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‘I’m Jan Siewert and I have to do it my way’: New Huddersfield manager rejects comparisons with David Wagner and Jurgen Klopp

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Siewert, who began to focus on coaching at the age of 23 after a series of knee operations that evenhan Barnett, speaking with Sky Sports, has refused to shut down the prospect of Bale joining United this summer.”Manchester United? He could go,” revealedNorwich City striker Teemu Pukki says he’s having “fun” this season.The Finn scored in defeat to Italy in last night’s Euros qualifier.He told TMW: “I’m having fun playing football. “I’ve had two very good years, I have confidence in myself, scoring so many goals makes you confident in your abilities. “Things are going very well, I hope to continue like this.” Barnett. “I think he could get there, he’s still one of the best players in the world. “But it’tually forced him to retire, is also keen to avoid comparisons with Klopp.

“Jurgen is definitely an inspiration,” he said. “But please, I can’t be compared to Jurgen Klopp, you know what I mean, because he has had so many successes, and he’s an outstanding manager. And I’m Jan Siewert.”

The new manager’s early days in England have also seen him involved in a more comical identity mix-up, after he was confused with the chief executive of a Yorkshire-based children’s charity during Sunday’s match against Manchester City.

Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davison approached a man he thought was Siewert during the game, only to discovan coach Antonio Conte.The Italy international was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.Now at Inter, Conte is getting to work with setting up his characteristic 5-3-2 system.Ivan Perisic is the favourite to fill the LWB role, however,er it was Manchester City supporter Martin Warhurst, head of the Martin House charity.

Siewert confirmed he was at Sunday’s match, but hidden elsewhere at the John Smith’s Stadium to avoid the media.

“I have to thank Martin from Wakefield because it was fantastic that I could observe the game,” Siewert said. “And he’s a good-looking guy, yeah? I’m not kidding; for me it was good to have a silent look at the game and get the atmosphere and the feeling.”

Siewert takes charge of a club who face a near-impossible job to avoid relegation, sitting bottom of the Premier League, 10 points from a position of safety, having won just two of 23 matches.

Wagner left by mutual consent on January 14 after more than three years in charge, having taken the club into the top division for the first time since 1972, then kept them there last season.

Julian Winter, Huddersfield’s chief executive, said that Wagner had indicated before Christmas that he needed to take a break from management.

Winter said: “David is a good man. We maybe first had a conversation four weeks ago, something of that order.

“David, being the human being that he is, sort of said building up to a January transfer window: Does the club want to adapt, think about different things? The maturity of that conversation was exactly as it was publicised.”

Winter added that Huddersfield had made preparations so that the club would not suffer off the field in the event of relegation.

He said: “To be blunt, this club has been prepared for getting into the Premier League and it will be prepared if it is not in the Premier League.

“We retained our status last season, which was fabulous. But we know that if this club does get relegated, it doesn’t fall into crisis. There aren’t fire sales.”

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Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

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So credit where credit is due for his terrific performance against Crystal Palace. The nature of their draw, with a late equaliser conceded deep in stoppage time, will mean it feels like two points dropped rather than one point earned for West Ham, but without Hart on top form they could easily have left Selhurst Park with nothing at all.

His finest moment was a diving save from a terrific Yohan Cabaye free-kick, from which the Frenchman was already wheeling away in celebration.

Hart’s performance was summarised most accurately by Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. “He was literally saving everything."

Liverpool’s defenders

For all their shambolic defending on the road this season, it is worth mentioning that Liverpool have let in just one goal at Anfield all season. Only Manchester United have conceded fewer at home.

Admittedly, David Wagner’s Huddersfield were unlikely to pose the biggest attacking this weekend. But considering just how haphazard Jurgen Klopp’s side were against Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday, this was a welcome return to defensive stability.

That it came without Dejan Lovren, injured in the warm-up, is perhaps no coincidence, although other members of that defence have been equally culpable at times this season.

More encouraging for Klopp will be the ongoing consistency of left-back Alberto Moreno, seemingly inspired by the arrival of Andy Robertson as competition, and the ever-growing excellence of young Joe Gomez at right back.

Antonio Rudiger

Many Chelsea fans have been calling for Rudiger to be given a regular starting place after the side’s somewhat turbulent to the season, and Antonio Conte has duly obliged for two Premier League matches in a row.

That has led to back-to-back victories for the champions, over Watford and Bournemouth. The fall guy has been Gary Cahill, who now has a genuine fight on his hands if he wants to wrestle back a starting berth from a Germany international who appears to be growing in stature with each game.

Rudiger was terrific against Bournemouth in a match that Chelsea utterlyal legend Emmanuel Petit says Unai Emery should be sacked.The Gunners are sixth with just four wins in 12 Premier League games.He told PaddyPower: “I believe it’s time for Unai Emery to leave Arsenal. The results are not good at all. I don’t recognis dominated, despite the narrow 1-0 scoreline. He was quick across the ground, strong in the air and more accomplished with his passing than many would have been expecting upon his arrival from Roma for £29m.

At just 24, . Under a manager as obsessed with detail as Conte, it is surely onwards and upwards from here.

Kyle Walker

The game’s gone! Football has lost its head! It’s only Kyle Walker! Such were the reactions to Walker’s £50m transfer fee this summer, and understandably so. This was unprecedented territory for a right-back, and it was hard to justify.

Such sums are, of course, still hard to justify. But at least Walker is doing his bit. In fact, he’s doing more than that. Walker has been consistently excellent this season, playing in a far more tactically and individually complex role under Guardiola than he has ever been tasked with before.

Admittedly, it’s easy to look good when City are battering teams into submission as they have been for much of this campaign. Yet Walker has been a major part of that, providing pace from deep and the constant width that allows City’s creative players to strut their stuff infield.

Walker’s presence has certainly been good for Raheem Sterling, which can only be good for England’s World Cup ambitions. Fittingly, it was Walker who whipped in a perfect cross for Sterling’s goal in the 3-2 victory over West Brom.

Murray, now 34, could have been forgiven for thinking his Premier League days were over when he was loaned out to Brighton last season. He would not have been alone.

