Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Gunners close in on Malcom deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:50 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal close in on £44m Malcom dealArsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Bordeaux forward Malcom for a fee of £44 million, Goal understands.The 20-year-old has impressed in Ligue 1 this season and is set to be signed to help replace Alexis Sanchez as the Chile international prepares to leave the Gunners.Check out the full story from Chris Wheatley here! 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 St Etienne target Debuchy dealSt Etienne are interested in signing Arsenal’s out-of-favour full-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to Telefoot .Debuchy is looking for a move away from Arsenal in search of regular football and has been linked with a switch to West Brom as part of a potential swap deal involving Jonny Evans.The France international is also wanted back in Ligue 1, with St Etienne exploring the feasibility of a January deal.Wenger expects Alexis resolution within 48 hoursArsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez’s future to be resolved within the next 48 hours.The Chile international is wanted by both Manchester City and Manchester United, but a bid has yet to be officially accepted by the Gunners.Speaking after Arsenal lost 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday, Wenger said: “It will be decided in the next 48 hours. It was difficult for him because he was on standby a little bit.”Read the full story on Goal ! Arsenal & Chelsea make Richarlison approachArsenal and Chelsea have made contact with Richarlison’s agent ahead of a potential summer deal for the Watford striker, claims Yahoo Brazil .Richarlison has scored five Premier League goals for Watford since moving to Vicarage Road in an £11.2 million deal from Fluminense last summer.The 20-year-old has impressed with his performances, and that has prompted London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to express early interest in a deal for next season.Spurs leading Amiri chaseTottenham are leading the chase to sign highly-rated Hoffenheim playmaker Nadiem Amiri, reports Sport Bild .The 21-year-old is under contract at Hoffenheim until 2020, but has a €17 million release clause and is wanted in the Premier League following an impressive first half of the season.Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in Amiri amid suggestions he will leave Hoffenheim in the summer at the latest.Wilshere not expecting January dealJack Wilshere is not expecting to sign a new contract at Arsenal during the January transfer window, with the midfielder prepared to be patient.The England international is among those at Emirates Stadium set to hit free agency at the end of the season if fresh terms are not put in place.Find out what the midfielder has had to say on his future here. Mourinho hints at Mkhi exitManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be sold as doubts remain over the out-of-favour playmaker.The Armenia star, who was one of Mourinho’s first signings from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, could return to Signal Iduna Park, while reports have claimed the 28-year-old might be used in a swap deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.Read the full story on Goal. Alexis to earn far more at Man United than CityAlexis Sanchez will earn up to £60,000-a-week more if he opts for Manchester United over rivals City, claims the Sun . Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of his former Barcelona charge, but is willing to go as high as a £20 million fee and £290,000-a-week for his services. Not only will United gazump their neighbours by some £10m, but they are also prepared to offer as much as £350,000-a-week to land the Arsenal star in January.Allardyce awaiting Walcott updatesEverton manager Sam Allardyce is awaiting further updates over the signing of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.”I don’t know at the moment,” Allardyce said. “I will have to see tonight or tomorrow [Sunday] what the situation is.”Read the full story on Goal Liverpool enter chase for AlexisLiverpool are ready to battle Manchester United and City for the signature of Alexis Sanchez, reports the Mirror .The Chilean’s future has become increasingly unclear in January, with United muscling in on a player who seemed destined for the Etihad Stadium. And now the Reds are prepared to spend a portion of the massive fee earned on Philippe Coutinho’s sale to clinch the Arsenal forward.Mou drops Alexis hintJose Mourinho has hinted at a possible swoop for Alexis Sanchez, saying that Manchester United had no plans on signing players this winter but that sometimes chances pop up that can’t be ignored. “If there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity. If it happens, it happens.” Read the full story on Goal!
