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Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal still have a “good chance” of a top-four finish, after watching Alexis Sánchez inspire a nervy 2-0 home win over a Sunderland team that fought throughout, despite Authentic Danny DeKeyser Womens Jersey the fact they were already relegated.The Arsenal manager knows that his club will need a favour from either Middlesbrough, who visit Liverpool on Sunday– the final day of the Premier League season – or Watford, who host Manchester City.But, as he demanded that those teams put in the same effort as Sunderland did  Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face Everton. They sit one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three behind City, who are third.“I don’t think about the percentages,” Wenger said. “I just think: ‘Let’s make sure we win against Everton.’ Even if you have only a 1% chance, you would have to play totally at 100% but I think we have a good chance. If we won, it would be the first time you make 75 points and you are not in the top four.“I answer for 20 years the question: ‘Is the top four nothing special?’ I don’t know why, suddenly, it could become such a big problem [not to finish in the top four]. I am quite surprised. I want to make sure, absolutely, that we are in there but let’s get to 75 points and see what happens. You want all the teams to fight like Sunderland did tonight and, after, you have to accept the result.”Sánchez scored both of the goals towards the end of the game, having shaken off the thigh problem that had threatened his participation. “I made the decision to start him at 4pm,” Wenger said. “I felt he had something still left. Once he is on the pitch and has the ball, he becomes the devil and forgets his pain.”Wenger claimed not to have noticed the massive number of empty seats inside the stadium or to care about them. It http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/authentic-65-danny-dekeyser-jersey.html had felt like the latest protest against him and his desire to continue into next season.“It’s a Tuesday night against Sunderland, who everyone expects us to beat,” Wenger said. “When you play football, you do not count how many people are sitting in the stand. We do our job and we have done that tonight. Will it be full against Everton? We are sold out.”The Sunderland manager, David Moyes, took issue with Wenger’s pre-match comments about how teams with nothing left to play for were sometimes “on holiday.” Moyes said: “That’s an insult to footballers. When you are brought up in this country, you are brought up to show that every game matters.”It has been a long and arduous season for Arsène Wenger and Arsenal, underpinned by hostility and a basic lack of any real sense of enjoyment. It still has a pulse though. Wenger’s team continued their recent surge, digging deep to overcome obdurate opponents in Sunderland who, by the manager’s pre-match reckoning, ought to have been on http://www.officialflamesauthentic.com/Gary_Roberts_Jersey the beach.They were not and it took Arsenal until the closing stages to kill them off. Inevitably, it was Alexis Sánchez who inflicted the fatal cuts, the forward’s 22nd and 23rd goals of the Premier League season putting him one behind Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot.More importantly, when Everton visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday – the final day of the league campaign – Arsenal will have hope. It is the faintest of hope but it is hope nonetheless. If Liverpool were to slip up at home to Middlesbrough or Manchester City were to lose badly at Watford, the door would be ajar for Wenger to prolong his run of never having failed to finish in the top four.Wenger Jarome Iginla Authentic Jersey said after this game that he had spent the past 20 years arguing with fans who have been underwhelmed by mere top-four finishes. “I don’t know why, suddenly, it [coming in below fourth] could become such a big problem,” he said. His tone was rather facetious but there is no doubt that if he could produce another one, it would put a more positive spin on the campaign.It was an evening when a stand-out detail was the number of empty seats inside the Emirates. At kick-off, it did not seem overly generous to put the ground at two-thirds full and, in relation to the great debate over Wenger’s future beyond the end of the season, it felt as though fans had voted with their feet. It should be said that the ground did fill up – a bit.Arsenal were nervy and disjointed, with Wenger saying his players had felt the strain of playing a fourth game in 10 days.
