1 Leeds United 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Stunning strike earns Owls draw Uwe Rosler is still searching for his first win as Leeds head coach after Sheffield Wednesday forced a 1-1 draw in a keenly-contested Yorkshire derby.United earned their fourth consecutive Championship draw thanks to Chris Wood’s second-half equaliser, but it is Wednesday’s opener which is sure to grab the headlines.Portuguese forward Marco Matias put the Owls ahead eight minutes before half-time with a goal of the season contender, beating his man with a neat flick before looping a wonderfully-judged volley over goalkeeper Marco Silvestri from 18 yards.Chances were few and far between in the opening half, with Wood coming closest for the Whites as he failed to poke Stuart Dallas’ cross-cum-shot into the goal. But the New Zealand attacker wasn’t to pass up his second chance. Dallas was again the provider, nutmegging a defender and firing an inviting cross into the box for Wood to tap in from close range.Leeds had the upper hand for most of the game and should have made better use of their possession against a Wednesday side who rarely tested Silvestri.Both sides then squandered gilt-edged chances to take the lead within a minute. First Kieran Lee should have restored Wednesday’s advantage in the 67th minute but after a swift build-up he headed weakly at Silvestri. Then Wood had most of the goal to aim at but contrived to nod the ball wide from eight yards.
5 2. He’s produced his own ‘Hand of God’… and got away with it too – In a Russian Premier League fixture with Rostov in August 2014, which Dynamo won 7-3, Kokorin replicated Diego Maradonas Hand of God by appearing to palm in his opening goal. He would go on to score a hat-trick. 1. He’s the youngest scorer in Dynamo Moscow’s history – to find out four more Kokorin facts, click right – In 2008 he became Dynamos youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 199 days. Kokorin was introduced as a second half substitute after his side became decimated by injuries, going onto equalise as Dynamo overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1. 4. He has as many World Cup goals as Wayne Rooney – one – At last summers World Cup in Brazil, Kokorin rose impressively to head home during Russias 1-1 draw with Algeria. He was powerless to stopping Fabio Capellos underachieving side slip out of the tournament at the group stages though. Reports emerging in various media outlets on Wednesday suggest that Arsenal are lining up a move for Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin.Kokorin, a bruising forward, has been identified as an alternative to Karim Benzema in the Gunners’ pursuit of a new striker after the Real Madrid man effectively ruled himself out of an Emirates arrival.‘WHAT IS A KOKORIN?’ – ARSENAL FANS BEMUSED BY LINKS WITH RUSSIAN STRIKERThe 24-year-old is comparatively unheard of considering some of the other targets reportedly being tracked by Arsene Wenger this summer, so talkSPORT has collated five things you might not know about the Russian international… 5 5 5. He signed for Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, but never played for them – In July 2013, Anzhi triggered his £13m release clause, but just a month later he was on his way back to Dynamo after the nouveau riche Russian side put their entire squad up for sale due to financial issues. 5 3. He’s never scored more than 10 league goals in a season – Hes hardly been prolific in his career, and so far his best league return is 10 goals in the 2013-2014 campaign after returning to Dynamo from Anzhi Makhachkala. 5
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barcelona are lining up a January raid on Borussia Dortmund for reported Arsenal and Liverpool target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Catalan club are allowed to sign new players in January, when their transfer ban ends, and now reports in Spain have claimed that Aubameyang is on their hit list.The 26-year-old striker bagged 16 goals in 33 Bundesliga outings last season and has enjoyed a stunning start to the new campaign, scoring 10 goals in his first eight league appearances.That form has increased speculation about a New Year move with Arsenal and Liverpool two clubs rumoured to be interested.Both Premier League sides were part of the chasing pack when he was at St Etienne, before the hotshot decided on a switch to Dortmund in 2013.And now they might be usurped by Barcelona, who are reportedly ready to pounce once their embargo is lifted. 1
1 John Obi Mikel Besiktas are still keen on signing John Obi Mikel from Chelsea after missing out on him in the summer.The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and has made just one Premier League start so far this term.Speaking to Fanatik, Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed the Turkish side kept a close watch on the Nigerian midfielder during the summer and may rekindle their interest in January.“If [manager] Senol Gunes had given the go ahead we were going to sign [Mikel] and we could enter the race again over the winter break,” he said.Mikel also endured a stop-start 2014-15 campaign, making just 26 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side with the imperious Nemanja Matic occupying the holding midfield role for the majority of the season.
Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao 1 Chelsea face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a game of huge ramifications for the home side.Jose Mourinho, if recent reports are correct, is on thin ice after a disastrous start to the season which has seen his side lose eight of their 16 games in all competitions.While the Blues players have dramatically failed to emulate last season’s high performance levels, the fitness of star striker Diego Costa has also been inauspicious.Costa, who excelled in his debut Premier League campaign last term, has been restricted to a bit-part role this season with ongoing hamstring problems, while he limped off against Stoke on Tuesday night with a rib injuryIt’s no denying Chelsea are a different animal, literally and metaphorically at times, with Costa spearheading the attack, so losing him for such a key game would be a huge blow.If the Spaniard does miss out, who of Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao should deputise for him on Saturday lunchtime?Neither have particularly inspired so far this season, but could either striker take advantage of Costa’s absence?Vote below who you think should start against the Reds:
Jorginho 1 The agent of Arsenal target Jorginho says he will sit down with Napoli sporting director Cristiano Guintoli next week to discuss a new long-term contract for his client.The combative midfielder has been linked with Arsenal, who are said to be in the market for a player of his type to provide competition for Francis Coquelin.But Napoli are desperate to keep hold of the 23-year-old, who has made 10 Serie A outings so far this term.And now Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos says he has scheduled talks to discuss a new contract, which could come as a blow to Arsenal’s transfer plans.“Next week I will talk with Guintoli,” Santos told Tuttomercatoweb. “The idea would be to renew through to 2020.“We will talk and we will see what happens.”
1 Ex-Porto striker Benni McCarthy believes Jose Mourinho faces ‘the game of his career’ when Chelsea take on the manager’s former side for a place in the Champions League last 16.With the teams tied at the top of Group G with ten points, the Blues host Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night knowing they only need a draw to book their place in the knockout stagesHowever, given their current domestic form – with the defending Premier League champions 14th after just four wins from their opening 15 games – it will not be a straightforward task.McCarthy was part of the Porto side which claimed the Champions League crown under Mourinho’s leadership in 2004, and he concedes ‘the gun will be pointed’ at his former boss if he fails to guide Chelsea out of the group stages.“If Chelsea go out today I think Mourinho will have put himself in the firing line more than ever,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If results don’t go their way and they don’t qualify, the gun is only pointed at one man and that’s the manager.“Chelsea have a lot of talent in their squad but they’re not playing to their true potential.“They need one point to go through, but if Porto don’t get a result they will go down to the Europa League, so they will come with everything and will try and capitalise on Chelsea’s bad form in the league.“This is the game of Mourinho’s life, the game to save his Chelsea career.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez is determined to embrace the challenge the additional pressure the club’s new billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri will demand.Over the weekend the Iranian is believed to have agreed to pay about £85million for an initial 49.9 percent share, pledging to plough significantly more into the club’s transfer dealings and infrastructure.With money behind him – something few Everton managers have been blessed with – Martinez will be expected to deliver better results than he has this season with arguably the best squad in a generation.Champions League qualification will now become even more of a focus but Martinez, whose side are currently 12 points adrift of the top four with a match in hand, is happy to operate under those expectations.“It is something I want. As a manager I didn’t arrive at Everton saying ‘I hope I can stay here six or seven years and go through the motions’,” he said.“I set the bar really high, I wanted a winning team and I wanted to get into the Champions League and that is still the case.“With a new investor and fresh blood into our club all of a sudden you have a new opportunity to get to those aspirations quicker.“Nothing changes and that is what we want. The chairman and myself will embrace that pressure and that need of delivering the right outcome as we have a strong belief in what we are doing.“Farhad Moshiri will bring us a different dimension. It is a big moment in the club’s history with a new investor coming in.“The vision Moshiri is sharing will take Everton to the next level – and every single department will be assessed.”New money means Martinez should be able to operate more competitively in the transfer market while hopefully also being able to reward existing stars like Ross Barkley, John Stones and top scorer Romelu Lukaku with improved contracts.However, he believes it is what Moshiri will bring to the club in general which will have more of an effect over the longer term.