Why Malky Mackay shouldn’t get the Scotland job and why he won’t

first_imgShare on Pinterest comment If Malky Mackay’s role in the scandal that engulfed him post-Cardiff City is commonly exaggerated, so too is his level of managerial talent. There had been decent, not stunning, success hardly far removed from a host of other coaches even before the Scot’s brief and disastrous spell in charge of Wigan Athletic.Many would have had us believe Mackay represented the fresh face of Sir Alex Ferguson before Vincent Tan’s crucial intervention. Owen Coyle, Billy Davies and George Burley achieved similar things to Mackay, if not more, before sampling some harsh reality. Mackay’s transfer dealings after Cardiff had earned a Premier League place were threatening to undermine his earlier work even before the publication of text messages. Read more Share on Facebook Kevin McKenna It is controversy which provides the asterisk beside Mackay’s name. This is the reason the Scottish Football Association had to withstand a furious backlash when hiring him as its performance director last December. Although it seems unreasonable to assert that Mackay should never work again because of previous mistakes for which he has shown deep remorse, his position as an influence and role model to youngsters remains questionable. When appointing Mackay as Scotland’s interim manager for Thursday’s friendly with Holland – a vacancy created after time was called on Gordon Strachan’s failed tenure – the Scottish FA again found itself subject to vociferous abuse.Strangely, Mackay still apparently bears a grudge. He entered a room full of newspaper reporters when announcing his squad for this, an essentially irrelevant fixture, asserting this group were in place “to suck my blood”. Tea or coffee? “Something stronger to deal with this lot,” Mackay said. “Vodka maybe.” He was, of course, trying to be funny; the conduct seemed unprofessional and ignorant.It therefore seems rich that Mackay would rather people forgive and forget transgressions, given his own attitude. Eyebrows were raised further when Eric Black, his choice of assistant, admitted he spends little or no time watching Scottish football. Around 15,000 will take in the Holland friendly.Mackay picked an easy, soft-option squad which included only two strikers, one of whom has pulled out injured. The player with the highest number of assists in the Championship was ignored, as was Matt Ritchie; Mackay curiously insisted he knew nothing of the Newcastle United player’s refusal to join the Scottish party for crucial matches against Slovakia and Slovenia.Mackay has tiptoed through the tulips in refusing to rule out permanently succeeding Strachan. That much is understandable. Had he stated an unwillingness to lead his country, the 45-year-old would have been criticised. Nonetheless, after the Holland game has passed, Mackay should be left alone to continue a hugely important background job, thereby potentially re-establishing a solid professional reputation. Barring a strange occurrence, he will be; the World Cup play-off between Northern Ireland and Switzerland is pertinent in relation to that bigger picture, with the Scottish FA known to be a keen admirer of Michael O’Neill.Apart from anything else, Scottish football’s governing body can well do without the wave of external negativity and anger that would attach itself to letting Mackay lead the side. Sourcing performance directors has proved more troublesome than managers. David Moyes’s appointment by West Ham United is not relevant in a Scotland context; he was never a legitimate target to replace Strachan.Scotland’s players have been impressed with Mackay’s intensity, information flow and approach to training. Perhaps this says much about his predecessor. Mackay and his squad have utilised the recently built national performance centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where facilities – including for sports science – are first class and were always intended as a base for Scotland’s teams. Strachan ignored this centre completely.But for two scenarios, Mackay would not be in this position at all. The highly rated Austin MacPhee, who is part of Northern Ireland’s coaching staff, turned down the Scottish FA’s performance role in favour of becoming assistant manager at Heart of Midlothian. Had Scotland’s under-21s not been scheduled to play qualifying ties in the coming days their head coach Scot Gemmill – another man with a lofty reputation – would have been the obvious candidate to take charge of the Holland encounter. Instead, Mackay will return to the dugout. Inevitably, a win over Holland would trigger speculation that the man capped five times should switch jobs. Yet there is no available logic, recent or otherwise, to suggest this should transpire. If not already on the Scottish FA’s payroll, Mackay would not be quoted as a serious candidate.Scottish hope should partly lie in the identity of the opposition. Holland find themselves in international crisis after their own failure to reach the World Cup, with Dick Advocaat tipped to resign as the head coach before too long. That Advocaat wanted to bid farewell in Scotland makes sense, even if Pittodrie doesn’t; the former Rangers manager will be well aware of mutual hostility between his old club’s supporters and those of Aberdeen.“This is a beautiful match with a real personal touch for me,” said Advocaat. Unlike Mackay, the 70-year-old has earned the right to determine his own future. Scotland Read more Malky Mackaycenter_img Share on WhatsApp Malky Mackay takes on Scottish FA performance director role Share on Twitter God give us a few players who can tackle a fish supper Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Jamaican bobsleigh team back in business thanks to offer of new sled

first_img Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Kiriasis quit after refusing to change roles from driving coach to track performance analyst, which she said would have given her no access to the athletes.The German said: “I have never known such disappointment in this sport in my life. The athletes have told me they don’t understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship.”But on Friday the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation said it would accept an offer from Red Stripe – which was made on Twitter – to buy a sled, worth about £5,000.“We have been gifted a bobsled,” the JBSF president, Chris Stokes, told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper. “We have accepted their generosity and we are preparing the sled.“The team is in competition mode and we are focused on one goal – coming to the start line prepared mentally and physically. We have had some challenges in Pyeongchang but we stand united and thank our fans and colleagues for their unwavering support.”Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who once competed in bobsleigh for the US, and Carrie Russell, a gold medallist in the 100m relay at the 2013 world championships, are hoping to become the Winter Olympics’ first Jamaican female competitors – 30 years after the Jamaican men, who inspired the film Cool Runnings, made history in Calgary.They recorded their highest finish in a World Cup race in Winterberg in Germany in December, finishing seventh. Practice is on Saturday with the opening heats on Tuesday. Winter Olympics Support The Guardian … 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 Facebook Bobsleigh Cool Runnings II is back on. Fears the Jamaica women’s bobsleigh team would miss their first Winter Olympics, after the coach quit and threatened to take the sled with her, appear to have abated after a beer company offered to buy a new one.The situation came to a head earlier in the week when Sandra Kiriasis – an Olympic, world and European champion – said she was forced out when her role was changed, and that she was legally responsible for the sled. Topics Share on WhatsApp Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Messenger Reuse this content Slalom shocker: Shiffrin places fourth in signature event as Hansdotter wins gold Read more Share on LinkedIn news Share via Email Jamaicalast_img read more

Celtic tumble out of Europe with calamitous defeat in St Petersburg

first_imgRodgers said: “Defensively we lacked aggression, particularly in the first half. We didn’t close the space quick enough. We talk about defending forward and we just didn’t defend forward well enough. We conceded poor goals from that.“The corner is one that can happen, we were blocked off, they worked it well and found the space. Branislav is outstanding in the air.“The second goal, we didn’t engage quick enough from the throw-in. We’re too deep and have to press the guy who was shooting. At 2-0 we still have an opportunity in the game. But everything was too sideways and backwards and that’s about bravery and having that courage to play. With so many young players in the team, you see the contrast from last week.“We started the second half OK but, again, we concede possession too cheaply and they work the ball round for a cross. We should never concede that type of goal, the third goal.“We were much better than them in the first game. If we played with a little bit more courage and belief tonight, we could maybe have got a result.”Roberto Mancini claimed Zenit earned their place in the last-16. The manager said: “We deserved to win. We played a very good game. Celtic are a strong team but we played very well. Celtic’s tempo in Glasgow was very difficult for us. Tonight we scored three goals, had other chances and for 75 minutes didn’t concede any chances to Celtic.” Europa League Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Read more Share on Facebook European club football Share on Messengercenter_img Brendan Rodgers claimed Celtic needed more courage against Zenit St Petersburg after they crashed out of the Europa League in Russia.The one-goal lead from the first leg of the last-32 tie at Celtic Park was wiped out before half an hour had been played as the former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic put Zenit in front with a header. Daler Kuzyayev fired in a long-range drive in the 27th minute to turn the tie in the hosts’ favour.A goal was still all Celtic needed to go through but in the 61st minute Aleksandr Kokorin made it 3-0 on the night to end the Scottish champions’ hopes of reaching the last 16. Reuse this content Share via Email match reports Share on Pinterest Celtic Zenit St Petersburg Dismal Arsenal limp through in Europa League after Östersund deliver scarelast_img read more

