Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul needed the wrap on their knuckles: Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia’s head coach Ravi Shastri says Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul needed “the wrap on their knuckles”, referring to the duo’s sexist comments on a popular TV show.Pandya and Rahul were in the eye of a massive storm following their sexist comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’ in January.”Pandya and Rahul needed the wrap on their knuckles. They would have learnt a lot from what happened, which is good,” Shastri told ‘Mirror Now’.”You are bound to make mistakes and you are bound to be punished at times but that’s not the end of the world. Such experiences just help players to come back stronger, harder and wiser,” he said.The TV show was aired on January 6. In the show, Pandya and Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents on the matter.Shastri was asked about the differences in opinion between the BCCI and the team over partners of cricketers travelling with them on long overseas tours.”The players know if it is going to affect their performances they will take the decision accordingly. When you see the amount of time they spend away from home, you got to be practical there.”But yes, if it is big event like a world cup or a big tournament where you need the boys to be absolutely focused 24×7 then it’s different but otherwise – this day and age you got to be practical and be a little open minded.”advertisementShastri also said that there is immense mutual respect between captain Virat Kohli and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Also Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also Read | KL Rahul reflects on Koffee With Karan controversy: It was a hard time for melast_img read more

Badhaai Ho was supposed to be an ad film: Director Amit Sharma reveals

first_imgThe highly acclaimed film, Badhaai Ho was originally conceptualised for an advertisement revealed director Amit Sharma. In a panel discussion at FICCI Frames recently, Amit said that the script of the film never reached the client it was initially written for.He said, “I heard this one line idea in 2015 about a 51-year-old mother getting pregnant. I just jumped on this idea written for an ad film and said, ‘Wow let’s develop this into a feature film’. Akshat (Ghildial), my writer, wrote that but fortunately, the script never got presented to the client. It never reached the client.”The director also said that many people advised him not to take risk with this story. He added, “Because my background is advertising filmmaking, I always jump on good ideas. When you get to do a feature film with an idea, it is always going to work. I had immense confidence in this idea. We were walking on thin ice because we were talking about the pregnancy of a 51-year old mother. It could have gone either way. I believed if an idea has affected me, it will affect others too.”Badhaai Ho is a coming-of-age drama which chronicles the story of a family dealing with an accidental pregnancy. It features Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra in the lead role. The film also stars Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao playing middle-aged pregnant couple, and Surekha Sikri playing Ayushmann’s grandmother.Currently, Amit Sharma is working on a sports biopic starring Ajay Devgn. The film will focus on the life of a football player and coach Syed Abdul Rahim.advertisementALSO READ: Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?ALSO READ: Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay Devgnlast_img read more


first_imgPhysics students at Sioux City North High School got a hands on demonstration of the Sioux City Police Departments armored rescue unit Tuesday.Student Victor West, whose father is a veteran officer with the local police, came up with the idea to build a miniature version of the vehicle as a class project:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MRAP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………pretty close. :10His teacher, Travis Monk, says the students learned a lot from seeing the full size M-RAP military style vehicle:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MRAP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..for example. :14Police Sergeant Ryan Bertrand drove the vehicle to North and let the students climb inside:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MRAP4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………and such. :22Victor West says he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer one day.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Commit Tracin Wallace to Have Surgery Wednesday

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Good luck to ya lil homie and I hope you recover fast. Can’t keep ya down??— Blake Lassiter (@elchapogringo) September 27, 2016 good luck boss man ??— Casey Jordan (@squeek08) September 27, 2016center_img Senior quarterback and athlete Tracin Wallace, who has been committed to play for Oklahoma State since March, is set to have surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered just weeks ago. He will be sidelined the rest of the season. And Oklahoma State coaches are still showing him love, making sure he knows they’re still all in on him:Another reason why OSU is the perfect place to be ??.The coaches wishing me the best for my surgery tomorrow morning??#GoPokes pic.twitter.com/gQkklqfx9u— BATMAN?? (@TracinWallace) September 28, 2016The letter reads: “Rehab it right!! Be ready to go for the Cowboys!! Wish you all the best with your recovery” and is signed by the Oklahoma State coaching staff.It’s pretty awesome to see the coaching staff honoring his scholarship, but it’s even more cool to see the personal touch and connection they have with their recruits. Nicely done by the OSU coaches and certainly something recruits take notice of.Fellow recruits and fans also shared in the encouragement on twitter:Good luck to @TracinWallace as he has surgery tomorrow. Hope all goes well??— Brock Martin (@btmartin40) September 28, 2016last_img read more

Tracking the 2017 Offense vs. the 2011 Offense After Game 1

first_imgPass yards458308 Rush yards208332 Leading passerWeeden — 388 YPGRudolph — 303 YPG Yards per play7.710.2 Leading receiverBlackmon — 144 YPGWashington — 145 YPG Leading rusherRandle — 134 YPGHill — 132 YPG Points6159* Yards per attempt10.711.8 Points per game6159center_img Points per drive3.394.33 *I know technically Oklahoma State’s defense scored seven of these points, but that’t not how it gets recorded in the record book at the end of the year.The 2011 offense was more productive overall in Game 1, but the 2017 squad was more efficient. That 4.33 points per drive number is an absolute joke. So is the 10.2 yards per play. And I wouldn’t expect those to go down much against South Alabama.Mike Gundy said he was surprised that OSU was able to overwhelm Tulsa like it did in Game 1. I was, too. This offense has been good in the last few years, but it hasn’t been elite. Through the first game of the year it has the look of what could be an all-time unit in Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The comparisons are undeniable. Potential first rounders at QB and wideout. One of the most versatile, electric running backs of the Gundy era. An offense set on throttling every team in its way en route to the postseason. An opportunistic defense that will rely on depth more than stars. No matter how you look at it, the 2017 season looks almost exactly like the 2011 season did.Will it play out like that? Who knows, but we’re going to track what this year’s elite offense is doing compared to that one. That offense — known in many circles as that offense — holds most of the school records. Points in a season, TDs scored, passing attempts, completions and yards, passing TDs. As each game rolls on, we’re going to track how this year’s offense is living up to its elite predecessor.Through Game 1, I’d say the answer is: “Pretty nicely.” Yards per carry4.78.97 Yards666640 Thru Game 120112017 First downs3125last_img read more

