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  • Floyd Mayweather offers to cover funeral costs...
    by Reuters on June 2, 2020 at 5:41 am

    Reports say family has accepted former boxer’s offerGolfer Tiger Woods says police ‘clearly crossed a line’Boxing great Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the 46-year-old African American man whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis sparked protests across the United States.The former five-division world champion’s promotional company, Mayweather Productions, confirmed on Twitter that he had made the offer, and several […]

  • Australia seek Rugby Championship at home hub...
    by Australian Associated Press on June 2, 2020 at 3:19 am

    New CEO Rob Clarke in talks with federal governmentExpanded four-Test Bledisloe Cup series also toutedRugby Australia wants to establish a quarantine hub which enables it to exclusively host the Rugby Championship if the tournament is staged during the coronavirus pandemic. RA is in discussions with the federal government plus rival nations New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina with a view to holding a condensed version of the event this year.Interim CEO Rob Clarke is also seeking to lock in […]

  • England's Wane ponders Exiles revival after...
    by Aaron Bower on June 1, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Cancellation of three Tests set to cost RFL £1mExiles teams feature best overseas Super League playersThe cancellation of this year’s Ashes series is expected to mean the Rugby Football League will miss out on upwards of £1m, but the England coach Shaun Wane admits he would be open to the possibility of the Exiles concept being revived as an alternative to the pulled three matches against Australia.With the Super League and NRL seasons set to finish much later than originally […]

  • Cologne 2-4 RB Leipzig: Bundesliga – as it...
    by Niall McVeigh on June 1, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    The hosts took an early lead but Leipzig ran out comfortable winners thanks in part to Timo Werner’s fine breakaway goal in the second half 10.30pm BSTTimo Werner took his Bundesliga season tally to 25 as RB Leipzig moved back up to third place with a 4-2 away victory against Cologne.Jhon Cordóba gave the hosts an early advantage with his 12th goal of the season before going off injured. Leipzig fought back to lead at half-time with a Patrik Schick header and Christopher […]

  • Serie C to conquerers of Europe: when...
    by Nicky Bandini on June 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Before being struck by scandal, this once lowly club enjoyed an electrifying rise – and it all began with the vision of one manEverybody remembers how it ended. From 1990 to 2004, Parma competed as one of Italy’s foremost teams, qualifying for Europe in 14 consecutive seasons and winning four pieces of continental silverware. Then their parent company and chief sponsor, Parmalat, collapsed amid one of the most staggering financial fraud scandals the world has ever known.Parma […]

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  • Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host IPL 2020
    by Sports Flashes Desk on April 17, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host IPL 2020 Amidst the stern circumstances due to the massive coronavirus outbreak, the BCCI announced the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for an indefinite period. The disastrous COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll across the globe and more than 1 lakh deaths have occurred due to the life-threatening virus. In order to prevent this situation, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently extended the lockdown period until May 3. However, with India not ready to host the IPL in the near future, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has proposed to host the cash-rich T20 league this year. During an interview, Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva stated that the BCCI is very much likely to consider their proposal after reviewing the pandemic situation in Sri Lanka. In case there is no IPL this year, its stakeholders are expected to incur some big losses. However, if the IPL 2020 is held in Sri Lanka, the losses can be minimized to a great extent. Currently, there are close to 238 coronavirus positive cases in Sri Lanka out of which 65 patients have recovered and 7 have died because of the deadly disease. “If IPL is called off, Indian Cricket board and IPL stakeholders will have to bear a loss of more than USD 500 Million. So, it will be beneficial for them to conduct the league in another country as they did in 2009 in South Africa,” said Silva. “If we get the go-ahead from them to this proposal, we are ready to provide all the facilities necessary under the supervision of Sri Lankan health authorities,” he added.  

  • Dinesh Karthik confident of returning to India T20I team
    by Sports Flashes Desk on April 16, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Dinesh Karthik confident of returning to India T20I team Many of the players’ careers were dependent on the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now with the huge uncertainty over the IPL 2020 due to the massive coronavirus outbreak, it will be very much difficult for some players who were looking to make a comeback in the national team after a stellar performance in the IPL. Indian team management is yet to decide their first-choice wicket-keeper batsman for the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. KL Rahul currently looks as the top-contender for the slot with brilliant performances in white-ball cricket in the recent while. Rishabh Pant, who warmed the bench during the limited-overs leg of the New Zealand tour, is also in the line. There were also speculations about MS Dhoni’s return to the national side in case he does extremely well in the IPL. In the recent development, Dinesh Karthik has also stated that he is hopeful of his return in India’s T20 setup. Karthik was last seen in the India colours during the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand. Since then, he suddenly vanquished from the scenes. During a recent interview, Karthik talked about his formidable T20 numbers and his chances of making a possible return for the 2020 T20 World Cup. "It does hurt, no doubt about that. I have always had this burning desire to play for my country and it hasn't diminished one bit," quoted Dinesh Karthik. "My record in T20s has been good. A big tournament like the World Cup did not go exactly as per the plan. I could understand the one day bit (being dropped from ODIs) but even now I would like think that I stand a good chance in returning to the T20 side,” he added. In 32 T20Is, Karthik has scored close to 400 runs at a decent average of 33.25 with a strike-rate of 143.53. It is also a fact that the right-handed wicket-keeper batsman had performed really well for India in the finisher’s role. With a remarkable last ball six, he helped India to an unbelievable victory in the final of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh in the final. "I have done well even in the recent domestic games that I have played. I have no reason to doubt myself (that I can't make another comeback)." "There is a T20 World Cup round the corner and I know if I do well, I stand a good chance of making the team. I know it gets tougher every time. The team is getting stronger all the time and it is great to watch. But it is my duty to get better as a player and the rest will take care of itself,” Karthik noted. "With everything that has been happening, I am not able to think too much about the IPL. I have moved into a state where I have accepted that it is not going to happen for now. Before the lockdown, I was practising really hard for the IPL, just like I did it every other tournament. There is still a lot of hope (of playing for India again), it is always there. In fact, the entire world is living on hope right now," he concluded.

