first_imgPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table after trumping Afghanistan by three wickets in a last-over thriller at Headingley on Saturday.Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches and if India manages to defeat England in their high-voltage clash on Sunday, the chances for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to qualify for the semi-finals will receive a huge boost.Delighted with the turnaround that has seen Pakistan jump from the 9th spot to the top-four in a span of 3 matches, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed thanked Pakistani fans for their unconditional support throughout the match.”Thanks to almighty. Thanks to all the supporters, they have been cheering us from ball one and I think this is a great win for us,” Sarfaraz said after the win.When asked about the India-England match, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan is not thinking about the game and he hopes that the better team comes out victorious.”Obviously we all are watching (India v England game) but we are not thinking about it and hopefully the better team wins.”Sarfaraz Ahmed was full of praise of Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam for their continuous good run with the ball and bat. Sarfaraz also lauded Imad Wasim for his heroic performance under immense pressure.Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win. The left-handed all-rounder held his nerves even as he was losing partners in their chase of 228 runs. Imad stitched an unbeaten 24-run stand with Wahab Riaz as Pakistan sealed the thriller.advertisement”It was not an easy pitch to bat on but, credit should go to Imad for the way he batted till the end. We all know he (Shaheen Afridi) is a good bowler and he is improving day by day and I think he is working hard and he bowled really well today,” added Sarfaraz in the post-match ceremony.Meanwhile, losing captain Gulbadin Naib credited Pakistan for playing well under pressure.”We fought really well, the boys gave their 100%. We missed opportunities to win. Credit to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves. Imad played really well,” Naib said.Also Seelast_img read more

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first_imgThe three Tanzanian children who survived the crash of a school bus in their country on May 6th have arrived in Sioux City and undergone their initial surgeries.Dr. Larry Volz and other members of the surgical team provided an update on the children’s progress Tuesday.He says the first child arrived mid afternoon on Monday, with the second plane with the other two survivors of the bus crash that killed 33 other children arriving in the evening.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TANZ4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…really good spirits. ;21The three survivors, ages 12 to 13 sustained a combined 17 fractures and a serious concussion.They were treated in Tanzania by local medical missionaries from Sioux City, including orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Meyer.Meyer says the two girls brought to Mercy each have a very serious fracture:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TANZ5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..to cross with her. ;21Dr. Volz says the children are bringing smiles to the medical staff who are caring for themAudio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TANZ6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…very good English. :23The mothers of the surviving children have accompanied them to America and thanked the hospital staff and other organizations who brought their children to Sioux city to be cared for.All of their services and medical needs are being donated.Photo by Samaritan’s Purselast_img read more

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first_imgAuthorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in Monona County.Tuesday the Monona County Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check on 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe.She was not found at her residence but deputies made contact with and arrested her grandson, Eliot Stowe on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.On Wednesday, Monona County Deputies and D-N-R personnel located a deceased person a short distance from Stowe’s residence.The Department of Criminal Investigation is not identifying the body at this time.The body has been taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.No other details have been released.last_img read more

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first_imgThere are plenty of names on the current OSU roster that are immediately recognizable with the average Cowboy fan. Mason Rudolph. Ashton Lampkin. The list goes on and on. But what about those names that aren’t as well-known, or that need the attention they deserve?Looking at the more unique names on the OSU roster is a great opportunity to not only admire them but to also learn about the players behind the names, which are, in some cases, players who the average fan might not have heard of. Let’s take a look at the five coolest names currently on the OSU roster.No. 5: Sam Walkingstick, No. 63, LSSam Walkingstick is a walk-on from Sallisaw, OK. The former all-district team captain is one of three long snappers for the Cowboys. If you think that Walkingstick isn’t a cool last name, and that he shouldn’t be on this list, you’re wrong. Not only is his last name a badass bug who uses a camouflaged body to blend in with its surroundings, but it is also something that helps people walk who might not be able to otherwise.  A camouflage bug and a device made for helping others. How could you argue with this?No. 4: Keondre Wudtee, No. 11, QBThe name Keondre Wudtee just sounds like the name of a future superstar, does it not? Wudtee comes to OSU all the way from Parkway High School in Bossier City, LA. Coming from a military family, Wudtee has had the unique opportunity to live in both Japan and Germany, along with Louisiana.Interestingly enough, Wudtee’s predecessor in high school was Brandon Harris, current starting quarterback for LSU. Don’t be surprised if Keondre Wudtee becomes a national name a couple years after Mason Rudolph’s departure.No. 3: Lemaefe Galea’i, No. 66, OLLemaefe Galea’i, pronounced lem-Ah-eh-feh naw-Lay-eye, is a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman from Euless, TX. Along with having one of the coolest names on the roster, Galea’i is one of the biggest current OSU players at 6-4, 325 lbs.Galea’i’s mother is Tania Galeai and his father is also named Lemaefe. The mammoth OT got some time last season as a freshman on special teams and might squeeze into the lineman rotation in the near future.No. 2: Lenzy Pipkins, No. 4, CBLenzy Pipkins might be one of the coolest names I’ve ever heard. Ever. It sounds even better in a British accent. Yeah, don’t act like you didn’t just say that to yourself in your head. Lenzy Pipkins comes to the Cowboys as a graduate transfer from UL Monroe.The Mansfield, Texas native was a two-year starting cornerback for the Warhawks an coincidentally played in his first career game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Pipkins could see time in the secondary, and follows a long line of graduate transfers who have found success at OSU.No. 1: Amen Ogbongbemiga No. 11 LBAmen Ogbongbemiga. What else is there to say? The son of Ngozi and Ayo Ogbongbemiga, Amen made a name for himself up north playing Canadian football in Calgary, AB.As a senior, Ogbongbemiga was named first team all-district and his team’s MVP. He already has a strong connection to OSU, as his second cousin, Emmanuel Ogbah, made a name for himself at OSU and was a second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. I say bravo to whoever will have to stitch this name on his jerseys.Honorable Mentions:Barry J. Sanders, No. 26, RBDeionte Noel, No. 68, OLWinston Westbrooks No. 27 SObi Obialo, No. 88, WRBrian Ciszewski, No. 47, LBVili Leveni No. 95 DTMotekiai Maile No. 90 DTWho is your favorite name on the OSU roster? Be sure to leave your opinions in the comments below!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

