Orlando Pirates Orlando Pirates’ inconsistency is frustrating, says Milutin Sredojevic Austin Ditlhobolo Journalist Last updated 1 year ago 23:49 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Backpagepix Orlando Pirates PSL The former Al Hilal coach will be hoping to mastermind a victory over Dikwena this weekend Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says he is concerned about his side’s lack of consistency.The Buccaneers saw their two-match winning streak in the PSL come to an end when they drew 1-1 with Polokwane City at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.Sredojevic’s charges had recorded impressive back-to-back 3-1 victories over Baroka FC and Mamelodi Sundowns, before facing Rise and Shine. 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 Pirates have yet to win three matches in a row since the start of the season, a fact that worries the Serbian tactician.“When you play a big match like we played last week it takes so much out of players, physically and emotionally,” Sredojevic said on Daily Sun.“I told the players we need to keep our feet on the ground and approach this match with the same zeal and commitment, to repeat the same performance,” he said.The 48-year-old trainer, who was appointed prior to the start of the current season, stated that his side takes two steps forward and one step back.”But now there’s that element of consistency that we need to maintain. You could see we went two steps forward and one step back,” Micho continued.“We have been a bit complacent and needed to dig deeper in order to win,” he added.Pirates, who are placed sixth on the league standings, have collected 27 points from 18 league matches.They are seven points behind Sundowns who are at the top of the league standings with 34 points.Bucs will travel to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium where they are scheduled to face Platinum Stars on Saturday. “We expect our next matches to be much better,” Micho said about their upcoming games.”We’ll do everything possible in all aspects such as technical awareness and mental strength to keep consistency.”Kick-off between Stars and Pirates is at 15h30.
Manchester United Man Utd star Mata plans move into management, but not for another 11 years Chris Burton 00:49 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Catherine Ivill Manchester United Premier League The Spain international is eager to pass his experience on to the next generation, but not until prolonging his playing career past the age of 40 Juan Mata is planning a move into management, but the Manchester United star still has plenty of football left in him yet.As a World Cup winner and proven performer at the very highest level, the Spain international has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation.He hopes to be in a position to do that at some stage, with coaching holding plenty of appeal to him. 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 Mata is, however, not planning to hang up his boots any time soon, with the 29-year-old looking to emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs by prolonging his career for another 11 years.He told Panenka magazine on his future plans: “I would like to play until I’m 40 if my body allows me to.“I will carry on with Common Goal. And management tempts me but it is an unforgiving role.“A coach depends on whether I take a corner well or finish a chance in front of goal and really, what influence does he have over this when it happens?“I understand that people take decisions under pressure but the process is not valued, only results.“I also want to work with youngsters, warn them of the perils and remind them of their responsibilities because it is sometimes easy to fall off the right track needed to get to the top level.“Psychology also attracts me and in football, the mental aspect is very important, because if the mind is not settled, the feet do not work either.”Mata appears to already be adopting a managerial mindset, with his approach to football taking him well beyond merely training and playing.He has also been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the finest coaches around during an illustrious playing career, with current boss Jose Mourinho among the best in the business.For now, though, his focus remains locked on events at Old Trafford and United’s ongoing efforts in 2017-18.He is in a position to put all other distractions to one side, with the issue of his immediate future having already been resolved with the triggering of a one-year extension to his contract.
