Wilshere takes some time away


first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed midfielder Jack Wilshere had taken some time away after he was ruled out for at least six weeks with a foot injury suffered on international duty with England. It is understood the fracture was so minuscule that the scanning equipment within Wembley failed to detect the issue following a precautionary examination by England’s medical staff, and i t was only when Arsenal, via an independent radiologist, conducted a more detailed test of the injured area that the real problem became more apparent. Although Wilshere’s place in the World Cup squad – a provisional 30-man party set to be named on May 13 – does not look initially in any serious jeopardy, the midfielder is nevertheless now set to miss at least eight club fixtures – starting with Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Everton and then next week’s second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie away to Bayern Munich. Wenger said at a press conference on Friday morning: “I believe it (tackle) was accidental. Jack will be out for six weeks. “It is a blow for him and for us, from now on we want to get him to recover and come back as quickly as possible and prepare for next season. “You can only be very down, especially in the first days. “He is in a boot and has gone away for a few days to get away from things and think about something else.” Arsenal remain positive Wilshere will be able to return to play some part in the final few matches – unlike forward Theo Walcott, whose own World Cup dream was shattered by a serious knee injury in January. Although it will be of little comfort, Arsenal will be compensated financially for the injury and the Barclays Premier League club will not have to pay for the midfielder’s wages – reported at around some £100,000-per-week – while he is sidelined, with the money coming from the FA’s insurers. The 22-year-old faces at least six weeks on the sidelines after tests showed he had sustained a hairline fracture in his left foot following a hefty tackle from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger early in Wednesday night’s friendly against Denmark at Wembley. Wilshere played on following treatment until he was replaced on the hour, and afterwards maintained it was “just a bruise” when he spoke to reporters, having been initially assessed by the Football Association. Wenger maintains there was no pre-agreement over how long Wilshere could be played, or how the injury was managed by England. “At some stage it is the player who gives you the indication, you trust always the player,” the Arsenal manager said. “Sometimes you give him a few minutes to tell you how he feels and if he has pain, we cannot make an instant decision with an X-ray, so it is the player who tells you if he can go on or not.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Messi: I dream of winning the World Cup


first_imgArgentina international Lionel Messi has admitted that he dreams of guiding his country to World Cup glory in Brazil next year.Alejandro Sabella’s men beat Paraguay 5-2 on Tuesday evening to seal qualification for next summer’s showpiece and the Barcelona star is eager to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona and steer la Albiceleste to their first world title since 1986.“I dream of winning the World Cup. We all do in Argentina. But there is still a long way to go,” Messi told reporters after his side’s away victory over Paraguay.“We got what we wanted, but it was difficult to play here. The most important thing was to qualify as soon as possible.“We want to continue like this and we want to keep winning.”Messi also briefly reacted to rumours that Barcelona have asked the Argentine football association (Afa) to leave the attacker out of the squad for their remaining two World Cup qualifiers and stressed that he always wants to play for the national team. “I don’t know anything about that. I always want to play for Argentina.”last_img read more

Inter Allies reaches semis in FA Cup


first_imgInter Allies progress to the MTN FA Cup semi-final by defeating Hasaacas 1-0 in an exciting encounter at the Tema Stadium on Saturday. The win will serve as a big boost for the Premier League debutants who are struggling to survive relegation.Sherrif Mohammed’s first half header from a corner kick put the Tema-side on course as the Cup competition produced yet another upset.Hasaacas will rue the many missed opportunities as they hit the post twice and also saw a penalty wasted.After many missed chances, Hasaacas were unable to redeem themselves as their only hope of silverware came crushing at the Tema Stadium.last_img read more

