Mason Rudolph is QB1. You know it. I know it. Heck, Gundy uncharacteristically named him the starter in the spring. Because he knew it. Rudolph brought a unique dynamic in his 3 appearances last season, going 2-1 and knocking off rival Oklahoma in a Bedlam thriller.It’s not something you can really put a finger on, but Rudolph has been said to have the “It” factor, a quality that has helped propel him to earn the starting job. Moving forward, Rudolph has the full support of the fan base, and more importantly the head ball coach. “He’s the leader on offense … I like where he’s at at this time,” Gundy said at the Big 12 media days.“I think if we play well and we take care of the ball, that we’ll have an opportunity to win this league,” he said. Having a developing quarterback in Rudolph, being smart and taking care of the ball are qualities that Gundy will value now more than ever in his young quarterback.With a (mostly) redshirt season in the books, Rudolph also has a full offseason of preparation as a starter, and the backing of the head coach and his team. Not the least of which is former starter J.W. Walsh, who is one of the most, if not THE most, important player on the OSU roster who won’t be on the first team.“His role is very important to our team,” Gundy told The Oklahoman in January. “We all have to have players that can make plays on Saturdays in order to have success. But there’s also a role for young men that want to be a part of a team and compete. There’s a trust factor. They’re tough. They understand the system. They love Oklahoma State football. He falls in that category. We’re looking forward to him getting healthy and competing again.”Those comments were after a very impressive Cactus Bowl performance by Mason Rudolph, who messed around and made a statement as the starting quarterback. That’s because Gundy knew Walsh would be needed moving forward.“We’re very lucky to have J.W. Walsh on our football team,” Gundy reiterated this morning. “J.W. is going to play. He’ll be a factor in the success of our football team this season,” he said.More than likely, the offense may have several wrinkles in a “Walsh” package, that caters more to the skills of Walsh – a dual-threat option and home run threat when he finds the open field. Remember this from last season’s opening game at JerryWorld?Walsh’s presence on the practice field, his veteran leadership in the locker room, and his poise in live game situations will be critical to the continued development of Mason Rudolph – and could be a bigger factor to the team’s success this season than some think.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!
Oklahoma State scored higher than I thought in ESPN’s recent exercise ranking all the college football programs from an historical perspective. Here are the criteria.It’s a thorny, fun, fascinating question that we posed to 12 of our writers. We asked them to rate every current FBS program on a scale of 1-10, based on each school’s overall impact on the history of college football.The top eight look like this:AlabamaNotre DameOhio StateOklahomaUSCMichiganTexasNebraskaOklahoma State checks in at No. 32 (tied with Ole Miss) with a score of 5.58 which is much higher than I thought. The 12 writers who voted all discussed their toughest rankings here, and OSU was not among them but Ole Miss was.Yes, the Rebels are nationally relevant now, but it’s not like this has been a common theme for the program. Growing up in Oxford, the football program wallowed in mediocrity and constantly made real national contenders look good. Before that, you had to go all the way back to the 1960s to find real national success for this football program. So a “6” kind of felt high, but recent success and the wins from long ago made it hard to put the Rebels below the halfway point. And while it’s been impressive, it’s taken head coach Hugh Freeze four years to get the Rebels into the national spotlight, and even then, many are still wondering if this is a flash-in-the-pan situation or if Freeze can sustain long-term success. His win totals keep rising, so all signs point to this program sticking around the relevancy categoryThe same could be written about Oklahoma State I suppose with “1960s” replaced with “1980s.”Teams ranked ahead of OSU and Ole Miss include Pitt, Georgia Tech, BYU, Virginia Tech, Iowa and TCU. Teams just behind them were Arizona State, Syracuse, Army, Boise State, Colorado, Minnesota and Cal. It’s pretty intriguing to me that OSU was a couple of slots from being the No. 3 Big 12 team on this list. Like Ole Miss, they’re going nowhere but up in the future with Mike Gundy at the helm.You can see the full list here.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!
We have looked at the amazing Texas Tech offense and the putrid Texas Tech defense. Now it’s time to look at some players on both sides of the ball who could make some noise on Saturday in Stillwater.Players to WatchWhen Texas Tech and Oklahoma State get together, there are more fireworks than a Grand Lake 4th of July, let’s take a peek at who some of the major players on the Tech side of the game will be on Saturday afternoon.Quarterback Pat Mahomes II, No. 5Kansas Defensive Coordinator Clint Bowen: “He’s a magician. You can tell your kids, but over and over on film you see it. Someone has him dead to rights for a sack and he does something to get away.”Long before Patrick Mahomes II set his sights on the record books in Lubbock, Texas, he was taking grounders with Alex Rodriguez and shagging balls for Cowboy great Robin Ventura, always in tow as he followed around his father, Patrick Mahomes I, an 11 year MLB veteran beloved by New York Mets fans for an 8-0 season in 1999 that helped get them to the NLCS.Patrick II looked bound for professional baseball from an early age, earning a trip to the Junior League World Series when he was 14.Mahomes excelled in baseball, basketball and football at Whitehouse, his pedigree and talent meriting calls from MLB teams and being picked in 37th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.It only took one half of a game for Kliff Kingsbury to know he had found his quarterback, the