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first_imgImagine football in a decade.With all of the intricacies of the game — the diets, the workout regimens, the equipment — the sport has already become more of a race to innovation rather than just a game. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph said that trend is only just starting to take off.“If you can come up with something that’s in the sports medicine world and you can sell it to how many other Division I programs there are in America, you’re gonna make a whole lot of money,” Rudolph said.OSU has teamed with RISE, a sleep coaching program, to monitor the players’ rest patterns, heart rates and quality of sleep. The subject puts a ribbon-like sensor beneath his or her mattress, and the data is sent directly to the coaches’ emails the following morning for evaluation.AdChoices广告Rudolph said investing in sleep is the best way to go about making sure the guys are well-rested and prepared.“There’s a lot of scientific research and a lot of data that backs up performance and reaction time,” he said. “It’s the best recovery. You can get in an ice tub and get a massage all you want, but your sleep is the best recovery tool in the history of mankind.”Rudolph said the Cowboys have been using a number of other innovations in sports medicine and health, including vibrating muscle rollers, electromagnetic beds and $9 light-blocking glasses on Amazon, which makes OSU an unlikely trendsetter in the industry. He said he is sure that’s not the case at other places.“I’m sure there are coaches that are old-school,” Rudolph said. “Gundy’s so good about being on the cutting edge. He’s old-school to an extent, but he’s gotten very knowledgable and taken care of our bodies and how much is too much in practice.”Gundy said he has cut offseason practice times down 40 percent from five years ago, and said that is still too much work. He also noted that, for example, the wide receivers are doing close to 30 percent less work this fall than last fall. That’s partly because there are so many of them, but the fact that Oklahoma State actually tracks such a thing sort of conveys the entire point.“We try and soften things on their body, but you always worry about that,” Gundy said. “At this point, we’ve been very fortunate that we’ve stayed healthy.”A lot of that cutback in practice time was the NCAA’s doing, though Gundy said the Cowboys were already self-imposing a day off (now two days off this fall) and said they are continuing to spend less and less time on the field or in the weight room.Rudolph said the move from the days of Remember the Titans and the whole “water makes you weak” mantra toward a more refined football is a smart one. With all the resources and detail in preparation, he said it’s already unbelievable.“It’s the total product here at Oklahoma State in every wing of our culture,” Rudolph said. “Whether it’s training staff or equipment or strength staff, they’re all trying to take care of us to the utmost degree.”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

