So, Storm Dennis, let's see what you have. That is what a guy seems to say when he arrives in an Ebbsfleet United shirt with short sleeves and two fingers sticking to the elements.
The Swanscombe End of the Kuflink Stadium – the only standing area without a roof – has five people in it, and two of them are stewards.
Sportsmail stands opposite and watches as a man drops his KitKat wrap and then pursues in vain.
Another woman, who is present with her husband, has difficulty searching for words in her puzzle book because the wind keeps turning the page.
You sit and pinch your muscles in an attempt to defeat the chill while goalkicks get out of the game and free kickers follow the ball when it goes for a walk.
One of only three National League games to survive Saturday's weather, this is football in the eye of the storm. The positive side, apparently, is the sale of bobble hats that have stung in the club shop.
At some point I wonder if I could get away with an Ebbsfleet raincoat on cost.
a big game at the bottom of the table. The hosts are 23rd, Chorley visitors 24th.
& # 39; Are you from the Daily Mail? & # 39; Phil asks the fan in the bar before the kick-off. "Here's what you need to print: a photo of the s *** emoji, an equal sign, then a photo of the Ebbsfleet badge."
Phil, his partner informs me, is a pessimist, but there has not been much to shout about lately. Their last outing saw them lose at home to the seventh grade outfit Royston Town in the FA Trophy.
Last week, a protagonist, Myles Weston, had canceled his contract. Two days later he joined National League relegation rivals Dagenham & Redbridge. The owner of Ebbsfleet is a billionaire, but there have been problems, including late payment of wages. Dr.
Abdulla Al-Humaidi is a busy man with other companies.
He is the financial support of the London Resort – the £ 3.5 billion theme park in the area that aims to be the British equivalent of Disneyland, which will be opened in 2024.
Well, it's definitely a roller coaster ride as a fan of Ebbsfleet.
This week, the club appointed a new president, Damian Irvine, who revealed pre-match that his priority is to restore trust between staff, supporters and owners.
What they could not afford was a defeat from below-the-table Chorley. In total, 712 souls have defied the conditions to take an afternoon of windy football.
At 0-0 in the 51st minute, Marcus Carver of the visitors failed to take advantage of a poor back pass from Jack King. The attacker, perhaps embarrassed by his mistake, is wounded.
In response, an Ebbsfleet fan, smothered in red clothes, pulls a miniature brass trumpet out of his pocket, puts it on his lips and makes the sound of an ambulance siren.
Then comes a song from & # 39; We are going to score like this. And they do that. A cross from Frankie Sutherland, a goal from King. & # 39; We stay up, & # 39; is the next. Chorley scored a penalty in the 87th minute. Goalkeeper David Gregory stumbles over Alex Kiwomya and the fans get out of their hiding place to try to postpone Alex Newby.
They stand behind the target, in the rain, in all kinds of forms. Newby & # 39; s spot kick is saved and Gregory runs full time into the crowd to celebrate.
He is the hero. Amid the chaos, a guy takes a blow where the sun is not shining and has to be helped back to his seat by a grinning steward.
That supporter will tell you that the battle was worth it, just like the rest of the Ebbsfleet fan base who risked losing their sense of looking at their team.
For the hosts, this afternoon was wet but beautiful, tense but great. Five points out of safety, and with 12 games to go, the prospect of survival suddenly does not seem so ridiculous.
The celebrations in full time said it all. Even Storm Dennis could not rain on this parade.
did not win
& # 39; I don't think I'm going to do it again & # 39 ;: Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon and NBA fans continue to be dumbfounded after not winning the Slam Dunk contest despite a 7ft jump 5in Tacko Fall
- Derrick Jones Jr of Miami Heat won the Slam Dunk competition on Saturday night
- It was a controversial decision after a powerful performance by Aaron Gordon
- The Orlando Magic star dived more than 7ft 5in Tacko Fall but only scored 47 points
- Gordon said he didn't wants to compete longer in the upcoming competition
Miami Heat ahead Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, Gordon in a sensational confrontation that required two tiebreaker jams.
Jones and Gordon each received a perfect 50 on both dunks in the final. Then they got two more perfect scores on their first jam in the dunk-off.
Jones then just left the foul line and threw down a windmill jam with his left hand and pulled a 48 out of the panel of five judges.
After a brief conversation with the Hall of Famer Shaquille O & # 39; Neal, Gordon released 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall and placed him near the basket. He then took the ball from Fall's hands on his way to a thundering thunk. But Gordon got a 47 and gave the win to Jones.
The Orlando Magic broadcast its frustrations with the judges who scored after falling the rt match once again in the Dunk Contest. Gordon also lost a memorable dunk contest to Zach LaVine in 2016.
Speaking after the spectacle, Gordon said he did not want to compete again in the competition.
