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Haggas eager for 2022 campaign with Baaeed

Haggas eager for 2022 campaign with Baaeed

William Haggas is looking forward to seeing Baaeed in action next year having guided him to an unbeaten three-year-old season.

Baaeed has enjoyed a rapid ascent to the top of the tree as he was unraced as a juvenile and did not make his racecourse debut until the week of the Derby.

He ended his campaign by toppling Europe’s best miler in Palace Pier in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, with defending champion The Revenant even further behind, confirming Baaeed’s position in the top rank.

“I don’t think John (Gosden) was happy with Frankie’s ride on Palace Pier, but Jim felt he had him covered all the way,” said Haggas.

“We were expecting Palace Pier to attack in good time, but they crawled for the first furlong and I think Frankie thought he had the front ones covered, but Baaeed was always travelling well and I think he won OK in the end.

“Of course I’m looking forward to next year – as long as he stays right both physically and mentally – and he’s been a delight to train so far. He’ll be a fun horse to have next year.

“It’s terrific to have one of the best three-year-olds in Europe, probably.”

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Baaeed’s path to the top – being unraced at two to winning Group Ones at three – mirrored Sea Of Class, who Haggas trained to be beaten just a nose in the 2018 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

“Sea Of Class was a brilliant filly and she also stayed well. She unfortunately died as a four-year-old. I shouldn’t have run her at Ascot that year (on soft ground in the 2019 Prince of Wales’s Stakes), but I won’t make that mistake again,” he said.

“She was exceptional and she was possibly a bit unfortunate in the Arc. She jumped straight into a Listed race on her second start having got beat in her maiden.

“Baaeed was a bit different, he needed a novice race and then the Listed before a Group Three and two Group Ones, so his rise has been pretty amazing too.”

Haggas admits he never envisaged Baaeed as a top miler given he is by Sea The Stars and his full brother Hukum has won at up to 14 furlongs.

“A lot of mine that don’t run at two I’m pretty sure are OK. I can’t remember why he didn’t run, he may have been immature, may have had a few niggles and then it went very soft, so I didn’t want to run him,” said Haggas.

“I’m also not a huge lover of the all-weather. Obviously we have quite a lot of runners on it, but I don’t like running two-year-olds on it. Sometimes you have to but if I know they are quite good, they don’t run.

“I never saw him as a Guineas horse because I saw him as a stayer given how well his brother (Hukum) stays.”

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Xbox Series X stock drought to continue ‘until second half of 2022’

Xbox Series X stock drought to continue 'until second half of 2022'

IT’S been almost a year since the Xbox Series X first launched, but the powerful Microsoft console is still hard to come by. In a new update though Xbox fans have found out when the great Xbox Series X stock drought could all be over – unfortunately there could still be plenty more months ahead of scarce stock.

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Joshua triggers Usyk rematch – fight set for spring 2022

Anthony Joshua has triggered his clause for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, which will take place in the spring of 2022, says Eddie Hearn.

British heavyweight Joshua lost his IBF, WBA and WBO belts to Usyk via unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month.

Usyk has already spoken of his wish to return to his native Ukraine for a rematch with Joshua.

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Usyk’s team had announced that Joshua has ‘activated in principle’ a rematch clause

“Joshua is training now, and today we officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight, which we will see early next spring,” Hearn told DAZN on Saturday.

“So back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight champion.”

Joshua had appeared set for a unification bout with domestic rival Tyson Fury earlier this year, before an arbitration hearing ruled he had to fight Deontay Wilder again.

Their trilogy fight takes place in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.

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Usyk said the fight against Joshua went exactly as he thought it would

Speaking after losing his titles to Usyk, Joshua said: “I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations and identified my mistakes. I’ve learned my lesson.

“Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”

Joshua, 31, previously avenged a surprise defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr – the British fighter’s only other defeat of his career – with a unanimous points win in Saudi Arabia in December 2019.

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World Cup 2022 Euro Qualifiers: State of play

The road to Qatar 2022 continues for European nations – who is in shape to reach next year’s World Cup finals?

Here, we run through the state of play in each of the 10 groups as the tables start to take shape and provide the lowdown on the qualification process and key dates.

The group winners will automatically qualify for Qatar 2022 and this page will be updated as countries book their place at next year’s showpiece tournament.

What are the groups?

Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein

Group A

Portugal have gone into top spot in the group after victory in Azerbaijan, moving two points ahead of Serbia, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Republic of Ireland.

Third-placed Luxembourg have been punching above their weight in this group but they now find themselves seven points behind leaders Portugal, albeit with a game in hand. However, Serbia remain in their sights with the gap between third and second just five points.

It has not been the best of qualifying campaigns so far for Republic of Ireland, but the draw with Serbia gives them a boost heading into the final games of the campaign.

Azerbaijan remain stranded at the bottom of the group on one point.

Up next:

October 9: Azerbaijan vs Republic of Ireland – kick-off 5pm
October 9: Luxembourg vs Serbia – kick-off 7.45pm

Saturday 9th October 4:30pm

Kick off 5:00pm

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Group B

Spain leapfrogged Sweden atop Group B with a 4-0 win over Georgia – and their position as group leaders has been further strengthened after the latest matchday.

The Scandinavians went down 2-1 to Greece in their last outing, while Spain saw off Kosovo, who only made their debut for tournament qualification during World Cup 2018 and now drop to fourth.

Up next:

October 9: Sweden vs Kosovo – kick-off 5pm
October 9: Georgia vs Greece – kick-off 5pm

Group C

Group C had opened up when Switzerland held Italy to a 0-0 draw.

