Indian Premier Futsal League 2017: Results, Latest Group Standings After Tuesday

Bengaluru Royals defeated Mumbai Warriors 6-2 at the 2017 Indian Premier Futsal League on Tuesday, as Paul Scholes’ team got the better of Ryan Giggs’ side, with the Manchester United legends featuring in the match.

Telugu Tigers beat Kerala Cobras 3-2 at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, in the second encounter of the night in Bengaluru.

The latest standings can be found at the Premier Futsal’s official website.

                                    

Recap

It was a comprehensive day at the office for Scholes and the Royals, as they rolled past the Warriors with ease.

The teams confirmed their squads via their official Twitter accounts ahead of the tie:

Jonathan Silva opened the scoring for Bengaluru after just seven minutes, with the pivot grabbing his brace six minutes later with a clinical back heel.

Raj Kiran made it 3-0 as the Royals charged ahead, and their opponents appeared to have little answer to their effective tactics.

Carlos Goncalves struck back for the visitors before Petterson Medeiros’ effort made it 4-1, but the Warriors remained in the contest as Carlos scored his second.

Medeiros extended the lead to 5-2 late in the game, leaving Renzo Grasso to complete the scoring for the winners.

In the second game of the night, Telugu won a close encounter with Kerala, prevailing 3-2.

Mai Thanh Dat opened the scoring in the first minute as the Tigers roared out of the blocks, but Raphael Mathia equalised after seven minutes as the Cobras’ venom was felt.

The Tigers immediately made it 2-1 through an own-goal by Mathia before a breath could be drawn, but Tairong Petchtiam dragged Kerala level just moments later.

It was left to Italian star Mauro Canal to earn the winner for Telugu.

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DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected as NFLPA Executive Director by Unanimous Vote

DeMaurice Smith will remain executive director of the NFL Players Association after he was unanimously re-elected Tuesday.

According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, the selection committee voted 14-0 to keep Smith in charge.

The 53-year-old has been in this role since 2009. He provided a statement on his personal Twitter account following the news:

NFLPA President Eric Winston gave his thoughts on the decision:

Smith’s three-year term was initially set to expire in March, with several challengers expected to make a run at the position, including attorney Cyrus Mehri. However, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported new election procedures that barred any other candidates if first approved by the selection committee.

As Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk clarified, the position could only open up to an election if a majority of the 14-member committee voted against his return. A positive vote from seven to 13 members would have brought it to a vote from 32 team representatives, but the unanimous decision ended the process right away.

Albert Breer of The MMQB noted the impact with the new term running through 2021:

Smith led negotiations during the last collective bargaining agreement that ended the 2011 lockout, although the next round could get even uglier with him calling a strike or lockout “almost a virtual certainty,” per Breer.

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Barcelona Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona reportedly tried to sign both Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann in the summer transfer window but were priced out by the pair’s buyout clauses. 

According to Onda Cero’s El Transistor (via Sport), Barcelona were prepared to meet Saul’s previous release clause of €80 million, but then it increased to €150 million when he signed a new contract.

The same was true for Griezmann. Barcelona were prepared to pay €140 million, but that was €60 million short of the Frenchman’s €200 million release, per the report.

Griezmann’s clause has now reportedly returned to €100 million so there is a chance Barca could try again for him, although they will likely face a battle with Manchester United if they pursue him next summer, per Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague (via the Mirror).

The Frenchman, 26, seemed on the verge of a move to Old Trafford back in June before he committed his short-term future to Atleti when their FIFA transfer ban was upheld, per Telefoot (h/t the Press Association via the Guardian).

Depending on how Atleti and Barcelona’s respective 2017-18 seasons pan out, there is a chance the Camp Nou giants may be able to lure Griezmann away next summer.

He would be a brilliant addition to bolster Barcelona’s attack, which lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.

Meanwhile, it makes sense Barca would target Saul, 22, as he could be the ideal successor for Andres Iniesta, now 33, in the centre of midfield.

The young Spaniard showed huge commitment to Atleti in the summer, though, by penning a new nine-year contract to 2026.

Even if Barca were prepared to meet his release clause, it may be difficult to persuade Saul to make the switch. 

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Robert Griffin III Tweets About ‘Betrayal’ by Santana Moss, Says WR Openly Lied

Robert Griffin III fired back at Santana Moss on Tuesday after his former Washington Redskins teammate appeared on a Washington D.C. radio show.

