Negredo out for up to three months

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects striker Alvaro Negredo to miss up to three months after having surgery on his broken metatarsal. Press Association “Alvaro had surgery today on his broken foot and he will probably be out for two or three months,” he said. “It is a blow for us because Alvaro is a very important member of our squad so obviously we will miss him.” The 28-year-old Negredo joined City from Sevilla a year ago in a £16million-plus deal and quickly became a fans’ favourite after making an immediate impact. He scored an impressive 23 goals in his first 33 games in all competitions, including City’s first Champions League hat-trick in the 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow. However, from mid-January onwards he began to struggle after a shoulder injury and in 16 subsequent matches up to the end of the season he failed to score, which put additional pressure on City’s other strikers and midfielder Yaya Toure to come up with the goals which secured them a second Premier League title in three years. Earlier in the summer City manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to be willing to listen to offers for the striker and Negredo was linked with a move back to Spain to rejoin former club Real Madrid for a second time, but his injury setback looks to have ended that prospect. However, Pellegrini hinted the club have not yet finished in the transfer market, with a move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala still expected, while several fringe players could leave. “I don’t think the squad is complete yet but we have six weeks before the transfer window closes,” Pellegrini said. “Perhaps there is the option to bring one or more players in or maybe one or two will leave our squad but there is time for us to consider what is best for our team.” center_img The Spanish striker had revealed the injury by posting a picture of his protective boot on social media on Monday, having been hurt in last Friday’s 2-1 friendly victory over Hearts in Edinburgh. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the club’s match against Sporting Kansas City – the first of their pre-season tour of the United States – Pellegrini said Negredo had undergone surgery on his fifth metatarsal in his right foot. last_img read more

Villa close in on Richards

first_img Richards – a 13-time England international – won two league titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup with City but last featured for Manuel Pellegrini’s side in a home defeat to Wigan in March 2014. Losing FA Cup finalists Villa, now managed by Tim Sherwood, are keen to bolster their defensive options after conceding 57 league goals during the 2014-15 season – a campaign which saw them escape relegation by only three points. The former Manchester City right-back, who spent last season on loan with Serie A club Fiorentina, is a free agent after leaving the Etihad Stadium. It is understood Villa have offered the 26-year-old an opportunity to revive his career in the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationcenter_img Micah Richards is inching closer to becoming Aston Villa’s first signing of the summer, Press Association Sport understands.last_img read more

Trump: “What’s Up with FOX?”

first_imgFor a second day in a row, President Trump is slamming Fox News. Campaigning in rural Pennsylvania Monday night, the president again criticizing the Fox for having a Democrat Pete Buttigieg town hall on the network Sunday…Trump-PA – Fox ButtigiegWell the ratings for FOX’s townhall with Buttigieg were double CNN and MSNBC combined.  The town hall, hosted by Chris Wallace, averaged 1.1 million viewers and 172,000 in the critical 25-54 demographic during the 7 p.m. hour.CNN’s town hall with Buttigieg that occurred on March 10 averaged 545,000 viewers.The town hall also had more viewers than “CNN Newsroom” and “Kasie DC” on MSNBC combined during the same hour.Keep America GreatAlso, Trump held an “inexpensive,” impromptu poll on whether to keep his 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” or change it to “Keep America Great” when he announces his 2020 candidacy.  “KAG” won the poll and the president said he would be keeping the red hat and bragged that the change would sell more hats.last_img read more

Coronation complete as Biles wins all-around gold

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – The tears flowed freely down Simone Biles’ face as she was crowned Olympic all-around champion with a dazzling performance on the floor exercise yesterday.An athlete who had been labelled the greatest-ever female gymnast, even before she made her Olympic debut, proved that all the hype had not been misplaced as she mopped up the title by a margin of 2.100 points.Compatriot Aly Raisman claimed silver with a total of 60.098, while Russia’s Aliya Mustafina settled for bronze.As Biles completed her final soaring tumbling pass on the floor, no one in the Rio Olympic Arena needed to wait for the judges’ verdict to realise they had just seen the gold-medal winning performance.Biles’ triumph made her the fourth successive American to win the title — following the successes of Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas — which is the longest winning streak by a country in the Olympic discipline.She also became the first woman in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympic all-around titles.last_img read more

