India will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on Australia in the fourth of the ongoing five-match ODI series in Mohali on Sunday. The hosts were beaten by 32 runs in Ranchi on Friday as Australia kept their hopes alive.Captain Virat Kohli hinted that India will be making a few changes to the playing XI. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar on Friday announced MS Dhoni would be rested for the final two ODIs in Mohali and Delhi, respectively.Meanwhile, India may look to bring in KL Rahul in place of out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan despite the opener receiving the backing of Bangar. On the other hand, India may go back to playing two wrist-spinners with Yuzvendra Chahal likely to replace Ravindra Jadeja.India vs Australia, 4th ODI: Live ScoreAll eyes will be on Rishabh Pant as the young wicketkeeper-batsman gets an audition to prove his worth and book a spot in India’s World Cup squad. Also, it remains to be seen if Ambati Rayudu will find a place in the playing XI after successive failures in the ongoing series.India vs Australia 4th ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus Mohali matchWhat time does the 4th ODI between India vs Australia start?The 4th ODI between India and Australia starts at 01.30 PM IST on March 10, Friday at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.What TV channel and live stream is the 4th ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV andAirtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.advertisementWhere will the 4th ODI between India and Australia be played?The 4th ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium from 01.30 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 4th ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 4th ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 4th ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk).Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.Also See:
Delhi University is trying to get students’ marksheets and certificates directly from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)database to reduce cases of fake documents submitted to the varsity during admission, informed an official. DU is also thinking of bringing in forensic experts who can check the authenticity of submitted documents, reported PTI.If this decision comes to pass, it will also make the DU admission process much easier as students would no longer need to stress about submitting their marksheets and certificates during the time of admissions.Around 80 percent DU students are from CBSEAn official informed that as per data from last year, 82 percent of students who enrolled for admissions were from the CBSE and the remaining percentage were from other boards.”If we get access to the CBSE database of students, there will be surety of almost 80 percent of students, while we can get the rest of the marksheets and certificates verified from respective boards, thereby ensuring more transparency,” he added, PTI reported.Why is DU taking this step now?The cases of fake documents being submitted during admissions has been increasing and last year, Ankiv Basoya had allegedly submitted fake marksheets to gain admission to DU.The incident came to light when he was elected as the president of the Delhi University’s Students’ Union (DUSU). Following the uproar after the discovery of his fake documents, his admission was cancelled and a case was registered against him.About Delhi University admissions 2019The admission process at Delhi University for the 2019-2020 admissions will tentatively begin on April 15The registration process for all undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses will begin on April 15 and end on May 7On May 20, the DU portal will reopen for two weeks for updating marks and coursesThe ECA and Sports trials will start from May 20 and will be delinked from admission cut-off list. Thus, the ECA trials may start before the cut-offs are announcedRepresentatives from various categories such as SC, ST, OBC, EWS, northeast need to be included in the grievance committees of the various DU colleges, the varsity said.Marks deduction for the change of stream has been reduced from 5% to only 2%,, as per a decision by the DU admissions commiteeadvertisementIf the Delhi University’s decision to collect students’ marksheets directly from the CBSE database is successful, it will reduce the cases of fake documents submitted during DU admissions and also reduce the work on part of the students during the process.Read: Delhi University Admission 2019: 10% increase in seats for EWS to be implemented this yearRead: Maharashtra Board SSC exams 2019: 3 arrested in fake proxy racket
Delhi Capitals’ up-and-coming leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has received advice from the master of the craft, Shane Warne, who asked him to bowl with a “big and brave heart”.The huge fan of Warne said that he wants to follow the example of the Australian legend.”I have always admired and idolised Shane Warne the most, and fortunately for me, IPL has given me the chance to meet him. I met him last season where he gave me certain tips to improve my bowling, which also gave me a huge boost in my career.”However, I believe, the most important advice that he gave me was to make sure that I bowl with a big and brave heart,” Lammichane said.The 18-year-old Lamichhane believes that the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League will provide him with a great opportunity to shine against the world’s best.The Nepali bowler, who will represent the franchise for the second year running, spoke after Delhi Capitals’ second friendly T20 match on Wednesday.Coming off an impressive Big Bash League season in Australia, Lammichane said keeping things simple and working hard have been the keys to success for him.”It is sometimes a struggle to not be playing competitive international cricket or not playing at all when I go back home. But whenever I get the opportunity to play in such leagues, I like to keep things simple and I know that I have to work hard because I don’t get these facilities in Nepal.advertisement”So whenever I have the chance to play here in IPL and in other leagues, I only focus on performing to the best of my abilities,” said Lammichane.Speaking on the impact of last IPL on his career, the youngster said, “Last year was a very special year for me as I got the chance to play in the biggest cricket league in the world.”IPL 2018 will always be a special memory for me in my career, and I believe that it is the perfect platform for players like me who come from the non-Test playing nations.”We now also have Samuel Badree with the team, who himself has been one of the top leg-spinners for the West Indies so I am looking forward to perform under his guidance.Also Read | Middle order will be India’s underbelly at the World Cup: Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | IPL 2019: CSK to donate proceeds from RCB match to Pulwama martyrs’ familiesAlso See:
