Knights v Rabbitohs: Schick Preview

first_imgThe Knights have spent over four months in the losers’ circle but none of that matters when the club’s legends are in town, with Newcastle winning 12 of their last 16 final games of a season at Hunter Stadium. The club’s ex-players would’ve been proud for 55 minutes of the Knights’ loss to the Titans in Round 24. It’s just a shame the first 25 were not up to standard. Newcastle will aim to rectify that with the return of veteran playmaker Jarrod Mullen, who comes in for Will Pearsall. Cory Denniss replaces the suspended Nathan Ross on the wing while Sione Mata’utia returns in the back row at the expense of Mickey Paea. Knights hooker Danny Levi will miss out on farewelling retiring co-captain Jeremy Smith after undergoing back surgery on Monday. Pat Mata’utia replaces him on the bench. South Sydney are certainly no easy beats and are coming off a massive fortnight of wins over finals hopefuls Cronulla and the Warriors. Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has named an unchanged 17 but will bring along an extended bench of Zane Musgrove, Dave Tyrrell and Cameron McInnes for Souths’ first trip to Newcastle in four years. Watch out Knights: All four of the Titans’ tries came from forwards, through simple hit-ups and plays, against Newcastle. Ryan James, Chris McQueen and Luke Douglas are excellent players in their own right but they’re no Sam Burgess. The England international was at his destructive best against Cronulla (181 metres, 50 tackles).Watch out Rabbitohs: One positive for Newcastle remains the rising star of Queensland representative Dane Gagai. The 25-year-old’s form took a hit earlier this year when he was shifted to fullback. But since moving back to the centres Gagai has been a man on a mission. Against the Titans last week Gagai held steady in defence up against cousin Josh Hoffman and broke 14 tackles with the ball in hand. Key Match-Up: Tyler Randell v Damien Cook – Cook has been a rock for the Rabbitohs over the past fortnight. With halfback Adam Reynolds failing to finish his past two games, Cook has had to take control of the Rabbitohs’ attack from dummy half. Cook is finally hitting his straps and he’ll come up against Tyler Randell, who is likely to play the entire 80 minutes for the first time since Round 1 in Danny Levi’s absence. The History: Played 38; Knights 25, Rabbitohs 13. The Knights have lost their past six games to the Rabbitohs dating back to Round 18, 2012. They last faced off in March where Souths emerged 48-6 victors. Coincidentally, while the Knights’ Old Boys Day record is amazing, the last time the Rabbitohs played at Hunter Stadium (in 2012) they ruined Newcastle’s final home game celebrations with an 18-6 win. What are the Odds: Nine out of every 10 bets have been on South Sydney according to Sportsbet. Rabbitohs 13-plus is the way punters are going. There’s not even any love for the Knights at the line. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.auMatch Officials: Referee: Henry Perenara. Assistant Referee: Jon Stone. Sideline Officials: Dave Ryan and Clayton Sharpe. Televised: Channel Nine – Live Coverage from 3:30pm; Fox Sports 1 – Live Coverage from 4pm. The way we see it: The Rabbitohs have bucked the Old Boys Day trend before and they’re in good enough form to do it again. Newcastle have lost their past 16 games and recent form suggests they won’t be able to contend with South Sydney’s recent defensive dexterity. Souths have beaten finals hopefuls the Sharks and Warriors over the past fortnight, and should have no issues dealing with the Knights. Souths by 10 points.last_img read more

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Windies on the attack against Pakistan

