Alexis becomes best-paid player in PL history

first_imgManchester United Alexis Sanchez becomes best-paid player in Premier League history Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:32 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Crystal Palace Manchester United Premier League Arsenal A. Sánchez The Chile international has left Arsenal for Manchester United as part of a transfer that will see him earn £350,000 per week at Old Trafford Alexis Sanchez has become the highest-paid player in Premier League history after putting pen to paper on an £23 million-per-year deal with Manchester United.The Chile international left Arsenal for the 20-time English champions Monday, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Red Devils believed to be worth £450,000 a week.As a result, Alexis replaces former United forward Wayne Rooney as the biggest earner the Premier League has ever seen, as the former England captain was on £300,000 a week at Old Trafford until he joined boyhood club Everton in the summer of 2017. 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 Upon returning to Merseyside in the summer Rooney signed a deal worth around half of his United salary, but no other contract in Premier League history had been worth more than the former England captain’s until Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford.Manchester United are also responsible for the next three salaries on the Premier League’s highest-paid players list, with Paul Pogba’s £290,000-a-week contract being signed in 2016 as part of his then world-record £89.5m move from Juventus.Interestingly, the fourth highest salary was handed to Radamel Falcao during his 12 months on loan from Monaco in 2014-15, with the Colombian’s four goals in 29 appearances coming at the princely sum of £265,000 a week.Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku earns £250,000 a week having signed for United last summer from Everton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s £220,000 pay packet is matched by the salaries of Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.United’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard both take home £200,000 per week, while Liverpool have replaced Philippe Coutinho’s £180,000 weekly bill with a similar deal for £75m defender Virgil van Dijk.Sanchez was previously on around £140,000 with Arsenal but, having entered the final six months of his contract at the Emirates, the 29-year-old has made the most of his decreased transfer value by raking in a Premier League record contract.Lionel Messi is believed to command the highest current weekly salary in world football, with the four-year contract he signed with Barcelona in 2017 entitling him to wages of around £500,000 per week.However, Carlos Tevez was raking in even more than that at Shanghai Shenhua before returning to Boca Juniors in early January. The former Manchester United striker was earning around £650,000 a week over the course of his 12-month spell in China which he has since joked was merely a “holiday”. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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World Cup Trophy Tour – in 360!

first_imgWorld Cup Trophy Tour 2018 VIDEO: Climb aboard the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola Goal 19:03 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coca-Cola WC Trophy Tour Coca-Cola/Goal World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 Climb aboard the plane that will take sports’ most-wanted prize to 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents over the next few months On Monday, Goal joined Andrea Pirlo and Sir Geoff Hurst at the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, which launched in London. The tour will see the world’s most coveted sporting title visit no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents.Goal’s Rachel Stringer attended the event and got up close with the most prestigious trophy in global football, and now she is inviting you to climb aboard the trophy’s home for the next few months. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook pagelast_img read more

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Police officer dies after fans clash in Bilbao

first_imgUEFA Europa League Police officer dies after Athletic and Spartak Moscow fans clash in Bilbao Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Basque autonomous police officers ANDER GILLENEA UEFA Europa League Athletic Club v Spartak Moskva Athletic Club Spartak Moskva Fans of both teams came to blows outside San Mames ahead of their Europa League last-32 match One police officer, 50-year-old Inocencio Arias Garcia, has been left dead in Bilbao after fans of Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao clashed in the streets ahead of their Europa League last-32 match on Thursday. Fans of the Russian and Spanish sides clashed with members of the Ertzaintza – the local Basque police force – near San Mames ahead of the second-leg meeting.Around 200 Spartak fans made the trip from Russia and arrived early near the stadium. Those supporters and Athletic fans were involved in altercations, with bottles and flares being thrown.   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 Ertzaintza stepped in to keep the fighting from getting out of hand, and one of their members died of a heart attack following the conflict. VÍDEO. Incidentes con los aficionados rusos. pic.twitter.com/cPFkoeBNrK— Radio Bilbao (@radiobilbao) February 22, 2018The Spanish Football Federation confirmed in a statement that the officer fell after a flare dropped close to him and suffered the heart attack, passing away at the Basurto Hospital. The federation also expressed its condolences to the friends and families of the deceased and strongly conmdemed violence surrounding sporting events. The Spanish national police also confirmed the officer’s death in a tweet. Un abrazo y todo nuestro cariño a la familia y compañeros del agente de @ertzaintzaEJGV fallecido en incidentes #AthleticSpartak en San Mamés.NO a la violencia, las agresiones y la barbarie en el deporte.https://t.co/58Sv4Jo9MI pic.twitter.com/CXh3VWNqXU— Policía Nacional (@policia) February 22, 2018Reports also suggest that at least four other people have suffered injuries in the fighting, and that multiple arrests have been made.last_img read more

