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  • We will now be heard thanks to Supreme Court: BCCI state bodies

    first_imgWith the Supreme Court asking amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha to look into the issues faced by the state associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday, the bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre have set the ball rolling. While the bench is looking at a quick disposal of the BCCI matter, the state bodies believe that their grievances will finally be addressed.Speaking to IANS, a senior state association official said that the move by the bench would finally see correct decisions being made as the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had been affected by incorrect advice that led to further conflict than reaching a resolution.”The grievances of the state associations are diverse, but most flow from a few decisions of the CoA taken prior to the induction of Lt. Col Thodge into the committee. The atmosphere of positivity that has descended upon this litigation promises a quick resolution since the CoA had been plagued by incorrect advice. The introduction of the new amicus curiae has lent an air of pragmatism to the litigation. This is the way forward for a justiciable resolution,” he said.While there have been quite a few issues that have bothered the state bodies, one of the major issues as per one of the state association officials is the drafting of the new constitution which isn’t in accordance with the draft constitution as proposed by the Lodha panel.”The first and foremost being the decision of the CoA to file a draft constitution before the SC which was not in accordance with Justice Lodha’s draft constitution as approved by the court. The SC had specifically stated that the draft constitution to be submitted was to be strictly in accordance with the constitution as proposed by Justice Lodha and accepted by the Supreme Court. So first, the deviations in the CoA’s draft constitution are the epicenter of most of the grievances,” he said.advertisementEchoing the sentiments, another state association official said that the CoA’s interpretation of the court’s order for the constitution of the state bodies to be a “mirror” image of the BCCI constitution further complicated matters.”The order dated August 9 wherein the state associations were required to undertake amendments to their constitutions on ‘similar lines’ has been interpreted in a somewhat draconian manner by the CoA. It would appear to mean that the constitutions ought to be mirror images of the BCCI constitution when the BCCI constitution itself requires the state associations to fulfill a criteria clearly mentioned in the constitution, some parts of which are also under challenge as violative of Article 19(1)(c) of the Constitution,” the official explained.Another state association official also pointed at the drying up of funds and said that it was an important area that needs immediate attention as the lack of funds is a deterrent for the smooth organization of cricket matches. “The restriction on the flow of the associations’ own funds had all but brought the development of the game of cricket at the grassroots level to a standstill and this empathetic view will potentially bring an end to this unfortunate stalemate,” he said.last_img read more

  • EWINGER SENTENCED TO PRISON IN NEBRASKA

    first_imgA former football coach and teacher accused of sexually assaulting a child in northwest Iowa has been imprisoned for a similar crime in Nebraska.Court records say 39-year-old Kyle Ewinger was sentenced Thursday to 55 to 85 years and credited for 105 days already served.In January a jury in Omaha found him guilty of sexual assault of a child.Prosecutors say he assaulted the 9-year-old son of a woman he was dating in 2012 and 2013.Osceola County District Court records in Iowa say the former Sibley-Ocheyedan coach was fired after the district superintendent found him sleeping in his classroom next to a 10-year-old in October 2015.Ewinger has pleaded not guilty. His trial start was set to begin April 10 but was delayed until Aug. 28.He also formerly taught in the Sioux City Community School district.APlast_img read more

  • TMJ: It’s not going to happen

    first_imgSuper League TMJ reveals plans to oust him from FAM Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:00 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, 2017 FAM Congress, 25/03/2017 Getty Super League Malaysia Cup FA Cup TMJ has no intention to step away from the FAM President despite secret plans being made behind his back trying to push him out. The President of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) dropped a bombshell when he revealed that there were plans behind the scenes to remove him from the position.HRH Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim revealed in a press conference on Wednesday after a congress meeting was held in Johor Bahru. Tunku Ismail who is also known as TMJ also confirmed the fact that moves were also made against Kevin Ramalingam, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP). 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. TMJ was however adamant that he won’t back down from the responsibilities and will ensure that any plans to overthrow him or Kevin – would not be successful.”Of course [there are things happening behind the scenes]. It’s not only a plan to remove him but also me, as president. A lot in FAM who dream of becoming president. There’s also a lot who get their media contact to write things in hope that I will become fed up and leave. It’s not going to happen.””There’s politics in FAM. Even those who are trying to bring in sponsors for the league, there’s politics. They want to make their own company and own consortium, to cut out FMLLP. To give the lobby to their respective people. I know this is happening but as long as im president, don’t hope for this to happen. “Whoever that is the CEO of FMLLP is at the pleasure of president. If tomorrow, i want to appoint someone else, then it will be someone else. For now, he’s doing the work well and he can answer your questions with facts, so he should carry on with the job.”Few of the excos doesn’t agree with my opinion because they want their own people. But sorry, this is not a political party, this is a football association,” said TMJ in the press conference when asked on the matter.TMJ was elected as the new president of FAM back in March of 2017 after challenger Tan Sri Annuar Musa pulled out of the race in the final week leading up to the elections. Since being at the helm, TMJ had made numerous changes to the way things are run at FAM, including having the quarterly executive committee meetings outside of Kuala Lumpur.Plans are also in place to send Dato’ Hamidin Mohd Amin and Kevin to Spain in October this year, to have a closer look at how football and the league is run over there and to bring home best practices.Despite only being in the job for six months, it looks like TMJ is here to stay for the long haul.last_img read more

  • Melia out for SKC for knockout round

    first_imgSporting KC Sporting KC loses Melia for knockout round of MLS playoffs Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 03:53 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Melia Sporting KC Brad Rempel/USA Today Sporting KC Houston Dynamo v Sporting KC Houston Dynamo MLS The goalkeeper will miss out on the elimination game in Houston with a hamstring strain, though he may be available if the team advances If Sporting Kansas City hopes to advance past the Houston Dynamo in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs it will have to do so without Tim Melia.The goalkeeper will be sidelined for Thursday’s contest in Houston with a hamstring strain, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes confirmed Tuesday.Melia has not played since an Oct. 7 match against Minnesota United, when he was forced off in the 72nd minute. 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 Andrew Dykstra has started each of the three matches since with Sporting KC losing twice and drawing once over that span. The team has conceded four goals in those three games.The draw and one of the losses came to the Dynamo.Vermes did not rule out Melia for future games should Sporting KC advance past the knockout stage.last_img read more

