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May steps down as party chief, igniting leadership race

LONDON ( ) – British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of the governing Conservatives on Friday, officially triggering a contest to replace her that could see her party embrace a tougher stance on Brexit.

May announced she would step down last month after failing to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union on time, deepening a political crisis in a divided country struggling to move on from a 2016 referendum on Brexit.

She will continue to work as prime minister until her party elects a new leader, a crowded race that will be defined by Brexit and competing approaches on how to deliver Britain’s biggest foreign policy shift in more than 40 years.

“For the remainder of her time in office, she will be building on the domestic agenda that she has put at the heart of her premiership,” her spokeswoman told reporters.

May exchanged letters with the leaders of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, according to a statement from the committee.

May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who emerged from the chaos after the 2016 referendum as prime minister, steps down with her central pledge – to lead Britain out of the bloc and heal the country’s divisions – unfulfilled.

Her team has been keen to shape her legacy beyond the Brexit failure, but she bequeaths to her successor a nation where traditional political divides are being eroded by strong beliefs on whether Britain should leave the EU, and how it should do so.

The contest to replace her has been heating up for weeks, with candidates arguing over the rights and wrongs of a so-called no-deal Brexit, or leaving the EU without a deal.

Official nominations will be received on Monday. The selection上海夜生活网 process should be completed by the end of July.

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Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite to win. He champions a tougher stance on Brexit, saying Britain should leave with or without a deal by the new deadline of Oct. 31. He is seeking to persuade Conservatives that he is the only candidate who could win a new national election for the Conservative Party.

Other leading contenders include the current foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, and environment minister Michael Gove, who take a less hardline stance on Brexit.

But Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, said on Friday any new prime minister will still face the problem of what to do with the Irish border, in order to secure frictionless trade, after Britain leaves the bloc.

CalPERS chief sees volatility until Trump implements plans

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s chief investment officer advised the pension fund on Monday to prepare for “greater uncertainty and volatility” until U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Congress implement their policy plans.

Ted Eliopoulos told a meeting of the fund’s investment board that Trump’s plans would likely be “positive for growth and corporate earnings,” but “the devil will be in the details, and we don’t know the details.”

Trump has indicated he would prioritize a broad mix of policies, including tax cuts, infrastructure spending, the repeal or lessening of Dodd-Frank financial regulation, and changes to global trade arrangements.

Decisions made by the new administration and Congress will have “a significant impact on matters small and large” for CalPERS and for investors globally, Eliopoulos said during a live Webcast of the meeting, the board’s first since the U.S. presidential election last week.

But it is “much too early to talk with precision about these implications since we know very little,” Eliopoulos added.

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“We do need to be prepared to address a much different policy environment, new economic and investment challenges and opportunities and be ready to adjust, act, and govern ourselves accordingly,” said Eliopoulos.

CalPERS is the nation’s largest public pension fund with approximately $300.7 billion of total fu上海夜生活nd market value.

Republicans make gains in U.S. governors’ races

( ) – Republicans in Missouri, Vermont and New Hampshire won competitive governor’s races on Tuesday, though most of the 12 contests left power in the hands of the incumbent party.

Here are the results.

MISSOURI

In one of the year’s closest gubernatorial races, Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens edged Democrat Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general. Greitens will succeed Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat who has served the maximum two terms in office.

VERMONT

Vermont elected a Republican, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, over Democrat Sue Minter, a former state transportation secretary. Scott succeeds retiring Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat.

OREGON

Democratic Governor Kate Brown held off a challenge by Republican Bud Pierce, an oncologist. Brown was sworn in last year after her predecessor, John Kitzhaber, resigned in scandal. The election is for the final two years of Kitzhaber’s term.

INDIANA

Republican Eric Holcomb, the state’s lieutenant governor, beat Democrat John Gregg, a former state lawmaker. Holcomb entered the race after current Governor Mike Pence opted not to seek re-election in July when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump chose him as his vice presidential running mate.

WEST VIRGINIA

Democratic businessman Jim Justice defeated Republican state Senate President Bill Cole. Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was barred by term limits from running again.

UTAH

Incumbent Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, won his re-election race against Democrat Mike 上海夜生活论坛Weinholtz, a healthcare executive. Herbert, who took office in 2009 after his predecessor, Jon Huntsman, resigned, won a second full term.