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Carabao Cup final combined XI

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City Man City stars dominate Arsenal in Carabao Cup final combined XI Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:43 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Montage Guardiola Wenger goal Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Manchester City Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Premier League pair meet at Wembley on Sunday evening looking to secure the first piece of silverware of the 2017-18 season, but who makes our XI?last_img

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New Zealand Teams Enjoying The National Youth Championships

first_imgaustouch.com.au caught up with Touch New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Joe Sprangers, to see how the teams are enjoying their time in Australia. How did the whole concept come about to bring some New Zealand teams over for the National Youth Championships?This forms part of the Touch New Zealand pathway for our juniors so we’ve been looking at our pathways for a number of years and trying to determine what we could do to up the ante, professionalise things a little bit but also provide more opportunities for the kids. Then there is also the need to provide a positive experience for the kids so that they either stay in the sport or if they depart and head off and do other things for a while, that they feel good about coming back to the sport. So that was the concept behind it. We started a national 15’s and 17’s tournament in New Zealand several years ago and that’s quickly grown and that’s becoming one of our premier competitions and products now and we thought it need some sort of outcome other than just turning up and participating at that level. It was also designed to capture the players that don’t get to the New Zealand Secondary Schools tournament, because your school has to qualify for Secondary Schools, and you might be the best player in the country but if your school can’t qualify, you’ll never get there. So we thought we’d put this other one in place as well. So a natural outcome was to select tournament teams and we decided that to give it some prestige and really get everybody interested we would make them proper national teams, under 15’s and 17’s Boys and Girls and that we would then tour those teams. We had approaches from Queensland and New South Wales, had some discussion with them but ultimately the offer was made to come here to the National Youth Championships, so it was the right environment and here we are. What are you hoping the players get out of the tournament?I addressed the contingent when they had their shirt presentation, they got together and everyone was given their playing shirt, and I spoke to them beforehand. The emphasis for me was on them having fun. It’s all about having fun. If you are having a good time and you’re putting into play what you’ve been taught and the work that’s been done with you, then the rest of it will just come. So the key emphasis was on having a great time, enjoy yourselves and the rest of it will come out of that. How have they enjoyed it so far?The kind of kids that are involved in the sport of Touch at that age can’t help but to enjoy themselves, in fact you have to temper it a little bit. It’s been fantastic, they’ve had to learn about things like touring, about staying together in a confined environment, about the disciplines that go with preparation for a tournament and the games and for us that’s invaluable in that a bunch of these kids will go through to Youth Trans Tasman eventually, not necessarily the next one, one or two will go through no doubt, but the bulk will go through after that and they will be one step ahead of everyone who has not done something like this before, so that was a big part of it.last_img read more

