first_imgThe former city clerk of Lawton, Iowa has been sentenced to probation for the charge of attempted sexual assault by use of an electronic communications device.61 year old Douglas Furlich had pleaded no contest to that charge in September, after his June 2nd arrest at Crystal Cove Park in South Sioux City by an undercover officer.Prosecutors said Furlich had posted an online ad saying he was “looking for a younger guy.”An undercover officer responded, pretending to be a 15-year-old boy.Furlich was sentenced to 3 years Intensive Supervised Probation, with conditions including that he will participate in a treatment program.He will also abstain from all use of alcohol and controlled substances and submit to testing at his expense; be placed on electronic monitoring for 180 days; and pay all court costs.Furlich must also register as a sex offender with the state of Nebraska.last_img read more






first_imgA mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a suspect charged in the 2017 death of a Bancroft, Nebraska man.District Judge Mark Johnson declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of Derek Olson, who is charged in the March 11th, 2017 death of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock.Warnock’s body was found in the burned rubble of his home after he had been fatally stabbed.Olson’s trial had been taking place in Cuming County District Court in West Point, Nebraska.At issue was testimony from a former state trooper who testified during the trial that he was present at a pre-polygraph examination of Jody Olson, Derek’s father.The defense moved for a mistrial after the former officer’s testimony over the polygraph comments and Judge Johnson granted the request.The judge says Derek Olson’s defense may claim it was Jody Olson who actually killed Warnock and the jury must determine the credibility of witnesses.Jody Olson, plead guilty last December to 2nd degree murder in the case.His sentencing is set for April 4th.A new trial date for Derek Olson has been tentatively set for May 6th.last_img read more

Five Things We Learned From Oklahoma State’s Win Over Iowa State

first_imgAt this point in the season, this team seems fully formed (for better or worse) so “what we’re learning” also wanes with each week. Still, there were a few things we discovered about Oklahoma State in its win over Iowa State on Saturday.1. We can’t totally trust Mike Gundy to manage the clock properly (KP)The social media celebration started long before the thing was actually over as OSU went into its GOP offense with two minutes left and Iowa State with all its timeouts. I’m OK with OSU handing the thing over to its defense, but that wasn’t even the plan to begin with. I’m going to have some trust issues if OSU is up on Baylor or OU late with the Playoff on the line.Gundy: “I made a mistake in the way we handled that last situation. We should have run our offense and we didn’t.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) November 15, 20152. Mason Rudolph has the clutch gene (KB)Rudolph has performed beautifully this season, and he’s been extremely good in pressure situations. Oklahoma State is converting 46% of their third downs, and that’s largely in part to Rudolphs ability to make good decisions – because most of those third down situations have been down and distance.3. The running game still has a pulse (sort of) (KP)It wasn’t close to OSU’s best game in terms of yards per carry, but it sure felt like that because of the way OSU ran the ball. That is, up the middle and around the end instead of the double reverses and pitch-back plays. Chris Carson was in the thick of it and Mike Yurcich keeps showing us that the well of plays is deeper than we all thought. It’s been impressive to watch.4. Glenn Spencer is the king of adjustments (KB)After allowing 24 points in the first half, Spencer’s defense buckled up TIGHT and only let the Cyclones score seven after the half. He may have an odd approach, but hey it worked.Glenn showed me his call sheet from Sat’s game, it had a bunch of indecipherable chicken scratch adlib plays on it. They worked. #OKSTvsISU— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) November 15, 20155. J.W. is the closer (KP)Add another nickname to Walsh’s vast collection of them. The General. The Commander in Chief. The Gamer. Now, The Closer. Walsh’s second half was something right out of the Mariano Rivera playbook. He put his hand on the door with this 16-yard run and then slammed the thing shut with a swing pass to Jeff Carr for the game-winner. Mason Rudolph should get a ton of credit, but Walsh is something special.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

No. 10 West Virginia a 4-Point Favorite Against Oklahoma State

first_imgThis Saturday’s Homecoming game features a a red-hot West Virginia team which has snuck into the Top 10 in both the AP Poll (No. 10) and the Amway Coaches Poll (No. 9).The Mountaineers are currently favored by four points even though they opened as a 2.5-point for their trip to Stillwater this weekend.Holgorsen’s team is 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference, holding each Big 12 team under 20 points. That includes holding Texas Tech to 17 in Lubbock and TCU to 10. Oklahoma gave up 59 to the Red Raiders in a win on the road Saturday night!The Mountaineers are only allowing 17.8 points per game which is second in the Big 12, while still scoring 33.0 points per game themselves.Oklahoma State will have to show up for four quarters and shore up things on defense if they want to get Mike Gundy his 100th win as a Homecoming present.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Riera: Messi being ‘best ever’ was laughable

