Report: Real Madrid 3 APOEL 0

first_imgReal Madrid 3 APOEL 0: Returning Ronaldo at the double as champions cruise Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 14/9/2017 Cristiano Ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo was at the double as Real Madrid started their Champions League defence with a 3-0 win over APOEL. Cristiano Ronaldo put his domestic frustration behind him by scoring a brace on his Real Madrid return as Los Blancos began their quest for a third straight Champions League title with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL.The Portugal superstar is still serving the remainder of a five-match ban in Spain for pushing the referee in the Supercopa de Espana, but Ronaldo made up for lost time by once again proving the difference at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zinedine Zidane’s side, without Karim Benzema due to a thigh injury, have been held to a pair of draws in their two LaLiga fixtures at home this season, but Ronaldo ensured there was little chance of a repeat against the Cypriot outfit. 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 The Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer netted the first in the 12th minute and put the result beyond doubt with a second-half penalty, his 107th goal in the competition.Sergio Ramos’ exquisite bicycle kick capped an untroubled victory and eased any lingering tension from the league stalemates.With the 4-1 thrashing of Juventus in last season’s final still fresh in the memory, Madrid undoubtedly remain the team to beat in a strong Group H.12 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 goals for Real Madrid with his last 16 shots on target (all competitions). Monster. pic.twitter.com/seqU81niQ5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 13, 2017Ronaldo wasted little time in getting back on the scoresheet, announcing his return with the opener inside 12 minutes.Spain star Isco led a quick counter-attack down the left and linked up with Gareth Bale, who supplied a superb low cross for Ronaldo to clinically fire home at the far post.Wales winger Bale looked for a repeat assist shortly after, but Ronaldo this time headed the aerial delivery around the post from a narrow angle.It was not all good news for Zidane early, though, as Mateo Kovacic was forced off with a leg complaint after 25 minutes, the Croatian replaced by Toni Kroos in midfield.The hosts continued to monopolise possession throughout the half without managing to pile the pressure on APOEL, who set up camp on the edge of the area and were content to have conceded just a single shot on target by the interval.Ronaldo looked destined to double his tally within seconds of the restart only to see his volley from Dani Carvajal’s cross come back off the woodwork, with suggestions that the ball crossed the line waved away by the referee.He only had to wait a matter of moments to instead make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, firing low to Boy Waterman’s right after APOEL defender Roberto Lago was punished for a handball in the area.The Portugal captain was soon denied claims for a second penalty as Zidane’s side looked to put the contest to bed as quickly as possible.Ramos ensured they did just that in eye-catching fashion just after the hour, drifting forward and producing an athletic bicycle kick from Bale’s deflected header across goal.APOEL goalkeeper Waterman did his best to keep the deficit down by denying Ronaldo a second at close-range, but by that stage the champions were well and truly on their way to the top of Group H.Substitute Borja Mayoral looked to have made it 4-0 in the final minute of stoppage time, only for Ronaldo to have been ruled offside for his role in the build-up.Madrid’s next European assignment is a trip to face Peter Bosz’s Dortmund, while APOEL will host Tottenham in Nicosia. read morelast_img read more

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Zidane: Draw was a ‘logical’ result

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane considers Spurs stalemate ‘logical’ after Real Madrid failed to open scoring Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 06:34 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zinedine Zidane - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Zinédine Zidane The Blancos coach was left to rue his side putting through their own net and allowing Tottenham to sit back and defend what they had Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid paid the price for not scoring first at the Santiago Bernabeu as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham.Los Blancos 4/1 for 3rd straight CL crownHaving already hit the post in the early stages, the home side fell behind in the 28th minute when defender Raphael Varane inadvertently diverted a cross from the right into his own net. Article continues below 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. The two-time reigning European champions equalised before half-time thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty but failed to find a way past an inspired Hugo Lloris after the break.The Tottenham goalkeeper made reactionary saves to deny Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from putting Madrid ahead, leaving Zidane to reflect on what might have been in the battle of the top two in Group H.”We aren’t happy as we were at home and we always want to win, but we had our chances,” Zidane told Antena 3. Here are some of the best photos from this evening’s draw against @SpursOfficial.#RMUCL pic.twitter.com/z8H8XBPh3h— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 17, 2017″There were two great keepers and we also hit the post. They defended and worked well, it was a logical result.”The problem is always about getting an early goal. If you do that, then great but conceding allows them to take a step back. They know how to defend well.”In the end we drew and we’ll try to win at Wembley. We’re level on seven points and we’ll see how we go next time. We are growing consistently, and while we’ve started not the best in the league we are improving.”The two clubs – who remain level on seven points in a group that also features Borussia Dortmund and APOEL – meet again on November 1.last_img read more

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Report: Brighton 0 Crystal Palace 0

