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Chelsea plan loans for Anjorin, Maatsen

first_img Loading… Anjorin is highly rated from his time with the under-18s, and may even fight for a first-team spot if a good loan does not materialize. read also:Chelsea signing Werner out to prove he can emulate RB Leipzig exploits Maatsen and Bate will also make decisions late in the window about whether to stay or go on loan. Bate is the only one of the three who has not yet made his debut for the first team, but he has been involved in the match-day squad thrice. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea are looking to secure productive loan moves for some of their younger players. While a lot of the focus on the Blues has been on their first team transfer moves, they also have a wealth of talent at youth level. Armando Broja has been loaned out to Vitesse. Now moves for Tino Anjorin, Ian Maatsen and Lewis Bate are being discussed, per Goal.com.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveThe Best Cars Of All TimeThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To Invade9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Don’t be Distracted by Indian Crowd: South Africa Coach

first_imgPretoria: Newly-appointed South Africa Team Director Enoch Nkwe has called on his side to remain focused and not get distracted by the noise which the Indian supporters will be making in support of the Men in Blue during their upcoming tour to India.South Africa are scheduled to play three T20Is and as many Tests against India.“Fortunately enough, a lot of players have been playing in the IPL. They have been to World Cups at different level. A lot of them were part of the South Africa A tour in 2015 to participate in the tri-series,” said Nkwe on the third day of South Africa’s training camp. “The Indians are not shy of coming out and supporting their team. And I have spoken to a lot of players individually and they have embraced that.”“It’s a matter of tackling those moments and making them more successful. If they drift away from that and focus on what’s happening around then we are selling ourselves short,” he added.On their last tour to India, the Proteas had won the T20I and ODI series but lost the Tests.The South Africa team director further said that it will be a great test for him, as well as his team, when they face India in their own backyard.“It’s an exciting place to play cricket. You get tested there in every element as a cricketer and as a coach as well.”He also called on the senior players to share their experience with the youngsters.“Some of the guys would be on their last trip to India from a red-ball perspective. They are very eager to turn things around which is going to be important for them. So, those experience players are looking forward to the trip and are going to add a lot of value,” he said.Andile Phehlukwayo, who is also part of the squad travelling to India, is looking forward to playing in what, according to him, is one of the best places in the world to play cricket.“It’s a lovely place to play cricket with 50,000 odd people watching the game (in the stadium). It’s a lovely opportunity to play in a crowd like India. It’s one of the best places to play in terms of crowd,” Phehlukwayo said. IANSAlso Read: Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube Star in Win India A’s Sin Over South AfricaAlso Watch: Woman found dead in Biswanath, Police suspect Murderlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia St. QB out for seasonUNDATED (AP) — Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo will not be able to play this season after being diagnosed with a heart condition related to COVID-19.Colasurdo announced the diagnosis Thursday on his Twitter account, depriving the Panthers of a top prospect who enrolled in the spring and was expected to contend for the starting position.In other college football news: — The Blue Jays swept the seven-inning twinbill as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) homered and hit a go-ahead two-run single in a seven-run sixth that keyed a frantic comeback in a 9-8 win over the Phils. The Phillies jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, capped by Andrew McCutchen’s three-run double. MLB-NEWSTwo Mets personnel test positive for COVID-19UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are the latest major league team to see their schedule altered because of the coronavirus.MLB says two members of the Mets organization have tested positive for COVID-19. That has forced the postponement of their games Thursday in Miami and Friday against the New York Yankees. Major League Baseball says the postponements are “out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.” Duncan Robinson finished with 24 points and hit his first six shots, all from 3-point range to help the Heat beat the Pacers, 109-100. He provided Miami’s first three buckets and didn’t miss until midway through the third quarter on his way to a team playoff record-tying seven treys.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 18 with six assists for the Heat. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 22 points. He had been questionable for the game because of an injured left eye.Game 3 is Saturday.In other Game-2 NBA action: — The Rockets are up 2-0 in their opening-round series after James Harden’s 21 points and nine assists led a 111-98 win over the Thunder. Houston set an NBA playoff record by heaving up 56 3-point attempts, making 19. Danuel (DAN’-yoo-uhl) House Jr. delivered 19 points to help the Rockets win without Russell Westbrook, who sat out again with a right quad strain. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points for the Thunder, who led by six at halftime before scoring just 39 the rest of the way.MLB-SCHEDULERays sweep up YankeesUNDATED (AP) — There’s a new occupant atop the AL East standings after the Tampa Bay Rays completed their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium in six years.Mike Zunino belted a three-run homer while the Rays scored five times in the sixth inning of a 10-5 victory in the Bronx. Yandy Díaz padded the lead in the ninth with a two-run homer, helping Tampa Bay withstand home runs by Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Luke Voit. Associated Press The sweep comes after the Yankees tied a club record with 10 consecutive home wins to start the season. Thursday’s loss drops them a half-game behind the division-leading Rays, who have won 11 of their last 12.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Astros extended their major league-best winning streak to eight games with a 10-8 victory over the Rockies. Abraham Toro homered in the second of two five-run innings by Houston. — Lucas Giolito struck out 13 over seven innings and combined with Jimmy Cordero on a five-hitter in the White Sox’s fifth straight win, a 9-0 pounding of the Tigers. Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer, Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) drove in two and Tim Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer while lifting his average to .379.— The Blue Jays took the opener of their doubleheader by defeating the Phillies, 3-2 on an RBI single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the seventh and final inning. Santiago Espinal had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Craig Biggio tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth before Toronto completed its fourth win in a row. August 20, 2020 Update on the latest sports Tiger Woods opened with a 68 that featured five birdies over his last 10 holes.GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENOlson leads Women’s British Open TROON, Scotland (AP) — American Amy Olson mastered brutal conditions at Royal Troon to shoot 4-under 67 and lead the Women’s British Open by three strokes after the first round. It is the first women’s major of a pandemic-affected golfing year.Sophia Popov of Germany and Marina Alex of the U.S. share second following 70s. They are the only other players to shoot under par in extremely windy conditions in eastern Scotland.center_img — Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. says he is cancer free after surgery in March to remove a tumor from his prostate. Ripken was diagnosed in February and wasn’t experiencing symptoms, but bloodwork results prompted a visit to a urologist. He initially wanted to keep his story secret but hopes his experience encourages others to be tested.NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson hospitalized with lacerated liverUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson remains hospitalized with a lacerated liver, a serious injury sustained in practice when rookie tight end Harrison Bryant landed on him during a routine play.Johnson was signed this past offseason by Cleveland and expected to be the team’s starting nickel back. He was admitted to University Hospitals on Wednesday. The team said the 28-year-old is resting comfortably and expected to remain in the hospital for at least another 24 hours for observation.Liver lacerations can range in severity from mild to very severe to fatal.In other NFL news:— Injuries continue to mount for the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill left midway through practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury was not immediately known. Kansas City was already missing wide receiver Sammy Watkins, left tackle Eric Fisher, defensive end Frank Clark, defensive tackle Chris Jones, cornerback Lavert Hill and tight ends Ricky Seals-Jones and Deon Yelder.— The Bills are calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season. The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat take 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat have forged a two-games-to-none lead in their NBA first-round series at the bubble near Orlando. — Notre Dame announced five football players have tested positive in two rounds of coronavirus testing this week. The athletic department said the football program decided to test twice this week in light of the university’s decision Tuesday to move to remote learning because of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. — West Virginia’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12. will be held without fans because of the pandemic. The school said in a statement only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be allowed to attend. — Six UConn football players have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the school to suspend all team activities. UConn canceled its football season this month, but the team still had been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and doing weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. — South Carolina has lost one of its most anticipated offensive newcomers for the season after tailback MarShawn Lloyd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said it was a non-contact injury during workouts Wednesday.FOX-BRENNAMAN-GAY SLUR In other MLB news:— Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has returned to the starting lineup after missing almost three weeks with COVID-19. The nine-time All-Star was cleared by Major League Baseball to resume activities on Tuesday. His activation comes just as catcher Matt Wieters was placed on 10-day injured list with a broken toe.— Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas has become the first player sidelined by the team’s coronavirus outbreak to return. Rojas last played on July 26, when the virus spread so widely among the Marlins that their season was suspended for eight days. — The Yankees have placed reliever Zack Britton on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring after he was injured in Wednesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Britton underwent an MRI before Thursday’s game and the Yankees put him on the IL about 90 minutes before the first pitch. — Pirates President Travis Williams has tested positive for COVID-19 and says he is “on the road to recovery.” He says he knows of no other positive tests within the organization. PGA-NORTHERN TRUST OPEN4-way tie through 18NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Harris English shares the lead with Kevin Streelman, Cameron Davis of Australia and Russell Henley through one round of the PGA’s Northern Trust Open near Boston.English birdied four straight holes on the back nine before signing off for a 7-under 64. He is ranked 27th in the FedEx Cup after beginning the year without a full PGA Tour card.Among those at 65 were Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn), Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy, all well outside the top 70 of those trying to qualify for next week’s $9.5 million event. Fox says Brennaman won’t announce NFL gamesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Thom Brennaman will not be calling NFL games on Fox after using an anti-gay slur on air during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast on Wednesday.Fox Sports issued a statement Thursday saying that “we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.” Fox also said Brennaman’s remarks were “abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of Fox Sports.”Brennaman had been a part of Fox’s NFL announcer lineup since they started televising the league in 1994. He had also called Major League Baseball games for the network from 1996 to 2014.The Reds announced late Wednesday that the 56-year old broadcaster was suspended. The team also issued an apology for the “horrific, homophobic remark.” last_img read more

