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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday Sport: Water Polo! Swimming! Cricket! Canadian Football!

The FINA Aquatics World Championships are held each two years, and are too quickly done.  Two weeks ago, the competition kicked off with the Diving and Water Polo contests, last Sunday saw the swimming competition come into full swing.  

Today, the men's water polo competition comes to an end, with the championship game, and the consolation games, all being held.  In the finals, perennial powerhouses, and strong rivals,  Hungary and Croatia will play each other, in what promises to be a hard fought match.  Croatia beat Serbia in a close come-from-behind win to reach the finals.  Serbia will play Greece in today's third place game. 

In swimming, competition also promises to be fierce today.  The following final events will be contested this evening: 
  • Women’s 50m Butterfly Final
  • Men’s 50m Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 200m Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 100m Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 800m Freestyle Final
  • Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final



In Canada, today in CFL Football: the BC  Lions will meet the Edmonton Eskimos at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.  B.C. Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono told his players to treat the  game against the Edmonton Eskimos like any other.  The first place in the CFL’s West Division is on the line, not to mention the season series and a potential playoff tiebreaker after the Eskimos (4-0) defeated the Lions (4-1) to open the schedule.  “The league is as balanced as it’s been in many years,” said Buono. “Edmonton’s got a very good football team. They’ve played hard. They’ve had their ups and downs in games, but they’ve always found a way to win.

 “It’s not the Grey Cup, even though it might feel like it,” said Lions defensive back Ronnie Yell. “It’s not the second round of the playoffs. It’s another game. We’ve got to stay calm.” (The Grey Cup is the CFL "Super Bowl" held each November)



In Cricket, England and South Africa continue their Test series, as do India and Sri Lanka.   In the United Kingdom, Alastair Cook came  to England's rescue at The Oval cricket Test against South Africa.  Although they have some hot new players, they relied on Cook to bail them out, so far this series.  Saturday's competition promises to be fierce.  


India, number one in the world, is fighting hard in Sri Lanka, meeting everyone's expectations.  India's bowlers tore through the Sri Lankan top order to put the visitors firmly on top on the second day of the first Test in Galle on Thursday.  Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, said he was pleased that India had lived up to its billing as the No 1 Test side in the world.  "We would like to maintain that standard. We have scored enough runs, and we've got five wickets today. We are very well poised at this stage."  


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