Madrid announced on their website: “Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale, who will be contracted to the club for the next six seasons.” The deal is subject to Bale passing a medical with the nine-time European champions, with all other details resolved. Real say the 24-year-old will be presented as their new player at the Bernabeu on Monday at noon UK time. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking after Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, confirmed Bale was leaving for the Bernabeu. “He is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best,” said the Portuguese. “The player is an absolutely wonderful player. He has left us with some great memories from last season which every Tottenham fan cherishes, but he has moved on and we will move on as well.” Spurs had initially resisted Real’s advances, but chairman Daniel Levy explained he had no option but to let the Welshman go after the player’s head was turned. “Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling as we look to build for the future,” Levy told Tottenham’s website. Press Association After almost two months of speculation and negotiation, Madrid and Spurs both announced the transfer on Sunday evening. Press Association Sport understands Real have paid 100 million euros (£85.3million) for Bale’s signature. Real Madrid have confirmed the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. “He is a player whose career we have fostered and developed and he was only a year into his new four-year contract. “Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth’s desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season. “We have, therefore, with great reluctance, agreed to this sale and do so in the knowledge that we have an exceptionally strong squad to which we have added no fewer than seven top internationals. More importantly, we have an immense team spirit and a dressing room that is hungry for success. “We wish Gareth all the best in the future and he shall always be welcome at (White Hart) Lane.”
Swansea sit 12th in the standings after last weekend’s battling 4-3 loss at Liverpool, but just four points separate the club from the relegation zone, with Palace two points worse off in 16th. A win for either side would represent a massive step towards safety, and Monk hopes some good can come from the pain of Naples. “The idea is to take the disappointment from going out of the competition into Sunday’s game,” said Monk, whose team will earn a welcome break after Sunday’s game with their next scheduled opponents, Arsenal, on FA Cup duty the following weekend. “Hopefully we will get the reaction that we want after our disappointment. “I will request my players give one last mammoth effort before we get a two-week break.” Although a welcome rest period is on the horizon, Monk has not ruled out making several changes for the clash with the Eagles as he looks to keep his squad fresh. “I based my selection for the game against Napoli a little bit on the Palace match because you have to,” he said. “As I’ve said before, it’s impossible for me to play the same 11 players every single game in this period. We’ve had a lot of games, with the Palace game it will be seven games in 21 days, which is a lot to take on for a player, physically. Swansea boss Garry Monk has called on his players to channel the hurt of their Europa League elimination into their performance against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Swans bowed out of Europe at the last-32 stage on Thursday after a fighting 3-1 reverse at Napoli, a game which remained in the balance until added time when Gokhan Inler’s strike finally killed the tie off. The end of their European ambitions has come as a bitter disappointment to Swansea’s players, but one positive to take is that they are now free to focus solely on their battle for Barclays Premier League survival. “What I’m asking them to do is very demanding. As a coach you have to bear that in mind.” Monk expects Nathan Dyer to be fit for Sunday despite picking up an injury in Naples. Dyer came off shortly after the hour mark on Thursday night but Monk said: “Nathan landed on his heel, he had some pain but he will be okay.” Fellow midfielder Leon Britton was rested from the game as a precaution following a knock to his knee but he is expected to return, while Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and Michu (ankle) remain notable absentees. Tony Pulis has been left frustrated by a fixture pile-up that could see Crystal Palace’s international players feature in three matches in just six days. The Eagles do not face Swansea until Sunday, and mid-week international fixtures follow, with a number of Pulis’ squad looking at playing another 90 minutes when Southampton visit Selhurst Park next Saturday. With 12 Barclays Premier League games remaining, Pulis does not want to be left counting the cost of fatigue. “I’m not pleased that we are playing late Sunday,” he said. “Then the lads go off to play on Wednesday and then come back to play Saturday. “I don’t think that is what we need at the present moment, but it isn’t just this football club, it is every football club where managers will be concerned about their players.” One thing that has pleased Pulis in the last week has been his squad’s reaction to their 2-0 defeat against Manchester United. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney scored the goals for the reigning champions at Selhurst Park, but Pulis has been happy with the efforts in training. “The players have been very good,” he said. “You have runs in the Premier League where you can go three, four or five games without winning. It is important that they understand that and recognise that and keep going. But they have been very good this week, they have worked hard.” Glenn Murray made his first start in nine months against United as he finally looks to put a serious knee injury behind him. The forward’s goals propelled Palace into the play-offs last season and Pulis has backed the 30-year-old to play a big part in the Eagles’ fight for top-flight survival. “I think it was a good game for him to play in in respect it was the champions of England coming to Selhurst,” Pulis added. “The crowd, the atmosphere and everything else I knew would push him on and that is what it has done. “We desperately need a fit Glenn Murray to be playing in games this year because we think he will score us the goals that will help keep us in the Premier League.” Murray was a slight doubt for Sunday’s trip to south Wales but, having been eased back from a knock suffered against United, will be fit and available at the Liberty Stadium. Jerome Thomas has also returned from a back injury, meaning Pulis has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he looks to pick up a third away win of the season to move further clear of the bottom three. Press Association
Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin has pulled out of Northern Ireland’s squad to face Hungary in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier. Press Association O’Neill will cut the squad to 23 before leaving for Budapest and Sunday’s Group F clash. The 19-year-old, who has a knee injury, wrote on Twitter: “Gutted I had to pull out of the ni squad injuries always comes at the worst time, hope to be back in a couple of weeks. #NoLuck.” It is the second withdrawal to affect manager Michael O’Neill’s preparations after Brentford winger Stuart Dallas pulled out with a leg injury on Tuesday to be replaced by Preston’s Andy Little.
