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Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

first_imgBy Martyn HermanA stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.Inferior for most of the match, Arsenal had led with goals from French duo Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud after Philippe Coutinho had put the hosts deservedly ahead.However, Skrtel, who required six minutes of treatment on a head wound, thundered in a late header from Steven Gerrard’s corner to deny Arsenal.Despite failing to secure all three points, Arsenal moved back into sixth spot with 27 points from 17 games, four behind fourth-placed West Ham United.While Arsenal have now lost just once in their last seven meetings with Liverpool, Sunderland have won four in a row against north east rivals Newcastle United after Adam Johnson’s late goal earned them a 1-0 win in the day’s other fixture.A riveting Tyne-Wear derby at St James Park featured more than 30 attempts on goal but Johnson’s was the only one to find the net a minute from time to give Sunderland only their third win of the season and lift them away from danger.Liverpool, languishing in mid-table, lost 3-0 at Manchester United the previous weekend when they created chances at will.It was a similar story against Arsenal as they completely dominated the opening half with some attractive passing.When Coutinho finally punished a sloppy Arsenal after 45 minutes it was the least they deserved.But the defensive gremlins that have also undermined Liverpool’s season returned immediately as Debuchy headed an unlikely equaliser in first-half stoppage time.Giroud struck what looked like being the winner after a slick Arsenal counter-attack.Liverpool had substitute Fabio Borini sent off shortly after coming on and their cause looked lost until Skrtel’s late intervention earned them a point to move them above Merseyside rivals Everton into 10th place.last_img read more

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Messi accused of cheating Spanish taxman

first_imgBut it was not yet clear if the court would accept the complaint and allow the accusation to proceed, the source stressed.Barcelona FC were not immediately available to comment.Meanwhile, Granada said on Wednesday that Chilean international midfielder Manuel Iturra has joined the Andalusian club from Malaga on a free transfer.“Chilean midfielder Manuel Rolando Iturra Urrutia is a new player of Granada CF,” the club said on its web site.“He has signed with the club for the next three seasons.”Iturra, who has 34 international caps, was a major part of Malaga’s unlikely run to the Champions League quarter-finals this season.The 28-year-old made 39 appearances in all competitions during his sole season with Malaga, scoring just the one goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, June 12 – Spanish financial crime prosecutors have filed a complaint accusing Barcelona superstar Leo Messi of tax fraud worth four million euros ($5 million), a judicial source said Wednesday.The complaint, which also includes the player’s father Horacio Messi according to the Spanish press, “has been presented to the court,” the source said on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

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This signing must NOT happen – Arsenal fan opinion

first_imgArsene Wenger says Thierry Henry will return to Arsenal, in an as yet unspecified capacity, but Gunners fan and Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson is concerned, as he explains here…I absolutely love Thierry Henry. He’s probably the most exciting player of the Premier League era and a true Arsenal legend.But let’s not let that cloud our judgement.Henry became a free agent this week after leaving MLS club New York Red Bulls and he’s been strongly linked with a return to Arsenal on a deal until the end of the season.I’d absolutely love to see him in the red and white again, but this must not happen. It would be crazy.At 37 now, Henry is not the player he was and while he’d sell shirts and sell more seats, it would be like wheeling out a show pony.We can’t let heart rule head here and the same goes with Henry coming back as a coach. Does he have any coaching ability? Let’s not make snap decisions just because he’s a hero.I’d love Henry to be part of Arsenal’s future in some way, and admire his passion and love for the Gunners, but he has to prove himself once again if he wants to be involved in the future.Do you want Henry back at the Emirates Stadium in the near future? Comment below… 1 Thierry Henry to return to Arsenal again? last_img read more

