first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Tottenham Hotspur are not pursuing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a potential signing because the Premier League club have a top striker in Harry Kane, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday. Ibrahimovic spent one-and-a-half seasons with Manchester United under Mourinho, where he scored 29 goals and helped the club win the League Cup and Europa League, before joining Los Angeles Galaxy. The 38-year-old Swede, who also played under Mourinho at Inter Milan, is a free agent after leaving the MLS side this month. “It doesn’t make any sense for a striker of Zlatan’s dimension to come to a club where we have Harry Kane. You are right about the connection (to Ibrahimovic). I would say we have one of the top strikers in England,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League group game against Olympiakos. Spurs reached the Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino last season but Mourinho, who replaced the Argentine manager last week, is not looking that far ahead. “With these boys I will never be afraid of any Champions League match. He said: “We need to qualify. It’s only when my teams arrive in the quarter-finals that I start thinking that we have a chance. In this moment we are far from it. “Every Champions League campaign there are details around your success or failure. “How many times I lost on penalties or in the last minute. Details make the difference. “As for Spurs last season, they had little details for them. VAR was with them (against Manchester City). “The Lucas (Moura) goal in Amsterdam (against Ajax). To arrive in the final is an achievement but not history.” The Portuguese also said that Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, whose contract runs out this season, was committed to the club. “I’ve spoken with him..The important thing is that he’s committed with us so let’s not talk about his future. My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not selecting, will be based on a perspective of a future. I cannot hide that,” Mourinho said. Spurs, who are second in Group B behind Bayern Munich, can secure qualification for the last 16 with victory over the winless Greek side. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Harry KaneJose MourinhoTottenham HotspurZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U On loan Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has showered praises on Wayne Rooney ahead of tonight’s FA Cup tie with Derby County. The Nigerian believes Red Devils all-time leading goalscorer, who joined the Championship side in January, has boosted the Rams with his experience and fighting qualities. And Ighalo has warned the Reds that Philip Cocu’s outfit will go into tonight’s game with a renewed sense of belief, thanks, in part, to Rooney’s exemplary record in front of goal. “Wayne Rooney is always an idol, like many players at United,” Ighalo said in an interview at Old Trafford earlier this week. “He’s a good guy. He is a fighter on the pitch, he fights until the end, from the start until the finish. He’s somebody I’ve seen that never gives up in the game, and he’s a good goalscorer. “A little chance, a little space, he’s going to score. He can shoot from outside, he can score in the box, he can score from anywhere. “He’s a great player. Good techniques, he has a good shot, good runs and, when Derby County have Wayne Rooney in their team, it gives them more confidence because he has done a lot in football and in England.” Ighalo could make his first appearance for the Reds in the FA Cup, although the Nigerian does have history in the famous old tournament. The centre-forward played for Watford in their 2-1 semi-final loss to Crystal Palace in 2016, the year we last won the competition. Despite that defeat denying him his dream of coming up against Louis van Gaal’s side in the showpiece event, he has good memories of stepping out at Wembley Stadium and wants to repeat the feat later in the season. “That was my first time playing in Wembley, it was a great experience,” Odion continues. “United got to the final that year, I remember because I was hoping we would win against Crystal Palace so we could play against Man United in the final. “That dream did not come to pass but it’s a great experience, you know. Playing in Wembley, not every player has the opportunity to play in Wembley in their career. You have to play in a cup game, a cup final or play for the national team to play there. “I had the opportunity to play for Watford there in the semi-final, so it was a great experience and I’m looking forward, hopefully, to be playing there again.” United and Ighalo are, of course, hunting for a record-equalling 13th cup triumph. Arsenal are currently the side with the most overall successes in the competition, and Ighalo recalled our famous battles with the Gunners – the 1999 and 2004 semi-finals, as well as the disappointing 2005 final defeat – fondly. “I watched Man United a lot, their rivalry with Arsenal for the FA Cup. “So it’s a great thing watching it and now playing in the FA Cup, which I did with Watford but now, hopefully, I want to try to go far and win it, if possible for me, to crown my success here with the team.”Tags: Derby CountyManchester UnitedOdion IghaloWayne Rooneylast_img read more

