Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is relaxed about the club’s current situation and has stressed he “fully intends” to remain as manager, regardless of who owns the midlands outfit. “But I fully intend to be here. That’s me being totally honest. “If people come in, you sit with them and see what happens. If not, you sit with Randy, which I tend to do at the end of the season.” Both on Sunday and in a statement released a few days earlier following the suspension of assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa, Lerner appeared to express sympathy for Lambert, referring to the manager’s handling of “unexpected issues” and the injuries that his squad has been hit by this season. Lambert, meanwhile, has expressed his frustration at the “position of mediocrity” he feels the club have been in stretching back to before his arrival, and the need for future investment – although he also says he would not change the experience he has had so far with Villa. He said on Thursday: “With the size of this football club, with the fanbase it’s got, I never came here to sit like this. It’s been like this for the last four years. “But it’s been an incredible experience these past two years. “Would I have changed the experience? No. Because it will make you stronger. “The lads have always given me everything they have. I don’t think anyone can argue with that. We have had our ups and downs. “But this football club has been in a position these past four years of mediocrity. That’s the bottom line. “It will need investment, that’s for sure, to compete at the top end. “The football club will need a kick-on. “I think Randy has been brilliant with that since he’s been here. He’s been excellent with me on that side of it. “But if you’re going to go and buy players – the ones I have been linked with – then you will need money.” Meanwhile, Lambert says he is pleased Yacouba Sylla is disappointed at having had limited game-time – even if he is less than impressed with the Villa midfielder’s recent comments on the matter. Sylla – who has made only four appearances, all as a substitute, this calendar year – was quoted this week as saying he is looking to leave the club on loan in the summer due his unhappiness at spending so much time on the bench. And Lambert said: “I understand any player’s frustration at not playing. “You wouldn’t expect people to just sit there and not play. You are glad on that aspect. “Should he have spoken about it? Probably not. But that comes with experience. “I am glad he’s disappointed at not playing. That’s normal. “The three lads in the middle of the pitch have been doing really well for us, though. So Yac just has to do his utmost to get in the side.” And when asked about that on Thursday at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Swansea, Lambert said: “He (Lerner) was over here on Tuesday. “I had a chat with him. Not a long chat. I am the manager of the football club but I am not privy to everything that goes on. “His statement to me was pretty clear – he will address everything at the end of the season. Everyone must respect that. This is his club, you have to respect his decision. “It will become clear, I am pretty sure, when he decides what he has to say. “I am relaxed. I am not uptight about anything. I am here to win football matches. That’s always the case.” A takeover of Villa could bring further questions about the future of Lambert, under whom they finished 15th last term, his first season in charge. The Scot is keeping an open mind about what might happen, but has emphasised that he wants to stay, whether Lerner remains in control or not. Lambert, whose side are currently five points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place with four more games to go, said: “If a new owner comes in, you have a conversation. That’s normal. Villa have had a turbulent time of it of late, with a run of five games without a win – four of them defeats – seeing them sucked into the Barclays Premier League relegation battle, two of the coaching staff being suspended and speculation growing that chairman Randy Lerner is ready to sell the club. In a statement released on Sunday, American Lerner said he would address the “steady rumours of a sale” after the season has finished. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Nathan Lyon has taken 16 wickets in the two Tests against India. The Australian offspinner has dismissed Virat Kohli the most number of times in Tests with seven and he has received immense praise from Sachin Tendulkar. Lyon’s haul of 5/67 and 3/39 on a pitch which assisted the fast bowlers immensely at the new Perth stadium won him plenty of admirers and cemented his reputation as one of the best spin bowlers in the world. However, there is one person who is absolutely fuming with the performance of Kohli and the Indian cricket team in Perth. Sourav Ganguly, who was a magnificent player of spin, has a clear message to the Indian cricket team and revealed in a chat that he was about to send an angry SMS to Kohli but did not do it.“I wanted to tell him that you shouldn’t give so many wickets to spinners outside the subcontinent. There is no doubt that Nathan Lyon is a great spinner but so were Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and Graeme Swann,” Ganguly told in a chat with India TV.The left-hander, who has scored over 10,000 ODI runs and 8000 Test runs, had a clear message for Kohli’s Indian cricket team and that was to adopt an attacking approach. “They have shown him too much respect by defending a lot of deliveries outside the off-stump. They should look to build towards a total at least in excess of 300-350,” Ganguly said.Read More | Mitchell Johnson slams Virat Kohli, calls his behavior ‘disrespectful’The former India skipper, who had captained the side to a 1-1 draw during India’s tour of Australia in 2003/04, added he was not happy with the performance of many batsmen in the team, some of whom are traveling Down Under for the second time since the 2014/15 series which India lost 0-2.Read More | Naseeruddin Shah calls Virat Kohli ‘worlds worst behaved player’“They have been there before. Logically their game should improve over the years but from what we saw in Perth, it is difficult to say it has. Barring Kohli and (Cheteshwar) Pujara, none of them are making a lot of runs and this is not good for the team. If India has to win, they will have to do a lot more,” Ganguly added.India will be taking on Australia in the third Test starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne. In the last encounter between both the sides in 2014, Virat Kohli scored a magnificent century and shared a brilliant partnership with Ajinkya Rahane but Australia managed to hold on for a draw and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Athletes in camp, preparing for the forthcoming Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled to hold in Nassau, Bahamas in July, have been charged to work hard and present themselves as worthy ambassadors during the games.