RelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham vs. BournemouthVenue: Tottenham StadiumKick off: 4PMTottenham Hotspur host Bournemouth in Jose Mourinho’s second Premier League game in charge since replacing Mauricio Pochettino.The Portuguese will be hoping for another win against a Cherries side that have lost their last two games.Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has presided over two wins from his two games in charge so far and will be looking to make it three on the spin in his first home Premier League match since taking charge.His new side held off a late comeback to beat West Ham United 3-2 in his opening fixture, before being forced to battle back from behind themselves in order to claim a 4-2 victory over Olympiacos last time out in the Champions League.Spurs are still down in 10th in the Premier League table despite their victory over the Hammers, and will be hoping to start closing the nine-point gap to fourth-placed Chelsea on Saturday.However, Tottenham have a difficult run of fixtures coming up, as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford, Bayern Munich in Germany, Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux and host Chelsea in four of the five fixtures that follow their game with Bournemouth.Eddie Howe’s side will not be relishing their trip to London to face Spurs, as they are currently struggling for form and have slipped down the table after a strong start to the season.The Cherries are back into the bottom half in 11th following 2-1 defeats to both Newcastle United away and Wolves at home in their last two games.And they will be facing the highest-scoring team outside the current top four in a fixture that they, historically, have found little joy in.The Cherries did win their last game against Spurs 1-0 after two red cards for the north Londoners, but have lost six of the other seven Premier League meetings (drawing the other), and have conceded four or more goals in four of those six defeats. Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Winks, Lucas, Alli, Son, Kane.Bournemouth possible XI: Ramsdale, Smith, S. Cook, Mepham, Ake, Rico, H. Wilson, L. Cook, Lerma, Danjuma, C. Wilson.Tags: BournemouthJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspur
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Exciting EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches this weekend on DStv, GOtv Chelsea have reportedly failed with their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund youngster Nnamdi Collins.While Frank Lampard has made a conscious effort to promote a number of academy graduates into the first-team picture, that has not stopped the Blues from scouting the globe for other prospects. According to Bild, the Premier League giants have recently expressed an interest in Collins, who is starring in the youth ranks at the Westfalenstadion.However, the 16-year-old has snubbed the chance to move to Stamford Bridge, instead wishing to continue his development in Germany.The report suggested that Dortmund have assured that teenager that he will be provided with game time in the senior team at a later date.Chelsea had allegedly been willing to pay at least €1 million (£870,000) for Collins.Tags: Frank LampardNnamdi CollinsStamford Bridge
Mike Tyson is ready to turn down a second offer of £16 million to take part in a bare-knuckle boxing fight.The former heavyweight world champion is expected to make an announcement this week about his return to the ring. But any comeback fight is expected to be an exhibition bout, despite the riches on offer from promotional outfit BKFC.President David Feldman admitted Tyson rejected their first offer out of hand but that he has not given up hope.“First, I want to see if we can make the Mike thing happen, period, and then we’ll start talking opponents,” he said.“We’re not successful yet in making that Mike thing happen, but I don’t think the door’s shut.“He did say no immediately. But I think there’s room there.” Fellow former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs, who signed with BKFC earlier this year, has been mooted as a potential opponent for Tyson.Former star Wanderlei Silva has also been mentioned, and Feldman added: “I think a Wanderlei Silva, someone of that nature. No matter how old Silva gets, he’s dangerous, and I think that would be an intriguing matchup. Something like that, but I don’t actually have anything in mind right now.”But Tyson’s new coach Rafael Cordeiro dismissed the idea of the 53-year-old fighting without gloves.“I didn’t get any calls from Wand or Tyson, but as far as I know that fight wont happen,” he said. “Tyson is training to make a boxing fight – with gloves. It is hard to comment about rumours.”Tyson’s most-likely opponent had been Evander Holyfield who has also returned to training. The former rivals met twice in their prime with Holyfield winning both fights, first by stoppage and then when Tyson bit part of his ear off in the rematch.But when asked if Holyfield would be his opponent, Tyson said: “Na, na we got many guys. Listen we’ve got so many guys that want to do this, man.“We’re in calls, we’re doing business with guys right now. You’re not going to believe the names when the names come out. Some time this week we’ll have the contract done.“And whatever money we get, it’s going to somebody else. I’m not going to make any money – probably the company, my wife because she’s partners with me, she’ll make some probably. But my money is going [to charity].”RelatedPosts ASUU again rejects IPPIS, insists on UTAS Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Tags: Bare knuckle Boxingmike tysonRejection
RelatedPosts COVID-19: IOC to bear $800m cost of Tokyo 2020 postponement NOC mourns Abba Kyari NOC holds seminar for fitness in Lagos The Nigeria Olympic Committee joined other National Olympic Committees across the globe to take part in the 2020 Olympic Day celebration.The first Olympic Day was celebrated on June 23, 1948 with the aim of promoting the Olympic Movement and it has become a yearly event ever since. All NOCs joined a digital Olympic Day celebration to deploy sports through the main pillars, which are move, learn and discover, and in view of this, the Nigeria Olympic Committee marked this year’s with few Olympians and NOC employees in order to spread the noble ideals of Olympism bearing in mind the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel, said the NOC is quite aware of the various guidelines put in place by the Federal Government as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore organised a virtual Olympic Day celebration.Gumel said: “We are only limiting today’s celebration to aerobic exercise and walking which is taking place at the front of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Secretariat.“We hereby encourage the general public to stay active, stay strong, stay safe and obey all the COVID-19 regulations even in the midst of our celebration.”Tags: Nigeria Olympic CommitteeNOCOlympic Movement