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Oklahoma State recruit Tracin Wallace has torn his ACL just two weeks into the season, he announced today on Twitter:I found out today i tore my ACL again last Friday. I know God works in mysterious ways and i trust it.#NEGU pic.twitter.com/MTAkB1ne1g— BATMAN?? (@TracinWallace) September 9, 2016Wallace was returning from a season ending ACL tear last year, so the news must be just crushing to him.Tracin is recruited to OSU to play as an athlete but plays QB in high school. His twin, Tylan, is OSU’s highest ranked recruit in the 2017 class.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
PSG Mbappe hailed as PSG’s missing link as Verratti salutes big-money signings Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:36 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages PSG Kylian Mbappé PSG v Bayern München Bayern München UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 The Ligue 1 side invested heavily over the summer in a teenage forward and Brazilian superstar Neymar, much to the delight of their Italian midfielder Kylian Mbappe has added a missing piece to Paris Saint-Germain while Neymar is another difference-maker for the club, says Marco Verratti.In an effort to restore domestic dominance in France, while also pushing hard for European honours, PSG invested heavily over the summer in further firepower.PSG 9/2 to win CL with dabblebet 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. A record-breaking €222 million deal saw them land Neymar from Barcelona, while reigning Ligue 1 champions Monaco were raided for exciting teenage forward Mbappe, with an initial loan set to be turned into a €180m transfer.The big-money additions have helped PSG to make a flying start to the 2017-18 campaign, with Verratti quick to acknowledge that Unai Emery is now working with a more complete squad.The Italy international midfielder said after an impressive 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League: “I think Kylian deserves all of this [praise], because he’s a very good boy, on and off the field.”He works a lot. On the field, he only makes choices that are for the team, never just for him. He’s a player with a future.“We’re lucky to have him here. And we want to put him in the best conditions possible to use all of his talent.“Sometimes you can’t even keep up with him because he’s moving so fast. We were missing a player like him. He always makes good decisions for the team, never stupid choices.“When you buy Neymar, when you buy Mbappe, those are players who make a difference. It’s a signal to us to keep working and to give the maximum.”While saluting the impact made by his new team-mates at Parc des Princes, Verratti has also hailed PSG as a collective, with victory over Bayern sending out a warning to the rest of Europe.He added: “We’re very happy. We won 3-0. But we haven’t won anything yet, we haven’t achieved anything yet.“It’s good for our confidence and we showed we’re a team that’s difficult for anybody.“We’re very happy for the performance, for the way we won, for the victory. It’s a signal to ourselves. Because if we play like this, all together, against other teams, then I think the rest of Europe will respect us more.”PSG will take in a home date with Bordeaux on Saturday seeking to cement their standing at the top of Ligue 1 before heading into the next international break.
Lionel Messi How do you stop Lionel Messi? Filipe Luis happy to fill ‘butcher’ role at Atletico Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:15 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Lionel Messi Primera División Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Barcelona The Brazilian defender has learned down the years that stopping the mercurial Barcelona forward is easier said than done Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis concedes that he needs to adopt a “butcher role” when attempting to contain Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.The Brazilian full-back has faced the mercurial Argentine on several occasions for club and country down the years.Atletico Madrid 23/10 to keep Barca clean sheet 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. He has learned the hard way that containing the prolific forward is easier said than done, with the 30-year-old boasting match-altering ability which few can match.With that in mind, and ahead of another meeting with Messi in La Liga on Saturday, Luis admits that he either needs assistance or strong-arm tactics in order to even the playing field.Luis told El Mundo: “I’m always in the ‘butcher’ role.”But the only way to stop Messi one-on-one is to foul him. Otherwise, if I’m alone, I’ll only get the ball one in 20 times. I have to use other weapons.“I know the best way to stop him. I know he does not like playing with his back to goal, you must be right on top of him when he gets the ball. If he feels comfortable, you’re dead.”I feel I do pretty well against him when we play, although he always scores against us. And even with me being the bad guy when we meet, he never reproaches me, always shakes my hand after the game.”Messi has netted 27 times in 34 meetings with Atletico down the years.Luis is among those to have struggled against the South American, with there a red card at Camp Nou in 2016 on his personal roll of shame.He is by no means the only one to have come unstuck, though, with Messi a talismanic five-time Ballon d’Or winner who is capable of making the best in the business look ordinary.”Messi is so good that he can win La Liga even with a mediocre team, which is not the case,” added Luis.”Barca remain up top every year because of him. Because Barca have this way of easily creating internal debates, it seems they like it. But Messi is so good, so good that he holds up what is around him.”Unfortunately for Luis and Atletico, Messi and Barca have been firing on all cylinders again this season.Ernesto Valverde’s side have won nine successive games in all competitions, with their Argentine superstar netting 14 times in 11 appearances.
