Ronaldo eases pressure on Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid Here to stay? Ronaldo eases pressure on Real Madrid as players get behind Zidane Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 01:41 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(49) Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates against Valencia Getty Real Madrid Primera División Valencia v Real Madrid Valencia Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Opinion The Portuguese struck twice from the spot for Los Blancos to seal a vital victory at Valencia as they look to rebuild after Wednesday’s Copa exit Real Madrid are back in business. Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Valencia 4-1 at Mestalla on Saturday and Los Blancos will take heart from a performance that shows that perhaps all is not lost this season.Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to Leganes in the Copa del Rey saw Madrid side crash out of the Copa del Rey on away goals at the quarter-final stage and was the latest embarrassment in an increasingly calamitous campaign for the current Spanish and European champions.Already 19 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, the cup competition should have been a priority for Real, but Zidane gambled and rested key players for the game against Leganes. The gamble backfired. 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 Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the senior stars left out for the cup clash and the Portuguese issued a rallying cry on social media after that defeat. “Cheer up team. Cheer up madridistas,” he wrote on Twitter. “We still have many battles to win.”With Villarreal, recent winners at the Bernabeu, just a point adrift in La Liga before this weekend, Madrid could ill afford to drop more points in the Primera Division and Mestalla – where only the Yellow Submarine had won of all the visiting sides this term – would be the first big battle for Real.Ronaldo, on target twice in the 7-1 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna last weekend, netted two more here to ease the pressure on his side and coach Zidane. Both were well-taken penalties after clumsy challenges by Martin Montoya, but the relief was tangible for Los Blancos.Not that it was easy after that. Valencia, so impressive in La Liga under Marcelino Garcia Toral this season, threw everything at Real and Madrid were holding on for dear life at times, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas in inspired form to keep the home side at bay.Madrid were playing with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo in their starting line-up all together for the first time since last season’s 3-2 loss at home to Barcelona, but it was substitute Marco Asensio who fed Marcelo for the clincher with six minutes left. Toni Kroos then added another right at the end.Valencia Real Madrid scoreRonaldo, Marcelo and Kroos were all left out of the team to face Leganes on Wednesday and the surprise defeat and away-goals exit (after Real had won the first leg 1-0 at Butarque) was described as “the most ridiculous night in Zidane’s reign” by Marca.Up until the end of last year, everything had gone right for Zidane. The Frenchman had masterminded back-to-back Champions League crowns, a first Liga title for the club since 2011-12 and eight trophies in all. But his side’s poor form in La Liga and cup exit means he is now under huge pressure.The players appear to be up for a fight, though. Real rode their luck at times on Saturday, but it was their reslience that saw them through in the end. Ronaldo had said that they would battle, and battle they did.In an interview with Chinese media this week, the Portuguese also claimed he was happy at Real despite speculation he still wants to leave the club after problems in the summer, his ongoing case for alleged tax evasion and reported wrangles over a new contract.Cristiano RonaldoValencia celebrate against Real Madrid“I like living here,” he said. “I’ve been in this city since 2009 and I love the climate and the people. It’s close to Portugal and you can get there by car. Spain is a great country, I love it. Of course, I want to stay here, I love this club.”The Portuguese also called for more fight after recent disappointments. “Our goal is to win the Champions League, because it’s the biggest prize,” he said. “We haven’t been at the required level. I hope the situation improves and the only way of changing it is to work harder.”That will have been music to Zidane’s ears. Other coaches may not have retained the support of their players after such a dip in form and results, but the Frenchman remains a club legend from his playing days and has earned plenty of credit after leading Los Blancos to two Champions League crowns and six other trophies.Saturday’s win means Madrid are now just two points behind third-placed Valencia – and with a game in hand as well. Moving up La Liga will be the priority now and with Ronaldo firing again, there will be renewed hope of beating Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League too.But perhaps most importantly of all, the players are still behind their beleaguered coach – and the healing process has officially started. Onwards and upwards again for Real Madrid.last_img read more