Week 13 Fantasy RB Rankings: Derrick Henry bullies his way into top five


first_imgThe best fantasy football owners can do sometimes is react. Heading into Week 13, we’re able to assess guys like Rashaad Penny, Bo Scarbrough and Benny Snell Jr. with some accuracy. Sure, it would’ve been nice to know last week that Penny and Snell should be in all our lineups, but it’s never that simple. There was a case to be made for Scarbrough — he already placed near RB2 territory a week ago. But you’ve surely opened the Week 13 fantasy RB rankings to see if what happened last week can happen again.With Snell, the answer is contingent on the health of James Conner (shoulder). There’s no reason Snell can’t put up solid numbers on heavy volume against the Browns in Week 13 if he gets to be the lead back. If Conner returns, Snell will be relegated to the sideline and not have a chance at big numbers — so, essentially, we can’t really know much about Snell until late in the week. Penny seems more likely to continue his production, although he’s still got to compete with Chris Carson. Penny’s usage Sunday wasn’t injury-related, though, and Chris Carson has pushed himself toward the doghouse because of fumbles multiple times. Penny’s a former first-rounder and probably someone you can trust as a FLEX. Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis!MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 13 Fantasy RB RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. WAS2Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. GB3Dalvin Cook, MIN @ SEA4Josh Jacobs, OAK @ KC. Kansas City allows the most fantasy points to running backs, so Jacobs might be looking at a huge Week 13. 5Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND. Assuming Henry didn’t reverse script and use up all his good weeks already, we’re entering the time of year when he became a leaguer winner a year ago.6Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ CIN7Alvin Kamara, NO @ ATL. Kamara hasn’t been as effective on the ground as we’ve come to expect, but nine catches saved his fantasy day Sunday and a similar output could be coming his way Thursday night against a Falcons team that can be seriously thrown on.8Nick Chubb, CLE @ PIT9Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. BUF. Commentators really like saying that Zeke likes to eat, so what better day for him to totally get back on the right track than Thanksgiving?10Aaron Jones, GB @ NYG11Melvin Gordon, LAC @ DEN12Todd Gurley, LAR @ ARZ13Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. LAC14David Montgomery, CHI @ DET. Detroit’s biggest weakness is defending against solid running backs, so Montgomery should have one more great game before he approaches the rookie wall. 15Miles Sanders, PHI @ MIA.16Joe Mixon, CIN vs. NYJ17Devin Singletary, BUF @ DAL18Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. TB. Tampa has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards, but Fournette is too good to really consider sitting, especially when you add in his increased role in the passing game this season.19Chris Carson, SEA vs. MIN20Jonathan Williams, IND vs. TEN. Williams saw nearly 30 touches a week ago, and with Marlon Mack (hand) out, you pretty much have to ride the hot hand here.21Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. CLE. We’ve removed James Conner from the rankings and moved Snell to this spot to adjust accordingly for what should be a heavy early-down workload.22Derrius Guice, WAS @ CAR. Guice saw an increase from seven to 10 carries in his second game back from injury, while Adrian Peterson also rushed 10 times and matched Guice’s one catch. Guice is probably the more talented back at this point, but it’s not a super encouraging situation for fantasy upside. This matchup is, however, so Guice should have a solid day.23Tevin Coleman, SF @ BAL24Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. NO. Check to be sure Freeman is active Thursday night.25Bo Scarbrough, DET vs. CHI. The Bears’ run defense is deceiving at this point. It’s right about league average in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Scarbrough should see 15-plus carries again on Thanksgiving, so you can feel decent about starting him.26Ronald Jones, TB @ JAX27Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. LAR28Austin Ekeler, LAC @ DEN29Darrel Williams, KC vs. OAK30Kareem Hunt, CLE @ PIT. Hunt’s overall offensive involvement has made him useful in standard leagues, although not to the extent that he’s extra reliable in PPR formats.31Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. NE. The Pats have allowed the fewest fantasy points to RBs this season. The Texans’ offense might move the ball decent with Deshaun Watson at the controls, but that doesn’t mean you can count on a ton of production from Hyde.32James White, NE @ HOU33Sony Michel, NE @ HOU34Mark Ingram, BAL vs. SF. San Francisco has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs in 2019. Baltimore’s best option in this game will be to rely heavily on Lamar Jackson, which means Ingram’s upside is severely limited. 35Jamaal Williams, GB @ NYG36Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. MIN. Penny’s huge game in Week 12 will have us keeping our eyes on comments out of Seattle all week. This is a former first-rounder who could be extra valuable in fantasy if he were to leapfrog Chris Carson on the depth chart.37LeSean McCoy, KC vs. OAK38David Johnson, ARZ vs. LAR39Adrian Peterson, WAS @ CAR40Tarik Cohen, CHI @ DET41Latavius Murray, NO @ ATL42Raheem Mostert, SF @ BAL43Kalen Ballage, MIA vs. PHI. When eight touches for 26 yards is an improvement, that’s when it whacks you over the head again that it might be time to find a different running back. 44Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. CLE45Peyton Barber, TB @ JAX46Royce Freeman, DEN vs. LAC47Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. NE48Jay Ajayi, PHI @ MIA. Ajayi received six carries in Week 12 and could be a speculative play this week if Jordan Howard remains out, but you’d be betting on Ajayi finding the end zone to make his fantasy start worthwhile.49Brian Hill, ATL vs. NO. Hill would rise back up to around 40 if Devonta Freeman is out Thursday night.50Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN. Hines saw a season-high nine carries with Marlon Mack (hand) out in Week 12, so you can probably pencil Hines in for low double-digit touches.51Frank Gore, BUF @ DAL52Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ JAX53Bilal Powell, NYJ @ CIN54Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SEA55Gus Edwards, BAL vs. SF56J.D. McKissic, DET vs. CHI57Malcolm Brown, LAR @ ARZ58Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. NYJ59Rex Burkhead, NE @ HOU60Tony Pollard, DAL vs. BUF61Dion Lewis, TEN @ IND62Ty Johnson, DET vs. CHI63Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. GB WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerScarbrough might be the easiest to trust in terms of continuing his workload going forward, but his Week 13 Thanksgiving matchup against the Bears is the trickiest to want to play him in. Two weeks of dominating the Lions’ carries suggest that the former Alabama back has made the starter’s job his, so he should definitely be rostered, but starting him this week might be just as risky as the others.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPOther than those waiver wire targets, it’s another week of anticipating good and bad matchups. David Montgomery (@ Lions) and Jordan Howard (@ Dolphins) have two of the best. Carlos Hyde (vs. Patriots) and Mark Ingram (vs. 49ers) have two of the worst. In the middle, you have a guy like Jonathan Williams, who saw nearly 30 touches on Week 12 Thursday Night Football but had really never been heard from much in his career. We’d take the relatively unproven Williams with seemingly lots of volume over two veterans in tough situations like Hyde and Ingram.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAnd at last, with no bye weeks, you may actually be able to sit guys like Hyde and Ingram in matchups that you had no choice but to play them in before. Don’t forget, too, to check your lineup before 12:30 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving to make your early decisions.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSlast_img read more

