PARIS (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home the winner as Paris Saint-Gemain started the defence of their French Cup title with a scrappy 1-0 win over fourth-tier side Wasquehal yesterday. Playing their first game of 2016 in the northern city of Lille, PSG were in control throughout and created multiple chances, but lacked a cutting edge until the Sweden international connected with Marco Verratti’s long ball on the hour mark. Having opened up a 19-point lead at the top of the French league standings in just 19 games, PSG are looking to reproduce the domestic treble Laurent Blanc’s side achieved last season when they won the league title, the League Cup and the Cup. Among the top-tier teams also advancing to the round of 32 were Lorient, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Montpellier. Lyon’s new coach, Bruno Genesio, who replaced Hubert Fournier during the winter break, celebrated his first game in charge with a 7-0 thrashing of fifth-division Limoges, after Maxwell Cornet and Rachid Ghezzal each scored a brace. Montpellier, which also changed coaches during the festive period and appointed former player Pascal Baills following Rolland Courbis’ resignation, defeated fifth-tier Epernay 1-0. Bordeaux came close to suffering a shock exit at the hands of third-tier Frejus-Saint-Raphael, coming twice from behind, before Diego Rolan sealed a 3-2 win in added time with a fine volley. Nice will host Rennes today.
MOST READ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Allen put off turning pro after his sophomore and junior years because he enjoyed college and wanted to make another run at the Final Four. He averaged 14.1 points in his career and joined Grant Hill, Jon Scheyer, Danny Ferry, and Johnny Dawkins as the only Duke players with at least 1,900 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists.Allen’s leadership and ability to blend with four freshmen in the lineup last season, particularly after a switch to a zone defense in February, were crucial for the Blue Devils. Duke just missed another trip to the Final Four with an overtime loss to Kansas, after his bank shot over two defenders at the end of regulation hit the rim, bounced off the backboard and hit the rim again before rolling off.Now, Allen hopes to show teams these next few weeks that he is not only an intelligent player but the type of person NBA executives want in their locker room.“I just want to answer any questions they have,” he said. “Just kind of show my personality, just let these teams get to know me, get to know me outside of what they see on the court, not just what kind of player I’ll be on the floor but what kind of person they’ll have in the locker room as well.” Grayson Allen, from Duke, listens to a question as he speaks with reporters at the NBA draft basketball combine Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — The way Grayson Allen sees it, he might as well attack this full-court press head-on.The guard from Duke understands the concerns NBA teams might have about him after four polarizing seasons with the Blue Devils during which he attracted about as much attention for play that crossed the line as he did for his accomplishments on the court.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be ‘basis’ for retirement call Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He is projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick after helping Duke win a championship and at times attracting attention for the wrong reasons.The Atlantic Coast Conference reprimanded Allen for appearing to trip two players on purpose in 2016. He served a one-game suspension by coach Mike Krzyzewski and got stripped of his captain’s title in the 2016-17 season after he got caught tripping an opponent. Though he basically stayed out of trouble this past season, Allen hip-checked North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks in the ACC Tournament.And when it comes to the NBA, Allen no doubt has some explaining to do. With the draft on June 21, the next few weeks are his chance to ease any concerns league executives have, to show his emotions are under control.“I think the NBA, they like competitive guys,” he said.An overlooked member of a heralded recruiting class, Allen grabbed the spotlight as a freshman at the 2015 Final Four. He wound up providing a huge lift off the bench, scoring 16 points in the championship game victory over Wisconsin that gave Duke its fifth title.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “You have to address it, for sure,” he said Thursday at the league’s draft combine. “It’s something that comes from my competitiveness. Competitiveness that I’ve had as a player, competitiveness that was pointed in the wrong direction and went over the line. It’s obviously something that I needed to work on and address.”Allen said he’s gotten “a lot better” controlling his competitiveness, without losing it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s something you don’t want to put away,” he said. “You don’t want to put competitiveness and emotion away, so you learn to play with it. You learn to use it for your team. That’s what I’ve been saying.”The question is whether Allen can channel that emotion in a positive direction. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Clark has asked senior officials to work with the Fort Nelson First Nation in a manner that make sure a safe and stable LNG industry benefits all in the province. In a release Premier Clark says, “Chief Gale and the Council reached out to me with their concerns, and we came here to listen closely. We share the same goals – a prosperous, sustainable economy that benefits all British Columbians, and creates opportunity for generations to come. Today’s meeting was a big step forward for everyone.”In the same release Chief Sharleen Gale says “We appreciate the Premier’s visit to our community today. We support the Province’s goal of a new LNG industry, but it must be done right – environmentally, culturally and economically. Her visit to Fort Nelson today is an important step in the right direction. Now, the responsibility of both parties is to roll up our sleeves and take action to ensure the highest environmental standards and show the world what we can do.”- Advertisement –
1 Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger has revealed the Gunners have received no offers for any Arsenal players.Speculation has grown this week that both Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski could be set to leave the FA Cup winners.Galatasaray are reportedly keen on the attacking duo, while several Premier League clubs have shown an interest in taking Campbell on loan.However, Wenger has now confirmed no clubs have bid for any of Arsenal’s current squad and that Campbell will get his chance in the coming weeks.“We have had no offers for anyone to leave,” said Wenger. “Joel Campbell has not had his chance yet, but he will get it.”
