League Two Share on LinkedIn Read more Carbon offsetting Share on WhatsApp Forest Green Rovers Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email A British professional football club that is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans has received a prestigious United Nations certification.Forest Green Rovers, which plays in League Two, announced on Monday that it has become the world’s first UN certified carbon-neutral football club.Based in the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth, the club has signed up for a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative called Climate Neutral Now for the 2018-19 season.FGR’s green credentials have been attracting attention around the world for several years. It claims to be the first vegan football club in the world after receiving the vegan trademark from the Vegan Society.The club says it became vegan because of the “huge environmental and animal welfare impacts of livestock farming”, as well as to improve player performance and give fans healthier, tastier food on match days. Topics news FGR is powered by 100% green energy from Ecotricity – the company founded by the club’s chairman, Dale Vince – some of which is generated by the solar panels on the stadium roof.The team plays on an organic pitch, which is cut by a solar-powered robot lawnmower, and all rainwater that falls on the stands or on the pitch is recycled to minimise the club’s use of mains water.FGR has electric car charging facilities at the stadium, to encourage fans to travel to games sustainably.FGR was promoted to the Football League for the first time in the club’s 129-year history last year and will start its second season in League Two – the fourth tier of professional football in England – next month. Climate change Sign up to the Green Light email to get the planet’s most important stories Share on Pinterest Greenhouse gas emissions Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Share on LinkedIn Ariarne Titmus sets Commonwealth record and sets sights on Olympic glory Share on WhatsApp Read more Swimming Share on Twitter Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Support The Guardian Read more Read more Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It has certainly been an eventful week in Australian sport. From Israel Folau to Valentine Holmes, Katie Brennan to Winx, there has been no shortage of talking points. Likewise in Adelaide, where the national swimming championships threw up a number of interesting storylines that served as useful pointers ahead of a defining 12 months in the pool.The championships, which were held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, have in the past doubled as selection trials for the next big international swimming meet – in this case, July’s world championships in South Korea. This year, however, the team will be selected at a meet in Brisbane in June, in line with Swimming Australia’s new policy of scheduling official trials for major meets closer to the actual event. Topics Share on Pinterest Australia sport Reigning Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers had an excellent meet in front of his hometown crowd, winning four titles: the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, and the 100m butterfly.Chalmers is a great racer, and his strength and power in the pool are exhilarating to watch. In winning the 100m freestyle he swam a PB of 47.48, 0.1s faster than his gold-winning time at the Rio Olympics, and the fastest time in the world in the past 18 months.The surprise of the meet was Sydney’s Matthew Wilson, who took the 100m and 200m breaststroke titles. His 200m race, which he won in a time of 2.07:16, got everyone talking: he broke the Commonwealth record by 0.14s and was on world record pace for most of the distance.Remarkably, Wilson came into the meet having suffered a hamstring strain the week before. In his words, it resulted in “an accidental taper … I definitely didn’t target this meet for a drop in time like that”.Wilson had a pretty good 2018, winning minor medals in the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games and the Pan Pacs, but after his stunning swim in Adelaide, which Ian Thorpe said was the breakout performance of the championships, he is definitely one to watch.Cate Campbell and Mitch Larkin also enjoyed standout performances, winning two and four titles respectively. Larkin was victorious in the 100m and 200m backstroke, and the 200m and 400m individual medley, while Campbell took gold in the the 50m and 100m freestyle.Bronte Campbell is returning from a shoulder injury and was third in the 50m and fifth in the 100m.The Adelaide event was the selection meet for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. World records were set by Liam Schluter (S14) in the 200m and 400m freestyle multi-class and Timothy Hodge (S9) in the 50m backstroke multi-class, with Hodge breaking Australian Matt Cowdrey’s 2007 record in the 50m event. Ellie Cole (S9) became the first female para athlete to win the same national title six times when she took gold in the 100m backstroke multi-class.The biggest names missing from the national championships were Emily Seebohm, who is concentrating on training for the new FINA Champions Swim Series, and Mack Horton, who is resting a shoulder injury. They will both swim at the June selection trials. Share on Facebook Kyle Chalmers turns hand to butterfly and duly wins Australian national title It is set to be a fascinating year for swimming fans, with the new professional