But the latest matchday saw the Azzurri stretch their lead at the summit to six points as they thrashed rock-bottom Lithuania 5-0 while the Swiss were thwarted in a stalemate with Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland travel to Switzerland in October for a crunch meeting.

Up next:

October 9: Lithuania vs Bulgaria – kick-off 2pm
October 9: Switzerland vs Northern Ireland – kick-off 7.45pm

Saturday 9th October 1:55pm

Kick off 2:00pm

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Saturday 9th October 7:15pm

Kick off 7:45pm

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Group D

France have been struggling to find their groove in this campaign but a crucial win over Finland saw them open up a seven-point lead at the top of the group.

Didier Deschamps’ side now have three wins and three draws from six games in Group D.

All is not lost for Ukraine and Finland, though, with both sides having games in hand on France as they look to close the gap to the top.

Up next:

October 9: Kazakhstan vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – kick-off 2pm
October 9: Finland vs Ukraine – kick-off 5pm

Group E

Belgium top the FIFA world rankings and pulled further clear in Group E after edging Belarus to make it five wins from six games. They are now nine points clear of the Czech Republic, who do not play again until October.

Wales’ automatic qualification hopes suffered a significant blow after a stalemate against Estonia.

Up next:

October 8: Estonia vs Belarus – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Czech Republic vs Wales – kick-off 7.45pm

Friday 8th October 7:00pm

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Group F

Denmark have continued where they left off at Euro 2020, and they kept their perfect record during World Cup qualifying intact with a sixth straight win, beating Israel 5-0. They are now just two wins from securing top spot in the group and a place at the World Cup finals.

Scotland (11 points), Israel (10 points), and Austria (seven points) form the chasing pack, but Steve Clarke’s side’s impressive 1-0 win in Vienna puts them in pole position for the runners-up spot in the group with a game against Israel at Hampden Park up next in October.

Up next:

October 9: Scotland vs Israel – kick-off 5pm
October 9: Faroe Islands vs Austria – kick-off 7.45pm
October 9: Moldova vs Denmark – kick-off 7.45pm

Saturday 9th October 4:00pm

Kick off 5:00pm

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Saturday 9th October 7:40pm

Kick off 7:45pm

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Group G

Group G is proving too tight to call with six games played. Netherlands (13 points) lead the pack on goal difference after their 6-1 win over Turkey, while Norway (also 13 points) produced a big 5-1 win of their own against Gibraltar to keep pace with the Dutch.

Turkey’s big defeat was a blow to their chances, but they remain firmly in the hunt on 11 points, while Montenegro’s 0-0 draw with Latvia leaves them with plenty to do to make up the ground on the leaders.

Up next:

October 8: Gibraltar vs Montenegro – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Latvia vs Netherlands – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Turkey vs Norway – kick-off 7.45pm

Group H

Croatia and Russia are still locked on 13 points, but Croatia now lead the way in Group H on goal difference after their 3-0 win over Slovenia last time out.

Russia’s 2-0 win over Malta means the top two have a four-point gap to fourth-placed Slovakia, while Slovenia are a further two points back in fourth.

Up next:

October 8: Malta vs Slovenia – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Cyprus vs Croatia – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Russia vs Slovakia – kick-off 7.45pm

Group I

England surrendered their perfect record in Poland after conceding a late equaliser but still have a healthy four-point over Albania and five-point advantage over Poland.

Hungary remain in touching distance of a play-off place.

Up next:

October 9: Andorra vs England – kick-off 7.45pm
October 9: Hungary vs Albania – kick-off 7.45pm
October 9: Poland vs San Marino – kick-off 7.45pm

Group J

Germany lead the way in Group J and extended their lead after thrashing Iceland 4-0 while closest rivals Armenia were held by rock-bottom Liechtenstein.

Romania and North Macedonia could yet qualify but neither could take the initiative as their meeting finished goalless.

Up next:

October 8: Liechtenstein vs North Macedonia – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Iceland vs Armenia – kick-off 7.45pm
October 8: Germany vs Romania – kick-off 7.45pm

Friday 8th October 7:40pm

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World Cup 2022 Euro Qualifiers: All you need to know

Qatar 2022 World Cup

How many European nations qualify?

A total of 13 slots in the final tournament are available for UEFA teams. The 55 teams have been split into five groups of five and five groups of six.

The winners of the 10 groups will qualify automatically for the finals, which for the first time will be played in November and December of 2022 to avoid the punishing summer heat in the Middle East.

What happens if you finish second in your group?

A further three places will be fought out between the 10 group runners-up and the two highest-ranked teams from the Nations League who have not already qualified or finished in a runners-up spot.

These 12 teams will be divided into three play-off paths, each featuring four countries, to determine the final three European berths. The format will consist of two knockout rounds from which the three additional teams qualify.

When will the qualifiers be played?

The qualifiers will be played between March and November 2021, with play-offs scheduled for March 2022.

Matchday 7: October 8-9 2021
Matchday 8: October 11-12 2021
Matchday 9: November 11-13 2021
Matchday 10: November 14-16 2021

What’s the fixture schedule?

What is the World Cup format and schedule?

The tournament will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.

Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.

Matches will only be assigned to particular venues after the finals draw, so organisers can choose optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in different countries, as well as supporters out in Qatar.

The finals draw is scheduled to take place in April 2022, after the March window for international fixtures.

Unlike at Euro 2020, there will be a third-place play-off game on December 17.

Group stage: November 21- December 2
Round of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Final: December 18

When will the matches kick off?

FIFA has confirmed the first two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm local time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the United Kingdom).

Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knock-out round matches will be at 6pm and 10pm local time (3pm and 7pm UK time).

The final is scheduled to kick off at 6pm local time (3pm UK time)

What are the venues?

The group games will take place across eight stadia: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.

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