Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has called for calm from supporters attending Sunday’s derby against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Press Association In a message to City fans via the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk, Hart said: “The derby is one of the most anticipated and exciting games in world football. “As players, we are all looking forward to Sunday, and we know that the fans will be too. “The home support is so important for us, and I know they will be like an extra man for the team on the day. “As always, we need our fans in full voice, but we also need them to respect the occasion. “We want everyone to enjoy the game but be sensible too. “There were incidents last year which no-one wants to see repeated. “The eyes of the world will be on this game as usual, and I’m confident our supporters will do the club proud. “Our fans are the best in the world and we want you to show your passion for the club, but in the right way.” Greater Manchester Police announced earlier this month they would be stepping up security procedures around the fixture. The corresponding Barclays Premier League fixture last season was marred by instances of disorder, which included United defender Rio Ferdinand being hit by a coin. Hart himself also grabbed a supporter who ran onto the pitch.
Manchester United have announced they have reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign Juan Mata. “The offer, compared with what the club paid two years ago (when Mata signed from Valencia), was fantastic.” It is thought United have agreed to pay £37million for Mata, smashing the club record £30.75m they paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. Voted Chelsea’s player of the year for the past two seasons, Mata has failed to win over Mourinho and ended up being squeezed out due to the form of Oscar and Eden Hazard. Yet Mourinho insists the former Valencia man leaves with his best wishes. “We hope he does well,” said Mourinho. “We are convinced he is going to do well. “If Manchester United pay their record for a player it’s because they know exactly what they want. “They are convinced he’s going to be important for them. “In spite of probably many clubs, many boards and many managers think you can’t sell a top player to a rival club, especially not in the same country you play, we feel and we think differently. “The player deserves respect, the player deserves to be happy and to play where he wants to play.” Desperate to preserve his place in Spain’s World Cup squad, Mata has jumped at the opportunity to help revive United’s fortunes. And while his arrival alone cannot guarantee Moyes will steer his club back into the Champions League places, it does at least underline the determination within the Old Trafford hierarchy to return them back to their previous status as top dogs, which has slipped so alarmingly this term. Press Association “Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Chelsea Football Club for the transfer of Juan Mata for a club-record fee,” said United in a statement. “The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. “A further announcement will be made in due course.” It has seemed just a matter of time before Friday night’s announcement was made, with it becoming obvious Mata would be joining United as early as Tuesday. Although manager David Moyes refused to discuss the 25-year-old following Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final loss to Sunderland, sources involved in the deal had confirmed it was close to being agreed. And the seal was put on the switch by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho when he spoke to the media on Friday lunchtime. “It’s what he wants,” said Mourinho. “It’s what he asked us to accept. Chelsea Football Club is proud to act this way, in an open way, in a human way. The midfielder will have a medical, almost certainly on Saturday, and personal terms are also still to be agreed. However, unless there are any hitches, Mata will make his debut in Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Cardiff at Old Trafford.
It only took five minutes for defender Kayla Mills to find fellow senior Morgan Andrews in the box against the University of North Carolina. An arching corner kick and a flick of a header sent the ball into the back of the net, kicking off a 3-0 upset for one of the top teams in the country.Both players have found their rhythm in their final seasons as Trojans, and with that rhythm has come serious attention from across the country. This summer, both Mills and Andrews were named to a watch list of 36 players for this year’s MAC Hermann trophy.The distinction sets Mills and Andrews apart as some of the greatest college players in the country. But for the two seniors, this final season is about much more than personal achievements.The MAC Hermann award is to college soccer what the Heisman is to football. Recent winners include World Cup champions like Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Christen Press, Kelley O’Hara and Mia Hamm.So, it came as a slight surprise to both Mills and Andrews this summer when their phones lit up with texts from friends congratulating them on the distinction.“It’s the greatest honor any collegiate soccer player can earn,” Andrews said. “When you look at the people who have come before, who have won it in the past, it’s pretty incredible to even be considered on that level.”But the news came as no surprise to head coach Keidane McAlpine that Mills and Andrews stood out on a national level. In their years at USC, both players have come through on and off the field as McAlpine shaped his young program.