Lampard is said to be on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Chelsea given the likely return of his former boss Jose Mourinho in the summer. The 34-year-old has scored 16 goals this term, taking him onto 201 career goals for the Blues, just one short of Bobby Tambling’s club record. At one stage this season, it was suggested Manchester United might snap the midfielder up if Chelsea did not. And, as the two clubs prepare to do battle at Old Trafford, Ferguson has admitted he once thought about it. “Lampard has been unbelievable,” said Ferguson. Sir Alex Ferguson regrets not signing Frank Lampard earlier in his career. “I don’t think a midfield player will be able to do that figure again. It’s quite phenomenal. “Like Bryan Robson, he has had a great knack of timing his runs into the box at the right time. John Wark was another one at Ipswich. “The other things is I can’t remember Lampard ever being injured. “When he’s not been playing it’s because they thought he was past it. “The guy has had a great career. I must say we looked at him when he was at West Ham as a young player and I maybe regret not having done it. “Where else could I get 200 goals?” Press Association
Garde will have some money to spend next month on squad strengthening and he is eyeing an ambitious move for his former Arsenal team mate Cole. The 34-year-old left-back, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal and Chelsea and has 107 England caps to his name, is in the final year of his contract at Roma but is out of favour at the Italian club having not featured so far this season. Villa are also in need of a left-back after Jordan Amavi suffered a season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury last month. “I will speak soon with the club. I am already working on the January window,“ said Garde ahead of Sunday’s home against his former club Arsenal. “ We know what we want to do. I feel we will need to improve the team to get more chances (of staying up). “Experience is something we need. Ashley is someone who has experience but he didn’t play for a while now. “Every good player is interesting for me and he is a good player. “We are going to try to improve the team in the transfer window but that is all I am going to say today. We have other games to try to win and I am only focused on that.“ Garde has only been in the job a month but already knows his team are entrenched in a relegation battle. Villa are bottom of the table with six points from 15 games – a position no Premier League side has ever survived from. The Frenchman inherited a young squad from predecessor Tim Sherwood and he thinks a lack of old heads is the problem. Jack Grealish will be back in the Villa squad against Arsenal. The 20-year-old midfielder was overlooked for first-team duty against Watford and Southampton following a breach of club discipline after he was photographed partying in Manchester just hours after Villa’s 4-0 defeat at Everton last month. Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede came off injured against Saints last weekend but will be fit for Sunday, although captain Micah Richards is still struggling with the knee problem that ruled him out at St Mary’s. Remi Garde wants to add experience to his squad in the January transfer window and the Aston Villa manager is interested in bringing Ashley Cole back to the Barclays Premier League. Press Association
# 06:05 pm: India vs Bangladesh game will be the 1000th men’s T20I game. So far, Virat Kohli is the leading run scorer in this format of the game with Rohit Sharma just 7 runs behind. WHo do you think is the highest wicket taker? Tweet us your answers and one lucky person’s tweet will feature in our blog. 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Stay with us as we bring you all the live action.Prep Time! #TeamIndia begin preparations for the T20I series at the Capital #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/iVcx36ey0q— BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2019 New Delhi: IND VS BAN Delhi T20I Live Score: Bangladesh embark on its mission to take down formidable India as the clash on Sunday in their first T20 International at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi even as the pollution level in the city remained hazardous. The national capital is reeling under prevailing smoggy conditions with health-emergency put in place but Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah made it clear that his team is not focusing on pollution but the game. However, an ever-bigger challenge for them will be facing formidable India without their biggest matchwinner Shakib Al Hasan, who has been banned from international cricket for 2 years by the ICC. India, on the other hand, will be led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of Virat Kohli. The men-in-blue have been in a pleasing form but would like to tread warily as taking Bangladesh for granted won’t be wise. Stay with us as we bring you ball by ball live coverage of the match.IND VS BAN Delhi T20I Live Score And Updates:#10:26 pm: SIX! Balgadesh defeated India for the first time in T20I.