& # 39; Hopefully this will be a turning point & # 39 ;: Liam Cooper trusts that Leeds & # 39; victory over Bristol City can increase their promotional costs
- Liam Cooper is hopeful Leeds & # 39; victory against Bristol City will give them a big boost
- Leeds put an end to a three-game winless run because they achieved a 1-0 victory
- Cooper praised goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, who was heavily criticized for the late
Maybe Leeds United aren do not fall apart.
This dominant victory will certainly bring confidence to Marcelo Bielsa after their recent horror run.
A total loss of confidence in goalkeeper Kiko Casilla under fire? Barely.
Fear of burnout? You are joking.
A return to the Premier League after an absence of 16 years and a place in the folklore of Elland Road? Bring it on.
At least that was the way Captain Liam Cooper spoke after Leeds abandoned a top six rival with a victory that was much more comfortable than the score suggests.
The 16th minute strike by Luke Ayling, a left-wing finish a short distance against his former club, was enough to clear them three points from third place Fulham with 13 games left.
Without their promotion rivals managed to register a victory, it was an almost perfect day for the side of Bielsa.
Asked about the meaning of that three-point cushion, Cooper said, "We don't care what other teams do, we just have to care for ourselves
"Too many people are packed in points and other teams but we always believe in ourselves.
& # 39; We have faith in the way we play and our philosophy, so we just have to keep bickering about the games and being afraid of them every week.
& # 39; The momentum is huge in every competition and you have to go and put together runs.
& # 39; Hopefully this will be a turning point for us and we can start running now. & # 39; Leeds had an 11 point lead over third place in December, but that was completely wiped out in Saturday's game.
Spanish goalkeeper Casilla made countless costly mistakes during that bleak run, but he was a drenched spectator for much of this game because Lee Johnson's side created virtually nothing.
The Elland Road crowd supported Casilla everywhere and Cooper added: & I am absolutely happy for Kiko.
& # 39; He has received a baton, but he is a confident boy. That clean sheet was for him today. He deserves it.
& # 39; He never changes the way he plays and he is a great boy. We absolutely buzz for him.
& # 39; We do our work and stay together through thick and thin.
& # 39; We are an honest couple and if one makes a mistake, another bail will be released. That's how it should be. & # 39;
Domestic midfielder Kalvin Phillips returned to the side after banning three games in last week's 1-1 draw in Brentford and his presence has again proved to be crucial.
He led the proceedings against the Robins as Leeds had a 69% possession and 21 shots, but only the Ayling strike to show for it.
Patrick Bamford had rejected a goal due to offside in the first half and Jack Harrison hit the bar late.
Cooper admitted: "I would really like to be zero at some point in the season!
" I suppose it's the Leeds way – we're keeping you on the edge your seat.
& # 39; But the intensity and the will to win in these past two games is incredible.
& # 39; We need to keep it going now and that is the message to the boys. & # 39; In recent weeks, Leeds has felt a city on the outskirts, while Bielsa's faltered.
There is a desperation to finally return to the top flight and the ride with the white knuckles will only increase in the coming weeks as the run-in approaches.
Cooper was asked about a possible repeat of last season's failed promotion and burnout due to the notoriously debilitating Bielsa regime.
Cooper said: & # 39; To say that we are tired and blowing is nonsense.
& # 39; If you get the chance to get out of this competition, fatigue is nothing.
& # 39; There is so much to play for and to go to the premier League could be a life-changing experience.
& # 39; This club has long been hungry for the highest football for whatever reason.
& # 39; But we have a real chance and we have to hold onto that. It is life-changing and can be incredible for the city and the club.
& # 39; We see the legends plastered over the walls in the club and if we approach it the right way, why can't we? stay with this club forever? We will fight to the end. & # 39;
Wales star Liam Williams excluded for at least TWO more Six Nations games with ankle injury if Ireland makes two changes to Dublin clash
- Liam Williams only plays in the Six Nations round four in England
- The full-back still suffers from an ankle injury he sustained during the World Cup
- Victory in Ireland would Wales' longest unbeaten run in Six Nations are
- Peter O & # 39; Mahony and Robbie Henshaw are team in Ireland for Saturday's game
Liam Williams does not play in the Six Nations until at least the fourth round against England, because he continues to suffer from the ankle injury he sustained during the World Cup.