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion 0 Crystal Palace 0: Hodgson’s men keep first clean sheet Stephen Creek 05:42 11/29/17 androstownsend-cropped Getty Images The first top-flight meeting between Brighton and Crystal Palace for 36 years ended goalless at the Amex Stadium. Crystal Palace kept their first clean sheet of the Premier League season as they held Brighton and Hove Albion to a 0-0 draw to earn their first away point of the campaign.The two sides renewed their top-flight rivalry after 36 years in the Eagles’ first visit to the Amex Stadium since their infamous victory in the Championship play-off semi-final of 2013, and the tension around the ground was reflected by two teams who defended in numbers.The return of Christian Benteke to Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up, alongside Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, ensured that Brighton could not relax and all three forwards had chances to score Palace’s first away goal in the league since April. 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 Former Palace striker Glenn Murray was given precious little to work with at the other end until six minutes from time, when he had a header cleared off the line, and Chris Hughton’s side drew a blank for the first time in six league games at home.The result marked another step along the road to recovery for Palace, after making the worst start to a season in Premier League history, and they have now taken five points from their last three league games.No goals, but:First point away from home.First clean sheet.[0-0] #BHACRY pic.twitter.com/byrrwMe98n— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 28, 2017Matt Ryan made a brilliant double save to deny Benteke and then Zaha after 14 minutes as the visitors exploited gaps in front of the Brighton defence, and the goalkeeper had to be alert to cut out Townsend’s in-swinging cross four minutes later.Having stemmed the flow of Palace attacks, Brighton won a corner and Lewis Dunk outjumped James Tomkins to test Wayne Hennessey with a header after 21 minutes, but the goalkeeper was equal to it.Jose Izquierdo lost his marker on the edge of the box and stung Hennessey’s palms with a dipping drive just before the half-hour mark and Palace were let off by Dale Stephens, who skewed the rebound well wide with the goalkeeper still on the ground.Palace struggled to cope with Izquierdo’s pace and he surged forward after 37 minutes before switching the play to Anthony Knockaert, who teed up Pascal Gross but the German’s low drive was saved by the Hennessey diving to his left.Brighton heaped pressure on Hennessey’s goal early in the second half and Dunk pulled off a near-post back-heel that flashed narrowly wide after a corner in the 56th minute.At the other end, as visiting supporters set off fireworks in the stand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek carved space for himself in the penalty area but his shot was headed clear by the diving Shane Duffy.Zaha whipped a bouncing cross tantalisingly along the edge of the six-yard box, just beyond the reach of Benteke, before Brighton attacked and Duffy looped a header over the crossbar.As Palace began to tire, Stephens tried his luck from 20 yards but his low shot flashed just wide with Hennessey at full stretch, but Loftus-Cheek still had the legs to spark a 79th-minute break that saw Townsend square the ball to Zaha, who sent his shot high and wide of the target.With six minutes left, a Brighton corner found the head of Murray at the far post and the striker powered the ball towards goal, only to see Townsend clear the ball off the line and ensure Palace held on for a share of the points.last_img read more

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Lingard relishing new Man Utd role

first_imgManchester United Lingard relishing new Man Utd role as he sets goal target Chris Burton 23:37 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesse Lingard Ashley Young Manchester United West Brom Getty Manchester United Premier League The England international has been used in a more central role by Jose Mourinho at times this season, and he believes he can contribute in that post Jesse Lingard is relishing the opportunity to play more centrally for Manchester United as he looks to make an even greater contribution.The 25-year-old has often been deployed in a wide attacking role since making the breakthrough at Old Trafford.He has, however, been moved inside by Jose Mourinho at times this season, with the absence and loss of form from others opening the door to a No. 10 berth. 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 Lingard has revelled in a position which allows him to make more of an impact, with what proved to be the match-winning effort in a 2-1 victory at West Brom taking him to seven goals for the season.“Obviously playing further forward you are going to get more goals and create chances also, so to play there with Romelu [Lukaku] means we are getting that understanding now and chipping in [with goals] together,” he told reporters.“I played there when I was younger and, when I got into the reserves, I played more on the left or the right for my development, but eventually moved inside again.“I think playing centrally you get on the ball a lot more and you can make things happen more and you can obviously play closer to the main striker and feed off him.“I’m hungry for more goals and any way I can help the team – assists, goals – and to win the game is the most important thing.”Jesse Lingard Manchester United WatfordLingard has helped United to 13 wins and 38 points this season, but they remain some way back on arch-rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race and aware that they have no margin for error.“I think, any other season, we would be top with the points we have, so as long as we keep winning games that’s the most important thing and we will see where we are,” added the England international when pressed on whether Jose Mourinho’s side can bright an 11-point gap to the summit.“We will take each game as it comes, we’ll concentrate on the next game ahead and see where we are at the end of the season.“With the squad we have got we have to always believe in each game. Some games we will play bad and win the game and sometimes we will play good and lose the game so it’s one of those hazards of football.”United turn their attention to cup competition next time out, as they take on Bristol City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, before rounding off the calendar year with Premier League games against Leicester, Burnley and Southampton. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Arsenal braced as Manchester City prepare final push for Alexis Sánchez

first_imgShare via Email Liverpool agree £40m Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deal and pursue Thomas Lemar Share on LinkedIn Topics Arsenal Share on Facebook Transfer window Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Pep Guardiola worked with Sánchez at Barcelona during the 2011-12 season and he has made it plain to the City hierarchy that he wants a reunion with him. They are keen to oblige. Raheem Sterling, the City forward, was mentioned on Tuesday as a possible makeweight in the deal but that will not happen. Sánchez is in Chile, preparing for his country’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Thursday night. Wenger has agreed to let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join Liverpool for £40m while he will try to move out Lucas Pérez and Joel Campbell on deadline day. The latter does not want another loan but he might have to accept such a move. Shkodran Mustafi is set to stay at Arsenal, after talks over a possible move to Internazionale broke down.A move for Jean Michaël Seri, the €40m-rated Ivory Coast international who saw a proposed move to Barcelona collapse last week, is now not expected to materialise despite Wenger being keen to sign a long-term replacement for Santi Cazorla. Arsenal will go into transfer deadline day on tenterhooks over Alexis Sánchez, with Manchester City hopeful that an improved bid will persuade the London club to sell their star player.Arsenal have softened their stance slightly over Sánchez in the past 24 hours or so and City feel that they have been given some encouragement in their summer-long pursuit of the striker. But it would still take a huge offer to get the deal over the line and, more significantly, Arsenal would have to bring in a replacement player, which promises to be complicated. Serge Aurier given Home Office clearance to sign for Tottenham Share on Twitter news Read more Read more Manchester City They have an interest in Monaco’s left-sided attacker Thomas Lemar, for whom they have made three unsuccessful bids this summer – the most expensive of which was worth €50m. Last Thursday, Arsène Wenger described the deal as being “dead” because Monaco had “closed the door”. If Arsenal could somehow prise it open and land Lemar, the 21-year-old France international who is also wanted by Liverpool, they could then be receptive to City’s overtures for Sánchez – who has one season left on his contract and wants to go to the Etihad Stadium.Monaco have been steadfast in their refusal to do business over Lemar and it could be that Arsenal have to stretch themselves to something around €80m simply to make them consider the sale.City intend to make a persuasive pitch for Sánchez, having seen an opening offer of £50m rejected on Tuesday. It is likely to take £70m or more to locate Arsenal’s tipping point on Sánchez but, as City have often proved, they have the financial means to break through any impasse. Significantly, after Tuesday’s negotiations, they believe that there is a tipping point. Alexis Sánchez Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Emotion, history, politics, money and the great Hampden head-scratcher

