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Jürgen Klopp has said he expects Liverpool’s England contingent will be involved in friendly in Australia three days after the end of their Premier League season and less than a month before the national team face Scotland in Authentic Mario Chalmer Womens Jersey a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.Liverpool will play Sydney FC in a lucrative match at the ANZ Stadium on 24 May after closing their domestic campaign at home to Middlesbrough and have announced that Steve Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman will feature in the game.Manchester United show ‘concrete interest’ in £85m Antoine Griezmann Despite calling up four former players Klopp insists Liverpool’s England players and other internationals will travel halfway around the world for a fixture that forms part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations. England face Scotland on 10 June, with the squad expected to report for training five days earlier, before playing a friendly against France in Paris on 13 June.Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge would all normally feature in the Australia trip and the England games, but fitness problems may dictate otherwise. Henderson is on crutches after being told by Liverpool’s medical department to take the weight off a foot injury that has sidelined the Liverpool captain since 11 February. Klopp has admitted the midfielder suffered a setback in his recovery and it is not known when Henderson will return.Liverpool must also play a waiting game on Sturridge’s recovery from another hip injury but Lallana is expected back from a thigh problem for Monday’s trip to Watford. Injuries permitting, Klopp expects to take a strong squad to Sydney after the Middlesbrough finale.The Liverpool manager said: “We will go with pretty much everybody. They will all go there even if they don’t play. They will be involved with other things. We are not sure, there are one or two [who could miss the trip] but that involves other things and not international call-ups. We will show the best and nicest faces of LFC.“There is no final decision at this moment. What we can say is 100% yes – we want to present Liverpool as good as possible and it makes sense to import these legends. They’re really happy about http://www.officialheatauthentic.com/authentic-15-mario-chalmers-jersey.html it.”Manchester United have shown “concrete interest” in signing the Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who has an buyout clause of £85m, the France international’s agent Eric Olhats has claimed.United, who are fifth in the Premier League, have scored the least number of goals among the top six sides and are aiming to strengthen their attack with Griezmann, who has scored 25 goals for Atlético this season.“We’re at the stage of gathering information from clubs who have a concrete interest,” Olhats told the French TV programme Téléfoot. “There is an unavoidable €100m clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes.“United’s attacking options are limited with their top goalscorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ruled out for a lengthy period after Authentic Carlos Ruiz Womens Jersey sustaining a knee injury in their Europa League tie against Anderlecht.The injured midfielder Juan Mata is the next highest scorer this season with six goals, while the 19-year-old striker Marcus Rashford has five. United face City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday with both teams striving to secure a Champions League berth.If Maria Sharapova, with neither ranking nor regrets for the actions that led to her absence, can advance to the second round of this tournament by beating the 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci in what is sure to be a packed and awed Centre Court, she will make as many people furious as delirious.Serena Williams accuses Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and unborn child At stake is not a mere result, nor even temporary glory for a bread-and-butter tournament the leading players use to tune up for the slams. Sharapova, a triple-champion who is here courtesy of a wildcard http://www.authenticphillieshop.com/authentic-26-chase-utley-jersey.html 24 hours after the end of her drugs ban, is playing for vindication and an excuse for another, more important invitation: to the French Open next month. Tennis also desperately needs Her Blondeness back.Sharapova will qualify for the preliminary tournament at Roland Garros by right if she reaches Sunday’s final in Germany. While that is unlikely, there will be many gormless cheerleaders willing her to do so. If she loses before then, she will have to rely on the whim of the French federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, who gives the impression of being immune to her charms, and gets a chance to prove his steel when he hands down a decision on 15 May.Giudicelli knows that Sharapova is perfectly placed to fill the giant vacuum in the schedule recently created by the world No1 Serena Williams, who is inconveniently absent for the rest of the year while awaiting the arrival of her first child. Tommy Cooper did not have better timing.There is an argument to say that a former champion should be welcomed back in the main draw of a tournament ahead of more deserving hopefuls – although not a very convincing one, in these circumstances. Which is why Giudicelli could use the qualifying tournament as a convenient route back to the majors for her. Wimbledon will have this discussion in coming weeks, too.
On 14 April 2012 Sheffield United beat Leyton Orient 3-1 at Bramall Lane, their sixth successive league win. The victory kept them in the second automatic Andre Burakovsky Womens Jersey promotion spot in League One, four points clear of their neighbour Sheffield Wednesday, with three games to play. The third goal that day was scored by Ched Evans. It was his 35th goal of a prolific season.Six days later Evans was found guilty of rape, a verdict since quashed, and handed a five-year jail sentence. A reeling United took two points from their final three games and missed out on automatic promotion to Wednesday, then limped through the play-offs before losing dismally to Huddersfield on penalties at Wembley.Evans was released on licence in October 2014. United, having lost again in the play-offs in 2012-13 and missed out altogether in 2013-14, were bumbling through another season of general mediocrity in the third tier. There had been murmurings of an attempt to re-sign Evans, whose contract had expired at the end of the 2011-12 season, more or less from the start of his incarceration so there was little surprise when, on his release, he was invited to train with the club.A petition against Evans rejoining the club gathered 165,000 signatures, several prominent people quit their roles as club patrons, sponsors threatened to withdraw funding, while Jessica Ennis-Hill said she would ask for her name to be removed from the Bramall Lane end of the ground if they offered Evans a contract. The http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-70-braden-holtby-jersey.html fan base was utterly split.United begrudgingly gave up the attempt to sign the striker. Jim Phipps, co-chairman at the time, cited “mob-like behaviour” and “direct attacks on the club” as forcing the decision. “I’m upset we are not able to do what we wanted to do,” he added. The irritation was clear.Evans was gone but certainly not forgotten. At a fans forum in May 2016, less than a fortnight after his conviction was quashed, the chairman and co-owner, Kevin McCabe, in his introduction before answering the usual questions on player sales and transfer targets after another failed attempt to get out of the third tier, was revealing about the psyche of the club.“We should undoubtedly have escaped League One back in 2012, the slam dunk automatic promotion we were robbed of because of the unfortunate incident of Ched Evans.