England Dier: More to come from Loftus-Cheek Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 13:55 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images England Friendlies The young midfielder must keep working hard to realise his potential, according to his England team-mate England midfielder Eric Dier called for calm around Ruben Loftus-Cheek, urging people not to get “too carried away”.Loftus-Cheek produced an impressive performance on his senior debut for England in a 0-0 friendly draw against Germany at Wembley on Friday.Loftus-Cheek 17/4 to score v Brazil 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 Dier hopes the 21-year-old, who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, can continue moving forward.”Everyone’s known about Ruben’s potential for a long time,” the Tottenham star said post-game.”It’s great that he’s now playing regular football week in, week out at Crystal Palace. That can only allow him to fulfil his potential. Hopefully this [his international debut] is another step in his progression.”There’s so much more to come from him, but there’s no point getting too carried away at this point. He’s a good boy and he still has a lot to work on, like all of us.”Confidence on his debut from @rubey_lcheek pic.twitter.com/dhUQevS2WY— England (@England) November 11, 2017Loftus-Cheek has already made six Premier League starts for Palace — the same number he managed in three seasons at Chelsea.Dier liked what he saw from the midfielder against Germany, praising his approach against the world champions.”He showed a great attitude, willing to get on the ball anywhere, with the confidence to do that and that’s fantastic and great to see,” he said.”Ruben is a big boy. He’s been the same since he was 12 I think. He’s strong, he’s got great physicality, he moves the ball really well.”There’s fantastic potential there and hopefully he keeps working hard to fulfil it.”
Premier League Liverpool duo Henderson & Lallana could be available for Southampton clash Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 03:54 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Southampton The England internationals may provide welcome returns for The Reds as the English top flight action returns this coming weekend Liverpool have received a potential double fitness boost ahead of the return to Premier League action after Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana took part in full training on Wednesday.Reds captain Henderson was unavailable for the 4-1 rout of West Ham before the international break with a thigh complaint, and was absent for England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil as a result.Fellow midfielder Lallana has not played since August after damaging his thigh, and has been working on an individual programme. 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 However, both players were part of the team session on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Premier League encounter against Southampton to potentially bolster Jurgen Klopp’s options.Lallana 13/2 to score last v SaintsKlopp himself visited hospital on Wednesday after feeling unwell, with Liverpool stating the manager may need further medical check-ups. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
MLS Vancouver Whitecaps sign Venezuelan league top scorer Blondell Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 02:08 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Denny Medley MLS Vancouver Whitecaps The MLS side has used targeted allocation money to sign the 23-year-old Venezuela international through 2020 The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Venezuelan Primera Division top scorer Anthony Blondell from Monagas, the MLS side announced Thursday.Vancouver used targeted allocation money to acquire Blondell, who has agreed to a contract through 2020 with a club option for 2021. The Whitecaps sent $50,000 in general allocation money to FC Dallas for the right of first refusal for the 23-year-old striker.Blondell, who made his international debut for Venezuela in a friendly against Iran earlier this month, led the Primera Division with 23 goals in 2017 as Monagas won the Torneo Apertura title and advanced to the Torneo Clausura semifinal. 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 “Anthony is a highly sought-after player with huge potential,” Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said in a news release. “He’s an exciting young player with the key attributes you want in any forward player. He’s strong, quick, and powerful.”It will be important that we don’t expect too much of him too soon, as he will be one of a number of additions we are looking at bringing in for next season, and will complement our existing group of attacking players.”Blondell seems poised to fill the void left by Fredy Montero, who led the Whitecaps with 13 goals this past season but is now under contract at Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda after the expiration of his one-year loan.A closer 👀 at #VWFC’s newest.// @ABlondell17 pic.twitter.com/bqngXoMeuz— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) November 30, 2017A 6-foot-1 forward, Blondell has scored 33 goals in 115 appearances over six seasons in the Venezuelan top flight. He debuted for Yaracuyanos in 2013 at age 18, then played for Zamora from 2014 to 2016 before signing with Monagas last year.Blondell joins Erik Hurtado as the only natural strikers on Vancouver’s roster, with Bernie Ibini and Brek Shea also capable of playing up top for Robinson’s side.”I am honored to join Whitecaps FC and make Vancouver my new home,” Blondell said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing in my homeland and now is the right time for a new challenge and to make the next step in my career. I look forward to scoring goals and helping Vancouver win trophies.”