first_img Facebook Share on LinkedIn Kevin McKenna Lost in the emotional pull of Scottish football’s instantly identifiable home is the kind of commercial dialogue inevitable in 2018. It is little wonder the Scottish FA correlates making a Hampden call to playing three dimensional chess. Every move has heavy consequences. From 2020 – a year in which Hampden is scheduled to host European Championship games – the association must extend or halt a two-decade-old lease from Queen’s Park. It is hardly a leap of faith to infer the £300,000 received by Queen’s from the £800,000 paid annually – the rest is essential to maintain the stadium – keeps the club above water.The Scottish FA has options. On Friday board members were delivered a sizeable business study which considers remaining at Hampden versus utilising alternative venues. It is that document which will come under scrutiny on Tuesday. Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby, has made a pitch. So, too, have Celtic Park and Ibrox. With Tynecastle, Easter Road and a newly proposed ground in Aberdeen available as smaller stadiums, the question is widely posed as to why Hampden is necessary. It is, though, Scottish football’s administrative base and a location not thought to have anything remotely resembling a high alternative value.“It is a difficult discussion,” says the Scottish FA’s chief executive, Stewart Regan. “We have to look at the situation we find ourselves in, which is the lease expires; we have an option to renew on exactly the same terms. We have got to decide whether that is a good option for Scottish football. Is it a good use of money for another 20 years?“So we commissioned a piece of work. First and foremost we will be looking at that from a financial perspective. Subject to the finances we will have to factor in other things be they political, emotional or social considerations.” Pinterest Share via Email Hampden erupts as Leigh Griffiths (right) scores against England. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images For all that complainants tend to make the most noise, there has been rancour in recent years regarding poor views, acoustics and facilities on offer at Hampden, which was last redeveloped to the tune of £59m in 1999. Behind each goal the scene is essentially of shallow terraces with seats bolted on. Those ends could be rebuilt but at a projected £100m+ cost. And yet the epic noise as Leigh Griffiths cracked home free-kicks for Scotland against England last June suggests Hampden can still produce that spine-tingling atmosphere which once contributed to its fame.The Scottish FA’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hampden Park Ltd, runs the stadium. Its managing director, Peter Dallas, understandably backs the “stay” cause. He says: “Our position is to inform the Scottish FA board on the national stadium’s viability beyond the current lease from a factual position, looking at maintenance costs now and in the future as well as other operational considerations in line with all other tenderers in the process.“I believe Hampden Park remains not only the best option for Scotland’s competitive international home matches and cup semi-finals and finals but the only option.” Topics Football Share on Twitter Read more Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job to stay with Northern Ireland Share on WhatsApp Read more features Share on Messenger Saturday’s meeting of Queen’s Park and table‑topping Ayr United drew a relatively strong crowd, for a Scottish League One fixture, of 1,233. That more than 50,000 seats remained empty at Hampden Park highlights one of the game’s great quirks, anomalies or annoyances depending on standpoint.The future fate of Queen’s, an amateur team formed in 1867 and owners of Scottish football’s national stadium on present site since 1903, is intrinsically linked to boardroom talks as scheduled for Tuesday. Discussion regarding Hampden’s fate has proved a slow burner, almost to the point many are unaware of the very real possibility of it being discarded. The host venue of the iconic 1960 European Cup final, the scene of 149,547 – officially – attending a Scotland v England fixture, the setting for that Zinedine Zidane volley in 2002 is under threat. Share on Pinterest Twitter There is a political undertone to this topic. In recent days it has emerged that Glasgow City Council is keen to meet the Scottish FA in an attempt to safeguard Hampden until at least 2025. The stadium, when hosting music concerts as well as football, proves highly lucrative for the city. The Scottish government, which will be subject to elections in 2021, is also under private pressure to assist with a potential funding gap. Owing in part to a lack of major finals involvement going back to 1998, the Scottish FA cannot possibly pay for any Hampden rebuild on its own. The pursuit of public money by football is, however, a thorny affair.It is unclear what would represent utopia for the SFA. “That depends where you are starting from and how much money you have at your disposal,” Regan admits. “If money was no object, you would perhaps consider either building a new stadium or completely redeveloping Hampden. But we don’t have that luxury because we don’t have an unlimited pot of capital at our disposal.”The concept of a wholly neutral venue is important to some, as is the fear of handing money out of football and to Scottish Rugby or the hiring of specific stadia, solely increasing the bank balances of the country’s biggest clubs. There is no question Scotland would suffer embarrassment should a national football stadium be mothballed given that the very same continues to be the case in Dublin, Belfast and Cardiff. “What would that say about football’s role as the national game in Scotland, the country in which the game was invented?” Dallas asks.For now there are a multitude of questions. The Scottish FA is in the invidious position of needing to supply answers. At least Scotland’s women know how to play football Scotland Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick files trademark for image of his hair and face

