World Cup 2019: England favourites, less pressure on us, says Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis ramped up the pressure on hosts England ahead of their World Cup opener on Thursday, saying the pressure will be more on the hosts and tournament favourites.Du Plessis will lead his side out at The Oval against the world’s top-ranked team, which is also chasing its maiden World Cup trophy.England have won 15 of their last 19 ODI series and are the team to beat on home soil.’Chokers’ is a tag South Africa have been used to at World Cups as they are also chasing their first trophy”Whether you are favourites or not, you still have to play good cricket. They deservedly have the tag because they are the home nation and have consistently played good cricket,” said du Plesssis here on Wednesday.”But you will face such different opposition through this tournament so it is about making sure you stay focussed for the whole tournament. England are the favourites so if it means on the day there is less pressure on us then we can play freely.”We are going in as underdogs and if that releases some players in the team then that is great.”For South Africa to stop England in their tracks, taking wickets will be essential.England captain Eoin Morgan claimed their current top seven is the best they have ever had and much of the pre-tournament talk has surrounded the prospect of them becoming the first side to score 500 runs in ODI cricket.The loss of seamer Dale Steyn is a further boost for England, with the 35-year-old ruled out with a shoulder injury.advertisementHowever, South Africa still boast a formidable pace attack led by Kagiso Rabada.”KG does not need any guidance from me. I can speak to him from a tactical point of view but I won’t tell him how to bowl, he knows more than I do.”It is about setting him free. World Cups are for people to perform and KG will want to make this his stage. Dale is a big loss to our team but we expected it. When we picked the squad he was 60 per cent ready so we anticipated for this to happen.”But a fit Dale Steyn makes our attack a strong one so we need to make a few changes to our team for England. Our bowling is one of our X-factors,” the skipper added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Glad to see smile back on Kuldeep’s face, says Ajit AgarkarAlso See:last_img read more

UEFA confirm VAR usage in Nations League finals

first_imgVideo Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at this week’s UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal, Europe’s soccer governing body UEFA said on Monday.VAR, which allows incidents to be reviewed with the help of video replays, was used at last year’s World Cup in Russia and this season’s Champions League knockout stages and will also be part of the English Premier League from next season.UEFA briefed the coaches of Nations League semi-finalists Portugal, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands about VAR in April and England manager Gareth Southgate has welcomed its use in the competition.You’ll never get a system that is 100% fail-safe but the key decisions that are clear and obvious have been rectified,” Southgate said. “My feeling… is that in the main the big decisions have been right.”The main criticisms of VAR are the amount of time it takes for decisions to be reviewed and that fans inside the stadium are left in the dark while the referee looks at replays on the sidelines.Netherlands coach Ronaldo Koeman said the system still had room for improvement.”VAR is a good help to make football fairer and most of the mistakes will be corrected. That of course is a good thing,” Koeman said.”We must realize, however, that discussions will continue to exist, because you can often interpret actions in multiple ways. I am in favour of the VAR tackling the big, obvious issues only, rather than to search endlessly for potential errors.”England face the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6, a day after hosts Portugal play Switzerland in the first semi-final.advertisementAlso Read | Police probe as Neymar uses social media against rape claimAlso See:last_img read more

Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0

first_imgChile beat Japan 4-0 in their Group C opening match for the Copa America in Brazil, an excessive punishment for a Japanese team who showed flashes of good football and at times managed to dominate the tournament’s reigning champion.A brace by Eduardo Vargas and two more goals from Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez ensured victory for Chile on Monday, reports Efe news. Japan, who came with a youthful squad to the tournament, had their chances but lacked the cutting edge.Despite the absence of agile and eye-catching football, Chile are still well on its way to defend the titles it obtained in 2015 and 2016.Japan made an energetic start with Takefusa Kubo – who was signed by Real Madrid last week for its B-squad – leading the charge against the reigning champion, who failed to respond to the defensive pressures and the devilish speed of the Japanese strikers.Chile spent much of the first half totally disoriented and trying to contain the outbursts of a Japanese team who knew very well how to play.Shoya Nakajima gave the Chileans a lesson in dribbling speed and ball control, and almost opened the scoring before the 10-minute mark.Kubo displayed some of his talent, especially a delightful nutmeg against Mauricio Isla, and moved freely through his attacking area.After half an hour, Sanchez appeared with a double chance, although neither of his two shots was on target.Chile stepped up their game and moved the ball more fluidly. They were rewarded for their period of dominance with the opener, when Pulgar nodded in a Charles Aranguiz corner in the 41st minute.advertisementJapan slowed down in the second half and Chile doubled their lead with Vargas scoring the first of his two goals after a cut-back from Mauricio Isla in the 53th minute.Japan’s Ueda squandered a chance to respond, firing wide of the back post after a cross from Gaku Shibasaki.While the Japanese failed in their attacks, Chile knew how to take advantage of each and every one of its approaches. Less than ten minutes before the match ended, Sanchez scored another goal for Chile and a minute later gave an assist to the striker Vargas, who sealed his second goal with ease.Also Read | Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerAlso Read | Copa America: It will take a while to accept it, says Lionel Messi on Argentina’s loss to BoliviaAlso Seelast_img read more

Teach Me How To Gundy – Flash Mob

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! First of all, this kid is so awesome that at one point about 20 seconds in I thought, “I wonder how secure Larry Reece feels about his job?”The rest of the video is terrific, youngsters performing their own version of the Gundy to get ready for Texas in Austin. These are special times in Stillwater, as Anthony Slater noted yesterday, and this is just one more reminder of how much fun this season has been.last_img read more

