FC Barcelona extend manager Ernesto Valverde contract until 2020

first_imgBarcelona have extended coach Ernesto Valverde’s contract by another year until the end of the 2019-20 season with an option for one more season, the La Liga club said on Friday.The 55-year-old guided Barcelona to the league and cup double last season and has, so far, won 65 of his 96 games in charge in all competitions.”FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” the club said in a statement on their website.Valverde almost led the side to an unbeaten league campaign in his debut season, winning 28 games and losing only once.Barcelona are on course for another league title this season and sit atop the standings with 51 points from 23 games, six points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.Also Watch:last_img read more

Hal Robson-Kanu seals West Brom win over Burnley then sees red for elbow

first_imgPremier League “I thought we limited them to very few chances and made a number ourselves. I’m disappointed with the outcome but definitely not the performance.”Dyche refused to comment directly when asked about the decision by the striker Chris Wood, wanted by Burnley for £15m, to rule himself out of Leeds’ game at Sunderland and release a statement about his desire to play in the Premier League. “I choose to not look at other players in the public arena, I prefer to keep our business private so that’s how it sits for me,” Dyche said. Share on WhatsApp His dismissal came seven minutes from time when the upper part of his forearm caught Matthew Lowton in the head as Robson-Kanu attempted to challenge him for a header in the air, with the referee, Martin Atkinson, immediately showing a red card.“He took his goal really well, it was a good goal, and then he’s sent off so it’s obviously disappointing,” Pulis said. “I’ve not seen it but I will have a good look at it afterwards and then I’ll comment on it. Whether it was or wasn’t, the referee has made the decision so we had to get on with it.“It was difficult [after he was sent off]. He was sent off with seven minutes to go and it seemed like an hour. We had to defend for our lives. What Burnley do, they do very, very well and they deserve a lot of credit for it. We have had to ride our luck but the lads have fought and fought all game.”It is Albion’s best start to a Premier League season and it has been achieved without their captain, Jonny Evans, who was once again absent due to a hamstring problem. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Observer Hal Robson-Kanu is sent off late in the match by Martin Atkinson. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images via Reuters West Brom have turned down a bid from Manchester City for Evans and Pulis reiterated that his omission was injury-related, rather than anything to do with the interest in him. “Jonny’s not the type of lad, even if Man City were involved, not to play a game of football if he was fit,” Pulis added. “He’s a smashing lad, I’ve got a lot of time for him and he’s been fantastic for us. This injury came about before Manchester City have made an enquiry.”Burnley had nearly 70% of possession, a rarity for them, but managed just one attempt on target and were made to pay for their wastefulness by Robson‑Kanu.Regarding his later dismissal, Sean Dyche had no doubt the decision was correct. “It’s a definite red that has to be given,” the Burnley manager said. “It’s a late elbow, I don’t think it’s malicious, it’s the flow of the body more than anything, but it’s still an elbow to the face.”Despite the result, Dyche was upbeat about what he saw from a team that defeated the champions, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge the previous weekend. “I thought it was a good performance,” he said. “You end up scratching your head that you don’t get something, particularly when you perform so well, other than a smack up pitch that we didn’t deal with really. Twitter West Bromwich Albion Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace Read more Tony Pulis will review video footage of Hal Robson-Kanu’s dismissal at Burnley before determining whether to appeal against the West Bromwich Albion match-winner’s red card.The Wales international became just the fourth player in Premier League history to come off the bench, score and be sent off in a lively 20-minute cameo that earned Albion their second straight 1-0 success.center_img Burnley Richarlison and Capoue strikes reward battling Watford at Bournemouth Share via Email match reports Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Man Utd’s Wilson signs for Sheff Utd on loan

