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Nice of CSK to play me in the 1st match: Harbhajan Singh after heroics vs RCB

first_imgHarbhajan Singh roared back to form on Saturday with a three-wicket haul that rocked the top-order of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 opener at Chepauk.MS Dhoni’s decision to play three specialists spinners paid rich dividends for the home side as they made the most of the turning track at the MA Chidambaram stadium to bamboozle the clueless RCB batsmen.Dhoni opened the attack with Harbhajan Singh bowling the second over. The off-spinner repaid the faith of his captain as he got rid of Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in consecutive overs which broke the back of the RCB batting lineup.Imran Tahir (3 for 9) and Ravindra Jadeja (2 for 15) then took care of the rest of the RCB batsmen.Harbhajan bowled his full quota of 4 overs in one spell which made all the difference in the final outcome of the match as CSK bowled out RCB for the joint sixth-lowest total in IPL history.Harbhajan was wicketless for 7 matches since he dismissed Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes on May 11, 2018. Last season, Harbhajan got just 7 wickets in 13 matches.But in the new season, he destroyed RCB with three top wickets. Harbhajan’s IPL tally now stands at 137 wickets.The 38-year-old veteran India cricketer dedicated his man-of-the-match award to his family after the game.”It is nice to be out there on the park and it is a special one for me. I would like to give a lot of credit to my wife and daughter for this award. You can’t ask for a better start – they had a lot of left-handers and (Stephen) Fleming told me that I would be playing and bowling in the powerplay.advertisement”It was nice to get a wicket up front and it gets easier after that. Great feeling to get the Man of the Match in the first match and hopefully we can carry on from here. Imran (Tahir) bowled really well in the latter part after I bowled out; it was nice to get Virat’s and AB’s wickets.”How often does an off-spinner get their wickets! It is a nice challenge and it is nice to sit on this side and take this award,” Harbhajan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.CSK bowled out RCB for 70 in 17.1 overs and then chased down the target with 7 wickets and 14 balls to spare to register its seventh successive win over the Bangalore-based team.Royal Challenger Bangalore haven’t defeated the yellow brigade since 2014. The head-to-head record between these two teams also favours CSK with Dhoni’s team winning 15 matches in 23 meetings.This was the second time RCB were bowled out under 100 in the opening match of the IPL. They had managed just 82 in the 2008 season opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. This was also RCB’s joint second lowest total in the tournament’s history.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni criticial of Chepauk pitch despite 7-wicket win vs RCBAlso Read | Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the wayAlso Read | CSK vs RCB, IPL 2019: Harbhajan, Tahir fire as Chennai hammer Bangalorelast_img read more

SOUTH DAKOTA PROSECUTORS SAY HIT & RUN SUSPECT ADMITTED DRINKING

first_imgSouth Dakota prosecutors say a man charged with manslaughter in a fatal Lincoln County hit-and-run crash last week admitted drinking before striking the victim.Twenty-one-year-old Christian Dixon is accused of killing 34-year-old Tessa Jacobs while she was walking near Worthing last Wednesday night.A citizen tip led to Dixon’s arrest after parts of his vehicle were found at the scene of the crash.Deputy State’s Attorney Amanda Eden says Dixon also has a prior conviction for driving under the influence in August of last year.Dixon is being held in jail on $150,000 cash bond.APlast_img read more

Todd McShay on Weeden

first_imgPhoto Attribution: @eknielsenOn Wednesday  afternoon the hairdo’s protege, Todd McShay, wrote about a few of his thoughts on NFL prospects from the first two weeks of college football. You can read the article here, but if you don’t have ESPN Insider you won’t be able to see the whole thing.I’ve copied a portion of it over to PFB because I wanted to break down McShay breaking down Brandon Weeden. Here’s what he had to say (my comments below):Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden (Grade: 58) takes too many risks at times and is often sloppy with his footwork, but he’s showing a better grasp of pre-snap reads and understanding coverages. He is also showing solid pocket presence and does a nice job of moving his feet to buy extra time and to create passing windows.Weeden has enough arm strength to make all the necessary throws and he knows how to change velocities. He throws a very catchable ball, consistently leads his receivers to yards after catch and he shows good touch on the deep ball. His age — Weeden will turn 29 during his rookie season in the NFL — will cost him on draft weekend, but if age wasn’t a factor Weeden would have a chance to play his way into Day 2.To put that 58 grade in perspective, Nick Foles is an 80 and Ryan Tannehill is a 79. We’re all watching the same games, right? Like, McShay doesn’t have QB #3 on Oklahoma State confused with the old QB #3 on Oklahoma State (Alex Cate), does he? Weeden takes too many risks, but we’re cool with Foles and his 20 TD 10 INT performance from 2011 or his 19-9 from 2009?I get the old man stuff, really, I do. It’s hard for NFL teams to invest in someone who only has a 4-5 year window in which he can be a great player, especially when it will take him at least one of those to learn an offense. But to say he’s not even a pick worthy of the top 3 rounds (which is what “if age wasn’t a factor Weeden would have a chance to play his way into Day 2” means) is ludicrous.You want a list of current backup quarterbacks in the NFL? As in people whose job Weeden would be potentially be taking:Carpenter, RudyDaniel, ChaseDixon, DennisFlynn, MattMcGee, StephenPainter, CurtisStanton, DrewTaylor, TyrodWallace, SenecaThat is just a horrific list. I refuse to believe Brandon Weeden isn’t better than all of those guys and won’t have a successful career in the NFL. Is he going to be a 10-year starter and win 4 Super Bowls? No, but if you don’t think he’s better than Tarvaris Jackson, Alex Smith, or Chad Henne (all currently starting for NFL teams) then I don’t know what to tell you.I do know that Brandon Weeden’s draft grade of 58 from Todd McShay is a joke.This post is part of a season-long series on the Heisman hopes, statistical superiority, and pro potential of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Click here to read the rest.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

