Arsenal down Chelsea to reach Carabao Cup final

first_imgArsenal 2 Chelsea 1 (2-1 agg): Xhaka completes turnaround to book EFL Cup final spot Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 1/25/18 arsenal-cropped Getty Images Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the EFL Cup final are over after they lost 2-1 at Arsenal, despite taking the lead through Eden Hazard. Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 and set up an EFL Cup final clash with Manchester City thanks to Granit Xhaka’s second-half winner at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.The 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge set the second leg up nicely and, although neither side was at their best, Arsenal showed the greater character in their first outing since Alexis Sanchez’s departure as they battled back from an early deficit to book their passage to Wembley.The opening exchanges were particularly eventful as Pedro saw a goal chalked off just before setting up Eden Hazard for the opener after only seven minutes. 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 An Arsenal equaliser followed soon after, though, as Antonio Rudiger scored an own goal that he knew little about, with Nacho Monreal’s header hitting Marcos Alonso and then going in off the German.The second period was rather less open as the contest became more bogged down in midfield, but Arsenal – who were without the cup-tied Henrikh Mkhitaryan – took full advantage when a chance presented itself on the hour as Xhaka prodded Arsene Wenger’s men into the lead.Chelsea poured men forward towards the end in a desperate attempt to force an extra 30 minutes and that almost allowed Arsenal to get a third through Alex Iwobi, though the Gunners were not made to rue his miss as they successfully held on to set up a finale with City on February 25.Antonio Conte’s side made a purposeful start and appeared to catch Arsenal off guard with their early intent.Pedro saw a goal correctly disallowed for offside five minutes in, but that was a warning Arsenal failed to heed and Chelsea were not to be denied soon afterwards.The Spaniard was at the heart of things again, turning provider as he fed Hazard between Laurent Koscielny and Monreal for the Belgian to coolly find the bottom-left corner.3 – Eden Hazard has netted three goals in his last two Chelsea games in all competitions, as many as in his previous 14. Striking.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2018Their lead was short-lived thanks to a fortuitous equaliser in the 12th minute, however, Monreal’s header deflecting off Alonso and the unfortunate Rudiger before beating Willy Caballero.Chelsea suffered the blow of losing Willian to injury after half an hour, allowing Ross Barkley to enter for his debut following a £15million move from Everton.But one of his first involvements saw him concede a free-kick from which Xhaka went close.And Chelsea survived again just before the break as Mesut Ozil’s deflected effort went agonisingly wide of the left-hand post.Things were tighter at both ends upon the restart, with the next opportunity not arriving until the 57th minute when Cesar Azpilicueta cleared Iwobi’s cut-back narrowly over his own goal.Boom…— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 24, 2018But Arsenal’s second did arrive promptly as Alexandre Lacazette saw his low cross deflect off the hapless Rudiger into the danger zone and Xhaka was there to stab home from close range.Iwobi should have put the contest beyond Chelsea 14 minutes from time, but he shot straight at Caballero with just the goalkeeper to beat.Chelsea enjoyed some late pressure and Rudiger could have levelled eight minutes from the end when he met Hazard’s corner, but he headed over and Arsenal ultimately held on without undue cause for concern. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal will play in their eighth League Cup final; only Liverpool (12) and Manchester United (nine) have played in more (Aston Villa and Spurs also on eight).- The Gunners scored just six goals on their way to the final, the lowest goal-tally of any side to reach a League Cup final.- All five of Chelsea’s defeats in domestic competitions this season have come in London, courtesy of two losses at Stamford Bridge and one each at Selhurst Park, London Stadium and the Emirates.- Ross Barkley made his first competitive club appearance in 248 days, since playing against Arsenal at the Emirates with Everton on May 21, 2017. read morelast_img read more

