The Golden Nugget is always the first casino up when it comes to setting lines and over/unders every season. Their initial numbers came out this week, and they are not super favorable for Oklahoma State.A look at the over/unders for 2016.10 WinsClemsonFlorida StateOUTennessee9.5 WinsAlabamaLSUMichigan9 WinsNotre DameBaylorHoustonLouisvilleUCLA8.5 WinsOklahoma StateOregonTCUOhio StateThat’s a nice little club to be in at that 8.5 range. And to be fair, Oklahoma State has a wicked schedule that includes games at OU, Baylor, TCU and Kansas State.Eleven Warriors has the full batch of schedules for all these teams listed here. Last year Oklahoma State was listed at 7 and had that by Halloween. This year it will take nine which I think would be a pretty solid year for the Pokes.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!
It got a little lost because Oklahoma State blew the doors off Southeastern Louisiana, but Boone Pickens kinda, sorta called out Mike Gundy on Saturday before the game.“You remember what I said? I didn’t say we had to win. I said we had to be competitive,” Pickens told the Tulsa World. “We’ve sure been competitive with some of them, but we’re still struggling with OU. Les Miles beat OU, didn’t he? Two out of four? Yeah. That’s competitive.“Damn sure is [the game I want],” he added to the Oklahoman. “It is. By gollee, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has ever beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to be able to beat OU.”This was a theme this week for Boone. He talked about it with Lou Holtz in a different interview.“I have to take my hat off to ol’ Les,” said Pickens. “He beat Oklahoma and we haven’t had anyone who could beat Oklahoma. Every once in awhile is kind of the way it goes. When I signed on there for the stadium, I said we are now going to be competitive. And we have been every place but one place — we’ve struggled with the Oklahoma Sooners.”So that’s something. We are on the precipice of Mike Gundy winning 100 games and cementing his legend in Stillwater, and Boone is talking Bedlam. It’s interesting if nothing else.“He’s going to be the first coach to win 100 games,” Mike Holder told the Oklahoman recently about Gundy. “That means a lot more than a contract.”I don’t necessarily disagree with Pickens that you need to beat OU if you’re coaching OSU, but it seems like an odd time to bring it up. On the eve of one of the more-anticipated seasons in recent memory with one of the better teams Gundy has ever had as Les gets upset at Lambeau by a two-touchdown dog.Do I wish his Bedlam record was better? Sure. Should it be better? OSU should have won in 2012 and 2013 so yes, it should be. It should be 4-7, not 2-9. But it’s not, and that hangs over Gundy’s head for sure.However the whole of Gundy’s tenure far outweighs that 2-9 blemish. Far, far outweighs it. Pickens knows that. Everybody knows that. Mike Gundy is pretty easily the best football coach OSU has ever had, Bedlam record or not.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!
Oklahoma State announced on Friday that fans had purchased 50,354 season tickets ahead of its Big 12 home opener against TCU. This surpasses the previous record of 50,223 set in 2013. In 2013, OSU fans also set a record of 98.2 percent attendance numbers which could also be in jeopardy with the hype surrounding this year’s team.Cowboy fans bought out the season opener against Tulsa and with No. 16-ranked TCU coming to town, hurried to box offices earlier this week and bought up every remaining seat.When Saturday’s #okstate game against TCU is sold out by Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/uArgR60LTN— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 20, 2017 201359,12631398.2% YearAvg AttendanceNational RankBig 12 RankingPct. Capacity Of course, 2017 just reflects the Tulsa game but will remain at 100 percent capacity heading into Week 5.With the next game in Stillwater being Homecoming, you can expect BPS to remain at capacity. Then you’ve got Bedlam — check. And home games against Kansas State and Kansas. If we can all pull together to make it to a Thanksgiving game against the Jayhawks in Week 12, the capacity record should be as good as broken.The buzz surrounding OSU football is palpable. If this team is as good as it looks like it might be, this could be an all-time year, if not an historic one. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?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! 201454,38737590.3% 201557,66831398.8% Here’s a look at the attendance numbers for the past five seasons. 201756,790293100% 201653,81435589.4%
Premier League Watford ‘soldier’ Richarlison is looking to conquer the Premier League – and Elton John! Bruno Andrade Last updated 2 years ago 00:01 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dan Istitene/ Getty Images Premier League Watford A debut goal announced the young Brazilian to Hornets fans in the best possible manner, and he has his sights set on impressing the chairman! It took Watford’s Brazilian wonderkid Richarlison just four games to earn his own chant from the Vicarage Road faithful, and he is determined to repay that support by shining in the Premier League. The former Fluminense attacker has made an instant impact since swapping Rio de Janeiro for Watford, helped by the presence of Portuguese coach Marco Silva to begin the tough adaptation to English climes. Watford 9/2 to win at Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 Richarlison netted his first goal in the Premier League on his debut, as Watford brushed aside Bournemouth 2-0 to start the season in style.And he has already been honoured by the Hornets fans, who sing to the tune of Richie Valens’ seminal Para bailar la bamba, “Richarlison, Richarlison, he plays for Watford in Silva’s army!””The fans here are wonderful. I want to learn the song to sing it along with them,” Richarlison beamed during an interview with Goal. “Their affection motivates me to play even better, run a bit further… I was very surprised by their reception, I don’t have the words to describe what the fans have done for me.”Still a newcomer to the English language, however, the 20-year-old admitted that the exact words to his chant slipped him by. “I still don’t know [what the songs says], but they say my name several times. I need to grab [goalkeeper Heurelho] Gomes to try and find out exactly what the fans are singing,” he laughed.At 20 Richarlison is one of the youngest Brazilians to move to the Premier League, and he confesses that the transfer this summer was a dream come true. “It is already a dream to be in England, in a club of Watford’s stature. It is a dream from my childhood, I always wanted to play in the Premier League which is one of the best leagues in the world,” he said. “God has made everything perfect for me. I did not think twice when the offer from England came, because it was always a professional goal of mine. I want to make history in Watford, and score lots of goals.”But one ambition the youngster holds is still yet to be fulfilled: meeting Watford chairman and international music superstar Elton John. “I hope to get to know him very soon, I still haven’t had the honour. I want to give him a hug,” Richarlison explained. “Gomes says that Elton John always goes to games, that he likes to watch the players. He has a lot of love for the club, right? “He is a musician and has a lot of love for Watford, so it’s okay to dream about a special song in my honour. It would be interesting, who knows!” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gareth Bale Bale doubtful for Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Espanyol Espanyol The Welsh attacker was substituted with a slight injury in Tuesday’s win over Borussia Dortmund and Zinedine Zidane could leave him out on Sunday Real Madrid are likely to be without Gareth Bale for Sunday’s La Liga home match against Espanyol, but Zinedine Zidane has not ruled him out completelyBale scored one and provided an assist impressive 3-1 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but had to be replaced by Lucas Vazquez with five minutes remaining after being seen feeling the back of his leg.Real Madrid 8/1 to beat Espanyol 2-0 Article continues below 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. Tests have ruled out any significant damage, but the Wales international again missed training on Saturday.Head coach Zidane did not completely rule out the prospect of Bale featuring at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he did not seem keen on taking a chance.The injury will also concern Wales, who have two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland after Madrid face Espanyol.”We will see [how he is] on Sunday,” said Zidane. “It is a strain, so nothing too significant. But, as always, when a player has even a small problem then we don’t want to risk it.”You will see on Sunday if he plays. He may be [on the squad list] and is not discounted yet. “As for him playing for his national team [next week], I don’t think there will be any issue between Real Madrid and Wales.”It will depend on his injury niggles and his state of fitness, nothing else. We will take it day-to-day from Sunday.”I’m not worried about the BBC, we will see them all soon.”Today’s training sessionBring on tomorrow’s match against @RCDEspanyol ! #RMCity #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/6TiIOyQiez — Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 30, 2017 Zidane wants to build momentum at the Bernabeu – where Madrid have failed to win in three LaLiga games – after beating Alaves and Dortmund in consecutive away matches.”We want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and to win well,” he said.”If you play well and start the match well then you’ll have a good chance of winning.”We can change all of [the talk about poor home form]. Now we have a game to change this. We don’t live in the past and what has happened has happened.”The fans have been there for life and we wouldn’t want to change it. We love our fan base and all of the players and the squad want to play at this stadium.”We cannot have the mind-set that we don’t want to play [at home]. If we could play every match here then that would be much better.”
Neymar Neymar joins Ronaldinho & Zlatan in exclusive goalscoring club Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 04:35 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Neymar PSG Zlatan Ibrahimović Olympique Marseille v PSG Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 Stats The trio are the only players since the turn of the century to score goals in both the Classique and the Clasico Neymar is set for a number of new experiences during his debut campaign at Paris Saint-Germain, and Sunday was no different.The world-record summer signing took part in his first ever Classique as the Ligue 1 leaders travelled to Stade Velodrome to take on bitter rivals Marseille.PSG 17/4 favourite to win the Champions League 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 despite fellow Brazilian Luiz Gustavo opening the scoring for the home side, it did not take long for Neymar to get in on the action as he equalised after 33 minutes.In doing so, the former Barcelona forward has become just the third player since the turn of the century to score in both the Classique in France and the Clasico in Spain.3 – Neymar is the 3rd player to score in a classique & in a clasico in league games in the 21st century (Ronaldinho & Ibrahimovic). Stars. pic.twitter.com/M9FxHg2rvT — OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 22, 2017 He joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho in the exclusive club, with both having also completed the feat while playing for Barca and PSG.As entertainers go, it is not bad company to be keeping, and Neymar will be hopeful to keep breaking new ground as the campaign wears on.
Transfers Chelsea target Lucas was made aware of PSG back-up status, says Emery Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 04:24 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers PSG PSG v Troyes Troyes Ligue 1 Chelsea Premier League The man in charge at Parc des Princes insists that those being linked with moves, including Javier Pastore, were told what their status would be Lucas Moura was among a group of Paris Saint-Germain players to be told they would likely play a peripheral role in 2017-18 by Unai Emery.Brazil winger Lucas has been linked with a January exit from the Parc des Princes amid limited game time this season – with Chelsea reported to be among his suitors – all five of his Ligue 1 appearances have come off the bench and he is yet to make an outing in the Champions League.PSG -5 4/1 to beat Troyes 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 The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have restricted the opportunities handed to the 25-year-old, but Emery claims the situation such squad members would find themselves in was made clear before the campaign got underway.”During the pre-season, I spoke individually with the players to explain to them the new situation within the team,” Emery told a news conference ahead of the Ligue 1 leaders’ meeting with Troyes on Wednesday.”This year, we signed or bought some players that will help the team to go a step ahead. It is now difficult for some players to deal with the competition we were looking to create within the team.”All the players were a little aware about it before the season started. All the players who are in the group have the opportunity to play but also need to face the complexity of the competition if the others are playing well.”Some play less because the competition this season is higher than the previous one.”PSG squad for tomorrow’s match vs. @estac_officiel !#PSGESTAC #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/WGIH32hyWe — PSG English (@PSG_English) November 28, 2017 Lucas will not feature at home against Troyes and was also left out of the matchday squad for the 2-1 away victory over defending Ligue 1 champions Monaco on Sunday, a result that sent PSG nine points clear at the summit.Javier Pastore was a late second-half introduction and the Argentina international confirmed after the match he was considering his future with Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in his signature.Despite Pastore’s comments, Emery is demanding focus from everyone in the squad as PSG look to finish the year strongly.”There is nothing unusual about the fact we can hear rumours about some players. They are important players, great players,” said the coach.”As I said, what I am currently looking for is just to prepare well for Wednesday’s game and Saturday’s [against Strasbourg].”This is a very important month before ending the year. I want all my players focused as I am for the following games. I want them to play at their best of their abilities individually and collectively.”
Atlético Madrid Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant two-goal haul Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:47 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Elche Elche Copa del Rey The Atletico Madrid head coach was full of praise for his two-goal hero following Wednesday’s triumph over Elche Diego Simeone hailed the “quality” of Fernando Torres after the veteran forward fired Atletico Madrid into the Copa del Rey last 16.Torres scored twice as Atletico saw off third-tier Elche 3-0 on Wednesday and 4-1 on aggregate at the Wanda Metropolitano midweek.Torres 6/5 to score v Sociedad 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 The 33-year-old’s brace opened his account for the season, having failed to score in all competitions prior to Wednesday.”Fernando did well as goals are so important for a forward,” Simeone said.”He took maybe the two most difficult chances he had, with a lot of quality.” Today, we lived a great first-ever #CopaDelRey night in the Wanda @Metropolitano! Thanks for your continuous support, Atlético fans!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiElche pic.twitter.com/3hr8SHmfrT— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 30, 2017Atletico centre-back Jose Gimenez was also on target, opening the scoring in the 31st minute in the Spanish capital.”The cup can be a trap as if you relax you can find it difficult to get back into the game,” Simeone said. “The away goals are very valuable, so you must be focused in every moment.”The first half was very good, we went out very strong, convinced on what we needed to do. The two goals had us in control really of the tie, although things can always turn around.”Simeone leapt to the defence of out-of-form forward Luciano Vietto, who was wasteful in attack as his run without a goal in 2017 continued.”It seems that yes [Vietto feels under pressure],” Simeone added. “He plays very well with his back to goal, rarely loses possession, chooses his passes well. His is a tough position to play as if you do not score you get criticised.”He does not hide, keeps playing, and he is one of the best we have in his general play and we protect him for that.”
