first_imgAuthorities have released the name of a Dickinson County police officer who exchanged gunfire with a male suspect who was later found dead inside a home.The Iowa Department of Public Safety identified the officer Friday as Jesse Hoss, who works for the Milford police force.Officers were sent Sunday night to check a reported domestic problem at a Milford home.Police say someone inside fired several shots and Hoss returned fire while retreating to safety.Officers tried for several hours to make contact with the shooter.When they finally entered the home they found 52-year-old Robert Brunner dead.The department says initial autopsy results show Brunner suffered a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and another gunshot wound to his torso.last_img




first_imgAirmen from Sioux City’s 185th Air National Guard refueling wing performed a flyover during pre-game activities before the start of the University of Nebraska versus Northwestern football game in Lincoln on Saturday.The 185tth’s crew flew a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Strato-Tanker aircraft as part of the flyover at Memorial Stadium prior to the kick off.The KC-135’s are used primarily for mid-air refueling.Prior to the end of the game, pilots and crew members from Sioux City were honored on the field for their military service.Photo courtesy 185th Air Refueling Winglast_img

David Hasselhoff praises Wales starlet Woodburn

first_imgWTF David Hasselhoff congratulates Woodburn after stunning strike for Wales Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 18:23 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017 Getty WTF Wales Wales v Austria Liverpool Premier League WC Qualification Europe Observers around the world were impressed with the 17-year-old’s excellent debut goal – including a certain television legend New Wales international Ben Woodburn has a surprise new fan – none other than Baywatch and Knight Rider actor David Hasselhoff!Woodburn came off the bench on Saturday to score the only goal in Wales’ 1-0 win over Austria, becoming the second youngest goalscorer for the Dragons. The 17-year-old struck from 25 yards out to seal the victory, earning praise from pundits, fans and even a cult actor!England 9/2 to beat Slovakia 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 Congrats to Wales !! What A game!and Ben Woodburn ! Nice goal !!— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) September 3, 2017Hasselhoff was clearly impressed with Woodburn’s stunning strike, tweeting “Congrats to Wales !! What A game!and Ben Woodburn ! Nice goal !!”Liverpool teenager Woodburn was targeted by England after making his Reds debut under Jurgen Klopp last season, but former Anfield hero Ian Rush admits he always knew the young star would stick with Wales.”I know England were after him for a couple of years but he is so passionate about being Welsh,” Rush told Radio 5 Live.”Chris Coleman gave him a chance and he came up trumps. I’ve been working with Ben since he was 14 years old and he has an amazing attitude, he keeps his feet on the ground.”Playing with with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale I think he is now realising what the world is all about.”Jurgen Klopp has been absolutely fantastic with him [telling him] ‘not too much too soon, be patient and your time will come and then you have to take your chance’.”He has taken his chance but he has to be patient again because things don’t happen overnight and he must realise he probably won’t start on Tuesday [against Moldova] but if he comes on he will do a job.”last_img read more

Scotland over bad spell – Strachan

first_imgScotland Scotland’s bad spell is over – Strachan Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 01:46 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gordonstrachan-cropped Getty Images Scotland WC Qualification Europe Lithuania Scotland v Malta Malta World Cup A 3-0 win over Lithuania has bolstered confidence in the Scotland ranks, and their manager believes they can make it to Russia 2018 Gordon Strachan believes Scotland’s World Cup qualification struggles are behind them, saying of his side’s tough start to the campaign: “We have dealt with it”.Back-to-back defeats to Slovakia and England in November 2016 left Scotland facing a mountain to climb in Group F, and with three games to play they are third, six points behind leaders England and four behind second-placed Slovakia.Scotland 4/1 to beat Malta 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 But after seeing his players emerge unbeaten from their last three qualifiers, including Friday’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, Strachan cut a confident figure going into Monday’s home game against Malta.”That was a bad spell we went through,” said Strachan. “Most club sides get a bad spell and I think we have dealt with it like a club side. We have got over it and recovered as a group.”I would like to have had more points. That’s our fault. We didn’t get the points that we would like to, but now we have a bit of momentum going and want to try to pick these points up again.Stuart Armstrong header in slow motion is— Scotland (@ScottishFA) September 2, 2017″I have a great pride in what I do and enjoy working with these guys.”Goals from Stuart Armstrong, Andrew Robertson and James McArthur secured the crucial triumph in Vilnius and Strachan paid tribute to his side’s belief.”The belief has always come from the group of players we have got, which has evolved over the last year for different reasons: confidence, injuries, people playing better, their club sides doing better,” he added.”But I have never had any doubts in the players really, and because we have never had any doubts with each other we could come back from not being in a good place.”If we didn’t believe in ourselves, when you are not on a good place you can’t get out of it.”We have dragged ourselves out of the bad place and we could only have done that if we believed in each other and enjoy working with each other.”last_img read more

