Snow Queen: Kim dominates to take gold in women’s halfpipe

first_imgMOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Kim’s parents were born in South Korea and moved to the United States, putting their daughter in an interesting position heading into her first Olympics.While she understands the urge to build a narrative around her that turns her into a connective tissue of sorts between the host country and the one she calls home, it’s one she has politely sidestepped. She views herself as just a kid from Torrance, California, who likes music, the mall, ice cream and, oh, by the way, putting down the kind of gravity-escaping, physics challenging runs that have made her a dominant force in her sport.Kim would have made the Olympic team with ease four years ago, only to have the calendar get in the way. She was 13 at the time, too young to make the trip to Russia. She entered the quadrennium between the games with the kind of expectations reserved for the Shaun Whites of the snowboarding world. She has exceeded every one.Standing atop the hill at calm and brilliant Phoenix Snow Park — a stark contrast to the windy mess that turned the women’s slopestyle final into an ugly, borderline unsafe and crash-filled mess 24 hours earlier — Kim looked down at the crowd that included her parents, three sisters, three aunts, two cousins and her grandmother Moon Jung ae and proceeded to waste little time while turning the final into a global coming-out party.She drilled her opening set, throwing in a 1080 — basically, three twists high above the pipe — before following it with a pair of flips (or “corks”). Kim celebrated at the end, pumping her fists as “USA! USA!” chants rained down. When her score flashed, she clasped her hands atop her head and drank in the moment.Kim’s teammates made serious bids to give the Americans only their fourth-ever Olympic podium sweep.Gold, who dislocated her right shoulder during training for the Sochi Olympics and didn’t compete then barely made the 12-woman final, brushed off a fall during her first run and stomped an 85.75 on her third run. Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion still going strong at age 34, couldn’t quite catch Gold with an 83.50.Liu came the closest to providing Kim with a serious threat. She threw down a 89.75 during her first set to take the lead, only to watch Kim top it during her first run moments later.Liu then washed out on her last trip down the longest Olympic halfpipe since the sport made its debut in 1998, turning Kim’s last run into a victory lap. Rather than playing it safe, she went for it.Her No. 1 bib soaring into the South Korean sky, she put on a display that left the rest of the field and the thousands packed near the finish roaring their approval and vaulting her to a level of stardom she’s not quite sure she’s prepared for. Kim is well aware she’ll become a role model for other Korean American kids whether she wants the role or not. So is her riding.Competing in front of her extended family, a group that included her Korean-born parents and her South Korean grandmother, and apparently on an empty stomach — she actually tweeted during the competition that she was “hangry” after failing to finish her breakfast sandwich — Kim put on a show that delivered on her considerable pre-Olympic hype. She put together a 93.75 during her first run, one that included just one 1080, not the two that have become her trademark. No matter. The perfection-flirting third run provided a cathartic exclamation point.“I knew that I did put down a really good first run, but I was also like, ‘I can do better than that. I can one up myself,’” Kim said.She’s the only one.Liu Jiayu took silver with an 89.75 to become the first Chinese snowboarder to medal at the Olympics. Gold, who pondered retirement last summer, overcame a dislocated shoulder suffered during training to edge teammate and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark for third.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top kiteboard Boracay leg SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Kim turned her coronation into an exclamation point, stomping a pair of 1080 spins (three complete turns), then practically diving into a hug with American teammate and bronze medal winner Arielle Gold to seal a moment four years in the making.“I don’t really know what’s happening and I’m actually feeling a little anxious right now,” Kim said. “I’m a little overwhelmed. But this is the best outcome I could ever ask for and it’s been such a long journey. Ahhh, just going home with the gold is amazing.” Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson She’ll figure it out as she goes.“The one thing I learned was just give everything a shot,” she said. “You don’t want to live in regret. I feel like no regrets is the best way to go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Chloe Kim, of the United States, celebrates winning gold in the women’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Gold medal already in hand and Olympic dream fully realized, Chloe Kim could have turned her third and final run in the women’s snowboarding final into a victory lap.Only she didn’t. She couldn’t. Gold medals are nice and all, but to the 17-year-old star, the journey is the point, not the destination. It’s about proving something. Not to quiet whatever doubters may remain in a sport where she’s stamping herself as an all-time great as a teenager, but to herself.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Bartica-Mahdia road link nearing completion