& # 39; I feel like I need two trophies, & he said to reporters. & # 39; I still feel that I am one of the best, if not the best dunker in the world.
& I feel that. I thought I did what I had to do to win. I don't think I'll do it again. & # 39;
Tottenham plan to SELL Eric Dier if he fails to write new contract, because England fears star lack of playing time means he could miss Euro 2020.
- Eric Dier is reluctant to sign a new deal deal amid concerns about his lack of playing time
- Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants to prevent another player entering the last year
- As was the case with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld
- The 26-year-old wants guarantees for his first team in Tottenham
Spurs sells Eric Dier this summer unless he commits himself . his future for the club.
Sportsmail understands that the English star is reluctant to sign a new deal amid concerns about a shorter playing time under Jose Mourinho.
Dier & # 39; s contract expires in 2021 and chairman Daniel Levy wants to avoid a situation where another player enters the final year of his deal, as has been the case with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld .
The 26-year-old wants guarantees about his status as the first team, but has not started before in the Premier League Christmas, they are not forthcoming. It is thought that Dier would prefer to play centrally instead of holding midfield.
He would have no shortage of suitors if the summer arrives without a new deal being signed and sources have suggested that moving abroad could appeal.
Dier made his professional debut at Sporting Lisbon before transferring £ 4 million to Spurs in 2014. He has since played more than 200 games for the club in North London and won 40 England caps.
However, his continued presence on the bench at Spurs means that it is unlikely that he will be seen in Gareth Southgate & # 39; s team for Euro 2020, and that is also frustrating for the player.
Hacker Rui Pinto fails on appeal and will stand trial for more than 90 crimes after revelations of & # 39; soccer leaks & # 39; who feel shock waves from sport
- Rui Pinto has access to club email systems and details published
- He sent information to the German media that subsequently printed remarkable stories
- Portuguese hackers leaked FFP investigation into Manchester City
- His appeal was dismissed as & # 39; unfounded & # 39; and the 31-year-old will be tried
Rui Pinto – the hacker whose actions sent forward shock waves football – has failed in an appeal and will be tried accused of more than 90 crimes.
The Portuguese were given access to a number of e-mail systems from clubs throughout Europe and published them through German media.
Revelations revealed in the information obtained by the 31-year-old have prompted UEFA to investigate whether Manchester City has violated the rules of Financial Fair Play. That probe is still ongoing and a judgment – by which City can be banned from the Champions League – is expected in the near future.
Pinto, di he has many followers who see him as a force for good, saw an appeal dismissed earlier this month as & # 39; unfounded & # 39; at the Lisbon Court of Appeal. He will remain in prison, where he has been since last March, and will ultimately answer more than 90 cartoons, regarding hacking, sabotage, and extortion.
Meanwhile, City is waiting for the outcome of the UEFA probe. In November, Etihad Stadium officials tried to dismiss the case by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
City claimed that their & # 39; personality rights & # 39; were breached when news of a recommendation for a one-season Champions League ban from UEFA & # 39; s chief financial investigator Yves Leterme leaked and the UEFA & # 39; s commission of inquiry accused Club Financial Control Board of & # 39; illegal activities & # 39 ;.
Their bid was unsuccessful, but the full findings, issued earlier this week, may have led to uncomfortable reading at UEFA headquarters.
CAS said the alleged leakage of information by UEFA & # 39; worrying & # 39; used to be. It added that City & # 39; s complaints about the leaks were not & # 39; completely unfounded & # 39; appear to be.
The panel also said it was a mystery how Leterme reacted aggressively to City & # 39; s claims that she & # 39; unfounded and unacceptable in tone & # 39; were, & # 39; so confident could be (City & # 39; s) allegations & # 39; strongly reject & # 39 ;. & # 39 ;.
CAS also noted that City could make a new appeal to them in the future, after the UEFA investigation has been completed and if they were not satisfied with the decision.
UEFA launched the probe after the data obtained through Pinto & # 39; s Football Leaks were made public .
It seemed to show that the club had erroneously inflated sponsorship deals from companies related to their property in Abu Dhabi in an alleged attempt to bypass UEFA's financial rules for fair play. City denies the allegations.
Leterme & # 39; s later recommendation for a one-season ban was published in the New York Times last May, days before UEFA announced that the case would go to their court for a decision that is yet to be pointed out.
HOT OR NOT: If Jurgen Klopp does not appear to play again against Shrewsbury, this will be the first stain on what has been a perfect season … while John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova were right to protest against Margaret Court
- Wigan Warriors will support LGBTQ groups when they meet the Catalan Dragons
- John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova have the right to protest in court
- Aston Villa has now reached a large cup final in 14 different decades
- Jurgen Klopp has said he will not be attending the FA Cup fourth round replay of Liverpool
It's hot or not time again as Sportsmail & # 39; s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what has made him warm and what has made him cold this week.
