DELE ALLI has taunted Arsenal by claiming Tottenham see Chelsea as bigger rivals thanks to their Premier League clashes in recent seasons.The Spurs star, 24, has revealed his team-mates all see the Blues as bigger rivals than the Gunners – but knows it’s different for fans.3 Dele Alli sees Chelsea as bigger rivals to Spurs than ArsenalCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd3 Chelsea and Spurs played out a heated clash in 2016, with 12 yellow cards shownAlli reckons the hot-tempered clashes with Chelsea down the years, including 2016’s Battle of Stamford Bridge – thought of as one of the most shameful games in Premier League history – means Tottenham see them as their biggest rivals now.That fateful May day, Chelsea ended Spurs’ title ambitions as Alli and Co threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 and hand Leicester their first-ever Premier League crown.Tottenham had a record NINE players booked, with 12 seeing yellow in total – with Moussa Dembele gouging the eye of Diego Costa, Erik Lamela stamping on Cesc Fabregas and Guus Hiddink being floored in a mass brawl on the touchline, to name but a few incidents.And it’s matches like that that have made Chelsea the biggest rivals of Spurs, according to Alli.The England midfielder told Copa90: “I think if you ask the fans they will give you a different answer.”But as players – the way things have been going with the league and the games – the rivalry with Chelsea is bigger than the one with Arsenal, because of what they have done to us in recent years.”For fans it’s different, because the North London derby is massive, but as players I think it’s Chelsea.”The Blues have won the last four matches in all competitions against Tottenham – most recently in a 2-1 victory at the end of February.3MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut Spurs had won the three matches prior to that as the two London giants tussle for supremacy.All the while, those two clubs have been battling with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League glory, while Arsenal have simply been trying to get back into the top six.The Gunners currently sit ninth in the Premier League, a staggering 42 points adrift of the league-leading Reds.Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdown
When the sport switched to a summer season in 1996, the old Bradford Northern reinvented themselves.As the rebranded Bulls they came kicking and charging into the new era and anything seemed possible.Odsal Stadium, an inhospitable giant hole in the ground in the winter months, became rugby league’s summer hot-spot.Crowds doubled and tripled as the fabulously successful Bulls blasted their way to silverware success to a back drop of memorable matchday entertainment.There was live music, fire-eaters, light shows and fireworks. It was rugby league rock and roll, on and off the field.Bradford Bulls go into liquidationMultiple Challenge Cups, Championships and World Club titles were won and Odsal’s capacity was frequently tested by a booming, bouncing fanbase.The club was colourful, noisy and wonderfully good fun.But those good times weren’t to last.The 2006 World Club Challenge was their last major success.Suddenly the Grand Finals at Old Trafford, the showdowns against the best of the Australian clubs and a powerful presence at rugby league’s top table ended.A temporary slip in playing standards, part of the cycle of sport, was magnified by colossal mismanagement. It was the start of the plunge down the Super League table, into a string of administrations, relegation to the Championship and now liquidation.The first of the crises became public knowledge in 2012 when Peter Hood, the then chairman, revealed a £1m black hole and the club went into administration in June of that year.Coach Mick Potter was made redundant but carried on unpaid until the end of the campaign.Fans rallied around to raise the £1m, but saw every penny disappear in a desperate but futile attempt to steady the ship.Instead, a new consortium fronted by local businessman Omar Khan took over the club in August 2012, the first in a series of ownerships by different groups that have come and gone as the club continued to slip towards its current state.With six points deducted for another financial calamity in 2014, the club was relegated.A year later, defeat by Wakefield in the Million Pound game prevented an immediate return to Super League. And more financial woes followed.Now the club is at the lowest it has been in the modern era. With the old club liquidated, there is even a chance that the name of the Bradford Bulls may cease to exist.That’s unlikely to happen, though. More probable is that a new club will be formed, maybe even rebranded, and launched again in the Championship this year with a 12-point deduction.The Rugby Football League reports plenty of interest in breathing life back into the currently defunct club, but that would be on the buyer’s terms. No debts need be honoured.That will leave a bad taste in the mouth of those owed money by this most recent business collapse. And many will be disappointed that a succession of owners have not been held to account for their mishandling of the club.The RFL’s role in being part of the process of approving some of those owners must also be questioned. To get it wrong once is forgivable, but three or four owners have come and gone after satisfying the scrutiny of the RFL and all have failed the Bulls’ fans.For the sake of the reputation of the governing body, the next owners must deliver something other than failure. This time it will be the RFL alone who decide who the new custodians of the club will be, so they will be accountable for their authenticity.Nor does it feel entirely comfortable that a new club should be placed straight back into the Championship. Even with a 12-point deduction they still have a chance of immediate promotion in the game’s new Super 8s set-up.There are several clubs in League One, who, having lived by the financial rules, possibly wouldn’t mind being elevated into the higher league, even at this late stage of the pre-season.Putting Bradford right back where the last club failed has a scent of flippancy around it; a disregard for those who have lost heavily investing in the previous failed venture.But all that said, rugby league does need a buoyant Bulls to come bouncing back.The game as a whole has gone a little grey over the last few years for all sorts or reasons – a sense of lowered playing standards, international failure, big stars exiting for the brighter lights of the NRL.If someone could take Bradford back to those Friday nights of glitz and glamour and gladiatorial rugby league, it would reinject some of the sense of excitement that we had in the first 10 years of Super League.Some of the biggest and most memorable games watched by the largest crowds in the summer seasons have involved Bradford Bulls.The sport is getting something very new this year with the coming of the Toronto Wolfpack. But a little bit of the exciting old being restored would be very welcome too.