Five Players to Watch in Saturday’s Spring Game

first_imgOklahoma State released the rosters for Saturday’s spring game at Boone Pickens Stadium. There’s some interesting takeaways on both teams along with some injuries to key players who will not participate, but if I were handicapping this one, I’d say the orange team should be listed as a double digit favorite.There’s a lot of returning starters from last season’s 10-3 squad, but a lot of new or young faces that make this spring game particularly interesting. Here’s five players I’m intrigued by and will keep an eye on this weekend.5. Kenneth McGruder – Safety/Star LinebackerMcGruder was recruited and started his career at safety. But the lack of depth and injuries has forced a position change to star linebacker because Glenn Spencer “didn’t have anyone else.” Coming from the safety position, he has excellent coverage skills and can cover well in space, but does he have the size and versatility to read plays and play in the hybrid role this early in his career? All signs suggest Mike Gundy loves the move – and he’ll get an excellent opportunity with Jordan Burton out with a minor injury.4. Jarrell Owens – Defensive EndOwens flashed some big upside in his role last season as a backup, and of the young defensive ends, is the most intriguing of the bunch. The former Palestine, Texas running back is up to a whopping 270-pounds. He has little experience, but I think he’s in for a productive year as a redshirt sophomore – the same year Ogbah had his breakout season.3. Keenen Brown – Cowboy BackBrown was one of the highest rated receiver signees for Mike Gundy several years back, but injuries and a unique development of his body has allowed the coaching staff to try him at cowboy back. The 6-3, 240-pound freak athlete has a ton of upside, but can he be useful in a role as a blocking tight end and versatile pass catcher? We’ll get a chance to see just how far his development has come at the position on Saturday.2. Derrick Moncrief – SafetyMoncrief, the former Auburn safety, has one year to leave his mark on the Cowboy program. He was the No. 1 ranked safety in junior college before choosing Auburn, and he has the SEC size and potential to be a game changer alongside hard hitting Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers. This safety group is stacked with talent.1. Larry Williams – Offensive LineWilliams is the most intriguing of the bunch to me. The junior college all-american is earning rave reviews in spring practice thus far, but offensive line coach Adkins admits he still has a ways to go. Regardless, the guard position desperately needs an upgrade. I would be shocked if he doesn’t win the starting job.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

MAC Official Who Called Oklahoma State Game Admits Error, Cowboys Could Challenge

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! Remember the Texas game! No really, remember the Texas game in 2012 when Oklahoma State unsuccessfully challenged the play at the end of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium where Texas sort of fumbled and was called a TD? Then remember the sort-of apology it got from the Big 12 Conference? It feels like that’s where all of this is headed.Oklahoma State lost on an untimed play that it sounds like never should have been run on Saturday. Even the MAC official who worked the game (!1) confirmed this to Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman.“There’s a rule that says the game cannot end on an accepted live ball foul,” said MAC referee Tim O’Dey after the game. “There’s an exception to the rule that says if enforcement of the foul involves a loss of down, then that brings the game to an end. So in that situation, we’ve had the opportunity to run it back through our hierarchy, which includes the national rules editor, and he confirmed that should have been a loss of down and the end of the game at that point, so that extension should not have happened.“The accepted live ball foul will extend any period, unless there is an exception that applies to that and there’s an exception which applies to a loss of down foul, which intentional grounding is a loss of down foul. If the penalty statement includes the statement ‘loss of down’ then the game ends on that play.”Here’s the exchange from there on out …Q: It was a loss of down. I think you announced it as a loss of down, even.A: (no verbal answer, but nods head yes)Q: Okay.Q: So what you’re saying is that the game should have ended and it should not have been Central Michigan’s ball, just to be clear.A: That is the interpretation from the rules editor – the national rules editor, yes.Q: Who is the national rules editor?A: Rogers Redding.Q: What’s the next step?A: I’m not at liberty to make any further statement as far as that. That falls outside of my jurisdiction.WOW!So we have ourselves a little situation, and Oklahoma State knows it. The official who called the game said he screwed it up! According to Carson Cunningham, OSU officials were already on the phone with the Big 12 Conference directly after the end of the game on Saturday.#Okstate representatives are on the phone with the Big 12 regarding the end of the game.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 10, 2016So this should be interesting. This feels a little different than a variety of other appeals to the NCAA and/or Big 12 because in this situation a play was literally added to the end of the game that literally should not have been added to the end game. You can’t go into the middle of a game and remove one of the plays. But can you take one off that never should have been tacked on?Apparently it could come down to what CMU (???) decides.How @BerryTramel explains it, from his understanding: #OKstate can appeal to CMU to reverse the outcome. Decision would be in their hands.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 10, 2016last_img read more

‘Rashford as good as Mbappe and Dembele’

first_imgManchester United ‘Man Utd star Rashford as good as Mbappe and Dembele’ Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 14:25 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MarcusRashford-cropped Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Kylian Mbappé Ousmane Dembélé Manchester United v Burton Albion League Cup Premier League The former Man Utd and Everton defender believes the teenager deserves to be in discussions alongside the best youngsters in Europe Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford should be mentioned in the same breath as Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona’s most expensive signing Ousmane Dembele, according to Phil Neville.United youngster and England international Rashford scored a brace to lead the reigning EFL Cup champions to a 4-1 win over Burton Albion at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Rashford 33/1 to be PL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 19-year-old netted twice inside the opening 17 minutes to take his season tally to five goals in all competitions, while he set up Anthony Martial for United’s fourth.And former United utility Neville believes Rashford deserves to be in discussions alongside €180million-rated Mbappe and Dembele, who cost Barca €105m.”Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe but nobody talks about Rashford in this country,” Neville told Sky Sports.”Because he’s English we just say ‘he plays on the left wing, he’s OK’. He is up there with Dembele and Mbappe, who also play on either wing. People say you have to play Rashford as a centre forward but you can play him anywhere because he is good enough.”Rashford is in the same bracket as those two – £100m-£150m players – he is every bit as good as those two and can be in the future because he is improving every season.”He broke in under Louis van Gaal and set the world on fire, in his second season under Jose Mourinho everyone thought he wouldn’t play but he did in all the big games. Now he is adding goals to his game and he can be absolutely world class.”last_img read more