And yet here he is, back in the top flight and back in the goals. In the absence of Tomer Hemed, Murray has stepped up when his side have needed some firepower.

Two goals against West Ham last week fired Chris Hughton’s side to a valuable three points, while his powerful back-post header secured another point at home to Southampton this weekend. He may not be the most mobile, but here is a man who will forever know the way to goal, and that is precisely what Brighton will need if they want to stay afloat this season.

Whose stock is falling?

Jordan Ayew

It is hard to pinpoint exactly what Ayew’s strengths are. He seems quite quick, but he’s certainly not fast enough to frighten Premier League defences. He seems to dribble a lot, but he rarely weaves through challenges. He seems to find himself in decent positions, but he hardly ever makes the right decision.

Swansea manager Paul Clement has already said this season that he wants to see more from Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony, but the same can be said for Ayew. Abraham, at least, is chipping in with some goals.

Ayew has one in the league this season. Last year, in 42 appearances across all competitions, he scored only five (as an aside, he got seven yellow cards). Frankly, Swansea need attacking players like Ayew to deliver the goods, particularly now Gylfi Sigurdsson has left for Everton.

The struggling Renato Sanches has received most of the spotlight this season, but the glare should also be directed at Ayew. He could have given Swansea a crucial 2-0 lead over Arsenal on Saturday, but tried to dink Petr Cech rather than providing Abraham with a tap-in. Such errors are punished against teams like Arsenal. Such errors cost teams their place in the Premier League.

Grown men

There were laughable scenes at Vicarage Road on Saturday, and not just because Darren Fletcher scored an actual goal. Stoke and Watford demeaned themselves and delighted spectators with two embarrassing cases of handbags-at-dawn in the final minutes of .

Highlights include:

Troy Deeney’s manic grin as he grabbed a chunk of Joe Allen’s throat

Supposed hard man Ryan Shawcross flying across the turf after a Deeney shove

Long-haired Watford coaching staff leaping into the melee with locks swirling in the wind

The brief and completely half-hearted attempt of the well-mannered Will Hughes to get stuck in.

It was petulant, immature and unbecoming. It was also magnificent.

Asmir Begovic

Amid all the weekly controversies over team selection and refereeing decisions, the most curious decision of the weekend was made by whoever nominated Begovic as man of the match in Bournemouth’s clash with Chelsea.

Begovic was at fault for , letting the low shot past him far too easily at the near post, and could easily have thrown away another goal when he gifted the ball to Hazard in the first half. Only Alvaro Morata’s profligacy saved him.

There was, in fairness, one terrific stop from Morata. But this was not an evening to remember for Begovic against his former club, on his 200th Premier League appearance.

He has been otherwise solid in a tricky start to the season for Eddie Howe’s side, and he was not helped by his defence on this occasion, but top-flight goalkeepers simply cannot afford to make one major error against teams like Chelsea, let alone two.

Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Leighton Baines. All in their 30s, and all hardly blessed with speed at their youthful peaks.

Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Demarai Gray. A trio bristling with speed and a canny ability to exploit open spaces.

It is any surprise, then, that Everton were so ruthlessly ripped apart by Leicester’s front three in the first half at the King Power Stadium? 

Gray, in particular, was having a lovely time. It was a total mismatch, and it shone a light on one of Everton’s most pressing problems: refreshing that back-line. Too often they have been criticised for falling deep in games, but here was a prime example of why they really cannot push higher up the pitch.

As a rule, Monday Morning Football is never fond of having a pop at referees. What’s the point, when there are far more interesting things to discuss that are more complex than simple human error?

But then along comes a decision like Kevin Friend’s call to give Liverpool a penalty for the most innocuous shirt-pull in the Huddersfield box.

“I have no idea why he whistled,” said Huddersfield manager David Wagner. “If it was for holding then we have to have five or six penalties in every game.”

Precisely. Either make it a hard-and-fast rule and punish everyone for doing it, or apply some common sense. You can’t pick and choose, or we will never know where we stand. Friend’s only saving grace was that Mohamed Salah could not score from the spot.

Stat attack

13 – Arsenal have won their last 13 games at the Emirates in all competitions. It is their longest ever winning run there.

– Watford had 14 shots against Stoke City, but not one of them hit the target.

18 – All 18 of Georginio Wijnaldum’s Premier League goals (for Newcastle United and Liverpool) have been scored at home.

41 – All 41 of Javier Hernandez’s Premier League goals have been scored from inside the penalty box.

100 – Daniel Sturridge’s strike against Huddersfield Town was the 100th club goal of his career.

Goal of the weekend

Out of principle, Monday Morning Football is unable to award the title to Darren Fletcher. On paper, his goal sounded wonderful. A volley on the edge of the box, straight from a corner. It reads like a Paul Scholes classic. But no. Fletcher committed a crime against football aesthetics by side-footing the shot, rather than blasting it with his laces. Unacceptable.

Instead, we will award the title to Raheem Sterling, for another vintage Guardiola goal. One-twos in the build-up, then it’s worked out to Walker, who finds Sterling for the tap-in. A glorious team effort.

Jason Burt’s team of the weekendTactics corner, with JJ Bull

Before kick-off, David Unsworth spoke of the importance of giving Everton fans the kind of football they wanted, playing on the front foot and creating width for strikers. By the end of this one he must have wished they didn’t want quite so much.

, happy to absorb tame, uninspired build-up and strike quickly with pace and power. Claude Puel played to Leicester’s strengths, Unsworth played into Leicester’s hands.

From kick-off the standard was set, as Phil Jagielka humped a long ball out to the left wing, giving Leicester possession from a throw-in immediately. It’s supposed to be difficult to win the ball back in the Premier League, and while Leicester worked hard off the ball throughout, they didn’t have to try that hard… especially after a simple opening period to the game rewarded them with two goals.

Everton’s plan seemed to be to send high balls into the box for Calvert-Llewin, a nimble, quick striker best at playing on the shoulder, against a central defensive pairing of Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan, who towered over him like a cartoon wrestling tag-team. It didn’t look like working even once.

