Netherlands striker Bas Dost retires from international football


Prolific Sporting striker Bas Dost has announced his retirement from international football after just 18 caps for the Netherlands.

Dost, just 28, has scored 193 goals in 364 appearances in his professional career,nfl wholesale jerseys but has netted just once for his country since making his debut in March of 2015.

He watched from the bench in the Netherlands’ 3-0 friendly victory over Portugal last month but said on Tuesday he’d contemplated quitting the national team for quite a while.

“I have suppressed the feeling that I wanted to stop with [international football] for a long time,” Dost said.

“The fact that I felt really rotten for a week [after the last international break] was the deciding factor.176

“It did not go well with Netherlands for whatever reason. I have come to the moment when I say ‘no more.’ It just has not worked.”

Dutch manager Ronald Koeman said of Dost’s retirement: “Bas told me personally — I think that was good of him. I’m sorry he is retiring.

“I certainly saw a role for him with Netherlands. nfl jerseys from china When I started as the national team coach, I said that I would like to use the first four international matches to try out players and playing methods so, in that sense, much is still open.

“But I respect the decision he has made, also because I understand that he has had this feeling for some time.”

Central Coast Mariners axe seven players after woeful A-League season


A-League wooden spooners nfl jerseys china Central Coast are set for a major recruiting drive after axing seven players, including New Zealand international Storm Roux.

Roux, who played 105 games with the Mariners in four injury-hit years, has been released from the final year of his contract to pursue his career elsewhere.

Matchday regulars Roux, Liam Rose, Blake Powell and Peter Skapetis, as well as fringe players Jacob Poscoliero and Josh Bingham, have also been released.

Goalkeeper Tom Glover, who joined on a one-year loan deal from Premier League side Tottenham, has also ended his time at the Mariners.

Glover played four games for the A-League side.175

Just 14 players now remain on the Mariners’ books — meaning the exodus comprised of exactly one third of the wooden spooners’ squad.

Central Coast finished at the bottom nfl wholesale jerseys of the ladder with four wins from 27 starts.

Mauricio Pochettino laughs at talk of Harry Kane-Mohamed Salah goals row


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was reduced to laughter at the thought of Mohamed Salah gaining extra motivation to win the Premier League Golden Boot from Harry Kane’s bonus goal this week.

Pochettino said he nfl jersey online shop did think Kane would learn from the fallout of the decision to award the striker Tottenham’s second goal in a 2-0 win at Stoke City ahead of teammate Christian Eriksen.

But Pochettino laughed off the suggestion that Salah, who is now just four goals ahead of Kane in the Golden Boot race, will now have added motivation to end the Spurs striker’s hopes of being the first player to win three consecutive Golden Boots since Thierry Henry from 2003 to 2006.

“I don’t believe if Salah needs this situation to be inspired… come on, you make me laugh,” Pochettino said. “I respect all of their opinions. I respect the people that disagree with Harry, who do not agree with Harry, with the people who were surprised about him claiming it was his goal or not.”

The situation materialised into something of a maelstrom after Kane swore on his “daughter’s life” that Eriksen’s free kick touched his shoulder on the way into the net and he provided testimony to the Premier League Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel after Spurs appealed the decision to award the goal to Eriksen.

The panel’s decision to award Kane a 25th league goal of the season was greeted with surprise by his Golden Boot rival Salah and a number of the Liverpool forward’s teammates, while Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and former England captains Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer have also questioned the call.

Pochettino, who says he was not involved in the club’s appeal, admits the furore has disappointed Kane, who did not expect the situation to snowball as it has.

“Harry is disappointed because he never wanted shop cheap nfl jerseys to create this [imbroglio],” said the Spurs boss. “It is a small or simple thing and sometimes they become bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and you cannot stop it. That was what happened. He is going to learn a lot from this.

Barcelona’s players and coach have no answer to deserving Roma


For anyone mourning Barcelona’s limp, uncompetitive exit from the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage against Roma, there is some bitter consolation: nfl shop jerseys authentic There was no doubt whatsoever, across two matches, that the more deserving side advanced.

There will be many who argue that the elimination was due to the “Barca disease,” which is that, unless they actually win the competition, then it’s normally this stage that does them in. Since 2014, they’ve wilted four times in the last eight.

What knits those painful experiences together is the sight of a talented, ambitious team reaching — time and again — for the gear lever, yet failing to get out of first. Ripped apart in Rome. Bullied, badly, in Turin last year. Impotent in 2014 and 2016 defeats to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

Iniesta’s contract dictates that he has until April 31 each season to inform the club whether he is automatically renewing his deal, or if he wishes to leave. When he left the pitch, close to the end and with the result already evident to anyone, who understands football or human psychology, there was at least that “Hail Mary” chance that someone would score the away goal to put Barcelona through.

But as I saw how disconsolate Iniesta was, it became clear that he walked off fully aware that these might well be the painful last minutes of a great love affair. “It’s a possibility,” he admitted when someone asked whether this might have been his final European experience with the team he has inspired for so many years.

