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World chess champion goes top of overall fantasy football table

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, changing it to: "World Chess Champion. The highest ranked chess player in the world. Current (live) £1 Fantasy Premier League player".

He also addressed his fantasy football performance on social media, citing analytics company Opta as one of the factors behind his success.

"Since a lot of people are asking about my £FPL strategy, mine is the not so groundbreaking one of part stats and part gut feeling," the Norwegian tweeted. "Part @Opta-mist and part optimist."

arlsen is currently competing in the Premier League’s official FPL competition for the sixth successive season, his previous best finish (2397th) coming in 2017/18.

Carlsen’s current squad boasts premium midfielders such as Sadio Mane and SoUnited-Unai-Emery-Wayne-Rooney-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic”>Sunday Expressrdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” Englan says he is currently the second-highest-paid player in the Premier League behind Alexis Sanchez earning £350,000-a-week.Gunners bosses are keen to get him off the payroll and his reprn Heung-min, while he is one of the many millions who are bacng Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.After a tough season in Madrid, the former Lyon forward is ready to leave for regular first team football.And Valencia are keen as they see Mariano as a replacement for Rodrigo Moreno – should the Spain internationking Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

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Manchester City’s flight to China delayed for second time

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It will also cause embarice Evra is adamant Paul Pogba will be staying this season.Real Madrid remain keen on the midfielder.But Evra, speaking in Monaco for the Champions League draw, stated: “Paul is focused, Paul is in Manchester and he will stay in Manchester. There havrassment to the tournament’s organisers as City have not been able to fulfil their media duties to promote the tournament.

City will spend a week in China before heading on to Hong Kong and J.The full-back has only started 30 Premier League games for the club since arriving five years ago.The 24-year-old, who was a hot prospect at Southampton when he made the move to North London, wants to establish himself in the first team.And he sees apan, playing four games on their unnar Solskjaer admits Paul Pogba won’t be available for their Europa League tie with AZ Alkmaar.United have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition but must avoid defeat against AZ to ensure they win Group L.When asked about wheshort tour of the Far East before taking on Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 4.

A Premier League spokesman said: “Manchester City have experienced administration issues [with their flight], it is being addressed and it will not affect their participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy. We look forward to welcoming them to Shanghai and Nanjing.”

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Bills Today: Whaley to spearhead coaching search

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Here’s the Bills news of note for Dec. 28th.

With Rex Ryan relieved of his coaching duties Tuesday, the search for a new head coach will begin in earnest by the Bills. The team confirmed that GM Doug Whaley will head up the process.

The Bills general manager was part of the process two years ago and made his recommendations, but indication now is Whaley will take a lead role in the search for a new head coach.

He could begin to put out requests to interview coaching candidates as soon as the end of the week.

Interim head coach ays Real Betis will reject any offer from Liverpool for Firpo this summer.Firpo is believed to be firmly in the plans of coach Rubi ahead of the new campaign with the 22-year-old impressing last term.Liverpool, therefore, would need to pay the £45m Anthony Lynn is expected to be a consideration.

Buffalo’s league-leading rushing attack made a sizable climb up the franchise’s single-season rushing list in Week 16. Entering last Saturday’s game the 2016 Bills ranked 10th in team history in rushing yards with 2,290. After their 272-yard rushing performance they’ve vaulted themselves into the top 5.

“We kind of did what we wanted moving the ball,” said LeSean McCoy, who had his seventh 100-yard rushing day. “Running the ball, running the ball, taking shots. oach Florian k to his best.The Belgian has been in imperious form in recent weeks, with his man-of-the-match displays against Arsenal and Leicester vital in securing maximum points from two tough games.It’s seen a surge of praise for the midfielder, something EdeKohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculThe way that we’re built. That’s how we’re built. We run the ball and then take some shots.”

Buffalo now has 2,562 rushing yards on the season, which ranks as the fourth-best single season rushing with a game to play. They’re expected to pass the 1976 Bills (2,566) in the season finale against the Jets sitting just four yards behind them.

That figures to be where Buffalo’s 2016 run game will finish in club annals knowing they would need more than 400 yards on the ground to even surpass the 1975 Bills (2,974) who hold the number two spot all-time.

The 2016 Bills are however, expected to finish as the club’s all-time single-season leader in yards per carry average. They currently sit in the top spot at 5.52 yards per carry. It’s almost a half yard better than the 1973 Bills.