Press Association Jack Wilshere has apologised if his anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade on Sunday caused any offence. However, chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association Lois Langton believes Wilshere has been unfairly criticised. Langton told Press Association Sport: “Much is often made of the so-called disconnect between modern-day players and supporters. It is hardly surprising that players are cautious about wearing their hearts on their sleeves if the reaction to Jack Wilshere is anything to go by. “No doubt Arsenal will be obliged to remind him of his duties when representing the club in public, but Jack Wilshere showed yesterday that he totally understands what it is to be an Arsenal supporter. “He has been with us since he was nine years of age and, for him, winning with Arsenal means celebrating with supporters. “Jack simply reflected what is sung on the terraces up and down the country, week in and week out – the Spurs supporters have exactly the same songs for us.” Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust declined to make any comment on the matter when contacted by the Press Association on Monday morning. Wilshere’s actions off the pitch may have grabbed the headlines, but there is a growing feeling this Arsenal squad can now go on to challenge for the Premier League title. Wenger is expected to further strengthen the group in the summer, with the likes of England midfielder James Milner and veteran Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech reported targets. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes results this season at places like Manchester City and Old Trafford have shown what Arsenal are capable of. He said: “We have learned in the big games how to manage them and it will be important to go into next season with that sort of mentality. “It is not an easy thing to do to win back-to-back FA Cups. We have set the bar and, hopefully, we can go on now. “If we can get off to a good start next year, put ourselves into contention we will have a good year and a successful challenge for the Premier League. “As long as we keep players fit throughout the season and not lose players in vital parts, I think we will have a great chance.” The England international earlier on Monday received backing from the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association, but also drew plenty of criticism, including from former Gunners’ striker Niall Quinn who said Wilshere had “overstepped the mark”. While falling short of saying sorry for making the remarks, Wilshere used a Twitter post to apologise to anyone who had been upset by them. “Sharing back2back Cup wins with so many amazing Gooners is a dream come true. Apologies if I upset or offended any of u with my celebrations,” Wilshere wrote. Wilshere is set to join up with England later this week for the June internationals, and there is no suggestion at the moment that the Football Association are looking into the matter. Arsenal, though, issued a swift apology during their in-house media broadcast of the event and are understood to have spoken to Wilshere about his conduct. Quinn felt Wilshere, who also recited a popular expletive-ridden chant about Tottenham as Arsenal celebrated their 2014 FA Cup final triumph, should have shown more constraint. The former Republic of Ireland international, who won the 1987 League Cup with Arsenal, said: “You want passion from your players, there is no doubt about that, but he has overstepped the mark once more. “I think most Arsenal fans and fans of any club love to interact with players and love to feel their passion, but he has pushed the boat out too far once again. H e has to act a little bit better from now on.” The 23-year-old, who came through the Arsenal youth ranks, took to the microphone to mock the club’s fierce rivals as the players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium. In similar scenes to 12 months ago, Wilshere then proceeded to lead the massed ranks of Arsenal supporters in a chant which included expletives against Spurs, who again finished below their north London neighbours in the Barclays Premier League table.
