Sheyi Ojo set for permanent Rangers move

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Spurs sign right-back Doherty from Wolves Wolves need more players next season, says manager Nuno Scottish Premiership side Rangers have started the discussion on signing Sheyi Ojo permanently from Liverpool.According to Football Insider, the club have talked internally about securing the forward on a permanent basis.Ojo has been turning heads since teaming up with the Ibrox Stadium outfit on loan from Premier League club Liverpool in the summer.The Anglo-Nigeria, who spent last season with Ligue 1 side Reims, where he failed to impress, has turned around his misfortune, scoring five goals and providing four assists in 17 appearances since his arrival at Ibrox.Rangers will be expected to part with a huge sum of money to land the 22-year-old, who has a long-term deal with the Reds.Ojo has been with Liverpool since November 2015 but has failed to break into the first-team, featuring only in 10 games since his signing.In an effort to gather experience and enjoy more playing time, the forward spent time on loan with Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham before joining Reims at the start of last season.Ojo will hope to make an impactful showing when Rangers take on Hearts in their next league game on Sunday.Tags: Rangers MoveWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Arsenal appoint Ljunberg interim manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal have confirmed a temporary successor to Unai Emery for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Norwich City.The Gunners have pulled the trigger on Emery amid their worst run of results since 1992.Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt was the final nail in Emery’s coffin.Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg will take the reins for the time being.He was Emery’s assistant first-team coach before the axing.A statement from Arsenal read: “The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”Tags: ArsenalFreddie LjungbergUnai Emerylast_img read more

Bundesliga return delayed

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 A decision on the return date of the Bundesliga has been delayed until next week, meaning the very earliest German football could return to action will be May 16.The Bundesliga has been suspended since mid-March and a decision on a return date was expected to be taken this week, but that has now been delayed, according to multiple reports, dashing hopes that the game could return in Germany on May 9. “If we should start on May 9, we are ready. If it is later we will be ready again,” Seifert told a news conference last week.Seifert was speaking after a meeting with all first and second division clubs to finalise the health and safety measures needed so that games without spectators can be played again.A maximum number of 213 officials will be allowed inside the stadium, in the stands and pitch-side during the games, while another 109, including security staff, will be posted outside the stadium to ensure that fans do not gather outside the grounds.Players will be monitored by an appointed team health and safety official and will undergo regular testing.An infection to a player will be reported to authorities who will be in charge of any other steps. The team, however, will not be automatically quarantined.However, government talks on Thursday should provide further clarity on the readiness of the required infrastructure for football to return.Tags: BundesligaCoronavirusGermanylast_img read more

Sammy Ameobi nets brace in four-goal thriller

first_imgSammy Ameobi netted twice to leave Nottingham Forest with one foot in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and Swansea’s hopes looking rather slimmer following a 2-2 draw at the City Ground.The Reds winger netted from the edge of the box in spectacular fashion in both halves, to cancel out a fine strike from Rhian Brewster and a controversial penalty by Andre Ayew. It left Sabri Lamouchi’s side sitting in fifth place, five points clear of seventh-placed Millwall, with two games to play – while Steve Cooper’s Swans sit a point behind Millwall in eighth, with Welsh rivals Cardiff currently holding on to sixth position.To add to Swansea’ woes they finished the game with 10 men following Kyle Naughton’s late red card.Swansea should have taken the lead when Ayew planted a header wide, while Connor Roberts also came close with a low, driven shot that found the side netting.So it was not a shock when their bright start ended with the visitors taking an eighth-minute lead. Jake Bidwell whipped in a low cross from the left side to pick out Brewster, who swept home an unstoppable finish from 10 yards.It was no more than Swansea deserved with Forest having looked tentative and uncertain. But the home side did eventually spring into life in the 20th minute when they equalised in spectacular fashion.It was Forest’s first meaningful effort on goal when Yuri Ribeiro fed the ball to Ameobi several yards outside the box.The former Bolton man surged forward a few strides before curling a precise, spectacular finish beyond the reach of keeper Erwin Mulder and inside the upright.Forest were growing into the game and a probing run down the right side from Lewis Grabban ended with a ball cut back across the face of goal that Swansea eventually cleared.Forest’s Tobias Figueiredo was then booked for a robust challenge, right on the edge of the box, on Bidwell. After Ameobi had been inches away from scoring a second for Forest with an angled shot, another challenge right on the edge of the opposite box – and again seemingly just outside – resulted in a penalty for Swansea in the final minute of the first half.Ryan Yates clipped Ayew, referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and the forward regained his feet to lift the ball to the right of Brice Samba, who had dived to his left, and Swansea had the lead at the interval.Forest levelled again 10 minutes into the second half when Ameobi conjured up another cracker.After being fed the ball by Carl Jenkinson on the right side, Ameobi cut inside Bidwell, powered towards the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with a precise, driven shot.RelatedPosts Arsenal, others rejected me — Ebere Eze FA Cup: Millwall ease past Newport to reach fourth round Nottingham Forest wants Sammy Ameobi  When Bidwell delivered into the box again Ayew looked poised to put Swansea ahead for a third time, but Ribeiro and Samba managed to block between them.Swansea found themselves down to 10 men when Naughton launched into a bad challenge on substitute Alex Mighten, to earn an instant red card in the 82nd minute.—Tags: Andrew AyewCity groundMillwallSabri LamouchiSammy AmeobiSky Bet Championshiplast_img read more

