This article originally appeared in the June 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Japan players celebrate beating Scotland at RWC 2019 (Getty Images) Having this game is essential as it allows us to make the reconnection as a squad between coaches and players. While we’ve all been doing our own stuff, with the players finally back in Top League and my coaching team working with Super Rugby sides for example, we are realists and know we will have minimal preparation time.We can’t expect to carry on where we left off, but we need a starting point and this match at Murrayfield on 26 June is a great opportunity for that.The first Test for any side is usually full of mistakes, so that provides an opportunity for us. And the second thing in our favour is that the Lions will be looking to do things that they need to get right to beat South Africa. And the way we play will be very different.The pressure will be squarely on the Lions as they are up against a side that hasn’t played or trained together for well over a year and a half.And who knows, if we can create a bit of history then maybe one day Japan can get to host a Lions game. After all, the experience of the World Cup in 2019 shows we can host anything. TAGS: Japan The Brave Blossoms face the British & Irish Lions at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 26 June Japan coach Jamie Joseph on facing the Lions 2021Japan’s game against the British & Irish Lions is a one-off opportunity for my players to play one of the most famous rugby teams in the world, writes Jamie Joseph. And from a personal point of view, it brings back some great memories from 1993 when I played against the Lions just about every week for six weeks.I started off that tour playing for the Maori All Blacks in Wellington, a game we lost after being 20 points up, before heading down to Dunedin where I played for Otago in a 37-24 win.The first Test, a week later, saw Grant Fox kick a goal right on full-time before we were well beaten in the second Test. I remember the coaches saying after that defeat that careers could be lost if we didn’t win the third Test, so it was a relief to win that one 30-13.Ben Clarke attacks for the Lions in the second Test against New Zealand in 1993 (Getty Images)What struck me back then was that there were so many great players in the Lions team. At the start of the tour, Mike Teague and Dean Richards were considered the top loose forwards with Perter Winterbottom. But then Ben Clarke played really well and came through and had a massive tour.I also remember Wade Dooley having to go home and then Martin Johnson comes up, so as always when one door closes another door of opportunity gets presented to a team or player.LIONS 2021 LATEST NEWSThe thing about a Lions tour is that the previous time they were in New Zealand, I was only 13 years old. But you know you’re playing the best from the four countries involved, there’s a lot of history and always a lot of support for them, so it’s really special. And as they don’t tour enough, some young players may never experience facing them.Thankfully Japan have now reached the level where they have been considered a worthy opponent, and it’s going to be a tremendous occasion for the players.Jamie Joseph oversees a Japan training session (AFP/Getty Images)We haven’t played since the 2019 Rugby World Cup. And because of the lack of rugby through Covid, both internationally and domestically, it was important we tried to keep the nucleus of the squad the same as before, so they could pass on all of the hard stuff and learnings.One of the reasons we did so well at the last World Cup was because our team culture was so strong and things were player-led, and if those players weren’t there we would have to start all over again. So it’s great to have the likes of Michael Leitch, Lappies Labuschagne and Yu Tamura back in the fold.Having said that, we need some of the younger guys to come through as we look towards the World Cup in 2023. There are certain positions where we need to see if the players can handle the intensity of not just the games but the preparation blocks. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Tags: Anna Camp/Austin Carter/Beaver High/BYU Track and Field/Millard High FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES-Saturday, as select members of BYU’s men’s and women’s track and field squads competed at the Oxy Invitational at Occidental College, a pair of former Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network school star athletes excelled. Brad James Written by Meanwhile, former Millard High star Anna Camp finished seventh in the women’s 800-meter run, setting a personal-record time of 2:04.20. Camp is on the cusp of qualifying for the West regional track meet May 23-25 at Sacramento, Calif. Former Beaver High star Austin Carter, placed second in the men’s shot put with a toss of 52-02.50. May 13, 2019 /Sports News – Local Former Beaver High Star Austin Carter, Former Millard Star Anna Camp, Excel At Oxy Invitational
Press Association The Chilean recognises City’s quest for the quadruple will see the games pile up. City eased into the FA Cup fifth round with Saturday’s 4-0 win at Aston Villa, having already reached the League Cup final and Champions League knock-out stages. Leicester have only 15 league games left and City will play 27 matches if they go all the way in every competition – more with FA Cup replays – a nd Pellegrini conceded Claudio Ranieri’s leaders, who they welcome to the Etihad on Saturday, may have the edge. “If you ask me if I want to be still in all four competitions, then the answer is yes, but if you are saying if it is easier when you play less games then maybe,” he said, ahead of Tuesday’s game at Sunderland, with City three points behind Leicester. “It’s a view about Leicester but I’m focusing more on my team. “(In the last six weeks) we’ve got to the final of one cup and we have progressed in the other. We could be top of the table after the next two games depending on how we play. So if we win the next two games it’s probably impossible to have been better.” Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s victory and he is set to be included in Pellegrini’s Champions League squad ahead of Tuesday’s registration deadline. But the 19-year-old is likely to be dropped in favour of Sergio Aguero for City’s trip to the Stadium of Light, with David Silva also set to return. “Well, both of them are fit so probably (they will start). We have to decide,” added Pellegrini. Iheanacho, though, insisted he will be ready when called on. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has hinted Leicester have an advantage in the title race. He added: “I need to build confidence now in order to play and that’s what I’m working on. There’s no need for me to fear anything because I’m a professional footballer, but I need to build my confidence to play.” Saturday’s defeat, rounded off by Raheem Sterling’s goal, left bottom club Villa to focus on their survival bid. Boss Remi Garde is yet to make a signing ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline and a move for Hajduk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic collapsed after an appeal over his work permit was rejected. But Garde remains hopeful they can revive the deal in the summer. “Hopefully, yes,” he said. “It’s a disappointment because we thought that we could sign him. I have not too many details on that. I’ve got some details but it’s not for me to reveal it to tell you.”
SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Michael Cubbage, Matt Herasme and Jordan Jones have collectively accounted for 43 percent of Marist’s scoring this season. For Fairfield, Jesus Cruz, Landon Taliaferro and Vincent Eze have combined to account for 53 percent of the team’s total scoring.MAAC IMPROVEMENT: The Red Foxes have scored 64.1 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 56.2 per game they put up against non-conference competition.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Cubbage has made or assisted on 47 percent of all Marist field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 12 field goals and 22 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 64: Fairfield is 0-11 when it allows at least 64 points and 9-3 when it holds opponents to less than 64.STREAK STATS: Fairfield has dropped its last four road games, scoring 56.3 points and allowing 69.5 points during those contests. Marist has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 76.7 points while giving up 69. Marist looks to sweep Fairfield STIFLING DEFENSE: Fairfield has held opposing teams to 64 points per game, the second-lowest figure among all MAAC teams.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFairfield (9-14, 5-7) vs. Marist (6-15, 5-7)McCann Center, Poughkeepsie, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Fairfield seeks revenge on Marist after dropping the first matchup in Bridgeport. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 8, when the Red Foxes outshot Fairfield 43.1 percent to 40.4 percent and hit seven more 3-pointers en route to a 12-point victory. February 13, 2020
Cowboys vs. Patriots: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Nov. 24Start time: 4:25 p.m. ETThe 4:25 p.m. ET start time for Cowboys vs. Patriots marks the fourth of seven such start times for Dallas games this season. It’s the first time the Cowboys have played in this time window since they lost to the Jets in Week 6.As for the Patriots, Sunday’s game against the Cowboys marks their second straight game in this time window following last week’s win over the Eagles. New England will return to the late Sunday afternoon time slot when it hosts Kansas City in Week 14.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 12Cowboys scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Giants4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 2Sept. 15at Redskins1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 3Sept. 22Dolphins1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 4Sept. 29at Saints8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Packers4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 6Oct. 13at Jets4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Eagles8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 8BYE—Week 9Nov. 4 (Monday)at Giants8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Vikings8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 11Nov. 17at Lions1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 12Nov. 24at Patriots4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 13Nov. 28 (Thursday)vs. Bills4:30 p.m. ETCBSWeek 14Dec. 5 (Thursday)at Bears8:20 p.m. ETFOXWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Rams4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 16Dec. 22at Eagles4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Redskins1 p.m. ETFOXPatriots scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Steelers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15at Dolphins1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Jets1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sept. 29at Bills1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 5Oct. 6at Redskins1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 6Oct. 10 (Thursday)vs. Giants8:20 p.m. ETFOXWeek 7Oct. 21 (Monday)at Jets8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Browns4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 9Nov. 3at Ravens8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 10BYE—Week 11Nov. 17at Eagles4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 13Dec. 1at Texans8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 16Dec. 21/22vs. BillsTBDTBDWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Dolphins1 p.m. ETCBS WEEK 12 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsAt 9-1, the Patriots against the 6-4 Cowboys a have a chance to win a 10th game and reach 17 consecutive seasons with 10 or more victories. New England would break a tie with San Francisco, which won 10 games in 16 straight years (1983-98). The Patriots have won at least 10 games every year since going 9-7 in 2002.Below is all the info you need to watch Cowboys vs. Patriots on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.What channel is Cowboys vs. Patriots on today?TV channel (national): FoxTV channel (Dallas): KDFWTV channel (Boston): WFXTWith a national broadcast on Fox, Cowboys vs. Patriots will get the game-of-the-week treatment with the network’s No. 1 crew. Joe Buck will call the Cowboys vs. Patriots play-by-play action, and Troy Aikman will provide analysis. Erin Andrew and Kristina Pink will report from the sidelines. Additionally, Fox NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira will join to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.For those who can’t watch Cowboys vs. Patriots on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Dallas call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 227, and the New England call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for Cowboys vs. Patriots on Sunday: This game, scheduled to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by Fox in Week 12. So yes, you get the game on TV.Making Cowboys vs. Patriots a national TV game was an easy move for the NFL given the marquee of these teams, but it’s also an interesting matchup of strength on strength; the NFL’s top offense in Dallas vs. the league’s top defense in New England. The Cowboys are averaging an NFL-best 444.6 yards per game while the Patriots are holding opponents to a league-low 249.9 yards per game.