World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson rues lack of partnerships on difficult wicket after England loss

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson lamented the lack of significant partnerships on a difficult track after their crushing defeat by England in their final group match of the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.Chasing 306 for a victory that would have assured them a place in the semi-finals, New Zealand lost both their openers cheaply and the wheels came off their innings when Williamson and Ross Taylor both were run out in successive overs.Tom Latham made a fighting 57 but New Zealand was still shot out for 186 in 45 overs.”Going into that second half, we just needed a couple of big partnerships, certainly from the top order and it wasn’t there,” said Williamson, who felt the track got tough to bat on midway through the England innings.”By no means was it an easy surface to try and gain momentum but at the same time it was important as a batting unit we were able to try and take the game to a position where you might give yourself a chance to win it, but we weren’t able to do that.”Electing to bat, England got a flying start from Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy to be 194-1 in 30 overs before the New Zealand bowlers halted their progress to restrict the hosts to 305-8.”With the ball, we probably didn’t start off great, but naturally Bairstow and Roy are playing really, really nice and they put away everything and put us under a lot of pressure,” Williamson said.advertisement”And then at the halfway stage, the wicket did change considerably and we were able to then perhaps pull back what was looking like a much larger total, which was a good effort and a positive for us.”Despite the loss, New Zealand is still set to reach the semi-finals ahead of Pakistan who will need a freak result against Bangladesh on Friday to leapfrog the Black Caps.Williamson said the 2015 finalists would try to start afresh if they made the last four.”We know from our perspective that we haven’t put our best performance yet and we know when we do that without a doubt gives us the best chance of beating anybody.”If we are fortunate to be in a semi-final, then we do have a little bit of a break and we need guys to come back and have that freshness to go out and play with the freedom,” Williamson said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Streaker runs out and interrupts England vs New Zealand matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetAlso Seelast_img read more

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AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY SAC COUNTY SHOOTING VICTIM

first_imgAUTHORITIES IN SAC COUNTY, IOWA IDENTIFIED A WOMAN FROM GUTHRIE CENTER WHO WAS FATALLY SHOT WHILE DRIVING IN NORTHWEST IOWA LAST SUNDAY.24-YEAR OLD MEGAN QUINN SLOSS WAS A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA GRADUATE STUDENT AND WAS TRAVELING WITH HER 26-YEAR OLD BROTHER TO A FAMILY EVENT WHEN SHE WAS SHOT ACCIDENTALLY.INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BROTHER WAS SHOWING HIS SISTER HOW TO BREAK DOWN A 9 MM HANDGUN TO CLEAN IT WHEN IT FIRED HITTING SLOSS.A DOCTOR DRIVING BY STOPPED TO OFFER MEDICAL AID UNTIL SLOSS WAS RUSHED TO A SAC COUNTY HOSPITAL BEFORE BEING FLOWN TO A DES MOINES HOSPITAL WHERE SHE DIED.OFFICERS SAY THAT THE BROTHER HAD A VALID PERMIT TOCARRY THE HANDGUN.NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AND THE SHOOTING REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.last_img read more

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WANATEE JURY SELECTION BEGINS

first_imgJury selection is underway in the first degree murder trial of a Sioux City man.47-year-old Elias Wanatee will stand trial for first degree murder in the February 17th stabbing death of 50 year old Vernon Mace.Sioux City Police say Wanatee and Mace got into an argument at Mace’s daughter’s house and Wanatee allegedly stabbed Mace six times.Mace later died at a hospital.The jury selection process is expected to last through today and possibly into Wednesday.last_img

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FORMER WESTFIELD, IOWA CLERK CHARGED IN THEFT OF CITY FUNDS

first_imgTHE FORMER CITY CLERK OF WESTFIELD, IOWA HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING FUNDS INTENDED FOR A CITY PARK PROJECT.ANGELA LYNN SORENSEN IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE THEFT.PLYMOUTH COUNTY COURT DOCUMENTS ALLEGE THAT SORENSEN STOLE $8,972-DOLLARS FROM FUNDS INTENDED FOR WESTFIELD’S CITY PARK AND T-BALL COMPLEX.SORENSEN LEFT HER POSITION AS CITY CLERK SEVERAL WEEKS AGO.SHE WAS ARRESTED IN LE MARS WEDNESDAY AND WAS BOOKED INTO THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY JAIL ON $5000 BOND.SORENSEN WAS RELEASED ON HER OWN SIGNATURE.last_img read more

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Reflections of Flight 232

first_imgThe following audio was produced by Larry Schmitz in 1990 for our sister station 1410 KLEM in LeMars. Today (July 19th) marks the 30th anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 at Sioux Gateway Airport.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/232-opinionaire-larry-schmitz-edit.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

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Joe Mixon suspended from OU team activities, attends team activity

first_imgAccording to the Oklahoman Joe Mixon was supposed to have basically been kicked off of OU’s football team for the 2014-15 school year for striking a female in the face.Here’s the exact verbiage:Mixon was removed from the roster immediately and will be excluded from all team activities during the suspension. Mixon will be permitted to continue as a student at OU and will still be eligible for financial aid.On Thursday Mixon attended the RAH Rally with the rest of OU’s football team. OU’s main athletics Twitter account even tweeted about it!According to the OU website the event “includes free food, giveaways, appearances by members of the football team and spirit squads, as well as other potential surprises.”Sure sounds like a team activity!Here’s Mixon (black shirt):Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 11.59.58 PMGood to see OU taking the suspension so seriously.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Mike Gundy on Daxx Garman: ‘He’s got some decisions to make’

first_imgWill he stay or will he go? (USATSI)Will he stay or will he go? (USATSI)Whoa!I did not see this coming. On Friday, David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest interviewed Mike Gundy and basically said Daxx Garman will either decide to transfer or not transfer by the time spring ball starts on Monday.“He’s got some decisions to make,” said Gundy. “He could very well be with us or he could decide, ‘Hey, I want an opportunity to go and be the main guy at another school,’ so we just kind of have to play it by ear and see how it works.”The part I didn’t see coming was not Garman transferring, but rather Gundy talking about it on a random Friday when it already came out that this wouldn’t be addressed until March 9.“I want him to do whatever he thinks is best for himself,” said Gundy. “Selfishly, we would love for Daxx to be here, but he could decide he wants to go somewhere else and I don’t think it would surprise anybody.”I still think Garman will leave.You can read the entire interview here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Goals & thoughts from Liga MX J10: Chivas collapse