only he would offer in the 2013 class. Mahomes stayed true to Tech and turned down LSU and Notre Dame when they called late.Mahomes made his first appearance as a freshman in relief of injured starter Davis Webb on a late September night in Stillwater, some might remember as the best game Daxx Garman played in the orange and black but Mahomes went two for five with a touchdown and an interception to Cowboy linebacker Seth Jacobs.It’s safe to guess he’ll look a bit better when he comes back this weekend.Coach Gundy spoke reverentially of Mahomes this week saying he’s “a potential first round pick. He reminds me a lot of (Dallas Cowboy quarterback) Dak Prescott… Style of play, body, strength, speed, ability to run and throw in different positions.”Dak Mahomes leads the nation in passing yards (3,886), passing yards per game (431.8), offensive yards per game (460.7) and is second nationally in points responsible for as he averages 27.3 points per game off of 31 passing touchdowns and ten rushing touchdowns.And while the statistics are incredible, Kingsbury gushes about Mahomes’ will to win, saying it’s “second to none.”It’s hard to accuse Mahomes of not leaving it all on the field with a sore shoulder in a close loss to Oklahoma last month when he completed 52 of 88 attempts through the air for an NCAA record 734 yards passing.I’m no NFL scout, but I’d say coming out to see Mahomes mix it up against Mason would be worth the price of admission given the likelihood you’ll be watching at least one NFL quarterback, maybe two.Wide Receiver Jonathan Giles, No. 9Mahomes’ favorite target is the 5’11”, 185 pound receiver that has really turned it on after a slow freshman year. It’s hard to blame him, he was recruited by numerous FBS programs (Houston, Colorado, Indiana and more) to play quarterback like he did in high school.After a solid year of learning how to block and picking up the route trees, he’s really blossomed as a sophomore. He measures at 5’11” and 185 pounds with dazzling athleticism in the open field with an eye for the end zone. WATCH: Mahomes connects with Giles to complete Texas Tech’s 11th sub-two minute TD drive of the season! #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/uGRF7mOPDT— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 17, 2016With 982 yards through nine games and 12 scores, he’s having one of the best seasons for a receiver in Tech history. He leads the team with 60 catches and is one of the most productive receivers in the country (12th in receiving yards per game and 18th in receptions per game).He has four 100-yard games to his record so far this year and recently torched the OU secondary for 167 yards and two scores. Considered the best athlete on the team, it’s time for some Real Talk with Ramon: Look out for No. 9.Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, No. 20It’s rare when a true freshman, especially at middle linebacker, can step in from day one and adjust to the physicality of Power 5 football, but Jordyn Brooks has done just that. He leads the Red Raiders in tackles (61) and leads all freshmen nationally in solo tackles per game (4.7).From the same high school in Houston that produced Andrew Luck, Brooks stands at 6’1”, 235 pounds and packs a punch in the middle of the defense.Starting in all nine of Tech’s games so far and as a member of his high school’s 4×100 meter team, Brooks has speed to chase down quicker players. Turning down offers from SEC schools like Arkansas and Missouri, Kingsbury and Co. were sure glad the big instate schools didn’t come after him as they look to have him running the defense for years to come.Defensive Tackle Ondre Pipkins, No. 9When Captain Khaki took over at Michigan, change ensued and some players in the program were sent packing to make room for scholarships and you won’t hear Texas Tech complain.Former Army All-American defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins struggled with injuries throughout his time in Ann Arbor and decided to follow the tumbleweeds to west Texas where he found a warm welcome in Lubbock.We continue our series of senior features leading into Saturday’s Senior Day with defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/yOtzY0PEyn— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) October 31, 2016The senior nose guard weighs in at a whopping 325 pounds and while his stats aren’t eye popping (28 tackles, four tackles for loss), his presence looks to have tons of positive effect on those around him. You could possibly draw a straight line from the success of middle linebacker Jordyn Brooks to Pipkins, who often draws a couple of blockers.Another underrated benefit for Pipkins is his mentorship of talented defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, a true sophomore that will be counted on for leadership in coming years. With Pipkins in the starting lineup this season, their rushing defense has improved by nearly 50 yards per game, down to 236 from 280 in 2015.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!
The Denver Broncos have waived former Oklahoma State defensive end Jimmy Bean after a reported failed physical just days after claiming the second-year pro off of waivers.We’ve signed LB @dee_mount and waived DL Jimmy Bean.? https://t.co/yQrqoNLems pic.twitter.com/8256pO2rom— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 29, 2017Bean made the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2016 and signed an offseason deal to remain in Oakland following the 2016 season.Bean reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury during a Raiders practice last week and was subsequently cut to make a roster spot for left tackle Donald Penn.Whatever injury he suffered was apparently significant enough to keep Bean from passing the Broncos’ physical exam which, in turn, ended his tenure in Denver before it ever began.Bean was a projected mid-round draft pick before suffering a torn ACL with five games remaining in his senior season at Oklahoma State. In those eight games in 2015, Bean tallied 5.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss two QB hurries.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!
Kyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 7 (!) days away.Porter: Here’s the thing. Emmanuel Ogbah is out there destroying opponents and tossing aside their souls. That means the side door has been flung wide for Jimmy Bean. Mr. Bean is my choice for the 7th-most important OSU player this season. Here’s what Mike Gundy said about him recently.“That’s an advantage when you have an end like [“OG-baw”] who can make plays. Jimmy Bean has been around forever and is bigger and his attitude has been great over the last year so he should be able to contribute on the other side.”He won’t get the fanfare that No. 38 gets, but he’s every bit as important to making this apparently elite defense hum.Boone: Rennie Childs is my guy here at No. 7. Despite Childs being relegated to RB2 in the depth chart, he’s still one of the most important skill players who will have a chance to burn plenty of tread on his tires this season.Although he is No. 2 on the depth chart, I expect it to be a very balanced rushing attack especially early in the season with such a soft non-conference schedule. If the running game is going to improve from last season, Childs will play just as an important role as Carson and the rest of the stable.No. 8 (Porter: Spencer | Boone: Taylor)No. 9 (Porter: Carson | Boone: Washington)No. 10 (Porter: Taylor | Boone: Bean)No. 11 (Porter: Maile | Boone: Burton)No. 12 (Porter: Burton | Boone: Simmons)No. 13 (Porter: Walsh | Boone: Seaton)No. 14 (Porter: Peterson | Boone: Crabtree)No. 15 (Porter: Washington | Boone: Jacobs)No. 16 (Porter: Sterns | Boone: Salako)No. 17 (Porter: Childs | Boone: Sterns)No. 18 (Porter: Sheperd | Boone: Maile)No. 19 (Porter: McEndoo | Boone: Walsh)No. 20 (Porter: Jacobs | Boone: Lampkin) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Serie A Allegri has faith in misfiring Higuain ahead of Turin derby Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 21:02 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Juventus Juventus v Torino Torino The Argentina international’s manager believes he will soon start hitting the back of the net on a regular basis as they prepare to face Torino Juventus have “total faith” in Gonzalo Higuain during a slow start to the season for the star striker, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri.Higuain, signed from Napoli for €90 million in July 2016, has netted just twice from seven appearances in all competitions for Juve early in 2017-18.He fired blanks in a 3-0 Champions League loss at Barcelona and also failed to hit the back of the net as the Scudetto holders defeated Sassuolo away and Fiorentina at home in Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Allegri, though, has no concerns about the Argentina international ahead of the derby against Torino on Saturday.”The most important thing is that Higuain has total faith from his team-mates, the coach, the club and the fans,” he told a news conference.”These periods happen to every striker when the ball doesn’t go in for two or three games, but he will break through.”He played well on Wednesday night [against Fiorentina].” Higuain 33/1 to be CL top scorerTorino, who finished ninth last term, have made a strong start to this campaign, winning three and drawing two of their first five leagues matches, leaving Allegri wary of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side.”The Derby della Mole is always a special game for the city and the fans,” he said.”It’s twice as important for us, because it’s a derby and worth three points, so we must win.”Torino are much stronger than they have been in the past, but Juve have good defenders who can counter the technical quality of their players. This season they brought in more solid players in defence and midfield too.”Torino were already strong last season and have been completed with players suited to their character, like Tomas Rincon, Cristian Ansaldi and M’Baye Niang, so they can target a top-six finish.”@OfficialAllegri: “The Derby is a special match and it’s doubly important for us as we have to win.” #JuveTorino pic.twitter.com/6P8MwjmaFK— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 22, 2017Juve have dominated Italian football under Allegri and his predecessor Antonio Conte but have fallen short in the Champions League, losing the 2015 and 2017 finals to Barca and Real Madrid respectively.Nevertheless, the coach has insisted Serie A remains the Bianconeri’s primary focus.@OfficialAllegri: “Defending the Scudetto is always a great challenge because your rivals are more determined to beat you.” #JuveTorino pic.twitter.com/d1SCqWqy9W— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 22, 2017″The fans were close to us on Wednesday, as they always are, but it must be clear that winning [the league] is not normal,” he said.”It is always extraordinary and with each year that passes, winning becomes even more difficult.”Each season is different to the last and for us winning a seventh consecutive Scudetto must become the primary objective, because nobody has done that other than Lyon,” he added, referring to the French side’s streak of Ligue 1 triumphs between 2002 and 2008. “We need enthusiasm in the club, the squad and the fans, because that’s only right. That’s how it should be.”Allegri confirmed that Benedikt Howedes and Mattia De Sciglio will miss out due to injury, but Sami Khedira is available and off-season recruits Blaise Matuidi and Federico Bernardeschi are in contention for a place in the starting XI.Defender Andrea Barzagli will be rested.
Bayern München How axed Ancelotti lost love and support at Bayern Munich and ultimately his job Niklas König Last updated 2 years ago 22:43 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty composite Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Bundesliga The Italian has been unceremoniously removed from his post at the Allianz Arena amid accusations that members of his squad no longer supported him On September 28, 2017, Carlo Ancelotti was ushered through the exits at Bayern Munich having been unceremoniously relieved of his managerial duties.That decision was taken less than 24 hours after a 3-0 defeat to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and five months after the Italian had guided Bayern to another Bundesliga title.Bayern 13/2 for Champions League 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 now finds himself without a job amid accusations that he lost the support of certain members of his squad, but how did it come to this for one of the most accomplished coaches in the business?IN THE BEGINNING Bayern announced the appointment of Ancelotti as their head coach in December 2015, with a successor quickly identified for Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola.The general consensus was that the Bundesliga giants had secured themselves the services of one of the finest man-managers around, with ex-players and so-called experts quick to hail the Italian’s ability to bring the best of star-studded squads – having done so at the likes of Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.For a while all seemed well, with Bayern opening his reign with a 6-0 mauling of Werder Bremen, leading former favourite Mehmet Scholl to suggest that the Bavarian outfit had broken the chains of Guardiola’s regimented rule.The players seemed happy as well, with France international Franck Ribery telling Goal in September 2016 : “Carlo Ancelotti is a chilled, accessible guy. He loves his players, that’s what we realise. He is looking for contact, he laughs with us, he asks us how we are every day. This relationship