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Jose Mourinho: I would love to sign Eden Hazard for Man United

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE REVEALED RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “Chelsea is led by experience and intelligent people in football. I think they would never sell Eden to Manchester United so it’s not a problem.”Hazard is in the form of his life ahead of the Saturday lunchtime clash, with seven goals in his opening eight Premier League games.He won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2015 as Mourinho’s Chelsea won the league, but suffered a massive dip in form the following season.Mourinho was sacked by the Blues seven months after guiding them to the title and rumours suggested a fallout between him and his star man. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mourinho and Hazard would both love to work with each other again no dice 2 huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The pair will face off on Saturday afternoon as Mourinho takes his United side to Stamford Bridge, and the ‘Special One’ knows all about the threat Hazard possesses.“I would love to have him in Manchester United but I don’t think Chelsea will be selling to Manchester United so it’s not a problem,” Mourinho said.“History says that when Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, Chelsea is the champion. It happened with me, it happened with Antonio [Conte].“Chelsea is top of the league now because he is the kind of player that can make a huge difference. BEST OF Jose Mourinho admits he would love to sign Eden Hazard for Manchester United, claiming he can win the Premier League on his own.Hazard, while on international duty, revealed his regret at how his previous relationship with Mourinho ended and said he would like to work with the Portuguese manager again. However, the 55-year-old did not have a bad word to say about the Belgian.“I think he is just a nice kid. We had a good relationship, we were champions together. He was for the first time best player in the Premier League with me, so I think the feelings are good,” Mourinho added.“When the feelings are good you say nice things, when they are not good you don’t say so much nice things.” 2 Reports suggested a fallout before Mourinho lost his job MONEY last_img read more

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Penza: The good of Humboldt County shows its face again to aid fire victims

first_imgNo matter if it’s the dozens upon dozens of trash bags … It was impossible to not notice the sign that was hanging right next to the ticket booth at Husky Field on Friday night.“WE STAND TOGETHER WITH CARDINAL NEWMAN”The sign wasn’t very big — probably the size of a couple of legal pads placed alongside one another — but you couldn’t miss it.Those six words signified the huge effort that many on the North Coast are doing right now to help their fire-ravaged compatriots to the south.last_img read more

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There is politics in federations and among athletes: Uma Bharati

first_imgUnion minister for sports and youth affairs Uma Bharati has her plate full of controversy but she told Associate Editor Sharda Ugra that all the Arjuna Awards needed was a rewriting of rules.Q. Are the Arjuna Awards still relevant or should they be scrapped?A. The awards should not be scrapped.,Union minister for sports and youth affairs Uma Bharati has her plate full of controversy but she told Associate Editor Sharda Ugra that all the Arjuna Awards needed was a rewriting of rules.Q. Are the Arjuna Awards still relevant or should they be scrapped?A. The awards should not be scrapped. Sports persons must have their own awards. But I admit there has to be some rethinking. I have asked my office to formulate a report on how things can be improved. Next year’s awards will be different.Q. Will your changes include more sports persons on the awards panel?A. Even if we fill the committee with athletes, can you guarantee a fair selection? There is politics in federations and among athletes. I have seen them indulge in politics that will shame even the politicians.Q. What changes do you think are needed?A. We want to scrap all the clauses for relaxation of rules and use performance as the only criterion. While the rules say some performances are more valid than others, there is a clause saying that the awards committee can relax the stipulations as it thinks fit. The athletes know this and exploit the clause.Q. What about political pressure being used to hand out the awards?A. There is a difference between pressure and recommendations. The committee does not take decisions based on pressure. To say that the PMO puts pressure on us is foolish and wrong.Q. Do you think Milkha Singh’s sentiments are justified?A. These awards are not based or given on fame but on contribution. VJs are famous but we don’t give them awards. Milkha’s contribution is the same as others, but he is more famous. For him to say that he will not take the award because of who the other Arjuna awardees are is an insult to sports persons.Q. Are Rachna Govil and Milkha’s contributions to Indian sport the same? A. That was a decision of the committee. I am the chairperson and own up to the decision. Nothing unfair has happened.Q. Why do athletes need to go to court over these awards?A. Sometimes athletes are so undisciplined that the committee finds it difficult to have regard for them. I admit we may have been unfair and some deserving candidate has not been rewarded. This will always happen. It is difficult to separate awards and controversy – whether it is the Padmas, the Nobel Prize or the Oscars. So where do the Arjuna Awards stand?Q. Is it true that federation officials have been asking the athletes to pay for recommending their names for the awards?A. No athlete has come to me. The people making these claims are frustrated and are being provoked to play a political game. Do you think any Arjuna winner will stoop so low as to give an official a bribe of Rs 50,000?advertisementlast_img read more