Wales hoped he could make the Ireland game this weekend, but have now revealed that he is weeks away from a return.
& # 39; He is currently struggling a bit, & # 39; said defense coach Byron Hayward.
& # 39; It's probably a little early for Liam. We look at the fourth and fifth game in the championship for when it will be available.
& # 39; The boys went well last weekend, Leigh had a great game on full back, although it would be nice to grab Liam back of course. & # 39;
Williams may be out – meaning Leigh Halfpenny continues to carry number 15 – but scrum-half Gareth Davies, middle Owen Watkin, and backup hooker Elliot Dee are all suitable for the Dublin
A Welsh win in Ireland would make it their longest unbeaten run in the Six Nations era, extending it to nine consecutive wins, but Hayward knows they have to step up the win of Italy.
& # 39; We haven't won in Dublin since 2012, so that's huge & # 39 ;, he added.
& # 39; The real test is coming this weekend. We know that this weekend is a much harder challenge. & # 39;
While the defense coach was impressed by Nick Tompkins, the 24-year-old center that scored on debut, he hinted that it starting team would be similar to the one who defeated Italy 42-0.
& # 39; Nick made an impact and certainly raised his hand for selection, & # 39; said Hayward.
IRELAND TEAM TO PLAY WALES
Ireland: Larmour; Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stoc kdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Haring, Furlong; Henderson, Ryan; O & # 39; Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.
Replacements: Kelleher, Kilcoyne, Porter, Toner, Deegan, Cooney, Byrne, Earls.
& # 39; The team should be & # 39; too far from what you saw last week, but still to be finished. & # 39;
Andy Farrell made two changes to Ireland's starting XV for the Wales game after their victory over Scotland.
Peter O & # 39; Mahony comes in for the injured Caelen Doris, who was eliminated last Saturday, while CJ Stander goes to number 8 and center Robbie Henshaw replaces Garry Ringrose who has undergone manual surgery.
Conor Murray is detained at scrum-half, despite pressure from Ulsterman John Cooney in-form.
Cricket World Cup star Liam Plunkett may be playing for the US, while the career in England seems to be ending
- England's Cricket World Cup hero Liam Plunkett can switch to playing for the US
- Fast bowler lost central contract in September and has not been selected since
- Plunkett, 34, held preliminary talks about representing the USA, where his wife lives
Cricket World Cup hero Liam Plunkett was able to finish his international finish career with the United States after his selection in England.
Plunkett has not been chosen since his performance with three wickets on Lord & # 39; s last July changed the momentum of the World Cup Final.
For now, he remains fully committed to making his way back to the limited design of England, despite the fact that he was overlooked in the last round of central contracts last September and failed to squadrons. for the journeys of New Zealand and South Africa this winter.
But preparatory talks have taken place with US Cricket chief executive Iain Higgins as the 34-year-old conspiracies the last years of his career and afterwards.
In addition to the English domestic season, Plunkett has lived in the States in recent years with his 16-month-old American wife Emeleah. According to the International Cricket Council suitability rules, updated in October 2018, a player can switch from one country to another after completing a three-year sit-out period.
He should also meet the nationality qualification criteria by acquiring citizenship, a process that takes three years for spouses of American citizens.
Plunkett would become available to the US on July 14, 2022, on condition that he did not add to his 124 England caps in the interim and that he could prove (by holding a valid passport). issued by the country in question) that he is a national of the country & # 39 ;.
His immediate priority, however, is to try to force his way into England & # 39; s plans for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October.
Prior to the New Zealand tour last fall, Plunkett had played in 14 consecutive T20 squadrons and was a member of the team that finished in 2016 in the rankings to the West Indies.
He has two years of running his provincial contract with Surrey, but has begun qualifying to become a strength and condition coach when he considers options Stateside.
The US National Team is at the top of the World Cricket League Two, is in 15th place in the ICC's ODI rankings and is well positioned to reach the 10-team qualifier for the next World Cup.
Eric Cantona sets Manchester rivalry aside with United icon starring as & # 39; the king & # 39; in the new video from Liam Gallagher (and City & # 39; s most famous fan is his butler!)
