Day: November 16, 2019

Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures out

first_imgHonda Cars India is all set to introduce the tenth-generation Civic in India. Speculations are rife that the launch may take place towards the end of this month or at the beginning of March. However, nothing is official yet. The car is expected to take on the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.Ahead of the car’s much-awaited launch, its engine details and mileage figures are out. The all-new Honda Civic will be available in India in both petrol and diesel motors. The car will get a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 141 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. It will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). There will also be a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain churning out 120 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. This engine will get a six-speed manual transmission.As regards the fuel efficiency of Honda Civic, the company is claiming that the petrol variant will return a mileage figure of 16.5 kmpl, while the diesel one will be good for 26.8 kmpl. The tenth-generation car will have a length and width of 4,656 mm and 1,799 mm, respectively. It will be 1,433 high and have a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. It gets a 47-litre fuel tank and a 430-litre boot. The kerb weight of the petrol variant is 1,300 kg, while the diesel one will weigh 1,353 kg. Honda Civic will have 17-inch alloy wheels with discs, both at the front and rear.It is being speculated that Honda Civic will be priced in India between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). While Octavia is priced between Rs 15.99 lakh and Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Corolla Altis ranges between Rs 16.45 lakh and Rs 20.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Elantra is priced between Rs 13.81 lakh and Rs 20.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).advertisementIt has been a busy year for Honda Cars India. While the company has discontinued the production of hatchback Brio, it has recently introduced exclusive editions of compact sedan Amaze, premium hatchback Jazz and compact sports utility vehicle WR-V.ALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A detailed comparison between their technical specificationsALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Ahead of its launch on February 14, everything you need to knowALSO READ | Kawasaki Versys 1000 introduced in India, priced at Rs 10.69 lakhlast_img read more

Jofra Archer shines as England beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in only T20I

first_imgEngland timed their run chase to perfection to beat Pakistan by seven wickets in their one-off Twenty20 international on Sunday.Solid batting from skipper Eoin Morgan (57 not out), Joe Root (47) and James Vince (36) saw England chase down Pakistan’s 173-6 with four balls to spare, finishing on 175-3. Morgan wrapped up the victory with a straight six off Pakistan paceman Faheem Ashraf.Jofra Archer gave another glimpse of his bowling potential for England by taking 2-29 after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat.In responding to Pakistan’s total, Ben Duckett fell for 9 on his return to England colors for the first time since November 2016.But Vince and Root played some sumptuous strokes to keep up with the rate, before umpire Alex Wharf judged that Vince had feathered a delivery from Imad Wasim down the legside, a decision that was upheld on review.Morgan took 14 runs off three successive balls from Faheem as England pressed home its advantage.Babar Azam led Pakistan with 65 – before being run out by Archer – while Haris Sohail added 50 as the pair put on a 103-run partnership for the third wicket.Also See:last_img read more

BCCI sends Indian Cricketers Association for registration

first_imgThe much-awaited players’ association of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to be called the Indian Cricketers Association and should be in place in the next two to three weeks.The name has already been referred for registration and the body is set to come into existence before the next annual general meeting (AGM) of the cricket board.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary said that things were under process and it should be a matter of a couple of weeks before Indian cricket has its players’ association as per the diktat of the Lodha panel.”Indian Cricketers Association is the name and it has been sent for registration. Once that is through, all the processes will start. We must have the players’ association before the next AGM of the BCCI. It will be a sub-committee,” the functionary explained.Commenting on the role of the players’ association, the functionary said: “Two people from the players’ association will be nominated for the apex council. It will be completely different from the technical committee of the BCCI. The names for the executive committee will come in only after the states register their constitution and conduct their elections.”The official said that all decisions regarding the composition of the players’ association will be taken by the steering committee which consists of Kapil Dev, Bharath Reddy, Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.”The number of players who will be part of the executive committee and their scope of work will be decided by the four members along with convenor G.K. Pillai. They also have a legal advisor in Nandan Kamath,” the functionary explained.advertisementNoting on the need to have a players’ association, the Lodha panel had said: “There shall be a Cricket Players’ Association affording membership to all international and most first class men and women retired cricketers. This Association shall discharge assigned functions with the financial support of the BCCI. It shall be brought into existence by an independent steering committee.”A senior BCCI executive though said that a couple of things needed to be kept in mind with regards to the formation of the sub-committee. “The real concern here is that this process has been limited to a very small group of people and this may give them a first mover advantage over the other ex-players in making it to the BCCI’s apex council. Therefore the ones involved in the process must on all fairness cool off before participating in elections. There also seems to be no check on people suspected of or punished for immoral conduct and anti-corruption violations,” the executive pointed.Also Read | First in Indian Cricket: Women state captains to have voice at BCCI Conclavelast_img read more

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to host a segment during IPL 2019 final

first_imgIn a first, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be hosting a special segment during the final match of Indian Premier League this year. The two actors will be promoting their upcoming film Bharat at the cricketing extravaganza. Apart from hosting a segment, the actors will appear in various promos during the live telecast of the final match which will be held on May 12.But Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will not go on the field to host the segment due to security reasons. Rather the actors will shoot the show inside a studio.A source close to the development told an entertainment portal, “IPL is one of the biggest and most expensive cricket shows and the final gets maximum eyeballs. The producers of Bharat, Atul Agnihotri and Nikhil Namit have come up with a brilliant IPL-integration marketing scheme. Instead of going on the field, they will be seen live at a studio, as going on the field would have become a security issue.” Instead of the usual events and promotions they are trying a different strategy. The source added, “Salman and Katrina will host a segment together in the IPL and Salman has already shot for the main ad which will be shown on Star Sports network over the weekend. One more ad featuring kids and Bharat will also be aired. Apparently, the ads were shot keeping Bharat as the theme and have a powerful message. Right now, the channel and everyone associated with it has been instructed to be tight-lipped about it till the promo is aired.”advertisementNikhil Namit told the portal, “Yes, Salman and Katrina will host the show live and it’s an unusual strategy implemented by team Bharat. It’s like our strategy of having the Bharat trailer attached with Avengers: Endgame, the biggest Hollywood film, to get maximum eyeballs to watch our film. It worked and now the next step is television and what can be bigger than the IPL? We don’t want to go the usual route of promoting Bharat through the usual publicity and marketing methods. Integrating IPL, which garners millions of viewers, with Bharat is an exciting way to promote the movie.”Watch the official trailer of Bharat:ALSO READ | Producer Atul Agnihotri on Salman Khan’s Bharat clashing with India’s World Cup: It will be fineALSO READ | Salman Khan’s Bharat had 120 artists recreating 1960s circus. Watch new videoALSO READ | After Bharat, Salman Khan to play a detective in Atul Agnihotri’s next filmALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarlast_img read more

