Former Watford striker Tommy Smith says it is inevitable that Abdoulaye Doucoure will leave Vicarage Road in the near future but hopes the club can hold onto him until at least the summer.The 26-year-old has established himself as a key player in the Hornets midfield over the past two seasons.He was named Watford’s Player of the Year at the end of their 2017/18 campaign and has contributed three goals and a further five assists this time round to help the club up to eighth in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton have both been linked, though the most sustained interest appears to be from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are reportedly ready to pay up to £50million ($63m) for the former France U21 international.Former Hornets forward Smith, who made more than 250 appearances for Watford over two spells, accepts that the club would be unable to resist an offer of that size. However, he remains hopeful that Doucoure will stay in Hertfordshire until at least the end of the season to help sustain their bid for a top 10 finish.“He’ll be a huge loss if he does leave and ultimately he probably will do,” he told Love Sport Radio.”When you’re talking about clubs the size of PSG, Champions League football and titles, for any player that’s going to be attractive.”When you’re talking £50m for a player, for a club like Watford that’s enormous. I think if that is the kind of interest, it will only be a matter of time.”I’ve seen him play a number of times and he’s an exciting talent who can score goals as well. He’s a Vieira-esque midfielder who gets up and down and gets in both boxes.”He’s quite physical and he’s good on the ball as well so I’m not surprised by the interest.”It’s going to be tough for Watford to keep hold of him and hopefully they’ll keep hold of him in January before seeing where things take him in the summer.”Javi Gracia’s side are to take on Woking in the FA Cup this Sunday before Premier League ties with Crystal Palace, Burnley and Tottenham before the end of January.
Southampton are targeting a January move for Everton winger Ademola Lookman, Goal understands.Lookman worked with Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl during his time on loan at RB Leipzig during the second half of last season, and the Austrian coach is keen to reunite with the England Under-21 international.Everton rejected a series of bids – the last of which totalled £22 million ($28.1m) – during the summer transfer window from Leipzig for Lookman, with the Toffees holding out for a fee closer to £27m ($34.6m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite that, Lookman has struggled to hold down a place in the Everton first team under Marco Silva, with the Portuguese preferring the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott in wide positions.Saturday’s FA Cup third round win over Lincoln City marked just Lookman’s third start of the campaign, with the 21-year-old finding the net against the League Two leaders.Silva has previously spoken of his admiration for the ex-Charlton Athletic trainee, and hinted that more first team opportunities may arise during the second half of the season.“I never had any doubts about that [Lookman’s ability],” Silva told EvertonTV . “From the first day I came in and started to work with our squad, I didn’t have any doubts about his quality, what he can achieve and what he can do playing in our shirt.“It is up to us to work with him and give him all the conditions to grow. But I don’t doubt he will be an important player for us. He is already – but he will become more and more so in the future.”Despite that, Hasenhuttl is hopeful that his previous relationship with the player could tempt Lookman to move to the south coast and attempt to help the Saints steer clear of the relegation zone.Any move, however, may have to wait until the end of the window, with Southampton hopeful a loan move can be negotiated if it becomes clear over the next few weeks that Lookman is set to remain on the periphery at Goodison Park.Since arriving at St. Mary’s Stadium as a replacement for Mark Hughes, Hasenhuttl has overseen an upturn in form for the Saints.Victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield Town as well as a goalless draw away at Chelsea have boosted their hopes of survival, though they remain in the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.
