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Yaya Toure’s agent slams Guardiola

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Yaya Toure’s agent has criticised Pep Guardiola for humiliating the midfielder by leaving him out of Manchester City’s squad for the Champions League group stages. The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international has failed to make any of City’s match-day squads for their first three Premier League games of the season with Guardiola saying Toure needs to improve his work rate without the ball. Joe Hart’s loan move to Torino meant City were unable to fill the eight home-grown spots required by UEFA as part of their 25-man squad, and as a result they have named only 21 players with Toure missing out. Though critical of Guardiola’s decision, Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk says his client remains determined to force his way into the Spaniard’s plans. “If he wins the Champions League for City this season then I will travel to England and I will say on television that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world,” Seluk told Sunday Mirror Sport. “But if City don’t win the Champions League then I h…

Zidane the ´key´ to Madrid season

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo lauded coach Zinedine Zidane as the key to his side's Champions League success. Zidane, 44, replaced Rafael Benitez at the start of January, leading Madrid to European glory thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over city rivals Atletico in the final. Ronaldo, who scored 51 goals in all competitions last season, paid tribute to Zidane as the reason his team's campaign turned around. "Zidane was the key to our season," he said. "He came, made us work hard, work well. He's a great professional and a great person. "In my opinion, his best quality is his ability to give players a sense of calm. What coach can win the Champions League in six months? "Zidane deserves much credit and I am very happy he is with us." After leading Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, Ronaldo has been sidelined with a knee injury, although he is nearing a return. The 31-year-old said his aims for this season were similar to any other at the S…

Froome struggles to stay in contention after dismal stage

Chris Froome's hopes of becoming the first rider in 38 years to win the Tour de France and Tour of Spain in the same year were hit by a terrible display in stage 15 on Sunday when he finished two minutes 40 seconds adrift of winner Gianluca Brambilla. Colombian Nairo Quintana tightened his grip on the red jersey by coming second, three seconds behind Brambilla, stretching his lead over Froome in the general classification from 54 seconds to 3:37. Colombian Johan Esteban Chaves remains third, a further 20 sec behind Froome, having finished the stage 47 seconds ahead of Froome after riding most of the stage with the Briton. Quintana and Froome had completed the last two stages together but it quickly became clear that Sunday's race from Sabinanigo to Sallent de Gallego would be different. Quintana and Spaniard Alberto Contador attempted various early attacks before forming a breakaway group within the first 10km of the 118.5 km stage. Froome was left in the peloton with Chaves …

Sania-Dodig crash out of US Open

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India's Sania Mirza and her partner Ivan Dodig were knocked out by Barbora Krejcikova and Marin Draganja in the mixed doubles at the 2016 US Open.  The top seeded Sania-DOdig lost to unseeded Krejcikova-Draganja 3-6, 4-6 in mixed-doubles 2nd round on Sunday. In the match that lasted 65 minutes, Mirza-Dodig were broken twice in the first four games and they eventually lost the first set at 3-6. In the second set, the Czech-Croat pair broke thrice despite being themselves broken twice to wrap the set at 6-4. It was the 71 percent overall points that they won first serve which made the overall difference.

England leave it late as Scotland and Germany win comfortably

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Adam Lallana ensured Sam Allardyce's reign as England manager got off to a dramatic winning start with a strike deep into injury time against Slovakia. Allardyce had looked as though he would have to settle for a deeply uninspiring stalemate in Trnava - the hosts having held firm in the World Cup Group F qualifier despite Martin Skrtel's sending-off after a nasty stamp on Harry Kane. However Lallana picked a perfect moment to break his international duck and seal a 1-0 success. The Liverpool forward had already clattered a post when the ball broke for him inside the area, with seconds of the four added minutes left. He showed neat footwork and got his shot away, then turned away in celebration as keeper Matus Kozacik let the ball squirm between his legs and over the line. Also in Group F alongside England, Scotland made a winning start as a hat-trick from Hull's Robert Snodgrass helped secure a 5-1 victory in Malta. Snodgrass' over-hit cross flew into the far top corn…

Look out for her at the Tokyo Olympics!

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he Rio Olympics hoopla has settled down. Given our track record, we Indians will jump into the bandwagon only in 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics. But there are athletes who practice day in and day out to be part of the mega event. One among them is the talented hockey player, Rani Rampal. The 21-year-old striker hails from Shahabad, Kurukshetra, Haryana which boasts of the largest number of women hockey players in India. Shahabad is also known for its khap panchayat. It has the worst sex ratio in the country. And women always cover their heads with a dupatta. With her agility, speed, superior stick work and determination, Rani is trying to change that image of her conservative small town. Her journey started in a very modest horse-cart puller's house. She was turned away on Day 1 at the Shahbad Hockey Academy, but the following day her agility and determination impressed Dronacharya Award-winning coach Baldev Singh who then took her under his wings. Rani broke a few rul…

Nadal fist-pumps into last 16; Djokovic, Kerber also advance

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Fourth seed Rafael Nadal showed he is healthy and ready to challenge for a third US Open title as he rolled into the last 16 at Flushing Meadows on Friday with a fist-pumping 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov. Erasing any lingering concerns over an injured wrist that kept him out of Wimbledon, Nadal has made a powerful start to the year's final grand slam, racing into the fourth round without dropping a set. It was vintage Nadal on a warm New York evening, as the energetic Spaniard wore down his 47th-ranked opponent with a breathless work rate and a bombardment of stinging forehands. Despite the one-sided scoreline, Nadal did his best to keep another large crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium entertained closing out the match in theatrical style, setting up the winning point with a between-the-legs lob that had fans on their feet. Nadal had them roaring again seconds later as he danced across the court in a succession of fist-pumps. Rested Djokovic gets another slide Top see…

Aguero BANNED for violent conduct

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct, the Football Association said on Friday. The Argentine striker elbowed West Ham United defender Winston Reid during Sunday's Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, which City won 3-1. He will be unavailable for the derby at rivals Manchester United on Sept. 10 and will also miss City's Premier League clash with Bournemouth and a League Cup third-round tie against Swansea City. "Sergio Aguero will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge of violent conduct against him was found proven," the FA said in a statement on its website. "The club denied the charge and submitted further that, if it was to be found proven, the standard punishment would be clearly excessive. "On finding the charge proven at a hearing today (Friday 2 September 2016), an Independent Regulatory Commission went on to reject the club's…

United leave out Schweinsteiger from Europa League squad

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Manchester United's Europa League squad by coach Jose Mourinho, as the midfielder continues to be marginalised at the club. World Cup winner Schweinsteiger signed a three-year deal at United last year after moving to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich, but has failed to feature under Mourinho since the Portuguese coach replaced Louis van Gaal this summer. Having made 18 league appearances last season, the 32-year-old appears to have no future at United and has been training with the reserve team after Mourinho confirmed that it would be "very difficult" for him to play for the club again. The transfer window closed with Schweinsteiger still with United, although his chances of featuring under Mourinho appear slim, particularly after he was overlooked for the 27-man Europa League squad released by UEFA on Saturday. United have included teenage defenders Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe as they look to qualify from Group A, whi…

Messi sidelined for World Cup qualifier vs Venezuela

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Injured Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela on Tuesday with a groin problem.
"Unfortunately, he won't be able to play. We can't take any risks. We spoke with the doctor and it's the sensible thing to do. It must be treated, we must take care of him," national team coach Edgardo Bauza said on Friday at the team's training base in Buenos Aires. Messi made a successful return after his short-lived international retirement by scoring the winning goal in Thursday's 1-0 victory over Uruguay in Mendoza. Argentina are now top of the 10-team South American qualifying group after seven of 18 matches. The top four teams will automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Nigerian striker signs for Sunderland

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The striker has been out of a contract since May 2016, after his old team, West Bromwich Albion released him from his contract.

His addition to Sunderland is expected to bolster the performance of the Wearside club, who until his signing had just one senior striker, Jermain Defoe, in the team. Anichebe, in anticipation of his deal with his new club, had revealed that he is looking forward to learning from the experience of Defoe. Fabio Borini, another Sunderland striker that could have been relied upon, is facing close to three months on the sidelines due to a groin injury.

Cork's Ladies Footballers keep six-in-a-row hopes alive

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In his first season at the helm, Ephie Fitzgerald has guided holders Cork through to another TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final. Cork will contest their 11th final in 12 seasons when they take on Dublin for the Brendan Martin Cup on September 25 – the third successive season that the counties will meet for the silverware. advertisement
Cork’s six-in-a-row hopes remain on course but they were given a stern test by Ulster champions Monaghan at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon. Monaghan registered 14 wides during the game – seven in each half – and paid the price for that.

Serena Williams has broken a Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams broke the women's record for most grand slam singles wins as the American cruised past Johanna Larsson and into the US Open last 16. Williams took exactly one hour to see off Sweden's Larsson 6-2 6-1 and register her 307th major victory, beating Martina Navratilova's previous all-time best. She also draws level with Roger Federer on 307 and needs just one more win to own the record for both the men and women's game. Williams will now face Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows as she chases a 23rd grand slam title and another spot in the history books. The 34-year-old won her 22nd major triumph at Wimbledon this summer and currently sits level at the top of the Open era list with Steffi Graf. In the last match of the day, second seed Angelique Kerber eased past American Catherine Bellis 6-1 6-1.

It is difficult to understand why Tottenham have signed Moussa Sissoko for £30 million

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It has been one of the more entertaining transfer deadline day sagas. Both Tottenham and Everton were apparently interested in Moussa Sissoko, but eventually it was Spurs who signed the France international.
Can anyone work out how Newcastle commanded these sorts of prices? They’ve certainly done well for a side relegated after such a poor previous season.
And then there’s the Arsenal problem. But some fans aren’t bothered and have displayed maturity in the face of Sissoko’s Arsenal comments.
Hey, this might be a great signing! Give the guy some time. In fact, some might say the Tottenham squad is looking pretty healthy.

West Brom agree fees for Tottenham and Malaga midfielders

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis reiterated his desire for reinforcements after a dull draw with Middlesbrough and moved closer to getting his wish as the club agreed fees for two players. The Baggies were held to a desperate 0-0 stalemate at home to Boro on Sunday as their problems were laid bare at The Hawthorns. Pulis wants a host of new players and Press Association Sport understands deals have been agreed for Tottenham's Nacer Chadli and Malaga's Ignacio Camacho, both midfielders. The deals would take the club's tally of signings to four this summer, Matt Phillips from QPR and Everton loanee Brendan Galloway having already joined. advertisement