Owen to retire at end of season

first_imgFormer England striker Michael Owen has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. The striker will probably be best remembered for his exploits with England, for whom he burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old and scored his most famous goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. He ended up with 40 goals from 89 caps, behind only Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves on the all-time list. In the statement on his website, Owen continued: “Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first-team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career. “I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that, like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of. “None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back-room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors. I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.” Owen went on to thank his family, ending with a message to his father Terry, a former professional footballer with Everton and Chester. He said: “We did it my old mate! From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the world on the biggest stages of all. I couldn’t have done it without you.” The 33-year-old made his name with Liverpool and went on to play for Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United before signing for Stoke at the start of this season. But Owen, who has been dogged by injury in the latter stages of his career, has found opportunities very difficult to come by at the Britannia Stadium and has made the decision to hang up his boots. The striker wrote on his personal website: “It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from professional football at the end of this season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Neymar ready to act as mentor to Richarlison

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Brazil captain Neymar has revealed he is acting as a mentor to rising Everton star Richarlison.Richarlison has won a place in the Brazil squad this season after impressing for Everton following his transfer from Watford.The 21-year-old has scored twice in his first four appearances for the Selecao and will feature in their friendly against Uruguay at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Friday.Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, who has hit 59 goals in 94 caps, has been impressed by Richarlison’s emergence and is taking the youngster under his wing.“Everybody knows that Richarlison is a really great player and a really nice guy,” Neymar told reporters on Thursday.“He has this trick to solve matches, to play well in great matches as he is doing now for Everton.“I expect him to grow up, to keep developing in his career.“I hope I can help him to achieve his goals and to help inside the pitch and even outside the pitch, as a friend, as a colleague. “And if he is as smart as he is showing he is, he will try to keep with working well to be a really great player in the future.”Richarlison celebrated his first Brazil goal, in September’s 5-0 win over El Salvador, by performing a dance with Neymar.And Neymar admitted he is under pressure to repeat the celebration against South American rivals Uruguay.“My son already asked me and Richarlison to do the dance of the bird – the pigeon – in the next match,” he added.After being reunited with Everton boss Marco Silva, who managed him at Watford, Richarlison has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League this season, with six goals in 10 league fixtures.Brazil manager Tite has been impressed with Richarlison’s ability to cope with his new-found status as a star for club and country.“He grew up in Brazil very fast, he rushed many things and we could see that he had a potential since he was a boy,” Tite said.“He’s really strong in his mind. This is something he showed us playing in America (friendlies against the United States and El Salvador) and in Brazil, also for Fluminense and Watford. He’s really a great player.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Meghan wins by eight in USA

first_img26 Feb 2015 Meghan wins by eight in USA England international Meghan MacLaren swept away from the field to score an eight-shot win – and her fifth victory on the US women’s college circuit. The British stroke play champion was 11-under par for two rounds of the JU Amelia Island Collegiate in Florida and was declared the winner when the final round was abandoned after heavy rain flooded the greens. Meghan, 20, set a personal best and a course record with her first round 64, which was eight under par. Remarkably it included a double bogey, on the par four 16th, alongside eight birdies and an eagle. She shot 69 in the second round. Megan, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, is a third-year student at Florida International and this is her fifth college win. Meanwhile, Devon’s Jess Bradley has reached the end of a remarkable run of results in US college golf. Jess, a 22-year-old student at Lynn University in Florida and a member at Tiverton Golf Club in Devon, scored 18 consecutive top ten finishes in NCAA Division II events. Her run finally came to an end in the Lady Moc Golf Classic in Florida when she was 19th. It was the first time since May 2013 that Jess had finished outside the top 10 – and only one other player in Division II has ever had a longer top 10 run. During her college career Jess has had six victories, most recently in February when she won the World Golf Invitational for the second year in a row.last_img read more

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‘Most improved’ girl golfers target Abraham Trophy

first_img19 Jul 2016 ‘Most improved’ girl golfers target Abraham Trophy Talented youngsters from across the country will play off in Monday’s national final of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved girl golfers. The field of 21 competitors includes last year’s winner, Sophie Wheeler of Orsett Golf Club in Essex (Image © Leaderboard Photography) who is defending her title. The players have all qualified for the final on the basis of handicap reduction. It takes place on the Masters course at The Nottinghamshire on Monday, 25 July. The Abraham Trophy immediately precedes the English girls’ championships for U18, U16 and U14 age groups which will all be played at The Nottinghamshire from 26-28 July. The Abraham Trophy finalists, from 14 different counties, will play an 18-hole medal competition, off handicap. They are: Bedfordshire Caitlin Thomas, John O’Gaunt Golf Club Buckinghamshire Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Woburn Golf Club Devon Lexi Dart, Churston Golf Club Dorset Scarlett Williams, Parkstone Golf Club  Essex Sophie Wheeler, Orsett Golf Club Hampshire Olivia Ripiner, Meon Valley Golf & Country Club Hertfordshire Rebecca Earl, Bishops Stortford Golf Club Middlesex Julia Kerrigan, Hendon Golf Club Lancashire Chloe Fazackerley, Leyland Golf Club Emily James, Rossendale Golf Club Norfolk Ellie Brown, Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club Chloe Gibbs, Royal Norwich Golf Club Maisie Farrelly, Dereham Golf Club  Northamptonshire Katie Amos, Northamptonshire County Golf Club Northumberland Rosie Belsham, Whitley Bay Golf Club Jess Baker, Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club Holly Hardy, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, Kate Anne Herron, Bedlingtonshire Golf Club  Staffordshire  Georgia Ann Pritchard, Beau Desert Golf Club Worcestershire Constance Brooks, Gaudet Luce Golf Club Rosanna Halls, Gaudet Luce Golf Clublast_img read more

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