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[Goals Highlight] Nigeria 3 – 1 Seychelles (Watch Here)
3/22/2019 6:56 PM | 26 views

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!!Our Super Eagles beat Seychelles 3-1 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Friday to end our 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on a high note.Odion Ighalo scored the first goal from the penalty spot, before Rody Melanie equalized for the visitors.However sweet goals from Henry Onyekuru and substitute Moses Simon won the game for our Super Eagles.You Can Watch Highlight Below:

Rohr reveals why Mikel Obi is not ready to play for Super Eagles
3/22/2019 6:43 PM | 28 views

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, is not yet ready for a return to the national team despite playing regularly for his English Championship side, Middlesbrough, coach Gernot Rohr has revealed.Mikel Obi is yet to play for Nigeria since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Rohr, speaking at his pre-match conference ahead of Friday's 2019 AFCON qualifier against Seychelles, explained that the former Chelsea and Tianjin TEDA star is still carrying a little injury on his knee."Obi Mikel is playing well at Middlesbrough and he is doing well now, but there is still a little problem with his knee and it is not the moment for him to come back to the team in these conditions."There are so many games for him to play for Middlesbrough. They are fighting for a promotional playoff spot. And he told me it's not the right time to return. But if Obi Mikel is very fit and has the motivation, if he shows that he is better than the other people we have, the door is open"I'm not like Joachim Low (the German coach) who announced that three players are out of the German national team because you never know what might happen. There could be injury or loss of form."We are watching what is happening and we hope he (Mikel) can come back one day because we need experience. We now have more young players than the last list," he said.

Jonathan Walters retires from football due to Achilles injury
3/22/2019 5:31 PM | 25 views

The 35-year-old Republic of Ireland international confirmed on social media that his career is now over.He wrote on Twitter: "Isn't it ironic...my Achilles heel has literally been my Achilles heel and finished me off."I am now retired from playing football. It's been epic. Veni vidi vici."More to follow... Source: Sky Sport News

Gareth Bale reacts on his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo while at Real Madrid
3/22/2019 5:23 PM | 34 views

Gareth Bale has revealed he was in good terms with Cristiano Ronaldo and did not have issues with the Portuguese while at Real Madrid.The Mirror report claim the duo had an ill-tempered during Ronaldo's spell at the Santiago Bernabeu before his switch to Serie A champions Juventus.Bale has faced a difficult campaign with the Los Blancos since Ronaldo's exit and is now tipped to leave the Bernabeu in June.In a chat with BT Sport's What I Wore, the Welshman, who is linked with a possible return to the Premier League next season reacts on his relationship with Ronaldo."Cristiano is an incredible player, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with him," Bale was quoted as saying non BT Sport's What I Wore."Obviously the media try and hype up these problems which were never there. We got on really well."He's an incredible player and what he did for the club with the amount of goals he scored. An incredible player and he is still going now," he stressed, even as he was quick to recall his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in a world-record fee back in 2013."I appreciated everything Tottenham had done for me but I think they did understand at the time that when such a big club comes in for you like Real Madrid it is difficult to turn them down," Bale added."Even though I was enjoying my time at Tottenham, loved the club and I still do, to have Real Madrid come for you, you'll regret saying no," Bale summed up.The Welshman's future at the Santiago Bernabeu remains unclear since the return of Zinedine Zidane.

Racist abuse of Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan being probed by Wolfsburg
3/22/2019 5:17 PM | 29 views

Police in Wolfsburg are continuing their investigation after speaking to three men over alleged racist abuse aimed at Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan.A journalist at Germany's 1-1 draw with Serbia on Wednesday reported the incident and posted details of the allegations on social media after the game at Volkswagen Arena.The trio handed themselves in to police on Thursday and answered allegations of their use of the word "negro" towards Sane and Turkish slurs aimed at Gundogan, as well as accusations they were chanting Nazi slogans during the game.A Wolfsburg Police statement read: "The three men, who allegedly insulted two players of the German national team on Wednesday evening during the football match Germany - Serbia, made representations to the police on Thursday afternoon."The three men, between the ages of 30 and 40, have commented on the facts in a first hearing."The police will carry out further investigations and hand over the proceedings to the public prosecutor's office of Braunschweig at the beginning of next week."The abuse had been criticised by the German FA in a statement after Wednesday's game, the first since Joachim Low opted to remove Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his plans."The DFB condemns the racist incident in the international match against Serbia on Wednesday in Wolfsburg in the strongest terms," their statement read."During the match at the Volkswagen Arena, national team players Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan were constantly insulted by a small group of spectators."Thanks to the support of a fan, the DFB was able to locate the ticket buyer for the seats where the spectators were sitting and the police are investigating."

Neymar charged by UEFA after blasting Manchester United VAR penalty in foul-mouthed rant
3/22/2019 5:13 PM | 33 views

Neymar has been charged by UEFA with insulting match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United.Marcus Rashford's spot-kick, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, secured an impressive 3-1 away victory for United that meant they progressed on away goals.The penalty was awarded by the Video Assistant Referee when Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm, but Neymar was adamant the visitors' winning goal at Parc des Princes should not have stood.The Brazilian star wrote in an Instagram post: "This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR."There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go **** yourselves!"UEFA have now opened disciplinary proceedings against Neymar for "insulting/molesting acts match officials".The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the hearing yet to be confirmed.

Edwards vs Moreno: Charlie Edwards inside flyweight limit for title defence against Angel Moreno
3/22/2019 5:05 PM | 24 views

Charlie Edwards had no problem making the flyweight limit ahead his WBC title defence against Angel Moreno on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.The 26-year-old makes the first defence of his 115lbs title against Moreno, with Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie also appearing on the Copper Box Arena bill.Edwards, who claimed the prestigious green and gold belt with a classy points win over Cristofer Rosales in December, tipped the scales at 7st 13lbs 6oz, while the Spanish challenger weighed in at 7st 13lbs 4oz.Edwards was marginally heavier than Moreno on the scalesUndefeated Buatsi came in at 12st 5lbs 7oz and Liam Conroy was 12st 5lbs 9oz ahead of their clash for the vacant British light-heavyweight title.Joshua Buatsi and Liam Conroy contest the Lonsdale beltBritish champion Okolie was 14st 3lbs 3oz for his cruiserweight showdown with Commonwealth holder Wadi Camacho, who was also inside the 200lbs limit at 14st 3lbs 1oz.Irish middleweight Jason Quigley, who fights in the UK for the first time after racking up 15 straight wins in America, weighed 11st 9lbs 5oz and Finnish opponent Mathias Eklund 11st 2lbs 10oz.Lewis Ritson also returns at super-lightweightLewis Ritson weighed 9st 13lbs 7oz for his first fight at super-lightweight with Argentinian opponent German Argentino Benitez at 9st 13lbs 6oz.Shannon Courtenay tipped the scales at 8st 8lbs 5oz for her four-round professional debut with fellow bantamweight Cristina Busuioc 8st 8lbs 7oz.Shannon Courtenay starts her pro career this weekend

Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam denies interfering in Paul Scholes' team selection
3/22/2019 5:01 PM | 28 views

Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam has denied Paul Scholes left the club after 31 days because he interfered with team selection.Scholes resigned via WhatsApp on March 14, saying it "became clear I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role".Lemsagan says the former Manchester United midfielder's departure was not down to any meddling on his part and told Sky Sports News he would even be open to Scholes returning to Boundary Park."It hurt, yes," said Lemsagam when asked about the manner of Scholes' resignation. "But it's part of life."It's a pity because to just send a WhatsApp was a little bit hard, not only for me but for the club."We will try to convince him to come back. I tried to call him many times but he did not answer."It's a pity how it came out but we wish him luck. He is a really good man and maybe will be a good manager in the future."Wild: No interference from ownerOldham head coach Pete Wild says owner Abdallah Lemsagam has never told him who to play in the first team.Oldham head coach Pete Wild says Lemsagam has never told him who to play in the first teamScholes' stint as Oldham boss has been described as an "utter shambles"but Lemsagam rejected suggestions he was to blame.He said: "I was away for something like three weeks, 21 days. How can I interfere with his job when I am away in Dubai seeing my family?"The only time I talked to him [Scholes] was about a player and whether to keep him or not. He told me he was happy to let him go."As chairman and as the owner, I am allowed to talk to some of the players if we don't need them, to try and find some solution."Will Scholes ever manage again?The Sunday Supplement panel discuss Paul Scholes’ short-lived spell with Oldham and his future prospects in management.The Sunday Supplement panel discuss Paul Scholes’ short-lived spell with Oldham and his future prospects in managementLemsagam described reports about players washing their own kit and the team bus not turning up as "not true" and is planning legal action."I have all the documents here," he said. "You will see it is a lie and is damaging the club."I am looking at this with my lawyer because I am not going to let someone write lies about the club."Lemsagam said the Oldham supporters were the main reason he got involved with the club and claims to have spent over £5m since taking charge.The former football agent wants to forge a better relationship with supporters by electing a member of the fans' trust to the board of directors."We want someone to represent the fans, to tell them what's going on because I'm happy to share everything," he said."I have nothing to hide."