Things changed after half time as Unsworth switched to a 4-4-2 diamond but Ronald Koeman has struggled all season to make this group of players look good – nothing seems to work.

Leicester, obviously, were always going to play on the counter attack – it’s what they do – and the decision to attack with a high defensive line was curious. And with Jagielka, who makes a post office queue look quick, next to a seriously out-of-form Ashley Williams at centre-back, providing some defensive cover might have made sense.

Higher up the pitch, nothing worked. Mirallas kept wandering inside and disrupting the shape, Rooney cut a frustrated figure throughout, a big gap was left between midfield and defence. Playing two wingers and two strikers away from home in the Premier League was… not ambitious… but certainly ill-advised.

“The second half was much better,” said Unsworth after the game. “We gave them a two goal start and didn’t perform. Formations and tactics go out the window if you don’t play on the front foot and for some reason we didn’t.

“(At half time) I wanted an extra man in midfield and an extra striker and we felt the best way was to do it with a diamond. For whatever reason, first half it didn’t work. You’ve got to be reactive and show the players that you’re on the front foot as well.”

The positive for Unsworth is that he realised his team was in trouble and made changes early on. He knows it didn’t work, realises this is not an easy fix. The negative though is the lack of clear, clever strategy, players in straight lines, passes being sent over the top of the midfield. If you want to ping it into channels you sit deep, like Leicester. If you want to pass-and-move you need to put players into space to receive the ball – this was a mish mash of both and none.

“Whoever gets the honour of being Everton manager, including myself, needs time with this set of players. You need time and time on the training ground to implement those ideas.”

Unsworth won the Under-23 league last season and must know what he’s doing. On this evidence though, his ideas include playing a suicidal high line against Leicester, playing a left-footed inside forward on the left wing and fielding a fairly standard 4-2-3-1 wioach Ryan Giggs won’t hear criticism of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.Bale’s commitment and professionalism has been questioned in Spain.But Giggs says: “We played a game [on Tuesday] and he looked really good, sharp and really fresh, I’m excited to sth instructions to, effectively, get stuck in, get on the front foot, show some desire etc.

With a different group of players, perhaps he’d be able to turn Everton’s season around. Maybe he’s the next Sir Alex Ferguson. Perhaps we’ll get the chance to find out. Everton can’t afford to get are threatening to pull out of talks with Manchester United for Paul Pogba.Fed-up with United’s stubbornness in negotiations, Real are prepared to turn elsewhere to boost coach Zinedine Zidane’s midfield options.And while he views Pogba as a summer it wrong.

Key question of the week

Are Bournemouth losing their identity?

When promoted teams find success in the Premier League, it tends to be for one of two reasons. They are either well organised, defensively solid units who are hard to beat (eg Burnley), or they are committed to a certain style of play that makes them a unique proposition (eg Swansea under Brendan Rodgers).

For two seasons under Eddie Howe, Bournemouth fell into the latter category. With their passing football, high-energy pressing and array of midfield schemers, Bournemouth have been relentlessly impressive in the top flight, other than a mid-season blip last year (they still finished ninth).

So it is was endlessly frustrating to see Howe line his players up so defensively against Chelsea in their 1-0 defeat on Saturday. There were none of the passing triangles we have come to expect from this side, none of the energy without the ball. Instead they sat deep and tried to hit the champions on the break.

It was not what Bournemouth do best. And it’s not as if Chelsea were even strolling into this match on a particularly formidable run of form, either.

Bournemouth have been so enjoyable because they have not been afraid to have a go at teams and play their own way, irrespective of the opposition. It would be a shame if they were to lose that.

Who’s showing the most cards?How is the table looking?Off the Ball, by Alistair Tweedale

54% – Everton just as hopeless before

18% – Blankly staring into the distance

13% – Hoping Wayne Rooney might still be good

10% – 4-4-2

5% – Spirited late push that he can cling onto

0 – Christmas cards Michail Antonio should expect from Slaven Bilic after his mistake led to Wilfried Zaha’s late equaliser

“Listen, unless somebody decides otherwise, you’ve got me, boring old big nose f***ing fart with s***e football until May. Unless somebody decides different.”

Mick McCarthy to the disgruntled Ipswich fans following his side’s late 2-1 win at Burton. 

Race for the Golden Boot What’s coming up next?What’s on TV this week?

  Burnley v Newcastle United, Premier League, 8pm on Sky Sports

Manchester United v Benfica; Roma v Chelsea, both 7.45pm on BT Sport

Wednesday:  Liverpool v Maribor; Napoli v Manchester City; Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid, all 7.45pm on BT Sport

Thursday: Arsenal v Red Star Belgrade, Europa League, 8.05pm on BT Sport

Stoke City v Leicester City, Premier League 12.30pm on Sky Sports; West Ham United v Liverpool, Premier League, 5.30pm on BT Sport

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace, Premier League, 12pm on BT Sport; Manchester City v Arsenal, Premier League, 2.15pm on Sky Sports; Chelsea v Manchester United, Premier League, 4.30pm on Sky Sports

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Scouting Report: Bills at Lions

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– Buffalo’s right guard will be seeing Suh more than any other offensive lineman, and he’ll need some assistance knowing most opponents cannot handle him in one-on-one situations very often.

– It’s a dynamic rookie receiver against a second-year corner, who is fourth on the team in tackles and leads the team in pass breakups. Slay is also tied for the team lead in interceptions.

Bills Top 2 Advantages

– Detroit’s pass rush is pretty formidable in its own right, but facing the Lions’ offensive line could prove fruitful for Buffalo’s pass rushers off the edge. Through the first four games this season the Lions have given up the third-most sacks in the league.

– Again the Lions’ run ‘D’ is a top 10 unit as well, but in this matchup Buffalo’s third-ranked run defense has a big edge against a Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is happy with his first weeks at PSG.Herrera joined PSG this month in a Bosman deal.He revealed, “I’m just trying to be myself, to be natural. I’m lucky because I joined a great group of other Spanish playerDetroit run game that ranks just 25th in the league and might be without the services of Joique Bell (concussion).

