Report: Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2

first_imgVillarreal 2 Real Madrid 2: Luca’s debut misjudgement costs Los Blancos Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 04:46 5/20/18 Luca - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid debutant Luca Zidane’s late error proved costly as Villarreal came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw in LaLiga. Luca Zidane made a costly misjudgement on his Real Madrid debut as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Villarreal in their final LaLiga fixture of the season.Handed a first start by his father with Keylor Navas rested, Luca impressed for much of Saturday’s clash, before showing his inexperience when he was rounded by substitute Samu Castillejo five minutes from time.The goal dashed Madrid’s hopes of pipping Atletico Madrid to second place in LaLiga, less than ideal ahead of their Champions League final against Liverpool next weekend. 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 Castillejo’s well-taken equaliser – scored eight minutes after he replaced Pablo Fornals – was a deserved reward for Villarreal, who looked beaten at the interval after Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid in control.Bale has often found himself out in the cold under Zinedine Zidane this term, but looked sharp throughout at Estadio de la Ceramica – his fifth goal in four league games setting the tone for a confident first-half display from Los Blancos.Madrid cemented their authority in the 32nd minute when Ronaldo headed in from Marcelo’s sublime cross, but a sloppy second-half performance allowed substitutes Roger Martinez and Castillejo to earn a share of the spoils as a place in the Europa League was guaranteed.FT: @Eng_Villarreal 2-2 #RealMadrid (Roger Martínez 71′ Castillejo 85′; @GarethBale11 11′, @Cristiano 32′) #Emirates | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/b5PvWhYTJ3 — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) May 19, 2018 Ronaldo wasted little time in testing Villarreal’s second-choice goalkeeper Andres Fernandez, who reacted well to keep out the Portugal forward’s dipping long-range strike.Fernandez was beaten 12 minutes in, though. Luka Modric’s quick free-kick found Bale, who spun free of his marker to arrow a low finish into the bottom-left corner.Villarreal looked to be mustering a response when Fornals struck wide of Luca’s goal on the half hour, but Madrid soon had their second.Having initially delayed his cross, Marcelo delivered an exquisite ball with the outside of his foot at the second time of asking – Ronaldo rising highest to cushion a brilliant header into the far corner.Madrid could have extended their advantage prior to the interval, Modric chipping over from close range before Ronaldo failed to capitalise on an error from Fernandez.Nicola Sansone looked set to pull one back shortly after the restart, but Luca got across sharply to parry the Italian’s free-kick wide.Bale continued to shine at the other end. He started a counter-attack with a wonderful flick into Toni Kroos, whose return pass caught the forward offside on the edge of Villarreal’s box.Luca’s inexperience was exposed when Sansone got in behind with a terrific turn, but Sergio Ramos was on hand to head Enes Unal’s effort off the line after Ronaldo was withdrawn with an eye on the upcoming trip to Kiev.Neither Ramos nor Luca could deny Martinez in the 70th minute, however, the winger cutting in from the left to hammer a thunderous strike high into the net just 184 seconds after replacing Unal.Madrid’s luck was out and it was Martinez’s fellow substitute Castillejo who snatched the draw when he took advantage of Luca’s rush of blood to coolly slot home from a tight angle. read morelast_img read more

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Transfer latest: Sterling & Man City fail to agree deal