first_imgLiga MX Five Things from Liga MX Jornada 10: Chivas collapse in Clasico, Rayados take day off and more Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 23:33 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Renato Ibarra Paul Aguilar Club America Pedro Pardo Liga MX América Lobos BUAP v Tijuana Querétaro v Cruz Azul Tigres UANL v Veracruz Pumas v León Atlas v Morelia Santos Laguna v Necaxa Pachuca v Toluca Puebla v Monterrey América v Guadalajara Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Tigres UANL Pumas Atlas Santos Laguna Toluca The Guadalajara side was in control but lost to America in Mexico’s most important rivalry. Goal reviews the midweek action… Chivas went into the Clasico Nacional playing for pride Wednesday. Was their pride intact when they left? It’s tough to say.The Guadalajara side played a strong game. Matias Almeyda’s side should’ve won, but it didn’t. Now Chivas, the defending champion of both the league and the cup it should not be forgotten, sit in last place. They’re the only team in the league not to have hit double digits in points at this stage of the season. They nearly had a rivalry result to show for it, but three minutes undid their chance to leave Estadio Azteca with their heads held high.Let’s start there and then move to other topics around Liga MX: 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 Chivas change leads to Clasico capitulationOribe Peralta Club AmericaChivas was in control of the Clasico Nacional and had a 1-0 lead when veteran center back Carlos Salcido had to make way with a knock. His replacement, Hedgardo Marin, hardly had made it onto the field before play resumed. America had a free kick in its own half that it sent forward. Oribe Peralta brought the ball down and looked for a one-two with Darwin Quintero. Instead, the Colombian set up countryman Mateus Uribe who hit a shot toward Rodolfo Cota with his first touch. The Chivas goalkeeper was able to stop that shot but coughed up a big rebound. Peralta had continued his run and easily outran Marin and center-back partner Oswaldo Alanis to finish off the equalizer.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Oribe Peralta@ClubAmerica 1-1 @Chivas #J10AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #TuVidaNoEsUnJuego pic.twitter.com/dedvHQKKgs— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) October 19, 2017The television broadcasts hadn’t even finished playing replays of the goal before the second was in the back of the net. After a series of short passes, Renato Ibarra wove past a defender and sent a shot past Cota’s right hand and in. After dominating the contest, Chivas were beaten. Despite being second-best, America was happy to take the rivalry win.”The important thing is winning. These games aren’t played well or played pretty. You might want that, but we have to win,” America manager Miguel Herrera said after the contest. “I applaud the commitment of the guys in the moments where they had to show their desire. We didn’t play the best match, but we’ve understood that these matches must be won no matter what, and the fans should be happy.”Contrast this game with America’s weekend win in the Clasico Joven and you’ll see a very different game. America was the aggressor against Cruz Azul and was justly rewarded. Wednesday was more of a smash-and-grab. Get in, get the win and get out even if you don’t deserve to have that stolen merchandise.It’s the cherry that fell on the ground of the melted ice cream sundae that is Chivas’ miserable season. The loss doesn’t come down simply to Marin entering the game, but clearly Chivas lacked organization at the back the moment Salcido came out. They’ve been missing Jair Pereira since the center back was shelved by osteitis pubis in September. Nothing has gone right for Chivas this campaign and they now won’t even have the moral boost of bragging rights over their biggest rival.Monterrey a bit too chillRogelio Funes Mori MonterreyIn our preview of the week, we pointed out that Monterrey could afford to take a few matches off, rest some of its top players and still qualify for the Liguilla in the top spot. Well, Antonio Mohamed’s team certainly took our advice to heart!A mostly first-choice Monterrey team took its first loss of the tournament Wednesday, falling 2-0 to lowly Puebla in the Estadio Cuauhtemoc after an insipid performance. What we wrote earlier this week remains true. The defeat has only the affect of snapping Rayados’ dreams of an undefeated tournament. The idea of a team taking a loss to understand how it feels and how it will bounce back never rings all that credible, but Mohamed’s men still can top the league and enter the Liguilla phase in good form. They’re sitting a point clear of Club America with a game in hand against the Aguilas. That doesn’t mean Mohamed was pleased with the showing.”They were better than us the whole match. The only positive is that they didn’t score more goals on us. We never plugged into the game. They were better than us, and that’s the reality. We were well-beaten,” Mohamed said after the match. “It happens. That’s soccer. You have to lift yourselves up and we’re hoping to bounce back Sunday. It was the game where they had the most chances and we generated the fewest.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Lucas Cavallini@ClubPueblaMX 1-0 @Rayados #J10AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #TuVidaNoEsUnJuego pic.twitter.com/UvYtxOPrrh— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) October 19, 2017Beyond Monterrey sleepwalking through the game, credit also goes to Canada international Lucas Cavallini, who sparked La Franja to just their second victory of the season. It’s been another poor tournament for Puebla, but this is the type of result the team can hang its hat on. Leon streak comes to surprise endAbraham Gonzalez PumasLeon coach Gustavo Diaz said after his team’s 1-0 victory Saturday over Tigres that it had accomplished nothing despite being on a six-match winning streak since he took over as coach. Much of Leon’s hard work did seem to be undone with a 2-0 loss Tuesday to previously last-place Pumas. You can point to the quick turnaround for the defeat, but both teams played Saturday and then again three days later. You can point to the absence of Elias Hernandez, but wingers Andres Andrade and Hernan Burbano had been troubling defenders during the winning streak. Diaz said it simply was a bad game.”The first half hurt us. The second half was totally different. I’m not making excuses, though,” Diaz said after the game. “It simply wasn’t a good match. The most important thing for us now is [making] the Liguilla.”Leon looked a bit off in the first half, allowing a sloppy goal to allow Pumas to take the advantage and never really recovered.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Abraham González@PumasMX 1-0 @clubleonfc #J10AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #TuVidaNoEsUnJuego pic.twitter.com/fVpIFhuD89— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) October 18, 2017Maybe Diaz was ready for exactly this scenario. After all, he just oversaw his own team seemingly become motivated simply by changing a coach. New Pumas manager David Patino has plenty of history with the club and has the team playing in a much more positive manner despite making only subtle changes to the on-field product.Diaz’s squad has a tough visit to Morelia but closes the season against three teams not currently in the Liguilla places. How Diaz and his team respond to the first taste of defeat will determine whether they end up in the playoff places when judgment day comes. Bad team(s) will make LiguillaPablo Velazquez NecaxaNecaxa currently sits in the eighth and final Liguilla spot with most teams having four matches left to play. While the Rayos have shown a few good things this season, namely in the middle of defense, they’re not a good team. It showed in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Santos Laguna – and really they also deserved to lose the weekend’s scoreless draw with Pumas.Yet it’s tough to argue that any team below Necaxa really deserves to fight for the league title. Tijuana, Atlas and Pachuca all could jump in, with Xolos perhaps the most likely candidates after avoiding defeat in both matchdays after the international break. What seems certain at this point is at least one or two teams that are not very good are going to go into the playoffs.Of course, that’s not entirely new in Liga MX, and sometimes the eighth spot instead gets nabbed by a surging team that has simply underperformed and is now figuring things out. The best recent example is Pedro Caixinha’s Santos Laguna that won the 2015 Clausura. No team that fits that bill has emerged yet, and it will be a bigger surprise than normal if the top two or three seeds are toppled in the first round.Wheels falling off Lobos BUAPJesus Mendez Toluca Carlos Trevino Lobos BUAPIt’s never a good sign when two of your best players desert your team before you’ve even hit the halfway mark. Despite losing Julian Quinones and Luis Quinones because of disputes, Lobos still had managed to keep their head above water. Even with forward Julian Quinones back in the fold, the struggles are now beginning. Tijuana’s 2-1 victory Tuesday marked three consecutive defeats for the newly promoted team. Xolos had been struggling to find the back of the net but summer additions Gustavo Bou and Miler Bolanos both scored in the triumph. The loss sends Lobos tumbling down to the bottom of the table that decides relegation. Lobos have plenty of time to pick things up, but need the defense to improve and Colombian forward Quinones to find the breakneck scoring pace he set before his estrangement if they’re going to contend. At the moment, though, everything seems to point to things going in the opposite direction.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Miller Bolaños@LobosBuapMX 0-2 @Xolos #J10AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #TuVidaNoEsUnJuego pic.twitter.com/PHKIDSGoTn— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) October 18, 2017Things have been going all wrong for Lobos off the field as well. While they finally got a television deal, and the revenue that comes with it which they desperately needed, things still aren’t clicking. Tuesday’s game was delayed by the electricity going out at the stadium, plunging the pitch into darkness. It’s hardly an endorsement for fans to turn out and support a team that has won once, lost four times and drawn once at home.”I want to publicly apologize to the fans in the name of the whole group because it’s a reality that we’re the worst home team and we’re in debt to them,” Lobos manager Rafael Puente said after the loss. “I applaud and recognize that despite the loss, the fans kept supporting us until the end and without a doubt this means we have to double the effort in terms of the commitment we have. After seeing us open the scoring, in the second half we lacked ideas. We didn’t work well, we were predictable and in the face of the talent shortage we showed, we weren’t able to get the draw.”Goal of the Midweek#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de André Pierre Gignac@TigresOficial 1-0 @ClubTiburones #J10AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX#SienteTuLiga ⚽ #TuVidaNoEsUnJuego pic.twitter.com/Donl6sQflw— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) October 18, 2017Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored more impressive goals in his career, but this goal that gave Tigres a 1-0 victory over Veracruz was quite nice. Enner Valencia does the work to get things set up and instead of trying to blast the ball to the far post, the Frenchman lifts his boot and scores by deflecting it in off his studs.last_img read more

