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Keaton Jennings will step back into

Keaton Jennings will step back into What he calls the “ruthless environment” of international cricket after being recalled to the England team for the second Test against Pakistan starting on Montae Nicholson Authentic Jersey Friday, at the expense of his close friend Mark Stoneman. England’s response to the nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s is a role reversal from last summer when Stoneman was parachuted in as an opener and Jennings made way, having struggled at home against South Africa after his 112 on debut against India the previous winter. Women's Montreal Canadiens #39 Charlie Lindgren Adidas Green Authentic Salute To Service NHL Jersey Jennings, 25, has since made the switch from Durham to Lancashire and started the summer brightly with his new side, registering two Division One centuries, against Somerset and Nottinghamshire, and then another against the latter in the One-Day Cup. “I was surprised to get the call but I’m really, really happy,” Jennings told the Guardian, shortly after news of his return was confirmed on Monday. “Test cricket is a ruthless environment, with extreme highs and lows. You do a lot of soul searching but to move to Lancashire, be made to feel welcome and have an impact has been special.“There have been technical things I have worked on, like better rhythm with my hands and transferring my weight, but one of the biggest things is confidence. Last summer was tough. Every fault was massively highlighted. But hopefully it will be a bit different this time.” Jennings is the first among the procession of Alastair Cook’s opening partners in recent times to get a second crack at the role without filling in for an injured player but, going on the performance of Pakistan’s bowlers in the first Test, he faces a stern examination of this renewed confidence and technique at Headingley. Mohammad Abbas, who claimed eight wickets at Lord’s for the man of the match award, will offer a similar challenge to that of Jennings’s nemesis, Vernon Philander, last year, bowling from tight on the stumps and Travis Shaw Youth jersey offering a bat’s width of movement by standing the seam up to attention.If Jennings was surprised at the recall, then so too, perhaps, was Trevor Bayliss. Just before the head coach sat down with Joe Root and the national selector, Ed Smith, after the Lord’s defeat, he went on record playing down the chance of a switch given the tight turnaround between Tests. Though he gave a nod to two openers “getting close” – Nick Gubbins of Middlesex the other – the message was that batsmen need to make their case beyond doubt, “not just averaging 40 and being the best of the rest”. Jennings has made 314 at 44.58 this season.But Stoneman may have needed removing from the firing line. He went to Lord’s bereft of form with Surrey and returned scores of four and nine. Though his second-innings dismissal came when the leg-spinner Shadab Khan got one to shoot through at shin height from out of the foot holes, there was little sense of permanence before. The 30-year-old showed courage under fire during the Ashes, not least when peppered in the first innings at Perth, but was vulnerable after averaging 27 from 11 Tests – with none of his five half-centuries going north of 60 – and struggling a touch in the field.Jennings, who previously played with Stoneman at Durham, said: “I am still close mates with Rock and I feel for him. I have been Haason Reddick Womens Jersey where he is right now and it’s a pretty low point. But regardless of what happens, we are human beings and will remain close friends.” England’s second visitors this summer, Australia, have suffered a setback to their already thin squad with Josh Hazlewood’s withdrawal from June’s five-match one-day series with a back problem before the team’s departure.The 27-year-old joins Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, his fellow Ashes‑winning seamers, on the injured list, while Steve Smith and David Warner are, of course, suspended for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in South Africa in March.