Tiger Woods sued after employee dies in car crash

first_imgThe family of a US man who was employed at a restaurant owned by Tiger Woods, has sued the ace golfer, his girlfriend and his company, saying they should have prevented him from drinking too much and driving to his death.Nicholas Immesberger, 24, died on December 10, 2018 near the community of Port Salerno — about 20 miles from The Woods Jupiter restaurant and bar, reports CNN.The lawsuit filed on Monday blames Woods, who owns the restaurant where Immesberger worked as a bartender, and Erica Herman, who is listed in the complaint as the general manager of business and is Woods’ girlfriend, for wrongful death.The suit, brought by the victim’s parents, said Immesberger finished his shift at 3 p.m., sat at the bar drinking and died in a single-car accident about 6 p.m.The civil complaint says Immesberger had a blood alcohol level of .256, three times the legal limit. A police report has said that he was driving an estimated 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.The suit alleges employees knew Immesberger attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had another alcohol-related crash in November.It also said that Woods and Herman knew of his addiction but were drinking with Immesberger a few nights before the fatal crash.Immesberger’s parents will speak to the media on Tuesday, CNN quoted a public relations firm as saying on Monday.Woods is playing in the PGA Championship, one of golf’s major events, this week and is scheduled to be part of a tournament news conference on Tuesday morning.advertisementAlso Read | Tiger Woods accepts Presidential Medal of Freedom at White Houselast_img read more

This day that year: When Kapil’s Devils created glory at 1983 World Cup

first_imgIn an interview to India Today, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev had said the West Indies had more Champagne at the mid-innings break of the 1983 World Cup final than India. Kapil’s men had posted a below-par total of 183 in the big final on June 25, 1983 at the Lord’s, London.It seemed India’s fairytale run in the World Cup would come to an end. The West Indies were set for a third straight title. Clive Llyod’s side had superstars who, on their day, could just blow away the challenge of chasing 184. But June 25, 1983 wasn’t their day. It was the day that arguably changed Indian cricket forever.Gordon Greenidge fails. Sir Vivian Richards walks in with the swagger that is known for. The gum-chewing slayer gets on with his innings and hits a flurry of boundaries.Madan Lal is under the pump but he isn’t willing to go away. He goes to skipper Kapil Dev and asks for the ball. Lal cramps Richards for room but the batting great tries to pull one into the stands. Instead, the ball balloons up and Kapil Dev takes a breathtaking catch to send the West Indies star walking back to the hut.Once Vivian Richards was dismissed, Indians had their tails up. Clive Lloyd fell to Roger Binny without troubling the scorers much. Jeff Dujon and Malcolm Marshall tried to revive the chase with a 43-run stand for the 7th wicket but Mohinder Amarnath stepped into action and removed both of them in quick succession.Amarnath dealt the final blow and sealed India’s historic win by trapping Michael Holding in front. West Indies were bowled out for 140. Their World Cup-winning streak was broken. Cricket had its new world champions!advertisement The scenes at Lord’s after India’s 1983 World Cup final triumph (Getty Images)From rank outsiders to world champions: ‘Weren’t silly thinking we would win’India were rank outsiders. London bookies offering 50:1 odds against them. In fact, many of the members of the World Cup-winning team in 1983 had planned for trips to the United States after the World Cup. All those plans had to be postponed, considering India’s success in the tournament.Speaking to India Today at Salaam Cricket 2019, batting great Sunil Gavaskar had clarified on the US trip rumours. Gavaskar added that India weren’t pessimistic about their chances but weren’t too “silly” to think they would go on to win the World Cup in 1983.”Our turnaround in the whole format started when we went to Australia in 1980 where we played 10 ODI games. That’s the first time we started to take ODI cricket seriously. Earlier on, we just went in like a Sunday game. This time there were prizes at the end. There was a trophy to be won as well. Earlier on, there was nothing to be won. Then we came to the West Indies in 1983 and we beat them in a match in Guyana,” Gavaskar added.”We weren’t silly by thinking we would win it. But we weren’t pessimistic.”36 years hence, India have another World Cup in their cabinet. Virat Kohli is now leading a young side that is bidding to bring home the country’s third World Cup trophy. In, 2011, India showcased that they are the new powerhouses of world cricket as an MS Dhoni-led side steamrolled oppositions on their way to World Cup glory.It is safe to say the image of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony changed the dynamics of world cricket. It inspired a million, including the greatest batsman to have ever graced planet Earth.Clive Llyod had got it right after the 1983 World Cup. Speaking on India’s win, the West Indies great had said: “Indian cricket has arrived. And it’s here to stay.”. Indeed, it did.Also Read | 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyAlso Read | 1983 World Cup: Miracle at Lord’sAlso See:last_img read more

