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Teesland and Sterling sort £10m Mail deal

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Onyekuru leaves Galatasaray after Monaco turn down loan extension

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first_img The Nigerian forward returned to Turkey for his second loan stint with the Lions in January after struggling to cement regular playing time in his debut campaign in France. Following his return to Fatih Terim’s team, Onyekuru boosted Galatasaray’s charge to defend the Super Lig crown with a contribution of an assist and a goal which sealed their 3-1 victory against archrivals Fenerbahce back in February. He made 12 appearances across all competitions and his last outing was against league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir last Sunday where he featured for 90 minutes. Before moving from Istanbul to Monaco to join Robert Moreno’s side for their pre-season training, Onyekuru visited Galatasaray’s training facilities to say his farewell to the coaching crew and his teammates on Saturday. Henry Onyekuru has bid goodbye to Galatasaray following the expiry of his loan from Ligue 1 club Monaco. “Rental agreement ending. Henry Onyekuru said goodbye to our technical team and teammates. Have a nice trip,” the club tweeted. Reports suggested Galatasaray made a move to extend the loan of the Super Eagles forward with five matches remaining after the coronavirus pandemic forced the extension of the 2019-20 Super Lig season until July 25 but both clubs were unable to reach an agreement. The 23-year-old won the Super Lig title and the Turkish Cup with the Lions last season, and he expressed gratitude for the reception he got throughout his second stay in Istanbul. read also:Super Lig title: No retreat, no surrender for Galatasaray – Onyekuru Galatasaray are fourth in the league table and they face second-placed Trabzonspor on Sunday in an encounter that could boost their chances of defending their league title. Despite Onyekuru’s absence, Ivory Coast’s Jean-Michael Seri, Nigeria’s Jesse Sekidika, DR Congo’s Christian Luyindama, Morocco’s Younes Belhanda, Gabon’s Mario Lemina and Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli are options available for Terim to summon for the match. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametlast_img read more

Key strengths of Liverpool’s title winners

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first_imgLiverpool were crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years on Thursday with seven matches remaining, having turned the English Premier League title race into a procession.They have smashed records along the way and more could follow, including most wins, most points and the biggest winning margin. It will go down as a season for the ages, but what makes Juergen Klopp’s side such an unstoppable force?All truly great sides are constructed on unshakeable foundations and Liverpool are no exception.When Manchester City splashed out 35 million pounds ($43.39 million) on goalkeeper Ederson in 2017, it raised eyebrows.But a year later, Liverpool paid nearly double that for another Brazilian shot-stopper, Alisson Becker.It was a masterstroke. Alisson kept 21 clean sheets last season as Liverpool and Manchester City went head-to-head in an epic title race, more than any other goalkeeper.He leads the way again with 12 this time in spite of being out injured early in the season.Alisson exudes calm, distributes the ball like a cultured libero and makes the difficult look remarkably routine.In front of him, Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk has been a colossus since joining from Southampton in 2018.Rarely can a defensive signing have made such an incredible impact. Van Dijk’s ability to pick a pass means Liverpool can turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye.And when it comes to defensive basics, he does everything with rare grace.In front of Van Dijk is Liverpool’s engine block.Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho, with James Milner as a reliable back-up, provide the relentless intensity opposing sides find so suffocating.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Without them working in unison, Liverpool’s attacking maestros could not flourish.When the mercurial Philippe Coutinho left for FC Barcelona in 2018, some feared Liverpool’s creative spark would fade.Instead, they have flourished.Klopp’s early Liverpool sides often came unstuck against the “low block” when lesser opponents sat in deep and let Liverpool pass themselves into knots.Then something happened.Youth product Trent Alexander-Arnold established himself as first-choice right-back and left-back Andy Robertson joined from Hull for a paltry eight million pounds.Operating like well-oiled pistons on each flank, they are arguably the best full-back pairing in the world, providing pace, penetration and creativity to open up even the most limpet-like defensive rearguards.Alexander-Arnold is second behind only Manchester City magician Kevin de Bruyne in the assist charts this season with 12, while Robertson is fourth on the list with eight.In Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino Liverpool possess an attacking trio that is almost impossible to contain.As well as searing pace and lethal finishing prowess, Salah and Mane are a midfielder’s dream with their intelligent runs.Salah and Mane have bagged 32 league goals between them this season, while the Klopp’s modern-day number nine Firmino is the unsung hero, running himself into the ground for the cause.Klopp has ingrained a sense of collective responsibility at Liverpool – a characteristic of all great sides.But skipper Jordan Henderson is their talisman.It took him an age to come out of the more naturally-gifted Steven Gerrard’s shadow.Even now, football analysis website transfermarkt.co.uk puts the 30-year-old down at 13th when comparing market values of Liverpool’s squad.But his contribution is priceless.Henderson’s passing range has expanded, his energy is relentless and above all he will not tolerate a dip in standards from his teammates.Henderson shuns the limelight but no captain will be more worthy of raising the Premier League trophy aloft.Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Premier League ChampionsEPLJurgen KloppLiverpoolStrengthslast_img read more