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Women’s lacrosse prepares for the upcoming season

first_img“We’ve been a defensive-minded team,” Munday said in an interview with US Lacrosse Magazine last week. “But hopefully the midfield and offense is where people will notice us this year.”  The USC women’s lacrosse team will start its 2020 season this weekend with a trip to the East Coast to face Hofstra. The defending Pac-12 champions were voted the preseason No. 16 by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association and ranked No. 10 by Nike/U.S. Lacrosse. The Trojans were also voted first in the Pac-12 preseason poll.  Despite all the experience and talent in this year’s group, McMahon believes the team’s strength will lie in something more intangible than strength or speed: chemistry. “I think we are all pretty motivated,” McMahon said. “This year we have 12 seniors, a lot of returners and a good new incoming class, so the motivation part comes easy for us just because we’re coming off of being Pac-12 champs — and also, it’s our last year to do what we gotta do.” Melissa Pelowski contributed to this report. “This is probably the closest team that we’ve had in the past three years — at least,” Munday said. “It kind of reminds me of the 2016 seniors that we had. They have really high hopes and high goals.”  “Our midfield has been strong with Kerrigan, Kelsey and Kaeli [Huff],” Munday said in an interview with US Lacrosse. “The midfield has been pretty strong for us, both on the defensive end and then on the offensive side.”  Coming off a Pac-12 Championship, Munday’s Trojans are looking to stay motivated as they try to repeat last season’s success.  Highlighting that group are junior midfielder Kelsey Huff and senior attack Izzy McMahon. The pair led USC in scoring last season and combined for 78 goals, good for the No. 32 overall offense in the nation.  “Just play USC lacrosse,” she said. “Obviously, we are going somewhere that’s a little bit colder [in] the East Coast, [but] that’s where [a lot of us] are from and we are excited to see our families — but our main focus is just us.” Earlier this offseason, junior midfielder Kerrigan Miller was featured by Nike on the NCAA preview cover of Women’s Lacrosse Magazine. Miller scored only 22 goals on the season but finished with numerous career highs in ground balls (52) and forced turnovers (41). Kerrigan will likely be in the conversation for the Tewaaraton award this Spring, which is given to the most valuable player in women’s college lacrosse. Kerrigan was a nominee a season ago. center_img “I honestly think it’s our team chemistry,” McMahon said. “Last year we came off a great year and we came up short, and I think with the way we ended — even though it wasn’t what we wanted — it helped us build our camaraderie.” Senior midfielder Kerrigan Miller is in the discussion for college lacrosse’s most prestigious award. (Daily Trojan File Photo) Women’s lacrosse fell to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year and hopes for another shot at a championship this season. (Photo from USC Women’s Lacrosse / Twitter) USC’s midfield will also be bolstered by Huff and her sister, senior midfielder Kaeli Huff. According to Munday, the Trojans will have one of the most balanced midfield units in the NCAA. For McMahon, it’s not hard to stay motivated with so much potential on the team.  Still, USC head coach Lindsey Munday isn’t sure that her scorers have been getting enough attention.  As USC prepares to open the season against Hofstra at 2 p.m. Saturday, McMahon believes her team just needs to keep the focus on themselves. USC is coming off a 16-4 season during which it finished 9-1 in Pac-12 play and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. A majority of the Trojans’ offensive firepower from last season will be back this year, with nine of their top 10 goal-scorers — who accounted for all but 31 of the team’s 272 goals last season — returning.    Munday drew parallels between her team and the 2016 Trojan squad that made it to the NCAA quarterfinals, losing only one game all season.  last_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Rain prevents play after lunch following England comeback