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MVP’s From National Youth Championships

first_imgACT PiratesRob McCarthy (18’s Boys)Brisbane City CobrasJordan Dart (18’s Boys)Anna Hicks (18’s Girls)Central Queensland BullsJayden Benbow (18’s Boys)Hunter Western HornetsPan Kaaka (18’s Boys)Tori Moore (18’s Girls)North Queensland Tropical CyclonesJake Carter (18’s Boys)Maggie Styles (18’s Girls)Northern Eagles Julian Nix (18’s Boys)Heidi Swab (18’s Girls)Northern TerritoryNathan Hilton (18’s Boys)Caitlyn Costello (18’s Girls)New South Wales Combined Catholic CollegesWesley Sefuiva (18’s Boys)Sarah Peattie (18’s Girls)New South Wales Combined High SchoolsMichael Henry (18’s Boys)Emily Goodsir (18’s Girls)New South Wales Combined Independent SchoolsMatt Devine (18’s Boys)Anna Bruce (18’s Girls)Queensland Secondary Schools TouchLachlan Pierce (18’s Boys)Jess Alder (18’s Girls)South Australia HeatKelly Rowe (18’s Girls)South Queensland SharksMitchell Farr (18’s Boys)Jaimee Holamotutama (18’s Girls)South West Queensland SwansGeorgie Friedrichs (18’s Girls)Southern SunsBrad Hayes (18’s Boys)Amy Austin (18’s Girls)Sunshine Coast PineapplesNick Pelgrave (18’s Boys)Chloe Crotty (18’s Girls)Sydney Rebels Clay Studdon (18’s Boys)Emma Jennings (18’s Girls)Sydney ScorpionsJordan Marshall-King (18’s Boys)Grace Ryanhart (18’s Girls)TasmaniaWinston Pene (18’s Boys)Sarah Alexander (18’s Girls)VictoriaMatt Hanzel-Fuller (18’s Boys)Western TigersAntini Brown (18’s Boys)Peta Leddy (18’s Girls)last_img read more

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9 months agoReal Madrid approach PSG defender Marquinhos

first_imgReal Madrid approach PSG defender Marquinhosby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are eyeing PSG defender Marquinhos.El Pais says Real are in touch with the player’s agent to discuss a potential transfer. It would likely be a complex deal as PSG want to keep their squad together to fight for the Champions League, but FFP limits might be a reason to sell.Real want a back-up centre-back. Jesus Vallejo has suffered another injury and Nacho is the player that keeps filling in the gaps. With Sergio Ramos 32 years old, Madrid want a new top quality reinforcement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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a month agoChelsea boss Lampard defends Pulisic omission: He’s not unsettled

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard defends Pulisic omission: He’s not unsettledby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has defended his continued omission of Christian Pulisic.Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool was the third straight game where the American was unused substitute.And Lampard has denied reports Pulisic is struggling to settle in at the club.”I have a squad to pick from, he played before that in a few games,” Lampard said of Pulisic.”Willian has come back and looked sharp and good. I decided to go with Mason today. We needed to stay strong and play Mason high up the pitch. That’s my choices to make.”[Pulisic] will get ample opportunities. He is a young player as well. Everyone talks about Mason, Tammy [Abraham] and Fikayo [Tomori] but he is young and younger than some of them so his chances will come.”It is not the case [that he hasn’t settled in].”There’s Pedro, Ross Barkley and [Michy] Batshuayi on the bench.”[Batshuayi] deserves more minutes from the way he is training, those are unfortunate choices I have to make.” last_img read more

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a month agoChelsea set new record with victory over Brighton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea set new record with victory over Brightonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea set a new record with victory over Brighton.Saturday’s encounter with Brighton at Stamford Bridge was the ninth league meeting between the two sides in their respective histories, with Chelsea winning all nine of those contests.The most recent victory, thanks to goals from Jorginho and Willian, means that Chelsea are the only side to hold such a record over a single opponent after that number of games. The previous record was eight wins over a sole opponent, which was held by Bournemouth as they have won all eight of their fixtures against Wimbledon. last_img

