PSG embark on trophy blitz as French football resumes

first_imgThe fixture at the Stade de France marks the return of French football, lagging well behind the rest of Europe’s top leagues which eventually restarted despite the health crisis.PSG have shown little rustiness in dispatching a trio of friendly opponents — Le Havre, Waasland-Beveren and Scottish champions Celtic — with 20 goals scored and none conceded.For Saint-Etienne, the COVID-19 interruption allowed them to turn the page on a dismal league campaign in which they finished 17th — a far cry from their fourth-placed effort in 2018-19.”The goal was to avoid injuries and come into the final with fresh legs and clear minds. We’re ready to play,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “It’s a very important match after a long break. No team has ever done that. We want to win.” Topics : ‘Historic and strange’ PSG captain Thiago Silva hopes to sign off on an eight-year spell at the club with a raft of trophies, having signed a short-term extension through August.”The truth is I didn’t want to leave but the decision has been taken and I respect it,” said Silva, who has helped PSG to four of their record 12 French Cup triumphs.”It’s a different time to any other, it’s historic and strange,” he added. “To stop for four months like that, it’s not easy to then get back to the highest level.”Friday’s showdown is a repeat of the 1982 final, won by PSG on penalties following a 2-2 draw in which Michel Platini scored twice for Saint-Etienne. It was PSG’s first major title and also the last time Saint-Etienne reached the final.”We’re not favorites. Our goal is to enjoy ourselves, play our trump card and be in the match. I hope we let loose, we have nothing to lose,” said Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel.French President Emmanuel Macron will be in attendance as is tradition, but fewer than 5,000 spectators will be permitted at the 80,000-seater venue as part of stringent health regulations. Saint-Etienne supporters have said they will boycott the match after receiving an allocation of just 900 tickets.However, the occasion will provide Tuchel the chance to atone for last year’s final defeat by Rennes in a penalty shootout, as PSG failed to win at least one of the two domestic cups for the first time since 2013.PSG return to the Stade de France on July 31 to face Lyon in the French League Cup final. They will then head to Lisbon to play Atalanta on August 12 in the quarter-finals of a Champions League ‘Final Eight’.The tournament will be played in a straight knockout format due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus, with PSG dreaming of a remarkable quadruple to celebrate the club’s 50-year anniversary. Four months after French football ground to a standstill as the coronavirus pandemic worsened, Paris Saint-Germain head into Friday’s national cup final against Saint-Etienne looking to land the first of a potential three titles in a five-match burst.Declared Ligue 1 champions for the seventh time in eight years after the season was ended prematurely, PSG return to competitive action 135 days later with the French Cup, French League Cup and Champions League in their sights.Unlike their last fixture on March 11, a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund behind closed doors that sealed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, a limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the French Cup final.last_img read more

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Conte to unleash Victor Moses against SPAL

first_img Loading… Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has confirmed Victor Moses is ‘available’ for selection when they take on SPAL in Thursday’s Serie A game at Stadio Paolo Mazza. The 29-year-old winger last featured for the Black and Blues in their victory over Brescia on July 1, owing to a thigh injury problem. The former Nigeria international missed his side’s defeat to Bologna, as well as the draw against Hellas Verona and Monday’s home victory over Torino. Conte, who previously affirmed the versatile player has fully recovered from his injury problem, stated he could be involved against Luigi Di Biagio’s men while also providing an injury update on the rest of his squad members. “Moses is available, while Nicolo Barella is on the road to recovery. He’s started to work with the ball and we hope to have him at our disposal for the next game,” Conte told the club website. “Vecino is still struggling with a knee problem. Sensi is continuing to receive treatment. Meanwhile, Lukaku is trying to overcome a contracture, we hope to have him back as soon as possible.” Moses joined Inter temporarily in January from Premier League side Chelsea after cutting short his 18-month loan with Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce.Advertisement Since teaming up with the Black and Blues, the forward has made 12 appearances across all competitions, including seven in Serie A. The former Nigeria international started his career with the youth setup of Crystal Palace and made his debut for the side at the age of 16 in 2007. Moses featured 58 times for Palace before leaving the club to join Wigan Athletic and his eye-catching displays for the Latics saw him snapped up by Chelsea in 2012. The forward, who won the Premier League title under the guidance of Conte in 2017, has now featured for five different clubs on loan. read also: Moses also enjoyed success with the Super Eagles before his retirement from international duty in August 2018, after featuring at the World Cup in Russia. The winger had 38 caps for the West Africans, scoring 12 goals and played a key role as Nigeria won their third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Largest Cities In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more

