Barcelona president is a joke: Neymar hits back at Maria Bartomeu on Instagram

first_imgNeymar has called Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the continued war of words between the two turns uglier by the day.In a record-shattering transfer, Neymar changed allegiance from Barcelona to French club Paris Saint-Germain in the recently concluded Transfer window. PSG paid Neymar’s 222m Euros release clause, which angered most of the Catalan faithful.Bartomeu, in an interview to Catalan newspapers Mundo Deportivo and Sport, claiming that Barcelona would be better off without Neymar the present season.With Barcelona’s transfer activity being heavily criticised, much of that blame has come on Bartomeu, with the signing of French teen sensation Ousmane Dembele, for an initial 105m Euros fee from Borussia Dortmund partly masking the questionable move of Brazilian Paulinho for 40m Euros from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.Reuters Photo”The trident was very good but it had its consequences,” Bartomeu told Sport.”It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength.”It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!”Bartomeu also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy. He has been quaoted as saying, “We made the mistake of trusting Neymar & his dad too much.”On an Instagram post bearing Bartomeu’s quote about him and his father, Neymar replied, “This president is a joke”.Things can a far more worse turn for Bartomeu as a vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito, which can oust Bartomeu if the motion receives enough support in the coming weeks.last_img read more

ICC approves Cricket Canadas T20 league

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) The ICC has given green light to Cricket Canadas ambitious maiden venture Global T20 Canada, which is expected to be held in July this year with three venues being earmarked in Toronto. The three venues are Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club (where Sahara Cup was played for three seasons between India and Pakistan), Sunnybrook Park, Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Four Canadian local players will be playing in every squad, with T20 freelancers from Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand expected to ply their trade. A high-powered Cricket Advisory Board to be formed made up of eminent former players. The likes of Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo are all expected to play. According to a media release, the league has been “conceptualised, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Group with Cricket Canada, the official governing body for the sport in the country”. “The league has also gained official sanction of the International Cricket Council (ICC). With this announcement Cricket Canada becomes the first Associate member of the ICC to set in motion a Twenty20 franchise league in the lucrative North America market.” Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the final leg of his official Indian trip, participated in a promotional cricket event at a school in the national capital today. Prime Minister Trudeau signed a bat wishing the Global T20 Canada all the luck on the sidelines of his visit to the school. Cricket Canada has entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement with Mercuri Talent Management Pvt Ltd. This agreement covers not just the Global T20 Canada, but also investment in developing the grassroots for the sport in the country. Cricket Canada president Mr Ranjit Saini said: �??Twenty20 Major League Cricket has the potential to change Canadian cricket forever. It is a great challenge and Cricket Canada is ready to deliver a resounding success. Founder and Group CEO of Mercuri Group, Mr. Sriram Bakthisaran stated: �??We are absolutely delighted to partner with Cricket Canada to contribute directly to the success of cricket in Canada. Cricket is coming back home and we are only too delighted to play a part in it. We have a long-term vision and that also includes aiding in the development of a world class Canadian national side. So it is not just about the league, but about the all-round development of the sport.�?? PTI KHS KHS KHS -advertisementlast_img read more

Morning Newswrap March 16, 2018

first_imgTDP pulls out of NDA, to move no-confidence motion todayAfter the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled its ministers out of the union cabinet, media reports say that the Andhra Pradesh CM will likely hold a politburo meeting today where the party will take a final call on pulling out of the NDA and supporting a no-confidence motion by YSR Congress against the Narendra Modi government.Donald Trump likely to remove National Security Adviser HR McMasterUS President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, HR McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.AIFW 2018: Kartik Aryan walks the ramp for designer Pawan SachdevaRiding high on the success of his latest film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, actor Kartik Aryan has made a foray into the world of fashion. At Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn/Winter 2018, Aryan walked the runway for designer Pawan Sachdeva, and looked absolutely ravishing while at it.ICC World Cup Qualifiers: Nepal secure ODI status for next four yearsNepal gained ODI status for the first time in their history as they defeated Papua New Guinea by 6 wickets in their Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off match at the at Old Hararians Sports Club.last_img read more

