An Uttar Pradesh Minister’s son-in-law is one of the 10 persons accused of plotting the Rae Bareli vehicle collision in which the victim of the alleged Unnao gang rape was left critically injured. Arun Singh, the Nawabganj block pramukh and son-in-law of Ranvendra Pratap Singh, alias Dhunni, a Minister of State holding the Agriculture, Agriculture Education and Agriculture Research portfolios, is listed as accused no. 7 in the FIR lodged by the uncle of the survivor of the alleged rape. She is battling for her life in a hospital in Lucknow with multiple fractures, head and chest injuries. Mr. Arun Singh confirmed to The Hindu that he was in fact the same person named in the FIR. The FIR lists him as one of the persons accused of intimidating the family of the victim. The complainant, her uncle, said he and his family had faced repeated threats from Kuldeep Singh Sengar, MLA, and his men and were being intimidated to change their statements in court or compromise with the MLA or face dire consequences. ‘Falsely implicated’Along with the rest, Mr. Arun Singh faces charges of murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation. Asserting that he was being falsely implicated due to “personal and political rivalry” with a former block pramukh in Nawabganj, Awadesh Singh, he alleged that his rival shared a link with the jailed uncle of the victim. Mr. Arun Singh had defeated Maya Singh, Mr. Awadesh Singh’s wife, to win the post. Mr. Arun Singh said he was a litigant in the 2006 murder case of a Dalit block pramukh, Ram Naresh Nirmal, in which Mr. Awadesh Singh is an accused. “Awadesh Singh is a history-sheeter with over 40 criminal cases and my political opponent,” he said. “He is using the uncle as a shield… he feels if he falsely implicates me or sends me to jail, then he will be able to manage his case,” Mr. Arun Singh said. In the FIR relating to the collision, the uncle mentions Mr. Awadesh Singh as being among the people who would come to visit him in jail. The police have so far traced the owner of the truck to Fatehpur, which shares borders with Unnao and Rae Bareli.Mr. Arun Singh downplayed his political links with his father-in-law. “I have no political connection with him. He is my father-in-law but not my political guardian,” said Mr. Arun Singh, who is considered close to Mr. Sengar and Unnao BJP MP Sachhidanand Hari, alias Sakshi Maharaj. Mr. Arun Singh’s name also surfaced last year in the assault case of the survivor’s father, who died in custody in suspicious circumstances. He was questioned but not formally charged. He says he is innocent. “I have never seen the uncle by face. I have never seen the victim and I don’t even know where their house is,” he said, adding he had not met Sengar in over six months. Mr. Arun Singh said he was ready to undergo a narco test and cooperate with any agency–the CBI has taken over the collision case and even lodged an FIR, which includes him–in the investigation. The uncle of the survivor was on Wednesday granted a day’s parole to attend the cremation of his wife and relative, who died in the Rae Bareli collision while they were on their way to meet him in jail. Awadesh Singh was not available for comment.
LaVar Ball thinks son LiAngelo’s arrest in China ‘not a big deal’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics then lost rookie forward Tatum late in the second quarter, when he went to the locker room with a sore right ankle.Coach Brad Stevens said Tatum had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution. He will be re-examined on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s yet another blow for a team that lost Gordon Hayward for the season after a gruesome leg injury on opening night.“Until we have only four left, I guess we’re just gonna keep playing,” Stevens said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments RIVALRY REKINDLED?Lakers coach Luke Walton said this generation of players views the Celtics-Lakers rivalry differently than those around for the 1980s matchups.“I think some of them get it, more than others,” he said. “Guys like Lonzo that grew up in LA, I think if you grew up in either one of these cities, you’re probably pretty well schooled on the rivalry. For some of these young guys, they probably don’t know much about it.”Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA!” after Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter.CELEBRITY SIGHTINGSNew Red Sox manager Alex Cora, New England Patriots players Devin McCourty and Dion Lewis, and rapper DMX were in attendance.UP NEXTLakers: At Washington on Thursday night.Celtics: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Irving also got banged up and had his right leg examined by trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He came back with just over six minutes to play and immediately made an impact, scoring back-to-back baskets to push Boston’s lead back to 100-90.The Celtics led by 48-28 in the second quarter but were outscored 24-13 over the final 6:51 of the half to let the Lakers back into the game.TIP-INSLakers: Only lead of the game was 2-0. … Had 12 turnovers in the first half.Celtics: Shot just 8 of 24 in the fourth quarter. … The 61 points scored by the first half was a season high. … Took a season-high 98 field-goal attempts.LAY OFF BALLCeltics forward Marcus Morris thinks fans should ease up on Ball.“He’s a good kid — it’s his dad,” Morris said. “He’s got a big mouth, everybody knows it. … He has a long time to do this. He’s a young guy. It kind of sucks that he’s gotta go everywhere and they just boo him and boo him and boo him. He’s just a regular player.”Ball said he didn’t take offense to it.“They’re home. I’d boo too if I was a fan,” he said. 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Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5 of 18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field.With Tatum sidelined in the second half, Boston struggled defensively, and the Lakers exploited the paint for several easy baskets.“They hit us in the mouth and we were kind of shocked,” Kyle Kuzma said. “The second quarter and the secondhalf we fought back.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez reach for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. 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One Texas legislator is fed up with the ongoing sexual assault scandal taking place at Baylor, and wants the state’s best on the job to join the investigation.Texas state representative Roland Gutierrez filed HR 644 last week asking Texas governor Greg Abbot to have the Texas Rangers investigate “the obstruction of justice surrounding the sexual assault of young female students at Baylor University,” according to legislation documents.That investigation began today, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Texas Rangers have opened preliminary investigation of Baylor and its police department to determine whether further action is needed— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) March 1, 2017“The Texas Rangers are working with the local prosecutor to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if further action is warranted,” Tom Vinegar, press secretary for the Texas Department of Public Safety told ESPN.The investigation will focus on the handling — or mishandling — of allegations of sexual assault by students at Baylor.“What has happened here in Waco, what happened at Baylor, is so far different from any university in the state,” State Rep. Roland Gutierrez told ESPN. “We can’t stop bad things from happening, but we sure as hell can demand accountability. We sure as hell can demand that people protect our children.”
