David Silva is injured on Spain duty 1 Manchester City are facing more injury woes with the news David Silva suffered an ankle injury in Spain’s 4-0 win over Luxembourg.The midfielder was forced off after just 11 minutes as he failed to run off a problem.La Roja wrapped up a win which sealed their passage to France next year, as a brace each from Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcacer saw them home.But it may have come at a cost to Man City who are already without Sergio Aguero for the next month after he also damaged his hamstring while on international duty with Argentina.A statement from Spain later confirmed Silva’s injury as “a bad sprain of the internal lateral ligament of the right ankle” and said he would definitely miss next week’s game against Ukraine.
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Danny Welbeck in action for Arsenal against Hull City 1 [View the story “Arsenal fans are delighted to have Danny Welbeck back” on Storify] Arsenal endured a disappointing afternoon on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in the FA Cup.But there was something positive to come out of the game for the Gunners – the performance of fit-again striker Danny Welbeck.Having come off the substitutes bench to score a dramatic late winner against Leicester last weekend, the former Manchester United star was handed his first start in ten months.There were no goalscoring heroics from the 25-year-old this time around, but Welbeck did impress with his energy, movement and skill.Here’s what Arsenal fans had to say about his performance on Twitter…
Ortiz and Ramirez hit solo home runs in the fourth off Weaver, and he left on the wrong end of a 2-0 score in the sixth. The bullpen allowed seven runs in the eighth, and the offense scratched out one consolation run in the ninth. When the Angels find the time and fortitude to assess their postseason work, Weaver will likely be considered the bright spot. The Angels hit .192 as a team, scored four runs, had six extra-base hits and had more strikeouts (20) than hits (19). The bullpen allowed 10 runs in 8
WASHINGTON – The State Department said Friday that it will begin ordering diplomats to serve in Iraq because of a lack of volunteers to work at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the first such large-scale call-up since the Vietnam War. Beginning Monday, 200 to 300 diplomats will be notified that they have been identified as “prime candidates” to fill 40 to 50 vacancies that will open next year at the embassy, said Harry Thomas, director general of the Foreign Service. Those notified that they have been selected for a one-year posting will have 10 days to accept or reject the position. If not enough say yes, some will be ordered to go to Iraq and face dismissal if they refuse, Thomas said. “Starting Nov. 12, our assignments panel will assign people to Iraq,” he told reporters in a conference call. “Under our system, we have all taken an oath to serve our country, we have all signed (up for) worldwide availability. It is certain to be unpopular due to serious security concerns in Iraq and uncertainty over the status of the private contractors who protect U.S. diplomats there, particularly after a deadly Sept. 16 shooting in which guards from Blackwater USA protecting an embassy convoy were accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The union that represents U.S. diplomats, the American Foreign Service Association, has expressed deep concerns in the past about a possible move to what are known as “directed assignments.” But officials with the union could not be reached for comment late Friday. The move to directed assignments is rare but not unprecedented. In 1969, an entire class of entry-level diplomats was sent to Vietnam, and on a smaller scale, diplomats were required to work at various embassies in West Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. More than 1,200 of the department’s 11,500 Foreign Service officers have served in Iraq since 2003, but the generous incentives have not persuaded enough diplomats to volunteer for duty in Baghdad or with the State Department’s provincial reconstruction teams. When she ordered that Baghdad be given staffing priority, Rice had warned that unless more volunteers could be found, the department would have to implement directed assignments. “It is my fervent hope that we will continue to see sufficient numbers … volunteering for Iraq service, but we must be prepared to meet our requirements in any eventuality,” she said in an unclassified cable sent to all diplomatic missions abroad June 19.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If someone decides … they do not want to go, we will then consider appropriate action,” Thomas said. “We have many options, including dismissal from the Foreign Service.” Only those with compelling reasons, such as a medical condition or extreme personal hardship, will be exempt from disciplinary action, Thomas said. Diplomats who are forced into service in Iraq will receive the same extra hardship pay, vacation time and choice of future assignments as those who have volunteered since Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this past summer ordered Baghdad positions to be filled before all others around the world. There are currently about 200 Foreign Service officers working in Iraq, enough to meet the current staffing requirements, but about 50 more will be needed by next summer. The decision was announced to the entire U.S. diplomatic corps in a cable sent by Thomas on Friday.