Talking Horses: £17,500 on offer, four horses running – pity poor Ludlow

first_imgShare on Twitter Ladbrokes pay punters after technical ‘glitch’ cancelled winning bets Lingfield Park 11.40 Maazel 12.10 Dove Divine 12.40 Great Shout 1.15 Woodside Wonder 1.50 Indian Affair 2.25 Equal Sum 2.55 Tidal Watch 3.25 Perfect Refuge Ludlow 12.20 Good Boy Bobby 12.55 Chameron 1.25 Sternrubin 2.00 Etamine Du Cochet 2.35 Spider’s Bite 3.05 Burn Baby Byrne 3.35 Jimmy The Digger  Newbury 12.30 Style De Vole 1.05 Nordic Combined 1.40 Mister Malarky (nap) 2.15 Magic Of Light (nb) 2.45 Harambe 3.15 Sir Egbert 3.45 Avorisk Et Perils Newcastle 3.20 Archive 3.55 Love Kisses 4.30 Quicksilver 5.05 Griggy 5.40 Testa Rossa 6.15 Gun Case 6.45 Duke Cosimo 7.15 Tadaany Horse racing Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips Read more Support The Guardian Show Quick guide Wednesday tips Reuse this content Since you’re here… The consolation is that all four of the remaining runners go to post with a chance. The betting could scarcely be much tighter, in fact, with Chameron (12.55) heading the market at 2-1 and Equus Secretus the outsider at 7-2. The favourite fell on his latest start but had previously finished a fair second on his chasing debut at Exeter and his experience could give him the edge against his small band of opponents today. Philip Hobbs’s string is in much better form this season than last and Sternrubin (1.25) has already added two victories to the stable’s haul since October. His most recent win was over today’s track and trip and a 5lb rise in the weights looks manageable, while the other big prize on the card could be heading the way of Henry Daly’s Spider’s Bite (2.35), who made a very promising start to his chasing career at Ascot last time. Newbury’s pre-Christmas card also has plenty of interest including a Listed mares’ chase which has attracted a useful contender from Ireland in Jessica Harrington’s Magic Of Light (2.15). Mister Malarky, a winner in a good time at Plumpton in November, is another to consider at the same meeting, where Style De Vole (12.30), a 25-1 chance for the Triumph Hurdle, should also advance his claims for a run at the Festival. Was this helpful? Talking Horses Share on WhatsApp … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. features Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Newbury’s long history and high profile will mean that it is the first stop for many punters this morning, but with prize money under scrutiny following Arena Racing Company’s £3m cut to its contribution in 2019, it is only fair to point out that Ludlow’s card this afternoon is the most valuable of the day, with a guaranteed £100k up for grabs.The bulk of the cash is concentrated on three events: two handicap chases worth £26k and £25k, and a beginners’ chase with £17,500 on offer, and in the case of the latter contest, the track could be forgiven for wondering why they bother. Five runners were declared overnight and the field is now down to four after the outsider Scartare was scratched this morning, so there will be no each-way betting and, in all likelihood, nothing like the spectacle that fans might expect with that much money at stake. Hide Sportlast_img read more

Chris Gayle declares himself ‘greatest player’ and wants Hundred invite

first_imgCricket Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Paul Farbrace to step down as England assistant coach after Caribbean tour England in West Indies 2019 Reuse this content Chris Gayle The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. As well as confirming he will retire from international one-day cricket after this year’s World Cup – “The youngsters owe it to me [to lift the trophy]” – Gayle was asked if England’s 100-ball tournament launching in 2020 appeals to him. Sure enough, one of Twenty20 cricket’s most high-profile globetrotters is keen to be involved, even if just for the inaugural season.“Well, if I don’t start it, it won’t be a tournament,” said Gayle. “I guess England should invite me over. Then I’ll explode the tournament and say: ‘Thank you guys, bring in a youngster now.’ I will set the trend for you like I did in all tournaments around the world. Fingers crossed. We’ll see what happens.”The England and Wales Cricket Board is keen to use the eight-team tournament to attract a family audience and Gayle, who has not appeared in Australia’s Big Bash League since asking a female TV reporter out for a drink during an interview and saying: “Don’t blush, baby,” during the awkwardness that ensued, may divide opinion in this regard.Gayle has since turned out for Somerset in the T20 Blast and, with Virat Kohli having ruled himself out of featuring and doubts over the participation of Indian players generally, the ECB may view such a box-office personality as a risk worth taking and offer him a place in the draft.A veteran of 103 Test matches and more than 300 white-ball internationals, Gayle was asked if he was satisfied with his career. “Yes. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course. I can’t complain. T20s, ODIs, Tests … you’re looking at a great man,” came the reply. Share on WhatsApp Read more Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up While Gayle was offering his thoughts on an array of topics – including a call for young cricketers to play Test cricket, because it is “the ultimate” – England were warming up for the one-day series with a 171-run win against a University of West Indies XI at the Three Ws Oval in which they posted 371 for seven batting first.Jason Roy struck 15 fours and one six before retiring on 110 from 82 balls – an opening stand of 129 with Jonny Bairstow saw the latter make 46 – before Root carried over his form from the third Test with an 81-ball 114 that was ended when he was stumped in the 49th over attempting a fifth six.Eoin Morgan’s first hit on tour ended when he was run out for eight after a mix-up with Root while Alex Hales, in at No6 for the rested Jos Buttler, squandered his chance when flicking loosely to square-leg for a second-ball duck. All six bowlers deployed in the reply picked up wickets; the return after a knee injury of attack leader Chris Woakes, with two for 28 from seven overs, was the most encouraging news. Share on Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian The Hundred Chris Gayle, the veteran West Indies opener and self-styled “Universe Boss”, has warned English cricket that The Hundred will not be a success unless “the greatest player in the world” is invited along. In other words: Chris Gayle.After missing tours to India and Bangladesh in order to pursue short-form contracts, the 39-year-old Jamaican makes his West Indies return against England on Wednesday in the first one-day international at the Kensington Oval. After training on Sunday he served up his latest display of self-confidence. news Gayle’s fielding may be restricted by age but England will be wary of his explosive tendencies at the top of the order during this five-match series. Is he still the Universe Boss? “Of course. How can that change, man? That will never change, man! I will take that to the grave” he replied.“I don’t know who is opening the bowling [for England] but any bowler is going to be wary of Chris Gayle. That doesn’t change because he is 39 now. They are going to be saying: ‘Yes, he’s got some grey hairs in his beard. Let’s get him now. This is the perfect time to get the universe boss now he is 39.’”West Indies are ranked eighth in one-day cricket, compared with England in top spot. But Gayle aside, a youthful team led by Jason Holder that features six players from the recent 2-1 victory in the Test series should not be taken lightly on home soil. Oshane Thomas, the fast bowler who was held back during the Test series, will be a threat with the ball, as will Shannon Gabriel when he returns for the finale after serving a four-match ban for abusing Joe Root in St Lucia last week. “In the nets I face them. They’re youngsters, man … but I will destroy them anyway,” Gayle said of his teammates. Share on Twitter England cricket team Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn West Indies cricket team Read morelast_img read more