CW1 (Blocking)Sione FinefeuiakiJr. CW1 (Receiving)Keenen BrownR-Jr. Keenan Brown and Britton Abbott are fine players, but they are not and will not be what Zac Veatch and Blake Jarwin were in 2016. Let’s continue with a look back at spring practice with a dive into what we saw from the cowboy backs.SummaryOnly a few weeks before National Signing Day, coach Mike Gundy said he was still looking for another cowboy back to come in and fill the blocking role Veatch left.Gundy got him in Sione Finefeuiaki, but he won’t be on the field until the fall. The way Gundy talked about him made it seem as if he would change the outlook of the position. That’s good because the group seems like it is one name away from having a chance to have a meaningful impact on the field.“We’ve chewed on them pretty good, they have big shoes to fill,” Gundy said. “We couldn’t have won 11 (LOL) games last year without Veatch and Jarwin. We don’t have a lot of experience at that position. We’ve got guys here that have skill and need to develop.”The effort was there all spring. Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo had his guys out at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center before any other position group. They even beat the reporters. McEndoo stood across from his group with a laminated piece of paper and shouted blocking calls that the cowboy backs walked through.It seemed monotonous, but it must have been working to some degree.“They’re dedicated, and they’re working hard,” Gundy said. “They understand the importance of that position in our offense. I would say that’s why they’re out here (early).”In the spring game, cowboy backs combined for a pair of completions for 30 yards. Still, if Gundy feels like he isn’t getting enough bang for his buck, he shouldn’t have a problem going to four or five receivers, which is something he has said will be used more in 2017.Camp StarOn a fourth and three at one point last season, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich drew up a play for a walk-on.Britton Abbott flooded to the flat and was open but dropped Mason Rudolph’s pass. Turnover on downs.In the spring, it was a turnover of leaf for Abbott.“Britton Abbott’s twice the player he was at this time last year,” Gundy said.Abbott is a blocking-first, Veatch-esque cowboy back who is part of a family of athletes. His brothers play football at Tulsa, and his dad spent time in the NFL with the New York Giants. Abbott hasn’t been a game-changer by any means for the Cowboys through his first two seasons in the program.At a position with less skill than normal, that is likely to change.Projected Two Deep CW2 (Receiving)Tyler FergusonR-Jr. SpotPlayerClass CW2 (Blocking)Britton AbbottR-Jr. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s keep this 100 days of summer rolling on with No. 93, junior defensive end Jarrell Owens.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Owens was originally committed to to play closer to home at TCU. Six months after his commitment to the Horned Frogs, second-year DL coach Joe Bob Clements, convinced Owens to make a trip to Stillwater. Two days later, he had decommitted from TCU and was ready to sign with the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Owens began contributing immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning meaningful reps in a rotation headlined by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. He was both productive and disruptive. That year he finished with 11 tackles (8 solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.In 2016, Owens earned a starting spot opposite Cole Walterscheid and started 12 games. He tallied 25 total tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three QB hurries. He also showed his athleticism during one of Oklahoma State’s Piesman-nominated plays.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016During the off season, Owens hones his tackling skills in a way that may seem unusual to some. He hunts feral hogs — and catches them with his bare hands.Role in 2017Owens looks ready to defend his starting spot and should definitely be featured in the Cowboys’ two-deep end rotation which Mike Gundy expects to operate hockey-like line rotations. Between he, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Vili Leveni the Cowboys boast as talented and deep a group of rotation ends as Mike Gundy has had. Any one of them could have a huge game at any time and each one will need to have multiples for the Cowboys to reach their potential.Noteworthy Stats and highlightsHad a career-high two tackles for loss, including a sack against Southeastern Louisiana last season. In the Alamo Bowl, he was disruptive, recording four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.
Jack Wilshere England ‘need’ Wilshere for the World Cup, says Campbell Robin Bairner 22:02 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Milan England UEFA Europa League World Cup Injuries are the only thing that have held the Arsenal midfielder back in his career, the former Three Lions defender has argued Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has backed Jack Wilshere for inclusion in England’s World Cup squad.The 26-year-old midfielder has been called into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the first time in two years ahead of friendlies against Netherlands and Italy.Campbell believes that the Gunner is a “wonderful” player and should be someone that the Three Lions should take to Russia in the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “He’s a wonderful player,” Campbell told Talksport. “The only thing that has held him back is injuries and that’s such a shame, because he’s got great tenacity, great footwork and speed and knowledge.“He’s got great drive and he’s got a good goal in him too.“I’m pleased for him. England need that type of player who can play in tight areas and make thing happen.”However, the former centre-back, who won 73 caps for his country, does not think he is yet at the stage of playing at his best.“Jack needs games. He needs regular games, he needs to build up that stamina and he needs to get that rhythm going,” he said.“If he stays fit all the way until the end of the season he should be in that squad, for sure.”Wilshere has turned out 33 times for Arsenal this season, scoring two goals.His long-term future remains under question as his contract with the club is up at the end of the season. Though the likes of AC Milan and Everton hover, the Gunners are confident he will sign a new deal.
