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Report: West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1

first_imgWest Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Hernandez proves his worth to Hammers Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 1/21/18 JavierHernandez - cropped Getty Images Bournemouth salvaged a late point against West Ham on Boxing Day but the roles reversed on Saturday thanks to Javier Hernandez. Javier Hernandez may be heading for the exit at London Stadium but he proved his worth to West Ham by salvaging a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday.Things have not gone to plan for Hernandez since a £16million move from Bayer Leverkusen in the off-season, but he scored just 64 seconds after Ryan Fraser put Bournemouth ahead in the 71st minute to earn the Hammers a point.The Mexican international replaced the injured Manuel Lanzini seven minutes prior to scoring and his first strike since October suggested he still has something to offer David Moyes with Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew still sidelined. 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 Hernandez’s strike meant the roles were reversed from when Callum Wilson’s stoppage-time equaliser earned Bournemouth a 3-3 draw against the Hammers when they met on Boxing Day.After experiencing the ecstasy of coming from behind to beat Arsenal last weekend, Bournemouth’s fortunes switched as they were unable to hold their lead in Eddie Howe’s 100th top-flight match as manager.Despite staving off defeat, West Ham failed to clinch back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since January 21, 2017, while Bournemouth, dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic on Wednesday, rise to 12th.Just 64 seconds between @afcbournemouth opening the scoring & @WestHamUtd netting the equaliser#WHUBOU— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018West Ham wasted no time in taking control of proceedings, Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble narrowly missing the target with efforts from outside the box in the opening 10 minutes.Marko Arnautovic had been involved in nine goals in his previous seven Premier League appearances and would have improved those figures had Asmir Begovic not tipped over his attempt to prod a teasing cross from Pablo Zabaleta home.The Hammers were unable to maintain that momentum and after the half-hour mark Lewis Cook curled just wide from the edge of the area following a lovely short-corner routine.Bournemouth ended the first half in the ascendancy but were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty shortly after the restart when Cheikhou Kouyate’s cross hit Nathan Ake’s arm, referee Martin Atkinson seemingly deeming the centre-back had no chance of getting out the way.Begovic again came to the Cherries’ rescue before the hour mark when he parried James Collins’ glanced header away from the chasing Lanzini, while Arnautovic failed to make the most of a one-on-one opportunity by getting the ball stuck under his feet, granting Steve Cook time to race in for a recovery challenge.Lanzini went off in the 64th minute to add to West Ham’s injury concerns and their problems worsened when Fraser drilled a fine through-ball from former Hammer Junior Stanislas beyond Adrian.Bournemouth’s lead did not last long, though, as a long ball forward from kick-off eventually fell for Hernandez to stab home an unexpected equalier after some shoddy defending from the visitors.Neither side was able to find a winner in the closing stages, but an injury to Cresswell in stoppage time meant he was replaced by Sam Byram and will provide cause for concern ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Wigan. Key Opta stats:- West Ham are unbeaten in five Premier League games (W2 D3), their longest run without a league defeat since May (also 5).- Bournemouth are also unbeaten in five Premier League games (W2 D3) for the first time since May (also 5).- Eddie Howe oversaw his 100th Premier League game, making him the third youngest English manager to hit this milestone in the competition (40y 52d), after Glenn Hoddle (38y 36d) and Gareth Southgate (38y 150d).- Ryan Fraser has been directly involved in four goals in his last three Premier League games (3 goals, 1 assist), as many as in his previous 26.- Junior Stanislas registered his ninth Premier League assist, the joint-most by a Bournemouth player in the competition (also 9 for Charlie Daniels).- Javier Hernandez netted his 42nd Premier League goal, with all of them coming from inside the box. read morelast_img read more

Kahn: Neuer a gigantic World Cup risk

first_imgBayern München Neuer a gigantic World Cup risk for Germany, says Kahn Jamie Smith 06:15 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) manuelneuer-cropped Getty Images Bayern München World Cup Germany The Bayern Munich keeper has returned from injury just a month before the start of Russia 2018 and Kahn think it will be ‘impossible’ for him to shine Manuel Neuer is a “gigantic risk” for Germany at the World Cup, according to Oliver Kahn.Germany coach Joachim Low named Neuer among four goalkeepers in his initial squad for the World Cup, giving the Bayern Munich player a chance to prove his fitness.Neuer has not played since September due to a foot injury but could be named in Bayern’s squad for Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt. 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 But Kahn, who won Euro 1996 with Germany, says Neuer should not start at the World Cup due to the lack of games he has played this season.”To judge it finally, I should have to see him in the daily training work,” Kahn said to Spox and DAZN. “But it is actually impossible and unthinkable, that he can make a good performance.”But because of his achievements in the past, he is trusted to do so, it was right for Low to take him with him and see him.”Even if he plays two international matches, it is still a gigantic risk that everyone has to be aware of and he has to ask himself: is it really worthwhile to play a World Cup after a break of eight months? A blatant decision he has to make.”#Jupp on @Manuel_Neuer: “Manu has absolutely no pain. He is in fantastic physical shape and will be an option tomorrow. But he won’t start.” #FCBSGE— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 18, 2018The main rival for Germany’s gloves is Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has developed into a high-class goalkeeper at Barcelona.”He has managed to prevail at Barcelona, that alone is a great achievement,” Kahn said. “In the national team it was a hard journey for him, he started with many mistakes. That means he did not have the self-confidence at the time.”The Confederations Cup, which he has played with stability, and the experience of Barcelona, means he is fully arrived and fully accepted.”This is another stage than at the beginning of his national team career. I’m not worried if he has to play the World Cup.”last_img read more

