Mike Gundy was asked about what bowl practices would mean for this team and he said he’s not concerned about it as much as he is winning another game.Whoever it was that asked the question kept pressing, though, saying “you guys look like you could use a few weeks of practice.”Gundy almost went full Gundy saying “are you answering my question or do you want me to answer it?”The exchange starts at 1:55.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
What it looks like when you play for something bigger than yourself #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/djTRwINCVG— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 8, 2016A great way to showcase something as being much bigger than yourself. Also my favorite part of the game on Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! What a great day. Cowboys win! And then there’s this…. @CowboyFB @osucvc pic.twitter.com/5jh06H6Ou3— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) October 9, 2016 If you’re worried about OSU’s Cover 2 defense right now, you should go scroll through this Twitter account for a little while. It’s the OSU Coaches vs. Cancer account, and it highlights a whole host of children who are going through unimaginable nightmares as they battle cancer.A handful of them were on hand on Saturday to hang with Mike Gundy and Co. as they got their fourth win of the season. To highlight the sobering aspect of all of this, here is one who did not get to go through the festivities on Saturday.Our buddy Josh was supposed to be with us today. He passed away last week but he will be with us in spirit. We love you Cowboy. #FlyHigh pic.twitter.com/IFgUlobEeR— OSU CoachesvsCancer (@osucvc) October 8, 2016Anyway, the kids got to walk with Gundy to the stadium and take photos with QB1 on the field after the game. The whole scene was pretty spectacular. Ashton Lampkin and Zach Crabtree got in the mix as well. The video at the bottom is especially poignant. Awesome photo here of Ashton Lampkin showing what matters. pic.twitter.com/9E1U3JML3y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 9, 2016 Very special “Walk” today for @CoachGundy @CowboyFB. @osucvc pic.twitter.com/uhDctvIPfL— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) October 8, 2016 #okstate keeps having wacky final plays but this moment was the perfect ending. @zcrabs and Keaton celebrating with fans @osucvc pic.twitter.com/fMG9BaaHxX— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) October 9, 2016
San Marino 0 Northern Ireland 3: Magennis double sees off determined minnows Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:37 9/2/17 Getty Images Josh Magennis’ brace belatedly ended a resolute San Marino stand as Northern Ireland ultimately ran out 3-0 winners in World Cup qualifying. Northern Ireland are closing in on a World Cup qualifying play-off place despite making hard work of a 3-0 victory in San Marino on Friday.All three goals arrived in the final 20 minutes – through Josh Magennis twice and Steven Davis’ penalty – as the second-placed side in Group C won a fourth consecutive international for the first time in their history.It had started to look as though San Marino might improbably end a 17-game losing streak, with Michael O’Neill’s men passing up chance after chance, before Magennis prodded in the opener in the 70th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Charlton Athletic forward nodded a second five minutes later and Davis’ spot-kick quickly followed, adding gloss to the scoreline.O’Neill’s side remain on track and a draw against third-placed Czech Republic – now seven points off the pace – at Windsor Park on Monday will guarantee a top-two spot.Full-TimeSan MarinoNorthern IrelandNow back to Belfast Bring on the Czech Republic #DareToDream #GAWA #SMRNIR pic.twitter.com/KAwI37Ucgj— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 1, 2017Davis sent an early volley dipping past the right-hand post for the visitors, before Oliver Norwood’s looping header dropped just wide to the relief of stranded goalkeeper Aldo Junior Simoncini.Magennis nodded off target, too, and San Marino somehow scrambled clear after Davis had shimmied into space in the area and seen his shot deflected away.A frustrating opening period continued for Northern Ireland as Simoncini denied both Magennis and Conor Washington, his solid parries completely at odds with earlier flaps from crosses.Washington then shot wide and Magennis headed against the left-hand upright on the stroke of half-time – Jonny Evans slicing the rebound – as the visitors inexplicably retreated to the dressing room with the game still goalless.The away supporters’ exasperation only grew after the break, however, as O’Neill’s men initially struggled to create chances with the same frequency.Simoncini punched a speculative Norwood free-kick out for a corner and won a generous foul as he dropped the resulting delivery at Evans’ feet for an easy tap-in.The keeper gathered rather more comfortably from Davis’ tame angled strike and then watched Norwood’s 20-yard drive whistle past his post.But the goal finally arrived when Magennis, somehow denied from close range seconds earlier, turned Davis’ low cross into the net with Simoncini still picking himself up.Simoncini continued to impress with stops from Magennis and Chris Brunt, but the goalscorer grabbed his second with a firm header into the bottom-right corner to clinch the points.And a third soon arrived. Alex Gasperoni’s handball in the area presented Davis with a chance from the spot, the visiting captain calmly converting to cap the result. Key Opta stats:- Northern Ireland have won all four of their previous meetings with San Marino, scoring 14 unanswered goals in total.- Indeed, San Marino are still yet to win a World Cup qualifying game (D2 L61).- No player has been involved in more goals Northern Ireland than Steven Davis in 2018 World Cup qualifying (5 – two goals, three assists). read more
Five UAE du LaLiga players invited for trials at La Liga clubs Malaga, Cadiz and Almeria Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:39 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) duFC LaLiga HPC Five other du LaLiga HPC players on the radar of major LaLiga clubs including Barcelona FC du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC) announced last week that five of its players from the U18 and U16 squads have been awarded trials by La Liga’s top youth clubs, following their 21-day La Liga Scouting Camp in Spain.Malaga FC selected U18 wingers Ahmed Salam and Yahia Iraqi and U16 striker Mehdi Elkhamlichi, whereas U18 player Mohammed Rajeh and team captain Mohammed Bouherrafa were invited for trials at Cádiz FC and UD Alméria respectively, in preparation for landing professional contracts with these LaLiga Clubs at the age of 18, after establishing a good fit.In addition, five other du LaLiga HPC players, including U16 defender Abhinav John and U18 striker Rami Hatem are on the radar of major La Liga clubs, including Barcelona FC. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Fernando Sanz, La Liga General Director MENA and Head of International Sports Projects commented on the trials saying, “I have been following the U18 team over the last year and have witnessed their development first hand. They have come a long way with a superior performance here in Spain this year. These young men have worked hard to make it to this point and earned their trials with La Liga youth clubs.The du Football Champions in partnership with La Liga has created the only international scouting platform to enable youth from across the UAE to pursue international football careers. Scouted talents are invited to join the du LaLiga High Performance Centre where they are trained by LaLiga coaches yearlong in preparation for professional football careers nationally and internationally.
Great morning watching all these guys do there thing on the field pic.twitter.com/vehVSn3awh— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) September 22, 2017 With some of the @ManUtd team this morning pic.twitter.com/uhvlaBY2cx— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) September 22, 2017 The Fist of Fury shook hands with the majority of the squad, including manager Jose Mourinho, and even appeared to devise his own special handshake with Jesse Lingard.United will now hope to box clever against the Saints this weekend, as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester United Man Utd squad meet heavyweight boxing contender Fury Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 21:32 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Southampton v Manchester United Southampton WTF Hughie Fury, the cousin of Tyson, met with Jose Mourinho’s men on Friday, shaking hands with the majority of the side, including the Portuguese Manchester United players met world heavyweight boxing contender Hughie Fury on Friday, and will hope to land a knockout blow on Southampton on Saturday!The cousin of Tyson Fury, Hughie is unbeaten in the ring, with 20 victories to his name. He will face Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title this weekend.Born in Stockport, Fury is well acquainted with the talent in United’s squad, and paid the team a visit on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing
Juventus 4 Torino 0: Dybala stars again in rampant derby victory Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 04:41 24/9/2017 Twitter (@juventusfcen) Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic starred for Juventus as the Serie A holders cruised to a rampant Derby della Mole victory over Torino. Paulo Dybala continued his scintillating form as his double helped Juventus thrash 10-man rivals Torino 4-0 in the first Derby della Mole of the Serie A season.Juve’s mercurial number 10 got his first 16 minutes into Saturday’s encounter at the Allianz Stadium, guiding home the opener in typically composed fashion.With Torino’s misery compounded by Daniele Baselli’s dismissal midway through the first half, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were soon hitting their stride – Miralem Pjanic’s exquisite strike doubling their tally prior to the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Alex Sandro was the next to get in on the act with a powerful header early in the second half, before Dybala made it 10 goals in six league matches this season with a stoppage-time strike that put the icing on the cake.Salvatore Sirigu had tried to keep the scoreline respectable with a string of quality saves, though it was merely a matter of damage limitation as the defending champions continued their 100 per cent start in the league.It is a win that keeps Juve level with pace-setters Napoli at the top of Serie A and Allegri’s focus will now switch to getting his side’s Champions League campaign back on track against Olympiacos on Wednesday.This guy #Dybala10 #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/k6qlpVRwSE— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2017Juve wasted no time in getting on the front foot, as Mario Mandzukic – replacing the out-of-form Gonzalo Higuain up front – was denied by Lyanco’s last-ditch tackle inside 30 seconds.The visitors’ centre-back was in the thick of the action again moments later with a slack back-pass that almost caught out Sirigu, before Juan Cuadrado went close at the culmination of a driving run from the right.Torino threatened when a desperate block from Giorgio Chiellini prevented Iago Falque’s strike reaching its target, but parity did not last much longer as the hosts took the lead.Pjanic nipped in to rob Baselli of possession – Dybala latching onto the loose ball and proceeding to drill a low finish into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area.Matters went from bad to worse for Baselli and Torino just eight minutes later, the midfielder picking up his second yellow card for a ridiculous lunge on Pjanic, having earlier been booked for tugging back Dybala.Juve did not let up, and after Lycano’s goal-line clearance denied Cuadrado, the hosts had their second five minutes before the break – Pjanic curling in a sublime 20-yard strike that gave Sirigu no chance after being teed up by the Colombia international.Pjanic turned provider for the second time 12 minutes after the restart, whipping in a wonderful corner that Alex Sandro turned home with a thumping header.3 – Miralem Pjanic has been directly involved in each of Juventus’ 3 goals: one scored, two assisted. Protagonist. #JuveTorino — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 23, 2017 Medhi Benatia should have added a fourth as Juve teased Sinisa Mihajlovic’s deflated side, but Sirigu pulled off a superb stop to deny the defender from close range.Sirigu had to be at his best again with Juve bombarding his goal, managing to keep out a flurry of attempts from substitute Federico Bernadeschi, Mandzukic and Douglas Costa.But Torino’s goalkeeper would be beaten four a fourth time in the first minute of stoppage time, Dybala lofting in a delicate finish after connecting with a flick from Higuain, who had come off the bench, as Juve added further gloss to an emphatic victory.Key Opta Stats:- For the first time in Serie A history, two sides – Juventus and Napoli – have won each of their opening six fixtures.- Since 1994-95, Paulo Dybala is the first player who has managed to score 10 goals in the first six games of a Serie A season.- Juventus have won each of their opening six Serie A games for the eighth time – in the previous seven occasions they ended the season top of the table (including season 2005-06, when the title was then revoked).- Juventus’ last home defeat against Torino in Serie A came in April 1995 – since then, they have won nine times and drawn three.- The last time Juventus won a derby in Serie A by a four-goal margin was in November 2002.- Miralem Pjanic ended a 23-game scoring drought in Serie A: his previous goal also came against Torino, in December 2016.- In fact, Torino are Pjanic’s favourite opponent in Serie A (four goals scored).- There have been four red cards in the last five Turin derbies in all competitions – three of these were for Torino players. This was Daniele Baselli’s first red card in Serie A. read more
Barcelona No problem between me and Barcelona during talks, insists Iniesta Last updated 2 years ago 03:16 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Ramos/Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Denying any talk of any issues during negotiations, the midfielder assures his mind is on “continuing to have glory” at Camp Nou A revitalised Andres Iniesta insists he never had any concerns over his future at Barcelona, despite lengthy negotiations over his new deal.The Spanish club announced on Friday they had finally agreed a lifetime contract with the 33-year-old, who would otherwise have become a free agent at the end of the season.Barcelona 8/15 favs to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The midfielder – who joined Barcelona from Albacete in 1996 – dismissed speculation last month that he had already agreed to an extension, raising the possibility of him ending his glittering career away from the Camp Nou.However, after protracted talks between the two parties, Iniesta is happy to stay at the only club he has played for professionally.”There’s never been any kind of problem between myself and the club,” Iniesta said.”It’s simply that things have to run their natural course, you have to talk to find common ground and beyond that we just try to take care of things and be positive.”If this should have happened earlier or in a different way, I don’t know about that. But this is how it has turned out.”Happy #WorldSmileDay!!! pic.twitter.com/7BNbmmBkie— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 6, 2017Barcelona are keen to manage their captain’s minutes to prolong his impact on the first team, although the evergreen Iniesta has still started six of their seven LaLiga games this season.While he picked up an injury last time out against Las Palmas, Iniesta believes he has enjoyed a new lease of life after a difficult 2016-17.”I know how the world of football is. Last year, it looked like I was maybe done, but this year I’m living something of a rebirth,” he said.”I know my mind and body, but every player is conscious of their possibilities. I’m thinking about having fun and continuing to have glory with this club.”
Arsenal ‘He smells the right movements’ – Wenger praises Arsenal’s Nketiah for decisive double Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 14:39 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Norwich City Norwich City League Cup Arsène Wenger The Frenchman was confident the teenage forward would deliver in the EFL Cup when he threw him on in the final minutes against Norwich Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Eddie Nketiah for his character and movement after the teenage forward’s match-winning performance in the Carabao Cup.Nketiah, 18, came off the bench and scored twice to lead Arsenal past Norwich City 2-1 after extra time at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.Arsenal 6/10 to beat Swans & O2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was the England Under 19 international’s second appearance for the first-team as he came off the bench in the final minute of the Europa League win over BATWenger said he knew the teenager was capable of delivering off the bench against Norwich and was repaid with Nketiah equalising immediately after coming on in the 85th minute.”I know he has character and is not afraid,” Wenger told a news conference.”He smells the combination movements, he can give and go and once a player has that in his game, they have always a chance.”The guys who can understand that if they give the ball somewhere and they can get it back and know where to get it back, the quality of reception is a very important quality.”I would say the quality of the reception, he has that.”84: AFC 0-1 NCFC85: @EddieNketiah9 comes on to chants of “Who?”FT: AFC 2-1 NCFCEddie who? pic.twitter.com/4vkxgrx5Fy— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 24, 2017Wenger admitted he probably would not have introduced Nketiah if he had more senior options on the bench.The Frenchman said his change was purely to make Arsenal more dangerous, with Nketiah finding the winner in the 96th minute.”We lacked ideas, we lacked a little bit to create clear-cut chances,” Wenger said.”I was impressed by the defensive performance of Norwich and so you sit there on the bench and think, ‘What can we do to be a bit more dangerous?'”It was the occasion where we had to take a big gamble because there was not much time to go and I know that Eddie can score a goal.”
Manchester United ‘I had to push him away – he always wants to speak!’ – Mourinho plays down Herrera rift Goal 17:12 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League The Portuguese has rejected any talk there was friction following the recent loss to Huddersfield and is delighted with how his side are performing Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that he “loves” his players – and that the feeling is mutual.Ander Herrera spoke out in frustration after the Old Trafford side suffered a surprise loss to Huddersfield in the Premier League a fortnight ago, sparking rumours of a fallout with the Portuguese, who has insisted that this could not be further from the truth.Indeed, Mourinho has said that he gets on with all his staff and hit out at the media for stirring speculation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I was not speaking with Ander Herrera anymore? Pfft!” he said. “Ander Herrera is the kind of guy that I have to push away because he wants to speak with me all the time! I don’t know where you get these kinds of stories but, yes, I am happy.“I love my players. You try to create a mystery because of my reaction after Huddersfield, but there is no mystery about it.”With three wins in succession behind his team, Mourinho is very content with how the season has panned out to date but would not be drawn on what gave him the most pleasure three months into the season.“We lost one match in August, September, October. Premier League, Champions League, League Cup – we lost one match,” he emphasised.“So, I think it was easier to ask what was the unpleasant thing, or what thing I didn’t like – it was the match against Huddersfield.”On Sunday, Mourinho takes his side to defending champions Chelsea, after leaders Manchester City play host to Arsenal.
Transfers Griezmann explains how Arsenal blew their chance to sign him Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:14 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League Real Sociedad Atlético Madrid Primera División Antoine Griezmann The 26-year-old striker has been a top target for several Premier League sides, but the Gunners have no chance of getting him now Antoine Griezmann says he has no interest in joining Arsenal in the future after they missed an opportunity to sign him in 2013.The Atletico Madrid striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Arsenal and Manchester United said to have been heavily interested.Griezmann, 26, opted to stay in the Spanish capital to help the club through a recent transfer ban. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With Diego Costa returning in January once the ban is over, there has been speculation that the France international could leave the Wanda Metropolitano, but the Gunners can rule themselves out after disappointing him four years ago.Griezmann 3/4 to score v SociedadIn his new book, Behind the Smile, Griezmann told the story of how he came close to moving from Real Sociedad to the Emirates Stadium to unite with Arsene Wenger.”I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting,” he wrote.”When there was no news, my agent Eric Olhats called Gilles Grimandi at Arsenal, who said the manager was still interested in me and to keep waiting.“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen.”So when Eric told me later that they were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’.”A year later, Griezmann moved to Atletico for €35 million and has since scored 89 goals in 176 games.
Antonio Conte Antonio Conte says he will help decide transfer targets for Chelsea in January Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League The Blues boss has signalled that his word will be listened to as his club await the opening of the winter market Antonio Conte says that Chelsea’s transfer chiefs and him will jointly decide how the club’s money is spent in January transfer market. Everton recently frustrated Chelsea in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League, with Manchester City’s lead now looking untouchable, as their points gap reaches double figures. Chelsea are thought to be interested in a number of players including Alex Sandro, Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Lemar ahead of the transfer window opening. Conte says that he will have his say but remained tight lipped on which players might come in at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I give my opinion when I speak with my club but the club always has the last word,” Conte said in Merseyside. “Like in the summer and it will be the same in January and then we divide the responsibility between me and the club. Not only me, not only the club, but together.”I am very happy to work with my players, then if the squad is big enough to play in all the competitions? Only time will tell this. If we have to work as we are in the Champions League, semi final of the Carabao Cup and we are fighting for the best position in the league. I think we are doing a really good job with my players.”Chelsea will be conducting their transfer business without Michael Emenalo after he left the role of technical director at the club to work at AS Monaco. The club have yet to replace him with current staff picking up on his role in identifying targets. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s game on Saturday was overshadowed by Barcelona’s 3-0 win away to Real Madrid in ‘El Clasico’.Conte acknowledged that Barcelona’s win was impressive but he says he won’t use the game to measure up his team against Valverde’s side, who they face in the next round of the Champions League.”After every game it can change. Real Madrid plays in another way and I can’t compare Madrid’s style with our style. It is two different systems, two different ways to play the game.”I think that we have to analyse more the games that they are playing against teams that are playing with our system.”
Ronald Koeman finally got his man and Swansea the £45m required to replenish Paul Clement’s squad when the Iceland international became the most expensive signing in Everton’s history on a five-year contract. One of the summer’s many arduous transfer sagas resolved in the player’s favour, again, only this time after Sigurdsson had angered Swansea by withdrawing from the pre-season tour on the morning of departure, having played at Barnet the night before, claiming he was not in the right frame of mind to travel. The 27-year-old suggests otherwise.“I thought the clubs were close to agreeing something so there was maybe no point in flying out there just to fly back again the day after,” Sigurdsson explains. “But then that was kind of the story of the summer. They were getting close, and then nothing happened. Maybe in the next couple of days it was supposed to happen, and then nothing happened. It did drag on a long, long time but that’s just the way it is.“Of course it was a difficult decision [not to go on the US tour]. I had a close relationship not just with the team but with the manager. I really respect him. But we all just thought it was that close to being done. I think both clubs, myself and the manager and the team decided for me to stay back.”Missing the US trip cost Sigurdsson support among the Swansea fanbase who voted him their player of the year last season. And the creative force behind their relegation escape admits his protracted move from the Liberty Stadium left him drained.He said: “I’m not going to lie, it was difficult mentally at times. There were some times and some days when I thought this eventually might not go through but thankfully the manager and the club were very patient and managed to finish it off.”Koeman tried to sign Sigurdsson when manager of Southampton and wanted him at Everton last summer. It is another reflection of Koeman’s belief he has signed “one of the key players to bring to Everton” that he refused to consider alternative targets while Swansea attempted to hold out for £50m.The Everton manager said: “They told me [at Southampton] it was impossible and I said, ’OK, I accept it’ but this time I thought, ’OK, maybe now it is possible’. From the beginning what I heard from the board and what I heard from Bill [Kenwright, the Everton chairman], who was so calm, was: ‘I will do the deal but we need to be patient’. And of course I understand it’s business. It’s a big transfer. You don’t do these kind of transfers in two days. Sometimes it takes longer than you like but I was quite comfortable that finally we would do this deal. He has been on my list for a long time.”Sigurdsson has been in Everton’s sights for a long time too. In September 2001 the 11-year-old Sigurdsson was invited to train with the club and be a ballboy for a 5-0 win over West Ham United at Goodison Park. The player’s brother, Olafur, stole his thunder this week by tweeting a photograph of the youngster in an Everton jersey next to the statue of William Ralph “Dixie” Dean. That was how Sigurdsson had planned to announce his eventual arrival. news Share via Email Premier League Read more Gylfi Sigurdsson: tireless perfectionist will be worth the wait for Everton Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest When Gylfi Sigurdsson refused to accompany Swansea City on their pre-season tour of the United States last month it was seen as out of character, another example of player power and disloyalty. The truth, according to Everton’s new record signing, is somewhat more prosaic. He sees no cause for regret. Swansea City “The only thing I really remember is throwing the ball to Paolo Di Canio,” he recalls. “But it was a fantastic experience, especially for someone young who watches the Premier League back home in Iceland and then you luckily have the chance to be a ballboy at one of the games and be allowed to train with the team for a few days. That was fantastic. I had a look around the city then. I have another picture of me standing outside the radio tower. That’s the only other thing I remember. I’m going to have to go through my photo album to remember more.”The Iceland international flourished at Swansea, both on loan and over the past three seasons when only Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen was involved in more Premier League goals from midfield. It was a different story when Sigurdsson was in the ranks at White Hart Lane, however, where he made 58 league appearances over two seasons but completed only nine of those games.Were his opportunities limited or was he not ready for the step? “Maybe it was a combination of both,” he admits. “What was I? 20, 21, so I’m far from being the same player now that I was back then. But I really did enjoy my time at Tottenham. I’m not going to lie. It was fantastic experience. Of course I could have probably stayed on but I wanted the chance to go back to Swansea and play football again. I wanted to use my time as a professional, because your career is really short.” Share on Messenger Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Share on WhatsApp Everton Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more
There’s no question that Alan Sugar’s tweet comparing the players in the Senegal national football team to people selling sunglasses and handbags on beaches is racist and deeply offensive. He tweeted a photo of the team, saying, “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi tasking resourceful chaps.” This included a photo of sunglasses and handbags laid out for sale, just to make the comparison crystal clear.Whether it was intended to be a “joke” or not is irrelevant. It’s an unacceptable thing for anyone to say, but is particularly distressing to see from a member of the House of Lords and someone with their own programme on the BBC. The fact that Lord Sugar couldn’t seem to comprehend why it was offensive demonstrates how deep-rooted racism is in our society.I am writing to the House of Lords commissioner for standards to ask for an immediate investigation. Racism has no place in society or in our parliament, and swift action must be taken to demonstrate that. Parliament is supposed to represent our diverse society. How can it do that if its members make comments that belong in another century? Senegal football team Television industry Share on WhatsApp World Cup Read more Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Lord Sugar’s tweet about the Senegal World Cup squad, which has since been deleted. Photograph: Lord Sugar/Twitter/PA comment … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. I think many people will rightly be appalled that their licence fee is subsidising someone with such bigoted views. When Roseanne Barr posted her racist and Islamophobic tweet about Obama’s former White House adviser, she rightly lost her programme.Sugar’s comments are a clear breach of the BBC’s code of conduct, which says disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who crosses the line. He shouldn’t be exempt because of his high profile. How can we hope to eliminate racism from our society if comments like these from such individuals go unchallenged?If Sugar can’t demonstrate that he truly understands why his tweet was unacceptable, derogatory and demeaning, he should be pulled from the BBC’s programming schedule.• Dawn Butler is Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister Alan Sugar Reuse this content I will also be writing to the BBC to ask them to conduct their own investigation. As our state broadcaster, funded by the public, it has a responsibility to represent the diversity of our society and uphold our values of equality and respect.However, the BBC’s response didn’t fill me with confidence. After Sugar apologised for causing any offence, the BBC said that this was sufficient, even though the apology came after he defended his so-called joke, telling those offended to get a sense of humour.Ironically, his tweet went out on the same day the BBC launched its new diversity policy, saying it was a significant step forward in ensuring it represents the ethnic diversity of our society. But I find it hard to see how this can mark a moment of real change if the BBC is already refusing to take action on a racist comment by one of its key figures. Facebook Alan Sugar under fire over ‘racist’ Senegal World Cup team tweet Pinterest Race BBC Twitter Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Opinion Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Topics
It’s important to be clear about one thing: other sides will not give Kylian Mbappé as much space as Argentina gave him. He may never again find himself in a major game romping through such vacant pastures.There will be cones in training sessions who give him more of a race than Argentina’s defence did on Saturday, although they probably won’t kick him quite so hard or spend quite so much time grabbing at his shoulders. This was the perfect game for Mbappé. But he took full and ruthless advantage. The loneliness of Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani shows up – World Cup Football Daily Uruguay would have provided a very different threat anyway. Deschamps suggested that Mbappé needs more space than Ronaldo, and Óscar Tabárez’s team will not give him anywhere near as much of that as Argentina did. The quarter-final will be a different test and a different magnitude of test, but Mbappé is on the sort of upward trajectory that, within the confines of a tournament, makes anything seem possible. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Facebook Much was made of the fact that, at 19, Mbappé became the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup knockout match since Pelé in 1958, but one 19 is not the same as another 19. By 19, Wayne Rooney was a fully developed player (and, given Euro 2004 was his peak, arguably already past his best as an England player). Mbappé, physically imposing as he is, has started only 44 league games.His career consists of half a season at Monaco when he seemed suddenly to emerge, fully formed, as a terrifyingly effective forward in the Champions League, followed by a season on loan in Neymar’s shadow at Paris Saint‑Germain pending a £166m transfer this summer.For a player so untested that figure seemed extraordinary when it was agreed but it is increasingly coming to look like a bargain. There is still a question of where he fits in a team dominated by the look-at-me self-indulgence of the Brazilian but, even in classes dominated by the greatest attention-seeking show‑off, the other kids can still learn. Getting to France, and playing alongside somebody as comparatively selfless as Olivier Giroud, who laid on his second goal with a deftly weighted pass, must seem a tremendous relief.Although Didier Deschamps, putting aside for a moment the grumpiness that has characterised his World Cup, was moved to indulge a comparison to the Brazilian striker Ronaldo, it was another star of the 1998 World Cup Mbappé more obviously evoked. Twenty years to the day after Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina, Mbappé produced a remarkable tribute to win the penalty that gave France their 13th-minute lead. It would be another five and a half months before Mbappé was born. There was, perhaps, less technical ability required for him than Owen – there was no feather touch with the heel to pull the ball into his stride, no sudden cut outside to go past the final defenders – but the sense of awe at the sheer pace of it felt familiar. That’s three goals now for Mbappé at this World Cup (Owen was the last teenager to score two at a tournament) but just as important is the sense of balance he has given France. “In such an important match, he’s shown all his talent,” said Deschamps. “And even if he was supposed to defend, he still did attacks, and very good ones.” That criticism was presumably, at least in part, a joke – they seem not to come naturally, but he did seem to signal he wasn’t being entirely serious by bearing his teeth for a moment as he waited for the next question – but the point of the system he has instilled is that it is necessary for Mbappé to play on the front foot.With Blaise Matuidi a more defensive presence operating on the left, if Mbappé does not get forward France’s shape, as it often did in the group stage, becomes a narrow 4-4-1-1. Mbappé breaking forward, going beyond Giroud, is as essential to their balance as Matuidi tucking in on the other side is. Matuidi will miss the quarter-final against Uruguay through suspension; Deschamps’s task is to retain a balance that allows Mbappé his freedom without compromising the stability of the midfield. Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 France Twitter Kylian Mbappé scores the first of his two goals against Argentina in their last-16 meeting. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images The running styles are different as well: Owen a blur of roadrunner legs, Mbappé an astonishingly smooth and graceful acceleration, broad chest cruising through the open space of midfield as Éver Banega and Javier Mascherano gave hopeless pursuit before the surge right past a panicked Marcos Rojo, who denied him his Owen finish by pulling him down. In truth, by then Mbappé may have overrun it, but it didn’t matter; he had induced sufficient fear to draw the mistake.His goals, though, would come. His first showed remarkable awareness to know where the space was in the box and technical ability to move across a thicket of players to find it. Franco Armani, perhaps, might have done a little better, seemingly caught between trying to save with foot or body, but credit is due Mbappé for striking the shot early enough that the keeper could not get himself set into a more balanced position. The second was perhaps easier, a low shot past an exposed keeper, but it followed the sort of breakaway that should over the years becomes a trademark. Share on LinkedIn Topics Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Pinterest Share via Email features World Cup Listen Share on Messenger Paris Saint-Germain
Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Ball one: Somerset’s team ethic shinesTo win the pennant, you have to win matches – and to win matches, you need to win the big moments. Somerset continue to deliver that brief with an expected, but nevertheless tricky win over rock bottom Nottinghamshire. Having decided to bat at Taunton, the home side were 145-6 halfway through the first afternoon, before Steve Davies and Dom Bess made half centuries to lift their side to 326 all out. Bess (showing the benefit of that loan spell at Yorkshire) then helped himself to a fivefer to secure a lead of 85, but Azhar Ali’s 65 not out was the only score of note as a gettable target of 255 was set. Leach and Bess were in business again with six wickets between them, but Jamie Overton shot out the tail and 22 points were in the bag. Someone always stands up for Somerset.Ball two: Harmer does the damage – again And they need to, because Essex despatched Yorkshire with the same ruthless efficiency at Chelmsford. Simon Harmer again led the way with 5-76 and 3-72, his form seemingly impervious to this country’s ever-changing conditions. In 2017, Harmer was second in the Division One bowling table with 72 wickets at 19; in 2018, he was fifth with 57 wickets at 24; and now he has already matched last season’s haul at the extraordinary average of 17. Nobody saw this coming two years ago when he signed Kolpak terms for Essex, surplus to requirements after five Tests for South Africa.Ball three: Investigating DI Stevens’s prospectsSurrey’s limping defence of the pennant continued at the Oval, where they lost to a Kent team who are, man-for-man, arguably weaker from 1-11. Of course, the game is not played on paper, nor is it simply a matter of lining up the talents and totting up the averages. As so often in recent seasons, Darren Stevens epitomised the Kent effort, his first innings figures of 17-4-30-0 a case of “taking wickets at the other end”; while his second-innings analysis of 22-4-60-5 set up a target of 121, which was never going to be enough for the Londoners to defend. Stevens has recently played a couple of second XI matches and had been conspicuously absent from these columns (Lewis Gregory getting many of the shouts that Stevens got in previous seasons). I feared that, at 43, he might be done with red-ball cricket – ask four Test match batsmen (Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes, Dean Elgar and Rikki Clarke) and Jamie Smith, born three years after Stevens’s debut, about that one.Ball four: Jeetan’s giants down the orderWarwickshire may be second bottom, but they are showing plenty of the resolve that Nottinghamshire cannot locate. Away at Southampton, they watched on while Ian Holland scored a maiden century and Aneurin Donald found his form at last, the somewhat unlikely pair adding 262 as Hampshire piled up 539, another huge first-innings score to bat beneath in a week for the Midlanders. But Sam Hain (in a very welcome return to form) scored twin centuries and 103-6 became, 70 overs later, 347-8 as hands were shaken. At No8, No9 and No10, Ben Mike, Henry Brookes and Jeetan Patel all hung around for two hours or so with little prospect of the win – but they got the draw they played for, and deserved.Ball five: Toby buys a jug Share on LinkedIn With three to go up from Division Two, no county is out of contention, with Middlesex the big movers this week. The 19 points their win over Gloucestershire secured raised them to mid-table with power to add. Toby Roland-Jones’s fitness and availability might prove the difference between promotion and another season in Division Two for the 2016 champions, as he remains one of the most effective cricketers in the country. His 7-52 restricted Gloucestershire’s first innings lead to “manageable” and his 99-run partnership with Tom Helm for the eighth wicket ensured that he had something to bowl at in the fourth innings, the visitors requiring 216. Three more wickets gave him a tenfer in the match, and Helm and Tim Murtagh ensured Roland-Jones’s efforts were not in vain, Middlesex cruising home despite some spirited late resistance from Graeme van Buuren.Ball six: England WatchIn his first senior outing since being invalided out of England’s tour of the West Indies, Olly Stone bagged a fivefer and hurried up county batsmen as he always does – when fit enough to play. For all the excitement around Jofra Archer’s stepping up to the international game, Stone is the quicker bowler and showed much promise in his brief taste of ODI cricket in Sri Lanka. If (always the “if’) he’s fit, he’ll play at Chelmsford in the next round of matches against a red-hot Essex side – another fivefer there and he might be an outside bet for a Test spot before the summer is through.• This article appeared first on The 99.94 Cricket Blog• Follow Gary Naylor on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email features County Championship Division Two Share on Twitter Reuse this content Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Read more North Ferriby in four seasons: promoted, relegated, liquidated, resurrected Topics Essex Since you’re here… Somerset Guardian Sport Network County Championship Division One … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Arsenal Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 19:14 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon Manchester City could be without Raheem Sterling as they try to claim the first piece of silverware of the Pep Guardiola era.Fabian Delph will not be available for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, though Gabriel Jesus could return from a knee injury which has kept him out for more than six weeks.MAN CITY INJURIES Sterling suffered a muscle problem in the Champions League game against Basel which kept him out of Monday’s shock defeat at Wigan, and Guardiola says he does not know if the winger will be ready for Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jesus returned to training on Friday, February 16 and he could be in line to make Guardiola’s match day squad.Only Benjamin Mendy remains on the sidelines, though he could be back in the next month or so.City will be without either of their first-choice left-backs for the next three matches, however, as Delph will miss three games through suspension.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Delph will miss Sunday’s game as well as Thursday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium and next Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea as a result of his red card against Wigan.