Kane the diver, selfish Salah and Lampard’s controversial call – have your say

first_imgTHE Premier League takes a breather this week to make room for some international fixtures but it fully deserves a rest after another pulsating weekend.The stand-out clash lived up to the hype as Arsenal drew 2-2 with Spurs in the North London derby.3 It was yet another Premier League with plenty of talking points, especially with some of the big boys strugglingMeanwhile, concerns around Manchester United and Chelsea only intensified as they dropped points – leading one lifelong Red Devils fan to break down in tears.There were lots of talking points – and we want your opinion on them in YOUR CALL.GIVE HIM THE KANE?Harry Kane was accused by some of diving after he went down under a challenge from Arsenal centre-back Sokratis late in the North London derby.Among the accusers was Gary Neville, with some claiming the Spurs striker appeared to engineer the incident by positioning himself between the Arsenal man and the ball.But Kane defended himself by saying: “The defender made a tired tackle and if that had happened on the halfway line I think it’s a definite foul.”BILLY THE KIDChelsea blew a two-goal lead against Sheffield United having taken complete control through a Tammy Abraham double.With the score at 2-1, Frank Lampard brought on 18-year-old Billy Gilmour for his Premier League debut. Shortly after it was 2-2 and two points had been dropped.After overlooking more experienced alternatives in Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud, Lampard defended his decision – but did he make the right call?OH SIT DOWNDaniel James has enjoyed an eventful start to life at Manchester United.He’s earned a reputation (arguably unfairly) for diving, he’s terrified defenders with his electric pace and he’s already scored three goals.3 Daniel James has already bagged three goals in just four games for Manchester United… but how many can he get this season?Credit: ReutersBut after bagging just four league goals for Swansea last term, United fans could be forgiven for worrying that this current hot streak will just be a flash in the pan.So is James the real deal?SELFISH SALAHLiverpool might have won 3-0 over Burnley and maintained their 100 per cent start to the season.But not everything is perfect with the Reds with Sadio Mane furious with team-mate Mo Salah for selfishly not passing to him to instead try and score himself.Mane was raging after being subbed off at Turf Moor. But was that fair? Is Salah selfish?BEST OF PALS?Arsenal fans rejoiced before kick-off against Spurs when the team news revealed they would see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and summer signing Nicolas Pepe start together for the first time.The PAL attacking trio have been labelled potentially the most lethal strike force in football.3 Can Arsenal’s front three develop into a formidable attack or should one be left on the bench as a super sub?Credit: Getty Images – GettyLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsBut with the Gunners having to come back from 2-0 down, does starting all three together leave the team unbalanced?And bearing mind that the equaliser only came after Lacazette went off and allowed Aubameyang to play down the middle, should Emery play all three strikers together? Arsenal fan on BBC 606 leaves Robbie Savage in stitches after claiming Gunners can win the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Juventus line up Willian transfer but Chelsea star ‘is not first choice’

first_imgJUVENTUS are gearing up to prise Willian away from Chelsea with the hotshot winger entering the final months of his current contract at the club.But the Brazilian, who’s highly regarded by former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, may have to fight for a starting should he move to Italy.2 Frank Lampard could be set to lose Willian with Juventus looking to sign the Brazilian starCredit: AP:Associated PressCalciomercato claim Willian, who has won two Premier League titles at Chelsea, has been flirting with the Italian giants currently managed by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.However Sarri’s future in Juve’s hotseat has been called into question following some shock losses in Serie A and the Champion’s League in February.And Italian pundits believe that Willian may not even make it to the bench at the club with PSG star Layvin Kurzawa also on Juve’s radar. Willian, 31, who scored the Blues’ third goal in their 4-0 win against Everton today, has rejected a new contract offer from Chelsea.The Stamford Bridge star is after a three-year deal to stay in London, while officials at the club are only willing to make a two-year offer.One top four rival to Frank Lampard’s team is considering a move for the Brazilian international.There’s speculation that Tottenham could join the race for Willian’s signature in a deal which would see the star renunited with former boss Jose Mourinho.Most read in football THE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAWAY DAYSMartin Skelly remembers county’s day in the sun when Dublin rocked into townThe former Blues manager signed Willian for Chelsea then after he was on the verge of a move to White Hart Lane, and the pair won the Premier League title in 2015.The forward recently revealed his respect for the Special One who one three league titles in two spells at Stamford Bridge.It is thought that Spurs are ready to meet his three-year contract wish.2 Willian is also on Tottenham’s radar with Jose Mourinho’s club considering a move for the Brazilian internationalCredit: AP:Associated Presslast_img read more