Sen. Rick Scott: LeBron James Not Educated About China Issue

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first_imgRick Scott is among those calling out LeBron James for his comments on China. The Lakers star said yesterday that Houston GM Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters hurt people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Senator Scott tweeted it’s sad to see James joining the chorus kow-towing to Communist China and putting profits over human rights. https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LeBron.mp3James also said Morey wasn’t educated about the issue, but Scott says James is clearly the one who isn’t educated on the situation.James made the comments before the Lakers’ preseason game against the Warriors in LA Monday. He later clarified on Twitter that he “did not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet.”The Lakers played two preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets in China last week, and the players had to deal with the backlash firsthand.ESPN reports that players met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in China and many were upset because they felt they were in the middle of the rift between the host country and the league. Morey tweeted out “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” on October 4th, which caused an uproar from many in China. Multiple Chinese sponsors (the vast majority of Nike shoes are made in factories in China) cut ties with the NBA and China’s state television broadcaster refused to air the preseason games on TV. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stated that Morey did not speak for the team.Silver defended Morey’s right to free speech last week, but also regretted that so many Chinese were upset by his tweet.last_img read more

FB : Midterm report: After 4-2 start, Orange receives grades on 1st-half performance

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 15, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Quarterback: A-Through the first half of the season, Ryan Nassib has been outstanding for the Syracuse offense. One bad game against Rutgers doesn’t discredit what he’s done for the team in 2011. By throwing 11 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions, Nassib demonstrated a crucial ability to protect the ball. He’s upped his completion percentage to a very respectable 64.6 percent, and he’s spread the ball around so that six receivers have at least 10 catches. His poise in the pocket and accuracy throwing the ball are two big reasons why SU is 4-2.Running back: BThe success of Syracuse’s running game in the first half of the season has flown under the radar a bit. Antwon Bailey has taken the reins of the starting role from Delone Carter and is on pace to rush for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns halfway through the season. He’s been on a hot streak too, rushing for more than 110 yards in his last three games — although his 124-yard performance against Rutgers was soured by two fumbles. Prince-Tyson Gulley was set to break out as the chance-of-pace back, but broke his collarbone in an off-field incident and is out for the season. The next three running backs — Jerome Smith, Adonis Ameen-Moore and Steve Rene — have all only seen limited action so far.Wide receivers: C-AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the middle of the summer, wide receiver was a strength for Syracuse. But it’s a glaring weakness now. Whether it is the wide receivers’ inability to get open or play calling that features other players on the Orange offense, starters Van Chew and Alec Lemon haven’t been utilized as much as expected. After catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against Rhode Island, Chew has just eight catches for 105 yards in the following four games. Dorian Graham is a name to watch for the second half of the season, though. The speedy senior finally got his hands on the ball against Tulane, hauling in two scores.Tight end: BStarter Nick Provo couldn’t get open through the first two games, but he’s come alive in the last month to give Nassib a reliable target downfield. An eight-catch, 85-yard outburst at Southern California began a stretch of three games with at least 50 yards for Provo. The senior has demonstrated an ability to be dangerous after the catch as well, with both of his touchdowns coming on plays where he’s broken a tackle. David Stevens, a backup, has chipped in with 10 catches for 61 yards on the season as well.Offensive