Stephen Curry hits smooth step-back buzzer-beater as Golden State Warriors hammer Indiana Pacers
3/22/2019 1:59 PM | 33 views

Stephen Curry hit a smooth step-back three-pointer to beat the buzzer as the Golden State Warriors hammered the Indiana Pacers.The Western Conference-leading Warriors faced little resistance as they utliised a balanced attack to blow out the Pacers in Oakland.All five Golden State starters scored in double figures as the defending NBA champions cruised to victory after busting the game open early in the third quarter with an 11-0 flurry.Watch Boston Celtics take on Charlotte Hornets Curry scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting, each of his baskets coming from three-point range.The best of the bunch came at the conclusion of the third quarter. With the game clock ticking down, Curry brought the ball upcourt, crossing into the Paces' half with 3.9 seconds remaining.The Cavaliers visit the BucksStill dribbling, he faded left before meeting Pacers defenders Aaron Holiday and Myles Turner just inside the three-point arc.With 1.8 seconds left, Curry picked up his dribble and changed direction, stepping back behind the three-point line to create space for a shot. He fired his triple over the outstretched arm of Turner and watched it swish through the net as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter.Thursday night's scoresIndiana Pacers 89-112 Golden State WarriorsDenver Nuggets 113-108 Washington WizardsUtah Jazz 114-117 Atlanta HawksMinnesota Timberwolves 106-113 Charlotte HornetsDetroit Pistons 118-98 Phoenix SunsDallas Mavericks 100-116 Sacramento KingsClick the video at the top of the page to watch Curry's buzzer-beating step-back three.

Adam Johnson released from prison after three years
3/22/2019 1:49 PM | 25 views

Image:Adam Johnson served three years of a six-year prison sentenceFormer England international Adam Johnson has been released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences.The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan in 2016.He was released from HMP Moorland, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in the early hours of Friday and was driven in a people carrier with blacked-out rear windows to his mansion in County Durham.At the gated property, Johnson's father Dave briefly spoke to reporters and told them it was good to have his son home before saying a statement might be issued later on.Johnson admitted kissing the girl but denied her claim that he touched her inside her pants and that she then performed oral sex on him.A jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to "digital penetration" but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.He had already admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to kissing and also of grooming the girl.The judge said Johnson had lied repeatedly, referring to the controversy over whether he delayed his guilty pleas to enable him to continue his £60,000-a-week career with Sunderland.As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.The children's services department from the local council may also carry out risk assessments in relation to Johnson's daughter Ayla, and could prevent Johnson from spending time alone with his daughter.

Gareth Southgate 'solely responsible' for youthful England
3/22/2019 1:39 PM | 29 views

Gareth Southgate is "solely" responsible for the current crop of youngsters being given a chance in the England team, according to former England defender Danny Mills.England are expected to have a youthful look when they face the Czech Republic in their opening European Qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.Southgate is planning to give 18-year-old Jadon Sancho his first competitive start following Marcus Rashford's withdrawal from the squad on Thursday, Sky Sports News understands.Jadon Sancho is expected to start against the Czech RepublicChelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is also 18, could make his England debut despite the fact that he is yet to start a Premier League game.Speaking on Sky Sports News, Mills said the younger generation is benefiting from Southgate's philosophy of giving youth a chance."It's solely down to Gareth," said Mills. "I think that was his remit when he came in, having known all those players through the youth system, through the U21s, knowing their abilities."His only issue was they haven't played enough football but now you've got all these young players like Rashford and Sancho starting to get regular games and coming to the fore.Sancho (L) and Callum Hudson-Odoi training ahead of England's opening European qualifier"He's given them a chance. With this new freedom, they can go out and express themselves and actually it's quite refreshing to see an England team wanting to play good, exciting football."Sancho has already won three caps and he started against the USA in November's friendly.He has also established himself as a first-team regular for Borussia Dortmund having left Manchester City in 2017 and Mills says the teenager's success will encourage other talented youngsters to move abroad to gain valuable experience."What it has shown is a shift in English football, younger players looking to go abroad," added Mills."We once said: Are they good enough? Are they technically good enough to go and play in the European leagues? The younger generation now are proving that."They want to play football, they want to play week in week out and if that's not necessarily in the Premier League they're happy to do it abroad and they're still be rewarded and I think that is very important."

Peter Beardsley charged with 'using abusive and/or insulting language' towards Newcastle U23 players
3/22/2019 1:27 PM | 30 views

Peter Beardsley has been charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting language towards Newcastle United U23 players.The FA said in a statement: "It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United FC Under 23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach."It is further alleged these words also constituted an 'Aggravated Breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality."He has until Friday 12 April 2019 to provide a response."

Will Czech Republic spring a surprise against England at Wembley?
3/22/2019 1:15 PM | 28 views

Czech Republic are looking to reform themselves after several years of underachieving. Will they spring a surprise against England at Wembley?England are clear favourites for the opening European Qualifiers clash for Euro 2020, but under new management, Czech Republic should not be taken lightly.Here, we run through the new boss, their form, and which players to look out for on Friday night...The managerJaroslav Silhavy, the former national team assistant who holds the record for domestic appearances as a player, took charge of the team in September, and is four games into his tenure.Silhavy won the league with Slovan Liberec and Slavia Prague as manager and was an assistant with the national team from 2001 to 2009.Jaroslav Silhavy took over the national team last SeptemberThe 56-year-old has managed seven Czech top-flight teams since 2007 after a playing career in which he made 465 appearances.Silhavy took over after Karel Jarolim left his position following a 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat at home by Ukraine and a 5-1 thrashing by Russia in a friendly.The formSilhavy's first game in charge was a credible 2-1 victory in Slovakia in the Nations League in October, though they were beaten three days later in Ukraine.In the November fixtures, the Czechs earned two 1-0 victories, at Poland in a friendly and at home to Slovakia again in the Nations League, eventually finishing second in Group 1 of League B.Czech Republic have won three of their four games under SilhavyThey're currently ranked 44th in the world, a far cry from their best-ever ranking of second around 2005 and 2006, when the Petr Cech, Jan Koller, Tomas Rosicky, Pavel Nedved and Milan Baros were knocking about.After the clash at Wembley, Czech Republic host Brazil in a friendly in Prague on March 26, and then Montenegro in June, giving Silhavy a better indication of where his side are at going into the autumn international programme.Key playersGoalkeeper Tomas Vaclik is Sevilla's No 1 having moved from FC Basel in the summer, and started the season well before the La Liga side's form dropped off after Christmas.Right-back Pavel Kaderabek is a regular for Hoffenheim, where he tends to play right midfield or right wing-back, and is in superb form for the Bundesliga side, who are unbeaten in six.Patrik Schick has had a difficult time at Roma, but is still a threatStriker Patrik Schick has started 12 of Roma's 28 Serie A games this season, scoring three goals, and many have called his 42m euro move from Sampdoria in 2017 'a disaster'. His confidence is low, and he's even started seeing a mental coach, but his three goals in four Nations League games means he is nailed on to start as centre forward at Wembley.Former Czech Talent of the Year Jakub Jankto is another one to look out for; the Sampdoria midfielder could play on the left behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1, while English fans will be familiar with Burnley striker Matej Vydraand Bristol City defender Tomas Kalas, who has been among the Robins' best players this season in the Championship.

