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20 Mar 19
The Pakistani News Corner

It is a picture which has been described as showing a “great athlete at her most powerful.” Tayla Harris, a star forward for the Australian Football League women’s side Carlton is captured in the air having kicked the first goal of the game in a match between her side, the Blues, and Western Bulldogs. from […]

20 Mar 19
Two Beers with Nathan

  Sports rivalries are odd. So for this blog rant I’m looking purely at Wisconsin. Assuming you is a fan of all Wisconsin teams. You don’t have an NHL team to root for. So who do you root for? The closest teams are all also cities that your football and baseball teams compete against. Are […]

20 Mar 19
The Irish Sun
PATRICE EVRA has issued a grovelling apology for calling Paris Saint-Germain “f*****s” in an astonishing rant. The Manchester United legend was branded “homophobic” by the French club for comments made while filming himself in the back of a taxi in Paris replying to Snapchat users. Patrice Evra has issued a grovelling apology after his astonishing anti-gay rant United are now distancing themselves from the Frenchman. In a video he uploaded to social media, Evra said: “I am here to clarify a massive misunderstanding. “I made a video as a joke, as a friend, and because I used the word [f****t], they [French media] translated as I am against the gay people. “I’m not homophobic because you know who I am, I’m Mr I Love This Game, I love everyone. “If I offend or hurt anyone, I really apologise but you know it was not my intention. “They’re just trying to put me down. “I understand about equality. You have to be free in whatever you do in life. I would never judge anyone. My mum educated me and raised me that way. Only God can judge me. “We should be together, we need to make the world a better place. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FOOTBALL” posts_category=”10″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “Please stop this negativity because you will never shut me down.” League 1 champions PSG were already annoyed with Evra after his wild celebrations in the Parc de Princes following United’s 3-1 win in the Champions League earlier this month. His former team-mate Jerome Rothen, who spent six years at PSG, accused him of a lack of respect after his antics at the stadium. But Evra, 37, hit back at Rothen in a video and threatened to “slap you in the face”. [bc_video video_id=”6015801695001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”PSG condemn Patrice Evra for alleged anti-gay insults aimed at the club in social media video”]
20 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
PATRICE EVRA has issued a grovelling apology for calling Paris Saint-Germain “f*****s” in an astonishing rant. The Manchester United legend was branded “homophobic” by the French club for comments made while filming himself in the back of a taxi in Paris replying to Snapchat users. Patrice Evra has issued a grovelling apology after his astonishing anti-gay rant United are now distancing themselves from the Frenchman. In a video he uploaded to social media, Evra said: “I am here to clarify a massive misunderstanding. “I made a video as a joke, as a friend, and because I used the word [f****t], they [French media] translated as I am against the gay people. “I’m not homophobic because you know who I am, I’m Mr I Love This Game, I love everyone. “If I offend or hurt anyone, I really apologise but you know it was not my intention. “They’re just trying to put me down. “I understand about equality. You have to be free in whatever you do in life. I would never judge anyone. My mum educated me and raised me that way. Only God can judge me. “We should be together, we need to make the world a better place. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FOOTBALL” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “Please stop this negativity because you will never shut me down.” League 1 champions PSG were already annoyed with Evra after his wild celebrations in the Parc de Princes following United’s 3-1 win in the Champions League earlier this month. His former team-mate Jerome Rothen, who spent six years at PSG, accused him of a lack of respect after his antics at the stadium. But Evra, 37, hit back at Rothen in a video and threatened to “slap you in the face”. [bc_video video_id=”6015801695001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”PSG condemn Patrice Evra for alleged anti-gay insults aimed at the club in social media video”]
20 Mar 19
Parlay Game

Catherine Ivill / Getty Images He has never worn Chelsea jersey in a competitive match, but in September 2010, Milan Lalkovic got a team number. The Slovak winger was sailing on the club's website when he discovered that he had been listed on a list of players aged 21 or under, eligible to be part […]

20 Mar 19
Latest Football News

Vinicius Junior has said that Barcelona "offered more money for him," but chose to join Real Madrid because young players get more of an opportunity at the Bernabeu. Madrid agreed a €45 million deal to sign Vinicius from Flamengo in May 2017, with the transfer made effective last July when he turned 18. Watch on ESPN […]

20 Mar 19
Go News Viral

Yes, prospective managers do have CVs just like the rest of us… “We see that you’ve had nine jobs in the past five years. Can you tell us why you left your last position?” “Well, the fans were chanting for me to go, we were staring at relegation, we hadn’t won in nine games and […]

20 Mar 19
GOOL24.NET

Wararka xanta ah ee suuqa kala iibsiga ayaa ah kuwo maalinle iskaga soo daba dhaca iyadoo ay dhawaan dib usoo noolaadeen wararkii garabka kooxda Liverpool ee Sadio Mane la xidhiidhinayay kooxda ree Spain ee Real Madrid. Soo laabashada tababare Zinadine Zidane oo ah waxa dib usoo huriyay rabitaanka Real ee Sadio ayuu haatan wargeyska ree […]

