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Saracens win at Leicester after May red card

Jamie George showed the Leicester defence a clean pair of heels to score under the posts Aviva Premiership Leicester: (10) 17 Tries: Tait, Penalty Cons: G Ford 2 Pens: G Ford Saracens: (17) 29 Tries: Penalty, George Cons: Farrell 2 Pens: Farrell 4 Drop: Farrell Saracens stopped a run of seven successive defeats by beating Leicester at Welford Road to climb to second in the Premiership. Jonny May’s deliberate knock-on gave Saracens a penalty try and hooker Jamie George rumbled in for a second. Saracens led 17-0 but Tigers hit back when Mathew Tait scored in the corner. Owen Farrell’s boot extended Sarries’ lead but a penalty try kept Leicester in the hunt before winger May was sent off for a second offence. Jonny May heads for the touchline after being shown the red card T...

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford eyeing World Cup spot for England

Shaka Hislop believes Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are both ahead of Joe Hart in the pecking order for England. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says he is focused on continuing his improvement for his club with a chance to play at the 2018 World Cup looming. With Joe Hart struggling for a first-team place at West Ham, Pickford and Stoke’s Jack Butland, who has had his injury problems over the last 18 months, are likely to be vying to be Gareth Southgate’s No. 1 in Russia. Pickford has been in superb form since his £30 million move from Sunderland in the summer and was man of the match in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Chelsea — watched by Southgate. Asked about his World Cup chances, the 23-year-old, who has won 14 England caps, said: “It is still ...

Jordan Webb rejects Portugal offer to stay with Tampines Rovers

As a dismal 2017 for Singapore football draws to a close, John Wilkinson joins Jason Dasey to reveal his hopes for 2018. Jordan Webb, right, has played for five S.League clubs during his seven years in Singapore. The opportunity to link up with coach Jurgen Raab again was too hard to resist for Jordan Webb as the Canadian winger turned down an offer from a Portuguese 2nd tier side to re-sign for Tampines Rovers in 2018. Webb was previously under the tutelage of Raab at the Garena Young Lions, with the 58-year-old German inspiring them to several excellent displays in the second half of the 2015 season. With offers from the Malaysia Super League also on the table, the 29-year-old admits that, although it was not an easy decision to make, Raab’s influence made the difference. “It...

Lassana Diarra becomes free agent after Al Jazira contract terminated

Lassana Diarra left Marseille earlier this year. UAE side Al Jazira have confirmed the termination of Lassana Diarra’s contract by mutual consent. Diarra, 32, has not featured for Al Jazira since the first week of November and missed the Club World Cup, reportedly through injury. رسميا: شركة الجزيرة الرياضية لكرة القدم تنهي تعاقدها مع لاعب الوسط الفرنسي لاسانا ديارا بالتراضي Official: Al Jazira Football Company terminate the contract with the French midfielder Lassana Diarra by mutual consent pic.twitter.com/u7rEHhvWmb – نادي الجزيرة ����الفخر العالمي�� (@AlJazira_uae) December 24, 2017 The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder had his contract terminated by Marseille earlier in 2017, before moving to Asia in April, and has been linked with a move to the Chinese Su...

Henrikh Mkhitaryan return to Dortmund unlikely – Watzke

Craig Burley believes it’s clear to see that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will soon be on his way out from Manchester United. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says other players deserve to feature in the first team ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The ESPN FC panel discuss Ian Darke’s list of Premier League players who need a transfer the most this January. A potential return to Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not on the cards, according to BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzke. Mkhitaryan is battling to save his Manchester United career after being dropped by manager Jose Mourinho following a row between the two men during a video analysis session at the club’s Carrington training ground last month, sources have told ESPN FC. The 28-year-old came on a...

