Shrewsbury Town confirm signing of Irish League winger Josh Daniels on two year deal

Shrewsbury Town boss Sam Rickets believes he has signed a player of “huge ability and potential” in flying Irish League winger Josh Daniels.

The Glenavon midfielder had been linked with summer transfer moves to Glentoran and Larne following a number of impressive seasons at Mourneview Park.

It is understood the 24-year-old was close to joining the Glens and he also spoke to Larne, before Shrewsbury made a late swoop for his signature on Friday.

A two-year deal, with the option of a further year, was confirmed by the League One club this afternoon.

Salop boss Ricketts said: “Josh is stepping up from part-time football, but he has a brilliant desire and attitude to want to succeed.

“He has done everything he can to get this opportunity and will now do all he can to make it work.

“He is a fantastic athlete who’s very skilful and he can go past people with his left and right foot.

“He’s got a huge amount of potential and ability, so I’m really looking forward to working with him and easing him into full-time football.”

Daniels, one of the most dangerous wingers in the Irish League, was one game shy of hitting a century of appearances for Glenavon, scoring 16 goals in 99 appearances.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton revealed the player’s ambition was always to play in full-time football.

He told the Glenavon website: “Josh’s ambition has always been to go across the water, so much so that when we were negotiating his last contract he wouldn’t sign it unless he had a buy-out clause.

“He’s had a drive in him to get there and to be fair, when we spoke to him in the summer, Josh told me that no matter what he was leaving next season.

“That was due to the fact that he wanted to be a full-time footballer.

“We sat down with the chairman and we said that if something came up we would be better to do something because he’s going to leave next year anyway.

“It was better for us to have players who are going to be here long-term and we can’t provide the full-time facility for him because we don’t have the budget.

 

Taijul snatches victory for Tigers

A five-wicket haul by Taijul Islam followed by ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s record feat saw Bangladesh to take 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series beating visiting West Indies by 64 runs in the first Test held on Saturday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took him in a new height as he become the first player of Bangladesh to take 200 Test wicket also the fastest to complete the double of 3000 triggered the West Indies collapse along with Taijul Islam in the spin paradise wicket while The Caribbean were chasing a winning target of 204-run set by Bangladesh.

Visiting West Indies are in deep trouble when they lost their top four wickets inside 11 runs at in the first session of on the third day.Bangladesh spinner had their final say in a spinning-favored wicket as the the match ended in less than three days.

Shakib launched early inroad on West Indies innings sending back to opener Kieran Powell,who backed to the pavilion without disturbing the scoreboard.He then picked up the second wicket on the day dismissing Shai Hope who was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim.

Taijul Islam also struck on West Indies innings picking up two wickets in the same over.West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase both trapped leg before wicket to Taijul islam,leaving West Indies in a deep trouble.

West Indies lost Shimron Hetmyer(27)when Mehidy Hasan struck again after the post lunch session.

Taijul Islam joined the party picking up the wickets of Roston Chase,Devendra Bishoo,Shane Dowrich and Kemar Roach to complete his six wickets haul.

The Sunil Ambris(43),Jomel Warrican(41)and Shimron Hetmyer(27)were the only three West Indies batsmen who able to reach the double figure in the face of tight bowling display by the Tigers’bowlers especially Taijul Islam.

Apart from Taijul Islam’s six wickets haul for 33 runs,Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan shared two West Indies’s wickets conceding 27 and 30 runs respectively.

Mominul Haque of Bangladesh was named the player of the match for hisa impressive batting performance.Earlier,Bangladesh resumed their second innings on the third day with overnight score at 55 for 5 and finally dismissed their second innings at 125 setting 204 runs winning target for West Indies.

Shannon Gabriel struck early on Bangladesh innings removing Mushfiqur Rahim(19)making him a clean bowled.

Mehidy Hasan(18)however added 37 runs for seventh wicket stand with Maumudullah to take the team past to hundred runs landmark before he fall to Devendra Bishoo.

After the departure of Mehidy Hasan,wickets fall like nine pin balls as Bangladesh lost their last four wickets in just 19 runs with Mahmudullah was thelast man to go for 31.

Devendra Bishoo was the pick of West Indies bowlers taking four Bangladesh wickets conceding 26 runs.He was well supported by Roston Chase who claimed three wickets giving away 18 runs.

Besides,Jomel Warrican bagged two wickets for 43 runs.

Brief score:

Bangladesh 1st innings–324 for all,Mominul 120,Kayes 44,Shakib 34,

Taijul 39 n.o,Naeem 26,Mehidy 22,Mithun 20,Jomel Warrican 2/62 and

Shannon Gabriel 4/70.

2nd innings–125 for all,Mahmudullah 31,Mushfiqur 19,Mehidy 18,Mithun

17,Soumya 11,Bishoo 4/26 and Roston Chase 3/18 and Jomel Warrican 2/43.

West Indies 1st innings–246 for all,Hetmyer 63,Dowrich 63,Roston 31,

Sunil 19,Powell 14,Nayeem 5/61,Shakib 3/43.

2nd innings–139 for all,Ambris 43,Warrican 41,Hetmyer 27,Taijul 6/33

Mehidy 2/27 and Shakib 2/30.

Break a Battle

On the 30th June @ 19:35

The 15th round of CFA Cup for the season of 2019

Shanghai SIPG will go to South to compete against Shenzhen FC

That Year, The Hope Lights Up

Break a Battle, Let the Night be Brilliant

Record of 5 recent matches from both teams

2012-07-13    Shanghai East Asia 3:3 Shenzhen FC ( China League One)

2012-03-24    Shenzhen FC 0:1 Shanghai East Asia ( China League One)

Record of 5 recent matches from Shanghai SIPG

2019-06-26    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 4:6 Shanghai SIPG ( ACL)

2019-06-22    Shanghai SIPG 3:0 Beijing Renhe ( CSL)

2019-06-19    Shanghai SIPG 1:1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( ACL)

2019-06-14    Shanghai SIPG 0:2 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao ( CSL)

2019-06-02    Dalian Yifang 1:2 Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

Record of 5 recent matches from Shenzhen FC

2019-06-22    Henan Jianye 1:0 Shenzhen FC ( CSL)

2019-06-16    Shenzhen FC 0:0 Tianjin Teda ( CSL)

2019-06-01    Wuhan Zall 2:0 Shenzhen FC ( CSL)

2019-05-26    Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 1:0 Shenzhen FC ( CSL)

2019-05-19    Shenzhen FC 1:2 Dalian Yifang ( CSL)

Poster. Moving Forward

On the 17th September @ 18:30

The 2nd round of semi-final for AFC champion league in 2019

Shanghai SIPG will play against Urawa Red Diamonds

Eager to break through

Go for the battle without fearless

History records between two teams

2019-08-27    Shanghai SIPG 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

2017-10-18    Urawa Red Diamonds 1:0 Shanghai SIPG( ACL)

2017-09-27    Shanghai SIPG 1:1 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

2017-04-11    Urawa Red Diamonds 1:0 Shanghai SIPG( ACL)

2017-03-15   Shanghai SIPG 3:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

Previous five tournament result for Shanghai SIPG

2019-09-13    Shandong Luneng 3:1 Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

2019-08-27    Shanghai SIPG 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

2019-08-20    Shanghai SIPG 0:2 Shandong Luneng ( CFA Cup)

2019-08-14    Shanghai SIPG 5:1 Tianjin Teda ( CSL)

2019-08-09    Guangzhou R&F 2:2 Shanghai SIPG Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

Previous five tournament result for Urawa Red Diamonds

2019-09-13    Urawa Red Diamonds 1:2 Cerezo Osaka ( J League)

2019-09-08    Kashima Antlers 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( League Cup)

2019-09-04    Urawa Red Diamonds 2:3 Kashima Antlers ( League Cup)

2019-09-01    Shonan Bellmare 1:1 Urawa Red Diamonds ( J League)

2019-08-27    Shanghai SIPG 2:2 Urawa Red Diamonds ( ACL)

Jürgen Klopp: We want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be the destination for ‘Scouse souls’ as he reinforced the importance of providing a pathway for Academy players.

Curtis Jones was on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s Premier League outing with Aston Villa on Sunday just a day after signing a new long-term contract, while 17-year-old Harvey Elliott penned his first professional deal with the club at the start of the week.

Speaking at a press conference previewing Wednesday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, Klopp explained the ‘door is really wide open’ for talented and hungry young footballers.

Read below for the boss’ thoughts…

On how the future looks for Liverpool…

Good. But it depends on how you see the future. What is the future? In my life, there was never a period where I knew less about my future. I pretty often didn’t know how it would be. But the future of all of us, I think it’s the first time that no one knows exactly how it will be. We cannot cut that off the general situation. The general situation is that we’re all waiting for a vaccine against this awful disease. That’s the future of all of us. As a football club, we are not worried about the future: we have a good team and we have a good age group. The future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers around us and I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. I’ve said a lot of times, for young players, the biggest plus they have is time. But in the moment when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.

Our boys want to play and be involved, see every day in training that they are really close, but are not losing patience for it not working out tomorrow and playing 90 minutes every three days. We try to help them as much as we can to become the best player they can be. We do that with all the players, but with the younger ones, the responsibility on our side is obviously even bigger. I really like that these boys are committed 100 per cent to that way, and it’s a wonderful sign for all of us. How I said, the next few [players] are already lined up, if you want. Our Academy is producing a lot of good players in the last few years and we are really happy that the boys want to be part of that process, even when it’s then the first time in their life they don’t play week in, week out. But they have a lot to learn and we give them the time to do so.

On always having a local player in a Premier League squad…

I don’t know if that will always be possible, to be honest. I think it’s a bit easier for the London clubs. I’m not sure if they have to come from Chelsea directly to be a local lad, or if it’s allowed that you’re from another part of London and it’s local. We try and we want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul. It’s not a competition with Everton, but if you love football, you’re talented and ready to work hard, then we want you to be here. For that, we need to show the boys that there is a way through. We have to show perspective, that’s our responsibility. It’s really nice that the boys are now so close to it; Trent made it and the three others are really close to getting through. That’s an important sign for all the other kids around: this is a club where you can have pretty much everything. You can play together with world-class players; you can train with them and you can make sure that you improve as much as you can. Then, the club is ready to give you a chance. If that will always be the case, depends on the boys. We cannot create a football player if the football player is not ready for it. If you’re a talented boy and have the desire to improve, the door is really wide open.

On the possibility of more game-time in the Premier League next season for Jones, Elliott and Neco Williams…

That’s always the plan. One is about education and the other is then showing that education works, training works and that they’re ready. We don’t only have the boys here because they are nice, humble, good-looking or whatever. They are here because, in the moment, they mainly get the benefit from what we do but that’s a fair deal because, in the end, we get the benefit from what they’re doing. That’s how it is and that’s how you deal with your kids. What pleases me the most about it is that the boys are so humble and hard-working in that age group. The perfect scenario is that we have role-model professionals around, these slightly elder guys, who just show how you have to be if you want to make your way. If the boys follow this path, with the talent they have, it’s pretty likely that they will have a proper career. That’s good news.

You need luck injury-wise and stuff like this but, here, we will always try to use them as often as possible. The dream is to have all boys but it will not happen now in the next five years, but maybe in 10 years it would be great if we could have a team full of Scousers, why not? That’s not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it’s a good thing because they are hard-working and it’s clear that they will fight like crazy. A few things are really nice already in the characteristics of a Scouser. Good. But the door is open for all the other boys who want to play football, good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club.

On Neco Williams becoming Trent Alexander-Arnold’s understudy…

There’s always a picture now. Neco made exactly the same steps like Harvey and Curtis, for example. Neco is a bit lucky now with the full-back situation: we have actually two plus Neco, three plus Millie [Milner] and Joe [Gomez] who we can. It’s a little bit easier to have minutes in a very intense time than it is, for example, Harvey. But that doesn’t mean Harvey does not make big steps. It’s unbelievable, he’s still 17. It’s unbelievable how good he is. Timing is always important in life and whatever you can create by yourself, whatever you can create by yourself, whatever we can produce together and by ourselves, the better it is. It saves money, of course. But on the other side, these boys need time. But we will use them as often as possible, that’s the plan with them. Whatever we can save out there, in the crazy world of the transfer market, is good of course. But the boys have to commit.

Neco Williams: I watch and learn from Trent every day at Melwood

That’s why I’m so happy about the two contracts [Harvey and Curtis] as there is always an easier way, if you want. You can either make sure that you are now in the best place and it means playing week in, week out or that you prepare your career. And we are here for preparing careers until the moment is there until the boys can play week in, week out. How I said, as long as the boys are committed to that way, it will be really good for them. We have proven in the past and I proved it probably at Dortmund and now here at Liverpool since we were here, it’s not about how old you are, it’s not about who you are, it’s only about how good you are and then you will play.