Finally 109 years after the Gazzetta

Finally 109 years after the Gazzetta Dello Sport decided to hold a bike race across Italy to boost sales, Britain has its first Giro d’Italia winner. And while this was Chris Froome’s sixth grand tour title, following four victories at the Tour de France and another at Terrell Brandon Authentic Jersey the Vuelta a España, this was surely the sweetest. Limited Brandon LaFell Youth Olive/USA Flag Nike Jersey - #11 NFL Cincinnati Bengals 2017 Salute to Service Not everyone felt Froome should be racing given his ongoing legal battle to clear his name after twice the permitted levels of salbutamol were found in his system at the Vuelta. He also crashed before the first stage and struggled for much of the opening fortnight. And even as late as Friday morning he was in fourth place, 3min 22sec behind. Yet somehow he found a way. Again. In claiming the maglia rosa, Froome also became the first cyclist in 35 years to hold all three grand tour titles – the Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro – at the same time, joining Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx, the Badger and the Cannibal, in a super-exclusive club.“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” Froome said. “I am sure it will over the next few days when I have time to reflect. It is a dream to have all three leaders’ jerseys in the space of 10 months. I am still pinching myself. I can’t believe I am here.” After a wild and thrillingly unpredictable three weeks of racing, the race on Sunday was more of a procession, the grunt and the grind having been applied in the Italian Alps. Having stretched his lead over his nearest rival, Tom Dumoulin, to 46sec on Saturday, Froome’s task was simple: to navigate Rome’s roads without incurring a serious injury. That was not quite as straightforward as he would have hoped given the cobbles and treacherous potholes along the 11.5km circuit. But after a pow-wow with Froome, Dumoulin and the race organisers it was agreed the stage was neutralised after three laps. That meant that all general classification positions would remain the same, regardless Ken Crawley Authentic Jersey of what happened thereafter, providing a rider finished the stage. Froome, understandably, was content to coast home as the Irishman Sam Bennett took the win in a thrilling bunch sprint ahead of Elia Viviani. Eventually Froome trundled over the line, 17 minutes back, having joyously wended his way past the monuments of ancient Rome. As he crossed the line he joined hands with his six team-mates, before being led to the podium to be dressed in pink. “It was great to be able to soak up the atmosphere in Rome and all the monuments and crowds,” he said. “I have always been a little bit afraid of coming here and really targeting it because of the demands of the Giro. It is just so different to any other race. So to be in this position, and to have won, I can’t quite believe it.” Even Froome did not think he had a chance going into the 19th stage on Friday. Only deep into an 80km breakaway, when he had established a three-minute lead to become virtual race leader, had his thoughts turned to the maglia rosa. “I felt it was game on,” he said. “It spurred me on.”It was, depending on your view, either one of the greatest solo rides in history or something less edifying. For some observers the sensation was not unlike being on a rollercoaster: thrilling and queasy at the same time.Froome, though, remains emphatic that he has done nothing wrong and when comparisons with Floyd Landis’s breakaway to Morzine in the 2006 Tour de France were brought up, he responded. “I can understand the parallels of comparisons DeAndre Jordan Authentic Jersey being drawn by some people. But my conscience is clear. I have every confidence it will stand.” cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china