Posted on August 30, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick 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)At today’s session on “Policy and advocacy tools,” panelists presented on web-based and new media options for disseminating maternal health research and messages. Though online technology is an often-untapped resource for the maternal health field, the panelists laid out specific ideas and strategies that have the potential to catalyze policy change.Panelists discussed:• Leveraging new and online technology for maternal health advocacy and communication; Mari Tikkanen, M4ID• An Atlas of Birth: mapping the global challenges and solutions to maternal mortality; Sarah Neal, University of Southampton• Lives Saved Tool: influencing maternal and child health policy; Koki Agarwal, MCHIP“Maternal health doesn’t have a global movement,” said Tikkanen. “We need these tools to reach out to a broader audience.”It was interesting to hear the panel talk about the need to present evidence in ways that capture attention and provoke action among a diverse array of stakeholders. It’s true. Research is incredibly important. But we also need to take scientific research, like the data used in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), and make it accessible. Data visualization and creative maps, like those created in the Atlas of Birth, are fantastic ways to capture policymakers and express complex issues quickly.But maps are a natural next step for researchers and academics. What else can we be doing? We can be blogging, updating our Facebook pages, tweeting, downloading iPhone apps, sending text alerts, and more. I am a strong supporter of all new media initiatives, but I think it’s important to remember the difference between awareness-raising and advocacy. Though raising awareness is a step towards advocacy, we should be mindful that our social networking and online tools have an intended impact on policy change. It is not enough to just exist on social networks; we must strategize and use tools that benefit our organizational mission and the broader maternal health cause. And we must tailor our messages to specific audiences.We also need to work hard to combat those who think online tools are trivial. Betsy McCallon of the White Ribbon Alliance and moderator of the session gave a great example: “In the US, where global development aid support is sliding, policymakers need to hear from their constituents that these issues are important,” she said.I encourage maternal health organizations who look down on new media, or who fear the rapid pace and inherent transparency, I encourage you to join the movement. Social media and online tools put the power in the hands of the people. It’s our job, as maternal health advocates, to make sure that power is maximized and targeted.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTFand @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, clickhere.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
World Cup ‘This is not football’ – Carvajal criticises Iran tactics Jamie Smith 06:20 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images World Cup Spain Iran v Spain Iran Even though a fortunate Diego Costa strike earned the Roja a 1-0 win over their plucky opponents, the right-back hit out at their tactics. Dani Carvajal described Iran’s tactics as “disloyal” even though Spain recorded their first World Cup win.Diego Costa’s fortunate goal settled a tight contest in Kazan, moving Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B.Iran had a goal disallowed following a VAR review, while Mehdi Taremi was among those to miss chances for Carlos Queiroz’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 Real Madrid right-back Carvajal, though, felt Iran’s defensive tactics were over-the-top, while hitting out at what he perceived to be play-acting.”The team sits back and that is a tactical strategy that is part of the game,” Carvajal said. “But the injuries are simulated.”This is not football, it is disloyal, but everyone there with their conscience.”All to play for in Group B for #POR #ESP and #IRN in the final round of fixtures… #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/75h32KvqE6— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Carjaval is now hoping future opponents at Russia 2018, starting with Morocco in their Group B closer, are more ambitious in their play.”It has been hard for us to open the door,” Carvajal added. “But we kept the clean sheet despite the chances they have had – they are three very important points.”We are a team that plays direct, open and I hope we do not have rivals that put many players in their area.”
Germany 2 Sweden 1: Late Kroos winner brings Low’s men back from the brink Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:16 6/24/18 Getty Images Germany’s hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout phase were hanging in the balance before Toni Kroos scored a stoppage-time free-kick. Germany came back from the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit as Toni Kroos scored a sensational stoppage-time winner to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden.Kroos found the net with a wickedly curling set-piece in the 95th minute of a game that brought out the best and worst of Joachim Low’s world champions, who were reduced to 10 men when Jerome Boateng was sent off with eight minutes remaining.It capped a dramatic turnaround in a match that Germany could not lose after Die Mannschaft were beaten by Mexico in their opening Group F game, but such a scenario was on the cards when Ola Toivonen’s superb lob gave Sweden a lead they held until half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 But Low’s team-talk at the break obviously struck a chord with the world champions, who levelled early in the second half through Marco Reus’ scrappy effort.Boateng’s dismissal threatened to unravel their efforts to get back into the match and it looked as though they would have to settle for a point that would have left their hopes of progressing from the group hanging in the balance. However, with the clock winding down, Kroos’ stunner sparked jubilant German celebrations and simultaneously broke Swedish hearts.The result leaves Group F wide open with no team yet mathematically through. Mexico lead the way on six points, while Germany and Sweden are on three, and South Korea still on zero.95 – Toni Kroos’ strike (94:42) was Germany’s latest ever World Cup goal scored during regulation time (excluding extra time). Poise. #GERSWE #GER #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/n6yomGJSAx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2018Germany dazzled Sweden with lightning-fast passing in the opening exchanges and Julian Draxler had a shot blocked from close range before he toe-poked a left-footed effort narrowly wide from a tight angle soon after.Emil Forsberg was pulled back by Thomas Muller on Sweden’s first foray into German territory but no free-kick was given and, after Victor