Borussia Dortmund 2 Freiburg 2: Aubameyang jeered as Toljan rescues a point Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 00:33 1/28/18 Bongarts Jeremy Toljan rescued a last-gasp draw on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to the Borussia Dortmund fold against Freiburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was jeered on his return to the Borussia Dortmund team as Jeremy Toljan rescued a point for Peter Stoger’s men in a 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Freiburg.Nils Petersen’s double – including a superb 40-yard second – looked to have secured an away win for Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park as Arsenal target Aubameyang toiled.Yet Toljan netted in the third minute of stoppage time to at least ensure Dortmund did not suffer a costly defeat. 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 Aubameyang had not featured since before the league’s mid-season break, but the forward was recalled after impressing coach Stoger with his application in training.That was not enough to appease some home supporters, however, as Aubameyang emerged as the villain of the piece and remained on the periphery of the game – sporting director Michael Zorc having earlier confirmed that a transfer could happen if Arsenal up their bid.A sour atmosphere was not improved when Dortmund headed into half-time all square after Petersen cancelled out Shinji Kagawa’s opener.The home side never recovered their momentum and a brilliant Petersen effort from distance appeared set to prove the winner before Toljan’s dramatic late leveller.This result leaves Dortmund fifth – still outside the Champions League places – and they must now contemplate the very real possibility of a future without top scorer Aubameyang, as Wednesday’s transfer deadline draws near.Jeremy Toljan mit dem Last-Minute-Treffer! Gleichzeitig der Endstand. #bvbscf 2-2 FT pic.twitter.com/W12cd42SSI— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 27, 2018″No player is bigger than the club,” read a banner held aloft before kick-off by a section of Dortmund fans who then heckled Aubameyang’s early touches, but their mood was momentarily lifted by a ninth-minute goal.The Freiburg defence failed to cut out a pass into the area and they were left scrambling as Lukasz Piszczek’s blocked low strike popped up kindly for Kagawa to acrobatically slam a volley into the bottom-left corner.Dortmund kept the pressure on and Rafal Gikiewicz turned away Jadon Sancho’s curler, but the visitors soon levelled against the run of play.Janik Haberer reached a pass on the right flank just in time to keep the ball in play and centre for Petersen to finish high past Roman Burki from close range at the near post.Aubameyang belatedly got involved and drew light applause as he rose to meet Gonzalo Castro’s cross, directing a header just over.But Dortmund almost went into the break a goal down when Burki fumbled Lukas Kubler’s volley and had to be alert to dive back and retrieve the spinning ball from the goal line.The hosts lacked rhythm after the restart and Kagawa found only the side netting when he looked to beat Gikiewicz at his near right-hand post.Then, with just over 20 minutes remaining, Petersen struck again, stealing possession from Nuri Sahin in the midfield before executing a stunning lob that caught Burki off guard and picked out the top-left corner.WHAT. A. GOAL.Nils #Petersen has just entered the race for goal of the season. #BVBSCF 1-2 pic.twitter.com/0r9GB45sfr— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) January 27, 2018Dortmund found an urgency in the final stages that had previously been lacking, but it took them until the final seconds of stoppage time to restore parity.The last of a series of long balls launched into the Freiburg area dropped for Toljan and he hammered a finish hard and low past Gikiewicz to ease some of the pressure on his misfiring team-mates. Key Opta stats: – Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga under Peter Stoger (2 wins, 3 draws). Former manager Peter Bosz had not won any of his last eight BL games with the club (3 draws, 5 losses).- Dortmund have conceded 16 goals at home this season (in 10 games). Only last-place Cologne have conceded more goals at home (17).- Jeremy Toljan scored his 1st Bundesliga goal for Dortmund, in his 11th league game for the club. read more
Malaga 0 Atletico Madrid 1: Griezmann narrows gap at top to six Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 2/11/18 Twitter (@Atleti) After a tumultuous end to their win over Valencia, Antoine Griezmann was back celebrating as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 1-0. Antoine Griezmann should be firmly back in the good graces of Atletico Madrid fans after he fired them to within six points of LaLiga leaders Barcelona with a 1-0 win over bottom club Malaga.Griezmann had been jeered by Atletico fans for slowing play down instead of looking for another goal towards the end of their 1-0 win over Valencia last time out.He reacted angrily to those jeers, but both he and the Atletico supporters had reason to celebrate less than a minute into Saturday’s contest at La Rosaleda. 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 Griezmann opened the scoring with a confident close-range finish, his fourth goal in five games, and it proved to be enough for Atletico to at least temporarily gain ground on title favourites Barca.Malaga, who are seven points adrift of safety, had much the better of the second half but could not find an equaliser, with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak rarely called into action.Barca will be expected to stretch their advantage back to nine points against Getafe on Sunday, but it is now three wins in a row for Diego Simeone’s men, who head into the first leg of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Copenhagen with momentum..