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Conte apologises to officials after being sent off

first_imgPremier League Conte apologises to officials after being sent off in Chelsea win Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:14 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Conte-cropped Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Swansea City Swansea City The Blues boss furiously protested a decision and Swansea City’s time-wasting tactics but later apologised for his actions Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte issued an apology to referee Neil Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason after he was sent off following an outburst during Wednesday’s 1-0 win at home to Swansea City.Conte cut a frustrated figure when he was dismissed to the stands by Swarbrick approaching half-time at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea 4/5 to beat Newcastle to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 48-year-old Italian furiously protested a failure to award his side a corner when Alfie Mawson deflected a cross behind as he shouted in the face of Mason.Conte’s tension simmered post-match and the Premier League-winning boss told reporters: “After the game, I think it’s normal, it’s right to apologise for what happened during the game.Read all about it… #CHESWAhttps://t.co/5SUVIheV8k— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 29, 2017″During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official. At the same time, I didn’t see something change in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.”I repeat: I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.”They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat: the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”Asked where he watched the remainder of the game, Conte – who was initially positioned above the Chelsea dugout – replied: “In the dressing room. Because we have the tactical camera. For this reason I watched the game very well. But I don’t like.”I suffered in the same way also in the changing room. To watch the game on the video and then to not have the possibility to communicate with your players. It’s very strange. It’s very tough for me.”Very glad I could help the team to get the 3 points #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve #CFC @ChelseaFC @PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/4A1HqfRgIv— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) November 29, 2017Chelsea consolidated third position in the table thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s goal 10 minutes into the second half, with Conte’s men now in the midst of a six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.”This type of game, you are able to score early, otherwise you must have a lot of patience to try the best way to score,” he said. “At the same time, you must pay attention for the counter-attack.”My feeling now is we are better than before, when we started this season. We started this season with many problems. Now we are trying to solve these problems. I think now we are improving. We are trying another system of play. And I had the possibility to alternate these two systems. These are good options for me.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Steelers army veteran Villanueva on protests: ‘VFWs won’t show NFL games’