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Eight of the professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport. The football child abuse scandal just keeps on growing Read more The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, wrote to every amateur and professional club in England and Wales on 11 January asking them to supply any information that could help relating to the period covered by the review, from 1970 to 2005, and requesting this was done by 15 March at the latest. Sheldon and his colleagues consider that part of the process to be vital if they are to form an accurate picture of what happened in the past, whether there were institutional failures, who knew and what was done about it. However, the first http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jaromir-jagr-jersey phase of the investigation has been hindered by the difficulties they have encountered waiting for a number of clubs to cooperate. The clubs who did not respond within the initial two-month period were contacted a second time and informed that a new deadline had been put in place of the end of April. Yet the fact eight clubs still failed to meet that six-week extension has led to the FA being notified and leaves questions about whether there are still people within the sport who are unwilling to cooperate at a time when Clarke has emphasised the importance of transparency. “The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around Adidas John Wensink Womens Jersey 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston http://www.authenticbuffalosabres.com/authentic-jack-eichel-jersey Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible. Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout. Manchester City, facing the possibility of civil action from a number of their former junior players, have started their own investigation, using two of Manchester’s leading law firms as well as appointing Jane Mulcahy, a London-based QC who is on the national child safeguarding in sport panel and has been involved with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s appeals panel in child-protection cases. Advertisement The next stage of Sheldon’s inquiry will last several months and be devoted to interviewing the survivors and key witnesses. He and his team have received professional training to ensure the process is handled delicately and there will be the opportunity for people to speak anonymously, with an introductory link on the Sport Resolutions website. Mike Hartill, a senior lecturer in sociology and sport at Edge Hill University who has previously Jonathan Villar Womens Jersey been credited with improving child-protection policies in rugby league, is liaising with Sheldon and has produced a report for the inquiry to detail the measures that used to exist in football. The inquiry team has been interviewing various members of staff from previous FA regimes, as well as gathering evidence from a variety of other sources, but has also had to devote a significant amount of time to looking for relevant information from among the 5,000 boxes of FA archives. As disappointing as it has been that almost one out of every 11 professional clubs has missed the various deadlines, that does not reflect the attitudes of the people who have been asked to take part in interviews. Everybody so far has agreed and it is hoped the FA’s involvement may influence the eight clubs who have let down the process so far
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It wouldn’t have been any different had the Wizards won, by the way, although John Wall is a bigger potential X-factor than anybody on the Celtics roster. The truth was that the winner of this series, no matter which team it was, was going to be rewarded with the opportunity to be flattened by a far superior Cavaliers team. 'You ever hear of manslaughter?': Popovich rips Warriors over Leonard injury Read more In the NBA, it’s all about the last team standing, which means a series like the one the Celtics http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jakub-kindl-jersey and the Wizards just had, will most likely be forgotten, overshadowed by whatever is to come. This would be a shame. After consecutive series sweeps by the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors there was a growing sense that this postseason would mostly consist of biding time until the Finals. The Celtics and Wizards managed to find a way to keep things interesting, mostly by keeping things weird. The Celtics won the first two games of the series, despite falling behind by double-digits early in both cases. The Wizards then utterly humiliated the Celtics in the next two games, leading to a tied series that really felt like one team should have swept the other. Perhaps, it was this frustration that led to Washington’s Kelly Oubre Jr earning himself a Game 4 suspension after going after Kelly Olynyk in what has to be the first instance of Kelly-on-Kelly violence in NBA historyGiven all of this bad blood, it was probably a bad idea for the Celtics to wear Adidas James Reimer Youth Jersey all-black into Game 6. Yes, the Celtics were a game away from burying the Wizards after pulling off an effortless 123-101 win in Game 5, but they were just inviting bad karma by dressing for the Wizards’ “funeral” at Verizon Center, particularly since they had yet to win a road game in the series. In the end, the Celtics managed to let a 5 point lead slip away in the game’s final seconds as John Wall hit