Kepa farce distracted his teammates and disrespected the entire game

first_imgJust two weeks ago we were mourning the death of England’s greatest goalkeeper, a man who did his job without fuss. It would be presumptuous to guess the reaction of Gordon Banks, were he still alive, to the behaviour of Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday but it’s hard to imagine any footballer of his generation not being appalled by the young Basque’s display of insubordination, for which he belatedly apologised on Monday evening.It is not just the orientation of the Wembley pitch from north-south to east-west that has been radically modified since Banks enjoyed his finest hour on the turf now so arrogantly desecrated by Arrizabalaga’s refusal to accept his substitution. Chelsea’s payment of £71.6m to bring the 24-year-old to the Premier League, and the wages of £70m that he is due to receive over the seven years of his contract, belong to a different planet from the one inhabited by a man whose career began in the era of the £20 maximum wage. Kepa’s shootout mutiny emblematic of Sarri’s sinking ship at Chelsea Was this helpful? Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri: Kepa substitution row a ‘misunderstanding’ – video Sportblog Chelsea Many years ago, Goalkeepers Are Crazy was the title of a collection of Brian Glanville’s football-themed short stories. Crazy, perhaps, but seldom this demented, and Arrizabalaga’s tantrum created two areas of risk for Chelsea. The first was that he increased the pressure on himself at a time when relaxed concentration would be vital. The second, and more important, would be that his little psychodrama disrupted his teammates’ focus in a moment when at least five of them would need every ounce of available coolness. And we saw how that worked out.Sarri’s wild reaction heightened the sense of farce: screaming, scowling, gesticulating, making to leave the stadium but then turning back after the tunnel doors had opened to let him out, finally returning to his seat and – as always – taking out his notepad and pen, scribbling away with his head down, this time perhaps drafting his notice to Roman Abramovich or a letter to the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Naples, asking for his old job back. Reuse this content Share on Messenger Carabao Cup The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp It is possible to have some sympathy for the psychological strain imposed on young men set apart by sudden wealth without feeling that it can be used to justify Arrizabalaga’s response to seeing the electronic board with his number on it in the closing moments of extra time against Manchester City. Link that to the problems behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, and the crescendo of questions about the squad’s faith in their head coach, and you have the ingredients of a belief that he could face down authority and get away with it.Nobody comes well out of this except the referee, whose remit does not extend to enforcing a manager’s wishes on the field. Jon Moss allowed the sudden conflagration to burn itself out, and then got on with a shootout, which almost came as an anticlimax.You could say that if Arrizabalaga felt he was not injured badly enough to prevent him taking part in the shootout, then he had every right to insist on continuing to do the job for which he had been picked. (Afterwards he compounded the offence by claiming that he had exaggerated his injury in order to give his team a respite). But not every substitution – these days, not even the majority – is enforced by injury. The system was introduced to avoid something like Roy Dwight’s broken leg reducing Nottingham Forest to 10 men early in the 1959 FA Cup final, but it evolved long ago into a sophisticated weapon of tactical rearrangement. And why should what goes for, say, a playmaker be any different for a goalkeeper? Thank you for your feedback. Hide Had Maurizio Sarri always planned to bring on Willy Caballero for the shootout, it would have made very good sense. The Argentinian keeper saved three penalties for Manchester City against Liverpool in the final of the same competition three years ago, and after moving to Chelsea he saved the first penalty in a successful shootout against Norwich City in the FA Cup third round last season. During his time as a City player Caballero would have become familiar with the penalty‑taking habits of many of Chelsea’s opponents on Sunday.That alone would have been a valid reason for bringing him on at the end of extra time, even though Arrizabalaga had helped Chelsea to keep a clean sheet for 120 minutes. Football, particularly as conceived by men such as Sarri and Pep Guardiola, who watched events with amazement from the other dugout, is increasingly about the identification and deployment of specialised talents. But since the young goalkeeper had twice required treatment, apparently for cramp, in the closing stages of extra time, there seemed to be no other decision to be made. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Maurizio Sarri Play Video Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels 2:17 Manchester City Share on Pinterest Show Share via Email Read more Topics comment Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook You could blame Sarri for losing his control of the team and for not having a captain on the field capable of exerting it, but not for being angry. After a dull first half in which City’s lethal attackers were kept at bay, his players blossomed in the second period and must have been sorry when the interval before extra time disrupted their momentum. But you could also blame him for the presence of Jorginho – his chouchou, as the French say – whose limp first penalty handed the initiative straight back again.Arrizabalaga was playing for Athletic Bilbao’s B team in Spain when Lionel Messi irritated Luis Enrique, then Barcelona’s head coach, by declining to come off late in a match against Eibar in 2014, with the team 3-0 up. The world’s greatest player was setting an example to a young man who would become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. That, in combination with other factors, gave us yesterday’s farce: a moment in which the entire game was so lamentably disrespected.last_img read more