@AntoGriezmann celebrated by holding up a shirt commemorating Atleti fan Nacho Barbera who died playing for @UDAlzira in an U12s game last weekend. #MalagaAtleti pic.twitter.com/2lfi15FAN3— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 10, 2018Griezmann needed only 38 seconds to break the deadlock as he coolly lofted the ball over Roberto Jimenez at the near post after Saul’s effort from outside the box had deflected into his path. The France international celebrated by running to the sideline and holding up an Atletico jersey adorned with the name of Nacho Barbera, a child who recently died following a cardiac arrest in a youth match.Diego Costa sent an ambitious volley well wide as Atletico pushed for a second, but they were almost pegged back as Brown Ideye headed into the side-netting from Roberto Rosales’ free-kick.Costa was unable to find the target with a header from a corner as Roberto was caught in two minds as to whether to come and collect.Malaga made an excellent start to the second half and Atletico were grateful to Oblak for preserving their lead as he sprung to his right to turn Rosales’ excellent free-kick over.That was as good as it got for Malaga, who were forced to finish the game with 10 men as substitute Mehdi Lacen was taken off on a stretcher with a head injury.Atletico held firm with little difficulty, leaving them now looking for a Barca slip-up to make a turnaround in the title race more likely.97′ | 0-1 | ¡Finaaaaaaal! ¡Nos llevamos los tres puntos de La Rosaleda. ¡Gran trabajo, equipo!#MálagaAtleti #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/j5xTsqp0c7— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 10, 2018 Key Opta stats:- Simeone has reached 150 wins in LaLiga as Atletico manager. – Atletico have the most LaLiga wins (10) by a single goal this season and are the second side to concede only nine goals after 23 games (alongside Deportivo on 1993-94). – For the first time ever, Malaga have failed to score at home in five LaLiga games in a row. – Indeed, Malaga have failed to score the most times in LaLiga this season (16), while Atletico have recorded the most clean sheets (15). read more
Manchester United Smalling & Jones branded ‘a disaster’ by Neville as Man Utd’s weaknesses are exposed Chris Burton 16:36 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle United The Red Devils defensive duo endured another forgettable outing against Newcastle, leading a former Old Trafford star to label them as a liability Chris Smalling and Phil Jones “have been a disaster” for Manchester United of late, says an unimpressed Phil Neville.The Red Devils, after being considered Premier League title challengers early on in the 2017-18 campaign, have been dragged into the battle for a top-four finish.Two defeats in their last three outings have weakened their position in second spot, with Jose Mourinho’s side having come unstuck against Tottenham and Newcastle without finding the target. 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 Defensive duo Smalling and Jones struggled in each of those fixtures, with Neville accusing the under-fire England internationals of becoming a liability.The former United star told Match of the Day 2 on the back of a 1-0 reversal at St James’ Park: “They have got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic out in front who protects them really well.”But the last two away games [against Tottenham and Newcastle], Smalling and Jones have been a disaster.”Against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, they got bullied.”Neville added: “Against Newcastle did they make many mistakes, no, but they created a nervousness and a tension.”They were making decisions that were strange. They were making decisions all day where you were thinking, ‘what are you doing?'”They brought these two in as the best young centre-backs in England.”Jones appeared to have played his way back into form at the start of the season following a succession of injury setbacks.He has, however, slipped back into his old ways as United’s deficiencies at the back have been exposed.Smalling, meanwhile, has come in for plenty of criticism for his displays, with the 28-year-old having picked up a booking against Newcastle for diving inside his own half. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United Mourinho plans ‘many more years’ in management Jamie Smith 00:30 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The Special One is looking to add yet another trophy to his enviable collection on Saturday as Man United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final Jose Mourinho has warned his critics he will have “many more years” as a manager.The Manchester United boss took his first senior post in 2000 and has led huge clubs including Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid during a glittering career.Mourinho has the chance to win his second FA Cup when he faces his former club at Wembley on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And the Portuguese, 55, says he still has the drive to be a success at the top level of football.”It’s my nature,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “I think if I was not a successful manager I’d be a successful something. A successful PE teacher, a successful… I don’t know. I’d always be a person with drive with this nature.”Probably the colour of my hair doesn’t tell the truth. Maybe people think I am much older than I am. Maybe because I arrived in high level football very, very young maybe people think I am 66. I am not 66, I am 55.”Even for the ones that don’t like me so much, they are going to have me for many more years.”