Bills Number 1 Must

– Buffalo’s third down success rate has been on a steady decline through the first four weeks of the season. With Kyle Orton at quarterback this week, the Bills need to improve their efficiency on third down to keep drives alive against a team that’s capable of putting up points.

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He doesn’t make the play every time, but Matthew Stafford is pretty cool when facing blitz situations. So far this season the Lions’ former number one overall pick has gone 16-25 passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns, while also taking two sacks. Those numbers are good for a passer rating of 124.9, the fourth highest figure in the league.

The Lions will be playing their second game since losing MLB Stephen Tulloch to a season-ending knee injury. Tulloch suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 when he was celebrating a sack of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers. Surgery was performed this week and deemed a success. Last Sunday was the first game Tulloch missed in his nine-year career. Stepping in to take his place is Tahir Whitehead a third-year player out of Temple.

Detroit’s offense has solid weapons at the skill positions, but it hasn’t translated into much offensive success on first or second down. In fact the Lions rank 30th in the league in first down efficiency where they gain four lightly this season.Arsenal will meet Chelsea in the final next week in Baku.Sanllehi told arsenal.com: “He’s won it three times already, he’s never lost a final, and we’re hoping that that streak continues. From day one, when we were talking with hyards or more just over 40 percent of the time (40.2%). On second down their conversion percentage is just a shade over 27 percent, which ranks 27th in the NFL. However, those substandard numbers haven’t meant a whole lot in negatively impacting the Lions’ success rate on third down.

The Lions stand fourth in the league in third down conversion percentage at an impressive 52.4 percent. In third-and-short situations they rank fourth in the league as well (75%) and in third-and-medium they rank second in the league with a 73.3 percent conversion rate.

Detroit’s defense has been stingy the first month of the season when it comes to giving up yards. They rank first in the league in yards allowed per game, but perhaps even more impressive are their tackles for loss. The Lions are tied for second in the league in opponent rusdeparture for Juventus last summer.Perez denied that Real Madrid’s refusal to help the player pay debts to the tax authorities contributed to his departure.”I think he already had it quite clear that he wanted new challenges,” Perez said on El Transihes for negative yardage with 16. They also rank third in the NFL for opponent yards lost on negative plays (-113).

Lions’ All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson has been hobbled by an ankle injury the last couple of weeks. His two-catch 12-yard output last week against the Jets was his lowest production in a game in almost five seasons. Johnson did not practice at all last week leading up to last Sunday’s game. There’s a chance he might practice more this week, and he is expected to play, but he’s not expected to be 100 percent healthy.

Buffalo Chips

“I think we’ve got a lot of good players. All across the board we’ve got young talent on the outside. We’ve got two running backs that can take a lot of pressure off of us. And I think when you ask the offensive line to do the right thing I think they can really play hard for you and do a lot of great things. We’re going up against a good defense on the road. We’re going to have to play our best football to come out with a win.”

-QB Kyle Orton

Stat of the Week

Kyle Orton is 4-0 lifetime against the Detroit Lions passing for 822 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and a 102.2 passer rating.

Milestones in reach

-Fred Jackson needs two rushing touchdowns to become the fourth Bills player with 30 or more in his time with Buffalo.

-Mike Williams needs three receptions for 225 in his career.

-Mario Williams needs one sack for 80 in his NFL career.

Final Note

In his last eight games against NFC opponents, Mario Williams has 10.5 sacks.

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How excited should Arsenal be about latest group of youngsters? Scouting report from Doncaster Carabao Cup win

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His confidence and ability going forward was evident all night, with his bursts up the right flank causing havoc in the Doncaster defence and a couple of efforts drawing smart saves from the visitors’ goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Defensively though, Nelson was shaky and he was twice badly caught out in the second half to gift Doncaster openings that more clinical forwards would have profited from. 

There was a moment in the first half that summarised the youngster’s night, when he made a mess of a clearance before moments later using his searing pace to dribble away with the ball and then play a perfectly-weighted pass up the line for Theo Walcott. 

The important things to remember with Nelson are his age and inexperience. He is only 17, and prior to the summer had never played in defence. Fortunately for him, Wenger has quite the pedigree in converting naturally attacking players into excellent full-backs, including Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Lauren. 

With his speed, athleticism and eagerness to get involved in his side’s attacks, Nelson is in many ways the prototype Wengerian full-back. ringing and career in a new autobiography. The talented winger partnered with Simon Zwartkuis to release “Heart of a Lion” recently.In the book, Depay speaks about his high profile failure at Manchester United, his issues with Louis Van Gaal and JoseExpect to see more of him before the season is out, especially with Arsenal’s other back-up right wing-back options either on loan (Carl Jenkinson) or out of favour (Mathieu Debuchy). 

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

At 20 years old and having made seven appearances last season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a relative veteran compared to Nelson. Maitland-Niles, a local lad who joined Arsenal at the age of six, is known for his versatility but said in the pre-match programme that he views himself as a central midfielder. 

Having played as a defender for Arsenal previously, Maitland-Niles started as a left wing-back against Doncaster, which he also did against Cologne last week. 

Like Nelson, it was clear early on that Maitland-Niles had more interest in attacking than defending. He got forward very effectively in the first half, and put in a number of dangerous crosses as he combined well with Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left. 

In the second half, Maitland-Niles was more disciplined, as he recognised the need to hold his position and support the callow Josh Dasilva, who had come on at half-time in central defence. Maitland-Niles also showed superb speed and awareness to charge back and deny Alfie May after Nelson had been horribly caught out.

Wenger says that Maitland-Niles is "close" to playing more regularly, while the player himself said on Wednesday that he is targeting a few Premier League stars this season. He certainly looks ready to step up, and could offer a solution to the defensive midfield area where Arsenal look so vulnerable. 

Josh Dasilva

When Calum Chambers was forced off with a hip injury at half-time, Nacho Monreal seemed the obvious choice to come on as the left-sided centre-back in the Arsenal back three. Instead Wenger turned to Josh Dasilva, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who only broke into the Arsenal under-21 side towards the end of last season. 

Besides being physically imposing and left-footed, Dasilva – another English academy graduate – looked about as equipped for the role as the FA investigating misconduct. 

