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France head coach Fabien Galthie lost a friend, a former team-mate and a former player he coached at Christophe Dominici. Les Bleus will play in the honor of ‘Domi’ on Saturday

France will mourn the loss of former star winger Christophe Dominici amid cathedral-like composure before focusing on Italy’s challenge with emergency teams in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday.

Players will wear his nickname Domi on their left arm under a giant photo of him at the Stade de France, where several minutes of silence will be held.

“You’ve never met a man like him twice,” said former France captain Pascal Pape, who is close to Dominici. France coach Fabien Galthie has also lost an old friend and teammate.

Before kickoff, the team will pause to remember Dominici, who died on Tuesday aged 48.

Former France winger Christophe Dominici died on Tuesday aged 48

Former France winger Christophe Dominici died on Tuesday aged 48

Dominici’s death sent shock waves through rugby and reached the seats of the French parliament, where politicians in the National Assembly stood without being asked and praised him as a tribute.

Due to the coronavirus, there will be no crowds at the 81,000-seat stadium to say goodbye to Dominici.

Many of his friends in rugby belong to the current French hierarchy: Federation President Bernard Laporte – a former French coach who shares close ties with Dominici; Galthie and his assistant Raphael Ibanez – all teammates during a heyday that defined French talent in a brash style.

Galthie also played alongside Dominici at the Stade Francais, before training him there.

Dominici scored 25 trial tests in a glorious decade with the national team, highlighted by New Zealand’s sensational disappointment at the 1999 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.

“We have lost a friend. We are fighting, fighting to make it happen,” Laporte said Wednesday. “I tell them: I hope you have one thing, that you have the same career as him.”

On Saturday, Galthie must try their best to focus on a win with 13 changes following their 22-15 win in Scotland last weekend, including five new faces and a pack boasting nearly a dozen caps.

The change comes due to an agreement on player rotation between the French Rugby Federation and French league clubs, limiting players to only three out of six international players.

French first-choice players such as Virimi Vakatawa are sidelined due to a player rotation deal with the Top 14

French first-choice players such as Virimi Vakatawa are sidelined due to a player rotation deal with the Top 14

“The squad has limited experience, but that’s the deal. We know that and we will work on it,” said Galthie. “At the level at which we play, everyone has to be ready anytime or anywhere.”

Baptiste Serin’s scrum-half is one of three players with 20 caps or more, and he replaces Charles Ollivon as captain. “It was precisely because he was so committed that we gave him this role,” said Galthie. “He wants to lead this team.”

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will captain a very inexperienced French team on Saturday

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will captain a very inexperienced French team on Saturday

France are second in Group B behind Scotland – as Scotland have already been awarded a win for their canceled Test with Fiji – and need a win to qualify for the playoff final on December 6, where they will likely face England at Twickenham.

The Azzurri replaced three

Italy have called up winger Luca Sperandio for the first time in nearly two years as they have made three changes to their Autumn Cup of Nations side against France in Paris.

24-year-old Sperandio, who won his last six caps against France in Rome in March 2019, replaces Mattia Bellini.

Braam Steyn moved to No. 8 for the injured Jake Polledri with Maxime Mbanda and Johan Meyer coming onto the flanks. Mbanda started the game for Italy for the first time since last year’s World Cup after Sebastien Negri quit with an adductor injury.

Braam Steyn has switched to No. 8 for Italy, but his back row mates Jake Polledri and Sebastien Negri are both injured.

Braam Steyn has switched to No. 8 for Italy, but his back row mates Jake Polledri and Sebastien Negri are both injured.

Cristian Stoian, born in Moldova but a key player in Italy’s junior international, is one of two players not yet on the bench with flanker Michele Lamaro.

Italy last played two weeks ago in the Autumn Nations Cup, losing 28-17 at home to Scotland, but their second match against Fiji was canceled due to mass COVID-19 infection at the Pacific Island camp.

“We have an extra day to better prepare for this meeting,” said coach Franco Smith as he named the team.

“Last week’s cancellation increased our desire to take to the pitch on Saturday against France.

“It will be an intense match in which we will have the opportunity to see other interesting young people at work as we continue on our path to expanding our base and building DNA,” said Smith.

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi know that a victory over Tier-One opponents is needed immediately

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi know that a victory over Tier-One opponents is needed immediately

History will be made when Nigel Owens becomes the first referee to referee 100 tests. The 49-year-old Welshman made his first test 17 years ago, and has refereed four Rugby World Cups.

Team News

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Baptiste Serin (c); 1 Rodrigue Neti, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 4 Killian Geraci, 5 Baptiste Pesenti, 6 Cameron Woki, 7 Sekou Macalou, 8 Anthony Jelonch.

Replacement: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Swan Rebbadj, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Yoram Moefana.

Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Jacopo Trulla, 13 Marco Zanon, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Marcello Violi; 1 Danilo Fischetti, 2 Luca Bigi (c), 3 Giosue Zilocchi, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Niccolo Cannone, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 7 Johan Meyer, 8 Braam Steyn.

Replacement: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Simone Ferrari, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Cristian Stoian, 20 Michele Lamoro, 21 Stephen Varney, 22 Tomasso Allan, 23 Federico Mori.

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The oil tanker crashed into a house in DHA Karachi | Instant News


KARACHI: A video clip appeared on social media showing an oil tanker loading spiraling out of control and crashing into a house in Karachi’s Defense Housing Authority (DHA), Geo News reported Friday.

According to CCTV camera footage of the accident, the tanker belongs to the Pakistan State Oil Company (PSO). The vehicle was traveling at high speed when it suddenly changed lanes, damaged the median of a concrete strip, and crashed into a house.

Sources said that the vehicle damaged a house on South Circular Avenue in DHA’s Phase 2.

The video clip shows that the accident caused considerable damage to the house. However, no casualties were reported.

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Team of the week: Australia dominate after New Zealand win | Rugby Union News | Instant News


Team of the week: Australia dominate this week after their Tri-Nations win over New Zealand, while Pro14, Super Rugby Unlocked and Top14 are represented by Leinster, the Sharks and Bordeaux respectively

Last Updated: 09/11/20 11:11


Marika Koroibete is great for the Wallabies

Australia dominated our newest team this week after a thrilling 24-22 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

15. Tom Banks (Australia)

A very confident display from Banks handling some of the early air strikes from the All Blacks. His kicking game was solid and he was also attacking well, beating four defenders overall.

14. Tom Wright (Australia)

Tow Wright breaks for Australia

Tow Wright breaks for Australia

What a great debut the Brumbies flyer actually announced itself on the scene. Scores the Wallabies’ first attempted goal and is always dangerous on the attack.

13. Wandisile Simelane (Lion)

The Lions might lose to the Bulls, but Simelane caused chaos in midfield with a display of great confidence. Enchant the defense of the Bulls who are fighting to hold it back and beat 10 defenders.

12. Hunter Paisami (Australia)

A big test never played in a No 12 shirt before, but handled really well. Made some lovely breaks and did strong through the midfield. Also strong in defense.

11. Koroibete brand (Australia)

A sensational display from Koroibete that gives absolutely everything. Okay, so he got a yellow card late in the first half, but he more than made up for it. Always dangerous in defense and he tested the All Blacks’ defense at every turn. Then there was the defense – quite overwhelming including a massive blow to Damian McKenzie, before jumping to his feet and forcing Jordie Barrett to knock which ultimately ended the All Blacks’ last attacking chance of the game.

10.Reece Hodge (Australia)

    Reece Hodge composed another kick

Reece Hodge composed another kick

Hodge showed that he is more than capable of handling responsibility with the No.10 jersey. His kicking play was varied and clever – a chip on top resulted in their first try and he also dropped five of his seven kicks. Nor did he dodge the defenses – preventing Cody Taylor from trying with a big tackle.

9. Sanele Nohamba (Shark)

Sanele Nohamba in action for the Sharks

Sanele Nohamba in action for the Sharks

The humidity causes all kinds of problems for Sharks and Cheetahs, but Nohamba is impressive in how he has handled the conditions and shows off his speed and abilities.

1. James Slipper (Australia)

It’s a shame that he has to take his 100th Test with a dislocated shoulder, but when he’s on the pitch he’s been really good. Did a little set-piece, but also did well and made nine tackles. Shows the All Blacks that they are serious about not taking a step back with their tussle with Same Cane.

2.Joseph Dweba (Bordeaux)

An incredible debut for Dweba in the Top 14 as he helped Bordeaux to a 43-19 win over Bayonne. Full of energy, carried on with strength and defended well. Scored a goal too on his debut!

3. Taniela Tupou (Australia)

Taniela Tupou made it past Sam Whitelock's tackle

Taniela Tupou made it past Sam Whitelock’s tackle

Came on in the 52nd minute and had a big impact on the game. Not only did he score the winning goal, but he was at his best! Makes some big carry and totally defends the All Blacks. Helps win vital scrum penalties too.

4.Ross Molony (Leinster)

A big game in his 100th appearance as he helped Leinster dominate the front line against the Ospreys. Ford with 17 tackles and 12 carries too.

5. Matt Philip (Australia)

Coming up with stealing the lineout was important when New Zealand was in their line when Australia dropped to 13. Completely stuck in the set-pices and carried on firmly too. Team up with Koroibete to win a crucial penalty at the breakdown. Really up the game!

