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Bristol Rovers sack boss Penney

Dave Penney has been sacat Arsenal expect Unai Emery to be sacked imminently.The Spaniard looks destined to leave the Emirates after a poor start to the season.Saturday’s draw leaves tcontent_imghem eight points behind fourth-placed Chrwegian was annoyed with a few penalty decisions in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.Asked about video technology after the game, Solskjaer said: “We have to get used to it. There will be discussions because it’s the same referees making those delsea.And now staff at the Emirates believe it is ked as manager of Bristol after less than two months in charge.Penney took over from Paul Trollope on January 10 after a poor run of results left the club towards the bottom of the League One table.But he has been unable to turn things around and has now left the Memorial Ground after losing nine of his 13 matches, which has left the Pirates five points adrift of safety.Coach Martin Foyle has also departed, with captain Stuart Campbell placed in charge until the end of the season.A statement from Rovers’ board of directors said: “We are all very disappointed and sad that the appointment of Dave has not brought us the results and change of direction we have been looking for.”With 12 games left there is still a chance to get ourselves out of this situation and try and secure our League One status.”We wish Stuart Campbell every success for the remainder of the season, and would call on all fans to back him, and the team, as he tries to rescue our season.”

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Inter Milan eye move for Manchester United defender

Inter Milan will turn to if Cristian Chivu decides to leave in the summer.talkSPORT revealed that and Manchester City are monitoring Chivu’s contract situation at the San Siro, and sources in Italy have revealed that the 31-year-old is expected to leave on a free when his deal expires.And it has now been reported that Inter will look to plug that defensive gap with a move for Vidic.Although primarily a full-back Chivu, 31, has proved a reliable optionnk Lampard will continue to experiment with his Chelsea side in Friday’s friendly with Kawasaki Frontale.The new Blues manader Ross Barkley has revealed he’s had to train through the pain barrier.The England midfielder scored in Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nocontent_imgttingham Forest – his first appearance for nearly three months.Since mid-October, Barkley has been hampered by ger has changed things up in both preseason friendlies against Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic.And the Englishman will con at centre-back and, should he leave, new Inter boss Claudio Ranieri wants to replace him with the experienced Serbian.But Sir would be loathed to sell his captain, who signed a new four-year deal in August, especially after admitting that fellow centre-half is no longer guaranteed a place in his first team.

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Benfica star ends talk of Premier League move

Oscar Cardozo has quasime of Sunday’s draw with Sheffield United.Solskjaer dragged the hapless Phil Jones at the interval with his side down 1-0 and getting thoroughly outplayed by the Blades.The game eventually ended 3-3, with Solskjaer revealing his team had to go for ihed speculation of a move to the Premier League once and for all byManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the early impact of Harry Maguire.Maguire was outstanding on debut for victory over Chelsea.”He’s very level headed,” Solskjaer said. “Just as composed off the pitch as on it. He’s a big p penning a new-long deal at Benfica.The Paraguay international, who has 13 goals in 12 league appearances this term, has been deadly in front of goal since moving to the Portuguese capital club from Newell’s Old Boys in 2007.Liverpool, , Chelsea ancontent_imgd have all tracked him in recent seasons but, following protracted negotiations, he has committed his future to Benfica until 2016.The Portuguese club have also inserted a £50m release clause fee into the 29-year-old’s new deal to ward off interest from abroad.

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West Ham make approach for Peterborough ace Mackail-Smith

are ready to make a movecontent_img for Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith.Mackail-Smith, 27, has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, but has failed to reach an agreement over a lucrative move into the top flight.West Ham boss has already seen leave the club and is looking for a quality striker to spearhead their attack as they look to bounce straight back into the Premier League.Mackail-Smith scored 35 goals to help Peterborough gain promotion last season, but is keen to showcase his talents at a higher level and could be tempted by a move to Upton Park.West Ham have already shown they mean business by signing captain and defender and now hope Mackail-Smith will become their third major signing of the summer.Peterborough’seir starting goalkeeper.The Dutchman has returned to Spurs after Hugo Lloris was ruled out for the year, leaving Gazzaniga as the club’s number one.”I saw his quality from the beginning,” Vorm told the club’s website. “He’s a good lad and he’s also a director of football Barry Fry admits West Ham have enquired about his availability but have yet to make a firm offer.Fry said: “West Ham did ask me what we wanted for Craig. They have not mass Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli.Robertson is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Robbo didn’t train today and we have to see. “It is not a mde a bid as yet, but they are having a serious go at getting back into the Premier League straight away.”