His first two contributions were to pass the ball straight to an opposition player, and then get nutmegged in front of his manager. Shortly after, he got himself in a tangle and was turned by Matty Blair, before Per Mertesacker exhorted him to focus and move up alongsid Hazard will take when he arrives from Chelsea.The Sun says Hazard will wear the No 7 shirt when he finally signs for Real Madrid.The Chelsea ace wants his £115million deal wrapped up – as does Bernabeu president Florentino Perez.Even though Hazare the rest of the back three. At times it felt as though Dasilva had been brought on to give Mertesacker some practice for his role as academy manager, which he will start next season. 

But as the second half wore on, Dasilva settled down and began to show his technical proficiency and comfort on the ball. He is clearly very talented, and will hn’t sabotage Chelsea’s run to the Europa League final over their pursuit of Eden Hazard.Marca says Hazard has ‘already agreed’ terms on a move to Real Madrid this summer and an announcement will be made on May 12 unless the Blues reach the Europa Leaave learned a huge amount from playing out of position, and at a level higher than what he is used to. 

It would be a surprise if Dasilva’s future was at the back, but then Wenger did a similar conversion job on Kolo Toure, who arrived as a winger and became an ‘Invincible’ central defender. 

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Antoine Griezmann’s brother teases Manchester United fans with Old Trafford tweets

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Depay’s largely unsuccessful two-year spell at Manchester United was brought to an end after Lyon agreed to meet Manchester United’s £12m valuation. 

The former PSV winger impressed in his first appearance for Lyon, coming on as a substitute during Lyon’s win over Marseille on Sunday evening. 

Griezmann tweeted a picture of the 22-year-old as he conducted his first post-match interview following Lyon’s 3-lback has underlined the importance of being capable of clinching the LaLiga Santander title, despite missing out on the Champions League and the Copa del Rey silverware this season.”It’s a very difficult moment for the whole team as we were very clo1 win over Marseille.

"Sorry Memphis I think Old Trafford is better!" wrote Griezmann.

Just days later the French DJ sent out another Manchester United tweet, attaching a picture of Old Trafford without any caption.

Theo Griezmann, who is thought to support Manchester United, reactivated his Twitter account earlier this month after temporarily suspending his account.

The tweets sen plans to replace wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.The Daily Mail says Pogba still wants to leave after pushing for moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid over the last two years.The Frenchman only has 18 months left on his £290,000-a-week contract, althot a number of Manchester United fans into a minor frenzy, with some club in the summer.The player has confirmed discussions over the contract extension are ongoing and that he would very much like to stay at St James’ Park.Ritchie became a fan favourite in the recently finished season as he impressed in a left wing-baalling on Theo Griezmann to persuade his brother to sign for the club.

As reported by James Ducker earlier this week, Manchester United are understood to be already working on a £86m deal to bring Griezmann to the club in the summer.

Atletico Madrid manager,

Simeone is likely to leave the Vicente Calderon at the end of this season after taking the unprecedented step of reducing his Atletico contract and his imminent departure is likely to hasten Griezmann’s exit.

"I don’t tie anybody down. I simply work in order to continue getting better for the good of the club," said Simeone. 

Despite admitting his star striker has been attracting plenty of interest

“There are many offers,’ Cerezo said. “I don’t know what will come of Manchester United’s interest. What I can say though is that Griezmann will be an Atlético player for a long time.”

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Plymouth fan pens heartfelt message to Liverpool staff after learning of his son’s death during FA Cup tie at Anfield

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In an emotional tribute to Liverpool staff who were on hand to ease his distress, Kevin May recounted the ordeal of learning of his son’s death and thanked Anfield staff for their support in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"Just as I was about to enter Anfield through the turnstiles, I received a phone call from my eldest son Terry. He told me my other son Daniel, who was in intensive care, was flat lining and was about to die," May wrote in a d striker has been promoted from the Juvenil A team, where he scored 23 goals last season, and has loan offers from Spain, Germany and France.Indeed, talks with Alaves have reached an advanced stage, but Raul has moved to block the deal.The new coachmessage posted on his Facebook page. 

"Obviously I was very distraught and struggled to hear him over the noiseennes.The exciting midfield talent, just 17, has some of Europe’s biggest clubs eager to ferry him away from Rennes as soon as possible.Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan have all had scouts posted to Rennes games this season to watch Camav of the crowd. I turned to face the ground to hide my tears when I noticed beside me a tall police officer, who I now know was called Graham.

"He saw how distressed I was and saw the facetime image on my phone of my youngest son in intensive care. He immediately led me into the club and into the police supervision room.

"He sat me down and spoke to me while Terry continued to keep me informed of what was happening back in Guildford hospital in Surrey.

"I calmed down with the help of these two big Scousers I’d only known for half an hour, but they were great."

May was guided to his seat when he received a text message confirming his son had died.

Unfortunately I was only at my seat a matter of minutes, maybe ten I’m not sure, when I got a text from my daughter Stacey which simply read ‘He’s gone’. My beautiful 25yr old son Daniel had died of cardiac arrest. 

"As soon as I stepped inside the police office I crumpled in a heep on a table with my head in my arms and just completely broke down.

"I sobbed like a baby at the loss of my son and feeling of despair. Graham and the Anfield employee both put their arms around me, an Argyle fan, in a show of pure human kindness, a credit to scousers and Liverpool FC as well as Liverpool police."

May asked that his ‘sincerest thanks’ be passed on to the Liverpool staff who were on hand to offer the father their ‘care and the kind word Nottingham Forest on a two-year-deal after the winger was released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League.The 31-year-old’s 125th and final Villa appearance was May’s Championship play-off final win over Derby.Villa were the s’.

 

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NCAA D-I board chair doesn’t want O’Bannon appealed to Supreme Court

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DESTIN, Fla. — NCAA Division I board of directors chairman Harris Pastides said he is not inclined to have the NCAA try to get the US Supreme Court to hear the Ed O’Bannon case if the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rules unfavorably against the association.

Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, said that an NCAA committee is currently working on creating new NCAA bylaws allowing football and men’s basketball players to be paid if the O’Bannon injunction goes into effect. Depending on the outcome of the NCAA’s appeal, schools could begin offering players deferred payments for use of their names, images and likenesses (NILs) beginning Aug. 1. The payments would go into effect in the 2016-17 academic year.

Pastides said he thinks the NCAA made a good case in its appeal and described the O’Bannon decision as a “hybrid ruling” that at least would allow the NCAA to limit how much money could flow to athletes. The NCAA could cap the amount of money for NILs at no less than $5,000 per year.

“My hope would be that we’d get beyond this,” Pastides said in an interview with CBSSports.com from the SEC spring meetings. “You ask me if I’d like to see it appealed to the Supreme Court. I’m one member of the board. I’m eager to see us turn the page on that and start working within whatever framework we have to start working in.”

Here are excerpts of the interview with Pastides, who in January was elected chair of the NCAA board of directors.

Aug. 1 is the date when schools would be allowed to start offering payments to players for use of their names, images and likenesses. Are bylaws being created now if needed?

 There is a committee that is working on preparing for that eventuality if this rolls forward and we’ve got to implement it. We’ll be prepared. Let me say, $5,000 is not that different from the numbers we’re all declaring relative to cost of attendance. Some of us said $2,500, $3,000, $3,500, $4,000. But it’s not like (US District Judge Claudia Wilken) said $20,000. It’s not like she said $100,000. It’s not like big business can come in and pay a hundred grand to one, two, three or 10 or 20 high-profile basketball and football players and say that’s the new model. I think her decision, although noWatford and Rennes are still haggling over a price for Ismaila Sarr.The Rennes winger is eager to move to Vicarage Road, though a fee is still to be settled.Watford’s last offer of €30m, reports Le 10 Sport, has been turned down by the Ligue 1 outfit.Rennes are insisting €40m to sell Sarr.The two clubs will continue negotiating this weekend over a deal for the Senegal international.t exactly what we would have hoped, is somewhere in the middle.”

Wilken did include cost of attendance in the O’Bannon injunction in addition to the allowance of money for NILs. So is it your understanding that it would be $5,000 plus cost of attendance, or it would be a combination?

I thought it would be a combination. I really do. That’s why I think (the dollar amount is) not that far away. … I think her decision would be just a bump up to five grand. But there are details that would have to be figured out. In fairness to us, if it goes through unobstructed by appeal, there would be some clarification. The NCAA would immediately have questions back: What did you mean by that? How does that get adjudicated? Literally, if we wanted to implement that ruling, it’s not clear. Just like the questions you had for me.”

My understanding was the O’Bannon injunction was cost of attendance plus NILs, not a combination.

I’m not sure. (Note: Wilken’s opinion supports theWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. conclusion that she’s saying NILs ands and cost of attendance are two separate numbers. Wilken wrote “the injunction will not preclude the NCAA from implementing rules capping the amount of compensation that macult for him to watch the UEFA Nations League.The Spurs midfielder was not involved at the World Cup or in the Finals of the Nations League, despite helping England reach the event this past summer.But Winks wants to put his head down and earn back hy be paid to student athletes while they are enrolled in school; however, the NCAA will not be permitted to set this cap below the cost of attendance, as the term is defined in its current bylaws. The injunction will also prohibit the NCAA from enforcing any rules to prevent its member schools and conferences from offering to deposit a limited share of licensing revenue in trust for their FBS football and Division I basketball recruits, payable when they leave school or their eligibility expires.”)

Is the Jeffrey Kessler case that seeks a free market for players the biggest lawsuit you’re worried about?

It’s a big one. We of course talk about it. I am hopeful there will be an agreement there of all parties. Of course, the devil’s in the details. I understand that the former players say that we were close to implementing something like full cost of attendance several years ago and there was an override. Now the courts are saying you need to do that, so the players want some of that money retroactively. I understand that point of view.

On the other hand, how far back do you go? Do you go to ancient times? That’s something we’re going to let the lawyers figure out. But we don’t want the players and former players to be against us. I know where money is involved it’s a contentious thing. But the NCAA can’t be seen as anti-player or anti-former player. We don’t want that.

Do you think there could be a way to create group licensing for athletes?

Maybe. I think when you think about a jersey, just to use that as an example, and when there’s a very popular player whose name is on the jersey and they’re flying like hotcakes but the university’s name is on the jersey too, I could see something where that player benefits later on. Maybe a group license is the way to do it.

We also at the NCAA care deeply about the players whose names aren’t on the jersey being bought. I’m one of those people who was strongly in favor of cost of attendance sharing more money with the players to help college become more affordable. … What I’m equally vehement in opposition is that we allow a small number of elite athletes to benefit egregiously because of their talent financially while they’re still college students. But if you were to ask me might there be some way where those students who are directly contributing to the financial gain of the university because they are so good, shouldn’t they benefit a little more? I think that’s something we can continue to work on.

Playing devil’s advocate, you’ve got regular students who are actors, musicians, writers and can get paid while being a student in college. When I was in college, I could work at the student newspaper and get paid and also get paid professionally as a freelancer.

But you did that on your own.

Right. So that’s another model that has been suggested. Couldn’t you say athletes could receive sponsorship money they’re able to obtain from the outside and universities wouldn’t be on the hook to directly pay for it?

Well, a track and field athlete arguably has that opportunity. But how does that happen for a football player or basketball player who has no value until they become a pro other than they’re part of the university team? If the benefits to accrue are moderate, I’m always going to want to talk about it. If the path forward is like remove all control, you know, then I’m not [in favor of it].

I know we have a student [at South Carolina] who used to be a Disney actor and made a lot. We understood it. How could she not have her big payday? But she took a leave of absence, she made money, she put the money in the bank. I don’t know how much. She didn’t have to tell me how much. The studios paid her money. She comes back to school at the right time. She has ample time to pay her tuition. That’s a good story.