Listless Everton embarassed by Atalanta

first_imgAtalanta 3 Everton 0: La Dea thrive on European return Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 02:50 15/9/2017 Atalanta celebration - cropped Getty Images Atalanta netted three first-half goals to overwhelm Everton and make an impressive start to their Europe League campaign. Atalanta celebrated their first European match in 26 years with a comprehensive 3-0 home win over an outclassed Everton in the Europa League.The Serie A side ran riot in a dominant three-goal first half to set up an impressive victory in their debut match against English opposition.Absent from continental competition since the 1990-91 season, Atalanta looked right at home in their first Group E encounter as Andrea Masiello netted a deserved opener inside half an hour. 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 Gian Piero Gasperini’s side took full control late in the opening half as Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante combined to put the result beyond doubt by half-time.And the hosts were rarely troubled after the restart as they took early leadership of the group, in the process extending Everton’s record of having never beaten Serie A opposition in Italy.The Toffees have now failed to score in their past three competitive fixtures and face a tough task to repeat their record of having always escaped the competition’s round-robin stage.When you score Atalanta’s first European goal in 26 years…Andrea Masiello — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 14, 2017 Koeman started Maarten Stekelenburg in place of regular goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but it was opposite number Etrit Berisha who had the busier start as he first palmed away a stinging Gylfi Sigurdsson strike, before Wayne Rooney dinked a delicate chip narrowly over the bar.Stekelenburg was soon called into action to smother a close-range chance for Masiello, although there was little he could do from the resultant corner as the marauding defender pounced on a favourable deflection to tuck away the opener.The chances continued to pile up for the hosts and they doubled their advantage in spectacular style before the break, skipper Gomez stepping in from the left and curling a sumptuous strike into the top-right corner from outside the area.And there was still time for Atalanta to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time as Andrea Petagna reeled in a ball over the top and found Cristante running unchecked through the middle for a simple low finish into the bottom-left corner.When you lead 3-0 in Europe!Atalanta  #UEL — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 14, 2017 Rooney drew a sharp low save from Berisha immediately after the restart as Everton attempted to make amends, though they were fortunate not to fall further behind when Gomez skied a good chance at the other end.Koeman responded with a double change 25 minutes from time, introducing Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen in place of Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin.However, the attacking intent did not yield the desired results as the visitors struggled to create any real openings in the final third and once again drew a blank, meaning they are now winless in five ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford. Atalanta will look build on their encouraging start in their next European assignment at Lyon, while Everton host Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol. Key Opta stats: – English sides have lost 10 of their last 14 visits to Italy in European competition (W2 D2 L10).- Everton have now lost all four of their away games in Italy without scoring a single goal.- This is only the third time that an English club has lost their opening group stage game of a Europa League campaign. The other two were Birmingham City in 2011-12 & Manchester United in 2016-17 – the latter ended up winning the tournament.- The Toffees conceded three goals in the first half of this game – the first time that they have conceded three times before half-time in a competitive fixture since November 2016 (0-5 vs Chelsea).  read morelast_img read more

Bayern: We’ll consider Griezmann move

first_imgTransfers ‘We’ve lots of time to think of Griezmann’ – Bayern sporting director Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 23:24 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antoine Griezmann France Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Bayern München v Augsburg Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Primera División Bundesliga Antoine Griezmann The German side have been linked with a €100 million move for the 26-year-old and have confirmed that they will “think” about a deal Bayern Munich will mull over a move for Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed.The Bavarian side have twice attempted to move for the France international forward but squad planner Michael Reschke used his veto to prevent a deal from taking place.Hamburg 5/1 to beat Schalke 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 Given that Reschke is now at Stuttgart, the path appears clear for the Allianz Arena side to broker a deal for a player who has recently been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United. Sky Sport reported that Bayern are interested in activating the attacker’s €100 million release clause next summer and Salihamidzic has not dismissed the prospect.Asked if the club have decided to move for Griezmann a third time, the former Germany international midfielder told Sky Sport: “Not yet. We have lots of time to think about that.”The 26-year-old has scored only three goals this season for Diego Simeone’s men.last_img read more