Yuki surprised at TOPS exclusion, AITA backs top singles player

first_img(Eds: Correcting dateline) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) Yuki Bhambri is aghast at being excluded from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) after preferring the US Open over Asian Games even as a red-faced All India Tennis Association (AITA) said it is trying to convince the Sports Ministry to reconsider its decision. AITA had exempted the country’s top singles player considering that playing at the Grand Slams is crucial to secure ranking points, which would earn the Delhi player a direct entry into the Tokyo Olympics. “We have asked the government to reconsider the decision and include both Yuki and Leander Paes in TOPS. We told them that Yuki needs to be in top-64 to earn direct qualification for Tokyo Olympics and that’s why playing at the US Open is important, ,” AITA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI. “They told us that when Yuki gets back to playing Davis Cup, his case would be re-examined,” he added. Yuki recently reclaimed a spot in the top-100 and if he manages to maintain his rank by the cut-off date, he will get direct entry to compete at the Flushing Meadows. An appearance at the US Open would secure Yuki a minimum prize purse of USD 50,000 (approx Rs 33 lakh). If Yuki manages to go beyond the first round, the prize money will also go up. Yuki had bowed out with first-round losses at the Australian Open (AUD 60,000) and French Open (Euro 40,000). Even if he loses at the same stage at the Wimbledon (30,000 pounds) and US Open (USD 50,000), it would give him enough money to travel with his Australian coach Stephen Koon and a physio for the whole year.advertisement The biggest advantage of being in top-100 is a direct entry into the Grand Slams. Even if one loses in the first round, it ensures funds to the tune of R sone crore after tax deduction. Ever since Yuki turned a pro, he has never had a consistent sponsor who would take away his travel and equipment worries. He is employed with ONGC and draws a salary from there. “I thought I was doing the right thing according to what the aim of TOPS committee is — to compete and be a medal prospect for India in the Olympics in two years’ time. Challenging myself against the best in the world at the US Open is the best way to prepare for that,” said Yuki . “I am a little disappointed and confused that I have been removed from the scheme. I don’t think I did something wrong by choosing to play and compete against the best in the world,” he reasoned. “Regardless of whether I am included in a scheme or supported by the government or federation or not, I will keep working to be the best player I can be each and every year and represent India on the tennis tour.” Yuki received a monthly stipend of Rs 50,000 for few months after he was included in TOPS recently. Similarly, for his preparations for the 2014 Asian Games, he was sanctioned close to Rs 20 lakh from NSDF in 2011-12 and 2012-2013. Over the years, AITA and DLTA have chipped in with financial support of Rs 20 lakh. If he makes the cut for the last two Majors of the season, there is a bit of history Yuki will make. Yuki will become only the fourth player in the history of Indian tennis to compete in men’s singles main draw in all four Grand Slams in a single season. Ramesh Krishnan was the first Indian to do so. He did it four times in his career (1983, 1984, 1988, 1990). After him, it was Leander Paes, who competed in all singles major in 1997. Somdev Devvarman was the last Indian to do so in 2011. After Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi stopped playing singles in 2000, it took almost a decade for the next Indian to come on to the scene with Somdev competing at the 2009 US Open. he had to opt out of the Asian Games because of the lash of dates with the US Open. Had it not been the case, the Delhi-player would have appeared at both events. PTI AT PM PM PMlast_img read more

The Reload: Tight End Pledge Praises Gundy, Top CB Target on Commitment Watch

first_imgAs it stands, however, TCU is considered the favorite here. And that could especially be the case after OSU added 2018 cornerback Gabe Lemons to the fold this week.Three-star tight end pledge rock solid despite interest elsewhereLong-time OSU tight end pledge Nic McTear has seen his recruitment skyrocket after committing to the Cowboys, but he’s rock solid with his commitment.In an interview with Scout.com this week, McTear says it’s the Gundy factor that has kept him committed and solid.“It’s coach (Mike) Gundy,” McTear said. “He keeps it real. He is consistent too. He has been there for like the last 10 years. Every single year they go to a bowl game and they just keep it simple. He is just everything you want in a coach.I feel like I am firm where I am at. I feel like I will go there for sure unless something major happens. Other than that I don’t think I am going to be going anywhere else.”McTear has garnered offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami and others, but with all that interest he has remained firm in his commitment. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Junior college defensive tackle standout visitingFour-star junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey will be making an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this weekend, he announced this week. Humphrey’s ranked as one of the best junior college prospects in the Class of 2018 — regardless of position.AdChoices广告The Hutchison C.C. standout is a 6-6, 350-pound mauler with 25 scholarship offers in hand from Texas A&M, Arkansas, OU, Florida State, Alabama and others. He is originally from Klein Oak, Texas.OSU’s top cornerback target on commitment watchSlidell, Louisiana cornerback Eddie Smith announced Thursday evening that he will be making his college commitment on Friday night. Smith recently visited OSU where he came away singing praises of the school he undoubtedly included in his top 3.“I loved it honestly,” Smith said. “I had no idea the school was that beautiful. I fell in love with the campus.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

