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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

US Open: Andy Murray seeded eighth at Flushing Meadows


US Open: Andy Murray seeded eighth at Flushing Meadows

The US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows Dates: 25 August - 8 September
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live sports extra 18:00 or 18:30 BST
Britain's Andy Murray is seeded eighth for the 2014 US Open, which starts at Flushing Meadows on 25 August.
The 27-year-old, who won the tournament in 2012, has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.
The Scot was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters last week, following similar exits at the Rogers Cup and Wimbledon.
US Open champion Rafael Nadal is out injured, while Novak Djokovic is seeded number one and Roger Federer two.

Shelley Kerr is first female boss in Scottish senior ranks


Shelley Kerr is first female boss in Scottish senior ranks

Shelley Kerr is to take charge of Lowland League club Stirling University, making her the first female manager in Scottish senior football.
The 44-year-old quit her position at Arsenal Ladies in June, having won three trophies in a 16-month reign.
"I think the management of players is different," Kerr told BBC Scotland. "I think women can sometimes be a little bit more difficult than men.
"But I see myself as a football coach, nothing to do with male or female."
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It shouldn't be about gender, it should be about your ability as a coach
Shelley Kerr
Capped 59 times for Scotland, Kerr replaces Eddie May, who left to join the youth set-up at Hibernian, and will inherit a side that were runners-up last season but have lost their opening three matches this term.
Kerr, who will begin studying for a MSc in Sports Management at the university, was a player-manager at Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans women's teams and had a four-year spell leading Scotland's Under-19s before Arsenal enlisted her.
"It doesn't faze me one bit," she said. "The main focus should be on the team.
"I've always had aspirations of working in the men's game and right now this seems like a really good fit for me.
Kerr led Arsenal to FA Cup success last season
"The university has great facilities and I'm going to be studying myself."
In May, Portugal's Helena Costa became the highest-profile female manager of a European men's team when she was named head coach of Clermont Foot in France.
Costa quit before taking charge for a single game because she found out players were hired without her consent, saying she had just been a face to attract publicity for the club.
Former France captain Corinne Diacre was appointed in her place.
Kerr, one of four women in the UK to hold a Uefa Pro-Licence for coaching, begins her new job with a home fixture against Dalbeattie Star on Saturday.
And she does not anticipate any difficulties arising from being the first female manager at this level.
"I've been involved in football a long time and, growing up in an era when there weren't that many girls playing football, I've had to combat many things," she continued. "Thankfully I haven't had that much abuse.
"I'm confident enough and completely focused on helping the guys develop as players. It shouldn't be about gender, it should be about your ability as a coach."
The Lowland League is administered by the Scottish FA and was established last year.
This season's winners will compete with the Highland League champions for a play-off with the side finishing bottom of League Two, the bottom tier of the Scottish Professional Football League.
Prior to the pyramid structure, teams had to be invited and voted into the league.

England v India: Alex Hales named in ODI squad, Ravi Bopara out


England v India: Alex Hales named in ODI squad, Ravi Bopara out

England have called up Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales for the one-day international series against India.
Hales, 25, averages 37.85 in 32 Twenty20 internationals for England, but has yet to play an ODI.
There is no place for all-rounder and limited-overs regular Ravi Bopara in the 15-man squad while paceman Stuart Broad, facing surgery on a longstanding knee injury, also misses out.
The five-match ODI series begins at Bristol on 25 August.
It will be followed by a T20 international at Edgbaston on 7 September.
England completed a 3-1 Test series win over India with an innings-and-244-run win at The Oval on Sunday.

England v India ODI & T20 schedule

25 August: 1st ODI, Bristol
27 August: 2nd ODI, Cardiff
30 August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge
2 September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston
5 September: 5th ODI, Headingley
7 September: Twenty20 international, Edgbaston
Aside from Broad, who will seek a specialist surgical opinion on his knee later this week, opener Sam Robson is the only player from the final Test XI not involved in the squad.
Pace bowler Steven Finn, who has not represented England in any format since last September but recently returned to the Test squad, is included, as is all-rounder Ben Stokes who was dropped after the second Test against India.
Despite the absence of Bopara, one-day regulars Eoin Morgan and James Tredwell retain their ODI places, as does left-arm seamer Harry Gurney who made his one-day debut earlier this season, but seamer Tim Bresnan and opener Michael Carberry are omitted, having been in the ODI squad against Sri Lanka in May and June.
Hales, who made his T20 debut in 2011, became the first England player to score a T20 century when he hit an unbeaten 116 off 64 balls to help beat Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 in March.
However, he was overlooked for the home one-day series defeat by Sri Lanka this summer.