Watch Mourinho’s stunned reaction after reporter tells him to ‘cheer up’

first_img1 Mourinho clearly could not believe what the journalist said when he approached himDele Alli was quick to condemn his side and said they were in a “bad situation” following the defeat.TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESHe said: “It’s devastating. We had belief before the game and we didn’t perform. This is the Champions League, if you don’t step up you will be punished.”After the first one went in it didn’t change much but we conceded too many chances as a team. It’s hard to come back from those two goals. We had to show our maturity and fight and we didn’t do that.”We can’t use excuses, we still have quality on the pitch. We are missing good players but that happens. The players coming in have to step up and we haven’t done that today.”We apologise to the fans, to go out and lose like that, they deserve better.”We have to fight. We can’t be in the position we are in in the league, we can’t hide. This hasn’t been a good season for us.”But the bad news followed in Mourinho’s press conference, when one reporter – who appeared to be filming the incident – approached him.As the Portuguese bids journalists goodbye, one says: “Cheer up, it’s going to be all right.”Mourinho’s eyes bulge out of his head in reaction to the bizarre message of support from someone who is meant to be objective.The exchange then goes…MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMourinho: “What?”Reporter: “It’s going to be OK. Cheer up.”Mourinho: “What?”Reporter: “This season is going to be OK.”Mourinho: “Yeah?”Mourinho then exists the press conference room with the journalist walking in the opposite direction.spurs newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerSocial media users were equally baffled by the journalist’s actions.One said: “What a weirdo that journalist is.”Another commented: “He wanted a reaction.”Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youth JOSE MOURINHO was left stunned when a journalist told him to “cheer up” after Spurs crashed out of the Champions League.Tottenham lost 3-0 (4-0 on agg) to RB Leipzig last night when two Hugo Lloris howlers condemned them to defeat in Germany.”Cheer up Jose, it’s going to be ok” 🤔Another day, another bizarre Jose Mourinho press conference moment last night. https://t.co/XJZrWcQMrP— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 11, 2020last_img read more

Knights legend reacts to possible relocation

first_imgSpeaking to Triple M, the Knights legend voiced his skepticism at the idea, as revealed by The Daily Telegraph, while also giving insight into how the Newcastle community would likely react.”It won’t happen,” Johns told Triple M’s The Grill Team.“Knowing the community up there. They’d set NRL headquarters on fire first.”The NRL currently hold ownership over the Newcastle club and are desperate to sell them to private owners after back-to-back wooden spoons.last_img

Pacific Games incentive payments close to completion

first_imgThe PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) said 99 percent of payments have been made, at a cost of close to K4 million.Out of 500 athletes, 495 of them have been paid.PNGOC received funding from the PNG Government for the payments in early September and has since been processing these for athletes who won medals.The remaining one percent, five athletes, are yet to sort arrangements with their sports on agreements and contracts covering them under their programs.PNG won a total of 217 medals – 88 gold, 69 silver and 60 bronze.Athletes received K20, 000 for winning gold regardless of whether they competed as individuals or a team, K10, 000 for silver and K5000 for bronze.Athletes that did not win medals received incentives of K2 500.The government put aside K5 million to cover the costs of all the medal winners.The incentive payments are reward to the athletes for their sacrifice and success and an opportunity for the athletes to use their funds to pursue their personal goals.last_img read more