2012 Title Contender?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswireThe always-formidable Travis Haney wrote a lengthy piece on why OSU can/might/will/won’t win it all in 2012. You can read the full article here (and should if you have Insider), but here are some of the highlights if you don’t…Why they can win it all: Is there any shot the Cowboys could retool on the fly to surprise the revamped Big 12 in 2012? The odds seem low, but the Pokes’ recent consistency and efficiency under Mike Gundy makes them a candidate to be in the Big 12 and BCS title picture this season.I mean, I’m one of the biggest OSU homers around and even I think this might be a little much.It’s very difficult, sitting here in June, to project how Lunt will fare as a freshman starting quarterback in the Big 12. If he can run the offense anywhere near as efficiently as Weeden did, the Cowboys could catch the league off guard. Then again, a figure like Blackmon would certainly aid in Lunt’s early development.Which I think might as big of an (if not a bigger) issue than Weeden leaving.Even with Randle and Smith (and the talented Herschel Sims, until he was recently booted from the team), Monken has said the Cowboys will not deter from their plan to feature the pass and use the run to accentuate it. It will be interesting to see if OSU can replicate, or even get close to, its quick-strike numbers from 2011. The Pokes had 23 drives of a minute or less, one more than Baylor, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Their average touchdown drive was an expedient 1:46, 10 seconds faster than Kevin Sumlin’s Houston team and 12 seconds faster than Chip Kelly’s Oregon team.Oregon is the Oklahoma State of the pacific!So long as the turnover trend continues, the Cowboys will be fine. There’s reason to believe it will since the defense returns eight starters, including outstanding corners Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert and safety Daytawion Lowe.Why they won’t win it all:Still, it’s a freshman QB …Ever remember a freshman quarterback being named the starter in the spring, two months after he enrolled? It’s highly uncommon — and that’s because of the knowledge and aptitude required to play the position at a high level in a major conference.With that in mind, there’s always the possibility that Lunt will fall flat, even if he winds up being successful in the long run. It might be too much to ask, simply put. That might even rear its head before the season begins.We’ve had so many consecutive years of top-notch QB play that it’s almost unfathomable to grasp a…gasp…Case McCoy level of production from whoever holds the reins. On the flip side for the defense, there could be a law-of-averages concept at play with how many yards Oklahoma State allows. Some pundits and rival coaches wondered last season whether it would eventually catch up with the Cowboys.It didn’t, really, but it does seem as if they’re playing with a blowtorch when it comes to giving up chunks of the field; it’s just not something you typically see in championship teams.We’re just trying to driva a stake in the “defense wins championships” cliche. Oregon put it on life support it in 2010, it’s up to OSU, Washington State, West Virginia, somebody, anybody to end it.Even if the Cowboys are successful, maybe more than expected, this is already a crowded year in terms of Big 12 contenders. Oklahoma figures to have a slight edge as the league favorite going in, but no one would blink if, say, Texas, West Virginia or even TCU wound up winning the conference. In fact, OSU might be pegged in July as the sixth-best team in the league, behind Kansas State and the schools mentioned above.On paper, he’s right, this is a tough league. But tell me, which team puts that “oh crap, there’s no freaking way we’re winning tonight” fear in you? WVU? Maybe. OU? In Norman, I guess. There are some strong teams but absolutely no juggernaut.In some senses, with Lunt and the receivers, this is a rebuilding fall at OSU. But, in other ways — the backs, the defense — this is a fairly experienced team. It might be unrealistic to expect the Cowboys to be in the hunt for a Big 12 or national title, but some level of success — approaching 10 wins, perhaps — would go a long way in establishing and confirming Oklahoma State’s place in the program efficiency ratings moving forward.Translation: 2012 is going to be a blast.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!last_img read more

OSU wrestlers win two national championships

first_imgThe individual title was Perry’s first of his career, here he is talking about his win.And Oliver’s title was his second (and should have been his third). Here’s what he had to say on okstate.com:I’m happy to be a part of the Cowboy tradition and getting to cap off my senior season with my second national title. It’s been an honor wrestling under Coach Smith and for Oklahoma State. It’s been a great journey.And here are a lot of national titles hugging each other after Oliver’s W.Another great season for OSU wrestling has concluded and with basketball over too we’re officially in one of the three following modes:“Who’s the QB going to be?” mode.“When does Smart declare for the draft?” mode.“Does baseball have a shot at the CWS?” mode.We’ll keep you updated on all three.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! Photo Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIChris Perry and Jordan Oliver racked up two more individual national titles for Oklahoma State at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday night.OSU lost the overall bid for its 35th NCAA wrestling title but not because of Perry and Oliver.Perry defeated No. 2 ranked Matt Brown of Penn State and Oliver beat No. 2 ranked Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the finals on ESPN.As a team, the Pokes fell four points short of another title. Here’s what coach John Smith had to say on okstate.com:We gave ourselves a chance today. We did everything we could. We won nine out of 11 matches on the final day of competition. Any other time we’ve done that, we’ve come home with a team title. It hurts, but I’m proud of our team’s effort. We came to wrestle, and that’s what we did.Penn State would prove to be just too much as they took home their third straight national title.last_img read more

Central Michigan Game Superlatives

first_imgWinners:    John Bonamego and his squad. In his debut as Central Michigan’s head coach, his Chippewas held the Cowboys to just 24 points and played a very inspired game. For a team that was picked to finish fifth in the West division of the MAC, they came out Ostman blazing and gave us a run for their money.Losers: The play calling in general. I thought it was a bit too conservative. Rather than playing to win, they called plays to not lose the game. It was a clean game (no turnovers, four penalties), but without taking chances the offense seems closed off. With one of the deepest receiving cores in the league, I would have liked to see them fling it around a little more.Best play: Just when the Cowboys needed an answer, Rudolph delivered big time with a touchdown scamper to put his squad up by 4.Rudolph’s TD run from earlier tonight. #okstate pic.twitter.com/nINYYrsz4n— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 4, 2015Worst play: Our field goal attempts weren’t ideal.Quote of the game: “Not quite Zac Robinson,” Rudolph said postgame. “I’m trying to get it done however I can.”Play that didn’t get enough attention: The Chris Carson hurdle. That was his 20th carry of the night, and he still looked fresh as ever.Stat of the game: No turnovers, four penalties.GIF of the game: Is there any question?Pete is pleased. #okstate pic.twitter.com/jBky1Gllhd— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 4, 2015 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!last_img read more