  • IPL 2020 officially suspended indefinitely
    by Sports Flashes Desk on April 16, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    IPL 2020 officially suspended indefinitely Even after the big 21-day lockdown period in India, the massive COVID-19 pandemic situation is still very much threatening. This has also forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to also take the hard step. In a huge development, the BCCI has officially suspended the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for an indefinite period. The announcement from the BCCI was quite expected with regards to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending the lockdown period in the country until May 3. In its recent press release, the BCCI stated that all the stakeholders have mutually come to a decision that the IPL should go ahead only when things settle down and the coronavirus situation dries down. "The health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and as such, the BCCI along with the Franchise Owners, Broadcaster, Sponsors and all the Stakeholders acknowledge that the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so," a BCCI release stated. The tournament was earlier scheduled to be held on March 29 but due to the massive coronavirus outbreak, the league was suspended until April 15. This announcement from the BCCI was very much on the expected lines after the extension of the lockdown period in India. Currently, most of the sporting activities in the world have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. However, there are still talks going around about the possibility of having the IPL somewhere around the September-October window later this year. IPL 2020 can be organised successfully if the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia is cancelled or postponed. But for that to happen, the coronavirus disastrous situation needs to get cleared up very soon which is looking very much bleak right now.

  • Tim Paine gives a fitting reply to Michael Clarke
    by Sports Flashes Desk on April 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Tim Paine gives a fitting reply to Michael Clarke Recently, former Australian captain Michael Clarke made a statement that the Australian players were too scared to sledge Indian captain Virat Kohli during the 2018-19 Test series as they were afraid of losing their IPL contracts. India made history under Virat Kohli’s captaincy by winning their maiden Test series in Australia. However, Clarke feels that the home team players were too soft against Kohli because they didn’t want to lose million dollar IPL deals. Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has come up with a fitting reply to the former skipper’s controversial comments. During a recent interview, Paine mentioned that he did not notice his team trying to be nice to Virat Kohli or taking a step back. The Australian skipper revealed that they had persisted on not provoking Virat in any way because of him being at his best when someone tries to get under his skin. “I certainly didn't notice too many people being that nice to Virat or not trying to get him out or anything like that. I thought everyone who had the ball in their hand or when we were batting were trying their absolute best to win the game for Australia. I'm not sure who was going easy on him; we certainly had a thing where we didn't want to provoke any fight with him because we think that's when he plays at his best," quoted Tim Paine. Tim Paine also talked about an instance from the documentary released on Amazon Prime ‘The Test’ where the two captains engage in a healthy banter during the Perth Test match. The Aussie skipper went on to mention that he was in a nothing to lose situation as he was not going to be a part of the IPL and believed that all his players gave their 100% in every Test match of the series. “Who knows what will happen this series and, as we saw in the documentary, there was still quite a lot of heat in some of those games. I certainly wasn’t holding back, but again the IPL’s not a huge draw for me at the moment, so I had nothing to lose. But anytime our guys go out and play a Test match for Australia, they’ll be giving their absolute all and I’m pretty sure they’re not thinking about an IPL contract when they’re running in, bowling to Virat,” he added.

  • Reason behind Sanjay Manjrekar dropped from commentary panel
    by Sports Flashes Desk on April 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Reason behind Sanjay Manjrekar dropped from commentary panel Before the official COVID-19 lockdown in India, it was learned that former Indian cricketer and a well-known commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was sacked by the BCCI from the commentary panel. Manjrekar had been under the striking lines for his various critical statements because of his vocal nature. He was not included in the commentary panel for the ODI series against South Africa that got suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. During the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, Manjrekar controversially termed Ravindra Jadeja as ‘bits and pieces’ player due to which the former faced the heat on the social media from the fans. In the Test match in Nagpur 2019, Manjrekar was once again involved in a controversial discussion with commentary panel mate Harsha Bhogle where Manjrekar was critical over the latter not having played cricket. It was being reported that these controversies were the major reason for Manjrekar’s sacking from the commentary panel. However, a recent report states that he did not follow the guidelines set by the BCCI during his commentary stint. Manjrekar reportedly spoke about BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s conflict of interest issue. “Manjrekar was quite vocal last year when Ganguly was engulfed in the conflict of interest controversy. Back then the former Indian skipper had been holding multiple posts – including that of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and mentor of the Delhi Capitals team,” the source said. “All the claims are false that says Ganguly has been on a witch-hunt since becoming the BCCI boss, or that he has been pushing his detractors out of the board,” other source added.

