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England consider options to keep Ben Stokes in frame for Lord’s Test

England consider options to keep Ben Stokes in frame for Lord’s Test

Stokes is due in court in Bristol on August 6 – the day after the Edgbaston Test is scheduled to finish – to face a charge of an affray with the case scheduled to last somewhere between five and seven days. But the England management are keeping an open mind as to Stokes’ availability, should the case be adjourned for any reason.

If that were to happen on the first or second day of the trial, the England camp has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo they would consider his involvement in the Test at Lord’s. Replacing Stokes, as England found during the Ashes, is desperately difficult. While the England management are expecting a drier surface at Lord’s that could well see Moeen Ali drafted back into the side as a second spinner, they would prefer him to play alongside Stokes, rather than instead of him.

A case can be adjourned for many reasons including illness, the admission of new evidence or a change in the charge. While it remains likely the case will go ahead as originally envisaged – certainly, the Stokes camp has no plans to call for an adjournment – the England camp is keen to find a way to accommodate Stokes if he becomes available.

 

England’s most capped player Rochelle Clark to retire from internationals

England’s most capped player Rochelle Clark to retire from internationals

England’s most capped player of all time Rochelle Clark has retired from the international game. The 37-year-old prop, who is known as ‘Rocky’ and was a World Cup winner in 2014, won 137 caps during her 15-year England career. “I’ve lived such a fairytale for the last 15 years,” she told BBC Sport. “Getting my first cap was out of this world but to hit the cap record and surpass Jason Leonard, it’s been a dream come true.” She added: “There have been highs and lows but I’ve loved every minute of it.” ‘A true rugby legend’ Clark will continue to play for Wasps in the Tyrrells Premier 15s next season as well as acting as head coach of Chesham Stags. She became England’s most capped player when she surpassed Leonard’s previous record of 114 in November 2016, and retires as the most capped female international player of all time. She last played for England against Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations, and admitted she only decided to retire from internationals in the last few weeks. “It’s probably time to let the youngsters come in while we’re building to the next World Cup,” added the veteran of four World Cups. “But if they ever need me I’d always pull the white shirt back on. I’ll probably regret the decision so that’s why I’d like to leave the door open a little bit, but I’m looking forward to what happens in the future.” Red Roses’ head coach Simon Middleton paid tribute to Clark’s service, describing the loosehead prop as “a true legend of rugby”. “She gave as much off the pitch as on it,” he said. “She’s been an absolute inspiration to us and embodies everything a Red Rose should be.”

Clark was awarded an MBE for services to rugby in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List’We simply have to go professional’ Clark, who came on as a replacement against Canada in 2003 to make her international debut, has relished being part of the evolution of women’s rugby in England. “We used to have to pay to train and for the kit, and now how it’s evolved, it’s been great to make history,” she said. Clark played the majority of her career without a professional contract and has called on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to fully professionalise the game. The RFU introduced contracts in the 15-a-side game for the first time in the 2016-17 season, but then controversially decided not to renew them following the 2017 World Cup. “Having the opportunity to go professional was a massive thing and it paid dividends,” added Clark. “We went to New Zealand and beat them in their own backyard after 16 years and then we had the spectacle of the World Cup final in 2017 with England against New Zealand. “But it can only be of benefit if we can get professional long term instead of dipping in and out. Other nations are going professional and we simply have to go professional too. We need the time to recover and the hours in training.” Analysis BBC rugby union commentator Sara Orchard “We’ll probably never see a player of her like again – 137 caps will take some beating, longevity and heart. Known affectionately as Rocky, the England prop has been a pillar of the England squad since her first cap in 2003. Within women’s rugby there will be high hopes she continues to grow as a coach in the game – any team will be blessed to have her.”

 

Liverpool no longer a stepping stone as Jürgen Klopp believes Sadio mane will stay for the long-term

Liverpool no longer a stepping stone as Jürgen Klopp believes Sadio mane will stay for the long-term

The Merseyside outfit impressed under Klopp last season with the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane spurring the team on to a fourth-placed league finish and the Champions League final. The club’s progress has led to top players, including Salah and Firmino, signing new long-term contracts earlier this year and Klopp is optimistic that Mane will follow suit.

