Tottenham have opened talks to sign Alfie Mawson, the Sun on Sunday say.The Hillingdon-born defender has impressed since joining Swansea from Barnsley last year and the Sun on Sunday say Spurs have contacted the Welsh club about a potential deal.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be keen on the former England Under-21 international. AdChoices广告The newspaper also say Tottenham are set to offer £15m for Mawson and that he could replace Toby Alderweireld at the north London club.Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook It comes amid speculation over the future of Alderweireld, who has been linked with a possible move.Mawson, 23, started his career at Brentford but left Griffin Park without making a league appearance, having rejected a new contract.He signed for Barnsley, where his excellent performances earned him a move to the Premier League.
Embed from Getty Images Benitez revealed Newcastle attempted to negotiate an option to buy the player as part of his loan move, but were unable to do so. Benitez added: “When he receives the ball, he is always comfortable. He is never scared. He can make mistakes and give the ball away, but normally he is doing well.“To come here and play at the level he is playing, you can say it is a surprise. It is not a surprise because we were expecting a good player.” See also:Lascelles happy at Newcastle, Benitez saysChristensen was tired, says ConteChelsea youngsters lose to Spurs at the BridgeConte not preparing for next season amid speculation over his future Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Rafael Benitez admits Kenedy could price himself out of a permanent move to Newcastle if he continues his stunning form for the Magpies.The 22-year-old Brazilian has been a key figure in the club’s fine run since he joined them on loan from Chelsea in January.Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Tottenham have all been linked with summer moves for Kenedy should he leave Stamford Bridge.AdChoices广告Asked if he feared Kenedy was increasing his value, former Chelsea interim boss Benitez said: “Yes, but if you say do you want him to score goals and the value will go up, then yes, I want him to score goals.“That is it, football is like this. If you have a good player, the value goes higher. He has the level to play in a top team – but he is in a top side already.”Embed from Getty Images
Stan Anderson has died at the age of 85. Anderson was assistant manager at QPR and had a brief spell as boss in 1974.He was installed following the departure of Gordon Jago and replaced by Dave Sexton.AdChoices广告A wing-half, Anderson played twice for England and was part of the squad for the 1962 World Cup in Chile.He captained Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough during his distinguished playing career. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:QPR cool their interest in Hibs midfielderQPR boss hopeful Hall will be readyQPR players return for pre-season trainingMcClaren not expecting many signings at QPRLuongo looking forward to facing Pogba
Mike Conley did not play in the first Jazz match against Denver yesterday because he had left the NBA bubble due to the expected growth of the family. He is in Orlando again today and has returned to the NBA bubble, but it is clear that he will not be able to play in the second match of the series anyway, as he has to comply with mandatory quarantine due to the threat of Covid-19.According to ESPN, the Utah team hopes that Conley will be able to pass the NBA quarantine protocol until the third game of the series. It is scheduled for August 21, until the next match will take place tomorrow.In the first match of the series, the Jazz suffered extra time, and in Conley’s absence, Donovan Mitchell took on a bigger role, scoring 57 points in the Denver basket.Konley participated in 47 Jazz games this season, averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 assists. In the NBA bubble, he played in six matches, four of which exceeded the limit of 20 points.Resources used:https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/…
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ndubuisi Egbo became the first African to manage a team in the UEFA Champions League as his KF Tirana side eased into the second qualifying round of the 2020-21 season on Wednesday.The history-making Egbo had already entered the history books when guided Tirana to the Albanian top-flight title last season, becoming the first African manager to win a European topflight.The triumph meant Tirana entered the first round of Champions League qualification where they were paired against Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia, presenting Egbo with another chance to make history.All qualifying matches are being held as one-legged affairs in neutral venues due to the coronavirus but despite the match holding in Georgia, Egbo’s wards still triumphed and are now within two wins of entering the group stages.Agustin Torassa and Ernest Muci scored in the second half to secure Tirana’s passage into the second qualifying round where they will face Serbian champions, Red Star Belgrade.RelatedNdubuisi Egbo Eyes More UEFA Champions League HistoryAugust 24, 2020In “Europe”Egbo Falls Short In Bid For UEFA Champions League QualificationAugust 25, 2020In “Europe”Bantu FC Can Beat Rangers – Coach James Madidilane (AUDIO)January 13, 2019In “Confederation Cup”