first_imgCameron Bancroft became debutant Jofra Archer’s first Test victim before Chris Woakes got rid of Usman Khawaja (36) and Stuart Broad (2-26) saw the back of Travis Head as three wickets tumbled for only 11 runs.England failed to claim the prized scalp of former captain Steve Smith, but Australia were 80-4 — trailing by 178 — at lunch and poor weather prevented the players from taking to the field again Friday.A draw looks the most likely outcome after day one was washed out, but a more positive forecast for the weekend should ensure two extended days are not interrupted, giving both sides hope of forcing a win.Stumps!The rain has forced play to be abandoned at Lord’s.Australia will resume their innings tomorrow 80/4.#Ashes pic.twitter.com/qGXEI2UCqu— ICC (@ICC) August 16, 2019Left-hander Khawaja brought up Australia’s 50 with a streaky boundary when Woakes was brought into the attack after Archer and Broad were unable to conjure an early breakthrough.England skipper Joe Root persisted with World Cup star Archer (1-18) and the quick got a much-needed maiden Test wicket with a delivery which struck Bancroft (13) in front after nipping in sharply off the seam.Umpire’s call was the verdict after Bancroft signaled for a review and Woakes (1-27) got in on the act with the second ball of the next over, Khawaja nibbling behind to an excellent delivery which moved away. Australia was 60-3 after losing two wickets without scoring a run and four down when Broad snared Head (7) lbw, England successfully reviewing when Aleem Dar curiously opted not to raise his finger.Ben Stokes caused an otherwise untroubled Smith problems and Matthew Wade overturned an lbw decision when on nought, after being given out from a ball from the England all-rounder which pitched outside leg stump.Wade was still there, although yet to get off the mark from 23 balls faced and Smith — scorer of a century in both innings in the first Test — was 13 not out when lunch was called with rain falling, and that was it for the day. No further play was possible due to rain after England hit back by taking three wickets in the morning session on day three of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.England went out under gray London skies on Friday needing to make inroads with Australia, 1-0 up after the victory at Edgbaston last week, 30-1 in reply to 258.last_img read more

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Maradona and Juve de Platini succumb to Hellas Verona

first_imgThe year 1984 arrived and Big Brother was not that all-seeing eye that dominated the world. Who yes reigned on the planet football was Michel Platini, that in the summer of that same year it was proclaimed champion with Europe with Francewon his second Ballon d’Or and in Turin, where she led the best Juventus of history, it was almost as important as FIAT. It was the same summer that a player came to Serie A who came to break all the schemes. The Naples signed Maradona, destined to snatch the crown from the French. It was also the summer that Rummenigge, the great German star of the moment, signed for Inter, and in which the Fiorentina hired the magician Socrates, star of the Brazilian team. Was the Golden Age of Calcium. Zico, Gentile, Paolo Rossi, Junior, Laudrup, Souness, Falcao, Passarella, Boniek, among others, formed a constellation of stars that were distributed among the different Serie A teams. Each team had a great figure; calcium was like the NBA of soccer. Hand in hand with Bagnoli, the Hellas Verona was giving Giant steps season after season. Ascended a few months after the coach arrived, se qualified for UEFA the following year, in 1983, the year in which he also reached end of Coppa, where he fell before the mighty Platini’s Juventus. The following year he consolidated his success by playing the final again, but this time he lost to Roma.The season 1984-85 it was a course with special circumstances that Bagnoli interpreted like nobody else. The Juventus focused on the European Cup, which ended up winning after the catastrophe of Heysel, and discarded the league. It was the season of adaptation of Maradona, Roma, who had played the European Cup final the previous season, was in a process of transition, Socrates crashed in Fiorentina, Milan was under reconstruction and Inter lacked the pace in the final months of competition. They were big times of the catenaccio. Italy champion of the World of Bearzot and Juventus from Trapattoni marked the style to follow. A perfect style for a man like Bagnoli, used to working with more effort than talent. Amid so much galactic signing, the Hellas Verona signed to danish Elkjaer Larsen and to german Hans Peter Briegel, that year they would leave their mark on the history of Serie A. With the team’s two new and unique foreigners on attack, Hellas Verona became a solid, rocky, backlash team, specialized in taking more advantage of the mistakes of the rival than of their successes. He only received 19 goals, the team that conceded the least. Larsen and Briegel, along with Galderisi, the local idol, finished in the Top-10 of championship scorers, scoring eight points the Danish and nine his two companions. It was a difficult time for goal in Serie A.After that title, the Hellas history, like the Romeo and Juliet, ended in tragedy: the team gradually faded and in the 1989-90 ended up falling. Since then it has become a calcium lift equipment, with constant increases and decreases and financial problems. And there is no place like Verona where the stories of passion and tragedies fit together better. In full swing of Italian football sneaked a unexpected protagonist coming from a city where the word love has an omnipresent dimension: Verona, eternal capital of romanticism thanks to the work Romeo and Juliet. Four centuries later, it would be the technician Osvaldo Bagnoli and not Shakespeare, the great author of an exciting story that took place in the Italian city. And is that this humble italian coach took the reins of the Hellas Verona in 1981 when the club was active in Serie B, and in four years made him champion of what was then the best league in the world. Surely Shakespeare would have cataloged the feat as The dream of a nigth of summer.last_img read more