France’s World Cup squad: Who made the cut?

first_imgFrance France’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who made Deschamps’ 23-man roster? Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 06:58 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Paul Pogba France Getty Images France World Cup France v Australia France v Peru Denmark v France Australia Peru Denmark Les Bleus will boast tremendous quality in Russia as they go in search of a second World Cup crown this summer World Cup qualifying for France might have been rather more uncomfortable than they would have wished, but the Euro 2016 runners-up are still among the favourites to lift the crown in Russia.Arguably no country in the world can match the sheer strength in depth of the French panel, yet historically they are a country that has struggled to extract the maximum from groups often composed of quality players. This was in evidence as they struggled over the line to reach the finals, drawing with Luxembourg then limping to narrow wins over Bulgaria and Belarus to see off Sweden and Netherlands. 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 Head coach Didier Deschamps’ job now is to bring out the best from the unit he has pieced together for a group stage that will see Les Bleus tackle Australia, Peru and Denmark in the group stages before, hopefully, assaulting the knock-out rounds.But who has he decided to take east with him?Who made France’s 23-man squad?Antoine Griezmann France WalesThere was little doubt over who Deschamps would select as his first and second choice goalkeepers. Hugo Lloris is fast closing in on 100 caps for his country and Steve Mandanda has been a long-time understudy in the national team. Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper Alphonse Areola has been selected as the third choice.In defence, Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti have unsurprisingly made the squad. Laurent Koscielny would have travelled but for a serious Achilles injury that will keep him out until Christmas, meaning there is a place for PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe. Young Stuttgart right-back Benjamin Pavard has been selected as a right-back option, while Benjamin Mendy has been included despite his missing most of Manchester City’s season through injury.Perhaps the area where France have struggled the most to find balance in recent years is midfield. Like Manchester United, they have toiled to get the best out of Paul Pogba, yet the Red Devil is in the squad along with N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi, who are the players who will battle to support him in the heart of the pitch.Further forward, Antoine Griezmann will travel as France’s undoubted offensive talisman, while Olivier Giroud of Chelsea has scored more goals than any other player in Deschamps’ reign and will have an important role to play. PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe might not have found his best level on the international scene yet, but the teenager has made the cut.Who didn’t make the squad?Alexandre Lacazette, France vs GermanyThe uncapped Areola, who was given the nod to make the squad for the recent friendlies against Colombia and Russia, has pipped Bordeaux’s Benoit Costil to France’s third-choice goalkeeper slot.Barcelona defender Lucas Digne was in contention at left-back but he has missed out to Atletico Madrid man Lucas Hernandez.Layvin Kurzawa, who has recently fallen out of favour at PSG, also missed out at left-back as well as Marseille’s Jordan Amavi. Sevilla’s Sebastien Corchia was a viable option at right-back, despite injury troubles, alongside Christophe Jallet. Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe, however, has been selected ahead of them.While two of the four centre-back positions were locked down with Varane and Umtiti, the other two were open. Man City’s Aymeric Laporte was in contention but he lost out to Kimpembe and Adil Rami.Further forward, Adrien Rabiot was a surprise absentee with Steven Nzonzi selected ahead of him in midfield.Moussa Sissoko has always performed to a high level for the national team, giving him a chance, but the Tottenham man could only make the stand-by list.There was an almighty battle for the attacking midfield slots. Marseille ace Dimitri Payet was substituted during his side’s Europa League final defeat against Atletico Madrid due to injury and therefore his chances of appearing in Russia were destroyed.Payet’s Marseille team-mate Florian Thauvin, by contrast, has been superb for OM all season, playing a key role in leading them to the Europa League final, and such form earned him a call ahead of Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman.In attack, Deschamps likes that fact that Wissam Ben Yedder can bring something different to his team, but the man who ousted Man Utd from the Champions League sits on the stand-by list.Alexandre Lacazette, meanwhile, has not always been a favourite of the coach but while he seems to be winning Deschamps over, the Arsenal forward could only make the stand-by list this time.Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, meanwhile, has not been selected in any form.Long shots who missed outHD Karim Benzema FranceThe potential for a long shot to reach Deschamps’ final 23 was always going to be slim, yet there were a number of players who might have held out some hope.Among those were Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, who is capable of pulling off astounding reaction stops and has established himself firmly as one of the best in Ligue 1.However, Ruffier has missed out completely with Costil on the stand-by list instead.RB Leipzig’s prodigious teenager Dayot Upamecano and Lyon’s Mouctar Diakhaby are both highly-rated young centre-backs who could feature for France in the future, but not in Russia.For veteran defender Bacary Sagna, it is too late, especially after failing to find a club in the first half of the season before signing for Benevento.Valencia coach Marcelino certainly feels that it is unjust that Geoffrey Kondogbia has been overlooked for so long, having argued that the former Monaco youth is “at least as good as Pogba”. Nevertheless, the last of his five caps came in September 2015 in a friendly with Serbia. A recall has not come about.Tiemoue Bakayoko was right in contention a year ago, but since debuting against Spain – his sole international cap to date – the Chelsea man has been completely out of form, resulting in his absence.Houssem Aouar has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Lyon, where midfield cohorts Lucas Tousart and Tanguy Ndombele also look every inch like future international players. But all three players have been overlooked for Russia.It would have been incredible if Deschamps had selected Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid man been frozen out of national team duties since a sex tape scandal involving Mathieu Valbuena, who has said he has given up hope of representing his country again.Deschamps would have been likelier to look to the Under-21 side for cover, with Moussa Dembele of Celtic or RB Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin the likeliest options from the youths.France’s World Cup 2018 squad in full Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola.Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez.Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi.Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir.France begin their Group C campaign against Australia on June 16 before matches against Peru and Denmark on June 21 and June 26 respectively.last_img read more