McTominay earns first Scotland call-up

first_imgManchester United Man Utd youngster McTominay earns first Scotland call-up Nicholas McGee 20:30 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) McTominay-Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Scotland Premier League Having opted against representing England, the midfielder has been named in Alex McLeish’s first squad having replaced Gordon Strachan in February Manchester United midfieder Scott McTominay has earned his first Scotland call-up for their upcoming friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.The 21-year-old is eligible for both Scotland and England, with his emergence under Jose Mourinho leading to much conjecture over which nation he should choose to play for. Lancaster-born McTominay has previously stated he sees his international future with the country of his father and reportedly pledged to represent Scotland this month following a meeting Alex McLeish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And he is in line to make his debut for Scotland after McLeish included him as one of six new faces in his first squad since being re-appointed as manager in February.Jon McLaughlin, Barry Douglas, Dylan McGeouch, Scott McKenna and Oliver McBurnie also receive their first call-ups.Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, Fulham captain Tom Cairney and Rangers’ Russell Martin have been recalled to the squad.Scotland face Costa Rica on March 23 at Hampden Park before travelling to Budapest to take on Hungary four days later.McLeish was appointed for a second time after Gordon Strachan was unable to lead them to the World Cup finals. Scotland have not featured at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage.Scotland squad: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Jon McLaughlin (Hearts); Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic); Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian), John McGinn (Hibernian), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Jamie Murphy (Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle); Ryan Christie (Aberdeen), Jason Cummings (Rangers), Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley), Matt Phillips (West Brom).last_img read more

Videos: Players Meet With Reporters for Final Time in Preseason

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — The next time the Cowboys have cameras and recorders in their faces, they’ll either be 1-0 or 0-1.Members of the Oklahoma State football team met with the media on Thursday after practice. Here’s what they had to say.last_img read more

NFL Season Primer: What to Know About the Pro Pokes Ahead of the 2019 Season

first_imgRussell OkungLos Angeles Chargers Blake JarwinDallas Cowboys Justice HillBaltimore Ravens Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks PlayerTeam James WashingtonPittsburgh Steelers Mason RudolphPittsburgh Steelers Chris LacyDetroit Lions Other NewsVincent Taylor: The third-year D-tackle was cut in a somewhat head-scratching move by the Miami Dolphins. He has dealt with a couple of injuries over his two NFL seasons, but in the 21 games he’s appeared in he’s graded well. It’s probably just a matter of time before he finds a team willing to give him a shot.Update: It appears Taylor may get a chance to team up with another former Cowboy/Louisiana native in Tyron.Per source, former Dolphins DT Vincent Taylor visited the Bills today. The 2017 6th round pick was a surprise cut Monday — not known as a pass rusher but is effective against the run— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 4, 2019Brandon Weeden: The former OSU record-setter was not renewed by the Texans for 2019, but he was one of several QBs that Indianapolis worked out for the backup spot behind Jacoby Brissett. But it looks like the Colts went with another former Browns/Texans passer in Brian Hoyer.Lenzy Pipkins: The third-year cornerback was cut by the Browns following a back injury that hampered him during the preseason. But he was reportedly one of six DBs worked out by the New England Patriots on Tuesday.Below is a list of each former Cowboy that is currently signed to a team.Active Former Cowboys in the NFL“P” is for practice squad. “IR” for injured reserve. Michael HunterKansas City Chiefs Tre FlowersSeattle Seahawks Emmanuel OgbahKansas City Chiefs The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night and there is a growing list of former Cowboys to try to keep up with.Let’s take a look at a couple of the top storylines surrounding these OSU alums heading into opening week as well as how to follow each. First, the headlines.James Washington Appears Ready for Bigger RoleThe second-year wideout had an impressive preseason racking up 10 catches for 208 yards and two scores in four games while hauling in 62.5 percent of his targets. With the Steelers in need of playmakers in the absence of Antonio Brown, Washington should have every opportunity to push for a starting role if not more.Mason Rudolph Earns QB2It may not be the goal for most second-year quarterbacks, but QB2 is right where Mason Rudolph wanted to be. At least that was the best he could expect with Ben Roethlisberger occupying the top of the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart.After spending his rookie season behind Josh Dobbs, Rudolph got the better of the third-year passer this preseason and will be backing up Big Ben. Now Rudolph is one play away and should see the field in some capacity for the first time.Justice Hill Primed for Reps as a RookieThe Ravens’ fourth-round pick appears destined for a significant role as a rookie following his impressive preseason. Behind Mark Ingram, it will be some combination of Justice Hill and Gus Edwards filling the reserve role and third-down duties. Hill is the more talented pass-catcher among the two and has most upside as a playmaker of all three.Kevin Peterson Added to Cardinals RosterJust days after missing the cut for the Rams’ loaded secondary, the former All-Big 12 cornerback was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals and is listed on the team’s two-deep. It’s good news for Peterson who is just coming off of an ACL injury.In his one start with the Rams in 2017, Peterson racked up eight tackles, two interceptions, five passes defended and a he recovered a fumble. Playing opposite Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury’s up-tempo offense — and with the dearth of defensive talent — Peterson should have ample opportunity to make a name for himself. Practice Squad SigningsTyron Johnson: After narrowly missing the cut for the Houston Texans’ final roster, Tyron landed on his feet in Buffalo. (It stings just a little bit more that former Sooner Kenny Stills likely took Tyron’s spot in Houston.)But he will have a chance to earn an opportunity to carve out a role in Buffalo if he can continue to show off his deep-play threat ability and upside in the return game.Marcel Ateman: For the second straight year, Marcell Ateman missed the cut for the Raiders’ 53-man roster ahead of the season opener. But once again he has found himself on the team’s practice squad.Brad Lundblade: The former Cowboy center was added to the Panthers’ practice squad on Tuesday. He formerly spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals after going undrafted two years ago. Marcell AtemanOakland Raiders (P) Jordan BrailfordWashington Redskins (IR) Kevin PetersonArizona Cardinals Lane TaylorGreen Bay Packers Brad LundbladeCarolina Panthers (P) Dan BaileyMinnesota Vikings While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

