October, 2019 Archive

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a month agoREVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ansu Fati almost lost by Barcelona during tough contract talksby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona held steadfast in contract talks with the father of Ansu Fati over the summer.Mundo Deportivo says Barca gambled when the player’s father attempted to break an original agreement.The two parties had shaken on a figure towards the end of last season.However, after Fati scored twice in the UEFA Youth League semifinal against Chelsea, Dad tried to renegotiate.He demanded the original deal be settled as a net figure – a request Barca immediately rejected. They insisted to Fati Snr that it wasn’t right to be trying to go back on the agreement.In the end, calm heads prevailed and Fati signed terms. last_img read more

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20 days agoAC Milan boss Giampaolo: I always had faith in Reina

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan boss Giampaolo: I always had faith in Reinaby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo thanked his players after their 2-1 win at Genoa.Lasse Schone had Genoa aheead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Giampaolo said, “I am quite cool-headed during a game, fortunately. I had doubts it was a penalty, but Reina has so much character that I had faith he would save it.“It was a difficult match, we went underwater and were under a lot of pressure, so I praise the lads for not letting go. I didn’t even care if they misplaced a pass or a goal, the important thing was to give a response in terms of character.“I want us to continue with this character, but obviously hope to get a sharper and higher quality style of football in future.“I want to see this team play better football, but it wasn’t possible today because they felt the pressure so much and needed the victory so badly. We had to scrape the last bit of determination and character. I couldn’t ask them for beautiful football today, as we had other objectives.” last_img read more

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18 days agoWolves captain Conor Coady on Man City shock: Everyone needs to take credit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves captain Conor Coady on Man City shock: Everyone needs to take creditby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveConor Coady was ecstatic after what he believed was a landmark win for Wolves over Manchester City on Sunday.The Molineux outfit ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad thanks to a brace from Adama Traore.He said: “I think everyone needs to take credit, the whole team, the whole squad and the whole club.”A lot of people have said we started poorly but this week has been amazing.”We are always confident. We know how tough the Premier League and people forget we have had a lot of games.”It really has been tough. We always had confidence in ourselves. Listening to the manager and ourselves we have come through it in the end and we deserved it today.”This is a day for Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is a massive day for the whole club.” last_img read more

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Oklahoma Lands 4-Star DE Amani Bledsoe

first_imgOklahoma landed another big-time commit Thursday afternoon – this time from four-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Bledsoe, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound star from Lawrence, Kansas, chose the Sooners over dozens of other programs, including Oregon, Florida State, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Ohio State and more. Randy Withers of KansasGridiron.com was the first to report the news.Head coach Bob Stoops also tweeted about the commitment.BREAKING: 4-star Lawrence (KS) DE Amani Bledsoe commits to #Oklahoma, choosing #Sooners over #KUFBall— Randy Withers (@RandyWithersKC) January 21, 2016Another future Kansan draft pick headed to Soonerland! #785 #OUDNA #Sooners16 #BoomerSooner— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) January 21, 2016Bledsoe later tweeted the news himself, thanking the other schools that offered him.#Boomer #rushmen #OU pic.twitter.com/q2Rs2B3ntn— Homeboy Moooooose (@amani_bledsoe) January 21, 2016Rivals lists Bledsoe as the top-ranked player in his state. He’s a huge addition for OU’s program.last_img read more

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Ohio State Professor Who Was Victim In Monday’s Campus Attack: “We’re Still A Great University, We Still Beat Michigan”

first_imgAn Ohio State professor who was attacked giving a press conference.YouTube/FOX NewsOne of the 11 injured in yesterday’s attack at OSU is Ohio State professor William Clark. During a press conference today, he said Ohio State is “still a great University. We still beat Michigan.”Clark, a professor emeritus in the Materials Science Engineering department, was hit by the car of alleged assailant Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year old Ohio State student, and slashed near the ankles. Today, during a press conference after being released by Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, Clark had a message that we’re sure members of the Ohio State community will appreciate.”We’re a great university, we still beat Michigan,” says OSU Professor William Clark, a victim in Monday’s knife attack.— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 29, 2016Clark’s full press conference is available to watch, courtesy of FOX News.OSU Professor heard and saw the Honda Civic crash. It clipped the back of his leg and he was flipped up and down onto concrete.— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 29, 2016OSU Professor says:”Before I pass judgement on this young man, Id like to see exactly what the circumstances were.Im going home, he’s dead.”— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 29, 2016Ohio State is holding a gathering at St. John Arena in response to yesterday’s attack. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.Together, we are #BuckeyeStrong. Please join us tonight as we gather to listen, learn and heal as a community. Info: https://t.co/xtZ7b9qljm pic.twitter.com/KinlBjg14p— Ohio State (@OhioState) November 29, 2016Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by yesterday’s attack, and the entire Ohio State community.last_img read more

