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Martinez unconcerned about Lukaku’s barren scoring run with Man United

Roberto Martinez defended Romelu Lukaku’s recent form and insisted that he’s proud of the progress he’s made in recent seasons. Jose Mourinho insists Romelu Lukaku deserves respect from the Manchester United fans and is irreplaceable in his starting line-up. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss whether Jose Mourinho was right to criticise Manchester United fans who booed Romelu Lukaku. After Man United supporters appeared to give Lukaku a hard time against Spurs, Jose Mourinho had a sarcastic response. BRUSSELS — Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is not worried about Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku’s recent goal drought and is backing the 24-year-old to overcome his barren spell. Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven games in the Premier Leag...

Messi: I don’t run Argentina team

In an interview with ESPN’s Diego Monroig, Lionel Messi hits back at claims he makes the decisions for Argentina. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti believes Jorge Sampaoli will employ his experience and make Argentina a force at Russia 2018. Jorge Sampaoli puts his life goal into perspective after naming his Argentina squad for a pair of November friendlies. Lionel Messi has told ESPN that it makes him angry when people claim he makes the big decisions for the national team. Messi, whose hat-trick took Argentina to the World Cup last month, has been accused of selecting coaches and influencing which players do and do not make the squad in the past. The Barcelona forward, however, criticised the “ridiculous” comments which have been made about him. “It makes me angry that...

Fishy business

Image caption A lot of money is being made from Namibia’s fish industry but who benefits? Walvis Bay is a part of Namibia tourists don’t visit much. The huge industrial port is filled with towering freighters and trawlers flanked by dozens of smelly fish plants. Rickety shacks line the roads along which the work-force are making their way home. Until recently, some of the schools here were just tents. Some of the hospitals and clinics don’t have enough doctors, let alone medicine. But despite appearances – on paper, Walvis Bay is a boom town. Riches of the sea The Atlantic Ocean off Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is teeming with fish. But some of the workers who are employed in the fishing industry are frustrated. They suspect foreign investors are profiting from th...

Football Star, Shola Ameobi Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Former Super Eagles forward, Shola Ameobi, has been inducted into the Newcastle United Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Ameobi was inducted along with former England international, Les Ferdinand at the Charity’s annual dinner on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Ameobi spent 14 years at Newcastle United and scored 53 goals in 312 appearances. The two strikers join a host of legendary figures already inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn, Bob Moncur, Peter Beardsley, Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson. Their inclusion was announced at the 125 Years United Dinner in Exhibition Park, which was themed to celebrate Newcastle United’s 125th anniversary season.

People Are Tweeting Rap Lyrics to Celebrate Twitter’s New Character Limit

When the news dropped Tuesday (Nov. 7) that Twitter decided to expand its 280 character limit to all users, many were worried. Did this mean more hateful rhetoric from trolls? More typos for grammar nazis to conquer? Well, not quite. Instead, we were treated to treats from users flexing their occipital lobes to craft hip-hop themed tweets. From DMX’s iconic lady roll call to the loving tunes of Frank Ocean, music fans dominated the timeline with creative presentations. Check them out below. Juelz Santana feat. Cam’ron – “Dipset (Santana’s Town)” (2003) Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset Dipset ...

O’Neill ponders attacking options for Northern Ireland World Cup play-off

Fit-again Jamie Ward could feature in his first Northern Ireland game since March BBC coverage How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on the BBC Sport website Michael O’Neill’s main selection issues for Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off first leg against Switzerland look to centre on his attacking formation. Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward could earn a recall after being out since March because of a calf injury. O’Neill has to decide on his central striker option for Thursday’s game with Josh Magennis, Conor Washington and Kyle Lafferty all in contention. Paddy McNair and Aaron Hughes have been passed fit but look unlikely to start. With O’Neill expected to operate with a flat back four, Conor McLaughlin,...

Jockey Brennan loses ride on Cue Card to teenager Cobden

Paddy Brennan won six times on Cue Card Popular steeplechaser Cue Card’s long-term jockey Paddy Brennan is to be replaced by 19-year-old Harry Cobden. Brennan rode the horse in his past 13 races, including when winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton in 2015. Trainer Colin Tizzard said he decided to make a change after Cue Card fell for the second time in his past three races in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday. “It’s a different set of hands on board so we will see what happens,” he said. “I spoke to Paddy on Monday and said I thought the horse deserved to have a change of rider. He said it was fair enough.” Cue Card, who will be 12 in January, is approaching veteran status in a career which has brought 16 victories. Brennan, 36, won s...

Snowboarder Ormerod confident of Winters medal haul

Katie Ormerod: Day in the life of GB Winter Olympic hopeful XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Snowboarder Katie Ormerod is confident she can win two medals for Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The 20-year-old, who competes in slopestyle and big air, narrowly missed out on a place at Sochi 2014. But she ended last season ranked second in World Cup standings for big air, which is debuting at next year’s Games. “I feel like I’m going into the Olympics in the best shape possible,” she told BBC Sport, as she prepares for the start of the new season in Milan. Britain has only won one Winter Olympic medal on snow and that ...

I have a point to prove at West Ham – Moyes

David Moyes has a top-flight win percentage of 38.6 West Ham boss David Moyes says he has a “point to prove” as he aims to “repair” his reputation at his new club. The former Everton and Manchester United manager has replaced Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday with the Hammers in the relegation zone. Moyes, 54, has been out of work since May, when he resigned as Sunderland boss after the club’s relegation to the Championship. “It is good for West Ham, they are getting a good manager,” he said. Moyes, who started his managerial career at Preston North End, was voted LMA Manager of the Year three times while at Everton from 2002 to 2013 – an 11-year spell during which they finished in the top eight nine times. He signed a six-year contract ...

Lauren Jauregui Re-Enters, Lil Pump Debuts on Social 50 Chart

The Fifth Harmony member re-enters at No. 22, while the rapper bows at No. 26. Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui returns to Billboard’s Social 50 chart at No. 22, re-entering with boosts in all social media metrics on the chart dated Nov. 18, according to Next Big Sound. The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart’s latest tracking week ended Nov. 2, and BTS is No. 1 for a 47th week. Among Jauregui’s gains: a 169 percent boost in Instagram reactions — 4.7 million in all — and 173,000 Twitter mentions (up 52 percent). ...

Zimbabwe’s sacked Vice-President Mnangagwa ‘flees’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emmerson Mnangagwa says the governing party has been hijacked Zimbabwe’s former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked on Monday, has fled to South Africa amid death threats, his allies say. President Robert Mugabe, 93, accuses his former deputy of plotting to take power from him. “He went to apostolic church prophets to find out when Mugabe would die. But he was told he would die first,” Mr Mugabe told supporters on Wednesday. First Lady Grace Mugabe is now the favourite to succeed her husband. Mrs Mugabe had been pushing for the removal of the vice-president, referring to him as a snake that “must be hit on the head.” She is now expected to be appointed vice-president at a special congress of the ruling Zanu-PF pa...