Lindelof cleared a Reus cross away from danger, Janne Andersson’s men were denied what looked like a clear penalty.Viktor Claesson’s pass put Marcus Berg through one-on-one with Manuel Neuer when Boateng appeared to bundle the Sweden striker to the ground without playing the ball, but referee Szymon Marciniak ignored Sweden’s ardent protests.Germany lost Sebastian Rudy when he left the field with a bloody nose after a collision with Toivonen moments before the Sweden forward landed another blow as he burst into the box to control a Claesson cross on his chest and lift his shot over Neuer into the far corner of the net in some style.Substitute Ilkay Gundogan and Berg exchanged dangerous long-range shots at the end of the first half and Low sent on Mario Gomez for Draxler at the start of the second half.Less than three minutes later Germany drew level when Timo Werner’s cross evaded Gomez but found Reus, who met it with his knee and turned the ball beyond Robin Olsen and into the bottom corner of the net.Low’s men did not stop there, and Muller headed narrowly wide before Jonas Hector forced Olsen into a good save to keep the scores level.Reus should have made it 2-1 when his attempted back-heel failed to connect with Joshua Kimmich’s low cross.With just under 10 minutes left, Boateng was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Berg, and Neuer then made a dramatic one-handed save to deny substitute John Guidetti a winning goal with a downward header.Olsen pulled off an even better save at the other end, parrying Gomez’s powerful header over the crossbar, and Julian Brandt crashed a thunderous shot onto the post from an offside position as time looked to have run out on Germany.But Kroos hooked a sweetly struck effort from a well-worked free-kick with Reus on the left into the far corner of the net from a tight angle to allow his country to breathe a huge sigh of relief.BEST NEVER REST! Kroos puts the @DFB_Team_EN in the lead – the dream of the round of 16 is back alive! #GERSWE pic.twitter.com/tuzsZHC8NZ— Mercedes-Benz & Die Mannschaft (@mbfussball_en) June 23, 2018Key Opta stats:- Germany came from behind at half-time to win a World Cup match for the first time since 1974 – which was also against Sweden.- Toni Kroos’ winning goal after 94 minutes and 42 seconds was the latest goal scored by Germany in World Cup history (excluding extra-time).- Sweden’s Ola Toivonen failed to score in 23 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse in 2017-18, attempting 19 shots without success – he scored with his second shot at the 2018 World Cup.- This was the first match at a major international tournament (Euros and World Cups) that Mesut Ozil had not started for Germany since he made his debut in 2010, ending a run of 26 consecutive starts.- Sweden have lost a World Cup group stage match for the first time since June 1990, when they lost to Costa Rica – this defeat ends a run of 10 group games unbeaten. read more
World Cup Shaqiri, Xhaka facing disciplinary action over controversial goal celebration Dejan Kalinic 06:57 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images World Cup Serbia v Switzerland Switzerland Serbia The governing body confirmed it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Switzerland pair for their celebrations against Serbia Switzerland stars Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka are facing disciplinary action from FIFA after their provocative goal celebration against Serbia at the World Cup .The pair struck in the second half to lead Switzerland to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in Russia on Friday, but it was their celebration that took most attention.Shaqiri and Xhaka put their hands together to form what looked like a two-headed eagle, similar to the one on the flag of Albania, threatening to inflame political tensions in the Balkans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for their goal celebration during the match Switzerland vs. Serbia,” the governing body said in a statement on Saturday.Shaqiri and Xhaka are of Kosovar heritage, with the former born in the partially recognised nation which was fought over by forces from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – Montenegro and Serbia at that time – and the Kosovo Liberation Army in the late 1990s.Despite being recognised by UEFA, Serbia refuses to see Kosovo as an independent state, meaning relations remain tense.FIFA has also opened proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for “crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans”.A preliminary investigation was opened against Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made post-match.
World Cup Denmark vs France: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Denmark v France Denmark France Powerade Denmark and France will clash on Tuesday at the Luzhniki Stadium to decide the winners of Group C Denmark get the point they need to join France in the last-16 of the World Cup. A poor first half showing was followed by an even more dull second as neither team tried to take charge of the game. It took only the 82nd minute before either goalkeeper was tested, with Schmeichel tipping away Fekir’s curling effort. Mbappe added energy to the French attack but still could not create anything worthy of note. With the likes of Croatia or Argentina potential opponents in the last-16, both sides will have to up their game if they hope to progress any further.FULL-TIME: DENMARK 0-0 FRANCE Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 90+2 mins: SUB! Delaney injures himself in that challenge on Mbappe. Lerager comes on to replace him.90 mins: Mbappe again the inspiration as he latches onto the loose ball after Delaney’s challenge and makes his way into the box. He lays it off to Giroud who can only poke his return pass behind the run of Mbappe. Better from France.89 mins: France move the ball around with comfort, but it is all sideways and backwards. It’s worked to Mbappe on the right wing who tries to inject some energy into the attack, but the return pass from N’Zonzi is too heavy and the PSG forward can only flick the ball behind for a goal kick.87 mins: A chorus of boos ring around the stadium once more as Denmark pass it safely along the back line. France are dominating possession at the moment though, Denmark look happy just to hold on for a draw.86 mins: Prior to his substitution in the 68th minute, Griezmann didn’t complete a single pass to strike partner Giroud in this game.84 mins: Mbappe has added a bit of life to the French attack but they are still unable to find any way through the Danish defence so far. 82 mins: CHANCE! 