SIOUXLAND CHAMBER GROUP RETURNS FROM D.C. MEETINGS

first_imgTHE DELEGATION THAT ATTENDED THE 63RD ANNUAL SIOUXLAND CHAMBER’S WASHINGTON CONFERENCE IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL HAS RETURNED HOME.CITY MANAGER BOB PADMORE SAYS THE TRI-STATE GROUP HAD SEVERAL GOOD MEETINGS WITH THE AREA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRIPDC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………PRIORITIES ARE. :08AMONG THE OFFICIALS MEETING WITH THE GROUP WERE IOWA SENATORS CHUCK GRASSLEY AND JONI ERNST, CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING AND SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT BEN CARSON.PADMORE SAYS CONCERNS ABOUT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTING SEVERAL LOCAL PROGRAMS WERE EASED WHEN A FUNDING EXTENSION WAS PASSED BY CONGRESS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRIP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..ONE MORE YEAR. ;17PADMORE SAYS THERE WILL BE TOUGH BUDGET DECISIONS AHEAD IN WASHINGTON OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND WHAT EFFECT THEY HAVE ON FUNDING LOCAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS REMAINS TO BE SEEN.last_img read more

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Kansas nerd box score

first_imgkuThis nerd box score is about as boring as the game itself was. OSU’s field position continues to be just incredible. I think it is probably top five in the country in average starting field position. That’ll be big in the last three games.Swing points will also be monstrous. One good thing of late is that OSU hasn’t been ceding negative swing points since the TCU game. If the Pokes get inside the 25, they’ve been scoring. They just haven’t been getting inside the 25 as often as they’d like.It has to be demoralizing as a Kansas player (or fan) that only 71 of your yards weren’t wasted (resulted in points). That is so, so bad.“Of slight concern but not really because it’s Kansas” for OSU: 80 percent offensive efficiency — a higher number here is better. Ideally, if you’re above average, you want to gain more yards on offense than your opponent has been giving up all year. I realize some of these were taken away by the Gilbert kick return, but still, something to keep an eye on.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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Tyron Johnson, Madre Harper Out Against Pitt

first_imgWide receiver Tyron Johnson and cornerback Madre Harper did not make the trip to Pittsburgh Saturday and, thus, will not play, John Holcomb reports.We heard rumblings that Johnson would not play on Saturday, but the reason neither traveled for the game was not given. We believe it’s discipline related.Mike Gundy intends to address their absence after the game. Tyron Johnson and Madre Harper did not make the trip and will not play for OSU at Pitt today.— John Holcomb (@holcombOKBLITZ) September 16, 2017Johnson, who has logged 87 receiving yards and 1 TD this season, is listed as OSU’s backup receiver to James Washington. He is also OSU’s kick return man, so his absence could be a big factor against Pitt.Harper is a reserve defensive back listed as the backup to Rodarius Williams. With Harper out, it could open up a larger role Saturday for Clemson transfer Adrian Baker or Malik Kearse.In addition to missing vital backups in Johnson and Harper, the Cowboys will also be without linebacker Calvin Bundage for the first half, and the status of starting Star linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder is still unknown after suffering an undisclosed injury in practice more than a week ago.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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Klopp reveals ‘really good’ talk with Coutinho

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Klopp reveals ‘really good conversation’ with Coutinho, who is unlikely to play against Man City Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 01:01 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Brazilian is back in the thick of things at Melwood following a failed push to join Barca, but is unlikely to feature at the Etihad on Saturday Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he engaged in a “really good conversation” with Philippe Coutinho, but the player is not expected to be considered against Manchester City.The 25-year-old, who tried and failed to manoeuvre a switch to Barcelona this summer, reported for training at Melwood on Thursday after returning from international duty.Liverpool 16/5 to beat City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Phil Coutinho in #LFC training today pic.twitter.com/RMe5ZLdeMx— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) September 7, 2017It was the first time he was involved in a full session since the club’s pre-season camp in Munich, where he complained of back pain ahead of final friendly against Athletic Bilbao.That injury, which sidelined the playmaker for all five of the club’s fixtures this season, subsided while he represented Brazil, with their team doctors saying the problem was more to do with the stress over his situation.“I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games [before the next international break] and we saw training this morning and thought ‘OK, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense. HD Phil Coutinho Jurgen Klopp“We have now to continue with the pre-season, not too long, but in a few sessions we have to give ourselves the time because in the next month we have seven games. “We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff. Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.”Klopp confirmed that he has held fresh talks with Coutinho, who has scored in four of his six league matches against City.“Of course – all good, all good. Nothing else to say, actually, so he’s back and we had a really good conversation, so good,” the Reds boss added.Coutinho had submitted a transfer request to leave Anfield, but Liverpool were resolute in their definitive stance that he would not be sold in the transfer window just past, rejecting three offers bloated by add-ons from Barca. 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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Ancelotti tipped to quit Bayern for China

