“He always said from the start that if the LA Galaxy satisfied his conditions, then he would remain. They are doing that and he will stay there.“It would have been a marvellous story and a strong signal, but it will not be possible.”Ibrahimovic played for AC Milan from 2010 to 2012, winning a Serie A title with the club, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain and then Manchester United.The 37-year-old joined LA Galaxy this season and has a contract through the 2019 season with the Major League Soccer side.He was recently named the league’s Newcomer of the Year, defeating record England goalscorer Wayne Rooney among others for the award.Leonardo said Milan were “evaluating the conditions” to sign 31-year-old Spaniard Fabregas, a former Arsenal and Barcelona player.“Unfortunately, with the Financial Fair Play issue it has become a puzzle and a difficult one to work out.“The owners want to invest, but there are parameters to be respected.”Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta arrived in Milan on Sunday ahead of his 35 million euro ($40.4 million) signing and will have his medical on Monday.“He’ll be a reinforcement, is young and can certainly give us a hand,” added Leonardo of the 21-year-old Flamengo player.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year last month © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Katharine LotzeMILAN, Italy, Dec 10 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be leaving LA Galaxy to return to AC Milan, the Italian club’s sporting director Leonardo said on Sunday, although they are studying the possibility of signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.“Ibrahimovic will not return to Milan,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia. “He gave his word to the LA Galaxy that he would renew his contract. We thought about his return and he thought about it too, but he’s keeping his word and will remain in MLS.
Harry Kane and England’s impressive show in the World Cup continued on Sunday. Riding on Kane’s hat-trick, England hammered Panama 6-1 in their second Group G fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.John Stones scored a brace and Jesse Lingard got one too to complete England’s rout of Panama.This was the first time the Three Lions had scored five plus goals in a World Cup fixture ever. Previous top scoring matches were the 1966 final against Germany that England won 4-2 and against Belgium in 1954 when they match ended in a 4-4 tie.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThis is only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five plus goals in the first half of a match. The last time it happened was in Brazil, when Germany hammered the hosts 7-1 in the 2014 semi-final at the Mineirao.The former champions had a 5-0 lead going into the first half. Kane scored two goals from the spot while Stones scored his brace from two headers. Lingard’s goal was one of the most sweetly struck goals in this World Cup so far. This was England’s biggest-ever victory in a World Cup match (Reuters Photo)With five goals down already, the second half started slowly as expected until Kane got a hat-trick in the most unusual way possible in the 62nd minute of the match before being replaced by Jamie Vardy. Ruben Loftus-Cheek unleashed a low shot from the edge of the box and the ball looped inside the goal over the goalkeeper to give the Tottenham striker his third goal of the match and the last goal overall.advertisementWith the 6-1 win, England are now on top of Group G with six points and a goal difference of seven. Gareth Southgate’s men will join Belgium from the group in the last 16 and the winner of their match will top the group.This was also England’s biggest-ever World Cup victory and the second most number of goals scored in a World Cup. The Three Lions had scored 11 goals in the 1966 World Cup.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHowever, more than England, Kane had some personal reasons to be happy about. After a brace in the last game against Tunisia, which included a last-minute winner, he has scored three in his second World Cup game and is on top of the list of most goals scored in this World Cup so far with five to his name. Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku have four each to his name.Leading goalscorers at the 2018 FIFA #WorldCup5 – @HKane4 – @Cristiano, @RomeluLukaku9 #ENGPAN pic.twitter.com/K6FVHiog8gFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018He is also now the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. Geoff Hurst was the first in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker was the second, when he put three past Poland in 1986.Also, Kane’s first spot kick was the first penalty converted by an England player at the World Cup since 2002. David Beckham scored the last time from the spot against Argentina. He is also the third player now behind Hunt (1966) and Lineker (1986) to score three or more goals in a group stages of a World Cup match.The 24-year-old, who now has five goals in World Cups now, is only behind Lineker (10) in terms of goals scored in a World Cup. He is level with Hurst, who also has five to his name. Bobby Charlton and Michael Owen have four each.
