Eriksen’s Real Madrid move could be off thanks to Valverde’s fine form

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN’S dream Real Madrid move could be dashed by the form of Federico Valverde.The Uruguay midfielder has impressed since returning from his loan at Deportivo La Coruna.2 Real Madrid have a dilemma over whether to sign Christian Eriksen due to Federico Valverde’s formValverde, 21, is seen as the natural successor to Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in the future.Eriksen, 27, could leave Spurs for £30million but the Spanish giants have a dilemma over Valverde.Los Blancos failed to land the Danish ace, 27, over the summer and do not want to risk missing out on him again.The Danish star had already made it clear he wanted a “new challenge”, but ultimately stayed in North London.Eriksen’s current contract at Tottenham expires at the end of the season, with foreign clubs able to negotiate a pre-contract to sign him on a free from January 1.Real Madrid were thought to be keen to pay £30m to bring him to the Bernabeu in January to avoid missing out on him in a bidding war, with Paris Saint-Germain also interested.2MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut according to reports in Spain, Eriksen would rather wait until his deal runs out in June so he can leave for free and pick up a huge signing bonus.Madrid, meanwhile, may need to offload fringe players such as Isco to be able to afford Eriksen.But rather than fork out a massive fee and be forced into making rash sales, the form of Valverde may have seen Los Blancos’ interest cool.Mauricio Pochettino asked about the performances of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen after Champions League draw with Olympiacoslast_img read more

Lloris targets January return as Spurs No1 recovers from horror elbow injury

first_imgTOTTENHAM No1 Hugo Lloris is targeting a return to football as early as January after his horror elbow injury.The Spurs goalkeeper, 32, dislocated his elbow after a huge blunder gifted Brighton a goal in October’s heavy defeat.2 Hugo Lloris is targeting a return to football from injury in JanuaryCredit: PA:Empics Sport2 Lloris is away with France on international duty despite his injuryCredit: AFPHaving undergone surgery, there were doubts over whether Lloris would even be fit again this season – but he could now be back by early 2020.This week, Lloris spent time with his France team-mates, even though he is out of action, for games with Moldova and Albania.While away, he revealed: Everything’s well. There can always be hazards, but my goal is to be ready for January.”Whether it’s the beginning, the middle or the end, I don’t know.”In any case, I’ll take time to make sure I’m well healed and that I can come back in top form.“I’m also using the time to regenerate myself. I’ve never been away from the pitch for so long, so it’s something new, but I’m treating it positively.”I’m using this period to spend time with my family and my children.“I’m in good hands and we’re moving forward calmly. Everything’s been done as it should have been.”Now, we have to focus on rehabilitation, strengthening, gradually gaining mobility and confidence.”France have now officially qualified for Euro 2020 after battling from behind to beat minnows Moldova 2-1 at home.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHaving gone a goal down in the opening ten minutes, Raphael Varane levelled before half-time, with Olivier Giroud converting a 79th-minute penalty to grab the win.When asked why he was away with France despite his injury, Lloris replied: “It’s always a pleasure to meet up with your mates.”Then of course there was the victory, even if it was difficult to achieve.”last_img read more

Luke: Trainers can stay away

first_imgIn what will be his first hit-out of the year, Luke has made it clear he wants big minutes on the park in Palmerston North and won’t be heading to the bench without a fight.”I’m going to tell the trainers to go away if they come to get me,” Luke declared this week.”But I want to be effective too, so obviously if I am not then ‘Mooks’ (coach Stephen Kearney) will send the message out and bring me off.”Despite entering his 11th season in the NRL Telstra Premiership, Luke, who turns 30 in May, said he had a genuine desire to be an 80-minute hooker this season.It comes after a 2016 campaign which saw the 208-game veteran battle through niggling calf and knee injuries, as well as a sluggish start to the season caused by off-season weight gain.”Most definitely [I want to play 80 minutes this year], but I have got great hookers behind me biting at my heels and that is what’s making this a competitive group,” he said.”I feel better [than last year], it was everything you know, it wasn’t just the calf, it was my weight, the knees trying to hold up the fat weight.”Everything has come good… [I’ve lost] about four kilos, that’s where I was before I came [to the Warriors], I am pretty happy and the staff are happy too.”Everything is going well so far, obviously I have to try and perform on the field, that’s where it counts.”Coach Stephen Kearney said he expected to leave his key players on the park for the majority of the match against the Gold Coast in preparation for the Round 1, and welcomed the return of both Luke and former captain Simon Mannering to the line-up this weekend.”We have Round 1 in our sights and focus, so for me it will be pretty much close to the game with interchanges and playing times,” Kearney said.”With Simon you just know that regardless of situation he will deliver.”Issac had a slight calf strain so he was rested last week. It will be good to get a few experienced guys out there.”There were some parts of the game last week (a 30-18 loss to the Storm) that looked like the way we have trained all pre-season, which was pleasing, but it’s about improving that again.”last_img read more

Second-half spiral costs Waratahs in Dunedin

first_imgThat’s how long it’s been since an Australian team won in New Zealand, as the Waratahs became the latest team felled across the Tasman, going down 44-28 to the Highlanders. A year to the day since the Waratahs beat the Chiefs, the last Australian victory over a Kiwi team anywhere in the world, they looked to have remedied their sluggish starts with a half-time lead, but were unravelled in the second half by recklessness as much as anything else.Two tries conceded with NSW a man down just after half-time proved the ultimate difference, leaving the Waratahs to rue a year-long drought against New Zealand teams.In a season of dismal starts, the Waratahs held out the Highlanders early, but the Kiwis were their own worst enemy, conceding a penalty and coughing up a knock-on close to their line.That turnaround in the first 40 wasn’t lost on skipper Michael Hooper, but the downward spiral in the second was the ‘killer’.”We’ve wanted to have a focus on that (first half) and achieve that tonight, just that 20 minutes after half-time killed us,” he said.”I thought it was a really positive first 40 by us, good defence in passages unfortunately letting the Highlanders in through penalties and things like that,””They were able to get points on board, get a roll, (then we had a) yellow card and those things spiraled and snowballed us out of the game unfortunately.”Highlanders flyhalf Marty Banks had the first points, though, in the 15th minute making the most of a Tolu Latu breakdown infringement.Ben Smith’s return was obvious from the opening minutes, with the All Blacks outside back breaking tackles easily in his comeback from an ankle injury.Missed tackles plagued the Waratahs once again, and a Bernard Foley kick that found the leg of Luke Whitelock set up a controversial Richard Buckman try and a 10-point hole for the visitors.Crucially, though, the Waratahs did what they haven’t for much of this year, particularly in their first halves, replying just three minutes later, with quick ball movement putting Israel Folau over to narrow the margin to just three points.Banks punished the Waratahs in every shot he had, adding another penalty in the 34th minute to stretch the scores, after a super Highlanders scrum.Confusion reigned when a Bernard Foley penalty attempt went under the crossbar and a Highlanders knock-on gave NSW a chance at a scrum.A long-range loopy pass from halfback Nick Phipps put mammoth winger Taqele Naiyaravoro over in the corner to give the Waratahs an unlikely half-time lead.That was rubbed out just six minutes after the break, with the Highlanders pushing a driving maul over the line, just a minute after a Dean Mumm yellow card for a dangerous tackle.A pinpoint accurate Malakai Fekitoa kick put winger Tevita Li over in the 51st minute, but two uncharacteristic misses from Banks kept the Waratahs in the game as they returned to the full complement, before replacement back Rob Thompson had their fourth try in the 64th minute.Two Jake Gordon tries in eight minutes broke the Waratahs second-half duck and prevented a Highlanders bonus point, but those scores were the bread in a Highlanders sandwich, with Daniel Lienert-Brown and Lima Sopoaga sealing the result in the meantime.NSW scrumhalf Nick Phipps had his best game of the season but exited the game early and is set to undergo scans on Sunday for an ankle concerns.Phipps was the second of two injury concerns for the Waratahs, after Sekope Kepu went off with a hand injury.Highlanders co-captain Smith said that yellow card proved the turning point.”I think we got momentum then and we managed to score off that lineout and things changed from there,” he said.”We knew they were going come here and really want to play and really want to test us and I think they did that.”We knew they were going to bring that intensity and knew if we could stick it out there might be chances late in the game.”The Waratahs head to Queenstown this week ahead of another cross-conference match against the Chiefs, sitting four points behind the Brumbies in the Australian conference.last_img read more

Obama, African leaders to hold talks on South Sudan crisis

first_imgObama’s meeting in Ethiopia on Monday comes as an Aug. 17 deadline to reach a deal approaches.Senior Obama administration officials say if there’s no agreement, the U.S. and other nations would deepen pressure on South Sudan’s warring factions, possibly through increased sanctions and the pursuit of an arms embargo.last_img

Pukpuks thrash American Samoa and Solomon Islands at Oceania 7s

first_imgThe Pukpuks thrashed American Samoa 47-0 in their opening match and then followed this up with a 52-0 thumping of the Solomon Islands.The Pukpuks led 28-0 at halftime and piled on a further 19 more points in the second half against American Samoa.Tries went to Emmanuel Guise who bagged two, Henry Kalua, Tisa Kautu, Buttler Morris, Hensley Peter and Wesley Vali who all scored one try each.The Pukpuks will play their third match against Samoa today at 4:18pm (7:18pm PNG time).last_img

Gymnast to run “come & try” session

first_imgThe program will be run by Gymnastics Australia’s Oceania development manager, Brooke Kneebush.The program will be held at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) starting tomorrow from 11-12pm for children between the ages of 1-3 and later at 12-1pm for 4-5-year-olds.Tuesday’s program will be for kids of ages 6-8 from 3-4pm while 4-5pm is reserved for 9-12 years of age.Kneebush will also be conducting similar programs in schools across the city during the one-week visit to the country.She said children will be taught the fundamental movement skills and general coordination they need to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.“The fundamental movement skills are about a child’s ability to have an awareness of their body relative to their environment, to control their movement and to maintain or regain their balance,” said Kneebush.PNG High Performance Sport Science manager, Tom Frost, said Papua New Guineans are born with a natural ability that makes them most suited for the discipline of gymnastics.last_img read more

Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins knocked out of the ring

first_imgIt was the first time Hopkins has been knocked out in his 65 fight career.A boxing legend, Hopkins went through the ropes and fell a fair way to the floor below the ring in what is expected to be his last ever fight.Hopkins later claimed he was pushed out of the ring, but the footage clearly shows he was knocked out by Smith’s punches.last_img

The coronavirus does not stop the works of the new Bernabéu

first_imgAs is already known, Madrid began the works of the Bernabéu in the summer, for which it requested a year ago a bank loan of 575 million euros with a fixed interest of 2.5% and without the need to present property guarantees, given that until on July 30, 2023 (with the work already finished) you will not have to start paying for Madrid. Its first installment will be 29.5 million euros per year, and so on until 2049. The term initially set to finish the works is August 2022, after which there are four months left to complete the exterior urbanization of the stadium (there will be a garden for public use where the old Corner of the Bernabéu used to be).Among the novelties that the Bernabéu will present when it is finished is an electronic scoreboard with the latest cutting-edge technology that will occupy the entire diameter of the field as well as the placement of numerous locations for people with disabilities. The stands on the east side will also be expanded. The VIP area will also be renovated and modernized with the implementation of 2,100 new seats.FCC already made the WandaFCC won the auction to take over the works of the Bernabéu for its experience in soccer stadiums, with proven success. This is the construction company that made the Wanda Metropolitano, praised by UEFA in the last evaluation of its facilities. FCC was also in charge of building the Allianz Arena, Bayern’s brand-new current stadium that supplied the old Munich Olympian, as well as the Warsaw and Gdansk National stadiums, which attracted attention at the 2012 European Championship. Despite the fact that work activity has slowed down considerably in our country as a result of the declaration of the state of alarm due to the coronavirus, the works of the Bernabéu are continuing as yesterday the few people who were able to approach by the outskirts of the Coliseum of the Paseo de La Castellana. The reason is simple, as a source from the white club explained to AS yesterday: “The works in Spain have not been closed.” Logically, the club has instructed FCC, the construction company that is carrying out the ambitious remodeling of the stadium, to respect the safety protocols in order to mitigate as much as possible the risks of contagion.At this time, the works of the Bernabéu are at a strategically important moment, given that the four giant cranes, 90 meters high each, located at the four cardinal points of the stadium, are completing the dismantling of the current visor, apart from remove the B and C towers that face the main facade. In this way, the ground is prepared to build and place the final retractable cover, which It will allow the Bernabéu to be fully covered at the end of the works on rainy days or excessive heat. Given that a game has not been played in the white feud since March 1 (due to the Classic) and as a result of the momentary suspension of competitions, FCC and Madrid agree to take advantage of the obligatory stoppage to ensure that everything goes to a higher rate to shorten deadlines if necessary.last_img read more

Asymmetric Europe

first_imgEurope starts Yet the de-escalated after having passed the coronavirus peak and the soccer also works for come back asap. The Return of the competitions will be marked by the situation concrete Of each country and the times that mark from your Government. In other words, it will not be a homogeneous round for all the major leagues, it will depend of the force with which has affected the pandemic and the slowness with which it returns to normality.The front is common: end the season to save money from televisions. To do this they managed to convince UEFA to delay the European Championship by one year. Ceferin is giving all the facilities to the leagues so that they end, since the Champions and the Europa League will not be held until August, as revealed Sky Italialeaving Free June and July. Although they have worked together all leagues to defend their interests and seek solutions for a common calendar, each one drives different times as COVID-19 has affected your country. The Bundesliga is the best example, that advantage in one month or more French, Italian, English or Spanish that will not return until mid or end of June. The times that the leagues manage draw a particular scenario for each one of them. While some will be playable every weekend, others they will have to each three days, affecting the rhythm of their competitions and the rest and physical condition of the players, especially for those who play in Europe in August.The leaguePedro Sánchez announced that starting next Sunday the Spanish will be able to go out to exercise, being great news for football. The door opens for clubs start the first phase of the return protocol to the training and that its players can exercise alone from May 4 or 11 in the worst case. Illa, Minister of Health, and Irene Lozano, president of the CSD, ask caution and calm. May will be the month for footballers to start their fine tunning of individual way and it will not be until the last week of the month or the first of June when they can do it collectively. This will lead to the LaLiga restart look at the best case scenario, June 20. Spanish teams will have little more than a month to play eleven days, which will force them to play at least three to four games during the week. That is, nine of the eleven days could be played almost every 72 hours. BundesligaThe German country is he less affected by the coronavirus. The number of deceased does not reach 6,000, while in Spain it is 23,521. The confinement has not been so hard in Germany, which has allowed the clubs of the Bundesliga have been training for almost three weeks now and they hoped to return the May 9, but for this they need the approval of the chancellor Angela Merkel which, scheduled for this Thursday, will be delayed a little longer as announced yesterday by the German Government. Even so, time does not run against him. They are the league that is most advanced and to which fewer days left for playing: nine ten in the case of some teams that have a postponed match.A seriesIs he most affected country with 26,644 deaths. Is planned return to training on May 18, which would force Series A to resume last week of June. Too late to have pending until 13 days.Premier LeagueThe english still without news about the de-escalation, but despite this the arsenal has already decided start training solo and in some media it is considered as a more optimistic scenario to play again June 8. 92 matches remain in the Premier.Ligue 1The French league will go almost parallel to the Spanish. Their teams plan to re-train on May 11, the alternative dateto what drive in Spain if it were not possible on day 4. With about five weeks of preseason, the French aim to back on June 17 to play the ten remaining days, even eleven for some.last_img read more