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Leicester City complete deal for Japanese Bundesliga star

first_img1 Leicester have announced the signing Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki from Mainz, subject to a work permit and international clearance.The 29-year-old moves to the King Power Stadium for an undisclosed fee after scoring 29 goals in 70 games.He becomes the Foxes’ third summer signing after Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs as Nigel Pearson wastes no time as he strenghens his squad.And forward Okazaki has insisted he can’t wait to get started follow the move.“I am very happy to be here, he told the club’s official website. “To play in the Premier League is my dream and I will make every effort to help the team here at Leicester City.“I will do my best to show how I can play and try to make a lot of goals for the supporters.“I watched every match [last season] in the Premier League not all of them are easy. There were hard games. In the last few games the crowd were great and the players responded. It was an amazing result at the end of the season.” Shinji Okazaki in action for Japan last_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch Wales stars perform hilarious changing room haka

first_imgCheck out this hilarious video of Wales’ players performing the haka in the changing room!Midfielder Joe Ledley has been the one busting the moves for the Welsh side for the majority of Euro 2016 but now it seems the rest of the squad have had a go.Players such as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Neil Taylor and Dave Edwards paraded around the Welsh dressing room in their underwear, doing an impression of the New Zealand rugby team.Watch the video above!last_img

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Leicester BLOW! Injured Mendy out of Champions League clash with Sevilla

first_imgNampalys Mendy is out of Leicester City’s must-win Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday night.The Foxes host the Spanish side at the King Power for the second leg of their last-16 tie, hoping to overturn a 2-1 deficit.However they will have to cope without £13million summer signing Mendy, who has been ruled out of the match due to a knee problem.“Papy Mendy had a knock on his knee a few days ago, he will be struggling,” said Leicester head coach Craig Shakespeare.“We are hoping he will be fit for the weekend [against West Ham], but he will definitely miss tomorrow night’s match.” £13m summer signing Nampalys Mendy 1last_img read more

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Stunning Ross Barkley demand, plus Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea GOSSIP

first_imgtalkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is demanding a whopping £150,000-a-week wage packet – more than star striker Harry Kane – to join Tottenham this summer. (Daily Mirror)Barkley’s potential arrival at the north London club could pave the way for Moussa Sissoko to leave. The £30million midfielder is keen to leave Spurs, but the club must foot some of the bill to get him out of the club. (Daily Mail)Manchester United have abandoned their pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier after accepting Spurs’ hands-off message. (Daily Mirror)Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has emerged as a top target for Arsenal should they sell Alexis Sanchez. (Don Balon)Neymar has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain after a £195million deal was agreed between the French club and Barcelona, according to reports in Brazil. (Esporte Interativo)However, the French giants are distancing themselves from the deal in their local press. (L’Equipe)Meanwhile, reports in England claim Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is closer to joining PSG. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has signed a new deal and he wants to celebrate by signing a new left-back, with Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Southampton Ryan Bertrand targets. (Daily Star)Marko Arnautovic looks set to get his move away from Stoke, with a £24million deal with West Ham reportedly agreed. (The Sun)Ashley Cole has been linked with a surprise move to Birmingham City, although manager Harry Redknapp will have a fight on his hands to get LA Galaxy to allow the former Chelsea left-back to join. (The Sun)Chris Samba is currently on trial at Aston Villa and played alongside John Terry in a friendly. (@DeadlineDayLive on Twitter)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Manchester United and Manchester City will go head-to-head for Premier League title this season, Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs tells talkSPORTRyan Giggs EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United legend refutes claims he is waiting for Premier League job, saying level doesn’t matter for managerial opportunityManchester United FC news: Ryan Giggs says Romelu Lukaku will be ‘scrutinised like he’s never been scrutinised before’ at Old Trafford‘No idea!’ – Jose Mourinho apparently in the dark over Manchester United’s Ivan Perisic pursuitArsenal ‘told to cough up £80million to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar’Chelsea FC transfer news: Antonio Conte facing another transfer blow with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘ready to join AC Milan’Leicester City FC transfer news: Riyad Mahrez wants Roma move but deal not yet agreedPepe Reina ‘targeted by Man City’ as back-up to Ederson in £5million switch from NapoliTransfer report: Chelsea and Manchester United to miss out as AC Milan full-back nears £9m Juventus switchTransfer ALERT! French clubs lining up for Leicester City midfielder Nampalys MendyDEAL OFF! Nice abandon move for Arsenal outcast Mathieu Debuchy over wage demandslast_img read more

