), 4:30 p.m.Saturday, April 27 — Circle away (make up from Monday), 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 30 — Triangular: Clearwater, Buhler at Clearwater, 2:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 1 — Rose Hill away (make up from two previous times), 4:30 p.m.Thursday, May 2 — Clearwater, home, 4:30 p.m.Monday, May 6 — Triangular: El Dorado, Valley Center, home, 2:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 7 — Andover, away, 4 p.m. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down CTM · 381 weeks ago Just received text that the games are rescheduled for Saturday at 3:00 pm Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — How bad has the weather situation been for the Wellington boys baseball and girls softball teams?Had the season gone as planned, the two teams would have played seven double-headers this season and be more than two-thirds completed. Currently, they have played just three.Neither Crusader team has played on the road this year in a season that started over a month ago. And the Class 4A Regional Tournament is looming on Monday, May 13.Monday, another doubleheader was postponed when Wellington was to travel to Circle Monday. But Towanda got rain and that doubleheader has been moved to Saturday at 3 p.m. said Brian Buchanan, Wellington activities director.Buchanan still expects to get the season in its entirety in the next three weeks. It will be cutting it close. That will include 14 games and seven doubleheaders in less than 20 days.The baseball team will be playing three consecutive double headers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. And after a Friday night off, the Crusaders will be hosting a triangular on Saturday, May 4. Do the arithmetic and that’s eight games in five days.The girls softball team has a similar hectic schedule. The girls will play three doubleheaders in three consecutive days next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.They will then play on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7.That is barring any rain to mess up the make up games.Currently both teams have played six games. Wellington boys are 1-5 and the Wellington girls are 6-0. Both teams haven’t played since Monday of last week against Winfield.The 4A Regionals are slated in less than three weeks. And it only seems appropriate that both teams are playing at separate locations very far from one another.The Wellington boys are playing May 13 and 15 at El Dorado. Their opponents will be Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Circle, and Winfield.The Wellington girls are playing May 13-14 at Independence. Their opponents will be Labette County, Clearwater, Coffeyville, Independence, Mulvane, Rose Hill and Winfield.last_img read more

T20 commitments will ensure continued decline, says Sir Garry

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Legendary all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers believes West Indies’ downward spiral will continue unless players begin to pledge their allegiance to the Caribbean side over the lucrative Twenty20 leagues across the globe.The 79-year-old said that many of West Indies’ best players were often unavailable due to their T20 commitments and unlike other cricketing nations, this was having a significant impact on the team’s development.”I think the Twenty20 is taking a toll. It seems to be more so on West Indies cricket than any other nation because we seem to be finding it more difficult to put good teams together,” said Sir Garry, who arrived here earlier this week as a guest of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.”England had limited their players from going to play in the IPL (Indian Premier League). If you look at the West Indies, a lot of players are there.”West Indies players have become fixtures in the IPL in recent years, with the likes of opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and AndrÈ Russell, along with mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine, all attached to franchises.In their absence from the longest format of the game, West Indies have continued to slide down the rankings, and are now ranked number eight – only above minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.Once the number-one side in the world during their heyday, Sir Garry now fears for the Windies’ future, especially if some of their best players continue to opt for the T20 format.”Until we can get people who are willing to play for the West Indies in the right way, I think we are going to be struggling for a long time,” the former West Indies captain said.”Other countries are going to come and surpass us.”Sir Garry has long been regarded as the finest all-rounder to play the game. He scored 8,032 runs, snared 235 wickets and 109 catches in a 93-Test career that spanned 1954 to 1974.He perhaps became best known for his World record 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958, a mark eventually overtaken by batting prodigy Brian Lara in 1994.Referring to his time in the game, Sir Garry pointed out that his only commitment then was to West Indies cricket.”My whole obligation was to the West Indies cricket. I have never made a run for me … records meant nothing, the team was always important,” he stressed.last_img read more

Murray, Nadal advance to China Open 2nd round

first_imgBEIJING (AP): Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray advanced to the second round of the China Open with straight-set wins in back-to-back matches on centre court yesterday. Nadal needed little more than an hour to beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, fending off two break points as he took time to get his serve under control in the first set. The 2005 China Open champion, seeded second in Beijing, improved his first-service percentage from 42 to 85 in the second set. Murray defeated Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5 in the next match, dropping serve once in the second set. Murray, who took over the No. 1 seeding when Novak Djokovic withdrew from the tournament, is playing at the China Open for the third time. He reached the quarter-finals in his debut and then the semi-finals. “I thought I did OK considering I hadn’t played much the past couple of weeks,” said Murray, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury. “But there was some good stuff in there. With each match, I’ll play better, hopefully. No injuries. Felt fine. Just need matches now.” Also, Alexander Zverev eliminated fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, and Jack Sock beat Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Ze 6-3, 7-5 in other men’s matches. On the women’s side, Petra Kvitova beat Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-4, 6-1 to reach the third round. The Czech, who last week won the Wuhan Open, will next face defending China Open champion Garbine Muguruza.last_img read more