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Birmingham raid cash-strapped Portsmouth for strike ace

Birmingham have raided cash-strapped for top-scorer Erik Huseklepp.Pompey went into administration last week and are actively slashing costs at Fratton Park.And promotion pushing Birmingham have now landed Huseklepp, who has scored six Championship goals this season, on an emo says the Terriers were relegated from the top tier after picking up just 16 points last season.And they are now weighing up a move for Dowell wh1 call.Surridge’s first career goal in the non-league school of hard knocks camcontent_imge for Weymouth in a 3-2 defeat at Bedworth in the Southern Premier League in January 2016.The following season, he stepped up to National South with Poole before making hio played his part in Sheffield United’s promotion push in the second-half of the campaign.United are alsergency loan until the end of the season – with a view to a permanent deal.

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England Watch: Carrick, Carroll, Lampard, Foster and Rooney impress

As Euro 2012 creeps ever closer, these five players reaffirmed their claims for a part in England’s campaign following solid weekend outings…A big name player for the biggest of occasions: Frank Lampard’s stunning free-kick against was the fourth in a row he’s bagged in significant fixtures. The first, against Napoli, helped Chelsea into the Champions League last eight; Lampard’s second ensured Chelsea edged past Benfica in the next round, while the midfielder’s penalty last week gave the Blues a West London derby lead against . A certainty for England’s trip tung centre-back enjoyed a successful spell on loan over the past 18 months with Aston Villa, who want to bring him back in a permanent deal.However, the 21-year-old wants to try and break into the first-team at United.The Sunsays manager Solskjaer wio Ukraine, you’d imagine.Rooney’s fifth Premier League double of the campaign pushed his goal tally to within three of ‘s ; seemingly the only Premier League Golden Boot candidate a few weeks back. Every Old Trafford fixture serves up a stylish reminder of just how costly Rooney’s red card against Montenegro last year could prove, as it rules him out of England’s first two Euro 2012 fixtures. Still, at least he’ll return refreshed for the latter stages (fingers crossed!).England’s goalkeeping position will only be up for debate if suffers a pre-tournament injury nightmare. And, in the event of those unfortunate circumstances, Ben Foster continues to sparkle with performances of international class. At the Hawthorns on Saturday, Birmingham’s loanee stopper splendidly thwarted three times in the first half, helping secure their Premier League status while sending QPR one step closer to an immediate Championship return.It seemed like ‘s heavily scrutinised £35m man would endure another frustrating afternoon when a seemingly straightforward headed opportunity flew past the wrong sidchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his players need to wise up.Against Crystal Palace, Daniel James appeared to have salvaged a point for United with just a minute of regular time remaining, but United could not see the game out and Patrice of ‘s post in the second half. It all turned on 87 minutes when Carroll, an aerial threat and work-horse throughout, rose highest to nod home a Liverpool free-kick to secure victory. If this kind of late season forms continues, particularly on 5 May when he returns to Wembley for the FA Cup final, then a Euro 2012 spot might, just might be within the big man’s grasp.The unsung hero of United’s steady march towards another Premier League title, Carrick has been overlooked by England lately in favour of , and co. Another calm, self-assurcontent_imged display alongside , who has rightfully earned his own plaudits in recent weeks, should be rightfully rewarded with an opportunity to impress ahead of Euro 2012, possibly alongside that little fella again, Paul Scholes.

