Spurs target West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson for problem right-back spot

first_imgTOTTENHAM will make West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson their top target for the problem right-back slot.Boss Mauricio Pochettino wants a new face for the position as he struggles to cover for the loss of England star Kieran Trippier.1 Tottenham are tracking West Brom teenager Nathan FergusonCredit: Rex FeaturesSince Trippier left to join Atletico Madrid last summer it has exposed a weakness in the squad Pochettino has built ujp.That has left the Argentine telling his scouting department to keep an eye out for someone who has the ability to come in and make the position their own.And the Spurs scouts are raving about Ferguson — who is playing LEFT-back for Baggies but is a natural right-sider.Crystal Palace are mad keen on Ferguson, 19, and also see him as a right- back.But now Spurs are on the scene and could offer a more glamorous move with a £10million deal.West Brom want to keep Ferguson and hope to extend his contract, especially with the club looking to mount a promotion challenge in the Championship.But a Premier League club would be hard to resist for Ferguson if he had the chance of a switch.The Birmingham-born youngster has become a wanted man in his breakthrough season – and both his defensive skills and ability to go forward mark him out as special.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticSpurs need someone soon as they have been filling in with players not used to the job following the loss of Kyle Walker-Peters through injury.They have the funds and a good reputation for giving youngsters a chance quickly.Although the Baggies want Ferguson for a promotion push, there is the chance of a January deal if the offer is fair.last_img read more

Australia beat South Africa on last ball

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP): Australia chased down 204 in a thrilling last-ball victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international yesterday to level the three-game series at 1-1. Australia’s chase was powered by a brilliant partnership of 161 between David Warner, who made 77 off 40 balls, and Glenn Maxwell, who got 75 off 43. The pair took Australia from 32-3 to 193-4. Maxwell fell in the penultimate over and Warner was out first ball of the last over, leaving new batsmen Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner to get 11 off the final five balls to win. Helped by two wides in that last over from Kagiso Rabada, the Australians scrambled home to 205-5, running two off the last delivery to clinch a victory that appeared way out of their reach at 32-3 in the sixth over.last_img

Andy Murray to make career decision ‘in next week’ after Australian Open exit

first_imgBritain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning the the third set tie-breaker against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Andy Murray said he would make a decision on further surgery that could end his career “within a week” after battling to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat in the Australian Open on Monday. The Scot fought to the very end before losing his Melbourne first-round match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7), 6-2 to Roberto Bautista Agut.ADVERTISEMENT “I have basically like two options,” he told reporters. “One is to take the next four-and-a-half months off, then build up, you know, play Wimbledon.‘I’m really struggling’“I mean, I’m really struggling. I can’t walk properly at all just now. I could play another match, but … I want to improve my quality of life, because even if I take four months, I still can’t walk.“But having an operation like that, there’s absolutely no guarantees I’d be able to play again. I’m fully aware of that. It’s a really big operation. “I’ll probably decide in the next week or so.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Murray had entered a raucous Melbourne Arena to a huge ovation as Scottish Saltires and British Union flags were flown while one banner proclaimed: “There will only ever be one Andy Murray”.The rollicking support lifted him and despite frequently grimacing with pain he moved relatively freely as the Spaniard took the opening set in 50 minutes.The in-form Bautista Agut had beaten world number one Novak Djokovic on his way to winning the Qatar Open at the start of the month and quickly took the second.Bautista Agut broke for 2-1 in the third and just as the end looked like it would come quickly, Murray had the crowd, including mum Judy and brother Jamie, back on their feet after a winner down the line to break back. “Right, let’s go,” Murray shouted and held to love with an searing ace to nudge ahead 3-2 before forcing a tiebreak which he took 7-5 with a scream of “come on” and a huge fist pump. Suddenly the comeback was on.The fourth set went with serve and Murray again proved the tie-break master on the fourth of his five set points — but not before being interrupted as he served to stay in the match at 5-6 by fireworks going off at the nearby Melbourne Cricket Ground.‘An incredible night’Once Bautista Agut broke in the fifth, Murray’s resolve finally crumbled and the Spaniard took it 6-2. He will face unseeded Australian John Millman in the second round.“That was an incredible night,” said Bautista Agut.  Murray, who has said he will retire this season because of chronic hip pain, seemed finished at two sets and a break down to the 22nd seeded Spaniard in the first round but somehow battled back to force a fifth set.“Amazing. That was incredible, thank you so, so much to everyone that came out tonight,” the three-time Grand Slam champion said after being swept along on a wave of vociferous support.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Honestly I’ve loved playing here over the years. If this was my last match, an amazing way to end. I gave everything I had and it wasn’t enough tonight.”Murray announced at an emotional press conference on Friday that he would retire at Wimbledon this year, but conceded Monday’s clash could well be his last match as he will soon need a further major operation on his damaged right hip. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “Andy deserves this atmosphere. He gave everything to the last point. I want to congratulate him for all he did for tennis.”Murray was then shown a big screen tribute from a whole phalanx of top players, including Roger Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens.“I’ve been very fortunate — and unlucky — to compete in an era with all those great players around” Murray said.“To have the respect of your peers is a very special thing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 4-time Asian champion runner tests positive for steroid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Spurs boss talks ‘cows and trains’ ahead of Inter Milan clash