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Vardy symbolising decline of champions Leicester

first_img BURNLEY vs BOURNEMOUTH SWANSEA vs SUNDERLAND 7 a.m.: Chelsea vs West Brom 9:15 a.m.: – Man United vs Tottenham – Southampton vs Middlesbrough 11:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs West Ham Watford vs Everton 10 a.m.: – Arsenal vs Stoke City • Burnley vs Bournemouth – Hull City vs Crystal Palace – Swansea vs Sunderland 12:30 a.m.: • Leicester vs Manchester City There’s a meeting tomorrow between two of the league’s four English managers. What is surprising is that only Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, rather than Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche, was seriously linked with the England coaching job when it came up twice this year. In their second-ever top-flight campaign, Bournemouth are 10th in the 20-team standings after beating Liverpool last weekend by winning 4-3 from 3-1 down. Burnley, after making an instant return to the Premier League, are 15th. 7:30 a.m.:center_img With only one win in seven games as Swansea manager, Bob Bradley has seen his new team slide to the bottom. The American’s dire introduction to the Premier League was heightened when his disjointed team lost 5-0 at Tottenham last week. Is Bradley’s job already under threat? “You go in every day and at any moment the club can say ‘We need to make a change,'” Bradley said yesterday. “But if you worry about that, the players will spit you out fast. They will see through you. If I am telling the players they have to look adversity in the eye and have some courage, then I have got to do that, too.” Bradley shouldn’t give up hope. He only has to look to Sunderland, the team that was last when he took charge in south Wales and play Swansea tomorrow. Sunderland have hauled themselves to a point from safety by winning three of their last four games under David Moyes. LONDON (AP): After spending last season as one of the key forces behind Leicester’s rise to the Premier League title, Jamie Vardy is now the symbol of the team’s alarming decline. The rough diamond unearthed in non-league football helped power Leicester to their first English title by scoring 24 goals. Defences struggled to contain him as he scored in a record 11 consecutive Premier League games from August to November 2015. Now, the striker can barely get a shot on target and Leicester are struggling because of it. If Vardy fails to score against Manchester City on Saturday, it will be 11 consecutive games without a Premier League goal. And if results go against Leicester, the team could start the game in the relegation zone. The 29-year-old Vardy rejected the chance to join perennial top-four team Arsenal to see if Leicester could build on their fairy-tale season. That has happened in Europe, with Leicester qualifying for the round of 16 in their Champions League debut as group winners. Leicester collected as many points in the six group games as in the 14 Premier League matches so far: 13. Vardy didn’t find the net once in five European games before being rested in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to FC Porto, which didn’t affect Leicester’s status as group winners but was a high-profile humiliation. Vardy has only contributed two Premier League goals and managed a mere four shots on target in the competition dominated by Leicester so unexpectedly last season. What’s also been noticeable is how Vardy is no longer linking so effectively with Riyad Mahrez – if at all – as the supply line for scoring opportunities has fractured. Unless the symbiotic relationship between Vardy and Mahrez rejuvenates in the second half of the season, Leicester are in real danger of seeing their three-season stay in the Premier League end on the first anniversary of their title triumph in May. “Of course he’s not happy,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said of the central England club’s Thai owner. “No one at the club is.” The one player Leicester couldn’t persuade to stay off season is being sorely missed. N’Golo Kante produced a league-leading 175 tackles and 156 interceptions last season before joining Chelsea. The midfielder would seem to perform the work of two men when he was on the field and without him, Leicester’s defence has seemed easier to break through. Many at the club have publicly attributed the drop in domestic form to the desire to impress on the continent. Now there are no distractions for the next two months before the Champions League knockout phase begins. The visit of Manchester City is a timely reminder about the fate of champions. City were the last team to follow a title triumph with relegation, far back in 1938. City’s current mission is coping for the next four games without Sergio Aguero, with Kelechi Iheanacho replacing the banned striker in the starting lineup. City are fourth in the standings, four points behind Chelsea. Sunday On This Weekendlast_img read more