WATCH: Karpatalja crowned world champions!

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup WATCH: Karpatalja’s amazing World Football Cup victory Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy CONIFA final 09062018 Getty ConIFA World Football Cup Videos The region from southwestern Ukraine enjoyed an historic day as they saw off Northern Cyprus in a dramatic penalty shootout to become world champions On a classically grey London evening, 2,500 spectators turned out at Enfield Town to see Karpatalja become CONIFA World Football Cup champions with a thrilling penalty-shootout victory over Northern Cyprus.Enfield Town’s record attendance had already been broken during the tournament and was shattered once again on Saturday and there was a raucous atmosphere created by passionate supporters of both sides.Before the game, the two sides were inseparable on the betting markets and the match turned out to be predictably tight. They had already played out a 1-1 draw in the group stages, which was perhaps an indication of the most likely result when they met again in the showpiece. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move HIGHLIGHTS | Relive Karpatalya’s dramatic @paddypower #WFC2018 World Football Cup final victory over Northern Cyprus thanks to @fc_video.— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 10, 2018Over the course of the World Football Cup, Karpatalja had proven themselves a superbly organised outfit, and in the first half they seemed completely at ease with their opponents, setting up to play on the counter with the tricky Gyorgyi Toma left to roam free up the pitch.Toma was a threatening presence throughout, albeit rarely given a genuine chance to express himself by a well-marshalled Northern Cypriot defence.The Hungarians’ approach was one they had replicated in most of their previous knockout games, and it proved effective once again. Northern Cyprus’ dangerous centre-forward Billy Mehmet was kept relatively under the thumb, but had the match’s best chance to open the scoring with a diving header at the back post but his effort bounced back off the bar.Chances, however, were at a premium, and both teams looked tired after six games in just over a week. The game headed inexorably to penalties.WINNERS! Karpatalya lift the winners’ trophy! 2018 Champions – Karpatalya #WFC2018— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 9, 2018It was Fejer who was to be the hero for Karpatalja, first denying the excellent Mehmet before parrying away Halil Turan’s spot-kick and sparking a huge pitch invasion from his side’s delighted players, coaches and supporters.Karpatalja are deserving winners of the tournament, but Northern Cyprus brought so much colour and noise to their games that it’s hard not to feel for them.last_img read more