5 Traits of Great Board Members

first_imgA great board member offers so much to your organization, from specialized professional expertise to high-level fundraising. It can be a challenge to build an A-team board—or even know what to look for—so we asked Rachel Muir, vice president of training at Pursuant and founder of Girlstart, to shine some light on the subject. Here are the five traits Rachel recommends looking for when recruiting for your board. Great board members hold themselves and the organization accountable. Quality board members know it’s not just the organization holding the bag. They take responsibility for their actions and the role that they play in supporting and advancing your cause. They’re passionate about the mission. It’s that passion that allows your board to be successful in recruiting other people to your organization. You want to put board members who feel a strong connection to your work front and center in all you do since their passion gets other people excited about your mission. They open doors to donors—and are donors themselves. Your board’s enthusiasm for your mission furthers your message and compels others to give. Part of enticing new donors includes the board demonstrating their own financial investment in your mission by being donors themselves. Incidentally, having board members who are donors is increasingly important when your nonprofit seeks funding such as grants for capital projects. They focus on the mission with a view to the big picture. Sometimes boards can get involved in micromanaging an organization. That isn’t the best use of their time or your nonprofit’s time. A great board leaves the details to staff and volunteers and keeps its collective eye on the big picture to help your nonprofit stay on track. They aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. A great board member is ready and willing to ask questions that could shake things up a bit. These could include questions about fiscal accountability or your organization’s overall direction and future. It’s easy to “go along to get along,” but real progress often comeswhen people are willing to speak up, even when it might feel uncomfortable or means expressing an unpopular opinion. So, once you’ve found someone who seems like a fantastic board member, what’s next? Set them up for success from the very start. Make sure every board member knows what your nonprofit expects from their service. Rachel suggests using this downloadable board contract that you can customize to suit your organization’s needs. Want more great ideas from Rachel Muir for helping your board become more engaged and proactive? Download the complete Nonprofit 911 webinar, 10 Tips to Get Your Board Fundraising in One Hour, right now!last_img read more

WHO Updates Guidance on Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy

first_imgPosted on November 5, 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Bill Brieger,  Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Malaria Adviser for JHPIEGO, recently shared a post on his blog, Malaria Matters, about the recent updates to WHO guidelines for the delivery of intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of malaria in pregnancy. The new policies aim to synchronize the delivery of IPTp with the antenatal care platform in order to increase coverage of the intervention.Excerpt from the post:Intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) remains a powerful tool against malaria in countries with moderate to high stable malaria transmission. Yet there has been confusion, lapses and very poor coverage with this intervention with little progress toward the Roll back malaria target of 80% coverage with two doses during pregnancy.  WHO has recently revisited this strategy and has issued revised recommendations reproduced fully below. Importantly, these also address some of the myths about IPTp with SP. Please share these widely with program managers and health workers.Read the full post and learn more about the updates to the guidelines here.For more information about malaria in pregnancy, visit the MHTF Malaria in Pregnancy topic page here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Call for Submissions: New Voices in Global Health at the World Health Summit