Alex Hales' career in numbers

Matches Runs Average Strike rate
First-class
71
4,293
37.00
58.99
List A
80
2,711
35.67
99.77
Twenty20
116
3,240
30.00
139.83
He made 101 for England Lions against Sri Lanka A this month, 141 in Nottinghamshire's victory over Middlesex in the One-Day Cup and 102 not out in the County Championship win against Northants on Monday.
He has scored 926 Championship runs at an average of 54.47 this season, including a one-game loan spell at Worcestershire, and averages 70 from four One-Day Cup matches.
Although Finn, 25, was included in the England squad for the final two Tests against India, he has not played since last summer's one-day series against Australia.
He returned home early from the Ashes tour without playing a game to "work on technical aspects of his game".
However, he has taken 44 wickets at 29.72 apiece in 10 Championship games for Middlesex this season.
National selector James Whitaker said: "With the ICC Cricket World Cup now less than six months away our focus over the coming months switches to identifying our strongest possible squad for that competition.
"However this is an important series in its own right and we have selected 15 players who we believe will perform well against an Indian side with a strong one-day record."
England now play only one-day and T20 cricket until April 2015. They face seven ODIs in Sri Lanka later this year, and a triangular ODI series against India and hosts Australia shortly before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand gets under way in February 2015.
England one-day squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Luis Suarez: Barcelona striker says he won't bite in future


Luis Suarez: Barcelona striker says he won't bite in future

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he has talked to specialists about his behaviour and insists there will be no further biting incidents.
Suarez is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup - his third biting offence.
"I say to fans, don't worry, because I won't do that anymore," he promised.
"I spoke to my psychologist and he said I had to face it and say sorry. I did - now I would rather focus on the present, which is Barcelona."

Luis Suarez controversies

June 2014: Banned for four months from any football-related activity, plus nine international matches, for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini
April 2013: Apologises for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and receives a 10-game ban
Dec 2011: Given eight-match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra
Nov 2010: Given seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax
The 27-year-old Uruguay striker, who said he was "really depressed" after the incident in Brazil, launched an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban.
Following the verdict, the former Liverpool striker is still banned from playing in competitive fixtures until late October and must also serve the remaining eight games of his nine-match international ban.
But Suarez is no longer excluded from "all football-related activities", which allowed him to make his Barcelona debut as a 75th-minute substitute in the 6-0 friendly victory over Mexican side Club Leon on Monday.
Addressing a media conference on Tuesday, he said of his behavioural issues: "I am speaking to professionals - the right professionals. But it is a private matter and I don't want to comment further on that."
World Cup 2014: Uruguay forward Luis Suarez
World Cup 2014: Uruguay's Suarez bites Chiellini
Suarez spent three years with Liverpool, during which he was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and suspended for a further 10 matches for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.
Last month, he joined Barcelona for a reported fee of £75m but the Catalan club's vice president Jordi Mestre said on Tuesday the actual amount was significantly less.
"Negotiations started before the World Cup and we worked hard to come to a final figure of £65m. We were originally quoted over €90m (£72m).
"He had much better offers than ours financially but he wanted to come to Barcelona. He made a great effort - financially and personally - to be here."
Suarez admitted he feared for his career after the incident with Chiellini in Uruguay's 1-0 win in Natal on 24 June.
"Of course I was concerned - not just about the transfer to Barcelona but more for me as a person. But, as I've said, that's in the past now and I'm trying to concentrate on Barcelona," he said.
"Everything that happens in the past, that needs to be forgotten. If I start thinking about everything I've gone through, I wouldn't be able to sleep."

England Women's Rugby World Cup winners want professionalism


England Women's Rugby World Cup winners want professionalism

England's World Cup winning women feel a move to professionalism is necessary to stay competitive on the world stage.
However, any move must be "viable" and "sustainable" in the long-term, said captain and fly-half Katy Mclean, 28.
Vice-captain Sarah Hunter added: "If other nations turn professional and move forward we might get left behind."
The Rugby Football Union is yet to comment on plans to make the women's game full-time or award central contracts to its national players.

