Transfers ‘Mourinho risks custard pie with Alexis gamble’ – Merson sounds Man Utd transfer warning Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:19 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Premier League A. Sánchez José Mourinho The Red Devils have joined arch-rivals City in pursuit of the Arsenal forward, with a big risk being taken as they seek to pull off a remarkable coup Manchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.Those at the Etihad Stadium have made most of the running in a protracted pursuit of the Arsenal forward, with Goal revealing on Friday that they still head the queue.United, though, have made a late bid to pip their neighbours to the post, sparking a scramble for a much sought-after signature. 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 Merson understands why the Red Devils have joined the chase, but feels failure to secure Sanchez could end up doing serious damage to the reputation of both the club and their manager.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’.“Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United. “He surely wouldn’t just say it for the sake of saying it, there’s got to be something going on.“Man United, there’s no about it, are still the biggest football club by a million miles. “But that would be a custard pie if Mourinho goes ’I want Sanchez’ and he goes ‘no, I’m going to go to Man City’.”Sanchez hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career last season, with those efforts helping to underline his value to any given cause.He has managed just eight strikes in 22 outings this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future has provided an unwelcome distraction while he has also been shifted back to a more familiar wide attacking role following the arrival at Emirates Stadium of Alexandre Lacazette.
Transfers Ulloa returns to Brighton on loan after slipping out of favour at Leicester Jamie Smith 19:47 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Brighton & Hove Albion Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion Leicester City Premier League After failing to make an impact for the Foxes this season, the Argentine striker has linked back up with the club who first brought him to England Brighton and Hove Albion have announced the return of striker Leonardo Ulloa on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season.Ulloa has been on the fringes at Leicester, playing only 18 minutes across four substitute appearances in the Premier League this term.The 31-year-old scored 26 goals in 58 appearances in his previous spell for Brighton, who have already broken their club record to sign PSV striker Jurgen Locadia this month. 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 Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is thrilled to be bringing Ulloa back to the club, three-and-a-half years after the Argentine left for Leicester.”We’re delighted to welcome Leo back to the club,” said Hughton, on the club’s official website.”He’s scored goals at Premier League level and will further strengthen our attacking options.”I wasn’t here during his first spell at the club, but I know he was very well thought of by all concerned, including the club’s supporters.”He’s achieved a great deal since he left, including winning a Premier League title, and his experience at this level will be hugely beneficial to us.”Albion fans will know all about him – he’s a physical striker that holds the ball up well, and he’s capable of scoring goals, which we hope he will continue to do back here.”Ulloa hit 20 goals in 102 games for Leicester, but last scored for the club in December 2016 in a 2-2 draw at Stoke City.
Transfers ‘It’s just rumours’ – Mourinho plays down Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy claims Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 22:54 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers LA Galaxy José Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Huddersfield Town MLS The Manchester United manager insists he will be the first to know if the Swedish striker is leaving Old Trafford as he moves close to fitness Jose Mourinho is adamant that he will be the first to know if Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to leave Manchester United to join the LA Galaxy.The Sweden great has only made five Premier League appearances this season after suffering a major knee injury in April, and is currently sidelined as he continues to work towards full fitness from that setback.United extended Ibrahimovic’s stay for a second season in August despite his injury problems, but reports emerged this week that the former Barcelona and Inter striker has agreed a move to MLS. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Mourinho says that veteran Ibrahimovic has had plenty of opportunities to tell him if that is the case and is taking his silence that no news is forthcoming.”I don’t speak with players about media news,” he told a news conference ahead of United’s Premier League contest against Huddersfield Town.”I see him every day, I’m not working directly with him but for example I was with the fitness coaches watching his work, he’s with me before and after training and never mentioned anything to me. “Not an opinion, comment, nothing at all, so I presume nothing is true in the news because I would probably be first to know from him, so I presume nothing.”United fell 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City with a poor showing in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, a match that saw Marouane Fellaini brought on as a substitute and taken off again due to a knee injury.Mourinho says it is not a long-term issue, but is problematic ahead of a busy run that includes the return of the Champions League, where United face Sevilla in the last 16.”It is not an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament injury], not a complete rupture of any structure of the knee not as far as that,” he added.”But we need him, the Champions League is arriving, lots of tough match and probably we will lose him for a few weeks – two, three, four? I don’t know.”
