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British Cycling allows resignation Jersey of doctor at centre of Jiffy bag scandal The doctor at the centre of the Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins Jiffy bag scandal has resigned from his position at British Cycling with the chief executive, Julie Harrington, admitting she was concerned his failings could come back to haunt the organisation in the future. Marcus Williams Men's Limited Black Jersey: Nike NFL New Orleans Saints 2016 Salute to Service #43 Doctor Richard Freeman, who worked for both Team Sky and British Cycling between 2009 and 2015, has walked away from his position without a pay-off. He is understood to be unwell and did not feel able to face disciplinary action from British Cycling for his failure to keep proper medical records. Men's Pittsburgh Penguins #19 Bryan Trottier Reebok Black/Gold Third Premier NHL Jersey Freeman has not spoken publicly since UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) launched an investigation more than a year ago into the contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. In a written statement to a parliamentary hearing, Freeman insisted the package contained only the decongestant Fluimucil but Ukad has still not Kyle Rudolph Authentic Jersey been able to verify that claim because of the lack of medical records. It is understood he was due to speak to Ukad as part of its continuing investigation two weeks ago but was not well enough to do so. British Cycling, which parted company with Freeman on 2 October, insisted it would continue to co-operate with the Ukad investigation. Freeman’s resignation removes an uncomfortable link with it and the doping suspicions swirling round Team Sky. Harrington, who took over from Ian Drake as chief executive of British Cycling in May, said she would have preferred to bring the matter to a more solid conclusion. “We were investigating him on employment matters and Ukad were investigating him on doping matters,” she said. “After some months we were ready to continue with disciplinary action. Dr Freeman really wasn’t well enough to commence that and so we’ve allowed him to resign. “We continue to support Ukad and when Dr Freeman is better I would hope he would continue to support Ukad with any ongoing investigation. It is an area that for the sake of our current riders, membership and reputation of our sport, that I would have hoped to have brought to a tidier end, but we also have a duty of care to him as an employee.” In 2011, medicine for both Team Sky and the GB cycling team was stored at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Team Sky have struggled to properly explain why large quantities of triamcinolone, the controversial drug taken by Wiggins before his 2012 Tour de France victory, was ordered, nor account for a delivery of testosterone patches. The former clinical director Dr Steve Peters has said the patches were delivered in error by a medical supplier. Riders have privately described Freeman’s former medical room inside the cycling centre as “chaotic”, with piles of papers stacked up and no obvious filing system. Freeman admitted he relied on his own note-keeping, finding Dropbox – a file-sharing system used by other Team Sky doctors – “difficult to use”. But he claimed the laptop on which he kept his notes was later stolen while he was on holiday in Greece. Harrington, who was previously group operations director at the Football Association, said she worried that any British rider suspected of doping in future could have their reputation tarnished by Freeman’s failure to keep proper records. “Am I happy records were being kept as good Kyle Rudolph Youth jersey as they could be in order to protect the reputations of our riders, as well as proving no wrongdoing? No I’m not,” she said. “Do I worry something could come up from the past? As chief exec of cycling’s national governing body, of course I do. “I want our employees to sit around their respective dinner tables in the evening proud of where they work and not have anything hanging over them. What is within my sphere of influence is making sure we’re not just fit for purpose but setting a benchmark for what medical governance should look like. “In February Jonathan Browning took over as chairman and had already commissioned a report on our medical governance. Change starts at the top so you’ve got to have Kyle Rudolph Youth jersey the right leadership but you’ve also got to have the right processes and systems in place to ensure there’s no oversight, and an evidence trail so if something goes wrong you can find out where it’s failing. You’ve got to have the ability to defend your clean riders.”