Some of England's squad and their "day jobs"

Katy Mclean (captain) - primary school teacher
Marlie Packer - plumbing and heating engineer
Sarah Hunter (vice-captain) - RFU university rugby development officer
Margaret Alphonsi - athlete mentor manager for the Youth Sport Trust
Danielle Waterman - unemployed (studying masters degree part-time)
Kay Wilson - sports development student
Katherine Merchant - personal trainer
Sophie Hemming - veterinarian
England beat Canada 21-9 in the final in Paris on Sunday to secure their first World Cup win in 20 years and Hunter, 28, believes the demands in the game now make holding down a full-time job a difficult situation to balance.
"For now, it's all about making sure the players have the support in place to make their lives easier and add value," she added.
"But we need to make sure the debate doesn't take away from the achievement of actually winning a World Cup."
Full-time primary school teacher Mclean said that England had to win the World Cup "to have any credibility about arguing for professionalism", before pointing out that "half the Canada side we beat in the final are full-time sevens players".
Women's Sevens will make its Olympic debut in Rio in 2016. The Netherlands were the first to award professional contracts to their female Sevens players. Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States, Russia and Spain have since followed suit.
"There's a huge marketing profile now for the game's authorities to work with," Mclean said.
"I'm sure the Rugby Football Union are already busy talking about it.
"The number of interviews we've done since the World Cup final where we've been asked questions about professionalism just adds fuel to the debate."
Former England captain Catherine Spencer hopes the Olympics sevens tournament at Rio will act as a springboard for the future of the women's game.
"Having sevens there for the first time will lead to more funding, but the 15-a-side game is the real 'bread and butter'," the two-time World Cup runner-up said.
"Ultimately, a move to professionalism will need support from around the world, rather than just one country.
"I think the next World Cup in 2017 might be too soon, but I'd like to think by the World Cup after that and the one that follows, the game will be ready."

Monday, 18 August 2014

TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Burnley







TEAM NEWS

Burnley summer signing Lukas Jutkiewicz could partner Danny Ings up front after impressing in pre-season.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is fit after missing several warm-up games with a calf injury.
Chelsea could hand debuts to new trio Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis - and keeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Blues will assess Didier Drogba's knee injury, while several players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup may lack match fitness.

MATCH PREVIEW

This will be a special game but nothing will replicate a memorable, balmy August evening in 2009 that was barmy!
Who will ever forget Robbie Blake's stunning volley versus champions Manchester United that literally shook the stands at Turf Moor to ensure a famous win.
Burnley's ground was a difficult patch on which to gain a result that season - they followed up that win with a victory over Everton and also held Arsenal in December.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

"Turf Moor will be rocking again on Monday but I think Burnley are playing the team that will go on to win the league title."
However, after losing just once in their opening nine games at Turf Moor they then found the going tough, and won only two more home matches after Christmas.
Sean Dyche has been busy bolstering his squad but his investment is only a small fraction of the spending of Jose Mourinho, who has been quick to address the weakness from last season - a lack of goals.
Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas will provide a new dimension going forward, and with left-back Filipe Luis also arriving and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returning it's easy to see why many fancy Chelsea for the title.
The Blues' additions are worth around £80m compared to Burnley's outlay of just over £6m on seven new players, yet that hasn't stopped some Clarets fans backing their side to win the Premier League  at odds of 10,000-1!
I'm sure the bookies will expect an away win on Monday when you consider Chelsea's excellent record on the opening weekend in the Premier League.

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"In terms of technique and talent, then player-for-player Chelsea are far better than them, but the Turf Moor crowd can create an amazing atmosphere - and Burnley's players can get in Chelsea's faces and turn the game into a horrible dog-fight."
They have not lost their first league fixture since a 2-1 loss at Coventry in 1998 and have not conceded a goal on the opening day in the last four seasons.
Many pundits have Burnley as favourites for an immediate return to the Championship although it's worth pointing out that this time last year, the East Lancashire club were also tipped for relegation into League One.
Sean Dyche has already been dubbed "the ginger Mourinho" by some, and if he can pull off another unexpected success for a second season he could really claim to be Burnley's "Special One".