Talking Horses: Fleeting added to O’Brien’s strong team at Royal Ascot

first_imgAs if nine favourites for Royal Ascot were not enough, Aidan O’Brien added another big-race contender to his team for next week’s meeting on Friday when Fleeting, last seen finishing third behind Anapurna in the Oaks at Epsom, was supplemented for Thursday’s Ribblesdale Stakes, a race her trainer has won three times in the last five seasons.Fleeting’s addition to the field for the Group Two contest took bookmakers and punters by surprise, and having been unquoted for the race by most firms overnight, she was introduced to the betting at 9-2 before shortening to a top price of 7-2, half a point behind Sir Michael Stoute’s Queen Power at the head of the market. Aidan O’Brien Read more O’Brien has been the leading trainer at the Royal meeting for the last four seasons and nine times in all, and while his lifetime score of 65 winners is still 14 winners adrift of Sir Michael Stoute’s record total of 79, O’Brien will hope to close the gap, perhaps to single figures, over the five days next week. His first Royal winner, Harbour Master in the Coventry Stakes in 1997, arrived 20 years after Stoute broke his duck in 1977.Friday’s six-race card, in which O’Brien will saddle short-priced favourites in both of the day’s Group One races, could prove particular rewarding. In addition to Hermosa, the 1,000 Guineas winner, in the Coronation Stakes and Ten Sovereigns in the Commonwealth Cup, the stable also has the market leaders for the Albany Stakes and King Edward VII Stakes earlier in the afternoon.Ten Sovereigns set off as the favourite for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May but appeared to be beaten by lack of stamina, fading to finish fifth after travelling as well as any of his opponents until a furlong out.“We were delighted with Ten Sovereigns in the Guineas and we were always thinking in our mind that we would run him in the Guineas and then bring him back for this race,” O’Brien said on Friday. “We’re looking forward to getting him back over six furlongs. He travelled so well in the Guineas but this was the trip he was very comfortable at last year, so you’d imagine he’ll be happy.” Hide Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Royal Ascot 2019 Royal Ascot Show Support The Guardian Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing tips Ten Sovereigns is a 7-4 chance for the Commonwealth Cup while Hermosa is even shorter in the betting for the Coronation Stakes at 5-4. O’Brien’s other market leaders in Group One events are Le Brivido, at 9-2 for the Queen Anne Stakes which opens the meeting, and Magical, the 7-2 favourite for Wednesday’s feature race, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, while the last two winners of the St Leger will represent him in Thursday’s Gold Cup.“Le Brivido ran a very good race in the Lockinge [at Newbury in mid-May],” O’Brien said. “Ryan [Moore] just said that he got caught up in traffic at a bad time when the race was just getting going.“Magical has done everything right so far this season and has won three races. Last year we were getting her ready for the Oaks but she had a setback which meant we had to go gentle for a lot of the year with her. She started to get it together before [Champions Day at] Ascot where she won the Fillies’ and Mares’ and then she went to [the Breeders’ Cup in] American were she was just beaten by [dual Arc winner] Enable.”O’Brien’s record haul from a single Royal meeting is seven winners, in 2016. Four victories were enough to see him finish as the week’s top trainer 12 months ago when, unusually, none of his winners set off as the favourite and while Order Of St George, Winter, Caravaggio and Churchill have all obliged at odds-on since 2016, O’Brien has also sent out winners at 33-1 and 14-1 in the same period.O’Brien is no better than 4-7 to finish the Royal meeting as the leading trainer while Ryan Moore, his principal jockey, is 8-11 to be the leading rider ahead of Frankie Dettori on 7-2. Was this helpful? Was this helpful? Horse racing It comes to something when we’re getting wet-weather abandonments in the middle of June but that’s where we are after a week in which it felt like most of the country had basically fallen into the sea. Friday’s cards at Newton Abbot and Chepstow have both been called off, while Saturday’s meetings at Worcester and Leicester have also been lost.It’s a great pity about Chepstow, as I had high hopes of a Gay Kelleway double there, but 32mm of rain in the last day left the Welsh track with no chance. Their drookit clerk, Libby O’Flaherty, tells us through Twitter: “It’s more like jump racing weather”. Of course the track we were all waiting to hear from was Ascot, where the latest bulletin for next week’s meeting described the straight course as good to soft and the round course as soft, good to soft in places. Hermosa is Aidan O’Brien’s shortest-priced favourite at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide Chris Cook’s guide to Friday’s best bets Talking Horses: Seb Sanders and the case for a shorter title race Quick guide Wet weather hits racing center_img Show The going was mostly good to soft when I worked on Friday’s tips at York and I had hope it would stay that way but it’s soft all round now and a GoingStick of 5.7 suggests it may be pretty hard work. For that reason, I’ve cooled on Sir Dancealot in what ought to have been a winnable Listed race, and will wait for him to get good ground or better.In a hot 10-furlong handicap earlier on the card, Ghalib (2.20) is being predictably overlooked at 9-1, there being plenty of tempting alternatives to Rebecca Bastiman’s runner. But he’d dropped a long way in the ratings before winning well against 14 rivals at Hamilton last week and a 4lb penalty still leaves him very well treated. He gets soft ground again, a surface on which he has often done well, and the only major question is whether he can run to a similar level again. I think the odds more than compensate for the risk he may not.Otherwise, Richard Fahey is the trainer I’m rooting for on the Knavesmire. His Right Action (3.30) has a handy inside draw in the seven-furlong handicap and is reunited with Silvestre de Sousa, who is two from two on him, both times in big-field handicaps like this. I think he can be forgiven a modest effort last time under a big weight in a race for amateur riders on a much faster surface. He’s 8-1.Later, Fahey fields Society Queen (4.40), who has twice run well at Chester this year but basically gave herself too much to do with slow starts there. This place may suit her better and she won a nursery here last summer. She’s 6-1.At Sandown, Ouzo is odds-on to defy a penalty but at 4-1 I’ll take a chance on God Has Given (3.10), whose form has a progressive look since he joined Ian Williams. Cheekpieces are tried and the yard is going well.At the end of that card, 9-4 is perfectly fair about Gary Moore’s Goshen (5.25), officially 5lb well in under a penalty for an easy Brighton win last week. That was on good going but he’s by Authorized out of a Poliglote mare and if that’s not soft-ground breeding I don’t know what is. Thank you for your feedback. Hide Hide Quick guide Racing tips for Friday 14 June Facebook Share on Facebook Talking Horses Since you’re here… Chepstow 1.40 Lady Alavesa 2.10 Robsdelight 2.45 Indian Creek 3.20 Satchville Flyer 3.55 National Glory 4.30 Nette Rousse 5.00 AnifYork 1.50 Olcan 2.20 Ghalib (nb) 2.55 Chattanooga Boy 3.30 Right Action 4.05 Sir Dancealot (nap) 4.40 Society Queen 5.15 Speed CompanySandown 2.00 Dream Kart 2.35 Visible Charm 3.10 God Has Given 3.45 Herculean 4.20 I Am Magical 4.50 Valence 5.25 GoshenNewton Abbot ABANDONEDAintree 5.55 Ormesher 6.25 Must See The Doc 7.00 Lofgren 7.30 Asylo 8.05 Capital Force 8.35 Dragon Houdini 9.05 Smith’s BayGoodwood 6.05 Cardano 6.35 Diva Kareem 7.10 Mugatoo 7.40 White Chocolate 8.15 Aperitif 8.45 Hereby Topics Show features Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ronaldinho: He did it his way