New superbikes world champion Jonathan Rea topped the timesheets following the opening two practice sessions ahead of the season-closing race weekend in Qatar. Under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, it was the Kawasaki of Rea that was again the bike to beat as the Briton clocked a time of one minute 58.252 seconds. That saw him outpace the Aprilia of Jordi Torres and his own team-mate Tom Skyes, who were second and third on the road, respectively. Chaz Davies went fourth fastest on his Ducati, just beating the Pata Honda of Michael van der Mark. The second Aprilia of Leon Haslam was sixth with Davies’ team-mate Xavier Fores close behind, with the top 10 rounded out by the Voltcom Crescent Suzukis of Randy de Puniet and Alex Lowes and Niccolo Canepa for Althea Racing. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When one looks at Shivam Dube, you would feel that you have gone back in time as a cricket fan. The high back-lift, the incredible ability to hit sixes at will. Who does that remind you? A certain Yuvraj Singh. Ignore the fact that Yuvraj used to bowl pie-chucking left-arm orthodox while Dube bowls right-arm pace. At six feet, Dube has good pace and can generate good bounce. However, his exploits with the bat have shot him into the limelight and it came in 2018 during the game between Baroda and Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium.The timing of the knock and his audacity was sweet as it came just before the IPL Auctions. Swapnil Singh was the Baroda bowler and the left-arm spinner felt his wrath as Dube mauled five sixes in five balls, with all but one heading into the wide long on region. However, Dube missed Yuvraj and his soon-to-be current coach Ravi Shastri’s feat of six sixes in six balls as the bowler fired a quick delivery down the leg side. The six-hitting ability and his knock fast-tracked him to the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise where he was snapped up by Virat Kohli’s team for Rs 5 crore. Although he did not set the IPL stage on fire, he showed his mettle in the India A series against South Africa and then in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.In the recently concluded series between India A and South Africa A in Thiruvananthapuram, Dube was the leading run-getter for the side with 155 runs in four matches and was dismissed just once. His knock of 79 came on a green top and the maturity with which he attacked showed his temparament as he rescued India from 20/5. Dube performed well in the first-class games as well, smashing 68.However, it is performances in the Vijay Hazare that has grabbed everyone’s attention. In the game against table-toppers Karnataka, Dube kept Mumbai in the hunt by blasting 118 off 67 balls which included seven fours and 10 sixes. However, Mumbai fell short by eight runs and their campaign came to an end in bizarre circumstances following their no-result against Chhatisgarh. Mumbai were knocked out as they had lost to Chhatisgarh in the league stages and that they had lesser wins than Chhatisgarh before the knock-outs. Also Read | ‘Go Sanju, Grab Your Moment..Long Overdue’ – Gautam Gambhir Elated At Sanju Samson’s InclusionDube has had to overcome plenty of obstacles in his path to the Indian cricket team and one hopes that he can shine when the opportunity presents itself.
(REUTERS) – Opener Rohit Sharma smashed his third one-day international double-century to set up India’s comprehensive 141-run win against Sri Lanka in the second match of the series at Mohali yesterday.Leading the hosts in the absence of rested skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit laid waste the Sri Lankan bowling with an unbeaten 208 off 153 deliveries to help India post 392 for four in their 50 overs.India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then took three for 60 as the hosts restricted Sri Lanka to 251 for eight in their 50 overs to square the three-match series at 1-1.Former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten after a dogged 111 for his second ODI century but the touring side never had a realistic chance in their steep chase.Sri Lanka, who lost the three-Test series 1-0 against India, had been hoping for a repeat of the series opener in Dharamsala on Sunday, when India were bundled out for 112 in a seven-wicket defeat.With India slumping to 29 for seven in their previous game while batting first, Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera had no hesitation in putting the hosts in after winning the toss.But Rohit, who notched up his 16th hundred in the 50-over format, and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan denied them any early success with a watchful start.The 30-year-old added 115 with Dhawan, who made 68, to build a solid base for India and then added 213 for the second with fellow Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88 in what was his second ODI.The right-handed batsman hit 13 fours and 12 sixes with his first 100 coming off 115 deliveries in the 40th over. Rohit then tore into Sri Lanka’s bowlers and India scored 147 in their last 10 overs.It was the seventh time a batsman had scored 200 or more in ODIs with Rohit’s 264 against the same opponents in Kolkata in 2014 being the highest individual score in the 50-over format.Sri Lanka paceman Nuwan Pradeep went for 106 runs off his 10 overs, while Perera gave away 80 off his eight overs of seam bowling.The third and final ODI will be played at Visakhapatnam on Sunday before the two teams meet in a three-match Twenty20 series.
