November 2019



first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswireBrad Edwards tweeted over the weekend about a new series airing on ESPNU featuring the Top 25 college football games from last year.Here are the ones that have already been shown…#25 – Clemson-Maryland#24 – Baylor-Washington#23 – Miss. St-Auburn#22 – Michigan-Ohio St.#21 – Mizzou-Arizona St.All fine choices, I suppose. The kicker though[1. Not a Kyle Brotzman joke] is that the top five have already been revealed and there’s not an OSU game among them…They are, in no order (you can vote for what order they should appear)…Baylor-TCUOregon-USCStanford-USCMichigan-Notre DameMichigan State-WisconsinSo no room for the 52-45 November thriller with the national title still on the line? Or how about the 41-38 OT slugfest between the nation’s two best quarterbacks[2. Yes, yes, I know]? Wasn’t that pretty much the same game/score as the SC-Oregon game with a lot more on the line[3. I know Oregon was technically still in the hunt for the national title but USC won and they weren’t even eligible for post-season play!!]?I’m interested to see where those two land, and disappointed that they aren’t in the top five.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Mike Gundy is one of 22 coaches tabbed to the watch list for the 2015 Bryant Coach of the Year Award, it was released Wednesday. The prestigious award is given to the Coach of the Year and “honors excellence in college football coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke,” according to the website.@CoachGundy is on the Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant coach of the year watch list midway through 2015.Gundy won the award in 2011. #okstate— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) October 21, 2015Fellow Big 12 coach Gary Patterson won the award last season. The ‘final’ finalists for the award will be announced in December. If Gundy’s Pokes keep rolling, there’s a good chance he has another shot at winning the highly regarded award. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool robbed by referee with shocking Sadio Mane red card Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 21:23 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(29) Sadio Mane Mohamed Salah Manchester City Liverpool Getty Liverpool Premier League Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Opinion Jon Moss’ decision to send the 25-year-old off before half-time has been widely debated, but killed Jurgen Klopp’s side off in the encounter   COMMENT So then, the Premier League’s most exhilarating fixture produced its most “rubbish decision” of the campaign thus far – to borrow Gary Lineker’s words. Sadio Mane, the division’s Player of the Month for August and Liverpool’s luminary at the Etihad in Saturday’s early kick off, lasted only 37 minutes before being shown a red card.As Joel Matip’s long ball over the top fell between the Senegal international and Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, both rushed towards it fancying they’d reach it first.Sadio Mane Ederson Manchester City Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The bounce initially looked to favour the pacy attacker, but as they collided, the 25-year-old’s foot was high and made contact with the shot-stopper’s jaw.As referee Jon Moss darted towards the scene, the voice of one journalist from the Manchester patch filled the press box with ‘he’s surely not going to send him off for that?.’He did. Mane protested that he was challenging for a ball that was there to be won, Roberto Firmino laughed as he struggled to understand the call, and Jurgen Klopp was first perplexed before flying into fury on the touchline. Ederson, meanwhile, had been hurt and was stretchered off to have further medical checks for any potential fractures.City Liverpool Mane redThe Brazilian had been brave and proactive in trying to thwart danger and, thankfully, he had rejoined the bench before the final whistle to indicate there is no major damage.Just as he was looking to do what was in the best interests of his team, so too was Mane.“His eyes are on the ball,” Gary Neville explained on Sky Sports when detailing the situation. “The rewards are so big if he wins that challenge. The ball’s there for him to win.”It’s a 50-50 really and Ederson just gets there first. Sometimes a stadium can tell you if it’s a bad challenge and there wasn’t great reaction from anybody.Ederson Manchester City Liverpool“It wasn’t one of those where you think the goalkeeper is the favourite. He does well to get out, and Mane’s foot is high. “The reason Ederson is injured is because his back three have ridiculously tried to play the offside.”He didn’t need to give a red card. He could have given a yellow. I think he’s got it wrong.”Mane’s action was deemed serious foul play as his boot was high, at speed. But Ederson was reckless too, blazing forward with his head low.Contact became inevitable and they had both acted “with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent,” which should lead to a caution.The challenge, though, was deemed “excessive force” but that doesn’t seem an accurate reading of the scenario as a whole.Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17Neville’s colleague Jamie Carragher disagreed, however, saying: “It’s a red card. I didn’t actually think it was, I’ve needed a lot of replays. It’s that, the boot into the face. Initially I thought it was a coming together, his thigh into his chest and I thought ‘no’, it’s a 50-50 ball, he’s got there.“The argument used is ‘he had his eyes on the ball’. It doesn’t matter. He’s still endangering an opponent. You can have your eyes on the ball and elbow someone, go over the top of the ball and break someone’s leg.“Mane hasn’t tried to do him. It’s the quickness off the line that we’ve seen from this goalkeeper that’s got Mane sent off. If you don’t get there and you have your boot that high and you clash with the goalkeeper’s head… it took a few angles and I needed convincing but Moss has got that right.”Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 2017Everything that happened afterwards, with City utterly dominant in a 5-0 win having being an Aguero goal to the good when the red was shown, feels inconsequential.Mane’s directness and trickery had been problematic for Pep Guardiola’s side, while Mohamed Salah had the measure of Nicolas Otamendi on the other flank.Liverpool should have never capitulated in the manner they did, but facing City’s cannonry for more than a half with 10 men is torture – especially for a side not geared to be primarily obstructive. “At 11 v 11, the game was equal,” Guardiola admitted. “I can’t think a player like Mane wanted to go hard on the face of the goalkeeper. He followed the ball. Mane didn’t see Ederson, he was looking at the ball, but the impact was huge. I don’t know if it was a red card or not.”Klopp added: “The decisive decision in the whole game was the red card. I don’t think it was a red card, it’s unlucky, an accident.”When City and Liverpool – the most aggressive attacking sides in England meet, the topic of discussion shouldn’t be a refereeing decision. As per Neville, “I’m sorry John Moss, you’ve ruined the game there.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgArsenal ‘Arsenal must emulate Man Utd to reach Champions League’ – Hartson sees another top-four failure Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 02:26 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Premier League The former Gunners striker believes only success in the Europa League will see Arsene Wenger’s side back among the continental elite for 2018-19 Arsenal are likely to miss out on a top-four finish again so will need Europa League success to reach the Champions League, says John Hartson.The Gunners have slipped out of the continental elite for the first time under Arsene Wenger after stumbling their way to fifth in the Premier League last season.Arsenal 14/1 to beat Chelsea 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A mixed opening to the current campaign has seen their credentials questioned once again, but they did get off to a winning start in Europe on Thursday.Wenger made several changes for a 3-1 victory over Koln, but Hartson believes Arsenal need to take the competition seriously and follow the lead of Manchester United – who swept to glory last term to help counter a domestic standing in sixth.The former Gunners striker told the Daily Star: “I think a top-four place is a big ask for Arsenal, I really do think that. What with Manchester City spending so big, Liverpool as well.