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham’s coach Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier did not make thethe trip to Milan. © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMilan, Italy, Sep 17 – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino raised eyebrows on Monday with a bizarre tale about cows and trains to explain how you should learn from your past experiences in the Champions League.Tottenham open their Group B campaign on Tuesday night against Inter Milan in the San Siro. The English club finished top of their group last season ahead of eventual champions Real Madrid, but were beaten in the knockout round by Italian side Juventus.“If you’re not clever, experience on it’s own is not going to help you in the future,” the Argentine told a pre-match press conference at the San Siro.“It’s like a cow who sees every single day for ten years the train crossing in front, and if you ask the cow when the train is coming he’s not going to have the right answer.“In football it’s the same.”Pochettino continued: “Experience, yes, of course experience matters. But hunger, motivation, circumstance, everything, is so important.“Many things in football are so important. We use too much talk of, ‘the experience is going to help next season’.“Yes of course, if you show the same hunger, the same own motivation, if you fight in the same way.“Many things have to be in the same way. If not, only with experience, you don’t win games.”– ‘Collective problem’ –The Spurs boss confirmed that defensive pair Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier had been left out of the European opener, but not as a punishment after defeats to Watford and Liverpool in their last two games, but because of a “technical decision”.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielders Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko will also miss out on the European tie.France’s World Cup-winning captain Lloris has been ruled out for several weeks with a thigh injury with Alli and Sissoko both carrying hamstring injuries.“It’s technical decision, tactical decision. You cannot bring 25 players. You can only play 11 players with seven on the bench. That is the reason.”Pochettino added: “I never punish players because you win and lose. The plan is to leave them and use different players.”Both teams are coming off weekend league defeats — Inter losing 1-0 to Parma in Milan and Tottenham falling 2-1 at their temporary Wembley home to Liverpool.“After Watford and Liverpool it’s difficult to talk about being a realistic contender,” said Pochettino.“We don’t believe we are favourites in this game. Inter Milan are an historic club and they have a great squad and fantastic manager.“But both teams arrive in a similar situation, the same mental state, both teams are going to fight. It will be a tough game.”“It’s a collective problem … not Harry,” says Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino of claims star striker Harry Kane looks tired. © AFP / Miguel MEDINAPochettino dismissed talk of star striker Harry Kane struggling for form after the World Cup.“Obviously he has to improve, but it’s too easy to blame him, the fans have to thank him for everything he’s given,” Pochettino said. “I’m not concerned. The reason is not tired or not tired, can rest or not rest. It’s a collective problem, not only one player.“We need to keep our feet on the grass. The last two defeats have been so good as a wake-up call.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