Why Glenn Spencer is Winning In the Big 12, and What it Means for OSU

first_imgI’ve been watching a few college football preview shows for the past week, and I’ve seen pretty much the same narrative from most of the national media outlets – Oklahoma State is a trendy pick to win the Big 12 and CFP candidate because of Mason Rudolph, those WRs and an explosive offense.Then you wait for the “but” from each analyst: “ … but everything hinges on if Oklahoma State can stop anyone.” This is paraphrased, but it’s basically what everyone ends up saying.Given the nature of these shows and how many teams they have to talk about, I don’t think most of these analysts they know the first thing about how good or bad the OSU defense will be. These are just talking points, and this is still the offseason.That being said, we should also probably give them a break. OSU has a history of scoring a lot of points and with the exception of a few years, fielding a pretty below average defense. There are no major NFL draft prospects that will anchor this year’s defense, so really it makes sense that these analyst would pin OSU with a defense that has resembled previous units that have been a disappointment.My intention isn’t necessarily to change that narrative so that these experts believe OSU has a top 10 defense, but to redefine what success looks like at OSU and in the Big 12 on the defensive side of the ball. The Big 12 is a different type of football, and subsequently you have to adjust what it means to have a good defense in my opinion.Here are two profiles, one being Oklahoma State and the other being another major Power 5 team known for having a strong defense. If you take out the normal variable that is measured to determine a strong defense, yards allowed/game, you find some interesting similarities.Team A32 sacks, 2.46/game25 turnovers forced76% of red zone trips ending in TD or FG58% of red zone trips ending in TD2.09 points allowed/drive5.93 yards allowed/play26.5 points/game allowedTeam B32 sacks, 2.29/game25 turnovers forced82% of red zone trips ending in TD or FG60% of red zone trips ending in TD1.75 points allowed/drive5.0 yards allowed/play22.8 points/game allowedTeam A is Oklahoma State, Team B is Virginia Tech. Team B is better in a few areas by a small margin, but for the most part these profiles are comparable. Now if you haven’t been hiding under the Clemson rock for the last two decades, you know that Virginia Tech is known for hard-nosed stifling defense under defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Foster is one of the best in the business, and Virginia Tech has been lucky to keep him this long as DC in Blacksburg.VT was 18th in total defense in 2016, averaging 340.7 yards/game. Oklahoma State was 92nd in total defense at 446.3 yards/game. Obviously those numbers tell a different story than the blind team resume exercise above, and in general are the numbers that defenses are judged by.Glenn Spencer is just fine with this. I think his strategy is pretty simple. Force the offense to take what you give them, and wait for them to make a mistake.Now as fans, this is a frustrating strategy. Even knowing this, I have found myself pulling my hair out as teams walk up and down the field on the OSU defense at times. Especially given the fact that the expectation for a successful defense from the masses is forcing every drive to be a three and out. Spencer simply wants every drive to end in 0 or 3 points and to give the ball back to his offense.That may consist of a 65-yard drive and several third-down conversions and end with a missed field goal or turnover, further inflating traditional stats for opposing offenses.It’s certainly a different way of thinking, but the Big 12 style will make you think outside the box. This conference truly brings a style of play that no other league does, and traditional football has never really seen before. Teams in the Big 12 have churned out QBs completing 68-69+ percent of their passes left and right, some even QBs that are marginally talented who are labeled “system QBs.” That is an outrageous completion percentage, and it’s mainly due to the style of play and really innovative offensive concepts.I think Spencer’s rationale is you can try to align yourself to cover the whole field, but ultimately leave yourself exposed to explosive plays. Or control the situation by handing the offense certain areas of the field where they can have success and completely shutting down the others.The areas that are given up are generally ones that are predetermined on film, and designed to put the offense in a position where they aren’t as comfortable. You simply wait to see if the offense can be patient enough to take what you give them consistently. Also some teams are good enough to take what you give them and what you take away (i.e. Oklahoma, Ole Miss 2015 etc.). I think you will find that most of the time all teams get greedy at some point and try to take what is not there, thus leading to a high number of turnovers or positive plays for the defense.One statistic to support this theory is that in 2016 OSU gave up more points in the in the first half than the second half. OSU gave up 194 points in the 1st half (about 56%), out of 345 points given up total. Compare that to 274 points scored by the OSU offense in the 1st half. As time goes on, OSU’s offense will continue to score and put more pressure on opposing offenses to try and keep up, playing into Spencer’s strategy of forcing the issue.Now this is all on paper, obviously it doesn’t play out like this all the time. We’ve seen plenty of times where OSU plays poorly on offense in the 1st half and has to come back from deficits in the 2nd half. But the underlying reasoning is let your offense do its thing and force opposing offenses to play the way Spencer wants them to.Some may hate this strategy, but it’s incredibly hard to field top 15 caliber offensive and defensive teams, especially in a league like the Big 12. Three to four teams come to mind who consistently do this across the country, and they’re able to consistently recruit at a top 5-10 level. The type of talent you have to recruit on both sides of the ball are only done by few, and isn’t really feasible in the case of Oklahoma State at this point. If you know of several 5-star DL recruits who want to come to Oklahoma State, I’m sure Spencer would be thrilled to change his strategy.Some stats to keep in mind for this upcoming season to gauge Oklahoma State defensive success:Defensive points per driveTurnovers forcedRed zone scoring %Average opponent starting field position (this isn’t something to indicate defensive success, but will ultimately lead to better success on Nos. 1-2 so it’s worth paying attention to)Sometimes this strategy leads to a lot of yards in the box score and ugly defensive yardage rankings, but I think Glenn Spencer is sleeping just fine each night with just one statistic in his favor, and that is another notch in the win column.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!last_img read more

