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  • Cheteshwar Pujara the difference between India and Australia in Adelaide: Allan Border

    first_imgCheteshwar Pujara has been the star of the show in the Adelaide Test so far after having scored 123 and 71 in the two innings for India which has really put the visitors in the driver’s seat.Pujara’s second innings score and his partnership of 87 with Ajinkya Rahane (70) for the fourth wicket helped India reach 307 and set Australia a target of 323 runs to win the first Test.Pujara, who had resumed the day on his overnight score of 40, has managed to score runs on a pitch where the rest of the batsmen from both sides have struggled and found it hard to keep the scoreboard ticking.The thing which was common in both of Pujara’s knocks was patience. He was ready to grind it out in the middle and defend the good balls. He waited for the lose balls to score runs in both the knocks that he played.The 30-year-old faced 246 deliveries in the first innings and then batted for 204 balls, which is head and shoulders more than what the others have managed in this Test match.His brilliant performance even prompted former Australia captain Allan Border to say that his two knocks has been the difference between the two sides.”Australian batting has been very disappointing. The weak link in this team has been the batting, we knew the bowlers are going to be good. You have to play your conditions, which has been difficult. Batting has been a real grind.”Pujara, on the Indian side, has been absolutely brilliant. His two innings has been the difference between the two sides,” Border said at the post-match show on Sunday.advertisementEven Australia batsman Travis Head stated earlier that Pujara showed the home side how to bat on a difficult Adelaide Oval wicket in the first innings.”The way Pujara played in the first innings was the blueprint for this wicket. He had a really good leaving game, good forward defence, and as the ball got softer, he got more runs. Knowing how hard the wicket can be with the ball moving and the new ball, he played really well,” Head, who was born in Adelaide, told reporters.Border meanwhile, further went on to criticise the Australian batsmen for the rash shots that they played on the fourth day and lost their wickets cheaply.”For Australia today, time wasn’t the issue and some of the shots they played, you’ve just got to shake your head. It’s just not what we expect from an Australian team,” Border said.Australia are staring down the barrel in the first Test after being reduced to 104 for 4 at stumps on day 4, chasing a daunting total of 323 runs.Shaun Marsh (31*) and Travis Head (11*) are the last recognised pair which will the resume the innings on the last day for the hosts. For India, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin caused most of the damage and picked up two wickets each.India have never won the first Test of a series in Australia and will be gunning for glory on the final day in Adelaide on Monday.Also Read | Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Shami put India on the cusp of famous win over AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia Highlights, 1st Test Day 4Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara has started to play with a lot of maturity: Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

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  • Australian Open: Leander Paes-Sam Stosur crash out in second round

    first_imgVeteran Leander Paes and his partner Samantha Stosur suffered a second round defeat in the mixed doubles event, ending India’s campaign at the Australian Open in Melbourne Tuesday.The unseeded pair of Paes and Stosur won the first set 6-4 against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah but conceded the second set with the same scoreline (4-6).The third set went into tiebreak with the fifth seed German-Colombian duo emerging victorious 10-8.Paes and Stosur had beaten the pair Dutch-Czech pairing of Wesley Koolhof Kveta Peschke in the round of 32.The 45-year-old Paes had made a first round exit in the men’s doubles event with partner Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela.Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and his partner Nicholas Monroe were also knocked out in the opening round of the event.In the men’s singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran had also made a first round exit after coming through the Qualifiers while Ramkumar Ramanathan, Ankita Raina and Karman Thandi could not make it to the singles main draw.last_img read more

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  • Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medal, not bothered about chokers tag

    first_imgSouth Africa have been perennial underachievers at the World Cup but pace great Dale Steyn believes the Proteas are pumped up and are willing to give their best at the quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in England and Wales.South Africa have had heartbreaks at the World Cups due to rain rule (1992) and a devastating run out (1999) but they are yet to reach the final of the biggest spectacle in cricket.With AB de Villiers retiring months ahead of the World Cup, South Africa are not among the favourites but Dale Steyn is confident the Proteas will forget the past and play as a unit.Marred by injury concerns in the recent past, Dale Steyn has played very little ODI cricket in the last three years (13 matches since 2017) but the veteran pacer says he is ready to give his best.Steyn, 35, is in the twilight of his career and modern-day great is keen on finishing his celebrated career with a World Cup medal around his neck.”I will give my best during this World Cup. I have got all the important trophies in my drawing room except this World Cup. I want to have the World Cup medal before I quit the game,” Steyn told The Times of India.”I am just not bothered [about choker’s tag following South Africa]. Incidentally, we could not win any World Cup title after coming back to international cricket. In 1992, we lost due to a silly rain rule. After that, we did well but we could not win the Cup.”advertisementSteyn conceded South Africa aren’t being considered favourites but said the team is confident in the lead up to the big tournament. South Africa open their campaign against overwhelming favourites and hosts, England on May 30.Forget about the past: Steyn’s mantra at World Cup 2019″… The whole team is motivated like never before. I am personally trying to convince my teammates that we should not waste this opportunity as well. I was injured before the IPL. But rehabilitation was going on. I have been telling my physio that I have to be fit, fully fit for the World Cup. We’ll start the campaign as one of the confident teams,” Steyn added.”[Our] Batting department will have specialist batsmen and three to four allrounders. If you go through the list, it may not be great but quite good. The atmosphere of World Cup will encourage the whole team to do well.”We’ll tell ourselves, ‘let us all give it a go’. Forget about the past. But prove the whole world that South Africa also can play excellent brand of cricket. And if we can manage to do that, we’ll progress in the tournament.”Steyn had suffered a shoulder injury before Indian Premier League 2019 but the South Africa pacer recovered well and joined Royal Challengers Bangalore midway during the season.However, Steyn pulled out of IPL 2019 due to inflammation in his shoulder. It was more a precautionary measure than anything else as he wanted to give himself time to recover before the World Cup.South Africa Ottis Gibson on Tuesday confirmed that Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada are recovering well and will be fit in time for the World Cup.”There’s nothing that people should be alarmed about. They’re going to both make full recoveries and be able to take their place at the World Cup,” Gibson had said.Also Read | Gibson confident Steyn, Rabada will be fit for South Africa’s World Cup 2019 openerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso See;last_img read more