World Cup FIFA Rewind: Watch Brazil versus Germany from World Cup 2014 in full Goal 16:00 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Germany Brazil Germany Goal have teamed up with FIFA to bring the great games of the past right up into the 21st century It was perhaps the most remarkable game in World Cup history.The 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany was one for the ages, producing the most shocking result the tournament had ever seen.And this week FIFA are offering you the chance to relive it all with FIFA Rewind – a ground-breaking mobile and social series, which will bring a selection of the greatest games in World Cup history right up into the 21st century. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Fans have voted for the games they want to relive from 1982 to 2014 and this week the series reaches a thrilling climax.The contests will be given the same level of coverage you’d expect from a modern World Cup blockbuster, complete with pre and post-match analysis published via Goal and FIFA’s social media channels throughout the week.The most decorated national team in the game, Brazil were out to finally lay to rest the demons of 1950 by becoming world champions on home soil for the first time.But Germany had been preparing for this moments for well over a decade and their diligent, detailed plan would come together in a way not even they themselves could ever have imaged.Relive all the drama this Friday.To watch Brazil versus Germany from World Cup 2014 tune into the official World Cup Facebook page at 16:00 CET this Friday. Also don’t forget to follow the official World Cup Twitter and Instagram accounts for more exclusive FIFA Rewind content.
This major partnership further highlights the growing success of their joint strategy; to provide free technology tools to clubs and associations in return for the digital marketing rights; to aggregate the grassroots sporting communities and to attract significant marketing dollars from major brands and share commercial profits with the sports.The partnership provides a special incentive to all members of sporting clubs to sign up to Rebel Season Pass or the Amart All Sports’ Team Amart program through SportingPulse, whereby those who join will be entitled to exclusive SportingPulse-only member discounts.In addition, anyone who joins these loyalty programs before 31 March 2011 will be able to receive a one-off discount of 15 per cent off the retail price of any new boots or other footwear purchased before 30 April 2011. This offer is not available to people who sign up directly in store – it is exclusive only to those who join through SportingPulse.SportingPulse is passionate about improving and developing Australian community sport and making it more enjoyable for everyone involved. They understand the importance of providing their sports and participants with relevant opportunities to help further their development as amateur athletes.For more information, please click on the following link:http://sport.gameday.com.au/index.php?id=43&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=377&tx_ttnews[backPid]=1&cHash=bb578ecfc6
During 2018, Touch Football Australia (TFA) undertook a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules. This process engaged a number of stakeholders including current administrators, coaches, referees, referee coaches and players, who provided advice and expertise in the development of the next edition of our playing rules.The outcome is a proposed version of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules that reflects today’s trends of the game.View the Proposed 8th Edition Rules. View a short animation explaining the rule changes.Most changes simply align the rule book to what is being interpreted at all levels of our game, where other changes may have a more noticeable impact on the way the game is played. For this reason, TFA has determined that the proposed rules will be tested at the 2019 National Touch League (NTL), along with other events should it be deemed appropriate to do so, before the 8th Edition is ratified and released to the community for its use.It is proposed that the 8th Edition will be in use in competitions across the country from 1 July 2019. Below are the major features of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules:• The terminology used throughout the rules has realigned our sport to its roots and the terminology used throughout most of our community. ‘Touchdowns’ are now ‘tries’, the ‘score zone’ is now the ‘in-goal area’, the ‘score line’ is the ‘tryline’ and ‘a period of time’ is ‘the sin-bin’.• Defenders will be required to retire a set distance of 7 metres from the ruck as opposed to the current ‘not less than 5 metres’ rule. This will improve consistency in its application and is more in line with what is currently being applied across our sport.