It may be the scourge of club managers around the world, but international football is and remains the pinnacle for many footballers.So, while the likes of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who branded the UEFA Nations League “the most senseless competition in the world”, look at the international calendar with frustration, many players still take immense pride in representing their country.The reason for the opprobrium expressed towards the international game is largely down to the fact that professional players, particularly those in the top leagues, already have packed schedules to fulfill, with games in the league, cup and, for some, continental competitions to partake in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That means the addition of international games further adds to their workload, thus increasing the risk of burnout, injuries and so on.The ‘Club versus Country’ stand-off has long been a talking point in the business and national team coaches usually keep a constant line of communication with club officials to monitor the availability of players ahead of each international break.National teams in different parts of the world naturally have different competitions, but the calendar for international games, as laid out by the world governing body FIFA, remains the same, with games generally played during the same windows regardless of location.When are the international breaks in 2018 & 2019?Last year saw the 2018 World Cup and the beginning of the UEFA Nations League in November.You can check out the international breaks in the table below. Year Dates Official or friendly matches 2018 Mar 19-27 2 Jun 14-Jul 15 World Cup Sep 3-11 2 Oct 8-16 2 Nov 12-20 2 2019 Jan 5-Feb 1 Asian Cup Mar 18-26 2 May 23-Jun 15 U-20 World Cup Jun 3-11 2 (UEFA Nations League finals) Jun 7-Jul 7 Women’s World Cup Jun 14-Jul 19 Africa Cup of Nations / Copa America / Gold Cup Sep 2-10 2 Oct 7-15 2 Nov 11-19 2 The year 2019 is also set to be a busy year in the international calendar, with the Africa Cup of Nations, the Asian Cup, the Copa America and the Gold Cup taking place.As well as that, there will be five international windows during the year, each allowing for two games to be played, be they official tournament qualifiers (for the European Championship, for example) or friendlies.The inaugural UEFA Nations League finals took place at the beginning of June, with Portugal coming out on top.For the first time in history the Africa Cup of Nations took place in the summer, with the tournament running from June 21 to July 19 and Algeria winning out.The 2019 Copa America kicked off on June 14 and finished on July 7, while the Gold Cup ran along a similar schedule from June 15 to July 7.Women’s football also enjoyed a spectacular summer, with France hosting the World Cup, while the men’s Under-20 World Cup took place in Poland.How to watch international football on TV & stream live online In the United Kingdom (UK), international football can be watched on a number of different channels, with Sky Sports, ITV and BBC among those to hold the television rights.However, it is somewhat more complicated in the United States (US), with English and Spanish language broadcasters working side by side in the American market.Below you can see a list of the different channels in the UK and US along with the different competitions they have the broadcasting rights for.UK TV channelsSky Sports UEFA Nations League UEFA European qualifiers (Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland & Wales) FriendliesITV England’s UEFA European qualifiers England’s friendlies European Championship World CupBBC European Championship World Cup Women’s World CupEurosport Africa Cup of NationsS4C Wales’ UEFA European qualifiers Wales’ friendliesPremier Sports Copa AmericaUS TV channelsFOX / FS1 / FS2 World Cup Women’s World Cup Gold CupTelemundo / Universo / Telemundo Deportes World Cup Women’s World Cup Copa AmericaUnivision UEFA European qualifiers Gold CupESPN UEFA Nations League UEFA European qualifiers AFC qualifiers European Championship Copa AmericabeIN Sports Africa Cup of Nations CONMEBOL qualifiers CONCACAF qualifiers (excluding USA, Canada & Mexico home games) CAF qualifiersEleven Sports Asian Cup
Brazil legend Zico says Lionel Messi and Argentina pose the biggest threat to his country’s hopes of winning this summer’s Copa America on home soil.The hosts are looking to add a ninth Copa America title to their collection, and their first since a 3-0 final win over Argentina in 2007.AdChoices广告Zico said he believed that team effort, rather than the best individual performance, will be the deciding factor in the tournament, but he is concerned by the prospect of an in-form Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Messi’s condition has been improving recently,” he told Goal. “If he is in good form, they [Argentina] will be a really difficult opponent.”It is not necessarily the fact that big players like Messi and Neymar make you win. It is more important to have strength as a team.”Chile won the title in 2015 and 2016 back-to-back, and most of their players were playing as the main players at clubs in Europe and other countries abroad.”Brazil have an enviable record in home tournaments – they have hosted the Copa America four times, and won it on all four occasions.However, their last win on home soil came way back in 1989. Far more fresh in the memory is their humiliating exit from the 2014 World Cup, obliterated 7-1 by Germany in front of their own fans.”When the tournament is held in your own country, the expectation of the nation is huge, but players can play with comfort,” Zico said.”People don’t think it makes much of a difference, but it actually has a big impact.”When you hear cheers at the moment you need a bit of a push, players can react to that and perform at their best.”Despite his own glittering performances, Zico never won an international tournament as a player. His best results in the famous yellow shirt were third-place finishes in the 1978 World Cup and the following year’s Copa America.This time, Brazil are going in without their star man following the news that Neymar will miss the tournament after rupturing ankle ligaments in a warm-up game against Qatar.But Zico knows his country’s proud history as well as anyone, and he hopes they can live up to the pressure without their key player.”The history of Brazil goes from Pele to Garrincha, Didi, Tostao, Gerson, then to all of us who followed them,” Zico said.”It’s so important to be chosen for the national team. For the Copa America, for the World Cup, or just friendly matches, it’s such an honour to reach that stage and be chosen for the team.”People expect players to wear Brazil’s shirt, win the title with pride, and keep winning. You have to have the mental strength to get over this pressure.”Brazil get their campaign underway against Bolivia on Saturday, before further group games against Venezuela and Peru.
