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first_imgWarriors defendersays sorryNEW JERSEY, United States (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago defender Daniel Cyrus has apologised to teammates and his country for squandering a penalty that would have taken them into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.The Soca Warriors lost a dramatic penalty shootout against Panama in Sunday’s quarter-finals, on the hunt for their first Gold Cup semi-final berth in 15 years.Cyrus and Lester Peltier missed crucial spot kicks as Trinidad and Tobago tumbled out of the tournament.”I am sorry,” the Vietnam-based defender said.”I want to apologise to the nation and my team for that miss”.Panama prevailed 6-5 on penalties after the game remained deadlocked at 1-1 after full time and added extra time.Bairstow in for BallanceLONDON (AP):Gary Ballance has paid the price for England’s misfiring top order and will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the team to face Australia in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston next week.Ballance, who has a career average of nearly 48, has averaged 16.75 in his last eight innings against Australia and New Zealand. He made 23 and 14 in the 405-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, which levelled the series at 1-1, and was the only change in the squad yesterday.Despite scoring more runs, 98 in the series so far, than Adam Lyth, 50, or Ian Bell, 73, the latter two were spared.The third Test begins on July 29.England: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.Sterling on target for CityMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Raheem Sterling took less than three minutes to score his first goal in a Manchester City shirt as the English club beat Roma 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw yesterday in a preseason friendly.Sterling, who moved from Liverpool to City last week in a £49 million ($76 million) deal that made him the most expensive English signing ever, scored after running on to a lofted pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.Roma equalised fiveminutes later when Miralem Pjanic scored with a powerful strike from outside the box at the end of a deft combination involving Daniele De Rossi, Francesco Totti and Gervinho.Iheanacho restored the lead for City six minutes into the second half when he swooped on a wayward Roma back pass by second-half substitute Ashley Cole and sent the ball into the top right of the net from thecentre of the box. But Romalevelled again in the 87th minute from a free kick by Adem Llajic after Seydou Doumbia was brought down by Yaya Toure at the edge of the box.last_img read more

Jordan Henderson injury ‘doesn’t look good’, admits Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took full responsibility for Borussia Dortmund’s equaliser but was happy with most aspects of the 1-1 draw against his former club, except a potentially serious knee injury to Jordan Henderson.The visitors were resolutely solid at the back in an impressive first half in which Divock Origi, preferred to Daniel Sturridge up front, scored.However, just three minutes after the break Mats Hummels equalised with a header after beating Adam Lallana to a quickly-taken short corner but Klopp shouldered the blame for that.“We did it really well, we scored a wonderful goal,” he said.“Then a set-piece. Yes that’s how it is in football – a fault for all of us. I decided to have Adam Lallana in this position instead of Origi, so sorry for this.“But we were still in the game and our really big chances after, it really fell into an almost perfect performance.”Aside from the goal a knee injury to Henderson, which forced the captain off at half-time and saw him leave the ground on crutches, was the other downside.“Jordan is really frustrating because each team in the world needs a little bit of luck but it looks like we don’t have it,” added Klopp after another injury this season affected his side.“We need to wait for the scan and we hope for the best, but it doesn’t look good.“I don’t want to speculate, what can I say until we have the scan, but it is not a small thing, I think, but we have to wait.”It is feared the problem could rule the midfielder out of England’s Euro 2016 campaign.Meanwhile, Origi fully justified Klopp’s decision to include him at the expense of Sturridge but the Reds boss said it was a fairly straightforward decision which fitted his game-plan.“I don’t really understand questions like this because you have to try to imagine where you can have some small advantages and that’s what we did – it was nothing about Daniel,” he said.“He has played the last games, it is completely normal. I know people say things about me taking him from the pitch after 60 minutes but it is completely normal and now he is fresh for the game against Stoke.“When Daniel came on he immediately had a brilliant moment, it was outstanding, so you could see the impact he had and I cannot say we played better with Divock ahead of Daniel.“It was not too brave to put Divock to be honest. He has had no rhythm because of injuries. He is a young lad and we have to work with him.“Divock was made for this game with the space he can make and how he can hold the ball.” It is feared Jordan Henderson could miss England’s Euro 2016 campaign 1last_img read more