first_imgMULTI-MILLION dollar Big Bash naming rights sponsor KFC has turned up the heat on Cricket Australia (CA) to immediately resolve the pay crisis railroading the game.KFC pours an estimated $3.5-$4 million into the game each year as one of CA’s top three corporate partners and its concerned call for administrators on both sides of the fence to realise the ugly war is killing the sport reflects growing anxiety and frustration among cricket’s leading sponsors.Leading corporate partners have been left badly exposed by cricket’s lapsed pay agreement, as CA no longer control the players’ image rights and are therefore unable to provide the protection against ambush marketing that giants like Qantas, Commonwealth Bank and Optus have forked out millions for.The Daily Telegraph spoke to several of the sport’s corporate partners yesterday, and while some continued to play down the drama, others were outright damning of CA’s complete loss of control, with more than 230 players out of contract and no longer available to them.CA can ill-afford the crisis scenario of having major sponsors ask for their money back or walk away from unfulfilled deals.KFC has partnered with CA since 2003 and as well has backed the world-beating BBL and has also been naming rights sponsor for the Australian Twenty20 side.The fast food icons stopped short of tipping its famous bucket on those in charge, but its pointed assessment that the ever-escalating situation has gone too far sends a clear enough message in itself.“The dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association is unfortunate and one we hope will be resolved amicably as soon as possible for the benefit of the game,” a KFC spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph.Mitchell Starc’s deal with Audi has left some sponsors feeling edgy, and it’s understood other leading stars are also set to announce similar car dealership arrangements in the near future.Cricket Australia have indicated they aren’t concerned by Starc’s venture, given other leading players already have similar existing CA-approved arrangements with Toyota rivals.Toyota issued a statement to say “we are confident Cricket Australia and the players (ACA) are working together to reach a mutual agreement, as soon as they possibly can”, sentiments also reflected by Optus.The Commonwealth Bank declined to comment when approached.Australian Cricketers Association general manager Tim Cruickshank has been in regular contact with sponsors concerned about where they stand with no MOU in place.last_img read more

first_imgSitting at the podium after Syracuse’s 15-9 victory over Hobart were the game’s biggest factors.Attacks Randy Staats and Kevin Rice — who combined for nine goals — and midfielder Billy Ward, who scored a crucial goal midway through the fourth quarter that helped push the Orange to a comeback win.But between Ward and Rice was Jordan Evans, who hadn’t been at a postgame press conference yet this season but cracked SU head coach John Desko’s rotation Saturday.In No. 4 Syracuse’s (9-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 15-9 win over Hobart (4-8, 3-2 Northeast) at Boswell Field, the highly recruited freshman played the most he has all season. He was mainly on the field as a short-stick midfielder on the defensive end in his increased minutes, a position he’s somewhat new to but has worked on in practice in recent weeks.Although Evans said he thought he was out of position a couple times, he credited Drew Jenkins and Tom Grimm for helping him in practice to learn the defensive communication.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely a lot different than offense,” Evans said.“It’s better than sitting next to me,” Desko interjected.“We thought, we have such a quality player here, let’s get him in here somehow,” Desko went on to say. “He’s smart and he’s good in packages and he’s good at picking things up quickly.”And even as he worked to catch onto a different spot, Evans’ offensive background was beneficial. With the game tied 1-1, the Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) High School product received an outlet pass from Matt Harris. He then sprinted down the field and sent a lead pass to Rice, and two passes later the ball was on the stick of Dylan Donahue before flying past Hobart goalie Jackson Brown and into the back of the net.“We haven’t been getting a ton of those (fast-break goals),” Desko said.Evans also saw some time at his natural attack position, like when he was on the field for a Nicky Galasso goal that gave the Orange a 12-8 lead late in the fourth.“It’s good to be out on the field,” Evans said. “At this point, I don’t care where I’m at. As long as I’m out there helping, I think I can definitely help in transition, so wherever I can help.