first_imgRonaldinho Gaúcho He did it his way – Ronaldinho’s Brazil story Rupert Fryer Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Ronaldinho Brazil 30062002 Getty Ronaldinho Gaúcho Brazil With the World Cup-winner finally set to confirm his retirement, Brasil Global Tour look back at the unique legacy he left with A Selecao They stripped him of his shirt. And then his boots. They wanted it all, even his shorts and socks.They were his opponents, equals who had just bettered him. But they were also fans. And they were desperate for their souvenirs.Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro side had just been dumped out of the Club World Cup by Raja Casablanca. The 33-year-old was hurting, he’d just missed his last shot at the one major title that had eluded him. But he hid his pain behind that bewitching, toothy grin, behind the smile that defined his legacy.  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 “Since childhood, my dream was to see Ronaldinho in person,” said Raja’s Kouko Guehi. At full-time Guehi danced his lap of honour draped in the most-wanted shirt in all of Marrakech.This week, from New York to Barcelona, from Tokyo to Johannesburg and everywhere in between, football fans are recalling their childhood, and adulthood, spent with Ronaldinho, whose brother and agent confirmed his retirement from the game.And back home in Brazil, almost 200 million will be smiling, as they take a brief moment to relive the most memorable of international careers.It all began back in 1999, just days prior to the Copa America, when Ronaldinho’s Selecao legacy began in a friendly against Latvia. Wearing the no.7 shirt, he played the full 90 minutes and made Brazil’s opener, skipping inside from the left to clip a cross onto the head Alex de Souza. Ronaldinho had already impressed in Brazil’s youth divisions, starring in the Selecao’s Fifa U-17 World Championship victory two years previously. But now he had hit the big time.He would arrive from the bench in all three of Brazil’s Copa America group games in Paraguay and grabbed his first senior goal in the 7-0 victory over Venezuela, handing defender Jose Manuel Rey a chapéu (to flick the ball over an opponent’s head and bring it down on the other side is to ‘give him the hat’) before volleying past a young Renny Vega.  Just weeks previously, the teenager had issued another notable chapéu , flicking the ball over an ageing and befuddled Dunga in a Gremio-Internacional derby, having already humiliated the veteran with a rabona-elastico and a no-look nutmeg that led to a stunning solo goal.The youngster made just one more appearance in the knockout stages of the Copa America, arriving as a substitute in Brazil’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Mexico before the Selecao went on to beat Uruguay 3-0 in the final. But his strike against Venezuela was a highlight of the competition and the moment he announced his arrival on the world scene. The highlight reel was underway.With the Ronaldo already a member of the squad, the newcomer assumed the diminutive ‘inho’ and officially adopted the name of Ronaldinho Gaucho as the Brazilians fans chanted, “Gaucho, Gaucho,” denoting his Porto Alegre roots.Months later Ronaldinho Guacho joined the squad for the Confederations Cup in Mexico as an undisputed starter. He hit a hat-trick in the 8-2 semi-final trouncing of Saudi Arabia and scored in a 4-0 drubbing of Germany, but couldn’t save his side from a 4-3 defeat to the hosts in the final. Though he left without a winners’ medal, Ronaldinho earned the Golden Ball for the competition’s best player and the Golden Shoe for his six goals.  The two years that followed saw Brazil descend into crisis, faced with real concern they could fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history. Luiz Felipe Scolari had become the Selecao’s fourth coach in nine months and expectations were at an all-time low after his side were dumped out of Copa America 2001 by Honduras.Nobody had expected the Selecao to lift their fifth world title when the team arrived in South Korea/Japan for the World Cup of 2002, and their hopes were dealt a crushing blow when captain Emerson was ruled out of the tournament after being injured while playing as a goalkeeper in training.But Scolari had been working hard on fostering a togetherness that would lead the local press to dub his squad the ‘Scolari Family’. Ronaldinho formed one third of the ‘three R’s’ just behind Rivaldo and the returning Ronaldo, who had barely kicked a ball in the two years prior to the tournament.Ronaldinho starred in his first World Cup finals appearance, particularly in the quarter-final against England. He first set off on a mazy run to breeze past Ashley Cole and lay on an equaliser for Rivaldo, before bamboozling goalkeeper David Seaman with a stunning long-range free-kick that sealed a 2-1 win.Ronaldinho missed the semi-final after being sent off in that game, but returned for the final to help Brazil past Germany.The tournament had announced Ronaldinho’s emergence as one of the most promising young players in the world game. But, despite heavy interested from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, he remained with Paris Saint-Germain for the following season as he prepared to re-join the Selecao for Confederations Cup in France.Carlos Alberto Parreira had returned to the bench and elected to give Rivaldo and Ronaldo a much-needed summer break. The tournament ended in disappointment for Ronaldinho, as Brazil missed their star duo and were eliminated in the group stage. But there were still moments of magic, such as the deft nutmeg that greeted Rustu Recber as the Turkish ‘keeper flew at the Brazilian’s feet.Ronaldinho was then left out of Copa America 2004 in Peru as a second-string Brazil squad claimed its seventh South American crown. However, he returned for the Confederations Cup of 2005, by which time he had been named Fifa World Player of the Year thanks to his dazzling performances for Barcelona after a big-money move from PSG.It would be Ronaldinho’s first major tournament in which he would wear Pele’s no.10 shirt. After breezing past Greece in their opener, a 1-0 defeat to Mexico left Brazil needing a result against Japan in their third group game.Ronaldinho wore the captain’s armband and created a goal for Robinho before striking Brazil’s second in a 2-2 draw that saw them through to the knockout round. He then scored a penalty in the thrilling 3-2 win over Germany to earn a place in the final against old rivals Argentina.The Selecao had saved their best until last. Ronaldinho starred, volleying his side’s third in a 4-1 victory in Frankfurt and took the Bronze award for the third-best player in the tournament.A second successive World Player of the Year award arrived later that year and World Cup 2006 rolled around as the summer which many of the Brazilian media insisted would see the tournament when Ronaldinho proved he was greater than Pele.But it wouldn’t be. Parreira’s desire to squeeze Ronaldinho, Adriano, Ronaldo and Kaka into the same side left Brazil top-heavy from the outset.Ronaldinho disappointed, a shadow of his Barcelona self, and Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by France. It would be the last major tournament Ronaldinho Gaucho would play for his country.Old foe Dunga became coach following the World Cup in Germany. And after asking to be rested from Copa America 2007, Ronaldinho could only help Brazil to a bronze medal at the Olympic Games of 2008 and was eventually dropped from the squad that cruised through qualification for World Cup 2010.By then his career was in rapid decline. After his off-field excesses had seen Pep Guardiola dispense of him at Barcelona, Ronaldinho would never again reach the remarkable heights he’d set in previous years.By 2011 he’d returned home for an ill-fated spell with Flamengo. So notorious had his social life become, the club set up a hotline for fans to call should they run into their no.10 in the early hours of the morning in one of Rio’s many nightspots.Ronaldinho returned to the Selecao intermittently under Mano Menezes, but didn’t make the Copa America squad in 2011. There were some calls for a return for World Cup 2014 after he rediscovered his form with Atletico Mineiro, inspiring the Galo to a Copa Libertadores title, but he was never really anywhere near the squad.“God gives gifts to everyone,” he said in 2005 after being crowned the world’s best player for the second year running. “Some can write, some can dance. He gave me the skill to play football and I am making the most of it.”And yet he didn’t. Not really. At least he didn’t for more than those few years at Barcelona. But Ronaldinho is a lover of life and, perhaps more than anything else, he reminded us that football is a pursuit that should be enjoyed. That was what set him apart. Yes, he should have achieved more. But he gave us so much. How dare we ask for more?He had scored overhead kicks, backheels and stunning long-range strikes. He’d played inch-perfect no-look passes – sometimes even using the small of his back. He’d dismantled the world’s finest defences with stepovers, nutmegs, elasticos, and a millinery of chapeaus.Yes, his best performances didn’t arrive in a yellow jersey. But from the double Cruyff turn against Argentina and the pirouette and no-look pass against New Zealand to the slaloming run past four Spain defenders and the chip-and-backheel that took three Japanese out of the game, he left Brazilian fans with memories that will last a lifetime.It wasn’t his World Cup, Copa America, Champions League or Copa Libertadores medals that had won the Raja players’ hearts in Marrakech. Half of them probably couldn’t name every title he’d claimed, or even the club where his career began.But they didn’t care.Ronaldinho’s legacy will not be about what he did, but rather how he did it.last_img read more