Line: BThis unit has been up and down since the first game of the season. Ryan Nassib has been sacked 12 times, and costly penalties have been drive killers for the offense. That said, when offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has set his mind on running the football, Antwon Bailey hasn’t had any trouble doing so behind this line. The back has four 100-yard games already this season, including three-straight before the bye week. If the line can give Nassib a little bit more time in pass protection, the offense could really open up in the second half of the season.Defensive line: B-Syracuse’s defensive ends have played below expectations and its defensive tackles have exceeded them. The loss of Chandler Jones for the past five games hurt the SU pass rush, but Mikhail Marinovich, who seemed poised for a big year, has just two sacks on the other side. Jones returns this week, although his replacement, Torrey Ball, filled in adequately. On the interior, Deon Goggins has been a revelation. The play of Goggins and Jay Bromley on the middle of SU’s line is a big reason why Syracuse’s rush defense is ranked No. 23 in the nation.Linebackers: A-With the loss of Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith, there was a very good chance this unit would have some growing pains this year. But the linebackers have stepped up and have been the best group on the Orange defense in 2011. Sophomore Marquis Spruill has had no trouble making the move to the middle. And the two new starters, senior Dan Vaughan and freshman Dyshawn Davis, have been brilliant. Vaughan ranks second on the team with 41 tackles, and Davis has wreaked havoc on the blitz all season. He leads the Orange with four sacks.Secondary: DThere are eight teams in the country that give up more passing yards per game than Syracuse does. Yes, there have been multiple injuries in the secondary, and yes, a lack of pass rush does make it harder on the defensive backs. But only so much of the blame can fall outside of the secondary. Four of the six teams SU has played have reached the 300-yard passing mark. Rutgers just missed with 297. Receivers have been running free against the Orange all year, and opposing quarterbacks have had no trouble finding them.Special teams: C+If only it were possible to give separate grades here for the Orange. Freshman kick returner Jeremiah Kobena was stellar in the first half of the season. His speed and elusiveness are game-changers for Syracuse. See: Tulane. Kicker Ross Krautman is a different story. Dominant last year, mediocre this year. He’s already missed three times as many kicks in 2011 as he did all last season. He’s also had a kick and an extra point blocked. The punters, Shane Raupers and Jonathan Fisher, haven’t been great. But they haven’t cost Syracuse anything, either.Coaching: B-There are two ways to look at the job the SU coaching staff has done this season. First, it should be commended for the way it has prepared Syracuse to stay tough in close games. Take away the Rutgers game that SU blundered away and third-year head coach Doug Marrone and staff have a 5-1 team on their hands. But the other side says an Orange defense that was so good last year is being shredded on a weekly basis through the air, ranking 112th of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in pass defense. And the offense that entered the season expecting big plays has been rather conservative.Offensive MVP: Ryan NassibIt’s hard to argue against choosing Nassib as the MVP thus far. He carried the offense early in the season before tailback Antwon Bailey got going, almost single-handedly winning games against Wake Forest and Rhode Island. Since then, he’s been an efficient orchestrator of the offense and a proven leader. His quarterback rating has exceeded 120 in all but one of SU’s games. And he’s shown that he can be clutch, leading the Orange on a game-winning drive against Tulane. Without Nassib, the Syracuse offense would be poor at best.Defensive MVP: Kevyn ScottScott’s been the closer for the Syracuse defense. In the season opener, after a poor performance throughout the game for SU’s defense, Scott picked off a pass in the fourth quarter and then blanketed Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens on a fourth-down play in overtime, sealing the victory. He closed out Toledo, too, intercepting an Austin Dantin pass in the end zone in overtime to set up a game-winning field goal for Syracuse. He’s the bright spot in an otherwise deplorable Orange pass