Gundogan nets twice as City thrash Basel

first_imgBasel 0 Manchester City 4: Guardiola’s men roll Swiss champions Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 2/14/18 BernardoSilva - cropped Getty Images Ilkay Gundogan scored in each half as Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero also weighed in on Manchester City’s latest attacking masterclass. Manchester City took a giant step towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 thrashing of Basel at St Jakob-Park.Pep Guardiola’s side tore Leicester City to pieces 5-1 in the Premier League at the weekend and resumed in similarly menacing mood against the Swiss champions.Basel were left to rue Dimitri Oberlin failing to punish City’s early defensive vulnerability and having a penalty shout turned down as a blistering spell of three goals in the space of nine first-half minutes from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero took the game away from them. 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 Gundogan did his World Cup hopes no harm with a sublime second as Germany boss Joachim Low looked on from the stands and, by the time that showpiece comes around, Guardiola could be reflecting on a history-making return in Manchester.League One Wigan Athletic are up next in the fifth round of the FA Cup before a Wembley date with Arsenal in the EFL Cup final.Throw in a 16-point lead in the Premier League and this coruscating form, and a belief that all things are possible might start to course strongly through the Etihad Stadium.Oberlin gave an early demonstration of his pace, streaming clear of the City defence before his touch around the onrushing Ederson entirely lacked conviction.Centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi were unsettled by Oberlin, although penalty claims against the latter found no sympathy from referee Jonas Eriksson.Raphael Wicky’s men undermined such encouraging moments by switching off in their own box and allowing Gundogan to head in Kevin De Bruyne’s 14th-minute corner at the near post.S I L K Y I L K A Y :zap:0-4 #fcbvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/N0cBv0u8de— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 13, 2018Valentin Stocker was the next Basel forward to almost undo City via the direct route, but the difference in cutting edge was born out once more by Silva’s sublime chest control and volleyed finish from Raheem Sterling’s chipped 18th-minute cross.Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik found himself caught out on that occasion and was rooted to the spot when Aguero seized upon a loose ball to clatter home from 25 yards.Vaclik regained his poise to scamper out and deny Sterling, but the first half had long become on ordeal for Basel by the time De Bruyne lifted a crisp half-volley narrowly over.De Bruyne stung Vaclik’s palms shortly after the restart, while opposite number Ederson was at full stretch to push Mohamed Elyounoussi’s swerving strike around the post.Seeing De Bruyne and Elyounoussi frustrated in their pitches for the spectacular, Gundogan elected to show them how it was done, curling majestically into the top corner to crown a clockwork move that began with Kompany and Kyle Walker in the City half.Such a handsome lead allowed Guardiola to give Leroy Sane and David Silva runouts on their returns from injury, with Sterling and De Bruyne afforded a rest.To their credit, Basel kept asking questions in attack, with Oberlin failing to convert Stocker’s cross at the far post and Elyounoussi drilling at Ederson.Gundogan should have beaten Vaclik from close range to claim the matchball, but his and City’s focus remain fixed upon more enduring prizes. Key Opta facts:- Manchester City’s victory the biggest away win by an English side in the knockout stage of the Champions League (previously Liverpool’s 3-0 away victory over PSV in the quarter-finals of the 2006-07 season).- City have won 34 of their 41 matches in all competitions in this campaign, more than in the entirety of last season (won 33 of their 56 games in all competitions during 2016-17).- In fact, City have now won 16 of their 21 away matches in all competitions this season, a joint-high across the top five European Leagues, matched only by Paris Saint-Germain (also winning 16 of their 21 away games).- This is the third consecutive season that City will be going into the second leg of the last-16 stage with a lead, previously beating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in 2015-16 and Monaco 5-3 in 2016-17.- This was Basel’s first defeat at St Jakob Park in the knockout stages (previously W1 D1) – indeed, they have never gone further than the last 16 (2011-12, 2014-15). read morelast_img read more

