Leander Dendoncker maintained Wolves’ Champions League charge and plunged Aston Villa deeper into relegation trouble.The Belgium international struck midway through the second half to earn the visitors a 1-0 win at Villa Park and close the gap on the top four. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side moved up to fifth in the Premier League – above Manchester United – and are just two points behind Chelsea after a third straight win.They maintained their 100 per cent record following the league’s resumption, keeping their seventh clean sheet in eight top-flight games.In contrast, Villa – winless since January – remain in the drop zone on goal difference having played a game more than rivals Bournemouth, West Ham and Watford.They managed just one shot on target and it could have been worse but Diogo Jota missed a glorious first-half chance following Orjan Nyland’s error.Villa lost Matt Targett to injury after just 10 minutes, replacing him with Neil Taylor, but made a solid start against a Wolves side not used to scoring early. The high-flyers have netted just four times in the opening 20 minutes in their 32 top-flight games this term.That trend continued at Villa Park, although Raul Jimenez glanced a header from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick at Nyland after 18 minutes.Matt Doherty hit the side-netting as Wolves tried to find their stride but, while Jimenez and Jota probed, there was little lasting threat.Robust Wolves rarely looked in danger though against a Villa team who had scored just twice in their previous five league games.Jack Grealish – who has now failed to score in his last nine matches – managed their only shot on target nine minutes before the break but Rui Patricio was untroubled. Wolves began to find more space to put the hosts under some concerted pressure and they were almost gifted an opener just before the break.There should have been no issue for Nyland as he attempted to throw to Taylor but the goalkeeper made a complete mess of it, only presenting Jota with the ball.Yet Villa survived the major let-off when, with Nyland out of his goal, Jota could only blast over from 18 yards.The mistake aside, Villa had remained organised and diligent at the back as they searched for just their second clean sheet in 17 games.RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Without a typical derby atmosphere the game struggled to ignite, something both managers tried to change as John McGinn and Adama Traore were introduced on the hour.And two minutes later Traore was involved in the build up for Wolves to grab the winner from an unlikely source.The winger found Jimenez on the left and his pinpoint pass spotted Jonny’s deep run into the box.The wing-back then teed up the on-rushing Dendoncker to drill in just his fifth goal of the season from the edge of the box.It was the same story for Villa, despite improved defensive resilience they failed to create chances with striker Ally Samatta looking woefully ill-equipped.The January buy headed over with 13 minutes left but there was no rousing comeback from the hosts with the two teams heading in opposite directions.Tags: Aston VillaEnglish Premier LeagueRelegationWolverhampton Wanderer
Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has launched a fierce attack on chairman Greg Dyke’s decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team. Press Association Rabbatts, who was born in Jamaica and is of mixed race, has written to all fellow board members criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA is letting down black players. In her letter, she says she has tried to raise the issue privately but there has been a “refusal to understand” her position. Her decision to go public leaves Dyke and the FA facing a crisis over the commission. The letter, a copy of which has been seen by Press Association Sport, stated: “I believe that the lack of proper consultation on the make up of the commission, the fact that no approval was sought from the board, releasing the names of the ‘chosen’ individuals at Leaders in Football, the composition of the commission itself and the lack of diversity, have all meant that the opportunity to lead an informed debate on the future of English players has been singularly damaged. “I make the comments about diversity not because they are additional to this matter but because they lie at its heart.” Rabbatts’ letter goes on to say it is “ironic” there is no representative from ethnic minority communities given that Andros Townsend, the Tottenham winger who played a key role in England’s victories on Friday and Tuesday and then found himself at the centre of a race row this week through no fault of his own, is himself black. Rabbatts backs the FA’s support for England boss Roy Hodgson after his dressing room joke about a monkey in space but added: “As the commission looks to address all of the complexities of its brief, it will crucially have to come to a view on nationality, race and identity. “To have announced a list without anyone who can speak from experience and in an informed manner on those three areas has exposed the FA at a vital moment. “What is required is not tokenism but the involvement of individuals who have direct and relevant experience of what it means to represent their country while coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. “By proceeding along this current path we are not only failing to reflect our national game but we are also letting down so many black and ethnic minority people – players, ex-players, coaches and volunteers, who have so much to offer and are so often discouraged and disheartened by the attitudes they encounter. The FA should be leading by example not reinforcing entrenched attitudes.” As well as Dyke, the commission will include former England manager Glenn Hoddle, Football League chairman Greg Clarke and FA vice-chairman Roger Burden, League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson, Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Ritchie Humphreys, Crewe director of football Dario Gradi and former England defender Danny Mills. The FA has stressed the line-up of commission members is not necessarily complete, and that many other people will also be consulted. However Dyke has said it will consist of no more than 10 members.