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first_imgSaturday, NFL rosters must be finalized and each team has to whittle their squad down to 53. Several former Cowboys were drafted or signed as undrafted free agents. Here’s a look at who stuck and who was let go.Brandon WeedenWeeden, who will turn 34 next month, is out at Houston. Probably not a huge surprise given that the Texans took Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with the 12th-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.With two QBs they believe in, the #Texans have released QB Brandon Weeden, source said. They’ll keep just two.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2017Chris CarsonChris Carson was a surprise star for the Seattle Seahawks who already had four running backs on the roster. But Carson’s highlight-worthy plays and praise from new head coach Pete Carroll earned him a place on the 53-man roster. Fellow running backs Alex Collins and Mike Davis were cut to make room for the former Poke.Vincent TaylorThe Miami Dolphins took Taylor in the sixth round of this year’s Draft and he’s apparently done nothing but impress. As was expected, he was not cut and will make Miami’s roster.Ashton LampkinAshton Lampkin impressed during the preseason in his role in the Kansas City’s secondary, and the Chiefs liked Lampkin enough that even after he suffered a season-ending knee injury, they’ve decided to do him around on IR.Jordan SternsKansas City waived Jordan Sterns earlier in camp after the former Cowboy safety missed several practices due to illness.Lenzy PipkinsAccording to reports, Pipkins didn’t hear from the team before the cut deadline — so the assumption is that he made the team.Pipkins impressed in the preseason, being named to the Week 1 preseason team of the week by Pro Football Focus. Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks? Blake JarwinDallas Cowboys✂ Vincent TaylorMiami Dolphins ? Cornerback: Lenzy Pipkins, Green Bay Packers, 86.6 overall gradePipkins was on the field for 32 snaps in coverage, and allowed two receptions for just four yards. He had three tackles including a stop and zero missed tackles, while adding a pass breakup and a quarterback hit. PFFBlake JarwinJarwin was waived by the Dallas Cowboys. He made some preseason plays but could not quite get ahead of James Hanna, Geoff Swaim and former All-Big 12 power forward Rico Gathers for the No. 2 spot behind Jason Whitten.Full list of Cowboys cuts pic.twitter.com/vX7YMn8jLD— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) September 2, 2017Jhajuan SealesFormer Cowboy wide receiver Jhajuan Seales was waived in August after sustaining an injury.Buccaneers Waive/Injured WR Jhajuan Seales, Sign WR Shaq Hill https://t.co/CQ6ksDZL0m pic.twitter.com/pjCDCpVaAL— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) August 2, 2017Victor SalakoLeft tackle Victor Salako did not make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final roster. The transfer from UAB earned all-conference second-team honors his senior season at OSU.#Eagles cuts: T Victor Salako, LB Christian Tago, DT Gabe Wright, TE Adam Zaruba LB Don ?, DT Winston Craig— Ryan Neal (@Rwilliamneal) September 1, 2017 Lenzy PipkinsGreen Bay Packers? ? Jordan SternsKansas City Chiefs✂center_img PlayerTeamCutStuckIR Jhajuan SealesTampa Bay Buccaneers✂ Victor SalakoPhiladelphia Eagles✂ Michael HunterFormer cornerback Michael Hunter also indicated that he will remain in New York with the Football Giants this season.Kevin PetersonSecond-year cover man Kevin Peterson earned a roster spot for the Los Angeles Rams.Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster are the starting CBs. Backups: Nickell Robey-Coleman, Kevin Peterson, Dominique Hatfield.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 2, 2017Jimmy BeanLast week, former Oklahoma State defensive end Jimmy Bean was waived by the Oakland Raiders after getting dinged up in practice. He was claimed by the Denver Broncos days later. Unfortunately he did not pass the team’s physical exam.Tyler PatmonFormer Cowboy Tyler Patmon also made the cut with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Keelan Cole, Tyler Patmon and Jalen Myrick are all on 53-man roster.— John Reid (@JohnReid64) September 2, 2017Shamiel GaryFormer Cowboy safety Shamiel Gary did not make the cut for Buffalo.#Bills S Shamiel Gary, B.T. Sanders & Joe Powell have been cut, likely indicating Trae Elston made team & BUF will add S cut by another club— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) September 2, 2017Seven former Cowboys tried to make NFL rosters as Here’s a look at the 2017 rookies and how each fared this fall.Potential 2017 Rookies from OSU Ashton LampkinKansas City Chiefs 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

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first_imgWC Qualification Asia Saudi Arabia coach Bert van Marwijk expects tough challenge from UAE in AFC World Cup qualifier Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:46 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bert van Marwijk former Hamburg coach Bongarts WC Qualification Asia Saudi Arabia UAE v Saudi Arabia UAE Saudi Arabia face UAE in an AFC World Cup qualifying match in Al Ain and coach Bert van Marwijk expects a difficult test. Saudi Arabia gear up to face UAE in the AFC World Cup qualifying Group B fixture at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.The Green Falcons may have lost out to Australia on Matchday Eight but after the UAE failed to win against Thailand and Group B leaders Japan drew with Iraq, they remain strongly placed to return to the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 2006.However, head coach Bert van Marwijk is not taking UAE for granted and instead expects a tough encounter. 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 “The match against the Emirates will be tough because they have a chance and they will go for a chance. They will be frantic in the beginning and we are prepared for it,” said the Saudi coach.The Dutchman also insists that his team are looking to fine tune certain aspects of their game to get the better of their opponents.“Now we are focusing more towards the strength and weakness of the opponents and always looking to improve with every game.We don’t have any problem with pressure. When you want to reach top level then you need pressure and should know to handle pressure as well. We have to win this first game first and then think of the next match against Japan.” Van Marwijk confirmed that Mohammad Al Breik should be in action on Tuesday.“Defender Mohammad Al Breik is down with an injury. He has a problem with his ankle but I think he will be fit for the match tomorrow.”UAE star Omar Abdulrahman is a doubt for the game as he recovers from a back spasm but Van Marwijk claims his team will have the same game plan regardless of the midfielder’s availability.“We play the same way against all the teams. It doesn’t matter if Amoory is playing or not. We are going to play the way we do and are prepared for any challenge.”Our players may have played few matches in the national league but we have to concentrate more. We have a chance to qualify directly and we had a 75 per cent chance before we played against Australia. However, now we have to work very very hard,” added van Marwijk.last_img read more