Serie A Inter hero Karamoh surprised to start Jack Davies 05:26 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Internazionale Internazionale v Bologna Bologna The teenager joined the club on loan in the summer and was handed a shock start, leading to a superb solo winner Yann Karamoh says his selection to start against Bologna came as a surprise, but he could not be happier with his first goal in Italian football.The French teenager joined Inter from Caen on an initial loan deal ahead of the 2017-18 campaign but has had to wait patiently for his chance in the first team.After four substitute appearances in Serie A, Karamoh was picked from the start at San Siro on Monday and scored a stunning left-footed winner in the 2-1 victory to break an eight-match winless league run. 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 “It was a very important goal, my first in Italy and it came during a very important moment for the team and myself,” he told Inter TV. “Like every player in the world, I want to play but it’s obviously up to the coach to decide.”To be a starter was a bit of a surprise. The coach told me to make use of my pace and speak with my team-mates.”To play at San Siro is incredible. To go off to applause was an indescribable feeling, but a wonderful one.”It was important to get back to winning, we have important objectives and a return to the Champions League is key. “My team-mates congratulated me for the goal which was nice. I dedicate the goal to my mum and my team-mates.”Coach Luciano Spalletti added: “He scored a great goal with his left foot. He has a great burst of pace, with some interruptions that he still has to work on.”It is important to have quality players like him because our play has been a bit flat of late.”
Neymar ‘Neymar is a very good player’ but Zidane ignoring Real Madrid rumours Iain Strachan 22:39 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Neymar Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Girona Juventus v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Primera División PSG The Brazil international continues to be linked with a move back to Spain, but it is not something the Frenchman is thinking about. Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists he remains focused on his own players, not rumoured transfer target Neymar.Brazil international Neymar has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga powerhouse Madrid, despite having only joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for a world-record fee of €222million in August.Madrid players Casemiro and Dani Carvajal both said this week Neymar could be a success at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp PSG coach Unai Emery issued a weary response to the latest questions about the future of 26-year-old at a news conference, suggesting reporters should ask Madrid president Florentino Perez for an update.Speaking at his own media briefing ahead of a league game at home to Girona on Sunday, Zidane said it is not surprising members of his squad praised one of the best players in the world when prompted. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if you ask the players, if you ask me about Neymar, he is a very good player, but he is not a Real Madrid player,” he said.”I have to focus on my players and talk about them.”Contrary to comments made by Carvajal about the Champions League being the only remaining priority for Madrid, Zidane feels obliged to drive his players on in search of better domestic performances.Los Blancos are third in the table, seven points behind Atletico Madrid in second and 15 back from leaders Barcelona.”When Dani said that, [it] is because of the situation in the table, they like to play every tournament, but it’s true that it’s mentally harder when you’re far from the first [position],” he said.”You can think that it will be hard to achieve something in LaLiga, but [in] my role as coach I have to convince them that every game is important, now we’re in the third position so we have to try to get the second one, that’s also an important goal.”But yes it’s understandable that you journalists or Dani think that it’s less motivating to play LaLiga but I say no, in the end they’re always motivated and tomorrow we have a chance to [play] a great game.”Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarter-finals pitted Madrid against Juventus in a rematch of last season’s final in Cardiff, when the Spanish giants won 4-1 to become the first team to retain the title in the competition’s current format.”When Juventus are in good shape they are strong competitive side, it’s going to be a tough tie, as always,” Zidane said.”I think if you look at it, it’s going to be 50-50. We play the first game there and then we will see.”
Mario Balotelli Balotelli could be named Italy captain despite ‘ugly’ fan banner, Mancini confirms Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:40 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Mario Balotelli Olympique Marseille v Nice Nice Ligue 1 Italy v Saudi Arabia Italy Friendlies The Azzurri head coach has suggested the recalled striker could be handed the captaincy Mario Balotelli could be named Italy captain but the striker is a doubt to face France, said head coach Roberto Mancini.Balotelli repaid Mancini’s faith in recalling him to the international setup with a goal against Saudi Arabia in his first Azzurri appearance for four years. The Nice striker hit out at a banner – featuring the words ‘my captain has Italian blood’ – displayed during the game that appeared to be targeted at Balotelli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Mancini defended the former Manchester City forward and said he would not hold back from naming Balotelli as his captain in the future.”In the national team, the armband always goes to the player with the most caps,” Mancini told the media on Thursday.”If Balotelli were in the starting XI and had more caps than the others, then he would be captain.”The banner we saw in St Gallen was an ugly incident that should not have happened.”In any case, Balotelli is in doubt to play [against France on Friday and we’ll only decide tomorrow morning.”Balotelli’s Nice future is in doubt as the Italian is out of contract and Mancini offered the striker some guidance as to his next move.”If Mario does leave Nice, then it’s important he finds a club where he can play regularly, score goals and continue to improve,” Mancini added.Balotelli, however, said he is in the dark about where he will be playing his club football in the 2018-19 season.”I never really think about [the future],” Balotelli told Nice’s official website. “I don’t want to think too far [ahead].”I want to concentrate on what comes during the week. Next week, I will think about next week. After, I will think about the week after.”To be honest, I know nothing about my future.”