The AI chip startup explosion is already here

All eyes may have been on Nvidia this year as its stock exploded higher thanks to an enormous amount of demand across all fronts: gaming, an increased interest in data centers, and its major potential applications in AI. But while Nvidia’s stock price and that chart may have been one of the more eye-popping parts of 2017, a year when AI continued its march toward being omnipresent in technology, something a little more subtle was happening in the AI world that may have even deeper ramifications. This year, an array of startups that are all working on their own variations of hardware that will power future devices built on top of AI received enormous amounts of funding. Some of these startups have nowhere near a massive install base (or have yet to ship a product) but already appear to have...

Valencia boss Marcelino collides with wild boar on motorway

Marcelino’s Valencia are third in La Liga, 11 points behind leaders Barcelona Once the excitement is over, Christmas can become a bore. That was the case for Valencia manager Marcelino – but of a different kind. The Spaniard, 52, was driving home on Christmas Eve when his car collided with a wild boar on the motorway. The incident took place between Logrono and Bilbao in northern Spain. Marcelino was “given the all-clear” after being checked over at hospital.

Williams to return to action, almost four months after giving birth

Williams has won the Australian Open seven times Serena Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi next week, almost four months after giving birth. The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was “delighted to be returning to the court”. She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. Former world number one Williams has not played since winning the Australian Open in January. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in November that no decision had been made over whether Williams would play in the season’s first Grand Slam. Australian Open director Craig Tilley has said Williams is “very l...

Ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says he needs ‘rest’ after job links

Slaven Bilic was sacked by West Ham and replaced by David Moyes. Slaven Bilic has distanced himself from an imminent return to management amid speculation over a series of vacancies. The Croatian, who was sacked as West ham boss last month after almost two and a half years at the helm, has been linked with the Swansea and Scotland jobs in recent weeks and more recently, the post vacated by Garry Monk at Middlesbrough on Saturday evening. However, asked on Goals on Sunday about his interest in the opportunities which currently exist, he said: “I know my position on the map of managers and coaches. “I know that I can maybe wait a little bit to rest a little bit, but I’m aware that I’m not in the category of the biggest ones who can switch off their phone and wait for ...

Valencia head coach Marcelino involved in car crash with wild boar

Marcelino was involved in an odd traffic accident. Valencia head coach Marcelino was involved in a traffic accident while driving home for Christmas. The 52-year-old, who has guided Los Che to third place in La Liga, was travelling to his home province of Asturias when a boar crossed the road between Logrono and Bilbao and collided with his car. A statement published by Valencia on Sunday read: “Marcelino Garcia Toral was involved in a car accident early this morning, while travelling home to Asturias to spend the holidays with his family. “It took place on a stretch of motorway between Logrono and Bilbao, when a wild boar crossed the road and collided with his car. He was taken to hospital, but has already been given the all clear.”

Real Madrid will fight until the end despite Barcelona loss – Sergio Ramos

Craig Burley joins SportsCenter to discuss his thoughts on whether or not Zinedine Zidane will remain Real Madrid’s manager. Barcelona extend their La Liga lead to 14 points above Real Madrid, thanks to goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal. Barcelona rocked the Bernabeu and moved 14 points clear of Real Madrid with a 3-0 victory, inspired by Leo Messi’s goal and assist. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said his side would keep battling for the Spanish title while it remained possible, although he admitted that some “reflection” was required after they were emphatically beaten 3-0 by leaders Barcelona in Saturday’s Clasico at the Bernabeu. With his team now 14 points behind Barca with a game less played, Ramos said in the Bernabeu mixed zone tha...

George Michael’s Headstone is Bare One Year After His Death

George Michael Headstone Bare … One Year After Death 12/24/2017 7:36 AM PST George Michael died a year ago to the day … and his grave is still unmarked. Check out the headstone at the Highgate Cemetery in North London.  George is buried next to his mom, who does have a headstone, but the singer’s is bare.  It’s unclear who has authority over George’s grave. George died in his bed.  His body was discovered by his boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz on Christmas Day.   The coroner says George died from heart failure.  He had a long history of substance abuse.