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head
  • Burnley have not beaten Chelsea in a top-flight match since a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor on 28 August 1973.
  • However, they did beat the Blues in Division Two home games in 1977 and 1983.
  • More recently, the Clarets eliminated Chelsea from the fourth round of the League Cup in 2008 after beating them on penalties at Stamford Bridge.
Burnley
  • Burnley have avoided defeat in their first league fixture in the last four seasons (W2, D2).
  • However, they lost their only previous opening game in the Premier League, which was a 2-0 defeat to Stoke in 2009.
  • Burnley allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Championship last season (159).
  • Right-back Kieran Trippier registered 14 assists last season - the second highest tally in the second tier - despite not being a regular set-piece taker.
  • They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 27 Premier League matches.
Chelsea
  • Chelsea have not lost their first league fixture since a 2-1 defeat at Coventry in 1998. They have won 13 of 15 opening games since, including all five matches with Jose Mourinho in charge.
  • They gained 17 points from losing positions last term - the joint-best record in the top flight (along with Tottenham).
  • The Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches played on a Monday.
  • Petr Cech's save percentage in last season's Premier League (76.9%) was bettered only by Sunderland's Vito Mannone (77.4%).
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Daniel Sturridge says Liverpool are stronger without Luis Suarez







Daniel Sturridge says Liverpool are stronger without Luis Suarez

Striker Daniel Sturridge says Liverpool are stronger this season despite an unconvincing start to life without last year's top scorer Luis Suarez.
The Reds required a 79th-minute winner by Sturridge to overcome a determined Southampton side 2-1 at Anfield.
Asked if Liverpool are a better team following the departure of Suarez, Sturridge said: "I think so, with the players we've brought in.
"No disrespect - he's a great player and will be missed - but we move on."

Liverpool's key summer signings

Defender Javier Manquillo, 20, signed on loan from Atletico Madrid
Striker Divock Origi, 19, signed for £10m from Lille
Defender Alberto Moreno, 22, signed for £12m from Sevilla
Striker Rickie Lambert, 32, signed for £4m from Southampton
Midfielder Adam Lallana, 25, signed for £25m from Southampton
Midfielder Emre Can, 20, signed for £10m from Bayer Leverkusen
Winger Lazar Markovic, 20, signed for £20m from Benfica
Defender Dejan Lovren, 25, signed for £20m from Southampton
Uruguay forward Suarez, who moved to Barcelona for £75m, scored 31 times in 33 top-flight appearances as the Reds finished runners-up last season.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that the 27-year-old sent him a text on the morning of the Southampton game wishing him and the team good luck.
"His heart will always be with Liverpool," added Rodgers.
Liverpool have signed eight players since the end of last season at a cost of £101m, with one of those - striker Divock Origi - loaned back to Lille.
Three of those new additions - Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert - featured against Southampton, the latter coming on as a substitute against his former club.
Rodgers, who is hoping to further strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes in two weeks, admitted his side are "by no means the finished article" but believes they can mount another title challenge without Suarez.
"Our ambitions have to be bigger than one player," added Rodgers. "We're bigger than any one player, I still think we need a striker so we'll search through until the end of the window for that.
"I don't think anyone has given us hope of getting in the top four. We loved the challenge last season and that is what we look to recreate."
Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman also believes his side is stronger despite a summer of upheaval.
The Saints lost manager Mauricio Pochettino as well as a host of key players including Lambert, Adam Lallana and Lovren to Liverpool.
"The rumours were that we would be worse than last season, but I don't agree with that," Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport, said. "The performance was very good and it gives the boys a lot of confidence.
"We need one or two players more, a winger. The club is working hard."

Luis Suarez bite: Barcelona striker set to play on Monday




Luis Suarez bite: Barcelona striker set to play on Monday

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says striker Luis Suarez could play a "few minutes" in a friendly against Mexican champions Club Leon on Monday.
Suarez's four-month ban for biting an opponent was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) last week.
But the Uruguay striker, 27, can now train and play in friendly matches, and Enrique said on Sunday: "He has been working hard when training alone.
"So I think he can have a few minutes tomorrow in front of the fans."

Luis Suarez controversies

June 2014: Banned for four months from any football-related activity, plus nine international matches, for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini
April 2013: Apologises for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and receives a 10-game ban
Dec 2011: Given eight-match suspension and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra
Nov 2010: Given seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax
Suarez, who has had two training sessions with his new Barca team-mates, has not played since biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup group match in Brazil on 24 June.
A full explanation of the Cas ruling, which still prevents him from playing "organised" matches but now allows him to take part in all "football-related activities", will be published at a later date.
Suarez will still have to serve the remaining eight games of his record nine-match ban in competitive international matches, while his competitive Barcelona debut is likely to be at La Liga rivals Real Madrid on 26 October.
Suarez is due to be officially presented as a new Barcelona player on Monday at the Nou Camp.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Chelsea players relax ahead of new season as Jose Mourinho confirms Didier Drogba WILL be fit to play Burnley on Monday

Chelsea players relax ahead of new season as Jose Mourinho confirms Didier Drogba WILL be fit to play Burnley on Monday

