Toure unsure over Man City future

LONDON, (REUTERS): Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has no doubts he will carry on playing next season but the 33-year-old is unsure whether he will still be at the Etihad Stadium. Four-times African footballer of the year Toure has been in fine form since returning to Pep Guardiola’s side, scoring six goals in 18 appearances in all competitions so far. “In the past when you got to 33, you were done. Now with the science, players can go on much longer,” said the Ivorian. “I..

Manchester United’s Ibrahimovic strikes twice to win League Cup

LONDON, (REUTERS): Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice including a late headed winner as they edged Southampton 3-2 in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. With extra time looming the Swede nodded Ander Herrera’s cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score his 26th goal of the season in all competitions and secure Jose Mourinho’s first trophy since the Portuguese coach took charge. United had taken a 2-0 lead with Ibrahimovic’s free kick and Jesse..

Czech Republic midfielder Dockal off to Chinese Super League

PRAGUE, (AP): Czech Republic midfielder Borek Dockal has agreed on his transfer from Sparta Prague to Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League. Both clubs confirmed the move Saturday on their websites. Financial details have not been given but Sparta says the transfer fee was “extraordinary” for Czech football. Czech media reports said Sparta may have received about 8.5 million euros (around $9 million) for the 28-year-old playmaker. Dockal joined Sparta in 2013 after he previously..

Manchester United handed tough Europa league draw

LONDON, (REUTERS): Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Friday’s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League against Russian side Rostov has been unkind to his team, the favourites. “It is a bad draw in every aspect. Far and difficult. Comes in a bad period,” Mourinho, whose side are still competing on four fronts, told reporters. “They had a very good Champions League campaign. They beat Ajax and Anderlecht in qualifiers and managed important results against Bayern Munich and..

Hamburg ready to drop punchbag tag at Bayern

BERLIN, (REUTERS): Champions Bayern Munich have beaten Hamburg SV more times than any other Bundesliga team, firing a record 232 goals past them in more than half a century of league encounters. But when the two sides meet on Saturday, the northern club, former European champions who have been battling relegation for the past few seasons, are determined to draw strength from their current three-match unbeaten run. “If the question is playing it safe in Munich or stepping on the gas then the..

Midfielder Lallana signs new long-term deal with Liverpool

LONDON, (REUTERS): Midfielder Adam Lallana has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, the Premier League club said on their website on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Lallana, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for 25 million pounds ($31.11 million)in June 2014, has made 23 appearances so far this season, scoring seven goals and contributing seven assists. “I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular,” Lallana told the..

Sevilla’s upgraded defense key to Champions League success

MADRID, (AP): Sevilla’s much-improved defense will be vital in its attempt to finally succeed in the Champions League. The team coached by Jorge Sampaoli has displayed the offensive prowess already expected from his squads, but it’s also starting to show a more balanced setup that will help the Spanish club to take steps toward becoming a top contender in European football. On a run of three straight games without conceding a goal, Sevilla hosts Leicester in the first leg of the round of..

Substitute Gameiro scores 3 for Atletico in 6 minutes

BARCELONA, (AP): Substitute Kevin Gameiro scored three goals in a six-minute span to power Atletico Madrid to a 4-1 win at Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league on Saturday. The Spanish league says that only Brazil’s Bebeto in the 1995-96 season and David Villa in 2005-2006 have scored faster hat tricks in the competition. Gameiro had scored six goals in 21 previous league appearances this season, with Fernando Torres starting in recent weeks. But with Torres misfiring and Atletico..

Wenger to decide on Arsenal future within two months

LONDON, (REUTERS): Arsene Wenger said on Friday he would make a decision in March or April on whether to extend his 20-year spell at Arsenal, but that whatever he decided he would be managing a team next season. The second longest-serving manager in the history of the Premier League, Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season. He has not won the league title since 2004, and calls for him to end his association with Arsenal have grown louder since the team’s 5-1 Champions League..

FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026 World Cup

ZURICH, (REUTERS): The 2026 soccer World Cup could be split between up to four countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, announcing the organisation would encourage applications to co-host the tournament. “We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term,” Infantino said. “(We could) …maybe bring together two, three, four countries who can jointly present a project with..

Brain damage in former players fuels soccer ‘heading’ fears

LONDON, (REUTERS): Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former soccer players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was the first of its kind, involving post mortems on six men who died with dementia after long careers playing soccer. All were skilled headers of the ball. It suggests that some professional soccer players might risk the same long-term..