Abidal hopes Mbappe wins Ballon d’Or

first_imgKylian Mbappé Abidal hopeful PSG and France star Mbappe will win Ballon d’Or Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:52 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Metz PSG Ligue 1 08092017 Gettyimages Kylian Mbappé PSG Ligue 1 The ex-Barcelona defender says the forward has huge potential but must work hard alongside the likes of Neymar in order to fulfil it Former Barcelona and France defender Eric Abidal is hopeful Kylian Mbappe’s enormous talent will lead to him winning the Ballon d’Or in the future.Mbappe, 18, has established himself as arguably the most promising young star to emerge in several years, scoring 26 goals during a remarkable campaign at Monaco last season.Mbappe 22/1 UCL top scorer 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. The forward moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and has made an excellent start to life in the French capital, netting three goals in six games so far.Abidal has recognised Mbappe’s highly-rated skill set and says he is rooting for his compatriot to land football’s most lucrative individual award one day.But he insists the key to Mbappe getting his hands on the Ballon d’Or is working hard every day alongside the likes of Neymar at PSG in order to fulfil his vast potential.“Yes he can,” said Abidal when asked whether Mbappe could become one of football’s greatest players at the official draw for the FIFA Club World Cup on Monday.“But I can say also he has to, because he has a lot of talent.Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, PSG“He is only 18-years-old. PSG have hired one of the best players of his age so he deserves a good career. But he has to work. Talent is not enough, you have to work every day.“And with Neymar and other good players around him he has to learn from them.“I’m French and he’s French too so I hope in a few years he wins some titles with his club and maybe in a personal capacity too, like a Ballon d’Or.”Mbappe has been shortlisted for the Golden Boy 2017 award and is one of the favourites to win the prize alongside Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.last_img read more

EFL plans Pep meeting about ball

first_imgGuardiola EFL plans Guardiola meeting after Carabao Cup match-ball criticism Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 19:52 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Man City Getty Guardiola Manchester City Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers League Cup Wolverhampton Wanderers The Man City boss and midfielder Yaya Toure said the ball was not fit for use in matches, and the organisation hopes to discuss the issue The EFL plans to talk to Pep Guardiola following his criticism of the match ball used in Manchester City’s penalty shoot-out victory over Wolves on Tuesday.City failed to find the net in 120 minutes of the fourth-round Carabao Cup clash at the Etihad Stadium before heroics from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo enabled them to triumph 4-1 on penalties.City 13/2 to beat West Brom 3-0 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 Guardiola was critical of the Mitre ball, which is usually used in Football League matches, saying it was “unacceptable for high-level competition”, while Yaya Toure backed up his coach’s comments by declaring it “rubbish”.In response to the Spaniard’s comments, the EFL assured the ball meets the necessary requirements and are planning to discuss his concerns prior to City’s next appearance in the competition.An official statement EFL statement read: “The Mitre ball used… is of exactly the same technical specification as the balls used in the EFL and [EFL] Trophy, all of which are tested in accordance with the ‘FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs’ and meet the ‘FIFA Quality Pro’ standard. All balls used in the professional game are required to meet this standard.”Clearly, preference is a subjective matter, but overall the entertainment provided across [Tuesday’s] round-four ties would suggest that the ball used is not having a negative impact in the competition.”We will look to engage with Mr Guardiola and Manchester City to fully understand any concerns in advance of their round-five tie.”Guardiola was unhappy with the movement of the ball but assured he was not trying to make excuses for his team’s difficulties against Championship opponents.Leroy Sane Man City Wolves“It is not acceptable. The ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition,” the Spaniard said.”It is too light, it moves all over the place, it is not a good ball. It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won, I’m not making excuses.”All of my players said, ‘What is that?’ [It’s] not a serious ball for a serious competition.”It’s [for] marketing, money, OK but it’s not acceptable – [it has] no weight, nothing.”last_img read more