  • Benzema benched against Dortmund

    first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: Benzema benched for Dortmund clash Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:45 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund The Frenchman is joined on the bench by first-team favourites Luka Modric and Marcelo Karim Benzema has been relegated to the bench for Real Madrid as the Champions League holders close out their group campaign against Borussia Dortmund.Instead, youngster Borja Mayoral is afforded another European start and the chance to bag his first Champions League goal. The 20-year-old starts alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at the head of Los Blancos’ attack.Isco and Mateo Kovacic will provide the supply line to the forwards – which includes Lucas Vazquez – from midfield, with Casemiro sitting deep in the centre of the pitch.#RMUCL¡Once inicial del #RealMadrid frente al @BVB!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/FVfyt3dciw— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) December 6, 2017Nacho fills in at right-back, while Theo Hernandez is given the nod ahead of Marcelo on the left side of defence. 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 At the heart of the backline, Sergio Ramos is partnered with Raphael Varane.Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Theo; Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, Kovacic; Isco; Ronaldo, Mayoral.Subs: Casilla, Benzema, Modric, Marcelo, Llorente, Asensio, Ceballoslast_img read more

  • ‘Liverpool should ask for Suarez in Coutinho deal’

    first_imgTransfers ‘Liverpool should ask for Suarez in Coutinho deal’ – Redknapp proposes Barcelona part-exchange Chris Burton 17:55 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Luis Suarez; Philippe Coutinho LIVERPOOL vs FULHAM English Premier League 11092013 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Barcelona Primera División Premier League Philippe Coutinho Luis Suárez The former Reds midfielder believes any transfer taking the Brazilian playmaker to Camp Nou needs to involve a former favourite returning to Anfield If Liverpool are to sanction the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona then they should ask for Luis Suarez back in return, says Jamie Redknapp.The Reds spent much of the summer fending off advances from Camp Nou as they fought hard to keep a key creative talent at Anfield.Coutinho is tied to a long-term contract in England and has continued to impress in 2017-18 amid the ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future. 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 It is expected to be only a matter of time before Barca come calling once more, with a January move being mooted, but Redknapp believes any transfer talks need to include the option for a part-exchange which will see a former favourite returned to Merseyside.The former Reds midfielder told the Daily Mail: “Philippe Coutinho was sensational for Liverpool at Bournemouth. The Reds should enjoy him while they can before Barcelona come calling again in the summer. “Even if Liverpool receive in excess of the £138 million Barcelona bid last summer, there are few like-for-like players they can buy — while bringing in a number of players is not always the best option.Philippe Coutinho Luis Suarez swap Jamie Redknapp“Instead, Liverpool should ask Barcelona to swap Coutinho for Luis Suarez.“The striker has not been as prolific as in recent seasons and the Liverpool fans would love a returning hero. It would be a great move for both the club and the Premier League.”Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona in the summer of 2014.He departed as the reigning PFA Player of the Year, having come agonisingly close to leading the Reds to the Premier League title.A goal-laden spell at Camp Nou has followed, but the 30-year-old has seen his numbers dip this term.His tally for Barca has been taken to 130 goals in just 168 games, but only nine of those efforts have come in 2017-18.Coutinho, meanwhile, has contributed 10 goals and seven assists to the Liverpool cause across Premier League and Champions League competition.It is that form which still has Barca keen and mulling over another big-money bid when the winter transfer window opens. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Why Wenger is to blame for Ox’s Arsenal failure

    first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has removed Arsenal’s shackles at Liverpool to show his strengths Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 21:00 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Arsenal v Liverpool Arsenal Premier League Opinion The key attributes he had to filter at the Emirates – taking players on, opening up opponents, shooting – are the ones encouraged by Jurgen Klopp As the initial words “there’s so much speculation around you” rolled off the interviewer’s tongue, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked away, took a slightly exaggerated breath, and then listened as an uneasy Philippe Coutinho began to answer.The pair had just walked off the pitch as Liverpool registered a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth to become the first team in English top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals.Bournemouth vs. Liverpool 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 The Brazilian had served up yet another hypnotic showing as the club’s orchestrator-in-chief and Oxlade-Chamberlain had contributed his finest performance since his £35 million move from Arsenal – one overflowing with the hallmarks of Jurgen Klopp’s “full-throttle football”.What happened next in that post-match TV interview at the Vitality Stadium further cemented why the manager and Liverpool’s recruitment team strongly believed the England international not only had the profile but the personality to prosper under the German.Coutinho, generally reticent – more so when he is not speaking his first language and especially so when he is aware whatever he says on his future will spin headlines worldwide, replied out of typical politeness.Only seconds passed before Oxlade-Chamberlain cut through the awkwardness, and as he had done for 90 minutes, took things on.Watch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leap to Philippe Coutinho’s defence when asked about rumours of a transfer to FC Barcelona! pic.twitter.com/1OSKpoSGVA— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) December 18, 2017“He’s a Liverpool player right now and he’s doing really well for us,” the 24-year-old said on Sky Sports.“He’s been the most professional person I’ve seen all season. He’s been top quality from the start and every time he gets on the pitch he does his all for the club and that’s the most important thing right now.“It’s not fair to ask those kind of questions I don’t think.“He gives his all every game and that’s all we can ask from him.”Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was desperate to get “out of his comfort zone” at Arsenal, helped Liverpool’s gold dust – a player that has captained the side, one approaching five years at Anfield – to sidestep an uncomfortable situation.Oxlade-ChamberlainThe timing of the midfielder’s all-round delivery on Sunday was impeccable considering the next fixture for the Merseysiders. On Friday, he will return to the Emirates as an opposing player for the first time since taking the “hardest decision” to depart in the summer in order to “make big strides forward.”Oxlade-Chamberlain, his own biggest critic, is the first to admit his six years under Arsene Wenger failed to paint a comprehensive picture of what he could offer.Injuries and the struggle to deal with expectations – most of them self-directed – limited chances in a central role and the sameness of it all were contributing factors.Moreover, as Arsenal prefer a more technical than aggressive approach, ‘Ox’ had to dilute his key strengths to bow to their stylistic methodology. He detailed as much four years ago in a feature for the club’s official website. “I’ve grown up playing in central midfield more, and I think my natural game is about coming inside from wide,” the Southampton academy graduate noted.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal“Sometimes when I play on the wing I have to remind myself to stay out wide because I tend to naturally drift in towards the ball. I try to get on the ball and make something happen.“That’s usually dribbling with the ball, running at defenders, taking players on and trying to open teams up. I do like to have a shot. Arsenal are all about nice, intricate passing movements around the box, so if I shoot too much from outside the box without scoring the boss will have a go at me! I need to stick to the short passes, so I don’t shoot as much now.”Those attributes mentioned above, which he had to funnel under Wenger, are encouraged and demanded by Klopp.Oxlade-Chamberlain should drift in if he starts for Liverpool in a wide position, he should run at defenders, he should open teams up and he should shoot more often.In September, Thierry Henry – one of the player’s idols – stated that he had been “watching Ox for a very long time and I still don’t know what he’s good at.”Jurgen Klopp Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain unbelievable potentialPerhaps that’s because his fundamental, dynamic qualities were not allowed to flourish.If the Arsenal legend has continued tracking the three-time FA Cup winner since the end of October, when he starred in a cameo against Huddersfield through to his powered display at Bournemouth over the weekend, he’d now have a much clearer idea of what Oxlade-Chamberlain excels at.The “wonderful package” as Klopp described him “is like dynamite. Aggressive in the most positive way. Front foot always. Looking to attack and create.”These performances come because of how good his attitude is in training at Melwood. He has the highest quality in everything he does; sometimes I think he is the last to realise this.”That bit of information at the end – the awareness of his own brilliance – is something Wenger and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s father, Mark, have both alluded to and was evident on Sunday.Despite his energetic, two-fold operation of stopping the opposition’s attacks and sparking Liverpool’s, he couldn’t believe he’d been named Man of the Match against Eddie Howe’s side.In the last fixture before Christmas, in a “special occasion, full of emotion,” Oxlade-Chamberlain can surprise not just himself again, but Arsenal too. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Morata & Alonso see Chelsea past Brighton

