Gian Piero Gasperini regrets conceding “some avoidable goals” against Manchester City, but maintains Atalanta “take everything positive” from the Champions League. Ruslan Malinovskyi had put them in front at the Etihad from the penalty spot, but a Sergio Aguero brace turned it around before Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick. “I am a little disappointed with the penalty. It would’ve been tough anyway, but we had started well, taken the lead and could’ve held on to that for a little longer,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia after a 5-1 defeat. “Manchester City are strong and showed it, but we let our heads drop too quickly and the penalty was avoidable. When Manchester City have space to run into, they’re unstoppable. “It was important that we kept pushing, we could’ve scored another couple of goals and it is all part of the growth process for this team. “I had hoped to make the game last longer, as we conceded avoidable goals.” This is Atalanta’s first ever Champions League campaign and they are yet to pick up a point, but were the first side to score against Manchester City in the competition this season. There were over 2,800 Atalanta fans in Manchester and they never stopped singing throughout, as this club was in Serie B as recently as 2011. “As I’ve always said, we take everything positive from this tournament and we will emerge together – from the club to players and fans – stronger, with more experience and knowledge.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Photo from Fiba.comAndray Blatche knows how important outside shooting is for Gilas Pilipinas if it wants to come out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins.“We had a good job on defense, but we missed a lot of open shots and we got to look on that if we want to get better,” Blatche said on Sunday after wrapping up the team’s afternoon practice at Meralco Gym, on the eve of its clash against Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Hopefully, we’ll be focused and hit the shots and play at a much higher level than Japan. If I get the ball and I see they double me, I have to pass the ball to the open man and hope he hits the shot. If I see my teammates struggling, if I have to take over, be aggressive, and try to get to the rim all the time, I will. It always depends,” he said.“The number one thing on my mind is the win, not to go out there and get a bunch of points. It’s about winning and playing the game the right way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ The naturalized big man said that this early, the team is anticipating the visitors to test the Filipino shooters with their zone defense.After all, the Philippines struggled to put the ball through the rim as it shot 38-percent from the field and a measly 29-percent clip from downtown, where it also missed its first eight attempts from threes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“They’re gonna zone us a lot, and that’s from watching us play against Japan,” said Blatche, who finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks in the win. “They’re probably thinking that we’re gonna miss a lot of shots, but hopefully not.”Blatche, however, expressed confidence that the Gilas shooters led by Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Matthew Wright will be able to knock down shots. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Transfers Guti urges Neymar to leave PSG for Real Madrid Joe Wright 01:28 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers PSG PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Guti, now a youth coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, thinks the Brazil star would be wise to move back to La Liga with former club Barca’s arch-rivals Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti says Neymar should join the club from Paris Saint-Germain to reach new heights in his career.The Brazil star has been consistently linked with a move to the Liga champions in recent weeks, having reportedly failed to settle in France following his world-record €222million switch from Barcelona last August.Guti, now a youth coach for Madrid, believes the Santiago Bernabeu is the only logical destination for Neymar if he decides to cut short his time in Ligue 1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Hopefully, he’ll wear the shirt in future,” he told Cadena Ser. “If he wants to advance and to scale new heights, it’s only Real Madrid left for him.”In the end, he was at an important club like Barcelona and now he is at another in PSG but you only really get to see him in the Champions League. All that is missing for him is Real Madrid.”Rumours of interest in Neymar has led to speculation over the future of Madrid’s ‘BBC’ attacking trio.Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to join PSG and Manchester United in the past, while Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are said to be fighting to save themselves after underwhelming seasons.Guti thinks only Ronaldo is “untouchable” in Zinedine Zidane’s side and claimed the Portugal international’s attacking team-mates must prove their worth to the club.100 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in #UCL history to score 100 goals for the same club. Love. pic.twitter.com/LgpeBVYSTV— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 14, 2018″There’s nobody untouchable any more, just Cristiano, because he’s earned it,” said Guti. “[Bale and Benzema] are great players and if they are at the top level, they are very important players for Real Madrid.”But what Zidane has made crystal clear is that he has a great squad and anyone who proves to him that he can play will play. From now on, everyone has to put on their work overalls and try to do the best to get minutes with Zidane.”
Liverpool UEFA closes ‘racist behaviour’ case against Spartak defender after Brewster complaint Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 19:06 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Spartak Moskva UEFA Youth League Leonid Mironov will not face action after an investigation found no evidence of racist abuse towards the Liverpool youngster in December UEFA will take no disciplinary action against Spartak Moscow youngster Leonid Mironov after an investigation into alleged racist behaviour directed towards Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster.Brewster alleged Mironov had racially abused him during a UEFA Youth League clash in December, reporting the defender to referee Mohammed Al-Hakim at Prenton Park.The following day UEFA launched an investigation into the case in which an inspector took statements from five players from both teams and the match officials. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp None of the players interviewed heard any discriminatory words, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday, while Mironov admitted he swore at Brewster but insisted there was no racist element to his outburst.With the UEFA-appointed Ethics and Disciplinary inspector finding “no evidence to corroborate the allegations”, Europe’s governing body has opted not to sanction Mironov.In confirming the decision, UEFA said: “Following the opening of proceedings, UEFA appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct a thorough independent investigation and gather potential evidence relating to the case. Such an appointment is standard practice, given that allegations of racist behaviour are taken very seriously by UEFA and its disciplinary bodies in accordance with our zero tolerance policy towards any kind of discrimination.”The inspector took statements from five players from both teams, as well as from two match officials, who were in the vicinity of the alleged incident. None of these heard any discriminatory words.”Leonid Mironov was also interviewed by the inspector and stated that he indeed swore at Rhian Brewster, but he unreservedly denied using any discriminatory language.”After concluding his investigation, the inspector found no evidence to corroborate the allegations, which he believed were made in complete good faith by the Liverpool player Rhian Brewster.”Therefore, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, following the recommendation of the inspector, established that there was no evidence that would legally support sanctioning the FC Spartak Moskva youth player Leonid Mironov and thus decided to close the disciplinary proceedings.After the incident Brewster accused UEFA of brushing racism “under the carpet” in an interview with The Guardian, leading to the Football Association to complain to UEFA and FIFA that such incidents were not being taken seriously.Speaking in December, Brewster said: “Everyone stands behind the anti-racism banners. You have the adverts for Champions League games saying ‘no to racism’ in all the different languages. Idols of the game take part – but it still happens.”I’m thinking to myself: ‘Well, I’m standing behind a banner but does it really stop them from saying it?'”To be honest, I don’t think there is any point. It needs more severe punishments. I don’t think UEFA take this thing seriously.”They don’t really care. That is how it feels anyway, like it has been brushed under the carpet.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsenal ‘My stomach turns and I want to vomit’ – Arsenal’s Mertesacker reveals pre-game pressure Goal 02:21 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Watford Watford The nerves that come with big fixtures leave the Arsenal defender with his stomach in knots and his eyes watering Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has confessed that the pressure before big games can have an adverse effect on his stomach as he laid bare the “burden” of being a professional footballer.The former Germany international, 33, is no stranger to the game’s most important fixtures. He was a part of the Germany team that lifted the World Cup in 2014, and also represented his nation in the two previous tournaments on home soil and in South Africa. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But, despite his immense experience, Mertesacker admits that he does not enjoy the adrenaline that comes with crunch matches. “Some days you realise that everything is a burden, both physically and mentally,” he explained to Spiegel .”That it’s not about fun, but you have to deliver without a doubt. Even if you are injured.”In the moments before a game starts my stomach turns around as if I had to vomit. Then I have to choke so violently until my eyes tear.”Mertesacker’s worst moment as a pro came in the 2006 World Cup, when he was just 21.He admits that, despite losing to Italy, he was relieved to have got through the semi-final match in one piece.”Of course I also was disappointed when we were beaten by Italy. But above all I was relieved,” he added.”I still remember it as if it were today, I just thought: It’s over, it’s over. Finally it’s over.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lionel Messi Ancelotti: Messi & Ronaldo the difference in Champions League Chris Burton 22:02 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Barcelona Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Carlo Ancelotti A former manager at Real Madrid believes the Blancos and Barcelona are favourites for European glory due to boasting the world’s best players The mere presence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo makes Barcelona and Real Madrid favourites for Champions League glory, says Carlo Ancelotti.Both the Blaugrana and the Blancos are safely through to the quarter-finals of this season’s competition.Their talismanic forwards have led the charge, with Messi bagging a brace against Chelsea in the last-16 to take his goal tally to six while eternal rival Ronaldo leads the scoring charts on 12. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Both men are now members of the elite 100-goal club in the Champions League and Ancelotti, who has conquered Europe as a player and coach, believes they will prove to be the difference once again in the pursuit of continental glory.The Italian said: “Clearly Champions League games are decided by the smallest of details and in a one-off game it is sufficient for a refereeing decision to knock someone out.”Madrid and Barcelona are favourites for their experience and because they have Ronaldo and Messi.”It is clear [Juventus and Roma] are not favourites because they are up against two European powers but they still will have their chances.”Real have been paired with Serie A champions Juventus in the last eight, in what will be a repeat of last season’s final.Barca, meanwhile, will take on Roma as they seek to break the dominance being enjoyed by their arch-rivals in Europe.The Blancos have lifted the famous jug-eared trophy in each of the last two seasons – and three of the last four campaigns – and have their sights set on a notable hat-trick.
