Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jun 2020 4:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5kShares Advertisement Manchester United and Liverpool are both interested in signing Sancho (Picture: Getty)‘Either one of them is going to cost close to £100m. But that kind of transfer pays for itself. Chelsea could get five good years out of Sancho and still get a big sell-on.‘You’ve got every chance of getting your money back with a player like Sancho.‘And if Abramovich starts coming to matches again, he will want to be entertained. He won’t care about paying £100m for a Sancho if it helps them play good football.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Signing Werner is a big statement. But signing Sancho would be an even bigger one.’Sancho has immediately impressed for Borussia Dortmund following the resumption of the Bundesliga, scoring his first hat-trick in the 6-1 thrashing over Paderborn.This week, Dortmund manager Lucien Favre conceded Sancho could leave the German club over the coming months. Comment Paul Merson tells Chelsea to make ‘big statement’ by signing Jadon Sancho after Timo Werner Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admits Sancho could leave this summer (Picture: Getty)‘Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it’s possible that they may also leave,’ Favre said when asked about the futures of Sancho and Achraf Hakimi.‘You have spoken about two players who we don’t know definitively what will happen.‘They could stay with us, that’s clear and that would be good for me. We’ll see what we’ll do in defence, midfield or attack.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man United ‘make contact’ with Chelsea winger Willian over free transferMORE: Paul Merson makes Chelsea title prediction after Timo Werner agrees deal Paul Merson believes Frank Lampard should sign Jadon Sancho for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to sign Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Jadon Sancho after Timo Werner.The Blues agreed a deal with Germany striker Werner earlier in the month and the RB Leipzig star is set to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.Frank Lampard is also ready to welcome Morocco international Hakim Ziyech from Ajax but Merson reckons Chelsea should push on with their transfer business and sign England ace Sancho.Sancho has developed into one of the most coveted players in Europe since leaving Manchester City in 2017, scoring 34 goals in 96 matches for Borussia Dortmund.ADVERTISEMENTManchester United and Liverpool have both expressed interest in signing Sancho this summer but Merson says Roman Abramovich should make a ‘statement’ by securing his signature for Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think Chelsea’s spending will stop [with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech],’ the Arsenal legend told Starsport.‘They obviously still want Jadon Sancho, and if they can’t get him they will probably try for Kai Havertz.
A.J. Ward (left) raced to 24 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature wins and his career first Dirt Works Eastern Region championship in 2016. IMCA President Brett Root is at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)IONIA, Mich. – A.J. Ward was right on target when he decided the time was right to run for 20 wins and the Dirt Works Eastern Region championship.Ward totaled 24 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature victories, including a pair in New York, while becoming the first Michigan driver to reign in the region since Rick Stout in 1996.“I’ve been shooting for a 20-win season for a couple years. We got a new car (a 2013 BMS) and were flirting with 20 wins by early August,” said Ward, third in the national point standings despite logging just 38 starts, and champion at Tri-City Motor Speedway for the third time in four seasons. “It’s huge for me to be mentioned in the same sentence with Rick Stout.”From Ionia, Ward collected 22 checkers in his home state, winning 13 times at Tri-City, another five features at I-96 Speedway and four more at Crystal Motor Speedway.“Tri-City re-opened in 2011 so it’s still a relatively new track to all of us,” he said. “I don’t know what the secret to my success was there. I didn’t drive any differently but I can tell you that the fastest way around is on the top.”Ward won 14 of 16 starts between June 3 and Aug. 5 to reach the 20-win mark.He ventured to Skyline Raceway Park in New York to win an Atomicwraps.com Empire State Series main event, and $1,000, in July. Ward made another trip east on the final weekend of the point season to wrap up the regional prize with first- and second-place finishes at the Outlaw Fall Nationals in Dundee, N.Y.“It’s hard to get in a lot of races in this region because of weather issues. We traveled to New York and moved up in the national point standings with our finishes on the last weekend of the season,” he said. “We were searching all over for races and whether it was in New York or Alabama, we were going to go. We found out about the Fall Nationals about a week ahead of time.”Also winner of the Greased Pig. 6.0 special at Tri-City and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational starter, Ward couldn’t pick out a single on-track highlight to his season.“It would be hard to pick just one,” said Ward, who will begin defense of his Eastern Region title early next season with a trip south to race with the Bay Area Emerald Coast Tour.Starts-38 Wins-24 Additional Top Fives-7HIS CREW: Ryan Bennett, Tony Williams, father Frank, girlfriend Brooke Brasington and son Kraton.HIS SPONSORS: BMS by Xtreme of Great Bend, Kan.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Neb.; Four Seasons Mobile Pressure Washing, Level 5 Construction, Ionia Auto Glass, Darin Elliott with Green Ridge Realty, CL Trucking & Excavating, Smokey Mountain Tobacco, the Bennett family, Tommy Fochmocher, and Animal House Dog Grooming, all of Ionia; TWI Installation and S and M Video, both of Stanton; White’s RV Rental of Fenwick; Brinn Inc. of Bay City; BK Guns and Stuff of Sarnac; Bob Harris Enterprises of Ames, Iowa; Quickcar Racing Products of Lebanon, Tenn.; and Close Racing Supply of Eldred, Pa.