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  • World Cup 2019: 16 hundreds are great but for us it’s about getting 2 points, says David Warner

    first_imgDavid Warner smashed 166 to help Australia get on the top of the World Cup points table with a commanding 48 run victory over Bangladesh in their encounter at Trent Bridge on Thursday, and in doing so the opener also created history in the event of the tournament.Warner on Thursday became the only batsman to get past 150+ scores in the history of the World Cup and while achieving the feat he also equaled his compatriot Adam Gilchrist’s 16 ODI hundreds.However, after his match-winning knock, David Warner downplayed his achievement and said the more important task for him was to help Australia collect those 2 points from the game.”Obviously it’s a great achievement (to equal Adam Gilchrist’s 16 hundreds). For us it’s about getting the 2 points and moving onto the next game at Lord’s,” Warner said in a post-match interview.”I think you always keep wickets in hand in ODIs. It’s the way we play. We don’t intentionally not go after it on purpose. You have to respect the new ball. If you get off to a flier, you go ahead with the momentum you have. The bowlers bowled well to us in patches. It’s about knocking it around and try to target 6-8 an over after that in the middle overs. You have to adapt to the conditions, and it’s about momentum after that. If you get off to a flier, it’s about assessing,” he added.Incidentally, Both David Warner and Virat Kohli took 110 innings to get to 16 ODI hundreds – the second fastest behind Hashim Amla who only reached the landmark in 94 innings.advertisementHaving won the toss and opting to bat first, Warner and skipper Aaron Finch (53) put on a 121-run stand for the 1st wicket, before David Warner collected his 166 runs. Bangladesh part-time bowler Soumya Sarkar picked 3/58 off his 8 overs but could not stop Australia from posting 381 runs.Chasing the big total, Mushfiqur Rahim tried his best – while bringing up his century from 95 balls – but due to lack of a proper batting partner at the other end, he could only watch as his side fell short by 48 runs.Also Read | World Cup 2019: David Warner’s 166 trumps Mushfiqur Rahim’s 102 as Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: PM Narendra Modi wishes Shikhar Dhawan speedy recoverylast_img read more

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  • Spurs’ Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal to sink Juventus in Singapore

    first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called one of the best goals of his career to beat Italian champions Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore on Sunday.Kane capitalised after teammate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from the halfway line high into the steamy night and over the head of Juventus’ back-pedaling goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.His goal completed a comeback after Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus 2-1 in front.It is probably one of the best goals of my career, Kane said.I could see in parts of the game the keeper was off the line. I thought if I get a chance to shoot, I’ll shoot and thankfully it went in.Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the first half, striking from close range in the 31st minute after Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon palmed a shot from teenage striker Troy Parrott into his path.In a more lively second half, Juventus substitute Gonzalo Higuain equalized in the 56th minute after some neat interplay on the edge of the box gave him the space to place it low into the right corner.Then up stepped crowd-favourite Ronaldo.Defender Mattia De Sciglio cut the ball back to the Portuguese who drilled it across the keeper in his last touch before he was replaced.But Juventus’ lead did not last long. In the 65th minute, Moura got on the end of a pinpoint pass from Tanguy Ndombele, the French midfielder who joined Spurs for a club-record fee earlier this month.advertisementIn the closing stages, Higuain had a decent chance to break the deadlock. But it was Kane’s wonder-goal – which came after Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot lost the ball – which sealed the win in the dying seconds.It was a great goal. Unbelievable from Harry. It is good for him to set off pre-season with scoring, said Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.The International Champions Cup features 12 teams playing friendly matches in venues in North America, Europe and Asia.Also See:last_img read more