Muguruza – Kenin live: Australian Open 2020 final

first_imgWhen virtually nobody anticipated it, at the start of a brand new season, simply two months after renewing his work group with the return of Conchita Martínez as coach, Garbiñe Muguruza (26 years outdated) is one step away from making historical past for nationwide tennis and World Open in Australia. Within the first case, as a result of with a win it will be the primary Spanish to win three totally different Grand Slams. Within the worldwide enviornment, if Garbiñe lifts the trophy, she could be the primary tennis participant, amongst women and men, to win her first three majors on three totally different surfaces, together with Serena Williams and Hana Mandlikova. Final minute of Muguruza-KeninMuguruza-Kenin Preview Within the first case, as a result of with a win it will be the primary Spanish to win three totally different Grand Slams. Within the worldwide enviornment, if Garbiñe lifts the trophy he could be the primary tennis participant, between women and men, who wins his first three majors on three totally different surfaces, together with Serena Williams and Hana Mandlikova. When virtually no person anticipated it, at the start of a brand new season, Simply two months after renewing his work group with the return of Conchita Martínez as coach, Garbiñe Muguruza (26 years outdated) is one step away from making historical past for nationwide and world tennis on the Australian Open. Garbiñe’s final coaching earlier than the final: Good morning to what generally is a historic morning !! Garbiñe Muguruza is measured with Sofia Kenin within the Australian Open final as a way to get her third Grand Slam totally different. The sport, from 9:30 in AS. Garbiñe MuguruzaHe already received within the French land (2016) and within the British grass (2017) and would now do it on the onerous observe aussie, the place solely a Spaniard, the good Rafa Nadal (2009), ‘champion’. Garbiñe, who’s already 16th within the rating, would nearly rise to 12th place if he defeats Kenin. We should keep in mind that she arrived in Melbourne with out being seeded for the primary time in a significant since Roland Garros 2014, and that if she wins, she would be the third participant within the Open Period (since 1969) that wins the Australian Open with out being one of many 32 favorites, after Chris O’Neil (1978) and Serena (2007). He began the match with a rosco towards the American Rogers (0-6, 6-1 and 6-0). Within the second spherical he beat host Ajla Tomljanovic (6-3, 3-6 and 6-3). Since then, he hasn’t misplaced any set within the match. Svitolina, Bertens, Plavyuchenkova and Halep had been his subsequent victims. Now, the final shot is lacking: Sofia Kenin.Sofia KeninSofia Kenin is, at 21 years outdated, a primary in these leaders who has nothing to lose and who broke the center on Thursday when he eradicated the good favourite, native idol and world primary, Ashleigh Barty. Within the final 11 Slams seven champions had been launched. Kenin will attempt to develop the record after curdling an excellent match. As well as, the one earlier match between them was received by the American born in Moscow, the youngest finalist (21 years and 80 days) within the match since her beloved Maria Sharapova in 2008, who arrived and received in 2008 with 20 and 283. It was in Beijing final 12 months, though it’s true that the Caracas was not at its greatest and now has recovered the sport and the need. He received in his solely duel with Garbiñe, in Beijing 2019 (6-0, 2-6 and 6-2).last_img read more

Juan Villar is chosen to replace the injured Ulloa

first_imgThe Andalusian, 31, can act as both extreme and center forward. He was not currently playing a role in Osasuna, where He has only played 237 minutes in ten games (two of them holder), in which he has only scored one goal (from penalty to Alavés). Of course, also wet in the Cup, against Lorca. El Rayo has already chosen a substitute for the injured Ulloa and this will be Juan Villar. According to BE, the franjirrojo club and Osasuna meet negotiating the transfer of the player. In addition, a compulsory purchase option in case the vallecanos ascend. An operation that would be very advanced, as confirmed by the same rojillo sports director, Braulio. Nevertheless, their targets were fundamental in the ascent of Osasuna from 2018-19. Then, Juan Villar scored twelve goals, the same as his teammate Roberto Torres, two pillars in that team. This is the only ascent of his career, although with Cádiz he won the championship of his group during 2014-15. Of course, he fell in the playoff and did not go up to Second.center_img His best scoring records he signed with the shirt of Cádiz. Juan Villar achieved 18 goals in 2013-14 and a total of 40 in the League during his three seasons at Carranza. The tip, raised in the quarry of the Recre, treasures a great experience in Second, where it has grown from the hand of the Dean, Valladolid, Tenerife and Osasuna. In the silver category it adds 54 targets.last_img read more