Simone Biles Raisman is not the only athlete to have taken issue with USA Gymnastics’ handling of the case. Another Olympian, McKayla Maroney, filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics last month, alleging that officials paid her to sign a confidential financial settlement to remain silent on the abuse.On Wednesday, USA Gymnastics said it would not seek compensation if Maroney chose to speak out about Nassar. It said: “USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing.”Maroney’s attorney, John Manly, pushed back against USA Gymnastics’ statement. “Let’s be clear. The only reason this statement was issued is because people were outraged at USAG’s behaviour toward Ms Maroney and her family. So outraged that people were kindly offering to pay the six-figure USAG penalty so McKayla could speak. Everyday Americans get that no one should be silenced about child molestation,” he said.The model Chrissy Teigen had earlier offered to pay Maroney’s fine if she spoke out. Read more … 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. Share on WhatsApp news US sports Biles also laid some blame on USA Gymnastics on Monday. “For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions,” she wrote on Twitter. “No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”Kerry Perry replaced Steve Penny as USA Gymnastics president in November after Penny resigned. Perry was in court for Nassar’s hearing on Tuesday but declined to comment on the trial. Simone Biles breaks her silence: ‘I am not afraid to tell my story’ Topics Olympic champion Aly Raisman has said USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused by team doctor Larry Nassar.Raisman’s accusation came as Nassar’s sentence hearing, which is expected to last until Friday, continued. Nassar has admitted abusing athletes, one as young as six, during his time as a doctor with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Prosecutors are seeking a 40- to 125-year prison sentence for the 54-year-old. christine teigen (@chrissyteigen)The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla. pic.twitter.com/lsBEgEqZpDJanuary 16, 2018 Support The Guardian Play Video Share on Facebook Since you’re here… “I was told [by USA Gymnastics] to be quiet,” Raisman told ESPN on Tuesday night. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat, and especially when their first concern should be to make sure I’m OK, to get information from me, to see if my other team-mates were abused, to see what else I knew, to get to the bottom of it.”Nassar abused dozens of young athletes in his care and many of them are in court this week to testify against him as a judge considers his sentence. On Monday Raisman’s fellow Olympic champion, Simone Biles, became the latest gymnast to say she was abused by Nassar.USA Gymnastics issued a statement on Monday saying it was “absolutely heartbroken” by Nassar’s crimes. Raisman was dismissive.“Their biggest priority from the beginning and still today is their reputation, the medals they win and the money they make off of us,” said Raisman. “I don’t think that they care. If they cared, then the second they realized that I was abused, they would have reached out, asked if I needed therapy, asked if I was OK, asked what they could have done and they would have – they would have made a big change.“Instead, they allowed Larry to continue to work on little girls in Michigan and molest gymnasts for a very long time. I don’t know how they sleep at night. I’m so angry that, after realizing that we were abused, they let him continue to molest other gymnasts when they told me there was an investigation going on. They told me to be quiet. I thought that they were doing the right thing, and I didn’t want to tip off the investigation. I trusted them and I shouldn’t have.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn ‘Little girls don’t stay little forever’: abuse victims confront Larry Nassar – video Gymnastics 1:42 Reuse this content
When you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three‑times world champion still grounded enough to enjoy playing for free in the local leagues, it is obvious why a pub will open just for you before 10 o’clock on a Friday morning. Murky sunlight seeps into The Bell in Deeping St James, not far from Peterborough, as Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams discusses a silent killer.“A lot of people call it the silent killer because there are not necessarily any symptoms,” Adams says of prostate cancer, which took hold of him in the spring of 2016. “I didn’t have any symptoms and I know lots of people that have never had any symptoms – or it’s been minor stuff they’ve brushed aside.”Even when there are early warnings, men still succumb. “Yeah,” Adams says, “men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we? It’s one of those things we’ve got to learn to do. You can’t leave it to the women chattering in the corner. You’ve got to talk amongst yourselves.”Even the landlord has stopped hoovering, and pulled up a chair at the bar, so he can listen in at a discreet distance. Wintry light catches the chunky sovereign rings on Adams’s fingers as his voice resounds around the hushed pub. “Some of my friends found it quite difficult to talk to me. I used to drink in here with a guy and when it came out in the public domain that I’d got prostate cancer I was chatting to him down the rugby club. He went: ‘You didn’t know I had it, did you? I had the operation a few years ago and you never knew, did you?’ I said: ‘No, because you never bloody told me.’ Us blokes just don’t talk about it. We should do.” Share on WhatsApp Topics Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Facebook Facebook Pinterest I have been sent some stark statistics by Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which helps so many people when they face the suddenly brutal prospect of death. Men are 14% more likely to be stricken with cancer than women; and 37% more likely to die than female cancer patients. They are also much less likely to ask for help.“One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Adams says. “And if you’re black it’s one in four. Unbelievable. It shouldn’t just be down to charitable organisations – the government should be doing more. They should stop wasting money elsewhere and channel it into cancer research. But our government does some bloody silly things.”The 61-year-old Adams will lead a Macmillan campaign “aimed at working men. Blokes on the building site. You come in the pub but, instead of talking about football, talk about your health. You can bet your life if you’ve got eight blokes in here one of them could have prostate cancer and not know it.”How did Adams discover he had cancer? “Purely by chance. I was giving up smoking and I was going on the Champix tablets. My GP is very good and said: ‘If you want to do that we’ll do a full set of blood tests first. So he did the blood tests and then I had a phone call: ‘We’ve booked you an appointment with oncology in Peterborough.’”Adams shakes his head at the memory of the blood tests, MRI scans and biopsies that consumed him. “I remember the consultant showed me the MRI and said: ‘My interpretation is there are cancer cells just there and unfortunately that’s the most difficult part of the prostate to reach for biopsies. So we want you to do it again.’ They found cancer on the second lot of biopsies. You then go through a full-body bone scan to make sure it’s not gone in the bones. That was all clear. So I had 20 radiotherapy sessions over four weeks.” The Recap: sign up for the best sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action The trip that turned Rob Cross from pub player to world darts champion He talks cheerfully about hoping to play county darts until he is 75 but Adams is more intent on raising awareness of cancer. Rightly praising the tests for cervical cancer in women, he laments the absence of screening for prostate cancer in men. “There’s a drive within Prostate Cancer UK to have a screening process implemented. That will happen.”In the meantime, the Wolfman will keep fighting cancer. He opens his phone and shows me a photograph of his black van which has been painted with a huge Man of Men silver badge and the Prostate Cancer UK website. Adams planned to pay for the paintwork himself. “I went to see the people who will do it and I asked the young man for a quote. He said: ‘I had a word with the boss. He really likes it. Provided we can take some photos of the van with you, you can have it free.’”Adams laughs when I say I can imagine him driving around in his Man of Men black van, blasting out his walk-on darts music, Hungry Like The Wolf. “I’ll always be hungry like a wolf. You’ve got to enjoy life, haven’t you? I think my van is going to be noticed. It’s definitely going to spread awareness about prostate cancer.”Macmillan Cancer Support works with the construction, electrical and home improvement sectors to support men with cancer – www.macmillan.org.uk/saytheword … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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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. Darts Share on LinkedIn Read more “Money isn’t everything,” Adams says, looking bemused by the hugely successful PDC world championships at Alexandra Palace which precedes the less overblown BDO version. “I’ve got no desire to go to Ally Pally. Most people are there just for the drink and the party and I find that strange. A ticket is £30 or £40. Imagine if you said to someone coming into the pub: ‘I’m going to charge you £30 to come in and you can get as drunk as you like, sing as much as you like and I’m going to overcharge you on the beer.’ Would they come in? No. Why they do it at Ally Pally is beyond my belief. Lakeside is true darts supporters. If somebody tries a sing‑song people shut them up. We have a fantastic atmosphere at Lakeside. It’s proper darts.”The best players today are all on the PDC circuit but Adams shrugs when asked if Taylor and Michael van Gerwen are the greatest he has faced. “They’re great on their day and when they’re hitting it they’re unbeatable. But for me the greatest player of all time is Eric Bristow [who won five world titles compared to Taylor’s 16]. Eric got to two world finals with dartitis [the equivalent of the yips in golf]. He didn’t win either but that shows his true grit.”Adams is less glowing towards Taylor, whom he played against so often before they ended up in the rival BDO and PDC camps. It is hard to imagine Taylor emulating Adams by playing in the local leagues for free. “Not really, no,” Adams agrees. “I’m not sure he’s got any mates, to be honest. He’s a great dart player, Phil, but he’s not someone I’d ring up and say ‘Do you fancy a beer?’, because he’d only want to talk about darts. That would bore me.” Cancer Reuse this content Support The Guardian Prostate cancer Health interviews Twitter One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay Has cancer changed him? “Yeah, it made me value the simple things in life. My gardening got brilliant. It’s very peaceful in the garden, tinkering away, and this time of year is great because I just put my tomato seeds in. My tomatoes and marrows are brilliant.”Adams has slipped to 27th in the BDO rankings since his cancer treatment began. Last month he lost narrowly, 3-2, in the first round against the organisation’s No 1 player Mark McGeeney. It was his 25th successive appearance in the BDO’s landmark tournament at Lakeside and he is proud not to have left to play on the much richer and far more popular PDC circuit – where his old rival Phil Taylor reached the final this year in his last match before retiring. Has it changed me? It’s made me value the simple things in life. My gardening got brilliant Share on Twitter Read more Martin Adams at The Bell pub in Deeping St James, Lincolnshire. ‘I got through the radiotherapy and then you wait eight weeks – and that is the longest eight weeks of your life’. Photograph: John Robertson/Guardian Adams could not be sure if the cancer would be destroyed but he says: “I never thought about death. I had a lot of good friends who said you’ve got to remain positive. I got through the radiotherapy and then you wait eight weeks – and that is the longest eight weeks of your life.“That last week drags and drags. You’ve got to have your PSA [prostate specific antigen] blood test first and mine was 0.01, virtually untraceable. I said: ‘Is that an all‑clear?’ The consultant said: ‘It’s as good an all-clear as we can give.’ They would never give you 100% because, unfortunately, cancer has a habit of coming back. It’s not something you dwell on. You just carry on.“But with all the hormone treatment during radiotherapy you get emotional. You cry for no reason. Leigh [his partner] would say: ‘What are you crying for?’ I would say: ‘I don’t know.’ [Adams laughs.] Straight after radiotherapy I did the British Classic on a Saturday, the British Open on the Sunday. Played all right in the Classic but the following day I couldn’t hit a thing.”Adams twirls his big Wolfman ring and cackles. “It got into the public domain because I chatted with Bob French – the local sports editor. We were talking about an upcoming event and I said: ‘Experience tells me I’ll be good one day and rubbish the next.’ He went: ‘Why?’ I said: ‘I’ve been struggling and the prostate cancer isn’t helping.’ He said: ‘Pardon?’ I went: ‘Oops. It’s out there now.’ The support I’ve had from people is incredible. I go to Tesco on a Monday morning and they’re all asking: ‘How’s your health?’ My checks are every six months and the next one is in May – which will be the two-year mark.” You can bet your life if you’ve got eight blokes in the pub one of them could have prostate cancer and not know it Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest
Share on Messenger Steven Gerrard Twitter Legendary playing status and adulation from a new supporter base will not halt the moans and groans such as emerged on a balmy Glasgow evening. Spells of decent Rangers play, particularly in the opening half, were undermined by profligacy. And yet, significantly, victory to nil was delivered.Afterwards, and tellingly, Gerrard urged caution. “I’m satisfied with the result, satisfied with parts of the performance but it’s not any better than satisfactory,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do; we’re still in a game.“I thought we should have won more comfortably. We take 2-0 but I’m slightly disappointed we didn’t win more comfortably.”Gerrard cited “tension” within the Rangers display. “When we relaxed and made passes, we looked more like a team,” he added.Gerrard has become used to rapturous receptions around these parts. He was afforded another one before kick-off; the capacity Ibrox crowd told of the fever pitch excitement attached to his arrival.Any stumble against such limited opposition would not help Gerrard’s status, of course. Shkupi finished 40 points adrift of the Macedonian champions last season. Memories of a shocking Rangers Europa League exit at the hands of a team from Luxembourg 12 months ago have not receded. When the laughing from rival fans in Scotland subsided, the reality was that stumble undermined the tenure of Pedro Caixinha to an unrecoverable extent.Rangers opened brightly before the delivery of a sharp warning shot. In the 14th minute, with the visitors’ first meaningful foray into Rangers territory, Blagojce Ljamcevski clipped the top of the crossbar. One intriguing aspect of Gerrard’s preferred deployment of a 4-3-3 formation will be whether full-backs will find themselves exposed; precisely that transpired as Shkupi broke.Rangers heeded the warning in timely fashion. Jamie Murphy’s key problem with cutting inside the penalty area on his left foot was the appearance of a teammate, Alfredo Morelos, directly between him and goal. Morelos duly adjusted his position as Murphy shot, with the Shkupi goalkeeper Suat Zendeli hardly covering himself in glory as the ball bounced into his net. Zendeli did partly redeem himself with a fine stop to deny a net-bound Josh Windass header as Rangers looked to press home a level of superiority most obvious when they attacked. Zendeli produced further acrobatics to tip a deflected Jon Flanagan effort wide for a corner. By the interval Shkupi were glad of respite given Rangers had laid siege on their goal and Scott Arfield had passed up the most glaring opportunity to double Rangers’ lead with a comedic miskick when six yards out.In endorsing the benefit of their break, Shkupi opened the second period with a new-found level of confidence in possession. If they had sensed an element of vulnerability in the Rangers defence, that would have been fair. However, pretty passing patterns amounted to nothing by way of clear-cut chances for the Macedonians. A flurry of ineffective corners was the sum of this spell. How a moment of history could so easily have triggered embarrassment. Steven Gerrard avoided such a scenario in this, his first competitive match as a manager, but long spells of Rangers’ 2-0 success over Shkupi served chiefly to highlight the levels of improvement needed at Ibrox. The Liverpool icon can, of course, point to context; Scottish clubs, Celtic aside, have struggled in recent European qualifying ties. Pinterest Topics Gerrard, who barely strayed from the touchline all evening, called on the combative Ryan Jack from among his substitutes in a bid to reassert Rangers’ grip on the game. That Daniel Candeias, a far more attacking player than his replacement, made way further highlighted the manager’s concern. With more than half an hour to play, the game had regressed badly; a scenario far more appealing to Shkupi than Rangers.Gerrard called twice more on substitutes – Ovie Ejaria and Glenn Middleton – in a bid to rejuvenate his team. A stoppage-time penalty did that, and offered breathing space, with James Tavernier clipping home after Murphy was upended. Monday’s flight to Macedonia was suddenly afforded an altogether different atmosphere, even if Gerrard was clearly of a mind to curb any thoughts of the next round. Europa League Transfer roundup: West Ham set to sign Felipe Anderson for club record £33.5m Jamie Murphy gives Rangers a 1-0 lead. Photograph: Stuart Wallace/Rex/Shutterstock Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Rangers Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp match reports Reuse this content
Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Emma John Read more Share on LinkedIn Six weeks later Pringle was playing for England at Lord’s in the first Test team chosen under the aegis of the new chairman of selectors, PBH May, a Cantab man himself. The late and much-lamented journalist Alan Lee asked May if he intended to fill his squads with Cambridge Blues. “Well,” May replied. “We don’t want any of those Oxford louts, do we?”May’s sense of humour was sly, and rarely deployed in public. It was suspected that he might have seen Pringle as a reincarnation of his young self or perhaps that he saw him as a match for one of his four daughters. As a reading of May’s approach to his job, this may have been accurate: at the end of his reign he gave the captaincy to Chris Cowdrey, his godson. But it would have been a spectacular misreading of Pringle’s character: aside from the sporting precociousness and the off-drive, the two men could hardly have had less in common. An appropriate son-in-law? No.Pringle’s new book is not a conventional autobiography. He is not a conventional man. It is a romp through cricket in the 1980s, driven by the publishers’ needs rather than the inner needs that produce the very best books: the cover even has the nudge-nudge subtitle Playing Home and Away. But it is a very fine romp and says something deeper about cricket and life than perhaps even its author intended.It is maybe the only cricket book in which “Cook” more often refers to the tortured satirist Peter than Sam, Geoff, Nick or Alastair. And where “Grace” is not WG but the friendly lady who enjoyed the company of cricketers visiting Trent Bridge.And it conjures up the now lost era in which the game, at both amateur and professional and even international level, was part of life. Sometimes you won; sometimes you lost, hey-ho. You met triumph and disaster and tried to treat those two impostors just the same. Through that decade Pringle was sometimes in the team, sometimes out. Either way he shrugged and enjoyed himself.When unwanted by England he played for Essex, a highly successful team who laughed and mucked around a lot. They won trophies and were very well-watched. And the England team (and thus this book) were dominated by the overwhelming, often overbearing, presence of the roisterer Ian Botham. Cricket was never out of the news and Botham was far more famous than any active English footballer.In broader terms it was a decade on a cusp. It was the era of Margaret Thatcher. Britain was starting to take post-war preoccupations more seriously, work and making money – not always synonymous – most of all. A skinful of Ian Botham fills Derek Pringle’s excellent grog-filled memoir Sport was the epitome of the change. And by the end of the 80s cricket began to get much more serious: age-group cricket as a pathway to the top being the most significant if not the most obvious change. Over time it has now produced several generations of players who have done very little in their lives except play cricket.It is untrue to say there are no characters left, though the pressure is massive towards discipline, conformity, blandness. It is untrue to say there is less individuality on the field. And we know it is untrue that England cricketers have entirely given up on what used to be called, jokily, “nights of shame”. Many of the changes had to happen.But look around. In Britain its most distinctive national sport is now much less played, less watched, less followed and less enjoyed. Spontaneous playground, park, back-street and back-garden cricket have gone – outside the Asian community. Village cricket is vanishing fast. Where it is played, it is becoming po-faced and argumentative. And how many people would even recognise England’s current opening batsmen on the field, let alone if you bumped into them Christmas shopping?No one would now be plucked from Fenner’s straight into the Test team. A lateral-thinking Pringle would be sought out earlier, found out and then sorted out or bombed out. An unbiddable Botham is unimaginable. Will anyone become nostalgic about cricket in the 2010s unless, as one fears, the idiots kill it completely? I want my game back – as a game. Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties by Derek Pringle is published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20 Share on Facebook England cricket team Cricket Since you’re here… Anti-feminist for joining the MCC? Not me – I’m part of an inside job Essex I first met Derek Pringle on 23 April 1982, St George’s Day. It can be dated exactly because the occasion is noted in Wisden: Cambridge University v Glamorgan at Fenner’s. Our conversation is reported in Pringle’s new book.He was the dashing captain of Cambridge who had just come extremely close to leading his team to victory over a first-class county for the first time since, well, a long time. And almost wholly through his own brilliant batting. But they hadn’t won, because with five wickets down, Pringle still in and the target within reach, he started blocking for a draw.After that had been achieved, the Guardian’s man on the spot approached him to ask why he had not gone all out for victory – diffidently, because he was almost a foot taller than me and starting to get noticed as the coming young man of English cricket. “Er, miscounted, didn’t I?” he replied. I made a decision on the spot: I liked this bloke. All these years later, that hasn’t changed, and nor has he. Reuse this content comment Topics Sportblog Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. 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Corners 5 Kongolo 17 Kovacic Venue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 1 Huddersfield 1Referee Paul TierneyThis season G16 Y62 R1 4.00 cards/gameOdds H 1-5 A 18-1 D 6-1CHELSEASubs from Caballero, Green, Ampadu, Palmieiri, Cahill, Barkley, Rüdiger, Zappacosta, Kovacic, Drinkwater, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, PedroDoubtful Christensen (hamstring), Rüdiger (knee)Injured NoneSuspended NoneDiscipline Y31 R0Form WWDWLLLeading scorer Hazard 10HUDDERSFIELDSubs from Hamer, Smith, Löwe, Kongolo, Bacuna, Mbenza, Depoitre, Bacuna, Puncheon, Pritchard, MouniéDoubtful Billing (knee), Mbenza (calf)Injured Sabiri (collarbone, 23 Feb), Williams (knee, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y35 R3Form LLLDLLLeading scorer Jørgensen 3 24 Mounie Premier League HUD CHE 35 65 12 Hamer 7 Bacuna 10 Hazard Share on Pinterest (s 83′) 7 Kante The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Huddersfield 9 Kachunga 22 Willian 11 2 HUD35CHE65% Share on Twitter 1 Lossl 8 Billing 5 Jorginho Chelsea 2 Rudiger Maurizio Sarri has presided over Chelsea being humiliated in their last two Premier League games and dropping out of the top four, heaping pressure on the manager before the visit of struggling Huddersfield. This might normally be an appealing fixture in which to kick-start a revival, and for Gonzalo Higuaín to adjust better to the frantic rhythm of the Premier League, but Huddersfield arrive with little to lose. They guaranteed their top-flight survival in this fixture last season. Stamford Bridge holds plenty of good memories. Dominic FifieldSaturday 3pm Share via Email 8 Barkley Huddersfield 28 Azpilicueta 12 Loftus-Cheek Chelsea Reuse this content 15 Lowe Share on Facebook 1 Arrizabalaga (s 27′) Fouls 16 Chelsea Off target 3 Huddersfield 6 Chelsea On target 2 Huddersfield 33 Hadergjonaj resources 26 Schindler Match stats 27 Christensen 25 Jorgensen 10 Mooy Substitutes Lineups (s 77′) 13 Caballero 9 Higuain Read more 11 Pedro 3 Alonso 21 Pritchard Possession 2 Smith 20 Hudson-Odoi Share on WhatsApp (s 67′) (s 70′) Topics 18 Mbenza Match previews 8 5 18 Giroud Share on Messenger 11 Diakhaby Substitutes 42 Puncheon 30 Luiz Share on LinkedIn Goal attempts (s 84′) 16 Ahearne-Grant
Share on Messenger Rugby union Gerard Meagher Rugby Australia has stood down Folau from all duties until further notice and stated its intention to sack him “in the absence of compelling mitigating factors”, having previously warned the 30-year-old player against sharing material that “condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality”.Speaking publicly for the first time since the row erupted, however, Folau said he would be prepared to give up rugby if that was God’s wish for him. “It’s obviously a decision that’s in the process right now but I believe in a God that’s in control of all things,” he said, having attended a Sunday service at his local church. “Whatever his will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what he wants me to do.“First and foremost, I live for God now. His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.” ‘Delicate situation’: Israel Folau’s exit may impact Wallabies’ dressing room Israel Folau Since you’re here… Australia sport Share via Email Topics Support The Guardian news With major sponsors threatening to withdraw their support from the cash-strapped Australian union, the chances of Folau featuring for the Wallabies in the World Cup this year appear non-existent unless he retracts his views on homosexual “sinners” being destined for hell. So far there is no sign of that happening.“In Ezekiel, chapter 33, verse 11, it says, that ‘God has no pleasure in the person that’s living in sin,’” Folau told the Herald. “He’s a loving God and he wants people to turn away from what they’re living in and he’ll give them life. That’s the message I’m trying to share, even though it comes across as harsh. I can’t change what the word of God says. As we heard today, those that live for Christ will be persecuted for his name. I have love towards everyone that might be saying negative things. I choose to love them because God loves me.” RFU must tackle Billy Vunipola, and homophobia in the game, head on Share on LinkedIn Australia rugby union team Religion The Australia full-back Israel Folau says he stands by the social media messages relating to homosexuality that threaten his future employment in professional sport. Folau, who has warned that hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators, told the Sydney Morning Herald the furore over his comments has not prompted him to change his stance. … 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 Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Reuse this content
Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon Manchester City travel to Burnley on Saturday as they continue their bid for the Premier League title.They could be without David Silva, however, after he picked up a knock against West Brom in midweek.MAN CITY INJURIES Silva was substituted during the first half on Wedesnday and Pep Guardiola said after the match that he was unsure if the Spaniard would be fit to feature at Turf Moor. 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 John Stones missed the West Brom game through illness but should be in contention to start, although new signing Aymeric Laporte looked assured on his debut.Gabriel Jesus is set for at least another three weeks on the sidelines, Leroy Sane will miss at least six weeks, and Benjamin Mendy is still out with a knee injury.Fabian Delph has also been out with a knee injury and while his exact status is unknown, he is unlikely to feature on Saturday.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Oleksandar Zinchenko has impressed at left-back in recent weeks, although Guardiola may go for a bit more defensive solidity by picking Danilo for what could be a physical clash with the Clarets.Stones could well come back into the team given his growing experience of these games. If so he would partner Nicolas Otamendi.Ilkay Gundogan is most likely to replace David Silva if the Spaniard is not fit enough to play.BURNLEY TEAM NEWS Burnley were rocked by news on Wednesday that midfielder Steven Defour would miss several months with a knee injury.The Clarets are also without fellow long-term absentees Robbie Brady and Tom Heaton, while Dean Marney was recently ruled out for the season.Chris Wood and Jonathan Walters are both out with knee injuries.Centre-back James Tarkowski is also out. Stephen Ward could return from a knock, though he missed the Newcastle match in mid-week.OPTA MATCH FACTS Burnley have won one of their last 18 matches against Man City in all competitions (D5 L12), a 1-0 win in March 2015. Manchester City have won six of their last seven trips to Turf Moor in all competitions, with the other game that 1-0 defeat in 2015. Manchester City have already beaten Burnley twice this season, winning 3-0 in the Premier League and 4-1 in the FA Cup – only three times previously has a Premier League side beaten a fellow Premier League side by three or more goals three times in a single season (Arsenal v Leeds United and Middlesbrough in 2003-04 and Arsenal v Aston Villa in 2014-15). Burnley have scored the fewest home goals of any Premier League side this season (8), while only Liverpool (32) have scored more on the road than Manchester City (28). Manchester City haven’t gone three Premier League away games without a win since May 2016 – their last three games on the road under Manuel Pellegrini. Manchester City’s haul of 68 points from 25 games is a joint top-flight record, with Spurs also doing so in 1960-61 (converting to three points for a win). Tottenham went on to do the League and FA Cup double that season.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET) on Saturday, February 3, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC and Universo in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Italy Italy appoint Di Biagio as interim coach Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:43 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Italy Serie A The former Roma and Inter star will take charge of the national team for friendlies against Argentina and England in March Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been installed as interim head coach of his country’s national team.The former Roma and Inter midfielder, who was capped 31 times by Italy, will take charge of next month’s friendlies against Argentina and England.Italy face La Albiceleste at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on March 23 before taking on the Three Lions at Wembley four days later. 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 A statement released by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) read: “Following the meeting held today at the headquarters of the Italian Football Federation in Rome, in the presence of the Extraordinary Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and his deputy Alessandro Costacurta, it was decided to entrust to Luigi Di Biagio the position of national technical commissioner in view of the two international commitments next March.”Di Biagio has been given his chance to press claims for the job despite lacking top-flight coaching experience.The Azzurri have been without a coach since Gian Piero Ventura’s departure in the aftermath of their failure to qualify for the World Cup.Play-off defeat to Sweden marked the first time in 60 years that four-time winners Italy had missed out on a place at the showpiece tournament, and appointing a successor has been complicated by the failure to elect Carlo Tavecchio’s successor as FIGC president.Fabbricini, general secretary of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) was belatedly installed as emergency leader of the FIGC last week.Roberto Mancini and Antonio Conte have both been touted as full-time targets for the role but, despite speculation over the latter’s future at Chelsea, ex-Juventus boss Conte has distanced himself from the prospect of returning to Italy’s bench.”I can tell you that Costacurta is a friend. We played together with the national team in 1994 [at the World Cup],” he told reporters last Friday.”But, maybe he forgot that I still have 18 months of contract with Chelsea. My intention, my will, my desire is to respect this contract.”
Liverpool Klopp hails ‘nearly perfect’ Liverpool as Salah and Firmino shine Ryan Benson 15:18 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Liverpool Premier League Southampton v Liverpool Southampton Jürgen Klopp Goals from two in-form forwards secured victory for the Reds over Southampton, with their manager left saluting an impressive Premier League triumph Liverpool’s routine 2-0 win over struggling Southampton left Jurgen Klopp beaming, praising what he felt was a “nearly perfect” day at St Mary’s.Klopp’s men had little difficulty cruising past Southampton, with Roberto Firmino opening the scoring early on to set the Reds on their way after Mohamed Salah had pounced on a Wesley Hoedt error.Firmino then turned provider just before the break, returning the favour to Salah, who finished with aplomb to effectively end the chances of a home side who got progressively worse after the break. 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 “We knew the strengths of Southampton and how they want to play football, so we wanted to defend and change the game to counter,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”In footballing moments we would’ve loved to do it [play] a bit better. The rhythm wasn’t good either, too fast or really slow and not normal passing speed.”We scored wonderful goals and we could’ve scored more in the second half when we had big chances, but Southampton did well to be honest, with their style of play.”That’s how they want to solve their situation and their problems. I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries – [it was] nearly perfect.”The match saw Virgil van Dijk make his first return to St Mary’s and he received a hostile reception, with Saints fans jeering him whenever he touched the ball.But it did not appear to get under his skin, as the Netherlands international just did his “thing”.”I enjoyed it a lot,” Van Dijk said. “I just focused on the game and I enjoyed being back here because I’ve a lot of good memories here.”Unfortunately they’re not in a good position right now, but as a Liverpool player I am happy with the win. You can’t do anything about the reception. I just did my thing.”
