Archive For 2019年6月26日
“I thought we were certainties to win a very poor group,” Redknapp told reporters, referring to England’s pool that contained three former world champions.
“We have good players and we have a good manager. Don’t ask me what happened. We’ve had lots of good players and managers since 1966 (England’s only World Cup triumph).”
Germany have won many plaudits for their rebuilding process over the last 10 years which culminated in winning the World Cup with a 1-0 extra-time win against Argentina in Sunday’s final.
Fans and pundits have called for England to copy their successful blueprint, but Redknapp disagrees.
“The problem is, France won the World Cup (in 1998) and we have to copy the French way,” he added.
“Then we’ve got to copy the Spaniards and now it is the Germans and the next World Cup we’ll be copying someone else.
“Let’s be ourselves. Let’s get the best out of the players and decide how we actually play the game and what is England’s style of play.
“Everybody should play the same way, down through the youth teams. We should be employing people to work with the kids who have got a philosophy of how the game should be played and want to play that way.”
Redknapp was widely tipped to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager in the run-up to the European Championships in 2012, but was eventually beaten to the position by Roy Hodgson.
When asked if the Football Association had approached him for his opinion regarding England’s future, Redknapp said: “Of course not, they have too many other experts. If they ask me I would tell them, maybe I can help them.”
(Reporting By Tom Hayward; editing by Toby Davis)
The 34-year-old, who has had two heart transplants, inexplicably lost a ball early in his second round at Royal Liverpool before a triple-bogey six at the short 15th meant he missed the cut.
“Sometimes the twin elements of good luck and bad luck have to match up in the game of golf and that didn’t happen for me this week,” Compton told Reuters in an interview after a five-over-par 77 gave him a four-over aggregate of 148.
“It’s been a good experience. It’s a lot of fun to play a links course but I had two really unlucky breaks.
“I played good this week but you just can’t make sixes and sevens in major championships.”
Compton’s double-bogey seven arrived completely out of the blue at the fifth hole.
“I hit a chip shot and I don’t know what happened to it,” explained the world number 74 who has yet to record a victory on the U.S. PGA Tour.
“We couldn’t find it even though it was only 30 yards – not only that I hurt my wrist on that hole too.”
There was barely a dry eye in the house when he finished as runner-up to Germany’s Martin Kaymer at the second major of the year in June but Compton acknowledged that he enjoyed a good run of the ball in North Carolina.
“When I played in the U.S. Open some things went my way but they didn’t for 36 holes here,” he added.
“I played steadily today all the way to 15 where I got in a bunker and couldn’t get out.
“Because of my damaged wrist it was difficult to be aggressive out of the sand and I couldn’t get my ball up over the lip.
“It’s still a little swollen now and I might need to get some ice on it. When you swing out of that heavy rough it’s dangerous,” said Compton.
“I hit the ball fine this week, hit a lot of fairways, my iron play was good, I never short-sided myself but unfortunately it was just a week that whenever I missed a shot I was really penalised.”
Compton’s life story is a remarkable one because, at the age of nine, he was diagnosed with a condition that leaves the heart inflamed and unable to pump as hard as it should.
The American underwent his first heart transplant in 1992 at the age of 12. He then suffered a heart attack in 2007 before undergoing a second transplant in 2008.
Compton has permission to use a golf cart in competition but generally avoids it.
He made only his third major championship appearance this week and said there were some similarities between Royal Liverpool and the Pinehurst No. 2 course in North Carolina.
“It was kind of like last month’s U.S. Open where sometimes you could get rewarded going into the rough and sometimes you wouldn’t,” he added.
“There are also a lot of patchy areas on this course so sometimes you can find a decent line and other times you can get a bad break and end up unplayable.”
Compton said if he could turn back the clock and start his British Open campaign again from scratch, he might do things differently.
“Maybe I should have decided not to hit driver on a lot of the holes and just played for par but that’s difficult because so many great players out here are going low,” he explained.
“I think I probably tried to press a little bit today. My strategy early on was to try and force it.
“It was windy early and I tried to hit the ball as far as I could. The only thing is I found unplayable lies so you just have to try and forget and move on,” said Compton.
“I felt very comfortable out there. I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to coming back.”
(Editing by Toby Davis)
Australian government lawyers are fighting to keep secret documents used in the decision to detain 153 asylum seekers at sea.
Commonwealth barrister Stephen Donaghue QC told the High Court that some documents would be subject to public interest immunity, meaning they would not have to be revealed in court.
The asylum seekers have been detained on the high seas, outside Australia’s migration zone, since their boat was intercepted on its way from India on July 7.
Dr Donaghue could not say whether the government would admit or deny a decision had been made to take the asylum seekers to a place other than Australia.
Human Rights Law Centre executive director Hugh de Kretser said there was “extraordinary secrecy” around the government’s decisions.
“(The asylum seekers) simply ask, through this case, that those decisions be made fairly,” Mr de Kretser told reporters in Melbourne on Friday.
Dr Donaghue said the government had no plans to send the asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, and would stick to its undertaking that no one on the boat would be sent to another country without three days written notice.
