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South African through to Wimbledon last 16


At the Wimbledon tennis championships, South Africa’s number eight seed Kevin Anderson has made it into the last 16 with a straight sets (6-3, 7-5, 7-5) win over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber – who was seeded number 25.

Anderson will face France’s former top-10 player Gael Monfils after he beat 11th seed Sam Querrey three sets to one.

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Fifa boss ‘sad Africa is out of the World Cup’


Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that he is sad no African team made it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

All five African teams – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – exited this year’s competition in the group stages.

“The World Cup is for the whole world and the African teams were very, very close at the end.

An Asian [team] made it – an African not – but I think they will be ready soon for the next one.”

With regard to criticism over fair play rulings, the Fifa president said there would be a debrief after the tournament to see if anything could be done better.

After Japan and Senegal finished level on points, goals scored and goal difference, the Africans became the first team to exit a World Cup because of their disciplinary record.

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Tunisia anger over Zimbabwe rugby team’s street sleeping


The Tunisian Rugby Union has said it “strongly deplores” the “anti-sports and unethical actions” of Zimbabwe’s national team after they slept on the streets before a World Cup qualifier.

Zimbabwe said they were were unhappy with the poor standard of their hotel in Beja, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis.

The Tunisian Rugby Union said Zimbabwe’s actions did not reflect their “strong ties of friendship”.

They added Zimbabwe “started complaining” as soon as they landed in the capital, Tunis.

The Tunisian union said a statement:

“The head of the Zimbabwean delegation expressed reservations about the state of the bathroom in one of the rooms, the lack of a swimming pool and the low internet speed.

He started talking about leaving the hotel on the pretext that it is not decent enough for his team.

He asked all the members of the delegation to take out their luggage, leave the hotel and spend the night outside on the ground.”

Nigeria’s World Cup squad checks out of hotel


Nigeria’s football players have departed from their team hotel – hours after losing their final group match to Argentina at the World Cup in Russia.

The BBC’s Aliyu Tanko has shared a video of the players filing out of the hotel in Saint Petersburg:

Nigeria defender Victor Moses converted a penalty to equalise and put the Super Eagles in a commanding position to quality for the next round.

However, Marcos Rojo scored a fine late volley at the 86th minute to send Argentina through to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

By ZTF

7 Exercises to Relieve Back Pain in 10 Minutes


About 54% of people complain of having some kind of back pain. 26% of these people have accepted that the reason behind the back pain could be from a lack of exercise or from physical work.

Since we care about your health! That’s why we decided to put together some easy exercises to relieve your back pain — especially if its cause is from lack of motion. Otherwise, it’s better to consult your doctor before performing these.

1. Hamstring stretch

Steps:

Lie on your back with one leg bent.

Grab behind your right knee and pull your right leg up into the stretch position. Your knee can be bent a little as you pull your leg back.

Stretch it as much as it’s comfortable but keep your tailbone on the floor and stretch your knees to feel the strain on the muscles.

With an ideal pose, you should feel the stretch on the back of your thighs and your calves if you pull your toes back.

Hold it for 10 seconds and repeat it twice with both the legs.

If you have tight hamstring muscles, you’re likely to be more prone to injuries in daily life. Tight hamstrings can affect the movement of your pelvis, which increases the strain on your lower back. Hamstring stretches will give you strong, flexible, limber thighs which support the rest of your muscle groups too.

2. Double leg knee to chest

Steps:

Lie on your back.

Bend both the legs and hold your one hand with another behind your knees.

Now, pull it closer to your chest using both hands. The more you stretch, the more you can feel the strain on the lower back and thighs.

Hold the position for 20 seconds and repeat it twice.

This exercise, in particular, increases the range of motion of your lower back muscle. Muscles with a bad range of movement are prone to spinal cord arthritis and spinal cord stenosis. The exercise also ensures that the blood supply is healthy and assists the nutrients in that particular area.

Alternative:

Steps:

Lie on your back.

Bend one leg and then bend the other just below the knee of the first leg as shown in the illustration.

Hold your hands together behind your knees.