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  • Carlos Eduardo future presents a complex problem for Al Hilal to solve
    on June 1, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Twitter can, at times, be a wonderful place. Accounts from across Saudi Arabia united last week under the hashtag ادواردو#. Rumours about an impending exit from Al Hilal for skipper Carlos Eduardo had sparked this stream of compliments and video highlights to be curated. Such salutation is thoroughly merited if a five-year stint in Riyadh for the club’s all-time-leading foreign scorer comes to an end upon his contract’s expiry this summer. But should the Brazilian attacking midfielder’s departure be fated after 53 goals from 90 Saudi Professional League games and seven major trophies? Especially when the presence of Italy maestro Sebastian Giovinco caused him to sit out the final pursuit of 2019 AFC Champions League glory, plus be regularly shunted into an unnatural wide-left role for domestic duties. The future of an undisputed modern great is a complex problem for the administration to unpick. There are no simple answers. – iG Esporte’s revelation showed plenty of options exist for Eduardo. An appealing renewal proposal from Hilal, after months of prevarication, has joined offers from a quartet of major Brazilian clubs (Corinthians, Jorge Jesus’ Flamengo, Gremio and Athletico Paranaense). Eduardo’s contract is scheduled to expire at the end of this month, but a short-term extension is likely because of March’s postponement of the 2019/20 season. Arriyadiyah newspaper have also reported consistent links to 2020 ACL group-stage opponents Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club. The player himself was non-committal when quizzed by the same publication earlier this month. Carlos Eduardo celebrates a goal against Al Ittihad (EPA). “I have two months left in my contract with Al Hilal, and I will wait until the last day, then I will make a decision regarding my future in respect of the club and my contract that applies to him,” said the 30-year-old. Overtures from Al Ahli Jeddah have been discussed, while outfits from the Qatar Stars League and Turkey’s Super Lig linger. Such interest should raise questions about Hilal’s dallying. To be coveted is to hold intrinsic value, surely… – Goals have been the Brazilian’s currency since a deal worth up to €10 million (€7m fee + €3m in variables) was inked with Porto in July 2015. This followed the outstanding loan at Nice for 2014/15 that featured 10 of them during 30 Ligue 1 appearances, a stint in which his five-goal haul at Guingamp makes him one of just 11 players to gain a perfect 10/10 rating in L’Equipe’s esteemed pages. The tone was set on debut. Eduardo’s refined instincts set him on a course to burst forward from midfield and be perfectly positioned to slide in the only strike of August 2015’s Saudi Super Cup triumph against Al Nassr at London’s Loftus Road. A startling 22 came from his first 24 matches in dark blue. Some impact. Not even November 2017’s devastating knee injury picked up within the first eight minutes of the doomed continental finals versus Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds, or subsequent influx of elite foreigners, could seriously curtail Eduardo’s ability. Commitment is also key. Eduardo is the glue that has held a multicultural squad together, always leading by example when under the care of 10 different – permanent or temporary – coaches and bringing colleagues along with him. The Hilal cause is sacrosanct to him. Carlos Eduardo’s competitive debut against Al Nassr in London (EPA). Brazilians have played a lead role in Hilal’s 63-year history. Eduardo’s name sits comfortably alongside the revered Mario Zagallo, Rivellino, Sergio Ricardo and Thiago Neves. Only former France centre forward Bafetimbi Gomis (26) has netted more times, in all competitions, than Eduardo (14) during 2019/20. Giovinco has only half the latter-mentioned’s tally (seven). Eduardo’s haul includes winning strikes in both SPL meetings with historical rivals Al Ittihad, plus an 88th-minute effort in the eventual 2-2 draw at Al Faisaly. These hard-earned points helped earn Hilal a healthy advantage over second-placed champions Nassr. Longevity is further exemplified by the fact Eduardo appeared well on course to better 2014/15’s SPL best of 14 goals, prior to March 14’s postponement because of coronavirus. He’ll have eight fixtures to fire further efforts in, if the campaign recommences on August 20 as planned. A goal-conversion percentage of 29.7 in the SPL is the highest for club-mates with more than one goal this season. He’s also played the third-most minutes. – This last statistic, however, is consequence of a bittersweet second half of 2019. A return of one goal in six group-stage fixtures was not enough to extend his presence for the knockouts in the reduced four-player quota required by the ACL. The snub was repeated for the curtailed 2020 edition. SPL opportunities, thus, followed when continental commitments necessitated rest for the chosen quartet. Natural width and penetrating pace provided by Andre Carrillo was preferred. The Peru winger went on to notch the only goal in November’s first leg of the finals in Riyadh. This victorious run also cemented Giovinco’s standing as the team’s creative fulcrum. Eduardo has yet to register an assist in the 2019/20 SPL. Giovinco has six. Carlos Eduardo in action against Esteghlal during 2019’s AFC Champions League group stage (EPA). The agile $3m signing from Toronto FC in January 2019 greater ability to influence proceedings is exhibited by superior numbers per 90 minutes, according to Wyscout, for; dribbles (5.2/3.2), key passes (0.8/0.4), passes to the penalty area (5.2/2.5) and throughballs (1.8/0.6). Coach Razvan Lucescu’s wildly successful 4-2-3-1 formation favours a technician in that central position, rather than a box-to-box powerhouse like Eduardo. But even when pushed to the left, Eduardo’s brilliance shines through. Eduardo’s 11 SPL goals dwarfs the contribution from mesmeric left winger Salem Al Dawsari (two goals, two assists). The Saudi Arabia superstar’s superior pressing off the ball and ability to advance the team with electric dribbling when in possession, however, has been favoured by Lucescu. This is not to diminish Eduardo’s ability and influence. Stylistically, the Romanian tactician is fortunate to possess pieces that fit better into his tactical jigsaw. – Eduardo can be seen as a victim of familiarity. His long stay in Riyadh – by standards of a league in which non-Saudis are shifted with frequency – can detract from the fact he is notably younger than direct competitor Giovinco (30/33). A propensity to excel in numerous positions further strengthens his hand. Yet, is Hilal’s XI stronger without him? Eduardo, furthermore, can feel aggrieved about his Asian exclusion and desire a prominent role elsewhere. His numbers remain supreme. Eduardo was on target in December’s third-placed clash against Monterrey in the Club World Cup (EPA). Which route provides the best medium term bet headed into a prolonged 2019/20 and uncertain 2020/21; push through a renewal for Eduardo, or free up space in the seven-player domestic contingent and take advantage of varied avenues the next transfer market will provide? Hilal have conquered Asia without Eduardo. But he has been an exemplary performer on the home front. A consequential decision is looming. Which direction will Lucescu and president Fahad Bin Nafil Al Otaibi move? Expect a respectful separation.