20 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Baseball bracketology: Which college’s top MLB player survives the field of 68? https://ift.tt/2TOF3Nr OK, time for a little March silliness. What if we took the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket and filled it out by the best baseball player from each school? Who wins? First, there is some research involved. Only players who actually played […]

20 Mar 19
The Sun
PATRICE EVRA has issued a grovelling apology for calling Paris Saint-Germain “f*****s” in an astonishing rant. The Manchester United legend was branded “homophobic” by the French club for comments made while filming himself in the back of a taxi in Paris replying to Snapchat users. Patrice Evra has issued a grovelling apology after his astonishing anti-gay rant United are now distancing themselves from the Frenchman. In a video he uploaded to social media, Evra said: “I am here to clarify a massive misunderstanding. “I made a video as a joke, as a friend, and because I used the word [f****t], they [French media] translated as I am against the gay people. “I’m not homophobic because you know who I am, I’m Mr I Love This Game, I love everyone. “If I offend or hurt anyone, I really apologise but you know it was not my intention. “They’re just trying to put me down. “I understand about equality. You have to be free in whatever you do in life. I would never judge anyone. My mum educated me and raised me that way. Only God can judge me. “We should be together, we need to make the world a better place. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FOOTBALL” posts_category=”339″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “Please stop this negativity because you will never shut me down.” League 1 champions PSG were already annoyed with Evra after his wild celebrations in the Parc de Princes following United’s 3-1 win in the Champions League earlier this month. His former team-mate Jerome Rothen, who spent six years at PSG, accused him of a lack of respect after his antics at the stadium. But Evra, 37, hit back at Rothen in a video and threatened to “slap you in the face”. [bc_video video_id=”6015801695001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”PSG condemn Patrice Evra for alleged anti-gay insults aimed at the club in social media video”]
20 Mar 19
Update Trend News

Yes, prospective managers do have CVs just like the rest of us… “We see that you’ve had nine jobs in the past five years. Can you tell us why you left your last position?” “Well, the fans were chanting for me to go, we were staring at relegation, we hadn’t won in nine games and […]

20 Mar 19
Football Adventures with James Rendall

    Barrow AFC and AFC Workington are the Cumbrian old guard, both former Football League sides who were both voted out and sent into the non-league wilderness back in the ‘70’s, long before the pyramid system came into being. Neither have troubled the door of the league since, and in one of the most […]