Real Madrid set record with CWC triumph

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid set team record with Club World Cup triumph Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 03:34 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(40) Real Madrid Karim Sahib Real Madrid FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid v Grêmio Grêmio The Merengue took a record haul in 2017 and also joined a select group of clubs to be crowned world champions in consecutive years Real Madrid set a year-best in club history after taking the Club World Cup with a narrow victory over Gremio on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick was enough to seal a 1-0 win for the Spanish side, who had squeezed past Al Jazira 2-1 in the semis. Gremio defended doggedly but showed little inclination to attack their illustrious opponents, even after falling behind in the second half.  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 That timid approach allowed Madrid to cruise to victory in the final, and in the process make history. The Club World Cup is the fifth trophy Zinedine Zidane’s men have lifted in 2017, a number that the club have never previously managed. La Liga was the first competition to fall into Zidane’s hands this year, and was followed by victory over Juventus to retain the Champions League. Further triumphs in the UEFA and Spanish Supercups swelled their trophy count to four, and Ronaldo and Co. completed the ‘manita’ on Saturday with the world title. Madrid also became the first team in Club World Cup history to retain the title, and tie Barcelona for most overall victories in the competition with three. Not since Tele Santana’s Sao Paulo side in 1992 and 1993 (under the previous Intercontinental Cup format) had a team been proclaimed world champions for two years running, a distinction also achieved by the likes of Pele’s Santos (1962 and 1963), Helenio Herrera’s Inter (1964-5) and Milan under the direction of Arrigo Sacchi (1989-90).last_img read more

From the archive: Ian Ridley interviews Cyrille Regis – 1990

first_img Cyrille Regis: a pioneer on the pitch and the leader of a generation Topics Share on WhatsApp Richard Williams Twitter Read more From the Guardian archive West Brom’s Cyrille Regis playing against Southampton in 1979. Photograph: Colorsport/REX/Shutterstock Pinterest Share on Facebook Cyrille Regis and team mates in the dressing room after Albion’s 1-1 draw against Valencia in the UEFA Cup in 1978. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook ‘Steve is strong, a good finisher, brave and has some nice touches,’ says Regis. ‘But he is still learning the game. He himself would say that he is a little bit short of pace, but he is very fit and very strong.’ Livingstone is 6ft 1in and 12st 7lb compared with Regis’s muscular 6ft and 13st 6lb. The criticism at Highfield Road this season has been Regis’s lack of goals, although he has always been a scorer of great goals rather than a great scorer of goals one every three games for WBA, one every four for Coventry . ‘I should really be scoring more. I’ll put my hand up to that,’ he says. ‘But my game has changed from being an out-and-out goalscorer. In the main I do a little bit of scheming, holding the ball up, and I enjoy that role. When the ball comes up you don’t want it to go straight back.’ Regis has been very much central to Coventry’s recent success, quite apart from the three goals he created for Livingstone in the win over Sunderland. Many thought he was making a move equivalent to that from Foreign Office to Ag, Fish and Food when he left WBA, and indeed there was a touch of the agricultural about the way Coventry played at that time in the mid-1980s. Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img Although semi-finals give a surge to ageing legs, Regis knows that with his replacement Drinkell in the wings, he will have to be sharp to remain in the team. ‘Competition for places is what drives football clubs and players on,’ he says. But before doing those things he has promised himself over the years such as visiting his birthplace, French Guyana, for like Matthew Le Tissier he could also have chosen to play for France and learning the saxophone, it is into the breach for Wembley one mo’ time. ‘Footballers are notoriously lazy,’ he says of his good intentions yet to be fulfilled. Des Walker and Forest will learn if that applies to Regis on the pitch tomorrow. Share on Pinterest features Share on LinkedIn There have been few more explosive starts to a career than the one made by Cyrille Regis. Except for that of his present striking partner at Coventry City, Steve Livingstone.Regis came to West Bromwich Albion in 1977 as a 19-year-old bright spark (yes, he was an electrician), signed for £5,000 from the non-League club Hayes, and was thrust into the first team due to injury. He scored twice in a League Cup tie at Rotherham. Livingstone, a 20-year-old Teessider, made his first appearance in the competition this year against Sunderland at a time when Coventry were short of goals, and scored four. Cyrille Regis But John Sillett’s arrival as manager brought a rethink, Regis’s ball-holding rather than chasing talents were made more use of, and the FA Cup followed in 1987. He has always been a great athlete-footballer, once performing a 6ft 2in Fosbury Flop high jump (‘just messing about’), and could probably have been a track star like his younger cousin, John. He has never been officially timed for 100 metres, though. ‘In my younger days I would have given Des Walker a bit of a run,’ he says, pointing up a crucial area of tomorrow’s game. ‘You have to try and be a bit more clever, don’t you, because you are not going to do him for pace.’ Without the suspended David Speedie, Coventry will be looking to Regis and Livingstone in attack to exploit Forest’s relative vulnerability in cup competition at home compared with their more incisive away form. The logic is that the longer they have the ball at one end, the less time Steve Hodge and Nigel Clough have it at the other. Twitter Football It took Regis the relatively lengthy period of three matches to tally four, a total he reached for this season only last week. They have all been winning goals, though, against Liverpool, Manchester City, Norwich and Chelsea. The pair will present a formidable threat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in tomorrow’s televised first leg of their Littlewoods Cup semi-final the old and the new, the experienced and the raw. Not that Regis, whose birthday it was yesterday, will thank you for the ‘old’ bit, even though he is the First Division’s oldest striker. At Coventry ‘s training ground he was owning up to 31, not the 32 that the reference books give him. The hair, however, is thinning. ‘I still have another year at Coventry and I am enjoying it. You do when you’re in semi-finals,’ he says. ‘I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can.’ And he did win the last of his five England caps only two years ago. He is also enjoying playing alongside Livingstone, teaching him the ropes. ‘When I started at West Brom I came in ahead of more seasoned strikers and my career took off. The same is happening to Steve.’ The pair are currently preferred to Kevin Drinkell, the £800,000 signing from Rangers, only recently fit again, and Gary Bannister. Share on Messenger Read more West Bromwich Albion Reuse this content ‘We got off the coach and the National Front was there … People spat at us’last_img read more