  • Graeme Smith and Younis Khan lead the way for batsmen who relish the fourth innings challenge
    on May 31, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Tests are rightly considered to be the pinnacle of cricket, with no other format so rigorously examining the technique and fundamentals of a player. Each session across the five days presents a unique challenge for the teams on hand and the changing conditions over the course of the Test only serves to heighten the tension. Barring a few exceptions, it is generally observed that batting gets tougher as a Test progresses. Deteriorating pitches always tend to favour the bowlers, with the roughs and footmarks becoming a nightmare for batsmen. Batting last in a five-day clash is perhaps the true test of a batsman’s credentials. Statistically, the averages of several greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara have dropped significantly in the fourth innings. On the contrary, there are some batsmen who revel in the scenario and are able to raise their levels in the final innings… Geoffrey Boycott (England) Innings: 34 Runs: 1234 Average: 58.76 Among the batsmen to have scored a minimum of 1,000 runs in the fourth innings, none have averaged more than Geoffrey Boycott. As stubborn a character off the pitch as he was with the bat in hand, the former England great was notorious for his ability to grind down bowling attacks. While his overall Test career average stood at a very respectable 47.72, Boycott was even harder to dislodge in the fourth innings. Some of his most memorable displays came in the final innings, including three of his 22 Test tons. Two of those centuries were scored at Lord’s against West Indies and Australia, while the third one was registered against Pakistan in Hyderabad. The opening batsman also managed to remain unbeaten in 13 of his 34 outings in the fourth innings. Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies) Innings: 36 Runs: 1241 Average: 37.60 West Indies’ three-wicket win over a formidable Australia side at St. John’s in 2003 remains the highest successful fourth innings chase, and it was Ramnaresh Sarwan who was pivotal to the historic triumph. Chasing a daunting 418 to win, West Indies were in deep trouble before Sarwan forged game-changing partnerships with Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. That ton was one of four registered by the right-hander in the final innings, including another one against Australia at North Sound in 2008. An underrated batsman who never really hogged the limelight, Sarwan played his part in saving several Tests for West Indies while batting last. Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) Innings: 38 Runs: 1383 Average: 53.19 Just like Boycott, Gordon Greenidge was another opener who relished the task of batting in the fourth innings. The destructive right-hander has three tons in the fourth innings, though it is his unbeaten 214 against England at the Lord’s Test of 1984 which remains his most iconic knock. Despite the visitors being made to chase a tricky target of 342 in the final innings, Greenidge made it look like a walk in the park with the most belligerent of displays. Slaying an England attack containing Ian Botham and Derek Pringle, the Windies opener smashed 214 off just 242 deliveries to set up a thumping nine-wicket win. His other two centuries while batting last were registered against Australia. Ricky Ponting (Australia) Innings: 43 Runs: 1462 Average: 50.41 Among the 10 most prolific run-scorers in Test history, Ricky Ponting remains the only one whose average does not take a big beating in the fourth innings. The former Australia skipper’s career average of 51.85 is not too far off from the level of his performances when batting last. What is notable about Ponting’s four tons in the final innings is that three of them came away from home in difficult conditions. Among them was his imperious unbeaten 100 against South Africa in Cape Town (2002), where he single-handedly dragged the visitors towards a successful 331-run chase. It is Ponting’s ability to hold his own in the final innings which separates him from the rest of the Test greats such as Tendulkar, Lara and Jacques Kallis. Sunil Gavaskar (India) Innings: 33 Runs: 1398 Average: 58.25 In an era filled with some of the greatest Test openers in history, Sunil Gavaskar managed to carve a special place for himself with his resolute technique. Like his contemporary Greenidge, the Indian is among only four batsmen in history to have registered a double ton in the fourth innings. It came in a marathon 443-ball knock at the Oval in 1979, with India agonisingly close to chasing a target of 438 in a valiant performance. That two of four centuries while batting last were scored in away Tests against the marauding West Indies speaks volumes about Gavaskar’s fourth innings credentials. One of them was a famous 102 in 1976, which helped India successfully pull of a then-record run chase of 403. Younis Khan (Pakistan) Innings: 40 Runs: 1465 Average: 50.51 No batsman has managed to replicate or better the five fourth-innings tons registered by Pakistan great Younis Khan. Breaching triple figures on as many as five different occasions while batting last, the right-hander was a man who could stand tall in the harshest of conditions. Three of those centuries from Pakistan’s record run-scorer came against the South Africans, although none of them ended up in a winning cause. The same fate didn’t await his fifth and final fourth innings century, which secured Pakistan’s record Test chase of 377. It came in the form of an unbeaten 171 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2015, and helped the visitors earn an emphatic seven-wicket triumph. Graeme Smith (South Africa) Innings: 41 Runs: 1611 Average: 51.96 The trio of Boycott, Greenidge and Gavaskar might hold better fourth innings averages than Smith’s, but neither of them come close to the effectiveness of the South African stalwart. If ever there was a batsman who truly embraced the toughest challenge of batting last, it was the former Proteas skipper. Three of his four Test tons in the fourth innings came away from home, with each and every one of them resulting in a victory for South Africa. They were all registered against high-calibre opponents as well, with two of them helping the Proteas down Australia in Perth and Cape Town respectively. The remaining two were registered away in New Zealand and England, helping South Africa forge a reputation as the trickiest team to welcome for any host country. A fighter to the core, they really don’t’ make them like Smith anymore. His defiant attempt to bat with a broken hand in a bid to save the 2009 Sydney Test, will remain the defining image of both his captaincy and batting. That the Proteas had already sealed the series triumph before arriving in Sydney tells you all you need to know about Smith’s character in the face of fire.

  • Best U21 players from outside Europe’s ‘Big Five’: A Salzburg product as good as Erling Haaland and a Liverpool target feature
    on May 31, 2020 at 10:01 am