FIFA’s New Ranking System to Benefit Eagles, Others

first_imgThe new system will ensure that countries with less capability are able to attain good rankings after winning a string of important games or difficult games.Nigeria football pundits were amazed last November when Eagles dropped in ranking even after securing a massive win over Argentina in an international friendly in Russia.However, FIFA noted that the new Elo method which was first used in chess and later tennis then in other sports for a number of years and is even involved in calculating the women’s world rankings, with a specific version (SUM) developed especially to take into account FIFA’s considerations.FIFA explains: “Teams gain and lose points based on their performance. The number of points gained or lost is a function of the relative strength of the opponents. Thus a weak team beating a strong team gains more points than a strong team beating a weak team. It is a fair and logical concept.”As well as the relative strength of both teams involved, less importance will be given to friendly games when determining the rankings, while more will be given to the major tournaments. Knockout stage matches will also carry more weight than group stage games.FIFA also explained that teams from all over the world will now have ‘equal chance’ of rising in rankings after the old weighting variables that favoured European and South American nations has been removed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaFollowing the decision of world football body, FIFA, to overhaul its monthly ranking system to make standing more fair and logical, the Super Eagles and many other nations that have won matches against stronger nations are in position to profit in the new order.At the end of its technical meeting ahead of the World Cup finals which gets underway this week in Russia, ​FIFA announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of international teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country’s total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period.last_img read more

Newsom already gaining a strong student backing

first_imgAs candidates and politicos across the state prepare for the race to replace California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — State Attorney General Jerry Brown filed exploratory papers Tuesday, and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman announced her candidacy last week — Students for Gavin Newsom is getting a headstart on campaigning and recruiting supporters at USC.The student coalition for Newsom, the current mayor of San Francisco, was founded in April, 19 months before the 2010 state election. It now boasts 25 active members with more than 300 signed supporters, according to Kim Ueyama, the group’s field director.Gavinator · San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has garnered a lot of early support from USC students and others throughout California. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“[The campaign] is really trying to develop the largestgrassroots, student-based coalition in the statewide election in California,” Ueyama said.According to Thomas Hollihan, an expert in political communication and a USC professor, the early presence of a student campaign for Newsom can be attributed to his progressive policies and proposals. Students for Newsom is currently the only student group involved in the campaign for next year’s gubernatorial race, although Hollihan expects other organizations to start springing up as the election approaches.“I think that when you come to students, the candidate that’s likely to attract the most interest early … would be Gavin Newsom,” Hollihan said. “His candidacy is likely to appeal to the more progressive students on our campus.”Manisha Goud, a sophomore majoring in biological science and political science who was a volunteer in the Obama campaign last year, said she decided to start the campaign after seeing Newsom at a town hall in March.Goud, who now serves as both the USC chapter director and the Los Angeles regional director for Students for Newsom, said the campaign team was already working with other chapter leaders to reach out to students in the area.“We want to start off with a strong supporter base to show that Mayor Newsom does have support from Southern California schools, especially private schools,” Goud said.On Saturday, the coalition will host one of the Newsom campaign’s five California phone banks. According to Goud, the students involved will use the opportunity to let Los Angeles residents know about Newsom’s candidacy and platform.“We’re going to reach out to Gavin Newsom [supporters] and people in our community to let them know what he stands for,” she said. “We’re trying to work with other student groups like the GLBTA, environmental groups, and possibly the College Democrats in forming a coalition of support for Mayor Newsom.”The campaign plans to draw from Newsom’s achievements as mayor — he is credited with establishing universal health care, affordable higher education and an extensive recycling program in San Francisco — in pitching him as a candidate to potential voters.“What he’s done for San Francisco as the mayor is incredible. He completely changed the recycling program. I think if that was implemented on a larger scale, it would do a lot for California,” said Emily Gee, the deputy chapter director of the USC Students for Gavin Newsom.According to Goud, Newsom’s strong support for GLBT rights would also be a significant advantage for the campaign at USC.“Mayor Newsom is known for his outspoken views on gay marriage and gay rights. I think a lot of students can resonate with that on campus, especially the GLBTA crew,” Goud said. “There’s someone willing to fight for their rights.”But Hollihan believes his steadfast support for gay rights will have its downside as well, referring to the position as “fracturing” for the populace.“Newsom is going to get tremendous, enthusiastic support, because of his position,” he said. “And he’s going to get tremendous opposition, because he was so out in front of it when San Francisco was the first city to legalize gay marriage.”With the recent budget cuts to the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges, the campaign is hoping students will be attracted to Newsom’s policies, especially his proposals to improve the state of higher education in California.“[Newsom] is committed to making sure higher education is affordable and accessible to California students,” said Nick Clemons, his campaign manager. “He is 100 percent against the fee increases that students in those two systems are being hit with right now.”With Students for Newsom chapters at more than 40 UC, CSU and private universities in California, the candidate has already registered more than 5,000 student supporters, according to Clemons.“I hope students will realize we’ve got a great opportunity,” said Eric Lee, a UC Davis student and the college director for Students for Gavin Newsom. “The state of California has really got some issues to tackle.”According to Hollihan though, it is the magnitude of the problems the next governor will face that makes the race interesting.“This state has proven to be almost ungovernable and the crises are so dramatic at the moment. The complexity of California is such that there are big structural problems that the next governor is going to have to deal with.” Hollihan said. “One has to wonder why people really want to take on a job like that.”last_img read more