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, gave the charge when he visited the athletes in camp at the Package B Hostel, National Stadium Abuja at the weekend.He urged them to believe in their ability to excel and back it up with hard work through consistent training and discipline.“I came here to encourage you and to see how you all are faring in camp. I’m aware that you have already spent one month and will be leaving for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas soon.â€œI want you to believe in yourselves because self confidence will help you not only in your career as athletes but also in life. Do your best and maintain a high level of discipline in camp. I urge you to be the best that you can to lift your career and also win laurels not only for yourselves but for our country, Nigeria.He assured the athletes that all their camp allowances would be paid with no stress. “I want to assure you that all your camp allowances will paid in time without complaints but to whom much is given, much is also expected. We implore you to do your best and ensure that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted in the Bahamas during the Youth Commonwealth Games.”Responding, the captain of the team Miss Knowledge Omovoh promised on behalf of the athletes, that they will make Nigeria proud.Â The 17-year old 200m and 400m runner from Delta State thanked the minister, whose visit she said will boost the morale of the athletes.“I want to thank you for finding time to visit us in camp today. We are grateful to you for your motivational talk. We promise that we will put in our best to make the country proud”Team Nigeria will be represented by 26 athletes taking partÂ in seven sports namely; swimming, athletics, beach volleyball, cycling, boxing, tennis and judo.About 50 athletes are currently in camp at the Package B Hostel , National Stadium Abuja while the boxers are camping in Lagos.Â The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games which is the 6th edition, will feature athletes between the ages of 14-18 years from 70 countries.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Broken, bloody noses, gashed legs and bruised body parts were the byproducts of a historic moment.After storming the field, Tufts fans chanted “Olé, Olé.” They high-fived strangers and crowd-surfed. They congratulated players and didn’t care that they smelled like sweat.“People are getting to be concerned, because my legs are so bruised from it,” said Carolyn Margulies, a Tufts freshman who cut her leg while flipping over a fence to get onto the field.“But it was totally worth it.”Tufts had not won a game since the season opener in 2010 — until two weeks ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Jumbos ended a 31-game losing streak with a 24-17 win over Hamilton on Sept. 20 at Ellis Oval / Zimman Field in Somerville, Massachusetts. For every player on the team, it was the first time they had ever won a college football game. But the win was not a flash in the pan. Tufts followed up the monumental victory with another against Bates on Saturday — two wins that are a product of community support and stronger leadership than in recent years. Hamilton hasn’t won a game since 2012, so fans had a feeling that the Jumbos’ losing streak might end two weeks ago. With five minutes left, students lined the fence around the field. They didn’t mention the potential win fearing that they would jinx it, but they prepared to rush the field anyway.“We went out to go shake hands and the next thing you know there was 3,000 kids screaming onto the field running around us,” Tufts head coach Jay Civetti said.Throughout the week between the two games, fellow students congratulated the players around campus. Civetti said his team had to contain its excitement in practice on Tuesday. Students joked that their team should now take on Alabama.“There was a bit of a reality check,” Civetti said. “‘Hey look, it’s one win guys.’”But that didn’t stop the fans from getting excited. This past weekend was homecoming, which meant an even bigger crowd attended the game. There were numerous sporting events, a carnival and parties throughout the weekend. Though the energy wasn’t as high after the second win, students stormed the field again. This time, security guards opened the fences to avoid injuries.One of the biggest differences between this season and years past is that Tufts picked captains for 2014 as soon as last season ended. They used to be announced at the start of the season. The change allowed for roles to be established early on throughout the spring so the team had strong leadership when the season started.This is also the first year that Civetti, who took over in 2011, recruited all four classes on his team.Senior quarterback Jack Doll said he and the other seniors shared the moment and gathered around Civetti to take in the new experience.“We stuck together and in difficult times we just leaned on each other and that’s where most of us get our motivation from,” Doll said. “It’s from the group.“We did what we set out to do and it was on to the next one. We didn’t sit around and pat ourselves on the back.”After years of futility, Tufts seems to be changing its identity. While seniors are seeing a win for the first time, the freshmen have yet to see them lose.“I always joke that I feel like I was lied to when I got here, because I was promised a losing team and now this is happening,” Margulies said. “I don’t even know if I can trust Tufts anymore.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+
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The Tony Martin-trained Grade 1 winner will lead an eight-strong field for the feature race of the day, the Webster Cup Steeplechase at 3.50pm.That’s the big prize on offer from today’s seven-race card, with the action getting underway at 2.05.