defense.Best single play: Antwon Bailey’s 53-yard touchdown run vs. Wake ForestBailey’s run erased an awful first three quarters to the season for Syracuse. Less than two minutes after SU scored to cut Wake Forest’s lead to eight points in the middle of the fourth quarter, Bailey took a carry, got to the outside and scampered down the left sideline for the Orange’s longest offensive touchdown of the season to date. Syracuse tied the Demon Deacons one play later on a two-point conversion and won the game in overtime.Best game: Wake ForestThis game certainly made the droves of Carrier Dome fans that left in the third quarter regret that decision. Syracuse came out flat against the Demon Deacons both offensively and defensively, falling behind 20-7 at the half and 26-14 with a quarter to go. But then something clicked. Syracuse scored 15 points in a span of 1:19 to tie the game at 29. And Ryan Nassib found Van Chew for a 4-yard touchdown in overtime that turned out to be the game-winning score in a 36-29 victory.Worst Game: RutgersThis category wasn’t even a contest. The Orange blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, committed five turnovers in the game and had an extra point and a field goal blocked. Antwon Bailey fumbled twice, including on the final play of the game in double overtime. Ryan Nassib completed less than half of his passes. There was a lot of ugliness, and it resulted in SU’s second loss of the year.Biggest Surprise: Dan VaughanThe senior had a total of 10 tackles in his first three years at Syracuse but has already piled up 41 as the starting strongside linebacker this year. That ranks second on the team behind only Phillip Thomas. Considering that freshman Cameron Lynch has started to split playing time with Vaughan, those numbers are that much more impressive. The linebackers have been the best part of the Orange defense this year, and Vaughan has shined mostly under the radar.Biggest disappointment: Van ChewSyracuse’s deep threat has disappeared. Chew’s speed and big-play ability were supposed to stretch opposing defenses and give Nassib a downfield weapon. That lasted two games. Chew proved he was clutch by hauling in a crucial touchdown and two-point conversion against Wake Forest, then followed that up with an eight-catch, 134-yard game against Rhode Island. Since then, though, he’s had eight catches in four games with only one touchdown. Against Rutgers and Tulane he didn’t even eclipse 15 receiving yards in each game.Biggest Gain: Deon GogginsInterior defensive linemen don’t normally make a lot of tackles, but Goggins ranks fourth on the team with 30 takedowns this year. That means not only is he taking on blockers and stuffing the middle of the field, he’s also getting off those blocks to bring down ball carriers. The senior transferred to SU from Cerritos Community College last year but didn’t play in any games. This season, he’s played a major role on a defense that has allowed less than three yards per carry.Biggest loss: Prince-Tyson GulleyThe loss of Gulley really hurts Syracuse. He is out for the season with a broken collarbone, and that injury came after the best game in the young sophomore’s career. Against Toledo, Gulley broke out for 66 yards rushing on 10 carries. He was a dynamic change of pace for the Orange, spelling starting tailback Antwon Bailey. Gulley was likely the Orange’s quickest back, and his burst of speed through the line of scrimmage will certainly be missed.Best New Face: Dyshawn DavisThe freshman has been a terror on the blitz all season long and has been SU’s biggest playmaker on defense through the first half of the season. He might have had the play of the year for his hit and forced fumble on Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison if Syracuse had won that game. Davis ranks first on the team with four sacks and seven tackles for loss, and opposing offenses have to recognize where he is on the field before every snap.What happened to: Jarrod WestAll throughout camp, West looked great and received praise from everyone on the offense. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound receiver figured to bring size and strength to a receiving corps without its best player in the suspended Marcus Sales. But three games into the season, West still hadn’t caught a pass. He did have two huge catches for Syracuse against Toledo, both on third down, but since then he’s faded away again. Against Rutgers and Tulane, West managed three total receptions for only 10 yards.last_img read more

