David Warner smashed a 37-ball 69 during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase of 199 against Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad on Friday and is now the leading run-scorer this season. Warner, who returned to the IPL after the ball-tampering scandal, had smashed a 53-ball 85 against Kolkata Knight Riders.David Warner has now scored 154 runs from 2 matches in the 2019 IPL at an average of 77 and a strike rate of 171.11. Sanju Samson, who smashed a 55-ball 102 not out for Rajasthan Royals earlier in the evening, had the Orange Cap for a short while before Warner took over.”One thing that inspires me is the local fans, they are amazing,” Warner said after he received the Orange Cap. “We try and put on a good show.”Warner said he was happy with the way he and opening partner Jonny Bairstow have batted in the two matches in the IPL so far. The pair added 110 off only 9.4 overs on Friday to set the tone for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 199-run chase.Moreover, Warner was banking on his knowledge of the ground in Hyderabad and said he understood the dimensions well.”Me and Jonny have partnered really well since Kolkata. There have been a few hiccups with him trying to get off the mark, I have been hogging the strike a little bit, but over the years I have been held back a little bit. We know this ground pretty well.”We know the dimensions well. There has been a breeze from one side for the last two days but tonight it wasn’t there. You have to be calculative with your batting. I enjoy playing in front of this crowd. They are fantastic,” he said.advertisement@davidwarner31 #SRHvRR pic.twitter.com/FTnE8veszhIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 29, 2019David Warner had finished with the Orange Cap in 2017, the last time he played the Indian Premier League. Two years ago, he had scored 641 runs to finish the season as the leading run-scorer.David Warner was in murderous mood when he walked out to bat in his first game in Hyderabad since 2017. He started attacking from the word go and by the time SRH reached 54 for no loss in 5 overs, Warner had raced away to 45 not out.Warner and Steve Smith were banned for a year over their role in the ball-tampering scandal while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months after he had rubbed sandpaper on the ball.Incidentally, March 29 marks the end of the one-year ban imposed on David Warner and Steve Smith by Cricket Australia. But Smith did not get the chance to bat as Sanju Samson (102 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (70) dominated Sunrisers Hyderabad throughout the innings.David Warner, on the other hand, stormed away to his 38th fifty and is now the owner of the Orange Cap. Given his form this summer, it is going to be really difficult to take it away from him.Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Warner had left Gautam Gambhir behind to lead the charts for the most fifties in the Indian Premier League.Also Read | Sanju Samson joins elite Indian list with 2nd Indian Premier League hundred
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government will not have any say on whether India should participate in next month’s Davis Cup tie in Pakistan as the event is not a bilateral engagement.India’s participation in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie, scheduled on September 14 and 15 in Islamabad, is uncertain owing to high political tensions with Pakistan.The country has downgraded diplomatic ties with India after provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, were done away with and the state was turned into a Union Territory.”If it is a bilateral sporting event, then whether India will play with Pakistan becomes a political decision. But Davis Cup is not a bilateral and is organised by a world sporting body,” Rijiju said on the sidelines of an event of the ministry of youth affairs.”Since India is a signatory to the Olympic charter. Therefore, the government of India or the national federation do not have a say on whether India will participate or not,” he added.The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be seeking a neural venue for the tie but its Pakistani counterpart on Sunday made it clear that it would not agree to a change as preparations are already underway in Islamabad.The AITA will cite the diplomatic tensions and security concerns while seeking a change of venue from the ITF.No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.advertisementSince 2017, Pakistan have played four of their five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving them a walkover.The last time Pakistan played on a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016.In 2015, Pakistan played both their home ties on neutral venues. They played Chinese Taipei in Turkey while hosting Kuwait in Colombo.
An arraignment date has been set for a Sioux City man charged in an October 4th shooting at the Hard Rock Casino at 3rd and Pearl Streets.25 year old Jaret Schnee is charged with willful injury, going armed with intent, aggravated domestic assault and intimidation with a weapon.Schnee will be arraigned on October 24th.Sioux City Police say Schnee was involved in a domestic disturbance with a woman employed by the casino.When a Hard Rock security guard came to the woman’s aid, Schnne allegedly shot the security guard in the leg.Schnee is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $100,000 bond.