Now, pull it closer to your chest using both the hands.

This exercise will affect only one side of the body depending on the leg, so hold the position for 20 seconds and repeat it twice with both legs.

3. Knee stretch to the chest

Steps:

Lie on your back.

Bend your right leg and hold it with your hands.

Now, pull it closer to your chest to feel the stretch on the hips and thighs.

Hold the position for 20 seconds and repeat it twice with both legs.

It has the same effects on the body as the double-knee to chest stretch. This one, however, uses the partial weight of the body to relax the thigh muscles while correcting the backbone and related muscles.

Alternative:

Note:

Steps for the alternative version are the same, but in case you are not able to keep your other leg straight, this one could be used as an alternative.

4. Psoas stretch

Steps:

Stand straight.

Move your right leg forward while keeping your left leg back. Bend your right knee and keep the upper body straight.

Hold on to this position for a few seconds and then lower the left knee close to the floor.

Keep both hands on your right knee for support and move the upper body forward. This exercise will affect the psoas.

Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat it twice with both legs.

The psoas is the most important and biggest muscle in the hip flexor muscle group. They ensure the movement of the thigh and torso in coordination. This helps in daily activities like bicycling, weight training, running, etc.

5. Spinal stretch

Steps:

Lay on your back and stretch your arms perpendicular to your head.

Raise your right leg up and use your left hand to pull it over your left leg to the ground on the left side.

Turn your head slowly toward the right side while feeling the stretch on your back and thigh respective to your leg, all while keeping your hands perpendicular to your head.

Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat it twice with both legs.

If you sit in the office or classroom for hours, sit behind the wheel of a car or simply stand with poor posture, the spinal cord suffers, causing bad back pain. A spinal stretch or spinal twist stretch ensures the mobility of your spinal muscles, helping you to maintain good posture.

6. Quadriceps stretch

Steps:

Stand straight.

Stand on your right leg and hold the left foot with your right hand. You can use both hands if one isn’t sufficient.

Try to touch your heel to your butt to stretch the hips, quadriceps, and back.

Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat it twice with both legs.

The quadriceps stretch increases blood circulation in that particular area. As a back to knee connecting muscle, a poor or stiff pair of quadriceps can lead to back or knee pain.

7. Downward facing dog against a wall or chair

Steps:

Stand straight and make sure you have something to support you.

Put both of your hands on the support while keeping a sufficient distance between you and the support.

Bend your upper body between your arms and make sure your head goes down between them as well. The more the head goes down the more it strains the back and thigh muscles.

Keep your lower body straight and try to bend in a comfortable position.

Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat it twice or even 3 times.

This stretch releases any stress in the shoulders, neck, thighs or back. It increases the spaciousness in your torso by creating movement in the quadriceps. Pressing the upper thighs results in more space and puts less stress on the lower back and waist muscles.

Did the first round relieve any pain? Try these exercises and stretches for your back pain and tell us how you feel in the comments. Don’t forget to share this article with other back pain sufferers in need!

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England 2 Tunisia 1: Harry Kane’s last-gasp header rescues Three Lions after night of frustration in Volgograd


HARRY KANE is just too damn good.

England’s captain scored two, directing a 91st minute winner beyond Tunisia’s stand-in keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in this Group G opener.

England celebrate their dream start to the World Cup after Harry Kane’s opener

Jordan Pickford punched the air after England deservedly took the lead

What a way to do it, stooping at the far post to meet Harry Maguire’s fick-on before setting off in search of England’s travelling fans.

He never got anywhere near them.

Instead he was dragged back by his team-mates, tugging at his red shirt and leaping on top of him in honour of their skipper.

This, unquestionably, was a captain’s performance.

Harry Kane rescued England with his cool, composed header

England fans were thrilled with their side’s flying start in Volgograd

It brought back memories of Captain Marvel, the sort of match-winning qualities England relied on when Bryan Robson wore that armband.

Different positions on the pitch, but inspirational figures all the same.

Kane got the winner when England needed something, lifting a nation when everybody else was out of ideas.

The forward, who has scored in every game he has worn that captain’s armband for England, responded.