“Chelsea, and Manchester United under Jose Mourinho of course, are a lot of people’s favourites for the title.“But Arsenal can adopt Manchester United’s attitude to the Europa League last season.“Mourinho said from the outset he thought it was the best way in for United – he was almost telepathic how he called that.“Ajax hadn’t won an away game all the way through the competition, so it was almost as if United absolutely breezed the final it in a strange type of way.“United had a couple of tricky away games, but they won it at a canter. I think Arsenal have to take it seriously.“In the Europa League, they’re probably favourites to win it behind AC Milan.”John Hartson Arsenal top four Europa LeagueHartson believes part of the problem for Arsenal is that they once again failed to bring in the necessary reinforcements during the summer transfer window.With the squad still light in certain areas, the ex-Wales international has warned that an absence from the Champions League may become a more regular occurrence.“They’ve lost two game in the Premier league already, they go to Chelsea on Sunday where they’ve not won since 2011, so that could be three loses in their first five games,” added Hartson.“I know they’ve got this great record with qualifying for the Champions League – but last season was a wake-up call.“They needed to do a bit more in the transfer window. They brought in Alexandre Lacazette but needed another defender.”Arsenal head to Stamford Bridge this weekend sat 11th in the Premier League table, with six points taken from four fixtures to date.last_img read more

first_imgMesut Özil Ozil should choose Bundesliga return over Man Utd move, says Riedle Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 21:48 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Özil Manchester United Arsenal Premier League Bundesliga Transfers The Arsenal midfielder has been linked with a move to the Old Trafford side, but the former Germany international feels it would be the wrong decision Mesut Ozil should opt for a return to the Bundesliga rather than Manchester United if he decides to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, Karl-Heinz Riedle says.The Germany international has yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, with his current contract expiring in June 2018.United have been linked with a move for the playmaker, which would see Ozil reunited with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Though Riedle believes a return to Germany would be the best for Ozil, he believes the riches on offer in the Premier League could sway his decision.”Ozil going back to Germany? Who knows,” Riedle told Omnisport. “There’s a rumour that he goes to Manchester United. He shouldn’t do it.Mesut Ozil Arsenal“Ozil is a quality player. If you see his skills, it’s just amazing what he can do on the pitch. We would be very happy if he comes back to a club in Germany, for sure. But I’m not his agent so I don’t know where he ends up.”Best option is, from my point, if he would come to the Bundesliga. It’s a really good option because we get another national player back in our league.”But if he is looking only for the money, then it would be very difficult to find the same kind of money in the German league than he can find in the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest US Open Tennis 2017 Share on Messenger US sports Read more Read more Support The Guardian Since you’re here… The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Facebook Rafael Nadal … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sloane Stephens surges past Madison Keys to win US Open title US Open tennis Reuse this content While Nadal was now rushing through the points, Anderson tried to slow the narrative, like a condemned man asking for a final piece of pie. Behind in the serving cycle, the pressure mounted. When Nadal broke to go 4-2 up in the second, there was a chilling inevitability about the rest of the match. The crowd had fallen into near slumber. Nadal was winning not only the points he fashioned himself, but those he was not expected to get, scampering after every half-chance and putting most of them away imperiously.Anderson kept fighting but Nadal is a ruthless front-runner. He had only lost twice in his career from two sets up – to Fabio Fognini here and in Miami against Federer in the distant past – and history did not lie to him on Sunday.Anderson’s big serve kept him vaguely competitive, but there was little he could do about the whipped forehand that gave Nadal the ninth game to love – his fourth to that point – and the set.Anderson’s resistance slowly morphed from heartfelt to token. The first set had taken nearly an hour, the second 39 minutes, the third – despite Anderson’s first love hold to trail 3-2, a 10th ace to hold in the ninth game to make Nadal serve it out in the 10th game, and a brave battle to his first deuce point on Nadal’s serve at the very end – lasted 50 minutes. Nadal won it with his 16th volley.While the other lions are sleeping – Murray probably for the rest of the year, Federer working on his troubled back, Djokovic and Wawrinka already out until the start of next season – Nadal, fit and strong again with his game in superb shape, will make a push that could further disturb the upper order of the game.The next leg of the journey is the 2018 Australian Open, where he lost to Federer in the final this year.If the Swiss does not repeat his extraordinary heroics there and Nadal prevails, he will be sitting on 17 majors, just two behind Federer. If he wins his 11th French Open in May, as he will be favoured to do, the gap will be a single title. They will then arrive at Wimbledon with even more to play for. Peter Pan, incidentally, will be 32 by then. match reports Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn The big four of Nadal, Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic had won 45 of the previous 50 slams between them, with only Stan Wawrinka, Del Potro and Marin Cilic intruding on their dominance. But Anderson could not be denied his chance. He out-hit Sam Querrey in the semis and was determined to make the most of his big day – except the world No1, 18 days younger than him, was not about to co-operate.Anderson’s big serve pinned Nadal deep, close to 10 metres behind the baseline at times, but he was palpably comfortable there. And, almost from the first exchange, the deadening pattern of struggle on one side of the net and urgency on the other began to emerge.When Anderson tried to serve and volley for just the 20th time in the tournament, Nadal passed him for break point, and it took a third ace, swinging wide, to help him stave off three break points in the third game, which lasted 12 minutes. Nadal held to love in a twinkling.A third double fault got Anderson into more trouble in the fifth game, but again the amiable trier his friends call “The Dog” clung on like a terrier. In the first half hour, he had not had a look at Nadal’s serve and had to save four break points. It was desperate stuff. Twice in the seventh game, the spare ball popped out of Anderson’s pocket and he acknowledged the chair umpire’s warning that a third transgression would cost him the point. It was the sort of distraction that can disrupt a player’s focus, and a fourth double fault handed Nadal a fifth break opportunity. This time Anderson cracked, pushing a forehand wide.Within 10 minutes, the first set was Nadal’s. Anderson’s challenge in the biggest match of his life was to stop a steady drip turning into a full-scale leak. They had known each other since they were 12 – not unlike Murray and Djokovic, although the rivalry was way less competitive. Murray has won two of his three slams against the Serb; Anderson has won just one set of 12 in five matches against Nadal. Share on WhatsApp When Rafael Nadal said early in this tournament he was not looking forward