The Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing regarding the dual elections conducted by two warring factions of the Archery Association of India to August 2.The deadline set by the world body to take a call on suspension was July 31.Hearing a PIL in the Rahul Mehra versus Union of India & Ors, a Delhi HC Special Bench comprising Justice S Murlidhar and Najmi Waziri on Friday fixed the matter for arguments to next Friday, Mehra tweeted.”They will adjudicate on the dual elections conducted by two warring factions within AAI, beside setting aside last election of IOA for violation of Sports Code, and directing Ministry of Sports to place final version of redrafted Sports Code ASAP,” Mehra wrote on his tweeter handle.A response is awaited from the World Archery which had earlier de-listed AAI as a member and threatened to suspend and not allow Indian archers to compete in international competitions if the court does not give an order by July 31.In June, World Archery had sent its vice-president, Kazi Uddin Ahmed Chapol as mediator, but all the talks to bring the two factions together failed as both groups went ahead with separate but simultaneous elections in New Delhi and Chandigarh on June 9 to elect two presidents — Union Minister Arjun Munda and retired IAS officer BVP Rao.With less than a year to go for the Olympics, the fancied Indian women’s team is yet to book a quota place for Tokyo 2020, while the men have secured qualification at the World Championships in Netherlands last month.advertisement
MANY OF IOWA’S TOP REPUBLICANS APPEARED WITH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP AT HIS CAMPAIGN RALLY IN SIOUX CITY ON SUNDAY.GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD, LT. GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS, U.S. SENATOR JONI ERNST AND CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING ALL SPOKE BEFORE TRUMP TOOK TO THE STAGE.KING REFERRED THE ONGOING CONTROVERSY OVER LEAKED E-MAILS FROM DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/KING-EMAIL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. ;26KING’S COMMENTS CAME BEFORE FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY SENT A LETTER TO CONGRESS ON SUNDAY SAYING THAT CLINTON’S NEWLY DISCOVERED EMAILS HAS NOT CHANGED FBI CONCLUSIONS FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT SHE SHOULD NOT FACE CHARGES.
More than 2,400 head of hogs have been lost due to a fire that completely destroyed a confinement facility on 260th Street in rural Plymouth County.Kingsley Fire Chief Paul Huth says the hog barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HOGFIRE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..started it all. :13Huth says the fire burned for a couple of hours before firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control.Photos courtesy KMEG
Authorities have filed a first degree murder charge in the June death of a rural Castana, Iowa woman.The Monona County Attorney says 21-year-old Eliot Stowe was arrested Tuesday and charged with the death of 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe, whose body was found a mile and a half from her home on June 27th.That was the day after co-workers asked the Monona County Sheriff to check on her welfare because she did not show up for workEliot Stowe is the grandson of Cheryl Stowe and resided at her residence during the time frame of the alleged homicide.Elliot Stowe is currently being held at the Monona County Correctional Facility under a one million dollar cash bond.————————
And here’s the Bowl Guide:Bowl GuideMy three favorite games:1. OSU-Washington (?)2. Oregon-FSU3. Ole Miss-TCUTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Ryan Hartwig is back with his college football bowl watch guide.You should give his the Twitter account a follow, too:
5 Picked too high Team OSU 2005 Texas Kansas 6 2010 2 2008 1 5 6 9 OSU 0 2001 4 5 3.000 2 4.000 Actual 0 0.895 4 0 Tech Baylor ISU OSU 9 2014 4 1 2013 3 4 2006 OU 2007 2012 11 Kansas 12 ISU 0 2 TCU 5 TCU 1.632 3 6 1 2 0.842 -1 KSU OSU Projected Baylor KSU Team 3 Picked perfectly 0.842 7 4 5 -2 1 2 3 ISU 6 TCU 5 5 3 5 2 10 Texas 3 1 5 5 WVU 1 1999 7 1 4 5 1996 6 Picked too low 8 1997 Like I said, TCU and WVU have been tough to get a handle on. They have as many big misses in three years as Tech and Oklahoma State do in 38 years combined in the conference.Finally, here’s how the Pokes have stacked up over the last 19 years. 0 2 2 1.053 4 Baylor The good news? OSU hasn’t varied much from where it has been picked in the preseason (fourth this year). The not great news? It has been picked fourth five times and never beaten that prediction.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 2 1.158 1 0 2 5 2009 5 2 5 0 7 2 OU 5 4 OU Tech 1 2004 Texas -2 Most of Tech being undervalued came in the late 90s and early 2000s. In the last five seasons, they’ve actually been picked too high three times.Here’s how teams rank when you look at big misses (the media being off by three or more spots). 2003 5 5 2 TCU and WVU have been difficult to put a finger on. Last year, TCU was picked 7th and WVU 8th. They finished 1st and 5th respectively. Baylor has traditionally not been difficult to peg (because they’ve traditionally not been good). Same for Kansas. Texas is the opposite (easy to pick because they’re good).Bill Snyder will make you look silly if you aren’t careful. He’s wily like my 18-month-old. Only five times in 19 years has KSU been picked perfectly. Speaking of that, here is how teams were picked ranked by who is traditionally undervalued. 4 The Big 12 preseason poll has been released with predictable results. TCU and Baylor are coming off monster years and OU is OU is OU. Here’s a look at how the media voted on the top 10 last week.So what exactly does this mean for us as fans?Is the media usually right when it comes to these picks? Does it undervalue certain squads and overvalue others? Well, I went back and looked at every media preseason poll for the last 19 years to find out the answers.Note: to evaluate here, I used final Big 12 rankings as they were listed on the Big 12 site. That is, my data says TCU finished first last season because the Big 12 has them listed first on its standings (sorry, I’m not going to go back and sort out every single tiebreaker).Also of note, the pre-2011 predictions include two six-team divisions which were much easier to predict.With that, here are the average variations in the standings on where Big 12 teams are picked and where they actually finished from most easy to pick to most difficult. 1 6 Team WVU -1 8 3 4 4 0.842 1 -1 Varies (in final standings) WVU 1998 Tech Kansas 2011 3 5 2000 Big Miss 1.211 4 5 Variance -1 1 -2 2 7 2002 KSU 5