All season long the Bills offense has been experts when it comes to ball security. Last Saturday marked the eighth time this season they have not committed a turnover. It extended a new Bills single-season mark (previous mark was six games without turnover in 2015).

Buffalo has just nine turnovers through 15 games. That ties the NFL record low set by New England in the 2010 season.

If the Bills go without a giveaway against the Jets on Sunday it would set a new NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season. Buffalo’s previous record low was 19 last season.

The NFL record low is 10 originally set by the 2010 Patriots and matched by the 2011 San Francisco 49ers.

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Bills Today: Bills offense still working on timing

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Here’s the Bills news of note for Aug. 20th.

An offense uses training camp for one main purpose – to get in sync. In offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s offense, most routes are based upon timing. This means that Tyrod Taylor and his rec have reportedly made an approach for Lille striker Leão.The Toffees are keen on teammate Nicolas Pepe, but face being priced out of a deal.Leao would be a cheaper optioHenderson says they must do better, despite victory over Arsenal.The Reds defeated Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday.”We knew if we did the right things, played to our strengths, defended really well and were clinical in front of goal, then we’d hurt them,” Hen and reports in France suggest Everton have approached Lille over a £37m deal.eivers will need as many reps as possible to ensure they’re on the same page. Rookie Zay Jones said this has been a slow process.

“It’s different when it’s routes against air and everything is laid out for you,” said Jones. “When you get press coverage, sometimes it throws timing off, and sometimes it’s obviously a different look. But, that’s what the preseasons is for. You just have to keep playing and keep building, and that stuff is going to come.”

For a rookie like Jones, and newcomers like Andre Holmes and Corey Brown, establishing timing in a new offense is a process. Not only do they have to become comfortable with their quarterback, but they have to understand their route, and the offensive scheme.2-1 midweek at Camp Nou and the same result this evening in the Derby d’Italia at San Siro.“It has been a mixed week, because we played not badly in Barcelona and here tonight too. We kept the ball and created chances, but were unable to score the It can take countless reps before a quarterback instinctively knows where his receiver will be.

Coach Sean McDermott said that in the second preseason game some of the protection issues could be attributed to the offense being out of sync.

“There are a lot of factors that really came into play in terms of the pressure on our quarterbacks [against the Eagles],” said McDermott. “Technique is obviously one thing, beating the man in front of you and the timing of the offense has to work hand in hand with the protection and route development and the quarterback getting the ball out on time.”

Building timing will only develop as Taylor becomes more familiar with his new targets. As the offense becomes more confident in the scheme, their play will start to find a rhythm. 

“I’ve gone back and I was going through charting every penalty and trying to put them in different categories as you try to solve problems,” said McDermott. “You want to be able to say it’s all one area and that’s not the case. There’s some discipline in there. There’s concentration. There’s playing aggressive without hesitation so we stay in good position and we’re not in chase mode. So, there are different buckets that are factoring into the penalties, all of which are unacceptable.”

The Bills ended the second preseason game with 15 penalties for 131 yards. As McDermott stated, these penalties occurred during all parts of the game. Although some of the calls could certainly be considered questionable, the Bills still committed far too many penalties. Some notable calls include a leveraging penalty on Eddie Yarbrough on a field goal, which extended an Eagles drive. Another poor penalty was a pass interference call against Greg Mabin in the end zone, which gave the Eagles the ball at the one yard line.

Jerel Worthy lamented the leveraging call, and said that McDermott said they just can’t have those mental mistkes.

“When you’re running out on the field and you get penalties for being combative and you’re going after the ball, he doesn’t really have a problem with those,” said Worthy. “The dumb penalties, the pre-snap penalties, the false starts and the offsides that we have on defense, those are the ones that can hurt our team and can lead to points.” 

Nine-year veteran, and longtime Buffalo Bill, Eric Wood said he’s never seen this many penalties in the preseason.

“It’s something that needs to be fixed,” said Wood. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it to this extent.”

McDermott said that he would be bringing in officials to work with the team during practice. Wood said working on penalties in practice could help.

“The game of football is a game of split-second decisions,” said Wood. “You have to just train yourself in practice to just work on it. We just can’t have the pre-snap and post-whistle penalties.”

With officials at practice, and greater scrutiny on penalties, the Bills will certainly make a concerted effort to improve their discipline as they prepare for the Ravens.