MLS MLS sets ceremony to announce Beckham’s Miami franchise Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 00:16 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Naharro Gimenez MLS The league will name its 25th club Monday, with the English star and MLS commissioner Don Garber scheduled to attend the news conference David Beckham and MLS commissioner Don Garber will be on hand for an “important announcement” on Monday in South Florida, with the league set to confirm Miami as its 25th franchise.MLS sent a news release Friday setting an “important announcement on the future of soccer in Miami” for 12 p.m. ET at the the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.In addition to Beckham and Garber, the event will be attended by Beckham partners Marcelo Claure, Jorge Mas, Jose Mas, Masayoshi Son and Simon Fuller, as well as Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. 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 While MLS has not formally revealed the reason for the gathering, the Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Beckham’s ownership group had been given final approval as the league’s next expansion side.MLS announced in February 2014 that Beckham had exercised an option from his LA Galaxy contract to launch a club for a discounted expansion fee, but the franchise’s confirmation was put on hold amid negotiations to build a soccer-specific stadium in South Florida. The franchise is now poised to play at a privately financed stadium after Beckham’s group purchased three acres in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.Monday’s announcement will mark the culmination of that drawn-out process, which saw Beckham’s group endure a slew of stops and starts in pursuit of a stadium plan. The franchise gained momentum last year, with Garber telling reporters in August that Beckham’s group was nearing the finish line. MLS announced in December that Son and the Miami-based Mas brothers had joined Beckham, Claure and Fuller to round out the proposed club’s ownership group.Jorge Mas told the Herald that the investors gathered in Kansas City earlier this month to meet with architectural firm Populous to discuss design ideas for the new stadium and tour the facilities of MLS side Sporting Kansas City.”We had super, super productive meetings in KC,” he said. “I’m very excited for what we can bring the Miami soccer fan, and we’ll have some big news to announce in Miami in the near future.”Being a native, I’m a Miami guy 1,000 percent, and I want to make this a really special team with a really special fan experience.”Los Angeles FC will kick off as the league’s 23rd franchise this season, with Nashville confirmed as the 24th club last month. With Miami set as team No. 25, MLS plans to choose Cincinnati, Sacramento or Detroit as its 26th club in the coming months.
Portugal v Algeria Portugal vs Algeria: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Goal 20:28 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Portugal v Algeria Friendlies Algeria Portugal The Selecao welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back for their final World Cup tune-up match ahead of the tournament kick-off next week Portugal conclude their on-pitch preparations for the 2018 World Cup when they take on Algeria at Estadio da Luz on Thursday.It is the third and final warm-up game for Fernando Santos’ side, who have already played out draws against Tunisia and Belgium.With Iberian rivals Spain waiting in their opening game in Group B, a convincing home win will be the ideal send-off before they make their way to Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Algeria, meanwhile, will be watching the summer’s action from afar, but they will be determined to end a three-game losing streak, which continued with a 3-2 defeat to Cape Verde last time out. Game Portugal vs Algeria Date Thursday, June 7 Time 8:15pm BST / 3:15pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV 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 RTPi fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game cannot be watched live on TV or streamed live online, but it can be followed live on Goal here. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Portugal players Goalkeepers Rui Patricio, Lopes, Beto Defenders B. Alves, Pepe, Guerreiro, Fonte, Dias, Pereira, Rui, Cedric Midfielders M. Fernandes, Moutinho, Mario, B. Silva, Carvalho, B. Fernandes, Adrien Silva Forwards Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Guedes, Martins, Quaresma Cristiano Ronaldo has linked up with the national team after being allowed to sit out the friendly against Belgium, giving the team a boost in attack.Rui Patricio, who recently resigned from Sporting Lisbon, could potentially return between the posts after Beto was handed the number one jersey in the last outing.Potential Portugal XI: Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Carvalho, Mario, Martins; B. Silva, Ronaldo. Position Algeria players Goalkeepers Chaouchi, Salhi, Moussaoui Defenders Mandi, Medjani, Halliche, Chafai, Naamani, Arous, Belkhiter, Bensebaini, Benmoussa Midfielders Benkhemassa, Bentaleb, Ferhat, Bennacer, Brahimi, Mahrez, Boukhanchouche Forwards Slimani, Soudani, Bounedjah, Lakroum, El Mellali Algeria will be able to call upon the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Nabil Bentaleb, both of whom played a part in the disappointing loss to Cape Verde.In attack, Rabah Madjer may opt to start Islam Slimani after the Leicester City striker came off the bench in the last outing.Potential Algeria XI: Chaouchi; Mandi, Chafai, Belkhiter, Bensebaini; Mahrez, Bentaleb, Ferhat, Brahimi; Soudani, Slimani.Betting & Match Odds Portugal are favourites to win according to dabblebet, who rate the European champions at 4/11. Algeria are considered a 15/2 bet to win and a draw is available at 10/3.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Despite being the reigning European champions, Portugal are considered outsiders when it comes to challenging for the World Cup and they haven’t managed to shake that perception following a string of uninspiring displays in recent friendlies. Santos’ men cruised their way through qualification, winning nine out of their 10 games, racking up 32 goals and conceding just four in the process.However, since then they have looked unconvincing and in 2018 they have managed just one win from their four World Cup warm-up games to date – against Egypt.A heavy 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in March has been followed by draws against Tunisia and Belgium, so the game against Algeria gives the Selecao a chance to put on a show of reassurance ahead of their Russia campaign.Indeed, the return to the fold of Ronaldo, whose international duty was put on hold to allow for a break after Real Madrid’s Champions League final success, will provide a timely boost and he, along with the rest of the squad, will be eager to show they are ready to mount a challenge for the world title after exiting at the group stage in 2014.