Irish soccer side in Vienna for WC qualifier

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first_imgOn the pitch tonight, the Group E meeting of England and Scotland is the stand-out game. Wayne Rooney captains the hosts a Wembley, with England looking to maintain an unbeaten start of their own. Elsewhere in that group, Malta face Slovenia, and Slovakia play host to Lithuania.  Following last month’s defeat to Germany, Northern Ireland will look to get their Group C campaign back on track when they welcome Azerbaijan to Windsor Park. Germany’s one-hundred per cent start is likely to continue away to San MarinoWhile the Czech Republic take on Norway. The Republic of Ireland get a first look at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna later today. The squad has been trimmed to 27, with Eunan O’Kane returning to Leeds with a groin problem. Ireland have never beaten Austria away from home, but are looking to continue their unbeaten start to World Cup qualifying Group D. last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Balotelli leaves Milan training for the final time

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first_imgMario Balotelli has been pictured leaving AC Milan’s training for what could be the last time.Liverpool and Milan have reportedly agreed a €20 million fee for the Italian striker and he is set to complete a move to Anfield in the coming days.Milan released a brief official statement earlier saying: “Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at 13.30 after saying good-bye to his team-mates and the club’s press staff” following pictures, which are displayed above, showing him leaving the training complex in his Ferrari.Reports suggest that Balotelli did not sign any autographs on his way out, simply stating to journalists that ‘nothing was decided’ yet.Despite Balotelli’s non-committal statement, his transfer appears a formality now, with his contract terms – of €6-million a year – already agreed.The former Manchester City player will head to England in the coming days to complete a move, which will see him become Liverpool’s latest recruit in what has been a busy summer for the Reds. Brendan Rodgers’ side have brought in a host of players across the summer transfer window so far, but Balotelli will be the highest profile of their additions.There is a real excitement around Anfield about his arrival and if Rodgers can keep his volatile temperament in check then Liverpool have unquestionably pulled off one of the best deals of the summer.Balotelli pictured leaving AC Milan training ahead of his move to Liverpool.last_img read more

Blake Griffin likes it when Clippers are relaxed

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first_img“It wasn’t about the points or how many points we won by,” Griffin said, alluding to playoff franchise records set by the Clippers in both departments. “It was about the way we played. I just think we realized that if we play our game and do things that we work on, we’d be successful.“I think that was what helped us. We play well when we’re relaxed.”Credit to defense, benchCoach Doc Rivers agreed that his team was able to play a more free and easy Game 2 than two days earlier. He gave credit to the bench for that.“Blake was awesome last night, and DJ (DeAndre Jordan) and CP (Chris Paul),” said Rivers, whose team will play at Golden State on Thursday in Game 3. “And our bench was phenomenal. Our bench won that game. Really. The starters were great, too. Our bench came in the end of the first, stretched the lead, I thought it allowed everybody to just go relax and play.” The Clippers lost to Golden State by four points (109-105) in their Western Conference playoff series opener Saturday at Staples Center. Then they smacked the Warriors around Monday night and won by 40 (138-98) in a performance that could arguably rank as the Clippers’ best of the season.Whereas Blake Griffin was hardly a factor Saturday because of foul trouble and some other Clippers did not take care of business down the stretch, Monday was the complete opposite. Griffin scored 35 points, the team shot 56.6 percent from the field and 91.4 percent from the free-throw line, and the bench contributed mightily with 58 points.“You always hope to play a well-rounded game like that,” Griffin said Tuesday at practice. “But I just felt going into the game we were so much more relaxed and we were going to play better. Fortunately, we did, and it was the way we played.”Griffin explained. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Griffin put his spin on that.“They took the game to another level,” he said of the reserves. “The defensive intensity didn’t drop off, it went up. They made some shots, they were scrambling.”Speaking of the defense, Rivers doled out kudos to sixth-man Jamal Crawford, who has been struggling of late to find his shot.“My star of the game was Jamal defensively,” Rivers said. “Jamal defensively, I didn’t even know those two things would ever be said. But really, he made three defensive plays yesterday.“We got on him after Game 1 because of his defense. We said nothing about his offense. We just felt his offense dictated how he played defense, and I thought yesterday he came out and defended.” Doc isn’t sayingRivers and Warriors post Jermaine O’Neal, who played under Rivers at Boston, got into a heated conversation late in the second quarter Monday. Both received technicals. Rivers was asked what was said, but he balked.“Oh, I don’t know, it’s just a lot of talk,” he said. “I coached Jermaine and so I think it’s a little bit of that, in a good way. And to me it was more fun than anything else.”O’Neal later came back over to the Clippers bench, not necessarily to apologize.“No, he just said, ‘Hey, we’re good, right?’” Rivers said. “And I said, ‘We’re always good.’ But this is a competition, and that’s all I was saying. I don’t like getting into stuff like that. I think that’s for the players.“I don’t ever really think a coach should get involved. But I thought in that instance, it was needed.”last_img read more