is important. Ancelotti is a champion in all respects. Otherwise it would be impossible to create such a harmonious atmosphere. That’s how you are successful together.”Ancelotti added to Goal a month later on his early experiences : “I found the team was in really, really good shape, good condition and with great knowledge. The foundations were really good so I never wanted to change them. Every coach has his own idea of football so I tried to implement my idea without having a revolution. I know what the team is doing very well because they learned a lot in the last three years. I try to do something new. Sometimes when you bring new ideas the players become more focused, they gain concentration.”At this stage, the playing staff welcomed a new-found freedom on the pitch, along with training sessions which had become less demanding. They were, however, to soon start pining for the more rigorous methods of Guardiola.TURNING POINT Ancelotti’s inability to retain the trust of his players was a slow process, with positive results helping to keep the collective mood upbeat and everybody pulling in the same direction.The securing of another Bundesliga crown in April 2016 helped to paper over a few cracks, but a 3-2 defeat to arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal was considered to be a turning point.Doubts were now being cast over Ancelotti’s old school methods and their ability to deliver long-term success.Players and club management hoped that things would get better in 2017-18, but that soon proved not to be the case – with Bayern suffering an unexpected defeat to Hoffenheim in early September before throwing away a two-goal lead against Wolfsburg to drop more priceless points.All of a sudden the cracks were there for all to see, with greater attention being paid to divides within the camp – Thomas Muller’s claims that he was “not in demand” following a win at Werder Bremen, Ribery throwing his shirt away against Anderlecht and Ancelotti’s reluctance to discuss Robert Lewandowski’s criticism of the club’s transfer policy .REACHING THE END With uncomfortable questions already being asked of his ongoing presence, Ancelotti saw the final nails put in his coffin during a Champions League trip to Paris.Bayern had an opportunity to lay down a marker in that contest against an emerging force in the European game, but they failed to do so.Ancelotti only informed his players of his selection shortly before the match, with no explanation offered for the absences of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben and Ribery .In the wake of a humbling defeat, the axe came down and club president Uli Hoeness was forced to admit that his manager had lost control of proceedings .He told Sport1 : “We didn’t make this decision because we lost one game. The club saw a development which was heading in the wrong direction over the last few weeks and months. Even that would not have been too bad, but the fact Carlo lost five players in my eyes – Kingsley Coman as well – made the situation impossible. As a coach you cannot have the most important players against you.”THE AFTERMATH The feeling now is that Ancelotti’s faults were allowed to be masked for too long.Even when his tenure opened with a run of eight successive victories, his side did not perform to the standard expected of them – with individual quality often winning out over tactical mastery.In contrast to Guardiola before him, who demanded perfection, Ancelotti was seemingly happy to settle for good enough.He would often tell the press in post-match interviews that he had been pleased with below-par performances, with, in his opinion, too much emphasis placed on strategies.Ancelotti, it would appear, was blind to opposition he faced, with the 58-year-old always in trouble once he started to lose the support of those at the core of the club.
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Facebook Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in €100m deal from Real Madrid Topics Pep Guardiola Share on LinkedIn Mahrez, who was a key player in Leicester’s 2016 title-winning side, told Manchester City’s website: “I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”The City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space. Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players.”Guardiola will now hope to sign Jorginho from Napoli, though it is thought Chelsea are also interested. Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share via Email Read more Twitter Share on Twitter Manchester City’s new signing Riyad Mahrez is greeted by manager Pep Guardiola on his first day. Photograph: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images news Manchester City Leicester City • This article was amended on 13 September 2018. The fee for Riyad Mahrez was £60m and could not have risen to £75m with add-ons as an earlier version said. Share on Messenger Manchester City have signed Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, the 27-year-old winger costing a club record of £60m.Mahrez, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No 26 shirt, is Pep Guardiola’s first signing of the summer, with the manager having targeted a wide forward and defensive midfielder in this transfer window. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content
Share on Messenger Cook admitted this may have worried him in the past – in his last Test as England captain Rashid faded a touch during a hammering by India in Chennai, despite taking 23 wickets across the 4-0 series defeat in 2016 – but he now sees a more confident cricketer who is emboldened by his recent limited-overs success.“Over the last 18 months I think he’s matured as a cricketer and improved since we last saw him in an England Test shirt,” said Cook, whose own 156-cap career has featured periods of intense pressure over form, his past leadership and the divisive Kevin Pietersen affair. “Clearly he’s going to be nervous because it’s a bit of time away from the England team and with the current circumstances. But I genuinely think he will cope.”England will monitor the Edgbaston pitch ahead of the toss on Wednesday, with a greenish surface unveiled on Monday following a weekend of rain but two months of heat beforehand; should they opt for one spinner, and go for Moeen Ali, expect the emotions at Headingley to crank up a notch or two.Away from the spin department, the captain, Joe Root, and the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, must also decide their third seamer from Sam Curran or the uncapped Jamie Porter. Cook of course plays with the latter at Essex.Cook said: “You talk about the Adil selection but there’s a guy who has been produced by county cricket: a really good English bowler. He challenges the top order to play at a lot of balls and nips it around with the new Dukes ball. He’s an absolute trier.“When I first saw him, you’d never have said he would be in this situation. So it’s only down to the way he’s worked and the unwavering belief that he can get good players out with good balls. If he gets his chance this week or whenever, I’ll be very proud.” Cricket Share on LinkedIn The former Test captain admitted to having sympathy for Rashid, whose return has sparked anger at Yorkshire and divided opinion across the game given the leg-spinner opted out of four-day cricket for his county at the start of this year yet could still be unleashed against Virat Kohli’s world No 1 side at Edgbaston this Wednesday.Speaking before training on Monday, Cook looked to bring the focus back to the individual and his talents, while pointing to the “unusual circumstances” behind England’s national selector, Ed Smith, turning to a supposed white-ball specialist amid a lack of overs for Somerset’s previously injured left-armer, Jack Leach, in the past month.