The TFA Annual General Meeting will be held on 10th November on the Gold Coast. Nominations for Board members have been received and the Agenda is now available.For more information click here.
The second half of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) 2008 Vawdon Cup has saw some interested results as teams prepare for the final series. Men’s Premier League FinalsIn the Men’s Open, Penrith have capped off a stellar season to claim the minor premiership. The Canterbury Bulldogs have finished second and are well placed to defend their historic 2007 Vawdon Cup victory. Despite only winning four games all season, the Wests Magpies have slipped into third place and with additional troops Jason Stanton and Benji Marshall on hand, they will be tough to beat in the finals. Hornsby Lions round out the top four.Preliminary Final – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury BulldogsElimination Final – Wests Magpies v Hornsby LionsWomen’s Premier League FinalsIn the Women’s Open, Canterbury Bulldogs have had another solid season, only dropping the one game to finish first. Wests drew with the Bulldogs, the last time they met and should be another epic clash in the Preliminary Final on Friday. Easts finished third and more than capable of taking out the title. The Wollongong Young Guns will have to be on top of their game to dispose of the Roosters but anything can happen in the pressure cooker environment of finals football. Preliminary Final – Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests MagpiesElimination Final – Easts Roosters v Wollongong DevilsMixed Premier League FinalsIn the Mixed Open, Wests are the team to beat in the finals after a standout season. The Central Coast Dolphins will challenge with Parramatta and Easts rounding out the top four. Preliminary Final – Wests Magpies v Central Coast DolphinsElimination Final – Parramatta Eels v Easts RoostersWeek One of the Vawdon Cup Semi-Finals will take at Bankstown on Friday, 10 October 2008.Men’s Premier League ResultsRound TenWests Magpies – 7 defeated Parramatta Eels – 3 Penrith Panthers – 7 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 6 Hornsby Lions – 6 defeated Easts Roosters – 3 Canterbury Bulldogs – 10 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 3Round NineCronulla Sharks – 8 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 5 Hornsby Lions – 8 drew with Wests Magpies – 8 Easts Roosters – 7 defeated Parramatta Eels – 4 Penrith Panthers – 5 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs – 3 Round EightHornsby Lions – 6 defeated Parramatta Eels – 3 Wests Magpies – 9 defeated Easts Roosters – 4 Penrith Panthers – 12 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 3Canterbury Bulldogs – 3 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 2 Round SevenCanterbury Bulldogs – 7 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 5 Wests Magpies – 7 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 5 Hornsby Lions – 8 defeated Easts Roosters – 4 Parramatta Eels – 8 defeated Penrith Panthers – 6 Round SixManly Sea Eagles – 8 defeated Parramatta Eels – 7 Canterbury Bulldogs – 8 defeated Easts Roosters – 4 Penrith Panthers – 5 defeated Wests Magpies – 3 Hornsby Lions – 3 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 2 Women’s Premier League ResultsRound TenWests Magpies – 7 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 1 Canterbury Bulldogs – 6 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 0Easts Roosters – 5 defeated Wollongong Devils – 3 Round NineEasts Roosters – 7 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 4 Wollongong Devils – 5 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 5 Wests Magpies – 6 drew with Canterbury Bulldogs – 6 Round EightCanterbury Bulldogs – 5 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 2 Wollongong Devils – 4 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 3 Easts Roosters – 5 drew with Wests Magpies – 5 Round SevenWests Magpies – 12 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 3 Canterbury Bulldogs – 9 defeated Wollongong Devils – 3 Easts Roosters – 6 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 5 Round SixCanterbury Bulldogs – 5 defeated Easts Roosters – 2 Wests Magpies – 5 defeated Wollongong Devils – 3 Cronulla Sharks – 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 3 Mixed Premier League ResultsRound TenEasts Roosters – 7 defeated Menai Bulls – 1 Parramatta Eels – 7 defeated Penrith Panthers – 7 Wests Magpies – 9 defeated Central Coast Dolphins – 5 Round NineWests Magpies – 9 defeated Menai Bulls – 1 Parramatta Eels – 8 defeated Easts Roosters – 7 Central Coast Dolphins – 7 defeated Penrith Panthers – 5 Round EightPenrith Panthers – 7 defeated Menai Bulls – 6 Central Coast Dolphins – 7 defeated Parramatta Eels – 6 Easts Roosters – 9 defeated Wests Magpies – 6 Round SevenWests Magpies – 9 defeated Parramatta Eels – 6 Easts