] Sometimes the best reaction to fire and sulfur is a calm sign of reason. The decision of warriors to use their March meeting with Catalans Dragons to support LGBTQ + groups was an inspired way to greet news that Dragons have revived the Israel Folau dinosaur.
Israel Folau & # 39; s was fired by Rugby Australia last May for homophobic remarks but has now signed for the Catalan Dragons
] Wigan Warriors then announced that their March clash with the Dragons will now & # 39; Pride Day & # 39; his
McEnroe and Navratilova
Just as Margaret Court has the freedom to air offensive views, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova also have the right to protest against the naming of an arena in her honor Tennis Australia looked a bit disturbed and called them on it.
John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova protested the naming of an arena to Margaret Court
In a season that may end in relegation, they will do more for it can then show most, after they have reached the Carabao Cup final. As a nice detail, they have now reached a large cup final in 14 different decades.
With the risk of being overlooked the possibility of a big coincidence, Figo copied Cristiano Ronaldo & # 39; s tweet about Kobe Bryant or they both followed the suggestion of a third party. Anyway, you have to wonder how soulless some people can be.
It was a mistake, clear and simple, but there is certainly no distraction from that very tall horse. So if it turns out that Klopp is not showing up for the Shrewsbury repeat, we can safely say that it will be the first stain in what was otherwise a perfect season.
Jurgen Klopp said that he will not participate in the FA Cup replay of Liverpool against Shrewsbury
He has spent time this week at Saudi International for the big Declare the privilege of spreading golf to the region. And so we add another pawn to the fantastic sports wash game. At some point these guys might realize how stupid they all sound.
Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby & # 39; fails drug test after being tested after a defeat at Blackburn on November 23 & # 39;
- Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby reportedly failed a drug test
- The 22-year-old did not play in the 1-0 defeat last weekend against Bristol City
- Diaby was supposed to have been tested after Barnsley's defeat against Blackburn
- Diaby has vowed to erase his name and has his Innocence advocated by teammates
Barnsley defends Bambo Diaby reportedly does not have a drug test endured
The 22-year-old is believed to have been tested on November 23, after Tykes' 3-2 defeat against Blackburn in Ewood Park.
The defender born in Spain has pleaded his innocence for his teammates and he will adamantly erase his name, according to Mirror .
Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber called his team for a team meeting to break the news last week before telling the group that Diaby would not play against Bristol City last Saturday.
Positive drug tests can take a while to process and come with a maximum four-year ban, but still remain a rarity in football.
Diaby is allowed to continue playing while the drug test processing continues.
The FA cooperates with UK Anti-Doping to provide players after matches, during training and to test at other random intervals.
Former Southport defender Mike Phenix is considered the last soccer player to have tested positive for a banned substance.
Phenix tested positive for cocaine in September 2018, but only got its four-year ban in May last year.
& # 39; If I lose this, I'm done & # 39 ;: former world champion Kell Brook swears to hang up his gloves if he doesn't defeat Mark DeLuca in a comeback fight
- The 33-year-old American faces Mark DeLuca in Sheffield next month] Brook still has hope for a mega battle against Terence Crawford or Amir Khan
Kell Brook meets a personal Waterloo in his comeback fight next month in Sheffield.
Preparations at the Gym in the West London the 33-year-old former world champion admitted: "If I lose this, I'm done." My career will be over. & # 39;
Fortunately, Brook, who has only lost twice in 40 attacks, confronts an opponent not as dangerous as Napoleon or the Duke of Wellington on February 8. The American Mark DeLuca has only one defeat but few KO's and no opponents of real interest to his record.
Preparations for his first fight since December 2018, Brook says: & If I can't beat this guy, it's over. It no longer makes sense to shout at the big names against welterweight or super welter. & # 39;
He returns in the hope of a mega battle, against an American star such as Terence Crawford or ultimately Amir Khan.
Brook took a time out for family life, but now says: “I missed what I do best boxing. I got bored. I want to go back to the big world title fights and we'll all find out if I still have that in me. & # 39;
Brook v DeLuca is live on Sky Sports on Saturday, February 8
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to impress his second debut for AC Milan in a 0-0 tie … 2794 days since the last 38-year-old played in Serie A
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his second debut for AC Milan against Sampdoria
- The Swede joined the Italian club in December after his time at LA Galaxy had ended
- Ibrahimovic came on the 55th minute – replacing the Polish attacker Krzysztof Piatek
- His appearance ended his long-awaited return to the 2794-day competition
- The game ended 0-0 but fans of Milan will remember the game for the return of Zlatan
- Milan is 12th in Serie A – 13 points from Champions League- qualification
It was 2794 days since Ibrahimovic last appeared in the Italian top flight – and the counter finally stopped when he was replaced in the 55th minute as a substitute for Krzysztof Piatek.