Seems new dawns last longer in the Arctic

Seems new dawns last longer in the Arctic Winter than they do in English cricket. At Lord’s their latest broke at around 3.30pm, when Jos Buttler walked out to join Ben Stokes in the middle, then set again 40 minutes later when Stokes was dismissed leg-before and Buttler was caught at Kirk Gibson Jersey second slip. By 4.30pm, England were all out for 184. They had lost six wickets for 35 runs in 63 balls. Sudden and short as it all was, the mayhem lasted long enough to make one thing clear – whatever was wrong with the team’s batting in the winter, it hasn’t been fixed in the spring. Youth Wilson Ramos Replica Navy Blue Majestic Jersey: MLB Tampa Bay Rays #40 Alternate Cool Base It was the seventh time England had been dismissed for under 250 in the 14 innings they have played since they were last at Lord’s, when they beat the West Indies here in September. So much for home comforts. The green, green grass here wasn’t any easier or more forgiving than the hard surfaces of Brisbane and Perth, or any of the other spots where they were routed last winter. The conditions were tricky, the ground damp, the air thick and muggy, closed over with grey cloud, and Pakistan’s attack, four men with the knack of moving the ball this way and that, was well suited to it. Alastair Cook, at least, played well for his 70, all clanking straight-drives and neat clips and flicks off his legs. He looked like a batsman who had his game in order. His top-order team-mates, though, all fell to rash attacking strokes and sloppy prods, bad shots to good balls. Joe Root was caught flashing at Jersey a wide ball, Mark Stoneman’s defence was picked apart by a straight one, Dawid Malan was caught off the edge of a dangling bat and Jonny Bairstow bowled by a fine delivery that beat him on the outside. So in came Stokes. He asserted himself by collaring some clumpy drives, brute-force thwacks through cover and down the ground. The meaty crack of Stokes’s bat is so unmistakable that you would likely pick the shots as his even with your eyes shut. It’s crash-bang-wallop batting. There were five fours in his first 24 runs, and then a hearty heave-ho six off Pakistan’s young spinner Shadab Khan. Cook was out in the over after, beaten, brilliantly, by Mohammad Amir. The shock and disappointment the English fans felt at his dismissal was tempered by the fact that it bought Buttler to the crease for the first time in Test cricket since England were thrashed by India at Chennai in December 2016. When Stokes came back into the one-day squad in February, Buttler said there was a “back-to-school feel” about the squad. And you could feel that here, too. There was a flush of childish excitement when they came together, an expectant clamour in the stands. The promise of Buttler and Stokes batting together is enough to justify even Lord’s asking prices. They must be as potent and preternaturally talented a pair as England have ever fielded together at No 6 and No 7. It was only a fortnight ago that Buttler and Stokes were batting at the Wankhede Stadium, for the Rajasthan Royals against the Mumbai Indians. The two of them have come straight from the IPL to Test cricket. Between them they have hardly had a sight of a red ball in nine months. Stokes has played two first-class games since September, England’s two Tests in New Zealand, and Buttler hasn’t played any at all. He has spent the winter playing white ball cricket for England and an assortment of T20 sides, Rajasthan, the Sydney Thunder, the Comilla Victorians. It showed. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys

Since the 2018 Giro d’Italia route

Since the 2018 Giro d’Italia route Was announced last November, one day has loomed large: Tuesday 22 May, date of the 34.2km time trial from Trento to Rovereto. With the race delicately poised after a series of mountain-top battles between Lancashire’s Simon Yates and last year’s winner Tom Dumoulin, those expectations look set to be fully justified. Women's John Havlicek Swingman Gray Nike Jersey: NBA Boston Celtics #17 City Edition There is an exquisite irony in the focus on a single time trial during a Giro packed with legendary and fearsome ascents: Etna, Gran Sasso, Monte Zoncolan, the Colle delle Finestre and Monte Jafferau. But this time trial always suggested a scenario for the 2018 race which has a simplicity about it which is both brutal and beautiful: Dumoulin will gain time here in spades, so it is up to his rivals to gain it elsewhere. So it has proved, with Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team making no bones about their mission to chip away at Dumoulin day by day, helped by the fact that the race organisers Patrick Peterson Youth jersey offer time bonuses of 10 seconds per stage win. Overall victory in Rome on Saturday could be decided by those bonuses, meaning in theory that Dumoulin could cover the 3,000km route in a faster overall time than Yates, yet still lose. Until Sunday’s stage to the Sappada ski resort, it looked as if Dumoulin might keep Yates on a sufficiently short leash for him to be confident that he could relieve the Briton of the pink leader’s jersey on Tuesday, with a margin to defend in the final days.The Mitchelton leader makes no bones of his relatively poor time trialling; in 2017, for example, the loss of 40 seconds in 18km to the Australian Richie Porte cost him overall victory in the Tour de Romandie. Yates’s stage win at Sappada changed the equation, however, as it enabled him to extend his lead to 2min 11sec. For one thing, that is a tougher target for Dumoulin. For another, the ease with which Yates sprang away from the Dutchman suggests that over the repeated mountain climbs that close Friday and Saturday’s stages, he will have ample opportunity to either regain the jersey if it is lost, or to reinforce whatever margin he might retain on Tuesday night. Dumoulin appears to accept this. “He’s in such great shape maybe he can also do a really, really good time trial,” he said when asked on Sunday about Yates’s chances. “We just have to see. I will give everything on Tuesday and then I will see. But even if I have an excellent time trial and he doesn’t, and even if I take the lead, he’s just riding away from us whenever he wants [in the mountains] so it’s going to be very difficult. I’ll probably not win this Giro d’Italia, but I hope I can keep fighting until Rome and we’ll see what it gives.” Elsewhere in the overall picture, Chris Froome can expect to reverse his losses of Sunday and move back towards a podium position, James Hurst Youth jersey but the climbing form Domenico Pozzovivo and Thibaut Pinot have shown suggests that they rather than the Team Sky leader will be pushing for third place, assuming that Dumoulin and Yates carry their battle for the overall title all the way to Rome. For Tuesday, however, the focus is on a classic battle: an explosive climber in Yates versus the thoroughbred time triallist Dumoulin. The two riders’ relative strengths are easy to measure given the 2017 Giro winner’s time-trial pedigree, and the fact the course favours his powerful style, but what is impossible to gauge is the extent to which the two men will have recovered from their efforts over the weekend, as Yates implied when he said: “I’m also very tired so maybe I won’t be as best as I can be. I’m not very good anyway.” cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china