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New Delhi: There has been plenty of speculation regarding MS Dhoni’s future with the Indian cricket team following their exit in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Having made himself unavailable for selection for the West Indies tour and for the three-match Twenty20 International series, rumours floated around that Dhoni was going to announce his retirement shortly. However, Virat Kohli has given a clear indication of what is MS Dhoni’s position as the team prepares for the next major ICC assignment which is the World T20 which will be held in Australia in 2020. Speaking on the eve of the first Twenty20 International against South Africa at the HPCA stadium in Dharamshala, Kohli outlined the value of Dhoni in the current Indian set-up and remarked that he remains valuable in the broader scheme of things. “One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person. Experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. I mean there are a numerous number of times people have given up on sportsmen and they have proved people wrong and he (Dhoni) has done that many times in his career as well. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very valuable,” Kohli said. Also Read | Virat Kohli Says MS Dhoni ‘Made Me Run Like In A Fitness Test’, Social Media Fuels Retirement RumoursRecently, Kohli had shared a photo with Dhoni about their memorable partnership which knocked Australia out of the 2016 World T20. Kohli had blasted 82 and shared a match-winning stand with Dhoni as the duo put up a brilliant display of batting in Mohali. The Indian cricket team skipper’s post resulted in massive speculation that Dhoni was retiring soon. However, Kohli said he had learnt his lesson and sounded disappointed as to how the whole issue was misinterpreted.Also Read | Pakistan Comes Up With Cricket Team For ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’, Indian Fans Rip Apart Pak Netizens”I think it was a lesson for me, that the way I think, the whole world does not think that way. There was nothing in farthest stretch of my imagination (that it could be taken as retirement tribute) while putting that picture out on social media. Like what did I write. I remember that game even now, every now and then. I never spoke about that game and so I thought I put up a post. Now people interpreted it in a different manner in which there was not even an iota of truth,” Kohli said. India will play three Twenty20 Internationals and three Tests against South Africa and Kohli’s team will be bidding to end their winless run at home, having lost both their games in the 2015 series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
John Arne Riise could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury during Fulham’s Europa League match against Dnipro.The Whites left-back limped off 22 minutes into the qualifying play-off second leg in Croatia and was replaced by youngster Matthew Briggs.Fulham lost the game 1-0 but prevailed 3-1 on aggregate, securing a place in the group stage of the competition.AdChoices广告But they are anxiously assessing the injury picked up by summer signing Riise, who has impressed since arriving from Italian club Roma.The former Liverpool man looks certain to miss Sunday’s match at Newcastle, where Fulham will be looking for their first Premier League win – and goal – of the season.
(BBC) – Lewis Hamilton took his 90th career victory by beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a chaotic, incident-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix.The race was punctuated by two red flags, the first caused by a pile-up on the pit straight, the second by a high-speed crash for Lance Stroll.In one of the most dramatic races for years, six cars had retired before a lap of racing had completed.Red Bull’s Thai-British driver Alex Albon took a maiden podium in third.Hamilton’s win was his sixth in nine races this season and, coupled with a fastest lap secured on the penultimate tour, it extended his championship lead to 55 points as the season passes halfway, and puts him just one behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of wins.At the pre-race anti-racism demonstration, as he did his post-race interviews, and on the podium, Hamilton wore a T-shirt saying: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”It refers to one of a number of controversial cases in the US in which police officers have shot and killed black civilians.What caused the huge pile-up?Amid the sequence of incidents and crashes, the victory hinged on three standing starts between the Mercedes drivers.In the first, Hamilton got away poorly from pole position and lost the lead to Bottas, but racing lasted only three corners because of a crash between Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo, Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly and Haas driver Romain Grosjean.The incident also took out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had been struck by engine problems as he accelerated away from third on the grid.That led to a safety car, and at the restart, as Bottas bunched up the field down the pit straight, there was a massive crash towards the back of the field.Haas’ Kevin Magnussen accelerated and then slowed, he said because of cars doing the same in front of him. Williams driver Nicholas Latifi swerved to avoid him and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi then cannoned into Magnussen.McLaren’s Carlos Sainz then hit the back of the cars of both Giovinazzi and Magnussen, pitching the Alfa 90 degrees into the air before it came down on all four wheels.How Hamilton got the leadAt the restart, the positions of the Mercedes drivers was reversed. Hamilton drafted Bottas down to Turn One and took the lead around the outside, controlling the race from there.The Mercedes drivers disappeared off into the distance and appeared untroubled, but Bottas developed problems with excessive wear of his front tyres and began to drop dramatically away from Hamilton.Bottas had to pit earlier than expected for fresh tyres. Hamilton followed him in next time around and the two drivers were instructed to stay off the kerbs to protect their tyres.The race appeared done, but that was counting without another development.Racing Point’s Stroll was in the middle of a three-way fight for third with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in front and Albon behind when his left rear tyre exploded as he entered the second of the two 170mph Arrabbiata corners.That led to a second red flag, to repair the barrier.The final part of the raceAt the restart, with just 12 laps remaining, Bottas again got away slowly and lost second place to Ricciardo.But the Finn was able to pass the Renault next time around and secure second place.That left Ricciardo defending from Albon for third, which would have been the first podium for Renault since they returned to the sport in 2016.But Albon had too much pace in the Red Bull and passed the Renault with a lovely move around the outside of the first corner with three laps to go to take his maiden F1 podium.Albon made hard work of the result. Starting fourth, he dropped back to seventh at the second start and had to fight his way back up, which he did with some excellent passes.Ricciardo took fourth, ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Lando Norris.Williams driver George Russell just missed out on his first points, finishing 11th, behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.Ferrari had a difficult day as they celebrated their 1,000th F1 Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc was running third early on, but dropped down the field, lacking pace and straight-line speed and finished eighth.
Assuredly, the best of Nigerian football artistry will be on display at “The Cathedral”, the famous home ground of reigning NPFL Champions, Rangers International. Quite befitting that the tournament holds at the end of what has been a historic year for the city of Enugu and lovers of the Flying Antelopes who ended a 32-year wait for a league crown in exquisite fashion back in early October.The nation’s best four teams and continental representatives in next year’s CAF competitions (Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah) are using the tournament to kick-start their preparations for the new season and the commencement of a new league season.Two of the four teams that will be on parade in Enugu have had managerial changes ahead of the new season – Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah are now handled by Mohammed Baba Ganaru and Japanese Takeshi Nakamura – while last season’s top two sides Rangers and Rivers United have stuck with their Rivers State-born tacticians Imama Amapakabo and Stanley Eguma respectively.The average Nigerian football fan can expect nothing but the best of football contest during this five-day competition which features four teams that have evolved with some of the best playing philosophies in the NPFL.Rangers’ high octane passing and off-the-ball movement confounded their opponents as they steamrolled into the championship last term while Rivers United had an impeccable home run which was characterized by some of the best footballing stuffs that Port Harcourt used to be known for.Wikki Tourists might have lost their erstwhile coach, Abdu Maikaba to Akwa United but Maikaba’s former boss, Baba Ganaru is more than capable to step up from where his predecessor stopped.For Federation Cup champions, FC Ifeanyiubah, their array of foreign imports often treated league fans to some scintillating stuffs last season and the Super Four should avail new coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi the chance to show all what his own philosophy is all about.This year’s Super4 is expected to be a departure from what we have had in recent years in the sense that participating teams who hitherto always use the tournament as their first phase of preparation, have been engaged in different tournaments in different stages of their pre-season thus far.Ranging from the Gold Cup in Ogun State, South West, North East Cup in Gombe State, North East, to Shehu Dikko Cup in Kaduna State, Northwest, NPFL teams have engaged themselves in very competitive pre-season tournaments.Three of the Super4 campaigners (Rangers, Rivers United and Wikki Tourists) have featured in one or more of the aforementioned competitions and so are expected to be in a top shape physically and mentally. The tournament comes at a stage where the coaches already have a definite way of how their teams will look like in the next season which will make for an informed viewing.It has been announced that all games in this edition of Super Four will be played under floodlights in the hours of 1700 and 1900, West African time. This should continue the renewed tradition of giving families, civil servants and artisans a chance of being part of the beautiful game in wonderful atmospheres.It has been wondered why a lot has been said about the electric European nights at Anfield, Old Trafford and some other European cities until fans began to witness the difference between afternoon football and night football in Enugu during the last league season.It is not just the colour nor the fireworks and flames from the fans that make night football (especially in Enugu) special, but there is something extraordinary about the all round mood of the players, coaches, spectators and even the TV broadcasters. A great experience awaits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fisayo DairoThe best four teams in the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season will converge on the ancient city of Enugu, starting today December 7 through Sunday, December 11 for the 2016/17 pre-season tournament tagged the NPFL Super4.Last season, the tournament held over the two legs in Kaduna and Uyo with Akwa United emerging the champions.
