10 months agoMourinho confidant slams Woodward over Man Utd contract management

first_imgMourinho confidant slams Woodward over Man Utd contract managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEladio Parames has launched an attack on Manchester United chief Ed Woodward after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.Parames is close to Mourinho and been a long time confidant.”Here are two concrete examples of the fantastic work going on at Manchester United,” Parames wrote for Record.”If (Marouane) Fellaini, who was at the end of his contract, had been renewed in proper time, he would not cost half of what he costs today.”Mister Ed (Woodward) made him the third best-paid player in the entire squad.”And the same is happening with (David) De Gea, whose contract could already have been renewed a year or two ago.”But now, as his deal is at the end, if they want to continue with him they will have to pay a fortune.”What beautiful management this is.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona winger Malcom is a target for Tottenham.The Daily Star says Spurs are short of firepower with Heung-Min Son joining up with South Korea at the Asian Cup yesterday.He will miss Tottenham’s next five matches if his country goes all the way to the final.Spurs are currently scouring the market for reinforcements up front and are ready to revive their interest in Nou Camp outcast Malcom.The Brazilian, who can play anywhere in a front three, was on their radar last summer before he joined Barca from Bordeaux.But his £36.5m transfer has not worked out and the Spanish giants are willing to let him go this month. last_img read more

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18 days ago​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich days

first_img​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich daysby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken about how he’s changed since his days at Bayern Munich.The Swiss star failed to make the grade at Bayern as a youngster.He eventually moved to Stoke City in the Premier League. Their relegation prompted a cut price move to Liverpool last summer.”Over the years I have become calmer and more patient,” he told Schweizer Illustrierte.”I would probably last longer in Munich today and waited for my chance. I know that I have to give myself more time for my career steps now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 days agoSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping list

first_imgSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have handed the board a six man shopping list.The Daily Mail says so far, they have relied on the eyes and ears of Solskjaer, Mike Phelan, veteran scout Jim Lawlor and his recruitment staff.They have given transfer chiefs Ed Woodward and Matt Judge the names of half-a-dozen targets but United would prefer to wait until the summer to make big signings having had their fingers burned on Alexis Sanchez in the January 2018 transfer window.On that occasion, the club backed Jose Mourinho by giving Sanchez record wages to gazzump Manchester City but the move turned into a disaster with the Chilean scoring just five goals for his £42million salary before joining Inter Milan on loan.They are also reluctant to rip up their plans and change targets in January as a knee-jerk reaction to them becoming available. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Klopp: I would have paid to lead Man City by four points

first_imgJurgen Klopp says he “would have paid money” to be four points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League after two games against the champions this season.City ran out 2-1 winners in their meeting at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, moving them back to within four points of the leaders and inflicting a league defeat on the Reds for the first time this season.Defeat saw Liverpool ultimately pass up the chance to go 10 clear of City, something that, in the eyes of many, would have effectively ended the hosts’ title hopes. 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? As it was, Leroy Sane’s 72nd-minute winner blew the title race open once again, as the German clinched victory after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s emphatic opener.Nevertheless, Klopp did not want to focus on the negative, adamant he never thought it possible to be clear of City after playing their two regulated Premier League fixtures.”If someone had told me after both games against Man City that we were four points clear, I would have paid money for it, you cannot believe,” Klopp told reporters.”We are still in a pretty good position so it’s all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it’s only the moment.”Time to regroup, move on and prepare for the next game. Up the Reds.#WeAreLiverpool pic.twitter.com/TyCTPX7Fcr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 3, 2019″I didn’t think it would be possible. Football is like this. If we win this [match] and are 10 points ahead and from that point win no games, then nothing happens. It’s really important we take it game by game.”If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years, we would say; ‘100 percent [we’ll win it]’. But we don’t have experience in it, so why act like someone who wins all the time?”We never won it as a team so we want to finish the season as good as possible, and that’s alright, we can, we’re still in a good position.”It is all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it is only a moment. Then we have an opportunity to work on it.”Liverpool looked sharper in midfielder after Fabinho had replaced James Milner in the 57th minute, though Klopp did not feel the Brazilian suited the system he wanted to start the match with.”System wise it wasn’t a real alternative in the beginning and we adapted well after we changed, only because Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] played really well on the left wing, or half left wing, if you like,” Klopp said.”Hendo [Jordan Henderson] was really impressive, and offensively I think we already had more moments [than City] in the game [before Fabinho came on], that’s what we showed the boys at half-time.”Immediately [after half-time] we were a major threat for them. We came through, passed through, the chance of Sadio [Mane] was great.”There were others moments when we took the ball and accelerated, not immediately passing, because if you can outplay the counter-press every team in the world struggles, even City.”We had these moments and sometimes the cross wasn’t good enough, or the pass – that happens. It’s not about two players [Fabinho and Milner].”You have to constantly work for momentum. That was the game today. There were a lot of really wild moments, a lot of rusty moments. It was really intense for both teams – they won, we lost, that’s how it is sometimes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Koscielny hails Arsenal’s fighting spirit