Arsenal have moved to appoint Unai

Arsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery as the successor to Arsène Wenger. The club have conducted a thorough recruitment process as they look to replace Wenger – their manager of almost 22 years – who departed at the end Nat Moore Authentic Jersey of the season and Mikel Arteta had been considered as the favourite for the past week or so.However, the signs on Monday were that Emery, the former Paris St-Germain and Sevilla manager, was set to be chosen. The club have spoken to him and a decision is expected to be confirmed later in the week. Nike NFL Derwin James White Jersey Women's Elite: #33 Los Angeles Chargers Road Vapor Untouchable Emery is a safer bet in terms of his experience and, in the end, it is this factor that has swayed the decision of Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, who has led the recruitment drive. Arteta, the former Arsenal player, who is now a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, has not yet managed a club whereas Emery has been in the business since 2005, when he cut his teeth at Lorca Deportiva in his native Spain. The 46-year-old has gone on to take charge at Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and, most recently, PSG – clubs of mounting profile – and he has impressed Gazidis, even though he is not fluent in English. Emery is happy to work within the management structure that Gazidis has put in place at the Emirates Stadium – in which there are prominent recruitment roles for Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat. He enjoyed eye-catching success at Sevilla, where he won three consecutive Europa Leagues, and he won the championship at PSG in this past season, although his relative failure in the Champions League, in the shape of a last-16 exit against Real Madrid, cost him his job. He has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel – the one-time Arsenal target. Arteta had a meeting with the Arsenal hierarchy last week and he was confident that he would get the job. Guardiola had said he would not stand in Arteta’s way and talks had progressed to the point where the potential make-up of his backroom staff had been discussed.Arteta ticked plenty of boxes for Gazidis, who was looking Orlando Cepeda Authentic Jersey for somebody to represent the club’s values, including giving youth a chance, and play fast and attractive football. Gazidis had made it clear he was not afraid to make a left-field appointment, noting on the day Wenger’s departure was confirmed that the Frenchman had not been “on many people’s radar screens” in 1996.But Emery, too, ticked the boxes and, crucially, he came to look like less of a gamble. It is understood that Arteta was told his lack of experience came to count against him. Gazidis is not a man synonymous with risk-taking. After careful consideration, analysing each argument from every conceivable angle, he has come to see Emery as the outstanding selection. The new manager is expected to have around £50m, plus money generated from sales, to spend on reshaping the squad, which is broadly in line with what Wenger was granted, annually, in recent seasons. It is not a lavish budget and it is clear that the new man’s coaching skills will have to be up to scratch from the outset.Santi Cazorla, the Arsenal midfielder, had been linked with a possible player-coach role under Arteta but he has Sergio Romo Authentic Jersey now left the club upon the expiry of his contract. He has not played since he injured his achilles in October 2016, although he remains determined to carry on as a player. cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

A year after Alexander Zverev

A year after Alexander Zverev Announced his arrival in the big time by crushing Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open, the young German held his own but not his crown as Rafael Nadal outlasted him to win his eighth title on the Campo Centrale, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes with two rain breaks.When it was put to him that the rain was not his friend Zverev smiled and nodded. “No, it’s not. But it happens. Nothing you can do about it. He came out way faster, played way more aggressive than I did. It took me a long time to get activated again. I ran out of time. The break took my momentum away.” Premier Reebok Men's Brandon Bollig White Away Jersey - NHL #25 Calgary Flames Asked how he might convert his good run of three-setters to the much different challenge of a slam, he said: “I will try to play the same way over a longer period of time. But I don’t even want to think about tennis the next few days, then to Paris, where Rafa will be the favourite, no doubt about it.”Nadal was asked why Zverev has yet to convert his three-set form into success in the slams [he has not got past the fourth round and twice has blown 2-1 leads] and he bridled a little. “Tennis is tennis – best of three, best of five. Five sets is best for the best players and Sacha is Chris Paul Authentic Jersey one of the best players.” Youth Paul George Swingman Green Jersey: Nike NBA #13 Indiana Pacers Salute to Service Ten years separate them in age, there is a gap of $90m in career earnings and the Spaniard now has 70 more titles than the 21-year-old world No 3. But Zverev is here to stay. He is growing in power and confidence and, seeded second in Roger Federer’s absence, he will be a threat at the French Open, which starts on Sunday and where Nadal will reach for his 11th Coupe de Mousquetaires. They cannot meet until the final. On Sunday, a chasm that had looked unbridgeable shrank noticeably. Zverev has yet to beat Nadal in five attempts but he is getting closer. That was the fourth time in the six sets they had played on clay when Nadal had restricted Zverev to a single game in one frame – and the first time the German had returned the favour.The demands of winning seven best-of-five matches in a row is still a huge ask for Zverev – as it will be for Dominic Thiem, who stopped Nadal’s run of 50 clay sets in a row in Madrid 9 days ago, before losing in the final to Zverev. The rival most likely to stop Nadal at Roland Garros could still be the man he has played 51 times over 12 years, and whom he beat for the 25th time in the semi-final on Saturday. Djokovic provided an exhausting test of Nadal’s game from start to finish; this was a stop-start skirmish, because of the elements and the efforts of the combatants.The sharpness the German showed in pushing Kyle Edmund deep and wide in their close third-round battle was not Boyd Gordon Authentic Jersey quite there in the early exchanges. He Chris Scott Authentic Jersey had to take risks he could get away with against lesser players. From there, errors crept into his game. He had been 40-love up in the sixth game when a lazy forehand handed Nadal another break opportunity and he cashed, in when a return popped up off the net, to go 5-1 up after half an hour. He served out the set, untroubled.The match was then turned on its head. Zverev put his heart and soul into a fightback and he finally got a look on Nadal’s serve in the second game and forced Nadal wide enough to overstretch on his forehand for the break. The fourth game was pivotal – in the match and possibly in Zverev’s season. He got overexcited when he dumped a forehand when trying to pass Nadal at the net for a 4-0 lead, then lobbed long. He outfoxed him in an exchange of drop shots to grab another break point – this time sealing it with a devastating backhand down the line. His fist-pump to his box screamed defiance and resolve. cheap jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap jerseys

