In the ongoing match between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Dinesh Karthik was included in the team’s lineup in place of Kedhar Jadhav and as a result, Karthik has made World Cup debut for India.Karthik, who played his first match for India in 2004, made his World Cup debut after playing international cricket for 15 years.The 34-year-old was part of Men in Blue’s World Cup squad in 2007, but he did not get a chance to play in the starting XI.Jadhav came under severe criticism for his baffling batting approach in the team’s match against England. While chasing 338, India were in a good position when Jadhav and Dhoni came at the crease.But the duo did not look for boundaries and they looked content with just singles and doubles. The team were handed their first defeat in the World Cup by England by 31 runs and many people blamed these two players for their approach.In the match between India and Bangladesh, the former won the toss and chose to bat.India made another change in their playing XI as they brought in Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Kuldeep Yadav.The Men in Blue are currently placed at the second position in the tournament standings with 11 points from seven matches.If they go on to beat Bangladesh, the team will progress to the knock-out stage.While filing this story, India had reached the score of 71/0 after 11 overs.Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: Don’t need to assess how to convert those 50s into hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionAlso See:advertisement
The Google Pixel is slated to be launched in October this week. Ahead of the official launch of the upcoming Pixel smartphone, a number of reports in the past couple of weeks have tried to give us a glimpse of the Pixel 3 successor. While reports and leaks ahead of smartphone launches are common, Google made an unprecedented move by leaking an image of the Pixel 4 via its official Twitter channel. That should stoppedor at the very leastslowed down the string of reports. But it hasn’t. And now, the Google Pixel 4 has been spotted in the public once again.According to a report by 9To5 Google, the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone was spotted on London Underground late last week. The phone was presumably covered in a generic grey coloured smartphone case. Normally, the casing would make it difficult to identify the Pixel 4 smartphone. However, the phone’s rear camera setup was a give away.The images show the Pixel 4 smartphone spotting a triple camera setup along with an LED flash and what the publication reports to be a spectral sensor that is place above and below the flash.Notably, this is not the first time that the upcoming Google Pixel 4 smartphone has been spotted in public. Last month, a tipster shared the first live image of the Google Pixel 4 in what seemed to be a Made by Google fabric case. The phone was reportedly spotted in London. While the live image didn’t reveal much, it did confirm that the Pixel 4 would come with a multi-camera setup at the back that would be neatly tucked inside a square shaped module.advertisementSeparately, prior leaks and reports have detailed a number of features and specifications pertaining to the upcoming Pixel 3 successor. Google has already confirmed that Pixel 4 would come with a triple rear camera setup and a leaked code from an unreleased built of Android Q revealed that the device would come with a 16MP telephoto lens. Reports also indicate that the phone could come with a Time-of-Flight sensor at the back.Aside from the camera, the Google Pixel 4 is expected to retain a glass back but ditch the dual tone design. The phone is likely to sport up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. While a lot of these details remain unclear at the moment, we know that the Pixel 4 smartphone would have Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in its core and run on Android Q.ALSO READ: | Pixel 4 leaks in live photos days after Google confirmed the phoneALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 XL renders show off triple rear cameras, thick top bezelALSO READ: | Google confirms Pixel 4 with dual rear cameras
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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 offense didn’t quite come out of the gate guns blazing last Thursday in Mount Pleasant, with a notably conservative attack limiting the Cowboys to just 24 points. The first home game of the season is Saturday evening, and here are three things I expect to see from the offense on Saturday.ATTACKThe offense spu-spu-sputtered initially, but part of that was due to conservative play calling and also a lack of execution. The Cowboys claim to run an air raid offense, and I think that’s exactly what they’ll do from the start on Saturday. Rudolph will be spraying darts all over the field.Opening up the field in the passing game should allow for the offense, and specifically the running game, to open up. That starts with the Cowboys going into attack mode early.Improved offensive lineDid the offensive line look bad last week? Not necessarily.Altogether, the team rushed for just over 150 yards. It’s good, but I think that number will definitely improve this week.Again, part of this I think will be dependent on play calling. When the halfback dive is ran consistently, it doesn’t quite keep the defense on the heels. I think the more diverse play calling will ultimately lead to a more impressive offensive line – especially against an FCS opponent in UCA.Big playsLast week against Samford, Central Arkansas gave up 4 touchdowns that went for longer than 35 yards, which included touchdown runs of 54 yards and 49 yards. They gave up over 5 yards per carry – a number I am sure Gundy would be pleased to come away with.
Transfers Ferguson turned down Ribery transfer at Man Utd, claims Campbell Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:13 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Transfers Manchester United Olympique Marseille Bayern München Premier League Ligue 1 The ex-Red Devils boss did not rate the French winger while watching him at Marseille in 2006, according to one of his close friends Sir Alex Ferguson opted against trying to sign Franck Ribery for Manchester United in 2006 after only watching him for 45 minutes.That is according to the latest set of diaries published by Tony Blair’s former communications chief Alastair Campbell, a close friend former Red Devils boss Ferguson.Arsenal 8/1 to beat West Brom 2-1 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 Campbell was in Ferguson’s company as the pair watched Ribery, then at Marseille, take on Bolton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup in February 2006, according to the Sunday Times .However, Ferguson apparently claimed the French winger – who went on to be named Ligue 1 Player of the Year for that season – was not good enough for United.Campbell wrote: “Alex was watching Franck Ribery, the Marseille winger, but decided by half-time he was not good enough for United.”Ribery remained at Marseille until 2007 before switching to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich for a reported €25 million.He has since gone on to win numerous honours with the German outfit including seven league titles and the 2012-13 Champions League.