to his next birthday, it was tempting to assume the finishing line in his career might be nearer than he cared to contemplate. In the final of the 2017 US Open on Sunday, the Peter Pan of tennis laughed at time in more ways than one, playing with the bouncing zest of his youth to breeze past Kevin Anderson in two hours and 27 minutes for his third title here and the 16th slam of his long career.Afterwards Nadal said: “It has been a very special two weeks for me, but congratulations to Kevin. He’s a great example to a lot of kids, had a lot of tough injuries. Personally, it’s unbelievable what’s happened to me after a couple of years of injuries, playing not so good. But I’ve been playing a high level of tennis and the crowd here brings me to a higher level of energy.”He also thanked his uncle Toni, who was watching his last slam with him as coach. “Without him I would never be playing tennis. It is great I had someone like him pushing me all the time. He had great motivation to practise with me since I was a kid. He is for sure one of the most important people in my life.”Anderson said: “Getting to my first grand slam final, there’s been a lot of emotions for me. I’ll keep working hard. I’ll be back.”Nadal’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win was his fourth in a New York final and his fifth win over Anderson, the sort of shut-out mastery Roger Federer has imposed on other players over the years, and which the Swiss confirmed here before losing to Juan Martín del Potro in the quarters. That defeat cost New York fans a Nadal-Federer semi-final. At least bits of the old empire remained in place, despite recent upheavals. Tennislast_img read more

first_img Twitter Pinterest Read more Mascherano was praised for his tactical intelligence and his face was Photoshopped on to the iconic Che Guevara beret image, with memes claiming he could do anything, solve any problem, doing the rounds. He found himself raised on a pedestal so high that the only way was going to be down.Of that final loss to Germany, his memory of the game’s decisive moment remains vivid. “It was one of those isolated moves when you think nothing’s going on and football always ends up proving that every ball is important. The ball comes from the side and [André] Schürrle manages a cross between Pablo [Zabaleta] and me, it was actually the only space where it could have gone through … and we weren’t standing in the best position, and when [Mario] Götze gets it … It was unexpected, a moment in the game where it seemed nothing was happening but ends up giving them the advantage and crowning Germany world champions.”Argentina followed 2014 up by reaching two Copa América finals, but lost both to Chile, on penalties. “When we thought we’d hit rock bottom with the famous three finals – not in terms of football, because I think the standard of our game was by far among the highest Argentina has displayed in recent years, but in terms of results and because of the frustration generated by one lost final after another – we realised that the bottom was much deeper than we had envisaged.” “Croatia are a first-class side with top players, especially in the midfield, such as Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Rakitic … Perisic; a team to watch out, quality squad. And Nigeria are quite well known to us, we’ve always met in the last World Cups. They’re tough, not just because of their physical power, but because their disorganisation has the effect of disorganising you as a rival. And that’s when teams like ours suffer the most – in disorder.”Fully aware that for him and a few others, this World Cup presents the last chance of winning something big with Argentina, he stresses that the key is: “One step at a time. No need to rush things, the World Cup itself guides you, gives you signals on the go … it’s very important to start well because of the peace of mind, but we mustn’t look further than the first match.”He is now facing the dusk of his playing career, ending the season in China, far from his family. Rather than proclaim Argentina will be victorious, he has a measured view of what can now be achieved in Russia. “This is football: one day you win, one day you lose and there’s a very fine line between them.” It is hard to argue with my colleague Christian Martín’s view: “Masche is our leader. The finest example of his generation. A warrior facing his last great stand.” World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Ready to kick off the World Cup with a raw squad and a manager, Jorge Sampaoli, parachuted in late in qualifying, Mascherano is conscious of the difficulties Argentina face. “There was such an urgency when Jorge stepped in – we have been varying and tweaking and now I believe our aim is to become a much more solid team, which is what we’re going to need.“Take care to be defensively strong, which is what has made us go far in international competitions, and from there hope the quality starts to flow – because we do have quality players.”He is keenly aware that Argentina have been drawn in a tough group. “Iceland are a new team in the sense that they maybe don’t have a long football tradition but they’re a generation of players that have made history recently, with spectacular success at Euro 16, and qualifying ahead of Croatia. Andrés Iniesta: ‘I’ve squeezed out every drop, there’s nothing left’ Juan Sebastián Verón picks his all-time Argentina XI Mascherano during an Argentina training session on Saturday in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Facebook Four years ago, Argentina managed to play seven games at a World Cup for the first time since Italia 90, but lost the final to Germany in extra-time. For a country twice world champions, proud exporters of football talent, it was not without frustration that even staying in the tournament past the quarter-finals had become an elusive task. For a short while after the last World Cup, then, Argentina’s success in keeping the nation enthralled until the very last minute was praised, a cause for celebration. And one player in particular became the viral pin-up hero of the day: Javier Mascherano.“It was a unique experience because we had never lived or experienced anything like what happened in 2014 – it was spectacular,” an older, wiser Mascherano tells me when we meet in Spain for Argentina’s warm-up tour. “The World Cup itself sets the pace and indicates what we can and can’t do: we changed the way we played, the system, as we went along, but always with total clarity about what we were doing. That was what led us to the final. The conviction of our idea, of doing things in a certain way, up to the very last minute. And if you look back I think it was Argentina’s best match in years.” Topics Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterestcenter_img Mascherano is presented with a jersey for playing 143 games for the Argentinian team before the recent friendly against Haiti in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Victor R Caivano/AP Facebook As he shrugs and tuts about the passage of time, the toll the years have taken, the criticism, his sadness is clear. Speaking with just one other journalist present, the UK-based Argentinian broadcaster Christian Martín, no sponsored backdrops, no PR gatekeepers, he is relaxed and open. Of Argentina’s qualifying campaign, he says: “It’s hard to find high points. Mostly because throughout the qualifiers we were very inconsistent; we suffered a lot.