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De Gea happy with ‘important’ save

first_imgManchester United De Gea happy with ‘important’ wonder save after Man United scrape Sevilla draw Ryan Benson 06:57 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DeGea - cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla David de Gea Manchester United were indebted to David de Gea as they took a 0-0 Champions League draw from Sevilla and the goalkeeper was satisfied. An understated David de Gea was satisfied with an astonishing save he labelled “important” after preserving a 0-0 draw for Manchester United at Sevilla.Jose Mourinho appeared to set up for a draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and he got exactly that, with Sevilla controlling the majority of the contest, but unable to find a way past De Gea.AdChoices广告They came closest through Luis Muriel, who saw a point-blank header pawed over the crossbar shortly before the interval. 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 De Gea had little interest in revelling in his spectacular intervention, admitting that Vincenzo Montella’s side perhaps deserved more.He told BT Sport: “It was at the last minute of the first half so it was an important moment of the game. “I made the save. I’m happy for that.”I think they had the best chances of the game. We defended well, but they had control of the ball, they played really well but the result is open and we need to play the second leg at Old Trafford.”United only mustered a solitary shot on target in the game and Chris Smalling also espoused the importance of a second leg on home soil.”It opened up in the second half,” he said. “After the end of that first half, where David made a couple of good saves, they didn’t have clear-cut chances but it’s in our hands at home and you’ve got to win at home to go through anywayDavid de Gea to the rescue for Manchester United.Will THAT save prove crucial in the tie? #UCL pic.twitter.com/PXU95tbr93— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 21, 2018″The atmosphere is very good here. It was loud, you can tell it was emotional and we had to dig in at times.”You could tell they tired in that second half. The last 20 minutes we tried to put pressure on and it was very open.”But it’s a result that [means] we’re confident at home.”last_img read more

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Egyptians attempt to elect Salah as president!

first_imgMohamed Salah ‘President Mo!’ – Egyptian voters attempt to elect Liverpool star Salah Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:52 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace Premier League The Liverpool star was reportedly the reason for a number of spoiled ballots, with the country’s football fans desperate to elect him Mohamed Salah’s popularity in Egypt continues to soar, with several of the country’s electorate even voting for him to become president!The Liverpool forward has been in electrifying form for Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2017-18, scoring 36 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.Salah has also racked up 33 goals in 55 caps for Egypt, and scored the last-minute penalty that secured Egypt’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup, in a 2-1 win over Congo. 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 It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that a number of voters crossed out the two names on the ballot – Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, the winner, and Moussa Mustafa Moussa – in order to write Salah’s!Mr Al-Sisi won 92 per cent of the vote, per The Economist, but more than one million people spoiled their ballots, with many exercising their democratic right to protest by scribbling Salah’s name in the box instead.Salah can further raise his stock on Saturday, as Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.The 25-year-old can score in his 21st game of the season against the Eagles, equalling a record currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie. 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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Kluivert and Guti ‘unlikely’ to get St Mirren role

first_imgTransfers Kluivert and Guti ‘unlikely’ to get St Mirren role, chairman admits Alex Fisher 22:57 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) kluivertguti - cropped Getty Images Transfers St. Mirren Premiership The high-profile pair’s lack of knowledge of the Scottish game means that the odds of them being in the Paisley side’s dugout are slim St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott has played down speculation the newly promoted Scottish Premier League side could appoint Patrick Kluivert or Guti as their next manager.The Buddies have been on the search for Jack Ross’ replacement since last month, when the 41-year-old joined League One outfit Sunderland.A host of names have been linked with the role, including Champions League winners Kluivert and Guti – who was also said to be in the running for the vacant Real Madrid position. 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 But Scott says the duo are unlikely to be considered despite their high-profile playing careers at some of the top clubs across Europe.”I wouldn’t rule them out completely but I think it’s unlikely,” Scott told Sky Sports News.”It’s pleasing to see high-profile names linked. It shows how attractive this job is but it also shows how attractive Scottish football is right now.”Anybody who comes in needs to know Scottish football. It’s different for sides like Celtic and Rangers who can bring in players from all over the world, but we need to focus on the Scottish market and the English market to a degree.”last_img read more

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Partners’ Forum on Women’s & Children’s Health – Day 1