Two players who figure to be key defenders on the OSU defense this season missed their second consecutive game on Saturday.Linebacker Calvin Bundage and defensive lineman Israel Antwine were both ruled out ahead of Saturday’s home-opener as The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright reported. Bundage remains out as he deals with an ongoing back injury. It’s unclear the explanation for Antwine’s absence, but at this time it is believed unrelated to any injury.Bundage was listed as the No. 2 linebacker behind Malcolm Rodriguez, who moved from safety to inside the box, just before the season began. In his three-year career, he’s racked up 129 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 tackles.Antwine, a transfer from Colorado, was expected to be a starter on OSU’s young defensive line. Last season as a true freshman for Colorado, he logged 15 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss in nine games.Earlier in the week, coach Mike Gundy addressed both players’ status leading up to Saturday. On Bundage, he said, “He’s got a back issue, and they’re hard to determine. Sometimes guys come back quick, sometimes they don’t.”As for Antwine, Gundy seemed slightly more optimistic about his future availability as he hinted he’s nearly ready to be deployed.“We have him sitting on G, waiting on O,” Gundy said. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
By Jono SmithLike many people, following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, I went online to make a donation. I knew I wanted to contribute to a secular, non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization, so I did a search through Network for Good, found a great match, and made an online contribution. I’m reminded of this because I got an email appeal from this same group yesterday. What’s amazing is that it’s the first time this charity has contacted me by e-mail since 2004. I’ve gotten several direct mail appeals from them through the U.S. mail over the years, but never an email.So what’s the big deal? This is a great example of the importance of knowing your audience, and providing information to your audience in the format they prefer. By making an online donation to this charity, I expressed an implicit preference that I prefer to use the Internet for charitable giving. And yet the more I ignored their direct mail, the more this charity spent their hard earned marketing dollars trying to cultivate me through regular mail–for 3 years. Of the ten or so appeals I’ve received from them in the mail, I can’t remembering opening or reading a single one. But I read their e-mail yesterday word-for-word because it was relevant, personalized, and delivered in the format I prefer (email).Despite concern over spam and email fraud, email marketing remains an important and relatively inexpensive way to cultivate relationships with donors, and solicit contributions. But building an email relationship takes time and attention to detail. Here are three ways to use email to drive donor response:Timing: Deliver your emails when the donor is most likely to make a donation.Relevance: Are you sending broadcast, mass emails or personalized email campaigns? Make sure your messaging reflects your donor’s unique values. Engaging your audience in more relevant communications will increase your fundraising results more than broadcast mailings.Personalization: Make sure your email is tailored—either aesthetically, contextually or conceptually—for the recipient. Research shows that personalized emails have lower opt-out rates and higher response rates than broadcast emails.
Transfers AC Milan and Lazio to rival Cardiff for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Cardiff City Serbia Liverpool World Cup UEFA Champions League Premier League Milan Lazio The Serbia midfielder is likely to leave Anfield on loan next season – but the Italian giants would like a permanent deal Cardiff City are leading the race to sign Marko Grujic on loan, but Goal understands they face competition from Italian giants AC Milan and Lazio for the Liverpool midfielder.The Reds want the Serbia international to gain first-team experience next season and have received interest from a host of clubs across Europe.Cardiff are in pole position, with Grujic having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Welsh outfit, helping Neil Warnock’s side earn automatic promotion to the Premier League. The 22-year-old made 14 appearances, though he was left out of the side towards the back end of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Warnock is a fan, however, and was impressed by the way he handled his first extended run of games in English football. Liverpool are keen for Grujic to work on his defensive awareness, decision-making and discipline, and would ideally like him to remain in the Premier League in order to do so. Talks have already taken place with Cardiff but both Milan and Lazio have registered their interest in a permanent deal. Another Serie A side, Atalanta, are interested in a potential loan move, while Fulham have asked to be kept informed of developments. The Londoners would consider Grujic if they were to lose their captain, Tom Cairney. Grujic was signed by Liverpool in January 2016 from Red Star Belgrade, and is highly thought of by Klopp due to his physical and technical attributes. He has made 14 senior appearances for the Reds, though he is yet to start a Premier League game. Liverpool paid a little over £5 million to sign him, and would be unlikely to consider a sale for anything less than double that.In any case, his future is unlikely to be finalised until after the World Cup, where he was an unused substitute for Serbia’s opening game against Costa Rica in Samara on Monday.Liverpool are seeking loans for a number of other young talents, with Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo both set to depart in this window. Kent has interest from numerous clubs, chief among them Leeds and Rangers, while Ojo is wanted by Stoke, Aston Villa, Birmingham and Derby.Allan Rodrigues de Souza and striker Taiwo Awoniyi, both of whom are yet to secure UK work permits, will also be sent out, as will midfielder Pedro Chirivella.Allan, who is hoping to return from a shoulder injury next month, has interest from clubs in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and France, while Awoniyi is set to remain in Belgium, where he spent last season with Royal Mouscron. Anderlecht and Club Brugge are leading the chase for the Nigerian. Awoniyi, 20, scored 10 goals in the Jupiler League with Mouscron and will be handed a new contract by Liverpool before heading out on loan once more.Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, will be sold if a suitable offer is received. Fenerbahce and Sevilla are understood to be keen on the striker, who made little impact during a loan spell at West Brom last season, making just six appearances due to injury.Sturridge’s wages, however, could prove a stumbling block. He is entering the final year of his contract, which is understood to be worth around £120,000 a week. Liverpool’s asking price is understood to be around £15 million ($20m). Inter and Newcastle were interested in the 28-year-old in January but are unlikely to return to the table this summer.Elsewhere, Liverpool will appoint Barry Lewtas as their new U18s coach.Lewtas has previously been in charge of the Reds’ U15 and U16 sides, but will now step up following Steven Gerrard’s departure. Neil Critchley will remain as U23s manager, but assistant Mike Garrity will leave the club this summer as the Academy looks to streamline staff numbers.
World Cup Mikel claims Nigeria denied ‘clear penalty’ after Rojo handled before netting Argentina’s late winner Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:30 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Getty World Cup Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Argentina African All Stars The Super Eagles believe they should have been awarded a spot kick during a thrilling encounter, despite the match officials making use of VAR John Obi Mikel believes Nigeria were denied “a clear penalty” against Argentina, with Marcos Rojo having seen the ball strike his arm prior to netting a dramatic winner in St Petersburg.The Super Eagles had worked themselves back into a position to make the last 16 of World Cup 2018 after responding positively to an early opener from Lionel Messi.Victor Moses had restored parity after calmly slotting home from the spot, but could have been given the chance to double his tally from 12 yards had the match officials not waved away handball protests. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Late on, Rojo rose inside his own box and headed the ball against his own arm, leading to vociferous protests from Nigeria and consultation with VAR.Play was eventually allowed to continue, with Argentina’s Manchester United defender going on to snatch an 86th-minute winner, but Mikel was refusing to let the issue lie at the final whistle.He told reporters: “It was a clear penalty for me.“If you look at the Portugal game yesterday, this wasn’t close to that. This was worse. We have seen it again in the dressing room. It was a clear handball.”Iran were awarded a penalty during a meeting with Portugal on Monday after Sardar Azmoun nodded the ball onto the arm of Cedric.Technology was also used in that incident, but Nigeria missed out on getting a favourable call 24 hours later.Mikel, as captain of his country, led the discussion with referee Cuneyt Cakir and, despite appearing to have been informed that the ball had struck Rojo’s head first, the former Chelsea midfielder claims to have received no suitable explanation as to why a spot kick was not given.He added: “The referee looked at the VAR. He said it hit the hand. I asked why he didn’t give the penalty, but he said he didn’t know.”Having slipped to a 2-1 defeat, Nigeria have bowed out of World Cup 2018 at the group stage.Argentina, meanwhile, have recovered from a slow start to their campaign to book a last-16 clash with France.