LG electronics has launched the LG X2 (2019) in South Korea. The newly launched LG X2 (2019) is the successor to the LG X2 that was launched in June last year with a 5-inch HD display and 1.3GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip (SoC) and it will go on sale in the country at a price that is similar to its predecessor, that is KRW 198,000, which roughly translates to Rs 11,500 approximately.As far as the specifications are concerned, the newly launched LG X2 (2019) comes with a 5.45-inch full vision HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 295 ppi, which is slightly better than the LG X2 that featured a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It measures 147 x 71.5 x 8.2mm and weighs 147 grams. While the dimensions of the LG X2 (2019) are roughly the same as that of its predecessor, the phone is slightly lighter than its X2, which weighs 152 grams.As far as the built of the phone is concerned, the LG X2 is compliant with military grade MIL-STD810G standard, which makes the phone more durable to shocks, temperature changes and humidity. It is a feature that is also available on other smartphones by the company such as the LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V40 ThinQ. In addition to this, the phone comes with a special button to invoke the Google Assistant on the right side – another feature that it shares with some of the premium budget smartphones by LG.In terms of the technical details, the LG X2 (2019) unlike its predecessor which was powered by a 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie and it sports 2GB RAM with 32GB internal memory that can be expanded further using a memory card up to 2TB, which is a slight improvement from X2’s 16GB internal storage space.advertisementThe budget LG X2 (2019) comes with a 5MP camera in the front and a 13MP camera at the back. The phone will go on sale in Korea in New Aurora Black colour variant on August 9. Besides Korea and the US, where it is already available as the LG K30, the LG X2 (2019) will be available in Europe, which includes countries like Germany, Italy and Poland soon, the company has confirmed.ALSO READ: | LG W10, W30, and W30 Pro launched: India price, specifications, and everything you need to knowALSO READ: | LG W10 and W30 launched in India at starting price of Rs 8,999, W30 Pro also announcedALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to know
A demolition project is underway on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons says an agriculture building is being torn down to make way for a long-planned outdoor plaza.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CLAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..hundred years ;14This year will mark the 100th year for the event in Spencer that’s billed as “the world’s greatest county fair.”The 2017 Clay County Fair is scheduled for September 9-17, but there’s currently no timeline for completion of the new plaza:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CLAY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for the fair. :09More than 325,000 people attended the Clay County Fair during its nine-day run last year – down slightly from the record 330,000 visitors in 2015.Radio Iowa
The Republican and Democratic Parties of Iowa have officially set the dates for the 2018 Caucus to Convention process.Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann says the Precinct Caucuses will be held on Monday, February, 5th.GOP County Conventions take place on Saturday, March 10th while Democratic county conventions are March 24th.The parties District Conventions are both on Saturday, April 28th and the State Conventions on Saturday, June 16th.Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price says they are looking forward to a competitive primary season and a spirited debate about the issues that matter most to Iowa.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF SIOUX CITY WILL HAVE A NEW FACE ON IT FOLLOWING TUESDAY’S MUNICIPAL ELECTION.CHALLENGER JULIE SCHOENHERR DEFEATED TWO TERM COUNCILWOMAN RHONDA CAPRON TO WIN A TERM ON THE CITY COUNCIL BY A 51% TO 48% MARGIN;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/WIN1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..TRUST. :11CAPRON WAS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/WIN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….IT’S ALL ABOUT. :12MAYOR BOB SCOTT HAD NO TROUBLE RETAINING HIS POSITION ON THE COUNCIL, EASILY DEFEATING CHALLENGER MARIA RUNDQUIST WITH 68% OF THE VOTE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/WIN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..NEXT FOUR YEARS. :12AND MAYOR SCOTT SAYS THE COUNCIL WITH ITS NEW MEMBER WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/WIN4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..THE COMMUNITY FORWARD. :10THE C-I-P AND NEXT FISCAL YEAR’S BUDGET WILL BE THE FIRST TASKS FACING THE COUNCIL TO START 2020.
I did a Q&A with Central Michigan beat writer Nate Schneider. He writes for the Morning Sun and had a few questions for me as well which I answered here. This is what he had to say about OSU’s first opponent on Thursday.1. Central Michigan isn’t a team most OSU folks know a lot about. What Big 12 (or Power Five) team would you compare them to in terms of style and what they’re trying to do on offense or defense?I’d say a strong comparison offensively for Central Michigan in terms of style would be what Charlie Weis’ Kansas teams tried to do with a pro-style attack that relies on a strong running game to set up the pass.While previous head coach Dan Enos departed for Arkansas, the Chippewas have not changed any of the terminology or schemes as they retained offensive coordinator Morris Watts and he is slated to call plays this season. The only area where CMU coaches and players have pointed to as being altered is in the stressing of a more up-tempo play-calling system.Seeing the Chippewas go into some no-huddle drives isn’t out of the question. As far as defense, before this year I would have told you Texas Christian or Auburn as CMU ran a 4-2-5 setup from 2012 through 2014. But with new defensive coordinator Greg Colby on board, the Chippewas plan on running a more traditional 4-3-4 base such as Alabama.Schematic changes are not very common from one year to the next after leading the conference in total defense, but that is what Central Michigan is doing following a MAC-best 2014 output. With a new head coach and a new defensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see how CMU’s philosophies on both sides of the ball unfold against an actual opponent.2. Who are the three best players on CMU and why?After an FBS bowl record-setting performance on Christmas Eve in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, you have to throw quarterback Cooper Rush into the mix. He has made 23 starts over the last two seasons and took a major step forward last year. Over the weekend, Rush was voted a team captain by teammates so it’s clear he has the command and respect of the locker room. He is poised for a breakout year in the Mid-American Conference as long as the playmakers around him provide enough help.A second player to look out for is senior center Nick Beamish, also voted a team captain. Beamish is entering his fourth year as a starter and is on the Rimington Award watch list for a second straight season. He has to be considered the preseason favorite to be All-MAC first team at his position.Lastly, junior safety Tony Annese has been a ball hawk ever since joining the starting lineup late in the 2013 campaign as a redshirt freshman. In fact, Annese recorded identical 34-yard interception returns for touchdowns in his first two career starts. He has continued to blossom ever since and is getting some national recognition on the Thorpe Award watch list. Annese and fellow safety, senior Kavon Frazier, form an experienced duo in the back end of the defense.3. I believe I read that CMU hasn’t hosted a Power Five team in quite a while. How big of a deal is this game to fans, players and the school itself? What will the atmosphere be like?The last Power Five team Central Michigan hosted was