Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 3 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 5

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Rugby Union Internationals

Six Nations B – Round 3

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Six Nations B – Round 3 Round Up

Georgia were looking at a potential shock defeat as Spain led 10-3 at half time in Medina Del Campo. Tries from Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and test debutante Soso Matiashvili eventually saw the Six nations B Champions home 20-10. Romania comfortably saw off Russia 30-10 with the pick of the tries being Jody Rose’s interception try going 40 yards to complete the score. Belgium found themselves 21-0 down against Germany but threatened an unlikely comeback when Andy Williams went over to close the gap to just 5, however a try from Jaco Otto secured the victory for Germany who have two wins out of three.

Reports (Rugbyworldcup.com)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

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Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5 Round Up

The USA are the Americas Rugby Champions for the first time in a thrilling decider against Argentina. David Tameilau went over from a driving maul to give the USA a surprise 15-3 lead. However two penalty tries brought Argentina back into it and when full back Gabriel Ascarte went over in the corner Argentina had a 12 point lead. Cam Dolan got a try six minutes from time to bring the American back within a score it but they still needed a converted try to level and take the title. Tameilau was the hero breaking a tackle to score from close range for his second try, Ben Cima nailed the conversion for a 27-27 draw and due to previous bonus points it was enough for the USA to win the title for the first time.

In the other final games Freitas Alleges and Leivas Ballestrino got two tires each as Uruguay comfortably thrashed Chile 45-14, Chile finish bottom of the table. Finally Brazil scored an impressive upset win over Canada 24-23 in another tight finish. Winger Ze Tranqez got the winning score in the very last minute to give Brazil victory in Sao Paulo.

Reports – Bra v Can  Uru v Chile Arg v USA (Americas Rugby News)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Russia 10Romania 30At The Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi, Russia

Germany 34Belgium 29At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Spain 10 Georgia 20At The Estadio Municipal, Medina Del Campo, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSoso Matiashvili (Georgia) 

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

Brazil 24Canada 23At The Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Uruguay 45Chile 14At The Estadio Charrua, Montivideo, Uruguay

Argentina 27USA 27At The Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

USA Win the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship

 MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANDavid Tameilau (USA)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 1 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 2

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Rugby Union

Six Nations B – Round 1

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Six Nations B – Round 1 Round Up

*Georgia get defense off to a great start

*Germany score historic win over Romania

*Spain edge past Russia in Madrid

Georgia began the defense of their Six Nations B title with a comfortable 31-6 victory over newly promoted Belgium. Giorgi Tkhilashvili and Giorgi Koshadze went over to give the defending champions a commanding 17-0 lead at half time, two more second half tries saw Georgia easisy home. Germany scored an upset victory over Romania in a thrilling contest. Romania lead 38-27 going into the final 10 minutes but tries from Dash Barber, his second of the game, and Marcel Cotezee six minutes from time completed the comeback for Germany to claim their first win against the Romanians for 70 years. Finally Spain got off to a winning start against Russia. Mathieu Belie got the only try of the game for the Spanish as they won the game 16-6.

Reports – Georgia v Belgium (Agenda.ge)   Germany v Romania (Wide World of sport)

Game breakdown – Spain v Russia (Ultimate Rugby)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

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Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2 Round up

*Argentina in nine try demolition of Uruguay

*USA thrash Brazil

*Paris hat trick sees Canada to victory

Favourites Argentina got their second bonus point victory of the Championshp with an easy 57-12 thrashing of Uruguay. Sebastan Cancellier got a hat trick in a nine try demolition in Bahia Blanca. The USA also made it two out of two with Lock Tony Lamborn going over twice as part of eight tries in a 51-3 thrashing of Brazil. The final game saw Canada get their first win of the championship over Chile. Left winger Taylor Paris got a hat trick of tries to help Canada to a 36-15 victory.

Reports – Argentina v Uruguay (Americas Rugby News)   USA v Brazil (ESPN)   Canada v Chile (Americas Rugby News)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Germany 41Romania 38At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Belgium 6Georgia 31At The King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium

Spain 16Russia 6At The Estadio Nacional Compultense, Madrid, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Dash Barber (Germany)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

Argentina 57Uruguay 12At The Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahir Blanca, Argentina

USA 51 Brazil 3At Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, USA

Canada 36Chile 15At Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Colombia, Canada

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANTaylor Paris (Canada)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour

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WTA Tour

ST Petersburg Ladies Trophy Final – Mladenovic v Putintseva

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Maiden title for Mladenovic

France’s Kristina Mladenovic has won her first WTA title the the fourth attempt using past experience to defeat Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who herself was contesting her first final. Mladenovice eased through the first set 6-2 but Putintseva showed character to take the second set to a tie-break and take advantage of some poor serving to level. Mladenovic tightened her serve up in the decider however and took the only break to win it 6-4 and claim her maiden title in Russia.