first_img Read more Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a veteran who served three tours in Afghanistan, has spoken about the tensions that have grown between the military and the NFL following the anthem protests.The NFL season has been dominated by the protest movement, during which players have knelt during the anthem to highlight social and racial injustice in the United States. Many have seen the protests as disrespectful to the military despite a number of players and veterans saying their actions are not a criticism of soldiers. Share on Twitter “There’s tension between the veteran community and the NFL. You go to VFWs, and they won’t show NFL games,” Villanueva told ESPN. “[Veterans] don’t know if it’s, ‘Do we have to live in a utopian, perfect country for you to stand up for the national anthem?’ It’s a very tough concept for a lot of veterans to understand. I go back and forth because I’m in the middle of this whole thing. I’m a football player, but obviously the flag is the most important thing to me while I’m in this country.Villanueva comes from a military family – his father was a Spanish naval officer – and he was an army ranger before joining the NFL in 2014. Villanueva was awarded a bronze star after rescuing wounded soldiers under enemy fire. “At the end of the day, people love football. It’s a reality,” said Villanueva. “We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of this great sport because of the unfortunate things that are surrounding things happening off the field.”On Wednesday, the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, said the protests risked putting fans off the game. “[I want to] get beyond what we call protest to progress, get to the point where we can make that positive change, because people come to our stadiums to be entertained, have fun, not be protested to,” he said at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit.Villanueva received attention earlier in the season when he was the only Steeler to emerge from the tunnel for the national anthem before a game. His team-mates had chosen to stay in the tunnel after Donald Trump said if a player protested he should be called a “son of a bitch”. Villanueva later said he was not snubbing his team-mates and the situation had instead been caught in front of someone carrying a flag on to the field. “Unfortunately, I threw [my team-mates] under the bus, unintentionally,” Villanueva said at the time. “I made Coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only. I made my team-mates look bad, and that is my fault.”Villanueva is planning to commemorate this weekend’s Veterans Day by presenting each of his team-mates with a helmet decal representing an army division to wear during their game against the Indianapolis Colts. “It’s just a small-unit patch that really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the history behind it means the whole world to a lot of veterans,” Villanueva said. “They died for that patch. When you watch the Steelers on Sunday and you see the flash of the 10th round division and the 7th round division … you’re calling out specific units.”The protests are starting to have an effect at the highest levels of the NFL. On Wednesday reports emerged that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, one of the most powerful men in football, will sue if a contract extension for Goodell is approved by the league’s compensation committee. Jones is understood to be unhappy with Goodell’s handling of the protests as well as the commissioner’s role in the suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over allegations of domestic abuse. Support The Guardian Pittsburgh Steelers news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Since you’re here… US military Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn NFL US sports Share on WhatsApp Jones to reportedly sue NFL over Roger Goodell as storm continues for league Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Fulham out to make up for lost time in Championship play-off with Derby

first_imgShare on LinkedIn The risk Jokanovic speaks of reflects the way he sees the game panning out. Derby’s manager, Gary Rowett, has also described his team as having been given “a second chance” after they slipped out of the top six in April only to bounce back and hold on to sixth place on the final day. Jokanovic believes Rowett’s team will let Fulham dictate the play, in both legs, and look to catch them out on the break.“We know how they will play,” Jokanovic said. “They are a good team – expensive, experienced. They will try what they always try, to be aggressive and try and catch us in transition. They will not try to dominate us with the ball. They won’t take the ball.“It is our responsibility to try and move the ball. To take enough acceptable risks during the game. And that’s it. In the 180 minutes different things will happen and we will have to manage them.”Bluff fighting talk from the Serb then, before a crucial game in his career. There is no doubt he has greatly improved Fulham in his two-and-a-half years but now he needs to prove it in a one-off situation (or two, depending on your perspective).“I want to be successful‚“ Jokanovic added of his own ambitions. “I want to win all the games. At the end, I care about my team, my club supporters, staff and myself too. What I really want in the future is to be successful. The easiest way is to do that with my team.” Share on Pinterest Fulham Share on Facebook The Fulham juggernaut hit a pothole last weekend. A team unbeaten in 23 Championship matches got turned over by 20th‑placed Birmingham. Had they won, the Cottagers would have been promoted to the Premier League ahead of Cardiff. Instead they lost 3-1, conceding two first-half goals. So, how to avoid it happening again in the play-offs?Fulham must now go again and face two encounters with Derby in 72 hours, starting with the first leg at Pride Park on Friday night. “It’s a second chance – something like this,” is how Slavisa Jokanovic describes it and the Fulham manager has previously described the play-offs as a positive for his team, a fallback should things go wrong. Now that they have, these two games offer a chance for immediate redemption. Share on WhatsApp Read more Topics Fulham lead march of heavyweights in £200m Championship play-offs Share on Twitter Derby Countycenter_img Share via Email features Fulham fail in automatic promotion bid while Bolton achieve great escape Championship “We didn’t make so many mistakes last year,” Jokanovic said this week . “We lost one 50-50 decision when we touched the ball with a hand after a complicated situation. From my point of view, it was not the way to decide who plays in a final, but it’s football. I don’t look back at this game.”All the same, Jokanovic hopes the experience of last year’s semi-final will stand his team in good stead. With away goals not a consideration, it is also a unique type of encounter, a “180-minute match”, as he puts it. He remains bullish, too.“The play-off a year ago showed us what kind of matches these games are. Now we are one year older, one year more experienced,” the Serb added. “We have ahead of us one play-off game of 180 minutes. We are a team who take a huge level of the risk and we have to manage this aspect of the situation. We have to be quiet, we have to concentrate and take the right decisions during the game. Definitely I expect we are going to be more successful this time.” Read more “OK, at the last moment we could not make it. I accept that. I am head coach of this club,” Jokanovic said. “We must be realistic and admit that we didn’t bring our best performance against Birmingham and we made many mistakes. But that’s it. What we did do was cut an 18-point gap between us and Cardiff in the regular season and overtook 15 teams. We don’t lose our confidence after 90 bad minutes, because we have 2,000 very good minutes behind us.”The play-offs are notorious for contradicting league form. While the team that finish third in the table, as Fulham did, are statistically the most likely to go up, only one club in the last five years has done so. Perhaps more worrying for them is the fact Fulham are yet to win a single game in the Football League play-offs.In 1989 they lost both legs of the semi-final against Bristol Rovers in Division Three, in 1998 to Grimsby in Division Two. Then, last year, Jokanovic’s Fulham lost 2-1 on aggregate against Reading. The match was decided with a single incident, a penalty scored by Yann Kermogant after a Tomas Kalas handball. Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Dele Alli fit to return and confident England can beat Colombia