I think we’ve kind of gotten to the point where it doesn’t really matter who plays running back at OSU because the position is going to be successful. It’s like how the Broncos were in the late 90s and early 2000s, “oh, yeah, we can have Travis Henry or any of his 26 kids back there and we’re still going to end up with a 1,000 yard rusher.”That said, the argument could be made that the reason OSU has such a reputation for producing great runners is because they’ve always recruited players who were great runners. Whatever the case Sims has an opportunity to be one of the great ones.Why he matters: If Randle or Smith gets h-word then the responsibility falls on the freshman to keep things balanced for his strong-armed quarterback and newly minted offensive coordinator. Only once since 1998 has a first year back led the Cowboys in rushing (Mike Hamilton in 2005) and that didn’t turn out so well.If they don’t then he will be what Randle was to Hunter and Smith last year. He’ll run for a few hundred yards, get some diamond formation (is that still around?) looks, and generally scare the hell out of teams when the realize, “oh crap, that guy is their their #3 back?!”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! Editor’s note: this is the first entry into our countdown of the twenty most important people (not necessarily players) in OSU’s march towards its first national title. I’ve posted a link to all the entries on the right sidebar and we will update as we go backwards from #20 to #1. Hope you enjoy it. Who he is: If one top-flight running back in college football is a necessity and two is a luxury then Sims represents what appears to be an embarrassment of riches for Oklahoma State this year. He was injured for most of his senior season but in his healthy junior year he put up staggering numbers for Abilene High: 250 rushes for 2,260 yards (9.0 avg.) and 36 total TDs. For comparison’s sake Malcolm Brown, who was the number one recruit in Texas last year and subsequently took his talents to Austin, posted 298 rushes for 2,596 yards (8.7 avg.) and 30 TDs.What he does: Sims is shorter than Randle and probably not as strong as Smith but he’s displayed a pretty good blend of each player’s respective style. He lines up really deep in the backfield, almost Adrian Peterson-like depth, which allows him to pick his running lane pretty precisely. He kind of reminds me of a smaller Ahmad Bradshaw.Where he fits in: He is the Peyton Hillis to Randle’s and Smith’s best DMC/Felix Jones impression. Or, if you prefer, the Brandon Jacobs to their Cadillac/Ronnie Brown. He’s a different runner than those guys, but you get the point – he’s the undercard to the main event.
Croatia Barcelona midfielder Rakitic ruled out of Croatia’s key World Cup qualifier Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 18:53 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Croatia Ivan Rakitić WC Qualification Europe Turkey v Croatia Barcelona v Espanyol Turkey Barcelona Primera División The 29-year-old has been struggling with injury to both his thighs and will miss Tuesday’s crunch clash with Turkey as a result Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has suffered an injury that has ruled him out of Croatia’s World Cup qualifier in Turkey on Tuesday.Rakitic appeared in the 1-0 home win over Kosovo that was played over two days due to a waterlogged pitch, but was substituted in the second half.European WCQ odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Head coach Ante Cacic revealed after the match the 29-year-old had thigh pain in both legs.Rakitic will consequently miss the key tie in Eskisehir due to an injury described as “slight”, with Cacic keen not to risk worsening the problem.Croatia are top of a closely contested Group I, two points clear of Ukraine and a further one ahead of Iceland. Turkey are five adrift in fourth.Barcelona are back in action with a Liga derby against Espanyol on Saturday.