El clásico feels the pain of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo absence

first_imgMadrid have Bale, Benzema, Modric, Isco, Marco Asensio and, having appealed a red card received playing for the B team, Vinícius, too – an 18-year-old Brazilian more central to Lopetegui’s troubles than it may appear. There is talent there. Loads of it. There always is. This game remains the biggest in the world, and by a long way. And yet there is something missing, a reason why there may be a hint of nostalgia, melancholy about this match – a glimpse of a future, everyone’s mortality. Messi is 31 now.It is 11 years since a clásico without Messi or Ronaldo. Between them they have played 68 clásicos and only Messi has scored more clásico goals than Ronaldo, as if it’s just the goals anyway. Even in a history as rich as this rivalry has, they marked an era, this generation forever theirs. Managers come and go, and no one knows that like Lopetegui, but it had started to feel like, somehow, they were always there. Until now. Real Madrid, Julen Lopetegui and the actions of a condemned man Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Observer Share on WhatsApp La Liga European club football Barcelona Julen Lopetegui will make it to the clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday but, for the first time in more than a decade, Lionel Messi will not – and nor will Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the Madrid manager’s 137th day in charge and, whistled on Tuesday night after his team finally broke a five-game winless run, it could also be his last.Asked on Tuesday if their coach would still be on the bench for Sunday’s game, Madrid’s director of institutional affairs, Emilio Butragueño, mumbled “yes, yes”, despite having just witnessed an unconvincing 2-1 win over Viktoria Plzen. Topics Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn features Sign up for our daily football email, The Fiver. Reuse this content Share via Email When Lopetegui gets to the Camp Nou, sitting in the front row of the stand just behind him is likely to be Messi, wearing a sling on the arm he broke a week ago. When he went down last Saturday against Sevilla, the stadium fell silent. It took nine minutes to make the change, partly because Ousmane Dembélé was slow, but more because Messi, who had scored one and provided another, wanted to continue – as did everyone else. Madrid were eight days away and Messi does something to them no other player ever has: all-time clásico top scorer, leading an unprecedented domestic dominance, he has a tremendous intimidatory power. But on Saturday the squad was named and Messi was not in it.A blunt truth: Madrid have missed Ronaldo and Barcelona know they will miss Messi. It is true that at this stage last season Ronaldo had scored only one league goal and that last month Madrid played wonderfully without him against Roma. The focus had, it was said, become more collective. They pressed higher, sought possession – achieving 71.2% at home, more than Barcelona – and it appeared an opportunity for others, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema particularly.Bale has some record at Madrid: 200 games, 92 goals, 62 assists. But another statistic concerns: while he has played in 200, he has not played in 103. He began this season with responsibility but Madrid’s form has slipped. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have not found their feet; defensively, the team have been dreadful, Sergio Ramos especially; Benzema’s evolution into a No 9 again is not complete, and nor is Bale’s evolution into a leader. Madrid went five games without scoring. Lopetegui bemoaned misfortune but there was more, and it brought the head coach to the edge of the abyss.Lose on Sunday and Madrid would be seven points behind Barcelona; win and they would be only one point off – and favouritism so rarely plays out the way it should. /info/2016/jan/05/the-fiver-email-sign-up Defensively vulnerable, Barcelona have not always impressed either and losing Messi is huge. Asked if his absence conditioned the team, Ernesto Valverde replied: “Not at all …” and then laughed: “We have to accept it. It doesn’t bring me out in a rash to hear the word ‘Messidependency’.”In November 2015, injury forced Messi to start on the bench at the Bernabéu: by the time he came on, Barcelona were 3-0 up, but they had Neymar then. Now the nearest thing is, in theory, Dembélé, signed with the Neymar money. But there are doubts about his adaption, commitment and play. He has given the ball away 165 times this season. Dembélé was poor after coming on against Sevilla and did not feature against Inter on Wednesday when Barcelona were superb, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets taking control.Ahead of them was Luis Suárez. Always analysed through goals and work, it is time to take in his passing and vision. He has four goals and six recorded assists, which doesn’t include the two dummied “assists” against Tottenham. “I’ve been against him before and whenever the coach took him off I practically gave them a hug,” Valverde says.Every season, Suárez has scored against Madrid: six goals in 10 games. To his left Jordi Alba is zooming up the wing, legs whirring. Some are starting to liken Arthur to Xavi. Oh, and Marc-André ter Stegen to Superman. Real Madrid Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

