a month ago​Arsenal keeper Leno moves into esports

first_img​Arsenal keeper Leno moves into esportsby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal keeper Bernd Leno has reportedly made the move into esports by setting up his own FIFA 20 team, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.According to Bild, the stopper has put together a squad made up of two professionals and three up-and-coming players to compete for Leno eSports. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 days agoBlythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Blythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League returnby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United winger Cal Roberts retains hope of returning to the Premier League.Roberts, 22, signed for Blythe Spartans this season.He told the Evening Chronicle: “When I first came it was good, and the reception I got when I signed the contract made us feel special and part of the club.”I’ve never felt like this at a club before, you feel like you’re wanted there and happy. I’ve never been happier at a football club than I am at the minute.”Roberts added: “I set my standards very high, and I always want to better myself. The aim is still to play in the Premier League.”At the minute I’m very happy playing at Blyth, but the club and the gaffer knows I want to play at the highest level.” last_img read more

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2 days agoFerdinand: Man City winger Sterling among world’s top five players

first_imgFerdinand: Man City winger Sterling among world’s top five playersby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRio Ferdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” England and Manchester United legend Ferdinand said on BT Sport.”He is a young English player who has played a lot of games. He is still improving and adding more to his game. He has a striker’s nose to get into certain areas.”He is in the top five players in the world now. Definitely! I don’t care who you mention. The effect he is having, the goals he is scoring, it is impossible to keep him out.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day agoTottenham push for major clearout

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham push for major clearoutby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are planning a major sales spree in 2020.The Daily Mail says moving on some of their stars who are either unsettled or don’t fit into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term plans is an ongoing process they hope to continue in January.Spurs will be open to offers for Serge Aurier, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Danny Rose.Meanwhile the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen remain in doubt with both players’ deals due to expire next summer. last_img read more

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Super-sub Lukaku can be Man Utd’s ‘new Solskjaer’

first_imgIn one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first public messages to his players after becoming Manchester United manager, the Norwegian insisted there were some squad members who would have to take his own lead in grabbing opportunities however they present themselves.Famed as a super-sub during his 11-year spell as a player with the Red Devils, Solskjaer scored 29 of his 126 United goals after coming off the bench, most memorably when netting the injury-time Champions League winner in 1999.And he was quick to warn his players that some will have to become impact players for the team cause. 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? “I don’t think anyone has been on the bench more than me! That’s always my comeback to players,” he explained. “You never know, you might come on and make an impact and grab the opportunity when you get it.”And as he takes his United side to Wembley on Sunday to play Tottenham in what is his first meeting with a top-six club, he is faced with the prospect of choosing between Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford for a spot in the main striker’s spot.Rashford’s form of late has been electric, and alongside Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard he has been a key part of a frightening strike-force abundant in pace, intelligence and deadliness in front of goal.The Solskjaer effect has most been summed up by United’s increased traffic in the final third, and Rashford has been like a man possessed under the new gaffer.But during his first five games in charge, the manager has had it relatively easy in terms of making the call between the England front man and Lukaku thanks to the latter’s absence for a spell of compassionate leave.Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 2018-19Since returning to the club just before the New Year began, Lukaku has played the role of super-sub in two league games before being handed a start as one of nine changes for the 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading last weekend.By scoring in all three of those appearances, the £75 million signing has given Solskjaer food for thought, but that may have worked in both a positive and a negative sense for Lukaku in his quest to regain his spot as the unquestioned first choice in the number-nine position.Under Jose Mourinho, Lukaku was for a long time the only player even considered to lead the line. Just as he had done with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016-17, the Portuguese gave Lukaku free reign to work the centre of the attack and held back Rashford and Martial in a platoon for the left-wing spot.But by proving his effectiveness in coming off the bench in the games against Bournemouth and Newcastle over the New Year period, Lukaku may have made a rod for his own back. Because while Rashford has looked like a new man thanks to the faith entrusted in him by Solskjaer, the Belgium international has not done enough in his general play to suggest that he can play the more rounded striking role that his new manager is craving.United’s sharp, neat passing style under Solskjaer needs more than a heavy Lukaku first touch around the 18-yard box. When the full-backs are urged to get forward more often to deliver balls into the centre, there can be no getting caught on your heels as can too often be the way with the former Chelsea and Everton frontman.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on substitutesAt this moment in time, Solskjaer’s style of football – is anybody calling it Ole-ball yet? – demands a Rashford rather than a Lukaku in the final third. Lukaku remains a good option to turn to if United need something different as happened at Newcastle last week, but he cannot claim to have overly impressed in terms of his all-round play under the new boss so far.There is always a spotlight to consider when a manager makes the decision to bench an expensive footballer but that cannot even come into the equation at this point, and from his opening few weeks at Old Trafford Solskjaer does not seem the type to allow such a thing to enter his thoughts.What he needs is to find the best way to overcome Spurs on Sunday, and that seems unlikely to be playing to Lukaku’s needs when he can have Rashford playing to United’s needs far more effectively. In many ways he now ought to be considered in the sort of light that Marouane Fellaini revelled in under Mourinho – when there needs to be a new approach, Lukaku is your first port of call.It is a role Solskjaer knows only too well, and while it might get somewhat grating for Belgium’s number-one striker if he continues to find himself on the bench every week, that is the reality of his situation right now.All he can do is do everything that Solskjaer is asking of him and then his opportunities will come. But as for Sunday, it must be Rashford who continues to lead United’s new dawn under their baby-faced boss and Lukaku who is left to make the kind of impact which made his manager a legend. 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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Solskjaer still has to earn Man Utd job – Neville