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Wenger: Arsenal working hard to bring in new signings

says he is working hard to bring in new signings ahead of the transfer window closing on Friday evening.The deadline is 11pm and Arsenal are expected to be busy in the final hours as the Frenchman looks toBenfica are ready to sell Andrija Zivkovic today.O Jogo says Benfica will push to sell the Serb to an English club.Zivkovic’s contract carries a €60m, though he’ll be allowed to leave for less than half that price.The winger has been a long-term target for Newcastle United.However, it’s understood Wolves and Watford are also keen. improve his squad.He has already signed , and Santi Cazorla this summer but missed out on , who chose to move to .Wenger has also lost two star players this summer – moved to while Alex Song left for Barcelona.And the chief says he is planning on making more signings – but ocontent_imgnly if the right player becomes available.”I am relaxed. If we find a top, top, top playeeds to sign a player if they lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.There are suggestions the Gabon attacker will leave in the summer.He would be in the last year of his contract beyond the summer, which means the club may cash in on him.”My thoughts are Arsr we will do it. We are working hard,” he said.

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West Ham face competition in race to land Bayer Leverkusen striker

West Ham will have to fend off interest from Borussia Dortmund to land Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kie seconds into Chinese Second Division Qingdao Huanghai’s final game of the season on Saturday.The midfielder, 36, aimed a kick at his opponent off the ball, and was dismissed following a VAR review.The match is said to be Toure’s final appearancrpool-Manchester-City-Chelsea-interested-Villarreal-winger-Samuel-Chukwueze.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are all considering a summer move for Villarreal winger Chukwueze.Premier League leaders Liverpooe in ssling, according to the player’s agent.The Hammers, who are unsure whether Andy Carroll will content_imgturn his loan deal into a permanent one, have been linked with a string of forwards in recent months, including Ivory Coast star Wilfried Bony.Reports back in December claimed Sam Allardyce had sounded out Leverkusen over Kiessling, who has scored 31 Bundesliga goals since the start of last season.However, reigning German champions Dortmund, who could lose Robert Lewandowski in the summer, are also in the hunt for the 29-year-old.Kiessling’s agent Ali Bulut told Bild: “I have heard that Dortmund are interested [in Kiessling].”

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Brede Hangeland no closer to signing new Fulham deal, reveals Martin Jol

boss has revealed that club captain is no closer to signing a new deal at Craven Cottage.Hangeland, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been an integral member of Fulham’s squad since arriving in west London in 2008.Jol revealed back in November that Fulham had offered the giant Norwegian a new deal but says the defender is still weighing up whether or not to stay on at the club.He said: “Brede has five or six months to go so we are in negotiations. There is an offer and we have to hope he accepts it. It’s always the same; players like Brede always attract interest from other clubs.”Meanwhile, Jol also expressed his admiration for midfielder , who has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.The 26-year-old worked under Jol during his time at White Hart Lane but the Dutchman was coy over whether he would actively pursue the England internatioout of Torino.La Dea went into the game on the back of defeat to minnows SPAL.“If we always played like this, we’d be top of the table! Unfortunately, there are times when we have a drop physically or mentally, and that is where we droposs Ralph Hasenhuttl admits defeat at Burnley wasn’t good enough.The manager was disappointed with the way his Southampton players reacted to conceding the opening goal in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. points,” Ganal.He added: “If Tom is fit content_imghe is always in the back of my mind. But I don’t want to speculate.”

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Di Matteo launches stunning defence of Ivanovic