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 15, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On the sidelines of the political posturing and rhetoric at the Partners’ Forum on Women’s & Children’s Health sponsored by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health underway at the prestigious Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi this weekend, there have been some illuminating discussions. The day before the event, there was a robust agenda of “Pre-Forum Technical Discussions” that better demonstrated the Forum’s theme (“From Pledges to Action”) than the Forum itself.Hidden in the schedule was one rich and intriguing session that deserved better publicity. A group of young researchers from the Public Health Foundation of India (the MHTF’s partner in the Global Maternal Health Conference held in Delhi 2 months earlier) presented their findings of innovative interventions across India in several fields: maternal health, adolescent and sexual health, family planning, policy/advocacy, access and referral, and infrastructure. Using some simple criteria to define “innovative,” these researchers have compiled a directory of projects that are demonstrating success and deserve closer scrutiny. I joined the challenging q & a session after the presentations, questioning why there was no mention of any projects rolling out mag sulfate for the treatment of eclampsia/pre-eclampsia at the community level — the researcher in charge replied that she was dismayed to find no documentation of such work in India. I also asked if there was any work underway on using misoprostol without mifepristone for 1st trimester abortions — again, no data on any such effort. Clearly two opportunities for programmers that need to be seized.After that session at the Indian Islamic Center, I tuk-tuked over to the conference venue to catch the last 1.5 hours of a consultation for the PMNCH NGO constituency where roundtables were set up for a prodigious group to break out and discuss a series of ill-conceived questions about how NGOs can/should be engaged in accountability for the Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women and Children — the Forum’s major document. The organizers’ efforts for inclusivity resulted in a discursive and often repetitive list of demands and strategies none of which seemed to call on the Secretary General himself to be held accountable. Cynics like me see the S-G’s Strategy to be one of his major campaign tactics to amass support for his re-appointment to a second term next year. The Strategy itself offers nothing new — it is mostly an adaptation of previous multi-lateral declarations, calls-to-action and a few treaties compiled in a new format. I assume that the Forum organizers were counting on the process of this NGO consultation to be more important any actions resulting from it.A welcome change in tone and topic came immediately following in a session convened by the impressive mHealth Alliance, literally on the heels of their Summit held in Washington DC which my colleague Raji Mohanam has been blogging about here in the past few days. David Aylward, the head of the Alliance framed the conversation by presenting an overview of how new and existing information and communication technologies are re-shaping public health research and interventions. He then introduced Al Hammond, a social entrepreneur who’s company HealthPoint Services Global is piloting a hub-based mobile health care scheme for pregnancy women in Punjab. The session was designed to be interactive and it decidedly so. Participants included local and global NGOs, the telecom industry, health care rights advocates, and other mobile health project leaders. It was a challenging and often contentious conversation that seemed to inform Aylward and his Alliance significantly as they are rolling out a dedicated maternal health initiative. Their site has a place for projects to promote themselves and an ideas exchange that is designed to shape the initiative. Check it out.The most provocative conclusion reached in the m4Health session addressed the ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses available to the poor and marginalized With absurd patient:doctor ratios growing more absurd as brain drains proliferate, one participant suggested that the ambition to train and deploy more trained health care professionals is short-sighted; instead of looking to more in-person treatments, it’s time to scale-up virtual treatments where fewer doctors and nurses can treat more patients ideally with an stronger emphasis on prevention. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.Share this:last_img read more

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2012 Volunteer Grants

first_imgApplications opened on Friday, 1 June and will remain open until Wednesday, 25 July with not-for-profit community organisations able to apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000. The grants are aimed to help these organisations purchase resources, contribute to reimbursing costs and contribute to the costs of training courses for their volunteers. Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria, eligibility requirements and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2012 can be found at: Volunteer Grants 2012 Application Guidelines You can apply online by clicking on the following link:Volunteer Grants 2012 Application FormFor more information please visit the FAHCSIA website:   http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/volunteers/funding/Pages/volunteer_grants2012.aspx Related LinksVolunteer Grantslast_img read more

