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Jose seeking Eriksen replacement after failing to get contract-rebel to stay

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO is in the market for a new attacking midfielder with Christian Eriksen making it clear he wants to leave, according to reports.The Portuguese boss was keen to hold talks with the Danish international over his future after refusing to pen a new deal.2 Christian Eriksen has told Tottenham he will leave the clubCredit: EPAEriksen, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season meaning European clubs can sign him to a pre-contract for nothing in January ahead of a summer move.Mourinho was hoping his arrival at the club would be the catalyst for Eriksen to commit his future at Spurs.But the Telegraph report how he has already made up his mind with Juventus and Inter Milan ready to offer him a contract.Tottenham may even let him leave next month if they receive the right offer to avoid losing him for nothing.Real Madrid were believed to have shown an interest but that has seemingly cooled.His impending departure means that Mourinho is ready to make a move in the transfer window despite being told he won’t have wads of cash to spend.The manager will look to replace him but may need to sell players before being able to fork out on new signings.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Man Utd, Leicester and Wolves scores this coming weekend and win £100most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsMourinho is also in the market for a backup striker to relieve the pressure from Harry Kane’s shoulders.A central defender is also on the Christmas list with the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen also left uncertain.Both players have so far refused to extend their contracts but the club are optimistic a deal can be reached.2 Mourinho will be in the market to replace the Danish playmakerCredit: AFP or licensorsJose Mourinho says Manchester United is in his history book as Spurs prepare to take on the Red Devilslast_img read more

Top five fullbacks in the NRL

first_img5 Matt Moylan2016 stats: 4 tries, 21 try assists, 5 line breaks, 53 tackle breaks, 114 metres per gameThe 2016 season saw the complete arrival of prodigious talent Matt Moylan, who captained Penrith to a sixth-placed finish, played all three games for NSW in State of Origin and also made his international debut for Australia in a 54-12 rout of Scotland. His 21 try assists in the NRL Telstra Premiership was easily the most for a fullback, and was also third highest across the whole competition with only Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk setting up more four-pointers. Moylan’s speed, footwork and ability to ball-play makes him the complete package.4 Billy Slater2016 stats: Was injured in Round 1There is no question that Billy Slater is one of the greatest fullbacks the game has ever seen, but he has only managed eight games in the last two seasons (just one in 2016) due to injury. There are hopes he’ll be right to go for the Storm in 2017 from Round 1, with Cameron Munster set to shift to five-eighth. Slater is the best organisational fullback in rugby league and will be looking to make amends for a couple of lost seasons. At full flight, there isn’t a better fullback in the world. We hope he returns to his best in 2017.3 Greg Inglis2016 stats: 5 tries, 7 try assists, 11 line breaks, 71 tackle breaks, 144 metres per gameOne of the modern greats of rugby league, Greg Inglis had a frustrating season in 2016 at club level. It was a different story in the representative scene, where he dominated for Queensland and Australia. Despite an underwhelming campaign for the Rabbitohs, he still ran for a massive 2,882 metres to rank second among fullbacks behind Darius Boyd. Inglis’s famed fend and physical presence allowed him to rack up 71 tackle breaks and he’ll be hoping for a much better season next year.2 James Tedesco2016 stats: 14 tries, 12 try assists, 15 line breaks, 106 tackle breaks, 135 metres per gameThe most electric ball-runner on this list, Tedesco is a force of nature when he gets into open space. Incredibly fast, Tedesco’s violent running style and evasiveness led to a whopping 106 tackle breaks and 14 tries last season, while he also had the ball-playing ability to create a dozen try assists. He is at the heart of everything the Wests Tigers do, and also earned his State of Origin debut in 2016. He’ll be hoping to fight off challenges from Matt Moylan and Jarryd Hayne to make the NSW No.1 jersey his own for years to come. 1 Darius Boyd2016 stats: 9 tries, 15 try assists, 9 line breaks, 62 tackle breaks, 124 metres per gameDarius Boyd had never started at fullback for Queensland until 2016, but the prolific Maroons and Broncos custodian made the role his own and then starred for the Kangaroos in a dominant Four Nations tournament. One of the best ball-playing fullbacks in the NRL, Boyd rarely makes a mistake when he sweeps into the backline. Absolutely rock solid at the back, Boyd’s game has evolved and he has really become a general organising his defence. He’s been a great player for a long time, but now Boyd is the undisputed best fullback in the game.last_img read more

