Belgium Belgium’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who joins Hazard & Lukaku in the 23-man squad? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:45 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Belgium World Cup Belgium v Panama Belgium v Tunisia England v Belgium Tunisia Panama England The Red Devils will be one of the teams to watch in the tournament in Russia, such is their talented squad and deep pool of players Belgium will once again take the role of ‘dark horses’ when they head to the World Cup in Russia this summer.The Red Devils have long been heralded as the next major international power, with stars like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens tipped to succeed on the international scene.However, they have flattered to deceive in recent tournaments, and must soon grasp an opportunity if their ‘Golden Generation’ is not to slip away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Qualification was smooth – Belgium finished top of Group H, winning nine games and drawing one – and Roberto Martinez’s men have a relatively straightforward group, featuring Panama, Tunisia and England.Belgium’s provisional squad of 28 players was announced on May 21 and the final squad was confirmed on June 4.Who made Belgium’s World Cup squad? Having announced a 28-man provisional panel for Russia, Martinez was forced to disappoint five players on the eve of the tournament. Choosing which individuals to leave out won’t be easy, particularly considering the wealth of talent that is available to him.The three goalkeepers are Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet and Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels. Martinez has named six defenders, with Tottenham duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld joined by Man City captain Vincent Kompany, Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier, Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen and Celtic’s Dedryk Boyata.Star of Man City’s Premier League title triumph Kevin De Bruyne was always destined to make the final 23-man panel, while Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini brings a physical edge to the squad.Axel Witsel has been playing in the Chinese Super League, but that hasn’t affected his standing and Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele will be pushing for a starting place after impressing for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season. Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker and Monaco’s Youri Tielemans inject a youthful flavour into the squad, while West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli is a surprising inclusion.In attack, Martinez will be relying on the potent chemistry that has developed between Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku, who have been frighteningly clinical in front of goal for their country. Like Witsel, Yannick Carrasco ‘s international career has not been impacted by his move to China and the former Atletico Madrid man will determined to impress.Michy Batshuayi has been included in the provisional panel despite concerns over injury, while Thorgan Hazard and Adnan Januzaj are also pushing for inclusion, though they are likely to play a back-up role.Who didn’t make the Belgium squad? The highest profile omission from the Belgium squad is Radja Nainggolan, who has been left out purely for tactical reasons, according to Martinez, who travelled to Italy to personally deliver the news to the Roma midfielder.Christian Benteke was cut from the final panel, as were Jordan Lukaku, Christian Kabasele, Laurent Ciman and Matz Sels.As well as those players, experienced winger Kevin Mirallas has not earned a place in the extended panel, while Burnley’s Steven Defour is also absent after suffering a season-ending knee injury in January.Liverpool striker Divock Origi, who was on loan at Wolfsburg, misses out despite impressing in the Bundesliga. Huddersfield Town striker Laurent Depoitre enjoyed a successful season in the Premier League, but did not do enough to convince Martinez that he merits a place in the squad.Domestically based players Anthony Limbombe, Thomas Foket and Luis Pedro Cavanda, who play for Anderlecht, Gent and Standard Liege respectively, also miss out.
England World Cup hopefuls England ‘exactly the same’ as title winning Leicester, says Vardy Joe Wright 16:06 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Leicester City Premier League The striker says the mentality and attitude of the Three Lions squad matches that of the Foxes before their incredible Premier League title win Jamie Vardy thinks England’s World Cup squad have a similar spirit to that of Leicester City’s shock Premier League champions of 2015-16.Gareth Southgate’s side head into their opening match in Volgograd on Monday in good form, having gone 10 matches without defeat since a 3-2 friendly loss to France last June.A relatively low level of expectations among supporters, coupled with a strong sense of unity within the camp, has also helped to create a quiet optimism around an England side who were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Midfielder Jordan Henderson has previously said they should take inspiration from Leicester, who stunned the football world by winning the top-flight title two years ago.And Vardy, a crucial part of that famous triumph, can see similarities between his club side and the national team set-up.”We were exactly the same, very close, always wanting to do things together and having a laugh and a joke at training,” he said.”But then, once we stepped over the white line, it was a different story. It has got the same environment and attitude from all the lads.”We are all confident. We have all got that mentality where you just want to win. We want to make sure we are here as winners. We have all won things ourselves at our respective clubs and we want to take that on to the international stage now.”We all know that, on our day, we can beat anyone and cause anyone problems, so that is why we have got the confidence to think we can win it.”We have definitely got the momentum going into it. Mood-wise, it feels like the excitement is building. Nobody is keeping themselves to themselves, everybody is doing stuff together. Everybody is having a laugh. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, we are doing it as a group. That is how it should be, to my mind. I think that when you are enjoying it more, you play your best football.”First training session: done. Watch more: https://t.co/nn6JNHNMyy#threelions pic.twitter.com/qjGREBaXqx— England (@England) June 13, 2018Vardy is likely to play a back-up role to main striker Harry Kane in Southgate’s system, but the 31-year-old is determined to give his boss a difficult decision when it comes to his line-up.”We all know we are a 23-man squad and we are all here for a reason,” he added. “The gaffer has picked us because he thinks we are the best the country has got. So, we are all here with the same mentality, all wanting to win, all wanting to play. Unfortunately, you cannot have that all of the time – you can only have 11 players on the pitch.”You just have to make sure you put in the pressure on the training field and, if you get given a chance, take it.”