has launched an astonishing defence of defender after his appeal over a violent-conduct chauben Loftus-Cheek is doing his part to get Eden Hazard to stay at the club.The young English midfielder, who broke into the Chelsea first team this season, does not want his talented teammate to leave for Real Madrid.He revealed in an interview that rge was rejected.The Serbian defender will miss three matches for striking ’s during a 2-1 win of the Blues at the start of April.But Stamford Bridge chief Di Matteo claims Chelsea don’t believe Ivanovic’s actions warrant a ban at all.“We didn’t think it was violent conduct or a frivolous appeal,” he said.”We are disappointed that his appeal has been dismissed, so there is nothincontent_imgg else we can do.”We just have to get on with the decision and take it.”I think everyone is looking for consistency in their decision-making. That’s what is most important for everybody, all the stakeholders involved – consistency.”They would have to review the decision-making and the way they give these bans, and hopefully come up with a more balanced outcome.”“You look at the images and you think: ‘We’re using video footage for that, okay, but we don’t use goal-line technology’.”Why not? If we’re using it for that, why can’t we use it for the goals? So that’s why it has to be reviewed. There has to be a more balancedUnited hero Rob Lee says Steve Bruce is the right man in charge.Bruce took over the role at St James’ Park this summer following the departure of Rafa Benitez for Dalian Yifang.”He does get a lot of criticism and it is unjust. Criticise him after Chr look at it.”And that’s what they have to look at in the summer.”

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‘Grid girl’ hits out at Formula One over controversial scrapping – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE

A Formula 1 ‘Grid Girl’ has criticised the decision to scrap the position, telling talkSPORT the sport’s bosses have undermined gender equality by doing so.Charlotte Gash, who has been working in motorsport since 2015, said: “F1 should have thought about having a grid girl and a grid boy, to see if that was a viable option. There are plenty of girls now who are d a new deal with Watford.The Brazilian goalkeeper has signed up for another year of football with the Hornets, despite declaring that he was 99 per cent sure he would retire at the end of his contract back in March. “I couldn’t say no to the club beout of jobs in every country.”Announcing the change of stance earlier, Sean Bratches, F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations While grid girls will no longer be used at the start of Formula 1 races in 2018, they will also be absent from the other motorsport series that take place during Grands Prix weekends.Ms Gash said: “There are about 50 girls involved in each race. So you can see how many girls are now out of work.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:25pm PDTShe added that in her time working in the sport she has never felt objectified.“Decades ago the grid girls would wear skimpy outfits and bikinis, and the drivers would probably look at the grid girls as trophies. That attitude has completely gone. The opinion about grid girls is more outdated than the grid girls themselves.”The 23-year-old was on the podium following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix in 2017.“The experience I received at Silverstone was out of this world. It was something you could only dream of doing. Being on the podium with Hamilton, watching him go across the crowds and celebrate his win. It is something that I am never going to experience again.” A post shared by (@lottie_131) on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:28pm PSTLast week the Professional Darts Corporation announced that walk-on girls will no longer be used.A petition to keep them, supporcontent_imgted by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld, has since received more than 37,000 signatures.F1’s decision to abandon the concept from 2018 has been welcomed by the UK’s Women’s Sport Trust, who tweeted: “Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for.”In a previous statement, the organisation called on other sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follira is a step away from quitting as coach of Nice.The Arsenal legend could be allowed to leave OGCN if former president Jean-Pierre Rivère and sports director Julien Fournier were to return.Vieira, reports L’Equipe, has a clause in his deal which woow suit, insisting “women in the sporting environment should be judged by their sports appeal and not sex appeal”.However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT his sport will not follow suit: “It is a different world we live in these days but…for us right now the ring card girls will be staying.”Meanwhile, chairman of the PDC Barry Hearn also told the station that he has “no personal problems whatsoever”with walk-on girls in darts, explaining thatdemands from TV bosses have made him powerless to prevent the ban –

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Europa League draw: Liverpool to face Udinese and Anzhi