the biggest shot of his career, a stunning three-pointer that sealed a 92-91 victory which forced a GameAnd just because there wasn’t enough controversy heading into Game 7, it came out Adidas Joe Colborne Jersey that the Celtics were robbed of 1.8 seconds during their final, futile possession of Game 6. Of course, after that game’s funeral stunt, it kind of felt like Boston was inviting that sort of bad luck. Advertisement In any case they would get the best kind of revenge in Game 7, which ended the only way this surreal series could: with Kelly Olynyk, the most hated man in Washington other than You-Know-Who, outscoring the Wizards bench 26-5, with 14 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Thanks to his out-of-nowhere performance, the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs a day before the NBA Draft Lottery, where they have the best chance of landing the No1 pick. None of this, it probably should be emphasized, is how things are supposed to go. The Wizards-Celtics had a downright Lynchian ending: it made no logical sense and, in retrospect, seems preposterous and silly, yet as it all came together it felt http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-joe-sakic-jersey strangely inevitable. After all, this was a series that followed its own internal logic, something we desperately needed while the rest of the NBA playoff picture was falling into place in the most predictable manner possible. Of course this was how it was going to end, with Kelly freaking Olynyk channeling his inner Jordan. We won’t have long to enjoy this break in normality as the Eastern Conference Finals start on Wednesday and Cleveland will most likely remind us all what the status quo is in the NBA. Despite the fact that they will have home court advantage, the Celtics have little shot at beating a fully rested Cavaliers team. No matter, even if they end up getting swept, which might actually be the most likely scenario here, the Celtics should have no regrets about how their season ended
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England will hope to seal a second grand Six Nations slam in three years by exacting revenge over Ireland in http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-francois-beauchemin-jersey next year’s championship with the organisers again seeking a title showdown between the two sides on the final weekend. On Tuesday the organisers announced the fixtures for the 2018 and 2019 championships, both of which will be seven weeks with the two fallow weekends remaining – the proposal to condense it to six weeks, which was backed by the RFU but met with widespread criticism, was for 2020 onwards in line with the new global season. A statement from the Six Nations said the 2018 and 2019 championships “will continue to see rest weeks after rounds two and three as in previous years” but gives no mention to whether the tournament will subsequently be truncated. Next year’s fixture list means that for the first time since 2013, Wales will not host a Friday night match in Cardiff. Wales have hosted six of the seven Friday matches since 2009 but for the next two championships, France Adidas Authentic Adrian Amos Womens Jersey – who staged the first – will do so. The venue for next year’s Friday fixture, which will be against Italy, is yet to be determined but it will not be in Paris.Rob Baxter hopes for flat-out Exeter performance against sturdy Saracens Read more In 2018 Eddie Jones’s side begin the defence of the title they have won for the last two years away to Italy on Sunday 4 February and conclude it at home to Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. In the first match of next year’s competition, Wales, who will have Warren Gatland back at the helm, host Scotland before travelling to Twickenham for round two. After the first of two rest weeks England are away to Scotland before tackling France – pool opponents in the 2019 World Cup – in Paris and concluding their campaign against Joe Schmidt’s side in the mid-afternoon match before Wales http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-jarome-iginla-jersey v France brings the curtain down on the championship.During this year’s competition the WRU chairman, Gareth Davies, said that Wales would be informing the Six Nations organisers they were not prepared to host Friday matches for at least the next two years. Travel disruption was cited as the main reason why – and is also the key factor as to the RFU are not willing to stage Friday night matches, which are popular with broadcasters. Wales will however be away to France on a Friday in 2019. England opened the 2015 World Cup on a Friday night against Fiji but in March the RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, said: “Our position hasn’t changed – we don’t generally support Friday night games at Twickenham for a variety of reasons, not http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jakub-kindl-jersey least the challenge for the fans of getting to and from the match
