Spurs star Kane in doubt for Man United clash – Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed star Harry Kane is no certainty to face Manchester United on Saturday after missing the EFL Cup midweek.

Liverpool Slump: Stop Comparing Jurgen Klopp With Brendan Rodgers

The Reds are stuck in a rut but a major change in approach is unlikely to get them out of it, meaning the players will have to take responsibility.

'It Would Have Been Easy To Sack Wenger' - Arsenal Owner Kroenke

The Gunners boss signed a fresh two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season amid calls from supporters for him to leave the club.

Koeman: Failure To Sign Giroud Caused Everton Sacking

The inability to sign a high-class forward to replace Romelu Lukaku has been cited by Dutchman for his departure from Goodison Park.

Super Mario Balotelli Is Back To His Best

The 27-year-old's resurgence is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore for Azzurri boss Gian Piero Ventura ahead of next month's World Cup play-off.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot

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Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot
Inter leapfrogs Lazio to take final Champions League spot

MILAN — Inter Milan is back in the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri trailed 2-1 with 13 minutes left but fought back to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 and secure a spot in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since 2012, following Matias Vecino’s late header.

"The Champions League has been our aim since the beginning of the season," Inter captain Mauro Icardi said. "We were aware of our strength from the start and finally we did it — after a crazy match."

Inter moved fourth with the same number of points as Lazio but with a better head-to-head record. Champion Juventus, Napoli and Roma are the other Italian teams to qualify for the Champions League.

Several Lazio players were in tears after the final whistle.

"We should have probably sealed the Champions League place earlier and not needed to do this in this last match," Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said.

"Evidently it was destiny. A night like this will remain inside us for a long time."

This was the first year Italy had four spots in the Champions League and the final berth came down to the last match of the season, with Lazio leading Inter by three points.

It was a thrilling match at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio took the lead when Adam Marusic’s strike smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner.

The hosts almost doubled their advantage but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s free kick came off the post, and Inter levelled in the 29th.

A corner came through to Danilo D’Ambrosio and, although Thomas Strakosha saved his initial attempt, he managed to hook his leg around the goalkeeper to turn it over the line.

Lazio restored its lead four minutes from the break as Senad Lulic threaded a ball through for Felipe Anderson to race forward and fire into the bottom left corner.

Inter was awarded a penalty in the 72nd for a handball by Milinkovic-Savic but the referee changed his mind after seeing the incident again on video review.

The visitors did get a penalty shortly after when Stefan de Vrij, who is set to join Inter next month, fouled Mauro Icardi.

"If someone else had done that foul, nothing would have changed, it was an accident," Inzaghi said. "I would play him again 100 times, he had a great match."

Icardi converted to take his tally to 29 for the season, level with Lazio forward Ciro Immobile at the top of the goalscoring charts.

Lulic was sent off following a second yellow card and the turnaround was complete when Vecino headed in a corner nine minutes from time.

NO ESCAPE

There was no great escape for Crotone this year as it lost 2-1 at Napoli on Sunday in the final round of the Serie A season to drop to Serie B.

Crotone avoided relegation last year on the final day with victory at Lazio after picking up 20 out of 27 points.

Crotone knew that a result at Napoli would give it the chance to escape relegation again.

However, goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon gave Napoli the win as it finished the season with a club record of 91 points. Marco Tumminello scored a late consolation for Crotone.

Napoli, which finished second to Juventus, became the first Serie A side to reach 90 points and still not win the title.

In the end, Crotone’s result did not matter as other relegation-threatened clubs — Spal, Cagliari, Chievo Verona and Udinese — all won.

EUROPA LEAGUE

AC Milan was already assured of a spot in the Europa League but made certain of avoiding the qualifying round after coming from behind to crush Fiorentina 5-1.

Elsewhere, Roma won 1-0 at Sassuolo and Torino beat Genoa 2-1.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ex-England captain Stoney set to manage Man Utd women's team

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Ex-England captain Stoney set to manage Man Utd women's team
Ex-England captain Stoney set to manage Man Utd women's team
Former England captain Casey Stoney is set to become manager of the new Manchester United women's team.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cricket pay row escalates

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Cricket pay row escalates

THE escalating tension between Zimbabwe Cricket [ZC] and national team players over unpaid salaries, match fees and bonuses has reached new heights after the under-fire cricket body refused to give […]

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Friday, May 18, 2018

PH Azkals eye top 100

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PH Azkals eye top 100
PH Azkals eye top 100

After reaching new heights in the latest International Football Federation rankings, the Philippines hopes to finally crack the Top 100 before its historic campaign in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Mikel Arteta to Arsenal latest plus Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and more