Park backs South Korea for World Cup progress

first_imgSouth Korea South Korea can progress from wide-open group, says Park Ji-sung Guy Atkinson 17:01 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) parkjisung - cropped Getty Images South Korea World Cup Sweden v South Korea Sweden The Asian side are not heavily fancied, but Germany’s loss to Mexico has blown Group F wide open South Korea legend Park Ji-sung believes low expectations could help his country in a group that has been blown wide open by Mexico’s shock win over Germany.Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game as Mexico edged past the reigning champions in Moscow on Sunday, cranking up the pressure ahead of South Korea’s clash with Sweden on Monday.Most expected Germany to win Group F at a canter with the other three sides left to battle it out for second place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Mexico’s stunning win, however, has turned the group on its head and despite an underwhelming qualification campaign, Park is confident that South Korea can progress to the knock-out stages.”This result was not what we expected, so it changes the group,” he told The National after Mexico’s eye-catching win. “But we have to focus on our first match and then see what happens for the rest of the group.”We always aim to pass the group stage; that’s our first goal for this World Cup. And we had a bad performance at the last World Cup, so we want to turn it around from then.”This World Cup our expectations are quite low because of the national team’s performance during qualification.”But the World Cup is the World Cup, so you never know.”I believe [they can advance]. They prepared well and hopefully they can make it. But this group is very, very tough, and then, again, the first result is not what we expected. So just do our best and see if we can get it.”last_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelsea

first_imgAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith admits he’s not sure if the club will retain Tammy Abraham.The Chelsea loanee has fired in 12 goals for Villa this season and reports have suggested he could return to Stamford Bridge to be loaned out to a Premier League club.Asked about the speculation, Smith said: “I’ve no idea about the contract situation if I am honest. All we can do is work with him, we have a good relationship with Chelsea.”Eddie Newton [Chelsea’s loan technical coach] was up here over a month ago, looking and checking at his development.”He’s been developing with us all the time. He is enjoying his football and I think that is a big thing in the development of the young lad’s future.”He wants to go and keep scoring goals for us and that’s what we are in control of at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoMan Utd midfielder Pogba working his way to full fitness in Dubai

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pogba working his way to full fitness in Dubaiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is working his way to full fitness in Dubai.Pogba has given embattled Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an injury boost by stepping up his return from injury in an Instagram post.The World Cup winner has battled with an ankle injury since the end of August and though he played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the Premier League last Monday, the midfielder has missed United’s last two matches. The midfielder, though, is expected to be back playing for United after the international break and could make his return in a crucial game at table toppers Liverpool on October 18. The United star uploaded a 20-second clip of him working out on an exercise bike on a rooftop in Dubai. last_img read more

14 days agoAtletico Madrid boss Simeone rates Thomas ahead of Rodri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone rates Thomas ahead of Rodriby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone rates Thomas Partey as a better prospect than Rodri.Atletico lost Rodri to Manchester City over the summer, which saw Simeone promote Thomas into his role.And the coach says: “Last year I put in Thomas for Rodrigo, but I was criticised. “Thomas is more vertical, Rodrigo more horizontal. Thomas gives the team more direction, I put him in and they killed me for not putting in Rodrigo. He is a great player, but Thomas, when he manages to maintain consistency and balance. He has goals, arrival, assists, a shot… “Not everyone has all this.” last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Video: This Is How Ohio State’s Taylor Decker, One Of The Country’s Best OT, Prepares For The Season

first_imgOhio State OL Taylor Decker working out in the offseason.Ohio State OL Taylor DeckerEver wonder how offensive linemen hone their craft and prepare for the upcoming season? Wonder no more. Ohio State has released a short workout video featuring senior offensive tackle Taylor Decker, one of the country’s best players at his position and a potential first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Check it out: Our leader Taylor Decker putting in work to be the best. The Grind!— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 4, 2015Good luck trying to get to the quarterback when he’s in front of you, defensive linemen.last_img read more

Mark Dantonio Addresses Missing Handshake With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) dantonio harbaugh adidasTwitter/@Mark__SnyderIn all of the craziness following Michigan State’s dramatic last second win over Michigan, people noticed that head coaches Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh failed toshake hands after the game. While it was easy to assume animosity between the rival coaches, according to Mark Dantonio, it was just a case of the two not being able to link up on the field. From MLive:“It’s one of those things, you’re just not there at the time, but there’s no problems between myself and coach Harbaugh,” Dantonio said Monday morning on WDFN. “I have the utmost respect for him. I think he’s doing a tremendous job, and I think they have a good football team, a well-coached football team.”He is certainly right about that last part. Despite the brutal loss, few would have expected Michigan to be in position to beat Michigan State at all back in August.[MLive]last_img read more