#10:22 pm: Interesting! Shivam Dube will bowl the final over. Seems like Rohit has also given up.#10:21 pm: 4,4,4,4 and Bangladesh needs just 4 runs in the last over. Mushfiqur Rahim has also reached his fifty. #10:20 pm: FOUR More! Rahim is showing his class and Bangladesh is now eight runs away from victory.#10:20 PM: FOUR! Back to back boundary. Rahim has taken Bangladesh a step closer towards the victory.#10:19 pm: FOUR! Short, down the leg and slow. Rahim pulled it to deep backward square leg fence for four! #10:16 pm: Khaleel Ahmed will bowl the 19th over, which means Deepak Chahar will have the responsiblity of the final over. Can India defend this? #10:15 pm: FOUR! Mahmudullah waited for it and litterally slapped it wide of Manish Pandey at long-on. He dived to failed to stop the boundary. Bangladesh needed 22 in 12 balls.#10:12 pm: Dropped! Krunal Pandya must know its criminal to drop such a catch at this moment. Moreover, its a four! Has he dropped the match as well?#10:10 pm: Chahal comes back into the attack. Skipper Mahmudullah is the new man in.#10:09: OUT! Bowled!! Khaleel provides India with a much much needed breakthrough. It was an off cutter from Kahleel and set Sarkar failed to cut it. Score after 17 overs: BAN 114-3; Soumya Sarkar39, (35)Rahim37(35)#10:07 pm: In the airrrr drops just short of fielder at wide long-on. Two runs. Run rate goes to 11 as Bangladesh need another 35 to win this.#10:01 pm: SIX! Short ball and Rahim hooked it over fine leg for six. Pressure on Khaleel. 38 runs needed in 23 balls. #09:59 pm: Six runs off the over. 44 runs required in 24 balls. Score after 16 overs: BAN 105-2, Soumya Sarkar37(33), Rahim30(31)#09:56 pm: Five single in the over. Bangladesh need 50 runs in 5 overs with eight wickets in their hand. Score after 15 overs, BAN 99-2; Rahim 28(28), Soumya Sarkar 34(30)#09:52 pm: Rohit introduces pace attack. Khaleel Ahmed is back into the attack#09:49 pm: SIX! What a shot!!! Soumya Sarkar comes down the track. Krunal bowled it wide of off. It was well out of Sarkar’s reach, what Pandya thought, but actually he reached to the ball, got the elevation and hit it over deep midwicket for a maximum. Another expensive over from Krunal. He conceded 12 runs. Score after 14 overs: BAN 94-2; Rahim 25(24), Soumya Sarkar 34(28)#09:47 pm: Krunal Pandya is back into the attack. Can he provide India with a breakthrough? Off course he can, but will he do that now is the big question. India needs it badly. #09:46 pm: Single to end the over. Good over from Sundar, just four off it. Score after 13 overs: BAN 82-2; Soumya Sarkar 24(24), Rahim 23(22)#09:43 pm: Washington Sundar is back into the attack. India needs wickets not just one but two. Sarkar and Rahim has built nicely after the fall of Naim’s wicket. They know the target is not big. All they need to do is keep the nerve and play risk free cricket.#09:42 pm: 8 runs off the over. Bangladesh require another 71 off 48 ball. Score after 12 overs: BAN 78-2; Rahim21(20), Soumya Sarkar 22(20)#09:39 pm: Four! Another sweep shot from Rahim and the result is also the same. I am the boss of sweeps, Rahim must be feeling after taking three boundaries with the same shot.#09:37 pm: FOUR! After several appeals, Rahim releases pressure with a lovely shot. Kneels down and sweeps it backward of square. Score after 11 overs: BAN 69-2; Rahim13(15), Soumya Sarkar21(19)#09:35 pm: To salt to the injury, India didn’t take review for two LBW appeals from Chahal. And gues what, both were out. And they wasted it on Pant’s appeal.#09:33 pm: Loud appeal for caught behind from Rishabh Pant. He convinces Rohit to take the review. And there is not edge. India lost the review and Rohit Sharma’s reation is epic. Score after 10 overs: BAN 62-2; Soumya Sarkar 20(18) Rahim 7(10)#09:31 pm: Loud appeal for a LBW but turned down. India won’t take the review. Had they taken it, replay shows, Rahim would have a goner. Also missed a run out chance.#09:29 pm: Seven off Krunal Pandya’s first over. Score after 9 overs: BAN 61-2; Rahim6(5), Soumya Sarkar20(17)#09:28 pm: FOUR! Rahim goes for the reverse sweep. He knows Bangladesh can’t lose momentum here as India is known for bouncing back.