International Swimming League disrupting the sport. Some big names have signed up to participate in the inaugural ISL events, which take place from October to December 2019 in the US and Europe.Meanwhile, Australia looks to be well placed for success at the worlds in Korea, especially in freestyle. The women are particularly strong and currently lead the world in the sprint and middle distance events. For the men, Chalmers, Larkin and Wilson are likely to be in contention for medals.Of course, in the past decade or so the world has caught up to and, in many cases, overtaken Australia in swimming. The USA still reigns supreme, but there are brilliant swimmers in Italy, Japan, Britain, China, Sweden and Russia. The medals are likely to be spread out among all these nations and more. As such, competitors went to Adelaide in heavy training for the June meet, with the usual tapering period not being observed. Under these circumstances, it might be logical not to expect too much in terms of times. But there were some outstanding swims from able-bodied freestylers Ariarne Titmus and Kyle Chalmers and breaststroker Matthew Wilson, and multi-class swimmers Liam Schluter and Timothy Hodge.Eighteen-year-old Titmus was the outstanding female swimmer of the meet, taking gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle. In the 200m she swam 1.54:30, breaking her personal best time by 0.3 seconds and setting a new Australian record.Her 400m swim was even more impressive: her 3.59:66 equalled her Commonwealth record set at the Pan Pacific Championships in August 2018. After 150m she was already 25 in front the rest of the field, and her final split of 29.79 was her third-fastest of the race. Both her 200m and 400m times were the fastest in the world this year.If Titmus can swim this well when she is in heavy training and un-tapered, how well is she going to swim in Korea in July, and in Tokyo in 2020? She is within striking distance of her main rival, US superstar Katie Ledecky. The women’s 400m freestyle could well be the race of the world championships. Share via Email Share on Messenger features Reuse this content
Share on Messenger It hasn’t even been 12 months since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but it’s felt like far longer for their suffering fans. Despite bringing back nearly the same lineup – we’ll get into the exceptions in a bit – the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, with a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The fall of the Sox, who won a franchise-high 108 games last season, was so swift and painful that ownership parted ways with the team’s general manager, Dave Dombrowski, last week. There are World Series hangovers and there’s whatever is going on in Boston.There’s an argument that parting ways with Dombrowski was the right move in the long run. Dombrowski’s tactics, particularly during his stint with the Detroit Tigers, have been to spend big money on free agents and bundle up high-tier prospects to trade for big-name players. It’s a strategy that can build impressive rosters in the short run but can also saddle teams with bloated payrolls and barren farm systems. It was possible, maybe even likely, that the Sox ownership were seeing signs that his approach was going to start backfiring and decided to make a move earlier rather than later. Share on WhatsApp US sports Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Topics features MLB Boston Red Sox London’s MLB crowd offers baseball a new land of opportunity Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Baseball His decision to bet big by trading for ace Chris Sale and closer Craig Kimbrel and signing power hitter JD Martinez as a free agent were the moves that put the Red Sox over the top and helped them win the World Series last year. However, Dombrowski’s decisions the next offseason were curious at best. Overwhelmed by a sense of goodwill, he brought back playoff heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce to above-market deals even though their track records didn’t suggest that they were anything other than journeymen.Meanwhile, the team declined to re-sign Kimbrel and allowed reliever Joe Kelly to walk. In retrospect, both of those moves on their own were defensible: Kimbrel is currently injured and Kelly has been ridiculously hittable with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Red Sox didn’t replace them, and merely hoped that players on the roster already were good enough to step up. They weren’t.Those moves on their own, however, aren’t quite enough to explain why things went so badly this season. It’s almost inconceivable that Chris Sale – who has, at times, been the best pitcher in baseball during his career – reverted to a below-average starter after Dombrowski handed him a five-year, $145m contract extension. He went 6-11, his worst season, and his campaign was cut short with an elbow injury.It wouldn’t have hurt the team so much if it weren’t for the fact that former Cy Young winners David Price and Rick Porcello both had down years at the same time. Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently chasing a 20-win season, admirably stepped up to become their most reliable starter but it’s not great when your ace-by-default has issues getting past the sixth inning and your team doesn’t really have a functioning bullpen. When your pitching is this unreliable, it doesn’t really matter that your offense features reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts and outstanding shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Meanwhile, the Sox are well over the luxury tax threshold and they might have the worst farm system in baseball.Now, part of the team’s failures has to do with regression to the mean. In 2018, every move that manager Alex Cora made worked out, every other player had a career year and those who didn’t had a moment to shine during the playoffs. The much-maligned Price probably should have been named World Series MVP. They were due for a course correction and it’s not surprising that the mighty New York Yankees ended up outpacing them. But, few imagined the correction would be so extreme.Dombrowksi didn’t do much to change the team’s fortunes either. The only major move the Red Sox made before the trade deadline was dealing for Baltimore Orioles starter Andrew Cashner to try to bolster the leaky starting rotation. Cashner has been a below-average starter for the majority of his career despite having an uncharacteristically effective first half for the dreadful Baltimore Orioles. To absolutely nobody’s surprise but the Sox, Cashner immediately regressed when playing for a would-be contender and he was promptly relegated to the bullpen despite the team being desperate for starters.Even for those who believed that Dombrowski deserved to be fired, there’s no question that ownership went about it the wrong way. They promptly ended his tenure after yet another painful loss to the Yankees, announcing the move by issuing a statement and then letting Cora and the players – all of whom were as stunned as anybody else – answer questions from the media.Now that the Red Sox season has come to a merciful end, it leaves behind an obvious question: is this the most embarrassing follow-up to a World Series win? Well, no, not when the Marlins franchise still exists. The then-Florida Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and then proceeded to tear apart the team roster in the first of several fire sales, something which permanently hurt their chances of gaining a true fanbase in south Florida. They at least waited an extra year after beating the Yankees in the 2003 World Series, only slashing their payroll in 2005. Rebranding as the Miami Marlins and hiring beloved former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter were not enough to prevent them from sealing their fate as the cheapest and least-loved team in the MLB.Red Sox owner John Henry can’t claim to be unaware of the Marlins’ checkered history – he was their sole owner from 1999 to 2002. He also knows that the Red Sox – unlike the Marlins – have such a devoted fanbase that they can make cost-cutting moves without fully damaging the worth of his property. All indications are that he will respond to the Red Sox’s disastrous 2019 by reducing payroll. Ownership “parted ways” with Dombrowski partly because they could no longer justify going well over the luxury tax for such meager returns in the standings. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, especially not since the universal trend in MLB is teams sitting on profits and avoiding spending money on the employees actually responsible for winning games for them. According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, either Martinez or even franchise cornerstone Betts is likely gone next year and the next few years could see them making any number of moves to slash payroll.As perverse as this sounds, the Red Sox response to one of their most embarrassing seasons in recent history will most likely be to actively become worse. It seems counter-intuitive, but it would just be the latest sign that MLB in general isn’t about winning, or putting together an entertaining product, and won’t be until it starts affecting the bottom line (or another work stoppage forces the owners to change paths). If put to task, Red Sox ownership could argue that they deserve to be given the benefit of the doubt considering that the team has won four World Series under their stewardship. It would, however, be laughable of them – of all people – to start complaining that they don’t deserve to be given the “what have you done for me lately?” treatment. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Relentless Foxes hold on after Chilwell red Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 1/14/18 Getty Images Leicester City forced Chelsea out of their rhythm but could only claim a draw at Stamford Bridge after Ben Chilwell’s dismissal. Chelsea missed a chance to go second in the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a relentless Leicester City side that finished the match with 10 men.Leicester put on a masterclass in pressing until Ben Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Victor Moses, but the champions were unable to take advantage and claim the three points that would have moved them above Manchester United.Claude Puel welcomed Jamie Vardy back after two games out with a groin injury and the England striker, along with Riyad Mahrez, caused Chelsea no end of problems – his chasing of a long ball leading to returning captain Gary Cahill going off with a hamstring injury in the 33rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Foxes had the better of the chances and Antonio Conte reacted by replacing Eden Hazard, ineffectual with Leicester’s intense closing down robbing him of service, and Cesc Fabregas with Willian and Pedro before the hour mark.A second booking in the space of five minutes for Chilwell meant Leicester had to play out the final 20 minutes a man light, and the Blues could not make their numerical