‘Liverpool’s back four isn’t good enough’

first_imgLiverpool Ferdinand: Half of Liverpool’s back four isn’t good enough Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 15:18 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lovren, Moreno, Ferdinand split Getty Liverpool Transfers Leicester City v Liverpool Premier League The Reds have been savaged by the former Manchester United defender, who insists Virgil van Dijk would have been an excellent signing Rio Ferdinand has torn into Liverpool’s defence, insisting that two of their back four are not good enough for the club.The Reds targeted Virgil van Dijk over the summer but were unable to prise the central defender away from Southampton, eventually being forced into a humiliating apology to the south coast club for their conduct.Liverpool 20/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Jurgen Klopp did not buy an alternative, either, only strengthening his backline with the £8 million purchase of Andrew Robertson from Hull City, and the former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes Van Dijk would have become an important part of Liverpool’s side had he moved to Anfield.“I think Virgil van Dijk would have improved this team no end,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport .“He would have been that dominant centre-half and I think that alongside Matip that would have been a good partnership. Virgil van Dijk, Southampton“I think (Dejan) Lovren’s not good enough, he’s shown over a period of time that he makes too many mistakes. “(Alberto) Moreno defensively is not good enough.“Going forward he is a delight to watch but defensively where you want him to be good first and foremost as a defender, he doesn’t do the job, he doesn’t quite cut it. “So if you’ve got two out of your back four not cutting it, you’re going to come unstuck.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Felda 3 JDT 2

first_imgFelda 3 JDT 2: Thiago punishes JDT’s defensive mistakes Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 28/9/2017 Thiago Augusto, Felda United, Junior Eldstal, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Super League Johor Southern Tigers JDT succumbed to only their third league defeat of the season as Thiago Augusto grabbed a brace for Felda United in a 3-2 win for The Fighters. Felda United took full advantage of Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) defensive mistakes to grab a hard-earned 3-2 win at the rearrranged match at Shah Alam Stadium on Thursday. The Fighters came out victorious despite twice being pegged back the reigning Super League champions.B. Sathianathan was forced to put in Nor Fazly Alias for the suspended Dino Ljulbic but otherwise kept the same starting XI that won against PNKP at the weekend. Meanwhile Ulisses Morais restored his usual starting line-up for this match with the likes of Safiq Rahim, Gonzalo Cabrera and Gabriel Guerra all starting. 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 home side were the first to threaten when Thiago Augusto put Safwan Hashim through in the 8th minute of the match but the Felda right back scuffs his shot wide despite being unguarded inside the opponent’s penalty box.JDT also had their chances as Ignacio ‘Kiko’ Insa and Safiq began to assume some form of control in midfield. However their attacks would be let down by some wayward finishing from the forwards.Both teams were sloppy in possession and control, especially in the final third of the pitch, which led to very little goal mouth action.That changed dramatically in the 27th minute when suddenly Felda found themselves ahead in the match. From a safe position, Junior Eldstal somehow sold Haziq Nadzli short with a back pass that was easily intercepted by Thiago. The Brazilian rounded Haziq before slotting into an empty net. The goal opened up the game and JDT could have equalised just five minutes later but Insa saw his header hit the side netting instead of the back of the goal, from a Safiq corner kick. Felda’s failure to heed the warning would come back to bite them in the 39th minute.From another corner kic, Safiq’s delivery was once again good, right into the centre of the box. This time, Eldstal atoned for his earlier mistake by storming in to head past Farizal Harun in Felda’s goal to make it 1-1.Then Safiq saw his free kick hit the cross bar as JDT looked to have wrested control of the match. However, right before the end of the first half, the advantage would swung the way of Felda once again. In added time at the end of the first half, Thiago and Ifedayo Olusegun had swapped positions. Thiago received the ball out wide on the right and managed to beat Fazly Mazlan for pace before picking the right low cross for Olusegen to sweep past Haziq for Felda to lead 2-1 at half time.The start of the second half was a mixed bag of emotions for the Southern Tigers. First they suffered in the 47th minute when Eldstal was shown a red card for collecting his second yellow card of the night. A heavy challenge on Wan Zack ended his night on a low.However, JDT would draw level in the 57th minute despite being a man down. Cabrera was allowed time and space outside the box to pick his spot and the Argentine didn’t disappoint with a long range shot that beat Farizal to make it 2-2.Despite being pulled level, Felda continue to make advances in the opposition half. Olusegun had a shot cleared by off the line by Fadhli Shas but the Fighters would not be denied minutes later. Afiq Fazail who was pushed back into defence after the Eldstal’s sending off, failed to deal with Thiago’s run and the latter calmly slotted past Haziq for Felda to take the lead again.That was to be Afiq’s last involvement in the match as Morais brought Aidil Zafuan on to replace him. While JDT had a man less, they still dominated proceedings and Safiq came close to finding the equaliser. For the second time in the match, his shot from distance landed on the frame of the goal.There were a couple of headers late on, particularly from Aidil but nothing that could trouble Farizal and Felda would go on to claim their first win over JDT in five matches. read morelast_img read more

Ramsey expects more Lacazette goals

first_imgArsenal Ramsey expects more goals from new Arsenal sharpshooter Lacazette Nate Williams Last updated 2 years ago 01:57 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lacazette - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The former Lyon man has made an excellent start to life in the Premier League, and his team-mate hopes he only gets better as he settles in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey expects to see more goals from Alexandre Lacazette this season following a promising start.The France international, 26, has scored four goals in seven Premier League appearances since joining the north London club from Lyon on a five-year contract for a club-record fee of £46.5million.Arsenal & over 2.5 goals 8/13 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. “We’ve seen some fantastic finishes so far from him and I’m sure there will be many, many more,” Ramsey told Arsenal.com.”He’s very technically good, he’s very clean with his touches and his link-up play and he’s a great finisher. “It’s exciting times for him personally and for us to have him here.”There is a small language barrier between Lacazette and his team-mates as he undertakes English lessons to cope with communication difficulties.However, Ramsey says Lacazette has no problem finding his way around the pitch.”I think his understanding is pretty good so far,” Ramsey said.”He likes to come a bit deeper sometimes and try to link up the play and feed players in. “He makes those darting runs in behind as well, so he’s very good to play with and hopefully we can link up well throughout the season.”last_img read more