Birmingham handed nine-point deduction by EFL for breaching Profitability and Sustainability rules
3/22/2019 1:13 PM | 30 views

Birmingham City have been handed an immediate nine-point deduction by the EFL for breaching Profitability and Sustainability rules, Sky Sports News understands.Birmingham are understood to have exceeded the £39m allowable losses over a three-year period (up to the end of the financial year, 2018). The club's accounts for the 2017/2018 campaign showed a loss of £37.5m for that single season.It is understood the EFL felt there was no attempt to curtail spending and the club's losses thereafter, so these have been listed as aggravating factors in the EFL's case against Birmingham.Prior to the deduction, Birmingham were 13th in the Championship table with 50 points. Losing nine points would drop them five places to 18th with 41 points and leaves them five points above the relegation zone with eight games remaining.A nine-point deduction will drop Birmingham to 18th in the Championship tableAny punishment would be the first under the EFL's new Profitability and Sustainability rules that were introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season.It would be seen as a landmark ruling and one that will set a precedent for any future punishments for other clubs who fall foul of the EFL's financial rules.Sky Sports News understands Birmingham feel harshly treated under the sanctions already imposed.Birmingham cannot negotiate a new contract with club captain Michael Morrison, whose current contract expires in the summer, due to a "soft embargo", whereby all major financial issues have to be agreed in advance by the EFL.Under the old Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, QPR agreed a £42m settlement with the EFL in January 2018 and accepted a short-term transfer embargo, after overspending in the 2013-14 season. Bournemouth and Leicester have also reached cash settlements for breaching FFP regulations.Birmingham are facing an investigation into their signing of Danish defender Kristian Pedersen, who was bought in June 2018, when the club were under a "soft embargo".

Rooney names the only manager Man United should appoint as permanent boss
3/22/2019 1:11 PM | 40 views

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been hailed by Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney who believes the Norwegian football manager has been impressive since he replaced Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer has left Manchester United to 14 wins in his 19 games in charge since taking over as interim boss after Jose Mourinho was fired in December 2018.Manchester United are expected to name a permanent manager at Old Trafford at the end of the season in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tipped as the favorite.The Red Devils have also been linked with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, but Rooney believes his former United team-mate cannot be overlooked."He has gone in with simplicity and has brought belief back to the fans.''Solskjaer has made the place enjoyable again to go into work every day. The staff around Carrington are enjoying working there again and that does rub off."When you see the staff happy around the players, it makes it a happy environment to work in."He is doing a fantastic job and I'm sure he is the only candidate for Manchester United to take that job and it will be great to see him get it and bring some of the players he wants to bring in and keep moving the club forward,'' Rooney explained according to Express UK.Manchester United are currently occupying fifth position on the Premier League standings with 58 points after 30 games played this term.

Tension as Chelsea list 2 managers as replacement for Maurizio Sarri
3/22/2019 1:10 PM | 48 views

Chelsea are eyeing Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo or club legend Frank Lampard as a potential replacement for Maurizio Sarri.The Sun report claim Chelsea chiefs were hoping to land Zinedine Zidane before the Frenchman was re-appointed by Real MadridHowever, club owner Roman Abramovich is nor keen on sacking Sarri before the end of the campaign, but there is growing fear the Italian tactician is not the right man for Chelsea.At the last count, Chelsea supporters protested against Sarri's reign during FA Cup defeat by Manchester United in February, and are preparing to boycott April Premier League games.The report further revealed that Sarri will not be fired before the end of the campaign except Chelsea crash out of the Europa League or lose out in the quest for a top-four finish.However, Zidane's decision to return to Real Madrid, along Juventus boss Max Allegri's snub, has left Chelsea searching from an alternative.The 45-year-old Nuno has been growing support within Chelsea board after guiding Wolves to seventh spot in alongside a FA Cup semi-final spot in first season back in English topflight.And 40-year-old club icon Lampard would be Chelsea supporters' preferred choice if considered as atto's replacement.

Juventus superstar who was diagnosed with terrible heart problem returns to training
3/22/2019 1:07 PM | 30 views

Juventus star Sami Khedira has been cleared to join the rest of his teammates in training after heart scare.The German midfielder was withdrawn from the Old Lady's Champions League round of 16 first leg clash against Atletico Madrid after detecting his heart was beating irregularly.After diagnosis, the 31-year-old was expected to be sidelined for at least one month, but the Turin based side have announced the early return of their midfielder on Thursday.The club further stated that Khedira will resume full training, which includes high-intensity and physical activities."Sami Khedira, who underwent an electrophysiological study and an ablation of his atrial arrhythmogenic system on February 20, has passed cardiology tests and can resume normal and intense sporting activity ," a brief statement by the club as quoted by Goal.This development will excite the German, who seems to have escaped dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness as a result of irregular heartbeat.While the Italian League giants will be pleased to hear the that the player is fit enough to start training again.Also, apart from the heart issues, Khedira has been ruled out with muscular problems, an ankle injury since the start of this season - and this has limited the player's appearances to just 15 in all competitions.Meanwhile, during his absence, the Serie A champions suffered their first league defeat, but staged a dramatic come back against Atletico in the UCL despite losing the first leg of their tie.Max Allegri's men are also out of the Coppa Italia having suffered a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in January, a game in which Khedira featured.The midfielder has made 124 appearances with 21 goals in four seasons at the Allianz Stadium, following his move from Real Madrid in 2015.He has previously played for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, however, it is unsure if he will be available for selection when Juve battle Empoli on March 30.But his experience could prove vital in the coming weeks as they prepare for their quarter-final Champions League clash against Ajax.

Juventus superstar who was diagnosed with terrible heart problem returns to training
3/22/2019 12:47 PM | 36 views

Juventus star Sami Khedira has been cleared to join the rest of his teammates in training after heart scare.The German midfielder was withdrawn from the Old Lady's Champions League round of 16 first leg clash against Atletico Madrid after detecting his heart was beating irregularly.After diagnosis, the 31-year-old was expected to be sidelined for at least one month, but the Turin based side have announced the early return of their midfielder on Thursday.The club further stated that Khedira will resume full training, which includes high-intensity and physical activities."Sami Khedira, who underwent an electrophysiological study and an ablation of his atrial arrhythmogenic system on February 20, has passed cardiology tests and can resume normal and intense sporting activity ," a brief statement by the club as quoted by Goal.This development will excite the German, who seems to have escaped dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness as a result of irregular heartbeat.While the Italian League giants will be pleased to hear the that the player is fit enough to start training again.Also, apart from the heart issues, Khedira has been ruled out with muscular problems, an ankle injury since the start of this season - and this has limited the player's appearances to just 15 in all competitions.Meanwhile, during his absence, the Serie A champions suffered their first league defeat, but staged a dramatic come back against Atletico in the UCL despite losing the first leg of their tie.Max Allegri's men are also out of the Coppa Italia having suffered a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in January, a game in which Khedira featured.The midfielder has made 124 appearances with 21 goals in four seasons at the Allianz Stadium, following his move from Real Madrid in 2015.He has previously played for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, however, it is unsure if he will be available for selection when Juve battle Empoli on March 30.But his experience could prove vital in the coming weeks as they prepare for their quarter-final Champions League clash against Ajax.

Nigeria Vs Seychelles: Time and where to watch AFCON 2019 qualifier
3/22/2019 11:38 AM | 46 views

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Friday, March 22 take on Seychelles in their last game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. The AFCON 2019 qualifier is a dead-rubber game as the Super Eagles of Nigeria have since clinched qualification for the tournament that will hold in June in Egypt. The Super Eagles clinched qualification for 2019 AFCON with the 1-1 draw away at South Africa in matchday five of the qualifiers. The one point the Super Eagles got from that game guaranteed them a top-two finish in Group E which qualifies them for a spot in Egypt 2019. Super Eagles of Nigeria are already through to AFCON 2019Time of game The game which will be played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba will kick off at 4 pm. Where to watch The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released their broadcast partners for matchday six of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers and SuperSport is the official broadcaster in sub-saharan Africa including Nigeria. Fans in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa can watch the game on SuperSport. For viewers in France, the game will be on beIN Sports 4MAX, beIN Sports 4 in USA/Canada, beIN Sports 1 in Asia, beIN Sports 1 (D) in Australia, Fox Sports 4 in the Netherlands and DAZN in Italy. 