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Ireland omitted from Republic squad

first_imgStephen Ireland could yet be added to the Republic of Ireland squad for their end-of-season friendlies. The 27-year-old Stoke midfielder’s name was conspicuous by its absence when manager Martin O’Neill named a provisional 32-man party for games against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal later this month and into June. However, O’Neill, who is yet to sit down with Ireland to discuss a possible return to the international stage, has hinted that he could yet be drafted in as he assesses his options ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which gets under way in September. O’Neill said: “I’ve no issue with Stephen Ireland, slate is clean. If he wants to play again, I’d rather hear from him but if he doesn’t want to, fine.” Skipper Robbie Keane, who was excused from the 2-1 friendly defeat by Serbia in Dublin in March, returns, but the LA Galaxy striker may not feature until the United States leg of the Republic’s schedule. Ireland face Turkey at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, May 25 and then head for London to play Italy at Craven Cottage on Saturday, May 31. World Cup finalists Costa Rica provide the opposition at the PPL Stadium in Philadelphia on Friday, June 6, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will bring down the curtain on the Republic’s international season four days later at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. There are few surprises in O’Neill’s squad with veteran defender Richard Dunne having ruled himself out of the games and midfielder Andy Reid having not played since March because of injury. However, fit-again pair Joey O’Brien and Jeff Hendrick are back in the fold, as are Everton defender Shane Duffy and Derby striker Conor Sammon. O’Neill will use the four games to hone his plans ahead of the qualifiers, which begin in Georgia on September 7, although he intends to arrange a further friendly in the run-up to that encounter. O’Neill said: “These four games will provide us with great preparation for our first European qualifier against Georgia in September. “I have enjoyed working with the players to date, and intend to use this extended period with them in May-June to give me the opportunity to experiment and familiarise myself with the squad further.” Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle); Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly (both Reading), Damien Delaney (Ipswich), Joey O’Brien (West Ham), Shane Duffy (Everton), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Brighton); James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Paul Green (Leeds), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), James McClean (Wigan), Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (both Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Hull), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (QPR), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Conor Sammon (Derby). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Shehzad, Akmal earn recalls for West Indies tour

first_imgPAKISTAN have turned to Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal for the tour of the West Indies, ending the pair’s international exile.Shehzad’s year-long exile from Pakistan’s limited overs sides will come to an end in the West Indies later this month after he was named in the national team’s Twenty20 and one-day international squads.Shehzad has not featured in an ODI since January 2016 and he was dropped from the T20 side after the World Cup last March due to disciplinary issues.However, he is back in favour after an impressive campaign in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and could make his return in the opening T20 on March 26.The 25-year-old is joined in both squads by Kamran Akmal, who has also been on the fringes for Pakistan since 2014.Seamer Mohammad Amir has been rested for the four T20 matches, but is included in Mickey Arthur’s squad for the three ODIs that follow in April.There is no place for former ODI skipper Azhar Ali, though, as he continues to be overlooked, meaning wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side in both formats.Youngster Shadab Khan could earn a first cap after impressing in the PSL but Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif are out of the reckoning due to an ongoing Pakistan Cricket Board investigation into alleged corruption.“We have given more chances to the young players who are doing well at the domestic level,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.“The squads were also weighed on fitness and that’s why Umar Akmal failed to get a place, due to a lack of fitness.”Pakistan T20 squad in full: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain) Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Shinwari.Pakistan ODI squad in full: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan.last_img read more

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The Latest: Belgian players and fans engage in virtual wave

first_imgThe Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic.___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.” Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Belgian players and fans engage in virtual wavecenter_img May 5, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

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Marshall century helps USA clinch ODI status for the first time

