Celtic striker Odsonne Édouard got off to a flyer in the new Scottish Premiership season by scoring a hat-trick in his side’s 5-1 demolition of Hamilton yesterday, but his days playing under Neil Lennon could be numbered if Leicester City have their way. Brendan Rodgers wants to make a Premier League player of the French 22-year-old and is prepared to listen to offers for Kelechi Iheanacho to help fund any prospective deal. “We can’t help that, it’s inevitable,” said Lennon, upon being asked about interest in his star striker from various Premier League clubs. “But we’ll try to stave off any admirers. I’m sure there are plenty out there, but we love having him here and I’m sure he’s enjoying it.” … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Watford captain Troy Deeney to Tottenham?
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The following season, an automated fan ID system was introduced, forcing fans to purchase e-tickets with the so-called "Passolig" credit card linked to the Aktif Bank, which also has links to the AKP, leading to criticism and boycotts from fans. Political chants and displays were also banned in Turkish stadiums, then interior minister Muammer Güler declaring: "Political and ideological slogans do not comply with sport's spirit." … [Read more...] about Istanbul Basaksehir: Turkey’s new football champions with strong Erdogan links
Players are graded by points, from 1.0 for the least physical function to 4.5 for the most. The points of the five players per team on court at any one time must add up to no more than 14. But don’t let talk of limited function fool you — this is a tough, physical game. … [Read more...] about CLARE BALDING: ‘Trust me, these Paralympic Games will amaze and delight you’
But the most discernible difference between the team who failed to trouble the play-offs last season and this one, who racked up eight successive victories to cement a top-six berth and threatened the automatic promotion places, is the defensive steel they added last summer. The captain, Pontus Jansson, has forged a mean centre-back partnership with Ethan Pinnock, and Christian Nørgaard has been equally influential in front, helping Brentford to concede 21 fewer goals in the regular campaign. … [Read more...] about Silk and steel: how Thomas Frank gave Brentford reason to dream big
"I'm really sorry, I'm afraid I have to take that answer," said Armstrong. "It might not be the worst answer - well I don't know - it might not be the worst answer of the round. Darcey Brussels? Darcey Brussels? Let's see if that's right and how many of the 100 people said Darcy Brussels." … [Read more...] about Ben Cohen slammed by Pointless viewers after giving the ‘best incorrect answer in the history of the show’