Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure a big loss for European football: Jose Mourinho

first_imgEuropean soccer has lost a “huge player” in Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the striker will raise the level of the game in the U.S following his move to LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.Ibrahimovic last week ended a short but successful stint at United – where he won the League Cup and the Europa League – to become the latest high-profile player to move to the MLS, following the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard.Mourinho used his news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Swansea City to pay tribute to the talismanic Swedish forward who he previously coached at Inter Milan.”For me it’s always sad when the big players move towards the end,” Mourinho told reporters.”I remember Luis Figo’s last match with me and Inter, it was one of my saddest moments. The Zlatan goodbye was more in that direction, he’s a huge player that European Football has lost.”But this period with LA Galaxy will be very good for him, he will be good for American football, because of what he can do; his personality, his passion and his professionalism.”Ibrahimovic sustained a bad knee injury in United’s Europa League quarter-final against Belgian side Anderlecht last April but returned to make seven appearances for the Old Trafford side this season.”His recovery was an example of what a professional should be,” Mourinho added. “For him (the move to U.S.) will just be a way to enjoy the last couple of years of football.”advertisementUnited will be without back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero for the weekend’s game, after the Argentine international picked up a knock in his country’s 6-1 friendly defeat by Spain.Ashley Young was also injured on international duty with England but could play against Carlos Carvalhal’s 14th-placed side.United are second in the table on 65 points from 30 games as they bid to finish as runners-up to champions-elect Manchester City.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu film directors call for IPL boycott over Cauvery water dispute

first_imgAfter Rajinikanth called for the boycott of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being hosted in Tamil Nadu, film directors of the state today backed the protest against hosting the cricket matches, saying it would divert the attention of the youth away from the Cauvery water issue.Addressing a bunch of journalists at the Chennai Press Club, film director Ram said, “We are not against the IPL or cricket but the time is not right now when so many people in Tamil Nadu are struggling. We are protesting the IPL because then our cause will gather more attention.””The protest on IPL does not mean we are going to stop anything. But bringing attention to this will uplift our cause,” director Vetrimaaran said.Renowned directors including Bharathiraja, Ameer, RK Selvamani, Cheran, V Sekar, Thangar Bachan, Satyaraj, Vetrimaaran, Ram, V Gowthaman and Subramaniya Siva also formed a collective forum for the welfare of Tamil art and literature that will raise various issues of the state devoid of politics.The film directors also met Tamil Nadu’s governor Banwarilal Purohit over the Cauvery water dispute.On Friday, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth requested players of Chennai Super Kings to sport black arm bands during the match as a sign of protest to demand the formation of the Cauvery Management Board.Also read: Supreme Court pulls up Centre on Cauvery, asks govt to comply with earlier orderWATCH | Cauvery water war threatens to sink IPL; Telugu actress Sri Reddy tells her casting couch story; morelast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 6X may launch on April 25, may come to India as Mi A2

first_imgWe may have a Mi A1 successor soon amid us. Xiaomi is sending out invites for an April 25 event in China and chances are that it could launch the much-awaited Mi 6X at the event. Mi 6X will be succeed the last year’s Mi 5X that retailed in India as Mi A1 with Google’s Android One program. It is rumoured that Mi 6X could reach the Indian shores as Mi A2 with Android One stock program.Xiaomi kicked off the year 2018 with the launch of Redmi Note and Note 5 Pro.Xiaomi plans to launch three more important phones this year- Mi 7, Mi A2 and Mi Mix 2S. While rumours of Mi 7 and Mi Mix 2S have also been doing round, it is the Mi A2 that has received more attention from the people. Mi A1 is arguably one of the best looking phones from Xiaomi within its budget and offers pure Android.Coming to what we can expect from the upcoming Mi A2, the phone was recently spotted on TENAA. As per the TENAA listing, Mi 6X or Mi A2 is going to look slightly different from its predecessor. The dual cameras will be aligned vertically this time similar to what we see in Redmi Note 5 Pro. Going by the details shared in listing, Xiaomi may retain the rear placed fingerprint scanner with Mi A2. The phone could come in red colour variant also.Mi A2 is rumoured to sport metal body design like its successor. According to a leaked image shared on Slashleaks, the phone could sport a tall bezel-less display. Going by the ongoing trend it seems that Mi A2 may come with an 18:9 display in oppose to its successor Mi A1 that sports a usual 16:9 display. Xiaomi’s all the three phones that launch this year– Redmi 5, Note 5 and Note 5 Pro– come with 18:9 display.advertisementMi 5X was launched with Android Nougat so we can expect the Mi 6X to come with Android Oreo in China. For Indian market, the phone is expected to run Google’ Android One and powered by Snapdragon 636 with 6GB RAM.last_img read more