first_imgA team of officials from the ministries of Public Infrastructure and Finance, led by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, on Friday visited Cuyuni Mazaruni (Region Seven) to assess and inspect ongoing hinterland road projects in the area.Minister Patterson explained that the team was in the region to get a firsthand look at the two main crossings which link both Mahdia and Bartica.“We visited the furthest point in Region Seven, which is Cassandra Crossing. The works in that area are progressing satisfactorily and are expected to be completed by mid-2018. We have a contract from Mahdia to the Denham Bridge, and one for(From right) Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Kenneth Jordan; and Finance Secretary Dr. Hector Butts assessing the Cassandra Crossing Bridgeworks from Mile 78 on the Bartica-Potaro trail to Mile 96 (Cassandra Crossing),” Minister Patterson said.When completed by the end of 2019, the project will create a direct link from Bartica to Mahdia after more than 30 years’ wait. It will serve as an impetus to the fulfilment of Government’s vision to link the coast and the hinterland.Finance Ministry officials were invited along reportedly so they could better appreciate how the resources for projects such as these are utilised.“At the beginning of the year, I normally go to every region to assess and inspect as many of the major projects as possible. Also (I go) to ensure that the contractors are not executing poor works, and this helps us to plan for our 2018/2019 budget. This time I walked with members of the Ministry of Finance, because I found that it is crucial that they be able to appreciate why we put in certain measures. Sometimes it is difficult to explain to them at budget time the need for certain resources and what we are doing with it, especially for the hinterland works,” Minister Patterson underlined.The works commenced in 2017, and have been progressing amidst challenges.Part of the rehabilitated road at Bartica/Potaro trailHinterland Engineer Jeffrey Walcott explained that the contractors are working towards a 2019 deadline. However, the biggest challenges remain the weather and sourcing of raw materials.last_img read more

Great deals on real hot stuff

first_imgSOUNDS LIKE A STEAL TO ME: These items are hot, baby! At least they used to be. PropertyRoom.com auctions stolen and forfeited bicycles, jewelry and cars that police can’t find the rightful owners of. I spotted a 10k gold ring with a blue topaz stone with bidding starting at $1. Remember to check the return policy. WROUGHT IRON SALE: Laura Lee Designs in Burbank is having a sale on all the wrought-iron chandeliers, sconces, lamps and furniture in its 2,000-square-foot warehouse. Prices are 20percent below wholesale through Thanksgiving. 8a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday only. Visit them at 527 N. Victory Blvd. in Burbank. 818-842-5300. VINO AND TURKEY: Get free shipping at Wine.com when you spend more than $100 before Thanksgiving. They have recommendations for each part of the meal and suggest fruity wines like a zinfandel or pinot noir to match the many turkey table flavors. Now you can sip vino while you gobble gobble. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the code. BATH & BODY $10 OFF: Here’s a great coupon that can be used for holiday gifts. Spend $30 online or in stores at Bath & Body Works and get $10 off. Good through Dec. 2. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the online code and printable coupon. TIMBERLAND $20 OFF: Get $20 off a $100 online purchase at Timberland (which isn’t too hard these days) through Thursday. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the coupon code. A pair of men’s Earthkeepers, which are made partly from recycled materials, is $160. Be green and save money = a winning combo. FREE HAIRCUTS: I don’t know how these folks pay their bills but Yossi’s Salon in Woodland Hills is again offering free haircuts for the rest of the month. Every day but Saturdays, by appointment only. Visit at 5349 Topanga Canyon Blvd. 818-825-3467. GO FORTH AND JAMBA: Everybody’s favorite smoothie place has restarted a deal that gets you a free smoothie every time you buy a $25 Jamba Juice card. This time you can only get the small size free. They redeem themselves by letting you chose the flavor. Unclear how long the promotion lasts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre COLDWATER SAVINGS: Get $30 off $100 or more at Coldwater Creek online until Nov. 26, 2007. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the code. OUT OF BIZ BIKE SALE: The motorcycle store Cycle Trends in Van Nuys is having a going-out-of-business sale. Owner Stan is retiring, reader Marilyn says, and everything is 30percent to 75percent off. All sales are final. It is open 10a.m. to 7p.m. Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 6p.m. Saturday and 10a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday. Visit the store at 14901 Oxnard St. in Van Nuys. 818-902-9253. BARGAINS IN YOUR INBOX: Get all the new sales by signing up for the daily digest. E-mail me at julia.scott@dailynews.com to be included. Thanks! SNEAK PEEK: BFads.net lists the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales at about a dozen stores, including Target, Sears, and Best Buy. Great for shoppers who have specific items on their list and want to price-compare ahead of time. SEPHORA COUPON: Can you believe it? The beloved beauty store has a 20-percent-off coupon for online shopping for a limited time. Unclear when it expires but it worked at press time Friday! Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the code. last_img read more

