Despite a conclusion that will be an easy jump for many observers, the Scotland management defended Leigh Griffiths’ decision to withdraw from the squad for the Uefa Nations League fixture in Israel on Thursday and the friendly against Portugal at Hampden on Sunday. The Celtic striker pulled out of the squad on the grounds that he needed to ‘focus on my fitness’, after having notified Alex McLeish of his decision. McLeish was not available for comment yesterday but his assistants, Peter Grant and James McFadden, responded to questions about Griffiths’ motives, given that, after having been dropped for the Scots’ Nations League opener against Albania – which ended in a 2-0 victory - that the decision had been ‘a kick in the teeth’. “Alex had a great conversation with him and we’re very pleased with the way thing sit,” Grant said. “We’ve spoken to Celtic and we understand the player. There’s no problem … [Read more...] about Leigh Griffiths backed by Scotland set-up after Celtic striker’s withdrawal from squad to focus on fitness
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May 26, 2018. Kiev. Champions League final. An underdog side gunning for their sixth title, up against the perennial favourites looking for their 13th, and their fourth in five years. Thirty minutes in, Liverpool are dominating. So much so that, with a bit of luck, they could be 2-0 up. Real Madrid have met their match, and coach Jurgen Klopp’s run of finals defeats – five in a row dating back to the 2013 Champions League final with Dortmund – is set to be broken. But then, in the twist of an arm, it all changes. Away from the ball, Liverpool’s star man Mo Salah is on the turf, clutching his shoulder. It all seems innocuous, accidental even, until you realise the other man in the tackle was Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. And then you see the replay. It was a challenge that wouldn’t look out of place on a judo mat. Whether watching in slow motion or at speed, Ramos didn’t so much try to hold Salah’s arm as he attempted to wrench it from its … [Read more...] about Referees, Salah, Ramos and why Billy Slater deserves to play on Sunday
Sport / Dundee FC by George Cran September 27, 2018, 11:15 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter Cammy Kerr has called on everyone at Dundee to revive the Dee-fiant spirit to get out of the trouble they find themselves in at the bottom of the Premiership table. The 3-0 home defeat to Hibs last weekend leaves the Dark Blues still stuck on zero points after six league fixtures. A lifelong fan of the club, Kerr, however, knows Dundee have got through tougher situations than this in their history. Though he admits they’ll need exactly the same “character” as the club showed to overcome a 25-point deduction in 2010 if they are to get off the foot of the division. He said: “As you see the games going and the points staying the same, it is difficult but that’s why you are a football player and have got to this stage and you need to deal with ups and downs and struggles along the way. “This club has had … [Read more...] about Cammy Kerr calls on Dundee to show Dee-fiant spirit
Barrilete Cosmico for B/R In the bowels of the brand new Jose Alvalade stadium on a hot night in August 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson was finishing his pre-match talk to his Manchester United players about what to expect in their pre-season friendly against Sporting CP. At the end of his speech, Ferguson nonchalantly added, "Oh, lads, and one final thing: They have a talented young winger. Look out for him, OK? He's strong and agile. He's quite good." "That was it," former United defender Mark Lynch recalled; Lynch would come on in the second half. "No big warning; no time spent on him; just a few words; almost as if Sir Alex wanted to shock us." The "talented young winger" was Cristiano Ronaldo. Over the next 90 minutes, he would have the game of his life, earning himself a move to Manchester United within a matter of days. Wearing the No. 28 on his back, braces on his teeth and with recently added blond highlights in his hair, a raw and almost gawky 18-year-old Ronaldo … [Read more...] about ‘He Was There to Put on a Show’: Ronaldo’s Legendary Manchester United Audition
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Pro Basketball Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByKurt Streeter July 20, 2018 LOS ANGELES — Darrell Bailey braced himself. The first volley of smack talk hit him after only a few steps. It came from men in purple Lakers T-shirts. “Clipper Darrell!” yelled one. “We got LeBron, baby! We got LeBron! We gonna win championships, Clipper Darrell! How you like that?” Bailey, 50 years old, short and broad-shouldered, is the biggest, loudest, most passionate fan of the city’s junior varsity N.B.A. team: the Los Angeles Clippers. He goes to every home game. He wears a tailor-made, two-piece suit, divided vertically — Clippers red on one side; Clippers blue on the other. On the back, spread across both colors, is the logo of his beloved team. During games, he rises in the stands. He dances. He shouts. He twirls. He raps. He … [Read more...] about Clipper Darrell Won’t Bow to King James. But He Wants To.