Kyle Williams was ranked as the third best defensive tackle in the NFL by ProFootball Focus. Williams is in elite company behind Aaron Donald, and Kawann Short.

Although a weakness last season, the Bills have showed encouraging improvement in their run defense so far in the preseason. Against both the Vikings and Eagles, the Bills were stout against the run. The Bills gave up only 66 rushing yards in the second preseason game. A big part of the Bills run stopping ability is Williams. His capacity to knife into the backfield, and disrupt plays is unmatched by many.

What makes Williams one of the best overall defensive tackles in the NFL is his ability to do it all. Not only can he stop the run, but he can also rush the passer. Williams had five sacks last season. His most productive year was in 2013 when he had 10.5 sacks – a massive number for a defensive tackle.

As the Bills defense looks for a resurgence in 2017, Williams will be one of the most important players in guiding the unit.

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West Ham interested in signing Steven N’Zonzi, confirms David Moyes

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Asked whether or not he and the West Ham owners have discussed January deals, Moyes replied: “I speak to them quite regularly. We’d like to add to the squad if we can and in the position in the table that we are we’ll need to.

“But finding the right players and looking for them is a bit different. Sometimes the ones you might want are not available at this time. When I say we know who the targets are, I think the club knows who we want to go for and positionally what we’d like to do.

“I think what changes is if you go for your target and you can’t get him, what do you do? You’ll have to look for another target. Hopefully we’ll have two or three in consideration.”

Despite having gone three games unbeaten, means West Ham are only a point above third-from-bottom Bournemouth ahead of their Boxing Day clash at the Vitality Stadium.

Both Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez were used as substitutes against Newcastle, and Moyes has not ruleas spoken about the promotion of Oskar Buur into the first team squad.As Wolves prepare for their Europa League round of 16 clash against Espanyol, Nuno has given a chance to another youngster.It is not the first time the Portuguese manager has trustd out one of the strikers starting at Bournemouth.

“Up until Newcastle, the players have been playing well and showing what they can do. When that happens you reward them and keep playing them and I don’t think anybody can question that.

“But I do know what Andy Carroll and Chicharito’s qualities are. I think the way the team has been set up has nsists his commitment is total.Asked if he has had offers to leave during his time as manager, Pochettino said: “Yes, plenty. From everywhere. Daniel [Levy] knows.”He added: “Daniel knows very well our commitment to the club is massive. It is more thbeen better suited to the quicker boys playing up front. There will be other occasions when have to change the team and the set-up will suit Andy or Chicharito at different times.”

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Pegula moved by ownership, fans & legacy he follows

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Bills CEO and owner Terry Pegula knows himself too well. It didn’t take long for him to get emotional as he addressed a throng of local dignitaries, media and fans watching in their homes across Western New York announcing he and his wife Kim as the new owners of the Buffalo Bills franchise. Less than 100 words into his speech Pegula paused and broke down saying, ‘I knew this was going to happen again.’ But what he said in his next breath spoke to his ability to relate to the everyday fan.

“We all just bought a team,” he said. “Our team: the Buffalo Bills.”

Pegula called himself a private man, but on Friday he was sharing his ownership with a fan base that worried for decades about the club’s long term future. In the end founder and owner Ralph Wilson made every arrangement to secure the team’s rightful place in Buffalo, rial with Watford Under-23s has been rewarded with a permanent deal.The 21-year-old former Arsenal striker has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. Hinds left the Emirates Stadium club in July 2017 to link up again with formbut it wasn’t until the Pegulas’ were declared as the winning bid that the Western New York community collectively exhaled.

The Bills’ new owner was aware of the concern. It was a concern that he and his wife Kim shared, but he didn’t fully grasp the depth of it until he was driving back to Buffalo from a Sabres’ prospects tournament in Michigan. Just hours after he and his wife Kim were announced as the winning bidders for the club, Pegula listened intand Anthony Martial as a front pairing this season.Solskjaer will be hoping Rashford can follow his two-goal showing against Chelsea with another net-busting display against Wolves tomorrow night.A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Part of the reasonently to the outpouring of emotion from fans calling in to WGR radio relieved that the future of the franchise in Buffalo had been secured.

“I could not believe what I heard from fans,” he said. “It was an open forum of relief that, ‘Hey, we don’t have to worry about this anymore.'”      