Anglican women can now be ordained to priesthood in Guyana

first_img144th Session of SynodBreaking hundreds of years of tradition, the Anglican Diocese in a historical session has approved the ordination of women to the priesthood.This was a unanimous decision taken during the 144th Synod session of the regional Anglican Diocese, which includes Suriname and French Guyana. The highest decision-making forum of the Anglican Church in Guyana got underway with a Grand Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday.However, the historical moment was made on Monday when the members unanimously voted to allow the ordination of women in the Diocese of Guyana. This means that the door is now open for women to be trained for the priesthood in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.Last year, Bolivia became the first Diocese in the Anglican Province of South America (formerly known as the Southern Cone) to ordain women as priests. Also in 2015, the Reverend Susana Lopez Lerena, the Reverend Cynthia Myers Dickin, and the Reverend Audrey Taylor Gonzalez became the first women Anglican priests ordained in the Diocese of Uruguay.The ordination of women in the Anglican Communion has become increasingly common in certain provinces since the 1970s. However,The 144th Synod session of the Anglican Diocese in Guyana voted for the ordination of women on Mondaythere are some provinces and certain Dioceses that continue to ordain only men.The first woman ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion was Florence Li Tim-Oi, who was ordained in 1944 by Ronald Hall, Bishop of Victoria, Hong Kong, in response to the crisis among Anglican Christians in China caused by the Japanese invasion. To avoid controversy, she resigned her licence after the end of the war but kept her priestly orders.The service on Sunday was attended by Marin Porter, Diocesan President, Brotherhood of St Andrew; Joan James, Diocesan President, Mother’s Union; Henrietta Edwards, the Clergy of Diocese among others.This is the first Synod since the consecration of the Right Reverend Charles Davidson as the eighth Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana.In the Bishop’s address to the hundreds in the gathering, he reiterated the importance of our individual responsibility in making sure the body of Christ continued to be vibrant and avoided the negative influences present in our everyday lives.last_img read more

Russia hit Spain to advance to W Cup quarters

first_imgRussia hit back just before the interval as Artem Dzyuba nervelessly converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique.Spain controlled the game as expected but struggled to create genuine chances, with Akinfeev sharp on the few occasions they did before saving from Koke and Iago Aspas to seal a 4-3 win on penalties.“We are having a fantastic World Cup,” said Akinfeev.“Not just our fans, but the fans of other countries got a sense of this atmosphere and understood that Russians really know how to play football and want to play football.”Russia players celebrate after beating Spain on penalties. PHOTO/IAAFRussia will meet either Croatia or Denmark for a place in the semi-finals, as Spain’s rotten run against hosts nation at major tournaments continued.Fernando Hierro made the bold decision to drop Andres Iniesta for Koke in central midfield, with Marco Asensio handed his first start of the competition.Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov left out leading scorer Denis Cheryshev, opting for three central defenders in a conservative 5-3-2 formation.It was Nacho, in for Dani Carvajal at right-back, who won the free-kick that led to Spain taking the lead as he was caught by Yury Zhirkov to the right of the penalty area.Asensio, who made two brief substitute appearances in the group stage, whipped in dangerously to the far post where the ball looped in off an unsighted Ignashevich as he tussled with Ramos.Spain dominated the first 30 minutes, pressing Russia heavily as the hosts struggled to advance beyond the halfway line in humid conditions.Aleksandr Golovin carved out their first chance of note, starting a move with a jinking run before bending just wide of David de Gea’s left-hand post.Isco produced a series of regal touches with Spain’s King Felipe VI among those in the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Russia equalised shortly before half-time.– Pique penalised –Spain defender Gerrard Pique handled the ball to hand Russia the penalty which they scored to equalize. PHOTO/FIFAA deep corner was met by Dzyuba, whose header struck the outstretched arm of Pique, with referee Bjorn Kuipers contemplating his decision before pointing to the spot.Dzyuba calmly sent De Gea the wrong with his penalty to join Cheryshev on a team-leading three goals.Akinfeev snuffed out an opening for Diego Costa on the stroke of half-time as the Spain striker tried to latch onto a through ball.The Russia goalkeeper was again involved early in the second half, flying to his left to pluck a spinning Jordi Alba effort from the air.Cherchesov introduced Cheryshev for Alexander Samedov on the hour, a move greeted by a deafening roar from the home support.Iniesta replaced David Silva, while Costa was withdrawn for Aspas, and the two substitutes went close to winning it late in regulation time.Spain’s Dani Carvajal vies for the ball with Russia’s Fedrov Kudriashov during their World Cup round of 16 match in Moscow. PHOTO/FIFAA low 20-yard drive heading towards was palmed away by at Akinfeev at full stretch, with the angled follow-up from Aspas also pushed to safety.Aspas nearly picked out Carvajal with a cut-back seconds into the start of extra time, which saw Aleksandr Erokhin come on as Russia’s fourth sub — the first time the rule has been applied at the World Cup.Spain followed suit as Rodrigo replaced Asensio, and the former went closest to ending the impasse, sprinting towards goal after a clever dummy only for Akinfeev to claw his shot away before the rebound from Koke was blocked.Russia endured a tense wait when Kuipers was in communication with the video assistant referee following a late tug on Pique in the box, before Akinfeev’s shootout heroics clinched an unforgettable triumph.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian players celebrate with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who saved two penalties as they beat Spain 4-3 to advance to the World Cup quarter finals. PHOTO/FIFAMOSCOW, Russia, Jul 1- Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw.Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos.last_img read more