  • Filipe Luis poses from ice bath ahead of Burnley clash
  • Schurrle and Azpilicueta also post pictures from Chelsea camp on Instagram 
  • Drogba likely to be fit despite pre-season injury 
While their Premier League rivals were kicking off the season on Saturday, Chelsea's players were relaxing ahead of their Monday-night opener.
Jose Mourinho's team begin their campaign against Burnley after all the other teams have had the opportunity to make their mark, but they don't look like the pressure is getting to them.
Brazilian midfielder Willian posted a picture to Instagram from the massage table, while his international teammate Filipe Luis went a step further, posing from an ice-bath with Andre Schurrle and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Ice cold: Felipe Luis enjoys the cold water with Andre Schurrle and Cesar Azpilicueta after training 
Ice cold: Felipe Luis enjoys the cold water with Andre Schurrle and Cesar Azpilicueta after training 
Prepared: Willian gets some relaxing treatment before the season starts for Chelsea on Monday night
Prepared: Willian gets some relaxing treatment before the season starts for Chelsea on Monday night
Azpilicueta also posted a group selfie with five fellow players as the Chelsea players took time for some team bonding after training on Saturday. 
Jose Mourinho's men were given a boost ahead of the Burnley fixture with the news that Didier Drogba, who had been expected to miss several weeks with an injury picked up in pre-season, should be fit to play.
Mourinho said: ‘I think he can play Monday. I cannot say now yes for sure but normally I think he will.’ 
Bonding: The Chelsea players look in a relaxed mood as they prepare for their season opener
Bonding: The Chelsea players look in a relaxed mood as they prepare for their season opener
Fit again: Despite injury worries Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Didier Drogba is fit for Monday's game
Fit again: Despite injury worries Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Didier Drogba is fit for Monday's game

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European Championships: Eilidh Child wins 400m hurdles gold


European Championships: Eilidh Child wins 400m hurdles gold

Eilidh Child won Britain's seventh gold medal of the European Championships to take her team within striking distance of their best-ever haul.
The Scot, who won Commonwealth silver in front of her home crowd a fortnight ago, held off Ukraine's fast-finishing Anna Titimets to become Britain's first female 400m hurdles champion since Sally Gunnell in 1994.
Child has been Europe's best one-lap hurdler all summer and - just as she did under intense pressure in Glasgow - held her form and speed in the critical race to seal her first major gold medal in 54.48 seconds.
Fellow Scot Lynsey Sharp earlier smashed her own personal best by 0.87 seconds and broke Susan Scott's Scottish 800m record as her brave front-running tactics were too good for all but Belarusian Maryna Arzamasova.
"Eilidh Child has worked so hard. She is a grafter. When she made the decision to put her foot down in that race it proved decisive. She has raced with such confidence all season and I just loved her face when she finished that race - the realisation of winning. It will be her first time on top of that rostrum and it is going to feel great."
British Athletics' performance director Neil Black predicted earlier this week that his team would struggle to match the eight golds won in Barcelona four years ago.
But with serious chances for both sprint relay teams on Sunday, Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford hunting the 5,000m and long jump titles respectively, and a men's 4x400m squad that includes the individual gold and silver medallists, they could yet surpass their record total of nine golds from 1998 and 1990.
Child is part of the same training group as 2010 European champion Dai Greene, coached by Malcolm Arnold, the great British guru of hurdling.
Arnold also coached Colin Jackson to four European sprint hurdles titles and, 42 years on from taking John Akii-Bua to Olympic gold, has another continental champion in the golden Child.
The new champion said afterwards: "If you'd told me the summer I was going to have I don't think I would have believed you.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have a gold medal. I knew if I got the race right, I'd be happy with the outcome."
While Jo Pavey could not repeat her 10,000m heroics in a 5,000m final settled by a last 800m burn-up, Sharp - the reigning European champion - matched her Commonwealth medal and produced her fastest-ever run with one minute 58.80 secs.
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British 800m runner Lynsey Sharp at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich
European Championships: Lynsey Sharp wins 800m silver
Sharp said: "I have felt so good all week - I knew I was in PB shape, so even though front-running is totally different for me, I thought I'd just go for it.
"I was in hospital on a drip for two weeks in April and at that point I didn't even know if I was going to have a season, so to go on and get a Scottish record, and silver at the Commonwealths and Europeans, is great."
Britain's talented sprint relay teams had earlier moved safely into Sunday's final as they look to add to the five individual medals won earlier in the week.
With 200m champion Adam Gemili rested after his 19.98 secs run late on Friday night, the quartet of James Ellington, Harry Aikenes-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Danny Talbot won their heat in 38.26 secs, with only Germany's 38.15 secs looking more impressive.
The women's team of Asha Philip, Ashleigh Nelson, Anyika Onuora and Desiree Henry were more impressive yet, winning their heat in 42.62, the third-fastest ever time by a British quartet - and this with 200m silver medallist Jodie Williams as an option to come back in.
But there was disappointment for Commonwealth pole vault champion Steve Lewis, who finished down in 11th after opting to pass at 5.65m and failing twice at 5.70m as France's brilliant Renaud Lavillenie took his expected gold with 5.90m.
Eilidh Child
Eilidh Child justified her European number one ranking by taking gold in the 400m hurdles
Lynsey Sharp, Maryna Arzamasova, and Joanna Jozwik
Silver medallist Lynsey Sharp on the podium alongside Maryna Arzamasova of Belarus and Poland's Joanna Jozwik
Jo Pavey and, left, Italy's Giulia Viola
Jo Pavey shows the strain after finishing seventh in the 5000 metres final, ahead of Italy's Giulia Viola
Britain's men's 4x400 metres relay team
Michael Bingham, Rabah Yousif, Nigel Levine and Martyn Rooney qualify for the 4x400m final