In a tweet, RG3 accused Moss of being a liar:

Griffin followed that up with another tweet, saying, “Been lied on a lot over the years.”

According to Scott Allen of the Washington Post, Moss told Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan that Griffin took credit for head coach Mike Shanahan’s firing in 2013.

In a series of additional tweets, Griffin discussed his time in Washington and his relationship with Shanahan:

“Put in an impossible situation w/ a coach who never wanted me. Made players like Santana Moss a believer through hard work, film study. … Showing up early, leaving late, putting in the extra hours, staying after practice & getting extra work in. We won the division that year. … Next year coach wants out, says he wants out, says he never wanted me as his QB & I GET BLAMED? C’mon man. I have been the good soldier. … Some so desperately want me to fit this negative narrative that has been pushed about me. But I don’t fit it. Never have. Never will.”

In the interview, Moss said Griffin essentially took pride in Shanahan’s firing after the coach benched him for the final three games of the 2013 season.

Moss then shared his stance on a coach’s firing relative to his account of Griffin’s reaction:

“Yeah, you can’t do that. You can’t do that. I don’t want to ever see somebody … I mean, you see guys coming in and out of those doors—as players, as coaches, as members of the team, however, trainers, staff members, period—and you don’t like to see them go, because you know that’s taking something off their plate. So, I live by that. God don’t like ugly, man, so try not to be in those shoes, to be the guy to reap off of someone’s downfall.”

Shanahan was replaced by Jay Gruden, and Moss said Griffin’s reveling in Shanahan’s departure backfired since Gruden was even tougher on him:

“So, 2014 comes, and Jay Gruden comes in, and he don’t care. We see that now. He doesn’t care. He don’t care what he says about you, he doesn’t care what he says at you. And he rips RG every chance he gets, like every meeting, and we’re sitting there looking like, ‘Yeah. You know what? You were just so happy that Mike and [offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] and them is gone, but now you’re getting your behind ripped every day, because you’re not playing the kind of football that we need to play for us to be successful.’ So, it comes back and bites you in your behind, because now you see this guy is at home.”

Griffin started just seven games in 2014 before losing the starting quarterback job to Kirk Cousins in 2015 and spending the entire season as a backup.

The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year joined the Cleveland Browns last season, but he was limited to five games due to injury, going 1-4 with two passing touchdowns and three interceptions.

Griffin and Moss were teammates with the Redskins from 2012 through 2014 prior to Moss’ retirement.

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Ranking Chelsea’s 10 Managers Since Jose Mourinho Was First Sacked

It’s 10 years to the day since Jose Mourinho was first sacked as Chelsea manager.

On September 20, 2007, despite winning back-to-back Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup in just over three years, Mourinho was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge. It happened late that evening, with fans waking the following day to news that shocked the football world.

The decision plunged Chelsea into a temporary period of chaos, leaving the Blues without the talisman who had helped inspire a brief domination of English football.

Roman Abramovich‘s vast wealth was the instigator behind that success, but Mourinho was the inspiration. He set out the blueprint for all that would follow at the club, forging the spine of the side that would last right through to the club’s 2012 Champions League success.

So good was Mourinho that, in the 10 years since he was first sacked by Abramovich, the Chelsea owner spent millions on hiring and firing managerial talent, trying to find a man capable of achieving what the Portuguese did.

It’s been an arduous task, so much so that Abramovich even returned to Mourinho in 2013 to bring back the glory days of old, which he did…sort of.

Looking at all 10 Chelsea managers since Mourinho‘s 2007 departure, we rank them here in order of success, impact and their lasting legacy.

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As Giancarlo Stanton Chases Roger Maris’ 61 HR Mark, Roger Maris Jr. Cheers

Roger Maris Jr. was listening. He always listens. Because as long as there is baseball and as long as there are home runs, if he listens hard enough, his father is still close to him.

So yes, when Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton tossed a shoutout to Maris Jr.’s father last month, you bet it came through loud and clear.

You see, over the past two decades, we’ve been through Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire (twice) and Sammy Sosa (three times). We’ve watched McGwire break the single-season home run record in 1998 (70), Bonds up the ante in 2001 (73) and other 62-plus efforts during the cartoonish seasons of 1998-2001 that made Roger Maris’ old record of 61 in 1961 seem almost quaint by comparison. He now ranks all the way down at seventh on the all-time single-season home run list.