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on May 3, 2013March 8, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Lancet and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and National Academies are now accepting submissions of abstracts for presentation at its upcoming 5th World Health Summit as part of the competitive New Voices for Global Health program. Submissions will be considered through June 19, and authors of selected abstracts will have a chance to present their work at the World Health Summit, which will be held from October 20-22, 2013 in Berlin and published in a special booklet that will be distributed at the World Health Summit  and on The Lancet’s website.From the call for submissions:Issues addressed must be relevant, reflect current challenges, show originality and will spark the interest of conference participants and the readers of The Lancet. Topics of particular interest would be those linked to the summit’s main themes:Global Health and DevelopmentHealth in the (post 2015) Development AgendaUniversal Health CoverageGlobal Nutrition and HealthEvidence to PolicyEvidence for improved Decision-MakingSocial media and global HealthForeign Policy and Global HealthResearch and InnovationNew Approaches to the Control of Infectious DiseasesResearch Capacity Strengthening in Low- and Middle-Income countriesFuture of Research for HealthEducation and LeadershipTransforming Health Professions Education through Collaborative LeadershipGlobal Health EducationInterdisciplinary Strategies for Health CommunicationResearch using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods may be submitted.For more information on submission guidelines, click here.last_img read more

Matic: Solskjaer to blame if Man Utd don’t challenge for title

first_imgNemanja Matic has said that he has no problem with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but says the Manchester United boss will bear full responsibility if the Red Devils do not challenge for the Premier League title.Matic has found himself out of United’s starting XI this season, with the 31-year-old making his first appearance off the bench last week.An unused substitute in the opening three Premier League matches, Serbia international Matic played the final 22 minutes in United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With Solskjaer preferring a central midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, Matic’s future has been thrown into doubt.Speaking ahead of Serbia’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal on Saturday, Matic – who arrived from Chelsea in 2017 – told reporters: “In the first two or three games he determined the team without me.”I work as hard as I can, we respect the decision, it is up to me to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.”There is no problem. I told him I disagreed with him, but that he had to decide the team.”He added: “I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years.”In order for me to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now. The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title, and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility.”Matic is preparing to make his first Serbia appearance since the country’s 2-1 win over Montenegro in the UEFA Nationals League in November 2018.Serbia welcome Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to Belgrade with the Balkan nation third in Group B, six points behind leaders Ukraine and two clear of Saturday’s visitors.There will also be a new head coach on the sidelines after Ljubisa Tumbakovic replaced Mladen Krstajic, who was sacked after June’s 4-1 rout of Lithuania following their 5-0 humiliation against Ukraine.”We see every success as euphoric, and every failure as a tragedy,” Matic said. “We have such a mentality, temperament, it’s hard to change that.”But now let’s go to the European Championships. It would be very important for our football, we haven’t been there for a long time. Finally, we connect two major competitions.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