first_imgWorld Cup 2018 Reuse this content Share on Facebook Dele Alli has declared himself fit and ready to resume his World Cup campaign, with the midfielder convinced England can force passage beyond Colombia and into the latter stages of the tournament.The Tottenham player suffered a thigh strain late in the first half of the victory over Tunisia in Volgograd at the start of the group stage but insisted on remaining on the field until 10 minutes from time. He missed the remaining two games in the section but has trained fully in Zelenogorsk since last week and will return to the starting lineup in Moscow on Tuesday, when Gareth Southgate is likely to field the side that started against Tunisia.“I was frustrated after the injury but I’ve been doing a lot of work to make sure I’m back so I can make a contribution to the team,” Alli said. “I’m glad [the manager] kept me on. I had a similar injury when we played Real Madrid and I went on and scored twice, so if I had scored against Tunisia then maybe people would think differently. I felt like I could run it off and I told the manager and the physios I was OK.“It’s been difficult watching the team play well because you always want to be out there and a part of it, helping them. So I’m looking forward to being a part of it again.”Alli was one of 21 players put through their paces at Spartak Zelenogorsk on Saturday, with Fabian Delph back in England to attend the birth of his third child and Ruben Loftus-Cheek undertaking his own work in the gym. He is not thought to be an injury doubt for the game in Moscow but is likely to start on the bench. Share on Messenger Confidence has apparently not been affected by Thursday’s loss to Belgium, when Southgate made eight changes, with Alli’s belief unwavering that England can win the tournament. “We’ve come here with the mentality that we want to win it, and that we’re going to win it,” he said.“We’ve been playing very well, there have been a lot of positives, but there are still things to work on and we know that as players.“We have to focus on the next game, we can’t think about how well we’ve played in previous matches or how well we are doing. We have to be positive but we can’t get carried away and let our feet get off the floor. But we’re confident we can beat anyone.“I was dreaming about winning the World Cup before I was here, so it’s hard not to. But if we are looking to perform as well as we can, we can’t afford to look towards the other games and what might happen if we win [on Tuesday].“This is a new team, new players, new manager, and we’ve come here with the mentality that we’re going to win it. That’s important. As a team we’re not scared of anyone. Whatever team you put in front of us, we’re not going to hide. We’ll go out there be confident in ourselves, play the way we want to play and hopefully win the game.”The Football Association has confirmed England are to play Switzerland – potential quarter-final opponents in Russia – in a friendly on 11 September at Leicester’s King Power Stadium. England will begin their Nations League campaign with a game against Spain at Wembley three days earlier. The Observer Share via Email Topics England Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn news Dele Alli Share on WhatsApp World Cup Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Serena Williams’ coach advocates change in rules after US Open controversy

first_imgShare via Email Read more Share on WhatsApp Banning coaching, Mouratoglou wrote on Thursday, “almost makes it look as if it had to be hidden, or as if it was shameful.” He called the issue “symptomatic of the confrontation between two ways of thinking: the conservative, traditionalist way and the modern, progressive way.” Share on Pinterest Topics Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou)The status of coaching in tennis needs reforming. Read my opinion below pic.twitter.com/qLKIINwqbxOctober 18, 2018 Tennis … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US Open Tennis 2018 Serena Williams Share on Facebook Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity.Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted he used hand signals to try to help Williams during her controversial loss in this year’s US Open final, posted a statement to Twitter on Thursday saying that coaching would let “viewers enjoy it as a show” and “ensure that it remains pivotal in the sport.” Mouratoglou also pointed out that other non-team sports such as boxing and golf permit athletes to consult someone during competition.“I have never understood why tennis is just about the only sport in which coaching during matches is not allowed,” Mouratoglou wrote.center_img US Open tennis Support The Guardian Since you’re here… US sports news Share on LinkedIn Serena Williams rails at umpire as superb Naomi Osaka wins US Open Share on Twitter Mouratoglou added that coaching goes on anyway. “It is a very basic truth that the vast majority of tennis coaches are actually coaching on court, despite the rules,” he wrote. “Look at how many times players look towards their boxes during a match. Some do it after every single point.” Mouratoglou thinks part of the appeal of allowing coaching is that it would help get viewers “emotionally involved.”“You want spectators and TV viewers to have opinions about the players and the coaches and to know who they like and don’t like. Watching the interactions between players and coaches is a very good way of achieving this,” he wrote. “Moreover, emotions run high when coaches talk to their players during matches. Sometimes the players don’t like to hear what their coaches are saying, but this all adds to the drama, which creates engagement on social media.”Debate around on-court coaching was sparked when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation after Mouratoglou gestured in her direction during her loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open in September. The WTA does allow coaching during women’s matches at other tournaments. The tour’s CEO, Steve Simon, said in the aftermath of the US Open final that it “should be allowed across the sport.”The sport’s various governing bodies and grand slam tournaments have been looking at the issue, with some sounding more willing than others to consider permitting coaching. Wimbledon, for example, has made clear that it is “fundamentally opposed to any form of coaching during a match.” Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Salah closes on Rush’s Liverpool record

