After beating Arsenal here on March 3 Spurs held a seven-point gap over their biggest rivals, but a run of five wins in their remaining nine games allowed Arsenal to finish above their rivals for the 18th consecutive season. Tottenham started positively amid a booming atmosphere inside White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor gave John O’Shea the slip to latch on to Kyle Walker’s header but Simon Mignolet tipped the Togolese’s shot around the post. Bale charged through on to Tom Huddlestone’s through-ball and entered the box but he collided with Larsson, who used both his arms to bring the Welshman down in the box. The home fans held their breath as Marriner put his whistle to his lips, but tension gave way to anger as the referee booked Bale for diving, which enraged the Spurs bench. Sunderland stirred momentarily, Connor Wickham taking advantage of a mistake by Jan Vertonghen, but Hugo Lloris took the striker’s shot on the chin at his near post. Tottenham raged against Marriner for the second time in the 51st minute when they were denied what appeared to be another blatant penalty. The ball pinged around the Sunderland box and fell to Dempsey, whose shot was blocked by the outstretched arm of Carlos Cuellar. Marriner again paused for a second before waving play on. The feeling that nothing was going Tottenham’s way continued on the hour when Colback saved on the goal line from both Scott Parker and Aaron Lennon in quick succession. Tottenham continued to pepper Sunderland’s goal but Mignolet held strong. Vaughan was then dismissed after picking up a second yellow for a late tackle on Lennon. Bale drew two top-class saves from Mignolet as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes while the Sunderland stopper had to be at his best to stop Huddlestone from powering home a 25-yard strike. Bale finally grabbed the goal with a fantastic 25-yard curler, but it was not enough to ensure Spurs qualified for the Champions League. Tottenham suffered yet more Champions League heartache as they missed out on a top-four berth to Arsenal despite another wonder goal from Gareth Bale in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland. Referee Andre Marriner denied Tottenham two clear penalties before Bale fired home his 26th goal of the season right at the death to give the home side three points. Sebastian Larsson bundled Bale over in the box, but the 23-year-old was booked for diving, while Carlos Cuellar clearly handled Clint Dempsey’s shot but the referee’s whistle stayed silent. Tottenham will have to settle for a place in the Europa League again next season, as Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Newcastle ensured that they finished in fourth position. Press Association
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Arkansas, Tennessee meet in conference play Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappArkansas (16-7, 4-6) vs. Tennessee (13-10, 5-5)Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: SEC foes meet as Arkansas battles Tennessee. Arkansas came up short in an 83-79 overtime game at Missouri in its last outing. Tennessee lost 77-64 loss at home against Kentucky in its most recent game. VARYING EXPERIENCE: Arkansas has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Tennessee has relied on freshmen. For the Razorbacks, seniors Mason Jones, Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Adrio Bailey have collectively scored 55 percent of the team’s points this season, including 61 percent of all Razorbacks points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen .MIGHTY MASON: Jones has connected on 33.3 percent of the 138 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 9 for 25 over the last three games. He’s also made 81.8 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 74: Tennessee is 0-6 this year when it allows 74 points or more and 13-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 74.PERFECT WHEN: The Volunteers are 5-0 when they score at least 75 points and 8-10 when they fall shy of that total. The Razorbacks are 14-0 when they hold opponents to 72 points or fewer and 2-7 when opponents exceed 72 points.DID YOU KNOW: Arkansas has committed a turnover on just 16.5 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top rate among all SEC teams. The Razorbacks have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season.___ February 10, 2020
VIRAT Kohli has credited MS Dhoni with playing a significant role in anointing him as his successor as India captain.Kohli took over as the full-time Test captain when Dhoni retired from the format midway India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15, and later became captain across formats when Dhoni quit his limited-overs post in early 2017.Kohli said the process was a gradual one of “earning trust” over several years.“I was always inclined towards taking responsibility,” Kohli said of his early days in the India dressing room, during an Instagram chat with team-mate R Ashwin.“After that it was all about just wanting to play, wanting to be in the XI regularly. I didn’t play all the games, but I wanted to be discussed, that ‘whether this guy is good enough to play or not’. That is a transition that slowly happens.“Then with your interest in the game you start talking to the captain regularly. I was always in MS’s ear, standing next to him, saying: ‘We can do this, we can do that.’ He would deny a lot of things but he would discuss a lot of things as well. I think he got a lot of confidence that I can do this after him.“A large portion of me becoming captain was also to do with him observing me for a long period of time. It can’t just happen that he goes and the selectors say, ‘Okay you become captain.“Obviously the guy who is there takes responsibility and says, ‘Okay I think this is the next guy. I will tell you how it is going.’ And then slowly that transition is formed. He played a big role in that, and that trust you have to build over six-seven years. It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process.”Kohli was first appointed vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup, which followed India’s tour of Australia for a Test series and a tri-series in 2011-12.In a tour that otherwise went poorly for India, who were blanked 4-0 in the Tests and failed to reach the tri-series final, Kohli emerged with distinction. He scored his maiden Test century in the fourth match at Adelaide, becoming the only India batsman to reach three figures in that series.In the ODIs, he made his then highest score in the format, smashing 133* off just 86 balls as India chased down a target of 321 in 36.4 overs to keep their hopes of making the final alive.Kohli said that tour helped him become aware of his game and hone it significantly. “I remember that whole season,” he said. “It was from that Test hundred in Adelaide to continuously stringing scores. That was a phase of six to eight months where I really realised a lot about my own game and came into my own as far as my skills were concerned.“I was very competitive but I wasn’t very sure or in control of what I wanted to do before. When you come in new, you’re still figuring out how to go about it. At the international stage you want to be feared, you want to be respected. You don’t want to walk in and hear, ‘He’s one of the youngsters, we’ll just knock him over.’ We all play for that. That was a phase where I started to realise this.”In the Asia Cup that followed, Kohli made 183 in another tall chase, against Pakistan. He revealed that during this knock, he had negated the threat posed by Saeed Ajmal by treating the off-spinner as if he were a leg-spinner.“I told myself I’m going to start playing him like a leg-spinner,” Kohli said. “Because his doosra was quite difficult to face and his off-spinner was not that lethal. So I said I’m going to try and hit him over cover consistently, and it just paid off. As soon as I negated his doosra, the potency of his threat became lesser and lesser.“In that game I scored most of my runs against him through the off-side (29 off 10 balls on the off-side and 7 off 7 on the leg- side). My only aim was I’m going to make him unsettled with his doosra. He should fear bowling the doosra to me then I’m on top of my game.” (ESPN Cricinfo)
Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia will return for her senior season with the Orange, SU Athletics announced in a release Monday morning. The news comes a full week after SU lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to South Dakota State.“After a lot of consideration, I have decided to return for my senior season at Syracuse,” Mangakahia said in the release. “Over the last two years my teammates and I have accomplished so much but I know we have only scratched the surface of our true potential. I hope to make this upcoming season my best yet and look forward to seeing our fans supporting us all across the country.”In her junior season, the star guard averaged 16.9 points and 8.4 assists per game. Against the Jackrabbits in Syracuse’s season-ending loss, Mangakahia passed Alexis Peterson for sole leadership of SU’s all-time assist record. She enters her junior season as the best assist-getter in Syracuse history.After the Orange’s loss on March 26, Mangakahia said she’s “scared” for the future. She had been fed questions on her possible departure all season long and never gave any strong indication. At the postgame press conference, before the advancing South Dakota State team took the stands, the junior joked that she’d enter the draft if “teams want me.”Many in the locker room after the loss to the Jackrabbits discussed Mangakahia’s legacy, and the difficulty of moving forward without its star guard. As much as SU’s offense is based on a series of margin-based statistics, the triple-doubles, the star partnerships and the efficient play from Mangakahia were often what kept Syracuse afloat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t know what I’m doing,” Mangakahia said after SU’s season-ending loss. “Even if I was to stay, it’s scary. I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. If I was to leave, it’s scary because I don’t know what I’m going to be in. It’s scary, but on both ends… because I have so many options and decisions I need to make… Every year is different. No matter what team you’re in. You’re not going to play with the same people ever again.”At 591 career assists, Mangakahia is 278 assists away from the all-time assists record. And 300 more assists would place her 16th on the all-time NCAA women’s basketball assists leaderboard. If she maintains her same scoring and steals averages for next season, she will end her Syracuse career seventh in both categories.“I am extremely excited that Tiana is returning,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman. “The experience that we will have in our backcourt is exciting and promising for next year.”Mangakahia mentioned her best memories lie off the court and many of her teammates agreed. Ultimately, it was enough for her to return for one last year. Comments Published on April 1, 2019 at 11:42 am Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+