Emmanuel Ogbah is currently having one of the best seasons by a defensive end in Oklahoma State history. That’s not hyperbole either.Bill Haisten laid out the numbers here, but Ogbah (6.5 sacks so far his season) is probably going to challenge the single-season sacks record currently held by Leslie O’Neal at 16. He’s certainly going to threaten the top five for a single year.1. O’Neal (16)2. Gary Lewis (14)3. Greg Richmond (12.5)3. Jason Gildon (12.5)5. O’Neal (12)“I’m aware of (O’Neal),” Ogbah told the Tulsa World. “I like breaking records, so I actually have that in my mind.”Ogbah is currently in the top five both in the Big 12 and nationally when it comes to sacks and tackles for loss per game on the team in the country that’a better at it than anyone.All this while being double and triple-teamed and remaining the focus of opposing offense. It’s incredibly impressive.NationalBig 12“He’s in a difficult situation, to be the age he is and be a potential 1st round pick,” said Mike Gundy earlier this week. “You know, the value of his future, and to be able to be able to set that aside and practice and perform and give some leadership skills like he has is very rare.”What abut on a technical level?“When he gets going, coming around the corner, he’s pretty good. His best years are ahead of him. He really didn’t start training until he got here with (strength coach Rob Glass).”Like this?“His best years are ahead of him. When he’s 24-25-26 years old, he’s really going to take off,” noted Gundy. “He looks like one of those guys that makes people think, ‘Why would you want to play quarterback in the NFL?’”That’s high praise from Gundy, but Ogbah is worthy. If you look back at the way other teams handle OSU’s defense, you can tell everything hinges around No. 38. He’s lived up to the hype so far. OSU’s slim Big 12 title hopes might rest upon how much more he can bring.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! There hasn’t been much running room for any of the running backs, but Rennie Childs delivered in a big way for the Cowboys when his name was called on the goal line. Check out the second effort from Rennie to extend the ball past the goal line.
The Lombardi Award released the top players in NCAA yesterday, and somehow left off defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.From the official athletics release, they understandably didn’t appear to be too happy. They’ve been pumping an #EManOKST all-american campaign, and there’s really no reason for him not to be named in all of the awards list. Statistically, he compares with all of the players named to the list:The @LombardiAward denied #EmanOKST today. Here’s him vs the DEs that were chosen: #okstate https://t.co/5zA95m5kFu pic.twitter.com/MeGol70yJ9— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 5, 2015Most players would feel snubbed (and I’m sure he probably does), but his perspective he dropped on twitter shows you where his mind is going into this weekend.I’m not worried about any individual awards, I’m worried about 9-0!!! #gopokes— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) November 6, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Transfers Bale explains why he favours Real Madrid stay over Man Utd move Last updated 2 years ago 14:50 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Wales international has been heavily linked with a transfer to Old Trafford, but he feels winning trophies is more important than being a star man Gareth Bale believes winning trophies at Real Madrid is more important than being a star man at a club like Manchester United.The Wales international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time, with the latest transfer window rekindling talk of a possible £100 million switch.Bale 7/4 for 2+ goals Wednesday Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He was, however, to see the deadline pass while still on the books at Santiago Bernabeu and believes that is the best thing for him at this stage of his career.Bale appreciates why there have been calls for him to step out of the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. in Spain, but he continues to favour collective success over personal recognition.The 28-year-old forward told the Daily Mail on the exit rumours: “Well there’s an argument for that.“But I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.”Bale has faced criticism at different points throughout his time in Madrid, with the current campaign seeing him become a target for the Blancos boo boys once again.He has been forced to accept that terrace taunts are all part of being a high-profile figure at one of the world’s biggest clubs and believes that he has taken his game to new heights after striving for continuous improvement.“I’m a different player of course I am,” Bale added.“I’ve had to change. When you’re a young player who arrives on the scene and starts doing well people figure you out and you have to find other ways to get past the opposition.“So yes I’ve changed a lot but I can still remember turning up at Spurs from Southampton. It feels like a long time ago now. It’s been a long and eventful journey from coming in as a left-back to pretty much playing out on the right wing or at least up front, it’s been a big transition.“It feels like I got on the football ladder and kept climbing.”Bale has conceded that his patchy form this season is down to rushing his return from injury in 2016-17 , but he will get another opportunity to shine on the grandest of stages in midweek when Champions League holders Madrid start the defence of their crown against Apoel Nicosia.