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Sterling & Man City fail to agree new contract Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Primera División Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Sterling & Man City fail to agree dealManchester City and Raheem Sterling are ‘poles apart’ on agreeing a new contract, according to Sky Sports .The Premier League champions have agreed long-term contracts with several of their key players in recent months and are keen to secure Sterling on a fresh deal.However, Sterling’s representatives have been unable to agree a deal regarding the England international’s wages and no further talks are currently planned regarding the forward’s future. Article continues below 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 Liverpool unlikely to meet Alisson priceLiverpool are unlikely to meet Roma’s £80 million ($107m) asking price for goalkeeper Alisson, reports  Sky Sports .Instead, the Brazil international is much more likely to land at Real Madrid, though the Champions League winners are also interested in Thibaut Courtois.If Courtois does make the move to the Spanish capital, then Chelsea would go in for Alisson.Man United considering Alderweireld alternativesManchester United are not fully convinced by Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and do not have him at the top of their shortlist, according to the Manchester Evening News .Scouts have questioned the defender’s profile, and United are said to value Alderweireld at about £20 million less than the Spurs asking price of £70m ($93m).Raphael Varane, Jerome Boateng, Kalidou Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Gimenez and Caglar Soyuncu are all prospective targets for the club as they consider centre-back a top priority this summer.Cillessen wants Barca exitJasper Cillessen wants to leave Barcelona this summer, reports Sport .The Dutchman is the current back-up goalkeeper at Camp Nou, behind Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, and wants the No.1 shirt.Thus, he has communicated his desire to leave, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Napoli all interested in securing his signature.Chinese auction for HamsikA number of Chinese clubs are keen to sign Marek Hamsik from Napoli, according to Corriere dello Sport .The long-serving midfielder has been monitored by Guangzhou R&F, as well as Guangzhou Evergrande, though any deal is likely to wait until after the World Cup.Real Madrid close in on RodrygoReal Madrid are close to securing the signing of Santos wonderkid Rodrygo, reports AS .Rodrygo has scored six goals and provided two assists in just 15 appearances at the age of 17, and Real have subsequently made a bid of €45 million (£39m/$53m) for the left winger.However, he will not be able to head to Spain until he turns 19, in 2020.Lille target Remy & TorresLille have targeted Loic Remy and Fernando Torres as they look to sign a new forward this summer, per France Football .Remy is currently contracted at Las Palmas, having spent a portion of the 2017-18 season at Getafe, but Lille believe he may be tempted to return to his native France, having previously played for Nice, Lens, Marseille and Lyon.Should a deal for the former Chelsea forward fall through, the Ligue 1 club are also monitoring Torres, who is a free agent after his departure from Atletico Madrid. He is, however, understood to be in negotiations with Japanese club Sagan Tosu.Nainggolan agrees terms with InterRadja Nainggolan has agreed terms with Inter ahead of a potential move from Roma, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .Inter have yet to strike a deal with Roma, however, with the Belgium international’s current employers demanding €40 million.Inter, though, have thus far offered €25m (£22m/$29m) plus young midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.Juve close in on Russia star GolovinJuventus are set to secure the signing of Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, reports Corriere dello Sport .The Italian giants are keen to acquire the current CSKA Moscow star prior to Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup, when Russia will face Saudi Arabia.It is understood that a deal could be reached at €20m (£18m/$23m) plus bonuses.Kovacic likely to depart Real MadridMateo Kovacic is likely to depart Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane’s exit, according to AS .The midfielder’s final decision will rest on who the club’s next coach is after Zidane blocked his exit midseason in the face of a €75 million (£66m/$88m) offer from Juventus.And Juventus are monitoring the situation once more, having contacted Kovacic, but not Madrid.Silva doesn’t want Rooney at EvertonNew Everton manager Marco Silva has decided he does not want Wayne Rooney at Everton next season, reports the Mirror .Rooney has been in discussions to join MLS side D.C. United this summer, but had been waiting on Silva before making a final decision.But Silva has decided he wants Rooney to move on, with Norwich’s James Maddison his preferred replacement.Rafinha could be part of Barca’s Eriksen dealBarcelona could use Tottenham’s interest in Rafinha to secure the signing of Christian Eriksen, claims  Sport .Rafinha spent the second half of the season on loan at Inter, but the Serie A side have not activated his purchase option of €35 million (£31m/$41m).The midfielder isn’t part of Barca’s plans, so the Catalans could use Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in Rafinha and include him as part of a deal to land Eriksen.Liverpool to turn to ShaqiriLiverpool will turn their attention to trying to land Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after the World Cup, according to the Mirror .The Switzerland international is keen on a move to the Reds and the Premier League club is expected to land the 26-year-old as long as recently relegated Stoke are reasonable in their demands. However, Shaqiri is not considered an alternative to Nabil Fekir, whose move to Anfield may not be completely dead as Lyon look into ways to revive the transfer.Rashford to discuss Man Utd extensionMarcus Rashford’s representatives and Manchester United will look to discuss extending the youngster’s contract after the World Cup, report the Sun .Rashford has two years left on his deal, but United are keen to raise his wages from £80,000-per-week up to £130,000-per-week once some of the higher earners are cleared off the books.The England international’s people would like to see what Jose Mourinho does in the market but are willing to sit down with the club regardless.Barcelona contact Ajax over De JongBarcelona have contacted Ajax over Frenkie de Jong with the midfielder interested in a move to the La Liga champions, report AS .Ajax have told Barcelona the player is not for sale, however there has been movement toward bringing in replacements, suggesting they may be willing to deal.Barcelona would prefer the move tied up for next season, but Ajax would like de Jong to remain on loan with them for another season.Alisson happy at RomaReports of heavy interest in goalkeeper Alisson continue, but the Brazil international is “very happy at Roma,” according to his international predecessor Claudio Taffarel.Taffarel said Alisson would be content to remain at the Serie A club, and that transfer talk is nothing more than rumours at this point.Read the full story on Goal! Monaco beat Man Utd, Real and Barca to Belgian starletMonaco have announced the capture of Belgian starlet Eliot Matazo, with the Ligue 1 outfit having seen off the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign the teenager.At just 16, the highly rated midfielder saw his exploits at Anderlecht attract plenty of interest from afar.Monaco have now prevailed in that transfer scramble, with another addition made with one eye on the future.Read the full story on Goal! Napoli confirm Verdi signingNapoli have confirmed the signing of Italy international Simone Verdi from Bologna.The deal for the versatile attacker is worth a reported €25 million (£22m/$29m), who joins on a five-year contract.The forward has spent the past two seasons with Bologna, scoring 10 goals in 34 Serie A appearances in 2017-18.Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