“It all started off really badly with a defeat to Ecuador at home, then we went to Paraguay and drew. When we thought we might be able to make the jump, in the matches against Brazil, Colombia and Chile, an actual team started to appear, that’s when we went to the other Copa América in the US [the 2016 Centenario edition, with the final staged in New Jersey], and ended up changing manager. After Tata [Martino] everything descended into chaos. Because we weren’t getting the results, because we were so needy, so lacking … because we changed manager again after that. There was such a sense of urgency.”It was after that final in June 2016 that Argentina really did descend into chaos: Messi resigned from the squad pitch-side after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat by Chile, while the Argentina FA was placed under Fifa administration following a rigged election, internal disputes and accusations of corruption. Bankruptcy and violence plagued the domestic game. The bottom was much deeper than anyone envisaged. The Observer Since his move from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2010, he has come to occupy the defensive role more naturally, but also to understand the importance of the post. Argentina’s strength is often considered to be their forwards but Mascherano disagrees. “For years the talk has been of Argentina’s strong point being the offensive side, the attack,” he says. “And clearly we do have players with immense talent up front. But I think what has made these recent teams so competitive has been the ability to find a defensive equilibrium.”Russia 2018 will be the 34-year‑old’s fourth World Cup. Argentina’s most capped player with 143 international games under his belt, he recalls his first World Cup now, fondly remembering the 24-pass goal against Serbia in 2006 with which José Pékerman’s team made history. “Things always develop according to the players you field. If I remember right in midfield we had Maxi, Cuchu [Cambiasso], myself, Román [Riquelme], [Javier] Saviola and then [Hernán] Crespo, no? It was a reflection of José’s feeling for football. It was a very Argentinian squad, evoking Argentinian football from earlier times … very similar to Maradona’s goal against Greece [at USA 94], lots of touches.“That’s a bit what José preached. In the end I think we were all left feeling we could have gone further in that World Cup. It was a squad that could have aspired to more. Germany knocked us out in a penalty shootout, but in a match we arguably deserved to win.”We met again when he was playing for Liverpool and was asked to captain Argentina by Maradona, an unlikely manager of the national team. He then decided to hand over the armband to Messi, adding to his sense of leadership. Defeat once again when facing Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup he describes as “an enormous sadness; our expectations were much higher”. By contrast, at club level it was a rewarding time: “Playing in England was a fantastic experience. In Liverpool I felt at home and really thoroughly enjoyed it. That’s the truth. The kudos and hierarchy of playing in the Premier League for a footballer is huge.” Share via Email Twitter Pinterest interviews World Cup The excellence of his tackles, interceptions and distribution were described by the Guardian’s Richard Williams as “sitting in front of the defence controlling the traffic with a calmness and technical excellence reminiscent of Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola”, a project he would later join and be a part of for eight years.Although Mascherano became more entrenched in the centre-back role under Guardiola, he remained for years the exemplar of a player able to play at the back, recover, save awkward situations and pass the ball forward at the highest level. He also gained experience of sharing the pitch with Messi, a plus for Argentina.“One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version. It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.” World Cup 2018 Read more Share on WhatsApp “We were so close to the edge … one match away from not qualifying for the World Cup, it was a Calvary,” says Mascherano. “Those of us who have been around for some time have seen the good times and the bad, facing up to the task and doing what’s needed along the way … luckily we’ve come through.”I first met Mascherano shortly after the 2006 World Cup, when he had just signed for West Ham. He was a midfielder back then, a traditional No 5, but he was already aware that his defensive potential might slowly shift him further back. “If you don’t watch out you’re going to end up in goal any minute,” his compatriot Carlos Tevez joked. Argentina Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img Eoin Morgan salutes England’s record 481 total as his ‘proudest moment’ Facebook Twitter The sparks flew from the off, such that mutterings of a possible record total – or even 500 – began during the 79-run opening powerplay. Bairstow had a couple of close shaves when saved on review after being given out lbw to Ashton Agar for 27, and dropped by the diving Marcus Stoinis on 30, but still glowed with form en route to a 39-ball half-century.Roy, fresh from his 120 on Saturday, was similarly iridescent, following his partner to a 41-ball fifty of his own. By this stage he had cleared the rope three times, the pick of which left a Jhye Richardson delivery heaved miles behind square and the ball lost.Though Roy’s demise came from overambition, chasing a second run only to be undone by D’Arcy Short’s fine work in the deep, it merely brought Hales to the crease. The 29-year-old may not boast the recent back catalogue of the two who have usurped him as openers but this is his manor, where his 171 bullied Pakistan, and he had a point to prove.After all, Hales knows the return of Ben Stokes will likely see him the fall guy. But this innings will not make it a simple swap. Five dot balls to start may have given Australia thoughts of a route back in but they were a mirage, with the right-hander unleashing a flurry of five boundaries from the next seven balls sent down. Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales are applauded from the field after England wrapped up victory against Australia. Photograph: Philip Brown/Getty Images Topics Australia sport Since you’re here… match reports England cricket team Read more Dawid Malan dropped from England squad for Twenty20 series Share on LinkedIn Though Morgan broke into the England team as a 360-degree outlier, only to see the rest catch up, the captain still has the shots to stand out, needing just 21 balls to reach his half-century and in the process becoming the country’s leading one-day run-scorer by passing Ian Bell’s career haul of 5,416.It was in the 46th over that England overhauled their own record with 27 balls to spare as Hales butchered Richardson for his fifth and final six to a roar from his home crowd. The 500 did not follow – Hales and Morgan fell in quick succession, before Joe Root slightly gummed up the works from No 7 – but it is coming. And there is every chance Morgan’s men will be the ones to do it.Australia, facing an almighty challenge in defending the World Cup next year even with David Warner and Steve Smith back from their suspensions, stood no chance in the reply here. Travis Head’s 51 from opener was the top score as England chipped away merrily. Rashid and Moeen Ali continued their dominance, sharing seven of the 10 wickets, but the pair’s job was relatively simple given the monster on the board. Cricket Support The Guardian The pitch may have been benign and the opposition bereft but Eoin Morgan’s one-day wonders still hit a new high at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, inflicting a world‑record 481 for six on Australia’s hapless bowlers to set up a crushing, series-sealing victory. Australia cricket team Read more Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales bludgeoned scores of 139 and 147 from an identical 92 balls as the home side roared past the 444 for three made against Pakistan here two years ago – the previous best by a men’s team in 50-over international cricket – with Jason Roy striking 82 from opener and Morgan cracking a rapid 67 from No 5.When Adil Rashid claimed four wickets to roll out Australia for 239 in the demoralised reply, it meant England had completed their biggest victory by way of runs – 242 – and also the heaviest suffered by the tourists. Put simply, this was a mauling and one which has now secured an unassailable 3-0 lead with two matches to play.If Trent Bridge is the field of dreams for England, then it is now confirmed as the theatre of Australian nightmares, with the pitch having transformed from the green-eyed monster upon which their Test side were bowled out for 60 three years ago to a road to perdition for this one-day attack. Certainly AJ Tye, the leading wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League this year, will want to forget the 100 runs he shipped from nine overs.And to think Tim Paine, sporting a cut lip and wobbly tooth after being struck in the second one‑day international at Cardiff, won the toss. Overcast skies may have instructed the call but the two new balls went gun-barrel straight as England’s openers began hammering them like a pair of eager blacksmiths at the forge in a blistering stand of 159 from 19.3 overs. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Pinterest Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Bairstow was still motoring. His third six to bring up the 200 in the 24th over was a fine inside-out drive off Short (Australia’s eighth bowler used by that stage), while his fourth off the part-timer’s next over was swatted into Fox Road stand to make it an astonishing four one-day hundreds this year – this one from 69 balls.While Bairstow eventually picked out deep midwicket to leave England 310 for two from 35 overs (they had moved from 250 to 300 in only 21 balls), and the promoted Jos Buttler similarly fell in the deep for 11, Hales was soon celebrating his hundred from only 62 balls and had a fresh ally with a mind for destruction. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img Oggy! Photograph: John Robertson/The Guardian Ivan Rakitic: ‘We saw Football’s Coming Home and thought: yeah, but you still have to play us’ Share via Email Twitter Boys will be boys but it did, at least, ensure the current in Nations League group A4 continued to run in various directions and, in Gareth Southgate’s words, ensure somebody in Geneva must be “proudly patting himself on the back” at the way Uefa’s new baby has developed. He meant Uefa suits, rather than Ramos, would be disposed towards touchy-feeliness: on the pitch and off it the new format has brought far more storylines, moments of drama and instances of aggro than your standard pile of Wayne Rooney-less friendlies. Lovren v Ramos does not make anyone look particularly good, objectively, but it adds to the sense of box office that the Nations League needed and thoughts now turn to who the Liverpool defender might seek to rile in Monday’s winner-takes-all meeting at Wembley.Rooney would have been a good bet, actually, but he’s already said his teary farewells and will presumably be watching the real action from the USA! USA!! USA!!!. Perhaps the imperturbable Harry Kane, who comfortably had Lovren’s number until that July night in Moscow, is due a social media smackdown. Either way, emotions are hardly going to be in neutral after matters are resolved at Wembley; those waiting in the mixed zone will hold out hope that he can be coaxed out for that pint after all.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Jacob Steinberg for hot clockwatch coverage of the Netherlands 1-2 France and Wales 1-1 Denmark, from 7.45pm GMT.QUOTE OF THE DAY“What I wasn’t too big for was to go into the police force, so I signed up. They loved it. Because I was 6ft 4in, I was put straight into the middle of Nottingham city centre because that’s where the trouble was. I had a fantastic time, really enjoyed the job, it was very exciting. I was good at the physical aspect of things, clearing bars, clubs, lots of incidents regarding alcohol and aggression” – in the first piece of a new series on 90s throwbacks, Steve Ogrizovic gets his chat on with Michael Butler about how he became a top, top member of the fuzz. Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Read more The glamour! Photograph: Pablo Garcia Football Cambridge, earlier. Looks like there’s loads of room for wider pitches. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Share on Twitter Facebook Why Bristol’s Tanya Oxtoby has a unique coaching perspective.Eni Aluko feels sympathy towards Slavisa Jokanovic.Barney Ronay on Wayne Rooney’s farewell.And here’s Jacob Steinberg on why Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson showed that England’s future looks rosy.Ben Fisher speaks to Abingdon United defender and student Jayce Olivero, on what it’s like raising his game to compete against Eden Hazard on international duty with Gibraltar.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!WEEKEND READING Share on Facebook Pinterest SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. And if you think what we do is enjoyable [again, etc and so on – Fiver Ed], please help us keep coming back here to give you more of the same.VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!Football Weekly, Barney Ronay, Suzanne Wrack, David Squires and Big Paper are all up for gongs at the FSF Awards. You can vote for them here.FIVER LETTERS“Why wasn’t Richard Scudamore given a five-minute run-out against the USA! USA!! USA!!! at Wembley alongside his £5m? It would seem the least a grateful nation could have done” – Alex Folkes.“Re: the original Ronaldo flouting Madrid bylaws by using an electric scooter on a pavement to reach a restaurant specialising in ham (yesterday’s Bits and Bobs). In his big-boned defence: there’s often a jambon the capital city’s roads” – Mike Kilner.Send your letters to And you can tweet The Fiver for a very short time, as that account is shutting down. You’ll always be able to get in touch by tweeting @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Mike Kilner. But from Monday: a week of prizes!NEWS, BITS AND BOBSRoma will donate €150,000 towards the medical care and rehabilitation costs of Sean Cox, the Liverpool fan attacked by Roma supporters and seriously injured in April.Olivier Giroud says he “understands the pain and difficulty” that stops players coming out. “There is a lot of testosterone, rooming together, collective showers … It’s tricky but it’s like that,” he said.Cambridge City’s 2-1 Women’s FA Cup win over Cambridge United must be replayed because the pitch appears to have been fun-sized. “The pitch measured 94 metres long and 58.7 metres wide. It was almost 14% below the minimum requirement and in our opinion, this is a major irregularity,” roared a Cambridge United suit. Pinterest DEJAN VU ALL OVER AGAINDuring the Ethics World Cup, Dejan Lovren was the darling among those grubbing for a sentence, a word, a mere arching of the eyebrow from footballers as they traipsed past hacks taking urgent phone calls or struggling with a particularly troublesome earbud. Lovren would stand in front of the massed quote-seekers, shooting from the hip and giving the impression that he’d happily come along for a post-match loosener if there wasn’t a bus to catch.So it was to Lovren that we all turned our hopes after Croatia’s barnstorming late win over Spain and the great man failed to disappoint. This time he was considerate enough to make his views accessible to sofa-dwelling lummoxes like The Fiver, saving his deepest and darkest thoughts for an obscure social media disgrace called Instachat. “Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They are a bunch of pussies,” appears to have been the gist of the video he posted, with Sergio Ramos and his ever-angular elbows the particular subjects of his attention. He followed that with a photo of himself beating Ramos in the air, captioned: “Good morning Croatia.” Ramos, who wrote the book on inflammatory niggliness and added an epilogue in bold when he casually tapped Mohamed Salah on the shoulder during the Big Cup groups draw, cooled things down by, erm, definitely staying cool. “Cold as ice,” he wrote in a response of his own, leaving nobody in any doubt about his conversion to a beacon of Buddha-style forbearance. Facebook features The Fiver Share on WhatsApp Twitter Next stop: Wembley on Sunday.Manchester United’s wage bill has jumped 10% thanks largely to luxury squad player Alexis Sánchez wheelbarrowing away around £300,000 a week.Gordon Taylor potentially faces the most serious challenge in his 474-year tenure as PFA chief suit after the union’s chairman, Ben Purkiss, called for an independent review.And Ryan Giggs wants Wales to be “among the big boys” by beating Denmark and earning promotion to Group A of a tournament nobody understands or cares about. “You get a second bite of the cherry with regards to qualifying for the Euros if you don’t qualify automatically,” he wibbled.STILL WANT MORE?Richard Scudamore’s golden trousering sits awkwardly next to fudged pledges to help football’s grassroots, writes Proper Journalism’s David Conn.Quiz of the week!Sid Lowe chews the fat with Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic, who tells him: “We saw Football’s Coming Home and thought: yeah, but you still have to play us.” Oof. 