    We often view football through the prism of the ‘Big Five’ leagues but peer away from the shine of its riches and there are masses of young talent to be found. The likes of Erling Haaland and Joao Felix were developed outside Europe’s elite and there are many more gifted young players emerging from the outer reaches. In the second of this two-part series, we examine some of the best U21 players from leagues outside the top five, using WyScout and whoscored.com to deliver our reports. Jupiler Pro League (Belgium) Jonathan David | Gent | 20 | Canadian   Jonathan David is the best young player outside of Europe’s Big Five. A bold opinion but one with plenty of merit, although, it’s unlikely he’ll remain on the outside for much longer. Amid the recent growth spurt of North American talents – Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies currently lead the way – David is perhaps the most impressive. Granted his exploits have been achieved in Belgium, but all the building blocks are there to form a brilliant forward, one widely tipped to become the Jupiler Pro League’s most expensive export. Considering the calibre of players nurtured in Belgium – Kevin De Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly, Thibaut Courtois, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and many more enjoyed careers there – that is some statement. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham head up a long, long list of drooling suitors and like his Canada team-mate Davies, the 20-year-old has really exploded in 2019/20. First to the statistics and records, of which there are many already. In 40 games across all competitions, David has scored 23 times adding another nine assists for second-placed Gent. His composed intelligence has been the thread throughout each of those contributions because the attacker’s sense of space and timing is exceptional. He’ll move in between centre-backs just as crosses are delivered, has the predatory instinct to be first to loose balls in the box and will ghost in over the shoulder of defenders to meet passes. Many of his goals are first-time finishes which points to his smart movement and anticipation of where the ball will be and then where it should go next. But then the Brooklyn-born forward is super smooth with the ball at his feet as well and can explode from deep, taking on players with ease before coolly sliding finishes home. He’s a proponent of perfect execution and precision, which is why he can provide, too. Depending on where he starts – he’s been deployed in dual roles either in behind two strikers in a 4-3-1-2 or in the front pairing – David will either drop in between the lines and release well-timed through balls, drive from the heart of midfield or pull out into the space between full-back and centre-back to produce clever cut-backs. The kid just runs and runs, constantly searching for space to exploit but he works hard defensively as well which is why he routinely touches the 12km mark over 90 minutes. These traits are why at the age of 19 he won the golden boot at the Gold Cup with a national record of six goals and was later named Canadian Player of the Year. Despite making only 12 international appearances, he’s already his country’s fourth-highest goalscorer with 11 strikes. His composure is outstanding and twinned with his searing pace and intelligent play, a long-held dream of featuring in one of the top leagues will be a reality very soon. Worthy Mentions: Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht), Marco Kana (Anderlecht), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht), Krepin Diatta (Club Brugge), Zinho Vanheusden (Standard Liege), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge), Jhon Lucumi (Genk), Giorgi Chakvetadze (Gent), Aster Vranckx (KV Mechelen), Ikoma Lois Openda (Club Brugge), Robbe Quirynen (Royal Antwerp) Superliga (Denmark) Mohammed Daramy | FC Copenhagen | 18 | Danish Mohammed Daramy is a bit like a good soup. It’s hard to go wrong with soup, the core ingredients are hearty and packed full of flavour, but to get it just right the dish requires constant seasoning, care and attention in order to refine it. That is Daramy at the moment, we know he’s going to be good because the core ingredients are there, but he needs refinement to emerge as a sweet success. The teenage striker is slowly establishing himself at FC Copenhagen with three goals and three assists in all competitions this season, which is a fairly tidy return for a player with just eight starts in 2019/20. The development program has been clear as Daramy has been gradually eased into senior football having become Copenhagen’s youngest ever goalscorer at just 16 back in 2018. And it’s been a big year already for the youngster as he turned 18 in January after receiving his Danish passport shortly before his birthday (Daramy has lived in Denmark his entire life though his parents are from Sierra Leone). It won’t be long until he’s wearing the red and white of Denmark. According to reports, almost half of the Premier League have been monitoring his progress – Liverpool chief among them – while Leipzig apparently already had a bid rejected in January with Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund interested and also Scottish champions Celtic. There’s a lot to like. Primarily a centre-forward, Daramy likes to drop deep and link-up play. He’s very neat in beating his man to open up passing opportunities and he has the awareness to know when to turn and dart and when to drop the ball off and recycle possession. Now, he’s not the cleanest striker of the ball so he can be very wayward with his shots and does tend to overhit passes as well, but that’s to be expected from a young forward. The pleasing thing, though, is his confidence to ask for the ball and to take shots on. Tightening his technique will come with time. He’s so far proven to be pretty comfortable on both wings as well, which is pretty much a requirement for all modern forwards, so it’s easy to see why so many clubs are checking him out. There’s a long way to go and many steps on the road, but Daramy certainly has a bright future ahead of him. Worthy Mentions: Victor Nelsson (FC Copenhagen), Mikkel Damsgaard (FC Nordsjaelland), Evander (FC Midtjylland), Mohammed Kudus (FC Nordsjaelland), Magnus Kofoed Andersen (FC Nordsjaelland), Jonas Wind (FC Copenhagen), Jacob Christensen (FC Nordsjaelland), Isaac Atanga (FC Nordsjaelland), Mikkel Kaufmann (FC Copenhagen) Allsvenskan (Sweden) Sead Haksabanovic | IFK Norrkoping | 21 | Montenegrin Sweden isn’t exactly blessed with a glut of talented players right now so when Sead Haksabanovic switched allegiances to Montenegro – he qualified through his father – there was understandable disappointment. Haksabanovic has since garnished salt in their wounds with the sass of a certain social media star, returning to the Allsvenskan on loan at Norrkoping from West Ham. He’s barely been given a chance at the Hammers since moving from Halmstads as a teenager with a loan spell at Malaga bringing him a miserable 53 minutes of football. However, the attacking midfielder has exploded back in Sweden where he ended the 2019 campaign – the Allsvenskan runs from April-November – scoring nine times and assisting another eight in 36 games. Like most teams, West Ham’s transfer budget will be seriously restricted by the effects of COVID-19 and so the 21-year-old could finally be handed an opportunity in the Premier League. He deserves his chance. Confidence is a huge determining factor in success and failure and now Haksabanovic has managed to build himself back up to play with freedom after two punctured years. Featuring on the left side of a 3-4-3, Haksabanovic has been very effective when cutting inside and unleashing rasping strikes. He’s super dynamic and his tight control allows him to take a touch inside, shift the ball out of his feet before hammering at goal. Yet he’s not one dimensional. He often times his runs as the full-back is not watching to dart into the box and meet crosses, scoring a header and several first-time finishes with this ploy. He’s also applied his sharp dribbling skills to score when running at defences from deep. The variety of his goals is what gives hope that he can transition into the English top-flight. Naturally, the level he is playing at is significantly lower, but the fact he has such a swagger means that if he can bring that mentality to England, he can make an impact. There will be a familiar face Haksabanovic would love to test himself against because he trained alongside Marcus Rashford during a trial at Manchester United as a 15 year old back in 2015. Worthy Mentions: Marko Johansson (GAIS), Tim Prica (Malmo), Daleho Irandust (BK Hacken), Jack Lahne (Orebro SK), Alhassan Yusuf (IFK Goteborg), Max Svensson (Helsingborgs IF) Bundesliga (Austria) Dominik Szoboszlai | Red Bull Salzburg | 19 | Hungarian   Having brought Erling Haaland into the mainstream consciousness and then also Takumi Minamino into the arms of Liverpool this season, Red Bull Salzburg naturally dominates Austrian football when it comes to player production. The entire Red Bull project is predicated on spotting the best young talent early, nurturing them with first-team opportunities before selling on at a premium. Dominik Szoboszlai is their next such star. He seems destined for a move to Serie A with his agent talking up a move to Milan, a transfer which makes sense given Ralf Rangnick is the head of sport and development at Red Bull and will shortly take charge at the AC. If he’s cherry picking Szoboszlai for the Rossoneri, then that gives some indication of how good the teenager is. Lining up on the left of midfield, the Hungary international is a pure thoroughbred and the way he manoeuvres around the pitch with such poise and grace, it would be easy to mistake his performance for an Equestrian Dressage routine. There’s nothing forced in his game. He plays as if permanently on tip-toes, just gliding across and through players. Everything is measured and precise, passes are timed to perfection and weighted so graciously. When he crosses, there’s no thump on the ball with the on expectation his forwards to make the best of it, he’ll caress and dink deliveries into their path. Yet while the game comes so effortlessly to him while in possession, without it he is all effort. In such a press-heavy system, Szoboszlai boasts tremendous graft and his recoveries are just as impressive as anything he does with the ball. In the Champions League group stage game at Liverpool, in the second-half in particular, he hounded and wrestled possession from the defending champions. His technical ability, creativity and IQ allied with his energy and work ethic means he can play centrally in midfield or in both wide-spots. Of course, there is room for development. He’s not a natural finisher and his technique isn’t as clean in front of goal as it is when passing through the lines, which is why he has eight assists in all competitions and just five goals. But Szoboszlai is not a traditional winger either, because he lingers in between both boxes rather than dart into the area. He’s the point man in attack, applying delicate flicks and incisive passes between the lines, which explains why he’s second in the Austrian Bundesliga for third assists. There is so much talent to work with and his next move will surely see him become much more refined. He’s been likened to pre-Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne and a similar transformation could see him emerge into a truly elite midfielder in the years to come. Worthy Mentions: Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg), Noah Okafor (Red Bull Salzburg), Karim Adeyemi (Red Bull Salzburg), Antoine Bernede (Red Bull Salzburg), Sekou Koita (Red Bull Salzburg), Romano Schmid (Wolfsberger), Marko Raguz (LASK), Emanuel Aiwu (Admira Wacker), Ousmane Diakite (Rheindorf Altach) Super League (Greece) Dimitris Limnios | PAOK | 21 | Greek Cristiano Ronaldo might just be the world’s most inspirational player and we’re now beginning to see the first wave of players who have grown up watching the Portuguese icon. Dimitris Limnios feels like one such player. Greece isn’t exactly the first country that springs to mind when it comes to technical, flair talents. Think Greece, think Euro 2004 and the way that side bludgeoned teams to death. However, Limnios is an entertainer, a winger who will attempt and pull off daring first-touch flicks and dizzying dribbles ala Ronaldo, rather than ala Angelos Charisteas. Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Monaco are among the big-name clubs casting their eye over PAOK star this season and no doubt they will have liked what they saw. A valuable squad member during POAK’s historic unbeaten 2018/19 league season which saw them double up with a Greek Cup triumph, Limnios has since become a regular starter this term. He’s already surpassed his goal tally from last season, scoring six times in all competitions and is making an impact for the national team, too, with a European Championship qualification winner against Armenia late last year. His rise is no surprise. Limnios made his debut for Atromitos aged just 16 to become the Super League’s third youngest player ever and the hype has followed him every step of the way. He’s been entrusted with a regular spot in the defending champion’s XI, flitting between both wings but being used primarily on the right in his 23 starts. So what type of player is he? Limnios is powerfully quick and daringly direct. His immediate intention when the ball is at his feet is to run at defenders and although he doesn’t possess a box of flamboyant tricks, he does routinely drop his shoulder and shift the ball effectively to free himself of attention. He wants the responsibility of creating chances and he has the confidence to pull it off. Perhaps the flair is in his genes considering his mother is Brazilian, but while his game does excite, there does need to be more bang to his flash. Consistent goals and assists are needed and that will require him to add more dimensions to his game that isn’t just beating his man in one v ones. Worthy Mentions: Leo Jaba (POAK), Maximiliano Lovera (Olympiacos), Svetozar Markovic (AEL), Enea Mihaj (PAOK), Ronaldo Shani (Atromitos), Tasos Douvikas (Asteras Tripolis), Juan Perea (Panathinaikos), Fabian Ehmann (Aris)