Syracuse last year,[1. Ed. note: Kyle is a moron.] but with that 40-3 drubbing it’s a game the Chippewas would rather forget. Central Michigan also hosted Michigan State in 2012, another contest that had a lopsided outcome.The game against MSU saw a capacity crowd of 35,127 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. With East Lansing only an hour down the road, it was an easy trip to Mount Pleasant for Spartans fans. Not exactly quite as easy of travel for the Oklahoma State faithful, but it is clear CMU fans are going to show up in large numbers and I’m sure the Cowboys will also bring in a good crowd of their own.It’s hard to predict an attendance, but it wouldn’t shock me if this game drew 30,000-plus. A season opener and national television definitely add to the fun atmosphere of this one. The CMU community is already behind the John Bonamego era in a way it never embraced Coach Enos.4. How has the program changed from last year to this year with the head coaching switch?Like I said, many of the philosophies have remained the same and a good portion of the assistant coaching staff also remains intact. I’d say there are more similarities than differences, but there is certainly a different feel to Bonamego.This is his dream job. He is having the time of his life and it shows, despite battling tonsil cancer throughout the summer. It seems to be a more positive and inclusive environment for the players, the students, the community and even media. The press actually feels welcome at practice and don’t have to wait 45 minutes for the head coach to take a shower, which was the kind of power play stuff that was occurring in years past.5. Cooper Rush is QB1. What is his personality like and what does he do well on the field? Where is he susceptible to making mistakes?When Rush was a redshirt freshman, he was clearly afraid to say anything aside from calling the play in the huddle. He didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, step out of turn or anger anyone with something that might be construed the wrong way. You could see him coming into his own last year as he developed as a leader and felt more like a veteran.Now, he is fully comfortable as a captain. He is way more talkative these days and as an Academic All-MAC representative the last two seasons, Rush is making CMU fans proud off and on the field. He sees the field very well and goes through his progressions when the first option doesn’t work out. Rush set many MHSAA records while in high school at Lansing Catholic Central and he’s proven to be worthy of Central Michigan’s scholarship as he is a very cerebral and accurate quarterback whether it be underneath, intermediate or deep throws.The question becomes whether the wide receivers around him can help Rush reach the next level, because it’s clear he’s ready. If you had to pinpoint one area where he’s struggled the last two years, it is with missing sitting linebackers over the middle. As a redshirt freshman he probably had six passes intercepted in that fashion where he didn’t anticipate a defender underneath.He improved greatly in that area last year, but still managed to let it creep in every once in a while. Rush can also occasionally hold onto the ball a smidge too long, which led to some unnecessary sacks his first two years as starter. 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Transfers I couldn’t stay to be a sub – Morata joined Chelsea despite Zidane wishes Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:56 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Real Sociedad v Real Madrid Chelsea v Arsenal Real Madrid Juventus Manchester United Premier League Primera División Morata Zinédine Zidane Antonio Conte The striker left the Liga giants to join the Blues, and he claims the move was a mark of him showing maturity Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea against the wishes of Zinedine Zidane as he did not want to spend another season among the Real Madrid substitutes.The Spain international signed for the Premier League champions in July for a reported club-record fee of £58 million, despite having only returned to Madrid the year before.Chelsea 8/1 to beat Arsenal 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Morata made 43 appearances in all competitions last season but only 19 of those came as a starter, with Karim Benzema preferred as first choice.The 24-year-old says his desire to “grow up” and force his way into the Spain starting line-up for next year’s World Cup prompted his decision to turn his back on Madrid for the second time in his career.‘I’ve only scored and assisted with my head for Chelsea, so I hope to use my feet as well soon!’ – @AlvaroMoratahttps://t.co/oayFTPyLJI pic.twitter.com/XtdjnbzzDB— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 14, 2017″Zidane wanted me to stay and I was happy in Madrid. But I couldn’t stay to be a substitute,” Morata, who joined Juventus in 2015 on a permanent deal, told the Daily Mail. “You reach a point that you need to play, to grow up, to escape a comfort zone. It’s about being comfortable. I don’t want that. I am ambitious and hungry to succeed.”For Spain, the more I play, the more goals I score, the more chance I have of making the World Cup and starting games.”Morata was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United before they signed Romelu Lukaku – a reported Chelsea target himself – from Everton, while AC Milan were also said to be interested.The striker admits he had offers from United and other suitors and at one stage did not believe the chance to join former Juve boss Antonio Conte at Chelsea would arise.Once the offer from Stamford Bridge arrived, though, Morata says he had only one choice in mind.”I had various offers, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues,” he said. “It was a good situation for me. The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here.”At the start of the summer, I didn’t know that Chelsea were interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player. Maybe Lukaku or maybe someone else, I don’t know. I didn’t think the option of Chelsea was open.”But I spoke with Conte several times and not only this summer. I felt in debt to him. He signed me for Juventus but left very quickly to manage Italy. I always wanted to play for him after that. It was only two months with him but it felt like I’d known him forever. When I knew he wanted me this summer, I didn’t think twice. I did everything I could to make the move happen.”Last summer, it was close. Cesar Azpilicueta was a bit annoyed because he had already started house-hunting for me. We’d even got estate agents on board. This time Cesar has sorted everything!”When I spoke to Conte last summer, I said ‘If I’m going to leave Real Madrid, it will only be for Chelsea’.” 9 – Only Andrea Belotti (10) has scored more headed league goals in Europe’s big 5 divisions since Aug 2016 than Alvaro Morata (9). Bonce. pic.twitter.com/1HqrIwlH78— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2017Morata has enjoyed a strong start to life in England, scoring three goals in four league appearances, and he has explained how training with the elite at Madrid and Juve has helped him to acclimatise quickly.”If I score every game with my head, no problem. I don’t care if it’s a bobble off my knee or it goes in off my a***, a goal is a goal!” he said.”At Real Madrid, I did heading drills with Cristiano Ronaldo. You see him go up for headers, that spring and power, he is a real beast. At Juventus, I saw Fernando Llorente, how he finds space and directs his headers.”I like the physical challenge. Last week, I played against Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire – big guys. Cesc Fabregas was putting in good corners that I thought I could get to and bury but there were some coming in and I couldn’t even get a jump up against those guys. “But then I got between them to score. You have to be clever. I’m not worried. At Juve, I trained against Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci every day.”I think the Italians saw this handsome kid coming from Madrid, where it is a bit softer, and it was a good education. They were great mentors.”