- Eric Cantona is one of Manchester United's most iconic players in history
- Liam Gallagher is perhaps the most famous supporter of Manchester City
- They put football aside to work together for a video for Gallagher & # 39; s number & # 39; Once & # 39;
Eric Cantona may be a Manchester United & # 39; s most synonymous players, but it didn't stop him from collaborating with one of Manchester City & # 39; s most famous fans, Liam Gallagher, for the singer's new video.
Cantona stars like & # 39; the king & # 39; for the song Once, in which he recovers a role that matches his nickname from his time in Old Trafford.
But perhaps unexpectedly, Gallagher appears in his own video as the butler for Cantona & # 39; s character, which does not entirely match the flamboyant character he is known for.
Gallagher had bullied something special on social media all week, but his link with the man who pl such a central role for the greatest rivals of the city is a surprise.
& # 39; I am absolutely delighted that Eric Cantona, the last Rock n roll soccer player, appears in my video for & # 39; Once & # 39; & # 39 ;, Gallagher wrote on Twitter.
& # 39; Songs such as this don are rare and football players like him don't. & # 39;
Cantona, meanwhile, shared a video clip on his Instagram with the caption: & # 39; So proud! Thank you Liam, Debbie, Charlie and all your team! & # 39;
Gallagh there also shared a photo of him with Cantona on the set of the video.
The video comes on the occasion of the release of Gallagher & # 39; s Acoustic Sessions EP and the original song are on his album Why Me? Why Not.
Cantona played for United for five years, from 1992 to 1997, and four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
& # 39; It would be great for everyone & # 39 ;: Liam Plunkett calls on Sky to definitively release Cricket World Cup when England reaches the showpiece
- The Women & # 39; s World Cup & # 39; s ratings dwarf cricket equivalent this summer
- There has been debate about whether Cricket World Cup should be free-to-air
- England Seamer Liam Plunkett suggested that it would be positive if it were shown
An audience of 11.73 million tuned in to live coverage of the BBC of the semi-final of the women's football world championship on Tuesday, when England lost to the US. The average figure was 8.8 million, which has reduced the number of people viewing the cricket.
& # 39; It's always nice to be on a larger platform, & # 39; said Plunkett, who is expected to play in the semi-final on Thursday against Edgbaston against India or Australia.
He told BBC Radio Five Live : Hopefully people tune into [the final].
& # 39; It would of course be great to have as many people watch as possible – we feel that we have built something special here as a team. It would be nice to go all the way and watch large numbers at that final if we come through and win. I'm not sure if they're going to do it, but it would be great if everyone could see it.
& # 39; When you play for England, you are the pride of the country and you want people to have access to it and see it.
& # 39; I'm not sure if it's going to happen but for the boys, you want as many people as possible to look at it. & # 39;
Sky says a peak of 1.78 million watched England & # 39; s match against India last week, but refused to tell Sportsmail what the average figure is for all nine of their group matches.
They claim that comparing a 90-minute football game with a nine-hour cricket broadcast is misleading.
Plunkett later went to Twitter to claim that he was quoted incorrectly
& # 39; People were warned to keep animals indoors … we were expected to play a high intensity game & # 39 ;: Brit Liam Broady is furious about the conditions for his Australian Open qualification in Melbourne
- tennis player Liam Broady raged about Australian Open conditions
- He had to play in Melbourne where the air quality is poor because of the forest fires
- He called on his fellow players to take a stand on health player
The British player said that thinking of the circumstances & # 39; boils his blood & # 39 ;, and has called on other players to take a position.
& # 39; The more I think of the circumstances in which we played a few days ago, the more it boils my blood, & # 39; he wrote . & # 39; We cannot leave this slide. & # 39;
Broady was originally planned to play in Canberra, but the Australian capital currently has the worst air quality in the world due to smoke, with serious athletic activity currently impossible.
His competition was moved to Melbourne and had to cover travel expenses at his own expense. The circumstances in Melbourne also proved not to be ideal.