Mo Farah has insisted he had frequent

Mo Farah has insisted he had frequent Blood and urine tests during high‑altitude camps in Kenya and Ethiopia – and has never seen any of the shady practices exposed by Asbel Kiprop after his positive EPO test. Women's Greg Bird Authentic White Majestic Jersey: MLB New York Yankees #33 Cool Base Fashion Kiprop, an Olympic gold medallist and three-times world champion at 1500m, said this month that he had been tipped off in advance before a drug test and had paid money to doping control officers. Those claims, along with his positive test, sent shockwaves through the sport – and raised serious questions about whether athletes in east Africa were being properly tested, with the independent Athletics Integrity Unit confirming that the tip-off took place. However Farah, who trained in Kenya up to 2014 and has subsequently done much of his winter preparations in Ethiopia, said he has been rigorously tested in both countries.“When I was in Ethiopia training for the London marathon I was pretty much tested on average every two weeks, and maybe even more than that,” he said. “And when I was in Kenya I was tested a similar amount, although I haven’t been since 2014.” When he was asked whether that included both blood and urine, Farah replied: “Yes, and the same in Ethiopia.” Farah also denied ever being asked for money by doping control officers. “No,” he replied firmly. “And for me there are a few things wrong with the Kiprop situation. First, the drug testers are not there to give you warning – they are there to surprise you and to catch you, otherwise what’s the point in testing? Second, why is anyone coming for money? That’s breaking the rules. Third, he failed a test.” But Farah, who set a British 1500m record of 3:28:85 when finishing behind Kiprop in Monaco in 2013, admitted the latest big-name positive was desperately bad news for athletics. “Yes it is, but Zach Cunningham Womens Jersey that’s our own fault. In this sport, because it has some negative things about it, people do ask questions of someone who has run certain times. The first thing you do is think: ‘Oh, Dexter Fowler Womens Jersey God, has it become normal now?’ But at the same time we have to keep fighting. I just Jose Canseco Womens Jersey look back and you just hope he wasn’t on it when he beat me, but obviously you question it.” Some have also questioned Farah in the past, given his former coach Alberto Salazar remains under investigation by US Anti-Doping, and his association with Jama Aden, who has been investigated by the Spanish police, but Farah has always insisted that he has done things the right way. He urged the IAAF to step up its anti‑doping work for the good of the sport. “It is a fact that other African countries are not doing what we do,” he said. “And if we don’t deal with it now, how is it going to be for the next generation?” Lily Partridge, the first female British athlete home in last month’s London marathon, has also urged the IAAF to consider banning Kenya because of the high number of positive tests in the country in recent years.Partridge, who finished eighth in London, warned: “We can’t lump all Kenyan athletes in the same bracket but we have to acknowledge that they aren’t under the same protocol as we are. And for a country to be so dominant, and consistently dominant, you do have to say that if they don’t have that anti-doping system in place it is open to abuse.” Partridge said that she would favour a system similar to the one Russian athletes have to go through – where individual athletes have to be approved by the IAAF. “Until they have a system in place it is very difficult to believe or get excited about performances that come out of those countries,” she said. “I don’t want people excluded, but if that is the only way we are going to sort it out then they have to be.”