The second owner of the Bills wasth Alisson facing two months out with a calf injury, the Spaniard is now Liverpool’s outright No1.Speaking to the club’s official website, Klopp said: “I’m not worried at all about how he will do it in the long term, but in the short term the problem also moved by the legacy he follows.

“The big thing is Ralph (Wilson) was a large personality. He started this franchise and look where it is now,” Pegula said. “That’s a pretty overwhelming legacy, fifty-four years, and a year from now I’m going to be on one (year). That’s a credit to Ralph (Wilson) and his legacy.”

Though Pegula never met Ralph Wilson, he made a point to trace a connection between himself and the Hall of Fame founder of the franchise. Pegula went all the way back to his early youth when Wilson was a minority owner of the Detroit Lions, and he was a Lions fan at eight-years old.

“I liked lions and tigers when I was a kid, so I saw a football card with a lion on it and a baseball card with a tiger on it and I became Lions and Tigers fans,” Pegula told Buffalobills.com. “But to root for the team that he was a part owner of and then to buy the team that he started and the thing with him beating the Lions (last Sunday), and it was him even though he passed away, his last game as owner, you can’t make this stuff up. I feel like he’s personally handed it over to me.”

Pegula shared how he watched AFL games as a kid, and being drawn to the high scoring games and downfield passing.

“I watched, with curiosity, Buffalo Bills games back in the early ’60s, mostly because there was snow on the field for most of them,” he said. “It was a fun league to watch. I remember back in those days we’d watch NFL games where it was 10-6. You’d watch an AFL game and it was 45-41. You never knew when the game was over.”

Pegula holds a great deal of reverence for the man he succeeds and what the team means to the city of Buffalo. That’s why it was evident he was proud to be the person to step in and silence doubt about the club’s future, while also maintaining, and soon building on its tradition.

“The name of our team will not change. It will stay the Buffalo Bills,” he said. “Owning any professional team is about winning and the primary goal of our ownership will be to win the Super Bowl and bring championships to the City of Buffalo and myself and my family will dedicate ourselves to that. We want to bring a Super Bowl to the Niagara region courtesy of your, our, my Buffalo Bills.”

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NFL announces $45 million grant to USA Football

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The National Football League Foundation has approved a $45 million grant to USA Football to support the growth of youth football. The grant will provide funding for USA Football over the next five years.

Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football, accepted the grant today from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Foundation chairman Charlotte Jones Anderson at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando.

USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams, will use the grant to support youth and high school football through its Heads Up Football, NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, and NFL FLAG programs.

Additionally, USA Football will grow the NFL FLAG and NFL Punt, Pass & Kick programs. NFL FLAG powered by USA Football is the premier youth flag football league for boys and girls ages 5-17. A program of NFL PLAY 60, FLAG provides young players with an opportunity to play non-contact football and learn lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork, while also getting their 60 minutes of daily physical activity. More than 220,000 boys and girls ages 5-17 currently participate in NFL FLAG. NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is the nation’s largest grassroots sportslp his family.Keane, 48, and Ferguson, 77, have not seen eye-to-eye since the Irish midfield titan’s acrimonious departure from Old Trafford in 2005.Keane told Off the Ball: “Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manche skills competition.

“The NFL Foundation is committed to enhancing our great game at all levels,” said Jones Anderson. “USA Football is a leader through its innovative work in youth and high school football development, and we areiola was pictured with a French journalist in Paris, who claimed he was in the city to conclude a deal with PSG.However, Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus will be glad to hear Raiola was doing no such thing.”This is the classic example of fak pleased to support their important work.”

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive youth and high school football membership program ddeutsche Zeitung says Farke is being discussed inside Borussia Dortmund as coach Lucien Favre battles to keep hold of his job.The Swiss is under huge pressure going into the Bundesliga’s winter recess and a change could soon be made – with Farke feadeveloped by USA Football and supported by the NFL and more than two dozen medical, child advocacy and sport organizations. The initiative was launched in 2013 with a $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation. The core elements of the program are: coaching certification, the teaching of proper techniques, player safety coaches, proper equipment fitting, concussion and health education, and parental involvement.

“The NFL Foundation’s generous support of USA Football allows us to grow our programs and further establish important standards rooted in education for the well-being of our young athletes,” said Hallenbeck. “We value this strong sign of trust in our nonprofit office. These funds will be put to use for the benefit of the more than 5.5 million youth and high school athletes who enjoy the fun and other benefits of playing football.”

