10 months agoEmery hopes Arsenal defeat acts as wake-up call

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery hopes Arsenal defeat acts as wake-up callby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hopes defeat to Southampton was a wake up call.The Saints ended Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run and won their first home league game since April thanks to Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute header with Hasenhuttl running on to the pitch to celebrate with his players on the final whistle.In a see-sawing encounter, the hosts took the lead after 20 minutes as Danny Ings muscled home a header from Matt Targett’s cross.Henrikh Mkhitaryan nodded in shortly after for Arsenal, following good work by Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal – but Ings struck again just before the break.Nathan Redmond’s floated cross was precise and Ings cushioned a looping effort into the far corner.Arsenal turned the screw in the second half and restored parity as Mkhitaryan’s shot deflected in off Jannik Vestergaard.The Gunners had their chances with Alex McCarthy impressing in the home goal, but Southampton were dangerous on the break and Shane Long had a goal rightly ruled offside before providing a teasing cross for Austin’s winner.Emery stated: “We could have lost at any time and it was today.”If we won’t win like today, we cannot be in the top four.”After 22 matches unbeaten we didn’t lose and we are only fifth position in the table and the reason is because other teams are very well.”Other teams usually they are winning but we need to do our way and continue to build. The objective is therefore top but we know it’s not easy because the other teams are at a high level.”We need to be very, very demanding.” last_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see Manchester United kill off their opponents.The Red Devils blew a 1-0 goal lead against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Despite eventually winning on penalties, Solskjaer says his team must make it easier on themselves in the future.He said: “We go 1-0 up in many games and, today again, we go 1-0 up and you think go on then, get the second, which is the key now.”And that’s a learning curve for these boys as well. We need to go for the second. At this club, we don’t just sit back and hope that’s enough.”If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.” last_img read more

19 days agoSheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkinsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United are eyeing Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become one of the Championship’s top scorers, says The Sun.United have fancied Watkins for years as he can play anywhere across the front line.And his run of scoring in a new central role confirmed their belief in him.Crystal Palace wanted Watkins in the last window but he was priced too high for their liking. last_img

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII. pic.twitter.com/L1l3A1KnXi— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

Report: PSG 2 Strasbourg 0

first_imgNeymar provided Paris Saint-Germain with an injury scare after hobbling off having appeared to twist his right foot in the 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg.PSG’s 9-0 thrashing of Guingamp on Saturday was soured by midfielder Marco Verratti suffering a sprained left ankle, and Neymar sustained a problem in their latest success.The Brazil forward received treatment for an issue seemingly sustained after a challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi and, though Neymar returned to the pitch, he withdrew himself in the 62nd minute and was consoled as he made his way down the tunnel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Thomas Tuchel’s side had been 1-0 up at the time thanks to Edinson Cavani’s early goal, and Angel Di Maria’s 80th-minute volley made sure of their progress to the last 16.GOAL! 2-0! Angel Di Maria makes it two! #PSGRCSA#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/s1Hxd2zP5T— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 23, 2019PSG went ahead inside four minutes, Cavani placing home after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gathered Thiago Silva’s long ball.After going close with a pair of free-kicks, Neymar somehow poked wide in front of an open goal after sliding to reach Di Maria’s squared pass.Cavani’s downward header from a corner was clawed away by Matz Sels, who kept out Neymar’s effort and saw Di Maria’s follow-up attempt hit the post before half-time.Neymar’s eventful evening continued when he suffered his apparent injury when trying to fend off Zemzemi, who attempted to tackle the Brazilian three times before the referee’s whistle went.The PSG forward was unhappy with the rough treatment meted out and got a form of revenge when he flicked the ball over the Strasbourg midfielder before firing wide from the resultant set piece.However, Neymar left the pitch shortly after and his evening ended with 28 minutes still to play.It appeared to have an adverse effect on Tuchel’s men, who barely created anything until Di Maria reached Julian Draxler’s back-post cross to make sure of the win 10 minutes from time.That killed off any hope of a Strasbourg fightback and also allowed Tuchel to introduce Jese Rodriguez from the bench for his first PSG appearance since December 2016. What does it mean? PSG left with Neymar fearsNeymar sustained his injury with less than three weeks to go until the first leg of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United. A fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle suffered last February ensured he missed the rest of the domestic season. A similar period on the sidelines would be a significant blow to PSG’s continental hopes.No Mbappe … then no Neymar, no problem.Tuchel opted to leave Kylian Mbappe out of his matchday squad and even after Neymar came off his team still had plenty of firepower. Di Maria looked the most dangerous throughout and got his reward when Draxler picked him out at the back post to score the second with 10 minutes to go.Zemzemi endures night to forgetHe may have injured Neymar but Zemzemi was made to look foolish when the PSG forward responded by flicking the ball over his head moments later. Moreover, it was Zemzemi’s dreadful clearance that allowed the home side to score their second and clinch the tie.What’s next?Ligue 1 leaders PSG, who are 13 points clear with two games in hand, may be without Neymar when they entertain Rennes on Sunday before a trip to Lyon. Fifth-placed Strasbourg will hope to get back to winning ways in the first of back-to-back games against Bordeaux.  read morelast_img read more