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“When I speak about the good mood in the club, that is not only in the stands. We are Liverpool as a team and the boys want to be part of it,” Klopp said. “That’s really cool and it’s a big achievement for the club because these boys, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, and a lot of the others as well, could play for pretty much any team in the world. Liverpool warned about Shaqiri’s attitude by former teammate “It is an improved situation that these players don’t use us and then go. It’s cool but now we all together have to deliver. Sign your contracts but now, go again.

” The German boss believes Liverpool’s four new signings in the current transfer window are sufficient and said the club will not need to replace attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who moved to Barcelona in January. “We don’t need to replace Phil. We need to make a squad for the next year. Out there on the market, there isn’t a Phil Coutinho-light. It’s not there. But there are a lot of good players and we have brought a few of them in,” Klopp added. Klopp believes Liverpool’s signings this summer means they do not need to replace Coutinho.

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Liverpool will play friendlies against Italian teams Napoli and Torino before hosting West Ham United in the opening league fixture on 12 August.

 

David Beckham’s 50 Yard Bin Challenge Will Never Get Old

David Beckham’s 50 Yard Bin Challenge Will Never Get Old

If you’re a sceptic like me, then you’ll have questioned this almost impossible feat straight away, but the 43-year-old has always maintained that the footage is genuine. The debate still continues to this day on social media, seven years after it was released.

Beckham, who was playing with LA Galaxy at the time, smashes three shots into three different trash cans as a very excited bloke commentates over the entire thing. We bow down to your wand of a right foot, David, but we’re not entirely convinced. is it genuine or fake? You decide. The footage went down a hit with fans. It received over one million views in just a matter of days when it was released in 2011, but how does it compare to some of his other appearances? Beckham has featured in a number of iconic adverts down the years. He played a gladiator, a cowboy and a surfer in a number of Pepsi campaigns and worked alongside Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, as well as a handful of world class footballers. Image: PepsiImage result for beckham advert pepsi Who could forget this famous Sumo ad, which will go down as one of the most iconic of all time. He even joined celebrity friend Kevin Hart in a hilarious video released by H&M, in which the former-England captain ‘saves the life’ of the comedian by capturing a snake with his bare hands. The video was made as part of an advertising campaign for the clothing company which introduced the H&M Modern Essentials collection for Autumn 2016. Never change, David. Jack Kenmare Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

Manchester United’s One-Touch Training Drill Emerges Online, Fans Can’t Believe It

Manchester United’s One-Touch Training Drill Emerges Online, Fans Can’t Believe It

 

Jose Mourinho’s charges have endured a woeful pre-season in the States. A thumping defeat to Liverpool preceded uninspiring draws against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes and AC Milan (eventually beating the Italian side on penalties). United are back in pre-season action on Wednesday when they face Champions League holders Real Madrid in Miami, Florida. Ahead of the fixture, United players have been going through their paces including a spot of Rondo. A one-touch keep-ball exercise. It wasn’t very impressive to say the least. Sure, it’s pre-season but where’s the intensity?! Here’s Manchester City doing the same drill. Naturally, it got Twitter talking:

The Reds have two more games before opening their Premier League campaign against Leicester City. The aforementioned game versus Real Madrid then Bayern Munich on Saturday. Looking forward to the new season, United fans? Let us know. Nasir Jabbar Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He’s a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He’s also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