82 minutes played and a goalkeeper is finally tested. Fekir picks the ball up just outside the box and curls a low effort towards the bottom-left corner, but Schmeichel reacts well to punch the ball wide.80 mins: 10 minutes left to play and this game is being played at walking pace at times. Fans all around the stadium voice their displeasure. It has been a poor game.78 mins: SUB! Dembele, who has offered plenty of pace to France but no real end product, is replaced by Paris Saint-Germain teenager Mbappe.77 mins: Denmark’s turn to get bodies forward and test the French back line, but the men in white are holding firm. The Danish fans are cheering every pass.75 mins: A like-for-like change up front for Denmark as Cornelius is replaced by Ajax’s Dolberg.74 mins: They do finally create something though. Mendy fires in a decent cross towards the head of Giroud, but the Chelsea man can only glance his header wide of the right post.73 mins: France continuining to see plenty of the ball but their final product is lacking. 71 mins: This game has arguably been even slower and more lifeless in the second half than the first. Neither side have really put any pressure on their opponents to go for the win.68 mins: Mendy tries to spark some life into the game as he bursts down the left wing, but his deep cross is over the head of everyone. Denmark get a free kick for holding in the box anyway.SUB! Griezmann is replaced by Fekir for France’s second change, with passage to the knockout stages already secured. 67 mins: Slow, ponderous Danish possession comes to an end when a chipped through ball is straight into the hands of Mandanda.66 mins: Denmark with a spell of possession in the final third but they are unable to work anything towards Cornelius in the box. They keep the ball though.63 mins: That has summed up this game so far. Lemar has acres of space in the centre of the pitch and chips a pass wide to the left, to no one at all. Straight out of play for a Danish throw.62 mins: Delaney latches onto a long ball on the right of the French box. He tries to worm his way beyond Kimpembe and forces the defender to concede a corner.60 mins: Sisto, who has not had much impact on today’s game, is replaced by Fischer for Denmark’s first change.59 mins: CHANCE! Varane’s clearance only goes as far as the edge of the box and the ball finds its way back to Eriksen, but his low drilled effort rolls narrowly wide of the left post.58 mins: Sisto finally sees a bit of the ball and races towards the box. His cross isn’t the best though and Varane can clear.56 mins: A slight delay as Cornelius receives treatment for a collision with Kimpembe. Nothing too serious though. This game has still yet to come to life in this second half.54 mins: CHANCE! Eriksen stands over a free kick just over 25 yards from goal. His low shot is straight at Mandana, who spills the ball. Cornelius races forward for the tap in but the France goalkeeper recovers quickly to claim at the second attempt.53 mins: Peru have doubled their lead against Australia through Paolo Guerrero. It is looking increasingly likely that Denmark will progress alongside France regardless of the score here, unless the Australians can make an unlikely comeback.52 mins: France are finally beginning to turn up the heat. Griezmann gets the ball inside the box but he is dispossessed before he can turn towards goal.50 mins: France make an early change as Hernandez is replaces by Manchester City’s Mendy. The incoming left-back is still on his way back to full fitness following a seven-month injury lay-off.48 mins: France enjoying plenty of possession but it is all in front of the Danish side. A cross from the left tries to find Giroud in the box but the Chelsea forward is penalised for holding his marker.46 mins: We are back underway!It will benefit both sides if the score stays level but France at least will be under pressure to put in a performance in this second half. Deschamps will be unlikely to risk his key players unless Denmark take the lead but they will need to turn all their possession into some positive attacking play, if only to give their fans a reason to be optimistic heading into the knockout stages.All square at the break in what has been a timid half of football. France dominated possession but lacked any real penetration to their attacks. Griezmann and Dembele both had efforts from range but overall Schmeichel was never tested. Denmark had few chances at the other end but Braithwaite missed the ball entirely when through on goal, while Eriksen’s chance was smothered by Mandanda.HALF-TIME: DENMARK 0-0 FRANCE45+3 mins: Zanka is booked for a foul on Griezmann as France break forward. There will be no time to take the free kick though.45+1 mins: The fourth official has indicated two minutes of additional time.45 mins: France finally up the pace of their play, giving Dembele space on the edge of the box. The forward if off balance as he strikes the ball though, skewing it high and wide of Schmeichel’s goal.43 mins: France finally get in behind the Danish defence via the run of Griezmann, but the linesman flag is up for offside.41 mins: Better from France. Dembele races away down the right wing and chips a cross towards the back post. Giroud opts to wait on the edge of the box instead of challenging for the ball, allowing Kjaer to head clear with ease.40 mins: France suddenly break forward at the other end as the spaces open up on the counter. Griezmann tries to curl an effort from the edge of the box but it is straight into the welcoming hands of Schmeichel. 39 mins: Eriksen does finally pick the ball up in an attacking position and he gets his head up quickly to try and find Cornelius at the back post. Well defended by Varane though. 37 mins: Denmark have done well with their rare opportunities going forward, but they have yet to get their creative players involved in the game so far. Eriksen and Sisto have barely had a touch.36 mins: Another France attack comes to nothing. Giroud dinks a pass over the Danish defence but Griezmann slips as he turns to run onto it. 34 mins: Denmark and France still looking for the first shot on target of the game.33 mins: CHANCE! Dembele creates a bit of space for himself on the edge of the box but he can only curl his effort beyond the far post. 31 mins: Lemar tries to worm into space on the edge of the Denmark box but he is dispossessed. France have been poor in attack in truth, Denmark have been the better side.29 mins: CHANCE! Delaney does brilliantly to fight off a challenge and find Cornelius down the left wing. The striker fires in a wonderful low cross towards the penalty box and Eriksen races onto it, but Mandana does well to close down the space and smother the danger. Best chance of the game from both sides so far.28 mins: Giroud rises high to meet the corner but it is cleared away by Christensen. There is a stop in play as Kjaer receives treatment for a head injury.27 mins: Lemar whips an excellent free kick along the front of goal but no France player can get on the end of it. Kjaer clears for a corner.25 mins: Danish fans are making plenty of noise as they continue to hold off French attacks with ease. All too easy for Denmark at the moment.23 mins: Denmark try to make some headway with a long ball down the right wing but it is always too high for Eriksen to get to. France throw.21 mins: It is very evenly contested as we approach the halfway point