Liverpool stars back Williams after social media abuse

Liverpool stars including Virgil van Dijk have backed Neco Williams after the young defender received social media abuse. Williams was criticised online after losing possession in the build-up to Lincoln’s first goal during Liverpool’s 7-2 League Cup win last week. The 19-year-old Wales international has since stopped using his official Twitter account. But Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders said on Wednesday the highly-rated Williams knows he has the backing of his team-mates, including Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Speaking ahead of Thursday’s League Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal, Lijnders…

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Dortmund reject Man Utd's £91m offer for Sancho

Manchester United’s first formal bid to bring Jadon Sancho back to the Premier League worth up to 100 million euros (£91 million, US$117 million) has been rejected by Borussia Dortmund, Sky Sports reported on Tuesday. Sancho, 20, has been a long-term transfer target for United as they look to build on finishing third in the Premier League last season and reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup. The England international joined Dortmund from Manchester City for a reported £10 million three years ago, but has…

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Perak grab their 10th Razak Cup title

Perak defeated Terengganu 4-2 to win their 10th Razak Cup title at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Haziq Samsul was the toast for Perak with a hat-trick in the 30th, 32nd and 46th minutes while Azrai Azad netted the other goal in the 17th minute. Faizal Saari responded for Terengganu with a brace in the first and 56th minutes. In the women’s final, Pahang edged Selangor 2-1 to regain their title last won in 2016. National player Nuraini Abdul Rashid netted a brace for the champions through…

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Peng Soon-Liu Ying grateful to sponsors

Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are grateful to have their sponsors stand by their side, especially during these trying times. As independent players, making ends meet can be tough without any tournaments. Peng Soon-Liu Ying have not seen international action since the All England in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the recent postponement of the Asian leg of the World Tour, the World No 7 will only go full swing next year. “As independent players, we are definitely affected as we do not…

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PJ City bus vs JDT juggernaut

IF there is any team that “can park their bus” and stop the JDT juggernaut, Petaling Jaya City come to mind. And defensive-minded PJ are known for their solid and organised play. As such, K. Devan’s side present an intriguing match-up to free-scoring JDT who demolished Perak 7-0 and Selangor 6-1 in their last two Super League matches. Devan has seen what happened to his “big brother” Selangor who sacked their coach B. Satiananthan after the thrashing by JDT. Satiananthan knew what was coming, and on the eve of the…

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PSG's Di Maria gets four-match ban for spitting at opponent

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria received a four-match ban on Wednesday for spitting during this month’s fiery Marseille game which saw five players red-carded and claims by Neymar of racial abuse. Di Maria’s suspension meted out by Ligue 1’s disciplinary commission was for spitting at Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez. It takes effect from September 29, meaning he can play against Reims on Sunday, returning the weekend of November 8. Neymar’s accusation that Gonzalez racially abused him will be investigated on September 30, the commission announced. Neymar was sent off…

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Man Utd reach League Cup last 16 as coronavirus causes chaos

Manchester United moved into the League Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win at Luton, while West Ham boss David Moyes and two of his players contracted the coronavirus ahead of their 5-1 victory against Hull as the pandemic caused chaos on Tuesday. Moyes, Josh Cullen and Issa Diop all left the London Stadium after learning of the tests before kick-off and will self-isolate, with the trio said to be asymptomatic. West Ham were not the only Premier League club affected by the virus as Tottenham’s tie at Leyton Orient…

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Messi scores twice as Barcelona win friendly

Lionel Messi scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona beat second-division Girona 3-1 in a preseason friendly. Messi helped set up Philippe Coutinho, back from his loan at Bayern Munich, for the first goal after 21 minutes. The Argentine scored his first after 45 minutes, spinning on the edge of the penalty area and drilling a shot in off the base of the far post. He scored his second, with a deflected shot, after 50 minutes. Messi only returned to training at the start of last week after saying he wanted…

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Barca can't afford Depay, says Lyon president Aulas

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Tuesday that his Barcelona counterpart Josep Maria Bartomeu told him the Catalan giants could not afford Memphis Depay after reports in Dutch media a deal was almost complete. De Telegraaf reported earlier on Tuesday that Netherlands forward Depay was set to join compatriots Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Koeman at Barca this week in a transfer worth 25 million euros (US$29.6 million). Responding on Twitter, Aulas said: “The president of Barcelona told me on Sunday that Barca are really suffering from the Covid crisis…

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Thomas and Uber Cup postponed

Badminton’s showpiece Thomas and Uber Cups were postponed Tuesday after a string of countries withdrew over coronavirus fears, officials said, in a major blow to the sport’s restart. The men’s and women’s world team championships had been set to take place in Denmark next month, and would have been the first international tournaments since the pandemic halted badminton in March. But the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said it was not in a position “to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected” after the pull-outs, and the event was being delayed…

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