first_img Read more Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Colin Kaepernick has followed up his recent Nike campaign by taking steps to protect who can use his likeness going forward.Kaepernick, who starred in a new advert released as part of the company’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, has filed for a trademark for a black and white image of his face and hair, according to ESPN. Share on WhatsApp Colin Kaepernick Topics Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)JUST IN: @Kaepernick7 applies for a trademark to an image of himself, intends to use to merchandize and to connect it with self-empowerment & education https://t.co/QMfJshzz89 pic.twitter.com/lwzWZdMZwIOctober 10, 2018 Advertising Reuse this contentcenter_img Share via Email … 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. Share on Twitter US sports Share on Facebook Woke business: have big brands found a conscience or a marketing ploy? Share on LinkedIn The filing, made through Kaepernick’s company Inked Flash, with the US Patent and Trademark Office claims the image would be used for products such as shampoo and jewelry, as well as seminars and even TV shows and movies. news The former quarterback’s website already offers #ImwithKap items such as jerseys and caps for sale. All profits go to charity.Kaepernick, who began kneeling in protest of racial injustice during the national anthem in August of 2016, is entering a second NFL season without a team and has filed a collusion grievance against the league claiming team owners have conspired to keep him out of a job. That case cleared a hurdle in August when the league’s request to dismiss the grievance was rejected. A trial hearing that requires testimony from NFL owners could happen at some point in the future. last_img read more

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Chelsea mark unwanted record against Leicester

first_imgChelsea Chelsea make unwanted history with third straight 0-0 draw Tom Webber 01:53 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) EdenHazard - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Antonio Conte For the first time in their history, The Blues were held to a goalless draw for the third successive match in all competitions on Saturday Chelsea’s stuttering form in front of goal continued against Leicester City on Saturday and made a piece of unwanted history for the Blues.With a goalless draw against the Foxes, who played the last 22 minutes with 10 men following Ben Chilwell’s second yellow card at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were held 0-0 for the third successive match in all competitions for the first time.Antonio Conte’s side were unable to develop any momentum as the visitors put on a fine display of high pressing to disrupt the champions. 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 Eden Hazard was starved of service and endured a quiet outing before being replaced in the 58th minute, while Alvaro Morata’s dip in form showed no signs of ending as he failed to register a single shot on goal.3 – Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 in all competitions for the first time in their history. Blank.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018 The Blues – who could slip behind Liverpool and into fourth on Sunday – will hope to get back on track in their FA Cup third-round replay at home to second-tier Norwich City on Wednesday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Reus more respectable than Messi & CR7 – Sammer

first_imgMarco Reus Role model Reus has earned more respect than Messi & Ronaldo – Sammer Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 21:13 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) reus-cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg Augsburg Bundesliga The Borussia Dortmund star’s determination to overcome repeated injury problems in his career serves as “lessons for life”, says the ex-BVB coach Marco Reus’ persistence and patience during his injury nightmares commands more respect than the “God-given” abilities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to former Borussia Dortmund coach Matthias Sammer.Reus has had to endure torrid luck with injuries over the last few years, with the German particularly struggling last season and during the current campaign.After missing the first half of last season with a pelvic problem, he then went on to rupture a knee ligament in May, keeping him out until early February. 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 He made his return on February 10 in the 2-0 defeat of Hamburg and has played four times in all competitions ahead of Monday’s visit of Augsburg, with Dortmund looking to claim a fourth successive Bundesliga win.And Sammer believes Reus’ battling makes him a “role model”.”I’m absolutely convinced by Marco and I have much more respect for him due to the situations that he has lived through,” Sammer told Kicker.”If you take Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo now, who have had few injuries and played football for a decade at almost God-given levels, that is certainly wonderful and has my respect.”But I think those situations that Marco went through are lessons for life. He is a true role model for many. Not giving up, continuing, surviving difficult phases, stabilising to continue living, showing motivation for the profession – that is Marco Reus.”Sammer also backed Peter Stoger to remain in charge of Dortmund beyond the end of the season, with the former Cologne coach inspiring an upturn in their fortunes since taking over from Peter Bosz in December.”Of course, no question,” Sammer said when asked whether Stoger should stay.”Anyone who has shown such qualities, in a very difficult situation, there is not enough credit.”The club, the team and the fans are united again. The start has been made and that stability has to remain, but what has already been done is extraordinary.”I do not think they have to cross the finish line first to assess what Peter Stoger has done.”The way Peter Stoger conveys calm, reassures and at the same time gives the team stability and freedom is exactly the right recipe.”last_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch…this week’s edition focuses on some fantastic achievements by groups and individuals in Touch around Australia…* Some may have already read the story on the TFA website about Wallsend Touch in NSW taking out the NSW Hunter Academy of Sport `sporting organisation of the year’ award. Please read the full story because it is a fantastic achievement and one that Wallsend and their volunteers should be incredibly proud of.* Roxy Winder from Queensland, was recently awarded a Rising Star award by Sport and Recreation Queensland. She was one of just 15 awardees and the only Touch player recognised! Roxy has regularly represented Australia at a junior level and was selected in the Aussie Womens Open side for the first time this year, competing at the 2005 All Nations Championships in New Zealand.* In some more big news…TFA has a new logo! The new logo will be put displayed on the website today and will be implemented over the coming months onto all areas of the website, letterheads, merchandise and clothing. Check it out later today!* Referees…the new logo is here and we’re going into production of new gear…the shirts are in already, while the shorts will be in over the next few days. Extras like hats, socks and waterbottles will take several weeks. Until that time we’ll continue to sell the remaining gear we have, please be patient as we may run out of certain sizes or styles, unfortunately it can’t be avoided! * School Sport Australia confirmed last week that the 2006 Australian School Sport Touch Championships will be held from October 22-27 in Perth, WA.* The TFA calendar of events is gaining momentum, it’s a great resource for sharing the dates and locations of tournaments and events around Australia. Check it out at http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=3 and if you have any events that you would like included, just email the event details, dates and locations to Casey at ata@austouch.com.au * NSW Touch are selling 2005 Vawdon Cup DVD’s. Vision was taken of the Grand Finals in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open & Mixed divisions. The cost is $10.00. All inquires in regards to the purchase of the DVD should be made with Kylie Hearne, NSWTA Administration Manager, (02) 9558 9333.* In other NSW Touch news, the draft draw/pools for their State Cup are available at www.nswtouch.com.au * Due to the relocation of Jeremy Sorrensen from WA to the role of General Manager of Queensland…the job at WA is up for grabs! All the details on the position of WA General Manager can be found on our website. * Nominations are open for referees for the 2006 NTL, this year sees an early bird discount of 15% on the tournament levy for those that get their nomination in before the 14th December. Check out the following story for all the details and then get your nomination in early: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1577&sID=46 * The deadline for applications for the position of Aussie Mixed Open Assistant Coach, has been extended until this Friday November 25th. Check out our website for details.* Azuma shoes are set to hit the office here next week. Make sure you keep an eye on the website for all the info regarding prices, what’s available, opening specials and how to order.* The next edition of Touch-e-Talk comes out in 2 weeks time. This edition will again be chock full with the NSW and Qld State Cups, affiliation, a word from the CEO, the new logo, NTL news, the Aussie 18’s upcoming training camp and more.* Remember, if you have any information for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch or anything at all for the website, email Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Grant media@austouch.com.aulast_img
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What You Asked Our Australian Representatives