of the first half. France, as expected, are enjoying plenty of possession but Denmark are defending well. 19 mins: Peru have taken the lead against Australia in the other Group C game. As things stand, Denmark will progress to the last-16 regardless of their own result.18 mins: France continue to see plenty of the ball but there is no penetration at all to their attacks. Denmark try to break forward on the counter attack but Cornelius cannot beat Lemar for pace on the right wing.16 mins: France get their first corner of the game. There is plenty of pace on the cross by Lemar but Varane can only glance his header wide of the right post.14 mins: France continue to dominate possession but Denmark are getting plenty of bodies behind the ball and limiting their space in the final third.12 mins: Neither side have really offered much going forward so far in the early stages of this game. Braithwaite is making a nuisance of himself to the French defence but has yet to fashion a chance, while Griezmann is doing the same at the other end.10 mins: France are lacking any rhythm in their play at the moment, as a simple pass is overhit and straight out for a Danish throw. Denmark are looking the better side when they come forward.8 mins: Griezmann is free down the right and fires a low cross towards Giroud, but it is easily dealt with by the Danish defence. 6 mins: Eriksen stands over Denmark’s first corner of the game. The delivery finds Delaney at the front post but N’Zonzi does enough to put the midfielder off and send his effort wide.5 mins: Steve Mandanda is the oldest Frenchman to make his World Cup debut (33y 89d).4 mins: Denmark penetrate the French defence with their first foray forward. Braithwaite flicks the ball over the head of Kimpembe and races in on goal, but he misses the ball completely as he goes to shoot. A let off for France there.2 mins: France move the ball patiently around the midfield, waiting for their opening. Sidibe is found in space on the right wing and gets away from his marker, but his low cross is easily cleared. Denmark are getting everybody but Cornelius behind the ball.1 min: France, playing in white today, get the game underway!HERE WE GO…The national anthems are sung and the players are in position and ready to go. Kick-off is imminent.France make six changes to the side that beat Peru 1-0, as Deschamps opts to rest key players with progress to the knockout stages already secured. Mandana replaces Lloris in goal, while Sidibe and Kimpembe come into defence alongside Varane and Hernandez. N’Zonzi replaces Pogba in midfield, while Matuidi and Mbappe take their place on the bench in favour of Dembele and Lemar.Denmark make three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Australia last time out. Zanka comes into defence alongside Christensen, with Schone dropping to the bench. Braithwaite and Cornelius line up in attack, with Jorgensen dropping to the bench and Poulsen not in the squad at all.France substitutes: Nabil Fekir, Benjamin Pavard, Alphonse Areola, Samuel Umtiti, Florian Thauvin, Blaise Matuidi, Hugo Lloris, Adil Rami, Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, Corentin TolissoFrance XI (4-2-3-1): Steve Mandanda; Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Steven N’Zonzi, N’Golo Kante; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar; Olivier GiroudDenmark substitutes: Jonas Lossl, Jannik Vestergaard, Frederik Ronnow, Nicolai Jorgensen, Jonas Knudsen, Lasse Schone, Lukas Lerager, Kasper Dolberg, Viktor Fischer, Michael Krohn-DehliDenmark XI (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Zanka; Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Jens Stryger Larsen; Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Pione Sisto15 mins until KO: Let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…France have only won all three of their group stage games at a World Cup finals once before, back in 1998 when they went on to win the tournament. Their third win in that edition also came against Denmark.Didier Deschamps has arguably one of the World Cup’s strongest squads at his disposal and were one of the favourites coming into the tournament, but France have yet to hit the heights many have expected of them. With the pressure of progress off their shoulders, France could finally play with the freedom needed to start firing on all cylinders.France have already qualified for the next stage of the competition but will need to avoid defeat to qualify as group winners, with Denmark only two points behind them. Les Bleus have lost only once in seven meetings with Denmark, a 2-0 defeat at the 2002 World Cup.STAT: If Denmark are awarded a penalty in this match, it will be the first time since Group C in 1998 that all four teams have had a penalty in a single World Cup group – that group also contained France and Denmark.If they can secure their route into the knockout stages, it will match their best World Cup run since 2002, where they were knocked out at the last-16 stage by England. There are no guarantees for the Danish though, as a defeat coupled with an Australian victory could still see them finish third.Denmark have got themselves into a good position to secure their progress into the last-16, following their draw with Australia. They only need a point against today’s opponents France to secure their passage, but it will be easier said than done.30 mins until KO: Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of today’s World Cup Group C game between Denmark and France at the Luzhniki Stadium.Squads & Team News Didier Deschamps makes six changes to his France side in a bid to rest some key names ahead of the knockout stages. Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Pavard, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi all drop out of the side that beat Peru 1-0 in their last match. For Denmark, there’s only two changes, but Age Hareide has implemented a change of system. Yussuf Poulsen is suspended after accumulating two yellow cards, and striker Jorgensen is rested, while Huddersfield Town defender Zanka and Andreas Cornelius replace them in the side as they shift to a back five. A draw would mean both teams qualify, and perhaps the Danes are looking for a safety-first approach. Confirmed Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Larsen, Zanka, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard; Delaney, Eriksen; Sisto, Cornelius, BraithwaiteDenmark subs: Lossl, Vestergaard, Ronnow, Jorgensen, Knudsen, Schone, Lerager, Dolberg, Fischer, Krohn-Dehli Confirmed France XI: Mandanda; Hernandez, Kimpembe, Varane, Sidibe; Kante, Nzonzi; Lemar, Griezmann, Dembele; GiroudFrance subs: Fekir, Pavard, Areola, Umtiti, Thauvin, Matuidi, Lloris, Rami, Mbappe, Mendy, Pogba, TolissoTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV 1 or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 1 ITV Player Delaney latches onto a long ball on the right of the French box. He tries to worm his way beyond Kimpembe and forces the defender to concede a corner.