England v India: Alastair Cook feels sorry for Adil Rashid

England v India: Alastair Cook feels sorry for Adil Rashid

Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. In-play clips and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full tour details Former England captain Michael Vaughan has reiterated his criticism of Adil Rashid’s Test recall, branding it “a stab in the chest” for county cricket. Rashid, 30, has not played Test cricket since December 2016 and in February signed a contract to only play limited-overs matches for Yorkshire. The spinner called Vaughan’s original comments “stupid” and added: “His opinions do not matter to anybody.” On Monday, Vaughan responded: “I don’t think he has prepared well enough.” Rashid has been named in the 13-man England squad for the first Test with India, which begins at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Vaughan, a former Yorkshire team-mate of Rashid’s, believes the leg-spinner should have played in the recent Championship match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Old Trafford, as Test players including Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and James Anderson had done. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Tuffers and Vaughan programme, he added: “If I’m stupid to suggest that he should have played a four-day game leading into a Test series against the number one team in the world – I firmly believe the cricketing world has gone nuts if he thinks he doesn’t have to do that. “This all could have been put to bed if England had sat him down and said he has to play in that four-day game. “I cannot be wrong that I’m asking someone to prepare their body, their mind. “It’s not just me that has criticised him so he can come at me all he wants, but it’s our job to have an opinion and my opinion is that if someone is not playing four-day cricket in our schooling ground to prepare Test match cricketers, I don’t think you should be able to play in a Test match.” Rashid was England’s leading wicket-taker in the recent one-day series victory against India, taking six wickets at an average of 24, but has not played a first-class match since September 2017. Vaughan added: “I think this has been a real stab in the chest to county players that are out there busting a gut, playing the formats, getting on those buses up and down the country for someone who has not been bothering to play four-day cricket.” ‘He’s a quality bowler’ Meanwhile, England opener Alastair Cook says he sympathises with Rashid over his controversial selection. Cook told BBC Sport: “I feel a bit sorry for Adil being caught up in this mess, the off-field political stuff.” The 33-year-old, who warmed up for the first Test of the five-match series by hitting 180 runs for the England Lions in a win over India A earlier this month, added: “He didn’t ask to be selected – he’s earned his right on merit in a different way, and there’s hullabaloo about it. “He’s a quality bowler. Is it ideal that he hasn’t played red ball cricket? I don’t think it is ideal.” Rashid has taken 38 wickets at an average of 42.78 in 10 Tests for England, the most recent of which came in India in December 2016. England national selector Ed Smith has insisted his selection does not devalue county cricket, called it a “one-off” and said players must play first-class cricket next year to feature for the Test side. Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon has described it as a “crazy situation” – with Rashid unavailable for the club’s forthcoming T20 Blast matches – and said the county will hold talks with the player’s agent about his future. Speaking on the day of his selection, Rashid said: “It was not an easy decision, but when your country wants you and asks if you are available, you cannot just say no.” Cook one of England’s best ever Cook has also spoken of his delight at being named in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) best ever men’s Test XI. The team was compiled in commemoration of England’s 1,000th Test, which takes place at Edgbaston this week, and their record run-scorer was named as one of the openers after an online survey completed by 6,108 supporters. Captain Root and record wicket-taker Anderson were the other current players to be included. “I’ve got to thank my dad for voting as many times as he did,” Cook joked. “They are the great names of English cricket to to be named up there, I’m quite rightly proud.” ECB best-ever men’s Test XI: Alastair Cook, Sir Leonard Hutton, David Gower, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Sir Ian Botham, Alan Knott (wkt), Graeme Swann, Fred Trueman, James Anderson, Bob Willis.

 

