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finishing one-two in the last five
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GLASGOW -- Canada enjoyed a successful first day at the Glasgow Sevens rugby tournament, finishing on top of Pool B with wins over Japan and France and a draw with England. Canada opened Saturdays play with a 52-0 thumping of Japan, and followed with a 28-12 win over France. That was enough to guarantee them a spot in the quarter-finals of the Cup competition. In a battle for top spot in Pool B, Canada and England fought to a 7-7 draw. Philip Mack converted his own try in the first half to give Canada an early lead, but Tom Powell replied with a converted try in the second to draw England level. Both Canada and England, which is currently fourth in the IRB Sevens World Series overall standings, finished with eight points in three matches, but the Canadians took top spot in the pool with a superior point differential. "I thought we had chances to score but so did they," Canada coach Geraint John said of England. "Its important for us to top the group. Weve come close in recent tournaments but we have shown the depth here, as well as the big players stepping up." Canada will play Kenya in Sundays quarter-final. The Kenyans advanced after a surprising 33-19 win over Argentina. England will face Fiji, ranked third on the circuit. Canada reached a fifth straight quarter-finals for the first time. Earlier, Canada routed Japan behind three tries by Mike Scholz. Sean White, Connor Braid, Mike Fuailefau, John Moonlight and Harry Jones also crossed the line, while Mack booted four conversions. Moonlight, Conor Trainor, Sean Duke and Scholz scored tries against France, while Mack kicked four conversions. Canada entered the tournament seventh in the overall series standings, one point behind Samoa. The Glasgow Sevens is the second-last stop on the Sevens World Series circuit. The schedule concludes with the London Sevens next weekend. Elsewhere, New Zealand underlined its tournament ambitions with a 19-5 win over South Africa in an uncommon pool matchup of the world series two leading teams. New Zealand and South Africa previously met only in finals this season, with the Africans winning two of three. But New Zealands consistency has it leading the series by seven points. Despite resting stars DJ Forbes and Tim Mikkelson, New Zealand dominated the pool decider physically, but struggled to score. New Zealand will face Australia in the quarter-finals, while South Africa lined up host Scotland, which topped a pool for the first time in more than a year thanks to comfortable wins over Australia, the United States and Spain. https://www.miamishopfootballshop.com/77-Jersey . Manager Alex Ferguson says the injury was sustained while the player tried to hit a volley toward the end of training on Tuesday. https://www.miamishopfootballshop.com/12-Jersey . -- The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette have completed a buyout of his contract, clearing the way for the former BYU sensation to become a free agent. https://www.miamishopfootballshop.com/85-Jersey. Colton Sissons also scored for Milwaukee (19-12-8), which went ahead with a two-goal third period. Wade MacLeod and Greg McKegg replied for Toronto (23-12-4). https://www.miamishopfootballshop.com/49-Jersey . The Mercedes duo of three-time Canadian Grand Prix champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has won all six races to start the season, finishing one-two in the last five. https://www.miamishopfootballshop.com/40-Jersey . The 6-foot-10 centre who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, adding that honour to becoming a board member at his alma mater.OBERSTDORF, Germany - Canadas Elladj Balde posted his best international result at the senior level Friday by placing fifth in mens singles at the Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating competition.American Jason Brown of the U.S., took the gold with 237.17 points. Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic was second with 228.48 and Konstantin Menshov of Russia took third with 211.03. Balde, from Montreal, was fifth with 186.78 points.Liam Firus of North Vancouver, B.C., was ninth.Russia had a 1-2 finish in the pairs as Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov won gold with 195.89 points and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov took silver with 178.98. The American duo of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim finished third with 166.dddddddddddd10 points.Canadian junior champions Vanessa Grenier of Sherbrooke, Que., and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., were fifth in their international debut with a score of 157.06.The womens free skate and free dance are on Saturday.Also Friday, Canadas Mackenzie Bent and Brent MacKeen are in first place after the short dance at the ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Tallinn, Estonia.Bent, from Uxbridge, Ont., and MacKeen, from Oshawa, Ont., had 59.83 points for a slim lead on Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov of Russia (59.56). Competition continues Saturday. ' ' '
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