Report: Burnley 2 Everton 1

first_imgBurnley 2 Everton 1: Wood returns to win it for Clarets Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:22 3/3/18 Chris Wood Getty Images Cenk Tosun’s first Premier League goal was in vain as Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 at Turf Moor, substitute Chris Wood heading home. Chris Wood returned from injury with a winning goal, the striker heading in to secure a 2-1 comeback victory for Burnley at home to 10-man Everton on Saturday.Cenk Tosun’s first Premier League goal had put Everton ahead, but the Toffees collapsed to a fifth successive away defeat in the league.Ashley Barnes scored for the second Premier League game in a row to level after the interval, beating the otherwise impressive Jordan Pickford at his near post. 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 And half-time substitute Wood came up with the winner, ensuring Sean Dyche’s men marked his 250th game in charge with a victory, their first in any competition since December.Wood was featuring for the first time in 2018 and he headed in a Johann Gudmundsson corner to complete the comeback.A disappointing afternoon for Everton worsened late on when centre-back Ashley Williams was sent off for elbowing Barnes, the Wales international now facing a suspension with Sam Allardyce’s men still having work to do to make absolutely sure of safety.1 – This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48). Character. pic.twitter.com/h8WyIR8YAQ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Gudmundsson’s deflected strike was saved by Pickford as the Clarets made a bright start.Everton should have taken the lead after 14 minutes, Theo Walcott blazing over the crossbar after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s sharp cutback found him eight yards out.The deadlock was broken five minutes later though, Tosun opening his Everton account.Walcott’s cross from the right was flicked on by Seamus Coleman – making his 250th Toffees appearance – with Tosun left unmarked eight yards out to beat Nick Pope with a simple header.Pope denied Tosun and then saved from Walcott as Everton cut Burnley open with a rapid break.Chances continued to come with Barnes forcing a fine fingertip save from Pickford, the striker prematurely celebrating after thinking his header from a Matt Lowton cross was in.Dyche sent on Wood at the break, and Burnley then forced two great saves from Pickford.The goalkeeper dived low to his left to turn Aaron Lennon’s drive around the post, before tipping over Ben Mee’s header from the resulting Gudmundsson corner.And Burnley’s pressure eventually told, Barnes equalising after 55 minutes.2 – Ashley Barnes has scored in successive appearances for Burnley in all competitions for the first time since December 2014. Relief. #BUREVE pic.twitter.com/IaUb1dUD4Y — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Lowton’s superb throughball sent Barnes racing away from former Burnley defender Michael Keane and he confidently beat Pickford at his near post from close range.Pickford denied Barnes a carbon-copy of his goal, Lowton having sent the striker clear again, before Everton substitute Oumar Niasse hit a volley well over the crossbar.Sigurdsson could have snatched all three points for Everton after brilliantly turning James Tarkowski, but the Iceland international lacked composure with his finish and fired wide.And that miss proved pivotal as Wood held off his marker to nod home Gudmundsson’s corner to end a long wait for a Burnley win, with Williams’ late red compounding the misery for Allardyce’s side. Key Opta stats:- Burnley have equalled their best-ever Premier League points tally in a single season (40 – level with 2016-17), with nine games remaining in 2017-18.- Everton have now lost 19 competitive games in 2017-18; their most in a single season since 2005-06 (21).- This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48).- Ashley Barnes scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014.- Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been directly involved in eight Premier League goals this season (2 goals, 6 assists), three more than any other Burnley player. read morelast_img read more

Xavi: Barcelona have fallen asleep

first_imgBarcelona Madrid have winning gene and Barcelona have fallen asleep – Xavi Dejan Kalinic 10:26 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Luis Suarez Barcelona 2017-18 Getty Images Barcelona Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Primera División Zinedine Zidane’s side have winning in their blood and the Catalans have fallen asleep in Europe’s top competition, according to the former Barca star Barcelona great Xavi slammed the La Liga giants for falling asleep amid Real Madrid ‘s European dominance.Madrid claimed a third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday, beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final in Kiev .Barcelona, meanwhile, secured the La Liga crown for the third time in four seasons during 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Xavi – who won four Champions League trophies with Barca – accused the Spanish champions of becoming “dormant”, despite signing the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele in recent seasons.”Madrid have a winning gene and Barca have fallen asleep,” he told El Penalti .”They have been dormant for years with signings and that takes its toll.”Xavi also pointed to Madrid’s luck in the Champions League , the latest of which was Mohamed Salah’s injury and Loris Karius’ errors in the final.”Real Madrid had everything in sight. Injured players like [Paris Saint-Germain star] Neymar, [Bayern Munich’s Arjen] Robben, [Jerome] Boateng, the referees,” he said.”The most important Liverpool player was injured, Bayern goalkeepers [Manuel Neuer injured and Sven Ulreich’s semi-final error] and Liverpool.”It seems like a witch, but the issue is that Barcelona have fallen asleep and it seems Barca are winning titles, but the others are winning the Champions League.”last_img read more