“No other club get these extraordinary events that hit you at exactly the wrong time of the season. I do talk about it when I’m around football supporters from other clubs and they begin to talk about some of their incidents: they’re nothing like ours. They don’t have a Ched Evans issue, they don’t have a Carlos Tevez affair [who kept West Ham in the Premier League at United’s expense in 2006-7].”Self-pitying claptrap, yes, but also an Jamon Brown Jersey insight into a club who have never really got over losing out to Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of Evans’ conviction. A month after those comments Evans joined Chesterfield and in October he was found not guilty in a retrial. When Evans was substituted just after the hour on his former team’s visit to the Proact Stadium he was applauded by a large proportion of the Blades fans present.Evans’ name had hung around United like a bad smell for more than four years. But since that November day at Chesterfield, the miasma has lifted, blown away by Chris Wilder’s superb, title-winning team. With one game to play they are one win away from reaching 100 points for the first time in the club’s history. The visitors to Bramall Lane on the final day of the season? Chesterfield.Which makes the news this week that United are set to re-sign Evans an interesting bit of timing. It could be seen as serendipitous – the “wronged hero” finally coming home just as United tie the bow on the promotion that they missed in 2012. Or unfortunate: Evans, despite being cleared, remains a hugely divisive issue: his potential return has been far from universally welcomed.That is in no small part due to footballing questions about his re-signing for a fee that could rise to £500,000. United are the leading scorers among the 92 league clubs. Billy Sharp, with http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Cory-Harkey-Jersey.html 29 goals, is the top scorer in all four leagues. Leon Clarke has had a storming end to the season with six goals in his last five games. James Hanson was a significant signing from Bradford City in January.Evans, meanwhile, who was part of the United side relegated from the Championship in 2010-11 and scored only 13 goals in 67 games for the club at that level, has hardly had an outstanding return – five league goals all season, a persistent ankle injury and another relegation on his CV are all he has to show for it.Perhaps Wilder feels he can reinvigorate the striker as he has done with several members of a previously underachieving squad this season. Personally, though, it is hard to escape the sense that this smacks of a settling of scores well beyond the dugout.John Ashdown is a life-long Sheffield United supporter
For Serie A’s 20 clubs, the finish line is in sight. The two representing the city of Milan, however, might be starting to wonder what race they have even Authentic Anthony Tolliver Youth Jersey been running. They had presumed for many months to be part of that elite group chasing after a Champions League berth. Instead, at the end of this gruelling marathon, they find themselves contesting a prize that hardly seems worth winning.Sixth place is just about all that Inter or Milan can aspire to, after a weekend in which they each hit new depths of calamity. Their prize (barring an implausible collapse from Coppa Italia finalists Lazio, which would offer fresh opportunities to climb higher in any case) would be a spot in the Europa League’s third qualifying round.To frame that another way: the winners of this race can look forward to having their holidays shortened for a season that begins in July. Might players prefer to lose now than endure such a dubious reward? It is a scandalous suggestion, but one that found its way into several Monday papers as reporters strived to comprehend Inter’s 5-4 defeat at Fiorentina, and Milan’s 2-1 loss at home to Empoli.The former result might not seem so shocking at a glance. Fiorentina, despite indifferent http://www.officialbasketballkingstore.com/Arron_Afflalo_Jersey form, have still only lost one league game this season at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. And yet it was the manner of this defeat, rather than the fact of it, that left Inter’s supporters bewildered.With an hour gone, they were 2-1 up and pulling out the party tricks. By the 79th, they trailed 5-2. Fiorentina deserve credit for the way they shifted through the gears – Borja Valero and Matías Vecino exploiting the gaps between Inter’s midfield lines and Khouma Babacar taking the first of his two goals especially coolly. All, though, were enabled by opponents whose defensive inattentiveness has become an institutional trait.Stefano Pioli will carry the can for this collapse, and was reported by some outlets to have attempted to resign afterward. Inter have taken only two points from their past five games, and he looked every bit the defeated man as he reflected that they had “stopped being a team”.He will be replaced in the summer, but Inter’s capacity for capitulation has now transcended a multitude of different managers, players and ownership groups in the past half-decade. Even the shortest attention spans cannot have forgotten how this club sat top at Christmas last season under Roberto Mancini, yet finished David Perron Womens Jersey 13 points off a Champions League place.What will it take to fix this team? The Chinese owners hope substantial investment in a new manager and squad upgrades will do the trick. And certainly if they were to land one of their two mooted top targets – Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte – that would represent a major coup. But the fact remains that this squad ought to be capable of so much more already.Only Juventus, in Serie A, can boast markedly superior talent. On Saturday, Inter started with Mauro Icardi up front, supported by Ivan Perisic, João Mário and Antonio Candreva. The former has scored 24 league goals this season, including a hat-trick here, while the latter trio are all top-tier internationals.In central midfield were Geoffrey Kondogbia – now oft-derided but perceived as one of Europe’s hottest prospects when he signed from Monaco two years ago – and the similarly potent Roberto Gagliardini. Ever Banega was an unused sub.Even in defence, the weakest point of this team, Inter were able to field Gary Medel and Miranda – capped 96 and 39 times by Chile and Brazil, respectively. That partnership lacks pace, a truth ruthlessly exposed at times by Fiorentina, but they are also backed up by one of Serie A’s better goalkeepers in Samir Handanovic – who even saved a penalty this weekend.It is a different story at Milan, who remain two points ahead of Inter despite thinner resources. Injuries have deprived them of Giacomo Bonaventura and Riccardo Montolivo in midfield, but defeat by Empoli highlighted the mediocrity of their replacements. José Sosa, Matías Fernández and http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-9-doug-gilmour-jersey.html Mario Pasalic were outshone almost single-handedly by the visitors’ No10, Omar El Kaddouri, a player who could not buy a start during his past season and a half at Napoli.Too often, the Rossoneri have relied on the ruthlessness of Carlos Bacca up front to win them games without playing all that well. Vincenzo Montella’s decision to rest him against Empoli backfired, with Milan mustering 28 shots but only once beating Lukasz Skorupski.transfer market. Quite what their financial potential looks like In any case, both Milan and Inter could take a lesson from the teams immediately above them. Atalanta lost 7-1 to the Nerazzurri in March, but that is the only defeat they have suffered in 13 games. They beat Bologna 3-2 this weekend, strengthening their grip on fifth – and with it, automatic Europa League qualification – despite having a wage budget less than one-quarter the size of Inter’s.Even Lazio, one point ahead in fourth after their 6-2 rout of Palermo, have been operating on far more modest resources than either of the Milan sides. Money, it turns out, is not the only necessary building block for success.Perhaps there is some element of motivation at play. Atalanta, at least, are genuinely enthused by the Hawks Youth Jersey prospect of Europa League qualification, unsurprisingly for a club whose last foray into continental competition came in the now defunct Anglo-Italian Cup.The Milanese malaise, though, runs deeper than this. They might be underwhelmed by the prize they see on offer this May. But if they have failed to put themselves in contention for greater rewards, it is only because they were tripping over themselves long before the finish line came into view. Mattia De Sciglio’s flirtations with Juventus have long cost him the affections of a section of Milan’s fanbase, and he was jeered throughout a poor performance against Empoli. Far more troubling, though, was what went on as he tried to leave San Siro afterwards. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, his car was set upon by an angry fan, leading first his father and then mother to exit the vehicle in an attempt to calm this individual. Instead, the situation is reported to have escalated, with De Sciglio’s mother receiving a shove and a bottle of beer being thrown against the car. The situation was broken up by onlookers but police were required to get the player and his family back into the stadium garage as others arrived and threatened to escalate the situation.