Related Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on partners to maximize pressure on North Korea and combat the regime’s attempts to evade international sanctions.Sitting beside his counterparts from Canada, Japan and South Korea, Tillerson told top diplomats assembled in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a global summit on North Korea that they are sending a “unified message” to Kim Jong Un’s regime: “We will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.”He urged nations to fully enforce the three United Nations Security Council resolutions from last year that increased sanctions on North Korea, specifically calling on Russia and China to comply.The two nations were not invited to the summit, known as the Vancouver Group, because they were not part of the original U.N. Command Sending States — the countries that provided troops and supplies to U.N. forces to defend South Korea in the Korean War. Allies like South Korea, Japan, Sweden and India were invited to the summit.“We cannot abide lapses or sanctions evasions,” Tillerson said. “We will continue to call attention to, and designate, entities and individuals complicit in such evasive actions.”Tillerson also called for the improvement of maritime interdiction operations to “put an end to illicit ship-to-ship transfers that undermine U.N. sanctions,” as well as “new consequences” to be imposed on the regime “whenever new aggression occurs.”North Korea launched 15 ballistic missile tests and conducted one nuclear test in 2017, but has yet to conduct a test in 2018.Though Russia and China were not invited to Tuesday’s summit, Tillerson did acknowledge that North Korea’s nuclear weapons threat has joined nations that “were once enemies,” specifically China and the U.N. Command Sending States, with a common goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.“The sending states stand shoulder to shoulder with China, with the Republic of Korea, with Japan, with Russia — and is joined with the entire international community in saying to the regime in North Korea that we cannot and will not accept you as a nuclear state,” he said.Tillerson rejected the “freeze for freeze” approach, in which military exercises would be suspended in exchange for North Korea halting its ballistic and nuclear weapons tests.He also specifically talked about the threat North Korea’s ballistic missile tests pose to civilian aircraft.Tillerson mentioned that individuals on a Nov. 28 flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong last year witnessed part of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test in the sky — 280 nautical miles from where the missile landed in the Sea of Japan.According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), nine other flights were within that same range, he said.“Over the course of that day, according to the Department of Defense, an estimated 716 flights were due to pass within that same range,” Tillerson said. “The FAA says the total available seats on those 716 flights was 152,110. That’s a lot of people from a lot of countries being put at risk by irresponsible testing of ballistic missiles.”ABC News first reported last summer that an Air France jet with 323 people on board flew past the location where a North Korean ICBM would land in the Sea of Japan less than 10 minutes later.“Based on its past recklessness, we cannot expect North Korea to have any regard for what might get in the way of one of its missiles, or parts of a missile breaking apart. This is to say nothing of potential technological errors associated with a launch that could result in disaster,” Tillerson said. “Of course this is hardly the only threat, or the likeliest threat, posed by North Korean missiles.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Former NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik died Sunday in a single-engine plane crash, NASCAR confirmed. He was 61.“Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. In total, he’s earned 74 wins and 301 top-10 finishes and was a six-time nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Stefanik also made a combined 52 starts between two of NASCAR’s national series, Truck and Xfinity. In 1999, at age 41, Stefanik was named Rookie of the Year in the Truck Series, which was his only full season on that circuit.Police say they don’t know what caused the plane crash, which is still under investigation. Paul Menard retiring from full-time NASCAR racing after 2019 season NASCAR playoff standings 2019: Updated points for Cup chase after the South Point 400 “His tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him the respect and admiration of fans and competitors alike. His career stretched more than 30 years, bridging the generations between Jerry Cook and Richie Evans to our current drivers. He recorded achievements in this sport that are likely untouchable, and his legacy as a champion will endure. We will keep his wife Julie and his family and friends in our prayers.”A nine-time NASCAR touring series champion, Stefanik’s plan crashed near the Rhode Island state line, Connecticut police said, via multiple media outlets. The single-engine aircraft turned back toward the airfield shortly after takeoff and crashed in a wooded area. Related News Stefanik is winningest driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and won the series in 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006. He’s also won the Whelen Modified Tour and Busch North – now NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – titles simultaneously in 1997 and 1998.