Australian Sports Commission newsletter

first_imgOur Sporting FutureAustralia’s leading sports forum will be held on 29-30 July 2010.WIN $500 worth of HART Sport gear for your club or school!Do you know a volunteer in your local sporting community? Coaches and officials can now apply for $1.6 million in grantsLocal Sporting Champions grants support junior sport. New tool to build better sports clubsClub Health Check helps clubs plan for the future. Helping more golfers with disability to tee offGreater opportunities for people with disability to play golf. Winners announced in music video competitionCompetition encourages kids to turn to sport and play for life. Winners announced in music video competition2009 Media Awards recognise excellence in sports journalism. 5 Star Community Coach Awards for 2009Recognising outstanding achievement in coaching. Super Site Awards for 2009Recognising outstanding delivery of the AASC program. Get On Board!Encouraging young people to ‘Get On Board!’ this holidays. Ten tips to promote inclusion in your sporting club Embracing sports inclusion for all cultures. Free resourcesNew volunteers resources Local Sporting Champions grants New videos for coaches and officials Sports Ability Gala Day resources Recipes from AIS Survivallast_img read more

Vale Scott Snell

first_imgThe touch football community in the ACT is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Scott Snell at the age of just 44. Scott was a key figure in ACT touch for the last two decades as a player, referee and referee coach.He was graded to level 4 as a referee in 2001 and received his level 6 upgrade in 2006, attending numerous tournaments in NSW and several national events. While best known outside Canberra as a referee, Scott had played touch at park level, with ANU teams, with the Canberra City Bears at representative level in the ACT Super League as well as at Australia Cup.Scott was Director of Referees in the ACT from 2008 to 2015, President of the ACT Referees Association and as a referee coach was a key figure in the development of many of the referees to come through the ACT system over the last 20 years.One of the great communicators in the sport, Scott was a fantastic bloke and admired as a true gentleman by all who met him. Scott was a great friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed. Scott is survived by his wife Clare and their 3 children, Nicholas, Megan and Ben, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.The funeral will be held at 10:30 on Thursday 4 May at St Anthony’s in Wanniasa. (Words courtesy of James Steinberg)Related LinksVale Scott Snelllast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was delighted with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance for victory over Bournemouth.Eden Hazard came off the bench to hit the winner and send Chelsea into a Carabao Cup semifinal against Tottenham.Loftus-Cheek was a danger on the right wing and hit the post in the second half.Zola said, “I was impressed with him. He has done very well as one of the wide players, but he showed a lot of application and sacrifice when he played as a midfielder. He was getting tired towards the end but he was still disciplined and gave the team a hand.”He has come far since the beginning of the season. He has improved in many ways, and I’m pleased because he is a good boy and he works very hard on his game.” last_img read more

10 months agoVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man City

first_imgVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Liverpool are a superior team to Manchester City despite Thursday’s defeat.Van Gaal felt the thrill-a-minute clash at the Etihad illustrated the weaknesses that Pep Guardiola has to address.He told the Mirror: “The match proved to me that City cannot defend.“When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City ­defenders around the box to prevent it.“But most of the time, in the Premier League, City don’t have to defend because they outplay most opponents.“When they face a strong side like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly. They look erratic.“Liverpool deserve applause because most teams cannot force Man City into a situation where they have to defend.“Liverpool did push them at one point in the second half and then we could see that City were in trouble. Just look at Roberto ­Firmino, he hardly touched the ball, but his amount of running for the team was ­incredible.“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and even Mo Salah running their socks off in all matches.“Those three help the others to defend and they also have the energy to counter-attack and create things when they win the ball back.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid boss Zidane praises Bale for derby draw

