Round-up: Jota latest and QPR edge closer to signing

first_imgBrentford boss Dean Smith says the club have received another offer for Jota.Championship rivals Middlesbrough have had a £4.5m bid for the Spaniard rejected by the Bees.Speaking ahead of his side’s home game with Wolves at the weekend, Smith revealed another approach has been made.Champions League drawEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea have been drawn to face Atletico Madrid and Roma in the group stage of this season’s Champions League.The Premier League champions will be in Group C, which will also include Azerbaijan’s Qarabag.Meanwhile, Tottenham have been handed an extremely tough draw.Spurs will face Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Group H. The other visitors to Wembley will be Cypriot side Apoel.Wenger ‘highly determined’ to keep Oxlade-ChamberlainEmbed from Getty ImagesArsene Wenger has reiterated that he is keen to keep Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Arsenal amid reports the England international could be on his way to Chelsea.“I want to keep my best players. I have only one target – to keep everybody on board,” Wenger said.“We have invested a lot of time and confidence and money in players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, who we bought at a very young age, and they have a responsibility to this club.“I am highly determined to keep him at this club and I hope he will commit.”Aluko an injury doubtSone Aluko is a doubt for Fulham’s trip to Ipswich on Saturday.The Whites forward is struggling with a hip problem and will be assessed close to kick-off.Smyth deal agreedEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are poised to sign Paul Smyth after agreeing a deal in principle with Linfield. Rangers recently made an offer for the forward, who turns 20 next month and is under contract until 2019.Linfield’s directors have discussed the offer and the finer details of the deal are now being ironed out ahead of Smyth’s expected move to Loftus Road.Meanwhile, QPR are looking to bring in a defender before next Thursday’s transfer deadline following the news that James Perch faces several months on the sidelines with a knee injury.Holloway defiantIan Holloway says the cup thrashing against Brentford has not changed his belief that QPR are heading in the right direction.Statistics show Holloway’s emphasis on pressing the opposition has been successful so far.And the Rangers boss says his team can surpass expectations this season despite Tuesday’s one-sided derby.“It hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for what we’re doing in the league,” he said.“We are the best closing-down team winning it in the opposition’s half out of the top two divisions, which is something to be proud of.“We haven’t got slaughtered like a lot of people thought we would.”Carter-Vickers set for loan moveEmbed from Getty ImagesTottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers is close to joining Sheffield United on loan. The 19-year-old has made four senior appearances for Spurs and the club are keen for him to pick up more first-team experience.Winks left out of Under-21 squadEmbed from Getty ImagesHarry Winks has been left out of the England Under-21 squad because boss Aidy Boothroyd felt the Tottenham midfielder is not yet ready to be selected following injury.The 21-year-old has played only three minutes of competitive football since suffering ankle ligament damage against Burnley in April.He came off the bench in the 89th minute of Spurs’ win at Newcastle and was an unused substitute against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kasey Palmer and Fikayo Tomori have been named in Boothroyd’s squad for the games against Netherlands and Latvia.So too have Winks’ Tottenham team-mates Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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NBA Finals: Yikes! How low were those TV ratings?

first_imgBasketball fans in Toronto and across Canada are certainly pumped up. And the Bay Area has a recurring case of championship fever. But the 2019 NBA Finals apparently aren’t a must-see TV for the rest of America.At least not yet.Thursday’s Game 1 of the title showdown between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors delivered the lowest ratings for a Finals opener in 10 years.The game, which resulted in a victory for Toronto over the defending champs, scored a 10.1 rating in metered …last_img read more

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Aussie Women’s Work their Magic