Syria 1 Australia 1: Late Al Soma penalty keeps World Cup dream alive Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 22:31 10/5/17 Getty Images Robbie Kruse’s first-half goal looked to be enough, but Syria came back to secure a draw with a late penalty in their World Cup qualifier. Omar Al Soma’s controversial late penalty kept Syria’s unlikely World Cup dream alive as they secured a 1-1 draw with Australia in the first leg of their fourth-round qualifier in Malaysia on Thursday.Ange Postecoglou’s men appeared to be on course for a 1-0 win thanks to Robbie Kruse’s first-half goal, but Al Soma converted from the spot to ensure Syria go into the second leg with every chance of progressing to a play-off with a CONCACAF nation.Seemingly wary of the underdogs’ desperation to cause a shock, Australia handled the early stages very well, as they took few risks and concentrated on nullifying their hosts. 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. Gradually the visitors took charge and, although Syria did see a couple of chances spurned by Omar Kharbin, Australia were fully deserving of the lead when Kruse tapped in from close range five minutes prior to half-time.Syria’s World Cup dreams should have been effectively ended soon after the break when Tomi Juric hit the post twice in quick succession, but they did not let that scare affect them.The home side – playing at a neutral venue – piled on the pressure towards the end and even struck the woodwork with 13 minutes to go, before then snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat five minutes from time, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of the return leg in Sydney.Australia sat back during the early exchanges, appearing determined not to get caught out on the break, something they have been susceptible to in recent times.Their pragmatic approach helped restrict Syria’s chances and Australia almost carved out a glorious chance of their own on the counter, but Kruse, who darted on to Aaron Mooy’s delightful lobbed pass, played his final ball slightly too far ahead of Juric in the centre of the area.The first real chance of the match fell to Mathew Leckie after 30 minutes; the midfielder blasting over from 12 yards after Juric picked him out with a fine cutback.Syria eventually settled and went close twice in quick succession – Kharbin put two volleys just wide of the right-hand post from a pair of brilliant Al Soma crosses.The visitors made the most of those let-offs and took the lead just before the break, as Kruse nudged past the goalkeeper from close range after fine work on the right by Leckie.Syria began the second half with renewed belief and tested Mat Ryan in the Australia goal for the first time two minutes after the re-start, but the Brighton and Hove Albion man pushed Mahmoud Al Maowas’ 20-yard effort away.Australia should have put the game beyond Syria shortly after, though.A pass from the right found its way through to Juric in the area, and his controlled shot came back off the left-hand post, before his effort on the rebound did exactly the same.Luck appeared to be on Australia’s side when Firas Al Khatib nodded Al Soma’s cross on to the post 13 minutes from the end.But Syria were presented with the gift their performance deserved in the 85th minute, as Leckie was harshly penalised for a push in the area and Al Soma emphatically dispatched the spot-kick to secure a commendable draw ahead of the second leg. read more
Premier League Premier League Team of the Week: Hazard and Ramsey star Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Premier League Chelsea AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea Arsenal v Swansea City Liverpool v Huddersfield Town Crystal Palace v West Ham United West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Watford v Stoke City Swansea City AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Liverpool Huddersfield Town West Ham United Crystal Palace West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Stoke City Watford Both Arsenal and Chelsea recorded much-needed victories, while the likes of Fernandinho and David Silva kept up Man City’s imperious start JOE HART | WEST HAMAfter such a tough start to life back in the Premier League Hart looks like he is finally finding his feet – or should we say, his gloves. The shot-stopper made seven saves against Crystal Palace in West Ham’s 2-2 draw; two more than any other keeper in matchday 10. JOE GOMEZ | LIVERPOOL 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 A clean sheet was a welcome treat for Jurgen Klopp’s charges after no end of trouble at the back in recent weeks, with their right-back one of the stars of the show. As well as keeping out Huddersfield, Gomez had 125 touches, made 102 passes and made two interceptions.DAVID LUIZ | CHELSEAA starring performance from the Brazil international in a key game for the Blues. David Luiz helped Chelsea to a win and a clean sheet against Bournemouth; no Chelsea player had more clearances (3) or interceptions (3)..RYAN SHAWCROSS | STOKE CITYRyan Shawcross played in the middle of a back three for Stoke in their 1-0 win against Watford, making five blocks; two more than any other player in matchday 10..SEAD KOLASINAC | ARSENALA force to be reckoned with at both ends of the pitch. Kolasinac has had a hand in more goals in all comps for Arsenal this season than any other player (3 goals, 3 assists) – grabbing a goal and assist against Swansea. AARON RAMSEY | ARSENALAlongside Kolasinac, one of the stars of the show for the Gunners this weekend. Ramsey controlled the midfield in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Swansea; scoring the winner in the 58th minute, along with the most tackles for the Gunners (3). FERNANDINHO | MANCHESTER CITYHis goal may have been a little fortuitous, but it was nothing less than he deserved. Fernandinho set up the opener in Man City’s 3-2 victory against West Brom, scoring himself just five minutes after providing that assist. DAVID SILVA | MANCHESTER CITYAnother imperious showing from City’s Spain star. David Silva put in an all-round performance against the Baggies; no Man City player made more tackles (3), created more chances (2) or had more shots on target (2). Man City -1 v Arsenal 21/20DEMARAI GRAY | LEICESTER CITYDemarai Gray was instrumental in both Leicester’s goals in their 2-0 win over Everton, starting the attack for the first and scoring the second himself.ANDRE AYEW | WEST HAMAfter scoring two goals midweek against Tottenham, Andre Ayew found the net in the Premier League against Crystal Palace. Only Andros Townsend (5) was fouled more times than the Ghanaian (4).EDEN HAZARD | CHELSEAAlong with scoring the only goal of the game, Eden Hazard created seven chances for his teammates; two more than any other player in matchday 10. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
United States What should Carli Lloyd’s role be? Three thoughts from the USWNT’s win over Canada Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 13:42 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stan Szeto United States United States v Canada Women’s World Cup Canada Friendlies Women Opinion Videos Wrapping up a disappointing 2017, the U.S. star showed a glimpse of her old form with a goal off the bench in a 3-1 win over Canada on Sunday It’s safe to say 2017 was a year Carli Lloyd won’t speak fondly of, but leave it to the two-time world player of the year to make sure she still got the final word in.As the U.S. national team wrapped up 2017 with a 3-1 friendly win over Canada on Sunday in San Jose, California, Lloyd capped the scoring with an 80th-minute strike off the bench. It was just her second international goal of the year, and her first from the run of play.That statistic speaks to the challenging 12 months Lloyd has endured. Having failed to leave her mark during the Americans’ last-place SheBelieves Cup run in March, Lloyd embarked on an up-and-down loan with Manchester City. After being shut out over three matches in the Tournament of Nations this past summer, Lloyd suffered an ankle injury in August that ended her NWSL campaign with the Houston Dash after just eight games and two goals. 