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Shadow sports minister jersey adds to pressure on ‘incapable’ FA over Eni Aluko affair Amid growing calls for urgent reform of the FA in the wake of the Eni Aluko affair, Labour has declared it has “lost confidence” in the leadership of English football’s governing body and called for decisive action. Men's Chris Mullin Swingman Royal Blue Adidas Jersey: NBA Golden State Warriors #17 Road The criticism came as FA board members prepared to conduct an emergency conference-call on Thursday to discuss the futures of the under-fire triumvirate Greg Clarke, Martin Glenn and Dan Ashworth. Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, the shadow sport minister, joined Kick it Out, Gary Lineker and the sport minister Tracey Crouch in demanding the FA heeds the lessons from a furore that finally ended with the 102-cap England player Aluko being vindicated in parliament on Wednesday. “It is clear the leadership of the Football Association is incapable of dealing with allegations of bullying and racism,” Allin-Khan told the Guardian. “After hearing the evidence and the lack of accountability shown, I have lost confidence in the FA’s leadership team. The senior leadership team at the FA need to have a long, hard look at themselves and the board need to act quickly and decisively to take the FA in a new direction.” Crouch said: “I hope the FA learns lessons from this whole sorry saga to ensure that all in the sport and the wider public have faith in their processes and procedures. We have been clear that we expect world-leading standards of governance from all our national sports’ governing bodies.” The FA did respond by confirming it would investigate the England Women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall following, it said, “new evidence that came to light on Wednesday alleging unacceptable behaviour towards Eniola Aluko during an England camp”. Kendall was accused of regularly speaking to Aluko in a fake Caribbean accent during the evidence presented before the digital, culture, sport and media committee. The Guardian understands Kendall may even be sent home before Friday’s game against France in Valenciennes. Lord Herman Ouseley, the chairman of Kick it Out, echoed Allin-Khan’s remarks. “The FA’s board should be considering as a matter of urgency the implication of Eni Aluko’s case,” he said. “They should ask who is responsible for the fiasco, who is culpable and whether they should be disciplined. The bottom line is they should be building trust and confidence that the FA can be a governing body for all of football, that people of whatever background can bring forward a criticism or a grievance and do so without threat of victimisation or being penalised.” Ouseley stopped short of calling for the removal of the FA chief executive, Glenn, or the chairman, Clarke, both of whom are believed to retain the support of the FA board despite their humiliation in parliament. Ouseley’s sentiment was shared by Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe. “I don’t think multiple changes of leadership have a good effect,” Powar said. “We’ve had three or four chairmen in the past decade and they have all faced the same problems; the power struggle within football, bringing about good governance and transparency and keeping up with the expectation of a sport that attracts the attention of everyone in England. “The FA appears to be governed by a culture of spin, with an answer to everything but no solutions. There is a need for a change of culture but, I would add, also in change of perspective. Clearly they need a Chief Diversity Officer who can drive forward change in all areas of diversity.” On Twitter, Gary Lineker observed: “Instead of trying to silence Eni Aluko, the FA should give this impressive young woman a voice to change things from within the institution.” Sigurdsson came close again moments later, his free kick hitting the inside of Stephen Curry Womens Jersey a post, but Lyon were quick to extinguish any hopes of an Everton revival. Maxwel Cornet turned back a ball across goal from the right-hand byline, and the slightest flick from Stephen Curry Womens Jersey Traoré in the middle was enough to secure all three points. Dominic Calvert‑Lewin brought a fine late save from Lopes, but even with five minutes of stoppage time there was no way back for Everton, in fact it was Lyon at the other end who made and missed enough chances to win the game twice over.