England ‘Apart from Rashford, everybody else looks petrified’ – England playing with fear, says Wright Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 08:14 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images England Marcus Rashford Lithuania v England Lithuania Manchester United WC Qualification Europe World Cup Premier League The Manchester United forward continues to impress for his country in a side which has faced criticism on the back of more uninspiring displays Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is the only England player who does not look “petrified”, according to Ian Wright.Red Devils 11/4 for PL titleThe Three Lions have wrapped up qualification for the 2018 World Cup, with another unbeaten campaign carrying them to Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Gareth Southgate’s side have, however, faced criticism for stumbling their way through on the back of uninspiring displays.Rashford has been a rare bright spark, with Wright of the opinion that the 19-year-old is the only player in the squad not playing under the weight of fear that pressure brings.The ex-England striker told ITV on the problems facing Southgate as England edged their way to a 1-0 victory over Lithuania: “I think he’s been quite honest with them.”I personally feel that what he should be trying to concentrate on now with England now we’re there is to pass the ball forward more. Players are playing with fear.“We’re talking about a kind of generation of players that from academy all the way up to first-team, there’s hardly any pressure put on them.”The most these guys get pressure is when they play for England.”When you look at the way we used to qualify out of this group, I can’t remember any game where we’ve played expansive, or not even expansive, just a positive game of football — people getting forward, having shots.”Apart from Rashford, everybody else looks petrified.”Southgate fielded a three-man defence against Lithuania, while handing debuts to Harry Maguire and Harry Winks.He will get further opportunities to experiment heading towards next summer’s World Cup, with England set to see their credentials given a stern examination in the coming months.The November international break will see them take in home dates against Germany and Brazil, with two of the favourites for global glory expected to help highlight the true state of Southgate’s side.
UEFA Champions League Benfica vs Manchester United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 06:41 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester United Benfica v Manchester United Benfica The Red Devils can put themselves at least five points clear of third place at the halfway stage in Group A by winning in Lisbon on Wednesday Manchester United will be hoping to put one foot in the Champions League knockout stage by beating Benfica on Wednesday night.The Red Devils have won both of their games so far and travel to Lisbon looking to keep their 100 per cent record intact.Doing so would put them at least five points clear of the team in third place in Group A by the end of the matchday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Benfica vs Manchester United Date Wednesday, October 18 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live and for free on television on BT Sport Showcase or by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on Fox Deportes and by stream via Fox Sports Go.Fox Sports will also be streaming the match live on Facebook. US TV channel Online stream Fox Deportes Fox Sports Go / Facebook Live SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Benfica players Goalkeepers Svilar, Cesar Defenders Lopez, Grimaldo, Luisao, Douglas, Eliseu, Dias Midfielders Fejsa, Augusto, Samaris, Zivkovic, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Goncalves, Carvalho Forwards Jimenez, Jonas, Gabriel, Seferovic Benfica will be missing right-back Andre Almeida, who was sent off in the disastrous 5-0 defeat against Basel, as well as Jardel and Rafa Silva.Barcelona loanee Douglas is likely to deputise in the absence of Almeida.Potential starting XI: Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Zivkovic, Pizzi, Fejsa, Cervi; Jonas, Jimenez. Position Man Utd players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira Defenders Blind, Lindelof, Valencia, Shaw, Smalling, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Jones, Rojo Midfielders Young, Lingard, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Herrera, McTominay Forwards Rashford, Lukaku, Martial Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo have travelled to Portugal but would be surprise starters given their lack of match fitness after serious injuries.Jose Mourinho will continue to be stretched in midfield due to the absences of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, while Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also out.Potential starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Herrera, Matic; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Man Utd are 5/6 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Benfica priced at 7/2 and the draw available at 5/2.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW When Jose Mourinho starts stirring up trouble, there’s usually something else going on he doesn’t want to talk about.Things seem pretty good for the Red Devils right now, though, which made the talk around a potential new contract and his public admiration of Paris Saint-Germain somewhat puzzling.Mourinho was hardly isolated in his belief that a more cautious approach against Liverpool was appropriate, and that debate was blowing over anyway.Perhaps the Portuguese is anticipating more difficult winds to come while Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini remain absent, though Benfica’s 5-0 humbling at Basel last time out and away matches at Huddersfield Town and Swansea City hardly suggest a severe challenge.The Portuguese is not taking his compatriots lightly, though, claiming bluntly that they are “much better than CSKA Moscow and Basel”.We might not expect United to dazzle on this particular European trip and instead keep a clean sheet at the forefront of their minds as a result.