Mr de Kretser said that was at least a positive result for the asylum seekers.
“It’s a shame it took two weeks of detention and a High Court case to produce that clarification, but it’s nonetheless welcome,” Mr de Kretser said.
Justice Kenneth Hayne said given the asylum seekers were in custody, it was important the legal battle over their future was finished as quickly as possible.
“The parties are just going to have to bend their back to get on with it,” Justice Hayne said.
“I am not going to let this case devolve into a procedural morass. There’s got to be some sense shown.”
Justice Hayne said the case appeared to come down to whether the Australian government had the power to intercept the asylum seekers and take them to a country other than Australia.
He adjourned the case until Tuesday.
Shortly before leader and British favourite Rory McIlroy made a mockery of the par-four 17th with a monster drive on the way to a nailed-on birdie, Woods had hacked his way to an ugly seven at the very same hole.
As he trudged down the 18th fairway needing a birdie to avoid missing the cut for only the second time in the 18 British Opens he has contested, the cheers that greeted the 14-times major champion felt more out of sympathy than admiration.
Eyes fixed ahead, Woods barely acknowledged the words of encouragement offered by some members of the large galleries.
With his back to the wall, however, Woods saved his best moment of the day until last, getting up and down in two from behind a deep green-side sand trap to pocket his four.
He showed little emotion, other than relief – a feeling probably shared by TV executives and Open organisers alike.
Typically, Woods refused to accept that he would simply be making up the numbers at the weekend, when he will start on two-over par, 14 shots adrift of front-runner McIlroy.
Despite looking well below his magnificent best, understandable given he had back surgery in March and had played just two rounds since in the build-up to the Open, the 38-year-old preferred to look up rather than down.
“Well, it gives me a chance,” Woods, who last won the Open in 2006 when it was also at Hoylake, told a cluster of reporters near the 18th green.
“I’m pretty far back. Luckily I’ve got two rounds to go. And hopefully I can do something like Paul (Lawrie) did in ’99.
“He made up, I think, 10 in one day. Hopefully I can play well on the weekend and at least give myself a shot at going to the back nine on Sunday.”
Only a fool would discount Woods entirely but, apart from a burst of birdies on Thursday when he shot an encouraging 69, there has been little of the old magic on display.
With the wind blowing harder than on Thursday, Woods dispensed with his plan of taking irons off the tee and decided to attack with his driver.
It backfired dismally though as time and again he found himself in the long rough flanking the verdant fairways.
“I didn’t hit the driver very good today. And I was trying to be a bit more aggressive,” said Woods, who ran up a double bogey at the first after cross hooking his tee shot left.
“I figured today would be a chance to go out there and be aggressive and do that, take some of these bunkers out of play and just didn’t drive it well.”
After dropping three shots in his opening two holes to undo the good work of Thursday, he registered 14 consecutive pars before the wheels came off at the 17th.
“I got off to a terrible start again,” said Woods, who has not added to his major haul since 2008.
“I had some opportunities to make a few birdies along the way to get back to even par for the day, and I just never did. I just never made anything. I had myself in good positions to make birdies and I just didn’t do it.”
(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have had his work cut out to beat Vincenzo Nibali.
Italian Nibali won his third stage of the race and once again put time into all his rivals, while Sky’s Richie Porte dropped from second overall to 16th after a disastrous day in which he came home 27th and 8min 48sec behind the winner.
Porte admitted he had struggled with the searing heat as temperatures reached around 35 degrees Celsius.
“I don’t think I dealt with the heat very well. It’s one of those things. It’s a massive shame but we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” said Porte.
“I feel more for my team-mates who have been brilliant for me every day. If it happens to me it can happen to other guys too. We’ll just keep on pushing.”
With Porte now more than 11 minutes behind Nibali, and almost seven off a podium place, Brailsford said it was unrealistic to go for a top position but stage wins remained a realistic goal.
“It was a day when we didn’t win and when you have days like that you must keep your dignity, try to limit the damage and say well done to the others, Nibali and the French.”
Brailsford denied Porte had cracked under the pressure of leading the team in Froome’s absence.
“It will be difficult now but we have to fight nonetheless.
“I honestly don’t think it was the pressure.
“Let’s see how the next few days go, we can look to animate the race as much as we can and let’s go from there.”
Froome, 29, would have been Sky’s leader but he crashed out with a broken hand and wrist on the fifth stage.
He was dominant last year but Brailsford believes Nibali, who is in total command of this race, would have run him close.
“It was a blow losing Chris, when you think we were coming here to try and win the race and certainly seeing how Nibali’s been going it would have been an interesting race, that’s for sure.
“Having to recalibrate to our plan B as it were, and now having to recalibrate again, we’ve just got to take stock of the situation and not get too downbeat because there’s still a lot of racing to go.”
While Nibali stretched his lead out to 3:37 over Alejandro Valverde, a pair of young French riders moved into the next two places.
Romain Bardet is third at 4:24 with Thibaut Pinot fourth at 4:40.
They look set not only to fight each other for the young rider’s white jersey, but perhaps also for a place on the final podium.