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.”
Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@BigTenNetworkThe first episode of Big Ten Network’s Hard Knocks-style documentary series about Ohio State football, Scarlet & Gray Days, premiered tonight, and it promises to be an incredibly fun look inside the defending national champions as we head towards the season. The episode highlighted a few players, including quarterback Cardale Jones, QB-turned-receiver and h-back Braxton Miller, and linebacker Josh Perry. Here are our five favorite moments from the pilot episode.1.) Josh Perry describes his Ronda Rousey-based beef with Cardale Jones:Cardale may have the shirt, but Perry has the photo. We expect this to be a recurring storyline.2.) Braxton Miller gets burgers and hot dogs, while Cardale Jones gets the first class meal:Lesson learned: even former Big Ten Players of the Year have to eat the worse meal if they oversleep before a workout.3.) Big brothers are chosen for Ohio State freshmen:Very cool, and funny look inside the process.4.) Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs trash talks h-back Jalin Marshall:Every year when HBO does Hard Knocks, one of the assistant coaches is a breakout star. For Scarlet & Gray Days, it looks like Coombs will be that guy.5.) Urban Meyer coaches up Braxton Miller at wide receiver:Is there a more intriguing skill position player in the country right now?Overall, very fun first episode from Big Ten Network. This will certainly help us get through these long last few weeks before football officially begins.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accepted Governor Satya Pal Malik’s ‘invitation’ to visit Jammu and Kashmir but said he did not need an aircraft. Gandhi said he and other opposition leaders would visit Jammu and Kashmir and urged Malik to allow them the freedom to meet people, and soldiers. Gandhi said in a tweet, “Dear Governor Malik, A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there.” On Monday, Governor Malik invited Gandhi to visit Jammu and Kashmir, saying he would send an aircraft for him, after the Congress leader said, “People were dying in the state and the situation was not normal as claimed by the government.”
Did you know that 2/3 of the 5.5 million Americans currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are women? TV star Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing from CBS-TV’s “Dallas”) experienced the disease first hand, affecting both her mother and a close friend. This has inspired Linda to join a new, national public service announcement (PSA) campaign to help find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.Video: Linda Gray Brain Health Registry PSAThe PSA encourages people across the country to join in the fight for a cure by registering online at www.brainhealthregistry.org.“I lost my mother and a dear friend to Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Ms. Gray, “and wanted to do something to help. The wife of my dear friend Larry Hagman is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and when he passed, she did not even know it. This heartbreaking story is being repeated in homes across America, and now there is something all Americans can do to help. The Brain Health Registry is a free, online platform that collects data about members to help speed clinical trials with the goal of finding a treatment by 2025. I’m doing my part and am asking everyone to join this noble effort.”#GrayMatters is part of a national campaign led by Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation in partnership with UC San Francisco’s online Brain Health Registry. The initiative’s goal is to grow a registry of potential Alzheimer’s clinical trial candidates and accelerate a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Encouraging enrollment for these trials has been a major barrier in researching Alzheimer’s treatment to date, across both sexes and diverse populations. The effort also includes support from major medical institutions across the country, including UCSF, researchers at Harvard Medical School, Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Baylor University, and Washington University in St. Louis.Those who wish to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease can register free at www.brainhealthregistry.org and help spread the word using #BeatAlzheimers.