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21 days agoAston Villa eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

first_imgAston Villa eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelosby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Villa are lining up a January move for Morelos after the way he has started this season.The striker already has 17 goals to his name.Villa boss Dean Smith sees Morelos as the ideal foil for Wesley.The Premier League boys are willing to offer £20m to tempt Gers to sell. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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6 days agoChelsea boss Lampard delighted with Barkley attitude

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delighted with Barkley attitudeby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the attitude of Ross Barkley.Lampard, one of the great goalscoring midfielders in his playing days, believes there is potentially more to come in terms of Barkley raising his performance level.”One thing I have found from working with Ross is that he really wants to learn and improve,” he told chelseafc.com.”He wants to listen and he has great talent. That is probably why people have judged him to be at a level from a young age because we do get excited when a great talent comes through in England.”His move here to Chelsea where it is competitive has given him challenges, and it is up to him to show what he showed for England on Monday night, and what he is showing in parts already since I have been here because midfield players who can go by a player and who can use right and left foot and conjure a moment out of nothing are gold.”But then you have to have the complete game with that and Ross certainly has those talents and can get better.” last_img read more

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Longhorns Commit Says Braxton Miller Is Headed To Texas, Then Backs Off On Claim

first_imgThe transfer talk regarding Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has mostly subsided, but one college football recruit apparently wanted to temporarily excite his new fan base after committing. Tight end recruit Devonaire Clarington, a four-star prospect out of Miami, Florida, took to Twitter to claim that Miller was headed to Texas. He then deleted the tweet and backed off of his claim, saying he’s hearing it’ll instead be Florida State.He eventually told his followers it was a “tease” – still, it’s odd.Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 1.07.33 PMScreen Shot 2015-02-04 at 1.28.54 PMScreen Shot 2015-02-04 at 1.29.49 PMAll signs point to Miller returning to Ohio State, but that hasn’t stopped players at other schools from dreaming.last_img

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Vine: Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis Ejected After Swinging His Elbow At Purdue’s A.J. Hammons

first_imgOcatvius Ellis swings elbow at A.J. Hammons.Vine/Ryan KrasThings are getting chippy in the Cincinnati vs. Purdue game in Louisville. Bearcat forward Octavius Ellis has been given a Flagrant Two foul and ejected after violently swinging his elbow at Purdue’s A.J. Hammons early in the second half.Luckily, it doesn’t look like Ellis got Hammons squarely, but the intent was there, and it was more than enough for the referees to eject him from the game. Ellis was very emotional after the play, and tore his jersey off while leaving the courtPurdue leads Cincinnati 35-30, The winner will play the winner of tonight’s Kentucky-Hampton game.last_img

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Jimbo Fisher Comments On The “Recent Events” Involving Florida State Football Players

first_imgJimbo Fisher"s statement on recent events involving FSU football players.Jimbo Fisher StatementThe past week has not been a good one for the Florida State football program. On Monday, the Seminoles dismissed freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star quarterback punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar. Today, FSU indefinitely suspended starting running back Dalvin Cook, who is under investigation for battery. Cook allegedly punched a 21-year-old woman several times at a Tallahassee bar. Other Florida State players are reportedly involved in the incident, too. Jimbo Fisher has released a statement about the recent events involving his players. #FSU coach Jimbo Fisher releases statement on recent events: pic.twitter.com/StUOVPFXVK— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) July 10, 2015Florida State opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Texas State.last_img read more

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Socceroos edge Uzbekistan in shootout