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Sydney Roosters JSC presence

first_imgThe 2016 New South Wales Junior State Cup saw a presence from another NRL club working in partnership with a Touch Football affiliate. The Eastern Suburbs Roosters Junior State Cup teams sported new co-branded off field training jerseys with the Sydney Roosters NRL logo at this year’s New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie. After the Taren Point Touch Association teams wore Cronulla Sharks uniforms following the announcement of their junior pathway at the 2015 State Cup, the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and Sydney Roosters NRL club are the next to follow suit. The training gear is identical in design to the off field uniform worn by the NRL club, with the Junior State Cup uniforms featuring both the Eastern Suburbs Touch Association logos and Sydney Roosters logo. Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Development Manager, Simon Bassett said it was great to see all of the Roosters teams in the uniforms over the weekend. “It was so exciting to see all our junior players and coaches with their co-branded training tops. There was a real buzz in the Eastern Suburbs Touch Football Association tent about how smart the Sydney Roosters tops looked,” Bassett said.  “We arranged to have a photo of all of our 158 junior players and their coaches proudly wearing their Sydney Roosters sponsored training tops. The closer connection forged between the Sydney Roosters and the Eastern Suburbs Touch Football Junior Representative players as a result of this support will last for decades in the future.”Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire applauded the relationship between the two clubs. “The Roosters have been wonderful supporters of our NRL alliance since the outset.  This is a fantastic alignment which links two incredibly successful clubs,” Maguire said. “The support that now flows through to our next generation of players will forge a deeper connection to the Roosters on all levels. Congratulations to both clubs.” Related LinksSydney Roosterslast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea ace Hazard drops stay hint: I want to be a legend here

first_imgChelsea ace Hazard drops stay hint: I want to be a legend hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard has hinted he could stay beyond the end of this season after his brace in victory at Watford.Hazard suggested his future lies in west London as he aims to become a club legend.His goals saw him become a Chelsea centurion, becoming the club’s 10th highest goal-scorer, and he hinted there’s more to come.On his goals, Hazard said: “They mean a lot… especially as we won today. One-hundred-and-one goals with this amazing club and something I’ll never forget.”But now we want more. We want to score and I want to score more goals and be a legend like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Real Madrid sign Melilla whiz Mohamed Mizzian

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid sign Melilla whiz Mohamed Mizzianby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMelilla whiz Mohamed Mizzian has completed his move to Real Madrid.Mizzian has joined Real on-loan to the end of the season with the option to sign permanently should he impress.Real had been following him for months and decided to make their move after Mizzian impressed for Melilla in their Copa del Rey defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. He would’ve signed for Real last month, only for a change of agents to hold up the deal.Mizzian will spend the remainder of this season with Castilla. last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: What Woodward REALLY said during Man Utd defeat

first_imgREVEALED: What Woodward REALLY said during Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United insiders deny claims of vice-president Ed Woodward ticking off Phil Jones during defeat at West Ham.The Daily Mail says on more than one occasion at the London Stadium, the cameras focused on Woodward in the directors’ box .It was alleged on social media that he turned to Jones and said, “We’re on camera, stop”, after he heard the player muttering along to the West Ham fans taunting Solskjaer with a chorus of, “You’re getting sacked in the morning”.Sources close to Jones dismissed those suggestions on Monday night, while Woodward is adamant that he was talking to another member of staff and asked, “Has he been booked, Diop?” following a foul by the West Ham player. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoTottenham star Heung-Min Son: I never wanted to leave Hamburg