Guardiola Guardiola beats Wenger and Dyche to manager of the month award Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:19 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Leicester City v Manchester City Leicester City Premier League The Premier League leaders have kept up their incredible form to secure the accolade for their coach for the second time in a row Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has been named the Premier League manager of the month for October.Citizens 7/5 to beat Leicester to nilThe 46-year-old beat Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and Sean Dyche to take the award for the second time in a row and third time in his Premier League career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City have maintained their impressive form this season as they remain unbeaten after 11 games in the league.Starting the month with a 7-2 win over Stoke City, the Etihad Stadium outfit team kept up their incredible Premier League form with further victories over West Bromwich Albion and Burnley scoring 13 goals along the way.Another perfect month for @ManCity, another @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Month award for Pep Guardiola pic.twitter.com/pDs2GzfD9e— Premier League (@premierleague) November 17, 2017Those strong displays have carried on to November as Guardiola’s started the race for this month’s award with a 3-1 win over Arsenal, after beating Napoli 4-2 in the Champions League.City are eight points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League with 10 wins and a draw and hold a lead of three at the top of their European group.They pay a visit to Leicester City on Saturday before welcoming Feyenoord in midweek.
José Mourinho Cantona criticises Mourinho’s ‘defensive’ tactics: It’s not Man Utd Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 21:33 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Frenchman claims to “love” the United boss but has suggested that he prefers watching the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona Eric Cantona has stated that while he loves Jose Mourinho, he would prefer to see his Manchester United side play more attacking football.The Portuguese has come in for criticism for a perceived defensive style, particularly away from home, with the Red Devils having scored four goals in their last six matches on the road in all competitions.United 5/1 to beat Brighton 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mourinho defended his tactics in his pre-match press conference on Friday although United legend Cantona believes he should adopt a more attacking approach.He told BBC Radio Four: “He is playing in this defensive way, which is not the identity of Manchester United.”Asked if he would prefer Pep Guardiola to be in charge, he added: “Manchester United, it’s like Barcelona. I love Mourinho. I like his charisma, he is very clever, he takes all the pressure on him. I said before he joined Manchester United, I love the man. And I love Guardiola too.”Both are great, but I prefer attacking football, when it’s more creative. It’s the way I tried to play all my career.”United are my club. They are my blood more than my club, but if I watch a game today I prefer more creative games.”Like Barcelona or the Real Madrid of [Zinedine] Zidane, where you have players like [Luka] Modric or [Toni] Kroos who are the brains of the team.”United face Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday looking to bounce back following the 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.
Chelsea Why Rafa Benitez will never be accepted at Chelsea as he makes his return with Newcastle Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 23:00 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte José Mourinho Chelsea v Newcastle United Newcastle United The ex-Blues boss is disliked by fans at Stamford Bridge and he will get an usually frosty welcome back with the Magpies Rafael Benitez returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday just over five years since being named Chelsea’s interim manager. But he won’t get a warm welcome back. This is unusual given Chelsea regularly suspend their tribalism to honour former players and managers. Nemanja Matic was recently cheered and applauded despite lining up in a Manchester United shirt as the fans showed their class. But Benitez won’t receive the same reception after never being accepted by the fans, despite the fact he wasn’t a flop as boss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He replaced Champions League-winning coach, and the club’s legendary player, Roberto Di Matteo on November 21, 2012. Chelsea had declined in both the league and Champions League since their greatest glory just a few months earlier but it was still a tough act to follow for Benitez. The Spaniard, now Newcastle’s manager, took Chelsea to a third-place finish, won the Europa League and got to semi-finals in both domestic cups. For 10 days, Chelsea held both European trophies after becoming only the fourth club to lift every European honour. Chelsea fans already disliked Benitez before his appointment after he spent many years at war with the club and one of his predecessors Jose Mourinho. The battle between managers went from professional to personal and continued for a decade.It started after the 2005 Champions League semi-final when Liverpool beat Chelsea courtesy of Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ which separated the sides over two legs. A brash, young Mourinho raged in the media following the defeat, saying ‘You can say the linesman’s scored. It was a goal coming from the moon or from the Anfield Road stands’.Benitez had already attacked Chelsea’s style of football ahead of that game as the club were desperate for European glory to justify the big spending of their relatively new owner Roman Abramovich. Liverpool beat Chelsea again in the 2006 FA Cup semi-final and the pair refused to shake hands. Mourinho responded bitterly to questioning, ‘Did the best team win? I don’t think so. In a one-off game maybe they will surprise me and they can do it. In the Premiership, the distance between the teams is 45 points over two seasons’. Benitez also riled people by calling Didier Drogba a diver in 2008. He said: “With Drogba, it’s important to have a good referee. You can’t do anything [to stop him going down easily]. It’s very impressive. I have lots of clips from him over the years and he surprises me.” In the eyes of Chelsea supporters, this battle between managers would probably be fully forgiven by now, but Benitez aimed digs at fans while building up supporters at Anfield. He once accused Chelsea fans of needing plastic flags to generate an atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. He also insisted he never wanted to be Chelsea manager, while he was aiming to build up his legendary status at Anfield. “Chelsea is a big club with fantastic players, every manager wants to coach a such a big team,” Benitez said in 2007. “But I would never take that job, in respect for my former team at Liverpool, no matter what. For me there is only one club in England, and that’s Liverpool.”It is understandable that Benitez replacing someone of Di Matteo’s popularity would cause unrest among the fan base. Benitez was booed and signs were held up wanting him out when he took charge of his first game at Stamford Bridge. It ended in a goalless draw against Manchester City but the fans had made their voices heard.Benitez tried in vain to turn around his image but Chelsea’s fans were unrelenting. He eventually reacted to the baiting with comments of his own after three months in charge. “A group of fans, they are not doing any favours for the team when they are singing and wasting time preparing banners. It’s because someone made a mistake. They put my title ‘interim manager’, and I will leave at the end of the season, so they don’t need to waste time with me.”They have to concentrate on supporting the team, that’s what they have to do.” Football fans can sometimes rightly be accused of having short memories but Chelsea fans hadn’t forgotten. However, you could argue that he rebuilt his reputation during a busy seven-month spell in charge after his sacking from Inter Milan. He went on to manage Napoli and then Real Madrid. Benitez now brings his out-of-form Newcastle side to Stamford Bridge with an already poor record at the ground as an away manager after winning just one of 12 visits to west London. Newcastle’s record is even worse with just one win in their last 23 Premier League matches at Chelsea.Mourinho may be Benitez’s greatest rival, but current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is another who got under his skin in Serie A. Chelsea fans will doubtless waste little time in trying to do the same this weekend. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Share via Email Share on Twitter Read more Vettel’s decision to sign a long term-term deal was a surprise but Hamilton, now 32, said it had made his decision clearer. “I don’t know if everybody expected him to sign a three-year deal but it doesn’t really change much for me because I plan to extend with Mercedes,” he said. “We will do at some point in the second half of the season or towards the end of the year.”Hamilton trails Vettel by seven points in the world championship after a tense battle in Belgium from which the British driver emerged on top. Niki Lauda, the Mercedes non-executive director, said at Spa he had discussed a potential move with Vettel but the team firmly denied there had been discussions beyond the Austrian talking to the German driver in the paddock.At Monza Hamilton made it clear he has been kept fully informed of machinations in the driver market by the team’s executive director, Toto Wolff. “I am made aware of who contacts the team,” he said. “That is down to a really great relationship I have with Toto. It is interesting to hear who calls and who is trying to either take my seat, or take the seat next door to me, and then to see, following those calls, the manoeuvres that happen – such as Sebastian signing.”Hamilton added he had not made inquiries with other teams and that were he to do so his relationship with Mercedes is such he would inform them he was considering his options. However he was adamant he has already considered his career path.“It is good for Sebastian that he has signed with Ferrari. All things happen for a reason,” he said. “In the plan that I have coming up – with the five or six years I have left in the sport – that piece in the puzzle is now in place, so it makes my decision moving forwards a lot easier.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics Mercedes GP Since you’re here… Lewis Hamilton Support The Guardian Ferrari Share on LinkedIn Formula One 2017 Giles Richards news Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s epic battle makes Monza unmissable … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Formula One Sebastian Vettel Motor sport Lewis Hamilton has made it clear he expects to renew his contract with Mercedes, ending speculation he may have been considering joining Ferrari. Hamilton’s deal is up at the end of 2018.Speaking before Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, the three-times world champion said his decision was made easier when Sebastian Vettel signed an extension with Ferrari for a further three years at the previous Formula One race in Spa.Hamilton’s has won two world championships with Mercedes since he joined them in 2013. He has been generally positive about their relationship and hinted at seeing out his career with the team. His contract, signed in 2015, is understood to have been worth £100m. Reuse this content
Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Reuse this content letters Topics Share on LinkedIn Wada … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Chris Froome Were Chris Froome (After Froome’s failed drugs test, is this the end for Team Sky?, 14 December) to be listed as a disabled athlete, he could inhale his salbutamol – as he has since childhood – and win the Tour de France against able-bodied competitors. He would then be a double hero. Is the World Anti-Doping Agency suggesting that disabled athletes who take medicines – and many will – are cheats? Such doping control inconsistencies are commonplace. While the doping authorities allow wealthy athletes to train at altitude in order to boost their erythropoietin (EPO) levels, poorer ones who get the same effect by injection are seen as cheats. The current arrangements are puritanical nonsense.Joe CollierEmeritus professor in medicines policy, St George’s, University of London• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Share via Email Cycling Drugs in sport
Women’s football Christen Press is one of the world’s best footballers: she has a nose for goal and the skill to take on defenders. So how did she end up at a club she refuses to play for?The situation seemed typical at first: the Houston Dash acquired her from the Chicago Red Stars in a trade involving Carli Lloyd, the sort of swap that happens all the time in American sports. But it quickly emerged something was amiss. She did not acknowledge the trade on social media and the Dash didn’t immediately make her the face of the club.As it turned out, Press had no interest in playing for Houston and she was willing to stand her ground, something the Dash only learned after the trade was executed in January. Instead, the 29-year-old continues the standoff by refusing to report to the Dash’s preseason camp in hopes of prompting a trade elsewhere. USA women’s football team Now the Dash, who have lost a superstar in Lloyd with nothing to show for it, and Press, who needs regular minutes ahead of Women’s World Cup qualifying this fall, are stuck in limbo. Neither side appears willing to budge, but the start of the NWSL season on 24 March rapidly approaches. Neither Press nor the Dash have publicly commented on the unresolved ordeal, but several sources confirmed the details of the unusual stalemate to the Guardian.The saga of the unwanted trade highlights the complicated balancing act between the fledging National Women’s Soccer League and the US national team, which is the source of much of the league’s star power. For many stars, lucrative paychecks await at Europe’s powerhouse teams – but both the players union and US Soccer have made a concerted effort to grow the NWSL, now in its sixth year, by keeping their talent in the league.That’s why after the 2017 season, US internationals were invited to list their preferences if they wanted to be traded within the NWSL, according to multiple knowledgeable sources. Many players got exactly what they wanted this offseason.Lloyd wanted a move out of Houston and landed in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband. Crystal Dunn would only leave Chelsea for the NWSL if the Washington Spirit traded her league rights so she could head to North Carolina. Sydney Leroux joined Orlando, where her husband, Dom Dwyer, plays for the same club. Allie Long went to Seattle while Kelley O’Hara landed with the new Utah Royals franchise.But Press, who sought a move to the west coast, was traded to Houston in a surprise twist. Houston apparently thought they couldn’t contact Press beforehand due to anti-tampering rules, but a league source says Houston could have asked for and received permission to contact her, which they didn’t. At the time, Press did not have a dedicated agent the Dash could contact and sources in Houston insist they sought assurances from others close to Press.Though player-side and Houston sources say they feel Chicago may have been misleading in trade talks about her willingness to play in Houston, Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler flatly denies that and says Chicago were upfront and forthright. What is clear is that the Dash knew Houston wasn’t on Press’s list of preferred destinations, which included Seattle, Portland and later Utah. Despite a post-trade visit with