Leyton Orient staff have accused the club’s owners of failing to respond to repeated requests to pay Capitals Authentic Jersey them their wages for March, causing some of them to have to find alternative living arrangements.Orient, who were relegated from League Two on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat against Crewe, still owe four creditors money despite escaping a winding-up petition after the club paid its debt to HMRC. The Italian owner Francesco Becchetti has been given until 12 June to pay off debts or sell the club having previously indicated he will inject £1m to ensure Orient survive.So you've been relegated from League Two. What happens next However, with the end of the month approaching and still no sign of last month’s wages, a statement on behalf of Orient employees urged the Football League and Football Association to step in.“We have been met with a wall of silence,” read the statement. “We are now on the 24th day of the month and are yet to receive a payment of wages for March, with April due in only four days’ time.“We are extremely concerned about the ongoing situation given the effect of non-payment of mortgages and rent are already resulting in staff having to relocate.“We appeal to the EFL and the Football Association to intervene on our behalf as the regulatory bodies in the sport and demand substantive answers from the club’s board It was previously reported that the EFL met with directors of the club in March where the club’s plans until the end of the season were outlined and financial reassurances http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-8-alex-ovechkin-jersey.html were given.“Having failed to have these plans communicated to us as staff, or even see evidence of such plans during the intervening weeks, it reinforces our grave concern regarding the financial stability of the club or its ability to pay outstanding debts.“With two weeks of the season left before we fall out of the remit of the EFL, we call on you to act immediately and without delay on our behalf.“With the growing mismanagement of football clubs in general we feel your intervention is essential in order to safeguard ourselves, as well as other clubs who may find themselves in a similar situation in the future.”The EFL released a statement on Monday which read: “[We] remain exceptionally concerned about the current situation at Leyton Orient.“We are also aware of the frustration being expressed by the club’s staff. This is shared by the EFL executive, as we are similarly seeking answers to a number of important questions from the Authentic Tre Mason Youth Jersey directors of the club. Silence is not an acceptable response.“The EFL board received an update on the situation at its meeting on April 6 with the club being asked to provide a further commitment following widespread reporting that the required funding had not been made available. No response has been received to date.”Meanwhile, Barry Hearn – who sold his majority stake in the club to Becchetti in 2014 – has resigned from his position as Orient’s honorary life president.“I’ve written to Leyton Orient this morning, to Mr Becchetti and his lieutenant, to say I cannot possibly be associated with any business, and in particular Leyton Orient Football Club, that doesn’t pay its staff and doesn’t pay the wages in the normal course of business,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.“It’s a sad day for me, it was only an honorary role and a non-executive role, but I don’t want my name linked to the club under the current ownership. This owner has got to go, he’s made a terrible mess of the club and he’s lost a lot of his own money.“I am not happy to be associated with anyone who treats his staff and players like that – they’ve got their own lives, mortgages, kids etc. From today I am no longer the president of Leyton Orient Football Club, that doesn’t mean I will not be there to help in the future but clearly http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Benny-Cunningham-Jersey.html something drastic has got to happen and it’s got to happen very quickly.”“Ultimately, relegation to non-league was our worst fear as a club but when it happened we realised it wasn’t all that bad and it actually brought us all together.”That’s the view of Bristol Rovers fan Richard Beech, which may be a crumb of comfort for Leyton Orient supporters facing up to the fact that the London side’s 112-year stay in the Football League is over. Supporters of Hartlepool and Newport County may well take note as well, as it is almost certain one of those clubs will also be in the National League next season.What are the prospects for a club leaving the league? There is the initial glass-half-full appeal of any relegation: getting to visit new grounds and being, in theory,
The answer was delivered with a smile but its immediacy was pertinent. “No,” replied Brendan Rodgers when asked whether his Celtic team’s position, one Authentic Kenny Britt Youth Jersey game from a domestic treble, exceeds the expectations the former Liverpool manager held last summer. “Maybe if you’d asked me after that game in Gibraltar, I’d have said something different,” added Rodgers, again only partly in jest. Celtic remain unbeaten on the home front and, the vast body of evidence suggests, are destined to be Scotland’s dominant club for a long time yet.That minor stumble against Lincoln Red Imps has long since become an irrelevance. It probably isn’t good for business – and it certainly isn’t for city harmony – for those involved to point out the massive gulf between Celtic and Rangers, but how it was exposed in this Scottish Cup semi-final. Only the background din and level of policing rendered this an Old Firm fixture; had the Rangers players instead worn the colours of Motherwell, the on-field spectacle would not have been any different.Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Cup semi-final – as it happened Callum McGregor and a Scott Sinclair penalty sent Celtic through to the Scottish Cup final in an Old Firm derby that they dominated throughout against a lacklustre Rangers There were two strands to this scenario. Rangers were woefully passive in the first half – a wild Andy Halliday lunge, which merited a red card, aside – and thereby afforded Celtic added momentum that they may or may not have needed. Pedro Caixinha, the Rangers manager, did himself few favours afterwards http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Todd-Gurley-Jersey.html by revealing he took the advice of his assistant, Hélder Baptista, just before his final team talk.“Hélder came to me at the end of the warm-up and told me, ‘Please, in your speech before the match, don’t be that strong. Don’t be so tough. They need to feel a little bit more freedom,’” Caixinha said. “He felt they were really tense. They were really focused on the idea of playing the game but totally focused without enjoying what was going to happen.”Nobody in light blue could relish what happened next. Whatever message Caixinha delivered, it failed. Rangers couldn’t lay a glove on Celtic’s attackers and offered no threat whatsoever of their own, save a flurry late in the game that never really looked like denying Rodgers his treble chance. At least Caixinha has the chance of instant redemption, with Celtic due at Ibrox on league business next weekend.This was, by Rodgers’ correct assessment, “Celtic’s day”. It provided a fascinating parallel to 12 months ago, when victory for Rangers over their oldest foes at the same cup juncture confirmed the end for Ronny Deila. In seeking Deila’s successor, Celtic pushed the boat out for Rodgers and have been handsomely rewarded.“What’s important is that we see progress,” explained Rodgers. “We are still a bit away from being where I’d want Authentic Bob Probert Womens Jersey us to be but there have been really good signs throughout the course of the season and it’s a pleasure to work with these players.“Our season won’t finish until the last whistle of the Scottish Cup final. But I’m happy for the supporters – they had a tough one here last year.”Among many Rodgers successes has been the reversal of an ominous Hampden record. Celtic have won three times in as many visits to Scotland’s national stadium this season and haven’t, in truth, looked at risk at any stage of those matches.When they return, it might be minus the prolific Moussa Dembélé. The striker damaged a hamstring in the 27th minute of the latest win over Rangers, with Rodgers cautious when asked about a timescale for his return. “We need to see the scan,” said Rodgers. “We’ll see. If it’s a full blown hamstring then he probably wouldn’t be [available for the final]. It is still late April and that’s not until late May. We’ll see what the scan brings.”Proving even Celtic setbacks under Rodgers don’t tend to be significant, Dembélé had already provided an assist for the game’s opening goal. The former Fulham player collected a long pass from Mikael Lustig before playing in Callum McGregor, who slotted home with a level of composure not usually associated with Scottish players.Kenny Miller offered Rangers’ first shot at goal, 41 minutes into proceedings. When the same player registered his team’s first shot on target, more than an hour had passed. By that stage, Celtic were two ahead; James Tavernier clattered the marauding Leigh Griffiths and Scott Sinclair scored the resultant penalty.A snapshot of http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/authentic-17-brett-hull-jersey.html Rangers’ ragged state arrived 25 minutes from time, Jason Holt playing a free-kick back towards his centre-half Danny Wilson, who promptly passed the ball out of play. This comical, desperate stuff was only punctured by a couple of late Miller efforts.“We respected the opponent too much,” insisted Caixinha. “That is not how we prepared. Celtic deserved to win, we should have done much better.”Tom Rogic was denied a Celtic third only by the width of the post. In what almost served as an insult to Rangers, their neighbours didn’t seem altogether bothered about adding to their goal tally. The relentless march towards a place in history continues apace for Rodgers, for whom Glasgow stars aligned at precisely the right time.