‘No change’ in Lampard’s position amid Chelsea rumours

first_imgDerby owner Mel Morris insists there is “no change” to Frank Lampard’s position at Pride Park, despite rumours he could succeed Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.There is yet another managerial vacancy at Stamford Bridge after the Italian’s departure to Juventus was confirmed on Sunday afternoon.Sarri only spent one full season in charge at Chelsea, guiding the team to a third-place Premier League finish while also earning his first major trophy as a head coach in the form of the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The 60-year-old cited family ties as the driving force behind his desire for a swift return to Italy and he has signed a three-year deal with the Serie A champions.Lampard has been touted to succeed Sarri at the Bridge, having impressed in his debut campaign as Rams manager.The Chelsea legend took Derby to the Championship play-off final, narrowly missing out on promotion after a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley.Club owner Morris has revealed that, contrary to reports, no senior officials from Chelsea have been in contact to discuss a possible deal for Lampard as of yet.“We have made it very clear to everyone – but most importantly to Frank himself – that we want to retain him at the club for the long term,” Morris said in a statement on Monday.”If Chelsea want to hire Frank, then it is in their gift to make an offer in pursuit of that. In the meantime, we will continue to put our best foot forward to continue with our plans for the coming season.”We will work closely with Frank in that regard so that he knows how much he is wanted by everyone associated with the club.”Lampard enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the Bridge, racking up 640 appearances in total while contributing a staggering 211 goals from midfield.He also managed to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League and two League Cups during his time in west London, earning himself a place in the club’s hall of fame.The 40-year-old left Chelsea to join Manchester City in 2014 and completed a move to MLS outfit New York City the following year, before hanging up his boots in 2017.A number of ex-Blues have weighed in on Lampard’s potential appointment in recent weeks and he has received a glowing endorsement for the role from his uncle Harry Redknapp.last_img read more

‘Leroy Sane can be the new face of Bayern Munich’