Bayern Munich JERSEY Celtic: Champions League

Bayern Munich v Celtic: Champions League – as it happened Celtic are becoming ominously accustomed to Champions League mis-matches. The margin of defeat here may not have been as harrowing as delivered by Buffalo Sabres Jersey Barcelona and Paris Saint‑Germain in the past 13 months but the tale of a gulf in class was familiar. Bayern – this recently rejuvenated Bayern – further demonstrated the chasm between Europe’s elite and the rest; and with consummate ease. Men's Adidas Minnesota Timberwolves #22 Andrew Wiggins Authentic White Home NBA Jersey Nonetheless, it would be remiss to ignore the failure of Celtic to do themselves justice. Whereas Brendan Rodgers had spoken before the game in wholly positive terms, his sentiment was undermined by failings in every area of the field. Celtic played as if intimidated by reputation, losing dreadful goals. “There is no denying we are playing against a top-class side and we felt we could have done better with the goals we conceded and with some of our build‑up play,” Rodgers said. “You have to be a realist as well and respect who we are playing against. Of course we want to be competitive at this level but you also have to measure the level of quality you are playing against.” To his credit, and accurately, the former Liverpool manager disputed any sense an alternative approach could have gained reward. “It’s not about being pragmatic at the goals we conceded. We didn’t defend our box well enough when crosses came in. We can do better with those. But listen, I would rather lose a game playing how we want to play and how we want to work rather than sitting in and defending for 90 minutes and still losing, if that’s the case.” The return of Jupp Heynckes to Bayern had increased the scale of Celtic’s task even before personnel problems became apparent. Jozo Simunovic, a defender whose career in Glasgow has been blighted by injury setbacks, missed the trip to Bavaria because of a hamstring problem. Rodgers had not prioritised that area of his team during the summer transfer window, meaning the deployment of a makeshift back line against one of European football’s most menacing attacks. The problems linked to that were apparent within seven minutes. The hosts had already had a goal dubiously ruled out – the ball having been adjudged to have crossed the byline before a Robert Lewandowski cut-back – by the time they were denied a blatant penalty. Mikael Lustig, playing in an unfamiliar centre‑back position, clearly pulled the shirt of the marauding Lewandowski. The opening goal was not long in arriving though. Lewandowski was left in splendid isolation to meet a Joshua Kimmich cross. Gordon saved expertly from the Poland striker, but Thomas Müller was on hand to dispatch the rebound. Rodgers, not Buffalo Sabres Jersey for the first or last time, looked skyward in disbelief. While Bayern’s talent must be recognised, the dishevelled nature of Celtic’s first-half performance should be acknowledged. Strangely, for a side so dominant domestically, the Scottish champions played without confidence. There was also generosity. Number two arrived from Kimmich, who was completely unmarked as he headed a Kingsley Coman cross past the stranded Gordon. Coman’s level of success against the hapless Cristian Gamboa was a recurring feature of the opening period. Mats Hummels was afforded a rare goal celebration in extending Bayern’s advantage to three. Arjen Robben, playing and excelling in his 100th Champions League match, was the creator with a corner after Celtic landed themselves in a terrible defensive mess. Hummels ran off Scott Brown before delivering a glancing header beyond Gordon.Robben was denied a deserved goal to mark his landmark appearance by a goalline Gamboa block. Celtic rallied during the closing stages, if insufficiently so to earn consolation.

This was a regulation JERSEY Manchester United victory

Benfica v Manchester United: Champions League –as it happened This was a regulation Manchester United victory pulled straight out of the José Mourinho playbook. His side were uneven yet in Marcus Rashford had a player of elevated class who dragged United to three consecutive victories in Group A with a second‑half winner. Elite Men's Pat O'Donnell White Road Jersey: NFL Nike Chicago Bears #16 Mourinho endured criticism after the goalless draw at Liverpool on Saturday, yet their nine points in this competition have come at the cost of only one goal. “Sometimes I feel being good defensively is a crime, but that is a way of getting results,” he said. “We are one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group with two games at home to play. A good game, solid.” Asked if he felt United were unfairly maligned for their defensive solidity, Mourinho said: “With other managers with other players, I’m pretty sure that yes [they get an easier ride than me]. But that’s not the problem for us and there is another situation maybe I’m guilty of, I never speak about injuries. Other managers cry and cry and cry I don’t cry.” Rashford limped off on 76 minutes though Mourinho is hopeful his knee injury is only minor. The manager has Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out with their respective injuries, while a concern will be that Eric Bailly, who was unable to play on Wednesday because of injury, is likely to miss the trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are still to feature since recovering from their fitness problems. Of managing the injury toll, Mourinho said: “The way to do it is ignore the players who are injured, give confidence to the players are available, I can cry for the next five Jaroslav Halak Womens Jersey minutes. Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Fellaini, Marcos Rojo: I can cry but I don’t so we do it with what we have. We went to Liverpool with two midfield players and nothing else. We brought the kid today like Benfica does, I have no other solution, I brought [teenager] Scott McTominay, who is the same age as the Benfica kids. But the Premier League is Jaroslav Halak Womens Jersey a different story. Twelve matches, 10 victories, two draws, nine clean sheets. We are not bad.” Mourinho was referencing Mile Svilar, who became the youngest goalkeeper to start in the Champions League, but was caught out of position by Rashford from a 65th-minute free-kick on the left. The United striker promptly hit the ball over Svilar and though the 18-year-old keeper backtracked he failed to keep it from crossing the line to gift the visitors victory. There was better news as Phil Jones, who suffered a problem while on England duty and so was an unused replacement, should be fit for Huddersfield. “Phil Jones to be on the bench – he was feeling that Jaroslav Halak Womens Jersey in case of real need he would help us, so if he was in that stage today, on Saturday he will be in conditions to play,” Mourinho said. “Bailly I don’t think so. Rashford I thought it was cramps because he was running so much, it was about muscular fatigue, but he felt something in his knee but to me it doesn’t look a big thing.” “It’s not a match where I have one more white hair, because everything was calm, in control,” said Mourinho. “We felt since the beginning that we couldn’t lose the match, that a point would be a positive result for us. They went from top to bottom – we went the opposite way during the match. They lost intensity, they lost pressure, they lost control, and we were totally in control from minute 20 until the end of the game. It was not magic, but it was a solid performance. We have nine points and are almost there [to the knockout round]. On a night when a toothless Benfica could not even muster one shot on target having been thrashed 5-0 by Basel in their last match, United also struggled to create opportunities but victory in the return match at Old Trafford would assure their passage to the last-16 for the first time since 2014 with two games to spare.,3173