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Juventus want €250m Kane Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:10 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Primera División Serie A Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Juventus want €250m KaneJuventus want to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham and are willing to pay €250 million, according to Don Balon.The Italian side, who are set to play Spurs in the Champions League this week, have money to spend, and are seeking a partner for Paulo Dybala.Kane has thus been identified as their potential marquee signing, though Real Madrid are also interested. 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 Vidal eyes Bayern extension amid Chelsea rumoursArturo Vidal admits he would welcome the opportunity to sign a new contract at Bayern Munich amid talk of a possible move to Chelsea.With Bayern having tied up a summer deal for Schalke star Leon Goretzka, it has been suggested that Vidal will be moved on as the odd man out.The Chile international has, however, stated on numerous occasions that he is not pushing for an exit and has now opened himself up to fresh terms – with his current deal set to expire in 2019.Read the full story on Goal right here!’Madrid target Werner not leaving Leipzig’RB Leipzig forward and reported Real Madrid target Timo Werner will ‘definitely’ stay with the Bundesliga club through next season, sporting director Ralf Rangnick says.The Germany international, 21, has enjoyed another fine campaign, scoring 10 times in 20 league games to back up his 21-goal 2016-17 Bundesliga season.Werner, who has also netted seven goals in 10 internationals for his country, has previously been linked to Madrid and Liverpool. But Rangnick said the forward, who is contracted until 2020, would remain at Leipzig.Read the full story on Goal right here!’Neymar will join Real Madrid’ – MarceloMarcelo believes former Barcelona star Neymar will eventually join Real Madrid.Neymar only completed his world-record €222 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last August but the Brazil international has already been linked with a sensational switch to Madrid.And Madrid full-back Marcelo has tipped his Brazil team-mate to eventually return to Spain via the Santiago Bernabeu.Read the full story on Goal right here!Man Utd want €150m IscoManchester United are set to make a €150 million bid for Isco this summer as they attempt to beat Manchester City to the signing of the Real Madrid midfielder, according to Don Balon.Isco has not been guaranteed a starting place under Zinedine Zidane this season, and both United and City are keen to secure his signature.United, however, believe they may have an advantage in the race to secure the Spain international, with City having already agreed to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.Real pull plug on De Gea pursuit, target Courtois insteadReal Madrid have ended their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, and are instead set to bid for Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois this summer, according to Talksport.Real have long pursued De Gea, but believe extracting him from United will prove too difficult this summer.The Spanish giants are desperate to sign a goalkeeper, and have set their sights on Courtois, who has yet to agree terms on a new contract at Stamford Bridge.Alderweireld future in doubtToby Alderweireld’s future is in doubt, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino set to leave him at home for the Champions League trip to Juventus, reports the Telegraph.The Belgium international has just recovered from a hamstring injury but he made it clear that he was fit to face Arsenal before the north London derby, only for Pochettino to leave him out of his squad.Alderweireld has yet to sign a new contract at Spurs, and the Pochettino’s decision to overlook him may impact talks.Newcastle failed with Hart bidNewcastle United tried to sign Joe Hart on loan in January, according to the Daily Mirror.Rafael Benitez wanted to sign the England international, who is currently on loan at West Ham from Manchester City, on a short-term deal and offered the Hammers a reserve keeper of the Magpies in exchange.However, David Moyes snubbed the offer, leading Newcastle to sign Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague, with the Slovakia international making a heroic debut in the 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.Conte: I’m a disaster at convincing clubs to sign playersAntonio Conte admits he is a “bit of a disaster” when it comes to convincing clubs to buy players.However, the under-pressure Chelsea manager insists that his coaching skills cannot be questioned.”My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect,” Conte said. “About mentality also, about the desire, the will to fight, and the tactical aspects. Yes. My task is this. For this, I’m very good.”I think I’m a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy the players. I think in this aspect I can improve a lot. I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. I can learn a lot in that aspect.”Read the full story on Goal!Chelsea consider Silva appointmentChelsea are considering appointing former Watford manager Marco Silva on a short-term basis to replace Antonio Conte, reports The Times.The Blues are enduring something of a crisis and have lost to Bournemouth and Watford in their last two outings.Some reports have claimed that another defeat to West Brom on Monday could see Conte sacked, with Silva the shock name in the frame to take over until the summer, when Roman Abramovich intends to appoint former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.Man City monitor AsensioManchester City are monitoring Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, reports Don Balon.The Spain international has made it clear that if he is not guaranteed a first-team role he will leave the club, and Pep Guardiola’s side are keeping tabs on the situation. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Lacazette in fight to prove he’s worth €60m following Aubameyang arrival Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Opinion After losing his place in the team an injury was the last thing Lacazette needed – and now he faces an uphill task to prove his worth Six months is a long time in football and nobody knows that better than Alexandre Lacazette.In August, he was being lauded as the answer to Arsenal’s search for a prolific No.9 after marking his Premier League debut with a goal. Now, he faces a fight to prolong his Emirates career.In the past month alone, the striker has lost his starting spot to club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, blown two excellent chances to salvage a draw for his side in the north London derby against Tottenham and been ruled out for up to six weeks after undergoing minor surgery on his knee. 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 By the time he returns, he will have just two months to salvage a campaign that had started so well.Lacazette had hit the ground running after arriving in north London from Lyon last summer for an initial €53 million with a potential €7m in add-ons, scoring four times in his opening six league games for the Gunners.However, at the turn of the year, the goals began to dry up. He had struck just twice in his previous 14 appearances before injury intervened and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that the knee problem could have been responsible for his poor form.“I think he recently must have felt something in his knee,” the French manager told beIN Sports. “Maybe that’s an explanation as to why he wasn’t scoring as many goals as he’s used to.”Wenger admitted, though, that Lacazette’s confidence is “maybe not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him”. Certainly, the arrival of a more experienced player for an even bigger fee would have done more harm than good to the Frenchman’s already fragile confidence.Lacazette arrived at the Emirates with the nickname ‘Penazette’ due to a large number of his goals coming from the spot last season. He’s proven that he’s more than just a 12-yard kick specialist with technically excellent runs, astute positioning and finishing worthy of a top striker but, as the months have gone on, the early signs of promise have been replaced by worrying evidence of regression.Whether the slump is psychological or fitness related, there can be no getting away from the fact that Lacazette has played with a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders this season, which some would suggest should have been lifted by Aubameyang displacing him as the club’s most expensive player ever.Instead, it is likely to turn up the heat even more as Lacazette fights for his future at a club whose only realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season is through winning the Europa League.“It’s down to Lacazette to say ‘I’m here to fight – I think you’ve got to play me and Aubameyang or I’m going to be in there somehow. I don’t care about Aubameyang, I’m going to be here because I’m worth my weight in gold’,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport.”He’s scored goals in France, he is a good finisher, but I don’t care who you are, what level you’re at, confidence comes out of your game and you aren’t the same player.”An injury blow at such a crucial point in the season has now paved the way for Danny Welbeck to shine up front in Arsenal’s two-legged, Europa League round-of-32 clash against Swedish side Ostersunds FK.Coincidentally, Welbeck has suffered injury issues of his own over the past few seasons, severely hindering his hopes of regular game time since joining from Manchester United.The England man will be targeting a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2018 World Cup this summer and the upcoming Europa games present a genuine opportunity for Welbeck to showcase his attacking attributes to the Three Lions boss.As one door opens for Welbeck, another appears to be closing for Lacazette. He will undoubtedly return above his team-mate in the pecking order when he’s back from injury, but he then faces a mammoth task to usurp Aubameyang from the starting line-up.It could all be solved if Wenger opts to play the two alongside each other, although that would mean having to do without one of his attacking midfielders.Upon his return to the team it’s up to Lacazette to show the strength of character to prove he is worth every penny of the €60m package Arsenal agreed for him. He still has time, of course. There is still the Europa League and World Cup to fight for. By the end of the summer, everything could have changed again. After all, six months is a long time in football.