Morata & Coutinho lead PL Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Coutinho & Morata shine 06:00 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) HD Philippe Coutinho Liverpool GEOFF CADDICK Premier League Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool Huddersfield Town West Bromwich Albion Chelsea Watford Southampton Tottenham Hotspur Burnley Stoke City Everton Newcastle United Leicester City Brighton & Hove Albion AFC Bournemouth Crystal Palace West Ham United Swansea City Liverpool were glad to see their creative lynchpin back with a bang to take down Leicester, while the Chelsea forward netted a hat-trick versus Stoke MAT RYAN | BRIGHTONMat Ryan Brighton WatfordBrighton have struggled on the road so far in the Premier League, but the Amex Stadium is on the way to becoming a fortress on the south coast. A solid display from Mat Ryan helped the Seagulls to a second consecutive home win over Newcastle United on Sunday. The Australian made five saves in preserving Brighton’s clean sheet against the Magpies. KYLE WALKER | MANCHESTER CITYKyle Walker Manchester City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Pep Guardiola’s men racked up yet another outstanding victory, and Kyle Walker was among the stars of the show. Walker completed 94% of his passes at the Etihad, with 40 of his 68 passes coming in the opposition half. CESAR AZPILICUETA | CHELSEACesar Azpilicueta Chelsea 2017There is a little corner of Spain in west London, and it is paying dividends for Chelsea as the Blues see Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata strike up a fine partnership. The Spaniard assisted Chelsea’s first and fourth goals in their 4-0 win over Stoke (both for Morata). PHIL JONES | MANCHESTER UNITEDPhil Jones Manchester United SouthamptonJones made 11 clearances in the Red Devils’ win at Southampton; more than any other player for Mourinho’s side. STEPHEN WARD | BURNLEYPremier League Worst Team of the Week Stephen WardWard made two successful crosses against Huddersfield, and also led Burnley in overall touches (74). The Clarets, however, could not take advantage as they were held to a 0-0 draw.LEROY SANE | MANCHESTER CITYLeroy Sane Manchester City 2017Sane was given the chance to shine by Pep Guardiola in a rotation of the Manchester City squad, and he took full advantage. Sane was directly involved in three of City’s five goals against Crystal Palace (one goal and two assists). IDRISSA GUEYE | EVERTONIdrissa Gueye Everton Premier LeagueGueye made more tackles than any other player for Everton (5) as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth and lift themselves out of the relegation zone.DAVID SILVA | MANCHESTER CITYDavid Silva Andros Townsend Manchester City Crystal Palace 2017Having featured last week, Silva is quickly making a regular home for himself in the Team of the Week as he runs the show for City. The Manchester City captain made two assists in his team’s convincing win over Crystal Palace.  PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOLPhilippe Coutinho Liverpool LeicesterThe Brazilian has come back in the nick of time to rejuvenate Liverpool after a negative run of results. Coutinho scored once and created five chances for Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAMHarry Kane Tottenham 2017After his habitual August drought, September has seen Kane return to the scoresheet with his usual panache. Kane scored twice in Spurs’ 3-2 triumph over West Ham, with both of his shots on target finding the back of the net. ALVARO MORATA | CHELSEAAlvaro Morata Chelsea 2017The former Real Madrid forward has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, and was once more among the goals on Saturday. Morata netted a hat-trick from just four shots against Stoke (three on target). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Valverde: Messi ‘tired’ after recent heroics

first_imgLionel Messi Valverde: Messi ‘tired’ after recent heroics Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 09:29 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Messi - Cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División Ernesto Valverde The Argentine star’s latest heroics for club and country have left him fatigued, according to the Barcelona boss Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi is “tired” after his Argentina heroics, having helped his club to a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.Messi played his fourth full game of the month as Luis Suarez’s goal saw Barca salvage a point at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.10/1 for Barcelona & Olympiakos to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Days after scoring a brace against Las Palmas, Messi played two games for Argentina — including scoring a hat-trick in Ecuador to lead his nation into the World Cup.After his side’s draw with Atletico, Valverde said Messi was fatigued, but he praised the forward for what he could bring to Barca — even when below his best.”I agree that Leo is tired after the games he’s had to play, but we know he’ll always respond in any situation,” he said.”We know how much fear he instils in the opposing players and fans.”The draw ended Barca’s perfect start to the La Liga season, but they still sit five points clear at the top.last_img read more

Liverpool record Champions League firsts

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool record Champions League firsts with seven-goal mauling of Maribor Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 04:10 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Milner Roberto Firmino Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Maribor Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Maribor v Liverpool Maribor The Reds flew out of the blocks in their latest European outing, with Jurgen Klopp’s side putting the result beyond doubt before the interval Liverpool’s seven-goal showing against Maribor in the Champions League saw them record two firsts for Premier League clubs.The Reds entered their latest European outing in need of inspiration from somewhere, having found victories hard to come by at home and abroad.9/2 over 2.5 goals in Spurs v Liverpool first half Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Roberto Firmino handed them the perfect start inside four minutes on Slovenian soil.Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah also got in on the act before half-time, with the latter bagging a brace to help Jurgen Klopp’s side to their own piece of history when it comes to English teams on the continent.4 – This is only the 7th occasion that an English club have scored four first half goals in a Champions League game. Thrashing.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 20171 – @LFC are the first English club to do this away from home, however. Rout. https://t.co/5giC5tCFDB— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 2017With Maribor’s resistance well and truly broken, Liverpool were able to relax knowing that a first three-point haul of the season in Champions League competition was on the way.There was, however, to be no taking their foot off the gas, with Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold wrapping up a thumping success.7 – Maribor 0-7 Liverpool is the biggest margin of victory for an English club away from home in the European Cup/Champions League. Heaven.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 2017Klopp will be hoping that a convincing victory provides the spark to reignite a faltering season on Merseyside, with the Reds needing to carry momentum back into their domestic outings.For now, though, they can bask in the warm glow of a stunning victory on the road.Bettering their record will take some doing by Premier League sides in the future, with it rare to have things so much your own way in Europe – particularly away from home. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Germany sends strong reminder to Mexico