first_imgArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny revelled in winning a Premier League six-pointer against rivals Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.Koscielny completed the scoring in a rousing 2-0 win with his first goal since suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last May.But the truly impressive element of a victory that brought the Gunners to within three points of their opponents in the final Champions League qualification spot was tireless collective effort – something the former France defender welcomed seven days on from a lacklustre defeat at West Ham 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? “Today we needed to win. We did a mistake last week and it was a game of six points,” Koscielny told BT Sport.”If we lose, it would be nine points; if we win just three points. We are still in the race for the top four.”It was important, the commitment was amazing from all the boys. We talked a lot and we showed on the pitch which way we want to go together.”It is good to play like this. We want to fight for each other.”When we talk about a clean sheets it is not just about the defenders. We showed everyone working together; the strikers work and help the rest of the team. Then at the back it is easier to win the challenges.”It is good for our head – we can keep this [mentality] for the rest of the season.”Alexandre Lacazette scored a superb 14th-minute opener for Arsenal, deftly engineering space in the box to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post.”This is what the coach asked us to do in the dressing room – [press] from in front. We worked, we fought all the game,” he told BT Sport.”We are now three points to Chelsea so we are still in the race and we will fight until the end.”Koscielny’s goal – an attempted header than spun in off his shoulder – was not so easy on the eye but every bit as valuable.”I did my work in the gym,” he joked.”We know a free-kick or a corner is always important in modern football, the small details. I’m happy to score.” 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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Messi & Barcelona to star in eFootball PES 2020

first_imgBarcelona and Konami have renewed their global partnership agreement for the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise through 2023.The announcement of the extended agreement coincides with the unveiling of one of Konami’s biggest annual releases, rebranded as eFootball PES 2020Lionel Messi will adorn the front cover, following in the footsteps of team-mates Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho who appeared on the previous two editions. 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? Furthermore, Konami will be releasing a special Barcelona edition of the game at the club’s shop at Camp Nou. Fans can also vote to decide on the cover.The renewed arrangement also sees Konami become the club’s official esports soccer video gaming partner, with collaborations planned at future events.In April, Barcelona ventured further into the esports market by signing a team to compete in the Rocket League. It already had a team in eFootball.Pro, a PES league developed by Konami and Gerard Pique.As well as teaming up for the release of eFootball PES 2020, Konami branding will appear on the inside and outside of Camp Nou, with the company having access to the Spanish league champions’ players for promotional purposes.Josep Pont, the commercial lead on the Barcelona board, said: “Our relationship began three years ago and this new agreement as global partners is testament to our shared journey, with clear commitment to the quest for excellence and to such common values as effort, teamwork and respect.”It also reinforces our commitment to connecting with fans all around through the esports universe.”Jonas Lygaard, senior director brand and business development of Konami, added: “FC Barcelona has been a loyal and a trusted partner for our company for the last three years and we are thrilled to have them by our side as we launch our most ambitious title yet in the PES series – eFootball PES 2020.”FC Barcelona shares our own ambition for eFootball and together, we shall take sport to new heights.”last_img read more

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Former Ohio State Football Star Appears To Call Out The Coaches