Manchester United Matic calls for quicker VAR decisions: ‘It needs to take 30 seconds’ Dejan Kalinic 13:43 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OLI SCARFF Manchester United Huddersfield Town v Manchester United FA Cup After more controversy surrounding the use of replay, the Manchester United midfielder called for the system to pick up the pace Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic insisted he was happy to see the video assistant referee (VAR) system used, but he wants it to be quicker.A Juan Mata strike was ruled out by VAR during United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, but only after a substantial delay and a technical issue. AdChoices广告Matic, 29, said he wanted the VAR to be part of the game, but the Serbian midfielder was unhappy with how long it took to make the decision. 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 “We saw the goal and we are not sure it was offside but the referee made a decision and they saw it on TV and we are happy that we scored again and that’s it,” he said.”We just waited for the referee’s decision. “We knew that he waited for the people to see it on TV, to analyse it, but it was a little bit strange because you have to wait two minutes to see what happened, but it’s okay. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not.”I like it [VAR]. I think it will be better for football, they just have to do it a little bit quicker because we waited so long for the decision. Two minutes is a long time on the pitch but I think, overall, it will be good for football.”It’s normal that referees make mistakes every game and they can refer it to TV, but it needs to be quicker.”They have to do it in 30 seconds because, after two minutes, we are cold and this is the only problem. Other than that, I like it.”A brace from Romelu Lukaku helped United past Huddersfield as they moved into the quarter-finals.Manchester United will face Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals and are still alive in the Champions League as well, where they face Sevilla in the round of 16.
Manchester United ‘Lukaku disappears too often for a £75m striker’ – Man Utd not getting full value, says McGrath Chris Burton 00:08 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League The former Red Devils defender wants to see a big-money addition impose himself on games, with a lack of physicality concerning from a powerful figure Romelu Lukaku disappears too often to be a “top striker”, says Paul McGrath, with Manchester United’s £75 million frontman needing to “bully” opponents.Jose Mourinho invested considerable faith in the Belgium international while in the market for a proven goal-getter.He has seen Lukaku contribute 22 efforts to the Red Devils cause this season, but there have been dips from the burly 24-year-old and further accusations of being a flat-track bully. 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 An important effort against Chelsea in his last outing helped to quieten those who continue to question his record against top six sides, but McGrath believes United need more from a physical presence who struggles to impose himself like the best in the business.The former Red Devils defender told the Irish Independent: “He needs to be a bully on the pitch.“He is so strong physically and I would like to see him brushing defenders aside a bit more, using the physical attributes he has at his disposal. He should be impossible to defend against, but he can disappear from games at times and that is not what you expect from a top striker.“The trouble for me is that he doesn’t get involved in the physical side of the game enough and if I was defending against him, I’d fancy my chances of knocking him out of his stride early in a game.“It seems to me at times that if things don’t go his way at the start of a match, he doesn’t have the fighting spirit to bounce back and that would be a concern for me. Strikers need to take knocks and come back with goals and I want to see more of that from Lukaku against the top teams.“Everyone talks about his poor record against top quality sides and that must be in his mind when he goes into those big games now, so hopefully he can banish that in the final few weeks of this season.”While calling on Mourinho to drag more out of Lukaku, the United boss has also been urged to give Marcus Rashford regular game time – with the England international having been denied a Premier League start since Boxing Day.A Red Devils legend added: “Clearly Rashford is not starting as often as he wants and it must be a nightmare for the kid.“Then he will look at Alexis Sanchez coming into United in January and that will push him further down the pecking order.“It is the same for Anthony Martial, who I am a big fan of. Sanchez’s arrival makes it tough for him to get into the United team as they are not too many places left in the attacking positions if the new man starts every game alongside Lukaku.“What I would say is that both Rashford and Martial could benefit from training with Sanchez every day because even if he hasn’t quite hit top form for United yet, this guy is a world class performer and young players can look at what he does and appreciate what is needed to get to the top of the game.“Sanchez’s workrate and eagerness to get involved in the game is an example to any youngster and when you combine that with his talent, he is one hell of a player. He will come good for United and Mourinho needs to find a way to make sure Rashford and Martial are also part of the club’s future as they are too good to let go.”
