Arsenal have appealed against the red card shown to Olivier Giroud during Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham. Press Association If the appeal is unsuccessful, Giroud will receive a three-match ban for the straight red card. Replays showed the £13million summer signing from Montpellier, who has scored 17 goals for Arsenal, made contact with the ball during the tackle. Arsene Wenger hinted after a win that lifted the Gunners to third in the table that an appeal would be made. “Giroud told me he did slip and went a bit over the ball,” the Arsenal boss said “Knowing that Steve Sidwell had been sent off, when the referee went to see him, we knew it would be a red card. “We will have to deal with that now because he will miss three games and that is not easy for us to cope with. “Nobody would say Giroud is a dirty player, it is purely accidental, but sometimes accidental can be dangerous.” French striker Giroud was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner in the 90th minute of the London derby at Craven Cottage for jumping into a challenge with Stanislav Manolev. “We have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud against Fulham,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “An FA regulatory commission will hear the claim and make a verdict on Tuesday afternoon.”
Steven Taylor thinks Newcastle will lose again on Sunday if they do not tame the “beast” that is Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Sloppy defending allowed United to bag all three points, much to Taylor’s dismay. The Newcastle defender felt his team-mates were too much in awe of the stellar cast of players on show for United. “We made it far too easy for them. We showed them too much respect,” Taylor said. “We should have been right in their faces and put a few tackles in during the first five or 10 minutes like we did against Chelsea. “We need to put pressure on the opposition. We need to test them out. “If you give them that much respect, anyone can look good and we made them look good.” A repeat performance against Everton, could prove costly, according to Taylor. The Toffees suffered a shock home defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day, but the Toon centre-back is wary of the talented players Roberto Martinez has at his disposal – chief among them Lukaku. The pressure is back on Alan Pardew after his team stretched their losing streak to four matches in all competitions with a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Boxing Day. Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat had chances to score for the Magpies and the visitors were unlucky not to be given a penalty in the first half when Juan Mata tripped Yoan Gouffran. “He is an absolute beast – a top player,” Taylor said of the big Belgian. “And they have players like (Ross) Barkley, another top player. “They have good players left, right and centre that will hurt you if you give them time on the ball, so it’s up to us to stand up and put our head in the way.” Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns from suspension for the clash. Goalkeepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) are out and there are doubts over midfielders Mehdi Abeid (toe) and Siem de Jong (thigh), who missed the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United. Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the way his side now react to suffering their first back-to-back Barclays Premier League losses this season will be vital to how their campaign pans out overall. After being beaten 3-0 at Southampton last Saturday and then 1-0 at home by Stoke on Boxing Day, the Toffees – who came fifth last term and had been targeting the Champions League places this time around – are 12th in the table, 11 points off the top four. They have only won one of their last six league games, with four of those ending in defeat, and struggled to create much going forward in what was a physical encounter with the Potters. And ahead of the trip to St James’ Park, the Spaniard said: “I don’t think in general we are lacking confidence, but I think this is a moment of the season that is pivotal for us – seeing how we can react. “The reaction now has to be that we make sure we know what we are doing. “We have a real understanding of how to perform and if we can keep that, the results will come. “But football gives you these sorts of challenges, and this is the challenge of the season. “We need to make sure we get through this period stronger than ever, and that could really give us a very strong second half of the season.” Goalkeeper Tim Howard and skipper Phil Jagielka were forced off at half-time due to calf and ankle problems respectively and look likely to miss the Newcastle game. Additionally, Jagielka’s fellow centre-back John Stones and winger Kevin Mirallas are doubtful due to knocks they picked up in the Boxing Day match. The fixture also saw forward Steven Naismith receive a fifth Premier League booking of the season, meaning he will be suspended for Sunday’s encounter. Press Association
Ireland kick off Group 2 in Waterford RSC on Thursday evening knowing they will face bigger tests on the road to the 2017 finals, but equally aware they cannot afford to pass up an opportunity to make a statement. King said: “It’s a different pressure than we sometimes can find at this level because we are favourites. We are favourites for a reason and we have to justify that. We have to take that to the pitch. “We’ve looked at Andorra a couple of games – they’ll be a threat on the counter. They’ll be passionate and hard-working, so we’ll have to match that with our own intensity and hopefully prove that we have the better players and go on and win the match.” The Republic will eventually also have to contend with Italy, Serbia, Slovenia and Lithuania if they are to make it to Poland. King’s men will hope to improve on their showing in the last campaign, which saw them finish fourth in a five-strong group behind Germany, Romania and Montenegro having won just two of their eight games, both against minnows the Faroe Islands. West Ham’s former Waterford striker Sean Maguire, who is currently on loan at Accrington Stanley, has been drafted into the squad as a replacement for the injured Matt Hamilton, while King has concerns over Jack Connors and Shamir Goodwin. Press Association Noel King has challenged his Republic of Ireland Under-21 players to revel in their unaccustomed role as favourites as they launch their European Championship qualifying campaign against Andorra.
Nevertheless Dangote, whose business interests include sugar, flour and oil, remains keen to become part of the Emirates Stadium club sometime in the future. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said: “I still hope, one day at the right price, that I will buy the team. “I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won’t want to resist. I know my strategy.” Dangote, though, added no imminent bid was in the pipeline. “We have 16billion dollars-worth of investments in the next few years. Right now I want to take my own business to a certain level. Once I finish on that trajectory, then maybe,” he said. Arsenal beat Hull 3-1 on Monday night to give themselves a good chance to finish second behind Premier League champions Chelsea, and will face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 30. Dangote, however, suggested Arsene Wenger’s side should be achieving more. He added: “(Wenger) needs to change his style a bit. They need new direction.” The Nigerian has an estimated fortune of 15billion US dollars (£10.4billion) and is reported to have wanted to buy into the Gunners when former director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith was selling her shares in 2010. Arsenal’s current majority shareholder is American tycoon Stan Kroenke, who remains committed to the Barclays Premier League club for the long-term. Uzbek magnate Alisher Usmanov controls around 30 per cent and has also expressed no desire to offload any of his stock. Press Association Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote claims he still harbours hopes of one day buying Arsenal.
Mauricio Pochettino knows Tottenham need to learn from previous mistakes in the transfer market and warned not even his signings are safe at White Hart Lane this summer. “Always you need to analyse the last season and nobody is sure that they are staying at the club,” he said. “But this is my job – to analyse, to assess and to make a decision. “It is not because we brought some player in and we were sure, and he was poor during the season, now he stays. If not, why did you bring himin ? “Not only me, all managers act the same way in this situation. If you bring in a player and the performance was not good, it is not good. You make a decision.” Those decisions Pochettino makes without sentiment. The head coach may come across as warm and tactile, but when it comes to footballing decisions it is done without emotion. “You need to be professional when you make a decision,” Pochettino said. “My first speech with the players is that one thing is the human side, the other is the professional side. “I am very cold on my professional side because I need to make decisions. Maybe I love a player in the personal way and as a human being, but he was poor so I need to put him out of the starting 11. “If I have a good relationship with this player and he is poor, I have to be fair with the whole squad. I need to be professional and say ‘for the best of the team’. Sometimes you don’t like some people but this is the best. “If with (Lionel) Messi you don’t have a very good feeling with him on the human side, but he is the best, you need to be professional.” Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue have all failed to live up to the billing after what increasingly looks like a foolhardy splurge of that £85million two years ago. “We need to look forward and we need to learn from the past,” Pochettino said. “We need to look forward and we have a plan for the development in the next few years and we need to deliver it.” The vast sums spent two years ago certainly appear to be a wasted opportunity by Spurs, given current Financial Fair Play constraints. It means the “good players,” with “great profiles” Pochettino wants to bring in this summer will need to be offset by departures. “I think always you need to deal with that,” the Spurs head coach said. “If you want to bring in some players, maybe you need to sell some players.” Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Andros Townsend are others potentially facing a Spurs exit, so too perhaps some of last year’s additions. Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli have struggled to make an impression since being brought in by Pochettino, who suggested even they are not immune from the chop. Champions League qualification has almost certainly eluded Spurs once again as the former Argentina international’s topsy-turvy first campaign at the helm draws to a close. A summer of change is expected in north London as they look to close the gap on the top four and a number of departures are expected, including those brought in to much fanfare after Gareth Bale’s world-record move to Real Madrid. Press Association
Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh shocked world number nine Mark Allen in a final-frame decider to seal his spot in the semi-finals of the International Championship in Daqing. Un-Nooh, seeded 39th for the tournament, fell 1-0 behind after Allen racked up an impressive 65 in the first frame but the 30-year-old remained in the contest and took a 3-2 lead. A break of 66 in the sixth frame made it 4-2 to the world number 47 while a 99 edged him ahead once more at 5-4. The Australian produced a superb break of 127 in the ninth frame but Selby responded to claim the decisive 10th by 78-0. Earlier, Higgins continued his fine form in China with a 6-3 win against Perry. The world number 12, who whitewashed Shaun Murphy in the previous round, raced into a 4-0 lead which included a break of 106 in the third frame. Yet Perry made a game of it by taking the next two before Higgins restored a three-frame cushion in the seventh with a composed 69. Perry refused to lie down and fought back to make it 5-3 but Higgins edged a nervy ninth frame 62-57. Allen’s 118 in the 10th frame took the contest to the distance but Un-Nooh kept his cool to win his fifth final-frame decider of the championship – including qualifiers. David Gilbert also won an 11-frame thriller against 11th seed Marco Fu to secure a spot in the semi-finals of a ranking tournament for the first time. Having trailed 3-1 and 4-2, Gilbert fought his way back and a break of 130 saw the world number 40 take a 5-4 lead. Fu responded with a 78 in the 10th frame but Gilbert claimed a narrow 71-69 victory in the decider to set up a last-four clash with Un-Nooh. World number one Mark Selby made a safe progression through to the last four in Daqing with a 6-4 victory over Neil Robertson. The 2014 world champion will face John Higgins at the semi-final stage after the Scot saw off the challenge of Joe Perry earlier in the session. Selby was made to work by Robertson, seeded fifth for the tournament, despite making an opening-frame century. Further breaks of 52 and 75 helped the Jester from Leicester open up a 3-2 lead, yet Robertson remained on his heels. Press Association
Cricket News One Of The Best Spinners Of My Time: Sachin Tendulkar Remembers Ace Pakistan Spinner Abdul Qadir
New Delhi: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar led the Indian cricket fraternity’s tribute for Pakistan spin legend Abdul Qadir. Pakistan’s master leg-spinner Abdul Qadir died in Lahore on Friday after suffering from a massive cardiac arrest. “Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP,” Tendulkar wrote on his twitter handle.Ravichandran Ashwin also took to twitter to express his grief at Qadir’s demise.“Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #RIP,” Ashwin tweeted.Harbhajan too expressed his shock at the death of the legendary spinner.“Shocked to hear Abdul Qadir passed away. Met him two years back he was full of energy as always … A champion bowler, great human being, you will be missed forever … condolences to the family #RIPabdulqadir,” he tweeted.In his condolence message, former India batsman VVS Laxman said was always mesmerised by Qadir’s unique bowling style.“Sad to hear about the demise of Abdul Qadir. Was always mesmerised by his unique style of bowling and he was one of the best leg-spinners to play the game. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”Qadir was 63 years old and is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter who is married to current Pakistan star batsman Umar Akmal.Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal, Umar’s elder brother, confirmed the tragic news about Qadir suffering a cardiac arrest and after being rushed to a hospital, was declared dead on arrival.Qadir, who played in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs had a total 368 wickets in his international career, would have celebrated his 64th birthday on 15th September.“It is a great loss to Pakistan cricket because it was Qadir bhai’s leg-spin magic and artistry that inspired a generation of young leg-spin bowlers in Pakistan and around the cricket world,” former Pakistan leg-break bowler Danish Kaneria said.In fact another spin great Mushtaq Ahmed only came into prominence immitating Qadir’s action.Qadir, who remained a critic of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s policies till the end, worked as chief selector in 2009 and it was the squad that was selected by him that went on to win the ICC World T20 in England.Qadir had resigned midway through the tournament as chief selector after having differences with the erstwhile PCB chairman Ejaz Butt over the non-selection of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.Always a colourful character, Qadir was a favourite of Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain turned prime minister, Imran Khan and he produced some of his best performances under Imran’s captaincy taking 9 for 56 in one test against West Indies at Faisalabad.All four of his sons, Rehman, Imran, Sulaman and Usman have played first class cricket in Pakistan while his youngest Usman (also a leg-spinner like his father) also appeared in the Big Bash T20 league last season and has shown his intention to qualify to play for Australia after being overlooked time and again by Pakistani selectors. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (5-4, 1-4) 24-17 on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Here are some quick mental murmurings.North Carolina State is badBut Syracuse is worse. The Wolfpack came into the Carrier Dome and ran plays quickly but ineffectively. SU’s offense just ran them slower and less effectively.The Syracuse defense kept the Orange in the game and did it with relative ease, routinely pressuring Jacoby Brissett and blowing up the N.C. State backfield. There were eight punts in the first half alone.But five of them were Riley Dixon’s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere were bright spots, like AJ Long picking out Jarrod West down the left sideline or hitting Steve Ishmael on a timing route down the right. But there were too many penalties, stuffed run plays, sacks and turnovers for meaningful momentum to build.The defense is unfairSU’s defense didn’t give N.C. State much of a chance.Syracuse’s defense flocked nine players to the ball to snuff out one Wolfpack screen pass and fire up the SU sideline and crowd. Dyshawn Davis even snagged an onside kick with 17 seconds remaining to reinvigorate what remained of the crowd. But they were all to be disappointed.And while the false hope given to Orange fans isn’t fair, the job being asked of the Syracuse defense isn’t, either.Freshmen, manZaire Franklin threatened to outshine his veteran fellow linebackers. The SU coaching staff left him on the field on crucial drives late in the game and with good reason.Franklin had six tackles through three quarters and five of them were unassisted. The SU linebacking heir apparent more than looked the part on Saturday.First-year wide receiver Steve Ishmael caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, his third of the year.Cole Murphy buried a 50-yard field goal with ease with 17 seconds left to give SU a fighting chance in the game and Juwan Dowels also got some snaps at cornerback. Comments Published on November 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
The Meath trainer landed both graded races on the card to complete a four-timer for him and owners Gigginstown House Stud, as well as a treble for jockey Jack Kennedy.The fourth and most valuable leg of the quartet came in the Grade 2 Mares Novice Chase won by Dinaria Des Obeaux.The consistent mare put an unfortunate run at Leopardstown behind her as she battled on strongly to hold off the persistent Magic Of Light for a narrow victory.
Fnatic and GamingZone have entered a strategic partnership that will see a new Fnatic CS:GO Academy team born. GamingZone are the producers behind GAMERZ, the esports reality show in which two sets of players compete against each other, with the winners earning professional, salaried Counter-Strike contracts. The first iteration of the reality show was based purely around Nordic talent, with the scouting and trials taking place at DreamHack before an initial set of twelve players joined the show. Each week from then on, the blue team would face the red team and the losing team would potentially have a player leave the show. They would then be replaced with a new player, until the show ultimately culminated in a final week best of three showdown in which the blue team emerged victorious.This time, however, the show is “Europe” focused, thus targeting a broader range of players and Fnatic will be fairly confident of finding a solid academy team as a result. The show is set to air in 2018.Interestingly, Fnatic’s key players and coaches will be part of the show, sharing their know-how and experiences with the teams and fans.“Fnatic has a rich history in finding, educating and growing esports talents and we’re proud to have some of the biggest esports Pros competing under the Fnatic banner. Partnering with GAMERZ gives us again an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with the newer generations. And of course the opportunity to welcome new talent into our CS:GO Academy team.” says Patrik Sattermon, Chief Gaming Officer at Fnatic. “Through GAMERZ we will get a cool scanning of all the talented players out there. We really look forward to this.”“This co-op is a classic win-win where Fnatic will bring their expertise and awareness to GAMERZ and GAMERZ can help Fnatic find future esport stars. And in the process give the fans some cool entertaining programming” commented Karl Mikael Cakste, CEO of Gamingzone Entertainment.Esports Insider says: Cool initiative, this one. We haven’t seen or heard too much of the players that won the previous series but the opportunity to be signed to Fnatic is huge. We look forward to seeing the next series air.