Debutant Ben Foakes unbeaten on 87 after leading England recovery in Galle

first_img Joe Root of England leaves the field after being dismissed for 35 by Rangana Herath. Photograph: Philip Brown/Popperfoto England in Sri Lanka 2018 Sri Lanka v England: first Test, day one – as it happened Since you’re here… Topics Twitter Well, on the first day in Galle, which was surprisingly dry, there was no time for Foakes to demonstrate his wicketkeeping skills mainly because he was calmly stitching the England innings together when it was in danger of unravelling all too chaotically. Foakes, by simply treating every ball on its merits, ensured that England did not, after all, squander what should be a very good toss to win. At the end of the day he was unbeaten on 87 out of England’s total of 321 for eight, a brilliant start to a Test career, which will surely now continue throughout this series and possibly way beyond that.The pitch was on its best behaviour on Tuesday under heavy cloud cover. Some turn was evident for the spinners but it was far from vicious. In contrast to the series against South Africa Sri Lanka’s solitary paceman, Suranga Lakmal, was given the new ball. Yet at the start England could not press home their advantage. In a frantic first session they lost five wickets for 113 runs in 29 overs. As promised the tourists displayed audacity but not elite audacity.Lakmal made the initial incursions. Rory Burns on his debut had hit two crisp boundaries but then an innocuous leg-side delivery brushed his bat and he was caught behind. Out came Moeen for one ball: it was full in length, cunningly delivered from around the wicket and it sent the off-stump flying as Moeen pushed forward with his bat but not his body. Joe Root survived the hat-trick ball with no alarm but this was not the ideal start.Keaton Jennings and Root responded to these early setbacks positively adding 62 from 14 overs. On 26 Jennings offered a simple catch to first slip from an off-break from Akila Dananjaya and Angelo Mathews dropped it. In the meantime Root had batted in a princely manner in an early attempt to seize the initiative against the spinners. Yet before lunch England would lose three wickets to those spinners and none of the deliveries concerned turned an inch. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Facebook Foakes, England’s third keeper in three Tests – this has not happened since 1963 when AC Smith was followed by Keith Andrew and Jim Parks – remained wonderfully composed, strolling singles to more deep-set fields. Sam Curran offered vital support. He has now batted nine times for England and on eight occasions he has reached 20 or more. No wonder they picked him.Here Curran bided his time. After 36 balls he had made six runs; after 37 he had 12 as he skipped down the pitch to crack the ball way over long-on. There would be two more sixes in his innings of 48, which ended when he tried a flat-batted drive and edged to slip, where Dinesh Chandimal was in some distress due to England’s recovery and a groin injury.While Foakes purred along, Adil Rashid then produced an impish gem, which showed no great respect for the venerable Herath. He was caught at slip for 35 from 38 balls. The lower order had shown the way. Share on LinkedIn … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Facebook First Root came down the pitch, a ploy he had used successfully earlier on, only to turn a Rangana Herath delivery into a yorker, which squeezed past his bat on to the middle stump. This was Herath’s 100th Test wicket in Galle and thus he became only the third cricketer to take so many at one ground after Muttiah Muralitharan (at three venues in Sri Lanka) and Jimmy Anderson at Lord’s.Next to go was Jennings, who tried to cut the first ball of a new spell from Dilruwan Perera as if he had not registered that he was now facing the quicker, skiddier one among the off-spinners. Up until then Jennings had been impressively proactive, often with an array of sweeps on either side of the wicket. The sweeping of Ben Stokes was less effective. He hit one with authority to the boundary; then against Perera he tried again with his body so far to the off-side that the ball bowled him behind his legs.After lunch England showed more discretion, elite discretion in fact. There was nothing frivolous from Jos Buttler. After a couple of sweetly-timed boundaries the field was often set deep when he was on strike. So he was content to pick off the singles and punish the occasional poor delivery. But on 38 Buttler, stuck on the back foot, was well caught behind off Perera, the best of the spinners on the day.center_img Cricket Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter match reports Read more Sri Lanka cricket team Ben Foakes was planning a winter off. Having been omitted from the Test squad he was understandably given leave of absence for any more Lions’ duty. But on the island that gave us the notion of serendipity everything has suddenly changed for Foakes in an unexpectedly benign way. First there was Jonny Bairstow’s damaged ankle when playing football, which prompted his call-up. Then last week with Joe Denly failing to convince there was a rethink and a reshuffle, which catapulted Foakes into the Test team to bat at seven and keep wicket. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. England cricket team Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Wales surprised after France mix brute force and flair in Six Nations opener