first_imgLothar Matthaus has tipped Leroy Sane to make a move to Bayern Munich, saying he could become the new face of the Bundesliga champions.Sane has proven his worth at Manchester City, having helped Pep Guardiola’s side to two Premier League titles in the last three seasons.But the 23-year-old fell out of favour with City in the back half of last season, starting just five matches in the league after January.  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? Sane also only played a total of just seven minutes over two legs of City’s quarter-final defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League, leading to talk he could look for a move in the summer.Bayern Munich have been tipped as a potential destination for Sane, with the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting that his side are looking to find an agreement for the Germany international. Matthaus, who starred for Bayern and Germany during his playing career, believes the conditions are there for a transfer to happen.”I really think Bayern Munich [would] like to spend a lot of money, more than €80 million (£72m/$90m),” Matthaus told ESPN. “In City he’s not happy in one way, and City is ready to give him up. But the main answer has to be from Leroy Sane. Does he like to come to Bayern Munich, yes or no?”Should Sane decide he wants to join Bayern, Matthaus believes that the club’s good relationship with its former manager will help make the transfer a reality.”When he says yes, Bayern will contact Manchester City,” Matthaus said. “There’s a good relationship between Bayern Munich’s board and Pep Guardiola and I think they will find a way.”If Sane does move to the Bundesliga champions, Matthaus believes that the sky is the limit for the winger back in his native country.”The important thing is Leroy Sane has to say 100 percent yes to Bayern Munich,” Matthaus said.”And then he will be a big star in Germany, maybe the biggest face of German football in the last years because for the money that Bayern would like to spend on him, he can be the new face of Bayern Munich.”However, Guardiola doesn’t appear willing to let Sane leave without a fight, saying on Wednesday that he wants to help the winger reach his potential at City.last_img read more

Clemson Hosting Coastal Carolina Football, Displaced By Hurricane This Week

first_imgA general view of a vacant Clemson football stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 7: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina State Bulldogs on September 7, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Hurricane Dorian has been making its way towards the Southeastern Coast, after battering the Bahamas this week. On top of the tremendous damage it’s caused, the hurricane has made preparing for college football games especially difficult for some schools in its path. Luckily, for one, Clemson is here to help.In the state of South Carolina, the governor ordered an evacuation of areas along the coast. Among the affected colleges is Coastal Carolina, which has had classes cancelled and all facilities closed for the coming storm.Coastal Carolina has only a few days before heading to the Midwest for a game against Kansas. Earlier this week they were forced to practice on a high school field.But the Clemson Tigers have decided to extend a helping hand to their in-state neighbors.The Chanticleers revealed on Wednesday that the Tigers had opened their doors to them.Southern hospitality! Thank you @ClemsonFB for opening up your home to let us work today.#ChantsUp | #BEL1EVE | #BAM pic.twitter.com/5Auf1YY4G7— Coastal Football (@CoastalFootball) September 4, 2019The Chanticleers and the Tigers couldn’t be farther apart in terms of ambitions and overall ability. They played each other only once back in 2009, with Clemson easily beating them in a 49-3 victory.Clemson has gone on to win a pair of national titles since that game, while Coastal Carolina just launched its program in 2003, and joined the FBS level in 2017.But in the face of potentially serious damage at the hands of Hurricane Dorian, it’s nice to see that colleges are able to come together like this.Clemson is preparing for perhaps its toughest game of the regular season, when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. Coastal Carolina will travel to Kansas this week.last_img read more

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata moves to Atletico Madrid on loan

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 22:23 IST Alvaro Morata has scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for Chelsea (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of next seasonMorata had joined Chelsea in July 2017 and made 72 appearancesMorata’s last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on January 5Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of next season, the Spanish side said in a statement on Monday.The 26-year-old had a medical in Spain on Sunday ahead of the move after Chelsea signed Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain on loan last week.Morata spend four seasons at Atletico’s academy before signing for rivals Real Madrid. He also played for Juventus before joining Chelsea in July 2017 and scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the London club.@AlvaroMorata will wear number 22!You can now purchase his shirt in our stores! https://t.co/vlRifIGf4k#AúpaAtleti #BienvenidoMorata pic.twitter.com/02olCsRARUAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019His last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on January 5 where he scored both goals in a 2-0 FA Cup victory.”Morata has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues,” Atletico said on their website.”With Morata’s arrival, we add a very talented striker to our club, who has the ability to score with his feet and his head thanks to his height… and to combine with his team mates.”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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Alvaro MorataFollow Atletico MadridFollow Chelsea Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata moves to Atletico Madrid on loanAlvaro Morata had a medical in Spain on Sunday ahead of the move after Chelsea signed Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain on loan last week. Morata’s last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on January 5.advertisementlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan could have played Ranji Trophy: Aakash Chopra on Shikhar Dhawan’s form