To one eyewitness, Ilie Nastase behaved in a “vile, disgusting and deplorable manner to every member of the British team”. Another talked of “very base and vulgar Nikola Jokic Womens Jersey language” with “gross finger gestures” to the crowd. Some even wondered whether the match between Romania and Great Britain should be called off. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Two days ago familiar, perhaps? Only these comments weren’t about this weekend’s Federation Cup tie – but came from the British team following a Davis Cup match against Nastase’s Romania in 1978.So we shouldn’t be surprised that Nastase called Johanna Konta“a fucking bitch”, made offensive remarks about Serena Williams’ unborn child, or leched over the British team captain, Anne Keothavong, before asking for her room number. Sneering, leering, loud, louche: such adjectives should define Nastase as much as those used to describe his remarkable shot-making on court.The Romanian has been suspended by the International Tennis Federation over the incident that left Konta in tears. It is far from the first time – in fact after the aforementioned match against Britain, Nastase was suspended from the Davis Cup for a year on the grounds that his behaviour had “brought the game and the event into disrepute”.Ilie Nastase sparks Fed Cup chaos with foul-mouthed outburst in Romania v GB Even so, it was a probably a minor punishment, given he had just attacked David Lloyd with a racket. As Lloyd later explained: “He got very annoyed as he does when an opponent fails to rise to his bait. He then made a most http://www.authenticnuggetstore.com/Will_Barton_Jersey obscene remark to me and angrily hit me on the head with his racket. Three times. I almost walked out of the match in disgust.”Note the “almost”. For nearly 50 years Nastase has visited the last-chance saloon, but in his case has always been allowed back in. In 1975 and early 1976, for instance, he was disqualified four times in less than 12 months. On another occasion, after losing another match for being abusive to an umpire, a report noted – without irony – “This is the second time in nine months that Nastase has been disqualified from the quarter-final round of national clay court championships.”In the early 1980s, meanwhile, he called one spectator at a pre-Wimbledon tournament a “witch” – and the linesman who penalised him for a foot fault “a member of the SS”. And this was in the opening service game.According to a contemporary report, Nastase then spent the final game of the match serving “from somewhere between four and eight feet behind the baseline, and then for the final point from close to an advertising hoarding in the corner of the arena.”So it is no surprise to read that at one point, the head of one of the umpires unions admitted: “Out of our membership of 200, there are no more than a dozen Bucks Authentic Jersey at the most we would ask to umpire a match involving Nastase.” And yet still the show went on.In 1980 he even slapped the Daily Mail reporter John Passmore at Wimbledon – admittedly after the journalist had been asking him questions about the break-up of his marriage – without charges being pressed. Passmore’s description of the incident is not pleasant. “He pushed me in the throat with his open hand. I reeled backwards and my glasses fell off and were smashed.”Ilie Nastase must be evicted from tennis for his behaviour at Fed Cup Too often such incidents have been brushed off, smothered and forgotten due to Nastase being one of the game’s great “characters”, or “a personality”. Yet in a 1994 New Yorker piece, Martin Amis skewered such casual language, describing a “personality” in tennis “as an exact synonym of a seven-letter duo-syllable word starting with ‘a’ and ending with ‘e’ (and also featuring, in order of appearance an ‘ss’, an ‘h’, an ‘o’, and an ‘l’)”.Naturally Nastase was the first name that came to Amis’s mind (“a serious ‘personality’ – probably the most complete ‘personality’ the game has ever boasted”). Unsurprisingly he is someone who has previously boasted of having as many as 900 notches on his bedpost “including the ugly ones”. He is so unreconstructed it would be no surprise if he still wore http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Thon_Maker_Jersey Old Spice or sported a gold medallion.But listening to Pam Shriver on Saturday it became clear how tennis should have dealt with him decades ago. Rather than being indulged, he should have been bluntly challenged. As Shriver explained, Nastase asked her about 30 times whether she was still a virgin while she was a teenager. “When I got older, perhaps 20, and he asked me for about the 30th time, I said: ‘Would you please stop asking me that?’ Sort of to his credit, he never asked me again. I set a firm boundary and he stopped.”It was a strategy also followed by the tall “and menacing in manner” American Clark Graebner early in Nastase’s career. Suspecting the Romanian was about to get up to his tricks he “stepped over the net, grasped the Romanian by the shirt and gave him a sharp, finger-wagging warning. Nobody’s going to bully me on the court.”On Sunday evening it was revealed Nastase had sent flowers to the British team, yet he can’t be allowed to come out of this smelling of roses. Tennis must send a message that he can no longer volley away his foibles and misbehaviours.
The Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Capitals Womens Jersey player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season.He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez.Kanté was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening. The Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive season, Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the women’s player of the year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birmingham’s Jess Carter topped the voting in the women’s young player category.Kanté has played a key role in Chelsea’s surge to the top http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-44-brooks-orpik-jersey.html of the league this season and is renowned as a tireless box-to-box competitor who helps break up opposition attacks and initiate them for his own side. He will become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive Premier League titles with two different clubs if Chelsea can hold off Tottenham in this season’s championship race.Antonio Conte joked after another commanding display by Kanté in a win over West Ham last month that he is struggling to find a fault in his game. The Chelsea manager said: “He made five mistakes. He has to improve in this. He has to improve. I am joking. But I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. He’s playing really well. He has great stamina, great quality and we are working to improve that quality. I’m pleased for him.”Alli’s young player prize is some consolation for his controversial omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award. The performances and goals of the England midfielder, 21, have again been critical to Spurs’ title push, and heading into the weekend he was the highest-scoring player in the league not recognised as a forward, with 16 goals.England full-back Bronze won the women’s player of the Authentic Aaron Donald Womens Jersey year award for the second time, after being part of the Manchester City squad which won the Women’s Super League without losing a game in 2016.Beckham, who won 115 England caps and starred at club level for Manchester United, followed his former team-mate Ryan Giggs in winning the merit prize. He also received the prize alongside his “Class of 92” Manchester United team-mates in 2013.But even when Chelsea were on the ropes, to doubt them in the moments before Eden Hazard’s decisive cameo was to fail to understand them. There is something about this club. For all the nouveau riche jibes and accusations of artificially bought success that have flown their way ever since Roman Abramovich spotted Stamford Bridge from his helicopter 14 years ago, and for all the managerial changes and bouts of dressing-room insurrection that have often made them look like a textbook case of everything http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Aaron-Donald-Jersey.html that is wrong with modern football, there is also an inner toughness running through Chelsea that allows them to rebel, stand firm, trust in themselves and emerge a little battered, a little bruised, but ultimately unscathed.It dates back to the first José Mourinho era, when the Portuguese arrived at Stamford Bridge and infused an underachieving squad with an unforgiving winning mentality. Neutrals had admired the Chelsea of Gianfranco Zola, an entertaining, infuriating team that saved its best for the cups. Mourinho replaced Claudio Ranieri, one of football’s nice guys and a loveable loser until his Leicester City adventure. The perception of Chelsea changed. You could respect their pragmatic football without particularly liking it.But it brought them enviable success, even after Mourinho’s first acrimonious departure. A macho core of Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba kept Chelsea’s fighting spirit intact, with their refusal to lie down best summed up by that scrapping Champions League triumph in 2012.The Chelsea of 2017 do have a different, softer feel in places. They are not quite as physically imposing. Give or take a Diego Costa or a David Luiz, their players look less likely to instigate a 22-man brawl. Time has taken its toll on the old guard. Branislav Ivanovic and Mikel John Obi said goodbye in January, while Terry will leave at the end of the season.The club captain’s departure will mark the end of a wildly successful era for Chelsea. Yet even now, in a period of change, they are the toughest of nuts to crack. They might not be the most thrilling side in England but they are by far the most efficient and controlled.