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Liberty Media scored a PR coup in working with Ferrari and finding the distraught six-year-old who had been Authentic Carlos Martinez Womens Jersey in tears after Kimi Raikkonen’s early exit from the race. Thomas Danel from Amiens in France was brought to the motorhome to meet his hero Raikkonen and there were smiles all round. His mother, Coralie Danel, was hugely impressed:“This has been the most fantastic day for us. We could not believe it when they came to get us and took us to Ferrari,” she said. “This is great for fans like us, it really makes F1 and all of its people come alive. Brilliant.” It is significant in that it is something that would almost certainly not have happened during the Bernie Ecclestone era but Liberty are aware of the importance of social media and the child’s meeting with Raikkonen created massive interest. They have also committed to improving the fans’ experience and took various initiatives at the race to promote what they described as a “fan festival”. It is straightforward stuff, of course, but these are areas that the previous owners ignored for profit reasons while Liberty are starting to make good on some of http://www.officialcardinalsbaseball.com/authentic-29-chris-carpenter-jersey.html their initial promises. Lewis Hamilton triumphs in Spanish duel with Vettel to set up F1 season Read more … And yet: new owners, same old story On the other side of the coin, Liberty made it clear that feelgood moments for fans are not going to interfere with their pursuit of the bottom line. F1’s chief executive, Chase Carey, was in Spain and he met with John Grant, the chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club who own Silverstone, who this year had expressed fears the circuit would have to stop hosting the British Grand Prix due to it becoming financially unsustainable. Their contract, which began at £12m in 2010, is set to rise to £26m by 2027. The BRDC had http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewers.com/Ryan-Braun-Jersey warned it could trigger a break clause to opt out of the contract after the 2019 race but had been buoyed by the initial responses of the new owners and were optimistic that there would be some form of renegotiation. Carey was having none of it in Barcelona. “We will not be renegotiating the contract,” he said. “We value Silverstone and we want the race to be a success and will work with them to help achieve that, but we won’t be redoing agreements that were previously concluded in good faith between two parties. Silverstone made money last year.”This is a key point in how the new owners are going to run the business. Silverstone cannot sell any more tickets, it is as successful a weekend as F1 has in numbers and it is very hard to see what could be done for it to make more money to cover the increasing costs. Liberty talk of Scooter Gennett Womens Jersey putting on rock concerts and the like to attract more fans but Silverstone simply does not need that – it has the fans but it needs a break financially. It is one area where Liberty seem decidedly to be still using the old F1 model
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Roger Federer is out of the French Open and Maria Sharapova will learn on Tuesday if she even has a chance of getting into the qualifying tournament Mark Barron Authentic Jersey for it. Federer confirmed on Monday that he will not play at Roland Garros this month and instead prepare to play on grass and hard courts later this season, posting a message on his website which read: “Roger to skip Roland Garros.” Federer’s note read: “Regrettably, I’ve decided not to participate in the French Open. I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. “The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.” “I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.” The Swiss also missed last year’s French Open through injury, the first time he failed to make the trip to Paris since his debut in 1999. He now appears to be prioritising Wimbledon, having won the tournament seven times. Sharapova’s return is building slow momentum against a backdrop of continued whispers. She tried hard to dispel the notion here at the Italian Open that she neither cares what her rivals think of her nor that she has just made the cut for the qualifying tournament at Wimbledon and might be similarly favoured for the French Open qualifiers. On the first http://www.authenticflyerstore.com count she was convincing; on the second less so. Asked why she does not seem to attract wider approval and locker-room admiration the way Federer and Rafael Nadal do, the former world No1, seven matches into her comeback after a 15-month suspension for failing a drugs test at the Australian Open, fixed her inquisitor with a no-nonsense gaze. “I want to be a professional on and off the court,” she said. “I want to go to my press conference, I want to do my job, I want to make sure my body is ready for the next match, and that’s it.” Advertisement She has to get into the main draw of either slam first, but she will not be watching the Facebook Live event from the French Open at 6pm on Tuesday that will announce if she is to be awarded a wildcard for the lead-up tournament in Paris. Sharapova played solidly from the back of the court to beat the world No58, Christina McHale, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 35 minutes here but so she should. It was her fifth straight win over the American and her fifth win since returning last month. “At this point it’s week to week,” she said of her ranking, which stood at 211 on her arrival from Madrid, where she lost to her fiercest critic, Eugenie Andrew MacDonald Womens Jersey Bouchard, having reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart. As for criticism that she has had a gilded return (a conveniently delayed wild card in Germany and eased in here ahead of the local favourite Francesca Schiavone), she said: “I have had to face a lot