About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out critics of Andrew Robertson.The German believes that if there is any criticism of his defender, then it is because of “the world out there” and not his quality.Klopp is adamant any abuse his defender has been forced to endure is totally misplaced: “The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there.“He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing.“It’s completely normal. The game before he was maybe the best player on the pitch.”Robertson has been criticised over the past week for his form with Scotland and in the Champions League.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is a large (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) man. He’s plenty strong too. After all, you don’t earn first team All-Big Ten honors in the trenches by being weak, and you definitely can’t tackle trees to the ground with your bare hands without some serious strength.Yes, that’s right, Zettel brought a tree down with a perfect form tackle. It was captured on video by his teammate Jordan Dudas, and it is a pretty ridiculous sight. If we had to guess, that tree was definitely loose before Zettel sacked it. Still, to a.) be moved to attempt that in the first place and b.) be physically willing and able to do it is impressive enough. Big Ten linemen, quarterbacks and running backs should beware Zettel next fall.
Fans of the Calgary Farmers’ Market will soon have a second location where they can load up on local delicacies.Plans have been unveiled for a new market along Highway 1 across from Canada Olympic Park.According to its website, Calgary Farmers’ Market West will transport you to old New York with the spirit of the Rocky Mountains.The 50,000-square-foot location will include al-fresco style shopping and dining areas.It’s set to open in the spring of 2020 and is already accepting applications from vendors.The current farmers’ market on Blackfoot Trail opened in 2011.Open Gallery3 items
GAZA CITY – Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday referred Morsi, three of his former aides, and 31 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to a criminal court to answer charges of espionagePalestinian resistance faction Hamas has denounced espionage allegations leveled against ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by Egyptian prosecution authorities.“Hamas does not interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs,” group spokesman Salah al-Bardawil told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.Contact with Hamas, he said, should be considered “an honor” for any Arab.“How dare a government or judiciary consider the Palestinian resistance an enemy and criminalize cooperation with it?” he asked.Al-Bardawil called for dismissing the charges against Morsi, which, he asserted, only played into the hands of the Israeli occupation.Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday referred Morsi, three of his former aides, and 31 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to a criminal court to answer charges of espionage.The men are accused of “conspiring” with Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah to carry out a “terrorist plot” in Egypt, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor-general’s office.The defendants also face charges of financing terrorism and committing acts deemed “harmful to the country’s security and integrity.”
OSU senior midfielder Max Moller (11) attempts to dribble past Bowling Green junior defender Jake Genrich during an Oct. 22 game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerIn the final stretch of the season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team seems to be getting hot at the right time — or at least taking advantage of a more manageable schedule.After 11 of the Buckeyes’ (6-5-3, 3-2-0) first 12 opponents ranked in the top 60 of the RPI, OSU took care of business against No. 138 Wisconsin and No. 99 Bowling Green in its last two.“This could be one of the most important parts of the season,” senior midfielder Max Moller said. “We want to show for this university and really represent this university really well. This could be the difference for the NCAA Tournament and for the Big Ten. We need to take advantage of these weaker teams.”That trend could continue on Saturday, when OSU is scheduled to take on Rutgers (5-8-1, 1-4-1) — which is ranked No. 80 in the RPI.OSU coach John Bluem said he doesn’t know much about Rutgers, as the schools have never met because Rutgers is a first-year addition to the Big Ten. Bluem said he had a chance to scout the Scarlet Knights earlier in the week, however, and was impressed with what he saw.“From what I’ve seen on the videotape, they have some really talented attacking players,” Bluem said. “So defensively, we’re going to have to be spot on.”The game is the second of a three-game homestand that will represent the final home games of the regular season for the Buckeyes. However, players — such as freshman forward Marcus McCrary — plan to make at least one more appearance in Columbus this season to host a quarterfinal matchup in the Big Ten Tournament, McCrary said.“We need to win out to play at home again and hopefully go to the NCAA Tournament,” he said.Bluem explained that the goal for the Buckeyes is to finish in the top four of the Big Ten in order to host a quarterfinal game. Currently, the Buckeyes sit fourth in the conference with nine points, three points behind leader Penn State and a point behind Michigan State and Maryland, who are tied for second.“The key is to finish the regular season somewhere in the top four,” Bluem said. “Everyone is so tightly packed together, and I think it’s going to stay that way, so it’s all going to come down to taking care of business here at home.”The Buckeyes are set to have an opportunity to control their own destiny in their final two games, when they take on one of the two teams currently a point ahead of them on the road. For now, however, the focus is on beating one of the weaker teams in the conference, Bluem said. The Scarlet Knights are currently second to last in the Big Ten.“Rutgers at home, that’s an important one to win that one,” Bluem said. “That’s what I think it’s going to come down to. I think 13 points will probably keep you in the top four.”In addition to the two full days of rest leading up to the game against Rutgers, Bluem also gave his team an additional breather in the second half against Bowling Green. Only redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov and sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell were not pulled out of the game by the end on Wednesday.“Obviously we got to rest some people tonight, we came out of the game without injuries, so that was an important thing,” Bluem said after the game. “To get some of the guys, the substitute players, a chance to get out on the field a little bit and run around, that was great, good for them, and they did a very, very good job.”Bluem said while the team has been fortunate to stay healthy this late in the season, he was still glad to have the opportunity to manage his players’ workloads.“I think we’re pretty lucky right now,” Bluem said. “Knock on wood that we don’t suffer any injuries, hopefully that will be the case and we can make it through the rest of our games without any serious problems.”Ivanov, who has not allowed a goal in his past two starts, might have a chance to see that streak continue against a Scarlet Knights team that has been shut out in five of its past nine games. Ivanov’s longest career shutout streak was four, set late last season.OSU’s matchup against Rutgers is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Uli Hoeness insists that he will defend coach Niko Kovac to the end following Bayern Munich’s recent slump in formThe Bavarians have now gone four games without a win in all competitions following Saturday’s shock 3-0 home defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.Bayern are four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund in sixth-place in the Bundesliga table with Kovac now under immense pressure to turn around their fortunes.But the Croatian, who replaced the retired Jupp Heynckes in the summer, has a key ally in his corner as he bids to get Bayern back on track.“I will defend Niko Kovac until the end,” Hoeness told Kicker. “We are completely calm.”Former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann agrees that Kovac is not responsible for Bayern’s decline in form, but did question the attitude of the players.“Niko Kovac is being taken apart, put under fire for something that he can’t help at all,” he told TZ.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There are almost exclusively very young or very old players. I think it’s wrong to blame the coach for that now. I hope they stick with Kovac.“This team doesn’t fit together in terms of character. Some players are putting their own interest over that of the team.“I can imagine that some players have gone to see the bosses. These players always find excuses and alibis. These are very, very bad times.”Kovac has won seven of his 11 games in charge of Bayern, who will next face Wolfsburg away on October 20 in the Bundesliga.Primus @BVB, gleich vier Teams nur drei Punkte dahinter. Die #Bundesliga-Tabelle 👇 pic.twitter.com/FEHGPvFzhy— BUNDESLIGA (@Bundesliga_DE) October 7, 2018
The Japan national team captain says Qatar were superior, but the 2019 AFC Asian Cup helped the Japanese get better.Japan lost the 2019 AFC Asian Cup 3-1 against Qatar on Friday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The Japanese had a very good run in the continental tournament, winning six consecutive matches before losing to the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts.And even after not lifting the trophy, Samurai Blue captain Maya Yoshida says they are responsible for their own defeat.“It’s difficult to describe how it feels,” Yoshida was quoted by First Post.“We were too passive, a bit naive and made so many mistakes. We conceded two goals at the beginning of the game which we shouldn’t have – we simply weren’t good enough.”“But they played well and deserve to be champions. No excuses, we move on,” he explained.“That third goal was really tough to accept.”“It killed the game. If that’s a penalty I probably have to jump without using my arms. It was accidental – but that was the referee’s decision,” he added about the controversial decision to award Qatar a penalty kick.“It’s a huge disappointment but we have to learn from it.”Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.Now Japan and Qatar will participate in the 2019 Copa America to be played in Brazil this summer.“We have to lift ourselves and take the right energy into the Copa America and the (2022) World Cup qualifiers,” Yoshida continued.“It’s probably one of the hardest defeats of my career.”“I got caught out for all three goals. But losing is part of football, he concluded.2019 Japan will now play the Kirin Challenge Cup in March against Colombia and Bolivia.Then they will host the Kirin Asia Challenge Cup against Australia and China.The Samurai Blue will start their Copa America challenge on June 17 against Chile, three days later they take on Uruguay and finish the Group Stage against Ecuador.Let’s go to the @afcasiancup final. #AsianCupFinal#asiancup2019 #bringasiatogether pic.twitter.com/3Uc9nintSh— MAYA YOSHIDA (@MayaYoshida3) January 31, 2019
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is expecting a tough fixture list in December and has urged his teammates to “put the foot to the floor”.Celtic have five more Scottish Premiership games before the end of the year and McGregor says they must battle through the fixture schedule if they want to remain top spot in the new year.“The fixtures have been pretty grueling and the boys have been playing games every couple of days at high intensity,” McGregor told Sky Sports.“Another positive is we went through on Thursday night [in the Europa League]. We have to pick ourselves up again and Easter Road is a tough place to go.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We have had tough games against them as well there so we need to be fully ready for that. We need to recover and be flying for Sunday.“November and December are a big couple of months in the fixtures and if you get through them and come out the other side well you are in a pretty good place.“We have the cup in the bag, we have five games left so we have to put the foot to the floor and get as many points as we can.”