French pivot Bakayoko returns to Sevilla’s radar

first_imgThe pivot has played this season 23 games in which he has scored a goal and given two assists. Among the aspirants to take over the midfielder would also be a giant like Paris Saint-Germain, who seeks to reinforce that position and who has also focused on Ndidi, of Leicester, and mattress Thomas Partey. Bakayoko has militated this campaign in Monaco by Robert Moreno, together with ex-Sevilla players Ben Yedder and Jovetic, and he has done it on loan from Chelsea, the club that has his pass in property and that only three years ago paid the Monegasques precisely 40 million euros for his pass. He has a contract until 2022 at Stamford Bridge, but an exit will be sought. Tiemoué Bakayoko returns to Sevilla’s plans. The 25-year-old midfielder returns to the nerve radar As published this Saturday by France Footbal. According to the prestigious French media, Monchi has reactivated his interest in this power pivot and a long journey, international 24 times with the Bleus. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of May 2, 2020 Bakayoko was already linked to Sevilla last summer and It was also an aspiration of those of Nervión two years ago, with Joaquín Caparrós at the forefront of the soccer direction. On that occasion Milan ended up taking their loan. Monaco has not exercised the purchase option of 42 million for the player and Bakayoko returns to the market, although in theory in much more advantageous conditionslast_img read more

Héctor Herrera recreates Riquelme and lights Argentina

first_imgHéctor Herrera He wanted to recreate one of the best known goals and celebrations of Riquelme with Boca Juniors. The midfielder of the Atlético de Madrid He has published this Saturday a video dressed in Boca’s shirt in which he takes a foul. The ball touches his wife’s head and the Mexican puts his hands to his ears, a celebration he once did Riquelme sending a message to Macri. The midfielder is at home waiting to pass the coronavirus test together with the rest of the Red and White squad. The Athletic Training would begin, according to the club’s forecasts, on Friday the 8th or Monday the 11th, once the results are known.Herrera came free to Atlético de Madrid in July 2019 after defending the shirt of the Port in 245 games over six seasons. At Cholo’s orders he has disputed 1,185 minutes spread over 22 games in which he has scored a goal and given an assist.last_img read more

United heartbreaker!

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): In one of the most entertaining matches of the English Premier League, Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead, went back in front through an exquisite 79th-minute shot from Wayne Rooney and then conceded a 90th-minute goal to draw at Newcastle 3-3 yesterday. “It feels like a defeat,” said Louis Van Gaal, whose side slipped to sixth. “We have given it away.” A positive for United was the performance of Rooney, who scored twice, set up the other goal by Jesse Lingard, and put in an impressive all-round performance. Goals by Georginio Wijnal-dum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, also from a penalty, brought Newcastle level from 0-2 down. With seconds left of regulation time, United failed to clear, and Paul Dummett advanced from left back to fire in a fierce shot from the edge of the area that deflected into the top corner. “It is the best feeling in the world,” the Newcastle-born Dummett said. Last-place Aston Villa collected their first win since the opening day, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 courtesy of a goalkeeping error by Wayne Hennessey. Also, West Ham came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1, with Enner Valencia scoring twice, and fit-again playmaker Dimitri Payet scoring the other goal for the visitors. West Ham moved into fifth place, above Man United.last_img read more