first_imgMexico Germany has a message for Mexico following World Cup draw Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 06:45 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marc Andre ter Stegen Germany Javier Hernandez Chicharito Mexico KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV Mexico World Cup Germany The two nations will square off for the second straight summer and Die Mannschaft reminded El Tri what happened in the Confederations Cup semifinals After locking down a World Cup spot months ago, Mexico players had been patiently waiting for Friday’s World Cup draw to determine their path in Russia next summer.El Tri were placed in Group F alongside world-champion Germany, Sweden and South Korea. A potential second-place finish in the group would mean a date with Brazil in the round of 16, which would make it quite difficult for them to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in the competition outside of Mexico.To avoid that scenario, Mexico will likely need to knock off Germany. It will be no easy task, and Die Mannschaft’s English-language account already has reminded the North Americans what happened last time they met during the Confederations Cup – a 4-1 win during the semifinals. Happy memories of our last meeting with Mexico at the Confed Cup   #DieMannschaft #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/OQUAhzjwiu — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) December 1, 2017 But Mexico is certainly coming in confident. El Tri’s Twitter account assured their fans that they’re not afraid of anyone. YA QUEDÓ NUESTRO GRUPO ¡Sin temor a nada ni a nadie!  #ListosParaRusia2018 | #SorteoMundial pic.twitter.com/iWejVFYaMX — Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) December 1, 2017 Mexico star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is eager to get rolling after watching the draw results unfold. The former Bayer Leverkusen star sent out a tweet that says he’s going into the tournament “with everything, for everything.”Con todo y por todo… Looking forward to it…   pic.twitter.com/xHqZvro0Dj — Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) December 1, 2017 Chivas center back Oswaldo Alanis is not a lock on the Mexico roster, but at least one player who looks like him should be on the field for the opening match of Group F. Alanis and German defender Mats Hummels have struck up a friendship after fans on social media kept pointing out their similar looks.I’m sure it will be a great match @matshummels #Rusia2018 https://t.co/y7Z5dfeY8T — Oswaldo Alanis (@os_alanis) December 1, 2017 Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is simply ready to square off with Germany No. 1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen, sending a message to the Barcelona goalkeeper that he’ll see him in Russia. Meanwhile Carlos Salcedo is looking forward to facing some of the players he plays with and against in the BundesligaSee u in Russia my friend @mterstegen1 … @FIFAWorldCup — Guillermo Ochoa (@yosoy8a) December 1, 2017 Deutschland 🇩🇪 Alemania  @Eintracht 🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽— Carlos Salcedo (@Csalcedojr) December 1, 2017last_img read more

USA Gymnastics doctor faces 25 years in prison after guilty plea to molesting girls

first_imgShare on Facebook Gymnastics Share on LinkedIn Dr Larry Nassar, 54, was charged with molesting seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. All but one of his accusers was a gymnast. He faces similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.“For all those involved, I’m so horribly sorry,” Nassar said, according to ESPN. “This is a match that turned into a forest fire, out of control. I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. I want them to heal. I just want healing. It’s time.”Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.Some of his accusers attended the hearing on Wednesday in a packed Ingham County courtroom. Some were crying.Nassar admitted to digitally penetrating the victims and agreed that his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent.The plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. In Michigan, inmates are eligible for parole after serving a minimum sentence.Sentencing was set for 12 January.The girls have testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries.“He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” assistant attorney general Angela Poviliatis told a judge last summer. “Why would they question him? Why would they question this gymnastics god?”Separately, Nassar is charged with similar crimes in Eaton County, the location of an elite gymnastics club. He also is awaiting sentencing in federal court on charges related to child abuse images.The Michigan criminal cases against Nassar followed reports last year in the Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse, sometimes when their parents were in the exam room at Michigan State. Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Topics US sports Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Michigan news Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. Rape and sexual assault Since you’re here… Share via Email Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says she was abused by USA Gymnastics doctor Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Cardiff City back in Premier League with Neil Warnock’s eighth promotion

first_imgTopics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Facebook The Premier League has not been particularly kind to Warnock. He was relegated with Sheffield United on the final day in 2007 and sacked midway through the season with Crystal Palace and QPR, yet he sounded totally relaxed about what the future holds for him with Cardiff next season and, in what felt like an important message, vowed to sign only players prepared to buy into his way of working.“I don’t like losing four or five games on the trot and then all the experts will come out next year and tell me where I’m going wrong. But if it goes pear-shaped, I’ll just leave. So there’s nothing to worry about really,” Warnock said. “But I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t think we should worry about it too much. We’ve got the basis. We’ll have to buy five or six players to supplement the squad but it’s good to have different styles.“You get what you see with us and that is 100%. And we’ve got a bit of ability. We’ll need more but we won’t be going silly and into markets that we don’t want to get in. I’m not going to destroy what we’ve already built up now.”Although the game itself was largely forgettable – Reading were never really at risk of losing their Championship status – Cardiff’s journey back to the top flight after a four-year absence will live long in the memory of their supporters and the manager who has written his name into the record books. “I know we’re going to get one or two things thrown at us next season,” Warnock said. “But, hey ho, it’s better than playing in the Championship, isn’t it?” Read more Read more Fulham fail in automatic promotion bid while Bolton achieve great escape It was carnival time in the Welsh capital as Cardiff City celebrated their return to the Premier League on a day that felt like a triumph for Neil Warnock as much as for the club he has revived.This is Warnock’s eighth promotion – a record that sees him eclipse the achievements of Jim Smith, Dave Bassett and the late Graham Taylor – and completes an astonishing turnaround since he took over as manager only 19 months ago, when Cardiff were second from bottom.center_img Share on Messenger Reading Cardiff City match reports The goal the home supporters craved failed to materialise but in the end it did not matter, courtesy of Fulham’s defeat at Birmingham, which meant Cardiff were promoted irrespective of the scoreline here. Those goals at St Andrew’s were greeted with huge cheers, no more so than when Birmingham scored a third in the 89th minute to put to bed any lingering fears Fulham could somehow spoil the Cardiff party.A premature pitch invasion followed before the real thing, which ended up with every blade of grass covered by thousands and thousands of Cardiff supporters, who spilled over the hoardings to salute their heroes. Amid a sea of blue shirts, bathed in glorious sunshine, Warnock’s name reverberated loud and clear as the Cardiff fans paid tribute to the man who has galvanised their club and put together a team who are far greater than the sum of their parts.This is the fourth occasion he has won promotion to the top flight, following the success he enjoyed as a manager with Notts County, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers across three decades, and Warnock described it as “the biggest achievement in my 38-year career by an absolute mile”.Vincent Tan, Cardiff’s owner, was there to see everything unfold and to join in raucous celebrations that continued long after the final whistle. Appointing Warnock is arguably the best decision Tan has made at Cardiff and it promises to be a colourful experience with the two of them working in tandem in the Premier League.With Cardiff’s direct and uncompromising style, Warnock talked about how he has “built a team capable of ruffling a few feathers” in the Championship and made it clear he plans to do exactly the same next season. “That’s all we can do. It’s not rocket science when you take the top six out of it in the Premier League. We’ll be odds-on favourites to get relegated. But we were 33‑1 this year to get in the play-offs, let alone win promotion. So we’re going to enjoy it. At my age you can’t help but do that.”Warnock turns 70 in December and one school of thought would be that now would be a good time to call it a day and go out in style, yet he was totally dismissive when the word retirement was mentioned. “Oh no, not at all. I think I’ve got to stay here for the club. I saw a story this morning that Vincent might be selling. You just don’t know.“But as quickly as the club has developed, it could go the other way, make no mistake. And I’m not going to let it go the other way after what I’ve done. So whatever happens, I’m determined to see it through.” Championship Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Said & Done: Sunderland, Donald Trump and one nutmeg too manylast_img read more