Alberto Moreno completes £12m Liverpool move from Sevilla


 

Alberto Moreno completes £12m Liverpool move from Sevilla

Liverpool have completed the signing of Spain left-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla for a £12m transfer fee.
The Reds reached an agreement  with the Spanish club earlier this week, subject to the 22-year-old passing a medical.
Moreno said: "Liverpool are the best club in England and I couldn't waste an opportunity to come and play for them."
The defender, who becomes Liverpool's eighth signing this summer, was not registered in time to play in Sunday's Premier League match with Southampton.

Alberto Moreno matches in 2013-14 season

Competition Appearances Goals
La Liga
29
3
Europa League (including qualifiers)
14
0
Copa del Rey
1
0
Moreno said he spoke to fellow Spaniards and former Liverpool players Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa before making his decision.
He said: "They all told me I can grow a lot here as a footballer as this is a massive club. I hope to give my best and do all I can to help."
Moreno came through the ranks at Sevilla, playing 44 games last season as the club won the Europa League.
He was withdrawn from the team for Tuesday's 2-0 Uefa Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid and said a tearful goodbye to the Sevilla supporters, staff and team-mates after the final whistle in Cardiff.
The Spain international, who has three caps, will now vie with compatriot Jose Enrique at Anfield to become manager Brendan Rodgers's first choice left-back.
Liverpool have also bought Southampton trio Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, Benfica's Lazar Markovic and Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can, while right-back Javier Manquillo has joined on a two-season loan from Atletico Madrid.
The Merseysiders also signed Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille for £10m, but have allowed the 19-year-old to return to the Ligue 1 side on loan for a season.

Villa win first away match since New Year's Day

  • Villa win first away match since New Year's Day
  • Victory only Villa's second in eight visits to Stoke
  • Bojan Krkic impresses on Stoke debut
Andreas Weimann scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa started their season with a hard-earned victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
The Austria striker netted five minutes into the second half with an angled shot which was too powerful for Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Phil Bardsley had Stoke's best chance in the first half with a curling shot.
Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic impressed for the home side but they were unable to find an equaliser.
With a buyer for Villa yet to come forward following American owner Randy Lerner's decision to put the club up for sale this summer, the need to maintain their Premier League status was reflected in their recruitment policy over the summer.
After two seasons battling against relegation, Villa boss Paul Lambert, assisted by Roy Keane, has turned to more experienced players in an attempt to improve their fortunes.

An end to Villa's away day blues?