1 Do you agree with the line-up above? Let us know by commenting below. Jordan Henderson (left) could captain Liverpool against Middlesbrough 1 Liverpool’s surprise summer signing Rickie Lambert is likely to start for the first time in a Liverpool shirt when they host Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup.At the start of the season Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed he was targeting silverware, but he has an imminent Merseyside derby in the Premier League to think about and may rest a couple of key players at Anfield, with Lambert benefitting.Adam Lallana – signed for £25m – played 45 minutes of the defeat to West Ham and may start alongside £20m attacker Lazar Markovic, behind £10m Fabio Borini and former Southampton team-mate Lambert. Vice captain Jordan Henderson could skipper the side in midfield next to Lucas to give Steven Gerrard a rest, with Joe Allen and Emre Can still out.Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli, Alberto Moreno and Simon Mignolet could also be given the night off.However, if the club are able to impose themselves and are not battling to stay in the game after an hour, then the boss may feel confident enough to give a few of the younger players like Suso and Jordan Rossiter a run out. Rodgers will want his first team men to conserve their energy for Saturday lunchtime.Possible Liverpool line-up v Boro:
The French player was seen bending over before falling to the ground in the seventh minute.The medical team quickly intervened and his teammates gathered around him but Gomis, who was taken off, was able to return within minutes and play the rest of the match.Gomis suffers from a vasovagal condition that makes him prone to fainting. Previous episodes took place during his career at Lyon and also when he was playing for Swansea against Tottenham in 2015.Gomis has had the condition, linked to low blood pressure, since childhood.He signed for Galatasaray in June last year from Swansea on a three-year deal.The Turkish team’s doctor said the club was fully aware of the situation when he signed.“This sometimes happens to me, it’s a situation completely linked to stress,” Gomis said after the game.“I did not have any issues after the incident, and I got out and played,” he was quoted as saying by Dogan news agency.Gomis said he was more concerned by the result than his health.“My only sadness today is that we were not victorious,” Gomis said, vowing that “I will continue like a lion.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Galatasaray’s Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed during a Super Lig match but returned to the field to complete the game © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb 19 – Galatasaray striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed during a Turkish Super Lig game late Sunday, but insisted after the match that he would continue to play “like a lion”.The 32-year-old former Swansea City and Lyon player fainted early in the first half of the 2-1 defeat against Istanbul team Kasimpasa but returned to the field shortly afterwards after doctors gave permission.
1 Brendan Rodgers Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool are happy to embrace their tag as favourites to win Sunday’s Merseyside derby as it proves they are a ‘big club’.Roberto Martinez tried to turn up the heat on Rodgers ahead of the crunch clash by claiming the amount of money he has spent – this summer’s £80million outlay was four times what Everton spent – means there is far more expectation on the visitors to Goodison Park.Rodgers refused to be riled by that statement, however, at his pre-match press conference as he insisted his side are used to the expectancy.“We will always take the favourite tag. When you are at Liverpool that is what you want,” he said.“We are happy if people want to put that onto us – we are Liverpool. There is no advantage or disadvantage for us.“If we are the favourites it shows we are a big club and people look to us as the team who want to have that initiative.“We are definitely a team where every game we go into the level of opponents’ games goes up and that is because of the nature of the club we are.“It shows you the level of expectancy here as opposed to another club. We are happy to live with that.”
Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion But the Welsh left-back has insisted signing new stars won’t always make rivals stronger, especially as the Lilywhites have retained their top men like Harry Kane and got them to pen new contracts.“It doesn’t worry us. We’ve got a good squad here and even on this pre-season tour here so far the boys have put in good performances,” he said.“It doesn’t worry us. We see all the teams around us adding but that’s football. We don’t worry about that. All we have to worry about is what goes on behind closed doors for us.” gameday cracker How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP smart causal Tottenham Hotspur star Ben Davies in action last season. silverware SORRY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham Hotspur star Ben Davies has insisted new signing won’t necessarily make their rivals better.Spurs are the only team in the top six not to sign a single player so far this summer, while the likes of Liverpool have spent world-record sums on transfers. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 2 revealed Most Popular Premier League News He added: “I think we showed that we could [compete with the Manchester clubs]. The squad is the same at the moment but we’ve got a lot of quality here and if we can show that again this season, of course the teams around us are going to strengthen but new faces doesn’t necessarily mean that teams are going to be better.“All these teams and top sides just having new faces [compared to] last year doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to be a better team to play against.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted latest NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ALTERED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham left-back Ben Davies swings in a cross.
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OAKLAND – Beyond their star power, the Warriors live by the creed “Strength in Numbers.” When it comes to their wing position, though, the Warriors neither have strength nor numbers.Where they lack in strength: the Warriors (1-0) listed veteran Andre Iguodala as questionable for Friday’s game in Utah (1-0) after missing Thursday’s practice because of left calf tightness. He also skipped the second half of the Warriors’ season-opening win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday for precautionary …