1 Is this the most incredible penalty miss ever? HOW!?? pic.twitter.com/pHHzHS04qr— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 30, 2015The full shoot-out Penalty shoot-outs aren’t for the faint of heart with heroes and villains created at the stroke of a foot.It’s the cruellest way to end a contest but when an action-packed 2015 Western Conference Knockout Round match between Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers ended 2-2 after extra-time, it was the only option.It was a cracker too, as an MLS record 22 players took kicks, with Portland Timbers eventually emerging victorious on home soil.Sporting Kansas City star Saad Abdul-Salaam will want to forget about his shot quickly but we think it’s going to live long in the memory.The defender knew his penalty would be the winner but, somehow, his shot hit both posts and rebounded out, leaving the player, who was on the cusp of celebrating, devastated.You can see the penalty below here and the full shoot-out underneath…
5. Jan Vertonghen 11 11 11 2. Kyle Walker 3. Danny Rose 10. Harry Kane 11 11 23. Christian Eriksen – Christian Eriksen has become a key man for Spurs since joining from Ajax 11 11 11 15. Eric Dier 11 1. Hugo Lloris – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Tottenham line up in squad number order. 4. Toby Alderweireld 19. Mousa Dembele 11. Erik Lamela 11 20. Dele Alli 11 Tottenham Hotspur overcame an early setback to thrash Bournemouth 5-1 last weekend and face another of the Premier League’s basement battlers in Aston Villa tonight.The Villans’ manager-in-waiting, Remi Garde, will reportedly be at White Hart Lane to watch the Monday night clash and Spurs may have to be wary of their opponents, who will be looking to impress the Frenchman.This is no ordinary Tottenham team though. The resilient group formed by Mauricio Pochettino is made of stern stuff and, despite injuries to players like Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli who were key men last year, they’re barging their way up the Premier League.Those two stars remain out, along with youngster Alex Pritchard and summer signing Heung-Min Son.But who will Pochettino pick in his starting XI? Click the right arrow above to find out…
Barcelona are ready to offer Sergi Roberto a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from Arsenal and Bayern Munich.The midfielder has seen his playing time increase this year and he has already made 10 league appearances – after making only 12 last season.The Spaniard’s performances have not gone unnoticed with Arsenal and Bayern Munich both keeping tabs on his progress.However now, according to Sport, Barcelona are ready to reward Roberto’s start to the season with a new contract.The 23-year-old, who is seen as Barca’s long-term successor to Xavi, is keen to remain at the club and talks are expected to progress quickly.Roberto’s current contract runs until 2019 and his new one is likely to see it extended by a year, with it also containing a release-clause of £30million. Barcelona starlet Sergi Roberto 1
Dietmar Hamann admits he can’t understand why Gary Neville has taken the job as Valencia head coach – and says he’s taking a ‘big, big chance’.It was announced on Wednesday morning that the former Manchester United defender will take control of the La Liga side until the end of the season, but his former Liverpool rival feels the decision could be a mistake.Hamann told talkSPORT: “I’m very surprised and I’m not sure it’s the right move. He’s in a very good position. He’s doing his Monday Night Football [on Sky], which he does very well, and he’s assistant manager to Roy Hodgson [with England].“Going to a foreign country as your first job – and I know his brother is there and will have done some homework having been there for a few months – but it’s a huge, huge task.“To go abroad, not speaking the language and not knowing the league is a huge task. I don’t really understand why he’s done it because he would have got a big job in England in six or 12 months’ time.“I think he’s taking a big, big chance.”
Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth game in a row to salvage a point for Everton against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.The Toffees, and Lukaku in particular, were denied repeatedly by Wayne Hennessey and the woodwork while Tim Howard was in equally good form at the other end.Palace looked to have won it with quarter of an hour left as Scott Dann headed home Jason Puncheon’s corner.But Lukaku would have the final say just five minutes later, turning in from close range to earn a fitting share of the spoils after a rollercoaster second half.With Everton looking to leapfrog Merseyside rivals Liverpool with a win but wary of Palace’s potency to counter in away games, the game got off to a frantic opening.Yannick Bolasie was giving Brendan Galloway a torrid time down the visitors’ right and produced a series of inviting crosses in the early stages.The best of the lot picked out Connor Wickham whose glancing header was denied by a sprawling point-blank save from Howard.At the other end, Lukaku nearly capitalised on a fortunate ricochet but rattled the inside of Hennessey’s far post.Gerard Deulofeu, who excelled in the League Cup last week, was looking bright and his burgeoning relationship with Lukaku nearly reaped rewards again but the Belgian’s steered effort was cleared off the line by Dann.After the break the intensity increased and Howard did well to save Bolasie’s low strike with his legs before Wickham inadvertently turned Ross Barkley’s wicked ball against his own crossbar.Hennessey then made a stunning fingertip save to deny Tom Cleverley’s thunderous strike before Palace looked to have delivered the ultimate sucker punch.Dann, who scored the winner across Stanley Park last month at Liverpool, outjumped Gareth Barry to head past Howard with 15 minutes remaining.And the Toffees were ruing their luck again as Lukaku thundered a 20-yard volley against the crossbar as the hosts were denied by the woodwork for the third time.But Lukaku was to get his moment with ten minutes of the 90 left, turning home Deulofeu’s pinpoint cross to notch his 50th goal in Everton colours.The result leaves the hosts behind Liverpool on goal difference, while Alan Pardew’s side moved up to sixth as they eye a top-four finish. Romelu Lukaku 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIs there anybody out there who can help the Angels knock a ball over the fence, or at the very least put one into the gap? Last year the rumor was the Angels might trade for Alex Rodriguez. This year, Rodriguez could be a free agent if he opts out of his Yankees contract. So even though Angels owner Arte Moreno has ruled out acquiring Rodriguez on more than one occasion, the rumors will persist. Now that the Angels offseason has started, let the winter of A-Rod begin. A day after they were swept out of the postseason by the Boston Red Sox, Angels players cleaned out their lockers and freely admitted that having some muscle on offense would have been nice. Whether it’s A-Rod or not, a proven bat is the desire. Even Manager Mike Scioscia, never one to stir up controversy, said he desires a 2008 club that could do a little more with one swing of the bat. BASEBALL: After an early postseason exit, the Angels know they could use another big bat. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER After proving for six months that a power bat wasn’t needed, all it took was three games in the playoffs to get the Angels right back to where they were one year ago. “Sure there’s a need, not that we can’t get it done in other ways,” Scioscia said Monday morning, wearing a sweat suit while lounging around in is office. “I think at some point our slugging percentage is something you need to address.” So there you have it. Moreno and General Manager Bill Stoneman have just received Scioscia’s Christmas list. There is no doubt Vladimir Guerrero has a similar list since he is the one that needs the lineup protection the most. “It’s not a secret we need a right-handed power hitter to protect our big guy Vladdy,” Kelvim Escobar said. “You saw (Maicer Izturis) for most of the time at the end of the year as our fifth hitter, and Izzy’s not a fifth hitter. He did a good job, don’t get me wrong, but when you see Izzy and he’s a little guy and you compare Izzy with the other (No. 5 hitters) and it’s not (the same).” The Angels prefer the free-agent route, but Scioscia said that avenue hardly looks promising. Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras are said to be looking for up to eight years and $200 million if they hit the market. So what else is out there? A power hitter at third base is the best fit. Of the free agents at third base this winter, the Red Sox’s Mike Lowell is the only proven run producer and the majority of his run production was in cozy Fenway Park. “I think if we are going to try to improve offensively, it’s most likely going to have to either come from within or from trades because on the free-agent market, I’m not sure there’s the impact guy you’re looking for,” Scioscia said. The proven third baseman that Angels could target in a trade are the Mariners’ Adrian Beltre and the Orioles’ Miguel Tejada, who is actually a shortstop who would be asked to change positions. Another option is to give the current group one more try. Aside from the oft-injured Bartolo Colon, all the starters are returning. Closer Francisco Rodriguez is arbitration eligible, but can’t become a free agent until 2008. On offense, every starter is either signed through 2008 or is under contract control of the team. The contracts of Guerrero, Garret Anderson and Orlando Cabrera all expire after next season. With better health, perhaps the Angels can be better at manufacturing runs thanks to the experience they gained this year. But counting on health is a big risk with guys like Anderson and Guerrero in the outfield. “A-Rod doesn’t grow on trees; Manny (Ramirez) and (David) Ortiz don’t grow on trees,” said Gary Matthews Jr., who missed most of the last month and the three playoff games because of injuries. “You have to go out and get it done with what you have. The bottom line, we didn’t get it done. “We won our division with what we had and I’m sure everyone would love to be healthy going into the playoffs. But how many teams are? Every team is aching this time of the year.” Now the Angels are aching to make an offensive upgrade and are sure to mash those A-Rod numbers through a calculator one more time. The Angels made in the neighborhood of a $6 million profit this season and that was with the ballpark full most nights. Giving out between $22 million and $30 million a year to Rodriguez would leave them in the red. Perhaps ticket prices, parking, food and even – gulp – beer prices all end up rising in upcoming seasons. The Angels will have to decide if a huge jump in payroll is worth alienating some of their fan base all in the name of getting further in the playoffs next season. “That’s not a guarantee to get you the World Series, but it definitely will give you more depth in the lineup, more power, more offense,” Escobar said. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
England resume in a tricky position on day two of the first test, it’s Blast off time in the Natwest T20 and will there be a new fifth tier of professional football?Here’s the latest on Friday, May 20 with Russell Hargreaves and the team.