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer could earn “the break of his life” at Manchester United, says Gary Neville, but the club’s interim boss still has “a lot of work” to do before earning a permanent position.The Red Devils turned to a familiar face for assistance following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December.A treble-winning hero from the past was charged with the task of clearing up the mess at Old Trafford and salvaging a season which was in danger of being left in ruins. 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? Six successive victories have seen Solskjaer make a dream start to life in a high-profile post and forced him firmly into the frame for an extended stay in the dugout.Former team-mate Neville has, however, pointed out that there is still a long way to go in the pursuit of a top-four finish and major silverware and that no decision on managerial appointments can be made at this stage.He told Sky Sports after seeing United claim their most notable scalp to date during a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium: “Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager.“One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.“It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer“It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.“But it’s been a wonderful start. I’m delighted for him as a person because he’s a brilliant person. He’s a thinker of the game and you’ve seen that in the first half against Tottenham.“He’s come through the coaching ranks in the right way.“He’s done his grounding, if you like, in the reserves at Manchester United. He’s gone away to Norway and done well at Molde. He’s come back and had his bad experience at Cardiff which I think most managers would say that you need. He’s gone back to Molde and now he’s got a little break.“It might be the break of his life but there’s still a lot of work to do. He won’t be getting carried away because he’ll recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done.”United remain sixth in the Premier League table despite edging out Spurs but are making up ground on the Champions League spots.They have drawn level on points with Arsenal, while they are now just six behind Chelsea and a further point back on Tottenham. 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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Mourinho pays tribute to retiring Cech

first_imgDespite giving Petr Cech his debut at Chelsea in 2004, Jose Mourinho has refused to take credit for the retiring keeper’s stellar career.The current Arsenal shot stopper revealed this week he’ll hang up the gloves at the end of the season having made his name with the Blues across over 300 appearances.Mourinho was the man that gave Cech his first shot in the Premier League, but despite his willingness to take a gamble on the young keeper, the Portuguese manager was humble when asked about his influence on Cech’s career.  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? “When I arrived in Chelsea, he was a kid, only 20 years old,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.”The goalkeeper was Carlo Cudicini – the season before he was elected the player of the season – and the first game of the season was Chelsea against Manchester United and I decided to leave out our player of the season before, and play a kid that nobody would know how to even say his name because Petr Cech was quite difficult to say.”After that everything was about him. My influence was zero.”Fantastic professional and goalkeeper with an incredible potential.”After helping Cech take off in the Premier League, Mourinho would return to Stamford Bridge in 2013 and ultimately decided to replace Cech between the sticks.”Then I got him in a period again when I came back Chelsea I decided to give the goal to a young Courtois, to tell Petr, ‘Petr, now you are going to be the number two’,” Mourinho said.”So I was with him at two different moments of his career. In that moment he became a fantastic number two so his character is amazing.”While Cech will end his playing career at the Emirates, the Blues are ready to offer their former goalkeeper a role with the club at the end of the season.Having helped Cech become a household name at Chelsea, Mourinho was also responsible for Didier Drogba’s successful move to Stamford Bridge.The former Manchester United manager revealed the challenge he faced trying to convince the Blues owner Roman Abramovich to sign the then unknown striker. “He had already played for Guingamp, Marseille, Le Mans, so when I took him to Chelsea I remember clearly Abramovich was asking me, ‘Who? Who do you want as a striker?’,” Mourinho said. “With all the big names in Europe at that time I said Drogba. ‘Who is he? Where’s he playing?’ (I said) ‘Mr Abramovich – pay. Pay, and don’t speak.’“And Didier was an iconic player for Chelsea, for the Premier League.”  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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Kirk Herbstreit Names 5 Teams That Impressed Him The Most

