Sassuolo star Francesco Caputo falls spectacularly over hoarding when celebrating second goal in 3-0 win over Spal AC MILAN are considering a January swoop for Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier, it has been claimed.The ex-PSG man is said to be wanted by San Siro chiefs as an alternative to Andrea Conti.3 AC Milan are said to be interested in Serge AurierCredit: Getty – ContributorItalian international Conti, 25, has struggled for form this season and AC Milan big wigs are said to be unconvinced by his showings for the Rossoneri.And according to Italian outlet Sport MediaSet, the board have earmarked Aurier as a suitable replacement and could make a move in January.Aurier has started Spurs’ last two Premier League games – a 4-0 home win vs Crystal Palace and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester.But despite his repeat inclusion, the 26-year-old reportedly told teammates he wants to leave.His old team Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested which could make life difficult for Milan if the French champions also make a move for his signature in January.The Ivory Coast international joined Spurs in a £23million switch from PSG two years ago.3MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAurier is Spurs eighth most expensive signing of all time.And while he has not necessarily lived up to his price tag, Mauricio Pochettino may be hesitant to let Aurier leave given his lack of options at right-back.Kieran Trippier left for Atletico Madrid in the summer leaving only Aurier and 22-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters left in the position.3 Andrea Conti may have fallen out of favour at AC MilanCredit: AFP
TIM KRUL insists his FA Cup penalty heroics at Tottenham were not all down to bottle.The Norwich keeper saved two spot kicks in Wednesday’s shootout to book the Canaries a quarter-final place – after his coach wrote all the details of the Spurs takers on his water bottle.2 Tim Krul has revealed all about his penalty shootout heroicsCredit: GettyHe said: “My goalie coach prepares me before every match and he gave me a bottle with all the details on.“But I started mixing up the players and there was one point when I thought Gedson Fernandes was taking two penalties.”Krul, 31, saved spot-kicks from Fernandes and Troy Parrott, after Erik Lamela had hit the bar, to give Norwich a 3-2 win on pens after the fifth-round tie was deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time.The Dutch keeper has a reputation for saving pens after he was sent on a sub in the final minute of extra time in his country’s 2014 World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica.He then helped book the Netherlands a semi-final place by saving two spot kicks in the shootout.After thwarting Tottenham, Krul – whose heroics were overshadowed by Eric Dier’s row with a fan in the stands afterwards – said: “It is hard work and requires some homework but when the moment comes maybe it’s my experience.“I’ve faced a few penalties in my career and I just see when one person is more nervous than another, who is more comfortable.”Of course in the end of you need a little bit of luck as well.“I prepared before the game and got the clips. And even just before the shootout got some more clips and did some more homework.“But when the moment is there, like Erik Lamela changed from his normal side and luckily enough it went off the crossbar. Normally he goes the other way.”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesKrul admitted psychology plays a large part in the win too, saying: “I look at the player. Who is comfortable, who is confident?“With the young lad Parrott, I played a little bit with his head as well. I just said: ‘I haven’t seen many penalties from you on my homework’ and he was looking at me.“To be honest, I hadn’t seen any of his penalties.“This is when you have to forget everything and go back to what you’ve learned and from your experience.“Frans Hoek who was with me at the World Cup in Brazil is a specialist in it. He used to say ‘Just wait on the line and react to the shot’ and that’s what I did for that one.”2 Jose Mourinho has never won a penalty shootout in EnglandMORE 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 yearKrul insists the pressure is not only on the taker, though.He said: “There’s pressure for me as well. When Tottenham’s first one went in I was saying to myself, ‘You’ve got a name for saving penalties so you’d better start saving some’.“But the pressure was on them, in front of their own fans, it was huge for them. I played on that.”Tim Krul runs the length of the pitch after Norwich beat Spurs on penalties in the FA Cup
The ‘Chad Townsend Hair Appreciation Page’ has 411 followers and the Cronulla halfback is well aware of its existence although he can’t grasp the fascination around his rug.“I don’t know why I get all this attention for my hair,” Townsend told PlayersVoice host Anna Flanagan.“People just love to talk about it. I don’t put anything in it.“I just get out of the shower and dry it and that’s it. There’s no secret to it.”If you want to join the Facebook page, take a look by clicking here!