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Australian Women’s Open side has put on a clinical performance to defeat New Zealand 10-3 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.Aussie Tamika Upton stole the show, constantly bamboozling the Kiwi defence to score a hat-trick of touchdowns in an excellent individual effort.Doubles to Danielle Davis and Laura Peattie provided great support for Upton, with a six-touchdown to one second half seeing Australia seal victory.The Aussies led from start to finish and are now 1-0 up in the best of three Trans Tasman Series. After a scoreless first 5 minutes it was Australia who broke the deadlock, with Rachelle Davis latching onto a beautiful ball from sister Danielle Davis to make the score 1-0 in the 6th minute.New Zealand hit back straight away, tying the score at 1-1 courtesy of some fancy footwork from Mahina Paul in the 7th minute.Danielle Davis continued her strong start to the match, dummying and scoring in the 10th minute to give her Australia a 2-1 lead at the halfway point of the first half.The Aussies extended their lead in the 14th minute, with Ashleigh Kearney using her speed to beat two Kiwi defenders in the centre of the park.A wonderful cut-out ball from New Zealander Tara Mohi found Kate Day in the 18th minute and she crossed on the left wing to keep the Kiwis in touch at 3-2.But Australia hit back seconds later, with a slick sequence of team passing putting Upton over to give the side a 4-2 lead.This is how it stayed to finish the first half and Australia made the perfect start to the second stanza, scoring within the first minute of play through Samantha Rodgers.The lead then grew to four touchdowns in the 22nd minute, with Danielle Davis scoring her second to put Australia up 6-2. New Zealand found themselves in real trouble in the 26th minute as Peattie crossed for the first of her two touchdowns to make it 7-2.Upton then stole the show for Australia, making a 60m break to score a great individual touchdown that all but sealed the match for the Aussies halfway through the second half.That 8-2 lead soon became 9-2, with Upton grabbing her third touchdown with seven minutes to play.New Zealand managed a consolation touchdown in the 36th minute courtesy of Cassandra Engler, but the damage had already been done as they trailed 9-3.Australia capped off a big win in the 39th minute, with Peattie scoring her second touchdown to make it 10-3 to the Aussies with just over a minute to play.That’s how the scoreline stayed in what was a dominant display from AustraliaThe Aussies now have all the momentum heading into Day Two as they look to seal the Women’s Open Series with a game to spare.Australia 10 (Upton 3, D. Davis 2, Peattie 2, R. Davis, Kearney, Rodgers touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Engler, Day, Paul touchdowns)Related LinksWomen’s Work Their Magiclast_img read more

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19 days agoReal Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snub

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snubby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are regarded as favourites to land Ajax’s £100million-rated Donny van de Beek – just three months after Manchester United decided against signing the midfielder.United failed to make a move for the 22-year-old Dutch international after his Amsterdam club quoted the Reds a £35million asking price, says the Mirror.And now Real have stepped up their efforts to land Van Beek at the end of the season – and have made it clear that they will not be put off by Ajax’s dramatically inflated valuation.Van Beek, who came thought the famed Ajax academy, was in the team beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final.He has since developed into one of Europe’s top goalscoring midfielders. last_img read more

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Womans body found hanging in Narendrapur

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman whose body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her in-laws’ house on Thursday.The incident took place in South 24-Parganas’ Narendrapur. The family members of the victim alleged that she had been murdered by her husband after she protested against the latter’s extra marital relationship. The victim has been identified as Joba Sona. The victim got married to one Bipalb Sona around four years ago. The family members of the victim alleged that she came to know about her husband’s illicit relationship with another woman in the locality. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also alleged that the accused husband also used to torture the victim for dowry. He also threatened the woman for the dire consequences if her father fails to provide him the money the accused had demanded for. The local residents found the victim hanging from the ceiling and husband had fled from the spot. They informed the matter to the local police station. The police officers reached the spot and recovered her body. It was later sent for the post mortem examination. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe investigating officers are waiting for the result of the examination as it might throw some light on her death. The police are not ruling out a foul play behind the incident. The family members who rushed to the spot after being informed alleged that her husband strangulated her and later body was kept in such a manner so that it appears to be a case of suicide. On the basis a complaint, lodged by her family members, police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The accused husband has been absconding since the incident occurred. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused.last_img read more

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Opinion Michigans resurgence a blessing for Ohio State college football