• The change to the 7 metres will see the introduction of a 7-metre zone rather than the current 5 metre zone at either end of the field. Players will be required to move forward once a defender enters that zone as is the current rule but will be required to now do so at a ‘reasonable pace’. What is deemed ‘reasonable pace’ will be well-defined throughout all education to aid consistent application.• The defender will be required to retire to an onside position without interfering or impeding the attacking team. This rule will replace the requirement to return to an onside position without changing direction. A player may now choose any direction and change that direction, as long as their actions do not interfere with the attacking team.• Any three consecutive infringements in the one possession by the defending team in their 7-metre zone will result in the last player to infringe being placed in the nearest sin-bin area until their team regains possession of the ball.• Any touch made following an intercept or following a ball being touched in flight will be zero touch.• Any player sent to the sin-bin will remain in the sin-bin for a compulsory two completed sets of possession by both teams. This will no longer be at the discretion of the referee and will provide greater consistency in its application.• Any incorrect restart, i.e. a tap, is taken off the mark or taken instead of a Rollball will no longer result in a change of possession. The player will be simply required to return to the correct mark and perform the correct restart.• Interchanges during a breakaway situation will be prohibited. Any player who enters the field from the interchange area during a breakaway, regardless of whether a try is scored or not, will be sent to the sin-bin.• The drop-off procedure will be consistent with the international game and consistent across all major TFA events.The above list covers the most prominent changes; there are additional and more subtle changes that have been adopted to ensure the rules reflect current game trends.The 7th Edition has been in place for almost two decades and with shifting game trends over that time came a change to the way the rules were interpreted. It is TFA’s intention to monitor these trends more closely in the future and adjust the rules on a more regular basis. In order to do that, a National Game Committee will be created to monitor the trends of the game at all levels and make recommendations on future rule changes.Once the new edition is ratified, TFA will roll out educational resources.
Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have admitted they are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.And reports had suggested that top teams like Juve, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and PSG were interested.Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ sporting director, is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.”I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want him.”Juventus do have a history of nabbing players on free transfers. Emre Can joined last summer after his contract at Liverpool expired.Ramsey has 2 goals and six assists in 8 Premier League starts and 10 substitute appearances. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potentialby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their approach to the market is about targeting potential.Klopp admits buying readymade players isn’t in the plan.He told the Liverpool Echo, “In football, there are two ways to improve. One is to sign good players and the second is training, but having time together is always good. You don’t have time together in football, usually, but we had it then, which was really good.”We don’t start at minus 20 and say ‘by the way, set-piece, we do this, we do that’ and you have to explain to six players and you think ‘oh God!’. Having a basis is brilliant, but you need world-class players and if they are not world-class already, they need the world-class potential. That is what we need at a club like Liverpool.”I think that is what we tried to do and it I think it worked pretty well. All the boys have improved a lot since we were together and that is what you have to do. So whatever we achieved, we did it because the boys always took the next steps, got more mature, got more confident and more convinced about the way we play.”I think meanwhile, it becomes really natural for the boys and that is so important. For us, our big target was to qualify for the Champions League and it was clear we wanted to do that. But it’s the most difficult league to do this in, in England but it happened somehow.”
Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber – http://t.co/d2kT4Y5XGg pic.twitter.com/C06HUOdJkc— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks http://t.co/XucAtdRzbL pic.twitter.com/qAwedEVJIJ— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.
jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?
Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh pic.twitter.com/Rhd8Y7msS1— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6 https://t.co/J0q9QxzROR— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will undergo a medical in Spain on Thursday as he closes in on completing his move to Atletico Madrid.Goal understands the Spain international will depart Stamford Bridge on an initial six-month loan deal, with the Liga outfit having the option to buy Morata for £43.7m ($57m) at the end of the season. There is understood to be a further £4.4m ($5.7m) in loan fees.His departure from west London has been signed off following the confirmation of Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival on a loan deal from Juventus, with the Argentina international reuniting with his former boss at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? And Sarri confirmed his happiness at having finally landed Higuain’s signature after Morata made it clear that he wanted to leave the club during the January transfer window“I think that Morata is a very good player,” he told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham. “I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team”But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team.”So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 per cent for his mental situation. But I think that Morata is potentially a very important player. From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football.”The situation changed in the last month. So we needed to change. I don’t know [about the transfer market]. As you know very well, I don’t want to follow the market day by day. I don’t know the actual situation.”Morata told me 10 days ago that there was an opportunity in Spain, but I don’t know where.”We have some problems in scoring. Higuain usually is able to score 25 or 30 goals every season. But, as I told you before, in the market in January it’s very difficult to secure a very important striker.”Gonzalo was in a situation that we could try to buy him, and so we decided to try for Higuain.”Higuain was not registered in time to be eligible for the meeting with Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the Blues look to overturn a 1-0 deficit following the first leg at Wembley.Chelsea do have the option to make the deal permanent either this summer or at the end of the 2019-20 campaign should they extend the current loan move – a signal that the club’s normal policy of not offering long-term contracts to players over the age of 30 might be changing.And Sarri believes that 31-year-old Higuain is not too old to have a long term future in the English capital“Thirty-one and 32 is not really very old. I think that, for a striker, it’s very difficult to score with continuity when they are 22 or 23. So the best is from 27 to 32 or 33.”I don’t know exactly the details of the contract, though, so it’s very difficult for me to answer.”“It’s up to him. He has to score, first of all. I think that, for a long-term contract, he has to do very well. He has to play. He has to score. He has to be useful for the team.”Away from the transfer market, Chelsea have been in declining form over the winter period, leading to increased focus on their new manager and his players.Chelsea’s most recent match saw them well beaten at the Emirates Stadium in a 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal. and Sarri caused a stir post-match by claiming that his players were “extremely difficult to motivate”.The Italian, though, does not believe that his words should be construed as a warning to his players.“I didn’t attack my players,” he continued. “I told only my opinion about our problems. But I wanted them to realise the problem – I think it’s my job.”Of course, I have the responsibility also of the mental point of view, so the performance was my fault, of course.”But I said I am in trouble because it’s very difficult to motivate them, but I didn’t want to attack them. I didn’t attack my players. I only texplained to the journalists my problem.”They are very good boys. With this little problem that I think I can help them (with).“But I didn’t want to attack them. If we have a problem, I think we have to discuss the problem. We have to try and find the reason for the problem. We have to try and do something to improve. I cannot see a big problem with this. Why? Why would I keep it a secret?“I don’t know why, otherwise it would have been easy for me. I don’t know exactly the reason, or maybe there are 100 reasons. It’s difficult, but we have to try something to improve in this. We are changing something in training, something in pre-match.”We are trying to do our best, of course. But, for us, it’s a problem – not always, but even in some very important matches. So it’s really very strange.”When you play against Arsenal or Tottenham, you usually arrive at the match with a very high level of motivation and determination, but we made mistakes in this kind of match.”So it’s very strange and we need to improve. But they agree with me. I discussed it with the players after the match, and I said to them the same things as in the press conference. It’s not a big problem. I want to be direct with them in private and in public.”I said that, for me, it was very difficult to motivate them. Not impossible, but it’s very difficult.”