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham star Heung-Min Son: I never wanted to leave Hamburgby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Heung-Min Son admits he loved his time with Hamburg.So much so, that he admits he never wanted to leave the German giants.”Actually, I never wanted to leave Hamburg because I felt very good there,” he recalled to Spox. “That’s why the exit hurt so much.”Son left for Bayer Leverkusen before being sold to Spurs.However, he also revealed: “I was not getting playing time and wanted to go back to Germany because I felt very well there. But the coach (Mauricio Pochettino) gave me courage to push on.” last_img read more

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16 days agoLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: I owe Klopp everything

first_imgLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: I owe Klopp everythingby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold says he owes Jurgen Klopp “everything” regarding his stunning career.The 21-year-old defender was given his Reds debut by Klopp three years ago and he has not looked back, going on to establish himself for club and country.Asked what he owes the German ahead of England’s games with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Alexander-Arnold said: “Everything, really. Without him, who knows what would have happened.”He’s the one that’s given me the most opportunities – more opportunities than I could even ask for.”He’s put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I’ve tried to repay him every time he’s done that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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15 days ago​Chelsea striker Abraham: No better time than now for youngsters

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea striker Abraham: No better time than now for youngstersby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says that he is happy that now is the moment that he is breaking into the first team.Abraham and other youth team products are getting the chance to show what they can do in the Premier League.And he believes that now is the right moment for the club’s youngsters to break out and show just how good they can be.”‘It’s always been the thing that there are people who have faith in the Academy, for a long time now,” he tells the Chelsea magazine.”We’ve had great players come and go, but there is no better time for the likes of me, Mason, Fikayo and the others to be at Chelsea, with such a good manager, who believes in young talent and has worked with us as well.”The 22-year-old also shone on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season.Abraham has eight Premier League goals in eight appearances, along with one in two Champions League games. last_img read more

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Iowa State Patrol Member Jokes That He Wants Sniper To Shoot ESPN’s Dan Dakich

first_imgTwitter/DakichTwitter/DakichPeople sharing their thoughts or opinions on social media about ESPN’s on-air personalities is a daily and often mundane occurrence, but when those include death threats, eyebrows get raised and discipline may follow. Such is the case of an Iowa State Patrol supervisor who joked that he wanted a sniper to shoot color commentator Dan Dakich during Saturday’s broadcast of Ohio State-Iowa.During the game, Lt. Kelly Hindman, district commander of Post 7 in Fort Dodge, posted on Facebook that he wished “there was a sniper at Carver Hawkeye (Arena) to shoot the color commentator in the head…cause he is driving me nuts.”As of Monday, the Iowa Department of Public Safety had launched an internal investigation into the matter. [Knoxville News Sentinel]last_img read more

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Video: Iowa Teases “Blackout” Uniforms For Minnesota Night Game

first_imgFloyd, Rivalry, Nightgame, Kinnick, November, Black Out Uniforms #Hawkeyes #BlackOut http://t.co/ctrZKZnHJ5— Hawkeye FB Video (@hawkeyeFBvideo) August 28, 2015 Iowa doesn’t have an overly difficult home schedule in 2015, but the Hawkeyes do host rival Minnesota in mid-November under the lights at Kinnick Stadium. It looks like the program will be upping the ante a bit, debuting a new, intimidating look for the contest. Friday, Iowa released a video to tease new “blackout” uniforms that the team will wear for the game. Iowa’s Instagram account also found a clever way to tease the new threads. Iowa Instagram Black UniformsThere’s no word on when the school will release actual photos of the new digs. Regardless, Iowa fans are likely excited to see what they’ll look like.last_img read more