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The Zimbabwean army have helped overthrow one of the world’s longest-ruling dictators and appoint a successor. And Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, has plugged in his laptop and begun typing “football manager” into Google.Everton have also played five matches since ditching Koeman. They even won one of those matches, against a team who contrived to throw away a two-goal lead. Naturally, the manager of the beaten team is the one person whom Everton are known to have approached about the vacant managerial position at Goodison Park. The Fiver assumes, at least, that it was the vacant managerial position that Everton wanted to speak to Watford’s Marco Silva about, but who knows, they may have wanted him for the vacant striker position. There are, you see, quite a lot of vacancies at Everton at the moment, as the club effectively wanders the Premier League streets with no clothes on, insisting they are not stark naked, merely “between outfits”.Watford have told Everton that Silva is going nowhere so they can sodding well go elsewhere. RB Leipzig intimated much the same after reports emerged that Everton’s search engine may throw up the name Ralf Rangnick, currently sporting director at the German club. But Leipzig claim Rangnick is about to sign a new contract with them and, at 59, he would be no more of a replacement for Romelu Lukaku than Wayne Rooney is, anyway.Everton’s managerial hunt has no end in sight. Unlike their Euro Vase campaign, which will conclude today with a dead rubber at Goodison Park against Atalanta. Everton go into the game knowing that a victory would not get them into the next round. But it would at least give them a slightly more respectable points tally in the group. 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Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn “It has had a big impact,” Shaqiri says of his matchwinning contribution for Liverpool against the old adversary. “I can see it from the people working here.” He is referring to Melwood, a hive of activity as Jürgen Klopp’s players prepare for Friday’s visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers, pose for photoshoots and film Christmas greetings. Georginio Wijnaldum is sporting a Santa hat while recording a festive message for supporters. Jordan Henderson high-fives two young fans on a visit to the training ground. Shaqiri looks sheepish at the acclaim reserved for him since Sunday. He adds: “We had the Christmas party that night and it seemed everybody was coming over to me to say thank you. I was quite surprised. Everybody was saying; ‘Thank you, thank you, you’re a legend already!’ That was nice to hear, and it was a nice feeling that day, but I’m a guy who closes each day and looks forward. In the end it was a Premier League game with three points and now I am looking forward to the next one on Friday.” Share on Facebook The Football Association of Serbia complained to Fifa about the Kosovo flag on Shaqiri’s boot after he scored a last-minute winner against their team at this summer’s World Cup. He was fined 10,000 Swiss francs for a double-headed eagle celebration – similar to the one on the Albanian flag – and omitted from Liverpool’s Champions League visit to Red Star Belgrade last month by Klopp to avoid inflaming tensions further.“I understood his decision,” Shaqiri admits. “He wanted more concentration on the game, that was the only reason, and it was the right choice because there was a lot of attention only on me even in the game in Liverpool. It was the right decision not to bring more attention to a Champions League game.” Share on Pinterest Pinterest The forward scores against Leicester in his final season at Stoke. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters “This team and this coach have given me everything,” explains Shaqiri, whose 17 appearances for Liverpool so far include nine starts. “You can see on the pitch that I feel very happy here and am playing maybe my best football. I’m a player who always wants to improve and this has been the perfect move for me. I’m delighted with how it’s going.“Every player wants to play, that’s pretty normal. Every player is unhappy when he’s on the bench, that’s pretty normal too. But it’s football, only 11 players can start, and the coach has his gameplan for each game. It’s OK how it’s going at the moment. I wanted to play Champions League again. I had played in it before and I missed the Champions League a lot, so I wanted that again and the chance to play there again with Liverpool was perfect.”It was perfect also for Shaqiri’s parents, Fatime and Isen, who share both his love for English football and pride in returning to the level he enjoyed with Bayern Munich and, to a lesser extent, Internazionale.The forward says: “My parents watched the United game on TV in Switzerland and said they were going crazy when I scored. They are very proud of me that I’m playing for a top club, a great club, again. My parents wanted me to stay in England because they love the football here and how the people feel about football. It was important for them too that I stayed in the Premier League. I’m very proud with how my story has gone. I’ve played for some very big teams and it is not normal how I got there. It is a dream for every player to have this kind of career, so I am very proud of this.” The celebration against Serbia that landed Shaqiri in trouble at the World Cup. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters “I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened,” he says of Mourinho’s sacking. “There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes. I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager. There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.“I’m very glad I helped the team win. That is the most important thing and I was delighted to have an impact on such an important game. I knew before that there was a big rivalry between Liverpool and Man United but to score two goals was very beautiful. I will never forget this game. It was a special day not only for me but for the club, too, and to be back on top of the table is always a nice look.”Shaqiri is the first Liverpool substitute to score twice against United and Sunday’s brace took him to five goals for the season, more than he scored in his first two full seasons at Stoke City. The 27-year-old cannot avoid questions about adapting to a squad role at Anfield after being accustomed to regular football with Stoke. He does not avoid giving answers about the difficulty of the transition. He is also sincere in his belief that playing for Klopp and Liverpool, a manager who brings out the best in him and a club that satisfies his craving for Champions League football again, provides ample compensation. Reuse this content Twitter Facebook Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United The Fiver: sign up for our free football email. Read more José Mourinho must take the consequences, says Jürgen Klopp Pinterest Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook He adds: “I know how it is to lift trophies. It is amazing to have these celebrations with the fans and it is my dream to have the same again with this club. This is our goal. We have shown so far that we can hold our nerve. We are on a very good way. We are strong offensively and defensively so there is a very good balance in the team. That is very important for winning titles.” Shaqiri echoes Klopp’s instruction about one game at a time, as all his players do, a mantra that has served Liverpool particularly well during a gruelling run to the Premier League summit. In truth, however, it has been impossible for the Switzerland international to move on from scoring twice against United given the closure it signalled for José Mourinho at Old Trafford. United’s conqueror and the man with the final nails for Mourinho to boot, Shaqiri will never be allowed to forget his place in Anfield’s affections even if he wanted to. ‘Maybe they don’t like Liverpool’ – Shaqiri dismisses critics after move Share via Email Liverpool Liverpool can stay ahead of City and win the title, says Andy Robertson Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Messenger Twitter Shaqiri celebrates scoring Liverpool’s third against Manchester United. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Isen and Fatime left Kosovo with their three sons – who all eventually played for Basel’s youth teams – when Shaqiri was four years old, before the war started. His father washed dishes in a restaurant when the family first arrived in Switzerland before finding work in construction. His mother was a cleaner, Xherdan her assistant. His family background accompanies Liverpool’s man of the moment each time he sets foot on the pitch.“You can see my history on my football boots with my flags,” he explains. “A lot of people have misunderstood this. I was born in Kosovo and grew up in Switzerland. Some people think I’m not giving everything for Switzerland because I have the flag of Kosovo on one foot but that is totally wrong. It is a big part of my history, my life history, and will always be with me. The Swiss flag is on my left foot because I score with that but I scored one with my left and one with my right against Man United so it was one for both! I had big flags on the back of my boots for the World Cup. The flags I have now are smaller but they are there.” Pinterest Read more The reception promises to be different when Liverpool resume their Champions League campaign next year at Bayern, where Shaqiri won two Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, two German Cups, the German Supercup, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup in two and a half years. Often the wins were at the expense of Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund. “We were not only a very good team but we were like a big family,” he reflects. “Every player played very well and I think we were the best team that Bayern Munich ever had in their history.”Shaqiri was part of a title-winning team for five consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2014 including a hat-trick of Swiss Super League triumphs with Basel. “I hoped it would always be like that,” he says. It is a feeling he is determined to relive with Liverpool. Read more interviews “Big Shaq in the building,” boomed Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool’s victorious players returned to their changing room on Sunday. Xherdan Shaqiri – all five foot, six inches of said “Big Shaq” – had made his presence felt at Anfield before the starring cameo against Manchester United that prompted Van Dijk’s proclamation. Even so he is genuinely taken aback by the reaction to the special day that did for a former special one.