first_imgBundesliga Ancelotti to quit Bayern for China in January? Italian tipped for switch by Basler 21:57 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich PATRIK STOLLARZ Bundesliga Bayern München Hoffenheim v Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti The former Juventus and Chelsea boss has opened the defence of a Bundesliga crown in Germany but is said to have a pre-contract deal to join the CSL Carlo Ancelotti has been surprisingly tipped to quit Bayern Munich for the Chinese Super League in January by Mario Basler.The former Bayern winger claims to have been informed by a reliable source that the Italian coach has a pre-contract agreement in place with a CSL club.That deal could be pushed through in the New Year, ahead of the 2018 campaign in the Far East. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Basler told German talk show Sport1: “Some days ago I heard that Carlo Ancelotti has already signed a contract for a club abroad starting in the winter.”It’s said that he has already signed a pre-contract at the place where the most money exists, in China.”The ex-Germany international went on to add: “I cannot confirm it 100 per cent but my source is very trustworthy.“Let’s put it this way: I can’t say anything negative about my source, who I completely trust.“I’m not saying it’s definitely true, but this is what I’ve been told.”Goal understands that a CSL club has sounded out the possibility of Ancelotti making a move to Asia, but that all parties are “a significant distance from reaching an agreement”.Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich Bundesliga 05061Guangzhou Evergrande are considered to be a possible landing spot for the 58-year-old, with Luiz Felipe Scolari currently under pressure after suffering a 4-0 mauling at the hands of Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of their AFC Champions League clash.Were Ancelotti to make such a move, it would represent the second time in his career that he has followed World Cup-winning ex-Brazil boss Scolari into a post.He did likewise back in 2009 when inheriting the reins at Chelsea.Ancelotti lifted the Premier League title and FA Cup during his time with the Blues, with his CV boasting an enviable collection of trophies.The former Juventus, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain boss has lifted league titles in Italy, England, France, Spain and Germany, while tasting Champions League glory on three occasions – to go with the two European Cups he won as a player.last_img read more

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Man Utd alter Chelsea preparations

first_imgManchester United Man Utd alter Chelsea preparations as Mourinho court date looms Dom Farrell 23:02 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea José Mourinho The Red Devils have not confirmed if their manager will attend a hearing in Spain on Friday, but their usual pre-match news conference has been moved Manchester United have altered their preparations for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho due to appear in court to answer accusations of tax fraud in Madrid on Friday.Mourinho was summoned at the end of September over allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of €3.3 million between 2011 and 2012 during his time in charge of Real Madrid.When the charges were announced in June, the 54-year-old’s representatives issued a statement denying he had been contacted by prosecutors, while insisting he had paid his taxes in full. 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 United have been unable to offer clarification over whether Mourinho will attend the court hearing, set for 10am local time in Pozuelo de Alarcon, but the club’s pre-match media duties have been moved to Thursday lunchtime – a day earlier than usual.Mourinho suffered a chastening 4-0 defeat on his return to Stamford Bridge last season but United are two places and four points better off than Antonio Conte’s defending champions as they head into the weekend in second spot, five points back from leaders Manchester City. 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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Alex Iwobi inspires remarkable Nigeria win

first_imgGallery Iwobi inspires Nigeria to remarkable comeback win over Argentina Last updated 1 year ago 04:07 11/15/17 Comments(4) 1/28 Iwobi inspires Nigeria to remarkable comeback win over Argentina Alex Iwobi and Masherano. Getty Ola Aina. Getty Full screen 1 of 28 Share Close The 21-year-old continues to generate plenty of buzz, with his latest outing helping the Super Eagles to recover from two goals down FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gallery Opinionlast_img read more

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Five takeaways from USA’s draw in Portugal