BREAKING! Chelsea Finally Choose Manager That Will Replace Maurizio Sarri (What Do You Think?)
3/22/2019 11:24 AM | 45 views

Former Premier League champions, Chelsea have finally identified the manager that will replace current boss, Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.Sarri, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge due to the club’s recent poor performance.The Sun reports that the Blues has identified Wolves boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, as the coach that will eventually take over from Sarri at the end of the season.Chelsea are currently in the sixth position on the Premier League table with 57 points from 30 games.Sarri’s men will tackle Cardiff City in their next Premier League fixture on March 31.

Your Player of the Year: Virgil van Dijk
3/22/2019 10:33 AM | 40 views

All this week, we've taken a look through some of the contenders for the prize and we asked you to vote for who you think should win the award.POTY contenders: Van DijkPOTY contenders: AgueroPOTY contenders: SterlingPOTY contenders: The outsidersOver 48,000 votes have been cast on skysports.com with Liverpool defender Van Dijk, who is the Sky Bet favourite to win the award, your overwhelming winner with 59 per cent of the vote.Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling came next with 15 and 13 per cent of the vote respectively.Full results...The stats behind Van DijkThe numbers behind Van Dijk's defensive dominance are extraordinary.The 27-year-old ranks top among Liverpool players for clearances, blocks, interceptions, duels and aerials this season. Amazingly, despite playing 2755 minutes in the Premier League, he has not been dribbled past by an opponent once. No other outfield player with a minimum of 1000 minutes played has managed that this season.The pundit verdict on Van Dijk..."I think he should be PFA Player of the Year," Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports after Van Dijk's recent man-of-the-match performance in the Merseyside derby."He looks like a man playing in a kids' game. He's playing against some of the top players in European football in the Premier League, but everything is so easy.""You could write a book about his skills, his strengths, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is. He's so young, already so mature, so strong, all good."Jurgen Klopp on Van Dijk...Graeme Souness added: "In a lot of games this year, he has made such a difference to them."You can say one player doesn't make a difference, but I think when you are that good, you are an exception. He would be the outstanding centre-half around right now. He's a very special player."PFA Plyer of the Year - Sky Bet oddsPlayerOddsVirgil van Dijk2/5Sergio Aguero11/2Raheem Sterling8/1Bernardo Silva20/1Mohamed Salah20/1Sadio Mane20/1David Silva25/1Fernandinho25/1Paul Pogba33/1Heung-min Son33/1Eden Hazard50/1Harry Kane50/1Christian Eriksen66/1Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang66/1

Gareth Southgate credits Raheem Sterling for changing narrative around him
3/22/2019 10:28 AM | 31 views

England manager Gareth Southgate has praised Raheem Sterling for speaking out at changing the narrative around him in the media.Sterling accused newspapers of "fuelling racism" with their portrayal of young black footballers back in December after he was the victim of alleged racist abuse in Manchester City's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.And former England defender Rio Ferdinand recently suggested Sterling may not win Player of the Year awards because of racial prejudice.Raheem Sterling has a combined total of 24 goals and assists in the league this seasonAsked whether he agrees with Ferdinand's comments, Southgate replied: "No, because I would imagine that the other main candidate would be Virgil van Dijk and last year Mo Salah won."So I don't think that it would be as simple a situation as that really. I don't think anybody will be looking at the candidates this year on anything other than the way they've played the game."I think that it's been really pleasing that the narrative has changed around him and all credit for that goes to him."If you went back to post-World Cup and how he must have felt about some of the reaction to his performances."For us, he was always one of the first names on the team sheet and his contribution to the team was so important.Raheem Sterling trained with the England squad on Thursday"The obvious thing was that he hadn't scored the goals that he would have wanted. He's managed to go back to Manchester City and everything on the pitch has brought the right level of attention."World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba recently told Sky Sports News he feels Sterling is still not getting the recognition he deserves for his consistently high-performance levels.Pogba: Sterling treated differentlyPaul Pogba tells Sky he believes the media do not talk about Raheem Sterling's 'ridiculous' stats in the way they should.Paul Pogba tells Sky he believes the media do not talk about Raheem Sterling's 'ridiculous' stats in the way they should.Southgate, who is set to start Sterling against the Czech Republic on Friday, says the 24-year-old has made a significant impact in changing attitudes beyond football."Clearly, what he's spoken about so maturely off the field has had an impact not just on football but beyond that."I think it's raised everybody's awareness about how we might report on things or comment on things."I think he has, over the last couple of months in particular, received that credit and respect that his performances have deserved."

Adam Johnson released from prison after three years
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Former England international Adam Johnson is believed to have been released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences.The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan in 2016.Witnesses said Johnson's father, Dave Johnson, was seen driving a Mercedes people carrier with blacked-out rear windows out of HMP Moorland, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in the early hours of Friday morning.The vehicle was followed out of the prison complex by a police van.The same car was later spotted arriving at Johnson's mansion in County Durham.Friday's release comes exactly halfway through the player's six-year sentence.Johnson admitted kissing the girl but denied her claim that he touched her inside her pants and that she then performed oral sex on him.A jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to "digital penetration" but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.He had already admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to kissing and also of grooming the girl.The judge said Johnson had lied repeatedly, referring to the controversy over whether he delayed his guilty pleas to enable him to continue his £60,000-a-week career with Sunderland.As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.The children's services department from the local council may also carry out risk assessments in relation to Johnson's daughter Ayla, and could prevent Johnson from spending time alone with his daughter.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones named Six Nations Player of the Championship
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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has been named the 2019 Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship.The 33-year-old led Wales to their first Grand Slam in seven years, which lifted them up to second in the world rankings.

GIGGSY'S ADVICE FOR OLE AGAINST BARCELONA
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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has joked his old team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should put himself on the bench for the upcoming Champions League tie against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.We were paired with the Spanish league leaders in last Friday’s quarter-final draw and the first leg will be held at Old Trafford on 10 April, before the return fixture takes place in Spain six days later.Twenty years have passed since Solskjaer scored what is arguably the most famous goal in Reds history – the late winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final at the Nou Camp.  The United legend and his Wales squad have been working hard at the Aon Training Complex...Ole’s return to Barcelona this season has a touch of fate about it and Giggs offered some amusing advice for his Norwegian friend, while speaking exclusively to us at the Aon Training Complex. “It’s tough – I think most people wanted to stay away from Barcelona [in the draw],”Ryan told us during a lengthy conversation. “Ole, especially, has got good memories of the Nou Camp. I don’t know whether he’ll put himself on the bench that night. He might have to think about that! “After beating PSG in the manner we did, with the spirit and character showed, I don’t think anybody will be looking forward to facing us either.”Solskjaer’s United qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals with an incredible 3-1 away win against Paris Saint-Germain, who were heavily tipped to progress following a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford. That success in France was particularly remarkable because the squad was missing 10 first-team players through injury, and influential midfielder Paul Pogba was also suspended for the tie. “I think it’s up there as one of the greatest-ever performances, especially away from home in Europe,” Giggs explained to us. “Not many people fancied us with a full team, never mind with the injury problems we had and the suspension to Paul. So, to do that, in the manner we did, against a team full of quality, it has to rank as one of the greatest ever.”

Super Eagles Boss Gernot Rohr Reveals 2 Countries That Can Win Africa Cup Of Nations
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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admited that Nigeria is not one of the favourites, to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Rohr stated this at a pre-match news conference today in Asaba, ahead of their final 2019 AFCON qualifier against Seychelles on Friday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.Moroccan national team coach, Herve Renard, had tipped Nigeria and Senegal as favourites to win the tournament.But Rohr, responding to Renard’s remarks, said though the Super Eagles have improved since their outing at the last World Cup in Russia, a lot of work still needs to be done.“We have to work, we have young players in the team, most of them new in the team.“It is not easy to go to a major tournament and win, most especially when we don’t have a player playing in the champions league.“However, we have a big chance to go far at AFCON in Egypt, because since the last World Cup, I see the team has improved.“So, I am very optimistic that we will do very well and challenge for the cup, but the main favourites are Egypt and Morocco.“Morroco are currently number one in Africa going by the latest FIFA ranking. Also, Egypt will be playing at home, with a large home crowd behind them,” Rohr said.