Nemanja Matić Serbia ready for World Cup after recent failures, insists Matic Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 19:52 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Costa Rica v Serbia Serbia Costa Rica Ahead of their first major tournament since 2010, the Manchester United midfielder insists his side are in confident mood Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic believes the pressure is off his side as they get ready to start their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica on Sunday.Alongside the Central American outfit, Serbia have been drawn against Brazil and Switzerland in a daunting Group E.Matic, however, believes just qualifying for a first major tournament since the 2010 World Cup has lifted some of the weight of expectation ahead of their Russia 2018 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We had a lot of pressure before this qualification, as we didn’t go to Brazil [for the 2014 World Cup] or the last European Championships,” he told Manchester United’s website.”So, there was a lot of pressure on us and it was very important for us to go there directly. We did it and I was very happy.”It was emotional for me and my team-mates and I’m happy we will represent our country in Russia. It’s very nice for our people.”Matic – competing in his first World Cup – refused to be drawn on his side’s chances of progressing to the knock-out stages, but insists they are going into the tournament in a positive frame of mind.”I think we will have our chance but we have to do our best, prepare very well and we will see,” he added. “It is difficult to say [what our chances of progression are]. “Of course, we are working very hard on everything, but there will be a lot of great quality in the tournament. But we are positive. There is a long way to go but I am always positive.”
Some of the Northern Territory’s best young Touch Footballers will get the chance to expand their game at the Northern Territory Elite Youth Training Camp in Darwin from the 25-27 of June 2007. The annual camp illustrates the Northern Territory’s progressive approach to junior development in our sport. 25 of the Territory’s best junior players have been selected through the Northern Territory Championships as well as secondary school tournaments to participate. The camp will include a wide range of activities to educate the budding champions of the sport.Male and female players aged between 13 and 18 will get the opportunity to train under Program Coordinator, Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame Member, and master coach, Peter “Big bird” McNeven. The Queenslander is one of the most experienced coaches in the game, having coached the Australian men’s open team for 10 years and Queensland for five years including National championships and State of Origin series.McNeven, who has directed the camp for fourteen years, will be assisted by current Australian Men’s 18 Years Coach Kathy O’Brien, as well as current Australian Mixed 20s Coach and Australian Open Mixed Assistant Coach, Karley Banks. Peter Mc Neven is focused on giving the Territory’s junior elite players the opportunity to further their abilities, as well as arming them with the knowledge of what they will need to be part of the game’s elite. “When I was national coach we did a lot of things like talking to the kids about drugs in sport, nutrition, stretching and flexibility, and hydration. We try and do all those things which give them a basic understanding of what they need to further their careers in Touch.” Mr. McNeven said.The program mirrors most aspects of the National Junior Training Squads’ program. Talent identification, player expectations, dedication and motivation are some of the areas that are discussed with the players. Participants will also benefit from the involvement of some of Australia’s best Touch Footballers.Traditionally, elite players from around the nation have attended to assist the junior players and share some of their own knowledge and experience. One of the players that attended in the past was former Australian representative, the late great, Craig Pierce.“Piercey used to talk to them about how he got to the top and what he had to do, he was a great inspiration to many of the youngsters who came through and a great role model for the game. We’ve had Bo de la Cruz and Tamara Appo come through the system then return as mentors to share their experiences and show the kids first hand what can be achieved.” Mr. McNeven said.“The kids are very attentive to the stars of the game. They hang off every word they say.From a coaches point-of-view I talk to them about what the requirements are as a coach, but then you get the players aspect of it which compliments the program.” Mr. Mc Neven added.McNeven is mindful of not allowing other sports “the jump” on Touch football and emphasised the need to put time and effort into junior development.“This is where it all starts, if you don’t do work with your juniors you never get on.” Mr. Mc Neven observed.McNeven believes other states should follow the example of the Northern Territory initiative. “I just think you’ve got to give them a pathway, it is the way to go. The thing I wanted to do when I was on the National Coaching Council was to have one of these set up in every state where we visited and helped the kids out. If everywhere set one up their elite player production line would be a boost to the sport.” Mr. McNeven said. For the time being there are 25 kids who can’t wait to travel to Darwin to boost their own game and potentially join the elite ranks of the sport in the future.
