Southampton goalkeeper McCarthy: Hasenhuttl all about…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has revealed manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has emphasised their work off the ball.Saints face Arsenal later today.”He’s gone through the way they press, what they do when they have got the ball, without the ball, everything. Everything’s clear and we all understand what we are doing and reading off the same page,” McCarthy said.”Everyone’s just pressing, pressing, pressing, once you lose the ball. And when we regain the ball, instead of turning round and playing it back, having that confidence to play forward and bring everyone up the pitch so we’re a lot more attacking.”The thing with the boys pressing a lot higher and with more intensity, hopefully I’ll have a little bit less work to do!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Man City, Man Utd target Ndombele stalls Lyon exit plansby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTanguy Ndombele is reluctant to leave Lyon in January.Sky Sports says Ndombele will opt to remain with the French club until at least the end of the season.The combative midfielder has been heavily linked with a move, with Premier League clubs Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham amongst those rumoured to have an interest.But sources close to the player believe he would prefer to remain in Lyon for the rest of the campaign.Ndombele revealed last week he turned down a big money move to Manchester City last summer.
Chelsea boss Sarri defends Hazard in striker’s role for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri defended his use of Eden Hazard as a striker for defeat to Leicester City.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, after the Blues had been on top during the opening 45 minutes.Sarri said, “I was really very happy at the end of the first half because we played very well, we were dangerous, we conceded nothing to the opponents, so I was very happy with the team and our deployment of Hazard as a striker. After the goal his position wasn’t important.”It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match. In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Dalglish: Rangers boss Gerrard embarrassed by Klopp wordsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be “embarrassed” by the words of Jurgen Klopp.The Liverpool boss tipped the Rangers manager to be his successor whenever he finally leaves Anfield.Writing in the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “For me, the way Jurgen answered the question put to him once again reiterated just how much he ‘gets’ Liverpool, from the way some people are regarded by everyone at the club to the mood and feelings of the supporters.”Perhaps Steven might have been a wee bit embarrassed by with Jurgen’s comments, but they would have been said with the best of intentions.”Deep down inside, I’m sure, Steven would have been very, very proud of Jurgen’s comments.”But right now he has a job at Rangers to be getting on with, just as Jurgen will be fully focused on matters at Anfield.”
Tottenham and Liverpool will meet in the Champions League final on Saturday at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, with either Hugo Lloris or Jordan Henderson set to lift the European Cup at the end of the fixture.The Reds go into the game seeking to shake off the ghosts of Kiev, where they defeated 3-1 at the same stage last season by Real Madrid, with goalkeeper Lorus Karius’ blunders ensuring they had a night to forget.While the Anfield side are five-time champions of Europe, Tottenham have never enjoyed such a high and indeed manager Mauricio Pochettino has no previous experience of winning silverware, let alone such a storied trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Who will be celebrating in Spain come the game’s conclusion? Game Tottenham vs Liverpool Date Saturday, June 1 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm EST Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TNT USA / Univision Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD and streamed on the BT Sport Live app or via YouTube. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live / YouTube Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Whiteman Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Davies, Aurier Midfielders Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lucas, Marsh, Skipp, Lamela, Alli, Winks Forwards Kane, Son, Llorente Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher Defenders Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Moreno, Gomezz, Lovre Midfielders Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Lallana Forwards Salah, Firmino, Mane, Origi, Sturridge, Brewster Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, ManeBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are 10/11 favourites to win with Bet365 . Tottenham are outsiders at 10/3 while a draw is available at 11/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have long been heralded as two of the Premier League’s top managers, though their critics have chastised them due to a lack of silverware. On Saturday evening, one of these bosses will put things right in the most spectacular way possible, for either Klopp’s Liverpool or Pochettino’s Tottenham will be crowned Champions League winners.That both teams will contest the first all-English final since Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008 – the night of John Terry’s infamous slip – is something of a miracle in itself.Following the first leg of the semi-finals, a Barcelona vs Ajax final looked a distinct probability, yet marvellous recoveries from the Premier League sides have seen them jet out to Madrid in place of the two Johan Cruyff-inspired clubs.Spurs’ run to the final has seen them continually flirt with elimination, with a late Lucas Moura goal carrying them into the knockout phase after initially struggling in the group. That was only the beginning of the drama, since then, there has been a last-gasp VAR-disallowed goal to carry them through against Manchester City, then an equally tardy strike from Lucas to finally dispose of Ajax.A succession of hardships, from inactivity in the transfer market to the upheaval of leaving White Hart Lane to move into a new ground 18 months later, have forged a robust and mentally tough unit, according to Pochettino.“We have come to the crucial part of the season and all of that has made us strong. We have had to overcome those difficulties,” he said.The Reds have not cut things by such fine margins but have not cruised through either. Alisson made a critical late save in the final group game against Napoli to push them into the knockout rounds, while they looked all but dead after a 3-0 loss in Barcelona that was spectacularly turned around at Anfield.Klopp, now, needs to shake off the tag of big-game loser; he has been on the wrong end of the scoreline in each of his last six finals.“All the circumstances were different, the teams were different,” he insisted. “If I were the reason for losing six finals then everyone needs to worry. Last year was a world-class goal and two strange goals we normally don’t concede which defeated us.“My career so far is not unlucky. I haven’t a problem with my career. My wife always asks me when the final game of the season is because since 2012, apart from 2017, my teams have been in finals.“I don’t see myself as a loser and we would have a problem if I did.”Will this be the day that Klopp, who has lost two Champions League finals previously, ends his jinx? 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Before the European Under-21 Championship began, Poland’s Krystian Bielik admitted he faced an uncertain future at club level.”There is one thing I can say for sure,” the versatile centre-back added, “I will definitely not go back to Arsenal’s Under-23 team.”At this stage, it wouldn’t make any sense.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It would be even more ridiculous now.The defender has been the key player in a Poland team that has taken the Under-21 Euros completely by surprise.A side that only qualified through the play-offs have now won their first two games in Group A, following up Sunday’s impressive defeat of Belgium with a stunning 1-0 victory over hosts Italy on Wednesday night.What’s more, a player that former Arsenal Under-23s team-mate Cohen Bramall only last week told Goal was “scary” good, has scored in both games.His winner against the Azzurrini was as shocking as it was crucial, coming as it did just five minutes before the end of a first half that the hosts had utterly dominated.With Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa again in scintillating form on the left flank, Italy tore into Poland right from the first whistle.However, unlike the 3-1 win over Spain, this time the in-demand winger couldn’t provide a cutting edge.Nor could anyone else, for that matter.Patrick Cutrone – selected to lead the line ahead of Moise Kean – toiled ineffectively up front, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Rolando Mandragora squandered wonderful opportunities to score, while Riccardo Orsolini endured his own personal nightmare.Chosen ahead of Nicolo Zaniolo on the right-hand side, the Bologna winger saw a fine goal ruled out by VAR for offside and ended up being forced off at the break through injury.However, not before playing an indirect but crucial part in Bielik’s winner.Dawid Kownacki’s free-kick – awarded after a needless challenge from Nicolo Barella on the edge of the area – struck Orsolini in the nether regions, deflecting the ball into the path of Bielik, who found the bottom corner of the net with a first-time half-volley that Alex Meret disappointingly failed to keep out with his right hand.It was, thus, a painful evening for Orsolini and Italy, in every sense.With only the group winners guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, the hosts now need to beat Belgium and hope Spain do them a favour against Poland, who boast a 100 per cent record.And that’s a truly frightening position for the Azzurrini to find themselves in, given the ‘scary’ form of both Bielik and the table-topping Poles.
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Heinz Field during the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)One ACC program received awful injury news on Wednesday afternoon. The Pitt Panthers were hit by the injury bug when team captain and star linebacker Quintin Wirginis went down with a non-contact injury in practice on Tuesday.Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Wirginis underwent season-ending surgery on the knee on Wednesday. It’s a tough break for a Pitt program that needs its stars now more than ever.The Panthers have struggled this season – especially on the defensive side of the ball. Wirginis leads the team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles on the year.Pitt announced the news.Huge loss for #Pitt. LB Quintin Wirginis out for the season. pic.twitter.com/hpNEjs4qEm— Ryan Recker (@RyanRecker) October 10, 2018Pitt ranks among the worst teams in points per game allowed, with over 32 points allowed per contest. The loss of the team’s star linebacker certainly won’t help matters.Next up for Pitt is a tough matchup against No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.
Paul Finebaum/ESPN.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum crushed a college football fan base on Monday, calling them “delusional.”Finebaum went off on UCF during his Monday morning appearance on WJOX, questioning what the Knights have really achieved despite going undefeated.The ESPN college football analyst said he’s really interested in seeing what the College Football Playoff Selection Committee does with UCF tonight.“I want to see if the committee listens to the noise, plays the political correctness game and ranks UCF ahead of a school like Kentucky, who has done something this year, who has gone on the road and beat a good Florida team, who has gone to A&M and played to an overtime game. And if they do that, then this committee begins to lose all credibility, because UCF shouldn’t be in the Top 10. They shouldn’t be anywhere near the Top 10.”Finebaum then crushed UCF’s athletic director and their fans.“The only thing UCF has going for them is a grandstanding athletic director who just can’t keep his mouth shut, but also can’t schedule a decent opponent,” Finebaum said. “And (UCF has) a fan base that is delusional.”UCF, 7-0, is ranked No. 9 in the latest top 25 poll.The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are set to come out tonight.
HAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)In late February, the Canadian Football League released a statement announcing former college football star Johnny Manziel had been kicked out of the league.According to NFL insider Benjamin Allbright, Manziel failed to show up for a mandatory counseling session, breaking an agreement he had with the league.Not long after his release, the Alliance of American Football stepped in and offered Manziel a chance to continue his football career. The former Texas A&M star landed with the Memphis Express – a team that has struggled to keep a quarterback on the field.Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was benched in favor of Zach Mettenberger. However, Mettenberger suffered an ankle injury, opening the door for Brandon Silvers.With Manziel on the team, however, some wondered if the team would turn to the former NFL starter.Earlier this week, the Express announced Silvers will get the start this weekend.“He’s been in the film room all week, he’s been studying and meeting with the coaches a lot,” co-offensive coordinator Bobby Blizzard said of Silvers. “He’s been getting a lot of reps. He’s getting comfortable with what we’re trying to do against Birmingham.”Manziel won’t get the start in his first game with the team, but he’ll serve as the backup.Birmingham and Memphis kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
Asian News International LondonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 15:42 IST Andy Murray received a giant teddy bear from Stan Wawrinka (@andymurray Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London on TuesdayStan Wawrinka sent a teddy bear to Murray as a ‘get well soon’ presentMurray said that his kids will fight over the teddy bear once he goes homeFormer world number No.1 Andy Murray, who recently underwent a hip surgery, received a ‘get well soon’ teddy bear from fellow tennis player Stan Wawrinka but it might leave his kids fighting.The 31-year-old, in an Instagram post, thanked Wawrinka for the gesture while adding that the teddy is ‘absolutely huge’ and his kids might fight over it when he gets home from the hospital.”Big thanks to @stanwawrinka85 and @donnavekic for the get well soon teddy bear. It’s absolutely huge. My kids will be fighting over this when I get home! #stantheman,” Murray captioned the post.The Brit has had a rough 2018 season as he missed most of the tournaments due to a hip injury. He had undergone surgery in 2018 for the same and had returned to the court, playing 15 tour-level matches.Murray had recently shocked the tennis world after announcing that he would retire this year, most probably after the ‘Wimbledon’ championship.A teary-eyed Murray had said that he has been struggling with pain for the last 20 months and is still in “a lot of pain”.He said that if he could not overcome the pain in the next four or five months, he will go for another surgery-not to get back in the professional zone but for a “better quality of life”.After suffering defeat in the first round of the Australian Open, he went on to say that this could be the final tournament of his career.Murray has won a total of three Grand Slam title in his career so far along with 14 ATP Masters 1000 crowns.He had ended his 2016 season with a victory in 24 consecutive matches and finished the year as the world number one player.In 2013, when Murray won his maiden Wimbledon singles title, he became the first British man to win the championship in 77 years since Fred Perry in 1936.Also Read | Rafael Nadal gets engaged to girlfriend Mery PerelloFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Stan WawrinkaFollow Teddy bearFollow Andy MurrayFollow HospitalFollow Kids Stan Wawrinka’s ‘get well soon’ bear to Andy Murray might leave his kids fightingStan Wawrinka sent a giant teddy bear to Andy Murray who recently underwent a hip surgery. Murray said the teddy is ‘absolutely huge’ and his kids might fight over it when he gets home from the hospital.advertisement Next