Number of fast bowlers in India’s attack ‘uncommon’ – Cook

Number of quick bowlers in India’s assault ‘uncommon’ – Cook dinner

First Ravi Shastri, now Alastair Cook. The England batsman feels India’s fast-bowling attack has the type of “energy and depth” he hasn’t seen from them prior to now. Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian vice-captain, in flip stated the assault can “disrupt” England if the bowlers keep affected person, and so they can affect the results of the five-Check collection in the event that they consider themselves to be world-beaters. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Shastri had stated that the quick bowlers’ means to persistently take 20 wickets put the group on equal footing with England as contenders within the collection. India’s quicks confirmed that means throughout the three-match Check collection in South Africa in January this 12 months, and they’re hopeful of repeating that in seamer-friendly circumstances in England. Cook dinner, who struck a double-century the final time the 2 groups met at Edgbaston, in 2011, identified that it was a bit “uncommon” to seek out this sort of selection in Indian quick bowling. Ishant Sharma leads the pack that includes Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur, together with Hardik Pandya, who doubles up as an allrounder. All of them are able to touching 140kph and upwards, with some, like Shami and Umesh, additionally possessing the flexibility to swing the ball at these speeds. Cook dinner stated that it could be an excellent problem for him and England, however how good India’s quick bowlers actually are can solely be decided over the approaching six weeks. “They appear to have an excellent number of bowlers – tempo bowlers – which might be uncommon,” Cook dinner stated at a media convention, two days earlier than the primary Check. “And energy and depth of their tempo bowling. Definitely within the final 10 years, since I’ve performed in opposition to them, they have not had the choice of taking part in 5 – 6 various kinds of seamers. That energy and depth of their seamers is totally different to what I’ve skilled prior to now, however we’ll see over the following six weeks.” In response to Rahane, the previous expertise of bowling in England, one thing that Ishant and Shami possess, and the unprecedented success that the quick bowlers loved in South Africa earlier this 12 months, once they accounted for 50 of the 60 wickets throughout the three Checks, ought to make them able to doing the job in additional useful circumstances in England. “Now we have an assault that really can disrupt (the) opponents,” Rahane stated. “However, sure, it is going to be a problem for them to bowl patiently and bowl in the best areas for a protracted time frame.” Regardless of the climate being sizzling throughout England over the previous month, one thing that’s forecast to final over the following few weeks, Rahane stated the quick bowlers would want to maintain their focus. A superb ploy could be to create strain at one finish as an alternative of making an attempt to take wickets from either side, he stated. “It’s a superb alternative for the bowlers to return right here in England and show as soon as once more that we will take 20 wickets (in a Check match). Nobody anticipated them to try this in South Africa. One factor I’ll level out is they need to not put additional strain on themselves. They need to simply look to benefit from the second. They should again themselves and consider that the bowling unit we’ve got is one of the best on this planet.” Doubts have been raised over whether or not India’s Check gamers have had sufficient follow with the purple ball. The Indian suppose tank snipped a time without work the initially scheduled four-day match to the chagrin of the locals at Essex, opting as an alternative for an additional day of coaching at Edgbaston. The thought was that the gamers may get into the Check mode faster that means. Nevertheless, surprising showers poured water over India’s aspirations, forcing them to remain indoors. Rahane, nonetheless, felt that India had been well-equipped within the abilities side and that the true take a look at could be of their psychological character throughout the Check matches. “It essential that slightly than interested by our abilities, it’s all about our mindset, taking part in particularly right here in England. What your mindset is and the way shortly you regulate and the way shortly you deal with the scenario – that’s extra essential than interested by your talent. Ability-level (clever), each groups are on par. It will likely be a take a look at of our thoughts and our character.”