Transfers Alisson, Milinkovic-Savic & 15 summer transfer targets from Serie A this summer Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 16:10 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images/Goal Transfers Serie A Chelsea Liverpool Ligue 1 Bundesliga Premier League Primera División Milan Juventus Internazionale Lazio Roma Barcelona Real Madrid PSG Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal Opinion With the summer window set to open in just three months, Goal looks at the players presently attracting the most attention in Italy’s top flight
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 21, 2010June 20, 2017By: Maureen Corbett, Vice President of Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Last week, the United Nations released the newest estimate of maternal mortality, which shows an important 34% decline in the last two decades. More than 220,000 fewer women died of pregnancy-related causes in 2008 when compared to 1990. These new estimates reinforce the good news reported earlier this year by The Lancet, further confirming that maternal death and disability are not intractable problems. Progress is possible. However, the new numbers also bring sharp focus to the global inequities, which for too many of the world’s girls and women mean they do not get the high-quality health care they need before, during, and after a pregnancy. This inequity is clear in the fact that the lifetime risk that a 15-year old young woman in sub-Saharan Africa will eventually die of a pregnancy-related cause (1 in 31) is more than 1000 times that of a young woman in some developed countries (1 in 4,300). These wide disparities between developing and developed regions are unacceptable. If we are serious about achieving Millennium Development Goal 5, a 75% drop in maternal mortality by 2015, we need to more than double our efforts in the next five years.The UN press release accompanying the new report highlighted the four main causes of maternal death—postpartum hemorrhage, infections, hypertensive disorders, and unsafe abortion. Each is preventable, treatable, or both. We know the technical interventions that are needed, including modern contraception, safe abortion, antenatal care, skilled attendance for labor and delivery, and postpartum care. We also know that strong health systems are essential for improving availability, quality, and access to these services. And, essential to the health system is the health workforce. Without increased attention and innovation around solving the problem of the critical shortage of skilled health workers, continued progress in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity will not be possible. The UN report sends a clear message. Progress in reducing maternal mortality will only be achieved with increased national ownership, strong health systems, and a global commitment to recruiting, training, equipping, deploying and retaining, and supporting more motivated and productive health workers.During a recent trip to India, I learned more about India’s ASHA (accredited social health activist) program. This innovative program recruits female health workers from the communities they serve, and trains them to educate community members and serve as a liaison between the community and the health system. The program offers these women incentives through a “pay for performance” system. Colleagues pointed out, however, that in some of the most marginalized and isolated communities in India there are no ASHA workers because in some villages there are no women who meet the basic selection criteria for being an ASHA, which includes basic literacy. Because of this, these already marginalized communities do not have community health workers to offer even the most basic health care. Continuing to make progress in these communities and the many others that are isolated or marginalized requires us to get creative about how to reach all women with the package of services they need. Doing this starts with a global commitment to value all women’s lives—only then will we be able to galvanize the resources necessary to prevent their deaths.Share this:
NSW and Queensland will be battling it out again as they look to claim the State of Origin title, which is being held at Waterworth Park, Tempe on August 13-14. NSW will be out for revenge against the Queenslanders, who claimed the 2003 State of Origin title, winning both the Mens and Womens Open series. With NSW and Queensland being Australia’s leading touch football states, both the NSW and Queensland Mens and Womens sides are almost all present Australian representatives and promising for an extremely high standard of touch football. The 2003 Interstate Challenge includes Mixed Open, Mens and Womens 20’s, 30’s, 35’s, 40’s and Mens 45’s and 50’s. In 2003 the Interstate Challenge was an even affair with NSW claiming six of the eleven titles; the Mixed Open, Womens 20 years, Mens 30 years, Mens 35 years, Womens 30 years and Womens 35 years titles. Queensland