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 By Lloyd’s sky-high standards — she scored 18 goals for the U.S. in 2015 and 17 last year — that’s quite the downturn. As U.S. coach Jill Ellis used the 35-year-old off the bench in four straight games to end the year, the question has been raised: What exactly should Lloyd’s role be?Lloyd will turn 37 soon after the 2019 World Cup in France, and she’ll be 38 by the time the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo roll around. Based on age alone it’s easy to envision Lloyd as a veteran reserve in those tournaments, echoing the role Abby Wambach played during the 2015 World Cup triumph. The emergence of Samantha Mewis, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle as advanced midfield options — complementing the established likes of Morgan Brian and Tobin Heath — makes that possibility all the more likely.Come for @CarliLloyd’s 98th international goal, stay for the @mPinoe 💰 moves. pic.twitter.com/6EPVU5EjXY— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 13, 2017Yet Lloyd showed a glimpse of her old self Sunday, perfectly reading the situation to bury Alex Morgan’s redirected header for the late goal. She played with vigor throughout her 15-minute appearance, adding a dose of ambition in the final third. Given a full offseason to recharge and reflect, Lloyd figures to enter 2018 with a healthy chip on her shoulder.Few players, if any, can rival Lloyd’s work ethic. She’ll use any notion that she’s past her prime as further fuel. While matching her prolific goal-scoring exploits of 2015 and 2016 may be a tall task, it’s safe to say Lloyd won’t be sliding into a secondary role without a fight.Here are two more thoughts from the Americans’ win over Canada:Press leaves her mark on flankWith Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh sidelined, and Crystal Dunn not released from club duty with Chelsea, Ellis found herself venturing down the depth chart on the right flank.It was Lynn Williams who earned a surprise start up top alongside Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Canada in Vancouver. Offering plenty of pace but not enough polish, Williams didn’t leave much of an impression.Brilliant vision by @ChristenPress sets up @alexmorgan13 in front of 🥅 and she slots it home for the 2-1 🇺🇸 lead. pic.twitter.com/beYlOeZ1YA— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 13, 2017So Ellis turned to Christen Press at Avaya Stadium. Although the 28-year-old has carved a niche as Morgan’s backup at center forward, she has plenty of experience out wide as well. And she got the job done Sunday, threading the inch-perfect through ball that teed up Morgan’s 56th-minute winner moments after Janine Beckie had drawn Canada level.It wasn’t an eye-catching performance aside from that sequence, with play largely flowing through Rapinoe on the opposite flank. But it’s another moment for Ellis to remember when she considers the pecking order for a crowded forward corps.Rapinoe and Ertz end 2017 on high noteRapinoe and Julie Ertz found themselves very much on the outside looking in at the U.S. lineup as recently as June, reduced to late cameos as Ellis explored other options.But the Tournament of Nations represented a return to form for the U.S. mainstays. A year and a half removed from suffering a torn ACL, Rapinoe showed the acceleration and audacity to reclaim her spot on the left flank. Ertz, meanwhile, wholeheartedly embraced a transition from center back to rangy defensive midfielder.Always an Ertz on Sundays! ⚽️🏈@julieertz buried her 14th career goal and 6th of 2017 off a @mPinoe corner kick. pic.twitter.com/XEi9TfFJt6— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 13, 2017Both players ended 2017 on a high note Sunday. They connected on the opening goal, with a Rapinoe corner kick finding the head of Ertz for yet another finish at the near post. Rapinoe then used a clever bit of skill to beat her defender to the end line and whip in the cross that led to Lloyd’s insurance tally.As World Cup qualifying looms in 2018, there are no more questions surrounding these two veterans: Rapinoe and Ertz are officially back on track.
UEFA Champions League PSG vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:13 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Champions League PSG PSG v Celtic Celtic The Bhoys suffered humiliation at home when they last met the Ligue 1 giants but they will attempt to deliver an upset in Paris Celtic will hope to boost their chances of dropping into the Europa League when they take on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently third in Group B and, while they cannot progress to the knock-out stage of the Champions League, they can drop into the second-tier competition.PSG inflicted a heavy 5-0 defeat on the Bhoys at Celtic Park when they met back in September, and though already qualified will be seeking a similarly emphatic win at home. 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 Game PSG vs Celtic Date Wednesday, November 22 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 3 and by live stream using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport app In the United States (US), the match will be not be broadcast live nationally on television, but some regional Fox Sports channels will show it. ESPN Deportes will broadcast the match in full but on a delay.Alternatively, it can be watched by live stream using the Fox Soccer Match Pass, as well as WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports (regionals) / ESPN Deportes (delay) Fox Soccer Match Pass / WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position PSG players Goalkeepers Areola, Trapp Defenders Kimpembe, Alves, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, Meunier, Silva, Berchiche Midfielders Rabiot, Draxler, Lo Celso, Verratti, Pastore Forwards Neymar, Di Maria, Cavani, Mbappe An 18-man squad has been announced for the game against Celtic, with the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler all named in the panel.PSG will be without midfielder Thiago Motta, who is out of action due to a knee injury. Lucas Moura, whose future at the club is in doubt, is not included.Potential PSG starting XI: Areola; Alves, Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Rabiot, Verratti, Draxler; Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe. Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries Defenders Simunovic, Boyata, Lustig, Tierney, Bitton Midfielders Roberts, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Eboue Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard Celtic are boosted by the return of Tom Rogic, while defender Jozo Simunovic is also back in contention having returned to action at the weekend.The only player who is missing from the panel is defender Anthony Ralston.Potential Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, McGregor; Roberts, Armstrong, Sinclair; DembeleBETTING & MATCH ODDS PSG are heavy favourites to win at 1/9 according to dabblebet, with Celtic priced at 20/1 to beat the French giants. A draw, meanwhile, is considered a 9/1 bet.Edinson Cavani is favourite to score first at 17/10, with Neymar following at 2/1. Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele are both 12/1 to open the scoring at Parc des Princes.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s markets for the game, including correct score and goalscorer odds.GAME PREVIEW PSG are already sure of their place in the knock-out stage of the Champions League and they will enter the draw as a seeded team if they beat Celtic on Wednesday and Bayern Munich drop points.Head coach Unai Emery is under pressure to win every match, and having rested the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Julian Draxler and Layvin Kurzawa at the weekend will likely deploy a strong squad for this encounter, particularly with a trip to Germany in their last match to follow.Nevertheless, Rodgers’ men have much more to play for on Wednesday, with a Europa League place in the balance, and they will be determined to avoid defeat as they look over their shoulders at Anderlecht.