His victory, his third official win since turning pro in 2011, is a morale booster ahead of the star- studded 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open that holds next month in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.Olapade grossed a final round 67 having earlier carded 69, 73 and 68 in the preceding 54 holes.Oche Odoh and Chidi Tobias shared the third position at five under, while Ayuba Izang placed fifth at three under par.After chasing the lead in the first two days, Olapade finally pounced on the third day to lead Korblah by one shot.The ageless Korblah momentarily led at â€“ 8 under par in the final round through hole 6, but after he bogeyed the seventh to make scores all square, Olapade rallied with three birdies on back nine and had the outright lead at 10 under par at hole 15.He drained 16 birdies and six bogeys over 72 holes to reinforce his sizzling control of the situation at Ilorin.â€œCourse condition was okay, the tee boxes, the greens and fairways-everything was excellent and permitted great golf and suited my game. In the final round, something in my mind just told me I would win. And it happened,â€™â€™ Olapade told THISDAY yesterday.Olapade will head to Mongomo hoping to secure his first 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open win from December 14-17 in only his fourth appearance.He is one of the seven Nigerian professionals that will constitute the international field of 60 players aiming for a slice of the $150,000 prize fee.He said he had been working on his game and hoping to excel at Equatorial Guinea.â€œIt is one tournament I crave to win and I hope to go for it. I have been training with Tunde Badmus and he has improved my game. I am set for Mongomo. I work hard whenever I go to Mongomo my dream is to win,â€ said the player who featured at the event in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSunday Olapade climbed to the apex of the Nigerian Order of Merit following his Kwara State Open Championship triumph at Ilorin Golf Club.The Ada, Osun State-born professional, pegged Ghanaian legend, Emos Koblah by five shots to win at 11 under par 277.
The tennis veteran, however, suffered a shocking defeat to 19-year-old Nimota Aregbesola in the table tennis event of the ongoing National Sports Festival in Abuja. Oshonaike lost to the teenager in the quarter-finals women singles with the scores 4-3.An obviously shocked Aregbesola could not believe the feat she had achieved as she rolled on the floor in excitement, finally said she was aiming for the gold medal.“I couldn’t believe I will beat Funke. I was confident at the beginning but I lost hope as the game progressed. I just listened to my coach and teammates cheering me on to pull my last point. This is my first participation at the NSF, and I am aiming for the gold medal,” she managed to say as fans hurried to celebrate with her.The loss to Aregbesola has left a big doubt as to whether Oshonaike still has the strength to forge ahead in the game, while many are of the opinion that she should just quit honourably.“Maybe I will retire soon, but, right now, I’m still having fun with what I am doing. It is not giving me stress. As long as I have everything I need, then why should I stop. Many people have told me that age is telling on me but I believe age is nothing but numbers. Age is in the head and heart,” Oshonaike said.For every glorious career, there is always a starting point; Oshonaike’s foray into table tennis began at her teenage years in elementary school in the streets of Shomolu, a bustling town in Lagos State. At that age of her life passion for the sports helped to water the ground for this life expedition. While in Shomolu, Oshonaike started developing this perceived potential which she describes as a ‘talent from God’ using a makeshift table and soak away slabs to play the game with her elder brother.From there, the ship took the sail to her secondary school, where she started representing the school at competitions, earning her awards and recognition from the school principal who recognised this budding talent and decided to propel her to greatness. This opportunity did not only launch her to the limelight but set her apart as a rare talent with promise and potentials.“I started playing table tennis at the age of 12, during my primary school days in Shomolu and I was driven by the belief that it was a God-free given talent and the fact that my elder brother played was also an inspiration. We had a small makeshift table to play with before somebody in my street bought a table tennis board and from there a coach discovered me. Then I started representing my school, the state and the country. At the state level, I won the several awards and was also recognised by the state,” she recalled.According to her, “the journey has been wonderful for me, and I have no regret whatsoever. Table tennis has taken me everywhere and given me everything I have achieved today. Though there have been some challenges, that is life nothing good comes easy. There have been good and bad times in my career, but I try to move on despite these ups and downs. One of the saddest moments in my career was during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2011 when I was dropped from the team. Despite that, I did not lose faith in the team and the country; today I still represent the country.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Funke Oshonaike’s dream is to become the first female athlete to participate in seven Olympic Games and few doubted her ability to achieve the feat considering her precedence. However, with her lacklustre performance at ongoing National Sports Festival Abuja leading to a shock defeat to 19-year-old Nimota Aregbesola, doubts is now cast on whether the African table-tennis queen can achieve her dream writes Kunle AdewaleIf wishes were horses, the very day the 2020 Olympics Games gets underway a record would be set- Nigeria’s Funke Oshinaike, who would then be 45 years old would become the first female athlete to appear in the Olympics.Africa’s queen of table tennis, who started competing for Nigeria since the early 80s and has attended six Olympics beginning from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and still felt she go for a record 7th Olympic Games.“Table tennis is something I have the passion for, so much so that over 40 years I am still playing. Sometimes, the situation of the country tends to weigh me, I think probably it is because of my German lifestyle I am used to, and over there things are quite different. But I realise that this is Nigeria and we have a way of doing things. I am hopeful that one-day things will change,” she told THISDAY.