Uzbekistan 0 South Korea 0: Stalemate enough for Taeguk Warriors to secure World Cup berth Peter Hanson 01:00 6/9/2017 Getty Images There were no goals, but South Korea’s draw in Uzbekistan means they are heading for a ninth consecutive World Cup appearance. South Korea booked their ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to a nervy 0-0 draw in Uzbekistan.The Taeguk Warriors missed the chance to confirm their spot last time out after being held to a goalless draw by 10-man Iran, who had already qualified from Group A.Consequently, a three-way tussle for one remaining automatic qualifying berth ensued, with Korea, Uzbekistan and underdogs Syria all in contention. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Syria secured a last-gasp 2-2 draw against Iran, but a point was enough for Korea in Tashkent to earn second place and secure a ninth consecutive World Cup appearance.However, Uzbekistan’s chances are over thanks to the late show from Syria, who now face a two-legged contest with either Australia or Saudi Arabia to reach an intercontinental play-off against CONCACAF opposition.It could have been more comfortable for Korea, who saw Hwang Hee-chan and Son Heung-min rattle the woodwork, although Azizbek Haydarov also smashed an effort against the post for Uzbekistan.But a point ultimately proved enough for Shin Tae-yong – taking charge of just his second match – to lead his side to Russia.FULL-TIME | Korea Republic and Uzbekistan battle out a goalless draw! #UZBvKOR #WCQ2018 #RoadToRussia pic.twitter.com/UsuEcapBFU— The-AFC.com (@theafcdotcom) September 5, 2017Korea almost went in front in just the second minute. Hwang took down a long throw-in on his chest and smashed an effort against the crossbar when shooting on the spin.Uzbekistan settled into the match, though, and Haydarov was desperately unlucky to see a 30-yard piledriver cannon back off the left-hand post.The hosts were let off the hook, though, when Jang Hyun-soo wastefully scuffed wide from 10 yards, having escaped his marker.Incredibly, the woodwork was struck for the third time on the stroke of half-time as Son’s effort from a tight angle was pushed onto the right post by Ignatiy Nesterov.The second half became a scrappy affair, but a fine piece of interplay between Lee Keun-ho and Hwang led to the former bending an effort narrowly wide of the right post from the edge of the box just short of the hour mark.Kim Min-woo then stung Nesterov’s palms as the visitors built some momentum.Alexander Geynrikh tested Kim Seung-gyu as Uzbekistan sought a late shock, while at the other end Lee Dong-gook nodded an effort against the bar and Son curled a presentable chance wide but it ultimately mattered little for Korea. read more
Bayern München Bayern confirm Neuer injury blow as goalkeeper faces another spell on the sidelines Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:32 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Bayern München Bundesliga The World Cup winner is nursing a fresh foot complaint, having only returned from a similar problem at the start of the 2017-18 campaign Bayern Munich have confirmed that Manuel Neuer has suffered a foot injury which will require further medical tests.The World Cup-winning goalkeeper picked up the knock during training on Monday.Bayern 9/4 to beat PSG Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Early reports suggest that the 31-year-old has damaged a bone in the same foot that he broke last season.@Manuel_Neuer suffered a foot injury during training today and will not travel to Schalke. He will undergo further examination tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/cqp8szio3l— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 18, 2017Neuer endured a hairline fracture to a metatarsal in his left foot back in March, during which time he had the bone pinned and returned to action shortly afterwards.The problem was, however, to be exacerbated as he sought to play on and he was eventually forced to concede defeat following a Champions League quarter-final reversal against Real Madrid.Neuer ended up spending 133 days on the sidelines, before coming back into the Bayern fold in August.He has remained a key figure for the Bavarian giants at the start of their Bundesliga title defence, but is now facing another spell on the sidelines.Having been forced out of training, Neuer has already been ruled out of a meeting with Schalke on Tuesday.Bayern have also announced that he will undergo further examinations before a full assessment of his injury is delivered.
Valencia Hospitalised Valencia coach Marcelino has to grin and boar it Iain Strachan 20:22 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Valencia Primera División Valencia v Villarreal Villarreal A 1-0 defeat at home to Villarreal on Saturday was just the start of a particularly bad weekend for the unfortunate coach Marcelino’s journey from Valencia to Asturias for Christmas was interrupted by a brief visit to hospital after the coach’s car collided with a boar.It had already been a bad weekend for the 52-year-old, who watched his third-placed Valencia team lose 1-0 at home to former side Villarreal on Saturday.La Liga leaders Barcelona earlier extended their advantage at the top of the table courtesy of a thumping 3-0 Clasico win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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 And after failing to keep pace with the frontrunners, Marcelino’s trip home was then sidetracked following the collision with a wild animal.”This morning Marcelino Garcia Toral suffered a traffic accident while traveling back to Asturias, to spend the holidays with his family,” Valencia said in a statement on the club’s official website. “The accident occurred on the road from Logrono to Bilbao, when a boar crossed the road and collided with his vehicle. He was treated at the hospital and has already received medical discharge.”
Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Marina Hyde … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Nuzman, a well known figure in Olympic circles, is suspected of acting as a facilitator, organising a $2m payment made by a wealthy Brazilian businessman into the account of Papa Massata Diack just two days before Rio won the right to stage the Games. Massata Diack – who recently lost an appeal against a life ban from athletics over corruption allegations – is the son of the disgraced former IOC member Lamine Diack, who it is believed voted for Rio to host the Summer Games at an IOC session in Copenhagen in 2009 in exchange for the money.Nuzman’s home in Leblon, an upmarket district of Rio, was raided last month as part of Operation Unfair Play, undertaken by Brazilian prosecutors. They are coordinating efforts with French authorities investigating corruption surrounding the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bids.Brazilian police said Nuzman was being held indefinitely because he had tried to hamper the investigation by regularising assets they allege were gained with “illicit” money. According to an arrest warrant, the 74-year-old had also amended his tax declaration to add about $600,000 (£457,560) in income since he was first questioned last month.An IOC spokesperson said in a statement that its Ethics Commission had already started an investigation into Nuzman and “may consider provisional measures” in the wake of his arrest. Nuzman became an honorary IOC member after his membership ended in 2013.“The IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for full information in order to proceed with the IOC’s investigation, and has offered our full cooperation,” the spokesman said. “The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the Ethics Commission.” A lawyer for Nuzman suggested he had been unfairly treated. Nelio Machado told Brazilian news portal G1 that being detained as Nuzman had was “harsh and unusual.” Support The Guardian news Since you’re here… Americas Share via Email Read more The man in charge of last year’s Rio Olympics was arrested yesterday as it was alleged 16 gold bars worth $2m (£1.53m) that were stored in a bank in Switzerland were among his hidden assets.The investigation into corruption within the International Olympic Committee (IOC) escalated as Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, was detained amid claims he was a key figure in a bribery scandal which led to Rio de Janeiro being awarded South America’s first Olympics.Nuzman was arrested on suspicion of corruption, money laundering and participating in a criminal operation after Brazilian prosecutors alleged his estate increased in value by 457% between 2006 and 2016. They claimed not to have been able to locate any evidence of increased income. Leonardo Gryner, former chief operating officer of Rio 2016, was also arrested on the same charges. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook International Olympic Committee Share on Twitter Rio 2016 Topics Olympic Games Sport politics Share on Pinterest IOC selective blindness continues but Rio 2016 scandal looks all too familiar Brazil Reuse this content
Share on LinkedIn Two days in, the only complaint from the players is that the live feed to watch Love Island on television apparently cut out on the first night. The FA has even put a bowling alley, a pool table and a darts board in the media centre, as well as an entertainment room at the team hotel. Plus there will be time set aside for the players to visit St Petersburg, where most of their families are staying.Southgate, for one, wants to spend some time in the city and, presumably, he will not make the same mistake as Roy Hodgson in Euro 2016, when the then England manager decided to go sightseeing in Paris, including a boat trip on the Seine with his assistant, Ray Lewington, rather than taking the opportunity to watch Iceland play Austria at the Stade de France. England’s game against Iceland came five days later and, well, you can probably remember what happened. features In fairness, the weather was not too bad and if you watched Frankie Boyle’s BBC documentary on Russia, it is fair to say that Repino, in keeping with most seaside resorts, is more pleasant in the summer than it is out of season, when the sea freezes over and the line comes to mind – copyright: Morrissey – about the coastal town that they forgot to close down.It will be a lot hotter in Volgograd, though, when England play Tunisia on Monday in their first assignment of Group G and would it be too impudent to wonder whether, in hindsight, the Football Association might have been better sticking by its original choice of a warmer base? Too late now, of course, but when Gareth Southgate decided the heat and humidity of a Black Sea resort might be too oppressive he would not have known their opening game would take place in another city where the temperatures will be close to 30C. Sweden took the hotel, the Kempinski Grand, that had been earmarked for the England team in Gelendzhik and Southgate’s men will have to acclimatise the best they can when they fly to Volgograd on Sunday.That apart, the only minor issue is the knee injury that meant Marcus Rashford missing the morning training drills and the autograph-signing session when, noticeably, Southgate stayed out a lot longer than any of his players. Rashford’s absence, however, was only a precautionary measure and the Manchester United forward will be fit for