Chelsea reveal why ex-boss Antonio Conte will not get £9m payoff
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Chelsea eggheads have revealed that former manager Antonio Conte does not deserve his full severance entitlement stressing that the Italian never acted in the club's interest.According to UK Sun, Conte was sent packing by Chelsea at the end last season, but both parties are currently on the warpath over a £9m payoff.An EPL managers' arbitration tribunal is expected to sit on Conte's 'fight' with Diego Costa.The Brazilian-born Spanish forward was offloaded to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2017, before sacking Conte a year later.The Italian manager Conte sent a text to Costa while on vacation and said: "you are not in my plan".Chelsea are insisting Conte would not get his full payment as his conduct was not in the club's interests and also affected Costa's transfer value when Chelsea opted to see him.Costa did not play for Chelsea again and after going on strike in Brazil, he was sold for £57m to ex-club Atletico MadridThe Blues are arguing that Conte's actions directly cost them Costa's true market value.And they will add that Conte's conduct forced them to sign £60-rated Alvaro Morata and will also show evidence how they tried to talk to Costa to have a change of heart while in Brazil.But the striker insists he is not returning while Conte remained as boss.Under Premier League guidelines, the parties are expected to head for arbitration as the first step towards resolving the dispute.However, if no solution at the end, either party no satisfied can head to the High Court.At the moment, Conte and Chelsea already have an arbitrator, with a chairman that is expected to take charge at the hearing.Reports claim Chelsea staff members are ready to head to the court to give evidence against their former manager Conte.On the other hand, Conte's legal representatives are likely to demand for aggravated damages, questioning why Chelsea delayed in sacking him when he would not be unable to get another job.The Blues let go of Conte as manager after winning the Premier League and the FA Cup with 61-words and failed to say thank you at the end.Interestingly, Chelsea have splashed out over £70m as compensation to nine different managers under Roman Abramovich 16-year reign, without heading to court room.

Here is what Musa, Iwobi, Ighalo were spotted doing as Nigeria prepare for Seychelles (photos)
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Nigeria's Super Eagles held their last training session at the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba on Thursday, March 21, ahead of their AFCON qualifier against the Pirates of Seychelles.All 23 invited stars took part in the intense training session as the players were put through their fitness and aerial duels.Coach Gernot Rohr has tagged this game as the more important of the two games the Super Eagles are scheduled to play in the international friendly window.Nigeria play host to Seychelles in a dead rubber AFCON 2019 qualifier on Friday, March 22, before squaring up against 7-time African champions Egypt in an international friendly four days later.But according to Rohr, it is important to finish the AFCON qualifiers on a high note and also important for Nigeria's striker Odion Ighalo to finish as top scorer of the AFCON qualifiers.Speaking in the pre-match press conference Rohr said:"Of our two games this period, the game against Seychelles is more important."We need to finish this qualifier strong and also it will be nice to see Odion Ighalo finish as the top scorer in the competition."He is currently on 6 goals alongside a player from Burundi but we would love to see him score against Seychelles and move up to the top. This will help boost his confidence."Super Eagles booked their place for AFCON 2019 after a 1-1 draw against South Africa away from home last year. Now, they have to play for pride when they welcome the Pirates of Seychelles.In the build up to the game, we came up with a list of players who are likely to influence the flow of the game, and Arsenal midfield player, Alex Iwobi, was one of the players tipped to shine.The 22-year-old has been impressive for his Premier League side this season under new boss Unai Emery.Iwobi has scored four goals and bagged four assists for the Gunners in as many games across different competition, and will be expected to replicate his form in England for his national team this weekend.Below are some other pictures from the training session 

Red Bull are an F1 2019 force with Honda engines, say Mercedes
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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are braced for a close battle with Red Bull throughout the 2019 Formula 1 season after the team's strong debut with Honda engines at the Australian GP.Max Verstappen ensured the new Red Bull-Honda partnership started with a surprise podium by finishing third in Melbourne, overtaking Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari which is notoriously quick on the straights.Red Bull, who were previously powered by Renault, hadn't stepped on the podium at the season-opener since 2013, while it was Honda's first top-three finish in more than 10 years."It's great to see the improvement that it's had for the team," Hamilton, who only just held off Verstappen for second place, told reporters"They were with Renault for such a long time and he [Verstappen] was able to pass the Ferrari. It's awesome."The Red Bulls are there with us and I think we're going to have a really great battle through the year between the three of us."Hamilton added: "I remember growing up watching Ayrton [Senna] drive the Honda [at McLaren] and they were a formidable force back then and it's great to see them back up there."Max Verstappen moved up to third place in the Australian GP after a great overtake on Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.The result was certainly a welcome boost for a Honda outfit who have been much-maligned since returning to F1 with McLaren in 2014.The Japanese manufacturer endured three reliability-plagued years, with a best-placed finish of fifth, before linking up with Toro Rosso last season and then securing a Red Bull partnership for 2019."I hope that their reliability maintains so we can keep a close battle through the year," said Hamilton, while Mercedes boss Toto Wolff agreed: "The Honda has certainly made a huge step forward."If you look at the speed trace it looks a different Red Bull than before. They are very fast on the straights and that's good to see."We want them in the mix and we want to have a great fight."Verstappen: The car felt good'Struggles not resolved overnight'Red Bull team principal Christian Horner admitted the team exceeded expectations by securing a Melbourne podium and said it was a "dream start" with a new power unit."They've given us a great product over the winter, the engine's delivering good power and it's been reliable," Horner told Sky F1. "To pass a Ferrari and to be racing wheel-to-wheel with them is really positive."But Horner also warned that it was too early to talk about championships.And in a Twitter Q&A, Honda were also realistic about their challenge this season."We're still pushing hard to build the best Power Unit on the grid," they wrote. "We know one trip to the podium doesn't mean years of struggles are resolved overnight."