Pakistan have left out struggling pace spearhead Mohammad Amir from the 17-member squad for the two-match Test series against Australia starting in United Arab Emirates next month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.The 26-year-old fast bowler, who returned from a five-year ban for match-fixing in January 2016, had a wicketless Asia Cup 2018 and was also dropped for two matches in the tournament.Pakistan crashed out of the Asia Cup after losing to Bangladesh, who meet India in the final in Dubai on Friday.We were poor in all departments, my own performance bad: SarfrazPakistan will heavily rely on its ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who played a key role in the 2-0 win over Australia in UAE in 2014, when he took 12 wickets.Besides Yasir the squad has 19-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan and 33-year-old off-spinner Bilal Asif, who has yet to play a Test match but played three one-day internationals in 2015. Shadab has eight wickets in four Tests.Asia Cup 2018: ‘Never seen a more subdued Pakistan team in months’Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the team was selected keeping in mind the conditions in the UAE, where Pakistan have been forced to play its home matches since 2009.”The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions of the UAE. Amir has been dropped on lack of form and Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza comes in the side.”We have three spinners Yasir, Shadab and Asif who are in the squad keeping in view the UAE wickets,” said Inzamam.India best side in the world, we need to learn from them: Shoaib MalikadvertisementThe first Test starts in Dubai from October 7 while the second one will be staged in Abu Dhabi from October 16. Both teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the squads for which will be announced later.Left-arm paceman Riaz returns to the squad after playing the last of his 26 Tests in October last year. The squad also has another fast-rising left-arm paceman Hamza who has yet to play for Pakistan. Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the the 17-man squad.Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan.(With PTI inputs)
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Birkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington has signed his first professional contract with Everton.The youngster has put pen-to-paper on a deal which will keep him with the Blues until June 2022.The 17-year-old has been at Everton for 11 years.”I’ve put in a lot of hard work and sacrifices, so to make this next step and sign a pro deal means everything,” Warrington, a season-ticket holder in the Gwladys Street, told evertonfc.com.”I’ve been at Everton for 11 years and the support has been immense from the start.”The coaching I’ve had here has been incredible. Every coach I have had has added something to my game.”They’ve helped make me the player I am, and I’ve got to keep going.”
Leyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coachby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeyton Orient have named Carl Fletcher as head coach.The 39-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road and arrives from Bournemouth, where his most recent position was loan manager.Fletcher takes over from caretaker boss Ross Embleton, who has filled the vacancy since the death of Justin Edinburgh in June.Orient director of football Martin Ling told the club website: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top.”He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box.”Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels.”We spoke to a couple players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Today is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan. The ship’s entire 29-man crew died in the tragedy. It’s a haunting historical event for many who live in the area. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has already admitted that his favorite song is Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” which is a tribute to the captain and crew of the ill-fated ship. This afternoon, Harbaugh tweeted out a link to Lightfoot’s song as a way of remembering those who perished in the storm 40 years ago. Remembering the captain and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald today. God Bless You and Yours! https://t.co/OZl3bMYWuy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) November 10, 2015Harbaugh truly is a Michigan Man, in more ways than one.
Singer, songwriter and philanthropist Sir Ivan, also known as Peaceman, has released a new (EDM) electronic dance music version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.The song is co-produced by Grammy Award winner Omar Akram and legendary music arranger Peter Rafelson. It is the first single released off SIR IVAN’s new 10 song album called “Peaceman Shines”. Each of the 10 songs, created by 10 different producers, are all well-known anti-war and peace songs from the 60s and early 70s, except for two original songs, co-written by Sir Ivan, that share the same theme.Sir Ivan stated, “In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and to pay respect to John Lennon, who passed away 35 years ago, on December 8th 1980, it is an appropriate time for a new generation to listen to Lennon’s optimistic lyrics, which offer hope to all people on the planet and a formula for world peace.”This is not the first time SIR IVAN has released a new version of “Imagine,” He did so on September 4th, 2001, exactly one week before September 11th, when he launched his music career and became the first recording artist in history to turn any slow ballad of the Beatles or John Lennon into an up tempo dance record. Personally signed to the Tommy Boy Label by its owner, Tom Silverman, SIR IVAN’s revolutionary fast paced version of “Imagine” became an instant top 40 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart. This proved that even thirty years after the original was released by John Lennon in 1971, the lyrics of “Imagine” were just as relevant to a whole new generation. Now, 15 years after SIR IVAN’s 2001 release, because the planet still has not learned to live in peace, SIR IVAN is once again giving the world an opportunity to come together as one while raising money for a good cause.In 2005, Sir Ivan, son of Auschwitz survivor Siggi B. Wilzig, created The Peaceman Foundation, a charity that donates funds to other non-profit organizations that help people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a debilitating mental condition that often results from exposure to severe acts of violence, such as brutal attacks against members of the LGBT community, atrocities of war and terrorism. Sir Ivan has seen firsthand what survivors go through. His own father suffered from classic PTSD symptoms; severe headaches, flashbacks, nightmares and depression, as a result of brutal beatings in the concentration camps and the deaths of 59 members of his family during the Holocaust. All of Sir Ivan’s recording artist royalties from the single “Imagine” and the album “Peaceman Shines” will be donated to The Peaceman Foundation to battle PTSD. Both are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Beatport Pro and many other top digital music stores. Physical CDs can be purchased at CD Baby.Find out more here.