Matherson convinced KC can win Champs

first_imgKingston College (KC) standout sprinter, Jhevaughn Matherson, one of the athletes on whom KC’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships title ambitions to dethrone Calabar High School rests, is looking to clock fast times and help his school win the championship next month.Matherson has personal bests of 10.37 in the 100 metres and 20.97 over 200 metres.There was agony for KC last year when he aggravated an injury which forced him out of the Class Two boys’ 200m, as they eventually slumped to a 15.5-point loss to Calabar.This year, however, the athlete maintains he is eyeing nothing less than glory.”I know I am a champion, so it’s just my competitive drive that is my motivation,” he said.”There is always going to be major expectations, but season after season it gets better handling them. The main aim is to break 21.00 seconds in the 200m and go low 10 seconds in the 100m, 10.10 if possible, that’s the aim right now,” he assured in an interview.A fight for bragging rights and the prestigious Mortimer Geddes Trophy will again ensue from March 15-19 between four-time consecutive champions Calabar High and their bitter rivals KC inside the National Stadium.The Purples have won the title 31 times, Calabar High 24 and Jamaica College third with 21 titles.BETTING ON HIS TEAM”Calabar are incredible competitors, but I have to go with my school for this one. You can’t count out yourself,” stressed Matherson.He recently sizzled with a smooth 21.69 on return from injury in the Class One boys’ 200m at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.Many are contending that the Red Hills Road-based institution will cop title number 25 this year, but the sprinter says his school will be coming all out to stop them.”We are all confident, we think we can get it this year (win Champs), we are just motivating the younger guys and see if they can repeat what we the seniors do,” he outlined.The KC star stressed that people can expect “medals and possibly records”.last_img read more

Coach underlines importance of national team

first_imgWinfried Schäfer said Jamaica’s players must embrace the opportunities presented in the national team to make advances at club level.  Schäfer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s national team, made the comments after it was revealed yesterday that Michael Hector had been awarded a five-year contract by English Premier League champions Chelsea FC. “You see how important the national team is for the players. Our player, Hector, after the Copa America and the Gold Cup, is going to Chelsea,” Schäfer remarked. “He played against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He was out, then returned and played very well against the States, and now Chelsea takes him in and gives him a contract,”  Schäfer said. The 23-year-old Reading FC defender first played for Jamaica at the Copa America in June, where the Caribbean champions were invited as a guest participant. The tall centre-half played against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Jamaica lost all three matches 1-0. Just weeks later, Hector also played for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He did not start in the first two games, but came off the bench to replace Jermaine Taylor at the seventh minute of the third group match, against El Salvador. Jamaica won 1-0, and Hector was largely outstanding in respective quarter-final and semi-final wins over Haiti and the United States. His only blip came in the final, where he made two blunders that led to goals against Mexico, which won 3-1. “The national team is important when you want to take the next big step,” Schäfer said. “All players have to prepare and must be fit. Gray (Hughan) is now in Finland,” he outlined of the former Waterhouse FC utility player, who has secured a contract at VPS Vaasa. Arnett Gardens’ Premier League striker, Andre Clennon, is also now attached to the Finnish club. “The players have to work in the clubs for very good fitness, for tactical work and then they can go outside (overseas). Kemar Lawrence is the best example. I saw him in the small match first at Harbour View, and he works very hard. Now he’s at Red Bulls in New York, and maybe he has a chance to go to England. “I saw Mattocks play his last match. Watson (Je-Vaughn) plays, Demar Phillips plays,” Schäfer continued, noting Jamaican nationals who are now commanding a spot in professional teams. All the players listed, Hector included, are in the island for Friday’s crucial first-leg World Cup Qualifying match against Nicaragua. The home-and-away tie, which sees Jamaica travelling for a return match next week Tuesday in Nicaragua, will decide which of the countries advance to the CONCACAF Semi-finals (group stage) elimination series for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. fitness & tactical worklast_img read more

Venus beats Vinci to reach Wuhan final

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP):Venus Williams did what her sister Serena couldn’t do, beating Roberta Vinci yesterday after saving a match point in the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open.The unseeded Williams won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) after Vinci came from 4-1 down in the final set but failed to serve out the match when leading 6-5, 40-30.”Roberta played so well today – she had match point – so it was lucky for me to win this match,” Williams said.The No.15-seeded Italian sliced a backhand into the net on her match point and Williams pounced, hitting a pair of huge groundstrokes in the next two points to break back.Williams ripped a forehand volley to go up 6-4 in the tiebreaker and clinched the victory when Vinci missed a forehand wide.Before yesterday’s match, Williams, who earned her 700th career victory to reach the quarter-finals, had never dropped a set against the Italian veteran – who ended little sister Serena’s chances of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the US Open semifinals.”Definitely watching the match at the US Open, I learned a lot from Serena,” Williams said. “If I could, I’d give my win to Serena at the US Open. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.”The former top-ranked American will face fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza in today’s final. Muguruza beat sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-6 (5).”It was a really tough match and I had to struggle today,” Muguruza said. “Venus is a legend. I’ll have to go out there and do my best to win against her, and I think it’s going to be a great final.”last_img read more