Roosters – 7 drew with Penrith Panthers – 7 Central Coast Dolphins – 6 defeated Menai Bulls – 1 Round SixWests Magpies – 13 defeated Penrith Panthers – 5 Parramatta Eels – 8 defeated Menai Bulls – 3 Central Coast Dolphins – 3 defeated Easts Roosters – 1 For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio launching January bid for Man Utd fullback Matteo Darmianby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are launching a January bid for Manchester United fullback Matteo Darmian.Il Messaggero says Lazio chief Igli Tare is seeking a right-sided wing-back and Darmian is his top choice.Tare also has Mainz defender Giulio Donati and Stefan Lainer from Salzburg under consideration, but Darmian is his priority.Just last week, Darmian stated: “I’m happy to be back playing, but the most important thing is to win.“We need to improve our results, I’m very proud to play for a club like Manchester United, even if I miss Italy a lot.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Man Utd job? I’d run a mileby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGary Neville says he would “run a mile” to become Manchester United manager.Neville spent four months in charge of Valencia in his one and only managerial role.In a Twitter Q&A on Sunday night he was asked by one fan: “If the opportunity ever arose would you take the United managerial role?”Neville replied: “That call isn’t coming and if it did I would run a mile.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Sol Campbell in advanced talks with Southendby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Sol Campbell has entered advanced talks with Southend United regarding the manager’s job. Campbell had been interviewed by the League One club and was made a candidate to replace the departed Kevin Bond, who resigned in September.Southend had initially earmarked legendary former striker Henrik Larsson as their next manager, but confirmed that talks with the Swede had broken down.Campbell has been without a club since leaving Sky Bet League Two side Macclesfield Town by mutual consent in August.Southend chairman Ron Martin recently spoke glowingly of Campbell, praising the work he conducted at Macclesfield.”Sol is a passionate, eloquent individual,” Martin had told the Southend Echo.
Miami may have 20 (!) verbal commitments in the 2016 class already, but they no longer have the country’s top class. With the commitment of five star cornerback Levonta Taylor, the Florida State Seminoles have jumped their rivals. Out of 13 commitments, 10 of the potential future Seminoles are blue chip prospects, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.Florida State now has Taylor and five star pro-style quarterback Malik Henry in the mix, and have loaded up on defense thus far, with four outside linebackers and three defensive linemen. If there are any questions about Florida State succeeding after the departure of Jameis Winston, Jimbo Fisher is answering them in recruiting.
Pep Guardiola believed his Manchester City were out of the title race after they lost 2-1 to Newcastle at St. James’s Park in January.City threw away a one-goal lead against the Magpies to lose just weeks after cutting the gap on leaders Liverpool to four points.That gave the Reds the chance to open up another sizeable lead at the top by beating Leicester the following night, but Jurgen Klopp’s team dropped points in a 1-1 draw to let City back in. 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? And Guardiola says his players feared that their chances of retaining the title they won in 2018 were gone when they left the St. James’s Park pitch.“Right after the game in the locker room [we thought it was over],” he told City’s TV channel. “We know the next day Liverpool play [against Leicester]. The fact they didn’t win meant we were still there. Still we were alive.“The fact that we played most of our games after Liverpool, and the fact we knew we couldn’t drop points. Sometimes it’s easy to prepare the mental approach of the players.“Everyone was convinced that the only chance we had to win to was to win every single game. Everybody knew it. Win, or we are out. And that sometimes helps. You know what you have to do. It helps.”City finished on 98 points to wrap up a second Premier League title in as many seasons, and picked up 14 consecutive wins en route to edging out Liverpool.That left the Reds, who clocked 97 points to set a new record for number if points obtained by a runner-up in England, to settle for second, having led the table by seven points before the sides met in January.“It was a final for us not for them [against Liverpool], said Guardiola of City’s 2-1 win at the Etihad. “If we lose it’s over. We didn’t play well, especially because the opponent was tough. But we played to still be in the title race. That game showed me.“We showed incredible spirit. There are different ways to win a title. Not just one.”