In purely football terms, it is as heartbreaking as Roma’s absolutely admirable tactical, athletic and sporting performance is uplifting. They picked up the thread that was left dangling at the Camp Nou and which read: “This is the path to the semifinals.”

I’ve been at matches like this before. In 2004, Deportivo La Coruna cheekily took the lead at the San Siro before reigning European champions Milan cuffed them 4-1. shop nfl jerseys online Throughout the first-leg defeat, though, it was clear the Spaniards were being betrayed by the score. So it was that return game ended in a devastating 4-0 win for Depor.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic can’t reprise super-sub role as Galaxy fall to SKC


Daniel Salloi and Johnny Russell scored five minutes apart in the second half to lift Sporting Kansas City over the L.A. Galaxy 2-0 on Sunday night.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on as a substitute in the 62nd minute but could not repeat the heroics from his MLS debut last Saturday,wholesale nfl jerseys when he helped rally the Galaxy from a two-goal deficit to defeat LAFC. Ibrahimovic had three shots on goal from distance and earned a corner when Sporting KC put his cross out of play.

Ibrahimovic had a breakaway in extra-time, but defender Ike Opara recovered in time to pressure the Swedish forward so his shot was not on goal.

Russell sliced through two defenders and beat goalkeeper David Bingham 1-on-1 to the far post in the 61st minute for his second goal.

Sporting KC went up 1-0 in the 56th minute when Jonathan dos Santos headed a corner down to Salloi, and he put it in at the near post. It was Salloi’s first goal of the season.

The corner came when Bingham tipped Graham Zusi’s long free kick over the bar after Daniel Steres received a yellow card for pulling down Khiry Shelton with both hands.

The Galaxy had the two best scoring chances in the first half. Chris Pontius headed a cross from Ashley Cole off the outside of the post in the 36th minute, and Cole’s curling shot in the 43rd forced Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia to make a two-handed save, sending the ball off the post and out of play.

The Galaxy had two of their three designated players back in the starting lineup, with Romain Alessandrini and Jonathan dos Santos both returning from hamstring injuries. nfl jerseys from china The Galaxy’s other designated player, Giovani dos Santos, missed his third straight match because of a hamstring injury.

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso accepts Champions League hopes slim


AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said he felt hurt after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Sassuolo on Sunday evening.

With Inter Milan losing 1-0 at Torino earlier in the day,authentic nfl jerseys  the Rossoneri had an opportunity to reduce the gap to their city rivals to five points and boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Instead, a late equaliser from Nikola Kalinic salvaged just a point, leaving them sixth and still seven adrift of the Nerazzurri and eight behind Lazio and Roma, who occupy the final two Champions League qualifying berths.

“We had a big chance and this is what hurts,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. “We could have moved five points behind Inter and six behind Champions League qualification and that would have been much nicer.”

The Milan coach, who signed a contract through to 2021 last week, has all but given up on making it into the top four and says they need to make sure they secure Europa League football. In-form Fiorentina have closed to within two points while Sampdoria and Atalanta are only a further two points behind heading into the final seven games of the season.

At present the top six get European football next season, but Milan will still be guaranteed a place if they finish seventh as they play Serie A leaders Juventus in the final of the Coppa Italia next month.

“Games like these leave their mark,” Gattuso said. “We’re playing well, but we’re not picking much up. We’re in a battle for Europa League qualification with many other clubs and that has got to remain our objective now, then we’ve got the Coppa Italia final.

“We still have a lot of motivation, even if the Champions League is distant.”

Midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura also felt Milan had missed a glorious opportunity at the San Siro, but the Italian says he and his teammates remain motivated for a run-in which starts at home to second-placed Napoli next weekend — a game for which defender Leonardo Bonucci will be suspended.

“We do have regrets because we should have scored in the first half,” wholesale nfl jerseys Bonaventura told Milan TV. “[Andrea] Consigli was outstanding in the second half and we were not sharp enough to strike harder and beat him.

Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini says Real Madrid aren’t just about Cristiano Ronaldo


Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes Champions League quarterfinal opponent Real Madrid are about more than just Cristiano Ronaldo, discount nfl jerseys while adding that revenge is not the main objective for his side on Tuesday night.

Real defeated the Bianconeri 4-1 in last season’s final, but Chiellini said that despite the presence of their Portuguese talisman, Los Blancos have quality everywhere on the field that Juvenuts will have to contend with.

“Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world, but it’s not just me saying this,” Chiellini said. “It’s the same with Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best No. 9 in the world.

“When you face champions like these, it’s great to try to beat them. We’ll try our best to contain [Ronaldo], but Real Madrid are not just about him. If you think you can eliminate him, you would be being presumptuous as an individual, but with team work, we have got to try to concede little room to Real.”

Chiellini added that Juventus wouldn’t be looking for revenge for the Cardiff defeat because if they were to focus on the past, they would find themselves having to consider revenge in almost every game at this stage of the season.