Arsenal youth forward Zak Ansah has lent his support to the Black Satellites to win the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup despite failing to make the squad.Ansah missed the cut because he was only returning to fitness after suffering an injury playing for Arsenal’s youth side early this year.The 19 year old who only returned to active training with the Satellites after recuperating from a medial ligament tear could not impress the technical team.In an interview with Joy sports, Zak expressed his disappointments but remains hopeful of the team winning the tournament.“Of course I’m disappointed, even now I’m disappointed but it is part of football and I’m just going back to work hard and up my game so I can be called again,” said Ansah“I’m a team player and even though I was not able to make the trip to Italy I still want the boys to go there and be the champions of the world. “As soon as the coach told me I said thank you very much for the opportunity and I hope you bring back the cup to Ghana.”Ansah together with Athletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, SC Medeama Jacob Apau, Tema Youth midfielder Derrick Mensah as well as Anthony Manison of Rayo Vallecano were left out of the squad.The Black Satellites are currently in Italy preparing for the FIFA World Youth Championship.
JOSE MOURINHO has poured cold water on the notion that Troy Parrott can be a full-time replacement for Harry Kane until he recovers from a hamstring injury.The 26-year-old limped off in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day.1 Mourinho has cautioned against putting too much pressure on Parrott too soonMourinho cautioned against placing all of their expectations on Parrott to replace the England captain.He said: “I think it’s too soon. I think one thing is potential and another thing is conditions to express potential and I think he needs time.”Having minutes, being involved is one thing.”Another thing is what you call the direct replacement. To be that he needs to work.NEXT STEP“The next step for him is to sign a new contract at the club long-term and then it is for everyone to decide what is the best for his development.”In this club we care about our players. It is also to find the best pathway to develop.“He’s 17 years old. I don’t think at the age of 17 it’s good for you to go on loan to a Championship club or to go abroad to another country.”My feeling is it’s one thing when you are 20 if you need that step, another thing is when you are 17. When you are 17 you are a baby.”He later added: “17, you just have to be in your father club where you feel at home, where you are at home, where you train and develop with the first team.”SEVERITY OF KANE’S INJURYAsked about the severity of Kane’s injury he said: “Maybe later today we have news, but if you ask me my feeling, good news or bad news, I am more on bad news than good news.”“Kane leaving a match the way he did it, he didn’t think twice, it took him two seconds to realise the severity of his situation.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid”Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club.”His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him.”Tottenham do at least have a week off from Premier League action as they play Middlesbrough in the FA Cup before returning to league duty against leaders Liverpool.