first_imgTo view, please click on the links below, or read the transcripts provided.Louise WinchesterAustralian Women’s Open captain and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’s Girls coach, Louise Winchester, was kind enough to answer some of your questions on day three of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.To view the video, please click on the link, while the transcript is also included below:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/4/sWqRCLNH4Ss How have you past couple of days been?LW: They’ve been great, I’ve absolutely loved it with my CCC girls, they are a fantastic bunch of girls, they make it all the more enjoyable. They play good footy but they are special young ladies so I’ve enjoyed it. You had your quarter final earlier against North Queensland, can you tell us a bit about that game?LW: It was tough, to the Cyclones’ credit they came out and really gave it to us early. I was very proud of my girls in that they absorbed that pressure and then in the second half they came out and ran over the top of them with simple footy and that’s a big part of our game plan, just that simple footy, big defence and hold onto that ball and drive it out and they did that well. You have NSWCHS in the morning now, how much are the girls looking forward to that game?LW: Very much so. We’ve been talking about this one and I know that they are very excited about it and they are very much ready for it. CHS are an awesome side, they really are, they’ve got some great individual talent, they put it together well. We’ll have to be on our game, as I said the girls are really excited and are ready for it but we’ll have to play for a full 40 minutes and play some good footy which I believe the girls can and will do. How much do you enjoy coaching these girls?LW: I absolutely love it. I’m a big Touch-head and I get accused a lot of being a big Touch-head but I can’t help it, I just can’t say no to something like this. Just the coaching experience is a great one and it’s so good to give back but I get a lot from it as well through my playing but the most important thing is these young women, to coach them and give them some guidance and help them out with their Touch Footy. But as I said I absolutely love it because of the people they are, they’re just gorgeous young ladies and I love being part of their experience I guess. You were a CCC player yourself back in the day, what are your memories of playing for them?LW: Friends, that’s my main memory. When I played CCC, we used to get pumped all the time by Queensland. I guess that’s something I always remind the girls of, the friendships you can build from it, that’s something that I got out, just as well, having coaches like Gab Maher, who were my idols back in the day. To be coached by someone like her meant a lot to me so if I can give back in the way that people like Gab Maher and others give back I think I’m doing the right thing by the kids and by the sport that I love. Just moving back to Scotland (the 2011 World Cup), how exciting was it and how special was it to be the captain of the team that won the World Cup?LW: So special, it actually blew me away. Being captain is something that I’m so proud of, it’s a massive achievement for me personally. To win the game with the girls and go through undefeated and keep that special tradition of Women’s Open’s and the success that players in the past have had and to carry that on is something very special to me and to the girls. But being captain, as I said, it was above and beyond what I expected, just everything that I received from that on a personal level, I’ll never, ever forget, it was very special. We’ve had a couple of questions that have been sent through for you, one from Peter Bell, which is what do you remember most about your first experience playing Women’s Open for Australia?LW: My first experience was being absolutely so nervous. It was such a good experience and something that I’ll never forget but it was a negative experience because in our second game we lost to the Kiwis and it was the first time that Australia had lost and for me that remained and still remains a big part of me and what drives me for playing for Australia and having that negative and not taking anything for granted I guess and use that as motivation for myself and for the teams that I play with. I guess the experience in playing as well with some really amazing people, being coached by Belly, just having an absolute ball with some good friends that are still very special friends. His answer said something about a confrontation with a referee at a bar would you like to say anything about that?LW: No, I won’t, I’ll keep that classified, that’s between Belly, the girls and I. As I said, a special referee, we had some words and that’s all I’ll say, but it helped in the end. We’ve got another question, from Stacey, who says she wasn’t able to watch the Vawdon Cup games last Sunday, and she’d like to know the score from the Women’s Premier League game between Canterbury and Manly. LW: Good work Stace, it was a draw and it still hurts but it was better than a loss and I was happy with a draw Stace. The girls played very well and I was proud of the CCC girls that represented that, I was very proud of them, I had moments in that game where I was like ‘damn you girls for being so good’ but I was very proud at the same time, it was a positive/negative thing but it was a great game of footy and it was an awesome challenge and that’s what I loved, young girls stepping up and that’s what it’s about, it was very good. Nathan JonesAustralian Men’s Open captain and South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) Sharks 18’s Boys coach, Nathan Jones, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Nathan speaks about his first experience coaching the Sharks 18’s Boys side, how it felt to captain the Australian Men’s Open side at the 2011 World Cup, and how his