Megan Rapinoe: Man Utd skipper Katie Zelem defends team after comments by US midfielder | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – They currently lead the table after six games in the current campaign after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal.Several American internationals have joined the WSL with Tobin Heath and Christen Press joining United.Manchester City signed Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, while superstar Alex Morgan secured a loan move to Tottenham. Manchester United Women players Katie Zelem (l) and Alessia RussoImage:Manchester United stars Zelem and Alessia Russo have helped steer the team to the top of the WSL “Manchester United have already had a plan and strategy and now it’s really coming into place and you can see how well we’ve done year on year from promotion to last year and to where we are now.“As a club and a player, you just want to keep building on that platform and hopefully Manchester United will be the top of Europe one day.” Concerning United, who scrapped their team in 2005 and started again in the second-tier Championship in 2018, Rapinoe told the BBC: “It’s 2020. How long has the Premier League been around? And we’re only just seeing a club like Manchester United put effort and pounds towards a women’s team? Frankly, it’s disgraceful.”Speaking ahead of this weekend’s WSL clash with neighbours City, Manchester United skipper Zelem told Sky Sports News: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but you can see how great the club are doing now.“We are currently sitting top (of the WSL) which has maybe surpassed our own expectations as well.- Advertisement – After joining the second tier two years ago, United were promoted to the Women’s Super League (WSL) and finished fourth in their maiden top-flight campaign.- Advertisement – Katie Zelem has fired back at Megan Rapinoe after the two-time World Cup winner called Man Utd ‘disgraceful’ for taking so long to set up a women’s team.Rapinoe, the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, revealed her frustrations on Tuesday at the lack of investment in the women’s game around the world.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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New Lions TE Jesse James ‘glad to get away’ from Steelers drama

first_img Related News Everyone welcome the newest members of the squad: @III_Flowers, @JustinColeman27 and @JJames18_ pic.twitter.com/Fzm5A3PKRX— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 14, 2019James expressed optimism about what he anticipates will be an expanded and more productive role in Detroit after spending his entire career in Pittsburgh, predominantly as a backup for Vance McDonald and now-retired Heath Miller.”I think it could have been better,” James said, via the Detroit News. “Offensively, I wasn’t used the way I feel I could be used here. I feel like my ceiling is much higher here than it was in the past.”James, 24, was selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. He has compiled 120 catches for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns in his first four seasons and has never missed a game. The All-Pro wide receiver eventually got his wish and was dealt to the Raiders, while running back Le’Veon Bell signed with the Jets following his contract holdout, ending yet another saga that served as little more than a distraction for the Steelers. The Lions were reported to have acquired James on Monday and announced the official signing Thursday. The deal is worth a reported $25 million over four years. Le’Veon Bell on skipping 2018 season: ‘I don’t regret anything that happened’ Jesse James is ready for a fresh start with a new team.While the tight end acknowledged he enjoyed his time playing for the Steelers, he admitted he was “glad to get away” from the drama. He added that the Antonio Brown trade “had to happen” because things were “out of control” by the end of the season.last_img read more

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Best NFL Week 12 picks against the spread: Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks all safe bets to cover

