England 2 Nigeria 1: Three Lions impress in World Cup warm-up Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 02:12 6/3/18 Getty Images Goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane saw England to victory versus Nigeria as Gareth Southgate’s World Cup preparations build to a climax. England enjoyed a morale-boosting Wembley triumph with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in their penultimate match before heading to the World Cup in Russia.Gareth Southgate’s side, who have one more friendly to come against Costa Rica on Thursday, begin their Group G campaign against Tunisia on June 18 and looked primed and ready on the evidence of Saturday’s energetic outing. Gary Cahill headed the hosts into a seventh-minute lead from Kieran Trippier’s corner, the Chelsea defender eluding all of those bedecked in Nigeria’s eye-catching colours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now After a week of being subjected to media scrutiny for his choice of tattoo and subsequent late arrival at the team’s training camp, Raheem Sterling – who was booked for diving in the second half – had a sight of glory soon after the opener, but he miscued when one-on-one.Despite seeing Sterling spurn another couple of promising openings, England did double their lead before the interval when captain Harry Kane’s low drive squirmed underneath Francis Uzoho.Nigeria halved the deficit two minutes into the second half courtesy of Alex Iwobi’s cool finish after Odion Ighalo had struck the upright.But Gernot Rohr’s men could not force their way through again and England improved their record at Wembley to just one defeat in the last 21 matches.Job done! The #ThreeLions are victorious in the first of our pre-@FIFAWorldCup warm-up games. pic.twitter.com/pXKNhalF3r— England (@England) June 2, 2018Southgate, who was an unused substitute when England last met Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup, handed Jordan Pickford a start in goal, but the Everton goalkeeper was largely a spectator in the first half.The home side won an early free-kick and Trippier’s strike forced a smart stop from Uzoho.But it was from the resulting corner that England took the lead, Cahill leaping to powerfully head home Trippier’s outswinging delivery. pic.twitter.com/0pr2WnXYbV— England (@England) June 2, 2018Sterling had a chance to write some more positive headlines when he raced through from Dele Alli’s pass, but his finish was wayward. The Manchester City star – who netted 18 Premier League goals for the 2017-18 champions – teed up Ashley Young for another England chance in the 19th minute, but his close-range effort was blocked and smuggled to safety. A rapid counter-attack saw Sterling sent scampering into the box by Young, only for the former Liverpool winger’s decision-making to let him down as he failed to pick out a team-mate.Another opening came and went as Sterling fired over the crossbar before Kane got the second, his skidding effort somehow sneaking past the goalkeeper. The Super Eagles needed a second-half response and quickly delivered after a change of shape to match their opponents, Iwobi side-footing in after Ighalo’s shot came back off the post. Sterling went in the book for taking an unnecessary tumble in the box and Eric Dier rose to head wide as England sought to reassert themselves.Ultimately Southgate’s charges did manage to restore order, holding onto their advantage with relative ease as the likes of Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were afforded some game time late on, while Fabian Delph got his first international outing since 2015.England will now seek to make it 10 unbeaten when they face Costa Rica, while Nigeria take on Czech Republic on Wednesday ahead of their big-kick off against Croatia in a fortnight. Key Opta Facts:- England are unbeaten in 18 encounters against African nations (W12 D6), with this the third time they’ve faced Nigeria – winning twice and drawing once.- The Three Lions have conceded in successive internationals at Wembley for the first time since November 2013 (v Chile and Germany).- Alex Iwobi’s goal was the first Nigeria have ever scored in an international match against England, in what is the third meeting between the two nations.- Gareth Southgate’s men have only lost one of their last 21 games at Wembley Stadium (W16 D4), conceding just eight times in this run.- England scored as many goals in the opening 39 minutes against Nigeria as they had in their previous four international friendlies.- Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last seven appearances for England, scoring at least once in six of those matches. read more
England Sterling focused on World Cup after tattoo tabloid storm Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:40 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England World Cup England v Costa Rica Tunisia v England Tunisia Costa Rica Friendlies Raheem Sterling Videos The Manchester City forward believes Gareth Southgate’s England squad will not be thrown off course by outside distractions Raheem Sterling has credited the inclusive England environment cultivated by Gareth Southgate with helping him to ignore a recent slew of negative headlines.The 23-year-old was a star performer for Manchester City this season, scoring 23 times in all competitions as Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking side lifted the Premier League and the Carabao Cup.But the Sun ran front-page stories criticising Sterling for a tattoo depicting a gun on his right leg last week – the player swiftly explained it was part of an unfinished piece of body art paying tribute to his late father. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It then emerged he arrived late to England’s pre-World Cup training camp on the back of a mix-up with flights, while a lively showing in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria was stained by a yellow card for simulation during the second half.Speaking to reporters at a pre-tournament media day, Sterling insisted it has been business as usual for him within the Three Lions squad.”From the minute Gareth’s come in he’s said the only thing we can control is what’s in our circle – the training ground and the facilities,” he said.”I think in the past we’ve maybe paid a bit too much attention to the outside. The way he’s brought the squad together as a unit [means] we try to limit what we do and talk about from the outside.”We try to keep everything inside on a positive note and know everyone in the building has got each other’s back.””With the stuff that’s gone on over the past week, the boys saw me around the place and knew that, quite frankly, I wasn’t really too bothered about it.”It’s one of those things. Things get reported and that’s the end of it.”If I was affected by it I’m most definitely sure that the boys would be there for me.”Train how you intend, to play! #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/u6yJvQudcu— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) June 1, 2018Sterling was swiftly defended in the face of the Sun’s coverage by the Football Association and prominent football figures such as ex-England striker Gary Lineker.Hostile tabloid coverage has become a fact of life for the former Liverpool player but he does not feel he is being particularly singled out.”These things come as part of the game. It’s something that I’ve learned to deal with and take on board and not really look at it in a negative way,” he explained.”People have said what they’ve said. All I can do is keep training and playing football matches.”I don’t feel there’s an agenda, I wouldn’t say that. It’s a World Cup coming up and news is news. What gets put out gets put out.”I’m not looking at it as something that’s just against me.”
England Rose has full support of England squad – Southgate Alex Fisher 00:45 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England Friendlies England v Costa Rica Tunisia v England Costa Rica World Cup The Three Lions manager says the full-back has the full support of his team-mates around potential racism at the World Cup England’s World Cup squad are a “tight knit” group and have plans in place to deal with any racial abuse aimed at any members of the travelling party, says manager Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions will leave for Russia next week ahead of their opening game with Tunisia on June 18, but Danny Rose’s family will not be following them.Rose made the decision to tell his family to stay at home due to concerns over abuse at the tournament, particularly after racist chants were aimed at French players during a friendly with Russia in March. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Tottenham full-back has experienced racism previously in his England career – when playing for the Under-21s against Serbia in 2012 – and he is not prepared to see his family suffer the same abuse.Southgate says he sympathises “100 per cent” with Rose’s situation and confirmed his squad have discussed the issue during their recent training camp.”I wasn’t aware of the conversation he had had with his family,” Southgate told a media conference. “Everything else he has said he talked to us about because we had a meeting with the players a few nights ago.”For the benefit of the other players I asked him to share his experiences in Serbia. What was clear was that he felt let down by the authorities and that was sad to hear. “He is part of our team and part of our family for the next few months so we intend to protect and support our players.”No one knows what is going to happen in Russia but he felt there could something his family experiences and he thought that might distract from his football.”Preparation is . #threelions pic.twitter.com/M5kKA8sYE4— England (@England) June 6, 2018Southgate’s stance on the issue is clear, and he is confident the players will receive sufficient support should they be subject to any abuse.”It is completely unacceptable,” he added. “The players are clear on where I stand and the support they have from me. “We don’t want to have to talk about it, but it is important that we do.”The biggest impact we can have is as one of the most diverse squads to have left England and the way that they all get on and hopefully that message will come through.”The players, like everyone else, doesn’t really know what to expect. We have had conversations explaining that. We are all hopeful that it will go well, but we are having conversations in case it happens. We have a plan in place. We have personal support, team support and official protocol in place.”The England manager would like his side to leave the pitch should anything happen during a match, but concedes that will not be possible given it could lead to expulsion by FIFA.”In an idealistic world people would say to walk off the pitch but that means we would be thrown out of the tournament which many people would agree with,” said Southgate.”I don’t think the players would want that because they have worked all their lives to play at a World Cup.”