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane praises Bale for derby drawby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Bale did well again, and the Frenchman did acknowledge that he was impressed by the No.11.”All of the players are with us and Gareth is doing very well,” he said.”Above all, he helps a lot in the defensive phase, and it shows that we’re more comfortable when we all defend.” Sergio Ramos had already said that Madrid were annoyed to only leave with a point, which Zidane agreed with.”I agree [with Ramos],” he said.”We deserved much more but… What I have to do is to congratulate the players.”We missed a little in attack, but we want to grow, and I have to congratulate my players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoMata admits Man Utd face enormous task finishing in top-four

first_imgMata admits Man Utd face enormous task finishing in top-fourby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata says finishing in the Premier League top-four is harder than ever.The Red Devils finished in sixth last season and are 12th in the current term after a rough start to the season.And Mata knows United face a difficult task to put themselves in the Champions League places.”I think every club is improving and clubs like Leicester are recruiting really well and they have very good players that can take them to a different level,” Mata told Sky Sports.”Not long ago [Leicester] won the Premier League so they know what it takes to win.”Football is more difficult now because every club is growing a lot so it’s more competitive and every club is able to sign good players. So you have to be better every single season to try and reach your aims.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoPuyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sacking

first_imgPuyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sackingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarles Puyol is confident Victor Valdes will bounce back from his sacking by Barcelona.Valdes, Puyol’s former teammate, was relieved of his duties as Juvenil A coach following disagreements with the club, yet Puyol did not shed much light on the decision.”Victor as a coach still does not have much experience,” former Barca captain Puyol explained.”Last season he did very well. In the world of football, he has a lot of knowledge to teach children.”I don’t know the reasons for his departure, and I’m not inside the club, but I’m sure he’ll be a great coach [in the future] and will help develop some great footballers.”Youth football is not easy, you have to focus on the training of the players and not so much on the results.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days agoTottenham enter talks with free agent Michel Vorm

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham enter talks with free agent Michel Vormby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have entered talks with Michel Vorm about re-signing the Dutch goalkeeper on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover for injured captain Hugo Lloris.Vorm, 35, has been without a club since being released by Spurs at the end of his contract in June, says the London Evening Standard. He joined Spurs from Swansea in July 2014 and made 47 appearances in all competitions as stand-in for No.1 Lloris.The 15-cap former Dutch international fell behind Paulo Gazzaniga in the pecking order at the start of last season and will now deputise for the Argentine until at least January, when Lloris is expected to return to training following a dislocated left elbow.Alfie Whiteman, 21, has been acting as the club’s third goalkeeper since Vorm’s departure but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club. last_img read more

Michigan State Takes Over As Consensus No. 1 In College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege Basketball polls for week 7 of the season.Twitter/@MSU_BasketballLast week saw a major shake-up at the top of the college basketball world, and it is definitely reflected in the updated AP and Coaches Polls. After Kentucky fell at UCLA and Maryland dropped to former No. 1 UNC, we have a new top team: the Michigan State Spartans. Tom Izzo’s club is 9-0, and followed up by Kansas in the AP, and Iowa State in the Coaches Poll. The Spartans are the new No. 1 according to the latest USA TODAY Coaches Poll. pic.twitter.com/gWxtC9vt88— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) December 7, 2015Here are both full Top 25 polls:AP Poll:1. Michigan State2. Kansas3. North Carolina4. Iowa State5. Kentucky6. Maryland7. Oklahoma8. Duke9. Villanova10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Xavier13. Arizona14. West Virginia15. Providence16. Baylor17. Miami (FL)18. Butler19. SMU20. Gonzaga21. Vanderbilt22. Louisville23. Cincinnati24. Oregon25. UtahUSA Today Coaches Poll:1. Michigan State2. Iowa State3. North Carolina4. Kentucky5. Duke6. Villanova7. Kansas8. Oklahoma9. Maryland10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Arizona13. Xavier14. West Virginia15. Baylor16. Vanderbilt17. Gonzaga18. Providence19. Louisville20. Miami (FL)21. Butler22. Cincinnati23. Oregon24. Utah25. Texas A&Mlast_img read more

