Memphis Depay has shown Old Trafford why he was worth the money paid for him in the first half of Manchester United’s return to the Champions League against Club Brugge.He lit up the first half with two delightful goals, one full of skill and pace, the other full of pure power.And United fans are already getting carried away with their new no.7.See below for the best reactions to the Dutchman’s first half performance … 1 Memphis Depay
Dick Advocaat 1 Dick Advocaat has insisted he would walk away from Sunderland if he did not feel he was the right man for the job – but he has no intention of doing so.The 67-year-old Dutchman will head into Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup third round clash with Manchester City at the Stadium of Light having seen his side fail to win any of their opening six Barclays Premier League games of the season to sit at the foot of the table.Asked if he had any regrets about deciding to shelve his retirement plans during the summer, he replied: “No, no regrets.“Listen, let’s be clear: if I feel that it is better that somebody else takes over, I’m the first man who will say, ‘It’s better for the club, I will go’, believe me.”However, asked further how close he might be to calling it a day on Wearside, he replied: “Very far, because we did not have a pre-season with the players and now we can see that they are coming a little bit to the level [required]. But you still have to gel the combination with players, etc, etc.“We will try tomorrow a little bit differently, and I’d like to see what they do. But I still have a good feeling about this squad and if we have 40 points, I think we have enough.”The Black Cats thought they had turned something of a corner against Tottenham last Sunday when they produced a much-improved display in a 1-0 home defeat, but they surrendered that feel-good factor inside nine disastrous minutes at Bournemouth on Saturday as they allowed the Cherries to secure a decisive early lead.
1 Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness was taken into hospital on Friday.The 62-year-old, who also played with distinction for the Reds, is receiving treatment in a hospital in Bournemouth, close to his home in Poole, Dorset.No details of Souness’ condition were immediately available.The former midfielder won 54 caps for Scotland during a playing career which also saw him win five league titles and three European Cups among his Liverpool honours and a Coppa Italia title with Sampdoria.As a manager, he led Rangers to three Scottish titles and four League Cups, before winning the 1992 FA Cup with the Reds.He went on to manage Turkish side Galatasaray – winning two domestic cup competitions – Blackburn, where he won the 2002 League Cup, Southampton, Benfica and Newcastle among others.He features in the Scottish national team, Rangers and English football Halls of Fame and in a 2006 poll of Liverpool supporters was named as the ninth most popular player in the club’s history.Since leaving the Magpies in 2006 he has worked as a media pundit for Sky Sports and Irish broadcaster RTE.Souness’ Sky Sports colleague Jeff Stelling opened the station’s Soccer Saturday broadcast with a message of support to Souness.“Souey, if you’re watching, get well very quickly,” said the presenter. Graeme Souness
1 Alexis who? Mesut Ozil is certainly helping Arsenal fans get over the absence of their Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, who has been sidelined since November, as he helped Arsenal to a 2-0 victory at home to Bournemouth. The Gunners bounced back from a heavy defeat at Southampton on Saturday to return to the top of the Premier League and the German playmaker was key in both goals. First, he was the provider for Gabriel Paulista to confirm his 16th assist of the campaign, before scoring himself for his fifth goal in 24 games for the Gunners in 2015/16. Arsenal fans were delighted as he set up yet another goal and social media lauded the 27-year-old’s talents. See below! Mesut Ozil
Firmino and Coutinho 1 Liverpool’s limp first half performance at West Ham saw the Reds trail 1-0 thanks to a Michail Antonio goal.Though the Reds rattled West Ham’s crossbar in injury time, the home team should have been further ahead as they bossed Jurgen Klopp’s visitors.Liverpool struggled to get going in attack, leading to Coutinho and Firmino trending on Twitter.Take a look at some of the talk surrounding Liverpool’s Brazilian duo and their first half showing at Upton Park.