Premier League: Manchester City Revive Title Bid With 2-0 Win Over Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH, (AFP): A goal from Raheem Sterling and an own goal from Tyrone Mings gave Manchester City a 2-0 win against Bournemouth and lifted them from sixth to second place in the Premier League on a blustery Monday night at the Vitality Stadium. Pep Guardiola's side closed the gap on Chelsea to eight points and kept alive their hopes of the title, despite their Spanish manager ruling out the possibility following his team's 4-0 defeat at Everton last month. But three league wins in a row..

Chelsea go 10 points clear with draw at Burnley

LONDON, (REUTERS): Premier League leaders Chelsea moved 10 points clear at the top on Sunday despite being held by Burnley in an entertaining game played amid flurries of sleet and snow. Pedro gave Chelsea an early lead from a pass by Victor Moses but the home side fought back well and equalised midway through the first half with a superb curling free kick by Robbie Brady, making his full debut. Matt Lowton and Andre Gray missed good chances as Burnley sought to maintain their impressive home..

Asier Illarramendi back to best in 2nd stint at Sociedad

BARCELONA, (AP): Asier Illarramendi, not long ago considered a flop at Real Madrid, has boyhood club Real Sociedad sitting near the top of the Spanish league. Illarramendi’s unstoppable long-distance strike sealed Sociedad’s 2-1 win at Espanyol on Friday, a victory that lifted the Basque Country club past Atletico Madrid and into fourth place. The top four finishers in Spain earn a berth to next season’s Champions League. In 2013, after a strong season by Illarramendi that saw..

Muguruza opens for Spain against Czech player Strycova

OSTRAVA, (AP): French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will face Barbora Strycova in the opening match when Spain plays the defending champion Czech Republic in the first round of the Fed Cup. Third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will face Lara Arruabarrena in the second singles match on an indoor hardcourt in the eastern city of Ostrava. In Sunday’s reverse singles, Pliskova will play the seventh-ranked Muguruza, and Strycova will face Arruabarrena. In the final doubles match, the Czech duo of..

24 players selected for ICC World Cricket League Championship

KATHMANDU: A total of 24 players have been selected to play a match against Kenya under the ICC World Cricket League Championship slated to be held at the Tribhuvn University Stadium on March 11 and 13. Those chosen players are national cricket captain Paras Khadka, Gynandra Malla, Aarif Shekh. Dipak Shrestha, Dipendra Singh Aire, Aasiph Shekh, Amit Shrestha, Dilip Nath, Susan Bhari, Mehabub Alam, Karan KC and Sagar Pun. Other selected players include Sharad Bheshwakar, Kushal Bhurtel,..

36 players selected for AFC Asian Cup-2019

KATHMANDU: A total of 36 players have been selected for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup-2019 to be held in Philippines in March this year. Nepal National Football Head Coach, Gyotoku Koji, shared that the squad comprises 23 players from the team, who won the AFC Solidarity Cup held in Malaysia last year. Nepal will play against Philippines in the opening match of the AFC Asia Cup on March 28. Rabin Shrestha, Biraj Maharjan, Ananta Tamang, Deepak Gurung, Aditya Chaudhary,..

Suarez denied place in Cup final after pivotal role

BARCELONA, (REUTERS): Luis Suarez was incredulous after being sent off in Barcelona’s thrilling King’s Cup semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, ruling him out of the final in May after playing a pivotal role in getting his team there. The Uruguayan scored two of Barca’s three goals in the semi-final, firing them to a 2-1 win in the first leg with a tremendous solo run as well as hitting the opener in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw. Suarez was left livid when he was shown a..

Aguero says he will stay and fight for future at Man City

LONDON, (REUTERS): Striker Sergio Aguero says he is eager to win back his place in Manchester City’s starting line-up and it will be up to the Premier League club to decide whether to keep him once the season ends. Aguero, who is the club’s top scorer with 18 goals in 26 games this campaign, was left out for the second match in a row in favour of young Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, who scored a brace in the 2-1 win at home to Swansea City on Sunday. “No, no, I don’t want to leave. I..

Sri Lanka skipper Mathews to miss Australia tour

COLOMBO, (REUTERS): Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews will miss the upcoming Twenty20 series in Australia after injuring his hamstring against South Africa last month. Mathews sustained the injury in a Twenty20 international at Wanderers on Jan. 22, when he completed a half century despite limited mobility to lead Sri Lanka to victory by three-wickets. The selection committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on the composition of the squad and who should replace him as skipper, Sri Lanka Cricket..

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