Aston Villa have announced the capture of Brazilian striker Wesley from Club Brugge for what is thought to be a record club fee of £22m (€25m/$28m).The Villains, who secured a return to the Premier League last month in the Championship play-off final against Derby County, will bring the 22-year-old to the Midlands subject to a work permit and international clearance.He will link up with Dean Smith’s side as they prepare to head to the United States to face Minnesota United in St Paul to kick-off a busy pre-season schedule. 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? Wesley, who has spent the previous four seasons in the Belgian First Division A, has helped Brugge to two league titles and two Belgian Super Cups during his tenure with them.He notched up 17 goals across all competitions last campaign, in arguably his best campaign since joining from Slovakian outfit Trencin, helping Brugge to a second-place finish in the Belgian top-flight and a place in the qualifying rounds of the 2019-20 Champions League.The forward has also made appearances in both the Champions League and Europa League, scoring two goals against Monaco in the group stage of Europe’s top continental competition last season.He also scored the winning goal scored against RB Salzburg in the first leg of the last-32 in the Europa League last season, but saw his club bounced by a 4-0 result in the second leg.He becomes the third new recruit to arrive at Villa Park since the club sealed promotion, joining former Lille winger Anwar El Ghazi and ex-Birmingham City man Jota.The club have also released several big names as they continue to reshape their squad ahead of a top-flight campaign.Former Australia captain Mile Jedinak leads a host of exits from the Midlands, with Ross McCormack, Glenn Whelan and Micah Richards also among those who will bid the club farewell.The Villains also seem set to lose on-loan defender Axel Tuanzebe back to Manchester United, as Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is looking forward to getting a look the centre-back during the club’s pre-season.
Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has been charged with actual bodily harm following an incident at his side’s match against Barnsley at Oakwell in April.South Yorkshire Police (SYP) confirmed Barton, 36, has been bailed to appear before Barnsley Magistrates Court on October 9.An SYP statement read: “On Saturday 13 April 2019, a man was left with facial injuries after an incident in the club tunnel around 5pm, following the conclusion of Barnsley’s match against Fleetwood Town.” Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Barnsley lodged a formal complaint to the English Football League and Football Association following the incident and assisted with police enquiries.Barton duly denied allegations he had assaulted Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel.On April 18, he tweeted: “With regards to the alleged incident on Saturday following our game against Barnsley, I emphatically deny all the allegations made.”Given this matter has not been formally closed, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment.”Barton, who had Premier League spells with Manchester City, Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley during his playing career, guided Fleetwood to 11th in League One last season.The Englishman also spent time in Ligue 1 with Marseille and the Scottish Premiership with Rangers.After starting his career at City, Barton made over 150 appearances for his boyhood club before linking up with Newcastle in 2007, where he spent four years before joining QPR.His four-year stay at Loftus Road was interrupted by his season on loan at Marseille, while two stints at Burnley sandwiched his half-season at Rangers. Barton’s final appearance as a player came for Burnley against Manchester United in April 2017.He officially took charge as Fleetwood manager in the summer of 2018 and is currently preparing for his second season at the helm.Fleetwood are due to face Port Vale in a pre-season friendly away from home on Wednesday night after returning from a week-long training camp in Portugal, where they also took on Millwall in a friendly fixture.
LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)The David Beaty hot seat is especially toasty today. Earlier, Kansas fired athletic director Sheahon Zenger. It doesn’t take a lot of reading between the lines to realize that football is the main issue.Zenger took over the Jayhawks’ athletic department in January 2011. That year, in Turner Gill’s second year, the football team went 2-10. Zenger fired him after the season, following a 5-19 record in two seasons, with a 1-16 mark in Big 12 play.He was replaced by former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. He went 6-22 (1-18), and was fired four games into his third season.David Beaty was a bit of an unconventional hire. He was the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M when he was brought aboard, with a strong recruiting background.It may have been a forward thinking move by Zenger, but it has not paid any more dividends than any other KU coach since Mark Mangino was fired. He enters year four with a 3-33 record, and like his two predecessors, just one Big 12 win (against Texas in 2016) to 26 losses.Similar to Gill when Zenger took over, the David Beaty hot seat is extremely real now that a new athletic director will be taking over.Beaty released a statement shortly after the news was announced. Via Twitter:A statement from Coach David Beaty: pic.twitter.com/8HPveKxRVx— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) May 21, 2018Short of a huge year four turnaround, Beaty is probably done after this season. Kansas has shown some flashes in recruiting, and did have that one win over the Longhorns two years ago, which probably cost Charlie Strong his job.However, that’s not nearly enough. The Kansas job is a tough one, and has only gotten more difficult.Still, this is a team that is only a decade removed from an Orange Bowl appearance. The sport has changed a lot since that miracle 2007 season, but Mangino isn’t exactly Nick Saban, and he showed that you can build a winner in Lawrence. Now, it is up to Zenger’s replacement to find someone to tap into that speck of potential.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 21: Fans cheer as they celebrate in the final seconds of the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-7 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season will be here before you know it. The season starts in about three months.Who’s excited?Predictions for the 2018 season are starting to roll in.ESPN’s Football Power Index has predicted every game on the schedule. When are the top teams going to lose their first games?When every top 12 team will lose its first game1. ClemsonFirst loss: NoneMost-likely loss: Sept. 8 at Texas A&M2. AlabamaFirst loss: NoneMost-likely loss: Nov. 24 vs. Auburn3. GeorgiaFirst loss: NoneMost-likely loss: Nov. 10 vs. Auburn4. Ohio StateFirst loss: Sept. 29 at Penn State5. Notre DameFirst loss: NoneMost-likely loss: Nov. 24 at USC6. WashingtonFirst loss: NoneMost-likely loss: Sept. 1 vs. Auburn7. AuburnFirst loss: Sept. 1 vs. Washington8. Penn StateFirst loss: Nov. 3 at Michigan9. OklahomaFirst loss: NoneMost-likely loss: Oct. 6 vs. Texas10. Michigan StateFirst loss: Oct. 13 at Penn State11. MichiganFirst loss: Sept. 1 at Notre Dame12. WisconsinFirst loss: Oct. 13 at Michigan***You can view all of ESPN’s Football Power Index projections here.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks the side lines in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)ESPN is getting crushed on social media for the new graphic they released for Ohio State’s Big Ten championship win over Northwestern on Saturday night.The graphic celebrates the Buckeyes’ conference championship, though the image of Urban Meyer is a bizarre one.“This is terrifying,” one Ohio State writer tweeted.You can check it out below:BUCKEYES WON THE MOMENT!No. 6 Ohio State wins the Big Ten Championship! pic.twitter.com/LEm0UDgr2p— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 2, 2018It’s an odd picture choice, for sure, and there’s clearly some kind of photoshop going on.Meyer and Ohio State, meanwhile, will learn their College Football Playoff fate at noon on ESPN.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 10: Julian Love #27 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tackles George Campbell #11 of the Florida State Seminoles in the second quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on November 10, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Arguably the best corner in college football this season finally announced his NFL draft decision. Notre Dame star Julian Love took to Twitter on Friday afternoon that he’s heading to the NFL.Love was one of the top corners in the nation this year and was a unanimous All-American. He finished just behind Georgia’s Deandre Baker for the Jim Thorpe Award – given to the nation’s best corner.“First off I want to say that this season was such a fun ride. The relationships gained have made me so happy and I’m grateful to have been a part of it all. With that being said, my family and I’ve decided that I’ll declare for the upcoming draft,” Love said on Twitter.Love thee ☘️ pic.twitter.com/uZq2c0w1lo— Julian Love (@julianlove27) January 4, 2019Love projects as one of the top corners in the 2019 draft. Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller has Love as the No. 5 corner in the draft, though other experts predict he could be a first-round pick.