Spring is the start of Heads Up Football registration for the 2014 youth football season. To learn more, visit .

About the NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: .

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit works with medical organizations and football leaders for a better, safer game and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NCAA’s Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football (www.usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, is the sport’s leader in coaching education and player skill advancement

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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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April 25, 2013: Bills draft EJ Manuel

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Rumor. SpSouness feels for Harry Maguire at Manchester United.Souness said he rates Maguire and doesn’t blame the England defender for United’s poor form, but insisted the Red Devils must improve their midfield. He told The Sunday Times: “Until they fix it, Ueculation. A draft-day trade. A first-round QB. The new face of the franchise in Buffalo.

All of it happened on April 25, 2013 as the Bills from ninth overall, while never losing sight of the intended target.

“With the 16th pick in twere unable to shut out their fierce rivals Everton in midweek, but they did run away with the game with a winning the Europa League will be the best memory he takes from his Old Trafford career.Herrera has announced he’s leaving United at the end of the season.He told manutd.com: “There are a few. But if I had to choose one or two then I’d pick the Eu5-2 win.And given their eight point lead at the top of the Premier League, Van Dijk is not too concerned about the few goals they may concede.”he 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select EJ Manuel, quarterback, Florida State.”

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And with those words from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, so began the EJ Manuel era in Buffalo.

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Alvaro Morata will join up with Chelsea in Singapore and could make unofficial debut next week

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Morata revealed he took advice from one of his new Chelsea team-mates who will be in Singapore to greet him. “I spoke with (Cesar) Azpilicueta and he told me everything is OK, and he found it easy,” said Morata.

“The Premier League is one of the best in the world, so I’m happy to be here.” Morata had looked set to join Manchester United before Jose Mourinho hijacked Chelsea’s interest in Romelu Lukaku, whic talk of Lampard blocking a new contract offer being made to Willian.But the manager says he’s yet to speak with his former teammate. He told chelseafc.com: “It does feel different, but in the short period I have been in charge it changes very quicklh resulted in the Blues moving for the 24-year-old.

Questioned on how close he came to moving to Old Trafford, Morata added: “I don’t know, the most important thing is I’m here playing for Chelsea. Finally I’m here.”

Morata’s move brings an end to a three-year wait to work with Conte, who signed him for Juventus in 2014 and failed in a bid to take him to Chelsea last summer.

Conte quit Juventus before the pair could work together, but the Spaniard has remained grateful for the faith Chelsea’s head coach has shown in him.

“I’m going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me and that’s great for me,” said Morata. “I’m very happy.”

Speaking in April, Morata revealed the impact Conte had made on him by saying: “Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team.

“I’m very conscious of that. He bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived, then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important. It motivates you to work hard, train well.

“I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me,diola is delighted with the form of Rodri in preseason.Guardiola paid tribute to another impressive display from Rodri as City rounded off a successful Asia Tour with a fine 3-1 win over Yokohama F Marinos. “Yeah. Kevin (De Bruyne) made another great who made me feel I could perform at the highest level. And yet I’ve never had the fortune to actually work with him. I’m sure sooner or later I will.”

On the fact he almost joined Chelsea last summer, Morata added: “Various Premier League coaches called to tell me to play for them. I said yeah, I’d like to, that if I had to leave I would almost certainly go to London, but that I didn’t know what Madrid would do. I knew they’d bring me back, but I didn’t know if it was to keep me or sell me.

“I spoke directly to Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, although the norm is clubs call my dad or agent. Madrid said they didn’t want to sell. I remember talking to my dad then and him saying ‘This guy (Conte) is going to win the League there (in England).”

Real paid tribute to Morata ahead of his move to Chelsea by releasing a statement on their website that read: “The club wishes to express its thanks for the dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct displayed by the player over the years, spanning his time in our academy right through to his spell as a member of the first-team squad.”

Another of Chelsea’s summer signings, central defender Antonio Rudiger, is also expected to join up with Conte’s squad in Singapore after complan Dijk says they’re unharmed from last season’s Premier League title heartbreak.Van Dijk believes that ­Liverpool’s Champions League ­success healed the scars of losing the Premier League title today’s opponents Manchester City on the final day.Heeting his post-Confederations Cup break.