José Mourinho has admitted Manchester United “are in trouble” due to an injury crisis after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo suffered what are feared to John Carlson Jersey be season-ending injuries in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Anderlecht.United have been drawn to face Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the tournament after beating Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate. Lyon will play Ajax in the other semi. Mourinho, whose side play Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, said: “We are in trouble. In this moment, Eric Bailly played six matches in a row, and we lost Marcos Rojo, we don’t have [Phil] Jones or [Chris] Smalling, we are in trouble and now we lose Zlatan too.“But in attack we have options and [Wayne] Rooney is coming [back] and let’s see if [Juan] Mata can also return before the end of the season – let’s see what happens.”Ibrahimovic is United’s top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions. He suffered what looked a serious injury to his right knee towards the end of normal time against Anderlecht. The Swede hyper-extended his right leg and looked in considerable pain as he landed on the limb awkwardly.The 35-year-old was carried off on a stretcher just as Rojo had been on 22 minutes, the Argentinian defender also appearing to suffer a concerning knee injury. It means Mourinho has only one fit recognised centre-back, Eric Bailly. The manager could turn to Daley Blind – who replaced Rojo on the night – or Marouane Fellaini, who are auxiliary options, or one of two 19-year-olds, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to play in Rojo’s stead.With seven Premier League matches remaining Mourinho’s side are in fifth place in the table, four points behind Manchester City though they have a game in hand, and the two Manchester sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.Given the injuries to Ibrahimovic, Mata, Jones and Smalling, Rooney could make a return. The club captain has been nursing an ankle injury and was an unused substitute against Anderlecht.Advertisement Mourinho said: “He has a good mentality, he is a fighter. He is a strong man, even if he is not in the best condition, even if he is not in the level of sharpness that you need to play high-level football, but he has the experience and character, so he has to.“Now we need absolutely everyone. Now I even have to think that Axel Tuanzebe, he has to go to the youth World Cup in Korea [with DR Congo] – maybe Axel has to come now, now we need everyone.”The Portuguese did confirm two of his starting XI to face Burnley: “[Ander] Herrera plays, he didn’t play against Anderlecht. So Herrera is fresh to play, Ashley Young http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-34-jonas-siegenthaler-jersey.html is fresh to play.”Mourinho also repeated his view that Marcus Rashford, who scored the winner against Anderlecht, should not play for England Under-21s in the summer’s European Championship. “I just feel that when a player reaches a certain level, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to drop levels,” he said.“It’s like now I am going to play him in the under-23s, to win let’s say a derby against Man City? No. Nicky Butt [academy director] doesn’t pick him to play that game. He could by age, so when you reach a certain level, and you reach that level for a long time, I don’t think it makes sense, but the power is in their hands.”Manchester United have been drawn to face Celta Vigo in the semi-final of the Europa League, with Ajax facing Lyon in the other tie.United reached the semi-finals by beating Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate, with Marcus Rashford hitting an extra-time winner on Thursday night. Celta beat RC Genk after securing a 1-1 draw in Belgium, which meant they went through 3-2 on aggregate.This is the first time United have reached this stage of this competition, either in its current guise or when it was the UEFA Cup. Their previous best performance came in 1985, when they were defeated by Hungarian side Videoton in the quarter-finals.This will be the first time United have ever faced Celta in a competitive match. The first leg, in Spain, will be played on May 4, while the return at Old Trafford will take place on May 11.The United States has announced that a secret military ground operation killed an Islamic State operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr Dave Hollins Jersey al-Baghdadi and linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that left 39 people dead.Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, was killed during the ground assault near Mayadin, Syria, on 6 April, said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the US military’s central command.“It was a ground operation. I think that’s all we’re willing to say about that,” Thomas said, declining further comment. He specified that Uzbeki did not die in an air strike.Thomas said Uzbeki helped facilitate the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve. Isis claimed it carried out the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.The http://www.authenticphillieshop.com/authentic-15-dave-hollins-jersey.html attacker opened fire with an automatic rifle, throwing stun grenades to allow himself to reload and shooting the wounded on the ground. Among those killed in the attack were Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada.
Towards the end of his life Mozart wrote a piece of music called Ein musikalischer Spaß, or “a musical Malachi Richardson Jersey joke”, intended as a satire on bad composers. As you might expect it contained a hilarious discord in the horns section, some off-key sonata and – LOL – a polytonal finale.No doubt back in the 1780s this was all very weeping-laughing-emoji-face. Listening to it now, A Musical Joke just sounds predictably ace, brill, fun, yeah, really good. It turns up on the kind of CDs you buy at petrol stations called The Cream Of Mellow Classics Vol IV. It was the theme tune to the Horse of The Year Show. Even people who know what they’re talking about, whose store of Mozart knowledge isn’t drawn from that film where he was a shrieking little American sex maniac, call it a progressive, post-modern, experimental piece of music. It turns out even when he’s trying to be bad, Mozart is somehow still a bit more interesting than everyone else.Premier League, FA Cup and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend It was tempting this week to apply the same kind of reasoning to Lionel Messi, who came up with something new and slightly startling in the draw with Juventus that ended Barcelona’s Champions League campaign. Weirdly, Messi had a bad game. Not just a quiet game: an actual bad one, like the bad games other, non genius-level footballers have.Messi still had seven shots at goal. He still did some wonderful things. But that usual hyper-awareness, the beautifully cruel clarity in every pass and every shift of feet was absent. He seemed to walk around a bit more than normal. He put a difficult volley with his weaker foot over the bar in a way that made it actually look like a difficult volley with his weaker foot.It was all a little disturbing, like seeing your favourite cat on drugs at the vet, legs wobbly, eyes drooping, the old gliding elegance weirdly askew. But then, it turns out even bad Messi is oddly unignorable, fascinatingly semi-good, a bit like Mozart’s grippingly dissonant parpings. Even when he’s bad, or not great or just average, it feels as though this ought to mean something.Predictably enough, there was a temptation afterwards to suggest that something significant http://www.officialbasketballkingstore.com/Mike_Bibby_Jersey
had passed at the Camp Nou. Football likes this kind of narrative arc. Full stops are drawn. Things end. But what exactly?Clearly Messi isn’t finished. He is still brilliantly effective, scorer of 45 goals already this season. He may be 30 in June, but Messi’s passing is so good, his brain so sharp, it feels like even a dip or a lull is likely to be followed by other, deeper gears, some late blooming reinvention as Argentina’s deep-lying midfield creator at the Qatar World Cup when they are managed by a mad, frazzled, wild-eyed Pep Guardiola.Even bad Messi is oddly unignorable, fascinatingly semi-good, a bit like Mozart’s grippingly dissonant parpings
Barcelona also aren’t finished, despite what Claudio Ranieri seemed to say afterwards on BT Sport. Juventus were just too good for them. This is a really good, powerful team, with two fine creative central midfielders and a wonderful defence, good enough to show the flaws in a pigeon-chested Barça propped up by its ageing stars, weakened by poor recruitment and the drying-up of that connection with the youth team.But then Barcelona stopped being really interesting when Xavi began to fade away, a midfielder so good he made all Authentic Colton Parayko Youth Jersey the other stuff make sense: the idea of systems-football, of Catalan-collectivism, of Barcelona as not just better, but better, morally superior, the mes que un club claptrap. Here they come again: mincing little doe-eyed hobbits, Dickensian urchins in the church of velcro-touch wall-pass. All of it crowed over with nauseating piety by people on the internet for whom these are essentially moving blobs on a TV screen, a soap opera of good and bad, iPod-football for a distant, glazed generation who like to, you know, feel really good about their consumer choices.Buying Neymar and Luis Suárez may have propped up the soulful super-ewoks schtick a little longer, even if this was at bottom a pretty crass galactico move. But beyond this Barcelona are simply too powerful, too well marketed and too rich to be in trouble for too long. They will re-gear and reinvest and build another team. Perhaps the excellent, Barça-DNA Thiago Alcântara might return to reinfuse a little of that old gold.They will be back. But it won’t be entirely the same, because something is finally coming close to being finished. The last nine years of elite level football have been genuinely unusual, mainly for the twin domination at the top of the Messi-Ronaldo supremacy. Unplanned, fanned by a wider celebrity obsession but based in their own extraordinary talent, it has been an age of rare and http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-9-doug-gilmour-jersey.html extreme individualism.This summer it is exactly 10 years since Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo first popped up at two and three in the Ballon d’Or voting, and then block-booked it out for the next nine years. There is another clásico this weekend, another head-to-head Messi-CR7 global super-show. But it is now possible to wonder how many more of these we’re going to get, to conclude that the claustrophobic personality football of the last decade might just be easing a little.It has already become routine to produce weekly lists of the next big things who might just replace Ronaldo and Messi as the best in the world. In reality, they won’t be replaced. Not properly. They’re just too good, their achievements too extreme and sustained. Sport is not meant to work like this. Football has not worked like this before. The four Ballon d’Or winners before Messi-Ronaldo were Kaka, Ronaldinho, Andrei Shevchenko and Pavel Nedved. All fine attacking footballers, they scored 16, 16, 17 and six league goals in their winning seasons.Since when Messi has 287 league goals in 267 matches, Ronaldo 279 in 260. They’re basically freaks, virtuosos, prancing little silk-waistcoated geniuses, in their own way a kind of footballing joke. The world wasn’t meant to be heading this way. When Messi emerged in earnest Fabio Cannavaro’s Italy were world champions, Greece had just won the Euros. Team play, systems, collective defence looked like the future.There is nothing wrong with that, as Juventus showed at the Camp Nou with a fine, seasoned, fluent defensive performance. But as of this week there is now a chance of a shift, the likelihood that victory in Europe for Juve or Atlético Madrid – a Gianluigi Buffon Ballon d’Or – might just see the beginning of the end of the age of individualism and a pair of conjoined all-time greats whose brilliance will only really become plain when they’re gone.