Eaton, Dibaba crowned 2015 IAAF Athletes of the Year

first_imgAmerican Ashton Eaton and Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba were yesterday named the male and female IAAF World Athletes of the Year for 2015. Both athletes set world records during 2015, Eaton in the decathlon and Dibaba in the 1500m, and won gold medals in these events at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Eaton became the first decathlete to win the male World Athlete of the Year award after his spectacular performance in the Chinese capital, his only decathlon of the year, when he set a world record of 9045 points. He improved his own three-year-old mark by nine points. “Athletes spend the most vigorous years of human life, arguably called the ‘best years’, working to hone their abilities. So, when an athlete competes, what people are witnessing is the manifestation of what a human being is capable of when they choose to direct all of their time and effort towards something,” Eaton said in a release from the IAAF. He added: “While I’m honoured that I am considered the ‘artist’ of the year, I did not beat Usain Bolt and Christian Taylor; my work simply differed in design. They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time. I’m flattered to be among them.” Dibaba, after setting a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was then unbeaten in her five 1500m races during the summer. First, she ran an African record of 3:54.11 in Barcelona, the fastest time in the world for almost 12 years, and then topped that with a stunning world record of 3:50.07 in Monaco to beat a mark that had been on the books since 1993. In Beijing, Dibaba was majestic through all three rounds of the 1500m, winning every race comfortably, and she also took a 5000m bronze medal. “I am humbled and honoured to receive this award from the IAAF,” said Dibaba. “It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year.” IAAF Rising Star – Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) and Candace Hill (USA) Sani Brown, 16, took a 100m and 200m sprint double at the IAAF World Youth Championships Cali 2015, winning in championship records of 10.28 and 20.34, both World Youth-leading times. Hill, also 16, ran a world youth 100m best of 10.98 before then taking a 100m and 200m double in Cali, winning the longer sprint in a world youth best of 22.43. IAAF Coaching Award – Bart Bennema (Netherlands) Bennema, 38, is best known as the coach to the multitalented world 200m champion Dafne Schippers. The Dutch former international decathlete is also the coach to a number of the Netherlands’ other leading athletes, including double 2014 world junior medallist Nadine Visser. Other awardslast_img read more

McLeod: Gold medal was the priority in Rio

first_img GREAT SHAPE MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Olympic champion Omar McLeod described his gold-medal run at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as technically his worst, but he underlined that with Olympic gold now fixed around his neck, his ambition has turned to breaking the 110 metres hurdles world record. McLeod capped a dominant year in the event with a 13.05 seconds run in a soaked Olympic Games final in Rio de Janeiro but noted that in that race, his focus was simply to cross the line in front and win his and Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medal in the event. “Technically, the Rio final was my worst race of the season. I didn’t get out; I was just preserving, holding back,” McLeod said. “I wanted to be an Olympic champion first. I didn’t want to overdo it. I had nothing to prove. I knew all I needed to do was stay in my comfort zone and hurdle, and once I got over the barriers, I would be a clear winner. “When I was at the Olympics, I told myself that all I needed to do was hurdle, not to try anything spectacular, just hurdle and be an Olympic champion first, and then I have all my career to break the world record,” added McLeod. McLeod, earlier in the year also won gold in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships, which he said helped his confidence going into the rest of the year. “It’s definitely an ambition. It’s every athlete’s goal to be the best at what they do, to break a world record to go in the history books, and I am no different. I think I was in great shape to do it this year, but, in this sport, you have to set your priorities straight,” said McLeod. “I have the speed, but it tends to get the better of me at times, such as when I had the two falls before the Olympics, but it goes to show that I was in great shape and ready to run fast, but I had to make an adjustment. “Being an Olympic champion – it’s an amazing feeling. That’s the pinnacle of all sport,” McLeod continued. “Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, so to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday. It’s an indescribable feeling. It’s awesome to be honest.” McLeod, who is switching his technique to a seven-step approach, added that his win indoors came as a surprise and went some distance towards helping towards his Rio success. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with that expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people there who also medalled already in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful,” McLeod said.last_img read more