“It’s a true testament to the level of respect that they’ve earned throughout their time here,” McAlpine said. “It’s a huge step forward for them and for our program. But I think, for those who see them practicing and working day in and day out, it’s something we get to see every day. These are world- class players.”In a well-spread offense that finds scoring opportunities with a variety of players, Andrews has already netted three goals this year, including the opening point against the University of North Carolina. Moving up to midfielder after spending last year on the defense, Mills connected to assist two of those three goals.It’s a chemistry that McAlpine has seen develop over the past two years of playing together. And it’s a relationship that has been growing for most of the years that Mills and Andrews have played soccer.The two first met in the U.S. national team system when they were 14 years old. They played with and against each other off and on throughout their high school careers, until Mills became a Trojan and Andrews headed to Notre Dame. Two years later, Andrews transferred to USC and the two became everyday teammates, both for the Trojans and for the U.S. U-23 team.Though they only played together on a daily basis for the past two years, spending eight years as teammates has formed a bond of trust and respect between the two seniors.“I love playing next to her,” Andrews said. “We’ve worked off of each other well. Honestly, she’s just one of the best players I’ve ever seen play. She makes it fun to play alongside her.”Earning a spot on the watch list had a mixed effect on Mills and Andrews. On one hand, it bolstered their confidence, confirming that they are among the top players in the country. Of course, it wasn’t the first confirmation of their status among the best of the best — Mills was named the top youth defender in the country by TopDrawer in August, and Andrews was ranked among the top five midfielders in the same report.It also created a pressure to perform among the best.“I think I always expect the best of myself, whether I’m on a list or whether I’m not,” Mills said. “That pressure comes from myself, from wanting to be my best for my team. And that’s on and off the field. If I need to be the best at cheering on the sidelines, that’s what I’m going to do, and I’m always going to put that pressure on myself.”As Mills and Andrews head into their final regular season at USC, however, personal accolades are the last thing on their minds. Mills approaches each game with the mindset of contributing as much as she can to the team, in whatever way she is needed, whether that means sitting on the bench or playing every second.This feeling is echoed by Andrews. Her goals for the season are simple yet difficult to execute: Win a Pac-12 championship, and follow it up with an NCAA championship. It won’t be easy. The last time they won the national championship was in 2007, and the Trojans have never taken a solo Pac-12 title.Andrews never shies away from saying that the team is a contender for the national championship. If the MAC Hermann trophy comes along the way, so be it. But for both Mills and Andrews, the team is more important than anything else.“There’s no such thing as an individual when you’re playing with 11 people on the field,” Andrews said. “If I win any accolade or if I’m on any list, it’s because of the girls around me. Everyone wants everyone next to them to succeed. It doesn’t matter who puts the ball in the back of the net as long as we win the game.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the club at the Government House, Enugu, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi thanked the donor for his gesture towards the progress of Rangers and the state.The governor described Ogbodo as a good ambassador of the state and called on other indigenes to emulate his disposition by contributing to the development of the state and society at large.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kingsley Okechukwu Ogbodo, manager of Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, yesterday afternoon donated 50 footballs, 36 bibs and 30 jerseys to Rangers International Football Club of Enugu to support the club as the new 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season takes off soon.The gesture is also in appreciation of Rangers recent victory as the NPFL Champions as well as to motivate the team to win the forthcoming CAF Champions League.
Steve Ballmer needs you to know he is FIRED UP.The Clippers owner launched the energy of a thousand suns over Los Angeles as he praised Kawhi Leonard and Paul George during Wednesday’s introductory press conference. Ballmer quickly deviated from his prepared notes and unleashed a primal scream into the microphone. I wouldn’t trust anyone who voluntarily sits like this pic.twitter.com/lJMJ4bJLyP— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) July 24, 2019″We got two guys who I am so excited to have,” Ballmer said. “Two guys who are tough. … Two guys who every year — every year — have gotten better. Every year. That’s — I’m inspired by that.”Keep in mind this is the toned-down version of Ballmer. Get ready for some insanely sweaty sideline shots of him next season. MORE: How Magic Johnson reportedly torpedoed Lakers’ shot at landing LeonardSomeone print “pretty damn cool!” on a shirt immediately.Steve Ballmer is “fired up” at the press conference! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/hIBnhybbj6— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 24, 2019He also yelled at the audience, telling spectators to stand and clap before bench pressing 600 pounds while drinking a Red Bull. (OK, that last part isn’t true.)It’s safe to say Steve Ballmer is happy to have Kawhi & Paul George on the @LAClippers! 😂 pic.twitter.com/dJ6mAhy40h— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 24, 2019Ballmer’s enthusiasm couldn’t even be contained by his own chair. He nearly exploded out of the arm rests.