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first_imgVideos WATCH: Crazy Quaresma and beautiful Besiktas – Cenk Tosun on life in Istanbul Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Cenk Tosun Besiktas 05152017 AA Videos UEFA Champions League Beşiktaş Süper Lig The Turkey international opened up on his “crazy” team-mate Ricardo Quaresma and says there is “nothing greater” than the UEFA Champions League Cenk Tosun has praised Besiktas fans’ incredible “sacrifice” for their club, insisting even their fiercest rivals appreciate the support.Tosun sat down with Goal to open up on his life in Istanbul, discussing his coach, the club’s new home, and his team-mates – including Portugal international Ricardo Quaresma, who he says is “crazy” and a “great person”.The 26-year-old also spoke of his pride at competing in the UEFA Champions League, insisting there is “nothing greater” than Europe’s elite club competition. Editors’ Picks ‘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 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 Watch Tosun’s full chat with Goal below…last_img read more

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first_imgPremier League Kiss goodbye to the Premier League! Alexis & Arsenal show Spurs who rules North London Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:47 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexis v Spurs 2 Getty Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur The Gunners all but ended their local rivals’ chances of winning the title this season with an impressive 2-0 victory at the Emirates North London derbies are special occasions for everyone involved and Saturday’s lunch-time kick off was no different. Emirates Stadium is rarely home to such raucous support unless the likes of FC Koln are visiting but there is something adrenaline-pumping about meetings between these two.Arsenal and Tottenham fans hate each other, the players produce the kind of tackles which supporters love to see and major broadcasters across the world stream the game to far-flung countries most haven’t even heard of.Arsenal 6/1 to win the Europa 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 A lot has been written about there being a power shift over the last two years in North London towards Spurs – and it’s clear a gap has formed where consistency in results is concerned. However, there can still be no argument about who the bigger of the two teams still is and that is what many Gooners will take comfort from.As a supporter, would one prefer three FA Cups in four years or one season of Champions League football and finishing above Arsenal for the first time in 20 years?Gunners supporters have lofty expectations which haven’t been met by a side who were below par throughout most of last term but they have still had more to cheer about than Spurs fans. And performances such as this provide plenty of hope and give manager Arsene Wenger some respite going into a relatively stress-free set of winter fixtures.Shkodran Mustafi Arsenal 2017Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were at their scintillating best against Tottenham, with the former two supplying a goal and assist between them. Goal-scorer Alexis was unplayable at times and could have grabbed a second strike late on after a brilliant solo run.It was the work-rate from Arsenal’s midfielders and solidity in defence – with the returning Shkodran Mustafi standing out – which really shone through. The German international defender was criticised for several erratic display at the backend of last season but he put in a performance worthy of a £35 million centre back. And he opened the scoring here with a bullet header.There is no better barometer of success than trophies and Arsenal have put a huge dent in the title hope of Spurs, who were already eight points behind runaway leaders Manchester City before the start of play on Saturday.While Tottenham may still finish above Wenger’s men, it’s worth noting that they haven’t won a trophy since their 2008 League Cup triumph. The hype over a team filled with England players can certainly be justified at times, but when it has really counted Pochettino’s side have slipped away like Spurs teams of the past.As full-time approached, the home fans could be heard taunting their rivals by screaming “you ain’t won nothing yet”. This sensation will be felt across north London over the weekend as Arsenal celebrate painting the north side of London red yet again. Derby games mean a lot to everyone involved and Wenger will certainly be delighted with the brilliant performance and result on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgTransfers The truth about Dybala’s falling out with Juventus Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 23:00 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Paulo Dybala Juventus Serie A 12012017 Getty Images Transfers Juventus Paulo Dybala Roma PSG Real Madrid Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Juventus v Roma Opinion The Argentine’s dip in form has been attributed to an unprofessional attitude and there is now talk of the Bianconeri offloading him next summer Amid all of the usual draw-ceremony pabulum in Nyon on December 11, Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved offered a fascinating insight into the current state of the club’s relationship with star forward Paulo Dybala.After discussing the Bianconeri’s prospects against last-16 opponents Tottenham Hotspur, the Czech was asked, almost as an after-thought, about the 24-year-old’s drastic dip in form after what had been a sensational start to the 2017-18 season.”It can be normal to have highs and lows, at his age, but he knows that he has a club that is close to him that will support him in every eventuality,” Nedved told Sky Sport Italia. 