first_imgIn the last two games, Lamar Jackson kicked up his feet in the fourth quarter and was seen chilling at the side lines, so overwhelming was Baltimore’s lead in both games that John Harbaugh wisely gave his precious quarterback a rest.No head coach has figured out how to stop Lamar Jackson. Sean McVay will be challenged to stop the human wrecking ball. What’s more, now that the rest of the league has McVay’s offense all sussed and he’s shown little ability to adapt, expect Harbaugh and the much improved Ravens defense to ride roughshod over Goff and the Rams.NFL pick: Ravens -3 (-107) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta FalconsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETMercedes Benz Stadium, AtlantaTV Broadcast: FOX Opening Line: Falcons -4 / 54 Season Record: Buccaneers (3-7-0) vs Falcons (3-7-0)Will the real Falcons please stand up? The first eight weeks of the season saw the Falcons go a pathetic 1-7 SU and 2-5 ATS. Following a bye week, a totally different Falcons team emerged and that latest “formidable” instalment has been responsible for a surprising 2-0 SU and ATS mark. What’s even more of a head scratcher is the defense that’s all of a sudden materialised and come out very stingy. In the last two games, the Falcons have conceded merely 5 points. Ho Hum.There’s something to be said about the fact that the previous two games featured divisional opponents – Saints and Panthers, two sides Atlanta knows only too well and that can be an advantage regardless of seasonal form. Well, the Falcons have a third straight divisional foe in the Buccaneers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.With Jameis Winston continuing his errant form and the Bucs barely registering on bettors’ radars outside of the Tampa zip code, backing the Falcons to come through in week 12 seems to be a sensible way to attack this game for Week 12 NFL picks.NFL pick: Falcons -4 (-110)Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETPaul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati TV Broadcast: CBS Opening NFL Line: Steelers -7.5 / 39.5 Season Record: Steelers (5-5-0) vs Bengals (0-10-0)The Pittsburgh Steelers endured a horrendous outing at FirstEnergy Stadium in Thursday Night Football, from Mason Rudolph getting knocked on the head by Myles Garret to the ensuing loss to the Browns that knocked back Mike Tomlin’s lads in the AFC playoff race.On the bright side, the Steelers have the perfect opportunity to bounce back in week 12 against another divisional foe that’s already knockout out of the AFC frame for 2019. The Bengals with a 0-10 SU record are officially done and done with nothing to look forward to in the postseason save for dusting off their golf clubs.The Steelers should capitalise handily over rookie Ryan Finley and the Bengals at Paul Brown. Earlier in the season, they crushed the Bengals 27-3 at Heinz Field. The Steelers are on the road this time, but the Bengals haven’t got a homefield edge to hang ones hat one. Heck, the stands are practically empty anyway these days. Plenty of room for Steelers’ faithful should they make the short trek to Cincy.NFL pick: Steelers -6.5 (-110) with SportBetMiami Dolphins vs. Cleveland BrownsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETFirstEnergy Stadium, ClevelandTV Broadcast: FOX Opening NFL Line: Browns -12.5 / 45Season Record: Dolphins (2-8-0) vs Browns (4-6-0)The Cleveland Browns are making one last push to salvage their season and with a two-game winning streak ahead of Week 12 the prognosis looks favourable, especially considering the Browns have a soft schedule down the stretch. Or does it?Nothing is a given in the NFL. Anything can happen on any given Sunday. Only a few weeks ago, the Browns had a winnable game by all accounts against the Broncos only to come up short spectacularly.Are two wins over the Bills and Steelers in succession enough to underscore Cleveland’s NFL odds as the massive home chalk in this game. Browns are 1-3-1 ATS at home with a -4.8 losing margin and -6.5-point differential versus the spread.How the Browns are double-digit favourites makes little sense; never mind the quality of opponent. Besides the Dolphins are no longer the laughing stock of the league. They’ve won two of their last three games and covered in five of their last six games. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. are showing a no quit attitude which is commendable. It was on show in the loss to the Bills last Sunday.On paper, this game stacks up as a perfect opportunity for the Browns to deliver a beatdown. However, the Browns are far from a complete team. They’ve got a lot of ironing to do and their lack of discipline continues to be their Achilles Heel. Can’t trust them no matter how far they’re thrown on the NFL odds board.NFL pick: Dolphins + 11 (-110)Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia EaglesSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETLincoln Financial Field, PhiladelphiaTV Broadcast: FOXOpening NFL Line: Eagles -3 / 49.5Season Record: Seahawks (8-2-0) vs Eagles (5-5-0)The Seattle Seahawks are riding high in the NFC West with an 8-2 SU mark and are coming off a gauntlet throwing win over the San Francisco 49ers. Indeed, the Seahawks handed the previously undefeated Niners their first loss of the season.What have the Eagles accomplished thus far to warrant favouritism against one of the legitimate playoff contenders in the NFC. Check