    first_imgChelsea 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Morata and Alonso ground Seagulls Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 12/27/17 AlvaroMorataMarcosAlonso - cropped Getty Images Brighton frustrated Chelsea before half-time but Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata broke the game open before Marcos Alonso sealed it. Second-half goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea and 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion and moved the reigning Premier League champions to within a point of second-placed Manchester United.Antonio Conte’s men drew a frustrating blank in a goalless draw at Everton last time out and endured more frustration as Brighton defended impeccably during an uneventful opening 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.It took a familiar combination to break the game open as Morata headed home from Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross 51 seconds after the restart – the sixth time the full-back has set up his Spain colleague in the Premier League this season. 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 Morata is now on to 10 for the campaign in the top flight and another of his compatriots, Marcos Alonso, made the points safe with his fifth as the hour arrived.Chelsea have now won nine of their last 12 Premier League games and are on 42 points – just one behind United, who salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley, with runaway leaders Manchester City 13 points better off with a game in hand against Newcastle United on Wednesday.6 – Cesar Azpilicueta has assisted Alvaro Morata for six Premier League goals this season – the joint-most for one @ChelseaFC player to another in a single season (Fabregas-Costa 14-15 and Lampard-Drogba 09-10). Amigos.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2017Morata was back from suspension to lead a Chelsea attack that had struggled against Everton and the Spain striker skilfully twisted clear of Shane Duffy to draw an early save from Mat Ryan.Conte’s men should have been ahead in the 19th minute when Cesc Fabregas crossed from the right after a corner was worked short.Antonio Rudiger propelled himself towards the ball at the back post and knockdown fell towards Tiemoue Bakayoko, but the midfielder could not adjust his feet in time and prodded tamely wide with the goal at his mercy.Fabregas was at the heart of much of Chelsea’s better work and his excellent chipped pass picked out a darting run from Victor Moses in the 26th minute, when the wing-back did not make clean contact and Ryan beat down the shot at his near post.@cesc4official #CHEBHA pic.twitter.com/1oC1zQWUeV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2017The Australia international had few other causes for alarm until the interval as a disciplined defensive unit protected him impressively and Morata headed high and wide under pressure in first-half stoppage time.If Chelsea were prepared for more toil in the second period, Azpilicueta and Morata combined almost immediately after the restart to offer timely relief to their team-mates – Brighton’s error coming in allowing the defender too long on the ball, with the resulting cross and header expertly executed.The home side and the Stamford Bridge crowd were suddenly buoyant and Eden Hazard almost made it two when he fizzed a shot narrowly wide.Ryan made two fine saves in quick succession, scrambling across his goal line to touch a trademark Alonso free-kick behind in the 58th minute before denying the same player from the resulting right-wing corner.But those efforts proved soon proved in vain when Alonso met Fabregas’ in-swinging delivery from the opposite flank to glance into the far corner.Brighton almost made the most of a rare venture forward when Gary Cahill deflected Tomer Hemed’s header from Solly March’s cross behind but they were exposed when Chelsea broke from the corner that followed.N’Golo Kante led a charge that ended with Lewis Dunk brilliantly clearing Hazard’s shot off the line.Belgium playmaker Hazard was really starting to enjoy himself and a dazzling run past a host of defenders and beyond Ryan deserved better than Bakayoko shooting wide from the cutback.Beram Kayal fired over on the turn for Albion before Hazard departed to a standing ovation.Veteran striker Glenn Murray came on to force a back-post save from Thibaut Courtois as Brighton, who lie 12th and four points above the relegation zone, were able to end the contest with the poise they showed at the beginning. Key Opta stats: – Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games played on Boxing Day (W8 D5), since a 2-4 loss at Charlton in 2003.- No team in Europe’s big five leagues has seen more league goals scored by Spanish players this season than Chelsea (20, level with Real Sociedad).- Brighton have lost four consecutive away league games without scoring a single goal for the first time since October 2002.- Chelsea have scored 12 headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.  read morelast_img read more