Aston Villa won away from home for only the second time in 2014. Before this game the claret and blues were winless in their last nine Premier League away fixtures since beating Sunderland on New Year's Day.
Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos was signed by Villa along with ex-Valencia team-mate Aly Cissokho, who spent last season on loan at Liverpool, and they both looked solid on their debuts in a disciplined defensive display along with utility man Kieran Richardson.
As with last season the worry for Villa fans might be where the goals come from - the return of injured Belgium striker Christian Benteke cannot come soon enough.
But Weimann showed he may be able to fill the breach if he can recapture the form of his breakthrough 2012-13 campaign rather than his more modest displays last season.
Weimann opened the scoring for the visitors five minutes into the second half when the ball broke kindly to him inside the area after an initial heavy touch, and the 23-year-old striker's shot from a tight angle had too much power on it for Begovic.
Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann
Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann celebrated his first goal of the new campaign.
Stoke finished in ninth place last season, their highest Premier League position and their best top flight finish since 1975, in Mark Hughes's first campaign in charge.
Hughes had the task of improving Stoke's playing style after he replaced Tony Pulis as manager in May 2013 and with a season under his belt further progress looked evident against Villa despite the defeat.
Stoke's signing of former Barcelona forward Bojan, 23, has certainly excited supporters at the Britannia Stadium, but too often Hughes' side could not find an end product for all their clever build-up play.
Bojan in particular showed some clever touches as Stoke monopolised possession in the opening period and the Spaniard went close early on with an angled shot.
Lambert's side were given another early let-off when Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf closed down Brad Guzan and the American goalkeeper was fortunate his kick rebounded to safety rather than into the Villa goal.
The visitors should have opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark though, when a mix-up between Marc Wilson and Begovic allowed Richardson to cross for Gabby Agbonlahor, but with the net vacant the Villa forward guided his shot wide of the post.
The home side's best chance came when Bardsley cut in from the right flank and curled a low shot which forced Guzan to scramble across goal to make a smart save.
Stoke once again controlled possession after the break with Villa content to hold on to what they had.
But apart from Marko Arnautovic's late effort, blocked by Senderos, they never really troubled Guzan's goal as a disciplined Villa side closed out the game.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent apart from the first 10 minutes where we were a bit nervous.
"It was a solid performance. The whole back four were great and the goal was excellent. We never got bullied and stood up to it.
"I thought there were massive performances. It was an outstanding team display. Everyone played their part."
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes: "I think the key for us was the opening goal. Everyone knows how important it is at Premier League level.
"We didn't quite have that guile or creativity in the final third.
"First half I was reasonably pleased with the chances we created and with a little bit more care in the box we might have got on top."
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Paul Lambert and Roy Keane
Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane joined boss Paul Lambert in the dugout for the first time
Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho
Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho caught the eye with a promising debut at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke forward Bojan Krkic
Stoke forward Bojan Krkic impressed on his debut for the Potters
Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic
Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic had the best of his side's second-half chances.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 03 Pieters
  • 06 Whelan (Adam - 82' )
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 27 Krkic
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 18 Diouf (Crouch - 71' )
  • 07 Ireland
  • 10 Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 04 Huth
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 16 Adam
  • 19 Walters
  • 21 Sidwell
  • 25 Crouch
  • 29 Sørensen

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 21 Hutton Booked
  • 23 Cissokho
  • 16 Delph
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 14 Senderos
  • 28 N'Zogbia (Grealish - 71' )
  • 15 Westwood Booked
  • 11 Agbonlahor Booked
  • 18 Richardson
  • 10 Weimann (Bacuna - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Baker
  • 06 Clark
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 19 Bent
  • 31 Given
  • 40 Grealish
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 27,478

Match Stats

Possession37%63%90minsStoke CityAston Villa

Shots

12 7

On target

2 2

Corners

2 8

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 1.
90:00 +5:02 Full time
Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 1.
90:00 +4:06 Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.
90:00 +3:01 Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
90:00 +1:01 Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).
90:00 +1:01 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
89:34 Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
86:40 Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fabian Delph.
85:46 Booking
Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
85:36 Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
85:36 Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).
84:32 Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.
83:56 Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
83:56 Foul by Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa).
81:48 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Andreas Weimann.
81:26 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.
80:21 Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.
79:50 Booking
Booking Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
74:48 Dangerous play by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
74:48 Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Celtic produced a performance full of drive

