Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories How Ange Bradley finally got the national title she’s been chasing for 25 yearsSyracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championshipAlyssa Manley wins Honda Award as nation’s top field hockey playerAlma Fenne leads scoring for No. 1 Syracuse in first and final season with teamRoos Weers deals with dyslexia, transition to U.S. in becoming star at Syracuse Published on January 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley was named National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, it announced Friday.The award comes after Bradley led the Orange to the program’s first national championship this season, the first national title for a women’s team in school history. SU started the season 16-0 but lost to North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final. The Orange then defeated the Tar Heels 4-2 in the national championship.This is the second time Bradley’s been named coach of the year. She won her first in 2008, her second year at Syracuse, when the Orange went 22-2 and appeared in its first-ever national semifinal. She’s also a seven-time conference coach of the year, owns the sixth-best winning percentage in Division-I history (.751) and ranks fourth among active coaches.Since Bradley’s hiring in 2007, the Orange has appeared in four final fours, back-to-back national championship games and, this season, won its first regular season ACC title since joining the league in 2013.While Bradley was named ACC coach of the year, SU became the first team since 1994 to sweep the ACC awards. Alma Fenne won Offensive Player of the Year; Alyssa Manley, Defensive Player of the Year; Roos Weers, Rookie of the Year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange ranked second nationally in scoring margin (2.75), fourth in goals-against average (0.98), fifth in goals per game (3.82) and fifth in scoring average (3.73). Comments
A couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF:1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the league. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said. Polian personally spoke to Tim Tebow, who declined.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 14, 2019MORE: AAF Power Rankings Heading Into Week 2After that report started making waves, the Associated Press revealed more details as to what exactly transpired.From the AP:A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league. But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has publicly acknowledged such talks.Kaepernick’s $20 million is far more than what AAF players are making. Players earn $225,000 over three years, which comes out to $75,000 per season. In May, players can opt to chase their NFL dreams, but if they don’t get a roster spot then they are required to come back for another season.MORE: AAF Week 2 Predictions, Odds and Who to Watch The Alliance of American Football league reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing its league prior to its start last weekend.The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones spoke with AAF co-founder Bill Polian who told her that league CEO Charlie Ebersol wanted to see if the free agent QB would play. Jones also followed up on her report by saying the league didn’t initiate talks with Kaepernick.To follow up and correct an earlier tweet about Kaepernick/AAF, I’m told that though there was a conversation between Charlie Ebersol and Colin Kaepernick’s team last summer, the AAF didn’t initiate it. The AAF had other similar calls with free agent players.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 15, 2019AAF also had interest in Tim TebowThe Alliance also reached out to former NFL QB Tim Tebow, but he’s committed to baseball. What’s interesting about Tebow is that Polian reached out and so did Apollos coach Steve Spurrier. Although Tebow said he’s focused on baseball.”And I don’t blame Tim,” Spurrier said earlier this week on PFT Live. “Tim’s got a chance to go to Major League Baseball. I think he starts in the Triple A this year. I think Tim’s probably headed in the baseball direction right now, and I certainly don’t blame him. I think if I was in his situation, I might do the same thing.”
by Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–If a school can’t keep at least half of its athletes on pace to graduate, it should not compete for a NCAA championship and be cut out of the multi-million dollar post-season pay-out, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said last week.In a crusade launched in the early stages of the NCAA basketball championship tournaments, Duncan zeroed in on the failure of 10 of the 68 schools in the Division I men’s tournament to be on track to graduate half of their players, noting that Black players are particularly ill-served.“If you can’t manage to graduate half of your players, how serious is the institution and the coach and the program about their players’ academic success?” Duncan told reporters.“Teams with academic progress rates below [that level] should be ineligible for post-season glory.”His remarks came hours after writing on the Washington Post’s opinion page that schools “need to stop trotting out tired excuses for basketball teams with poor academic records and indefensible disparities in the graduation rates of White and Black players.”Duncan also recommended the NCAA restructure its post-season tournament revenue-distribution formula, which currently pays the conference of each school $1.4 million for every game their team plays in the tournament.“Right now the formula handsomely rewards teams for winning games in the tournament, but does little to reward teams for meeting minimal academic benchmarks,” said Duncan. “I simply cannot understand why we continue to reward teams for failing to meet the most basic of academic standards off the court.”He was citing the findings of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. That group, formed in 1989 to combat college sports scandals by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, called for tougher standards for schools and student-athletes a decade ago.He also cited the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ annual study report that found that 10 of the 68 schools currently involved in the NCAA Tournament carry academic progress rates (APR) of less than 925, which would create a graduation rate of less than 50 percent. The academic progress rate is an NCAA measure of the progress toward graduation of student-athletes.Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, noted that only 59 percent of Black basketball players graduate, far less than the graduation percentage of Whites at 91 percent. The reports show percentages are even lower among schools such as Kansas State University, where 100 percent of White players graduate, yet only 14 percent of Black players graduate. The University of Akron also graduates every White player, but has a zero percent Black player’s graduation rate.According to the Knight Commission, in the last five years, teams that had graduation rates of less than 50 percent or an APR standard of less than 925 earned 44 percent of the total $409 million distributed.NAACP President Ben Jealous agreed with Duncan, but also acknowledged the high graduation rates made by the other 58 schools in the NCAA Tournament.“When you are coaching student-athletes, you have a responsibility to them both as an athlete and a student,” said Jealous, who highlighted programs like those at Xavier University, which sends designated personnel to check on players frequently to make sure they attend class and study regularly.“It happens because coaches decide to make sure that the young men are prepared for victory in life and not just on the court.”Duncan suggested that barring schools with poor graduation rates from the NCAA tournament would motivate more programs to follow Xavier’s lead.“The dream of playing in the NCAA tournament is what brings so many student-athletes on to these college campuses,” he said. “If the right behavior is rewarded and bad behavior is punished, you would see all of these schools doing things in a very different way, very quickly.”(Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers.)
ALEXIS SARA COBBHave you had the opportunity to hear about the recent NFL personal conduct policy that Roger Goodell implemented? The policy includes all NFL league and team personnel in addition to all players. There is a great deal involved in the policy but let’s focus on domestic violence. There is a mandatory six-game suspension without pay for a first time domestic violence offense, or at least 37.5 percent of a 16-game season. A second offense results in banishment from the league, with the possibility to petition for reinstatement after a year. In other words, a person can get a lifetime ban from the league with a second offense, if not granted reinstatement.I did not like the NFL personal conduct policy before the recent changes. And now that the changes have been implemented, I still don’t like the policy.The changes are a reaction to the Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice incident. He and his then-fiance /now-wife got into a physical altercation. They said some things, she spit on him and hit him, Ray hit her back and it was so hard, she was knocked unconscious. Some of the altercation was caught on camera. The footage was unsettling as Rice can be seen dragging his unconscious partner on the ground. After watching the Ray Rice incident online, I was appalled. After considering the totality of the circumstances, Goodell suspended Ray Rice for two games. The public was justifiability outraged at the ridiculously soft punishment. Two games! That’s utterly preposterous.In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Goodell referenced the Ray Rice incident when he stated, “…in response to a recent incident of domestic violence… My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right.”Goodell is correct that he was instrumental in giving a gross miscarriage of justice, however, now he is trying to overcompensate. The NFL has gone from one extreme to another.I am a female. I am strongly against domestic violence but I am also fully aware of how these new policy changes can and will be abused. It gives people who target athletes serious ammunition, it can affect the outcome of the NFL season by potentially sidelining any player or coach, and finally, it boasts of training athletes and personnel but it does not provide any immediate mandatory training.NFL players are already targets and the NFL has managed to give the people that target them even more ammunition. Many people try to get NFL players and athletes in general to pay them. For example, people have claimed athletes’ have sexually assaulted them or that they are the father of their children, when neither is the case. They will simply try to conjure up enough negative publicity or file lawsuits against athletes so that the athlete will pay them off to go quietly into the night.However, with these policy changes there are so many scenarios that are commonplace where the players could potentially be victims themselves. Do you honestly think that every person that calls the authorities and claims domestic violence is going to be telling the truth? In the heat of the moment, people may simply try to hurt a player or coach and what better way to make headlines than to have a player or coach’s name brought up on a domestic violence charge.In a world where we are so progressive that the St. Louis Rams drafted the first openly homosexual onto the playing field, we as a nation are still backward. Especially, with our athletes. And nobody is going to talk about it. The new rules in the code of conduct policy do not account for an athlete or an NFL personnel who uses self-defense in a domestic situation.What about the female who attacks the male and the male fends her off? Let’s say that she has heard that he was cheating on her. She has some bruises, marks or scratches on her and can display these war wounds to the police. Then what? The player or coach is automatically put into a world where his career is in jeopardy. He is