1 Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez Middlesbrough are trying to sign Southampton flop Gaston Ramirez.The Uruguay international moved to St. Mary’s in 2012 for £12million after impressing for Bologna in Serie A.But since the move, the 25-year-old has struggled for form and he spent last season on loan at Hull.Southampton are now ready to let Ramirez go and, according to TMW, Middlesbrough are working on a deal.The Championship club are set to face competition for the attacking midfielder, though, as he looks to secure first-team football.Ramirez’s former side Bologna are keen on a deal, as are Premier League strugglers Swansea.
From there, it only got worse for the Irish. “It kept building and we knew we could dominate them,” Mays said. The Trojans (6-1) limited Notre Dame to 165 yards of offense but did a better job containing themselves after the game from saying what they really thought of the Irish. “(Weis) didn’t even seem like he was trying today,” one member of the program said. The Notre Dame players put in about three quarters before getting tired of it all, and by that time, some Irish fans were long gone. The players were also turning on each other. “In the third quarter, they started to yell at each other,” USC center Matt Spanos said. “It was their frustration.” The crowd’s loudest cheer came in the fourth quarter when Notre Dame (1-7) got a first down, its first of the second half. No USC team had ever defeated Notre Dame by 38 points and Saturday’s lopsided outcome made the 2005 thriller seem like it was played 10 years ago. But considering USC lost to 41-point underdog Stanford two weeks ago, a glorified scrimmage is exactly what the Trojans needed after ugly performances against Washington, the Cardinal and Arizona. “We feel like we’re regaining our momentum,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “We got whacked pretty good there for a while. This could be very pivotal for us.” At least now Carroll knows he can rely on sophomore quarterback Mark Sanchez as a quality backup the rest of the season. Sanchez passed for four touchdowns and completed 21 of 38 passes for 235 yards with no interceptions. “I promised myself before the game, no interceptions,” Sanchez said. “I was calm. I got the jitters out last week.” Sanchez, who carefully selects his words, let his guard down and admitted he wants to start this week’s game against Oregon. “I can’t influence (the coaches) any more than I did today,” Sanchez said. “I don’t want to let it go. I don’t know what’s going on. Hopefully it works out.” USC coach Pete Carroll made it clear after the game John David Booty remained the starter, but he said Booty must be 100 percent to play. Booty sat on a stool in the USC locker room with a swollen middle finger. “He’s our starter,” Carroll said. “He’s been our starter all year long. But the right thing to do is get him healthy. That’s a four-to-six week injury for some people. I don’t think the finger’s going to be healed (this week). “Obviously the team doesn’t worry about it. They don’t care.” But Booty cared. “If you ask me, yeah I do (think I should start),” Booty said. The senior said he hoped to be ready for this week’s game. “I’m getting a lot closer,” he said. “I’ve almost got full range in my finger.” USC fans will no doubt crown Sanchez the quarterback for the season, but coaches use different standards and the pathetic nature of the opponent will be factored into any evaluation. “You always look at the film and the style of the team,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said diplomatically. The Irish secondary was so lost, USC receivers often seemed to be alone on the field. It was such a leisurely day that Sanchez showed more concern over the disappearance of his game towel than about anything he did on the field. And when the Irish were near a receiver, they didn’t always tackle them. USC wide receiver Vidal Hazelton caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when he repeatedly bounced off defenders and kept running downfield. “I was kind of surprised, but I had the mentality that I’m not going down,” Hazelton said. For good measure, USC tailback Joe McKnight capped the game with a 51-yard touchdown run. At that point, the fans could have turned on Weis, but didn’t. They probably expected what they got after watching three previous home losses this season. “I’ll gladly take the hits for our program, but USC is a good football team … we’re at different ends of the spectrum at this point,” Weis said. “They are where we want to be. And I will work till the ends of the earth until that ends up happening.” Afterward, Notre Dame fans chanted an expletive followed by Carroll’s name as the coach came off the field. Apparently, they gave up the chant for Charlie Weis long ago. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USC’s rout might say more about Notre Dame’s futility, but it is still savored. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER SOUTH BEND, Ind. – USC found a nice, quiet place to regroup from its midseason slump, as Notre Dame Stadium provided more than 80,000 hospitable fans for the Trojans to take out their frustrations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 13th-ranked Trojans strolled to a 38-0 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, a score that said a lot more about the Irish than USC. Notre Dame’s beleaguered fans were too beaten down to even boo the Irish’s farcical play. This might be a hallowed site for football, but Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis mailed in his game plan with a basic offense that never challenged the Trojans. “We started to realize they couldn’t do anything against us,” USC safety Taylor Mays said. When did USC notice this? “The first drive,” Mays said.
Last month, the department told 200 to 300 diplomats that they were “prime candidates” for the 48 vacant positions that will come open in Iraq next summer. They had until Tuesday to accept or to offer a medical or family reason not to go.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The State Department is dropping plans to force diplomats to serve in Iraq because volunteers have filled all 48 vacant positions at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and in outlying provinces, The Associated Press has learned. The department will announce it no longer needs to move to “directed assignments” for Iraq once personnel panels give a formal OK to foreign service officers who signed up for the remaining three open jobs, U.S. officials said Thursday. Those three diplomats have won tentative approval, they said. The announcement could come as early as today, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. Officials had indicated this week that a forced call-up might not be necessary after volunteers cut the number of vacant posts to 11 by Tuesday. All were filled by Thursday with only the final screening process for the last three spots pending, they said. The announcement will be major relief for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the department’s senior management. They had struggled to quell a revolt among diplomats who questioned the ethics of ordering unarmed civilians into a war zone under penalty of dismissal. But the officials said Rice had intended to go ahead with directed assignments if not enough volunteers had come forward. They also said the department may have to resort to such a measure in the future. The prospect of the largest diplomatic call-up since Vietnam had caused an uproar among the 11,500-member Foreign Service. At a contentious town-hall meeting this month, the strength of their opposition came into public view as some diplomats protested the forced assignments, citing safety and security concerns. The complaints were a deep embarrassment to the department and led Rice and her deputy, John Negroponte, to remind diplomats of their duty to serve their government anywhere they are needed. Both sent worldwide cables urging foreign service officers to volunteer. More than 1,500 diplomats have volunteered to work in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. But the resistance to forced assignments generated bitter criticism of the diplomatic corps.
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Riyad Mahrez has been instrumental in Leicester’s shock Premier League title push this season 1 Leicester star Riyad Mahrez has been rewarded for his fine season with the PFA Player of the Year award.Mahrez was presented with the prestigious trophy at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday after contributing 17 goals and 11 assists to the Foxes’ fairytale campaign.Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.Mahrez was flown down by helicopter to the ceremony from the King Power Stadium, where Claudio Ranieri’s side had earlier thrashed Swansea 4-0 to move eight points clear at the top of the table.The Algerian playmaker held off competition from West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Arsenal man Mesut Ozil and fellow Foxes stars Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante to win the award, but dedicated the success to his ‘brothers’ at Leicester.“All the credit is for them, seriously,” Mahrez said.“And for my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.“I’m very grateful to receive this award, it’s a pleasure. It’s extra special because if the players vote for me it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy.“But it’s more team things. Without my team-mates I wouldn’t get this award.”Mahrez has been instrumental in his team’s remarkable rise and he now joins a glittering list of former winners that includes Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.Some bookmakers had Leicester at 5000/1 to be crowned champions at the start of the season, but, with three games left, they stand on the brink of arguably the greatest shock in English football history.“The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez added.“We work so hard for each other. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.“If sometimes we are not good, we know we are going to run and make the effort for our team-mates. That is the secret of our success.”Meanwhile, Manchester City midfielder Izzy Christiansen won the PFA Women’s Player of the Year award, Sunderland forward Beth Mead took the Women’s Young Player of the Year award and Ryan Giggs was handed the PFA Merit award.