Why Man Utd will regret picking Mou over Poch

first_imgManchester United Why Manchester United will regret hiring Mourinho instead of Pochettino Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(39) Mauricio Pochettino Jose Mourinho Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Opinion Unllike the Portuguese coach, the Tottenham manager plays football the ‘United Way’ and has a better chance of building a legacy at his club It may have seemed like a tactical masterstroke at the time, but the folly of Jose Mourinho’s defensive set-up at in a much-hyped derby clash with Liverpool was brutally exposed last Sunday.Manchester United had headed to Anfield full of vigour, gleefully swatting teams aside with an abundance of goals and flair. Mourinho played to type, though, and set his side out to earn a 0-0 draw. They did.Last Sunday, Liverpool headed to Wembley to play a Tottenham side on a roll, having earned a superb 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Bernabeu the week prior. Unlike Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino decided to go for the jugular. 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 Spurs 13/5 to triumph at Old TraffordHarry Kane was supported by the pace of Son Heung-Min from the left flank, while Dele Alli was given freedom to roam the spaces so regularly left by Liverpool’s shoddy defensive play, and Spurs won 4-1, with Kane scoring twice, Son and Alli once apiece. It was, by no exaggeration, a rout, and thoroughly embarrassing for several Liverpool players: not least Dejan Lovren.Twenty-four hours prior, Mourinho’s side lost 2-1 to Huddersfield Town.Jose MourinhoHere, then, is a difference between two managers in a microcosm. Where Pochettino attacked, Mourinho defended. Perhaps both got what they deserved in their respective games against Liverpool – a point earned is a point gained, as some say – but one must wonder how Pochettino would have set up his team if he had been the man stepping off the United team coach two weeks ago.It nearly came to pass. Louis van Gaal was sacked in 2016, and Pochettino was spotted leaving a luxurious London restaurant with Sir Alex Ferguson just a few weeks later, along with his assistant Jesus Perez. They had shared wine, talked, Pochettino had reportedly asked for advice. Reports in the media swirled like winter’s first snowflakes; would Pochettino be the man to replace Van Gaal, having worked wonders since taking over at Spurs?It is a case of what might have been. In reality, United were pragmatic, opting to secure the marquee manager of Mourinho instead of the promise of Pochettino. United had endured lean years, thus it made sense that a proven winner would be taking the job – but the decision appears ever more risky as the months tick by.Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head this weekend, and the encounter is an intriguing one, both on the pitch and off it. Spurs and United are level on points in the Premier League, and the winner of the match could well solidify themselves as the true challengers to Manchester City’s seemingly endless title charge. Yet in the dugouts, too, there will be intrigue.Mauricio Pochettino Jose MourinhoSuch has been the level of the former Argentina defender’s success in north London, the usually phlegmatic club chairman, Daniel Levy, said just weeks ago that he would like Pochettino to sign on for 15 years at the club.“I would love nothing more than Mauricio still to be our manager in 10 to 15 years’ time,” the Spurs chairman wrote in a new book about Pochettino, titled ‘Brave New World’.“To really build success you need time, longevity. It’s easy to go and become a manager at Real Madrid, for instance.“It’s a fantastic club, don’t get me wrong, but winning at Tottenham Hotspur is far greater than winning at Real Madrid — and he agrees.“Mauricio wants this sense of achievement, this recognition, to be the main guy. And at this club, he can be the main guy.”Daniel Levy Pochettino PSMourinho, last season, took United from fourth to sixth, while Pochettino again took Tottenham to a title challenge, playing some truly breathtaking football. Spurs are quick, incisive, and able to change their gameplan at will. Tottenham have brutalized teams, thumping the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and United since the Argentine took over.They play football “the United way”, and it is not difficult to envisage the latter building a legacy at Spurs, in the same vein as Ferguson at United.Yet, for Mourinho – pragmatist extraordinaire, who regularly sets up a team blessed with magnificent attacking players to avoid defeat – United is another job.He does not intend to retire at the club , and may seek alternative employment at another super club if he does not achieve the success that United’s investment calls for – the club spent nearly £150m in the summer – and the whispers are that PSG are interested. United are keen for him to sign a new deal , but he has also talked up the prospect of managing Portugal in the past. Unlike his Spurs counterpart, he has not been setting down roots.And therein lies the rub. Pochettino is setting himself up for the next five and 10 years, he has a vision, a project, and the support of his chairman to go and achieve it. He has overachieved thus far, willed on by the goals of Kane, but silverware surely cannot be far away.Mourinho is, as always, living in the moment, eager to see success now, instead of building for it later. It has bitten him before, bringing an ignominious end to reigns at Chelsea, twice, and Real Madrid, and it might well bite him again.There may not be pangs of jealousy towards Spurs at United just yet, but another implosion in the dugout would surely leave the club regretting allowing Pochettino to slip through their fingers. 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Ellis names 23-player U.S. roster for friendlies

first_imgUnited States Ellis names 23-player USWNT roster for Canada friendlies Goal 05:34 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jill Ellis USWNT Friendly 06052016 Greg Bartram United States Canada The U.S. will close out 2017 with a pair of friendlies against John Herdman’s side – one on either side of the border U.S. women’s national team manager Jill Ellis has named a 23-player roster for her side’s upcoming pair of friendlies against Canada. The U.S. will close out 2017 with the two matches, one of which will be on Nov. 9 at BC Place in Vancouver and the other on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. “To play Canada in Vancouver is another excellent challenge for our team,” Ellis said in a federation release.   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’s a great rivalry with some classic history and these two matches in the home-and-home series will cap an important year in our growth towards 2019.”We’ve targeted and evaluated a lot of players this year and moving forward, I’m genuinely excited to keep building with the group we have now.”Ellis has handed a first call-up to Chioma Ubogagu of the Orlando Pride. Ubogagu, 25, was born in London but has represented the U.S. at various youth levels. Missing out on the roster are Crystal Dunn, who was not released by Chelsea with the Blues competing in the Champions League, and Mallory Pugh, Morgan Brian and Rose Lavelle, all of whom are nursing injuries. USWNT roster by position (caps/goals):GOALKEEPERS (4): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0)DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 11/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 133/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 17/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 5/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0), Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride; 0/0)MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 55/13), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 41/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 244/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 32/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 32/7), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 5/0)FORWARDS (5): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 132/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 94/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 127/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 13/4)last_img read more

Drinkwater: Mou’s record speaks for itself

first_imgManchester United ‘His record speaks for itself’ – Drinkwater defends Mourinho Omnisport Last updated 2 years ago 07:49 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Antonio Conte Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea Premier League The Man Utd manager has received criticism for his side’s style of play, but the midfielder believes critics should look at his record Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater defended Jose Mourinho from critics who claim Manchester United play negative football, telling them to look at his record as a successful manager.Mou’s Reds 13/2 to beat Chelsea 1-0Ahead of Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and United at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s side sit second in the Premier League table after winning seven of their first 10 games. 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 However, United have received criticism for their approach to matches against other big clubs, particularly their 0-0 draw at Liverpool and the 1-0 defeat of Tottenham, secured by Anthony Martial’s late strike.On both occasions Mourinho’s men were accused to employing defensive tactics, but Drinkwater believes someone of the Portuguese coach’s calibre should not be second-guessed.At the Bridge this evening, Danny Drinkwater, @DavidLuiz_4 , @AlvaroMorata and @cesc4official launched the new @hublot #BigBangChelsea watch! pic.twitter.com/ZU4DRTycW3 — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 2, 2017 Speaking exclusively to Omnisport at a joint Hublot and Chelsea event at Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater said: “I’m a player so tend not to look to much into that.”But his history of getting results speaks for itself. He has a great record, but hopefully we’ll do the job against him on Sunday.”It’s a long season, but in terms of the three points, it’s a big one. They have a lot of strengths.”They’re a top-quality side with a lot of quality individuals and a few big, strong lads, so their presence will be difficult.”Chelsea have endured a somewhat underwhelming start to the season and Antonio Conte has reportedly found himself under pressure and frustrated with some of his players.And because #HublotLovesFootball , following the unveiling, the four Blues took part in some table football games… pic.twitter.com/FvzB1Lr1gI — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 2, 2017 Drinkwater has seen no signs of his boss cracking under the pressure, however.”He has been great with me since I joined the club,” the former United youngster said.”I love the way he manages to the team, and he has made me feel part of the team pretty quickly.”He’s a top-class manager. I’m sure within himself he can deal with the pressure of managing a big club like Chelsea.”last_img read more

