CHELSEA have been offered the chance to hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, it has been claimed.Spurs are keen to sign the Polish forward to fill in for the injured Harry Kane but their bitter London rivals could beat them to it.1 Chelsea have been offered the chance to hijack Tottenham’s bid to sign Krzysztof Piatek from AC MilanCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham had started talks with Real Sociedad over their striker Willian Jose, but discussions have reportedly stalled, forcing the North Londoners to revert back to the San Siro.But Piatek’s agent has offered him to Chelsea in a bid to make certain of a Premier League move, according to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira.Other reports claim the Italian giants want around £25million for the 24-year-old but Tottenham are not willing to pay it.They are said to prefer a six-month loan with an option to buy. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesBut having forked out £29.5m to land Piatek from Genoa last January, the San Siro outfit want to recoup the cash now.Milan would reportedly accept a loan with an OBLIGATION to buy but not an option.Tottenham appear to be in pole position to land the striker but if Olivier Giroud’s proposed move from Stamford Bridge to Inter Milan goes through, Chelsea may up their efforts.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him It had been reported the 33-year-old was on the brink of joining the San Siro side having already agreed personal terms.But Chelsea’s £4million valuation remained a stumbling block with Inter not keen to fork out the fee on a player who will be available for nothing in the summer.The Blues have a track record of stealing Tottenham’s targets, having nipped in to sign Willian from under their noses in 2013.Christian Eriksen lands in Milan to finally complete Inter transfer from Tottenham after clubs agree £17m fee
The talented 27-year-old has played 15 matches for the Blues but missed the 2016 series following his Australia Day indiscretions that resulted in an eight-week suspension to start the season. Pearce has only registered four victories against the once-in-a-generation Queensland side and has often been made the scapegoat for his side’s losses, but Sterling said the Roosters halfback was still in the frame for NSW selection.He will face stiff competition for a Blues jersey in 2017 with incumbent halves James Maloney and Matt Moylan impressing on the Four Nations tour, while Adam Reynolds – who missed Game III through injury – will also be in contention, as will uncapped stars Blake Austin and Nathan Cleary. Pearce, who has worn the No.7 jersey in 12 of his 15 Origin appearances – overcame injuries to play a starring role for the Roosters in the back end of last season and will be on the selectors’ radar if he can keep that form up. “I’d love to see him back in contention for sure. He’s got a lot to offer,” Sterling said. “We know that he’s had some problems, but when it comes to what he can do on the football field then there’s never been any question about that. “It’ll be dependent on how he starts the season, where his headspace is and how well he’s playing, and when it comes to the number sevens, he’s right up there with the very best of them and he’s had plenty of experience so that will put him in very strong contention.”Sterling said there was no denying Pearce’s ability on the field and is confident his eight-game suspension has set him straight away from the field as well. “I know it’s a bit of a cliché but he’s a great bloke. I know that that only goes so far and there are certain areas that he’s had to address and hopefully he will have done that,” the former Eels great said. “He copped a kick up the backside this year, and it was one that was obviously needed, but if his head’s right then his game is there. “We just need proof that he’s learnt from past mistakes and that he’s ready to maybe take that next step again to really become one of our elite players and one of our leaders, because I know it’s there; it’s just got to come to the fore more so than it has in the past.”Sterling said he’d be happy to sit down with Pearce to discuss what it would take to get back in the Origin team, but admitted there were other people better placed to help the Roosters halfback. “I don’t know if that’s my role [but] I’m happy to,” Sterling said. “I think Trent Robinson – his club coach – has got a pretty good idea of what Mitchell Pearce should be doing on the paddock, so I don’t want to be stepping on anybody’s toes. “But if there is an avenue to have a little bit of a chat about parts of his game [I’d be open to that]. I think Andrew Johns has done work with him as well and may do so again.”Blues coach Laurie Daley has publicly supported Pearce in the past and said the halfback’s wellbeing was the most pressing issue going forward. “Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can get back up,” Daley said. “From all reports Mitch is going really well. He’s training the house down with the Roosters and he’s really turned his life around. “I think we all know that Mitch is a really good kid. Obviously he’s made some mistakes over the last couple of years, but he’s still got plenty in front of him. “I just want to see Mitch get settled in life – which he is at the moment – and go out and play some really good footy for the Roosters. Whatever happens after that is a bonus.”