“In one sense I feel a little bit sorry for Adil and all the political side of the selection, rather than looking at him,” said Cook, who handed Rashid his Test debut back in 2015 and captained him for all 10 of his previous appearances. “He’s been selected to play for England, which is a huge honour, and all this other stuff has overtaken it.“I can understand why it’s caused a bit of fuss. But you just have to get on with it and I think we’ve got to look at the positives of it: we’ve got a different style of English spinner, with a little bit of mystery to him, who’s bowling really well. That is what we should be excited about – not what’s happening with the off-field stuff, Yorkshire and all that.” Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Public must be told true reasons for Adil Rashid’s differences with Yorkshire … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Alastair Cook knows a thing or two about mental fortitude and has tipped Adil Rashid to block out the furore surrounding his controversial call-up in the build-up to the first Test of this summer’s marquee series between England and India. India cricket team England v India 2018 Don’t whine at Adil Rashid over his switch from white to red With his county deal up at the end of the season, Rashid’s representatives are due to meet Yorkshire’s hierarchy to discuss the current impasse or perhaps, as many believe will be the case unless a rumoured personality clash with the head coach, Andrew Gale, is resolved, his possible departure from Headingley.The England management privately view the issue to be between the player and his county and thus to have not picked their preferred option would have been a case of taking sides. The situation has, however, prompted future international selections to require a player’s availability along the lines of relevant format.Such issues rumbling away in the background, and the fact that three former captains in Michael Vaughan, Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain have all spoken out against his inclusion, have doubtless heightened the pressure on Rashid, though, along with this week being his first bowl with a red Dukes ball since last September. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. England cricket team Read more Share on Facebook news Vic Marks Read more Jason Gillespie Topics Share via Email Alastair Cook Reuse this content
Replacement winger Kolbe intercepted a pass from Anton Lienert-Brown to give the Springboks a 14-point lead two minutes into the second half, which proved to be the advantage they needed as the All Blacks came storming back.Taylor and Savea crossed from lineout drives to set up a nail-biting finish that ended when Damian McKenzie lost the ball in a tackle.“You’ve got to give them all the credit in the world the way they defended in that second half,” All Blacks captain Kieran Read said.“We threw everything at them, my boys kept working hard but the South Africans defended outstandingly well and obviously deserved their win. They put us under pressure and we didn’t respond the way we needed.” Argentina beat Australia in the Rugby Championship 2018 – as it happened Ronan O’Gara: ‘There’s no secret to the All Blacks but no one believes that’ Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Reuse this content Facebook Support The Guardian Read more Few had given the Springboks any chance of winning the game, having lost their last two matches and seemingly dropped below the standard that drove them to a 2-1 series win over England in June.Mindful the All Blacks have scored 38 or more in each of their Rugby Championship games this season, they knew they would need to score more than 30 themselves to have a chance. Woeful Wallabies stunned as Argentina win in Australia for first time since 1983 Share on Pinterest New Zealand rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Read more South Africa’s Jesse Kriel jumps for joy at the final whistle. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images South Africa rugby team Rugby Championship Share on Twitter Topics Rugby union “I have no words, I can’t say much. Our main thing is effort in our team, we’ve let ourselves down in the last couple of games. I think we showed a little bit of what we can do tonight. We should be proud of ourselves but plenty more work to do.” Share on Facebook Pinterest The Springboks started poorly, going 12-0 down inside the first 20 minutes as Jordie Barrett and Smith were put over as the All Blacks showcased their superb ability to offload under pressure.The problem with wanting to do everything at speed, however, resulted in poor decision making with the Springboks pouncing on errors deep inside All Blacks territory to score three unanswered tries within 11 minutes to earn a 21-12 lead.From then on, the All Blacks were chasing the game and while they struck back with Ioane’s first try, the Springboks went into half-time with a 24-17 lead following Handre Pollard’s only penalty. news Share on Messenger Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx and Cheslin Kolbe also crossed for the visitors, who had lost their previous two matches and been under immense pressure heading into the game.Rieko Ioane scored twice for the All Blacks, while Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea also crossed for the home side, while Beauden Barrett had a poor game with the boot, slotting just two of his six shots at goal.“All we wanted to do today was just give our best, give 100% for each other and make sure the guy next to you respects you after the whistle,” Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said after the South Africans held out the world champions with 14 men for the last 10 minutes. Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Saturday.It was the first loss by the All Blacks to the Springboks in New Zealand since 2009 and kept the southern hemisphere championship alive until at least the fifth round of games in two weeks’ time. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn
Share on Messenger Share on Twitter But after images of empty pavilion benches were beamed across the globe during England’s famous victory over India in the 2017 Women’s World Cup final – prompting widespread online criticism – Guy Lavender, the MCC chief executive, has moved further to avoid a repeat.Writing to members on Tuesday, Lavender said: “The latest tournament standings mean the outcome of [Bangladesh versus Pakistan] could prove crucial to England’s prospects of reaching the semi-finals. From this perspective, Friday’s match may yet prove to be one of the most decisive of the tournament. Unfortunately, and notwithstanding the context of the match, the Pavilion remains heavily undersubscribed.“Members may recall the ICC Women’s World Cup final in 2017, when unfavourable comparisons were made between the number of members in the Pavilion and full stands in the rest of the ground. This is damaging to MCC’s global reputation and the committee is determined to avoid a repetition of these images on Friday.”This summer’s World Cup is the first global tournament where MCC members have to pay for tickets in the pavilion, with this Friday’s game priced at £45. The three previous group games at Lord’s have been well attended by members, while the final on 14 July is already a sell-out.Lord’s is also due to host one of the eight teams in The Hundred, English cricket’s new city-based tournament that starts next summer and which is hoped will attract a family audience from all backgrounds.On the presence of schoolchildren in the pavilion this Friday, Lavender added: “It is hoped [this] will both improve the appearance of the pavilion and provide the youngsters with a memorable and formative experience.” Rohit Sharma leads India into semi-finals and sends Bangladesh out Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan cricket team Cricket MCC … 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. Share on WhatsApp Topics MCC members have received a panicked email imploring them to buy tickets for Bangladesh versus Pakistan at Lord’s or risk damaging the club’s global reputation.Only 50% of available pavilion tickets have been sold for Friday’s World Cup group stage match and the MCC committee has now relaxed its age restrictions to invite 250 school children into the famous old building. news Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Bangladesh Cricket Team Reuse this content