Monday’s game. Eric Dier is carrying a minor problem, with his left thigh strapped, but England are injury-free and controversy-free, rubbernecking in Spain’s direction after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, and it has not needed long in Repino to get the impression that the players are being looked after impeccably behind the scenes.At Euro 2016 one complaint was that the air conditioning in the team’s Chantilly hotel was too fierce and, no kidding, the pillows too plump. Best of all, the chandeliers had to be removed from the £500-a-night Auberge du Jeu de Paume because the FA was so concerned they might be damaged if the players’ table-tennis tournaments got out of hand. These operations are always complicated because the players can be so high maintenance – Daniel Sturridge once asked if he could light joss sticks in his room – but there is a reason why the FA coddles and spoils them so much. For Southgate, it is about eliminating any possible excuses and creating a culture whereby everything is expected to run smoothly. World Cup At least England’s footballers are getting an easier ride than their Russian counterparts right now. “Destined for defeat” was the headline in Wednesday’s edition of the Moscow Times, complete with a team photograph of these apparent no-hopers. Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were all bumped off the front page for the newspaper to make its point: “Ageing and inexperienced: why Russia is doomed to fail.”Four hundred and fifty miles north-west on the Gulf of Finland, the mood was considerably lighter. Teenage locals with foam hands showed the guests to their seats for England’s first training session at the Stadium Spartak Zelenogorsk, set in a pine forest close to the Baltic Sea. People from the village came with gifts – bread, salt and a golden teapot – and the players were only an hour or so late for the reception. “Applaud to keep warm,” came the message from the woman with the microphone, as the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped. Sachin Nakrani Read more Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up for our free daily World Cup edition. That process has gone as far as the FA shipping luxury mattresses to help everyone get a good night’s sleep. The team hotel, the ForRestMix Club, already had blackout blinds to get around the fact it is still light here at 11pm, and light again from 3.30am, and when the players checked into their rooms they found that somebody from the FA had already been there and the walls were adorned with photographs of their families, children, wives and so on. No cuddly lions, though. England’s fluffy mascots – Kit, Cee and Leo – were given their own seats, and even had their own inflatable headrests, on the flight into France for Euro 2016. This time, there has been none of that silliness.As for the potential for boredom, Southgate has described that as a red herring and recalled how he was once told by a physio at Aston Villa that “only boring people complain of being bored”. Even so, it is a regular complaint in major tournaments and Jermain Defoe has spoken about it being such a problem at the 2010 World Cup that he and Wayne Rooney spent one afternoon together watching Rooney’s entire wedding video. England Share on Facebook Read more David Conn World Cup 2018 Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Godspeed England and thank you for reigniting that loving feeling Money talks for Fifa as Morocco pays price for Infantino’s expansion plan Reuse this content
Golf news Support The Guardian It marked an abrupt end to a nightmare round for the 32-year-old from Auxerre, who began with a quadruple-bogey nine on the first hole and then bogeyed the sixth and eighth holes to reach the turn in 41 shots – six over par.Berardo, who is currently ranked 1,909th in the world, continued to struggle on the back nine at the event in Estepona, near Málaga. He double-bogeyed the 10th and dropped further shots on the 14th and 15th, which left him 10 over par when he ran out of balls on the par-five 16th.Tiger Woods famously came close to suffering a similar fate in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach. Woods had taken some balls to his hotel room in order to practice his putting after the second round was suspended due to bad weather, but forgot to replace them. Topics Was this helpful? Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Show Share via Email During the third round, Woods pulled his tee shot on the 18th into the Pacific Ocean. He was left with just one ball, which he used to complete his round on the way to a record 15-shot victory. His caddie, Steve Williams, did not tell Woods until several months later.England’s Marcus Mohr carded a four-under-par 67 for a share of the clubhouse lead after the first round at Valle Romano, alongside Australia’s Jordan Zunic, France’s Ugo Coussaud and Sweden’s Simon Forsström. Share on Twitter Spain Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe John Daly’s buggy gives us a joyride in front of po-faced golf authorities Hide Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels … 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. Share on Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. European Tour Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Europe French golfer Clément Berardo has made an embarrassing exit from a Challenge Tour event, after being disqualified for running out of balls.Competing in the first round of the Andalucía-Costa del Sol Match Play 9 event in Spain, Berardo lost the final ball in his bag on the 16th hole of the Valle Romano golf course, and was therefore disqualified for failing to finish his round. Reuse this content