Tribal nature of rugby league presents barrier to NRL relocation

first_img Read more Sydney Roosters sign 25-year Allianz Stadium deal after project’s future secured Since you’re here… features Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian The Broncos are Friday night ratings gold and naturally TV’s suits and sales types would like more of it. These people have thus suggested to the NRL that TV needs more games in Brisbane because all those league-loving eyeballs would mean more people watching.TV is why there was a Super League war which ultimately kicked out Souths. 80,000 people marched in the streets to protest against it and against how “big media” was running “their” game. It was a popular movement, and ultimately the Bunnies found a way back. But thereare many who can never forgive.Cronulla, Manly and Wests Tigers supporters would not be able to forgive should their clubs shifted from their locales. The Sharks have been around since 1967, the Sea Eagles since 1947. There are no more parochial people (outside, say, Queenslanders) in the land. In 2000, fans of Balmain Tigers (est. 1908) and Western Suburbs Magpies (also 1908) saw their clubs merged into a new entity. Less than 20 years later they’re being asked to countenance losing the club from the city in which they live. The NRL’s new licensing agreement would have it that clubs have to prove solvency should they wish to remain part of the NRL. And one can understand, from a business perspective, why dropping a financial basket case for a new entity – let’s say Redcliffe Dolphins – resident in a high-rating league city would make sense.But relocation? Rugby league is tribal. You wear the colours of your team like you own them. They’re yours. Relocating the colours of Manly or the Sharks or Tigers would not, surely, be edifying for existing fans nor potential new ones. You’d greatly disenfranchise the former and fail to energise many of the latter given – let’s call them the people of Perth – would be aware that “their” new team is a second-hand one from Sydney. Read more Could a Brisbane franchise take Cronulla’s colours as the Lions took Fitzroy’s? Would Wests Tigers play out of Perth? Could Manly play out of Perth? You’d have to say they could not. Not with their soul intact. And knowing Manly fans, they’d sooner see the club bite the dust than head west, just as Souths chose to be nothing rather than merge with the Sharks.Thus the most palatable – if not financial – solution to television’s desire to add 80 minutes a week in fresh metro markets would appear to be an 18-team NRL competition. Keep the current 16 in the tent and add Brisbane and Perth as standalone entities. Brisbane makes sense, it’s league land. But Perth? The jury is out. Yes, there are two million people. Yes, there’ll be an Origin game at their crackerjack new stadium. Yes, there once were the Western Reds.Yet rugby league seems to think – given its inherent belief that it actually is the greatest game of all games – that it can pitch itself into a foreign culture and flourish. Because, hey, it’s rugby league, why wouldn’t they love it? The rationale goes that after Rugby Australia brushed Western Force, it begat an opportunity for rugby league. You might say the same of the Japanese Sunwolves.Local, “cultural” support for rugby union doesn’t necessarily mean instant support for rugby league. Force fans remain Force fans – Twiggy Forrest is still in there swinging. And you can’t create culture, not immediately. Eyeballs aren’t the only arbiter, otherwise there’d be another team in Melbourne, population four million. Melbourne, though, has rather strong cultural bedrock called the Australian Football League, the teams of which millions of Melburnians hold great emotional allegiance.For sure, the Storm have become a great success in Melbourne. Each home game they draw up to 20,000 people to see them blitz opponents in the modern, purpose-built AAMI Stadium. And yet in 20 years of Melbourne Storm, the number of NRL players bred from the Melbourne competition is three.Meanwhile axing or otherwise shifting the Tigers would seem a strange one given they represent both the outer and inner west of Sydney, a catchment of humanity described as upwards of 2 million people. Expansion to Perth (population 2 million) at the cost of the western Sydney team would appear a zero sum game at best.Then again, would they march for Wests as they marched for Souths? Would they march for Manly when they did not for North Sydney Bears? Manly had no compunction about taking over the wretched Northern Eagles and casting Norths into the abyss. Were Manly on the chopping block, Bears fans would enjoy the schadenfreude – and even contemplate taking over the licence and plonking a red-and-black team in northern Sydney where there are 600,000 people without a team.Regardless, it all does seem a lot of kerfuffle so that Channel Nine can charge bookmakers to peddle their wares on the airwaves. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email It is a truism of professional sport that television gets what television wants. TV is the ultimate arbiter of who plays what, where and when. It is by far the wealthiest stakeholder and thus carries the loudest megaphone. TV may not be god, but it is all powerful.The rugby league relocation and expansion chatter still bopping about in our popular presses – after the NRL threw out the burley for all we fish to feed on – has come because Foxtel and Channel Nine would like another 80 minutes of entertainment each week with which to sell advertising space and set top boxes. Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Facebook NRL Rugby league Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics … 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. Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Russians cite threats for Olympic Games boycott – archive, 1984

