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UEFA list Stones in Man City’s Champions League squad but £50m deal not official

first_imgCity and Everton have yet to confirm a deal has been reached. John Stones in action for Everton 2 John Stones has been named in Manchester City’s Champions League squad by UEFA.City have been chasing the £50m-rated Everton defender all summer but have been unable to agree a fee for the 22-year-old.Now it appears as though Pep Guardiola has got his man, with UEFA revealing City have registered Stones in their Champions League squad ahead of their qualifying clash with Steaua Bucharest on August 16.The Premier League club were required to submit their final list of players before midnight on Tuesday and the centre-back was included as part of City’s squad even though a mooted move from Merseyside is yet to be announced.According to the squad, which was released on the UEFA website, Stones will wear the number 24 shirt at the Etihad. 2last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane turns 29: Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan wish birthday boy

first_imgBirthday wishes for Ajinkya Rahane flooded the India opener’s Twitter handle on Tuesday.The Mumbai batsman turned 29 today and the likes of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ravi Shastri, Rishabh Pant, Hemang Badani, Mohammad Kaif and team-mates Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Sikhar Dhawan wishing him on the micro blogging website.Rahane is currently with the Indian team in England for the ICC Champions Trophy. Though he was not named in the playing XI for India’s opening match of their title defence against Pakistan, which they won handsomely by 124 runs.BCCI and ICC also wished the Indian star batsman.This should be settled now. Dear @ajinkyarahane88 , wish you a very Happy Birthday. Love the simplicity.6/6 it is. pic.twitter.com/IeDFbAnR9i- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 6, 2017Here’s to many more runs and lots of success, wish you a great birthday pal @ajinkyarahane88 ???- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 6, 2017Hey Jinks. Happy birthday young man. Keep catching it like flies in the slip cordon and time it sweet @ajinkyarahane88 pic.twitter.com/I6zVcgcAdk-Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 6, 2017Wishing you a splendid birthday, @ajinkyarahane88! Hope to see you shine bright as always. Best wishes! pic.twitter.com/EbG8UuWq6P- cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) June 6, 2017Happy Birthday @ajinkyarahane88 May you have a great year ahead filled with lots of runs and happiness- Rishab Pant (@RishabPant777) June 6, 2017A very happy birthday Mr.Consistent @ajinkyarahane88 . May you have a great year ahead.- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 6, 2017Wishing you a day that is as special in every way as you are. Happy birthday @ajinkyarahane88. I wish you good luck and all success.advertisement- Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 6, 2017Wishing you a fantastic birthday @ajinkyarahane88! Hope you have a great year and wish you the best of everything in the coming years.- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 6, 2017Happy Birthday @ajinkyarahane88 bro. Wish you a great year ahead filled with loads of runs and happiness- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 6, 2017Many many Happy returns of the day Mr Rahane @ajinkyarahane88 ?????????God bless you and may you achieve more success and score many more runs-??? pic.twitter.com/sjSeQg54gf- Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) June 6, 2017Here’s wishing #TeamIndia batsman @ajinkyarahane88 a very happy birthday pic.twitter.com/TcYtgIMbd4- BCCI (@BCCI) June 6, 2017??? Happy Birthday to @ajinkyarahane88! In 130 matches across all three formats for India he’s scored 5,192 runs! pic.twitter.com/MvOPFpNuFu- ICC (@ICC) June 6, 2017last_img read more

Liverpool Holds on to Beat Chelsea as Man United Loses

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Liverpool showcased title credentials while exposing Chelsea’s defensive frailties. Manchester United’s deep flaws surfaced in defeat at West Ham. Arsenal demonstrated powers of perseverance against Aston Villa.Within a few hours across London on Sunday, there was a snapshot of challenges and optimism for teams at the top of the Premier League, or with aspirations to be.Liverpool restored its five-point lead over Manchester City by making it six wins out of six, overcoming Chelsea 2-1 by unpicking the Stamford Bridge hosts twice from set-pieces in the first half.Trent Alexander-Arnold was teed up by Mohamed Salah’s free kick to get the opener in the 14th minute. Roberto Firmino headed in Andy Robertson’s cross on the half-hour after Cesar Azpilicueta’s equalizer had been ruled out when the VAR spotted an earlier offside.“Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “But then we didn’t use the ball in that situation well enough, so we could have had much more chances in these situations.”But Chelsea has now conceded 13 goals in the opening six league games under Frank Lampard, leaving the team 10 points behind a Liverpool side chasing a first English title since 1990.Chelsea’s plans were disrupted by two injury-enforced defensive changes in the first half with Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri forced off.Chelsea did pull one back in the 71st minute when N’Golo Kante was given space to twist through the defense. Many might have been expecting him to release the ball to an opponent, but the Frenchman struck the ball into the top of the net.“It’s hard to accept congratulations after a loss, we can’t be there but we must say that the way we played in the second half is towards the way we want to be,” Lampard said. “Energy, passion, moving the ball quickly, changing the play, getting crosses in the box, things that we work on and we did it against Liverpool.”UNITED COLLAPSENot only did Manchester United lose 2-0 at West Ham but striker Marcus Rashford limped off in the second half with a groin problem. Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were offloaded in the summer, leaving United short of options up front.Manchester United’s Scott McTominay salutes supporters at at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Manchester United at London stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. West Ham beat Manchester United 2-0. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)West Ham had no problem scoring, with Andriy Yarmolenko netting just before halftime and Aaron Cresswell scoring from a free kick after the break.“The key moments, they grasped and we didn’t,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “I have to say two fantastic finishes from two good left feet. And we didn’t take our chances when we had them.”While West Ham has 11 points in six matches — after three wins from four — United is three points worse off. Solskjaer is tasked with returning United to the four Champions League places.ARSENAL FIGHTBACKPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s seventh goal in seven games guided Arsenal to a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa and up to fourth place.Already trailing to John McGinn’s goal, Arsenal was reduced to 10 men before halftime when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.But Nicolas Pepe equalized from the penalty spot in the 59th after Mattéo Guendouzi was tripped by Bjorn Engels.Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring against Aston Villa during the English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium, London, Sunday Sept. 22, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)Villa was back in front inside 90 seconds later through Wesley but parity was restored by Calum Chambers in the 81st with his first goal in more than three years. Aubameyang’s winner came three minutes later from a free kick.“Playing with one less player, not easy,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “We lost some control but we took some risks to come back. We are creating good spirit with our supporters and the players are feeling that.“Our commitment, our behavior, fighting each ball, taking some risks. That is good. That character, that connection with our supporters, that spirit. We can be happy.”WOLVES RECOVERYA run of three straight losses in all competitions for Wolverhampton Wanderers was halted by Diogo Jota’s stoppage-time goal clinching a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace after Leander Dendoncker had scored an own-goal.___By ROB HARRIS AP Global Soccer WriterLiverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, left, and Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta compete for the ball during the British premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Chelsea’s Jorginho goes for the ball during the British Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian grabs the ball during the British premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more