of, as you say, distractions or opinions or judgment, since I was 17 years old. I play tennis for a lot of things and those are just not them any more.” She sounded similarly indifferent about making the cut for the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. “I don’t know how the Wimbledon qualifying works or the rankings,” she said to mild media astonishment. “Listen, winning matches will get me places so, if that’s where it got me today, then I will take it. I think maybe you guys assume that I know these things.” She did agree she missed tennis, though. “For me it’s the drive and the competition and being in situations that nothing else in life really brings you, the pressure moments and whether you’re ahead or you’re behind, the will and being in front of people that are there to watch you compete and play. I love that feeling. That’s what I really miss.” You could believe that. Britain’s Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund are through to the second round after contrasting wins – but both face hellish challenges. Bedene, who won on retirement against the Italian wild card Gianluca Mager, plays a wounded Novak Djokovic. “Definitely he’s not playing as good as he was and I’m playing better now,” Bedene said. “I’m only going to try and focus on my game and be as aggressive as I can be. Advertisement “I played Andy [Murray], I played Rafa. But when Djokovic was playing his best tennis, it was probably the best. 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Eight of the professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport. The football child http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-jarome-iginla-jersey abuse scandal just keeps on growing Read more The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, wrote to every amateur and professional club in England and Wales on 11 January asking them to supply any information that could help relating to the period covered by the review, from 1970 to 2005, and requesting this was done by 15 March at the latest. Sheldon and his colleagues consider that part of the process to be vital if they are to form an accurate picture of what happened in the past, whether there were institutional failures, who knew and what was done about it. However, the first phase of the investigation has been hindered by the difficulties they have encountered waiting for a number of clubs to cooperate. The clubs who did not respond within the initial two-month period were contacted a second time and informed that a new deadline had been put in place of the end of April. Yet the fact eight clubs still failed to meet that six-week extension has led to the FA being notified and leaves Adidas Joe Colborne Authentic Jersey questions about whether there are still people within the sport who are unwilling to cooperate at a time when Clarke has emphasised the importance of transparency. “The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs Adidas Jason Demers Authentic Jersey named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible. Chelsea, the Guardian has http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jonathan-huberdeau-jersey established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scou
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 “The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply Adidas Erik Johnson Jersey concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-francois-beauchemin-jersey and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Andrew Norwell White Jersey Women's Limited: #68 Carolina Panthers Road" alt="Nike NFL Andrew Norwell White Jersey Women's Limited: #68 Carolina Panthers Road" />  Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-henrik-borgstrom-jersey submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible. Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology Adidas Jakub Kindl Youth Jersey bout the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout
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John Terry has suggested he could shelve plans to play on and retire from football altogether on his release from Chelsea this summer, with the former England J.J. Jansen Youth Jerseycaptain considering his options at the end of the season. The centre-half made his first start for the champions since mid-September in the 4-3 victory over Watford, scoring his 67th goal for the club but contributing to the concession of the visitors’ immediate equaliser and finding the pace of the game hard going after so long on the sidelines. Terry, when announcing he would sever tier with Chelsea after 22 years, had initially targeted seeking more regular first-team football elsewhere, though he has hinted he may now review that decision. “I never wanted to be that player, the kind who hangs about, and who people can’t wait to get rid of,” he said. “I think the transition for myself, being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect, has served me well and will serve me well if I go into management in the future. I never wanted to hang about and stop the progress of a younger player – that was the basis of my decision. John Terry makes his mark in http://www.panthersfootballprostore.com/james-bradberry-jersey-for-sale-c-25.html last-gasp Chelsea win over battling Watford Read more “I know I said I wanted to play regular football while I can but I’ve still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football. It depends if the right offer comes along. I’ll sit down and consider