first_img From the archive, 30 July 1984: Russia boycotts Los Angeles Olympics 50 stunning Olympic moments No30: Zola Budd’s rise and fall in 1984 Share on Messenger Click image to read article. Read more Cold war President Reagan last night reacted by summoning international and US Olympic officials to the White House. A spokesman for the State Department, Mr John Hughes, commented: “We can understand how the Soviets, as they run their own society, may have a little difficulty in understanding our society. This is a free country and there are many people in this country who happen to find many things about the Soviet Union abhorrent, and they express themselves.”He rejected Moscow’s claim that the United States did not intend to ensure the security of athletes. “I think we would have done that very effectively in accordance with the laws of our country and the Soviets need not have had concern for their security. As to whether people would defect, whether people would voice criticism of the Soviet Union when the Soviets were here – that’s democracy.”The US Administration said that the Russians had given Washington no advance warning of the decision. The Soviet withdrawal is expected to be followed by other Communist-bloc countries, except Romania. There are strong rumours that the Russians are planning an alternative Olympiad in Bulgaria.The decision comes three weeks before the closing date for entries for the games and coincides with the departure yesterday of the Olympic flame from New York, by runner, to Los Angeles. Many Olympic officials remain hopeful however that there is still time for some compromise which will persuade the Soviets to change their minds.The Russian decision is expected to lead to a further deterioration in US-Soviet relations. The statement from the Soviet National Olympic Committee attacks the US in extreme terms, accusing it of “gross flouting of the ideals and traditions of the Olympic Movement.”The statement says there is “direct Administration connivance” in the preparation of “political demonstrations hostile to the Soviet Union.” It adds that “undisguised threats were being made against the Soviet National Olympics Committee, against Soviet athletes and officials” and argues that the administration, far from discouraging the activities of “extremist organisations,” says it has no power to stop these “anti-Soviet, anti-socialist organisations.“From the very first days of preparations for the present Olympics, the American Administration has set course at using the games for its political aims,” the committee said. “In these conditions the National Olympic Committee of the USSR is compelled to declare that participation of Soviet sportsmen in the games is impossible.” Support The Guardian The USSR is pulling out of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the official Soviet news agency, Tass, announced yesterday.A statement from the National Olympic Committee of the USSR claimed that the decision had been taken because of unwarranted political interference by the US government in preparations for the games and because of threats to the security of Soviet athletes and officials. … 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. Reuse this content US sports Share on Pinterest From the Guardian archive Share on Twitter Russia Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email Read more Olympic Games The US boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow as a protest against the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. But Soviet officials insist that their withdrawal from Los Angeles is “non-participation” – as opposed to a boycott– and is different from the American action in that it is in protest against violations of the Olympic charter and has no political motivation.This is an edited extract. 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Lloyd, Press on the move in blockbuster NWSL trade

first_imgNWSL Lloyd, Press and Kerr on the move in blockbuster NWSL trade Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 02:22 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carli Lloyd USWNT Stan Szeto NWSL United States Sky Blue Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars Friendlies Women The two-time FIFA world player of the year is returning to New Jersey in a three-team deal Two-time Best FIFA Women’s Player winner Carli Lloyd, U.S. national team striker Christen Press and 2017 NWSL MVP Sam Kerr are on the move after a blockbuster trade, the NWSL announced Friday.Lloyd is heading from the Houston Dash to her home state of New Jersey to join Sky Blue FC in the three-team trade, which saw the Chicago Red Stars acquire Kerr from Sky Blue and Houston add Press from Chicago.Sky Blue also acquired Canada forward Janine Beckie and midfielder-forward Jen Hoy in the deals, while the Red Stars added midfielder Nikki Stanton.Lloyd, 35, scored seven goals in 15 games while spending the past two seasons with Houston. She also spent the first half of 2017 on loan to Manchester City. 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 A 24-year-old Australia international, Kerr scored 17 goals last season while claiming the NWSL Golden Boot in addition to MVP honors.The 29-year-old Press scored 35 goals over the past four seasons with Chicago.last_img read more

Guardiola: City play s*** and get praise

first_imgGuardiola Man City can play s*** and still get praise – Guardiola Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 15:33 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Burnley v Manchester City Burnley Premier League The Premier League leaders were held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday, but the coach felt it was one of their better displays Pep Guardiola believes the generally glowing public perception of Manchester City’s performance does not always match his own assessment of the Premier League leaders.City were held 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday – Johann Gudmundsson’s late goal cancelling out Danilo’s scorching opener – to allow Manchester United to cut their lead atop the table to 13 points.Guardiola described City’s performance at Turf Moor as “almost perfect”, although his side failed to convert a number of fine chances, most notably Raheem Sterling contriving to miss an open goal from point-blank range. 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 Sean Dyche’s men battled back into the match in the closing stages, forcing Ederson to make a magnificent save to tip an Aaron Lennon drive on to the post, leaving Guardiola impressed with the Clarets.Guardiola told reporters: “Sometimes we play s*** and win 1-0 and people say, ‘oh, how good is Manchester City because they won 1-0’.”You see that after 95 minutes the result is 1-1, okay. You analyse what happened over the 90 minutes – I could not expect that Burnley would make one or two shots on target. Believe me, I expected more.”That’s why I give credit to the way we defended. It is not easy when there are long balls and balls you cannot press. Putting it in the channels, corners, free-kicks – they are the masters of that. They are so, so good.”Guardiola accepted, however, a failure to kill the match off by adding to Danilo’s wonderful strike cost City two points on the day, his side dropping points in only a fourth Premier League game this term.”It is my feeling that if we had been able to score the second goal in the first 30 minutes of the second half, even in the first half, the game would have been for our side,” the Catalan added.”The game was there. I did not have the feeling we were not good, I don’t have the feeling we did not work in the way we have over the past month.Danilo Burnley Manchester City“Of course, we didn’t win. We are sad and if you judge about the result… But compliments to Burnley because what they do, they do really, really well.”Guardiola rejected the suggestion that drawing with Burnley indicated City needed to bring in attacking reinforcements during the January transfer window, with a late move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez falling through after primary target Alexis Sanchez switched to Manchester United.City were without David Silva due to injury, while Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus were also unavailable, leading Guardiola to only name six substitutes on his bench.”January is the past,” Guardiola said. “Gabriel is coming back, Leroy is coming back and all we can do is play in that way. Another day, with less chances and we are going to score.”last_img read more