Kevin De Bruyne Don’t stress it – De Bruyne relaxed over initial Man City contract talks Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 17:33 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Manchester City v Napoli UEFA Champions League Club director Txiki Begiristain has spoken to the Belgium midfielder’s agent regarding a new deal at the Etihad Stadium Kevin De Bruyne is happy to focus on extending his fabulous form on the field, with preliminary talks over a new contract at Manchester City having already taken place.KDB 11/10 to score v BurnleyThe Belgium international impressed once more as Pep Guardiola’s side made it three wins out of three in Champions League Group F on Tuesday, holding out for a pulsating 2-1 triumph over Napoli. 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. Ahead of the match, De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster stated he would seek to use the astronomical wages paid by Paris Saint-Germain to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as benchmarks when discussing fresh terms with the Premier League leaders.Neymar is reported to earn €600,000 per week at the Parc des Princes, while City are understood to have De Bruyne on a current weekly wage in the region of £115,000.The 26-year-old is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2021 and, speaking after he set up Gabriel Jesus’ decisive goal against Napoli, he confirmed De Koster has met with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain to set the wheels in motion on an extension.”My agent went already one time to Txiki,” he said. “Talks are coming.”I’m patient anyway, I don’t stress it. I think I read something in the press [about his contract] but I have time.”De Bruyne is similarly at ease when it comes to assessing the hype around a succession of acclaimed showings for City, which culminated in Guardiola fielding questions comparing his midfielder’s talents to Lionel Messi before the Napoli match.”I don’t care,” he said. “I have to do the things that I do.”In football you are going to have highs and lows. In football you have to live in the middle.”I come home and just do what I always do, no matter if it’s a good game or a bad game. I just like to enjoy my football, that’s a big part of me.”I put a lot of passion in what I do and I like to win.”The precision low cross for Jesus in the 13th minute marked De Bruyne’s seventh assist in all competitions this season.His impeccable deliveries during last weekend’s demolition of Stoke City were the talking point of a 7-2 win where the ex-Wolfsburg man did not actually get on the scoresheet himself.Being cast as his team’s chief provider is a role De Bruyne has long relished.“Obviously, the team knows better and better the way I play [but] I think if you check my assists, what I did before in Germany and Belgium, a lot of times it’s the same,” he said.”The way I think is it’s great to get a player in a scoring position. If I can give that ball I will give it because I think at that time in the game it’s the right pass for me.”De Bruyne clattered the crossbar with a fine strike against the Serie A pacesetters, part of an eventful outing that also featured him exchanging cross words with colleagues David Silva and Fernandinho.A late first-half booking was the source of the playmaker’s ire, with his senior team-mates bearing the brunt as he sought to remonstrate with the fourth official at half-time.But De Bruyne was happy to report the trio’s midfield marriage was quickly back on track.”We had a little discussion at the time, it happens,” he added. “There’s nothing wrong. After one minute, it’s over.”At home I get some arguments with my wife. I think it’s normal.”
U.S. U-17s relishing underdog role against EnglandU.S. U-17s relishing underdog role against England
United States U17 U.S. U-17s relishing underdog role against familiar foe England Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 07:59 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) AIFF Media United States U17 U17 World Cup United States U17 v England U17 England U17 The USA enters as an underdog against a well-known rival in Saturday’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, but manager John Hackworth remains confident The U.S. Under-17 national team isn’t generating much consideration as a real threat to knock off England in Saturday’s Under-17 World Cup quarterfinal, but the underdog label doesn’t bother U.S. coach John Hackworth all that much. For one, there isn’t a team in the World Cup he and his U.S. team knows better than England. Secondly, the underdog label just might offer up the kind of motivation that makes a difference in a rivalry that has been very tightly contested.”For sure England is the favorite, and are worthy of that,” Hackworth told Goal ahead of Saturday’s quarterfinal in Goa, India. “They’ve been a good team, have a great record, and have been great in this tournament. But just like with Paraguay (which was unbeaten before the U.S. delivered a 5-0 thumping), I didn’t get why people made us a big underdog against Paraguay. We beat Ghana, one of the best teams in this tournament, and I don’t think we were getting much respect.”Obviously the Paraguay game gave us a little bit, but that being said, we role into this game and nobody’s giving us a chance and you wouldn’t think we had a chance in hell to win. So we’re going to use that to our advantage.” 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 The Americans face an English side they know all too well, having faced them on four different occasions in the past two years. The results have been as tight as can be, with three matches resulting in draws, and England winning one courtesy of a late goal. Not only have the two teams competed many times, they have also established friendships along the way, having stayed at the same hotels in past competitions. Many of the same players who contested those four previous meetings will be involved in Saturday’s quarterfinal, and that familiarity should help the Americans feel comfortable in a pressure-packed match.”There’s no question we think they’ve been the best team we’ve played throughout this cycle,” Hackworth said. “There’s a lot of mutual respect between the players. We stayed at the same hotels together in England and they played games together, ping-pong and foosball and all that kind of stuff. We’re at the same hotel now in Goa and it’s the same way. They give each other high fives walking through the common area.”It’s interesting but there’s a mutual respect there because we play similar styles, and we’re both kind of stubborn in trying to concentrate on ourselves instead of our opponents,” he continued. “It’s going to make for an interesting chess match.”England has rolled through the Under-17 World Cup undefeated, having outscored opponents 11-2. A penalty shootout win against Japan after a 0-0 regulation has the English on course to try and match the World Cup winning accomplishment of the Under-20 England team that won a world championship last summer.It is an England team that plays free-flowing, attacking soccer, but it’s a team Hackworth feels can be beaten.”They look to always find the free player on the field. Their movement off the ball is excellent,” Hackworth said. “They do want their players to be comfortable dribbling out of pressure, and they’re good at it, but it’s also risky in a World Cup and it’s something we’re going to try and capitalize on.”The U.S. will go into the match without starting defensive midfielder Chris Goslin, who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. His absence will force Hackworth to insert a new face in central midfield, be it Akil Watts or Indiana Vassilev.”Any time you go deep into a tournament like this, you need a deep squad,” the U.S. manager said. “Guys are going to have to step up in moments. Akil Watts is a guy who can potentially step in. He played 90 against Paraguay and played very well against a player I thought had been one of the best in the tournament.”Durkin would be a great option (in the defensive midfield role), and that’s a natural position for him. It’s a natural position for James as well, but we will probably go with a new face there.”Saturday’s quarterfinal could provide a signature moment for U.S. star striker Josh Sargent, who has scored two goals in the Under-17 World Cup, a modest total for a player who won the Silver Ball award at the Under-20 World Cup last summer.Sargent, who has reached a verbal agreement to sign with German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen when he turns 18 in February, will be the focal point of the attack, though hat-trick scorer Timothy Weah and playmaker Andrew Carleton showed against Paraguay that they can also pick up the slack in attack while Sargent does the dirty work.”(Sargent) does the work even when he doesn’t get the goals,” Hackworth said. “That’s the part that I really like about him. He creates the opportunities for his teammates by making unselfish runs off the balls. Our team is a little different than how he was with the U-20s. With the 20s, he was expected to let everyone else do the work and provide him the ball. On our team, we ask him to do a lot of those things.”Hackworth acknowledges that it will take a full team effort to beat a team like England, but admits he is hopeful the big stage will offer Sargent a chance to show off his considerable talent.”If you’re going to win the really big games, your star players have to lead the way,” he said. “(Sargent’s) done that with his work ethic, and his ability on both sides of the ball. It would be great if he had one of those breakout moments (against England) because he’s the leader of this group. Both with his talent, his work ethic and the qualities he brings.”