Australia bowlers deny they wanted to boycott Test over David Warner

first_img1:07 Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Australia cricket team Topics Share via Email Four Australia bowlers have denied reports they were prepared to boycott a Test match if David Warner had been cleared to play following the ball-tampering scandal.The spinner Nathan Lyon and fast bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood all denied the Sydney Morning Herald’s claim they intended to sit out the final Test of the South Africa series last year following the incident in Cape Town. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were all eventually suspended due to their roles in the plan to manipulate the ball using sandpaper during last March’s third Test. A joint statement from the bowling quartet read: “We are extremely disappointed in an article which was first published across Fairfax platforms on March 29, 2019. “The article claims we intended to withdraw from the fourth Test during last year’s tour of South Africa had David Warner been free to play. This claim is disappointing on a number of fronts but most importantly because it is false.“False claims circulated in the media, such as these, which question our relationship with David are inflammatory and misleading. As a team we are all focused on moving forward together and helping the Australian men’s team prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes.” ‘I am not proud of what’s happened’: Steve Smith on ball-tampering row – video A year on from Cape Town: how far has Australian cricket come since the ball tampering scandal? Cricket Share on WhatsApp David Warner Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Australian ball tampering Share on Facebook Read more Play Video Australia sport Share on Messenger Warner and Smith are free to return to the international stage after serving their one-year bans, while Bancroft has completed his nine-month suspension and will captain Durham in this season’s County Championship. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Tottenham’s Harry Kane fears ankle injury could end domestic season

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Pinterest Kane suffered the problem in Spurs’s 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Manchester City, when he lunged into a bad tackle on Fabian Delph and ended up coming off worst.The initial impression is that the injury is similar to the one Kane suffered against Manchester United in January, which kept him out for six weeks. There are only four and a half weeks of the domestic season to go.The England captain is determined to be back for his country’s appearance at the inaugural Nations League finals in early June, however; the team face the Netherlands in the semi-final on 6 June before a possible final against Portugal or Switzerland on 9 June. The Champions League final will be played on 1 June.“Gutted to go off injured but every setback is a chance to come back stronger than ever,” Kane tweeted. “Big finish from the boys to go on and win [against City].”Kane’s injury is to the left ankle; the same one that he damaged against United. The previous three layoffs were because of damage to the right ankle. His longest was caused by the first injury, which he suffered against Sunderland in September 2016 and after which he was out for seven weeks. Spurs also have concerns over Dele Alli, who was forced off against City with a wrist injury.Spurs have proved they can cope without Kane, with Son Heung-min – who scored the goal against City in the 78th minute – regularly stepping up with impressive performances. It has not gone unnoticed at the club that when Kane endured his first ankle-enforced absence Son starred at centre-forward in a 2-0 home win over City in the autumn of 2016.During Kane’s more recent layoff in January and February, Spurs won all four of their league fixtures plus the Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund. Son scored four goals during that period. The club’s record in all competitions during Kane’s various layoffs reads: W13 D4 L4. Son has contributed a total of nine goals.“Everyone is counting on Sonny,” Jan Vertonghen, the defender, said. “We’ll have Harry coming back from injury hopefully soon. Everyone needs to step up like we did before. We won all of our Premier League games without Harry [last time] and hopefully we can do it again.”Vertonghen also commented on VAR, which came into play against City when his teammate Danny Rose was penalised for handball inside the area on 10 minutes. Sergio Agüero had his penalty saved by Hugo Lloris. Vertonghen fears the system will change the style of Premier League defending – together with the emotion of the game – creating an environment in which players are scared to make physical contact. Read more England Share via Email Share on Messenger “So many things look like a penalty in slow-motion – take the PSG-Manchester United game,” Vertonghen said, making reference to United’s last-gasp VAR penalty following a dubious handball. “I think we have to change the way we defend. We are not pulling people down but even a small touch – if you watch it 20 times in slow motion, it will give so many more penalties. In the Premier League, you will see at least 20, 30, 40 more penalties in the next few years.“We were talking more about defending corners or free-kicks. You can’t even touch anyone. Before, it was quite physical but in a fair way. Now, you are too scared to get close to someone. We all need to adapt – the players, the referees. Sometimes, you can’t do anything other than put your body on the line and it’s important that referees think as football players sometimes. In a way, VAR is good but it takes a lot away from the game.” Share on LinkedIn Topics Video assistant referees (VARs) The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. news Harry Kane Manchester City Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Pep Guardiola last won a big European away game in 2011. Is he overthinking? Harry Kane will undergo a scan on Thursday to assess his fifth ankle ligament injury in three seasons and the Tottenham striker fears it will spell the end of his domestic campaign.last_img read more