SIMMONS: Cheers, tears as Raptors and fans celebrate banner season

first_imgI’m fortunate to have covered the two World Series the Blue Jays won. Just as I was fortunate to be with the Raptors day after day in the playoffs. The three championships weren’t anything alike. The times were different, the teams were different, the expectations were different.Before they ever won, the Blue Jays were supposed to win. They were built to win. They were, frankly, disappointing when it mattered and then they weren’t anymore. It was a time before social media, before the Jurassic Park’s of the world existed with viewing parties across the country. It wasn’t a time of gathering. The parades mattered, the titles mattered the celebrations mattered, they just weren’t anything at all like what we’ve lived through the last four months.The banner raisings of the past didn’t feel like Tuesday night felt. Carter hit the home run in Toronto. Fred VanVleet hit a pile of jumpers in the second half to push the Raptors past Golden State in June in Oakland. There was a parade, which depending where you were and what you witnessed, that was fascinating and problematic.But there were no problems in all that went on Tuesday night.  Oh, there were some problems. Coach Nick Nurse showed up for the first game of the season, leaving his underwear and socks at home. It wasn’t pre-game jitters as much as it was pre-game frenzy. Toronto Raptors ring ceremony and banner raising for their championship season before the game in Toronto on Tuesday October 22, 2019. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun Toronto Raptors ring ceremony and banner raising for their championship season before the game in Toronto. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun And then the lights went out at Scotiabank Arena and with it the noise began. The under-siege commissioner, Adam Silver, walked out first followed by men in suits. The applause grew louder when Masai Ujiri walked out or Nurse or anyone the fans recognized before they were announced.And blasting from the building sound system, the hip hop song The Champ Is Here. It’s a song by Jadakiss. (I know that because I looked it up.) It was the right touch for the right night.So was the pre-ceremony video. It touched on everything. It showed great moments and moments of defeat. It showed Drake only once. It showed the biggest shots and largest reasons and so many celebrations.The ring is huge. But it seems all championship rings are huge these days. One win seems bigger than the next one. Except this one is ours. It’s personal. It’s national. And who knows when we’ll have another year like the last one, another night like the last one? You cherish every moment on a night like this. This whole season should be nothing but applause.ssimmons@postmedia.comtwitter.com/simmonssteve We’re left with memories and maybe some hope that is probably just a little misguided. NBA teams don’t win championships without sensational stars. This Raptors team is decent — good enough to be in the playoffs. But there’s no all-time great here, no top-10 player, no one guy who can make the impossible possible.Last night Kawhi’s name was mentioned only once. It was appropriate somebody did. When Kyle Lowry took the microphone, after the players had been given their rings, he mentioned the players who had moved on and weren’t present for the ceremony. He mentioned Kawhi in the same sentence with Danny Green and Jeremy Lin. One of these players is not the like the others. This wasn’t the night to say any more than that.Kawhi will get his ring when the Clippers come to town in December: Hopefully he will get the kind of recognition he is due for changing the sporting history of this city and this country. Serge Ibaka buried his face in his long arms and cried. He wasn’t alone.The building was shaking in noise and emotion. Right here in quiet Toronto. Shaking. It was loud and then louder and then loudest. With cheers and then tears. A Toronto sporting night unlike any before it.The night the rings came out and the NBA championship banner was unveiled and the celebration that went on all summer just got better. A new season begins — the old may never end.You can’t always explain a night like this. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it. It doesn’t matter how many places you’ve been. You have to live it. You have to feel it. You have to watch. You have to take in every nuance and every twist of the pre-game video and the presentations. And then you have to take in more.The day and night at Scotiabank Arena, the first night of the new NBA season, had a certain built-in anticipation to it. This is new for so many of us. A championship of this magnitude. A city not used to winning major titles, finally winning one after 26 years of waiting. It wasn’t just waiting — it wasn’t getting close. The Raptors had never played for a title before. The Leafs haven’t played for a title since the NHL had six teams.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Blue Jays have not been to the World Series since Joe Carter hit the home run. It’s been a long wait. And then the incredible and impossible and the magical all came together in a whirlwind of a circumstance in once in a lifetime season, with a one-named superhero swooping into town, without a cape, lifting the team, lifting the franchise, carrying the country along for the ride.Kawhi Leonard did that in his one season in Toronto. He was like a Springsteen concert every night he played. You never left wanting more. He delivered everything he could. Like a magician, he turned adequate into sensational, he fulfilled every aspect of the deal that brought him here. And then he left for home. Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry gets his ring from Larry Tannebaum at the ring ceremony and banner raising for their championship season before the game in Toronto on Tuesday October 22, 2019. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun 1 Comments Share your thoughtslast_img read more

Kyle Trask, Marlon Davidson Show Great Sportsmanship After Florida-Auburn

first_imgKyle Trask laying on the ground injured against Auburn.GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 05: Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators suffers an injury during the second quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)The Florida-Auburn game was about as thrilling as advertised, but it wasn’t without its scary moments. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask got badly hit by Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson. Trask ultimately injured his knee on the play.Despite how tough the hit was, though, Trask showed no enmity for Davidson after the game.Following Florida’s 24-13 upset win over the visiting Tigers, the two met on the field and shook hands. It was a pretty remarkable display of sportsmanship by both sides.Trask’s final stat line was 19-of-31 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Davidson had two tackles for Auburn. Good sportsmanship 💯💪🏾💚 pic.twitter.com/NaHl1NYVdD— Ghetto Albert (@AlbertGhetto) October 6, 2019As good of a display of sportsmanship as that was, Trask and the Gators are in a precarious situation moving forward.Who knows if he’ll be 100-percent in time for Florida’s even bigger showdown next week against LSU. However, he was able to finish the game against Auburn.Trask was the backup to injured starter Feleipe Franks. Dan Mullen turned to third-stringer Emory Jones when Trask was injured against Auburn.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Oklahoma Releases Epic Hype Video Before Red River Showdown