Barcelona Valverde hails Arnaiz after impressive Barcelona debut Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 06:59 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Twitter @FCBarcelona Barcelona Real Murcia v Barcelona Real Murcia Copa del Rey Ernesto Valverde Jose Arnaiz’s goalscoring debut for Barcelona against Murcia left his manager very impressed Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was delighted with the performance of debutant Jose Arnaiz in his side’s Copa del Rey win at Real Murcia.The 22-year-old marked his first start for the club with the third goal in the 3-0 win over the Segunda B side at the Nueva Condomina on Tuesday.Barca 1/2 to beat Bilbao with dabblebet 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 Arnaiz has impressed for Gerard Lopez’s Barcelona B team since arriving from Real Valladolid and looked dangerous throughout on the left-hand-side of the attack, in the absence of rested senior stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Valverde believes it is an encouraging start for the forward and was pleased to be able to give him game time, along with midfielder Carles Alena and Marc Cucurella, who also made his debut.”He’s a player with self-assuredness,” Valverde said of Arnaiz. “He has the goal in his head. I believed he could help us in this game and that it’s good for them [the B team players] to come and face a situation like this.”He scored a great goal, he has a powerful shot. It’s a first step. We’ll see if we can help us more.”8 – José Arnaiz has been involved in 8 goals (five goals & three assists) in nine games played for @FCBarcelona (Segunda & Copa). Promise pic.twitter.com/airfi1xT5B— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017The victory puts the Copa holders in pole position to progress to the last 16 and maintains Barca’s fine form this season, with the Catalans having won 12 of their 13 matches in all competitions since their Supercopa de Espana loss to Real Madrid.”It was a typical day in the cup. The opponents had a lot of enthusiasm,” said Valverde.”In the first half, we weren’t too clear. In the second, we managed to get two more goals. “It’s true they played well at times but I’m happy because the B players made their debut, we won and we have to keep going.”
Chelsea Chelsea match-winner Hazard: I like playing Bournemouth! Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 04:17 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Chelsea Eden Hazard AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea AFC Bournemouth Premier League The Blues’ win over Bournemouth was thoroughly deserved even though they missed chances, according to the match winner Eden Hazard says he enjoys playing against Bournemouth after he continued his fine record against the Cherries with the winner as Chelsea earned a 1-0 away win on Saturday.The Belgium international made it five goals in five Premier League appearances against Eddie Howe’s side with a left-footed second-half winner, which beat Asmir Begovic at his near post.Everton 5/2 to beat Leicester 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 Chelsea were comfortable despite the small margin of victory, with Bournemouth only managing one shot on target as the champions moved back to within nine points of leaders Manchester City.The Blues had a goal disallowed from Alvaro Morata, who also had two other excellent first-half chances to score before setting up Hazard’s winner after the interval.”I like to play against Bournemouth!” Hazard said to BT Sport .”I try to play every game like this. I am just happy. I scored, we won.”The only problem is that we should score more goals. We should have got three, maybe four goals to make the game easy. But we didn’t concede a lot of chances and I think we deserved the win. “It was a very good goal, important also. When you play this kind of game you just need to win. We have three points and we move on.”All the team deserve this, we did well defensively, offensively also. I think Thibaut Courtois needed this for the confidence.”Three points secured! #BOUCHE pic.twitter.com/PrYbj9T1Cm — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 28, 2017 Asked if City could be caught, Hazard said: “The season is long, you never know what can happen. “They are top and play well with a lot of goals – but we have a lot of games to play, we will see at the end of the season.”Next week is huge for Chelsea, who are away to Roma in the Champions League before a crunch Premier League clash against second-placed Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 17:15 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid Atlético Madrid The Madrid derby will be played for the first time in the Wanda Metropolitano with both sides needing wins to keep touch at the Liga summit Madrid’s famous derby breaks new ground on Saturday as Atletico Madrid welcome rivals Real to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time.The clash, always a tense 90 minutes of football, takes on great importance for both sides after less than scintillating starts to the season. Madrid -3 19/20 with dabble 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 To put it simply, neither team can afford a defeat that could see them fall further behind La Liga pace-setters Barcelona.But who will triumph in the maiden Wanda derby clash? Game Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Date Saturday, November 18 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Atletico Madrid players Goalkeepers Oblak, Moya, Werner Defenders Godin, Filipe Luis, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez Midfielders Partey, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Fernandez, Gaitan, Gabi Forwards Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Vietto, Gameiro Diego Simeone has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the derby and he will hope striker Antoine Griezmann can return to form after some disappointing displays of late.With Diego Costa unable to feature for Atleti until January due to the club’s transfer ban, Angel Correa is in line for a start alongside Griezmann on Saturday.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Lucas; Gabi, Partey, Koke, Saul; Correa, Griezmann. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Casilla, Luca, Moha Defenders Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Vazquez, Mayoral There are still plenty of injury niggles for Zinedine Zidane to contend.Gareth Bale is still out with a hamstring problem and will play no part against Atletico, while Keylor Navas is back in training, but not yet ready to return and Mateo Kovacic also needs more time to recover from his injury.Better news sees Dani Carvajal available again after a heart problem, while Luka Modric is also in contention despite being described by Zidane as “off-colour” in training on Thursday.Potential starting XI: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Madrid are 5/4 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Atletico priced at 23/10 and the draw available at 12/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW There is more at stake than usual on Saturday as Zidane’s men make the trip to Atletico’s shiny new home for the first time.Neither Madrid nor their bitter rivals have been in great form so far. The Merengue have fallen eight points behind Barcelona at the Liga summit and currently share third place with Atletico, sitting ahead currently on goal difference. After such a spectacular start to life on the Bernabeu bench Zidane is now feeling the pressure a little, and three points at the Wanda Metropolitano would be more than welcome. Real must beware, however, as they will be facing up against another coach who will be desperate for victory. Diego Simeone’s place as a Colchonero legend is beyond question, but he cannot help but be worried by the slump his team have entered in this, his seventh season in charge. While league results have been slightly under-par, Atletico face the added disappointment of an underwhelming Champions League campaign that may end prematurely if they do not get their act together in the final two group games. A win over Real could serve as to kick start their spluttering season, meaning Zidane can take absolutely nothing for granted in this must-see derby.
World Cup Hassan Al Thawadi: No discussions with Neymar over World Cup ambassadorial role Rahul Bali 01:52 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Neymar The Brazilian star of PSG may not be named as one of the ambassadors of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, according to the head of preparations Hassan Al Thawadi, the secretary general for the committee in charge of the 2022 World Cup, has denied reports that Neymar is in line to be an ambassador for the showpiece in Qatar.PSG signed the Brazilian for a record €222 million from Barcelona, and the French club have been owned by the Qatar Investment Authoritiy (QIA) since 2011.But while there have been suggestions that the Brazilian skipper will be the face of the World Cup in the Arab region, Al Thawadi played down their significance. 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 “Let me tell you that PSG and Qatar’s World Cup are two independent projects. We are not interlinked,” he said.“With regards to Neymar being the brand ambassador, he is a big star and if he continues in this way he will be one of the biggest stars. However, currently there are no plans,” Al Thawadi said.He further explained as to which qualities they look for when a legend is brought onboard. He cited the example of Xavi Hernandez, who currently plies his trade for Qatar’s Al Sadd club.“Xavi is one of our ambassadors. We are in discussions with former and current players. However, it is important to point out that we are not just after the stars but for role models who represent the values we believe in.“Xavi is the ambassador for Generation Amazing which is a football for development programme in remote areas. Apart from him being the greatest midfielder ever, he understands the power of football.“Neymar is not part of the plan for now in future if he will be, that’s a discussion for the future.”