Minister for Sport, Mark Arbib, said AASC was a national initiative that provides primary school children with access to free sport and physical activity programs after-school.“Active After-schools aims to engage traditionally inactive children in sport and other structured physical activities and through a positive and fun experience to help them develop a love of sport that may inspire them to join a local sporting club,” Senator Arbib said.“The program is run in more than 3,200 primary schools and out of school hour care services to about 150,000 children.“Regional coordinators deliver the program in primary schools and care services using local sporting clubs, volunteers, private providers, teachers, retirees, senior secondary and tertiary students, and parents, brothers or sisters.”Senator Arbib said the program targeted previously inactive children and had proven to be very successful in increasing participation in sport.“Independent assessment of the program found that before starting the program participants did less than three hours of structured physical activity each week,” Senator Arbib said.“We know that introducing children to physical activity at a young age can have significant implications for future health costs by preventing children from requiring treatment for obesity.“And by introducing children to sport at a young age we can establish a life-long enjoyment of physical activity.“Active After-schools is delivered across the country, with almost half the sites in rural and regional communities and a quarter in low socio economic communities.“About 14 per cent of the program sites cater for Indigenous communities and 14 per cent cater for children with special needs.”The Australian Sports Commission manages the AASC program nationally through a network of locally based regional coordinators.The coordinators assist schools and after-school care centres to facilitate the program, recruit/train community coaches and work with local sporting clubs and organisations to increase junior membership.
NRL Touch Football has today confirmed the Warriors will join the NRL Touch Premiership for the first time in 2019 fielding both men’s and women’s teams.Touch Football is a major participation sport in New Zealand with 27,000 players competing in Auckland alone.From an elite perspective, New Zealand hosts the international trans-Tasman event bi-annually and is seen as a heavyweight internationally in the sport.The opportunity to have elite Warriors men’s and women’s teams in the NRL Touch Premiership will provide the club with a direct link to a huge and highly-engaged community.Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said joining the NRL Touch Premiership makes sense because it will attract a new audience to the club and add to the game day experience in 2019.“Next year we want to engage and entertain as many people as possible at our games and significantly grow our fan base,” said George.“Not everyone can play contact sport so our partnership with Touch New Zealand is really important as it now provides a pathway for touch footy players to play in the NRL at the elite level for the Warriors. It’s really fantastic for New Zealand.“We are excited to be a part of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership and the development of community programmes and commercial opportunities, both locally and through TV broadcast.”The games will be broadcast nationally and across the Tasman through a mix of live and delayed TV broadcasts with the teams playing in Warriors-branded kit.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is delighted to be aligning with the Vodafone Warriors and growing both touch and tackle versions of rugby league.“We look forward to working closely with the Warriors and Touch New Zealand on bringing the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership to life. We will be releasing the official draw shortly and cannot wait!” he said.Touch New Zealand chief executive Joe Sprangers sees enormous opportunity for both touch and rugby league through this collaboration.“We look forward to the excitement that will be generated around the Touch Premiership League with the inclusion of the Warriors touch teams,” he said.“This is certainly something the membership will embrace”.The breakthrough announcement means the club will now field six Warriors teams in its 25th season in 2019. Three Vodafone Warriors teams will again compete in the NRL, the Intrust Super Premiership and the under-20 Jersey Flegg Cup along with the Warriors team in the second NRL women’s premiership and now two Warriors teams will line up in the NRL Touch Premiership.For more information about the NRL Touch Premiership please visit https://touchfootball.com.au/nrltouchpremiership/To play Touch Football this summer in New Zealand find your nearest club at http://www.touchnz.co.nz/To play Touch Football this summer in Australia find your nearest club at https://playnrl.com/
Atletico Madrid’s 2-goal Griezmann relieved to overcome Rayo Vallecanoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann admits they were fortunate for their 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.Griezmann scored from the penalty spot and then grabbed the winning goal with 10 minutes remaining for a vital 3-2 Rojiblancos victory.However, in a year that saw him crowned Europa League, European Super Cup and World Cup winner, Griezmann revealed that he is now struggling with fatigue.”I can still improve. I’m not at my best level but it has been a long yea and sometimes, I lack speed and sharpness,” he told BeIN.”I’m very happy to be able to help the team but it has been a long year with little rest so games like this are difficult.”We let them back into the game and that meant that we suffered a lot, something [Diego] Simeone warned us about at the break.