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‘Ederson could be a holding midfielder’

first_imgManchester City goalkeeper Ederson would be more than capable of operating as a “holding midfield player”, says club colleague Bernardo Silva.The Brazil international has shown himself to be comfortable in possession.It was those qualities that caught the eye of Pep Guardiola and convinced the City boss to spend big on a ball-playing custodian that fits his footballing philosophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ederson has starred in the Premier League, claiming back-to-back titles and an historic domestic treble during the 2018-19 campaign.He is, at just 25 years of age, already considered to be one of the finest keepers on the planet and one of the most reliable last lines of defence.Silva believes he is so good that an outfield role would not be beyond him were he to ever decide to lose the gloves and try his luck in a different position.The Portuguese playmaker told Sporf when asked if Ederson could operate further up the field: “I agree.“He could play outfield maybe with the ball as a defensive or holding midfield player.”Sergio Aguero Pep Guardiola Manchester CityEderson is by no means the only superstar performer on the books at the Etihad Stadium.Guardiola’s squad is littered with world-class talent, while the man in the dugout is also widely regarded as one of the very best in the business.The 24-year-old has become a star man in his own right, contributing 13 goals and 14 assists in the 2018-19 campaign, but is happier singing the praises of others.He said of Guardiola and the way he has set about making City a dominant force at home and abroad: “I think it’s the way he organises a team, the way we know what we need to do whenever, in whichever situation on the pitch.”Silva is also a big fan of the Blues’ leading marksman, Sergio Aguero.The Argentine frontman is City’s all-time leading goalscorer and a striker who can claim to be among the best the Premier League has ever seen.“Well, as I said before, I don’t remember all the strikers, I’m quite young, but from what I remember, yeah [Aguero is the best],” said Silva. 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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What does England striker Ellen White’s celebration mean?

first_imgAfter tapping home England’s second goal in their 3-0 World Cup quarter-final victory over Norway, striker Ellen White celebrated in familiar style.Once the ball hit the net, she lifted her fingers up to her eyes as if to make spectacles around them.It has become a familiar sight for fans of the Lionesses, with White netting five times in France as Phil Neville’s side have charged into the semi-finals of the competition, where they face a meeting with the winners of France’s clash with the USA on July 2 in Lyon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The unusual nature of White’s celebration, along with the frequency that fans have seen it, has caused a good deal of discussion, though the Manchester City striker has not been shy about hiding why she does it.Speaking to City TV earlier this month, she explained: “Me and my husband are big fans of the Bundesliga. We went to Koln a good few years ago now and Anthony Modeste, who plays for them, scored a late winner, and that was his celebration. My husband said: ‘Why don’t you do that one?’“So it’s kind of for him but I kind of wish I hadn’t started it now because everyone expects me to do it. But it’s cool. My little nieces like doing it and I get a lot of people doing it to me. So it’s fun.”White, who has previously turned out for both Arsenal and Chelsea, is now England’s record scorer at World Cups, having netted six times in the finals of the competition. The 30-year-old first found the net in the 2011 competition as England defeated Japan 2-0 in Germany but had to wait until the opening match of the Lionesses’ 2019 tournament to get her next, grabbing the winner in a 2-1 success over Scotland. She has since struck versus Japan (twice) and Cameroon before registering against Norway.White is currently joint top scorer in France along with the USA’s Alex Morgan, who scored all of her five goals in a 13-0 win over Thailand, and Sam Kerr of Australia, who got four against Jamaica in her side’s final group stage match.last_img read more

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Valdes returns to Camp Nou as Barca’s new U19 head coach

