Canada advances to knockout stage of Womens World Cup

first_imgGRENOBLE, Fra. – Canada keeps chugging away at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.The Canadian team secured its place in the knockout round of the tournament after earning a 2-0 win over New Zealand at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Saturday.Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince provided the goals for Canada, who has won two games to start a World Cup for the first time in team history. Prince also tallied an assist on Fleming’s opening goal.Canada sits tied with the Netherlands (both on six points) for first place in Group E, although the Dutch hold the tiebreaker because they’ve scored more goals. The Dutch beat Cameroon 3-1 in Valenciennes earlier in the day to also move on to the next round. Canada’s final group-stage game is June 20 against the Netherlands in Reims, a match that will decide who wins the group.The Canadians have suffered just one loss in their last 16 games, and remain unbeaten in 2019 – seven wins in 10 matches, with just one goal against.RELATED: Canada beats Cameroon in Women’s World Cup openerWins against Cameroon and New Zealand are fine, but tougher challenges are ahead for Canada, namely the Netherlands, who are the reigning European champions. After the Canadians struggled to break down two ultra-defensive sides, it’ll be interesting to see if they can open things up a bit more in the attacking end against the Dutch. One also suspects the Netherlands will ask far tougher questions of a Canadian defence that has yet to a concede a goal at this World Cup.Canada is fifth in the current FIFA world rankings, 14 spots ahead of New Zealand. Nicknamed the Football Ferns, New Zealand was coming off a stoppage-time loss to the Netherlands, and has yet to record a single World Cup victory. Its record in five tournament appearances now stands at 0-11-3.Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller made one lineup change, with Jayde Riviere replacing fullback Allysha Chapman in earning her World Cup debut. Riviere, an 18-year-old native of Markham, Ont., was making only her seventh appearance and second start for Canada. With Riviere coming in, Ashley Lawrence shifted from the right over to the left side of defence.After about 10 minutes, Heiner-Moller switched from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 formation, dropping veteran midfielder Sophie Schmidt into defence, and pushing Riviere and Lawrence further up the field.RELATED: Christine Sinclair (probably) won’t play forever. So appreciate her now.The Canadians dictated the pace of the game in the first half, enjoying 72 per cent possession and forcing New Zealand to chase shadows. The Reds outshot the Ferns 11-1 through the opening 45 minutes, but managed just two shots on target. Their best scoring chance came off a corner kick when captain Christine Sinclair’s header hit the crossbar, and Kadeisha Buchanan’s headed rebound attempt was cleared off the goal-line.Canada finally opened up New Zealand’s resolute defence shortly after the re-start. Prince latched on to a ball played over the top by Janine Beckie, scampered down the left side and then pulled the ball back into the middle of the box for Fleming. The Canadian midfielder showed great composure in hitting her short first time to send the ball into the far corner. It was her ninth goal in 68 appearances for her country.The Reds nearly doubled their advantage moments later when Sinclair side-footed her shot over the crossbar after receiving a great pullback pass from Beckie. Prince forced a fabulous one-handed save from New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler when she connected on flicked header off a pinpoint cross into the box from Sinclair.Prince wouldn’t be denied, though. Late in the game Lawrence played a cross to the back post for Sinclair, but the Canadian captain’s header hit the post. Nichelle was in the right place at the right time to toe-poke home the rebound and put the final result beyond doubt. It was her 11th goal in 53 international games.RELATED: Why Christine Sinclair has unfinished businessSinclair remains on 181 goals for Canada, just three away from tying retired U.S. star Abby Wambach as the all-time leading scorer in the history of international women’s soccer.NOTES: Canada has suffered just one loss to New Zealand in 12 meetings (7-1-4), the lone defeat coming 32 years ago. These teams played to a 0-0 draw in Edmonton during the group stage of the 2015 World Cup…. Central defender Shelina Zadorsky earned her 50th start for Canada on Saturday… Scottish manager Tom Sermanni is in charge of New Zealand, having previously served as an assistant coach for Canada at the last World Cup.–from Sportsnet’s John Molinarolast_img read more

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Host and performers announced for 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner Awards Presented by

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the host and performers for the 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN, on Saturday, April 1 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.Hosted by Tom Power, host of cbc radio one q, the private industry ceremony will see 34 JUNO Awards given out and, the 2017 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (Randy Lennox) and the  Allan Waters Humanitarian Award (Buffy Sainte-Marie) will be presented to trailblazers in Canadian music.The 46th annual JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards will also feature live performances by 2017 JUNO Award-nominees Daniel Caesar (R&B/Soul Recording of the Year), Jess Moskaluke (Country Album of the Year), Koriass(Francophone Album of the Year), and William Prince (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year sponsored by National Arts Centre and Indigenous Music Album of the Year sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network).  The event will also feature a special performance by one of the three 2017 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners, Neon Dreams. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement “As SOCAN leads the global transformation of music rights, we are once again thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards,” said Eric Baptiste CEO of SOCAN. “The night is a celebration of Canada’s music creators, publishers and record companies who continue to enjoy spectacular success at home and abroad. The world’s idea of what Canada is all about is perfectly depicted in the music that Canada creates.”Music fans across the country will also get an all-access pass to the exclusive event with the JUNO TV live-stream, starting at 6 p.m. ET, at www.junotv.ca.  JUNO TV will offer audiences an unimpeded view of all of the action both on-stage and behind the scenes including a backstage lounge hosted by YouTuber Sam Sutherland and Indie 88’s Lana Gay who will sit down with the evening’s winners to chat about the big wins, and is courtesy of funding provided by the Ontario Media Development Corporation. JUNO TV will also offer two additional live stream channels with backstage access to the media room cam and portrait studio cam, giving audiences the opportunity to listen in on interviews and artist Q&A’s.Attendees of the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards will indulge their senses with a three-course menu, and to accompany and enhance the dining experience, Jackson-Triggs Reserve VQA wines will be paired with the meal, offering both Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, and Steam Whistle Brewing will offer its signature pilsner.For more information on JUNO TV or the 2017 JUNO Awards please visit www.junoawards.ca.JUNO Week 2017 will be hosted in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017. A live broadcast of The 46th Annual JUNO Awards will air on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group. Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.caTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsHashtag: #JUNOS About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.About SOCAN:SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.ca @socanmusic Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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