England on alert after Sam Billings injured minutes into Kent return

first_imgEngland’s injury concerns continued with the summer’s one-day cricket approaching after Sam Billings sustained a shoulder problem fielding for Kent. He was forced off the field after hurting himself diving to stop the ball during the second over of the rain-affected Royal London One-Day Cup match against Glamorgan in Cardiff. Kent Somerset see off Sussex after rain curtails James Hildreth’s big day The batsman was making his first appearance for Kent since returning from the Indian Premier League. After Glamorgan won the toss he left the field at the end of the first over. The county confirmed he had dislocated his left shoulder and that he will have a scan on Friday.Glamorgan and Kent earned their first points in the One-Day Cup after the match was abandoned shortly before 5pm.Of Billings’s setback the Kent head coach, Matt Walker, said: “It’s another injury. You have to laugh about these things or you’d cry. It’s becoming an extraordinary situation we find ourselves in. I think that’s 10 injuries in the last 14 days, or unavailability due to illness or injury, so at the moment we’re a little bit cursed by these things.”Billings was not named in England’s preliminary 15-man squad for the World Cup but was included in the team to take on Ireland in an ODI on 3 May. England are already waiting to hear news on Jason Roy, Tom Curran and Joe Denly, who were all included in the World Cup party.Roy and Curran missed Surrey’s game against Middlesex on Thursday, while Denly – another IPL returnee – injured his back on his return to Kent on Tuesday. Roy sustained a back spasm while batting against Essex, leaving him unable to field, while the all-rounder Curran was ruled out of Tuesday’s win because of a calf complaint.The cumulative knocks could be a worry for England, with Alex Hales missing Nottinghamshire’s opening fixtures in the One-Day Cup for personal reasons. While the batsman’s World Cup is reported not to be in doubt, the fitness of the pace bowlers Chris Woakes and Mark Wood may need managing in a hectic next few months because of longstanding injuries. Support The Guardian news Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Cricket Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Read more Topicscenter_img England cricket team Royal London Cup Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Middlesex picked up their third win out of four in the One-Day Cup with a 37-run victory over an injury-hit Surrey at the Kia Oval.A half-century on debut from Ross Taylor before a ninth-wicket stand of 66 between Toby Roland-Jones and Nathan Sowter lifted Middlesex to 277 after winning the toss.Despite 71 by Ben Foakes, Surrey were bowled out for 240, with the seamer Tom Helm and the leg-spinner Sowter spearheading an excellent effort by Middlesex’s bowlers with four wickets apiece.A third defeat in four South Group games has left Surrey struggling to reach the knockout stages, although there were mitigating circumstances.Their absentees included Roy (back spasms), Rikki Clarke (dislocated finger), Tom Curran (calf), Ollie Pope (dislocated shoulder) and Sam Curran, who is still at the IPL. Eoin Morgan was missing for Middlesex because of sore shins but will join the England squad in Cardiff this weekend for a pre-World Cup training camp. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Woakes insisted this month that he had “turned a corner” following a couple of injections to his troublesome right knee but Wood’s absences for Durham have increased concerns over his left ankle, which has been operated on three times.Helm and Sowter spearhead Middlesex to third win Read morelast_img read more