Alvaro Morata is valued at £6.5m in Telegraph Fantasy Football but is he good enough to make your team? –

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Bills DE Chris Kelsay calls it a career

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Defensive end Chris Kelsay has said for years that he wanted to spend his entire playing career with the Buffalo Bills. On Wednesday he made sure that would be the case. After 10 years with the club Kelsay announced his retirement Wednesday.

“I want to thank Mr. Wilson for the opportunity he gave me 10 years ago to be a Buffalo Bill,” saisays Arsenal are confident of completing a loan deal for Ceballos – and beating Tottenham to a second summer signing.Gunners boss Unai Emery has targeted Ceballos to join Arsenal on a one-year loan deal to bolster his squad and become a much-needed ad Kelsay. “One of my goals was to finish my career with the team that drafted me and that came to fruition. I feel very blessed to say that.

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“The Buffalo Bills’ fans are the best in the NFL. Having played in every NFL stadium over my 10 years, there are no other fans like the ones we play in front of at the Ralph. It’s inspiring, it’s emotional and it’s exciting every moment you step on the field,” Kelsay continued.

“Your teammates are a big reason why you do this. Being around long enough you establish a lot of lifelong relationships, not just in the locker room but around the building. That’s something I’ll carry with me and cherish for the rest of my life.”

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Kelsay appeared in 147 games for the Bills since the time the club made him a secondnham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’ll need to utilise his squad depth this season.The manager admits there is a frustration over their lack of consistency.He said, “England is a very competitive country. I’m lucky to have the possibility to pla-round draft choice in 2003. That ranks 16th most in team history. The defensive end stands ninth on the team’s all-time sack list with 32.5 in his career. Kelsay also ranks eighth in team history in forced fumbles with eight and is tied for first in team annals in career safeties with two along with Ron McDole.

The Nebraska product was a locker room leader for the defense and remarkably durable throughout his career. After missing just three games in his first eight seasons, Kelsay missed 11 total in 2011 and 2012. After sustaining a torn ligament in his neck in the middle of last season he was eventually placed on injured reserve for the last four weeks of the year.

ormer Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce says he could manage again.Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Everton at the end of last season and, while insisting he is in no rush to get back into management and enjoying his work as a pundit, t

One of the more notable highlights of Kelsay’s career came in the home Monday night game against Dallas in 2007 when Kelsay tipped a Tony Romo pass in the air to himself for an interception return for a touchdown.

In retirement the 32-year old will return to his native Nebraska with his wife Natalie and three children.

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Jose Mourinho confirms Europa League now Manchester United’s main priority

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“I don’t want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.

“We don’t hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.”

This was only United’s second league win since the end of February and means they are four points behind Manchester City wOf the other 17 players in the Liverpool squad for Aurelio’s final appearance, against Fulham in May 2012, only Henderson is still with the club.“He has responded to the expectation of everyone at the club,” said Aurelio of his former teammate to lith one game in hand over Pep Guardiola’s side. It makes sense for Mourinho to focus minds and energy on Europe and he made a point of praity midfielder Jack Harrison.The Mirror says Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants to re-sign Harrison on loan from City.Harrison impressed Bielsa on loan last season and scored four goals and made three assists in the Championship as Leeds lost in the playsing the fringe players who made a positive impact in the North East.

“People who needed to feel a positive performance, they did it,” he explained. “[Matteo] Darmian, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, it was important for them.

“Luke Shaw played well. The opposition were not creating big problems but he was solid, was confident with the ball and went forward with danger and was reading the game well to go back when Mkhitaryan was inside. He played really well, a good hour for him.”

As for Sunderland, it is a case of when they are relegated rather than if and even manager David Moyes did not try to hide behind Larsson’s sending off.

“I was disappointed we’ve not taken anything, but there were a couple of things t player of the Belgian national team in 2019. This is the third year in a row that the Real Madrid striker has achieved this recognition, which is awarded by the fans through a vote on the Belgian Federation’s website. In 2019, Hazard played eight mdidn’t go for us,” said Moyes “I’m not saying that would have made the big difference, because Manchester United had good control, but we were in the game until the sending off.

“We were in the game and it was key that we remained in the game. I think it changed that. I don’t want in any way to blame referees because our position is where we are, we’re bottom of the league, I want to make that clear. It’s nothing to do with referees, but I didn’t think it was a good decision.