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Real Madrid defender Vallejo joins Wolves on loan

first_imgWolves have completed the signing of Real Madrid centre-back Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan deal.The Spaniard joined Madrid from Real Zaragoza in 2015 although has struggled to establish himself in the first team, making just seven appearances in all competitions in the 2018-19 campaign.Vallejo previously spent time on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt during the 2016-17 season and will now get the chance to test himself in the Premier League with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 22-year-old becomes Wolves’ third first-team arrival of the summer after they signed both Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker permanently following successful loan spells with the club.The centre-back adds to Espirito Santo’s options in defence and he’ll compete with the likes of captain Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett for a starting berth.Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League last season and conceded 46 goals – a better defensive record than both Manchester United and Arsenal, who finished above them.They are also hoping to reach the Europa League group stages, with their qualifying campaign having got underway with a 2-0 win over Crusaders in the second qualifying round.Introducing our first new face of the summer! #WelcomeVallejo✍️🐺 pic.twitter.com/By2dyeF0R7— Wolves (@Wolves) July 27, 2019Indeed, Vallejo could make his debut for the club in the return meeting with the Northern Irish side, which takes place at Seaview Stadium in Belfast on August 1.It’s proven to be a positive pre-season for Wolves, meanwhile, with their triumphs over Newcastle United and Manchester City seeing them claim the Premier League Asia Trophy.After a comprehensive 4-0 win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, they then faced City in the final and were victorious via a penalty shoot-out after the likes of David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Lukas Nmecha all missed from the spot.Wolves get their 2019-20 Premier League campaign underway with a trip to Leicester City on August 11, before they face Manchester United at home on August 19.Should they finish the job against Crusaders and then win a third-qualifying round tie in the Europa League, they will then face a play-off, with the winner of that two-legged affair entering the group stages of the competition.last_img read more

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Former 5-Star Recruit Ruled Academically Ineligible For 2018 Season

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A former 5-star recruit will be forced to sit out for the duration of the 2018 college football season after being declared academically ineligible, according to a report from Adam Maya of Rivals.USC corner Jack Jones, who skipped the Trojans spring camp to work on his academics, will miss his junior season.Jones is a former elite recruit. According to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Jones was the No. 19 player in the country and No. 2 corner recruit from the 2016 class.BREAKING: USC CB Jack Jones academically ineligible for 2018 https://t.co/8fa86elXHT pic.twitter.com/4X17lpY24J— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) May 18, 2018During his sophomore season, Jones started for the Trojans and drew national acclaim as a third-team All-American via the Associated Press.Jones had already been suspended for the season opener against UNLV, but will miss the entire season as a result of today’s news.He had a team-high 4 interceptions during the 2017 season.last_img read more

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Video: Ohio State Player Ejected From Tonight’s Game vs. Penn State

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State football player has been ejected from tonight’s game against Penn State for targeting. It was a controversial call.Buckeyes’ defensive back Isaiah Pryor was tossed from this evening’s contest against the Nittany Lions for a hit to the head against a “defenseless” wide receiver.Here’s video of the play:This was ruled targeting. Isaiah Pryor has been DQ’ed pic.twitter.com/u9p9T8X6Wz— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) September 30, 2018What do you think? Targeting or not?Regardless, the Buckeyes are now down one of their best defensive backs.Penn State has taken the lead, too. The Nittany Lions are up, 20-14,  a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter.The game is on ABC.last_img read more

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ESPN: The College Football Playoff Race Is Down To 8 Teams

first_imgAerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)The race for the 2018 College Football Playoff is heating up and, according to ESPN’s projections, only eight teams have a legitimate chance of making it.Texas, which had looked liked a potential contender, has now been eliminated, as the Longhorns fell to Oklahoma State on Saturday night.This leaves us with eight teams with a 10 percent chance or better of making the College Football Playoff.Those eight teams:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameLSUGeorgiaMichiganOhio StateOklahomaOf those eight teams, only three – Alabama, Clemson and Georgia – are seen as real national title threats, too.The picture will look much clearer next week, as Alabama is set to play at LSU. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Says 1 College Football Team Needs A Lot Of Help

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes one major college football program needs a lot of help moving forward in order to seriously get into College Football Playoff contention.Unfortunately for this major college football program, Herbstreit is probably right.Washington State has just one loss and is ranked No. 8 in the country, but the Cougars still appear to be a ways out from legitimate College Football Playoff talk.Herbstreit says they need help.Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among other programs, all probably have better paths to the College Football Playoff.The ESPN college football analyst believes that Washington State needs some help from the Big 12 and the Big Ten in order to potentially reach the College Football Playoff. A loss from Notre Dame would probably help, too.If Oklahoma and West Virginia can beat each other once in the next couple of weeks and the Big Ten East Division champion loses in the conference championship game, it’s possible that Washington State could end up getting into the top four.Still, it’s probably a longshot for Mike Leach’s program.Herbstreit believes Washington State needs plenty of help moving forward and he is most-likely going to end up being right.last_img read more

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College Football Players Reportedly Suspended For Incident With Cheerleaders

first_imgAn interior view of the Arkansas RazorbacksFAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)A pair of SEC football players have reportedly been suspended for an incident with the team’s cheerleaders.Arkansas head coach Chad Morris announced this morning that Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley have been suspended.The head coach called the two players’ actions “completely unacceptable.”Morris says Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley have both been suspended from the team. Says their actions were completely unacceptable.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) November 19, 2018Whole Hog Sports reported this weekend that both players had been spotted interacting with the team’s spirit squad before the game.From the report:The problems for the University of Arkansas football team against Mississippi State started before kickoff Saturday, said D.J. Williams, a former All-America tight end for the Razorbacks.Williams, who works for Little Rock TV station KARK-Channel 4, said he saw Arkansas defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl taking photos and talking with female members of Mississippi State’s spirit squad before the Razorbacks went through warmups.Arkansas Coach Chad Morris, asked in his postgame news conference about players socializing with cheerleaders, said it was unacceptable.Arkansas is set to play at Missouri on Friday.last_img read more

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New Bowl Projection For NC State Heading Into Saturday’s Action

first_imgAn NC State cheerleader running with a flag.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 01: NC State Mascot Ms. Wuf follows flag bearers after a score during the NC State Wolfpack football game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)NC State crushed East Carolina on Saturday, notching their ninth win of the season in the process. The Wolfpack are headed to a solid bowl game – let’s check in on the latest projection.During the season, NC State lost to Clemson, Syracuse and Wake Forest. The Wolfpack scored wins over James Madison, Georgia State, Marshall, Virginia, Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, UNC and East Carolina.NC State finished third in the ACC Atlantic – three games behind undefeated Clemson. The Wolfpack will be playing in a decent bowl game as a result.Depending upon the outcome of Clemson vs. Pitt, it’s likely that either NC State or Syracuse is second in line in pecking order in the league.Currently, Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has NC State projected to take on West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. That game would take place on December 28 in Orlando.NC State can win its ninth game of the season with a victory in its bowl contest.We’ll know NC State’s actual bowl game on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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Power Program Could Lose Two Former 4-Star Quarterbacks To Transfer

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger had a breakout season for Texas football, helping the Longhorns reach the upcoming Sugar Bowl, where they will face Georgia. Behind him, however, there are growing depth concerns at the position for Tom Herman’s club.Earlier today, former four-star recruit Cameron Rising added himself to the NCAA transfer portal. He isn’t officially leaving the team, but he is exploring the option.Now, one of his class and positionmates has made the same move.According to a report by Chip Brown, another former four-star quarterback, Casey Thompson, has also added his name to the transfer portal.Now, according to Brown at 247, Tom Herman is trying to convince his young quarterbacks to stay with the program.According to the report, the two have different concerns about their futures within the Texas football program:According to sources, Rising, a pro-style passer, is concerned about the structure of the Texas offense and current quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s 143 rushing attempts, while Thompson, who served as Texas’ scout-team quarterback, is concerned about where he fits into the pecking order at quarterback.Ehlinger is the clear-cut QB1 for Herman, and the team adds talented 2019 recruit Roschon Johnson, who signed with the Longhorns this week. Texas could lose three quarterbacks this off-season though.Thompson and Rising are both at least exploring their options, while Shane Buechele, the 2016 starter who was injured for half of last season before losing the job to Ehlinger, is a potential grad transfer candidate.One would think that at least one of Rising or Thompson would stay since Ehlinger could be a 2020 NFL Draft candidate, but this could become a very precarious situation for Herman and his staff.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Ohio State Could Reportedly Hire Major Program’s Top Assistant Coach

first_imgRyan Day coaching at Ohio State.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ryan Day isn’t expected to make a ton of changes as Ohio State’s head coach in 2019, but the Buckeyes’ new leader is going to bring in some of his own assistants.At least one of those assistant coaching hires will be a big one, as Ohio State needs a new offensive coordinator with Day’s promotion.Lettermen’s Row is reporting that Ohio State is looking at a big name to fill that role.Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator, Mike Yurcich, is reportedly a candidate for Ohio State’s offensive coordinator gig.From the report:Multiple sources have indicated to Lettermen Row that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is a name to watch for the Buckeyes once the Rose Bowl is in the rearview mirror and Day gets to work on putting his imprint on the staff. At the moment, Ohio State has been using Corey Dennis to fill the 10th spot on the staff as a recruiter, and it will be interesting to see what role the senior quality control coach will have moving forward since the only other potential change on that side of the ball would likely be on the offensive line.It feels like a reasonably safe assumption that Kevin Wilson would be retained to continue his prolific partnership with Day, but adding another quarterback guru with Ohio ties and recruiting experience like Yurcich would be a strong, savvy move.Ohio State’s offense was one of the best in the country in 2018, so the Buckeyes aren’t going to want to make a ton of changes regardless of what hires are made.The Buckeyes are set to end their season on Jan. 1.Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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Former Penn State CB Announces Major Transfer Destination

first_imgPenn State players locking arms.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 08: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate after the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium on October 8, 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Cornerback Zech McPhearson is one of several players who left the Penn State program this off-season. Now, McPhearson has a new home.The former four-star recruit is Texas Tech-bound, he announced on Twitter Tuesday. McPhearson will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer and have two years of eligibility remaining.After redshirting in 2016, McPhearson appeared in 24 games over the last two seasons for the Nittany Lions. For his career at PSU, McPhearson made 16 tackles, broke up three passes and recovered a fumble.He also had the opportunity to play with his older brother Josh, a running back, during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.“New chapter #GunsUp,” McPhearson wrote on Twitter.New Chapter👹 #GunsUp pic.twitter.com/cQ0Vi1oho5— Zech McPhearson (@ZMcphearson) April 16, 2019According to KCBD.com, new Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells coached McPhearson’s older brother at New Mexico in 2010, which provided a natural connection for the Red Raiders.Texas Tech is coming off a 5-7 season under former head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders last made a bowl two seasons ago and last had a winning campaign in 2015.last_img read more

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Nebraska Lands Commitment From 4-Star Defensive Lineman

first_imgA photo of a Nebraska and adidas logo.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: General signage for the Nebraska Cornhuskers before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)With one of the busiest recruiting periods of the year currently underway, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are trying to bolster their 2020 class.Coming into this weekend, the Cornhuskers had the No. 13 ranked class in the Big Ten. The best classes in the conference belong to the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes.Nebraska has plenty of ground to cover in terms of catching those two powerhouses, but it’s certainly trending in the right direction. Scott Frost’s team has received a much-needed boost in its class in the form of four-star recruit Nash Hutmacher.Hutmacher announced on Twitter that he’s committing to Nebraska. He’ll be the program’s first defensive lineman for its 2020 recruiting class.247Sports lists Hutmacher as the No. 1 recruit from South Dakota and No. 46 defensive tackle in his class.Check out Hutmacher’s post on Twitter:Go Cubs, and Go Big Red!!!!! @coach_frost @CoachTuioti92 @CoachRHeld @CoachChinander #COMMITTED #GBR #skers pic.twitter.com/NPIKzdxxON— Nash Hutmacher (@Nashnation72) June 29, 2019Hutmacher chose the Cornhuskers over several different Power Five programs. Wisconsin, Missouri, Oregon and Iowa State all extended offers to the four-star defensive tackle.Nebraska has six commits in its 2020 recruiting class thus far. The top recruit for the Cornhuskers is four-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran.An impressive second season under Scott Frost would go a long way for Nebraska, specifically landing more recruits.last_img read more