Manchester City Chaotic Carabao Cup run shows Man City nearly always find a way to win Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:25 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Bristol City Bristol City v Manchester City League Cup Opinion Pep Guardiola’s side have been near perfect in all the other competitions but have made things hard for themselves on the road to Wembley Manchester City’s route to the Carabao Cup final was not always as smooth and free-flowing as the first two-and-a-half minutes, but you get the feeling that Pep Guardiola’s men will be getting used to trips to Wembley in the years to come.We have become accustomed to near perfection from this City team in recent months but their Carabao Cup run has been littered with harem-scarem moments that have almost cost them.It was the same story on Tuesday, as City eventually overcame a stubborn Bristol City 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-final. Just as in the rest of their games, they were not without their shaky moments over the course of two legs. 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 Guardiola’s side did, of course, boss proceedings in both games, as they have done in all of their games in the competition so far, yet there have been moments of uncertainty in each of those victories to make things interesting, and to offer encouragement to their eventual rivals in the final, either Chelsea or Arsenal.It all started off so empthatically. For the first two minutes and 27 seconds of the third round tie at West Brom, a much-changed City team passed the ball between themselves at will, patiently waiting for a space to exploit and then bursting into life.After 52 consecutive passes, including all 11 players touching the ball at least twice, Ben Foster was the first Baggies player to even touch the ball. Unfortunately for him, his he could only push Ilkay Gundogan’s shot towards Leroy Sane, who rifled home. No outfield West Brom player touched the ball until Hal Robson-Kanu kicked off, three minutes and 16 seconds into the game. City were off to a flying start.With this game coming in mid September, before the Blues had racked up the most consecutive wins in Premier League history, and before racing into a surely unassailable lead at the top of the table, that goal provided as good an example as any that this group of players were getting used to life under Guardiola.Yet as stunning as that goal was, and despite taking a two-goal lead, West Brom did hit back, and nearly took the game to extra-time. They did not manage it, but Wolves did in the next round.City had started to look their assured best on all other fronts by the time the Championship side came to the Etihad Stadium, but a switched-up defence provided plenty of opportunities for the visitors, especially on the break.The team which had looked so solid in the league and Champions League were reduced, at times, to sprinting back towards their own goal as fast as their legs could carry them as opposition strikers ran clear. Were it not for Claudio Bravo, who saved three one-on-ones and two penalties in the shoot-out, the Blues would have been out. It went to penalties in Leicester, too, albeit after City conceded a soft one in added time at the end of a game they had dominated with another changed line-up. The Foxes ran City close, but yet again it came down to Bravo to save the day, sparking wild celebrations in a packed away end shorty before Christmas.And so to the semi-final, against a Bristol City side that deservedly knocked out Manchester United, courtesy of a dramatic 93rd-minute winner.While they managed to overcome Jose Mourinho’s sluggish side, and were backed by a raucous Ashton Gate crowd, nobody seriously expected them to lay a glove on the Premier League leaders, especially in Manchester.Yet they took the lead from the penalty spot after Eliaquim Mangala gave the ball away and John Stones made a rash challenge in the box. Sergio Aguero popped up with a last-minute winner to give City what was, on balance, a deserved but certainly hard-fought victory.And so too in Bristol on Tuesday. Guardiola picked a very strong line-up to ensure his side made it to Wembley, and their relentless pressing eventually proved too much when Sane struck the opener just before half-time. Kevin De Bruyne and Aguero ruthlessly exploited the space to double the lead five minutes after the break, and it looked like that would be that.Yet somehow City somehow let their opponents into the game yet again. Marlon Pack benefitted following some more questionable defending with 30 minutes to go, and while the Blues did manage to rest back control of the game, they rarely looked like extending their lead.Then, in the 90th minute, Aden Flint tapped home from close range to level the scores on the night. With five minutes of time added on, the hosts, with the crowd fully behind them once again, only needed one more to force extra-time. De Bruyne, of course, spoiled that particular party. The Belgian is head and shoulders above everybody in the Premier League, let alone the Championship, and he was never going to miss as City broke away.Ultimately, City can prepare for Wembley and be happy that, on the balance of all of their games except perhaps against Wolves at home, they have played well enough and created enough chances to deserve to be there.But it cannot be denied that they have made life hard for themselves in every match – much more so than they have in the other competitions – and no matter what state Arsenal or Chelsea are in in a month’s time, City will have to be at their very best if they are to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era.All that said, they have still proven that they find a way to win, even when not at their best.And at Wembley next month they will have another 90 minutes to reach those dizzy heights of the first two-and-a-half back in September. They have every chance. 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Atletico Madrid 2 Athletic Bilbao 0: Gameiro and Costa settle cagey clash Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 2/19/18 Getty Images Barcelona’s lead at the top of the LaLiga table was reduced back to seven points as Atletico Madrid downed Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at the Wanda. Kevin Gameiro came off the bench to score and create Atletico Madrid’s goals as Diego Simeone’s men maintained the pressure on LaLiga leaders Barcelona with a battling 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.Barca won at Eibar on Saturday to build their cushion back up to 10 points after Atletico had reduced the deficit thanks to successive draws from the Catalan giants.An out-of-form Athletic side had frustrated the hosts for large periods at the Wanda Metropolitano and seemingly looked set to hold Atletico to a goalless draw. 