“But we will only accept relegation when it becomes mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We’re not there yet and we fight on.”

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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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Sunderland 1 Arsenal 4: Pressure mounts on David Moyes as Black Cats humiliated in late capitulation

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You can only beat what is put in front of you, of course, and there was something ominous about the way Arsenal moved through the gears, after Jermain Defoe had equalised for Sunderland midway through the second half from the penalty spot.

The Gunners responded to that setback with three goals in just six minutes and 20 seconds as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice and Alexis Sanchez added a second after he had opened the scoring in the first half. 

“I am happy with the performance, with the result,” said a pristine looking Wenger. “At some stage, we were questioned with our spirit as well, because we missed many chances.

“At 1-1, of course, you are thinking you have a chance now to lose a game which should be over. But we kept going again and had another go and won in the end in a comfortable way.

Sunderland’s lack of quality is obvious. Their next two games, away at Bournemoutayers are ready for the start of the campaign after a tough preseason.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino likened the pre-season schedule to the Champions League ter City’s defeat at Burnley has been revealed.The Daily Mail says the pair have been fined by their Leicester team-mates for turning up late to training. Both men were left out of the Foxes side that lost 2-1 against Burnley but Brendan Rodgers insiand having faced Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Inter provide thh and at home to Hull City, look crucial if they are going to have any hope of turning things around. 

Lose both and manager David Moyes’ future will have to be questioned, no matter how much the club want to give him time. It still seems ridiculous to sack him, because they brought him to do a long term job, but Sunderland have already equalled the worst start to a Premier League season – Manchester City in 1995/6 – and it is not showing any sign of ending.

Sunderland are in the same division – for the time being at least – as Arsenal, but this had the feel of a cup tie against lower league opposition. Having survived more by luck than judgement for the last four years, it seems the Black Cats have used up all their lives.

They began brightly, trying to take the game to Arsenal, but there was little they could do to hurt the visiting defence, who just soaked it all up and waited for the confidence to drain from the home team.

It did not take long as Arsenal scored at the end of a 22-pass move. This Sunderland defence make mistakes and when Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain skipped around van Patrick Aanholt and sent over a delicious cross, the danger should have been cleared.

Sunderland had three defenders inside the area. Arsenal had just one attacker, but Lamine Kone had no idea where Sanchez was, did not check on him once and then waited to head the ball clear. Sanchez was like a spider waiting for a fly, poised, but unseen. 

As the cross left his teammate’s boot, he pounced, dashing in front of the static centre back to glance a header into the top corner. A good goal from an Arsenal point of view A dreadful one from Sunderland’s. That is why they are bottom of the league.

It felt like the game was already over as a contest, but Arsenal did not manage to get the second goal they needed to kill the contest before half-time.

There is always a danger, when you have looked so comfortable, but failed to build a two goal lead that you will be punished. Arsenal were playing in third, possibly second, gear, but they did not create enough going forward.

Sanchez felt he should have had a penalty when he was tugged back by Kone, but he could have run on instead of throwing himself to the floor.

Minutes later, Sunderland were awarded a spot kick after Shkodran Mustafi lost the ball to Duncan Watmore, who was then brought down by Petr Cech. Defoe converted from the spot.

Sunderland’s foothold in the game lasted just six minutes as Arsenal moved back through the gears, Sanchez sent Kieran Gibbs away down the left and his cross was swept in by Olivier Giroud.

The natural order restored, Arsenal flexed their muscles as Giroud headed in a third off the back of his head and Sanchez was able to tap the ball past Jordan Pickford as the Sunderland defence disintegrated.

“I’ll keep doing what I do,” said Moyes. “I’m an experienced manager, I’m not experienced of being quite in this sort of position before, but I’ve had lots o United boss David Moyes is ready to introduce a new disciplined culture at the club.Moyes has declared there will be “zero tolerance” of bad behaviour under his new regime at West Ham.“I’ve come in today and it nearly feels like deja vu,” said tf games in the Premier League  and I’ll keep working them. 

“You might not see it, but we had to stick in the game, Arsenal were fantastic, a team of better quality than us. We grew in the game, got back into it, but the players they can bring on, the gap was too big in the end.”

I really don’t like managers being chopped so often but David Moyes has a real job on to deal with the mounting pressure. His team looks lost.

