France know a draw away to the Dutch in Rotterdam will secure their place in the finals of the new Nations League, which will feature four teams and be played in June next year.A defeat, though, will give the Netherlands the chance to leapfrog the World Cup winners when they play Germany away on November 19.The friendly against Uruguay will be played at the Stade de France on Tuesday, November 20.France squad:Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace/ENG), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Steven Nzonzi (Roma/ITA), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG)Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Anthony Martial (Manchester United/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his impressive recent form with Manchester United by being recalled to the France squad by coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday.Martial, who has scored five goals in United’s last four Premier League games, comes in for France’s Nations League match in the Netherlands on November 16 and their home friendly against Uruguay four days later.Martial, 22, was not in the France squad that won the World Cup in Russia. He won the last of his 18 caps in a friendly away to the Russians in March.“We’re still talking about a young player who, I hope, is in the process of gaining a certain maturity,” said Deschamps.“That can be seen on the pitch, with the importance he’s taken on in recent weeks in Manchester, in the head of Jose Mourinho, and what he’s doing on the pitch.”Deschamps acknowledged Martial’s struggles to maintain his best form in the past have held him back at times.“It’s always been Anthony’s problem. He knows it and I’ve told him. He’s someone who has incredible potential but who doesn’t always do it with consistency.”Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy, Lyon captain Nabil Fekir and Marseille defender Adil Rami also return to the squad after missing last month’s friendly against Iceland and the Nations League win against Germany.Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet and Atletico Madrid duo Thomas Lemar and Lucas Hernandez are all absent. The latter two are injured.
The goal came about in the most unlikely of circumstances as the seconds ticked down and Virgil van Dijk mishit a hopeful, desperate shot in the direction of the Everton goal, with the effort ballooning into the air and the defender turning his back in disgust.But goalkeeper Jordan Pickford struggled to judge the flight of the ball as it dropped from the Anfield night sky.The England man panicked, appearing to push the ball upwards before it bounced on top of the bar and into the path of Origi, who had a simple task to head into the open net.Pickford apologised for his blunder but gave a different version of events.“The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar,” he said. “I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield.”For Origi, whose derby appearance in April 2016 saw him suffer a career-threatening ankle injury before he was forced to spend last season on loan with Wolfsburg, it was a particularly sweet goal.“I said it to him, when I went to him on the pitch I had it in my mind. I’ve never forgot it (the injury) since,” said Klopp. “Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it was a break in his development.“So it was always in my mind about Div that night (against Everton). And coming on tonight, he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Origi’s freak injury-time winning goalLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Divock Origi’s freak injury-time winning goal settled a thrilling Merseyside derby as Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 on Sunday to stay in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City, although the FA may yet have the final word on a tempestuous finale to the game.Jurgen Klopp apologised on TV afterwards for his celebrations after Origi, making his first Premier League appearance since August 2017, scored the decisive 96th-minute goal.The German manager sprinted onto the field, running beyond the centre circle, while numerous coaching staff and substitutes headed towards the Kop to join Liverpool players celebrating with supporters.At the other end of Anfield, Everton supporters threw blue flares onto the field, another incident that will likely bring FA action.And while Klopp claimed he had apologised to opposite number Marco Silva after the game — a claim denied by the Everton man — the FA may take a dim view of the wild scenes.“Immediately after the game I apologised to Marco Silva when we spoke to each other,” said Klopp. “I told him how much I respect his work.“What can I say about it? I didn’t want to run. It was not in my plan. I didn’t want to run to Ali (goalkeeper Alisson), I couldn’t stop obviously. Not cool, but it happened.” Silva rejected Klopp’s version of events, however. “He didn’t apologise to me,” he said. “To be honest, I didn’t see so I don’t know what he did and how he did it.“I think he didn’t expect anything (the late goal) so it was a lucky day for him.”– Freak goal –
A 42-year-old woman has been arrested after she zipped her boyfriend into a suitcase while playing a game, and left him to die.The incident was reported in Winter Park, Florida on Monday around 1:00pm.Authorities say they responded to a home after the suspect Sarah Boone, called to say her boyfriend Jorge Torres was dead.When investigators arrived at the home, they found Torres’ body by the front door next to a blue suitcase. It was reported”small laceration” on his lip and bruising around his eye.Boone told authorities that she and Torres had been playing hide-n-seek and they thought it would be funny if Torres got into the suitcase to hide. Torres agreed and she zipped him inside.Boone then told authorities that because she had been drinking, she eventually fell asleep. When she woke up, she realized Torres was still inside of the suitcase and when she opened it, she found Torres dead.During the investigation, Boone gave authorities permission to search her phone. On the phone authorities found two disturbing videos that did not match her story.One of the videos showed Torres begging Boone to let him out because he could not breathe and the other showed the suitcase face down with Torres pushing on it trying to get out. Boone has since been arrested and is facing a second-degree murder charge.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office a 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 19-year-old babysitter when she was taking selfies with a gun.Police say the babysitter was a relative of the child.When she found the gun, she thought it was unloaded, and started taking pictures with it.That’s when the gun went off, hitting the boy in the stomach.The sheriff’s office says he is now in stable condition.The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed yet.