#09:25 pm: Krunal Pandya, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack as India continues with spin.#09:24 pm: OUT! Naim is caught by Dhawan. Chahal strikes in his first over of the innings. Naim went for the slog sweep but the ball took the edge and went up high in the air towards long-on where Dhawan takes a good catch. A much needed breakthrough. Score after 8 overs: BAN 54-2; Soumya Sarkar19(16) Rahim0(0)# 09:15 pm: With the end of 7 overs, Bangladesh is 53/1 # 09:10 pm: With 12 runs off the over, Bangladesh is 32/1 after 5 overs# 09:05 pm: SIX! by Mohammed Naim # 09:00 pm: After the end of 4 overs, Bangladesh is 20/1 with Naim and Soumya out in the middle. # 08:56 pm: OUT! Bangladesh loses its first wicket as Liton Das is caught by Rahul at cover-point.#08:37 pm: SIX! 16 runs off the last over. 30 runs in the last two. Krunal Pandya pulled it over square leg for another six. India post 148 at board. Dew is likely to play a crucial role here but its still a fighting total. Bangladesh would be satisfied with bowling efforts. Will be back in a while, stay with us.#08:34 pm: SIX! Washington Sunder is playing a crucial cameo here. It was a slower delivery outside off and Sundar stood tall and sent it sailing over long-off for maximum.#08:32 pm: Al-Amin will bowl the final over. Can India reach 150. Looks tough but not impossible. #08:31 pm: SIX! Much needed runs for India. A cracking shot from Washington Sundar over wide long-on. 14 runs off the over. Score after 19 overs: IND 132-6; Washington Sundar7(2), Krunal Pandya8(5)#08:28 pm: OUT! Rishabh Pant wanted to go big but could not clear the boundry and the ball goes straight into the hands of Naim at long-on. He scored 27 runs off 26 balls. Washington Sundar replaces him.#08:25 pm: Just eight off the over. India needs more. The pitch is paying a little slow and if India can take it to 140, it won’t be easy for Bangladesh in the absence of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib, their two key players. Shafiul Islam comes back into the attack. Score after 18 overs: IND 118-5; Pant 25(24) Krunal Pandya 3(3)#08:23 pm: FOUR! It was a slow bouncer from Al-Amin and Pant waited for it. He looked to go for pull but then just helped it over the keeper’s head for four.#08:21 pm: Al-Amin Hossain is back into the attack. Bangladesh would be a happier side at the moment as the have kept Indian batsmen in check. #08:20 pm: Eight runs off the over. Bangladesh won’t mind. With just three more over left, India now need to accelerate from here. Score after 17 overs: IND 110-5; Krunal Pandya1(1), Pant20(20)#08:17 pm: FOUR! Wonderful shot from Pant. Opened the face of the bat and used the pace to steer it behind square for four. #08:16 pm: Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack. Krunal Pandya is the new man in.#08:15 pm: OUT! Shivam Dube, the debutant has to go back to the hut as the bowl took a leading edge in an attempted flick by him. Afif took a good jumping catch at his follow through. Score after 16 overs: IND 102-5; Shivam Dube1(4), Pant13(15)#08:13 pm: FOUR! First boundry from Pant. He sliced it towards deep backward point for four.#08:08 pm: OUT! Dhawan is run out and its a big blow to India. But it was Rishabh Pant who ran poorly and Dhawn had to pay the price. Debutant Shivam Dube is the new man in. Score after 15 overs: IND 95-4; Shivam Dube 0(1) Pant7(12)#08:06 pm: SIX! Massive hit from Dhawan as he dances down the track and send it over the long-on. It went high and over the boundry ropes.#08:05 pm: Bangladesh introduces more off spin and this time captain Mahmudullah himself has come into the attack.#08:04 pm: Another tight over from Afif. Just two run off it. Score after 14 overs: IND 85-3; Dhawan34(39) Pant5(10)#08:00 pm: FOUR! A beautiful shot from Dhawan as rocks back and pulls this half tracker behind square on the on-side. Eight off the over. Score after 13 overs: IND 83-3; Dhawan33(37), Pant4(6)#07:58 pm: Mosaddek Hossain comes into attack as Bangladesh continue with more off spin.#07:57 pm: A very good over from Afif as he conceded just two off it. Bangladesh has succesfully kept India at the bay by taking wickets on regular interval and they would not mind anything below 150. Score after 12 overs: IND 75-3; Dhawan27(34) Pant2(3)#07:55 pm: Afif Hossain, right-arm off break, comes into the attack. Dhawan has been a tad slow today. India has depth in their batting so he can takes his chances now and presses the accelerator.