first_imgWestern Sydney Wanderers Oriol Riera: I would’ve laughed if I was told Lionel Messi would be the best ever Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Oriol Riera Western Sydney Wanderers A-League The striker opens up about life at Barcelona, his friendship with Lionel Messi and how Popa managed to convinced him to join the Wanderers Six years on, an A-League premiership and an Asian Champions League crown later, Tony Popovic finally had the man he had been after all along.He might not have the same legendary status or CV as Sydney FC’s high-profile signing Alessandro Del Piero, but for a club which has failed to knuckle down a high-calibre striker in the past, Oriol Riera’s arrival felt like it was Western Sydney Wanderers’ own ADP moment.Since their inception, nine strikers have signed for the club with only Brendon Santalab, Mark Bridge and Tomi Juric having any real success in the position. The rest have all been busts to various degrees including Kerem Bulut, Federico Piovacarri, Joey Gibbs, Ryan Griffiths, Labinot Haliti and Dino Kresinger. 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 Their 10th striker, it was hoped, would be a success and lead them to the elusive A-League championship.As things stand though, they could win more than just the league title, the FFA Cup is looking well within their reach too, thanks to Riera, who has made a lightning start to life at the Wanderers with six goals in five matches.Oriol Riera Western Sydney WanderersFor a player who has played against some of the greatest teams in recent history, it’s hardly surprising that he has gotten off to a flyer in the A-League.The Catalan native grew up in the municipality of Vic, the capital of the comarca of Osona just 69km away from Barcelona. His talent from a young age earned him a move to Espanyol before eventually landing in Barcelona.”I started to play football when I was five-years-old where in Spain normally, if you’re a boy, you begin with football,” he told Goal. “My father and all the people around me saw that I played very well, scored a lot of goals and had good technique, so I moved to Espanyol.”It was there that we realised I could become a professional player. I joined FC Barcelona when I was 10 and moved away from my family to a place that wasn’t my home, so my life completely changed just to improve and to fulfill my dream to play in LaLiga.”For kids all over Spain and Latin America, a move to Barcelona’s La Masia academy was the dream. But it wasn’t easy. The routine for the kids was gruelling and required self-discipline and maturity well beyond their years.Whilst, in many ways, La Masia is the perfect place for technical development and it was here that Riera also learnt important life lessons. For a club whose motto reads “mes que un club” – that is, more than a club – the emphasis of character development was more important than anything else.”The focus principally was to teach people to be a good man, to have good character and be a good, solid person,” he said.”If you are not a good man, if you are not a good person, and don’t have a good character, you might be the best player at other clubs, but not at Barcelona. After that, they taught us to play hard, to love the game and to love life every day.”Even with all Barcelona had to offer, it was still difficult to make it to the top.”They have great facilities and we played in the best tournaments in the world, so we had all the capabilities to become a great player. But I have many friends from La Masia who aren’t footballers, only 1 in 100 make it to LaLiga. It’s very difficult.”Messi-RieraWhilst that ratio may be true in other parts of Spain, it certainly isn’t at Barcelona. Indeed, some of his ‘friends’ – Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi – did make it. His recalls his relationship with the Argentine, in particular, with whom he spent many years with at the Nou Camp.The pair were roommates too, and although Messi often had little to say, Riera laughs when he recounts the numerous hours the two of them would spend gossiping about particular teenage love interests.”Pique and Messi are the best players in their positions, but for me they are normal people that like the things we all like and enjoy,” he says. “In the past, I spent three years with Messi in the under 19s and then the second team and the first team, we went up and down. He was also my roommate so we spent a lot of time together.  “We spoke about a lot of things, a lot of it about girls because at that time, I was 17 and Messi was 16 and we liked to talk about that.”He had two characters: off the field he was very calm, very quiet, he doesn’t like talking too much. On the field, he was different, he was the best player, had the ability to get the ball, hold the ball and had all the skills.”Despite the talent, Riera insists if he had been told Messi would one day become the greatest player ever, he would have dismissed it without hesitation.”If someone told me at that time that Messi would one day be the best player in the world, possibly ever, it would’ve been a surprise, we would’ve laughed and said it was false. We knew that Messi would be a player in the first-team and a good player, but not like this. In that moment, it was impossible to believe it.”At the moment, he is the best player and I think in 50 years, we will talk about Messi as the best player in the history of football. There is no doubt about this.”Following seven years at Barcelona, the La Masia graduate left first for Cultural Leonesa before stints at Celta Vigo, Cordoba and Alcorcon paved the way for a move to Osasuna in the Primera Division.”For many players, it isn’t easy to make it to LaLiga. There is a lot of quality and technical players there. So you you might have to spend time in the Segunda Division before you can get the opportunity to play there.”I spent time at Celta Vigo and Cordoba, but the team where I learnt the most and improved the most was at Alcorcon. It was the best club and I had the best coach there, who is now at Getafe. He showed the best movements, the best method to score goals and then when I went to Osasuna, then I had all the skills I needed to succeed.”Oriol Riera - Gareth BaleBut while Osasuna was plunged into crisis with the club rocked over a match-fixing scandal, it proved to be a fruitful season for Riera, who struck double figures in goals.”Osasuna was for me, particularly, a very good season,” he recalls. “Not for the club, we had a lot of financial problems with the club and the club is now in court due to money and the people who ran the financial transactions. There were lot of problems back then and we went down. But for me, I scored 13 goals, I played all the games and my dream was complete and that was the best.”It was there that he met compatriot Alvaro Cejudo. The pair became best friends on and off the pitch during their time at Pamplona-based outfit. Little did they know that four years down the track, they would be reunited again in Australia, and it was Riera who was on the phone to Cejudo, begging his mate to join him in Western Sydney.”Cejudo always says to me that if I was not here, he would never come,” he boasts, the sentence interrupted by a giggle. “I understand because it’s so far for us, he doesn’t speak English, not like me. My English isn’t good either but better than Cejudo. So if I wasn’t here, maybe he wouldn’t have come. He’s a very good player and he’s different to all the players and he’s a good friend.””I think it is most important; to play with friends. Cejudo, is like family, and when we played together and maintained this relationship, it’s good because when we are on the pitch, we can speak and try to play together like we used to. We know all the movements and understand how we both play and for the team it is very good.”Enhorabuena por el doblete @ORiera9 en Semis de la @FFACup!!!! 👏🏼Go @wswanderersfc!!!! 💪🏼⚽ pic.twitter.com/xulnHfs8NQ— Álvaro Cejudo (@CEJUDO16) September 23, 2017Riera recounts the day Tony Popovic came calling and he was compelling.The coach spoke of the beauty of the city, the culture of the club and the ambitious project he had in store. It was hard for the Spaniard to resist.“Before we came, Popovic came and we met together and he showed me what the club wanted, what he wanted and what the life in Sydney is like.  He said the club is young and family-orientated and he wanted it to improve. He told me he wanted Western Sydney to be the best club in Australia and Asia.”So he dived head first into the opportunity. Still, coming to Australia was far from an easy decision; it would be a difficult one for anyone let alone a professional footballer who has spent his whole life in Europe with his family settled and comfortable in Spain.But after over a decade in Spain’s LaLiga and Segunda Division, and a stint at Wigan Athletic, the 31-year-old decided it was time for a change of scenery. The prospect of experiencing a different style of football was enticing, particularly for a man who harbours dreams of coaching one day.”After last season in LaLiga, I had one year more on the contract, but my family and I felt we needed a change. We wanted to move to another country to learn about a different style of football. I want to be a coach and it was a good way to learn as we only know the Spanish style. It was the time to make a decision and go to another region because after 12 years in Spain, I think it’s enough.””My family has adapted quickly to Australia. We didn’t expect this and it was worth the travel, the 24 hour flight,” he says. “It’s not easy for the kids but we’ve adapted with schools and teachers and families. We get to enjoy summer in a few months, and we are enjoying the life and the football. We like the change.”Oriol Riera WSWCrucial to his adaption has been the influence of Popovic, who he describes as ‘passionate’. But after an unbelievable three months, on the eve of their biggest A-League season with their biggest, and best, team yet, Popovic left. It was a disappointment for Riera personally, he concedes. But for him to opt to move to Europe was a no-brainer – every other Australian coach would have done the same too, he says – and has no doubts his former manager will be a success in Turkey.”I felt a little bit disappointed when he left because I came here for Popa, to be with him and learn from him,” he admits. “But I know that for him, it is a big opportunity and to be a great coach in Europe. All the things that he showed me in the last three months was unbelievable, it was a big surprise and it was all very good. I liked it a lot, so I was disappointed, but life continues.”I think it is a good opportunity for Popa and it’s a good way to improve. I liked all the things that I saw from him. I think Popovic will be one of the best in Europe. He’s a leader, he has no doubts about himself and the team, he controls the tactics, the players and I like this kind of coach.”He needs time, but he has a lot of time to go step by step, but I’m 100% sure he will be in the big European games. He is like every other good coach on the continent, he understands how to play against different teams and styles. The results are there to see.”It wasn’t only Popovic who made him feel at home at Western Sydney, however. Riera describes the atmosphere of the changing room as comparable to that of a tightly-knit family. And the fans too have played their part  giving the side ‘power’.”Before signing here, everyone that I called to ask about the club told me we have the best fans in the league. And what I have seen in the cup games and in the league was not a surprise for me because everyone told me. We have very good fans, they dance, they sing for us, it helps a lot and we will need that help for many more games. It gives us power. The RBB are passionate and ambitious. They push the team all the time.”And despite a good start to life in Australia, Riera remains grounded – the best, of course, is yet to come.”I think the positive thing is that we made history in the semi-final of the FFA cup. We have four points, the best start for the club and we know that and we have to be happy about that.”last_img read more

