Redmond strike gives Saints 1-0 win over Liverpool

A fine goal by Southampton forward Nathan Redmond gave them a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday.

Redmond managed to stay onside before darting onto Jay Rodriguez’s through pass to steer the ball right footed past the advancing Loris Karius in the 20th minute.

The Saints, however, could rue missing further chances, including two more for Redmond, when they travel to defend their lead in the second leg at Anfield in two weeks’ time.

Redmond strike gives Saints 1-0 win over Liverpool

A fine goal by Southampton forward Nathan Redmond gave them a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday.

Redmond managed to stay onside before darting onto Jay Rodriguez’s through pass to steer the ball right footed past the advancing Loris Karius in the 20th minute.

The Saints, however, could rue missing further chances, including two more for Redmond, when they travel to defend their lead in the second leg at Anfield in two weeks’ time.

Expanded World Cup an absurd idea, says sponsorship guru

By Ossian Shine
| LONDON

LONDON The football World Cup finals' expansion to feature 48 teams is an absurd plan which will only devalue football's premier competition, says the man widely credited with creating the global cash cow the sport has become. Patrick Nally, who brokered FIFA's first major sponsorship deal -- with Coca Cola -- ahead of the 1978 World Cup, says the sports body's decision to inflate the size of the tournament from 32 teams will devalue it, and ultimately make it less attractive and less lucrative.

Furyk named U.S. captain for 2018 Ryder Cup

Jim Furyk will captain the United States in the 2018 Ryder Cup against Europe, the PGA of America said on Wednesday.

Furyk, nine times a player in the biennial competition, served as a vice-captain under Davis Love III at Hazeltine last October for the U.S. team that won golf's top team event for the first time since 2008.

Wasps rest Haskell for Toulouse clash after concussion

LONDON England flanker James Haskell is out of Wasps' European Champions Cup clash against Toulouse on Saturday after suffering concussion 35 seconds into his comeback match from injury last weekend.

The club said on their website (www.wasps.co.uk) that Haskell would not be considered for selection but hoped he would be back in contention for the game against Italy's Zebre the following weekend.

Partizan Belgrade banned from Europe for one season

ZURICH Partizan Belgrade have been given a one-year ban from European football because of unpaid debts, UEFA said on Wednesday.

"Partizan will be excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify during the next three seasons," European soccer's governing body said on its website.

UEFA said that Partizan had overdue payables with other clubs, employees and local social security and tax authorities, which is in breach of European club competition licensing regulations.

Swansea lose Taylor to injury, gain Makelele as coach

Swansea City have lost Wales defender Neil Taylor to injury but gained a boost for their fight against relegation with the addition of former Chelsea and France midfielder Claude Makelele to their coaching staff.

Left back Taylor fractured his cheekbone during training on Wednesday with the Premier League club saying he was expected to have surgery and could not determine how long he would be out of action.

Manchester City charged by FA under anti-doping rules

LONDON Manchester City have been charged with allegedly failing to ensure their anti-doping 'club whereabouts' information was accurate, the English FA said on Wednesday.

It said the Premier League club had until Jan. 19 to respond.

No further details were given.

Regulation 14 of the FA anti-doping regulations requires all clubs to provide, on request, training dates, start and finish times, where training is taking place and players' overnight addresses.

African Nations Cup impact keenly felt by European clubs

By Mark Gleeson
| LIBREVILLE

LIBREVILLE The impact of the African Nations Cup on clubs in Europe is again likely to be keenly felt over the next weeks with teams losing significant players to the tournament in Gabon, which gets under way on Saturday.

Clubs in England and France have lost 89 players to the three-week event, with Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish clubs also hit as their African players head to Gabon.

Inter Milan sign midfielder Gagliardini from Atalanta

Inter Milan have signed midfielder Roberto Gagliardini on a two-year loan deal from Atalanta with the option to make the move permanent, the Serie A club said on Wednesday (www.inter.it).

The Atalanta youth-player made his professional debut with the Bergamo-based club in 2013 but spent two years on loan to second-tier Italian clubs.

"I'm happy to be at Inter Milan, it is a dream come true," the 22-year-old Gagliardini, who has made 13 leagues appearances this season, said on the club's website.

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