Full Report (ESPN)

Taiwan Open Final – Svitolina v Shuai

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Svitolina avenges previous defeat to claim the Taiwan Open

Top seed Elina Svitolina converted her top seed status into a fifth WTA title in Taiwan. The Ukrainian ranked 13th in the world struggled with flu earlier in the week but came through to impressive in the Semi-Final against Mandy Minella and was far too good in the Final for China’s Peng Shuai. She broke the Chinese players serve three times as she breezed to a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory to take her first title for eleven months since victory in Malaysia in 2016. The win also avenged defeat in Svitolina’s only previous meeting with Shuia.

Full Report (Times Of India)

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Tennis Results

ST Petersburg Ladies Trophy FinalAt The Sport Club Dianamo, ST Petersurg, Russia

Kristina Mladenovic (France) Beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)2-1 (6-2 6-7 6-4)

Taiwan Open FinalAt The Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan

Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) Beat Peng Shuai (China) 2-0 (6-3 6-2)

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Moon Of Liberty Newsround – 24th Jan 2017

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News Digest – 24th January 2017 @ 4.15 pm

CNN – Senator’s John McCain and Lindsay Graham will vote for Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson

Voice of Europe – Campaign to stop operations of George Soros hot up in Macedonia

Comment – Why Labour should hold Copeland & Stoke Central – Glen O’Hara

The Wrap – Chelsea Clinton defends Trump’s youngest child Barron

Foreign Policy – Russia and Syria sign deal giving Russian ships and aircraft access to the middle east

CNN – President Trump signs order banning NGO’s offering abortion services from getting US federal funds

BBC News – Trump signs order to withdraw from TPP trade negotiations

Heat Street – US Feminists outraged at Taylor Swift not attending the ‘Women’s March’

Keoland News – Former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson to be head of the US Air Force

BBC News – UK Supreme Court rules Parliament must decide Article 50 timing

Daily Telegraph – Poll finds majority of Brits disagree with Supreme Court decision on Article 50

NBC News – Complete list of OSCAR Nominations, La La Land leads the way with 14

Independent – British Startup is using artificial intelligence to compose music

CNN – Paul Ryan invites Donald Trump to address joint session of Congress

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Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 12th Jan 2017

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Sports News Digest – 12th Jan 2017 @ 10.00pm

BBC Sport – Anti Doping chiefs call for Russia to be banned from all sports

Arsenal Ladies – Kelly Smith’s letter announcing her retirement from football

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta and Dan Evans both win to progress in their respective tournaments (Tennis)

BBC Sport – Jose Mourinho says Manchester United must improve against Liverpool

BBC Sport – Claude Makelele is the new assistant manager at Swansea

Moon Of Liberty / Elitist’s Echo – National League – Barrow v Southport

Sky Football – Can Morgan Schneiderlin get back on track again at Everton?

Fight Nights – Look at the first significant boxing weekend of 2017 (Boxing)

Sky Sports – David Nugent signs for Derby County, how will he get on?

Sky Football – 49 year old Japanese Striker signs deal with Yokohama FC to play into his 50’s

BBC Sport – Barcelona have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Lionel Messi

Nottingham Post – Premier League scouts flock to see Forest youngster Ben Brereton

BBC Sport – Jim Furyk named US Ryder Cup captain (Golf)

BBC Sport – Rory McIlroy makes a good start to the South African Open (Golf)

Notts County Live – Kevin Nolan named new Notts County Manager

The Moon Of Liberty / The Elitist’s Echo – League Cup Semi Final first leg – Southampton v Liverpool

The Guardian Sport – Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight Conor McGregor (Boxing/MMA)

BBC Sport – England team beaten by India A in one day series warm up (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Everton’s Tom Cleverley joins Watford on loan

ESPN Boxing – Zab Judah comeback date confirmed after 3 year absence (Boxing)

BBC Sport – Steven Gerrard ‘speechless’ at being awarded freeman of the city of Liverpool

BBC Radio 5 Live – Preview of James Degale v Badou Jack (Boxing)

BBC News – Headingley Stadium in Leeds get go ahead for £39 million redevelopment (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta reaches the final in Sydney (Tennis)

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Moon Of Liberty News & Politics – News Digest 06th Jan 2017

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News Digest 6th Jan

Order Order – Meet Sir Tim Barron, the new British EU Ambassador 

Washington Examiner – Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton attacks Wikileaks on contrast to remarks from Donald Trump

Daily Mail Comment – Peter Obone on the history the BBC forgets

Government website – UK Government announcement of £1bn of trade deals due to Theresa May’s recent trip to India

Bloomberg – US Prepublican debate on how to kill Obamacare without getting the blame.