Liverpool players will surely be wondering what more they can do when they attempt to improve upon their last campaign in 2019-20.Jurgen Klopp’s job involves rallying his squad to go again after a season that saw them miss out on Premier League glory despite amassing a remarkable 97 points and that unenviable task gets under way in earnest in early July.The Reds won their sixth Champions League title, but their performance in the domestic cups left plenty to be desired and they will be eager to improve on those fronts this coming season having watched rivals Manchester City achieve an unprecedented treble. 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? Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Liverpool’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.Liverpool pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 11 Tranmere Rovers 0-6 Liverpool 7:30pm / 2:30pm Prenton Park, Birkenhead Jul 14 Bradford City 1-3 Liverpool 3pm / 10am Valley Park, Bradford Jul 19 Liverpool 2-3 Borussia Dortmund 1am / 8pm Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana Jul 21 Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla 11pm / 6pm Fenway Park, Boston Jul 24 Liverpool 2-2 Sporting 1am / 8pm Yankee Stadium, New York Jul 28 Liverpool 0-3 Napoli 5pm / 12pm Murrayfield, Edinburgh Jul 31 Liverpool 3-1 Lyon 6pm / 1pm Stade de Geneve, Geneva Aug 4 Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City* (5-4 pens.) 3pm / 10am Wembley Stadium, London *2019 Community Shield Liverpool kicked off their pre-season preparations with games in mid July against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City before making their way across the Atlantic for a tour of the United States.Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund were the first Stateside opponent and that game took place in Notre Dame Stadium on July 19. Three days later it was La Liga opposition, with a clash against Sevilla in Boston on July 21.The Reds then made a trip to New York to play Sporting on July 24 before returning to the UK four days later for a game against Serie A giants Napoli at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield – the home of Scottish rugby.A clash against Ligue 1 giants Lyon takes place in Geneva on July 31 before Liverpool lock horns with familiar foes Manchester City at the beginning of August for in the Community Shield – the official curtain-raiser for the English club season.They had been scheduled to face Bundesliga side Schalke, but the game has been cancelled due to the earlier date on which the Reds open their league campaign.Liverpool 2019-20 transfer activity Having spent big money in recent years to bring in players such as Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, the summer of 2019 is set to be a relatively quiet transfer window for Liverpool.The squad that Klopp has built is a formidable one, which the 2018-19 campaign showed, and accordingly, the German coach is under no great pressure to strengthen too much.A forward, to take pressure off Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, is high on the agenda when it comes to areas in need of bolstering. The likes of Timo Werner and James Maddison have been linked.There will certainly be a number of first-team departures, however, with Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leaving for free, while Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings will also be heading through the exit door.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF Sepp van den Berg PEC Zwolle £1.3m Jul 1 FW Harvey Elliott Fulham Undisc. Jul 28 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date DF Alberto Moreno Released Free Jun 30 FW Daniel Sturridge Released Free Jun 30 DF Conor Randall Released Free Jun 30 GK Adam Bogdan Released Free Jun 30 FW Danny Ings Southampton £20m Jul 1 FW Sheyi Ojo Rangers Loan Jul 1 MF Allan Fluminense Loan Jul 1 MF Marko Grujic Hertha Berlin Loan Jul 1 MF Rafael Camacho Sporting £5m Jul 1 GK Kamil Grabara Huddersfield Town Loan Jul 15 GK Simon Mignolet Brugge £8m Aug 4 FW Harry Wilson Bournemouth Loan Aug 6 Liverpool 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Liverpool kicked off their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at Anfield on August 9 against newly promoted Norwich City.The Reds face Manchester United for the first time in the season on October 19, with a repeat of last season’s Champions League final in store against Tottenham the week after. Klopp’s side lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield on November 9.The first Merseyside derby of the season against Everton is set to take place at Anfield on December 4, with the Toffees hosting the return fixture next March.Liverpool 2019-20 squad numbers No. Pos Player 1 GK Alisson 2 DF Nathaniel Clyne 3 MF Fabinho 4 DF Virgil van Dijk 5 MF Georginio Wijnaldum 6 DF Dejan Lovren 7 MF James Milner 8 MF Naby Keita 9 FW Roberto Firmino 10 FW Sadio Mane 11 FW Mohamed Salah 12 DF Joe Gomez 13 GK Adrian 14 MF Jordan Henderson 15 MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 20 MF Adam Lallana 23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri 24 FW Rhian Brewster 26 DF Andrew Robertson 27 FW Divock Origi 32 DF Joel Matip 40 MF Ryan Kent 48 MF Curtis Jones 51 DF Ki-Jana Hoever 62 GK Caoimhin Keller 65 DF Yasser Larouci 66 DF Trent Alexander-Arnold 67 MF Harvey Elliott 72 DF Sepp van den Berg Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Fisheye view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45-9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)With Week 3 in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.Win-loss predictions for the top 25 are below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 12.0–0.9Georgia: 11.4 – 1.5Ohio State: 11.1 – 1.4Penn State: 10.5 – 1.8Oklahoma: 11.3 – 1.5Clemson: 11.4 – 1.4Washington: 10.2 – 2.5Michigan: 8.6 – 3.6Mississippi State: 9.2 – 2.9Auburn: 7.9 – 4.1Oklahoma State: 9.7 – 2.8Miami (Fla.): 9.1– 3.4Michigan State: 8.2 – 3.9Texas A&M: 7.6 – 4.4Notre Dame: 9.6 – 2.4Stanford: 9.0 – 3.2LSU: 8.3– 3.7Wisconsin: 8.2 – 4.3Virginia Tech: 8.6 – 2.8Boise State: 10.5 – 2.5Duke: 9.0– 3.2West Virginia: 7.3 – 3.9Iowa: 9.1 – 3.3Boston College: 8.6– 3.5Texas: 7.2– 5.0ESPN’s FPI can be found here.