KXIP not a champion side, we have punched above our weight: R Ashwin

first_imgR Ashwin said Kings XI Punjab were not one of the champion sides in IPL 2018 and declared they had punched way above their weight to still remain in contention for the play-offs.KXIP slipped from the top four after a massive 10-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Punjab were shot out for 88 in Indore and RCB got home with all their wickets intact in 8.1 overs.So what suddenly went wrong for a team which had looked so high on confidence only a month ago?Also read – KXIP’s May 14 jinx: Lowest total in 2017, second lowest in 2018In the player auction in January, KXIP snapped up Ashwin and later named him captain. During the course of the auction, they also invested heavily on KL Rahul, who responded brilliantly with 558 runs from 12 matches so far.KXIP also bought Afghanistan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has done his reputation no harm with 11 wickets in the tournament. Andrew Tye, meanwhile, holds the Purple Cap as of now, with 20 wickets to his name.Rahul, Tye and Mujeeb have been spectacular while Chris Gayle, who almost went unsold before being picked up by KXIP at base price, has fizzled out after two half-centuries and a hundred in the first three matches.KXIP were always going to be in trouble with a virtually non-existant middle-order. Yuvraj Singh was dropped after scoring just 64 runs from seven matches but there is a growing belief that he needs to return to the playing XI. Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal have not set the stage on fire either and who knows what Yuvraj could do with all to play for in the remaining two matches.advertisementAswhin, who had impressed as a shrewd leader in the first half of the tournament, presented a brutally honest assessment of his team after the defeat to RCB.”We are not like one of the top champion sides to be very honest with you. We are one of the sides that punched way above our weight in the first half of the competition.”To be very precise, I did expect a run like this to happen to us but not this much. I thought we would have won a game or two more and already got to 14 or 16 points. It’s just that it did not happen.”Whatever talent we got, whatever the franchise believed in buying at the auction, whoever the players were – they have been given opportunities to go out and express themselves. Everytime they go out to bat in the net, they seem to middle the ball but they somehow find a way to get out.”KXIP did punch above their weight in the first half of the tournament. Rahul and Gayle were on fire as they won five out of their first seven matches before heading out for a break.After the break, they have managed to win only one out of their five matches. A play-offs berth is not out of reach but they suddenly find themslves in a situation where they might not actually make it.Ashwin and team director Virender Sehwag will have to sit down and assess a few factors in the days to come. With everything to play for, should Yuvraj return? Should Aaron Finch bat higher up the order?Like Ashwin said, KXIP can be dangerous with only two matches to go. Who knows what damage Yuvraj could do down the order and who knows what Finch can do if he only bats at No.3, for instance.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Virat Kohli has a special message for Harry Kane’s England

first_imgVirat Kohli wished England captain Harry Kane good luck ahead of England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign opener against Tunisia on Monday in Volgograd at the Volgograd Arena.Kohli, who is an avid football follower, wrote “Wishing you a successful World Cup campaign @HKane #WorldCupRussia2018 #HarryCan” — on his Twitter account.England are in Group H along with Belgium, Tunisia and World Cup first-timers Panama and are the favourites along with Belgium to progress into the next round.Wishing you a successful World Cup campaign @HKane! #WorldCupRussia2018 #HarryCanVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 18, 2018Gareth Southgate and his young team has had an unbeaten run throughout the qualifying rounds and has played some good football leading up to the World Cup.World Cup 2018: England look for fresh beginning vs TunisiaHowever, for a change, there’s little hype surrounding England at the World Cup. The Three Lions were knocked out of the group stages in 2014 along with Italy.But there’s a building sense of optimism that this young England team could produce some impressive performances in Russia in their opening Group G encounter.They have won plaudits for its positive approach in the warm-up games and there’s widespread respect for coach Southgate. That was evident in the low-key way he went about picking his squad. Southgate has made it a priority of winning back the hearts and minds of the country during his time in the job.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEEnglishmen have pinned their hopes on captain Kane and Raheem Sterling to continue their good from and take England to a respectable position in Russia. Kane has scored 30 goals in the Premier League last season while Sterling netted 18 times for champions Manchester City. Not only that, the former Liverpool forward produced 11 assists as well for the Citizens in their record-breaking season.advertisementAnd, Kohli, feels much like those back in England. The Indian captain, who recently passed the Yo-Yo Test will surely follow the World Cup closely before flying off to Ireland for the T20I series, which will be followed by three ODIs and T20Is each against England. The limited-overs series will be followed by five Tests at Edgbaston, Lord’s, Trent Brdige, The Rose Bowl and The Oval.The Indian captain recovered from an injury that forced him to miss his county stint with Surrey and will be fresh before taking on Ireland and England later this month and the whole of July and August.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Mexico’s World Cup party pooped: ‘Day of the Dead’ parade cancelled​

first_imgMexican football fans who are in Russia to support their national team in the FIFA World Cup 2018 had their party pooped on Friday.Mexican fans were said to be organising a ‘Day of the Dead’-themed parade in Red Square in Moscow but communist lawmakers raised objections to the event being held so close to Lenin’s tomb.Every other day, different fan groups have been celebrating in various parts of Moscow turning the Russian capital into a place with carnival-like atmosphere.Mexican fans – whose team is one of the 16 to make it through to the knock-out stages – had planned a party in the zone set aside for them in the city, followed by a street parade to Red Square several hundred metres away.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBut one of the organisers said they were told by authorities after midday on Friday to hold the parade and event indoors, declining to explain why.Sergei Malinkovich, deputy head of the Communists of Russia party, said people dressed as skeletons – one of the traditional symbols of the Mexican annual holiday at which families honour their dead loved ones – should not be allowed to march on what his party has called “hallowed” ground.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULE”Why should we have some kind of skulls there?” Malinkovich said.The body of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin lies embalmed in a marble tomb on the square and Soviet leaders and dignitaries are buried in the Kremlin walls.Malinkovich’s party had appealed to the Interior Ministry to stop fans holding the parade, he said, arguing it could provoke violent clashes with Russian patriots.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – STATS”Russian people on the square would almost certainly have tried to stop them. There would have been conflicts to say the least, and perhaps clashes,” he said.The event – held four months before the actual celebrations in Mexico – was held in the fan area and was attended by several hundred revellers.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Growing the Wealth of the World’s Poor