Share on Twitter Australia’s wing Reece Hodge went unpunished for a high tackle on Fiji’s Peceli Yato, although he was retrospectively cited and has now been banned for the rest of the pool stage.The Samoan pair Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu’u did likewise in their win over Russia and Lee-Lo has now been banned for three weeks.World Rugby took the unprecedented step of criticising its own referees in the wake of those incidents and there is a feeling a spate of red cards could now be the result.Speaking before Wales’ crunch match with Australia in Tokyo on Sunday, the flanker Tipuric said: “We spoke about the laws before coming into the tournament and about tackle techniques. Shaun Edwards did quite a bit with us about being aware and adjusting our tackle height a little bit because, with the new laws coming in, you have to be extra careful.” In disciplinary documents released by World Rugby on Thursday it was revealed Hodge was not even aware of the crackdown on dangerous tackles. The governing body expressed its concern at Hodge’s admission which raises serious questions about the Wallabies’ preparations. It is a direct contrast to Wales’ detailed approach.The forwards coach, Robin McBryde, said: “The communication between World Rugby and ourselves has been excellent. Everyone is more than aware of the crackdown on certain rules. Players know they will have to do their utmost to keep their focus and concentration to not make silly errors.”Warren Gatland knows Wales cannot afford to lose a man if they want to beat Australia in what is viewed as a straight shootout to see who will ultimately top Pool D.Wales beat the Wallabies the last time they met in November 2018 and in doing so broke a 13-match losing streak dating back to 2008. Over the course of those 14 games, the average gap between the two sides has been only seven points and another tight battle is expected in the Japanese capital. Twitter Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ken Owens is expected to be fit to play for Wales against Australia after picking up a knock against Georgia. Photograph: Ben Evans/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock Justin Tipuric says Wales have done everything they possibly can – including extra tackle technique work – to ensure they stay on the right side of the laws at the World Cup. The opening weekend of action in Japan saw the tournament’s officials widely criticised for a series of poor decisions where players escaped red cards despite their dangerous play. Support The Guardian Pinterest Topics Reece Hodge case provides unwanted World Cup distraction for Wallabies Facebook news Share via Email Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn Wales rugby union team Share on Messenger Tipuric added: “Before we even came here you knew this was going to be a big one. Now we’re here it’s time to perform. Momentum is important. If you keep on building that and put in good performances you are going to be flying and tough to beat.“Ideally we will win on Sunday and it would put us top of the group and make life a little bit easier for the rest of the games.”Wales have been boosted by positive injury updates on Ken Owens and Hadleigh Parkes who will be fit for the match after picking up knocks in Monday’s 43-14 thrashing of Georgia. Share on Facebook Rugby union
Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Steve Bruce Newcastle United Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp news Steve Bruce is not impressed by suggestions Newcastle United’s players are confused by his frequently shifting tactics. “I think that’s the biggest insult I can have,” he said. “Graham Potter changed Brighton’s formation four times during last week’s game [a 0-0 home draw]. Graham’s radically changed Brighton’s style and I want to change my team’s too, but I won’t do it radically. It’ll be gradual, it won’t be overnight.”In what could be construed as a veiled dig at his predecessor, Rafael Benítez, Bruce cited Newcastle’s lack of possession retention as his biggest problem. “Last season Newcastle were second bottom of the Premier League in the respect of keeping possession,” he said. “If we’re to improve, it’s something we have to get better at – we have to keep the ball better.”Under Benítez Newcastle were very much a counterattacking side and passing the ball around fluently for prolonged periods did not really feature in their gameplans. “It [not having the ball] is something the players have become accustomed to,” said Bruce. “They’ve been used to playing in a certain way but I would hope we can slowly change it.” Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Bruce was sanguine about the latest takeover talk surrounding Newcastle – namely Peter Kenyon’s second attempt to buy the club, this time backed by the Florida-based GACP Sports – but Mike Ashley seems unlikely to be leaving any time soon. In a rare interview given this summer Newcastle’s owner issued a reminder that the details of the takeovers which get completed tend to remain discreet.“Peter Kenyon convinced me last Christmas that it was going to get done,” said Ashley. “I’m never doing that again. The reality is with these deals that once it gets out, if it’s not done, it’s probably not going to get done.”Accordingly the leaking of a 46-page brochure designed to attract additional investment – at the moment Kenyon and co can afford a £125m down payment and would aim to raise the outstanding balance over three years – suggests GACP will not end up succeeding Ashley.“I’m not really bothered about it,” said Bruce, who has minimal contact with the owner. “I don’t know anything. There’s been what, two takeover stories a season for the past five years?”