Enlarge The Valencia players celebrate the 2002 League.ACE “It was a lot what we achieved taking into account the soccer giants with whom we competed”Pablo Aimar “We were better thanks to the one next door; I was better with Baraja by my side and we were both better with Ayala in the back and Aimar in the front ”.David Albelda ACE Rafa Benítez believed from the first day in the potential of what he had in his hands. He always believed in his footballers and in himself. “I am tired of seeing coaches who live by the name, always have a team and do not get good results … Of course I am ready to train Valencia ”, he said the day of his presentation. It was in Ermelo, a small Dutch town, where he began to give birth to his baby. From the first day he put his footballers in the head that they were capable of winning the League. “He told us and we all looked at each other as if thinking he was crazy,” Juan Sánchez confessed years later. “If I had to choose a goal in my career it would be Ayala’s in Malaga and if I have to keep a title, with that 2002 League; we broke 31 years of history ”.Santiago Cañizares The template that Subirats designed transformed it into Benítez rock. Curro Torres, Mista, Marchena, Rufete, Salva Ballesta and De los Santos were the reinforcements in the summer. Mestalla’s dressing room was a place where they lived veterans with a competitive gene with no expiration date (Carboni, Djukic or Angloma) with hungry young people (Vicente, Marchena or Mista); footballers from big clubs where they had not found their place (Cañizares, Ayala or Pellegrino) with stonemasons with a bomb-proof sense of belonging (Albelda, Palop or Sánchez); soccer workers frontline trench (Angulo, Rufete or Kily) with artists of the ball (Aimar, Vicente or Baraja). All this was mixed by Benítez and the cocktail was called champion.AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia lf-media-l “> But such power struggles were inversely proportional to the strength of the sports project. Gaizka Mendieta’s departure was obviously relevant due to its status as a benchmark, although Valencia had become accustomed to living with this type of transfer without diminishing its performance as a block (Claudio López and Farinós had been transferred a year before the captain and the team repeated the Champions League final). Valencia maintained in its ranks basic pillars of the team that was the Cup champion in 1999 with Claudio Ranieri and twice European runner-up with Héctor Cúper: Cañizares, Carboni, Ayala, Djukic, Pellegrino, Kily González or Juan Sánchez. But before and after learning that Real Madrid was losing in Anoeta, the black and white siege was total. It was Ruben Baraja who transformed Mestalla into a madhouse, who 31 years later took over Forment and his eternal goal. In the case of Valladolid, it was not just one but two goals. His auctions and celebrations are part of the collective imagination of a generation of Valencian. Valencia won 2-1 and Real Madrid lost 3-0. Next stop, La Rosaleda. And there yes. There if they won, champions. On May 5, 2002 Malaga woke up in Fallas. Thousands of Valencianists did not want to miss the opportunity to see their champion team. Many thought that they would never see their Valencia win a League again, many others had never seen it and some neither imagined. Valencia were 90 minutes away from winning their fifth league, a title they had not owned since April 18, 1971. Benítez was nothing to emulate Di Stéfano, like Cañizares to Eizaguirre, Albelda to Puchades or Baraja, to Claramunt.From the imperial leap of Fabián Ayala, who, seeing him play, understands the reason for that Valencia champion, and the final goal of Fabio Aurelio is 18 years old today. The fifth league becomes of age. What was experienced the days after the referee’s final whistle is something that no one who experienced it will forget. Albelda entering the locker room supported by dozens of fans like bullfighters, Jaume Ortí taking out for a walk the ‘palmito’ with which the rock of his town (Aldaia) had celebrated the League of 1971… hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of Valencia waving to the champions, the rain giving mysticism to the celebrations in Mestalla … When Valencia returned to be the best team in Spain. Albelda, dating men from La Rosaleda in 2002.ALBERTO ESTÉVEZ (EFE) Valencia, after their two stumbles in a row, He chained three wins against Las Palmas, Athletic and Alavés. The black and white successes were crossed in time with stumbling meringues and so, on matchday 24, just five after his unsuccessful visit to the Santiago Bernabéu, Valencia was placed for the first time as leader of the League. Such condition was lost a week later after a draw against Celta de Vigo, although he recovered it on the following day after winning the derby against Villarreal (26th). The ché team maintained its leadership status until matchday 29, after chaining three other victories against Barcelona, Real Zaragoza and Seville.Valencia, however, entered the last ten days, those in which Luis Aragonés said that they win and lose titles, with a crooked foot. He did it with bitterness and disappointment, because the team fell defeated in Vallecas 2-1 against Rayo who was in the relegation zone. For