Manchester United Man Utd team news: Shaw and McTominay start against Bournemouth Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:03 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Jose Mourinho has given the England full-back a first league start in eight months, while the youngster plays in midfield Luke Shaw has been handed a first league start since April while Scott McTominay lines up alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield for Manchester United against Bournemouth.United, looking to bounce back from a 2-1 derby loss to Manchester City on Sunday, make a total of four changes with Phil Jones and Juan Mata also returning.Shaw has made only three cup appearances so far this term, but is given a chance by Jose Mourinho after a positive performance in the 2-1 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow seven days ago. 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 For McTominay it is a seconsd league start for United, and his first since he featured in an experimental side on the final day of last season against Crystal Palace four days ahead of the Europa League final.Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young are all dropped to the bench, while Marcos Rojo misses out after suffering a head injury against City.Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, McTominay; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku. Subs: Lindelof, Ibrahimovic, Blind, Young, Rashford, Romero, Herrera.Bournemouth XI: Begovic, A Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels; Stanislas, Gosling, Arter, Fraser; King; Wilson. Subs: Boruc, S Cook, Surman, Afobe, L Cook, Defoe, Ibe. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United FA takes no action over Manchester derby tunnel row Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:11 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester United Manchester City Premier League After clashes between players in the wake of the Manchester derby, the FA has confirmed no “formal action” will be taken against the clubs No formal action will be taken by the Football Association (FA) over an incident in the tunnel following Manchester City’s Premier League win at Manchester United.Players and staff from both sides reportedly clashed after City’s 2-1 derby victory at Old Trafford earlier this month.Referee Michael Oliver did not witness the incident and did not file a report, leaving the FA to investigate the skirmish, which allegedly began when United manager Jose Mourinho approached the City dressing room to complain about music being played loudly. 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 “Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses, the FA will be taking no formal action,” an FA statement released on Thursday said.Both clubs had been asked for their observations and were granted additional time to respond to the governing body. FA statement on tunnel incident after Sunday 10 December’s Manchester derby: Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses The FA will be taking no formal action.— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) December 21, 2017 Separately, Mourinho was asked to explain comments he made to the media in the build-up to the derby, when the Portuguese appeared to accuse City of gamesmanship, saying: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”Following the December 10 derby – which City won thanks to goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi to move 11 points clear of United in the Premier League table – Mourinho explained his part in the incident.”The only thing I can say is it was just a question of diversity; diversity in behaviours, diversity in education,” Mourinho, who was reportedly splashed with milk during the fracas, told reporters when asked about the alleged flashpoint. “Nothing more than that. That’s all I’m going to say.”In response to Mourinho’s complaint, City coach Pep Guardiola insisted his players had not set out to rile their neighbours following the victory.”Our intention was not that [to upset United]. Our intention was to celebrate inside the locker room our happiness, because we were happy,” he said.”If people can’t understand that then I am sorry. We were so happy, we won a derby and wanted to celebrate in the locker room.”If in that we offend Man United – not just one player, not Jose, not the players – Man United, I apologise.”
Women’s rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. 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. Topics The Observer Reuse this content Since you’re here… features Share on Messenger Read more Support The Guardian Danielle Waterman the mainstay as England ring World Cup changes England women’s rugby union team The USA, in the final quarter against England, demonstrated their finishing power but it is unlikely New Zealand will have many problems against them in Tuesday’s first semi-final at Kingspan Stadium. France, however, have been a thorn in the side of the Red Roses in recent years, winning two of the last four Six Nations titles, and have shown imperious form in Dublin. Ireland were not at their best by any stretch throughout the pool stages but it was no mean feat by France to send the host nation crashing out.This is the seventh time France have reached the semi-finals in eight Women’s World Cups but they have never made it to the final, finishing third on five occasions. They were expected to get there three years ago as the hosts but were stunned by Canada in a match that attracted more than 2.5 million viewers in France alone. Their 21-5 victory over Ireland was watched by 2.3 million on France 2, peaking at more than 3 million, and the total number of viewers will be higher considering it was also broadcast on Eurosport. In terms of audience nowhere is women’s rugby more popular than in France and at the last count about 17,000 women play rugby there.France’s sevens players are semi-professional, the XVs amateur, so while that means challenges in fitting training around work schedules, the French federation has at least reached an agreement that means it compensates its players’ employers for time off. They will face the only professional team in the tournament on Tuesday but the gap in terms of preparation for the World Cup is not yawning.That said, England’s professional approach is their greatest advantage. That and their forward pack which can expect a stern test against Les Bleues. Four of their seven tries against the USA came from the driving maul; in their victory over New Zealand in June it contributed three of five scores.Before the tournament England’s head coach, Simon Middleton, said: “After the last World Cup it was an area that I looked at and thought we could make significant gains. It’s such an influential part of the game, it’s a fantastic attacking weapon and it can allow you to regain control of the game. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby union Share on WhatsApp “It’s a work of art, it’s so complex and a lot goes into it. It’s there to be seen but it’s also there to be stopped.”England have firepower out wide too – Middleton hailed his three wings, Amy Wilson-Hardy, Kay Wilson and Lydia Thompson, as world class after their opening win against Spain – but France have some prolific finishers themselves in Shannon Izar and Caroline Ladagnous. Up front, much relies on the No8 Safi N’Diaye and how she can combat England’s back row, which includes the captain and world player of the year, Sarah Hunter, and Marlie Packer, perhaps the team’s leading performer in the tournament.France do not always travel well so their clinical victory over Ireland is proof they are in form and they will be on a different level to anything England have encountered so far.As the world’s top two in the rankings, and having shared the trophy between them since 1994, New Zealand and England are understandably favourites to reach Saturday’s final. With Les Bleues around, though, not everything is as black and white as it seems. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more As the Women’s World Cup ups sticks from Dublin and heads to Belfast for the knockout stages it is tempting to view this as an end to the phoney war, that the battle is only just about to commence. Equally it is hard to escape the feeling that England, the defending champions and world No1, have been on a collision course with New Zealand – winners of four of the last five tournaments – since day one.Both blitzed their pool-stage opposition, cruising past the USA and Canada respectively on Thursday in what were supposed to be their hardest assignments, and both, you sense, have a fair bit in reserve. New Zealand have amassed 213 points, scoring 35 tries – Portia Woodman has contributed nine of them – while England have crossed the whitewash 17 times. But France have been equally as impressive in the third pool.