Rory McIlroy kept his promise to “grind it out” better when the going got tough to post a first round of 73 in the £5.8million WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami on Thursday. Press Association In contrast, Woods carded nine birdies in his 66 as the 65-strong field took advantage of calm conditions, with Ryder Cup team-mates Peter Hanson, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell all five under approaching the end of their rounds and Ian Poulter carding a 68. Luke Donald, playing alongside McIlroy, returned a 70 despite two sixes on his card, while defending champion Justin Rose was three under with five to play. McIlroy has dominated the golfing headlines this year, firstly for signing a multi-million pound deal with Nike and then missing the cut in his first event with his new equipment in Abu Dhabi. He then lost to Shane Lowry in the first round of the WGC Accenture Match Play, before quitting the defence of his Honda Classic title last week after completing just eight holes of his second round. On Wednesday McIlroy issued a full apology for his withdrawal, admitting the pain from a wisdom tooth and being in a “bad place mentally” was no excuse for walking off the course after playing those eight holes in seven over par. Starting on the back nine on Thursday, McIlroy twice found sand on the 551-yard par-five 10th, but saved par and repeated the trick on the 11th and 12th before a wayward tee-shot on the par-three 13th resulted in a bogey. Another bogey followed on the 14th before a first birdie of the day from nine feet on the 15th, but another dropped shot on the 18th took the Northern Irishman to the turn in 38. McIlroy responded to another missed fairway on the par-five first by hitting a superb iron shot through the trees to the back edge of the green and holing from 18ft for an eagle three. However, that was instantly followed by a hat-trick of bogeys – two of them down to three-putting – and it took birdies on the seventh and eighth to rescue a respectable total. McIlroy was three over par with three holes of the Blue Monster course at Doral to play, but birdied two of them to finish seven shots behind playing partner and clubhouse leader Tiger Woods. The world number one is now an approximate 18 over par for 98 completed holes in 2013, but it could have been worse but for a superb eagle at the par-five first hole, his 10th, with the swing problem he worked so hard at over the weekend clearly still an issue.
Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall has committed his future to the Bluebirds until the summer of 2018. Marshall has made 88 saves so far this season – more than any other Barclays Premier League goalkeeper – and has missed just one league game since November 2011. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was thrilled to have secured the 10-cap international’s services for the next four years. He told Cardiff City Player: “This is fantastic – we’re delighted to have been able to tie David down for the foreseeable future. He really enjoys being at Cardiff City and was very keen to stay with our football club. I was very happy when things were concluded today. “I think this gives everybody at the club a boost. We know now that we have one of the best goalkeepers in the country committed to us for years to come. “This is welcome news ahead of Saturday’s south-Wales derby and it’s great timing for him and us as we look towards the remainder of the season. “We’re trying to build towards the future of course, and David has shown that he’s one of the very best. This is a signal that we are serious as to our intentions for the future and that we are committed to keeping the best players here at Cardiff City.” Marshall was equally pleased to have got his new deal tied up in order to be able to fully concentrate on on-pitch matters. “I’m delighted to have committed my future to Cardiff City,” he said. “I’ve had a fantastic four and half years here already and I’m looking forward to enjoying many more with the club. “It’s a privilege to be part of what we’re trying to achieve and the fans have been brilliant to me from day one. We’ve a lot of hard work left to do this season, but we’re a confident group and have plenty of ability and belief. “Not having my contract to think about any more is a relief and it means I can continue focusing on helping us win football matches.” The 28-year-old Scotland international has been with the Welsh club for four and a half years, having joined from Norwich after a two-and-a-half-year stint at Carrow Road. A club statement on Wednesday evening read: “Cardiff City are delighted to announce that goalkeeper David Marshall has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract, securing his future with the Bluebirds until the summer of 2018.” Press Association
Roy Hodgson’s senior side host Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier before a friendly in Scotland in two weeks and Chadli believes his team-mate deserves a call-up. He said: “Why not? It is up to him and the manager of the national team. He has a lot of quality and he can have some impact in the game. “He practises a lot of free kicks like that in training. He has a great shot and he still practises it. That is good, he is a young talented player. I am very happy for him and pleased for him that he made an impact.” But the Belgium international, who scored Tottenham’s first at Villa Park, admitted he did not know who the Spurs academy graduate was when he arrived from Twente last year. “When I came to Tottenham I had not heard of him. But I am used to training with him and I can see that he is a very talented man and I can see that he has a great future,” he told reporters. Chadli and Kane netted in the final six minutes in the 2-1 win on Sunday as boss Mauricio Pochettino resisted calls to start the latter. He has been the key man for Spurs in cup competitions, scoring a hat-trick against Asteras last month, but is yet to start in the Barclays Premier League this season. And Chadli admitted Pochettino will find it hard to leave the 21-year-old out for the Europa League trip to Asteras on Thursday and Saturday’s league visit of Stoke. He said: “Everybody gets time to play as we play in the Europa League, in the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup soon and the Premier League, so there are a lot of competitions. Everybody gets to play minutes. So the manager has choices.” Press Association Nacer Chadli has backed Harry Kane for a senior England call-up despite admitting he had never heard of the young striker before joining Tottenham. Kane’s free-kick winner at Aston Villa on Sunday was his seventh goal in his last seven games and eighth of the season. He has nine England Under-21 caps and six goals after helping Gareth Southgate’s side to Euro 2015 last month.
Edinburgh led 14-10 at the end of a forgettable first half thanks to an unconverted early try from Phil Burleigh and three penalties from Tom Heathcote, while Ruan Pienaar had scored Ulster’s try which he converted along with kicking a penalty. An early penalty after the break by Pienaar was followed by a good try from centre Darren Cave which Pienaar converted. For Edinburgh, Heathcote could only score one of a number of difficult penalties. Ulster kicked off in ideal conditions and they then settled in the Edinburgh half for the next nine minutes. However, when the opening try arrived it was at the other end. Edinburgh prop WP Nel began the breakout, flankers Roddy Grant and Watson kept the move going and, when the ball was recycled, centre Burleigh got over in the right corner, from where Heathcote could not convert. Ulster immediately went back on the attack and an impressive move saw stand-off Ian Humphreys zigzag to the line which scrum half Pienaar was soon darting over for the try he then converted to put Ulster ahead. That bright opening then faded thanks largely to the number of achievable penalties that Hodges awarded against the Ulstermen. Ulster consolidated their top-four position with a 20-17 Guinness Pro12 victory at Edinburgh on Friday night. The losing bonus point does, however, maintain the Scottish club’s aspirations to a top-six finish, and with that comes an appearance in next season’s European Champions Cup. A largely humdrum match will be largely remembered for the red card shown to Ulster flanker Stuart McCloskey by referee Leighton Hodges after he had turned Edinburgh’s Hamish Watson upside down at a ruck. Press Association Between 18 and 29 minutes there were five, of which Heathcote aimed four at the posts with two successful and one hitting an upright to ease Edinburgh 11-7 ahead. In the final minutes of the half Pienaar and Heathcote each kicked a penalty so Edinburgh went in at the end of a disappointing half leading 14-10. Ulster closed the gap with a penalty from Pienaar on 48 minutes, with the chance coming after Edinburgh full back Jack Cuthbert muddled a high ball into touch five metres from his goal line. Four minutes later Ulster were ahead when centre Cave proved too slippy for Edinburgh tacklers, with his touchdown converted by Pienaar. In the 59th minute Ulster were short-handed when Hodges showed centre McCloskey the red card after he had driven Edinburgh’s Watson into the turf. Four minutes later Heathcote cut the Ulster lead to three, and when the 19th penalty was detected by Hodges, Ulster lock Franco Van Der Merwe was sin-binned. However, the visitors were able to resist two line-out drives from Edinburgh in the closing minutes.