From dream to nightmare: ‘Little Messi’ forced to flee

first_img0Shares0000Murtaza and his family abandoned their home in southeastern Ghazni province in November © AFP / NOORULLAH SHIRZADAKABUL, Afghanistan, Dec 6 – Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world with his love for footballer Lionel Messi in 2016. His dream of meeting the Argentinian came true, but now the seven-year-old boy is living a nightmare as one of thousands of Afghans displaced by war.Murtaza and his family abandoned their home in southeastern Ghazni province in November, along with hundreds of others fleeing intense fighting after the Taliban launched an offensive in the previously safe area. Now they are among the thousands of similarly uprooted people struggling to get by in Kabul, and also living with the fear that the Taliban are hunting for their famous son.Murtaza Ahmadi’s brother made him a makeshift jersey out of a blue and white striped plastic bag, with Messi’s name and famous number 10 written carefully on the back in felt-tip pen © AFP / STRThe image of Murtaza sporting a makeshift Messi jersey — made of a blue and white striped plastic bag and with Messi’s name and famous number 10 written carefully on the back in felt-tip pen — flooded media and social networks in 2016.The media hype drew the football superstar’s attention, and that year Murtaza met his idol in Qatar, where he walked out onto the pitch clutching Messi’s hand as a mascot for a Barcelona friendly.Messi, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, also gave his tiny fan an autographed jersey and a football.But the moment of happiness has quickly dissipated.AFP met with the family recently in the cramped room in Kabul they are renting from another impoverished family, where Murtaza’s mother Shafiqa told how they had fled their home district of Jaghori in the night after hearing gunshots.“We couldn’t take any of our belongings, we left only with our lives,” she said, her face half hidden by a scarf.After images of his plastic Messi jersey went viral, Murtaza met his idol in Qatar © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARThe family belongs to the Shiite-denominated Hazara ethnic group, who were targeted by the Sunni Taliban in their November operation in Ghazni.The UN says up to 4,000 families fled, with witnesses describing “absolute terror” to AFP. Hundreds of civilians, soldiers, and insurgents were killed in the fighting.The fear felt by the Ahmadi family was ratcheted up when they learned that the Taliban were searching for the small Murtaza by name.“(They) said if they capture him, they will cut him into pieces,” Shafiqa said, her eyes horrified.Sports were rarely tolerated under the 1996-2001 Taliban regime, and the Kabul football stadium was a well-known venue for stonings and executions.Shafiqa said she hid her famous son’s face with a scarf to prevent him from being recognised as they fled.They took refuge first in a mosque in Bamiyan, before arriving in Kabul six days later. Among their belongings left behind are the football and jersey signed by Messi.– ‘I miss Messi’ –Although Afghan security forces have beaten back the Taliban in Jaghori, the family says it no longer feels safe.The family lives under precarious conditions, with inadequate shelter, food, water or sanitation available to the refugees © AFP / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA“The danger of the Taliban coming back is high, going back is not an option,” Shafiqa said.The attention they received as a result of Murtaza’s fame has added to their fears, she continued.“Local strongmen were calling and saying, ‘You have become rich, pay the money you have received from Messi or we will take your son’,” she said.“At night we would sometimes see unknown men, watching and checking our house, and then the calls. During the days, we wouldn’t dare let him outside home to play with other children.”The family have already fled once before, to Pakistan in 2016, where they sought asylum in “any safe country”.They returned reluctantly to Jaghori after their money ran out, Shafiqa said.They are among the more than 300,000 Afghans who have fled their homes due to violence since the beginning of this year alone © AFP / NOORULLAH SHIRZADAMurtaza’s father Arif remains in Jaghori working as a farmer while his family lives in Kabul under precarious conditions, with inadequate shelter, food, water or sanitation available to the refugees.They are among the more than 300,000 Afghans — 58 percent of whom are under the age of 18 — who have fled their homes due to violence since the beginning of this year alone, according to the most recent tally by the UN’s agency for humanitarian affairs.Homayoun, Murtaza’s eldest brother who made him his plastic jersey, says that even in Kabul he is afraid. “We are worried something bad will happen if they know who Murtaza is,” he said.Little Murtaza, meanwhile, says he misses his football and his jersey from Messi.“I want them back so I can play,” he told AFP.“I miss Messi,” he added.“When I meet him, I will say, ‘Salaam’ and ‘How are you?’ Then he will reply saying thank you and be safe, and I will go with him to the pitch where he will play and I will watch him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DEA steroid probe may share names