NORTH DAKOTA

Republican Doug Burgum, a former Microsoft Corp executive, defeated Democratic State Representative Marvin Nelson in the solidly Republican state. Governor Jack Dalrymple, a Republican who was eligible to run for re-election in 2016, declined to seek another term.

DELAWARE

Democrat John Carney, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, beat Republican Colin Bonini, a state senator. Democratic Governor Jack Markell was prohibited by term limits from running for re-election to the position he has held since 2009.

NORTH CAROLINA

Drawing national attention because of a debate over transgender rights, Republican Governor Pat McCrory is seeking a second term against Roy Cooper, a Democrat who has been the state’s attorney general since 2001. Cooper held a razor-thin lead as of Wednesday morning. McCrory told supporters tallying an unknown number of provisional ballots could take until Nov. 18.

MONTANA

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock is battling Republican tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte to keep his seat. The race remained too close to call on Wednesday morning.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Republican Chris Sununu defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern to become the state’s next governor. Both candidates had been seeking to succeed Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee defeated a challenge from Republican Bill Bryant, a businessman and former commissioner of the Port of Seattle.

European shares rise, aided by defensives amid gloomy trade outlook

( ) – European shares rose on Friday, with surging shares of Thyssenkrupp and robust defensive stocks helping equities on the continent avert the losses seen among their U.S. peers, which slid on persisting worries about U.S.-China trade.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was in no hurry to sign a trade deal with China as a new set of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in, dashing hopes the world’s top two economies would salvage a last-minute trade deal.

European investors shuffled their equity holdings as they braced for more volatility on the second day of U.S.-China trade talks, with defensive stocks gaining popularity over the course of the上海夜生活论坛 session.

The STOXX 600 index gained 0.3%, lifting off an about one and a half month closing low clocked on Thursday. The pan-European index still recorded its biggest weekly decline this year, down 3.4%, bruised by trade worries.

“If things do escalate then this will have an impact of around 0.5 percentage points of global GDP and that would not be inconsiderable,” said Julian Mayo, chief investment strategist at investment management firm Fiera Capital.

Germany’s DAX rose 0.7%, with Thyssenkrupp – also the STOXX 600’s top gainer – lifted 28.2% by short-covering on news it will list its successful elevators business and embark on a fresh restructuring.

The level of short interest on Thursday was 38.3 million shares, the largest amount in more than four years, according to data from FIS Astec Analytics. Around 6.1% of Thyssenkrupp’s outstanding shares were out on loan.

Thyssenkrupp shares’ barnstorming performance on the day helped trim the degree to which they have underperformed industrial goods and services stocks in the year to date.

French and Italian stocks each tacked on 0.3%, while their London-traded peers eased marginally.

Defensive stocks such as those in the real estate and utilities sectors rose 0.3% and 1.1%, respectively.

With yields on German bonds maturing up to 10 years from now in negative territory, according to data on Refinitiv Eikon, European investors also favor defensive stocks for their dividend yields, relatively secure in a “lower-for-longer” position held by the European Central Bank.

Chemicals stocks gained 1.3%, with Linde leading the sector index with a 4.1% rise. The firm’s chief financial officer said it would hit the upper end of its 2019 earnings per share guidance, if the current business environment holds up.

Stocks of auto-makers and their suppliers slid 1% to their lowest closing level in more than a month, with Daimler falling 3.2%. The sector is relatively exposed to global trade ructions.

“A trade deal getting less likely in Q2 after Trump’s moves today…hopefully we can get a short break from Trump’s tweets and enjoy spring time instead,” Allan von Mehren, chief analyst and China economist at Danske Bank, wrote in a note.

LafargeHolcim gained 2.8% as the world’s top cement maker agreed to sell its Philippines operations. Credit Suisse also raised its price target on the stock.

PRECIOUS-Palladium soars to record, gold moves back up above $1,300/oz

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* Palladium hits record high of $1,567.50/oz

* Gold eyes second straight weekly gain

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By Arijit Bose and Karthika Suresh Namboothiri

March 15 ( ) – Palladium set a fresh record high on Friday amid expectations that China’s economic stimulus would drive demand for the autocatalyst metal, while news that Russia may ban exports of precious metal scraps compounded worries of a supply deficit.