  • Jack Wilshere a January transfer target for West Ham, says David Moyes

    first_imgShare on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook “You’d hope that if you took a player from another Premier League club it’d be much easier for him to go right into the team and play well,” the West Ham manager said. “Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at if he was available.“I do believe the transfer window could be the difference between relegation and staying up. If we can get the right players, that’s the big part of it.“I also want to make sure we’re looking at players who’ve got time and who can be at the club for a long period and not just in for a short period. Then there’s also the short-term fix for me which is, how do we get enough wins between now and the end of the season? There’s a balance between that.”Moyes also sang the praises of Wilshere’s team-mate Aaron Ramsey, reiterated that he had come close to signing the Welshman for Everton. He said the practice of signing up-and-coming players had worked well during his time on Merseyside and he would like to be able to repeat such a strategy, but that it would be viable only as a longer-term approach.“I had him in my house,” Moyes said of Ramsey. “I think I had his parents in my house as well. He was coming from Cardiff and I was really trying to get him. But that was a long time ago. At that time we were always chasing the best talent, the best young and up-and-coming talent. Aaron Ramsey was certainly one of those.“I would be interested in trying something similar here. But for that strategy you need time and the spectrum in football has changed a little bit. At Everton Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka took nearly six months to break into the team. Sometimes you buy these players for a little way down the line.“This is a window where it might not be that type of player because we need somebody who can hit the ground running. I don’t know if that’s easier said than done.“You tend to find the clubs at our end of the league are desperate to get a couple of players who can make a difference. The teams at the top end are looking for a bit of cover or something a bit extra to make sure that they don’t run out of players if they have any injuries. So you’re just never quite sure in January what players are available.” West Ham United news David Moyes has declared an interest in Jack Wilshere as West Ham United prepare for a transfer window he believes will be key to them avoiding relegation. Wilshere is likely to be on the Arsenal bench at West Ham on Wednesday night but his future remains unclear as he fights to earn a new contract at the Emirates and a place in England’s World Cup squad. Moyes, who is looking to build on Saturday’s shock win over Chelsea, regards the right January additions as being crucial to staying up. Read more West Ham’s David Moyes spares a thought for displaced Joe Hart Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

  • FA will have no CCTV footage of Old Trafford tunnel bust-up to study

    first_img Read more Share on Messenger news Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Football Marina Hyde Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Topics Manchester United The Football Association’s prospects of discovering who was to blame for the skirmish between players and staff of Manchester United and Manchester City on Sunday may be remote after it emerged there are no CCTV cameras in the corridor near the changing rooms at Old Trafford. There is too much irritating respect in football – and here are 10 reasons why The extraordinary bust-up occurred outside the away dressing room during City’s celebration of their 2-1 victory over United. A melee developed which left Mikel Arteta, an assistant coach at City, with blood on his face. Stewards and police were required to break up the opposing sets of players and staff.The FA has asked for each club’s observations and on Wednesday extended the time allowed from 6pm on that day to the same time on Friday. Both City and United are expected to argue they were the passive party. Manchester City Share via Email The FAlast_img read more

  • AFLW grand final 2018: Lions out to capitalise on Brennan absence

    first_imgShare via Email Katie Brennan loses appeal in bid to play in AFLW grand final Brennan’s suspension – given the circumstances – would have cut the players deeply, especially as she has fought so hard to return from yet another season cruelled by injury. There is a case to argue that her team-mates will take extra motivation and fire into the game on account of her absence, but the drawn out saga also threatens to psychologically derail their preparation. Brennan is a proven goalkicker, the VFL women’s leading scorer in the most recent season past. Hers is as solid a technique as one will find in either the AFLW or AFL – look no further than her early-season goal into the wind against Fremantle for proof. Fit or not, she worries opponents into free kicks, and has the calm under pressure to slot them through. Still, the Bulldogs have managed well in Brennan’s absence this season, forced positional changes arguably unearthing this season’s revelation in Brooke Lochland (who, at season’s end leads the goalkicking with 12, including an incredible seven against Carlton in the inaugural pride game). In combination with Bonnie Toogood and at times youngster Monique Conti, the unlikely trio have formed one of the competition’s most potent forward lines.Of course, no forward line is effective without exceptional delivery from its midfielders, and the Bulldogs are blessed with two of the best in the competition: last season’s dual best-and-fairest winners Emma Kearney and Ellie Blackburn. Last year, Blackburn finished second in the overall best and fairest count for the competition, and this season her leadership has been taken to another level in the absence of Brennan. However, it is arguably her counterpart Kearney who has had the better season. Kearney has averaged 19.6 disposals this season (including five clearances) and is second in the league for both centre clearances and stoppages. She has also won an average of 2.6 free kicks a game, indicative of her willingness to put head over the ball with little regard to her own safety. The detractors will argue she has perfected the Joel Selwood shrug, which she has jokingly referenced on social media, but Kearney is consistently first to the ball, and the most desperate. She finished the season the coaches’ champion player of the year (tied with Adelaide’s Chelsea Randall), and may yet finish atop the league’s best and fairest, as well as best on ground on grand final day. Brisbane, however, are not without star power of their own, and deserve to go into the decider a good chance of toppling the daughters of the West. Kate Lutkins deserves to be favourite for the Lions’ best and fairest, and averages 17.3 disposals in the backline, including 3.6 rebound 50s a game. It is her work off half-back that has been the most potent and penetrating, regularly setting up the more highly-touted Sabrina Frederick-Traub. Make no mistake, to say Lutkins is underrated is not to argue that Frederick-Traub is not deserving of all the accolades she receives: she is. In perhaps the most arresting photo of the season, Frederick-Traub is depicted with no less than six Melbourne players hanging off her in an attempted tackle. She still manages to release the ball. Her core strength is unparalleled in the competition, while she also averages a competition-high 2.6 contested marks. These she takes both inside 50 and across the wing, pushing up to receive and set up play. Read more Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger “We’ve been [continually] rated as underdogs, and lacking that little bit of respect,” she said earlier in the week. “We’re working as a team to build that respect among the competition. All we can do is keep winning… [but] we thrive on being the underdog.”Considering Brisbane have lost only one game and drawn once in Melbourne since the beginning of the AFLW, there is plenty of reason to believe the underdogs can prove the ultimate point. The game will be played at Carlton’s historic home ground, Ikon (or Princes) Park, with a capacity of approximately 22,000. While this size is rightly of concern to fans, the AFL has reassured respective AFLW club members that they will have priority access to the final, allowed to enter half an hour before gates open to the general public. The game remains free of charge, and will not be ticketed.Originally slated for 1:05pm, the game will also now be played at 12:35pm. This is presumably to accommodate for Brisbane Lions fans who want to head to the men’s clash at Etihad Stadium after, which kicks off at 3:35pm. For those not in attendance, the grand final will be televised nationally on Seven. Australia sport Katie Brennan falls victim to gender pay gap with AFLW ban Then there are the things that are harder to measure: her capacity to command respect, and unquenchable thirst to win. When Frederick-Traub isn’t in the contest, she is raring her team-mates on, fist-pumping and chest-thumping, not a moment on-field wasted. To say the marquee forward has been critical in getting the Lions this far is a serious underestimation of her talent. As a team, the Lions are also fired up to prove a point, after not a single AFLW captain tipped them to make it this far despite being runners-up in 2017. That perception wasn’t helped by ‘doing a ‘Bradbury’ to make the grand final from fifth going into the final round of the season, but Brittany Gibson said external perception would be a weapon rather than a deterrent for the team. Support The Guardian Share on Twittercenter_img After seven rounds of heavily contested, do-or-die football, just two teams remain in the hunt for the 2018 AFLW premiership: minor premiers the Western Bulldogs and their unlikely opponents, the Brisbane Lions.The Bulldogs go into this contest as favourites, having topped the ladder for the majority of the season, but the suspension of captain Katie Brennan throws a significant spanner in the works. Yes, Brennan is effectively playing on one leg, but as anyone who has watched Erin Phillips this season would attest, a spiritual leader can carry an entire team, injury notwithstanding. … 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. Since you’re here… Sabrina Frederick-T (@SabrinaTraub)I love group hugs 😁 pic.twitter.com/uMpAJxFHmFMarch 7, 2018 Topics Australian rules football Share on Pinterest Kate O’Halloran features AFLW Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

