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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 June 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015 31 SPORT More frustrations for Ricciardo One year after celebrating his maiden victory in Montreal, Daniel Ricciardo admitted that he feels he is "banging his head against a wall" after finishing 13th in the Canadian Grand Prix on Monday. The 25-year-old Australian started ninth on the grid behind his Red Bull teammate Daniil Kvyat, but was unable to hold that position and finished behind Spanish rookie Carlos Sainz in thirteenth place. "We tried and nothing worked," Ricciardo said. "We didn't have pace. At the moment all I can do is laugh. Race cars are complicated. Some days you don't understand them. "Unfortunately, we haven't really got on top of it this weekend, but we didn't expect to be that slow in the race. "I knew I wasn't fighting for points, but I was still fighting and trying to get as much out of it as I could. It was just one of those races where you go round and round." Ricciardo and Red Bull have a week to get ready for the Austrian Grand Prix on June 21. Source: AFP Ikonomides expects a win Newbie Chris Ikonomides confident the Socceroos will get the upper hand against Kyrgyzstan As the Socceroos get into the thick of training, young gun Chris Ikonomides says the team has what it takes to get past their World Cup qualifying opponents. Taking on Kyrgyzstan next week, Ikonomides is full of confidence and says he has complete trust in coach Ange Postecoglou. "We're expecting a tough match but we're always going to focus on ourselves," he told FFA TV. "We'll study the opposition as best we can with videos and meetings and lots of talking to be done before the match. But if we do our game and play the way we know, we can win." After making his debut Daniel Ricciardo finished 13th in the Canadian GP. PHOTO: EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ. Jets get interim manager James Pascoe named as Jets football manager Two weeks after former Newcastle assistant coach James Pascoe was shown the door, he has been appointed as the beleaguered club's interim football manager. Pascoe and fellow assistant Mark Jones were released from the Jets when coach Phil Stubbins was axed last month, as new owners Football Federation Australia announced it would seek a new manager as part of a fresh start for the 2015-16 season. But the club announced on Thursday he will start immediately in assisting with Newcastle's pre-season planning and development, player re- cruitment and A-League compliance matters. "James brings the right football and administrative skills, but as importantly has a great insight into football in Northern New South Wales and the elite player pathways," said A-League boss Damien de Bohun. "This appointment is the first of many steps to ensure that there is a strong Novocastrian spirit in the new club that is taking shape." The Hunter Sports Group's licence was revoked three weeks ago after it failed to pay a series of debts, with its owner Nathan Tinkler earlier that day placing the Jets into voluntary liquidation saying it owed $2.7 million. FFA took over the running of the club. for the Socceroos in March against FYROM, the 20-yearold says he's humbled by the selection. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity that they've given me a couple of months ago and it's just a matter of work- ing hard and taking it with two hands." Ange Postecoglou has used young inexperienced players to his advantage many times, gambling some important games on an inexperienced squad. "The boss believes a lot in us young players, even though our experience isn't as high as some," Ikonomides says. "Just look at Massimo Luongo, he's really made big steps this last year … and big steps for his future as well.” Tweeting from Dubai during their training camp, Ikonomides says all his focus is going to the upcoming qualifying match. Nathan Burns looking for a route to goal Fellow Socceroos and former AEK player, Nathan Burns says he's hoping to break his goal drought. He is yet to score in the 12 apperances he's had for the Socceroos. Chris Ikonomidis training in Dubai. PHOTO: AAP/FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA. "It's something I would love to add to my resume," Burns told FFA TV. "It's one thing I've always thought of is scoring a goal for the Socceroos." The A-League Player of the Year says there's a lot of ex- pectation placed on the Socceroos, seeing as they'll be taking on 177th ranked Kyrgyzstan. The Socceroos play Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday 17 June at 12 midnight (AEST). Career highs for Kyrgios, Kokkinakis Both achieve career ranking highs, with Nick Kyrgios at 25 and Thanasi Kokkinakis at 69 Australia's four highest ranked men have all hit career highs in the wake of the French Open. Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are boosting top 100 spots, with Kyrgios moving just one point shy of Autralian number one Bernard Tomic. His run to the third round at Roland Garrosm lifted him five spots to 25, while Thanasi Kokkinakis leapt 15 places to 69 off his appearance in the third round, where he lost to finalist Novak Djokovic. The biggest winner of all was Benard Tomic, who has moved up two places to No.24 in the men's rankings, a position that - if he can maintain it - puts him on course to avoid the top eight seeds at Wimbledon until at least the fourth round. Fellow Aussie Sam Groth is up six spots to 66th after he took out a grass court challenger event in Manchester. Nick Kyrgios (L) and Thanasi Kokkinakis are Austraila’s second and third best tennis players. PHOTO: AAP/MARK DADSWELL. Swiss Stan Wawrinka moved up to fourth in the world following his shock win over Djokovic. Djokovic remains well clear of second-placed Roger Federer, who is trailed by Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal is No.10.
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