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EPL: Newcastle face Sheffield test

first_imgNewcastle vs. Sheffield United Venue: St. James’ Park Kick off: 2PMNewcastle United welcome Sheffield United to St James’ Park this afternoon for what will be the Magpies’ first Premier League match since March 7. Steve Bruce’s side sit 14th place on the table, while Sheffield United are seventh and pushing for European qualification following their goalless draw with Aston Villa in the first top-flight game back after lockdown.Many Newcastle fans would have hoped that new owners would be in place by the time they returned to action, but the off-field complexities and controversies of the Saudi-led takeover bid have ensured that that has dragged on.More exciting times may yet be ahead, but for now Newcastle must focus on ending their 2019-20 campaign in style having already surpassed many expectations.The appointment of Steve Bruce as Rafael Benitez’s successor was not exactly greeted with enthusiasm by every Newcastle fan, yet the Magpies are better off than they were at the same stage of last season and need only two more wins to move past the 40-point mark.Bruce is well within his rights to hit out at the “disrespectful” speculation over his future amid the takeover talks, then, and he will be keen to focus on matters on the pitch as he looks to take Newcastle’s winning run to three on the bounce. The 1-0 triumph at Southampton in their last outing is one of only two Premier League victories they have enjoyed since Christmas, though, and they are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this calendar year.Goals have been the main issue for Newcastle.Allan Saint-Maximin’s winner at St Mary’s was their first goal in five league games and over the course of the campaign they have scored a joint league-low 25 times.Fewer than half of those have come at St James’ Park too, with Newcastle yet to find the back of the net more than twice in any of their 14 home league games this season.It may be that the Newcastle players are able to play with more freedom without an expectant and often-frustrated St James’ Park crowd watching on, although they welcome a Sheffield United side that has lost just two away games all term – a tally bettered only by Liverpool. Chris Wilder justifiably believes that his side should have had an extra away win on their tally too, but a freak mistake from goalline technology denied them what would have been a winning goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.That it was the first such instance in more than 9,000 games will come as no consolation to the Blades, while the baffling decision for VAR not to step in could prove to be much more than merely frustrating for the club.Victory at Villa Park would have seen Sheffield United move up to fifth, which as things stand would be good enough for a Champions League spot, but as it is they sit sixth and one point behind Manchester United.If the season were to end tomorrow then that technological mistake would be the difference between Champions League football and not for Sheffield United, which would have huge financial implications too.RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Wilder has spoken of his desire to move on from the injustice, though, and they travel to Newcastle on a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League which stretches back to January.Indeed, since losing to Newcastle in the reverse edition of this fixture the Blades have only been beaten by Manchester City (twice) and Liverpool, so they deserve to be regarded as serious contenders for the final Champions League spot.Wilder will not need reminding that that home game against Newcastle was also defined by VAR controversy, and he will be keen for his side to take matters out of technology’s hands for their first away trip to St James’ Park since 2010.Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Almiron. Sheffield United possible XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McBurnie, Sharp.Tags: Aston VillaEnglish Premier LeagueNewcastle UnitedSheffield UnitedSteve Brucelast_img read more

“This is war and when it ends it will be like a post-war”

first_imgEverton’s coach Carlo Ancelotti is confined to England with his wife and daughter-in-law while controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, he has given his point of view in an interview to L’Equipe about all the problems that the virus can cause in the world of soccer.Confined to England: “Everything is going well. I am in Liverpool, with my wife and daughter-in-law. My daughter and her husband, my son and his wife are also in England. We have the right to go out once a day, but I try not to do it too much. I stay at home as much as possible. I follow the government’s instructions. I also see what is happening in Italy and I do not want to take any risk, neither for myself nor for those around me. “Your day to day: “You do things that you’ve never done before. It’s kind of weird to me but I have to do it, I have to adjust. I focus on a few more personal goals. For example, I have to put my knee back in place, so I do a A little bit of cycling A little bit of diet too … not bad for losing weight Later, I watch some of my team’s games on video I also keep in touch with the players I don’t call them regularly along with the coaching staff we send out a training program that we update to keep them in good physical shape. “No one on the roster is infected and no one left England: “The entire group stayed. The Premier League is suspended until May 3. None of our players tested positive for Covid-19.Resume Premier League: “There is a Premier League meeting on Friday. We will see what comes of it. One of the important aspects is that all the clubs resume training at the same time, that there are no disparities, that none of them has an advantage over the others. Later , no matter the interruption time. Today’s players can physically respond in fifteen days. “The biggest break in the history of contemporary football: “It is a lot, but a player has no problem playing a match after seven or eight weeks off. Obviously, he will not be 100% from the restart but he has the capacity, there is no doubt. All the teams will be equal conditions. We train while we play. “Play behind closed doors: “It does not matter when the Premier League resumes. Before resuming you must be sure that everyone is protected. The players, of course, but also the people who work in a match, such as journalists, security … So play on goal Closed is not the best for football, but if it is necessary to guarantee everyone’s safety, this may be an option. “The coronavirus in Italy: “I have many friends confined to their homes. We often talk on the phone, but they are fine. And I have the impression that the situation is improving a little, day after day, now that we have reached the peak. Of course, I am still concerned that the The virus continues to kill more than 600 people a day. It is very painful to hear that many of my compatriots die every day. “The measures in Italy to stop the virus: “I think Italy has done a good job in a very difficult context, never seen before. The government has been strict and has taken action on the matter.”England is not late: “No, I don’t think so. When the epidemic began in Europe, there were few cases in England. And when the coronavirus began to accelerate in the country, the English government was very reactive, both in the dissemination of information and in the precautions to be taken Apparently there are several cases of contamination in London, but here in Liverpool the situation is under control. “ Italy, more affected than Germany: “Italy was the first affected country in Europe, it should not be forgotten. And perhaps Germany could have anticipated the problems by seeing what was happening there. Later, I don’t know …”He understands that Liverpool may find it unfair not to resume the Premier League: “Yes, I understand that, but what matters today is that the health of all people is assured. We just have to think about it. It is for this reason that we must follow the government’s advice to the letter and stay at home. This it’s the priority. Only the government can make the decisions. “Salary cuts: “I think when we reboot, and we will reboot, the clubs will experience financial problems. I don’t know if they will be able to receive all the intended television rights, but let’s wait to resume before planning for the future. I think the players and coaches will agree to discuss their salaries again, but let’s wait until the situation is on the agenda before responding. “The world is changing: “Of course the world is changing. It will never be the same for everyone again. It is like a war right now. And then it will be like a post war.”Football is united and aware: “There are many generous players who donate. After that, it depends on the personality of each one, but yes, I think soccer is united and that it perfectly realizes what is happening around them. Soccer has never been closed for more than eight weeks. Never. Suddenly everyone understands the situation very well. At Everton, for example, the club reacted very quickly to help people who may have been infected. Everyone is concerned. “In Corriere dello Sport , He said that Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp told you that ‘playing Liverpool-Atlético was criminal’: “Not true. I speak to Klopp but I did not speak to him about this.”Was it good to play the Atlaanta – Valencia ?: “Considering what happened next, it’s easy to say it wasn’t a good thing, but at the time, I don’t think anyone understood what was going on. It was difficult to make a decision and avoid the game. There was not as much contamination as now. It was the beginning of the epidemic, but it’s kind of easy to say that now. “In China it started earlier: Yes it’s correct. But if we look closely at the case of Europe, until the end of February there was not much pollution.You are not concerned about the future: “No, I’m calm. We have to wait. Then we will have to change our way of life a little. It is unfortunate to have to see so many deaths, but this crisis will lead society to other types of relationships, more humane. We are realizing that it is important that a daughter and her father or that a husband and a wife communicate with each other, communicate more. We found the pleasure to chat and not only that of having the nose on the phone. Nature warned us and we have to stop a bit. We spend our time running and it feels good to take a break. I also think this situation will help make all health systems even more efficient. “You have to learn from what happened: “I don’t know what will happen next, but I hope so. What is happening to us is a lesson for us, a good lesson to learn, and I hope it improves us for the future.”He misses soccer: “Of course I miss soccer. I like to train, I like to watch games, it’s normal. However, soccer is not my priority right now. In fact, I don’t care if we will resume in June, July or August.”last_img read more