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  • CAMARGO-FLORES ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA

    first_imgA DAKOTA CITY WOMAN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE APRIL 8TH FATAL STABBING OF A SIOUX CITY WOMAN HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN THE CASE.A WRITTEN PLEA WAS FILED BY THE ATTORNEY FOR 20-YEAR-OLD MELISSA CAMARGO-FLORES.CAMARGO-FLORES IS CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF 24-YEAR-OLD KENIA ALVAREZ-FLORES OUTSIDE OF THE VICTIM’S HOME IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF WEST 14TH STREET.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT CAMARGO-FLORES ADMITTED TO POLICE THAT SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VICTIM’S BOYFRIEND, AND WAITED OUTSIDE ALVAREZ-FLORES’ HOME FOR 20 MINUTES FOR HER TO COME OUT BEFORE THE ALLEGED ASSAULT.CAMARGO-FLORES REMAINS IN CUSTODY AT THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $500-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.last_img read more

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  • LIGHTNING STRIKE BLAMED FOR LE MARS HOUSE FIRE

    first_imgLightning is blamed for a house fire Thursday morning in Le Mars.Fire Chief Dave Schipper says a lighning strike created a hole in the roof at 2490 5th Avenue Southeast and set the back of the home on fire.Schipper says the lightning strike also damaged the home’s electrical system as some outlets were burned.There were no injuries reported and the home owners were able to escape the burning structure.Schipper says although there was severe damage reported to the home, the residents will be able to renovate the home and continue to live in the home.Photo contributedlast_img read more

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  • James Washington Has Record-Setting 200-Yard Day Against Texas Tech

    first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! If you were going to pick a day for James Washington to have his career day, you could do a lot worse than at Texas Tech. Washington is from Stamford, Texas which Google tells me is 147 miles from Lubbock. He had a lot of folks coming in for the festivities. “All of the people of this community, we try to get behind our kids,” his mom Chrysta Washington told the Oklahoman. “Some of them have never seen something like this and it’s an opportunity, because it’s so close. “So a lot of them said, ‘We want to go support him.’ He should have a lot of people there to try and root him on.”Washington became just the sixth Cowboy to have a 200-yard receiving day in school history. It was the 10th 200-yard receiving day in school history.Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 8.51.44 PMHow good is Gundy going into Lubbock and beating Kliff with a 1A receiver a stone’s throw from Lubbock? It’s pretty great. The other JW. Pokes up 11. pic.twitter.com/p6ipI9Bkf5— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) October 31, 2015last_img read more

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  • Altidore disputes yellow: ‘It’s pretty disgraceful’

    first_imgUnited States Altidore disputes suspension-triggering yellow card: ‘It’s pretty disgraceful’ Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 10:38 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jozy Altidore Francisco Calvo USA Costa Rica Jeff Zelevansky United States United States v Costa Rica Costa Rica WC Qualification CONCACAF The forward was not happy with referee John Pitti or Costa Rica’s Johan Venegas after being booked late in the U.S. national team’s 2-0 loss Friday HARRISON, N.J. — Jozy Altidore has questioned the suspension-triggering yellow card he received late in the U.S. national team’s 2-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday, calling it a “pretty disgraceful” decision.Panamanian referee John Pitti booked Altidore in the 80th minute of the World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena after an incident involving Costa Rica midfielder Johan Venegas.The booking occurred after Venegas appeared to catch Altidore with a late challenge, prompting the U.S. striker to confront his opponent during a stoppage in play. Replays showed Altidore then bumping his chest into Venegas, who embellished the contact while falling to the turf. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “Well he kicked out at me after the ball,” Altidore said. “I thought it was really soft. I just went up to him, I didn’t touch his face, I didn’t put my hands up. It’s just CONCACAF at the end of the day — stupid things like that happen. It’s pretty disgraceful because I didn’t put my hands up on him, I didn’t do anything, he goes down grabbing something.Altidore quote“Tempers are flying and just ridiculous calls like that happen. Nothing happened, there’s nothing there.”The yellow card was Altidore’s second of the qualifying cycle, meaning he’ll be suspended for the Americans’ trip to face Honduras on Tuesday in San Pedro Sula.It wasn’t the only call from Pitti that left the U.S. feeling aggrieved: Altidore also appealed for a penalty after a collision with Costa Rica defender Kendall Waston in the first half, and there were questions of a potential handball by Bryan Ruiz in the buildup to the first of Marco Urena’s two strikes.”Key decisions — that’s the game, right?” Altidore said. “Key moments where you have to rely on the referee’s judgment. He didn’t go our way tonight with some of those calls.”last_img read more

