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Ings double seals Southampton victory over struggling Watford

Watford were dealt a major blow in their bid to avoid relegation as a Danny Ings double and James Ward-Prowse’s stunning late free kick condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Saints started strongly and took a well-deserved lead in the 16th minute when Ings glided past the challenge of two Watford defenders before curling a low effort into the far corner.8

The striker added a second goal in the 70th minute after intercepting a wayward throw from goalkeeper Ben Foster before Jan Bednarek’s own goal handed the Hornets a lifeline.

But Ward-Prowse’s free kick in the 82nd minute sealed the victory for Southampton, who rose to 13th place with 40 points, while Watford remain in 16th with 28 points, one point ahead of third-bottom Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Solskjaer: Angel Gomes likely to leave Manchester United

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is expecting midfielder Angel Gomes to leave the club.

The United boss had been hopeful Gomes would sign a new contract but with no update on the situation and the 19-year-old’s deal due to expire on Tuesday, he now looks set to leave Old Trafford.

“I’ve got no news, nothing, so it doesn’t look like [he will stay],” Solskjaer told a news conference on Monday.

“I’ve not heard from them last night or this morning. It seems like they haven’t managed to agree so the answer is probably short and yes [he will leave].“cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

United travel to Brighton on Tuesday looking to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games and put more pressure on the top four places.7

With seven games remaining, Solskjaer’s team are sixth in the table, five points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

“I think there are many teams in that battle for third and fourth — Leicester, Chelsea, us, Wolves are doing really well, ” Solskjaer said.

“Tottenham, Arsenal and Sheffield United want to put a run together and put a challenge in there. It’s exciting for fans

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“For me as a team we’re trying to implement our ideas. When you go into the next game knowing you’ve won the previous game it’s a good place to be in.”

Brighton are still in relegation trouble but have been in good form since the restart with a win over Arsenal and a draw at Leicester.

United have lost on both of their last two visits to the Amex Stadium and Solskjaer is expecting a tough game even without Brighton fans in the stadium.

“They’re a good footballing side, play football and make it hard for you,” he added.

“I’ve not been down there myself and fans, of course they matter and have an impact on games and football.

“We have to deal with the situation as it is and as an away team, sometimes it helps you but then again when you’re at the bottom pressure of fans can get to you and give an extra edge.”

Liverpool stumble on Premier League title march with draw at Everton

Liverpool’s march to the Premier League title took a slight wobble as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side went into the game, their first competitive match in 103 days, knowing a victory would allow them to secure their first league title in 30 years on Wednesday with a win at home to Crystal Palace.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Both teams showed rust in a lacklustre first half that saw James Milner make way for Joe Gomez just before the break as the teams headed to the dressing room goalless after the opening 45 minutes.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Liverpool dominating possession and going close on several occasions but continuing to lack a cutting edge on their finishing.8

“It was very intense,” said Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. “Both sides created small opportunities, they had the big one against the post. Everyone is just happy to be back, we didn’t lose and it is another point towards our goal.”

With 10 minutes remaining Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s clever flick from a low Gylfi Sigurdsson cross was pushed out by Liverpool keeper Allison and Tom Davies’ follow-up shot hit the post.

Liverpool, who left Mohamed Salah on the bench, lacked their usual potency in attack with their best opening coming in the 35th minute when Roberto Firmino screwed a shot wide from a promising position while Fabinho went close late on with a curling free kick.

Both Klopp and his Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelotti handed players first league starts with Japan’s Takumi Minamino in the Liverpool attack and 19-year-old Anthony Gordon up-front for the home side — although neither were able to make much impact.

“We didn’t have enough chances. Most of the time we were dominant but they had the biggest chance,” said Klopp. “I liked a lot of things about our game but we didn’t have those moments in attack, we didn’t have the rhythm.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“Everton defended really well and we were not smart enough to use the space. That is normal when you start to play again.

“It was a real fight. Both teams showed they understand it is a derby. Intense, physical, all players were all in.

“The point is one we deserve. When I think of all the derbies here, they looked pretty similar. Everton were well organised so we had to run a lot but we looked fit and ready.”

Liverpool host Crystal Palace on June 24 at Anfield and can seal a first Premier League title in 30 years with a win if Manchester City lose or draw with Burnley on Monday.

Christian Pulisic goal for Chelsea ‘inspiration’ in fightback win – Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised Christian Pulisic, as the American forward scored an equaliser five minutes after coming off the bench to help his team earn a 2-1 comeback win at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Pulisic levelled on the hour after Kortney Hause had given Villa a 43rd minute lead, and Frenchman Olivier Giroud netted the winner two minutes later, tightening Chelsea’s grip on fourth place.

Lampard also singled out midfielder Ross Barkley and right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who set up both Chelsea goals — one with a superb cross from his flank, and the other with a sublime pass to Giroud from the opposite side.7

“The individuals who make the difference should always take all the credit, so with Christian and Ross Barkley, who came on at the same time, they’re both players who have trained well and had cases to start this game,” said Lampard.

“We knew that fitness would play a part, so the idea of bringing on Christian and Ross early in the second half was always something that was in my mind.