Red-hot Fever lands Supreme

first_imgChampagne Fever put up a superb front-running performance to get Ireland off to a great start at the Cheltenham Festival in the opening William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Ruby Walsh set out to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old (5-1), who had stablemate Un Atout for company for most of the way, with hot favourite My Tent Or Yours always close behind and looking a major threat as they turned into the straight. There was nothing in it between Champagne Fever and the sweetly travelling My Tent Or Yours as they jumped the final flight, but the front-runner responded to every call and forged ahead up the hill to win by half a length. Jezki finished third, a further two and a quarter lengths away. Press Associationcenter_img Walsh said: “He jumped like a stag and travelled really well. It’s magic – he just came alive the last fortnight. I didn’t ride him work last week but I was watching him work at the Curragh with Willie and we both kind of looked at each other. It was scintillating. “Patrick (Mullins, the trainer’s son) has always maintained he was a two-miler and an out-and-out galloper – he was dead right. He wasn’t doing a whole lot in front, but I knew AP (McCoy) was coming to me as I could feel the crowd revving up. “But, in fairness, when AP got to him, he stuck his head down and away he went again.” Mullins added: “It was a very brave performance from the horse to lead like that and jump like that. Ruby said he heard Tony McCoy coming up behind him and the horse just took off with him. “He knew he’d lots of horse. Ruby was trying to steady it and ride a tactical race – he obviously got it spot-on. It was fantastic to watch him coming up the hill. “He’ll go to Punchestown next and next season will all be about chasing. We’ve schooled him and he already jumps fences better than hurdles – he is electric over a fence.” McCoy said of My Tent Or Yours: “I was beaten by a better horse.” last_img read more

Battle won for O’Brien

first_img Giving Aidan O’Brien his fourth Derby trial winner of the week, the Galileo colt – sent off at prohibitive odds of 2-13 – took over from Dont Bother Me around five furlongs out and it looked like he would win with real ease when going clear with quarter of a mile to run. He had to get a reminder from Joseph O’Brien, however, and in the end was pushed out to beat Loch Garman, with Little White Cloud running an eyecatching race in third. Press Association A length and three-quarters was the winning margin and O’Brien senior said: “That all went to plan. We had to go on with him or it would have been a very steady pace. “He has just ticked over since the last day. You would have to be happy with him. He is lazy in front but he gave a good blow afterwards. He loves fast ground as he is a great mover. “The three owners will decide where he goes next. It’s going to be an interesting Dante now (at York on Thursday).” O’Brien is expected to run Leopardstown maiden winner Indian Chief in the Knavesmire feature. Coral and William Hill kept Battle Of Marengo at his respective pre-trial price for the Investec Derby on June 1. David Stevens for Coral said: “His backers would surely have hoped for a more impressive performance, although the betting suggests he remains the leading Ballydoyle contender following a week in which the team have won all four colts’ trials.” But Stan James were more impressed, cutting Battle Of Marengo to 4-1 second-favourite from 5-1. Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “There are no stamina doubts regarding Battle of Marengo whatsoever and he appears to possess just the right combination of speed and staying power to win a Derby.” center_img Battle Of Marengo was left generally unchanged by bookmakers for Classic glory after a workmanlike success in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.last_img read more

Gower leaves Swans

first_img “I’m sad to be leaving, but it is in the best interests of both myself and the club,” he said. The 34-year-old had made 145 appearances for the Swans since joining on a free transfer from Southend in 2008, and helped them win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs in 2011. But Gower has found opportunities limited since Michael Laudrup succeeded Brendan Rodgers and, having spent the latter part of the season on loan at Charlton, has decided to end his spell in south Wales. Mark Gower and Swansea have agreed to terminate the midfielder’s contract a month early.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Murtagh earns Ireland thrilling win

first_img Murtagh’s efforts carried Ireland home by just one wicket, with a solitary ball to spare, in the ICC World Cricket League clash at Stormont after the Scots had looked set to snatch a vital victory. Ireland’s last pair needed nine from the last three balls when Murtagh suddenly changed the game by hitting Rob Taylor for a maximum down the ground and following up with another boundary. Ireland captain William Porterfield, who scored a century against England, carried on where he left off in Malahide by rattling up 62 from 64 balls with 10 fours. But he fell soon after the dismissal of his opening partner Paul Stirling (30) and Ireland struggled to recover the momentum. Former captain Trent Johnston did weigh in with 24 from 34 balls but it was not until Sorensen got to work, putting on 29 for the ninth wicket with Murtagh, that hopes were truly revived. It seemed over when Sorensen swung and missed after coming down the pitch to Machan, but Murtagh held his nerve. Scotland had sensed victory when the dangerous Max Sorensen had been stumped off the bowling of Matt Machan in the penultimate over after a match-changing 31. Prior to that Ireland had slumped from 95 without loss to 180 for eight in pursuit of 224, Majid Haq taking three for 26. The defeat means Scotland, who play Ireland again in their final game on Saturday, can no longer climb into the eight-team competition’s second qualification spot. They will have one last chance in a qualification tournament next year. Ireland, the leaders of the WCL, have already booked their place at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Scotland posted 223 for nine from their 50 overs thanks largely to an unbeaten 91 from their South African-born captain Preston Mommsen. Although wickets fell at regular intervals, Mommsen shared in important partnerships of 60 for the fourth wicket with Calum MacLeod (21) and 44 for the ninth with Safyaan Sharif (26). Mommsen hit 10 fours in his 122-ball knock, holding the innings together after Machan’s promising start was ended on 27 by Sorensen. Somerset spinner George Dockrell, who struggled in the one-day clash with England earlier this week, was the pick of the Irish bowling with four for 24 from his 10 overs while Sorensen took two for 37. Press Association Tim Murtagh smashed a six and a four in the final over as Ireland ended Scotland’s hopes of automatic World Cup qualification with a dramatic win in Belfast.last_img read more

Toure strike sees off Stoke

first_imgYaya Toure grabbed the only goal as Manchester City finally saw off dogged Stoke 1-0 to claim three crucial Barclays Premier League points. Dzeko incredibly failed to make a clean connection when picked out unmarked, with an open goal, two yards out. In the end it mattered little as City, without another league game until March 15, got back to winning ways. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were sluggish in the first half and struggled to piece together meaningful attacks. That Samir Nasri, who did not start against Barcelona, was one of their brighter players added to a feeling that Tuesday’s high-intensity game must have taken its toll. Pellegrini, who kept faith with much-maligned defender Martin Demichelis after his red card nightmare in the Champions League, had demanded a high-tempo start. That failed to materialise and it was Stoke, playing their first game in 10 days and fresh from a training camp in Dubai, who looked the better side. Peter Crouch headed wide and Glenn Whelan shot straight at Joe Hart from distance. Fernandinho also tested Asmir Begovic with a long-range strike but Stoke came back with Jonathan Walters blasting wide and Charlie Adam forcing Hart into a fine low save. Press Association Fernandinho brought down Peter Odemwingie with a poor tackle just outside the box but Adam hit a poor free-kick. Adam was a transgressor himself soon after as he clumsily brought down Nasri to earn a booking but City could not take advantage from the set-piece. City finally started to assert themselves as half-time approached. Toure combined nicely with Alvaro Negredo before blasting over. Negredo was then involved again, playing a neat one-two to tee up Dzeko outside the box and the Bosnian only narrowly missed the target. Fernandinho then rifled a shot at Begovic as City looked to carry some momentum into the second half. City did show more urgency after the restart but Stoke defended well. Pellegrini hoped the introduction of Stevan Jovetic just before the hour might provide the spark. The Montenegro striker struck a sweet shot from outside the box but Begovic grabbed at the second attempt. And soon after Jovetic was limping off after picking up an injury. It began to look like Stoke could be the next side to take an unexpected point off City, who were frustrated at Norwich a fortnight ago. But this time City made sure pressure told. Nasri came into the middle and fed Aleksandar Kolarov out wide. He immediately whipped the ball into the middle and Toure, who had been driving forward at every opportunity, got in front of a defender to divert the ball past Begovic. The relief around the stadium was evident and Dzeko should immediately have doubled the lead. The Bosnian was presented with a glorious opportunity as Jesus Navas pulled the ball across goal but he somehow contrived to completely mis-kick. Stoke cleared and Dzeko, furious with himself, kicked out at the post in anger. His embarrassment did not end there as his extraordinary miss was replayed a number of times on the big screen. City remained on the front foot though and Begovic tipped around a shot from Javi Garcia. Toure had another shot blocked by Erik Pieters but Stoke almost snatched a late equaliser as former City man Stephen Ireland volleyed wide. After two league games without a win and a defeat to Barcelona in midweek, City were facing more frustration at the hands of their former manager Mark Hughes when Toure struck after 70 minutes. Stoke had the better of the first half at the Etihad Stadium but City finished strongly and would have won by more had Edin Dzeko not produced a remarkable miss. last_img read more

O’Shea already eyeing Germany test

first_img Ireland found themselves thrust back into the path of one of world football’s superpowers when they were drawn into the same Euro 2016 qualifying group for the campaign which gets under way in September. Ireland will launch their preparations in earnest in Dublin on Wednesday evening when they tackle Serbia in a friendly following a victory over Latvia and a draw in Poland in November as new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane launched their reign. John O’Shea is determined to set the record straight as Ireland prepare to meet the force of Germany once again. “But there are lots of other teams in the group as well who will be confident of taking their chances too to qualify because of the extra team that can qualify also. “But we are fully aware. Look, we will see how Germany do in the World Cup in the summer beforehand as well, so we will know the quality we are going to be facing.” A convincing victory over an admittedly limited Latvian team and a hard-fought 0-0 draw in Poznan eased O’Neill and Keane into their new roles, but the hard work began in earnest this week as the pair started the process of honing their squad for the new campaign. Serbia will represent a significantly stiffer test, and that is exactly what the manager wants with the draw for Euro 2016 in Nice having served to focus minds on the task ahead. O’Neill said: “It’s very close now. That’s focused attention, [last] Sunday in Nice. “From my viewpoint – maybe not from the players’ at this point, they have still got big club matches to go – but from my viewpoint, it’s something I will be concentrating on now. “I know that there’s a World Cup still to be played, but for me, yes absolutely, September, it will honestly fly around now.” O’Neill has signalled his intention to play an attacking brand of football where possible, a contrast to Trapattoni’s famously conservative approach. However, he will not adopt a gung-ho approach as he attempts to mould his team and playing style. He said: “We want to try to score more goals, and the very natural thing is you want to try to create more chances to score more goals, so that’s something we would be looking to try to do if it’s at all possible. “We have only had a couple of sessions, these are easy words for me to use at this moment. “It’s nice, it’s comfortable and then Serbia keep ball for 10 minutes in the game and then you’re asking, ‘Where is this freedom of expression?’, so just be steady. “Serbia will be a real test for us for a start. Also, these matches in the Euros will be major tests for us, so while it’s nice to hear these type of words that we are talking about, we have to earn the right to express ourselves. I think that’s really important.” Press Association But memories of a 6-1 humiliation by the Germans at the Aviva Stadium in October 2102 and a 3-0 defeat in Cologne in the reverse fixture 12 months later remain painfully fresh for those men who were on the receiving end. Sitting alongside O’Neill, central defender O’Shea said: “Well look, you know how good they are. “You want to test yourself against the best players, but also you can’t be greedy all the time and say you want the easiest group or you want this and you want that. “You get who you get and you have to get on with it. Germany will be a massive test for us, but look, I know the man alongside of me and we are not going to be having a team-talk beforehand thinking, ‘We are going out and we are not going to win this game’. “That’s something that’s going to be very positive to look forward to.” The Dublin demolition job very nearly cost then manager Giovanni Trapattoni his job, and his tenure was effectively on a downward slope from that moment on. But professional pride dictates that the Irishmen who were so ruthlessly ripped apart that night are determined to atone for that capitulation this time around. O’Shea, 32, said: “Definitely. Particularly at home especially, that will definitely be the case. last_img read more