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe Ballingarry native has been managing the U21 hurlers for the past two seasons, and he guided the Premier to a Munster final in 2016.Speaking to Tipp FM Sport William Maher had nothing but praise for those he worked with.Tipperary Co. Board wish to announce that due to work commitments coinciding with further educational opportunities, Tipperary U21 Hurling Manager, William Maher (Ballingarry) will not be seeking an extension to his term as manager when the position is up for renewal later in the year. His decision, taken now, concurs with his immediate priorities and also to allow Tipperary Co. Executive time to plan ahead for his successor.During his two year term as manager, William guided Tipperary to the Munster U21 Final in 2016 which his side lost to the eventual All-Ireland Champions. At a time when the grade is very strong provincially, his developmental panel acquitted themselves well in this year’s campaign.Tipperary Co. Board Chairman, Michael Bourke in appreciation had this to say, ‘I thank William Maher for the enormous effort and contribution he has made to Tipperary in his tenure as U21 hurling manager. His knowledge and passion for the game is up there with the best and it’s unfortunate for him and the County that results didn’t give him the rewards his efforts deserved. I wish William well in his career and hope he will be able to continue to share his expertise through involvement with his club’. Tipperary Under 21 hurling manager William Maher is stepping down from the job.His intention to leave the fold was announced at the County Board meeting last night.He’s taken the decision for personal and family reasons.last_img read more

first_imgIn recognition of Jamaica’s 56th Anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami will hold the annual Ecumenical Service on Sunday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at the Cooper City Church of God located at 9191 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL 33328.This year’s sermon will be delivered by the Reverend Karl Francis, Senior Pastor at the Living Word Open Bible Church in Cooper City.  The officiating clergyman will be Dr. Clyde Bailey, Executive Pastor at the Cooper City Church of God.This year, the cultural performances to precede the worship will include performances by the massed voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale, the Tallawah Mento Band and the Jamaica Folk Revue, and the Sierra Norwood Youth Voice Ensemble.Proceeds of offerings collected at the service will benefit charities in the South Florida community, and also respective charities in Jamaica.All Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora are invited to join in worship at this special occasion of thanksgiving to commemorate yet another milestone in the nation’s history, since Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962.last_img read more

first_imgNo expatriate coach will be appointed as coach of champions Asante Kotoko, the club has confirmed to Joy Sports.The Kumasi based club is racing against time to appoint Masud ‘Didi’ Dramani’s successor as they work at defending the league title and also do well in Africa.Some foreign coaches have been linked to the club but its spokesperson Kweku Ahenkorah says the board and management will hand the job to an indigene.“As it stands now it is not part of our consideration. Expatriate coaches will take time to study the terrain and our players and also know what it takes to be a coach in Ghana and also take time to know what is expected of him as a Kotoko coach,” he told Joy Sports.“Meanwhile the local coaches definitely have had a bit of experience either coaching some of our players at different clubs or generally have a fair idea of the players we have now and for that matter a local coach will settle better and earlier than an expatriate coach.“Looking at our situation now we believe a local coach will fit in,” he added. –last_img read more

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I was going to say, ‘Ongoing,’” Zaidi interjected.“Ongoingly pleasant,” Friedman summarized with a laugh.The discussions with Roberts regarding his contract might be a little more tense. Despite three consecutive trips to the National League Championship Series and two straight NL pennants, Roberts is scheduled to be one of the lower-paid managers in the majors at $1.1 million if the option year in his contract is exercised without an extension.But Friedman made it clear he expects Roberts will manage the team again in 2019 when he said he sees no obstacles to that happening.“I wouldn’t read into that at all,” he said of Roberts’ contract situation still being unresolved. “We talked about it I think as far back as spring training and into the year and made significant progress in just a meeting of the minds and talking through things. I think from all of our standpoints we reached a point where focusing on the season and what we were trying to do was more important in all of our minds. “I think we all felt good about the working relationship, the prospects looking forward. It wasn’t an issue at all to table it and pick it up when we finished playing.”Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants reportedly are interested in Zaidi for a president of baseball operations role. Neither Friedman nor Zaidi would comment Thursday on whether he has been contacted by the Giants. If the Giants have asked for permission to interview the Dodgers GM, Friedman said, that would remain confidential.“My focus is purely on this team right now,” Zaidi said. “That stuff – permission requests, inquiries – happen all the time. My focus right now is on the Dodgers until these guys (Friedman and Stan Kasent) tell me otherwise.”INJURY UPDATESFriedman said closer Kenley Jansen has met with cardiologists about addressing his atrial fibrillation issues with a surgical procedure this offseason but that procedure has not been scheduled. …Rehabbing from Tommy John surgery (in May) and a hip surgery (in July), shortstop Corey Seager is still targeting Opening Day for his return.“We will make sure that he is in good shape physically and ready for the day-in, day-out grind before we put him in. We think that will be Opening Day,” Friedman said. “At this point, each checkpoint along the way in the offseason will inform that. He’s going to spend a lot of time here rehabbing so we’ll have an up-close-and-personal look at it and we’ll know more.“But we are optimistic he’ll be ready Opening Day.”ALSOLess than 24 hours after extending the deadline to make a decision, the Dodgers reached agreement on a one-year contract with veteran first baseman David Freese. Freese will receive the $500,000 buyout in his contract, voiding the club option, and re-sign for a $4.5 million salary in 2019. The club option was for a $6 million salary. … Third-base and infield coach Chris Woodward has reportedly interviewed with the Texas Rangers for their managerial vacancy. … The Dodgers remain interested in getting Chase Utley to accept some kind of position in the organization now that he has retired. “We’ll give him a little time,” Friedman said. “We’ll stalk him about working with us.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — In the first week of another short offseason, the Dodgers have questions to deal with regarding the futures of pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Manager Dave Roberts and GM Farhan Zaidi.Kershaw and the Dodgers agreed to extend the deadline for him to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract until 1 p.m. PT on Friday. Indications are the extension was motivated by the likelihood that Kershaw will agree to a new contract that adds one or two years to the remaining two years and $65 million on his current deal.President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Zaidi were certainly in a jovial mood when asked about the situation Thursday.“Pleasant,” Friedman said when asked to characterize the discussions between Kershaw and the Dodgers this week. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img NASCAR at Michigan: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for FireKeepers Casino 400 Alex Bowman to carry Tim Richmond’s paint scheme at Darlington Former NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France pleaded guilty to DWI on Friday, USA Today reported.According to the report, France will have that charge reduced to a non-criminal infraction in June 2020 if he completes 100 hours of community service, continues to receive counseling and does not break the law. “I am grateful for the court’s consideration of all the facts in this case and I will follow their direction and recommendations as we move forward,” France said in a statement.”While I made a mistake, this event has also given me the opportunity to reflect on my poor judgment that day, my family and my greater responsibilities to our community. I have learned valuable lessons and will be a better person because of this process.”center_img France, 56, was pulled over in Sag Harbor, New York, in the Hamptons on Aug. 5. The police report noted he allegedly rolled through a stop sign, and after being stopped, he “smelled of an intoxicating beverage, his speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy and red.” He registered a .019 and .018 blood alcohol content on two tests, more than twice the New York limit of .08.France took a leave of absence from his NASCAR duties after the arrest and has since been replaced by his uncle, Jim France.France, whose grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded NASCAR in 1948, assumed NASCAR’s top post in 2003 after the retirement of his father, Bill France Jr. Brian France had overseen many changes in the sport, including the adoption of a playoff system, a new TV package, new primary sponsorships and the development of new technology and car models. Related Newslast_img read more