Trump v the NFL: the latest battle in a long war over sports

Trump v the NFL: the latest battle in a long war over sports More than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets related to the Take the Knee protest, it feels long overdue to devote space to the ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. Still, I vaguely heard we were listening to women for a minute, and wondered if a black woman could catch a little of Joe Schobert Youth jersey that entitlement to be heard. The traditional answer to that has been “No, I’m afraid she can’t” – which accounts for the nagging sense among many women of colour that sisterliness only stretches so far. Its borders are currently feared to mirror precisely those of Hollywood, California. Men's Nike Tennessee Titans #96 Sylvester Williams Light Blue Team Color Vapor Untouchable Limited Player NFL Jersey Even so, let us journey into the great wilderness beyond. Let us go where the vice-president of the United States can spend up to $250,000 of taxpayer money attending a game just so he could walk out of it when players knelt; where two owners in an 80% or so black NFL can decree that any athlete who silently kneels during the national anthem will be benched; but where a woman whose job is in part to talk about sports and social issues is suspended for doing that. NFL Nike Women's Andy Dalton White Road Limited Jersey - #14 Cincinnati Bengals Vapor Untouchable By way of background: along with her longtime collaborator Michael Smith, Hill hosts the 6pm edition of SportsCenter, in a pairing ESPN heralded at launch as “the first African-American duo to host SportsCenter on a regular basis”. Last month, Hill was disciplined for tweets suggesting Donald Trump was a white supremacist. The White House spokeswoman called for her to be fired. Last week, Hill was judged to warrant suspension for a short series of tweets in which she attempted to point out that there were other ways to show displeasure with the two NFL owners threatening to bench players for kneeling than expecting the athletes to do it for them. “Just so we’re clear,” ran one of these. “I’m not advocating an NFL boycott. But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.” She pointed out that “change happens when advertisers are impacted”, advising those calling players “sellouts” might want to devote some of their attention in that direction. So, pretty standard stuff that people could mostly have worked out for themselves anyway. It’s not like she just slipped her Twitter followers the nuclear codes. Yet ESPN released a statement saying Hill was being taken off air for two weeks. Trump himself reacted to the news of her suspension with typical gossamer-touched statesmanship, tweeting: “With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have ‘tanked’, in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!” And with that, he returned to Joe Schobert Youth jersey touting an author’s book entitled The Art of the Donald: Lessons from America’s Philosopher-in-chief. “Really good book!” Hill, on the other hand, faces a difficult future when she returns from the naughty step next week. The actual president of the actual United States has twice made it perfectly quite clear he’d like her never to work in this town again. That alone should make any self-respecting network go the extra mile to bolster its employee in pointed defence of its independence – which is why every instinct suggests ESPN will bottle it. Various commentators predict this episode will ultimately make Hill too controversial to retain. Dear, dear. Imagine being such a remorselessly political network that one woman’s tweets about a sports-related issue being talked about across America were regarded as so dangerous that you had to shut her down for two weeks. Imagine treating her tweets as though they were an existential threat to your command and control. Imagine being ESPN. It’s difficult to even see what rules Hill meaningfully broke Joe Schobert Youth jersey with the tweets leading to her suspension, other than mildly, indirectly inconveniencing some corporations who advertise with both the NFL and ESPN. ESPN’s code of conduct forbids employees “involved in ‘hard’ news reporting” from taking political positions. But Hill can’t sensibly be judged to be a hard news reporter. In fact, when promoting her and Smith to their slot, the network made specific play of the fact that the show would include “a deliberate and well-paced conversational format in which they discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues”. Furthermore, the code states that outside of hard news reporting, political or social commentary is appropriate. “The topic should be related to a current issue impacting sports.” Well … I don’t think it would be going out on a limb here to suggest this particular topic is currently impacting sports. Hill may well argue her views are not even political. Speaking to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch in the past, she explained: “I do tweet more about social issues, which I consider to be issues of morality. Racism isn’t politics. Racism is an issue of right and wrong. Tweeting about significant issues that impact marginalised people isn’t politics. That’s right and wrong.”