Transfer latest: Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd deal

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:40 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contractAlexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph. United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Walcott joins Everton in £20m dealTheo Walcott ArsenalEverton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.Read the full story on Goal! West Ham firm with Chelsea over Carroll feeAndy Carroll West HamChelsea’s initial approaches for West Ham striker Andy Carroll have revealed a difference in valuation between the clubs and progress over a move could be slow, Goal understands. Carroll is thought to be keen to take the opportunity at Chelsea, but West Ham have so far been inflexible over their £20 million asking price, after initially rejecting the idea of a six-month loan move. Read the full story on Goal! Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bidPierre-Emerick AubameyangReal Madrid are ready to make a last-ditch bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, claims Don Balon.Arsenal are in talks to sign Aubameyang, but could face late competition from Madrid after club president Florentino Perez decided an immediate fix is required for the team’s goalscoring problems.Inter’s Mauro Icardi is reportedly Madrid’s prime summer target, but Perez is ready to make €70 million available now to beat Arsenal to the capture of Aubameyang, who has long held a dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.Man Utd consider Darmian saleMatteo Darmian Manchester UnitedManchester United could sell Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window, with AC Milan and Valencia both showing an interest, reports The Independent . Darmian, who can play at right or left-back, has been unable to secure a regular starting spot at United, who are open to letting him go this month.According to Calciomercato.com, meanwhile, Juventus are keen on a summer deal for Darmian amid suggestions United could use the Italy international as part of a bid to sign Alex Sandro.Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal careerHD WalcottTheo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal’s Chris Wheatley.Read the full story on Goal! Hamburg’s Walace still optimistic about Flamengo loanWalace GremioHamburg midfielder Walace has not given up hope on joining Flamengo despite talks between the two clubs breaking down, Goal understands.The Brazil international moved to the Bundesliga from Gremio for €9.2 million in the summer, but has only played 12 games for HSV and is already eager to find a way out of the club.Read the full story on Goal! Grujic completes Cardiff loanHD Marko GrujicLiverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has joined Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.The 21-year-old, accompanied by his agent Zoran Stojadinovic, travelled to Wales on Wednesday to complete the formalities of his temporary switch.The decision on his destination was made in a meeting on Merseyside the previous day, with Huddersfield Town also holding an interest in acquiring his services.Read the full story on Goal! Barca start Umtiti contract talksSamuel Umtiti BarcelonaBarcelona have told Samuel Umtiti and his representatives of their intention to reward the defender with a new contract, according to Mundo Deportivo . Umtiti’s current deal runs until 2021, but his €60 million release clause has led to reports of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.That has prompted Barca to take steps to remedy the situation, although the France international is happy to wait until the end of the season before negotiating a renewal.Arsenal players want Alexis goneShkodran Mustafi ArsenalArsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.Chelsea not in running to sign AlexisAlexis Sanchez ArsenalChelsea are not in the running to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.The Blues have decided not to rival Manchester United for the Chile international, who interested Manchester City prior to them pulling the plug on interest of their own.Alexis is understood to want between £350,000-£400,000-per-week to leave the Gunners, and Chelsea have baulked at the costs involved in pursuing the 29-year-old.Read the full story on Goal! Otamendi signs new Man City dealNicolas Otamendi Manchester CityManchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi has signed a new deal that runs until 2022.The 29-year-old has made 118 appearances since joining the club in a reported reported £32 million move from Valencia in 2015. His original contract was due to expire in 2020, with Wednesday’s announcement adding two years to his stay at the Etihad Stadium.Read the full story here! Chelsea make Emerson approachEmerson Palmieri Roma Genoa Serie A 28052017Chelsea are weighing up a move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri as an alternative option to Juventus’s Alex Sandro,  Goal  understands.The Blues are in the hunt for a new left-sided defender in the January transfer window and have long held an interest in Alex Sandro.Emerson’s entourage had talks with Chelsea last week while they were in London to hold discussions with Arsenal regarding the Gunners’ interest in signing Malcom from Bordeaux.Read the full story here! Goretzka agrees Bayern dealLeon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18Bayern Munich have won the race to sign Leon Goretzka after agreeing a deal for the Schalke midfielder, according to Sport Bild . Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season and was reportedly a target for the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid.However, Bayern have convinced the Germany international to stay in the Bundesliga, with Goretzka to sign a deal at the Allianz Arena, subject to passing a medical after recently suffering from a lower leg injury.Zidane wants Sterling to replace BaleRaheem Sterling Manchester CityZinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon . Bale’s persistent injury troubles have prompted speculation that Madrid will look to sell the Wales international in the summer, and Zidane feels Sterling is the ideal player to come into the squad.Zidane, however, is facing a battle to persuade Perez of the merits of signing Sterling due to the president’s desire to bring in a new No.9.West Ham want Batshuayi in Carroll dealAndy Carroll Michy BatshuayiWest Ham want Michy Batshuayi to be included in any deal that would see Andy Carroll joining Chelsea, according to the Daily Telegraph.The Blues had hoped to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal, but the Irons insist they are only interested in letting Carroll go on a permanent basis.They would listen to offers of £20 million plus Batshuayi on loan for the former Liverpool man, though both Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have also registered an interest in the Belgium international.Alexis had Man City concernsAlexis Sanchez ArsenalAlexis Sanchez was worried about Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy before Manchester City pulled out of a deal to sign the Arsenal forward, reports the  Manchester Evening News . City have scrapped long-held plans to bring in the Chile international and Goal understands Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich going back on his word was a key factor in the decision .However, though Sanchez was keen to work with his former Barcelona coach Guardiola again, he was concerned about how much playing time he would get with the Premier League leaders.Manchester United are now hoping to finalise a deal for Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to head to Arsenal.Auba’s father in London as Dortmund eye BatshuayiPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, who also acts as his agent, is travelling to London for talks with Arsenal, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild . The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Gabon international and it appears negotiations are progressing well, while the Bundesliga club see Batshuayi as a decent option to replace their star striker.Mkhitaryan wants to be Arsenal’s highest earnerAlexis Sanchez Henrikh MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan wants to be the best-paid player at Arsenal as part of the swap deal between the Gunners and Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Record . As reported by Goal , the deal is already being held up over contract payments on the United end , and there are now apparently further complications with the Armenian demanding big money at Emirates Stadium.Juventus line up Bellerin bidHector Bellerin Danny Welbeck ArsenalJuventus are lining up a summer bid for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, reports Calciomercato .The Italian giants, who are also keen to sign Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez from Espanyol, believe that Bellerin’s compatriot could prove key to persuading the defender to move to Italy.The pair share an agent, and Juve are understood to be willing to spend big to recruit Bellerin.Conte won’t ‘waste words’ on AlexisAlexis Sanchez Antonio Conte Arsenal ChelseaAntonio Conte is refusing to comment on reports that Chelsea could swoop in for Alexis Sanchez in the current transfer window.”I like to [only] talk about a situation that could be real. You understand?” Conte said to reporters at Cobham Training Ground.”Now, this is not important to talk about Sanchez. Not important. Because he’s not our problem, so why do I have to waste words on nothing.”Read the full story here! Aubameyang pleads for Arsenal movePierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund.jpgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pleaded with Borussia Dortmund to let him complete a move to Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror .Aubameyang has reportedly agreed terms with the Gunners, who continue negotiating with the Bundesliga giants. Dortmund, however, are reluctant to see him go, although they would consider a deal that includes striker Olivier Giroud heading in the opposite direction.Mourinho pressures Man United to keep FellainiMarouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is insistent that Marouane Fellaini must stay at Old Trafford, reports the  Sun .Fellaini is reportedly keen to seek a new club and is holding out on signing a new contract. But the manager is desperate to keep him, and has told the United board to pull out all the stops to ensure he stays put.Dortmund want Batshuayi as Aubameyang replacementMichy Batshuayi Chelsea 2017Arsenal are closing in on securing a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild . The Gunners will apparently shell out €70 million for the Gabon international and an agreement will be reached in the coming days.Mourinho close to Man Utd contract extensionJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is nearing a new contract as Manchester United manager, according to the Daily Mirror .The 54-year-old’s current £15 million-a-year deal runs out in 2019. But talks are in progress over extending his stay to 2021, which if fulfilled would mark the first time in his career that Mourinho has stayed at a single club for more than three seasons.Aleix could clinch Liverpool or Man Utd moveAleix Vidal Barcelona 2017Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal could seal a move to the Premier League in the current window after interest from Sevilla cooled, according to  Estadio Deportivo .Vidal has found himself pushed down the pecking order this season behind Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo. And while Sevilla have been put off a loan move by what they deem an excessive purchase option, talks are still in place with Liverpool and Manchester United.Wilshere must take £20k-a-week pay cutJack Wilshere ArsenalJack Wilshere might be forced to take a £20,000-a-week pay cut if he wishes to renew his Arsenal contract, according to the  Daily Mail .The midfielder is just one of a handful of Gunners stars whose current deals are up in June. But the newspaper asserts that even though Arsenal look set to lose Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, they will try and cut Wilshere’s wages from £100,000 to £80,000 per week.Unhappy Mignolet linked with NapoliSimon Mignolet LiverpoolSimon Mignolet is unhappy at Liverpool and considering a €20 million switch to Napoli, according to Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad,  via the Liverpool Echo .Mignolet has been displaced as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice by Loris Karius, while the Reds have also been linked with Roma shot-stopper Alisson. If he does complete a move to Napoli he would join fellow goalkeeper Jose Reina, who also left Anfield for southern Italy in 2013.Chelsea stall on Batshuayi loan amid Carroll talksMichy Batshuayi ChelseaChelsea are stalling on Sevilla’s loan approach for Michy Batshuayi until they can complete a deal for Andy Carroll.The Blues are wary of further limiting their options up front, even though the Belgian favours a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge. Read the full story here! Zidane offered France jobZinedine Zidane Real Madrid VillarrealZinedine Zidane could leave Real Madrid after being offered the chance to take charge of the France national team, claims Diario Gol .The report affirms that Zizou has received a proposal to coach his nation after the 2018 World Cup, replacing Didier Deschamps. Zidane has come under fire at Madrid in recent weeks after a painful slump in form which has left the Liga holders in fourth position halfway through the season.And the chance to guide a golden generation of French talent – including former Madrid target Kylian Mbappe – might be too good to turn down.Madrid to sign Hazard if Alexis joins ChelseaEden Hazard Chelsea LeicesterReal Madrid’s hopes of signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea depend on the Blues pulling off a transfer coup and landing Alexis Sanchez, claims  Don Balon .Hazard has long been on Zinedine Zidane’s list of potential signings, but Madrid have continually been rebuffed in their approaches to Stamford Bridge. If Alexis opts for London over Manchester, however, Los Blancos will redouble their efforts to sign the Belgian star.last_img read more