1 Borussia Dortmund fans Borussia Dortmund have been charged by UEFA after 17 Tottenham fans were injured in a crush before last week’s Europa League first leg.Fans were hurt as they struggled to enter the Westfalenstadion before the last 16 game and UEFA has now opened disciplinary proceedings against the German club.UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has charged Dortmund with blocking stairways at the ground, which would breach Article 38 of the safety and security regulations. The case will be heard on May 19.Spurs fans were treated with injuries caused by police pepper spray while another reportedly had to be carried away on a stretcher.The congestion developed as supporters were redirected towards a different entrance into the stadium shortly before kick-off.Martin Cloake, co-chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, told Press Association Sport: ”I’ve been going to football since the late 70s and it’s one of the worst experiences I’ve had to get into a ground.”I was very surprised because you expect it to be well organised. It’s one of the largest stadiums in Europe.”A Tottenham spokesman said: ”The misdirection of our fans by police along with the closing of turnstiles created a potentially dangerous situation. The use of pepper sprays was completely unnecessary and unacceptable.”Dortmund Police said the late arrival of Spurs fans had created unexpected pressure on the entrances, which had to be temporarily closed.A statement read: ”In order to prevent an uncontrolled entrance of the followers of Tottenham, pepper spray and baton was used by the police, in which 17 English supporters were slightly injured due to eye irritation.”Furthermore, a police officer and five employees of the security service were wounded in the course of these measures.”Tottenham lost the last 16 match 3-0, with the second leg to be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Aidan Barlow is not a name known to football fans across England, but he certainly has the skill to make it at the top of the game.Still just 16-years-old, the midfielder currently plays for Manchester United’s academy, and he recently scored a goal which any Red Devils’ first-team player would be proud of.Taking on Newcastle United’s youth team, Barlow rainbow flicked the ball over a defender’s head, before firing the ball into the back of the net.It was a sensational strike, and you can check it out above…
3 From a central 22-yard position, the resulting free-kick was driven by Eder – of Inter Milan – past the wall and straight at De Gea, who fumbled the ball and failed to get it out of danger. Giaccherini flicked the ball away from De Gea’s rebound and it was bundled home by Chiellini.And it was nearly two before the break as Sunderland forward Giaccherini came in from the left, sending a curling effort across goal and towards the top corner, De Gea doing well to tip it over the bar.Del Bosque made a change at half time to get his side back into the game, Aritz Aduriz replacing Nolito.Morata had a good opportunity early in the second half with a free header inside the box but he sent the ball straight at his former Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon.Eder and Pelle combined brilliantly on 55 minutes as the Southampton striker received the ball from his team-mate, flicking the return as Eder was set through on goal on the right. After breaking towards goal, his effort was poor and straight at De Gea, who made another key save to keep his country in the tie.Andres Iniesta, having a quiet game by his usually high standards, had a stunning volleyed effort on goal and Buffon made a superb save to keep his side in the lead with just over ten minutes to play.Buffon pulled off another stunning last-minute save out of the bag to deny Pique who poked a shot towards goal with an outstretched leg. As it looked like Conte’s men would see out a slim but deserved win, they sealed a two-goal advantage when Pelle volleyed home from close range in added time, booking their place in the last eight. 3 3 Giorgio Chiellini opens the scoring for Italy in Saint-Denis Italy booked a last-eight meeting with Germany in Euro 2016 as they put in an impressive performance to beat Spain 2-0 – live on talkSPORT.The world champions were hoping to keep their hopes of a third successive European triumph alive but Antonio Conte’s men were tactically spot on in the Stade de France meeting, creating more chances.In a repeat of the 2012 European Championship final, Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle netted past an impressive David De Gea to confirm their place in the quarter final with Germany on Saturday evening.As the rain teemed down at Saint-Denis for kick-off, the match started at a frantic pace. The first real chance came after eight minutes when Alessandro Florenzi’s in-swinging free-kick from the left was headed low by Graziano Pelle from eight yards, De Gea reacting superbly to get down low to his left to palm the ball away.Two minutes later De Gea was called into action again as he tipped Giaccherini’s acrobatic overhead kick onto the post, but a free-kick had been given for a high foot anyway.Italy continued to dominate as Spain rarely created chances in the first half. After Del Bosque’s men failed to find a way through, the side in blue made a pacy break up field. A difficult in-swinging cross was whipped in again and Marco Parolo – of Serie A side Lazio – made a late run, sending a glancing header past the post, much to the frustration of manager Conte. Spain looked nervy as Sergio Ramos, in front of his own goal, sliced a clearance just wide of De Gea’s goal frame. They were rash and soon awarded the Azzurri a free-kick on the edge of the box after good hold-up play by Pelle on 33 minutes.