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State is trying to battle back and beat Penn State in Happy Valley. If they can’t get a big defensive stop, it won’t matter.Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has run wild, making plays all night, particularly with his legs. The Buckeyes have been hard-pressed to stop him, and he’s a major reason Penn State is ahead 26-21.Ohio State fans are frustrated with what is going on, and so is former Buckeye star Ryan Shazier. It appears that Shazier called out the coaching staff on Twitter following a touchdown that put PSU up 26-14We not putting the players in position to succeed!! Smh— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) September 30, 2018Now, Shazier might not have been singling out the defense, though that is his area of expertise.Chris Brown of Smart Football had his own criticism about OSU’s linebacking corps–and how they are coached.Also I remain continually puzzled by what Ohio State’s linebackers are taught to read— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 30, 2018Despite all of this, Ohio State still has a shot to win the game. It needs to get the ball back and score though.Check out the final minutes of this one on ABC.last_img read more

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A New Favorite Has Emerged For The Country’s No. 2 RB

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The recent announcement by RB John Emery that he’d be decommitting from Georgia may quickly change the balance of power in the SEC’s 2019 recruiting cycle.247Sports writer Shea Dixon noted that the big blow for Georgia could be a huge gain for rival LSU.Per Dixon’s report, Emery visited LSU when they played the Bulldogs earlier this month.Emery, whom 247Sports gave a five-star rating and ranked as the No. 2 RB in the entire 2019 recruiting class, hails from the state of Louisiana, which would make the Tigers a natural landing spot.BREAKING: Louisiana 5-star RB John Emery has decommitted from Georgia less than three months after getting on board with the Bulldogs.This is huge news for #LSU and their push for a second RB. https://t.co/viVx8jJa4D pic.twitter.com/Q6bNR6DVZR— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) October 25, 2018LSU already has the commitment of four-star rated Tyrion Davis, also a Louisiana resident.Should they secure Emery as well, LSU would conceivably have the best pair of RBs in the SEC.The Tigers’ current starting RB, Nick Brossette, is a senior. His backup, sophomore Clyde Edwards-Hellaire, is currently on the injury report, but is averaging 5.0 yards per carry on the season.last_img read more

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Photo: QB Jalen Hurts Spotted On Major Transfer Visit

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts, who’s set to transfer out of Alabama’s football program, is taking his first major visit this evening.The Crimson Tide dual-threat quarterback is visiting Maryland and former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.Hurts is taking in Maryland basketball’s big home game against Indiana tonight.Photos of Hurts in attendance have surfaced on social media.Jalen Hurts and Mike Locksley pic.twitter.com/7cLXQlk4Vj— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) January 11, 2019Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, who has his name in the transfer portal, is here at the Indiana-Maryland game. pic.twitter.com/BkjSH2K4TB— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) January 11, 2019Jalen Hurts here at the Maryland basketball game with Head Coach Mike Locksley @TheLeftBench pic.twitter.com/Wxsyr7IDGX— Lil Sebastian (@noah_gross27) January 11, 2019Maryland’s 247Sports’ site had more details on Hurts’ interest in the Terps:The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Houston native shares a strong relationship with new Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who spent the past three seasons alongside him in Tuscaloosa. Also reportedly considering Miami, TCU and Oklahoma, Hurts’ impending decision is the biggest storyline of the offseason in college football; whoever signs him will get an immediately eligible quarterback known for his bulldozing running ability and his 27-2 record as a starter.Hurts is expected to decide on his next stop quickly, in order to enroll at his new school in time for the start of the second semester, Jan. 28 if he chooses Maryland. He and Locksley share a familial relationship, a source told IMS.“He’s super comfortable around [Locksley]. He’s like a second father to him,” the source said.Maryland and Indiana are set to tip off at 7 p.m. E.T.The game will be on FS1.last_img read more