Share on Pinterest European club football Share on Twitter Pinterest Soccer Twitter Facebook Pinterest La Liga Share on LinkedIn Ligue 1 Topics Twitter Premier League Share via Email Premier League10 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)9 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)9 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)7 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)6 Harry Kane (Tottenham)6 Sadio Mané (Liverpool)6 Teemu Pukki (Norwich)5 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)5 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)5 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)La Liga8 Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)7 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)7 Loren (Real Betis)6 Dani Parejo (Valencia)6 Luis Suárez (Barcelona)6 Lucas Pérez (Alavés)5 Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal)5 Maxi Gómez (Valencia)5 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)5 Ángel Rodríguez (Getafe)5 Willian José (Real Sociedad) Bundesliga14 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)9 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)6 Gonçalo Paciência (Frankfurt)6 Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Düsseldorf)5 Paco Alcácer (Dortmund)5 Nils Petersen (Freiburg)5 Amine Harit (Schalke)5 Marco Reus (Dortmund)5 Marcus Thuram (Mönchengladbach)5 Kevin Volland (Bayer Leverkusen)5 Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg) Facebook Serie A13 Ciro Immobile (Lazio)9 Romelu Lukaku (Internazionale)8 Luis Muriel (Atalanta)7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 6 Duván Zapata (Atalanta)5 Andrea Belotti (Torino)5 Edin Dzeko (Roma)5 Christian Kouamé (Genoa)5 Marco Mancosu (Lecce)5 Lautaro Martínez (Internazionale)5 Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli)5 João Pedro (Cagliari)5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)5 João PedroLigue 19 Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)8 Moussa Dembélé (Lyon)8 Habib Diallo (Metz)7 Memphis Depay (Lyon)7 Victor Osimhen (Lille)5 Darío Benedetto (Marseille)5 Kylian Mbappé (PSG)5 Islam Slimani (Monaco) Gerard Moreno (left) is leading La Liga’s scoring charts. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images Serie A Bundesliga Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski is breaking scoring records in a flying start to the season. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messenger
Transfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Hazard ready for Madrid move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:52 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Hazard agrees Real Madrid moveEden Hazard is ready to join Real Madrid after rejecting the chance to extend his contract at Chelsea, according to RMC (via the Express ).Hazard has reportedly already held talks with the Spanish giants, and is keen to seal a transfer that will take place over the summer.Real & Atletico target’s release clause increased 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 Racing Club have committed Lautaro Martinez to a new contract with an increased release clause following interest from Real and Atletico Madrid.The 20-year-old forward has been heavily coveted by both Liga giants, but he will see out the season with Superliga side, having been given a wage rise and a bigger exit clause.Read more on GoalLevy insists Kane and Alli won’t leaveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has laid down a marker to Real Madrid, insisting that neither Harry Kane nor Dele Alli will be leaving the club if Spurs wish that they stay.Kane and Alli have both been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Kane especially targeted by Madrid. But Levy says Tottenham are under no pressure to sell as they move into their new stadium for the start of 2018-19.Check out the full story on Goal!Liverpool close to Dani CeballosLiverpool are close to the signing of Dani Ceballos after a hotel meeting, according to Diario Gol . The Reds want to bring in the Madrid midfielder as one of multiple replacements for Philippe Coutinho. Coach Zinedine Zidane could hinder the move, however, as he is keen to keep his playing staff intact throughout the season. Donnarumma never wanted Milan exitGianluigi Donnarumma “always expressed his desire to stay” at AC Milan despite controversy relating to his contract extension, according to the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.The teenage goalkeeper has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Juventus, but is committed to a long-term contract at the San Siro despite criticism of his actions.Read the full story on Goal.Spurs open talks with Alli amid Real linksTottenham have opened talks with Dele Alli over a new contract amid links with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, reports the Mirror .Alli, 21, is alongside fellow Spur Harry Kane as one of the hottest prospects in world football. And Spurs are keen to tie him down with a new deal worth an estimated £100,000-a-week to stave off suitors.Madrid step up Salah interestReal Madrid are set to step up their efforts to sign Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Egypt international Salah has been a revelation for the Reds since moving to Anfield in the summer, scoring 23 goals in all competitions in the opening months of the campaign.But his stay on Merseyside could be short lived, with Madrid keen to bring in a big name to counter Barcelona’s signing of Philippe Coutinho.Kane in, Modric out at Madrid? Harry Kane is set to join Real Madrid this summer and Luka Modric could be on his way out, according to Diario Gol. Negotiations with the Tottenham star are reportedly so advanced that Kane has already requested the No.10 for the 2018-19 season. That number, of course, currently belongs to Modric, but the Croatian is said to be considering a Madrid exit this summer, with a move to Italy or England mooted. Juve monitor Madrid’s CeballosJuventus are considering a summer bid for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, according to Tuttosport .Ceballos has struggled for first-team action at the Bernabeu since completing a move from Betis. And Juve are reportedly interested in adding him to their ranks, as they closely monitor the fringe player’s development.Madrid put Kepa deal on holdReal Madrid have put plans to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January on hold, according to Onda Cero, via AS .Kepa reportedly has a problem with the second metatarsal in his right foot and surgery would rule the keeper out of action until March.The 23-year-old would prefer to have treatment on the injury, rather than surgery, to ensure he is in the frame for Spain’s World Cup squad and that has prompted Madrid to delay finalising a deal.CL final key to Madrid’s Hazard hopes Real Madrid must reach the Champions League final before Florentino Perez will push through a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard for manager Zinedine Zidane, reports Spanish outlet Mi Otra Liga .Both Perez and Zidane admire Hazard, but Madrid are holding off on making a bid until the current season is over.
Transfers Goretzka agrees to join Bayern as Liverpool dealt transfer blow Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 18:13 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Werder Bremen Bundesliga The Germany international will join the Bavarian club at the end of the season, disappointing a host of other clubs across Europe Leon Goretzka has passed a medical and agreed a deal to sign for Bayern Munich at the end of the season, Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed.Goretzka was out of contract at Schalke at the end of the season and, while the club tried to keep him in Gelsenkirchen, it was always likely he would move on.Bayern declared their desire to take the 22-year-old to Bavaria last week, the Bundesliga champions’ executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stating they would be “crazy” if they did not consider signing a free agent Germany international. 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 And the lure of playing at the Allianz Arena has proved key, despite reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Hannover, Heidel told reporters: “Leon Goretzka has earlier this week informed us that he would like to leave the club and join Bayern Munich.”We noted that with regret. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told us that Leon has passed his medical. We are losing a very good player.”He has signed a contract from July 1, 2018 with Bayern. We did everything possible to keep Leon.”
Mexico Guardado, Reyes make Mexico’s 23-man World Cup squad Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 14:34 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lachlan Cunningham Mexico World Cup The injured stars were named to El Tri’s final roster as they race to get back to 100 per cent ahead of the opening match against Germany Andres Guardado and Deigo Reyes were named to Mexico’s 23-man roster for the World Cup, the Mexican federation announced shortly after midnight local time Monday.The stars, along with center-back Hector Moreno, missed out on Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win against Scotland with injuries and are continuing to recover. Guardado underwent a procedure shortly after the end of the season with Real Betis to repair a nerve issue in his leg while Reyes is nursing a hamstring problem. Moreno has a calf knock but is expected to be fit for Saturday’s friendly against Denmark and the World Cup after.The friendly in Copenhagen has taken on large importance with three of Mexico’s most frequent starters in the Osorio era trying to get fully fit ahead of the team’s World Cup opener June 17 against Germany. 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 “Against Denmark, we’re going to train this week like we always, we’ll look at the opponent. We know they had a very important game Saturday. We’ll analyze that and make the best decisions,” Osorio said in a news conference after Saturday’s match. “It’s certainly a game where we’ll need to see Diego, Hector and Andres. The rest, we’ll see.”Erick Gutierrez, who fills the same role as Guardado, flew with the team to Denmark but is not registered on the roster and is in reserve if Guardado or Reyes need to be replaced.The team has 12 players that play for European clubs, the most in history for Mexico, and three more based in MLS. There also is a record number of World Cup returnees with 16 players boasting experience at a previous tournament.Mexico announced its 23-man squad Saturday, cutting Oswaldo Alanis, Jurgen Damm and Jesus Molina. Center-back Nestor Araujo was named to Osorio’s provisional roster but did not join camp because of the effects of a knee injury that ruled him out of this summer’s tournament. Full roster:Goalkeepers: 1- Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) 12- Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), 13- Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege)Defenders: 2- Hugo Ayala (Tigres), 3- Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), 5- Diego Reyes (Porto), 7- Miguel Layun (Sevilla), 15- Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), 21- Edson Alvarz (America), 23-Jesus Gallardo (Monterrrey)Midfielders: 4- Rafael Marquez (Atlas), 6- Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) 8- Marco Fabian- (Eintracht Frankfurt), 10- Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), 16- Hector Herrera (Porto), 18- Andres Guardado (Real Betis)Forwards: 9- Raul Jimenez (Benfica), 11- Carlos Vela (LAFC), 14- Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), 17- Jesus Corona (Porto) 19- Oribe Peralta- (America), 20- Javier Aquino (Tigres), 22- Hirving Lozano (PSV)