claimed the remaining five Interstate Challenge titles; Mens 20 years, Mens 40 years, Womens 40 years, Mens 45 years and Mens 50 years. The State of Origin and Interstate Challenge include three games for each division. Game one in each division will be played on the afternoon of Friday the 13th with games two and three being held on Saturday the 14th. The NSW and Queensland Under 20’s sides are also full of young players who have been selected in the Australian 20 years squads for the 2005 Youth World Cup. The 2005 Youth World Cup is being held at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast from January 19-23. A final selection camp will be held for the 20 years Australian squads on Sunday August 15. This will follow the Interstate Challenge series. Keep updated on results and stories through the ATA website or come down to Waterworth Park and support the players and series. DRAW: Game 1: 2:00pm F1 Womens 35’s F2 Mens 40’s 3:00pm: F1 Womens 30’s F2 Mens 50’s 4:00pm: F1 Mens 30’s F2 Mens 35’s F3 Womens 40’s 5:00pm: F1 Womens 20’s F2 Mens 45’s 6:00pm: F1 Mixed Open F2 Mens 20’s 6:50pm Opening Ceremony 7:00pm: F1 Womens Open 8:00pm: F2 Mens Open Saturday, August 14 Game 2: 9:00am: F1 Mens 40’s F2 Womens 30’s F3 Mens 50’s F4 Womens 35’s 10:00am: F1 Mens 20’s F2 Mens 30’s F3 Womens 20’s F4 Womens 40’s 11:00am: F1 Womens Open F2 Mixed Open F3 Mens 35’s 12:00pm: F1 Mens Open F2 Mens 45’s F3 Mens 50’s Game 3: 1:00pm: F1 Womens 30’s F2 Mens 40’s F3 Mens 20’s F4 Womens 35’s 2:00pm: F1 Mixed Open F2 Mens 30’s F3 Womens 20’s F4 Womens 40’s 3:00pm: F1 Womens Open F2 Mens 45’s F3 Mens 35’s 4:00pm: F1 Mens Open Function starts 7:00pm, University of NSW Round House By Rachel Moyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
The new event, that has replaced the Victorian State Team Titles, showcased local talent and attracted some of the biggest names in the game who travelled to Sale for the Inaugural tournament that proved to be a massive hit with the Victorian Touch Football community.New Zealand’s “Mr. Touch” Peter Walters made the trek from across the ditch to conduct a skills clinic for junior players and to play in the event along with 2007 Australian World Cup Open Mixed star Matthew Tope and Australian Mixed 30s lynchpin Manu Wakely. A host of National Touch League, State representatives, and local legends took to the fields to test themselves against the best the State had to offer and vie for the crown of Sale Knockout champions for 2007.Touch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch Manager Mr. David Brady was impressed by the standard of game play, sportsmanship and spirit on display from all participants, and all aspects of the organisation of the tournament.“Sale & District Touch Association put on a great tournament, and did a marvellous job as they have always done when hosting events. The participants repaid them with hours and hours of exciting touch played in true spirit. Players, referees, and officials were fantastic and we can look to 2008 with great anticipation of it being an even bigger and better tournament for Touch Football in Victoria.” Mr. Brady said.David Regenspurger was awarded the Inaugural “Laurie Smyth Mixed Trophy”, recognising a participant in the event who embodies the positive qualities of participation in the game.The award is named in honour of Laurie Smyth, a hard working and long serving member of the Sale & District Touch Association who has been the backbone of his association for over twenty years.Laurie was a founding member of the association and was awarded life membership of the Sale & District Touch Association in 1998.Next year’s event will be conducted again at the East Gippsland Fields on the weekend 5-6 April 2008, for more information please contact the TFA-Victoria office on 03 9206 6755.Results for the Sale Knckout are listed below and a comprehensive wrap of the tournament has been provided by Peter Shefford.Please click on the attachment for Peter’s full report.SALE KNOCKOUT 2007 – ResultsA Women’s FinalSynergy 4 defeated Screaming Yellow Zonkers 3B Women’s FinalHands Off 1 defeated Bra Town 0 with drop off.Women’s Most Valuable PlayerStacey Avery (Hot Ice)A Men’s FinalMaori Saiyans 4 defeated Vipers 3 with a drop off.B Men’s FinalTMR 3 defeated Tornadoes 2 with a drop off.Men’s Most Valuable Player Tim Booth (Ballarat)Mixed Social Plate FinalNagle jets 3 defeated SBFDTC 2 in a drop offMixed Social FinalKnapsack straps 8 defeated Three Free Throws 2Mixed Open FinalGremlins 5 defeated Sydney Rebels 4Most valuable players:Mixed Social Male: Lano Fonua (Knapsack Strap)Mixed Social Female: Samantha Spiers (Knapsack Straps)Mixed Open Male: Manu Wakely (Sydney Rebels)Mixed Open Female: Toni Breeze (Vipers)Related Files2007_sale_knockout_tournament_report-doc Touch Football Australia’s Victorian branch and the Sale & District Touch Association recently hosted the Inaugural Sale Knockout tournament which attracted 35 teams across seven divisions on the weekend of 14-15 April 2007.