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Sports Illustrated Names The Best Mascot In College Football

first_img Georgia’s line of pure white English bulldogs, now on No. 10, has been a staple of the mascot landscape since 1956. Though every new dog is added to the “Uga” line—Uga X is the latest—each also has its own unique name, is given a custom-made jersey and a varsity letter, and resides in an air-conditioned on-field doghouse. When his day comes, each Uga is buried in a marble vault alongside his fallen predecessors outside the football stadium.It’s hard to argue with that. Who doesn’t like dogs?Georgia is set to open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. Georgia Bulldogs cheerleaders performing during a game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Georgia Bulldogs cheerleaders on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A lot of different sports have mascots, but no one seems to do them better than college football, which features everything from a live bulldog to a person in a tree costume.Which mascot is best?Sports Illustrated attempted to answer that question, ranking the best mascots in college football heading into the 2019 season.Georgia’s “Uga” bulldog came in at No. 1.last_img read more

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Hopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with Switzerland

first_imgHopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with SwitzerlandGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.advertisement Reuters PerthJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 23:03 IST Angelique Kerber beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with SwitzerlandGermany will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matchesAngelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev cruised through their singles matches on Friday as Germany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.Kerber and Zverev will take on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.They will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018 and secure a first trophy in the mixed team competition for Germany since 1995.vBring on the rematch. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/3RomiPc8LNHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Wimbledon champion Kerber saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to set the ball rolling for Germany on Friday, before Zverev swatted aside Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-3 to seal the win.Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matches, while the Swiss topped Group B with two victories from their three encounters.”It’s nice to be back in a final. It’s nice to play Switzerland as well,” ATP Finals champion Zverev said.Timing is everything in tennis #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/QnamJuEaJCHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019″We lost a very close match last year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again. And that’s why me and Angie decided after last year’s final that we’re definitely going to come back here to Perth.”Congratulations to Team Germany on again reaching the #HopmanCup finalListen to what Sascha and @AngeliqueKerber have to say ahead of the title match. pic.twitter.com/R1fYzUlIKvadvertisementHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019#Benderer hitting the practice court ahead of the final tomorrow. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/f7nERJx1yVHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3(1) to sign off with a consolation win.Earlier, Spain defeated France 2-1 in their final round-robin encounter as former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Alize Cornet 6-1 6-3 before veteran David Ferrer battled past Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2).”It’s going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play,” Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.”For me it’s a pleasure to play here in this centre court at Hopman Cup. I never played (before) but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here.”Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.Also Watch:For 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 Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Angelique KerberFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Hopman CupFollow Roger FedererFollow Belinda Bencic Nextlast_img read more

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Champions League: Not the game we dreamed of, says Klopp after Liverpool draw vs Bayern

first_img Next Champions League: Not the game we dreamed of, says Klopp after Liverpool draw vs BayernChampions League, Round of 16 first leg: It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool’s normally lively front three on Tuesday. advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 08:44 IST Liverpool will take on Bayern Munich in the second leg in Munich on March 13 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBayern Munich clinched a crucial 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Champions League last 16 on TuesdayThe result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13I can’t remember too many clubs who have avoided defeat and kept a clean sheet here: Niko KovacBayern Munich showed all their Champions League experience and quality organisation as they held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last 16 match at Anfield on Tuesday in a game of few chances and little drama.But the result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13 when the German side will be without defender Joshua Kimmich who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card.Perhaps it was a case of both sides showing too much respect for the other — certainly both were wary of over-committing in attack — but for fans used to entertainment and drama on European nights at Anfield it was a let down.From the result point of view, it’s OK: Klopp”It is not the result or the game we dreamed of,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.”I can’t remember any chances for either side in the second half. It wasn’t a Champions League night from that point of view. From a result point of view, it’s OK.”It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool’s normally lively front three.”I can’t remember too many clubs who have avoided defeat and kept a clean sheet here,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac.”The fact that we managed to restrict them to very few chances shows that we played very well tactically as well as technically.”advertisementMohamed Salah, the man Liverpool look to for moments of inspiration, to create a goal out of nothing, had a night to forget with one of his poorest displays in this competition.Liverpool simply could not find the fluency and rhythm that brings the best out of their forward line although they will be pleased, in the absence of their defensive rock Virgil van Dijk, to have kept out Bayern.Key to that rearguard resilience was the performance from Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who deputised well in the central-defensive role keeping Bayern’s scoring threat Robert Lewandowski quiet.In midfield, Jordan Henderson delivered an excellent display, especially in the opening 45 minutes, when he broke up Bayern’s attempts to create and also contributed some drive to Liverpool’s forward thrusts.HALF-CHANCESThere were few clear-cut chances in the game although Liverpool created several half-openings in the first period.The first was one of the best they managed — Henderson found Salah, who had snuck in behind Niklas Sule, but the Egyptian’s toe-poke at full stretch was straight at Manuel Neuer.At the other end, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker had to be alert to keep out a mis-hit clearance from Joel Matip that hit him in the chest.Kingsley Coman fired into the side-netting after a sloppy give away from Alisson but that was a rare sign of jitters from either defence.Bayern were content to sit deep after the break and the closest Klopp’s side came in the second half was a diving header from Sadio Mane in the 86th minute which Neuer pushed around the post.This was not a night that will go in the list of great European encounters at Anfield, a fact reflected in a rather flat atmosphere for much of the game, but Liverpool know they still have a chance to progress.”You’re playing an experienced team. They’ve been here and done it for five or six years,” said left back Andy Robertson.”We’ve kept a clean sheet, could’ve scored a couple of goals but the tie is well and truly alive. If we score there it’s crucial.”Also Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East BengalAlso Read | Manchester City must win Champions League to be among elite: Ilkay GundoganFor 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Liverpool vs Bayern MunichFollow Champions League Round of 16Follow Jurgen KloppFollow Mohamed SalahFollow Niko Kovaclast_img read more