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 only advice I can give him is to always give his all in training, to make sacrifices in his private life. By doing this, he can become truly great.”Pavel Nedved Paulo Dybala PSTo the casual observer, it may have seemed like a rather innocuous statement; at worst, a mild slap on the wrist for a 24-year-old whose priorities had become a little skewed.However, to those familiar with Juventus – and the way in which they operate – this was both a significant and startlingly strong public rebuke.Even the fact Nedved was the accuser was telling. The former Ballon d’Or winner is a hugely important figure at Juventus, one who commands the respect of both the board and the dressing room, often serving as an intermediary between the two.For him, of all people, to have openly called Dybala’s professionalism into question was indicative of just how disappointed and frustrated the major power-brokers at Juventus had become with the Argentine’s recent conduct.The concern stems from Dybala’s decision to part company with long-time agent Pier Paolo Triulzi in September and put his older brother and former representative Gustavo back in charge of his affairs. Paulo Dybala Juventus Serie A titleThis move came just after Dybala’s break-up with girlfriend Antonella, whom he had been dating since his days at Palermo. The upheaval in both his professional and private lives did not initially appear to have any adverse effect on the Argentina international, who was enjoying his new-found sense of importance having been handed the famed No.10 jersey at Juventus.On the contrary, he kicked off his Serie A campaign with 10 goals in his first five games, sparking further comparisons with compatriot Lionel Messi. However, Dybala has scored just three goals in all competitions since September 23, failing to net even once in Juve’s Champions League group games. Allegri, for his part, hit out at the media for placing unfair expectations upon the attacker’s shoulders. Allegri Dybala Messi PS“I don’t think the media helped by making these comparisons [with Messi], which are frankly damaging,” the Bianconeri boss argued.”You do it often to young players: they have a couple of good games and are called world-beaters. It’s not healthy.”However, after dropping Dybala for Juve’s last two league games, against Inter and Bologna, Allegri also intimated that the Cordoba native had lost focus.”Of course, every player is annoyed when he’s on the bench, the important thing is to react,” he acknowledged.”But football is a team sport, you have to take away the ‘I’ and rely only on the ‘we’.”Paulo’s talent is beyond doubt, but he also needs to be in good physical and psychological shape.”Allegri Dybala PSThe prevailing feeling in Turin is that Dybala has been unsettled by his brother. The initial fear had been that the Barcelona-based Gustavo might immediately start advocating a long-mooted transfer to Catalunya but last week it was reported that he had met with Paris Saint-Germain officials in the French capital.Gustavo has denied that any talks have taken place with the Ligue 1 outfit but negotiations with Juve over a contract extension certainly have stalled.Image rights are the sticking point, with Dybala believing that he deserves a deal more befitting of a star player in an elite European team, which he felt that his brother Gustavo was more likely to secure for him than Triulzi.Consequently, a money-spinning move to Paris Saint-Germain – or Real Madrid, who are looking for a new Galactico and feel that Dybala would fit the bill, both from a sporting and commercial perspective – cannot be discounted at this stage.However, Juve are still optimistic about their chances of persuading Dybala to stay in Turin and they were enthused by him not only getting back among the goals against Genoa in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, but the dynamic nature of his display. In short, he looked like his old self.Paulo Dybala, Juventus, Serie A, 09122017As a cautious but clearly encouraged Allegri stated afterwards, “We all want Dybala to get back to being Dybala, as he’s an extraordinary player. “He needed a good performance and a goal, as it can help him find some calm and confidence.”But it’s not as if he ever truly lost his way.”The relationship has by no means broken down and the Old Lady has even taken encouragement of the fact that Dybala has now been reunited with ex-girlfriend Antonella.Indeed, it was no coincidence that the pair were seated at the presidential table alongside Andrea Agnelli for the Juventus Christmas dinner.The hope among Juve fans now is that Dybala and the Old Lady have also taken the first step towards reconciling their own differences.last_img read more

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first_img World Cup play-offs: Denmark v Rep of Ireland, Northern Ireland v Switzerland Share via Email Read more World Cup Reuse this content Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece are just two games away from securing a place at next summer’s World Cup. Now that your opponents have been revealed for next month’s two-legged play-offs, we’d like to hear from fans of the eight countries taking part. Croatia Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Republic of Ireland Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 features Italy Share on Pinterest Will Italy be too strong for Sweden over two legs? Will Michael O’Neill mastermind a win for Northern Ireland over a strong Switzerland side? Who will have the upper hand between Croatia and Greece? And will Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland be as clinical against Denmark as they were against Wales? Share your hopes and expectations for the final play-offs with us by filling out the form below. We’ll feature some of your contributions on the site. Northern Ireland World Cup 2018 qualifierslast_img read more

