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Tennis Australia: Novak Djokovic & Russian players welcome to compete at the Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia- Tennis Australia has announced that 21-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic, as well as Russian and Belarusian players, are welcome to compete at next year’s Australian Open in January.

The Serbian former world No. 1 was kicked out of the country for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 in a dramatic turn of events in January. Djokovic is subject to a three-year ban from entering Australia, imposed by former Immigration Minister Alex Hawke because of his COVID-19 vaccination status.

“At this point, Novak and the Federal government need to work out the situation and then we will follow any instructions after that. It’s not a matter we can lobby on. It’s a matter that definitely stays between the two of them and then depending on the outcome of that we would welcome him to the Australian Open.

I did spend some time with Novak at the Laver Cup. We spoke generally. He said that he would obviously love to come back to Australia but he knows it’s going to be an ultimate decision for the Federal government.

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He has accepted that position. It’s a private matter between them. It’s not a matter we can lobby on.

At this point, Russian and Belarusian players will be eligible to play in the Australian Open. The only difference will be that they cannot represent Russia and cannot represent the flag of Russia. They cannot participate in any activity such as the anthem of Russia and they have to play as independent players under a neutral name but they will be welcome to the Australian Open in January,” said Craig Tiley, head of Tennis Australia.

However, Tiley who is also the director of the Australian Open, said he has had no communication with the Federal government about Djokovic but added that his eligibility would ideally be resolved soon, with the December application deadline looming.

Tiley was heavily criticised in January over Tennis Australia’s role in allowing Djokovic to fly to Melbourne under the belief that a medical exemption approved by the governing body and a Victorian government independent expert panel would be sufficient to enter Australia.

Djokovic, who also missed the US Open over his vaccination status, said last month he was waiting for positive news from Australian authorities.

Nevertheless, Andrews, said this week, she was opposed to the government lifting Djokovic’s ban, saying it would be a slap in the face for Australians who have been vaccinated.

 

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Croatia charged for World Cup fans' taunts of Canada goalie – CP24

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Published Tuesday, November 29, 2022 6:43AM EST


Last Updated Tuesday, November 29, 2022 6:43AM EST

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA opened a disciplinary case against Croatia on Tuesday because of its fans’ taunts aimed at the Canada goalkeeper who has Serbian family ties during the teams’ World Cup game.

FIFA said the charge against the Croatian soccer federation was “due to the behavior of its fans” and cited rules relating to discrimination and security at games.

Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan was born in an ethnic Serb region of Croatia that was part of the conflict that split the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Borjan’s family left their hometown in 1995 when it was taken by Croatian forces amid stories that ethnic Serbs fled on tractors.

During Canada’s 4-1 loss on Sunday, one banner displayed by Croatia fans used a flag of tractor manufacturer John Deere and changed the marketing slogan to target Borjan.

Borjan moved as a child with his family to Canada and chose to represent that country at soccer, though he plays for storied Serbian club Red Star Belgrade.

FIFA gave no timetable for a verdict in the case which would typically be judged with a fine for the federation.

In the first disciplinary verdict of the World Cup on Tuesday, FIFA imposed a 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,500) fine on the German soccer federation for not bringing players to the news conference that is mandatory one day before a game.

Coach Hansi Flick appeared alone Saturday in breach of tournament rules to meet international media in Doha ahead of the team playing Spain.

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Mitch Marner 17-game point streak Toronto Maple Leafs top Detroit Red Wings – TSN

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DETROIT (AP) — Auston Matthews and William Nylander scored 51 seconds apart in the first period, Mitch Marner extended his point streak to 17 games and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Monday night.

“It’s a cool thing, but nothing is ever achievable in this game by yourself,” said Marner, who scored in the opening minute of the second.

Marner’s 17-game point streak is one shy of the single-season Maple Leafs record set by Darryl Sittler during the 1977-78 season and matched 12 years later by Ed Olczyk.

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Rasmus Sandin also scored and Matt Murray made 42 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won a season-high four straight — all on the road — and earned a point in nine consecutive games.

“It was our best game of the trip,” coach Kyle Dubas said. “Our goaltender was outstanding as it has been all trip. The way he’s playing, if he sees it, he’s stopping it.”

Moritz Seider had an early goal for Detroit, finishing a four-shot flurry, but the lead didn’t last long. Matthews’ wrist shot beat Ville Husso glove side a few minutes later and Nylander scored on a power play to put the Maple Leafs ahead 2-1 midway through the first period.

Sandin put Toronto up 4-1 midway through the period, chasing Husso.

Detroit’s breakout goalie was pulled from a game for the first time this season after giving up four goals on 13 shots. He entered with an NHL-high three shutouts, matching his previous career total.

“I’m sure Huss would probably want three of the four back,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “But it is tough to not see much action at all in your end, and then you’ve got Matthews and Marner in the inner slot. We didn’t give up many chances, but the ones we did give up were too good.”

Alex Nedeljkovic entered in relief and stopped all 12 shots he faced for the Red Wings, who had won a season-best four consecutive games.

Midway through the third, Seider’s shot was redirected by teammate Adam Erne in front to pull the Red Wings within two.

“We had a lot of chances and we just didn’t get the puck in the net,” Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. “Give them credit, especially Murray, but we had looks in the slot and looks all around it. We just didn’t capitalize and they did.”

Detroit pulled Nedeljkovic late for an extra skater, but couldn’t score against a team missing banged-up players on the blue line such as Morgan Rielly and T.J. Brodie.

“We talked about tightening up our defense, and we’ve done a good job of it,” Marner said.

DUELING FANS

A lot of fans crossed the border to attend the game at Little Caesars Arena. When Detroit fans chanted, “Let’s Go Red Wings,” Toronto fans responded, “Go Leafs, Go!”