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I am not gay, clarifies James Faulkner after ‘boyfriend’ post causes confusion

first_img Reuters New DelhiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 09:55 IST James Faulkner celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJames Faulkner shared a picture of himself at a restaurant with his mother and a male friend”Birthday dinner with the boyfriend,” Faulkner captioned the Instagram postCA and Faulkner later issued statements clarifying that the “boyfriend” was actually a long-time house mateAustralian cricketer James Faulkner caused confusion about his sexuality on social media on Tuesday after posting a picture of himself having dinner with “the boyfriend” before later clarifying he was “not gay”.All-rounder Faulkner, who turned 29 on Monday, shared a picture of himself at a restaurant with his mother and a male friend with his 339,000 followers on Instagram and wrote: “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend”.He added the hashtag “#togetherfor5years”.The post drew over 20,000 “likes” and supportive comments from fellow international cricketers.Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell wrote: “Happy birthday mate! Great courage.”Former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait echoed the sentiment, posting: “Great courage mate, bet you feel better happy birthday.”Global media, including Britain’s Daily Mail and The Guardian, reported that Faulkner had become the first Australian cricketer to “come out”.Cricket Australia (CA) poured cold water on the reports, however, with a spokesperson saying Faulkner had made a “joke” that was “taken out of context”.Both CA and Faulkner later issued statements clarifying that the “boyfriend” was actually a long-time house mate and good friend of the cricketer.”There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community,” Faulkner wrote in a follow-up post on Instagram.advertisement”Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.”CA apologised on Faulkner’s behalf for any “unintended offence” while taking a shot at the media that reported he had come out.”His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years,” CA spokeswoman Karina Keisler said.”He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship.”James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognises coming out can be an incredibly emotional time.”The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive.”Faulkner was named man of the match at the World Cup final in Melbourne four years ago but has not played an international since a one-day game away to India in Oct. 2017.For 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow James FaulknerFollow Cricket Australia I am not gay, clarifies James Faulkner after ‘boyfriend’ post causes confusionJames Faulkner later issued a statement clarifying that the “boyfriend” was actually a long-time house mate and good friend of the cricketer.advertisementlast_img read more