Transfers ‘Wilshere is a player we’d look at’ – Moyes confirms West Ham want Arsenal midfielder Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:35 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers West Ham United West Ham United v Arsenal Arsenal Premier League If the 25-year-old is to make the World Cup for England, he will have to play regularly and the Hammers could give him that opportunity David Moyes would like to bring Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to West Ham during the January transfer window.West Ham host the Gunners at London Stadium on Wednesday, where a hamstring problem for Aaron Ramsey could mean Wilshere making his first Premier League start of the season.The England international has been ravaged by injury over recent years and spent a largely uneventful spell on loan at Bournemouth last season. 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 Wilshere, 25, has started Arsenal’s last five Europa League matches but regular top-flight action is probably required to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the 2018 World Cup.It seems Moyes would be happy to offer just that.”You’d hope that if you took a player from another Premier League club it’d be much easier for him to go right into the team and play well,” the West Ham manager told reporters.“Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at if he was available.”I do believe the transfer window could be the difference between relegation and staying up. If we can get the right players, that’s the big part of it.”I also want to make sure we’re looking at players who’ve got time and who can be at the club for a long period and not just in for a short period.”Then there’s also the short-term fix for me which is, how do we get enough wins between now and the end of the season? There’s a balance between that.”Moyes claimed his first win as West Ham boss with a surprise 1-0 triumph over champions Chelsea at the weekend, although they remain in the Premier League relegation zone.
England seal Rugby World Cup semi-final place after overpowering USAEngland seal Rugby World Cup semi-final place after overpowering USA
England had their second score after 16 minutes, their first from a driving maul, with the referee, Joy Neville, not shy of blowing her whistle throughout, awarding the penalty try and sending the hooker, Kathryn Augustyn, to the sin-bin. The USA were rattled – their sevens stars stunned by England’s line speed – and Marlie Packer added two more similar scores before the half-hour mark.Ask any England player about their forwards coach, Matt Ferguson, and nothing but praise will follow and there is no doubting he has created a powerful weapon indeed. The scrum, too, was dominant and in Mclean England possess the tournament’s most accomplished fly-half. She spun out of a tackle to add try No5 just before the interval, soon after the USA’s hard-hitting openside, Kate Zackary, had put her side on the scoreboard from close range.They were staring down the barrel however when Amy Wilson-Hardy finished off an overlap early in the second half, Scarratt converting to make it 40-7. Amy Cokayne then added another try from a driving maul before a rally from the USA in the last 20 minutes.First Emba went over, then the right winger Naya Tapper. In injury time Thomas scored a superb try, bursting clear down the left, then cutting inside before arcing back towards the corner for the bonus point.For all that sevens speedsters have brought pace to the tournament, England’s forward muscle will take some stopping in the knockout stages. Since you’re here… Read more … 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. 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England scored seven tries in their most authoritative performance to date, squeezing the life out of the USA in Dublin to clinch a third straight victory at the Women’s World Cup and ease into the semi-finals.Four of their tries came from their much-vaunted driving maul – coach Simon Middleton has been reluctant to show his full hand but at the very least this was England flexing their muscles. It was supposed to be their sternest challenge yet but they cruised through it, for the first hour at any rate.The USA finished strongly but England’s dominant pack and the shrewd game management of Katy Mclean were too much for their opponents, who have dangerous runners out wide but who could not live with England’s ferocity up front. Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger England women’s rugby union team Women’s rugby union Support The Guardian England 47-26 USA: Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 – as it happened For the first time in the tournament they fell just short of 50 points but their ability to shut down the USA’s back three until the match was already won will please Middleton greatly, as will Emily Scarratt’s improved kicking at goal. All things considering it was a fine retort to New Zealand’s 48-5 win over Canada on the same pitch shortly beforehand, which ruled the 2014 finalists out of the last four. The last 20 minutes will cause some concern for the only professional side in the tournament but the USA were hell-bent on a four-try bonus point, England on conserving energy as the competition now heads to Belfast.“We would have preferred to finish the game better than we did but we were absolutely outstanding in the first half, we were clear in thought and our execution was fantastic,” said Middleton. “We had the job done at half-time. We have achieved our objective, which was to get out of the pool and into a semi-final and we are now looking forward to that challenge.”The first try came from Scarratt, who got on the end of Mclean’s grubber to overtake the fly-half as England’s record scorer. From then until half time, Mclean and the forwards took over. The USA’s left winger, Kris Thomas, is dangerous going forward but time and again Mclean kicked into her corner, causing her and the fullback, Cheta Emba, all manner of problems going backwards. 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Children who take up American football early ‘at greater risk of brain impairment’Children who take up American football early ‘at greater risk of brain impairment’
Share on Pinterest Share via Email Topics Read more The effects appeared regardless of whether players were professional or amateur, the number of years they had played, and their levels of educational attainment.“It really looks as if the developing brain is uniquely vulnerable to the consequences of traumatic injury inflicted by football,” said Barry Kosofsky, director of the pediatric concussion clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian hospital, who was not involved in the study.The research comes at the start of the National Football League season, and on the heels of Boston University research that found the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in all but one of 111 NFL players’ brains donated to science. The study is set to be published in the open journal Translational Psychiatry.“People that play long and hard but started later don’t have the liability of people that started earlier,” Kosofsky said. He called the results “very worrisome”.The new research asked 214 adult men who played football either before or after age 12 to take a variety of emotional and cognitive tests. It is one of just a handful of studies that examine whether starting tackle football at a young age influences brain function later in life.According to the study, men who played football before age 12 were more than twice as likely to have impaired scores for behavior regulation, apathy and executive functioning, compared to those who started after age 12. The same group was almost three times as likely to have elevated depression scores on cognitive tests.All of those impairments are symptoms of CTE. The men in the study were not diagnosed with the disease, which can only be confirmed after death. All participants in the research were adults who had played football many years ago as children, before parents or coaches were aware of the risks of youth football. The research is just a snapshot, and cannot establish a causal link between youth football and cognitive impairments.Though the numbers of youth football players have declined over the last decade, more than 1.2 million children between six and 12 years old played tackle football in 2015, according to USA Football. “We must avoid any kneejerk reactions to single studies,” said Yorgos Tripodis, an associate professor at Boston University who co-authored the study. “But at the same time, research on the effect of football on the brain is at a point where it can’t