SALT LAKE CITY ��� Even though the Utah Jazz knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night, the players still had to get up Sunday morning for a practice prior to their trip to New York in the early afternoon.Thats the usual m.o. for the Jazz to get in as many practices as possible in this shortened season.The Jazz will play the New York Knicks Monday night, then fly to Indiana for a Tuesday night game.When asked if he considered giving his players the day off after their win Saturday, coach Tyrone Corbin replied, Theyll get the day off on the plane ��� weve got a long ride ahead of us.For the players it wasnt a big deal to come to the Zions Bank Center prior to the trip to New York.No, were used to it, said Al Jefferson. Wed have been surprised if we got the day off.For a change, all 13 players were healthy for the practice, including Raja Bell, who raced onto the floor with carrying his shoes and socks as Corbin gathered his players at the start of practice. Bell had been out a week because of an abductor strain, but played in Saturdays game against the Lakers, starting and playing 22 minutes. Also back for Saturdays game were guards Devin Harris, who was out a game with a sore hamstring and Earl Watson, who had missed Fridays game with an ankle sprain.The Jazz were scheduled to arrive in Newark at just around the time the Super Bowl was kicking off Sunday evening.Corbin said he didnt care who wins, since his beloved Miami Dolphins arent playing. We should be there in time for halftime, Corbin said, although he wasnt excited about seeing Madonna.
By Graham MatthewsThe World Cup is done stealing all of the football limelight, which means that fans can revert back to focusing on every in and out that’s going on at their club.Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, Lazar Markovic and er, Dionatan Teixeira to name but a few will all be making their Premier League debuts next season after catching the eye of their new clubs.As the greatest league in the world, the Premier League is also thought of as the toughest. So in order to avoid becoming the next Djemba-Djemba, here are seven things every player making their Premier League debut in 2014/15 needs to know.5. Don’t treat every game the sameObviously footballers, like accountants and every other professional out there, should give their all in every game and challenge they encounter. However, there are some matches in England where players really should give 110%, namely local derbies and cup matches.Most English football fans know about Spain’s El Clasico and Italy’s Derby della Madonnina, but how many Italian fans and players are aware of the Tyne-Wear rivalry for example?Score a hat-trick for one against the other and it’s a fast track to becoming a club legend. Likewise, scoring an own goal or making a major mistake will have even more severe repercussions than in any other league match.New players need to be aware of the importance such games hold, so reading up on club history is vital.4. No team is unbeatableArsenal went unbeaten in 2003/4, but since then no team has come close to matching that spectacular season in the Premier League.In Spain it’s pretty much a given that Barcelona and both Madrid teams will hardly drop any points against teams in the bottom 15, while in Germany, France and Italy it’s a similar situation.As Manchester United proved last season, by losing to West Brom, Newcastle and a few others for the first time in decades, in England no team is ever guaranteed to win.Stoke have frustrated Arsenal numerous times and Aston Villa always prove tricky for Chelsea, each club has its bogey team. It’s what makes the league so exciting and keeps the bookies thriving.3. Show some characterThere’s nothing that gets the fans more interested and behind a player than if he shows some personality in post-match interviews or harmless antics off the field, especially given the English media’s constant coverage of a player’s life.David Luiz may not have been a consistent performer at Chelsea, but his presence on social media made him a cult hero with some Blues fans. Likewise, Jonás Gutiérrez was/is far from spectacular at Newcastle United, but his early Spiderman mask celebration endeared him to the fans at the start.English fans are often willing to defend players more if they can see a human side to them, so if a new signing can show a bit of personality, then it’s more likely they’ll make it as a fan favourite.2. Toughen upIt has become a bit of a cliché to promote the stereotype of the English game being rougher than other countries, but stereotypes aren’t built on nothing.While Premier League matches aren’t the battlefield some media outlets make out, there’s definitely more of a physical presence in games than abroad.Most new players who are less used to the Premier League’s physical approach will soon adapt, but there are always those susceptible to injury who just can’t come to grips with it.Rather than annoying fans by being the club’s record signing who spent half the season on the physio’s bench before returning to Spain in the summer, man up and throw yourself about a bit.1. Stoke away isn’t so scaryAnother