& # 39; The email we received yesterday from the ATP and AO was a slap in the face, the circumstances were & # 39; playable & # 39 ;. Were they "healthy"? & # 39;
Healthcare officials want the Australian Open to be a strategy to combat poor air quality to cope
Since then, health officials have demanded that Australian Open Organizers devise a plan to cope with poor air quality.
Dalila Jakupovic had to quit the qualifying match after a coughing storm and a distressed Bernard Tomic needed a medical time-out for players who had difficulty breathing.
& # 39; Citizens of Melbourne were warned to keep their animals indoors on the day I qualified, & # 39; Broady continued, & yet we were expected to go outside for high-intensity physical competition?
& # 39; What we have to do to make a player union? Where is the protection for players, both men and women? When multiple players need asthma spray on the field and they don't even have asthma? When does a player collapse and need to remove due to breathing problems?
& # 39; During the tour we go so many things that we are not good, but at some point we have to take a position. ALL players need protection, not just some. & # 39;
The most important Australian Open tournament starts on January 20.
The three-mile journey from Stevenson to Ardrossan bypasses Saltcoats and only takes eight minutes by car.
Still in this small corner of North Ayrshire, Scottish football is laying a new foundation. And the scaffolding was built by the grandfathers of Billy Gilmour, Liam Morrison and Liam Smith.
Smith is the newest talent from the golden triangle of Ayrshire to touch the great days of football.
Next week, 17-year-old Kilmarnock winger will head south to join the English champion Manchester City at a scholarship before entering into a three-year professional contract in June.
Last August, central defender Morrison Celtic left to develop his career with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich
Scotland under 21 International Gilmour left Rangers three years ago for Chelsea and already has four appearances for it Frank Lampard's first team
All three started playing for TASS Thistle Boys Club. They all developed at the SFA Performance School at Grange Academy. And recently Smith's father Alan made another remarkable link.
& # 39; You will not believe this, he says Sportsmail. & # 39; But my Liam's grandfather – his pope – was an offshore jetty.
& # 39; The grandfather of Liam Morrison was an offshore jetty. And the pope of Billy Gilmour was also an offshore jetty.
& # 39; How Do I Know? Because I know them all. & # 39; Given the parallels between the trio, it should come as no surprise that their fathers played football together on the southwest coast of Scotland.
As Alan Smith explains: & I actually went to school with Billy Gilmour's father. We both went to the Auchenharvie Academy and played together at the same schools.
& # 39; Jim Morrison, Liam & # 39; s father, is a year older at 40 and went to St. Matthews – it was St. Andrew at the time.
& # 39; But we all grew up together.
& # 39; Our sounds are the same. My Liam is from Stevenson, Liam Morrison is Saltcoats, Billy Gilmour is Ardrossan and if you look at a map, you can almost throw a blanket over the three cities.
& # 39; My son was on the same TASS Thistle team with Liam Morrison. They were in school that same year, traveling on the same bus with the same football team when they were younger.
& # 39; I knew the other Liam when he was two feet high and now he is more than six feet tall in Germany.
& # 39; Young Billy Gilmour is a bit older, but also played for TASS Thistle.
& # 39; All three went to the SFA school in Grange and if you look at where they are now you might tell something. The system must do something right. & # 39;
Recently, the Scottish FA conducted a strategic evaluation of how they spend their money. Grassroots football has come up close, with questions about the financing model and coaching of the performance schools. Some presidents think that clubs can be better served by taking the financing and coaching of children themselves.
Under the supervision of James Grady, the delivery by Grange Academy of three graduates to some of the largest – and richest – football clubs is an effective case for the SFA to persist with short-term pain in the hope of winning on the long term.
After a fight for his services, Gilmour joined Chelsea in 2017. Morrison disappointed his Celtic supportive grandmother by leaving for Bayern in the summer. Left winger Smith was chased by Liverpool and Rangers and had a tear in the first team football in Kilmarnock before moving to Manchester City last week. "They absolutely loved him and didn't want him to go, they wanted him to stay.
& # 39; But when Manchester City comes in for you, it's a brainer.
" You are coached by the best and play with the best.
& Liam is a great boy, a fantastic boy. He has never caused us any problems, he has always focused on his football and this was a decision he made himself.