first_imgThe food crises of the present will seem as nothing to those of the future unless the world brings some urgency and intelligence to managing the planet’s nature-based assets.When world leaders gathered at the UN headquarters in New York two weeks ago to review the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, one conclusion was crystal clear: the development models of the last century will not serve us well in this one.Today, as many people—two billion—live on $2 a day or less as did two decades ago. Yet by 2050, not only will the world’s population grow by half again to nine billion people, but climate change will intensify the challenges pervading daily life for the rural poor—accessing adequate food, water and productive farmland, and surviving natural disasters.Three quarters of the world’s poorest citizens live in rural areas and rely on nature’s productivity to an extent perhaps forgotten by many urban dwellers, especially in the developed economies. Their future will be inextricably linked to the way national and international policies manage or mismanage the environment and the nature-based services it provides.These services are under assault as never before. From forests and wetlands to soil fertility and fishing grounds, ecosystems are degrading at an unprecedented rate—a reality brought into stark focus by the 2006 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.The world’s cities can’t be expected to—nor can they—absorb the sheer numbers of environmental refugees fleeing increasing resource scarcity. Yet unless aid donors and development policymakers shift course, this is exactly the kind of scenario that may unfold.We are however not without choices or promising options, according to the new World Resources Report 2008: The Roots of Resilience. If world leaders were to visit Nigerien villagers tending vibrant bands of trees along the borders of the Sahara Desert or fishermen drawing full nets from restored wetlands in Bangladesh, they might feel renewed hope and inspiration.Two decades of experience—in the field, at institutions including the United Nations and the World Bank and within the international NGO community—have incubated new ways for poor people to make a sustainable living.Part of that experience demonstrates that community-based, natural resource management enterprises can, to a significant extent, meet the twin goals of overcoming poverty and countering ecosystem degradation.Given adequate decentralization of resource rights, and financial and management support, such initiatives can generate the kind of community-led economic, social and environmental resilience that will be central to meeting the challenges of an over-consumptive and climate-constrained world.World Resources Report 2008 highlights some inspirational examples. The greening of the Sahel in Niger through a people-led tree planting movement; watershed restoration in India’s Maharashtra State; the establishment of wildlife conservancies in Namibia and of sustainably managed, community-owned forest concessions in Guatemala.Incomes for local people are rising as a result of all these enterprises. The nature-based assets which underpin these financial flows are also being improved, reversing decades of degradation and holding out the promise of a renewable source of wealth.Even more significant, these are not one-off achievements. The watershed example in India may have started in one village. But some 500 are now following the same sustainable path. In Namibia, in just 11 years, nearly 15 percent of land cover has come under sustainable conservancy-based management.What can be learned from all this? One abiding lesson is the need for supportive government policies to foster local initiatives. Another is the need for engaged and sometimes patient donor-country backing. A third is the opportunities provided by scaling up sustainable development solutions which are clearly working—both within countries and across regions.Community-driven, nature-based enterprises will not overturn poverty everywhere. But if the world is to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to cope with climatic and other shocks, then income-generating projects that balance the needs of people with the conservation of nature-based assets will be paramount.It is high time that the international community fast-tracked these into the center stage of development policy. By doing so, countries can bring a new level of seriousness, commitment and creativity to the poverty-related MDGs while also addressing the oft-neglected MDG 7—ensuring environmental sustainability across the globe.last_img read more

Bloody hard to fit Steve Smith, David Warner in Australia World Cup squad: Finch

first_imgFitting the disgraced duo of Steve Smith and David Warner into Australia’s World Cup squad will be “bloody hard” given the side’s resurgence without them, according to captain Aaron Finch.Both Smith and Warner are eligible to return to the national side after their 12-month suspensions for ball-tampering ended on Thursday.Australia beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match ODI series, and have now won six matches in succession after coming back to defeat India 3-2 away.Finch said it would be tough for selectors to decide who to leave out of the 15-man squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England.”It is bloody hard,” he said.”Especially when the side is playing so well, it’s going to be difficult. No matter who it is.”At the end of the day … it’s an incredibly tough decision. Whatever balance you go with in that 15-man squad, there’s going to be some very unlucky blokes out there.”One could be Usman Khawaja, formerly a fringe member of the one-day side, who has flourished opening the batting with Finch since his recall in January, with 609 runs at an average of 55.36.The left-hander could make way for Warner, who has scored more than 4,300 one-day runs and 14 centuries, in an explosive opening combination with Finch.Smith, who has only just returned from elbow surgery, would complement a middle order of Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb, with all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell providing power-hitting through the lower-middle order.advertisementHaving struggled for a period without Smith and Warner, Finch’s side have shown the kind of form that propelled them to a fifth World Cup title four years ago on home soil.Finch said the consistency of selection had aided their turnaround.”The fact that guys are getting more of an opportunity to keep developing their role, and developing the role they’ve been asked to play or the game demands, is gold,” he said.Also Read | It would be crazy not to include Steve Smith and David Warner in World Cup squad: LangerAlso Read | David Warner will be the player of the 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | Steve Smith reveals why he did not appeal ball-tampering banAlso Watch | Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year by Cricket Australialast_img read more


first_imgGovernor Pete Ricketts says he’s willing to send more Nebraska National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border to supplement the ones that are already there.Nebraska has 48 soldiers who were already deployed to work along the border in August and October at President Donald Trump’s request.Ricketts made the comments on Friday as four migrant caravans make their way toward the U.S.Nebraska has deployed troops to the border over the years to help support the federal government’s security missions.Their deployment wasn’t related to Trump’s recent request to add more troops along the border.They aren’t participating in any federal enforcement operations in the field.Ricketts says the state is “ready to send additional troops to aid this mission if called upon.”last_img