popular cliché to be churned out when talking about foreign players in England – “That Messi bloke’s alright, but get him playing against Stoke on a rainy Wednesday evening and we’ll see how good he really is.”Not only does this do a disservice to Stoke (it doesn’t always rain on Wednesdays there), but it’s also not the hardest test a Premier League player will have to face.There will be far more intimidating games for Alexis Sanchez to take part in, namely the north London derby and there’s no reason that he can’t use his pace and skill to the same effect in both games.Of course, any newcomers playing for Stoke will want to help keep the illusion of the Britannia Stadium turning into a fortress every time it rains alive. For more articles and the latest soccer news, check out FTBpro.com
No one doubted that English clubs would break their own 1.2 billion-pound transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.As fees became ever more inflated, the what-ifs provided an intriguing backdrop to the unfolding drama.Romelu Lukaku might have joined Chelsea but ended up at Manchester United for 75 million pounds, a move that pushed Jose Mourinho’s alternative targets Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata towards Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.Benjamin Mendy had also seemed destined for Stamford Bridge before Manchester City nabbed him for a reported 43 million pounds while Mo Salah, who Chelsea once sold, became Liverpool’s record 37 million-pound signing.It is too early to say who has got the best of the most frenetic transfer market, but few of the buys come with the proven record that Zlatan Ibrahimoivic brought to United last summer. Instead, many look like hugely expensive punts.Morata, perhaps the window’s most intriguing signing, spent most of last season warming the bench at Real Madrid and is reported to have confidence issues. Mendy’s reputation is based on one excellent year at Monaco.City’s other new full-back, Karl Walker, was rated second-best to Kieran Trippier at Tottenham Hotspur.City manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to spend more than 200 million on five players may be the most astonishing piece of business, but money has been lavished everywhere: Everton and promoted Huddersfield Town both brought in nine new players and most clubs either broke their own transfer records or spent much of the summer trying to do so.Brighton & Hove Albion even did it three times, first signing Australian keeper Mathew Ryan, then Dutch midfielder Davy Propper and finally Colombian Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.Nothing epitomises summer short-termism more than West Ham’s decision to spend a reported 36 million pounds on four players with a collective age of 119 years.The most expensive of those, Marko Arnautovic, arrives on a five-year contract from Stoke City for 19 million pounds after scoring an underwhelming 22 goals in 125 games. Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez returns to the Premier League after spells in Spain and Germany.At Liverpool, Salah is also embarking on his second spell in England and has impressed with four goals in pre-season friendlies.BIG REPUTATIONLacazette comes to Arsenal with a big reputation after netting more than 20 league goals in each of the past three seasons with French side Lyon.Comparisons have been drawn to Thierry Henry, but even Arsenal’s prolific striker took time to adjust to English physicality, failing to score in his first eight games after his arrival from Juventus. Lacazette acknowledges the Premier League will be a big step up.Arsenal’s other newcomer, 24-year-old Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, cost nothing after seeing out his contract at Schalke, where he was voted into the Bundeliga team of the season in 2016-17.Bosnia is just one of 105 nations outside the British Isles who have supplied players to the Premier League in its 25-year history.Fourteen of the league’s managers are now foreign and the appointment of Portuguese-speaking coach Marco Silva at Watford was a major draw for Brazilian under 20 forward Richarlison, who has joined for 11.5 million pounds from Fluminense.Other eye-catching newcomers include former Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, who played in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, and Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald, who is reunited with his former manager Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace.Swansea’s purchase of Roque Mesa for 11 million pounds looks a bargain for a player whose slick passing stood out for Las Palmas last season. Meanwhile, Stoke City’s Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting arrives from Schalke with, if nothing else, the longest name in the league.Spending by the league’s 20 clubs has already passed the 1 billion pound mark, with the usually hectic final few days before deadline day on August 31 set to send that figure higher.For context, the Sporting Intelligence website reported that Watford’s 50 million-pound summer spending is more than four times that of every Scottish club combined.