6.Rhys Ruddock (Leinster)

Rhys Ruddock produced the man of the match performance for Leinster

Rhys Ruddock produced the man of the match performance for Leinster

Played No. 8 against the Ospreys but we needed him this week and he got the No. 6 jersey. Produced a man of the match performance with a physical look that had Ospreys on the back foot. Incredible throughout the park, he was their main player to bring in 14 tackles too.

7. Michael Hooper (Australia)

Michael Hooper celebrates in Brisbane.

Michael Hooper celebrates in Brisbane.

Again tackled his heart and topped the tackle count with 14. Done strong and busy at the breakdown. Making some good decisions also paid off.

8. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

The All Blacks’ pick and deserves his place in the team this week. A dynamo with the ball in hand that weakens the defense. Attract attention with an extraordinary run that should end with trying. Slow down the ball in the ruffles and do some big tackles too. Never giving up and his demeanor at the last minute must have worried the Wallabies.

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2020 World Cup of Darts: Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert eliminated by Germany | Darts News | Instant News



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Live coverage of the final sessions, including England vs Belgium and Wales vs Germany in the semi-finals which kicked off at 6pm at the Sky Sports Arena with the final soon after to find out who will be crowned World Darts Cup winners

Last Updated: 11/8/20 7:31 pm










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All the action from the action-packed quarter-finals of the Darts World Cup when Germany shocks the Netherlands

All the action from the action-packed quarter-finals of the Darts World Cup when Germany shocks the Netherlands

Michael van Gerwen was unable to perform at his best due to nerves stuck in his lower back when Holland was sent off by Germany at the World Darts Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The world number one was somehow able to compete on Sunday afternoon after seeking medical advice and although showing no visible signs of pain at the oche, he was clearly not at his best as the Dutch bid for a fifth title was ended by Germany.

Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp will now prepare for the semi-final meeting with Wales, while England will face Belgium.

Sunday’s Quarter-Final Results

Afternoon Canada 1-2 Belgium
England 2-1 Austria
Wales 2-1 Australia
Netherlands 1-2 Germany

The Netherlands suffers a shock going out to Germany

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Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp are proud of their performance after beating the Netherlands

Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp are proud of their performance after beating the Netherlands

The four-time champions face Germany in the much-awaited quarter-final tie of the afternoon.

The German pair Clemens and Hopp advanced to the last eight having lost just one leg when Clemens took on Danny Noppert first.

Clemens got off to a brilliant start as he made a classy 156 payoff to take a 2-0 lead, but having lost D16 to go further forward, Noppert made him pay off before leveling up with 15 legs of arrows.

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Gabriel Clemens beat these 156 skillfully against Danny Noppert

Gabriel Clemens beat these 156 skillfully against Danny Noppert

The next two legs went with throws before Clemens fired a maximum of 140, and ended with D8 to claim a 4-3 win to add pressure to the injured MVG.

But Van Gerwen, who had been checked in hospital just hours earlier, produced the items to beat the former youth world champion 4-1 and gave us a matched winner.

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Noppert exploded in this 104 in the double decider

Noppert exploded in this 104 in the double decider

Noppert held off for 104 to stop a straight throw before sinking the top to double the lead for the Netherlands. However, Germany hit back to level 2-2 before the next two legs left with throws to send the game into the decider.

Germany had the advantage of the pitch but failed and after Van Gerwen failed to score the winner, Clemens held back his nerve to reach D10 for a famous win.

Wales digs deeper to beat Australia

Gerwyn Price is chasing Wales's first World Cup title with Jonny Clayton

Gerwyn Price is chasing Wales’s first World Cup title with Jonny Clayton

Pre-tournament favorite Wales took on Australia in a delicious quarter-final fight and it didn’t disappoint.

Gerwyn Price and Simon Whitlock did it with a hammer and brace as they shared the opening four legs before ‘The Wizard’ made an 11-dart throw. Price responded with his own 11-darts by pulling out 96 with a neat combination of two arrows to send the contest to the final round.

Whitlock sped away only to miss three match darts in D10 to allow Price to steal the opening rubber with D12.

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Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton went all out to claim victory over Australia

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton went all out to claim victory over Australia

Derbyshire-based Damon Heta appeared to be increasing the heat on Jonny Clayton in second singles.

It was even for the first four legs and then Heta nailed D8 to break the pitch before holding off the pitch to seal a 4-2 win and take us all the way.

Wales opened their doubles encounter on the front foot when they were two legs up, but Heta made a D1 to give the Aussies hope of resurrection. Price then pinned the D10 for a 3-1 lead before sinking the D6 to seal victory.