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 49-27. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield grew in popularity during his time at Oklahoma. Even non-Sooner fans could appreciate his rise from unheralded Texas Tech walk-on to Heisman winner.From there, his legend has only grown. Mayfield wound up being a somewhat surprising No. 1 NFL Draft pick, and has helped give the Cleveland Browns the most hope they’ve had in a generation.Mayfield deserves at least some credit, too, for a surge in babies being named “Baker.” The name has crossed gender lines as well.Per a new study, Baker had the third-biggest jump in the boys’ name rankings between 2017-18, and has steadily grown since Baker Mayfield broke into the public in 2014.Before Mayfield suited up for the Sooners, no babies were named Baker in the state in 2014 when he transferred from Texas Tech. From The Oklahoman:Among boys’ names, it had the third-largest leap in nationwide popularity from 2017 to 2018, according to data from the U.S. Social Security Administration. Its rank jumped 431 spots to No. 712.[…]The number of Bakers born in Oklahoma has increased each year from 2014 to 2018, according to information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Vital Records Service. Although it is unknown whether all of these infants were named after Mayfield, the jump correlates with his rising fame.In 2014, the year Mayfield left Texas Tech for OU but couldn’t play because of transfer rules, no Bakers were born in Oklahoma, per state records. During his first year as the Sooners’ starting quarterback, there were 10. The number escalated to 48 in 2018, when Mayfield made his NFL debut with the Cleveland Browns. These statistics include baby boys and girls.While baby boys named Baker represent the majority of that number, there are some girls being named after the fiery QB as well.The Shomos, who live in Durant, put a spin on the trend when they named their daughter Baker, but they aren’t alone. Bailey said a friend who went to OU with her named her daughter Baker May, making the Mayfield reference especially obvious. The moniker might seem like an unusual choice to some, but Bailey reminds people about her baby’s namesake.“They’re kind of confused, and then I kind of explain to them, I’m like, ‘Yeah, we’re big OU fans,’” Bailey said. “And they’re like, ‘Oh, Baker Mayfield.’”The Cleveland Browns enter 2019 with significant hype, thanks in no small part to the expectations placed on Mayfield entering his second year. If he lives up, this boom will almost definitely continue for years to come.[The Oklahoman]
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Urban Meyer may have drawn the ire of Michigan fans for playfully taking a jab at the Wolverines on Saturday, but that wasn’t all he said about the Maize and Blue. He also provided plenty of analysis on Jim Harbaugh’s squad.The biggest question facing Michigan is if this is “the year” they get over the hump. That means beating Ohio State, winning the Big Ten and reaching the College Football Playoff.Appearing on FOX Sports’ college football studio show yesterday, Meyer said the Wolverines “certainly have the players” and cited wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones as a potential breakout candidate.The big question for Meyer is whether or not Michigan can get up to speed on its new spread-based offensive attack“Are they really going to be able to transition to a spread offense fast enough not to lose a game?” Meyer said.“Nowadays, it’s Final Four football. You cannot lose a game. And how do you that? You’ve got to get that spread offense going. The guy that’s taken over is a 35-year-old coordinator, Gattis, that came from Alabama. He’s never called a play. He’s got to jump in there and get this thing turned around. They have the best offensive line they’ve had since I’ve been playing against them.”Meyer also added his opinion on Michigan’s well-regarded defensive coordinator Don Brown, whose unit struggled in its last two games in 2018.“He’s going to have to adapt,” Meyer said of Brown. “I think he will, because I think he’s that good of a coach. They’re going to have to mix in some zone coverage with man.”Ranked seventh in the preseason AP poll, Michigan will open the 2019 season against Middle Tennessee State on August 31.[ Detroit News ]
Next Free-of-cost blood in all Punjab govt hospitals from Jan 1: All about ‘Tandarust Punjab’ missionPunjab government will be providing blood free of cost in all its government-run hospitals from January 1, 2019. Know all about the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission launched last year.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 14:37 IST Not only blood, but blood components too will be given free-of-cost to patients in Punjab government hospitals!From January 1, 2019, Punjab government will be providing free-of-cost blood in all its government-run hospitals as part of its ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission.Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra made the announcement on Monday.More about the free-of-cost blood availability at Punjab government hospitalsAs per the announcement, “blood and blood components like packed RBC, fresh frozen plasma, platelet rich plasma, platelet concentrate will be given free of cost to all the patients” from January 1Moreover, it will also be ensured that the blood is available round-the-clock in all the hospitalsThe entire cost of providing free blood would be borne by the state government, said the ministerThousands of patients across the state earlier had to pay processing charges of Rs 300 per unit of blood in civil hospitals and Rs 500 per unit in government medical colleges. The recent move will help all these patientsThis decision was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as part of the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ missionThe minister said there are 116 blood banks in Punjab out of which 46 are