Gold also rebounded, moving back above $1,300 an ounce, as the dollar dipped on weak U.S. economic data.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing was open to additional monetary policy measures to support economic growth this year.

Spot palladium surged to a record $1,567.5 an ounce earlier in the session. As of 1:42 p.m. EDT (1742 GMT), the precious metal was trading 0.3 percent higher at $1,562.上海夜生活39 per ounce.

“The announcement of specific stimulus measures helped sentiment in China, which arguably is the global marginal consumer in automobiles, helping palladium climb quietly to new highs,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

“There is (also) some concern that talk of possible scrap metal export ban in Russia could impact already extremely stretched palladium supplies,” Wong added.

With the intention of promoting domestic refining of materials, Russia’s trade and industry ministry is considering banning exports of precious metals scrap and tailings from the country, the world’s largest producer of palladium, local newspaper Kommersant reported.

The price of the metal, used mainly in emissions-reducing catalysts for vehicles, has risen almost 90 percent from a trough in mid-August last year and is up about 24 percent so far in 2019.

“Palladium is starting to reach lofty levels off of which it could correct a bit in the short term,” said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.

Meanwhile, gold rebounded following the previous session’s decline, gaining 0.5 percent to $1,302.62 an ounce en route to its second straight weekly rise.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.6 percent higher at $1,302.90 an ounce.

Fueling gold’s advance, the dollar fell against its rivals, weighed down by weak manufacturing and factory output data, ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week expected to shed more light on the outlook for U.S. interest rates.

“For gold, whether it closes above or below $1,300 will help determine sentiment early next week before focus moves to the new Fed dot plot,” said BMO’s Wong.

Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and weigh on the dollar. In other precious metals, silver gained nearly 1 percent to $15.31 per ounce, and platinum jumped 1 percent to $826.40.

In a potentially bearish development for the dollar, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported representatives from Beijing and Washington had made some progress on trade in a call held on Thursday.

The dollar has been preferred by investors as a safe haven amid deteriorating trade relations between the two countries.

Manchester City target Laporte

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has now become subject of a club-record £57m deal for Premier League side Man上海夜生活论坛chester City.

According to the BBC, the 23 year old Frenchman has been long admired by Manchester City Pepe Guardiola and the club now appear to be willing to meet the release clause for the centre-back. No deal has yet to be concluded but the transfer is expected to be completed before Wednesday’s transfer windows deadline.

Should the transfer be made it will eclipsed the record fee that City paid for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne back in 2015.

Laporte joined Bilbao at the tender age of 16 and has gone on to score 10 goals in 222 appearances for the Basque club and is regarded as one of La Liga’s most promising young defender’s. He has yet to feature for the senior side on French national squad, but has featured 19 times for France at under-21 level.Opinion: Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot at FC Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Due to his level of success at River Plate, we will tell you why Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot to coach FC Barcelona in…

With the questionable fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany and the evident lack of confidence Guardiola appears to have in Eliaquim Mangala, Laporte’s timely arrival will certainty provide Guardiola a valuable option in central defence.

Also being linked to City is West Brom captain Jonny Evans. But it appears more likely that Evans will move to either Arsenal or Leicester City, as it appears City will only make a move should Mangala leave before the January transfer window closes.

Allardyce insisted that he can’t influence Barkley’s future

Ross Barkley is said to leave Everton – and his manager, Sam Allardyce, insisted that the future of the young Englis上海夜生活hman is in his very own hands and it’s up to him whether he will decide to stay or to try something new.

Barkley’s contract is about to expire the upcoming summer and Sam Allardyce insisted that he wants to keep him at the club – but he also knows that he will have a very little influence on that. This decision is entirely up to the youngster and his future is insecure – Arsenal and Tottenham have been said to be interested in bringing him and they are expected to renew their interest this winter.

The former Crystal Palace coach spoke about his unclear situation as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I don’t think it’s in our hands at the minute, it’s in Ross’ hands I think. He knows the door is open if he wants to talk about staying. It’s never going to be the case where the door is going to be shut, it’s always going to be open. Whether he chooses that route or not will determine what happens. Who knows in January?”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

The manager also knows that Everton have to continue working hard: “Not at all. There’s 20 games to go and 20 games where we have to try and continue our run of being undefeated if that’s possible and to try and pick up as many points as we can.”