USC dropped by Arizona in regular season finale

first_imgDecember drew a frigid end of the season for a USC football team that was already getting cold.Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanWith a tie for second place in the Pac-10 and possible bid to the Holiday Bowl on the line, USC intended to send its seniors out on top after a trying year. But on a gloomy day in front of a sparse Coliseum crowd, the Trojans closed their year on an icy note.Arizona sank USC, 21-17, on the heels of a long pass to wide receiver Juron Criner, who fought off a defender into the end zone after hauling in the catch on the sideline. With three minutes remaining after the score, USC could not get a first down on the following drive and watched helplessly as quarterback Matt Barkley was sacked on the final play of the game.The loss brought a bitter close to a season that many players called disappointing and frustrating.“It feels so different where we have been and what we have done,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “It never really kicked in like we wanted to.USC’s offense languished for most of the day, generating only 282 yards against the Wildcats. Barkley completed 20 of his 37 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown against one interception. Running back Allen Bradford tied the game in the third-quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run and finished with 66 yards.Despite showing flashes of promise, the Trojans’ attack was plagued by inconsistency.“We have to put a complete game together and that’s on me,” said USC quarterbacks coach and playcaller Jeremy Bates.But Carroll said USC’s ongoing offensive woes were not to blame for the loss.“It was a day for the defense to win the football game and they didn’t get that done,” Carroll said.The Wildcats controlled the ball for most of the first half, converting several third-downs and keeping USC’s offense off the field. Nick Foles plunged into the endzone on a quarterback keeper to give Arizona a 14-7 lead at the half.But Arizona struggled to generate offense after the break.“We broke down a little bit and didn’t execute,” Arizona coach Mike Stoops said.The Wildcats got the big play they needed, though, on the 36-yard dart to Criner that proved to be the difference.“They were in press coverage. If people try to press us, we try to hit fades,” Stoops said. “He put the ball where it needed to be.With a long break before the team’s yet-to-be-announced bowl game, several players were stewed on the unsatisfying finish. But some players refused to be bitter about the loss.“I can’t hang my head because I’ve been blessed with everything I’ve been able to do here,” said senior safety Taylor Mays, playing his final game in the Coliseum.Said fellow senior safety Will Harris: “It’s just been an emotional and frustrating year, but we dealt with it the best we could.”The Trojans’ fourth in-conference defeat marked a high for Carroll in his time at USC. After a long run of dominant play at home, the Trojans have now lost two of their last three games at the Coliseum.“It’s one of those things you grow up dreaming about, beating USC here,” Foles said.The loss sent the Trojans tumbling down the Pac-10 standings and pecking order for bowls. The Poinsettia Bowl is now USC’s most likely destination, according to a USC spokesman, although the Las Vegas Bowl and Emerald Bowl remained options following the game.The years of playing in the Rose Bowl and for Pac-10 championships appeared to be distant memories for several players.“That’s why guys come here, to have that opportunity,” said senior guard Jeff Byers, who played his final home game in a six-year career. “You have to remember and take advantage of that on every play because you never know when it’s over or when you’re going to get another shot.”last_img read more

Women’s basketball takes down Long Beach State

first_imgSenior guard Sadie Edwards was a focal point of USC’s offense on Monday, pouring in 25 points against Long Beach State. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe women’s basketball team hosted Long Beach State on Monday night looking to continue its perfect start to the season and grab one last home win before hitting the road for close to a month. USC was dominant at home, cruising past the 49ers 75-60 at the Galen Center.The Women of Troy broke off a 9-0 run to open the game and never looked back: Senior forward Kristen Simon opened the scoring with a layup before senior guard Sadie Edwards followed up with another bucket. Edwards led the way offensively for USC early on, pouring in 10 points in the first quarter alone.By halftime, USC had extended its lead to 17, with Simon joining Edwards in double-digit scoring. Long Beach State guard Shanaijah Davison had an impressive 11 points after two quarters, but the rest of her team combined for just 12.The Women of Troy cruised in the second half with their comfortable lead. Edwards finished with 25 points to lead the team in scoring, and Simon chipped in an additional 20, along with a team-best 12 rebounds.Next up, the Women of Troy look forward to a trip to Hawaii. The team will participate in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu next weekend, facing Purdue, Marist and Hawaii on consecutive days.USC will not return to the Galen Center until Dec. 15, when it hosts Texas A&M.last_img read more