Do you think shooting fireworks should be banned in Wellington or the city you live in? Yes No View Results Loading … Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Dumbfounded · 371 weeks ago I do not think they should be banned, but I do think that the 10:00pm cut off for the first 3 days should be enforced!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 371 weeks ago How about a poll: Do you think “hack, wannabe journalists” should have their own small-town, gossipy “news” websites for which they serve as writer, columnist, opinionist, lobbyist, editor, censor, etc.? Report Reply 2 replies · active 371 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down also anonymous · 371 weeks ago Answer to poll: yes Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 371 weeks ago I agree Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down old firecracker · 371 weeks ago I think 4 days is too long. Only allow fireworks the 3rd & 4th, that should be sufficient. (and lots cheaper for familys) Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Loading … Should Congress adopt President Obama’s request for military intervention in Syria? Yes. No. Obama should act on his own, regardless what Congress thinks. I’m still undecided. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 362 weeks ago We humans are the ones who created the term humane. We have all kinds of conscious feelings and emotions. Although what I have previously said is true there is still a concept called the theory of natural selection. We have been trying to alter science, destiny and overall control the world at the cost of our soldiers lives and our tax money. Enough is enough. We need to worry about our own children and our own citizens because after all that is what defending our freedom is about. We have no business going to Syria. If we do it is inevitable for some of our soldiers to die. What is the point? Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down OBAMAGOTTAGO · 362 weeks ago If Obama goes at it with Syria he should be IMPEACHED. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 362 weeks ago Let’s see since 1945: Korea, Vietnam, Dominon Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Libya, Somalia, Lebanon, Iraq, Afganistan, Grenada, Cambodia, Laos, probably missed one or two others, but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! No more bullying the world, let’s take care of our country and people. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Birdfan · 362 weeks ago Exactly why and to what effect? Obama says its not for regime change, but all agree killing will continue until Assad is out of office. It’s not for national interest, heck can’t even use the ” it’s only for the oil ” excuse. It’s not for humanitarian reasons see 1st line. The only reason to go in is to get Assad out of office and he should be. We will not be able to control who gets the leftover chemical weapons by launching a few missiles and whoever it is will not be our friend. And Obama still is having a hisses fit saying that’s the only reason Bush went into Iraq was to get Hussain out. If that’s good enough reason then he should first have all his current and former cabinet apologize for their past statements then apologize himself. At that point he could then ask congress for permission on the grounds Assad should be out of office. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Iowa is home to about ten-thousand refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Most of them work in the state’s meatpacking plants, where they can make better than minimum wages without having to know English. But because of that, the entire community is disproportionately at risk for COVID-19.Pastor Benjamin Sang Bawi, of Carson Chin Baptist Church in Columbus Junction, says many of them have had the virus or been exposed to it. Sang Bawi says, “Of course in the beginning, we were really scared and panicked and when they received a positive so they think that they’re going to die.”In a decade, the ethnic Chin community in Columbus Junction has grown to nearly 20-percent of the population in the town of about 2,300. It’s also home to a Tyson meatpacking plant, which attracted the refugee families. At least 221 workers there have tested positive and two died. Sang Bawi says his community knows the risks of the plants, but there’s virtually no other work in town. “If they don’t go to work, how they will survive? That is a big question,” Sang Bawi says. “So…and of course every, every family [is] concerned about that.”Many of the refugees are Christians who fled ethnic violence and the world’s longest-running civil war. Sang Bawi says the pandemic has been traumatizing for children too, including his own, ages seven and ten. “We ask them to pray at the dining table for food,” Sang Bawi says. “They only know how to pray for the COVID-19 and all they keep on saying, ‘Let’s go away.’”COVID-19 has left refugees even more vulnerable than before, facing barriers to transportation, social services and even basic information. Abigail Sui of the Iowa refugee rights group EMBARC says adjusting to life in the U.S. is a huge challenge for families who have spent years in refugee camps. “Many of our families do not have computer(s) and access to internet or know how to use computer or technology,” Sui says. “So we need a system to accommodate immigrant and refugee communities.”According to the group, refugees from Myanmar in Iowa speak 27 languages and dialects. Lack of English proficiency is a major challenge, as is a lack of interpreters. In May, Sui urged local officials in Waterloo to do more to directly support the large refugee community there. “Families that are self-isolating in their homes need food delivery,” Sui says. “Not a phone number to the food pantry, they need food delivered to their door. And we are doing that.”Meat packing plants say they’re providing personal protective gear, workstation barriers, and offering testing. Still, many are pushing production levels back up to full capacity and reverting to stricter attendance policies.