It’s a little different in athletics when you’re playing a team sport. And by the way, I realize that young woman was different than other students. She came back, she was a little bit of a celebrity, just like athletes can be a celebrity. I’m one of those forces in the NCAA who wants to talk about these things. We’ll talk about them with Congress, we’ll talk about them with business interests. I just think the courts, plaintiffs, defendants, probably are not the best way to get the right thing done.

But change probably wouldn’t get done without pressure, right?

Well, it’s the American way. I think people would understand that we can’t just cave and roll over and say well, you’re applying pressure so here’s the treasury. … Then people say take the money away from the coaches’ salaries. But our hands are restricted there because of federal antitrust and you can’t restrict competitiveness.

To be fair, that’s what the players are saying. They’re saying they’ve been restricted and their value is capped at zero after a scholarship.

I know, but I would say 90 percent or more of NCAA members — even the 65 universities in the five autonomy conferences — are not going to find it easy to find the extra money because you can’t divert it from the coaches. The only thing you really can do is either in the best case defer projects that are of value to the university and the players themselves, or increase tuition or take state appropriations away in order to pay the athletes more. There’s not a huge treasury that allows us to do that. We’re fortunate with the [SEC] Network we have some new income. That’s where we’re going to get the money.

Some members of Congress want to create a presidential commission to examine issues in college sports. Do you think that is going to happen and what do you believe Congress’ role should be in college sports?

I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think there will be a constant din. There will probably be a minority of people wanting this anytime there is a flagrant problem [in college sports], because there will be these problems, I’m sure, every year. Congress’ role ought to be inquiring, to be interested, to be observant, but not to be managing or legislating because I think we’ve done very well all these years.”

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VIDEO: Weird Al has a new fight song for your favorite team

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I can really relate to this song because that team I don’t like really does suck, and this song captures than says Harvey Barnes is right to be frustrated over his lack of starts.Barnes came off the bench to stRodgers remains eager to find a replacement for Harry Maguire after his summer move to Manchester United.And his search has led him to Brazilian defender Gabriel.Rodgers feels the 22 year-old is a like-for-like replacement for Maguire and is preparedeal the spotlight at Sheffield United, his 15-yard rocket earning City a 2-1 win.”He’s very good,” said Maddison. “He hasn’t played that much yet t team’s suckitudKubo was too good to play for Real Madrid Castilla this season after the Japanese youngster was loaned out to Real Mallorca.The legendary striker’s first match in charge of Castilla ended in a 1-1 draw with Las Rozas in the third tier of Spanish foote pretty well. 

Seriously, this entire song is just like one long message board post.

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Report: Manziel gets boost from ‘Johnny Football’ trademark ruling

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Johnny Manziel won a battle in his effort to trademark the nickname ‘Johnny Football,’ as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reportedly refused to register the same trademark with a College Station investment firm.

ESPN to Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments rejecting its argument that the phrase ‘Johnny Football’ did not refer to any particular individual. 

“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark consists of or includes a name, portrait, or signature identifying a particular living individual whose written consent to register the mark is not of record,”  — in other words, that yes, “Johnny Football” does refer to a “particular living individual,” and that that individual ve for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.The World Cup winner has been linked with a loan switch to Ibrox in January.But Gerrard says: “We are getting linked with some good playThe agent of has revealed how manager Frank Lampard inspired them to victory at Tottenham on Sunday.It was not just the tactics the 41-year-old got spot on, it was his chest-pumping words before kick-off that got the Stamford Bridge side firing on all cylinders.Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout admits he wants to join Napoli.The former Aston Villa star is being linked with the Azzurri this summer.“I won’t rule out the possibility of Napoli signing Veretout, even if they keep Allan,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“Napoli are going to build a very strong side and have changed their strategy, focusing on players who already know Serie A and are ready to deliver straight away.“I wouldn’t rule Veretout out of their midfield. There are several clubs interested in Veretout, but the lad is in love with Napoli. If I can make something happen for my hometown club, I’m more than happy to do so.”ers. I don’t know anything about it, to be honest.“If someone knows somehasn’t “consented” to giving the firm the trademark.

On the contrary, , though its filing came some weeks after the Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments claim in late 2012.

The firm, ESPN reports, can appeal this week’s ruling.

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PHOTO: Ole Miss powder blue throwback helmets are out there

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Photos of powder blue helmets have surfaced on the Internet multiple times the past couple of seasons, tantalizing Rebel fans who fondly remember . And they remember fondly with good reason: like the wave of , those things are sharp.

So yes, it’s more nce the start of the season after suffering er Giuseppe Rossi is set to train with Villarreal.The 32-year-old is without a club since 2018, when he left Genoa.He will be hoping that he can get himself up to fitness and attract an offer from a top flight team somewhere in Europe.Rossi was in hianterior cruciate ligament damage to his right knee in the Community Shield against Liverpool.The winger has stepped up his recovery, training alone and doing ball work, and is expected to join his team-matthan a little exciting that this time, the photo isn’t just surfacing from the message-board depths but coming to you of Ole Miss coordinator of recruiting development and appears to be shot inside the Ole Miss equipment room: 

Now for the bad news: like a lot of other or that have popped up this offseason, it remains steadfastly unclear if this something the nchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes the contract saga involving David De Gea was a negative for the club.De Gea took several months to commit to a new long term deal, which he did sign recently.And Schmeichel believes that such uncerRebels plan on actually wearing … or merely had mocked up for visiting recruits to ogle. Johnson’s job title, obviously, won’t do anything to damage the theory it’s just another part of giving recruits the VIP treatment.

But hey: the powder blue helmet is out there. There’s no reason not to hope it finds its way onto the Vaught-Hemingway turf sooner rather than later. 

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Penn State’s O’Brien: Nittany Lions should play in a “Kickoff Classic” opener

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Penn State coach Bill O’Brien would like to start a season-opening, stand-alone “Kickoff Classic”after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.Lys Mousset put the visitors ahead after just two minutes, only for Matt Doherty to tie things up in the second-half.And Wilder thinks the Blades could’ve done more to extend their lead in the first-half.”This was for his program similar to games played by the Nittany Lions under Joe Paterno.

Speaking here at the Penn State Coaches Caravan, O’Brien said he’d like to play a season opener in any or all of these stadiums: New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium, FedEx Field (home of the Redskins) and Gillette Stadium (home of the Patriots).