first_imgUnited States Five takeaways from USA’s draw with Portugal Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 05:02 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Weston McKennie USA Portugal 11152017 Octavio Passos United States Portugal v United States Portugal Friendlies Teenagers Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams shined, while John Brooks took on a leadership role in an encouraging USMNT performance to end 2017 You couldn’t blame U.S. national team fans for wishing they had a time machine they could have jumped into Tuesday to go back and beg Bruce Arena to call up youngsters like Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Matt Miazga.All three looked impressive in a 1-1 draw against Portugal. Their performances may have come in a meaningless match against a Portuguese B team that looked disinterested at times, but it was still a meeting against high-level competition. The U.S. played with real purpose and energy, looking nothing like the lethargic squad that sleepwalked through the October loss to Trinidad & Tobago that ultimately cost the team its place at the 2018 World Cup.Instead of looking back at what might have been, it is a much healthier exercise to look ahead at what could come from this young nucleus of talent in the year and a half between now and the next truly meaningful matches the U.S. will play. Plenty can change in that time. Some prospects could see their trajectories stall, while others could see theirs skyrocket. Some older players will be fighting against not only a new generation of talent, but also the natural decline that comes with aging. 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 good news is Tuesday’s draw suggests there is serious talent in the pipeline to hopefully ensure that Christian Pulisic isn’t alone in his quest to revive the U.S. after the nightmare of missing out on a trip to Russia.Here is a closer look at some key takeaways from Tuesday’s USA-Portugal draw:MCKENNIE AND ADAMS SHINE IN DEBUTSTyler Adams USA PortugalYou couldn’t have drawn up a better moment to excite U.S. fans than having McKennie dribble through Portugal’s defense for the match’s opening goal Tuesday, a moment that perfectly encapsulated the Schalke midfielder’s considerable promise. It was McKennie who made the sliding interception to start the goal sequence before he raced down the left channel, perfectly collected a C.J. Sapong pass and deftly maneuvered to strike a collected finish he made look much easier than it was.The goal was the key highlight, but it was McKennie’s poise and engine in midfield that made his overall performance so encouraging. It shouldn’t have been a complete surprise considering McKennie has shown enough to break into Schalke’s starting lineup, but it was still exciting to watch in a U.S. uniform. It was also a chance for McKennie to show there is more to his game than being a ball-winning defensive midfielder.A glimpse into the future @WMckennie becomes 3rd youngest #USMNT player to score in his first cap! pic.twitter.com/If9MSLv47R — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 14, 2017 Adams also showed off the considerable versatility that makes him such an exciting prospect. The 18-year-old Red Bulls midfielder has already shown in MLS that he can thrive both in central midfield and as a right wing back, and Tuesday he impressed working on the right wing. He put himself in dangerous spots on multiple occasions, and came within a diving one-handed save of joining McKennie on the score sheet.For those who hadn’t seen much of Adams before, they were treated to the wide array of strengths in his game, from his speed and tenacity to his ability to deliver sharp passes and get into effective attacking positions, along with his ability to effectively defend. These are traits that could let him thrive as a right back, right wing back or potentially even as a right winger, though it’s still a good bet his club and international future lies in central midfield, where he has the characteristics to one day be a box-to-box dynamo.BROOKS LOOKS READY TO LEADJohn Brooks USA 06032016Injuries kept John Brooks from taking part in any of the U.S. national team’s qualifiers in the fall, and his showing against Portugal served as a painful reminder of what the U.S. was missing against Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago. Brooks played well against Portugal — and had an excellent headed goal nullified by a Miazga foul — but the most promising aspect of his 45-minute appearance was how much he embraced being the leader of the back line. He was vocal and demonstrative, directing his young teammates and communicating in a way we haven’t really seen from him before.It’s an excellent sign for a player who is still just 24, but who has now made the transition from youngster to veteran. With the older central defenders in the player pool looking very likely to be passed up by a strong generation of younger options, Brooks will be called on to be more of a leader than he has been before. The key for Brooks will be for him to continue to stay healthy, an issue that has dogged him throughout his career.HORVATH ENDURES ROUGH DAYEthan Horvath USMNT Portugal 11142017There may not have been a sadder sight than the image of Ethan Horvath sitting slumped on the U.S. bench with his head down as the final minutes of Tuesday’s friendly ticked away. It was clear he wasn’t about to forget the calamitous blunder he committed that gifted Portugal its goal, an error sure to live on in highlight reels for years to come.What won’t make highlight reels, but should be remembered, is how he responded after the blunder. He made several solid plays to keep Portugal from adding another goal, and while he did have one other extremely shaky moment with an ill-advised pass that led directly to a Portugal chance, Horvath was able to steady himself enough to finish out the first half.Horvath’s second U.S. appearance was a disaster, but perhaps that shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise considering his form has dipped at Club Brugge enough to lead him to be benched recently. The goalkeeper position is very much a confidence position, and it was clear that Horvath’s confidence is in the gutter. That being said, he is still just 22, and writing him of for a shaky showing at that age would be extremely premature.Along with reminding us that young goalkeepers can be an adventure to follow, Horvath’s blunder should also remind us that the U.S. starting goalkeeper position is wide open heading into the next World Cup cycle. Brad Guzan isn’t ready to hang up his gloves just yet, and at 33, he may still have a part to play when meaningful matches return in two years. But a promising group of young goalkeepers is emerging to join Horvath in the chase for that coveted starting job.Bill Hamid, Zack Steffen, Alex Bono and Jonathan Klinsmann are all in their early to mid-20s and they all still have time to develop into starting options for whichever coach is handed the keys to the next qualifying cycle. Horvath may not be ready to lead the race for the top spot, but he isn’t someone who should be written off because of one bad game.VETERANS STATE STRONG CASESCJ Sapong USA Portugal 11142017Danny Williams has largely been in the U.S. national team wilderness for the past two years, having essentially been cast off by Jurgen Klinsmann after his decision to leave the Bundesliga for the English League Championship. He was then ignored by Bruce Arena. On Tuesday, he looked very much like a player with something to offer in a defensive midfield role. That shouldn’t surprise anyone given his exploits with Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. The 28-year-old embraced this new opportunity, impressing the U.S. coaching staff enough to earn the captain’s armband ahead of other players with more national team caps.Sapong also made the most of his chance, earning a start and then showing all the qualities as a target forward to make him a player capable of offering some much-needed depth in that role. For too long it has been Jozy Altidore or bust, with Bobby Wood used in the role when Altidore has been unavailable. But Sapong showed why he finished as the top American goal-scorer in MLS in 2017, with his improved hold-up play and passing, as well as his willingness to provide defensive pressure.Both Williams and Sapong are 28, which puts them on the outer range of potential 2022 contributors, but they both showed enough Tuesday to suggest they should be considered as options in 2018.ARENA’S TV APPEARANCE WAS A DISASTERBruce Arena USA 10072017If you were left shocked to see Arena on the Fox broadcast of the USA-Portugal match, you definitely were not alone. How anybody thought having the former U.S. coach serve as an analyst in the first USMNT match since he led the team to its fateful World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago is mind-boggling, and the result was a tone-deaf broadcast that served to sour an otherwise encouraging day for U.S. fans.Arena’s decision to actually accept the role was shocking in its lack of self awareness, but it didn’t take long to understand why he took it. Arena basically spent his time on air trying to put the team’s qualifying failure into a context that made it seem like less of a damning indictment of his handling of the job.It wound up having the opposite effect, though, with Arena dropping several head-scratching statements, such as his claim that he should have gone with essentially a full MLS-based squad in September’s qualifying loss to Costa Rica (count me among those who will give Arena the benefit of the doubt that he meant to count Pulisic as an exception). His flippant remark suggesting no players fall through the cracks in U.S. Soccer’s player development setup surely infuriated the viewers who hadn’t long since tuned out.Someone needed to save Arena from himself and tell him just how bad an idea it was. The sad part is the appearance only did more damage to a reputation of a coach who deserves plenty of respect even with last month’s failure. Arena’s resume is unmatched among American coaches, but Tuesday’s broadcast only served to further tarnish the public’s view of him.Arena made several comments that just left you cringing, but the overarching sentiment generated by his Fox appearance was that it was an absolute disaster, not only because of what it wound up producing on air but because of the fact it served as a painful and unnecessary reminder of October’s World Cup qualifying nightmare.last_img read more

