Archive | October 24, 2016

Bayer Leverkusen boss banned for ‘nutcase’ jibe….

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Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt has been banned and fined for calling an opposing manager “a nutcase” during a Bundesliga game. Schmidt was sent off by the referee for insulting Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann in Saturday’s 3-0 home loss. “That was nothing, what sort of a nutcase are you? Just shut your mouth,” Schmidt shouted after going 2-0 down. The 49-year-old has been banned for two games and handed a 15,000 euros fine. The German was sanctioned after triggering a suspended sentence from February this year. He had been banned for three games, with a further two in the event of a repeat offence before June 2017, for refusing a referee’s order to leave the sidelines during a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Schmidt will be unable to have any contact with the team for half an hour before, during and after Tuesday’s German Cup second-round match against Lotte and Saturday’s league match against Wolfsburg. Leverkusen’s director of sport Rudi Voller has sought a meeting with the head of the disciplinary committee.

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2016 Ballon d’Or shortlist….

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Behold the nominees for 2016 Ballon d’Or award:

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) and Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).

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Sissoko to be banned for three games….

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Tottenham have accepted the violent conduct charge against forward Moussa Sissoko, who will now be banned for three matches. Sissoko elbowed Bournemouth’s Harry Arter on the touchline after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium. The incident was not seen by the match officials. He will miss Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie at Liverpool, Saturday’s home league game against Leicester and the north London derby at Arsenal on 6 November.

Del Potro wins first ATP title for three years….

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Juan Martin del Potro is celebrating his first ATP title in three years after his victory at the Stockholm Open. He beat Jack Sock 7-5 6-1 to move back into the world’s top 50. He was 1,045 in the rankings in February after missing much of 2014 and 2015 with wrist injuries. “I’ve been trying to fix my problems for the past two years and I didn’t expect to win a title at this moment in my career,” he said.

Sissoko charged with violent conduct….

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Tottenham forward Moussa Sissoko has been charged with violent conduct by the FA after allegedly elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in the Premier League game at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Sissoko clashed with with Arter on the touchline after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw. The incident was not seen by the match officials. Sissoko has until 6 pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge.

Renato Sanches wins European Golden Boy award….

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Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has won the European Golden Boy award, beating Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford. The 19-year-old follows Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero in winning the award for Europe’s best player aged under 21. Portugal international Sanches will receive the award at a ceremony in Monte Carlo on Monday. The prize, voted for by journalists across Europe, was established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003, who revealed this year’s winner on their front page. Sanches has played eight games for the German champions this season, having joined in the summer for £27.5m, and has 11 caps for Portugal. At Euro 2016 – then aged 18 – he became the youngest player to feature in a European Championship-winning side and won the Young Player of the Tournament award.

Ballon d’Or shortlist so far….

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Here are the 15 names announced so far by France Football:

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Levandowski (Bayern Munich), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Birthday of Sports People – 24th October….

Wayne Rooney (Football) – Manchester United and England captain, born 1985, 31 today.

Jonathan Davies (Rugby) – former Wales star in union and league, born 1962, 54 today.

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics) – British gymnast who won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, born 1997, 19 today.

Ilkay Gundogan (Football) – Manchester City and Germany midfielder, born 1990, 26 today.

 

Mamelodi Sundowns win 2016 African Champions League….

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Mamelodi Sundowns held out after being under siege for almost 90 minutes to be crowned as the African champions for 2016 after restricting hosts Zamalek of Egypt to a 1-0 win in the second leg of the Champions League in Alexandria on Sunday. It meant Sundowns won 3-1 on aggregate after a convincing first leg triumph in Atteridgeville last Saturday. It was a first triumph for the South African club, whose only previous final appearance came in 2001 when they lost to Zamalek’s arch rivals Al Ahly. Zamalek got their only goal after 62 minutes from Nigeria’s Stanley Ohawuchi despite dominating the game and bombarding the Sundowns goal. But stout defending and a little luck meant Sundowns were able to hold onto their healthy first leg advantage.

Naija EPL Corner (22 – 23 Oct., 2016)….

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  • Kelechi Iheanacho replaced Kevin De Bruyne at half time and scored Manchester City’s equalizer in the 55th minute as they drew 1 – 1 with Southampton at home at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Ahmed Musa started for Leicester and scored the first goal in the 42nd minute as they beat Crystal Palace 3 – 1 at home at the King Power Stadium. He was replaced by Gray in the 81st minute.
  • Alex Iwobi started for Arsenal as they drew 0 – 0 with Middlesbrough at home at the Emirates stadium. He was replaced by Perez Martinez in the 67th minute.
  • Victor Moses started for Chelsea and played the whole game as they beat Manchester United 4 – 0 at home at the Stamford Bridge.
  • Odion Ighalo started for Watford and played the whole game as they drew 0 – 0 with Swansea away at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Victor Anichebe was an unused substitute for Sunderland as they lost 1 – 0 away to West Ham United at the London Stadium.
  • Isaac Success was not selected for Watford’s game against Swansea. Mikel Obi was also not selected for Chelsea’s game against Manchester United – The inspiring Super Eagles captain continues to pay the price for leaving Chelsea’s pre-season to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics where he won a Bronze medal.