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All-round Hardik Pandya peerless in Indian cricket team: Virender Sehwag

first_imgAll-round Hardik Pandya peerless in Indian cricket team: Virender SehwagHaving served a BCCI ban, Hardik Pandya pummelled 402 runs in 15 innings in the IPL at a staggering strike rate of 191.42, and a highest score of 91. He is expected to repeat the feat at the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 14:42 IST Hardik is part of the 15-man Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAccording to Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya has become irreplaceable in recent timesHardik has played a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians’ record fourth title triumph in the IPL recentlyHardik is part of the 15-man Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup and is expected to leave his mark in EnglandAll-rounder Hardik Pandya has talent unmatched by any other player in the Indian cricket team, says big-hitting former opener Virender Sehwag.According to Sehwag, Hardik is one that has become irreplaceable in recent times.Hardik has played a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians’ record fourth title triumph in the IPL recently, coming into the lucrative T20 league after enduring a tumultuous phase following his outrage-evoking remarks on women on a chat show.Having served the ensuing ban, the star all-rounder pummelled 402 runs in 15 innings in the IPL at a staggering strike rate of 191.42, and a highest score of 91.”There is no one even closer to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball. If there was someone even closer to him, the three-dimensional players picked by BCCI, were even closer to him, Pandya would not have made it back into the team,” Sehwag told ‘Cricketnext’ website.Hardik is part of the 15-man Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup and is expected to leave his mark on the showpiece with his exploits.Along with India team-mate KL Rahul, Hardik was flown back from Australia after the duo made some controversial remarks on the chat show, ‘Koffee with Karan’ earlier this year.Also Read | Want to lift World Cup as well: Hardik Pandya after Mumbai Indians win 4th IPL titleAlso Read | Kuldeep’s flop show, Hardik’s sixes : How India’s World Cup-bound players fared in IPL 2019For 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 Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Virender Sehwaglast_img read more

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Not including Rohit Sharma in Test XI vs West Indies will be wrong: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgNot including Rohit Sharma in Test XI vs West Indies will be wrong: Shoaib AkhtarShoaib Akhtar said that since Rohit Sharma was a part of the Indian squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies, it was important that he should also be given a chance in the XI.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service North SoundAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 14:41 IST Calls for Rohit Sharma’s inclusion in the playing XI for the 1st Test are growing louder (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Akhtar believes Rohit Sharma “will become a great player in Tests” as wellRohit has played 27 Tests so far and scored 1585 runs at an average of 39.62Rohit had scored back-to-back hundreds in his first two Tests against the West Indies in 2013Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has backed India’s limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma to be a part of the playing XI for the opening Test against West Indies and feels that not picking the batsman will be “wrong”.Speaking on his official Youtube channel, Akhtar said that since Rohit was a part of the squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies, it was important that he should also be given a chance in the XI to go out and grab his opportunity.”I know Rohit has been given chances to play in the Test format earlier and he has not been able to grab on to the opportunity. But I believe he should be included in the team. He is a big match-winner, and not including him will be wrong. He is in good form and he should be given a chance right away,” the 44-year-old expressed.”When you have selected him in the squad, leaving him out of the playing XI should not be an option. I believe he will showcase his talent in the longest format of the game, he will become a great player in the Test format as well,” Akhtar added.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly meanwhile, suggested that the team can try out Rohit in the opener’s slot in the longest format as well.Rohit, 32, has cemented his place at the top of the batting order in the Twenty20 and 50-over formats and finished with most number of runs in the Cricket World Cup in England recently.advertisementThe only player in the world with three double hundreds in one-day internationals, Rohit bats in the middle order in the longest format but has never really flourished as a Test batsman.”The major decision is whether they want to play Rohit or Rahane,” Ganguly, who played 113 Tests, wrote in a column published in Thursday’s Times of India newspaper.”Rohit was in blistering form in the World Cup, but in Tests in South Africa and Australia, he was ‘on and off’. Rahane was not his usual self in Australia.”My suggestion would be to let Rohit carry on his good form from the World Cup and settle in the opener’s slot while Rahane continues his good work of lending stability to the middle order,” Ganguly said.Also Read | Let Rohit Sharma settle in opener’s slot in Test team, suggests Sourav GangulyAlso Read | We have a problem of plenty and that’s a great position to be in: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane? Big selection dilemma for Virat KohliFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow India VS West Indieslast_img read more