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‘Thrilled and relieved’ – Mark English to compete at Worlds in Doha

first_imgTHREE-TIME European medalist Mark English will compete at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha after all – and described himself as ‘thrilled and relieved’ at the news.English’s chances looked to be over with the IAAF’s start lists not including the name of the Letterkenny man.English – who was .04 seconds away from the qualifying time last month – has received confirmation tonight that he has been invited via the quota system. Just this morning, English had hit out at the selection process, but the 26-year-old has got his chance at a fourth World Championships of his career.Earlier this year, English won bronze at the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow and followed that up with his latest Irish senior 800m title.The UCD AC man, who qualified as a doctor this year, ran 1:45.98 to win an 800m in England last month having come from nowhere to take an eye-catching 1:45.94 win at a Diamond League meet in Birmingham.English confirmed his selection on Twitter. A long day but I’ve finally been selected for @IAAFDoha2019 World Championships. Thrilled and relieved. Looking forward to joining a strong @irishathletics team.— Mark English (@markenglish_) September 20, 2019 ‘Thrilled and relieved’ – Mark English to compete at Worlds in Doha was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 World Athletics ChampionshipsdohaIAAFletterkennymark englishlast_img read more

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Is this how Liverpool will line up for their pre-season friendly against Sevilla?

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Yasser Larouci has given a good account of himself so far, starting all three pre-season matches but there are other options including 19-year-old Adam Lewis.James Milner and Fabinho have featured heavily in pre-season so are due a rest, meaning Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, who both came on as substitutes against Dortmund could start against Sevilla.Attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sat out training on Saturday so he may not be risked considering he came back from a long-term injury towards the end of last season. Adam Lallana didn’t train with the main group.This could spell an opportunity for Ben Woodburn, who is the youngest player ever to score for Liverpool, to make a name for himself in the senior squad. targets REVEALED Will Rhian Brewster add to his goalscoring streak against Sevilla? Manager Jurgen Klopp is therefore expected to make wholesale changes to the team that started in Indiana.Other than the result against Dortmund, Liverpool have made a decent start to their summer campaign with convincing victories over Tranmere and Bradford.More and more of Liverpool’s first-team players are becoming available for selection, however, there are still opportunities for the club’s young stars to impress the boss.But how will they line up against the LaLiga side?Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s predicted Liverpool XI for their match against Sevilla. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The second in the trilogy of Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures in the USA gets under way on Sunday night when they face Sevilla at Fenway Park in Boston, kick-off 11pm.It comes less than 48 hours after the Reds faced Borussia Dortmund, a game which saw the Bundesliga side win 3-2. 4 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea boost In goal there shouldn’t be any change, however, with Simon Mignolet expected to start as Alisson Becker is still on holiday following his Copa America success with Brazil in the summer.The defence should have a more familiar feel to it. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk all came on as substitutes so don’t be surprised if they’re given starting slots as Klopp looks to give these players the match fitness they need ahead of the new season.Andy Robertson could start at left-back but Klopp will be keen to ascertain who he should have as a back-up option in case the Scotsman becomes unavailable in the season. 4 New job getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST center_img 4 buildlineup.com Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers TROPHY 4 Klopp should name a much-changed Liverpool side due to the quick turnaround JIBE Getty Images – Getty deals Van Dijk helped steady the ship when he came on in the second-half against Dortmund There will probably be changes up front too. Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have started all three pre-season matches so should be rested for Sevilla.However, pre-season goal machine Rhian Brewster could keep his place to add to his tally of four strikes, however, it would be surprising if the young striker played more than 45 minutes.Either side of Brewster on the front three could be Divock Origi, who has some experience on the left as well as academy player Curtis Jones.However, Jones may sit slightly deeper than Brewster and Origi as he is a midfielder. 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Football Talk: Foran’s future, Hibs closing in on Murray

first_imgAnd Hibs are winning the race for Dundee United striker Simon Murray but Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle and St Johnstone are still said to be interested. Football may have taken a step back into the shadows this morning but there are still big stories floating around. Newly relegated Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss Richie Foran is facing a huge decision on his future. It hangs in the balance after chairman Kenny Cameron stepped down.Scott Brown has been reflecting on this time last year when Brendan Rodgers took charge at Celtic and the moment he turned up at his door with a bottle of wine.last_img read more