Thursday, 30 March 2017

[ SPORTS ] : Hibernian 0-0 Morton: Neil Lennon and Jim Duffy sent to the stands in stalemate

Hibernian 0-0 Morton: Neil Lennon and Jim Duffy sent to the stands in stalemate


There were ugly scenes at the end of Hibernian's 0-0 draw against Morton in the Scottish Championship, with two players sent off and a brawl involving both

[ SPORTS ] : Joe Root insists England have learnt from Ashes nightmare

Joe Root insists England have learnt from Ashes nightmare


Joe Root averages 52.80 with the bat
Joe Root averages 52.80 with the bat

[ SPORTS ] : WrestleMania 33: Remember the best of Wrestlemania's past

WrestleMania 33: Remember the best of Wrestlemania's past


We head back to WrestleMania XXVI where Shawn Michaels fell in defeat to The Undertaker in a Streak v Career match.

[ SPORTS ] : Everton's improvement: Reasons for the revival under Ronald Koeman

Everton's improvement: Reasons for the revival under Ronald Koeman

Everton have improved markedly since defeat in the last Merseyside derby
Everton have improved markedly since defeat in the last Merseyside derby
Much has changed since Everton suffered a heartbreaking late defeat in the last Merseyside derby, but just how far have the Toffees come? And are they capable of getting a result in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Anfield on Saturday?
It was a tight, cagey affair at Goodison in December. Everton came into the match having come from behind to beat Arsenal the week before - a first victory in six league games - but a stoppage-time Sadio Mane winner gave the Gwladys Street End a familiar sinking feeling against their local rivals.
Ahead of Saturday's return fixture, live on Sky Sports, confidence is high on the blue half of Merseyside and it feels as though something is brewing at Goodison.

Liverpool vs Everton

What has changed since the derby defeat? How has Ronald Koeman defied the naysayers to turn things around? We take a look…
Extra midfield man makes all the difference
Tom Davies lifts the ball over Claudio Bravo to score against Manchester City
Tom Davies lifts the ball over Claudio Bravo to score against Manchester City
Koeman had previously adopted a familiar 4-2-3-1 approach, deploying Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu, Aaron Lennon, Yannick Bolasie or Enner Valencia down the flanks.
The rigid set-up proved easy to nullify in the early part of the season. Against Liverpool, the Toffees mustered just one shot on target all game, leaving Koeman's charges down in ninth, having scored just 21 times in 17 matches - a record bettered by 10 other teams. The boos rung out around Goodison upon the final whistle. Something had to give.
Ronald Koeman has overlooked the likes of Aaron Lennon to adopt a new system
Ronald Koeman has overlooked the likes of Aaron Lennon to adopt a new system
Koeman needed to be reactive, and the subsequent change of system has brought about a blue resurgence. The Dutchman scrapped his tried and trusted methods, added another midfielder at the expense of a wide forward, and the Toffees have tasted defeat just once in the league since their Merseyside derby misery.
The move was a bold one, especially when that extra body in the heart of midfield has often been the unproven teenager Tom Davies. However, the 18-year-old Liverpudlian has looked comfortable, slotting in alongside Idrissa Gueye with ease.
Davies' man of the match performance against Manchester City gave the whole club the lift they needed, and proved to be vindication for Koeman - his gamble paid off.

Everton's young generation

Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and the rise of Everton's young generation
No player, not even N'Golo Kante, has made more tackles than Gueye this season. That sort of protection, with an extra man to cover when he does make a mistake, gives further attacking freedom to a man who hasn't had it all his own way this season.
Barkley reborn
Ross Barkley has found form in a new role
Ross Barkley has found form in a new role
Ross Barkley has been the main beneficiary of this tactical evolution. Utilised as a No 10 against Liverpool, Barkley was targeted by the Reds' defenders and pressurised into mistakes, ensuring he finished the game with a 56.7 pass completion rate and an average position slightly further forward than the halfway line. After having already come under criticism from Koeman, this seemed to represent Barkley's nadir.
The turnaround has been remarkable. With this forward sacrificed for another midfielder, Barkley has started games on either flank, but with the licence to drift inside, making him hard to pick up.

Premier League most chances created

Player Chances created
Christian Eriksen 80
Kevin De Bruyne 76
Ross Barkley 67
Alexis Sanchez 65
"I don't need Ross on the halfway line having eight touches on the ball," Koeman said after the 3-0 win over West Brom two weeks ago. "We need players like Ross between the lines and close to the box. We have enough players behind the ball. We need good players like him in front of the ball, between the lines. That is what we need."
Koeman's tactical switch facilitated this. Barkley is involved more regularly, averaging more than 13 more touches per game since defeat to Liverpool. Only Gylfi Sigurdsson has more assists in 2017 than Barkley, and only two players have created more chances in the top flight. The question may be asked: how much longer can Gareth Southgate leave Barkley on the England bench?
Lukaku better than ever
Romelu Lukaku became the first Everton player to score 20 goals in a Premier League season
Romelu Lukaku became the first Everton player to score 20 goals in a Premier League season
Are there any superlatives left to describe Romelu Lukaku's goalscoring exploits? The Belgium international became only the fourth player to score more than 80 Premier League goals before turning 24 after his late double against Hull last time out.
Lukaku is reaping the rewards of a summer of hard work, after he took a fitness coach on holiday with him to ensure he returned for the new season fitter and leaner than ever. The fact the 23-year-old can play so many games, and maintain his intensity levels, all while shouldering the goalscoring responsibility almost single-handedly, is testament to the level Lukaku is at right now.
Leon Osman believes Lukaku may need to change his game if he leaves the club
Leon Osman believes Lukaku may need to change his game if he leaves the club
Against Liverpool in December, Lukaku looked subdued, finishing the game having mustered one shot on target, during a run of just three goals in nine Premier League outings.
The tactical shift has in fact isolated Lukaku, but that is where he thrives. His record clearly shows that pressure of being his side's main goal threat does not affect him. Twelve goals in 12 since proves no support is needed. as speculation over his future continues to escalate, but for now at least, the Toffees can enjoy the fruits of Lukaku's prolific labour.

[ SPORTS ] : Tony Bellew says he will only have three more fights if he decides to continue boxing

Tony Bellew says he will only have three more fights if he decides to continue boxing


Tony Bellew will make a decision on his future after a family holiday
Tony Bellew will make a decision on his future after a family holiday
Tony Bellew has revealed that he wants a maximum of just three more fights before he announces his retirement from boxing.
The Merseysider will discuss his future on a family holiday and could still call time on his ring career, despite being linked with a number of lucrative fights after his stunning victory over David Haye.
Bellew's reign as WBC cruiserweight king was ended this week as he was named 'emeritus champion' while he considers his options, but the 34-year-old says he might still attempt to regain the belt after targeting a heavyweight world title.

Hearn: Haye needs Bellew

David Haye needs Tony Bellew because Anthony Joshua dream is 'dead', says Eddie Hearn
"Listen, I might never fight again, that's the absolute fact of the matter," Bellew exclusively told Sky Sports.
"I'm going to go away for a little break with my family and when I get back I'll have news. I'm going to take a little bit of time to reflect on everything that has happened.

Three, because I'll win the heavyweight championship and I would need two fights to unify the cruiserweight championship, so that's why.

Tony Bellew on maximum number of fights
"I'm going to go on holiday and we're going to see how it goes when I get back. I'll know exactly what path I'm going to go down and what I'm going to do."
Asked for a maximum number of fights, Bellew said: "Three, because I'll win the heavyweight championship and I would need two fights to unify the cruiserweight championship, so that's why."
The Merseysider could need an operation on his knuckle next month
The Merseysider could need an operation on his knuckle next month
Bellew suffered a hand injury during his 11th round stoppage of Haye and will know within the next fortnight whether he needs to undergo surgery.
"I've got a fracture on my knuckle, so I'm waiting to see if it calcifies on its own, which hopefully it will do," he said.
"If it doesn't calcify on its own, then I'm going to have surgery in two weeks' time."
Marco Huck will battle Mairis Briedis to become the WBC's new cruiserweight champion in Dortmund this Saturday and Bellew did not want to stand in the way of this title bout.
Bellew held talks with Eddie Hearn before reaching an agreement with WBC
Bellew held talks with Eddie Hearn before reaching an agreement with WBC
"I'm the proudest WBC champion there has ever been. People have no idea how proud I am of owning that belt," said Bellew.
"It's been going on for the last week and we finally reached an agreement. It's fair to the WBC and it's fair to Mairis Briedis, who is fighting a brilliant fighter in Marco Huck.

[ SPORTS ] : Jose Mourinho says he will support any decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes on his future

Jose Mourinho says he will support any decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes on his future

Jose Mourinho says it is up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic to decide if he wants to extend his Manchester United contract
Jose Mourinho insisted he will support whatever decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes regarding his future at Manchester United.
The 35-year-old is currently deliberating on whether to take up the option of a further 12-month contract for next season.
Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to the MLS to become the LA Galaxy's latest expensive foreign import, but Mourinho has been vocal in his desire to keep United's top scorer at Old Trafford next season.

S'land vs Man Utd

"I am just calm and waiting for the decision," Mourinho said in an exclusive interview to be aired this weekend on Soccer Saturday.
"If the decision is for him to stay and he is happy with that, we are delighted with that. If his decision is to leave and try to find a different challenge, I will be also happy for him.
 
Ibrahimovic says he 'never leaves a job unfinished' "He is [a big part of our success this season] but the human being is more important than the player and the team. If his decision is to leave and try to be happy with his family and have a different reality, so be it."
On Tuesday, Ibrahimovic confirmed he has not yet made up his mind on his future but did offer United fans hope by saying he "never leaves a job unfinished".
"Let's see what happens, we are talking," Ibrahimovic said to The Manchester Evening News.

"I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I'm here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.
"I'm enjoying being at a a fantastic club, without doubts, one of the biggest clubs in the world with a great coach. I know him before, he's a winner, he's the perfect coach for this club.
"Being a Manchester United player, I don't know how many people have that possibility but I am a Man United player, people wanted me here, I chose the club, I chose the best English club, that's the way it works."
Ibrahimovic says he 'never leaves a job unfinished'

[ SPORTS ] : PL Daily LIVE!

PL Daily LIVE!



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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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[ ENTERTAINMENT ] : Runtown to perform across 27 Nigerian cities in 2017 GLO Mega Music Nationwide Tour

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