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Save for a few makeup games, the college football regular season wrapped up last weekend. There were a number of big-time performances in Week 13.As he does every week, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit highlighted his top five team and individual performances from the previous weekend. His list this week features plenty of heavy hitters.The five teams that impressed Herbie the most over the weekend ere all Power 5 schools.Ohio StateWashingtonOklahomaArizona StateWake ForestNot only does Ohio State have the No. 1 spot on Herbstreit’s team list, the Buckeyes have two players among his individual honorees: quarterback Dwayne Haskins and wide receiver Parris Campbell.They are joined by Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Hollywood Brown, Washington’s Myles Gaskin and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley.My performances of WEEK 13Team1-@OhioStateFB 2-@UW_Football 3-@OU_Football 4-@ASUFootball 5-@WakeFB Player1-D.Haskins @OhioStateFB 2-Tua @AlabamaFTBL 3-M.Brown @OU_Football 4-Parris Campbell @OhioStateFB 5-Jake Bentley @GamecockFB 5-Myles Gaskin @UW_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 27, 2018Three of the teams listed above–Ohio State, Washington and Oklahoma–will play this coming weekend.last_img read more

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ESPN Predicts The Winners Of Week 6’s Biggest Games

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Week 5 of the 2019 college football season is in the rearview and it’s time to look ahead to Week 6. It should be a good one.Week 6 of the season features several big-time games.ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its picks for the weekend’s biggest contests.Here’s who ESPN’s computer likes this week: No. 19 Michigan vs. No. 14 IowaWinner: Michigan, 62.1 percent Jim Harbaugh on the sideline at Wisconsin.MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 AuburnWinner: Auburn, 53.2 percent Bo Nix throws a pass during Auburn's win over Oregon.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles with the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)West Virginia vs. No. 11 TexasWinner: Texas, 75.8 percent Sam Ehlinger throws a pass for the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – AUGUST 31: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass in the third quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Tennessee vs. No. 3 GeorgiaWinner: Georgia, 91.3 percent Jake Fromm warms up before a game against Arkansas State.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is seen prior to the start of the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sanford Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 25 Michigan StateWinner: Ohio State, 89.6 percent Justin Fields warms up before game at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)***Who do you like in Week 6?last_img read more

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Nadal confident about fitness for Australian Open

first_imgNadal confident about fitness for Australian Openadvertisement Press Trust of India December 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 18:00 IST Abu Dhabi, Dec 27 (AFP) Rafael Nadal is “confident” he will be 100 percent fit when the Australian Open starts in less than three weeks’ time despite enduring yet another tough battle with injuries over the past few months. The Spanish world number two had to pull the plug early on his 2018 season and has not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September. He underwent surgery on his ankle to remove an intra-articular loose body in November and only resumed training two weeks ago. Nadal will dip his toes back into competition at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi, where he faces either Kevin Anderson or Chung Hyeon in his opener on Friday. “I started two weeks ago and of course doing the things step by step and I think I have time to be ready for Melbourne at my 100 percent,” Nadal told reporters in the UAE capital on Thursday. “It’s going to be good to have some matches before but I’m confident that I’m going to arrive to Melbourne with the right situation.” The 32-year-old retired during matches at two of the four Grand Slams in 2018, but still added a record-extending 11th French Open crown to his collection. He says he remains motivated to launch yet another comeback from injury, despite a career plagued by physical problems. “After the second part of the year, have been tough last year in terms of injuries but that happens and that’s part of my tennis career too,” he added.advertisement “Just try to stay calm, try to work the right way and when I’m back I know things are not easy, I know at the beginning you always have tough feelings and pains in the body that normally you don’t have. “But I have experience in all of this and try to be ready for the everyday practices and when (I) arrive (at) the matches I don’t have to ask myself big things at the beginning, just trying to be positive with every improvement and that way normally you get the right point.” – Djokovic enjoying tennis again – Joining Nadal in Abu Dhabi is the man who replaced him at the top of the rankings, Novak Djokovic. The Serb is the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion and will be looking to win a third major in a row at the Australian Open next month. Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought at Wimbledon in July and has lost just three matches since. He admits that he lost his motivation during the difficult period that followed the 2016 French Open, where he completed the career Grand Slam, but has now found different ways to attain gratification from the sport. “I feel I’m not prioritising success on the tennis court for the sake of the success only as I used to do that probably up to five years ago,” Djokovic said. “For me, tennis is more of a platform now for other things and for the values I want to share, and the messages I want to share with the young generation. “Ultimately a tennis court for me is a place where I get challenged in every possible way emotionally and my character is kind of on the line. I treat that as my own personal school of life. “Not many places can trigger me in a positive or negative way as a tennis court does.” Djokovic takes on either Karen Khachanov or Dominic Thiem in Abu Dhabi on Friday and officially kicks off his 2019 season at the Qatar Open in Doha next week. (AFP) AHThis is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.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 byPTIlast_img read more

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