“It actually makes me laugh, this talk of two or three midfielders,” he said. “Last season, we played important Champions League games with two midfielders. It all depends on the willingness of the forwards to drop back and help.

“In games like these, you need to be technically strong. discount nfl jerseys china You can play with two or three midfielders, but it depends on the attitude or characteristics of your opponents.”

NPFL big guns face testing away weekend


This weekend’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixtures will provide a stern away test for the league’s big guns.

Plateau United, Kano Pillars, Enyimba and Enugu Rangers are all on the road, and have their work cut out for them in a bid to keep up with the leaders.

League leaders Lobi Stars are poised to extend their winning home run against Rivers United, when they host the Pride of Rivers on Sunday. The Makurdi-based team were on the receiving end of a loss last weekend in the north central derby in Lafia, wholesale nfl jerseys throwing away an early advantage.

Despite the defeat, Lobi still hold on to the top position, and are favoured to continue a trend of narrow victories against a Rivers United side that could be drawn into a relegation-battle if they lose for a sixth time this campaign.

Akwa United are set to keep the pressure on the leaders by securing a routine home win against Abia Warriors. The Promise Keepers came from behind to complete a midweek win against Heartland, a victory that catapulted them into second place and within a point of the leaders.

They look poised to maintain their 100percent home record by earning a third successive league win, thereby extending their 2018 domestic dominance, a feat made more remarkable after playing two games less than their competitors.

Can a talented Kano Pillars side overcome the hard luck that has plagued them on the road this season, and finally earn a first away win at bottom club Kwara United? Sai Masu Gida were forced to eat the humble pie at Yobe Desert Stars a fortnight ago, and another defeat at a promoted side, could ignite calls for the dismissal of coach Ibrahim Musa.

However, aided by 11-goal top marksman Junior Lokosa, Pillars should get amongst the goals against the league’s weakest defence line that have conceded 17 goals so far this season. A point secured in Ilorin, keeps Pillars within touching distance of their title rivals.

Reigning league champions Plateau United are on the verge of a third successive league loss if they fail to avoid defeat at FC Ifeanyi Ubah. Kennedy Boboye’s men are the only side without a draw this season, largely reliant on their strong home form as they are in danger of dropping below fifth position.

If they fail to score for a third game on the bounce in Nnewi against a official nfl jerseys cheap relegation-threatened host, defeat could seem inevitable, an outcome which signals the start of an early season meltdown.

Enugu Rangers are back in league action after a fortnight, and there could be no bigger test with a tricky away tie at Go Round FC. Given that formidable oppositions such as Akwa United and Plateau United have bitten the dust in Omoku, Go Round must be highly confident of securing a third successive win. If successful, it would complete an impressive turnaround from relegation-battlers to finishing in the top eight bracket for the privately-sponsored team.

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United are in ‘a good position’


Jose Mourinho has issued another strong defence of his record at Manchester United in his programme notes ahead of Swansea’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Two weeks on from United’s demoralising authentic nfl jerseys Champions League exit to Sevilla, Mourinho insisted the club are “in transition” and that finishing second in the Premier League behind Manchester City this season would represent progress.

“It is clear for everyone to see that this club is in a moment of transition,” he wrote in United Review. “In the history of football all around the world, all of the biggest clubs have phases of continuous victories and phases of transition, and these cycles go on.

“Despite this, last season we managed to win two major trophies, including the only competition this club had never won — the Europa League — and we also returned to the Champions League.”

After winning the Carabao Cup and the Europa League this season, Mourinho could add a third trophy in two seasons if United win the FA Cup. They face Tottenham in the semifinals next month before a potential final against either Chelsea and Southampton in May.

Mourinho added: “This season, we are through to the semifinal of the FA Cup and our aim, of course, will be to try to win it. We are also aiming to qualify for the Champions League again, while moving forward from last season’s sixth-place finish to secure a second-place finish in the Premier League table.

“I think this club is in a good position. We are always looking to the future, and in the future, wholesale nfl jerseys of course, we want to be the top team in the Premier League. That is not realistic this season so, in the meantime, we must do all we can to secure second place.”

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw being monitored by Everton – sources


Everton are considering a move for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Luke Shaw in the summer, sources close to the Merseyside club have told ESPN FC.

Shaw’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt nfl authentic jerseys after manager Jose Mourinho again criticised him following the FA Cup win over Brighton last weekend.

The left-back was substituted at half-time, with Mourinho claiming he had made the change because the defender lacked “class and personality” in his performance.

Former Southampton defender Shaw has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the last two seasons, with Ashley Young the first-choice left-back.

Young has said Shaw can be “one of the best in the world” if he works hard and keeps his head down.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Everton are closely monitoring Shaw’s situation and sent scouts to him against Brighton.

The Toffees are in the market for a new left-back as they seek a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines.

Baines, 33, has missed a chunk of this season through injury, with manager Sam Allardyce using nfl jersey wholesale Cuco Martina as a makeshift left-back.

Everton are expected to be busy in the summer following a disappointing season and could be willing to offer Shaw a route out of Old Trafford.