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England beat hosts Austria

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Rob Cross and Michael Smith happily edged out Austria in a thrilling quarter-final tie

Rob Cross and Michael Smith happily edged out Austria in a thrilling quarter-final tie

Top seeds England managed to qualify for the showdown with Belgium after ending hosts Austria’s hopes in a thrilling quarter-final.

Michael Smith faced Mensur Suljovic in the first half and after having a bit of luck to hold off the throw in the first leg, he plowed heavily to break his opponent’s serve in the following game. He then took 72 to walk away from victory.

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Mensur Suljovic came from 3-0 down to beat Michael Smith

Mensur Suljovic came from 3-0 down to beat Michael Smith

But Suljovic fought back in an extraordinary way. He held off throws before piling up at the 177th and 50th finish as well before sending rubber to the deciding leg with a majestic maximum and an 81 checkout. He secured a stellar 87 wins over the bulls to record a 4-3 win.

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Rowby-John Rodriguez opened with an excellent 160 against Rob Cross

Rowby-John Rodriguez opened with an excellent 160 against Rob Cross

It was left to Rob Cross to save British chops against Rowby-John Rodriguez. The 26-year-old was clearly on fire and he opened up with 160 punches before nailing a solid ton. Cross hit back in the next set but he was pushed back as soon as Rodriguez had 92 to take a 3-1 lead.

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Rodriguez checked out this tonne to leave England on the brink of defeat

Rodriguez checked out this tonne to leave England on the brink of defeat

Cross cleared 66 to stay alive and after Rodriguez missed a match dart, the former world champion pinned on a D4 to send him on penalties. The tension ran through both players with the more important double fault. Rodriguez missed three more darts of the game before Cross pulled himself together to land a D6.

The first five legs of double action went with throws before Suljovic pinned the pinnacle to send us into another final leg determinant. Smith grabbed three of the match darts but Austria were unable to take advantage, leaving Cross to finish the job for England thanks to a D10.

Belgium sneaks past Canada

Kim Huybrechts was at his best for Belgium as they qualified for the last four in Salzburg

Kim Huybrechts was at his best for Belgium as they qualified for the last four in Salzburg

Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh ended the Canadian journey as they both made it through to the last four on the Salzburgarena stage.

Huybrechts, a former finalist in 2013, opened the match with a brilliant performance to beat Jeff Smith 4-1.

‘The Hurricane’ averaged an excellent 108.32 arrows in a blistering dart display.

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Matt Campbell shot an astonishing 160 shots as he beat Dimitri Van den Bergh in their singles event

Matt Campbell shot an astonishing 160 shots as he beat Dimitri Van den Bergh in their singles event

Canada, playing in their first Darts World Cup quarter-final since 2016, needed a lift and Matt Campbell did it with an opening 160 salvo before breaking Van den Bergh’s serve with a 64 finish.

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Campbell followed 160 with a ‘Shanghai’ 120 finish

Campbell followed 160 with a ‘Shanghai’ 120 finish

Hamilton’s ‘The Ginga Ninja’ continued his clinic finish by nailing 120 to make it 3-0. Van den Bergh blocked the pitch in the fourth leg but Campbell won the decisive doubles after pinning D19 in a shock 4-1 win.

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Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts are relieved after winning their double decider against Canada

Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts are relieved after winning their double decider against Canada

In a drama-heavy pairing match, there were four throw breaks in the opening four legs before Huybrechts pinned on D4 and D8 to seal a 4-2 success and qualify for his sixth World Cup semi-final.

Don’t miss the arrow thrown at the Darts World Cup. The action continues tonight starting at 6pm Sky Sports Arena when we had coverage of the remaining two sessions as the new champions were crowned.

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Catch Decision Day brought to you by AT&T featuring a preview and recap of Sunday’s action | Instant News


As the MLS 2020 regular season ends on Sunday, two separate live shows will frame Decision Day presented by AT&T. There are seven simultaneous Eastern Conference matches set for 3.30pm ET and six other simultaneous Western Conference matches at 18:30 ET, so there’s a lot to discuss.

Coverage begins at 2:30 pm ET with “MLS Decision Day brought to you by the AT&T Pregame Show,” which will be hosted by MLSsoccer.com’s Susannah Collins, Calen Carr, Matt Doyle and Andrew Wiebe for one hour. There will be an additional special guest who will provide a main storyline, tactical analysis and live broadcast to the MLS stadium for breaking news and the AT&T 5G Call to the Field interview.

Then, after the final whistle of Sunday’s final Western Conference match, coverage continued with “MLS Decision Day brought to you by the AT&T Postgame Show.” The picture surrounding the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoff will be complete, and the hosts will announce the winner of the Golden Shoe presented by Audi, plus make an additional AT&T 5G call to the Field interview.

Watch the show at MLSsoccer.com, the MLS application, Youtube, Facebook and Indonesia.

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