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first_imgShare on Twitter Over the following days disgruntlement over the result and the manner of its conception continued to build. The Athletic News declared that “the tests are a fraud”. “The sooner the authorities put an end to the farce, the better it will be for the game,” wrote Sporting Life, calling on the league to “remove the evil”.Within three weeks, at their AGM in Manchester, they did just that. The successful motion was proposed by, of all clubs, Burnley, and carried unanimously. Another motion proposed by Burnley, to expand each of the top two divisions from 16 to 18 teams, was also carried and a vote to decide on the two teams to occupy the newly-created top-flight places resulted in Newcastle and Blackburn getting the nod.“Newcastle United were practically robbed of an advance they had secured by merit,” wrote the Newcastle Journal, who obviously had a particular axe to grind, in their preview to the following season. “The injustice that was possible under the old administration was made so clear that there was quite a revolution of feeling for a reform.”And so it was that the world of football learned that it was wisest to schedule the final games of such series simultaneously, to protect against collusion and impropriety. Though, inevitably, it has still needed occasional reminders. The Athletic News reported that “play had not been in progress many minutes when it was easily perceivable that there would only be one result. The teams could have done without goalkeepers, so anxious were the forwards not to score.” The Scottish Referee, a newspaper that billed itself as “a record and review of outdoor recreation”, wrote that “the first half was absolutely devoid of interest, there being neither a decent bit of play nor a single shot that appeared likely to score, [and] the second half was a repetition of the first”.As this farce played itself out, the fans were left to conjure their own entertainment. “The spectators wanted their money’s worth,” wrote the Athletic News, “and such remarks as ‘Play the game’, ‘come off the field’, ‘time’, ‘chuck it’, and others which will scarcely bear repeating were hurled at the players.” Soon after the second half got under way the ball was kicked into the crowd, and they refused to give it back. Sporting Life dedicated most of its match report to the ensuing off-field action. The forgotten story of … Fred Spiksley, wing wizard, film star and POW escapee Share on Facebook Read more The battle at the bottom of the First Division never calmed down, and in the end five teams finished level on points at the foot of the table, with Stoke and Blackburn occupying the last spots because of their poor goal average, while Burnley and Newcastle were clear of the pack in the second tier. Blackburn – who had won one and lost six of their last 11 league games – carried that dismal form into the tests, but the others proved closely matched.The penultimate game was a 4-0 victory for Newcastle over Blackburn in which the home side’s attacking play was so thrilling that a surge in the packed sixpenny enclosure brought down a barrier, leading to several hundred people collapsing on top of each other and two youths being hospitalised with serious injuries. After that result three sides were level with one further fixture to play: when Burnley’s game at Stoke got under way shortly afterwards the visitors knew that if they lost by any score they would stay down, while if they won by a couple of goals Stoke would be relegated instead. A draw, on the other hand, would suit both sides.What happened next was depressingly predictable. Reports of the match describe a single shot on target, easily saved. The two teams “shuffled about, making a burlesque of sport, winning their way into the upper circle and doing nothing for it,” wrote the Nottingham Post. “To say point blank that the result was connived is, of course, speaking without facts … but we are very sorry to say we are very far from being convinced of the bona-fides of this particular match.” Share via Email Read more The forgotten story of … Luton Town’s Manager Idol Share on WhatsApp As the 1897-98 season roared towards its final furlong, the battle to avoid relegation from the First Division was white hot. Seven of the 16 teams were in danger of being forced to endure the post-season test matches that pitted the top two of the Second Division with the bottom two of the First to decide the final make-up of the following year’s top flight. “However the final positions may be allocated there will be a finer set of test games this April than ever before,” trilled Sporting Life in February. It is fair to say they got that one wrong.By the time the season ended the league’s own president was declaring the tests “a distinct failure” and proclaiming that “the sooner we get rid of them the better”, while plans were made to gift the two losing sides promotion as a final apology for inventing the cursed system in the first place. Footballcenter_img Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. features Read more “Several attempts had been made by the spectators to keep the ball when it went out of play, and a certain section now succeeded in doing so, the referee leaving the field and requisitioning a new one,” they wrote. “The struggle for the old one continued for some time, but at last it was thrown into the arena again. Immediately afterwards, from a long return by McLintock, another mighty tussle ensued. Several policemen joined in the melee but were overpowered, and there was every indication of a right royal row until somebody stronger than the rest got hold and punted the ball up on the roof of the stand.“All would have been quiet had not some meddlesome person climbed on to the roof, and from there thrown down the ball into the struggling mass below. Again attention was entirely diverted from the game, which went on unwatched, unnoticed, play being of an uneventful character. Then the ball bounced high on to the cycle track, and from thence into the crowd, and the disorderly scenes were resumed. The ball was kept by the crowd, and immediately afterwards, someone rushing along the track to keep another ball in play ran plump into a leviathan policeman, and knocked him sprawling under the rails, amongst the feet of the crowd. These incidents proved more funny than the play, which settled down into a steady, uninteresting scramble again.”And thus the game ended, and both Stoke’s survival and Burnley’s promotion sealed. “The principle and sportsmanship will be strongly questioned, but at the same time it would be a difficult matter to prove that there was any truth in the allegation that ‘Mr Arrangement’ had anything to do with the result,” wrote the Newcastle Journal, who nevertheless felt their local side had “simply been robbed of their honours in the Test games”. “The game proved a complete fiasco,” roared the Staffordshire Advertiser, Stoke’s local paper. Only Birmingham’s Sports Argus seemed unperturbed. “In the knowledge that even honours would suit them best,” they wrote, “can we blame either Stoke or Burnley that they should have found themselves unable to secure winning brackets?” The forgotten story of … the Colourful XI tragedy Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics The forgotten story of… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgShare via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Super League Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. news From the Big Bash to the Super League: Courtney Hill’s incredible journey Topics Since you’re here… Read more Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content RFLcenter_img That is an agreement the RFL are supportive of, with Moorhouse adding: “We’re close to finalising an agreement … in terms of extra conditions and the number of overseas teams in Super League.”Both North American clubs would fund the travel and accommodation costs of visiting teams and would not take any central funding up to the end of the current television deal in 2021. US sports The governing body will make a decision on the bids later in the year but the RFL’s director, Karen Moorhouse, said: “Everyone acknowledges that if 2020 was going to happen for either of them, things would need to move very quickly.