On the club’s plan for Rhian Brewster, who is out on loan at Swansea City…

For the plans with Rhian, we talk to Rhian and not here. There’s nothing to say really. Yes, it was unbelievably important and I was really happy that we had the opportunity to do so [go out on loan]. He plays his first proper senior year; he had an awful injury and needed a really long time. That’s why we said when he came back it doesn’t make sense to be a striker sometimes in the squad, sometimes not. It was clear that his situation is different to a lot of other situations from the boys in the club and I was really happy that he could go to his former coach, who he knew from the youth national teams. That helped a lot and they really wanted him and that’s very important for a young striker because you cannot score every week and you should still stay on the pitch. It happened now at Swansea and he has played a good season. Rhian has shown absolutely his talent, that’s clear. In the moment, nearly perfect how it is. But how it will be next year, we will talk about it with him and his representatives.

‘Stay inside, stay safe’: Ashwin uses ‘mankad’ moment to ask people to stay ‘inside’ during lockdown

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the nation to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, many cricketers supported his decision and urged the public to avoid all ‘non-essential’ travel and practice social distancing.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also came up with a cheeky post to urge everyone to stay inside their houses during the lockdown.

The 33-year-old cricketer, who has taken 365 wickets in Test cricket, shared a picture of him ‘mankading’ English wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler in the Indian Premium League (IPL) 2019.

“Hahaha, somebody sent me this and told me it’s exactly been one year since this run out happened. As the nation goes into a lockdown, this is a good reminder to my citizens. Don’t wander out. Stay inside, stay safe! #21DayLockdown,” Ashwin wrote while sharing the picture on his social media accounts.

However, Ashwin had said that he didn’t do anything wrong and he was well within the laws of the game.

Butler was batting at 69 when he got out of the crease at the non-striker’s end and got mankaded by Ashwin. The Rajasthan Royals were 108 for two when Butler got out and with his dismissal, the team collapsed and the Royals lost the match by 14 runs.

Talking about the 21-day lockdown, PM Modi on Tuesday said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively, adding that saving lives is priority as of now.

PM Modi warned that if the citizens don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.

IPL 2020 likely to get cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak, no auctions for next season: Report

Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: Amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) might cancel the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said a media report while adding that an official announcement will be made soon.

According to an Indian Express report, the BCCI will make the announcement after the 21-day nationwide lockdown ends. The report further says that there will be no auction for the next year’s IPL and the status quo will be continued and the franchises can just pick a few players if they want too.

“IPL will not happen this year. It will now happen next year. We all know how the situation is at the moment in the country and no one will take any risk. One can’t have social distancing in the stadium. It’s better to play IPL next year. Also, no mega auction will take place. We will inform the franchises once we get final confirmation from the Indian government, the same season can continue next season,” Indian Express quoted a BCCI official as saying.

The IPL was postponed by the BCCI to April 15 earlier this month amid the coronavirus outbreak. The BCCI had said that conducting the tournament would only come into the picture if the pandemic subsides.

“I can’t say anything at the moment. We are at the same place where we were on the day we postponed. Nothing has changed in the last 10 days. So, I don’t have an answer to it. Status quo remains,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said, as quoted by news agency PTI.

The star-studded eight-team league was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai.

“If Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard. It is becoming increasingly difficult to organise. At this point the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas,” a BCCI official had told PTI.

China-EU Summit to offer certainty in uncertain time

Amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming 22nd China-EU leaders’ meeting on Monday is expected to boost much-needed confidence in the global fight against the virus and offer more certainty in a time of unprecedented instability.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of China-EU diplomatic relations, and with cooperation and consensus always greater than competition and difference, China and EU have proven themselves to be long-term, comprehensive strategic partners.

Since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, leaders from both sides have maintained close communication and coordination via phone calls, video-conferences and other means.

The frequent exchanges are proof of deep political mutual trust and close strategic coordination between the two sides, which have laid the groundwork for concrete cooperation to tide over the health crisis confronting the world.

The mutual support between China and Europe has set an example for the global epidemic battle.

When the epidemic broke out in China, the EU and several European countries expressed support for China and sent over urgently needed supplies. When the COVID-19 outbreak began in Europe in March, China promptly sent protective supplies and medical teams to Europe.

Following this momentum, Monday’s meeting is expected to promote cooperation in the battle against the novel coronavirus in such fields as expertise sharing, as well as vaccine and medicine development.

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a heavy toll on the world, closer cooperation between China and the EU will inject more confidence into reviving the global economy.

The past few years have witnessed the rise of protectionism and its threat to derail the world economy even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The epidemic has unfortunately generated some talk about “decoupling.”

As both China and the EU remain firm supporters of an open world economy, a joint declaration by China and the EU to revive their economies will serve as an example for others to follow.

