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Month: November 2019

Dickwella stars as Sri Lanka condemn England to their heaviest defeat in ODIs

first_imgEngland suffered their heaviest defeat in the one day internationals when they lost to Sri Lanka by 219 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the fifth and the final match of the series in Colombo on Tuesday.England won the five-match series 3-1, with the first match ending without a result due to rain.England had come into the match with an unassailable 3-0 series lead and opted to make three changes to their bowling attack with regular captain Eoin Morgan also resting himself and handing the reins to Jos Buttler.The weakened bowling attack seemed to have aided Sri Lanka as they put up a massive total, buoyed by quickfire half-centuries from their top four batsmen, after winning the toss and opting to bat.Sri Lanka vs England 5th ODI Highlights | ScorecardFast bowler Dushmantha Chameera then took three wickets in his opening spell to derail England’s chase while Akila Dananjaya spun a web around their middle and lower-order batsmen to restrict the touring side to 132/9 before rain put an end to their misery.England were 219 runs behind Sri Lanka at that stage under the DLS scoring method which is used in rain-shortened fixtures. England’s worst margin of defeat in the 50-over format previously was 165 runs.That’s it – Sri Lanka pick up a brilliant consolation victory in Colombo!Sri Lanka win by a massive 219 runs (DLS method) – it’s England’s biggest-ever ODI defeat.England win the series 3-1.#SLvENG scorecard https://t.co/73cLYZc7df pic.twitter.com/9d55riGivzadvertisementICC (@ICC) October 23, 2018Dananjaya was the most successful bowler for the hosts with 4/19 while Chameera, who came into the side for Lasith Malinga, took 3/20.England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was limping during the latter part of his knock after being hit on his knee by a delivery while batting, scored 67.Earlier, Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with 95 and added 137 with opening partner Sadeera Samarawickrama, who made 54 for his maiden half-century, to set the tone for the Sri Lankan innings.Play has been called off due to heavy rain, Sri Lanka wins the 5th ODI by massive 219 runs (DLS method).England 132/9 (26.1 ov) Akila Dananjaya 4/19, Chameera 3/20, Dhananjaya 1/18, K Rajitha 1/21 vs SL 366/6.England won the ODI series 3-1. #SLvENG pic.twitter.com/lmoC3FU7yxSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) October 23, 2018Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal then notched up 80 while number four Kusal Mendis ended a run of low scores with a 56, the duo adding 102 for the third wicket.England drafted in pace bowlers Liam Plunkett, Sam Curran and Mark Wood in the side for Morgan, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone. It was the first time the Curran brothers – Sam and Tom – were making their England appearance together.The two sides will next play a lone Twenty20 match on Saturday before a three-Test series starts in Galle from November. 6.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

India end 2018 as the most successful team in ODIs

first_imgIndia have had a successful year in one international cricket as they emerged the best team throughout the year.Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma led the team to new heights in 2018, as India finished with 14 wins from a total of 20 matches. India, over the course of the year had the best win percentage, winning 75 per cent of their matches. The next best is England, who have won 17 out of their 24 matches, with 73.91 per cent success rate.Up first was South Africa in February.Jadeja and Rohit seal 6th straight ODI series win for India at homeCarrying on the momentum from the Test series, Team India beat the Proteas as they defeated them by 6 wicket in Durban. Three days later India bettered the feat as they beat South Africa in the second ODI in Centurion by 9 wickets. In the third ODI in Cape Town, India defeated the hosts again, this time by a mammoth 124-run margin.Ravindra Jadeja clears the air after overruling MS Dhoni in DRS callRain halted India’s winning run, as they succumbed a 5-wicket loss via DLS method despite scoring 289 runs at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. India avenged the loss in the next ODI winning the contest by 73 runs in Port Elizabeth to pocket the series. They won the inconsequential 6th ODI in Centurion by a comfortable 8-wicket margin to become the first Indian team in the history of the sport to win bilateral ODI series in South Africa. Virat Kohli scored 558 runs in the series, which is his most in a bilateral ODI series.advertisementIndia vs West Indies, 5th ODI: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS Virat Kohli scored 558 runs in the series which India won 5-1 (BCCI Photo)Next was the three-match series against England. India were again off to a strong start after bagging the three-match T20I series. They won the first ODI at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham by 8 wickets. But that was that with the win in the series, as they lost the next two matches at the Lord’s in London and Headingley in Leeds by 86 runs and 8 wickets respectively to concede the series 2-1.Also read – Rohit Sharma quickest to 200 sixes in one day internationalsOn the back of the a taxing tour of England, Kohli chose to take a break as Rohit was picked captain for the Asia Cup held in the United Arab Emirates in September. India claimed their record seventh Asia Cup trophy and that too unbeaten.Watch: Dhoni pranks Rohit, Kohli all smiles as India celebrate series triumphRohit-led India defeated Hong Kong by 26 runs after coming considerably close to suffering an embarrassment. Pakistan were up next the very next day, but India prevailed over their arch-rivals by 8 wickets, to top their group.In the Super Four stage of the tournament, India beat Bangladesh quite comfortably by 7 wickets. India defeated Pakistan again, this time by 9 wickets, to book their place in the final. For the last game at the Super Four stage, a lot of senior players decided to opt out as MS Dhoni took over the reins of the Indian cricket team for the 200th time in an ODI. The match went down to the wire and ended in an exciting tie.In the final, India, chasing 223, beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets in a last-ball thriller to clinch the title. India beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets in a last-ball thriller to clinch the title for the 7th time in Asia Cup (BCCI Photo)In October it was the West Indies, who despite a show of promise in the first three ODIs, succumbed to a 3-1 defeat. India decided to rest their key pacers for the first two games and paid a heavy price, as the Windies managed to score 300+ runs in both the matches. India won the first match by eight wickets, as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma outscored Shimron Hetmyer. in the second game, the game was tied after Shai Hope’s unbeaten hundred cancelled Kohli’s unbeaten hundred.India brought back Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah but it wasn’t enough as West Indies defeated India by 43 runs despite another Kohli hundred. India played serious cricket to beat West Indies in the next two matches, by 224 runs and 9 wickets respectively, to record their sixth consecutive ODI series victory at home.Kohli emerged as the highest ODI run-scorer in the calendar year of 2018, with 1202 runs from 14 matches at an astounding average of 133.55. He has also scored six hundreds in the year, with a highest coming against South Africa back in February.advertisementRohit finished as the second highest run-getter with 1030 runs from 19 matches. The Indian opener scored five centuries and the maximum number of sixes (36) in the year. India crushed West Indies by 9 wickets in the ODI series final on Thursday (BCCI Photo)With the ball as well, it was Kuldeep who led India’s charge as he finished with 45 wickets from 19 games with a commendable strike-rate of 22.9 and average of 17.77. The Chinaman also picked up two four-wicket hauls and decimated the England batting line-up with figures of 6/25 at Nottingham back in July.But all that will past now, as the World Cup year approaches. May, 2019 the whole world’s eyes will be on England and Wales. India will have only handful matches to iron out their combinations and strategies. India will play three ODIs in January against Australia away and another five ODIs against New Zealand on their turf, before the start of the World Cup.last_img read more