James Rodriguez and Rodrigo would be welcome at Napoli, according to Azzurri midfielder Fabian Ruiz.Real Madrid playmaker James is likely to be available after Bayern Munich opted not to sign the 27-year-old Colombia international permanently at the end of his two-year loan spell.Bayern could have signed James for €42 million (£36m/$47m) but he has struggled to get regular game time during his tenure in Bavaria and was not considered a replacement for departing wingers Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Napoli have been linked with James – who played under their head coach Carlo Ancelotti in Madrid and Munich – and Valencia’s Spanish striker Rodrigo, who has scored 24 La Liga goals across the previous two seasons.And the former Benfica forward netted five goals in eight Copa del Rey appearances as Valencia claimed the title by beating Barcelona in the final 2-1 to put pressure on Ernesto Valverde.Fabian, an international team-mate of Rodrigo, feels both players would improve Napoli.”Playing with great players is always better,” he told Sky in Italy .”I think Rodrigo is a great striker, every team would like to have him and I would be very happy if he came to us.”Both he and James are great names. They would be welcome in Naples.”One player who Napoli will hope to hold onto is Belgium international Dries Mertens.The forward has been prolific since joining in 2013 and is fourth on the list of the club’s all-time leading scorers, but he is out of contract in 2020 and Fabian is keen to see Mertens pledge his future to Napoli.”With Dries, we talk almost every day,” he added.”We have been together since the first moment I arrived in Naples, he has welcomed me very well.”I, like all the others, would be very happy if he signed. For us, he is a very important player.”Mertens suggested back in November that he could look to move to China when his contract runs down. The winger’s compatriots Axel Witsel and Yannick Carrasco have recently moved to Asia after impressing in Europe and Mertens could look to follow them, although Witsel has since signed for Borussia Dortmund.
Lucas Moura expects Leonardo to do right by Paris Saint-Germain amid the uncertainty surrounding the future of Neymar. Brazil star Neymar is keen to leave Parc des Princes, with a return to Spain via Barcelona or Real Madrid considered his most likely escape route. Despite the forward’s apparent eagerness for a transfer, sporting director Leonardo says they have yet to receive a concrete offer for a player who only joined two years ago for a world-record fee of €222million. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Tottenham forward Lucas left Brazil for PSG in 2013 after Leonardo helped to broker a deal with Sao Paulo for the much-coveted winger. The 26-year-old has never forgotten Leonardo’s impact on his career and believes his return to PSG will be a huge boost to the club, although he does not know what the future will hold for Brazil team-mate Neymar. “It’s amazing,” he said of Leonardo returning.”He is a friend who helped me a lot. He is an incredible person; he is very smart.“I am sure he will do good things for the club.” On Neymar, he added: “I don’t know, it’s difficult. He is a great player.“I’m sure PSG want to keep Neymar. But I don’t know what will happen. We will see in the next days.” Lucas was speaking after Tottenham beat Juventus 3-2 in an International Champions Cup meeting in Singapore, in which he scored his side’s second goal and set up Harry Kane to net an incredible winner from near the halfway line. “It was a very difficult game, with the heat,” he said. “But I am very happy. We played very well, we worked very well.“It’s important to start like that, with a success against a great team. We have to keep going. I’m very happy.”Lucas reserved praise for Tanguy Ndombele, who marked his first appearance for the club with an assist for the Brazilian’s goal. “He is a great player,” the Brazilian added.“He will help us a lot. I am happy for him.“He is a young player with a great [football] culture. It’s a good thing to have him with us in Tottenham.”