first_imgMarcelias Sutton on Oklahoma running the ball against Texas.DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Marcelias Sutton #21 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The week is finally here. The Red River Showdown commences this Saturday at noon ET. No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas. Sooners vs. Longhorns. It doesn’t get much better than this.This year’s contest is a bit more highly anticipated than previous matchups. Both teams have playoff aspirations. Oklahoma has a chance to essentially end those aspirations for the Longhorns with a win.The long-time rivalry carries so many rich traditions that have been apart of college football for so many years.Ahead of the game on Saturday, Oklahoma football’s social media team has released an epic hype video for the game. Check it out below.Do you think they knew?For the 115th time, OU and Texas meet Saturday. #RedRiverShowdown pic.twitter.com/whN2WMsAI0— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 8, 2019[Related Article:Texas Safety Issues Warning To Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts]The video highlights the rich traditions of the Red River Showdown and what the game means to both team’s fans.The first game in the rivalry came in 1900 when neither team had the nicknames they do now. The Red River Showdown has been played in the Cotton Bowl since 1932.Oklahoma has won three of the last four games against the Longhorns. Texas beat the Sooners 48-45 in the 2018 regular season. But OU responded with a big time 39-27 win in the Big 12 Championship game.Oklahoma is currently favored by 10.5 points for this Saturday’s game.Texas-Oklahoma kicks off at noon ET on FOX.last_img read more

The 10 biggest spenders of the English transfer window

first_imgWith the transfer window in England now closed, it’s time to take stock of just how much some clubs spent over the summer.From a promoted club desperate to prove they belong in the Premier League to sleeping giants determined to wake from their slumbers, some big sums have once again been spent over the off-season.Whether that money will guarantee success, however, only time will tell.  Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Read on for the Premier League’s top 10 spenders of the summer…last_img read more

Sterling striving to match Messi & Ronaldo

first_imgRaheem Sterling acknowledges he cannot be compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo until he has performed at the highest level for a number of seasons, but that is his aim.The Manchester City forward was in irrepressible form in England’s 5-3 win against Kosovo on Tuesday , scoring an early equaliser and then laying on three assists in a stunning first-half display.Sterling’s performance continued an outstanding start to the new season, with eight goals to his name for club and country already. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The 24-year-old scored 35 times in the Premier League across the previous two campaigns, but he concedes he is still some way short of the standard set by all-time greats Messi and Ronaldo.”The most remarkable thing about these players is not that they’ve been doing it for two or three seasons,” said Sterling. “They’ve been doing it for pretty much their whole career, season after season.”This is my third season at a high level, I would say, and I just have to keep continuing. I have full belief in myself.https://t.co/Q7ZDNH7nrj — Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) September 11, 2019 “I have goals and they’ve been goals of mine since I was a child, and I’ll keep thriving and keep learning and try to get all the way to the top, for sure.”Sterling had scored just twice for his country prior to visiting Spain last October but doubled his international tally with a brace in that away win and now has 10 goals in England colours.”When I first put on the England shirt, I wasn’t looking at my stats too much,” he said. “It wasn’t until I saw how bad they were I put extra pressure on myself to score.”But I said to myself that once my first goal goes in, I know that the goals will come after that. That’s all I was waiting for.”That night in Spain when I scored two, from then I knew I’d kick on and keep scoring goals.”The in-form winger will be back in Premier League action this weekend, as Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Norwich.Sterling will then prepare to make an impact in the Champions League, with City set to open their latest European campaign with a trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.last_img read more

Guardiola: ‘You can’t expect 100 points every time’