swimming is progressing. How have your past couple of days been, have you been enjoying coaching?NJ: It’s been different not playing, but I’ve really enjoyed it, they boys have been good and have had a good time and the weather’s been good.How did you get involved in this coaching job?NJ: I coached a couple of years ago in the 16’s with a lot of the same boys and then got asked at NTL this year if I’d be interested in coaching and I said yes straight away without thinking but I’ve enjoyed the training and the coaching. Is it something you’ll look to do a bit more in the future do you reckon?NJ: I’d say, I like coaching the younger kids, the 16-18 year olds, so I might stay involved with them, it’s always good to help out.You’ve got QSST in the semi final this morning, how much are the boys looking forward to that?NJ: The boys are really excited to play Queensland, they are the number one team, they won it last year. I watched them play on Thursday and they looked pretty good, the boys are pretty confident and I think we can do it. You’ve got a few Australian 18’s representatives in your side with Adam Pryde, Kade Bonner and Kevin Huggett, how much have they helped the team?NJ: Prydey’s been good, Prydey’s our captain, so he’s lead the boys, Kadeo’s been working on his singlet tan, that’s probably about it and Kevvie’s just been Kevvie. What do you enjoy about coaching?NJ: I’m learning as well, that’s what I said to the boys last night, it’s my first year coaching so I’m learning as I go. Just sort of talking to them and seeing them go out there and do things that we’ve talked about and be successful. How exciting was it to be the captain of the Australian Men’s team at the World Cup?NJ: The World Cup was a highlight, I’m still pretty happy about it. We worked hard and it was a tough tournament and a long build up and a very tough final.Do you have a favourite World Cup final, 2007 or 2011?NJ: Probably 2011, being captain is a bit different and I was more a leader in the team and a senior player. We had a good bunch of guys that got along really well this year, but they were both great to be a part of. We’ve got one question that was sent in from Beeso on Twitter, he’s asked how much time do you spend swimming in the pool and has your swimming improved?NJ: My swimming has always been excellent, it’s my swimming buddy who struggles a little bit, I won’t name his name, Ryan Pollock, he still struggles I think. I think when he gets back from overseas he’ll need a few more laps. Steve RobertsAustralian Men’s Open player and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’ Boys coach, Steve Roberts, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Steve talks about his team’s rivalry with QSST, the 2011 World Cup and the importance of wearing shoes in the sub box. To view the interview, please click on the link, or view the transcript below:http://www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus#p/u/6/iDlL4oPuvcI Can you tell us a bit about your semi final win over NSWCHS?SR: It was a very tough win, we won by three in the end but we had to work right until the end for it. It’s very hot outside, the boys are really feeling it. I know Queensland had a bit of an easier win, so hopefully we’ve got enough legs in us this afternoon to beat them.How excited are the boys for the final?SR: They are very pumped. I had one boy come up to me and say ‘I’m not going to lie Steve, I’m very pumped, I’m very excited for it’, he just likes the centre stage though. What can you expect from the Queensland team?SR: Plenty of running, any Queensland team I’ve played or coached against, they are full of running so I expect them to be the same, and very quick. How much have you enjoyed this week?SR: Very good, the boys are staying with us for the first time, and the whole team has been getting along very well. There are a few antics with Dominic Field and Wes Sefuiva off the field which has brought the side closer together, it’s been great. You’ve played Queensland in the final in the past couple of years, what are your memories from the past two finals?SR: Fond memories of 09 when we beat them just by one, and then last year I actually wasn’t here for the last one but I heard that the boys fought back well and hopefully this time we get our noses in front and hold the lead. How exciting was it to win another World Cup title?SR: Very good, it was very exciting. To be able to do it with a great bunch of blokes and mates and to have my brother alongside me as well was excellent, I really enjoyed it. We’ve got a couple of questions that have been sent through, you might know who this one is from, the email is titled ‘Copyright Laws’ and it said ‘how many of my plays have you stolen this week and how much do you owe me?’ SR: That’s definitely from my brother. Little does he know that I plan the season, I actually come up with them, I just make him believe that he’s actually come up with the plays. It’s ok, I’m his younger brother so he looks after me and I look after him.We’ve also got a couple more contributed ones, which are anonymous at this stage, but you’ll probably know who they are from, but it says ‘firstly and most importantly, what are some things that coaching staff and managers need to be aware of in the sub box? I’ve heard thongs are a big issue in terms of rogue coaches not wearing enclosed shoes, is this something that you endorse?’SR: Being at the Sunshine Coast, it’s very hot, so I like to wear my thongs or jandals, depending on what side of the world you come from. I sort of like to test the event staff and make sure that they are doing their job, and making sure the OH&S is followed and that the shoes are on in the box. Have they been following up on this?They’ve been very good, I’ve gotten away with it a couple of times but other than that they’ve been very good. TFA would like to thank everyone that sent in questions for Louise, Nathan and Steve.last_img read more

