Netherlands In Serious Danger of Not Qualifying For Euro 2016

The Big Lead

A Netherlands fan cheers for his team during the third place play-off football match between Brazil and Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia on July 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

[autotag]UEFA[/autotag] expanded [autotag]Euro 2016[/autotag] to 24 teams. The shift made qualifying easier – 24 of 54 members will make it. That context makes the following fact more surprising. The [autotag]Netherlands[/autotag], third-place finishers in the [autotag]2014 World Cup[/autotag], are in danger of not qualifying.

The Dutch are in 4th place in qualifying Group A with 10 points from eight matches. Iceland (who took all six points from the Dutch) and the Czech Republic have clinched the two automatic places. Turkey, in third-place, leads the Netherlands by two points entering the final two matches. Even if the Dutch beat out the Turks, they still face a home-and-away playoff with one of the other third place finishers to get in.

For some perspective, the Oranje had a 26-1-1 record through their last three qualifying campaigns. This would be the first time the Dutch have missed the Euros since 1984. That tournament had an…

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Raising Money For The Serge Betsen Academy With 20h33



If you’ve been reading the blog in the last couple of weeks you’ll know that my company, 20h33, is partnering up with La Bodega Des Frenchies for the duration of the Rugby World Cup. I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical to start with. Would I be selling wine? Well no, the venue already has a bar. Ok, so what’s the plan then?

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Mr. Blimpy came back, but the Canadian team did not

Whatever, wherever, whenever

Romania celebrates its 17-15 win over Canada.

It was like watching a semi bearing down on you on one of England’s one-laned, unnamed roads. Like watching a big tub of lard coming down the airplane aisle, hoping he doesn’t take the seat next to you. But in this case I knew he would, his muffin top spilled onto me as he sank into the creaking seat.

Worse yet he had an iPad to shoot photos. Maybe the worst thing ever to have a camera lens attached to it. It’s like shooting pictures with a sheet of plywood. No big deal, right? He snaps a couple shots and the blackboard comes down, right? Wrong. He’s shooting video and its like being at the drive-in, the screen held out there for all of us to see what a shakey, worthless waste of space on his memory chip it is.

Only thing that…

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Round 2 : ASP Fiji Women’s pro

Surfing in Phuket

Here are the results of round 2 for Fiji women’s pro.

ASp tyler wright

Qualified for round 3: Laura Enever, Johanne Defay, Tyler Wright, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Bianca Buitendag, Alessa Quizon.

–          Heat 1 : Laura Enever vs Nikki Van Dijk

The heat has been expended because Nikki Van Dijk has been injured after taking a wave which brakes on her.

–          Heat 2: Johanne Defay vs Coco Ho

Johanne Defay wins the round with a score of 12.16 (wave 1: 3.33, wave 2: 8.83), Coco Ho has made a score of 9.24 (wave 1: 3.57, wave 2: 5.67)

–          Heat 3: Tyler Wright vs Ella Williams

Tyler Wright wins with the score of 14.67 (wave 1: 7.67, wave 2: 7.00), Ella Williams has made a score of 6.10 (wave 1: 2.00, wave 2: 4.10)

–          Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb vs Lakey Peterson

Tatiana Weston-Webb wins with the score of 12.83 (wave 1: 8.83, wave…

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JLeague Division 1 (MD30 – 2nd Stage) And Division 2 (MD35) Results


Division 1 (2nd Stage)
Saturday, 3rd October

Vegalta Sendai 1-3 Yokohama F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe 0-2 Kashima Antlers
Matsumoto Yamaga 1-0 Shimizu S-Pulse
Shonan Bellmare 0-1 Montedio Yamagata
Urawa Red Diamonds 1-1 Sagan Tosu
Ventforet Kofu 0-0 Albirex Niigata
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0-1 FC Tokyo
Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 Nagoya Grampus

Sunday, 4th October
Kawasaki Frontale 5-3 Gamba Osaka
Division 2
Sunday, 4th October

Zweign Kanazawa 2-2 Tochigi SC
Fagiano Okayama 3-0 Mito Hollyhock
V-Varen Nagasaki 1-2 Roasso Kumamoto
Giravanz Kitakyushu 3-1 Yokohama FC
JEF United Chiba 1-0 Ehime FC
Thespa Kusatsu Gunma 1-1 Kyoto Sanga
Jubilo Iwata 2-2 Omiya Ardija
Oita Trinita 0-0 Kamatamare Sanuki
Cerezo Osaka 0-1 Avispa Fukuoka
Tokyo Verdy 0-2 Consadole Sapporo
FC Gifu 1-2 Tokushima Vortis

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Friday Picks: Week 4 (2015-16)

The Extra Point

The NFC East is there for the taking. Can Washington beat the Eagles to the punch? Photo credit: The NFC East is there for the taking. Can Washington beat the Eagles to the punch? Photo credit:

There are some weeks where underdogs rule, like in Week 2 when the favorites went 7-9. Then there are others where logic reigns, like last week (favorites 12-4). On the surface, Week 4 looks a lot more oriented towards the latter type, though isn’t that what sets up a bunch of upsets? There’s quite a few lopsided lines this week, so I couldn’t pull the trigger on most of the upsets. Can the 1-2 Texans really upend the undefeated Falcons? Can the Niners stop Aaron Rodgers? Could Detroit shock the Hawks in Seattle? Something tells me favorites will rule again this week, but beware of the shocking upset that always seems to happen in October. Only one game features two teams with a winning record, so naturally that’s my Game of the…

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