first_imgLiverpool Salah closes on Rush’s Liverpool landmark after breaking Torres’ record Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 02:15 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs Watford, 17/18 Getty Images Liverpool Mohamed Salah Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League The Egyptian attacker etched his name into another chapter of Liverpool’s history books as he continues his stunning debut season at Anfield Mohamed Salah has fired his way to more Liverpool history after breaking Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights.The prolific Egypt international opened the scoring in the fourth minute against Watford to move level with Spain striker Torres, who enjoyed a prolific first campaign in 2007-08.The well-taken strike was Salah’s 25th in England’s top flight this term, to go with seven in the Champions League and one in the FA Cup. 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, before half-time, Salah scored his 34th goal of the season to take him ahead of Torres and etch his name into the Liverpool history books.34 – Salah has now scored more goals than any other Liverpool player in their debut season at the club. Historic. https://t.co/5fxjDuxLwr — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 17 March 2018 There was no stopping Salah in the second half, either, as he completed his hat-trick to take his tally to 35 for the season, before weighing in with his fourth of the game to make it 5-0.The most any Liverpool player has netted in a single season is the 47 managed by Rush in 1983-84.The Reds have seven Premier League matches left, plus at least two Champions League games which could potentially turn into five should Liverpool reach the final.Therefore, Salah – who has averaged 0.88 goals per game in his 41 appearances – could have as many as 12 matches to better Rush, who needed 65 outings to reach 47.His contribution against Watford was also notable for a couple of other reasons as he became the first Egyptian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, while he was the first Liverpool player to score four goals in a league game since Luis Suarez in December 2013. He also became the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick at Anfield since Suarez in October 2013.Salah’s haul against Watford also moved him four clear of Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.In the build-up to Saturday’s visit of Watford, Salah had reiterated his happiness and ambition at Liverpool to further quash talk of a possible move to Real Madrid.Salah told ESPN Brasil : “In Chelsea I didn’t play, so I didn’t have my chances. I said to all my friends, I think I said it on many interviews as well, that I wanted to come back.”I like the Premier League I lot. I feel it has my style of football. I like to play [in] the Premier League.”I said since day one here that I’m happy here at Liverpool and I want to show my football here.”If you look at me now and five years ago, everything has changed – mentally, physically, everything.”He also praised the impact of Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool manager’s role in unlocking his full potential is not lost on a man who continues to collects plaudits and individual honours aplenty .Salah said: “[Klopp] changed something in me. Now I play closer to the goal than in any club before.”If you see my goals and everything I did in my last four or five years, every year is better than the year before.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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World Cup 2018 fantasy football: Games & players to pick