Posted on November 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Updated November 12We’ve revamped our Statistics and Projects pages on the MHTF website. The Statistics page now includes links to answers for some frequently asked questions about maternal health and more details about sources for maternal health statistics on the internet. The Projects page has been redesigned for simpler navigation.Take a look at the pages and let us know if you like the new look or if you have feedback on how we can improve them even further. Many of our pages will be redesigned in the coming weeks, and your input is invaluable to the process.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
The Australian Touch Association (ATA) has recently developed and launched an exciting, new club and technical development website, MyClubTouch. The site has been developed from a need identified from research undertaken by the ATA and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU). The research identified the Best Practice activities that currently exist in Australian sporting organisations, and established that resources were a key area that would assist in the overall delivery of the sport. The result of this is MyClubTouch, which is available to individuals and associations to better manage and administer Touch Competitions and Clubs. This website has been designed to provide affiliated clubs, associations and members of ATA, information on all aspects of developing and operating a club. From coaching courses and player selections, to sponsorship proposals and anti-harassment policies, it’s all conveniently located on the one site! So log onto www.myclubtouch.com.au today and have a wander, you never know what useful information you might find. Feedback and ideas are valued from visitors to the site, so if you have any suggestions on desired content or any specific information you require, please forward your ideas to Debbie at email@example.com
With just two sleeps to go to the XXXI Annual New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) State Cup, TFA National Media Coordinator Karley Banks presents this special feature on the NSWTA competitve year thus far including a review of the Premier League 2007 Vawdon Cup and a sneak preview of the 2007 State Cup. Please click on the below attachment to read the full story.All the latest results and news on the NSWTA State Cup that will be conducted in Port Macquarie from 7-9 December 2007, can be accessed by visiting the NSWTA State Cup website at http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-856-0-0-0Related Filesvawdon_cup_fires_state_cup_ambitions-pdf
The 2008 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) has an exciting new look and feel to the event that showcases Australia’s best Touch Football players and permits. For more information see the NTL website
Day one of the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League saw all the divisions from Women’s 27’s to Seniors Mixed take to the fields at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in the quest to take out their respective titles. In round one of the Women’s 27’s, Suns and Hornets had the first draw of the day, while Cyclones easily overcame Singapore 9-0, while the Eagles and Barbarians also had wins to get their campaigns off to a good start.In round two, Suns defeated Singapore 8-1, Eagles defeated Hornets 4-2, Cyclones defeated Barbarians 7-1 and Cobras defeated the Warriors 8-4.In round three, local hopes the Eagles defeated Singapore 7-0 in the Women’s 27’s, Cyclones defeated Hornets 4-3, Cobras beat Barbarians by one touchdown, and Suns beat the Warriors 10-2. At the end of the day, the Cyclones and the Eagles sit on top of the ladder on 12 points, after winning their 3 respective games on day 1. In round one of the Men’s 30’s, Brisbane City Cobras beat South Australia, Sydney Scorpions were too good for New Zealand side Canterbury, and Hunter Western Hornets defeated Southern Suns. The upset of the round was ACT beating Men’s 30 favourite Sydney Mets, 5-2. In round two, Warriors and Canterbury fought out an 8-all draw, ACT beat Victoria 10-4, Mets defeated South Australia 7-4 and Scorpions beat Suns by 6 touchdowns.In round three, Victoria and Cobras drew 7-all, while ACT, Canterbury and the Warriors all easily won their games. At the end of the day, ACT sits on top of the ladder with 12 points after their 3 wins, while Scorpions sit in second place on 8 points.In the first round of Women’s 