Golden State Warriors use balanced offense to blow out Indiana Pacers
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Each of Golden State's five starters scored in double figures as the Warriors blew out the Indiana Pacers 112-89 on Thursday night in Oakland.DeMarcus Cousins contributed six points to a third-quarter runaway in his return to the lineup as the defending NBA champions (49-22), who had lost three of their previous four at home, were able to retain a half-game lead over Denver (48-22) in their duel for best record in the Western Conference.Meanwhile, the Pacers (44-29) saw their lead over Boston (43-29) trimmed to a half-game in their fight for the fourth seed in the East.The Warriors used an 18-10 burst late in the second quarter to take a 53-43 half-time advantage before busting the game open early in the third.Watch Boston Celtics take on Charlotte Hornets Cousins had three hoops, Kevin Durant a three-pointer and Draymond Green a three-point play in an 11-0 flurry that doubled what had been an 11-point lead, vaulting the hosts into a commanding 70-48 lead just past the midpoint of the third period.In winning for the fourth time in their last five games, the Warriors went up by as many as 28 before the end of the third quarter, then coasted home.The Cavaliers visit the Bucks Cousins, who had missed the final two games of Golden State's just completed four-game trip with a sore ankle, recorded a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double in 26 minutes of action.Klay Thompson (18 points), Durant (15), Stephen Curry (15), Andre Iguodala (11) and Green (10) also scored in double figures for the Warriors, who had lost their previous home game to Phoenix.Curry complemented his 15 points with a game-high seven assists. He made five of his 12 three-point shots, nearly single-handedly outscoring the Pacers (6-of-23) from beyond the arc.Tyreke Evans had a game-high 20 points off the bench, and Thaddeus Young 18 for the Pacers. Aaron Holiday chipped in with 13 points and Doug McDermott 11 for Indiana.Denver Nuggets 113-108 Washington WizardsHighlights from the NBA as Denver Nuggets took on Washington Wizards at the Capital One ArenaNikola Jokic had 15 points and 11 assists as the visiting Denver Nuggets held off the Washington Wizards 113-108.The Nuggets, who began play a half-game behind Golden State in the Western Conference, have won five straight.Eight Nuggets scored in double figures, including Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray and Torrey Craig, who scored 15 points each.With the scored tied 90-90, Craig hit a three-pointer that started a 10-0 run capped by Malik Beasley's triple. Bradley Beal's consecutive lay-ups pulled Washington within 102-98 with 3:37 remaining.Image:Nikola Jokic launches a jump hook against the WizardsBeal struck again when his steal and lay-up cut the Nuggets' lead to 106-104 with 1:53 to go, but Denver got a Murray lay-up and, after a Beal miss, a three-pointer by Will Barton.The Wizards hit four free throws to pull within 111-108, but Thomas Bryant missed a three-point attempt. Harris missed two free throws but got the rebound and made two with 7.3 seconds left to seal the win.Beal scored 25 points for the Wizards, Bryant scored 22 and Tomas Satoransky had 16 points and 10 assists.Utah Jazz 114-117 Atlanta HawksHighlights from the NBA as Utah Jazz took on Atlanta Hawks at the Philips ArenaRookie Trae Young scored 23 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:47 remaining, as the Atlanta Hawks hung on to beat the visiting Utah Jazz 117-114.Atlanta's Dewayne Dedmon made a free throw with 6.2 seconds left to give the Hawks a 117-114 lead. Utah's Kyle Korver then missed two free throws, the second on purpose, and Donovan Mitchell missed a three-pointer that was rebounded by Atlanta's Kent Bazemore as the clock expired.The win broke Atlanta's three-game losing streak and snapped Utah's five-game winning streak. The teams split their two-game series.Image:Trae Young throws a pass while airborne against UtahYoung gave the Hawks the lead for good when he scored on a lay-up and made the free throw for a 112-110 lead. He added 11 assists for his 25th double-double of the season.Dedmon, who made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 19 seconds, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. John Collins, hampered by foul trouble for the third straight game, was limited to nine points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Utah, playing the second half of a back-to-back road series, got 34 points from Mitchell, his second straight 30-point game. Ricky Rubio scored 17 points, Derrick Favors added 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Rudy Gobert added 12 points and 11 rebounds.Minnesota Timberwolves 106-113 Charlotte HornetsHighlights from the NBA as Minnesota Timberwolves took on Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum CenterKemba Walker scored 31 points as the host Charlotte Hornets rolled to a much-needed 113-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.The Hornets scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter to gain a working margin, and then they went on to lead by as many as 11 down the stretch, the latest at 111-100.The Hornets (32-39) had lost four of their previous five and 11 of their previous 15. They remain 10th in the Eastern Conference standings but now are three games behind No 8 Miami with the tie-breaker over the Heat. The Timberwolves (32-40) have lost five straight.The Hornets also got 14 points from Malik Monk, 13 points from Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lamb, 11 points and 12 rebounds from Miles Bridges and 10 points from Willy Hernangomez.Image:Kemba Walker absorbs contact while attacking the basket against CharlotteKarl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 21 points and 16 rebounds, and he added six assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 20, Dario Saric 15, Tyus Jones 14 and Josh Okogie and Gorgui Dieng 10 apiece.The teams were tied 25-25 after one quarter. The Hornets then took a 54-51 half-time lead and led 81-78 after three quarters. Minnesota tied it 81-81, but the Hornets went back to work at that point and were in control the rest of the way.The closest the Timberwolves got down the stretch was five in the final minute.Detroit Pistons 118-98 Phoenix SunsHighlights from the NBA Detroit Pistons took on Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort ArenaWayne Ellington scored 23 points, hitting six three-pointers, as the visiting Detroit Pistons pulled away to beat the Phoenix Suns 118-98.Ellington delivered back-to-back 20-point outings for the first time since 2015. He had 25 points against Cleveland on Monday.Detroit's Blake Griffin had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists despite shooting 4-of-17 from the field. Andre Drummond supplied 16 points and 19 rebounds, and Luke Kennard also scored 16 points to help the Pistons win for the third time in four games.Devin Booker led the Suns with 26 points, and rookie Deandre Ayton contributed 20 points and eight rebounds. Mikal Bridges added 13 points and seven assists.Image:Wayne Ellington in action for the Pistons against the SunsDetroit, who outrebounded the Suns 46-35, outscored Phoenix 31-18 in the fourth quarter. The Pistons also turned 19 Suns turnovers in 22 points as they began a stretch of four consecutive road games against Western Conference teams.The Pistons led 87-80 heading into the fourth. Drummond flushed a fastbreak dunk after a Phoenix turnover to make it 93-84. Kennard made a steal and lay-up to increase the lead to double digits with 9:20 left. Drummond followed with a dunk before a Booker basket ended the Pistons' run.When Smith hit a jumper midway through the quarter, Detroit's lead was up to 106-86.Dallas Mavericks 100-116 Sacramento KingsHighlights from the NBA as Dallas Mavericks took on Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 CenterBuddy Hield scored 29 points and Harrison Barnes chipped in with eight third-quarter points against his old team to lead the host Sacramento Kings to a 116-100 home win over the Dallas Mavericks.The Kings bounced back after blowing a 25-point fourth-quarter lead in their last outing against visiting Brooklyn on Tuesday, resulting in a 123-121 loss.Sacramento opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter Thursday but watched Dallas whittle the deficit to 74-67 on Trey Burke's lay-up. The teams traded three-point jumpers and Sacramento took an 84-76 lead into the fourth quarter.The Mavericks got within 87-81 early in the fourth, but unlike on Tuesday, the Kings didn't wilt and went on to win for only the second time in their past six games. The Mavericks lost for the 10th time in their past 11 games.Image:De'Aaron Fox hammers home a reverse dunk against the Dallas MavericksHield connected on seven three-pointers and now has made 238 treys in this campaign. He trails Peja Stojakovic by only two for the most in a single season in Kings history.Marvin Bagley III came off the Sacramento bench to score 22 points, grab 12 rebounds and block four shots. Willie Cauley-Stein also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds.De'Aaron Fox recorded 15 points, nine assists and four blocks for the Kings.Former Kings forward Justin Jackson led the Mavericks with 19 points. Luka Doncic scored 13 points and hauled down 10 boards.

England U21 1-1 Poland U21: Dominic Calvert-Lewin nets as Young Lions extend unbeaten run
3/22/2019 9:28 AM | 23 views

Phil Foden impressed as a dominant England U21s were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin on target.Calvert-Lewin turned into an empty net from Reiss Nelson's cut-back after 13 minutes, which burst the Young Lions into life after a slow start.But they were pegged back by a 30-yard stunner of a free-kick from Sebastian Szymanski, who fired a rocket of a shot into the top corner after Angus Gunn had decided against setting up a defensive wall.After half-time England dominated and came close on a number of occasions, none more so than when Kieran Dowell's cross was almost turned in by Krystian Bielik, whose unwitting deflection was pushed onto the post by Kamil Grabara.Player ratingsEngland: Gunn (5), Kenny (7), Tomori (8), Kelly (7), Dasilva (5), Dowell (7), Maddison (7), Foden (8), Lookman (6), Calvert-Lewin (7), Nelson (7).Subs: Davies (6), Gray (7), Solanke (6), Barnes (7).Poland: Grabara (8), Fila (6), Wieteska (7), Bielik (7), Stolarski (6), Dziczek (7), Kaputska (7), Piotrowski (5), Szymanski (7), Michalak (6), Buksa (7).Subs: Swiderski (6), Gaska (7), Wdowiak (5).Man of the match: Phil FodenEngland came into the game without a defeat over 90 minutes in two years, but perhaps there was a little rust for Aidy Boothroyd's side to shake off early on, almost four months to the day since their 5-1 win over Denmark last time out.Calvert-Lewin fired the hosts ahead early on, but it owed a lot to a missed interception from Mateusz Wietaska. It allowed Reiss Nelson to run at goal and round Grabara before squaring for the Everton forward to slot into an empty net for his seventh U21 goal.That went some way to making up for a glorious chance he had already missed, when a wonderful slide-rule pass from Phil Foden set him away only to be denied by the legs of Grabara once he entered the box.Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted his seventh goal from 14 U21 capsJonjoe Kenny went closest to adding to England's lead as they began to dominate, when he was a whisker away from his second ever goal in professional football, but a 25-yard half-volley, arching towards the top corner, was turned over by a fine Grabara save.Poland's Szymanski showed the form which has made him a mainstay in Legia Warsaw's side to equalise out of nowhere from a long-range free-kick. A three-man wall organised themselves ahead of Gunn's goal but the goalkeeper waved them away, before being beaten by a perfectly placed effort from the midfielder.England held on until half-time but re-emerged from the break with a higher tempo that put them back in control, and Foden could have scored himself but fired a foot or so over the bar from the edge of the box in the 52nd minute.When Poland attacked, they generally targeted the England left and found plenty of space in behind Jay Dasilva. From a low ball in, Adam Buksa's backheel would have led to a simple finish had anyone in red been there to turn it home - but England were let off the hook, and continued on the front foot.Reiss Nelson impressed down the left for EnglandKieran Dowell fired a yard wide of the near post from outside the area as they looked to ramp up the pressure, before another Poland attack from their right cut England apart, but an unmarked Jakub Piotrowski fired straight at Gunn from 20 yards.England were nearly handed a huge slice of luck as they came within inches of scoring again courtesy of a huge deflection. Dowell drifted off the right and looked to cross towards the back post from a corner, but Bielik's touch took the ball towards his own goal and only Grabara's quick thinking kept matters level.In the final minute of injury time, Poland could have inflicted a harsh defeat on England when substitute Karol Swiderski had a glorious chance from a corner but headed wide - and extended the U21's unbeaten run to 18 games.ReactionAidy Boothroyd: "We didn't have the final end product tonight. There were a lot of balls cleared by their defenders. We needed a bit more composure. But that is what the games are for."The whole point is to try to different things. They are big and strong and unbeaten in qualification. We dominated but could have ended up losing. It is a livener because there are good teams in the European Championships."We make mistakes but we have to learn from that. We switched off for their goal, but I am secretly quite pleased. Another win can lead to complacency. It is a reminder that international football is tough."