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Watford vs Man United: Team news & TV guide

first_imgPremier League Watford vs Manchester United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Watford v Manchester United Watford The Red Devils face a difficult away clash against Marco Silva’s upwardly mobile Hornets, who have already beaten Arsenal and Newcastle this season Manchester United can close the gap on Manchester City – temporarily at least – when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening.Jose Mourinho’s side scraped a 1-0 win over Brighton at home on Saturday, but City restored their lead with a hard-earned comeback victory against Huddersfield on Sunday.Watford will not be a walkover for the Red Devils though, having strung together impressive consecutive wins over West Ham and Newcastle United in their last two matches. 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 Game Watford vs Manchester United Date Tuesday, November 28 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Zlatan Ibrahimovich Manchester United BrightonIn the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1 and by live stream using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app In the United States (US), the match will be not be available to watch live on television but it can also be watched by live stream using the NBC Sports Gold service US TV channel Online stream N/A NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Watford players Goalkeepers Gomes, Karnezis, Bachmann Defenders Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Wague, Cathcart, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Holebas, Djedje, Kabasele, Hoban, Mason Midfielders Cleverley, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Watson, Carrillo, Capoue, Pereyra Forwards Deeney, Success, Richarlison, Sinclair, Gray, Okaka Watford will be without Craig Cathcart and Younes Kaboul, who have been sidelined with knee and hamstring injuries respectively, while Nathan Chalobah and Isaac Success are out of action too.However, Marco Silva will be able to call upon the services of Troy Deeney, who is available again after serving a suspension.Potential Watford starting XI: Gomes; Prodl, Kabasele, Mariappa; Femenia, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Doucoure, Cleverley; Richarlison, Deeney. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Pereira, Romero Defenders Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Jones, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Fellaini, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay Forwards Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Martial Manchester United are boosted by the return to full fitness of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, which allows Mourinho to contemplate shaking things up somewhat.Michael Carrick is working towards making a recovery from a heart procedure, while Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are unlikely to play a part.Potential Man Utd starting XI:  De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Pogba, Matic, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Richarlison WatfordManchester United are favourites to win according to dabblebet, who offer odds of 7/10 for a Red Devils victory. Watford are considered a 4/1 bet to triumph, while a draw is available at 14/5.Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both rated at 13/5 to score first, while Hornets star Richarlison is deemed a 15/2 bet to open the scoring at Vicarage Road.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game.GAME PREVIEW Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedManchester United play their second game in three days on Tuesday when they take on Watford and they will be keen to pick up some much-needed momentum ahead of the busy festive period.Mourinho’s men followed up their disappointing Champions League defeat to Basel last week with an unconvincing, fortuitous win over Brighton on Saturday and they will need to show some improvement with matches against Arsenal and Man City looming on the horizon.While league leaders City have been padding out their goals scored column, United have struggled to find the net with the regularity expected of potential league winners and Mourinho will be hoping that Lukaku in particular can rediscover his early-season form.The Belgium international has scored just once in his last 10 games for United in all competitions, yet remains the club’s top scorer this season. The return of Ibrahimovic may go some way towards alleviating the pressure on Lukaku, but other individuals such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will be expected to step up too.Arsenal lie in wait for the Red Devils this coming Saturday and they play Man City the following Sunday, so the next two weeks are an absolutely crucial period for their title hopes. With so much riding on the next three games, Mourinho will, no doubt, be demanding a statement of intent against the Hornets. 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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Kompany injured against Newcastle

first_imgManchester City Vincent Kompany limps off against Newcastle Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 04:10 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Kompany Gabriel Jesus Manchester City Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images Manchester City Newcastle United v Manchester City Newcastle United Premier League The Belgian defender tried to play through an injury sustained in the first few minutes, but was replaced early in the contest Vincent Kompany was substituted off for Manchester City just 11 minutes into Wednesday’s clash against Newcastle United with an apparent injury.It appeared Kyle Walker indicated to the coaching staff that someone had sustained a calf injury, before Kompany was forced off.Walker’s passed on a message to the bench, sounds like somebody’s got a calf problem. Kompany?— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) December 27, 2017The 31-year-old defender tried to play through the injury for a time before being replaced by Gabriel Jesus. Fernandinho moved from the midfield to centre-back to take Kompany’s place on the back line. 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 Citizens are already missing Kompany’s regular partner, as John Stones has been sidelined since November 18 with a hamstring injury. Nicolas Otamendi has filled in as a replacement while Stones nears a return. Kompany punches the dug-out as he takes his seat— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) December 27, 2017Manchester City had been one of the teams linked with former Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who earlier Wednesday sealed a record £75 million move to Liverpool.Assorted injuries have limited Kompany over the last few seasons as he was limited to just 27 Premier League appearances the past two campaigns. This season he has only featured in eight Premier League contests for Manchester City and has not appeared in the Champions League this season. The injury which sidelined Kompany for much of this season was also a calf injury, but it is not clear if this is a re-occurrence of that problem.last_img read more