Arsenal ‘Arsenal have to prioritise Europa League’ – Pires sees top-four finish out of reach Chris Burton 02:50 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Östersunds FK Östersunds FK The former Gunners star believes following Manchester United’s lead from 2016-17 could offer the best route into Champions League competition Arsenal need to prioritise Europa League success as a route to the Champions League, says Robert Pires, with their top-four hopes fading.The Gunners could only muster a fifth-place finish in 2016-17, with Arsene Wenger slipping out of the continental elite for the first time in his iconic reign.AdChoices广告Inconsistency in the current campaign has Arsenal on the outside looking in once again, with the north London outfit currently sat sixth, eight points adrift of the Champions League spots. 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 They are, however, through to the last-32 of the Europa League and emulating Manchester United’s achievements from last season – when they took the trophy – could provide the Gunners with the clearest path back to European football’s top table.Pires believes the time has come for Wenger to shift focus, with the former Arsenal star telling The Sun: “The Europa League has to be Arsenal’s priority now, already.”The objective has to be to do what Manchester United did last season – they are a good example.”United won the Europa League and went straight into the Champions League – for Arsenal it is very important to get this state of mind.”It’s a trophy, a good trophy, so it’s very important. And this season it is the last opportunity Arsenal have of making the Champions League.”Unfortunately, but if you see the table it’s very difficult for Arsenal to reach the top four.”I want to see Arsenal playing again in the Champions League. But it is very difficult with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea all above them. “Arsenal look to be heading forward in Europe, having established a 3-0 first leg lead in a last-32 meeting with Osterstunds, and Pires believes they can go all the way if the draw remains kind and they can avoid fellow heavyweights.He added: “Atletico and Arsenal are the favourites, for me this is the final in Lyon.”They both have a lot of experience, especially in the Champions League.”They just need to avoid each other and Celtic if they want to face each other in the final.”I love Celtic. It is not easy for any team, especially in Celtic Park. The atmosphere is amazing.”When you are a player, inside, playing against Celtic, it is a great atmosphere. It is still very close to the pitch, maybe only Liverpool has a similar atmosphere.”That’s why it is very difficult to win in Celtic Park.”
There has been plenty of media coverage of the upcoming 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup following the announcement of the Australian contingent. To view some of the stories, please click on the following links:Withers Named In National SquadDan Withers is on top of the world, well almost.The Rockhampton Touch Football player was named on Tuesday in the final Australian open men’s squad for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland in June.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/25/withers-dan-touch-football-rockhampton/ Spacie Making WavesGympie Touch prodigy Sarah Spacie has been named in the Australian mixed open team for the 2011 World Cup.The World Cup will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between June 22-26, attracting teams from more than 20 countries.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2011/03/25/spacie-making-waves-gympie-touch-world-cup/ World Cup Beckons Touch GunNambour Touch Football dynamo Peta Rogerson will be directing traffic from the middle of the field when she represents Australia in June.The 29-year-old has been assigned an organisational and leadership role as a middle-position player at the upcoming world cup in Scotland.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/03/31/world-cup-glory-beckons-touch-gun-football/ National Selection For Cup RookieToowoomba Touch Football star Emilee Cherry can’t describe the elation at being named in Australia’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in June.Just 18 years of age Cherry is the baby of the 16-woman squad heading to the World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/03/31/national-selection-a-dream-for-cup-rookie/ Aaron Ison, Warren Lorger Take On Touch WorldTwo of Port Macquarie’s touch football stars have been rewarded for their hard work with selection in the national Australian team. Aaron Ison and Warren Lorger will both head abroad for the World Cup – and are looking forward to representing their country in Scotland in June.