And yet, there was Stanton last month, en route to constructing possibly the greatest long ball season we’ve seen since Bonds’, noting he still considers Maris’ 61 to be the record.

“I did see that, and I think a lot of people feel that way,” Maris Jr. told Bleacher Report in a recent phone conversation. “The record books don’t indicate that, but in the court of public opinion, I think a lot of people think that is the record even though it’s not in the books.

“Kind of like when Dad hit 61, a few people thought differently at that time, too. It’s interesting Stanton is shooting for that, and it’s exciting to watch him play.”

It says a mouthful regarding both baseball’s revered numbers and the permanent stain from the steroid era that a man who spent the entire 2016 season with Bonds as his hitting coach would then approach a milestone home run mark one season later and…completely discard Bonds in favor of digging back into history.

Maris Jr.’s father is not in the Hall of Fame, yet he doggedly continues to be remembered in his own unique way as a historical figure. Seasons come and seasons go, yet Roger Maris never goes out of style. And it is touching to Maris Jr. and his three brothers and two sisters.

“It obviously makes you feel good knowing he’s in good light with the people who follow baseball and with the general public,” Maris Jr. said. “There’s never a time that goes by when you don’t think that’s great.”

Maris Jr., who lives in Gainesville, Florida, was scheduled to be in Atlanta for the Marlins-Braves game two Saturdays ago, and he was supposed to meet Stanton for the first time. While Hurricane Irma forced Maris Jr. to cancel, Stanton smashed No. 54.

Meanwhile, Maris Jr. this month is preparing to launch 61 Outfitters, a clothing company specializing in fishing and hunting caps designed to honor his father.

That Stanton happens to be stirring memories of the former New York Yankees slugger in the same month that the Maris family is gearing up for the launch of a clothing line that plays off Roger’s accomplishment is not lost on Maris Jr. He’s seen enough to know that timing is everything in this game.

While Maris Jr., 58, doesn’t watch baseball as much as he once did, he does pay attention, especially to MLB‘s annual Home Run Derby. And you bet he noticed it was Stanton at last summer’s event in San Diego who set a Home Run Derby record by slugging…61 homers.

“It’s all flowing together,” Maris Jr. said.

In a way, it always has. One of he and his wife Danis’ two daughters, Brie, 24, interned for the Yankees a couple of summers ago, and the family has been invited back to Yankee Stadium several times for various ceremonies: the 50th anniversary of Maris’ 61-homer season, the final game at old Yankee Stadium, Opening Day in new Yankee Stadium, a Roger Maris bobblehead giveaway.

“The Yankees have always been very good to us,” Maris Jr. says. “George Steinbrenner was extremely gracious with my dad, and the Steinbrenners to this day always have been very generous with us.”

Roger Maris died of cancer in December 1985, at the age of 51. The family’s highest-profile baseball date since then, of course, was its attendance at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on the night in 1998 when McGwire broke their father’s record with his 62nd home runfive of Roger’s six children were in attendance: Roger Jr., Richard, Kevin, Randy and Sandra. Those images remain indelible, and it was especially emotional that evening not only because of the record but also because Roger Maris finished his career in St. Louis.

Maris Jr. vividly remembers plenty of nights running around that old ballpark as a kid, and playing pepper there with his father. While the family talked about its “disappointment” following McGwire’s steroids admission, even that doesn’t overshadow their fondness for him personally. After the steroids admission, McGwire phoned Pat Maris, Roger’s widow, personally to apologize.

“What happened happened,” Maris Jr. said. “He admitted what he did, he said he was sorry, and I believe he was. I think he’s a pretty great guy. He didn’t have to say that. Like when he was under oath to Congress and he took the Fifth, most people would have tried to protect what they did and lied through their teeth. That shows character, for him to come clean and be upfront about it. You’ve got to give him kudos for that.”

From a distance, Maris Jr. still views 1998 mostly in a positive way.

“Sosa and Mac, in my mind, I related it to my dad and Mickey [Mantle],” he said, referring to the two Yankees who dueled in ’61, when his dad finished with 61 homers and Mantle 54. “When Dad did this, he was the first guy to do it where the media was really [outsize], when you had television and print, radio; everybody was fighting for stories at the time, but there was nobody in the locker rom to protect him. There was no press secretary. He would be sitting in the locker room for hours answering question after question, and if he didn’t answer the 100th question, he was a jerk.”