that…against one of six legitimate NFC Super Bowl contenders. Hmm? Anything?Not much. Case-and-point, the loss to the Patriots at home in week 11 in which the Eagles offense failed to launch was just one of several examples that just go to show the Eagles are not what many expected they would be this season.One can knit pick the Seahawks on the defensive side of the ball and the running game where they may be lacking a bit. However, what they lack on that side of the ball, they more than make up for in their quarterback, Russell Wilson. The highest-paid signal caller, who is proving his worth singlehandedly. The manner in which Wilson can rally his Seahawks to victory Is nothing short of awe-inspiring. His never quit attitude even when the team is trailing in a game is second to none.Seattle as the nominal road underdogs is a bargain-basement find that shouldn’t be left begging for week 12 NFL picks. Don’t be surprised if the Seahawks “defy the odds” and pull off the road upset.NFL pick: Seahawks +1.5 (-110)Detroit Lions vs. Washington RedskinsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETFedEx Field, Landover TVBroadcast: FOXOpening Line: Lions -1 / 41.5Season Record: Lions (3-6-1) vs Redskins (1-9-0)Detroit Lions fans have had little to cheer about this season, so too have the Washington Redskins fans. Something’s going to give when these two NFC stragglers collide in week 12 for a game that will bear little importance for 2019.Matthew Stafford is questionable and unlikely to start, which means Jeff Driskel will square up against rookie Dwayne Haskins. The Redskins are riding a four-game losing streak, two of which featured Haskins as the starter. Callahan’s not impressing as the interim head coach and Haskins isn’t impressive at all.By the stats, there’s nothing to endorse a bet on the hosts for this week’s NFL picks, even as the nominal home underdogs against the spread. The Lions, while riddled with a ton of issues on both sides of the ball as well, should still be in good shape. They’re the better team. Maybe Matt Patricia gets a Gatorade shower too.NFL pick: Lions -3.5 (+100) with Sport BetDallas Cowboys vs. New England PatriotsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:25 p.m. ET Gillette Stadium, FoxboroTV Broadcast: FoxOpening Line: Patriots -7 /46Season Record: Cowboys (6-4-0) vs Patriots (9-1-0)Tom Brady was unusually dejected following the Patriots’ win over the Eagles in week 11. The offense isn’t what he’d like it to be and that has him clearly glum. Be that as it may, let’s not forget the Patriots are still 9-1 SU. Not only are they one of the toughest teams to beat this season, but they’re historically a tough team to beat at the Foxboro.This is a must-win game for the Patriots if they hope to maintain their lead in the AFC standings, and stay ahead of Baltimore in the race for the No.1 seed and homefield advantage. Nobody understands the magnitude and importance of winning down the stretch than Belichick and the Patriots do.Dak Prescott and the Cowboys may be all smiles after a hard fought win in Detroit on Sunday, a game that saw Prescott gobble up a ton of yards (400-plus) and litter the stat sheet in many categories. But…teeny weeny detail (don’t worry if you didn’t notice it because only the keenest eye for detail would have picked it up)…it was the LIONS!!! The 3-6-1 SU Lions playing with a serviceable backup Jeff Driskel at centre.That the Cowboys needed to do all that to edge the Lions 35-27 is nothing to be pleased about, surely. It just brings up the underlying concerns for the Cowboys this season, particularly the 0-3 SU record against legitimate playoff teams. To date, the sum total of their 6-4 SU record is built on lesser opposition.Yes, the Patriots offense isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Brady might be grumpy. But the Patriots have lost just one game all season and none at home. They’re 3-1 ATS at the Foxboro this season with a 20.2 winning margin on average and a +7.2 differential versus the spread.NFL pick: Patriots -6 (-105)Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ersSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:25 p.m. ETLevi’s Stadium, Santa ClaraTV Broadcast: NBC OpeningNFL Line: Niners -3 / 46Season Record: Packers (8-2-0) vs Niners (9-1-0)The NFC showdown between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers promises to be epic. It’s a potentially deciding towards the No.1 seed in the playoffs, a fact that has prompted the NFL to reschedule this game for primetime viewing on Sunday.Appropriately, the Niners are the home faves but only just with a field goal edge at early doors. Against the spread, the Niners are 2-2-1 ATS at home with a 15.4 winning margin on average and a +9.0 differential versus the spread. Their last three games were veritable nail-bitters, two of which were decided by a handful of points.The Packers are coming off a bye which will give them a slight advantage over the banged up Niners, so long as they don’t come out of the gates lethargic. The Packers are 3-1 SU and ATS on the road with a 2.2 winning margin and a +1.8 differential versus the spread.The Packers are chasing the Niners in the standings and a win would pull Green Bay ahead on head-to-heads. Conversely, a win for the Niners would keep them in the driver’s seat. The premium on the win as such couldn’t be any greater. If this game lives up to the billing, it could be a close affair decided by a few points.NFL pick: Packers +3 (+100)Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles RamsMonday, Nove. 25, 2019, 8:15 p.m. ETLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los AngelesTV Broadcast: ESPN OpeningNFL Line: Ravens -2.5 / 49Season Record: Ravens (8-2-0) vs Rams (6-4-0)How are the Ravens such small favourites against the spread for this Monday Night showdown with the Los Angeles Rams? Granted the Ravens are on the road, but it’s not as if the Rams have some amazing homefield advantage that would underline the market outlook so narrowly.The Rams are 6-4 SU and 3-2 SU at home, but they’re just 2-2 ATS at the Coliseum. Jared Goff has been questionable since week 1 and the Rams are coming off an uninspiring win over the Bears.The Ravens, meanwhile, are riding a six-game winning streak – the longest active winning streak in the league. They’re 4-1 SU on the road with a 3-2 ATS mark that includes a stellar 19.4 winning margin. There are only six weeks of NFL betting left to tackle on the 2019 NFL season, so without too much preamble let’s just dive into the Week 12’s slate and serve up an assortment of choice bets against the spread to spot. Including three of the most highly anticipated games on the week’s betting card: Cowboys and Patriots at Foxboro, Packers and Niners on “Sunday Night Football” and the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams in “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook Reviewlast_img read more

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Scottie Thompson raring to play for Philippines anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I will always give my best for the Philippines.”Thompson last suited up for the national team in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and 2015 SEABA Championship, both held in Singapore, where the Filipinos were able to strike gold.READ: Guiao looking at Cabagnot, Slaughter, Lassiter for Fiba qualifiers Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said Thompson and Greg Slaughter, who was also in Guiao’s wish list, would greatly benefit in their stint with the national team.“I’m happy for Scottie, I’m really happy for Scottie and I hope that they could figure out a way to put Greg in there,” said Cone. “I think that guys get better when they play internationally so I think that it would be a great confidence-booster and great experience for those guys so I’m all for it.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Aces’ semis exit fuels Enciso’s hot streak in Governors’ Cup Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After being named the Finals MVP in Barangay Ginebra’s Commissioner’s Cup title run, he got a call-up to the national team after Yeng Guiao chose him to be part of the Philippines’ lineup for the upcoming window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Not to turn down a rare opportunity, Thompson said he’d do whatever it takes to represent the country three years after he last donned the tricolor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Scottie in Guiao’s mind as Fiba windows approach“Of course, I’m willing to be part of the team. I will do what I have to do for the country,” said Thompson in Filipino after the Gin Kings’ 95-84 win over Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ READ: Ginebra kicks off PBA Governors’ Cup with win over ColumbianThompson said he’s looking forward to working under Guiao and play with PBA players in the national team, which is different from his last international stint where he had to play with top amateur players.“This will be the first time that I will play under a different coach in my PBA career and I think I’ll just have to trust the process,” said Thompon who had a near triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.“Everything that a coach teaches will fall on the players and it’s their responsibility to execute it and trust the process.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Scottie Thompson’s career trajectory just reached another level of altitude.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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