first_imgVictor Valdes has been appointed as Barcelona’s new U19A head coach, returning to Camp Nou five years after ending his time at the club as a player.The 37-year-old racked up 539 appearances for Barca across all competitions over the course of 12 seasons between 2002 and 2014, winning 21 major titles in total.Valdes picked up three Champions Leagues, six La Liga titles and won the Copa del Rey twice, earning legendary status at the club while also establishing himself as one of the finest shot-stoppers in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The ex-Spain international was released by Barca in 2014 and returned to the highest level the following year, signing an 18-month deal with Manchester United.Valdes was sent out for a loan spell at Standard Liege before being sold to Middlesbrough and decided to hang up his gloves permanently in 2018 after leaving the Riverside the previous summer.The former Blaugrana star signed a one-year contract at Camp Nou on Friday morning with the option of an extension and he will begin working with the U19A squad on July 29.Barcelona released the following statement on their official website: “Victor Valdes is back at FC Barcelona after signing a contract on Friday morning to become the new head coach of the U19A team. The agreement binds him to the club until June 2020, with the option for an extension by one additional season.”The contract was signed in the presence of the director responsible for professional youth football, Silvio Elias, and the managers of the professional youth football section, Jose Mari Bakero and Guillermo Amor.”The U19A team will be beginning their pre-season preparations on July 29 and will be appearing in the game to open the new Johan Cruyff Stadium on August 27 against the Ajax youth team.”Victor Valdes Barcelona Champions LeagueThe club also penned a small tribute to Valdes highlighting why he became a fan favourite at the club, which reads: “Valdes was always solid between the sticks, was a master at playing the ball with his feet and had an authoritative presence in his area.”For several seasons, he was the absolute first-choice stopper and huge fan favourite.”Valdes completed all of his relevant youth coaching qualifications post-retirement and had been enjoying a role with ED Moratalaz in the fifth tier of Spanish football.The Spaniard guided Moratalaz to the league title before also masterminding a Champions Cup final victory over Real Madrid’s Juvenil C team back in June.last_img read more

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FCS Player Involved In Frightening Encounter With Burglar

first_imgFootball's with South Carolina's logo on them.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Last weekend, Colby Gilroy of Southeast Oklahoma State’s football team was involved in an extremely frightening scenario. Fortunately, the offensive lineman turns out to be one of the calmest athletes in the entire country.On Friday morning, the junior woke up to another man going through his closet. Not only was the burglar unknown to Gilroy, but he was also carrying a firearm.Police forces believe the suspect was on a string of robberies, before being caught by Gilroy. Thankfully, the student-athlete was able to defuse the situation.“I was kind of scared,” Gilroy said. “Says he’s there to kill me, and says that he was sent to kill me, and I better watch who I’m messing with.”Gilroy said the suspect ordered him to find cigarette, then used the gun to fire a shot, leaving a hole in the kitchen wall.But Gilroy remained calm and was able to convince the intruder to leave.“In his conversation with the guy he said, ‘I think you have the wrong house,’ and quickly de-escalated the situation and the guy finally left,” Durant police Detective Drew Hale said.No one was hurt during this incident.Eleasah Horton was arrested on Sunday, as he fit the description given to the police. This is truly a frightening incident, but it’s great to know that Gilroy avoided any injuries.[KTEN]last_img read more

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Weather Delay: Michigan-Michigan State Delayed Due To Lightning

first_imgA general view of Michigan State's football stadiumEAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the kickoff between the Oregon Ducks versus Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The weather gods are already impacting this Saturday’s slate of games. Michigan’s contest against Michigan State has been delayed as lightning made an appearance in the East Lansing area.The all-Big Ten affair got off to a nice start, but serious weather conditions in the area forced both teams to leave the field. Officials instituted a 30-minute weather delay from the times of the most-recent lightning strike.More lightning, rain, and possibly even snow is in the forecast in East Lansing this afternoon.No start time has been given just yet.Due to weather concerns, there is now a weather delay.Both teams are heading back to the locker rooms.We’ll keep you posted. #GoBlue | #BeatState— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 20, 2018Michigan and Michigan State have displayed their stellar defenses thus far in the game. With over three quarters of play left, anything can happen.The rivalry between these two programs was on display early when Wolverines star Devin Bush ruffled the feathers of a few Spartans in pregame action.We’ll keep you posted with the latest from East Lansing.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Major Head Coach’s Nephew Accused Of Punching Someone On Field