Despite the unforgiving humidity, the Knights held off a Kumuls come back after taking an eight point lead in the first half.Brendan Nima opened the scoring in 13th minute when Nene McDonald tapped back a Watson Boas fifth last kick to Nima to score in the right corner. Watson Boas missed the conversion giving Kumuls a 4 – 0 lead.After a penalty against Nene McDonald for dangerous play, the Knights would score in the 21st minute when try scorer Nima allowed the ball to bounce in the in goal area for Centre Liam Sutcliffe to score.After kick-restrated, the Kumuls would regain the ball in Knights territory after taking the ball out of touch.In the ensuing set, Edwin Ipape, would take on the line and offload to Moses Meninga, who make a lovely right step to run through and score next to the posts. The unconverted try saw the Kumuls lead 8 – 4.The Knights would absorb the pressure and in the 30th minute, after Rhadley Brawa drops the ball cold in the Kumuls 20 metre, Knights winger Tom Lineham would score after Kumuls ran out of defenders on the left flank for a 10 – 8 lead. The Knights again showed some class when they found a 40-20 kick, and Tom Davies would stroll over in the right hand corner for an easy try. The conversion left the score at 16 – 8 going into half time.The Kumuls opened the second half with aggression and after minutes of pressure Edwin Ipape would score off a Justin Olam run in the 50th minute. The missed conversion left the score at 16 – 12.That was the Kumuls only consolation as the Knights held on.Kumuls Assistant Coach, Stanley Tepend, said too many errors cost them the match and they would bounce back.Picture credit: PNG Kumuls Facebook Page
Dominating possession for most of the first half, PNG eventually got a result in extra time through scoring machine Meagen Gunemba who fired a shot into the nets after a good cross from Georgina Kaikas.The downpour did not help both sides especially Cook Islands who could not get past PNG’s solid backline.PNG got their second goal early in the second half after a shot deflected off the gloves of Cook Island’s goalkeeper Marjorie Toru and onto PNG’S Fatima Rama who booted it in.From this point, PNG turned to defence to steer them home to a 2-0 win.Finals for the women’s soccer will start next week.
Tickets are being sold for K10 per head as Games officials are getting ready to start the most “looked forward to” sports with PNG golden girl Toea Wisil leading the team.According to athletics officials, PNG will field more than 600 athletes in different fields.Photo: Hundreds of people lining up to buy tickets this morning near a stall close to the BP stadium.
A double from Stanly Olo in the first half puts Gurias in front leading 12-0 at the break.The second half grew more physical with Mioks regaining momentum with strong counter attacks and applying hard tackles forcing Gurias into ball handling errors.With 15 into the second half, Mioks half back Dicksy Anni slamed the ball over Gurias line with an amazing fly catch inside the Gurias try line landing under the center post to narrow the lead to 6-12.Gurias than sent in Joe Taputapu into the corner post to further their lead to 16-6.But that was not the end when Gurias struck back before the final whistle with another set play that saw Ezra Gotuno penetrating through the strong Mioks fence with a short ball reaching over and grounding the ball for a 22-6 margin.Gurias now will take on the Mt Hagen Eagles to find the winner that will play the minor premiers Lae Snax Tigers in the Grand final.
6 Setién does not oppose the transfer of Jean-Clair Todibo, who in the next few hours could become a Schalke 04 player, a club he will be given after having enjoyed few opportunities in the first team. The arrival of Setién has not changed the plan, although for a moment the doubt was reasonable. Since Bartra arrived at Betis In his stage as coach Verdiblanco, Betis played with three plants with relative good results. Short of plants as he walks (With the departure of Todibo there will only be three in the first team: Piqué, Umtiti and Lenglet), the idea of stopping the transfer of Todibo did not seem far-fetched. But, in principle, it will not be so. If you need to pull defenses, you will go to the branch where the center plays Araújo. The French central has been since last weekend in Germany. Bild he hunted it at the airport Dusseldorf, from where he moved to Gelsenkirchen to close the terms of the assignment. A few days later, it is still not official but it is almost closed. Barça is left with few first-team players after the Aleñá and Todibo marches and the injuries of Suárez, Dembélé and Arthur.
Mir witnessed the victory of his new team against Tenerife and accumulates two training sessions with his new teammates. Two intense days they have given him to meet his teammates and especially Míchel: “The coach is very demanding and that is very important. The team plays football very well and there were many opportunities and that is important for the team. We generate many occasions and I hope to take advantage of them. “ He explained the tip, that He hopes to enjoy his first minutes as Barca at the Carlos Tartiere in Oviedo this Sunday.Rubén García will give four exits and at least one high LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 16, 2020 Rubén García, the sports director of Huesca, analyzed the transfer market facing the Barça team explaining that the staff will lighten the Oscense with the departures of Ivi, Joaquín Muñoz, Seoane and Dani Escriche. He also talked about market objectives, Y Huesca focuses on hiring a midfielder: “We want to have options, although we cannot forget Doukouré. We want someone with dynamics and who can compete for 6 and 8. “commented the top sports manager.On the other hand, flatly ruled out Pablo Insua’s exit from the team of Míchel: “As for Pablo Insua, there is no possibility of leaving Huesca. He has had a difficult time with his injury, but there is zero chance of him coming out. It is one of the important pillars of this template and as you have minutes you will gain relevance in the team. It is one of the excellent centrals of the category. ” Rubén García sentenced, discarding the departure of the defender to Deportivo de La Coruña. The Sociedad Deportiva Huesca presented its star signing of the winter market, Rafa Mir. The 22-year-old Murcia striker has been on the Barça agenda since last season and after many attempts, his hiring has come true: “It has been an option agreed with my people and coming to Huesca was the best option. They gave me a lot of confidence and that has been key. I am very excited to return to Spain and Huesca, which is a humble club, but that has made history recently. The project here is very important, a team that was in Primera last year. “The tip born in Murcia and raised in the quarry of Valencia arrives at Huesca in search of the minutes he has not had in the Nottingham Forest of the English Championship. “I’m ready to play. I’ve been away for several weeks because it was clear that I was going to get out of there. I have the maximum willingness to be on the team as soon as possible. The Championship has a very high level. Things have not gone as I wanted. In the end they are experiences that add up. I feel more identified with Spanish football, in England it is played differently.“Commented the battering ram in his presentation.