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Japan GP qualifying pushed to Sunday as F1 cancels all Saturday running due to Typhoon Hagibis

first_imgJapan GP qualifying pushed to Sunday as F1 cancels all Saturday running due to Typhoon HagibisJapan GP 2019: While the final practice session on Saturday has been cancelled, the qualifying race has been pushed to Sunday and will take place 4 hours before the race. advertisement Reuters TokyoOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 09:38 IST F1 Japan GP: The final practice session scheduled for Saturday will not be held (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJapan GP qualifying postponed to Sunday Decision taken keeping in mind the approach of Typhoon Hagibis3rd practice session cancelled, race to start at scheduled time on SundayOrganisers of Japan’s Formula One Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibis.Originally scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday (0600 GMT), the hour-long qualifying session that decides the grid order for the race will now be held at 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Sunday, a revised schedule issued by organisers showed.The final practice session, which would normally take place before qualifying, will not be held. The race will go ahead as planned at 2:10 p.m. (0510 GMT) on Sunday.Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, said it agreed with the decision taken by the race promoters and the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF).”FIA and Formula One support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit,” it said in a statement.The circuit would be closed to the public and the media on Saturday, it added.Typhoon Hagibis, categorised as a ‘super-typhoon’, is predicted to be one of the most violent to hit the region in recent years and is expected to strike the Tokyo area this weekend.It has already forced the cancellation of two rugby World Cup matches.Formula One races at the Suzuka circuit, located about 300 kilometres to the southwest of Tokyo.The 2014 edition of the race was held in the wet with rain from the approaching Typhoon Phanfone drenching the track. An accident during the race caused the death of driver Jules Bianchi.Qualifying for the race in 2004 and 2010 was also postponed to Sunday due storms.advertisementAlso Read | Need to finish in top-10 by 2028 Olympics or else I’ll be a failure as Sports Minister: RijijuAlso See:For 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Formula 1Follow Japan Grand PrixFollow Typhoon HagibisFollow F1 Japan GP Nextlast_img read more

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ParkCloud Brings Sata Azores Airlines Partnership Into Land

first_imgOne of Portugal’s leading airlines, Sata Azores Airlines, is the latest international carrier to choose ParkCloud to market its parking services online for its global network of passengers. As the European leader in its field with in excess of 22 airline collaborations, ParkCloud is well situated in the market to support Sata Azores Airlines’ ancillary product expansion, with its extensive car park inventory currently spanning 42 countries worldwide. Affiliated exclusively via newly developed co-branded site https://sataazores.parkcloud.com, airline passengers will be able to browse and book a range of parking products to complement their flight booking at 295 car parks in 41 locations across Europe, Canada and the US. Customers will also be able to compare individual car park features, prices and consumer reviews via the platform’s intuitive search engine capabilities. In addition to the expertise ParkCloud employs to boost the visibility of its partners’ parking offers, the reservation specialist also provides customer service support, enabling fluidity at every stage for a growing network of customers looking for simple yet reliable online booking services. ParkCloud’s Brand Partnership Manager, Nicola Pilling, said: “With intelligent travel solutions advancing all the time, collaborations such as our recent agreement with Sata Azores Airlines demonstrate how likeminded companies are planning for flexibility in terms of the availability and reach of desired services. “Helping to bring the itineraries of passengers full-circle dovetails perfectly with ParkCloud’s ongoing commitment to streamlining the parking process in order to create a more personalised approach to the overall travel experience.” Centrally situated from headquarters in São Sebastião, Ponta Delgada, Sata Azores Airlines also operates nine domestic routes throughout the Azores, as well as flying internationally. To find out more about ParkCloud, please visit www.parkcloud.com.  About  ParkCloud ParkCloud, simply put, lets drivers book a parking space in advance, in the same way as it’s possible to do with hotel rooms, restaurant tables…and even a coffee these days. When travelling, parking is usually the last thing on anybody’s mind, but research shows that as much as 20 minutes is wasted when searching for a parking space. ParkCloud aims to solve that problem by letting customers make a parking booking, whether they are getting on a plane, taking a cruise, catching a train, or visiting a city or event. ParkCloud was founded in 2008 as an online parking reservation service and within the 10 years we’ve been operating our success and growth has been rapid. Today we are an award-winning, global provider, working with car park operators across 42 countries to include them on our comparison search engine, which aims to give consumers the most user friendly, efficient service possible when they need it most. This bookable parking network is also made available to travel industry partners to help complete the itineraries of passengers worldwide. Winner of Queen’s Award for International Tradehttp://www.parkcloud.com About SATA Azores AirlinesWith more than seventy-five years of experience, SATA Group has a modern and functional structure, adjusted to the challenges of an extremely demanding and competitive sector. Its fleet is divided between its two airlines. SATA Air Açores flies 37-seat Bombardier Q200 and 80-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, while Azores Airlines flies 165-seat A320-200, 186-seat A321neo aircraft, operating flights to mainland Portugal and islands, Europe, the United States, and Canada.SATA Group’s five companies are involved in air transport, tourism promotion, airfield management, and ground-handling services for all airlines landing on the Azorean soil. The company’s growth strategy that contains the mission of taking the Azores to the World and the World to the Azores endures.last_img read more