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first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share via Email Who can rescue the Ashes for England and be a match-winner in Perth? Ashes 2017-18 Pinterest Twitter Twelve months ago Lyon was no national treasure; instead he was on the brink of being dropped by an ailing national team. Now he is the linchpin of the side. Of Australian spinners only Shane Warne has taken more Test wickets; among Englishmen, he has waltzed past Graeme Swann, who played his last Test in Perth four years ago, and he has Derek Underwood (297) in his sights. Lyon, who has already taken 11 wickets in two Tests, now has 280 in total. In the past he might have been left out at the Waca; not any more.At the start of this century finger spinners were on the endangered species list. Australia had two brilliant wrist-spinners in Warne and Stuart MacGill; England lamented that they had no one of similar quality after experimenting hopefully with Ian Salisbury. Nasser Hussain, as England captain, always explained that he was desperate for someone “with mystery”. Instead they had to settle for the dependable rather than devastating Ashley Giles, a noble English spinner but as mysterious as fish and chips.Since then we can find numerous reasons – relating to pitches perhaps, or batting techniques – to account for the renaissance of the finger spinner, but one explanation stands clear: the evolution of the decision review system. It has changed how batsmen bat and spin bowlers bowl.Now the mode of dismissal that batsmen fear the most against finger spinners is the lbw, especially when off-spinners are bowling to left-handers or left-armers to right-handers. Two decades ago the imperfect forward defensive stroke, where the ball met the pad rather than the bat, very seldom led to an lbw dismissal. The pad was the second line of defence or, quite frequently, the first. Umpires kept their fingers down. Now there is the imperative to use the bat since this generation of umpires, having studied all those replays, is not shy of giving lbws when the batsman’s front foot is down the pitch. Australia sport By the same token the spinners are now aiming to hit that front pad. As a consequence the tendency for the finger spinner is to bowl faster. Monty Panesar at his best was a beneficiary of the new willingness to give lbws, fizzing the ball down and if the batsman misjudged the length he was in business. So too, more skilfully, was Swann, who became a great tormentor of left-handers, just like Lyon in this series. So far 10 of Lyon’s 11 victims have been left-handers, the odd man out being Chris Woakes in Brisbane, who missed a half-volley at the start of his innings.Another problem for England is that Lyon is now a damn fine bowler. In Brisbane he may have bowled a little wide to the left-handers but he rectified that in Adelaide. He can fizz the ball at close to 60mph. His control of length has been immaculate and he has managed to get the ball to dip at the end of its flight path, which is nirvana for a spinner; it means that the batsman might misjudge the length. He is turning the screw on a side under pressure.The ball is less likely to turn at the Waca, which explains the Australian plans to bolster their bowling with the inclusion of Mitchell Marsh; so it may be easier to attack Lyon successfully. So far the English right-handers have survived against him with relatively little trouble and here the boundaries are so big square of the wicket that those may sometimes be converted into twos. If the ball is not turning much it should be easier to hit him straight.Unless he is made to bowl badly he remains a trial for England’s plethora of left-handers – if only because the attempts to attack him so far, usually instigated by Moeen Ali, have failed. It will be a brave and gifted batsman who knocks The Goat off his Yuletide perch. Share on Twitter Facebook Topics Reuse this content Australia cricket team Nathan Lyon Share on LinkedIn … 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. Cricket Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebook features It feels unprecedented before a big match at the Waca that batsmen should spend time fretting about playing against an off-spinner. Here the talk has always been about pace and bounce and how to counteract it. Now there is the suggestion that the pitch might not be so pacy which means spin bowling could be more important. But there is another factor: according to their spin bowling coach, John Davison, Australia have the best spin bowler in the world in their team – and England have not been playing him too well.There is even a fast-expanding fad this Christmas in Australia of putting a picture of The Goat, as Nathan Lyon is affectionately known here, on top of the Christmas tree, where the fairy or the angel usually sits. I promise I have not made this up; take a look at Cricket Australia’s website. Perhaps the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website could conjure something similar with the ghosts of Christmas past. In the season of goodwill a few images of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in absolute harmony, hugging not headbutting, with their drinks still residing harmlessly in their glasses, might cheer everyone up. Moeen Ali of England is hit on the pads by a Nathan Lyon delivery and dismissed for lbw. 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first_imgThe Guardian understands Morocco 2026 submitted a complaint to Fifa last month concerning the eligibility of four of the Fifa member federations to vote. As bidding nations, Morocco, the US, Canada and Mexico must abstain from voting but the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands have retained votes.The Moroccan bid is based on a concept of Africa meets Europe, with 12 host cities and a stadium construction budget of $3bn. The plan is to build nine stadiums, of which six are modular allowing their capacity to be reduced after the tournament.Extensive renovations will be made to five existing stadiums. El Amrani and his team hope they can persuade the 207 remaining Fifa voting-member federations that Morocco, which has bid for the World Cup four times before, is now capable of hosting the biggest sporting event on the African continent.It is widely understood the Fifa hierarchy – including the president, Gianni Infantino – would prefer the united bid, with its ready-made stadiums, infrastructure and accommodation provisions. That is not to mention a guaranteed $300m bonus payment due the governing body if the tournament is held in the US.It is also understood that three Fifa Council members – Sunil Gulati from the US, the Concacaf vice‑president Victor Montagliani, and Sandra Fruean of American Samoa – have remained in meetings where they should have excused themselves.There was believed to have been disquiet in the Morocco camp, too, about changes to the bid regulations 48 hours before final versions were due to be submitted in March.The revised rules stated host cities must have a population of 250,000 or more – the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate falls short. A change that particularly raised eyebrows was the maximum drive between a host city and the nearest airport being reduced to 90 minutes – the journey between El Jadida on Morocco’s west coast to Casablanca airport had been estimated at 91 minutes.A 0-5 judging scale was introduced and if a bidding nation falls short of two points on a key criteria it will be excluded from the race. Morocco has been visited twice by Fifa’s bid inspection taskforce and will find out at the end of this month whether it has passed that test sufficiently to make it to the vote.“We were a bit surprised of getting the scoring system 48 hours before the deadline, which was not necessarily about methodology but about additional information required,” El Amrani said. In a high-end restaurant overlooking the Atlantic ocean from the port city of Tangier, the Morocco 2026 bid chief executive presented his vision for a World Cup that for so long remained shrouded in mystery. It entered the two-horse race last August, running against a supremely confident and organised joint campaign from the US, Canada and Mexico.For the first five months it was a virtual information blackout but now that Hicham El Amrani and his team have started talking, murmurs are the contest will be closer than expected. After apparent last-minute goalpost moving by Fifa in an attempt insiders suspect was designed to derail Morocco’s bid, simply making it to the vote in Moscow on 13 June would be an achievement. Hey England fans, everything’ll be fine in Russia. Probably Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter Topics World Cup Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Read more It was also surprised to see the US president, Donald Trump, getting involved in the race when Fifa rules outlaw political interference. Trump tweeted: “The US has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”The South Africa sports minister, Tokozile Xasa, also said this week that her country would not be supporting the Moroccan bid.El Amrani said: “My focus is on defending the values of the Moroccan bid, its values, its concept. But in relation to political interference, I think the rules are pretty clear. Fifa has to implement them. The bidders have to respect them.”Asked if he thought the bid process had been fair, El Amrani said: “I will be able to tell you that at the end of May and then maybe on 13 June. All we wish for is a good game.”Fifa did not respond to an approach for comment.Martha Kelner’s trip to Morocco was paid for by the Morocco 2026 bid team John Crace World Cup 2026 Share on Facebook Pro-Kremlin Cossack troops to ‘ensure public safety’ at World Cup Share via Email Morocco football teamlast_img read more