Peshawar Zalmi come to the rescue of Pakistan hockey ahead of World Cup

first_imgPakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has finally found a sponsor to bail out the cash-strapped national hockey body ahead of the World Cup in India later this month.Pakistan’s participation in the hockey World Cup was in doubts after the federation’s request for financial aid from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was turned down last week. PHF had requested PCB for financial aid to clear the outstanding dues of the players and send the national hockey team to the World Cup in Bhubaneswar starting November 28.However, Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi has come to its national hockey team’s rescue and signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with PHF.PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed informed that Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi has signed a major sponsorship deal that will run till 2020.@HaierFamily @HaierPakistan @JAfridi10 @PHFOfficial @LogictexITPHF finally got sponsorships deal to uplift the national game and National team which is going to participate in Hockey World Cup. pic.twitter.com/FK1HgNO5ZIArsal Chaudhary (@ArsalChaudhary4) November 11, 2018The sponsorship deal will cover all international tours of senior and junior national teams as well as domestic hockey.”It is a big relief for us. Javed Afridi, who owns the Peshawar Zalmi franchise has signed the sponsorship deal to uplift Pakistan hockey on behalf of his company, Haier Pakistan,” Shahbaz said.”Pakistan team is going to India for the World Cup,” he added.Pakistan has won 4 World Cups , 3 Champions Trophies and 3 Olympic Gold Medals . There’s still a lot of talent in our country which needs the right resources and leadership to excel. We hope this MOU will support in making hockey prodigious once again. #HaierSavesHockeyadvertisementJaved Afridi (@JAfridi10) November 10, 2018Shahbaz, however, refused to disclose the sponsorship amount.”Now we are just waiting for the visas of our players and officials,” the PHF secretary said.Shabaz said due to the just-inked sponsorship deal, the PHF would not only be able to send the team to India but also clear the outstanding dues of the players, who have not been paid daily allowances for the recent Asian Champions Trophy and camps.The last time Pakistan played in Bhubaneswar, they qualified for the final of the Champions Trophy in December 2014.Pakistan, who are placed in Pool D along with Germany, the Netherlands and Malaysia, start their campaign against Germany on December 1.The Hockey World Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Moto G7, G7 Power could launch in India soon: Should you wait for them?

first_imgThe Moto G7 series went official on Thursday, and sure enough there are four models in the new lineup. The Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play have been announced bringing a new design language that is mostly about shedding bezels to make the phones look like they belong in 2019. Each of the new Moto phone has something unique to offer, whether it is a waterdrop display or a massive battery life. And like past Moto G phones, the Moto G7 series can be expected to launch in India soon enough.While Motorola has not officially confirmed the India launch of the Moto G7 lineup, a report from a few days ago claimed that the company will first bring the G7 and G7 Power to India, and the duo could come to the country by March-end. It is possible that the company will be keeping the G7 Plus and G7 Play for the second half of 2019. It’s a similar strategy the company took for the Moto G6 series last year, launching the G6 Plus in India a few months after the regular model.The Moto G7 and G7 Power will have a tough fight ahead of them when they launch in India. The mid-range segment has become increasingly competitive in the country thanks to players like Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, and Nokia. These companies have brought premium-looking, power-packed devices at really competitive prices. Motorola has not been able to compete on a same level, losing market share to Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo, among others. Last year, the company announced the Snapdragon 450-powered Moto G6 at around Rs 16,000, and the Moto G6 Plus at around Rs 23,000.advertisementMoto G7 and G7 Power expected India priceConsidering the specs on offer, the Moto G7 series has been launched at a pretty high price in Brazil. The cheapest model, the G7 Play, starts at R$ 999 (approx Rs 19,208) while the G7 Power starts at R$ 1399 (approx Rs 26,899). The standard G7 costs R$1599 (approx Rs 30,745) while the G7 Plus will be selling for R$ 1899 (approx Rs 36,513).If the Moto G7 and G7 Power launch in India at these similar conversion rates, it could be a difficult sell. It seems likely that the company will launch the Moto G7 and G7 Power at prices closer to the US pricing. The G7 costs $299 (approx 21,000) in the US, while the G7 Power has a price of $249 (approx Rs 17,700).Even a direct translation of the US prices puts the Moto G7 and G7 Power at a difficult position in India. Motorola will have to aggressively price its devices here if it wants to take on the competition. But considering how the Moto G6 series launched in India last year, I wouldn’t hold my breath to see something dramatically different from the Moto G7.Moto G7 and G7 Power key featuresThe Moto G7 and G7 Power offer some compelling new features for the Moto G lineup. The Moto G7 comes with a taller display compared to its predecessor thanks to thinner bezels all around and a waterdrop notch. It sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ (2270×1080) display and is backed by dual cameras on the back with a 12MP + 5MP configuration. It also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack.The G7 Power, on the other hand, highlights a massive 5,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims will deliver up to 3 days of battery life. It also gets a similar 6.2-inch screen as the Moto G7, but with an HD+ (1520×720) resolution instead. It sports a 12MP sensor on the back and an 8MP front-facing camera. Like the G7, the G7 Power also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack. Both the phones also support 15W TurboPower fast charging, which will come in handy especially for the G7 Power.Should you wait for the Moto G7 and G7 Power?Some of these features do look exciting and are worth waiting for if you are a fan of the brand. But these aren’t new features in the larger scheme of things. Waterdrop displays and beefy batteries have been introduced in the affordable segment for many months now. Phones like the Realme 2 Pro (Review) and Samsung Galaxy M20 (Review) offer these features at really affordable prices. At the end of the day, we are also looking at two Motorola phones that feature a Snapdragon 632 chipset and could come with a price tag over Rs 15,000.Motorola will need to get the pricing right if it wants the Moto G7 and G7 Power to work in India. We have an exhaustive list of phones like the Nokia 7.1, Poco F1, Realme 2 Pro, Oppo K1, Honor 8X and so on that offer great hardware along with quality design. Motorola has its work cut out for it, but it is worth waiting to see the company’s strategy for India this year.advertisementALSO READ | Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Stock Android, premium build but which one looks betterALSO READ | Moto G7 or Redmi Note 7: Latest Moto may launch in India soon, here is how it compares with upcoming Xiaomilast_img read more