Van der Sar admits the title is probably beyond United’s grasp this season, but when asked whether the Red Devils could challenge for the championship next year, the former goalkeeper said: “With a little bit of luck, they could have done that this season but for Chelsea winning a lot of those games with late goals – but let’s hope so. “Believing in the philosophy of Louis, at the start of the new season, I think he can bring the club back to the place where it belongs.” United boss Van Gaal revealed this week that he started planning in January to make acquisitions in the summer transfer window. Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne and Kevin Strootman – amongst others – are on the Dutchman’s radar. Van der Sar, who won four titles at United, believes the club’s revival will gather pace if a couple of new signings are added in the window. “It’s been a good turnaround for the club and, if they can hold on to that third place, it’s a great position to then maybe strengthen in a couple of areas of the team,” Van der Sar told United’s website. United head to Chelsea on Saturday in top form, having won six successive matches. Victory at Stamford Bridge would put United within five points of the Blues, but the fact that the leaders have one game in hand means they are big favourites to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy next month. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is convinced Louis van Gaal will bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. Press Association
Alex Neil will sit down with his Norwich squad on Monday and analyse what he deemed as an “unacceptable” performance at Watford. The Canaries have now just one victory in their last 10 Barclays Premier League outings after a 2-0 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Watford skipper Troy Deeney opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half before Odion Ighalo completed the victory in injury time. “His sharp movements down the side caused us a problem, but we knew it was coming and we did not perform well enough to deal with him. “We need to have a look at ourselves and make sure we get back to our standards. We have turned up against the bigger teams, but Saturday was a big disappointment.” While Ighalo and strike partner Deeney, who have scored 14 of Watford’s 17 league goals this season, took the plaudits once more, boss Quique Sanchez Flores was quick to praise his defence after their clean sheet. Norwich were also restricted to just one shot on target. “Troy and Ighalo’s attitude, focus and application to training every day is amazing,” said Flores. “But today we should also talk about the defence. They played really, really well. In the first half we defended against only one striker but in the second half we defended against three tall strikers who were competing for long balls. “But we didn’t have to change anything. The defence produced a very good performance.” And with Bournemouth claiming a shock victory at Chelsea in Saturday’s late game, Neil finds his side just one point clear of safety. “I am not a big talker after the game because I don’t see the point in ridiculing and shouting at them when there is nothing they can do about it,” said Neil following his side’s sixth defeat from their last eight in the top flight. “I have said a few words to them and I let them know that what they did was not acceptable and we will analyse it and go through it on Monday and try and improve on that. “Anybody who is used to winning games and being successful – in the limited time that I have managed – it is a sore one to take. “There is huge disappointment there, but it is how you respond and how you react that makes us the team that we want to become.” Norwich enjoyed the better start on a cold and blustery afternoon at Vicarage Road. But the hosts soon began to take a stranglehold on the game with Ighalo, who took his goal tally to nine in the league this season, causing the Norwich defence problems all afternoon. “I did not really see him first half but as the second half wore on he became more and more of a threat,” said Neil in reference to the Nigerian striker. Press Association
In the Guinness Pro 12, Connacht coach Pat Lam has included Mia Nikora in his team to face Edinburgh at the Sportground this Friday night.Nikora takes over from the concussed Craig Ronaldson at fly half.That’s the only change to the side that beat Munster last week. The Westeners are 6th in table at present and know a win will solidify their position as they chase Champions cup qualification.Meanwhile, third place Munster are away to bottom of the table Zebre this Saturday. Kick-off for that game is at 4 o’clock.
New Zealand against the Netherlands is the other Group A contest, and both matches take place at the same stadium in Edmonton.It’s a 24 team tournament, with the final on July 5th.