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 03: General view as Mississippi State Bulldogs kicks off to the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter on October 3, 2015 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)The nephew of a major college football coach is being accused of punching someone on the field following his team’s win on Saturday night.There was an on-field altercation between members of Texas A&M and LSU’s staffs following the Aggies’ 7OT victory over the Tigers at Kyle Field.Photos and videos of the incident have surfaced on social media.Fight breaks out between LSU assistant and Aggie assistant. It’s a rivalry #TAMUvsLSU pic.twitter.com/JHUihGToX4— Zach Taylor (@ZachTaylorSport) November 25, 2018LSU offensive analyst Steve Kragthorpe, who suffers from Parkinson’s, says he was punched in the chest by someone with a Texas A&M credential. Jimbo Fisher’s nephew is reportedly the one being accused of throwing a punch.Texas A&M hasn’t confirmed Fisher’s nephew’s involvement, though.From The Advertiser:Texas A&M athletic department officials have not confirmed the man’s identity amid reports Sunday that the person who hit Kragthorpe was Cole Fisher, a nephew of Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, who said after the game he knew nothing of the incident.“I don’t know who Cole Fisher is,” Texas A&M associate director for football communications Brad Marquardt said Sunday.Video does appear to show Jimbo Fisher being told about the incident by someone:A&M staffer informing Jimbo Fisher that he had punched an LSU coach who suffers from Parkinson’s pic.twitter.com/vKJqgsqcUp— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 25, 2018Report from @FootballScoop indicates that this is Jimbo’s nephew Cole… the plot thickens pic.twitter.com/GBNlVoQkQk— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 25, 2018More is likely to come from this, too. The SEC is reportedly looking into the incident.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Has Taken A Shot At Urban Meyer

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is no longer the head coach of Ohio State’s football program, though the rivalry with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh appears to be going strong.Harbaugh, who was winless in four games against Meyer, appeared on Tim Kawakami’s podcast, “The TK Show.”Michigan’s head coach seemed to take a shot at Meyer when discussing his legacy.“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been. But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said. Harbaugh: “Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been. But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.” https://t.co/zFKSngtRMo— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 18, 2019Harbaugh isn’t entirely wrong there, as Meyer’s 2018 season was clouded with the Zach Smith controversy. Several of Meyer’s Florida players got into trouble off of the field, as well.However, it’s incredibly rare to see one head coach speak so brutally honestly about a colleague (or, in Meyer’s case, a former colleague).Ohio State fans certainly won’t like Harbaugh’s comment, though they can easily point to Meyer’s 4-0 record against Harbaugh in retaliation.Harbaugh really needs to beat Ohio State this year, though. The Wolverines are favored and get the Buckeyes at home.If Harbaugh can’t do it now, will he ever?last_img read more

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This Indian team has shoved the word overseas into a bin: Ravi Shastri

first_img India Today Web Desk WellingtonFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 18:54 IST So far, India have won more than they lost and Ravi Shastri would want to keep it that way (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUnder Virat Kohli, India registered its first Test series win in Australia last monthKohli is also the only Indian captain to win a bilateral ODI series in AustraliaTeam India recently registered its first ODI bilateral series win in New Zealand in 10 yearsIndia coach Ravi Shastri took another dig at detractors and said his team has won more matches across formats overseas than any other Indian side in the past. Shastri was criticised by several sections when he said this Indian team was the best over the last 15 years.Ravi Shastri, has, however clarified that he meant this was the best Indian team in the last 15 years across formats. Under Shastri, India won an ODI and T20I series in South Africa, a T20I series in England, a Test and ODI series in Australia before trouncing New Zealand 4-1 to win their first ODI series in the country in 10 years.”I used the phrase ‘across all formats’. When I said that the endeavour is to be the best travelling team in the world, six months ago people laughed at me. When I said this is the best travelling team in the world across all formats, they laughed. Today, they know, I wasn’t speaking French,” Shastri told Cricbuzz.In 2018, India were also heavily criticised over their inability to close out Test matches overseas. They lost 1-2 in South Africa and 1-4 in England despite being in good positions to dictate terms.However, that all changed in Australia. Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a Test series Down Under. Shortly after, he created history again by overseeing an ODI series triumph. After a consistent run overseas, Ravi Shastri felt vindicated.Beside, India won a Test series in Sri Lanka in 2015 before whitewashing them across formats in 2017. Under Virat Kohli, India hammered Sri Lanka 3-0 in Tests, 5-0 in ODIs and won the only T20I in their own den. Shastri said his men have no fear of playing away from home.advertisement”What this team has done is taken that word ‘overseas’ and shoved it into a bin.”These players can shove it into the bin for as long as they play cricket. In four years, they have won more in overseas cricket than any other Indian team, across all formats,” Shastri said.India will play a three-match T20I series against New Zealand starting Wednesday in Wellington and Ravi Shastri will be keen to finish India’s overseas run with another win.So far, India have won more than they lost and Shastri would want to keep it that way.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav will be our number one spinner in overseas Tests now: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Rishabh Pant a great asset for India, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Hardik Pandya reunites with brother Krunal in New Zealand for T20I seriesAlso Read | How about ironing your uniform: Rohit Sharma trolls Yuzvendra ChahalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Virat Kohli This Indian team has shoved the word overseas into a bin: Ravi ShastriRavi Shastri said his Indian team has won more overseas across formats than any other Indian team in the past. Shastri, as coach, has led India to historic ODI series wins in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and a memorable Test series win in Australia.advertisementlast_img read more