first_imgShare on Pinterest Brutality, home wins and drop goals: what to expect from the Six Nations Read more “We had expected Bastareaud to be included but they have gone with a different attacking option,” said Warren Gatland, who named Gareth Anscombe and Tomos Williams at half-back, the second time the Cardiff Blues teammates will start a Test together. “What really surprised me was that Bastareaud is not in their 23: I thought that if he was not used as a starter he would come on as an impact player.“They have not got the biggest half-backs in the world but neither have we. I expect they will look to be pretty direct down that channel and so will we. It will be tough for Ntamack: he is learning and doing well but players say when you go out in your first international, things happen quicker than ever before and it can take a few games to adjust. When Jonathan Davies made his debut he was like a rabbit in headlights but now he is a world-class centre.”Wales’ pack are virtually a stone a man lighter than France’s but Gatland believes that can work to his side’s advantage. “They will have a go at our scrum and try to maul us off the park and they will look to slow the game down and play off their scrum-half. We have to keep the ball on the park and not be afraid to kick long and find some grass. We know we will have to be on our mettle.”Brunel, who took over from Guy Novès as the France coach at the beginning of last year, said Bastareaud may still have a role to play. “It is the first time in 10 matches that he is not with us and he is important in our group. I have been looking at Romain for a while and he has shown he can adapt to moving up a level. Age for me does not come into it: I chose another 19-year old [the fly-half Matthieu Jalibert] 12 months ago. Quick guide France and Wales teams for opening Six Nations match Was this helpful? Wales rugby union team Wales teamL Williams (Saracens); G North (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets), H Parkes (Scarlets), J Adams (Worcester); G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), T Williams (Cardiff Blues); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), A Beard (Ospreys), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), J Tipuric (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Dragons). Replacements: E Dee (Dragons), W Jones (Scarlets), S Lee (Scarlets), C Hill (Dragons), A Wainwright (Dragons), G Davies (Scarlets), D Biggar (Northampton), O Watkin (Ospreys). Rugby union Share via Email Since you’re here… Topics Thank you for your feedback. Six Nations 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Share on LinkedIn Show Match detailsVenue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Friday, 1 February Kick-off: 20:00 GMTCoverage: live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live Share on WhatsApp “I am not looking any further forward than Wales. We need to win to create momentum to take into the next game. At this point, we cannot afford to have long-term goals because we have just come together and there are five new players in the group. It is just about starting the Six Nations well.”France have the experienced Morgan Parra at scrum-half, while Williams made his Test debut against South Africa last June in Washington, when he partnered Anscombe in the 22-20 victory. “I just want to get out there,” the 24-year-old said. “It will be the biggest stage I have played on. There will be pressure but I am looking forward to it.” Support The Guardian Wales have been surprised by France’s selection for the Six Nations opener in Paris on Friday. They had been expecting a beast of a pack and duly got one with an average weight heading towards 19st but were wrong-footed by an element of beauty behind, where the bulldozing centre Mathieu Bastareaud does not even make the bench.Jacques Brunel has mixed brute force at forward with flair behind. He has paired the experienced Wesley Fofana in midfield with the uncapped 19-year-old Romain Ntamack, whose father, Emile, was a try scorer on the only other occasion France opened a Six Nations against Wales, in Cardiff in 2000. Neither player has Bastareaud’s brawn and it is a signal change of direction by a side who have finished in the top half of the table only once in the last seven years. … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images Europe France teamM Medard (Toulouse); D Penaud (Clermont Auvergne), W Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), R Ntamack (Toulouse), Y Huget (Toulouse); C Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); J Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), G Guirado (Toulon, capt), U Atonio (La Rochelle), S Vahaamahina (Clermont Auvergne), P Willemse (Montpellier), W Lauret (Racing 92), A Iturria (Clermont Auvergne), L Picamoles (Montpellier). Replacements: J Marchand (Toulouse), D Priso (La Rochelle), D Bamba (Brive), F Lambey (Lyon), G Alldritt (La Rochelle), B Serin (Bordeaux-Begles), G Fickou (Stade Francais), G Doumayrou (La Rochelle). Hide Six Nations Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Marseille coach mocks PSG over Neymar injury