In the end, Sam Allardyce claimed that there is still a room for improvement: “There’s no room for complacency, I said that before the Swansea game, we certainly saw that with our first-half performance when we nearly came in at one-nil down and we had not played that well. There’s still a long way for us to develop and play and get better. While the results have been the most important thing and made us very comfortable, our performances I hope are going to improve week in, week out.”

Conte: “You need experience to be a manager”

Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, admitted that his job is quite often very difficult as he has to make tough decisions after his players make a mistake and he also claimed that he is glad that he started with this job in lower divisions.

The Italian insisted that it’s very important to gain experiences as a player to use it further on as a manager – and he has experienced quite a few difficult situations at his club as his position remains unclear and his relationship with David Luiz is more than questionable. He managed to win the title in his first season but now, the title race is over for his side and he has to deal with this situation somehow.

The former Juventus coach spoke about his experiences as he said, according to ESPN: “As a player, I was very lucky to have so many good managers in my career. I remember the first two at Lecce: Eugenio Fascetti and Carlo Mazzone. They were very important for me and my growth. They used the carrot and the stick with me. I brought this type of management with me to use with my players. Sometimes you must use the stick, and sometimes you must use the carrot.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that he prefers to be nice but sometimes, he has to punish the player: “I prefer to use the carrots! But sometimes it’s a necessity to be strong. When someone makes a mistake, it’s right to underline this type of situation, and find the best solution to avoid the same mistake in the future.”

In the end, Antonio Conte insisted that he is glad that he started in lower divisions: “Often a player who had a great career thinks they can become a manager quickly. But it is one thing to play, and one thing to be a coach. They’re totally different. You must try to have上海夜生活网 the right experience before you can reach a fantastic target.”

Mata doesn’t consider the Bristol defeat to be a tragedy

Juan Mata insis上海夜生活ted that his teammates and he have to move on and forget about their latest 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup match –  and the Spaniard doesn’t consider it to be a tragedy.

Korey Smith scored in the dying minuted to give a surprising win to the home side – and Manchester United were stunned by the performance of Bristol City away from home. Mata admitted that it was a huge disappointment for him and his side but he insisted that they need to focus on the upcoming matches and try to have a successful season in the end.

The former Chelsea and Valencia player spoke about this painful defeat as he said, according to Sky Sports: “When you play for a club like Manchester United every defeat is a massive blow for everyone. For the fans, for you but especially for us. We suffer when we don’t win because there’s such a high standard in this football club to try and win every game.”Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

He continued by adding that they want to win every single game but it’s just impossible: “But we need to understand that defeat is part of sport and part of football and it can happen so it’s not a tragedy. It’s not good at all, but we need to move on and accept it as a part of football and keep moving. Obviously, we would like to win every single game and we would like to try to do so until the end of the season.”

In the end, Juan Mata insisted that there is still a lot to fight for this season: “It was a competition that we won in February, it was a good way to face the start of the season lifting that trophy at Wembley. We haven’t been able to do it this season but we need to move on and we have other competitions to play for. Hopefully, we can still go to Wembley in the FA Cup, we are playing in the Champions League where we play Seville and there’s still many games to go.”

Lampard has his doubts about Bakayoko

Frank Lampard is becoming quite upset with the performances of Tiemoue Bakayoko as the Chelsea legend claimed that the Frenchman is “falling asleep” during the matches and he has to improve his work rate.

Bakayoko was part of yesterday’s squad when Chelsea was playing against Atletico Madrid – and to be said, he basically gave the lead to the guests. He failed to track Saul Niguez before the first goal of the game in the 56th minute and Chelsea failed to secure the top spot in the group also because of that failure. And Frank Lampard started to blame the midfielder’s concentration during the games.

The former England international spoke about Bakayoko after the match as he said, according to ESPN: “He sleeps. His concentration goes and at this level, you sleep for a second and it’s an easy goal for Atletico. I don’t know with Bakayoko. I think it’s well documented that he hasn’t settled quickly at Chelsea and English football in the Premier League as well and he has to come to grips with that.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that the former Monaco player has to improve as Conte has got options how to replace him: “A moment’s sleeping today doesn’t work so he needs to improve but he’s [Antonio Conte] got options. [Danny] Drinkwater will play as well but hopefully, Bakayoko will improve.”

