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Double celebration for Cleverley

first_img Mason’s injury, which is not believed to be serious enough to affect his pre-season preparations, while training with the squad at St George’s Park this week meant he had to return to Spurs for treatment and therefore will miss the upcoming double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. That opened a way back for Cleverley, who has not played for his country since November 2013. He featured in the first nine matches under Hodgson after Euro 2012 but lost his place following a dip in form for United. Cleverley was named on the standby list for the World Cup last year but did not make the final 23 even though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a knee injury in the penultimate warm-up match against Ecuador in Miami. A deadline-day move to Everton last summer collapsed but he was able to sign on loan for Aston Villa, where he enjoyed something of a renaissance under the management of Tim Sherwood, scoring three goals in the club’s final three league games to help them avoid relegation. Just last week Hodgson was enthusing about Cleverley’s form at Villa and said he would be the first person to be called up should any injuries occur. “Cleverley was very unlucky to miss out on this selection,” Hodgson said a week after leaving the midfielder out of his squad for the games in Dublin and Ljubljana. “He was someone we discussed a lot. We like him, trust him, we can call him up like that if we want. If someone else went down we have Tom up our sleeves.” Late on Friday evening the 25-year-old was drafted in by Roy Hodgson to replace Ryan Mason, who withdrew with a knee injury, and within half-an-hour his summer move to Goodison Park was confirmed. Cleverley’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of June and while he would have expected to have spent the month sorting out finding another club, the England call came out of the blue – somewhat appropriate considering his next choice of employer. Press Association Having now been called up to the 23-man squad, Cleverley stands a chance of earning his 14th cap in Sunday’s friendly against the Republic or the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia seven days later. New manager Roberto Martinez will hope, if he does feature in either of those games, he comes through unscathed so he is ready to join them for pre-season in early July. “We are extremely delighted to be welcoming Tom to Everton and I can think of many reasons as to why our fans will enjoy Tom representing our football club,” said Martinez, who had the midfielder on loan for a season while Wigan boss in 2010-11. “The most important one is that he is a perfect fit for what we are trying to build here as he has so much experience of playing in the Premier League and he still has his best years just ahead of him. “At the age of 25 and a player who is representing his country, Tom has experienced winning trophies and having big roles in demanding teams. “Having worked with him previously, I know the type of character he is and I know that, with the Everton fans’ support, we will get a very special footballer joining our already exciting team. “It says a lot also, when someone like Tom is available on a free transfer and he can pick his next club out of many options home and abroad, that he has chosen to play for our football club. That’s the perfect start to his career here at Everton.” Tom Cleverley had two reasons to celebrate as he agreed a five-year contract with Everton just moments after being called up to the England squad. last_img read more