Jones, 53, was voted on to the NZR Board of Directors after being nominated by the Tasman Rugby Football Union.The 55-Test cap former All Black headed off Dame Annette King in replacing outgoing member Glenn Wahlstrom on the 12-person Board.NZR Chair Brent Impey said Jones would add considerable mana, knowledge and expertise to the table.”Sir Michael has already made an immense contribution to New Zealand rugby both as a player at every level, and as a leader in the community.”His ability to bring people together, to understand different perspectives and different cultures, and to lead through his own actions will be a valuable addition.”Jones received a New Zealand Medal for service to the Pacific Island community in 1997 and was knighted last year for his work in driving economic and social development for Pasifika people in New Zealand, and in the Pacific region.He is the Chair of the Village Community and Youth Trust, which opened in 2003 to keep young Pacific and Maori people out of gang activity. And in 2010, set up the Village Sports Academy to mentor Pacific students to stay in school.Jones, who holds the Samoan matai chief titles of Savae and Laauli, and played 74 matches for the All Blacks between 1987 and 1998, including 55 Test matches, said he was humbled by the new role.”I have been fortunate throughout my life to be involved in rugby which has given me a lot. I am very humbled and privileged to have been elected on to the NZR Board, and I am looking forward to giving back to the game in this capacity,” Jones said.
The tournament will be staged at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) in Port Moresby, with Epari Souths of Pangia and Yasaro of Kutubu returning to defend their titles.Over 40 teams have shown interest however, due to limited time and availability of facilities, only 32 teams will be taking part.The tournament aims to expose basketball talents from the rural areas at the national level while utilising international standard basketball facilities such as the TAC.NSBL plans to revive basketball, which is still alive in the rural areas in PNG.Organisers confirmed that the registration fee is K1000 for each club (K500 male and K500 female).All teams must fill out an expression of interest (EoI) form which can be collected by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.The tournament will be officially launched in March 24 at the Taurama Aquatic Centre.The general public will be charged a gate fee of K2-K5 per person.
Photo: Reuters In Atlanta, the Raptors let out a wide advantage and had to wait at the last minute to resolve their victory over the Hawks with prominence for Marc Gasol (14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists) and Serge Ibaka (8 points, 7 rebounds and 1 Stole).In fact, the Canadian team dominated for 14 in the absence of just over two minutes (100-114), but Trae Young, who left another sensational performance with 42 points and 15 assists, led the unexpected load of the hosts in the last plays .With the local star at full capacity, Atlanta reached two when there were 34 seconds left (113-115), but the Raptors prevented the comeback from finishing thanks to five points followed by Fred VanVleet. The base (20) and Norman Powell (27) were the best visitors at the State Farm Arena.A similar script was lived in Phoenix, where the Suns lost 16 in the last quarter (87-103) and ended up having a triple on the horn to take the victory against the Spurs.Ricky Rubio (15 points, 9 assists) led this comeback attempt along with DeAndre Ayton (25 and 12 rebounds) and Devin Booker (37), who could not score the last pitch that would have triggered the euphoria at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Derrick White (25) and Brin Forbes (24) were the best in Texans.In addition, the Hernangómez brothers again enjoyed little prominence with their teams. Thus Willy added 8 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes in another overwhelming defeat of the Hornets, while Juancho captured 1 rebound in 6 minutes in Minnesota, where the Nuggets signed a worked victory. The Spanish representation in the NBA has lived a night of contrasts with the victories of Toronto Raptors against Atlanta Hawks (117-122) and Denver Nuggets against Minnesota Timberwolves (100-107) and the defeats of Phoenis Suns against San Antonio Spurs ( 118-120) and Charlotte Hornets against Orlando Magic (83-106) on the day honoring Martin Luther King. Ibaka and Gasol pull the car in Toronto’s win over AtlantaRicky brushes the ‘double-double’ but the Suns fall against San AntonioAnother discreet night for the Hernangómez with Denver and Charlotte