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Affordable pay-TV StarTimes will air the quarterfinal matches of Europa League on its World Football and Sports Premium Channels.On Monday, Odion Ighalo’s Manchester United will play against Copenhagen, while Victor Moses’ Inter Milan will face Bayer Leverkusen. On Tuesday, Shakhtar Donetsk will face Basel, while Wolves battle Sevilla.All matches will air at 8pm.Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping his side will be able to go the distance in the Europa League after booking a place in the quarterfinals.The Reds completed an emphatic 7-1 aggregate victory over LASK in the round of 16 after Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial added their Old Trafford strikes to the five which had already been scored in the first leg in Austria back in March.Now United head to Germany where FC Copenhagen will provide the last-eight opposition in Cologne on Monday night. The ultimate aim for the Red Devils is to replicate their 2017 success in the competition, albeit with a very different feel to the proceedings.This is FC Copenhagen’s first-ever European quarter-final appearance, while they are the first Danish side to reach a major UEFA European quarter-final since Brondy IF in the 1996-97 UEFA Cup.Not only will the remaining matches in the tournament be played without fans, of course, they will also have the same one-legged format and will all take place in less than a fortnight with the final falling on August 21.Hopes are high amongst Manchester United’s fans for a trophy this season after failing to clinch any in their domestic leagues.Manchester United are looking to reach only their second European semi-final since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, doing so in 2016 -17 when they went on to win the Europa League under Jose Mourinho. Tags: Europa LeagueManchester UnitedOdion IghalostartimesVictor Moses
Frank Lampard hopes to finish what could be his final season at Chelsea with some silverware. There have been contradictory reports over whether Blues owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to offer Lampard a new contract to extend his 12-year stay beyond the end of the season. Whether he stays or goes, Lampard has continued to perform, with a goal in each of his last four games to move within four of the club’s goalscoring record. Lampard is happy to continue playing twice a week, because it means Chelsea are in contention for silverware, and he believes regular action has resulted in his rich vein of form. “It’s not rocket science: the more you play you get sharper and you get match fit,” Lampard added. “You have to have an eye on the squad – it is a long season – so I’m not expecting, or asking, to play every single game. “(But) it seems to me recently I’ve been able to play every three or four days, I’ve enjoyed it.” Press Association The Blues face an important week in their hunt for a trophy this term, with Thursday’s first leg of the Europa League last 32 at Sparta Prague followed by a fourth-round replay with Brentford in the FA Cup on Sunday. Realistically those are the only trophies last year’s European champions can win this season. “At the minute the season hasn’t been successful,” Lampard told Chelsea TV. “We should be challenging for titles rather than third or fourth, but we’re not. And we’ve not won some cups, we’ve been knocked out. We have to grab the fact that there’s a lot of games to play and we have to try to win something.”
Nigel Adkins is realistic about bottom-placed Reading’s survival chances but has pledged to fight until the end. Press Association “They had a go and maybe on another day Alfie’s (Adam Le Fondre) shot goes in or the referee maybe gives a free-kick for the challenge on the goalkeeper or the linesman puts the flag up for offside when they score. “The referee might give a penalty decision from the challenge from Jos Hooiveld or not as it didn’t happen in the game. Is Le Fondre’s header over the line when Artur Boruc has saved it? I’ve just seen it and it looks like it is 99.9 per cent over the line. “It is not given and we are where we are. We have to be realistic and face the reality of that. But everyone at Reading is going to work very, very hard and we look forward to the next game. We are at the wrong end of the table, everyone is aware of that. We’ve got a big challenge on our hands.” That next match sees an even tougher opponent come to town in the form of Liverpool, although the pre-match scrutiny should not be so intense. Talk in the build-up was about Adkins exacting revenge on the club that so harshly disposed of his services 78 days ago, despite having led Saints to back-to-back promotions. The Reading boss was given a warm reception by all in the Madejski Stadium when he emerged for the match and downplayed any suggestions of ill feeling towards successor Mauricio Pochettino. “He said he was pleased to meet me,” Adkins added. “I haven’t got an issue with him. We shook hands and I have invited him for a drink after I have finished talking to the media.” It is an invitation Pochettino confirmed he accepted, although hopes Adkins will be providing the wine, saying: “I don’t have to bring the wine – he invited me, no? It is a tradition in England that I really admire and appreciate. I wished him all the luck in the world out there and told him it was a pleasure to meet him.” The Royals suffered their seventh successive Barclays Premier League defeat as Adkins’ former club Southampton triumphed in his first match at the Madejski Stadium. Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana netted either side of half-time in a 2-0 victory, which leaves the Berkshire club seven points adrift of safety with just six matches remaining. It is a predicament that Adkins is all too aware of but one which he is attempting to remain upbeat about, highlighting the fine margins that led to the defeat. “I think if you look at the players, especially in the first half, they have put in a lot of effort out there,” he said.