first_imgThe West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick is looking forward to the arrival of the new ball to help the team in their quest to limit Pakistan below their first innings total, heading into today’s fourth day of the first Brighto Paints Q Mobile Test at Sabina Park.The duel, which is so far evenly poised, has Pakistan at 201 for four in response to the West Indies’ competitive score of 286.Leading the West Indies’ charge thus far are fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and captain Jason Holder.The trio, in bowling impressive spells during various stages of the match, has so far claimed two for 37, one for 35, and one for 40.This is against Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, who has so far topscored with 72, and Younis Khan, who in becoming the first Pakistani to surpass 10,000 runs, scored 58.”The aim remains to get Pakistan out as quickly as possible and then try and go and bat as long as possible and see what happens on the fifth day,” said Estwick.KEEPING RUNS LOW”We are looking to get the six wickets in the first session and, if we can do that, then we can either have a lead or restrict them to as low a lead as possible. The pacers have done very well so far and we hope as well that the spinners will come into their own tomorrow.”Also, the new ball is just two overs away so if we can strike early with some pressure, and we can expose the lower to bottom half of their batting,” he added.The West Indies, who were hoping to surpass the 300 runs landmark at the start of play, were denied by the outstanding Mohammad Amir, who in picking his sixth wicket bowled Gabriel for the addition of one run to his overnight four.This left Holder, who at the time had gathered another two runs to his overnight score, on 55 not out. The 25-year-old Amir closed with six for 44 off 26 overs.Buoyed by their decent first innings score, the West Indies then took that momentum unto the field and in a sprightly first stanza kept Pakistan in check with wickets at 23 for one, and 54 for two.Pakistan was to, however, make a comeback with a 131 runs third wicket stand between Azam and Khan. The experienced Mishbah-ul-Haq and AsadShafiq, who are both not out on five, will resume batting today.”It is not going to be easy getting their remaining wickets,” outlined Estwicket. “It is going to be difficult as it’s a good pitch and they still have to specialist batsmen at the crease, and the wicketkeeper to come as well.”We will just have to continue to be disciplined and work hard as we did in the last session. We are looking to win the game, but if it ends in a draw we would be happy with that and then we would move to Barbados and see what happens.”last_img read more

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Fajardo still ready to play in Fiba Asia Cup if calf injury improves

first_img“[The moment I feel better] of course, I’ll play,” Fajardo told reporters in Filipino after the Beermen lost to the Star Hotshots, 104-98.“It’s painful. The result appears to show that it’s on my old tear and it’s being overused and painful,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fajardo will be joining his Gilas teammates when they leave for Lebanon early Sunday morning.“Of course, I’ll go with them and if I feel okay, I’ll play,” Fajardo said. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo hasn’t ruled himself out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon just yet.Fajardo is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a strained right calf he suffered on Wednesday in a win over TNT, but there is still a slight possibility that he could play for Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas players LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Fajardo added he has the go-signal from SMB to play for Gilas but knows he has to be careful not to worsen his injury.“Of course, it’s my future and it would be hard if I end up prolonging my recovery from the injury. Of course I want to play.”SMB coach Leo Austria also has no problems with Fajardo possibly seeing action in the Fiba Asia as long as he’s not feeling any pain.“We advised him to play if he’s not feeling any pain, but he has to think of his future because it’s recurring when it comes to the hamstring or calf unless it’s fully healed,” said Austria. “But the only way for it to fully heal is through rest.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 legacy still growing

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Victolero hopes to pick up the right fit in the rookie draft Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, poses for photos next to his car at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix is set for Sunday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)MEXICO CITY — The checkered flag is two days away, yet the underlying expectation at the Mexican Grand Prix is that Lewis Hamilton’s fourth career Formula One championship is on course for the inevitable.Whether it’s this week or next month, Hamilton’s nearly insurmountable lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has him facing constant questions about his legacy in the sport and where he stands among Formula One’s greatest drivers.ADVERTISEMENT Hamilton tries to steer the conversation toward winning a single race, but it always returns to measuring his place in F1 history. He can win the title if he finishes as low as fifth. He’ll shoot to finish first.“I’m trying to win,” in Mexico. “It would be cool if we did and I plan to,” Hamilton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIf he wins the championship Sunday, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez would be the fourth city where Hamilton gets to celebrate a title, joining Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2008, Abu Dhabi in 2014 and Austin, Texas in 2015.And with its confetti and sombreros in front of tens of thousands packed into the enormous grandstand, Mexico City provides one of the biggest podium parties of the F1 season. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny A fourth world championship would put the 32-year-old Briton in some elite company. He would set the championship record for British drivers, join Vettel and former champion Alain Prost as four-time winners, and trail only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) for the most all-time.He also would pass his idol, Brazilian driving great Aryton Senna, who was killed in a crash in Italy in 1994 and is generally considered to be the most elegant and skillful driver in F1 history.“Aryton’s life was cut short. If he had the chance to race in safe conditions, he would have won more,” Hamilton said. “I feel very proud to have my name mentioned with his.”Formula One is full of disputes over who were the top drivers of different eras, and how they would fare against each other. Hamilton won his first title with McLaren, but his most dominant years have come with a Mercedes team that has had no peers in the hybrid engine era. Of his 62 career victories, a mark second only to Schumacher’s 91, 40 have come since 2014.“He’s a champion of this generation,” said McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, himself a former two-time champion. He and Hamilton were teammates for one tempestuous season in 2007 when the rookie Hamilton upstaged Alonso and finished second in the championship by a single point.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “He won races when the car was good, and when it was not so good,” Alonso said.Williams driver Felipe Massa, who Hamilton beat to the title with a final-lap dash in Brazil in 2008, this week already put Hamilton on the level with Schumacher and Senna.“He’s there,” Massa said.“It’s really made me happy to hear nice things from other drivers,” Hamilton said. “They know how hard it is to be consistent and perform.”Hamilton has neared the 2017 title by chasing down Vettel over the second half of the season. That’s a sharp contrast to the past three years, when Hamilton’s biggest rival was former teammate Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes garage. Those tension-filled seasons fractured a childhood friendship.Part of Hamilton’s legacy will be his persona off the track. He’s a global star for Formula One as he leads a rock star’s lifestyle with world travels, hobnobbing with other celebrities and a social media presence that draws millions of followers. After the Mexico race, he and friends plan to visit the ruins of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.Rosberg’s quest for the F1 title left him exhausted by season’s end and he abruptly retired. Hamilton seems ready to keep winning. He considers himself a wiser, better racer with more still to accomplish.“In 2008, I had all the natural talent I have now but I don’t have the experience,” Hamilton said. “It’s been more enjoyable (now). I’m more comfortable in my own skin.”How long before he retires?“Definitely don’t want to be here at 40,” Hamilton said. “I anticipate a couple more years.” View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Naked bandit robs gas station, beats employees