  • Golf courses reopening in Saudi Arabia
    on May 31, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Following government guidance, the Saudi Golf Federation (SGF) has confirmed that all of the country’s domestic golf courses will reopen this week, starting from today. After more than two months of controlled movement and closures, the Saudi government this week set out a specific timetable to lift current restrictions in three phases. All golf clubs were included in the first phase of the government’s plans and have been given official permission to allow their members to return. However, there are strict health and safety guidelines and precautionary measures that golf clubs must adhere to, if continued play is to be permitted. As part of these new measures, golfers must pre-book their round in advance, and wear masks upon arrival. Temperature checks will also be conducted on arrival for all members and anyone showing signs of illness will be asked to leave the course. Commenting on the measures put in place to ensure golf’s safe return in Saudi Arabia, Majed Al Sorour, CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation, said: “It is great news that we are now in a position to reintroduce the game we all love across the Kingdom, in line with the latest government regulations. As one of the sports which can be played safely during this period, we urge everyone to be respectful of the phased approach taken by the Saudi Golf Federation.” Al Sorour continued: “We will continuously monitor the situation both in the Kingdom, and across the world and we have not ruled out the reintroduction of further restrictions if the guidelines are not followed correctly. It is therefore imperative that both golf clubs and members take the necessary steps and adhere to guidelines, if facilities are to remain open in the weeks ahead.” Additional restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include the use of physical distancing, with members keeping at least two meters apart from each other at all times. Golf carts will only be permitted to be used by one golfer and concierge services will also be closed, meaning players will need to carry their bags to and from their own vehicles. To prevent overcrowding on all courses, tee times have been extended to 14-minute intervals, with a maximum of three players per slot. This gap will not be altered for one or two balls. Restaurants and cafeterias will remain closed for seating, with takeaway orders possible via the on-course cart or telephone order. For payments, only contact-less or card payments will be accepted. Shower and locker facilities will also remain closed. Player-specific restrictions have also been put in place ahead of next week to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When playing from bunkers, golfers will be asked to make their very best efforts to smooth the sand using their club or their feet, rather than use a rake. Pick and place rules apply for bad lies. It will be forbidden for players to touch or handle the flagstick. Putts will need to be completed with the flagstick in, with players removing their own balls from the hole. Following the play of a hole, players should not enter the next teeing area until all members of the group in front have played their tee shots and left the tee box. Only one golfer should be on the tee at any given time. Ahead of next week’s return to golf, courses up and down the Kingdom have been hard at work to ensure conditions are pristine for the return of members. Despite restrictions resulting in a shortage of labour, agronomy teams have continued to work hard ensuring both the greens and fairways remain in superb shape, with their efforts being recognised by Al Sorour: “Thankfully, all of our clubs have had the experience and skills to remain calm and continue their preparations unheeded, without knowing exactly when golf would be able to safely return. We will continue to remain in regular dialogue with the government, updating golf facilities and players on changes to regulations and procedures as restrictions across the Kingdom continue to lift. Given the continuous change in restrictions, there may be a requirement for the Saudi Golf Federation to update and reissue guidelines at regular intervals to reflect government and global advice.” For further information on how to golf safely, please visit: www.golfsaudi.com

  • Best U21 players from outside Europe’s ‘Big Five’: A Spurs reject and the son of a Romanian icon feature
    on May 31, 2020 at 9:15 am