It was quite an education, Maris Jr. said. And then, “to see Mark break the record and get all the adulation, you think about what it was like for Dad.”

He’s never met Bonds. He was watching on television the night the Giants slugger broke McGwire’s single-season record in ’01, albeit with far different emotions.

“In the moment, pretty much everyone kind of knew what was going on,” Maris Jr. said. “The home runs were just getting out of control. One year they did it, then everyone’s hitting 65, 67. Then there was a point where the record was going to be so far obliterated.

“It used to be that every year someone got off to a hot start and there was a number that was attainable. Now, it’s not even attainable.”

At the time, Maris’ achievement was controversial because Babe Ruth was—and remainsa beloved legend and because Maris broke the Babe’s single-season record in the first season in which MLB expanded its schedule to 162 games. Previously, clubs had played 154 games.

But while Maris’ Yankees played eight more games in 1961 than Ruth’s Yankees in 1927, Maris wound up with just seven more plate appearances than Ruth in their historic seasons (698-691). And it took Maris three fewer plate appearances to hit 60 compared to Ruth (684-687). Maris then hit No. 61 in his 696th plate appearance of the ’61 season.

There’s no telling what Roger Maris would have thought of McGwire and Co., but Maris Jr. said: “I think he would have loved it. I think he’d have been right there with it. He loved the long ball. I don’t think he’s any different than any other person in this country who lived through that whole time. It was like, Wow. There was a wow factor to the whole deal.”

That wow factor re-appeared with Stanton for a time in August and early September, but he’s now hit only one home run in his last seven games. Nevertheless, Maris Jr. is rooting for him.

“When he first came into the league and I saw his first homer, I thought, ‘Oh my God, who is that?’” Maris Jr. said. “The way he turned on the ball, the power he exuded. Ever since then, I’ve been a big fan, following him. He’s just incredible. When he first came up, you were just in awe if you were a fan and enjoy the long ball.

“I was like, ‘How many home runs is he going to hit?’”

    

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Daniel Cormier Tells TMZ He Wants to Fight Jon Jones Again

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier revealed he would be happy to fight Jon Jones for a third time.

Jones was stripped of the title he won against Cormier at UFC 214 after the bout was ruled a no-contest following the former’s failed drug test; the latter was subsequently reinstated as champion.

Speaking to TMZ, Cormier didn’t rule out going up against his long-time rival again:

“That’s the craziest thing about the whole situation,” he said when asked about another showdown with Jones. “Competitively, he’s beaten me twice. So yeah, of course. People think I’m insane for it.”

While he made it clear he would step into the Octagon with Jones again, Cormier added that “respect and honor” for the sport would be of the “utmost importance” if they were to face off.

“This whole thing is just crazy,” the 38-year-old continued. “It’s unbelievable this is happening again.”

Although Cormier and Jones have never seen eye-to-eye in the past, the former posted the following on Instagram recently, encouraging critics to relent:

MMA journalist Luke Thomas praised the light heavyweight champion’s temperament in the aftermath of the no-contest ruling:

In the cage at UFC 214, Jones stopped Cormier in the third round with a kick to the head and a flurry of punches. However, 24 days on, the UFC confirmed the United States Anti-Doping Agency had identified a potential violation in one of Jones’ samples.

On Sept. 13, it was noted his “B” sample also contained a banned substance.

The fight in July was a much-anticipated rematch of the meeting between the duo at UFC 182 in 2015, which Jones won via unanimous decision. Previously, they were set to meet at the flagship UFC 200 event in 2016, but Jones was replaced by Anderson Silva at the last minute following another failed test.

Cormier’s defeat to Jones in 2015 remains the only loss on his professional MMA record.

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Indians Claim AL Central Title, MLB Playoff Berth with Win vs. Royals

An 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field helped the Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Central division title.

The MLB and the team’s Twitter account celebrated the accomplishment:

Cleveland moved to 92-57 with Saturday’s victory, a record that was mostly aided by an AL-record 22-game win streak that ended Friday.

The squad was just 69-56 on Aug. 23 at the start of the streak, but now have the best record in the league and still have a chance to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers for best in the majors.

It has truly been a team effort to reach this point, with just about everyone on the roster carrying the team on a given night.