Report: Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2

first_imgWatford came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace, with substitute Tom Cleverley scoring a sublime winner.Craig Cathcart’s own goal after 38 minutes had Palace on course for victory, but the Watford defender scored at the right end 23 minutes from time.And Cleverley, yet to start in the league this season as he returns from injury, netted his first goal since October 2017 with a superb volley to give his side, who only managed two shots on target, an impressive victory. 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? Watford’s triumph halts a troubling run that had seen them win only twice in their last 11 top-flight games, while Palace have only won two of their 11 home matches this season.PICK THAT OUT #CRYWAT 1-2 — Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 12, 2019 Inside three minutes, Watford incredibly hit the woodwork twice in the same move. Gerard Deulofeu nutmegged James Tomkins and fired an effort from 12 yards against the same post that Roberto Pereyra struck from the rebound when he appeared destined to score.The visitors, who lost Will Hughes to a head injury, saw captain Troy Deeney send a header just wide, while Tomkins had an aerial effort of his own tipped over by Ben Foster at the other end, leading to a corner from which Palace took the lead.In one of the scrappiest goals of the season, Tomkins attempted to turn in Luka Milivojevic’s corner from close range, and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s attempted clearance bounced in off the unfortunate Cathcart.It was Palace’s turn to lose a player to injury on the stroke of half-time, Wayne Hennessey replacing Vicente Guaita, but Foster was the keeper who had to keep out a Milivojevic effort, which the hosts claimed had bounced off Adrian Mariappa’s hand.Wilfried Zaha raced clear to create a glorious chance for himself after the break, but he was denied by Foster, who also made a fine stop to keep out an audacious 30-yard attempt from Milivojevic.Yet just as Palace looked like finding a result-clinching second goal, Cathcart scored at the right end, heading in Jose Holebas’ corner at the far post with Hennessey caught out badly by the delivery.James McArthur somehow failed to turn in Zaha’s cross-shot for Palace, while Watford saw Deeney’s deflected effort hacked off the line by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the match in the balance until it was settled 16 minutes from time.Cleverley – just six minutes after coming on – was the scorer, sending a sweet volley from 15 yards into the top corner, Palace having twice failed to clear a corner. What does it mean? More home woe for PalacePalace came into the game with some momentum after their away win at Wolves, and a run that had seen them lose just once in five Premier League games.But their home form remains a big problem. Just two wins and six goals in 11 top-flight games at Selhurst Park is not enough, and the main reason Roy Hodgson’s men remain 14th and now sit just four points clear of the bottom three.Watford, meanwhile, are up to seventh in the table, and continue to pick up enough wins to stay firmly in the mix to finish as best of the rest outside the Premier League’s big six.Cathcart & Foster crucial Cathcart could do nothing about his first-half own goal, but made up for it with a firm second-half header to bring Watford level, as well as making six defensive clearances at the other end.Foster also impressed, making six saves, including pivotal stops from Zaha and Milivojevic to keep Watford in it at 1-0 down.Horror show for Hennessey Hennessey has been in the news for the wrong reasons over recent weeks, having to deny he was making a Nazi salute in a picture that emerged after the FA Cup win over Grimsby Town. He would not have expected to play in this one, and he struggled when replacing Guaita, He was caught out of position for Cathcart’s goal and ended up without a save.Key Opta Facts- Crystal Palace have lost six of their 11 home Premier League matches this season (W2 D3), only one fewer than they lost during the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign (7).- Watford are unbeaten in four away Premier League matches (W2 D2), their best run since September 2017 (also four unbeaten).- No player has scored more Premier League own goals this season than Watford defender Cathcart (2, level with Wesley Hoedt).- Watford’s Craig Cathcart became the first player to both score a goal and an own goal in the same Premier League game since Ryan Shawcross in December 2017 (Stoke v Tottenham).What’s next? Palace face a daunting trip to Anfield to play leaders Liverpool – not the ideal fixture when looking to get back on track – next Saturday, which is also when Watford play at home to Burnley. read morelast_img read more