Joe Allen (Wales) – Allen is a regular in Wales midfield and is expected to feature heavily throughout the Euro 2016 campaign. The midfielder recently spoke of his desire to make his mark in France, aiming to put such nicknames as the Welsh Xavi behind him. 12 12 Divock Origi (Belgium) – With such an exciting attacking unit in Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Yannick Carrasco, Origi is likely to be seated alongside Christian Benteke on the Belgium bench. He could, nonetheless, be the preferred option ahead of Benteke, should Wilmots require a change up top. 12 12 Daniel Sturridge (England) – It could be a difficult Euros campaign for Sturridge, with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy the in-form duo in attack. The Liverpool striker is very much expected to feature regularly in France, though. What position thatll be, only Hodgson and his coaching staff know. Nathaniel Clyne (England) – Roy Hodgson has some difficulty in choosing his full backs this summer and Clyne faces fierce competition from Kyle Walker. The former Southampton defender was consistent throughout his debut campaign on Merseyside, but his Spurs rival may be ahead of him in the pecking order. 12 Adam Lallana (England) – Lallana isnt expected to be a starter for Roy Hodgson, but could prove to be one of his most influential players from the bench. With so many attacking options, though, it very much remains to be seen how much playing time he is awarded. Jordan Henderson (England) – Despite being aged just 25, Henderson is one of the most experienced midfielders at Roy Hodgson’s disposal. The former Sunderland man missed much of the campaign through injury and will need to put in some excellent performances to silence some believing Leicester Citys Danny Drinkwater should have been chosen ahead of him. 12 Emre Can (Germany) – Liverpool fans adore Can and his growing influence on Merseyside. Despite being a regular for the Reds, the midfielder isnt guaranteed a spot for his country, with Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira the preferred central midfield partnership. His playing time could therefore be limited. 12 Danny Ward (Wales) – Wayne Hennessey is first choice in between the posts for Chris Coleman, and Ward could therefore spend the majority if not all of his time on the bench in France. The 22-year-old only made his debut in March, though, and will relish the experience. 12 12 Christian Benteke (Belgium) – Benteke will be desperate to forget his difficult debut campaign at Anfield by silencing a few critics in France. Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool team-mate Divock Origi, however, are ahead of him in Marc Wilmots attacking pecking order. 12 12 Martin Skrtel (Slovakia) – Skrtels time with Liverpool looks to be coming to a close, making his form for the Euro 2016 finals even more important. He has been far from his best for the Reds this season but is a key player for his country, wearing the captains armband. 12 James Milner (England) – Predictably, Milners polished performances for Liverpool slipped under the radar, but Roy Hodgson remains an admirer. His experience and willingness to do the dirty work could result in him being regularly called upon in France. Of the 552 players travelling to France for the Euro 2016 finals, 25% are from the Premier League.And there’s one club from England’s top flight leading the way in terms of how many of their players will be competing.Liverpool have more preparing to represent their country than Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.But who of Jurgen Klopp’s troops has been chosen?Take a look at every Liverpool player that’ll be on show at the 2016 European Championship finals by viewing the slideshow above. Simon Mignolet (Belgium) – Thibaut Courtois is the no.1 for Belgium despite his poor season for Chelsea and Mignolet isnt expected to feature for his country. A place on the bench may be something the stopper will need to get used to following Jurgen Klopps signing of Loris Karius.
Carlos Bacca scored 26 goals for club and country last season Roma have joined Liverpool in the hunt for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca.The Colombian enjoyed a fine debut season in Italy last year after leaving Sevilla, scoring 20 goals in 42 games.Liverpool were chasing the 29-year-old last summer but missed out to Milan during final negotiations.The Reds have been linked with a renewed approach this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to add some firepower to his squad.However, according to Calciomercato, Roma have contacted Milan to notify them about their interest in Bacca.The Serie A side can offer Champions League football and believe that will give them the edge in any negotiations. 1
This Tuesday morning on Sportsday we look back on yesterday’s action at Wimbledon as Andy Murray progressed to the quarter-finals after a straight sets victory against Nick Kyrgios. We also continue our build up to this week’s Euro 2016 semi-finals and discuss Mark Cavendish 28th Tour de France stage win after a photo finish with Andre Greipel in Angers.All brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.