Fiji sevens coach Ryan gifted land af­ter Rio Olympics gold

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ENGLAND Ra­heem Ster­ling scored twice as Manch­ester City’s 3-1 win over West Ham United took them to the top of the Pre­mier League on goal dif­fer­ence from Chelsea and Manch­ester United. All three teams have a 100 per­cent record af­ter three games. The out­stand­ing Eden Hazard scored the open­ing goal as Chelsea beat pro­moted Burn­ley 3-0 while young striker Mar­cus Rash­ford’s last-minute goal gave Jose Mour­inho’s United a 1-0 vic­tory at Hull City. Cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City achieved their first win this term, 2-1 against Swansea City. GER­MANY Robert Le­wandowski’s hat­trick helped give coach Carlo Ancelotti a fly­ing start to his first Bun­desliga cam­paign as Bay­ern Mu­nich cruised to a 6-0 win over Werder Bre­men at the Al­lianz

SPAIN Ti­tle hold­ers Barcelona joined Las Pal­mas and Real Madrid at the top of La Liga when they beat Ath­letic Bil­bao 1-0 thanks to Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header.

Sur­prise pack­ages Las Pal­mas are top on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter crush­ing Granada 5-1 while Real sur­vived an­other week with­out in­jured tal­is­man Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to beat Celta Vigo 2-1, Toni Kroos’ late mis­sile prov­ing the dif­fer­ence.

Atletico Madrid were held to a goal­less draw at new­com­ers Le­ganes and have failed to win their first two games of the sea­son for the first time in four years.

ITALY Napoli squan­dered a two-goal half­time lead be­fore scor­ing two late goals to beat nine-man AC Mi­lan 4-2 in a stormy Serie A match that fea­tured eight other book­ings.

Cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus won 1-0 at Lazio to claim their sec­ond straight vic­tory of the new sea­son.

Sami Khedira grabbed the only goal in the 66th minute to ex­tend Juve’s 13-year un­beaten run against Lazio.

FRANCE Cham­pi­ons Paris St Ger­main suf­fered FIJI rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan has been handed his own piece of par­adise as a re­ward for the Pa­cific na­tion’s gold medal suc­cess at Rio 2016.

The 44-year-old English­man has been awarded with three acres of land in the South Pa­cific af­ter he mas­ter­minded Fiji to a 43-7 vic­tory over Great Bri­tain in the fi­nal of the in­au­gu­ral Olympic rugby sevens tour­na­ment.

Fiji’s gold medal, the first in the his­tory of the small is­land na­tion, sent shock­waves around the coun­try - cat­a­pult­ing Ryan to the level of na­tional hero.

Ryan has al­ready re­ceived the Com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Fiji — the high­est honorary ti­tle that can be awarded un­der the Or­der — from Fi­jian pres­i­dent Jioji Kon­rote.

How­ever, he has now been be­stowed with a tra­di­tional chief ’s name — Ratu Peni Raiyani La­tia­nara — by the peo­ple of Serua, one of Fiji’s 14 prov­inces.

Ryan re­ceived his new land and ti­tles in a spe­cial cer­e­mony on Sun­day in front of hun­dreds of Fiji sup­port­ers.

How­ever, he is ex­pected to step down from his po­si­tion with the Fi­jian rugby team in the com­ing weeks.

Ryan, who was also England’s rugby sevens coach be­tween 2007 and 2013, has been re­port­edly been of­fered a lu­cra­tive con­tract by Ja­pan.

The Brave Blossoms are still search­ing for a full-time coach, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Eddie Jones to England last year. — Sports­Mail

Manch­ester City beat West Ham 3-1 at the Eti­had Sta­dium to con­tinue their per­fect start to the sea­son EPL Ta­ble

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