Report: Man City 7 Stoke City 2

first_imgManchester City 7 Stoke City 2: Guardiola’s side run riot to move two clear at the top Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 23:52 10/14/17 leroy sane - cropped Getty Images Manchester City survived a scare to run out rampant winners over Stoke City and move clear at the top of the Premier League. Manchester City moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool had temporarily lifted them to the summit but City took full advantage of their rivals’ dropped points with a rampant display against a dismal Stoke side.Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and David Silva had them 3-0 up in less than half an hour as a ragged visiting defence made life easy for Pep Guardiola’s front three. 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. Stoke did threaten a comeback either side of half-time, with Mame Diouf firing home before his header deflected in off Kyle Walker to make it 3-2, but hope of a shock result did not last long.Jesus scored his second and Leroy Sane his first from two exceptional passes from Kevin De Bruyne, making his 100th appearance for the club, either side of a stunning strike from Fernandinho.Guardiola made some changes in the closing stages – although Sergio Aguero, back from a broken rib, stayed on the bench – as City looked to save some energy for next week’s Champions League meeting with Napoli. The substitutions did little to disrupt City’s rhythm, though, as Bernardo Silva finished in the closing stages to seal a seventh win from eight games that opens up a gap at the top of the table.32 – Since his Man City debut in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 32 assists in the PL, more than any other player. Wizard. pic.twitter.com/XX749Wt48D— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017Sane should have opened the scoring after seven minutes but instead blasted over the bar from point-blank range, but it did not take City long to strike.With 17 minutes played, Kyle Walker was allowed time and space inside the penalty area just yards from Jack Butland’s left-hand post, and his cut-back was turned in by Gabriel Jesus.It was 2-0 barely 90 seconds later. De Bruyne’s fine throughball found Sane, who had been played onside by Erik Pieters, and he unselfishly laid the ball off to Sterling to tap home.Stoke had scarcely managed any spell of possession before City bagged a third, with David Silva controlling Sterling’s cut-back before prodding past Butland from six yards.It looked all-too easy for the home side but Stoke at least snatched a lifeline before the break. Xherdan Shaqiri released Jese Rodriguez down the right and he combined well with Diouf, who drilled a shot in off Fabian Delph’s extended leg and beyond Ederson.Matters become more uncomfortable for the home side less than three minutes after the restart, as Diouf’s header from debutant Thomas Edwards’ curling cross deflected off Walker and into the net, prompting jubilant celebrations in front of the away fans.But City restored their two-goal advantage eight minutes later. Bruno Martins-Indi was caught dithering in possession and De Bruyne took full advantage, racing down the right before sending in a superb low cross to the unmarked Jesus, who fired high into the net. 10 – Gabriel Jesus has been involved in 10 goals in nine Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (eight goals, two assists). Settled. pic.twitter.com/A8QSpp9R1s— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017Fernandinho then produced the best goal of the match, a thunderous strike from 25 yards out that went in off the crossbar, as Stoke’s defence allowed the Brazilian all the time he needed to set himself and let fly.Five minutes later and City had their sixth, De Bruyne’s stunning pass picking out Sane’s run into the left of the area, the Germany star side-footing beyond Butland at the near post.There was time enough for Bernardo Silva to score his first Premier League goal, gathering in Sterling’s pass after Stoke failed to clear before poking a finish into the bottom-right corner, capping another devastating display from City that has given them a boost in the title race. Key Opta stats: – Manchester City are the first English top-flight team to score 29 goals in their first eight league games of the season since Everton (30) in 1894-95.- City scored seven goals in a Premier League game for only the second time. They also won 7-0 vs Norwich in November 2013.- This was the second time Stoke have shipped seven goals in a Premier League game. They conceded seven versus Chelsea in April 2010.- Since his City debut in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 32 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player. read morelast_img read more

Ribery facing uncertain Bayern future

first_imgBayern München Ribery facing uncertain Bayern Munich future Nino Duit Last updated 2 years ago 23:47 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Franck Ribery Bayern Munich 2017 Getty Bayern München Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München Bundesliga The long-serving winger is out of contract at the end of the season and his continued usefulness is being examined by the club Franck Ribery is not guaranteed to be offered a new contract by Bayern Munich, according to the club’s executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Ribery’s current contract expires next summer and the France winger would be free to talk to other clubs in the New Year.Bayern 21/20 to win at Dortmund 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 Asked whether the club will extend the 34-year-old’s contract, Rummenigge told Sky: “I cannot answer this question seriously today.”He is a player who has done a lot for the club, who has many sympathies in the club and in our crowd.”But, in the end, football is a competitive sport and we have to ask ourselves if Franck Ribery is the future or if we need a new player.”Bayern bought Ribery in the summer of 2007 for £22.5 million from Marseille, and he has scored 112 goals and assisted 174 more in 362 matches for the club in all competitions.Due to a ligament injury in his left knee, Ribery hasn’t played since the beginning of October, but he is expected to be fit again during the Bundesliga winter break in January.There has even been speculation that the injury could bring about the end of his career, but Ribery has denied the rumours.Bayern team-mate Arjen Robben, who has been at the club since 2009, is in a similar situation to Ribery as his contract is expiring at the end of the season too.”Nobody spoke with me about an extension of my contract till now,” Robben told Sky after the first Champions League game against Celtic a fortnight ago.last_img read more

Rodgers backs Dembele for France’s World Cup squad

first_imgCeltic Rodgers backs Dembele for France’s World Cup squad Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 14:43 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Moussa Dembele France U21 Getty Celtic Ross County v Celtic France Premiership The French forward was linked with Chelsea during the summer, but his club boss believes he can earn international recognition with the Bhoys Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Bhoys striker Moussa Dembele has enough talent to make France’s squad for the World Cup.The 21-year-old netted a hat-trick for France’s Under-21 side during the international break to take his tally to seven goals in 10 games for the under-age side, and Rodgers believes that similar form for Celtic will ensure that he is part of the conversation when Didier Deschamps is choosing his 23-man panel for Russia next summer.Dembele 11/5 to score first v Ross County 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 Dembele has five goals in his last five games for Celtic, with Rodgers hopeful that a place in the Europa League knockout stage can help his forward’s chances of international recognition.“That’s something which can certainly get him the opportunity,” Rodgers told The Scotsman. “Then you can do no more.“Moussa is now up to speed in his fitness. He’s scoring goals for his club and got a great hat-trick for the France Under-21s on Monday. It looks like he is developing and continuing – he can do no more.Moussa Dembele Celtic“The only thing is that there is a group of really, really talented players in front of him in the France squad at the moment. But if he keeps knocking on the door, you never know. It may open for him.“For all those boys, between now and the end of the season, they will want to be in with a chance of that. To do that, they need to play well. I’ve spoken to the French manager before but I’m not in regular contact with him.“It has just been a process with Moussa this season after his injury. You saw when he came back that he was fit but he wasn’t football fit. He didn’t quite have that sharpness. But gradually he has been working and moving better.”last_img read more