first_imgAustrallia qualified for their fourth consecutive Asian Cup quarter final after overcoming Uzbekistan 4-2 on penalties following on from a goalless draw in 120 minutes.Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan was the hero in the shootout, making two saves after Aziz Behich missed the green and gold’s second penalty.The returning Mathew Leckie struck the winning penalty to send his nation in the last eight against either hosts UAE or Kyrgyzstan. 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? Uzbekistan started the better of the two teams and should have taken the lead in the 10th minute through Eldor Shomurodov.After leaving Trent Sainsbury stranded after the simplest of dribbles, Shomurodov could not lift his shot over Mat Ryan, with the ball striking the Socceroos goalkeeper in the shoulder.Australia were dealt another blow mid-way through the half with Tom Rogic receiving a questionable yellow card – a booking that will see him miss the quarter-final.It was a half of few chances as the Socceroos barely troubled Uzbek shot stopper Ignatiy Nesterov, while the Central Asians were restricted to long-range efforts.However the green and gold came out with renewed intensity in the second period and pinned the Uzbeks back in their half from the outset.Trent Sainsbury lifted a wonderful ball over the top of the Uzbek defence to Rhyan Grant’s run in behind, but the Sydney FC defender headed over the bar instead of putting it across goal for waiting teammates.Just before his withdrawal, Jamie Maclaren had a golden chance to break the deadlock but he couldn’t get a toe on Rogic’s clever pass when any contact would have been a goal.The introduction of Mathew Leckie, his first minutes of the tournament, created a spark in the Australian attack and it took a superb save from Nesterov to deny the winger after some trickery down the right flank.Uzbek skipper Odil Akhmedov had a difficult opportunity as stoppage time approached, arriving late in the box to volley but spraying the shot off an Australian defender for a corner.The Socceroos peppered their opponents box in the dying moments but they couldn’t find an opening as extra time beckoned.Momentum continued for Graham Arnold’s side in the first half of the extra period, but aside from a couple of Rogic long-range efforts, Australia couldn’t break down the steely Uzbek rearguard.And it was the same story in the last 15 minutes as the match headed into penalties.Unfortunately for the Uzbeks they were eliminated by the Socceroos again, like they were at the semi-final stage in 2011, but they could hold the heads high at running a tournament favourite to the wire. read morelast_img read more

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Who is performing music at the Champions League final?

first_imgImagine Dragons has been confirmed by UEFA as the band that will play before the 2018-19 Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.Best known in Europe for their hits ‘Radioactive’, ‘Demons’ and ‘Thunder’, the Las Vegas outfit have also topped the US rock charts over the last year with ‘Natural’ and scored a No.2 hit with ‘Bad Liar’.The band, who will have a slot on the pitch around 10 minutes before the game’s big kick off, has sold 12 million albums and more than 35 million singles worldwide. 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? “We’re honoured to be playing the UEFA Champions League final opening ceremony with Pepsi for some of the most passionate sports fans on the planet. It’s going to be a great show in Madrid,” lead singer Dan Reynolds said.They will follow in the footsteps of Dua Lipa, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys, who have played the event in previous years, with UEFA, who promise a “level of production never seen before at a Champions League final”, confident that this will be the biggest yet.“We are extremely excited to be collaborating with Pepsi on the 2019 UEFA Champions League final opening ceremony,” said UEFA Events SA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein. “For the fourth year running, the opening ceremony will bring music, entertainment and sport together in an epic experience for fans – and Pepsi is the perfect partner to help us do that.“Last year’s performance by Dua Lipa was a great success, breaking records as our most-viewed, single piece of social media content ever. We know that Imagine Dragons are going to build on our fans’ excitement for the opening ceremony performance with a rock show football fans will never forget.”Natalia Filippociants, vice president marketing and global beverages at PepsiCo, is equally confident of an explosive performance, saying: “Each year, we have raised the performance bar and the energy in the stadium minutes before kick-off. And to be able to bring today’s ultimate rock band, Imagine Dragons, to the stage with us for what is sure to be an electrifying final, is a true celebration of where this partnership has come – and where it is going.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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‘De Ligt to Barcelona a good move’