In the end, the former Chelsea and Manchester City player insisted that the potential opponents for Chelsea in the knockout stage are going to be tough: “Obviously PSG, we’re all talking about them and Barcelona, we all know what they have to offer. Chelsea fans will realistically look at Besiktas [as the easiest opponent] but it’s a draw so who knows, and again who knows where all these different teams are. Even if Chelsea do draw one of the bigger teams then what a game and if you’re going to win this competition you have to beat 上海夜生活the big boys.”

Lovren: “We have to keep going”

Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool centre-back, spoke about feelings that he has while playing for the Reds – and he insisted that it’s a great pleasure to play together with these great players.

Liverpool have been unbeaten for nine matches currently and the Croat is certain that this great form will remain at Anfield for a longer period of time – he also insisted that it’s great to watch the attacking force of the team from the pitch as Sadio Mané, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have all been in a great shape recently.

The former Southampton defender spoke about his feelings as he said, according to liverpoolfc.com: “It’s brilliant at the moment. It’s a great pleasure to be in the dressing room now and to enjoy every moment with the team. Also, around the club, I think everyone feels confident and when yo上海夜生活网u meet fans on the street, everyone is smiling, happy and can’t wait for the next game.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that the team have to keep the momentum going: “It’s a good moment, but the most important thing is that we need to keep this moment going on. That’s difficult, but I think we can do it. We’ve shown many times when we’ve needed to show it that we are a team full of players with character. This is what is pushing us on and hopefully, it will stay like that.”

Dejan Lovren, in the end, praised the attackers for being really unpredictable in front of the opposition’s goal: “We are in a good moment when we are doing our tactical things, defensively all together, and then when we have the ball, we are so quick on the counter-attack; with this speed and all of these different movements, it’s unpredictable for other teams, what we will do in these moments.”

Preview: Juventus – Lazio

The first derby of the eighth Serie A round will see Juventus (2nd) host Lazio (4th) at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. With only three points between the two teams, the match announces to be a captivating one.

Key facts before the match

Juventus have lost just once at home in their last 89 Serie A games and have won all 5 home matches this season (all competitions), while Lazio have registered 5 straight away wins this season (all competitions), incl上海夜生活uding a 3-2 Italian Super Cup win over Juventus.

Lazio haven’t won at Juventus in the league since December 2002 (2-1).

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) has scored 5 goals in his last 5 games against Lazio and is Serie A’s top goalscorer this season with 10 goals. Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is second on the list with 9 goals.

There hasn’t been a draw between these sides in any competition since January 2014 (11 games), and Juventus have only drawn once against any opposition in their last 15 games, while the last 17 games that Lazio have played only saw 1 draw!Sarri still isn’t ready to field Ronaldo, Dybala and Higuain onto the pitch Nedim Maric – Juventus slid to an easy 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen last night with Higuain, Bernardesci, and Ronaldo scoring for Sarri’s side.After a convincing win,…

The last time Juventus drew 0-0 at home was back in November 2012 (92 games) and that was against Lazio!

Juventus average 2.75 goals per home game this season in Serie A and Lazio average 2.67 goals per away game. Lazio’s last 8 away league games in total all registered over 2.5 goals.

Missing players

Juventus: Howedes (thigh injury)

Lazio: Anderson (muscle injury) Basta (thigh injury)

Barcelona ready to pay huge sign-on fee for Messi

The Catalans want to make sure that their star man will sign a new deal with the club and are prepared to pay him a huge amount.

Besides the €550k上海夜生活/week wages that Barcelona are proposing to Messi, they are also ready to pay a €90m bonus to the Argentinian for the signing of a new deal, according to Daily Mail. This would be a record breaking signing-on fee.

Barcelona are thought to be looking to sell the naming rights of their stadium, Camp Nou, which is set to undergo major renovations. The Catalans are looking to rename the stadium as early as next season, hoping that the funds attracted will help ease the burden of the wages. Reports suggest that Barcelona would be looking to raise around €200m for selling the naming rights of the stadium for the next 25 years.Ernesto Valverde praises Lionel Messi’s “fantastic” impact Andrew Smyth – Ernesto Valverde praised a not fully-fit Lionel Messi’s impact as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday.