The upcoming China-EU summit also comes at a time when the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the global fight against COVID-19 has been undermined by U.S. withdrawal from the UN agency.

No country is immune to the epidemic, and global cooperation is the only solution to the current health crisis facing humanity.

In the fight against COVID-19, China and the EU have clearly expressed support for the WHO’s leading role. The two are staunch advocates of improving the global health system and remain a force against unilateralism.

For forty-five years, a healthy China-EU partnership has been an essential anchor for world stability and development. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has posed tremendous uncertainty, it is more important than ever to keep the China-EU relationship solid. The world depends on it.

Closer China-EU cooperation imperative to post-COVID-19 world

The 22nd China-European Union (EU) leaders’ meeting, the first official meeting between Chinese leaders and the new EU leaders, will be held via video link later on Monday.

The meeting comes at a crucial juncture as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a serious threat to global public health security and economic stability. Against such a backdrop, enhanced cooperation between China and the EU, two major economies, is needed more than ever.

One major area the two sides can and should step up cooperation in is the arduous fight against the deadly pathogen. At the moment, China has largely brought the coronavirus outbreak under control, and the epidemic situation in Europe is improving.

With their combined experience of battling the coronavirus and curing the infected, China and the EU can join hands to help those countries that are still grappling with the pandemic and promote a more effective global response to this unprecedented health crisis.

Vaccines are the ultimate weapon against the virus. By working together more closely, the two sides can pool more of their medical resources and research power so that an effective vaccine can be available as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also exposed some of the deep-seated problems besetting global health governance, which is being further constrained as Washington is threatening to quit the World Health Organization (WHO). Beijing and Brussels should continue to support the indispensible role of the WHO in the ongoing pandemic battle, and improve the global health governance in preparation for future health crises.

One other key area the two sides should step up collaboration in is free trade, and both sides should help stabilize global supply chains and join others around the world in bringing about recovery of the global economy.

China and the EU have long shared a broad consensus on strengthening practical cooperation in such fields as the economy, trade and investment. The China-Europe freight trains, the number of which hit a new high of 1,033 in May, was up 43 percent year on year; this is also a stellar example of how China and Europe can stand together in the face of the coronavirus challenge.

Closer bilateral cooperation will send a strong message to the world in support of free trade and an open world economy in an age when protectionism seems to be gaining momentum.

Meanwhile, despite the COVID-19 disruptions, China and the EU, which account for one third of global gross domestic product, remain committed to concluding a comprehensive bilateral investment agreement this year.

A timely conclusion of the China-EU investment treaty is of great importance for both sides to harness the complementarity of their respective economies and help them play a vital role in stabilizing the global supply chains and reviving the world economy.

Ultimately, Beijing and Brussels need to combine their forces to fend off protectionism and uphold multilateralism in this increasingly interconnected world.

In the past few years, China and the EU have proven themselves to be persistent defenders of the rules-based multilateral system. They should use this leaders’ meeting as an opportunity to strongly endorse multilateralism.

The world has been grappling with the formidable challenges of uncertainty and chaos even before the COVID-19 outbreak as the spectres of protectionism and unilateralism have been rearing their ugly heads across the globe. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the temptation of beggar-thy-neighbor policies threatens to further derail global cooperation on critical issues such as climate change.

The COVID-19 crisis should be regarded as a sobering reminder that global crises need global solutions, not a short-sighted excuse to retreat into one’s own borders and resort to economic nationalism and protectionism.

The world has been caught off guard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, countries around the world should work together to overcome this global health crisis, and not be crushed by it. This is the task that both China and the EU now face.

Street Art Brings Communities Together

In an initiative supported by MFC Foundation, the charitable arm of Middlesbrough Football Club, working in association with Youth Focus North East, communities have been challenged with chalking their street.

The results, on and off the pavement, have been spectacular.

The residents of one such street, Coral Street in Saltburn, bought into the initiative wholeheartedly with both sides of the road adorned with chalk messages and drawings.

Commenting on the project, one lady who simply wanted to be known as Michelle said: “It was amazing just to have the opportunity to take part. There is not one person on our estate who isn’t thankful for that.

“People are still talking about it and how much they loved it. It’s brought everyone together and talking to each other.”

Michelle added: “We had a Facebook group for the chalk event, but now everyone wants to keep it and for us all to have something regularly.

“To say everyone was behind closed doors, lonely and scared, everyone came out on the streets and spoke to their neighbours. There was so much laughter and enjoyment.

“I loved just stepping back and seeing everyone together and the laughter was infectious.”