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/aaron-ison-warren-lorger-take-on-touch-world/2124643.aspx Kylie Hilder’s Return To Big Time Touch Kylie Hilder’s return to big time touch has been confirmed with her selection in the Australian mixed team to contest the World Cup in Scotland from June 18. A product of Taree Touch, Hilder, 35, retired after starring for the Australian open women’s team in the last World Cup played in South Africa. She was later included in the Greater Taree City Sporting Hall of Fame where inductees must be retired from their sport’s highest level to be considered. However, Hilder was coerced into returning by the mixed team’s coaching staff.http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news/local/sport/general/kylie-hilders-return-to-big-time-touch/2128127.aspx?storypage=0 Reach Out And Touch DreamEvery athlete dreams of representing their country but few are given the opportunity.For 23 years Matt Geiger has dreamt about wearing the green and gold of Australia, but now he dreams no more.http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story/2011/04/16/reach-out-and-touch-dream/ Touch Of Class In Aussie Rep TeamSarah Peattie has always wanted to play for Australia but first she had to pass a test at the training camp last month.Showing composure beyond her 18 years, the Warriewood resident didn’t falter under the pressure and now she can look forward to a trip to Scotland in June as a member of Australia’s 16-strong mixed opens team competing in the Federation of International Touch World Cup.http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/touch-of-class-in-aussie-rep-team/ Cambridge Park Duo Heading To Touch World CupCambridge Park duo Scott Buckley and Wayne McKenzie are on their way to Edinburgh to represent Australia in the Federation of International Touch World Cup.Buckley, 25, and McKenzie, 35, have been selected in the open men and men’s 30s teams respectively for the tournament in June.http://penrith-press.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/cambridge-park-duo-heading-to-touch-world-cup/ Moylan Picks Up Ball For World ChampionsYou’d have to get up early to beat Ben Moylan. He’s out the door from Doonside at 5.20am and off to Bayview Golf Club at Mona Vale each working morning.http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/local/sport/general/moylan-picks-up-ball-for-world-champions/2143588.aspx International Trip For Local AthleteShane Cooper is finding his feet in the world of touch football again after almost eight years away from the sport. The Murrumbateman resident has been selected in the Australian men’s 40s team to play in the World Cup in Scotland in June. http://www.yasstribune.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/international-trip-for-local-athlete/2144577.aspx Selection Boost After Health WorryTroy Morgan has emerged from surgery and six weeks of radiation therapy with plenty of motivation to regain his fitness.Morgan had surgery to remove a tumour before just completing a course of radiation therapy which prevented him from competing for Queensland at last month’s National Touch League tournament in Port Macquarie.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/04/13/troy-morgan-has-emerged-from-surgery-and-six-weeks/ Quirk To Play In Touch World CupDaily Advertiser 31/03/2011Wagga Touch star Alicia Quirk has landed a dream trip to Scotland to play in the touch World Cup in June. Quirk was yesterday confirmed in the Australian open women’s team to play at the tournament in Edinburgh. The only Riverina player selected in the three national teams named for the World Cup carnival from June 22 to June 26, Quirk will be out to help the Australian women’s team retain its unblemished record at the event. The women’s team has not lost a game at any World Cup tournament since its inception in 1988. Quirk’s team is defending champion after having retained the title in South Africa in 2007. Currently studying at university in Albury, Quirk was chosen in the team following the Elite Eight series at Port Macquarie early this month.Twins Tagging AlongNewcastle Herald 13/04/2011Touch Football twins Amy and Holly Smith are among eight Hunter players who have reached the pinnacle of their sport and will represent Australia at the world cup in Scotland in June.The New Lambton sisters will be joined by Nelson Bay’s Jodi Frizzel, Adamstown’s Nathan Jones, and Josh Sparke of Merewether in the senior mixed squad at the four-day international event in Edinburgh.Jason Toby from Adamstown Heights and Medowie’s Darren McSpadden will represent Australia in the men’s over-35 squad, and Anna Bay’s John Clarke was named in the men’s over 40s.The squads were picked based on performances at the national championships last month in Port Macquarie.Australia won the men’s 30, 35s and 40s titles at the 2007 world cup but narrowly missed out on the senior mixed division title with a loss to New Zealand.Kirsty’s A Touch CrazySouthern Star (Brisbane) 13.04.2011Kirsty Quince is switched on, tuned in and cut out for success in this year’s Touch World Cup Touch Football tournament in Scotland. Kirsty, 19, from Rochedale, has been playing touch for 11 years after having a love-at-first-sight introduction by her younger sister at primary school. An abiding passion for the sport has driven her to the highest point of a career which looks certain to grow, even beyond the World Cup. Kirsty is a product of Cavendish Road High School’s excellence in touch program.It was almost inevitable a career in physiotherapy would follow. It was, after all, about as academically close as she could get to touch, save for something like coaching, which might come later. “I love everything to do with touch. The more I can play, the better,” she said. “I’m crazy about running around, trying new moves and the competitive aspect. “The World Cup is obviously another level, but I know it will suit me. I am very proud of being selected and will be giving it everything I’ve got.”