Off-roaders to race way through A.V.

first_imgLANCASTER – A road map to make elite closed-course off-road truck racing a mainstream sport features two stops in the Antelope Valley. The Championship Off Road Racing Series will open its season this weekend at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for a two-day event that will feature some of the world’s top off-road racing talent, including defending CORR 2 champion Carl Renezeder and NASCAR star Robby Gordon. The CORR 2 Series, which features the world’s most advanced closed-course competition, will return to the A.V. Fairgrounds on Sept.15-16. Since the CORR 2’s inception in 1999, the sport has been wildly popular in the Midwest but hasn’t caught a wider audience. “Our goal is to take this race from the Midwest to the rest of the country,” CORR President and CEO Jim Baldwin said. “We want to make it a mainstream sport.” The races will be held along a 1.5-mile course, where 900-plus horsepower trucks will negotiate a course CORR officials say took more than four weeks and 3,200 man-hours to construct. Four featured races will be held on both days starting at 2p.m. Among those to watch at this weekend’s race is upstart Rodrigo Ampudia, who last season became the first Mexican national to win a CORR tour event. For some, the CORR race has been a springboard to bigger things. Former CORR standout Jimmie Johnson is a five-time NASCAR champion. [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgRoddy Collins brings his bottom of the table Waterford United side to Finn Park on Saturday evening as Finn Harps look to keep their promotion push going as the season fast approaches it’s conclusion.However, Harps are unlikely to have it all their own way against a side who they have beaten on three occasions already this season.With little more than pride left to play for, Waterford seem to be ending their season without any pressure and playing with a freedom that has seen them score in each of their last six games – including six in their last two games. The last side to hold them scoreless was Harps when they ran out 3-0 winners at the RSC last July.“Waterford will be a huge test for us especially with the players they have added to their team including the Galvin brothers who are excellent footballers,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he looked ahead to the weekend’s game.“They are playing some great attacking football as their recent results indicate. The last time Waterford came to Ballybofey they played us off the pitch at times so we are in for a very difficult game,” he warned.“All games are massive at this stage and can go either way in so far as anyone can beat another on a particular night,” continued Horgan. Last Friday night, Harps beat Cabinteely by the odd goal in five at Stradbrook. Harps had raced into a 3-0 lead after just half-an-hour but the Dublin side scored twice in the second half to leave Harps sweating somewhat in the latter stages of the game.“The Cabinteely game very much a game of two halves,” said Horgan. “We started well and raced into an early lead but the second half belonged to them and we were relieved to get out of there with a narrow win.”“I don’t think we need any more wake up calls,” he said of the warming Cabinteely gave his side. “At the start of the second half Cabinteely came out and scored an excellent early goal through Karl Byrne and added a second with five or six minutes left in the game. They also hit the post in between so we were glad to hear the final whistle.”Matt Crossan is available for selection again for the visit of Waterford on Saturday having missed the win over Cabinteely through suspension. Packie Mailey is the only likely absentee on Saturday as he is carrying an injury.Harps have held the upper hand on Saturday’s opponents in recent times. Ollie Horgan’s side have won all three meetings between the teams this season bringing to five the number of consecutive victories that Harps have recorded over the Suirsiders – all this after they had failed to beat Waterford in any of their previous nine encounters. TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: None.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-L-D-L-W-W (10 pts)Waterford United: D-L-L-L-W-L (4 pts)BOTTOM BOYS WATERFORD VISIT AS HARPS’ PROMOTION PUSH CONTINUES was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkRoddy CollinsWaterford Utdlast_img read more