Archive | April 20, 2017

Ugo Ehiogu in hospital after collapsing….

Ugo Ehiogu

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu is in hospital after collapsing at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday. The 44-year-old, who is Spurs’ Under-23s coach, received medical treatment on site being transferred to hospital by ambulance, the Premier League club confirmed. “Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family,” Tottenham added in a statement. Ehiogu has been at Spurs since 2014. He made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 before spending seven years at Middlesbrough. Ehiogu, who was capped four times by England, also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United before retiring in 2009. Ehiogu is of Nigeria parentage.

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Gerrard back in the red shirt….

Steven Gerrard

Ex Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will play for the club in an end-of-season friendly in Australia. The Reds will face A-League side Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium on 24 May and former defender Jamie Carragher, 39, and ex-Anfield winger Steve McManaman, 45, both now television pundits, will also feature, along with Danish ex-defender Daniel Agger, 32. “I thought we have to show the whole LFC package – that means the actual squad and a few of our legends,” Jurgen Klopp explained. “They are still young enough and look good enough in the kit that we can show them.”

Sharapova to find out French Open fate….

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova will find out on 15 May whether she can compete at the French Open after her drugs ban, French tennis officials said. They added that the absence of pregnant Serena Williams would have no bearing on their decision. Two-time Roland Garros champion Sharapova returns next week from a 15-month drugs ban at the WTA Stuttgart Grand Prix. Stuttgart offered the 30-year-old Russian a wildcard entry because she no longer has a world ranking. She has also been invited to clay-court events in Madrid and Rome.

Chelsea and Tottenham dominate Premier League XI….

PFA Premier League team of the year

Chelsea and Tottenham have both had four of their players named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League team of the year. Defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz and midfielders N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard are Chelsea’s representatives. Tottenham’s quartet are defenders Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, midfielder Dele Alli and forward Harry Kane. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Everton forward Romelu Lukaku are also picked. The divisional teams of the year have also been announced ahead of the 44th PFA Awards, which are being held in London on Sunday, 23 April. The PFA Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year will also be revealed at the event.

Serena Williams is pregnant….

Serena Williams

World number two Serena Williams is pregnant and due in the autumn, her representative has confirmed. The 35-year-old had earlier posted a picture of herself on Snapchat posing in a mirror with the message: “20 weeks”, before deleting the post. The American, who won an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam in Australia around 12 weeks ago, will miss the rest of the season. This includes three Grand Slams – the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth. US Open Tennis responded to Williams’ message by saying: “Serena Williams will have a new pride and joy to hug and call her own soon! Congratulations on the exciting baby announcement!”