Thursday, March 15, 2018

All the very latest football news across Europe!

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is set for an England recall for the pre-World Cup friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy -

Burnley's 25-year-old defender James Tarkowski is set to receive his first call-up to the England team - The Times

The Russian government has threatened to ban 'every single British news outlet' from attending the World Cup - Daily Mail

Real Madrid believe a bid of €300m could tempt PSG to sell Neymar to them this summer. That figure could be even less in the summer of 2019, with the Brazilian set to be available then for €222m
- Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Chelsea have appealed for supporters to get in contact with information after claims some were allegedly hurt by police and security using batons outside the Nou Camp before their Champions League defeat to Barcelona last night -

Businessman Saeed Al-Falasi, a member of Dubai's royal family, is interested in buying AC Milan, amid doubts of current owner Yonghong Li's finances - Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian newspaper dedicated to the coverage of sport)

New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is the 'right man' for the club, in the mind of club legend Matt Lee Tissier. The Sky Sports pundit said: "Mark has managed in this league for a long, long time, more than 400 games. I think it is a pretty good appointment from my perspective -

Mark Hughes has been placed out of his comfort zone having been tasked with inspiring Southampton to safety, says Mark Schwarzer. Hughes has been appointed manager at St Mary's until the end of the season following Mauricio Pellegrino's sacking on Monday. Schwarzer, who played under Hughes at Fulham, has described the appointment as "strange", questioning the Welshman's ability to motivate players individually and as a squad -

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to clash with the club's senior officials over his summer transfer budget and, with tensions rising, Paris St-Germain might try to tempt him to France - Daily Mirror and AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants £60million Chelsea star Willian this summer - The Sun

Senior figures inside Old Trafford are questioning whether Jose Mourinho is the right man to lead Manchester United. - Daily Mail

Roma goalkeeper Alisson's protracted apparent move to Liverpool may have taken a step closer,with reports that the Italian club are looking at replacements. Alisson could cost the Reds upwards of £60m, it has been reported, as Jurgen Klopp looks for a new number one - L'Equipe (a French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata could be in hot water after an obscene gesture to Barcelona fans last night - Daily Express

Chelsea are keen to sign Juventus' 29-year-old Ghana full-back Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer when his contract runs out in the summer - The Sun

Manchester City are set to sign a £45m-a-year sponsorship deal with Puma. Their current deal with Nike is worth £18m a year - The Sun

Fifa has expanded its investigation into whether Manchester City broke rules on signing youth players. The club could be punished with a transfer ban if found guilty of wrongdoing - Daily Telegraph

Arsenal are ready to splash the cash to bring Real Madrid's Luka Modric back to the Premier League this summer but face competition from Liverpool and Spurs - Daily Express

A youth product of Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata has already re-signed for the Spanish side once, and now reports say he could be on his way back to the Bernabeu - again. The Chelsea forward started well at Stamford Bridge after a £60m move from Juventus last summer, but has struggled in more recent times.
Reports suggest he could be joined in Spain by Massimiliano Allegri, with the Juve boss, who managed Morata last season at the Old Lady, tipped to replace Zinedine Zidane in the summer - The Daily Star

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he is contemplating a move to China at the end of the season. The 33-year-old has spent his entire career at Barcelona, but admitted a switch is a possibility after returning from a hamstring injury in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over Chelsea at the Nou Camp -

Hertha Berlin right-back Mitchell Weiser is an option for Bayer Leverkusen, although there is also interest from England, Italy and other German clubs. The 23-year-old midfielder would cost €12m - Kicker (Germany's leading sports magazine)

West Ham manager David Moyes stood up in defence of his players' holiday break in Florida break this week, amid opposition from the club's board - Daily Mirror

Gremio midfielder Arthur has revealed his delight at his impending move to Barcelona. The La Liga leaders announced last weekend that they have reached an agreement on a purchase option to sign the 21-year-old midfielder -

Liverpool will go head-to-head with Tottenham for £30m Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard - Daily Mirror

Bayern Munich are ready to join Juventus in the chase for Liverpool's Emre Can - Daily Mirror

Everton are eyeing £7.5million Basel defender Leo Lacroix to help solve their problems at the back - The Sun

Saido Berahino is poised for a return to the Stoke squad this weekend - Daily Telegraph

Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem want to keep Chelsea's 19-year-old English midfielder Mason Mount for another season - (VL - in Dutch)

Patrick Kluivert has harmed his chances of becoming Oxford United's new boss after refusing to fly in for a meeting - The Sun

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Big Air Olympic Gold Medal Winner Anna Gasser

Anna Gasser was born 16 August 1991 in Villach, Austria and is an Austrian snowboarder who competes in Slopestyle and Big Air.

Anna started to compete in snowboarding in the 2010/2011 season. Before competing in slopestyle Gasser was part of the Austrian National Gymnastics Team.

In November 2013, Gasser became the first female snowboarder to perform a Cab Double Cork 900 kicker, a double salto backwards with a half-turn

At the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2013
Gasser finished 18th. Her best World Cup result and the only podium finish before the 2014 Olympics was the third-place finish in Stoneham on 19 January 2014.

Gasser qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics and showed the best result in the qualification round, directly qualifying for the final. However in the Final itself she fell twice and was classified in tenth place.

 Snowboarder Anna in Big Air action!

Gasser has had a great 2017 season. She won Gold in the Big Air event at the Snowboard World Championships in Spain, receiving a score of 100. Gasser also had a successful 2017 X Games, winning Gold in Slopestyle and Bronze in Big Air in Hafjell, and Silver for Big Air in Aspen.

In 2018 Anna went one better than in 2017 and won Gold in the Big Air event at the X Games in Aspen.

Last Thursday Anna Gasser won the first ever Olympic Big Air Final in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Progression was the name of the game in the big air final, and the format created some interesting strategy. Each rider's total score was based on their best two scores (out of three), but those scores had to come from different tricks.

Anna was extremely consistent throughout the competition. She started with a cab double underflip, a trick she's had on lock for a while now, on her first attempt. With a solid score on the board, she then put down a backside double cork 1080 on her second attempt.

Heading into her final run, Anna was sitting in second place, just a few points behind United States rider Jamie Anderson.

"I was standing up there and I knew I had the silver and I only could win," she said. "I was like, 'No, I'm going to go full risk and if it works out then I deserve this medal.'"

That's when Anna landed her cab double cork 1080, which earned a 96 from the judges (the highest score awarded to any individual trick during the final) and vaulted her above Anderson into first place, with 16-year-old New Zealander Zoi Sadowski-Synnott third.

     Anna celebrates winning Olympic Gold in Pyeongchang       

Anderson ended up with a silver medal, but it was nearly a gold. She landed a frontside 1080 on her first run and a cab double cork 900 on her second run to put her in position for a potential win. She attempted to move up to a cab double cork 1080 on her third and final run but was unable to land the trick. She maintained the lead until Anna bumped her down on the very last run of the contest.

Big Air 2018 Winter Olympic Result:

Gold: Anna Gasser (AUT), 185.00 pts
Silver: Jamie Anderson (USA), 177.25
Bronze: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (NZL), 157.50
4. Reira Iwabuchi (JPN), 147.50
5. Sina Candrian (SUI), 140.25
6. Silje Norendal (NOR), 131.50
7. Yuka Fujimori (JPN), 122.75
8. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), 119.00
9. Spencer O'Brien (CAN), 113.25
10. Julia Marino (USA), 93.25

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