#MeTwo sheds light on everyday racism after soccer star’s resignation

#MeTwo sheds mild on on a regular basis racism after soccer star’s resignation

BERLIN — After #MeToo comes #MeTwo. The hashtag has become a rallying point for scores of second- and third-generation immigrants in Germany, who’ve taken to Twitter to share their accounts of everyday racism and the way they nonetheless battle to be accepted as Germans. The hashtag, which echoes the #MeToo motion towards sexual harassment, was created by Ali Can, a 24-year-old journalist of Turkish descent, following the furor over Turkish-German soccer star Mesut Ozil’s latest resignation from the German nationwide crew. WATCH: ‘Racism’ drove high German soccer star Mesut Ozil to stop Ozil, the son of Turkish immigrants, stop earlier this month after fierce criticism of his resolution to pose for an image with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In response, Ozil attacked the German soccer federation, its president, followers and the media, criticizing what he stated was racism and double requirements within the therapy of individuals with Turkish roots. “I’m German after we win, however I’m an immigrant after we lose,” he stated. Can used the #MeTwo hashtag as a result of he needed to point out that ethnic minorities in Germany usually really feel linked to 2 cultures or locations on the similar time: Germany and the nation of their or their ancestors’ origin. By Monday, some 153,000 tweets recounting situations of discrimination had been posted to Twitter, in line with the German news company dpa. Germany is residence to greater than four million folks of Turkish origin, who have been invited within the 1960s to assist rebuild the nation after World Warfare II. Anti-immigration protesters in Germany closely outnumbered The controversy additionally displays divisions in Germany over the latest inflow of many Muslim asylum-seekers. Since 2015, greater than 1 million migrants, largely from war-torn international locations like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have come to Germany. A backlash has helped gasoline the rise of the anti-migrant and nationalist Various for Germany occasion, or AfD, which gained seats within the German parliament for the primary time final 12 months. All in all, about 20 % of the greater than 82 million folks dwelling in Germany have immigrant roots. READ MORE: Swedish soccer gamers stand by beleaguered Turkish-origin teammate “We have to redefine what it means to be German,” Can, who kicked off the #MeTwo debate, informed The Related Press on Monday. “Regardless of how a lot immigrants wish to combine into German society, they will be unable to do it on their very own,” he stated. “Everybody right here wants to assist with integration.” Among the many #MeTwo tweets, many complained about discrimination primarily based on pores and skin colour or sporting a headband. Others denounced some ethnic Germans’ assumption that even third-generation immigrant kids don’t absolutely belong as “Germans.” WATCH: World Information anchor Farah Nasser speaks about her earliest reminiscence of racism Twitter consumer Moorni recounted her faculty expertise: “Regardless of good grades no advice for complete secondary faculty. Quote class trainer: Your daughter will anyway put on a hijab and get married early.” Abeneezer Negussie tweeted, “When a stranger says to you after a pleasant dialog on a practice, ‘your pores and skin colour shouldn’t be your fault, I imply, you sadly can’t change it,’ and also you perceive that he perceives your pores and skin colour as one thing that went fallacious.” Some wrote that regardless of the ache and humiliation they’ve suffered by racism, the #MeTwo outcry had vital and optimistic components. ‘Alarmingly excessive’ development of anti-migrant crimes in Germany “The advantage of the racism debate 2018 is, that migrants have lastly joined the dialog,” stated Turkish-German writer Hatice Akyun. “Our mother and father pretended they didn’t perceive and seemed away in disgrace.” On Twitter, anti-migrant feedback quickly adopted the #MeTwo motion. However some migrants additionally posted about their optimistic experiences within the nation utilizing the hashtag #MyGermanDream. Germany’s International Minister Heiko Maas chipped in as nicely, writing Sunday on Twitter: “It’s damaging the picture of Germany if there’s the impression that racism is socially acceptable once more. We can’t enable that individuals with migrant roots really feel threatened. Collectively, we’ve got to face up decisively for variety and tolerance.”

The Way You Shoot On FIFA Is About To Change Forever

The Approach You Shoot On FIFA Is About To Change Endlessly

EA Sports gave us a teaser of what FIFA 19 will look like at EA Play after they introduced the UEFA Champions League will return for the primary time in years. After all, the extremely anticipated Champions League mode was actually one of many greatest options to be introduced, however many missed out on one other monumental announcement. FIFA 19 will introduce the Timed Finishing system, which puts users in control of how precisely they connect with the ball.  The best way we shoot on FIFA is about to change forever. EA Sports activities described the brand new Timed Ending system on their official web site, and it sounds prefer it’ll enhance gameplay massively in FIFA 19: “Get one other degree of management over each shot with the Timed Ending system, which places customers in control of how precisely they join with the ball. Set off a timed end by double tapping the “shoot” button when making an attempt a strike.” they described. “The precision and timing of the second button faucet determines the results of the contact; completely timed strikes improve a shot’s accuracy and energy, whereas poorly timed contacts make the shot extra more likely to miss the mark. Whether or not it is a hit from exterior the field, a precision header, or a deft contact, timed ending provides a better layer of management to ending in FIFA 19.” YouTuber ChuBoi gave followers a evaluate of how capturing has modified after enjoying the sport this weekend. On prime of the brand new ending system, EA Sports activities have launched Energetic Contact System. ‘It is going to basically change the way in which you obtain and strike the ball, enabling nearer management, improved fluidity in motion, extra creativity, and elevated participant character,’ in accordance with the web site. In addition to the above, the ‘First contact will get an overhaul with new instruments such because the disguised contact, flick-up volleys, and even ability particular animations just like the Neymar Lure, in an effort to keep one contact forward of your opponent and create scoring possibilities.’ Ideas on the upcoming modifications to FIFA 19? Tell us within the feedback. Jack Kenmare Jack Kenmare is a author at SPORTbible. He is interviewed some enormous names on the planet of sport, together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all issues sport, however soccer is his greatest ardour. He was as soon as hit within the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to inform the story.