Super Mario Gotze is getting back to his best

first_imgUEFA Champions League Watch out, Gotze’s about! Super Mario is getting back to his best Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Martio Gotze Borussia Dortmund 01112017 Getty UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Opinion The Germany international was out of the game for seven months, but is starting to show his greatness once again with Borussia Dortmund Jurgen Klopp did not need any time to think. The best young player he had ever worked with? There was no doubt about it. The answer came to him immediately.”Mario Gotze,” the Liverpool boss enthused earlier this month. “He was unbelievable!”Gotze 21/10 to score v Spurs 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 Gotze had always been good, of course. His talent at a young age was undeniable, breaking into the Borussia Dortmund team as a teenager under Klopp in 2009-10 before helping BVB win the Bundesliga title the following season, scoring eight goals in all competitions and turning provider for 11 more.It is now easy to forget that the Memmingen-born attacker is just 25, such was his precocious talent. He arrived fully formed on the scene, with incredible dribbling skill and an ability to pick out a pass that made him unstoppable wherever he was asked to play across the attack in support of the striker.Unlike Robert Lewandowski, who developed into a superstar under Klopp’s guidance, Gotze already was a star, long before he turned 20. He has won a trophy or individual award every year since being named the Golden Player at the European Under-17 Championship in 2009.Jurgen Klopp Mario GotzeHis successes at Dortmund earned him a move to Bayern Munich, becoming the most expensive German player ever at the time.Although his spell at Bayern saw him become a squad player and suffer criticism for a lack of effort, Gotze still won a league title in each of his three seasons in Bavaria and, most importantly, scored the winner for Germany in the World Cup final in 2014.A return to Signal Iduna Park last season should have seen him back to his best in the familiar surroundings of his boyhood club, but he was laid low with a muscular illness and was forced to take time away from the game. Some feared that this could spell the end of one of Germany’s brightest talents but, in August, Gotze started his first game in seven months and provided an assist in a 3-0 defeat of Wolfsburg.While Gotze was away, Germany won the Confederations Cup with a team of young and eager footballers, but Dortmund felt his absence as they finished third in the Bundesliga behind Bayern and upstarts RB Leipzig.GFX Mario Gotze Stats 20112017Gotze’s return was a welcome sign for new BVB boss Peter Bosz, with the former Ajax manager putting him straight back into the team to help create opportunities for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After four assists in his first 11 games of the season, Gotze felt like his old self again.”I am finally back at 100 percent,” he told Sport Bild. “I have a really good feeling out there on the pitch. I realise that I want to take on responsibility and that I can actually do so as well. The team gives me the trust.”He also made his international return for Germany, coming off the bench to set up the stoppage time equaliser in the 2-2 draw with France. A full 90 minutes for Dortmund followed, and despite a 2-1 defeat to Stuttgart, his performance proved that the 25-year-old is fit and ready to once again shine on the club game’s grandest stage.Dortmund host Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday and nothing less than victory will suffice if BVB are to keep their faint hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.However, Bosz can, at least, call upon a rejuvenated player who was once compared to Lionel Messi. Super Mario is getting back to his best, and when he gets there, no-one will stop him.last_img read more

BVB chief Watzke doubts Mkhitaryan return

first_imgTransfers Mkhitaryan back to Dortmund out of the question for Watzke Joe Wright 23:52 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) henrikh mkhitaryan - cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Borussia Dortmund Premier League Bundesliga The Armenian has been linked with a move back to Signal Iduna Park, but his old club consider a deal unlikely A return to Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan next month is almost impossible, according to Hans-Joachim Watzke.The Armenia international’s future is the subject of intense speculation as a result of his failure to nail down a place in Jose Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford.The 28-year-old managed substitute appearances in the EFL Cup loss to Bristol City and the 2-2 Premier League draw with Leicester City in the past week, but he has not started a top-flight match since the 1-0 loss to Chelsea on November 5. 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 Mourinho accused Mkhitaryan of “disappearing” in games and appeared to cast further doubt on his future when he suggested he would not stop players from leaving in the transfer window if they asked for a move.Dortmund have been linked with a move to bring the attacking midfielder back to the Bundesliga, just 18 months after they sold him for a reported £27 million fee, but chief executive Watzke believes a financial mismatch between the clubs would likely scupper any potential deal.Henrikh Mkhitaryan reflects on life at #MUFC in his new documentary, which airs on #MUTV this Thursday at 21:00 GMT: https://t.co/QA4mfF0naK pic.twitter.com/Z19bUxmJOM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 13, 2017″I know the economic details of his transfer to Man United like nobody else,” he told Bild am Sonntag. “That’s why [his return] is only conceivable with a great deal of imagination.”Watzke did suggest, however, that he would be prepared to allow Andre Schurrle to leave if the Germany international requests a transfer.”I’ve only heard that the agent thinks Andre needs more game time, so if a player desperately wants to leave, we’ll discuss it with his agent,” Watzke said of the forward, who has made only four Bundesliga appearances this season.”But that hasn’t happened yet.”last_img read more