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first_imgBorussia Dortmund Batshuayi vows to do Aubameyang celebration after filling Dortmund boots Chris Burton 19:37 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Cologne Patrik Stollarz Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund v Hamburger SV Hamburger SV Bundesliga The Belgian has already been among the goals after completing a loan switch from Chelsea and is hoping to endear himself further to a loyal fan base Michy Batshuayi is determined to fill the boots of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, so much so that he is going to steal his celebration.The Belgium international formed part of a striker merry-go-round on deadline day of the winter transfer window, as three deals were completed in quick succession.As Aubameyang left Dortmund for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud was freed to head for Chelsea. 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 His arrival at Stamford Bridge nudged Batshuayi down the pecking order, so he completed the circle by making a loan switch to Germany.The 24-year-old made a positive impression in his new surroundings, netting twice on debut, and has vowed to emulate Aubameyang’s goal celebration if he finds the target on his home bow against Hamburg on Saturday.“I will do the somersault in my new stadium,” Batshuayi told reporters ahead of the Bundesliga fixture.The Belgian should be in confident mood heading into a meeting with a struggling outfit that sits inside the relegation zone.He had already netted 10 times for Chelsea this season before being deemed surplus to requirements.Dortmund are delighted to have seen that exit door opened, with a proven performer added to their books.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundPeter Stoger is prepared to show the kind of faith in Batshuayi that he was denied at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte, with his new boss hoping the goals will flow against Hamburg.He said: “He will definitely try to do well in his first home game. “Of course, the expectation has increased after his goals against Cologne, so it’s not always that easy.”last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo accused by Del Bosque of not acting like ‘the best’ with headline-stealing antics Chris Burton 04:52 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 260518 Getty Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Primera División UEFA Champions League The Real Madrid superstar failed to score in the Champions League final but was able to dominate the post-match reaction after hinting at a transfer Cristiano Ronaldo was wrong to steal the headlines by hinting at a Real Madrid exit in the wake of their historic Champions League triumph, says Vicente del Bosque.As the Blancos toasted a third successive European crown, and a 13th in total, their Portuguese superstar was busy suggesting that a summer move away from the Spanish capital could be on the cards.Ronaldo’s post-match tease saw him refer to his time with the Blancos in the past tense, before promising more news in “the next few days”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now His comments quickly took the spotlight away from two-goal hero Gareth Bale, who had stepped off the bench to swing a meeting with Liverpool in Madrid’s favour, and win another major honour for manager Zinedine Zidane.Former Blancos boss Del Bosque believes Ronaldo acted out of line and in a manner not befitting of the supposed best player on the planet, stating in Marca: “It did not seem right to me.”Maintaining good personal relationships within a group is important and his words did not help.”The best ones have to be the most generous in relation to others.”Ronaldo appeared to backtrack on his earlier comments when telling supporters at a parade of the Champions League trophy through Madrid that he intends to see them “next year”.Cristiano Ronaldo PortugalHe is, however, likely to continue dominating headlines throughout the summer, with attention about to be shifted to international matters.Ronaldo is set to lead Euro 2016 winners Portugal in a World Cup adventure, with Del Bosque of the opinion that the Madrid talisman and his eternal rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, are capable of carrying their respective nations close to the ultimate prize in Russia.The man who guided Spain to global glory in 2010 added: “The national team are one of the favourites in the World Cup, as well as Portugal and Argentina, who have Cristiano and Messi.”World Cup 2018 is now a matter of weeks away, with the competition due to get underway in Moscow on June 14.last_img read more