first_imgA man was caught on camera, at about 04:30h on Wednesday, taking off his clothes before entering the Sukpaul Gas Station at Corriverton, Upper Corentyne, Berbice and robbing employees of a quantity of cash and phone cards.Reports are that the lone, naked bandit armed himself with a piece of wood as he approached two attendants who were on duty at the time. He dealt the two employees lashes about their bodies, then bound them with a piece of cloth before robbing them of an undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of phone cards. Thereafter, he made good his escape.The entire robbery was caught on CCTV at the business premises.After the incident, a report was made to the Police and the CCTV footage was reviewed. The suspect was identified, and Police went to a home in Corriverton and arrested him.The suspect was also shown some of the footage, and later confessed to the crime.He is currently in custody assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

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2 arrested for allegedly discharging loaded firearms

first_imgTwo men were taken into Police custody after they reportedly discharged loaded firearms indiscriminately on Sunday morning in the vicinity of Farm Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara. The incident was reported to the Police at about 06:30h.Ranks from the Providence Police Station responded to the report and upon their arrival at the location, two cars were seen parked at the location. During a search of the vehicles and the drivers, the Police found two live .9mm rounds, one in each car.The Police also found two spent shells of the same calibre next to one of the vehicles but there were no signs of any firearms.The two men, ages 30 and 21 of Herstelling Housing Scheme, and of Farm Squatting Area respectively, were arrested and are assisting with the investigation.The men are not licensed firearm holders.last_img read more

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris doubtful for start of season after suffering fractured wrist

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has sustained a fractured wrist during the close-season, the Premier League club have announced.The France international, who joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012, is the club’s number one goalkeeper but has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.A statement on Tottenham’s official website read: “The club can confirm that Hugo Lloris has sustained a fractured wrist during the close season period.“The France goalkeeper will continue to work alongside the first-team squad to build up his fitness in a bid to be ready for the start of the season.“Our medical team will continue to monitor his rehabilitation and progress during pre-season.” Hugo Lloris 1last_img read more

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Gayle set for Crystal Palace exit with Newcastle, Norwich and Derby in the hunt

first_imgNewcastle, Norwich and Derby are in a three-way race for Crystal Palace outcast Dwight Gayle.The 25-year-old striker is expected to leave Selhurst Park this month after making just one appearance since October.Gayle almost left the club in the summer but decided against a switch to Bristol City, who had a reported offer worth around £6million accepted by Palace.But after starting just four Premier League games all season, he looks set to finally leave and there are three clubs now in the hunt.Both Newcastle and Norwich are understood to be interested in offering Gayle the chance at Premier League football, with their striking options limited.Meanwhile, promotion-chasing Derby – who are currently second in the Championship – are also lining up an offer for the forward.Londoner Gayle, who started his career at non-League Stansted, was signed by Palace in what was a club-record £4.5m deal from Peterborough in 2013.He has gone on to score 12 goals in 55 league outings for the club with another 11 coming in nine cup games. 1 Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle last_img read more

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Bee-rilliant! Baby Oisin Boyle is first Donegal child on NorthWest BUMBLEance

first_imgThere was much celebration yesterday as the NorthWest BUMBLEance made its first journey with a child from Donegal.Nine-month-old Oisin Boyle from Glenties was the first special ‘King Bee’ from the county to be taken on the Children’s Ambulance Service. Little Oisin, who has a brain disorder, travelled from Donegal to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and was treated like a king throughout the trip.It was a very early start for the little boy and his mother Sinead as they left Glenties at 5am. Oisin suffers from severe seizures following a brain injury which would normally make this long journey for Oisin and mum Sinead a stressful and expensive experience. Oisin and Sinead BoyleBUMBLEance came to Sinead’s rescue just days before she needed to bring Oisin to his appointment. “My brother was supposed to drive us but he had to go away to work. I messaged the BUMBLEance page on Facebook and they got back to me in about 10 minutes,” Sinead told Donegal Woman.With the new Northwest service ready to directly serve Donegal, the BUMBLEance team were only too happy to help out.“It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I was so happy they got back to me.” “The last time I went down to Dublin it would have been €250 in a taxi. I can’t take Oisin on the bus because the appointment is too early in the morning,” Sinead said.Yesterday’s trip was a welcome relief for the family. All Sinead and Oisin had to do was board the ambulance and let the driver team take care of all their needs.“It’s just great, it’s like home. There’s a TV and everything there, Oisin was very content the whole way down,” Sinead said.Little Oisin suffered brain injuries at birth, and must still be cared for like a newborn baby, Sinead said.“When I was pregnant with Oisin everything was fine until a couple of hours before the birth. He was getting no oxygen to his brain and got injuring, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. I was told he may not ever be able to walk or talk. We don’t know yet,” she said. Sinead has had to travel to Dublin up to seven times since Oisin was born. “It is very hard. I only found out about BUMBLEance after Christmas. If I knew about it a long time ago it would have been half the battle.”On Tuesday, the mum and baby were greeted by driver Aiden Thompson from Donegal and brought to Crumlin for their appointment after 9am and, after an hour, were transported home again in good time.Northwest BUMBLEanceSinead has another son aged 12, and caring for Oisin has become a full-time role. This new service will be a huge help for her in the future, which is still uncertain for her and her baby. She has been invited to call Tony Heffernan and the team whenever she needs them next. The brand new North West BUMBLEance is the fifth vehicle in the BUMBLEance fleet. After many fundraisers across Donegal and beyond, kind-hearted donators raised enough funds to contribute to the purchase and kit-out of a new 171 Mercedes.Bumbleance. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.This new BUMBLEance is based in Donegal to serve the sick children of the Northwest. It went into service two weeks earlier than planned and has been looking after children from other counties in recent days.Speaking about the new service, Tony Heffernan the founder of BUMBLEance told Donegal Daily; “I am thrilled that the Northwest & Donegal is getting the first of several new regional based BUMBLEance services. The isolation of living in Donegal and other counties of the Northwest and the stress and challenges of parents and sick children who must travel to Dublin to access services will be greatly reduced by the BUMBLEance experience” Mr Heffernan added that the charity will be operating the vehicle itself and will be initially rolling out a 40 to 60 hours a week service from May 2017. In addition, the charity will be creating two new jobs in the Northwest and has already employed its first new team member, Aiden Thompson from Donegal.This is a week of celebration for the BUMBLEance organisation as they welcomed the first of a planned series of regionally based vehicles that will supplement the charity’s existing national service fleet. The BUMBLEance fleet includes critical care and clinical intervention services to help any children who may require additional, specialist care while in transit.Launch of new Northwest BUMBLEance Picture Conor McCabe Photography.The new 171 Mercedes based vehicle has been adapted to cater for the needs of both disabled and seriously ill children who require transportation to and from specialist treatment centres, pre and post-surgical appointments, respite and hospice trips. The new BUMBLEance service, the Children’s Chemo Cab, will also allow for children to be carried to and from Crumlin Children’s Hospital for Chemotherapy treatment.The BUMBLEance is owned by the Saoirse Foundation and is named after the daughter of Mary and Tony Heffernan, who founded the organisation is 2010. Saoirse died in January 2011 at the age of five from the fatal and rare conditions Batten disease. Her only sibling, Liam, also had Batten Disease and died on the couples Wedding Anniversary, on May 4th in 2014 also aged 5.This week is an emotional time for the family as they remember their son Liam’s Angel Trip on the BUMBLEance three years ago.The Heffernan Family. Image: bumbleance.comThe Heffernan’s have no other children and put their energy into helping others who are following down a similar road to the one they travelled. Mary and Tony Heffernan were awarded the Pride of Ireland Award and the People of the Year awards in 2014.The charity is seeking the support of corporates, the public and local businesses in the Northwest to get behind the new initiative to help ensure that the service can become sustainable. The charity provides all of its services for free and is totally reliant on the generosity of others to operate the service.To find out how you can help BUMBLEance change the lives of sick children in Donegal, visit www.bumbleance.comBee-rilliant! Baby Oisin Boyle is first Donegal child on NorthWest BUMBLEance was last modified: May 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bumbleancechildrens ambulancedonegalNorthwestlast_img read more