Antonio Conte says deadline-day brinkmanship must stop next season

first_imgTopics Premier League transfer window to close early – but will rest of Europe follow suit? Read more Antonio Conte is unsure whether his Chelsea squad is stronger than the one that won the Premier League title last season but has suggested clubs will need to draw up clear strategies if they are to be successful in next summer’s truncated transfer window. Share on Pinterest The champions endured a chaotic finale with Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta joining on deadline day while moves for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fernando Llorente and Ross Barkley fell through. Chelsea still spent more than £180m in the summer, recouping over £110m in sales, and with Diego Costa remaining awol in Brazil, as they sought to provide Conte with a squad capable of competing in the Champions League.Antonio Rüdiger, Tiemoué Bakayoko and the record signing, Álvaro Morata, are likely to play at Leicester on Saturday. Yet, after a tense summer behind the scenes, Conte was unable to determine whether he possesses a squad with enough strength in depth to challenge on four fronts. “This question is very difficult to answer,” said the manager, whose side play seven times in three weeks this month. “I think we have to wait until the end of the season and then we’ll see. Then I can answer this question.“The club tried to do their best in this transfer window. Sometimes you are able to buy. Sometimes you are not able to buy, for many reasons. But I think the club tried to do its best during the transfer market. Now the window is closed – that is the past for us – and it’s time for us to work with these players. I’m very happy to work with the players we have. The next few weeks will show us more.”Next summer’s transfer window will be shortened with Premier League clubs having voted narrowly in favour of closing the market before the start of the domestic season. Chelsea were one of the 14 who voted for the change, a move with which Conte agrees, although he has stressed the necessity to be far more efficient when it comes to recruitment in a year’s time.“If you have a correct plan, a correct programme, I don’t see a problem,” he said. “If you wait until the end of the transfer market, you could have problems. But if you have a plan and your ideas are very clear, I don’t see a problem.”Eden Hazard, who returned after ankle surgery for Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece, has travelled with Chelsea’s squad and is likely to start on the bench at the King Power Stadium. Drinkwater, who completed his £35m move to the champions on deadline day, is not expected to start against his former club. Antonio Conte Share on Facebook Share on Messengercenter_img Share on Twitter Share via Email news Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Chelsea Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Anthony Martial to Arsenal?

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Facebook features Read more Manchester United Football Rumour mill Share on Twitter Milan haven’t made a statement on the football pitch for quite some time and having had an underwhelming start to the season, that doesn’t look like changing any time soon. So, instead, they’ll focus on making a statement off it. Specifically, by channelling all their efforts into winning the January transfer window. The club’s new owner, Li Yonghong, has spent a good few months seeing how modern football works. And having grasped the concept of spending vast amounts of money on often fallible young men, he’ll order a crane to dump £80m outside the Etihad Stadium in exchange for Sergio Agüero, a player who could seemingly deliver 100 goals in a season and the moon on a stick to Pep Guardiola only to be met with a shrug.The Italians could be done a huge favour if Arsenal accept Manchester City’s £20m offer for soon-to-be-out-of-contract Alexis Sánchez in January. And let’s be realistic, after turbo-charged full-backs, scurrying fake nines are Guardiola’s favourite kind of player. And if he can get shut of a cold-eyed centre-forward in the process then all the better. City will also trigger Sergi Roberto’s £40m Barcelona release clause in January because he’s a wing-back and Guardiola can’t help himself. Share on Pinterestcenter_img Reuse this content Arsenal Share via Email Bet your shirt on it: the changing face of Premier League sponsorships Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp If City do land Sánchez who will score Arsenal’s goals? A player who is yet to fulfil his potential, of course. But not Theo Walcott – he’ll be off home to Southampton soon enough. No, the man to fill the void left by Sanchéz will be Anthony Martial, that’s who. Apparently, Thierry Henry reckons he’ll be far better than he ever was and the Gunners have listened to their former talisman’s gushing praise and made him a key transfer target. But if, as expected, Barcelona get there first Arsenal will make a move for Everton’s 19-year-old Ademola Lookman, a player who is far too fast for Ronald Koeman to understand. And while we’re on the subject of Everton, Koeman has been told by his Goodison paymasters that he needs to have his Toffees playing sweet football by the end of October or he’ll be sent skittering down County Road towards Lime Street with his P45. Over at Chelsea, Antonio Conte faces a battle to get Thibaut Courtois to sign a new contract. Back when the goalkeeper was one of the club’s loanees at Atlético he got to know and love the city of Madrid. And now that Real Madrid have the hots for him, he’d quite like to walk the sun-kissed Gran Via again. Quite how Conte will persuade Courtois to stay when the Italian can’t even persuade himself to stay is another matter. But good luck.Internazionale are going to help Jürgen Klopp to maybe think about signing a player who actually gives a flying one about defending by nipping in front of Liverpool to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund. And Crystal Palace have found the man who is single-handedly going to spark the Royvolution. It’s Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who will cost £22m, the lucky fella’. Topicslast_img read more