Press and the front office in Houston that included a tour of the Dash facilities, Press’s mind remains unchanged and she has not joined Dash preseason camp. While player moves in Europe come in the form of transfers for money and players have final say in where they end up, player trades are popular in American sports. The trades can be bundled with other mechanisms that help teams acquire players, such as draft picks or international roster spots, which would allow teams to carry more than the NWSL maximum of four non-Americans. Top-tier players often negotiate no-trade clauses in contracts to avoid being uprooted, but that isn’t the case in the NWSL.Trades also often happen abruptly without the player knowing anything about it beforehand. Press was traded to Houston in a three-way trade involving Chicago and New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC – it gave Lloyd the move she requested, but Press said it came as a surprise, which isn’t unusual.The Dash have little recourse other than to hope Press changes her mind or try to trade her for assets within the NWSL. Allocated players whose salaries are subsidized by US Soccer – which includes every national team regular – do not sign contracts with individual clubs. The Dash only have Press’s NWSL rights, meaning she is free to play in another league. Most European transfer windows are closed, but Sweden, where she played until 2014, remains open. It is time for female footballers to be treated as equals Share on WhatsApp The Dash have received trade offers from other NWSL clubs for Press, but none have been able to match the star power and quality Houston would give up in Press. They also have enough attacking depth on their roster that they can afford to hold firm. Less than two weeks from the start of the season, the standoff has shown little progress.It not unheard of for players to make demands about where they want to be – consider Dimitri Payet’s refusal to play for West Ham last year or Lee Nguyen’s ongoing campaign to leave the New England Revolution after years with the team. But female soccer players often have fewer viable options and paychecks a fraction of the size than they are for men, who may put up with less ideal circumstances for the lucrative compensation involved. For Press, who may have sacrificed better-paying options to stay in the NWSL, it’s apparently an issue worth standing her ground on – but it is not without risk. If she can’t be traded out of Houston and refuses to play, she could end up with few good options until the summer transfer windows open back up in Europe. With the Women’s World Cup next year, Press will want regular minutes to prove she belongs in USA manager Jill Ellis’s plans since roster competition is fierce.For now, though, the NWSL regular season inches closer to opening day without Press. Until either the Dash or Press flinch first, the standoff continues. 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Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Read more World Cup Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics Colombia The Observer World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players It was yet another defeat to add to the four games Colombia had failed to win as they crawled across the line for a place in Russia last year. The “wonderful generation” that looked set to turn Colombia into a world footballing power never materialised. Even before the team had landed in Russia the alarm bells were ringing. Poor results and stodgy performances were primarily to blame but other issues also succeeded in withering away Pekerman’s once lofty reputation.Since signing a new contract on the back of the 2014 World Cup, the 68-year-old coach has become increasingly secretive. For the majority of the year nobody even knows if he is in the country. He has doggedly refused to grant a single interview in six years in charge and has turned to ever greater lengths to wedge distance between his team and everyone else.Between March and the eve of Colombia’s World Cup debut, Pekerman did not once address the media. Why had he chosen to play only one warm-up match? What of Edwin Cardona, the bad-boy midfielder who had featured in 15 out of 18 qualifiers and yet had now been chopped from Colombia’s final squad? Nobody knew but media frustration was mounting.Pekerman’s argument has long been that sacrifices were necessary to avoid the chaos and failures of the past. Indeed Faustino Asprilla’s hedonistic tales of how every night was a party during the squad’s short stay at the 1994 World Cup is a cautionary reminder of how far Colombia have come.But not since Pekerman took over in January 2012 has the mood been so polluted with negativity. As a consequence the murky role of the Argentinian businessman Pascual Lezcano has again been dragged into the spotlight. Despite nothing ever linking Lezcano with anything untoward, rumours persist that the agent, who also represents Pekerman, wields an unhealthy influence on selection.Working as an intermediary with other agents and always by Pekerman’s side, Lezcano, according to theory, helps players looking to boost their chances of a big transfer get selected. “Is Colombia’s World Cup squad really being picked by agents?” screamed the Cali newspaper El País while pondering the bizarre XI Pekerman picked to face Japan. They were frivolous rumours, nothing more, but Lezcano’s tight relationship with Norman Capuozzo, a Venezuelan who represents two of those playing their first competitive games against Japan, is the latest mud being flung around by journalists smarting from defeat and in a desperate quest to turn silence into answers. features This maelstrom of poor communication, isolation from the media and dirty gossip has been burning for some time. And yet Colombia still have very good reason to believe their nightmare start in Saransk can be buried in the past. Even with 10 men against Japan there were encouraging signs. In contrast to the stale performance Poland delivered against Senegal in their opening defeat, Colombia offered a taste of why they were considered Group H favourites.While Carlos Sánchez’s one-match suspension means the ferocious Boca star Barrios will be required to step up, the positive news