Kane the hero as Spurs down Arsenal

first_imgTottenham 1 Arsenal 0: Kane settles derby to lift Spurs into third Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 22:21 2/10/18 harry kane - cropped Getty Images Tottenham’s top-four hopes were given a huge boost as they claimed a derby win over Arsenal at Wembley. Harry Kane gave Tottenham’s top-four hopes a lift as his header secured a 1-0 win over rivals Arsenal on Saturday.The England striker powered home Ben Davies’ cross in the 49th minute to avenge Spurs’ 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in November in the first north London derby to take place at Wembley since 1993.The victory lifts Mauricio Pochettino’s side into third place in the table, having played a game more than Liverpool and Chelsea, while Arsenal slip to six points adrift of the coveted Champions League spots. 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 Arsene Wenger named Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil in attack but the Gunners looked a shadow of the attacking force that put five past Everton last week.Spurs likewise had few chances in a poor first half but Kane made amends with his 23rd league goal of the season, his seventh top-flight derby strike in as many games.The home side missed good opportunities to extend their lead but they rarely looked in danger of conceding an equaliser, as Arsenal slipped to an eighth loss of a league season that looks set to end in disappointment again.Pure emotion. #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/4wOmm7O6On— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2018Both teams struggled in a turgid first half, although Kane wasted a glorious opportunity 25 minutes in when he headed Christian Eriksen’s cross over the bar when unmarked near the six-yard box.The Gunners’ final ball was far too often letting them down on their rare forays forward, with Mkhitaryan particularly guilty of some poor crossing from promising positions, although Dele Alli likewise failed to pick out Eriksen at the end of a promising Spurs move.Four minutes after the break, though, Spurs found the breakthrough. Davies was given space to left of the area to swing in an inviting cross, and Kane rose highest to power a header into the bottom-left corner.7 – Harry Kane has seven goals in seven Premier League north London derby games – only Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more (8). Heaven. #TOTARS— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018Kane should have scored again three minutes later, glancing a free header wide after Eric Dier was allowed time to cross, and Petr Cech palmed away a fierce half-volley from the striker as Spurs went in search of a second.The Arsenal goalkeeper, who has now gone nine games without a clean sheet to leave him on 199 in the Premier League, then had to tip over an Eriksen free-kick from 20 yards to keep his side in the match.Wenger made an attacking change, bringing on Alexandre Lacazette for the ineffective Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for Mohamed Elneny, but it was Jack Wilshere who nearly equalised with a curling strike that Hugo Lloris clawed away from the top corner.The visitors were starting to look exposed at the back and Spurs wasted three chances on the break, with Son blazing over the bar, Alli prodding wide when one-on-one with Cech and substitute Erik Lamela seeing an effort blocked wide at the right-hand post.Lacazette spurned two chances to prove Arsenal’s hero in the closing minutes, volleying way over the bar before side-footing well wide after escaping Davinson Sanchez, as Spurs held on for a win that takes them a point above Liverpool and two clear of Chelsea, although both have a game in hand. Key Opta Stats:- Spurs have kept a clean sheet in consecutive home league games against Arsenal for the first time since September 1975.- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored in their last 15 Premier League games – the longest current run in the division. – Kane is also only the second player to score in four consecutive home Premier League appearances against Arsenal, after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink between 1997 and 2001.- Petr Cech has now gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet, his longest ever run in the competition.- The Gunners have lost three consecutive away league games for the first time since a run of four in April 2017.- In meetings between ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season, no side has won more points in home games than Spurs (9 – W3 D0 L1). read morelast_img read more

Sources: Toronto signs Aketxe from Athletic

first_imgTransfers Sources: Toronto FC signs Aketxe from Athletic Bilbao Gorka Posada Last updated 1 year ago 23:19 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ager Aketxe Athletic Bilbao Getty Images Transfers Toronto Athletic Club MLS Primera División The 24-year-old Spanish midfielder has joined the MLS Cup champions ahead of the 2018 campaign Toronto FC has signed Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe from Athletic Bilbao, sources have confirmed to Goal.The 24-year-old has joined TFC on a free transfer and signed a two-year deal with the MLS Cup champions, with Athletic possessing a buy-back option.AdChoices广告A former Spain youth international, Aketxe has made just three appearances in La Liga this season. He has appeared in 35 matches in all competitions for Athletic since debuting in 2014. 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 Aketxe spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan to second-tier side Cadiz, making 18 appearances in the Segunda Division.Toronto has reloaded this offseason after becoming the first club in MLS history to claim a domestic treble last year, winning the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship.In addition to Aketxe, the Reds also have added former Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel and Brazil youth international Auro.TFC is set to open the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League against the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park before hosting the return leg Feb. 27 at BMO Field.last_img read more

Icardi set for new deal in summer – Ausilio

first_imgMauro Icardi Inter confident of extending Icardi deal in summer, says Ausilio Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:17 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Icardi Inter Verona Serie A Internazionale Internazionale v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A Transfers The 25-year-old remains a pivotal player for the Milan side and they hope to ensure he snubs interest from Real Madrid to stay even longer Inter have no reason to fear losing Mauro Icardi in the near future as they plan to open negotiations over a new contract at the end of the season, director of sport Piero Ausilio says.The 25-year-old striker netted twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Hellas Verona to take him up to 24 goals and one assist in Serie A this season, meaning he has played a decisive role in half of his side’s tally in the league.Despite the Argentine’s consistency in front of goal in recent years, Inter have been unable to challenge for domestic and European titles, leading to Icardi being linked with a move to Real Madrid. 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 Although he is tied to the San Siro side until 2021, Inter want Icardi to extend his stay even further and are sure he will sign a new deal in the summer, according to Ausilio.”There are no figures, there have been no meetings, there is only the desire and the pleasure of moving forward together,” he told Mediaset Premium. “We will talk about it at the end of the season. “There is no problem, as he has another three years on his deal, this is the important thing. Icardi is important for the club and he knows it.”He has already renewed his contract three times since he came to Inter. We’re happy to keep him with us for many more years.”Inter sit fourth in the table under Luciano Spalletti and are looking to seal their place in next season’s Champions League. Having gone through six coaches in the last two years, it has been suggested that Spalletti’s future in Milan depends on them getting into the tournament, but Ausilio is sure they will continue with him regardless.”We are very happy with his work, beyond the individual matches, for us there is no problem,” he said. “Spalletti is the present and the future of Inter. We have nothing to worry about.”last_img read more