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Tiger’s Journey: 11 years that felt like several lifetimes

first_imgThat only made his 15th major title all the more rewarding.Or, as Tiger put it not long after tapping in a gimme putt Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the Masters:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Overwhelming.”For so much of his life, the outline that Woods and his hard-driving father, Earl, had so carefully laid out went just as they intended. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Woods checked into a Mississippi clinic for more than a month, apparently to deal with some sort of sex addiction. Most of his major sponsors fled for cover. Elin Nordegren divorced her cheating husband.In Woods’ return to golf at the Masters, he received a tongue-lashing from Augusta National chairman Billy Payne for his lack of moral scruples and for the poor example he set for America’s youth.A far cry, to be sure, from the greeting he got Sunday in the interview room from green-jacketed moderator Craig Heatley, “Welcome back, Tiger. Or more appropriately, welcome home.”If Woods thought things couldn’t get any worse back in 2010, he was mistaken.His body continued to betray him, leading to one surgery after another in an attempt to alleviate the unyielding pain. His back was such a mess that it became a struggle just to walk, or sleep, or play with his kids. Woods faced the very real possibility of never playing golf again, not even for fun.“So where is the light at the end of the tunnel?” he asked ruefully in 2015, a few weeks before Christmas. “I don’t know.”At that point, Woods conceded, any further achievements on the golf course would be mere “gravy.”The fourth surgery on his back was something of a last resort. Sure, he wanted to play golf again at the highest level, but he probably would have settled for a lifting of the pain and the ability to lead somewhat of a normal life. About six weeks later, he sank into another abyss when police found him asleep — or passed out — behind the wheel of his running car in the middle of the night. He was arrested and briefly jailed. His mugshot showed the face of a man whose life had seemingly spiraled out of control.Woods blamed it on a bad combination of pain medication, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and entered a diversion program.While he worked — again — to restore some order to his personal life, Woods began to realize that the fusion on his back had resulted in something of a medical miracle. His swing got stronger and stronger, more and more like the Tiger of old. He kept dreading a return of the excruciating, piercing pain, but it stayed away. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th and most improbable major Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img LATEST STORIES But when Woods captured his fifth victory at Augusta National — and his first major championship in 11 years that must’ve felt like several lifetimes — he let out a scream that reflected the depths of his personal and professional hell.Some of it of his own making, to be sure.Some of it beyond his control, in all fairness.All of it leading to a day that just didn’t seem possible, not since the master plan fell apart in so many ways.Tiger Woods.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Major champion.“Ahh, it fits,” Woods said, beaming as he tugged on that famous green jacket for the first time since 2005, a photo of Bobby Jones staring down above his left shoulder in the Butler Cabin.For so many years, everything fit so neatly.From his astonishing swings on “The Mike Douglas Show” at the age of 2 to becoming the first player to win three straight U.S. Amateur titles to capturing the Masters not long after his 21st birthday by a whopping 12 strokes, the Tiger Way was pure perfection, generating millions for him and his sponsors.He married a Swedish model, had two beautiful children and kept adding one major title after another, capturing his 14th by his early 30s, on a seemingly unstoppable quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus as the greatest champion of them all.Then, just like that, it all fell apart.His marriage. His reputation. His body.He had major reconstructive surgery on his left knee shortly after hobbling to what had been his most recent major championship, a playoff victory in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.Turns out, that was only a minor prelude to all that agony that was to come, so much of it self-inflicted.While everyone was celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, Woods crashed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Florida home. That led to reports of a myriad of extramarital affairs, wrecking the facade he and his father had constructed of the dedicated athlete and perfect family man. Overnight, one of the world’s most famous people became a punchline. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Physically and mentally fit, he contended at the last two majors of 2018, claimed a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team and won the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake — his first victory of any kind in more than five years, setting off a wild, course-storming celebration from the gallery.“That confirmed I could still win out here against the best players,” Woods said. “That gave me a lot of confidence going into this year. I wanted to keep building on it. I wanted to get my mind and body peaking for Augusta.”Once again, a plan came together.Only this time, it came with a lot more baggage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this April 13, 1997, file photo, Masters champion Tiger Woods receives his Green Jacket from last year’s winner Nick Faldo, rear, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Woods completes an amazing journey by winning the 2019 Masters, overcoming 11 years of personal foibles and professional pain that seemed likely to be his lasting legacy. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)AUGUSTA, Ga. — The sex scandal. The mugshot. The debilitating injuries.Tiger Woods certainly didn’t plan it this way.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Queensland Maroons Dinner Award Winners