Klopp addresses Liverpool links to Butland

first_imgTransfers Klopp addresses Liverpool links to Butland and goalkeeper alternatives Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:14 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Butland Stoke Getty Transfers Liverpool Stoke City Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds continue to be linked with reinforcements between the sticks, but their manager insists he has no intention of buying in the winter window Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool have no intention of signing a new goalkeeper in January, despite being linked with the likes of Jack Butland.The Reds have made another change between the sticks, with Simon Mignolet slipping back down the pecking order to be replaced by Loris Karius.Klopp has made such tactical tweaks before, only to then go back on them as his side continue to struggle for stability in an important area of the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Those struggles have sparked talk of reinforcements being sought, with Stoke’s England international Butland among those to have been billed as a possible target, but Liverpool are happy to keep faith with their current options until at least the summer.Klopp told reporters on the ongoing rumours: “My favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys.“They deliver, they improve. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them [through a magnifying glass] and saying ‘still not good enough’.“I will only mention one name. Everyone talks about him with us and that is Butland. I only saw the game [against Manchester United on Monday]. Fantastic goalkeeper, but was he perfect? No. He wasn’t in that game. But everyone says ‘still better than our boys’. “It makes no real sense if he comes in and makes a mistake in his first game. Everyone then says: ‘We need another and another one and another one.’ We have to cool down.“It is not a case of ‘get somebody else’, it is get the right solution and the right solution is the one that we already have here.”Klopp has vowed to stick with Karius through to the end of the season, leading Mignolet to admit that he is having to weigh up his options.Liverpool do have the funds to bring in an alternative to either, with the €160 million generated from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona still sat in the Anfield coffers.The Reds also have Wales international Danny Ward on their books, with the 24-year-old having made just three competitive appearances for the club to date.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

America vs Tijuana: Match preview & live stream

first_imgLiga MX America vs Tijuana: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time, & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 08:28 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mateus Uribe Cecilio Dominguez Club America Ezequiel Bercerra Liga MX América v Tijuana Tijuana América After midweek victories in the CONCACAF Champions League, both clubs return to Mexico looking to build on recent success After going on the road and earning wins in the CONCACAF Champions League, America and Tijuana return to Liga MX action Saturday.Former Tijuana manager Miguel Herrera will see a number of familiar faces. The now-America boss has his team in first place, still undefeated in league play.Tijuana’s current coach Diego Cocca, who arrived this winter, has overseen three losses but the team enters on a high after thumping Pumas 4-1 last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Do Xolos have what it takes to clip the high-flying Aguilas’ wings? Game America vs. Tijuana Date Saturday, Feburary 24 Time 10 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Gustavo Bou TijuanaWatch America vs. Tijuana live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Club America players Goalkeepers Marchesin, Pineda, Jimenez Defenders Vargas, Alvarez, Aguilera, Valdez, Aguilar, Cedillo Midfielders Rodriguez, Da Silva, Uribe, Dominguez, Corona, Arce, Orrantia, Ibarguen, Paredes, Ibarra, Lainez  Forwards Romero, Menez, Marin, Diaz, Martin, Peralta, Quintero  Carlos Vargas returned to the Club America bench and will return as the starter at left back. French striker Jeremy Menez started last week, and is set to keep Henry Martin on the bench despite his good showing in Costa Rica.Mateus Uribe is being held out ahead of next week’s Clasico Nacional against Chivas.Potential starting XI: Marchesin; Aguilar, Valdez, Aguilera, Vargas; Ibarra, Rodriguez, Da Silva, Ibarguen; Peralta, Menez Position Tijuana players Goalkeepers Lajud, Michel Defenders Valenzuela, Aguilar, Perez, Aguirregaray, Donatti, Orozco, Munoz, Corona Midfielders Guido, Gonsalvez, Malcorra, Mendoza, Musto, Chavez, Kalinsky, Pisano Forwards Iturbe, Bou, Bolanos, Lucero, Goncalves, Rubin Forward Gustavo Bou looked to have suffered a serious injury in Tijuana’s win over Pumas but the injury turned out to be only a sprain. He’s still in doubt for Saturday’s contest as is Ignacio Malcorra who left the CCL match in the 26th minute.United States international Rubio Rubin made his Tijuana debut in the CCL match.Potential starting XI: Lajud; Mendoza, Aguilar, Valenzuela, Perez; Musto; Angulo, Rivero, Chavez, Mateus; LuceroGAME PREVIEW Henry Martin Club AmericaTijuana visits its former head coach this weekend, going to the Estadio Azteca to meet Miguel Herrera’s America.Herrera led Xolos to first-place regular season finishes before returning to Mexico City in the summer of 2017 to once again take the helm at America. His current charges sit in first place as Liga MX’s last remaining undefeated team.Tijuana will recognize the reasons America is doing so well. The capital club acquired forward Henry Martin, defender Emmanuel Aguilera and midfielder Joe Corona from Xolos in the winter with Pablo Aguilar heading the other way in a return to Tijuana.In some ways the swap has benefited both teams. Aguilar has led the line for a Tijuana side that has allowed just five goals so far this season while Aguilera and Las Aguilas have conceded only six. Martin is having a breakout season, scoring five goals to start the season and earning a call-up to the Mexico national team.He’s been just one portion of a revitalized America attack that not only was able to score five goals during the week in a CONCACAF Champions League win over Saprissa but has scored 15 goals so far this season. That’s tied atop Liga MX.America did have a close call last weekend, though, heading to Veracruz and requiring a late goal from Bruno Valdez to escape the Atlantic coast with a point. Tijuana, meanwhile, romped over Pumas but lost Gustavo Bou to injury. Bou is questionable for Saturday’s game as is Ignacio Malcorra. The Argentine left the CCL win over Motagua in the first half. If both are absent, Xolos may need to get creative with their attack.With only 11 goals allowed between the two teams so far this season, it may seem like a defensive match is on tap – and Tijuana boss Diego Cocca’s tactics and formation may reflect that. Still, it seems like there will be some scoring – America’s presence this year nearly guarantees it.last_img read more