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 22:57 IST Shikhar Dhawan has scored only 21 runs in the two ODIs vs Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan has scored at a below par average of 26.85 since the Asia CupDhawan’s former captain Vijay Dahiya said that Dhawan’s problem lies in the mindset and not techniqueAakash Chopra felt Dhawan could have come back to India and play Ranji Trophy after the New Zealand seriesShikhar Dhawan’s prolonged bad patch is more about his mindset rather than technique, feel former players, who have watched the Indian opener’s dip in form over the past few months.Since Asia Cup where he was the top scorer, Dhawan has scored only 376 runs in 15 innings at a below par average of 26.85 and only two half-centuries to show for his efforts.If pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile got him in the first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad, it was part-time off-spin of Glenn Maxwell that became his undoing in the second game after getting set.Both Aakash Chopra, who has opened alongside Dhawan in the first-class cricket and Vijay Dahiya, who has been Dhawan’s captain as well as coach in the Delhi team, agreed that he is going through a bad patch.But having keenly tracked his career, both the former Test players are confident that the left-hander will turn it around.Even former India keeper and analyst Deep Dasgupta thinks that “mindset is an issue as Dhawan has always found ways to score runs, working around his technique.””There is no denying Dhawan is going through a bad patch but with only three international matches left, I don’t see any drastic changes happening,” Chopra told PTI on the eve of the third game.”If he has scored 5000 plus ODI runs (5199 from 125 games), it means that he has been around for a reasonable period of time, seen ups and downs to have scored that many runs.”His record in multi-nation tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy, Asia Cup) is fabulous, so it could well be a matter of time that he is back in form,” feels Chopra.advertisementDahiya thinks Dhawan’s issue is that of mindset and trying to score quickly.”I won’t say technique is a big issue here as the boundaries that he got were all in-front of the wicket. May be not on the off-side but those were not behind the stumps shots either,” said Dahiya, who believes that every individual reacts to pressure in different situation.”What he was trying to do was to score quickly and that’s what happened against Maxwell. He probably felt that since Maxwell is a part-time, he can score quickly and that’s why played that pull shot,” Dahiya said.Talk about shot selection, Dasgupta feels that it happens when you are in supposedly a “bit of a comfort zone”.”He was set in Nagpur and he could have easily played it to either long-off or long-on for a single. This happens when you are a bit confused. With Shikhar, if he plays that expansive cover drive with a big front-foot stride inside the first two overs, you know that he is in good touch,” Dasgupta.The pressure of competition can at times affect the mindset and KL Rahul finding his form could be a reason, believes Dahiya.”You will only feel the pressure when someone pushes you. It is very important to know how your mind works in those situations,” said Dahiya.But Chopra ruled out the Rahul factor when it comes to choice of playing XI.”Had they split these matches (2 T20s and 5 ODIs) into seven games with 4 matches for Shikhar and 3 for Rohit with Rahul playing all seven, there could have been that possibility. But that didn’t happen,” said Chopra.But Chopra did raise a pertinent point about Dhawan not playing any first class cricket for the entire month of December.”He exactly didn’t set the stage on fire against West Indies at home and since he was not in Test side against Australia, he could have come back and played Ranji Trophy. It would have helped him as well as our domestic cricket. But that didn’t happen.”Also Read | When ‘humble’ MS Dhoni declined to inaugurate the Dhoni PavilionAlso Read | Why Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are in love with Team India’s latest jerseyAlso Read | MS Dhoni comes home to Ranchi for India vs Australia 3rd ODIFor 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 Shikhar DhawanFollow Aakash ChopraFollow India vs Australia Shikhar Dhawan could have played Ranji Trophy: Aakash Chopra on Shikhar Dhawan’s formShikhar Dhawan has not been able to perform well in the ongoing series against Australia and his form has been patchy since the Asia Cup last year, where he was the top scorer.advertisementlast_img read more