TEMPE, AZ – OCTOBER 1: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the USC Trojans on October 1, 2005 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. USC won 38-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Herm Edwards and the Arizona State Sun Devils took on Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins in an all-Pac-12 affair. The Sun Devils held a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter when a very controversial call went down.Arizona State’s Merlin Robertson put a lick on UCLA quarterback Wilton Speight and was called for targeting. After reviewing the play, officials confirmed the targeting an ejected Robertson from the remainder of the game.Because the foul came in the second half, Robertson will have to miss the first half of the team’s game against Oregon next weekend.Video of the foul was released a few minutes after the call and fans were not pleased.Check it out.Arizona State LB Merlin Robinson was called for targeting against UCLA. He’ll miss the first half against Oregon. pic.twitter.com/X26k7pqGIt— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) November 10, 2018It appears Robertson puts his facemask right in the chest of Speight, which should not be a targeting call.Regardless, the Sun Devils stopped UCLA from scoring and then went for a touchdown to move the score to 24-14 with just over eight minutes remaining.
Next Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban doubled to eight yearsJemima Sumgong, who won the 2016 Rio Olympic gold in women’s marathon, was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).advertisement Reuters New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 21:29 IST Jemima Sumgong had won gold in the women’s marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJemima Sumgong found guilty of providing false information while defending herselfSumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017Sumsong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold in 2016Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to eight years after being found guilty by the IAAF of providing false information while defending herself against her initial sanction, the Athletics Integrity Unit have said.Sumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).The 34-year-old, who became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said she had been injected with EPO by an “impostor” during a doctors’ strike in Kenya.That claim was rejected as “not authentic” by the disciplinary tribunal of international athletics’ governing body (IAAF).In a ruling dated Jan. 17, the tribunal said there was also “compelling evidence” Sumgong had falsified her medical records and lied about her whereabouts after the positive test for EPO.Her actions constituted a second anti-doping offence of “tampering with a doping control” and merited the imposition of a second four-year sanction, the tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, said in its ruling.Accordingly, Sumgong is now banned until is April 3, 2025, although she has the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Athletics Integrity Unit head Brett Clothier welcomed the tribunal’s decision.”We hope that it sends a message to dopers that the AIU has strong investigative capabilities and does not tolerate false evidence in doping cases,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.”We also want to underline the vital support of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in pursuing this case. They are a valuable partner in the fight against doping in Kenya.”advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jemima Sumgong
Reuters DubaiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 22:58 IST Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Roger Federer won his 8th title in Dubai. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his 8th title in DubaiTsitsipas had defeated Federer in the Australian Open earlier this yearFederer is only the second player to win 100 or more ATP titlesRoger Federer claimed the 100th ATP title of his career by beating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday.The 20-times Grand Slam champion became the second man in the Open Era to claim 100 titles after American Jimmy Connors who won 109.Swiss Federer also avenged his shock defeat by Tsitsipas in the Australian Open fourth round in January.”I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title,” Federer said.”Tough conditions and tough opponents. To win in Marseille and then come here was difficult for Stefanos.”Federer, who had been stuck on 99 titles since triumphing at his hometown Basel tournament in October, broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the match and saved two break points at 5-4 to claim the first set in 36 minutes.Tsitsipas, who will break into the top 10 for the first time on Monday, held firm up to 4-4 in the second set before the 37-year-old Federer switched gears to seal the decisive break and close out the victory.”I don’t know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title,” Federer joked.”It’s a privilege (to play against potential champions) because I’ll be watching them on TV. It was a treat to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career.”Tennis is in good hands regardless if I’m there or not.