Tottenham could lose Harry Kane ‘if Real Madrid come calling’, talkSPORT told

first_imgThe only danger Tottenham have of losing Harry Kane is if Real Madrid make a move to sign the England striker.This is the opinion of former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood, who co-hosted the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.Kane became just the fifth player to win the Premier League Golden Boot in successive years at the end of last season, having scored 29 league goals in just 30 games.The 23-year-old has netted 94 goals in all competitions across the last three seasons, and no one doubts he will continue his impressive scoring feats over the next few years.Manchester United have been linked with making a mega-money move for Kane this summer transfer window, while a host of Europe’s biggest clubs hold a reported interest in the England international.But, according to Sherwood, only Real Madrid would be able to tempt Kane away from north London.He said: “Everyone was talking about Harry as a one-season wonder, and now he’s a three-season wonder, and next season he’ll be a four-season wonder because he will continue to score goals.“He missed 11 games of the Premier League season but still finished up top scorer.“The guy’s got everything.“His biggest attribute, I tell everyone, is between his ears. He’s strong mentally, he knows where he needs to get – and he will get there.“I hope that he stays at Tottenham for the rest of his career.“Will he stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career? I think the only danger of that would be a team in another white shirt across the water in Madrid.“I think if Real Madrid come calling – like they did for [Luka] Modric, like they did for Gareth Bale – I think it would be a real test of the resolve of Tottenham whether they could keep him or not.”last_img read more

Last rites soon for favorite Studio City haunt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I won’t challenge any of my non-native Angeleno friends to an angry dance-off to prove who had the best Halloween experience growing up, because I’m afraid they’d win handily. OK, so I never had to trudge through snow or bone-chilling temperatures to procure bite-size goodies. I just had to submit to the very Los Angeles – and slightly sad – ritual of getting into the car and being driven to other neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating. You see, I grew up in an area of Studio City that in the late 1970s and early 1980s suffered from the twin dysfunction of being nestled in the foothills and populated by people who were in their late 70s and early 80s. Hilly terrain and a lack of children did not make for optimal trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. So every year, I’d dress up, get into the car and go down to “the flats” of Studio City to take care of business. When I was little, my mom took me to the area around the Studio City library. I loved the entire scene. Kids were there. Candy was plentiful. Decorations were perfect. The lights and noise and warmth made it hard to believe this was still my little hometown. It felt like I was on another planet. As I got older, and the race to get bigger, better and more candy became something of social importance, I migrated to the area around Bob Hope’s estate in Toluca Lake. Most Halloweens it’s a madhouse, with crowds of people clogging the streets. Signing up for candy-distribution duty is a serious financial commitment for residents. Some years ago I housesat for friends and doled out something like $400 worth of yummies in just a few hours. My friends who didn’t grow up in Los Angeles think that spending a Halloween with Drew Barrymore, as I did in seventh grade, is a fantastic only-in-L.A. story. But I’d take a stroll down a small-town street eating candy from the local Wal-Mart over trading Reese’s Pieces with Gertie any day. Though I cherish many things about growing up in this great city, I do wish I’d had a more normal Halloween experience – one in which I could have just walked out my door, joined my friends who lived down the block or around the corner, and trick-or-treated at the homes of people who knew me, thereby making the experience more personal. It’s fitting this year that I’m nostalgic about the Oct. 31sts of my youth because one of the things I loved so much about those streets around the library was the fantastic haunted house at 4343 Babcock Avenue. This year, Gary Corb is putting the final nail in the coffin, as it were, after 32 Halloweens of dead-ication. In this city, traditions and a sense of community are often hard to come by. So on behalf of all of the people young and old whom you have thrilled with your elaborate displays and Halloween