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One man doesn’t win the IPL: Fleming disagrees with Gambhir’s comment on Kohli’s captaincy

first_imgOne man doesn’t win the IPL: Fleming disagrees with Gambhir’s comment on Kohli’s captaincyStephen Fleming disagreed with Gautam Gambhir’s comment on Virat Kohli’s inability to win the IPL and said “one man doesn’t win the IPL, it’s a tough competition to win”.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 20:33 IST Stephen Fleming said a number of things go towards winning the IPL, only Virat Kohli cannot win RCB the title. (@RCBTweets Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStephen Fleming defended Virat Kohli after Gautam Gambhir’s comment that Kohli is lucky RCB stuck with him as captainFleming said just because Kohli is one of the best players in the world, doesn’t mean he is going to have success in the IPLFleming also said that when there’s a challenge put in front of Kohli, “he meets it””One man doesn’t win the IPL,” Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said Friday, differing with Gautam Gambhir’s viewpoint that one can’t say Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the same breath, as India’s captain has not won the tournament.Former India opener Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, recently said that in a result-oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper.But Fleming thought otherwise.”One man doesn’t win the IPL. It’s a tough competition to win. It’s getting tougher because teams are a lot smarter. Players are conditioned to playing in the IPL. Coaches and managers are getting more shrewd in how they buy and put together teams,” Fleming said.”So just because you’re probably the best batter in the world, probably one of the best players in the world, it doesn’t mean he’s going to have success in the IPL.”There’s a number of things that go towards it. One thing I do know is that when there’s a challenge put in front of him, he meets it.”Fleming’s admiration for the Indian batting maestro did not stop there, and said retaining the trophy they won last year will be very difficult.”His expectation with this team will be to give it a good run and I’m sure, as most other franchises will be wanting. Winning competitions is a byproduct of how you lead your team so there’s a challenge there.advertisement”But as I say they’re really looking (like) a good team. Most teams on paper are outstanding so we have got our work cut out to win it again, we will be giving it a good shot as well,” he added.Fleming said the loss of the team’s South African paceman Lungi Ngidi was a big blow.”Ngidi is a big loss. He was the find last year for us, he bowled really well. We got a squad that can cover his absence. But, sometimes players are a little bit special. The onus is on the other overseas options. We are taking our time on his replacement at the moment.”Fleming was speaking on the eve of the IPL-12 opener between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M A Chidambaram Stadium. He said South African captain Faf du Plessis, leg-spinner Imran Tahir and New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner had arrived and were available for selection.”There is a real emphasis on starting the tournament well. Last year, we won a couple of games which could easily have gone the other way. We know the importance of a good start. We are certainly not desperate to win it and it’s just an opportunity we are looking forward to,” he added.On wrist spinners doing well in recent times, Fleming said there were a “few reasons” and added they have got clever as well.”I think there’s a few reasons. One is that there’s a lot of younger players now on the big stage who maybe haven’t played as much first-class cricket or developed skills that used to go along with an apprenticeship with batting, and part of the batsmanship in my era and before was reading the bowler, watching the ball.”Now it’s about power. And ball striking. So there’s a lot more emphasis on power. Whereas probably in my era, it was about defence first. So there’s been a big shift about the way young players play the game. A lot of those players are now emerging and playing big parts in the IPL.””Wrist spinners have got clever as well. They play a role where the batsmen have to take risks. Before T20 you could take your time with wrist spin, now you’ve got to be aggressive and with the ball going both ways, if you don’t know, it can be your downfall. I think they’re good weapons to have,” he added.Also Read | Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKAlso Read | Umesh Yadav keen to press for World Cup selection during IPL 2019Also Read | History doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s RCB as they gear up to face CSK in openerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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