is that the rest of the squad is now at full health.The biggest boost is that of James Rodríguez, the 2014 World Cup poster boy who was involved in 48% of all Colombia’s goals on the road to Russia. A persistent calf strain limited his role against Japan to half an hour but the No 10 has since returned to training and is keen on recapturing World Cup hero status. Changes are also expected in defence where the experienced head of Cristian Zapata is likely to add steel to the error-prone backline.One player who will keep his spot, however, is Radamel Falcao, whose rallying call this week was: “It’s either them or it is us.” Colombia’s all-time top scorer’s delayed World Cup debut did not go according to plan. But the Monaco man, who admits he has lost count of the times he has dreamt of scoring at a World Cup, knows that at 32 this could be his last chance to deliver.If he does, it would repay the patience and trust Pekerman placed in his captain during a torturous two-year spell in England. In the fickle world of Latin American football there is hope yet that Colombia’s mysterious coach may still recover his position as the country’s dream maker. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 For Colombia’s longest-serving and most successful manager, the Poland game may also ultimately determine how he is remembered.Back home the jury is still out. While many recognise that playing 87 minutes with 10 men was one of the key reasons behind the defeat, many also argue Pekerman was principally to blame.“I just don’t understand his team,” the football writer Ivan Mejia says. “It’s just extremely odd and very incoherent. Did he think we were playing a friendly?”Indeed, three starters – Johan Mojica, Jefferson Lerma, and José Izquierdo – had played only warm-up games for the national team, while the central defensive partnership of Oscar Murillo and Davinson Sánchez was lining up in only their second game together. For a manager like Pekerman, whose managerial mantra had always been forged upon “respecting a process” with eyes fixed on a long-term goal, something did not add up.Brows were also furrowed on his choice of substitutes. Dragging off an attacking player to shore up a midfield in danger of being overrun, made perfect sense. Wilmar Barrios’s introduction on 31 minutes swung the remainder of the first half firmly in Colombia’s favour. But the choice to remove the experienced winger Juan Cuadrado instead of the ineffectual Izquierdo puzzled.Yet it was Pekerman’s decision to go on the attack when the score was 1-1 that brought almost universal discord. In 29C heat and under a baking sun, Japan’s extra man was already starting to exacerbate Colombia’s decline. “My changes showed I was not planning to go defensive,” Pekerman claimed. “I still wanted to win the game.” But instead of injecting new life into a jaded midfield, Pekerman’s introduction of a second striker, Carlos Bacca, backfired almost immediately, with Japan scoring four minutes later. It proved a risky and unnecessary gamble. Four years ago José Pekerman was hailed as the dream maker. Argentinian by birth but adopted by Colombians as one of their own, he stepped off the plane after the Brazil World Cup to a hero’s welcome. Four straight victories had sealed history. Colombia’s joyous football and infectious dancing had helped heal an international reputation long battered by war, drugs and bad news. In front of hundreds of thousands of people who had deliriously spilled into Bogotá’s main park for the welcome-home party, the reticent coach shuffled across the stage to address the nation.“We’ve a wonderful generation of players,” Pekerman proclaimed. “We’re as good as anyone in the world.” At long last it seemed South America’s second-most populous nation was set to deliver on its immense promise.Yet things look very different now. Colombia’s calamitous opening three minutes against Japan in Saransk, in which Carlos Sánchez was sent off for handball and Shinji Kagawa turned home the resulting penalty, meant a shock 2-1 defeat. One game down and Colombia are already on the brink. Defeat by Poland in Kazan on Sunday would send Los Cafeteros tumbling home and almost certainly bring the axe down on Pekerman’s six-year reign. Carlos Sánchez death threats investigated by Colombian police Share via Email
Australia cricket team Share on Pinterest South Africa cricket team Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Australia sport Test cricket great Shane Warne says Australia’s new buzz words are nothing more than “verbal diarrhoea”, saying the team should be focused on action rather than talk.Fans were quick to poke fun of the “elite honesty” phrase plastered earlier this week in Australia’s change rooms, while the new players’ pact was also criticised for being too fluffy and cringe worthy. Cricket Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Read more Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Australia fall to comprehensive ODI defeat against classy South Africa Share on Facebook Warne let his frustrations flow while watching Australia’s horrible display against South Africa in Sunday’s ODI in Perth.“Forget all the words, forget the verbal diarrhoea and all that sort of stuff,” Warne said during his Foxtel commentary. “That’s just rubbish, that sort of stuff. Seriously, it makes you want to vomit.“At the end of the day, cricket is a simple game and it’s a performance-based game. You’ve got to perform on the field. All these words and everything – it’s all about actions. And I think it’s got to be the basics.”Warne said it was important for new ODI captain Aaron Finch and vice-captain Alex Carey to inspire the team.“JL [coach Justin Langer] is there to help prepare the players. The captain and vice-captain get out and say this is the way we’re going to play,” Warne said. “But if the leaders of the team aren’t performing and they’re not setting a good example, that won’t create inspiration from within. It’s as simple as that.“Nothing you can write in a 200-page document [will change that], and you have sports science and high performance and all that ridiculous stuff. You can’t forget what Australians are, their DNA, and that is hard, aggressive and positive cricket. And then play fairly.” news