& # 39; I and his mother put it down and said: & # 39; look son, this is your decision. What he wants to do
& # 39; He chose Manchester City and there are mixed emotions because we are so happy on the one hand that he joins a huge club. On the other hand, he is moving from home for the first time.
& # 39; But the parents that we consider their work. It is what he wants to do with his future and football is all he has ever had in his head since he was a young boy.
& # 39; From the day he bought him his first ball and he brought it to his bed with him, he wanted to be a professional footballer.
& # 39; When he played with TASS Thistle Boys Club, we knew at an early stage that he had a gift.
& # 39; People would say to me, & your boy is special, he has something, he is of a different class.
& # 39; He went to Kilmarnock at a young age and I kept telling him that he had to work hard and keep working on the ladder. & # 39;
A decent player in Smith's childhood progress was hampered by the fact that his mother didn't have a car to drive him to games.
Despite the fact that he worked full time, he decided to give his own two sounds every opportunity for what he could not.
& # 39; There is a lot of involvement in & # 39 ;, he admits.
& # 39; I would work as a plumber all day, come in and eat together for dinner before leaving the house three or four nights a week to get Liam where he needed to be to play soccer .
We have worked hard a lot and now it feels like it has been paid off.
& # 39; We know that Liam has a lot of hard work to reach the first team level
& # 39; He could have had a chance in Kilmarnock and it is another level in Manchester City, but I believe that he can. & # 39;
Manchester City completes £ 200,000 swoop for teen Kilmarnock winger Liam Smith on four-year deal
Kilmarnock Kid Liam Smith has sealed a £ 200,000 switch to English champions Manchester City
The 17-year-old winger ended months of speculation by putting a pen on paper for a four-year contract on Friday.
However, the youngster from Stevenson in Ayrshire will become a member of the City Academy at a scholarship next week, before a three-year professional contract starts from June.
SPFL Premiership Kilmarnock has tried hard to maintain its clearest academic perspective, but will now settle for £ 200,000 in training fees.
Smith caught the attention of clubs after scoring the winner for the under-16 side of Scotland against Malta in a three-team tournament on the Mediterranean island in March.
Liam Broady got stuck in the chaos caused by the crippling fires in Australia last week, causing the burden of minute movement of the tournament in which he would play.
The British No. 6 traveled to Canberra for this week's Challenger level event, only to discover that it was relocated to Bendigo outside Melbourne more than 400 miles away.
The Australian capital currently has the worst air quality in the world due to smoke, with serious athletic activity currently impossible.
For a scavenger struggling to keep books like Broady in balance, ranked 240 in the world, the episode was not only difficult but expensive, although he could understand why it had to be done.
& # 39; It has been pretty chaotic. I arrived there Thursday evening from Melbourne, where I was already, and got a flight there on a Friday morning, & he said.
& # 39; Outside it definitely smelled like smoke. As soon as you step off the plane, it is all you smell, it makes you a little sick after a while. I think the players are happy to be out of there. I don't think it would have been possible to play.
& # 39; The flights, train, and hotel cost me more than £ 600 for a pointless trip.
& # 39; Some players made a three and a half hour bus trip to Sydney and then flew directly to Bendigo, some did the seven-hour drive and some waited for the tournament bus. & # 39;
By unfortunate coincidence, Broady was also present the last time the Challenger tournament was badly hit by furious fires in Northern California in October 2017.
& # 39; I played during the Napa Forest Fires in Fairfield that year and became & # 39; evacuated from my host family's house in the morning. I played double that day and the smoke in Canberra seemed at least as bad as that, if not worse. & # 39;
He was quick to acknowledge that his discomfort was insignificant compared to what the locals tolerate. & # 39; I can't imagine what many Aussies are going through & # 39 ;, he said. "It has cost me a lot of money, but I am aware that it is precious lives and human homes, some insurance companies will not pay, so lives will be destroyed."
Meanwhile, as someone else who is struggling with Rubik's Cube-like problem of setting up the daily program at Wimbledon, Tim Henman knows all about the dangers of planning. So it was with a sense of resignation that he had to accept that his debut as captain of the new ATP Cup – involved a competition that didn't end until nearly three o'clock in the night.
It left Great Britain against Belgium on Sunday morning. knowing that they had to win to have a chance of winning the quarterfinals.