superiority count.Chelsea’s fourth successive draw in all competitions could see them slip to fourth by the end of the weekend, while Leicester will take heart from a thoroughly deserved point at Stamford Bridge.Full-time: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester.The points are shared this afternoon. #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/gbidBf0Rlx— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018Leicester began with great energy and should have gone ahead when Chilwell cut back to Shinji Okazaki inside the six-yard box, only for the Japan international to steer over.Vardy failed to hit the target from dangerous positions twice in less than a minute, before Wilfred Ndidi’s free header following a corner was parried brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger stopped Aleksandar Dragovic slotting home on the follow-up.Chelsea responded by launching a counter-attack from which Fabregas warmed the gloves of Kasper Schmeichel with a low drive from an acute angle.Leicester continued to overrun the hosts, who were forced to replace the injured Cahill with Andreas Christensen just after the half-hour mark.But Chelsea soon showed signs of getting to grips with the game, Alvaro Morata pulling a save from Schmeichel after charging in along the byline, while the Dane did well to tip a fierce Fabregas drive over three minutes before half-time.12 – Leicester have had 12 shots against Chelsea so far – the most of any visiting team in the first half of a @premierleague match at Stamford Bridge (since 2003-04). Brash. #CHELEI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018Leicester were soon back on top after the restart. Mahrez was at the heart of the action for Puel’s men and, after being refused a penalty having gone down softly as he ran at Christensen, he drove in from the right and saw a 20-yard shot deflect narrowly wide off the centre-back.Conte had seen enough and replaced the disappointing Hazard with Pedro, while Fabregas got the chop for Willian as Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3.The hosts were handed a boost when Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for catching Moses, but they found it difficult to create openings as Leicester sat back.A 25-yard effort from N’Golo Kante was held by Schmeichel, before Tiemoue Bakayoko sent a pair of attempts from outside the box off target.Morata’s frustrations got the better of him as he picked up a yellow card for a petulant foul on Harry Maguire towards the end of another lacklustre showing, while Marcos Alonso had a stoppage-time free-kick pushed around the post by Schmeichel as Leicester kept Chelsea at bay. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 in all competitions for the first time in their history.- Leicester had 12 shots in the first half – the most of any visiting team in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2003-04. However, they managed just two shots after the interval.- The Foxes have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2017.- Only Watford (4) have been shown more red cards than Leicester (3) in the Premier League this season.- Indeed, Leicester were shown the last Premier League red card of 2017, and the first of 2018. read more
Real Madrid Levante boss laughs off ‘crisis’ talk at Real Madrid Joe Wright 00:19 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Levante v Real Madrid Levante Juan Muniz, in charge of the struggling Valencia club, says he would love to deal with the kind of problems Zinedine Zidane has at the Bernabeu Levante head coach Juan Muniz has laughed off the severity of the “crisis” at Real Madrid ahead of Saturday’s meeting between the teams in LaLiga.Zinedine Zidane’s side are 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona, although they have played a game less, heading into the clash at Ciutat de Valencia.A shock Copa del Rey exit at the quarter-final stage to Leganes forced Zidane to admit his future could well depend on the outcome of their Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain, the first leg of which takes place on February 14. 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 Muniz feels it is useful to play against the biggest teams while they have European commitments, but he insists the problems at the Santiago Bernabeu are issues most coaches would dream of having.”It’s true that it’s good to face the big teams when they have to play in the Champions League, but crises for big teams are ones the little teams would like,” he told a news conference.”With [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale, [Karim] Benzema or Isco, the crises are different. Losing a match is a crisis for Madrid. They are one of the best sides in the world; the crises are relative.20 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20+ goals in each of his nine seasons for Real Madrid in all competitions. Essential. pic.twitter.com/ArhIpW35ZS— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 27, 2018″When a machine works well, it goes to Mestalla and wins 4-1.”Madrid have shown improvement in their form in their last two league matches, with their 4-1 win away to Valencia last time out preceded by a 7-1 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.Muniz, whose side sit just two points outside the bottom three, knows they cannot afford any mistakes if they are to get a result.”Madrid are third or fourth in LaLiga and in the Champions League. We’ll have to have a perfect game on Saturday and not make a single mistake,” he said.