World Cup Neuer: No reason for teams to ‘fear or respect’ Germany Patric Ridge 06:43 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) ROMAN KRUCHININ World Cup Germany South Korea v Germany South Korea The Bayern Munich star slammed his side’s performance at the World Cup, claiming the 2014 winners “did not deserve” to go through Manuel Neuer believes it would be “bitter and pathetic” for Germany’s players to revel in their past glories in the aftermath of their dreadful 2018 World Cup campaign.The defending champions’ shambolic tournament came to a resounding end on Wednesday , as South Korea claimed a 2-0 victory in Kazan to ensure Germany finished bottom of Group F.While Joachim Low’s side lifted the trophy in Brazil in 2014, they joined Spain, Italy and France in the list of teams to have been dumped out in the group stage following victory in the previous edition of the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 And Neuer, who only returned from injury in time to captain Germany at this World Cup, insists Die Mannschaft cannot dwell on past achievements.”We had it in our own hands, but we did not make it,” Neuer, who confirmed his intention to remain available for international selection, said. “To revel in the past brings us nothing, that’s bitter and pathetic. Even if it had worked today, there would have been halts in the knockout phase. We just did not deserve it. “We did not really convince in any game. Of course it is very disappointing.”We need to analyse this and it has to be said very clearly that we just do not deserve it. Even after the three games, you have not seen in any game that there was a German team on the pitch, in front of which one has fear or respect. “Even if we had made it in the last 16, everyone would have liked to play against us. How should we be dangerous to an opponent if we deliver such performances?”I’ve always tried to take responsibility, always tried to take the team. In the locker room, during training and on the pitch. Of course, I am also responsible for it.”4/5 – #GER are the fourth defending champions to be eliminated from the Group Stage at the World Cup in the last five tournaments:2002 France2010 Italy2014 Spain2018 Germany. Surprise. pic.twitter.com/2ub1EJKUEo — OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 27, 2018 Like Neuer, Thomas Muller broke through the ranks in Germany’s national team at World Cup 2010, although the Bayern Munich forward was benched for the crunch clash with South Korea, and the 28-year-old admitted the squad were embarrassed by their displays.”No matter what we say now, it will not be right,” Muller told reporters.”We are seriously disappointed and shocked. We are responsible for that. It is embarrassing that we will be eliminated from the table in this group.”With this squad and these claims. We scored just one goal in three games and in each game we got a goal against us. Therefore, we are powerless against any argument.”
World Cup Bizarre excuse offered for Marcelo injury which has Real Madrid star sidelined for Brazil Stephen Creek 20:00 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico Serbia v Brazil Serbia Marcelo The back spasms which forced the defender out of a win over Serbia may have been caused by a hotel mattress, according to the Selecao’s team doctor Brazil’s team doctor has said a hotel mattress may have caused the back spasms which forced Marcelo off the field during a 2-0 victory over Serbia.The Real Madrid left-back was substituted after just 10 minutes of the game and early analysis suggested he was suffering from back problems.Dr Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters after the game that he was optimistic over the 30-year-old’s chances of being fit for Brazil’s round of 16 clash with Mexico on Monday, but Marcelo’s sleeping conditions might need to be assessed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 “It is still too early to make an accurate diagnosis,” said Dr Lasmar. “The injury may be related to the hotel mattress.”Although our expectation is good, but we have to be calm and wait for the next few days.”Marcelo missed three Real Madrid matches due to a hamstring injury in February but has been otherwise largely injury free in recent years.Dr Lasmar said that as long as a serious injury did not emerge, he would treat Marcelo’s pain in order to prepare him for the Mexico game.”Marcelo is medicated and with medication the tendency is that the response is good and that he can play,” he said. “The important thing is that there is no injury.”They were muscle spasms. Once he feels good to train, he will return and immediately be ready to play.”There is no recovery period.”
World Cup Maradona offers to manage Argentina for free after World Cup 2018 flop Chris Burton 20:08 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Alex Morton World Cup Argentina The Albiceleste icon was a passionate supporter on Russian soil this summer and admits he would happily step back into a coaching post if asked Diego Maradona has offered to manage Argentina for free in the wake of their disappointing showing at World Cup 2018.The Albiceleste headed to Russia as outsiders for global glory, but were expected to go well if they could bring the best out of mercurial forward Lionel Messi.The Barcelona superstar was unable to provide the spark required of him, with too much expectation placed on the shoulders of one player as those around him struggled. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 Argentina did stumble their way through to the last 16, but Jorge Sampaoli faced intense criticism before and after a thrilling 4-3 second round defeat to France.His future is now being seriously called into question, along with that of Messi, with it expected that a new era in Argentine football will soon be opened.Maradona would jump at the chance to join that project if asked, with the 1986 World Cup winner prepared to work without payment for the good of his country.He told Telesur: “Yes, and I would do it for free.“I wouldn’t ask for anything in return.”Maradona has already spent one spell at the Argentina helm, with that stint taking in the 2010 World Cup.He was unable to replicate the success of his playing days in a coaching capacity, with a 4-0 defeat to Germany suffered at the quarter-final stage.An iconic figure has, however, remained a passionate follower of his nation’s fortunes and was a lively presence in the stands throughout their campaign in Russia.His antics often saw him make headlines for all of the wrong reasons, with his goal celebrations and general health called into question, but he has always been quick to hit back at his critics.That remains the case as Russia 2018 continues without Argentina, with an all-time great eager to point out that he never wanted to see his country fail despite what some might think.He added: “People think I am happy but my heart is heavy.“I feel really bad that everything we built with so much effort we destroyed so easily.”Whoever guides Argentina forward, their focus is already starting to shift towards future challenges.A Copa America quest is to be taken in on Brazilian soil in 2019, while another qualification campaign will need to be successfully negotiated if the Albiceleste are to be back in the hunt for World Cup glory at Qatar 2022.