    We often view football through the prism of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues but peer away from the shine of their riches and there are masses of young talent to be found elsewhere on the continent. The likes of Erling Haaland and Joao Felix were developed outside of the elite leagues and there are many more gifted young players emerging from the outer reaches. In the first of this two-part series, we examine some of the best U21 players from leagues situated outside the ‘Big Five’, using WyScout and whoscored.com to deliver our reports. Liga NOS (Portugal) Marcus Edwards | Vitoria Guimaraes | 21 | English Serge Gnabry sits in the stomach of Arsenal fans and rots away as a constant reminder of the club’s enormous mistake. Well, their north-London rivals Tottenham will soon share a similar bitter taste. Marcus Edwards left Spurs last summer to join Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal for a nominal fee and a 50 per cent sell-on clause and is developing into one of Europe’s most promising young attackers. There are many talented footballers in the world, but the diverging factor from potential to promise or failure is mentality and there were fears Edwards didn’t have it when a loan spell at Norwich was cut short because of training late shows. But a 2018/19 stay at Dutch club Excelsior righted a train which is gathering speed in Portugal. Likened to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino in 2016, the comparison, while extremely dangerous, does carry a degree of merit. Indeed, the diminutive 21-year-old shares similar traits with the Argentine in that he effortlessly slaloms through crowds of players and embarrasses defenders with perfectly executed drag backs and tight pirouettes. The skill has always been obvious, but now Edwards is adding the finishing touches to his artistic flair with his feints and flicks paired with penetration in the final third. In Portugal, his accurate crosses, clever passes and confident finishing has seen him contribute to eight goals (four scored himself plus four assists) in 17 Liga Nos games. In transition, Edwards has become Vitoria’s main attacking outlet as he’s superb at taking the ball on the half turn and exploding into space. When he’s in attacking scenarios, he’ll either cut in from his right-wing post and shoot off his left foot, or shift direction down the line and cross off his right foot. He’s a bit like Jadon Sancho in the way he utilises both feet to unnerve defenders and that’s perhaps a better comparison. The two are close friends and Sancho’s mesmeric rise has inspired Edwards to knuckle down, which explains why an Englishman is one of the best young players in a Portuguese league which has no problems producing talent of their own. Worthy Mentions: Florentino Luis (Benfica), Trincao (Braga), Romario Baro (Porto), Pedro Goncalves (Famalicao), Tomas Tavares (Benfica), Fabio Silva (Porto), Tomas Esteves (Porto) Premier Liga (Russia) Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov | Krasnodar | 20 | Russian Russia hasn’t exactly been a great export to the rest of Europe with Denis Cheryshev (Valencia) and Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco) the only Russian players owned by sides from the ‘Big Five’. Shapi Suleymanov will soon join them though if he continues his current trajectory. The 20-year-old is the outstanding young player from Russia’s top flight, emerging from Krasnodar’s talent factory and making a name for himself this season with a string of impressive displays. Think of the charged-up Duracell Bunny and that’s kind of what Shapi is like. The left-footed attacker is a ball of frenetic energy, a player who loves to hunt down opposition attackers almost as much as he does terrorising full-backs. He’s a modern pressing forward and given Krasnodar operate in a similar fashion to Liverpool in that they use inverted wingers with their full-backs pushed high and wide up the pitch, Shapi’s vibrant style and tight technique has meshed well. He spots smart passes, uses his low centre of gravity to manipulate space for himself and has a cracking left footed strike when he cuts in. No player 21 and under has scored (four) or assisted (four) more than Shapi in the league this season, and considering almost half of his 20 appearances have been from the bench that’s an impressive return. Naturally, there are areas for refinement, his dribbling isn’t always so slick for example, but if he can fully establish himself at Krasnodar, then no doubt Europe’s elite will come knocking very soon. Worthy Mentions: Arnor Sigurdsson (CSKA Moscow), Zuriko Davitashvili (Rubin Kazan), Vadim Karpov (CSKA Moscow), Ivan Oblyakov (CSKA Moscow), Matvey Safonov (Krasnodar), Ivan Ignatyev (Rubin Kazan) Eredivisie (Netherlands) Myron Boadu | AZ Alkmaar | 19 | Dutch The Netherlands is flush with some of the best young players in the world and so attempting to pick one player from the Eredivisie is a tough task. In fact, choosing just one candidate from AZ Alkmaar is tricky enough given they are emerging as perhaps the best academy in Europe. There are several students for consideration but Myron Boadu is the Valedictorian. Boadu has been with AZ since the age of 12 and is now developing a gleaning reputation having helped fire his side into a title challenge with Ajax. The early conclusion of the Eredivisie means this vibrant young team won’t be adding a third league title in the club’s history, a sad ending considering there is a real danger this dynasty could be broken up. Those fears are legitimate given Boadu’s integral role, top scoring with 14 strikes and adding another six assists. Still only 19 years old, Boadu’s ability and temperament at his age is outrageous. His movement in particular stands out. He’s naturally very quick, but how he applies his burst of speed is what helps create space for himself and his team-mates. He’ll use body feints to disguise his direction and dart towards his own goal before sprinting the opposite way to gain separation. He resembles an NFL wide receiver in the way he looks to create space for himself and then when through on goal, his finishing is cold and precise. He can dribble cleanly at speed and looks after possession under pressure as well, bouncing the ball quickly to link-up with team-mates. The spectre of Vincent Janssen’s frighteningly poor form at Tottenham creeps in the background and so there is a need to temper the expectations because of that evidence. But good luck doing so, especially after he became the first Dutch player born in the 21st century to earn a cap for the Oranje back in November, scoring on debut against Estonia. Worthy Mentions: Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV), Donyell Malen (PSV), Sergino Dest (Ajax), Calvin Stengs (AZ Alkmaar), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord), Ritsu Doan (PSV), Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar), Vangelis Pavlidis (Willem II), Joey Veerman (Heerenveen), Mauro Junior (PSV), Cody Gakpo (PSV) Super Lig (Turkey) Abdulkadir Omur | Trabzonspor | 20 | Turkish Turkey is crazy for football so it must drive them mad there are so few homegrown success stories right now. Indeed, only Cengiz Under of Roma is prospering abroad, joining Arda Turan and Emre Belozoglu as the exception to the rule when it comes to Turkish exports. From a slim group, though, there is some promise from the Super Lig in Trabzonspor’s Abdulkadir Omur, a player reportedly linked to Liverpool in January. He’s been lazily referred to as the ‘Turkish Messi’, an obviously dangerous piece of hyperbole from fanatical fans desperate to breed a superstar, yet while the 20-year-old clearly doesn’t justify that sort of moniker, he is talented for sure. Nominally deployed on the right of a three in behind a red-hot Alexander Sorloth, Omur’s piercing pace immediately jumps out as he uses his low centre of gravity to weave through defenders, applying neat control to open up space in the channel or to cut inside. It’s that trait and his left-foot which draws comparisons to Messi because Omur does his best work when he’s surrounded by chomping feet, feinting one way and then the next to free himself of attention before bursting into clear space. He’s clever with his passing as well, using lobs and disguised through-balls to release team-mates in the area. All in all, he’s a technically tidy player but what is a glaring issue in terms of any potential step up is his frame. The moustached forward collapses easily in contact and there would be some question marks around him surviving against the physical beasts we see in Europe’s ‘Big Five’. Messi is deceptively strong and very difficult to knock off the ball, that’s one of his underrated qualities, but the same cannot be said of Omur. A torn meniscus kept him out of action from August to February and while eight league goals and 14 assists accrued over the last two seasons point to plenty of promise, more consistent creation is required to see him really push on. Omur has talked about his affection for Barcelona and the inspiration of Messi recently, while that sort of elite move is unlikely, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t enjoy relative success akin to his compatriot Under. Worthy Mentions: Guven Yalcin (Besiktas), Ferdi Kadioglu ( Fenerbahce), Yusuf Sari (Trabzonspor), Erdon Daci (Konyaspor), Berat Ozdemir (Genclerbirligi Ankara), Dogukan Sinik (Antalyaspor), Mustafa Kapi (Galatasaray), Muhammed Emin Sarikaya (Basaksehir) Scottish Premiership (Scotland) Ianis Hagi | Rangers | 21 | Romanian For fans of a certain vintage, the new generation emerging will have them feeling all misty-eyed – either because of fond memories or how old they’ll feel. From Erling Haaland and Marcus Thuram to Giovanni Reyna and Justin Kluivert, European football is now peppered by the offspring of players from a bygone era. Ianis Hagi is right among them. Being the son of Romania’s greatest ever player, the 21-year-old could easily be swallowed up by the enormous pressure his name brings. Instead, he’s not only coping with the expectation but now beginning to embrace it as well. And dad Gheorghe has been watching every step of the way. Romania’s new golden generation is beginning to shimmer after their deeply impressive semi-final run to last year’s European U21 Championship. Hagi was one of his country’s star players and a move to Genk last summer was viewed as the perfect home for him to continue his development aware from the intense glare back in Romania. However, doubts about his work ethic and physicality meant the playmaker stagnated. He’s since come alive on loan at Rangers. Signed in January, Hagi is now edging towards a £4.5 million permanent switch to Ibrox which will make him one of the most expensive signings in the club’s history. Yet it’s no surprise given his explosion. Thought to be a classic No10 – a luxury role now becoming extinct in favour of more physical, complete midfielders – Hagi has adapted to the right side of Rangers front three superbly. It helps that he has the rare trait of being genuinely two-footed, able to drift inside and fizz crisp strikes on his left as he did with a late winner against Hibernian, while crossing with his right. Hagi’s technique is clean but what he needs is to be dirtied up by the physicality of Scottish football. His work ethic at Genk was lambasted but he does appear to have renewed vitality in pressing the ball under Steven Gerrard. Hagi is all brains rather than brawn, but bulking up and adding physical armour to his dynamism will see him make his own way in the game. Worthy Mentions: Jamie Hamilton (Hamilton), Patryk Klimala (Poland), David Turnbull (Motherwell), Allan Campbell (Motherwell), Daniel Arzani (Celtic), Ismaila Soro (Celtic), Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic), Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen), Mikey Johnston (Celtic), Ryan Porteous (Hibernian), Aaron Hickey (Hearts)