Five different starting pitchers have at least nine wins, with three of them already earning 15 wins in 2017 (Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco). Seven different hitters have at least 10 home runs, not even including Jay Bruce, who has five since joining the Indians but 34 total on the year.

Jose Ramirez has become an MVP candidate with his .314 batting average, 27 home runs and league-best 50 doubles, but this is far from a one-man team.

This success continues an improbable 2016 season that saw the squad win the AL Central and advance all the way to the World Series before falling in seven games to the Chicago Cubs.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com noted the last consecutive division titles for Cleveland:

Considering the team is currently the favorite to win the title at 3-1, per OddsShark, this year has the chance to end even better.

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Romain Wattel Tops Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Austin Connelly to Win 2017 KLM Open

Romain Wattel claimed victory at the 2017 KLM Open in the Netherlands, seeing off Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Austin Connelly to clinch his maiden European Tour title.

The Frenchman shot a final round 69 to finish at 15-under, one shot clear of Connelly in second place.

The 26-year-old will take home €300,000 of the €1.8 million purse.   

For the leaderboard in full and complete prize-money details, visit the European Tour website.

     

Sunday Recap

Thailand’s Aphibarnrat began the day with a one-shot lead and started off solidly.

He picked up a birdie on the third and made few mistakes, as noted by the European Tour’s official Twitter account:

However, Wattel was in fine form as he birdied the second as well as the fourth and the sixth to move into the lead.

Joel Stalter also started the day well, picking up four birdies on the front nine before slipping out of contention with bogeys at the 11th and 15th.

Aphibarnrat kept pace with Wattel but suffered at the 15th where he could manage only a double bogey as Wattel moved one shot ahead with just three holes remaining.

Wattel maintained his lead going into the final hole where the nerves began to show for Aphibarnrat, who could only manage another double bogey to finish on 73.

That saw the overnight leader drop right down the rankings, into a share of ninth with Chris Wood, Bernd Wiesberger, Matt Wallace and Joakim Lagergren.

Meanwhile, Wattel kept his nerve to make par and finish ahead of Austin Connelly who shot a superb final round of 66, to finish just one behind the Frenchman on 14-under.

It was a moment to savour for Wattel, his first European Tour title, and his delight was evident, as captured by the tournament’s official Twitter account:

Elsewhere, England’s Lee Westwood shared third spot with Joel Stalter, Sebastian Heisele, Justin Walters, George Coetzee and Eddie Pepperell at 13-under.

Pepperell finished extremely strongly, shooting a final-round 65, the lowest of the day along with Wood, as captured by the European Tour:

However, the day belonged to Wattel who showed great consistency despite the lead frequently changing hands, before keeping his nerve in an exciting finish.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard Talks Ligue 1 Return Amid PSG Rumours

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has ruled out moving to Paris Saint-Germain and said the only team he would ever join in Ligue 1 is former club Lille OSC.

Per The Sun‘s Steve Goodman, the Belgian star is a long-time target for PSG. However, while he has not ruled out departing Chelsea some time in the future, the Paris giants are not on his list of potential destinations, per SFR Sport (via Goodman):

There are some big clubs [in Ligue 1], and it was an attractive league even when I played in it six years ago.

“Big stars want to play in Ligue 1, and that is a good thing. But if I am to return it will be to play for Lille—they are my club.

“I still have a career to carve out, with a number of seasons ahead of me. I am at Chelsea for the time being, and I don’t know where my career will take me in the future. But if I do go back to France it will be to play for Lille.

Hazard has also been heavily linked with Real Madrid in the past, and the 26-year-old recently refused to rule out a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the future, per Marca (via Simon Johnson in the Evening Standard).

While PSG may have been linked with Hazard, they added Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to their squad in the summer and arguably no longer need the Belgium international.

Real, on the other hand, could find a space in their first team for Hazard. Cristiano Ronaldo is now 32 and tends to play more centrally than out wide.

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale continues to be linked with a move back to England, most likely to Manchester United, per The Sun‘s Daniel Cutts.

There is certainly a possibility Real could pursue Hazard to fill the role on the left flank and be part of an attacking unit alongside Marco Asensio and Isco.

However, Hazard could well remain at Chelsea for the foreseeable future. He has been crucial in both of the Blues’ two Premier League title wins in the last three seasons and has no immediate need to depart a club where he has huge prospects and is well-loved.

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