EXO: K-pop boyband thrills Winter Olympics closing ceremony

first_img Twitter EXO’s appeal has extended far beyond South Korean shores. Rida Sabih, 22, is Turkish-born, studying in Pakistan, and helps run one of the biggest EXO fan pages on Facebook, EXO Planet. “As fans,” she says, “the thought that a group that we supported ever since their debut is receiving so much love from their own home country has made us so grateful. We have supported them through thick and thin.”The band’s achievements have placed them in the higher echelons of South Korean pop history, having sold more than 8m albums and picked up in excess of 100 music awards. Members of EXO attend the 2017 Asia Artist Awards in Seoul. Photograph: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Facebook The world’s eyes were on Pyeongchang on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics – and they were introduced to South Korea’s boyband sensation EXO.Fans say the K-pop band were chosen to perform at the ceremony not just because of their current popularity, but in part because of the unity they have represented in the region. Twitter Facebook EXO performing in Pyeongchang, with fireworks going off in the background Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA Pinterest Twitter Share on Pinterest Facebook Winter Olympics 2018 Winter Olympics Pinterest Share on Facebook Topics Pop and rock K-pop Share on Messenger Twitter The band entered the Olympic arena on individual trucks, before performing smash hit Power, accompanied by a massive fireworks display. Pinterest EXO performing during the closing ceremony Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA Reuse this contentcenter_img Support The Guardian One of the band’s leading members, Suho (picture below), expected the occasion to be emotional. “Watching opening and closing ceremonies in other countries, I thought that it’s really incredible to go on that stage. Now that EXO is doing so, it’s a new feeling. I think tears might fall after we complete our performance.” جميلة (@jamiletchankai)guys i really dont think using the official Olympics hashtag is a good idea, people use that to get results for all the game & right now its drowned in EXO related posts. Maybe just use #ClosingCeremony & #EXOlympics ??February 9, 2018 Watch the sci-fi themed video for Power by EXO. EXO were formed with 12 South Korean and Chinese members, but in a move unfamiliar to western pop groups, the band sometimes breaks down into two sub-groups, the Korean-language EXO-K, and the Mandarin-speaking EXO-M, who are more active in China. Now with eight active performing members, EXO’s singles are released in both Korean- and Chinese-language versions. … 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. CL also appeared during the Winter Olympic closing ceremony Photograph: YONHAP/EPA Also performing at the ceremony was K-Pop artist CL. A former member of the band 2NE1, CL had been keeping the details of the closing ceremony show, and her involvement in it, a closely guarded secret. “I found out three months ago,” she said. “It was very important to me. I had to prepare well, and there was the request to not tell anyone. It was a mission, and I kept the secret. Rather than explaining it with words, it is best to just show you.” Twitter Share on WhatsApp Facebook Like all successful K-Pop artists, EXO have a huge following on social media. In the runup to the Games, fans even warned each other away from using the official Olympic hashtag, for fear they would dominate the channel and drown out news about the actual sport. Share on Twitter Asia Pacific Share via Email Pinterest news Facebook South Korea Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn The band’s Baekhyun spoke about how the sense of occasion has weighed upon EXO’s preparations. “It is a great honour,” he said. “But we also practised feeling a lot of burden.”EXO’s fans were also feeling the nerves ahead of their live TV performance on Sunday . “We are tense. We’ll be praying hard for the closing performance, which is unarguably the most important achievement in EXO’s career to date,” said Sabih.“We have seen EXO do so many things like this that we have our full trust in them, like their whole country has their trust in them. We are used to seeing EXO deliver their best and make everyone proud.” last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Neymar to leave PSG?

first_imgReuse this content Paul Pogba alerts Real Madrid with talk of ‘time to have a new challenge’ features Read more Football L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe)Voici la une du journal L’Équipe ce lundi 17 juin 2019.Lire le journal 👉 https://t.co/LoY8wkTMwBLire la numérique 👉 https://t.co/HnreBadGHA pic.twitter.com/aplGuEgabCJune 16, 2019 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Internationally it’s not Pogba hogging the front pages but Neymar, who according to L’Equipe is singing “le chant du départ” (RM history lesson: Le Chant du Départ was a popular revolutionary tune written in 1794 and still familiar in France, whose title translates as the Song of Departure). Neymar has apparently grown frustrated at PSG’s lack of European success, while PSG have grown frustrated with Neymar’s entitled strops, so a move elsewhere would suit both parties. The news came after the club’s chairman, Nasser al-Khelaifi, told France Football that the club’s players “will have to do more and work harder” in future. “They are not there for their own amusement,” he said. “If they do not agree, the doors are open – ciao! I do not want star behaviour any more.” Now all PSG require is to convince one of about three global clubs who might be able to finance Neymar’s transfer that doing so would not be totally witless. Rumour Mill Topicscenter_img Neither Juventus nor Real Madrid, his rumoured suitors, will be keen on paying that much, though the Mail reports that Real feel they could buy him for around £133m, and the Sun that the Spaniards “would be happy to throw in Gareth Bale or Isco as part of the deal”.The Sun also predicts that United will now “embark on a frantic fortnight of business” as they attempt to complete their squad rebuilding in time for the start of pre-season training. The Times says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “wants to sign four more players”, with Youri Tielemans still on their radar – though Monaco would like an offputting £40m for him – as well as Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, while “as many as six players could leave in the coming weeks”. In Spain, Mundo Deportivo says that United will need “moral as well as sporting reinforcements” should Pogba depart, and are considering a move for one or both of Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho. Paul Pogba’s casual admission that “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else” gets every English newspaper excited, though the Mirror says that Manchester United will adopt a “hardline stance”, insisting “the World Cup winner cannot dictate terms to them”, demanding £150m (the Telegraph says they want £160m; the Times that they “are adamant Pogba will not be sold”) and thereby potentially pricing him out of a move. Share on Twitter Now for a brief London-clubs-go-shopping interlude. Arsenal have opened talks with the Paris St-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier, according to the Mail, though they are not keen on coughing up his £27m asking price. Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele has issued a come-and-get-me plea to rumoured suitors Tottenham. “It’s true that Tottenham are a great team and they reached the Champions League final,” the 22-year-old midfielder gushed. “Which player would not be interested in a big club?” West Ham have waded into the fight for the Eibar midfielder Joan Jordán, which Sevilla had been close to concluding. And Chelsea want Frank Lampard to be their new manager, according to the same paper, but also have Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves and RB Leipzig’s Ralf Rangnick on their shortlist.Portuguese wonderkid João Felix might end up at Atlético Madrid as the club sets about spending the money they are about to land from the sale of Antoine Griezmann (for whom PSG have emerged as an unlikely alternative destination, with his switch to Barcelona not yet complete). And finally Liverpool’s scouts have been in Southampton again, this time identifying Alex McCarthy as a potential second-choice goalkeeper. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Transfer window Share via Emaillast_img read more