Harry Kane led by example with his 11th-minute poacher’s effort

They are up and running.

Injury-time winners can be ruinous and fortuitous, but frankly nobody will care too much for Tunisia.

This turned into England’s night.

To win this, when they had been denied penalties in each half for fouls on Kane by the haphazard refereeing of Colombian Wilmar Roldan, shows guts and determination. Good on them for that.

When they were pegged back, conceding a stupid penalty when Kyle Walker gave Tunisia forward Ben Youssef a shove in the first half, they needed something special to win it.

It came, eventually.

There had been so much to celebrate about this England performance, especially when Kane got them going after just 11 minutes.

Early days, for sure, but they were a joy to watch for half an hour.

There was so much promise, with players feeding off the adrenaline and enthusiasm of a World Cup.

They have been in Russia for the best part of a week, but played like they belonged on the world’s biggest stage.

England deserve a pat on the back for that.

Until Tunisia equalised, they were in charge of this opening group game. Everybody thought they were on to a good thing.

There was so much to get excited about.

Kane’s goal, England’s passing, the tempo, the cohesion, the solidarity among these boys.

This should have had this sewn up long before Kane’s late winner.

He clearly should have had a penalty in the first half when left-back Ali Maaloul dragged the striker back by his shirt.

After the break, Yassine Mariah got away with another when he flung his arms around Kane’s neck.

Tunisia celebrate their equaliser to frustrate England

To his credit, he kept going.

He had his first goal by then, despatching his first tournament goal beyond Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen after 11 minutes.

All that pent up frustration, the eagerness, all that anxiety, went when England’s captain put the ball into the net.

They were looking at a top class performance here, a polished, powerful and purposeful display in their opening group game.

The rest of the world world was on alert.

There was structure, a very obvious pattern of play and a confidence about them.

Nobody here thought they could possibly settle for one.

Harry Kane was the hero at the death for England at Volgograd

If they had scored four, five or even more, it would have been about right.

Raheem Sterling, picked to play in this creative role behind Kane, could have tucked a couple of early chances away.

Hassen saved his first effort three minutes in, with the Tunisia keeper making a recovery to divert Jesse Lingard’s rebound away with his legs.

This was a fast, fluid England start.

They got their goal when John Stones met Ashley Young’s corner after 11 minutes in, with Kane on target after Hassen’s initial save.

Tunisia were wobbling, with their keeper forced off with a shoulder injury after 15 minutes.

Farouk Ben Mustapha, his replacement, looked like he would be in for a busy night.

Jordan Henderson tested him immediately, hoping for the best when he sent a yorker straight at his toes. He kept that one out.

Lingard missed another chance midway through the half, failing to get a connection when the ball failed to sit up for him at the back post.

The big test, the penalty awarded to Tunisia, was next for this young, inexperienced England side.

Kyle Walker knew that Fakhreddine Ben Youseff was behind him, giving him a little dig when the England defender knew he would miss out on the header. It was soft, but it was enough.

Ferjani Sassi scored, beating Jordan Pickford with a 35rd minute penalty arrowing away to his right.

England responded, with yet another effort hitting the base of the post when the England forward cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper.

They fell away the second half, running out of ideas after all that early optimism.

Southgate made changes, with Marcus Rashford on for Sterling and Ruben Loftus-Cheek providing some more attacking impetus when he replaced Dele Alli.

Rashford, scorer of that belting goal against Costa Rica at Elland Road, added pace to the front-line. England needed it.

They finished the game with five up front every time they were on the ball, throwing men forward in search of another goal.

Incredibly it came in injury time, when Maguire met Kieran Trippier’s outswinging corner to send a downward header into Kane.

After that, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

By Socceruncle

Ghana beat Japan in friendly


Ghana beat World Cup-bound Japan 2-0 in a friendly today, with goals from two Spain-based players.

Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey scored with a free-kick, while Levante’s Emmanuel Boateng converted a second-half penalty in Yokohama.

Japan will be playing Senegal on 24 June in Group H of the World Cup in Russia.

Ghana failed to reach a fourth straight World Cup finals.