Shreyas Iyer breaks Rishabh Pant’s record in T20s with 55-ball 147

first_imgShreyas Iyer broke Rishabh Pant’s record for the highest T20 score by an Indian. On Thursday, Iyer scored a 55-ball 147 for Mumbai against Sikkim in their Group C match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Indore.Mumbai piled up 258 for 4 off their 20 overs – 5 runs short of the all-time highest score in T20s jointly held by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Australia.Incidentally, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant play for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. Pant had made the record his own in 2018 when he scored an unbeaten 128 in the IPL. Before Pant, the record was held for 8 years by Murali Vijay, who had made a swashbuckling 127 for Chennai Super Kings in 2010.Suresh Raina is next in the list with 126 not out for Uttar Pradesh (2018) followed by Unmukt Chand who had made 125 for Delhi in 2013.Shreyas Iyer has played 6 ODIs and 6 T20Is for India so far. Having made his debut for India in a T20 against New Zealand in November 2017, Iyer was expected to fill in the void in the middle-order.But Shreyas has not played for India since the Centurion ODI against South Africa in February 2018. However, he was appointed Delhi Daredevils skipper last year after Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain in the middle of the campaign.Last year, he scored 411 runs from 14 matches including four fifties and a best of 93 not out.Also Read | After another IPL snub, Cheteshwar Pujara hits maiden T20 hundredAlso Read | Next step is to play for India in all three formats: Mayank Agarwal Also Read | Licence to attack is key to India’s wrist-spin success: Yuzvendra ChahaladvertisementAlso See:last_img read more

ICC working on consistent framework for T20 leagues around the world

first_imgICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Monday said they do not want to interfere in the running of the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying the prime objective is to ensure other T20 leagues across the globe operate within a consistent framework.”We are fortunate to have some outstanding T20 leagues, including the IPL, which set the gold standard for operations globally and this working group [of ICC] has taken into account those standards when developing the draft set of regulations. Our primary objective is to ensure that other leagues around the world put in place the same minimum criteria and operate within a consistent framework,” Richardson said in a statement.He said reports in the Indian media that the ICC was somehow seeking to interfere in or dictate to the IPL were wide of the mark. “That is not the case. As the chief executives’ committee and the ICC board were advised over the past few days, the development of the regulations has been led by the working group, on behalf of its members, to ensure the long-term health and reputation of the sport internationally and domestically,” he said.The ICC setup a working group in June 2018 to consider sanctioning of events and player release.”The primary purpose of the group was to address members’ concerns regarding the proliferation of T20s and other short-form leagues around the world. These have created challenges to and conflicts with the international playing calendar and often rely on a disproportionate number of international players,” Richardson said.advertisementRemarking that the poorly resourced and structured leagues would not be sustainable in the long-term and might not support or invest in the growth and development of the game, he said, “They may also present challenges around corruption, failed leagues and non-payment of players, all of which can damage cricket’s global reputation.”A set of draft regulations have been developed over the past few months, which are designed to introduce minimum standards for short-form domestic leagues to safeguard cricket’s reputation and protect the long-term health of members.”They [draft regulations] also recognise and encourage the important role that these leagues, when staged by or in partnership with members, can play in the promotion of the sport, in raising operational standards, protecting the health, safety and welfare of its participants and enabling professional cricketers to reap the rewards of their talents by mandating minimum contractual protections for players,” the ICC chief executive said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals camp gets underway in MumbaiAlso Read | BCCI’s primary concern ahead of the World Cup is players’ security: Amitabh ChoudharyAlso Read | ICC in constant touch with BCCI: Amitabh Chaudharylast_img read more

The girls and I are proud of you: Wife Candice’s emotional message for David Warner

first_imgDavid Warner signed off from the Indian Premier League’s 12th season with yet another blockbuster performance with the bat as Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Monday.Warner scored 81 off 56 balls to help lift the Sunrisers to 212 for 6 after being put into bat. The hosts then produced a clinical performance with the ball to restrict Kings XI to 167 for 8 and won the match by 45 runs to consolidate their position in fourth place on the points table.Warner will now head back home to Australia were he will start his preparations for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales which starts from May 30.Warner, who smashed a hundred and eight fifties this season, will head back as the highest scorer in the IPL this season with 692 runs from 12 matches at an average of 69.20. For the time being, the Orange Cap seems firmly in his grasp.A fantastic IPL season for this man as he bids goodbye to the @SunRisers tonight this season.Go well, David pic.twitter.com/q0VkPH4f4lIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019It was an emotional return for David Warner in the IPL this season after he served out his one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. Times were tough for the former Australia vice-captain as he was labelled as the prime accused in the scandal which shocked the cricketing fraternity all around the world in March last year.Warner was handed a one-year ban along with former skipper Steve Smith by Cricket Australia and both were also suspended from the IPL for the 2018 season.advertisementBut both have come back into the league stronger than ever and both had a point to prove to the world. Rajasthan Royals even handed over the captaincy to Smith after regular skipper Ajinkya Rahane failed to inspire the team in the first 8 matches in which they registered just 2 wins.Warner on the other hand, has been the most prolific batsman in the tournament yet again this season. This year is the third in a row that he managed to amass more than 600 runs in a season.David Warner’s wife Candice, who was stood by her husband through the tough times like a rock, wrote an emotional message on Twitter after her husband played yet another match-winning knock for SRH.”Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you,” Candice wrote on Twitter.Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you. @sunrisershyd #ipl #orangearmy pic.twitter.com/qnxkGXBwgkCandice Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 29, 2019Warner has scored more than 500 runs in all the four seasons he has been associated with SRH. In 2016, he smashed 848 runs which is the second most in a single season by a batsman. He was named man-of-the-match on Monday as SRH won their sixth match this season.Warner was given a standing ovation by SRH fans at the Uppal stadium as he left the field after his innings which goes to show the love he has garnered in Hyderabad over the years.Amassing runs, one game at a time #DavidWarner #SRH pic.twitter.com/7mrQjX9d2fIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019″I have worked hard over the last few months. Just put the bat down and tried to be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be and that’s worked for me. Yeah, I try to be the funny man in the team, the prankster,” Warner said after the match.Also Read | Tried to be the best batsman I can be: David Warner after signing off for SRH on a highAlso Read | David Warner and Rashid Khan star as SRH crush Kings XI PunjabAlso Read | David Warner leading the charge for batsmen upon return to IPLAlso Read | SRH will badly miss David Warner, Jonny Bairstow: Kane Williamsonlast_img read more