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Young and united, England looks good as a title contender

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate, 2nd left, comforts England’s Danny Rose, left, after loosing the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — A famous song lyric neatly describes the upbeat feeling around England’s rejuvenated national soccer team.It’s not “football’s coming home.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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At 19, Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed in the Champions League final for Liverpool in May, and weeks later started his first World Cup game, against Belgium.“It has been an honor to be a part of this special team. We will be back stronger,” Alexander-Arnold wrote on Twitter early Thursday.Alexander-Arnold, a quick, right-sided defender, will need to force his way into the team past Kieran Trippier, perhaps the standout success of England’s tournament.Trippier delivered world-class corners, crosses and free kicks, including the fifth-minute goal against Croatia that raised hope of a first World Cup final berth since 1966. The Tottenham player gave an emotional endorsement of Southgate, who seems likely to guide England’s team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“It all comes from the manager, unbelievable manager for me personally, the way he handles the team,” Trippier said at the Luzhniki Stadium. “He sets the tone, he brought this team together.”ADVERTISEMENT A relatively late bloomer at 27, Trippier is a rare England player who will turn 30 before kickoff in Qatar on Nov. 21, 2022.The four attackers who started Wednesday, including 24-year-old captain Harry Kane, are between 22 and 25. The heart of the defense — John Stones, Harry Maguire, plus goalkeeper Jordan Pickford — are in the same age bracket.It’s a talent pool setting up England as a serious title contender in the coming years.There is still room for envy if England can bear watching the World Cup final on Sunday. In the midfield duels, France fields the elegance and power of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante against Croatia’s precise pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.There isn’t likely to be a Modric-type player in England’s team ahead of the 2020 European Championship to help retain the ball, pace the play, and manage the toughest games. Those are the kinds of qualities England needed after halftime against Croatia.“If we’re in the position again, we’ll be better off because of the experience of what we’ve just had,” said 28-year-old Jordan Henderson, who was Liverpool’s captain in that Champions League final loss to Modric and Real Madrid.The incentives are huge. Euro 2020 is being hosted across 12 countries, but England could qualify and be placed in a group based at Wembley Stadium, travel for two knockout rounds, then come home for the semifinals and final at Wembley.“The aim if we’re at the Euros in two years’ time is to go again,” said Kane, who should be Southgate’s chosen captain for years to come.Before qualifying starts next March, England is in a fascinating group for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which starts in September. Spain, under new coach Luis Enrique, visits Wembley on Sept. 8. England then travels to face Croatia on Oct. 12. The return games will be completed by November. Instead, try the old punk rock line: “If the kids are united, they will never be defeated.”The positive emotions of England’s young players are evident toward coach Gareth Southgate despite the 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time in the World Cup semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation,” 20-year-old forward Marcus Rashford wrote on his Twitter account Thursday.Over-achieving in a first major international test for Southgate and many of the squad has banished the anxiety that harmed too many England teams in recent years. 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Shami, Yadav make West Indies follow-on