Transfers Neymar or Mbappe for Real Madrid? Valdano makes his transfer pick Chris Burton 21:57 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Transfers Real Madrid Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The former Blancos player and director coach believes a summer raid on Paris Saint-Germain should bring a French star to Spain rather than a Brazilian Real Madrid have been told advised to snap up Kylian Mbappe during any summer raid on Paris Saint-Germain, with Jorge Valdano considering the Frenchman to be preferable to Neymar.The Blancos have long been linked with a move for the Brazil international, with speculation having rumbled on since the former Barcelona star completed a record-breaking €222 million switch to France in the summer of 2017.That interest is reported to have been stepped up during World Cup 2018, although Madrid have moved to distance themselves from talk of a €310m (£275m/$360m) bid being tabled. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 Valdano can understand why Real are interested in Neymar, with his commercial value as important as his sporting ability, but feels that the best option on PSG’s books would be Mbappe – with the teenage striker currently starring in Russia on a global stage.The former Blancos player and coach told Onda Cero: “Neymar would have plenty of value in terms of both marketing and football.“I think Madrid have interest in him, but I do not know about any offers or any potential bids but it would be nearly impossible to sign a player who can sell a lot like him.“I would prefer if they go for Mbappe as he would be a long-term investment because he is six years younger and is already at the top level.“He scores lot of goals, plays direct attacking football, breaks through defences and he will define the next decade of football, he reminds me of Ronaldo Nazario.“I believe Mbappe is also a good person.”Mbappe is due to complete a €180m move to PSG this summer, with Monaco having sanctioned an initial loan deal for 2017-18.Madrid were keen before that agreement was reached, with a fee having been agreed to take him to Spain.Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Canal+: “I remember we were training when we got the call from Real Madrid and accepted the €180m offer for Mbappe.”Later, I saw him and told him ‘we have received an offer that was impossible to refuse from the club of your dreams so tell me your answer’. We never wanted to make the choice for him, it was up to him to make his decision.”He told me that he wanted to go to Paris and, after that, there were so many details that had to be resolved that, until the final moments, I doubted the deal.”It could be that Real’s interest is rekindled, but PSG are reluctant to part with any of their prized assets and will be doing their utmost to fend off any interest in Neymar and Mbappe.
World Cup England’s route to World Cup 2018 final: Who would Three Lions face & when are the matches? Goal 01:46 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia Gareth Southgate’s side are just four games away from Russia 2018 glory, but who is standing in their way? Is it coming home? Should England best Colombia in today’s last 16 fixture, the road will be wide open for them to make it to the final.England are four fixtures away from potentially lifting the World Cup for just the second time in their history and defy all odds.For a team that has been riddled with past demons and needless baggage across the last several years, this summer’s squad are young and fresh and could very well deliver the goods in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 So who lies in England’s path for World Cup glory? Who could England face en route to the final?England have been placed in the kinder side of the bracket in the knockout phases. In fact, their group draw was gentle as well, as their Group G only consisted of real challengers Belgium who they were unable to beat, but still progressed from as the other opponents were Tunisia and Panama.Gareth Southgate’s side avoided the so-called big-name ‘favourites’ of the tournament in Brazil, Uruguay, France and Belgium as they have been placed on the opposite side of the bracket.France eliminated Argentina and Uruguay beat Portugal to earn a quarter-final tie, while Brazil and Belgium will battle it out in the second last-eight fixture. England are lucky to have finished second in their group – otherwise they would have to face Brazil in the quarter-finals. Instead, they would face Sweden.Should they defeat Sweden, they will then face the winner of Russia vs Croatia in a semi-final tie. Sweden weren’t an obvious favourite heading into the tournament but have had an impressive campaign, winning against South Korea and Mexico and deserved at least a point against Germany.It is also important to note that Sweden also bested both Italy and the Netherlands in qualification for Russia.If England were to claim victory over both Colombia and Sweden, they won’t be facing one of Uruguay, France, Brazil or Belgium until the final to be played on July 15, though that will be a very daunting task indeed. Date Round Team Team July 7 Quarter-final Sweden Colombia / England July 10 Semi-final Russia / Croatia Sweden / Colombia / England July 15 Final Uruguay / France / Brazil / Belgium Sweden / Colombia / England
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops knows the value of landing a top transfer quarterback, given the team’s rise under the command of Baker Mayfield this season. Apparently, whoever runs his Twitter account – whether it’s him or a member of his staff – wants to keep an eye on former Texas A&M signal-caller Kyler Murray. Thursday afternoon, just a few hours after it was reported that Murray will transfer from the Aggies’ program, Stoops followed the former five-star on Twitter. The courtship didn’t last long, however. Stoops’ accounts unfollowed Murray in less than a minute.Was it a mistake? Was it an attempt to ping Murray? Who knows – but it’s interesting. Murray, according to ESPN, is blocked from transferring to SEC schools and any school on A&M’s schedule. Oklahoma would theoretically be a possible landing spot.