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Rennes to bid for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinezby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRennes are ready to bid for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.Yahoo Fance reports Martinez could be set for a permanent move to Ligue 1 side Rennes.The 26-year-old has had loan spells at a variety of clubs and has struggled to break into the first team.Rennes have enquired about a January move as they look to replace their first-choice stopper. The Argentine spent last season in Spain with Getafe. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa defender Cristian Romero set to move to Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits Cristian Romero is set to move to Juventus.The Grifone are in negotiations with Juventus to send defender Romero to Turin next term.“Juve have focused their attention on him,” said Genoa director Giorgio Perinetti. “He is a 20-year-old player who made his Serie A debut against Cristiano Ronaldo and did very well. It’s not easy to find someone who can be a great defender.”
Chelsea boss Sarri in ‘constant contact’ with Higuain familyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been assured AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain wants to move to London.While Chelsea continue to work through a complicated deal which involves Milan and parent club Juventus, Sarri is in constant contact with the player’s camp.Corriere dello Sport says Higuain’s brother and agent, Nicolas, is in regular contact with Sarri and pushing Chelsea to hand him a realistic offer he can present to Juve.The stumbling block for Chelsea is Higuain’s age and reluctance to shell out big for the striker.Milan paid €18m to take Higuain on-loan with the option to make the deal permanent for €38m. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Man City offered Gabriel Jesus to Bayern Munichby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was offered to Bayern Munich last summer, it has been revealed.BILD says City would be open to allowing the Brazilian forward to depart and tested the water to see of their was interest from Bayern. The German champions made no secret that his team-mate Leroy Sane was their top target and it appears he remains their priority when he recovers from a long-term injury. Gabriel started ahead of Sergio Aguero in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League – but it appears he was available for transfer in the summer. Bayern’s pursuit of Sane was ongoing for much of the window but the German’s anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in City’s Community Shield triumph prematurely ended negotiations.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bolton attacker Ronan Darcy interesting Leicesterby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are seeking a replacement for Ben Chilwell.The Sun says Manchester City and Chelsea are preparing £50 million bids for the defender. Leicester are interested in young Bolton Wanderers attacker Ronan Darcy as a potential replacement.The 18-year-old got his first taste of senior football earlier this season, when Bolton had to field their youth side but Darcy has not featured in recent weeks. Yet Leicester could move during the transfer window.
Vine/@cjzeroJameis Winston and Bryce Petty were in Ann Arbor with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. to get some work in with new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh this week. While in Michigan, the trio took in last night’s Michigan-Michigan State game at the Crisler Center…well, at least maybe Whitfield did. Winston and Petty were too busy on their phones. Winston actually had two cells out, and was using them VERY attentively. This Vine begs the obvious question…what was Winston so excited to show Petty and Whitfield? A Tinder match? A new Flappy Bird high score? Maybe a text from Lovie Smith? We’ll see if anyone asks him about it in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine this week.[@cjzero]
Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitarayan and Lucas Torreira should be sold by Arsenal to fund a major overhaul of their defence, according to former Gunners star Charlie Nicholas.The Emirates side have been linked with a £25 million ($31.6m) summer move for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, while they have also been associated with a potential move for Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen. But with a reported transfer budget of just £40m, they will not have the type of funds that Nicholas believes are necessary to revolutionise an area of the team that has often been considered their Achilles’ heel for several seasons. 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? In order to raise funds, the Scot believes that much-maligned playmakers Ozil and Mkhitaryan should be found surplus to requirements along with defensive midfielder Torreira, who was only signed from Sampdoria last summer.“We’re being slow again in the market,” he told Sky Sports . “The manager has identified plenty of options. Defensively is the key area.”I just hope we don’t delay these deals. Arsenal need to get into the market.”We can’t afford someone like Aaron Wan-Bissaka but we need a whole new defence really.“We need three defenders to come in which will cost £60-£70m.“Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell.“Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.“Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.”Arsenal conceded 51 goals in 38 Premier League matches last season, which was the third-highest figure in the division’s top 10 clubs, better than only Manchester United and West Ham.The Gunners have yet to make any signings in the summer transfer market to date, although they have lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus on a Bosman deal, goalkeeper Petr Cech to retirement, while Stephan Lichtsteiner and Danny Welbeck will both be released when their contracts expire on June 30.They have a busy pre-season schedule arranged, with eight friendlies to be played throughout July, starting with Boreham Wood on July 6, before the new Premier League campaign kicks off on August 9.