first_imgTransfers Man Utd’s Wilson joins Sheffield United on loan Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:23 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Wilson Manchester United Hull City EPL 05062014 Getty Images Transfers Sheffield United Manchester United v Stoke City Manchester United Stoke City Premier League Having already spent time at Brighton and Derby, Wilson returns to the Championship for the third time with one of the league’s promotion hopefuls Manchester United striker James Wilson is gearing up for yet another loan switch after agreeing to spend the rest of the season at Sheffield United. Wilson, 22, has bounced back from a serious knee injury suffered in 2016 to star for the Red Devils’ Under-23 side. And he will now have the chance to prove himself in the Championship with the Blades.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Manchester United striker James Wilson has joined Championship side Sheffield United on loan for the remainder of the 2017/18 season,” the club confirmed on their official website. “The English centre-forward came through the ranks of the Academy and famously scored twice on his first-team debut, under the interim management of Ryan Giggs against Hull City in May 2014, before going on to net two more goals during Louis van Gaal’s spell as manager.”This will be Wilson’s third loan spell in the Championship, after bagging five goals in 27 appearances at Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2015/16 season, prior to his spell at Derby being cut short by the aforementioned injury.”Blades boss Chris Wilder, meanwhile, is confident that Wilson can boost a side that are currently seventh in the Championship and aiming for promotion after going up from League One last term.“James has a fantastic pedigree having come through the ranks at Manchester United and importantly has some good Championship experience,” Wilder told the official Sheffield United website.“He says he is raring to go and is the fittest he has ever been, so couple that with his undoubted ability and desire to impress, than I’m sure he will improve the group.”last_img read more

10 months agoPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approach

first_imgPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has resisted an offer from Tottenham.Rabiot has told Tottenham he won’t be coming – regardless of their offer.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder isn’t interested in moving to London, Le 10 Sport reports.The 23-year-old is out of contract at PSG this summer but with Barcelona and Manchester City reported to be interested he won’t consider Spurs.Liverpool are also monitoring the situation but are well catered for in midfield. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoChelsea hero Hasselbaink: Abraham should target Kane’s England place

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Hasselbaink: Abraham should target Kane’s England placeby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Tammy Abraham should push to replace Tottenham ace Harry Kane as England’s No9.The in-form 22-year-old, who has scored seven goals in seven games for Frank Lampard’s side, was named in the England squad on Thursday for the European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.”As a young boy when you dream of being a footballer you want to play at the highest level and the highest level is England,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.”He has been called up. He is going to get the chance and he has to compare himself with the best [striker] and that is Kane at the moment.”He has to try to get Kane’s position. It is not easy but that is going to be the next step. He has been invited for the England national squad. Now can you make that place yours?”The only way is to do well for Chelsea, keep on scoring and when you go with England show that you can do it on that level as well.” last_img read more

Ariana Grande To Perform At 10th Annual DKMS Gala

first_imgDKMS announced today that international superstar Ariana Grande will perform at the 10th Annual DKMS Gala, taking place Thursday, May 5 at Cipriani Wall Street.DKMS also announced today that the benefit gala will honor Angelina & Monte Lipman and Daniele & Alexandre Behring for their continued support and dedication to help delete blood cancer. The event will raise funds for the largest bone marrow donor center in the world.Dr. Angelina Lipman and Monte Lipman are pillars of the New York philanthropic community. Not only are they integral to the heartbeat of DKMS, but they also remain active for other great causes and serve on the board of TJ Martell Foundation, Amy Winehouse Foundation, and recently honored by UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Lipman’s experience includes serving as Professor at the Business School of Columbia University while also working in the corporate sector. Her forthcoming literary debut, Blocking The Noise, is scheduled for release later this year. Mr. Lipman is the co-founder and chief executive of Republic Records — the music industry’s #1 label for four consecutive years according Nielsen’s Soundscan.Alex Behring is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of 3G Capital, a global investment firm. Behring serves as Chairman of Restaurant Brands International since December 2014, following 3G Capital’s acquisition of Burger King in October 2010 and subsequent combination with Tim Hortons in December 2014. Mr. Behring also serves as Chairman of the Kraft Heinz Company since July 2015, following Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital’s acquisition H.J. Heinz Company in June 2013 and subsequent combination with Kraft Foods Group in July 2015. He also serves as a Director of Anheuser-Busch Inbev since April 2014. Daniele Giacomazzi Behring is an untiring advocate of the children’s health cause. Mrs. Behring worked in corporate marketing and human resources, and complemented her studies at Tavistock Institute London. In 2011, her ties with Brazil put her in contact with the work developed by Hospital Pequeno Príncipe – the biggest pediatrician Hospital in Brazil and the Pelé Little Prince Research Institute since then, she has been working to engage Corporations and individuals to the cause. The Behrings work to help individuals and corporations become supporters that help in the advance of many of the institution’s projects related to Health as DKMS.“We are so thrilled to have the support of Ariana and can’t wait to see her performance!” stated DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf. “The efforts and support of the Lipmans and Behrings over the years also make them overdue for the recognition they deserve. We’re so pleased both families could be with us this year so DKMS could give them the appreciation they deserve.”This year also marks the 25th anniversary of DKMS, whose mission is to continually increase the number of suitable bone marrow donors. This year’s Corporate Founding Sponsor is COTY Inc. and COTY Global Ambassador Georgia May Jagger. Event Honorary Chair members include interim CEO of COTY Inc., Bart Becht, EVP & CFO of COTY Inc., Patrice de Talhouet, and Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Co-Founder Katharina Harf. Katharina and her father, Peter Harf, founded DKMS in honor of their mother and wife, Mechtild Harf. Carina Ortel is the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Chief Executive Officer.More info will be available here.last_img read more