Celtic produced a performance full of drive, skill, belief and, most importantly, goals to end Dundee United's unbeaten start to the season.
First-half goals from debutant Jason Denayer, Kris Commons and Stefan Johansen put the result beyond doubt.
Anthony Stokes' strike and a double from Jo Inge Berget put a little gloss on a sublime afternoon.
John Rankin's consolation after Celtic's fifth barely tarnished the reigning champions' flag day.
It was the type of display Ronny Deila has yearned for since taking over and gives them the perfect platform for Wednesday's Champions League play-off against Maribor.
The build-up to the match had been dominated by the continuing debacle surrounding Legia Warsaw's appeal, but Celtic quickly put that controversy behind them.
The mood inside the stadium was already buoyant as the former owner Fergus McCann, very much considered the club's saviour and the man who created the foundations for their more recent success, unfurled the league flag to mark last season's triumph.
That set the tone for a game that sparked into life from the off.
Callum McGregor had already rattled the post and Gary Mackay-Steven slipped a fabulous opportunity wide by the time Denayer found the net.
A Commons corner was dealt with poorly by Callum Morris and, when the ball fell to the feet of the young Belgian defender, he side-footed it into the top corner with all the aplomb of a top striker.
Celtic were moving the ball more slickly than they had done so far this season and Emilio Izaguirre stung the palms of Radoslaw Cierzniak, but the home side's desire to press the opposition high up the park left them vulnerable to precise counter-attacking.
Kris Commons rifles home for Celtic
Commons stooped to head Celtic's second
That was what United were offering on occasion and Mackay-Steven latched onto a swiftly-taken Rankin free- kick and rounded Craig Gordon, only for Virgil van Dijk to make a terrific saving tackle.
But United's downfall was slack defending and Commons was left unmarked at the near post to nod into the net from a Stokes corner.
Paul Paton was then caught out by Johansen - snapping at the United midfielder's heels - who robbed his opponent before slotting past Cierzniak.
Those goals bred confidence and Celtic turned on the style, Berget battering the ball off the bar and Stokes forcing a terrific save from Cierzniak before the half-time whistle sounded.
Much as the game looked beyond United, there was still a large sigh of relief from Charlie Mulgrew when Gordon got down superbly to tip Nadir Ciftci's shot round the post after the Turk had robbed the Celtic captain of possession.
Moments later Celtic's cushion was even more comfortable as Stokes' free-kick appeared to sail all the way across goal and into the back of the net, though Mulgrew claimed a touch.
Stokes was central, too, to Celtic's fifth. Cierzniak saved brilliantly from the striker's venomous drive, but when Stokes' resultant corner was headed back across goal by Efe Ambrose, Berget was on hand to head home his first goal for the club.
Gordon, who appears to have put his injury woes behind him, was unhappy to miss out on a clean sheet as Rankin's low shot from the edge of the box was deflected beyond him and into the net.
Berget added a sixth with the final kick of the ball, though that move was tinged with anxiety as substitute James Forrest pulled up with an injury.
But those were minor blemishes on an otherwise superb day for Celtic, while United will have to address the defensive frailties if this result is to go down simply as a blip in their quest to challenge for second place.
Fergus McCann
McCann addressed fans and unfurled the Premiership flag before kick-off
Anthony Stokes scores for Celtic against Dundee United
Stokes' free-kick found its way through a crowded area and into the net
John Rankin scores for Dundee United against Celtic
Rankin ensured Gordon would not get a shut-out
Celtic players Kris Commons and Jo Inge Berget
Commons and Berget were both on target ahead of Wednesday's trip to Maribor

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 26 Gordon
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 22 Denayer
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 42 McGregor (Forrest - 69' )
  • 25 Johansen (Kayal - 45' )
  • 15 Commons
  • 16 Berget
  • 10 Stokes (Griffiths - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Biton
  • 11 Boerrigter
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 28 Griffiths
  • 33 Kayal
  • 49 Forrest

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 05 Fojut Booked
  • 03 Townsend
  • 12 Watson
  • 14 Morris Booked
  • 11 Mackay-Steven (Spittal - 75' )
  • 18 Dow (Erskine - 57' )
  • 08 Rankin
  • 06 Paton Booked
  • 10 Armstrong (Bilate - 40' )
  • 07 Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 09 Graham
  • 13 McCallum
  • 17 Erskine
  • 19 Bilate
  • 21 Telfer
  • 23 Smith
  • 24 Spittal
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 44,484

Match Stats

Possession37%63%90minsCelticDundee United

Shots

29 7

On target

14 3

Corners

10 1

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full Time Match ends, Celtic 6, Dundee United 1.
90:00 +1:39 Full time
Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 6, Dundee United 1.
90:00 +0:50 Goal scored
Goal! Goal! Celtic 6, Dundee United 1. Jo Inge Berget (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.
89:54 Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
89:54 Foul by Mario Bilate (Dundee United).
86:30 Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
85:14 Jason Denayer (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
85:14 Foul by Mario Bilate (Dundee United).
83:38 Attempt missed. Jo Inge Berget (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
83:20 Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
83:10 Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
82:49 Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
82:49 Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).
80:11 Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).
80:11 Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
78:37 Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
77:32 Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).
77:32 Mario Bilate (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
75:29 Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).
75:29 John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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