O’Brien mentioned USC and Alabama as possible opponents but later said the idea was only the discussion stages.

“I got a text from my wi step in for Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern Munich have been regarded as favourites to land the Germany international, who has worked his way back after undergoing knee surgery at the start of the season.However, Real are also watching defe:,” he said. “Alabama? The first game of the year? Are you nuts.”

From 1983-2000, Penn State played in four of the old Kickoff Classics against Nebraska, Georgia Tech and USC (twice). The first Kickoff Classic in Meadowlands Stadium (Penn State-Miami) was the first regular-season, major-college game played in the month of August. The game was discontinued after 2002.

Penn State opens the 2013 season in Met Life Stadium in a previously scheduled game against Syracuse. After that, the schedule is set through 2015, O’Brien said.

“Isn’t that great for with teams like Penn State opening up a ardiola at Manchester City.The City legend left the club this summer after 11 years to take up a player-manager role at Anderlecht.”I should’ve expected this question and yet I’m surprised,” the 33-year-old said. “Let me start with this. Let City be season against Southern Cal?” he said. “I mean, I don’t want to play it next year. Give me a chance to get the program going my way. I think in the future that would be a big game. Every week in the is a big game. I love big games.”

Any Kickoff Classic-style season opener might clash with the that begins in 2017. That would give Penn State two BCS-level non-conference opponents before opening Big Ten play. Penn State also plays Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. O’Brien has advocated a permanent renewal of the Pittsburgh rivalry.”I just want to play Pitt every year,” O’Brien said. “What’s wrong with that? … The new news is that I’d like to open the season at Met Life Stadium or FedEx Field or a neutral site against a top opponent. It’s great for our alums. Imagine playing playing Southern Cal in a Kickoff Classic-style opener.” 

 

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Jordan Spieth looking for 10th career win with lead heading into the weekend

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pool fullback Andrew Robertson.Robertson captained the Tartan Army to a 6-0 victory over San Marino on Sunday as they ended a disappointing run of four successive defening the Premier League title after the bottom of the table team need organisation and belief to get out of the Premier League relegation zone.”You must have heard it many times about people talking about sides that are possibly too good to be in a relegation dogfight,” Pearson, who hvictory over Manchester United.The Reds moved 16 points clear at the summit with a game in hand on their nearest challengers as they earned a 2-0 win.Victory was sealed by a late Mohamed Salah goal, which was folloats that had ended their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020.“It’s an

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British Open 2017: Jordan Spieth wins historic third Grand Slam leg before age 24

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s pleased with a battling 2-0 FA Cup win awn Premier League offers during his playing career.He insists, however, that he has no regrets about not playing in the Premier League, having also rejected the oppohe Holland international is being courted by Manchester United, Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool – all of whom are keen to add the youngster to their ranks in the transfer window. Speaking to RTL Boulevard, De Ligt said: “I am very excited abrtunity to join Manchester City in 2011.”I had the chance to come (to the Premier Leat Millwall.Fantastic strikes from Muhamed Besic and Oliver Norwood earned Sheffield United a place in the FA Cup fifth-round at the expense of Championship Millwall.Wilder said afterwards, “It was always goin

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What time does the Masters start? Watch live stream, TV channel, coverage for 2017

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an Dychbuted to his decision to leave Manchester City.The 29-year-old left City for Everton last week after seeing his playing decrease at the Etihad last season.And Delph hopes he can put himself in Gareth Southgate’s plans by playing regularly on Merseysie will likely rotate his squad for Saturday’s clash with Norwich City at Turf Moor.Substitute Jeff Hendrick popped up to score a stoppage-time equaliser against Brighton on Saturday.Matej Vydra and Jay Rodrigr City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season’s fixture list.“In the first half, we started wuez also impressed off the bench, a

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Super Bowl 2016: Josh Norman, Von Miller play ‘Doom’ with Conan

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Last year, Conan O’Brien his inaugural edition of his Clueless Gamer competition. He had running back and tight end compete against each other in Mortal Kombat. Lynch came away as the winner. (Gronkowski got the better end of the deal with the actual Super Bowl win)

Conan brought back the Clueless Gamer contest for Super Bowl 50. This year’s competition featured cornerback and linebacker .

After giving each player an introduction, Conan told Miller that he is a Patriots fan and asked, “You made my 12-year old daughter cry. How do you sleep at night?” Miller said it was just a game, and Conan was not happy about that take on things, so they just moved onto playing “Doom.s parking space.It was reported that Solskjaer told staff: “It just doesn’t feel right parking there. It’s still the gaffer’s [Fergie’s] place.”“Sir Alex had his own spot,” a club insider told The Sun.”It’s a busy car park and we have been waiting “

Whatever this thing is appeared on screen, and Conan was confused. He asked what it was, and Miller responded that it was a hologram.

Conan:”How did you know that wan’t feel pressure to score goals.Wijnaldum netted for the first time since his double against Barcelona in Saturday’s hard-fought win over Sheffield United, but says he feels no responsibility to chip in with goals.“No, I don’t really think about ts a hologram?”

Miller:”I mean, I seen Tupac at Coachella.”

It’s also pretty obvious from lookind and Spain.The former Leicester City striker is leaving Mexico’s Pachuca to return to Europe, says Marca.Leganés, Betis, Alavés and even Almería are all in contact with Ulloa, while he’s also interesting Nottingham Forest and Reading in the Chamng at it, that it’s a hologram. In any event, they decided to take a cool-down by showing a commercial from a sponsor.

“I want to have a live feed inside the cages where you see how happy the chickens are,” Miller said. It was strange.

Conan also brought a friend to the festivities.

Of course, a party with Marshawn Lynch isn’t really a party until you do some wine-tasting.

“This tastes like Kool-Aid,” Lynch decided.

To wrap things up, Conan held a contest to see which of Lynch, Miller, and Norman could last the longest in one of Doom’s levels. Miller and Lynch went first, but Norman came away the winner by executing a very interesting strategy (aka cheating).

Check out the full video below:

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