“The way it was going, we needed a bit of inspiration, and Christian gave it with his goal. I thought Ross did really well, too. I keep saying to the players how important subs could be in this period, and they showed that.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I thought Azpi was really good in the game. Obviously, he delivers the ball for Christian’s goal and got really high up in areas.”

The result left Chelsea on course for a Champions League berth next season, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United and sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Lampard praising his team’s character.

“We showed great character and quality in the second half to win the game, so I’m pleased. I thought we moved the ball pretty well for most of the game and dominated possession clearly.”

Man City’s Sterling: Premier League, FA need more black representation at top level

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has urged the Premier League and Football Association (FA) to address a lack of black representation in high positions.

Sterling has backed anti-racism protests in the UK after the death of George Floyd in the United States on May 25.

“This is a time to speak on these subjects, speak on injustice, especially in my field,” he told the BBC. “There’s something like 500 players in the Premier League and a third of them are black and we have no representation of us in the hierarchy, no representation of us in the coaching staffs. There’s not a lot of faces that we can relate to and have conversations with.cheap nike nfl jersey

“With these protests that are going on it’s all well and good just talking, but it’s time that we need to have conversations, to be able to spark debates.8

“There’s Steven Gerrard, your Frank Lampards, you have your Sol Campbells and you have your Ashley Coles. All had great careers, all played for England. At the same time, they’ve all respectfully done their coaching badges to coach at the highest level and the two that haven’t been given the right opportunities are the two black former players.

The English Football League (EFL) introduced its own version of the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” last year in order for clubs to interview at least one Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidate for any first-team managerial position.

However, there are only four BAME managers in English football, with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo being the only black Premier League manager.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Troy Townsend, head of development for anti-racism group Kick It Out, has criticised the policy and said it is “not fit for purpose.”

“There is a loophole that allows clubs not to be judged on the mandatory code because it has to be an ‘open recruitment’ process,” he told the Telegraph.

“Clubs are not bending any rules of the Rooney Rule if they already have a manager in place. If you are not holding an open recruitment process, you are not under pressure by the code. So that itself tells you it is not fit for purpose.

“We didn’t receive data after the pilot series. I’ve always questioned the sharing of data in general, whether that is reporting of incidents or the number of coaches going through a process and what learning they have gone through.”

Lallana signs new short term deal at Liverpool, to leave at end of season on free transfer

Adam Lallana will leave Liverpool as a free agent at the end of this season after manager Jurgen Klopp sanctioned a short-term contract extension for the midfielder to “finish the job” of delivering the Premier League title to Anfield.

Lallana’s contract was due to expire at the end of June, but Liverpool have confirmed that the 32-year-old has now signed a deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019-20 season.

“I know how highly sought after Adam is in this moment by other clubs who want him for next season, so for him this is a commitment to us and we are very appreciative to him for it,” Klopp told the club’s website.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“This is absolutely how it should be, too, because I am so pleased he will be with us to finish the job this season and have the farewell he deserves so much.7

“Adam always puts the club first — always. In the conversations we have had, he has been the first to express that my priority as a manager needs to be the players who are at this club for longer than just the rest of this season.

“He wants to be here to finish the job and do it properly, but it says everything about him that his biggest concern was blocking the progress and opportunity of a player who is under contract for next season also.cheap nike nfl jersey

“But his role is too important to lose him before this season is done. So, it’s fantastic we can delay our messages of gratitude and good luck until the end of July now.”

Lallana has started just three league games this season, coming on as a substitute on 12 occasions, and said his role is likely to remain as a squad player in the final weeks of the campaign.

“The gaffer has been different class and we’ve had an honest conversation about what my role will be in the remaining weeks,” Lallana said.

“I want to contribute in the most positive way possible that helps him and the team, not just for the remaining matches of this season — but also what they’ll need to consider for next.

“I’m totally at peace with what that looks and feels like, and I know the role I’ll be playing for this team will help in what’s going to be an extraordinary period — the likes of which none of us have ever experienced.

“I feel in my time at Liverpool I’ve always looked to do the right thing for the team, the manager and the club in every decision I’ve made. I think this one fits into that category as well, so I’m buzzing to be seeing out this campaign and hopefully get to celebrate something memorable with an amazing group of people.”

Mesut Ozil’s Adidas split not due to public image concerns – agent

Mesut Ozil’s agent insists the Arsenal midfielder remains one of the most marketable sportspeople in the world and wants to focus on building his own brand once his boot deal expires at the end of this month.

Reports in Germany on Wednesday morning claimed the 31-year-old had been “dumped” by Adidas amid concerns over his public image and the financial impact of the coronavirus on the German sportswear company.nfl cheap jerseys nike

But Ozil’s camp have confirmed both parties have known for some time the seven-and-a-half-year contract would end this summer and is not a reflection of any controversy attracted through speaking out against China’s reported mistreatment of Uighur Muslims, or his relationship with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“He could sign another deal tomorrow,” Ozil’s agent Dr. Erkut Sogut told ESPN. “Nobody has the reach he has in the Premier League so you can imagine what attraction he has for many boots brands.