#07:54 pm: Rishabh Pant is the new man in. With nine more overs left, he has a very good chance to prove himself and shut the mounths of critics. Can he do that? Off course he can, but will he be able to do that today is the big question. Score after 11 overs: IND 73-3; Pant1(2), Dhawan26(29)#07:49 pm: OUT! Aminul Islam takes his second wicket of the innings. Iyer fall into the trap and went for it after Aminul gave it a plenty of air. Iyer lost the grip of the bat and played it over long-off with one hand. Could not clear the ropes and debutant Naim took a good catch near the boundry line.#07:45 pm FOUR! A gift from Soumya Sarkar and Iyer collects it with both hands. A full toss and Iyer flicked it through the gap at mid wicket. Score after 10 overs: IND 69-2; Shreyas Iyer 22(12) Dhawan 23(26)#07:42 pm: SIX! It was a good over from Aminul until Iyer decided to go after him on the last ball. IT was bowled up an Iyer stood tall and sent it back over bowler’s head. Score after 9 overs: IND 60-2; Shreyas Iyer15(8), Dhawan21(24)#07:38 pm: FOUR! Easy-peasy for Dhawan. It was on the pads and Dhawan finely glanced it past short fine leg for four. Score After 8 overs: IND 51-2; Shreyas Iyer 8(5), Dhawan19(21)#07:36 pm: Spin from both ends. Soumya Sarkar, right-arm medium, comes into the attack.#07:35 pm: SIX! Looks like Iyer has come prepared from the dressing room itself. It was a tossed up delivery from Aminul and Iyer played it over deep extra cover for a six. Score after 7 overs: IND 44-2; Shreyas Iyer7(2), Dhawan13(18)#07:32 pm: OUT! KL Rahul once again fails to convert a good start, though a soft dismissal. Aminul strikes in his very first over of the innings. Shreyas Iyer comes to bat.#07:31 pm: Spin introduced in the 7th over as Aminul Islam, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack.#07:30 pm: Dhawan and Rahul are the key if India want to go big. These two have the firepower and it’s time they sould accelerate a bit. Score after 6 overs: IND 35-1; Dhawan11(15), Rahul15(16)#07:28 PM: FOUR! A back of length delivery by Shafiul Islam who changed the end. It kept low but Rahul was too classy to play a pick shot that flied over square leg for four.#07:25 pm: FOUR! First boundry from Shikhar Dhawan and it went like a bullet. Sliced it through point and third man to spoil a very good over from Mustafizur. Score after 5 overs: IND 29-1; Dhawan10(13), Rahul10(12)#07:22 pm: Now comes the Fizz. Mustafizur Rahman, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. #07:21 pm: Another good over from Al-Amin as conceded just 4 runs. Score after 4 overs: IND 22-1; Rahul 8(10), Dhawan 5(9)#07:16 pm: Six runs off the second over of Shafiul. Score after 3 overs: IND 18-1; Rahul6(6); Dhawan3(7)#07:13 pm: FOUR! Beautiful boundry by KL Rahul. Footwork at its best. Rahul treks back a bit and cut it towards the point for four.#07:11 pm: Very tight over from Al-Amin. Just two off it. Score after 2 overs: IND 12-1; Dhawan2(6); Rahul1(1)#07:06 pm: Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, is the new man in. Al-Amin Hossain, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. #07:05 pm: OUT! Rohit Sharma is given LBW. He has taken review but there is no edge. Only height can save Rohit now. He has to go. The ball is hitting the top of middle. However, the review will be retained as it’s umpire’s call. Score after 1 over: IND 10-1, Rohit9(5); Dhawan1(1)#07:04 pm: Boundary! Second four of the over from Rohit Sharma and one ball is still to go.#07:01 pm: Four! Rohit Sharma, who is in the form of his life, has made his intentions very clear. It was down the leg and Rohit just flicked it past third man for bounday.#07:00 pm: And action begins. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle to open India’s innings. Shafiul Islam will open Bangladeshi attack.#06:55 pm: National Anthem time. Both teams are lined up for their respective National Anthems. First Bangladesh’s National Anthem is being played. India’s ‘Jana Gana Mann’ will follow next.#06:40 pm: Shivam Dube will make his international debut in T20’s for India while Mohammad Naim will play his first T20I for Bangladesh. Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin HossainIndia (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Krunal Pandya, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, K Khaleel AhmedA look at the Playing XI for #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/Ln61FCuhyE— BCCI (@BCCI) November 3, 2019#06:32 pm: Its toss time. Bangladesh has won the toss and they have decided to field first.Bangladesh wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the 1st @Paytm T20I at Delhi.Live – https://t.co/bcXGQ5eVdk #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/oZ7IKp8M6P— BCCI (@BCCI) November 3, 2019 For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Fast rising tennis youngster Joseph Imeh got the revenge he promised by beating Abdulmumuni Babalola 6-3, 6-3 in the first singles of the NCC Tennis League opener in Abuja over the weekend.Imeh playing for Lagos based Team Muller had lost in the finals of the 2017 CBN Senior Championships to Babalola also in straight sets.The rising star who had a winning Davis Cup debut for Nigeria last month in Egypt also played a major role in securing an upset victory against Team Civil Defence, winners of the inaugural edition in 2015.Imeh beat Clifford Enosorogbe 6-4, 6-3 in the reverse singles and paired Mohammed Mohammed to win the doubles against Enosoregbe and Nonso Madueke 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.Emmanuel Idoko, playing the No.2 singles for Team Muller also did his bit by upsetting Babalola in the second singles 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. The three points for Team Civil Defence came from national ladies’ champion, Christie Agugbom who defeated Ronke Akingbade 6-2, 6-3; Enosoregbe who beat Idoko 7-5, 6-3 in the first singles and the mixed doubles where Babalola and Agugbom triumphed over Idoko and Akingbade 6-3, 6-2.The pulsating tie which has set a very good tone for the 2017 tennis league was preceded by a well attended opening ceremony which had the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udo-Udoma, a tennis player and multi talented sports person in his hay days, serve off the event.The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, who served off the event last year was away in Uganda attending the African Union ministerial conference.“This very laudable private initiative,” Udo- Udoma said in his speech, “is exactly the direction this government wants to go by allowing the private sector lead development in the major sectors of the economy. Sports has enormous capacity to engage our youth, create jobs and earn good foreign exchange that would grow our economy. It is projects like this that can bring out the sporting talent in our youth.“I therefor commend the NCC for this investment in our youth and Godwin Kienka and his team for doing such a good job.’The NCC Tennis League will continue this weekend with ties in Ibadan and Ilorin.Team Oluyole will be hosting Team VGC Lions of Lagos at the Adamasingba Stadium Ibadan while Team Optiwebb of Ilorin will take on Team Kalotari of Port Harcourt at the Kwara Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
They say they never really miss you until you’re gone. Such is the case with Roger Clemens. Except, he’s not gone.Not to say he’s underrated by any means, but Clemens — arguably the best pitcher of his era — hasn’t received the hype throughout his career. One would think he is due. That is, unless he’s about to leave the game.So with the 44-year-old’s career likely coming to an end after this season, be prepared for all the media hoopla following Clemens, just like the beginning of this season.Yet, a heavy dosage of the Rocket should be had while he’s still around, because he’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime type players.Coming back to play for the slumping Astros, who also won’t miss Clemens until he’s gone with the lack of run support they’ve given him, hasn’t helped get him any attention in what is likely to be his last season.But even when he was with the two most marketable teams in baseball, he wasn’t really seen as a glorified superstar. All anyone ever cared about when he was with the Yankees was when he was going to take out Mike Piazza, whether it was with a pitch or a broken bat. Nobody cared what he did when he was with the Blue Jays because they were, well, the Blue Jays, although he had two of his best individual seasons ever in Toronto.And while his 13-year tenure in Boston was solid, it ended on a sour note when former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said Clemens was in the “twilight of his career.” Turns out it was just the beginning.Why Clemens hasn’t received more press is beyond me. Maybe it’s because he’s typically so humble and is a family-first guy. Maybe it’s because he’s playing in the juiced-up homerun era, or the same era with a large number of fellow Hall-of-Fame-quality starting pitchers such as Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and maybe even Pedro Martinez. Throw in Mariano Rivera and possibly Trevor Hoffman if you want to count closers.Maybe it’s because he’s bounced around so much throughout his career, and he just won’t quit.Or maybe it’s because he’s just so damn good.I retract my earlier statement about Clemens being arguably the best pitcher of his era; he’s one