PRETORIA, South Africa (Reuters) – Debutant Lungi Ngidi took the key wicket of India captain Virat Kohli as South Africa closed in on victory in the second Test with the tourists reeling at 35 for three on a misbehaving wicket at the close on day four yesterday.India are chasing 287 for victory to square the three-match series, but that looks a long way off on a wicket providing extreme variable bounce.Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Parthiv Patel (five) will resume on the final day, trying to find a way to score runs against a fired-up home seam attack getting plenty of assistance from the pitch.Kohli, who scored a brilliant 153 in the first innings, would have been key to India’s plans in the run chase, but he was trapped lbw for five by an excellent delivery from Ngidi that came back into him sharply and kept low.Ngidi, 21, had earlier bagged the wicket of opener Lokesh Rahul for four with his first delivery of the day, a loosener the batsman carved straight to Keshav Maharaj at point.Murali Vijay (nine) was the first batsman to fall, bowled by Kagiso Rabada from another ball that kept low.India had worked their way back into the Test by bowling South Africa out for 258 in their second innings.Starting the day on 90 for two, AB de Villiers (80) and Dean Elgar (61) put on 141 for the third wicket, a potentially match-winning partnership.But de Villiers was one of three wickets for the excellent Mohammed Shami (4-49) in the morning, followed by Elgar and Quinton de Kock (12).Ishant Sharma (2-40) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-70) wrapped up the innings, despite a battling 48 from home captain Faf du Plessis.The International Cricket Council (ICC) also announced yesterday that they had fined Kohli 25 percent of his match fee and handed him one demerit point for an incident the previous day.He was sanctioned for repeatedly complaining to umpire Michael Gough about a damp ball after a rain delay and aggressively throwing the ball to the ground.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 335 INDIA first innings 307 SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings (o/n 90 for 2)Aiden Markram lbw Jasprit Bumrah 1Dean Elgar c Lokesh Rahul b Mohammed Shami 61Hashim Amla lbw Jasprit Bumrah 1AB de Villiers c Parthiv Patel b Mohammed Shami 80Faf du Plessis c & b Jasprit Bumrah 48Quinton de Kock c Parthiv Patel b Mohammed Shami 12Vernon Philander c Murali Vijay b Ishant Sharma 26Keshav Maharaj c Parthiv Patel b Ishant Sharma 6Kagiso Rabada c Virat Kohli b Mohammed Shami 4Morne Morkel not out 10Lungi Ngidi c Murali Vijay b Ravichandran Ashwin 1Extras: (b-2, lb-5, w-1) 8Total: (all out, 91.3 overs) 258Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-3, 3-144, 4-151, 5-163, 6-209, 7-215, 8-245, 9-245.Bowling: Ashwin 29.3-6-78-1, Bumrah 20-3-70-3, (w-1), Sharma 17-3-40-2, Shami 16-3-49-4, Pandya 9-1-14-0.INDIA 2nd inningsMurali Vijay b Kagiso Rabada 9Lokesh Rahul c Keshav Maharaj b Lungi Ngidi 4Cheteshwar Pujara not out 11Virat Kohli lbw Lungi Ngidi 5Parthiv Patel not out 5Extras: (b-1) 1Total: (3 wkts, 23.0 overs) 35Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-16, 3-26.Bowling: Philander 6-3-6-0, Rabada 5-2-9-1, Ngidi 6-2-14-2, Morkel 5-3-4-0, Maharaj 1-0-1-0.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) – Hashim Amla, the only South African to score a triple Test match century, yesterday announced his retirement from international cricket, just days after fast bowler Dale Steyn said he was quitting Tests.Amla, 36, said he was retiring from all international cricket after a 15-year career, during which he hit 55 centuries in 349 matches across all formats.He followed record-breaking fast bowler Steyn who on Monday said he was retiring from Test cricket, although he remains available for international white-ball cricket.An elegant right-handed top-order batsman, Amla overcame a shaky start in international cricket, during which his technique was criticised, to become one of South Africa’s all-time leading batsmen.He hit 55 centuries in a 15-year international career including South Africa’s highest Test score of 311 not out against England at The Oval in 2012.Amla scored 9 282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8 113 at 49.46 in 181 one-day internationals.He also made 1 277 runs in 44 Twenty20 internationals at an average of 33.60.He hit 28 centuries in Tests and 27 in one-day internationals. His Test tally included four double centuries.Amla said he thanked “the fans for energising me when times were tough and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together”.Amla made his Test debut against India in Calcutta in 2004-05, scoring 24 and 2.In the same season he played in two matches of South Africa’s home series against England but was dropped after scoring only 36 runs in four innings.Some critics believed that his backlift, which took his bat out at an angle of close to 45 degrees, was a flaw which would prevent him from having a successful international career.He modified his technique, although still retaining a distinctive loop in his backlift, and returned to Test cricket 15 months later with his first century, 149 against New Zealand.He became an ever-present in the South African team.His early struggles were recalled in a tweet by former team-mate AB de Villiers.“So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility & incredible one-of-a-kind talent took u to the top of the mountain,” said de Villiers.Initially regarded as a Test specialist, Amla only made his one-day international debut in 2008 but soon proved that classic stroke play, mainly as an opening batsman, was as effective as power-hitting in the limited overs game.When he was at the peak of his career, between 2010 and 2016, he had an average of above 50 in both Tests and one-day internationals, while maintaining a scoring strike rate of better than 90 runs per 100 balls in one-day games.In recent years, though, Amla’s form dropped off and he struggled at the recent World Cup in England and Wales.His last Test century was in October 2017 and he made only two one-day international hundreds after that date.Amla captained South Africa in 14 Test matches between 2014 and 2015-16 but seldom appeared entirely comfortable in the role.His captaincy career started promisingly with three series wins, including one in Sri Lanka, but after a difficult tour of India in which South Africa lost three of four Tests, he resigned as captain midway a home series against England when South Africa were 1-0 down after two matches.Amla said he would remain available for domestic cricket as well as the second edition of the Mzansi Super League Twenty20 competition, which is due to start in November.