first_img…Oman become second team of the day to clinch ODI statusBy Peter Della Penna in WindhoekXAVIER Marshall’s first official international century for USA set the platform for his team to secure ODI status for the first time in their history as they cruised past Hong Kong at United Cricket Club.USA were sent in – they lost their fourth consecutive toss in Namibia – and former West Indies Test player Marshall anchored the innings after losing opening partner Monank Patel at the end of the second over.Monank, who was Man-of-the-Match for his unbeaten 70 a day earlier against Papua New Guinea, chipped a leading edge back to off-spinning all-rounder Kinchit Shah.Marshall got off to a sluggish start, scoring 18 off his first 55 balls, before he was dropped twice in the space of three overs off Ehsan Khan. The first chance was a scorching drive that Ehsan did well to protect his face from, but the second, when he was on 23, was a straightforward chance to midwicket that captain Anshuman Rath couldn’t hold.Rath’s drop cost Hong Kong dearly as not only did Marshall go on to make a century off 153 balls, but also compiled an 184-run partnership with Steven Taylor, who hit 88 in 95 balls.Fast bowler Kaleemullah and Oman Cricket director Pankaj Khimji celebrate their gaining ODI status.It’s the highest second-wicket stand in USA’s one-day cricket history and their fourth highest partnership for any wicket. One ball after Marshall brought up his century with a boundary over midwicket, though, he fell to spark a flurry of wickets. But Timil Patel’s cameo of 34 not out off 12 balls concluded the innings with two sixes over long-on to take USA to 280.The chase proved to be anticlimactic after Ali Khan struck the decisive blow in the sixth over. Khan trapped the tournament’s leading scorer Rath with an in-swinging yorker for his tournament-high 13th wicket.From there, victory was assured as Hong Kong played to limit the damage to their net run-rate for the majority of their innings as they still hold a chance of securing fourth place.Scores: USA 280 for 8 (Marshall 100, Taylor 88, Timil 34*; Kinchit 4-37, Aizaz 2-57) beat Hong Kong 196 for 7 (Kinchit 45, Aizaz 35*, Ehsan 31*; Gore 2-49) by 84 runs.Oman became the second team on the day to clinch ODI status, about 45 minutes after USA, as Sandeep Goud struck an unbeaten 57, including the winning six, with five balls to spare to keep Oman unbeaten with a win over Namibia.Four years earlier at Malahide, Oman had secured T20I status with a dramatic win over the same opponents at the World T20I Qualifier and Goud’s knock provided a bit of déjà vu at Affies Park for Oman.Scores: Oman 214 for 6 (Goud 57*, Suraj 51, Ilyas 44, Frylinck 3-34) beat Namibia 213 for 9 (Smit 60, Green 46, Erasmus 30, Fayyaz 3-52, Khawar 2-23, Zeeshan 2-27) by four wickets. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Manchester United finally win away but Roma frustrated

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Manchester United claimed their first away win in any competition since March, as they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in the Europa League yesterday but AS Roma were denied by a stoppage-time equaliser from Borussia Moenchengladbach.In the early kickoffs on match-day three there were also wins for Wolverhampton Wanderers, AZ Alkmaar and Young Boys.While United have made a dismal start to the Premier League season and sit 14th they at least top Europa League Group L after two wins and a draw from their three games. They also ended an 11-match streak without a win on the road.A 43rd-minute penalty by Anthony Martial was enough to earn the points in a fevered atmosphere in the Serbian capital but welcome as the points were for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, it was not a performance to quicken the pulse. Apart from Martial’s spot kick conversion United failed to register another attempt on target. AZ Alkmaar are two points behind United in second place after thrashing Astana 6-0.Borussia Moenchengladbach scored in the fifth-minute of stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw at AS Roma who had led from the 32nd minute through Nicolo Zaniolo.The German side’s substitute Lars Stindl held his nerve to convert from the spot after Chris Smalling, on loan from Manchester United, conceded a penalty. Roma lead Group J with five points from Istanbul Basaksehir who beat Wolfsberg 1-0 to join the Austrians on four points with Moenchengladbach bottom on two.Wolves came from a goal down to beat hosts Slovan Bratislava 2-1 in Group K – a match played in front of 20 000 children and a handful of away fans after the match was ordered by UEFA to be played behind closed doors because of racist incidents.Andraz Sporar’s deflected shot put the home side in front but Wolves hit back through Romain Saiss and a penalty by Raul Jimenez after the break to claim their second win and move into second spot a point behind Braga who won 2-1 at Besiktas. Espanyol continued to put their dire La Liga form behind them as they won 1-0 in Bulgaria against Ludogorets, a result that keeps them unbeaten and top of Group H with seven points.Rangers held on for a 1-1 draw in Porto in what is turning out to be a tight Group G. Luis Diaz’s piledriver put Porto ahead but Alfredo Morelos levelled before the interval.The Scottish club held on, and are level on four points with Porto behind leaders Young Boys on six, after a 2-0 home victory over Dutch club Feyenoord who are bottom with three. In Group I, pacesetters Gent and Wolfsburg both have five points after a 2-2 draw in Belgium.last_img read more

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The UWI offers condolences on the passing of Sir Everton

first_imgTHE University of the West Indies ( The UWI) community is saddened by news of the passing of its honorary graduate, the great sporting icon of Barbados, the West Indies and the world, Dr Sir Everton Weekes.The UWI extends condolences to his family, friends and the cricketing community that loved and admired a genius and gentleman, who, during his 10 years of Test cricket [1948-1958], was often officially recognised on the basis of his performance as the best batsman in the world.The university community celebrates his contribution to West Indian nation-building at a critical moment in the decolonisation project of the region. The 1950s was a watershed in the struggle for regional democracy and political independence and with Sir Everton then ranked the best batsman in the world, certainly provided a sense of standards, personal leadership, and global respect for our region.Sir Everton, together with the other ‘Ws’— Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott — constituted the world’s best batting combination, a West Indian fortress that gave the team a shot at the global top spot in the clash with Australia in 1951.The UWI honoured Sir Everton with the 2003 conferment of an honorary doctorate, and in the naming of the beautiful cricket ground at its Cave Hill campus, the ‘3Ws Oval’. He delighted in visiting the venue to watch the game, while serving as Patron of the Campus’ cricket team. The university extends condolences to his loved ones, and looks forward to welcoming him home.(Reprinted from Jamaica Observer)last_img read more

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Mbappe Approach Illegal, Says Monaco

first_imgMonaco said the contacts had broken French league rules and FIFA statutes.“To put an end to this unacceptable situation, AS Monaco is considering asking the French Football League and FIFA to open disciplinary procedures against offending clubs,” the statement said. It did not name the clubs involved.FIFA transfer rules state that “a club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has been approached by a number of European clubs without the Ligue 1 side’s permission, the French club announced yesterday.One of the most exciting prospects in world soccer, the 18-year-old scored 26 goals in all competitions last season, helping Monaco win the league and reach the Champions League semifinals.“‘Important’ European clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe and his entourage without (our) authorisation,” said the club on its websitelast_img read more

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Weah: Nigeria Football is a Model

first_img“As a young, upcoming footballer, I was always fascinated by Nigeria’s football stars. I looked up to the likes of Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Friday Ekpo and others and believed that the African footballer can also get to the very top. I believe that in Africa, somewhere, there is another Ballon D’Or winner. We have to find him, expose him to the world and give him the opportunity to actualise his dream,” Weah, who was named African, European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995, said.While commending the Government of Nigeria, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles for the honour done him on the occasion which was to celebrate his contributions to Liberian Football, Weah revealed that as a people, Liberians look up to Nigeria’s pedigree in the round leather game and will work hard to get there.Weah and former national teammate, James Debbah, led out the Lone Star against the Super Eagles in a game played in an ambience of warmth, mutual respect and good spirit. Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scored for Nigeria in the first half while Liberia reduced the deficit through a penalty kick in the second half when Oluwasemilogo Ajayi handled the ball in the box.NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and Executive Committee member Ibrahim Musa Gusau led the Nigerian delegation to Monrovia.Interestingly, on a day that Weah’s Number 14 Lone Star jersey was been retired, his son, Timothy, featured for the U.S. national team in a win over Mexico.The father/son duo both took the field on the same day, with the junior Weah starting and playing 89 minutes in the USMNT’s 1-0 win over 10-man Mexico.… Rewards Eagles with $2,000 Each for Monrovia FriendlyFor honouring the invitation to play in the friendly game to retire George Weah’s No 14 Lone Star jersey, Super Eagles have been rewarded with a cash gift of $2,000-a-man.The 1995 World Footballer of the Year who is now President of Liberia was delighted that Nigeria presented a strong side including several last players from the recent World Cup in Russia for Tuesday night’s game in Monrovia.“We were paid $2,000 each by the President of Liberia,” one of the players at the game informed SCORENigeriaWeah, 51, now many kilogrammes overweight and far from fit, played for 79 minutes in a game the Eagles won 2-1.In his playing days, the big striker featured for some of Europe’s best teams – PSG, Monaco, AC Milan and Chelsea.Meanwhile, Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu has said it was a huge motivation to play on the same pitch with the one-time World Footballer of the Year.Kalu, who made his Super Eagles debut at the weekend in Seychelles, said it was a big lift to share the same pitch with Weah who is now his country’s elected President.“I couldn’t follow him much when he was playing, but I could see some of his skills from the videos I have seen of him,” the winger commented.“He’s a legend, a world-class player. It was a big motivation to play against him,” Kalu stressed.He said despite Weah being part of the Lone Star in last night’s game, the Eagles wanted to win the game.“We want to win any match we play,” he maintained.Kalu was outstanding on his debut against Seychelles on Saturday in a 2019 AFCON qualifier.“It was great to represent Nigeria, this is a good step for me in the national team,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFormer World Footballer of the Year and now President of the Republic of Liberia, Mr. George Opong Weah has hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in national development, while describing Nigerian Football as a model that he wants his country to follow.Speaking after Tuesday night’s exhibition match between the Lone Star and the Super Eagles at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, which the Eagles won 2-1, Weah, a former World Footballer of the Year, revealed that Nigeria Football has always inspired him. Super Eagles Stand in Captain, John Ogu, shaking President George Weah before the friendly game on Tuesday night in Monrovialast_img read more

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