Oklahoma State’s snap speed progression since Gundy took over

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIMike Gundy said it at media days:“We want to play as fast as possible”Tracy Moore said it earlier this spring:“I’m not going to lie. It’s a lot faster than when Coach (Dana) Holgorsen was here.”Parker Graham said it, too:“Oh my Gosh, it’s even faster than the last one, if that’s even possible.”Everything we’ve heard since the curtain closed on that whatever that thing was at the Cotton Bowl in January has pointed towards OSU going even faster than before. Gundy even riffed on a no-huddle wishbone O at media days, which sounds just…insane.The point remains though, OSU will continue to test the limits of speed — and now the Big 12 is trying to help them out.I wanted to look at how fast this thing could go. How far we’ve come since Gundy took over and who else is testing the dexterity of the people in charge of play clocks all over the country.First, how far OSU has come. The numbers I’m about to throw at you are simply this: total time of possession on offense divided by total plays. Passing teams are sometimes helped by this because the play clock stops for them on incompletions…though if you’re throwing that many incomplete passes, you likely have bigger issues.The reason the numbers might seem inflated is because a team holds the ball for a while when it punts, has turnovers, and commits penalties. I didn’t include these as offensive “plays” because, well, those are all things that slow an offense down and I don’t feel like they should be added to artificially enhance these numbers.Here are OSU’s numbers:Total time/total plays2005: 24 seconds per play2006: 26 seconds per play2007: 23 seconds per play2008: 26 seconds per play2009: 28 seconds per play2010: 22 seconds per play2011: 20 seconds per play2012: 21 seconds per playPretty interesting, right? That 28 to 22 drop you see in 2010 is D-A-N-A. Also, the 2011 team was insane. So good, so fast, so disciplined. Just a machine.And I think that 2005 team was fast because it just scripted three plays at a time then punted. Not much to think about there…that 2009 team was slow because Zac was tired of getting murdered every time he snapped the ball.Now how do these rank nationally?Here those numbers from the last six years:10 fastest teams2012 Houston: 18.1 seconds2012 Marshall: 18.7 seconds2012 La. Tech: 19.1 seconds2012 Arizona: 19.4 seconds2009 Houston[1. Dana.]: 19.6 seconds2011 Middle Tennessee: 19.8 seconds2012 Baylor: 19.9 seconds2011 Houston: 20.2 seconds2012 Indiana: 20.4 seconds2008 Oregon: 20.5 secondsOkahoma State’s six teams rank 15th, 19th, 41st, 106th, 432nd, 567th (out of 723 teams).Only seven teams (again, out of 723!) have ever broken the 20-second mark so I would think that’s the goal for OSU. And with that eighth referee added I think they could get it this year.The five slowest2012 New Mexico: 31 seconds2011 Temple: 31 seconds2008 Northern Illinois: 31 seconds2012 Auburn: 31 seconds2010 UCF: 31 secondsOh, Auburn. That was a clinic in why you don’t hire Iowa State coaches who can’t win at Iowa State.Other notes:• 2010 OU was the only team to run over 1,200 plays (1,210).• UTSA only ran 680 plays in 2012. OSU will reach that by the end of October this year.• The only team to have the ball for fewer than 300 minutes in a season was Houston in 2012 (the fastest team of the era).OSU has been really good in this area and is getting better. In and of itself snap speed doesn’t do much, but when you combine it with a “we know exactly what we’re going to do on every play” attitude, well, you have something.One of the biggest things I’m worried about this year is Yurcich’s ability to pull the trigger quickly on plays like Monk and Dana were able to — those dudes lived to call the right play at the right time and it’s one thing that made the Pokes great over the last three years.Check out our full 2013 OSU football preview here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The Winners and Losers of Fall Camp

first_imgHe’s got a group full of studs, and for that, he’s an honorable mention winner.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Training camp has come to a conclusion and football season is staring us right in the eyes. Before we start, however, let’s take a stroll down the short term memory lane and sort out who the winners, losers, and others were from fall training camp.WinnersThe running backsA group that received some criticism last year has been bolstered by the addition of both young and old blood. Barry J. Sanders has stepped in and, by all accounts, should prove to be a reliable option out of the backfield. He’s more than just an extra dude at the position, and that’s excellent news for a group that desperately needed an extra guy to count on. The young blood of the group, Justice Hill, is a recent emerger who at this point is chalked in as a *maybe* could play. But I’d be surprised to see him redshirt. He should be ready to play early, and that’s a pleasant, welcome surprise for OSU coaches. (P.S.: Told you so?)Walk-OnsA year ago, it was walk-on tailback Raymond Taylor who came on strong and was a reliable ball carrier for OSU as a walk-on. And this year, the walk-on tradition shall possibly continue. Taylor Cornelius is in line to become QB2, and freshman wide receiver Obi Obialo is apparently the next Marcell Ateman that everyone overlooked because of a dislocated ankle his senior year. Gundy magic!Mike Gundy’s Hair StylistMike Gundy’s hair stylist is probably on a beach in Cabo enjoying the royalties from this beautiful masterpiece.[@AustinChadwick][@AustinChadwick]LosersCornerbacksThe starting group of cornerbacks is fantastic with Ramon Richards and Ashton Lampkin the presumed starters. But beyond that, the depth seems to take a considerable hit. Fortunately, Lenzy Pipkins is in line to become another successful grad transfer under Mike Gundy. But beyond that, it doesn’t sound like many guys are proving themselves to become the next legitimate option. Guys like Madre Harper, Bryce Balous, Rodarius Williams, and Darius Curry will all get their shot. There’s definitely talent and upside to each, but which one will it be? Fall camp is supposed to sort that question out, but it seems to have only complicated things.Marcell AtemanNo, I’m not calling Ateman a loser. But Pro Football Focus grades him as one of the top 30 returning receivers in the nation from last year, alongside his running mate James Washington. He was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch list in the preseason, but now is sidelined until October thanks to a broken foot. That’s unfortunate news for a guy who is entering his senior year and probably would like to take his talents to the NFL after this season.DrawsThe Offensive LineI struggled writing this in lower caps, but the amount of information and detail surrounding the offensive line is maddening. It’s looking like Marcus Keyes will assume duties at left guard, while junior college transfer Larry Williams will take over right guard. But as far as improvement — does anyone actually know? Last year we thought it would be improved, but it actually got worse. Until we see something tangibly better on the field, I’ll chalk this up to a draw.Jason McEndooThe second year coach from Montana State was able to make a marked improvement last year, helping Blake Jarwin take home All-Big 12 honors as a junior. And now he has Jarwin in the fold again, with plenty of young, ripe talent surrounding him. Former receivers turned cowboy backs Cole Neph and Keenen Brown should make for an upgrade in talent, too. If Brown can figure out how to block, he will be one I’m most intrigued by. He was a freak show coming out of high school at receiver, but one too many trips to Whataburger [Kidding!] helped create a position change that could pay dividends for both parties as early as this year. He’s a big target who is already a natural route runner, and could make Mr. McEndoo’s job a heck of a lot easier once he can put it together.Honorable MentionsKasey DunnWith the Coup De Boot landing Tyron Johnson over the weekend, Dunn is a big winner although he won’t see the fruits until 2017. Adding a five-star talent never hurts; Really, everyone wins in this one.Rennie ChildsChilds was No. 2 in the pecking order last year, but with the addition of Justice Hill and Barry Sanders, I have him sliding as far down as No. 5 on the depth chart. I’m not a coach, obviously, but if that happens, you’d have to feel bad for him — probably not exactly how he’d like to spend his last year on the field. Regardless, he seems to be sliding down past his No. 2 spot from last year. Seems like a loss no matter how you frame it.Depth on the D-LineThere’s so many legitimate contenders who could fill in with the first team that I’m glad Joe Bob is the one sorting out the depth chart and not me. It’s a good problem to have, however, and the defensive tackle position is three-deep with talent who can play. Also, I’ve procured exclusive footage of Joe Bob following a recent scrimmage:last_img read more