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  • Why Celtic supporters are ‘The Best’

    first_imgUEFA Champions League Best fans in the world? Why Celtic supporters won FIFA award Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Celtic Fans Getty UEFA Champions League Celtic Celtic v Bayern München St. Johnstone v Celtic Premiership WTF What makes Celtic Park one of the most spectacular venues to visit in Europe? Ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Bayern Munich,Goal takes a closer look… Celtic may not quite be the continental force they once were, but one thing is certain: they officially have the greatest supporters in the world.That’s according to FIFA anyway, who ratified the Scottish club’s fans as ‘The Best’ at their awards ceremony in London earlier this month.Celtic 15/2 to beat Bayern Munich 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 “Congratulations to all the Celtic supporters on receiving the very prestigious FIFA prize for being the best supporters,” enthused Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers. “It’s an honour for us to play in front of you and we really appreciate the great support we have for every single game. Let’s keep winning together!”Celtic fans beat competition from the supporters of Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen for the coveted accolade, but what is it that makes them so special?CELTIC FANS’ LISBON LIONS TRIBUTEThe show of support that won Celtic fans recognition at FIFA’s The Best awards was their stunning 360-degree stadium display in their final league outing of last season.The game, which was against Hearts, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the club’s European Cup triumph in Portugal in 1967 and Hoops fans transformed the whole of Celtic Park into a remarkable green-and-white sea in order to pay tribute to the famous ‘Lisbon Lions’..You can check out the amazing coordinated effort in the video above.UNIQUE & COLOURFUL DISPLAYSCeltic fans v PSG Champions LeagueThe vibrant coordinated displays of Hoops fans are not confined to special occasions, though they usually make an extra effort to mark milestone events in style.At nearly every game, particularly at Celtic Park, one is almost guaranteed a splash of green and white, with ultras groups such as ‘The Green Brigade’ leading the way.They even caught the attention of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor during a Champions League qualifier against Astana, with a tifo that was inspired by the Irishman.Celtic Football Club STAND UP!!!This is what die hard support from your fans looks like!What a sight! What a team!Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/txU38gCogI — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 17, 2017 As they prepared to reach the group stage of the tournament, the fans appropriated McGregor’s now famous cry that the Irish were not in the UFC to take part, but rather there to take over.”Celtic Football Club STAND UP!!!” an approving McGregor wrote on Twitter. “This is what die hard support from your fans looks like! What a sight! What a team!”That being said, certain displays have occasionally landed the club in trouble with UEFA, with overly provocative images or messages yielding fines and warnings.’YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE’As well as their penchant for their brilliantly choreographed tifo displays, Celtic fans are also known for supporting their team in full voice.While Liverpool are synonymous with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, Celtic supporters do a fine rendition of their own, an example of which came at the 2017 Scottish Cup final (above).The Irish folk song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ is another anthem that regularly rings round Parkhead.AFFINITY WITH BARCELONA & OTHER CLUBS’ FANSCamp Nou Barcelona Catalan flagsWhile Celtic share a number of intense rivalries, particularly with Rangers, they have also fostered warm relationships with several clubs, leading to remarkable shows of mutual respect.The affinity shared between fans of Barcelona and Celtic is one recent example due to the regularity of their meetings in the Champions League.Indeed, the atmosphere generated by the Bhoys in the terraces of Celtic Park has earned admiration from the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.last_img read more

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  • Report: Southampton 1 Leicester 4

    first_imgSouthampton 1 Leicester City 4: Puel serves up Saints revenge Iain Strachan 05:36 12/14/17 Shinji Okazaki - cropped Getty Images Southampton were handed a painful home loss by former boss Claude Puel, who watched his rampant Leicester City win comfortably on Wednesday. Claude Puel returned to haunt former club Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday, as Leicester City ran riot to win 4-1 at St Mary’s Stadium.Goals from a rejuvenated Riyad Mahrez, the tireless Shinji Okazaki and club stalwart Andy King had appeared to put the result beyond doubt before the break, and Okazaki’s second served as a settler after Maya Yoshida pulled one back to briefly threaten a comeback.  Puel was dismissed by Southampton in June despite leading them to the EFL Cup final and eighth place in the table last season. 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 The Saints are yet to show signs of improving significantly under successor Mauricio Pellegrino.But the same cannot be said of Leicester, who have begun to display glimpses of their sensational 2015-16 title-winning form since Puel replaced the sacked Craig Shakespeare in October.The Foxes have now won four league matches in succession and are unbeaten in five, with their only defeats since September coming against heavyweights Liverpool and leaders Manchester City. It’s all over here at St. Mary’s Stadium. Southampton 1-4 Leicester City. #SouLei pic.twitter.com/3atFiFwA2c— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 13, 2017The result leaves Leicester eighth, comfortably clear of the relegation threat that prompted them to dispense with Shakespeare’s services, while the Saints are eight points worse off in 11th. Up next for in-form Leicester is the visit of Roy Hodgson’s improving Crystal Palace to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, when Pellegrino will hope for a response from his team away to champions Chelsea.  The dominant tone was set in the 11th minute as Mahrez was afforded too much space by Southampton, the Algeria international recovering from a slip, advancing toward goal unchallenged and unleashing a low strike from outside the area that nestled in the bottom corner of Fraser Forster’s net. 9 – Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in nine goals in 17 games in the Premier League this season (five goals & four assists); the same as in the whole of last season (six goals & three assists in 36 apps). Revamp. pic.twitter.com/5imlrZdFze— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 13, 2017The Foxes deservedly made it 2-0 six minutes later, Christian Fuchs’ shot from the outside the area striking Steven Davis and then falling for Okazaki, whose close-range finish left Forster helpless. And the match was over as a contest when Leicester moved 3-0 ahead in the 38th minute. The unlikely figure of centre-back Harry Maguire controlled Mahrez’s free-kick, turned on the right side of the box and delivered a tempting pass across the face of goal to the back post, where Andy King arrived unmarked to slide the ball home.Southampton struggled to muster a response in the second half, until a Ryan Bertrand free-kick in the 60th minute forced Kasper Schmeichel to concede a corner, Yoshida succeeding in nodding the ball home as Dusan Tadic tried to claim a touch.Schmeichel was called into action again six minutes later, diving at full stretch to deny Charlie Austin at point-blank range from Bertrand’s cross. The hosts’ hopes of staging a recovery were dashed three minutes later, though, when a misplaced Cedric Soares pass gifted possession to Mahrez, who quickly played in Jamie Vardy down the right, Okazaki emphatically hooking home the subsequent cutback at the near post.The disappointment of conceding during their best spell of the game robbed Southampton of all momentum, leaving Pellegrino to watch helplessly from the dugout as the home team limped to the final whistle with barely a whimper. read morelast_img read more