Syracuse’s win over Princeton was as much about the way it disrupted the Tigers’ clear attempts as it was about finding the back of the net. On six different occasions, Princeton failed to clear the ball into its offensive zone, as the Orange hacked away on the Tigers as they tried to bring the ball up the field.When SU scored its final, game-winning goal after it forced Princeton to turn the ball over on a clear attempt, the importance and significance of the Orange’s physical rides became especially evident.‘Coach (Kevin Donahue) has got great riding schemes,’ Syracuse attack Tommy Palasek said. ‘We work on it in practice all the time. Coach (Kevin) Donahue sets us up in the right place to be successful all the time. And then from there, he’s got to trust that we’re going to go out there and play 100 percent.’Princeton cleared the ball successfully on 15 of its 21 attempts, a relatively low number but a testament to the riding schemes Donahue instituted into the game plan. Syracuse threw in several different schemes to throw Princeton off its clearing game, and even when it managed to get the ball to its end of the field, it repeatedly had trouble holding onto it.The Orange’s defense forced the Tigers into an astounding 19 turnovers, something Princeton head coach Chris Bates said ultimately decided the game for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘They forced us to turn the ball over and that was the difference in the game,’ Bates said. ‘We didn’t play with enough poise to win it, and that’s what Syracuse does to you.’Syracuse’s final goal by Palasek came when the Orange disrupted a Princeton clear.The schemes Donahue threw into Syracuse’s repertoire worked to perfection multiple times, and after the game, head coach John Desko was quick to give praise to both Donahue and his players for the stellar execution.‘My hats off for the preparation for all these guys, knowing where they’re supposed to go and what they’re supposed to do,’ Desko said, ‘and create some of those turnovers, which are pretty big in a one-goal game like this.’Palasek leads the way offensively At first glance, Princeton head coach Chris Bates said Palasek doesn’t provide a lot of ‘wow’ factor to the game. Bates describes him as opportunistic, but not necessarily as a big-time playmaker.On Saturday, the senior attack changed the game with his underestimated playmaking ability from behind the cage.‘Tom is a good feeder, kind of crafty, doesn’t typically run by you a whole lot, so I mean again, two big goals and it’s a one-goal game, I tip my hat to the kid,’ Bates said.In a hard-fought 10-9 victory for Syracuse, Palasek powered the offense. He finished with four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist to pace the Orange attack. His first two goals kept SU within one in the first half, helping the Orange stay within striking distance at the start of the second half. His next two came at crucial points in the contest that ended in a win for Syracuse.After Ryan Barber’s shot attempt with 13 seconds left in the first half went wide of the goal, the SU attack took possession along the left sideline.He darted in front of defender Jonathan Meyers, forcing his way into the crease, where he beat Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito as he was knocked to the ground with seven seconds left. It’s a matchup Bates said he’s confident Meyers would win, rarely getting beat underneath by opponents.But Palasek snuck through and gave his team some confidence heading into the break. In his second year at Syracuse, Desko said the senior has picked up all the offenses and now, he’s thriving as a feeder and playmaker.‘Tommy’s really been playing well for us in a number of different ways the last few games,’ Desko said. ‘I think he started out a little bit slow. I think his understanding of what his role is and what he can do has gotten better.’His fourth and final score was the most important as it gave Syracuse the lead for good with just over four minutes left in the game. Palasek found himself all alone near the crease as Princeton attempted to clear the ball.But the Orange forced a turnover and Tim Desko hit Palasek with a long pass for the finish.‘Fortunately, I was just standing 10 yards from the cage and Timmy made a great pass from the middle of the two defenseman and I just turned and shot it,’ Palasek email@example.com@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm