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Schneiderlin hints at Saints exit

first_img The France international had looked set for a move away from St Mary’s last summer, only for the club to refuse to let him leave. Saints have made a fantastic start to the Barclays Premier League season under new boss Ronald Koeman and are second behind Chelsea. Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has hinted he could leave the club next summer if they do not qualify for the Champions League. Schneiderlin, though, is unsure how long he will remain at the club. In an interview on the France Football Federation’s official website, the 25-year-old said: “A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club. “Today I am at Southampton. We are second in the Premier League, it is going well. We’ll see at the end of the season what will happen if we are still in the Champions League places and I will make the choice. I will see with my club.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup: Pakistan face West Indies nightmare

first_imgThings were much more clinical in the 1979 World Cup with West Indies registering 293/6 with Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes hammering 65. In response, Majid and Zaheer Abbas blasted 81 and 93 respectively but Colin Croft’s 3/29 helped West Indies to a 43-run win. In 1983, Pakistan was blown away for 184 thanks to a brilliant spell from Malcolm Marshall and West Indies romped home to an eight-wicket win with Viv Richards smashing an unbeaten 80.In 1987, with the World Cup moving out of England, Pakistan squared off against West Indies in Lahore and Imran Khan’s brilliant 4/37 restricting West Indies to 216/7. Saleem Yousuf kept Pakistan in the hunt with 56 and the last wicket stand between Abdul Qadir and Saleem Jaffar was vital. Courtney Walsh, who had taken 4/40, refused a mankading opportunity and Pakistan won by one wicket. West Indies avenged the loss in the same edition when Sir Viv Richards blasted 110 and gave West Indies a 28-run win.In the 1992 World Cup encounter in Melbourne, Ramiz Raja blasted a century but Desmond Haynes’ 93 and Brian Lara’s 88 gave West Indies a 10-wicket win. In the 1999 World Cup encounter in Bristol, Azhar Mahmood and Wasim Akram’s exploits with the bat helped Pakistan reach 229/8. Mahmood chipped with the ball as well by taking 3/48 as Pakistan won by 27 runs. In the 2007 World Cup clash in Kingston, Marlon Samuels blasted 63 and three-wicket hauls from Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith helped them win by 54 runs in front of their home fans in Kingston.The only time Pakistan clinically dominated the West Indies was in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal in Dhaka. Shahid Afridi picked up 4/30 and Pakistan thumped the Windies by 10 wickets. In the 2015 clash in Christchurch, West Indies reached 310/6 thanks to fifties from Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons but Andre Russell’s 13-ball 42 made the difference. Pakistan was reduced to 25/5 and despite the fifties from Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal, West Indies won by 150 runs.Will Pakistan overcome their jinx against West Indies in the 2019 World Cup or will the West Indies continue their domination? Pakistan won only in 1987, 1999 and 2011 against West Indies in World Cups.Pakistan has won only once in the ICC Cricket World Cup in England against West Indies.Pakistan has lost nine out of 10 ODI games before the World Cup. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When one talks about Pakistan’s bogey team in the ICC Cricket World Cup, the first team that comes to mind is India. Pakistan has never defeated India in the ICC Cricket World Cup ever since their first encounter in the 1992 World Cup in Sydney. The scoreline of 0-6 is used by the Indian cricket team fans to troll Pakistan at each and every World Cup encounter. However, when one takes a closer look at the numbers, India is actually not the real nightmare for Pakistan. The 1992 World Cup champions have a 3-7 scoreline against another team. They are the West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 champions who have dominated Pakistan on the big stage.Ever since 1975, Pakistan has rarely held the edge against the West Indies in the World Cup. In their first encounter at Birmingham in the 1975 World Cup, Pakistan notched up 266/7 with the fifties from skipper Majid Khan, Wasim Raja and Mushtaq Mohammad. In response, West Indies were staring down the barrel at 166/8 but Deryck Murray held the key. Murray stitched a 37-run stand with Vanburn Holder but when he fell, West Indies were still 64 runs away. Andy Roberts showed his mettle and his 64-run stand helped West Indies cross the line by one wicket. Roberts’ unbeaten 24 and Murray’s 61 helped West Indies over the line in a humdinger. highlightslast_img read more