more inri, The match was played the day after Real Madrid was unable to pass the draw on their visit to the Camp Nou. But that point added by the whites in the Classic ended up giving him the lead (although tied at 53 points with Valencia). Despite this, the locker room was not discouraged and chained three consecutive wins (Osasuna, Tenerife and Real Sociedad), although Real Madrid also added 9 of 9. The defeat at the Bernabéu did not come alone. On the following day, against Real Valladolid, Valencia lost the first and ultimately only match in Mestalla throughout the championship. Thus, on January 20, 2002, the ché team was 6 points away from the head of the League. However, in the following days, Benítez repeated in a chat with several soccer players what he had told them in the summer: “We can win the League.” Said and done. “In January I told several soccer players that we could be champions; they looked at me like I was crazy ”Rafa Benítez Enlarge Benítez landed in Valencia with an innovative work methodology for the time. Your coaching staff (Antonio López, Pako Ayestarán and José Manuel Ochotorena) took care of even the smallest detail and turned rotations into an art and a weapon. The players feared post-game training, days when they were used to having a ‘bath and massage’, but which Benítez transformed into a constant repetition of badly executed actions during the match. This is how Benítez instilled in his own automatisms that made Valencia the best team in the world (IFFHS award in 2004).Valencia had shown their rocky team letter against Real Madrid and never hid it again. But his defensive solidity was not accompanied during the first quarter of the championship of excellent definition. This resulted in an accumulation of draws (9 in 16 days) and after two defeats against Real Sociedad and Deportivo de la Coruña, Valencia arrived with doubts towards Benítez to a date that would end up being transcendental in history.On December 15, 2001 the team visited Espanyol in Montjuic. Dark night in Barcelona. With cold and snow. Palencia and Álex Fernández overtook the parakeets. With that advantage of the locals, the break was reached. In the heat of the box, crossing calls between Barcelona and Valencia, several councilors asked Ortí and Llorente for Benítez’s head … and they wanted her served that same night. But, luckily for the coach and for Valencia’s own history, Ilie and Rufete (2) turned the scoreboard and the councilors sheathed the catana.After his comeback in Montjuic, Valencia found the way to the goal and won in the following two days (Malaga and Betis). The black and white arrived at the equator of the League third, with the same points as Deportivo (33) and two from the leader, a Real Madrid whom they would visit seven days later. That match at the Santiago Bernabéu started with a goal annulled for offside (which with VAR would have gone up to the scoreboard) by Adrian Ilie after two minutes. Finally, Real Madrid took the victory by a lone goal from Morientes. Ortí left the box saying to the Canal + microphones: “It is clear that here we all fight only for second place.” Benítez, for his part, in the press room, sentenced: “Here you have to do double to get half.” Albelda and Angulo eclipsed Zidane’s debutThe vagaries of the calendar wanted Valencia to debut in the League against Real Madrid. It was the debut of Zinedine Zidane in Spain. The soccer planet was looking at Mestalla that day and what he saw was a tactical recital by a very young man David Albelda, which dried up the French star, and a lone goal from Michelangelo Angulo. The ‘bullfighter’ Benítez went out the front door and that day his players began to think that he was not so crazy anyway. By The first time Rafa Benítez returned to Mestalla, 12 years after leaving Liverpool and doing so as coach of Real Madrid, a banner welcomed him: “You gave us the best years of our lives. Thank you”. It was not hyperbole. Valencia, in the three years with Benítez on his bench, conquered two leagues and one UEFA Cup, the first in 2002 and the double of 2004. The greatness of his Valencia was rooted in his team spirit, in his strength as a block. That Valencia made match by match its motto and the value of its victories is measured by the greatness of its rivals.ALBERTO ESTÉVEZ & nbsp; (EFE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia lf-media-r “> On May 5, 2002 Valencia was proclaimed in La Rosaleda de Málaga League champion for the fifth time in its history, breaking a 31-year drought. Thus, Benítez’s team took the baton from Di Stéfano’s Valencia, which in 1971 was the best in Spain. He did it with 75 points in his locker, 51 goals for and only 27 against; surpassing in the classification the Deportivo de la Coruña of Mauro Silva, Fran, Diego Tristan and Makkay; to the Real Madrid of Roberto Carlos, Figo, Zidane and Raul; and at Barcelona of Puyol, Xavi, Rivaled and Saviola.Javier Subirats, the architect of the best Valencia in history along with that of the 1940s (three Leagues and two Cups), was the one who recruited the Madrid coach for the project. Benítez arrived at Mestalla from the Second Division. It is true that he did it after having promoted Tenerife to the First Division, but it is also true that he arrived to a