frontline news. It’s unfair. Plus, think of the ridicule that he is going to get if he were to tell the truth and say that she attacked him.A dishonest person can get anybody suspended and the whole team’s season can be affected. It’s ridiculous. The way that the conduct policy is set up, they will look to see how the legal battles are taken into account which means that the players could be affected toward the end of the season. So, a team could lose a potential star because someone in a relationship wanted to be vindictive and dishonest.Additionally, the policy takes into account previous behavior of before the individual were connected to the NFL. And that might be one of the greatest injustices. Roger Goodell should not get to reach back to anybody’s college days to determine his punishment for a new incident? That is unfair and unreasonable. Why should a player who has been in the NFL for years or a coach who has been coaching for decades be punished because of something that happened back when he was a freshman in college? It empowers females to lie and makes NFL players and personnel to live in fear.I understand where Goodell was coming from when he instituted this policy change. He had good intentions but the policy leaves much to be desired. Right now, men will be penalized on behaviors effective immediately when they haven’t been given any type of serious or intense domestic violence training.In a sport where men are so prevalent, Goodell just changed the gender influence of the game. Males coach the players. Males call the plays. Males referee the game. Males play the game. But the NFL has just put in place a policy where a female can make allegations and affect the personnel of any team. So, in reality males play the game but females have the power to determine the outcome.(Source for this article is NFL.com)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: email@example.com or (724) 561-8082 Follow her on Twitter: @alexissara
Longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes By A Half Length Over Heavily Favored Jolie Olimpica As Wong & Cedillo Team For Mile On Turf In 1:34.15 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2020)–Heavily favored Jolie Olimpica tired late and longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars took full advantage, as she altered tactics today and rallied under Abel Cedillo to a half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jonathan Wong, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.15.As expected, Jolie Olimpica, fresh off an impressive win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, shot straight to the lead into the first turn, with Keeper ofthe Stars settling into fourth, about a length and a half off the lead in a field of nine older fillies and mares.Second, a half length off the lead turning for home, Keeper ofthe Stars easily overhauled Jolie Olimpica en route to her second graded stakes win.“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who had ridden her in her last four starts. “I got her back going into the first turn and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect and she finished really strong.”Most recently sixth, beaten three lengths after leading early in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf here Jan. 20, Keeper ofthe Stars was off at 36-1 and paid $74.20, $14.80 and $6.00.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper ofthe Stars, whose last win came in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes four stars back on Oct. 26, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $321,931 while improving her overall mark to 14-6-1-3.“When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, it felt like the best horse we have ever had,” said Wong. “We thought she would come from off the pace. She is better when she has something to chase and when she on the outside and clear, because she has such a long stride (and) it takes her a while to get going.”As for Jolie Olimpica, a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred who had been so impressive in winning the Las Cienegas, she tried hard but had little to offer late, checking in second, a half length better than Mucho Unusual. Off at 3-5, Jolie Olimpica, who was ridden by Mike Smith, paid $3.00 and $2.20.“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her U.S. debut. “She was pulling and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, California-bred Mucho Unusual was the second betting choice at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Lady Prancealot.Fractions on the race were 23.23, 46.49, 1:10.24 and 1:22.30.
Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Peru almost added its third goal when Edison Flores’ shot hit the post following a fast breakaway.GROUP DYNAMICSThe victory allowed Peru to move into third place in the group, finishing with four points. The Australians ended up with one point after losing 2-1 to France and drawing 1-1 with Denmark.“We went in with greater expectations, but if we look at how we played, I think that Peru emerges from the World Cup with its head high,” Gareca said.KEY TO SUCCESSAustralia leaves consoled by decent performances even though it didn’t get the points to show for it. It played relatively well in the opener against the French and had chances to get more than a draw against Denmark.“I think in all three of the games, we gave a good performance,” Australia coach Bert van Marwijk said. “This team has really improved from the day I started working with them, and we became better and better and only at the World Cup you could see that for this team, it’s difficult to make the difference in goals at this level.”Peru had deserved more in its first two games, when it failed to capitalize on numerous scoring chances, including a missed penalty by Christian Cueva against Denmark.