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 It was down to Gameiro to earn Atletico their fifth straight win in all competitions, the forward drilling a shot into the bottom corner after being set up by fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.Gameiro then set up Diego Costa to mark his latest return from injury with a goal, wrapping up the points with 11 minutes to go, beating Kepa Arrizabalaga at the goalkeeper’s near post.Athletic are now winless in six games and, after they failed to create a clear chance in the game, Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak recorded his 16th LaLiga clean sheet of the season, putting him top of the charts for Europe’s top-five leagues.4 goals and 2 assists in 8 games since making his @atletienglish comeback… @diegocosta is !!#AtletiAthletic pic.twitter.com/Qa7sl7C7Kl— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 18, 2018Atleti blew Copenhagen away 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday but took until the 14th minute to record the first effort of note, Jose Gimenez directing Griezmann’s free-kick wide at full stretch.The hosts should have had a penalty, however, Unai Nunez losing his footing and bringing down Costa, only for referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez to wave away strong appeals.Athletic failed to score in their last two LaLiga games and, shorn of the attacking threats posed by suspended duo Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia, they failed to record a shot on target in the first half, with Atleti having also failed to work Kepa Arrizabalaga.22 – Atletico have had a clean sheet at half-time in 22 La Liga games this season, more than any other side in the top five European leagues. Fortress. pic.twitter.com/SfZlMu21PE— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 18, 2018Costa went to ground again immediately after the restart but the referee decided a touch in the back from defender Nunez was not enough to send the striker crashing to the turf.The Spain striker recorded the first shot on target of the match after 50 minutes, finding space in the box to volley Sime Vrsaljko’s cross at goal, but Kepa saved easily to his left.Atletico were gradually finding more space but Costa headed over, Kepa was not troubled by Angel Correa’s ambitious 30-yarder and Griezmann fired wildly off-target.Simeone turned to Gameiro to provide more spark and the striker scored within eight minutes of his introduction for the out-of-sorts Koke.Atletico’s speed of thought resulted in an overload on the right wing after Athletic stopped in expectation of winning a free-kick, with Griezmann timing and weighting the pass out to the unmarked Gameiro perfectly for his compatriot to take a touch and rifle a low shot across Kepa.And with Athletic leaving too many gaps at the back, Gameiro slipped Costa through on goal to wrongfoot Kepa and ensure Atletico keep LaLiga’s title race very much alive. Key Opta stats:- Griezmann has assisted the last three Gameiro’s goals in LaLiga. – Since his return to Atletico, Diego Costa has been involved in six goals in his eight games in all competitions (four goals and two assists).- Atletico have kept clean sheets in 16 games in LaLiga this season, more than any other team in the top 5 European Leagues (equal to Juventus). – Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last 10 LaLiga games against Athletic Club (W8 D2), their longest ever run without defeat against them in the top flight.- Diego Simeone has won 13 games as a manager against Athletic in all competitions, more than he has against any other opponent as Atletico’s boss. read more
Paris Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Di Maria at the double as holders put Neymar injury aside Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 06:02 3/1/18 AFP Hit by the news of Neymar’s impending surgery on Wednesday, PSG cruised into the last four of the Coupe de France by beating Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain put the disappointment of Neymar’s foot surgery to one side to thump rivals Marseille 3-0 and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.The Ligue 1 leaders announced on Wednesday that the world’s most expensive player will miss next week’s second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, which they trail 3-1, after the decision was made for him to have surgery on a cracked metatarsal.While Neymar’s prolonged absence may prove fatal to their Champions League hopes, PSG reaffirmed that it will have little impact on their domestic success as Angel Di Maria’s double saw them into a fourth successive Coupe de France semi-final. 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 Di Maria settled the contest with a pair of deflected strikes, the first a vicious shot from outside the box, either side of half-time.Deserved gloss to the scoreline was added courtesy of a wonderful team move finished off by Edinson Cavani, as Marseille again suffered at PSG’s hands having lost by the same scoreline in the weekend’s Ligue 1 meeting, where Neymar suffered his injury.The win keeps PSG firmly on course for a domestic treble and they will be one of just two top-flight teams in the last four after shock triumphs for third-tier Chambly and Les Herbiers, while a free-flowing second-half showing will perhaps give Unai Emery added hope they can fight back against Madrid even without their world-record signing.6 – Angel Di Maria has scored six goals in his last four starts with @PSG_English in all competitions. Revitalized.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 28, 2018PSG started very brightly and, after Yuri Berchiche had an effort beaten away by Steve Mandanda, Cavani wasted a gilt-edged chance to give them the lead.The Uruguay international met Di Maria’s pull back after the Argentina winger was sent clear down the left, but he only succeeded in fizzing a shot over the bar.Aymen Abdennour was then fortunate not to concede a penalty when the Marseille centre-back appeared to handle in the area.Most of the pressing was unsurprisingly done by PSG, but Marseille remained dangerous on the counter-attack and Florian Thauvin curled an effort well over the crossbar.Di Maria then showed Thauvin how it should be done as he bent one towards goal from the edge of the area, only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Mandanda.But Mandanda could not replicate the same heroics on the stroke of half-time, the Marseille goalkeeper beaten as Di Maria unleashed a fierce half-volley that took a slight deflection off Adil Rami and flew into the bottom-left corner.Javier Pastore replaced Kylian Mbappe ahead of the restart and three minutes into the second half Di Maria effectively put the tie to bed – but in far less spectacular fashion.Marseille failed to deal with Yuri’s cross from the left, which eventually fell to Di Maria, and his side-foot effort deflected off Hiroki Saki and under Mandanda.Di Maria then lashed narrowly wide from long range and Julian Draxler went agonisingly close to scoring one of the goals of the season as his bicycle kick from Marco Verratti’s lofted pass was only just off target.A stunning reflex save saw Mandanda keep out Pastore’s diving header, but the final flourish came in style as Draxler nodded a Verratti chip down for Cavani to fire into the bottom-right corner in an illustration of the kind of football they will need to produce to deliver a Champions League turnaround next week.FULL TIME: See you in the @coupedefrance semifinal ! #AllezParis! #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/g7u73AeC8b— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 28, 2018 read more