–Competing against large rivals, other than small ones, choke, why: “It happened until the year we were champions. We lost with Almeria and Osasuna. It is very difficult to find an explanation after eight years. ”–What worries you: “I have precision in the face of goal. That always ends up reflecting the team’s moments. If we had converted the number of occasions we have generated … If we do not convert, we must achieve absolute defensive security that we have not had and that is sure defeat. We had eleven safe goal situations. It will arrive. I do not understand another way to continue generating situations. We have to strengthen the defensive part that, although they don’t like it, is what ends up being what works for us. ”–He thinks that there are people who ask for his resignation after the last defeats, the people of Atlético much less: “I don’t think so much. I think that tomorrow we have an important match against Leganés in what moves us from here onwards, we don’t manage anything behind ”.–You have to change something in the management of the group or way of playing: “We are always looking for a way to enhance what we have and from that we move to show improvement and we show them from the game. Two years ago we did not generate so many goal situations. Two years ago we didn’t have the associative game either. But we were more blunt. This team needs another form of play and in that way we are, in that I already tell you that they don’t like it, that it is the transition ”.–Opinions Thomas, Saul, after Leon: “The opinions of my soccer players talk to them in the locker room. I listen with you. If I have something to say, I tell them. ” Simeone, Atlético coach, analyzed in a press conference the situation of his team after the disaster butler before the Cultural Leonesa and the visit of the Leganés of Javier Aguirre. Yesterday Miguel Ángel Gil issued a statement to transfer his public support to the coach at the most delicate moment since coming to office.–Hashtag #cholotequeremos: “I had not seen it. They told me. Everything that is spontaneous and natural is very healthy. It is appreciated and strengthens the security and enthusiasm that I always have every day with the club. ”–Defeat after Leon, get up: “It is clear that we come from two difficult defeats. All the criticism that may appear is fair and I am convinced in what I said after the game, I absolutely believe in my players, we put together an important team with players who will respond to the goals we set from the beginning. I do not move from game to game and understand and accept criticism especially when they are fair. Tomorrow we have a complicated game against an opponent who is doing things very well since the arrival of the master and that will be tough, like all of the Spanish LaLiga ”.–Simeone mood, do you sleep after these defeats ?: “The team always occupies me continuously. Not in the moments that we have to lose or win, the team occupies me constantly, many times it is hard for me to sleep for an alignment, because I do not know whether to put one or the other, my life is occupied by Atlético, the people around me know it . We continue along the same lines, we continue with the game by game ”.–Can you give this template more ?: “We can always give more everyone, we as coaches, as soccer players. We have Lemar coming back, Costa is not there yet, we try to approach the Camel, Saponjic who debuted, João who can give us Angel (Correa) attack situations. It’s goal situations we have always been on the same level. We have to be more blunt. That appears when there is confidence, more tranquility. ”
Although there are still twelve days and 36 points to play, the players were aware that they had just given half a league to Real Madrid. A win at the Bernabéu or even a draw put the white team in a very compromised situation, with a foot and a half out of the Champions League and without depending on themselves in LaLiga. But now, the situation has taken a turn after 2-0: the whites depend on themselves to win the championship and have received a moral overdose to face the return of the Champions League against City. Confused faces, few words and overwhelming silence were distributed equally during the return flight. Not even Josep Maria Bartomeu, who headed the entourage, was able to reduce general discouragement. A president, by the way, as much as they say publicly, still does not have the absolute approval of the captains, after the episode of social networks. For his part, the technician Quique Setién He tried to lift the morale of his men with a brief speech inside the locker room, before taking the coach, where he congratulated his players because they had given everything in the field.So, Barcelona now only has the cartridge of the Champions to carry out a season as atypical as strange. With The league one point below, which really are two if we add the ‘goal average’, the European competition is presented as the only salvation table. However, it was his own Leo Messi, who made it clear that with this template he did not give them to win the Champions League. So, the reality is that they paint clubs. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 2, 2020 “Fucked, resigned and dejected.” In this graphic way they summed up ACE when we asked about the sensations that were inside the locker room after the defeat before the Real Madrid (2-0). The return of the Blaugrana expedition was a real funeral, especially since the feeling that the team had let a dying man escape who was about to give up reigned. In addition, the fact of losing the leadership, and going back to tow, left touched a team that begins to notice that the battery is starting to run out.