Gold Cup final just a step in Martino’s plan

first_imgMexico has one focus in tomorrow’s Gold Cup final.  Ask forward Raul Jimenez: “Well, tomorrow I think all we want is to win. To have the cup at the end of the game. We’re in good form. We’re recovered now from the other two games and we know what we’re playing for. At the end, we want to win.” Ask goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa: “Tomorrow we’re going to do what we want to do, make sure all the effort and commitment and sacrifice we’ve made is worth it.”  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The goal is the same for manager Tata Martino as well. The Mexico coach feels his team is obligated to win the Gold Cup by beating the United States. “(The obligation) doesn’t change. I’ve seen a lot of Gold Cups and I know that Mexico is obligated to win. We’ve never hidden Mexico’s responsibility,” he said at a news conference Saturday. “We got here and we’re still backing that. We’re in the final and we’re still going. “But I think also you have to look at the full context a little bit, beyond the fact that it would be a big disappointment not to win the cup. We also know we have to keep moving forward, getting better because maybe the most important goal, yes, is a bit more long-term.” What if Mexico doesn’t win?  For Martino, it wouldn’t be a crisis. He knows he’d have to deal with a fair bit of blow-back, of chatter in the press, of frustration and fury from fans. Yet, Martino says the focus is further down the road than Sunday’s rivalry matchup against the U.S national team. Asked about whether he’d be prepared to cope with a loss, the manager said the furor will happen no matter what. What matters is the response as the team builds toward the 2022 World Cup. Guillermo Ochoa Mexico Gold Cup 06092019“In whatever situation you lose, what happens in the environment is what you mentioned is going to happen, but it’s fine,” he said. “In this tournament, there are how many teams, 12? (There are 16.) And there are 11 that have to be ready to lose, one to win. That’s why I’m saying I’m talking about different goals: One, undoubtedly, is to win because that’s why we’re here – to win – but also with the five or six months we’ve had leading the national team there are other secondary goals that we can never lose sight of because it involves a four-year process. You have to work with the close-up view but also the long-term view. It’s interesting to hear Martino speak about taking the long view. He’s a coach who hasn’t often stayed long in jobs, and he’s in a position where coaches haven’t often stayed long. He returned to the international game for the change of pace, looking to spend more time with family and to have a less frustrating daily grind than he did coaching a club like Atlanta United. Martino seems pleased with the first half-year of his tenure and confident he can continue to get what he wants out of the team with the resources he has. He’s also expressed the idea now on multiple occasions that while he would’ve preferred to have typical stars such as Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for this tournament run, the minutes that have fallen to young players with those veterans not in the squad will be helpful down the road. Mexico Gold Cup 2019“Above all, those guys who are playing their first matches with the senior national team have been at the level this tournament is. It’s not easy to find yourself as a first-timer and suddenly be in the Gold Cup,” Martino said. Roberto Alvarado, Edson Alvarez, Uriel Antuna, Carlos Rodriguez and others have pulled their weight in this tournament and will be in the mix for World Cup qualification as well. Diego Lainez and Jose Juan Macias took part in the U-20 World Cup but also have a future with the senior team in the near-term. Mexico needs that. Even the players who are present, players like Ochoa, midfielder Andres Guardado and center back Hector Moreno will be well into the back end of their careers when the next World Cup rolls around. “We believe that in a tournament like the Gold Cup, we can try to pin down an idea, have young players available for tomorrow to be in the senior national team and also we’re here to win it,” the coach said. “There are several goals, and not all of them are reduced to what can happen tomorrow at the end of the match.” The focus is singular, but the goals are many. Mexico will give its all to win the Gold Cup tomorrow, but if it doesn’t lift the trophy, it will turn its head toward the next challenge. There are many on the horizon.last_img read more

Lukaku out, Rojo out, Darmian out – Man Utd desperate to cull squad

first_img“Announce Maguire,” they say. “Announce Fernandes.”Manchester United fans, as with most sets of supporters, are having their appetites whetted by the prospect of additional signings ahead of the new Premier League season.Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes are potential incomings to follow Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but it could yet be United’s ability to offload some of their unwanted squad-fillers which makes the biggest statement this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The first-team group at Old Trafford is beginning to look increasingly bloated, with the exits of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia on free transfers being their only departures so far – this despite there being little over a week before the UK transfer window closes.Meanwhile, the return from loan spells of Axel Tuanzebe, Joel Pereira and Timothy Fosu-Mensah has provided extra cover in positions in which they are already well stocked.The question now is just how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deals with a depth chart which looks far too crowded in a number of areas.He currently has four goalkeepers, meaning one of Lee Grant and Pereira will have to go somewhere else for the next year in order to maintain an effective three-man unit in that department.Meanwhile, there are plenty of possible departures to consider in the back line. The likes of Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo have been touted for exits for a number of summers now but have so far remained at Old Trafford. With the Italian, in particular, it is beginning to feel like United should cut their losses and just allow him to go to the first bidder for the sake of getting him off the wage bill. Marcos Rojo Manchester United 2018-19Darmian is arguably fifth-choice at best as both right-back and left-back, with Wan-Bissaka, Ashley Young, Diogo Dalot and Fosu-Mensah all ahead of him on his favoured flank and Luke Shaw, Young, Dalot and Rojo preferred options on the left. Fosu-Mensah himself could easily be culled too, with his loan spells at Crystal Palace and Fulham having not been fruitful and Tuanzebe an available right-back option in an injury crisis.Rojo, meanwhile, has Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Tuanzebe and Phil Jones to contend with for a centre-back spot even before Maguire potentially arrives, leaving the Argentine to reportedly consider leaving United this summer.Man Utd possible teamIf Maguire is signed, there will become a desperation to cut numbers at the heart of the defence as well as at full-back. Are Smalling and Jones so indispensable that at least one of them couldn’t be cut? Both have signed new deals in the last eight months, but surely if there is to be a new direction promoted at the Theatre of Dreams they are the types of players the club could do with moving on?Further up there is an abundance of wastage too. The promotion of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong to the senior ranks means Solskjaer has plenty of alternatives available to him even if United cash in on Romelu Lukaku and somehow get Alexis Sanchez off their wage bill.Man Utd possible teamThe Reds have, of course, been in talks to sell Lukaku to Inter with Juventus also interested, while in an ideal world they would have been able to find a buyer for Sanchez. For now both remain at the club, but there will not necessarily be a need to replace either given the stock available to the Norwegian and if it takes them until the continental summer deadline at the end of August to entice a buyer then so be it.Solskjaer himself has admitted they don’t necessarily need a huge target man on their books for the foreseeable future. “The way we hope we are going to play, it doesn’t have to be a six-foot four-inch striker,” he said during the club’s recent tour in Australia. And as such, the likes of Marcus Rashford, Greenwood, Anthony Martial and James should provide enough options in the number-nine position even should the two bigger names be cut from the squad.The illustrative line-ups above include none of Joel Pereira, Grant, Fosu-Mensah, Andreas Pereira, Jones, Rojo, James Garner, Tahith Chong, Lukaku or Darmian, emphasising the unnecessary depth all across the squad.So while the inevitable questions about further additions linger, there should be just as much focus on how United go about trimming the fat in their first-team squad too. Keeping 25 players happy is tough at the best of times, so Solskjaer will be far from happy if his current 32-man squad isn’t substantially condensed by the end of August.last_img read more

