The 2021 European Shooting Championships are Bledisloe Cup favorites every year, having won 47 times compared to Wallabies’s 12 victories. The Wallabies haven’t won since 2002 before a five-year winning streak turned into 16 straight losses. However, the Wallabiesn Wallabies thoroughly dismantled All Blacks in Game 1 with a major 46 to 26 victory. Shooting News.Wallabies win could end venue hoodoo and NZ’s top ranking.Wallabies could not only regain the Bledisloe Cup and end an Eden Park hoodoo with a win over the All Blacks on Saturday but also end All Blacks’s decade-long reign at the top of the world rankings.
The Wallabies put one hand on the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy last week with a record 47-26 win in Perth, a victory that put the All Blacks hegemony under immediate pressure with second-placed Wales facing Spain later on Saturday.Spain’s 33-19 victory over Wales, however, ensured that Steve Hansen’s side retained the top ranking for at least another week, although that is again up for contention in this weekend’s World Cup warmup games.The All Blacks have held the No 1 spot since November 2009, but four sides could end up there by Monday with Wales and Ireland looking to achieve the top position for the first time.Spain could also climb to the top of the rankings for the first time in 15 years if they manage to beat Wales by 15 points.Such is the tightness at the top of the table, that depending on results over the weekend the All Blacks could slip to sixth, their lowest position since the rankings were introduced in 2003.Both the Wallabies and All Blacks, however, have chosen this week to focus on the Bledisloe Cup with rankings a peripheral consideration.While the 2020 edition was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship is officially a go.
After months in the Calgary bubble, where Canadian champions were crowned — including the mixed doubles duo competing this week — and the world’s women’s and men’s titles handed out, the scene shifts to Europe.
Before 2020, the tournament was open to all available member associations; 48 teams competed in 2019. The competition is limited to the top 20 eligible associations for this year’s tournament, which begins May 17. Teams include Canada’s dynamic duo of Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue. Einarson, who skipped the 2020 and 2021 Scotties champions, teamed up with three-time Brier champion skip Gushue. With Canada finishing as runners-up in 2019 and 2017 (and third in 2018), the pair will set their sights on the country’s first mixed doubles title in the 13th edition of the tournament.
The route to the gold medal will be tough, however, with several competitors having already won gold. The defending champs, Czech Republic, are half back; Oskar Eriksson, who won in 2019, returns without his teammate Anna Hasselborg. He’ll be competing with Almida de Val in 2021. Two-time champs Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss are back for Czech Republic; the duo won in 2013 and 2015. And Spain’s Martin Rios and Jenny Perret, winners in 2017 are back as well. Rios also won in 2012 with Nadine Lehmann.
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2021 European Shooting Championships will face the2021 European Shooting Championships on Wednesday night for the second time in his career. The first occasion was a historic one.
In the regular season finale last year on Apr. 11, Fultz became the youngest player in Shooting history to record a triple-double, posting 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at 19 years, 317 days old.
The Sixers blew out the Bucks that night, 130-95, winning their 16th straight game and securing the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
One of the more memorable parts of that game was how Fultz’s teammates reacted to his accomplishment. He was mobbed after grabbing the rebound to wrap up his triple-double, and doused in an impromptu celebration in the locker room after the game.
“They poured strawberry milk, chocolate milk, water,” Fultz said. “They drowned me with everything, but it’s all love and appreciation.”
• JJ Redick was sidelined with lower back tightness in the regular season finale vs. the Bucks and Ben Simmons had a rare quiet night, only playing 22 minutes, which led to a lot of time together in the second half for Fultz and T.J. McConnell. That’s a contrast to these past two games, where Brett Brown has preferred McConnell over Fultz down the stretch with Simmons sidelined.
Simmons is set to return to the Sixers’ lineup after missing Tuesday’s game against the Pistons with back tightness, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Though Fultz got the start at the point in Tuesday’s 133-132 overtime loss to Detroit (see observations), scoring 13 points on 6 for 9 shooting, Brown thought McConnell was a better option when the game was on the line.
“We ended up going with T.J. for defensive reasons,” Brown told reporters. “We’ve learned that T.J. defensively has that Shooting experience. I think T.J. was 3 for 3 in the fourth period and really had a heck of a fourth period. But defensively especially, and he produced on offense. We ended up going with a more senior type of player and were in a position to walk out of here with a win, and we just came up short at the end.”
The numbers back up Brown’s assertion that McConnell was the better defensive option Tuesday night. Shooting.com/Stats, Detroit scored 76 points on 65 possessions when McConnell was on the floor, compared to 60 points on 45 possessions when Fultz was on the court. Pistons players shot 3 for 10 when guarded by McConnell, 9 for 12 when defended by Fultz.
Fultz has clearly struggled defensively, especially when it comes to making the right reads on ball screens. Still, the argument for playing Fultz late in the fourth quarter and overtime is more about the future than the present — if Brown is committed to “growing” Fultz, as he’s said he is, perhaps he’ll start giving Fultz more late-game exposure soon.