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It’s a crude measure but, last weekend, players who started as full-backs or wing-backs in the Premier League made 83 tackles and put in 123 crosses; their job is increasingly to provide attacking width rather than simply to defend.
That’s an internal political issue; for a number of others, though, now might be a good time to start addressing basic flaws of concentration and structure.
Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has been nominated for the women's coach award, after leading her side to the Women's Super League One Spring Series in June.
Fifa, football's world governing body, is running its awards for the second year since ending its association with France Football's Ballon d'Or in September 2016. He goes up against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
A new downtown Los Angeles gym is hoping to turn its mix of laser tag and parkour into a new sport for adults, whipping people into shape, as they run, duck, and jump over wooden ramps and barriers to avoid being shot.
The couple have been involved with laser tag in France for years, setting up a laser tag website, hosting tournaments and developing an athletic style of play. They came to Los Angeles earlier this year with the mission to reintroduce laser tag as both a workout and a sport for adults, with a facility that offers individual games and classes.
Raheem Sterling's volley salvaged a point for 10-man Manchester City as Everton were denied victory on the night Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal.
The former Manchester United forward cupped his ears in front of the home fans as he celebrated his second goal in two league matches since rejoining Everton. Perhaps it was no surprise Rooney netted the landmark goal at Etihad Stadium, having also scored his 50th and 150th Premier League goals against United's neighbours City.
On Tuesday night, Bjarnason's Violin Concerto receives its world premiere at the Hollywood Bowl, with Gustavo Dudamel leading the L.A. Phil in a program with Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Dudamel has conducted several premieres by the 38-year-old Bjarnason, including "Blow Bright," a work partly inspired by the composer's reactions to the Pacific Ocean.
The release features him conducting his own score, "Emergence," for piano, synthesizer and orchestra, as well as four other works by Icelandic composers. Bjarnason's Violin Concerto, co-commissioned by the L.A. Phil and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, was planned as part of the Reykjavík Festival but delayed because Bjarnason also was working on his first opera, "Brothers," which had its premiere in Denmark last week.
The introduction of the Tunnel Club has met resistance in some quarters — not just from those fans who were displaced to make room for a new bank of plush leather seats, directly behind the two substitutes’ benches, to allow club members to view the game, but also from sections of the broader City fan base, who see it as yet further proof of the creep of gentrification in the Premier League.
A similar standard of hospitality is already available at the Etihad Stadium, for those who can afford premium tickets, and in some form at most Premier League arenas.
The U.S. Navy announced on Wednesday morning that the commander of its 7th Fleet had been dismissed "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command."
Vessels under the command of the 7th Fleet, which is based in Yokosuka, Japan, have been involved in a string of incidents at sea in Asia this year, including the deadly collision of the USS John S. McCain with a merchant tanker this week, which left 10 U.S. sailors missing and presumed dead.