‘Sanches struggling with the basics’

first_imgRenato Sanches ‘Sanches needs to get basics right’ – Clement concerned by struggling Bayern loanee Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 08:09 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) renatosanches-cropped Getty Images Premier League Chelsea v Swansea City Swansea City Chelsea The off-form Portugal international midfielder needs to “start getting the simple things right” and show his talent, according to his boss at Swansea Paul Clement believes Renato Sanches is struggling with low confidence and not “getting simple things right” after he replaced the midfielder 45 minutes into Swansea’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.Swansea 10/11 for defeat at StokeSanches has made eight appearances for the Swans since joining on loan from Bayern Munich in August, but he has failed to make a positive impression in the Premier League, with Swansea lacking a  victory in their last six 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 The 20-year-old Portuguese was substituted for Leroy Fer with Swansea and Chelsea goalless at the start of the second half, and Clement said the change was due to form rather than fitness.”He wasn’t injured,” Clement told reporters. “He had a poor half, didn’t he?”I feel for him because he’s a very talented player. I don’t think in any of the games he’s played this year he’s showed the talent he has.We’re back out for the second half. One change…@LeroyFer8 @renatosanches35 #CHESWA 0-0— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) November 29, 2017 “He’s a player struggling for confidence, struggling for form. We believe we’re the right environment to try to get him out of that.” Sanches’ struggle for form predates his spell at Swansea; he endured a torrid season in 2016-17, failing to register a goal or an assist in 25 games across all competitions for Bayern.Just 18 months ago, the former Benfica star was named Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 as Portugal won the competition for the first time in their history, but Clement said he needs to work on the fundamentals of his game.”He’s got to start with the basics, getting the simple things right,” said Clement.”He mis-placed a lot of simple passes. His confidence is very low.”He wants it badly. It’s just not happening for him in games at the moment.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Zidane: I won’t request January signings

first_imgTransfers Zidane will not ask for Real Madrid reinforcements: I’m happy with Benzema Jamie Smith 16:54 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Al Jazira v Real Madrid Al Jazira FIFA Club World Cup Gareth Bale Zinédine Zidane Karim Benzema The France international twice hit the woodwork against Al Jazira but his coach is not pushing for a replacement Zinedine Zidane will not ask Real Madrid to sign a striker in the January transfer window despite Karim Benzema’s latest dry spell extending to three matches.The France international drew another blank as Madrid came from behind to beat Al Jazira 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, Benzema missing presentable chances and twice being denied by the woodwork.Goals from fellow ‘BBC’ members Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo turned the game around for Spanish and European champions Madrid, booking a place in the Club World Cup final, where they will face Copa Libertadores titleholders Gremio. 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 While Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Inter captain Mauro Icardi, Zidane denied he will be asking the club’s board to deliver a new forward, having missed out on Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season.”I’m not going to ask for a signing at all,” Zidane said after Wednesday’s win. “Karim is fine, he has not scored.Karim Benzema Real Madrid“You can always give an opinion, it seems that Karim has to always score, he has played well, he has moved well, he and Cristiano.”I’m a little disappointed because he wanted to score, I’m happy with everyone’s game. Yes, we have suffered, but it happens in football, sometimes the ball does not want to go in and we have to play with this from time to time.” While Benzema endured a difficult game, Bale made an immediate impact on his return from injury by scoring the winning goal, although Madrid’s win could have been more emphatic if video assistant replay (VAR) decisions had gone their way.And Zidane, while happy with Bale’s contribution, felt VAR needs to be improved, with the technology set to be adopted by La Liga from next season.Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Club World Cup training 11122017“I’m happy for Bale and he is happy,” Zidane added. “He comes on and makes a difference. “It’s a well-deserved result, the ball did not want to go in in the first half and we cannot explain why we have so many chances and we do not score.”It was a difficult game for us, now we have to think about the final. The goal of Casemiro – what the referee calls is an offside, I did not speak with him, the only thing, without going into details is that we take three or four minutes for a VAR decision. It’s not nice, really. If they say it faster, okay, but three or four minutes go by.”We saw the first semi-final yesterday and the game against Lanus, I know this team Gremio, but I do not know the Brazilian league very well, I do not look at it every day, we know they’re a good football team. It’s going to be difficult again.”last_img read more