be ignored.” Tripodis asked whether, as a society, we should “drop our children off at a field with a big plastic helmet and face mask, and hit their heads against others hundreds of times a season”.Others, including Bennet Omalu, the University of California neuropathologist who first linked football to CTE, went further. He called youth football tantamount to “child abuse” this month, and compared it to allowing a 12-year-old to smoke and drink. “The real issue is younger kids are bobbleheads: their heads are a bigger percentage of their body,” said Kosofsky. “If you have a big head and weak neck muscles, you’re a setup, because a hit gets the brain, which is like custard, rattling around the head.” The study did not examine why children younger than 12 might be more vulnerable to hits to the head.Kosofsky said parents whose children played youth football and are younger than 12 should “take ’em out”. The study comes at a politically sensitive time for the NFL. Only in 2016 did the league acknowledge a link between football and CTE. It also recently settled a $1bn class action lawsuit with retired players.Just days after Boston University’s widely covered July study on the brains of deceased players, the Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel quit. In prior years, other players, such as the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, said they would not let young children play football. This article was amended on 20 September 2017 to correct Yorgos Tripodis’ job title. … 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. 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Wigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West HamWigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West Ham
Share on Pinterest Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics FA Cup Reuse this content Share on Facebook Wigan Athletic Read more Wigan sense repeat of history after crushing win over Bournemouth It seems safe to say Cup progress cannot have been all that important to Bournemouth either, and the same may be true of Saturday’s Premier League opponents, West Ham. David Moyes has spoken of the importance of the next two league matches against relegation rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and that was before he learned that Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini will miss the Wigan game because of injury. On paper this should be an even contest, given that both sides could be described as on the fringes of the Championship, though in the FA Cup these days one never quite knows what one is going to get until the teams are on the pitch.“We like playing against Premier League opponents because it is a break from the normal routine,” said the midfielder Sam Morsy, a scorer in the last round against Bournemouth. “Everywhere we go in League One we go as favourites, opponents pack their defences and we have to try and find a way through. In the Cup the shoe is on the other foot. Premier League teams come here expecting to win and often that can help us, because the game is more open and our style is suited to playing on the counter.”Wigan might as well enjoy it while they can for, if promotion is achieved, they will not be considered favourites for many matches next season. Things have changed a great deal since the club scorched through the Championship in 2004-05 en route to an unlikely eight years in the Premier League. Then they were backed by Dave Whelan, reckoned to have spent around £100m on the club since taking over in 1995, and for a club record £1.2m it was possible to capture a reliable goalscorer in Nathan Ellington. Not only is the Championship a much tougher and more financially challenging proposition now, the Whelan family are in the process of selling the club to overseas investors. Whelan resigned as chairman in 2015, his reputation somewhat tainted by ill-advised comments surrounding the controversial appointment of Malky Mackay as manager, and though his grandson David Sharpe has been in charge since, the family says it recognises that the level of investment necessary to compete in the Championship is best found from outside. At the AGM last week the club confirmed it was in advanced talks with a Hong Kong group with a takeover apparently imminent.All of which raises, or re-raises, the question of how far a club can go when based in a small town halfway between Liverpool and Manchester. No one sniffily dismisses Wigan as a rugby league town any more – that battle has been won – though it remains to be seen whether a takeover valued at around £20m can really lead to the stated aim of a return to the Premier League.Of rather more immediate interest is what happens to Cook and his players should promotion be achieved – both have been attracting interest from other clubs and new owners may have their own ideas – but before that the FA Cup is here to be enjoyed again – or at least embraced. “We have become embroiled in the Cup,” Cook said, choosing a word not readily associated with the supposed romance of the competition or the hallowed memories of Wembley 2013. “It’s up to us to cope with the extra fixtures and keep our momentum going.” When Wigan Athletic won 3-1 at Plymouth to go five points clear at the top of League One last Saturday Argyle’s manager, Derek Adams, described them as a Championship side in waiting. “Wigan and Blackburn stand out in this league because of the quality they still possess,” he said. “They are not League One sides, they should be in the Championship or the Premier League. Wigan are only in this division because of factors out of their control.”That may be more true of Blackburn, whose supporters can point to a hugely unpopular and woefully misjudged takeover as the cause of all the ills to befall them since Premier League status was lost. Wigan were unlucky in the season that followed their FA Cup win and relegation to the Championship, when they struggled to cope with a fixture overload brought on by Europa League involvement and another Cup run, though they slipped into League One a year later and could blame only some muddled managerial appointments of their own for that.Since then they have been up and down again, largely through gambling on an inexperienced manager in Warren Joyce, though now under Paul Cook they appear on course for another promotion. Wigan are even back to their giantkilling exploits, having disposed of Bournemouth via a replay in the last round, though supporters who turned up for the second game assumed six changes meant a Cup run was not the highest of Cook’s priorities. Share on Twitter Eight players who could light up the FA Cup fourth round Share on Messenger features
Deschamps follows Napoleon with enough French class to succeed in RussiaDeschamps follows Napoleon with enough French class to succeed in Russia
Iceland World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Facebook Facebook Didier Deschamps, the captain, leads the celebrations after France win the World Cup in 1998. Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pinterest It had not always been so. Picking his all-time greatest France XI on this website at the weekend Marcel Desailly felt able to omit both Just Fontaine, still the top scorer for a single competition with 13 goals in six matches during the 1958 World Cup finals, and his great partner Raymond Kopa, the winner of the Ballon d’Or that same year.And how different, too, things look today, even in a side which Christophe Dugarry, a veteran of 1998 turned radio pundit, claims to be lacking in “character, mental strength and determination”. In their last 13 matches Deschamps’ men have scored 30 goals, displaying an attacking potency at least equal to that of any other Russia-bound nation. A possible front trio of PSG’s Kylian Mbappé, Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé offers speed of thought and foot, with a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old flanking a man who, at 27, has the experience of 53 caps and three successful seasons satisfying Diego Simeone’s demands. And Olivier Giroud, if he does not start, can leave the bench to add physical presence.In midfield they look equally well equipped with Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi in front of N’Golo Kanté. The young Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Munich is ready to play a part should Pogba, for example, disappoint, although Deschamps described the Manchester United player as “indispensable” following a mediocre performance in the 3-1 win over Italy in Nice on Friday night. France Twitter Share on Messenger World Cup In an official pre-tournament photograph of the squad posing informally in their