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  • Mohamed Salah seals the points as Liverpool cruise past Southampton

    first_imgMohamed Salah There had been barely 10 seconds between Van Dijk nodding the ball back to Karius and Alex McCarthy being breached at the other end. The boos marking the Dutchman’s touch were choked and drowned amid the raucous celebrations of those in the away section. “It’s not too complicated,” Klopp said of the ferocity of that counter-attack. “The transition at the start is most important, so that first sprint from Ox, that was very important. Then the pass, that little miss … it was just good.” It deflated the mood in an instant.Briefly, tantalisingly, Southampton had threatened an equaliser with Karius doing well to deny Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and James Ward-Prowse. Yet in what time remained before the break Liverpool merely responded with a spell of pressure, squeezing the conviction from their hosts as they pressed them deeper into retreat. Mané might have flung over a centre in hope from the left but chose instead to retain possession and find his deepest-lying team-mate, Joël Matip. The centre-half, still well inside Southampton territory, slid the ball to Salah on the edge of the area and, under only vague pressure from Oriol Romeu, the Egyptian exchanged passes with Firmino. The Brazilian’s back-heel beyond Jack Stephenswas perfectly placed and paced. Salah collected and converted crisply into the corner for a 29th goal of term.Everything thereafter was a procession, Liverpool passing up opportunities to add a third but the game long since won. They will venture into the Champions League this week confident Porto can be wounded. For Southampton next weekend’s FA Cup tie is a welcome distraction in a troubled campaign. Premier League Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Stuart James at St Mary’s Virgil van Dijk grins in the face of fans’ fury on happy return to Southampton By the end Southampton’s support seemed unsure as to where they should direct their scorn. They had booed Virgil van Dijk throughout his return to the south coast, merely grumbling at Sadio Mané’s incisive contributions, while Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren were heckled during their own late cameos. Yet, as plenty of the home fans flooded forlornly away, it was Mauricio Pellegrino who shivered through the last rites of this latest defeat. The chorus of discontent from those who remained at the final whistle told its own story. Read more Share on WhatsApp Read morecenter_img Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook Liverpool There can be no living with Liverpool on their travels at times, so incisive is their play and slick their passing. Teams near the foot would not normally consider a visit from Jürgen Klopp’s progressive side as an opportunity to instigate a revival. But Southampton’s was still a meek surrender. Swansea had demonstrated last month what can be achieved against this opposition with a blend of resilience and ruthlessness, and yet Pellegrino’s team offered neither. Sloppiness presented their visitors with an early lead and their second-half display amounted to little more than a whimper.That lack of response, even against superior opponents, reflected the fragility of the mood on a day when eye-catching wins by Huddersfield and Newcastle had cast this team into the relegation places. All the positivity generated by that victory at West Bromwich Albion has dissipated. That remains their solitary league success since November which puts talk of a revival – they had actually been unbeaten in six matches in all competitions prior to this game – into proper context. “We had to be braver,” said Pellegrino. “The biggest ‘defeat’ was the way we played the second half, for me. Little by little our confidence dropped.”A glance at the home side’s bench, where there is quality and experience aplenty, might normally offer encouragement that a recovery can be mounted over the last 11 games. But in Southampton’s case it tends to expose under-achievement. They may be one victory from 13th in a congested division but, as a squad, they are surely capable of far better than this. They are a team blunted by Charlie Austin’s injury and, dare it be said, left exposed by Van Dijk’s defection. “Liverpool didn’t have to do much to win easily,” Pellegrino said. “One mistake, one amazing one-two, and that finished the game.”That was brutally honest. His team were dismissed here by a side gearing up for the resumption of the Champions League and now persuasively targeting a top-two finish. Liverpool have scored 34 away goals this season, more than 11 top-flight teams have managed in total, with the energy and precision of Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino utterly irresistible. This team are equally adept at flooding forward on the counter-attack or pinning opponents so deep that they eventually crack. Their first-half goals reflected both skills, even if each benefited from jittery Southampton defending.Wesley Hoedt endured life as the fall guy. He and Mario Lemina had already almost contrived to liberate Firmino beyond their own back-line when, six minutes in, Loris Karius bowled the ball out to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank for the midfielder to sprint and bend a pass upfield towards Salah. The delivery was ambitious but Hoedt fluffed his attempted interception and duly presented the Egyptian with space in which to charge. Cedric Soares tore across in a vain attempt to intercept, but Salah kept his head and merely squared for Firmino, one of two team-mates who had arrived untracked at his side, to convert. match reports Matt Ritchie gives Newcastle welcome victory over Manchester United Southampton Share on Twitter Topicslast_img read more