first_imgCongratulations to the award recipients at the Queensland Touch Football Maroons Dinner on Saturday night. Rick Borg Medal – Luke McKenzieAffiliate Referee of the Year – Pat Williams (Kingaroy)Junior Coach of the Year – Adam Pryde (South Queensland)Coach of the Year – Shane Crotty (Sunshine Coast)Junior Team of the Year – Beenleigh 16’s BoysTeam of the Year – Sunshine Coast Women’s 20’s Junior Female Player of the Year – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Junior Male Player of the Year – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Senior Player of the Year – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City)Female Player of the Year – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland)Male Player of the Year – Dan Withers (Central Queensland)Volunteer of the Year – Amanda Dwyer (Noosa)Affiliate Administrator of the Year – Lesleigh Schiffke (Hervey Bay) Affiliate of the Year – Blackwater Touch AssociationRegion of the Year – South QueenslandRelated LinksQLD Maroons Dinnerlast_img read more

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10 months agoStuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVfB Stuttgart are ready to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.The England U21 international has seen a loan move to Crystal Palace fall through over medical concerns.However, BILD says Stuttgart are now ready to step in and tempt Solanke to Germany – and with the support of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Stuttgart sports director Michael Reschke met with Solanke’s father and agents last week, though admitted defeat when the striker chose a return to London with Palace.However, with the move now off, Reschke is ready to resume talks for Solanke. A decision is expected over the weekend. last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Mason Mount has urged young players to move aboard amid Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi.Hudson-Odoi is reportedly weighing up a move to Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga giants submitted four bids for the winger.Mount, currently with Derby, spent last season on loan with Vitesse and believes the experience of playing overseas can help young footballers.”I would say to all young players game time and experience is the most important thing,” Mount told talkSPORT.”For me to go out on loan and play in a top professional league and gain experience, rather than sitting in the Chelsea Under-23s.”I didn’t want to do that, I’d already had a year playing Under-23s and I felt that I needed to move on and test myself away from England.”It was the best decision I made because I went out there, gained so much experience and playing time, and that set me up moving on.” last_img read more

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2 days agoAxel Tuanzebe back to boost Man Utd

first_imgAxel Tuanzebe back to boost Man Utdby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to return at the weekend after a hip injury forced him out of the draw with Liverpool.The centre-back, 21, picked up the problem in the warm-up on Sunday and was replaced by Marcos Rojo.The Sun says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to rest the youngster for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade but he is expected for the trip to Norwich.Tuanzebe will be in contention for a place in the squad for the Carrow Road clash when Solskjaer looks to build on the draw against the Champions League holders.He had started the previous two Premier League matches against Arsenal and Newcastle, after getting told he is part of the first-team plans at United when loan offers came in this summer. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Here Are The Top 16 Games On The 2016 College Football Schedule

first_imgCollage of logos of top college football programs. Alabama SIAlabama SIIt’s been a little more than four months since Alabama beat Clemson to win the College Football Playoff title, and we’re a little less than four months away from kicking off the 2016 season. We’re basically at the mid-point of the off-season, but September will be here soon enough.  Across the country, fans are already dying to see their favorite teams take the field once again, hoping they can duplicate the championship-winning feat the Crimson Tide pulled off this past season. It’s never too early to look ahead to the fall and try to predict with teams have a legit shot at a title run, which teams don’t, and which games will mean the most when deciding the CFP field.When poring over the 2016 college football schedule, not all games are created equal. We’ve decided to put a spotlight on some of next year’s biggest games. These games will be for bragging rights, conference supremacy or keeping national championship hopes alive. Some will be for all threeWithout further ado, here are our top 16 games on the 2016 college football slate, in no particular order.No. 16 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

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Ohio State baseball rallies to undefeated start in 4game Florida series

Then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson awaits a pitch.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team opened the 2016 season with a bang.Over the course of the four-game weekend, OSU hammered six home runs, pounded out 38 hits and maintained an unbeaten 3-0-1 record in Vero Beach, Florida’s, Dodgertown Classic. Several Buckeyes had outstanding weekends, but none more than redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right fielder finished the weekend with a .412 batting average after going 7-for-17, including three home runs and eight RBIs. Senior captain Nick Sergakis also finished with a .412 average, and senior second baseman L Grant Davis batted a clean .400. Game 1 versus Toledo In the opening game, the Buckeyes were led by their workhorse pitcher, Tanner Tully, who retired 24 of the 25 batters he faced over six scoreless innings as they defeated Toledo 7-1. “It was just what the doctor ordered to have a first start like that,” OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release. “Give the Toledo hitters credit. I thought they took some good swings and hit him at times. He wasn’t his sharpest, but six scoreless innings is pretty darn good.”OSU’s offense was powered by the long ball against the Rockets, as it crushed three home runs during the game. Bosiokovic went 3-for-5, with a solo home run in his first at-bat of the year which gave the Buckeyes the early lead. Junior catcher and team captain Jalen Washington also crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push OSU’s lead to 5-0. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery hit a two-run homer to right, pushing OSU’s lead to an insurmountable 7-0. Toledo would tack on a late homer in the top of the eighth to mark the final score of 7-1. Beals said it was great for his team to step up and play clean baseball in the first game of the season, as it has been a long road coming for some of his guys. “Both Jacob and Jalen took advantage of their opportunity today,” Beals said. “Jalen has been working his tail off for three years and got the nod. It was great to see him get off to a good start. For Bosiokovic, he struggled and dealt with some injury in the past, and hopefully today will allow him to relax a little bit and have a great season for us.”Game 2 versus NiagaraTo start Saturday’s doubleheader of the Dodgertown Classic trip, the Buckeye bats continued to carry the momentum, especially Bosiokovic. The Delaware, Ohio, native went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer and a walk-off three-run shot to seal a 10-8 comeback victory for the Buckeyes.Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer started off hot for OSU, allowing only one run over the first four innings. But then the wheels started to fall off for the Minster, Ohio, native, as he allowed four runs in the fifth. He was pulled that inning, giving way to sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, who stopped the bleeding for OSU. That bandage didn’t stay on for long though, as Kinker allowed two more runs in the top sixth inning, pinning OSU to a 7-4 deficit. The Scarlet and Gray showed resiliency, however, as Washington scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Jordan McDonough. Kinker would settle down, pitching a scoreless seventh, and Bosiokovic correspondingly hit a two-run home run off the left-center scoreboard tying the game. Kinker pitched a scoreless eighth, then redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos made his season debut in the ninth, blanking the Purple Eagles and setting the stage for Bosiokovic.OSU quickly got runners on base in the ninth after senior shortstop Craig Nennig walked and advanced to second on a throwing error. Montgomery was then intentionally walked, bringing up No. 17. Bosiokovic crushed a 2-2 pitch off the foul pole in left field to give the Buckeyes their second victory in as many games. Game 3 versus PittsburghIn the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Buckeyes faced the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game would turn out to be a marathon, as the two teams battled 13 innings before OSU won the game 11-8 after a three-run 13th. Montgomery continued his hot start, as the Fortville, Indiana, native went 3-for-6 on the evening, including his second home run and three RBIs. Senior John Havird pitched 5.2 innings for the Buckeyes as the Game 3 starter for OSU, allowing five runs while striking out six Panthers batters. With Pittsburgh up 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth, OSU rallied for the second time that day, scoring three runs to take the 8-6 lead. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as it evaporated after giving up two more runs to send the game into extra innings. No runs were scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings as both teams held their ground. The Buckeyes broke through in the 13th with three runs to push their lead to 11-8. Nennig, Davis and Montgomery all scored to provide the insurance runs for the Scarlet and Gray. Freshman relief pitcher Connor Curlis came in to start the 12th inning and remained in for the 13th to finish off the Panthers and pick up the two-inning win in his collegiate debut. Game 4 versus ToledoAs the final game in Vero Beach got underway, the Buckeyes’ red-hot bats continued to bring home the runs. Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a double to bring home Montgomery and Bosiokovic in the top of the first inning. Dawson would later score on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Brady Cherry to give OSU the early 3-0 lead. The lead quickly dissolved, however, as freshman starting pitcher Ryan Feltner gave up four runs over the first three innings, leaving the Buckeyes down 4-3. Feltner was pulled in the fifth for senior lefty Daulton Mosbarger. Over the next three innings of scoreless ball, Mosbarger struck out six, allowing just one walk and three hits. OSU tied the game in the eighth when Dawson scored on another sac fly, this time off the bat of junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. But in the bottom of the same inning, Toledo would tack-on a go-ahead run on a fielding error, putting them in position for the win.The Buckeyes once again turned to the bat of Bosiokovic, who provided the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to score Davis. The game ended in a 5-5 draw, marking the first time since 2002 that the Buckeyes tied a game. The Buckeyes will next look ahead to the Coastal Carolina Tournament from Feb. 26 to 29. OSU is scheduled to play Duke, Coastal Carolina (twice, Games 2 and 4) and Liberty in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. read more

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