Then sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSince the turn of the century, Michigan has been to five BCS Bowls. The Wolverines won two: a three-point victory in the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech in 2012 and a one-point victory over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl. However, their Rose Bowl performances have been utter disappointments. Additionally, they have yet to participate in the Big Ten Championship Game.Since 1950, Michigan has captured one national championship; Ohio State has won seven.Since the turn of the century, Purdue’s four wins over OSU are more than Michigan’s three.Simply put, Michigan football has been marred in recent decades by coaching instability, poor quarterback play and an inability to win The Game.Having said this, the question as to the annual significance of the OSU-Michigan game must be raised. Seemingly, rivalries like the Auburn-Alabama, OSU-Michigan State, LSU-Alabama and Oregon-Stanford have overshadowed The Game due to recent dominance by the men in scarlet and gray. In fact, in most of our lifetimes, only one game between the two comes to mind as meaningful; a clash of the titans, per se. That one game, however, epitomizes the importance of The Game, as I can recall every little detail despite having been just a little 9-year-old Buckeye without a master’s degree in OSU fandom.The game of the centuryIt was a pleasant fall afternoon in Hudson, Ohio. Autumn leaves fell from high above as the sun departed from the clear blue sky. Inside our neighbor’s house, our family and friends reminisced over school systems, neighborhood drama and our crazy families. Meanwhile, two hours south down I-71, the same could not be stated. College GameDay set up shop on the OSU campus to promote the heavyweight title fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. When Lee Corso donned the Michigan helmet in front of thousands of Buckeyes, he was met with ruthless replies to the likes of, “Corso sucks!”Regardless, this game clearly had a special place in the rivalry’s history, as to this day it remains the only installment of The Game to ever kick off at 3:30 p.m. in ESPN/ABC’s primetime window. The town was buzzing. The hype was tremendous. Ohio Stadium was bursting with excitement. And the Big Ten was ready to put one of its two signature programs in the national championship game.Dubbed “The Game of the Century” as kickoff became imminent, conversation back in Hudson swayed to BCS projections, to quarterbacks Troy Smith vs. Chad Henne and to the duel between two coaching greats, Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr. Finally, OSU won the coin toss, deferred to the second half, and Michigan prepared to receive the opening kickoff in what would go down as one of the greatest college football games not only in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, but of all time.After trading touchdowns on their opening possessions, both teams followed by exchanging punts. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took their first lead behind a Beanie Wells 52-yard touchdown run. Add on two Smith touchdown throws — one to Ted Ginn Jr. and the other to Anthony Gonzalez — offset by one Michigan touchdown, and OSU would take a two-touchdown lead into the second half.The ‘Shoe was hopping. The family room in which I watched the game was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I realized that the Buckeyes were just two quarters of solid football from the national championship game.Unfortunately, no football game comes without adversity. OSU would learn that the hard way.In the blink of an eye, the Scarlet and Gray went three-and-out, conceded a touchdown and compounded the mistakes with a pivotal interception captured by Michigan defensive lineman Alan Branch.Great teams, however, overcome adversity and respond stronger.The Buckeyes proceeded to stymie the Michigan offense and held it to just a field goal, and they soon after responded with a touchdown of their own. All of a sudden it was a two-score game. All of a sudden the dream of two national championships in a four-year span was unfolding before my very eyes.After a couple of series of mistake-filled football, Michigan started the fourth quarter in the red zone, down 11. Running back Mike Hart scored two plays later, cutting the lead to just four. A Buckeye fumble followed, but Michigan could not capitalize.OSU would then not miss this opportunity to close the game out for good. An 11-play, 83-yard, season-defining drive ensued, punctuated by Brian Robiskie’s 13-yard touchdown grab.With just over five minutes remaining, it seemed as if OSU had its plane ticket to Glendale, Arizona, booked, but Michigan, once again, as great teams do, fought back.A clutch 11-play, 81-yard drive capped off by Tyler Ecker’s 16-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion brought the Wolverines to within three. An onside kick could reverse the course of college football history.But it wasn’t meant to be that day for the Maize and Blue. Ginn secured the onside kick, the victory and a date with Florida in the championship game.Pandemonium infiltrated the exit stairways of Ohio Stadium and followed students and alumni alike to the High Street bars and to drives up and down I-71 home. This was a classic OSU-Michigan game, magnificent in quality of play and implications. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about many of the games played recently.A new eraEven with the advent of the College Football Playoff and the resurrection of the Wolverines, it is naive to expect every clash in the next decade to become a de facto qualifier for the Big Ten Championship Game, and thereby the playoff. It is way too early to elevate Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer to the status of Woody Hayes vs. Bo Schembechler and to associate any upcoming OSU-Michigan game with the great ones from the “10 year war.”However, with Michigan beginning to supplant itself as an annual contender, this rivalry that has seemingly lost a bit of its luster should and will revive its tension. And no college football fan can deny that an intriguing and relevant OSU-Michigan game is the greatest game on turf.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine showdown to match the classic that was the 2006 clash; just every once in awhile it would be appreciated that the two of the most historic programs in college football provide a game that is worthy of the national spotlight it inevitably attracts.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine clash to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash of the titans. Sometimes, in fact, it adds to the rivalry when one team has the opportunity to undermine the rival’s playoff aspirations even amidst a disappointing season.But, thinking about the potential of the OSU-Michigan game turning into the must-see game every year is tantalizing. What if someday, the Buckeyes and Wolverines somehow met for the national championship? It’s definitely not impossible given the precedent the CFP committee has set on schedule strength, margin of victory and quality of loss.It would be tough to deny a one-loss OSU team that traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the No. 2 team preparing to face undefeated and No. 1 Michigan. And this scenario is coming sooner rather than later, especially with the recruiting standards Meyer and Harbaugh are currently setting.Gone are the days of Michigan being worse than Purdue. Home are the days of Michigan being the archenemy it was destined to be. And I can’t wait. Nor can the world of college football. read more