QSST went into the final as favourite after taking out the previous three NYC titles, while NSWCCC went into the final after causing an upset over New South Wales Combined High Schools in the semi final. The opening five minutes was tight, with both teams showing great talent and intensity. But it was the Queensland girls that impressed early and it didn’t take long for that to show on the scoreboard. Captain Emily Reed led by example in the 8th minute, when she crossed for her team after a CCC error, to score the first touchdown of the match. CCC was quick to hit back however, with Sinead Bailey scoring in the next set of six to level the game at one touchdown a piece. Emilee Cherry scored over in the far corner after she was set up by Kate McCarthy following a penalty to take the lead for QSST again. NSW captain Alicia Quirk was dangerous in attack throughout the first half but the team was unable to capitalize on their opportunities, to trail at the half-time break, 2-1.Strong defence by CCC kept them in the game early in the second half, but it was QSST that made their mark on the scoreboard, when Kate McCarthy crossed to give her side some breathing space.Anna Hicks was over for QSST not long after off the back of some great attacking play by QSST, to take their lead out to three touchdowns. Lauren Rynehart hit back for CCC two minutes later, after a great run by Quirk, to bring the NSW side back within two. It was short lived however, with Alysha Tupua scoring in the next set of six to take QSST’s lead out to 5-2. The NSW girls didn’t give up, scoring with just under two minutes remaining to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns. It was too little too late, however, with QSST taking back to back titles and going through the championships undefeated. McCarthy was rewarded for her strong game, being named Player of the Match, while Quirk was named Player of the Series. The two captains were full of praise for their respective team’s performances over the past week.“I couldn’t be more proud you, you are a good bunch and you did amazing all carnival, to Peta (Rogerson – QSST coach) you’re a deadest inspiration to all of us, I couldn’t ask for a better coach,” Reed said. “To my girls, I couldn’t be more proud of you, to make the grand final was such an awesome effort and you did yourselves so proud all week,” Quirk said.
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Ince slams Man Utd handing England trio new contractsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Paul Ince has slammed the new contracts handed to three players.Ince questioned the decision to hand new deals to Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard, insisting there are too many players at the club who ‘aren’t fit to wear the shirt.'”When players like Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are getting long-term contracts, it shows how backward they are going,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Give them two or three-year contracts to keep them hungry, but don’t spoil them when they aren’t good enough for the club anyway.”He continued: “A resounding issue at the club is that there are far too many players who aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Something has got to give.“I’m not one to call for Jose Mourinho’s head, but something urgently needs to change. The board need to decide whether they’re going to pay him off or give him more money for players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits they were never in the game for defeat to Tottenham.Cardiff lost 3-0 at home via goals to Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.Warnock said: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.”I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.”We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international breakby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says they need to regroup during this international break.Saints lost their third top-flight game in a row on Sunday when they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s. Ward-Prowse said: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.“We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.“I think we all, individually, need to be better.“We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.“We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.”