The 38-year-old made an impression almost immediately – in the typical Ibrahimovic style – when he bolted to a cross and forced an incredible rescue from Sampdoria-stopper Emil Audero just eight minutes after taking the field. After that point, he seemed to be struggling.
There were disturbing signs for the faithful Milan – who would have been happy to see the return of one of their greatest attackers ever see – while the 38 year old walked around the field, unable to inspire his teammates.
He looked out of the pace at the spearhead of the attack of the host – but that can be forgiven, since it is the first time he has been playing a competitive game since 25 October.
The competition ended in a stalemate in which neither party created too many chances at the San Siro.
The former frontman of Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United announced his return to the former Serie A Champions on December 27 as a free transfer after his team at MLS outfit LA Galaxy had ended.
Ibrahimovic first joined the club on loan from Barcelona in 2010. He then made his move permanent for the 2011/12 season and was at the height of his career as part of an Italian super team.
At the time, the Swede played for midfielders such as Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso and played alongside Robinians and Alexandre Pato, just to name a few.
AC Milan is currently 12th in Serie A – 13 points behind Roma in the Champions League qualifying venue.
The guess of Manuel Pellegrini fails miserably because West Ham loses to the second series Leicester to leave him on the edge
- West Ham lost at home 2-1 to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday
- Manuel Pellegrini made seven changes from the side that lost to Crystal Palace
- He had the opportunity to taking advantage of a Fox's side that made nine changes
- Michail Antonio was left out of the club's strongest players
- Pellegrini chose for playing one front being the reserves of Leicester Published: |
This was a story about two line-ups. One for Jamie Vardy-less Leicester. The other last roll of the dice of a desperate manager in Manuel Pellegrini.
There were positive points in the XI of [Hammer1945] West Ham . Lukasz Fabianski was back in the goal – great. Declan Rice was first called captain – reasonable. But there were also negatives.
Seven changes – crikey. The downright uninspired Carlos Sanchez started for the first time this season – oh oh. No, Michail Antonio – is this guy trying to get fired?West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini threw the dice against Leicester, but it didn't pay
Everyone in West Ham will tell you that Antonio is probably the strongest player in the club. The man himself will testify that he can handle back-to-back games.
Hell, he even started against Crystal Palace the day after he crashed his £ 210,000 Lamborghini into the shed of a family home while dressed like a snowman on Christmas Day.
Yet he watched from the couch while Sebastian Haller again struggled upstairs. He needs support to thrive, which Antonio offers abundantly.
Pellegrini collapsed in the 55th minute, drifting the game in a game of nothing, although his decision to drag Haller instead of Antonio was booed away.
West Ham flourished against Southampton with two at the top, so why not try Leicester's reserves? Pellegrini refused and seconds later the hosts followed with 2-1.
Demarai Gray haunted behind an unconscious Sanchez to score. Shortly thereafter the 33-year-old Colombian became addicted, ironic cheers accompanied him when he left the field.
Brendan Rodgers made nine changes himself and the most striking was the absence of Vardy, due to the birth of his third child. James Maddison was also in a bench.
Kelechi Iheanacho was more and more pointed than at the time than score?
He received the opening goal for the break and sent a main line-up from Ayoze Perez. Gray got his second and saw that he made up for the bad first half of the fine.
Pellegrini's gambling – or game plan, if we can call it that – failed here. It remains to be seen whether he will get the Bournemouth New Year's Day competition to make up for it.
UK Athletics risks huge reduction of £ 27 million in funding if it does not address problems after Zara Hyde Peters scandal
British athletics run the risk of having their lottery funding cut in the aftermath of the chaotic revolution in the organization.
In the past 10 months, the president and director of the UKA have left under a cloud, and it was confirmed on Monday that Zara Hyde Peters would not include her post as CEO due to scandal protection.
Sally Munday, chief executive of finance company UK Sport, meets with UKA & # 39; s chairman Chris Clark to determine the facts of the Hyde Peters fiasco, and warned that there may be adjustments to financial support to the sport. UKA receives £ 27 million in this Olympic cycle.Zara Hyde Peters did not take over her position as CEO due to scandal protection
Munday said: & We do an annual evaluation of each sport, looking at performance and governance and how it is managed. It is clear that the outcome of those assessments influences our discussions about how we invest.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that we invest in sports that have the right standards, systems and culture. But I also know that we want to engage sports to give athletes the best chance of medals. & # 39;
UKA, Munday, said: & # 39; They clearly have some problems and we are talking to them about how we can support. to ensure that athletics, from the point of view of leadership and governance, is back on the right track.
& # 39; It would be easy to exert a shock reaction in this situation. Things unfolded fairly quickly during the weekend and it is appropriate to take a deep breath, take a step back and have a conversation about what is best to get things right now for the long term. & # 39;