Olympics Hockey: We’ve got the Great Britain ‘bulldog’ spirit now, says Lily Owsley

An adrenaline-fuelled soundbite from Lily Owsley is contagious at the best times following a win of Olympic-sized proportions. Take the victory over Spain in the quarter-finals, one where Maddie Hinch was unleashed in the shoot-out – a penny for Dutch thoughts after that one – and put Great Britain women into a semi-final showdown with […] The post Olympics Hockey: We’ve got the Great Britain ‘bulldog’ spirit now, says Lily Owsley appeared first on The Hockey Paper. Source link

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Nadal backs Simone Biles Olympics decision

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has come out in support Simone Biles after the American gymnast pulled out of several events at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics citing mental health. Nadal, who withdrew from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to injury, is returning to the tennis tour for the first time since his French Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at this week’s Citi Open in Washington. Speaking to CBS Evening News, Nadal said he backs Biles’ decision 100% and that if she is not ready, she should not…

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Tokyo Olympics: Semifinal Clash Against Argentina “The Toughest Test”, Says Indian Women’s Hockey Captain Rani Rampal

The Indian women’s hockey team put up a fantastic display of skill and tenacity during their 1-0 victory over Australia in the quarterfinal match of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. High on confidence and self-belief after the momentous victory, the Indian women’s hockey team has now firmly set its sights on the all-important semifinal encounter against Argentina on Wednesday. Much like the Indian team, Argentina has also gone from strength to strength in the competition, securing the semifinal berth after a convincing 3-0 victory against Germany in the…

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Tokyo Olympics: Brazil Edge Mexico On Penalties To Reach Men’s Football Final

Brazil players celebrate their penalty shootout victory over Mexico in Kashima on Tuesday.© AFP Reigning Olympic men’s football champions Brazil sealed a return to the final as they defeated Mexico 4-1 on penalties on Tuesday following a goalless draw after 120 minutes in Kashima. Brazil goalkeeper Santos saved from Eduardo Aguirre in the shootout before Johan Vasquez smacked the post with Mexico’s second attempt. Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier all scored for Brazil, who await either Spain or hosts Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama. Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists,…

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‘The best players were all at Tokyo Olympics’

‘The best players were all at Olympics’, insists Alexander Zverev Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has defended the strength of the draw at the Tokyo Games, saying the best players “were all there”. The 24-year-old identified world number three Rafael Nadal as “the only one who did not come” and pointed to the fact the Spaniard also missed Wimbledon. Four other top 10 players – Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Roger Federer and Denis Shapovalov – did not feature at the Games. World number five Zverev defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 on…

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Tokyo Olympics: Shah Rukh Khan Reacts To Women Hockey Coach’s “Coming Again Later” Tweet

Tokyo Olympics: Sjoerd Marijne with the Indian women’s hockey team after their win vs Australia.© Twitter The Indian women’s hockey team stunned Australia 1-0 in the Tokyo Games quarterfinals on Monday to reach the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time. Coach Sjoerd Marijne played a huge role in the team’s performances at the Games this year. He took to Twitter to share a picture from the team bus after their historic win, with the message “Sorry family, I coming again later”. Marijne soon got a reaction from…

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Olympics Hockey: How Spain’s canny penalty corner routine rocked Great Britain

Was it a case of being cooped up in hotel quarantine or were the Red Sticks waiting for the knock-out stages to unleash a brilliant PCA routine which caught Great Britain women off guard in the Tokyo Olympic quarter-final? With their only penalty corner of the game, an injection was thrust out to Maria Lopez. Only that she received the ball close to a stick’s length outside the top of the D. Immediately space opened as the GB runners chased down the trap. Garcia’s slap found Belen Iglesias, who crouched…

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Tsitsipas hails ‘unbelievable experience’ at Tokyo Olympics

Stefanos Tsitsipas hails ‘unbelievable experience’ at Tokyo Olympics Despite disappointing results, Stefanos Tsitsipas has expressed that he thoroughly enjoyed his Olympics debut this summer. The Greek superstar came into the Olympics as one of the favourites for gold in the men’s singles, but fell to Ugo Humbert in the round of 16. Tsitsipas also bowed out before the medal rounds in the mixed doubles, with he and partner Maria Sakkari downed by eventual bronze medallists Ashleigh Barty and John Peers. “Win or lose, these are the kind of milestones as…

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Tokyo Olympics: Keep Emotions In Check, Avoid Cards, Graham Reid Tells Indian Men’s Hockey Team Ahead Of Semifinal

India men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid has told his players to keep their emotions in check and avoid cards against a strong opponent like Belgium in the Tokyo Olympics semifinals on Tuesday. India have made the semifinals of the Olympics after four decades with their last medal coming in the 1980 Summer Games. While Reid expressed that he was happy with the 3-1 victory against Great Britain in the quarterfinal on Sunday, he highlighted that getting two green cards and one yellow card in the game is something…

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Rafael Nadal criticises Novak Djokovic’s ‘strange’ Olympics tantrum

Rafael Nadal has urged Novak Djokovic to avoid lashing out during his matches (AFP/AP) Rafael Nadal admits he found Novak Djokovic’s outburst in the Olympics ‘strange’ after the Serb took out his anger on his racquet. Djokovic’s hopes of being the first male tennis player to win a Golden Slam were ended last week following his semi-final defeat to Alexander Zverev, who went on to win the gold medal in the men’s singles. The world No.1 was then beaten by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta for the bronze medal. During the…

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