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  • Dan Biggar’s oxygen chamber regime to breathe new life into Wales

    first_img Nathan Hughes’s carries will have England’s backs licking their lips Dan Biggar has clambered out of an oxygen chamber to try to breathe life into Wales’s Six Nations title challenge. The Northampton-bound fly-half has made an earlier than expected return from a shoulder injury to face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.Biggar will be up against Johnny Sexton, his Lions colleague in New Zealand last summer, and is the only member of Wales’s back division who does not have a link with the Scarlets. Five of the other six play for the region, while Liam Williams left for Saracens last summer.“It has been a tough five weeks with plenty of rehab,” the Ospreys No 10 said. “I did 10 days on the bounce in an oxygen chamber, 90 minutes at a time. It was pretty monotonous but I stacked my iPad and got through a series of Suits. Support The Guardian Share via Email Rugby union Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Wales rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Nick Evans Six Nations 2018 Ireland rugby union team Six Nations Share on LinkedIn news “It was frustrating. I am a terrible watcher, because you cannot make a difference. We started well against Scotland and to secure a losing bonus point at Twickenham was not the worst. It is down to the team selected on Saturday to do the job and keep us in the tournament.”Wales are unbeaten in their last two visits to Dublin. “We know it will be difficult,” Biggar said. “They are a fantastic, well-coached side and if you look at our two away games [this season] they are about as difficult as it gets.“Johnny is a vital cog for them. I like him a lot. He has that streak in him: he knows what he wants, dictates play and has a real drive. I picked his brains last summer and it was good to spend time with him and Owen Farrell.”Despite the defeat by England, Wales are more buoyant than they have been in recent years. “The Scarlets boys are in good form and the rest of us have to slot into that,” Biggar added. “A big difference this campaign is that we are a really confident team. It did not work out at Twickenham but the belief we had was evident.” Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Read more Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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  • John Hastings’ cricket career on hold after repeatedly coughing up blood

    first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia cling on at the death to deny Pakistan victory in first Test Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Topics Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Messenger Big Bash League John Hastings admits his cricket career is over unless he finds a way to curb a potentially fatal illness that is causing him to cough up blood when he bowls.The popular 32-year-old has represented Australia in all three formats of the game and despite retiring from one and four-day cricket last year had his sights set on touring the world T20 circuit before hanging up the boots.But as it stands that will not happen until the big quick discovers why he continues to burst blood vessels in his lungs when he charges through the crease.center_img Cricket Share on Twitter news Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Share on Facebook Hastings first noticed the condition several years ago but despite extensive testing it has worsened and will sideline him for the upcoming Big Bash season, where he had signed with the Sydney Sixers.“Every time I’m bowling now it’s happening,” Hastings told RSN’s the Breakfast Club. “It’s literally just bowling. It’s not running. I can do boxing, weight sessions, rowing, anything like that.“When I step it up [at the crease], literally I burst blood vessels in my lungs and I walk back to my mark and cough up some blood. The uncertainty around not knowing whether any long term damage could be a side effect, or fatally bleeding on the field [is scary].”The former Melbourne Stars captain has played one Test, 29 ODIs and nine T20Is in the green and gold.“I’ve played this game my whole life and I wanted to keep playing it,” he said. “I wanted to play tournaments all around the world. That’s one of the reasons I retired early from one-day and four-day cricket.“To see it maybe slipping away, it’s pretty tough to take and at this stage, unless something miraculous happens, I won’t be able to bowl.”Hastings said he had been presented with two “invasive” treatment options that he wasn’t comfortable with, but that he will continue to work with doctors in an attempt to diagnose the illness. Share on WhatsApp Read morelast_img read more

