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England captain Heather Knight and Australia skipper Meg Lanning laud World Cup final match-winner Alyssa Healy after she scores 170 from 138 balls; Knight “super proud” of England’s revival in the tournament after they recovered from losing first three games to make the final

Last Updated: 03/04/22 11:08am


Highlights of Australia's comprehensive 71-run win over England as they triumphed at the Women's World Cup

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Highlights of Australia’s comprehensive 71-run win over England as they triumphed at the Women’s World Cup

Highlights of Australia’s comprehensive 71-run win over England as they triumphed at the Women’s World Cup

Captain Heather Knight said England must learn from “ruthless” World Cup champions Australia as she and Southern Stars skipper Meg Lanning hailed Alyssa Healy’s “remarkable” and “ridiculous” century during Sunday’s final in Christchurch.

Healy plundered 170 from 138 balls – the highest score in either a men’s or women’s World Cup final – and shared partnerships in excess of 150 with Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney as Australia posted a match-winning 356-5, with 120 runs coming from the final 10 overs.

Australia earned a record-extending seventh World Cup title as defending champions England were dismissed for 285 in reply, despite Nat Sciver hitting an unbeaten 148 from 121 deliveries.

Australia celebrated winning the Women's World Cup as they lifted the trophy at Hagley Oval ion Christchurch

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Australia celebrated winning the Women’s World Cup as they lifted the trophy at Hagley Oval ion Christchurch

Knight said: “The runs on the board meant we had to take a few more risks and unfortunately we couldn’t have that big partnership.

“That is something Australia do outstandingly and something we can learn from. When they are in they are ruthless and take the game away from the opposition. We need to be ruthless. We haven’t done too well in this competition with those super partnerships that define a game.”

‘Healy’s innings one of best I’ve seen – it was incredible’

Knight added: “Credit to Australia – to bring that sort of performance in a World Cup final was outstanding. Alyssa’s innings was remarkable. I think it was one of the best innings I have seen live.

Australia opener Alyssa Healy smashed 170 from 138 balls, with 26 fours

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Australia opener Alyssa Healy smashed 170 from 138 balls, with 26 fours

Australia opener Alyssa Healy smashed 170 from 138 balls, with 26 fours

“We didn’t quite find an answer. It was an amazing wicket and quite hard to defend. I think if we had kept them just above 300 we were in with a good chance of chasing that down.

“It was an absolutely unbelievable innings from Nat [Sciver]. The skill against spin, against seam, scoring all around the ground.

“It was unfortunate we couldn’t have someone stay with her as she didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.”

Lanning said: “[Alyssa’s innings] was incredible. We are probably not surprised she has done it in a World Cup final, to be fair. She has done it before and is able to come out and play so well.

“Some of those shots were ridiculous and to put the bowlers under pressure at the backend was really important. She set the base really nicely, building a platform to explode at the backend.”

England skipper Heather Knight says her side 'could not find an answer' to Alyssa Healy's dominance

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England skipper Heather Knight says her side ‘could not find an answer’ to Alyssa Healy’s dominance

England skipper Heather Knight says her side ‘could not find an answer’ to Alyssa Healy’s dominance

Knight ‘super proud’ of England’s turnaround

Knight’s team lost their first three games of the tournament and were staring at an early elimination only to then win five matches in a row and move one victory away from becoming the first England side, male or female, to successfully defend the 50-over World Cup.

That dream was dashed by a dominant Australia in the final but Knight took great pride in the revival and is now looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in this summer, at which women’s T20 cricket will be played for the first time.

England's Nat Sciver scored a 98-ball century in a losing cause for England

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England’s Nat Sciver scored a 98-ball century in a losing cause for England

England’s Nat Sciver scored a 98-ball century in a losing cause for England

Knight said: “I am super proud of the group for how we have managed to turn things around – the players and the staff as well.

“The fact that we have shown that character and resilience and were in with a shot of winning the World Cup. One more win was just one too many for us.

“We have got a big year. The Commonwealth Games at home and the T20 World Cup [in South Africa in early 2023].

“Some of the players have been outstanding in this tournament. Special mention to Sophie Ecclestone, the leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets.

“Seeing those young players perform gives me real pleasure and they can certainly be proud.

“We are very disappointed with the final and will look back and reflect on where we need to go as a team but we can be very proud of the grit and determination.”

Lanning cherishes Australia’s success

Australia now hold the Women’s Ashes, T20 World Cup and 50-over World Cup.

Lanning, whose side won each of their nine games, added: “I think we have been extremely consistent over a long period of time.

“To come out and perform so well over the whole tournament is pretty amazing and I think we deserved the victory.

Sciver is an incredible player and played it really smart – it was a really special innings which on any other day would have been a match-winning one. We knew England would come hard at us. We expected a contest and we certainly got that.

Meg Lanning on Nat Sciver (pictured)

“We knew we had to have a number of people contributing and it has been so great to see the team evolve.

“Young players have come in and performed really well, making an impact straightaway. That has been great to push the more experienced players to get better.

“We haven’t looked too far ahead. It’s important we look back at this period and how successful it has been as we have put a lot of hard work into it. It hasn’t been easy, there have been ups and downs.”





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Chelsea FC: Brilliant Badiashile leading way for new signings as Thiago Silva partnership blossoms

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helsea have not conceded a goal in the first 270 minutes that Benoit Badiashile has been on the pitch since his £35million move from Monaco.

His promising early form at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will hope, hint at better times to come through their new signings.

The arrival of French centre-back Badiashile at the start of last month kick-started a record January spending spree of more than £300m.

After Chelsea were sent spiralling into crisis with defeats by Manchester City and Fulham, Badiashile made his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

After the Blues claimed a further two clean sheets in 0-0 draws away at Liverpool and at home to Fulham, he is building an impressive partnership with Thiago Silva.