A recruiting wish list for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys

first_imgDarrion Daniels is on OSU's wish list. (Scout)Darrion Daniels is on OSU’s wish list. (Scout)National signing day is only a few months away, and there are several top-rated recruits that have their eyes on the Cowboys.For what is usually a strength on the recruiting trail, the Cowboys only have one wide-receiver commit, three-star speedster Jalen McCleskey.Gundy and company have been pursuing another receiver, Tyron Johnson, since December of last season when he was offered a scholarship. Johnson is a five-star receiver from New Orleans who holds offers from OSU, Auburn, Texas Tech, Clemson, LSU and Mississippi State among others. Johnson is a quick receiver with elite speed and great hands.Johnson named Oklahoma State in his final 10 schools in August, and he had this to say about OSU after his visit: “Oklahoma State had some real nice facilities and I really like Coach Eric Henderson. He is a New Orleans guy so it’s like a little piece of home is up there. They play in the Big 12 and you know how much they throw the ball in that league.”Another prospect to keep an eye on is four-star offensive guard and Casady High School product Josh Wariboko.Wariboko was previously committed to OU before deciding to decommit in April, and was offered by OSU the following day.The Cowboys have five offensive lineman verbal commits in the 2015 class, and the offensive line has certainly been an area of emphasis in this class.The Cowboys have only one linebacker, Za’Carrius Green, currently committed in the recruiting class that will wrap up in February.That may change soon, as the Cowboys hosted four-star linebacker Christian Folau from Salt Lake City last weekend and seemed to enjoy his visit tweeting this:[1. Ed note: Nice boots, Gundy.]https://twitter.com/1_LBEAST/status/534041446639484928Folau was committed to Stanford before deciding to open his recruiting back up after not meeting the ACT requirement for Stanford.The 6-foot-1 linebacker is a team captain and student body president at East High. Folau is considering OSU along with UCLA, Utah, USC, Oregon and Washington.There are two defensive tackle prospects that are interested in the Cowboys. The first, Darrion Daniels, is a four-star prospect who made a visit to Oklahoma State last weekend for the Texas game.Daniels is considering OSU and also has offers from OU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa and several SEC schools.The second is Tim Settle, a 6-foot-3 300 pound thumper from Manassas, Virginia. Settle is an alpha on the football field, finishing his sophomore season with 72 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries.Tim Settle is a MONSTER. (Via Gannett)Tim Settle is a MONSTER. (Via Gannett)Settle has made several visits to Stillwater, and the five-star defensive tackle seemed to enjoy his visit last time he was in Stillwater. “It was really fun, it was a great time,” Settle said of his Oklahoma State visit in the Washington Post.“Their weight room was top notch. It had everything you needed that most colleges don’t have, and their training coach was amazing. The campus was beautiful.”The 2015 football recruiting class, ranked 29th in the nation according to 247, already looks pretty good. With the addition of any of these recruits the class could very well be on its way to a top 25 national ranking by February.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Our Favorite Plays From Saturday’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgWe had some fun with this post last week as we looked at some of the most memorable plays from Saturday’s game. Oklahoma State posted the game highlights, but these were individual (and maybe more under the radar) moments that stood out to us.Blake Jarwin (again)This is becoming a weekly occurrence. Jarwin has at least one catch in nine of 10 games this season and exactly one in three of the last four. Almost all of them look exactly like this one.Lil Sho TDThis was just a disgusting pitch and catch. Remember when people were calling Rudolph “average” earlier this year. Yeah, LOL.McCleskey’s fumble I know this ended poorly, but man I really loved the formation and setup. Would love to see this more with No. 1.Justice For allHe’s just a complete freak. And that downfield block from Lacy was paramount.Dimes on dimes on dimesA big balls throw from No. 2 over the middle here. He loves that spot as well as the sideline comeback. It’s a joy to watch.Justin Phillips sackPhillips had 14 tackles including this takedown of Mahomes in the fourth quarter. He was awesome with Chad Whitener out.PeaceCould watch forever.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Wenger to lose close ally Law at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal Wenger to lose close ally at Arsenal as transfer chief Law steps down Last updated 2 years ago 20:07 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dick Law futbol-tactico.com Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League The American is to step down from his post at Emirates Stadium at the end of September, dealing another blow to the Gunners’ under-fire manager Arsene Wenger is poised to lose a close ally at Arsenal, Goal can confirm, with transfer negotiator Dick Law stepping down from his post.The American, who has spent eight years with the Gunners, will be heading home at the end of September for family reasons.Bournemouth 8/1 to beat Arsenal 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 Law had previously worked as a scout in South America before joining the staff at Emirates Stadium.He has been heavily involved in many of the high-profile deals completed by the Gunners in recent years – including Mesit Ozil’s £42 million move from Real Madrid in 2013.Arsenal’s failings in recent windows have, however, seen uncomfortable questions asked of Wenger and those behind the scenes in north London.Law has not escaped that criticism, with the most recent transfer period seeing the Gunners land just Sead Kolasinac on a free signing and Alexandre Lacazette for a club record £46.5m.A fresh approach could now be taken when the next opportunity to add presents itself, with Arsenal set to have different personnel in charge of their dealings in January.It has been suggested that the Gunners could look to bring in a director of football to support Wenger and provide assistance in transfer matters.No decision has been taken as yet, though, and there are other options available.Huss Fahmy is one potential candidate to replace Law, with Team Sky’s former contract expert added to the Emirates ranks over the summer.last_img read more

Ellis names 23-player U.S. roster for friendlies

first_imgUnited States Ellis names 23-player USWNT roster for Canada friendlies Goal 05:34 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jill Ellis USWNT Friendly 06052016 Greg Bartram United States Canada The U.S. will close out 2017 with a pair of friendlies against John Herdman’s side – one on either side of the border U.S. women’s national team manager Jill Ellis has named a 23-player roster for her side’s upcoming pair of friendlies against Canada. The U.S. will close out 2017 with the two matches, one of which will be on Nov. 9 at BC Place in Vancouver and the other on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. “To play Canada in Vancouver is another excellent challenge for our team,” Ellis said in a federation release.   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 “It’s a great rivalry with some classic history and these two matches in the home-and-home series will cap an important year in our growth towards 2019.”We’ve targeted and evaluated a lot of players this year and moving forward, I’m genuinely excited to keep building with the group we have now.”Ellis has handed a first call-up to Chioma Ubogagu of the Orlando Pride. Ubogagu, 25, was born in London but has represented the U.S. at various youth levels. Missing out on the roster are Crystal Dunn, who was not released by Chelsea with the Blues competing in the Champions League, and Mallory Pugh, Morgan Brian and Rose Lavelle, all of whom are nursing injuries. USWNT roster by position (caps/goals):GOALKEEPERS (4): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0)DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 11/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 133/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 17/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 5/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0), Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride; 0/0)MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 55/13), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 41/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 244/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 32/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 32/7), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 5/0)FORWARDS (5): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 132/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 94/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 127/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 13/4)last_img read more

Monaco paying the price for Mbappe, Silva & Bakayoko sales

first_imgUEFA Champions League Monaco paying the price for big money sales of Mbappe, Silva & Bakayoko Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) HD Kylian Mbappe Monaco UEFA Champions League Monaco Monaco v RB Leipzig Monaco v PSG PSG RB Leipzig Ligue 1 Opinion Ligue 1’s top two meet on Sunday night in a game which could put PSG nine points clear of last season’s winners, who are enduring a difficult campaign Looking around at the disconsolate bodies on the field in the Stade Louis II on Tuesday night, one found it difficult to process the fact that the team just eliminated from the Champions League courtesy of a 4-1 hammering by RB Leipzig were the Ligue 1 titleholders.Monaco 1/2 for defeat to PSGIn many ways, though, they weren’t. 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 This wasn’t the same side that had become the darlings of Europe last season for dethroning Paris St-Germain in France, while at the same time reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Against Leipzig, coach Leonardo Jardim could only field five regular starters from the remarkable 2016-17 campaign.Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar were injured and, therefore, unavailable but the other four? Gone. Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva left for Manchester City, Tiemoue Bakayoko is now at Chelsea, while the wonder boy Kylian Mbappe absconded to Paris.The heart has been ripped out of Monaco and it could well have been worse had Lemar been signed by Arsenal on deadline day, or Fabinho gone to Manchester United or – worse still – PSG.It’s left Monaco with some searching questions to answer.Timo Werner RB Leipzig Monaco Champions League 21112017.jpgMonaco GFX transfers“It’s not just because players left in the close season, even if that explains a lot of it because we lost five starters,” defender Kamil Glik told reporters after. “We can’t look for excuses and now we have to focus on the league to ensure that we’re back in the Champions League next season.”Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev is generally good when it comes to fronting up. On Tuesday, he faced the music and expressed his disappointment with the team’s elimination from Europe.”We’re hugely disappointed,” he told reporters. “They have messed up the European campaign. In football, there are difficult times, and this is one of them. I didn’t like that the players’ heads dropped so quickly.”A few days before, Vasilyev was present with Monaco’s season-ticket holders for an annual sit-down alongside an assortment of players and the coach, Leonardo Jardim.Monaco might not draw great numbers week-to-week at their yellow-seated stadium atop a car park but the core of their support is as committed and demanding as any other team out there.Many in attendance pointed the finger at Vasilyev and the club’s transfer policy for their failure to launch this season. Monaco are already six points behind PSG – following last Friday’s draw with Amiens – and will probably consider the title well and truly out of reach should they lose at home to Unai Emery’s side on Sunday.Their Champions League programme has been an embarrassment, with only two points to show from five matches. Jardim is naturally finding it hard to draw better performances from a squad shorn of their four best players. As a result, fans want answers.”At the end of last season, you promised that the team would not be too disrupted,” one remarked. “You gave Fabinho an exit ticket and eventually we lost Mbappe when you did not want to reinforce PSG – a rival team. We do not understand.”Another said: “We understand why you have sold Mbappe but do not disappoint the supporters saying that sales will not take place.”Vadim VasilyevKylian Mbappe PSG Paris Saint-GermainTiemoue Bakayoko“I honestly never said that no one would leave, but it’s true that I said there would be no big departures,” Vasilyev replied. “These departures are part of our success and it is difficult because we take bets and risks when we choose replacements. We have to do it to be competitive.“We have ambitions, we play to get on the podium. We can’t live a 2016-2017 season every year. We have a competitive team and we are progressing.”The money brought in for Mendy, Silva, Bakayoko, Mbappe (£166 million next summer) and Valere Germain was record-breaking but the new signings have not yet hit the heights.The likes of Terence Kongolo, Youri Tielemans, Stevan Jovetic, Keita Balde and Adama Diakhaby might well come good in time but expectations were raised – perhaps unreasonably so – last season. Monaco’s inability to replace what they’ve lost is hurting them.“Football is cyclical and we need to respect the cycles,” Jardim said on Tuesday. “Maybe as our players develop and as our club develops we’ll be better prepared for next season’s competition.”HD Benjamin MendyBernardo Silva Manchester CityVadim Vasilyev Monaco PSMonaco’s modus operandi is largely defined by buying low and selling as high as possible. Over the past few seasons it has worked like a charm. Although they were not in the shakeup for trophies Monaco still banked huge sums for the likes of James Rodriguez, Anthony Martial, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Layvin Kurzawa, Aymen Abdennour and Yannick Carrasco-Ferreira.The title win put it in fans’ minds that Monaco could maybe keep their players and compete on equal footing with the likes of PSG. But it was never going to be like that. PSG have the limitless backing of the state of Qatar; Monaco – while flush through the cash of owner Dmitri Rybolovlev – are not in the same bracket.The difference nowadays is that their sporting director, who was in place from 2013-2016 and helped lay the foundations for their title win, Luis Campos, has decamped for Lille. His replacement Antonio Cordon lasted barely a year and left in July.Losing players is a natural consequence of the way they work. It is just unfortunate that so many of their fruits were ripe for picking at the same time. Monaco, then, are facing a season of upheaval and not one of progress.Out of the Champions League and again second fiddle to PSG; no steps forward and two steps back.last_img read more

Sterling can get better – Guardiola

first_imgManchester City Sterling can get better, insists Guardiola Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 23:03 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sterling - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Raheem Sterling Manchester City v Southampton Southampton Premier League Guardiola The England international has come into his own under the Catalan’s tutelage and has been backed to improve further this season Pep Guardiola believes Raheem Sterling can get even better after his blistering start to the Premier League season.Sterling is City’s top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions as Guardiola’s men dominate both domestically and in the Champions League.Sterling 9/2 to net first vs. Saints 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 City sit eight points clear of closest challengers Manchester United at the top of the league table and have won all five of their European fixtures so far.And Guardiola has backed former Liverpool attacker Sterling – who scored City’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Sunday – to continue improving and play a starring role in the club’s pursuit of the title.”The way we want to play as a team helps individual performances,” he said. “Like I said many times, Sterling is still young and there are a lot of things he can do better.”Not just Raheem, yesterday in training the players who didn’t play against Huddersfield trained amazing.”Raheem Sterling Manchester CityCity face Southampton on Wednesday in a match that will see Guardiola reunited with former Barcelona team-mate Mauricio Pellegrino.”I watched some Southampton games a few weeks ago,” he continued.”Mauricio made an amazing job at Alaves last season. They had a lot of young players and had a really good team.”We were together for one or two seasons. It was an amazing experience. He was so curious about football – he was always talking about tactics. “I am very pleased that tomorrow I will see him after a long time. After the game, we will speak a little bit.”On the pitch, he had a lot of courage. He was an intelligent player. We had a great relationship and I have a lot of memories of him.”We are focused on what we have to do on Wednesday evening.”Southampton head to Manchester on the back of a 4-1 victory over Everton.last_img read more

Santos wary of Portugal’s group draw

first_imgPortugal ‘Spain are naturally favourites’ – Santos wary of Portugal’s group draw Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:54 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Portugal World Cup Spain The Portuguese boss is cautious of Morocco and Iran despite believing that his side and Spain will be favourites in their 2018 World Cup group Fernando Santos acknowledged European champions Portugal and 2010 World Cup winners Spain should be considered the favourites in Group B, though he refused to underestimate Morocco and Iran.Portugal and neighbouring Spain will go head-to-head at the World Cup in Russia next year, along with Morocco and Iran following Friday’s draw.Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal – who claimed Euro 2016 – and Spain headline the group but Santos is wary of of the threat from the the other two sides, who made it through their respective CAF and AFC qualifying campaigns undefeated. 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 “It’s a very deceptive and treacherous group. Portugal have to accept that we are one of the favourites but if you look in a bit more detail, you can see it’s very difficult,” Santos said.”Spain are naturally favourites, as I’ve always said.”Here are all the groups of #WorldCup2018 . What do you think?#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/t0XqgsfwcB — Goal (@goal) December 1, 2017 Santos added: “Morocco have scored goals and conceded none. This shows the strength of the team, there are players who have already played in Portugal, [Mehdi] Benatia who played for Juventus, and the quality of the coach.”Iran had a good qualifying campaign, the second time they are in the World Cup, have experience and the coach also, maybe one of the most experienced of this World Cup. Also had a good performance, no defeat, conceded goals only in the last game when it was already qualified. It’s going to be a difficult tournament.”Portugal and Spain will face-off at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on June 15, while Morocco and Iran clash in Saint Petersburg.last_img read more

Bristol City’s Joe Bryan offers to pay for non-league player’s physiotherapy

first_img Read more Share on LinkedIn Bristol City Share via Email Video:BBC Radio Bristol Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Championship Share on Twitter news Bristol Share on Facebook Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Bryan said: “Scott Murray [Bristol City’s kit manager] tweeted about it I thought, he’s a fellow footballer and self-employed, with Christmas coming up.”“One of our physios plays in the [Nailsea] team so I just said to him, ‘can you get him back fit and invoice everything to me?’ I’m in a position where I can do things like that, and help out where I can. I’ve been brought up like that.” Millwall shock Sheffield United, Bristol City beat Middlesbrough to go third Topics Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan has earned praise from a local non-league side after agreeing to pay for physiotherapy sessions to help one of their players recover from a serious injury.Nailsea & Tickenham FC thanked Bryan for his “amazing gesture” after he reached out to Chris Corner, who suffered a broken tibia and fibula in a match against Uphill Castle in November. The injury also left Corner, a self-employed builder, unable to work for several months. Share on WhatsApp “We all dread any sort of serious injury like this,” Bryan added. “I’ve had a far less serious one and I know the psychological pain that you go through.”Midfielder Corner confirmed that he had fractured his tibia and fibula while playing for the Somerset County Premier League side. He has had surgery to insert a metal rod in his leg and is wearing a protective boot. He told BBC Radio Bristol’s John Darvall he will be unable to work until March at the earliest.“It was a fair tackle, nothing nasty about it,” Corner said. “I went in really hard and his foot has caught me under my shinpad and broken my tibia.”Nailsea & Tickenham, who play in the 11th tier of English football, have also arranged a fundraising raffle for Corner with prizes donated by players from Bristol City and Bristol Rovers.Bryan has been a first-team regular for the Robins as they have defied pre-season expectations in the Championship. The left-back, who was born in Bristol and came through the club’s youth academy, scored the opening goal as Bristol City beat Middlesbrough on Saturday to climb to third in the table. Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Women’s British Open: US golfers playing catch-up with Asia, says Korda

