Neil hopeful over Olsson fitness

Sweden international Olsson has resumed light training following an operation after Norwich’s Sky Bet Championship play-off win over Middlesbrough, but is not scheduled to be involved in the new season opener against Crystal Palace on August 8. Neil has spoken of his desire to provide competition in every position, having recently deployed midfielder Bradley Johnson as emergency defensive cover, but has been left frustrated at not being able to get transfer targets to the Norfolk club, Hull boss Steven Bruce confirmed Norwich have yet to improve on their latest £6million offer for Brady, the 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international having been involved in the friendly at Chesterfield on Wednesday night. Norwich are currently away on a training camp in Austria, where Neil hopes to be able to fine-tune his preparations before stepping things up with fixtures against West Ham and Brentford back at Carrow Road. “Martin is doing really well. He has been joining in and doing all the running with the rest of the boys. He is getting his fitness up and we are hoping he is going to be fit sooner rather than later,” Neil said in the Eastern Daily Press. “I don’t want to put a timescale on it, in terms of the start of the season, because I don’t think he is going to get any games in between now and then. I don’t think he’ll make the first game (against Crystal Palace), however, it shouldn’t be too long after that.” Bruce, meanwhile, suggested Norwich would have to improve their offer on Brady closer to the club’s £8m valuation to progress the transfer. “As we stand at the minute it seems like a bit of a stalemate,” Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail. “They have put in a bid 10 days ago which was rejected and I hope they don’t make another one. “We have made a stance on it and made ourselves pretty clear. Unless they meet the valuation that the owners want then he will remain a Hull City player. It is as simple as that. “You are never going to question Robbie’s attitude. He is a really good young player. We all know that and we all desperately hope he will stay.” Press Association Norwich manager Alex Neil is hopeful full-back Martin Olsson will not miss too much of the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign after shoulder surgery, but looks to have reached stalemate with Hull over the pursuit of Robbie Brady. read more

Adrian loses red card appeal

first_img A statement from the FA read: “A claim of wrongful dismissal submitted by West Ham United in relation to Adrian has been unsuccessful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today. “The goalkeeper was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Leicester City on Saturday (August 15, 2015). “Therefore, the player’s three-match suspension, which is the standard penalty for this offence, remains with immediate effect. “For a club to be successful with a claim of wrongful dismissal, it must prove to an Independent Regulatory Commission via written and/or video evidence that the match referee made an obvious error.” West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said on Saturday that the challenge “could have been seen as a red (card)” but “it’s obvious he didn’t mean it to kick Vardy… it wasn’t intentional.” Adrian took to Twitter to say his actions did not warrant a sending off from referee Anthony Taylor. But the pleas were dismissed and it now appears summer signing Darren Randolph will come in for Saturday’s match at home to Bournemouth. However, there may yet be competition in the form of ex-England goalkeeper Robert Green, who is reportedly close to returning to his former club from QPR. The goalkeeper will miss the matches with Bournemouth, Liverpool and Newcastle after a wrongful dismissal claim was rejected, the Football Association has announced. Adrian was sent off late in last weekend’s 2-1 loss for a challenge on Jamie Vardy after he went up for a corner. West Ham have lost their appeal over the sending-off of goalkeeper Adrian against Leicester and his three-match ban starts immediately.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Thauvin ready for tough start

first_img “It’s always been my dream to be a footballer in the Premier League, and I’m happy to be here and do that. “The Premier League is well known for being a very physical league. It’s a bit different to France. It’s not something that concerns me, although maybe I’ll have to take a bit of time to get used to it. Once I do, I’ll be fine.” Steve McClaren’s men head for Old Trafford having allowed the positives from an encouraging opening-day display against Southampton to dissipate with a poor performance in defeat at Swansea last weekend, and the head coach will be looking for a significant response. Thauvin has been at his new club for just a matter of days, but he insists he is ready to play. He said: “Of course, it’s a magnificent stadium, a magnificent ground and they are a massive team too in the Premier League, so it’s always an honour and a pleasure to be able to play in such places. “I did pre-season at Marseille, played in all the friendly games – I even started the season out there, so if the coach needs me, I am there.” Newcastle had chased France Under-21 Thauvin for more than two years, although he revealed there was a time when he might have ended up at Arsenal instead. He said: “Two or three seasons ago, Arsene Wenger perhaps made an approach with Arsenal, but apart from Arsenal, Newcastle are the only other club who have made an approach for me in the past.” Newcastle’s new signing Florian Thauvin has shrugged off his £13million price-tag as he prepares for the challenge of proving himself in the Barclays Premier League. The 22-year-old winger, who completed his move from Marseille to Tyneside on Wednesday, could be thrown in at the deep end at Manchester United on Saturday, but is relishing the task of justifying the Magpies’ investment in him. Thauvin said: “It’s not a problem for me to have such a high price-tag. I’m a footballer, and that’s my passion and my job. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Targeting Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is not Argentina’s gameplan

