Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” to prolong his career after knee surgery earlier this year.Last month he described how “one stupid move” sparked a chain of bad luck – which resulted in left knee surgery in February and sitting out the French Open with a back injury – culminating in this week’s decision to end his wretched season.“I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season,” the record 17-time grand slam champion said on his Facebook page.“Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.“The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year.”For much of his career, the former world number one had been blessed with a body that seemed bullet-proof against the aches, pains and injuries suffered by most top athletes.But one false move by the man known for his gliding footwork, while running a bath for his twin daughters following his Australian Open semi-final loss, means he would have gone a whole season without a title for the first time since 2000.Now aged 34, the announcement also probably ended the 2012 silver medallist’s hopes of ever winning an Olympic singles title.“The silver lining is that this experience has made me realise how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries,” said Federer, who won an Olympic doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka in 2008.“The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and… the fans remains intact. I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”KNEE TROUBLEUntil May this year, Federer had appeared in 65 successive grand slam tournaments and the last time he was absent from one of the four majors was at the 1999 U.S. Open.When he reached the last four at Wimbledon, which included winning a five-set thriller in the quarter-finals against Marin Cilic, it appeared as if Federer’s injury woes were finally behind him and his absence from the French Open was a one off.However, he was clearly rattled when he landed heavily on his left knee after rolling his ankle during the fifth set of his semi-final defeat by Candaian Milos Raonic at Wimbledon.Although Federer, who was left sprawled face down on the turf following the fall, got up to complete the match, he was worried about the long term effects on his knee.“I just hope with the slip I had in the fifth, I’m going to be fine… I hope I didn’t hurt myself,” the world number three said at the time.“Is it (the pain) a three-day thing, is it a 24-hour thing or is it more? I don’t know at this point.“With the body that’s been playing up this year, I just hope I’m going to be fine.”It seems his worst fears were realised this week as he called time on his season after appearing in only seven tournaments and with a 21-7 win-loss record.
Zverev outlasted John Isner 6-4 6-7 6-1 before Djokovic needed less than an hour to beat Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-0.Zverev, the 20-year-old German, becomes the youngest player to reach a ATP 1000 final since Djokovic, aged 19, in 2007. Sunday’s meeting in the Rome final, live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 1pm, is their first career meeting.Zverev, the world No 17, had already beaten Andy Murray’s conqueror Fabio Fognini and then Milos Raonic earlier in the competition and his impressive streak continued in Saturday’s semi-final.The German is guaranteed to improve his world ranking to No 14, but if he wins Sunday’s final, he will become world No 10.Djokovic then made short work of Thiem, after earlier finishing off his quarter-final win over Juan Martin Del Potro which had been rained off a day earlier.Djokovic led 6-1 6-2 against Del Potro on Friday before returning on Saturday morning to finish the job.
The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) says its ongoing efforts to provide pipe-borne water throughout the country is crucial to the nation’s socio-economic development.A LWSC source recently confirmed to the Daily Observer that the availability of pipe-borne water for Liberians is crucial to the management of sanitation and health facilities in the country.Those who in the past failed to see the crucial link between health and sanitation now realize that Ebola has everything to do with sanitation, in which quality running water is an absolute necessity in prevention and eradication of the deadly virus.Adherence to frequent hand washing, a cardinal preventive measure stipulated by health authorities, played a huge role in hindering more Ebola contamination to the point where the virus is now on the wane. The habit of frequent washing of hands with water and detergents could be more successfully sustained by having pipe-borne water available in communities throughout the country.The Ebola virus outbreak in Northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County glaringly exposed the acute weakness of the nation’s health and sanitation conditions.The ongoing efforts by the LWSC to rehabilitate public latrines and water facilities in several parts of the country are genuine indicators of a solid beginning in addressing post-Ebola challenges.It is a known fact that some support partners are ready to join in assisting Liberia in its drive toward sustainably addressing the growing post-Ebola challenges, including the availability of pipe-borne nationwide.But more importantly, Liberia as a nation, with the required fortitude, determination and resilience, must design effective and realistic projects and programs to cope with the post-Ebola challenges and constraints.It would be prudent for the Ministry of Public Works and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to join the current efforts of the LWSC and support partners bringing their resources and expertise to the table to help tackle the sanitation and environmental challenges of the nation.There is no gainsaying that the EPA, though compounded with administrative and policy challenges of its own, is a critical partner that must consider paramount on its agenda the post-Ebola challenges including protecting water sources, identifying safe locations for disposal of waste of all kinds and keeping pollution of the environment at a minimum.The EPA, if it could only graduate from its current activities of hosting international programs by drawing up initiatives that are tailored to the current environmental realities on the ground in Liberia, would help make the country a better place to live.The challenge is for these three critical agencies of the Liberian Government —LWSC, Public Works and EPA—to mobilize their collective efforts and professional workforce together with support partners, such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and China to