Just a few days ago we talked with the director of the ADA Academy, Josele González. The director of the international project of AD Alcorcón. A project that seeks to internationalize the image of the club and that football talent from around the world falls to the potter’s club. In just two and a half years the ADA Academy has traveled more than 75 countries with football events and player training projects. Two teams of the ADA Academy have been generated, the senior who plays in the second regional and serves as the second subsidiary of Alcorcón and the youth. And, in addition, it also begins to bear fruit football. Kim, a Korean who already plays in Alcorcón B and trains with the first team and Rintaro, half Chilean half American and that is in the same situation as Kim. These two names now have to join the one of Zape. This Thai goalkeeper has been summoned with the U19 national team of Thailand this weekend. Zape, 16 years old and with dual citizenship, is part of the ADA Academy youth. It is coincidental that Zape is one of Fran de la Cuesta’s children, or better known as Frank from the jungle. This television presenter showed his joy at the call of his son in his social networks. “That your 16-year-old son debuts tomorrow as a goalkeeper with the U19 national team is an invaluable joy. Especially because these last six years have been very hard and he has never given up, nor sought excuses. “And it is that Fran’s ex-wife and Zape’s mother, Yuyee Alissa is serving a sentence in Thailand for 5 mg cocaine trafficking. She was sentenced to 15 years and has been serving 5 and a half years. The presenter has always defended and fought the innocence and release of his ex-wife.
Carlos Taberner, that eradicated Fernando Verdasco, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the Italian Gianluca Mager and the Hungarian Attila Balazs debuted this Monday with triumphs in the primary draw of the Cordoba Open, in Argentina, and certified for the knockout levels of the ATP 250.Balazs beat Lorenzo Sonego within the first sport of the primary draw 2-6 and 6 (3) – (7) 7. Within the subsequent occasion, the Hungarian will face the Chilean Cristian Garín, third seeded. caves, sixth seeded, beat one other favourite, the native Federico Delbonis, by 7-6 and 6-2. Within the second round, it is going to be measured with Mager, who on Monday beat Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich 2-6, 6-3 and 2-6. The day on Monday closed with a duel of tennis gamers Spanish: Verdasco and Taberner. The 22-year-old was imposed by 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4 and his rival of eighths will go away the crossing that can star on Tuesday the native Federico Coria and the Slovak Andrej Martin.In eighth, the Argentine Juan Londero, defending champion, will debut in opposition to the Italian Marco Cecchinato. The primary collection head, Diego Schwartzman, quantity 14 of the world, will play in opposition to his compatriot Leonardo Mayer or the Spanish Jaume Munar
On the head of the march was a banner with a clear and forceful message: “Sit down and you will see the body of your shield pass ”. In addition, you could also read banners with messages accusing the mayor, certain employees and justice as “accomplices” of the terrible crisis that plagues Malaga. More than 300 Malaguista fans have supported this protest.The situation of Malaga is critical, LaLiga has summoned the club to give it a final ultimatum and the possibility of an administrative descent is on the table. Málaga fans are fed up with their president and neither does he accept the inaction that his new right hand has implanted, Richard Shaheen, whose management as general manager shines for his absence. The South Fund 1904 held a new protest in the previous Malaga – Numancia against the management of the president of the blue and white club, Abdullah Al Thani. On this occasion, the fans have organized a funeral procession. Under the motto ‘The only thing that separates us from death is time’, the rocks that make up the animation tier, Front Bokerón and Malaka hInchas summoned this action to continue making clear the absolute rejection towards the sheikh. Thus, blue and white fans were concentrated near the stadium to march with the procession headed by a coffin that symbolized that they are “killing” the illusion of malaguism.