stylish navy blue suits, Kanté is invisible, hidden behind the prominent figure of Pogba. That is how he likes it, but his presence gives the team a player who not only snuffs out imminent danger with the minimum of drama but launches instant counterattacks with crisp passes of perfect weight and angle.Kanté will be the dynamic soul of Deschamps’ France, his alertness and mobility vital factors in compensating for any flaws in defence. Against Italy the head coach deployed two fast and attack-minded 22-year-old full-backs, Benjamin Pavard of Stuttgart and Lucas Hernández of Atlético, to promising effect. But Samuel Umtiti had an unhappy night against the resurgent Mario Balotelli and Raphaël Varane is likely to return alongside Adil Rami in central defence in front of the captain, Hugo Lloris, who is on schedule to win his 100th cap in the group stage.Only five men – Lloris, Varane, Pogba, Griezmann and Matuidi – who started their quarter-final defeat by Germany in the Maracanã four years ago are likely to be named for France’s opening match against Australia on 16 June. This turnover speaks clearly about the volume of top-quality players constantly produced by France’s clubs and the national training scheme centred on Clairefontaine, one of the wonders of the football world 20 years ago and still a model for other nations.The varied ethnic composition of the 1998 squad offered another kind of example. The team of blacks, blancs and beurs (North Africans) may not have magically turned France’s suburbs into oases of multicultural tranquillity but they certainly made some parts of the nation more aware of the existence and contribution of others. Their successors could reinforce the message with goals from Griezmann (parents of German and Portuguese origin), Mbappé (Cameroonian father, Algerian mother), and Dembélé (mother of Mauritian and Senegalese descent, father from Mali). Read more Share on Twitter Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane played together for France and Juventus. Photograph: Oliver Berg/EPA Twitter As for the head coach, the shadow of his old team-mate Zidane, suddenly at a loose end and known to fancy a crack at managing the national team, has fallen over a contract due to expire after the Euros in 2020. Deschamps, who can point to a record of leading France to the quarter-finals four years ago and finishing runners-up to Portugal at Euro 2016, is laughing off the inevitable questions. But if he needed another incentive to take the coming campaign to a triumphant conclusion, there it is. Topics Facebook Reuse this content World Cup 2018 Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Sportblog Pinterest Napoleon met disaster in Russia after sending almost half a million soldiers on an invasion that began in the summer of 1812 and ended in humiliation. Didier Deschamps, with only 23 men in his Grande Armée, will be hoping for a better outcome in the coming weeks. For a start the inhabitants of Moscow are unlikely to have burnt the place to the ground by the time his squad pitch camp next week in a Hilton hotel 50km west of the city walls.France are ranked fourth in the World Cup betting behind Brazil, Germany and Spain. Twenty years after their only success in the competition they may even be justified in examining their impressive resources and believing that the time for a repeat has finally come. Last week L’Équipe reprinted the edition published on Monday, 13 July, 1998, the morning after France discovered that it was, after all, a football nation. “Pour l’éternité” rang the sonorous headline, and the team who beat Brazil by three unanswered goals in Saint-Denis did indeed join the immortals – even Stéphane Guivarc’h, the centre-forward whose selection for the final provided a definition of the phrase faute de mieux”, meaning “for the lack of anything better”.In effect France won the tournament without a functioning forward line. Their three goals in the final were scored by two midfielders, Zinedine Zidane and Emmanuel Petit. Earlier their continued presence had been secured only by a central defender, Laurent Blanc, scoring the only goal in an excruciating performance against Paraguay in the round of 16, and a full-back, Lilian Thuram, whose double defeated Croatia in the semi-final. Four years later in South Korea their main forwards, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Djibril Cissé, could manage not a single goal between them, despite being the leading scorers in England, Italy and France respectively. comment The France team photo with N’Golo Kanté all but hidden behind Paul Pogba. Photograph: @equipedefrance/twitter Share on Facebook
Ferrari pre-sells entire new supercar model despite £1m+ price tagFerrari pre-sells entire new supercar model despite £1m+ price tag
Twitter The two-seater Monza SP2. Photograph: Ferrari/EPA The cars, which will come in one-seat or two-seat versions, are part of the new chief executive’s plans to boost profits by introducing models particularly very expensive limited-edition supercars.The latest models are the first in a limited series called Icona, which reference Ferrari’s racing cars of the 1950s.Louis Camilleri, who took over as Ferrari chief executive from Sergio Marchionne, who died in July, said the company planned to launch an unprecedented 15 new models.Among them will be Ferrari’s first sports utility vehicles (SUVs) called Purosangue – Italian for thoroughbred. It follows in the footsteps of luxury competitors such as Lamborghini and Aston Martin. Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook Automotive industry Luxury goods sector The company said it would reveal pricing of the new cars at the Paris Autoshow in October, but experts said they are likely to sell for more than £1m each. Ferrari’s limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta convertible model costs $2.1m (£1.6m).Buyers of the Monzas will receive a racing jumpsuit by high-end Italian luxury brand Loro Piana. Luxury leather goods company Berluti will specially produce Monza driving shoes and a leather-clad helmet. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian … 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. Ferrari has announced a new open-top supercar it describes as “probably the closest and purest driving experience to Formula 1” – and has already pre-sold the whole production run, despite a likely £1m-plus price tag.At a private event for devoted customers at its headquarters in Maranello, Italy, the company said it would produce fewer than 500 of the 810hp Monza models, which can reach 62mph in 2.9 seconds.Nicolo Boari, Ferrari’s head of product marketing, said the Monza would be “the most powerful ever in Ferrari history”, with an 810 horsepower engine. He added that the open-cockpit would make the cars “probably the closest and purest driving experience to the Formula 1”. Italy Pinterest Motor sport news Rich lists Europe Camilleri said he has set a target of doubling profits to €2bn by 2022. He aims to increase sales to €5bn (£4.4bn) by 2022, up from €3.4bn last year.He said it was an “ambitious” target but the firm was confident it would be able to lift sales as the number of super-wealthy people around the world keeps growing. The global population of ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) people, those with more than $30m (£23m) in assets, increased by 12.9% last year to a record 255,810 people.All of the Monzas have already been pre-sold to customers who attended the preview party on Monday night. Ferrari Share on WhatsApp Zero2Turbo.com (@Zero2Turbo)At a private event dedicated to Ferrari customers, the automaker unveiled two unique vehicles – the Ferrari Monza SP1 and Monza SP2. One is a single-seat creation – SP1 – while the other seats two – the SP2.#Ferrari #MonzaSP1 #MonzaSP2 #FerrariMonza #SP1 #SP2 pic.twitter.com/q2MzcHtMsmSeptember 18, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this content
‘Growing as men’: Mike Friday on how USA rugby went top of world sevens‘Growing as men’: Mike Friday on how USA rugby went top of world sevens