  • Friendly roundup: Everton win 22-0 in Marco Silva’s first game in charge

    first_imgShare on Facebook Substitute Kevin Mirallas took just four minutes to score a hat-trick to take the score to 13-0, he would later add a fourth and fifth to his personal tally, while Oumar Niasse got two either side of a Nikola Vlasic goal before an Irdning defender chipped his own goalkeeper, who then allowed Vlasic to grab the 20th when he thought the striker was offside. Although time was running out, Niasse still did not have to rush himself to net his third and fourth goals against the amateur outfit. Merseyside rivals Liverpool failed to score at all when they drew 0-0 against Bury. Loris Karius will be the happiest man from the fixture as he kept a clean sheet in an uninspiring outing. Fulham also played out a goalless draw at Aldershot against Reading. Silva was not the only manager enjoying a convincing win in his first game in charge of a Premier League club as Unai Emery took his Arsenal team up the road to Boreham Wood where they secured an 8-0 victory, as January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick. The rest of the goals were shared around as Reiss Nelson, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added their names to the schoresheet. news Pinterest Everton Read more Huddersfield were defeated 3-0 by League One newcomers Accrington Stanley. Kayden Jackson scored twice and Sean McConville curled in a free-kick late on at the Wham Stadium.Manuel Pellegrini got a second chance to see his West Ham players in action, including a debut for Andriy Yarmolenko as they won 1-0 at Wycombe. It was not the Ukrainian who made the difference but Marko Arnautovic, as the Austrian scored the only goal of the game. Bury Everton opened their pre-season with a rousing 22-0 victory against Austrian fifth-tier outfit ATV Irdning. The Toffees were far too strong for the opposition, as Marco Silva, in his first game in charge, witnessed 10 goals from his new team in the first-half alone. It took just five minutes for Leighton Baines to tap home the opener, and it then became a procession. Cenk Tosun hit four and Ademola Lookman earned a hat-trick before the break, while Mason Holgate and Michael Keane netted one each. Share on Pinterest Friendlies Twitter Arsenal Facebook center_img Topics Share on Twitter Wolves already have some silverware to their name after beating Swiss side Young Boys 4-0 to lift the Uhrencup. Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Leo Bonatini and Rafa Mir were all on target. Liverpool Share via Email Andriy Yarmolenko made his West Ham debut. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: sign up for our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

  • Egan Bernal set to give Team Sky the edge for years to come

    first_img Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Team Ineos “My responsibility as team manager is to look two or three seasons ahead,” Brailsford said when asked about Bernal, before adding: “I’ve already got the team I want in three seasons’ time.“I’ve searched and searched for the rider that might be the next Chris Froome, who would be our next big leader for Grand Tours. My choice was Bernal, whom we absolutely had to have in the team. He’s our future.”In the Tour’s final mountain stage Brailsford’s decision to blood the 21-year-old in this year’s race was vindicated. After his sterling work on the Col du Portet on Wednesday, a stage in which his seventh-placed finish went almost unnoticed, Bernal was again called into action on the Col du Soulor, the “false” summit leading to the final mountain pass, the Col d’Aubisque.As Froome again slipped backwards, just as he had on the Portet, Thomas suddenly found himself isolated, fighting to keep pace with his biggest rivals, Dumoulin and Roglič.Behind the race leader, Bernal rescued the faltering defending champion Froome, towed him back to the lead group once more to assist Thomas and then moved to the front of the group, to resume pace-setting duties. He could not do enough to save Froome’s top-three position but, without Bernal’s presence, Thomas’s Tour might easily have slipped through his fingers. … 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 Read more Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Geraint Thomas climbs final mountain and closes on Tour de France glory Bernal follows in a long line of Colombians who have come to the Tour, illuminated the mountain stages but flattered to deceive, the most recent example being Nairo Quintana, who despite great expectations has never genuinely looked likely to win the yellow jersey.Bernal came to prominence in mountain biking but was quickly snapped up by the talent factory that is the lowly Androni-Giocattoli team in Italy. As a teenager he took fourth place in the Tour de l’Avenir, a proving ground for young professionals, but then went on to win that race last year. Since joining Sky last winter he has come on in leaps and bounds.In fact Brailsford wanted him so much he bought out his contract with the Italian team and is understood to have paid them a compensatory “development fee” of around €350,000. Friday’s stage was a mammoth 200.5km through the Pyrenees. Share on LinkedIn Tour de France Tour de France 2018 “We’ve never doubted that he was capable of great things,” Sky’s sports director, Nicolas Portal, said, “but even then he’s impressed us. Of the young riders his age he’s the best.”Where will Bernal be in 12 months’ time? Still under contract with Team Sky but perhaps assuming greater prominence, particularly if Froome is slipping towards decline.“I was a bit anxious about bringing him to the Tour,” Brailsford said. “For a young South American rider, without much experience of Europe, it was a risk but now I’m happy that I made the right decision.”Before the Tour began Bernal said: “I just want to be a good professional. And if that means I’m the guy who fetches the water bottles, then that will be fine with me.” After the way he has handled himself, during this often fractious race, he is unlikely to be carrying bottles for his team for that much longer. Cycling Since you’re here… Share via Email ‘It should be enough’: Geraint Thomas confident of Tour de France triumph Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Egan Bernal Share on Facebook features In the era of the rouleur-grimpeur – think Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin and Primož Roglič – only a super-climber, so slight and so quick that he can escape the high-tempo climbing speeds of well-drilled teams, might be able to win the Tour de France.With Froome now 33 and Thomas set to win his first Tour at 32, the restless Dave Brailsford is already seeking a new leader at Team Sky. As the post-Froome era looms he believes that in Egan Bernal, the Colombian climber making his debut in this Tour, he has a rider so gifted he is capable of becoming just that. Bernal has had a flying start with Sky. He beat Quintana and Rigoberto Uran – second in last year’s Tour – to win the biggest stage race in South America, the Colombia Oro y Paz, before then running Roglič close in the Tour of Romandie and winning the Tour of California later in the spring.Then came the Tour itself. Bernal speaks good English and, standing in the shade of his team bus one morning during the first week of this year’s race, he dismissed the suggestion that he was Team Sky’s secret weapon if Froome and Thomas failed to deliver.“No, I’m in a good position,” Bernal said. “I’m not riding for the GC, so it’s less stress. For Nairo,” he said of Quintana, “it’s heavy. If he loses time, it’s hard.”When the peloton reached Alpe d’Huez, a stage that this year was marked by near-hysteria at times, Bernal revealed an old head on young shoulders and, unfazed by the frenzy around the riders, paced his teammates through the crowds for the best part of eight kilometres. 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  • Tearful, nervous, excited: Jones shows emotions on eve of England’s kick-off