“We were effective this time. What we couldn’t do in the other (matches), we were able to do it today,” Gareca said.BREAKING THROUGH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It had been a long time before Peru had found the net in a World Cup. The last time was in its second match of the 1982 tournament, a 1-1 draw against Italy.The team also scored in a 5-1 loss to Poland that year. It’s last World Cup victory was a 4-1 result against Iran in the first round of the 1978 tournament in Argentina.NO ATTACKScoring hasn’t been easy for Australia at World Cups recently, with its last three goals in the tournament coming from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russia.Australia is only the second team in World Cup history to score three consecutive goals from the penalty spot. Ghana did it from 2006-2010.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.Andre Carrillo’s 18th-minute goal — a half-volley from inside the area — was Peru’s first in a World Cup since its last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I need to thank the players for their great effort, and the fans, who were incredible and supported us all the way,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “At least we were able to give them a triumph, that’s the most important thing.”Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who almost missed the tournament because of a doping suspension, scored the other goal in the 50th with a left-footed strike after getting to a loose ball inside the area. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Peru’s Paolo Guerrero, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)SOCHI, Russia — Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn’t leaving Russia empty handed.The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MPBL: Jai Reyes shines as Laguna bounces back LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “This triumph is for our people and for Jefferson (Farfan),” Guerrero said of his teammate who missed the match after being hospitalized with a head injury sustained in practice last weekend. “We showed that Peru can play as equal to anyone.”Australia striker Tim Cahill, a 38-year-old veteran who entered the match in the 53rd minute, had a chance to become only the fifth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. But he had few chances.Australia needed the victory to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2006 but it had a slow start at Fisht Stadium, unable to get near the opposing area. The Peruvians, boosted by a loud crowd that heavily outnumbered the Aussies, took advantage of their chances and gave their team an honorable finish after two opening losses.The whole squad saluted the boisterous Peruvian fans after the match, spending several moments near their sections in the stands.Australia’s best chance to score came in the 27th minute when Tom Rogic made a run through the Peru defense and had his shot saved by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial
LATEST STORIES MOST READ Guiao comes back, Fonacier returns to form in NLEX win CLUTCH. Sean Manganti delivers the win for Adamson Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat looked to be a moment of despair turned into a flash of brilliance for Adamson University’s Sean Manganti.The Soaring Falcons were locked in a fiery duel against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament and it needed a couple of heroic plays from both teams to settle the match.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown And although the shot looked like it was borne of pure luck, Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren said it wasn‘t so.“I have to give respect to my skills coach because we practice that shot and these players can attest to that,” said Pumaren, who joked that Sarr should treat Manganti for not blocking out Akhuetie underneath.“The play wasn’t really for Papi but we were able to attack. I think Sean at that time was being too generous when he dropped the pass to Papi,” said Pumaren whose team improved to 4-0. “I was telling Papi during our huddle that he should treat Sean because that was his fault for not blocking out Akhuetie.”Manganti’s game-winner not only maintained the Soaring Falcons’ perfect record but it also exorcised the demons from his past game against University of Santo Tomas when he went scoreless in their 79-71 win.“I just tried to be consistent,” said Manganti who led Adamson with 18 points. “The bottom line is we got the win but individually I just want to be consistent.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It was a scramble at that point and I was telling myself that I will never quit until the final buzzer sounded,” said Manganti who nailed the Soaring Falcons’ game-winner with just 0.7 seconds left.With 5.7 seconds left on the clock, Manganti got the inbounds pass from near the left elbow then proceeded to drive the lane and hand the ball off to Papi Sarr for a layup.READ: UAAP: Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP UP center Bright Akhuetie, who gave the Maroons a 68-67 lead in the previous possession, blocked Sarr and got his hand on Manganti’s pass.Akhuetie, though, couldn’t get possession and Manganti’s quick wits allowed him to recover the ball fast enough to get a shot up.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments But it was Manganti who turned a spark of near defeat into an outburst of magic as the Soaring Falcons stunned University of the Philippines, 69-68, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Manganti with the winner! Ahanmisi with the steal! Adamson pulls off the comeback! 69-68. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/C57bF41fsrFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) September 26, 2018 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Andy Brassell, talkSPORT’s European football expert, joined Hawksbee and Jacobs on Monday to digest all the latest transfer news and rumours involving clubs across the continent.Brassell discussed Lionel Messi’s future after he insisted he has no plans to leave Barcelona admit interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.He also gave his thoughts on Valencia winger Carles Gil, who is set for a £4million move to Aston Villa, and reflected on Liverpool’s reported interest in Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.