ONE-TIMERS

Toronto extended its point streak against Detroit to 14 games. … The Maple Leafs closed the month 6-0 on the road. … The Red Wings had a season-high 44 shots, and lost for the first time in regulation this season after outshooting an opponent. … Seider had a goal and an assist, giving him six points in five games.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Red Wings: Play the Buffalo Sabres at home Wednesday night.

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Having scored at World Cup, Canadian men now look to get one final result

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Canadian defender Alistair Johnston knew something good was coming when he saw Tajon Buchanan launch his cross into the Croatian penalty box.

“We have a saying — we like to call it a ‘goal ball,”‘ said Johnston, a CF Montreal fullback/wingback who can deliver a fine cross in his own right. “As soon as it leaves your foot, as the guy who’s put in the cross, you just know that ball’s got goal written all over it. As soon as it left his foot, I said that in my head — goal ball. And Fonzie dunked on it.

“What a moment. You could just feel the energy. I think if you checked everyone’s GPS, that was probably the top speed, the max speed ever reached from every single one of the players, getting over to that corner flag [to celebrate with goal-scorer Alphonso Davies]. It was just a feeling of ‘Ah, we’ve finally done it. We’ve finally scored at the world’s biggest stage and we do belong.'”

“Of course, we would have liked the rest of the night to go a little bit better, but it was a special moment than none of us will forget any time soon.”

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Davies’s goal — Canada’s first ever at the men’s World Cup — was the high point of the evening for Canada on Sunday at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. No. 12 Croatia, runner-up to France four years ago in Russia, rallied with two goals late in the first half and added two more after the break for a 4-1 win that ended Canada’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the 32-team tournament.

Buchanan’s cross curled away from goal and was met by Davies’s head as the Bayern Munich star soared high above Croatian defender Josip Juranovic, ending Canada’s 36-year wait for a goal after being blanked in three straight games in its only other trip to the men’s soccer showcase in 1986.

 

 

Alphonso Davies makes history with first Canada Soccer goal at a Men’s World Cup

 

Host Andi Petrillo is joined by former Canadian men’s international player Jimmy Brennan to break down the historic first goal scored by Alphonso Davies at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The goal came 27 years after Helen Stoumbos scored Canada’s first-ever goal at the women’s World Cup in a 3-2 loss to England in June 1995.

The time of Davies’s score has been officially pegged at 68 seconds into Sunday’s match. Canada Soccer initially had it at 67 but FIFA says it came one second later.

Either way, it ranks as the fastest goal in a group stage match at the World Cup since American Clint Dempsey scored after 29 seconds against Ghana in 2014. And it is the fastest goal to date at the tournament in Qatar.

It also removed Canada from the list of World Cup participants yet to score, leaving Congo (competing as Zaire), China, Indonesia (competing as Dutch East Indies) and Trinidad and Tobago stuck on zero.

Goalkeeper Milan Borjan started the play with a goal kick that found Cyle Larn at midfield. The Besiktas striker controlled the ball with his foot and sent it over to Buchanan, who surged forward, taking two touches before lifting his head and seeing Davies headed into the box like an Exocet missile.

“Not the outcome we wanted, but we’ll keep fighting for everyone,” Davies said in a social media post to his 5.1 million followers on Instagram and 489,600 on Twitter. “Happy to be able to score my first WC goal for the team and to be able to put my name in the history books. Couldn’t have done it without my brothers!”

At 68 seconds, Davies’s goal on Sunday against Croatia ranks as the fastest in a group stage match at the World Cup since American Clint Dempsey scored after 29 seconds against Ghana in 2014. (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

While Davies has spoken to FIFA TV and rights-holders like TSN, Canada Soccer has not made the 22-year-old from Edmonton available to the travelling Canadian media since Davies arrived in Doha on Nov. 18.

The goal by Davies was his 13th for Canada, the first by header. Davies’s left foot accounted for 11 of his Canadian goals. A 12th came off his body.

Johnston believes Davies may use his head more often in the future.

“He’s the best athlete arguably in world football. He’s unbelievable. There’s no reason why he can’t be dominant [in the air]. You saw what he did. He put that [Croatian defender] on a poster, unfortunately for him.

“Fonzie has that ability, And I think he’d like to add that to his repertoire. You put in crosses like that, it’s an invitation to go head the ball.”

Midfielder Ismael Kone, the only other Canadian player to speak to the media on Monday, wasn’t so sure.

“Fonzie? I don’t think so,” he said.

The 41st-ranked Canadians, the second team to be eliminated from the tournament after host Qatar, wrap up play Thursday against No. 22 Morocco at 10 a.m. ET.

 

Watch as Andi Petrillo and guests take a look at the Canada vs. Croatia game at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Having drawn kudos for its bright, energetic performance in a 1-0 loss to No. 2 Belgium and scored against Croatia, the Canadians are now looking to get a result against Morocco.

Losing at the World Cup is getting old. And having to wait another four years for a chance to get in the win column is no fun.

According to Opta, Canada is the third team to lose its first five World Cup matches, joining Mexico (which lost its first nine) and El Salvador (lost six).

Head coach John Herdman, who riled Croatia with his fiery words to his team in the wake of the Belgium loss, apparently was more restrained when he gathered the players for a post-game huddle Sunday night.

“It was a little different that the post-match huddle against Belgium,” Johnston said with a smile. “There was no quotes that are going to go all over the world.”

The message was put the game behind you, learn from your mistakes and focus on Morocco.

“We’ve made a ton of people very proud back home and we need to continue to keep our head held high and play for them,” said Johnston. “Because that’s what this World Cup is about. It’s about showing your country in the best light to the rest of the world.”

There was more to celebrate Monday for the players as friends and family visited the Canadian training centre.

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