of the best of all time.Now I can’t honestly say I’ve ever seen the likes of Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Pete Alexander, Cy Young, Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax, and whoever else is considered among the best all-time, but having seen Clemens since I was born, I would take my chances with him on the mound against anybody else, no questions asked.His stats alone speak for themselves — 11-time All-Star, seven Cy Young awards, two pitching Triple Crowns, two World Series rings (despite four losses) and he is currently second on the all-time strikeouts list behind Nolan Ryan.But it’s his no-nonsense attitude that makes him the incredible pitcher he is.Despite being rather modest about his career numbers and honors, he’s a true gamer on the mound. When Clemens won the MVP award in 1986 — the only pitcher to do so since — Hank Aaron argued pitchers shouldn’t be eligible for the honor, to which Clemens answered he’d bean the homerun king if he were still playing just to show him how valuable he really is. And you thought Pedro was being original when he said he’d plunk the Great Bambino in the buttocks.Maybe a little bit cocky, as he was in his early years with the Red Sox, but you gotta love his confidence. And though he’s been outspoken at times, it has never once affected his play on the field as he’s never, ever complained about his arm or shoulder getting tired.If that’s not enough, the way in which Clemens has put up his numbers adds even more zeal to his career. He’s done it in hitters’ parks like Fenway Park, the SkyDome and one of the worst, Minute Maid Park. He’s done it in the age of the five-man rotation. Remember, most of the pitchers considered to be some of the best all-time pitched 40 game seasons. And he’s done it just as well at the age of 40 and then some.All this makes Clemens perhaps the best pitcher of all-time and should make him baseball’s top celebrity in this day and age. He is to the sport what Wayne Gretzky was to hockey, what Michael Jordan was to basketball, and what Tiger Woods currently is to golf.Too bad nobody will ever realize it until he retires for good.Michael Poppy is a senior majoring in Journalism and Communication Arts. If you’d like to argue with him over who the best Major League pitcher of all-time is, or just have questions or comments, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National hunt enthusiasts will be gearing up for another top-notch day at Thurles today where Willie Mullins is represented by a number of interesting sorts.Mullins’ Karalee may be the pick of his three runners. The Rich Ricci-owned mare is lightly-raced but clearly has a fair level of ability judging by her latest effort in finishing third behind Apple’s Jade in a Grade One event at Punchestown back in April.If running up to scratch, she should take the world of beating on her seasonal reappearance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle (1.25) under Paul Townend.The champion handler will be bidding to get his afternoon off to a good start with Montalbano, also owned by Ricci and ridden by Townend, in the Killinan Beginners Chase (12.25).Meanwhile, Mullins has won the Cahir Maiden Hurdle (1.55) with Turban (2011), Lucky Bridle (2013), Max Dynamite (2014), Petit Mouchoir (2015) and Riven Light (2016) in recent seasons and relies on Real Steal in this year’s renewal.Real Steel’s main danger looks to be Daly Tiger from the Noel Meade stable who was a comfortable winner of a bumper at the track earlier this month.The racing at Thurles is underway at 12.25 and the ground is currently soft-to-heavy there. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olivier Giroud’s incredible scorpion kick set Arsenal on the way to a victory over Crystal Palace which moved them up to third in the Premier League.With a cross from Alexis Sanchez delivered behind him, Frenchman Giroud elastically reached the ball with his left foot, looping it over his head and in off the underside of the bar.An Alex Iwobi header gave Arsenal a scrappy second before Palace briefly rallied to force saves from home goalkeeper Petr Cech.The win moves the Gunners back to within nine points of leaders Chelsea, while Palace stay 17th, two points above the relegation zone.The visitors have won only once in 13 league games, with manager Sam Allardyce awaiting his first victory since taking over from Alan Pardew.Giroud marked his return to the Arsenal starting line-up on Boxing Day by scoring the only goal in the win over West Bromwich Albion, and followed up here by pulling off one of the most memorable moments of this or any other season.Indeed, it was made all the more remarkable for its echoes of a similarly breathtaking goal scored by Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the defeat of Sunderland on Monday.If anything, Giroud’s was even more impressive, an acrobatic finish to a head-high cross delivered from the left by Sanchez at the end of a pacy Arsenal counter-attack.As the ball arrived, a sprinting Giroud turned to stick out his left foot, flicked the ball over his head and saw it arc over the leap of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, off the woodwork and into the net.