Barkley sets sights on Brazil

first_img The 19-year-old made his debut from the bench against Moldova in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley two weeks ago and has explained how England manager Roy Hodgson has given him the incentive of a place in the squad if he continues his form. “I have set my sights on the World Cup,” Barkley said in his first interview with national newspapers. Press Association “It’s a goal for me. It will be hard, but through hard work hopefully I can get on the flight there. “He (Hodgson) told me to keep working hard and keep doing what I have been doing since the start of the season and if there comes a time that, because I am young, I’m on the bench, don’t let your head go down. “He believes in me. He has high hopes for me. He sees me being able to go to Brazil if I keep progressing as I have done since the start of the season.” However, Barkley, who joined Everton aged 11, has been advised to stay at Goodison Park for the development of his career by the captain of the club’s biggest rivals – Steven Gerrard. Barkley was sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds while David Moyes was in charge at Everton, but he is now back in the fold and has secured a regular starting spot under new Toffees manager Roberto Martinez. Barkley said: “He (Gerrard) told me I’m from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better. “He’s done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing would be no good for my development. “I was a bit star-struck when I first joined up but Steven was good to me when I was away. I sat next to him on the coach and he gave me loads of advice. “He said the big hitters are going to be looking at me but the main thing for me is to stay with the club I’m at, the team I support and love, which is Everton.” center_img Ross Barkley might be at the start of his England career but the Everton midfielder is setting his sights on playing in next summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Man Utd Cleared in Pogba Deal

first_imgFIFA has cleared Manchester United but opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus over Paul Pogba’s world record transfer, football’s governing body announced yesterday.The France midfielder returned to United in a deal worth more than $111 million in August 2016 from the Italian giants.In May, FIFA began an inquiry into the move, requesting information about the headline transfer from United. But in a statement FIFA confirmed that while United was in the clear of any wrongdoing, it was taking action against Juventus.“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC.“We can also confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United,” the statement said.It added: “As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”Pogba’s move came under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent Mino Raiola would earn some 49 million euros from the deal.Raiola is suspected of a conflict of interest, as he was at the time agent for Pogba, Juventus and Manchester United.In May, French website Mediapart, quoting the Football Leaks documents, claimed: “Pogba in reality cost 127 million euros to Manchester United with 49 millions going into Raiola’s pockets and only 78 millions into Juve’s bank account.”According to the investigative site, Raiola “didn’t appear to let Manchester United know that he was also working for Juventus,” an arrangement that is outlawed under English rules.Pogba, 24, started his career with United but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.Pogba appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player.Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.Last season he helped propel United to a first ever Europa League title, scoring in his team’s 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on May 25.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola’s Mother Dies after Contracting Covid-19

first_imgLast month, Guardiola donated1m euros (£920,000) to help fight the outbreak.The money will be used to purchase medical equipment and protective material for staff involved in treating those admitted to hospital.Barcelona is in Catalonia, which is one of the areas in Spain with the most concentrated number of cases.Manchester United posted on social media to say the club was “saddened to hear this terrible news”, adding: “We send our heartfelt condolences to Pep and his family.”Spaniard Guardiola, 49, has been in charge of Manchester City since July 2016 after spells as manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.La Liga side Barcelona posted on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dolors Sala during this difficult time, and we would like to express our most heartfelt condolences, especially to Pep Guardiola, his family and his friends.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s mother, Dolors Sala Carrio, has died aged 82 years in Barcelona after contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends,” said Manchester City on social media.Monday’s increase of 637 coronavirus deathsmeans 13,055 have died in Spain.last_img read more

SHOCKER! Dauda cancels Chippa contract

first_imgChippa United have confirmed that goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has cancelled his contract with the club.The Ghanaian, who was at the 2014 World Cup, joined United this season from Orlando Pirates.And now news reaching KickOff.com is the player has severed tie with the Chilli Boys, allegedly due to monies owed to him.Chippa team manager Peter Koutroulis confirms the news.”Yes, the player has cancelled his contract with us and is no longer here,” Koutroulis tells this website.”At the moment I can’t reveal details of his release but he has left us.”last_img

Statement from Clippers President Andy Roeser on Donald Sterling’s TMZ recording

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Andy Roeser, president of the L.A. Clippers, today issued the following statement:“We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape — who we believe released it to TMZ — is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would “get even.” Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them. He is also upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him about Earvin Johnson. He has long considered Magic a friend and has only the utmost respect and admiration for him–both in terms of who he is and what he has achieved. We are investigating this matter.”last_img read more