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Friends to battle it out on day one

first_imgThey’ve grown up playing alongside each other, from affiliate level to state through to national representation. Day one of the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) will see good friends Kimberley Sue See, Chloe Crotty and Evania Pelite battle it out, with Sue See playing for Queensland Fire, while Crotty and Pelite will play for home side the Sunshine Coast Pineapples. They’ve tasted plenty of success together over the past 12 months, playing in the winning Queensland Secondary Schools Touch team at the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships, for Australia against New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series and recently for Caboolture at the 2013 Queensland Junior State Cup. For Sue See to be playing against Crotty and Pelite is a rare opportunity, and the trio don’t have to wait long into the event for this to happen, playing each other in round three of the NYC event, on Wednesday afternoon. austouch.com.au caught up Crotty, Pelite and Sue See in the lead up to the event to see what they are looking forward to, and their favourite memories playing at the event to date. Chloe CrottyHow much are you looking forward to playing your last National Youth Championships event at home?It’s good, it’s not far to travel and it just brings the excitement a bit more playing in front of a home crowd, I’m very excited. You played Tasmania in a trial game last night, how was that?It was really good, it was a good hit out for us and them, we got to try out all of our moves and that and so did they. Can you tell us a bit about the Sunshine Coast team that will take to the field this week?We’ve got a few 15-year-olds and a few 16-year-olds and the rest are about 18, we’ve been playing together for a while now, we are all excited. It’s safe to say that you three have played a fair bit of Touch Football together over the years haven’t you?It’s good because we are all friends as well, we’re all really close. You get to play Kim and the rest of the Queensland Fire team tomorrow afternoon, how much are you looking forward to that?I think that’s the game we are all looking forward to the most, because we’ve played with a lot of the girls from the Queensland team. It’s going to be good, hopefully we win. What is your favourite National Youth Championships memory?Winning, that was probably one of the best feelings, winning that NYC and beating New South Wales. What do you enjoy about playing at the National Youth Championships?I just like the atmosphere, everyone is really happy and friendly.Your Dad is your coach at this event, how do you find that experience?He’s been my coach for a few years now, since I started playing Touch, I kind of forget that he is my Dad and treat him like my coach.Kimberley Sue SeeHow is your Queensland Fire team looking in the lead up to the event?They are definitely developing and we’ve had a good run up to the event, we’ve had a few injuries recently, which isn’t too good but we’re looking good. This time last year you were part of Queensland’s National Youth Championships win, how amazing was that experience?That was really good, I loved that because I got to play with the older girls who have so much experience and offer so much so I really enjoyed it. You get to play Evania and Chloe’s Sunshine Coast Pineapples team tomorrow afternoon, how much are you looking forward to it?I am looking forward to it a lot, I don’t get to play them very often, I’m normally playing with them so it will be interesting because we know each other’s games really well, so we’ll see how it goes.You have had an amazing year so far, did you expect to achieve so much at such a young age?No not at all, I love playing the game so I just play it for fun, to have those opportunities come up is just a bonus for me and something that I’ve worked really hard towards.How does it feel to be part of the Australian Women’s Open squad?It feels really good, I’m really nervous because they are such good players but I think I’ll just take the experience as it comes and enjoy it and learn from it. Do you think your team can win back-to-back titles this year?I think so, I definitely think we’ve got a good chance, we’ll see how we go and take each game as it comes. Evania PeliteHow much are you looking forward to your last National Youth Championships event?I’m really excited, I’ve been so nervous since last week. How does it feel to be able to play the event at home?It’s good to be able to play at home, it’s always good and there’s a good crowd that always comes out and watches. What do you remember about last year’s event playing for Queensland?Definitely winning, I remember just being so nervous running onto the field and the end result.Who are the teams to watch out for this week?Definitely Queensland and New South Wales Combined High Schools. You, Chloe and Kim have all played a lot of Touch Football together over the years, how much have you enjoyed that?It’s been so much fun, we’ve had a lot of laughs off the field and then when we are on the field we work so well together. What do you enjoy about the National Youth Championships?Just being able to meet up with all the other girls from all the other states because you build a lot of friendships. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Websiteswww.nyc.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au Social MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nyc2013)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksFriends To Meet on Day 1last_img read more