Madrid ease past Sociedad

first_imgReal Sociedad 1 Real Madrid 3: Mayoral and Bale crucial as Zidane’s men return to winning ways Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 04:43 18/9/2017 mayoral-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid returned to winning ways following successive LaLiga draws by beating Real Sociedad 3-1 at Anoeta on Sunday. Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale did the damage as a depleted Real Madrid avoided dropping points for the third LaLiga game in a row by beating Real Sociedad 3-1 at Anoeta on Sunday in a commendable display.Madrid’s hosts went into the match having won all three of their previous league games, but Zinedine Zidane’s men rose to the challenge despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Karim Benzema, as Mayoral had a hand in the first two goals, before the under-fire Bale – who was otherwise quiet – wrapped things up.The reigning champions looked in fine shape right from the start against an in-form La Real and were fully deserving of the lead when Mayoral – making his first LaLiga start since this fixture in April 2016 – slammed home 19 minutes in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Real Sociedad’s Kevin Rodrigues endured a turbulent half, as he initially levelled in 28th minute, before then seeing another effort hit the crossbar in a passage of play that ended with the left-back scoring an own goal following a swift Madrid break.Madrid were rather more willing to sit back and counter at the break and that worked brilliantly when Bale broke away to score their third goal just after the hour mark.La Real enjoyed plenty of possession towards the end and piled men forward in the hope of a late comeback, but the visitors produced a professional display and had little difficulty keeping their two-goal lead intact.6 – Gareth Bale has scored more goals as an away player at Anoeta than any other player in La Liga history. Dragon. pic.twitter.com/XiPFkWemSv— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 17, 2017Madrid were quick out of the blocks at Anoeta and Marco Asensio went close twice inside 16 minutes, seeing two efforts blocked after brilliant work by full-backs Dani Carvajal and Theo Hernandez.There was no stopping Mayoral in the 19th minute, though, as he slammed home from close range after Sergio Ramos had held the ball up brilliantly for the young striker.But La Real were level again soon after – Rodrigues meeting Odriozola’s deep right-wing cross with a left-footed volley that squirmed under Keylor Navas, who should have kept it out.The same combo caused havoc again in the 36th minute, but Rodrigues’ volley this time hit the floor and bounced up onto the crossbar.And Madrid marched straight up the other end to re-take the lead, as Mayoral rode one challenge, skipped past another on the halfway line and then beat Diego Llorente in the penalty area, allowing him to play a low ball into the danger zone for Rodrigues to accidentally put past his own goalkeeper.That feeling when you score your first official goal for #RealMadrid…:: @Mayoral_Borja :: pic.twitter.com/2sZoESja4v— Real Madrid C.F.:: (@realmadriden) September 17, 2017The match was played with similar ferocity after the break and both sides had chances within six minutes of the restart – Llorente heading straight at Navas, before Mayoral stung the palms of Geronimo Rulli and then smashed the rebound into the side-netting.Rulli was powerless to resist in the 61st minute, however, as Bale charged on to Isco’s lofted pass over the defence, outpaced Rodrigues and then dinked a clever finish over the approaching goalkeeper.La Real’s need to push men forward left spaces at the back towards the end, and both Isco and substitute Lucas Vazquez went close – the former shooting just over from distance, before Rulli denied the Madrid winger.David Zurutuza should have at least made the ending a little tense for Madrid when he was played through on goal five minutes before the end, but Dani Carvajal made a vital last-ditch tackle and the away side ultimately crossed the line. Key Opta stats: – Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 73 games (all comps), equalling Pele’s Santos’ record between 1961 and 1963.- Borja Mayoral has scored his first goal for Real Madrid with his first shot on target (nine games played in all competitions). – Madrid have won their last 11 away games in La Liga, their best away streak in the competition. – Kevin Rodrigues is the first player to score a goal and an own goal in the same LaLiga game this season.   read morelast_img read more

Jorge joins Brazil squad

first_imgLigue 1 Monaco’s Jorge joins Brazil squad Goal Last updated 2 years ago 07:29 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Jorge Monaco Ligue 1 Bolivia v Brazil Brazil v Chile Brazil Bolivia Chile Monaco WC Qualification South America The former Flamengo left-back has been impressing in Ligue 1 this season and has been called up to replace the injured Filipe Luis next month Monaco left-back Jorge has been called into the Brazil squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.The 21-year-old former Flamengo youngster replaces Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis, who picked up a thigh muscle in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.READ MORE: What did Tite learn from WCQ?  | Willian states Brazil case  | Tite explains Brazil squad “After contact with the medical department at Atletico Madrid, and with Filipe himself, we discovered it is the type of injury that requires a recovery period of at least 15 days,” said Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. “We have decided to withdraw him from the squad and allow him to continue his recovery process from a distance.”New Brazil international Jorge Posted by Brasil Global Tour on Friday, September 29, 2017It is the second time Jorge has been called up by coach Tite, after appearing against Colombia in a January friendly restricted to domestic-based players shortly before leaving for France.The first members of the Brazil squad are due to convene on Sunday at the Selecao’s Granja Comary training complex to begin preparations for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.The already-qualified five-time world champions meet Bolivia in la Paz on October 5 before closing their campaign by hosting Chile on October 10.last_img read more