it with my family, whether that [offer is] here or abroad or wherever that may be. Genuinely, I haven’t made any decisions as of yet and I’m just evaluating all my options at the moment.” His head coach, Antonio Conte, urged him to stick with his original plan and play on. “I’m looking forward to seeing him lift the [Premier League] trophy,” said the Italian. “John took his decision because he wanted to continue playing regularly, playing every game, and for that reason he preferred to leave Chelsea and play on elsewhere. He will be a big loss next season. John helped me a lot in my first season, on and off the pitch, and always sends the right message to the players. “It’s a pity for me, but I Authentic Jonathan Stewart Womens Jersey respect his decision. If your head and body are telling you to play on, then it’s right to continue trying. Chelsea will always be his home because John, first of all, is a great man and a great legend and player for Chelsea, and in future which ever team he decides to play for.” “I’m concentrating on my [coaching] badges at the moment,” added Terry. “Even this year will serve me well in the future. Seeing it from the other side: does the manager speak to players who are not in group? Is the training intense enough to make sure your fitness is right when you do get called upon, like tonight? I’ve learnt an awful lot of things sitting there and watching the group, how things have panned out. That will serve me well, just for me, to take the experience and kind of see how things will happen in the future. “[Leaving] is going to be tough. It’s tough when you’ve been at a club for so long and had so Authentic Dylan Bundy Youth Jersey many great memories and relationships, friends and managers and everything else. Tonight was tough but next week I’m going to be in bits, I know
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their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council Mike Richter Youth Jersey on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent http://www.rangersteamonline.com/Nick_Holden_Jerseycampaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible.  Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Terry_Rozier_Jersey the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout. Manchester City, facing the possibility of civil action from a number of their former junior players, have started their own investigation, using two of Manchester’s leading law firms as well as appointing Jane Mulcahy, a London-based QC who is on the national child safeguarding in sport panel and has been involved with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s appeals panel in child-protection cases. Advertisement The next stage of Sheldon’s inquiry will last several months and be devoted to interviewing Tyler Zeller Youth Jersey the survivors and key witnesses. He and his team have received professional training to ensure the process is handled delicately and there will be the opportunity for people to speak anonymously, with an introductory link on the Sport Resolutions website. Mike Hartill, a senior lecturer in sociology and sport at Edge Hill University who has previously been credited with improving child-protection policies in rugby league, is liaising with Sheldon and has produced a report for the inquiry to detail the measures that used to exist in football. The inquiry team has been interviewing various members of staff from previous FA regimes, as well as gathering evidence from a variety of other sources, but has also had to devote a significant amount of time to looking for relevant information from among the 5,000 boxes of FA archives. As disappointing as it has been that almost one out of every 11 professional clubs has missed the various deadlines, that does not reflect the attitudes of the people who have been asked to take part in interviews. Everybody so http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Walter_Brown_Jersey far has agreed and it is hoped the FA’s involvement may influence the eight clubs who have let down the process so far
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Draymond Green gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jason-demers-jersey Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points. Leonard left in the third quarter after he re-injured his left ankle, and the Warriors capitalized with an 18-0 run. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich attacks Trump again: 'He’s in a game show' Read more Kevin Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds. Leonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge delivered another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards. Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record aliveand may be offered his first starts since September this week, while Kurt Zouma and even Friday’s match-winner, Michy Batshuayi, could be made available for loan. N’Golo Kanté’s relentless drive takes him to historic title double Read more The Belgium forward, who Adidas Joe Sakic Womens Jersey scored his second Chelsea goal six minutes after his introduction from the bench at The Hawthorns, has yet to start a league game since his £33.2m arrival from Marseille last summer and will be the subject of interest from rival Premier League clubs. West Ham, who had hoped to secure the 23-year-old last summer, may return with an offer and Monaco, Champions League semi-finalists and current leaders of Ligue 1, could also submit a bid. Much could depend upon Chelsea’s success in pursuit of the likes of Lukaku and Sánchez over the next few months. Chelsea’s immediate priority is a pair of home fixtures, against Watford and Sunderland, before the FA Cup final against Fàbregas’s former club, Arsenal, when they seek to secure the second Double of their history. “It will be emotional,” said Fàbregas, a veteran of eight years at Arsenal and a Cup winner with them in 2005. “It’s not as if I like to play against Adidas Dominik Hasek Authentic Jersey them because they are a club which is in my heart and they will always be. But this is football and this is what we have to do, it can happen and hopefully we can win the Double. That would be a fantastic season for Chelsea and for us. “I have to put those feelings aside. You have to be professional. Of course, it means a lot to me, it’s not an ordinary game for me. It will be a tough game. I watch Arsenal, they are playing well, they are playing a different system and maybe they are not performing fantastic in this system. But they are defensively better. They are winning and that’s important for them. Their belief is higher. But our belief is high, hopefully http://www.authenticsandiegopadres.com/Ozzie-Smith-Jersey we can hurt them in the way we want
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Cesc Fàbregas expects Chelsea Dwight King Youth Jersey to challenge in the Champions League next season and help restore English clubs’ reputation in Europe’s elite competition, with the title winners ready to build on the success they have enjoyed under Antonio Conte this term. The Premier League champions, who face Watford on Monday at a Stamford Bridge that is sure to be in celebratory mood, are ready to spend lavishly this summer as they prepare to return to the Champions League after a season’s absence. Conte is seeking reinforcements up and down the team’s spine, from Romelu Lukaku to Virgil van Dijk, Tiemoué Bakayoko to Alexis Sánchez, and will also be offered his own new lucrative contract to stay at the club. Chelsea win Premier League title again as Michy Batshuayi sinks West Brom Read more Fàbregas, while relatively http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Jake_Muzzin_Jersey under-used from the start this season, has proved his worth with his contribution over recent weeks and will remain a key member of the squad. “We definitely feel we can do something in the Champions League,” he said. “It will be a big target for us. Now, lately, you see the English teams are struggling. You will see that six teams can win the [Premier] League easily. Any of them can do it. Then some of them will play Europa Dwight Gooden Jersey League, Champions League. Then on top of that you have the League Cup, the FA Cup. Other leagues don’t have these extra games, extra trophies and extra difficult games. “You go to places like Burnley and it’s difficult. In Spain, you go to other places, relegation teams, and it’s not as difficult. It will be very tough to compete but we feel we can be strong next season, not just in the Premier League but the Champions League as well. I am sure we will strengthen our team. We’ve won the title but that doesn’t mean that the team cannot get better. Every team, even if they win, will try to improve and I’m sure that Chelsea will try to do that.” The club’s recruitment drive could Adidas Joe Colborne Youth Jersey result in spending of more than £200m, while Conte and Eden Hazard are to be rewarded for their eye-catching efforts this term with improved contracts. There will be some departures, too, with Diego Costa’s future uncertain amid interest from the Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian. John Terry will leave under freedom of contract, curtailing a 22-year association with the club
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We're just going to enjoy this one right now until midnight, at least," Danny Darryl Strawberry Jersey Green said. "I think this one prepared us for the next one. They're a fast-paced team that likes to shoot on the perimeter. We have to communicate even better and be more perfect because jersey it doesn't get any easier." While San Antonio fought through six games with the Rockets, the Warriors have been off since wrapping up a sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday. Along with the fatigue factor, there are also questions about the their lineup heading in Game 1 after All-Star Kawhi Leonard sat out on Thursday night after rolling his left ankle in Game 5. Coach Gregg Popovich didn't provide many details about Leonard's injury on Thursday. When asked if he protested when he chose to sit him, Popovich said: "He'd rather play." But it still seemed to be bothering him quite a bit after the game when he headed to the bus still walking with a noticeable limp. The Spurs will certainly need his stellar defensive skills to contend with a Warriors team that not only swept the Jazz, but also eliminated the Trail http://www.officialmetsproshop.com/David_Wright_JerseyBlazers in four games in the first round. "We understand that the team we're now facing is the most dangerous team in the league with a lot of weapons," Pau Gasol said. "You have to prepare for this team a different way. The challenges they present, in some ways, are similar to Houston as far as the ability to shoot the ball from the 3-point line, but they have different personnel overall." The Spurs know that limiting Golden State's 3-point shooting will be a key in the next round, just as slowing