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first_imgNomination forms available here: NOMINATION FORMSBrisbane Metro Touch Association (BMTA) with help from Touch Football Queensland and Touch Football Australia, are holding a fundraiser for our Touch Football friends hit by Cyclone Larry.The one-day, round robin event, is taking place on Saturday May 13 and all profits from the day will be given to the North Queensland region. Nomination forms are available above or from from www.bmta.com.au. There’s not much time to nominate, so make sure you get your team in quickly.With Mens, Womens and Mixed Representative and Social divisions, there is something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to help others out and something BMTA, TFQ and TFA are hoping people will become involved with.Date: Saturday May 13 2006Time: 8am Team Managers meeting Location: BMTA fields, Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary rd, Camp HillDivisions offered: Mens RepresentativeWomens RepresentativeMixed RepresentativeMens SocialWomens SocialMixed SocialCost: $100 per team with all profits going to the NQ Touch region.Format: Round RobinWinning teams will receive a BMTA canteen/bar tabAll profits from the day from team fees, food and beverage sales etc will go directly to the TFA Affiliated North Queensland Region.Any queries can be directed to Matt Hall at manager@bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgThe Australian Defence Force Touch Association National Championships commenced at the RAAF Williams Laverton Base in Melbourne Victoria on Monday 20 November 2006. Day 1 results and a feature piece from Peter Shefford is attached.The week long National Tournament will culminate in Finals on Friday and will see 21 teams representing Australian Capital Territory (ACT) /New South Wales Country (NSW), South Queensland Sth Qld), North Queensland (Nth Qld), Sydney Metropolitan (Sydney Metro), and combined Southern States in action. Teams will compete in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, and Men’s 40s divisions.Results from Day 1:-MENS OPENSouthern States (3) def ACT / NSW Country (2)Sydney Metro (5) def ACT / NSW Country (4)Nth Qld (6) def Southern States (4)WOMENS OPENACT / NSW Country (7) def Southern States (1)ACT / NSW Country (2) def Barbarians (1)Southern States (4) def Sydney Metro (1)Sth Qld (4) def Barbarians (1)Sth Qld (9) def Sydney Metro (0MENS 30/35sACT / NSW Country (7) def Sydney Metro (0)ACT / NSW Country (4) def Southern States (3)ACT / NSW Country (7) def Sth Qld 35s (2)Southern States (5) def Sth Qld 35s (2)Sth Qld (13) def Sth Qld 35s (2)Sth Qld (5) def Southern States (0)MENS 40sACT / NSW Country (6) def Southern States (1)ACT / NSW Country (6) def Nth Qld (0)Sth Qld (2) def Nth Qld (0)Sth Qld (3) def Sydney Metro (2)A wrap-up of finals will be provided after the conclusion of the championships on Frdiay 24 November 2006.*Please read the attached feature from Peter Shefford on the Australian Defence Force National Championships.Related Filesoperation_williams-pdflast_img read more

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first_imgThe 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. Throughout the tournement Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who are in action at the showcase event.Todays spotlight is on Australian Open Mens Captian, and Rustlers representative Gavin Shuker.To read Shukers profile click here.last_img

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first_imgThe Blackest Cats have launched their own website. For information on profiles, clinics and all the latest Blackest Cat information visit the new website at www.blackestcat.com.aulast_img

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