Arsène Wenger is finishing his breakfast

Arsène Wenger is finishing his breakfast Dressed in slacks and an open-neck dark blue shirt, the man we must now refer to as the former Arsenal manager has Nick Martin Authentic Jersey treated himself to a mini pain aux raisins and, having finished his tea (no milk, no sugar), moved on to an espresso. In a sign that he is, perhaps, starting to let himself go just a tiny little bit, he continues spreading raspberry jam on a slice of bread (no butter) as we prepare to look back over his 22 years running one of the world’s top clubs. Nike NFL Jatavis Brown Electric Blue Jersey Youth Limited: #57 Los Angeles Chargers Alternate Vapor Untouchable Typically from a man who has always been more interested in tomorrow than yesterday, Wenger begins Kirk Cousins Authentic Jersey with thoughts on his future. As we sit together for his first major interview since leaving Arsenal, the Huddersfield game – the last of his 1,235 matches in charge of the Gunners – is fresh in his mind.“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he says. “I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock. I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide. The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work. Women's Carlos Rodon Replica Grey Majestic Jersey: MLB Chicago White Sox #55 Road Cool Base “But do I want to continue to suffer as much? I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure. Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”Wenger has Columbus Blue Jackets Authentic Jersey not stopped working for 34 years. In a time when managers are taking sabbaticals and the average span for a Premier League manager stands at less than two seasons, he has had no time off since he became the Nancy manger in 1984. With that in mind and no need, financially, to work another day, isn’t it time to put his feet up? I have friends who can go and lay on a beach all day long and I envy them. I just can’t do that. I get bored. “I have friends who can go and lay on a beach all day long for the whole of their holidays and I envy them,” he says with a grin. “I just can’t do that. I get bored. I need to be doing something. I need a challenge. I have lived and breathed football all these years and it’s a passion – I can’t imagine doing anything else. That’s why in a way this is an exciting moment for me, too. I have a new page, a blank page in front of me. As all good writers know, that can be a time of anguish but I hope I won’t have too much of that. It’s also a chance to write new chapters.” Talking football with Wenger is like having a living encyclopedia on hand. He has attended every major international tournament for as far back as he can remember and he will be at the World Cup as a pundit for beIN Sports, working for the Middle East and French channels when he is not flitting from game to game with his old friend David Dein. I have had the good fortune to accompany him on some of those travels and to work alongside him on some of those shows. Wenger is a dream for a TV host because he has a remarkable memory for games and players, an opinion on everything and often thinks differently to those around him. He is also much funnier than he might let on. During Euro 2016, for example, when he was working alongside big personalities such as Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly, Luis Fernández and Christian Vieri, each time I went into the green room to check on them it was invariably Wenger spinning the yarns and telling the jokes. When we finished the show each day with a football quiz, Wenger was just as competitive and playful as the other pundits, even joining celebrations with the studio audience and leading Mexican waves. In recent days the waves have been to say goodbye, and farewell. The outpourings of warmth at Arsenal but also at Old Trafford and Huddersfield moved the 68-year-old.

Furious Karolina Pliskova attacks tennis

Furious Karolina Pliskova attacks tennis A week ago, the only question in tennis that mattered was: can anyone beat Rafael Nadal on clay this summer? He was rampant as of old, fit and fired again with ambition to crush all-comers on his favourite surface.Nadal won again in Rome on Thursday – easily – and then the communal gaze switched to Alex Zverev. On Sunday he beat Dominic Thiem, who had beaten Nadal in the Madrid Authentic Dominik Masin Jersey quarter-finals two days earlier. Youth Anton Stralman Authentic Purple Adidas Jersey: NHL Tampa Bay Lightning #6 Fights Cancer Practice Nobody could have predicted the struggle he would have in extending his run of victories to 11 as Britain’s No 1, Kyle Edmund, took him down to the wire in the third round of the Italian Open.They traded blows of breathtaking power, Edmund saving seven match points before Zverev eked out the most dramatic of wins, 7-5, 7-6 (11). He now has every chance of still Authentic Duke Riley Jersey being there on Sunday, probably against Nadal, to defend the title he won a year ago.If Nadal reaches the final here, Edmund will automatically be seeded in the top 16 at the French Open, which starts on Sunday week. “I’ve not been a seed in any of the grand slams but I guess it avoids playing a top guy like Rafa or Novak [Djokovic],” he said. “And it’s good to see I’m going up the rankings.” Sunday’s final in Rome could be one to savour and Nadal, if he makes it, should have more in the tank than Zverev after dismissing Denis Shapovalov, 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 22 minutes.But they are not the only actors in this play. Fabio Fognini, finally made the quarter-finals of his home tournament after beating the unseeded German, Peter Gojowczyk, 6-4, 6-4. His prize is … Nadal in the first match on Friday.Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.The most thrills yesterday arrived when Zverev and Edmund brought their contrasting personalities together on the tournament’s glorious second court. Broken in the opening game, Edmund was back in business after several robust exchanges half an hour later, only to drop serve a second time. Zverev, whose serve frightens ballkids and dozing spectators, was banging them down at 128mph (207kph), 13mph faster than Edmund.Zverev, the world No 3, sealed the first set with a swinging ace down the T, his second, after 42 minutes. Edmund had to save three break points in the third game of the second set, but overcooked a crosscourt forehand. Zverev, getting ahead of himself, hit rashly on key points, then somehow rescued his serve for 3-1. Edmund would not lie down and, when his cause looked lost under a fusillade of booming serves, he doggedly got back to four-all.Two double-faults in the ninth game nearly scuppered his fightback but it was Zverev’s racket that was shaking more obviously and, after losing three games in a row, he found himself serving to stay in the set, Southgate has not put a message on Twitter since April 2015 and seems perfectly happy to have made the break. “I can’t ban them [the players] from looking at it because who knows what they’re doing when they go to their room? But I would make the suggestion: ‘Is it a good idea to read all that [abuse]?’ If you can rationalise it, accept it and put it in its own place, then fine. But I don’t know too many people who can. Even if there are 50 good replies, you can’t help but think about the one bugger who gives you advice you don’t want to hear.” Nobody pointed out there was more just one dissenter after Southgate had named his squad earlier in the week. Yet the England manager did not show a flicker of self-doubt when it came to explaining his choices and, though he was tactful not to say anything that could be construed as overly critical, there were various clues when it came to the players who had been left out. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys

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Women can sometimes take things The optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rarely been heard over the last two years as they lurched from one duty-of-care crisis to another. Men's Reebok Mike Ribeiro Authentic Gold Home NHL Jersey: Nashville Predators #63 2017 Stanley Cup Final Barely a corner of the system has been left untouched by allegations of bullying, discrimination and favouritism – from cycling to gymnastics, canoeing and bobsleigh, to mention just a few. Now Chelsea Warr, the performance director of UK Sport, has claimed this survey of more than 2,000 elite athletes and staff across the Olympic spectrum is proof that those problems are not endemic in the system.Some results do reflect Josh Jackson Womens Jersey favourably on the funding body, with more than 90% of the 682 athletes who responded to a 45-question survey reporting they felt proud to be part of the “world class programme”. Similar numbers said they felt individuals operating within their sport have the best intentions. But this does not tell the whole story. The partially celebratory vibe could not obscure the more grim findings, notably that 30% – almost one in three athletes – had experienced or witnessed unacceptable behaviour.James Bell, a psychologist at UK Sport, said what was deemed unacceptable varied vastly between athletes, noting that one respondent had complained they were not allowed to train because they showed up with the wrong kit.Perhaps even more stark was that 31% feared reprisals, whether this be missing out on selection or being punished in another way, should they give negative feedback. The athlete welfare crisis in Olympic sport was ignited by the sprint cyclist Jess Varnish in the run-up to the Rio Olympics in 2016. She alleged the former British Cycling performance director Shane Sutton told her that her bum was “too big” to cycle certain roles on the team and after dropping her from the squad that she should “get on with having a baby”. The Guardian has since revealed a host of issues infecting other sports with allegations of racism in British Bobsleigh and abuse in British Gymnastics and British Canoeing. The staff and athletes who have blown the whistle often have one thing in common and that is that they have recently left the system. Liz Nicholl, the UK Sport chair, conceded the apparent fear culture within some sections of the system still existed, preventing some active athletes from speaking out.“That is a concern,” she said. “It is a significant number fearing the consequences. That’s something we’ll follow up with the sports. Pierre Turgeon Authentic Jersey It’s about having an open relationship based on mutual respect.” UK Sport, which will invest up to £345m of exchequer and lottery money in Olympic and Paralympic sport from 2017-2021, has also pledged an extra £1m to the British Athletes Commission. The body is run independently and represents athletes but has been massively under-resourced, struggling to cope with a growing number of athletes with grievances.The results of the survey, which athletes were allowed 12 weeks to respond to, did not suggest any marked difference in the contentedness of female athletes compared with their male counterparts. But anecdotally, coaches say they have modified their style to work with women’s teams. Danny Kerry, who led the women’s hockey team to Olympic gold in Rio, said in a previous review he had been criticised for being overly “It’s not very PC to say this but in my experience there are differences between working with large Keanu Neal Womens Jersey groups of elite male and elite female athletes,” he said. “Women can sometimes take things to heart. Men can be like that too but generally they have the ability to depersonalise it.