Valencia that came from having been a Champions finalist in the previous two seasons (Paris 2000 and Milan 2001) A councilor jokingly said when his transfer was announced that the only Benítez he knew was ‘El Cordobés’. Obviously such grace will accompany you eternally.Benítez landed in a club convulsed in the social. Pedro Cortés stopped being president six days after his presentation as coach. Pedro Cortés not only left but he also did Gaizka Mendieta. In fact the first one left as a result of the transfer of the midfielder to Lazio. Jaume Ortí He was elected President by the Board of Directors. His empathy ended up influencing both the achievement of successes and some goals of his footballers. Economic management was at the expense of Manuel Llorente while Francisco Roig He led the opposition and did so from within the Council, where he had two related parties thanks to his relevant shareholding package. Thus, with Real Madrid and Valencia tied at 62 points, the 34th day was reached. Benítez’s men played Saturday in Mallorca; while those of Vicente Del Bosque, Sunday in Pamplona. Valencia did not pass the tie on the island. The feeling on the return trip of the expedition was that they had let the League escape. Nothing could be further from the truth. Real Madrid fell defeated 3-1 at El Sadar and the Son Moix point made Valencia a solo leader with four days to go. Nothing changed to the next. The Whites beat Tenerife at the Bernabéu while the Ché maintained their one-point lead in the standings thanks to an own goal by sportsman Duscher.Saturday, April 27, 2002. Day 36ª. Valencia, with 66 points, receives Espanyol at Mestalla. Real Madrid, 65 points, visit Real Sociedad. The two games are played at the same time. That is undoubtedly the night of greatest ecstasy and explosion of happiness that has been lived in Mestalla so far in the 21st century. Mathematics says that Valencia conquered the League in Malaga, although for many they won it that day.The party, that yes, could not have begun worse for the Valencian interests. Carboni’s penalty, expulsion and Tamudo’s goal. The clock showed 30 minutes. But despite the numerical superiority of the rival, a Espanyol who was rushing his remote options to get into Europe, Valencia transmitted in each of the minutes of that match that they wanted to be champion. Still, his first joy did not come at Mestalla but from San Sebastián: Kovacevic’s goal.
More support for FIFA candidate InfantinoGENEVA (AP):Gianni Infantino is having the best week of any FIFA presidential candidate for public pledges of support to succeed Sepp Blatter, and got South America on his side on Thursday.The 10-nation body known as CONMEBOL said in a statement that its executive committee agreed to give the UEFA general secretaryunanimous support in the February 26 election.On Monday, Infantino was backed by the seven federations from Central America, and Trinidad and Tobago also endorsed him on Thursday despite mistakenly referring in its video message to him as “Giovanni” Infantino.Infantino can count on a big majority of the 53 members in Europe – already giving him more than 70 of the 209 FIFA votes if public promises hold up in the polling booths in Zurich.A two-thirds majority of eligible voters is required to win in the first round, and a simple majority will clinch the presidency in subsequent rounds.English FA boss leaving over reformsLONDON (AP):The English Football Association chairman, who set the national team a target of winning the World Cup by 2022, is leaving in July.Greg Dyke announced yesterday that he will not stand for re-election this year because of friction which he expects will result from attempts to modernise the FA’s decision-making structures.”I had already decided that if no reform was possible, I was going to leave anyway this summer, a position I had shared with a number of colleagues,” Dyke said. “What I now see is that even if we get the reform through, which will be a difficult and divisive process, although essential, I am probably not the best person to pick up the pieces following the inevitable discord.”Since arriving at the FA in 2013, the former BBC director general has been trying to ensure that England has a pool of players capable of turning England into World Cup winners for the first time since 1966.Dyke has also been a leading critic of Sepp Blatter at FIFA.Sri Lanka recall FernandoCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando has been surprisingly recalled by Sri Lanka after more than three years out, for three Twenty20 matches against India next month, Sri Lanka Cricket said yesterday.The 36-year-old Fernando last played for Sri Lanka in July 2012.Sri Lanka Cricket says Dinesh Chandimal will lead the team as Lasith Malinga is out injured.Seniors Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, and seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep will also miss the series due to injuries.The series, preparation for the World Twenty20 which will also be held in India, begins on February 9 in Pune.Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Seekuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilhara Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Binura Fernando, Sachithra Senanayake and Jeffrey Vandersay.