first_imgPSG PSG have €222m in the physio’s room! – Marseille’s Garcia gloats after Neymar injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:21 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Coupe de France PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Neymar Videos The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals, leading Garcia to suggest their spending was useless Marseille boss Rudi Garcia mocked Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer policy and reliance on Neymar ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France showdown at the Parc des Princes.PSG beat their rivals 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by Brazil star Neymar suffering a broken metatarsal.Garcia told a news conference ahead of the rematch that his opposite number Unai Emery still had plenty of options when it came to hurting Marseille but suggested the world-record spend on Neymar might have left PSG short in other areas. 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 “If there is no Neymar, there will be [Angel] Di Maria,” he said. “We will see if [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani play when there is the Real Madrid game the week after.”It is a team built to win the Champions League. If they do not, it will be failure.”They have invested €400million, including €222m that is in the physio’s room.”PSG captain Thiago Silva accused Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet of saying he wanted to hurt Neymar before the latter’s injury in a challenge with Bouna Sarr.Marseille defender Adil Rami insisted he had sought to stay away from such controversy after Sunday’s match.”I don’t know if the media are talking too much about Neymar. When I get home, I start my Playstation,” he said.”Without him, PSG will be another team but they remain a great team with a big bench. We cannot celebrate the misfortunes of a player.”last_img read more

2013 Touch Football WA ‘Be Active’ Junior State Championships

first_imgTeams from across Western Australia will take to the fields at McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont this weekend to participate in the 2013 Touch Football WA ‘Be Active’ Junior State Championships. Teams will compete in under eight’s, 10’s, 12’s 15’s and 18’s divisions across two days, Saturday, 23 March and Sunday, 24 March. Round games will be played on Saturday with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 WA Junior State Championships please visit the event join Touch Football WA on their social media Related LinksWA Junior State Champslast_img

Sunshine Coast to Host World’s Best Touch Footballers in 2017

first_imgThe world’s best touch footballers will descend onto Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana Waters, Queensland in May 2017, with the Open’s Trans Tasman Series set to light up the Sunshine Coast for the first time. The annual Trans Tasman event is the pinnacle of international Touch Football outside of the Touch World Cup; with traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand going head-to-head across the three Opens Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire, said the 2017 Trans Tasman series (10-14 May, 2017) will be one of the few times Australian and New Zealand teams will meet before the 2019 Federation of International Touch World Cup in Malaysia. He anticipates also an exciting International dimension with other countries set to join the event as part of anInternational series.“This is the first time New Zealand Opens’ teams have ventured to the Sunshine Coast, to take us on which is really exciting for the international game and the sport particularly in the region and Queensland,” he said.“With the 2016 State of Origin series now completed, the Australian teams will be selected in coming months and look to repeat their amazing 9-0 clean sweep of the 2016 series in Auckland earlier this year.“This is the first time they have achieved this feat over a three Test series across the Opens divisions and follows the great success at the 2015 Touch World Cup.“I am certain the New Zealand teams will be well prepared for the Sunshine Coast and aiming to prove they can successfully take on the Australian sides away from home and strive to secure the title for the first time since the 2013 series.”Following the overall success of the 2015 Touch World Cup with 23 member nations competing, and the introduction of Japan to the 2016 event format at Auckland, Maguire said there is strong interest from other countries to compete against the best sides in the world, in conjunction with the Trans Tasman series.“Certainly what we are seeing across the globe in recent years is tremendous development and growth of the game internationally, which is fantastic to see,” he said.“The opportunity for countries such as Japan, Singapore, USA, Papua New Guinea and other countries who have expressed interest to be involved in international showpiece events including next year’s Trans Tasman is compelling. Playing against the best countries in the world and potentially State and regional invitational sides, will only enhance their development and hopefully get them to the next level as part of this next World Cup cycle (Malaysia, 2019).“This of course supports the growth of the game internationally and provides a fillip to those regional centres where we conduct the events increasing the international visitation and the economic impact locally.“The partnerships TFA have struck with Japan Touch Association and Singapore Touch Association has only strengthened this opportunity and international relationships accordingly.”The Sunshine Coast Council Sport, Tourism and Major Events’ portfolio councillor, Jason O’Pray and fellow Sunshine Coast councillors joined with Touch Football Australia Chief Executive, Colm Maguire confirming the venue in 2017.“Tourism, sport and leisure is one of seven high-value industries in the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy,” he said.“And we regularly host national and international sporting events and teams that are drawn here by our high quality facilities, our favorable climate and our local expertise.“Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana is our region’s premier sporting venue and has been a regular for major events like the National Youth Touch Football Championships and Melbourne Storm pre-season matches.“This year the Sunshine Coast is playing host to an unprecedented 60 major sporting and lifestyle events, estimated to bring over 150,000 guests from all over the world. Next year our region celebrates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast and we’ll also welcome our very first national elite sporting side into the Australian Netball League.“So it’ll be fantastic to also play host to the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Series for the first time. Having the world’s best touch footballers here will be a fantastic opportunity for our sports loving community, as well as our aspiring young sports people and it’ll also provide more great exposure for our region both domestically and overseas.”Beyond the international competition Maguire added that the event provides a great promotion of the sport with a strong Touch Football footprint across the region and a number of players from Sunshine Coast represented in various teams emerging from the junior ranks including Women’s Open player, Kim Sue-See.“We have always enjoyed our time on the Sunshine Coast hosting the Harvey Norman Youth Championships in recent years and this year with the introduction of the Harvey Norman School Series and the Alliance Cup as part of this format.“As well as the elite competition on show, next year’s event provides a great opportunity for junior players to watch, and take part in clinics by, some of the world’s best touch football athletes, helping to ignite and foster in them an even greater love of the sport,” he said.For more information on the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series, visit and tourism information on the Sunshine Coast go to www.visitsunshinecoast.comRelated LinksOpen Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer identifies areas Man Utd must improve from Mourinho era

