Flores facing final worry

first_img Press Association The Spaniard was stretchered off just after the half-hour mark having twisted his ankle attempting to make a low clearing header and he was later spotted leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches. A fracture has been ruled out and Flores will travel to Dubai for next week’s warm-weather training camp. But Laudrup said: “We have to wait to see if it is only a twisted ankle or it could be more damage with the ligaments. We have to wait for the scan but if it is ligaments he would definitely be out of the final.” Chico Flores could miss Swansea’s Capital One Cup final date with Bradford after suffering an ankle injury in the emphatic 4-1 win over QPR.center_img He added: “We will see first if there is anything that needs surgery, the more things we can exclude right now the better. If it is ligament damage we need to see how bad it is and make a decision from there.” Flores’ injury was the only negative as Swansea hammered QPR for the second time this season, having triumphed 5-0 at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season. Early strikes from Michu and Angel Rangel set the hosts on their way at the Liberty Stadium. Substitute Bobby Zamora pulled a goal back for the Rs, only for Pablo Hernandez to restore Swansea’s advantage with an excellent finish before Michu added his 18th of the season. Defeat means QPR, who were again without Loic Remy, remain rooted firmly to the foot of the Premier League table, still six points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining. Remy was not risked due to a groin injury, but Redknapp revealed goalkeeper Julio Cesar had played with a similar injury, thereby putting in a below-par performance. Boss Harry Redknapp said: “We gave some bad goals away, I can’t look at them and say they were particularly good, there were some bad errors today. Our keeper has been fantastic, probably as good as any goalie in the league, but he played with a groin strain because he felt he was okay but obviously he wasn’t at his best today. “He felt he was fine and I can only go by what he tells me, I was told he was okay. He had a problem kicking and obviously when we passed the ball back he got himself under pressure. “We have 12 games left and we have to win as many as we can, I would say we have to win six at least. We have got to keep believing, if you give up what chance have you got?” last_img read more

No summer move for Sterling

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling is going nowhere this summer as they have no intention of selling one of their prize assets despite his contract dispute being played out in the full glare of the media. Rodgers suggested the player’s decision to go public was a mistake but partly excused it on the grounds of his inexperience. “He didn’t have permission by the club, it was something that surprised us all to be honest,” he added. “People who look after players will have different ways of working and I’ve seen that in my years in football with different experiences. “He is a young player who is still learning on and off the pitch and sometimes you will make mistakes as a youngster. “Our relationship is strong, which is important. He knows I am working in the best interests of the club and him. “He will learn as time goes on, like we all do, you make mistakes in life – especially when you are young.” In his interview Sterling said money did not interest him as much as winning trophies and part of his reasoning for not signing a new deal was because he wanted to reassess him ambitions and admitted he was flattered by reported interest from Arsenal – coincidentally Saturday’s opponents. Rodgers insisted Liverpool was a club where he could fulfil those dreams but also pointed out it was a two-way relationship and the England international had his part to play. “Raheem is saying his ambition is to win trophies and be successful – it is perfectly aligned with what we are trying to do,” he said. “Arsenal are a fantastic football club but this is Liverpool, one of the great clubs of the footballing world, and it is an honour for Raheem to be playing here. “Raheem has been involved in the first team for two and a half years and the player he is today – and he still has a lot of improvements to make – is because of the environment we have created here. “He still has learning and development to make on the pitch and off it and we feel this is a great place for him. “He has made it clear recently he is very happy with his football. I think he is trying to put off all talk about contracts and money – he is a boy who genuinely loves his football. “It is now about continuing and nurturing the development of a player who has made huge strides and someone we believe we still have a lot of input into his development to come so he can consistently be a player at the top of his game. “It is not something we are overly concerned on and I am confident by the end of the season we will find the solution.” It produced more speculation about Sterling’s future but Rodgers is adamant they will not be backed into a corner by the fear of losing one of their brightest talents. Liverpool rejected advances from Arsenal for Luis Suarez two years ago, with owner John W Henry famously saying “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?” after rejecting a £40million plus £1 offer from the Gunners who mistakenly believed they had triggered the Uruguayan’s release clause. “He is not going anywhere in the summer so we will very much focus on trying to make him the best player we can,” Rodgers said of Sterling. When it was suggested to the Reds boss that money talks he added: “I think we as a club have shown that is not the case. “Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and the owners have made it clear – and we’ve seen it before – that money does not come into it. “The club is not going to sell and if it doesn’t want to sell it won’t sell, it is simple as that. “Money has never been the objective for the club. Whatever player – Raheem or anyone – leaves here it will always be on the terms of the club.” Liverpool remain in a position of strength as Sterling’s current contract, worth a reported £35,000 a week, runs until the summer of 2017. In an interview not sanctioned by the club the 20-year-old denied he was a “money-grabber” for turning down a reported £100,000-a-week contract and said no amount of money would persuade him to sign a new deal before the summer. Negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season, at the request of the player and his representative, so for Sterling to fan the flames now came as something of a surprise to Reds officials. last_img read more

Mo Salah Begs Egyptians over Team’s Ouster from AFCON

first_imgThe tweet came after the massive criticism that the national team faced, after losing to South Africa 1-0 on Saturday. The defeat led to the sacking of the technical staff and the resignation of the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) board.The former AS Roma winger, Salah has participated in all four of Egypt’s matches and scored two goals.Egypt bid farewell to the 2019 AFCON unexpectedly from the first knockout phase, after the Bafana Bafana midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch scored a late goal in the 85th minute of the game.The Pharaohs managed to control the ball over the game with 63% of possession, but without effectiveness and missed opportunities to score.The hosts qualified for the Round of 16 with three successive victories against Zimbabwe, DR Congo, and Uganda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egypt’s talismanic player, Mohamed Salah has expressed sadness over his country’s ouster from the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Consequently, he has apologised to his countrymen.“I’m very sad about our early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations. We had hoped to continue on the road to the title together, and give it to the fans whom I thank for their continuous support.“God willing we will learn from the mistakes we’ve made. And I wish good luck for the national team in the upcoming period,” the 27-year-old winger tweeted on his official account, as revealed and translated by Al Ahram.last_img read more

Appiah linked with vacant Kotoko PR job

first_imgSportsfilla.com understands that sports broadcast journalist Kofi Appiah has emerged as one of two major contenders for the now vacant Public and Supporter relations manager position at reigning Premier League champions Asante Kotoko.According to our well-placed sources, Appiah, who works as a sports analyst at Kumasi-based radio station Metro FM, has already had some dealings with Asante Kotoko chief Dr. K.K. Sarpong and his conduct is said to have catapulted him into consideration for the position.Sportsfilla.com understands that Appiah, previously with Accra-based radio stations Asempa FM and Channel R, will face an uphill task for the position because he is a relative newcomer compared to the other major contender, Thomas Boakye Agyemang.Footy-ghana.com has learnt that Agyemang, who is widely regarded as favorite for the position, will finish his studies at the Ghana Law School in three months’ time and the delay in appointing him could let in Appiah, a graduate of Achimota School and the Ghana Institute of Journalism.last_img read more

Shooting at SC Nightclub Leaves at Least Two People Dead, Eight Hurt

first_imgAuthorities had originally said that 12 people were hurt, but later clarified that two victims were likely counted twice initially. Of the eight individuals who were wounded, some reportedly have non-life-threatening injuries, while others are in critical condition.A Facebook post from the club says Foogiano was scheduled to perform there Saturday night.The rapper is safe, according to a representative.This is a developing story. Courtesy: Foogiano/Instagramcenter_img Sheriff’s officials say a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub left two people dead and eight others wounded over the weekend.No one was immediately taken into custody following the early Sunday incident at Lavish Lounge.However, a Greenville County sheriff’s representative says they are looking for two people.last_img

Moore seeking more success in Irish Boys

first_img12 Jun 2014 Moore seeking more success in Irish Boys England Golf is sending a squad of four internationals to compete in the Irish Boys Open Championship at Thurles Golf Club in Tipperary on 24th – 27th June. Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) is arguably the most experienced, having been capped at under 16 and boys levels as well as having already represented England Golf in overseas events. He will be accompanied by three under 16 internationals, Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire). Hall, 16, has been an under 16 cap for the past two years. In 2013, he finished eighth in the North of England under 16 Championship and ninth in the Junior Champion of Champions. In this year’s West of England Stroke Play he finished equal 13th. Li, 17, lost a playoff for the Carris Trophy, the English Boys under 18 Championship, last year prior to making his under 16 debut for England. He also finished tied fourth in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship while this year he was joint sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and equal seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy. Moore, 16, who became an under 16 cap in 2011 after winning the English Boys under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy, stepped up to a boy international last year. In 2013, he won the McEvoy Trophy, the Midland Boys Qualifying and the Midland Schools Championship. He also finished joint runner-up in the McGregor Trophy, the English Boys under 16 Championship, but won the European Young Masters in Germany, reached the semi-finals of the British Boys and tied fourth in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. This year, he finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy and topped the Midland Boys Qualifying again. Thomson, 18, was an under 16 cap in 2012, a year in which he won the North of England under 16 Championship and helped Yorkshire win the English Boys County Championship. Last year, he finished third in the Fairhaven Trophy, eighth in the Canadian Junior Challenge and was again a member of the Yorkshire team in the Boys County Finals. This year, he has finished joint third in the Darwin Salver, tied seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy and has just returned from the German Boys Open where he finished tied 12th. The Irish Boys, comprising 120 competitors, is played over 72 holes of stroke play. There will be a cut after 54 with the leading 50 players and ties competing over the final round.last_img read more