Every sunny spring here at USC brings high expectations and hype for the upcoming football season. It seems as if, year after year, the Trojans are projected to compete for the national championship several months before the season has even started. Back in 2012, the Trojans were preseason No. 1, and several experts picked them to win the championship. Well, we all know how that turned out.This year feels different, however. The Trojans have brought in the best recruiting class since the Pete Carroll era, returned one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Cody Kessler and have tremendous talent on both sides of the ball.Coming into spring practice, the Trojans were faced with numerous question marks. Their best player, Leonard Williams, was leaving for the NFL Draft, as was leading wide receiver Nelson Agholor.Off-the-field issues for Bryce Dixon left the tight end position up for grabs, and many wondered whether an offensive line that gave up numerous sacks last season would grow.On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore JuJu Smith and redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell had tremendous spring seasons. Smith, coming off an impressive freshman campaign in which he caught 54 passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns, has slowly become one of Kessler’s favorite targets. After dealing with nagging injuries in his first two seasons, Mitchell came alive during spring practice and fought for the No. 2 spot behind Smith.For the first time in almost a decade, the defense resembles a Carroll-era stalwart. Led by junior Su’a Cravens and sophomore wonder Adoree’ Jackson, the Trojans field one of the best secondaries in the country. Freshman Iman Marshall expects to factor into the rotation as well. Redshirt senior Antwaun Woods will start at nose tackle for the Trojans, hoping to replicate some of the success that Williams had over the past three years.After dealing with the effects of reduced scholarships for the past four years, head coach Steve Sarkisian will finally have some depth to his team. The years of traveling with half a team and practicing without contact because of fear of injury are over. With a recruiting class of 19 players, the Trojans are set to be three-deep at every position with scholarship players, a first in almost four years.Though the Trojans will be much deeper this season, their success will depend on the play of Kessler. He put up phenomenal numbers last season, completing 69 percent of his passes en route to 39 touchdown passes, tying a school record. If the Trojans want to make the jump to elite, however, they will need Kessler to perform better in games against top opponents. Against unranked opponents last year, Kessler threw for 2,434 yards and 32 touchdowns. Meanwhile, he threw for just 1,392 yards and seven touchdowns against ranked opponents, a clear step backward.With another starting season and spring under his belt, Kessler figures to continue his growth as the next great USC quarterback. Though he won’t have the same weapons as Matt Barkley did in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, Kessler will be the main benefactor of Sarkisian’s up-tempo offense. If Kessler is able to lead the Trojans to a strong season, expect his name to be in the Heisman conversation.One key weakness that the Trojans will have to overcome is their lack of seniority. The Trojans return only six senior starters for this upcoming season, but players like Jackson, Cravens and Smith have all taken leadership roles in their underclassman years. The Trojans will have to hope that the incoming freshman class can follow suit.Heightened expectations put more pressure on Sarkisian, as he takes the reins for his second year in charge. The Trojans started 2014 well before falling apart in losses to Utah, Arizona State and UCLA. The Trojans ended the season on a high note, though, winning the Holiday Bowl over Nebraska. With Sarkisian landing the top recruiting class in the country, however, finishing 9-4, or even 10-3, next season is not going to keep Trojan fans happy. Should the Trojans be out of the playoff race come late November, Sarkisian might find himself looking for another job.Sarkisian is doing his best Carroll impression, opening practices to the media, praising players publicly and opening the offense up. Now it’s time to see if he can replicate the results.The Trojans’ season doesn’t kick off for another five months, on Sept. 5 against Arkansas State. This team is by far the most well-rounded that USC has fielded in years, combining the right amount of leadership and youth. A lot can happen in those five months, but for now the sky is the limit for this young but talented team.Nick Barbarino is a junior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Fridays.