There are no hard feelings between Mexico manager Tata Martino and Canada manager John Herdman, though you could’ve been fooled Wednesday night.At the half-hour mark of the teams’ Group A match, Martino approached fourth official Randy Solano to lobby for a Canada midfielder to be booked for persistent infringement. Herdman entered the discussion, prompting Martino to direct some choice words toward the coach, who tossed out some words of his own and gesticulated toward Martino.Replay appears to show Martino utilizing an Argentine swear referring to Herdman’s mother, and the managers didn’t shake hands after the whistle blew on Mexico’s 3-1 victory over Canada. 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? Martino did, however, approach the bench to shake hands with other members of the Canada staff, and neither manager was upset about the confrontation once passions had cooled after the contest.Se calientan los ánimos en los banquillos 😡🤬@miseleccionmx 🇲🇽 0-0 🇨🇦 CanadáDisfruta de #TuCopaOro EN VIVO 👉 https://t.co/DbORRfJ7mU pic.twitter.com/sbD6BuRzYO— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 20, 2019″He’s a great coach,” said Herdman, who took over the Canada men’s team in 2018 after seven years coaching the women’s national team. “I don’t speak Spanish. I think he was asking how my new role was going. So I just said, ‘Yeah, it’s going well.’ I asked him if he’s enjoying his job,” he continued, laughing. “That was it. We got on with the game. He won and I lost.” Martino also played up the language barrier when asked what happened between the two coaches.”He told me a joke. I answered the joke,” Martino said in Spanish. Asked what the joke was, the coach said, “I didn’t understand it well because it was in English.”Later in his post-match news conference, Martino was again asked about the incident, but this time the question came in English. “That’s what happened to me with the Canada coach,” Martino joked.Martino took over the Mexico job in January and has a perfect record so far with six wins in six matches. El Tri have scored at least three goals in each of those games. Martino’s predecessor, Juan Carlos Osorio, was banned from the touchline for the 2017 Gold Cup after a pair of incidents in that summer’s Confederations Cup earned him a six-match suspension.The first saw him launch profanity at a member of the New Zealand staff he felt was mocking an injured player during a group game. The second saw him ‘used insulting words towards the match officials while displaying an aggressive attitude towards them,’ according to a FIFA statement, in a the third-place game against Portugal.Martino and Herdman could see each other again this summer, with Mexico and Canada able to meet in the semifinals of the tournament. First, each coach will look for his team to cement a spot in the quarterfinals. Mexico meets Martinique and Canada takes on Cuba on Sunday in the final day of Group A play.