In a report published by L’Ara, it was claimed that Barcelona’s current wage expenditure of €450m represents a staggering 84% of the total revenue of the club.

In addition to the naming rights, Barcelona would also like to make use of their situation with the kit supplier. Nike are set to make the Catalans a new offer to extend the current deal and a new agreement could be announced next year.

With Barcelona having achieved direct qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia, Messi’s schedule will now allow space for a potential official announcement about his new deal with the Catalans.

Preview: Manchester United – Newcastle United

Manchester United are second in Premier League, eight points behind rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils will receive the visit of 11th-placed Newcastle United today at Old Trafford.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Manchester United, who in the last 4 matches have seen their neighbours Man City pull 8 points away at the top of the league, welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford confident that their home form will see them through (8 straight wins in all competitions).

The teams managers, José Mourinho and Rafa Benitez, have had 16 tactical duels so far. ‘The Special One’ so far holds a slight advantage, having beaten Benitez’ teams 7 times (D4 L5).

Those looking for long odds will have to look further than a home side clean sheet today. Newcastle have only managed 3 goals in 5 away matches, while David de Gea and Manchester United are yet to concede at home in the Premier League this s上海夜生活eason!Ryan Giggs reflects on changing Daniel James Nedim Maric – Daniel James moved from Swansea to Manchester United in an unlikely transfer which raised many eyebrows.A jump from English second division to the senior…

The September 10, 2016 was the last time Manchester United suffered defeat at Old Trafford (2-1 against Manchester City) – they have played 38 games since then.

Newcastle will have to be wary of powerful striker Romelu Lukaku in this match. The big Belgian might not have scored in his last 7 games (PL), but will find consolation in his stats against ‘The Magpies’: 5 goals and 4 assists in 8 matches so far. Lukaku did score 3 goals during the recent internationals and the goal on Tuesday against Japan was his 31st for Belgium, making him their all-time leading scorer.

Missing players

Manchester United: Z. Ibrahimovic (doubtful), M. Carrick (doubtful), P. Jones (doubtful), M. Rojo (doubtful)

Newcastle United: P. Dummett (thigh injury), M. Merino (lower back injury), C. Atsu (doubtful), J. Lascelles (doubtful).

Depay: I will always be a risk-taker

Memphis Depay said he will forever be a risk-taker and his priorities are goals and assists, not defending

Lyon were beaten in this fixture last season, with the winger having a shocker, but the Dutchman will not play it safe this time around, GOAL reports.

The 23-year-old Depay made clear what his priorities are, saying he can’t be expected to excel defensively.

The Dutch winger has already scored 7 goals in 14 games this season, contributing to Lyon’s fight for a Champions League spot in Ligue 1.

Les Gones have won their last 5 games ahead of Sunday’s Rhone derby against Saint-Etienne. After the match last year, Memphis Depay came in for heavy criticism.

He was rated 2/10 in L’Equipe’s infamous player ratings and became a viral sensation for all the wrong reasons, playing a backheel pass to nobody and seeing an attempted bicycle kick shot fall flat, GOAL continues.

Although Lyon lost that game 2-0, the Dutchman won’t change his style of play as they return to Saint-Etienne.

“I take risks, sometimes I lose the ball, it happens, this is the football,” Depay told L’Equipe.Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

“If you want a left winger who plays simple, I’m not the g上海夜网ood player,” the 23-year-old added.

Depay said he sees himself as a creative player, not just an average winger.

“Of course, I can play simple, but I’m also a player who can dribble, create. If I look [at] me in the mirror, I see a creative player.”

“The coach asks me a lot of effort, and I try to do what he asks me [but] I’m not a left-back,” he said about his efforts on defense.

Depay said he focuses on what is expected of him and tries to do his best.

“The most important for me, what is expected of me, are goals and assists. For the rest, I do my best.”

The Dutchman concluded by saying he doesn’t listen to the criticism he receives on social media.

“I’ve always been criticised, but the important that’s what my team thinks. Others, I don’t care about their opinion, they speak in the void. Social networks give them a voice, but I don’t listen it.”