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt is ready for a move to Barcelona, according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who believes that products from the Ajax academy are galvanising Netherlands after they missed out on the World Cup in 2018.The Dutch are preparing to face England in the inaugural UEFA Nations League semi-finals and have been buoyed by an injection of fresh talent, some of which has come from the Ajax team which reached this season’s Champions League last four.Frenkie de Jong’s move to Barcelona from Ajax has already been announced while De Ligt has been tipped to follow him to Camp Nou, despite rumours of interest from the likes of Manchester United. 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 19-year-old has already addressed the speculation surrounding his future and he will wait until after the Nations League matches in Portugal over the next few days before making a decision.Former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink, who played 23 times for his country, hopes that De Ligt does move on to bigger things with Barcelona, and also expects the new generation of Dutch footballers to end a spell out of the international spotlight.“The Dutch have always been not afraid to put young players in. In that aspect, they have done a really good job and we can finally say that the national team has a really bright future ahead,” Hasselbaink told Goal.”De Jong, De Ligt, [Virgil] Van Dijk, Kenny Tete, [Stefan] De Vrij. The majority of the players are yet to reach their full potential. The best is yet to come and I think they will push England in the Nations League.“Frenkie de Jong is going to Barcelona. An exceptional talent who is good with the ball and he has a really bright future ahead. He has been fantastic for Ajax this season in the Champions League and domestically.“De Ligt has already been doing it for a long time. He is the first real quality defender to be at Ajax since Jaap Stam. At Netherlands, he has Van Dijk alongside him, he looks like he will follow De Jong to Barcelona which would be a good move.”Netherlands face England on Thursday in Guimaraes for the chance to then play in the final of the Nations League against either Portugal or Switzerland in the final on 9 June in Porto.Jimmy Floyd HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was playing at Stamford Bridge alongside Coca-Cola’s charity partner StreetGames. This summer Coca-Cola and StreetGames will be working together to help young footballers access coaches and pitches as part of its Premier League sponsorship #WhereEveryonePlayslast_img read more

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Injury Update For Oregon QB Justin Herbert

first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)The Oregon Ducks are in a bad place right now. They are 5-3 on the season after back-to-back losses to Washington State and Arizona.As of this week, their Top-25 ranking is now gone and their PAC-12 hopes are all but gone as well.To add insult to injury – literally – the team is now concerned that star QB Justin Herbert might not be available for this week’s home game against UCLA.In a Wednesday press conference, Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal announced that Herbert practiced this week, but his status for Saturday’s game is still uncertain.Mario Cristobal said Justin Herbert practiced today. Still not a guarantee that he will play on Saturday however, still evaluating. pic.twitter.com/yC7Me07ik4— Hayden Herrera (@haydenherrera) October 31, 2018Herbert is currently dealing with a concussion.He has not missed a game this season and has already set new career highs in TDs, passing yards, and passing attempts. However, Herbert’s accuracy has fallen below 60% on the season, as has his yards/attempt rate.Herbert is considered by top draft analysts to be the No. 1 QB prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer Might Help Florida Beat Michigan

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)There is no college football coach in the country who knows more about beating Michigan than Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.The Buckeyes’ head coach has never lost to the Wolverines since arriving in Columbus. This season, Ohio State blew out a then-No. 4 Michigan team at Ohio Stadium.Michigan is set to play Florida in its New Year’s Six bowl game later this month. Meyer might end up helping the Gators beat the Wolverines, too.Meyer’s former assistant coach, Dan Mullen, is Florida’s head coach. He said today that he might reach out to his former boss ahead of the bowl game.“Just to get a thought or two. Obviously they had a great plan of attacking them,” Mullen told reporters on a conference call today.Mullen said he’ll touch base with Urban Meyer: ‘Just to get a thought or two. Obviously they had a great plan of attacking them.’— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) December 3, 2018Michigan will enter their matchup against Florida as the favorite, but the Wolverines were favored against the Buckeyes earlier this season, too.The Peach Bowl is set to kick off at noon on ESPN on Saturday, Dec. 29.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is India’s ideal No.4, says Rohit Sharma