LaLiga stops the fixed venue option and will fight on Mondays


first_imgThe league, Despite what he has been counting dropwise as events developed in this crisis, he has proposed a total of up to 10 different scenarios of how to restart the 2019-20 season, with the permission of the UEFA. And in that fan all possibilities fit. From playing behind closed doors (350 million losses), to playing with the public (150), even going so far as not being able to compete more (1,000), which is the plan that you least want to air. The dates to start would be May 29, June 6 or June 28, which would force it to end in different weeks, conditioning the European competitions. With all this work done in detail, it is not strange to know that from the mind of the LaLiga Competitions department, led by Luis Gil, it has also been done a sketch of the most complex option of all: bringing together the 42 First and Second teams in the same city, or in different cities, to finish the course by playing every two or three days, Madrid being the preferred venue for its centrality, for the infrastructures and the quality of the stadiums and communications. This strategy, for the moment, has been stopped without forgetting it. There is an essential reason. Footballers are opposed. And more if the capital of Spain, the world center of the coronavirus, is used. The study, carried out by LaLiga and enriched with the strategies of other European countries that could do so, involves, among other things, a protocol for the distribution of hotels and sports cities. So far it has not been shared with the clubs, and not even outlined, and it has not been put on the table in meetings with the RFEF and AFE. However, it has been sliding by LaLiga in several telematic meetings, in which they are not recorded, to press the reactions before taking another step if necessary. “The Premier plans to play everything in London … Series A says they will meet in Rome …”. The problem is that few people welcome the idea.Unions are emphatic off the record: “They cut the wages of players and the hours for workers, with ERTE or negotiations, and now you isolate them two months in a row … Being away from home under the shield of a club is equivalent to working 24 hours a day.” Law specialists and some leaders prefer not to get wet publicly so as not to be branded as a party pooper. But, in summary, they argue that if the Government finds obstacles to isolate the asymptomatic, this is similar.On Monday. LaLiga’s other unofficial intention is to fight for a lost time slot. The court ordered the injunction in the duel for the competitions with the RFEF and, for now, it was being played on Friday and not on Monday until the magistrate enters the merits of the matter. Legally there is no loophole. With the courts stopped, the resolution will take time, and Thebes hopes that the RFEF will yield if the calendar is tightened. See the perfect excuse, playing without an audience, to engage Rubiales. “Let’s see what he says now,” is repeated in several meetings.last_img read more