Pinterest Read more Danny Barrett’s brutal brilliance puts USA top of the rugby sevens world A trailer for The Pioneers, a documentary about the US men’s sevens team. In the HSBC World Rugby Men’s Sevens Series, the USA have reached four finals in a row. Going into their home event in Las Vegas this weekend, which they won for the first time last year, they are level with New Zealand at the top of the rankings. Twitter Perhaps surprisingly, World Rugby is looking to take the USA Sevens elsewhere. But for now, Sin City it is. Last year, for the first time, the Americans won the jackpot. They will try to repeat but they will do so without Perry Baker, world player of the year two years in a row, scorer of a phenomenal try against Fiji last year. He broke his jaw on a Tongan head in Hamilton and, Friday says, is likely to miss Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning for London and Paris. … 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 LinkedIn “It’s about how you need to be prepared to compromise and comfort and mediate both with what you say and what others say, and to work hard on having that flexibility in communication.”In short, Friday’s players come from various walks of American life, from the coasts, from north and south and in between, and they come from different social, educational, even political backgrounds. And they have learned to live and work together.In a country riven by partisan bitterness, it’s a thought-provoking point. It’s also a point made to someone who edits political news by day, and therefore cannot resist suggesting Republicans and Democrats might learn something by watching the sevens on ESPN. Friday laughs at the notion of Donald Trump in a scrumcap, bound on to Bernie Sanders. Then he neatly sidesteps the trap.“We’ve had teething problems,” he says, “don’t get me wrong. Like all brothers or families, you have good days and bad days. But we’ve come out the other side.“What you’re seeing is a squad that are able to communicate efficiently and effectively under pressure, and also at times when they’re not under pressure or when they have historically not liked to communicate, perhaps. They now choose to accept one another and support one another. features Read more Share on WhatsApp Like all brothers or families, you have good days and bad days. But we’ve come out the other sideMike Friday Twitter Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Pinterest “It’s not really psychology: it’s just growing as men. It’s taken time but we’re seeing the benefits now.”Last July, the Eagles had a disappointing World Cup in San Francisco, finishing sixth. But in this World Series they have reached finals in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney. They have beaten Fiji, New Zealand, England and Australia. But they lost all four finals: two to Fiji, the Olympic champions, two to New Zealand, champions of the world.Friday admits to regrets and a determination to end that painful run. But “the reality is we’re all about Olympic qualification this year and to get that we have to finish in the top four. To break the stranglehold of the super powers, that is the challenge.”After a successful debut at Rio 2016, sevens will be back for Tokyo 2020. Last time the USA men qualified regionally, beating Canada, but the Games did not bring glory. This time it looks like the run-up, at least, might be somewhat smoother.Somewhat. Sevens is a breathless rush and as Friday says, “it comes down to moments. Some are in your control. Some are not.”In the final in Sydney this month, the Eagles made 27 offloads in one attack, drawing two penalties from the equally relentless New Zealand defenders. It was extraordinary stuff but then, as Friday describes it, sevens worked its horrible magic.“We ran this tap play, we tried a wrap-around and their player tackled Danny Barrett into Folau Niua. The ball bobbles clear, Folau is on the floor and replaced on an HIA [head injury assessment] and New Zealand run away and suddenly it’s 14-0.“The game wasn’t won and lost there but the momentum shifted. The ebb and flow of sevens happened. And of course that’s why we love the game. You’ve got to see it for what it is.”What sevens is, he says with another laugh, is “Gladiator”: a brutal arena spectacle. As such it’s well made for Vegas, which has hosted since 2010, organisers United World Sports putting on the international event alongside tournaments for schools, colleges and clubs. Twitter Rugby fans wearing Elvis Presley costumes enjoy the sevens at Sam Boyd Stadium. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Share on Facebook In Vegas, in front of “the passion, emotion and positivity the American supporters provide, the full-on razzmatazz”, Friday expects his team to thrive.“They get to play in front of their families, and that’s massive. When we won last year that was the most pleasing thing for me. The families have to sacrifice as well. Just to see them share that win and enjoy it makes up for it all a little bit.“So no we don’t feel the pressure at home, we enjoy the positivity. If anything we just have to be careful about the distractions of Vegas. Everybody wants a piece of us. We want to be in there with the USA Rugby community, it’s what it’s all about.“But we are there for business.” Share on Messenger Pinterest Such success is unprecedented and it is the result, says Mike Friday, of “a lot of hard work”. Any coach might be expected to say so but the affable Englishman, once a Wasps scrum-half and coach of England and Kenya, is a professor of the shortened game. There’s more to it.“America is such a diverse place,” he tell the Guardian, over the phone. “Certainly within our squad we represent that diversity. And while that diversity can be your biggest strength it can also be an achilles heel, when it comes to communication, perceptions and understanding, the possibility of misunderstanding the way that people may be or are.“Obviously we’ve worked hard on our physical, tactical and technical development, they’re givens. But we undertook a large piece of work off-pitch probably 10 months ago, working on communication and awareness of others and self-awareness. Topics US sports Reuse this content Share via Email Rugby sevens In his absence the likes of Kevon Williams, a product of small-college rugby at New Mexico Highlands University, will have another chance to shine alongside Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, Madison Hughes and Stephen Tomasin, world-class players all. Friday speaks glowingly of Williams and others in the squad for Vegas, among them Maceo Brown, Marcus Tupuola and Ben Broselle.“Our challenge over the next 18 months,” the coach says, “is to identify and nurture a squad that can push us through to 2020. And as a tier-two rugby nation in a tier-one economy, that’s tough.”In the richest country in the world, sevens offers the chance to win Olympic gold, not to make a pile of silver. In 2017, Rugby Today reported that the “highest-paid contracted sevens Eagle” made just $24,000 a year.“It requires a lot of sacrifice to chase that dream,” Friday says. “These boys live on the poverty line, on the minimum wage. That’s the reality of this. It’s on a par with probably stacking shelves in Walmart.“They do it because they love it and want to create role models. America is trying to play catch-up. Once you create the role models and capture imaginations, of the population and most importantly the commercial world, then you get a shot.” Why European fans should give raw-as-hell Major League Rugby a go Share on Twitter Facebook USA rugby union team Facebook Rugby union Since you’re here… Mike Friday: ‘Within our squad we represent the diversity of America’. Photograph: Tom Shaw – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images
FC Cincinnati’s Nazmi Albadawi on stepping up to MLS and playing for PalestineFC Cincinnati’s Nazmi Albadawi on stepping up to MLS and playing for Palestine
As off-seasons go, the one Nazmi Albadawi just plowed through could be best described as truncated. First the attacking midfielder was called up for Palestine, the homeland of his grandparents, and promptly scored on his debut. Not too many weeks afterward, Albadawi signed an MLS contract with FC Cincinnati after an impressive season in the team’s final lower-league campaign before they joined the US top-flight this year. To top it off, he then had to dash home to North Carolina during Palestine’s warm-ups for January’s Asian Cup: he was getting married.