Emery: Be calm with Koscielny fitness

first_imgUnai Emery does not expect Laurent Koscielny’s latest fitness setback to be a major issue but knows Arsenal must use their captain wisely.Koscielny pulled up during the warm-up before the Gunners’ 3-0 win at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, suffering from an apparent back complaint.The former France centre-back missed his country’s World Cup triumph due to a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid in May and only returned to action this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A patched-up backline kept Blackpool out at Bloomfield Road – not always in convincing fashion – and, with Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal also joining Rob Holding among the walking wounded, Emery believes it would be easy to push Koscielny too hard, too soon.”With Laurent we need to be calm with some moments in the training sessions because we are pushing him to play a lot of matches after his big injury,” the Gunners boss told BBC Match of the Day.”So maybe he needs some time not playing, but we had another player with big commitment to play in a different position today, Stephan Lichtsteiner.”Laurent said he could not play the match but now we have one week to rest before the next game [away to West Ham in the Premier League] and hopefully he will be okay.”Teenage midfielder Joe Willock took his chance to shine, netting a first-half brace before Alex Iwobi completed the scoring eight minutes from time.Willock’s fellow 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah passed up three first-half opportunities in front of goal but Emery was satisfied with the striker’s overall contribution.”I am very proud of Willock and Eddie because Eddie had three good chances to score and Willock scored two,” he added.”They train very well in the second team and with us in training as well.””Well done guys! Well done! Good job!”   #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/3JT7sbtfQw — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 5, 2019 Replays showed Iwobi to be fractionally offside when he scored Arsenal’s third and the winger was not penalised for possible handball in the build up to Willock’s second.Nevertheless, Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips did not want to dwell upon those incidents after his players acquitted themselves impressively.”I think they know they’ve been in a game,” he told BT Sport, having also overseen a 2-1 EFL Cup loss at Emirates Stadium this season.”The last goal was offside but, in two games home and away against Arsenal, we’ve given it a real good go.”I’m really proud of the lads. I’ve not seen the second goal – our footage isn’t good enough. I’ll see when I get home but my mate has text me about it.”last_img read more

Burnley confirm Crouch arrival

first_imgBurnley have confirmed that Peter Crouch will join the club from Stoke City until the end of the 2018-19 season.The Clarets were minutes away from a famous victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday, before Victor Lindelof’s last-gasp strike rescued a 2-2 draw for Manchester United.But Dyche’s men remain embroiled in a relegation fight, currently sitting 17th in the Premier League standings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Burnley may still enjoy a four-point cushion over Cardiff City, but they have moved to reinforce their forward line amid confirmation that Sam Vokes will be leaving the club for Stoke.And in an almost simultaneous deal, they have announced the arrival of the veteran striker who is notorious for his beanpole frame and robot celebration.”The Clarets have added more England pedigree to their ranks with the capture of striker Peter Crouch,” Burnley confirmed in a statement published on the club’s official website.”Crouch – who scored 22 times in 42 international appearances and becomes the seventh member of the Clarets’ squad to have been capped by England – joins Burnley from Stoke City on a deal until the end of the season. Announcing… 🤖@petercrouch pic.twitter.com/AsqauruKHp— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) 31 de enero de 2019″The 38-year-old, who will wear squad number 15 at Turf Moor, brings a wealth of Premier League experience following spells in the top flight with Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke.”Dyche had confirmed earlier on deadline day that the that veteran striker would be arriving at Turf Moor, with Vokes moving the other way.”We take great pride in Sam and what he has done for this club,” the manager explained as he confirmed the transfer to Stoke.”As has happened before, players move on. He hasn’t played as much as he’d like and I understand that.”Crouch, 38, has scored just once in the Championship this term, but Dyche believes the forward can still succeed at the highest level.”As for Peter, he has a hunger to come here and make a mark,” he added.”We know he’s a good character and he still has a desire. The main thing for me is having motivated people.”The former England international has racked up more than 700 appearances in his career, scoring more than 200 goals.He has represented Stoke since 2011 and also played for Tottenham, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Southampton and Aston Villa in the English top flight.last_img read more