Wenger: Ozil can match City’s stars

first_imgArsenal Wenger: Ozil can match City’s stars Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:47 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Manchester City v Arsenal Manchester City Premier League Arsène Wenger Arsenal’s manager believes that his German star can match the best City can offer when they face off on Sunday Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is capable of matching Manchester City’s attacking stars, according to manager Arsene Wenger.Wenger’s men face the impressive and unbeaten Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium Sunday.Arsenal 6/1 to beat City with dabblebet 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 City have been dominant this season, holding a five-point advantage at the top after scoring 35 goals and conceding just six in 10 league games.Led by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, Pep Guardiola’s attack has starred, but Wenger feels Ozil – often criticised for his relaxed displays – can match City’s best.”I think so – every big player wants to play big games and this is a big game,” the Frenchman told UK newspapers, via The Telegraph.”Ozil at the moment is in very good shape physically. People speak about Alexis Sanchez but, for us, Ozil’s performance will be important as well.”He contributes a lot to the way we play. He can be an asset every time we attack because he’s a guy who can create chances.”Ready for the big @PremierLeague clash tomorrow #COYG #MCFCvAFC #HereToCreate @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/7wKnNhtFC5— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 4, 2017Arsenal sit fifth in the table, with Ozil contributing one goal and two assists in eight Premier League games this season.But the Germany international has created 30 chances – equal with De Bruyne for the most in the league and two more than Silva.last_img read more

Conte happy with ‘solid and dangerous’ Chelsea display

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte hails Chelsea’s ‘solid and dangerous’ display at Liverpool Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 04:44 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AntonioConte - cropped Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Liverpool v Chelsea Liverpool Premier League Willian hit a fortuitous equaliser five minutes from time against the Reds, but the coach insisted they were worthy of at least a point Antonio Conte felt Chelsea earned the fortune of Willian’s equaliser with their fighting spirit in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.Conte complained before the Premier League contest that his players did not have sufficient recovery time following the midweek trip to face Qarabag in the Champions League and might have feared the worst when Liverpool’s ex-Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 65th minute with his 15th goal of the season.Chelsea 6/1 to beat Atletico 1-0 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 But Willian, who scored twice in a 4-0 stroll against the Azerbaijani champions, levelled matters with five minutes to play when his attempted cross looped over Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and in.”I think for the whole game we had a really good performance,” Chelsea boss Conte told BT Sport. “In the first half we were very, very solid and always dangerous.”In the second half I think that we created a lot of chances and conceded the goal in maybe our best moment.”Then we found the strength for an amazing reaction. I think we deserved to draw and maybe to win.”On Willian’s goal, Conte added: “I didn’t speak with the player about the goal, if he tried to kick and score in this way, but we deserved to score.”It was a really good performance, with great spirit despite a long travel and no rest for my players.@willianborges88 #LIVCHE pic.twitter.com/5dpxO8B1x1 — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 25, 2017 “I am very pleased for their commitment and the spirit that they showed in this game.”Fourth-placed Tottenham also drew on Saturday at home to struggling West Brom and Chelsea are now three points shy of Manchester United in second.Manchester City can re-establish an eight-point advantage over their rivals at the summit with victory over Huddersfield Town on Sunday and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill conceded it had been a good day for Pep Guardiola’s men.”I’d say so, if we were in their shoes we’d be delighted with that,” he told BT Sport.”But we have some good games coming up and clearly this is a difficult place to come. It was important we didn’t lose so we’ll take it and move on.”last_img read more

Boateng fears PSG ‘destruction’ of Bayern

first_imgBayern München Boateng warns Bayern: Defend like that and PSG will destroy us Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 19:40 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) jerome boateng - cropped Bongarts Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Hannover 96 Bayern München v PSG PSG Hannover 96 Bundesliga The Bundesliga champions’ defending against Hannover has their centre-half worried about what sort of damage Paris Saint-Germain could inflict Jerome Boateng has told Bayern Munich to shape up defensively or risked being “destroyed” by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.The Bundesliga champions moved six points clear at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Hannover on Saturday but Boateng was concerned by their display in the first half.Arturo Vidal put Bayern ahead but Hannover levelled through Charlison Benschop after Niclas Fullkrug had missed a penalty. 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 Jupp Heynckes’ side did not regain their lead until Kingsley Coman struck with 67 minutes played, before a late Robert Lewandowski penalty made the points safe.Bayern host PSG in their final Champions League group game next week looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat in France, but Boateng fears they will suffer a similar fate if they do not improve upon the display against Hannover.”We did not defend very well after losing possession and gave Hannover a lot of space, especially in the first half,” said the centre-back.”In the second half, we had a better organisation but, if you play like this against Paris, they will destroy you.”Bayern must win 4-0 at the Allianz Arena to leapfrog PSG and finish top of Group B.Unai Emery’s side lost their first match of the season on Saturday, as they slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Strasbourg in Ligue 1.last_img read more

Kane breaks Premier League goal record

first_imgHarry Kane Harry Kane goal breaks Premier League scoring record Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:53 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Harry Kane celebrates Tottenham Southampton Premier League Getty Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Southampton Premier League The England international’s strike against Southampton saw him break the record set by Alan Shearer 22 years ago Harry Kane set a new record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick against Southampton on Tuesday.The Tottenham star’s first Boxing Day goal was his 37th in the English top flight in 2017, breaking the record set by Alan Shearer in 1995, the year he won the title with Blackburn Rovers.It has taken 22 years, but few will be surprised that it is Kane who has ended the England great’s hold on the record. 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 Kane scored 21 times in the second half of last term from the beginning of the year, including hat-tricks against West Brom, Stoke and Hull, with four in one game coming against Leicester City. Harry Kane GFXDespite yet again failing to score in August, the 24-year-old has been on fire again in 2017-18 with doubles against Everton, West Ham, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Stoke before netting three times against Burnley on December 23.The Three Lions star is now leading the league scoring chart with 18 goals for this season, having netted another two times to rack up 39 Premier League goals across all 2017.He sits ahead of Liverpool’s high-flying attacker Mohamed Salah, who is on 15 before their game against Swansea later in the day.Kane also has six goals from five Champions League appearances and is now on 49 club goals in all competitions in 2017, bettered only by Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani (both 50).Spurs icon Gary Lineker and Newcastle United legend Shearer were quick to praise compatriot Kane for his goalscoring antics in 2017, with the latter former striker holding no resentment for having his record broken.Congratulations to @HKane on breaking the record for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year. Thoughts are with @alanshearer at this difficult time.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 26, 2017You’ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work. 👏🏻🙋🏼‍♂️— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 26, 2017last_img read more

Football rumours: Sol Campbell to manage Oxford United?

first_imgTopics Sam Allardyce says he needs the hassle of trying to repair Everton The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Reading between the lines, it’s a mess. Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid? Nah, nothing to see here. Actually, maybe there is. “I’m not interested in those rumours; out of respect I don’t want to say anything because this happens every year,” said the Bayern Munich striker this week when asked about the prospect. That’s not quite a denial and, bearing in mind that in the past he has been entirely candid about his intentions, his sudden coyness may in fact be revelatory. Reading between the lines, it’s on! But who will be Real Madrid’s manager in the summer? The smart money now appears to be going on Joachim Löw, who may be in the market for a fresh challenge if he wins the World Cup again with Germany. Then again, he may figure he has a cushy gig where he is and can do without the hassle of managing on a day-to-day basis, especially not at the Cirque du Real.Manchester United are still on the hunt for a reliable centre-back and their sights are narrowing on Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij. The bad news for them, and the good news for the Italian club, is that Chelsea and Liverpool also fancy the Dutchman so there could be a dizzying bidding war when the transfer window re-opens.Marco Silva is preparing for war of another kind, as the ex-Watford boss is said to be consulting with legal experts to see about getting the lolly he believes he is owed following his sacking at Vicarage Road. Sol Campbell hopes to become the new manager of Oxford United and has held talks about the matter with the League One side. The vacancy created at Barnsley by the defection of Paul Heckingbottom to Leeds, meanwhile, could be filled by Grant McCann, an eventuality that would, of course, then leave a vacancy at Peterborough United. Read more Reuse this content features Leicester are said to have the hots for Patrick Roberts, the slinky forward currently shining at Celtic. But given that the 21-year-old belongs to Manchester City, with whom Leicester do not appear to be on the best of terms, we may be back to talking about things that aren’t going to happen. West Ham are also said to be keen on Roberts but, as we said, he’s 21 so it’s at least 15 years too soon for him to join them. But perhaps the waters are not, in fact, so choppy between Leicester and Manchester City. Leicester and Mahrez appear to have smoothed out their differences, at least, with reports this morning claiming that the Algeria international has made peace with his employers and declared himself ready to face Manchester City on Saturday. Sometimes the gossip is all about what’s not going on. And boy, have we got no news for you. Thomas Lemar to Liverpool? No, not happening. Having bid a gazillion pounds for the Monaco schemer a few months ago, the club have reportedly lost interest in him and begun exploring other targets instead. Gareth Bale to Arsenal? Nope, nary a mention anywhere. Makes you wonder, eh? Riyad Mahrez to resume playing for Leicester? Or to be allowed to leave in the summer? Nothing is certain on that front, as the player and his employer appear to be locked into fundamentally different understandings of their relationship. Word is the forward had the impression that he would be allowed to go in January if another club bid more than £50m for him, which Manchester City did, whereas Leicester’s view was nothing of the sort. Common ground is elusive and there’s still no telling how it’ll play out. Rumour mill Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Footballlast_img read more

How Surrey created the best cricket production line in the world

first_imgShare on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Rory Burns, England’s opener-in-waiting? An off-spinner coming up through the age groups. Batted No 8 until he was 17. Still secretly bowls very good off-breaks. Olly Pope, England’s 10th youngest Test batting debutant of all time? Didn’t score a fifty until he was 16. And while you’re here, Sam Curran, 11 wickets against India, man of the series? Always a batsman coming up. Bowled “floaty little left-armers and a very quick bouncer”.If you want deep background on the most gripping bunch of young cricketers in the country, or arguably anywhere in the world right now, the best people to speak to are probably the ones just off stage. Much has already been made of the home-grown nature of Surrey’s County Championship pennant, sealed last week with victory against Worcestershire at New Road. But it is an achievement that gets a little more striking the closer you look. Surrey clinch County Championship title with tense win at Worcester England in Sri Lanka 2018 “It has helped with Popey and Sam in the last year,” Townsend says. “When guys start making their international debuts, I think that’s when you know you’re on the right track. When we first started I thought success was getting kids through the system to a professional contract. These days I think it’s a success when that lad has a long-term career, whether it’s at Surrey or not. Guys getting to England level and being mainstays of the first team, those are big successes and that’s what we want to achieve.“We don’t create the player like a car manufacturer putting the parts together. They have to work it out for themselves, and we have to provide them with opportunity to succeed or fail. When it works it is immensely rewarding to see them fulfil their ambitions. To go and watch Pope at Lord’s playing for England. He’s 20 years old. Two years ago he was with us. It’s amazing for those guys to be where they are now, one of the best 11 cricketers in England.”That honour is also set to fall to Burns, the captain of the champions, leading runscorer in division one, and a player who a couple of weeks before the title win was being used by Benge as a case study to inspire a group of 12-year-olds during a trial session down in Normandy, deepest Surrey.