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2018 fantasy football: What games to play & the best players to pick Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images World Cup Fantasy Football Russia v Saudi Arabia Egypt v Uruguay Morocco v Iran Portugal v Spain France v Australia Argentina v Iceland Peru v Denmark Croatia v Nigeria Costa Rica v Serbia Germany v Mexico Brazil v Switzerland Sweden v South Korea Belgium v Panama Tunisia v England Colombia v Japan Poland v Senegal South Korea Croatia Russia Brazil Sweden Tunisia Switzerland Panama Morocco Spain Colombia Saudi Arabia Japan Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Costa Rica Germany Mexico Belgium England Poland Senegal The biggest sporting event in the world is set to get under way in June and so too will its fantasy football variants – we offer a helping hand Fantasy football aficionados may be lamenting the end of the Premier League season, but they won’t have long to wait before they can get stuck into a new game.The 2018 World Cup takes centre stage this summer as 32 of the best teams from around the globe fight it out for the prestigious crown and there will be a few fantasy football games to play.The action gets under way on June 14 and matches run for a month until the final on July 15, but the excitement is already building as the 23-man squads are finalised. 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 With under a month to go before the big kick-off, Goal takes a look at the World Cup fantasy football games out there, as well as some of the best players you should include in your team.World Cup 2018 fantasy football gamesA number of fantasy football games will be available to fans for the 2018 World Cup and while the premise for each is essentially the same, they all vary slightly in terms of detail, style, user-friendliness and, of course, prizes on offer.You can see some of the World Cup fantasy football games below.Goal World Cup fantasy footballGoal has its very own fantasy football game for the World Cup, which can be downloaded and played for free.The new app is easy to play and prizes will be available to gamers during the tournament. You can get started on your team soon by clicking here.Official FIFA World Cup 2018 fantasy footballIn recent years, FIFA has launched its own official fantasy football game that can be played online on the federation’s official website.The 2018 version of the game has yet to be launched, but with squads set to be finalised at the start of June, we shouldn’t have too long to wait.Other World Cup fantasy football gamesA number of newspapers have run World Cup fantasy football games over the years and that is likely to continue in 2018. The Sun runs a fantasy football game called ‘Dream Team’ and others may offer similar options to their readership in the run up to the tournament.  Best World Cup fantasy football goalkeepersDavid De Gea Spain 2018The most effective and valuable goalkeepers in fantasy football terms are those who are likely to keep clean sheets. That not only means that the ‘keepers themselves must be talented shot-stoppers, but their defences must be reliable too. Unlike the Premier League though, the World Cup is a knock-out tournament and gamers will be wise to choose players that are likely to reach the latter stages of the competition, thus increasing their chances of collecting points.David de Gea (Spain)Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has really come of age for both the Red Devils and Spain over the course of the past few years. Having spent a number of years in the shadow of Iker Casillas, the 27-year-old is now firmly established as La Roja’s number one and will be expected play a key role for his country in Russia. Spain conceded just three goals in qualification, which was the joint best record in the UEFA section, and De Gea was central to that.Hugo Lloris (France)France captain Hugo Lloris should surpass the 100-cap mark at this summer’s World Cup and his importance to Les Bleus cannot be understated. A vastly experienced and confident netminder, Lloris is set to marshall a defence comprised of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti and they will be hoping to mount a challenge for the trophy. It will be the Tottenham shot-stopper’s third World Cup as France’s number one and he will be hoping it will be a case of ‘third time lucky’ after crashing out at the group stage in 2010 and losing to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals in 2014.Alisson (Brazil)Brazil are traditionally known for their attacking talent and, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus in their ranks, they bring an abundance of that to Russia. However, some of their best players in recent years have undoubtedly been at the other end of the field and Alisson is the man favoured by Tite to keep goal. The Brazilians topped the CONMEBOL qualification group with ease and not only did they score the most, they also conceded the least. As they eye a record sixth world title, Alisson is the kind of player that can rack up plenty of points.Manuel Neuer (Germany)Despite missing the majority of the season through injury Manuel Neuer has been named in the Germany squad and his quality is such that he should take his place between the posts come June ahead of Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The 32-year-old, who won the Golden Glove at the 2014 World Cup, is known as a ‘sweeper-keeper’ due to his tendency to play far off his line, but he boasts tremendous athleticism and is capable of making crucial interventions when required.Sergio Romero (Argentina)He may be David de Gea’s understudy at Manchester United but Sergio Romero is the main man for Argentina and will be eager to help his country redress their 2014 final disappointment. Jorge Sampaoli’s side may have staggered their way to the finals in Russia, but they remain one of the teams expected to reach the latter stages of the competition, if not challenge for glory. As such, Romero is the kind of addition to a fantasy football team that should see plenty of game time.Best World Cup fantasy football defendersMarcelo Brazil 2018Generally speaking, the best defenders to choose in fantasy football games are those who contribute goals and assists as well as keep clean sheets. As such, full-backs tend to be a better choice than centre-backs, even if there are a few exceptions. Below is a selection of players who are likely to be a good addition to your World Cup fantasy football team.Marcelo (Brazil)Real Madrid left-back Marcelo is one of the more experienced members of the Brazil squad and he will be expected to show leadership as the team seek a sixth World Cup. A flying full-back in the traditional Brazilian style, the 30-year-old loves to get forward in support and has chipped in with plenty of assists, as well as scoring six times for his country. However, he is also an astute defensive player too, forming part of a formidable back line.Joshua Kimmich (Germany)Reigning champions Germany have undergone quite an alteration since winning the World Cup in Brazil four years ago, but the changeover in personnel has been seamless. The retirement of Phillip Lahm has barely been felt thanks to the emergence of Joshua Kimmich and the Bayern Munich man should provide an outlet on the right flank. Indeed, his contribution in qualification – nine assists and two goals in 10 appearances – speaks for itself, showing him to be exactly the kind of player who would boost a fantasy football team.Thomas Meunier (Belgium)Belgium have been tipped as outside bets to win a major tournament over the last decade and, while they have not managed to live up to expectations, they will certainly be aiming to challenge again in Russia. Their defence is stacked with talent, but one player who may be able to accrue more points is full-back Thomas Meunier. The Paris Saint-Germain defender scored five goals in qualification and is an adept crosser of the ball, chipping in with seven assists.Jordi Alba (Spain)A key member of the Spain team, Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba is exactly the type of defender that will pick up points in World Cup fantasy football games. The 29-year-old’s instinct to get foward and supplement attacking play has been a crucial asset for both club and country. Alba has scored eight goals for La Roja during his career and his tendency to tee up his team-mates is well known, with nine assists for Barca this season.Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal)Portugal may not be considered among the favourites to win the World Cup but they are the reigning European champions and cannot be discounted as potential challengers. In recent years their defence has been known for its ruthlessness but, in Raphael Guerreiro, they possess a full-back who likes to get forward and join in with attacks. The Borussia Dortmund man has been included in the Portugal squad for the tournament, despite a season that was blighted by injury, and he will be desperate to make an impact.Best World Cup fantasy football midfieldersPaul Pogba France 2018Midfielders can be excellent points-getters in fantasy football and that will be no different when it comes to World Cup editions. The position itself is so diverse, but those who are involved in goals – either scoring or setting them up – are usually the best types to go for.Paul Pogba (France)While he has come in for criticism at Manchester United, Paul Pogba remains one of France’s star players and should pick up fantasy football points at the World Cup. The 25-year-old has a habit of scoring at major tournaments, having hit the back of the net at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and he scored twice en route to Russia. If he is deployed in a more advanced, less shackled role, by Didier Deschamps, Pogba also has the ability to set up his compatriots.Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has emerged as one of Brazil’s key players ahead of this summer’s World Cup and his ability to cultivate goals, either for himself or others, means that he will be an asset to any fantasy football team. The attacking midfielder, who will be 26 by the time the tournament kicks off, has had to contend with a stop-start season, but that didn’t prevent him from making an impact and he was involved in a total of 34 goals in 41 appearances*. *Includes games for Liverpool and BarcelonaDavid Silva (Spain)Pep Guardiola recently hailed David Silva as ‘a mixture of Xavi and Iniesta’, which tells you exactly what you need to know about his worth to Spain’s cause at the World Cup. The diminutive Manchester City midfielder is fourth in his country’s all-time top scorers list, just three behind third-place Fernando Torres, and was involved in 10 goals (five goals, five assists) in qualification for Russia. The 32-year-old was a member of the 2010 World Cup-winning squad and since then he has established himself as one of La Roja’s major creative forces.Mesut Ozil (Germany)A member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team, Mesut Ozil has scored at the four major tourmanents he has played in and has been a mainstay for Joachim Low. The Arsenal playmaker has been frustrated at club level but inevitably thrives when he lines out for his country, linking up well with the likes of Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos.Eden Hazard (Belgium)If Belgium are to finally live up to expectations and challenge for major honours in Russia, they will need Eden Hazard to be on top of his game. The Chelsea star was involved in over a quarter (six goals, five assists) of his country’s goals in qualifying and has forged a formidable undertstanding with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.Best World Cup fantasy football forwardsLionel Messi ArgentinaWhen considering which forwards to choose in World Cup fantasy football, the best approach is to think of the players who will be challenging for the Golden Boot. The tournament in Russia will be graced by some of the best strikers in the world, but some of those players will inevitably end up going home early, so the logical approach is to use players who will be pushing for glory.Lionel Messi (Argentina)International glory is the one thing that has eluded Lionel Messi during his incredible career and the 2018 World Cup may be his last chance to correct that fact. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was a beaten finalist in the 2014 tournament, is set to arrive in Russia as the season’s top scorer in all of Europe and his record-breaking ability to find the back of the net needs no further elaboration. Simply put, Messi is likely to be the reason for any Argentina success.Thomas Muller (Germany)While he is not a forward in the traditional sense, Thomas Muller is undoubtedly one of Germany’s greatest ever goalscorers and he seems to thrive most of all at the World Cup. The Bayern Munich man won the Golden Boot in 2010 and the Silver Boot in 2014, taking his tally to 10 goals in 13 World Cup appearances – which makes him the top scorer at the tournament among players still playing. He remains crucial to the reigning champions, scoring five goals and setting up seven in qualifying.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)Despite his status as one of the best players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo’s record at the World Cup has been nightmarish. Portugal’s record holder for goals and appearances has struggled to score at three previous tournaments, hitting a total of just three goals in 13 appearances. However, he will be eager to rectify that in Russia. Now 33, it is likely to be his last World Cup, so he will hope to sign off in appropriate style – and he has hit form at just the right time.Mohamed Salah (Egypt)An astonishing debut season for Liverpool has elevated Mohamed Salah’s stock as one of the best goalscorers in the world and he will be the focal point of Egypt’s attack at the World Cup. The African side are not among the favourites to lift the trophy but, with Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia to play they have a good chance of reaching the knockout stage, particularly if Salah is on form.Neymar (Brazil)He may arrive in Russia sorely lacking match practice but Neymar remains one of the players to watch at this summer’s tournament. With 53 goals in 83 caps, the Paris Saint-Germain star is undoubtedly Brazil’s talisman and will be key to any success they have at the tournament. He scored four goals at the 2014 tournament before suffering injury and will no doubt be desperate to spur his side on to a sixth world title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Bale features but no Ronaldo as Madrid launch new kit