Impressive start: Benoit Badiashile has formed a promising partnership with Thiago Silva

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Badiashile was one of five new signings to feature in Friday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham. He started alongside £106.8m Enzo Fernandez, who started well but faded over 90 minutes, £89.5m Mykhailo Mudryk, who struggled over 45 minutes while carrying a cold, and £30m Noni Madueke, who was bright after being brought on at half-time.

“What a waste of money” was the regular chant from the Fulham fans in the away end.

That felt harsh in Badiashile’s case. With his size and speed, he looks like a perfect partner for 38-year-old veteran Silva.

In addition, he showed the ability to play brilliantly out of Fulham’s well-drilled press and he coped in his duels against Aleksandar Mitrovic.

There is still adaption to be done, as Graham Potter barked instructions about his positioning in relation to Silva.

However, using French to communicate with the former Paris Saint-Germain captain, Badiashile has helped steady the ship in the absence of the injured Wesley Fofana, and with Kalidou Koulibaly out of form.

While still only averaging just 1.05 goals per game in the Premier League, Chelsea will draw more than they win unless their new midfielders and forwards step up.

Arriving in the weeks after Badiashile, the likes of Fernandez, Joao Felix, Mudryk and Madueke have not had as much time to adapt to their surroundings.

With Chelsea still in 10th place and increasingly falling behind in the race to qualify for Europe, they must follow Badiashile’s lead and hit the ground running before time runs out.



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Reporter’s notebook: Jesse Marsch’s Leeds side showed encouraging signs at times but lack of points cost him his job | Football News

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Jesse Marsch was approaching his one-year anniversary as Leeds United head coach before the decision was taken on Monday to relieve him of his duties.

The defeat to Nottingham Forest a day earlier had been the final straw for the Leeds board, who were all aligned in the view that a change was necessary after almost three months without a Premier League win.

The recent statistics paint a grim picture for Leeds. Seven Premier League games without a win and just two wins in the last 17 league games. And against Forest, although they dominated in the first half and created the better chances, a worrying pattern had started to develop which had become a huge concern for fans. Leeds were producing performances with lots of positives, but not enough points.

There is little doubt that a large proportion of the fan base had lost patience with Marsch, and they made their frustrations clear at the full-time whistle on Sunday with calls for a change of head coach.

What is very evident is that Leeds have not kicked on this season. At times there have been really promising signs, but the fans and the board at Leeds wanted more. Marsch will feel that with time he could have delivered more, but he was also realistic enough to know that he was walking a tightrope.

I got to know Jesse well during his 12 months at Elland Road and it was abundantly clear he cared passionately about the club. He understood what it meant to be head coach of Leeds United and what the club meant to the city and the fans. And he has to be given great credit for keeping Leeds in the Premier League last season.

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Although it hasn’t worked out for Marsch this season, there is a strong argument to suggest that the next Leeds boss will be in a great position to move the club forward.

Patrick Bamford and Luis Sinisterra are now fit, and the January additions should make the starting line-up stronger. The club has also invested heavily in young players and one of those, Willy Gnonto, has emerged as one of the shining lights of the season.

Those factors have created an expectation that Leeds are better than their current league position, and that means a reluctance to accept another season fighting to avoid the drop. It also means that there are reasons to be optimistic about the future.

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Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes sacking Jesse Marsch was the right decision as he was given enough time at the club.

The process of finding a replacement for Marsch is already underway and Leeds hope to make a swift appointment. A move for Marcelo Bielsa is highly unlikely, but West Brom boss Carlos Corberan, who worked under Bielsa, is a candidate, while Ange Postecoglou at Celtic has also been linked.

It is also worth noting Leeds have a track record of leftfield appointments, so as they work through their list of targets, there is a good chance that a candidate emerges that could surprise everybody.

In the meantime, Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas will take training at Thorp Arch, and will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Leeds’ next Premier League fixtures

February 8: Manchester United (A) – kick-off 8pm

February 12: Manchester United (H) – kick-off 2pm, live on Sky Sports

February 18: Everton (A) – kick-off 3pm

February 25: Southampton (H) – kick-off 3pm

March 4: Chelsea (A) – kick-off 3pm

March 11: Brighton (H) – kick-off 3pm

March 18: Wolves (A) – kick-off 3pm



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Tom Brady in his underwear is taking over Twitter

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Um .. oh.

Um .. oh.
Screenshot: Twitter: Tom Brady

It’s Super Bowl week, and if you thought Tom Brady was going to let this week go by without being all up in your timeline…well. Just a week after announcing he’s retiring from football (you’ll never convince me he didn’t play an extra year just to stick it to Adam Schefter), Tom Brady has dropped his first thirst trap on Twitter. Or, attempted thirst trap. Actually, IS this a thirst trap?

As will many things Tom Brady, the attempt to be cool and edgy just winds up being sterile, boring, and kinda sad. A beige man in a beige room in beige underwear with a “pleass clap” look on his face.

And because OF COURSE:

Yes, Tom. We all knew the plug as coming. I’m not sure what color “heather crimson” is supposed to be, but I believe this is what we used to call “puce,” which… meh. The fact that there is something called the “Brady Boxer Brief” is enough to make me want to stick my head in the oven, because you know there are guys in New England burning up the internet right now to wear the same undies as their hero. And even more so because no amount of refusing to mask during COVID, vouching for Antonio Brown, stumping for Donald Trump, or getting a PPP loan during a nationwide pandemic is enough to get people to stop buying what this guy is selling. He’s even gotten to Jane Fonda, for crying out loud.

Of course, this entire thing was set up by Brady’s own brand:

So…whatever. It’s Super Bowl week and everyone is talking about Tom Brady, which is exactly how he wants it to be.



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