Nicknamed Big Nasty, Asofa-Solomona hadn’t played in a month before their preliminary final win over Cronulla due to an ankle injury.Coming off the bench, he used his 201cm, 123kg frame to plenty of damage through the middle against the Sharks while making 21 tackles.But Storm assistant coach Jason Ryles warned the New Zealand Test prop would be better for the hit-out and he expected an improved performance at ANZ Stadium.”I was pleasantly surprised with big Nels,” Ryles said of Asofa-Solomona, who was voted this month by his peers in the Rugby League Players’ Association Dream Team”What we saw on the weekend was obviously his power running and he was really effective with his defence, which is good.”He will be better for the run and hopefully he can repeat some of what we saw on the weekend.Ryles said the 22-year-old was initially despondent he wouldn’t recover from syndesmosis, suffered in round 23, in time for the finals.But he worked hard on his rehabilitation and is now reaping the rewards.”Once the ankle started to improve he sensed that he was a chance and he put a lot of work in, a lot of time with the performance guys so I think that’s what you saw on the weekend – that hard work coming out.”We like having the big boy in the team.”The Storm are at full-strength with their only injury concern, fellow prop Tim Glasby, overcoming rib cartilage damage to take his place in the title decider.
The Jets started out strongly and asked questions early on in the opening minutes of play.After gaining some possession, the Hunters were given a penalty and opted to kick taking a 2-0 lead from the boot of Noel Zemming in the 8th minute of play.The Hunters registered more points minutes later when quick hands sent Stargroth Amean over to score. Zemming added the extras to take the lead to 8-0.Straight from the kick off, the Hunters raced away through a line break and looked certain to score out wide.But a dropped ball saw the Jets scoop up the ball and give it to winger Marmin Barba to run 70 metres to score his 20th try for the season.10 minutes out from half time, Atte Bina crashed over under the posts to grab another four pointer for the Hunters.Zemming made it 3 from 3.The kick for Zemming also registered 150 points for him this season.The utility from Morobe slotted in another 2 points about 2 minutes out from full time to take a 16-4 lead going into half time.Into the second half of play, the Hunters continued to put on more pressure forcing the Jets to make errors and give away penalties.Zemming got his fifth for the game to further extend the lead to 18-4 in the 50th minute of play.Zemming racked up more points scoring near the posts after a pass from a flying Isreal Eliab.Up next was Eliab who ran 80 metres to grab the Hunter’s fourth try. Zemming made it 7 from 7 with less than 20 minutes of play remaining.Five minutes before full time, captain Dane Phillips gave the Jets something to salvage scoring a late try.Barba brought some more respectability to the score with a runaway try picking up his second try of the game.This left the final score at 32-14.