AA: Pulisic ‘ready to make another step’ in career

first_imgUnited States Americans Abroad: Pulisic ‘ready to make another step’ in career Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 02:35 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund Getty Images United States Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund Wolfsburg Reims AFC Bournemouth Ligue 2 Premier League Named U.S. men’s player of the year earlier last week, the teenager scored a late goal to secure Borussia Dortmund victory against Hoffenheim An award. A game-winning goal. It was a very good week for Christian Pulisic, but as is often the case for the teenager, the end product is just a means for a new beginning.It was a week that saw Pulisic get a pair of starts under new Dortmund manager Peter Stoger, win the United States Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award and, to cap it off, deliver the decisive finish to net his club three points against a man who might be his manager in the future. The goal Saturday against Hoffenheim was a moment of class from Pulisic as he burst into the area in the 89th minute to latch onto a Shinji Kagawa pass. With a deft touch, he flicked the ball into the air and out of the path of the on-rushing goalkeeper, avoided a collision and then knocked home the shot with his other foot. 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 goal gave Dortmund a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, both endearing himself to Stoger and putting on a show for rumored Dortmund managerial candidate Julian Nagelsmann, all while keeping the club third in the table.”It was a super feeling. We fought until the end,” Pulisic told BVBtotal! after the game. “It’s always a very nice feeling to score a goal in front of the South Stand.”We’ve had a few difficult weeks. Now we’ve won twice in the space of two games. That gives us a lot of self-confidence. It’s really good to feel the support of the fans again. It’s always super to win at home.”PULISIC WINS IT!A magical touch and finish from the USMNT Player of the Year gives Dortmund the winner in the 89th minute! https://t.co/4tNrjPTTMZ— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 16, 2017It was a strong finish to the week after Pulisic, 19, took home the U.S. Player of the Year award, becoming the youngest player to ever win it, surpassing Landon Donovan. But while Pulisic was honored to win, he thinks it can be a springboard for something greater.“It’s amazing, something I’m very proud of,”Pulisic told Bundesliga.com. “It’s been a crazy journey. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next few months. I’m just really excited about starting the new year. I think I’m ready to make another step, and hopefully some success will come with that.”Christian Pulisic next step quote gfxIt has been a bittersweet last few months for Pulisic as his own star has risen while his teams have struggled and disappointed. But while nothing can be done about the U.S. national team’s failure in the short term, Dortmund has the second half of the Bundesliga season to look forward to. And though the club is out of the Champions League, it can still win a trophy in the Europa League.In the short-term, Pulisic can close out the calendar year on a high note if Dortmund can pull the upset against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday. A victory there would give the club something else to shoot for in the second half and be another step in rebuilding confidence under Stoger after the struggles under former boss Peter Bosz.BROOKS INJURED AGAIN FOR WOLFSBURGJohn Brooks WolfsburgOne of the surprises Saturday was the absence of John Brooks from Wolfsburg’s lineup with the defender not making the trip to face winless Cologne in Bundesliga action. That match turned into a mess for Wolfsburg as it fell 1-0 to the current Bundesliga bottom-feeders, giving the hosts their first victory of the season.As it turned out, Brooks was sidelined with an injury once again, along with fellow defender Felix Uduokhai. Reports indicate the two are back in running training but their status for Wolfsburg DFB-Pokal clash with 2.Bundesliga side Nurnberg will come down to how they look in Monday’s training session.The Bundesliga itself has gone on winter break after this weekend’s games, so the Pokal match Tuesday would be the last for Brooks for nearly a month, offering plenty of time to get healed. But with Wolfsburg enduring a mediocre season to this point, success in the Pokal would likely be a welcome thing.It will be worth watching to see if Brooks can get himself fit in time for the match or if the next time he’ll suit up for Wolfsburg will be after the new year.And Brooks isn’t the only American who could use the Bundesliga winter break to recuperate. Bobby Wood missed Hamburg’s two games this week as he continues to battle a knee injury. With no Pokal match for Hamburg, Wood will definitely not be seen until the Bundesliga starts up again.Likewise, Fabian Johnson has been absent as of late for Borussia Monchengladbach with back problems. Gladbach has a big Pokal showdown with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, but Johnson’s status for that match is anything but guaranteed as the 30-year-old midfielder has not played since Nov. 25 against Bayern Munich.One American who has returned is Timmy Chandler. The fullback assisted on both Eintracht Frankfurt goals midweek in a win over Hamburg. He went 90 minutes in his return and while he did not start the weekend match against Schalke, he ended up coming on before the end of the first half and went the rest of the way. AMERICANS STRUGGLING TO GET INTO MATCHDAY SQUADSAron Johannsson Werder bremen trainingWhile there are plenty of success stories these days of Americans becoming important pieces of good teams in top leagues, not all of the situations are rosy.Plenty of players are finding their playing time limited, if they are actually seeing the bench at all.One such American is Emerson Hyndman, who seemed poised for a big opportunity with Bournemouth this season after lighting up the Scottish Premiership last year on a short-term loan with Rangers. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, Hyndman picked up an injury that limited his preseason and has struggled to break into the side since.The 21-year-old midfielder has one appearance this year — a cameo in the Carabao Cup. That he can’t even get a look on the bench for a team winless in its last six Premier League games is not a good sign for where he currently stands. With the January window coming, it will be interesting of Hyndman gets another short-term move or if he looks for an exit.But Hyndman is not alone in his struggles for playing time.In the 2.Bundesliga, Haji Wright, on loan from Schalke at Sandhausen, has not started a match since Oct. 22. Relegated to the bench, he hasn’t been in a match since Dec. 2, and hasn’t been in the last few game day squads. Fellow teenager McKinzie Gaines has been nowhere near the 18 since his poor outing Oct. 20 in a start against Fortuna Dusseldorf.Meanwhile in the Eredivisie, a pair of Americans play for Excelsior. But you could be forgiven for not knowing — fullback Desevio Payne hasn’t played for the first team since a substitute appearance on Nov. 4. Yet, at least he has played this year. Defender Shane O’Neill has managed a total of three minutes this season for Excelsior, all coming in the KNVB Beker.And that says nothing the highest-profile American who can’t get game action — Aron Johannsson. He made a rare appearance in the 18 this weekend, but did not play and has managed four Bundesliga minutes for Werder Bremen all season.With the January window coming up, it will be worth watching to see if some of these Americans secure themselves moves elsewhere in hopes of getting some more playing time.AMERICAN-ELIGIBLE FORWARD NETS HAT TRICKTheoson Jordan SiebatcheuThe best day for an American abroad this weekend came in Ligue 2, where 21-year-old Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu striker bagged a hat trick for Reims in a 5-1 win over Valenciennes.The hat trick brought his goal total in the league to nine in 18 appearances, a nice rate of return, though Siebatcheu broke a bit of a duck as he had not scored in league since Oct. 28.And perhaps more importantly, it was three more points for Reims as it marches toward promotion back to Ligue 1. The club now sits on 44 points at the top of Ligue 2, seven ahead of its nearest rival. Should Siebatcheu and his teammates keep it up, he’ll get his shot to prove himself in France’s top division next year.Internationally, while previously stating he would be interested in representing the United States, the Washington D.C.-born Siebatcheu has represented France on the youth levels, with two games played for the country’s Under-21 side this past June. He is also eligible for Cameroon.Obviously, the road from France’s youth international side to the full senior team is a long one, especially considering the impressive young players the nation has pushing for first team spots.But with no World Cup for the United States or Cameroon, there’s no incentive for Siebatcheu to suddenly change his allegiance. Consider him someone to keep an eye on, and not a certain future member of the U.S. national team just yet.last_img read more

