Monday, 23 April 2018

FA apologises for FA Cup tweet about Harry Kane & Chris Smalling

The Football Association has apologised for a tweet from its FA Cup account which mocked Tottenham striker Harry Kane after Saturday's 2-1 semi-final defeat by Manchester United.
The message asked United defender Chris Smalling "What's in your pocket?" and included a short clip of him saying, "Harry Kane".

An FA spokesman said: "We have written to both clubs to apologise for any offence caused."
Kane has scored 37 goals in 44 games in all competitions for Spurs this season.
The 24-year-old struggled to make an impactagainst United at Wembley but denied returning too soon from a recent ankle injury.
"That's people's opinion," said the England international. "People are always going to look for something to say when maybe you're not firing at your best.
"At the end of the day, I've still scored two in my last four (games). It's not the worst in the world.
"But when you set standards, people are going to look for things when you're not at them. I'm the same. I want to be better, I want to do better.
"I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week, a tough week for the team."

Champions League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp asks fans to 'show respect' to Roma

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has asked fans to "show respect" outside Anfield before Tuesday's Champions League tie against Roma, and not throw objects at the visiting team's bus.
Cans, bottles and flares were thrown at Manchester City's bus as it arrived at the ground before the first leg of their quarter-final earlier this month.
"This is an outstanding club known for its fantastic atmosphere," said Klopp on the eve of the semi-final first leg.

Merseyside Police are investigating the attack on 4 April, during which two police officers were injured, while Uefa - European football's governing body - has opened disciplinary proceedings.

"In the stadium do it again and better," said Klopp. "Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show.
"We can show how wonderful Liverpool people are and we can show it in 20 minutes before the game and then the whole world knows it."
Police will use mobile CCTV and specialist dogs trained to detect pyrotechnics at the game.
The match commander - chief superintendent Dave Charnock - has warned fans with flares and other pyrotechnics inside and outside the ground could face prosecution.
He added: "We are expecting a vibrant atmosphere at Tuesday's match, but our intention is that at the end of the day we will be talking about the game and what happened on the pitch as opposed to off the pitch."

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tennis Star Andy Murray Sells Miami Condo for $2.375M

Sir Andy Murray, the world’s No. 1-ranked tennis player, has finally offloaded his Miami pad for $2.375 million, after actively trying to sell it for more than two years with several price adjustments.
The sale of the four-bedroom apartment on Brickell Bay Drive was closed last Friday, according to Claudine Letz, an agent with Fortune International Realty who represented the buyer. It went into contract at the end of June with a listing price of $2.5 million.
The property first hit the market for $2.99 million in April 2016, went into contract shortly after but failed to close. It was relisted for $2.69 million in October 2016, and the price dropped to $2.59 million one month later. The listing price went up and down a few times before it settled at $2.5 million in March 2017, according to listing records.
In addition to four bedrooms, the 3,415-square-foot apartment also includes five bathrooms, a spacious living and dining area and a game room, per the listing with City Realty Group International.

Johanna Konta to miss WTA Finals after pulling out of Kremlin Cup

British number one Johanna Konta will miss this month's WTA Finals after withdrawing from next week's Kremlin Cup with a foot injury.
The 26-year-old world number 10 had to reach the final of the Moscow event in order to secure a place at the Singapore season finale which features the top eight players in the world.
Konta suffered the injury prior to the Hong Kong Open earlier this month.
Until then, the Briton had held the last WTA Finals qualifying spot.
A losing streak which extended to five matches with a first-round defeat at the China Open saw her displaced by Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who has won her last two tournaments.
Despite missing out on the WTA Finals, which begin on 22 October, Konta is still in line to qualify for the WTA Elite Trophy, which gets under way on 31 October in Zhuhai, China.
The Elite Trophy features 12 players - those ranked from ninth to 19th, plus one wildcard.

The story of rugby's injury crisis from the players, a coach and a doctor

The statistics have been piling up at the start of this rugby season: 10 of the 12 Premiership clubs suffering a combined 82 injuries to first-team players; one of them, Wasps, beginning October with 15 players out injured; Pro14 side Dragons going into this weekend with 24 players on the sick list.
It may turn out to be a freakish blip, a cruel upsurge in a sport where the number of professional players injured has been relatively static over the past eight years. The Rugby Football Union's annual injury audit in the new year should tell us more.
For now, for those on the front line, it is about more than numbers. This is the story from those living through it: the coach missing half his team, the international player who wakes up in pain but keeps coming back for more, the rugby obsessive forced to retire young, the doctor who tries to patch them up and keep them going.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes and the 'fine art' of grand prix qualifying

A Radio 5 live special, P1: Lewis, Mercedes and the Art of Qualifying, will be broadcast at 21:00 BST on Thursday.
A record 71 pole positions and counting.
Of all Lewis Hamilton's many skills as a Formula 1 driver, this is one talent he has really made his own.
Race after race, Hamilton redefines the boundaries of the possible with those flat-out laps that decide the grid order - and quite often the race victory, too.
It is a moment when the essence of a grand prix weekend is distilled into 90 seconds of purity - the quickest cars on earth, and 20 men driving as fast as is humanly possible.
One man in particular.
"It's shorter," Hamilton says. "It's intense. It's enthused with so much energy. The pressure is at the utmost. You go out, and you have that one lap to perfect and deliver. I love that challenge.
"It is the ultimate performance, putting all the pieces of the performance together and I have always loved that. That's when you attack. It's when you really go into battle. The car is light, it is the fastest you get to drive at any point in any weekend and it all comes down to that one moment and the decisions you make and I love it."
In a sport where margins are measured to the thousandth of a second, Hamilton is frequently several tenths quicker than other drivers - even ones with the same car.

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder will give 'full explanation' after arrest

England cricketer Ben Stokes will give a full explanation when the time is right after his arrest, says his agent.
The all-rounder, 26, was arrested on 26 September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident near a Bristol nightclub.
"Ben will make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right," said Neil Fairbrother.
"On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward."
Former Lancashire and England batsman Fairbrother said Stokes does not wish to prejudice the legal process.