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Jessica Korda, the top ranked American in this week’s Women’s British Open field, believes shortcomings within her country’s development programme for female golfers is contributing to Asian dominance.Korda, at No 9, is one of just three non-Asian players in the world’s top 12. She will garner more attention from American eyes at Royal Lytham due to the surprise withdrawal from the major of Lexi Thompson. “They just have a better development plan from juniors,” Korda said, before citing South Korea specifically. “Golf is an expensive sport, they [centrally] pay for that. They travel to different countries and play a bunch. I feel like one of the things the US doesn’t have is a national team and somebody to help the girls and boys grow through the process. There are no camps. Share on WhatsApp “Basically the kids play AJGA [American Junior Golf Association] to try and get into college, from college they get jobs. In Korea, I know they play for two years on the Korean LPGA Tour before they even come to the States. So they have already been professionals before they come on tour. You can call them rookies but they might have won 10 times professionally. That’s a huge advantage.“If you see all of the American girls, they might have played a year on the [second tier] Symetra Tour or they are fresh rookies. I feel like the biggest disadvantage for a lot of American players is there’s not a developmental programme, a team of some sort, to help with their game. If somebody sees a little bit of talent in a player and they don’t have the funds to get to all these tournaments, what are they going to do?”Korda, who is seeking a first major title after recent struggles with injury, speaks with the knowledge of other sports. Both her parents were professional tennis players, with Petr Korda a former grand slam champion. “I know the United States Tennis Association is doing a bunch of camps,” she added. “I know that they are taking the kids under their wing, which is great. I would love to see something like that happen for golf.”Kim In-kyung, who will defend the trophy at Lytham, explained the difficulties she has had since winning her first major 12 months ago at Kingsbarns. “I’ve gone through ups and downs emotionally,” she said. “I had very unnecessary expectations of myself. It has been a long process but now I feel like I’ve put in the right amount of work. Now I just need to have fun, that’s how I feel. I think I trust in what I have now.” Support The Guardiancenter_img Since you’re here… Read more Share via Email Reuse this content Catriona Matthew and the legend of Supermum: ‘There was a lot of hype’ Golf Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebooklast_img read more

No Scottish League Cup final for Gerrard as Ferguson sends Aberdeen through

first_imgLewis Ferguson dashed Steven Gerrard’s hopes of leading Rangers out at the Scottish League Cup final as his late winner sealed a 1-0 triumph for Aberdeen at Hampden.The Ibrox manager was hoping to mark his first six months in charge of the side by leading them out against Celtic on 2 December. But Ferguson, son of the former Ibrox player Derek and nephew of the former captain Barry, wrecked those plans as he headed home the winner with 11 minutes left. Aberdeen 20 Cerny Aberdeen have had a frustrating start to the season but they held firm to book Derek McInnes’ fourth cup final from five years as Pittodrie manager.Gerrard chose to gamble on the forward Umar Sadiq up front despite the on-loan Roma striker having previously registered only 26 minutes of action this season. But with his top scorer Alfredo Morelos suspended and his understudy Kyle Lafferty cup-tied, the 21-year-old got the surprise nod for his first start as he went up against the Scotland defender Scott McKenna, back in the Aberdeen line-up after his two-game ban.The Dons’ failure to sell out their ticket allocation left the 32,000-strong Ibrox faithful outnumbering Aberdeen fans three to one. Yet it was that section that were leaping out of their seats after 33 seconds as Joe Worrall’s shaky pass left Ovie Ejaria exposed. Forced to bring down Lewis, the on-loan Liverpool youngster was booked but there was no more punishment as Allan McGregor parried Niall McGinn’s free-kick for a corner. (s 82′) John Beaton flashed yellow again at the Dons skipper, Graeme Shinnie, as he clattered into Daniel Candeias but that early flurry did the trick as it put the lid on the brewing feistiness.Sadiq’s big chance came after five minutes as James Tavernier picked him out with a free-kick but there was no dream start as he headed wide. Aberdeen, too, were creating openings but McGinn’s composure failed him as he blasted over from Scott Wright’s cut-back.McInnes’ team were working hard to shut down the areas of space Gerrard’s side normally thrive on, forcing Rangers to try their luck more than once from distance without much success.Luck was nearly on Aberdeen’s side when a Gary Mackay-Steven cross almost dropped over McGregor’s head but the Ibrox keeper did well to tip it over. match reports 40 Middleton Beaton added eight minutes of injury time after Andy Considine suffered a nasty bang of heads with Lassana Coulibaly that saw him taken off on a stretcher. That left time for a Rangers penalty appeal but there was relief for Shinnie as the officials spotted the toe he got to the ball as Ryan Kent went down.Rangers looked to force the issue after the break by upping the tempo. Tavernier and Coulibaly came close but Aberdeen continued to resist stubbornly and their bravery paid off with 11 minutes remaining.McGinn’s whipped corner pinned the Rangers defence down under their own crossbar, leaving them powerless as Ferguson crashed home with his head.Gerrard looked to respond as he threw on Glenn Middleton and Scott Arfield but the hapless Sadiq copped a yellow card as he took a dive at Joe Lewis’ feet. Rangers sent McGregor up for a stoppage-time corner but there was no dramatic rescue. (s 86′) 10 McGinn Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook 18 Rossiter Goal attempts 15 Flanagan 13 Foderingham 4 6 21 Ball 19 Katic 21 Candeias Aberdeen 9 Wilson 14 Kent Rangers 18 Devlin 4 Considine 17 May Share on Messenger 8 Jack 15 Wright 11 Mackay-Steven RGR45ABD55% Share on WhatsApp Corners Glenn Hoddle continuing to respond well to treatment after heart attack Lineups Ryan Christie comes on to break Hearts and guide Celtic to League Cup final 16 Cosgrove Share via Email Read more 5 McKenna 1 McGregor (s 36′) 3 Shinnie 8 Gleeson 2 Logan Read more Fouls Possession Topics RGR ABD 10 Ejaria (s 60′) 13 5 (s 82′) 45 55 2 Aberdeen Off target 14 Rangers 2 Aberdeen On target 1 Rangers 29 Lowe 2 Tavernier The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 37 Arfield Substitutes Substitutes 16 Halliday Rangers 27 McLennan Scottish League Cup Match stats Reuse this content 1 Lewis Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn 19 Ferguson 9 Umar 35 Grezda 6 Goldson 23 Coulibaly 3 Worralllast_img read more