Major College Football Player Trashes UCF

first_imgA UCF football helmet placed on the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)A major college football player has trashed UCF and its national title “claim” ahead of his team’s bowl game matchup.LSU star linebacker Devin White isn’t a fan of the Knights claiming a national championship following their undefeated season in 2017.White says it’s “embarrassing.”From The Advocate:Asked Saturday if he had seen quotes from his teammates Friday that UCF was coming into Tuesday’s Fiesta Bowl against LSU to try to win another national championship, the Tigers’ All-American linebacker said, “Man, I hope not. That’s one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen.“It’s great media coverage for them. That’s all I know they’re looking at it is, as a media stunt.”Oh boy.LSU and UCF are set to meet in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday.Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

College Football Player Died Unexpectedly On Friday

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have tragic news out of the college football world this evening, as a Division 2 player died unexpectedly on Friday.Abraham Reinhardt, a redshirt senior linebacker at Dixie State, passed away on Friday.The school has confirmed the tragic news.From The Spectrum:Abraham Reinhardt, redshirt senior linebacker for the Trailblazers, died Friday at the Dixie Regional Medical Center, according to a release from the university. He was 23.The cause of Reinhardt’s death was not included in the release, as the university said it plans to respect the Reinhardt’s privacy.According to Dixie State athletics, Reinhardt practiced with the team as spring football practices began this past week. During 7-on-7 non-contact drills, Reinhardt left practice Tuesday with a leg injury and didn’t participate the rest of the day.The school’s AD released the following statement:“We are all incredibly saddened and shocked by Abraham’s passing. Our hearts are broken,” DSU Director of Athletics Jason Boothe said. “He always represented Dixie State University and our football program exceptionally well, but more importantly, he was an amazing young man.”Reinhardt is a Hawaii native. He was named first-team all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season, totaling 79 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss.Our thoughts are with his friends, family and teammates.last_img read more

Analyst: Michigan Must Improve, Or “They’ll Lose Before Ohio State Game”

first_imgShea Patterson throws the ball against Army.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 7: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Michigan is facing heavy scrutiny after nearly losing to Army at home last weekend. The Wolverines eked out a 24-21 win in overtime.On offense, the Wolverines struggled at times. On the ground, Michigan running backs gained only 126 yards on 37 carries, only 3.4 yards per attempt.Shea Patterson was 19-of-29 passing for 207 yards, but also fumbled twice. Dylan McCaffrey even spelled the veteran quarterback for a bit.Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt addressed Michigan’s performance and their future today. While Klatt did say teams often improve as the season goes along, he made a clear-cut statement about the Wolverines. If they don’t get better, forget beating Ohio State. They will lose before the season finale against the Buckeyes.”They’ve got to get better or else they’re going to lose, even before the Ohio State game.” @JoelKlatt breaks down the problem areas for Michigan after week 2 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/04GyPnOuET— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 11, 2019Michigan has a bye this week before traveling to Wisconsin on September 21. Getting the offense in gear will be critical for the matchup with the Badgers.The Wolverines also have to travel to Penn State and host Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan State before they get to Ohio State in late November.Remaining unbeaten will be a major challenge.last_img read more

Malaika Arora nails the gym look in top and shorts with sister Amrita

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ileana D’Cruz stuns in tube top and skirt paired with smart blazer at Pagalpanti song launch 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ananya Panday in ganji and mini shorts proves comfy clothing is the best. See pics 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kriti Kharbanda paints the town tangerine in mini dress at Pagalpanti song launch. See pics 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Janhvi Kapoor pairs sports bra and mini shorts with Rs 4 lakh bag at gym. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: Malaika Arora was recently spotted at the gym and once again the diva perfectly nailed the gym look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: She donned an ice blue tee paired with black sports bra and printed shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: She paired her gym ensemble with hot pink training shoes, black aviators and black bag.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: She was accompanied by her sister Amrita Arora to the gym, and she too slayed her look in comfy training clothes.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: Yogen ShahCaption: She wore a navy top with black training pants and white shoes. The siblings definitely know how to slay the style game.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Tags: Malaika AroraAmrita AroraSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Malaika Arora and sister Amrita were recently spotted at the gym together, and the duo perfectly nailed their looks in comfy training ensembles.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c3c50829eb1b1547456642_1430440_editCommentContent Publish date: Monday, January 14, 2019 – 14:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:last_img read more