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP If Sterling is not fit it is likely Bernardo Silva will take his spot on the right-hand side.Guardiola will also have to decide who plays left-back given Mendy’s injury and Delph’s ban. Danilo has tended to play in games with more defensive demands, while Oleksandar Zinchenko has tended to play at home in matches City are expected to dominate. Guardiola may err on the side of caution and use Danilo.There are other selection considerations for Guardiola, too. John Stones did not look entirely comfortable against Wigan and in fact he has struggled slightly since returning from injury in January. Aymeric Laporte will be trusted to play in City’s biggest matches this season and it would be no surprise if he started on Sunday. Nicolas Otamendi was rested on Monday and is likely to come back into the side.Claudio Bravo has played all of City’s Carabao Cup matches and he will start on Sunday, with Ederson on the bench.ARSENAL TEAM NEWS Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have no injuries for Sunday’s game. There had been concerns over Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil but Wenger believes both will be fit.”I don’t know what kind of state [Alex] Iwobi is in, we will know that today [Friday] – but overall we have no injuries.”I’ll make a decision on Aaron Ramsey on Saturday, he looks to be available but he’ll have another test today. So we will know more about it tomorrow [Saturday].”On Ozil, the Frenchman added: “He had a good session yesterday [Thursday] which he absorbed well. We’ll have to see how he responds to it, but I think he will be alright.”OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have won just two of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City, drawing five and losing four. Arsenal have recorded just two victories in their last 16 Premier League matches against fellow ‘big six’ teams (D6 L8). They beat Spurs in November 2017 and Man Utd in May 2017. The Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last nine Premier League matches – they last went 10 without a shutout in the top-flight back in February 2002 (11 games).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 16:30 GMT (11:30 ET) on Sunday, February 25, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on ESPN in the United States, and on various channels around the world, details of which can be found here . Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Does your local Association or Permit run on the strength and hard work of volunteers and always need more assistance in terms of equipment? This information may just strike a chord with you. On 27 January 2005, the Minister for Family and Community Services Kay Patterson announced funding for the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005 to help Australia’s volunteers to carry on with their vital work. Organisations can apply for grants of up to $3000 to buy small equipment items that support the work of volunteers by making it easier, safer and/or more enjoyable. Under the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005, priority will be given to organisations that: * have relatively small operating budgets with limited funding sources and a relatively high volunteer to staff ratio; * demonstrate that their requested equipment will provide maximum benefit to all their volunteers by making their work safer, easier and/or more enjoyable; * demonstrate that the organisation’s work supports families and/or strengthens their local communities; * have requested equipment that will have maximum benefit in the local community for a small outlay; and * have not received funding under VSEG 2003 or VSEG 2004. Organisations are encouraged to complete and submit their application form online. For more information or the online application form, simply use the following link to visit the Australian Government website. For further information or to request an application form be posted to you, please phone the toll free Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005 Hotline on 1800 153 477. Organisations with special needs may contact the department on TTY 1800 055 001. Applications close at 5pm EDST Friday 4 March 2005. It is important to note that online applications received and postal applications post-marked after this date will not be included in the assessment process. Before completing the application form, please ensure that you have read the guidelines and that you are familiar with the purpose of the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005. GRANTS OPPORTUNITY FOR TOUCH VOLUNTEERS
The September edition of ‘Touch-e-Talk’, the online newsletter has been released. It contains several feature stories on the upcoming National 18’s Championships and also the All Nations tournament, Volunteer of the Month, coaching drills and more. Please click here to view the newsletter: TOUCH-e-TALK SEPTEMBER 2005 EDITION If you would like to join the mailing list for future newsletters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The coverage of the State of Origin Series takes in Game 3 of the Women’s Open and Game 2 of the Men’s Open competition between traditional rivals Queensland and New South Wales.The two States battled it out across 13 age divisions for Origin supremacy at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex on 4-5 August 2006.The games are shown in full, as opposed to the packaged highlights that screened on Channel Nine in September. The games will be repeated across the 3 Fox Sports channels during November, and once again in late December, so be sure to organise yourself and your friends to catch the Origin action on Fox Tel during the month.Please check Fox Tel electronic guides for updated screening times and programing.Screening Times for all States Women’s Game 3 – Tuesday 28 November 2006:WA – 12.00amNT- 1.30 amQLD- 2.00 pmSA – 2.30 amNSW, ACT, VIC, TAS – 3.00 amScreening Times for all States Men’s Game 2 – Wednesday 29 November 2006:WA- 12.00 amNT – 1.30 amQLD – 2.00 amSA- 2.30 amNSW, ACT, VIC,TAS – 3.00 am
After some heavy rain leading up to the tournament, the sun was shining for the opening ceremony for the 2007 National Touch League at BCU International Stadium. The NTL was officially opened by Coffs Harbour City Council Deputy Mayor Councilor Ian Ovens and TFA CEO Colm Maguire, and featured a special presentation was also made by to Austouch Coordinator Marianne Maguire for her contribution and commitment to the Australian World Cup campaign.Following Australia’s World Cup victory in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January, World Cup Flag bearer Dean Russell, and Mens Australian captain Gavin Shuker and four time World Cup womens representative Amanda Judd presented CEO Colm Maguire with the World Cup. Russell made the presentation to Marianne, who was not in South Africa for the official team function. “One of the people who played a crucial role in the organisation of World Cup travel, uniforms, logistics, communication and administration of the World Cup campaign was not present in South Africa to receive the personal thanks and gratitude of the Australian World Cup contingent.,” Russell said.“I have the great pleasure in asking Marianne Maguire to come forward and receive a small token of our appreciation for her professionalism, hard work, and commitment towards the retention of the World Cup.”CEO Colm Maguire thanked all those who contributed to the successful World Cup campaign, particularly those players and officials who returned to contribute at the NTL. “It is an amazing feat for the players and referees to back up in such a short time, and those who have made the decision to take part would be in the best form they can be in, given they have just returned from international competition.” Maguire said.