first_imgPep Guardiola says fans can’t expect Manchester City to win every game, after they were beaten 3-2 at Norwich on Saturday evening.City twice came back into the game thanks to Sergio Aguero and Rodri, but goals from Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki ensured an unexpected victory for the Championship winners.The result leaves City five points adrift of early Premier League leaders Liverpool, following Jurgen Klopp’s side coming back to win against Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I know what we are as a team,” Guardiola told Sky Sports after the game. “I know what they have done, what we are going to do again, and I love my players.“It’s a pleasure and an honour to be with them. This is the challenge at the high level.“People cannot expect us to win or pick up 100 points all the time. We’re going to recover, we go to play in Europe now and then we will come back.”Norwich’s third goal from Pukki drew plenty of criticism, after Nicolas Otamendi was robbed at the edge of his own area by Emi Buendia in the build-up.With Aymeric Laporte missing until the new year, Otamendi and John Stones are set to carry the burden at the centre of defence, a partnership which has attracted attention in the past for being notably error-prone.Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2019-20But Guardiola underlined his faith that the pair will shine in Laporte’s absence – starting at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.“How many games have John and Nico played together in these, more than three years together?” Guardiola noted. “A lot. Thanks to them, we have won, so we cannot analyse just the last eight or 10 games.“They are the central defenders we have, we don’t have any more. We have Fernandinho who can play there, we can maybe play Rodri there. It’s not a worry.“Normally I count how many chances [our opponents] create and I think they didn’t create too much, honestly. So there was the three goals, but I don’t know how many other shots on target they had, how many chances.“I don’t have that feeling, that they had many, many, many chances. It happens sometimes. For example, Bournemouth, they had more chances than [Norwich had] today, and we won that game. But of course you have to improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Liverpool & Man City favourites to win Champions League’

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester City are the favourites to win the 2019-20 Champions League, according to Dietmar Hamann.The Reds secured the sixth European Cup of their illustrious history with a 2-0 win over Tottenham in last season’s showpiece, after dispatching Barcelona and Bayern Munich in previous rounds.City, meanwhile, suffered a shock quarter-final exit at the hands of Spurs, extending Pep Guardiola’s recent barren run in the competition’s knockout phase. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The Spaniard did, however, oversee more domestic success at the Etihad Stadium, which has seen his side named among the favourites to conquer Europe in 2020.Jurgen Klopp has also been backed for more continental silverware, with Liverpool currently the only team in England still protecting a 100 per cent record this term.Hamann, who played for the Reds between 1999 and 2006 before a three-year spell at City, feels the Premier League duo are the frontrunners in the race to lift the Champions League.”I think that City and Liverpool will set the standard,” the German said in an interview with SID.Liverpool open their latest European campaign with a trip to Italy to face Napoli on Tuesday before City come up against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Having won a Champions League winners’ medal with Liverpool in 2005, Hamann feels German champions Bayern are still some way off the standard required, insisting they are “in the second row” of clubs in this season’s competition.Niko Kovac’s men were knocked out by the Reds in the last 16 last term after suffering a 3-1 second-leg defeat at the Allianz Arena.Hamann went on to highlight Bayern’s need for a defensive midfielder, a position in which he shone during his playing days.He added: “[Joshua] Kimmich can play there, but then he has to show that he is capable of doing so. “[Javi] Martinez shone last year against Liverpool, but that game was a long time ago – now he’s injured again – and Thiago is not a six.”Bayern host Red Star Belgrade in their opening Group B fixture this week, when they will be looking to bounce back from a 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga over the weekend. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Liverpool not feeling favourites’ pressure’

first_imgFabinho acknowledges that Liverpool are “one of the favourites” to claim more Champions League glory, but claims that big billing will not weigh heavy on the current holders of the crown.The Reds are preparing to open their European campaign in 2019-20 with a trip to Napoli and Jurgen Klopp’s side are hoping that game will represent the first step down a path which leads to a third successive final appearance.Liverpool came unstuck against Real Madrid in 2018, but made amends last season as they swept aside domestic rivals Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career With a sixth continental success secured, the challenge facing the Reds now is to build on that triumph.They have made a faultless start to their Premier League campaign and are expected go well in Europe, but Fabinho insists nobody at Anfield is feeling the pressure.He told the official Liverpool FC magazine: “[We are] one of the favourites, I think.“The reigning champion is always the favourite and given Liverpool’s run of form over the last two competitions we must be considered one of the main contenders.“But it doesn’t put any additional pressure on us, we know how to deal with it, we know how to handle the pressure. It won’t be a problem.“The Champions League is the toughest competition in Europe with all the best teams involved. We’ll do everything to qualify for the Round of 16. It’s a case of taking things step by step.”While looking to chase down more major silverware this season, Fabinho acknowledges that competing on multiple fronts again – with the Club World Cup yet to be taken in this term – will not be easy for Liverpool.The versatile Brazil international added: “Last year we showed it was possible – normally a team with 97 points are champions.“We were able to maintain the intensity and high standard in both competitions (Premier League and Champions League).“It’s exhausting, it’s difficult, it demands a lot from the entire squad of players. It demands a lot of the coaching staff as well, working on recovery and preparation every two days for a high-level game.“It is possible, but it’s very, very difficult, all the players have to be prepared and focused. The team has shown that it is focused, has ambition and is prepared for this challenge.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more