World Number One, Murray, Dumped out of Australian Open

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Federer progresses to meet Murray’s conqueror in q’finalAndy Murray’s hopes of winning a first Australian Open title ended with a shock defeat yesterday by world number 50 Mischa Zverev of Germany in the fourth round.Murray, the world number one, dropped serve eight times as Zverev won 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.It is the Briton’s earliest defeat in Melbourne since 2009, and the lowest-ranked player he has lost to at a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open.Zverev goes on to face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.“It was kind of easy to stay aggressive but it was tough to stay calm,” said the German, who won in three hours and 33 minutes.“I was expecting to maybe double fault in the last game but somehow I made it.”Murray had been hoping to go one better than five runner-up finishes in Melbourne, but he was unable to cope with the serve-and-volley skills of Zverev.The 29-year-old German, a contemporary of Murray from junior days, was ranked outside the world’s top 1,000 two years ago after a succession of injury problems.He fought his way back up the rankings with an attacking style that he used to great effect against Murray, serve-volleying 119 times and winning 65 points at the net, while dismantling the Briton’s second serve.Murray ended the match with an impressive 71 winners to 28 unforced errors, but it was still not enough against an opponent constantly putting him under pressure.The top seed began well, holding points to lead 4-1, but Zverev got the break back with a return winner and would not give the world number one a chance to settle from then on.Zverev recovered another break in game nine and then moved ahead with a delicate drop volley before seeing out the set.Murray roared in relief when he levelled at a set all with a rasping winner after again being pegged back twice, but from midway through the third set it was clear that Zverev was the man in command.He reeled off five straight games to move two sets to one and a break up, and despite one desperately nervous smash into the net – managed to serve his way to victory.The defeat is Murray’s worst at a Grand Slam, in terms of the ranking of his opponent, since he lost to world number 51 Juan Ignacio Chela at Melbourne Park in 2006.His chances of finally landing the third leg of the career Grand Slam looked to have been enhanced following the surprise defeat of six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round.However, the wait for a first Australian Open title goes on and Murray will turn his attention to Britain’s Davis Cup tie in Canada next month.“He deserved to win because he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments,” said Murray.“I was kind of behind in the last couple of sets the whole way but I have had tough losses in the past and I have come back from them.”Also yesterday, Roger Federer cast off doubts about his fitness by winning a five-set thriller with Kei Nishikori to reach the Aussie Open quarter-finals.This was only Federer’s fourth official match since returning from six months out with injury but the Swiss stayed tough on Rod Laver Arena to win 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 24 minutes.He will now continue his pursuit of an 18th grand slam title against Mischa Zverev, the world number 50 who had earlier pulled off a shock win over Murray.Federer’s previous five-set match came at Wimbledon last year when he was beaten by Canada’s Milos Raonic in the semi-finals, two days after winning a decider against Marin Cilic.The Swiss will be hoping to avoid a similar hangover this time around, particularly given the draw has opened up for him following Murray’s surprise early exit.Nishikori stormed 4-0 up in the first set and held on in the tie-break but the Japanese was on the back foot thereafter, particularly after needing to take treatment on a back injury in the fifth.  He was playing his heart out,’ Federer said. ‘I thought it was a great match and joy to be a part of it.‘I wasn’t playing badly in the first set, maybe not serving at my spots very well or he was reading it well. It was about staying calm, after almost going down 6-0, I thought it wasn’t getting any worse from there.‘Kei can give you some looks, he’s not the biggest server on tour but he is one of the baseliners. It paid off in the end somehow.’ last_img read more

Unibet partners with Drogba and Cisse for World Cup campaign

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Submit Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Unibet has detailed a new content series aimed at encouraging punters to make more informed bets at the upcoming this summer’s Russian World Cup.Launching this month, the 15-part video series titled #BetAndBreakfast features former football icons Didier Drogba and Djibril Cisse, who coach two celebrity teams as they compete head-to-head in a survival of the smartest.Dubbed a cross between Top Gear and An Idiot Abroad, novice punters, Andrew Henderson, Daniel Gonthier, Sean Garnier and Anouk Hoogenkijk take on a challenge to visit six European cities, placing bets on high profile local games as they go.The quality of travel, accommodation and food as they go on the road to Rome, Stockholm, Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Moscow will all hinge on how successful the punters are.With their winnings and losses documented along the way, Antonio Cabrini, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Ricardo Carvalho are some of the experts that will be imparting their expertise to the teams and viewers during the series.Alison Sams, Head of Brand and Creative Services at Kindred Group stated: “We understand that with the right tools we can help our customers make more informed bets and we aim to do that with this content series. We want to do this in a light-hearted and fun way that appeals to a younger, smartphone connected audience.” The mini-episodes will be distributed in nine markets, including Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Finland, Romania, Belgium and Australia and hosted across Unibet’s global social media platforms in the build-up and throughout the World Cup, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Pantelis Kotopoulos; Head of Inbound Marketing at Kindred Group emphasised: “This is a truly international campaign; which we hope will appeal to the many nationalities and myriad of individuals that will be interested in making more informed betting decisions on this summer’s World Cup.”The campaign, produced by DDB Nord will be hosted on the Unibet website and media buying will be managed in-house.last_img read more