For a lot of months in late-2018, Google’s Pixel 3 Lite series was one of the most hyped smartphones in the world of smartphones and tablets. The Lite series was speculated to offer a cheaper alternative to the flagship Pixel 3 phones by offering watered-down chipsets and some other features while still retaining the Pixel’s strong points – something like an iPhone XR-rival. Later, rumours suggested that Pixel 3 Lite phones could be priced even lower to compete against the likes of OnePlus and Oppo flagships. So many leaks over the past few months have given us a fair idea of what to expect from this mysterious Pixel device. However, one of the latest leaks has completely changed previous assumptions.According to a report from Nashville Chatter, the Pixel 3 Lite XL has been spotted on Geekbench, giving some details about the chipset and the expected performance. So far, we knew that Google might be going for Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 670 chipset for one of the Pixel 3 Lite smartphones. However, the Geekbench listing suggests that the bigger Pixel 3 Lite XL is going to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. There’s 3GB RAM as well.Yes, the Pixel 3 XL Lite has been spotted with a Snapdragon 625 chipset – the same chipset that powered the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 two years ago. The Snapdragon 625 was introduced as a midrange chipset two years ago for budget smartphones and has seen two generation upgrades since. With the latest version of Android even in its stock form, the Snapdragon 625 isn’t an ideal chipset, to begin with, even for a budget smartphone in 2019.advertisementFrom what we can see, there are three possible outcomes to this discovery. The first one hints that Google could be pulling off an Apple and use an older chip with its extreme software optimization to offer smooth performance. However, if the Pixel 3 Lite XL is aimed at the likes of OnePlus 6T or Honor View 20, the smartphone will be a serious disadvantage in terms of raw power for daily usage. The second possibility is that Google might offer the Pixel 3 Lite XL as a budget smartphone under Rs 20,000, in which case it could be an alternative to Android One devices. The third possibility is that this might be a prototype device where Google is testing its software.For all those who have been waiting for the Pixel 3 Lite series, it is sincerely expected that the third possibility comes true. A budget Google device running the cleanest form of Android might be a good idea for those who can’t afford the Pixel 3. However, Android phones require powerful hardware to offer decent performance and a Snapdragon 625 is good for power efficiency, but not for a smooth daily performance. The only reason someone might go for the Pixel 3 Lite XL with a Snapdragon 625 is because of the camera performance. But all of that is speculation at the moment.ALSO READ | Pixel 3 XL Lite will have more RAM than Pixel 3 XL, more specifications leak as wellALSO READ | Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite to launch in India soon, could be priced around Rs 40,000ALSO READ | Cheaper Pixel 3 Lite, new Pixel 4, smartwatch and new Google Home to be launched this year by Google
England wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor on Friday withdrew herself from the T20 International series of the Women’s Ashes due to the ongoing management of her anxiety issues.Taylor with the help of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) staff has been working to manage her mental health over the last three years. She had taken a break from cricket in 2016 before making a comeback for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.The wicket-keeper batter, however, missed the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the Caribbean to again manage her anxiety issues. Taylor returned in the squad during England tour of India but only for the ODI series. She again made a comeback in the team for West Indies tour of England.Taylor was part of both ODI and Test squad of the ongoing Ashes in the UK. Australia with eight points retained the Ashes after the one-off Test was drawn. England with two points in their kitty can still draw the multi-format series if they win all three T20Is, which carry two points on winning each match.Middle-order batter Fran Wilson will replace Taylor in the squad, ECB announced.Taylor said that she has progressed from the way she used to be in 2016. But she added that mental health is continual management and she does not feel good enough to compete in the series.”I first took a break from the game in 2016 but I don’t want people to feel this is exactly the same. I’ve made progress in that time and there are plenty of challenges I’ve met on the way and hurdles I’ve overcome,” Taylor said.advertisement”That said, mental health is not something you ‘beat’. It’s a continual management process and at the moment I don’t feel in a good enough place to compete in international sport,” she added.Taylor conveyed good wishes to her England teammates for the T20Is with a hope that her team draws the series.”I wish the girls all the best across the T20I series. 8-8 is a very different score from 8-2 and I know they’re all working incredibly hard to win these last three matches and draw the series,” she said.Earlier, all-rounder Jenny Gunn had withdrawn from the T20I series due to a side strain. She left the group to undergo rehab ahead of the Women’s Super League, also known as KIA Super League.England and Australia will play in the three-match T20I series, the final leg of Women’s Ashes, on July 26, 28 and 31.Also Read | Chris Gayle named in West Indies ODI squad for India seriesAlso See:
THE U.S. HIGHWAY 20 CORRIDOR ASSOCIATION HELD WHAT WILL LIKELY BE ONE OF THEIR LAST ANNUAL MEETINGS IN SIOUX CITY FRIDAY.ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT SHIRLEY PHILLIPS SAYS THAT’S BECAUSE THE LONG AWAITED FOUR-LANING OF THE EAST-WEST ROUTE ACROSS IOWA SHOULD BE FINISHED BY NOVEMBER 1ST OF 2018:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TWENTY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….TRULY IN THE HOME STRETCH. :07 2XPHILLIPS SAYS ANOTHER SIGN THAT THE DECADES LONG HIGHWAY PROJECT IS FINALLY ENDING IS THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, NO NEW MONEY WAS BUDGETED BY THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PROJECT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TWENTY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AND HARD FOR THIS. :09CONSTRUCTION IS CONTINUING ON THE FINAL FEW SEGMENTS OF ROAD FROM EAST OF MOVILLE OVER TO THE TOWN OF EARLY.IOWA D-O-T DISTRICT ENGINEER TONY LAZAROWICZ SAYS THE CONTRACTORS HAVE SOME INCENTIVE TO FINISH ON TIME:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TWENTY5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………MOVING WELL. ;21PHILLIPS, WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE ASSOCIATION FOR 30 YEARS, WANTS TO HAVE A CELEBRATION NEAR THE LAST PAVED MILE OF THE HIGHWAY 20 PROJECT.WITH SEVERAL SEGMENTS COMPLETING AT THE SAME TIME, PICKING THAT SPOT MAY BE A CHALLENGE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TWENTY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………THIS CELEBRATION. ;06PHILLIPS AND HER FELLOW HIGHWAY 20 BOARD MEMBERS WERE RE-ELECTED TO NEW TERMS WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL THE PROJECT IS FINISHED.PHOTO COURTESY U.S. 20 ASSOCIATION