“Coming up through the age groups Burns was an off-spinner, then he became a wicketkeeper” Benge says. “In the under-16s he batted at eight, didn’t get any runs, and it wasn’t until he was 18 he really became a runscorer. He went to university, he wasn’t contracted, but he churned out so many runs you couldn’t not pick him. He wasn’t the best young player in the team but he had this will and drive that has just taken him on from there.” /sport/2016/aug/18/sign-up-to-the-spin If the emergence of Burns is a little left field – and Benge is still protective about the noticeable squat in his batting stance (“it’s prior to the ball being released. What he does after that is pretty orthodox”) – then Pope seems to have emerged ready made. His career is a case study in talent management; from Surrey under-nines to Test match player in 12 frictionless years. Not that it was always obvious this would be the case. “He made some small contributions here and there coming up but he was mainly in because of his wicketkeeping and his potential,” Benge says. “At 13 or 14 he was a little wicketkeeper, very skilled, but without the physical power. He didn’t make his first fifty until his was 15. A lot of batters can be overlooked for that reason. ”Townsend remembers in particular an innings in in the semi-final of the under-17’s one-day final at Reeds School against Hampshire. “Popey went in with 13 overs to go and got 120 in 45 balls. His second 50 came in 13 balls. Alec [Stewart] had come to watch, he didn’t know much about Popey and we sat there watching him destroy a good Hampshire side. The balls weren’t just popping over the boundary; they were disappearing.”It is Pope’s ability to defend and bat for long periods that Townsend is most enthused by. Going against trends, Surrey have made a conscious move to make defensive technique a priority in the development stages, believing that the other side, the ball-striking aspect of modern cricket, will happen in any case. Share via Email Read more “We’ve gone back to what you might call ‘teaching the fundamentals’, presenting the full face of the bat, playing straight,” Townsend says. “It’s a conversation I’ve had with [the ECB’s lead batting coach] Graham Thorpe and he has concerns about the ability of young players to defend the ball. Look at the Test team now. We don’t have a one to three and we don’t know where they’re coming from.”Also on the way out: bowling machines, which just produce “bowling-machine players”. And do not event mention Merlin the spin robot. There is also talk of being wary of extreme physicality in young players, of the merits of the technician ahead of the power-player run-machine, of the difficulty of turning an athlete into a cricketer, as opposed to the other way round.“Cricket is such a skills-based game I don’t think it’s that easy,” Benge says. “If there is one exception to this, it’s Nat Sciver, a phenomenal athlete when she got into our programme in her mid-teens, who has gone on to learn the more technical side of the game in the international arena and is now a phenomenal cricketer. An exceptional cricketer has emerged from an exceptional athlete but that is generally an exception to the rule.”For now it seems clear this process still has plenty of distance left to run. If there is something more traditionally Surrey missing from the current blend – have you noticed? – it’s not an ingredient Townsend will mourn. “The Surrey strut?” he says. “I hate it. I got rid of it at our level. I’m not interested. I don’t want us to be perceived as arrogant or laddish. People say it’s about self-belief and self-confidence but we’re not having all that. Behaving well, being humble, that’s a really big part of it.” Cricket Topics How Surrey won the title: five factors behind County Championship canter The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Support The Guardiancenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Surrey’s title-winning team featured 13 home-grown or academy players. Eight of nine championship hundreds en route to the title were scored by home-grown batsmen. Surrey took 216 wickets to win the title. Fifty went to the relentlessly brilliant Morne Morkel. The others, all 166 of them, were taken by home-grown Surrey-system bowlers.There will be a reflexive splutter in some quarters at suggestions the Oval, knows as “Colditz” to another generation, and home after that to some unpleasantly swaggering young cricketers, is now the model of a modern talent nursery. Surrey remain the richest county in England, powered along by the money-rinsing machine that is the Oval, also known as London’s biggest outdoor beer garden. They have some big-money signings on their books but look closer and something extraordinary has happened.This is a lineage that runs from the returning godfather Rikki Clarke to the 20-somethings Pope, Amir Virdi, Ryan Patel, Will Jacks, the Currans and plenty more. Add to that champion team four new home-developed Test players in the last eight months, in Curran, Curran, Pope and (fingers crossed) Burns. It seems fair to suggest this is the most successful cricket production line anywhere.Most systems do not work in sport. This one does, and sensationally well. Two of the men behind it are the academy director, the former Somerset cricketer Gareth Townsend, and the performance manager, Tom Benge. Townsend has been involved in coaching for 25 years, Benge has been at Surrey for 10. Talking to them you quickly realise the essence of this success is agreeably straightforward. There is no zany science. The ingredients are simple: strong finances and infrastructure; passionate coaches immersed in the process; freedom to run the system without interference; and a flow of talented human clay from a powerful club and private school system. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Since you’re here… Surrey Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Read more features England cricket team England weigh up Rory Burns’ Test credentials for Sri Lankalast_img read more