first_imgReal Madrid Bale features but no Ronaldo in Real Madrid’s 2018-19 kit launch Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:15 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Bale Real Madrid kit Real Madrid/Adidas Real Madrid Gareth Bale Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Primera División The Welshman has been heavily linked with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu but has been pictured in the new strip for the 2018-19 season Gareth Bale may be linked with a mega-money move to Manchester United, but the Wales forward has featured in Real Madrid’s latest kit launch.Bale scored twice in the Champions League final at the weekend, the first a brilliant overhead kick, as Real ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool in Ukraine.However, his exceptional acrobatics did not dominate the headlines, as he gave an interview after the game insisting that he must be playing regularly, sending the transfer rumour mill into a frenzy. 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 You’re nobody until you create Our new home and away kit by @adidasfootball. https://t.co/odfWCbsdVu#HalaMadrid #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/BInQm2Lw4g— #CHAMP13NS 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) May 29, 2018United have been heavily linked with the 28-year-old, while former club Tottenham are said to have first refusal on any deal.Nevertheless, the attacker features heavily in Madrid’s kit launch, along with Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Nacho Fernandez.Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the launch may set tongues wagging, too, after the Portugal superstar hinted at a potential exit from the club in the immediate aftermath of Real’s win in Kiev. In photographs posted on the club’s official website, every player in the squad is shown wearing the kit, bar Ronaldo, with a shirt bearing his name replacing the usual portrait of him.Real Madrid kit Cristiano RonaldoHe has, however, appeared to play down those reports as he said “until next year” when he addressed supporters a day after Madrid’s final triumph.Real’s pristine white home kit remains, with some classy black piping, while they will wear black away from home.The goalkeepers at Santiago Bernabeu will wear black at home, and light blue away from home.Real have yet to announce the colour of their traditional third kit, which is usually worn in the Champions League.last_img read more

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Dembele – NxGn Star of Russia

first_imgOusmane Dembélé Ousmane Dembele, the NxGn starlet supporting France’s endless attacking talent in Russia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy NxGn Dembele GFX Getty/Goal composite Ousmane Dembélé France v Australia France World Cup The Barcelona youngster has overcome his early injury issues in Spain and has everything required to be on of the stars of this year’s World Cup After moving from to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer, Ousmane Dembele did not enjoy the blockbuster season he and the Blaugrana were hoping for.A hamstring injury suffered in September forced the Frenchman to miss virtually the entire first half of the season, and further fitness woes combined with the arrival of Philippe Coutinho in the winter transfer window saw the France international make a relatively meagre 17 league appearances as Ernesto Valverde’s side strolled to the La Liga title.The former Rennes attacker did manage nine goal involvements during his fleeting stints with the Barca first-team, but he will be hoping to completely rubbish any thought of stagnation when he arrives in Russia with an exciting France squad brimming with attacking talent. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Dembele Samsung WC NxGn GFXDidier Deschamps has no end of elite attackers to choose from, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe providing competition that may prove to be too stiff for Dembele as far as a place in the starting line-up is concerned.But Dembele’s presence in the squad allows Deschamps to significantly change his personnel and approach in attack without losing anything in terms of quality. The former Juventus coach’s preference is to deploy Griezmann behind Olivier Giroud with Mbappe and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar situated out wide, but if that approach isn’t working then Dembele can be introduced, allowing Paris Saint-Germain’s golden boy to operate centrally as he did to great effect in a recent friendly against Russia.Despite featuring sporadically for Barcelona and the slight murmurings over his future, Dembele was still able to showcase his quality and effectiveness at the Camp Nou.He managed to complete 40 of his 68 dribbles and made 28 key passes in 17 La Liga matches; only Barca teammate Philippe Coutinho made more among players who featured in 20 games or less in Spain’s top tier.Ousmane Dembele FranceHis varied attacking style and relative freshness could prove invaluable to France, who had to rely a lot on in-game changes and individual moments of brilliance during their Euro 2016 campaign. With Deschamps’ side up against Denmark, Peru and Australia in one of the tournament’s tougher groups – judging by FIFA’s much-derided ranking system – Les Bleus may again encounter problems against opposition who may feel it necessary to focus more on containing the 1998 World Cup winners.France’s inefficacy in the face of compact defensive blocks was highlighted in the group stage of the Euros two years ago, when they required last minute heroics from Dimitri Payet and Griezmann to overcome Romania and Albania.Dembele may be tasked with emulating his compatriots if the French falter from the start in Russia, and the 21-year-old will no doubt intent on reminding everyone why Barcelona were willing to fork an inordinate amount of money for his services 12 months ago.Get Goal+ for your Samsung device now – it’s the ultimate stats app for fans that features real-time performance data and is now available on the hottest new mobile devicelast_img read more

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VICTORIA TOUCH KEEP UP TO DATE

first_imgVictoria Touch have released their November edition of ‘Touchlines’, their monthly newsletter. It has great stories on the judiciary outcome regarding streakers from the Australia Cup, their results from the School Sport Championships, information and profiles for referees and much more information! TOUCHLINES NOVEMBER 2004last_img

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10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenal

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric isn’t getting carried away with his Ballon d’Or triumph.Not since Kaka in 2007 has another individual lifted the Ballon d’Or aside from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, at least until Modric was given the award, yet he feels as though the duo have marked an era of the sport.”These are two phenomena, they have played a dominant role in the sport for 10 years and that’s because of their quality,” he admitted.”The Ballon d’Or is about a seasonal performance and it relies on the votes of coaches, players, legends, journalists and fans.”If we are going to vote on the quality of players then it’s necessary to immediately divide all the trophies between Messi and Ronaldo whilst they are still playing, abolishing any vote.” last_img read more

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