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New South Wales leave it late in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales led only once in the first game of the women’s open and it was at the time when it counted the most.The women in blue got some revenge from their 2012 series defeat when they defeated Queensland 6-5 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.The two sides were never far away from each other, in fact you would have thought they were identical in many aspects.Only a touchdown separated the pair throughout the entire match.Queensland had a chance to send the match into drop-off when New South Wales player Kristen Boss found herself forced-subbed, and with a one woman advantage for the final 10 seconds, Queensland could not score the much-needed touchdown.It was a thrilling end to an entertaining match.It took seven minutes for the first touchdown to be scored, which came courtesy of Savannah Pratten for Queensland.New South Wales captain Louise Winchester showed her experience when she darted through a gap to even the scores a short time later.Queensland took a 2-1 lead into half-time when Kate McCarthy scored.While it was tight in the first half, both teams broke free of their shackles in the second half as they went touchdown for touchdown.Four touchdowns had been scored in as many minutes.Another two touchdowns for both teams and Queensland held a 5-4 lead with 10 minutes to go.Both teams were good in attack but even better in defence as any touchdown-scoring opportunity was foiled by some desperate touches on the line.But two long balls by New South Wales led to touchdowns.The first was thrown by Danielle Davis to Samantha Rodgers.The second was a superb right-to-left pass by Jessica McCall to Elisabeth Hewitt, which put New South Wales into the lead for the first time.It proved to be decisive as New South Wales held on for the win.NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Samantha Rodgers 2, Louise Winchester 2, Yasmin Meakes, Elisabeth Hewitt touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Savannah Pratten, Brooke Walker, Shenae Ciesiolka, Kim Sue See, Kate McCarthy touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-1; NSW lead division 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO Women’s openlast_img read more

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10 months agoHughton pleased with Brighton attacking options

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hughton pleased with Brighton attacking optionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton is happy with the attacking players at his disposal.The Brighton manager knows they will have to be at their best to stay in the league this season.And he believes that he has enough options in attack to make that happen.Hughton said to The Argus: “It’s what I want [competition for places]. Florin, I thought, had done really well in the game he came on in (Crystal Palace) and the game he started at Huddersfield.”I didn’t think he did so well in the last game at Burnley but that might have been a consequence of having not played and having a big impact in the two games before.”Of course, we’ve got Glenn who has scored goals.”But that’s what I want. I think it’s good and Locadia as well, who will feel aggrieved he hasn’t played more.”We will need that type of competition going into the second half of the season.”Brighton are 13th in the table, nine points away from the bottom three places. last_img read more

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10 months agoCasemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid return

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Casemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid returnby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCasemiro is excited to be back in the Real Madrid team this week.The midfielder featured in the Club World Cup semifinal against Kashima Antlers.Casemiro said, “I’m so happy to be back playing with my teammates. It’s been a harsh lesson but I’m back now and I’m ready when the coach needs me. I would like to thank the doctors and the physios for how much they’ve helped me and the kindness they’ve shown. “They’ve been keen to get me back playing. Now I have to get back match-fit so I can play like I was doing before the injury. “We go away with the job done, we’re very happy. We have to respect the opposition, it’ll be a tough game. If they’re in the final, they’re there on merit. We’re eager to win the final because it’s a hugely important title for us. We have to head into this game as we always do, this club always demands the best.” last_img read more

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10 months agoAtletico Madrid settle Lucas Hernandez fee with Bayern Munich

first_imgAtletico Madrid settle Lucas Hernandez fee with Bayern Munichby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid are prepared to make Lucas Hernandez available for an affordable price – at the end of the season.BILD says Atletico have negotiated with Bayern Munich in order to avoid any possibility of Lucas’ exit in the January transfer window.Atlético, who are keen to hold onto Lucas for the rest of the season, have proposed to sell him to Bayern for less than the value of his €80m buyout clause, if the German club wait until the summer to sign him.A World Cup winner with France, the defender has been a key figure for Diego Simeone in a defensive line-up weakened by injury, mainly due to his versatility to play at both centre back, his natural position, and at left back, a position he has grown into in recent seasons due to the successive absences of Luis Felipe through injury. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngsters

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngstersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blocked loan moves for the club’s younger players. Angel Gomes was among the United U23 players who were looking for first-team football with a loan move this month.But the MEN says Solskjaer has blocked those plans.Gomes made a cameo appearances in the Boxing Day win over Huddersfield.Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood are also on the fringe of the first team and could appear throughout the season. last_img read more