  • WWE Monday Night Raw: Drew McIntyre defeats MVP and full results
    by Raphael Garcia on June 2, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Monday Night Raw full results. The WWE continued their weekly tradition of Monday Night Raw and this week the action across multiple storylines continued. Former WWE champion Seth Rollins started out the evening by berating Rey Mysterio and the accolades of the future Hall of Famer. Rollins was holding what he called a retirement ceremony WWE Monday Night Raw: Drew McIntyre defeats MVP and full results - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Why was J.R. Smith beating up a protestor in Los Angeles?
    by Mark Powell on June 2, 2020 at 2:20 am

    J.R. Smith was seen beating up a protestor who tried to break into his car in Los Angeles. NBA veteran and soup connoisseur J.R. Smith was in the news for the wrong reason on Sunday, as protests erupted nationwide in the wake of the George Floyd shooting at the hands of Minneapolis police. A video, which Why was J.R. Smith beating up a protestor in Los Angeles? - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Chiefs pausing Super Bowl celebration in classy move amid George Floyd protests
    by Mark Powell on June 2, 2020 at 1:52 am

    The Kansas City Chiefs are showing solidarity with the George Floyd protests. The Chiefs are still celebrating their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years, and we don’t blame them. Yet, recent protests nationwide over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis have rightfully convinced them to halt such exuberance Chiefs pausing Super Bowl celebration in classy move amid George Floyd protests - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • James Dolan makes it worse after Knicks players reportedly ‘furious’ over lack of statement
    by Gerald Bourguet on June 2, 2020 at 1:47 am

    Knicks players are reportedly furious the team hasn’t made a public statement about George Floyd. One week ago, George Floyd was murdered in a senseless act of police brutality, and since then, protests have broken out in cities across the United States. Peaceful protests have been met with more police violence, as have looters and James Dolan makes it worse after Knicks players reportedly ‘furious’ over lack of statement - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Browns should be insulted Jadeveon Clowney reportedly turned down huge contract offer
    by Mark Powell on June 2, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t want the Browns money, and Cleveland should be insulted. Top free agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is holding out hope for a deal that may not exist. While his financial obligations have decreased somewhat since the start of NFL Free Agency, lowering a bit from his $20 million per-season standard, Clowney still Browns should be insulted Jadeveon Clowney reportedly turned down huge contract offer - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

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  • NRL Round 4 teams: Foran returns for Bulldogs, no Taumalolo for Cowboys
    by The Roar on June 2, 2020 at 6:21 am

    It’s Tuesday, so that means the NRL Round 4 teams for each club have been revealed! Check them all out here. Jason Taumalolo will miss North Queensland’s clash with Cronulla due to a knee injury, but the news is better for Newcastle and Caterbury, who welcome back Kalyn Ponga and Kieran Foran, respectively. Wayne Bennett

  • Rugby AU exploring local Rugby Championship hub for 2020 comp
    by Adrian Warren on June 2, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Interim CEO Rob Clarke says Rugby Australia are in discussions with New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina about establishing a hub in Australia for a condensed version of the Rugby Championship competition this year. RA is also seeking to lock in an expanded four-Test Bledisloe Cup series against the All Blacks. Clarke on Tuesday foreshadowed

  • Dragons finances make replacing Paul McGregor difficult
    by AAP on June 2, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Phil Gould says St George Illawarra are hamstrung by finances to make a major coaching change as the pressure mounts on Paul McGregor. Gould was consulted by the club for a comprehensive review last year after the team’s worst finish to an NRL season. Despite implementing recommended changes, the Saints are yet to win a

  • Eels, Raiders and Knights stamp themselves as contenders for NRL 2020
    by Joe Frost on June 1, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Let’s talk about Israel Folau. No, wait, Raelene Castle! Or Todd Greenberg? It’s been two months since there was an on-field product to pull apart, so now’s surely the time to get stuck into administrators. Mwa-ha-ha. Alright, let’s talk about the footy. For the first time in years, the Eels are legit. While Parramatta were

  • Four burning questions for Melbourne ahead of the AFL restart
    by Stirling Coates on June 1, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    After a torturous decade, Demons fans only got to enjoy one season in the sun before it all came crashing down. Last season’s spectacular fall from grace has already been the subject of an absurdly premature documentary. Surely you’d wait until you’d actually returned from hell before filming a series called To Hell and Back?