first_imgThe top-ranked Swiss will play for his seventh title of the season against the 25th-ranked Argentine, who reached his first final of the year. Federer won his 18th straight match to reach his 10th final in 13 events. ETC.: Justine Henin rallied to defeat Nicole Vaidisova, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, and advanced to the final of the Zurich Open in Switzerland. The top-ranked Henin will play Tatiana Golovin, who defeated Francesca Schiavone, 6-0, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Rugby South Africa won its second Rugby World Cup by beating defending champion England, 15-6, in Saint-Denis, France in a final where all the points came on penalty kicks. Percy Montgomery was 4-for-4 on kicks for South Africa. Jonny Wilkinson had two for Britain. “I’m sitting here and trying not to cry,” Springboks captain John Smit said. “It’s a feeling you can’t put into words. It’s a reward for four years of dedication and hard work.” Wilkinson kicked England to victory in the 2003 final in Sydney, but didn’t receive enough chances at Stade de France. South Africa, which went unbeaten and averaged almost 44 points in six wins to reach the final, had demolished England, 36-0, in pool play 36 days beforehand. Boxing Germany’s Felix Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title in Halle, Germany, fighting to a draw with American Randy Griffin. Both fighters traded shots nonstop for 12 rounds, standing toe-to-toe for many of them. One judge ruled the fight 114-114, while the other two had it 117-11 for Griffin and 115-114 for Sturm. Griffin, ranked No. 1 by the WBA, never stopped moving forward and throwing punches at the favored German. By the final two rounds, the crowd was on its feet. “I hope there is a rematch,” Sturm said. “Randy deserved it and I need a rematch to prove something to myself.” Griffin, 31, fell to 24-1-3, with 12 knockouts. Sturm improved to 28-2-1, 12 KOs. Mixed martial arts Anderson Silva retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight championship, stopping Rich Franklin at “UFC 77: Hostile Territory” at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Before a sellout crowd in Franklin’s hometown, Silva (20-4) knocked down Franklin with a smashing right to the head late in the first round. Franklin still looked really wobbly as the second round started, but gamely tried to exchange with Silva. But the champion was not to be denied and he once again battered Franklin’s face with knees. The former champ fell to his back and, with Silva ready to pounce, McCarthy jumped in to save Franklin from any more punishment. “The fight only stops when `Big John’ says so,” Silva said, when asked if he thought he was close to ending it. Admittedly still woozy, Franklin was well enough to address his fans after the fight and heaped all praise upon his opponent. “Just about 30 seconds ago, I realized I was in Cincinnati again,” said Franklin. “Hats off to Anderson. He’s a great warrior and he’s a class act, so please don’t boo him. He’s a great guy. He had me tonight, what can I say? Sorry hometown crowd. I don’t even remember what happened, exactly, so I’m going to have to look at the tapes.” Silva (20-4), a Brazilian nicknamed “Spider,” took the championship title away from Franklin with a first-round win last October. Silva has defended the title twice and won an additional fight that didn’t qualify as a title defense. Franklin (24-3), a former light heavyweight nicknamed “Ace,” had won two fights since losing to Silva. In the match preceding the main event, heavyweight Tim Sylvia (26-3) unanimously outpointed Brandon Vera (8-1). Cycling Cadel Evans captured the Pro Tour title at the Giro di Lombardia, finishing sixth behind winner Damiano Cunego in Como, Italy. Cunego, an Italian with the Lampre team, covered the 150-mile route from Varese to Como in 5 hours, 52 minutes, 48 seconds. He beat Riccardo Ricco in a sprint finish. Horse racing McDynamo drew off over the final half-mile to win his fifth straight $250,000 Breeders’ Cup Grand National Steeplechase in Far Hills, N.J., beating Sweet Shani by six lengths. Ridden by Jody Petty and trained by Sanna Hendriks, McDynamo took the lead for good down the backstretch. Good Night Shirt and Best Attack both tried to rally, but McDynamo took off and wasn’t challenged in the stretch. The 10-year-old horse covered the 2 5/8 miles and 14 jumps in 5:30 3/5 and earned $180,000 for the win, which was his seventh straight overall at the course in Far Hills. No other horse has ever won the race more than twice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I want to be able to share this information with USADA so they can run their pool of names against people they’ve identified,” said Robertson, part of a U.S. Olympic Committee panel discussing the fight against doping in sports. “I want to do that in pro sports and collegiate sports. “If an athlete is dumb enough and is cheating, they’re going to pay the cost of supporting that.” Tennis Defending champion Roger Federer will play David Nalbandian in the final of the Madrid Masters in Spain. Federer defeated Nicolas Kiefer, 6-4, 6-4, and Nalbandian defeated third-ranked Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-6 (4). From news services Special Agent Jack Robertson, the lead investigator in the latest federal crackdown on illegal steroids, said Saturday that athletes “at every level” have been identified in the case, and he would like to share those names with anti-doping enforcers in their various sports. Robertson, who works for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was the lead investigator in the recently executed Operation Raw Deal, a bust that recovered 11.4 million doses of steroids from 56 labs in the largest crackdown on illegal steroids in U.S. history. Robertson reiterated that the DEA targeted labs and suppliers, not athletes, but he acknowledged suppliers compiled customer lists. The names on those lists could be revealed to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and others as the case progresses. last_img