“Adidas knew he was pushing his own thing. He has been doing it on Twitter lately so it is now time to build his own brand while he is still actively playing.8

“That is unique in football. Some players reach the end of their career and then try to build a brand but we think that is too late.

“For example, years ago, we tested caps, t-shirts and other lines at a very small level which all sold out in an hour.

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“You can either work with these brands for life like David Beckham or Zinedine Zidane or you build your own brand, using the time when you are still actively playing to promote things.”

Ozil’s own lifestyle and sportswear brand is called M10. He recently launched his own online shop and has plans to expand his portfolio in the coming months.

Although Ozil’s meetings with Erdogan caused consternation in some parts of the German press, Adidas maintained their support, adding that he was “amazing to work with” during an association which has seen him win the 2014 World Cup with Germany and amass one of the biggest followings of any footballer on social media.

“The [original story] is giving the impression that one side doesn’t want the other side anymore,” he said. “That isn’t true. Mesut wants to promote his own brand.

“Now, when the contract runs out, everything is in place to do that or even build M10 with other brands as well if he wants to.”

Man Utd not in market for striker with Ighalo stay – sources

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is satisfied he does not need a striker this summer following Odion Ighalo’s loan extension and will instead focus his attention on signing a more versatile forward, sources have told ESPN.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Manchester United have agreed to keep Ighalo until January 2021 after a successful initial spell, prompting plans to add another centre forward in the next transfer window to be scaled back.

United have monitored Timo Werner, Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane but efforts to sign at least one of Jadon Sancho or Jack Grealish — both of whom can play across the front line — will be prioritised instead.7

The club are still waiting to discover the extent of the financial implications caused by the coronavirus pandemic but sources have told ESPN there will be money to spend and Solskjaer will be allowed to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said publicly he does not expect £100 million transfers in the next window because of the COVID-19 outbreak but Sancho and Grealish are expected to be available at the right price.

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Meanwhile, United are yet to make a decision about the short-term future of Marcos Rojo despite suggestions by Estudiantes coach Leandro Desabato that he is set to return to Old Trafford.

Rojo has played just once for Estudiantes since returning to Argentina on loan in January.

Kante back working out at Chelsea training after expressing coronavirus concerns – sources

N’Golo Kante is back working on an individual programme at Chelsea’s training ground but is yet to resume group sessions, sources have told ESPN.

Clubs had been training in small groups of no more than five for over a week before a vote on Wednesday approved contact sessions for the first time.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

However, Kante decided to follow an individual programme at home after expressing concerns at the risk of contracting coronavirus or passing it to his family, especially given a tragic personal history which includes the loss of his brother to a heart attack two years ago.8

Blues head coach Frank Lampard and his staff remained fully supportive of the 29-year-old’s stance on the issue, affording him as much time as possible to feel safe to return, as revealed by ESPN last week.

In what is being viewed as a positive step by both the player and the club, Kante is now working alone at Cobham having been encouraged by the club’s protocols and the small number of positive tests across the Premier League.

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No timeframe has been put on Kante’s return to group sessions and so it remains possible the midfielder could miss the start of the season if he is not sufficiently up to speed.

However, the club are not putting any pressure on Kante to take part in contact training, mindful of the delicate situation.

Premier League to return on June 17 after 100-day break amid coronavirus

The Premier League is set to return on June 17 after the clubs gave “Project Restart” the green light at a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday.

Four teams have 10 fixtures remaining, and so to bring them in line with the rest of the League, Manchester City versus Arsenal and Aston Villa against Sheffield United will be the first fixtures played.

The remaining 90 games will then begin from Friday, June 19, with every match shown live on television, no two games played at the same time across a weekend and all matches televised in the U.K.

The league is hoping to be finished to allow the FA Cup final to take place on Aug. 1, with the semifinals on July 18-19. The FA Cup quarterfinals will take place over the weekend of June 27.

All dates are provisional, subject to the appropriate safety measures being put in place and other issues being finalised, but it marks the biggest step yet toward the return of competitive football in England.nfl jerseys nike cheap

There are several issues still to be addressed despite representatives of the 20 clubs having discussed details of a return to action for several hours.7

Sources have told ESPN that it is possible high-profile fixtures could still be played at neutral venues because of fears that crowds could gather outside stadiums as the nationwide lockdown eases and the warm weather continues.

It has also been suggested that Liverpool may have to play their remaining home games — against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Burnley and Chelsea — away from Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side are 25 points clear at the top of the table and require just two wins to secure the club’s first League title in 30 years.

No final decision was taken, with clubs expected to vote on outstanding issues at the next shareholders’ meeting on June 4, including placings being decided on an unweighted points-per-game basis if the season is curtailed.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

There is also hope that broadcasters will agree on a reduction in the television rebate from the current £340m suggested if all matches are completed by the beginning of August.

The willingness to stagger matches for television — midweek rounds will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — can be attributed to a desire to minimise the rebate, given there will be some weeks where games are on every night.

The Saturday 3 p.m. blackout — the tradition whereby no matches in England are televised at that time — will be relaxed. It was introduced to help maintain fans’ attendance at matches instead of watching on the television but with games taking place behind closed doors, the measure was deemed unnecessary.