The forgotten story of … Di Jones and the footballers who died of tetanus

first_imgIn the past five recorded years, there have been 29 confirmed cases of tetanus in England and Wales and two fatalities, both women in their 80s. Vaccination has been so successful that the vicious, fatal effect of the infection has been forgotten.But before a vaccination was introduced in the UK in 1961 tetanus was startlingly common and, as it is possible for even the most trivial wound to lead to infection, it made almost any activity potentially fatal. To give a few British-based examples: in 1923 a seven-year-old died after hurting his hand on a toy pistol; in 1927 a farmer died after falling over a pig; the previous year a 62-year-old woman died after scraping her elbow while picking peas; and in August 1899 a man died from an injury sustained while playing the leisurely garden game of quoits. His was the fourth death from tetanus in Kent that week. The forgotten story of … ‘evil’ Football League test matches The forgotten story of… The forgotten story of … Luton Town’s Manager Idol Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn The player left a wife and two children. His daughter, Nellie, was four weeks old when he died. Some reports suggest City refused to help them but this at least appears wide of the mark: they played Bolton in a benefit match, raising £100. They presented his family with this sum the following December, though it is not clear whether this was the testimonial money, delayed for 15 months, or a different payment. It certainly did not attract the kind of controversy that such a delay might have warranted: “Manchester City believe in treating their players handsomely,” the Athletic News glowingly reported. The family cannot have been too upset, because three months after Jones’s death his nephew William, better known as Lot, signed for City, going on to play 301 games for them.It was many years before clubs were compelled to supply a trained medic for every match and they were in no hurry to immunise players even when a tetanus vaccine became available – Neil Phillips, England’s team doctor, was astonished to find that many players were not protected before the 1970 World Cup. But in the months after Jones’s injury, customers at one Manchester sports shop would have noticed a new range of cleansing ointments, produced by the shop’s co-owner Billy Meredith: after the death of his great friend and former schoolmate the legendary Welsh forward decided footballers should probably learn how to clean their wounds themselves. Read more Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The most famous case concerned the Wales full-back Di Jones, “a remarkable tackler” who “played the open game to perfection” and spent a decade at Bolton before being bought by Manchester City for the princely sum of £25 in 1898.Four years later he was playing in a pre-season training game when he fell and badly gashed his knee. Jones said the cut was caused by broken glass embedded in the pitch but after his death City insisted “there was no truth in this at all”, forcing the Manchester Evening News to print a retraction. “The statement would lead the public to suppose the management showed no care or supervision of the playing enclosure, whereas the most careful attention is given to it,” their manager, Tom Maley, insisted.The wound was treated at the scene and Jones walked 180 yards to an ambulance – despite being advised to go on a stretcher – before being taken to hospital, where he told his family the knee was “wiped with a rag and stitched up”. He returned home but the wound started to suppurate, discharging amid the pus, grass, mud and what his doctor thought was the head of a used match. Soon he could only eat when anaesthetised with chloroform, and in 10 days he was dead.At the coroner’s hearing City said “the usual dressings and cleansing matters were applied to the wound by skilled people” (though not medics) at the ground, while the doctor who treated him at Manchester Royal Infirmary insisted the wound “could not have been cleaned any more than it was”. He however admitted “it was possible that some grass might have got into a pocket under the skin, in which event it would not become visible until suppuration commenced”. The player’s own doctor suggested this happened not while he was in contact with any grass but during the walk to the ambulance. Share on Pinterest Twitter Pinterest center_img Football is considerably more dangerous than quoits. With the bacteria that causes tetanus commonly found in soil, the idea of flinging yourself around a muddy field was in many ways not the wisest. In Woodside cemetery in Paisley stands a 14ft-high granite monument commemorating one of the great Scottish players of the late 1800s, James Dunlop. “Dunlop was built on graceful, slender, ladylike lines,” the newspaper Scottish Referee wrote in 1902. “For him to be on the wing was as natural as a bird. There was no pell-mell forging ahead in his style, for he glided to goal like a sylph.” On New Year’s Day 1892 Dunlop was playing for St Mirren when “some idiotic spectator threw a broken bottle, on which he fell and cut his knee”. He died, aged only 21, 10 days later.There were other victims: Arsenal’s Joe Powell fractured his wrist against Kettering in 1896 and, despite having the arm amputated in a desperate attempt to save his life, died five days later. In 1899 a Reading player called Baker died after breaking his ankle. In 1923 Port Vale’s Tom Butler died after breaking his arm while playing against Clapton – now Leyton – Orient, and six years later Orient’s centre-half Harry Cunningham died after breaking a big toe. A basic search of newspaper archives finds dozens of deaths caused by tetanus contracted during games of amateur football. “Even the tiniest, most superficial wound can lead to tetanus,” Dr Alastair Ironside of Manchester’s Monsall hospital told the Guardian in 1968, recommending that all clubs ensure their players are vaccinated. “A player might think nothing of it but he could be dead within a week.” Football Topics Share on Twitter features Share on Messenger Arsenal’s Joe Powell, pictured circa 1895. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images After hearing the evidence, the jury was not satisfied the injury had been properly treated either at the ground or hospital. “We cannot understand how, with such a strong, stalwart man, this tetanus could have set in if he had been properly attended to,” said the foreman. Furthermore, if walking to the ambulance was such a bad idea, surely he should have been stopped from doing so.However Jones, a former miner, was a big man and Maley insisted: “It was a matter of impossibility to dictate to Jones. Moral suasion was no good and physical force was out of the question. The stretcher was brought but he would not use it. He pushed everyone away.”The jury was unhappy that blame had been pinned entirely on the player. Even if his refusal to climb on a stretcher ultimately led to his infection, they “wanted to impress upon football clubs that they should not allow a man to walk off the field in a case like that”. The coroner dismissed this suggestion. “Are football clubs to supply a medical staff at the ground for every match?” he scoffed. He exonerated the club and Jones’s death was declared an accident. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Facebook Share via Emaillast_img read more