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Next Roger Federer beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai Championships final to win 100th ATP titleDubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Roger Federer won the 100th ATP title of his career on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 11:08 IST The MCC also floated the idea of using one standard ball across all countries (Lord’s Cricket Ground Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMCC World Cricket Committee suggested that timer clocks be used during Test matchesThe panel also suggested that free hits be awarded to the batsman in case of no-ballsThey also floated the idea of using one standard ball in the format across all countriesThe Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) council on Tuesday suggested a few radical changes in the longest format of the game to curb the problem of slow over-rates.The MCC’s World Cricket Committee suggested that timer clocks be used during Test matches along with a host of other changes in the traditional and oldest format of the sport to make it more exciting for the fans and players.The future of the longest format of the game has been a subject of debate amid dwindling crowds for test matches outside Australia and England.A recent survey by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the sole authority on the laws of cricket since it was founded in 1787, found an overwhelming 86 percent of fans still identified test cricket as their preferred format.However, the survey also covered some of the key challenges in increasing attendances at ground and viewership of test matches and said players needed to show more urgency to speed up play with slow over rates being a key concern.International Cricket Council (ICC) statistics from last May showed that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years that they had been measured, the MCC said.- A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of “Over”. (This would be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler). If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they would receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five Penalty runs being awarded to the opposition. This is consistent with Laws 41.9 (Time wasting by the fielding side) and 41.10 (Batsman wasting time).advertisement- A similar timer to be used at the fall of wickets, potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch, and at drinks breaks. Batsmen and fielders should be in position before the clock reaches zero.- During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be Not out. For example, time is often spent trying to discern an inside edge for LBWs, only to see, for example, that the ball was missing the stumps. As soon as the ball tracking has been loaded, if it will result in a Not out decision, the TV umpire should be informed immediately.The MCC committee also suggested that free hits be awarded to the batsman in case the bowler over-steps the crease, just like the rule in limited-overs cricket.”The MCC World Cricket committee recommends that Free Hits should be introduced after No balls in Test matches. The system is used in the white-ball formats and the added deterrent results in there being fewer No balls than in Tests.”For example, England recently had a spell of 45 ODIs without bowling a No ball, yet they bowled eleven in the three Test series against the West Indies. The system would not only be exciting for crowds when there was a Free Hit, but also it would help to speed up over rates, if fewer No balls are bowled,” read the MCC release.The MCC Cricket Committee, which comprises of Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara, also floated the idea of using one standard ball in the format across all countries. Currently the SG, Kokkaburra and Dukes are used in all the Test playing nations around the globe.”You take on board what people like Virat Kohli and others say about what sort of ball they like. And one would have to say that the Dukes ball has come up, and people have said that as a standard ball, maybe that’s what we should be looking to get and play with.”Because it seems to have given a better balance for batsmen and bowlers even on flatter wickets. I think we should be listening to the players about this. It’s not what I think, it’s the players. They’re going to play with it. And they’ve spoken out and they would like to see a standardised ball and it might well be a Dukes ball,” MCC member Mike Gatting said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MCCFollow Marylebone Cricket ClubFollow Test cricketFollow MCC World Cricket CommitteeFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Shane WarneFollow Kumar Sangakkara Timer clocks to prevent time wasting, free hits in Tests: Suggestions by MCC committeeInternational Cricket Council (ICC) statistics from May 2018 show that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years they had been measured.advertisement
Press Trust of India Taoyuan CityMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 13:18 IST Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record and then went on to win mixed team gold at Asian Airgun Championship. (@India_All Sports Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManu Bhaker-Saurabh Chaudhary won the mixed team gold at Asian Airgun ChampionshipBhaker and Saurabh set a qualification world record at the eventThe two had won gold in the event in the New Delhi Shooting World Cup as well last monthTeenage Indian shooting stars Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record before clinching the 10m air pistol mixed team gold in the 12th Asian Airgun Championship in Taoyuan, Taipei on Wednesday.Their feat came exactly a month after they won the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage gold in the same event in Delhi.The 17-year-old Manu and 16-year-old Saurabh shot a combined score of 784 in the qualification round, breaking the record set by Russians Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships five days ago.The Indians then went on to win the five-team final with a score of 484.8.Hwang Seongeun and Kim Mose of Korea won the silver with a score of 481.1 while Wu Chia Ying and Kou Kuan-Ting claimed the bronze for the host country with a score of 413.3.A second Indian team comprising of Anuradha and Abhishek Verma also reached the finals and finished fourth with a score of 372.1, the National Rifle association of India (NRAI) said in a statement here.Also Read | ISSF World Cup in New Delhi: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed TeamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Asian Airgun ChampionshipFollow Manu BhakerFollow Saurabh Chaudhary Next Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAsian Airgun Championship: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record before they won the gold medal in 10m air pistol mixed team event.advertisement