The death of Ugo Ehiogu in the early hours of Friday morning following a cardiac arrest has plunged the footballing world into a state of sadness. The Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 coach had been working on one of the club’s training pitches on Thursday morning when he collapsed. Even as the Authentic Capitals Womens Jersey tributes poured in, it was impossible to make sense of the loss of a universally popular and ostensibly fit 44-year-old.The passing of the former England defender, whose playing career was defined by long spells at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, has cast a shadow over Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday – a tie between the top two clubs in the Premier League and which has so much riding on it.Tottenham announced that the players from both teams would wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s applause prior to kick-off. The Football Association has displayed an image of Ehiogu outside the national stadium while Tottenham have postponed all academy matches over the weekend and Monday’s under-23 fixture at Manchester United.There had been panicked scenes at the club’s Enfield training centre at 11.30am on Thursday, when their medics rushed to treat the stricken Ehiogu, and an ambulance and a medical-assistance car were scrambled out to him. The ambulance took Ehiogu to hospital about 20 minutes later. The concern had been etched across the faces of every member of Tottenham’s staff and their emotions turned to devastation after their worst fears were confirmed yesterday.Ehiogu had spent time working with the Spurs youth teams during the 2012?13 and 2013?14 seasons while he completed his coaching badges, and he became the full-time coach of the under-21s – later reclassified as the under-23s – in July 2014.He was a fundamental part of their closely-knit youth set-up, working under the head of coaching and player development, John McDermott. Like everybody else, McDermott attempted to articulate his sense of emptiness at Ehiogu’s death. “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” McDermott said. “Ugo’s presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, Gemma, and his family.”The tributes also came from the top of the club with the chairman, Daniel Levy, and the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, both mentioning how central Ehiogu had been to Tottenham.Levy said: “This is an incredibly sad day for the club and a tragic loss http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-74-john-carlson-jersey.html of a talented member of our Spurs family. Ugo was an extremely popular and respected academy coach, a tremendous influence on our younger players, both in training and away from the pitch, and he will be greatly missed. Everyone’s thoughts are with Ugo’s family at this difficult time.”Pochettino added: “Ugo was a lovely man and we had a very good relationship from the first day we [my coaching team] arrived at the club. He was always a person who helped us a lot and we will miss him greatly. I send all my love to his family and friends at such a difficult time. It’s a huge loss both personally and for Born in Homerton, east London, Ehiogu turned professional with West Bromwich Albion before he represented Villa and Middlesbrough with distinction. He is an authentic hero at both clubs and will be recognised as such in the tributes that they have planned. Ehiogu also played for Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United. He won four caps for England, too, scoring once as a substitute in the win over Spain in 2001, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first match in charge.A host of Tottenham’s first-team players also paid their personal tributes with the academy product, Harry Kane, describing him as an “inspiration to Lamarcus Joyner Jersey the younger players – he’d been there and done it at the very highest level”. Josh Onomah, another academy product, said Ehiogu was “way more than just a coach, [he was] a father figure as well.”Many more of the club’s academy players tweeted their love and gratitude, with Shayon Harrison saying that Ehiogu was “one of the most genuine and caring people I’ve ever met.” Anton Walkes wrote: “I’ll never be able to thank you enough for all the time you invested in me to become a better footballer and a man.”Tottenham’s official website also carried a warm tribute. “For the last three years Ugo selflessly, diligently and enthusiastically played a key role in the development of our young players.“Not once did he boast of his glittering playing career. Working at a level very different to that at which he’d played and excelled, he carried himself with the utmost humility, was a good and willing listener to those inside and outside of our coaching http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Aaron-Donald-Jersey.html and playing staff and took personal pride in helping each individual player to improve – no detail overlooked during countless hours of training and guidance.“He stuck by his players week in, week out, no matter the results on the field and when it was time to go home, he’d turn away from the exit door and instead go and lend his experience to coaching sessions for our younger age groups.”
Australia’s former world snooker champion Neil Robertson says an addiction to video games across his Authentic Hawks Womens Jersey career has harmed both his professional and personal life.The 35-year-old Melburnian says longstanding obsessions with the Fifa football games, World of Warcraft and League of Legends deprived him of sleep and adversely affected his performances.“If you are a single guy and work in a normal job you can get around it,” Robertson told Eurosport. “But you can’t win professional snooker matches when you are tired.”“The years I had the 100 centuries, I should probably have had around 120 because I got addicted like hell to Fifa 14,” Robertson said. “That really affected the second half of my season. I wouldn’t say I would have won a lot more tournaments if it wasn’t for video games but I think I would have given myself more opportunities to go further in other events.”A veteran of close to two decades on the professional circuit and the winner of the world championship in 2010, Robertson says the addiction also had an impact on his family life. “Mille (Robertson’s http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Deandre_Bembry_Jersey partner) absolutely hates it. League of Legends is banned in my house and rightly so. It is just awful,” Robertson said.“In the past, I’ve been staying up and playing it. Then all of a sudden, it is 6am, the birds are tweeting and I’m thinking: ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get up in a couple of hours to take my son Alexander to school. Then I’ve got to practise’.”Robertson said on one snooker trip to China he became anxious when he was unable to join his “raid team” in a game of World of Warcraft. “When I got out there, the connection was so bad that I couldn’t get access,” Robertson said. “I was furious for four or five days. All I was thinking about was getting back home for a connection from China. I lost my spot on the team, and all of a sudden that became more important than the snooker, which is absolutely crazy.”Robertson is not the only sport star to admit to a performance-altering video game obsession, though results have varied. After a self-described “pathetic” loss to Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2016, Nick Kyrgios admitted he had prepared for his match in less than ideal fashion by playing Playstation.Italian football star Andrea Pirlo, on the other hand, has said that the Playstation is the second greatest invention behind the wheel, and claimed in his autobiography, I Think Therefoe I Play, that a key part of his preparation for the 2006 World Cup final was playing video games. “I don’t feel pressure,” Pirlo wrote. “I don’t give a toss about it. I spent the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, 2006 Dikembe Mutombo Jersey in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.”Ferguson’s realisation was that even if he had a firm grasp on what players were eating, how they were training and what impact it appeared to be having on their performance, the club had no control or influence over what they did once they jumped into their luxury cars and drove away from the club’s training base.With Ferguson persuaded that his players’ sleeping patterns should become a higher priority, Littehales scored early points with the manager for his success working with United defender Gary Pallister, whose debilitating back injuries eased once Littlehales discovered the player was sleeping on a mattress that hampered his injury treatment.“You can never cure a lower back problem like that but we saw some significant improvements,” he says, “so that triggered [the club’s view] that maybe there’s something more in this.” Until then there had been a general acceptance that players would function better after a Authentic Will Barton Womens Jersey solid night’s sleep, but no meaningful attempts at addressing it properly. “All I did was open the door,” says Littlehales.In no time he had become involved in the planning of United’s recovery rooms at their Carrington training facility, which piqued the interest of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. “[Clubs] started looking at peripheral vision. They started looking at pilates and yoga.”The British press was equally intrigued by the mysterious new figure driving in and out of the club’s training ground. “They got tipped off that I was actually coaching the players on sleep,” he says. “That started to get people thinking about that whole area.” Sixteen years later he is a leading figure in the field, having assessed and reconfigured the bedrooms of a legion of international sporting stars as well as working with Chelsea, Real Madrid, England’s national side and a host of Olympians.