Houston from long range was in the conference semifinals. Houston averaged 20.5 3-pointers in its two wins and just 13 in the four losses. Leonard's ankle problem wasn't the only injury San Antonio dealt with in this series, as it came after the Spurs lost veteran Tony Parker to a season-ending quadriceps injury http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Drew_Doughty_Jerseyin Game 2. Neither injury seemed to have a major impact on the team, except for the fact that it gave LaMarcus Aldridge a chance to emerge as a dominant scorer for the Spurs. The 11-year veteran, in his second season with the Spurs, averaged just 9.5 points in the first two games before averaging 23.5 in the last four, highlighted by a season-high 34 in Game 6. "Once he got it going, we tried to keep going back to him," Patty Mills said of Game 6. "He was an absolute beast (Thursday), and that's who he is." Aldridge is excited that he was able to play such a big role in helping the Spurs advance, but he isn't making too much of what will be his debut in the conference finals after failing to get out of the second round in his first six trips to the postseason. "I just came here ready to play," he said. "Of course it's a good feeling to be going to the Western Conference finals. But I haven't thought about it. This team has worked hard all year and we've grinded and tried to get better, so I'm happy to finally win (the series)." Though the Spurs won two of three regular-season meetings with Golden State, they know that this Authentic Dustin Brown Womens Jersey series will be much more difficult than their previous meetings this season
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professional sport, what could be more necessary than a rule preventing one person or organisation from owning two teams? The potential conflicts of interest are obvious. One team could be used to help the other by, for instance, rolling over when they met at a crucial point Johnny Manziel Womens Jersey in the battle for a championship, or by obstructing a third party in order to favour a stablemate. Formula One used to have a rule like that, but it was a distant memory by the time Dietrich Mateschitz came along. The man who bought the recipe for a caffeine-based drink from a Thai businessman and relaunched it in 1987 as Red Bull was already a multibillionaire by the time he decided to add a second F1 team to the one he had launched in 2005. That first team, built on the shaky foundations of the unsuccessful Jaguar team, was immediately renamed after the drink. When he bought the struggling Minardi team a year later, he rechristened it Toro Rosso – Italian for Red Bull, of course – and set it up as a kind of finishing school for young drivers working their way through the Red Bull junior scheme, giving him a source of talent for the top team. (We need only to mention the names of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen to see how successful that strategy has been.) Leipzig before Red Bull: a city that can claim to be the home of German football Read more The contrast between Mateschitz’s wealth – according to Forbes magazine, he is worth $16bn – and the diminishing number of people or companies willing to fund F1 teams perhaps explains why the sport was happy to let him get on with it. It was grateful that the Austrian wanted to spend his money with it and not on one of the many other sports which he uses as branches of his marketing operationBoth clubs, Salzburg and Leipzig, had not only their names but their colours changed to fit the http://www.authenticsandiegopadres.com/Luis-Sardinas-Jersey Red Bull branding. Each plays in a stadium named the Red Bull Arena. But, to get around German league rules prohibiting the use of sponsors’ names in club titles, the club insisted that the “RB” stood not for Red Bull but for “RasenBallsport”: ball games on grass. Even a Uefa committee would not fall for that. Real Madrid reach Champions League final despite defeat by Atlético Read more The European governing body’s rules state that where two clubs in common ownership qualify for the same competition, the one finishing lower in its league must stand down – in this case meaning Leipzig. If push comes to shove and Mateschitz’s lawyers cannot prevail against a Uefa ruling, it will be interesting to see whether he is inclined to favour the club of his home country, which has not managed to make it to the group stage of the Champions League for the past five seasons, or the project http://www.authenticbuffalosabres.com/authentic-danny-gare-jersey in Germany, which may have higher and more credible ambitions. The German football association has already forced RB Leipzig to modify a club badge deemed too close to the drinks company’s branding. Funnily enough, the only group with an allegiance to the name RasenBallsport is a band of ultras who set themselves up in opposition to other fans who embrace the corporate identity. “Disruptive innovation” is a phrase that turns up in Red Bull’s own marketing literature and as with Coca-Cola and Levi’s jeans in the past, the company’s marketing is based on an appeal that incorporates an element of youthful rebellion against the disciplines of the straight world. Whether the rules of a major international sporting competition are built to withstand the power of disruptive innovation, backed by a virtually Adidas Authentic Adrian Amos Womens Jersey bottomless bank account, remains to be seen
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