first_imgRain didn’t stop people from attending the opening day of the Sioux City Farmers Market.The market began its 9th Season Wednesday at the corner of Pearl and Tri-View Avenue just west of the Tyson Events Center.Becky Davis was set up in her usual spot selling Loess Hills Honey and other products produced from bee hives near Anthon:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HONEY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….local honey here. ;20She has been a fixture at the Farmers Market for six years and while Davis sells the popular plastic bears filled with honey, there’s also several other products that her bees help produce:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HONEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….with different flavors. ;19Davis will also have pollen and comb honey after her bees are out working in the clover fields.The Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. from May 3rd until October 28th.last_img read more


first_imgOfficials with Bimbo Bakeries say they will close their South Sioux City bakery plant in October.The company will shift production to other plants.The closing will cost 81 local workers their jobs.Bimbo Bakeries is part of Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo.The company previously closed down the Metz Baking production facility on Highway 75.That baking plant closed in March of 2014 and cost 64 workers their jobs.last_img

Paul Rhoads: ‘I Have so Much Respect for Mike Gundy’

first_imgThis humorously reminded me of Paul Rhoads’ most famous speech (more on that in a second). “I have so much respect for Mike Gundy and the coaching staff down at Oklahoma State as well as the football program,” said Rhoads earlier this week. “They have quietly but consistently moved right to the top of the league. They got everybody’s attention with the tremendous victory over TCU.”Everybody except the CFB Playoff committee.“They were dominating the football game.” Rhoads said of OSU’s performance against TCU. “There’s no question that they have talent, but they really executed and played well against what we already know is a very good TCU team.”Anyway, when Rhoads said “I have so much respect … “ I was reminded of his most famous “I am so proud” speech (he also did this after the 2011 OSU game but I just can’t bring myself to post that one).I freaking love college football.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!last_img read more

Daily Bullets (August 20)

Report: Belarus 1 Netherlands 3

first_imgBelarus 1 Netherlands 3: Fast-finishing Oranje stay alive in World Cup qualifying Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:50 10/8/17 Netherlands - cropped Getty Images Netherlands scored twice after the 84th minute against Belarus to ensure their faint hopes of securing a play-off spot are still alive. Netherlands survived a huge scare as Arjen Robben and Mephis Depay scored late goals to edge Belarus 3-1 in a crucial World Cup qualifier, though they remain on the brink of elimination.Robben netted an 84th-minute penalty and Depay stroked home a stoppage time free-kick to resuscitate Oranje’s slim hopes of finishing second in Group A.However, Dick Advocaat’s men remain unlikely to catch second-place Sweden following their earlier 8-0 rout of Luxembourg – they require a seven-goal victory when the two nations meet on Tuesday. 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. Needing a minimum of six points from their final two matches to have a chance of claiming a play-off spot, the visitors took a narrow 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of Davy Propper.But Netherlands appeared certain to be absent from a second major international tournament in succession when Maksim Volodko stunned them midway through the second half.Just as all hope appeared lost, Robben was gifted the chance to restore the lead with a spot-kick and Depay made sure of an essential victory.2 – Since the World Cup 2014, the Netherlands have recorded only two clean sheets in 17 games on foreign soil (25 goals conceded). Leaky.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 7, 2017Sitting last after eight matches, Belarus looked free of expectation in the opening exchanges with Aleksey Rios and Aleksandr Karnitski both trying their luck inside 10 minutes.In contrast, Netherlands’ need for goals failed to translate into early opportunities as they waited until midway through the half for Daley Blind to slice their first shot harmlessly wide.That effort helped stir the visitors into action and Vincent Janssen first saw a deflected effort come back off the bar, before Propper broke the deadlock in the 24 minute.Robben cushioned a Ryan Babel cross into the path of the Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder, who dispatched his third goal in two appearances following last month’s brace against Bulgaria.Tonny Vilhena forced Sergei Chernik to shovel a dipping shot away from the bottom-left corner, and Babel should have done better when presented with a header from the ensuing corner.Nancy goalkeeper Chernik then denied Janssen in a one-on-one to help restrict an improving Netherlands to a 1-0 lead at half-time.3 – Davy Pröpper has scored with all of his last three shots on target for the Netherlands. Lethal. pic.twitter.com/7D56uNoTWM— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 7, 2017Jasper Cillessen was the busier of the two goalkeepers at the start of the second half and, after denying Sergei Balanovich at his near post, the Barcelona man’s next act was to pick the ball out of his net.Volodko went untracked on an overlapping run and speared a low finish across Cillessen into the bottom-right corner to restore parity.Tempers began to flare prior to the hour with players from both sides involved in a scuffle, but Belarus were able to regain their composure and looked to have navigated a largely untroubled final half hour.However, Advocaat’s men regained the lead when Robben converted from the spot after substitute Bas Dost was adjudged to have been brought down in the box by Nikolai Signevich.Depay put the result beyond doubt when he curled home a last-gasp free-kick, setting up a dramatic meeting with Sweden in Amsterdam. read morelast_img read more

De Bruyne: Man City can win it all

first_imgManchester City ‘Man City can win everything’ – De Bruyne confident of conquering all fronts Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 23:28 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) KevinDeBruyne - Cropped Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Premier League The Premier League leaders are in irresistible form and their primary driving force is targeting a clean sweep of silverware across four competitions Kevin De Bruyne sees no reason why Manchester City cannot complete a clean sweep of trophies this season as Pep Guardiola’s side continue to swat aside any and all opposition.City head into Sunday’s visit to Huddersfield Town on the back of 16 wins from 17 across all competitions – a sequence interrupted only by an EFL Cup draw and subsequent penalty shoot-out triumph over Wolves.5/2 for Liverpool and Chelsea to draw 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 De Bruyne has been in sensational form and already looks a strong bet to scoop various individual honours at the end of the campaign.But it is collective glory that interests the Belgium international, whose four goals and nine assists have inspired City to an eight-point lead atop the Premier League, five wins from five in the Champions League to secure qualification to the knockout stages, and a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Next up… Huddersfield!  #mancity https://t.co/pEC2F7yCSU— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 24, 2017″I know I can’t win by myself, I can play very good, like I did another season, but I’d prefer even to play less [well] and in the end have some titles,” De Bruyne told The Times.”Since I’ve been here we’ve just won a League Cup. It’s time to win something major. My feeling is we can win everything.”That’s not to say we’re going to win everything. It’s so hard to do everything, the four competitions.”Since Chelsea’s 2012 triumph, no Premier League side has reached the final of the Champions League, but the quintet of English clubs look set to challenge strongly this time around with City, Tottenham and Chelsea already assured of featuring in the knockouts while Manchester United and Liverpool are well placed to join them. “Against Monaco [in the Champions League last season], we had one bad half and it’s done. But Premier League teams are doing much better in the Champions League than the last years,” added De Bruyne.”At the beginning of the season I said to my friends it will be a very good year for all the Premier League teams.”last_img read more

The day a non-league defender marked Aubameyang … after running a 10k

first_imgIn July 2012 Geoff Walker, the assistant manager at non-league side Heaton Stannington FC, received a very unexpected text from the club’s manager, Derek Thompson. Nobby Solano’s agent had been in touch to ask Thompson if he could help out some friends of his. The Heaton Stan manager was keen on the idea so he typed out a message to his No2: “Gabon are here for the Olympics. They’ve been looking for a warm-up game.”Newcastle United were busy, their Under-21 team were away and Heaton Stan were next on the list. With Walker on board, Thompson then phoned captain, centre-back and junior tennis coach Joe Wear. He was resting up at home when he received the call. “It was a bit random, really,” recalls Wear. “It was literally the night before.” Wear was preparing to run the Great North 10k the following morning, so he was reluctant at first. But his manager explained the situation.“It’s Gabon,” said Thompson.“Who’s Gabon?” asked Wear.“They’re playing in the Olympics at St James’ Park and they want a friendly.”“Oh right. Cool.”“We didn’t have our best team, to be honest,” Thompson tells me in Grounsell Park’s brick changing rooms. That season, they had faced teams such as Ashington Colliers, Ponteland United and Harraby Catholic Club on their way to winning the Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance League Premier Division, but suddenly Thompson had to pull together a team of factory workers, lawyers and builders – some of them quietly hungover from the previous evening – to play Gabon. “Your classic non-league team, a mixture of all sorts,” says Wear.Men’s football was one of the five sports Gabon entered at the 2012 Olympics. Their squad included a 23-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had just scored 16 goals for Saint-Étienne in the Ligue 1 season. A year later, he would join Borussia Dortmund for €13m. He has now scored 135 goals in 204 games for the club – and another 23 for Gabon, making him their joint all-time top goalscorer. Facebook How to ghost write a football book Read more Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Guardian Sport Network Share on LinkedIn Olympic Games Share on Twitter Share on Facebook features Share on Pinterest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Gabon in 2012. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya / Reuters/Reuters Reuse this content Twitter Topics Aubameyang in slightly loftier surroundings, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Getty Images Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp The shirt still hangs on the wall of the Grounsell Park bar. Gabon’s Olympic tournament didn’t pan out as planned – a 1-1 draw against Switzerland at St James’ Park was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Mexico in Coventry and a 0-0 draw with South Korea at Wembley that prompted an early exit.The Stan have enjoyed more memorable days since – they won the treble the next season, topping the league again as well as picking up the Northern Alliance League Cup and the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl. Walker is particularly proud of a 3-2 win against Julio Arca’s South Shields last year – but the day they took on Gabon stands apart.“It just came out of the blue,” says Walker. “They played here and then on the Tuesday or Wednesday night they were at St James’. It was a bit different for them but they all enjoyed it.”• This is an article from The Set Pieces• Follow The Set Pieces and Tom Nicholson on Twitter The game was supposed to be the friendliest of friendlies, but someone forgot to tell Wear’s centre-back partner, whose bodybuilding frame stacked up against Gabon’s professional athletes. “Craig’s a big lad – if you see him now he’s even bigger than he was then – and he’s quite well known for putting in meaty challenges,” says Wear. “That didn’t go down too well.”Still, there was a traditional welcome planned for the visiting players and staff after the final whistle. “I’ve played for Heaton Stan for coming up nine years and you get pie and beans after every game – it’s never changed,” says Wear. “It’s class.” Sadly, the Olympians didn’t feel a pie and a pint would fit into their nutritional plans and passed. They did hang about afterwards though.“The Gabon players were great,” says Walker. “They signed autographs for the little kids after the game, got their photos took. They signed one of their shirts, the whole team and squad. Aubameyang’s is on that, so that’s a nice keepsake.” About 24 hours after the game had been offered to Heaton Stan, their cobbled together team climbed off a minibus at Grounsell Park, a ground hidden behind an ATS garage, a chippy and a Chinese takeaway in this small suburb of Newcastle. A few posts on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and non-League forums, meant that some 400 fans had gathered at the ground, standing under the corrugated plastic roof over the main concrete terrace.Grounsell Park has been the Stan’s home since 1935 and, while you wouldn’t know it was built on top of a disused quarry at first glance, it isn’t what you would call IAAF-approved either. After a quick look around, though, the Gabon team were happy and the game was on.Well, nearly. Walker got word from one of the Gabon team that their talisman, Aubameyang, had a bit of a problem. He had left his boots at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on the other side of the Tyne. So Walker, Aubameyang, a Gabon security guard and one of the coaches piled into his car as they set off across the city, over the Tyne Bridge, to the hotel and back again.As Walker was chatting to the coach on the way back, he could hear some concerned muttering in the back of the car. “We were heading back over the Tyne Bridge and they were talking away in French. The security guy goes: ‘Can we go back?’ They had match balls they wanted to use that were the same balls they were going to use in the Olympics – so we had to go back again!”Finally, they were all ready. The Stan set up his team in the 4-4-2 formation that had served them well that season, with Wear handed the task of marking Aubameyang. “I was a little bit tired from the 10k,” he says. “But it wasn’t an opportunity I was going to miss.” Did he have a specific plan to stop him? “Hmmm. Er… no. We knew they were going to be a really good team. So, it was just go out there, work hard, try your best and make it competitive. I think we lost 4-0. To be honest, I didn’t think we did that bad. You could tell Aubameyang was very quick and sharp and I’m honestly not sure if he was putting 100% effort in. He was just a different level.”“We held our own for a while, but obviously he was the massive difference,” adds Walker. “The pace on him was absolutely electric. It’s funny, I keep saying to everyone, he doesn’t seem to be moving full pelt but he just sort of glides across the pitch, you know what I mean? You could tell he was a player.”After scoring two and leading Heaton’s defence on a merry dance, Aubameyang trotted off at half time. According to Mark Douglas, a local reporter who went to the game, the Stan were on top for most of the second half. Walker still sounds rueful when he recalls a couple of squandered chances. Gabonlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate sees fearlessness and fitness as key to England’s ambitions

first_img Coming through hard times has made me stronger and wiser, says John Stones Share on WhatsApp Topics Gareth Southgate features Share on Facebook “I’d rather go on the road and see people individually, sit with them, go through how their game is going, ask what they think and maybe get small groups together at the clubs where we have four or five players. We will be visiting them at their clubs. We’ve got the time to do that, Steve and myself. We can travel. I think it is more beneficial and rewarding that way.”As well as Gomez, five others players – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke, Jordan Pickford and Jack Cork – have made their debuts in the past two fixtures. How many will retain their places in the squad remains to be seen but Southgate’s policy of experimentation has made it clear the opportunity is there. “It’s given them an experience they will want to have more of,” he said. “They will go back to their clubs full of excitement, full of energy, wanting to impress even more.”As for the players who have made way, Southgate was asked whether those such as Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade‑Chamberlain could find a way back if they started playing more regularly. “Absolutely,” he said. “We have selected on form and what we think the players are capable of, physically. To play in these games you have to be at a really high level. You saw a lad like Eric Dier, who is a fantastically robust athlete, and he could hardly lift his feet a the end [of the Brazil match]. That is the intensity of the game now and to go into it you have to be at a super-high level of fitness. But if players are playing well, and we are seeing things we think will fit into the team, we will pick them.” Read more Fifteen years on, Southgate could probably have been forgiven for wondering whether the current group of players might have the same kind of inferiority complex when Brazil visited Wembley on Tuesday and Joe Gomez, to cite one example, was assigned to restrain Neymar on the day the young Liverpool defender was winning only his second cap. Southgate, not someone prone to exaggeration, described England’s opponents as being “as good as anything I have played against or seen” and needed a few moments when he was asked to name the other teams he would put alongside Tite’s team.“These [Brazil], before France 98, definitely were. There was Argentina, with [Gabriel] Batistuta and [Ariel] Ortega and people like that. But this Brazil side have some world‑class talents and for Joe Gomez to have played like he has against Neymar was phenomenal. Joe played as I saw him play in the [2014] under-17s Euros final. I saw him transfer that to another level and he has all the attributes to be a top defender.”Southgate was not getting carried away, readily admitting the Seleção still seemed “light years ahead” in certain aspects, but the performances against Brazil and Germany, back-to-back 0-0 draws against the two sides at the top of Fifa’s world rankings, have at least given his players some new encouragement.With England, it can feel sometimes like every silver lining has its own cloud but Southgate might have been on to something when he suggested, cautiously, that it felt very different to those unhappy occasions when the crowd’s discontentment had manifested itself in angry, mutinous outbursts. His team, he said, had “succeeded in changing the wind of public feeling” and that alone can be considered a success bearing in mind it was only two months ago England’s fans staged a mass walkout during the game in Malta.The problem for Southgate is how to keep that forward momentum when there is such a long gap until the next internationals. Roy Hodgson’s idea when he was the England manager was to arrange a get-together at St George’s Park but that had to be abandoned because of the logistics and opposition from several clubs. Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland, plan to do it another way before the friendly against Holland in Amsterdam on 23 March and the game against Italy at Wembley four days later – two matches, ironically, that were arranged to give England high‑calibre opposition but will pit them against nations that have not qualified for the World Cup.“I am not certain of the value of one meeting, arranging to get everybody’s diaries to coordinate, and to cover what?” Southgate said. “It is really difficult and if we are going to bring everybody together there has to be a real purpose and benefit to doing it. Share on LinkedIn England’s World Cup wannabes: who should be on the plane to Russia?center_img England Share via Email Gareth Southgate tells a story, going back to his playing days with England and his last unhappy involvement in a World Cup, that probably sums up why he goes into the four‑month gap before the next international break in a much more confident mood about the psychology of the modern team.Southgate was part of England’s World Cup squad in 2002 and an unused substitute on the day Ronaldinho’s free-kick sailed over David Seaman’s head to put Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team out of the tournament. The previous day, England had trained at the stadium in Shizuoka and Southgate started fearing the worst when the Brazilians arrived for their turn.“I couldn’t help noticing that when the lads looked at them, it was with a touch of awe. Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos; it was like we saw them as superior to us. And when it came to the critical points in the match, we did not believe in ourselves. After their second goal, our self-belief just disintegrated, like we knew all along they were better than us.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Brazil Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bill Slater obituary

first_imgThe footballer Bill Slater, who has died aged 91, was a key member of the great Wolverhampton Wanderers side of the mid-to-late 1950s that won three league titles and then an FA Cup. He also played with distinction for England in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.A Wolves player for more than a decade, from 1952 until 1963, Slater made more than 300 appearances for the club, first as an inside-forward and latterly as a cool and authoritative centre-half, winning the First Division title in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and, as skipper, the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers in 1960, when he was voted the football writers’ footballer of the year.He won 12 caps for England between 1954 and 1960, including four in the 1958 World Cup finals; he appeared in all his country’s matches, the first two at left-back and then in midfield. In the second match of the campaign, against Brazil, he was given the difficult task of marking Didi, the gifted and intelligent hub of the Brazilian midfield, and did so well that the game ended 0-0. After three draws in the group stage, England went out to the Soviet Union in a playoff before the quarter-finals.Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, Slater went to Clitheroe grammar school, and decided he wanted to be a teacher. He studied physical education at Carnegie College in Leeds (now Leeds Beckett University) and simultaneously began playing with Blackpool FC as an amateur inside-left.Although his appearances were restricted by his studying commitments and then national service with the army in Germany, he played for the club as a 24-year-old in the 1951 FA Cup final, with Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen as teammates, against Newcastle United, a game that Blackpool lost 2-0 but which allowed Slater to earn a place in the record books as the last amateur to play in an FA Cup final. His exploits at Blackpool brought Slater, a tall, blond figure, with a long stride, good ball control and intelligent passing, 20 caps with the England amateur team. When in 1951 he finished his studies and decided to move to Ealing, west London, to be near his girlfriend, Marion, who was soon to be his wife, Blackpool agreed to let Slater go, and to give him a reference. He took that to Brentford, where he dropped back to wing-half, making up a half-back line with two players destined to make considerable careers beyond their playing days: Ron Greenwood, a future England manager, and Jimmy Hill, who became a television pundit.When Slater moved again, in 1952, it was to take up a job in the Midlands as a lecturer in physical education at Birmingham University. He approached Stan Cullis, manager of Wolves, to see if he could join the club as an adjunct to his lecturing career, and was taken on. “I told Stan,” Slater recalled, “that I was looking for a game, no matter which of the Wolves teams I played for.”He appeared for Great Britain at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. Throughout his time with Wolves, Slater also spent his summers playing cricket to a high standard, including regularly for Warwickshire second XI. He left Wolves in 1963 to play briefly again for Brentford, and retired the following year.He then became deputy director of the Crystal Palace sports centre in south London, followed by spells as director of physical education first at Liverpool University and then at Birmingham University. From 1973 onwards he also found the time to coach his daughter, Barbara, a gymnast, who became a British international and competed at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, and in 2009 was appointed director of sport at the BBC. Slater subsequently became closely involved with the development of British gymnastics, and in 1989 was elected president of the British Gymnastics Association. In 1982 he was appointed OBE, advanced to CBE in 1998. He and Marion had four children and eight grandchildren.• William John Slater, footballer, born 12 April 1927; died 18 December 2018 Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Football obituaries Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Wolverhampton Wanderers Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Lucinda Russell orders medical checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

first_imgThank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more … 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. Was this helpful? One For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfort that might have contributed to his defeat at Haydock on Saturday. The 10-year-old jumped slightly to his left at some fences and has now unseated his jockey in both races since making his comeback from injury this winter, leaving connections keen to see a better run from him before he returns to Aintree for this year’s National on 6 April.“If he’d got a big jump at the fence where he unseated, he probably would have run on and got placed and we’d all be very happy,” said Lucinda Russell, his trainer, on Sunday. “My only slight niggle was the fact he was jumping left. We’ll definitely get that looked at.“If there wasn’t a physical problem before the race, there might be one now. We’ll get the vets and the physios to check out his sacroiliac and see how that is, check out his back in his box and of course keep an eye on his front legs. From what we’ve seen this morning, they seem OK.”Russell was travelling to Sunday’s race meeting at Ayr with her partner, the former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, who is more sanguine about the horse’s jumping. “He jumped left at Aintree [in the Grand National] at a couple of fences and in the Becher Chase. So it’s always been there.” Quick guide Chris Cook’s tips for Monday British bookies go from favourites to American outsiders Scudamore feels the horse will be fitter for taking part in Saturday’s Peter Marsh Chase, for all that it did not end ideally. “I watched him when he came in afterwards, he was on his toes, he was sweating up a bit. He needed to tighten up. We kept thinking how fit he was but he did need to tighten up.”Russell and Scudamore will now consider two possible targets on One For Arthur’s route back to Liverpool. He could race at Kelso on Valentine’s Day or return to Haydock for the Grand National Trial two days later.Whenever he next runs, punters will see two “U”s next to his name, representing the mistakes he has made this season. “From our point of view I wish they weren’t there,” Scudamore said. “But the disaster would have been if he’d finished fourth and got a leg yesterday.“It’s just trials and tribulations, isn’t it? Just another glorious chapter for the next book. I’m not saying we take it well. You’ve got to dust yourselves down and get on with it. We’re still in there fighting and, while we are, we’ve got a chance.”One bookmaker evidently took a dim view of One For Arthur’s effort at Haydock, pushing him out to 40-1 for the Grand National while most firms offer 25-1. Support The Guardian Warwick 1.00 Laskadine 1.30 Yellow Dockets 2.05 Ange Des Malberaux 2.40 Captain Cargo (nb) 3.10 Dyliev 3.45 Double Ross Sedgefield 1.15 Domestic Diva 1.50 Savannah Moon 2.20 Briac 2.55 Quick Pick 3.30 Windsor Avenue 4.00 Bertie Blake Wolverhampton 4.15 Lady Greta 4.50 Annabelle Rock 5.25 Kinver Edge 5.55 Captain Dan 6.25 Fearsome 6.55 Star Ascending (nap) 7.25 Ty Rock Brandy 7.55 Turn On The Tears  Since you’re here… news Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Hide Grand National 2019 Share on Facebook Simon Goodley Grand National Share on Messenger Show Share on LinkedIn Horse racing Reuse this contentlast_img read more

If Martina Navratilova’s thinking on trans athletes can evolve, so can sport

first_imgWhen I first heard about the documentary on trans athletes presented by Martina Navratilova on BBC One, I was worried that it would further stoke fears about trans women in sport, and advocate against their participation. Navratilova had previously made scathing comments about trans women in sport, calling their participation “insane” and “cheating”, and later suggested that men could start taking female hormones in order to win medals and make money. Those opinions were obviously born of ignorance – for example, trans people have to wait up to two years for an appointment at a gender clinic – not to mention the fact they trivialise the struggles trans people go through. So I was prepared for the worst.But while I found many of the opinions explored in the documentary problematic, the conclusion Navratilova came to in the end was an unexpected one. I found problems along the way – not least her refusal to countenance using “cisgender” to help distinguish between trans and non-trans athletes, which only confused matters, creating a dichotomy between “women and girls” and “trans women”. Cisgender is a descriptive term to indicate people whose gender identity corresponds with the gender and sex they were assigned at birth (the opposite of trans) and it is useful in discussions of this kind. It doesn’t mean that the differences between trans women and cis women are being erased – rather that both are women in different ways. Opinion Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Topics Transgender … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Martina Navratilovacenter_img Reuse this content Share via Email However, watching Navratilova gain understanding through the programme was gratifying. Her stance was quite clear from the get-go – for the majority of the documentary she remained adamant that trans women would always have the upper hand to a certain extent over other women. But through her talks with trans women, Navratilova seemed to gain a deeper understanding of the impact this toxic debate has, and says she has gained a deeper level of empathy.In the documentary she realises that competing in sport is about so much more than just the elite levels. For many, sport is simply a form of exercise, socialisation, a chance to participate in something they enjoy. Not allowing trans women to join in with other women is therefore not only cruel, but another way to push trans people out of public life. As Navratilova herself touches upon in the documentary, there are no trans people competing at an elite level of sport such as at the Olympics, and no sign of trans women dominating in women’s sport, despite the fact they have been allowed to compete under certain conditions since 2003. The documentary also explores interesting ideas about the rules around competing in sport, and how those are going to need to advance to accommodate more diversity when it comes to gender and sex. Even though Caster Semenya is not transgender, her case has raised vital questions about a blanket sex division in sport based on testosterone levels alone. Sport simply isn’t equipped to deal with the greater nuances of gender and sex that are more prevalent in society. That Navratilova finally came to the conclusion that trans women should be included at all levels of sport is hugely positive. It offers hope that we can focus this debate on understanding based on empathy and a willingness to learn. The answer lies not in hostile arguments, or the demonisation of a minority, but in more research that can lead to better informed regulations that will allow all women to compete in the sports that they love without being dragged through the courts like Semenya.Things are changing, and sport will have to change too. But the most important shifts are those within people. I welcome Navratilova’s change of heart, and hope it is genuine. If she and others aren’t allowed the chance to think again, then positive change in society will be impossible. As Navratilova said herself: “If you don’t adapt, you’ve got a problem.”• Owl Fisher is a writer, film-maker and campaigner• The headline on this article was amended on 29 June 2019 to more accurately represent the article and reflect that Navratilova has since said she did not change her mind On trans issues, Iceland has just put Britain to shame Share on WhatsApp comment Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Owl Fisher Athleticslast_img read more

Celtic’s James Forrest sinks Hamilton while Rangers return to winning ways

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Hibernian Twitter Rangers returned to winning ways as they came from behind to beat 10-man Livingston 3-1 but there was cause for concern as their new signing Ryan Kent limped off.A dominant first-half performance from Rangers ended with the former loanee Kent departing in the 41st minute after pulling up in the Livingston half.The visitors then broke the deadlock from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half, with Steven Lawless firing home after Lyndon Dykes had been tripped in the box by Scott Arfield.But Rangers hit back through a James Tavernier free-kick in the 55th minute before goals from Alfredo Morelos and the substitute Brandon Barker – either side of Dykes’s sending-off – wrapped up maximum points. Celtic Read more Rangers’ Brandon Barker celebrates scoring after coming off the bench against Livingston. Photograph: Robert Perry/PA Hamilton Rangers Share via Email Second-half goals from Liam Miller and Mohamed El Makrini earned Kilmarnock a 2-0 win which turned up the heat on Hibernian’s manager, Paul Heckingbottom.Angelo Alessio’s name rang round Rugby Park as his Kilmarnock side made it four games unbeaten but the only chants from the visiting fans were for Heckingbottom to go as the visitors’ miserable run continued.There is unrest on the other side of Edinburgh too, as Craig Levein faced further calls for his resignation as Hearts crashed to the bottom of the Premiership by way of a 3-2 defeat against Motherwell.A poor defensive display from the Jambos enabled Declan Gallagher, Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton to find the net for the Steelmen.Ryo Meshino did turn in a heartening cameo from the bench, teeing up a goal for Uche Ikpeazu and finding the net with a fine curling effort himself. However, that did little to assuage the fury of the home fans.Aberdeen and St Johnstone shared the points in a 1-1 draw on a difficult day for football at Pittodrie, with a strong wind hampering both sides. Pinterest news Ryan Hedges had the home side in front just before the half-hour with a low drive but Tommy Wright’s men levelled 15 minutes later thanks to a Michael O’Halloran shot that Joe Lewis will feel he should have stopped.Marcus Fraser scored a stoppage-time winner as Ross County beat St Mirren 2-1 in Dingwall.Ross Laidlaw’s blunder appeared to have cost County victory as Tony Andreu’s free-kick ended up in the back of the net in the 72nd minute.Laidlaw allowed Andreu’s shot to squirm through his legs after the substitute’s effort had clipped the wall and bounced in front of the County goalkeeper.The home side had opened the scoring 10 minutes earlier when Ross Stewart struck a brilliant volley. And the captain, Fraser, restored the lead. Birmingham’s Bellingham snatches win as Charlton miss chance to go top Facebook center_img Livingston Hearts Share on Twitter Scottish Premiership Share on LinkedIn Real Madrid relieved to hold on for nervy win after Levante fightback Reuse this content Mohamed Elyounoussi set up the only goal less than four minutes into his Celtic career as the champions consolidated their lead in the Premiership with a 1-0 win at Hamilton.The loan signing from Southampton sent in a low cross which James Forrest converted for his seventh goal in nine Celtic games, earning his team a fifth win from five matches. Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share on Messenger The Observer Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Blow for Madrid as Kepa nears new contract

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid set for Kepa blow as keeper nears new Athletic contract Gorka Posada Last updated 1 year ago 20:29 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Athletic Club Primera División The 23-year-old goalkeeper had been linked with a €20 million move to the capital but is now set to stay put Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to hand Athletic Bilbao a boon and dish out another blow to Real Madrid during a difficult period for the Primera Division champions.The goalkeeper had been expected to move to Santiago Bernabeu but is now very close to signing a fresh deal with his existing club. Indeed, Goal understands an announcement could be made in the coming days confirming the 23-year-old’s stay.Kepa’s deal is up in June, but Madrid had been linked with an immediate move for the goalkeeper as they fear that he could go elsewhere . A €20 million transfer fee – the valuation of his termination clause – had been mooted. 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 However, sources have told Goal that Athletic are “on the right track” to completing the deal, even if they were previously pessimistic over getting it over the line.“There’s a lot been said but he’s still with us,” Inaki Williams, who recently signed a new deal , indicated. “He is focused on recovering as soon as possible and we see that he’s very calm.“From time to time, we can hesitate when there are rumours in the press, but everything has been kept between friends.“Everyone wants him to stay – it would be good news for us. The truth is that we want to have the best players on our side.”Fellow goalkeeper Iago Herrerin also commented on the situation after the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Getafe.“It’s a tiring subject, but that’s normal,” he said. “We know the whole truth about it all.”last_img read more