Bayer Leverkusen have joined Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham in the race for Andre Ayew.All three Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the Marseille man, who will become a free agent when his contract runs out in June.There is a Europe-wide chase on for his signature, however, with AS Roma, Inter Milan and Wolfsburg also lining up contract offers.But now, according to reports in Italy, it appears Leverkusen have emerged as the front-runners to sign him.The Bundesliga club reportedly sent scouts to watch him in action during Marseille’s 3-2 defeat to PSG on Sunday.And, despite his injury time red card for a second booking, Leverkusen are now ready to press ahead with their attempts to sign him. Andre Ayew 1
25 25 Kazan Arena, Kazan 45,000 capacity – June 16: France v Australia (Group C) June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B) June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F) 25 25 25 25 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod 45,000 capacity – June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F) June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D) June 24: England v Panama (Group G) June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E) Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium), Saint Petersburg 68,000 capacity – The game will be held at the Saint Petersburg Stadium 25 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 48,000 capacity – Opened in 2013, the Fisht was originally constructed as the main venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It has now undergone slight renovations to add extra seating and modify the roof in order to ensure it is fit for purpose in 2018. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 81,000 capacity – June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Group A) June 17: Germany v Mexico (Group F) June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B) June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 25 25 Volgograd Arena, Volgograd 45,000 capacity – Englands first match of the tournament (against Tunisia) will be played at the Volgograd, the new home stadium of FC Rotor. Only opened in April, the old Central Stadium was replaced with this stunning new arena, emphasised by its beautiful roof design. 25 25 25 Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg 36,000 capacity – The Ekaterinburg Arena will host Mexico vs Sweden 25 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 35,000 capacity – The Kaliningrad Stadium will host Englands final, and perhaps most crucial, group game against Belgium. The venue was opened in early 2018 and will become home to Baltika Kaliningrad after the World Cup. 25 Mordovia Arena, Saransk 45,000 capacity – June 16: Peru v Denmark (Group C) June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H) June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B) June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G) Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod 45,000 capacity – The Nizhny Novgorod will play host to Englands second match of the 2018 World Cup (against Panama) and be home to Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod after the tournament. Pillars lining the outside of the venue make for an impressive, standout design. Cosmos Arena (Samara Arena), Samara 45,000 capacity – As mentioned below, the Cosmos Arena will be the last completed for the 2018 World Cup as construction only began in mid-2014. The venue will become home to Krylya Sovetov after the tournament, with a design is based on a space theme relating to the regions aerospace sector. 25 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 35,000 capacity – June 16: Croatia v Nigeria (Group D) June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E) June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B) June 28: England v Belgium (Group G) Volgograd Arena, Volgograd 45,000 capacity – June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G) June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D) June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H) Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don 45,000 capacity – June 17: Brazil v Switzerland (Group E) June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F) June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D) Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don 45,000 capacity – Recently opened in April, the Rostov Arena is now home to FC Rostov as well as being a 2018 World Cup venue. It was initially supposed to be designed with a meandering river-shaped roof, though that idea was halted as a result of rising costs. Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 48,000 capacity – The Fisht Stadium will host Germany v Sweden Kazan Arena, Kazan 45,000 capacity – The Kazan Arena has hosted Rubin Kazans home matches since its opening in 2013 and was designed by the same architects behind Wembley and the Emirates Stadium. The HD screen on the outside is something to behold on approach to the venue. 25 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 81,000 capacity – The Luzhniki Stadium will host the World Cup final 25 25 25 Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg 36,000 capacity – The bizarre renovated design of the Ekaterinburg Arena will have two temporary stands behind each goal, which extend out from the main stadium. The ground was originally opened in 1953, but reworked so it could host World Cup games before becoming home to FC Ural again. 25 Otkritie Arena (Spartak Stadium), Moscow 45,000 capacity – The Otkritie was built to be both a 2018 World Cup stadium and Spartak Moscows first permanent home. Moscows second World Cup arena was opened in 2014 and features a monumental statue of the gladiator Spartacus outside. 25 25 25 Otkritie Arena (Spartak Stadium), Moscow 45,000 capacity – The Spartak Stadium will host England v Colombia Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium), Saint Petersburg 68,000 capacity – The Krestovsky was finally completed in 2017 after originally being targeted for a 2009 opening. Zenits new home will remain in use after the 2018 World Cup and features a spectacular design reminiscent of a UFO. Mordovia Arena, Saransk 45,000 capacity – Reminiscent of the 2010 Soccer City World Cup stadium in South Africa, the Mordovia Arena has a striking orange and white exterior. The venue was opened in May and will become home to local side FC Mordovia after the tournament. It will host the opening ceremony on Thursday, which will include our very own Robbie Williams, and the opening game.However, there are plenty of newer, more modern designs that will see action in this summers tournament.Scroll through the images below for our guide on all the 2018 World Cup stadium… It’s World Cup day!The tournament we’ve been waiting forever for (well, four years) kicks off today, with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia.This years centrepiece stadium will be Moscows 81,000 capacity Luzhniki, which has been around since the 1950s. 25 25 Cosmos Arena (Samara Arena), Samara 45,000 capacity – The game will be hosted at the Samara Arena