Press Association Wigan, who have Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City to look forward to, sit in the relegation zone with just three Barclays Premier League games remaining. But victory over the Swans will move the Latics out of the drop zone as Martinez plots another remarkable escape. “We have good links with Wigan, not just with the manager but also the assistant manager (Graeme Jones), the physio, the coaches and Jordi Gomez,” Britton said. “There are a lot of people there with links to Swansea so it would be strange if we went up there and got a result that dented their survival hopes. But we have to go and try to get a win so we will concentrate on doing that.” Britton did, however, pay tribute to the resilience shown by the Latics following their good sequence of results, which, similar to their late-season run of a year ago, has given them a chance of retaining their top-flight status. “With 10 games left of the season it looked like they were going down, but they have gone on this amazing run of form and picked up some great results,” said Britton. “They have done it the last two or three seasons. I don’t know what it is – I’m sure they would rather go on a run at the start of the season instead of leaving it to the last 10 games but I suppose as long as they are safe after 38 games they won’t mind how they do it.” Despite recent results, Swans boss Michael Laudrup believes just one more win would be enough to ensure his side finish in the top 10. But the Dane, who will be without leading scorer Michu due to a hamstring injury, knows just how difficult it will be to get the three points with Wigan scrapping for their lives. He said: “They will have been looking at the fixtures knowing they have two games left at home and they have Arsenal away. “They know getting something out of the Arsenal game will be difficult. Roberto Martinez is like every manager, he will be looking at the numbers and he will want six points from their two home games and hope it is enough. They will come at us with everything they have.” Leon Britton insists Swansea will not allow sentiment to get in the way when they face former boss Roberto Martinez’s relegation-threatened Wigan on Tuesday night.
Press Association Rangers’ two-year Barclays Premier League stint was brought to an end with a draw at Reading last weekend and manager Harry Redknapp has already claimed he wants to clear out a lot of the current squad and rebuild over the summer. Mbia moved to QPR from Marseille last summer and it appeared he had contacted Joey Barton, who moved to the Ligue 1 club on loan as part of the deal, on Twitter to ask if he would like to swap clubs. But both the player and representatives of QPR have claimed Mbia’s official Twitter account had been hacked and he had no idea of the incriminating messages. QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia has denied using Twitter to try and orchestrate a move away from the recently relegated club. A public message was sent from Mbia’s account to Barton, seemingly suggesting he was looking to leave Loftus Road during the summer. It read: “So… Seriously @Joey7Barton do you want rechange your seat with me ? #qpr #om” Ian Taylor, the club’s head of media and communications, said he had spoken to Mbia and released a statement via the social networking site. It read: “The club is aware of tweets from the official twitter account of #QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia. Stephane Mbia has informed the club he is not responsible for these tweets. The club will continue to investigate and deal with the issue internally.” Mbia also tried to clear up the matter, telling the Guardian: “I do not know how this happened. Someone must have got hold of my login and password because I did not write these things. “This was not me. I did not write the tweets, and I have made people at the club aware of that. I saw the messages this morning and spoke with the club about them, but now I see there are more appearing in my name.” Barton, who was sent off on his last appearance for QPR and was handed a subsequent 12-game ban, has repeatedly told of how he is enjoying his time in France with Marseille and was quick to respond to Mbia’s request. “How do I answer this politically? Er…Nope #allezLOM,” he replied. “If you go down with a team, you should stay and help them up mate. They need you all to stick together and help them back.”
It is understood the relationship between Tutumlu, who has worked with 48-year-old Laudrup since his playing days at Barcelona, and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has broken down since the end of the season with reports suggesting the agent has attempted to sell Wales defender Ashley Williams. The 28-year-old centre-back has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool but Jenkins and the Swansea board are understood to be opposed to any potential sale. As a result, the Barclays Premier League club are thought to have decided to have no more involvement in any transactions or dealings with Tutumlu or any players connected to him. A report published in the South Wales Evening Post suggested Tutumlu has also tried to recruit players including St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wigan forward Arouna Kone “behind the club’s back”. It is, however, understood that Laudrup’s close connection to Tutumlu does not mean the Dane’s position at Swansea, with whom he is under contract until 2015, is under threat. Swansea have severed ties with manager Michael Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu following a dispute over transfer policy, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association