Mourinho: Burnley can challenge for Europe

first_imgManchester United v Burnley Mourinho: Burnley can challenge for Europe Dejan Kalinic 10:36 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JoseMourinhoCropped Getty Images Manchester United v Burnley Burnley Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Sean Dyche’s side have shown they can contend for a European place this season, according to the Manchester United manager Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Burnley can challenge for a European place this season.Burnley have surprised in the Premier League, sitting seventh at the halfway mark of the campaign.Ahead of welcoming Burnley to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, Mourinho praised Sean Dyche’s side, backing them to push for a European spot. 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 “If survival was the objective, I think the objective is in the pocket, it’s totally under control,” he told Sky Sports News.”If the objective is to finish top 10, they will do it. If the objective is to fight for European positions, they are there so they have the right to fight, so it’ll be a difficult opponent.”If you compare what they are doing with the initial objectives, it’s a very good season.”See you tomorrow at Old Trafford, Clarets fans.Hope everyone had a great Christmas Day. pic.twitter.com/JETZs5dbfK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 25, 2017Only Manchester City (12), Chelsea (14) and Manchester United (14) have conceded fewer league goals than Burnley (15) this season.Mourinho said that showed what Dyche’s side – who are winless in their past two league games and have scored just 16 league goals – were all about.”They conceded three in the last one but before that they were really amazing so they defend very, very well,” he said.”Everybody knows the way they play, if you expect them to play creative beautiful football, they don’t do that.”But if you talk about direct objective, pragmatic and play with their strength, I think they are very, very good.”last_img read more

Team GB pitch for more funding to join elite of Winter Olympics

first_imgWinter Olympics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Five medals, including skeleton gold for Lizzy Yarnold and Big Air bronze for Billy Morgan, surpassed the four in Sochi 2014 and the first Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924. But it has also ignited public debate about the merits of UK Sport’s “no compromise” funding model, including a comparison with the total funding cut applied to British Basketball at elite level. Questions have followed about whether, for example, skeleton should receive £6.5m over four years when it has fewer than 150 participants compared with the thousands of children who play basketball regularly, particularly in disadvantaged areas.But the British Olympic Association chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson, was in combative mood when asked whether ruthless pursuit for medals had overtaken an ethos of sport for all. Winter Olympics stars return home as funding debate takes centre stage – video news Since you’re here… Robertson, who was minister for sport at the time of London 2012, said: “I think the basketball argument started raging in about 2008, it came back again in the austerity period and there is a really good argument about basketball and its effect on participation, in particular on inner-city and lower-income groups. But that argument should be had in the context of what we spend on participation in this country, not in the context of the amount of money we devote to winter sport as part of a package that is there to help Britain win medals.“I think it would be a very sad day if we gave up on wanting to succeed at the Olympic Games. It would be very sad if we gave up the opportunity of winning a winter medal to put in a basketball team that at the moment is going to, I’m afraid, get eliminated pretty early.”UK Sport will undertake a review of winter sport funding next month, which could result in huge cuts. But the BOA chief executive, Bill Sweeney, said they will need even more money if they are to achieve the stated aim of becoming a top-15 winter sport nation.“If we want to progress and become a top 15 you need more investment,” he said. “I think we’re where we were with summer sport in 2000.“The investment is coming in and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be a top‑15 nation. If you look at the Netherlands’ medal haul, they got 14 in long track speed skating and four in short track so they’re extremely narrow in their focus. Whereas we’ve got a wonderful record in skeleton, we could certainly do better in bobsleigh. If you look at slopestyle and freestyle skiing we’ve got some really good talent in the pipeline.” Share on WhatsApp Winter Olympics: hits and misses from the Pyeongchang Games Share on Messenger Share on Facebook … 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. Great Britain’s Olympic chiefs have launched an impassioned defence of their £28m winter sport funding and are undeterred in asking for more money for the four-year cycle to Beijing 2022.Team GB landed at London Heathrow airport on Monday afternoon, most operating on very little sleep after attending a Pyeongchang karaoke party fuelled by drink and adrenaline to celebrate a record‑breaking Games. There is limited evidence of the immediate effect the skeleton medals won by Yarnold, Laura Deas and Dom Parsons have had on inspiring the next generation given we do not have a full track in this country. But our artificial snow slopes have seen a boost in visitors over the last fortnight. Morgan, the charismatic 28-year-old who flipped his way to an unexpected place on the podium, has certainly played his part in that.He has also cast aside any illusions that winter sports are solely the preserve of the stuffy and privileged. Morgan, who famously ended up with a toilet seat around his neck at the Sochi Olympics, was keen to celebrate his success in South Korea, departing the Team GB party in unconventional style.“I think we partied a little too hard,” he said. “The physios put me in a shopping trolley. They were just saving my legs for the closing ceremony. It was tactical. Nothing to do with me being drunk.”Morgan hopes to compete at the Beijing Games in 2022 and believes there is a genuine legacy of participation for freestyle snowboarding.“People assume because we don’t have any snow you can’t go boarding,” he said. “But you can. Hopefully more things will pop up. The UK doesn’t have a big indoor trampoline skatepark facility, so that would be amazing, we should build one.” Winter Olympics 2018 Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics Go south: why New Zealand and Australia should bid to host the Winter Olympics 1:18 Play Video Read more UK Sport Reuse this content Share via Email Bret Harris Support The Guardian Team GBlast_img read more