Surveillance video matched the victim’s account and showed the gunman had his finger on the trigger “[d]uring the entire encounter,” Officer John Dalles’ arrest report said. Police are trying to identify a man who pointed a handgun at the face of a 73-year-old man who was in line at the deli counter of an Orlando Publix.According to the Orlando Sentinel, the 73-year-old man said he was just standing in line at the deli on Saturday evening when he noticed the man next in line glaring at him.The 73-year-old man then asked the glaring man “Sir, what can I do for you?” “Do we know each other?”, according to an arrest report.The man then stepped back, drew a handgun, and aimed it at the other man’s face. As he was pointing the gun, he told the other man not to mess with him, the report said.The 73-year-old man backed away with his hands up and the other man, who was wearing a mask and gloves, put the gun under his shirt before walking away.Other shoppers and employees fled the scene, police said.Police received several calls saying there was a gunman inside the store.When officials arrived to the scene, store employees told them the victim is a regular at the store. They said the gunman seemed “furious,” according to the police report.
Three players, all at college in the United States, will represent England Golf in the annual Jones Invitational Cup at Ocean Forest Golf Club at Sea Island, Georgia, on 30th January – 1st February. The trio comprises Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) and Ben Wheeler (Purley Downs, Surrey) who will chase a title that has continually eluded English players. Anderson, 22, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) scored five wins from six on his England debut in last year’s Home Internationals in Wales. Currently at Jacksonville State University where he has enjoyed considerable success, he was a semi-finalist in the English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath in 2013 and finished equal 14th last year in the South of England Amateur . Taylor, 22, has enjoyed victories at Louisiana State University including the David Toms Intercollegiate last year. He made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland and in 2012 finished third in the Turkish Amateur and the Jones Cup, the best by an England player to date. Also in 2012, he reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy. In 2013, he finished equal third in the Brabazon Trophy. Wheeler, 22, at Coastal Carolina University, has yet to be capped by England but finished equal fourth in the 2012 Tillman Trophy at Moor Park and in 2013 was tied eighth in the South of England Amateur Championship. Last year, in a limited number of events on this side of the Atlantic, he finished tied 14th in the South of England and 17th in the Amateur Championship. The Jones Cup comprises a field of 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world, who will compete over 54 holes of stroke play for this prestigious title which was inaugurated in 2001 as a biennial event but which is now played annually. Taylor’s third place in 2012 tops the English performances in the Jones Cup, while Gary Wolstenholme finished equal fifth in 2001 and Jamie Elson, Jack Hiluta and Ben Stow have all finished sixth. 6 Jan 2015 Trio seek elusive US title in Georgia
Golf participation appears to be continuing to stabilise after the latest Active People Survey figures from Sport England. The encouraging news comes from the results for the year to October 2015, which have just been released. They consolidate the previous year’s results which had indicated that the downward trend was slowing. The results give cause for optimism that the focus on creating more players, more members and stronger clubs is having a positive impact. The survey shows: Overall 740,100 people, aged 16-plus, play golf in England for at least 30 minutes once a week. That’s up slightly on the previous year (730,300) and this is the first, small, increase in participation since October 2012. The growth is among young people, with 50,400 aged between 16 and 25 now involved in weekly golf, compared to 38,400 a year ago. Other encouraging signs include a slight increase in the number of male golfers; among black and minority ethnic (BME) groups; and in club membership. Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA, said: “It is heartening to see these results and especially to see the recovery in the numbers of young people who are playing golf. But there is still much more to be done to consolidate these results and to grow the game. That is why there is ever closer collaboration across the industry to ensure our collective efforts are focused on the right priorities for the future.” David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, said: “A great deal of hard and coordinated work is taking place at club, county and national levels, to recruit and retain more players and members, to provide the right coaching opportunities and to show that golf really is a game for all. These results will encourage all who are involved in this work to continue their efforts and to keep moving in the same direction.” Initiatives include: County action plans which attracted over 92,000 people to try golf in the six months to September. Over 36,000 took structured coaching courses with PGA professionals and 40% went on to play once a week. Increased capacity for the network of County Development Officers who work closely with the PGA and the Golf Foundation to support clubs. The Get into golf campaign was opened up to all clubs in 2015 and over 760 promoted coaching opportunities for beginners and improvers. Trials of new approaches to make the sport more accessible, such as Golf Express which promotes nine-hole golf. A pilot project involving 100 clubs to attract more women and girl members. Increased club support and education, including Business Growth Forums and a new guide to all resources available. The launch of the #ThisGirlGolfs video campaign which challenges perceptions and inspires participation. For more information on the Active People Survey click here Image © Leaderboard Photography 11 Dec 2015 New figures reinforce stabilisation in golf participation
30 Jul 2016 Yorkshire’s Dan Brown fights back to win English Amateur Yorkshire’s Dan Brown staged a tremendous fightback to win the men’s English Amateur Championship in an exciting final at Ganton Golf Club.Brown, who is the third Yorkshireman in succession to win this title, was four down after 26 holes of the final against his good friend, George Bloor of Derbyshire. But he piled on the pressure with some excellent golf and was rewarded with a 2up victory.Brown (Masham) received immediate congratulations from another Yorkshireman, the 2007 English Amateur champion and the 2016 Masters champion, Danny Willett.He sent a message to the presentation, telling Brown: “I can remember the feelings you’re experiencing and your family and friends will rightly be very proud of you. You’re obviously on the right track so keep doing what you’re doing, be smart and effective with your practice and who knows how far you can go?”The 36-hole final was an enthralling affair, played out before a very large crowd of spectators. In the morning 18 holes, the lead changed hands repeatedly as the pair traded birdies, an eagle and even a few ragged shots, but Bloor (Cavendish) came in for lunch 1up.Bloor pushed on in the afternoon, winning the second with a par, the third with a birdie and then stringing a series of pars together to get to four up after eight.Brown won his first hole of the afternoon session on the 9th, where he fired a great second straight at the pin. He pulled back another on the 11th but lost the 12th to a par after his second shot was bunkered.It was then that Brown moved up a gear. He had winning birdies on the long 13th, with a neat up and down from beside the green, and on the 14th, where his tee shot almost reached the putting surface. On the 16th he was back to all square after Bloor found trouble in triplicate, thanks to trees and gorse.Wayward drives from Bloor on both 17 and 18 then helped Brown to move ahead and claim his victory.Afterward he commented: “It was crazy going four down and I knew I had to play some good golf to apply the pressure – and I did what I needed to do.“I knew anything was possible, but George played such good golf that I had to hit some really good golf shots coming down those final few holes.”“This means such a lot. I won the Yorkshire amateur four years ago and this is a similar feeling but on a much bigger stage.”The 21-year-old has been convinced all season that he had a big win in him and he was determined to give his all in this event. “I’ve been playing really well but haven’t had the results I felt I deserved. Mum and dad and my coach are sick of hearing me say that there’s a big result coming, but it’s happened!”And what of the Yorkshire hat trick, following Nick Marsh and Joe Dean? Brown’s quick response was: “Who’s going to win it next year?”“I have grown up playing golf with Nick and Joe and it gives you that extra inspiration,” he said. “And Jamie Bower won the Brabazon – Yorkshire golf is looking good!”The next date for both Brown and Bloor is next week’s European amateur championship.