MLS MLS Review: Timbers win sixth straight, Techera scores hat-trick Dejan Kalinic 12:24 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images MLS Portland Timbers Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake Vancouver Whitecaps v New England New York RB v Philadelphia Union Orlando City v Chicago Fire Minnesota United FC v Montreal Impact Colorado Rapids v Portland Timbers Los Angeles v DC United New England New York RB Colorado Rapids Los Angeles Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake Minnesota United FC Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Philadelphia Union Orlando City Chicago Fire DC United A brace from Samuel Armenteros helped the surging Timbers past the Colorado Rapids The Portland Timbers continued their winning streak in MLS, while Cristian Techera scored a hat-trick for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.The Timbers extended their run to six straight wins thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids.Samuel Armenteros opened the scoring for Portland approaching the half-hour mark, finding the top corner after a brilliant turn. 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 But the Rapids found an immediate response, Julio Cascante turning a cross into his own net.An Armenteros header restored the Timbers’ lead before Diego Valeri made it 3-1 after a counter-attack.Yannick Boli netted a late penalty for Colorado, but Portland closed out their win to move into third in the Western Conference.In Vancouver, Techera struck a second-half hat-trick to help the Whitecaps draw 3-3 against the New England Revolution.An Ali Ghazal own goal and Cristian Penilla strike had New England in control early in the second half.But Techera dragged the hosts level with two goals in three minutes, finishing a Marcel de Jong cross before scrambling in a second.Teal Bunbury restored the Revolution’s lead in the 59th minute, only for Techera to put away a Yordy Reyna cross to make it 3-3.240 seconds of action-packed-rollercoaster-highlights pic.twitter.com/Hh9LLnBE27— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) May 26, 2018A 10-man Los Angeles FC held on for a 1-1 draw at home to DC United to continue their solid start to the season.Real Salt Lake overcame the Seattle Sounders 1-0, the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union drew 0-0 and Chicago Fire beat Orlando City 2-1.Minnesota United scored twice in the second half to record a 2-0 win at home to the Montreal Impact.
Some of Australia’s best coaches and players will pass on their knowledge to the Wallsend Wolves’ talent this weekend as part of the Wallsend Touch Association’s High Performance Program training camp. The camp is being held for Wallsend’s Men’s and Women’s Open teams as well as its Under 20’s teams who will be travelling to Sydney each weekend in the coming months to take part in the New South Wales Touch Association’s Vawdon Cup competition. The Wolves have nominated four teams in this season’s competition, in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League divisions as well as in Division One, which is the first time in the club’s history that this has taken place. Having the opportunity to compete in the Vawdon Cup will help these teams become exposed to elite level competitions on a regular basis in an effort to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in the game.Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell and Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) Director of High Performance, Cathy Gray, will be in attendance at the camp while current National Training Squad members, Kirsty Quince, Jessica McCall (Women’s) and Simon Lang (Mixed), will also take part in the weekend. The weekend will consist of practical and theory sessions as well as team building activities. Wallsend Wolves’ coaching director and junior club president, Mark Andrews says the club is looking forward to the weekend. “We have been very lucky to have current Australian Women’s Open assistant coach Karley Banks move to the area and take up the role of head coach and instantly get people excited about being involved in something like this.”“We are hoping now to retain local players and help them develop and progress through the representative ranks and be able to still enjoy the chance to play with their friends and stay together. Our club is 100 percent behind the program, its coaching staff and the players see a bright future for not only the Open’s program, but all the players affiliated with the club,” Andrews said. Related LinksWallsend Wolves Camp
Touch Football Australia will be holding a Trends on the Game – Elite Skills Workshop in Brisbane on Saturday, 19 October. The workshop will be presented by Australian Women’s coach Peter Bell, and will involve the Australian Women’s Open team training in an interactive workshop where you can observe and ask questions.For more information please download the attached flyer. Register for this workshop via the following link by Friday 11th October http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EliteTrendsWorkshop19Oct Related Filestrends_of_the_game_-_elite_skills_workshop-pdfRelated LinksElite Skills Workshop
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mum comes clean on Barcelona links for PSG rebel Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe mother and agent of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot insists nothng has been agreed with Barcelona.Off contract and banished to the stands after refusing to consider new terms, Rabiot is expected to join Barca.However, his mother Veronique told RTL: “Discussions started with FC Barcelona? I’ll tell you, the rumours we are used to in football, we especially, it’s been years that there are rumours about Adrien, about me. “There is no agreement with any club at any time. I do not know who started this rumour. I think it might be nice for some people to believe it. I have always respected the rules and protocols, everyone knows it. We do not have the right to speak with any club before January 1st and I will not speak with any club before January 1st.”
Solskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchdayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ordered his players wear their club suits before all games.The Daily Mail says Solskjaer has ordered United’s players to wear their official club suits to all matches as he continues to impose his ethos on the squad.The United stars are still allowed to travel in their club tracksuits, as they did on the train to Watford for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.But when Solskjaer and his players arrived at Wembley 24 hours later, they were more formally dressed in suit and tie on the instructions of their caretaker manager.A smarter dress code is just one of the ground rules Solskjaer has borrowed from Sir Alex Ferguson, who was seen at United’s Carrington training ground again on Saturday before the squad left for London.The 45-year-old, who has done the same at Molde, informed the United players of the new regulation on their warm-weather training break last week. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say