Archive | March 7, 2020

Tiger Woods out of Players Championship….

Tiger Woods will miss next week’s Players Championship at Sawgrass because of a back injury. Woods has not played since the Genesis Open three weeks ago where he came 68th and missed this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing back stiffness.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin signs new Everton contract….

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has signed a new five-year contract, running until June 2025. The 22-year-old, whose current deal was due to expire in 2022, has scored 15 goals in 31 games this season, eight of which have come since manager Carlo Ancelotti took over in December. He joined the Toffees from Sheffield United in August 2016 and has played 124 times for the club. “This is a very proud day,” the former England Under-21 international said.

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Manchester United loanee Keeper banned for biting opponent….

Kieran O'Hara has been found guilty of breaching FA Rule E3

Burton Albion goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, on loan from Manchester United, has been banned for six games for biting an opponent. O’Hara was found guilty of a charge which arose from an incident involving Peterborough’s Sammie Szmodics during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burton. Brewers boss Nigel Clough later said his keeper was “adamant in denying” allegations of a bite and confirmed the club would be contesting the FA charge.

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Guardiola wary of Manchester United ahead of Manchester derby….

Guardiola has won 50 per cent of the Manchester derbies he has been involved in

Pep Guardiola says he does not agree with suggestions Manchester United are a defensive side, and says he expects them to be “incredibly aggressive” in Sunday’s Manchester derby. Manchester City visit Old Trafford on Sunday with United on a run of nine matches unbeaten in all competitions. After Liverpool drew 1-1 away to United in October, Jurgen Klopp said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side “just defended” – but Guardiola is not expecting a repeat on Sunday. “For me it doesn’t look like that,” he said. “When I saw the last games, they’re incredibly aggressive. I think in Old Trafford, that’s going to happen. They are going to defend and we are going to control a lot.

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Aubameyang says trophies cannot define his reputation….

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with 17

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says his reputation as a top striker does not depend on winning trophies. Aubameyang, the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer with 17 goals this term, will have just one year to run on his contract come the summer and is yet to win silverware since joining the club in January 2018. Mikel Arteta spoke this week of his wish to keep the 30-year-old “under any circumstances”, but with Arsenal facing an uphill battle to make next season’s Champions League their captain’s future is uncertain. Speaking to Soccer Saturday he said: “I’m a striker so I will defend my side – I don’t think you need trophies to be a top striker.

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David Moyes wants League Cup replaced with British Cup….

Manchester City won the Carabao Cup for a third successive season with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa earlier this month

West Ham manager David Moyes has proposed a British Cup following calls from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin to scrap the League Cup. Ceferin told The Times on Thursday that it would be “better for everyone” if England’s secondary knockout competition was taken off the fixture schedule to lighten the load of top players. Ceferin’s call comes as FIFA prepares to launch an additional tournament in the summer of 2021 – a 24-team Club World Cup – and as his own organisation is understood to be in talks to endorse an expanded version of the pre-season International Champions Cup. The League Cup came into existence in 1960 but in recent years has tended to be seen as a competition where teams can try out young or fringe players.

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Kanoute hopes to convince Adama Traore to play for Mali….

Former Mali striker Frederic Kanoute says he wants to persuade Wolves winger Adama Traore to play international football for Mali rather than Spain. Traore, 24, was born in Spain and has played for them at youth levels but is eligible for Mali through his parents. He was named in a Spain squad in November withdrew because of injury. “If he is listening to me right now – I am heading your way, Adama,” Kanoute, who swapped himself from France to represent Mali said.

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Ronaldinho avoids charge for fake passport….

Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho will not be charged for using a fake passport to enter Paraguay, says the lead official in the case. The 39-year-old and his brother were both questioned by law enforcement on Thursday having shown false documents. Prosecutor Federico Delfino said the brothers were aware they had committed a crime but said they did so unwittingly. The pair have agreed to face an alternative punishment.

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New York Jets player arrested with handgun at New York airport….

New York Jets player Quinnen Williams was arrested at a New York airport on Thursday in possession of a handgun. Williams, 22, will be formally charged with criminal possession of a weapon in a court appearance on 25 March. Flying with a gun is not illegal, but the firearm must be unloaded, locked in a hard container and stored in checked baggage, not carry-on luggage.

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Raheem Sterling says City can still have a successful season….

Manchester City can still have a “successful season” despite looking like relinquishing their Premier League title, says forward Raheem Sterling. Pep Guardiola’s side, champions for the past two seasons, are 22 points behind leaders Liverpool going into Sunday’s derby against rivals Manchester United. City have already won the Carabao Cup and remain in the Champions League and FA Cup. Sterling told Football Focus the league campaign had been “disappointing”. He said: “The Premier League, the bread and butter, fair play to Liverpool they have been better than everyone. “I wouldn’t say we gave up – we weren’t consistent enough for long enough. We didn’t purposely give away the title.”

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