The Titans got off to the worst possible start after a knock on from the kick off. ‘Rovanama capitalized immediately scoring out wide and again minutes later to lead 8-0.The Titans regrouped and hit back through outside centre Wanipu Chris.The momentum swung the Titans way when they got their second try.Helangi Kovae Jnr put his side right back in the game converting both tries to push his side out to a 12-8 lead going into half time.The second half saw a flurry of tries from both sides.Rovanama scored the first two tries to take back the lead at 16-12.The Titans equalized right from the kick only to have Rovanama take back the lead from the restart.The scores were tied right after the Rovanama try at 22-22 after a solo effort from Maraga Lohia that saw him spin out of a tackle and slam the ball down over the try line.But Rovanama showed they wanted the win more with two unanswered tries in the dying minutes to win the game.The boys from the Aroma Coast won K10, 000 in prize money while the Titans were awarded K7, 000.In the Pennant division grand final; Wanigela Kavela beat Rovanama (2) 14-10. Wanigela picked up K1, 000 while Rovanama (2) settled for K800.The Bowl division grand final saw Irupara GK do it easy over Lime Beach Stones winning 26-6. Irupara GK walked away with K3, 500 while Lime Beach Stones got K2, 000.The Plate division grand final was claimed by Tuhava Hunters who defeated Maopa Paio 20-8. The Tuhava Hunters were awarded K5, 000 for their win while Maopa Paio won K4, 000
Ernesto Valverde wanted to say goodbye to Barça on Tuesday with an open letter that the web has spread through its official channels. After saying goodbye to players and employees in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, he has written a few lines to give thanks. He goes with two leagues, a Cup and a Super Cup in his pocket. On tiptoe, without making noise and like a man. So he says goodbye. With sobriety and elegance. “Dear Culés: My stage as a coach of FC Barcelona has come to an end. It has been two very intense seasons and a half since the beginning. During this time I have lived very happy moments celebrating victories and titles, but also other hard and difficult ones. But above all I want to highlight the experience and affection that I have felt from the fans during this stage.I want to thank President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for the opportunity they gave me to lead this team and their confidence during all this time. I would also like to thank the support and treatment of all the people who have accompanied me in the Club during these two and a half seasons and especially those who work in the first team and around it and with whom I have shared so many moments in the Ciutat Esportiva and on the move. Obviously I also want to thank the players for all the work and effort that allowed us to celebrate four titles s together, from now on I wish you all the luck in the world, as well as the new technician, Quique Setién. A hug to all.Visca Barça and Visca Catalunya “.
Though they weren’t there to collect their male and female awards in person at Saturday night’s sixth annual Scotiabank/JAAA annual Golden Cleats awards ceremony inside the Chinese Benevolent Association building (CBA) on Old Hope Road, track megastars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gushed with pride and expressed gratitude to organisers Scotiabank and Jamaicans, following their wins. The decorated sprinters spoke via video recordings. Sprint king Usain Bolt, who last won the award in 2013, upstaged the big shot putter, O’Dayne Richards, who had won the award in 2014. Bolt won three gold medals at this year’s IAAF World Championships, including the sprint double under trying circumstances due to injuries which limited his training time. “For me it feels great and it makes me want to work even harder,” he said. “What makes this win special for me … it was a tough, trying season with lots of ups and downs. This one means a lot more because I put in a lot of hard work to get back to where I needed to be so I could win this award, so for me it’s a big one,” said Bolt. He thanked his “coach, close teammates, friends and management team … fans, the ones who stood by me through the season. I will try to do my best and try to continue conquering the world and just ‘bigging up’ Jamaica,” he added. Decorated female sprinter, Fraser-Pryce, who outclassed her 100m rivals at the Beijing World Championships’ women’s final, and who also copped the 4×100-metre gold medal, staved off stiff competition from hurdles World champion Danielle Williams and 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson, among others. “Winning the JAAA Golden Cleats Award, it’s a wonderful feeling for me. It shows hard work and just being committed to what I set out to do in the year and being able to accomplish that and being rewarded for that accomplishment is wonderful, so I would like to say thank you to each and every one who voted for me to win this award,” Fraser-Pryce noted. “I will be representing the country to the max.” Among other awardees were veteran MVP track and field coach, Stephen Francis, who is based at the University of Technology, for Coach of the Year, while Outstanding Performance of the Year went to the women’s 4x400m gold medal winning team from the Beijing World Championships. Novlene Williams-Mills, Christine Day, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson were the members. The award was collected by Day. The prestigious Howard Aris Award went to Edwin Allen High’s Deamar Gayle, who excelled in a non-traditional event, where he dominated in the discus and shot put at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Champs, CARIFTA and Pan Am Games. Fifteen-year-old Christopher Taylor took the Best Youth Athlete of the Year Award for his dazzling 45.27 seconds at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, the fastest time ever in his age group. Shanice Love of Excelsior High School won the Scotiabank-sponsored Howard Aris Scholarship, awarded to the Jamaican student-athlete with the top grade point average, and for being a discus bronze medallist at the Junior Pan Am Championships. The scholarship is valued at $250,000. Scotiabank’s vice-president of asset management, Lissant Mitchell, said: “Today we celebrate sport and more importantly our athletes. Let me just say what a pleasure it is to be associated with you. I am sure I speak on behalf of every Jamaican when I say you give me goosebumps every time. Each time you take the track, it is an euphoric experience that stops the entire country and leaves us all in a great frame of mind.” BEST YOUTH ATHLETE
Both men then tried to stamp their authority on the fight, and there was an exciting exchange over the last 20 seconds of the round, which was a signal to spectators that they were in for a fistic treat. And so it was. The excitement continued into the second round as a confident and sometimes cocky Gardener scored repeatedly with hard punches to the head and body. Lewis had his moments of ascendancy, but it was Gardener who scored consistently and methodically in the third round, which produced a lot of action and had spectators on their feet cheering wildly as the tempo of the fight increased. Things reached a crescendo in the fourth round as Gardener let loose with a barrage of punches. Lewis was not able to keep him at bay and he was hurt in this round. After a quick burst of two-fisted action from Gardener, Lewis seemed ready to fall and would have quite likely hit the canvas if he had not been caught up in the ropes. Referee Owen Nelson ruled this a knock-down, however, and gave Lewis an eight count. Gardener was all over him at the bell. When Gardener came out for the fifth and final round, he was more conservative and appeared winded. This was not surprising, however, as it was the first time that he had gone beyond three rounds. Lewis was not able to capitalise on this, however, and Gardener was able to end the fight on cruise control, and a with a victory neatly tucked away in his pocket. There was one amateur bout on the card which saw Samuel Grant of Sugar Olympic Gym scoring a points victory over Collel Hogg from Boys’ Town. Hard-hitting Michael ‘The Wasp’ Gardener moved one step closer to his goal of being the 2016 Wray and Nephew Contender champion when he scored a brilliant victory on points over his more experienced rival, Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night. It was a unanimous decision as Judge Ransford Burton scored the fight 49-45, Laurence Neufville 49-46, and Peter Richards 50-45. This was easily the most exciting fight in the competition so far, and spectators had a lot to cheer about. Both men had signalled beforehand that they would be throwing a lot of punches, and they kept their word. The action started immediately after the signal to start was given, and it was Lewis who landed the first decisive punches. Gardener retaliated very quickly, however, and three jabs followed by a hook to the body sent the signal to Lewis that he was in for a hard night. The Gardener camp had something to think about before the round ended as he was cut over the left eye by a punch. The doctor examined it and ruled that it was nothing serious. EXCITING EXCHANGE
WON’T FEEL OUT OF PLACE THE Mico University College has strengthened its netball programme for the upcoming season. One of the country’s most talented netballers, national goal shooter Jhanielle Fowler-Reid, has enrolled at that institution for the upcoming academic year. Fowler-Reid who returned to the island recently from the Netball World Cup in Australia will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in guidance and counselling. Fowler-Reid will team up with two members of the team who were in Australia – goal defence Vangelee Williams and centre Nicole Dixon. Assistant coach of the Sunshine Girls, Annette Daley, is the head coach of the Mico University team. Fowler-Reid who plays for Southern Steel in the ANZ Netball Championships in Australia will add vast experience to a Mico team which has been very consistent in intercollegiate netball for the past six years. Fowler-Reid was delighted about the chance to pursue her degree and playing netball at the Mico. “I am more than overjoyed to know that I will be attending this beautiful and great institution to do my degree in guidance and counselling and also knowing that the Mico family has embraced me,” she said. “The Mico institution itself will not be strange to me as I have had several training sessions there and a few of my teammates at the national level are on the Mico team and I won’t feel out of place,” she added. Fowler-Reid will still turn out for the Southern Steel in the ANZ Netball Championship while enrolled at Mico. “When I am overseas I will be able to study online and there are persons both here and overseas who will be willing to help me,” said Fowler-Reid when asked how her overseas engagements will affect her studies at Mico.