20 Mar 19
talkSPORT
It is a testament to Lionel Messi’s greatness that even now, hundreds of wonderful goals into an astonishingly consistent career, he can still make us get off our seats. Either of the No.10’s first and second goals against Real Betis last weekend would have been the best strike of the season for a normal player. For Messi they were just the warm-up to something unbelievable, a finish that by now the entire world has seen ten times over, and that is unfathomable to even think up, let alone execute. Lionel Messi scored his 51st career hat-trick at the weekend The cruel irony though is that just as Messi is entering the most complete phase of his career, he is also entering the last. The forward will turn 32 this year, and even for an apparent super-human like him, the time left at his absolute best is not unlimited. This feels particularly relevant as he this week rejoins the Argentina squad for the first time in nine months. The opening steps in the final push to earn the international trophy that has evaded him, despite dragging his country to three international finals. Is there any hope? Much has certainly changed since Messi last pulled on the Argentina shirt, when the South American nation went out in the Round of 16 at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi with former Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli Most obviously, divisive Jorge Sampaoli has been replaced by the youthful energy of untested Lionel Scaloni. There is also a more youthful feel to the squad that has been picked to face Venezuela and Morocco in forthcoming March friendlies. Gone are veterans Javier Mascherano (34) and Lucas Biglia (33), who have retired from international duty following the World Cup, while the likes of Éver Banega (30) and Enzo Pérez (33) simply weren’t picked. Instead, it’s hoped that a fresh, energetic group of talent can solve the midfield puzzle that has persistently plagued Messi’s Argentina. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] “The midfield has been the national team’s major problem,” Argentinian football expert Manu Vieyra explains to talkSPORT. “Not since Juan Román Riquelme has there been a creative figure to help Messi break lines, and free Lio from doing too much work, having to drop deep to get the ball, create the move, play the pass then score the goal. That’s impossible even for Messi.” “The three midfielders everyone thinks will help him are Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes and Exequiel Palacios. All three are looking good, have a lot of quality and they’re young,” he adds, noting that the long-term goal is to prepare the best team possible for Messi’s last World Cup at Qatar 2022. Lo Celso in action against Mexico last season. But while Copa Libertadores winner Palacios (who has repeatedly been linked with Real Madrid) will likely require a move to Europe before consolidating his development, the other two are further down the road. In particular, Lo Celso, who has been one of the outstanding signings of the season in La Liga for Real Betis, the Andalucians bringing him in on a loan with an option to buy from PSG last summer. Lo Celso is a box-to-box midfielder with 12 goals and four assists to his name in 2018/19, and Messi got to see just how good his compatriot is up close when the youngster was the key architect in Betis’ stunning 4-3 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou in November. And Messi didn’t forget, judging by the way he upped his game to down Betis in last weekend’s return fixture. There is quality in other lines of the pitch too, and in particular, developments at full-back are encouraging. Linking up with like-minded footballers in those areas has always been important for Messi’s game at club level, be it Dani Alves or more recently Jordi Alba, and Argentina may finally have such a figure in Nicolas Tagliafico. The left-back has scored five and assisted five more in 2018/19, including three goals in the Champions League, where he recently passed a huge test by helping the Dutch giants to eliminate Real Madrid from the competition in comprehensive fashion. Tagliafico had the unenviable task of marking Kylian Mbappe at last year’s World Cup. “Tagliafico isn’t just expected to be important, he’s a potential Argentina captain in the future. He’s the boss at left-back. Versatile, does great on the wing, and one of the big hopes for Argentinian football is that he can link up with Messi in a similar way to Alba,” Vieyra affirms. “The idea is to finally build a team around our No.10 that can get back to competing, and work with the new generation for the 2022 World Cup. That’s the big goal, Qatar 2022,” he concludes. And even if much could still change in the three years between now and Messi’s last attempt to take international football’s most prestigious prize, we will should get a chance to look at how his new group of team-mates fares far sooner. Lionel Messi model’s Argentina’s new shirt. The Copa América takes place in Brazil this summer, and Argentina producing an encouraging performance there would be a huge step in the right direction. The guy who wears their number 10 seems to be in decent form at least.
20 Mar 19
Metro
Sadio Mane has scored 11 goals in his last 11 matches (Picture: Getty) Jurgen Klopp admits Mohamed Salah must match Sadio Mane’s work ethic if he is to match his teammate’s current goalscoring exploits. While last season’s Golden Boot Winner is in the midst of a slump which has seen him find the back of the net just once in the last 10 matches, Mane has timed his purple patch to perfection. The Senegal international has scored 11 goals in his last 11 games and provided a decisive contribution in Sunday’s win over Fulham which sent Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, albeit having played a game more than Manchester City. On the contrasting form of his two wingers, Klopp said: ‘He is in a really good moment, of course. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. In football it’s sometimes like this. ‘The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work. That’s exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again. ‘He’s just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that’s true. Sadio Mane scored and won the decisive penalty which helped Liverpool beat Fulham last Sunday (Picture: Getty) ‘But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored; the cross from Robbo (at Fulham ), I’m pretty sure Mo would have scored if Gini doesn’t get the ball. These moments… I was a striker, I had that as well, you think, ‘Oh’ and then somebody else missed the chance. That’s how it is, all good. ‘But, of course, it’s a brilliant moment for him (Mane).’ [metro-tag-post-strip]
20 Mar 19
Metro
Douglas Costa is attracting a lot of interest (Picture: Getty Images) There is set to be a mammoth tussle for Douglas Costa this summer with Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in the Juventus man. The Brazilian arrived at Juve from Bayern Munich in 2017 and has since made 48 Serie A appearances, scoring five goals in the process. [metro-zone-post-thumbnail-link] This season has been a disjointed one for the 28-year-old thanks to injuries and suspensions and he has started just 17 matches in the league. With Costa out of the side in Turin, big clubs from around Europe have seen a chance to pick him up this summer, with French publication le10sport suggesting PSG will take on United, Man City and Chelsea in a fight for his signature. Douglas Costa (Picture: Getty Images) PSG are lining up targets in case one of their superstar forwards departs, with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe linked with moves to Real Madrid this summer. Football Italia report that despite the Brazilian costing Juventus €46m (£39.4m) just two years ago, he could be let go for around €35m (£30m) this summer. He still has a contract that runs until 2022, but as he approaches his 29th birthday and having been out of the team his asking price will have dropped. Dougla Costa (Picture: Getty Images) Costa is known for his pace and trickery on the wing, but has never been much of a goal-scorer, with his most prolific season producing seven in all competitions. The former Shakhtar Donetsk man has picked up 31 caps for Brazil, scoring three times in the process. [metro-zone-post-strip] The winger missed Juventus’ dramatic comeback victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, with his last appearance being in a 3-3 draw with Parma on 2 February. [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/20/olivier-giroud-frustrated-bit-part-role-maurizio-sarri-ready-leave-chelsea-8953610/” title=”Olivier Giroud ‘frustrated’ with bit-part role under Maurizio Sarri and ready to leave Chelsea”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/20/manchester-city-set-beat-barcelona-saul-niguez-transfer-deal-8953028/” title=”Manchester City set to beat Barcelona to Saul Niguez transfer deal”]