first_img Press Association The Pumas admit they will treat Sexton like any other fly-half, and insist the Leinster star must be fully fit if head coach Joe Schmidt has enough faith to name him in the starting line-up. “They are a team that we respect a lot but they have weak points and we’re going to attack them through those,” said Argentina boss Hourcade. “If he plays it’s because he’s okay. “And we prepare the game thinking it’s the best team of Ireland, and that’s with Sexton 100 per cent. “I don’t want to have any surprises. “We have a gameplan and we are maybe thinking about Ireland and not about a player who perhaps is not 100 per cent. “We consider Sexton is 100 per cent fit, so it would be perhaps a mistake to go and try to find him. “He can surprise you, because he’s a good player. “We cannot just focus on him, thinking that he’s not fit.” Argentina have restored 10 players after their straightforward victory over Namibia last weekend and are at full strength barring the banned Marcelo Bosch to face Ireland. Toulon back-rower Fernandez Lobbe backed Hourcade’s assertion that Argentina will not focus all their energies on simply trying to take Sexton out of the equation this weekend. Sexton’s fitness was touch-and-go all week, but Ireland have still selected the influential outside-half from the off and are fully confident about his fitness. Lobbe believes Ireland boss Schmidt is not a man to take unnecessary risks on the fitness of his top players. “I think with the great coach Ireland has at the moment, if he trusts Sexton is able to play at 10, it’s because he is 10 out of 10 or 9 out of 10,” said Fernandez Lobbe. “He wouldn’t play Sexton in such an important game thinking that he won’t be able to fulfill the 80 minutes. “For us, of course, we are going to focus on Sexton a lot, not because he has an injury but because he is the main player on their attack. “He either plays quick, slow, kicks, plays with the dummy, he’s a very, very good player. “He’s done it a lot of times before. He knows how to play this type of game. “As 15 players, we need to be aggressive on defence, whoever gets the ball.” The Pumas’ head coach Daniel Hourcade and former captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe both rejected the all-out assault on linchpin Sexton that France launched last week. Sexton hobbled out of Ireland’s 24-9 victory over France in Cardiff last Sunday and can expect more physical threat from Argentina at the Millennium Stadium this weekend. Argentina have refused to hunt down Johnny Sexton in Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final despite Ireland’s fly-half suffering lingering groin trouble.last_img read more

Aleksandar Mitrovic told not to hold back in derby game

first_img The Newcastle striker has belatedly announced himself on Tyneside with two goals in as many games, including a sumptuous left-foot volley in Sunday’s 6-2 Barclays Premier League thumping of Norwich, after initially falling foul of officialdom during his first few weeks in English football. Mitrovic, a £13million summer signing from Anderlecht, has reined himself in since collecting two yellow cards and one red in his first five games for the club, much to manager Steve McClaren’s delight, but he wants the 21-year-old Serbia international to push the line in Sunday’s derby trip to Sunderland. Press Association Aleksandar Mitrovic has been told to “play close to the edge” as he gets his first taste of the Wear-Tyne derby. center_img McClaren said: “There is always a fine dividing line, always fine. He has played smart. I would say he has been playing smart, and that is what we have been telling him, be smart. That’s what he has done. “Smart and effective. You can play smart and be ineffective, but play on the line and play smart. “He got sent off against Arsenal and could have been against Southampton, and they were not derbies, but that was a willingness to win and playing on the edge, on that line. “That’s what you have got to do in every game, not just say, ‘Oh, we will choose a derby game and do it now’. We need that every game. “He has shown a level of maturity in the last three games. But again, we are not getting carried away and saying, ‘Woah!’. “We knew there was a bit of the devil [in him], to be perfectly honest, and that has added to our game. We need that, but we need control and that is the key on Sunday.” Mitrovic is rapidly establishing himself as a cult hero at St James’ Park after a shaky start, but McClaren is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground despite the ovation he received last weekend. He said: “There’s a long way to go. It was nice, but we won’t get carried away by that. The team this week has certainly not got carried away by anything.” last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini stands strong at City despite Pep Guardiola rumours