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Diego Maradona discharged from hospital after internal bleeding

first_imgDiego Maradona discharged from hospital after internal bleedingDiego Maradona had been admitted to the hospital with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinationsadvertisement Reuters Buenos AiresJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 07:17 IST Diego Maradona was having a routine medical when it was found that he had internal bleeding (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaradona may have to undergo more tests but it was not seriousThe 58-year-old was having a routine medical in his homelandMaradona was earlier filmed passing out during the 2018 World CupArgentine soccer great Diego Maradona was released from hospital after being admitted earlier on Friday with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinations, his daughter Dalma said.”For those who were really worried about my dad I can tell you that he is well,” Dalma wrote on twitter after fears over her father’s health spread. “He is going home soon.”The 58-year-old was having a routine medical in his homeland before returning to Mexico, where he is coach of second division side Dorados de Sinaloa, when doctors discovered the problem.However, a source close to the family told Reuters the problem was not serious and that the former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona midfielder, who famously led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, was not in any danger.Another source said Maradona, who left the hospital without talking to the media, may have to undergo more tests.Friday’s scare was the latest for Maradona, who has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that helped make him one of the most admired and iconic footballers of the 20th century.He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game. Argentina won 2-1 to reach the last 16, where they were knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners France.Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.advertisementIn 2007 he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.In recent months he has walked with the aid of crutches due to problems with his knees.The unexpected news of his admittance to hospital on Friday came just hours after Maradona’s lawyer confirmed he would coach in Mexico for a second consecutive season.Maradona took over at struggling Dorados de Sinaloa in September and got them into the playoffs where they lost to Atletico San Luis.”Diego Maradona has arranged to continue with the Dorados de Sinaloa and will stay as coach of the team for the whole season,” his agent Matias Morla wrote on twitter.The club said his assistant Jose Maria Martinez would lead the team until Maradona returned.Also Read | Predrag Mijatovic criticises Gareth Bale for lacking leadership qualitiesAlso Read | Chelsea fan banned for 3 years after being found guilty of homophobic chantsAlso Read | Liverpool not underestimating ‘world’s best side’ Manchester City: KloppFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Diego MaradonaFollow HospitalFollow internal bleedinglast_img read more

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Australia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast: Rain interruption likely in World Cup 2nd semi-final

first_img India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 11:29 IST Australia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast, Word Cup 2019 semi-final 2 (Reuters Photo)The 1st semi-final between India and New Zealand entered the record books as it became the first World Cup knockout match to spill into the reserve day. A steady drizzle in Manchester on Tuesday forced the match officials to call off play and resume the game on the following day.Wet weather has been an issue in England and as many as 4 matches have been abandoned due to rain in World Cup 2019.With rain returning for the knockout stages as well, all eyes are on the weather forecast. The iconic Edgbaston in Birmingham hosts the second semi-final between hosts England and defending champions Australia on Thursday.England vs Australia, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Weather Forecast for Birmingham on Thursday11:30 am IST: No surprises, there is rain threat in Birmingham on Thursday. The 2nd semi-final between England and Australia is likely to be interrupted by light showers, especially in the afternoon.England and Australia begin their semi-final battle from 10:30 AM BST and 3 PM IST on Thursday.A rather cloudy start with some outbreaks of light rain, but the rain will steadily ease with some bright spells developing. Isolated showers are possible during the afternoon, with one or two on the heavy side. Feeling warm and humid, Met Office forecast says. AccuWeather forecast for Birmingham on Thursday AccuWeather forecast for Birmingham on ThursdayKeep in mind, there is a reserve day for the 2nd semi-final as well.When does a World Cup 2019 match spill into the reserve dayIn the event of poor weather for example, steps will be taken to be able to finish the match that day — reducing the number of overs down to the minimum of 20 overs per team needed to achieve a result, or by extending the match by up to 120 min.advertisementIf there is still no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the Reserve Day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Birmingham weatherFollow Edgbaston Next Australia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast: Rain interruption likely in World Cup 2nd semi-finalAustralia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast: The second semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is likely to be interrupted by rain at Edgbaston. Here’s all that you need to know about the latest weather updates from the English city.advertisementlast_img read more

