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Ian Baraclough confirmed as new Northern Ireland manager

kriralok desk: Ian Baraclough has been appointed as the new manager of Northern Ireland. The former Motherwell and Scunthorpe manager steps up from his role as U21 boss to succeed former head coach Michael O’Neill. Baraclough becomes only the second Englishman to take charge of Northern Ireland, but the Irish Football Association will hope the 49-year-old offers some continuity following ...

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UAE football season kicks off on September 3

kriralok desk: Sharjah will take on Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in the one-off Arabian Gulf Super Cup to kick off the UAE’s football season, on September 3. Played between the previous season’s professional league champions and UAE President’s Cup winners, this year’s traditional season-opener will see a re-match between league champions Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai following last week’s ...

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Chris Tremain returns to New South Wales

kriralok desk: Chris Tremain is among the four new full contracts handed out by New South Wales for the 2020-21 season – along with Daniel Solway, Adam Zampa and Nathan McAndrew. The pacer returns to the state after spending six seasons in Victoria. “I hope that if I can continue providing that service then I’ll contribute to the squad’s success,” ...

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Raymon Reifer hopeful of Test return

kriralok desk: West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer has set his sights on achieving his ‘ultimate dream’ – of adding to his lone Test cap from 2017 – on the England tour. The left-armer, who has been quite proficient in getting the dukes ball to swing, turned heads on Day 2 of the intra-squad match in Manchester on Wednesday when he ...

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Barcelona confirm calf injury for Frenkie de Jong

kriralok desk: Barcelona confirmed they have detected an issue in the soleus muscle in Frenkie de Jong’s calf after missing the draw with Sevilla. The Netherlands international had to miss Friday’s trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where Barca were frustrated in a goalless stalemate. It was confirmed a day earlier that De Jong had been ruled out through injury, ...

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South Americans up in arms against Fifa

kriralok desk: The Fifa Council is due to select the 2023 Women’s World Cup host through an online meeting on June 25. But with a week to go, the South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) and the Colombian Football Federation (CFC) have accused Fifa of “discriminatory conclusions” in its evaluation report of Colombia’s bid to host the event. Conmebol President Alejandro ...

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Arteta unsure if David Luiz will play again for Arsenal

kriralok desk: Mikel Arteta admits David Luiz may not play again for Arsenal, with the club’s financial situation set to have an impact on whether the centre-back remains at Emirates Stadium. The Brazil international endured a rough return to Premier League action on Wednesday following the coronavirus pandemic, despite initially being named on the bench for the clash with Manchester ...

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UCL to conclude with eight-team Lisbon tournament

kriralok desk: The 2019-2020 Champions League, suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be completed in a ‘Final Eight’ in Lisbon in August, UEFA said on Wednesday. Europe’s top club competition will be decided by a series of one-off matches beginning in the Portuguese capital on August 12, with the final on August 23, European football’s governing body ...

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USTA calls tennis ‘the ideal social distancing sport’

kriralok desk: The US Open can showcase tennis as “the ideal social distancing sport”, United States Tennis Association (USTA) CEO Mike Dowse said after plans to stage the grand slam were approved. New York governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Tuesday the tournament will go ahead behind closed doors at Flushing Meadows from August 31 to September 13. Dowse described the ...

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Franchises predict increase in viewership

kriralok desk: Shortened or full-scale? At home or abroad? The questions are many for IPL franchises, who are desperate for a decisive statement from the BCCI on the fate of the league — which they believe will get unprecedented TV viewership if it happens. With Cricket Australia stressing on the “unrealistic” challenge of hosting the 16-team T20 World Cup in ...

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