Day 1 of the 2007 X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships will commence Wednesday 19 September from 10.00am at the BCU International Stadium Coffs Harbour with all teams looking forward to opening their account at the showcase Junior event of the year.There are several marquee clashes tomorrow in both the Boys and Girls divisions across the 3 respective pools on the Main field that looks in immaculate condition.In Field One action in the Girls 18s Division, 2006 Grand Finalists New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) the top seeds in Pool B, kick off the program against a well-credentialed Mets team at 10.00am.Later in the day defending Girls champions Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and the top seeds in Pool A, feature on the “TV Field” against Sunshine Coast at 1.20pm.The 2.10pm clash on Field 1 will be a crackerjack contest between the two top seeds in Pool C of the Girls division, South Queensland Sharks and the Southern Suns.In the Boys Competition, Top seeds in Pool C QSST will look to get their 2007 campaign off to a flyer against the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).In Boys Pool A action, defending champions Mets with no less than 10 Australian Youth squad members in their line up, will face up to New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) at 3.50pm on the main stadium.2006 Grand Finalists NSWCHS will look to get their 2007 title bid off to a winning start when they confront a well-heeled Sunshine Cast team in the last scheduled fixture game of the day at 4.40pm.There will be 36 games on four fields in nine timeslots tomorrow with the action sure to be fast and furious.Touch Football Australia will keep you updated with all the news, views, and information from the tournament throughout each day on the TFA Home page.For further information and comprehensive results visit the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=742&pID=14 The Schedule of Games – Day 1 Wednesday 19 September 200710.00amGirls’ Pool A R1 QSST v EaglesGirls’ Pool B R1 NSWCHS v MetsGirls’ Pool B R1 NT v NSWCISGirls’ Pool C R1 Sharks v Scorpions10.50amGirls’ Pool A R1 CQ v NSWCCCGirls’ Pool A R1 TouchWest v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool B R1 Rebels v CobrasGirls’ Pool C R1 Tasmania v Hornets 11.40amBoys’ Pool A R1 Mets v SharksBoys’ Pool C R1 Tasmania v HornetsBoys’ Pool C R1 QSST v ACTGirls’ Pool C R1 ACT v Suns12.30pmBoys’ Pool A R1 NSWCIS v CobrasBoys’ Pool A R1 SA v NSWCCCBoys’ Pool B R1 NSWCHS v EaglesBoys’ Pool C R1 NT v Suns1.20pmBoys’ Pool B R1 Scorpions v CQBoys’ Pool B R1 Rebels v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool A R2 QSST v Sunshine CoastGirls’ Pool B R2 Mets v NT2.10pmGirls’ Pool A R2 Eagles v CQ Girls’ Pool A R2 NSWCCC v TouchWestGirls’ Pool B R2 NSWCHS v CobrasGirls’ Pool C R2 Sharks v Suns3.00pmGirls’ Pool B R2 NSWCIS v RebelsGirls’ Pool C R2 Hornets v ACTGirls’ Pool C R2 Scorpions v TasmaniaBoys’ Pool C R2 QSST v TouchWest3.50pmBoys’ Pool A R2 Mets v NSWCCCBoys’ Pool A R2 Cobras v SA Boys’ Pool A R2 Sharks v NSWCISBoys’ Pool C R2 Suns v Tasmania4.40pmBoys’ Pool B R2 NSWCHS v Sunshine CoastBoys’ Pool B R2 CQ v RebelsBoys’ Pool B R2 Eagles v ScorpionsBoys’ Pool C R2 Hornets v ACT
Representatives from five States and Territory’s came to TFA to discuss State competitions. Wednesday saw Peggy Sanders from the Northern Territory, Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts from the ACT, Lewis Tuck from Victoria, Mitch Collins from WA and Renee Bryant from SA come to TFA in Canberra to discuss competition development.The aim of the meeting was to create best practice guidelines for State Competitions. It was of benefit to streamline competitions, for other development opportunities.There was also a visit from BMTA’s Matt Hall. BMTA is Australia’s best-run affiliate, and Matt was there for competition analysis. This meeting will help all State-based competitions, and ultimately affiliates.
Updated – 5/8/19 Here are your 2019 NRL Touch Premiership Ladders for both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.