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Talking Horses: Last chance to make hay with James Bowen’s 5lb claim

first_imgHorse racing tips Quick guide Racing tips for Monday 22 January Was this helpful? Fakenham 1.25 Hurricane Rita 1.55 Rio Quinto 2.25 Holly Bush Henry (nb) 2.55 Potters Midnight 3.25 Tower Of Allen 3.55 Little Windmill (nap)Wolverhampton 4.20 River Rule 4.50 Natch 5.20 Desert Doctor 5.50 Sonnetist 6.20 Flight Of Fantasy 6.50 Gealach Ghorm 7.20 Hidden Oasis Horse racing Share on Messenger features Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Was this helpful? Hide Share on Pinterest ‘Minimum bet’ rule could prove a winner for punters and horse racing Bowen, who does not turn 17 until March, teams up with Phil Middleton’s Holly Bush Henry (2.25) and, while Saturday’s success finished off his rider’s 5lb claim, that process takes a few days to implement and he is still taking 5lb off today. This pair won at Plumpton on good ground in September, when Bowen’s claim was 7lb and his mount was a couple of pounds lower in the handicap. Testing conditions add to Fakenham being likely to prove a tougher assignment than Plumpton, but the Bowen factor can prove decisive once more. Middleton, for whom Bowen won on Exitas in a valuable event at Ascot in November, said on Sunday: “Holly Bush Henry may not want it turning heavy, but he has won on soft. I won’t be giving James any instructions – and there’s not many 16-year-olds who you could say that about. He knows the horse, and in my opinion he is a complete natural and has a gift.” Show Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe Today’s best bets, by Chris CorriganJames Bowen, the 16-year-old jockey who has plundered several big prizes in the past month – including the Welsh Grand National and the Lanzarote Hurdle – maintained his winning momentum at Fontwell on Sunday. He was successful on a 6-4 favourite, Atlantic Roller, for trainer Chris Gordon, following victory on the 5-1 chance Jenkins at Ascot on Saturday for Nicky Henderson, and has prospects of stretching that to a three-day winning sequence when he heads to Fakenham today. Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Fakenham1.25 Hurricane Rita 1.55 Rio Quinto 2.25 Holly Bush Henry (nb) 2.55 Potters Midnight 3.25 Tower of Allen 3.55 Little Windmill (nap). Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide Monday’s racing tips Read more … 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. Talking Horses The Welsh teenager has a second booked ride, aboard Heresmynumber, in the final race on the card, a conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. But the Ali Strong-trained eight-year-old may well find it difficult to hold Little Windmill (3.55). Neil King’s runner has never won over hurdles but turns out here following a chase success on heavy going at this track on New Year’s Day. Our latest trainer form table Malcolm Jefferson 38% (8) Nick Williams 36% (11) Warren Greatrex 33% (21) Nicky Henderson 31% (36) Emma Lavelle 31% (13) Alan King 27% (15) Harry Fry 26% (19) Brian Ellison 25% (12) Donald McCain 21% (28) Sue Smith 20% (20) Kim Bailey 17% (12) Dr Richard Newland 17% (6) Tom George 14% (21) Dan Skelton 13% (39) Paul Nicholls 13% (16) Oliver Sherwood 13% (16) Ian Williams 13% (16) David Pipe 13% (15) Lucinda Russell 12% (26) Colin Tizzard 11% (18) Rebecca Curtis 11% (9) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10% (30) Gary Moore 9% (32) Kerry Lee 8% (13) Tim Vaughan 8% (12) Neil Mulholland 7% (29) Evan Williams 6% (34) Philip Hobbs 6% (16) Charlie Longsdon 5% (22) Venetia Williams 4% (28) Jonjo O’Neill 4% (26) Peter Bowen 0% (11) Nicky Richards 0% (10) Fergal O’Brien 0% (7) Ben Pauling 0% (7) Chris Cook: As Nicky Henderson’s win-rate has slowed down very marginally from the incredible levels he had been setting, Malcolm Jefferson has inherited the top spot, despite not having had a runner for eight days. The Yorkshire trainer may be represented once more at Wetherby tomorrow. Warren Greatrex is the biggest riser of the week and probably in the short history of this table, since he was on 0% last week. His Lambourn yard has since had seven winners, including all three of its Saturday runners. Harry Fry is doing well again, while Colin Tizzard’s tally represents only a couple of winners but one of them was in the Peter Marsh, which counts as a significant strike for a yard that had been quiet. Paul Nicholls has also started winning again but it’s been a couple of weeks since Philip Hobbs had his Saturday treble and he’s threatening to go quiet again. Each Monday through the core jumps season, we’re monitoring the relative success of 35 major jumps stables. The percentage figure is their win strike-rate for the last fortnight, while their total number of runners in that time is in brackets. Hide Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Wolverhampton4.20 River Rule 4.50 Natch 5.20 Desert Doctor 5.50 Sonnetist 6.20 Flight of Fantasy 6.50 Gealach Ghorm 7.20 Hidden Oasis. Show Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Why Americans should support Mexico at the World Cup

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics The US failure to qualify for the World Cup shocked me because domestic soccer in this country is only growing and getting better, just as it is in Liga MX. Indeed, we’re already starting to see that American fans have begun to embrace the Mexican league. I watched a Mexican domestic game a few weeks back and when the camera panned to the crowd, I saw tons of Americans wearing US colors. And that’s because of the appreciation that supporters here in the United States now have for the game. Fifteen years ago, we didn’t have many soccer fans in America. We didn’t know what the beautiful game was until recently.But now USA fans now look at soccer on a global scale. They’re not just stuck on supporting the USMNT, they’re taking note of every team, including the Mexicans. They are opening up their eyes and realizing: “Wow, the Mexican team are really good. Why don’t we try and support them?” US fans appreciate passionate, skilled teams – and they like how El Tri play.And then there’s the huge part Mexican-American and Latino fans play within US soccer. Look at Major League Soccer’s newest club, LAFC. Half of the fans there are of Mexican descent. So the support that MLS has here in the US has a huge part to do with Mexico fans.Can I see hardcore American Outlaws wearing Mexico shirts this summer? Maybe not just yet, but as long as Mexico play to their undoubted ability anything is possible. Americans love a winner. Imagine the reaction here if El Tri won the World Cup and fans from both sides of the border cheered. So it’s a matter of the respect of the sport and the appreciation that the players are getting better and they’re growing.If American fans see a great player, if we see a great team, if we see somebody winning a World Cup, we’re going to support them. Even if it is Mexico! Mexico (Football) World Cup Share on WhatsApp Mexico (World news) Léelo en españolAs an athlete of Mexican descent who won gold for the United States at the Olympics, I know there is a little friction, to say the least, between the US and Mexico.So I understand that for some it’s hard to embrace the idea that Americans will cheer for their biggest rivals, Mexico, at the World Cup – particularly after the US missed out on this month’s tournament in Russia. But I can see it happening. Let me explain. Reuse this contentcenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter US sports World Cup 2018 Mexico: North America’s team comment Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tangled up in queues: Fifa’s World Cup media scrum spotlights obsession

first_imgAnd what did you see my blue eyed son? And what did you see my darling young ones? I saw a Peruvian TV anchor with a sweat-soaked pastel blazer. I saw a Thai radio crew in a state of mild hysteria. I saw the man from the Deccan Herald being elbowed by Spaniards. I saw 200 tired, flustered people with digestive problems carrying Sochi 2016 rucksacks and pleading in 17 languages for an overflow desk.It is generally assumed Bob Dylan’s haunting, visceral lyrics to the song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, quoted above, were inspired by a vision of impending apocalypse. Perhaps the terror of the Cuban missile crisis that year or the spectacle of America’s gathering military-industrial complex. World Cup 2018 Among the sneaky elbows, the Putas and Scheisses and Pizdets, in this place where almost every single person is from a different country, you can find a camaraderie too. There’s the Scandinavian man I pushed in front of in Moscow who said, ah, you reviewed my book six years ago. The Ghanaian woman who finds the food a bit indigestible. The Indian bloke I’ve stood next to in the Wait List at two, maybe three successive tournaments and who nods curtly each time as though this is the local Tesco Metro or the bus stop.Eventually, the Fifa lady will arrive. The excitement cranks up. The faces become more gaunt with longing. Someone will crack at this stage and start yelling or trying to break through the barriers. Silently, the Fifa helpers glide forward and lead away the man from Peru who has lost his wallet and is sleeping in a cupboard and hasn’t got into a single game yet. He looks remorseful. Respect it. Respect the Wait List.The Fifa lady looks calm. But then she has to. She’s all we’ve got. I’ve come to appreciate the Fifa lady. She’s scrupulously fair. She sticks to the list in strict order of arrival. She has a patient, pitying air, like the head nurse in the bed-wetting terminal loser ward. I trust her. I obey her. I … love her.As the air crackles with event glamour, the names finally start to come. “Mr Zheng, China Daily.” “The Congolese Football Association.” Each one draws a hateful hush. At the last World Cup there was a heady occasion where I was the first name read out off the Wait List (“BIRRRNY!! ROWWWNAY!!”). To my enduring shame I came skipping up like a contestant on a TV game show, waving the ticket above my head like it was a voucher for a brand new fridge freezer. Read more features There will be a lot of this kind of thing when England play Sweden in Samara, a massive game in a non-massive stadium in the shirt-soaking heat of the south. As for the semis and the final, well, the scrum will be monster‑scale, a mass three-day wrangle for access.This is just the scale of Big Football now, the ceaseless clamour around an ever-more engorged global beano. The current World Cup has confirmed what we knew, that the planetary obsession has simply intensified, that we cannot get enough of this stuff, cramming down great dripping handfuls, gasping always for more.The TV viewing figures are vertiginous. Fifa announced this week it has had 89m hits on a social media platform I’ve never even heard of and at times football does feel a little overpowering. In the Fifa grasp it can seem atomised, something to be relentlessly wrung out, a commodity dispensed only from behind the VIP rope.Where did all this obsession come from? Can it just keep on happening? Will we ever find ourselves un-hooked? Is enough ever really enough? How many Wait Lists must a man walk down? The answer to all of these, my fellow guests behind the railings, is blowing in the Fifa-partnered wind. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Email World Cup Topics Less well known is the fact the song was written shortly after Dylan had made a trip to the 1962 World Cup in Chile where, as an accredited acoustic entertainer, he happened to be present in the Santiago press centre to witness the first ever Wait List media ticket distribution process. This could just be coincidence. Dylan has never specifically denied the connection.A column about the haunting, visceral spectacle of the World Cup media ticket Wait List. Nobody’s going to read that, said every quietly disappointed desk editor ever. But you never know.The Wait List, which will be in swing an hour before each of this weekend’s fixtures, is a glimpse into the Fifa machine. It is also at times a very funny experience, provided your idea of a good joke is having your face pressed into the armpit of a massively stressed 17-stone Argentinian cameraman.There are around 5,000 accredited media at Russia 2018. These are divided into sub-categories of written press, broadcast crews and non-specific well-dressed people who sit around talking and laughing when you’re 10 minutes off deadline. Samara: the once-closed city opening its doors to England fans Share on Messenger Fifa The Wait List is how these various types get match tickets and mixed zone passes when they’ve missed out in the ballot, either because they lack specific A-list entitlement for that game or because of some gruelling logistical balls-up.And so they come as kick-off looms, crammed in with all the other people on the verge of failing to complete the job they travelled thousands of miles to do, having begged their bosses or bank managers for the chance, gathered at the railings of the Fifa desk like refugees staring across the Volga at the last boat out of Stalingrad. Sweden v England and the loneliness that comes with loving Tomas Brolin David Squires on … England, dark arts and their World Cup campaign World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Marcus Christenson Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more Sportblog Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Saracens coach rejects Glasgow’s claim before Champions Cup quarter-final

first_imgnews Glasgow’s Callum Gibbins warns Saracens may suffer Twickenham hangover Share on Facebook Read more Saracens have rejected claims of gamesmanship made by Glasgow’s head coach, Dave Rennie, before Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final between the sides. The Warriors have accused the English champions of deliberately seeking to provoke opponents and have urged the match referee, Nigel Owens, not to fall for the tactic. Saracens Rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Mark McCall, however, has brushed aside Rennie’s view and also believes Scotland’s eventful Calcutta Cup draw against England this month will have no bearing on this supposed grudge match. “I’m not sure why he would say that,” the Saracens head coach said, referring to Rennie’s claim. “I’m not here to talk about them … I don’t really care what they say. We’ve got to do all the things we’ve done in these big matches over the last few years if we’re going to win.”Saracens beat Glasgow 38-13 at the same stage in Europe’s premier competition in 2017 and McCall, with Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and George Kruis all available having sat out last Saturday’s win over Harlequins, thinks his squad are well set for another strong finish to their season. “The squad’s got a bit of a love affair with this competition,” he said. “We had to go through quite a lot before we won the title but I think this is our eighth quarter-final in a row, which is quite an achievement. While we felt the pain of getting knocked out at the quarter-final stage last year, we’ve put ourselves in a much better position this year by having a home quarter-final.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Champions Cup Topics The clubs have already had two feisty pool games this season, described as “very tasty encounters” by the Saracens captain Brad Barritt. Rennie, however, believes a pattern is emerging whenever they make a mistake or concede a penalty. He said: “Often if they make an error it’s followed by a lot of push and shove from them to maybe bring the referee in to change a decision.“We can’t afford to get sucked into that sort of stuff. It’s clearly a ploy. I’ve seen Saracens do it against every other side they play. We can’t be passive, but we’ve got to be smart around that sort of thing. We had a decision go our way [in the pool game at Scotstoun]; there was a bit of push and shove, Fraser Brown got penalised and they got three points out of it. I think Nigel’s pretty smart; he won’t get sucked into that.” Share on Messenger Glasgow Rugby Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Support The Guardianlast_img read more

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Watford v Arsenal: match preview

first_imgShare on Messenger 19 Hughes 37 Pereyra Share on Twitter 25 Holebas ARS47WAT53% Goal attempts Reuse this content 26 Martinez 7 1 4 Dawson Match previews 29 Capoue Watford 26 Foster 2 Janmaat Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Share via Email Lineups 35 Martinelli 34 Xhaka Share on Pinterest 19 Pepe (s 60′) 24 Nelson 1 Gomes 5 Papastathopoulos (s 78′) Fouls 14 Chalobah 12 4 news 27 Kabasele 14 Aubameyang 7 Deulofeu 36 Foulquier (s 67′) 8 Cleverley Substitutes 29 Guendouzi Share on LinkedIn (s 63′) 15 Maitland-Niles 8 Ceballos Possession 28 Willock Topics Substitutes 21 Chambers ARS WAT 16 Doucoure Premier League 23 Sarr Match stats Quique Sánchez Flores is back at Watford and it is fair to say he knows the score. “We don’t have time,” the manager said, with a nod towards the helter-skelter nature of Premier League football but, also, perhaps the reality that the Watford hot-seat is hotter than most. Rock bottom after four games, Sánchez Flores will face Manchester City after this daunting clash with free-wheeling Arsenal. Things could get worse before they get better. David HytnerSunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueVenue Vicarage RoadLast season Watford 0 Arsenal 1Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G4 Y16 R1 4.25 cards/gameOdds H 5-2 A Evens D 11-4WATFORDSubs from Gomes, Prödl, Masina, Quina, Chalobah, Sema, Cleverley, Success, Dahlberg, Mariappa, Dele-Bashiru, Foulquier, Peñaranda, Sarr, Pereyra, Holebas, CathcartDoubtful Cathcart (knock)Injured Deeney (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y7 R0Form LLLDLeading scorers Gray, Hughes 1ARSENALSubs from Martínez, Macey, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Özil, NelsonDoubtful NoneInjured Bellerín (knee, 22 Sep), Tierney (groin, 22 Sep), Lacazette (ankle, Oct), Mavropanos (groin, Oct)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y9 R0Form WWLDLeading scorer Aubameyang 3 Watford 18 Gray (s 54′) 11 Torreira 21 Femenia 23 Luiz 77 Saka Arsenal Share on Facebook 47 53 1 Leno 31 Kolasinac Corners (s 71′) 10 Ozil 6 Mariappa 21 Watford Off target 3 Arsenal 9 Watford On target 4 Arsenal last_img read more

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Schalke in talks with Rahman

first_imgTransfers Schalke in talks with Chelsea’s Rahman Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:03 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) baba rahman - cropped Bongarts Transfers Schalke 04 Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The Bundesliga side hope to sign the left-back from Chelsea, but they do not expect any imminent news on Leon Goretzka Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Baba Rahman from Chelsea.The full-back has not made an appearance for Antonio Conte’s side this season and has been tipped for a return to the Bundesliga, having spent part of last season on loan in Gelsenkirchen.Rahman was in talks over a return in August, but the serious knee injury that brought an end to his campaign last January meant Schalke did not pursue that option. 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 “We’re in talks with Chelsea regarding Baba Rahman,” Heidel told a news conference.”There are still one or two things to clear up on their end.”We could agree on a deal with the player himself relatively quickly.”Heidel does not expect any developments on Leon Goretzka’s future before their clash with RB Leipzig on Saturday, however.The Germany international has been offered a contract extension by Schalke but is also a target for Bayern Munich.”I don’t think there will be a decision to announce before the game in Leipzig,” Heidel said.last_img read more

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Messi, Ronaldo & the top free kick scorers of last 10 years

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Messi, Ronaldo & the top free kick goalscorers of the last 10 years Goal 19:41 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(48) Ronaldo Messi Pirlo top free-kick scorers Goal/Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Philippe Coutinho Paulo Dybala Zlatan Ibrahimović Real Madrid Barcelona Juventus Internazionale Milan Manchester United Liverpool PSG Olympique Lyonnais Roma Bayer Leverkusen Udinese Tottenham Hotspur Everton Swansea City Chelsea Manchester City Olympique Marseille Monaco Lazio Leicester City Primera División Serie A Bundesliga Ligue 1 Premier League Dead-ball specialists are an important part of the modern game, with Goal having uncovered the cream of that particular crop over the past decadelast_img read more

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Sargent: USMNT hungry to ‘make America proud’

first_imgUnited States Sargent and young USMNT looking to ‘make America proud’ Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Ireland international friendly 2018 Dan Mullan United States Republic of Ireland v United States Republic of Ireland Friendlies The Werder Bremen forward believes the current U.S. squad is full of hungry players trying to prove they belong at the top Josh Sargent wasn’t in the starting side for the U.S. national team on Saturday, but he was on the pitch by the time Dave Sarachan’s outfit conceded a late goal to the Republic of Ireland to drop a 2-1 result in an international friendly. It was the first loss under Sarachan, who has turned to a very young group of players since taking over for Bruce Arena as the USA’s head coach. Saturday’s starting team had an average age of  23 years, 73 days, a bit up from the average age of the team from Monday’s 3-0 win vs. Bolivia (22 years, 160 days) in large part because the 18-year-old Sargent was replaced in the lineup by Bobby Wood.  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 Despite the youth movement, the USA has managed to be competitive, with Saturday’s clash against an experienced European opponent providing the first stumbling block, and Sargent believes there is a hunger in the team to prove that they can compete at the highest level. “I mean we’re all coming in here in the same position,” he told Goal after the match. “We’re all young kids hungry for a chance and to prove that we can compete with this guys.”We want to prove we deserve a spot on this team. We’re all hungry to play as hard as we can to make America proud.”While Sarachan has been handed the reigns on an interim basis, the future of the U.S. national team is still very much up in the air as the search for a full-time boss continues. But midfielder Weston McKennie, another of the teenagers in the team, is confident that the current crop of players will be able to deal well with whatever is thrown at them moving forward. 🗣Bobbbb🗣Beeeee🗣Wooood@MattMiazga3 with the flick on, @BobbyS_Wood with the finish! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/trvEGb0nkM— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 2, 2018 “We go into the games with a clear head. If you go into the games with a lot on your mind, it’s never healthy for your game and for your personal growth whenever you want to try new ideas,” the Schalke midfielder told Goal. “We don’t know what the situation is with the coaching staff, or how the future is going to look, but we’ll go with the flow and take what’s thrown at us.”We don’t know if the coach is going to be here after. If he is, then everyone is comfortable with him. If not, we’ll have to adjust and see where the next coach takes us. Right now, we’re just thinking about these games coming up next against France.”The match against a France squad in its final warmup ahead of the World Cup will likely provide the sternest test yet for Sarachan’s side. Les Bleus made easy work of Ireland on Monday and topped Italy 3-1 on Friday. The USA will have a week to prepare for the clash in Lyon, and Sargent is confident the team will show up ready to go against one of the world’s best teams. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge for us. We’re going to come out like it’s any other game and compete as hard as we can.”last_img read more

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