Mo’unga converted and added a second after Beauden Barrett scampered over after a neat Aaron Smith drop-off that left Wales prop Dillon Lewis prone.A sustained period of Welsh pressure then followed and paid off after Patchell found Hallam Amos with a long miss-pass, the full-back dummying Mo’unga and shooting over for a try.Patchell added the conversion and then a simple penalty, but New Zealand roared back through veteran Ben Smith, the winger jinking his way through a crowded defence after good lead-up work by Read and Liam Coltman.Smith, 33, got his double on the stroke of half-time, taking a long pass from his namesake Aaron and powerfully handing off Tomos Williams to slide into the corner.Mo’unga added the extras to leave New Zealand in complete control at 28-10 at half-time.The cut-and-thrust, running rugby continued in the second period, Ben Smith surging deep into Welsh territory before Sonny Bill Williams provided a perfect offload for centre partner Ryan Crotty to cross for the try.Both sides were much different from their semi-final line-ups, Hansen having made seven changes to the team which lost 19-7 to England and Gatland nine from the side that went down 19-16 to South Africa.One ever-present on the team list for Wales, however, has been Josh Adams, and the winger burrowed over from close range for a seventh try of the tournament to usurp Shane Williams’ Welsh record of at a World Cup.The game becamse increasingly error-strewn, but Mo’unga stepped through Dan Biggar’s poor tackle for a late try, taking his personal tally to 15 points.Share on: WhatsApp All Blacks defeat Wales 40-17 to clinch the Bronze medals at 2019 Rugby World Cup. PHOTO via @AllBlacksTokyo, Japan | AFP | Veteran winger Ben Smith scored a classy try double as New Zealand beat Wales 40-17 to clinch third spot at the Rugby World Cup on Friday in the perfect send-off for storied coach Steve Hansen.In what was the final Test for both Hansen and Wales counterpart Warren Gatland, after seven and 12 years at their respective helms, both sides produced an entertaining encounter that saw New Zealand outscore the Welsh by six tries to two.The result means New Zealand have won 32 of their 35 meetings with Wales, last losing in 1953, while Hansen’s incredible record includes just 10 defeats in 107 Tests in charge.“It was just important we come back and honoured the jersey and our fans and get over the disappointment of last week,” said Hansen, referring to the semi-final defeat by England.“Tough old game for both sides and just want to congratulate Wales too because I know they’ll be feeling a bit at the moment.”Gatland, under whose charge Wales have won 85 of their 151 Tests — but have lost all 12 matches against his native New Zealand — might have joked that it would have been better to settle the play-off by a drinking game, but both teams showed intent on the pitch.“Our boys never gave up and kept trying to play some good rugby in the second half. Probably a game too far for us really,” said the New Zealander, who will now coach the Waikato Chiefs.“I’ve loved my time in Wales. People have been amazing and incredibly welcoming. But that era’s over now and I’m excited about the next challenge going back to New Zealand and being involved with the Chiefs.”– Running rugby –Richie Mo’unga missed an early penalty, but that was merely a blip as the All Blacks looked to run the ball at every opportunity at a packed Tokyo Stadium.The first try came quickly, the influential Aaron Smith finding skipper Kieran Read, who offloaded to Brodie Retallick, the lock stepping inside Rhys Patchell and producing a brilliant backhanded pass to Joe Moody, the prop bounding in from 20 metres for a great front rower’s try.