Transfer latest: Vidal ‘ideal target’ for Man Utd

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours: Vidal ‘ideal target’ for Man Utd Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Arturo Vidal Bayern 2017 Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Vidal ‘ideal target’ for Man UtdBayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is viewed as an ideal summer signing by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, reports the Manchester Evening News . Mourinho will look to bring in a new midfielder in the summer, with Michael Carrick due to retire and doubts over the future of Marouane Fellaini, whose contract expires at the end of the season.Vidal could be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena after Bayern agreed a deal for Leon Goretzka and Mourinho feels the experienced Chilean would be an astute addition to his squad. 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 Madrid target Hazard & KaneEden Hazard ChelseaEden Hazard and Harry Kane are at the top of Real Madrid’s summer shopping list for new signings, claims Mundo Deportivo . Madrid view a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s former Barcelona star Neymar to be more feasible in 2019, but club president Florentino Perez still wants big-name signings at the end of the season.Chelsea playmaker Hazard, who has recently been linked with Manchester City, and Tottenham striker Kane are the key names Perez is focusing on for new arrivals.Leicester wanted Roberts in Mahrez dealPatrick Roberts, Celtic, 17/18Leicester City wanted Patrick Roberts included as a makeweight in Manchester City’s bid to sign Riyad Mahrez, according to the Telegraph .The Premier League leaders tried to sign Mahrez before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, but refused to pay more than £60 million for the winger.Reports suggested Leicester were keen to have a player included in the deal too and enquired about Roberts, but Pep Guardiola didn’t want to sell the attacker, who is currently on loan at Celtic.City sign PSG midfielderMikel Arteta, Manchester CityParis Saint-Germain teenager Claudio Gomes has agreed a deal to sign for Manchester City, reports Le Parisien .The France Under 18 captain has rejected a professional contract at PSG and will instead move to City at the end of the season.City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is reported to have played a key role in persuading the highly-rated Gomes to leave PSG in favour of the Etihad Stadium.Mahrez misses training againRiyad Mahrez Leicester City WatfordRiyad Mahrez has missed Leicester City training for the second day in a row after his January move to Manchester City fell through, reports Sky Sports News .The Algeria international handed in a transfer request on deadline day as City made a late move to secure his signature, but the deal ultimately collapsed.Reports have since suggested that Mahrez will not play for the club again, and he has been AWOL from training for the last two days.Mourinho wants Barca’s UmtitiSamuel Umtiti BarcelonaJose Mourinho hopes to lure Samuel Umtiti away from Barcelona this summer, reports Don Balon . Barca have stalled contract talks with the 24-year-old centre-back and Manchester United hope to pounce on the uncertainty with a lucrative offer.Umtiti’s has a €60 million release clause in his contract and United would have no problem meeting it to land the France international.Juve target summer Darmian dealMatteo Darmian Manchester UnitedManchester United’s Matteo Darmian is Juventus’ prime summer target in their search for a new right-back, reports Tuttosport .Darmian has been repeatedly been linked with a return to Serie A and Juventus are ready to make an approach for the former Torino defender at the end of the season.Juventus are also interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cagliari’s North Korean striker Han Kwang-song.Klopp won’t spend ‘crazy’ moneyJurgen Klopp, LiverpoolJurgen Klopp resisted reinvesting the funds Liverpool received for Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window due to the inflated prices of the Reds’ targets.Coutinho departed in a reported €160 million deal to Barcelona at the beginning of January, but Liverpool did not pursue a direct replacement.They were linked with a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, while RB Leipzig resisted Liverpool’s attempts to bring the end-of-season signing of Naby Keita forward , with Klopp explaining that the “crazy money” involved led to a quieter window.Read the full story on Goal right here! Dendoncker wants release clauseLeander Dendoncker Anderlecht 2017Leander Dendoncker is holding talks to agree a fixed transfer fee for him to leave Anderlecht in the summer after missing out on a January move to the Premier League, reports Het Laatste Nieuws .West Ham were interested in signing the midfielder on deadline day, but failed to persuade Anderlecht to sell after making an offer approaching the reported asking price of €20 million.Dendoncker, who has also been linked with Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Watford, was reportedly upset at the failure to clinch a move and an agreement on a fixed fee for the Belgium international to move at the end of the season is being discussed.Valencia consider RafinhaRafinha, Bayern Munich, 17/18Valencia are considering an approach for Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha, according to SuperDeporte .The 32-year-old, who has been with Bayern since 2011, is out of contract at the end of the season and a decision is due to be made on whether he will be offered an extension.However, he could have the option of moving to Spain as Valencia are weighing up an offer for the Brazilian as they search for a new right-back.Real Madrid eye Roma keeper AlissonAlisson Becker RomaReal Madrid are keeping a close eye on Roma revelation Alisson as they look to line up a new goalkeeper ahead of next season, Mundo Deportivo   claims.The 25-year-old has been a sensation in Serie A this season and reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool in January. However, the Brazilian has caught Madrid’s eye and, after missing out on a new shot stopper in the winter transfer window, they are considering making a move for him in January.Madrid have already been linked with David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, but see Alisson as top quality option.Conte offered Italy escape routeAntonio ConteItaly are ready to offer Antonio Conte his national team job back if he is sacked by Chelsea, claims the Daily Star .The ex-Juventus boss has come under fire for recent bad results, while his outspoken criticism of transfer policy is also understood to have vexed those in charge at Stamford Bridge. But if he is removed from his post less than a year after lifting the Premier League, he could bounce right back with Italy, still without a head coach after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November due to his failure to make the World Cup.Brady to blame for West Ham’s failed Slimani bidIslam Slimani Leicester CityLeicester City refused to sell Islam Slimani to West Ham because of comments made by vice-chairwoman Karren Brady,  The Mirror  reports.The London club tried to sign the forward before the close of the transfer window, but the Foxes refused to do business with them over comments Brady made about owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a newspaper column last year.Although Brady apologised for criticising the owner in the wake of Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal, Leicester still hold a grudge and sent Slimani on loan to Newcastle instead.Barca put Retsos top of listPanagiotis RetsosBarcelona are showing a heavy interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Panagiotis Retsos, according to Mundo Deportivo .The defender joined Leverkusen from Olympiakos in August for a reported €22 million and has been a revelation in the Bundesliga so far.Barca have already had Jonathan Tah high on their list of targets, but his team-mate has overtaken him in the Catalan side’s estimations. Blind was offered to RomaDaley Blind Manchester UnitedRoma snubbed the chance to sign Daley Blind after the Manchester United player was offered to the Italian side, technical director Monchi says.The Netherlands international was linked to Roma towards the end of the January transfer window, but the club felt he was too expensive and not right for their team.”Blind was offered to us three or four days ago, but we decided he was not the right player,” Monchi said. “Even from an economic point of view, which is important.”Read the full story here! 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Xavi’s Madrid anger: A counter-attack and it’s 3-1… F***!

first_imgReal Madrid v PSG ‘A counter-attack and it’s 3-1… F***!’ – Xavi frustrated by Madrid’s win over PSG Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(76) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid PSG Champions League 14022018 Getty Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League The former Barcelona star was left annoyed by the result in the Champions League and feels that the scoreline was an “injustice” Former Barcelona star Xavi did not hold back in his assessment of Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu, describing the 3-1 Champions League loss to Real Madrid as an “injustice”.European titleholders Madrid scored twice in the final seven minutes to take command of the last-16 tie after Wednesday’s opening leg in the Spanish capital.AdChoices广告PSG broke the deadlock thanks to Adrien Rabiot in the 33rd-minute before Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time. 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 The French visitors controlled proceedings in the second half but sensationally collapsed during the closing stages as Ronaldo and Marcelo condemned PSG to a two-goal defeat.Reflecting on the result, Xavi – now playing for Al Sadd in Qatar – was less than impressed with Madrid’s performance against the Ligue 1 leaders.”Madrid have something,” Xavi told So Foot . “Against them, you can never miss your chance, otherwise they will punish you. But the worst thing is that they hurt the opponent with nothing.”A counter-attack is enough for them to take things into their own hands. The game ends and you look at the score and say ‘F***, 3-1, how did they do that?'”You almost think it’s an injustice that PSG lost by such a big margin because it was a game that should have ended 1-1, 2-2 or 2-1 for PSG.”  #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/CRyK9eaRh4 — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 17, 2018 The former Barcelona star went on to say that Madrid are not a club that worries about playing well, with Los Blancos focused only on finding a way to win.”It’s inexplicable, Real Madrid didn’t play, but still won,” Xavi continued. “I saw the broadcast on Spanish television with [former Madrid player and coach Jorge] Valdano and he said something very true.”In this match there were several phases, very different from each other, and there was a moment in which PSG dominated clearly.”During those siege minutes in the Madrid area, it was at that precise moment that PSG should have scored the second.”Xavi added: “Were Madrid superior to PSG? For me, no, but they don’t care if they are superior, if they dominate or are dominated.”Their philosophy is simply to win. That is what makes them so difficult to play against in the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu, for example. PSG played like Barca.”PSG responded to their loss in Madrid with a 5-2 win over Strasbourg in Ligue 1, but the French league leaders have a tough stretch of the season ahead. Unai Emery’s side face Marseille in back-to-back matches, one in the cup and one in the league, before welcoming Madrid to Parc des Princes on March 6.last_img read more