humor, I say thank you, Gary. Driving to my parents’ house in Studio City the other day – to the same house in which I grew up – I saw a few homes along busy Laurel Canyon Boulevard festooned with Halloween decorations. A couple of them seemed to be new additions. Although I applaud the residents’ efforts, I had to laugh. They won’t get many costumed kiddies clamoring for candy. More families have moved into my parents’ neighborhood over the years, but it will never be a trick-or-treating destination. And I wonder if the kids traipsing around my old haunts ever think about what a grave misfortune that is. The Hallowed Haunting Grounds is located at 4343 Babcock Avenue in Studio City, one block west of Whitsett Avenue, just south of Moorpark Street. Hours are from 7 p.m. until midnight through Monday, weather permitting. More information can be found at www.hauntinggrounds.org. Nicole M. Campbell is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Homegrown evil exists in our own communities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week I know many of you think better border patrol is the answer, but some of our own citizens are the criminals. Yes, sex slavery is at the hands of some of our own American citizens. Don’t mistake this as being an immigrant crime. Take the case of two women who were sold in Africa for the price of $200 each to a Beverly Hills couple. To this day, one has black-and-blue legs from climbing the mansion’s staircase 20 hours a day to meet the demands of feeding, cleaning, dressing, and even bathing both husband and wife. That was two years ago. The youngest victim is now 21, and still breaks down into tears when asked what was expected of her. Besides washing the wife’s hair twice a day and answering to the call of “animal,” her advocate says she was forced to meet the sexual demands of both the husband and wife. These women said nothing to authorities because they couldn’t speak the language and feared their families’ lives back home. Again, their traffickers were American and their buyers were American. If traffickers are among our own citizens, then it shouldn’t surprise you that American children are also being kidnapped and sold into sex slavery. I’ve met an American woman – yep, a blond-haired American woman – who was kidnapped at a young age, sold for sex from state to state, and forced into pornography. She handed a note to a stranger in an airport before boarding a plane. That stranger saved her from being sold to a trafficking ring in Japan. Her original trafficker was an American from the Midwest. Perpetrators of trafficking can earn up to $40,000 per year per one victim. It’s not unlikely for perpetrators to use different outlets including the Internet and underground video distribution companies to sell images of exploited victims. The more victims, the more profit for traffickers. Over a year ago, federal authorities busted a South Los Angeles brothel where they found about 15 young women being forced to prostitute themselves to pay off coyote fees to get into the country. Two of them were minors. It was happening in a house in a fairly quiet neighborhood. This is where you come in. By knowing how to identify these crimes, we as a community can help stop them. By educating ourselves we can help our police department crack down on traffickers and break the chain of modern-day slavery. But we can only do that by first saying, yes, it exists. And it exists in L.A. Tony Cardenas represents the sixth district on the Los Angeles City Council.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ask any Angeleno what human trafficking is and you’ll get an array of responses, some not so insightful. One resident even asked, “Is that where coroners sell dead bodies for scientific research?” You may laugh, but most people don’t realize the tentacles of this monster are in our own backyards. Human trafficking is a crime involving illegal import, export, prostitution, pornography, slavery, drugs and a submergence of other crimes that we as a community have been trying to eradicate. If you think these issues are hurting our communities now, traffickers will soon multiply the problem. Thousands of women and children are being bought and sold every day, and it’s happening here. These victims are forced to do the most hellacious things imaginable. You can see the scars on their bodies and worse, the scars deeply embedded in their minds. Every day, traffickers sneak poverty-stricken victims into this country to sell their bodies in brothels, over the Internet and out on the streets. Smuggling is not trafficking. Trafficking is the illegal importation of individuals into this country and then forcing them to do things against their will. last_img read more