Wolves make poor start to group stage as Braga exploit sloppy defending

first_img 8 Wolves Off target 5 SC Braga 5 Wolves On target 2 SC Braga 5 Nuno Sequeira Substitutes Share on Pinterest Bukayo Saka inspires Arsenal to thrilling win at Eintracht Frankfurt Read more 15 Boly (s 86′) Share via Email 17 Gibbs-White 50 50 Possession SCB50WOL50% Wolves Corners Share on Twitter (s 88′) Match stats Lineups 7 Pedro Neto 11 Rui Patricio 9 Kouka 11 Diogo Viana Goal attempts 27 Fransergio Wolves had won all six of their qualifying matches to reach the group stage, their European form offering a pleasing contrast to their struggles in the Premier League, where they are second bottom after five matches. They were seldom flaky last season but are now brittle in all competitions. The worry is the extra workload is taking a toll but Nuno Espírito Santo rejects that theory. Nor would he point the finger at Bennett, which is fair enough, as the defender is far from the only Wolves player to have blundered this season. What matters is how to regain the solidity of last season.“We realise the situation we are in,” said Nuno. “The reality says we are not performing well so we have to analyse and find solutions. We have to come strong on Sunday [against Crystal Palace], we have to react immediately.”For a while here Wolves were solid, justifying the manager’s decision to restore Bennett and Willy Boly to the back three, with the fit-again Matt Doherty starting at right wing-back. They had an early warning they would need to be vigilant against Braga, who were quick to make liars of the league table in Portugal, where they are third from bottom. Conor Coady had to make a good block from a shot by Fransérgio in the first minute after dazzling work down the left by Galeno. match reports 36 Bruno Viana 19 Jonny 29 Ruben Vinagre 10 Cutrone Share on Facebook Wolves tightened up and gradually took the upper hand. Neves unloaded their first shot in the 10th minute, a dipping effort from 20 yards that dropped over the bar. Six minutes later he deposited a wonderful pass from deep on to the foot of Patrick Cutrone but the striker’s miscontrol meant a clear chance vanished.Cutrone, endearingly energetic, does not get downhearted quickly and he did much better in the 22nd minute when, after excellent work by Raúl Jiménez, he used strength and skill to flummox Bruno Viana before blasting just over the bar from eight yards.Galeno then served a reminder of Braga’s threat by embarking on another sortie down the wing – the left this time – before wrong-footing Coady, who put an arm across the attacker’s chest in desperation. Fortunately for Wolves, the referee decided that did not explain Galeno’s subsequent fall.Just before the break Braga had reason to be thankful when Cutrone failed to find the target from 12 yards after classy service by Doherty.Wolves would have opened the scoring in the 54th minute if not for a brilliant reflex save by Matheus, who stuck out a foot to turn away a low shot by Leander Dendoncker.In search of more ingenuity against disciplined opponents, Nuno turned to João Moutinho with just over half an hour to go. Braga remained pesky on the counterattack, however, and they scored after, alas, another mistake by a Wolves defender.“This is another historic victory for Braga and Portuguese football,” said the Braga manager, Ricardo Sá Pinto. “It is not every day you win away to a Premier League team and, in my opinion, Wolves are one of the best teams in the Premier League.”Nuno is looking for a way to prove that is still true. 18 Jota 90 Galeno Read more Mason Greenwood’s first Manchester United goal earns win over Astana 28 Joao Moutinho (s 84′) (s 80′) 14 Pablo Santos 9 Jimenez Europa League 20 Paulinho (s 67′) 15 Andre Horta 47 Ricardo Esgaio 1 Matheus Magalhaes Topics (s 76′) Share on WhatsApp 9 6 Substitutes 8 Neves SCB WOL Share on LinkedIn 2 Doherty 5 Bennett 3 1 77 Trincao 19 Murilo Souza 21 Ricardo Horta 17 Joao Novais 82 Eduardo Share on Messenger 16 Coady European club football 6 Claudemir Sporting Braga SC Braga 21 Ruddy 37 Traore Fouls 27 Saiss Rúben Neves mentioned in the buildup that one of his Braga midfield counterparts, Ricardo Horta, happens to be his best friend. Well, sometimes good pals have to tell harsh truths. On Thursday night, Horta scored a goal that informed Wolves they cannot get away with sloppy mistakes in the Europa League any more than they can in the Premier League. It was a lesson they did not need and a start to the group campaign that they did not want.Ryan Bennett, in particular, would gladly have been spared the lesson but there is no escaping that he inadvertently set up the decisive goal by giving the ball away to Galeno near halfway. The excellent winger raced forward and crossed for Horta, who finished emphatically from the edge of the area. Braga, nifty technicians, were never likely to pardon basic lapses. Wolverhampton Wanderers 60 Joao Palhinha 32 Dendoncker Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