Unleashing a motivated Joseph is the other half of the equation: “If we want to be the best in the world, and be good enough to beat Wales, we don’t want to get our pants pulled down. We’ve got to get the players to keep improving.”With Danny Care replacing the injured Ben Youngs and poised to displace Matt Dawson as England’s most-capped scrum-half, there is plenty of incentive across Jones’s squad. Jones did mischievously suggest Gatland would be his first Welsh pick if he had to sign anyone up for England – “he used to be a very good hooker … he was a better player than me” – but the Australian says he will not lose sleep over Saturday’s outcome. “All I know is that I’ll sleep well on Friday night. Because I know the boys are prepared to play well on Saturday.”Even by the ding-dong standards of Anglo-Welsh summit meetings, this one could be lively. Jonathan Joseph replaces Te’o in England team to face Wales Substitutes16 Jamie George (Saracens 21 caps)17 Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs 1 cap)18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs 6 caps)19 George Kruis (Saracens 22 caps)20 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby 4 caps)21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens 27 caps)22 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 9 caps)23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs 24 caps) Quick guide England men’s team to face Wales Six Nations 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. 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. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Six Nations Support The Guardian Hide England rugby union team Sportblog Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Rugby union Share via Email Was this helpful? Topics Read more Forward1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens 45 caps)2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints 90 caps)3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 78 caps)4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps 48 caps)5 Maro Itoje (Saracens 15 caps)6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints 62 caps)7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 60 caps)8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 4 caps) Backs15 Mike Brown (Harlequins 65 caps)14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby 29 caps)13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby 36 caps)12 Owen Farrell (Saracens 54 caps)11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 30 caps)10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers 41 caps)9 Danny Care (Harlequins 77 caps) Eddie Jones Wales rugby union team Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. This is not the first time during his England tenure that Jones has publicly queried the mindset of an opposition 10. During the 2016 championship he singled out Ireland’s Johnny Sexton before a pivotal Twickenham game that the hosts won 21-10. England, it would seem, have seen enough of the 24-year-old Patchell in recent weeks to be faintly uneasy about what Dan Biggar’s understudy can instigate if granted sufficient time and space.Having sat and listened to the “noise” coming out of the Vale of Glamorgan on the subject of Wales’s superior fitness, what team he would select and the rising confidence of Warren Gatland’s squad, Jones is also clearly itching for his team to deliver a brusque response in other areas. “Warren’s been talking a lot this week … they [Wales] are definitely confident and cocky. They believe in the way they are playing but it will be different on Saturday in front of 82,000 people at Twickenham. They will make a hell of a difference.“Everyone has been telling them how well they played last week [but] they are playing against a side that loves to play at Twickenham. It is easy to play when the ball is on the front foot and going from side to side. But when it gets a bit cut and thrust and nip and tuck we will see [who] has the bottle to handle it. This will be a proper Test match.”There is also the small matter of England’s lengthy unbeaten home record in the Six Nations, which dates back to 2012. Wales were memorably victorious in the 2015 World Cup pool stages but Jones believes his squad have progressed since then: “I think it will take a seriously good side to beat England full stop. It doesn’t matter where we are playing; on the Pennyhill Park golf course, at Milton Keynes – any ground we play on, we play tough and we play hard. We’ve heard how fit Wales are – if it was a cross-fit game then I’d understand why fitness was so important.”Beneath the verbal sparring, however, Jones’s own big game selection instincts remain razor sharp. The decision to relegate Te’o to the bench was based less on merit than his past observations of top players returning from injury. “My experience with big players – and he’s a big player – is that when they’ve had a long injury, their second game back is always the most difficult … they’re always a little bit off.” Show Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn When Wales head for Twickenham the odds on a passive, entirely silent pre-match buildup usually range between slim and none. This year has proved no exception and calculated references by Eddie Jones to the “cocky” Welsh and the torrid welcome awaiting the visiting fly-half Rhys Patchell have added further kerosene to the already combustible Six Nations contest on Saturday.If Jones’s pointed analysis is any indicator, a red-hot encounter is all but guaranteed with Patchell a particular target for attention. The Scarlets’ fly-half has been wonderfully influential for both region and country over the past month but England clearly feel he can be rattled. “Every time Rhys Patchell gets the ball he’s going to see Jonathan Joseph’s head in his way,” said Jones, having confirmed a starting XV with Joseph at outside centre in place of Ben Te’o.“JJ’s a good-looking bloke but you don’t want that as you go to pass the ball. He’s either going to have to go over him or kick through. And then they give us the ball back. He’s a young guy, he’s inexperienced and is their third-choice 10. He will have to find guys around him to help because he’ll be under some heat. I’d imagine that when Alun Wyn Jones and the guys go down for breakfast on Saturday morning, they’ll be looking at him thinking: can this kid handle the pressure today? He’s got to get the ball wide and that’s going to be a big job. It will be different to playing against Scotland. It’s a big ask … one hell of an experience for the kid. 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Share on Pinterest The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Read more West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion’s new chief executive, Mark Jenkins, has painted a bleak picture of the club’s finances, admitting: “There is no more money for wages.”Jenkins returned to the club in February after it was announced that the chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman had been given notice of termination of their contracts and placed on gardening leave.In an interview on the club’s website, Jenkins said: “I’ll be honest I’ve come back and I’m shocked at what I have found in some of the decisions that have been made.“We have wages, transfer fees and loan fees running at record levels and yet we find ourselves in this position [bottom of the Premier League].“When I was on the outside looking in, for example, I read the reports about the club operating at the limit of its short-term cost control [STCC]. Knowing the business as I did, I thought that was a negotiating position but I’ve come back and can assure you that we are right at our limit on STCC. There is no more money for wages.” STCC was introduced to stop clubs spending too much television money on wages. It means Premier League teams can increase their wage bill above a specified level by no more than £7m each season, unless funded by the club’s own revenue uplift or playing trading profits.Jenkins, who confirmed the owner, Guochuan Lai, remained committed, said: “It’s been painful looking in and seeing the club I and many, many other people had built up to be an established Premier League club … it has all unravelled in the 12 months or more since I’ve been away.”Jenkins’s remarks came even though accounts filed up to June 2017 show pre-tax profits rose to £39.7m from £1m. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Share via Email Share on Twitter
