Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insisted he is “not concerned” by his side’s appalling home form, which has yielded a single victory in the top flight so far this season – but is frustrated by his inability to get his best out of his players. Poyet said: “I am disappointed because I thought by now I would have a better impact on how the team plays but unfortunately I was wrong. “It is getting more difficult than what I thought. Some players are taking longer to do the basics and we need to do more work. It is too easy to blame somebody else – it is about selecting better and making sure most are back (from injury).” Spanish attacking midfielder Suso appears set to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract in the summer, having had an offer from AC Milan. The 21-year-old was filmed by Sky Sports Italia in Milan, and quoted by news agency ANSA as saying: “I’m happy to come to Milan. I haven’t yet spoken to (coach Filippo) Inzaghi. I’m here for the medical and I hope it’s going to go well.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced the return of Raheem Sterling will give his side lift-off as they look to push for a European place in the second half of the Barclays Premier League season. Sterling missed Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday after being rewarded for his tireless contribution over the Christmas period with a two-week break in the Caribbean. But Rodgers believes the 20-year-old’s scheduled comeback against Aston Villa next weekend will coincide with the start of a run-in which will end frustration over the Reds’ relatively inconsistent start to the campaign. Rodgers said: “I felt if we are going to get the best out of Raheem he is going to need a little bit of a rest and he will come back next week. “The exciting thing is we have always been better in the second half of the season and that is the business end. “We will get Raheem back fresh and (Daniel) Sturridge back fresh and we also have Adam Lallana to come back – so it is going the way I hoped it would.” A ninth minute goal from Lazar Markovic proved enough for Rodgers’ men to win a largely forgettable encounter with the ailing Black Cats, whose woe was heightened by the 49th minute sending-off of Liam Bridcutt for two bookable offences. Markovic almost added to his clinical opener when he fired another first half effort against the crossbar from long range, but Sunderland briefly rallied after the red card and Adam Johnson’s rising 25-yard effort also struck the bar. Markovic’s impressive performance was another tonic for Rodgers who can see the return of his big names being backed up by the increasing confident performances of his new squad members. “Lazar has been very, very good for us in the last six or seven weeks so it is just taking time,” added Rodgers. “Emre Can and Alberto Moreno have also taken time coming to a new country with a big spotlight on them because of what we did last year, but now they are starting to settle into the philosophy of how we play.” Press Association
Amina Kajtaz is satisfied with her performance at the Olympic Games, although she did not qualify for the semifinals of the race at 100 meters in butterfly stroke.In the second qualification group in Rio, Amina won the fourth place with a result of 1:01.67. her best result which brought her to the Olympics is 1:01.21, and she did not manage to exceed it.“I am very satisfied with my result. This is my second best time this season. After all, these are my first Olympics and I can say I am very satisfied. I was very nervous, but the result turned out to be good. I hope these Olympics will be one great experience for me,” Kajtaz said.This 19-year-old swimmer is the holder of the national record at 100 meters in butterfly stroke. Before Amina, Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Tatjana Đekanović, who won the 35th place in air rifle shooting from 10 meters.(Source: klix.ba/photo: EPA)
MORE: NASCAR ratings get a boost after Confederate flag is banned from races Alvin Kamara will be supporting Bubba Wallace in Miami on Sunday, having become a NASCAR fan following its decision to ban the Confederate flag this week.The Confederate flag — which is viewed by many as a symbol of racism and slavery — was banned from all NASCAR races and properties in a decision made prior to Wednesday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Its banishment came amid a renewed focus on the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota on May 25. NASCAR’s decision was praised by many sports stars, including New Orleans Saints running back Kamara, who watched Wednesday’s race with interest and tweeted the division to ask when the next race was.On Saturday, the three-time Pro Bowler tweeted a picture of some merchandise of Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, confirming he would attend the Cup Series’ latest race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.Wallace is a fan of the University of Tennessee, where Kamara played two seasons of college football prior to entering the NFL in 2017.