FA needs urgent change Jersey at the top after damning day

FA needs urgent change at the top after damning day The Football Association’s senior management were facing calls for multiple resignations after a calamitous day for the people running the sport when their failings in the Mark Sampson affair were brutally exposed and the chief executive, Martin Glenn, was accused of behaviour “bordering on blackmail” by one of the England Women’s footballers whose complaints of racial remarks have finally been proven. Women's Nike Los Angeles Chargers #29 Craig Mager White Vapor Untouchable Elite Player NFL Jersey In a remarkable day of evidence before the digital, culture, sport and media committee, the FA issued a full apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence after a third inquiry, instigated on the back of the Guardian’s investigation into the previous two processes, concluded that Sampson, the now-deposed manager, had made discriminatory remarks to both players. The report, drawn up by the barrister Katharine Newton, concluded there was now overwhelming evidence to find that Sampson had asked Spence, a mixed-race player, how many times she had been arrested and told Aluko to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to Wembley. However, the reversal of Newton’s initial findings, amid allegations of an FA cover-up and whitewash, set the scene for an extraordinary hearing in which the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, had to issue a hasty apology for describing claims of institutional racism as “fluff” and the England Women’s goalkeeping coach, Lee Kendall, was accused of regularly speaking to Aluko in a fake Caribbean accent. The hearing also heard claims that a black actress was hired for a role-play about a selfish and badly behaved footballer in front of Aluko’s former team-mates, leaving them thinking it was a deliberate portrayal of her, and Glenn was forced to issue his own apology after being interrogated about his interview with the Guardian in which he stated Newton was appointed, as a black woman, because of her sex and ethnicity. Glenn said he had been tired “at the end of a long day”, adding that it was not “a pack of lies but it was an embellishment,” drawing accusations from the MPs that he had changed his story because his initial line was illegal in discrimination law. Clarke later blamed the football-abuse inquiry, claiming he was tired after “working 22 hours a day”, when pressed on the story this newspaper revealed on Monday about his 14-word email response – “I’ve no idea why you are sending me this. Perhaps you could enlighten me” – to the Professional Footballers’ Association sending him a six-page document stating the Aaron Lynch Jersey FA’s internal review was a “sham” that was “not a genuine search for the truth. That email, described by Aluko as “dismissive and disrespectful”, was the subject of intense questioning and one of the reasons why the committee chairman, Damian Collins, later called for the four FA executives who appeared in Aaron Lynch Jersey front of the MPs – Clarke, Glenn, the technical director, Dan Ashworth, and the human resources director, Rachel Brace – to resign. “What’s really concerning is that the best practice that would be in a big company clearly wasn’t brought to bear in the FA,” Collins said. “Why is that? Are there people blocking it? The organisation doesn’t want to do it? There are serious failings there and I can’t believe any of the people on the panel could be proud of the process they ran. “Does what you have seen today inspire confidence that they understand the issues well enough that they will put in place the right system to make sure it doesn’t happen again? I’m not convinced. You have to question whether they are the right people to take the organisation forward.” Amid a number of highly damaging revelations, it also emerged that the FA had withheld half of an £80,000 out-of-court settlement it had reached with Aluko and, according to the player, invited her to a meeting last month at which Glenn tried to cut a deal that she either put out a statement saying the organisation was not institutionally racist or would not receive her money. “I felt that was bordering on blackmail,” Aluko said.