have been handed a tricky Europa League draw after being grouped with Udinese and Russian big-spenders Anzhi.The will also take on Swiss side Young Boys in Group A, having reached the group stage with a narrow victory over Hearts in a two-legged play-off.Tottenham, who finished fourth in the Premier League last season but were denied a Champions League place as a result of Chelsea’s triumph in the competition, will take on Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor in Group J.Newcastle were placed in Group D and will meet Bordeaux, Club Brugge, Maritimo after their playcontent_img-off victory over Atromitos. Liverpool, Udinese, Young Boys, Anzhi Atletico Madrid, H in Mauritius.It is the Reds’ second international academy in Africa, following on from one opened in Egypt.Liverpool FC’s Vice President of International Academies Dan White told BBC Sport: “When we started our conversations, we noticed that we haveapoel Tel-Aviv, Plzen, Academica Marseille, Fenerbahce, appacosta is being linked with a return to Italy.Calciomercato suggest Roma are the new frontrunners for the 26-year-old, especially as they are strongly tipped to appoint Torino boss Gianluca Petrachi as manager.It was Petrachi who signed ZappacostaBorussia M’Gladbach, AEL Limassol Bordeaux, Club Brugge, United, MaritimoStuttgart, FC Copenhagen, Steaua Bucuresti, Molde PSV Eindhoven, Napoli, Dnipro, AIK Solna Sporting Lisbon, Basle, Genk, Vidoeton Inter Milan, Rubin Kazan, FK Partizan, NeftciLyon, Athletic Club, Sparta Prague, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona , Panathinaikos, Lazio, Maribor Bayer Leverkusen, FC Metalist Kharkiv, Rosenborg, Rapid Vienna Twente, Hannover, Levante, Helsingborgs

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Newcastle give Chelsea permission to speak to Ba

Newcastle have given Chelsea permission to speak to .The Blues have triggered a release clause in Senegalese star’s contract and he has been left out of Magpies’ squad to face on Wednesday night.A statement on the club’s website said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Chelsea Football Club has made an official offer for Demba Ba which has triggered the relearned from fellow veteran Bruno.35-year-old adar.The Daily Star says United have been keeping tabs on Rakitic throughout this summer but the Croatia international preferred to stay put at Barca.However, the Catalan giants are determined to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp and are wcontent_imgilling to sMurray will likely become the Seagulls’ oldest player if Bruno departs this summer.Asked if he was pondering life after playing. Murray replied: “I don’t think you can take your focus off what we are doingease clause in the player’s contract.”The Club has given the player permission to speak to Chelsea FC and therefore he will not be included in the squad for tonight’s game against Everton.”

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Man United midfielder close to Juventus move

did not train with ahead of their EWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is in the market for a new fullback.L’Equipe says West Ham are trying to sign Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe.The Hammers are eyeing up a birid’scontent_img “hunger” for victory at Sevilla.Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game as Zinedine Zidane’s side bounced back from their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.”We knew how difficult the game was going to be as it’s been years sind in the coming week.It is thought that he would cost around £13million.Pellegrini is in the market for a new defender after selling Sam Byram to Norwich City.uropa League tie with Athletic Bilbao – with his switch to Juventus moving ever closer.The midfielder, one of the brightest stars in United’s academy, had been tipped to become a senior player at the club for years to come.But a contract dispute between the player and club has led to a move to Juventus at the end of the season.Pogba’s switch to Italy has yet to be formally announced but the deal is very much on and expected to be sealed in the summer.The Frenchman, 18, did not train with the first team on Wednesday morning ahead of United’s first leg clash with Bilbao, with Sir understood to be furious with the player’s eagerness to move to Italy.Juventus have offered Pogba a deal said to be worth around £16,000-a-week and United were not willing to match that offer, for a player that has yet to make a first team start for the club.Pogba, who is now training with the reserves having been involved in first team training for much of this season, was also omitted from the reserves side that played on Tuesday.The influential player agent Mino Raiola has helped broker Pogba’s move to Juventus and United will only receive around £300,000 for the midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

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zone with 15 points from 17 games.Asked how impor

runaway with the Premier League title.Wenger believes that the writing is on the wall as he cannot see Liverpool conceding their significant advantageext month. Saints are currently in the relegation zone with 15 points from 17 games.Asked how important the January window is to his side, Hasenhuttl replied: “Absolutely important. We must see that we get some ncontent_imgew players in. We know this. The summe, stating the deficit is too large for Manchester City to make up.“First of all, to lose a big gam