Watford 1 West Brom 0: Deeney drives dagger into under-fire Pardew Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 3/4/18 Getty Images Alan Pardew is clinging on to his job at West Brom following a late defeat at Watford, Troy Deeney striking the decisive blow. West Brom slipped deeper into relegation peril after Troy Deeney struck late to secure Watford a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday.The Hornets skipper marked his 300th league appearance for the club with a well-taken finish in the 77th minute that proved the difference in a tight affair.In addition to securing his side back-to-back league wins, Deeney’s strike sent West Brom to a fifth successive Premier League defeat that will only heighten the pressure on the under-fire Alan Pardew, who was reportedly set to be sacked if he failed to claim three points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Baggies boss had been forced to smooth over a reported dressing room row with Chris Brunt in the lead-up and appeared set to at least claim a steadying, if uninspiring, point.Salomon Rondon was the culprit for failing to earlier put the visitors ahead, directing a gilt-edged second-half header wide of the upright.That proved their only real opportunity as they were left rooted to the bottom of the ladder and looking destined for the drop.300 – Troy Deeney has scored in what was his 300th league appearance for Watford – he also scored on his 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th and 250th for the club. Stalwart. pic.twitter.com/BZIJr0CYyT — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 West Brom almost got off to a flyer when a defensive header dropped kindly for Grzegorz Krychowiak, but the Poland international’s close-range effort was bravely blocked by Adrian Mariappa.A carbon copy moment at the other end saw Kieran Gibbs crucially deflect a threatening Roberto Pereyra shot amid an encouraging start to the contest.Opportunities dried up from there, though, as a midfield battle took hold, Rondon’s wayward header representing a rare sight of goal.The Hornets did eventually find a way through five minutes before the break and should have opened the scoring.Pereyra drove at the heart of defence before slipping the ball into the path of the overlapping Daryl Janmaat, whose unconvincing finish was pushed past the far post by Ben Foster’s outstretched boot. | All the key stats from a goalless first-half at #watfordfc . #WATWBA [0-0]Listen live https://t.co/MVTxcdM2TV pic.twitter.com/SWq3aFr0Q8 — Watford FC (@WatfordFC) March 3, 2018 The action immediately livened up after the restart with Venezuela striker Rondon first drawing a near-post save from Orestis Karnezis, before Richarlison went close through an acrobatic bicycle kick.An unmarked Rondon was at fault for failing to convert the best chance of the sequence on 54 minutes, heading wide from Gibbs’ inviting left-sided cross.Andre Carrillo, restored to the starting XI in place of the injured Gerard Deulofeu, attempted to get Javi Gracia’s side back on the front foot by curling a fine long-range effort over the bar.There was still time for the home side to grab the winner, though, as Deeney sprung the Baggies’ high line, latched onto Will Hughes’ through pass and dink a cool finish over the onrushing Foster. Key Opta Facts:- West Bromwich Albion have lost five successive Premier League games for the first time since January 2011.- The Baggies have won just one of their last 27 Premier League games (W1 D11 L15).- Watford have won 10 points in five Premier League games under Javi Gracia (W3 D1 L1), more than they won in their first five under Marco Silva (8).- Gracia has won all three of his Premier League home games in charge of Watford – Silva won just three of his 12 in charge of the Hornets at Vicarage Road (W3 D4 L5).- Troy Deeney scored in what was his 300th league appearance for Watford – he also scored on his 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th and 250th for the club.- Will Hughes has been involved in four goals in his last four Premier League appearances for Watford (two goals, two assists). read more
Manchester City ‘What’s up with my knee is nothing’ – How Mendy kept his spirits up through injury torment Robin Bairner 16:59 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City France v Australia Southampton v Manchester City France Australia World Cup Premier League After being placed in a hospital bed beside a patient diagnosed with cancer, the 23-year-old found he was able to put into context his problems Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has revealed how he was able to maintain his spirits after his serious knee injury last season.The 23-year-old defender suffered a rupture of his right knee ligaments against Crystal Palace in September and was forced to travel to Spain for treatment.Although considered one of the most serious injuries possible for a sportsman, he was rapidly able to put his position into perspective, as he explained to SFR Sport. 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 “When I was in Barcelona, the patient next to me, a Spaniard, was diagnosed with cancer,” he explained. “We found out two days later. He was dying. “I told myself: ‘What’s up with my knee, it’s nothing’. I think that helped with my recovery.“When you’ve hurt your knee or your ligaments, it’s nothing at all compared to folk who suffer things that are far more serious.”Mendy, who was signed to Pep Guardiola’s side from Monaco last summer, has recovered sufficiently to earn a place in the France World Cup squad.He was only able to make eight appearances with City over the course of the campaign due to his injury woes, featuring for 451 minutes of competitive football.He returned to action in late April, coming off the bench against Swansea, and he would make similar cameo appearances against Huddersfield and Brighton for the Premier League champions.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka insists he sees his future at Crystal Palace.Looking to the next challenge, away to league champions Manchester City, Wan-Bissaka is upbeat.“It’s the same as other games, it makes no difference to me. I just play my game, put the effort in and work hard. I know I’ll learn something from [playing versus Leroy Sane et al], to help me in the future. They’re smart players, we’ve got to be smart as well. We’ll look to gamble, as they look to take their chances.”Asked about 2019, Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Palace. “My aim is to keep my position, and to keep improving.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Watford, Espanyol coach Sanchez Flores named coach of Shanghai Shenhuaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford and Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been named coach of Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.The Spaniard replaces Wu Jingui, who takes over as sporting director after steering Shenhua to victory in the Chinese FA Cup in 2017 Sanchez Flores has not worked since April, when he was dismissed by Spanish side Espanyol after almost two years at the helm.The former Real Madrid and Spain defender makes the move to China having also previously coached Watford in the Premier League, Benfica in Portugal and clubs in the United Arab Emirates. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton striker Locadia: I never wanted to leaveby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Jurgen Locadia has insisted he never wanted to leave the club.Locadia was said to be unsettled earlier in the season.But he has returned to form, scoring his second goal in a week to help his side defeat Everton. The win kept Brighton in 13th in the table, with a six point gap to Crystal Palace, who are a position lower.The Dutch forward said after the win over Everton: “I never wanted to go on loan or be sold in January. That’s not my intention.”But I made it clear I want to play games and I talked with the gaffer also.”I think my place is here in Brighton. I know I have had a difficult time not playing games but I think I have shown the last two games I am worthy of being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Sagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea defender: Hudson-Odoi deal brilliant newsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new deal.Cundy claims it would have been “devastating” to see him leave.“He is the future, he has shown the quality he has got, he’s a full international,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.“For me he starts [when he’s fit], he starts wide of the three, left or right.“It depends what formation you play but if you’re playing a three up top, he can either play on the left or the right.“So he’ll cut in on the right or cut in [on the left], generally on the right-hand side.“He can’t play down the middle, I’ve not seen him play there, I’m sure given an opportunity [he could].“But he is the future of the football club and it is brilliant news.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd veteran Mata: I can never forget Liverpool victoryby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he’s never forgotten the times they have beaten Liverpool.Mata has now been at United for the better part of his career, which has involved many games against their arch rivals.And while they have endured disappointment in those years, they have also known great joy against Liverpool.One of those occasions for United fans was the game against the Reds in 2015, when Mata scored two goals and propelled them to a famous win at Anfield under then manager Louis Van Gaal.Mata told the Manchester Evening News: “If you speak with United fans they remember always the Liverpool-United games and I was lucky to win that game [in 2015] and score the two goals. “But specifically that goal [scissor kick]. “And whether I want it or not, I cannot forget that day! Because it’s very special for me.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford manager Sanchez Flores explains Welbeck setbackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford manager Quique Sanchez Flores says Danny Welbeck injured his ankle and not his hamstring.The forward went down clutching his hamstring with barely a minute on the clock and was eventually substituted in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.Sanchez Flores said: “I was talking about him in the last press conference about how he’s fighting with this injury.”We know he’s happy to be with us, with the team. During the week he was good.”He didn’t complain about anything and our feeling with him was really good, but the ankle is uncomfortable.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.”
INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72-66 at home last night. The victory gave Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 423rd career ACC victory, surpassing Dean Smith for the most all-time. After the game, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd as part of a ceremony honoring his 1,000th-career win, which came against St. John’s on Jan. 25. As part of the tribute, the Duke players all wore “Coach 1K” shirts, with the number 1 embedded as part of the letter K. Krzyzewski touched on both milestones during his time on the mic, and thanked the Cameron crowd for its support. There might not be any more coach in American more synonymous with his program than Krzyzewski is with Duke basketball. Pretty cool moment.
LSU landed its fifth commitment in the last five days Tuesday afternoon in three-star offensive tackle Shaahdiq Charles, who announced his decision on Twitter. With Charles’ pledge, the Tigers jumped Alabama and Miami on its way to the No. 3 recruiting class in the country – and No. 1 in the SEC – according to 247 Sports.LSU has always recruited well, so this momentum comes as no surprise. But the 2017 recruiting cycle is far from over. A lot can change before next February.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham were wrong in their approach to Saturday’s Premier League clash with Wolves, which ended in a shock 3-1 defeat.Spurs took a first-half lead through a fantastic Harry Kane strike but could not kick on as they did in thumping wins over Everton and Bournemouth in recent matches.Instead they were stunned by a second-half revival from Wolves, with Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa all on target for the visitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result, which ends a five-match winning run in the league, deals a blow to Spurs’ title hopes, with Pochettino’s side having climbed above Manchester City into second with their 5-0 hammering of Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”We did not dominate the ball in the second half,” said Pochettino. “We were wrong in the way we tried to play, too much long ball and our energy dropped in the second half.”It was difficult to come back into the game after their equaliser. But that is football.”We have had a very good run in the last few weeks and to keep that level is difficult.FULL-TIME: A disappointing afternoon at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/fUUxNaXn2U— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 29, 2018″We tried to play a little more in the second half, but we were too direct and I think we started to pay for the effort in the other games.”We are not machines. We need to understand that we cannot get ourselves in this situation.”I think we used the ball in the wrong way and allowed them to create chances on the transitions.”Spurs will now hope that Liverpool and City drop points when they play later this weekend against Arsenal and Southampton respectively. However should their closets rivals pick up three points apiece, they could trail Liverpool by nine points and drop to third place.Next up for Spurs they travel to Cardiff on New Year’s Day before facing Tranmere Rovers the following weekend.As for Wolves they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Victory against Tottenham moved the West Midlands side up to seventh in the table.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic say Alphonso Davies has the potential to be a huge success at the Allianz Arena.The 18-year-old became the most expensive transfer in Major League Soccer history when he joined Bayern for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) in July.The Bavarian giants are believed to have beaten a number of rivals to land the highly rated teenager including Real Madrid and Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Having spent the remainder for the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, Davies linked up for training with the Bayern first-team squad in November before officially joining the Bundesliga champions on January 1.The Canada international will now travel to Doha to join up with the squad on their warm-weather training camp.Bayern boss Niko Kovac has already confirmed that the winger, who only turned 18 in November, will be in contention for a first-team place when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.He is held in equally high regard by the Bayern hierarchy, with both Hoeness and Salihamidzic talking up the teenager’s potential.”I have never seen him play. But I’ve heard he will be a bomb. That’s where I trust my sporting director [Salihamidzic],” Hoeness told Bild.Salihamidzic added: “He is a great talent. Alphonso is a super boy, a super character. He is hungry and wants to show what he can do.“We will take care of Alphonso, and not build hype around him. It is very important that he can quietly establish himself and get used to the Bundesliga. If we give him enough time, he has a lot of potential to do a great job here.”Davies made his professional debut for the Whitecaps at the age of just 15 and went on to make 65 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals.He made his international debut for Canada against Curacao in June 2017 at the age of 16.Later that summer he was included in the Canada squad Concacaf Gold Cup, going on to be the tournament’s top scorer, win the Young Player of the Tournament award and be named in the tournament’s Best XI.
Twitter/@SECNetworkWe’re coming up on the final few weeks of the regular season, and the conference and college football playoff races are heating up.Using its Football Power Index (FPI), EPN has determined which 12 schools have the toughest remaining schedules.Here’s a look at how the FPI is calculated:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.According to ESPN, four Pac-12 schools have the roughest sledding. Three programs from the SEC and Big 12 also have their work cut out for them, as do a pair of ACC teams.The 12 Toughest Remaining Schedules In College Football