Conservative Home – Andrew Grimson argues May should refuse to give Brexit plan details

Spectator comment – Tom Tugendhat argues Britian was wrong to back anti Israel UN Resolution

NBC News – Tennessee congresswoman learns doing your own Twitter polls can cause a problem.

Guardian – Vince Cable calls for the end of free movememnt, putting him at odds with Lb Dem policy

Spectator comment – Isabel Hardman argues Theresa May’s hero could be Clement Atlee

German Poll – ARD Poll puts Merkel’s CDU/CSU parties 17% ahead

BBC News – Russia starts reducing military in Syria after ceasefire agreement

BBC News – Jamie Oliver to close 6 shops, he blames Brexit costs

BBC News – Top economist calls overblown Brexit warnings the Bank of England’s ‘Michael Fish’ moment

Sky News – Joe Biden tells Donald Trump to ‘grow up’ over Russian hacking claims

Fox News – Top US diplomat warns of improving North Korean nuclear capability.

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Moon Of Liberty US Politics – 1st Debate

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US Politics

First Debate

So for the first time in a race tightening in the polls and in key states, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump met for the first time in what is scheduled to be three head to head debates between the two at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. The debate was moderated by NBC news anchor Lester Holt, who was inevitably going to take criticism from both sides no matter what he did.As it proved I thought he was a pretty good moderator overall.

The debate fell into three main sections. The first was on jobs and taxes. Trump has the lines well tested. Jobs are being stolen from us.Bill Clinton and Barack Obama signed terrible trade deals, especially NAFTA. The two traded on hiding things, why had Trump not released his tax returns? Why would Clinton not release the 33,000 emails that were deleted? If she does that I’ll release my tax returns taunted Trump. What are you hiding retorted Clinton. It was a classic blow for blow debate. Trump had the better of this early going with Clinton nervously talking far too much and Trump effectively jabbing with brief interjections that left her waffling. Clinton could also not deny her plan was far tax rises, Trump’s narrative that this would just drive jobs further away while his plan would create was much clearer than what Clinton had to offer. 

The second part moved to police and community cohesion, especially focusing on relations between the African american communities and the police in the light of recent shootings. Clinton was on much more comfortable territory here. Trump made an error suggesting a police offer who shot a black man had ‘choked’ This allowed Clinton to portray what many will see as the more unpleasant side of Trump. Trump attempted to respond by saying these communities had been let down by the likes of Clinton but took on Clinton’s earlier trait of talking too much, running over time again and again, allowing the much calmer approach of Clinton to come out on top fairly comfortably in the second section where she had a much better handle on her brief an the details.

The final section was on national security. Clinton goaded about how Trump was an admirer of Putin and how it was unacceptable that Trump had suggested Russia hack Americans. He said he did not know who had done the hacking, it could be the Russians, the Chinese or a 400 pound loner from his bedroom. Where Trump did score in this section was to point out Clinton and Obama had withdrawn from Iraq too quickly, allowing Isis to be created. Had that not occurred she would not need a plan to wipe them out. There was an exchange between Trump and the moderator on whether Trump had backed the Iraq War, he insisted he had not. This was the one section where Holt was out of order, continuing to goad Trump in a way that went too far.

The surprise was that Trump on the whole stood his ground on National Security where you would have thought Clinton would have a huge advantage. With Trump winning the first part, Clinton the second and more or less even on the third, I scored it more or less even. If there was an edge it was just about with Clinton, primarily because Trump was regularly running over his time sounding like he had not fully prepared to get all his points in, which was irritating at times and allowed Clinton to stand back, look more patient and then respond. He also tried to interrupt her too much, this strategy was OK when he was winning  the first section, but looked increasingly bad manners when he was not.

The big picture is will it move the polls? Nate Silver of 538.com has suggested he thinks it might. Some other commentators have also suggested they think it might, some think she won by a much bigger margin. I have my doubts and the voting intention questions asked by the Gravis poll on the aftermath points to it not changing very much at all. The two credible aftermath polls, Public Policy Polling and Gravis both called it narrowly for Clinton as well, by 11% and 5% respectively, a win for Hilary Clinton, but no knockout, and certainly Trump is still very much in the game after a debate of a much higher quality than many were expecting.You can watch the debate in full and make your own mind up here

MOON OF LIBERTY VERDICT (Out of 10)Hilary Clinton 7.1 Donald Trump 7

AMERICA’S VERDICT PPP PollClinton 51% Trump 40%Gravis PollClinton 48% Trump 43%