Preview: Everton – Lyon

Lyon and Everton have not had the best of starts in the current Europa League season. The French team are second in Group E, with two points after two rounds, while their hosts today are bottom of the group, with just one point.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Both teams are yet to register a win in this season’s Europa League (EL) campaign. Everton squandered a home lead in the previous round vs a 10-man Apollon side, and previously to that they were embarrassed by Atalanta in a 3-0 away defeat.

Lyon, still without a win, have kept the ship steady with 2 draws. A win for either team would see their chances of qualification vastly improved, especially Everton, so expect this to be a hard fought fixture as neither team will want to lose.

Everton have never previously played Lyon, and have only played 2 such games against French opposition. Everton managed a 3-0 home victory and a goalless draw away to Lille in the ‘14/’15 EL campaign.

Former Manchester United winger, Memphis Depay, may feature for Lyon as they seek to gain their 1st group victory on English soil. He may be feeling rested after only playing 30 minutes during their remarkable 3-2 victory vs Monaco last weekend.Neville displeased with Pickford’s reac上海夜生活tion Nedim Maric – Everton hosted Manchester City in a thrilling matchup where Toffees had their chances but ultimately fell to the stronger opposition.Manchester City are on a…

Lyon are unbeaten in their last 4 games, with a prolific record of 10 goals scored across said fixtures. 3 of Lyon’s last 4 games have ended with over 4.5 goals and this fixture looks to have similar potential for goals, given the pedigree of the 2 sides.

Nabil Fekir & Mariano Diaz have had the lion’s share of the goals in Ligue 1 for Lyon since losing their star man, Lacazette, to Arsenal during the summer. Both forwards sit on 7 goals each, Fekir bagged a brace against a strong Monaco side last weekend.

Missing players

Everton: R. Barkley (groin injury), Y. Bolasie (injury), R. Funes-Mori (injury), S. Coleman (doubtful), J. McCarthy (doubtful)

Lyon: P. Cheikh (doubtful), M. Diaz (doubtful), F. Mendy (doubtful).

Chiellini to miss Italy’s clash with Spain

The Italian central defender will miss his team’s clash with Spain on Saturday, due to injury.

As reported by Marca, Chiellini suffered a calf injury in training an上海夜生活网d has already left the Italian squad. Squadra Azzurra will have to face Spain without one of their best defenders, in a match that will be decisive for the first spot in group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Italian Soccer Federation announced that the player will return to Turin, to undergo further investigations and treat the injury with the medical staff of his club. Therefore, Chiellini will miss both the match against Spain and the one against Israel on Tuesday.

Spain and Italy went head to head in Group G, winning every game they played, except for the direct one, which ended 1-1 in Turin, last October. Both teams have 16 points, although Spain are first in the group due to goal difference.Top 5 best La Liga players from these mid-week fixtures Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After the sixth fixture in the Spanish La Liga, we have to talk about the Top 5 performers from the mid-week action in Spain.The…

Spain captain Sergio Ramos anticipated the clash in the pre-match press conference: “Italy are a great side, not just in defence, although they have always been renowned for being solid and difficult to beat, but they also have a lot of quality in attack.

Tomorrow so much is at stake, we’re playing for the right to be at the World Cup, but we’re at home, at the Bernabeu, which is an imposing stadium and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of support.

It’s going to be a special day for football fans, it’s one of the best games to see in the world, but we’ll try and stick with our usual playing philosophy to try and get the three points.”

Mexico meet New Zealand in their second group-stage game of the Confederations Cup

Both sides will be seeking their first win at the tournamentWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 19, 2017.

On Wednesday, Mexico will face New Zealand in Sochi’s Fisht Stadium and both teams will be under pressure. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team need a win to keep their hope of reaching the semi-finals alive, whereas All Whites know that another defeat will most certainly send them back home.

Mexico started the tournament with a good performance leading to a 2-2 draw against Portugal. On the other hand, New Zealand was dominated throughout their game against Russia and eventually lost 2-0, going ten games without a win at the Confederations Cup.

Having remained on the bench at the game with Portugal, Mexico’s captain Rafa Marquez is likely to start against New Zealand. If that happens, he will become the second-oldest player in the history of the Confederations Cup standing at 38 years and four months. He is the only player at the whole tournament with experience of winning it and has already stated that he plans on playing on for the national team until next year’s World Cup.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Here are the possible lineups for the two teams:

Mexico: Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Nestor Araujo, Oswaldo Alanis, Luis上海夜网 Reyes; Marco Fabian, Rafael Marquez, Gio Dos Santos; Javier Aquino, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano

New Zealand: Stefan Marinovic; Tom Doyle, Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante, Themi Tzimopoulos, Michael Boxall; Ryan Thomas, Bill Tuiloma, Michael McGlinchey; Chris Wood, Marco Rojas

Mino Raiola: “Donnarumma was bullied by Milan”

The young goalkeeper has shocked AC Milan with his decision to leave the club when his contract will expire. But now, the player’s agent has spoken about some of the reasons that led his client to this decision.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 19, 2017.

Mino Raiola is very well known for his negotiation tactics, and it looks like this time he has surpassed himself with handling the situation of his young client. But the agent has now spoken about what made Donnarumma decide that he won’t continue with AC Milan.

According to Raiola, Donnarumma was ready to sign a contract extension with The Rossoneri and had no intention to leave. But the “hostile environment” created by the club made the young goalkeeper change his mind.

Donnarumma’s decision not to sign a new contract took everyone by surprise and angered a lot of fans, as some have gone so far as to throw fake money at him, during Italy’s debut at the Euro U-21 Championship.

And on Sunday, the player’s agent has decided to give his opinion on the situation, in an attempt to mov上海夜网e the blame to AC Milan. Speaking to the Italian press, Raiola said: “The situation had become too violent and hostile, so there was no way out. We took a decision that we didn’t want to take.”

“It was nothing to do with money. We were threatened. Donnarumma’s family was threatened, both with not playing anymore and threatened with death. You can’t keep a player by threatening him.”Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“Now there is a genuine risk he could miss a year. His quality makes that improbable, but this is already on the verge of bullying.”

“We never even got to talk about money or release clauses, because we were not allowed to get that far, nor to think of what was best for Gigio.”

“He was ready to sign a new contract, there were no doubts in his mind. They forced us to abandon the negotiations because of the environment created around him.”

“I take the responsibility. They forced us. It was Milan that lost Donnarumma. He said to me, ‘honestly Mino, I don’t feel it is right to carry on negotiations when these people are insulting and threatening me and my family”

The agent blamed Milan’s director Massimiliano Mirabelli for the poor handling of the situation: “For example, there was a banner in front of the club headquarters. A club should protect its players and remove the banner. A club should support a player and encourage his career, not threaten him with having to be left in the stands.”

Thomas M\u00fcller looking to set an amazing Bayern Munich record

Six-time Bundesliga winner has set his sights on the club all-time record of eight titlesWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 16, 2017.

This season Thomas Müller won his sixth Bundesliga title with his team Bayern Munich. Now, the 27-year-old is looking forward to equalizing the club record of eight上海夜网 crowns held by few of the club’s legends- Mehmet Scholl, Oliver Kahn, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm.

Müller signed for Bayern when he was just 11 years old and spent the next decade working his way to the first team. He became one of the club’s most iconic and successful players being still at the peak of his career.

His trophy winning list also includes four DFB Cups, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, FIFA World Cup and the World Cup Golden Boot.

Looking forward to break the club record, Müller couldn’t hide his desire while talking to reporters about it.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to break the record,” he admitted in a recent interview with Sport Bild. “My contract with Bayern runs until 2021. If I haven’t reached eight Bundesliga titles by then, then clearly something has gone wrong. Our opponents don’t exactly gift-wrap the title for us, but we definitely want to win it every season.”

Recently, the retiring Philipp Lahm pointed Müller as one of the likeliest candidates to succeed him as club captain.

“Normally, either Manuel Neuer or Thomas Müller will become captain,” Lahm said, after hanging up his boots in May. “Their career paths have been similar to mine. They have Bayern Munich in their hearts and are leaders on and off the pitch.”

Remarkably, Müller has missed only 18 Bundesliga games over the last eight seasons. Moreover, Bayern have never lost a league game in which he has scored.

In the 2016-17 Bundesliga campaign, he scored 5 goals and provided 12 assists.