Total 86 nominations filed in Delhi so far

first_imgNew Delhi: A total of 38 nominations were filed on Saturday for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, scheduled on May 12, taking the total to 86. Eight candidates filed their nominations from Chandni Chowk, including two independent candidates, and leaders from lesser known outfits like the Sarvhit Samaj Sewa Party and the Kanshiram Bahujan Dal. Five candidates filed nominations from northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency, including candidates from smaller parties — Republican Party Of India(A) and Satya Bahumat Party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNine candidates filed papers from east Delhi, out of whom two were independents. Two candidates filed their papers from New Delhi, including a woman candidate fighting as an independent. Four candidates filed their papers from northwest Delhi, including two independents. Five candidates filed their nominations from west Delhi, including an independent and candidates from lesser known outfits — Proutist Bloc India and Asankhya Samaj Party. Four candidates filed their nominations from south Delhi, including candidates from smaller parties — Hum Bhartiya Party and Mazdoor Kirayedar Vikas Party. Delhi, which has seven parliamentary constituencies, will vote on May 12 and the overall results will be declared on May 23. The seven constituencies are –New Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, East Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi and Chandni Chowk.last_img read more

Carlos Hyde lightens Braxton Millers rushing load for Ohio State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State has had one elite runner since the beginning of the season. Now, it looks like the Buckeyes might have two. Braxton Miller carried the majority of the load for the Buckeye offense through OSU’s first five games, tallying 577 yards on the ground while adding 933 yards in the air. The sophomore quarterback was by far the biggest threat in OSU’s running game. Miller carried the ball 90 times through five games, with no other Buckeye totaling more than 40 carries in that same span. The carries didn’t come easily for Miller, though, as the now-Heisman candidate took a number of hits, some of which caused him to miss action. The bumps and bruises Miller attained had many people – including players and coaches within the Buckeye program – calling for someone on the OSU offense, specifically a running back, to give Miller some relief. Carlos Hyde answered that call over the last two games. The OSU junior running back has run for 296 yards on 50 attempts in the Buckeyes’ most recent two games. Hyde followed up a 28 carry, 140-yard performance against Nebraska on Oct. 6 with a 22 carry, 156-yard outing at Indiana Saturday. He has six total touchdowns – five rushing and one receiving – over the past two games. Hyde, who seemingly broke at least one tackle on every run he had Saturday, gave the credit for his burst onto the running game scene to the Buckeyes’ offensive line after OSU’s 52-49 victory against the Hoosiers. “You’ve got to thank those guys up front. They did their job. When they go, we go. So it was going pretty good today,” Hyde said. Hyde has taken some of the running-game load off Miller’s shoulders with his recent performances, but the Buckeyes’ quarterback is still running the ball. He’s running quite a bit, actually, and he should be, according to first-year coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye players. Miller totaled 23 rushing attempts for 149 yards and a score Saturday after running for 186 yards on 16 carries against Nebraska. He remains OSU’s most talented runner, according to his teammates. The difference between now and the first five games of the season, though, is that OSU’s rushing attack has gone from a single-handed, almost-heroic one-man effort to a two-headed monster. And that’s a major positive for Meyer, who had little to take away from the Buckeyes’ narrow victory at Indiana Saturday. “We are 7-0 and we ran the ball for 350 yards and had two guys really haul it running the ball (Saturday),” Meyer said. OSU didn’t get off to a great start against Indiana, as the Buckeyes trailed, 14-10, midway through the second quarter. The Buckeyes took control of the game by halftime and brought a 24-14 lead into the break. The OSU defense collapsed in the second half, allowing 35 points. It was runs from Miller and Hyde that allowed OSU to hang on to win. Miller had a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Hyde added two scores of his own – the first, a 14-yard shovel pass, pushed OSU’s lead to 14 points and the second stretched the lead to 18. “They started off slow. But they came back, and came back in a flurry,” Meyer said. “The good thing is that I saw possession of time around 36 minutes. There are some real strong positives in (the running game) right now.” There are not only positives, but also historic numbers. Saturday night marked just the fifth time in OSU history – and the first time in 37 years – in which two players had 100-plus yard performances in back-to-back games. The last Buckeye players to match Miller’s and Hyde’s totals over the past two games were former running backs Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson in 1975. It’s probably safe to say that OSU has its running game rolling right now, and it is something that Buckeye players say will be very hard for opposing defenses to stop. “It’s weird. With coach Meyer, everyone thought we’d be throwing the ball everywhere but I would say we probably have one of the best rushing attacks in the country,” said OSU senior wide receiver Jake Stoneburner. “With Carlos and (redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith) coming along pretty well, and then with Braxton probably being the best runner in the country, I’d say people have a lot to worry about with our rushing attack.” OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday at noon against Purdue at Ohio Stadium. read more