Roberto Firmino Jersey and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool rout of Maribor With the exception of José Mourinho’s stifling tactics it had always seemed a question of when, not if, Liverpool would polish their performances with a killer touch. The Marquette King Jersey answer arrived in emphatic style here in Slovenia, where Jürgen Klopp’s side ignited their Champions League campaign with the biggest away win in Liverpool’s rich European history. Youth Premier Adidas Justin Schultz White Away Jersey - #4 NHL Pittsburgh Penguins One win in eight games before this trip had tested Klopp’s humour but not his conviction that Liverpool are “on a good way”. Seven unanswered goals on the road in the Champions League reaffirmed the belief of manager and players. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored twice while Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his first Liverpool goal, and Trent Alexander-Arnold were also on the scoresheet as the visitors secured the lead in their group. “I didn’t know about the record until after the game,” the Liverpool manager said. “The wonderful history of this club can feel like a backpack at times, so it is nice to write our own good piece of the history. It will be difficult to beat that record. “It is quite rare to win 7-0 but it showed we did unbelievably well. The boys deserved that. When you don’t score it is a challenge to stay confident but we will try to use this result now.” Liverpool’s impatience for a first win in the group stage was undisguised. It was evident in Klopp’s pre-match press conference when he spoke of making amends for the points dropped against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow. It was clear in a team selection that showed no sign of complacency against the Slovenian champions, the lowest ranked team in the group, as the Liverpool manager fielded the same attack who faced Manchester United on Saturday. And it was demonstrated in a commanding, clinical performance that overwhelmed Maribor from the first whistle asthe perfect way to release the frustrations of the dour United stalemate and the perfect opponents, it has to be said. The hosts had no answer to Liverpool’s movement, strength and quality and were swiftly routed. Firmino started the torment for Maribor by tucking home his first goal in six games in the fourth minute. The Brazil international had forgotten his security pass on the way into the stadium and was sent back to the team bus to retrieve it by a sharp-eyed steward, but he had no problem locating weaknesses in the home side’s defence. Salah and Coutinho enjoyed similar success against a regularly exposed rearguard, and it was the hero of Egypt who instigated the breakthrough when he broke away from Marko Suler’s lunging challenge on the right wing. Salah sprinted on, Marquette King Jersey picked out Firmino unmarked in the centre and the forward converted from close range. Number two followed quickly and this time Firmino was the instigator. He spun away from his marker in the centre circle and found Salah with a fine cross-field ball. Salah fed James Milner, recalled on the right of the midfield three with Jordan Henderson rested, and he crossed for Coutinho to sweep a first-time finish beyond Jasmin Handanovic from 12 yards. Milner has found opportunities limited this season but he seized it here, driving at Maribor and providing an accurate range of passes throughout. Firmino created the third, too, returning the favour for Salah, whom he released behind the defence with a perfectly weighted ball, having ridden several challenges in the buildup. Liverpool’s summer signing beat the advancing Handanovic with a measured, angled finish and the visitors were home and hosed with 70 minutes left to play. But there was no let-up in their work rate or adventure. The combination of Coutinho’s craft and Alberto Moreno’s pace on the left troubled Maribor regularly, the full-back striking the side netting from one chance created by the playmaker, and it was that source that provided Liverpool with their fourth. Moreno crossed hard and low from the byline, having been released by Coutinho, and there was Salah to tap into an unprotected net.

Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester City

Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester City after four months in charge Craig Shakespeare has been sacked as Leicester City manager only four months after being given the job on a Andrew McCutchen Jersey permanent basis. Mark Jackson Swingman Road Navy Blue Men's Jersey: Indiana Pacers #13 Adidas NBA The 53-year-old succeeded Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis last season and oversaw an upturn in form that led to the club pulling away from the relegation zone and finishing 12th. Kenny Golladay Women's Limited Blue Jersey: Nike NFL Detroit Lions Vapor Untouchable Alternate #19 But following the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening Leicester slipped into the bottom three, prompting the owners to relieve Shakespeare of his duties, with assistant Michael Appleton taking charge for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City. Leicester’s vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed Shakespeare’s departure in a statement on Tuesday evening. “Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an assistant manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable. “However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the Club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, board and owners. “Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the club.” The former England manager, Sam Allardyce, is the early Andrew McCutchen Jersey favourite to take over, with Chris Coleman and Roberto Mancini also favoured by bookmakers. Leicester, who have won only one league game this season, are the second Premier League club to sack a manager this season following Crystal Palace’s decision to replace Frank de Boer with Roy Hodgson after only four games. Shakespeare was given around £60m to spend on players in the summer transfer window, including £25m for the Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, £17m for the Hull City centre-half Harry Maguire and £15m on midfielder Vicente Iborra from Sevilla, but Leicester’s only Premier League win came against newly-promoted Brighton in August. Their only other points this season have been picked up in draws against Huddersfield, Bournemouth and West Brom while Shakespeare also oversaw wins against Sheffield United and Liverpool in the Carabao Cup. Monday night’s 1-1 home draw with West Brom saw Leicester’s Andrew McCutchen Jersey winless Premier League run reach six matches - the same as when Ranieri was sacked earlier this year. However, it was not thought that Shakespeare’s job was under immediate threat following a difficult start to the season which brought fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, the four matches Leicester have lost so far. Ronaldo shimmered with menace and Lloris had to react brilliantly to tip over his snapshot. He had gone close moments earlier while, on 65 minutes, he outstripped three Tottenham players before working Lloris. The goalkeeper also scampered across his line to deny Isco. Back came Tottenham and, after Kane’s miss, Llorente ushered in Eriksen only for Navas to save again. Pochettino and his team were left to wonder what might have been but this was a night when the glass was half-full.

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Hugo was fantastic Jersey He showed his real level Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to Hugo Lloris after the goalkeeper helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid but the manager was more pleased that his team had held their own and showed they could compete at the highest level. Men's CCM Bryan Trottier Authentic Black NHL Jersey: Pittsburgh Penguins #19 Stanley Cup Champions Throwback Tottenham led at the Bernabéu through a Raphaël Varane own goal before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised before half-time from the penalty spot. Lloris was busy and he made two outstanding saves to deny Karim Benzema and Ronaldo in the second half. Tottenham had chances of their own and Harry Kane could not find a way past Keylor Navas when he was one-on-one with him on 71 minutes. The result kept Tottenham level on points at the top of Group H with Real while their hopes of qualification to Steven Souza Youth jersey the last 16 were further boosted when Borussia Dortmund could manage only a draw against Apoel in Nicosia. “The result is less important,” Pochettino said. “The fact we competed makes me most happy. We are building a new stadium and the team is under construction, too. It is important to reinforce the belief that we can compete. Last season it was sad that we did not compete in the Champions League. This year it’s better. We have progressed and we are growing. We must be confident in the path we are following. The club has great potential for the future.” Pochettino knew that Tottenham might have snatched victory but he was quick to recognise that Lloris had kept them in the game. Steven Souza Youth jersey “Hugo was fantastic,” he said. “He deserves big praise from everyone. He showed his real level. You had the opportunity to see why Hugo is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.” Lloris said: “Benzema should have scored and he knows that but, as a goalie, you need a bit of luck and I managed to kick his chance away. We shouldn’t forget where we came from. Four years ago, we were playing in the Europa League and now we’re playing against and competing with Real Madrid in the Champions League. We have to follow it up now with Steven Souza Youth jersey a good performance against them at Wembley.” Pochettino said the result put Tottenham in a “very good position to go through” and he hoped it could serve as a catalyst for the season. “We need to make sure this type of performance helps us to believe and be strong and trust in ourselves and the way we play,” he said. “I am so proud of my players and the performance and now we need to keep going. We have a lot of important games coming up, with Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday being the next. It’s tough but we can compete.” Sturridge sent the former Arsenal man clean through on goal and he opened his Liverpool account with a measured finish before Alexander-Arnold’s deflected drive completed the rout. “We wanted to show our best counter-pressing and a few of the goals came from that,” Klopp said. “We were also cool inside the penalty area” – cool, devastating and record-breaking. Maribor have conceded four goals in 10 domestic home fixtures this season but they continued to be ravaged by Liverpool en route to their heaviest European defeat. Firmino scored his second when he met Coutinho’s free-kick with a glancing header that sailed across Handanovic and inside the far post. Firmino and Salah departed to well-earned ovations from the travelling Liverpool supporters, and it seemed almost cruel of Klopp to introduce Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge from the bench.

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