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of the stadium taken during a game between South Carolina and Florida on November 11, 2000 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Flordia. Florida defeated South Carolina 41-21. ( Photo by: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the South Carolina Gamecocks traveled to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. Florida entered the game as the No. 15 team in the nation despite having three losses on the year.The Gators knock off LSU earlier in the year, which boosted the team’s resume. However, Florida hasn’t put together a solid performance since that game and quarterback Feleipe Franks is struggling to get anything going.Those struggles continued on Saturday as the Gators scored just 14 points in the first half. Against a 5-4 South Carolina program, Florida hasn’t managed to get the offense rolling and currently trails 21-14 at the half.Halftime. ? pic.twitter.com/EUDBV2KvHf— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) November 10, 2018Florida needs to slow down the Gamecocks if it wants to keep pace in the SEC East. South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley completed 14-of-18 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the first half – he also ran in for a score.The second half kicks off in just a few minutes.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Lee Corso during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ohio State football’s program doesn’t know where it’s heading in the postseason yet. The Buckeyes are set to play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game this evening. A spot in the College Football Playoff is still up in the air.Lee Corso seems to know where Ohio State is headed, though.The ESPN college football analyst claims the Buckeyes will not be making the College Football Playoff.Instead, Ohio State will be taking on Washington in the Rose Bowl.Does Corso know something we don’t? Or is he just that confident in Oklahoma’s chances against Texas today?We’ll find out soon…Lee Corso just announced on Game Day Ohio State vs Washington is going to be a great Rose Bowl. Does he know something we don’t? ???♂️— PJ Smith (@phatjo23) December 1, 2018Corso just started talking about how great Rose Bowl was gonna be b/w Ohio State/Washington. Herbstreit & the rest of crew were like “whoa whoa” & awkwardly cut him off & said “you don’t know that”. It was so weird. Another example of Corso being on another planet. #gameday— bearphoot (@bearphoot) December 1, 2018It was certainly an odd moment on the show this morning.ESPN’s College GameDay is set to air from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.
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Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:52 IST PV Sindhu signed a sponsorship deal with Li Ning worth Rs 50 crore (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu signed a Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Chinese sports brand Li-NingSindhu’s previous stint was for two years in 2014-2015 at sum of Rs 1.25 crore a yearSindhu was listed as the world’s 7th-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list in 2018Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu has signed a whopping four-year sports sponsorship deal in the tune of Rs 50 crore with Chinese sports brand Li Ning.The record deal comes after compatriot Kidambi Srikanth was offered a cool Rs 35 crore over a period of four years by the Chinese company last month.”Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton. It is close to Rs 50 crore for sponsorship and equipment,” Mahender Kapoor, director, Sunlight Sports Pvt Ltd, the multi-national exclusive partner of Li-Ning in India, told PTI.”It will be a deal which is very close to Puma’s deal with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli in terms of yearly sponsorship. Sindhu will get Rs 40 crore as sponsorship while the rest will be for equipment, so it is close to Rs 50 crore,” Kapoor claimed.In 2017, Puma had signed Kohli for reported deal of Rs 100 crore endorsement deal for a period of eight years, which came down to 12.5 crore per year.Sindhu, who rose to stardom after becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, was listed as the world’s seventh-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list last year.This is Li-Ning’s second stint with Sindhu, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015 for a sum of Rs.1.25 crore a year.In 2016, Sindhu was back with Yonex for a Rs 3.5 crore per year contract for a period of three years.Li-Ning also roped in men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy for a deal of Rs 4 crore each for two years, while former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap has been offered a Rs 8 crore deal for two years.advertisementThe Chinese sports brand had also signed a two-year deal with Indian Olympic Association last year. As part of the deal, it will provide Indian athletes and officials with competition and training apparel, leisure-wear and footwear for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Also Read | PV Sindhu hopeful of winning gold at BWF World ChampionshipsAlso Read | All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV SindhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow li NingFollow SindhuFollow Sindhu sponsorshipFollow Sponsorship Next PV Sindhu signs Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Li-NingPV Sindhu, who was on the 2018 Forbes list of the world’s highest paid sportswoman in seventh spot, signed her second sponsorship deal with Chinese sports brand Li-Ning. She was previously with Lin Ning, before signing with Yonex.advertisement