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a month agoArsenal boss Emery takes squad out for ‘unity’ dinner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery takes squad out for ‘unity’ dinnerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is demanding unity from his players.The Sun says he ordered Arsenal players to show “solidarity” to the outside world during a team dinner called straight after the Watford debacle.Gunners stars dined at trendy Mayfair restaurant Novikov with the management following their catastrophic defensive performance in the 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.In an attempt to salvage team spirit, under-pressure boss Emery told his squad that the critics were watching for their reaction.The Spaniard ordered them to put on a united front — despite huge cracks and factions developing within the dressing room.Emery wants to portray the image that the players all get on and are a tightly-knit unit.But that could not be further from the truth after skipper Granit Xhaka claimed Arsenal’s players were “scared”.According to Arsenal insiders, there is a lack of discipline at the club and Emery has struggled to exert any authority over an unruly dressing room. last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claims

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claimsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire admits he still needs to work on his leadership skills.Unted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repealed last week that he envisages Maguire becoming the club captain.”It’s something I still want to improve on, my leadership qualities on the pitch and especially my talking,” he said. “I want to demand more from the players, demand standards, but I’m obviously not concentrating on that at the moment. “I am fully focused on improving the team and getting this club back to where it should be.” last_img read more

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25 days agoMan Utd hero Pallister: Solskjaer will seek to buy experienced striker

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Pallister: Solskjaer will seek to buy experienced strikerby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister can see manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer buying an experienced striker in January.United will host Arsenal tonight with just 17 year-old Mason Greenwood as their one fit striker.Pallister said, “I think it (transfer window) all depends on how Mason Greenwood develops. Mason Greenwood announced himself on the European stage just like Marcus Rashford did. “I think you’d want a bit more experience in that front line. Liverpool and Man City seem to be attracting better players, it’s becoming a tougher market for United. United looked at a couple of options in the forward line over the summer, but they couldn’t make it happen, which puts the pressure on young forwards like Rashford who is 21 and Mason (Greenwood) who is 17, (Anthony) Martial who is 23. There’s not a great deal of experience and perhaps that is a position in the team that Ole would’ve liked a bit more experience. “Martial has been out a few weeks and Jesse (Lingard) has had injuries, it’s been a struggle to keep everyone fit and he will have been frustrated by that as would any manager.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets last_img read more

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22 days agoAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalov

first_imgAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalovby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson remains keen on CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.That’s according to his management team, with Hodgson in touch.A spokesman for Chalov’s reps said, “I talked to Roy Hodgson and for Chalov he likes him very much. “I cannot exclude a sale in the next summer market session.”Palace pushed hard to sign Chalov over the summer, but CSKA priced him out of a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoArsenal eyeing Scunthorpe’s son of a gun Joey Dawson

first_imgArsenal eyeing Scunthorpe’s son of a gun Joey Dawsonby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScunthorpe United’s teenage midfielder Joey Dawson is attracting Premier League interest.The Sun says the talented 16-year-old became the youngest first-team player in Scunthorpe’s history in August.He is the son of former Iron left-back Andy and a nephew of ex-Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.Dawson has made just one appearance this season, coming off the bench in the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Derby.And Arsenal are keen to snap up Dawson in a surprise deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Meet Alabama’s 2016 Recruiting Class: National Signing Day Recap

first_imgAlabama commits from the 2016 recruiting class.Once again, Alabama dominated National Signing Day. The Crimson Tide reeled in a number of blue chip players on Wednesday, leading to a massive jump in the rankings. Three separate recruiting websites named Alabama it’s recruiting national champion, making it the sixth year in a row that the Crimson Tide has secured that honor.Three five-stars and an astounding 14 four-star players are included in Alabama’s top-ranked class. Here is the full list, via 247Sports.‘Bama introduced its new signees and early enrollees on Twitter Wednesday.Before we get started with today’s signees, here is a look at our early enrollees. #BamaNSD16 pic.twitter.com/UwxItua879— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Before we get started with today’s signees, here is a look at our early enrollees. #BamaNSD16 pic.twitter.com/c58Ct3ioh9— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s ninth signee of the 2016 class is OL Scott Lashley. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/w9Tf0JAfms— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 10th signee of the 2016 class is DL Raekwon Davis. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/HJeLhlvBOa— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 11th signee of the 2016 class is DB Nigel Knott. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/vl2kVeq39y— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 12th signee of the 2016 class is DL Quinnen Williams. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5IoYtK6NVL— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 13th signee of the 2016 class is DB Shyheim Carter. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/GrgmATNE0e— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 14th signee of the 2016 class is WR Trevon Diggs. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JQiGar1Ovx— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 15th signee of the 2016 class is DB Jared Mayden. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/yM634kgnEI— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 16th signee of the 2016 class is OL Deonte Brown. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/ixsbFhSCzL— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 17th signee of the 2016 class is LB Ben Davis. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/8bavb9skSA— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 18th signee of the 2016 class is RB Joshua Jacobs. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jeJ5ETmcrc— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 19th signee of the 2016 class is DB Aaron Robinson. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/8DsyBPEN95— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 20th signee of the 2016 class is RB B.J. Emmons #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/uePuAKNGvO— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 21st signee of the 2016 class is DL Kendell Jones #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/4xxXyS9j0Y— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 22nd signee of the 2016 class is LB Mack Wilson. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/QWqdX3d679— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 23rd signee of the 2016 class is LB Terrell Hall. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/z36bEqcLu3— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 24th signee of the 2016 class is DL Jamar King. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5DfQ9eAt1O— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 25th signee of the 2016 class is TE Irvin Smith Jr. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/g9CMFGeLBt— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama opens its season against USC in Arlington on September 3.last_img read more