    first_imgAn emotional Eddie Jones fought back the tears on Friday as he outlined what it means to lead England into a World Cup. Jones begins his fourth World Cup campaign and his first with England against Tonga on Sunday and by his own admission he is a bundle of nerves. Excited too. And as shown by the tears that welled in his eyes, evidently proud at the ride he and his squad are about to embark on.This was not particularly like Jones, not when facing the press anyway. Temuera Morrison, the actor who plays Jones in the recently released film that retells Japan’s miraculous victory over South Africa four years ago, has talked about perfecting the Australian’s “stink eye” – the infamous stare that more often than not precedes a tongue-lashing. That is the sort of thing we have come to expect from England’s head coach. But not on Friday. Asked what coaching England in Japan makes him feel, he said: “It’s humbling, mate. It’s a great honour to coach England … and I just want to make sure I do my best.” Eddie Jones Quick guide England v Tonga teams Rugby World Cup Eddie Jones’s popularity in Japan proves rewarding for England coach Here was a glimpse of vulnerability from a coach for whom words such as driven, relentless and ruthless have become synonymous. “I think World Cups are always emotional,” he continued. “You get to do something that is pretty special. To coach a nation and to be responsible for a nation at a World Cup, where you know it’s not just rugby fans watching. Families watch World Cups, that’s the difference. It becomes an event for the country, rather than an event for rugby followers. It becomes an event for this country here. To be involved in that is a real honour. I’m massively nervous and I’m massively excited. If I didn’t have that feeling, I’d be a little bit worried.“Because you don’t know. The one thing we don’t control is the results of games. We control the preparation for the games and every coach – all 20 coaches out here – is having this conversation now. They all think they’ve done a great job preparing their team, but we don’t know, do we?” Since you’re here… England: E Daly, A Watson, M Tuilagi, O Farrell (captain), J May; G Ford, B Youngs; J Marler, J George, K Sinckler, C Lawes, M Itoje, T Curry, S Underhill, B Vunipola. Reserves: L Cowan-Dickie, E Genge, D Cole, G Kruis, L Ludlam, W Heinz, H Slade, J Joseph.Tonga: D Halaifonua, A Pakalani, S Piutau (captain), C Vuna, V Lolohea, K Morath, S Takulua; S ‘Fisiihoi , S Sakalia, B Tameifuna, S Lousi, H Fifita, S Kalamafoni, Z Kapeli, M Vaipulu. Reserves: S Maile, L Talakai, M Fia, D Faleafa, N Manu, L Fukofuka, J Faiva, N Tu’itavake. Share on Messenger Hide Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Show Rugby union Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Reuse this content Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp … 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. Share on Facebook Show Rugby World Cup 2019 Read more Share on LinkedIn It could be argued that England starting both of their fly-halves and openside flankers is unnecessary but to start the campaign Jones is leaving nothing to chance. “Going into your first game, you never know what it is going to be like,” he added.“Everyone has prepared to win the World Cup. Everyone thinks they are prepared for it. Within the group, you are going to have players with varying degrees of adaptability and adjustment, and you have to try to help them get through it. You’ve got to adapt to that and the players have equipped themselves to ride the rollercoaster because there’s going to be some turns, there’s going to be some accidents, there’s going to be some fun. We want to enjoy all of those things that come along and the team’s equipped to handle it.”And Jones’s message for the thousands of supporters who will fill the stadium? “Hang on to your seat. They’re going to join us on the rollercoaster.” Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? news Jones went on to explain the sense of anticipation surrounding England’s first match in Japan. After three months of meticulous planning England are now ready to take the field, or as Jones puts it: “The World Cup is like a rollercoaster. We are at the top of the ride now, we are looking down – everyone’s nervous, everyone’s excited. You get down the first slope, you are not sure if you are going to throw up or hang on.”Perhaps the nervousness explains why Jones has named his strongest side available. He has publicly toyed with the idea that he may field a blend of senior players with some of the youngsters in his squad but he has instead gone all guns blazing. George Ford and Owen Farrell are paired at 10 and 12, with Manu Tuilagi outside them and Tom Curry dovetails with Sam Underhill in the back row.Both of those combinations were first tried in last month’s record win over Ireland and, in total, 13 of the 15 who played that day have been selected with Courtney Lawes preferred over George Kruis for his athleticism and Anthony Watson coming on to the wing for Joe Cokanasiga, who has been hampered by a knee injury of late.On paper it looks like a team designed to go around Tonga rather than through them, but Jones added: “We want to take them on. We are England and we want to take them on up front so no one will come out of there guessing.”Tonga meanwhile, have named a side featuring seven England-based players. They are also coached by Toutai Kefu, who played under Jones for Australia in the early 2000s. “When we are ferocious and direct that’s when we play our best football,” said Kefu. “For us to be at our best we need to play ferociously for a lot of the match. It is a massive challenge for us but we have got nothing to lose and we are going to throw everything at it.” Thank you for your feedback. Topics England rugby union team Share on Pinterest Share via Email Hide • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Waleslast_img read more