Real Madrid have confirmed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury to the left iliac muscle.The Belgium international has joined an increasingly long list of players in the treament room at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the likes of Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Mariano Diaz also out of action at present.It’s believed that Courtois’ injury will keep him out for around a fortnight, with Keylor Navas set to deputise for the Galacticos in his absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A Real Madrid statement read: “Following tests carried out on our player Thibaut Courtois today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade I injury in the left iliac muscle. His recovery will be monitored.”Courtois completed the full 90 minutes in Real’s previous match, a 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad and he is also believed to have trained for the majority of this week in the build-up to his side’s Copa del Rey tie against Leganes on Wednesday.Navas, who had been Real’s number one goalkeeper up until Courtois’ summer arrival, was expected to start their latest cup clash regardless, but the former Chelsea stopper is now likely to miss both legs of the tie, as well as the club’s upcoming league matches against Real Betis and Sevilla.Santiago Solari’s side are in desperate need of some positive results after their defeat to Sociedad left them languishing in fifth place in La Liga and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.The 13-time Champions League winners have endured an extremely underwhelming season to date, having only won half of their 18 league matches so far and losing six.Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui was in charge at the beginning of the season, only to be sacked in late October after a poor start to the season.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his side do not yet have the finances to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.Pochettino failed to make a single signing during the summer transfer window and has yet to bring in any new faces this month either.The Argentine has come under increasing pressure to dip into the transfer market after Harry Kane and Dele Alli were ruled out until March with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The club’s faltering form, which saw them go out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days last week, has also led to calls for Pochettino to freshen up his squad.However, the former Southampton boss insists he will not simply buy for the sake of it and is prepared to make do with his current squad if the right players are not available.Pochettino concedes Spurs cannot compete at the top end of the transfer market, despite currently sitting third in the Premier League and reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.Their financial situation has not been helped by costs surrounding their new stadium, which they hope to finally move into in March.The 46-year-old cites Premier League leaders Liverpool, who spent in the region of £145million ($189.3m) on two players – defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson – last year, as an example of a club which is in a different league financially.“Liverpool need a defender, they get Van Dijk, they need a goalkeeper, who’s the best? Alisson. It’s the same as Manchester City,” Pochettino told ESPN.“In the end, it’s valid as Real Madrid and Barcelona do the same because they’re on a different level.“At the moment, Tottenham haven’t reached that level so when we can’t buy a washing machine, we get a dryer that can do the same job.“Instead of a sofa, we get a chair where you can also sit.“That’s the difference between Tottenham and the teams that are built to win.”After their double cup disappointment, Tottenham return to Premier League action on Wednesday evening against Watford.Pochettino’s side can move to within two points of second-placed Manchester City with a victory over the Hornets at Wembley.
The U.S. women’s national team has announced World Cup victory tour matches against Portugal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Paul, Minnesota. Following the team’s World Cup win in France, they will embark on a five-game tour to celebrate their fourth world title and second in a row. The team’s first match, against the Republic of Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, has already been confirmed for August 3. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now there are two more matches on the calendar, both against Portugal. The USWNT will take on the European side on August 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, before another match on September 3 at Allianz Field in St. Paul.The second game will mark the first time the USWNT has played at Allianz Field, which opened earlier this year and is home to MLS side Minnesota United.”It’s always fun to play in cities that we haven’t been to that much and with the opening of the new stadium for Minnesota United, it’s awesome that we’ll get to play in St. Paul this fall in a world-class facility that is another sign of the growth of soccer in the USA,” USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle said in a news release.Meanwhile, the match in Philadelphia will be the fourth time the USWNT have played at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.The U.S. victory tour will conclude with games on October 3 and 6, with the opponents and venues yet to be announced. The roster for the victory tour will be the same 23 players that made up the squad that ultimately lifted the trophy in France after a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country announced his college commitment late on Sunday night. His decision is a surprising one.Terrance Gipson, the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2019 class per 247Sports, had scholarship offers from Nebraska and Virginia, and programs like Arizona, Oregon and Texas were expressing interest, too.The 6-foot quarterback, though, has decided to commit to SMU.He announced his decision on Twitter.“Its a blessing and all glory to god, thanks to every supporter and doubter, i am happy to say i will be COMMITTING to Sourthern Methodist University 19’ Takeover,” he wrote.You can view the full announcement below:Its a blessing and all glory to god, thanks to every supporter and doubter, i am happy to say i will be COMMITTING to Sourthern Methodist University ❗️ 19’Takeover ?? pic.twitter.com/1SmgYY6JsJ— p.oppaa (@te_gipson1) June 3, 2018Gipson is a Houston native. He’s the second commitment in SMU’s 2019 class.You can view the Mustangs’ full class here.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)A former Nebraska quarterback announced his decision to transfer from the Huskers program after Scott Frost took over. Former four-star quarterback recruit Patrick O’Brien announced his intentions to head elsewhere.Although he’s a talented quarterback, O’Brien’s skillset didn’t fit Scott Frost’s offense. He’s a pro-style QB that likes to sit in the pocket, meanwhile the Huskers’ will be running a more up-tempo offense under Frost.O’Brien visited Butch Davis at Florida International, and just two weeks ago he visited Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams.O’Brien decided he likes Fort Collins.I am so thankful to be given another opportunity to play football at another amazing university. With that I am excited to announce my commitment to Colorado State. pic.twitter.com/gowLL8oMXZ— Patrick O’Brien™ (@oneandonlyPOB) June 8, 2018O’Brien was the No. 10 pro-style quarterback recruit in the 2016 class. Many believed he should have taken over for a struggling Tanner Lee during the 2017 season, though that obviously did not end up happening.This way he’ll have an opportunity to fight for a starting spot at his new program.We wish him luck.
Week 7 was a wild one in college football. Four different top-10 teams lost, including Georgia, who was previously unbeaten.The polls will change a lot this week. Beyond the top four teams, things start to get murky.As he does every Sunday, Stadium’s college football insider Brett McMurphy released his official AP Top 25 ballot. McMurphy has made some adjustments from last week’s ballot.My new AP Top 25 ballot by conference: SEC 6, Big Ten 4, Pac-12 4, AAC 3, Big 12 3, ACC 2, MWC 2, Notre Dame #APTop25 @WatchStadium https://t.co/RaYhTRbCbQ— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 14, 2018Here is his full list.AlabamaOhio StateNotre DameClemsonLSUMichiganFloridaTexasGeorgiaOklahomaWest VirginiaUCFOregonWashingtonKentuckyNC StateTexas A&MWashington StatePenn StateColoradoUSFCincinnatiIowaUtah StateFresno StateTypically, McMurphy will discuss his ballot via video on Sunday afternoon. Be on the lookout for that later.The Coaches’ Poll was released earlier today, and the full AP poll is expected out at 2 p.m. ET.
Four-star quarterback Jack Miller revealed his commitment to the Ohio State Buckeyes over the summer. Miller made the announcement on July 1 via Twitter.On Thursday, he shared some tough news. Miller revealed his junior season has come to an end after he suffered high-grade MCL sprain earlier in the season.With just a few games remaining in the year, Miller hoped to gut it out, but he made the smart choice to shut down the season and get healthy for his senior campaign.The 2020 recruit shared the following on Twitter: “This has been an unforgettable season with my teammates but due to my knee injury my doctor will not clear me to return to the field, I’m recovering great and I will be back better! My boys got this!”This has been an unforgettable season with my teammates but due to my knee injury my doctor will not clear me to return to the field, I’m recovering great and I will be back better! My boys got this! #ctown— Jack Miller (@jackjamesmiller) October 25, 2018Miller is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class and the No. 63 recruit overall. He held 19 offers from the likes of Alabama and Auburn, but decided Columbus is the place for him.