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NRL Touch Premiership team lists

first_imgEels – Women’sZara NicholasLucy McDonaldChloe CheneyStephanie MaioloLaura PeattieDanielle DavisTayla CliffordRachelle (Shellie) DavisHannah DyballSamantha RodgersYasmin MeakesBrittney CliffordAaliyah PakiElesha DougalRebecca BeathFaith NathanCoach: Barry GibsonAssistant coach: Anthony DudeckManager: Christian BrowneSelector: Annette Thomas SchumacherEels – Men’sGeorgie PalauJordan HoroCiaran TonerDaniel BartonJed IbbotsonDylan HennesseyJordan Marshall-KingSimon LangKyle JermynJacob HarringtonAlex NichollsKai SimbolonMarley SimbolonLuke MansourMark RobertsCaidyn WynyardCoach: Mark BolandAssistant coach: Jason MartinManager: Ricky HetheringtonSelector: Tim KitchinghamKnights – Women’sAinsley HughesJessica PottsEmily HennesseyRhiannon PodmoreMadison CroweMilly HughesLaura ColemanSian FilipoBobbi LawJessica McCallElise WilsonLily GoodchildAmy DufourSophie BroadheadRachel JeffsTaryn LoveCoach: Michael MoussaAssistant coach: Brooke PlayfordManager: Sheralee LangbridgeSelector: Anette ColemanKnight’s – Men’sLuke TonegatoMatthew TopeTerry DeeganLincoln LittleDaniel LangbridgeJack EdwardsDylan ThompsonAlex LangbridgeScott BundyMatthew ProwseJake FitzpatrickMitch BourkeBart HillRob McCarthyTom DafterMitchell WiltonCoach: Joel WilloughbyAssistant coach: Karley BanksManager: Andrew WiseSelector: John DaltonTigers – Women’sAshleigh QuinlanToni BreezeKirstie JenkinsIsabella SlatteryPaige MarkeyPatricia MichaelopoulosMaddie StuddonAbbey PapenhuyzenClaire TandekElin MortimerLogan FlanaganHinerangi AndreassendChelsea HindmarshAmy WebbTyla GambellCourtney YoungCoach: Paul SfeirAssistant coach: Matt ScranageManager: Kim SolmanSelector: Michael ClarkTigers – Men’sNicholas GoodMadalitso MasacheJames BlackwoodEdward BurrellJames ShuteDean SpringfieldScott BuckleyCameron NichollsDaniel StoneJustin CostelloRyan GossStuart BriertyTjadyn AshbyRobert NakhlaJake GrechSteve RobertsCoach: Tony TradAssistant coach: Dave NolanManager: Robert BarakatSelector: Kevin JurdBroncos – Women’sElizabeth CampbellSamantha HopkinMia JohnstoneRebecca LapraikHayley MaddickKatee MallerPaige ParkerSavannah PrattenTahlia RolphCatherine SargentKatherine StevensKimberley Sue SeeMary McLeanLaura WaldieRachel WalshMelanie WilksCoach: Lucas FeldmanAssistant coach: Craig MorrowAssistant coach: Michael BaartzBroncos – Men’sTimothy BaartzLiam BauerSam CarmodyJames CourtneyCody GreenSean HooperHayden MoffatJake NotleyJustin OttoTom QuinlivanAdam RussellDavid SenMitchell De RossiRyan EndehipaConnor HarveyJames SharpCoach: Jason BoydAssistant coach: John BeesleyManager: Tyrone BruceTitans – Women’sTarryn AikenTaylah ConnellSammy-Jo CurtisBrittany DonovanLucia FildesBelinda HammettPaije HockingsAshleigh KearneyRebecca Mi MiGeorgina RackemannMarama ThomasMarikki WategoTiarni BryceLeesa Mi MiSharni VililaEmily WardCoach: Renee MurphyAssistant coach: Leasha ThouardManager: Brenda RackemannTitans – Men’s Graeme ClancyJames De VeerJayden Fielding-SmithJakob HallKingston LambergPeter NormanAdam PrydeBrad RussellCorey RussellMichael SinghWayne UnuwaiTristan WaggTom MaherDave MaherLewis McAlisterTyler WardCoach: Chris LothAssistant coach: Tristan ManaManager: Brendan JonesCowboys – Women’sRae BarkerJessica BourkeBrittney BrownLydia DurkinRebecca GouldingAnna HicksAbby KingHagiga MosbyNaomi ParslowRylie SeamarkIndianna TillettTamika UptonTori CarterGeorgia HarrisTamara HusseyMikayla NewmanCoach: Swain RovelliAssistant coach: Mitch SmithCowboys – Men’sJayden BenbowKristian CongooJustin CridlandShaun FrancisJack HughesMalcolm KennyMichael LawDamon MooreLachlan PierceSamuel PierceJared TownsonDave ZanetteCormac HochLachlan HochTrevor MoranDaniel WithersCoach: Phil GyemoreAssistant coach: Tim VillalbaManager: Justin Mitchelllast_img read more

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Sydney Roosters join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership

first_imgTouch Football Australia is excited to announce that the Sydney Roosters will join the NRL Touch Premiership in 2019, fielding both a men’s team and a women’s team.Touch football is a huge participation sport in Australia, with 680,000 players competing across the country. More than 100,000 of those reside in Sydney.The Roosters already have extensive links to touch football, with a fully integrated partnership with Eastern Suburbs Touch (ESTA), which is the largest touch football competition in NSW, and an MoU with Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) to work collaboratively to help grow both touch football and rugby league in South Australia.Sydney Roosters CEO Scott Bennetts said having some of the best male and female touch players in the world representing the Roosters on game day will consolidate the club’s program from grassroots to the elite levels of the sport.“We are excited to be a part of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership and for the opportunity to connect with new audiences at the venue on game day and through broadcast,” said Bennetts.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is delighted to be aligning with the 2018 NRL Premiership-winning Sydney Roosters and growing both touch and tackle versions of rugby league.“It’s fantastic to have the Roosters joining the competition next year. They are a foundation NRL club with a level of professionalism that is unsurpassed. We’re looking forward to working closely with them to bring the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership to life.”It was also recently announced that the New Zealand Warriors will enter the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership, joining the Roosters and the six NRL clubs that competed in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership this year: the Wests Tigers, the Parramatta Eels, the Newcastle Knights, the Gold Coast Titans, the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.The NRL Touch Premiership consists of elite touch football games – a 30-minute men’s game and 30-minute women’s game – played as curtain-raisers to NRL games and broadcast live. Branding, including uniforms, aligns with the branding of each namesake NRL club.As well as more clubs, the second year of the NRL Touch Premiership will consist of significantly more rounds than in the inaugural year.last_img read more