Chelsea Plot First Premier League Home Win against Liverpool

first_imgBoth Chelsea and Liverpool Champion League campaign was dented a big blow on Tuesday. While the Blues lost 1-0 at home to Valencia, the defending champions suffered a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Naples and both teams will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League. The huge task before the young Chelsea side is winning their first Premier League game on home soil against Liverpool when both teams clash on Sunday. They can however draw inspiration from their last weekend’s 5-2 win against Wolves away from homeFrank Lampard’s young Chelsea side face a major test of their progress when they face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday.Last week’s impressive 5-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers showed Chelsea’s potential with striker Tammy Abraham grabbing a hat-trick and two other academy products in Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori also on target. However, it has been a mixed start to the season for Lampard’s side and they have been particularly patchy at home – giving up a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with promoted Sheffield United and losing 1-0 in the Champions League to Spanish club, Valencia.Liverpool also tasted defeat in Europe with a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Italy but Klopp’s men lead the Premier League with five wins from five.The match is Chelsea’s biggest test since their opening day 4-0 loss at Manchester United and Abraham believes they would be fired up.“Sunday is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool after the European disappointment. It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting the Valencia loss right. “We are going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it,” he said.Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League table with eight points, although the capital side are yet to win on home soil this term.Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who made a rare error for Napoli’s second goal, brushed off the notion that the loss was a wake-up call for the European champions.“It shouldn’t be a wake-up call – we have been performing outstanding since the start of the season and so there is no reason to panic.“Everyone knows how tough it is to come here and beat them first of all, but also to play well against them and I think we, especially in the beginning at times, put them under a lot of pressure trying to win the ball high up the pitch and try to break on them.“But at the end of the day it’s all about the result and we are unlucky we didn’t get any result.“It felt like it was going to be a draw. There were some moments from us on the break where we could have done a bit better but the penalty changed it and we come home with no points,” the No.4 told Liverpoolfc.com of the Napoli gameOn whether the Reds’ status as reigning European champions makes them a ‘target’ for opposing teams, Van Dijk stated: “Yes, but I think everyone wants to beat us no matter what competition. That’s something we have to deal with but it’s not going to be a problem at all. “We have to enjoy that as well and I think for them to win their first game is obviously big. For us to lose our first game is obviously not what we wanted but the only thing we can do is try to win all the other games and now focus on Chelsea.”Liverpool were held to a draw at Stamford Bridge last season, needing a late equaliser from Daniel Sturridge to take a point. The previous season Chelsea won 1-0 with a goal from Olivier Giroud.Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount could be available for the clash with Liverpool despite picking up an ankle injury against Valencia on Tuesday night.The 20-year-old was forced off in the 20th minute after picking up the problem in a challenge with Valencia’s Francis Coquelin.Mount immediately emerged as a huge doubt for Chelsea’s league fixture against table-topping Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.However, according to The Sun, the Blues are hopeful that the issue is not as bad as first feared, and the England international could yet be involved in the clash with  Klopp’s side.Mount has scored three times in seven appearances for Frank Lampard’s side this season having returned to the club over the summer following an impressive loan spell at Derby County.Champions Manchester City, beaten at promoted Norwich City last weekend will expect to get back to winning ways when they host Watford at the Etihad today.Pep Guardiola is without his two first-choice central defenders after John Stones joined Aymeric Laporte on the injury list.Brazilian Fernandinho partnered Nicolas Otamendi in the 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday but 18-year-old Spanish defender Eric Garcia could be in contention for a start against the Hornets.The City boss said: “I think already about Watford as we don’t have much time, but to start away in the Champions League with a good result is positive and I know we played really good.“We created incredible chances and all the guys were fantastic. It’s a good result to start – better than last season.”Midfielder Fernandinho filled in impressively against Shakhtar but Guardiola admits other options would also need to be explored.Youngster Garcia, who was on the bench in Ukraine, is an alternative but Guardiola may try switching some other senior players around first.He said: “I didn’t have doubts he (Fernandinho) could do it and he’s going to do it again. But Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34, and next alternative is 18. For three or four months I don’t know what will happen.”Fourth-placed Manchester United travel to West Ham United on Sunday while Tottenham Hotspur, who are third, face a tricky trip to Leicester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Frank Lampard last_img read more

Baseball loses two of three to start season

first_imgUSC baseball fans who packed Dedeaux Field all weekend long to enjoy their first tastes of hot dogs, peanuts, and this highly anticipated team – ranked No. 12 in the nation – witnessed the Trojans’ first win of season on Sunday in walk-off fashion after the team lost its first two in a three-game series against North Dakota.USC players rushed to home plate to celebrate after a ninth inning single by senior designated hitter Timmy Robinson drove in the game-winning run for his first hit of the season. The Trojans recorded their first win of the season behind a strong five inning performance from junior pitcher Barnardo Flores. Flores allowed seven hits and 4 runs, 3 in the fifth.“That was nice,” said Robinson, who missed all regional practice games and saw his first live at-bats this series due to an injury. “That was relieving. I need to just keep that in my mind. I just need to keep going back to that and remember how that felt and take that in with every at bat with a positive attitude.”After struggling from the plate in their first two games, the Men of Troy responded with their most hits of the season with 11 Sunday.To contrast, USC struggled from the plate Friday, collecting three hits in its opening game that featured a matchup between both clubs’ strongest pitchers, and four hits on Saturday. Head coach Dan Hubbs credited North Dakota pitcher Zach Muckenhirn – who allowed 3 hits and remained in the game all nine innings Friday – for his ability to throw the ball high in the strike zone, causing his players to constantly get contact but fly out.  The Trojans, who lost 1-0, remained largely competitive as a result of senior starting pitcher Kyle Davis, who threw eight innings, allowing five hits.“You are going to win some and you are going to lose some in close games and when a guy is on a roll, he can shut you down,” Hubbs said, “Whether he was doing a great job of heightening the ball or whether we were having trouble deciphering whether the ball was up or down, the whole focus was to get a ball down in the zone to hit and we did not execute that.”In addition to losing 30 pounds in preparation for the season, Davis said that he has worked tirelessly with Coach Hubbs on his two-seamer pitch since the fall. Though Davis is known for his curveball and four-seamer, he noted that his strong eight-inning performance was a testament to the new pitch that allows him to accumulate easy outs from fly rather than ground balls. Davis struck out 10 North Dakota hitters who Coach Hubbs described as “really aggressive” and “swinging a ton,” but admitted that the Hawks were able to capitalize on one of his few mistakes in the game when North Dakota’s Miles Lewis scored a runner off a two-seamer which he left high.Davis, who was pleased with his performance in the season’s first game because he kept his team competitive, is confident that his teammates will create hits and learn to play in the framework of the team in order to accomplish their individual goals.“Personally, I want to be Pac-12 pitcher of the year,” Davis said. “I want to be an All-American. I want to do everything I possibly can, so I am pretty excited for the season.”On Saturday, the Trojans fell 5-4, failing to tie the game late despite a rally in the bottom of the ninth.Hubbs, Robinson, and junior catcher Jeremy Martinez all mentioned that the Trojan team plays its best when they are relaxed and having fun. Each said that the team might have had jitters in their opening games but hope that this first win will allow players to exhale and better prepare for their highly anticipated season.“As long as we play our game we are going to do fine,” Martinez said. “We know there are going to be close ball games that you can win or lose, so you can never be too happy to take a win. But every win we take this year we are going to be happy, whether they are the one-run games or the 10-run games. We just need to keep improving and hopefully we can take it into the playoffs at the end of the year.”last_img read more

Arsenal move to second in the Premier League

first_imgManchester United are just a point behind the Gunners, after a 3-1 defeat of Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Leicester secured a vital three points in their battle against the drop – Andy King netted the winner four minutes from time as they beat West Ham 2-1. QPR too have dragged themselves three points closer to safety with a 4-1 win against West Brom. Hull have been sucked back into trouble – they had David Meyler sent off in a 3-1 defeat at Swansea. Everton dented Southampton’s European ambitions with a 1-0 win at Goodison.last_img read more

See the goal that helped Asante Kotoko humble rivals Hearts of Oak in President’s Cup [VIDEO]

first_imgWhen Naby Keita’s 64th-minute header for Asante Kotoko hit the back of Accra Hearts of Oak’s net in the President’s Cup, it gave the Porcupine Warriors a 2-1 lead that their opponents could not recover from.Hearts of Oak had taken a first-half lead after Kofi Kordzi found the net but were pegged back right before the break, through an own goal.Asante Kotoko scored the next goal, which turned out to be the game’s last when Naby Keita met a cross from the left and powered home a header.Hearts were unable to find a response, with Kotoko picking up their third straight President’s Cup.The win over their fiercest rivals is a  huge statement from Kotoko who will be pleased to have started the tenure of new boss Maxwell Konadu with a massive victory.Here’s the goal that gave Kotoko the win:last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper drawing 8 teams’ interest, some think short-term deal

first_img MLB hot stove: Padres, Bryce Harper reportedly set meeting The Nationals, Padres, Phillies and White Sox have all been revealed as potential destinations for Harper, though the remaining teams interested are unknown.The Athletic notes that sources with the Braves, Cardinals, Astros, Giants, Angels, Yankees and Blue Jays have confirmed Harper has been ruled out as a prospective signing. Bryce Harper has the attention of at least one-quarter of the majors.According to MLB Network, at least eight teams are still checking on the coveted outfielder, though several of those clubs have a short-term deal in mind. Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, have met with a number of teams in recent days, including second and third meetings with some. However, there’s no indication he’s close to reaching a deal.Harper previously met with the Phillies, White Sox and Dodgers, and reports last month indicated the Phillies are the “clear-cut favorite” to sign him. There’s also the possibility that he returns to the Nationals after meeting with team reps “multiple times” this offseason, even though he reportedly turned down a 10-year deal worth $300 million last year.A six-time All-Star, Harper has spent all seven of his MLB seasons in Washington. Related Newslast_img read more

Sensational to the End: Vedad Ibisevic almost in Bayern

first_imgVedad Ibisevic scored the first goal of the season in the Bundesliga in last night’s game with Wolfsburg. It is interesting that Ibisevic’s last goal was also against Wolfsburg which was, underlined by the sports commentator. Pal Dardai was initially unsure of whether Vedad should start in the match, but ultimately decided to give him a chance.It is also interesting that David Selke, who was brought to Berlin as a successor to Vedad Ibisevic, also joined him on the field. Vedo has been only scoring goals since the beginning of the season.Ibisevic is the main candidate to be the “backup” striker for Robert Lewandowski in Bayern. After the match between Wolfsburg and Herta, journalists asked him if he could imagine a transfer to Munich, to which he said “It is difficult now to answer that question,” but added that there was no contact with Bayern.(Source: Fokus.ba)last_img read more

‘We’ll have a good season’: Zidane confident as Benzema hat-trick helps lift gloom

first_imgZidane’s preparations for the new season have also been overshadowed by the saga of Gareth Bale’s future at the club.The Welsh star was left out of the Spanish side’s squad for the two matches in Munich after his planned transfer to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, who had offered the Welshman a three-year-deal worth £1 million ($1.1 million) a week, broke down.Benzema said the humilation at the hands of Atletico was a thing of the past and that the crucial date will be the weekend of August 17 when the new La Liga season starts.“The criticisms after the match against Atletico were normal. It was only a friendly but you cannot concede seven goals,” said the French striker. FILE PHOTO: Zinedine ZidaneMunich, Germany | AFP | French striker Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce 5-3 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday which temporarily lifted the summer gloom which has engulfed the Spanish giants and coach Zinedine Zidane.However, problems remain for Real as they have now conceded 16 goals in just five friendly matches.They faced their Turkish opponents having been defeated by Tottenham 1-0 on Tuesday in the first match of a four-team event which also features German champions Bayern Munich.“We are going to find the solutions, we are going to work. I stand by my players and I know that we are going to make progress and that we will have a very good season,” said Zidane whose team had been left bruised by a humiliating 7-3 defeat by city rivals Atletico in a friendly in the United States last week.“Nobody likes conceding three goals but we have scored five. For us, this is a positive victory.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img St George’s Sports Club blanked Progressive FC 3-0 as the Portland FA/Portland Cooperative Credit Union KO competition kicked off at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, last Saturday. Andrew Miller (11th minute), Kemar Miller (41st) and Tyrone Brown (76the) scored the goals for St George’s SC. Jamaica Domino Council Premier League St George’s SC blank Progressive 3-0 INSPORTS netball to start Wednesday Waterford Primary will launch the defence of their Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary League football title next week Friday when they oppose Ascot Primary in the feature match of a double-header, as the league kicks off with a uniform parade and opening games at Portsmouth Primary playing field, starting at noon. Prior to that match, Portsmouth, who placed third last season, will tackle Gregory Park at 10 a.m., while at 11 a.m., the uniform parade and opening ceremony will take centre stage. Waterford are in a rebuilding stage as most of their star players have left. However, they have a young crop of ballers who are eager to shine. Portsmouth have retained most of their players and are well set for a title charge. Independence City, Bridgeport, Gregory Park and the ever-improving Kensington are expected to be in the mix of things.center_img There seems to be no stopping Waterhouse United this season. Fresh from their mid-season triumph over Braeton All Stars, Waterhouse United took down another heavyweight opponent as they outclassed Caribbean Classic 300-290 during the return-leg matches in the Jamaica Domino Council Association’s Premier League last Sunday. In other games, Spit Fyah burnt Mechanical Strikers 300-228; Right Stuff whipped Soursop Tree 300-275; Small Axe cut down Highlight Strikers 300-286; Naggo Head outlasted Jade Strikers 300-294; Vintage Pub clipped Memory Lane 300-298 in a cliffhanger and Exceptional thumped International 300-264. Waterford to defend INSPORTS football title The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Netball League will tip off with opening games and a dress parade at Waterford Primary School this coming Wednesday. The feature match pits Portsmouth against Gregory Park at noon, while the opening game at 10 a.m. pits Naggo Head and Waterford Primary, and is expected to be quite competitive. The opening ceremony and dress parade will be at 11 a.m. Portsmouth, the two-time defending champions, will again have favourite status written on their backs. However, schools like Naggo Head, the recent INSPORTS/Klato Sutherland Portmore Primary Netball Rally champions, Ascot and Waterford Primary, will be breathing down their neck in the race for the title.last_img read more

Shell president warns expansion to Asian markets necessary

first_imgThe native Newfoundlander said that growing U.S. shale gas production is rapidly shrinking the market for Canadian exports, and as a result, Western Canadian producers must find new customers in the fast-growing Asian market while facing stiff competition from countries like Australia.Shell has a major presence in the Montney shale gas play, here in Northeast B.C. and is working with Chinese, Japanese and South Korean companies to determine the feasibility of building a pipeline to B.C.’s Pacific Coast and a liquefied natural gas terminal.The paper says Ms. Mitchelmore argues it would be an absolute pity not to develop that resource, but has also indicated without an expanded customer base, companies will find it hard to justify the development of  the local area’s Montney and Horn River shale gas plays. She says the prosperity of the entire country hangs in the balance, given that the oil and gas sector is by far the country’s leading export industry.- Advertisement -In an address to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in St. John’s, she said this should be a time of great opportunity for Canada, but she added that, as yet, has not happened, and she argued it won’t happen unless we diversify our customer base for energy products and create access to global growth markets. She said Ottawa needs to move quickly to make its regulatory system more efficient – with clear time lines to conclude reviews – so that companies can commit to multi-billion-dollar projects.She also challenged provincial governments to streamline their regulatory systems.Advertisementlast_img read more