‘Magical’ Lazio down Juventus in Saudi for Super Cup win

first_imgLazio win the Italian Super Cup. photo via @iF2isRiyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Lazio won the Italian Super Cup for a fifth time on Sunday, defeating Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus 3-1 in a game played in the Saudi Arabia capital of Riyadh.“We did something magical tonight,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi.Lazio, the only team to have defeated Juve in Serie A this season, were in front through Luis Alberto after 16 minutes.Paulo Dybala levelled just before the break after a shot from Ronaldo was parried into his path by Lazio’s Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.Despite boasting the attacking talents of Ronaldo, Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, it was the Roman side who looked more likely the next to score.Bosnian international Senad Lulic restored Lazio’s advantage in the 73rd minute with an impressive volley.Danilo Cataldi added a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time from a free kick after Juve’s Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur had been sent off.Lazio had already defeated Juve 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A two weeks ago — until Sunday that was the only defeat suffered by Maurizio Sarri in his time as coach.“We did something magical — to beat Juve twice in two weeks is incredible,” Inzaghi told Rai Sport. “I think this was another deserved victory for a strong team that always believed in our ideas.”The Serie A match in Rome was a world away from Sunday’s proceedings in the King Fahd Stadium where women supporters were allowed to attend.Ronaldo was the main reason the fans came to watch and Juve obviously took the occasion on board with their famed black and white shirts sporting Arabic designs.Juve are no strangers to Saudi Arabia having won the Super Cup in Jeddah in January this year, beating AC Milan 1-0.The Turin giants had been looking to win the trophy for a ninth time.Juventus will now turn their attentions to defending their Serie A title.They are currently level at the top of the table with Inter Milan while Lazio are third, six points off the pace.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Nate Boatright, Chris Pugh and Collin Tate Voted All-WISL

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThree Oly Town Artesians have been named to the first ever All-Western Indoor Soccer League teams, the league announced today. Nate Boatright was voted to the All-WISL First Team, Chris Pugh earned Second Team honors, and Collin Tate took home a Third Team nod.Olympia native Nate Boatright was voted to the First Team by club operators and coaches because of his five goal, five assist season. The Evergreen State alum has been with the Artesians since the 2014-2015 inaugural season and provided solid, veteran leadership to a young and inexperienced Oly Town roster. A tough defender that also plays in the midfield, Nate teamed up with his 17 year-old brother Eli this season and scored on a Boatright to Boatright combination.38 year-old Chris Pugh has been around the Artesians for many years but took time off due to injuries and for family but finally was able to play an entire season providing veteran leadership for the club. The tough forward scored seven goals, good enough for second on the team. Another Evergreen State product, Pugh was named Offensive Player Of The Week for his hat trick against the Oly-Pen Force on January 26th.In his first season of indoor soccer, Collin Tate led the Artesians with eight goals scored in nine games. Another Evergreen product, Tate played nine games after joining the club once the Geoducks’ season ended. The Timberline grad also chipped in three assists, none bigger than the one that he delivered to Eli Boatright that tied the game in the last minute of a 4-4 draw against the Snohomish Skyhawks.Joining Boatright on the All-WISL First Team are Snohomish’s John Troka, Bellingham’s Richard Henderson, and three Tacoma Stars Reserves: Micah Wenzel, Danny Minniti and goalkeeper Mike Arguello. Former Artesians and current Tacoma Narrows FC players JC Henson and Nate Salveson were named to the Third Team.Club operators and coaches nominated their own players for the All-WISL teams and then voted on opposing players  to determine the first three teams.The Artesians return to action Saturday night, February 23rd, for one last game when they take on the Oly Legends on Austin Kelley Night. The friendly is Olympia’s celebration of soccer, in honor of our friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick is set for 6:30 with doors opening at 5:45.Stay up to date with Oly Town FC during the off season and heading into the 2019 Evergreen Premier League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more