first_img Read more 2) Chelsea band together to offset Hazard lossChristian Pulisic’s first Chelsea hat-trick promises to reshape the pecking order for the positions on the flanks. “Of course he gives himself a great chance of playing in the games coming up,” said Frank Lampard, but perhaps the most encouraging element is how many appealing attacking options there now are for a team who lost their most productive player. “Everyone wants an Eden Hazard in the team,” Lampard said, but Chelsea have scored 22 goals in their past eight league games without the Belgian. “Obviously there is a transition when you lose a player as impactful as Eden. He scored or created nearly 50% of our goals,” Lampard said. But now Tammy Abraham has been directly involved in nine league goals, Mason Mount and Pulisic in five apiece, Willian in four and Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi in three each. There has been a collective commitment to compensate for Hazard’s loss. Richard Jolly• Match report: Burnley 2-4 Chelsea 14Brighton10-212 15Aston Villa10-111 7Man Utd10313 3) Alexander-Arnold’s creative mastery dwarfs any flawsTrent Alexander-Arnold should be renamed Trent Alexander-Bruyne. The quality and range of his passes – it would be an insult to many of them to call them crosses – is quite staggering for a 21‑year‑old, and for much of the game against Spurs he was Liverpool’s biggest threat. It feels a bit churlish, giving the brilliance of his attacking, to acknowledge his occasionally immature defending. But that’s what opposition managers will be doing because it’s the closest thing Liverpool have to a defensive weakness. Most of Spurs’ chances came down Alexander-Arnold’s side, where Son Heung-min was positioned by Mauricio Pochettino. Alexander-Arnold’s positioning and decision-making are sometimes awry. Then again, you can say that of most defenders of his age. If his attacking play didn’t have the poise of a world-class player in his prime, maybe we wouldn’t expect as much of him defensively. Rob Smyth• Match report: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Arsenal Everton manager Marco Silva remonstrates with the referee at the end of his team’s defeat at Brighton. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters Pinterest Facebook Share on Facebook 2Man City102322 12Wolverhampton10012 Pinterest 10West Ham10-213 Twitter 8Sheff Utd10113 Solskjær jokes that Rashford did ‘honourable thing’ by missing penalty against Norwich – video Crystal Palace 7) Joelinton a symbol of Newcastle mismanagementBy finally bringing the best out in Adama Traoré, Nuno Espírito Santo’s second-half switch from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 paved the way for his side’s comeback from a goal down to claim a point. But, and it is a big but, it should have been academic. Had Newcastle possessed an effective centre‑forward they would surely have had the game all but won by the interval. Joelinton cost £40m from Hoffenheim but the 23-year-old Brazilian striker – deployed in a left-sided attacking role in Germany where he was never a prolific scorer – is struggling badly and, failing to hold the ball up, emphasising why Steve Bruce’s predecessor, Rafael Benítez was so desperate to sign Salomón Rondón permanently from West Brom. Instead Newcastle’s hierarchy said Rondón was too old so both he and Benítez are now in China. If only Mike Ashley had listened. Louise Taylor• Match report: Newcastle 1-1 Wolves8) Hasenhüttl faces a week of reckoning 9AFC Bournemouth10013 Share on Twitter 19Norwich10-137 16Everton10-610 Chelsea Topics Granit Xhaka’s angry reaction to substitution ‘was wrong’, says Emery 1) Jeering of Xhaka paints fans in a poor lightThere can be little doubt that Granit Xhaka has underwhelmed since his big-money move from Borussia Mönchengladbach three summers ago, failing to provide either the midfield bite or the drive that has been perennially lacking in Arsenal’s post-Vieira era. He has not, however, lacked effort or interest, no matter how low his performances have dipped and you wonder what exactly those home fans who booed the captain as he left the field in the second half were thinking. Certainly Arsenal’s supporters, who pay through the nose, deserve better and are entitled to vent their frustrations. But to single out an underperforming player for abuse is cruel, toxic and patently self-defeating. Xhaka could be seen mouthing a four-letter response and, for once after an Arsenal implosion, the sympathy should be with the player and not the fans. Alex Hess• Match report: Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace 20Watford10-165 Twitter Share via Email PosTeamPGDPts 5Arsenal10116 6Crystal Palace10-215center_img Read more 3Leicester101720 9) Pellegrini must rejig side to bring best out of HallerWest Ham were right to sell Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian was unreliable, he turned 30 in April and his behaviour left much to be desired before his move to the Chinese Super League last summer. But he was one hell of a player when he was in the mood. Arnautovic’s individual quality was a crucial weapon for West Ham and his replacement, Sébastien Haller, is struggling to fit in. Haller toiled during this 1-1 draw and the £45m signing is crying out for more support and better service from Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko. The 25‑year‑old is a more traditional target man than Arnautovic, who preferred to run behind defences and create chances for himself, and West Ham need to start playing to Haller’s strengths. The Frenchman has scored once in his past seven games, so Manuel Pellegrini needs to make changes. Jacob Steinberg • Match report: West Ham 1-1 Sheffield United10) Flores’s resilient Hornets set stage for Deeney returnFor a team that haven’t won a league game all season, Watford are in pretty good health. Quique Sánchez Flores has stabilised the team as promised, with three consecutive draws and only one goal conceded. But their defensive improvement has had a knock-on effect at the other end. They rarely looked like scoring against Bournemouth, despite the highlights-friendly brilliance of Gerard Deulofeu. Sánchez Flores has preferred a back three – and, in this match, a fluid strike partnership of Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra. It’s an intriguing, modern tactic, but it looks better on paper than it did on the pitch on Saturday. Watford are in need of something more old-fashioned: a No 9, a goalscorer and a hero. It’s all set up for Troy Deeney, who should return next month after a knee operation, to ride to the rescue once again. Rob Smyth• Match report: Watford 0-0 Bournemouth Premier League 11Tottenham Hotspur10112 Ralph Hasenhüttl suffered on the sideline as Saints were put to the sword in historic fashion. Photograph: Robin Jones/Getty Images 13Burnley10-112 18Southampton10-168 Facebook 1Liverpool101528 4) Norwich getting drawn towards relegation dogfightTen games into the season, seven points on the board, and another match when opponents sliced through them, Norwich City look like prime candidates for relegation. Daniel Farke was correct in his assessment that his team were short of the physical commitment to make this a contest. What he didn’t say was that they also lacked the pace to counterattack and the poise to keep possession, a quality that was supposed to be their forte. Opponents have worked out how to neutralise Norwich and Emi Buendía and Moritz Leitner, who appeared too good for the Championship, are struggling to prove their worth. The Canaries’ next play Brighton and Watford and improved performances and results will be needed if this Norfolk project isn’t to take on the appearance of a wherry holed beneath the waterline. Paul MacInnes• Match report: Norwich 1-3 Manchester United It was noble of Ralph Hasenhüttl to take responsibility for the 9-0 defeat against Leicester when really his players laid down and accepted their humiliation. The Austrian’s job now is to pick them up for back-to-back fixtures against Manchester City full in the knowledge that another mauling could cost him his job. No one expects them to get anything from the two games but considering the Saints manager’s acceptance that there was “no fight for anything” on Friday night, so the manner of the performances this week will be all-important: the players will need to prove to the fans that they are committed to the cause, and dogged determination is necessary to get them out of their current hole. Southampton are demoralised from their historic defeat so changes will be made to personnel but Hasenhüttl’s real test will be to change the mentality. Will Unwin • Match report: Southampton 0-9 Leicester The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Brighton & Hove Albion Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Ten talking points from the weekend football Facebook Share on Messenger Trent Alexander-Arnold and Son Heung-min was a key battle, and one in which the Liverpool defender eventually prevailed. Photograph: Jon Super/AP Burnley 17Newcastle10-99 5) Defensive crisis does not concern GuardiolaDespite the long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte and with another centre-back, John Stones, also just returned from a muscle injury, Manchester City have the fourth lowest goals conceded (nine). Pep Guardiola pointed to how he guided Barcelona to Champions League final triumph over Manchester United in 2009 as the inspiration to overcome the defensive crisis. “My first Champions League final, we had a back four with three injuries to the normal starters: against Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Ryan] Giggs, one of the best squads I ever faced in my career. I prefer to have Laporte, but today [against Aston Villa] John Stones played incredibly well apart from one or two actions and we were solid defensively. We have the players [we have], so OK: we go with them. That is the best way.” Jamie Jackson• Match report: Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa6) Holgate convinced Toffees’ luck will turnThe unlucky defeat at Brighton – Everton’s sixth loss in 10 Premier League matches this season – did nothing to help Marco Silva win over the club’s fans who say he is not the manager to take them forward. But Mason Holgate, who played well on his first top-flight start for the club in more than a year, says the players remain right behind him. “I think that’s showed in the last two performances we’ve put out. Last week [in the 2-0 win against West Ham] we were all unbelievable and then this week we were doing really well and there was a [VAR] decision that just completely put the game on its head.” Graham Potter reckoned Everton’s performance suggested Holgate’s words were not platitudes. “They had great intensity and structure and a great work ethic. I’m pretty sure that if they maintain that level they’ve had in the last two games they’ll pick points up.” Paul Doyle• Match report: Brighton 3-2 Everton Blame me for Southampton’s embarrassment, says Ralph Hasenhüttl 4Chelsea10720 Share on Pinterest Twitter Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Play Video Everton featureslast_img read more