Urban Meyer Indiana shouldve beat Michigan State

While Ohio State’s football team will be playing under the lights for a second week in a row, the mood surrounding Saturday’s game against Indiana might differ from the one that resonated during last weekend’s 63-38 win against Nebraska. After back-to-back wins against ranked Big Ten competition vaulted the Buckeyes to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, coach Urban Meyer said he’s concerned that his team might overlook an unranked Hoosiers squad. It’s an issue that Meyer addressed as a “huge concern” Wednesday night. “(Indiana) has played better,” Meyer said. “This team took – should’ve – beat Michigan State.” OSU, which matched its six wins from 2011 last Saturday, will travel to Bloomington, Ind., in just its second road game of the year for an 8 p.m. tilt with the 2-3 Hoosiers. Making it to 7-0, though, might not come as easily as some have suggested. Junior running back Carlos Hyde said it’s easy to forget that Indiana nearly beat Michigan State a week after the Buckeyes defeated the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. “I don’t try to take any team lightly,” Hyde said. “I mean, you just can’t overlook them. Indiana is a good team. They played Michigan State great, they came out strong against Michigan State, and, you know, we beat Michigan State by a point, you know, they was beating Michigan State all the way into the fourth quarter.” Likewise, redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said the Buckeyes aren’t going to overlook the Hoosiers. “(Indiana) is a better team than last year and last year we were losing to them for a little while,” Roby said. “We’re not going to take them for granted, we’re gonna go in and gonna make sure we try to make as many plays as early as possible to shut down any momentum they might be able to get.” OSU beat Indiana 34-20 at Ohio Stadium last season. Sometimes, Meyer said, wins can be taken for granted and the first-year coach said he’s been guilty of such a charge before. “It happened with me,” he said, “and it won’t happen again.” Hall likely out, Barnett back Meyer said senior running back and captain Jordan Hall likely won’t play in the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana. “He’s just not full speed,” Meyer said. “(He’s) doubtful for this week.” Junior safety C.J. Barnett, however, will play, Meyer said. “(He’s) about full speed,” Meyer said. “He’s playing.” Replacing Sabino After redshirt senior linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino left last Saturday’s game against Nebraska with a broken right fibula, Meyer said OSU hasn’t finalized anything yet as to who will be stepping into the vacancy left by the the Miami, Fla., native. Meyer, though, said freshman linebacker Joshua Perry, who saw substantial action Saturday, is getting better, as is fellow freshman linebacker David Perkins and senior linebacker Storm Klein. The coach said he went back and “did homework” on the recruitment of linebackers and noticed “out of the last 10 guys (recruited), only two are really playing.” The depth of OSU’s linebackers, Meyer said, is a concern. “We got to get some guys going, they got to get going,” he said. “That position is not Ohio State standard right now, not depth-wise.” Hyde ready for more touches After toting the ball 28 times for 140 rushing yards and four touchdowns against the Cornhuskers, Hyde said he’s fine carrying a load for the Buckeyes’ offense. “That’s part of being a running back carrying the ball that many times,” Hyde said. “I’m ready and excited for that.” read more