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  • David Warner dealt injury blow while playing in Bangladesh

    first_imgDavid Warner Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… But while Smith faces a prolonged period on the sideline, Warner’s outlook appears somewhat better – with the opener free to play two more games in Bangladesh before heading home on Monday.“David has reported some pain in his right elbow,” a CA spokesman said. “He will return to Australia on Monday January 21 to be assessed, but is expected to play in remaining BPL matches until his return.“We will have a clearer understanding of the extent of his injury once he has been assessed.” Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Warner and Smith’s 12-month bans stemming from the ball-tampering scandal end on March 29, and it had previously been suggested the pair could play at least some of a yet-to-be scheduled one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE.Smith’s hopes of that are almost certainly shot though, the prominent run-scorer facing six weeks in a brace following Tuesday’s surgery for a ligament injury.He is however expected to return well in time for Australia’s first match at the World Cup in England on 1 June.Meanwhile Warner’s injury was seemingly suffered as he hit an unbeaten 61 from 36 balls for the Sylhet Sixers against the Rangpur Riders on Wednesday night, with his knock including a six and two fours while batting right-handed against Chris Gayle. Share on Messenger While there had been public conjecture over the future selection of Smith and Warner, the poor form of both the red and white-ball national sides headed into a World Cup and Ashes winter appear to now make that a mere formality. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Facebook Topics Steve Smith and David Warner’s preparations for their long-awaited World Cup returns could both be thrown into chaos, with the latter set to follow his ex-skipper home from Bangladesh with an elbow injury.Just six days after Smith left the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to have surgery on his elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Warner would also head home to seek medical assessment on the same joint. Support The Guardian The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Cricket Australia’s former captain Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery news WBBL’s elite level product pays off in numbers Share on LinkedIn Read more Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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  • Roma set to appoint Claudio Ranieri after sacking Eusebio Di Francesco

    first_imgSerie A Roma Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Ranieri, who was sacked by Fulham last month after just over three months in charge, has previously managed the Serie A club between 2009 and 2011.The Giallorossi are fifth in the Serie A table, but after a strong run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, where they were beaten by Liverpool, they fell in the last 16 after extra-time drama in Portugal. They also suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Lazio in last Saturday’s Rome derby and were thumped 7-1 by Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia last month.“On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment,” said the Roma president, Jim Pallotta. “Since returning to the club, Eusebio has always acted professionally and put the club’s needs ahead of his own. We all wish him well for the future.” Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Roma are set to appoint Claudio Ranieri as the new manager of the club after announcing the departure of Eusebio Di Francesco. The shock arrival of the former Fulham manager is expected to be formally announced shortly, with the club acting swiftly to sack Di Francesco on Thursday afternoon after their Champions League exit at Porto on Wednesday night. Claudio Ranieri Reuse this content Share on WhatsAppcenter_img news Porto score VAR penalty in extra time to send Roma out of Champions League Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Read more Topics European club football Roma went out on Wednesday after Porto converted a VAR-assisted penalty three minutes from the end of extra-time. The decision, along with the subsequent rejection of a last-gasp penalty appeal, condemned the Italian side to a 3-1 defeat on the night, 4-3 on aggregate.Pallotta later railed at the decisions on social media. “Last year we asked for VAR in the Champions League because we got screwed in the semi-final and tonight they’ve got VAR and we still get robbed,” he said. “Patrik Schick was clearly clipped in the box, VAR shows it, and nothing is given. I’m tired of this shit. I give up.” Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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  • Arsenal academy coach banned for abusive language to Under-9s referee

    first_imgArsenal Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn 16:59 Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Topics How Argentina’s women took on blatant sexism to reach the World Cup Share on Twitter Nichols had loudly criticised a series of the referees’ decisions but he claimed that he simply said, “OK, fine”, after she turned down his post-match handshake. The appeal board said: “Even though the referee is likely still to have been in a state of distress, we remain of the view that it is highly unlikely that the referee would have misheard ‘OK, fine,’ for ‘How classy, little prick’.”Arsenal told the panel Nichols had been a youth coach for 12 years, nine of them at professional clubs, and he had never previously been charged by the FA.center_img news Share on Facebook Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video Play Video The referee, described in the FA’s written judgement as “a female minor, a child”, was crying towards the end of the match and after it, according to witnesses. Referees must be at least 14 before they can take charge of a junior game. She told the panel that Nichols had made her feel “humiliated, belittled and bullied”.After the game she refused his offer of a handshake, to which he said: “How classy, little prick.” The referee said Nichols had later come to her to apologise for his behaviour but she did not accept that, either. Nichols denied having made the remark.An Arsenal spokesman said: “At Arsenal we do not accept or tolerate behaviour of this nature. We took appropriate action, suspending the coach immediately the allegation was brought to our attention. This was the first allegation of this nature in his long coaching career and he has been warned about his future conduct.”Nichols was originally found guilty of only the first charge and cleared of using the abusive words after the game. But the FA appealed against the ruling of the regulatory commission and a second hearing found Nichols guilty on both counts. His fine was increased to £400. Football Share on Messenger Read more An Arsenal academy coach has been fined and banned for three matches after he was found to have called a female teenage referee a “little prick” and reduced her to tears. The behaviour of Alex Nichols during and after an Under-9s game against Reading earlier in the year was described by a Football Association disciplinary panel as having “painted an abhorrent picture”.Nichols was charged on two counts: for using improper language and behaviour towards the referee during the game and, more seriously, for insulting her afterwards.last_img read more