Reuse this content Manchester City dominate PFA Premier League team of the year Twitter Twitter Twitter Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook features Share on Pinterest Niall McVeigh finally answers the question posed by the Milk Marketing Board in 1989, by letting everyone know exactly who Accrington Stanley are.It turns out there are other decent players besides Ryan Sessegnon in the Championship. Who knew? Martin Laurence, that’s who.John Deurden rattles out 1000 words on why El Clásico might be about to become El Cl-asia-co.What to do with Atlanta’s unused park-and-ride parking lots? Stick a five-a-side pitch on them, reports Matthew Hall.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!A PROPER FULL-KIT CELEBRATION! Share via Email The PFA’s annual attempt to generate below-the-line outrage has launched after including in their team of the year some players that fans of particular clubs don’t rate over other players fans of different clubs do rate.Kyle Walker’s reputation among England fans has soared/plummeted (delete as appropriate, depending on the presence of a St George’s Cross flag on your car window) after he dramatically understated/was fiercely disloyal and unpatriotic about (delete etc and so on) England’s Ethics World Cup chances by saying they needed “a miracle”. Meanwhile, the FA has crowbarred in meaningless friendlies with Switzerland and the USA! USA!! USA!!! in the autumn to really ram home the feel-good spirit of that early World Cup exit.Jan Vertonghen reckons the fact Wembley now fits Tottenham like an old cardigan and a pair of well-worn slippers will be an advantage against Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. “We feel very comfortable at Wembley, we’ve shown that,” he chillaxed.Antonio Conte’s latest act in his war of attrition with the Chelsea board is to take a sideswipe at their level of investment while appearing to congratulate Manchester City on the title. “They have an important squad with great players and are a club that want to invest and improve,” he moustache-twirled.And the fan who ventured on to the pitch during Rochdale’s 0-0 draw with Oldham to offer referee Peter Bankes his full and frank opinion, did so with a pocket full of gear and has been slapped with a police charge of pitch encroachment, possession of Class As and a section 4 public order offence. So that went well for him.STILL WANT MORE?Ever wanted to know which Belgian side once fielded an entire side of Ivorians or whether Botswana goalkeeper Modiri Marumo was once sent off for punching someone in the face during a penalty shoot-out? Wonder no longer, because here’s the Knowledge. Don’t mess. Photograph: Catherine Benson/Reuters Pinterest SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.THE FIVEЯYes, it’s our not-singing, not-dancing World Cup Fiver. Out every Thursday lunchtime BST, here’s the latest edition.FIVER LETTERS“Maybe Freiburg should have replaced keeper, Alexander Schwolow with ex-Luton and QPR keeper Jürgen Sommer for the spot kick, as he’s better, and because everyone knows one Schwolow doesn’t make a Sommer” – Mark Robinson.“Not to get too ‘Romanes Eunt Domus’ on The Fiver, but the exit door at Qatar FC would be labelled ‘Faites Un’ not ‘Faire Un’ because it’s a command and therefore needs an imperative rather than an infinitive” – Neil Golightly (and 1,056 others).“So the Inter players took to the field for their game against Cagliari with their Instagram handles on the back of their shirts rather than their names. Come on Fiver, it’s time to give it another go: STOP FOOTBALL!” – Adrian Foster.“According to Mourinho: ‘What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria: the way they play’. What a provocation to pedants! What José meant to say was ‘the way they play in an exceptionally dull, joyless funk’” – Charles Antaki.Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Charles Antaki.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSFleetwood can a expect pseudo-philosophical quotes bonanza next season after they announced that Joey Barton will take over as manager on 2 June, a day after his betting ban expires. The Fiver THE LUKE SHAW CONSPIRACYFor fans of Plucky Little Manchester United, the PFA’s Premier League team of the year must have made for heartening reading. Yes, the only representative from the biggest club in England was David De Gea, whose case was strengthened by having to spend a whole season trying to second-guess Chris Smalling. Yet only someone with a rabid anti-United bias would see that as an embarrassing development, whereas the enlightened ones, the true believers and the reddest and most devilish of red devils are capable of railing against the media’s one-sided attempts to denigrate yet another wonderful season for José Mourinho.You read that right. For what better proof is there of Plucky Little Manchester United’s lack of football heritage than five Manchester City players getting in the PFA team? This is what poor old José has been battling against all year: happy, well-coached players in a functioning team. But the media don’t want you to know that!!! They’re all Pep this, Pep that, always overlooking how brilliantly Mourinho has done to get his bunch of misfit losers into SECOND PLACE and THE LAST 16 of Big Cup, even though he’s been forced to make do with a squad so immature and unreliable that Old Trafford natives are pining for the days of William Prunier, Bebé and post-Fergie Wazziesta. Facebook Pinterest Of course, the haters will probably try to convince you that Mourinho has actually been dealt a very good hand. They’ll tell you that Paul Pogba is one of the most talented midfielders of his generation, Alexis Sánchez’s four-and-a-half year deal is reportedly worth as much as £14m a year after tax and Anthony Martial is wondering whether it might be more fun playing for Barcelona. They’ll tell you that Mourinho is a man out of his time. They’ll even tell you that his football is boring and negative!But these people cannot be believed. They are liars and trolls who, whisper it, have been sent by Luke Shaw to spread anti-José propaganda. Do not listen to them. It is a conspiracy. The Luke Shaw Conspiracy. You cannot trust this man. Do not trust Luke Shaw. He’s the real villain of the piece, the real traitor, the evil genius who told Pogba to do all those stupid flicks and tricks against West Brom. His malign influence has even affected The Fiver, which has forgotten that it promised The Man a preview of Wednesday night’s game at the Vitality Stadium. Apparently United can cut City’s lead at the top to a mere 13 points with a win over Bournemouth. But mentioning that wouldn’t fit the narrative, would it? Exactly.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHTJoin Jacob Steinberg at 7.45pm BST for live minute-by-minute coverage of Bournemouth 1-1 Manchester United. QUOTE OF THE DAY“I ran so far into London that I jumped on the tube back to Morden. It was a long run and I just thought: ‘I can’t make it back.’ It was after we had played Plymouth and lost; I wasn’t happy so I thought: ‘Right, I’m going out in anger’. I ended up walking in Sainsbury’s Local with my hat, luminous shorts on, my tights on” – Chris Powell’s London Marathon training has had a few issues. Topics Joey Barton doing some thinking, earlier. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian Running man Chris Powell. 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Transfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: PSG name price for Lucas Moura Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:17 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up PSG name their price for Lucas MouraParis Saint-Germain have named their price to sell Manchester United target Lucas Moura in the January transfer window, reports France Football .Lucas is keen to leave PSG in search of regular first-team football this month, with United, Tottenham and Napoli all linked with an offer for the Brazilian.Those clubs would prefer a loan deal with a view to a permanent move, while PSG hope to recoup €40 million for the winger, although it is more likely that an offer of €30m will be enough to clinch his signing. 