Sport shorts: Typhoon Hagibis threatens Rugby World Cup and F1 grand prix in Japan


The Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium will host the Ireland vs. Samoa pool A match on 12 October

Credits Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images Alt Text The Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium will host the Ireland vs. Samoa Rugby World Cup pool A match on Saturday 12 October

Ten things from the world of sport on Monday 7 October

One-Minute Read Monday, October 7, 2019 – 2:25pm

1. Japan braces for Typhoon Hagibis

The BBC reports that Rugby World Cup fixtures and the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix could be affected by Typhoon Hagibis, which is expected to bring disruption to southern Japan.

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World Rugby and Formula 1 bosses are monitoring the typhoon which could reach a highest level of “violent”, Japans Meteorological Agency (JMA) has said. “It could be the strongest to hit Japan this year,” the JMA added.

On Saturday at the Rugby World Cup Ireland face Samoa in Fukuoka and on Sunday Wales play Uruguay in Kumamoto.

The F1 Japanese Grand Prix is taking place at Suzuka, with practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

Typhoon #Hagibis formed in the northwest Pacific over the weekend and is already classed as a violent Typhoon. It is forecast to move towards #Japan during this week…

— Met Office (@metoffice) October 7, 2019

2. Silverwood lands England job

Chris Silverwood has been named head coach of the England mens cricket team.

The 44-year-old is promoted from the role of bowling coach and replaces Trevor Bayliss, who left the post at the end of the season.

Silverwood said: “I aim to continue the great work that has been done over the past five years and build on our future, especially in the Test arena.

“I have enjoyed working with the players over the past two seasons, and developing the best crop of talent in the English game.”

He will be in charge for Englands tour of New Zealand where the team will play five international Twenty20 matches and two Tests.

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3. Marquez wins sixth MotoGP title

Spanish rider Marc Marquez is a six-time MotoGP world champion after his victory at the Thailand MotoGP yesterday.

The 26-year-old, who has won the title four times in a row, said: “I was planning the weekend to win the race and not think about the championship. My target was to find the best way to win the race, and thats what I did. Amazing year. All the team did an amazing job. Now its time to enjoy and celebrate the title.”

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4. Rahm leads Race to Dubai rankings

Former DP World Tour Championship winner Jon Rahm has returned to the top of the European Tours Race to Dubai rankings after successfully defending his Mutuactivos Open de España title in Madrid.

The 24-year-old Spanish golfer posted a round of 66 yesterday and he said: “In front of a home crowd, its always really hard for me to keep everything under control and to play the weekend that I did for them, its always really fun.”

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5. Nike Oregon Project has to go

A key whistle-blower says that the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) should be shut down permanently following Alberto Salazars four-year suspension for doping violations.

American Kara Goucher told the BBC: “It [NOP] has to go. If I was Nike Id be bringing in some new coaches and move on from this Oregon Project, because clearly it had principles not in line with clean sport and we have to just start over.”

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6. Raiders win first NFL match at Spurs

The 2019 NFL London Games kicked off yesterday with the Oakland Raiders beating the Chicago Bears 24-21 in the first ever American football match held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

NFL returns to the Spurs stadium next Sunday when the Carolina Panthers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in north London.

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7. F1 confirms 2020 pre-season tests

The dates for the 2020 Formula 1 race calendar and pre-season tests have been confirmed following a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Germany.

Pre-season testing begins with two sessions in Barcelona – 19-21 and 26-28 February – and the first race of the 2020 F1 campaign will be held in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday 15 March.

8. Novak reigns in Japan

Novak Djokovic is looking to end his season on a high after returning from injury to win the Japan Open.

World No.1 Djokovic beat John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in Tokyo to secure a fourth title of the year and the 76th of his career.

The Serbian said in Japan: “It was a fantastic week in every sense. I felt great on the court, felt very welcomed by the Japanese people, off the court as well. They made me feel like at home. Didnt drop a set, played really well, served great. Just overall, a great experience.”

Speaking ahead of the Shanghai Masters, he added: “I am hoping I can finish the season in this style.”

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