Class A1. West Hancock (5-0), LW #1 @ North Union2. Saint Ansgar (5-0), LW #2 vs Hudson3. North Tama (5-0), LW #3 @ #5 Grundy Center4. Westwood (Sloan) (5-0), LW #4 vs Woodbury Central5. Grundy Center (5-0), LW #6 vs #3 North Tama6. BGM (Brooklyn) (5-0), LW #7 @ Belle Plaine7. South O’Brien (5-0), LW #8 vs MMCRU8. MFL MarMac (5-0), LW #10 @ Maquoketa Valley9. South Winneshiek (4-1), LW (X) @ Nashua-Plainfield10.Earlham (4-1), LW (X) @ AHSTW Class 1A1. West Sioux (5-0), LW #1 @ #7 Western Christian2. Dike-New Hartford (5-0), LW #2 vs East Marshall3. Van Meter (5-0), LW #3 vs West Central Valley4. West Branch (5-0), LW #4 at North Cedar5. West Lyon (5-0), LW #5 vs Unity Christian6. South Central Calhoun (5-0), LW #6 vs South Hamilton7. Western Christian (5-0), LW #7 vs #1 West Sioux8. Iowa City Regina (4-1), LW #8 @ South Hardin9. Mount Ayr (5-0), LW #9 @ Panorama10.Treynor (5-0), LW #10 vs Underwood DES MOINES — Radio Iowa High School Football PollClass 4A1. WDM Valley (5-0), LW #1 @ Urbandale2. Dowling Catholic (4-1), LW #2 vs DSM Lincoln3. Cedar Falls (5-0), LW #3 @ CR Jefferson (Thur)4. Bettendorf (4-1), LW #4 vs Burlington5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (4-1), LW #5 vs CR Washington6. Ankeny Centennial (4-1), LW #6 @ #7 S.E. Polk7. Southeast Polk (4-1), LW #7 vs #6 Centennial8. Ankeny (2-3), LW #8 vs DSM Hoover9. Fort Dodge (4-1), LW #9 @ DSM Roosevelt10.Waukee (2-3), LW (X) @ DSM East Eight-man1. Don Bosco (5-0), LW #1 @ Northwood-Kensett2. Turkey Valley (5-0), LW #2 vs Lansing Kee3. Remsen St. Mary’s (5-0), LW #3 @ #8 Harris-Lake Park4. Coon Rapids-Bayard (5-0), LW #4 @ #5 Audubon5. Audubon (5-1), LW #5 vs #4 Coon Rapids-Bayard6. Lenox (6-0), LW #6 @ S.E. Warren7. Easton Valley (5-0), LW (X) @ Central City8. Harris-Lake Park (5-0), LW #8 vs #3 Remsen St. Mary’s9. Newell-Fonda (4-1), LW #9 @ AR-WE-VA10.CAM (5-0), LW (X) @ Woodbine GARNER — West Fork won both team titles at the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura cross country meet on Monday. The Warhawk girls had four runners place in the top ten to win with 41 points. Osage was second with 70 points, one point ahead of West Hancock. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Riceville and Belmond-Klemme rounded out the girls team standings. Abby Christians of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura won the girls race in 21:04. West Fork had four place in the top eight to win the boys team title with 33 points. Central Springs was second with 58, St. Ansgar was third with 60. GHV, Osage, Lake Mills, Belmond-Klemme, North Iowa and West Hancock rounded out the team standings. Riley Witt of St. Ansgar won the boys race in 17:45. FULL RESULTS FROM ALGONA AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says there has been no loss of confidence despite a 2-2 start to the season. The Cyclones gave up a late field goal in a 23-21 loss at Baylor and will return home to face TCU.After a slow start the Cyclones rallied at Baylor with three fourth quarter touchdowns.Campbell does not feel the leg injury suffered by defensive end JaQuan Bailey is serious. If Bailey can’t go against TCU sophomore Zach Peterson will get the start.TCU coach Gary Patterson does not know how many quarterbacks he will play in Saturday’s game at Iowa State. Former Lewis Central star Max Duggan started last week’s win over Kansas but redshirt senior Alex Delton was one of two other quarterbacks to see action.A veteran offensive line has helped the Horned Frogs averaged 275 yards of rushing in a 3-1 start.Patterson hopes the ground game will help the passing game mature.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (5-0), LW #1 @ Center Point-Urbana2. Solon (5-0), LW #2 @ #8 Washington3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-0), LW #3 @ Dubuque Wahlert4. Lewis Central (5-0), LW #4 vs Winterset5. Dallas Center-Grimes (4-1), LW #5 @ Humboldt6. North Scott (4-1), LW #6 vs Iowa City Liberty7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (4-1), LW #7 @ LeMars8. Washington (5-0), LW #8 vs #2 Solon9. Independence (5-0), LW #9 @ Waterloo East10.Norwalk (4-1), LW #10 @ North Polk FULL RESULTS FROM GARNER ALGONA — Charles City won the girls team title while Humboldt won the boys team crown at the Algona cross country invitational on Monday. The Comet girls had three in the top ten to win with 53 points. Spencer was second, Forest City was ninth while Clear Lake finished tenth. Bryce Gidel of Humboldt won the girls race in a time of 19:57. Kiki Connell of Charles City finished second in 20:22. Kaylee McCarl had Clear Lake’s best finish, placing 24th in a time of 23:59. On the boys side, Humboldt won with 84 points, Charles City was third with 134, while Clear Lake finished fifth as a team with 175 points. Qunton Orr of Humboldt won the boys race in 16:49. Justin Wright had Clear Lake’s best finish, placing third in 17:52. Class 2A1. Waukon (5-0), LW #1 vs Oelwein2. Clear Lake (5-0), LW #2 vs #9 Crestwood3. Algona (5-0), LW #3 vs Clarion-Goldfield-Dows/CAL4. Waterloo Columbus (5-0), LW #4 @ Anamosa5. Des Moines Christian (4-0), LW #5 @ Centerville (tonight)6. Greene County (5-0), LW #6 vs Carroll Kuemper7. Benton (5-0), LW #7 @ #10 Nevada8. OABCIG (5-0), LW #8 vs Atlantic9. Crestwood (3-2), LW #9 @ #2 Clear Lake10.Nevada (4-1), LW (X) vs #7 Benton