But Sime still had a life at Atlético, although nobody expected it (almost as few as the second part of Carrasco, a trip to Atlético three years ago). In December he took a flight to Madrid with a one-way ticket. His recovery had fringes left and he would cut them at Cerro del Espino, his knee getting stronger, his muscles more in tune. Vrsaljko training with the recuperators in the neighboring field, Vrsaljko passing the group, Vrlsajko, suddenly, turned into news again: that Vrsaljko was suddenly a starter against Leganés, eleven months after his last official match. And, hey, he did it. Yes, he looked a little lacking in rhythm, but now, he takes that, and what is not immediate, he already had: the coupling to the Cholo system, its internalized game in the legs. The following week it was in the news again: it started again. In a derby, against Madrid, Santiago Bernábeu. And the games were happening and it was becoming routine. Vrsaljko ahead of Arias in the lineups, in the team. An Arias who in the last month has only known the stands. A Vrsaljko who has already played 482 minutes and climbing. The footballer who is currently ahead in that ranking is precisely the Colombian, 869 ‘, but while one is stranded, he was one of Cholo’s five discards for the game against Anfield, the other increasingly counts. In the last two league games he was a substitute, but in Liverpool he was one of the Cholo men who played, protagonist of that second part of a film that no one expected but that can hold great minutes, when the competitions return, if they return this season. And suddenly, Sime Vrsaljko. As if the second, or third, part of a film were involved, the Croatian lives ‘a second youth’ in Atlético. Second and unexpected. Because the right-back was a footballer who in July, when the squad was composed, was not in any plan. His de facto inclusion in the Champions League took place in September and made headlines: the Croatian, seriously injured in one knee during his loan, forced to buy, at Inter Milan had run out of a team. The Italian team did not execute that option, it was returning it, while the first balls of the 2019-20 began to roll, the right-back was in CroatiaRecovering from an injury that still had months to go, Trippier filled the headlines and accolades and Arias responded when he played. The Vrsaljko option seemed far, far away, buried in those seasons with the shirt with scratches ripping the red and white stripes.
The coronavirus crisis has stopped football, but not activity at Real Madrid. The players, confined to their homes, strictly follow the personalized exercise program designed by Gregory Dupont; Zidane and his staff work electronically and are in contact with the players; Y Little by little, they think about the movements to be made for the next season (the club expects at least five sales, as reported this Saturday by AS). Part of the planning was conditioned to the final result of the knockout round of the Champions League against City, where Madrid had to overcome a 1-2, but the pandemic has changed the scenario and modified the times. However, there are issues that the club is aware of that they will have to address in the face of next season: the Bale case, the scorer issue and clearing up the unknown on the sides. The latter will be one of the cases to be resolved in Madrid: With two fixes (Carvajal and Mendy), four men compete for two holes (Achraf, Odriozola, Marcelo and Reguilón). The one who has the most difficult continuity is Odriozola (24 years old). Zidane put him on the market this winter despite being a bet from the club, which paid for him 35 million in 2018. In season and a half, he played 27 games scored a goal, but did not earn Zidane’s confidence. This season he only played five games in white and the defeat against Mallorca signaled him. With a contract until 2024, he was transferred to Bayern until the end of the season, but in Germany things have not been better. He unintentionally injured his partner Perisic and Flick, his coach, has him ostracized: He has only given him 70 minutes in ten games, and 63 of them were due to injuries from Niklas Süle and Javi Martínez. Zidane does not have him in principle and Madrid must find him a destination … On the right side, Carvajal (28 years old) is immovable but the question arises in his rival for the position. Since January, it has been Militao who has occasionally played there with questionable performance. Madrid transferred Odriozola to Bayern in the winter market and Achraf has been in Dortmund for a year and a half. In them both is the question. In the club they are clear that the Moroccan, 21, is already a player made for the rigor of the Bernabéu after two years cooking with great success at Borussia Dortmund (He has played 65 games and 5,249 minutes, has scored ten goals and given 17 assists and has won a German Super Cup). They want me to come back to stay. The player, for his part, does not hide that his desire is to succeed in white, but he prioritizes playing. “I cannot lie, of course I would like to succeed in Madrid, it is my home. But if not, I will try to succeed elsewhere. That is my dream”he said in AS. When his loan ends this year, Madrid and Achraf (their contract ends in 2021) will sit down to talk to make a decision. Zidane holds him in high esteem and understands that he would have a place in his next project, but he must convince him (he has offers on the table) that, despite being Carvajal, he will have an important role. His versatility (he can play on the left and the winger) undoubtedly works in his favor. The other wing also throws up questions. Mendy (24 years old), signed this year from Lyon at the request of Zidane and Bettoni, has earned the coach’s trust and the Bernabéu’s respect for his defensive solvency. He arrived to oxygenate Marcelo (31), whom Zidane was determined to recover, but he has ended up playing the most demanding games precisely because of his seriousness at work back. The unknown is to know what will happen to the Brazilian next season (he still has two contract left). With a discreet performance again this season and with several stoppages due to injury, his future is a mystery. The player has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to retire at Concha Espina, but also that he does not want to be a burden. As reported this Saturday by AS, a joint decision will be made with him based on what his role in the project will be. If Marcelo remains a year in white, that would close the doors to Reguilón (23 years old), side of the quarry that this season has taken flight on his loan at Sevilla. In fact, the youth squad, who signed a year on loan, no longer rules out continuing another campaign in Nervión: “Here I feel very loved.” Madrid have great faith in him, that is why they do not consider a transfer and instead continue on the path of transfer. Everything will depend on what happens with Marcelo’s future …