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Euro 2016 draw: 24 teams confirmed, seeded for next summer’s tournament

first_imgThe pots for Euro 2016 finals draw are now known after Sweden and Ukraine booked the final two places.Hosts France will be joined by holders Spain plus Germany, England, Portugal and Belgium as the six seeded nations. France will automatically be drawn into position A1, playing their games in Paris, Marseille and Lille, with the other seeds placed into position 1 of groups B through to F.The nations in pots 2 to 4 will be randomly drawn into a position in each group to create the fixture programme for the group stage of the finals. The draw ceremony begins at 5 p.m. GMT on Saturday, Dec. 12.Bosnia-Herzegovina’s failure to qualify has proved to be Ukraine’s gain. Bosnia would have taken the final place in pot 2, but that now falls to Ukraine, which means they cannot now be drawn against neighbours Russia.Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Austria complete the second pot. Italy will face another tough group after only being third seeds at the World Cup last year and bowing out with England at the group stage.Hungary, who qualified after beating Norway in the playoffs, are the other beneficiaries of Bosnia’s elimination, as they take the final berth in pot 3. Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Romania and Slovakia are the other five teams alongside them. Republic of Ireland, the only unseeded team in the playoffs to make the finals, slot into pot four.Pot 1: France, Spain, Germany, England, Portugal, BelgiumPot 2: Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Austria, Russia, UkrainePot 3: Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary Pot 4: Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern IrelandThe top two teams in the six groups, along with the four best third place teams, will qualify for the knockout rounds.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

ASA Supports Infrastructure Investment at Waterways Council Meeting Hill Visits

first_imgASA CEO Ryan Findlay (front left) hears USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue deliver the keynote address at the Waterways Council Inc. meeting this week.ASA participated in the Waterways Council Inc.(WCI) board meeting, policy seminar, and Hill visits this week, in support of increasing investment in inland waterways and accelerating completion of projects vital to the transportation of soybeans and our global competitiveness. ASA CEO Ryan Findlay and Washington Representative Tom Hance heard USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue deliver the keynote address to the group on Wednesday. Other speakers at the WCI seminar include Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), James Comer (R-KY), Sam Graves 9R-MO), along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials and key staff from the House and Senate Transportation & Infrastructure and Appropriations Committees.last_img read more