“We understand if it’s going to happen, a decision will be needed quickly, but we can’t rush it. It’s our job as the RFL board to make sure everything stacks up. If they say they’ve got certain commercial or broadcast deals there, we need to make sure there is proof.”Super League wants to introduce guidelines which would make any new overseas side subject to further scrutiny should they subsequently gain promotion. It is understood the top flight is keen to limit overseas representation to no more than the three existing overseas clubs initially: Catalans, Toronto and Toulouse.Any further team who secures promotion, such as Ottawa or New York, will have to prove their worth to Super League with separate broadcast deals in North America that would strengthen the competition’s commercial standing across the Atlantic. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Toronto Wolfpack Rugby league Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest The Rugby Football League has admitted the schedule would be “very tight” to accommodate the requests of Ottawa and New York to be admitted in time for next season.Both clubs will present their cases on Thursday for entry into League 1. The consortia from major North American cities are aiming to follow in Toronto Wolfpack’s footsteps when they outline their plans to Super League clubs and the RFL in Salford. If accepted they would start in the sport’s bottom tier, two divisions below Super League. Share on Messengerlast_img read more

first_imgAlexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the supposed next generation of men’s tennis, were shock casualties in the first round at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic’s potential path to the final looks even clearer after the young guns, both in the defending champion’s half of the draw, fired blanks.Sixth seed Zverev went down in four sets to qualifier Jiri Vesely, the world No 124. The 22-year-old slipped at a crucial moment to give away two match points, and then netted the first as Vesely celebrated a surprise 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 triumph. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Zverev, who has endured a poor year so far, admitted his confidence has taken a battering and alluded to issues off the court. “When I get to the important moments – and I had five or six break points in the fourth set alone – I can’t take any of those,” he said. “I’m down one break point myself and he takes it immediately, where I miss an easy volley. I didn’t lose this match on tennis. It’s just my confidence is below zero right now.“The last two days, I would say [were] very rough for me personally. I’m not going to get into details, but I’m just saying. I have to fix that to play well on the court.”Around 20 minutes later Tsitsipas, having saved two match points in the fourth set, succumbed to the third as he was turfed out 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, (8) 6-3 by the Italian Thomas Fabbiano. Zverev and Tsitsipas are supposedly at the head of the pack attempting to chase down Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. On this evidence the big three are still a long way in the lead.Last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson eased into round two after a straight-sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.The big-serving South African, who 12 months ago shocked Federer in the quarter-final and then came through a marathon five-setter against John Isner, won 6-3 6-4 6-2. Frenchman Herbert can now at least turn his full attention to the doubles, where he has linked up with Andy Murray.Three-time grand-slam winner Stan Wawrinka made short work of Belgian Ruben Bemelmans, the Swiss roaring to a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory in less than an hour and a half.Wild card Feliciano Lopez carried on from where he left off after his singles and doubles win at Queen’s Club, beating Marcos Giron in straight sets to get his 70th consecutive grand slam off to a flying start.In the all-Canadian affair on Court 12 – on Canada Day – teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime won his first grand slam match against Vasek Pospisil. The 18-year-old, seeded 19 after a remarkable rise up the rankings in the past year, dropped the first set but recovered to win 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3.Ivo Karlovic is still going strong at 40, beating Italian Andrea Arnaboldi 6-4 6-4 7-6 (4). The Croatian, the oldest man to play in the singles event since Ken Rosewall in 1975, will face Fabbiano in round two. Topics Cori Gauff, 15, eclipses Venus Williams in Wimbledon first round Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this contentcenter_img Wimbledon 2019 Since you’re here… match reports Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Tennis Wimbledon Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Laporte suffering sleepless nights amid links to Man City Dom Farrell 18:47 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Athletic Club v Eibar Athletic Club Eibar Primera División Premier League Cuco Ziganda did not pick Aymeric Laporte for Athletic Bilbao’s derby with Eibar as the Man City target was not “in the best conditions”. Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has been struggling to sleep as he reportedly nears a €65 million switch to Manchester City.The Premier League leaders are understood to be on the verge of making Laporte their record signing by meeting the release clause in his Athletic contract.A move to bring in the left-footed central defender collapsed early on in Pep Guardiola’s tenure but the City manager has remained an admirer. 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 Guardiola refused to discuss the move at a news conference on Friday but, having initially expressed an intention to play Laporte, Athletic head coach Cuco Ziganda left the France Under-21 international out of his matchday squad for the 1-1 derby draw against Eibar on Friday.”I spoke with Laporte before the game. I did not see him in the best conditions and I decided that he was not prepared to play,” Ziganda told reporters.”I asked to him if he was fit to play and he said to me that he can’t sleep normally because he has had a busy week.”Guardiola’s men travel to Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday and will aim to have the deal for Laporte completed before they entertain West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgCaen 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: Stalemate closes Emery tenure as Caen survive Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 04:53 5/20/18 ChristopherNkunku - cropped Getty Images An experimental PSG line-up featuring Timothy Weah and Christopher Nkunku played out a 0-0 draw that ensured Caen’s Ligue 1 survival. Paris Saint-Germain closed their title-winning campaign and the Unai Emery era with a 0-0 draw at Caen that preserved their hosts’ Ligue 1 status.Emery makes way for Thomas Tuchel with a domestic treble to his name but there were few of the thrills his team have provided throughout the season after he named an experimental line-up.Timothy Weah, son for former PSG and AC Milan star and current Liberian president George, was handed a first Ligue 1 start and turned in a lively performance, although a lack of fluency in an unfamiliar PSG attack hindered the 18-year-old. 