first_imgSeagram’s Royal Stag Cup 1st Test, AntiguaMohammed Shami bowled through the 2015 World Cup with a busted knee. By the end of it, he needed surgery, lost out on the IPL earnings and missed more than a year of international cricket. The BCCI compensated him for the loss of IPL money, a first such recorded instance. Once he was fit, Shami walked into the Test XI in Antigua, and showed why he might be a man worth looking after.Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels en route to his five-forOn a slow pitch where it looked difficult to dismiss batsmen who didn’t play shots, Shami bowled with menace to take four wickets after which Umesh Yadav chipped in with a four-for of his own to make West Indies follow on 323 runs behind. In the follow-on, the other quick, Ishant Sharma got rid of Kraigg Brathwaite, a man known for quiet defiance who denied India for 218 balls in the first innings, in the first over.The time away from the game was well spent from the looks of it. In his last Test series, Shami was guilty of offering leg-side runs when asked to bowl long spells. The coaches identified long strides in his run-up as the problem, a result of a huge workload in his first year with the Indian team. Shami came back with shorter strides, stayed at the batsmen for longer, provided fewer freebies, and took out the heart of the West Indies batting. A word of caution, though: West Indies, not the best going around, contributed to their dismissals.Brathwaite didn’t. From the time he and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo frustrated India for 16 overs, it was clear the bowlers would have to work hard. Patience, the buzzword leading into the series, was tested. A measure of the difficulty in taking 20 wickets was how both wickets in the first session came through injudicious shots. It was a period when West Indies didn’t look for runs, which made it difficult for wickets to come.The resistance was led by Brathwaite, who rode his luck a little at the start of the day. With a forward and backward short leg in play, he failed to keep the balls angled into his ribs down on at least three occasions, but managed to avoid the fielders. His partner Bishoo’s outside edge was beaten at least seven times. It would have frustrated India even further considering Bishoo faced only 15 balls in the first eight overs of the morning.The early jitters out of the way, Brathwaite did what he is known for. Bowling outside off to him, if not a long half-volley, was a waste of energy. At the other end, though, India began to make inroads. Amit Mishra, introduced ahead of R Ashwin, provided the first breakthrough when Bishoo played an impatient sweep shot and dragged his foot over to be stumped. Just before lunch, Kohli sensed an opportunity and went back to Shami, who had been desperately unlucky in his first spell of 6-1-16-0.Shami glided in and remained threatening even if the batsmen were patient. Darren Bravo wasn’t even patient. When India were getting restless, he calmed them down by flirting with a wide delivery five minutes before lunch. The ball did bounce more than expected to take the edge, but Bravo had played with an angled bat with his feet stuck on the leg stump.On the way back for lunch, Kohli was heard telling his bowlers, “This is the reward for patience.” More reward was to follow in the second session. Marlon Samuels, who might be playing his last Test series, is not a proactive batsman. He likes to sit back on the back foot, and lets bowlers bowl where they want. Shami did so and in the fifth over after the break, he bowled an in-between length, which dragged Samuels forward even though his weight was back. The ball held its line to take the edge. An aggressive short ball took the shoulder of Jermaine Blackwood’s bat to end a double-wicket maiden. This was the first dismissal that didn’t include wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.From 92 for 5, Brathwaite and debutant Roston Chase resisted for more than 16 overs. They were undone by a man often guilty of not using the crease and also offering freebies on the pads, Yadav. While he did offer freebies here too, especially in the first session, he showed a clear intent of using different angles to make the batsmen play at balls they would otherwise leave. The reward came unconventionally.Chase pulled an inviting short ball straight to short midwicket followed by a brute to Brathwaite, who on 74 didn’t look like he was going to make a mistake. Yadav went wide on the crease, angled a bouncer in, got Brathwaite to throw his gloves in front of his face.Playing his first Test as a specialist wicketkeeper, Shane Dowrich scored his second Test half-century, an unbeaten 57, to hold India off in the final session of the day, but didn’t cause enough damage to prevent a follow-on.Yadav had taken Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite out in successive balls to seemingly end India’s frustrating experience with the tail. Holder edged a wide outswinger to give Saha a record-equalling sixth dismissal for an Indian wicketkeeper, and Brathwaite pre-meditated a leave to be bowled. Dowrich, though, annoyed India a little more in partnership with No. 11 Shannon Gabriel, who lasted two balls once the legspin of Mishra was introduced.With only 90.2 overs bowled in the first innings, with a possible 13 overs to go before a full night’s rest and with five bowlers in his side, Kohli enforced the first follow-on for India since late 2012 against England in Ahmedabad. Ishant provided instant pay-off with an inswinger that trapped Brathwaite in front, but Bravo and Rajendra Chandrika prevented further damage. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Cartoon: April 24, 2015

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