“It was the best off-season of my life – my wedding was the best day of my life,” he says. And of the footballing step-up ahead: “Being in training camp in Qatar and the Asian Cup in Dubai I think was the best preparation I could have for my first MLS season.” features Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Why many LA Galaxy fans don’t believe David Beckham deserves a statue Share via Email Those frenetic weeks also brought Albadawi into close proximity with Palestine’s thorny political backdrop, and the bureaucratic challenges that accompany the national team. His first insight into those complexities came after his goalscoring debut in a 2-1 win against Pakistan in Palestine in November. A few days later, with the team due to play away to China, he was part of a diaspora contingent with foreign passports forced to travel separately to the Palestine-based players whose local travel papers mean added red tape. “It’s difficult for them to get in and out,” Albadawi says. “Seeing what they go through put a lot of things into perspective for me. I’m very lucky to have been born [in the US], to live here but I’m also very proud to be Palestinian, to represent Palestine.”On the pitch, off-field turmoil leads to greater unity, Albadawi says. “It brings us closer together. We’ve all been through hardships, especially the guys from Palestine. A few of the guys have been in jail.”For Albadawi’s family, the road out was winding and tracked by politics and war. Both sets of his grandparents left the then British mandate of Palestine in 1938, a tumultuous time in the days before Israeli statehood, with his father’s family leaving behind their hometown of Tarshiha, now located in northern Israel and known as Ma’alot-Tarshiha. Both sides of his family ended up in Kuwait – his father’s family via Qatar – before a Saddam Hussein-controlled Iraq invaded the country in 1990. That’s when Albadawi’s family fled to the US.“They got a phone call one night saying if they want to come to the US you have four hours, you can bring one bag, be at the airport,” Albadawi says. “So my family packed one bag, got to the airport and they flew to Raleigh, North Carolina. They were on the plane with about 20 to 30 other families. What’s pretty funny is none of my best friends were born at the time, but all of their families were on that plane as well. So Raleigh is where I was born and raised.”The tough journey endured by his parents adds weight to the simple motion of pulling on the Palestine national team shirt. “It means a lot to them,” Albadawi explains. “It was pretty cool because they were able to come to Dubai and watch me in the Asian Cup. For my parents to see all the crowd and see all the Palestinian people, I think my mom almost started crying from all the emotions. My dad loved it as well – that for me was really special, seeing what it meant not only to my parents but to all the Palestinian people over there.”Thoughts now are on club concerns and a first-ever MLS campaign for the 27-year-old Albadawi. FC Cincinnati, who lost their opening game 4-1 with a line-up that did not feature Albadawi, have a number of players making the step up from the lower leagues to MLS. It perhaps doesn’t help that Albadawi, an attacking midfielder, exists in a competitive part of the field that in MLS tends to attract heavy investment in South American and European talent. He takes a pragmatic view of the task ahead and sees himself adaptable enough to play in most midfield positions outside his usual role as an offensive fulcrum, whether out wide or in a box-to-box role.“I’ve not been in MLS, this is my first time, but I don’t think that the difference between the top, top, top second-division players and most players in MLS is quite that big. I think it’s pretty similar, it’s a small gap. I think the designated players are the ones who really make the difference for the teams in MLS,” he says. “I think it’s about coming in with confidence, coming in with a coach who believes in you, and getting that opportunity to play. A lot of times, if guys don’t get the opportunity immediately they put their head down, they moan a little bit and it affects them even more.”Albadawi has his own ideas: “But if you come in, keep a good mindset and know it’s going to be a grind again. Because if you’re coming from the second division, you’re playing every single game and being one of the better players. In MLS, it’s not going to be that scenario, especially at first. So come in, keep your head on your shoulders, keep working hard and know you’re going to need to earn your spot, that it’s not going to be like it was in the second division.” Palestine Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest US sports MLS FC Cincinnati Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics
England’s refusal to be bullied by Cameroon cannot hide concernsEngland’s refusal to be bullied by Cameroon cannot hide concerns
England’s Phil Neville accuses Cameroon of ‘shaming football’ England women’s football team So far so good but Norway scouts separating England’s performance from the Cameroonian farce dominating the headlines will have been left with cause for quiet optimism.Neville’s defence looked shaky at times and appeared consistently vulnerable to long balls and pace. Alex Greenwood scored but got away with a few bad mistakes at left-back, Millie Bright did not always convince alongside the impressive Steph Houghton at centre-half, Fran Kirby sporadically struggled to retain possession in the playmaker role behind Ellen White, and Toni Duggan frequently laboured on the left flank.It seems the French media has fallen more than a little in love with Neville and his team’s composure in the face of such appalling behaviour. Yet it is one thing to draw deserved plaudits for a forthright but measured deconstruction of Cameroon as well as their coach’s behaviour, and quite another to convince everyone that England really are as good as their statistics suggest.Granted, some of their short passing triangles were easy on the eye but, goals apart, they did not create that many chances against a chaotic backline vastly inferior to Norway’s defence.One player almost exempt from criticism is Jill Scott, who in making her 18th World Cup appearance overtook Peter Shilton’s long-standing record. She is the midfielder who, in disrupting opposition attacks and linking play superbly, joins the dots for Neville’s side. At her fourth World Cup, the Manchester City stalwart is a player who invariably appears to have been there, done that and bought the T-shirt – or at least until Sunday.“I don’t think I’ll ever be in another game like that,” said Scott. “There were a lot of incidents and a lot of protests. It kind of had everything, to be honest. I think one thing that I’m proud of is how logical this England team stayed and how we just focused on the next moment that we could control. I thought we did that fantastically well.“We knew it was going to be physical and there were obviously a few rough challenges. I think Cameroon probably knew we were going to be too good for them technically so they played the more physical game you’ve seen.” Share on Twitter Bright proved similarly restrained in her assessment of an extraordinary match which drew a peak BBC audience of 6.9m, a UK record for women’s football, and 40.5% audience share. Yet despite such understatement the subtext was clear. Referring to Cameroon apparently contemplating a walk-off after disagreeing with VAR decisions, she said: “It’s the first time in my career that I’ve experienced anything like that. I was thinking, ‘Get on with it.’”At one point Houghton seemed set to try to mediate, serving as an arbiter between the referee and Cameroon, but Neville almost went ballistic, urging his captain to stay out of it. Bright agreed it was sound advice.“We just have to stay in our little bubble and let the referees do their job,” she said. “I thought we did that really well. That’s what you have got to do in those situations. As soon as you get caught up in things, or get worried about it, you will lose momentum in the game. We stayed away from it and ignored it.”Not that an England side who came away nursing some heavy bruises were exactly shrinking violets. “We pride ourselves on winning the battle,” Bright said. “You win the physical battle first and then you win the football. If you try to do the football first and not the physical stuff, that doesn’t work. You win physically, you get momentum and you get a foot in the game by winning your tackles and being dominant in that area. Then you can start to make your passes.“That’s the first time I’ve played against Cameroon and it was quite an experience – but I’ve never been bullied on a football pitch and I wasn’t going to let it happen.” Pinterest Jill Scott said: ‘I don’t think I’ll ever be in another game like that.’ Photograph: Lynne Cameron for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock Cameroon women’s football team Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Topics The good news is that, offering a welcome redefinition of grace under pressure, England refused to be bullied by Cameroon’s absurdly depressing antics in Valenciennes on Sunday.Retaining their poise and refusing to be provoked into retaliation, Phil Neville’s side won their fourth game out of four, scored three goals and kept another clean sheet. Share on Messenger Facebook Share via Email Women’s World Cup Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Women’s World Cup 2019 features