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Stephen A. Smith Is Picking Syracuse To Beat Notre Dame On Saturday

first_imgespn's stephen a. smithTORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Stephen A. Smith attends the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Notre Dame, still independent, is seemingly two victories away from qualifying for its first College Football Playoff. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith thinks the Fighting Irish could be in for a rude awakening on Saturday however.Smith, who spoke to Syracuse’s football team before the season started, is picking the Orange to prevail at Yankee Stadium. Smith delivered the prediction on his radio show.Smith went on quite a rant about Syracuse’s motivation for the contest. Here’s what he had to say:“On national television tomorrow afternoon at Yankee Stadium, the Syracuse Orange will stand up. They will rise to the challenge. They will answer the call. They understand what’s at stake. They’re 8-2. They’re destined for a bowl game. But damnit it’s not enough. It’s not enough.This is what you’ve been waiting for all your life. This is it right here. This moment. Moe Neal you hear me. Dungey you hear me. Slayton you hear me. This is what it’s all about. You waited for this.”Here’s video:I’ve got a very important message for @CuseFootball. pic.twitter.com/U0LgTdEkZG— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 16, 2018Notre Dame and Syracuse will square off at 2:3o PM ET. It’s a big one.last_img read more

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Virginia Tech DE Trevon Hill Reportedly Makes Transfer Decision

first_imgVirginia Tech helmets.BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 03: Virginia Tech Hokies players’ helmets rest on the field prior to the Hokies’ game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium on September 3, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)Update: Trevon Hill appears to be pushing back on the report of his transfer to Miami. Stay tuned.@TheStateOfTheU you probably seen this but pic.twitter.com/1yZrXPiqZO— #MakeTheCribGreat (@PhinsCulture) January 24, 2019Earlier: Although most of the marquee names in the NCAA transfer portal were quarterbacks, defensive lineman Trevon Hill also made the decision to leave Virginia Tech.Hill finished three seasons with the Hokies, registering 11.5 sacks, 94 tackles and forced a fumble.With the former Virginia Tech defender entering his final season of eligibility, he’s been actively searching for another football program to call home. Considering that he was dismissed from the team due to an incident with his coaching staff during last year, it’s imperative that he makes the most of his next opportunity.It appears Hill wants to remain in the ACC and also play for one of the best defensive minds in football.Christopher Stock of 247Sports is reporting that Hill is expected to transfer to the Miami Hurricanes.Manny Diaz has already added UCLA defensive tackle Chigozie Nnoruka through the transfer market, as he is clearly looking to add experience in the trenches.Via @247CanesFormer Virginia Tech DE Trevon Hill is expected to transfer to Miami pic.twitter.com/zJGK4KOsWm— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) January 24, 2019After a very disappointing season back in 2018, the Hurricanes are looking to bounce back under Diaz.The main concern for Miami will be based on which quarterback wins the starting job. However, it should be noted that Diaz already landed Tate Martell earlier in the month.If Hill does in fact leave from Virginia Tech to Miami, he’ll anchor the defensive line for the Hurricanes and give Diaz the veteran presence he needs.last_img read more

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