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Ohio State defense makes statement by shutting down Melvin Gordon Wisconsin offense

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) tackles Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (25) during the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — So many times in football, it helps to be realistic. Even if a team’s defense plays well, it still might give up a considerable amount of yards. Even if the defense can stop an opposing offense from scoring over two quarters, it’s tremendously more difficult to hold them scoreless for the entire game.It’s safe to say those concessions would have been accepted had the Ohio State Buckeyes managed to beat the Wisconsin Badgers and their Heisman candidate running back, redshirt-junior Melvin Gordon.But on Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Buckeye defense didn’t settle for good enough.The Buckeyes not only held Gordon to only 76 yards, but they shut out the Badgers completely, as they dominated their opponents, 59-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game.“It’s still crazy to me,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after the game. “I think if you told us this week that we would shut them out, 59-0, I wouldn’t have been believed you. But seeing the guys before the game, and what was going on in the locker room and how just hyped up everybody was, and how everyone bought into what we were saying — (I) maybe thought they’d get seven points, but a shutout’s a big deal against this offense.”It was an offense that entered the title game ranked third in the nation in rushing offense and, in Gordon, had the player with more yards on the ground than any other individual in college football.But from the beginning, the Buckeye defensive corps stood tall. Wisconsin punted on its first two drives, before redshirt-junior quarterback Joel Stave was intercepted by sophomore safety Vonn Bell the next time it had the ball.The evening didn’t get any better for Gordon and the Badgers. In the second quarter, the team from Madison, Wis., gained only 14 total offensive yards and punted an additional three times. By that point the Buckeyes were already up 31-0, but they put the exclamation point on the half on Wisconsin’s next drive.Gordon attempted a run on second-and-18 from his own 12-yard line, but Bennett forced him to fumble the football, and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa grabbed the ball and went into the end zone for the score.Bosa said after the game that Bennett’s leadership has been a key component for the defense’s success.“(It’s) just the way he works and his attitude. He just bottles all of his anger and comes out and just let’s it go in the football game and he’s so talented,” Bosa said. “He’s finally showing what he really can do.”In addition to his football skills, Bennett showed off a new number, 53, in honor of teammate Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead last Sunday after having been missing for five days. The decision to change numbers was one Bennett said he made quickly.“As soon as I heard the news about Kosta I went to (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson and asked him if I could wear it,” he said. “I was only around Kosta for about four months but the guy meant a lot to me. I respected him, I looked up to him. Maybe he gave me strength, because I’ve never played like that before. I think he gave the guys strength and we were able to rally around together because we realized how special it is to do what we do with each other.”Bennett finished with four tackles for loss —  a career high — which included two sacks.The OSU co-captain is a part of a senior class who had yet to win a conference title going into the game, and redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said the rest of the team felt they needed to get the victory for their veteran teammates.“They (the seniors) had a bad taste in their mouth from last time they were on this field and it sucked for me to watch,” Lee, who led the Buckeyes in total and solo tackles, said. “What a difference a year can make. We’re a much closer team, much stronger team. I’m glad for them, I’m happy for them and I’d do anything for them. It’s just great to get a win.”Meanwhile, the win had some special meaning for Joshua Perry. The junior linebacker, who finished with five tackles of his own, graduated from Olentangy High School, and he said his Buckeye roots added another level to the postgame celebration.“It’s awesome. It’s a little bit special for me ‘cause I’m a Central Ohio kid, so growing up in Central Ohio, all I ever wanted to do was win a Big Ten Championship,” he said. “I wanted to be up on the stage, I wanted to do the whole thing, I wanted to run up to my mom and dad while they were in the stands and give them a big hug. Just being able to do that, holding up the Big Ten sign and everything, was awesome.”As the OSU offense, led by redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, continued to light up the scoreboard, the defense continued to keep Wisconsin out of the end zone. Senior cornerback Doran Grant picked off two passes, and the team managed to keep the Badgers from scoring altogether.Gordon’s sub 100-yard effort was his first since Sept. 6, and OSU coach Urban Meyer was at a loss for words when asked how his defense managed to contain the explosive running back.“I don’t know, it wasn’t easy. (Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell and our defense really stepped up,” he said. “That is a first round draft pick we were playing against. I can’t wait to watch that film because that was just phenomenal.”Lee said the players simply did their individual jobs to stop Gordon, and Perry said preparation also played a key role.“This is the stuff that we train for when we talk about offseason training and the whole deal. We trained for this moment, we trained to be back here, to be in a tough game against a tough team and then just be able to go out there and play our best.”The Buckeyes will see if their best is enough for a place in the inaugural College Football Playoff when the committee selects the four teams Sunday at 12:30 p.m. read more

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We need few changes Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri needs one or two changes to have Chelsea playing in his own way, according to Goal.Sarri believes the team will be able to follow his footballing philosophy and style of play after a few changes have been made.The newly appointed Chelsea manager has revealed his excitement about the upcoming season and he can’t wait to go toe to toe with some of the best coaches in the game.Chelsea announced Sarri as manager on Saturday after former boss Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties on Friday.The 59-year-old has already signed Jorginho from former club Napoli as he looks to bolster his squad for the upcoming challenge.Chelsea are also believed to be closing in on the signing of Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think we’re a good team, the problem is there are five to six good teams in the Premier League.” An excited Sarri told Chelsea TV.“With one or two adjustments, I think we’ll be able to play my kind of football.”Maurizio Sarri also spoke about current City boss Pep Guardiola who’s a keen admirer of the Italian gaffer.“Guardiola is a friend of mine, I’m grateful he has spoken of me in Night regard,” Sarri said.Sarri was also quick to praise new signing Jorginho who under his tutelage at Napoli became one of the very best passing midfielders in Europe.“He’s a very technical player, his mind is very quick as well,” said Sarri.last_img read more

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Mazzarri issues Roma warning

first_imgWalter Mazzarri warned his Torino side “to be perfect” if they want to stop a strong Roma team beating them tomorrow.Mazzarri and his Torino team had a chaotic transfer deadline day, where Roberto Soriano, Koffi Djidji and Simone Zaza all signed.The Torino has called on his team to put in a great shift tomorrow. Football Italia reports.“I thank those who are here and apologise if I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to those who left,” said Mazzarri in his Press conference ahead of the game against Roma.“The season begins tomorrow with a very important match. Now I’d like to talk more about Roma than the transfer market, as I want my players to remain concentrated.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Roma have done extraordinary things to strengthen their midfield. They were already a great team last season and did so well under Eusebio Di Francesco, so we have to perfect against them to hope for a result.”“I believe in hard work and tactical organisation. I gave the club some indications on which players to sign and how many we needed, but the markets are still open elsewhere and we will try to whittle down the squad.”“In my career, when given the right number of players, I’ve always managed to get 110 per cent out of my players. If the lads are ready to work hard, we can do great things together.”“Fitness is an essential condition for me and in order to choose a starting XI, I must have guarantees on their fitness. We’ve got to stop Roma playing their game and do our best going forward.”last_img read more

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