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 Alexis Sanchez signs for Man UtdAlexis Sanchez has signed for Manchester United after agreeing terms on his new contract, according to the Daily Mail .The Chilean forward, who will earn £450,000 per week at Old Trafford, will complete his medical on Saturday evening and be revealed as a new signing shortly afterwards.Henrikh Mkhitaryan will travel in the other direction, with Arsenal bagging the former Borussia Dortmund player at a value of £35 million, offering up Sanchez.Arsenal & Man Utd scout Porto midfielderArsenal and Manchester United scouts watched Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira produce an impressive performance against Tondela on Friday night, reports A Bola. The Portugal international has been in fine form this season, with the likes of Atalanta, Burnley and Celta Vigo also taking in Friday’s match.Both Arsenal and United have been linked with moves for new midfielders in the January transfer window, and have watched Danilo more than once this season.Moyes to watch Joao MarioWest Ham United manager David Moyes will watch Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario against Roma on Sunday night, reports the Mirror .Moyes is looking to sign a new midfielder in the January transfer window and has described Joao Mario as ‘very talented’.Reports have claimed that West Ham have agreed a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer for the Portugal international, who has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United.Man Utd to miss out on DiarraParis Saint-Germain are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra, reports ESPN .Diarra is available on a free transfer after leaving Al Jazira and reports had suggested Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the 32-year-old to Old Trafford.The France international played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, but has decided on a return to Ligue 1 to sign for PSG.United lead hunt for £35m SeriManchester United have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, says the Daily Mail .Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have also expressed an interest in the Ivorian, but the Red Devils are ready to complete a £35 million deal.Alexis bids farewell to ArsenalAlexis Sanchez has edged another step close to completing a move to Manchester United, with The Daily Mirror claiming he has said his goodbyes at Arsenal.The Chilean was back in training with the Gunners on Friday as a switch to Old Trafford was held up, but he could see a transfer pushed through over the weekend.Messi urges Barca to renew Umtiti’s dealLionel Messi is urging Barcelona’s board to offer defender Samuel Umtiti a new contract, according to Don Balon . Manchester United are mulling over a bid for the 24-year-old, who has a £53 million release clause.Liverpool join Bale raceLiverpool have joined arch-rivals Manchester United in the battle to land Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon .The Wales international has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League after struggling for form and fitness at Santiago Bernabeu.Jurgen Klopp has the funds available to make a move after offloading Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and is prepared to spend over €100 million on Bale.Mourinho confirms Man Utd ‘are there’ in Alexis chaseJose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United “are there” in regards to their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, but says the deal is not yet done.The United boss also revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be in the squad to face Burnley, but that he is in good condition ahead of his proposed switch to Arsenal.Read the full story on Goal!
Barcelona Coutinho branded ‘a giant player’ by Rakitic as €160m star helps Barcelona chase down treble Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:02 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Jordan Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Bayern München Primera División UEFA Champions League Bundesliga Ivan Rakitić The Brazilian has opened his goal account following a big-money January transfer and is expected to help a quest to land multiple honours in Catalunya Philippe Coutinho’s qualities have been hailed by Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic, with the €160 million star considered to be “a giant player”.The 25-year-old was able to complete a dream move to Camp Nou during the winter transfer window, with interest first shown in the summer of 2017 followed up in January.Barca broke their transfer record to secure his signature, with considerable faith and funds being invested in his playmaking ability. 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 He opened his goal account for club in a midweek Copa del Rey semi-final clash with Valencia and is now being backed to go from strength to strength.Barca team-mate Rakitic told Sport Bild on the Brazil international: “He is a giant player, the whole world knows his qualities. “His first goal will do him good. As his friend, I am very happy and hope that good things will continue for him. Then he will get even more confidence with each game and show his qualities.”Barcelona were already flying in 2017-18 by the time Coutinho joined the fold, with Ernesto Valverde’s side chasing down major honours on multiple fronts.La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League crowns remain up for grabs, although Rakitic is eager to curb treble talk with so many tests still to be tackled.The Croatian midfielder added: “We do not want to look that far forward. “We would like to enjoy for now the fact that we are in the cup final, because that’s a nice moment. “We know that the special, heavy games are still to come. So we are very relaxed and preparing for the games.”A nine-point lead is currently held at the top of the La Liga standings, while Sevilla await in the Copa final.Barca are also set to face Chelsea at the Champions League last-16 stage, with there plenty of heavyweight outfits still left in that competition.Among those who could block the path to European glory for those at Camp Nou are German giants Bayern Munich, with Rakitic well aware of the threat they will pose as a former Schalke star.”The Bavarians are always there, we know the Bavarians,” he said.“That’s why we know it’s going to be very, very difficult. Bayern are always a candidate for the title for me. “With the new coach, they have now got wind in their sails again. So I wish my old buddies, whom I still have, all the best. Maybe we’ll see each other at some point.”
Nice Favre leaves Nice as Borussia Dortmund post awaits Dom Farrell 07:27 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Contributor Nice Borussia Dortmund Olympique Lyonnais v Nice Ligue 1 Bundesliga The Ligue 1 side have allowed their manager to leave, with the 60-year-old widely expected to take charge of the Bundesliga side Lucien Favre has stepped down as Nice head coach amid mounting speculation he is set to be named Borussia Dortmund boss.Favre led Nice to a superb third-place finish in Ligue 1 last season, although a 3-2 loss at Lyon on Saturday left them eighth this time around and outside the Europa League qualification places.The 60-year-old Swiss tactician told a post-match news conference he had just overseen his last game at the helm, while a statement from the club said they had accepted an approach for Favre. 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 “It is the end of an irregular season, where fortunately we took our hopes of European qualification to the end,” the former Borussia Monchengladbach coach said.”It was my last game in charge of Nice tonight. These were two fantastic years at Nice, at the human and sporting level.”Favre refused to confirm whether he was going to Dortmund to replace the outgoing Peter Stoger , despite Kicker reporting he has agreed a two-year contract.”I am leaving Nice, but I cannot say more. Quite simply, I cannot say more,” he added.Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere wished Favre luck in the “new challenge that awaits him”.”During his two seasons with us, Lucien has helped to keep Nice growing, with an exceptional track record last year,” he said.”We thank him for the quality of the work he has done at the helm of the team and for his constant investment. “He is a professional and a man of great quality. We wish him the success he deserves in the new challenge that awaits him.”Favre’s successor at Nice is likely to inherit a squad in transition, with forwards Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea both expected to leave the club and further bids anticipated for midfielder Jean Michael Seri.