Chelsea defender David Luiz proposes to girlfriend Sara Madeira in a very special way (Video)
3/22/2019 9:23 AM | 24 views

Chelsea and Brazilian defender, David Luiz, has proposed to his girlfriend, Sara Madeira, and he did it in a very special way. In a video posted to social media on Thursday, the 31-year-old made the move with a show of silver fireworks and lights show as he went down on one knee to ask Madeira to marry him and she said yes.  The clip was shared to Instagram by video-sharing app Otro, that wrote: 'We hear wedding bells! David Luiz proposed in emphatic style. Congrats guys!'Madeira, a Portuguese dentist, has been dating David Luiz since 2014 during his days at Paris Saint-Germain.

Stephan Lichtsteiner unsure on Arsenal future
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Stephan Lichtsteiner is unsure whether he will still be at Arsenal next season despite holding talks over a new contract.The 35-year-old joined Arsenal from Juventus on a free transfer last summer, signing a one-year deal at the Emirates, and has gone on to make 21 appearances in all competitions this season.Talks have begun over a contract extension, but Lichtsteiner admits he may seek regular first-team football elsewhere to give him the best possible chance of remaining in the Switzerland squad ahead of a potential appearance at Euro 2020.Lichtsteiner has featured 21 times for Arsenal this season"This will need time. The fact that I play at a top club at the age of 35 says enough. There have been talks [with Arsenal]. We have to see if it suits both sides," he told Neue Zurcher Zeitung."Arsenal is a big club, I feel very happy. But I want to play regularly with regard to the European Championships."It was okay this year. But if the coach says that he no longer counts on me, I have to worry."

Wayne Rooney says Liverpool winning the Premier League would be a 'nightmare'
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Wayne Rooney says he cannot bear the thought of Liverpool winning the Premier League title this season.Rooney, who began his career with Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton before moving to Manchester United, said he would rather defending champions Manchester City won the league instead.Rooney: Pogba would be great in MLSFormer Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says midfielder Paul Pogba would be very successful if he decides to play in MLS one day.Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says midfielder Paul Pogba would be very successful if he decides to play in MLS one day.Liverpool are top of the table with two points more than second-placed City, who have a game in hand."It's a great reason to be out the country when those two are going head-to-head for the title," Rooney, who now plays for Major League Soccer side DC United, told talkSPORT.Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Fulham last week"I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool. I couldn't bear to see them win it, it would be a nightmare for any Evertonian."I remember in 2005 (Liverpool) won the Champions League and they're still talking about it now so it would be another 10 or 15 years of that."Liverpool have not won a league title in 29 years and ending that drought this season would allow them to move to 19 title wins in the English top flight, one behind United's record.

Kazakhstan defeat as bad as it gets for Scotland, says Craig Gordon
3/22/2019 9:13 AM | 21 views

Scotland's humiliating 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan is their worst in memory, according to goalkeeper Craig Gordon.Scotland slipped to one of their lowest days in Nursultan, failing to register a shot on target until the 55th minute and finding themselves comprehensively beaten against a side with three wins in their previous 30 competitive games - against Andorra, Latvia and the Faroe Islands.It was the worst start Alex McLeish could have hoped for in a difficult qualifying group for Euro 2020, including Belgium and Russia, ahead of playing San Marino on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Football.And 54-cap goalkeeper Gordon said the minnow nation, the lowest-ranked country in the whole of world football, might fancy their chances after watching Scotland's defeat in Kazakhstan.Kazakhstan went 2-0 up inside 10 minutesHe told Sky Sports: "I can't think of a worse one. It's a devastating blow, especially against a team who hadn't won at all in their previous qualifying campaign. To lose in the manner that we've lost, it's a huge blow."I've been there in bad defeats, it's not a nice place to be, that dressing room will be a quiet place to be but they'll have to pick themselves up - San Marino might fancy their chances of us coming there now after watching that. Beating them won't eradicate tonight but they need to start getting points on the board."We obviously need our best 11 players playing every game, so whoever that is, we need them fit and available. That's going to be difficult - there's a lot of games played through the season and it's a difficult stage of the season, where people have picked up knocks, and we are going to struggle to get our best 11 out every single time."Former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, whose side missed out on a play-off place for last year's World Cup on goal difference shortly before he left his post, questioned whether the pool of players McLeish had been left to choose from for the game was the issue, or whether there was a wider problem with Scottish football.He said: "Is the squad good enough to deal with these things? Are the players good enough? You can't just look at these lads that were here tonight. "Anyone who's involved in Scottish football, down from the youth levels right up to the top, has to say to themselves - and this might be being dramatic because we could win the next game, and the next game, and the next game."But at this point, everyone has to say, 'have I been part of this? Could I have done more for the players?' Everyone should be involved in this defeat."McLeish: Horrible start to campaignAlex McLeish was not impressed by Scotland's performance against Kazakhstan as he suffered his biggest defeat in a competitive match as the national manager.Alex McLeish was not impressed by Scotland's performance against Kazakhstan as he suffered his biggest defeat in a competitive match as the national manager.Other Scotland shockers...1954 - World Cup: Uruguay, lost 7-0Scotland's first ever major finals outing ended in humiliation after they were mauled by the South American former World Cup winners. The result still stands as the nation's heaviest ever international defeat. The Scots returned home from the competition, held in Switzerland, following the defeat in Basel.1978 - World Cup: Peru, lost 3-1Ally McLeod's team arrived in Argentina with dreams of winning the World Cup - but their opener in Cordoba proved to be a nightmare. Joe Jordan gave Scotland an early lead but Peru drew level by half-time and two wonderful free-kicks by Teofilo Cubillas sent McLeod's men crashing to defeat.1978 - World Cup: Iran, drew 1-1Four days later, the Scots' World Cup dream was all but over as they had to rely on an Iranian own goal to salvage a draw. Pictures of McLeod slumping with his head in his hands summed up the mood of despair.1990 - World Cup: Costa Rica, lost 1-0Yet another World Cup clash Scotland were expected to navigate with little trouble - yet another night to forget as Scotland were stunned in Genoa. Andy Roxburgh's men dominated the game but Juan Cayasso scored with what was virtually the South Americans' only clear chance to send the Scots hurtling towards another group-stage exit.2002 - European Championship qualifier: Faroe Islands, drew 2-2Scotland were hoping for a new dawn under former Germany boss Berti Vogts - but were left with a familiar feeling of dread as a John Petersen double inside the first 12 minutes gave the tiny Faroes control in Toftir. The shell-shocked Scots took 61 minutes to get on the score sheet when Paul Lambert netted. Barry Ferguson spared Scotland some degree of embarrassment when he rescued a draw with just seven minutes remaining.2003 - European Championship qualifier: Holland, lost 6-0James McFadden's Hampden winner gave Scotland hope that they could hold off the Dutch in Amsterdam to complete a remarkable play-off win. But it was a very different story in the second leg as Holland ran riot, with a hat-trick from Ruud Van Nistelrooy heaping fresh misery on Vogts' team.

Edwards vs Moreno: Anthony Joshua hails Joshua Buatsi as 'a world champion of the future'
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Anthony Joshua has hailed Joshua Buatsi as "a world champion of the future" ahead of his British light-heavyweight title fight with Liam Conroy at the Copper Box Arena.The unbeaten 26-year-old targets the vacant Lonsdale belt in his 10th fight on the undercard as Charlie Edwards defends his WBC flyweight title against Angel Moreno on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.am guide the career of Buatsi, a bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 games, and the unified heavyweight champion believes his protégé has the right mindset to reach the highest level.Buatsi battles Liam Conroy for the British title on Saturday, live on Sky Sports"I always look at people outside of the ring," Joshua told Sky Sports. "Buatsi, a devoted man to his religion, well educated, so I think his star quality is his devotion to the sport, and how intelligent he is. He mixes that devotion with his intelligence and he puts it into the ring."He's very smart, he's graduated in university, and he's a graduate in amateur boxing. Went to the Olympics, captured bronze, and he's going to become a world champion of the future."In only his 16th fight, Joshua moved up to world class, defeating Charles Martin to win the IBF title, and makes his next defence against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office.Joshua faces Jarrell Miller in New York on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box OfficeBuatsi is part of a fiercely competitive weight class, featuring champions such as Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev, and Joshua hopes the rising contender will be allowed more time to sharpen his impressive skills."Developing fights are key, but in business that's so big, and so much pressure," said Joshua."Whether they give him enough time to grow, I'm not the one to answer that, but I believe he has so much unlocked potential still, that they can tap into.Buatsi targets future world titlesJoshua Buatsi says victory over Liam Conroy is part of a plan to fight for a world title.Joshua Buatsi says victory over Conroy is part of a plan to fight for a world title"I just don't want him to cross over to championship level too soon, because there's no coming back."Once you cross over to championship level, you have to fight at that elite level, and those fights aren't about learning about anything, they are just tough, and also you know what it's about."If they can just keep building him, progressing him, it's hard to keep him under the radar now, but getting the right fights at the right time."

Jordan Pickford confident after retaining England starting place
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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has dismissed criticism of his recent form after keeping his starting place for Friday's opening European Qualifier against the Czech Republic.Having played a starring role during England's run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia last summer, Pickford has struggled to maintain that form with Everton this season, particularly in an error-strewn display against Newcastle earlier this month.With Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton in fine form, there had been speculation that Pickford could lose the number one jersey, but Southgate put an end to it as Pickford joined him for Thursday's press conference.Jordan Pickford has had a difficult season with Everton after starring at last summer's World Cup"It's great for me," Pickford said. "I feel like, apart from the Newcastle game, I've been in a good run of form."In the Newcastle game, I made a mistake and bounced back with a good performance against Chelsea, so that shows my mentality and my character in myself, and I think that's been good for me."The manager has put faith in me to start tomorrow. I've been training well all week as well, so that's good."Having backed up their achievements in Russia by reaching this summer's inaugural Nations League finals in Portugal, Southgate's side begin their latest challenge at Wembley on Friday, before facing Montenegro away on Monday.Heaton enjoying Pickford rivalryTom Heaton says he is enjoying his rivalry with Jordan Pickford for the England no.1 shirt.Tom Heaton says he is enjoying his rivalry with Pickford for the England No 1 shirtPickford insisted England won't be distracted by any attempts to unsettle them after Czech striker Matej Vydra suggested the visitors would target Leicester defender Harry Maguire."No (I have not seen the comments)," Pickford said. "I think as a squad we know how good we are and how capable we are of winning games."They can say things, but we need to focus on ourselves and get those three points tomorrow. It's all about us and not about their comments."It's obviously been four months since we've been with England now, and it's great to come back here and work with the manager and the staff over the next week."

Thibaut Courtois' howler gifts Russia equaliser vs Belgium
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Thibaut Courtois' blushes were spared after he made a goalkeeping howler for Russia's equaliser in Belgium's 3-1 win in their European Qualifier.After Youri Tielemans had put the Belgians ahead in Brussels, Courtois, dropped last weekend by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, was caught dallying with the ball at his feet in the 16th minute.Russia striker Artem Dzyuba put the former Chelsea player under pressure and a panicked attempt to pass the ball out found Denis Cheryshev, who took the ball back past Courtois to score.Two goals from Eden Hazard, one coming from the penalty spot were enough to take victory for Roberto Martinez's team.

Ronaldo avoids Champions League ban for 'cojones' celebration
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The Portugal international has been fined €20,000 by UEFA for mocking Diego Simeone at the Allianz Stadium during the last 16.Cristiano Ronaldo has avoided a Champions League suspension after UEFA announced his punishment for his celebration in the aftermath of Juventus' win over Atletico Madrid.Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the second leg of Juve's last-16 clash with the Rojiblancos, and celebrated by mocking Diego Simeone's own celebration from the first leg when the Atleti boss intended to illustrate the 'cojones' his team had shown in their own 2-0 victory.UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Ronaldo on Monday for the gesture, and have decided a €20,000 is punishment enough for the Portugal international.That is in line with Simeone's own punishment, with the Argentine fined the same amount by the European governing body ahead of the clash in Turin.Ronaldo, therefore, will be free to face Ajax in the quarter-finals of the competition as he continues his quest to win a fourth straight Champions League title and a sixth overall.The former Real Madrid superstar had struggled to make an impact in Europe for the Bianconeri ahead of his Atletico heroics, scoring just one goal in the group stages having been sent-off against Valencia on matchday one.But in netting a treble to knock out Simeone's side, he looks to be finding form at the ideal time ahead of the latter stages of the competition.Since arriving in Italy the 34-year-old has scored 24 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions, with Massimiliano Allegri's side 15 points clear at the top of the Serie A table and set to win an eighth straight Scudetto.But it is the Champions League for which Ronaldo was bought during the summer of 2018, and he is unlikely to take Ajax for granted having seen the Eredivisie outfit knock out his former Madrid team-mates in the last-16.Erik ten Hag's side pulled off the surprise result of the round as they won 4-1 at Santiago Bernabeu to win 5-3 on aggregate over the 13-time winners.

PFA criticise Sheikh Salman support
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PFA criticise Sheikh Salman supportAFC president Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa is running for re-election, despite controversy over the Hakeem al-Araibi case. The Professional Footballers Australia union has called on FIFA and the Football Federation Australia to explain their decision to back the re-election of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa as president of the Asian Football Confederation.Sheikh Salman is part of the ruling family of Bahrain, the country that attempted to extradite Australian refugee and footballer Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai prison after the 25-year-old was arrested while on vacation.Al-Araibi was released after an extensive campaign led by the PFA and ex-Socceroo Craig Foster, but Sheikh Salman, who would remain as FIFA vice president should he be re-elected, was heavily criticised for his inaction during the process.And PFA boss John Didulica did not hold back in his criticism of the FFA's decision to support the AFC president's bid for re-election."The PFA is on record challenging the right of the incumbent to continue in the role of AFC president, let alone serve another term," Didulica said on Tuesday."The inability of the incumbent to protect and promote the human rights of one of the game's players in line with his constitutional obligations demonstrates a breathtaking failure as the continent's highest office holder and a repudiation and abrogation of the office of president."FFA's support – without consulting with key members of the FFA Congress – is difficult to understand given the unity of purpose the Australian football family recently displayed to help secure the freedom of Hakeem Al-Araibi."We await FIFA or the FFA to urgently provide the basis upon which the incumbent satisfied the eligibility criteria notwithstanding the fundamental concerns raised by the PFA over his ongoing tenure during the period of Hakeem's detention."The AFC elections will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 6.  From All football.com