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Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Mikel Arteta to Arsenal latest plus Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and more
Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Mikel Arteta to Arsenal latest plus Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and more
All the latest Premier League transfer news plus gossip, rumours and done deals

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wilshere accepts bold holiday offer amid World Cup snub reports

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Wilshere accepts bold holiday offer amid World Cup snub reports
Wilshere accepts bold holiday offer amid World Cup snub reports
Jack Wilshere is seemingly open to making other plans after reportedly being overlooked for England's World Cup squad, having playfully accepted an offer of a holiday to Zante from a stranger on social media. The Arsenal midfielder has not appeared for the Three Lions since Euro 2016, but appeared to be in the running for a place on the plane to Russia. However, a series of late-season knocks are said to have convinced Gareth Southgate to look elsewhere. And Wilshere suggested he will be free over the off-season with his response to someone inviting him on a trip to Zante with "the lads". Alongside two laughing emojis, he replied on Twitter: "Let me know the dates and I'm in." let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X — Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Can i bring the baby aswell? https://t.co/fWLpEGZgB6 — Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Wilshere continued the light-hearted interaction by adding: "Can I bring the baby as well?"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Griezmann vs Thauvin: France's best forwards do battle in Europa League final

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Griezmann vs Thauvin: France's best forwards do battle in Europa League final
Griezmann vs Thauvin: France's best forwards do battle in Europa League final
While the Champions League final has been billed by some as Cristiano Ronaldo versus Mohamed Salah, there is perhaps a more intriguing head-to-head battle in the Europa League showdown between Marseille and Atletico Madrid. Antoine Griezmann and Florian Thauvin, arguably the two most consistently deadly French attacking players of the season, will go head-to-head on Wednesday – in Lyon, fittingly – in a tantalising match-up. Such has been the form of Thauvin that the possible absence of Dimitri Payet has become less of a concern, while Griezmann continues to be Atletico's go-to hero, even if it seems likely he will move to Barcelona before long. But who has had the better season? Who is likely to light up this final? With Opta's help, we crunch the (seriously impressive) numbers...   FRANCE'S BEST LEFT-FOOTED FORWARD – AND IT'S NOT GRIEZMANN Griezmann and Thauvin are the two French players to have been involved in the most goals in all competitions from among Europe's top-five leagues this season. It is the Marseille man, though, who has the edge. His 26 goals and 17 assists put him at 43 goal involvements, three above Griezmann (27 goals and 13 assists). The next best three are Kylian Mbappe (21 goals, 16 assists), Dimitri Payet (10 goals, 22 assists) and Nabil Fekir (23 goals, eight assists). Although Thauvin tops the charts overall, Griezmann has arguably been the more ruthless in his time on the pitch. His 40 goal involvements have come in 3,750 minutes of action, whereas Thauvin has needed 3,981. He has also needed fewer shots on average (2.6, compared to Thauvin's 3.0) with a better accuracy (58.8 per cent, compared to 50.4). That said, on average, Thauvin has been involved in a goal once every 93 minutes, while his compatriot has managed one per 94. Florian Thauvin in Ligue 1 this season:  Goals  Assists  Games @FlorianThauvin #UELfinal pic.twitter.com/l8t7TvXth0 — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 14, 2018   ALL-ROUND ATTACKING IMPACT There is more to football than goals, of course, and it is fair to say both Thauvin and Griezmann are prepared to embrace all facets of their roles in their respective teams. Griezmann has made 33.2 passes per match on average, a number surpassed by Thauvin's 40.7. Their accuracy is matched at 78 per cent, though. The Marseille talisman has averaged three passes more than Griezmann in the final third of the pitch, but his success rate there is five per cent lower than his rival. However, if he has a greater propensity to lose possession in attack, he is also adept at winning it back. Thauvin has averaged 12 duels per game, three more than Griezmann, and won almost exactly half of them.   DO MARSEILLE STILL NEED PAYET? Thauvin's form has been so good that Payet's injury scare in recent days has come as less of a blow than perhaps some would assume. However, there is no doubt the former West Ham man's absence would still be keenly felt. Aside from being the French player with the fourth-highest goal involvement of the season, Payet remains a passing master who could be key to unlocking Atleti's redoubtable defence. He averages 45 passes per game, with an accuracy of 80 per cent, while 21 of those in each match have come in the attacking third. All of that puts him above his France team-mates. Payet also boasts a rate of playing the final pass before a shot four times in every match, which again surpasses Griezmann and Thauvin, and shows why he remains a fearsome attacking threat. Will @OM_English emulate the heroes of '93?#UELfinal pic.twitter.com/WlwIDVGqUF — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 14, 2018