Luis Suarez missed his spot-kick as Uruguay suffered a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals following a 0-0 draw in Salvador.Edinson Cavani squandered a glorious chance midway through the first half, while Diego Godin was guilty of similar profligacy after the interval as Peru hardly tested their opponents at the other end.Uruguay, who also had a goal disallowed in the first half, twice fell foul of tight offside decisions after Godin’s miss – both Cavani and Suarez denied by the flag and subsequent VAR checks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And Uruguay’s misfortune continued in the shoot-out – Pedro Gallese making a fantastic save from Suarez’s opening penalty, with Edison Flores later stepping up to clinch Peru’s place in the last four, where defending champions Chile await.¡CLASIFICAMOOOS!Nuestra @SeleccionPeru venció 5-4 a @Uruguay en definición por penales tras igualar 0-0 y accedió a las semifinales de la @CopaAmerica.¡Unidos somos más fuertes, sigamos alentando y siendo #LaMejorHinchadaDelMundo!Siempre #ArribaPerú pic.twitter.com/dKusqEC6qt— Selección Peruana (@SeleccionPeru) June 29, 2019Suarez’s deflected shot created a superb opportunity for his strike partner in the 23rd minute, but Cavani somehow blazed over an open goal from six yards out.Giorgian de Arrascaeta then thought he had put Uruguay ahead, only for his strike to be disallowed for offside.Godin lashed wildly over from close range as Uruguay kept up the pressure – the offside flag then coming to Peru’s rescue again when Cavani’s goal was ruled out just before the hour.Uruguay were denied for a third time when Suarez’s tap-in was chalked off 12 minutes later, as penalties were required for the third time in four quarter-final ties.And despite failing to test Fernando Muslera at all during the match, 2015 semi-finalists Peru made their good luck count, converting five excellent spot-kicks to secure progression after Suarez had seen his effort brilliantly saved by Gallese.What does it mean? Defending champions Chile have little to fearWhile Chile were less than convincing against Colombia, Peru’s backs-to-the-wall display should not have struck fear into the two-time defending Copa America champions.Chile should be confident that – with a rejuvenated Alexis Sanchez in their ranks – they have the quality to make it to a third successive final as long as they do not replicate Uruguay’s wasteful finishing.Gallese proves Peru’s shoot-out heroSuarez’s penalty was struck with plenty of power, but Gallese was brave, diving to his right and making himself big to make the stop which set his team-mates up to secure Peru’s progression.Miss of the tournament from Cavani?Cavani could well have avoided the drama of penalties – and ultimately spare Suarez’s blushes – had he converted an easy chance in the first half. The ball fell to him on a plate, but despite having the entire goal to aim at, he managed to slice it over.Key Opta Facts: – Peru have reached the Copa America semi-finals for the third time in the last four tournaments, after managing to do so in only one of the previous seven campaigns (1997). – They have also won a Copa America penalty shoot-out for the first time, after losing against Mexico in 1999 and against Colombia in 2016. – Uruguay have now been involved in the joint-most penalty shoot-outs (nine) in Copa America history (W4 L5). – Peru are the first team to attempt no shots on target in a game during this tournament; they had three total shots against Uruguay, all of them off-target. – Uruguay took part in the three first halves of the 2019 Copa America with the lowest passing accuracy (73.1% Uruguay v Ecuador; 73.7% Uruguay v Peru; 75% Uruguay v Japan). What’s next?Peru will face Chile, who edged past Colombia on penalties in their quarter-final, on Wednesday, with a place in the final against either Argentina or hosts Brazil up for grabs. read more
The United States edged into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia on Sunday.Weston McKennie’s first-half header lifted USA past the minnows in their quarter-final clash at Lincoln Financial Field.The defending champions were comfortable for long periods, with McKennie getting on the end of a Christian Pulisic cross for the game’s only goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The result saw USA reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the 10th straight time.USA started well as Pulisic went close twice in the opening four minutes.The attacker fired wide after a driving run before then being denied by Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who made a superb save to tip over a Pulisic effort from close range after Paul Arriola’s cross from the left.Curacao managed to settle after the early scares, but USA found a deserved opener through McKennie’s second international goal.Pulisic cut in from the left before clipping a cross to the back post, where McKennie headed in.With his 1st goal of the 2019 @GoldCup, @WMckennie secures the lead for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/Kj4STneecC— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019While USA appeared to be in control, Curacao threatened at different times, with defender Darryl Lachman heading a corner over three minutes before half-time.USA made a slow start to the second half before Pulisic almost doubled their lead, shooting just wide from the edge of the area.However, Curacao looked the more dangerous of the two teams throughout the second half, while Gyasi Zardes blazed over the crossbar for USA in the 79th minute.Curacao continued to enjoy periods in possession late on, with Leandro Bacuna almost scoring a stunning equaliser in the 84th minute, his 25-yard effort wonderfully saved by Zack Steffen. What does it mean? Repeat of 2017 decider setJamaica have been runners-up at the past two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and shape as a threat to USA in the last four. Jordan Morris scored a late winner in the 2017 final between the nations.Pulisic shines in home stateThe Chelsea attacker was bright from the outset in his home state of Pennsylvania. Pulisic set up McKennie’s goal and was a constant threat for USA, going close on numerous occasions.The math checks out- @cpulisic_10 + @WMckennie = 1:0 pic.twitter.com/YB6r1wN20r— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019USA continue to stand up defensivelyUSA’s defensive work could be what makes them CONCACAF Gold Cup favourites, given Mexico’s struggles in the past two games. USA are yet to concede in four games at the tournament while scoring 12 times.What’s next?USA will face Jamaica in a semi-final in Nashville on Wednesday, while Curacao can look forward to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read more
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program is, for the moment, being led by second-year assistant coach Ryan Day, who’s acting as the interim head coach while Urban Meyer is on paid administrative leave.OSU is just a month away from the start of its season. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.Practices are set to begin later this week. Ohio State announced earlier today that practices will be closed to the media.ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy reports this evening that Day has met with athletic director Gene Smith to discuss the plan moving forward. Players are together tonight for a dinner.“Ohio State interim head coach Ryan Day met with athletic director Gene Smith late this afternoon to discuss the plan moving forward. Buckeye players are on campus tonight for a regular pre-training camp dinner,” he reports.Ohio State interim head coach Ryan Day met with athletic director Gene Smith late this afternoon to discuss the plan moving forward. Buckeye players are on campus tonight for a regular pre-training camp dinner.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 2, 2018Ohio State made an announcement about its plans moving forward earlier today:“The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester. Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed.“We anticipate providing an update on availability Monday.”Stay tuned.