“It was an unbelievable finish,” said former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live. “It has to be up there with the goal of the season already.“He’s hooked that with a gadget foot – the ball is behind him and he has no right to get his foot Olivier Giroud told BBC Sport: “It is not difficult to say it is the best one. I was a bit lucky but it was the only thing I could do, the ball was behind me and I tried to hit it with a backheel.“Maybe Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal inspired me, it’s the only thing you can do in that position. It is nice for me and the team because we start the year with a win.”Even Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, told Sky Sports it was a wonder goal: “It was a wonder goal – there seems to be a lot going in recently. It’s a fantastic strike.”Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, said: “It was a great counter-attack at great speed, his reflex surprised everybody who knows football and that’s what makes the goal great.“I have been a bit spoiled over the years by the exceptional quality of the players I’ve had, but it will be remembered as an exceptional goal.“Olly is very good in front of goal, but I’ve never seen this kind of goal from him.”Arsenal lost ground in the title race with defeats by Everton and Manchester City, and began this game in fifth place following Tottenham’s win at Watford.Giroud’s goal was the highlight of an otherwise lacklustre first half in which the only other moment of note was the Frenchman missing his kick attempting to meet a cross inside the six-yard box.Still, the Gunners’ threat was always apparent, particularly in the shape of the forward running of full-backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal, who tormented the Palace defence throughout.Monreal was involved in the second goal, providing a cross that was not dealt with, Iwobi heading in despite the efforts of Palace defender Joel Ward on the line.
Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Online gambling operator Global Gaming will be able to appeal a decision made by Spelinspektionen last year which saw the revocation of its SafeEnt licence.As confirmed in a statement on its website, the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping will grant a review permit, looking into whether the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision to revoke the licence in June 2019 was correct.The statement read: “The Swedish Gambling Authority decided on June 17, 2019 to revoke Global Gaming 555 AB’s subsidiary SafeEnt Ltd’s license for betting and online gambling. The decision was appealed to the Administrative Court which on November 12, 2019 decided to refuse the appeal.“The Administrative Court’s decision was appealed to the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping, which today has informed of its decision to grant review permit. The review permit means that the Administrative Court of Appeal in Jönköping will decide whether the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision was correct.”Last year, Spelinspektionen withdrew the licence for commercial online gambling and betting of Global Gaming subsidiary SafeEnt, which runs the igaming entity Ninja Casino alongside spellandet.com. The licence was revoked on the grounds of ‘serious operating deficiencies’ in the management of Ninja Casino.The regulator also found that the operator had failed to sufficiently address actions against money laundering and terrorist financing, with deficiencies found in the company’s risk assessment and measures for customer knowledge“We are, of course, relieved that the Administrative Court of Appeal today has granted a review permit of the case,” concluded Tobias Fagerlund, Global Gaming 555 AB’s CEO. “We hope that the Administrative Court of Appeal will eventually share our opinion that the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision was disproportionate and incorrect.” Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles
Algeria international Riyad Mahrez has continued his superb start to the new English Premier League season with another goal for his club Leicester City as they drew 1-1 with visiting Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.The outstanding 24-year-old wide man had caused the Spurs defence all kinds of problems with his skill and trickery until he struck in the 82nd minute to level the score a minute after young English substitute Bamidele Alli had given the visitors the lead.Mahrez has now scored in all his side’s three games of the season, including an opening day double. He leads the league’s scorers’ chart with four goals.Mali winger Bakary Sako proved his class on Saturday as he scored the winner for his club Crystal Palace in his first ever English Premier League game.The goal only told part of the story of the superb display by the 27-year-old star (right, above) signed from English Championship side Wolves on a free this summer. The AFCON 2015 star only got to start because fellow African Yannick Bolasie had to travel home following the death of his father. He took his chance in fine fashion and crowned his efforts with a well curled shot three minutes from time to give Palace a 2-1 win over visiting Aston Villa.Another Mali international Modibo Maiga came off the bench to score for West Ham United as they lost 3-4 at home to EPL new boys Bournemouth. Cote d’Ivoire winger Max Gradel set up Bournemouth’s third goal.It was a second goal on the bounce for Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate who scored West Ham’s second goal.CLICK TO READ: How Jordan, Andre, Schlupp on Saturday– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
The byes are officially over, and for the rest of the season, fantasy football owners will have a pool of 32 guys to choose from every week. Before we get any further, I must point your attention to Michael Badgley, Harrison Butker, Dan Bailey, and Zane Gonzalez. All four are coming off byes, so they were potentially dropped, and all four are in the top-10 in our Week 13 fantasy kicker rankings. It’s worth checking to see if you can pick them up as free agents. Badgley, in Denver this week and an absolute stud, is even nearly worth a waiver claim.More on Gonzalez here, too. We ranked him near the bottom of this list all season, figuring that his past struggles would eventually show up. But they haven’t. He’s made 26-of-29 field-goal attempts this season, along with all but one of his extra points. That includes making both of his kicks from beyond 50 yards. Gonzalez made us buy in. Other than that, enjoy the Thanksgiving football! Hopefully your kicker doesn’t ruin the day by missing four field goals or anything terrible like that. The good news is all six kickers will be playing indoors, so if there are any weather worries for the weekend, you can always grab someone for Thursday. Four kickers in our top 12 play on turkey day, so they should be solid choices.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 13 Fantasy Rankings: KickerMORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderRankPlayer1Justin Tucker, BAL vs. SF2Greg Zuerlein, LAR @ ARZ3Michael Badgley, LAC @ DEN4Joey Slye, CAR vs. WAS5Harrison Butker, KC vs. OAK6Wil Lutz, NO @ ATL7Daniel Carlson, OAK @ KC8Brett Maher, DAL vs. BUF9Dan Bailey, MIN @ SEA10Zane Gonzalez, ARZ vs. LAR11Younghoe Koo, ATL vs. NO12Matt Prater, DET vs. CHI13Jason Myers, SEA vs. MIN14Eddy Pineiro, CHI @ DET15Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU vs. NE16Mason Crosby, GB @ NYG17Matt Gay, TB @ JAX18Jake Elliott, PHI @ MIA19Josh Lambo, JAX vs. TB20Brandon McManus, DEN vs. LAC21Kai Forbath, NE @ HOU22Austin Seibert, CLE @ PIT23Ryan Succop, TEN @ IND24Stephen Hauschka, BUF @ DAL25Robbie Gould, SF @ BAL26Aldrick Rosas, NYG vs. GB27Dustin Hopkins, WAS @ CAR28Randy Bullock, CIN vs. NYJ29Jason Sanders, MIA vs. PHI30Chris Boswell, PIT vs. CLE31Sam Ficken, NYJ @ CIN32Adam Vinatieri, IND vs. TEN WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STBarring weather concerns, it’s not really worth constantly streaming kickers because it’s so random anyway. You might as well settle in with one for the rest of the season. Outside of the top 10, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Matt Gay and Younghoe Koo all have solid leg talent that will play in any stadium and at least manageable weather (although Fairbairn’s struggles this season have been greater than expected, we still believe in the overall ability).WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endI’m not sure what to make of Joey Slye’s rough Week 12, but I’m sticking with my belief in him for another week. MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOS