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Pulisic Gunning for First Start as Ajax Storm Stamford Bridge Tonight

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEAjax will travel to Stamford Bridge this evening seeking revenge in theirUEFA Champions League clash in London.The game will be the first time this season USA Captain and talisman, Christian Pulisic is set to start in Europe’s top club competition with his impact in recent weeks impossible for Frank Lampard to ignore any longer.The fortnight that changed the course of the 21-year-old’s first season in England began in the Champions League against Ajax, when he came off the bench to set up Michy Batshuayi’s winner at the Johan Cruyff Arena and inflict a first defeat since May on the Dutch champions. “If he continues doing that sort of thing then the goals will rack up,” said Lampard after Pulisic followed up his hat-trick with a predatory goal from close range at Watford. “His general performance was top as well.”Victory at Vicarage Road saw Chelsea equal a club record for seven straight away wins with Lampard earning plaudits for his ability to quickly turn the negativity of a summer transfer ban and the loss of Eden Hazard into a buoyant atmosphere at the Bridge.Pulisic was the one big-money arrival. Chelsea anticipated both the 12-month ban on signing players and Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid by completing his signing for £58 million ($75 million) in January before being loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the second half of last season.However, that move left the Pennsylvanian in limbo in Germany with his time at Dortmund coming to an end and the rise of English wonder-kid Jadon Sancho limiting his first-team appearances.A move to London was meant to be a fresh start, but after a start as Chelsea lost the Uefa Super Cup to Liverpool on penalties in August, Pulisic soon found himself behind Willian, Pedro Rodriguez and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the battle for places on the wings of Lampard’s three-man attack.For eight consecutive Premier League and Champions League games, Pulisic was left out by Lampard, the low point of which came when he failed to even make the squad for a 2-1 win at Lille last month.“You want to play, be on the field and be in the team as much as you can and it hurt not to be there,” admitted Pulisic on Lampard’s snub in northern France.However, amidst his price tag and the array of other talented youngsters making an impact at Chelsea this season, Pulisic’s own tender age was often over-looked.“He’s a hot topic because of the price tag and his status in his national team, and his world status through that.“Everyone has got a little bit carried away with the short term. The long term is that he’s come here and he’s just turned 21,” said Lampard after an encouraging cameo off the bench against Newcastle three weeks ago.Lampard was also wary that Pulisic’s presence at the Gold Cup for his country in the summer meant he had just one week off before starting pre-season and managed his minutes accordingly.Now Pulisic has the stage he craved in the Champions League and Lampard has another attacking weapon hungry to succeed as his first season in charge continues to take shape.TUESDAY FIXTURESChelsea v AjaxZenith v LeipzigLyon v BenficaValencia v LilleDortmund v InterBarcelona v S’PragueNapoli v SalzburgLiverpool v GenkShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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The war of words between Bayern & Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich’s Champions League final clash on Saturday is the fifth meeting between the two sides in 2012-13 but the battle has been taking place off the pitch for months.Sixteen years ago, BVB tried to steal Bayern’s crown with big spending and were duly rewarded with two Bundesliga titles and even did what Bayern had failed to do for 20 years – sealing European glory with the Champions League in 1997.The Ruhr outfit shelled out countless sums on renowned German stars like Andreas Moller, Jurgen Kohler and Stefan Reuter, while adding some international flavour in the shape of Paulo Sousa, Julio Cesar and later Marcio Amoroso, in a bid to build a legacy to challenge that of their rivals.Until 2003, the plan was going well until their high salaries caught up with them and they were forced into taking a €2 million loan from Bayern to cover their wages. Then general manager Michael Meier claimed “Borussia Dortmund are solvent and in a better position than Bayern” in 2001. But two years later this certainly was no longer correct.At this point, BVB were on the brink of bankruptcy and were only saved from extinction by good luck. They were in the gutter and had to work their way back to the top gradually.The rivalry Dortmund and Bayern share is not just a duel between southern and western Germany or between giants and minnow – it’s a conflict of ideals. It’s a concept not lost on FCB president Uli Hoeness, who compared the two clubs back in September 2012.“Dortmund are a relatively regional thing – Bayern are global players,” he sniped. Of course, it was not long before the then champions issued their retort. “I would like it if we could get some respect for what we have achieved in recent years,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. “That’s evidently a bridge too far.” And so, just months later, the “regional thing” take on the “global players” in the biggest game in club football. One of the men key to their revival, Mats Hummels, grew up at Sabener Strasse, but says he “doesn’t give a damn” about his former club, insisting he has lost “all connection” with them.While Bayern are still clearly economically miles ahead of Dortmund, BVB have won two of the last three German titles. And when they come up against the Bavarian giants, they have shocked everyone.The 1-0 DFB-Pokal quarter-final victory for Jupp Heynckes’ side back in February was the first major clash they have won in three years against Jurgen Klopp’s men. In the wake of that game, the former Mainz boss was in no doubt as to where their opponents’ game plan came from.“Bayern are like the Chinese in industry – they look at what others are doing, copy it, then make more money the same way,” he said.The subject of China harked back to Hoeness’ “global players” barb, when he claimed: “If you walk down the street in Beijing and ask people to name a German club the answer will always be Bayern and not Dortmund.” Klopp retorted: “I don’t know whether people in China immediately think of Borussia Dortmund as a football club. I don’t think that’s important.”One wonders what the mood in the Far East will be like among fans when they watch the Champions League final. BVB midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz, for one, does not think much of the Allianz Arena faithful. “It’s a different, quieter atmosphere there. Bayern have many success fans, as I call them,” he said in 2012.Whether Grosskreutz will even feature at Wembley depends on the fitness of Bayern-bound star Mario Gotze, whose sale to the southern giants brought the clubs’ rivalry to a head.“As for Gotze, everything is legitimate. I was not particularly happy about the style,” Watzke said shortly afterwards, referring to how the Bavarians had failed to contact BVB before agreeing to meet the player’s release clause. “Bayern have followed the same pattern to achieve success for quite a while and weakening rivals is part of their strategy.”Klopp, who admitted that he was left speechless by the move added: “Someone does not want us to be successful. But we will do whatever it takes not to let that happen.” So, for BVB, Saturday’s clash is about revenge for the Gotze transfer. For Bayern, it is to reaffirm their German dominance. “We were the better team.But it’s difficult to say this when you lose 5-2,” captain Philipp Lahm said after their heavy defeat to BVB in last season’s Pokal final.Bayern were also visibly riled by Klopp, who “bet his arse” that they would enlist the help of future coach Pep Guardiola when they were drawn against his former club Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition, with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge replying: “Klopp’s arse will end up in our museum.”Whatever happens on the pitch on Saturday, there is sure to be a monumental fallout after the game.last_img read more

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Raiders to play in MLB Giants’ ballpark in 2019, report says

first_img#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark (formerly #ATTPark). Announcement expected this week. (per my @NFL sources). #RaiderNation #SuperBowl53 #NFL pic.twitter.com/anr0zQOqtX— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) February 4, 2019The Associated Press reported first that the Raiders were in talks with the Giants about playing in the ballpark formerly known as AT&T Park. The NFL and presumably MLB would have to OK the deal that likely would require the 49ers’ approval, too, despite the fact that the Raiders’ previously played their games at Oakland Coliseum, actually about half as far from Oracle Park as the Niners’ Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, some 44 miles south of the Giants’ ballpark. The NFL presumably would be sensitive to the fact that “San Francisco” is attached to the 49ers’ official name, licensing and team marks.The Raiders are scheduled to begin play in a $1 billion facility in Las Vegas in 2020. Related News The Raiders will play in the MLB Giants’ Oracle Park in the Las Vegas-bound NFL team’s final season in the Bay Area, NBC Sports Bay Area reported, citing unidentified NFL sources. Super Bowl 53: New Orleans’ newspaper trolls NFL, Rams with front-page headline Patriots parade 2019: Time, route and how to watch Super Bowl celebrationlast_img read more

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Spalletti confirmed: Džeko will stay in Roma

first_imgFuture of the captain of the BiH national team Edin Džeko is now finally known. Coach of Roma Luciano Spalletti confirmed that the Diamond will keep playing for the Giallorossi next season.Spalletti confirmed this information in an interview for Sky Sports.“Edin is staying in Roma for the next season. He has the quality which he still did not demonstrate entirely. We care about him, we want his performances that he showed before coming to Roma,” Spalletti stated.The coach of Roma thus put an end on all the rumors about the transfer of Džeko to another club. Lately, Galatasaray was mentioned the most, but that will apparently not happen.(Source: klix.ba/photo: EPA)last_img read more

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Upmeyer says GOP lawmakers may pass work requirement for Iowa Medicaid

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the state legislature may pursue a policy that will require most “able-bodied” Iowa adults enrolled in Medicaid to work. Republican House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake said it could help ease the worker shortage in Iowa.“Certainly we’re not suggesting that people who are unable to work should, somehow, work. That’s not the point,” Upmeyer said, “but when we do have able-bodied adults that could work, we frankly need them in the workforce.”The Trump Administration has given states the go-ahead to impose a work requirement for Medicaid recipients. Seven states have adopted the policy and eight other states have submitted requests for federal approval of the move. In 2018, Republicans in the Iowa legislature began reviewing bills to require “childless” adults who are Medicaid recipients and receive food stamps to work or engage in volunteer activities if they are able.Upmeyer said during an interview with Radio Iowa that the policy has not been labeled a top priority for Republicans this year, but it may be considered.“I think there are some inherent benefits to work. The rewards that are sort of intangible sometimes — in addition to a paycheck, you also feel a little better about getting up in the morning and having something to do,” Upmeyer said. “…We genuinely need people in the workforce and if there’s a way to do that where we can get people the skills they need to be more productive and have some opportunities they don’t have today, I think that’s worth considering.”The 2019 Iowa legislative session starts a week from today and Republicans will again determine what gets debated because the GOP won a majority of seats in the House and Senate in November.last_img read more

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Dele Alli set to return against Arsenal as he trains with first-team squad

first_imgTOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a huge boost as Dele Alli returned to training ahead of the North London derby.Toothless Spurs were stunned 1-0 by Newcastle last weekend as they prepare to face their bitter rivals on Sunday.4 Dele Alli could add some much needed firepower for SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Christian Eriksen was benched for the game against NewcastleCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd Alli’s return from injury will be a welcome sight for Pochettino, although he has vowed not to rush him back early.The England midfielder has missed 25 games due to a series of hamstring issues.And his manager is keen to avoid causing further problems by throwing him back into the firing line.Speaking about the injuries, he said: “It’s the same area. Yes, of course, we are worried.”He’s still so young. Just 23 years old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years.”Spurs have struggled to create chances, with Christian Eriksen benched for the Newcastle game.4 Dele Alli looked sharp as he returns from a hamstring injuryCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Spurs need to bounce back from their Toon defeatCredit: Getty – ContributorTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’The Dane is being targeted by Real Madrid and has admitted he wants a new challenge.Meanwhile, Danny Mills has been blasted by Arsenal fans for including just two Gunners in a combined XI.The former defender believes only Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos deserve a spot in a side made from both teams’ squads.Man Utd offer Fernando Llorente, 34, two-year deal to replace Lukaku as ex-Spurs striker nears free transferlast_img read more

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BE: Barça works at the exit of Rakitic

first_imgAs reported by SER chain in the program The spar this Tuesday, Ivan Rakitic could also leave Barcelona in this winter market. Barca technicians work on its sale, which could be closed if the parties agree with the offer that arrives. The Rakitic case is extending over time. A year and a half ago, the Croatian flirted with his departure. In summer of 2018, after the World Cup, with leaving for Paris Saint Germain. The player continued after starting the promise of the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, that the contract would improve, something that finally did not happen. This last summer was close to Inter and Juventus. The arrival of De Jong left him in an exhibition situation, but finally his departure did not materialize and, after months without counting for Valverde, he ended up entering the Txingurri’s plans. At the limit of the closing of the market, the SER informed that its possible march is back on the table, a sign that, when it materializes, Rakitic is already at the end of a cycle at Barça and, possibly, is not one hundred percent focused on the reality of the team with so much noise around him for a long time.Inter and Juventus have been behind their services for months. For the offer to be finalized, however, Barça and the player should agree. The Catalan club has hung the transfer sign, but wants a good amount of money to say yes to the transfer. At Barça since 2014, Rakitic’s performance has been simply spectacular. In recent months, however, they have been difficult for the player. His role has fallen and his level, too.last_img read more

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LaLiga studies suing for FEF recordings

first_imgIn an organization chaired by Javier Tebas they are considering “stop attending telematic appointments organized by the Federation, because it is clear that they are not safe“You sit there with the healthy intention of helping to solve problems and you may find yourself with the unpleasant surprise that the conversations are broadcast on the radio without prior notice,” said sources of all solvency from the employers consulted by AS.On the other hand, the matter has also reached the Higher Sports Council (CSD), where, while being aware of the differences between LaLiga, the RFEF and the AFE, the fact that the mixed commission talks have been publicly released has surprised. The Federation already has its answer ready if the CSD, as it seems, asks for explanations to the episode. LaLiga also studies suing the Federation (RFEF) for the revelation of the conversations held within the Mixed Commission on COVID-19, recordings that were issued by SER. The organization chaired by Javier Tebas confirmed to this newspaper that “the pertinent pertinent legal actions are being studied.” “To our representative at the telematic meeting, Carlos del Campo, nor was he notified that the meeting was being recorded, much less that it was done to be publicly broadcast. We will follow the path of data protection, “sources of all LaLiga solvency told AS.The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) has already announced that it will file a lawsuit. LaLiga is also preparing to do it, although it will be outside the AFE since the path chosen by the employer will be the alleged lack of RFEF attention to data protection and sports discipline. They also do not rule out going to criminal law in LaLiga.last_img read more

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In Madrid there will be no return to work if there is no “zero risk”

first_imgIn the FIRST POINT, the general management will request permission from the CAM health authorities and the Government. The case of the Community of Madrid is more complicated because it is the main focus of the pandemic and where it has hit hardest. The possibilities of returning to work in other communities are greater, they tell us from the club itself. But assuming there was a green light, point two would be activated.In the SECOND POINT of the protocol, the chief of Madrid’s medical services and Zidane would be consulted on the advisability of returning to work. And also to the players. In Madrid, it will always be a consensual decision. “The players are crazy to return to training”, says an authorized voice of Madrid, but the maximum is “zero risk”.Either way, it is considered that truly effective work will be done with a return to group dynamics. There, the estimate is that a 21-day mini preseason will have to be done before competing again. But that, despite the example of Real, is considered a chimera even in Madrid. The step taken by the Royal Society, who announced a very staggered return to work and following very strict protocols, has caused a small revolution within many First Division teams, It could have been the starting gun for the return to training. In Madrid, however, although they are very attentive to this possibility, of course, because the League title is fought and there are hopes of a comeback against City, This return to work is not contemplated until “there is no zero risk to health.” The position is unanimous in all levels of the entity, board, medical staff and physical trainers and, obviously, players, who are making a great effort with their work from home.They recognize in Real Madrid that if the step taken by Real was useful for something, the machinery could be started in Madrid, but at the moment it seems that the CSD has denied the Donostia team return to work. The action protocol is already in place and needs to be implemented, and it is as follows.last_img read more

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NCAA: Bolick lifts San Beda past St. Benilde in comeback win

first_imgSan Beda stayed unscathed and came back to beat St. Benilde, 82-65, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The Red Lions needed a furious fourth-quarter rally to halt the vastly-improved Blazers and hike their record to 2-0 after trailing for most of the game and by as much 12 in the first.Robert Bolick carried San Beda on his shoulders, notching a career-best in points with 25, 12 coming in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“St. Benilde really played well today. Coach TY [Tang] really prepared for us,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.Javee Mocon provided solid back up with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Franz Abuda chipped in 12 points. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Blazers, after their 90-79 drubbing of Mapua last week, slid to 1-2 so far.Clement Leutcheu’s 22-point, 11-rebound effort went down the drain with the loss. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READlast_img read more