35’s, Scorpions beat Hornets by 1 touchdown, as did SQBD against Cobras, and South West Queensland had a big win over the Eagles, 6-2.In round two, Sharks and Scorpions drew, as did South West Queensland against Cobras. The other game in this round saw Hornets defeat the Eagles 8 touchdowns to 5.In round three, all games were close, with South West Queensland winning 3-1 against Scorpions, Cobras winning against Eagles 4-3 and the Sharks beating the Hornets by three touchdowns. South West Queensland and Sharks share the top of the ladder after day one, with both teams sitting on 10 points.In round one of the Men’s 40’s, the Sharks easily overcame the Warriors, 7-0. In other games, Cobras downed the Hornets 5-2, the Sharks from New Zealand beat North Queensland Cyclones 6-2, while favourites Scorpions beat ACT by 4 touchdowns.In round two action in the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions beat the Sharks by 5 touchdowns, the Warriors won against Hornets, 5-4, Sharks (NZ) did it easy against Barbarians, winning 11-2 and the Cobras beat ACT 7-3.In Round three, Cyclones easily defeated ACT by 8 touchdowns, winning 11-3. Other winners in this round included SQBD Sharks, the NZ based Sharks and Barbarians. Sharks (NZ) and Scorpions are the ladder leaders in this division after the days play, with both teams on 8 points.ACT defeated Scorpions 5-3 in the opening game of the Men’s 45’s, and division favourites Suns went down to the Sharks in a tight game, eventually losing by one touchdown. In the Men’s 45’s, ACT defeated the Eagles 6-3, Scorpions defeated the Suns 5-0, and SQBD defeated the Barbarians 12-5.In round three the Sunshine Coast and Sharks drew 3-3, as did Suns and ACT. Barbarians proved too strong for the Eagles, winning 9-4. ACT and Sharks are the ladder leaders after 3 rounds, with both teams winning their 2 games played as well as both having the draw.In the Men’s 50’s, Suns defeated Sharks 6-3, while Cyclones were too good for local hopes Northern Eagles 4-3. Cobras and Mets were also first round winners in this division.Hornets defeated Eagles 4-2 in round two, while Suns and Scorpions played out a 5 all draw, Cobras beat the Cyclones 4-0 and Mets defeated Sharks 7-2. With round three yet to be played in the Men’s 50’s, Cobras and Mets are on top of the ladder after their undefeated day respectively.In Mixed Seniors, Sydney Rebels beat Hornets, 5-3, Scorpions beat SQBD 6-2, while the Wellington side – also from NZ, defeated Sunshine Coast 10-4.Round two saw Sharks beat Sunshine Coast by 2 touchdowns and Scorpions defeat the Cobras 6-2, while Wellington beat the Hornets, 9-1.Wellington put on a show in round three, easily beating the Sharks 18-1 in the Mixed Seniors division, while Cobras beat Hornets 8-1 and Scorpions defeated Rebels 8-4. After some big scores, Wellington sit on top of the Seniors Mixed Division, along with the Scorpions.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the nine athletes, selected from across the nation, to officiate at the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, New Zealand. A contingency of five National Referee Squad members (NRS) will referee the event:Luke McKenzie (QLD)Anthony Smith (NSW)Tony Calabria (NSW)Luke Heckendorf (NSW) And making his Youth Trans Tasman debut Rob Bowen (NSW)The 2017 Youth Trans Tasman will welcome an Emerging Referee Squad (ERS) for the first time.Making their YTT debut as the first ERS: Luke Saldern (NSW)Brian Blechynden (WA)Amanda Sheeky (SA)Chris Schwerdt (WA)Congratulations on your selection- we look forward to seeing you in January!Related LinksYTT Referees announced
The emu sits beside the kangaroo on the coat of arms and takes pride of place on all Australian team shirts, over the heart.Sharing the coat of arms with the kangaroo reflects the partnership between the NRL and their national men’s rugby league team, the Kangaroos, and TFA and our national touch football teams, The Emus. Working side by side, representing both sports, are the kangaroo and emu.The emu has a long history with our Indigenous culture and is featured in many Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and artworks. The emu reflects our respect for our past, current and future Indigenous athletes.The emu, as with the kangaroo, cannot take a backward step. Our Emus program will always look forward and evolve; we will continue to look for ways to improve. We will never go backwards.Emus are athletic and fast; with long powerful legs, the bird can reach speeds of up to 50km/h and can travel hundreds of kilometres. Our athletes are fast and will run all day.The adult male emu aggressively defends his young, teaching them all the skills they need to survive as an adult. Our touch football program self-perpetuates – our senior players help develop the next generation, and on the field, protect them from the opposition. Leading into the 2019 Touch World Cup, Touch Football Australia (TFA) commenced a search for a suitable name that could be applied to all teams representing our country ongoing. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve determined that one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the emu, is the ideal representation of our national touch football teams for these reasons, among others:
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Caen eyeing January deal for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCaen are eyeing a January deal for Leicester City striker Fousseni Diabate.Le 10 Sport says Caen are eager to take Diabete on-loan to the end of the season.Caen hope to convince the 23 year-old about the move with the assurance of regular first team football.The Mali international moved to Leicester just over a year ago from Ajaccio.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer expects big Man Utd welcome back for O’Sheaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects a big welcome back for John O’Shea today.O’Shea, 37, will be part of Reading’s team for the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.Solskjaer said, “Yes, it’s fantastic that he’s still playing – I think he’s 37 or 38 now. He’s professional, he loves football and of course hopefully he won’t love this game! [laughs] I hope he’ll enjoy the build-up to the game but not during [the game].”The FA Cup is fantastic and the players we put on the pitch will have nothing to lose too. They’ll go out there and they’ve got their careers ahead of them. Hopefully we can produce a couple of scary moments for Mr John O’Shea!”
Sheffield Utd keeper Henderson responds to Liverpool howlerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has vowed to ‘come back stronger’ after his howler gifted Liverpool victory at Sheffield United. United loanee Henderson let Georginio Wijnaldum’s straight shot slip through his hands and go in between his legs to secure a vital 1-0 win for the Premier League leaders at Bramall Lane on Saturday.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was scathing in his assessment of Henderson’s performance.But on his Instagram page, Henderson said: “Got my head held high. Can’t wait to get back out there!! I always come back stronger, thanks for your support Bladesmen.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester boss Rodgers: Liverpool taught me so muchby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says they’ll look to test Liverpool.The Foxes go to Anfield this weekend.He said, “We’re going there to test the Champions League winners, that’s our job. If we work as well as we have been, we can match any team. We’re looking forward to seeing how we can impose our game.”Jurgen has done a brilliant job. He’s brought a real harmony and togetherness to the team and supporters. The consistency has helped. “There’s areas of field where he’s brought in top, top players – Virgil [van Dijk], Alisson – they’re top level players who can really improve the squad.“They’re in a great position with young talents and experienced players. They look very strong.”Rodgers returns to Anfield for the first time since leaving the club in 2015 when Leicester face Liverpool on Saturday.”I’m really looking forward to going back. I had the real privilege of managing there,” he said.”So much learning took place for me at Liverpool. I’m looking forward to seeing good friends and obviously the game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona star Messi tribute to Liverpool defender Van Dijkby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona star Lionel Messi has paid tribute to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Messi has given him a glowing commendation with the two set to battle it out for this year’s Ballon d’Or.“He is a defender that knows how to judge the timing and wait for the right moment to get in or hold on,” he told Marca.“He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height.“He is fast because of his great stride and is impressive, both in defence and attack because he scores many goals.”
Paulo Dybala’s proposed switch to Tottenham has fallen through amid financial issues with the image rights associated with the Juventus forward.Spurs had launched a shock bid to sign the Argentina international and had even reached a €70 million (£65m/$78m) agreement with Juve over the purchase of the player.The move came after Manchester United had initially been in talks with the Serie A champions as they look into a potential swap deal that would have seen Romelu Lukaku head in the opposite direction. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But United ultimately decided against pursuing a deal, with Lukaku now closing in on an €80m (£74m/$90m) move to Antonio Conte’s Inter instead.Despite Dybala’s high wage demands, Tottenham were confident they could reach an agreement with the player and continued to pursue a positive outcome on Thursday.But, after meetings between the north Londoners, Juve and Dybala’s agent, it was established that a move would not be possible, with the finances required to secure his image rights, coupled with his wages, too much of a stretch.Sources close to the talks have told Goal that Dybala was open to the idea of a move to the Premier League and Spurs, where he would have linked up with fellow Argentine Pochettino.After the collapse of that deal, however, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the 25-year-old, who has seen his status in the Juve first-team diminish rapidly over the summer.Indeed, sources have told Goal that Dybala remains on the market but with the Premier League transfer window closing at 5pm BST (12pm ET), it would appear a late switch to England is not going to be possible.The financial might of England’s top clubs meant that a move to the Premier League was the best option, and it is unclear where that will leave Dybala if, as now expected, he does not secure a transfer before the window closes.The transfer window in China has already ended and Juve are likely to be reluctant to sell to their Serie A rivals, plus there is the fact his wage demands would be too high for the likes of Napoli, Roma and Inter.Real Madrid’s focus is now on Neymar, meanwhile, with the Liga giants ready to launch an opening bid of €100m (£92m/$112m)+ as Barcelona struggle to shift Philippe Coutinho and thus they do not currently have the funds to sign the PSG star.Should there be further movement over the Brazilian and a possible exit from the Ligue 1 champions, however, that could free up the Parisiens to go for Dybala.Whether they would be interested in the Juve forward remains to be seen, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Pablo Sarabia and Julian Draxler already part of their squad.Spurs, meanwhile, do still expect to complete two deals on deadline day, with Giovani Lo Celso due to arrive from Real Betis, while Ryan Sessegnon is undergoing a medical ahead of completing a £25m ($30m) move.
Luis Suarez is out for an indefinite period after injuring his right calf in Barcelona’s La Liga loss to Athletic Bilbao on Friday, the club have confirmed.The 32-year-old striker had to be replaced before half-time at San Mames after receiving treatment following a shot that hit the post.Lionel Messi missed the match with a calf issue of his own, suffered shortly before Barca travelled to the United States for two friendly matches against Napoli last week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It was the first time in 10 years that Barca started their league campaign without the Argentine and both players’ absences were felt as Ernesto Valverde’s men succumbed to a stunning late winner from Athletic veteran Aritz Aduriz.After he was treated on the field, Suarez was ultimately unable to continue and was taken off in the 37th minute, replaced by Rafinha. “Tests carried out on Saturday morning have confirmed Luis Suarez has an injured right calf,” Barca said in a statement.”His recovery will dictate his return to action.”Suarez’s early withdrawal was the first time he has been substituted in the first half of a La Liga game since he joined Barca from Liverpool in 2014.The Uruguayan netted 25 times in all competitions for the Catalan giants last season and will look to play another pivotal role in their ambitions to retain the title when he returns from injury. The champions suddenly look light on forwards, with Philippe Coutinho set to join Bayern Munich on loan with a view to a permanent deal.However, Messi is making good progress according to head coach Ernesto Valverde, although he is yet to train with the team. The forward did not feature in any of Barca’s pre-season matches, after returning late from international duty at the Copa America. Messi and Suarez netted 76 goals between them last season, with goalscoring duties now likely to fall to Antoine Greizmann and Ousmane Dembele as Barca prepare for their next league encounter against Real Betis. Griezmann debuted against Athletic, but Suarez’s injury and Coutinho’s departure could see Barca ramp up their interest in former player Neymar, who looks increasingly likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Flag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska athletics saw a huge overhaul in the last year. Back in September, athletic director Shawn Eichorst was let go after just under five years in Lincoln.Eichorst’s main issue at Nebraska was the slipping football program. He fired Bo Pelini following the 2014 season, after a run of 9 and 10 win seasons.To some Nebraska fans, the program seemed stuck in a bit of a rut, unable to leap up to the next level. He was fired following a 9-3 campaign in 2014, and shortly thereafter had an audio recording of a meeting with the team leaked, in which he ripped Eichorst.His replacement, Mike Riley, went just 19-19 in three seasons, with a 12-14 Big Ten record. Eichorst was fired before the same decision was made on Riley, and replaced by former Oregon and Washington State AD Bill Moos, who went on to hire Nebraska great and UCF head coach Scott Frost.Now, Shawn Eichorst is working for a former Nebraska conference rival: Texas.The Longhorns announced that it had hired the former Nebraska AD to handle “internal matters” within the athletic department. He will work under athletic director Chris Del Conte, who recently came over from TCU.Longhorn Nation, join us in welcoming Drew Martin and Shawn Eichorst to the Forty Acres!➡️ https://t.co/lKaOSplJtF#HookEm? pic.twitter.com/wpBG6fgEf2— Texas Longhorns (@TexasSports) June 7, 2018From Texas’s release on the hire:At a department staff meeting on Thursday, Del Conte announced the hiring of two new administrators — TCU’s Drew Martin, a close confidante, and former Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst.Martin will oversee external matters like marketing, the school’s relationship with Longhorn Network and IMG, media relations and what Del Conte said was “anything that is game-day environment.” Eichorst will handle internal matters, which includes overseeing the business office, human resources and things involving UT policy and procedure, Del Conte said.Both men will hold the title of executive senior associate athletic director. They attended the Thursday staff meeting, met new co-workers and took their official UT portraits.Interestingly, the release makes detailed mention of Nebraska’s failures on the field under Eichorst. Luckily for Texas fans, Del Conte has a pretty good record in that regard.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. was a four-star wide receiver recruit in the 2017 class. He was considered a major get for Nebraska football.However, Johnson’s career in Lincoln didn’t go as planned. He was cited for marijuana possession the summer before his first season, and his father, former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, pulled him out of school.The younger Johnson eventually transferred from Nebraska in December following a coaching change. He enrolled at Arizona, though he is not yet on the Wildcats’ football roster.During his recruitment, Johnson was part of the “Calabraska” movement, which was an attempt to lure top talent from Calabasas, California to Lincoln. He and quarterback and fellow Calabasas native Tristan Gebbia both chose the Huskers.However, Gebbia transferred on Monday after losing out on the starting job. Johnson acknowledged his friend’s decision on Twitter.:(… https://t.co/x8HOYvIKgL— Keyshawn Jr. (@keyshawnnnn) August 27, 2018Rip Calabraska— Keyshawn Jr. (@keyshawnnnn) August 28, 2018Johnson’s “RIP Calabraska” tweet drew some backlash from Husker fans. He responded to them on Twitter today.In doing so, he delivered a message to recruits.The same ones who were flooding my DMs telling me to commit to Nebraska are also the ones who are praying on my downfall and wishing for the worst. Take notes recruits.— Keyshawn Jr. (@keyshawnnnn) August 28, 2018Of course, not all Nebraska fans were taunting Johnson online. But every fan base has a few who love to antagonize recruits and players.Don’t be one of those people.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh is a weird guy. You know this already, of course. Still, it’s fun to get a reminder every once in a while. Today, we got one.Michigan’s head coach spoke to reporters at a weekly press conference this afternoon. The Wolverines’ head coach was asked about this weekend being homecoming.Harbaugh was asked by a reporter to describe what homecoming means to him.The Wolverines’ head coach didn’t seem to know how to answer the question, so he decided to talk about how great of a word “homecoming” is.“Oh, it’s one of the great words in the English language,” he said.It’s Homecoming this weekend for @UMichFootball.@CoachJim4UM was asked what it meant to him, and his answer was, well, just see for yourself. ? pic.twitter.com/JcNO8UCCKA— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 1, 2018Never change, Jim.Michigan and Maryland are set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be on ABC.