FANCY A COYBIG COCKTAIL OR A KEANE BOOKMAKER SANDWICH? CHECK OUT THE SILVER TASSIE EURO 2016 SPECIALS

first_imgEURO 2016 fever is gripping the nation – and The Silver Tassie Hotel have got in on the act by producing a stunning menu selection to coincide with the major championships. Management at the hugely popular hotel – have devised a EURO 2016 themed menu that will wet your appetite for all the big games over the next month. Would you fancy a Pirlo Pizza? Perhaps a Pogba Special, or keep it Irish and go with the Keane Bookmaker Sandwich?All delicious meals will be served with a complimentary FREE pint, glass of wine or a soft drink.There are some incredible offers available, and they’ll last right throughout the tournament which kicks-off tomorrow and ends on July 10th.The daily specials will be available from 3pm-10pm – so make if you’re going out for the match drop into The Silver Tassie Hotel from some top-class grub and watch the match on their HD screens! You can also avail of the drink specials (see below) and they’re also running a special COYBIG Cocktail.All pints €3.50Pint of Peroni €4.50Glass of Wine – €3.50Beer bucket (6 Coors) €20.00COYBIG Cocktail – €5.00Soft drinks – €2.00The Silver Tassie Hotel has got all the angles covered for EURO 2016!FANCY A COYBIG COCKTAIL OR A KEANE BOOKMAKER SANDWICH? CHECK OUT THE SILVER TASSIE EURO 2016 SPECIALS was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessEuro 2016newsSportlast_img read more

Harry Maguire confident England can handle the pressure at the World Cup

first_img 2 Maguire spoke to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley 2 Maguire knows all about fan expectations having been a regular at Three Lions matches as a youngster – a habit he reprised two years ago when travelling to watch Euro 2016 with family and friends.The 25-year-old is now set to experience the other side of the equation and is tipped to pip Gary Cahill to a place in Gareth Southgate’s back three on Monday night.He told talkSPORT: “The country stops, especially when there’s a game on and England are playing in it.“As a fan I’ve been to watch numerous England games as a boy – they’re passionate, everyone loves the game. As professional footballers we feel more than capable of handling that pressure.“There are a lot of players in this squad who haven’t played in World Cups but we’re going to go in with no fear, really hungry and really attack this tournament.Maguire believes the competition in Southgate’s squad is healthy and whoever does miss out will throw their full weight behind the eleven men on the pitch. Harry Maguire knows the country will come to a halt when England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia.And although it is his first experience at a major tournament, the Leicester man is ready to handle the pressure. He added: “There’s competition in every position. Gareth’s picked a strong squad.“We’re all fighting for our shirt and hopefully the boys who do get selected go and do the business.“We all get on really well, there’s no bitterness. There’s a good atmosphere around the place.“I’m sure whoever does get selected, the other boys will be wanting them to go and do well for their country.”Maguire has arrived on the big stage in impressive fashion, just a year after being picked up by the Foxes following Hull’s relegation from the Premier League.“It’s been a whirlwind few years, a remarkable rise and something I’m very proud of,” he said.“To play for your country is the pinnacle of anyone’s football career, especially at a World Cup. But I’m in the moment, maybe in a few years you’ll look back at it and think of the memories, especially if they’re good ones.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. Maguire is ready to do the business for England last_img read more

Dangerous December will define Liverpool’s season, warns Reds legend

first_imgLiverpool legend Ian Rush has warned the Reds they are set for a season-defining six weeks as they aim to keep their trophy hopes alive.Manager Jurgen Klopp’s aim of continuing to fight on two fronts will be severely tested over the festive period against their top domestic and European rivals. Will failure to win a trophy this season put pressure on Jurgen Klopp? Jurgen Klopp said he wanted to win a title by his third year as Liverpool boss when he was appointed in 2015 4 Liverpool visit Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, with their hopes of making the last 16 of the Champions League very much in the balance.Klopp’s side then play eight games in December, including Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton, further home games against Manchester United and Arsenal, and a potentially-decisive Champions League clash with Napoli.The Reds will then kick off 2019 by travelling to Premier League champions Manchester City on January 3.“It’s one hell of a month and after it we’ll know where we stand,” said Rush, speaking at the 2018 Football Association of Wales and McDonald’s grassroots football awards in Cardiff.“That’s where we’ll need our squad players if we’re going to be successful.“I looked at our bench against Fulham [a 2-0 win at Anfield] the other week and it looked really strong. Xherdan Shaqiri has worked his way into Klopp’s first-team plans – will he be Liverpool’s secret weapon? “There were some great players on the bench and I think that’s the difference from last season. We’ve got players that can come on and win games now.”Unbeaten Liverpool have made their best ever start to a Premier League campaign with 33 points from 13 games, yet still trail leaders City by two points.But their form in Europe has been patchy, with last season’s Champions League finalists losing group games away to Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.Rush, a Liverpool club ambassador and record goalscorer 346 goals between 1980 and 1996, added: “We did enough at Napoli but they scored in the last minute.“Maybe we underestimated Red Star a little bit.“PSG need to beat Liverpool but it could come down to the Napoli game, that’s like a final now and the atmosphere will be electric at Anfield. Rush, however, does not see it that way, saying of the German manager: “He said three years [to win a trophy] and he’s in his third year now.“But if he leaves who are you going to get?“Everyone loves him, the supporters love him, and there’s no better manager in my book.“We need to see progression, and last year we were looking at the top four. This year we’re looking at the top two, so we are progressing with him.”Ian Rush was speaking at the 2018 FAW & McDonald’s Grassroots Football awards, celebrating grassroots heroes across Wales. To find out more about the McDonald’s Grassroots scheme visit: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/grassroots 4 “I’d like to see us progress in the Champions League and still put Man City under pressure in the Premier League.“Last season it was too easy for them. This time if they lose a game we need to be there to overtake them.”Former Liverpool striker John Toshack said this week that Klopp’s future at Liverpool could not be guaranteed unless he wins a trophy this season. 4 Anfield icon Ian Rush at a Liverpool legends game against Borussia Dortmund 4last_img read more