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Hudson-Odoi & THAT deal: Why it’s ideal endorsement for Lampard’s Chelseaby Chris Beattiea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: It’s a triumph. A real Blues coup. It may be all about potential at this stage, but as far as endorsements go, Frank Lampard couldn’t have hoped for better. Getting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s signature on a new Chelsea contract is as good as it gets…The money mentioned is mad. Crazy. But it’s also inflated. As a base salary you can just about half the £180,000-200,000-a-week figures being bandied about. As much as they wanted to keep Hudson-Odoi, the idea that Marina Granovskaia, Roman Abramovich’s No2, was simply going to cave and hand over the kitchen sink to an unproven teen is ridiculous. Particularly with Granovskaia knowing if that was to happen, there’d be a long queue to her office door of players and their agents demanding instant hikes to their earnings.But what you can take to the bank are the reports of the 18 year-old turning down bigger money from Bayern Munich to stay where he is. And this is where the significance of Hudson-Odoi’s commitment truly lays. Staring down the very public – and private – attempt from Bayern to ferry away their prospect is a real triumph for this new era at Chelsea.Forget Leroy Sane, his German connection and Manchester City’s protests, the one player Bayern wanted from the Premier League was Hudson-Odoi. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club’s chief exec, admitted as much earlier this year.Indeed, they were all at it. Directors. Coaches. Players. They have been negotiating – through the press – with Hudson-Odoi, urging the winger to make the move to Germany. It reached the stage last season when a week wouldn’t go by without at least one Bayern identity using the media to tell Hudson-Odoi how good he’d have it in Munich.Don’t believe us? Have you already forgotten? Try the aforementioned Rummenigge: “The only one that Hasan would have liked to buy is Hudson-Odoi. I must say that he almost fell in love with this player and his qualities. All the other things were just rumours.”That Hasan mentioned is Bayern’s sports director, Hasan Salihamidzic, who said of the Blues kid: “He’d bring something special and the finesse we need for spectacular football.”Or what about coach Niko Kovac? “Hudson-Odoi? With Hasan Salihamidzic, we have a duty to change the team and especially to rejuvenate it. If a young player is good, his age does not matter to me.”And Uli Hoeness, the now former Bayern president, even gave Hudson-Odoi a get well message after his Achilles injury back in April: “I think that we will continue to think about him. But in a phase in which he is currently lying on the operating table, it makes no sense to make statements.”Yeah, Bayern won’t make a statement about our plans for the player, although… ahem… I just did.So why lay it on so thick? Why do it all in public? The simple answer is: because they were convinced. Bayern really thought they had this one in the bag. Salihamidzic even spending a week with the family in London during the latter stages of last season to thrash out terms. There’d be no risk of rejection. No chance of being left with egg on their face after all the public calls. Hudson-Odoi was theirs. It was virtually a done deal.But then came Lampard. Or to really to get under the hood. Then came the new manager’s approach. As good, indeed exciting, as it was to see so many of his teammates from the academy get their chance. Even more significant for Hudson-Odoi were the departures. Indeed, as much as anything he’d seen from Lampard, it was the decision to leave the path clear for Reece James which really influenced his thinking. Having Davide Zappacosta and Victor Moses jettisoned, despite the transfer ban, so to grant James every chance of establishing himself at right-back had a big effect on Hudson-Odoi as he mulled over his options.In the end, he was convinced. Hudson-Odoi had seen enough. His future would be with Chelsea as he put his signature to a five-year contract yesterday. And with that came the photos, the videos and the interviews. But for all that blaze of publicity, it was 24 hours earlier and teammate Tammy Abraham who really nailed how Hudson-Odoi had come to this decision.”It’s great doing it with your mates,” said Abraham. “We have scored 11 goals and they have all been from academy English players. We are all delighted. The manager believes in us. We just have to keep taking our chances.”And that’s just it. Lampard has put those preseason assurances into practice. For the first time since Hudson-Odoi joined the club 12 years ago, Chelsea have a manager who values their academy talent.And that approach could not have secured a better endorsement than Hudson-Odoi’s commitment yesterday. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
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