Chelf was unavailable to media but said on postgame radio: “I’ve got to give it up to J-Dub, how he handled the situation. It’s tough on us”— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) October 19, 201312. Is this team the worst 5-1 team in the history of the Big 12? I hate to be the wet blanket but OSU is not good at football this year, at least on offense. If you paired the 2007 OSU defense with this year’s offense, we’d be staring 1-11 right between the eyes.It isn’t, thank God, and the Big 12 is so bad you can’t really tell by its record but this isn’t very fun to watch.And that’s the whole thing, right? If OSU goes 11-1 every year and wins 3-0 every game, is that fun? Do we enjoy that?The precedent that was set, the expectation we’ve been instilled with is that this team is going to win and it’s going to be flashy and even if it doesn’t win, its games are still going to be exciting. This right now is whatever the opposite of that is.And Ames (I can barely type that word) looms.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! Photo Attribution: USATSIBOX SCORESorry for the lack of posts today — I took my kid to his first game today and, despite my best intentions, wasn’t able to juggle ice cream sandwiches, my iPhone, camera, and 10 thoughts.So here we are.1. I’ve given up on the QB situation — I don’t even know that I care anymore.[1. I had a legitimate debate with myself in my head in the fourth quarter about whether Charlie Moore or Josh Stewart would be more effective out of the Wildcowboy — and whether or not Mike Yurcich would get reprimanded for hollering at Houston Nutt tonight to get his 2007 DMC playbook.] Chelf[1. Which, how hilarious was his first-throw pick? It was the biggest “fans are so stupid” moment ever.] went 10-25 with a pick and a QBR half what Walsh’s was (56-28) and everybody’s like “yep, that’s our dude” and I don’t even really know that I disagree.It does feel like the game opened up a little bit more when 10 came in but you’re trading balls way behind guys for balls slightly behind guys and over guys’ heads so…whatever.Props to Kelly Hines for calling this earlier this year, by the way — she after the Kansas State game she thought the only scenario in which she could see Walsh getting replaced is if he threw 2-3 picks in the first half of a game. Voila. As mediocre as Chelf was, two things actually concern me more than his mediocrity…2. I…um…I’m not sure what the future holds for this OSU team but my kid can count the number of fans excited about the next three years and he can only count to, like, four. Two more years of Walsh tossing ducks around Boone Pickens makes me want to trade PFB for a Texas Tech blog while I still can.This was always the problem with Wes Lunt transferring — I’m not trying to stir that pot up but you’re kind of latching yourself to the Walsh wagon once 11s bolted for home. That’s fine, if you believe in Walsh, but I don’t really think anyone does at this point.3. Does this sound like the language of a person you want in charge of your offense?“I think it comes to a certain point where you have to make a decision. … It was just time, I guess.”Because that’s Mike Yurcich talking about replacing Walsh with Clint Chelf. You guess?I was talking to my dad after the game and we were discussing how this team went from scoring 45 a game with 500+ yards of total offense to struggling to score 20 a game and needing a minor miracle to clear 400 yards of total offense, in one season. And it only lost Joe Randle, that’s it.At some point a coach (one of them, Gundy, Yurcich, whoever) has to take some responsibility for how bad this O has been.4. Soooo Rennie Childs, eh?I hate to project an entire season based on nine carries but he ran with conviction today. Five yards a carry, knocking folks over, cinching the game with a fourth quarter TD — Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland had five games to do all of that and I saw none of it. I’m with pretty much everybody in my Twitter feed, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see the majority of the carries go to Childs for the next few games.5. FYI:Gundy shakes his head no when asked whether Walsh was banged up.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) October 19, 20136. How bad is TCU’s offense? How have they won a game?!Here’s its drive chart:TCU’s drive chart from today is NSFW. DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS LOOK AT THIS – pic.twitter.com/zvTiygOLr4— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 19, 2013That is the worst drive chart I’ve ever seen in my life (though OSU’s today wasn’t much better). I went to a Big 12 game today and a B1G scrum broke out. The weirdest part about a four-turnover, 1.13-points-per-drive performance from the Pokes is that the end result was never even remotely in question.I mean, TCU’s offense was almost comically awful. In the third quarter I asked the 70-year-old man next to me how OU almost lost to TCU. His response: “I think that shows you the state of OU football.”7. How bad would OSU be on offense without Josh Stewart? I know I shouldn’t have done this but I looked up the single game all-purpose yards record in the second quarter when Stewart had around 225 total. He ended with 265.The record, by the way, is 386 by (duh) Barry.Stewart made some catches on some passes that were just a joke. He’s as good with the ball in the air as Tracy Moore is bad. Also, while we’re here, why in the world did Chelf keep going at Jason Verrett all day? Guy’s going to be a first round pick next April and Chelf’s like “don’t care, I’m going to just try and hook up with Tracy’s brother the whole way down the field in the second half.”8. Taking a kid to a game was a new experience for me. I felt like Trent Dilfer on the Ravens in 2000 — I was just trying to manage four quarters like a boss. I was pretty proud of my performance, too.I went to the popcorn too early in the first quarter but my second half performance should be in a “how to parent your kid at a sporting event” instructional video. I told my wife after the game “all the old people around us loved him, they were laughing so much.”She said “you’re an idiot, they were laughing at you.”Also, kid’s five biggest interests at the game:1. Ice cream sandwich2. Ticket stub3. Bullet4. Popcorn5. Stairs in aisleNo upsets. And he threw his hands up at the offense at the end of the day. So there’s that.9. Was there a better metaphor for this year’s offense than Gundy having Chelf kneel at midfield with 2:40 left and TCU still with timeouts in the bag? Patterson was like “uhhh…timeout?” I’m pretty sure Gundy thought TCU lost its last timeout when they challenged the play before OSU got the turnover on downs and thought he could run the clock all the way out (which he could have) but I laughed, a lot.10. My dad asked me when we got home whether or not I thought Ben Grogan would get Big 12 special teams player of the honors this week. I laughed out loud.Grogan is now 6-12 on the year with misses from 32 and 31 today. I also laughed out loud at this:https://twitter.com/okc_dave/status/39162214560578355211. This quote from Chelf was really cool:
Isaiah Thomas, Defensive End (2017)The 6-4, 230-lb. end from Tulsa Memorial has also completely blown up similarly to Brown. Since Feb. 11, he has received offers from Mizzou, Tennessee, Iowa State, OSU, Vanderbilt, and OU. He is unranked on all recruiting service websites, but I don’t think that will be the case much longer.Happy to say that I’ve been blessed to receive my 4th offer from Oklahoma State University! #pokes ? ? pic.twitter.com/tUVriMD5cf— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_t55) February 12, 2016Josh Proctor – Safety (2018)Proctor is an Owasso standout who the Cowboys have at the top of their board for the class, considering he is still just a budding sophomore phenom. His only offers are OU and OSU for now, so he is an in-state treasure. But if the big boys are jumping on him at this point, it’s only a matter of time before he picks up some major attention. He has the size (6-2, 185-lb.) of some of the safeties on the OSU roster already, so he has a very high ceiling with two years still to improve.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! Oklahoma State nabbed some of the state’s top recruits for the 2016 recruiting class in offensive lineman Tramonda Moore, linebacker Calvin Bundage, and running back Justice Hill. The 2017 class in Oklahoma is loaded with talent once again, maybe even more so than the 2016 class. And the Cowboys are once again making in-state recruiting a priority with several offers out the door over the weekend.Tre Brown – Cornerback (2017)Brown is a Tulsa Union standout who I suggested to keep an eye on 5 months ago. Brown has a listed 40 time of 4.33 – and could easily be one of the fastest athletes in the state. The 6-foot standout has now picked up offers from K-State, OSU, South Carolina, and many more – with more to come, I’m sure. He announced his offer on Saturday, just shortly after the Sooners made a play for him. From all accounts, however, I would consider the Sooners to be the overwhelming favorite to land his services.So blessed & honored to have received my second offer of the day from Oklahoma State University #pistolsfiring pic.twitter.com/RdDYb269wj— Tre Brown (@T_Brown25) February 14, 2016
Premier League Lindelof, AC Milan and the seven disappointments of the season so far Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Getty composite Premier League Serie A Milan Everton Bayern München Crystal Palace Manchester United Ligue 1 Primera División Bundesliga A number of players and teams have struggled to hit the heights expected of them during the early weeks of the 2017-18 campaign… With the new season now well under way across Europe, many teams and players have set their stalls out to have memorable campaigns.But for all those who are meeting or even exceeding expectations, there are those who have not quite hit the heights expected of them in pre-season.So, as we enter the second international break of the season, Goal takes a look at the biggest disappointments of the campaign to date… Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. VICTOR LINDELOFSigned from Benfica for £31 million over the summer, many expected Victor Lindelof to slide seamlessly into the United team alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence.Instead, the Sweden international has been named in the matchday squad for a Premier League game on just one occasion and is yet to make his bow in the league.Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain ahead of him in the pecking order to partner Bailly, and the chances of the 23-year-old earning a starting berth anytime soon seem slim.The only positive is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan was given similar treatment in the first half of last season having arrived in England for the first time and is now tearing it up on a weekly basis, so all hope is not lost yet that Lindelof could make a similar impact.BAYERN MUNICHWhen a club that is as dominant as Bayern Munich sacks their coach just six weeks into the season, it is clear not everything is going to plan.The Bundesliga champions are currently second in the table, but having dropped five points behind Borussia Dortmund already and being soundly beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League meant Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties.At such an early stage of the season, Bayern still have plenty of time to recover, though with a squad going through something of a transition, their fans might have to get used to not having it all their own way both at home and on the continent for the next few months.FRANK DE BOERHaving represented Barcelona, Ajax and the Netherlands with such distinction, much was expected of Frank de Boer from Premier League fans when he arrived to manage Crystal Palace, with his failed stint in charge of Inter written off as a minor blip in his short managerial career.But after just four Premier League matches in charge, the Eagles decided to part ways with the former defender having failed to pick up a point nor score a goal under his tutelage.Successor Roy Hodgson has fared little better, albeit with significantly more difficult fixtures to navigate, but it is tough to see De Boer getting a job in any of Europe’s top five leagues again for some time.AC MILANAC Milan were meant to be back. An encouraging end to last season, £200m worth of summer signings – including Leonardo Bonucci – and a new contract for Gigi Donnarumma saw many outsiders tip the Rossoneri tipped by some to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title.It is safe to say not everything has gone to plan.Three league defeats from their opening seven league games have left Milan down in seventh, with the pressure building on coach Vincenzo Montella to turn their fortunes around sooner rather than later.Their upcoming derby with Inter could hold the key to Montella’s future, with defeat to their fiercest rivals likely to spell the end of his time in charge.EVERTONEverton were “winning the transfer window”. They were ready to challenge for a place in the top four. Wayne Rooney was back, and the good times were set to follow. Everton are 16th in the Premier League table.Ronald Koeman’s failure to capture an adequate replacement for Romelu Lukaku may well prove his undoing at Goodison Park, with the leeway offered by some fans given the tough run of fixtures that they opened the season with now fading.Picking up just one point from their opening two Europa League matches and losing at home to Burnley last time out as left Koeman facing the axe, and it might the likes of Rooney, Davey Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez are remembered as some of the worst signings the club have made in the modern era.Toffees 21/10 to lose to LyonVARVideo Assisted Referees, or VAR for short, were meant to be the future of football officiating. FIFA are keen to use them at this summer’s World Cup, and as such they have been rolled out in both Serie A and Bundesliga this term.However, after an inauspicious trial at the Confederations Cup, the new technology continues to suffer from teething problems while creating more questions than it is answering.The German top-flight threatened to pull the plug just two weeks into the campaign while there is not a week that goes by in Italy without a VAR controversy for pundits to mull over. While the powers that be might get it right eventually, for now the system remains a mess.LILLEMuch was expected from Lille following their decision to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as their new coach, with the club happy to indulge the eccentric Argentine in a bid to return to the upper echelons of French football.Instead, Bielsa’s side find themselves in the Ligue 1 relegation zone having won just one of their matches to date and with just one goal to their name since the opening day of the season.Bielsa has refused to walk away, but it remains to be seen quite how patient the club’s hierarchy will be if results continue. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
UEFA Champions League Barcelona vs Olympiakos: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 20:21 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Barcelona Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos Piraeus Ernesto Valverde’s side can continue their procession towards the knock-out stage with a win when they welcome the Greeks to Catalunya Barcelona welcome Olympiakos to Camp Nou on Wednesday as they look to take a step closer to the knock-out stage of the Champions League.Having already defeated Juventus and Sporting, the Liga giants are currently top of Group D and they will attempt to maintain their flawless record in the competition thus far. Olympiakos, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the group following losses to Sporting and Juve, so they will be doing their utmost to avoid defeat in order to keep their hopes of remaining in the competition alive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Barcelona vs Olympiakos Date Wednesday, October 18 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport Extra 2, as well as being available to stream live using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport Extra 2 BT Sport app In the US, the game will broadcast live on television on FS2, as well as the Spanish language channel ESPN Deportes, and it will also be available to stream online using Fox Soccer Match Pass and WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream FS2 / ESPN Deportes Fox Soccer Match Pass / WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Digne, Umtiti Midfielders Rakitic, S. Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alcacer Barcelona have confirmed an 18-man squad for the game against Olympiakos and Jordi Alba has failed to make the cut after he pulled a thigh muscle in training on Tuesday.Alba joins Arda Turan, Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele on the injury list, while Aleix Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen are also not included.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Umtiti, Pique, Digne; S. Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Gomes; Messi, Suarez. Position Olympiakos players Goalkeepers Choutesiotis, Proto, Kapino Defenders Botia, Elabdellaoui, Koutris, Vukovic, Engels, Nikolaou Midfielders Romao, Tachtsidis, Fortounis, Odjidja, Marin, Gillet, Androutsos, Carcela, Pardo, Zjedlar Forwards Djurdjevic Olympiakos have named a 20-man panel for the match against Barca and they will to be without the services of attacking duo Emmanuel Emenike and El Fardou Ben NabouhaneThe Greek giants will look to the likes of Colombian winger Felipe Pardo and Germany international Marko Marin as they attempt to compete with Barca.Potential starting XI: Proto; Koutris, Botia, Nikolaou, Engels; Odjidja, Zjedlar, Romao, Marin, Pardo; Djurdjevic.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Barcelona are heavy favourites at 1/16 to win according to dabblebet, with Olympiakos deemed a 33/1 bet to beat the Blaugrana. A draw is available at 11/1.Lionel Messi has scored two goals in two Champions League outings this season and he is considered the favourite to score first at 13/10.Click here to see all the available markets for the game between Barcelona and Olympiakos, including first goalscorer, correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Despite enduring a series of set-backs, Barcelona have managed to lay the foundations of a successful season with a tremendous series of results both domestically and in Europe.The Catalan giants are top of La Liga and their Champions League group, but suffered a slight wobble at the weekend when they required a late Luis Suarez goal to snatch a point away to Atletico Madrid. However, it is notable that it was the first time in 10 games in all competitions that they failed to win.Ernesto Valverde’s side tallied nine successive victories prior to the 1-1 draw against Atleti and they will be determined to carry on that form as they navigate their way through a busy month of fixtures, which includes league clashes with Malaga and Athletic Bilbao, as well as a Copa del Rey outing against Real Murcia.Depending on the result of the other Group D game between Sporting and Juventus, a win over Olympiakos could potentially send Valverde’s men five points clear at the top of the group, which would set them up nicely heading into the second phase of the group stage.
Manchester City Pogba karma? ‘I don’t believe in that s***’, says De Bruyne Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:44 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty/Goal Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Paul Pogba Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne The Man Utd midfielder will miss Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford but City’s Belgian playmaker says he does not believe he brought it on himself Kevin De Bruyne has dismissed the idea that Paul Pogba’s Manchester derby absence is karma for the Frenchman’s controversial comments about City’s key players suffering injuries.Pogba gave an interview to the BBC in the build-up to United’s 3-1 victory at Arsenal on Saturday, in which he said he would like to see City suffer from the kind of fitness problems he believes have beset Jose Mourinho’s side so far this season.Those comments sparked uproar among Blues supporters, and they were quick to revel in the France international’s woe after he was shown a straight red card for stamping on Gunners full-back Hector Bellerin, which will keep him out of Sunday’s game at Old Trafford. 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 City maintained their eight-point lead over United at the top of the Premier League by beating West Ham 2-1 on Sunday afternoon, but speaking after that match De Bruyne was in no mood to discuss Pogba’s comments, or any cosmic power, though he did say he would not wish an injury on a fellow player.”I don’t believe in that s***,” he said bluntly. “I’m a very straight forward guy. If someone believes it is karma then OK, everyone has their right to their opinion.”I don’t want anyone to get injured. It’s a competition, you want to play against the best teams and the best players.”Pogba’s absence may impact Mourinho’s game plan for the derby, given the United boss bemoaned the midfielder’s absence following an insipid goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season, but De Bruyne is unsure exactly which way the Red Devils will play.”It depends what they want to do,” he added. “Pogba’s a massive player. I know him a little bit. He’s unbelievable. He took a red card and that’s the way it goes: you have injuries and suspensions.”We’ll play the same there. We never change. We try to do the things that we are good at. That gives us the best chance to win. “United are one of the biggest clubs in the country. They’re a massive team, they want to win the title. They spent a lot of money, like a lot of the big teams. They will be up for it and we will be up for it. Hopefully it’ll be a good game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona Valverde hails key Cillessen save in win over Sporting CP Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 07:37 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Barcelona Barcelona v Sporting CP UEFA Champions League Sporting CP Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde After Barcelona laboured to victory over Sporting CP, the Catalan side’s manager admitted they had not been at their best on the day Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen earned the praise of his coach after making a vital second-half save in Barcelona’s 2-0 Champions League win over Sporting CP.Cillessen denied Sporting substitute Bas Dost when Bruno Fernandes’ cross found him unmarked a few yards from goal shortly after Paco Alcacer’s headed goal had given Barcelona the lead.The save was a key moment in the match according to Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, whose side went into the match having already secured qualification for the knockout stages – unlike their opponents. 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 Barcelona, for whom Lionel Messi came on as a second-half substitute, laboured for long periods of the game but Valverde refused to criticise his players.”Cillessen has made an extraordinary stop,” Valverde told reporters. “They had the obligation to go for the victory, they waited for the time to pass and tried to beat us with the changes.”Our idea is to dominate matches and generate scoring situations. At the same time, if the opponent does not give us chances, we try to do the best we can.”Sometimes we are more brilliant, sometimes less.”@mterstegen1@JasperCillessenBest defensive record in the group stage of the #UCL with just 1 goal conceded #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/ANB1llI0GU— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2017Barcelona’s performance for the first hour, with Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal unable to break Sporting down, highlighted the team’s reliance upon Messi, and Valverde acknowledged the significant lift created by his introduction after 61 minutes.”You always think that with him [Messi] things are going to get better,” said Valverde.”We know that Leo channels our attacking game, both because of his ability to finish, because of his ability to order and clarify the game, and find those passes that nobody sees.”Sporting coach Jorge Jesus sought to ease the disappointment of seeing his side exit the Champions League by reflecting on the strength of the Europa League, which they will enter having finished third in Group D.”The Europa League is a great tournament, better now than a few years ago,” said Jesus.”We will enter that competition with the same options as other great teams.”Sometimes we forget who we’re playing with. Ambition has limits.”I congratulate my players for the effort they’ve put in.”
Since you’re here… After that little oasis of serenity on Saturday evening, England reverted to type. In the space of 25 minutes wild hopefulness gave way to grim haplessness as their second innings subsided from 235 for six to 242 all out. No one was predicting an England victory overnight but it was reasonable to expect that the rearguard action might still be in operation at noon and that they could head to Leeds this week with something to savour.Instead they will travel north humbled and humiliated, with their confidence in shreds having been thrashed on their own patch at headquarters by a side ranked seventh in the world, two places below them – though that will change if England perform as ineptly at Headingley. Pakistan won by nine wickets; they performed superbly but unspectacularly like solid old pros who understood the prevailing conditions precisely. And they are supposed to be the callow side. Pakistan bowled full and straight and let the ball swing and seam a little; they batted with grit and patience and they caught their catches. That was more than enough to overwhelm an England team in some disarray. Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Facebook All the signs are that Stoneman can be only a modest Test batsman; to achieve that he has to be in good form and full of confidence. Patently that is not the case at the moment. Indeed, we may be reaching a stage when dropping him is almost doing him a favour. By the same token Dawid Malan, even though he has a little more credit in the bank, does not really convince. He battled hard in the Ashes series; indeed, he looked more comfortable than most on harder, bouncier pitches. Since then Test cricket has been a struggle. It might be even more unfair to omit Malan for Headingley but it must also be a consideration. Despite witnessing the capriciousness of the selectors in the 80s and 90s my view is that the trend now is to slavishly stick to the same men until the evidence that they should be dropped is incontrovertible. Maybe it is time to anticipate a decline.The problem for Smith and Bayliss is that the names of likely replacements are not obvious. Just about the only potential England opener yet to march out with Alastair Cook is Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins, who has enjoyed a prolific start to the season. If he has a weakness against spin, which has been suggested, it is unlikely to be critical against Pakistan at Headingley. Other alternatives are, by definition, not entirely convincing – otherwise they would already be in the team. They range from the 33-year-old James Hildreth to the 22-year-old Joe Clarke, neither of whom has played Test cricket, to recent has-beens such as James Vince and Keaton Jennings. My impression, albeit after a solitary Test this summer, is that it is time to twist rather than stick. Cricket Share on Twitter match reports Play Video The scale of this defeat has been so emphatic and unexpected that there will be a hue and cry, which will incorporate calls for the sacking of Trevor Bayliss and/or Joe Root – it seems a little bit early to demand the head of the new national selector, Ed Smith. Of course, Bayliss and Root will continue unless Andy Flower, who is standing in for Andrew Strauss this summer, makes the most spectacular of interventions so early in his role as a locum.Yet it would be a surprise – and a mistake – if England arrived in Leeds with exactly the same squad. This does not feel like one of those occasions where a defiant selector or coach bellows “same team, different performance, please”. So these are interesting times for Bayliss and Smith and there will be an early indication of how they view the selection process.At Lord’s we have witnessed a listless, tepid performance from the batsmen, many of whom look haunted by the prospect of another failure that might terminate their careers. The inclusions of Buttler and Bess were modest successes and, if nothing else, they surely highlighted the benefit of fresh faces and minds, which see challenges rather than almighty burdens.At crisis moments like this selectors must clarify their priorities. They can become tortured and confused if they decide that “fairness” is priority number one; that should not be the case. Priority number one is to pick the best team for the next match. It might be unfair to drop Mark Stoneman for Headingley after just one Test this summer but it is incredibly hard to conclude that he is currently England’s best bet at the top of the order. Pakistan cricket team … we have a small favour to ask. 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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. Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share via Email Joe Root: ‘We have to be better. Simple as that.’ – video Read more England cricket team Joe Root urges England supporters to keep faith with the players Read more The England collapse on Sunday morning was numbing. Jos Buttler had batted with great authority on Saturday but in the second over he pushed forward to Mohammad Abbas and was struck on the pad. He reviewed but with no great optimism. Then the new ball polished off the rest at a rush. Mark Wood and Stuart Broad were both caught behind and last man out Dom Bess lost his off stump. Mohammad Amir and Abbas were in clover, taking four wickets each in the innings.In pursuit of the 64 runs needed to win Pakistan lost Azhar Ali to a fine delivery from Jimmy Anderson. Thereafter there were few alarms. Unlike the first innings, Bess made several deliveries turn but in a hopeless situation he was nowhere near accurate enough to exploit the rough developing outside the left‑handers’ off stump. Rather than inform us about the long-term prospects of Bess excelling at this level, this simply demonstrated what an excellent cricket pitch had been provided at Lord’s, even though England had been woefully unable to exploit its properties. It seamed at the start; it flattened out and if we had reached the fifth day it would have spun. 0:51 Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Pakistan crush sorry England by nine wickets in first Test – as it happened Share on Messenger England v Pakistan 2018
Alex Hales has scored more hundreds since the last World Cup than any Australian batsman touring England this summer and yet heads into Tuesday’s third one-dayer, on his home ground of Trent Bridge, knowing big runs are needed from him and fast.It is telling of the relative strengths of the two sides in this series, one England can now wrap up at the earliest opportunity, that Hales would likely stroll into the visiting XI and yet will be fall guy for the hosts when Ben Stokes returns from a hamstring injury next month. Cricket Share via Email Australia sport England v Australia limited-overs internationals 2013 Hales has scored five centuries in the past three years but, having relinquished his opening spot last summer following the Bristol nightclub incident and with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow blazing a trail as the first-choice pairing, he knows it is time to deliver.“I’m on the fringes and any chance I can get it’s up to me to convert big runs and put some pressure on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow,” said Hales, who has one half-century in three innings at No 3 this summer. “Looking at the way things are now, I’m the one who drops out once Stokes comes back. But things can change quickly. It’s up to me to use these three [remaining] games well and try and score as many runs as possible.”While Eoin Morgan is due to return after the back spasm that meant he missed Saturday’s win in Cardiff, Stokes will train with the team in Durham and Manchester this week with a view to playing in July’s Twenty20s and one-dayers against India. The prognosis for England’s second casualty, Chris Woakes, is less positive.The Warwickshire seamer is recovering from a torn quad muscle suffered in the second Test against Pakistan but a longstanding issue in his right knee has flared up since. As it stands, Woakes is battling to face India with the white ball and may well see the target for his return shifted to the Test series in August.That England have coped so far without the pair (a mauling by Scotland’s batsmen notwithstanding) is telling of their strength and Australia’s clear weakness. Tim Paine’s confused-looking side pitch up after 13 defeats from their past 15 completed one-day matches and having plunged to a 34-year low ranking of sixth in the world.Without the suspended David Warner, Aaron Finch is their most successful batsman since they lifted the World Cup at home in March 2015 with four centuries. Despite significant success from opener – not least versus England, against whom he averages 50 – the right-hander was stationed at No 5 in Cardiff for the first time and duly returned a duck.Finch agreed that sixth was a fair reflection of Australia’s one-day cricket. “We haven’t won any series for a while [they beat Pakistan at home in early 2017]. We’ve just been outplayed in the last little while as well.”Should England, ranked No 1 in the world, be the template? “They play their own way. They go ultra-hard up top, rely on their spin a lot through the middle overs. If we tried to copy that, it would be foolish because we play in a different style.“But we’ve won a lot of World Cups – we’ve got some guys in our changing room that have won them. What we do is right. We know it’s right. But time will tell.”Australia are expected to welcome back the 6ft 8in Billy Stanlake to their attack after missing out on Saturday with a cut toe and Paine has been cleared to play by a dentist following the gory dislodged tooth suffered when struck by a ball during the 38-run defeat.Trent Bridge is the scene of Paine’s only one-day international century, back in 2009 when, from opener, he struck 111 during what eventually became a 6-1 series victory for the tourists. How the tables have turned since. Share on Facebook Read more Read more Share on Twitter England cricket team Australia cricket team Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. 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Share on LinkedIn From bedlam to the Bernabéu – how Ajax performed a miracle Reuse this content Facebook Read more Share via Email Twitter Share on Facebook Mario Melchiot helped Chelsea beat Arsenal in the last eight of the 2004 Champions League. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport interviews That certainly applies to the current crop of young players who have propelled the four-time winners to the semi-finals for the first time since 1997, seeing off Real Madrid and Juventus along the way. Melchiot was part of the side that lost 6-2 on aggregate to the Italians in the last four a year after their meeting in the final, scoring his first Ajax goal in the 4-1 second-leg defeat in Turin against a side containing Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero.“That game set me up for my career,” he reflects. “When you play against the best and you show that you can cope it means so much. After the game Van Gaal said, ‘Now you are officially a player who can handle the pressure.’ That was really important for me.”He has lived in Los Angeles since retiring six years ago, but remains close to Ajax’s chief executive, Edwin van der Sar, and spent time with the squad in January when they visited Orlando during the winter break. While also admitting his admiration for the star midfielder Frenkie de Jong, it is the teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt – who scored with a brilliant header against Juventus in the second leg of the quarter-final – who has most impressed the former defender“He has no fear. Probably the best thing that could have happened to him was when he was put into the national team at the age of 17 and he made a mistake, everyone said he wasn’t good enough. That moment made him understand how fine the line is between success and failure. But look at him now.” Share on Twitter Chelsea Having worked as a pundit for Fox Sports since moving to the US, Melchiot made his directing debut last year with a series of documentaries narrated by Gordon Ramsay called Phenoms, which followed emerging young players who were trying to make it to their first World Cup. Wary of exposing their young captain to the media spotlight too early, Ajax asked him not to feature De Ligt in the film – a decision their former player “totally understood” at the time. “They have protected him really well,” Melchiot adds.As well as his commitments with Fox, he has recently started The People’s Podcast, which invites the public to set the agenda on any football issue they want to discuss. Melchiot also enjoyed a short stint as an actor, among others appearing in the mystery crime-thriller The Man in 3B and following the likes of Eric Cantona and Frank Leboeuf as former players who have turned to the silver screen.“A few players have tried it because entertainers are always impressed by other entertainers and it is something you can relate to,” he says. “I tried it and it was the best thing I could have done. I was always mesmerised by movies. As soon as I retired I went to acting school for two years. I would have loved to have become a traditional actor but I didn’t get to that level. As an actor you really get to know yourself better – sometimes as a player you are just living your life from game to game but as an actor you have more time alone to prepare.”Melchiot was no stranger to the stage having joined with Ajax teammates Dean Gorré and Benni McCarthy to release The Midas Touch in 1998 – a remix of the 80s classic by Midnight Star.“We just rapped over it,” he explains. “To be fair, I don’t have the greatest voice so singing definitely wasn’t an option. But I did it as well as I could. Benni had already had a No1 song at that time so he was more comfortable with it I think.”After moving to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer in 1999, Melchiot broke a foot twice in his debut season but still ended up winning the FA Cup under Gianluca Vialli. But while he has sympathy for Maurizio Sarri, the man who made almost 150 appearances before leaving for Birmingham a month after José Mourinho’s appointment in 2004 is fearful for the future at his former club.“It’s sad to see what Sarri is going through. If they don’t make it into the Champions League then the transfer ban will really hang over their heads. That is going to make it hard to bring in a new coach because they will always want to sign their own players. Maybe they feel like they will have to give Sarri a little bit more time but when I saw the game against Burnley last week, it really wasn’t a performance that you would expect from Chelsea.”Tottenham’s side on Tuesday could contain four players schooled at Ajax, in Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sánchez, who also featured in Melchiot’s documentary. Yet while Melchiot believes their influence makes Mauricio Pochettino’s side another major hurdle in this season’s fairytale run, he expects De Jong, De Ligt and co to take it all their stride once again.“They will be very confident and believe they can win. You can see they have that confidence within them and that is what I learned [there] from the age of nine.“As soon as you put on the red and white jersey you are taught to run on the field with your head up and believing that you are already 1-0 up because you are proud of who you are playing for. They have been learning that since that age. That’s why they play like that.” Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Messenger “I was at school and they called me to tell me I had to get the training ground because they wanted me to travel with the first team,” remembers Mario Melchiot. “It was quite impressive because I had never been asked before. And there I was making my way to the Champions League final. Van Gaal was a bit like that …”It’s now 23 years since the defender who would go on to play for Chelsea, Birmingham and Wigan, travelled to Rome for the 1996 final against Juventus, watching on from the stands as Louis van Gaal’s reigning champions were beaten in a penalty shootout. Just 18, Melchiot had already been at Ajax for a decade and was called up as cover for the injured Frank de Boer despite not having made his senior debut.“I was either going to play or be on the bench but Frank recovered in the end,” he adds. “At Ajax, we all play the same system through to the first team and you know what your job is. So if your development has been handled in the right way then it doesn’t matter if you have never played for the first team because you know the job. That’s why they say, ‘Bring them up, let him show what he can do.’ The best thing Ajax gives you is being able to adjust to every occasion that comes towards you.” Ajax Champions League Topics Share on Pinterest
2) Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City, FA Cup final, 14 May 2011Yaya Touré scored the winner as Kompany became the first Belgian to claim an FA Cup winners medal, his dominant performance permitted a Stoke attack, led by Kenwyne Jones, scant chance of breaching Hart’s goal. This was the first of 10 major honours City have claimed under Sheikh Mansour’s ownership and Kompany was present for them all. It is also the only one for which he did not captain the team, with Carlos Tevez wearing the armband on this occasion. The final followed a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the previous round, a match Kompany cites as a personal favourite. Pinterest Vincent Kompany battles Dean Ashton on his Premier League debut. Photograph: Keith Williams/Action Images Share on Twitter Twitter Pinterest 4) Manchester City 2-0 West Ham, 11 May 2014This was a second last-day, title-clinching win in two years and, after Samir Nasri scored on 39 minutes, Kompany broke Liverpool hearts with the clincher four minutes into the second half as Manuel Pellegrini’s team became champions. Kompany said: “Forget about the money and everything. As a kid you grow up and dream of lifting trophies – I feel like I am living that dream when I do this. We’re building a club, not just a team that wins trophies now and again. Next year we need to be even better. If you want to be a big club then this must be one of so many.” Portentous words. Pinterest Reuse this content Twitter FA Cup After a torturous final day for Kompany, City’s captain finally got his hands on the Premier League title in 2012. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Facebook Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn The Belgian got the vital second goal against West Ham as City secured a second successive league title, not for the first time, denying Liverpool. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Vincent Kompany Facebook Facebook Signed only two days before from Hamburg, the then 22-year-old went straight into Mark Hughes’s XI. Vincent Kompany dovetailed smoothly with Michael Johnson in midfield, according to the former Arsenal striker and now pundit, Alan Smith. In front of a City defence that featured Tal Ben Haim, Micah Richards, Vedran Corluka and Michael Ball, with Joe Hart the goalkeeper, this was a display of long range passing and firefighting. It would not be too long before Kompany started playing regularly in his familiar centre-back berth. Kompany quits Manchester City to become Anderlecht’s player-manager Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Pinterest 5) Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City, 6 May 2019It was fantasy stuff for what proved to be Kompany’s final goal for City. With Liverpool relentless in their pursuit of Pep Guardiola’s men Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester team had to be beaten. Yet as the clock reached 71 minutes with the game scoreless, City’s title ambitions were under threat, until up stepped the 33-year-old to hammer home a 25-yard effort that secured the three points and a pivotal victory. Within the next two weeks Kompany had lifted the Premier League trophy for a fourth time and the FA Cup for a second. What a way to bow out. 1) Manchester City 3-0 West Ham, 24 August 2008 Kompany’s sensational strike against Leicester proved to be his last for city and a vital goal in the 2018/19 Premier League title race. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Topics Manchester City Twitter Premier League Facebook features Twitter Share on Facebook 3) Manchester City 3-2 QPR, 13 May 2012Kompany may have scored the winner in the derby against Manchester United two weeks previously but this was the game with the Agüerooooooo goal title-winning strike that ended 44 years of hurt, with Kompany leading City to a first championship since 1968. The Belgian was, by now, rated the country’s finest centre-half and he summed up the breathless manner of the triumph aptly. “You want to say it’s the best moment of your life, after the birth of my child and my wedding, but please never again this way, please.” Read more Joe Hart and Kompany conspired to shut out Stoke as Manchester City won their first trophy under Sheikh Mansour’s ownership. Photograph: Action Images Pinterest Share on Messenger Pinterest
Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger How the NBA’s rift with China laid bare the cost of free speech Pence additionally took aim at Nike for their role in placating China amid the fallout from Morey’s seven-word post, which has threatened to upset the multibillion-dollar relationship between the NBA and the world’s second largest economy.“Some of the NBA’s biggest players and owners, who routinely exercise their freedom to criticize this country, lose their voices when it comes to the freedom and rights of other peoples,” Pence said in a speech Thursday at the Wilson Center in Washington criticizing China’s record on trade and human rights. Facebook “In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime,” he said.Pence added: “Nike promotes itself as a so-called social justice champion, but when it comes to Hong Kong, it prefers checking its social conscience at the door.“Nike stores in China actually removed their Houston Rockets merchandise from their shelves to join the Chinese government in protest against the Rockets general manager’s seven-word tweet: ‘Fight for Freedom, stand with Hong Kong.’”It’s not the first time Pence has waded into sports for political ends.The former Indiana congressman took part in a staged walkout of an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts in October 2017 while about a dozen players kneeled during the national anthem. news Mike Pence on the NBA and China Topics Share on Facebook Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Twitter US politics NBA … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Basketball US vice-president Mike Pence accused the National Basketball Association of “acting like a wholly owned subsidiary” of China’s ruling Communist party for what he deemed the league’s failure to stand up for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong caused an international rift. Share via Email Since you’re here… Mike Pence Read more Pinterest Share on LinkedIn US sports Share on WhatsApp Nike Reuse this content
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham’s worst signings of all time Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 16:25 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Spurs have signed their fair share of poor players over the years. Goal takes a look at the worst over the years
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3: Guardiola routs Wenger again in 100th game in charge Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 3/2/18 Getty Images Arsene Wenger’s position at Arsenal looks increasingly precarious after a second thumping defeat by Manchester City in five days. Manchester City delivered another sublime show of attacking brilliance as Pep Guardiola’s side marked the manager’s 100th game in charge with a 3-0 demolition of hapless Arsenal.City beat Arsenal by the same scoreline in Sunday’s EFL Cup final win at Wembley, giving Guardiola a first trophy after 18 months in English football.And the runaway Premier League leaders – now 16 points clear of rivals Manchester United – blew Arsenal away before the break, becoming the first team to score three goals away to the Gunners in the first half of a Premier League match. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal made a decent start but Leroy Sane fed Bernardo Silva for a glorious opener after 15 minutes, and the Germany international was then involved in a stunning team goal as David Silva – who was on target at Wembley – added a second.Sane scored the third before the break, finishing off another superb move, as Arsenal were regularly sliced open at a half-empty Emirates, the stadium adorned with blue lines in the snow.