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10 months agoCaption this! Man Utd star Pogba posts cryptic tweet after Mourinho sacking

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Caption this! Man Utd star Pogba posts cryptic tweet after Mourinho sackingby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba has posted a picture of himself smiling only an hour after Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United.The pair endured a tumultuous relationship during Mourinho’s two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford, which ended on Tuesday.Within an hour of the news being announced, Pogba posted a photo of himself with a grin on Instagram and Twitter accompanied with: “caption this!”The Frenchman has been continuously linked with an exit from Manchester due to his relationship with Mourinho.The tweet was quickly deleted by Pogba.Paul Pogba decided to Tweet this following the announcement of José Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United before quickly deleting it… pic.twitter.com/KogUB28Gpu— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 18, 2018 last_img read more

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10 months ago​Nasri set to earn West Ham deal after Wilshere injury

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Nasri set to earn West Ham deal after Wilshere injuryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri is getting closer to earning a contract at West Ham United.With news that Jack Wilshere will be out for a while with another injury, the Hammers are speeding up plans to offer Nasri a deal.The veteran has come through a drugs ban and is available on a free transfer.The Evening Standard suggests that boss Manuel Pellegrini wants Nasri to add some creativity to his midfield.The Frenchman has previous Premier League experience with Arsenal and Manchester City. last_img

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10 months agoSouthampton striker Gabbiadini fields first foreign offer

first_imgSouthampton striker Gabbiadini fields first foreign offerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is preparing to leave England this week.Sky Sports says Real Betis, AC Milan and Fiorentina are all in contact with Gabbiadini.And Gabbiadini is the subject of ‘concrete offers’ from ‘at least one’ of the trio.The striker is now ‘weighing up his options’, given his lack of game time under new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Video: Jalen “Teez” Tabor Buys Local Homeless Man New Shoes

first_imghomeless man new with new sneakers.Periscope/_31FlavorzJalen Tabor, Florida’s All-SEC cornerback, is having a very interesting week. On Wednesday, the Gator defensive back was suspended for a practice fight with tight end C’yontai Lewis which reportedly involved swinging helmets. On Friday, he fulfilled a very cool promise to a local homeless man.Friday morning, Tabor tweeted that he saw the man, who had no shoes, and said he was going to buy him a pair.Seen a homeless man with no shoes on today , going to go buy him some shoes— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 19, 2016Trying to make his day a little better— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 19, 2016Gotta give back to those who are less fortunate than you— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016An hour later, he streamed the interaction on Periscope. He gave the man a pair of sharp blue sneakers, and $22 for food.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/eKdtYQ3qYz— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016Sometimes in life you do nothing wrong but God wants to see how you handle adversity— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016Jalen Tabor is one of Florida’s best players, and definitely among the Gators most interesting personalities. This offseason, he’s made numerous headlines for his very outward trolling of SEC East favorite Tennessee, which has not won a game against Florida since 2004. The Vols are an interesting target for Tabor, however, as he was one of two UF players suspended for their game last season.After the reported fight with Lewis, Tabor will also miss this season’s opener against UMass at home. The Minutemen shouldn’t really stand a chance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but a practice fight is a pretty common occurrence in football, and one that rarely warrants a full game suspension, so one can imagine how bad it must have been.Last season, Tabor started nine of Florida’s 13 games, racking up 40 tackles, four interceptions, and scored two touchdowns off of the picks.last_img read more

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Foster: Al-Araibi situation now an absolute emergency

first_imgAfter meeting with FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura on Monday, Craig Foster has declared the plight of Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi ‘an absolute emergency’.The professional footballer has been detained in Thailand over the past two months and faces deportation back to Bahrain where he will likely be imprisoned and possibly tortured, according to Amnesty International, for speaking out against the royal family. Foster has led the push to see Al-Araibi released and is putting increasing pressure on FIFA to act swiftly after Bahrain submitted official documents for his extradition. 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? “This matter has become an absolute emergency,” Foster said. “We want it to be resolved this week – before Friday.”Armed with a petition boasting more than 50,000 signatures, Foster left his meeting with FIFA with some optimism but stressed the situation is a timely one. “It was a good outcome and we have got FIFA to escalate the issue and to acknowledge it is now an emergency,” he told AAP.”FIFA have agreed that the next step is to articulate that all the attention has been on Thailand and Bahrain have been left aside unfairly.”I can only thank FIFA for agreeing to meet us.”In true Aussie fashion we rocked up on their doorstep and they gave us their time, and for that, we are very grateful.”Given the actions of Bahrain this morning, there really is no time to lose and we want it to be resolved this week, before Friday.”— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) January 28, 2019Foster recently hit out at AFC president Sheikh Salman for his lack of action on the matter declaring him ‘morally bankrupt’.last_img read more

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Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds Punches Kansas State DB In The Nuts

first_imgJosh Reynolds punches a Kansas State player.Aggies wide receiver Josh Reynolds appears to have thrown a punch at a Kansas State player.Late in the first half of tonight’s Texas Bowl, Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds appeared to throw a punch at Kansas State defensive back Donnie Starks.The punch was thrown in the groin area.My 8 year old son Sam said “Hey, Daddy… rewind that. He just punched him in the twig and berries”.Welp. pic.twitter.com/50t3psetq7— Proffitt (@BreakinDownFilm) December 29, 2016This might have been semi-deserved, though.Check out what Kansas State’s defensive back was doing prior to the punch.yo did he just get punched in the crotch? pic.twitter.com/B3G7Cpwf1m— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 29, 2016The Kansas State defensive back was called for a 15-yard penalty for the act, which will be enforced to start the second half.KSU and Texas A&M are playing on ESPN.last_img read more

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