A Former College Football Star Has Died At 39

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former college football star passed away over the weekend. He was only 39.Kenyatta Jones, the first player to be selected in the NFL Draft out of South Florida, died in Colorado this weekend. His mother, Jessica Hadley-Brown, confirmed the news to the Tampa Bay Times.The former offensive lineman reportedly died of cardiac arrest.Jones, a Gainesville, Fla. native, was a fourth-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played for New England for three seasons before leaving for the Washington Redskins. He spent two seasons in D.C.The offensive lineman then spent a couple of years away from the game before attempting a comeback with the Tampa Bay Storm and the New York Sentinels.Jones did have some issues off of the field, as noted by the Tampa Bay Times:Characterized as the “life of the party” by Sipp, Mr. Jones’ career was tainted by a sequence of arrests, including one on a felony charge of carrying a concealed firearm just prior to his senior season at USF. Mr. Jones underwent pretrial-diversion, according to court records.In October 2003, he was arrested for allegedly dousing his house guest and administrative assistant with scalding water, and was released by the Patriots five days later.In July 2008, he was arrested in a Tampa narcotics sweep for allegedly trying to purchase less than a gram each of cocaine and marijuana, but those charges either were dropped or he wasn’t prosecuted, court records indicate.Our thoughts are with Jones’ family and friends. May he rest in peacelast_img read more

A Former College Football Star Is Currently In A Coma

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium as two jets fly above.GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 12: Two fighter jets perform a flyover before the game between the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)A former college football star and NFL linebacker is reportedly fighting for his life in a coma. Here is the latest on his status.Monday night, it was reported that former Florida Gators linebacker Neiron Ball, a 26-year-old LB for the Oakland Raiders, is in a coma and not responding to stimuli.The unfortunate news was shared by the Butts County Schools Facebook page.Here’s the full post:The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to see what can be done to help him heal and wake up. This young man has already been through so much in his life, and we know the family would appreciate your love and kindness.Praying for Neiron!A lot of people have been reaching out on social media to express their thoughts and prayers.The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to…— Butts County Schools (@ButtsCoSchools) September 24, 2018Ball has overcame a lot before. Hopefully he can do it again.Dude already overcame a brain bleed a few years ago. Seems like the guy can’t catch a break. Prayers for Neiron Ball. #GatorForever— TJ Shoemaker (@tshoemaker2423) September 25, 2018Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