Three takeaways from Lakers star LeBron James’ return

first_img NBA All-Star 2019: Jazz president, coach blast selection process after Rudy Gobert left off roster Here are three takeaways from James’ return.He is not back to 100 percentNo one who watched James on Thursday would think the 34-year-old was back to 100 percent after missing 17 games with a groin injury. Related News LeBron loves spacing and also creates itJames loves to play with shooters for a couple of reasons. For one, good 3-point shooting teams have a leg up in today’s NBA, and two, when shooters space the floor, there is more room on the inside for James to get to the basket.But, while James loves to play on teams with spacing, he also creates it on his own. His return game was a perfect example. James always demands a bigger defender and can drag that defender away from the basket simply with his presence.In doing that, the paint is easier to exploit and there will almost always be an extra defender with an eye on James. The defense completely changes because he’s on the court. LeBron James made his triumphant return Thursday against the Clippers as the Lakers defeated their city rival 123-120 in overtime at the Staples Center.James scored 24 points while adding 14 rebounds and nine assists in the win. First of all, James started off the game passing up shots rather than attacking the rim. Throughout the first half he had open looks and open lanes and never really attacked.James clearly wasn’t confident in his legs as he never really drove to the basket throughout the first 24 minutes of play. That is understandable. This type of injury takes time to completely heal and James clearly isn’t his old self yet.Best thing for Brandon Ingram?James getting hurt may have been a good thing for the Lakers. While that might be a little bit cliche, it is undeniably true for Brandon Ingram.In the five games before James’ return, Ingram averaged 23.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The 23.2-point average was the best over a five-game stretch in his career and his 16-for-20 shooting night in a loss to the 76ers on Tuesday was his best performance of the season.The Lakers will be better if Ingram can create opportunities on his own and he is looking more than confident enough to get into the lane and score, while drawing fouls in the process. He had 19 points, four rebounds and four assists in the game Thursday.last_img read more

Under the Radar at Bellator 218: Malin Hermansson

first_imgIlima-Lei Macfarlane is one of the most marketable fighters on the Bellator MMA roster and the reigning flyweight champion is quickly making her way through the competition. So with that in mind, why not use this space to introduce you to someone who could find herself standing across the cage from “The Illiminator” somewhere down the line if everything breaks the right way?Join DAZN and watch Bellator 218 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile just 2-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career, Hermansson is one to keep tabs on as she enters the Bellator MMA cage for the first time this weekend in a preliminary card pairing with Victoria Leonardo.Hermansson has come out on the happy side of split decision verdicts in each of her first two starts, with her last appearance coming last April under the Cage Warriors banner. Prior to making the transition to MMA, however, the Swedish flyweight competed in the boxing ring, racking up more than 50 bouts by her count while medaling at the national level.And at this stage of her development and the development of the Bellator women’s flyweight division, a sound background in a core martial art coupled with a little bit of toughness and strength could be enough to pick up the wins needed in order to secure a title shot.Combing through her social media pages, “The Herminator,” who gets bonus marks for such a terrific nickname, appears to be in tremendous shape and naturally athletic, two additional elements that will potentially aid in her ability to make an expedited climb up the flyweight rankings.Some people may want to take this as a slight, but the female ranks are several years behind where their male counterparts are at the moment. As such, fighters who are athletically sound and skilled in an individual disciple have a great opportunity to succeed. Hermansson appears to fit that description and if that is the case, she could make a quick rise up the rankings.This weekend’s fight with Leonardo will be an outstanding indicator of where she stands, as the Louisiana native is coming off a first-round submission win over Jamie Milanowski at Invicta FC 34 and sports a 4-1 overall record inside the cage. She’s faced some familiar names while competing across three disciplines, having beaten Ariel Beck in a boxing match and lost to Shannon Sinn in a kickboxing bout, along with facing Hailey Cowan, Salina Rowland and Miranda Maverick in MMA bouts, so if Hermansson can cruise into Bellator 218 and hand Leonardo her second loss, it will indicate that she’s already on the cusp of contention and someone who indeed possesses championship upside.Fights like this often go overlooked because the athletes are unknown to everyone but the hardest of hardcore fans, but the reality is that in a shallow division with a dominant champion, a couple solid performances is all it takes for someone like Hermansson (or Leonardo) to put themselves in position to fight for the title or at the very least, face off with one of the more established contenders in the division with a title shot hanging in the balance.Hermansson profiles as someone who could make an immediate impact in the division and although her Bellator MMA debut is stationed on the preliminary portion of this week’s card, you should make a point of checking it out because eight, 10, 12 months down the line, she could emerge as a challenger for the flyweight title. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Malin HermanssonRecord: 2-0 overall; Bellator MMA debutDivision: FlyweightTeam: Akademi Nordlast_img read more