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a second-half penalty saved and another heavy defeat increases the growing pressure on Arsene Wenger, whose side are 10 points outside the Champions League qualification places, as sensational City close in on the title.3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan urged Arsenal to “fight” for Wenger in the build-up to the game and Ederson had to save an early sighter from the Armenia international, while Vincent Kompany deflected a cross from Aaron Ramsey into the chest of City’s goalkeeper.But the visitors scored with their first meaningful attack, Bernardo Silva netting a brilliant strike.Sane drove at the Arsenal defence with pace and skill, slipping in the Portugal international, who worked the ball on to his left foot and bent a glorious curler into Petr Cech’s top-right corner.Ederson beat away Granit Xhaka’s long-range free-kick, the goalkeeper then diving to his right to cling on to a sharp Ramsey strike.But City’s clinical cutting edge sliced Arsenal open with another breathtaking attack after 27 minutes.Sane was at the heart of it again, bamboozling Shkodran Mustafi and feeding Sergio Aguero, who laid the ball into David Silva’s path. The Spain international’s first touch was perfect, the second lashing a left-footed finish beyond a helpless Cech.If you dont like this you dont like football !!! #SharkTeam— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) March 1, 2018City were rampant, a glorious third arriving within five minutes, Sane this time on target.Aguero’s clever touch on the halfway line created acres of space in the Arsenal defence, Kevin De Bruyne sliding Kyle Walker clear to square a low cross for Sane to roll the ball home.Nicolas Otamendi’s poor challenge on Mkhitaryan offered Arsenal a lifeline shortly after the restart – the Gunners having been booed off at the break – but Ederson dived to his left to keep out Aubameyang’s tame penalty.11 – Manchester City have saved 11 of the last 19 penalties they have faced in all competitions (excludes penalty shootouts). Intimidating. pic.twitter.com/zF0ZcQeTzc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018With the game won before the break, City were understandably less incisive, some sloppy passing marring their second-half display, while Walker limped off with 20 minutes remaining.Cech denied Aguero his 200th goal for the club but Guardiola could not have hoped for a more comprehensive victory to mark his City century, with Wenger left to wonder how to fix a team that has been heavily beaten three times by the league leaders this season. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal suffered their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat, having also lost by three-goal margins to Coventry (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009).- Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).- This was Manchester City’s biggest away win at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 triumph in November 1912.- The Gunners have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team (seven).- Arsenal are now on their longest Premier League run without a clean sheet (10 matches) since February 2002 (11 matches).- David Silva is only the third David to score on St. David’s Day in the Premier League, after David Dunn (Blackburn v Man City in 2003) and David Luiz (Chelsea v Man Utd in 2011).- This was the first time Arsenal conceded three goals in the first half of a home Premier League game and the first time they’d done so in a home league game since March 1989 against Nottingham Forest. read more
Real Madrid It will be tough for next Real Madrid coach to emulate Zidane, admits Varane Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:52 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Videos The France defender was surprised by Zizou’s resignation, after he had established himself as one of the club’s all-time greatest coaches Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has admitted that whoever replaces Zinedine Zidane as the next Merengue coach will find it very hard to match the Frenchman’s sparkling record at the club. Zidane took over at the Bernabeu in December 2015, and lifted an incredible three Champions League titles in just 30 months in charge. In total the Blancos idol won nine major trophies during his short tenure, a record that places him in second behind the mythical Miguel Munoz as Madrid’s most successful coach of all time. 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 Now, as the Liga side look to replace Zidane after his abrupt resignation, Varane recognises that his successor has a tough job on his hands. “What kind of coach do Madrid need? I think you need a good coach!” the centre-back joked to reporters during Tuesday’s press conference, as he prepares to dispute the World Cup with France. “A coach who is able to evolve in the context of Real Madrid with a lot of pressure. Zizou did something that will be difficult to do again. We won’t ask to the new coach to win so many trophies in such a short time.”I think there are very good coaches in Europe and we will see who will be chosen. It has to be someone with a character who can rise to the challenge.”One of the jobs Zidane has been tipped for in the future is at the head of the France national team, with even current coach Didier Deschamps affirming that he could see Zizou in his position. Varane, however, preferred to deflect questions over a possible reunion, while acknowledging that his resignation came as a surprise to the Madrid squad. “Were there signs [of his resignation]? Yes and no. The job is a tough one, it takes a lot out of you,” he added. “He told us at the last minute and we will see later if we meet again at [France training base] Clairefontaine. This isn’t the time to talk about that. “Those who are happy to speak out about him, like the coach or the president, are free to do so.”
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On top of this, Australia won all three Open divisions, something that hasn’t been done by the nation since the 2003 World Cup. Australia came up against New Zealand in the Women’s, Men’s and Mixed divisions, and each game came right down to the final siren, with Australia digging deep to claim each title.In the Mixed Open division, New Zealand got out to a flying start, scoring the first three touchdowns of the match, before Australia hit back to trail by one at half-time, 6-5. Kristin Boss starred for Australia in the first half, scoring four of her team’s five touchdowns. An intercept by Nathan Wong, which consequently resulted in a touchdown to Sarah Spacie, turned things around for Australia, who ended up taking the game and the title 10-7. Final resultAustralia 10 (Kristin Boss 4, Sarah Spacie 2, Troy Malcolm 2, Ryan Pollock, Kylie Hilder)defeatedNew Zealand 7 (Toia Tiwha 3, Awhina Savage, Melissa Buchanan, Kimo Houltham, Jeremy Locke)To watch highlights from the Mixed Open grand final, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/3/hbdS4kgf1DUThe Women’s Open team were under pressure from the start, with New Zealand scoring the first touchdown of the game. Australia hit back to lead by one at half-time following two touchdowns to Alicia Quirk and one to Emilee Cherry, 3-2. Australia continued their strong tournament form in the second half, with Quirk and Cherry both claiming another touchdown each, to take a 5-3 win. The win continues Australia’s stellar undefeated run at a World Cup level in the Women’s Open division, spanning across seven World Cups and over 60 games.Final resultAustralia 5 (Alicia Quirk 3, Emilee Cherry 2)defeatedNew Zealand 3 (Tyla Nathan-Wong, Niall Williams, Megan Campbell) To view the highlights from the Women’s Open World Cup final, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/4/ZXMz4QSMFqsThe Men’s Open game was just as entertaining as the two prior to it, with spectators receiving a real treat. New Zealand was the first team to score and from there the touchdowns see-sawed between the teams for the first 10 touchdowns, which were all scored in quick succession.The teams went to the break level at five touchdowns a piece. It took until almost halfway through the second half for either team to score a touchdown, with end to end action and solid defence preventing the teams from breaking the deadlock. Willie Bishop set up Dylan Hennessey with minutes remaining, to give Australia a one touchdown advantage, 7-6. New Zealand fought hard to level the score, and when an Australian player was sent for a period of time with less than two minutes remaining, it looked like the perfect opportunity for New Zealand to hit back. But Australia were unstoppable in defence, holding out a set of six on New Zealand’s attacking line, and spent the final seconds of the game in attack before the siren sounded, giving Australia the win. Final resultAustralia 7 (Jamie Stowe 2, Mat Bird 2, Scott Buckley, Dylan Hennessey, Matt Prowse)defeatedNew Zealand 6 (Dean Williams 2, Nazea Silbery 2, Ruamai Erueti, Mita Graham)To view the highlights of the World Cup Men’s Open grand final, please click on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/0/6LDgPy2DSlA