Earlier in the game between Purdue and Ohio State at Ross-Ade Stadium, a “Cancer Sucks” chant broke out. It wasn’t a random occurrence, but a planned chant to honor Purdue student and super fan Tyler Trent.CANCER SUCKS. #Purdue student section replacing the traditional IU sucks chant at kickoff with cancer sucks in honor of @theTylerTrent and others like him battling the disease. Pretty cool. #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/D4GT5t0xLA— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) October 20, 2018Trent, a Purdue freshman, has served as an inspiration for the entire Purdue community this year.In April, Trent was diagnosed with a former of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma, his second bout with a form of cancer during his life.This morning, he was the subject of a feature on College GameDay.Purdue student and super fan Tyler Trent fought hard to become a Boilermaker.Now, as he battles bone cancer, his Purdue football family is fighting for him.(? @exxonmobil) pic.twitter.com/fYnfEXX0dx— ESPN (@espn) October 20, 2018During the game, Trent was interviewed from his box seats by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, and spoke glowingly about the team. He has a Purdue ‘P’ logo shaved into the side of his head, and is wearing a pretty serious Purdue-themed jacket.Tyler Trent made it to the Purdue game tonight to root for his beloved Boilermakers as they take on Ohio State! #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/5SdBx9pl2l— ESPN (@espn) October 21, 2018WE MADE IT! #boilerup #OnlyTheStrong pic.twitter.com/xaiZm6pmQ3— Tyler Trent ? (@theTylerTrent) October 20, 2018Just a month ago, Trent tweeted that he would not be returning to Purdue, after his health took a poor turn. He is currently in hospice care, but was able to make it back to West Lafayette for this huge game.If this is the last time Tyler Trent is able to make it to Purdue, he got to see one of the biggest wins in recent Boilermakers football history.The team just went up 42-20, on an unbelievable catch and run by superstar freshman Rondale Moore.After an 0-3 start to the year, Purdue appears set to advance to 4-3, and looks like one of the most fun teams in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are also about to have a win against No. 2 under their belt.And there isn’t one person in the stadium thinking about Tyler Trent right now.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A five-star freshman running back has been charged with a misdemeanor.Florida State redshirt freshman tailback Khalan Laborn was reportedly charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession of less than 20 grams.247Sports first reported the news.Here’s the report:Laborn, a former five-star recruit from Virginia, missed most of his redshirt freshman season in 2018 with a knee injury.According to a probable cause affidavit from Florida’s second judicial court, FSU Police pulled over a car that was driving down Gaines Street without headlights on at approximately 1:30 in the morning on Nov. 19. The officer identified Laborn as the driver and noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car while speaking to Laborn about why he was pulled over. Another FSU student, Joshua Brown, was in the car with Laborn according to the affidavit.The officer put both Laborn and Brown in handcuffs and seated them on a nearby sidewalk while searching the car. During the search, the officer found a glass jar containing marijuana in a backpack that also had Laborn’s wallet and identification card.Laborn was ranked the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country coming out of high school in 2017.A Florida State spokesman reportedly told 247sports that the school is “aware of this situation and discipline has been handled internally.”Florida State went 5-7 this season.