Republic of Ireland U17s furious after keeper sent off during penalty shootout

first_imgReuse this content The psychology of the penalty shootout: why movement is key and hesitation can be fatal Monday’s Under-17 European Championship quarter-final between the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland ended in acrimony after Irish goalkeeper James Corcoran was sent off during the deciding penalty shoot-out. Share on Pinterest Topics It is, however, quite a recent change to the laws, introduced by Ifab in March 2016 in a revision of the game’s laws which were, ironically, designed to “reduce controversy and confusion”.At the time, former referee David Elleray said of these particular changes: “We will now also have stronger punishment to halt unfairness with penalty kicks: if the kicker doesn’t behave correctly during penalty kicks, and whether he scores or not it will always be a free kick. And if the goalkeeper moves too early and the kicker does not score, there will be a retake and also a yellow card for the goalkeeper.”Ireland are not the first team to fall foul of the rule change. In November 2017 Qatar’s U19 goalkeeper Shehab Mamdouh was sent off after receiving a yellow card, having made what he thought was a match-winning save during a penalty shootout.Qatar had a much happier outcome than Ireland’s young team, however. Their captain, Nasser Abdulsalam, stepped in to face the re-take, and managed to save it. The shoot-out win ensured that Qatar qualified for the AFC U19 Championship finals. If the goalkeeper commits an offence and, as a result, the kick is retaken, the goalkeeper must be cautioned Even before the rule change, referees were always able to issue cautions and red cards during shoot-outs. In a 2003 match, Botswana’s goalkeeper Modiri Marumo was sent off after reacting badly to a pat on the back from opposing Malawian keeper Philip Nyasulu, punching him in the face.None of this will come as any comfort to Ireland, who may well feel that, while the referee obeyed the law of the game, he didn’t obey its spirit. “It was a cruel finish to the tournament,” said manager Colin O’Brien. “The referee had warned the Dutch goalkeeper twice during the shoot-out. We’ve had a really good four games. People at home should remember the football over the way it ended.”The European Under-17 Championship continues on Thursday, with semi-finals between Italy and Belgium in Rotherham, and with the Netherlands facing hosts England in Chesterfield. RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer)Ireland have been eliminated in bizarre, controversial fashion at the U17 Euros after goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was shown a second yellow card for moving off his line too early during the penalty shootout https://t.co/O48xsGehPh pic.twitter.com/yroYmS84caMay 14, 2018 news Share via Email Jamie Reid ⚽️ (@JamieRfootball)Incredible scenes at Qatar U19s. Keeper saves match-winning pen ✅Ref orders retake ✅Keeper protests and is sent off ✅Captain goes in goal ✅Saves it! ✅pic.twitter.com/NsLhv0QT7VNovember 12, 2017 Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Referee Zbynek Proske from the Czech Republic issued Corcoran with a yellow card after he was penalised for coming off his line while saving Daishawn Redan’s penalty. The save would have levelled the scores at 4-4 and sent the shoot-out into sudden death.The yellow card was Corcoran’s second, and the 16-year-old, who plays for Cherry Orchard FC in Dublin, was duly sent off. Team-mate Oisin McEntee put his shirt and gloves on and went in goal to face the re-take, which Chelsea’s Redan scored to send the Dutch through.The Irish team were furious with the decision, and the senior team’s manager, Martin O’Neill, left the stands to confront the referee.RTÉ’s commentators, and many fans on social media, seemed utterly perplexed at the decision. Many people focused on the fact that Dutch keeper Joey Koorevaar also appeared to be off his line for several of Ireland’s penalty kicks, including the one he saved from Norwich City’s Adam Idah. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Republic of Ireland According to the laws of the game, however, the referee was entirely right to caution Corcoran. Law 10 on determining the outcome of a match has a section which covers kicks from the penalty mark, and which explicitly states: Read morelast_img read more

Victory over France can propel Wales to Six Nations glory, says Gatland

first_imgShare on Pinterest Six Nations Read more Thank you for your feedback. Wales follow Paris with a trip to Rome and rather than fly home after the France match they will travel to Nice where they will have a five-day training camp before going to Italy. Their two home matches, against England and Ireland, are interrupted by a trip to Murrayfield, a ground where Gatland has never lost with Wales having been on sabbatical with the Lions when Scotland won two years ago.“There’s a lot of positivity and confidence in Ireland,” said Gatland. “Their provincial teams are doing well in Europe; our teams haven’t been so good which is a little bit disappointing. Ireland should be talking themselves up and being confident.”Gatland on Tuesday named a 39-man squad for the tournament. It is larger than normal because a number of players will arrive at camp next week nursing injuries, including the full-back Leigh Halfpenny, who is following return-to-play protocols following the concussion he suffered playing against Australia in November; the outside-half Dan Biggar, who suffered a knee ligament injury playing for Northampton at Clermont Auvergne last weekend; the back rower Ross Moriarty, who is also recovering from concussion; and the second row Adam Beard, who has a neck problem.“We will monitor them all closely and hope they will be fit for the second game if not the first,” said Gatland, who will be without back rowers Taulupe Faletau, Dan Lydiate, Ellis Jenkins and James Davies for most if not all of the tournament and is taking a first look at the Wasps flanker Thomas Young, who won his two caps to date in the summer of 2017 when Gatland was in New Zealand with the Lions.Wales had their most successful autumn campaign, winning all four matches, with World Cup group rivals Australia and South Africa among their victims. They have won their last nine Tests, two short of their record, set in 1910. The last team to beat them in Cardiff was New Zealand in 2017.“It’ll be interesting to see what happens to us when the players come in in terms of self-belief and confidence,” said Gatland, referring to their setbacks at regional level after the success of the autumn. “The autumn was great, but it was not about points. It is important that we are thinking about tournament rugby, which is what we are going to experience in Japan in the World Cup.” news Share on Twitter Show Read more Wales will be captained by the 120-cap second-row Alun Wyn Jones, the one survivor in the squad from Gatland’s first team against England at Twickenham 11 years ago. There are no uncapped players but nine have won 50 caps or more, eight of them Lions.“The whole thing about Six Nations is the momentum,” said Gatland. “If you can win your first couple of games, you have a great chance of being in contention on the last weekend. Alun Wyn will be essential for us over the next few months. The Ospreys have been fantastic in the way they have managed his playing time and both they and Wales are getting the best out of him.”Gatland said Halfpenny, who is unlikely to be involved on the opening two weekends after seeing a concussion specialist, would not play until he was deemed ready. “He’s been advised to continue training. If he’s right, he’ll be in contention but if not, we’ll have to make other plans.” Forwards: Rob Evans, Wyn Jones, Nicky Smith; Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens; Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis; Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones; Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Josh Turnbull, Aaron Wainwright, Thomas Young.Backs: Gareth Davies, Aled Davies, Tomos Williams; Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Jarrod Evans; Owen Watkin, Hadleigh Parkes, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams; Josh Adams, Liam Williams, Steff Evans, George North, Jonah Holmes, Leigh Halfpenny, Hallam Amos. Wales rugby union team Topics Warren Gatland won his first Six Nations in charge of Wales in 2008 and believes he will have an excellent chance of repeating the feat in his final year with the men in red if they win in Paris on the opening night of the tournament next month.France lost at home to Fiji in their final match of last year’s autumn series but Gatland predicts they will provide Wales’s toughest match of the tournament. The closest the 2018 grand-slam winners Ireland came to defeat was at the Stade de France when Jonathan Sexton’s drop goal with the countdown clock at zero pinched victory.“I think we’ve got a great chance of winning the Six Nations if we win that opening game, which is going to be our toughest,” said Gatland, who has steered Wales to third in the world rankings from 10th when he took over after the 2007 World Cup. “We feel in as good a position as anybody to do well.” Warren Gatland Share on Facebook Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union newscenter_img Quick guide Wales’ Six Nations squad Robert Kitson Rugby union … 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. 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