The Stadium of Light is basically the stadium of empty at the moment. Coquelin comes off to give Maitland-Niles some Premier League experience. It genuinely looks like there are more empty seats than spectators left in the ground. 

 

That’s Mr Sanchez celebrating his goal there. Arsenal build up another attack by passing and linking all over the Sunderland half and the defenders clear it away. Arsenal just keep on coming though and any attempts to play in Defoe are utterly pointless – he can’t hold it up on his own or even win headers against those defenders. 

 

Great cross by Oxlade-Chamberlain but what a header that is from Sanchez. An Alan Shearer-esque power drive off the noggin. The ball from the right was perfect – Kone should have done so much better defending it. 

Arsenal are made to pass the ball patiently around the Sunderland half in an attempt to get forward. They ping it about quickly and the movement is great. 

 Sunderland are holding a really high line but have been caught out twice with through-balls already…

Sky Sports are running a very long interview with Petr Cech about that time he had his skull broken and how he likes drumming. His YouTube channel is various videos of him playing drum covers of different songs. The best thing is that you can see him improving over time. Awww. 

I cannot believe he’s even considering this, especially with how good Arsenal have looked with Sanchez up front, but Wenger has said he . I do not understand. Giroud is a fine player, scores goals, gets injured, misses all his chances and Arsenal draw 0-0 and finish fourth. He is such a fourth place player, whereas the Sanchez + Ozil partnership is dynamic and exciting.

Today that partnership gets another chance up front. Enjoy it while you can Gunners fans!

This one has a draw written all over it. Sunderland are going to sit deep and keep the doors shut, the windows boarded and the chimney blocked to stop Arsenal getting past them. Without Cazorla pulling the strings Arsenal can become a bit predictable – expect Ozil to drop a lot deeper today to try and influence the passing away from the man marker he’ll have been assigned.

This Premier League match takes place at 12.30pm on Saturday October 29 2016.

At the Stadium of Light..

Oh very much so. has exclusive rights to the match, and you can follow it all here with our live blog. 

, and have not won a league match all season. They’ve lost six out of their last seven league matches, and last won a league match in May. 

Arsenal by contrast are unbeaten in their last 13 matches and have won eight of their last nine in all competitions. 

Sunderland have a dreadful recent record against Arsenal, and have won just one of the last 25 league matches between the two sides ().

They did though earn a 0-0 draw in this equivalent fixture last season, and Arsenal fans will have painful memories of a late Darren Bent equaliser that earned the Black Cats a 1-1 draw in September 2010.  

Otherwise though Arsenal have largely been on easy street against Sunderland, and Mesut Ozil will recall fondly making his debut at the Stadium of Light in a 3-1 win three years ago. 

Well, how about…

Arsenal have conceded just eight times in 15 visits to Sunderland in the Premier League (including one game at Roker Park). The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four at the Stadium of Light.David Moyes has lost 14 Premier League games against Arsene Wenger – the only manager he’s lost to as often is Sir Alex Ferguson.Olivier Giroud has scored five times and assisted two goals in his last six Premier games against Sunderland in all competitions.Jermain Defoe has faced Arsenal 21 times in the Premier League but has only scored twice – once at Highbury for West Ham in January 2003 and again for Spurs in their 5-4 loss to the Gunners in November 2004.Sunderland have made the worst start to a Premier League season (two points after nine games) since Sheffield Wednesday had one point after nine games in 1999/2000.Theo Walcott has had more shots on target this season than any other Premier League player (17). A goal in this game means he would surpass five goals in a Premier League season for the first time since 2012/13 (14).Jack Rodwell hasn’t won any of his last 34 Premier League games he’s started, the longest run ever by a Premier League player.Arsenal are one of two unbeaten Premier League sides away from home this season – the other being North London rivals Tottenham.

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Sunderland are without the injured Sebastian Larsson,  Fabio Borini,  Jan Kirchhoff, Vito Mannone, AdnanJanuzaj, Jason Denayer and Lee Cattermole.

Arsenal will be missing Lucas Perez (who ), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck. Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey are doubtful, but Olivier Giroud is fit to play. Granit Xhaka meanwhile is serving the final match of his three-game suspension. 

Pickford; Manquillo, Kone, O’Shea, Van Aanholt; Watmore, Pienaar, Ndong, Rodwell, Khazri; Defoe

Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez

– 8/1

Ar – 2/5

– 4/1

A 1-1 draw.