operated by the government, six by the military and 64 by private entitiesMohindra said last year 2.26 lakh units of blood were collected by government blood banksThe minister also said that the government has launched web portal ‘E-Raktkosh’, which would help in checking availability of a particular blood group and blood components and its quantity across blood banks With this decision to provide blood free of cost, thousands of patients in Punjab don’t need to pay the processing charges anymore.advertisementAll about ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission’Tandarust Punjab’ mission was launched by the Punjab government on May 30, 2018, with an aim to make the state the healthiest in the countryIt was envisaged by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as a holistic initiative to take care of the state’s air, water and food quality, thus ensuring a good living environment for the people of PunjabAccording to a notification issued by the state’s Department of Science, Technology & Environment, “The main goal of the mission will be to provide clean drinking water, improve air quality, ensure growing and consuming unadulterated food and food products, and to improve the physical and mental health of the people of Punjab.”The mission “envisages to build a healthy Punjab for achieving human excellence in a sustainable manner,” as per the notification, which lays down a multi-pronged strategy to achieve this goalThe mission title and content were suggested by the farming communityThe mission has been evolved as a focused and integrated approach towards creating a healthy Punjab in consultation with all the stakholders to work, namely the departments of Health, Water Supply & Sanitation, Local Government, Transport, Environment, Agriculture and Horticulture, Cooperation, Forests, Sports, Public Works, and Water ResourcesA mission task force at the state level would be constituted to oversee the programme implementation and its review on a monthly basisThe mission would have the chief minister as its chairman and the environment minister as vice chairman. Secretary (Agriculture) and PPCB chairman KS Pannu has been designated as the Mission Director. Other members would include all ministers concerned, chief secretary and principal secretary (environment) and principal secretary to CMPrincipal Secretaries of the various departments will also be involved in the implementation of the Mission.(With inputs from PTI)Read: 1 lakh patients aided under Ayushman Bharat: Who is eligible and how to avail benefits under the schemeRead: 10 highlights of 2018 from the health ministryRead: India is getting its first public healthcare record system to track the health of all citizens!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.comGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow PunjabFollow Government hospitalsFollow health scheme
Manogya Loiwal MaldaJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 00:16 IST Mamata Banerjee said that the police had only changed the place of Amit Shah’s chopper and not denied it from landing.HIGHLIGHTSThe TMC government had initially denied permission for Amit Shah’s chopper to land in MaldaAmit Shah was supposed to address a meeting on January 20 in MaldaAmit Shah will be addressing five meeting across West BengalThe major controversy over the landing of BJP president Amit Shah’s chopper in Malda district of West Bengal has turned into another war with Trinamool Congress (TMC).West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that permissions have been given to allow the chopper to land.”We believe in democracy. Police gave the permission to land Amit Shah’s helicopter. BJP is misinforming the people. This is wrong,” she said.Mamata Banerjee said that the police had only changed the place of landing and not turned down the BJP’s request.However, the additional district magistrate (ADM) of Malda till late Monday evening seemed to be clueless about this.The ADM said, “They [BJP] have requested if they can land the helicopter and they have sent a letter which is still under letter is under consideration.”The TMC government had initially denied permission for Amit Shah’s chopper to land in Malda.Amit Shah was supposed to address a meeting on January 20 in Malda. It was postponed to January 22 owing to his poor health.In his letter to the BJP, the ADM said: “As per report of the executive engineer, PWD (civil), Malda Division, up-gradation of work at Malda Airport is going on in full swing. A large quantity of fine sand, dust and GSB materials is lying all along the runway and also stacked all around the site.””Moreover, temporary helipad is not maintained properly due to this ongoing construction work. In this situation, Malda Airport is not suitable for safe landing of helicopters. Hence, granting of permission [for Amit Shah’s chopper] is not possible,” the letter read.advertisementHowever, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly said, “A few days back, West Bengal Minister for Sports and Environment, Suvendu Adhikari attended a programme near Malda and said that chopper services will be available once a week.”Attacking Mamata Banerjee, she said, “The chief minister is talking about democracy but her actions speak about something else. It shows that she is against democracy. She is dreaming of becoming the prime minister by blocking Amit Shah’s chopper from landing in Malda.”Amit Shah will be addressing five meeting across West Bengal.(Inputs from Bhaskar Ray)Also Read | Mamata blocks Amit Shah’s chopper landing before key rally in MaldaAlso Watch | Amit Shah chopper denied permission to land in Malda: Is TMC spooked by BJP’s rise in Bengal?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mamata BanerjeeFollow Amit Shah BJP misleading people: Mamata takes U-turn on blocking Amit Shah’s chopper from landing in MaldaMamata Banerjee said that the police had only changed the place of landing and not turned down the BJP’s request.advertisement