Former MSU president charged with lying to police investigating Nassar abuse

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Beau Dure The former Michigan State University president, Lou Anna Simon, was charged on Tuesday with lying to state police during a probe of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. She is the fifth person to face criminal charges related to the scandal.Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar abused them during his time as a doctor at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains US Olympians. Nassar pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting nine people and possessing child pornography. He is now serving an effective life sentence for his crimes. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Gymnastics Topics Share via Email US universities Share on Twitter College sports US sports Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more USA Gymnastics couldn’t handle Larry Nassar. Now it can’t even handle itself Simon, who stepped down earlier this year, was asked by investigators in May if she was aware of any investigation involving Nassar before 2016. She said she knew in 2014 that a sports medicine doctor was the subject of review. According to Tuesday’s charge, however, she knew the doctor in question was Nassar. The charge also accuses her of falsely stating that she was unaware of the nature of the sexual misconduct complaint that was being investigated. If convicted, Simon faces up to four years in prison. She is the third former university official to face criminal charges related to Nassar’s serial molestation of young female athletes under the guise of treatment. In Texas, a grand jury indicted a former sports medicine trainer. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or been sued during the fallout from the scandal. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Liverpool hot on City’s heels after James Milner sparks fightback at Burnley

first_imgLiverpool kept up their unbeaten record to maintain the pressure on Manchester City by coming from behind to beat Burnley. When the home side took a second-half lead it briefly looked as though they might climb out of the bottom three and leave Liverpool five points adrift of the league leaders but two goals in quick succession from James Milner and Roberto Firmino rescued the situation for the visitors.Mohamed Salah missed a couple of chances to make the game safe that he would have buried last season but still had a hand in the decisive third goal, flicking an instinctive pass for Xherdan Shaqiri to score with an emphatic first-time finish. The Switzerland international was unmarked in the box, mainly because most Burnley defenders were returning from attempting to equalise at a corner, with Alisson touching a Ben Mee header on to his post before the ball was cleared downfield. That is the sort of luck Burnley are enduring at the moment whereas fortune seems to be favouring Liverpool, whose fans enjoyed putting Divock Origi’s name into their seasonal ditty: Merry Christmas Everton. Lingard earns point for Manchester United after De Gea hands Arsenal lead 23 Shaqiri Jürgen Klopp gave the Belgian a rare start after his last-minute heroics in the Merseyside derby, one of seven changes to the side. That seemed a lot, even allowing for Sadio Mané’s foot injury, though the Liverpool manager said it was par for the course for the busiest stage of the season. Playing at right-back, Joe Gomez needed treatment after hitting a perimeter fence when Mee halted his run down the wing, eventually departing midway through the first half to cut short Trent Alexander-Arnold’s evening of rest. “Joe is injured,” Klopp said. “The tackle might have been fair but you have to be careful on such a wet pitch.”The first period was short on goalmouth action, or indeed attacking moves of any promise. Liverpool lacked penetration and any element of surprise without their usual front three, while the home side were always likeliest to score from a set piece. Cruelly, when Ashley Barnes had applied a perfect finish to a well-flighted free-kick from Robbie Brady at the end of the first half, his celebrations were cut short by a flag for a narrow offside. Alisson in the Liverpool goal, helpless as Barnes’ volley flew past him into the net, was possibly the most relieved man in the ground.Joe Hart was called into action early in the second half when Naby Keïta struck a fierce shot from the edge of the area, one that was heading for the top corner before the goalkeeper made a one-handed save. At that point Liverpool looked to be getting on top, so it was a surprise when Burnley took the lead just before the hour. James Tarkowski’s weak header from a corner would have been a routine save for Alisson but for Chris Wood’s touch. The goalkeeper could only parry and, when he tried to reclaim the ball, Barnes got his foot in first, allowing Jack Cork to score from the ricochet. It was the scrappiest of goals and Liverpool complained bitterly that the goalkeeper had been impeded – but Stuart Attwell, after checking with his assistant, came to the conclusion that no foul had been committed.Klopp’s response was to warm up Salah and Firmino, but before they could be introduced Liverpool were level. Keïta found some space on the left, Origi coolly played a ball back out of the area and Milner took a brief look up before clipping a low shot just inside Hart’s left-hand upright from the edge of the area. Spurs’ Harry Kane shows new manager size of Southampton job ahead Premier League 66 Alexander-Arnold match reports Share on LinkedIn 8 Keita Corners Burnley Goal attempts Match stats 7 Milner Read more 13 Hendrick 32 Matip Lineups Share on Messenger 75 25 LIV BUR (s 71′) 6 Mee 12 Gomez Fouls 28 Long 7 Gudmundsson 3 Taylor Reuse this content Liverpool 10 3 9 Firmino 9 Vokes 12 Brady 5 9 Read more Salah and Firmino did then come on and the latter had a goal with his first touch from what looked like a training-ground move. A short free-kick resulted in Alexander-Arnold crossing to the far post, where Virgil van Dijk reached it with his foot and turned the ball across the face of goal, leaving the Brazilian the simplest of tap-ins.Now more recognisable and with Salah’s presence dissuading Burnley from throwing too many men forward, Liverpool were comfortable even before adding a third, though Sean Dyche was entitled to bemoan his side’s luck.“Joe [Hart] was unsighted for the first goal and we thought the ball had gone out of play in the build-up to the third,” the Burnley manager said. “At least we kept going. We still need points but the performance was much more like our old selves.” Substitutes (s 71′)center_img Possession 64 Camacho 25 Lennon Share on WhatsApp Liverpool 4 van Dijk (s 83′) 3 Fabinho 10 Barnes 5 Tarkowski 18 Moreno 26 Bardsley 27 Origi 20 Hart Substitutes Topics 14 Henderson (s 66′) 11 Salah 4 Cork 4 Burnley Off target 7 Liverpool 6 Burnley On target 11 Liverpool 20 Lallana (s 23′) 11 Wood 22 Mignolet LIV75BUR25% 2 Lowton Burnley 15 Sturridge 18 Westwood Share on Facebook 1 Heaton 27 Vydra Share via Email Share on Pinterest 13 Alisson Share on Twitter (s 65′)last_img read more

Campaigners say case of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi now an ‘emergency’

first_imgActivists campaigning for the release of the Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been detained in Thailand since November after an Interpol red notice was wrongly issued against him, say his plight has become an emergency.The warnings came from Brendan Schwab of the World Players Association and the former Australia captain Craig Foster after news that Bahrain has formally submitted an extradition request for Al-Araibi’s return. Read more Bahrain Share on Twitter Schwab and Foster were in Zurich on Monday to urge Fifa to do more to save Al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain after being beaten by police and was given refugee status by Australia, over fears he will be tortured or even killed if he is sent back.“The situation is very urgent because, even if Bahrain does not succeed in extraditing Hakeem, the consequences for him of spending months or even years in the prison while his case drags will be destroying for him,” Schwab told the Guardian. “We are clearly facing a human rights emergency which needs to be elevated to the highest levels in Bahrain and Thailand. We need to see progress – and fast – for Hakeem’s sake.”Foster, meanwhile, said he wanted the case “resolved before Friday” after meeting the Fifa secretary general, Fatma Samoura.Al-Araibi and his supporters believe the fact he was a critic of Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling family when he contested the Fifa presidential election in 2015, has led Sheikh Salman to seek revenge. In 2016 Al-Araibi was given a 10-year prison sentence in absentia after being convicted of vandalising a police station, even though he was playing in a televised match at the time the crime took place.“After meeting Fifa we believe it understands the gravity of the case,” Schwab said. “The urgent challenge now for football is to come up with a way to solve it.”On Monday Bahrain’s interior minister defended his government’s pursuit of al-Araibi, claiming concerns he will face torture and unjust imprisonment if he is returned are “false reports”. Football must go in hard on Bahrain over the Hakeem al-Araibi affair Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Share on Facebook Asia Pacific Read more Share on Pinterest news Thailand Topics Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Human rights Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Refugees Hakeem al-Araibi Share via Email Sean Ingle The minister, General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, said the rule of law prevailed in Bahrain, pointing to al-Araibi’s release on bail from the initial charges – which allowed him to flee and claim refuge in Australia.“The external interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain is unacceptable,” he said.“Those raising unfounded doubts about the integrity and independence of the Kingdom’s judicial system are not only interfering, but also attempting to influence the course of justice.”He said there was a need to “respect the legal proceedings and not to ignore the facts by spreading false reports and biased and non-objective information”.The Bahraini government’s communications office did not answer specific questions about its attempts to have al-Araibi returned, including how it obtained an Interpol red notice in contravention of Interpol policies designed to protect refugees.Previous statements from the Bahraini government defending its justice system have been labeled “absurd” by human rights groups, noting multiple investigations and reports on the torture and mistreatment of prisoners and targeting of opposition figures.Yahya Alhadid, president of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, pointed to the recent death sentences delivered by the Bahraini court against political detainees and life sentences against opposition leaders.“This is a serious indicator of what is waiting for Hakeem if extradited back to Bahrain,” he said.“The judge, Mohammad Bin Ali al-Khalifa, who sentenced al-Araibi had upheld the court of cassation’s sentence against the prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, a few days ago, over a tweet posted on his personal Twitter account.” Australia sportlast_img read more