  • Martial strike fires Man Utd to 1-0 win

    first_imgBurnley 0 Manchester United 1: Martial keeps up winning run Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 1/21/18 anthony martial - cropped Getty Images Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 win away to Burnley to put pressure on Manchester City, with Anthony Martial scoring the only goal. Manchester United moved to within nine points of Premier League leaders Manchester City, at least temporarily, with a 1-0 win away to Burnley on Saturday.A superb strike from Anthony Martial early in the second half was enough to give Jose Mourinho’s side a fourth victory in a row in all competitions, despite a lacklustre overall display.The goal, Martial’s ninth in the league this season, was the highlight of a game low on quality and sent a timely reminder to manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the suspected arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. 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 United fought back to claim a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in December and they looked similarly out-of-sorts for much of the contest at Turf Moor, in which they managed no shots on target until Martial’s 54th-minute strike.Burnley, who have only won once against United in 25 meetings, looked a threat in their pursuit of an equaliser, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson hitting the crossbar with a free-kick and Ashley Barnes missing a header.United, without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is expected to join Arsenal as part of the Sanchez deal, survived the closing stages to make it four wins and four clean sheets in 2018 and put some pressure on City ahead of their meeting with Newcastle United later on Saturday. All smiles for @AnthonyMartial after his earlier goal ! #MUFC #BURMUN pic.twitter.com/IDqvEVAaX1— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018Burnley, just as they were at Old Trafford, were the brighter of the teams in the early exchanges and it needed a fine block from Phil Jones to deny Barnes a clear shot on goal from just inside the area.United were edging possession but doing little of note with the ball in a strangely casual first half that ended without a shot on target from either side.The closest the visitors came to breaking the deadlock in the first 45 minutes came through Ashley Young, restored at left-back in place of Luke Shaw after serving a three-match ban, who skinned Gudmundsson to the left of the penalty area before curling a shot just wide of the right-hand post.Martial combined with Pogba before shooting just wide as the half drew to a close, but the France international made the most of his next opportunity with the first piece of real quality in the game.Romelu Lukaku picked him out with a good pass and Martial feinted to curl a shot into the right-hand corner before choosing to blast his effort into the opposite side of the net off the crossbar.3 – Anthony Martial has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances for @ManUtd for the first time. Flourishing.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2018Burnley immediately sought an equaliser, Gudmundsson clipping the woodwork with a free-kick from the edge of the box before referee Mike Dean waved away appeals for a handball by Chris Smalling in the United area.The pressure from the home side continued, with a looping Ben Mee header tipped over the bar by David de Gea and Smalling called upon to get a crucial touch to deny James Tarkowski the chance for a tap-in.Barnes then glanced a promising opening wide following a long ball but United could easily have made the win safe either side of that miss, with Pogba and Jesse Lingard both choosing the wrong option at the end of promising counter-attacks.Sean Dyche made some attacking changes, which included loan signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, but United survived to claim an important three points from a game that could be their last before Sanchez’s arrival and only a good save from Nick Pope denied Martial an impressive second goal. Key Opta stats:- Man Utd have won back-to-back league games at Turf Moor for the first time since May 1963.- The Clarets have lost three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since April 2010.- David de Gea has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s big five leagues this season (14). read morelast_img read more

  • Real Madrid team news vs Villarreal

    first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Villarreal Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 14:15 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Celta Vigo La Liga Getty Images Primera División Villarreal v Real Madrid Villarreal Real Madrid Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos’ last Primera Division game of the season, at the Estadio de la Ceramica this weekend… Real Madrid are away to Villarreal this Saturday in their last La Liga game of the season.Zinedine Zidane’s side thrashed Celta Vigo 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend, even though Cristiano Ronaldo was missing through injury.With Barcelona beaten at Levante, Real are now 15 points behind their fierce rivals in third and three adrift of second-placed Atletico with just one round left. And in order to finish as runners-up, Madrid must beat Villarreal and hope Atletico (equal on head-to-head, but with an inferior goal difference) lose at home to Eibar on Sunday. 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 The main focus for Los Blancos, however, will be the Champions League final against Liverpool later this month. But here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game at the Estadio de la Ceramica…Real Madrid injuries Ronaldo returned to training on Friday after suffering a sprained ankle against Barcelona earlier this month, which saw the Portuguese withdrawn at half-time in the Clasico. Dani Carvajal is also available again, so Zidane has a full-strength squad for the trip to Villarreal.Real Madrid suspensions Real Madrid do not have any players suspended for Saturday’s game at the Estadio de la Ceramica.Real Madrid potential starting line-upRonaldo is back from an ankle problem and “120% fit” according to Zidane, but the French coach is unlikely to start the Portuguese on Saturday.Instead, Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral are set to lead a second-string Madrid side in the last fixture before the Champions League final on May 26.That should mean starts for the likes of Theo Hernandez, Achraf Hakimi, Kiko Casilla, Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Keylor Navas and more rested ahead of the big game against Liverpool next Saturday.Real Madrid possible VillarrealVillarreal team news Villarreal are in fifth place and are guaranteed a Europa League spot, but the Yellow Submarine are keen to beat Real Madrid and finish above Betis, who are in sixth but with the same amount of points (60).Javier Calleja’s side beat Valencia 1-0 in their last home game, before a 5-1 loss at Barcelona and then a 4-2 win away to Deportivo La Coruna last weekend.Midfielders Bruno Soriano and Ramiro Guerra are sidelined and will play no part for Villarreal on Saturday.Enes Unal Villarreal La Liga 03182018TV channel & kick-off time Villarreal versus Real Madrid kicks off at 8:45pm local time on Saturday and will be shown live in the United Kingdom (UK) on Sky Sports Football from 7:40pm BST.In the United States (US), the match is live on beIN Sports and kicks off at 2:45pm ET.Best Opta match facts Real Madrid have only won two of their last six league meetings versus Villarreal (drawn two, lost two), but one of those wins came at the Estadio de la Ceramica last time out in a 3-2 win in February 2017. In the corresponding fixture this season, The Yellow Submarine won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in January. Villarreal have won their last three home league games in a row, scoring an average of 2.3 goals per game – if they win this match it would be their best run since November 2016 (five straight victories). Since winning promotion back to La Liga in 2013-4, Villarreal have qualified for European competition in each of the last five seasons. Gareth Bale, who made his Real Madrid debut away to Villarreal, has scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time since April 2016 and if he nets in this game it would equal his best streak, which was set back in March 2016 (four). No La Liga player has provided more assists than Pablo Fornals this season (12, level with Barca’s Leo Messi).last_img read more