Facebook Twitter Google+ As Paul Flanagan stood outside his team’s locker room, resting against the outside of the boards with purple Gatorade and stat sheet in hand, the audible result of two points rung from just beyond the doors.“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran blasted in the SU locker room, then cheers and whoops of a victorious night drowned out Flanagan’s answers about special teams and goaltending. Since November, Syracuse’s head coach has preached the importance of two points. Now in the home stretch of College Hockey America play, the importance of two points is boldface in the minds of SU’s personnel.And Friday night, the Orange (11-11-5, 10-3-2 CHA) picked up another two points as it defeated Mercyhurst (10-17-2, 6-8-1) 3-0 at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The win wasn’t pretty, and the Orange didn’t dominate play, but it came out with two more points and one step closer to a CHA tournament bye.“Getting the two points is huge,” senior defender Larissa Martyniuk said. “Hopefully tomorrow we get another two.”Flanagan said he thought his team started out strong, but saw a little lull in the middle of the period. Part of that was rough play, board battles, stick checks and tons of contact. Mercyhurst used its forecheck and physical play to keep SU buried in its zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEventually, the Orange generated some chances, but it was much of the same: loose pucks and bodies flying everywhere. The game was rough and tumble right from the very start.“I love when people slash me and stuff,” Martyniuk said. “It makes me laugh. It’s nice when you can get away with a little bit.”With 52 seconds left in the first period, SU took the lead. After senior forward Jessica Sibley drew a penalty with three seconds left in a Mercyhurst powerplay, Syracuse had a skater advantage of its own.The Orange, finally free of errant sticks and hard-hitting shoulders, could move the puck. Junior forward Emily Costales found freshman forward Savannah Rennie behind the net. Rennie moved to the front, just out of the reach of Lakers goaltender Sarah McDonnell’s stick, and fired across the outstretched goalies body.“A little bit of patience and I saw an opening,” Rennie said, “I just tried to get it on net.”The puck found its way up into the top left corner of the net, and SU never relinquished the lead. Two third period goals from junior forward Alysha Burriss sealed the game for the Orange.On both of the goals, Burriss was positioned in the right spot. A rebound, a bouncing puck, and the swipe of a stick to go five hole on MacDonnell twice. That’s all it took.The Orange won every statistical category, but until the third goal, the Lakers were never out of it.“Thirty-five years I haven’t seen a perfect game yet,” Flanagan said. “Just get those two points and keep climbing that ladder.”It wasn’t a dominating win. It wasn’t a pretty win. But it was a win. And with the march toward Buffalo, the CHA tournament and a first round bye in full swing, Syracuse will take it. Comments Published on February 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham
LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Written By Last Updated: 27th August, 2020 19:20 IST Cleveland’s 3 Major Teams Link To Fight For Social Change Cleveland’s three major professional sports franchises — the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians — are teaming up to fight social injustice. SUBSCRIBE TO US Cleveland’s three major professional sports franchises — the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians — are teaming up to fight social injustice.The move comes one day after the NBA postponed playoff games, and other leagues followed suit, amid a player-led boycott to protest the shooting of a Black man by police in Wisconsin.Cleveland’s teams announced an alliance to “develop a sustainable and direct strategy to address social injustice facing the city and all Northeast Ohio communities.”Kevin Clayton, vice president of diversity, inclusion and engagement for the Cavaliers, hopes the partnership and one-of-a-kind program triggers similar efforts elsewhere.“This collaboration is unique in all of sports,” he said. “Other cities are going to model after this.”That’s an off-shoot, and hardly the goal. The three-team union will focus on strengthening the relationships between law enforcement and citizens, promote nonpartisan voting activities and provide educational opportunities in the area.The key leaders for the effort include: Browns general manager Andrew Berry and first-year coach Kevin Stefanski; Cavs GM Koby Altman and coach J.B. Bickerstaff; and Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, GM Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Francona.Each team plans to use its own platforms to coordinate activities and promote “a call to action and positive outcomes.” The teams will also have some of their players involved in the alliance.For Berry, one of only two Black GM’s in the NFL and the youngest at 33, linking with the Cavs and Indians is another effort to promote change.Berry recently launched his “Be The Solution” campaign an idea born from watching the nationwide protests following the shooting death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and wanting to do more. He initially challenged team employees via an email to take action and join him by taking an active role — signing up for a cause, donating — and his message quickly spread.“We understand the platform our organization has to make a positive impact on these important issues,” said Berry, who was brought back to Cleveland after a year in Philadelphia.”When Coach Stefanski and I began discussing how we might be able to elevate and broaden that impact by expanding the dialogue to our counterparts in Cleveland, it quickly became apparent that partnering with the other teams in our city would help our region come together so we can collectively address the problems that we’ve all been working to help solve independently.” First Published: 27th August, 2020 19:20 IST