Zaha opens its London apartments for healthcare personnel

first_imgIn statements to the British media Standard, Zaha showed his full support for public health: “I have friends who have family members who work on the NHS and my son was born in such a hospital. They were just amazing. If there is anything we can do to help, obviously we were going to do it. Now is the time to defend everyone. “In addition, the footballer urged other hotel chains to repeat his gesture: “Anyone with empty rooms in London must do something. You cannot leave your rooms empty while people are in trouble, as the whole country is. Everyone should reserve their rooms for key workers at this time. “Zaha’s case is not the only one. In England they are already creating funds to raise money. The Welshman Gareth Bale will be the big star of the ‘#CombatCorona’ initiative, which is that, together with other footballers such as the English Luke Shaw or compatriot Daniel James, they will play matches of the FIFA 20 video game that will be broadcast online to contribute financially in the fight against the coronavirus. Soccer players continue to collaborate in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and help the elderly affected by the crisis. The last one to do it has been Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace footballer, who has decided to open all the apartments of which he is a co-owner in London to facilitate the accommodation of all health personnel who reinforce public health.The striker, along with Obi Williams, has more than 50 apartments in the British capital, with between one and three beds each. Thus, the ZoProperties company selflessly offers all doctors a space in their rooms to shelter them in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in the UK.last_img read more

I stop Djokovic: ATP confirms that the freezing of the ranking affects the time records

first_imgGiven the doubts that the state of affairs of Novak Djokovic had aroused in numerous media (together with L’Equipe) after the ranking was frozen as a result of of the stoppage resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, ATP confirmed this Tuesday on their social networks that that choice additionally applies to the time records derived from the classification. The Serb was, with 282, 4 weeks away from matching Pete Sampras (286), in second place in the desk of permanence at world primary (the chief is Roger Federer with 310), and can proceed till it resumes the competitors. ATP Assertion on freeze rankings:The ATP has confirmed that the freeze to the FedEx ATP Rankings, efficient March 16, 2020, additionally applies to any time-sensitive records over the suspension interval of the Tour. – ATP Media Data (@ATPMediaInfo) April 15, 2020As a result of the week counter can be stopped, as is the ranking. “ATP Assertion on Classification Freeze: The ATP has confirmed that the FedEx ATP Classification Freeze, efficient as of March 16, 2020, additionally applies to any time document throughout the Tour suspension interval “, reads the assertion from the Affiliation of Skilled Tennis Gamers.The ranking was, after the Acapulco and Dubai tournaments, with Djokovic first (10,220 factors), Rafa Nadal second (9,850) and Dominic Thiem third (7,045).last_img read more

No ‘black eye’ on Caribbean, says CFU boss

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president, Gordon Derrick, believes the Caribbean can rebound from the latest scandal to shake the region.Last May, the Caribbean was plunged into turmoil when CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president, Caymanian Jeff Webb, was arrested and indicted by the United States on corruption charges.Former CONCACAF president, Trinidadian Jack Warner, who was also a FIFA vice-president, was also indicted by the US on similar charges and is currently fighting extradition.Derrick said despite this, Caribbean leaders still had a role to play in football governance.”I don’t think there is a black eye on the Caribbean per se, or that because these two (cases) happened back to back and, therefore, no one else can do it (lead). I think that would be unfair,” Derrick told an international news agency.”Yes, the confidence (in the Caribbean) will be down, but we are a proud people from a proud area, who have ability, who can govern and who are intelligent. So if someone from the Caribbean steps up, they will step up and do well.”Warner was at the centre of the first CONCACAF cash-for-votes scandal in 2011, and was forced to resign amidst corruption allegations.However, the US Department of Justice said it had continued to investigate Warner and subsequently named him – and Webb – as part of a 47-count indictment related to racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies.Twelve other football officials were named in the indictment, and Derrick was careful to stress that the scandals did not only centre around regional figures.”Not everybody in the Caribbean is tainted. If you look at this scandal, you look at who the big player is and what country did he come from?” the Antiguan reminded.”It is not just the Caribbean, it is throughout. Regardless of where you are … there are people who are not on the straight and narrow, that doesn’t mean everybody in that country is the same way.”last_img read more