Uefa has heavily criticised the World Anti-Doping Agency for wrongly flagging up a positive drug test by the Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho after he took Vin Baker Jersey a fat-burner without the club’s knowledge last year.Sakho, who is now on loan at Crystal Palace, was suspended at the end of April 2016 after testing positive for higenamine following the second leg of Liverpool’s Europa League last-16 tie against Manchester United the previous month. However, in early June Uefa’s disciplinary body absolved Sakho of taking a performance-enhancing drug and on Thursday European football’s governing body went further still, releasing a damning report pointing out that higenamine is not specifically listed on Wada’s prohibited list.he report also suggested there are significant doubts among experts about whether higenamine is among a group known as B2–agonists, all of which are banned by Wada – and pointed out that Wada’s laboratories do not routinely test for the substance and that if Sakho’s sample had been handled by the Lausanne laboratory and not Cologne’s then it would not have been tested for higenamine.The Uefa report added: “Higenamine is not expressly mentioned by name on Wada’s prohibited list. The fact that the Cologne laboratory tested for higenamine but had to check with Wada before making a determination indicates a problem, as does the fact that the Lausanne laboratory does not test for higenamine at all.“In this regard, Dr Saugy [giving evidence] explained that he has not received any formal instruction from Wada to test for higenamine and explained that the Lausanne laboratory would not start testing for higenamine until such communication is received.”It continued: “The onus is clearly on Wada to communicate to its laboratories what is and what is not on the prohibited list. There are clearly gaps in communication with regard to higenamine, something which also tends to support the suggestion that Wada’s own http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Vin_Baker_Jersey internal procedure and analysis in respect of this substance is incomplete.”Sakho was suspended by Liverpool when Jürgen Klopp, their manager, and the club’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, agreed it would be prudent to omit him from games while the investigation commenced, and he was then provisionally suspended by Uefa. Among the games he missed was the Europa League final, which Liverpool lost 3-1 to Sevilla after leading at half-time, and he was also omitted from France’s squad for Euro 2016.Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool future in doubt after he is sent home from US tour At the time Michele Verroken, director of Sporting Integrity and formerly in charge of anti-doping in the UK, said she advised athletes against using any substances described as fat-burners. “What is causing that fat to burn is that these supplements contain a form of stimulant,” she said. “They are not regulated products. It’s just too big a Mike Bibby Jersey risk. I warn against any weight-loss products. It’s probably going to be a prohibitive supplement.”Sakho fell out with Klopp having been sent home from a pre-season tour for reporting late for a series of team meetings during the trip to the United States, after which he was accused of displaying “a lack of respect.” But having missed the early part of the season with an achilles injury he has prospered after joining Palace in January.Advertisement However Wada spokesman Ben Nichols insisted that many of Uefa’s criticisms were misplaced. “Higenamine has been considered prohibited ever since the 2004 Prohibited List, however it was expressly named [for the first time] on the 2017 List as an example of a selective and non-selective beta-2-agonist,” he said.“With regards to the case of Mamadou Sakho, Wada, with the support of its List Expert Group, thoroughly reviewed the full case file along with recently published articles on higenamine. Wada supported the List Expert Group’s unanimous view that higenamine is a beta2-agonist and does indeed fall within the S3 class of the Prohibited List. It was decided, however, after careful review of the specific circumstances of the case, that Wada not lodge an appeal.”He added: “Whilst higenamine has http://www.officialbasketballkingstore.com/Mitch_Richmond_Jersey been considered prohibited since 2004, its prevalence within dietary supplements has surfaced more recently. Therefore, in early August 2016, Wada requested its network of accredited laboratories to implement systematic testing for higenamine; although, it is clear that some laboratories already conducted routine testing for higenamine before this date.”
In the end, it was a bittersweet night for Manchester United. They are through to the Capitals Womens Jersey semi-finals, courtesy of another outstanding addition for Marcus Rashford’s growing portfolio, but the victory came at a heavy cost bearing in mind the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic limping away with a jarring knee injury just before the tie moved into extra-time.Ibrahimovic’s knee had bent to a point where there will inevitably be concerns about whether he is able to take any further part in the competition. He will undergo a scan to assess the damage and if United’s worst fears are confirmed, it threatens to be a At one point Rashford, thrust into the central role after Ibrahimovic’s departure, could be seen clipping in an exquisite cross with a rabona, delivering the ball from behind his standing foot, and Paul Pogba’s overhead kick was threatening to register one of the great all-time Old http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-65-andre-burakovsky-jersey.html Trafford goals before striking one of the players in Anderlecht’s purple.Equally, Rashford was culpable during that long period after the hour mark when José Mourinho, once again, must have been pained by the profligacy of his players. Yet the teenager was hardly alone there. Between them Rashford, Ibrahimovic and Pogba missed more chances than they will probably wish to remember.Ibrahimovic, indeed, has rarely looked so maladroit, putting in one of his least distinguished performances in United’s colours before that moment, late on, when he landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge and immediately signalled he was hurt. The Swede did at least manage to walk off but it did not look promising and the layoff may be a long one. He has just over a month before the Europa League final, should United get there, at the Friends Arena, Stockholm, the stadium where they are putting up a statue Zlatan Ibrahimovic hobbles off after suffering a serious-looking knee injury. Photograph: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images As if that was not galling enough for United, this was also a night when they lost another of their centre-halves to injury. Mourinho is already without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, with neither player expected back before mid-May, and Marcos Rojo was in considerable pain when he was taken off on a stretcher midway through the first half.Rojo had twisted a knee going for a tackle and having received some lengthy treatment, tried to continue before it became obvious in the next challenge that he was in no state to carry on. He, too, will need a scan and, worryingly for United, there were the tell-tale signs of what can often happen when players suffer knee ligament damage – a short, deceptive period when the initial pain wears off, an attempt to run it off and then the realisation that it is a worse injury than suspected.Rojo’s injury meant Daley Blind taking over in the position where he played for long spells last season. Mourinho has made Rams Youth Jersey it clear he does not trust Blind in the same way Louis van Gaal did last season but the United manager did not have any other specialist centre-backs available and perhaps it was inevitable in these circumstances, with Sergio Romero in goal and Luke Shaw getting a rare start, that at times the home team seemed unusually vulnerable in defence.Nine minutes after the substitution, Alexandru Chipciu’s cross was turned away by Blind but without enough distance to avert the danger. Youri Tieleman’s shot skimmed off Antonio Valencia and when the deflection took the ball over Romero to connect with the crossbar the rebound dropped between Blind and two opponents. Lukasz Teodorczyk could not rearrange his feet quickly enough to take advantage but the captain, Sofiane Hanni, walloped in his shot to level the tie.Manchester United 2-1 Anderlecht (3-2 agg): Europa League quarter-final – as it happened Marcus Rashford scored an extra-time winner to send Manchester United into the last four, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a potentially serious injury Anderlecht finished the first half as the more threatening side whereas early on Mourinho must have liked what he saw. Pogba’s pass to Rashford in the build-up to the opening goal, 10 minutes in, was a particular joy, beautifully weighted over 40 yards. Rashford’s first attempt to find Henrikh Mkhitaryan came back off the nearest defender but he picked him out the second time. Mkhitaryan took aim with his right foot and fired a low drive past Rubén Martínez.The oddity at 1-1 was that it was not until midway through the second half that United seemed to remember they were the home side. It was an onslaught for the remainder of the match but Rashford took the ball too wide after going round Rubén, Ibrahimovic squandered two clear opportunities, the first from six yards out, and Pogba somehow volleyed over from even closer.The game had ticked into http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Jacob-Mcquaide-Jersey.html its 107th minute when, finally, Rashford made the home team’s superiority count. His clever turn took him away from two defenders in one movement, creating the opportunity to shoot and his left-foot drive won a tie that finished with Mourinho marching pointedly towards the Anderlecht fans and applauding their support. “Shame on you” they had been singing at the early-leavers in Old Trafford’s crowd – and United’s manager was keen to applaud them.