ATHLETICS: DONEGAL TEAM NAMED FOR NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgDONEGAL’S athletics bosses have issued the team lists for National Juvenile Even Ages Cross Country Championshios.The event takes place at Tatterstall, Co Meath, on Sunday, November 25. Donegal Even Ages JuvenileTeams for All Irelands 2012 Under 12 Girls; Under 12 Boys;Karen Gallagher, LAC. Jack Gillespie, FV.Aoife Mc Grath, FV. Johnny Mc Groddy, C/ford. Amy Boyle-Carr K/begs. Niall Quinn, Lifford.Eimear O Neill, FV Shane Mc Monagle, FV.Daniella Jansen, FV. Adam Mc Crudden, FV.Lauren Mc Daid, FV. Stephen Black, C/ford.Megan Ryan, LAC. John Reid, FV.Zoe Kelly, FV. Conor Black, C/ford. Michelle Mc Devitt, C/ford. Dylan Dorrian, C/ford.Aibhinn Mc Bride, C/ford. Ronan Gallagher, C/ford.Under 14 Girls; Under 14 Boys;Laura Crossan, LAC. Brian Mc Namee, FV. Aoibhinn Mc Hugh, FV. Donal Farren, LAC.Altan Murphy, LAC. Aaron Mc Glynn, FV.Saskia Boyle, Rosses. Denver Kelly, FV.Aideen O Rawe, I/owen. Eoin Kelly, C/ford.Nikita Mc Devitt, FV. Ben Carr, LAC.Edel Smyth, LAC. Conor Farrell, LAC.Alison Higgins, LAC. Pat Loughrey, I/owen.Zara Galvin, LAC. Michael Doherty, I/owen.Laura Lee Penrose FV. Calvin O Brien, FV.Under 16 Girl; Under 16 Boys; Kristy Mc Elwaine, LAC. Peter Gibbons, LAC.Christine Russell, LAC. Mark Boyle, T/C.Mary T Doherty, I/owen. Michael Gallagher, LAC.Orla Fogarty, LAC. Adam Lynch. FV.Ciara Finnegan, LAC. Mark Hegarty, T/C.Aine Mc Grath, FV. Oisin Gallen, FV.Leanne Kelly, FV. Daire Curran, LAC.Eimear Kelly, FV. Oisin Toal, LAC.Niamh Kelly, C/ford. Aodhfin Mc Glynn, FV.Eloise Carlin, FV. Jack Mc Bride, FV.Under 18 Girls; Under 18 Boys;Shauna Mc groddy, C/ford. Karl Griffin, T/C.Gillian Marley, Milford. Mark Mc Guinness, T/C.Shannon Mc Laughlin, FV. Conor Morrison, LAC.Roisin Boyce, C/ford. Patrick Penrose, FV.Melanie Penrose, FV. Declan Donaghy, I/owen.Shauna Finn, FV. Dale Gallagher, LAC.Connie Ann Hession, I/owen. Sean Boyle, LAC.Patrick Mc Conigley, LAC.Christopher Murray, C/ford. Mark Mc Paul, Milford.ATHLETICS: DONEGAL TEAM NAMED FOR NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ATHLETICS: DONEGAL TEAM NAMED FOR NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPSlast_img read more