USC still looks like second-rate program after mistake-filled dud vs. Iowa

first_imgWho else believes that? The loss to Iowa comes on the heels of a disastrous early signing period that saw USC rank last in the Pac-12 in recruiting and 78th overall. Bohn was on the sideline on Friday night, but hasn’t tweeted in nearly a month after being heavily criticized on social media for his controversial decision to retain Helton.USC has a young team, and returns Slovis in 2020. But that won’t matter if the mistakes that have hurt the Trojans every week in 2019 remain next season. As long as Helton is in charge, the fans will remain skeptical.And it’s unlikely that things will get better soon. USC opens next season against Alabama. Maybe the “bright days” Helton spoke of were for Week 2 next season, against New Mexico. No. 19 Iowa had just dismantled No. 22 USC 49-24 in the Holiday Bowl, providing another black eye to the program since athletic director Mike Bohn announced Helton would return next season.WOLF: USC, Bohn must answer Helton question sooner rather than later“They played better than us,” Helton said of the loss. “Simple as that.”Helton was right. Iowa deserved to win, and it was easy to figure out why. USC repeated the same mistakes that have caused most its struggles this season. The defense couldn’t stop Iowa, the offense never ran the ball and the special teams committed a critical error.Not that any of that deterred Helton after the game.”We believe in championships here,” he said. “Just as the fan base might be frustrated, the coaching staff and players are frustrated . . . (but) we’re going to be a very good team next year.”Former USC tailback Reggie Bush was more stark in his summation:“At the end of the day, USC was out-coached,” Bush said postgame on Fox. And although Helton is back next season, some of his assistants are not expected to be so lucky.Helton didn’t want to address staff changes after the game, but defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coach John Baxter are two assistants who may no longer be on his staff next season. Neither looked great on Friday.Iowa scored 49 points in its romp over USC — even Middle Tennessee State held the Hawkeyes to 48 — with just 328 yards of offense. But the Hawkeyes converted 8 of 13 third-down attempts, and one fourth down attempt. Quarterback Nate Stanley completed 18 of 27 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Tyler Goodson and receivers Tyrone Tracy Jr. and Ihmir Smith-Marsette each rushed for a score.USC’s special teams missed a field goal — down 42-24 with 5:12 remaining — and allowed Smith-Marsette to return a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, right after the Trojans had tied the game at 14-14. Iowa never led USC by fewer than four points after that.USC stagnated offensively after quarterback Kedon Slovis left in the third quarter with an elbow injury. But even before he got hurt, the run game was nonexistent (the Trojans finished with 18 carries for 22 yards). At one point, they threw 36 passes while its tailbacks ran only times.MORE: Early signing period latest loss for HeltonThat lopsided attack was fine against Arizona, Colorado, Arizona, State, California and UCLA. But Iowa is a good team, dominating the line of scrimmage against the Trojans and consistently dissecting USC’s defense with more disciplined play: all the things that seemed to hurt this team the past two seasons.“Bright days are ahead,” said a seemingly oblivious Helton. SAN DIEGO — USC coach Clay Helton walked off the field in San Diego on Friday night, then started running as he approached the tunnel.Helton saw the small group of remaining Trojans fans in the stands of SDCCU Stadium and knew what was coming: more boos directed at the embattled coach.last_img read more

Woman found with meth tries to use her daughter’s name during arrest

first_imgOfficials in Utah say a woman they pulled over attempted to pass herself off as her 20-year-old daughter during her arrest.The incident occurred during a traffic stop near Salt Lake City.Authorities say they pulled over 38-year-old Heather Elaine Garcia on August 31st after they noticed the vehicle she was driving did not have a license plate.When the official approached the vehicle, Garcia told the officer that she did not have any form of identification on her and then gave them her daughter’s name and birthday.At that point, another officer with a K-9 arrived on the scene to which the K-9 alerted them to some sort of contraband in the vehicle.Authorities then searched the vehicle and found a broken pipe and several small baggies with a powder inside that tested positive for methamphetamine.Officials also report that they found Garcia’s license  which was suspended, inside of her purse. Officials reported that while Garcia did look similar to a photo they were able to pull up of her daughter, they could tell the difference between the two women.Garcia has since been taken jail where she faces charges for giving false personal information, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and charges related to drug and drug paraphernalia possession.Authorities also reported that Garcia has several active warrants.last_img read more

WPIAL championships loaded with upsets

first_imgLLUIGI LISTA-BRINZA (23) of Central Catholic slogs thru the mud and snow at Heinz Field , Lista-Brinza, the Vikings workhorse running back rushed 27 times for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Vikings 27-7 win over Woodland Hills in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. (Courier Photo by William McBride)North Catholic has a proud history that includes Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, a 1975 North Catholic alum, and Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, a 1950 North Catholic graduate.The Trojans (13-0) won their first WPIAL football championship by upsetting Sto Rox (12-1), 14-0, in the Class A championship Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic starts its 75th and final year in the city before moving to a Cranberry campus in August.“We said when we started the season we wanted to start a new tradition,” North Catholic coach Bob Ravenstahl said.  “We have a lot of old tradition up there, too, but this is a new tradition.”LENNY WILLIAMS (3) Sto Rox quarterback is tripped up by Timon Gribbin of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game, Williams, a Temple recruit finished his outstanding high school career with 11,559 offensive yards (the most in WPIAL history) and 102 touchdowns. (Courier Photo by William McBride)Sto Rox’s third consecutive trip to the WPIAL championships came to a crashing halt against the Trojans at windy Heinz Field.  The Vikings live and die by the pass and poor weather conditions and penalties sunk the Vikings in the sea of the Three Rivers.last_img read more