tackle the challenges obstructing the free flow of pipe borne water to every household in the nation.From all indications, in spite of the enormous challenges and problems, the government continues to enjoy the goodwill of friendly governments around the world, notably, United States of America, China, Nigeria, Germany, Norway, among many others who are willing to assist Liberia.The list also includes United Nations, African Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), International Monetary Fund and European Union.Principally, most if not all these countries and institutions have indicated and pledged their keen interest in the water, sanitation, hygiene and the general health sectors of the nation, especially in the post-Ebola era.In conclusion, it should be recommended that unrelenting efforts to harness critical funds and technical resources from support partners be intensified in order to achieve the desired result of making pipe-borne water a norm rather than an exception in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the signing of striker Emmanuel Riviere from Monaco was essential for his side’s progress.The club lost star striker Demba Ba in January 2013, Papiss Cisse soon went off the boil – scoring just two Premier League goals last season – leaving the goals down down to Loic Remy, who was taken on loan from QPR.A permanent deal for Remy looks doomed as Rangers try desperately to hold on to the Frenchman or at least cash in on a big-money offer the Toon cannot afford.So Pardew dipped back into the French market to make his fifth signing of the summer.“This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve,” Pardew said“We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.“He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name.“I am really looking forward to integrating Emmanuel in the group and cannot wait to see him in action for us.” 1 Emmanuel Riviere
Don’t worry Laura Bassett – you’re in good company!The England Women’s defender scored an own goal to condem her side side to a 2-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Japan.But she’s not the first Three Lions star to cry on the pitch…Relive Paul Gascogine’s heartbreaking tears during England’s semi-final defeat to Germany in 1990 above Don’t worry Laura Bassett – you’re in good company! 1
17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 7. James Milner (left wing) 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 11 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (striker) Liverpool take on Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.With the Reds hoping to put pressure on the Premier League’s top six and the Black Cats looking to escape the drop zone, the clash has all the ingredients to be one of the most exciting of the weekend’s schedule.Jurgen Klopp’s men did suffer a dreary 2-0 defeat to title-leaders Leicester City at the beginning of the week, though, so could the German manager opt for some changes or will he remain loyal to his previous XI?Will Christian Benteke, who scored the winner in the reverse fixture at the end of last year, be thrown back into action?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool starting line up v Sunderland by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 14. Jordan Henderson (right wing) 11 20. Adam Lallana (attacking midfield) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 21. Lucas Leiva (centre midfield) 11 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back)
14 14 14 Paul Pogba – 7 – Finally broke his scoring duck since joining the club for a world record fee. Cleverly linked up with Ibrahimovic and looked far more himself in what was his standout performance so far for the club. Daley Blind – 7 – Deputised at left-back for the injured Shaw and provided plenty of attacking threat. Set up Smalling for the opener and should keep his place in the side for next weekend. 14 14 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7 – The Swede may be four years older than Wayne Rooney but he looked full of energy. The striker was at the centre of everything positive United did and was unlucky not to find himself on the score-sheet. 14 Juan Mata – 8 – Finished what was a free-flowing move involving Pogba and Lingard in clinical fashion. The man Mourinho sold at Chelsea could turn out to be a key figure this season. David de Gea – 6 – Literally had nothing to do except for pick the ball out of his net after Demarai Grays stunner. His distribution wasnt up to his usual high standards however. 14 14 14 14 Marcus Rashford – 7 – Should have scored early on but kept going and got his reward as he reacted quickest to Matas low cross. His electric pace terrified the Foxes defence. Jesse Lingard – 6 – Was a key figure in Uniteds third as he teed up Mata to smash home. The midfielder was perhaps too easily beaten by Gray for Leicesters consolation goal. SUB – Wayne Rooney – NA – Given a run out for the last 10 minutes and based off todays showing, he might have to get used to it. 14 Antonio Valencia – 7 – Caught out of position by Albrighton on a few occasions but showed off his pace going forward. Energetic as always and refused to let up on a poor Leicester defensive showing. Ander Herrera – 8 – The Spanish midfielder proved his worth to his manager as he bossed the midfield area. Playing quickly and neatly, Herrera allowed Pogba and others to flourish. Chris Smalling – 7 – Scored with a thumping header and enjoyed a comfortable afternoon. Given the nod to partner Bailly in what was his first Old Trafford start this season. 14 Eric Bailly – 7 – The Ivorian central defender continues to impress at the heart of the Red Devils defence as he marshalled his teammates to perfection. 14 Manchester United got back to winning ways in the Premier League in emphatic fashion as they beat champions Leicester City 4-1 at Old Trafford.Wayne Rooney was left on the substitute’s bench as the Red Devils blew away their opponents in a first-half display that was full of attacking verve and pace that United fans have been crying out for.Chris Smalling opened the scoring before a five minute goal blitz finished any chance of Claudio Ranieri’s men finding a way back into the game. Juan Mata finished off a free flowing move before Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba scored from well worked corners.But how did the United stars perform at Old Trafford?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings for Manchester United SUB – Michael Carrick – NA – Played out the remaining time on the clock as United kept possession in a comfortable win. 14 SUB – Ashley Young – NA – Came on with five minutes remaining.
Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked after failing to guide Italy to the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.The Azzurri manager was given his marching orders on Wednesday after losing 1-0 to Sweden over two-legs in their decisive play-off encounter.And without a major tournament to focus on, the Italian football federation have switched their attentions to appointing Ventura’s successor.So, who are the most likely candidates to take over from the departed 69-year-old?talkSPORT take a look at four options for the Azzurri, and you can see them by clicking the right arrow, above… 4 4 Carlo Ancelotti – The former Chelsea boss is his most likely successor having been out of work after being sacked by Bayern Munich in September. The ex-Italy midfielder has managed some of Europe’s biggest clubs over the past two decades – winning three Champions League titles as a manager and two as a player – and was even inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Antonio Conte – The current Chelsea boss has often cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines, and he has spoken of his desire to one day return to Italy. Having managed his country before, between 2014 and 2016, the likelihood of Conte returning as Azzurri boss is slim but the 48-year-old would be a popular choice with fans. 4 Massimiliano Allegri – An outside bet would be an attempt for the Italian Football Federation to lure Allegri away from Juventus. The 50-year-old has steered Juve to three consecutive domestic doubles since joining the Bianconeri the day after Conte’s resignation in 2014. He has also guided the Turin side to two Champions League finals in three years, losing to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in May. 4 Roberto Mancini – Mancini is a contender with great pedigree on and off the pitch, with five Serie A titles to his name in total. The former Manchester City boss has been in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg of late, after an unsuccessful second spell as Inter Milan manager ended in the summer of 2016.
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur live stream and confirmed line-ups 1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE BORUSSIA DORTMUND V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT 2, KICK-OFF 19:45Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion safe in the knowledge their progression to the Champions League knockout stage is already assured.Spurs booked their place in the last-16 in matchweek three, beating Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley. They can guarantee a first-place finish with a victory tonight, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a better head-to-head record than Real.Dortmund are fighting for their qualification to the knockout stage, knowing it is currently out of their hands. BVB have to defeat Spurs and hope Real fail to beat Apoel to stay in with a chance of qualifying ahead of the clash between Los Blancos and Dortmund in the final matchweek.So, who has been selected for the clash tonight? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:Borussia Dortmund XI: Burki, Toljan, Bartra, Zagadou, Schmelzer, Kagawa, Weigl, Gotze, Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, GuerreiroSubstitutes: Weidenfeller, Sahin, Dahoud, Philipp, Schurrle, Castro, ToprakTottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Son, KaneSubstitutes: Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Llorente, Dembele, Foyth, Davies.
2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa boost Neville has laughed off any spy claims from the US national team targets Two members of the US team were in the England team hotel as Neville and his players trained Sam Matterface and Danny Mills are full of praise for the England’s Ellen White “It’s not something that England would do. We’re happy with our hotel. We were training. So I hope they enjoyed the hotel, but it is not something that we’d do, send somebody round to another team’s hotel.“But it’s their problem. I’m sure that Jill [Ellis, the USA boss] probably wouldn’t have been happy with that arrangement; I wouldn’t have been if that was my team ops person going round, and I’m sure that she will be dealing with their infrastructure within their own discipline, probably.“It’s not an unfair advantage. It’ll have no bearing on the game. I actually found it quite funny. I just thought ‘what are they doing?’ It’s not etiquette really, is it?“I just think that’s not something I would allow from our organisation.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update punished Phil Neville has played down a potential spy scandal involving delegates from the United States team visiting England’s hotel.The teams play each other for a place in the Women’s World Cup semi-final, though the Lionesses’ boss added it was not something England would do. LATEST REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS New job Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder JIBE Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January At least one member of the US team’s staff was in England’s hotel on Sunday while Neville and his players trained for the biggest game of their career so far.Neville’s side face the current world champions – live on talkSPORT – on Tuesday at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium, which is also the venue for the final five days later.“It’s not a concern,” the boss said when asked about the incident.“The only thing I would say is it’s not something that I would want my team ops person doing. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Getty Images – Getty latest At her press conference prior to Neville’s, Ellis was asked if she could explain why staff had gone to the hotel, and whether looking at it as a place the team could potentially stay if they reached the final was a sign of arrogance.“I would assume everybody is doing that, you have to plan ahead,” she said.“The only two people that think of planning ahead on my team is my administrator, because she has to book all the flights and everything and do all that stuff, and her boss, and everybody else, we don’t worry about that. So that’s probably who the two people were.“I think that’s important, to do your job. So in terms of arrogance, I think that’s got nothing to do with us. That’s planning and preparation for our staff. So I think that’s pretty normal.“I had no idea where we were headed and where we were going, I didn’t even know how we were going to get here yesterday. They think of that so we don’t have to.”The semi-final between England and USA is live on talkSPORT at 8pm on Tuesday 2 July TROPHY Getty Images – Getty