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Discover Europe This Fall and Winter With Insight Vacations’ Incredible Experiences

first_imgNew York, N.Y., May 29, 2019 – When guests travel with Insight Vacations every moment is magical. They won’t just see a destination–they will meet it, feel it and taste it. We will show guests the wonders of Europe in relaxed style that puts them into the heart and soul of a destination, premium hotels in the best locations, iconic sites and experiences.Let guests live their stylish life on a remarkable journey, as we venture to some of the most iconic and remarkable destinations in Europe and beyond: Best of Ireland and Scotland: Trace back to Gaelic roots, gaze at marvelous landscapes and cherish warm-hearted communities on this 14-day journey across Ireland and Scotland. In Dublin, enjoy VIP priority entrance to the legendary Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider. Meet one of northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the 17th-century, gothic city walls of Londonderry. In Ardgowan, learn the wonderous and exciting history of the Shaw Stewart family on a tour with Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart, who will personally show you his 10,000-acre coastal estate. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to walk inside the historic walls of the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg and also venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages in the magical Ring of Kerry. Italian Escapade: Revel in city riches and observe the beauty of Italian landscapes on this 13-day adventure filled with history, food and art. View the mighty Colosseum and stunning architecture of Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches throughout the ancient city of Rome. In the charming hill town of Assisi, marvel at beautiful stone-built structures that overlook the grand Mount Subasiom and visit the actual birthplace of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis, that’s filled with colorful medieval paintings, gold plated ceilings and mosaic-tile floors. Take time to relax on a cruise through the famous sun-kissed Isle of Capri, surrounded by beautiful blue Mediterranean waters. In the glistening city of Florence, enjoy a mouth-watering, traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner and sip on decadent wine at a historic winery in Lake Iseo. Amazing Spain and Portugal: Delve into the heart and soul of each destination on this 9-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the celebrated Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the grand 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a master craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste the famous jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production. From now until August 29, guests can take advantage of our air offer of $150 off per person on economy, $200 off per person on premium economy and $250 off per person on business class with British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair or Iberia Airlines. This exclusive offer is valid for travel from Sept. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and can save travelers up to $500 per couple. Offer is valid on our Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries.last_img read more

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Prime Minister Pays Tribute to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces and emergency services who received Diamond Jubilee Medals for their distinguished service and contribution to Jamaica. “Your service and the quality of the contribution you have made to our country over the past 50 years is a fine example of patriotism that makes us proud,” said the Prime Minister. She was addressing the awardees at the presentation ceremony of the Medal in Recognition of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee held at King’s House on Friday, December 14. “With Her Majesty commemorating her 60 year reign and Jamaica our 50th anniversary of political independence, this special ceremony, is a fitting recognition of the strong historical connection between Jamaica and Britain,” said the Prime Minister. She congratulated the medal recipients and stated that as proud members of the armed forces and emergency services, they have demonstrated through discipline and application the importance and value of working together as a team. Sixty persons were awarded Diamond Jubilee Medals by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General, for having rendered service of twenty five years or more. These included men and women from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), Department of Correctional Service (DCS), Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) and the Ministry of Health.last_img read more

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