first_imgManuel Pellegrini accepts speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City is inevitable. The rumours have resurfaced in recent days because Guardiola suggested he would make an announcement about his future in the next week. But Pellegrini, who was displaced by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, said: “We don’t know what Pep will do next season. There are rumours, speculation about what he wants to do. “I think Pep is one of the best coaches in the world so if he doesn’t continue at Bayern maybe a lot of teams can try to have him manage their team. “In my case, I don’t have any pressure about that. Maybe there are a lot of rumours – not only this season but going back to the other seasons – but the only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. “When you have experience and manage so many big clubs, you know with every result that is not the result the club wants the media will start with different rumours about different things, but if you are worried about that it’s impossible to work in a big team.” Pellegrini guided City to Barclays Premier League title success and the Capital One Cup in his first season in charge. Their defence of their league title last season was poor but they still finished second and they are the favourites to take the crown this term. Such facts weigh heavily in Pellegrini’s favour and reclaiming the title – and perhaps winning other silverware – this season would make any decision to remove him seem particularly harsh, even if Guardiola was available. But the Chilean, who is contracted to City until 2017, said: “I cannot talk about what other people want to manage the club. Every owner has the right to see what is the best future for their club. “It’s not my problem because I don’t think for them. My thinking is to try to win and continue in a job where I am happy. After that it’s not my decision.” But the City manager claims he could not work properly if he let such rumours affect him. Bayern Munich’s much-coveted former Barcelona boss has been a reported target of City for several years, since even before Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2013. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Man gets 30 years for killing WPB boy while fleeing police

first_imgTuesday, a judge sentenced Lex Eugene to the maximum of 30 years for the murder […]last_img

WATCH: FL employee bathing in Wendy’s sink

first_imgA Wendy’s employee in Florida was fired after a video of him bathing in the restaurants sink went viral.By Friday, the video had more than 700,000 views on Facebook and more than 13,000 shares.In the video, the man is seen with no shirt or shoes, climbing into the sink filled with bubbles as the person recording the video, and others seemingly encourage him.“Take a bath, take a bath, get in there,” someone in the background said.”It’s warm, turn the jets on,” the man said as he covered himself with soap.The viral video sparked outrage as many took to Facebook write poor reviews about the Milton Wendy’s.Watch the full video below.last_img

Deadly crash closes Florida Turnpike SB lanes in St. Lucie County

first_imgAccording to reports, all southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike are closed before the Fort Pierce exit due to a fatal crash near mile marker 164.This story is developing.last_img

Miami Marlins Apologize For Twitter Joke Linking The Tampa “Rays” to Steve Irwin’s Death

first_imgWelcome to the bigs.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 5, 2019 (Miami, FL) — The Miami Marlins are apologizing for joking about the Tampa “Rays” killing off Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.The Fins social media squad brought up the Australian conservationist and TV star in a tit-for-tat with the Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter.The digs started after the Rays swept the Marlins in a series that wrapped up Sunday. The fun ended when the Marlins tweeted “You’re literally the animal that killed Steve Irwin.” Miami Marlins sorry for blaming Tampa Bay Rays for killing Steve Irwin:— Deadspin (@Deadspin) August 5, 2019 The 44-year-old Irwin died in 2006 when a stingray stabbed him while he was snorkeling. A team statement Monday called it “a regrettable exchange by our otherwise creative social media team.” The Marlins later tweeted, “Like everyone who grew up watching him, we miss Steve. We’re so sorry to have made light of his passing.”Meanwhile, there was some good news for one new Marlin:”DID WE JUST HOMER OFF DEGROM?!”@diaz_isan’s PUMPED-UP dad was mid-interview when his guy took a Cy Young winner DEEP for his 1st hit in his MLB debut.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 5, 2019last_img read more