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Ten women golfers are one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf. They came through the North regional qualifier at Windermere Golf Club where Pauline Fawcett, from Knott End Golf Club in Lancashire, led the way with a remarkable net score of just 59. Pauline now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Abby Roper (Seascale, Cumbria); Yolanda Metcalfe (Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria); Karen Douglas (Easingwold, Yorkshire); Diane Cairns (Seahouses, Northumberland); Mandy Holden (West End, Yorkshire); Jesnette Kinder (Reddish Vale, Cheshire); Andrea Wallis (Crosland Heath, Yorkshire); Susanna Sulistio (Penwortham, Lancashire); and Kathryn Watkin (Castle Eden, Durham). Pauline, who plays off 15 and had birdies at three of the par threes, said: “That was the round of my life – by far my best and probably never to be repeated! Even when I hit a bad shot it seemed to land in a good place. On the greens I was just trying to get the putts close – but they kept dropping in! It was a day I will never forget.” The ten players will be joined by qualifiers from five other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s female Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September. They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am. The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour. The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible for the regional finals. Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr. The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell. 26 May 2017 Net 59 helps Pauline chase her dream
Kay Dobson is a 35-year-old working woman who took up golf and then struggled to find like-minded women to play with. The answer? She set up the network, North East and County Durham Women’s Golf, and has over 200 members. Here’s her story:How did you get into golf?I wanted a hobby. I tried returning to my childhood hobby of horse riding and hated it! My hubby kept asking me to go to the driving range and, after declining many times, I went and loved it.So far, so good. What went wrong?I work as a security officer so I wanted weekend golf – but there didn’t seem to be any events for women at the weekend. Unfortunately I didn’t research the first club I joined and I found a lot of the ladies were five-day members and there was not many weekend meet ups or competitions.Everything that was advertised was more aimed at older or retired or non-working women. I could play with my husband, but he had a handicap of six and I wanted to play with others at my level, but I felt frustrated that I couldn’t meet anyone.What did you do about it?I set up a Facebook group but didn’t really do anything with it for a few months, until a pro at another club arranged a Prosecco get together with some other ladies he taught. From there the group went from around five women in 2016 to currently 220 in 2018.Now we’re the North East and County Durham Women’s Golf – a network for golfing women. The group is made up of a variety of people of different skill levels. It includes beginners, professionals, club representatives and more experienced golfers.Some just are on it and remain silent, some attend events that suit them and others are in it in a business sense. We have all sorts of events, from ladies’ days out to beginners’ outings, Christmas meets and fundraisers for the Golf Foundation – the next one is on 1 September.How do you encourage beginners?We run ‘9 holes and a natter’ every month for women who are shy about getting on the course or embarrassed to play in front of others. It is a meet up for anyone with no rules other than you pick up after eight shots. We play at a par-3, 9-hole course which accommodates the group fantastically.Through the group there is now around six ladies who have made a great friendship and all play at least twice a week together.I have also been involved with the ‘Women on Par’ events organised by England Golf to encourage women beginners to get out on the course, make friends and gain confidence.Why do you think golf is a good game for women?Its great exercise, fantastic social possibilities, gets you out meeting others and you need a new wardrobe to play the game…..Has golf taken over your life?Golf hasn’t, but the group has. I’m arranging events and looking after the website and I work full time, five or six days a week. But I do love it and what it has brought to the north east.I didn’t think at first I was doing much but from the responses from some of the ladies, golf professionals and clubs the reaction to the group has been fantastic.I get out as much as I can, luckily my hubby is a golf addict so I also receive a great amount of support and help from him.• Inspired by Kay’s story to Get into Golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free or low cost beginner activities across the country including Women on Par sessions 3 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Kay Dobson tells how she created a network of like-minded golfing women in the north-east Tags: Get into golf, Girls, Golf Week, Women