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Paul Pogba set for Man United return against Rochdale in League Cup

first_img Reuters ManchesterSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 20:07 IST Paul Pogba had suffered an ankle injury last month. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMan United midfielder Paul Pogba is set for injury comeback against RochdalePogba has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Aug. 31″He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale,” manager Solskjaer saidManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated midfielder Paul Pogba will return to the squad for Wednesday’s League Cup match against Rochdale.Pogba has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Aug. 31 due to an ankle injury, but is hoping to regain full fitness ahead of the Premier League visit of Arsenal on Monday.”He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale,” Solskjaer told the club’s websiteMason Greenwood was absent from Sunday’s league defeat at West Ham United with a bout of tonsillitis, and the teenager, will be hoping to be back in the squad against Rochdale.Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Anthony Martial (thigh) will both miss the midweek clash as they continue to recover from injuries picked up before the international break.Marcus Rashford is also facing an extended spell on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury in a 2-0 defeat by West Ham.Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong could return to the line-up against Rochdale after making their full debuts against Astana in the Europa League last week, while Jesse Lingard is in line for a first start in over a month after recovering from illness.United have made a disappointing start to the new season, recording eight points in six matches to sit eighth in the league standings.Also Read | Bernardo Silva comes under fire from anti-racism charity over Mendy tweetAlso Read | We were motivated to get the win: Sergio Ramos after Real Madrid beat SevillaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Paul Pogba Next Paul Pogba set for Man United return against Rochdale in League CupPaul Pogba has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on August. 31 due to an ankle injury, but is hoping to regain full fitness ahead of the Premier League visit of Arsenal on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

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No flag, no anthem for Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova who won gold at IAAF World Championships

first_img Associated Press DohaSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 11:06 IST Sidorova, center, competing as a neutral athlete, celebrates with Katerina Stefanidi, left, and Sandi Morris, right (AP)HIGHLIGHTSAnzhelika Sidorova competed in a muted blue uniformAn IAAF themed song would be played during the medal ceremony of Sidorova instead of the Russian anthemSidorova’s neutral status bans her from displaying any national symbolsThree medalists on the victory lap. Only two with flags.That’s the reality for Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova after winning gold at the world championships on Sunday, officially as a neutral athlete.But pole vaulting’s a sisterhood and Sidorova’s defeated rival, Sandi Morris of the United States, was her strongest advocate despite the doping sanctions on the Russian team.”Sidorova is a friend of mine and she can’t help what’s going on politically,” Morris said.”If I were her, I would have done the same thing. Go out there and fight to compete, regardless of what’s going on in my country. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing because the athletes are most important. If she’s clean, she’s clean, and I honestly believe she is.”Morris’ show of affection came despite what she called a “bittersweet” day big jumps but another silver to go with her second places at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 worlds.Sidorova competed in a muted blue uniform. Her neutral status, awarded by track’s governing body after vetting of her drug-test record, allows her to compete internationally unlike most Russians but bans her from displaying any national symbols. Track has taken the strongest line of any major federation against Russian doping, though Russia’s harshest critics would favor a ban against all Russian athletes.At Monday’s medal ceremony the stirring Russian anthem will be replaced by music composed for the IAAF.”Of course I’m not really comfortable with it all, but I’m so happy. I was just so happy, I didn’t really think about it,” Sidorova said of her flag-free victory lap. “Gold is gold.”advertisementSidorova and Morris were the standouts from the start, clearing every height up to 4.90 meters on the first attempt. Morris missed her three shots at 4.95, leaving Sidorova one last jump for gold. Her personal best was 4.91 and she hadn’t come close in training even 4.85 had been a challenge but she sprinted down the runway to soar over the bar.”I thought that yes, it’s the chance you have to take,” she said. No female vaulter has cleared 4.95 at a world championships since Russian Yelena Isinbayeva in 2005. Still the world record holder, Isinbayeva is a national hero in Russia and an influential critic of doping investigations into Russian sports.Sidorova was previously considered a solid performer whose biggest win was the 2014 European title. Being the new Russian pole vault queen hasn’t sunk in.”I’m not sure that I understand I’m the best after Isinbayeva in Russia,” she said. “I’m confused when I need to talk about it.”After raising the bar, Sidorova wants to keep her feet on the ground. Next stop Moscow and a long-awaited dessert.”Back home I’ve got a can of whipped cream. I bought it before I left, and thought I’ll come back and eat it all.”Also Read | World Athletics Championships: India finish 7th in 4x400m mixed relay final, USA win goldAlso Read | Joao Vieira becomes oldest person to win a medal in World Championship historyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IAAF World Athletics Championships No flag, no anthem for Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova who won gold at IAAF World ChampionshipsAnzhelika Sidorova, who is considered the best pole vaulter in Russia after Olympic legend Yelena Isinbayeva, won the gold medal at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships, albeit as a neutral athlete.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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