Gattuso hopes to continue run as Milan boss

first_imgUEFA Europa League Gattuso hoping to continue with ‘great honour’ of coaching Milan Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:32 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gennaro Gattuso AC Milan Europa League Marco Luzzani UEFA Europa League Milan Milan v Ludogorets Ludogorets The Serie A side’s boss was asked about his future after the club’s unbeaten run extended to 11 matches across all competitions Gennaro Gattuso said he would like to remain head coach on a permanent basis after guiding AC Milan through to the Europa League round of 16.Gattuso was promoted from his role with the Primavera youth team to take charge of the senior side until the end of the season after Vincenzo Montella was sacked in November.The former Milan midfielder has overseen an upturn in fortunes, with the Italian outfit unbeaten in 11 matches across all competitions following Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Ludogorets, which sealed a 4-0 aggregate win. 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 Asked about his future after sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said he wanted Gattuso to remain at the club next season, the tenacious 40-year-old told Sky Sport Italia: “You have to ask the club that.”I always give the same answers, because it’s what I believe.”It is a great honour for me to be the Milan coach. It’s a lot of pressure and responsibility too, but I like that.”I am eternally grateful to Mirabelli and Fassone for giving me this opportunity and I hope it continues.”Fabio Borini scored the only goal of the game at San Siro as Milan eased past the Bulgarian champions in the Europa League.Patrick Cutrone teed up Borini in the first half for Milan, who made it four successive wins in all competitions.That’s it! We’re through to the #Roundof16 ! Andiamo agli Ottavi!!! #ACMLUD 1-0 (agg: 4-0)21′ @borinifabio29 #UEL #weareateam pic.twitter.com/6e5pL7hBhe — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 22, 2018 “I did not want to concede and trusted that the defence would play well,” Gattuso said post-match. “It seemed like an easy match but I wasn’t relaxed because I know these types of games can change quickly. Yet, we were on top of things and did everything not to concede.”[Riccardo] Montolivo played his second match in three days and did very well. [Manuel] Locatelli can still give more. [Cristian] Zapata had not played since the match against Rijeka and responded positively. Also [Jose] Mauri gave a decent performance. I’m pleased with [Nikola] Kalinic. Andre Silva would have like to score but regardless of that he played a good game.”Cutrone only needs to improve a couple of things and he could also play on the wing. Since I arrived, Borini has never given up, he plays English football, very intense and gives always his all.”Milan will find out their draw for the last 16 on Friday.last_img read more

Fantasy: World Cup Expert XI

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Our expert shares his personal XI for the start of the World Cup Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer Last updated 1 year ago 22:56 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Gaming World Cup Mohamed Salah Olivier Giroud Cristiano Ronaldo France v Australia Peru v Denmark Egypt v Uruguay Portugal v Spain Croatia v Nigeria Germany v Mexico Brazil v Switzerland Belgium v Panama Croatia Brazil Switzerland Panama Spain France Australia Denmark Peru Uruguay Egypt Portugal Nigeria Germany Mexico Belgium Our Fantasy writer picks out the 11 best players and values on offer in the Goal game including stars from Portugal, Spain, Germany, France and more Throughout the run-up to the World Cup we’ve offered plenty of advice on how you should build your team. We are now just days away from the start of the tournament and it’s time to put the tyres to the road.So today I offer you my personal XI, with a quick sentence on why I selected them. Good luck to you and your Fantasy team and, if you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to do so here.Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNow Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move GK: Alisson – Brazil, £6.1m, owned in 9.25% of teamsHe has been phenomenal for both Roma and Brazil over the last year and sits perfectly at the nexus of ability and matchups.DEF: Joshua Kimmich – Germany, £6.4m, owned in 13.79% of teamsKimmich is, without doubt, the best defender in the Goal game having led all players in assists during qualifying whilst part of a top five defence at this tournament.DEF: Thomas Meunier – Belgium, £6.1m, owned in 8.85% of teamsOnly five players contributed towards more goals (goals+assists) than Meunier’s 12 and Belgium should have little trouble keeping clean sheets against Panama and Tunisia.Thomas Meunier BelgiumDEF: Sime Vrsaljko – Croatia, £5.8m, owned in 1.39% of teamsHe’s being slept on at the moment but Vrsaljko picked up three assists and six clean sheets in qualifying and will not face a top 10 attack in the group stage.MID: Mohamed Salah – Egypt, £7.3m, owned in 15.9% of teamsObviously this depends on his fitness, but he scored 63 per cent of Egypt’s qualifier goals is in the easiest group, and starts the tournament with a double gameweek.MID: David Silva – Spain, £6.8m, owned in 8.77% of teamsSilva found his shooting this boots this season for both club (nine) and country (five) and is as close to a guaranteed starter as you’ll find this summer.David Silva SpainMID: Mile Jedinak – Australia, £5.6m, owned in 0.37% of teamsThe Aston Villa man notched five penalties for Australia en route to Russia and, considering his heinously low cost and ownership, he’s a gamble I’m willing to take.MID: Christian Eriksen – Denmark – £7.2m, owned in 10.3% of teamsHe led all midfielders in goals during qualifying (11) and both scored and assisted in Denmark’s final tune-up against Mexico, just to firm up his standing as an elite option in the Goal game.FOR: Olivier Giroud – France, £7.3m, owned in 3.15% of teamsGiroud had just as many goals as Griezmann on the road to Russia and, if he doesn’t start, you can always replace him midweek with someone who will.Olivier Giroud France 2018FOR: Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, £8.0m, owned in 5.22% of teamsHe led all of South America in scoring during South American qualifiers (10) and will get plenty of opportunities to score as no opponent in Group A has a top 20 defence.FOR: Cristiano Ronaldo – £8.2m, owned in 27.06% of teamsRonaldo has a surprisingly tough group, but he had more combined goals (18) than any other player in qualifying and, you know, is Ronaldo.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinlast_img read more

EngenderHealth’s Perspective on New UN Maternal Mortality Estimates

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Pam Barnes, President, EngenderHealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Trends in Maternal Mortality, 1990 to 2008, just released by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNFPA, and The World Bank, reports that the number of women dying globally due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34%, from 546,000 in 1990 to 358,000 in 2008. This is one more piece of evidence that investments to improve maternal health are indeed paying off. It also corroborates research published in Lancet earlier this year that showed a similar, modest decline in the number of women dying from pregnancy complications.While we know that fewer women are dying, there is clearly much more work to be done. In this latest United Nations report, only 10 out of 87 countries with maternal mortality ratios equal to or over 100 in 1990 are on track to achieving Millennium Development Goal No. 5 (MDG 5) by 2015. Also, 30 countries made insufficient or no progress since 1990. (See the full report and press release for more information.)Furthermore, for every life lost due to pregnancy or childbirth complications, about 20 women suffer from maternal morbidity, including obstetric fistula. And if we are going to continue this positive downward trend, we must improve the health of mothers in places with high levels of HIV, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa, and refocus attention to address women’s holistic needs, providing high-quality family planning, obstetric, and HIV services under one roof.As we were reminded at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference 2010, which brought together nearly 700 maternal health experts, solutions exist, and we know what they are. To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, women must have better access to:Family planning, with other related sexual and reproductive health servicesSkilled care during pregnancyEmergency obstetric careImmediate postpartum careNext week, the world’s leaders will descend on New York City for high-level events, including the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The good news is momentum behind MDG 5 has never been higher. This is welcome news for all of us who care deeply about improving sexual and reproductive health in the world’s poorest communities. The key now is to harness this energy to ensure that our governments deliver on their commitments to ensure universal access to reproductive health and to reduce maternal mortality by 75%.Read EngenderHealth’s blog here to get the latest updates.Share this:last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positions