“It is not just how much money you can spend because in the Premier League, with the new TV deal, you will have money to spend,” he added.“It is creating a club that players want to come to as they feel they can reach their potential and win things.“We want to become a winning team. I hope I have a billion pounds to spend in the summer – that would be very nice – but I don’t see that as the success of bringing Farhad into the club.“It is more what we need in the next five, 10, 15 years in terms of creating the perfect club for a player.”Moshiri, whose net worth is estimated at £1.3billion, previously had a share in Arsenal with business partner and friend Alisher Usmanov.Martinez believes that will be advantageous to them because they are welcoming someone who has Premier League experience.“I met Moshiri and the impression I got was of a gentlemen with values who knows the Premier League inside-out,” said the Catalan, ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Aston Villa.“You can get businessmen who don’t understand it but this is not the case. I think he has fallen in love with what Everton means.“This is the start of a new era with an incredible drive. As a human being and as a winner Moshiri is the perfect person to come into Everton.“He is someone who has a terrific winning vision and it is something for every Evertonian to be excited about.” Farhad Moshiri is believed to have agreed to pay about £85million for an initial 49.9 percent share
This may seem like a given, but college – it’s hard. Really hard. People warned me that it would be, but it wasn’t the kind of warning that one heeds. No, it was the kind of warning that one dismisses with the arrogance of thinking, “Well, they might think it’s hard, but I’m not them. I’m smart. I’ve got it together. It probably isn’t that bad. They’re just saying that to look impressive.” But, as it turned out, I was naive. They were right, I was wrong. Let’s just say that I was more than a little surprised by the result of the Roman Art History test. It was mind-set-changing. Kind of like learning that the friendly and lovable Mickey Mouse that used to hug me ever-so-sweetly at Disneyland was really just a teenager in a mouse suit who was probably wishing he was home in bed instead of coddling hyperactive tykes and their overzealous parents in the heat. I came to Kenyon thinking I was still at summer camp and that work was optional. Dancing parties and Wii and movies at 3 a.m. – such was the golden and dreamy world (or bubble, rather) that I created for myself here. But, as everyone knows, bubbles have a tendency to pop. That first test served as a big, shiny, bubble-popping needle, the catalyst for my rectified approach to college. And now – now I am a master of scrounging out the most quiet and aesthetic corners of the library. I can name all the study lounges on campus without a second thought; I’ve sat beneath the most comfortable trees and read “History of Art” while watching the foliage spill delicately around me; I’ve fallen asleep on my pens more times than I care to disclose. So now it is official: I am finally a real-life college student (not like one of those fake college students over at Denison University, our nemesis in neighboring Granville, Ohio – I jest, Denison is a fine institution of higher education, almost as good as Kenyon). And as I can’t emphasize this fact enough – it is hard, I mean just really difficult, to be in college. And to be a college kid. But it also feels really, really excellent. When I stumble home at 2 in the morning from the library and just flop in my bed and pass out from exhaustion – what a superb kick I get out of that. It’s the kick of accomplishing some great feat. I could have defeated the Persian armies single-handedly, or invented the cure for cancer, or won the Boston Marathon, I feel so good. And sure, parties are fun. But there just isn’t any glory when I tumble home after dancing and watching drunken people sing horribly all night. Not like there is when I’ve made 200 flashcards for a biology exam I have that coming Friday. People can call me a nerd. I’d encourage it, actually. Because I’m a real-life college kid. And that means that I party hardy with my good friends Sigmund Freud and Michelangelo and Dante almost every day. And that’s the way I like it. Patti Sponaugle is a Torrance High School graduate writing about her freshman year at Kenyon College. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It is hard. However, misconceptions in tow, I lived my first month or so at Kenyon College with my previous (and very erroneous) mind-set: that college was going to be a breeze. I would study, of course. Sometimes. Maybe. If I was in the mood. I had always gotten by in high school with fairly minimal efforts – good grades just came naturally. Why would I assume college would be any different? What knowledge had I to contradict this thinking? And then my first exam was returned to me.