College Football Star’s Career Is Over With ‘Disabling Neck Injury’

first_imgMiami players running on the field for a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Ahmmon Richards was expected to be one of Miami’s top playmakers this season. In 2016, he was a freshman All-American, and looked to bounce back from injuries that cost him a third of last season.Instead, Richards was limited to one nine-yard catch in the season-opening loss to LSU, before going out with what was described as a knee injury.According to a new report by Miami Herald writer Barry Jackson, Richards’ injury status is much worse.Jackson reports that Ahmmon Richards suffered a neck injury that will end his football career.From his story:UM junior receiver Ahmmon Richards’ football career is over because of a disabling neck injury, a source told The Miami Herald on Saturday evening.The injury will prevent him from ever playing again.The stunning news about Richards, who was considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick, was revealed on a day UM rallied from a 20-point deficit to defeat Florida State, 28-27.Richards caught 49 passes for 934 yards and three touchdowns, and was also a second team All-ACC player in 2016. Lingering hamstring issues held him to 24 catches for 439 yards and three scores last year.He was expected to bounce back, and become one of the top NFL prospects at the position this year. Instead, unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back.According to Jackson, Miami hasn’t confirmed the extent of the injury, and it is not known how Richards suffered the neck injury at this time.[The Miami Herald]last_img read more

3 Major Programs Interested In West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen

first_imgDana Holgorsen celebrating against the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Dana Holgorsen has had a pretty great year at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineers to legitimate College Football Playoff and Big 12 championship contention. WVU ultimately ended up falling short of those marks, losing to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but the program still has a lot to be proud of.Will Holgorsen continue to lead the West Virginia program deep into the future?Other schools reportedly have interest in prying him away from Morgantown, West Virginia.The West Virginia head coach is reportedly “on the radar” of Louisville, Colorado and Texas Tech.From Metro News:Texas Tech officials reportedly are targeting West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen as a replacement for Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired Sunday after six seasons.Sources at West Virginia did not confirm Holgorsen’s mutual interest in the Red Raiders’ job, especially considering he’s also on the radar for vacancies at Colorado and Louisville.Holgorsen would owe the university $2.5 million if he leaves for another job before Dec. 31, and $1 million thereafter.It would be surprising if Holgorsen left West Virginia for one of those jobs, though it’s possible the Mountaineers’ head coach could be ready for a change.Stay tuned.last_img read more

College Football Redshirt Freshman DB Has Died

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A freshman college football player passed away this week. Redshirt freshman Augustus Lee, who played his collegiate football at Richmond, passed away the school confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.Richmond’s school paper revealed the cause of death for Lee. According to the report, Lee died of suicide by asphyxiation.Head football coach Russ Huesman released a statement about Lee’s passing.“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Augustus Lee. Gus was a terrific young man and a great member of our Richmond family. His loss is a true tragedy to those who knew and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gus’ family. This is a very difficult time for everyone in the Richmond Spider family.”Lee was a redshirt freshman defensive back for the program.Our thoughts are with the Lee family and the Richmond community.[Richmond]last_img read more

Art Briles Has Landed A New Head Coaching Job

first_imgHead coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Baylor head football head coach Art Briles is backing coaching football in the state of Texas, only this time it’ll be at the high school level.Briles, 63, was Baylor’s head coach from 2008-15, leading the Bears to two Big 12 championships. He was 99-65 as the program’s head coach, winning 10-plus games in four of his final five seasons.The longtime head coach was ousted as Baylor’s head coach as a result of the school’s sexual assault scandal.Briles has been announced tonight’s as the new head coach at Mount Vernon in Texas. Art Briles has landed a high school head coaching job out in East Texas.— Max Olson (@max_olson) May 24, 2019Here’s the full release from the school:Full release from @MtVernonISD about hiring former Baylor football coach Art Briles as their head football coach— Micah Fleet (@MicahFleet) May 24, 2019Briles’ hiring will not be without controversy, and it’s not surprising that the news was announced the Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend.last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Response To Question About Jim Harbaugh Is Going Viral

first_img “Year for what?” Meyer said with a coy smile.Is this finally Michigan’s year? @OSUCoachMeyer and the rest of the @CFBonFOX crew weigh in on the Wolverines’ CFP chances in 2019.— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 24, 2019Meyer never lost to Michigan or Harbaugh during his time in Columbus, going 7-0 against his main rival.The former Ohio State head coach is picking the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten, though he is a fan of the Wolverines’ roster.“They certainly have the players. They have some of the best unknown players in America,” Meyer said. “The question is are they going to be able to transition to a spread offense fast enough to not lose a game.”Michigan has had struggles on offense in games against Ohio State, though the Wolverines have brought in former Alabama assistant Josh Gattis to run the offense, and expectations are high heading into 2019.The Wolverines and the Buckeyes are set to meet in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 30. A closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer made his 2019 college football analyst debut for FOX on Saturday, taking part in the network’s season preview show ahead of Week 0’s games.The former Ohio State head coach turned analyst did a nice job in his first day on set, providing some intriguing coaching insight into the college football pregame show world.One of Meyer’s comments during the show has gone viral, too. Unsurprisingly, it has to do with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.Meyer was asked by FOX host Rob Stone if this will finally be “the year” for Harbaugh and the Wolverines.last_img read more