El Tri shifting focus inward after winter WC scouting

first_imgMexico Mexico shifts focus inward after scouting World Cup opponents during winter Jon Arnold and Steve Han Last updated 1 year ago 07:27 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Mexico Wales USA Today Mexico World Cup Mexico v Scotland Scotland Friendlies After scouting its group opponents in person earlier in the year, El Tri’s assistants are with the squad trying to make pre-World Cup adjustments The Mexico national team is focusing on its own World Cup preparations after extensively scouting group opponents Germany, South Korea and Sweden during the winter and spring.In March, Mexico assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez went to see Sweden and Germany friendly games in person while fellow assistant Humberto Sierra traveled to observe South Korea facing Northern Ireland. Earlier in the year, the assistants had gone to Turkey to see a trio of Korea friendly matches. The coaches were present in Pasadena, California, however with El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio feeling it’s time to focus on what Mexico needs to change ahead of the tournament rather than gather more intelligence on group opponents.Osorio said he and his assistants were aware of the result of Korea’s 2-0 win over Honduras which took place in the wee hours of Monday morning but would go over the footage later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We know the score. We watched the video. All the assistants were here with me because now we think that the most important thing is our team. No disrespect to (Korea), but we’ll have time to watch them,” Osorio said after Monday’s scoreless draw with Wales. “We followed a little bit on the internet. Any team that will drop off will present the same questions with how we’re going to penetrate them, how we’re going to get into the attacking third. It will be a major factor. I don’t know if (Korea) will play that way or Sweden or Germany or any team. But we’re working on possible scenarios and the scenario today was a big challenge for us, however, we penetrated enough times to score and I think we’ll keep progressing.”Of course, anyone who knows how Osorio works knows he will be taking in everything possible, and with the scouting trips made by the assistant coaches and video study, Mexico Director of National Teams Dennis te Kloese said that El Tri has all the information needed to prepare for the group stage in Russia. “Honestly, as soon as we knew our draw from December… with all the technology on hand and with all the new programs we have, we have a sports science department where a lot of people are working with a lot of scouts. We traveled to see our opponents Germany, Korea and Sweden live,” Te Kloese said. “Obviously, we’ve had access on everything. In the end, these games are of such a high importance, such high value that it’s still obviously sometimes a difficult activity to analyze 100 percent of your opponents, but within our means and whatever we have, we do everything to keep track of everybody.”With a large Korean community in Los Angeles, many members of the media were eager to know what the coaching staff thought of South Korea, and while Mexico currently has its focus on the first group match against Germany, everyone involved said the Asian team also would pose a challenge.”First of all, there’s a lot of respect for Korea. Personally, I visited for the U-20 World Cup. I thought it was a very enriching experience. It was interesting to see that the coach we played against at the Olympics in Brazil,” Te Kloese said. “This time, we didn’t play against him but we saw the team play. I think he has a very clear view on which players work and where they can do damage and where they can have value. I think in his country he should very much be appreciated as a coach. I think it’s an opponent we need to respect. Obviously they’re very clear on every aspect and how we evaluate and how we scout them.”last_img read more


first_imgFor some of the youth who have taken to the fields in the past three days, the 2005 Youth World Cup has been about much more than just playing touch. Wednesday marked the international debut of Norfolk Island Touch, and for the Thailand team their first Youth World Cup tournament. It has been an enormous learning experience for both these teams, who are learning the tactics of the game from the best young players in the world. Gary Granger, the captain of the Thailand team is very proud to be representing Thailand, even though he is of South African origin. “I’ve had so much fun being here and interacting with and learning from the other teams,” said Gary. “Seeing the way the Aussies and the New Zealanders play it’s really good touch. It’s been great to see the different attitudes towards the game,” he said. The Aussies and the Kiwi’s have clearly set the benchmark for quality touch around the world, something the more inexperienced teams can take home with them. “Their speed, their fitness and the way they talk so much, I get scared just watching them,” said Gary. It has taken a big effort for Thailand touch to bring their mixed team 18’s team to the Youth World Cup. After much fundraising and support from Bangkok Patana and Harlow International Schools, the Thai team of 10 players made it to Australia. Even the devastating tsunami that claimed thousands of lives did not deter them from representing their country. “It really is a great time to represent Thailand, after the tsunami to show that we’re still being positive and we’re still up and running,” said Gary. Gary can also be hailed for his efforts in trying to promote touch around the world. In six months Gary will travel to the USA to encourage touch in universities such as University of Tampa. “I just love playing touch, so I thought I’d try and get the game up and going over there. It has been helpful coming here and getting as much experience as I can and watching the world’s best,” said Gary. The players from Norfolk Island will also be able to take from their experience here. After much fundraising and sponsorship from Red Eye Sports and Norfolk Jet airline the six Norfolk natives were able to come over and meet with several Brisbane and Sunshine Coast players. Luckily, the players gelled well and have had a fantastic time, a highlight surely being facing up to the Kiwi’s for the Haka. “It’s just unbelievable experience being here,” said Norfolk Island Mens 18’s Captain Ben Wieczorek. The experience and professionalism of the Australian and Kiwi teams has been an inspiration to them. “We have to train a lot harder, and work together more, it’s great to see their plays and how touch is really played,” said Ben. For both teams, the honour of playing for their countries has been an uplifting experience and hopefully they will encourage others at home to get involved in Touch. “It’s such an honour to play for Norfolk, it’s so special and a feeling you’ll never forget,” said Ben. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

Elite Eight Day Three Wrap

first_imgBy Eden Richards It’s official – after three intense days of competition the NTL has its finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight Series. All teams competed down to the wire in what was an enthralling day three. The Men’s Elite Eight will have a State of Origin feel for finals on day four. It sees the Queensland Cowboys finish in 1st position after going through the normal fixtures undefeated. It will be a tough ask for the 4th placed New South Wales Mets tomorrow morning, as they must defeat the Cowboys to make the Grand Final. The Queensland Titans finished 3rd on the ladder, equal on points with the New South Wales Country Mavericks – only behind on for and against. Therefore these two teams will battle it out in the other semi-final and the Titans must win if they are any chance of going back-to-back.The Queensland Broncos are without a doubt the unluckiest team of the NTL. They will miss the finals by one win and unbelievably lost four of their games by one touchdown – what could have been. The Alliance finished a disappointing campaign winless to claim the wooden spoon. The men’s semi-final games will begin at 11:45am on fields one and two. The Women’s Elite Eight finals will be a Queensland dominated affair. All three teams from the region made the top four, but it is the New South Wales Mets who finish in 1st with a superior for and against to the Broncos. A draw between the Broncos and Cowboys today gifted the Mets top spot. Therefore a local derby will take place tomorrow with a replay of last year’s NRL Grand Final taking centre stage. The Broncos will verse the Cowboys for a spot in the NTL Grand Final in what will bring back bad memories for Broncos fans. The Titans will have to fix defensive issues if they are to defeat the Mets in the other semi-final. The Titans have leaked 13 more touchdowns than the Mets.  The Rebels just missed out on sneaking into the top four after losing to the Mets in the last round in what is a heartbreaking end to the tournament for them. In the battle of the two winless teams, the Alliance pipped the New South Wales Scorpions, relegating the Scorpions to last place. The women’s semi-final matchups will take place at 10:50am on fields one and two. Related LinksElite Eight Day Threelast_img read more