Report: Chelsea 0 Leicester 0

first_imgChelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Relentless Foxes hold on after Chilwell red Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 1/14/18 Morata - cropped Getty Images Leicester City forced Chelsea out of their rhythm but could only claim a draw at Stamford Bridge after Ben Chilwell’s dismissal. Chelsea missed a chance to go second in the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a relentless Leicester City side that finished the match with 10 men.Leicester put on a masterclass in pressing until Ben Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Victor Moses, but the champions were unable to take advantage and claim the three points that would have moved them above Manchester United.Claude Puel welcomed Jamie Vardy back after two games out with a groin injury and the England striker, along with Riyad Mahrez, caused Chelsea no end of problems – his chasing of a long ball leading to returning captain Gary Cahill going off with a hamstring injury in the 33rd minute. 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 Foxes had the better of the chances and Antonio Conte reacted by replacing Eden Hazard, ineffectual with Leicester’s intense closing down robbing him of service, and Cesc Fabregas with Willian and Pedro before the hour mark.A second booking in the space of five minutes for Chilwell meant Leicester had to play out the final 20 minutes a man light, and the Blues could not make their numerical superiority count.Chelsea’s fourth successive draw in all competitions could see them slip to fourth by the end of the weekend, while Leicester will take heart from a thoroughly deserved point at Stamford Bridge.Full-time: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester.The points are shared this afternoon. #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/gbidBf0Rlx— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018Leicester began with great energy and should have gone ahead when Chilwell cut back to Shinji Okazaki inside the six-yard box, only for the Japan international to steer over.Vardy failed to hit the target from dangerous positions twice in less than a minute, before Wilfred Ndidi’s free header following a corner was parried brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger stopped Aleksandar Dragovic slotting home on the follow-up.Chelsea responded by launching a counter-attack from which Fabregas warmed the gloves of Kasper Schmeichel with a low drive from an acute angle.Leicester continued to overrun the hosts, who were forced to replace the injured Cahill with Andreas Christensen just after the half-hour mark.But Chelsea soon showed signs of getting to grips with the game, Alvaro Morata pulling a save from Schmeichel after charging in along the byline, while the Dane did well to tip a fierce Fabregas drive over three minutes before half-time.12 – Leicester have had 12 shots against Chelsea so far – the most of any visiting team in the first half of a @premierleague match at Stamford Bridge (since 2003-04). Brash. #CHELEI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018Leicester were soon back on top after the restart. Mahrez was at the heart of the action for Puel’s men and, after being refused a penalty having gone down softly as he ran at Christensen, he drove in from the right and saw a 20-yard shot deflect narrowly wide off the centre-back.Conte had seen enough and replaced the disappointing Hazard with Pedro, while Fabregas got the chop for Willian as Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3.The hosts were handed a boost when Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for catching Moses, but they found it difficult to create openings as Leicester sat back.A 25-yard effort from N’Golo Kante was held by Schmeichel, before Tiemoue Bakayoko sent a pair of attempts from outside the box off target.Morata’s frustrations got the better of him as he picked up a yellow card for a petulant foul on Harry Maguire towards the end of another lacklustre showing, while Marcos Alonso had a stoppage-time free-kick pushed around the post by Schmeichel as Leicester kept Chelsea at bay. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 in all competitions for the first time in their history.- Leicester had 12 shots in the first half – the most of any visiting team in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2003-04. However, they managed just two shots after the interval.- The Foxes have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2017.- Only Watford (4) have been shown more red cards than Leicester (3) in the Premier League this season.- Indeed, Leicester were shown the last Premier League red card of 2017, and the first of 2018. read morelast_img read more

NTL Final Draw

first_imgAttached is the Final Draw for the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League.If there are any further changes, it will be communicated at the Managers Meeting on Tuesday, 10 March 2009.Click on the attachment to download.Related Filesfinal_draw-pdflast_img

National Volunteer Position Nominations

first_imgDirector of Selectors Director of High Performance For For further information please download the attached documentsRelated Filesdirectors_nominations_memo_mailout_nov09-pdftfa_coaching_director_position_description_nov09-pdftfa_high_performance_director_position_description_nov09-pdftfa_referees_director_position_description_nov09-pdftfa_selectors_director_position_description_nov09-pdftfa_indigenous_advisory_chair_position_description_nov09-pdf Chairperson of the Indigenous Advisory Committee Director of Coaches Director of Referees The Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management (BOM) recently adopted the TFA Sport Development Framework.  This outlines the direction for the Sport Development Unit and subsequent alignment of the valuable resources afforded to this organisation through volunteers. The framework has been constructed with consultation and input from national volunteers to address current and future requirements. It is timely that current volunteer infrastructure is addressed to assist the overall retention of this key asset to our sport.  In order to commence the implementation of this framework TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable individuals to fill the following National level volunteer positions:last_img read more

WA Mourns the Loss of Daryn Pomare

first_imgFor many years, Daryn has been a regular at state and national Touch Football events – always keen to learn more about our game to help others in any way he could and most importantly, to see all others get the same enjoyment from the game that he did. Daryn has been a regular in the TouchWest office, often dropping in for a chat about all things Touch Football, and always wishing the best for those involved in our game. He coached many club teams in Western Australia, and most recently lead the Western Tigers Men’s Over 30’s team in the 2010 National Touch League in March. Earlier this month, Daryn even dropped in on the North West Championships in Port Hedland.  Typical of the man, one of his last gestures was in offering assistance to the Western Australia 18’s teams and their coaches at training on the morning of Sunday, 20 June. Sadly, he never made it home from that training session, suffering a heart attack shortly after leaving the grounds. At 40 years of age, ‘The Daz Man’ has left us before his time. To his wife Lora and other relatives in Perth, the thoughts and condolences of all of the Touch Football community are with you.last_img read more