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is eager to strengthen his wide positions.Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League with the mid-season window now open.The Daily Mail says the former Napoli gaffer wants “better wide, creative options”.Sarri already has wingers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro among his ranks, as well as youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.But his preference for playing Hazard in an unfamiliar No 9 role seems to have shaped his January plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Incredible win at Everton

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Incredible win at Evertonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season’s fixture list.“In the first half, we started well and were incredible for 25 minutes,” said Guardiola.”After that, we had problems with Sigurdsson and trying to control him.“Everton have incredible players up front and experience in the middle and a good manager, so we knew it would be a tough game.”Every season it is difficult at Goodison Park. With the ball we were outstanding.“They had chances, but we had chances too, it was this kind of game. Football is sometimes unpredictable.”We had a problem in the first half with our high pressing – they had one more player on our left side. It was between 25 to 35 minutes that we had problems.“In the second half we showed, better quality. After Liverpool’s result, it was important to reduce the gap back to five points.“We created problems, arrived in perfect positions, attacking their full backs, but we were not so clinical like we were against Watford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoGonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League winby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain was delighted with his goal in Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“It was an important game after our draw in Madrid, so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“I think Juve showed great determination, I am happy for the game, for the goal and we have to continue like this.“It’s always good to play in these games, to score even more so, now we can rest and prepare for the next match, which will be another battle to close on the top of the Serie A table.” last_img read more

ESPN Predicts Which CFB Team Would Win A 68-Team NCAA Tournament In 2016

first_imgESPN Bracket of College Football teams.ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner: https://t.co/U3S0DihDoq pic.twitter.com/a4TK3zicb3— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.last_img read more

Madrid’s Llorente injures groin

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente looks set to be out for at least three weeks after he suffered a strain of the adductor muscle in his left groin, the club has confirmed.Llorente enjoyed a rise to prominence towards the end of 2018 under new manager Santiago Solari, starting their last three La Liga games as well as their Club World Cup wins over Kashima Antlers and Al Ain.But the 23-year-old will be forced into a likely month-long lay-off, give or take a week, after struggling with the injury during the mid-season break. 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? Madrid confirmed the injury is a “grade two” problem, meaning Llorente could miss between three and six weeks of football.He looks likely to at least be out for games against Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Leganes, Real Betis and Sevilla, but a six-week layoff could also see him ruled out of contests with Espanyol, Deportivo Alaves and Atletico Madrid, with any further time out likely to see him miss the Champions League last 16 tie against Ajax in mid-February.A native to the capital, the Spaniard signed up with Los Blancos as a teenager, and came through the ranks at their Castilla youth academy set-up.He made his senior debut for Real Madrid B in 2014, before stepping up for his first appearance with the main team in a 3-0 win over Levante in late 2015.However, with little in the way of regular game-time, he was subsequently loaned out to Alaves in August 2016 on a one-year deal, where he famously helped the club to a 2-1 win over Barcelona during the subsequent campaign.Good form saw him recalled into Madrid contention for the 2017-18 season, where he won the Champions League title under Zinedine Zidane after making one appearance during their European odyssey.Llorente scored his first competitive goal last month in the Club World Cup final against Al Ain, in which he also picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance.At international level, Llorente has received no senior caps or call-ups, but has played nine times for the nation’s under-21 team, having made his first appearance against Estonia in 2016.last_img read more

England off to winning start with Scotland victory

first_imgEllen White scored her third goal in as many games against Scotland as England’s World Cup campaign got off to a winning start in Nice, where Nikita Parris was also on target in a 2-1 victory.Phil Neville’s side dominated much of an entertaining encounter at the Allianz Riviera and Parris scored her 13th international goal with a 14th-minute penalty – her first successful spot-kick in an England shirt.The combination of Parris and her Lyon team-mate Lucy Bronze on the England right was at the heart of the Lionesses’ best play and Scotland could not match their quality despite battling tirelessly throughout. 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? White spearheaded England’s attack, providing them with a constant outlet, and got her reward for a performance full of poise and determination with England’s second, which put the game out of Scotland’s reach despite Claire Emslie’s 79th-minute consolation strike.That feeling when you score your first @FIFAWWC goal… pic.twitter.com/lcRGKEO65x— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 9, 2019England were awarded a penalty after 12 minutes when Nicola Docherty’s raised arm connected with Francesca Kirby’s cross, and Parris lashed the spot-kick into the top-left corner of the net to give Lee Alexander no chance.White drew a good save from Alexander with a close-range volley eight minutes later and had the ball in the net only for her looping header to be ruled out for offside.Manchester City-bound White made no mistake five minutes before half-time when Kirby forced the ball through to her on the edge of the box and she hooked it into the corner of the net with an accurate left-foot finish to double England’s advantage.Beth Mead thought she had made it 3-0 within seconds of the restart but again an offside flag denied England.Scotland improved, and Emslie made inroads down the right flank, but England countered and White struck another close-range volley that Alexander did well to catch.Lisa Evans remained full of running in the closing stages and she started a sweeping Scotland move that Emslie finished with a neat finish high into the net from close range, but England held firm in the closing stages to clinch the victory. read morelast_img read more

Felix reveals CR7 advice & how Hazard is one of his idols

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has revealed that fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo gave him ‘a lot’ of advice as the highly-rated 19-year-old prepares for his first season in La Liga.Felix became the third most expensive footballer of all time after swapping Benfica for the Spanish capital, commanding a transfer fee of €126 million (£112m/$140m) – only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe sit ahead of the starlet.The jump from Liga NOS to La Liga is one that is likely to require some adaptation from Felix, though 15 goals in 26 appearances in his first and only season playing first-team football suggests the future is bright for Atletico. 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? And, despite the teenager having already admitted that he knows how to manage pressure as it is part of his job, he revealed that former Real Madrid man Ronaldo had some sage advice for his compatriot ahead of the 2019-20 season.“Yes, a lot,” Felix said in an AMA with Bleacher Report when asked if Ronaldo had offered any guidance. “In the first game that I played (a 3-1 Nations League win over Switzerland in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick) he gave me a lot of advice.“[He said] to be calm, to play my football.”Felix named another former Real Madrid player, Kaka, as his childhood hero, but revealed that a man brought into the Santiago Bernabeu this summer is the player he is most looking forward to facing in the Spanish top flight.“[Eden] Hazard,” he said, “because he’s one of… he’s an idol that I’ve watched before and I’d like to see him play.”Atleti might count themselves lucky to have landed such a raw gem, with Manchester United and cross-town rivals City having been linked with an interest in the Viseu native. But Felix has no doubts that playing under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the best choices he could have made in terms of improving as a player.“It’s great [to work with Simeone] – he’s one of the best coaches in the world. I will learn a lot with him and that’s what I want.”last_img read more