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There was a mixture of pride and disappointment among the players after a 2-1 aggregate defeat against a club who have reached the semi-finals for the third time in four years, but no suggestion whatsoever that they have heard the Champions League anthem for the last time.Leicester 1-1 Atlético Madrid: what we learned from the King Power Stadium Wes Morgan, the captain, did not hesitate when he was asked whether it was realistic to think that Leicester could play in the competition again. “Yes, absolutely,” he replied. “This season has been more downs than ups, but I feel we’ve turned it around and we’re coming good now. If we had shown the same form all season that we’ve shown of late, we could be in a Champions League spot again.”Whether Morgan is being overly optimistic or not, the truth is that it is genuinely hard to know where they belong these days. Look back over the past two years and it has been a wild graph of highs and lows, from the great escape during Nigel Pearson’s reign to that extraordinary Premier League title success with Claudio Ranieri. Throw a Champions League quarter-final into the mix this season, and their flirtation with relegation before a dramatic upturn in results following the promotion of Craig Shakespeare, and it is difficult to place Leicester in football’s pecking order.What is clear is that the http://www.officialnikedolphinsshop.com/brandon-doughty-jersey-for-sale-c-19.html club have a critical period ahead and some important decisions to make. The first big call revolves around the manager and whether Shakespeare, who has won six of his 10 games in charge, should be given the job beyond the end of the season. Everything points to that being the case at the moment, with Shakespeare highly regarded by Leicester’s owners and open to having talks sooner rather than later.Conversations about the playing squad will be more complicated and Leicester know that they cannot afford to repeat the mistakes they made last summer, when their recruitment was desperately poor. They spent the best part of £60m on Islam Slimani, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa alone, none of whom could be described as a success, so much so that it would no surprise if they all moved on before the new season starts.The spotlight will fall on Jon Rudkin, the director of football, and Eduardo Paul Millsap Youth Jersey Macia, the club’s head of recruitment, to get the right players in this summer. While central defence is seen as a priority – Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson is among those under consideration – Leicester’s transfer business will also be dependent on outgoings and their ability to retain their most influential players. Morgan suggested “everyone wants to stay” when he was asked whether the club could hold on to their names, yet Leicester are no longer in a position to dangle the Champions League carrot as an incentive.Arguably the biggest concern is Kasper Schmeichel, who is one of the few players to have enhanced his reputation during a difficult season. Schmeichel, 30, signed a five-year contract last summer and has never given any indication that he is looking to move on, yet it is anticipated that there will be interest from leading clubs in a goalkeeper whose distribution is as impressive as his shot-stopping. Everton will be in the market for a new No1 in the summer, both Manchester clubs could be in a similar position and the goalkeeper merry-go-round in the Premier League may not stop there.On the face of it, the player most likely to leave is Riyad Mahrez. When Mahrez signed a new deal last summer, ending months of transfer speculation that had little foundation http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Paul_Millsap_Jersey to it, there was a school of thought that Leicester would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave 12 months later, yet the Algerian has been a huge disappointment this term and it remains to be seen whether his form will discourage the top clubs from pursuing him, especially as his asking price would be high.Two of the other key assets are aged 20 and it appears likely that Leicester will need to convince both Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray that they will play more often next season in order to keep them out of the clutches of others. The fact that Chilwell – a target for Liverpool last summer – was introduced at half-time in the second leg against Atlético provides a measure of Shakespeare’s faith in him. Gray, on the other hand, did not feature and the impression is that the winger is frustrated at his lack of opportunities.It will, in short, be a busy summer and Tracy Mcgrady Jersey one in which they will go back to reality in many respects. The passports can be put away for now as staff, players and fans contemplate a more mundane schedule without Champions League football on the calendar. The memories, however, will live on and provide stories to talk about for years to come.“It has been an incredible journey,” Morgan said. “I’m not sure who thought we could get this far, but we believed in ourselves. To get all the way through to the quarter-finals in our Champions League debut season is a massive achievement. It’s over now, but we’re proud of what we’ve done and can leave the competition with our heads held high.”
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There was a mixture of pride and disappointment among the players after a 2-1 aggregate defeat against a club who have reached the semi-finals for the third time in four years, but no suggestion whatsoever that they have heard the Champions League anthem for the last time.Leicester 1-1 Atlético Madrid: what we learned from the King Power Stadium Wes Morgan, the captain, did not hesitate when he was asked whether it was realistic to think that Leicester could play in the competition again. “Yes, absolutely,” he replied. “This season has been more downs than ups, but I feel we’ve turned it around and we’re coming good now. If we had shown the same form all season that we’ve shown of late, we could be in a Champions League spot again.”Whether Morgan is being overly optimistic or not, the truth is that it is genuinely hard to know where they belong these days. Look back over the past two years and it has been a wild graph of highs and lows, from the great escape during Nigel Pearson’s reign to that extraordinary Premier League title success with Claudio Ranieri. Throw a Champions League quarter-final into the mix this season, and their flirtation with relegation before a dramatic upturn in results following the promotion of Craig Shakespeare, and it is difficult to place Leicester in football’s pecking order.What is clear is that the club have a critical period ahead and some important decisions to make. The first big call revolves around the manager and whether Shakespeare, who has won six of his 10 games in charge, should be given the job beyond the end of the season. Everything points to that being the case at the moment, with Shakespeare highly regarded by Leicester’s owners and open to having talks sooner rather than http://www.authenticnuggetstore.com/Nikola_Jokic_Jersey later.Conversations about the playing squad will be more complicated and Leicester know that they cannot afford to repeat the mistakes they made last summer, when their recruitment was desperately poor. They spent the best part of £60m on Islam Slimani, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa alone, none of whom could be described as a success, so much so that it would no surprise if they all moved on before the new season starts.The spotlight will fall on Jon Rudkin, the director of football, and Eduardo Macia, the club’s head of recruitment, to get the right players in this summer. While central defence is seen as a priority – Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson is among those under consideration – Leicester’s transfer business will also be dependent on outgoings and their ability to retain their most influential players. Morgan suggested “everyone wants to stay” when he was asked whether the club could hold on to their names, yet Leicester are no longer in a position to dangle the Champions League carrot as an incentive.Arguably the biggest concern is Kasper Schmeichel, who is one of the few players to have enhanced his reputation during a difficult season. Schmeichel, 30, signed a five-year contract last summer and has never given any indication that he is looking to move on, yet it is anticipated that there will be interest from leading clubs in a goalkeeper whose distribution is as impressive as his shot-stopping. Everton will be in the market for a new No1 in the summer, both Manchester clubs could be in a similar position and the goalkeeper merry-go-round in the Premier League may not stop there.On the face of it, the player most likely to leave is Riyad Mahrez. When Mahrez signed a new deal last summer, ending months of transfer speculation that had little foundation Bucks Womens Jersey to it, there was a school of thought that Leicester would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave 12 months later, yet the Algerian has been a huge disappointment this term and it remains to be seen whether his form will discourage the top clubs from pursuing him, especially as his asking price would be high.Two of the other key assets are aged 20 and it appears likely that Leicester will need to convince both Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray that they will play more often next season in order to keep them out of the clutches of others. The fact that Chilwell – a target for Liverpool last summer – was introduced at half-time in the second leg against Atlético provides a measure of Shakespeare’s faith in him. Gray, on the other hand, did not feature and the impression is that the winger is frustrated at his lack of opportunities.It will, in short, be a busy summer and one in which they will go back to reality in many respects. The passports can be put http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Thon_Maker_Jersey away for now as staff, players and fans contemplate a more mundane schedule without Champions League football on the calendar. The memories, however, will live on and provide stories to talk about for years to come.“It has been an incredible journey,” Morgan said. “I’m not sure who thought we could get this far, but we believed in ourselves. To get all the way through to the quarter-finals in our Champions League debut season is a massive achievement. It’s over now, but we’re proud of what we’ve done and can leave the competition with our heads held high.”
 
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