Penza: World Baseball Classic showed us a little added flair in baseball isn’t a bad thing

first_imgThey’re as fun to watch as anybody in the game.And even though some of baseball’s older … For years Major League Baseball has been thinking of ways to make sure that the younger generation of sports fans include baseball in their group of various interests.The World Baseball Classic has provided us with one massive reason why baseball can be so great.You didn’t have to look far to find it, either.The new crop of young talent isn’t just really, really good at the game of baseball.last_img read more

49ers on pace for franchise-low rushing TDs with Bears on tap

first_img“Twenty?” Breida guessed. “Fifteen? Twelve?”No, six, which would be the fewest in 49ers history … SANTA CLARA — Six rushing touchdowns. All season. That’s it.Of all the 49ers’ dismal statistics in a season gone wrong, that one was has been overshadowed, with two games to go.And yet the 49ers have a Pro Bowl fullback, the league’s 10th-best rushing attack and a potential 1,000-yard rusher in Matt Breida.Baffling, right? Hey, Matt, any clue how many rushing touchdowns the 49ers have?last_img read more

2011 the 10th warmest year: report

first_img29 November 2011Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the tenth highest on record since records were first kept in 1850, a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed on Tuesday.The report also showed that 13 of the warmest years have occurred in the past 15 years since 1997, leading to a significant drop in Arctic sea ice and its lowest levels this year.Speaking to reporters at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP17, in Durban on Tuesday, WMO deputy secretary general Jerry Lengoasa said the statistics were an indication that climate change “is real and is upon us”.It comes as leaders gather at the Durban International Convention Centre for the next two weeks to find solutions to the threatening impacts of climate change and global warming.“Our role is to provide the scientific knowledge to inform action by decision makers. Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities,” Lengoasa said.Toxic gases reach new heightsThe WMO report also paints a bleak picture of how concentrations of toxic gases in the atmosphere have reached new heights in recent years.“They are very rapidly approaching levels consistent with a 2 to 2.4 degree centigrade rise in average temperatures, which scientists believe could trigger far-reaching and irreversible changes in our earth, biosphere and oceans.”It also notes that severe droughts have hit parts of east Africa in late 2010 and these continued through 2011. The most severely affected areas included Kenya, Western Somalia and some southern borders of Ethiopia.Linda Makuleni, chief executive officer at SA Weather Service, said South Africa would not be spared the devastating impact of the changing climate, warning that the country could see more severe weather patterns in the coming years.“There is definitely an indication that our temperatures are changing drastically, looking at the rainfall patterns we are witnessing, the severe droughts in the Eastern Cape and our research shows that these will continue,” Makuleni said.Fears for Kyoto ProtocolThe WMO and several non-governmental organisations have called on the negotiators gathering in Durban to make use of scientific information as they deliberate on an appropriate solution to the climate crisis.The talks, however, could be derailed if reports that Canada could pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, and not sign for a new commitment period, turn out to be correct.The G77 countries are pushing for developed countries to sign up for a new agreement on the Protocol, but the unwillingness of powerful nations such as the US and Japan, and now Canada’s position, could dampen the spirits at the negotiations.Delegates at the conference will also be hammering out the details of a plan to administer the Green Climate Fund, money that is to help countries deal with climate change.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Russian Davis Cup choice gives SA hope

first_imgLosing streakSouth Africa, though, will be trying to end a three-tie losing streak. They went down 4-1 to Slovenia in Ljubljana in their last tie in September. In April, they fell 3-1 to Poland in Zielona Gora, while Canada won 4-1 in Montreal in September 2012. The Russians are coming off a tough 2-3 loss to Great Britain in April, which prevented them returning to the World Group. With six first-choice South African players unavailable for a variety of reasons, coach John-Laffnie de Jager found his options severely restricted for the tie at the Tennis Palace of the Army Central Sport Club. Russia Alex Bogomolov Jr, Andrey Kuznetsov, Karen Khachanov, Konstantin Kravchuk Captain: Shamil Tarpischev Mikhail Youzhny (21), Dmitry Tursunov (39), Nikolay Davydenko (48) and Evgeny Donskoy (84) were not selected. Previous tiesSouth Africa and Russia have met twice previously. Spearheaded by former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the Russians won 4-1 in Moscow in early 1995. Two years later, in Durban, South Africa turned the tables, recording a 3-1 victory. Tough loss Should South Africa lose in Moscow, it would mark the first time since 2008 that the country has been relegated to the Europe/Africa Zone Group 2. 16 October 2013 TEAMScenter_img Encouragingly for South Africa, both Evans (151) and Ward (183) were ranked some way below their Russian opponents. South Africa’s last win, which suggests something about the importance of playing at home, was achieved in April 2012 when they handily beat Slovenia 4-1 in Soweto. On that occasion, Izak van der Merwe and Ruan Roelofse both overcame much higher ranked players to help guide South Africa to victory. Alex Bogomolov Jr, ranked 76th in the world, will spearhead the Russian team. He is joined by Andrey Kuznetsov (142), Konstantin Kravchuk (163) and Karen Khachanov (808), with Shamil Tarpischev captaining the team. A Davis Cup tie that looked almost impossible to win now looks slightly less daunting after Russia named its team to face South Africa in Moscow from 25 to 27 October. Last week, he named a team made up of Raven Klaasen (44 doubles); Dean O’Brien (557 singles, 527 doubles); Tucket Vorster (617 singles, 540 doubles); and Japie de Klerk (1 477 singles). After Dmitry Tursunov and Evgeny Donskoy put Russia 2-0 up in Coventry with wins over Dan Evans and James Ward respectively, a place in the World Group appeared all but assured. The British, however, won the doubles and Ward overcame a two sets to one deficit to defeat Tursunov before Evans took down Donskoy in straight sets. South Africa Dean O’Brien, Tucker Vorster, Jacob de Klerk, Raven Klaasen Captain: John-Laffnie de Jager Russian selectionRussia has five players ranked inside the world’s top 100, but on Tuesday named only one of those players in its team to take on South Africa in their Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 second round play-off.last_img read more