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Colombia World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, plus probable line-up

first_img Fallon d’Floor RECORD IN QUALIFYINGColombia made hard work of qualification. A draw away in Peru on the final night secured their spot, finishing just a point above sixth-placed Chile, who missed out.Given their quality in attack, it may come as a surprise to hear that Los Cafeteros scored only 21 times in 18 qualifiers. Rodriguez provided over a quarter of his team’s goals with six.Pekerman showed his experimental nature, using 45 players over the qualifying campaign.Expect to see more of the same in Russia.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSColombia travelled to the Atletic Azzurri d’Italia in Italy to face Egypt on Friday 1st June and played out a goalless draw. It was their only fixture ahead of the World Cup.BASE CAMPSki Resort Kazan, Tatarstan RepublicPROBABLE LINE-UP SUPERSTITION Good times ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. You’re the one Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches NO JOY World Cup Latest News Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings 4 4 CAPTAINRadamel Falcao is looking to make up for lost time at this World Cup.A severe ACL injury left him unable to compete at Brazil 2014, having been Colombia’s top goalscorer in qualifying.Injury is not all the forward has had to recover from. Two woeful loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively, led many to doubt his ability.But he has gone from strength-to-strength since returning to Monaco – leading his side to the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title with 30 goals.He was less prolific in 2017/18, with only 18 league goals, but has that extra incentive of finally appearing at a World Cup after such a long wait.KEY PLAYERJames Rodriguez has had mixed fortunes since winning the Golden Boot at the last World Cup.We all remember that volley against Uruguay in the last 16, a strike forever etched in World Cup history.It was one of six goals that landed him a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid shortly afterwards, but he has since fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu.A timely loan to Bayern Munich has seen the attacking midfielder return to the form that saw him excel in 2014 – bagging seven goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga this season.Colombia will undoubtedly be a force if he shows up in Russia. LU BEAUTY Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song misery Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Colombia take part in their seventh World Cup this summer in Russia. talkSPORT.com take an in-depth look at the Group H nation…MANAGERJose Pekerman teams are usually easy on the eye, and his Colombia side are no exception.The 68-year-old rose to prominence with the Argentina Under-20s, winning the World Cup three times at youth level in 1995, 1997 and 2001.That earned him a call-up to the big time, and he was announced as Argentina boss on 15th September 2004. At the 2006 World Cup, the Albicelestes topped their group and beat Mexico 2-1 in the round of 16.They even went ahead against hosts Germany in the quarters, but ended up losing on penalties. Pekerman was criticised for his defensive substitutions, including bringing Esteban Cambiasso on for Juan Roman Riquelme, and announced his resignation after the loss.In 2012, he got the Colombia gig and embarked on his second World Cup two years later. Yet again, he was eliminated by the hosts in the quarter-finals after a promising start, this time at the hands of Brazil.He will be desperate to shake-off his reputation as a nearly man. ONE TO WATCHBrighton’s Jose Izquierdo showed the Premier League what he’s all about this season: flashes of spectacular, inconsistent brilliance.The electric Columbian is a real edge-of-your-seat player, with the ability to go past opponents and make something happen in an instant. His performances on the south-coast have been rewarded with a place in the international squad.But he is yet to prove his consistency and, at a tournament that requires an extended string of high-class displays, he will need to perform more often. Much like his compatriot Juan Cuadrado.FIXTURESTuesday, June 19: Colombia v JAPAN (Mordovia Arena, Saransk) – kick-off 13:00Sunday, June 24: POLAND v Colombia (Kazan Arena, Kazan) – kick-off 19:00Thursday, June 28: SENEGAL v Colombia (Samara Arena, Samara) – kick-off 15:00*You can listen to EVERY 2018 World Cup match live on the talkSPORT networkKITS diamond geezer A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers 4 Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup last_img read more

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