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 Caen enjoyed a smattering of chances – most notably for Romain Genevois and Ivan Santini late in the first half and Ronny Rodelin inside the final 10 minutes – but generally demonstrated why they have been the most shot shy team in Ligue 1 this season, with only 27 goals.Patrice Garande’s team will at least get the chance to improve that return next time around, with the point good enough to condemn Toulouse to the relegation play-off despite a 2-1 win over Guingamp.We are witnessing Thiago Motta’s final match with PSG tonight #SMCPSG #GRAZIETHIAGO— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 19, 2018Javier Pastore should have converted Weah’s cutback in the fourth minute following a poor clearance from Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba.Caen almost took a fluke lead when an over-hit cross from left-back Adama Mbengue hit the top of the crossbar.In the 13th minute, Christopher Nkunku should have given PSG the lead but fired Thomas Meunier’s cross too close to Samba.PSG’s experimental line-up resulted in an open game, with home forward Santini smashing a loose ball in the box wide before veteran holding midfielder Thiago Motta – named captain on his farewell appearance for the champions – forced Samba into action with a low drive.Alphonse Areola saved a powerfully struck effort from Caen right-back Genevois in the 43rd minute and was out quickly to deny Santini on the stroke of half-time.An uneventful start to the second half suited Caen in terms of their survival requirements, although Toulouse surging into a 2-0 lead increased the pressure on Garande’s side.Rodelin’s ambitious and wayward long-ranger suggested news might have reached the pitch, although PSG were doing little to threaten.Motta powered a header wide as he sought to make a forgettable game one to remember personally in the 71st minute.Rodelin showed fine technique to swivel and fire goalwards, but Areola – called up to France’s World Cup squad this week – dealt with the shot in unfussy fashion to preserve his 17th clean sheet of the Ligue 1 season. read morelast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football affiliated competitions across Queensland have additional reasons to celebrate, as major sponsor Harvey Norman commenced delivery of vital competition equipment to 80 affiliated competitions across the state. The ‘Go Harvey Go’ packs include footballs, kit bags, ball pumps and more and are a welcome support for the more than 110,000 Touch Football players across Queensland that enjoy the game year round. A large percentage of Queensland’s junior Touch Footballers have this week converged on Hervey Bay to compete in the Queensland Junior State Championships. The annual event has drawn 210 teams and approximately 3,500 participants to the region from throughout Queensland. Former Queensland Origin representative and Clive Churchill medallist, Scott Prince, who now represents Queensland and Australia in Touch Football, joined Touch Football junior participants and committee members from Hervey Bay Touch Football Association on Thursday to deliver one of 80 packs that have been distributed throughout Queensland to affiliated competitions.Harvey Norman Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith said the company was delighted to once again be providing playing equipment to hundreds of Touch Football affiliated competitions across Australia. “This is the second year in a row that Harvey Norman has provided footies, training kits and more to benefit thousands of Touch Football players,” said Slack-Smith. “Touch Football has one of the largest national sporting footprints and it is important that players, coaches and referees receive the equipment they need to continue to participate, from grassroots right through to the elite level.” Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor thanked Harvey Norman for their ongoing support of the game and said “having partners like Harvey Norman that are invested in the growth and health of our sport is fantastic. The support that they provide to the grass roots through the Go Harvey Go packs provides vital resources to our participants and assists our members in offering sustainable and affordable competitions in their communities. “The benefits of this investment can be seen in Hervey Bay this week where more than 210 junior teams from all across the state have descended on the Fraser Coast to take part in the Queensland Junior State Cup. ‘We have a record number of teams competing this year as the event continues to grow year on year. This year we have several affiliates who are competing for the first time; affiliates such as Roma, Brothers and Arana are small affiliates who are establishing themselves in their community. The Go Harvey Go packs being provided to these new affiliates allows them to allocate resources into developing their competition and into providing their participants the opportunities the play in events like the Junior State Cup. Without the support of Harvey Norman these players might not be afforded such an opportunity,” O’Connor added. Further information on the packs and the Queensland Junior State Cup can be found online at Harvey Norman has been the major partner of Touch Football Australia since 2013.Related LinksGo Harvey Go Packslast_img read more

first_imgSaturday 15 JuneEels v RoostersBankwest Stadium Friday 14 JuneCowboys v Titans1300Smiles Stadium Saturday 13 JulyBroncos v WarriorsSuncorp Stadium Sunday 2 JuneTitans v WarriorsCbus Super Stadium Friday 31 MayEels v TigersBankwest Stadium Saturday 20 JulyCowboys v Roosters1300Smiles Stadium NRL Touch Premiership Match Day AssistantTouch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with the NRL, introduced the NRL Touch Premiership in 2018, with games played as curtain-raisers to NRL games. 2019 is the second and an expanded year of the Elite Competition with introduction of two new teams, the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors.TFA is seeking suitably qualified volunteers to fill the role of Match Day Assistant throughout the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership.ResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Assist with the venue setup prior to each matchMaintain excellent standard of field presentation during each matchPack down Touch Football field in an efficient manner prior to NRL warm upAssist with any additional tasks requested by Grounds Manager or Game Day ManagerFollow the provided Runsheet to ensure setup and pack down is done to scheduleRequirementsCurrent financial member of a TFA AffiliateKnowledge of Touch FootballExcellent time management skillsAbility to follow instructions and take directionBe a team player willing to assist the Grounds Manager and Game Day Manager with additional tasks as requiredBe at venue 2 hours prior to NRLTP match and up to 60 minutes post-matchAbility to complete physically demanding tasksMinimum age of 18Attire: Club polo and jumper and pants/jeans (with no holes or rips)Reports To: Grounds ManagerThe Grounds Manager is responsible for the set-up and pack-down operations, field presentation, management of Match Day Assistants and more.The Game Day Manager may also call upon you for assistance if required. The Game Day Manager is responsible for accreditation, management of teams, referees, broadcasting, match delivery and more.AvailabilityTouch Football Australia hope that are you able to assist with as many matches as possible. We encourage you to still apply should you only be available for 1-2 matches.Through the application process you will be able to select which match days you are able to volunteer at.Please see below for NRL Touch Premiership matches TFA are sourcing volunteers for: Thursday 1 AugustTigers v KnightsLeichhardt Oval Application ProcessPlease ensure you have read the position description above. To apply for the role of Match Day Assistant, please click on the following link: Closing DatesSunday 5th May 2019.As thanks for your assistance, you will receive a free ticket to the NRL match following your shift.For further information on the role, please contact TFA National Event Coordinator, Colette Ritchie.E: 02 6212 2824 Saturday 8 JuneCowboys v Knights1300Smiles Stadium Sunday 9 JuneBroncos v TigersSuncorp Stadium Friday 2 AugustBroncos v CowboysSuncorp Stadium Friday 5 JulyTigers v CowboysBankwest Stadium Sunday 19 MayKnights v EelsGlen Willow Stadium Saturday 6 JulyKnights v BroncosMJS Stadium Thursday 27 JuneTigers v TitansBankwest Stadium Sunday 21 JulyTitans v EelsCbus Super Stadium DATEMATCHVENUE Sunday 21 AprilTitans v BroncosCbus Super Stadium Sunday 14 JulyRoosters v KnightsCentral Coast Stadium Friday 26 JulyKnights v WarriorsMJS Stadiumlast_img read more