  • Juve, Barca or Man Utd? De Ligt discusses transfer links

    first_imgTransfers Juventus, Barcelona or Man Utd? Ajax wonderkid De Ligt speaks out on transfer links Romeo Agresti Last updated 1 year ago 14:25 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Juventus Ajax Serie A Eredivisie The 18-year-old has reportedly been courted by a number of elite teams after bursting onto the scene in the Eredivisie Ajax’s wonderkid defender Matthijs de Ligt admits he is flattered to be linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs as he prepares to consider his future over the summer. De Ligt, 18, was a fixture in the Ajax team that finished second behind Feyenoord in the Eredivisie, playing 31 out of 34 games for the Amsterdam giants. That consistency has not gone unnoticed, as he has earned a call up to the Netherlands senior team and reported interest from clubs of the calibre of Juventus, Barcelona, Tottenham and Manchester United. 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 And he recognised that despite his tender age the time was right for him to sit down and think about his next steps in professional football. “It’s difficult to answer, at the moment I’m an Ajax player. But I can say that I don’t have a favourite club,” De Ligt answered when asked by  Goal which of Europe’s top teams he prefers.”Ready for a different experience? Maybe, yes. I don’t know. I like to play at high levels. Ajax are a big team, now the season is over, I’m on vacation and I can think about my future.”De Ligt is nevertheless enthused about the possibility of a move to Juventus, whom he dubbed “a club with a big history, many trophies and very good players”.But he denied knowledge of any negotiations reportedly taking place between Juve and his current club Ajax. “Honestly I don’t know, at the moment I’m focused on the national team,” he added when grilled on the Juve link.”Sure, it’s a great honor to be linked to such a big team but now I’m just thinking about playing well.”last_img read more

  • Santos demand €50m for Madrid target Rodrygo

    first_imgTransfers Santos demand €50m for Real Madrid target Rodrygo Josh Challies 23:48 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rodrygo cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Santos Recent reports suggested Real Madrid have struck a deal to sign highly rated Santos youngster Rodrygo, but the club has denied those claims. Brazilian club Santos have made it clear no agreement has been reached with Real Madrid for 17-year-old forward Rodrygo.Reports in Spain on Thursday claimed a deal worth €45million (£39.5m) had been reached for the highly rated attacker, who has also been linked with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, but his club have hit back.Santos president Jose Carlos Peres is adamant that any side keen on landing Rodrygo will need to pay the full €50m (£43.9m) release clause for the teenager, though it has also been reported that the club are keen for him to sign a new deal that would double that figure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “There is no agreement for Rodrygo with Real Madrid,” Peres told reporters.”Paying €40m won’t do anything. That is the line we have drawn. His clause is €50m.”We have several proposals on the table. Every day some outlet claims the deal is done; [with] Paris Saint-Germain, Madrid, Barcelona.”It [selling him] would allow Santos to breathe, pay part of the debt and have a stronger team. I do not advocate for him to be sold, I just say there are proposals. If someone shows up and pays the clause, we will be obliged to sell him.”Rodrygo has scored eight goals in 23 senior appearances across the Brasileiro and Paulista competitions for the club, leading to comparisons with Brazil star Neymar, who left Santos for Barcelona in 2013, before sealing a world-record €222m to PSG last year.last_img read more

  • PEERING THROUGH THE 2007 NTL CRYSTAL BALL

    first_imgTrying to pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup would be an easier task than predicting the 12 divisional winners of the National Touch League in 2007.The view through the crystal ball is murky at best, but read on to gain some insight and information about some of the teams to watch at NTL 2007.In the Open divisions, there has been significant player movement, retirements, injuries to key personnel, and, on a brighter note, promotion to the ‘big time’ for some of the young guns of the sport across all franchises.To further complicate matters, there has been great uncertainty around team composition for a lot of teams, as numerous 2007 Australian World Cup representatives weigh up the decision to participate, or rest after a grueling lead-up and campaign in Stellenbosch, South Africa, just six weeks ago.In the 20 Years Men’s and Women’s competitions, player depth will be tested for many of the traditional super powers in these divisions, with many young stars in these franchises making the step up to ‘the Open show’ in 2007, leaving a lot of teams blooding even younger players in the 20’s divisions.The Senior divisions have also undergone a reformation, as players move into and out of age divisions.Finding accurate team lists, let alone clear favourites in most divisions, is not easy.For the punters, a mystery bet is my advice!Better still, save your money for a few quite ales to toast the winners on the last night at the Greenhouse Tavern.Read the attached document and peer through and pour over the crystal ball predictions for NTL 2007.Related Filespeering_into_the_ntl_crystal_ball_-_2007_ntl_preview_final-doclast_img read more

  • High Performance Youth and Masters assistant coach and manager positions

    first_imgExpressions of interest for these positions will close on Monday, 2 June 2014.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filesyouth___masters_assistant_coach___manager_eoi_memo_2014-15-pdfRelated LinksHigh Performance Positions ·         Positions being applied for·         Previous Team Management Experience ·        Various questions to be completed that can be found by clicking on the link above Expressions of interest for these positions will close on Monday, 2 June 2014.Expression of Interest – ManagerTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced Managers to fill the following positions.Youth Program:Boys 18’s ManagerGirls 18’s ManagerBoys 20’s Manager Girls 20’s ManagerMaster’s Program:Men’s 30’s Manager Men’s 35’s Manager Men’s 40’s Manager Men’s 50’s Manager Women’s 30’s ManagerSenior Mixed Manager CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for these positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/youthmastersmanager The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsState Association/Location Endorsement (please contact your state office) Touch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint assistant coaches and managers to the vacant positions within the National Youth and Masters divisions to prepare the national teams for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman and the 2015 FIT Senior World Cup respectively.The term for both the Youth and Masters Assistant Coach & Manager positions will be from appointment in 2013/14 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman and 2015 World Cup respectively. These campaigns will involve attendance by the appointed assistant coach or manager at all team and National Training Squad camps throughout the 2013-15 period. TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following positions. Please note some positions have been filled through the previous Head Coach process.Youth Program:Boys 18’s Assistant CoachGirls 18’s Assistant CoachBoys 20’s Assistant Coach Girls 20’s Assistant Coach Master’s Program:Men’s 30’s Assistant CoachMen’s 50’s Assistant CoachWomen’s 30’s Assistant CoachSenior Mixed Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for these positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/youthmastersasstcoach  The EOI will include: NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelState Association/Location Endorsement (please contact your state office)Previous Elite level (only) Coaching Experiencelast_img read more