Pale and shocked after his team lost 2-1 to Bulgaria after a tiebreak in the decisive rubber, he refused to criticize the timing for the 24-country event that looks like it is trying a quarter in to squeeze a pintpot.
& # 39; Jamie Murray made a good point: we started with 6,000 people and it was a great atmosphere. Then it's hard to finish & # 39; in the morning until almost three o'clock in the morning, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; When you think of the schedule, they started at 10.00, so I don't think you can blame it. I think it's just phenomenal tennis and some long games. & # 39;
Wimbledon, where he is a member of the main tournament committee, has resisted playing night sessions, but grasscourt games are usually shorter. & # 39; I don't think you can compare it to grass. I think it's a reflection of how good tennis is. I think they played the first four games in 25 minutes [in Cam Norrie’s singles match].
That is the nature of this sport. The physicality is different, the competitions continue longer. The ball is heavy here and the humidity slows it down. It does not fly so that means that you will have rally & # 39; s. When you add a little heat, it is difficult for the players. & # 39;
There is no arguing about that, although there is a broader argument that tennis is out of fashion with modern focus areas, especially among the younger target group.
Measures such as the shot clock have improved things a little, but tennis still tolerates too much & # 39; dead & # 39; time and not enough has been done to tackle things like players taking fake toilet breaks.
The terrible forest fires in Australia are getting closer to Sydney and the air quality can still have an effect on the rest of the competition.
When it comes to the trivial issues of tennis, Henman believes that the huge canopy over the Ken Rosewall Arena should reduce the worst heat.
& # 39; I think the roof is a huge advantage, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We practiced on New Year's Eve and it was 44 degrees. We didn't spend a very long time outside, probably 45 minutes, and it was hot. It is a big advantage to have this new roof. & # 39;
& # 39; I am incredibly excited & # 39 ;: Liam Williams leaves Saracens and joins Scarlets after Wales and British and Irish Lions fully agree on £ 400,000 a year deal
- Liam Williams will return to Wales to join Scarlets in time for the 2020-21
- Williams won the Heineken Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership final term
- Sportsmail reported that the Wales star visited lovemakers last month Scarlets
- Saracens are at the bottom of the premiership after having imposed heavy fines
Liam Williams moves back to Wales and plays for Wales his former region the Scarlets next season when he leaves Saracens, it is confirmed.
The 28-year-old has been in the English and European champions since 2017, but will join the Scarlets again in 2020 where he will earn in the region of £ 400,000 a year.
Sportsmail emphasized the fact that Williams was looking for home and toured the Scarlets facilities last month – and now the move has been formally announced.
Williams is the first major player to leave Sarries in the aftermath of their huge penalties for breaking the domestic salary limit.
Saracens are currently at the bottom of the premiership where they come from. to have exceeded the £ 7 million limit in the last three seasons, fined £ 5.36 million and deducted 35 points. ]
& # 39; The environment has undoubtedly developed me as a player and as a person. I am grateful for the support I have received from the players, management and supporters during this time.
& # 39; The possibility to return to the Scarlets was too good to reject and I am incredibly enthusiastic about the future. & # 39; Williams has 62 Wales caps, but is facing a race to make the Six Nations. He injured his ankle during the World Cup in Japan and has not played since; hoping to return in time for Wales & # 39; opener against Italy on February 1.
& # 39; We are delighted that Liam is on his way to the Scarlets & # 39 ;, said rugby director Jon Daniels.
& # 39; He is one of the leading players in world rugby and in order to be able to draw a player of his caliber at the height of his strength, he underlines our determination to build a team that will challenge silverware.
That Liam plays with Leigh Halfpenny, Johnny McNicholl, Steff Evans and our exciting young three-back talent is a breathtaking prospect.
& Liam came through the ranks here in Parc y Scarlets; he understands the culture and values that we stand for and also what we want to achieve.
& # 39; He is an attacking runner who can illuminate games, while his ability in the air and defensive qualities are unparalleled. There is no doubt that we are signing a world-class player.
& # 39; Liam is also a popular figure with players, coaches and supporters and we are all excited about the prospect of seeing him again here in Parc and Scarlets. & # 39; ENDS