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer identifies areas Man Utd must improve from Mourinho eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United must continue to improve despite their recent upturn in form.The Red Devils have won both of Solskjaer’s first two matches in charge, beating Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.But the Norwegian has highlighted both offensive and defensive areas where his side must improve and says it is the responsibility of each player to do so.”We need to improve and we are in this position for a reason,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference for Sunday’s clash with Bournemouth”We have not been consistent enough, we have not been able to keep clean sheets. We have not scored enough goals and have conceded two goals from set-pieces.”Open play and defending has been good but we need to get back to the habit of not conceding goals.”There are loads of things in a football team you always look at different things to improve on. I am coming in from the outside and it’s hard to make a difference.”My job has been to speak to the players to try to get to know their feelings and how confidence levels are and how they feel about their own situation.”Every single one has a responsibility to improve.” last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool face missing fortune if Barcelona sell Coutinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool face missing fortune if Barcelona sell Coutinhoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool could miss out on a fortune if Barcelona sell Philippe Coutinho this month.The Mirror says Liverpool fans will be hoping Coutinho – who was a big player for them once upon a time – won’t sign for their bitter rivals Manchester United for obvious reasons.For financial reasons, club chiefs will be hoping the same.When Coutinho was sold to Barcelona, a number of clauses were included in the deal which is worth a fee rising to £140m.And the Reds could lose out on £22m if Coutinho were to move to Manchester now. last_img

6 days agoNorwich boss Daniel Farke eases expections

first_imgNorwich boss Daniel Farke eases expectionsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke says fans must not expect too much from his players.After producing a memorable 3-2 win over Manchester City, the Canaries slumped to three successive defeats including their 5-1 thrashing at home by Aston Villa before the international break.”The injury situation is much better. It’s not as bad as it was in the last few weeks, especially against Aston Villa,” Farke said.”The break helped us to settle and recover, so it came at the right moment.”When we have all our players fully fit we are competitive at this level, even though we are the underdog in every game because we are a newly-promoted side that didn’t spend lots of money.”However, we have to make sure expectations aren’t too high. One thing is to have players in training, the other is to have them fully fit.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Andrew Harrison Says He’s The Best Player In The NBA Draft

first_imgAndrew Harrison talks about where he thinks he ranks in the draft.Andrew Harrison DraftAndrew Harrison likely won’t go No. 1 overall in next month’s NBA Draft, but the former Kentucky star certainly believes in himself ahead of his professional career. Harrison, speaking with Campus Insiders’ Jordan Cornette after the league’s combine yesterday, suggested that he is the best player in the entire draft. When asked about who he compares himself to at the next level, he mentioned Tyreke Evans and Chris Paul. Check it out:There’s nothing wrong with Harrison showing confidence – teams never want to draft a player who doesn’t believe in himself. It’ll be interesting to see if either of the Harrison twins actually ends up getting drafted – both are considered second-round picks at this point.last_img

Photo: Texas Fan Gets Disgusting Cake To Troll Oklahoma

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns cheerleaders holding Texas flags.DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Well, we’ve never seen anything quite like this before. A Texas fan, clearly very excited that the Longhorns knocked off rival Oklahoma two weeks ago, got one of the more disturbing cakes you’ll ever see. As you’ll see below, it features Texas’ mascot, Bevo, defecating onto Oklahoma’s side of the cake. It’s gross.It also features the score of this year’s game.While it’s all probably edible, I think I’d stick to the Texas side.last_img