first_img Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 00:11 IST MS Dhoni scored a 96-ball 51 in the Sydney ODI (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia beat India by 34 runs in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket GroundDhoni took 96 balls to score 51 before being dismissed at a crucial juncture in India’s chase of 289″I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” Rohit saidIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni ‘s dismissal was the turning point in India’s 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9. (Full Scorecard)Differing with his skipper Virat Kohli’s views, India’s ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni is “ideal” for the number four slot, as the team works on getting the batting order right for the World Cup. Rohit Sharma added it was his personal view and that the captain and the coach will have the final say on the batting slots.MS Dhoni made a slow 51 from 96 balls in India’s 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI, sparking another debate about his current form in a World Cup year.”Personally, I always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team but we have got Ambati Rayudu who has done really well now at number four. It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally asking, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four,” Rohit, who scored 133 off 129 deliveries, said at the post-match conference.Kohli had earlier expressed his preference for Rayudu to other players for the contentious position.Chasing 289 for a win, India were at one stage reduced to 4 for 3 before Rohit, who scored his 22nd ODI hundred, and Dhoni put on a 141-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But India, in the end, fell short.advertisement”If you look at his [Dhoni’s] overall batting, his strike rate is around 90. Today was a different scenario, when he came out to bat we had already lost three wickets and Australia were bowling pretty well. You just cannot go out and get 100-run partnership easily. So we took a little bit of time and even I did not score as quickly as I normally do,” Rohit said.”I took my time too because we wanted to get that partnership and losing another wicket at that point, the game would have been dead there and then. So, we had to play dot balls and build a partnership,” he explained.Rohit, who had described Dhoni as the “guiding light of the group” ahead of the match, also said that the former captain was ready to bat anywhere for the team.”It is pretty simple with him and he does not complicate things. We spoke about building a partnership because it was crucial at that point,” he said.”It was great to see him come and bat at number five. We lost three wickets but he is keen to get those runs as well. Over the years, he has shown he is ready to bat anywhere for the team and score runs.”‘WE FAILED TO ABSORB PRESSURE’India’s top-order was exposed after they lost Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan early on, as well as Ambati Rayudu for a duck. Rohit said it put pressure on other batsmen to build a partnership but denied suggestions that India’s middle-order is light weight.”We knew we can put some of the bowlers under pressure. Unfortunately, we kept losing wickets at the wrong time; the first three wickets and then when we were going strong with that partnership, unfortunately MS got out and then we knew it was going to be hard.”These things happen, these are the games that will teach you a lot as a batsman, to combat these kind of games when you lose wickets. But we have said enough about learning now. It is time to go and execute, take the pressure and absorb it.”Talking about other batsmen down the order, he said, “We believe in Jadeja to play those cameo innings when required but the asking rate was way too much when he came to bat and for any batsman to just start playing shots is not that easy.”Surprisingly, the ball was reversing quite a bit so to adjust to that is not really easy for the new batter. I don’t think it is a worry, but it is an eye-opener. Sometimes there will be times where no. 6, 7, 8 need to score those crucial runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did that well and had no support.”Rohit’s hundred put him equal with former captain Sourav Ganguly, but he rued all his centuries in Australia went in vain.”I just wanted to make sure we get those runs and the team gets into a good position. Unfortunately all the four hundreds I have scored in Australia, we have lost all the games. That is one thing I want to change. If I get a hundred I want to make sure that we win the game as well.”advertisementAsked about Dhoni’s dismissal, which would have probably been overturned if DRS had been available, Rohit said, “Taking DRS can be tricky. We don’t even have 15 seconds to talk to the batter, only 5-7 seconds by the time they walk over.”Rayudu said he thought the ball was drifting down leg side and I thought the same. We don’t think about these decisions once they have happened, and you cannot always be right.”It is important to use DRS well. Maybe once we reach Adelaide, we will talk about it. It is a learning for us, but what’s done is done.”Also Read | Did MS Dhoni’s slow half-century cost India the Sydney ODI vs Australia? Also Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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