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  • Mourinho hints at Alexis move

    first_imgTransfers Mourinho hints at Alexis move: You fight for fantastic opportunities Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 09:13 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Manchester United José Mourinho A. Sánchez Manchester United v Stoke City Arsenal Manchester City Premier League The Arsenal star appears to be in the middle of a Manchester-based transfer tug-of-war, with the Portuguese boss hinting at a possible swoop Jose Mourinho hinted at a Manchester United move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, insisting that you must “fight” when a “fantastic opportunity” arises in the transfer market.Sanchez is in the final six months of his contract at Arsenal and had been expected to move to United’s local rivals Manchester City, after he nearly joined Pep Guardiola’s men at the start of the season.Goal has learned that the Chilean’s family are in London and sources close to the player believe that a January move is close to happening . 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 But Manchester United have reportedly emerged as genuine rivals to City, whose main attraction to Sanchez is understood to be the presence of Guardiola, the coach who signed him for Barcelona.Mourinho’s side are said to have presented Arsenal with a bigger offer than City, and although Mourinho claims it was not in the club’s plans to sign players in January, he acknowledged that fantastic opportunities are worth pursuing whenever they present themselves.”Let’s say we have three targets in the summer – a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player,” Mourinho told reporters.”If in the winter you do one of the three, then in the summer you do three minus one. If we do something now, we don’t do it in the summer again.”Our plan was not to have new players in January. We build a squad with this idea and I share this philosophy with [executive vice-chairman] Mr. [Ed] Woodward and the owners.”But if there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity. If it happens, it happens.”Nevertheless, Mourinho does not think that any signing will bridge the gap between United and City in terms of points in the Premier League this season, with Guardiola’s side 15 clear ahead of their trip to Liverpool on Sunday.”At this stage, I don’t think it’s about the market,” said Mourinho, whose United host Stoke City on Monday. “There are lots of already strong teams in the Premier League, not like in other leagues where it is difficult for the top sides to lose points, and there is a very important difference of points between first and second.”City have a very comfortable advantage and they can sit on that. It is the sort of lead that gives a lot of tranquility and takes away the pressure from the guy that comes behind you. I have been in that situation.”I don’t think any of the teams near the top – Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and ourselves – are thinking they can spend money this January to close the gap.”It’s not about transfers. It’s about keeping on winning, getting the maximum number of points from the remaining games and seeing what happens.”Mourinho’s Man United take on Stoke on Monday in the Premier League.last_img read more

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  • Leicester City 1 Sheffield United 0

    first_imgLeicester City 1 Sheffield United 0: Vardy header secures quarter-final spot Rob Lancaster 05:41 2/17/18 Jamie Vardy - cropped Getty Images Riyad Mahrez marked his first start since January 20 with an assist as Leicester City continued their run in the FA Cup. Leicester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2012 thanks to a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Friday.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game at the King Power Stadium, as his looping header over goalkeeper Jamal Blackman in the 66th minute settled a hard-fought tie.Riyad Mahrez provided the assist on his first start for the Premier League side since January 20, the winger’s deep cross setting up his unmarked team-mate at the back post. 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 Yet the hosts needed a moment of excellence from Kasper Schmiechel to deny Sheffield United an equaliser, the goalkeeper stretching low to his left to keep out a first-time effort from George Baldock that looked destined to find the corner of the goal.Instead, Vardy’s clever finish proved enough to send Claude Puel’s team through to the last eight of the competition.Mahrez :arrow_right: Vardy Goal #LeiShu pic.twitter.com/3KPlRKbyeF— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 16, 2018The England international had wasted a glorious chance to put the hosts ahead in the closing stages of the first half, shooting straight at the advancing Blackman after being put through on goal by the ebullient Mahrez.Blackman also kept out a long-range drive from Onyinye Ndidi, while at the other end a familiar face prevented the Championship side from going ahead before the break.Harry Maguire – who came through the ranks at Bramall Lane before moving to Hull City in 2014 – produced a brilliant block to divert Enda Stevens’ goal-bound effort over the top of the net. read morelast_img read more

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  • Liverpool team news: Fab three seek more goals

    first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Salah, Firmino and Mane go in search of more goals against Newcastle Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah Emre Can Liverpool 2017 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United Newcastle United The Reds will be looking to move back into second place in the Premier League table, with their in-form attacking unit set to lead the charge Liverpool will be looking to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for inspiration once again in their Premier League meeting with Newcastle.The Reds have been full of goals in recent weeks, with the target found 16 times amid a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Jurgen Klopp’s side have also passed the 100-goal mark for the season, with fearsome attacking trio Salah, Firmino and Mane having contributed 66 efforts to that total. 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 Trying to keep them quiet is the challenge facing Newcastle and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool team: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Gomez, Moreno, Lallana, Solanke, Matip.Newcastle team: Dubravka, Dummett, Lascelles, Lejeune, Yedlin, Merino, Atsu, Diame, Kenedy, Murphy, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden, Ritchie, Perez, Joselu.The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park back in October, with Joselu cancelling out an opener from Philippe Coutinho.Liverpool will be hoping to take all three points in their latest meeting with the Magpies, as victory will lift them back above arch-rivals Manchester United and into second spot in the Premier League table.Newcastle, meanwhile, will be looking to edge away from relegation danger, with just two points separating them from the drop zone. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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