Football News FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked after accepting Real Madrid job

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking turn of events, Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain manager a day before the FIFA World Cup 2018 and a day after it was announced that he will take the vacant Real Madrid manager’s spot after the World Cup.Lopetegui on Tuesday signed a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and hence, it was decided by the Spanish hierarchy that it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.Luis Rubiales, the Spanish Football Association president, who was supposed to attend FIFA’s congress in Moscow on Wednesday flew to Spain’s training camp on Tuesday night to discuss the matter.”We cannot fulfill our own values. It’s a difficult and painful situation. We would have liked to end up here at the top with Julen, but we have not determined the way we act,” said Rubiales.“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck,” added the Spanish FA president.“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”Spain plays their first Group B match against Portugal on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Red Sox’s Chris Sale (3-8) sounds off on ‘absolutely embarrassing’ first half

first_img David Ortiz shooting was a hit gone wrong, police say “I know who I am and who I’m supposed to be for this team, and I haven’t been anything close,” Sale told reporters (via nesn.com). “I’m, like, 3-8. That’s absolutely embarrassing. … On a team like this, they need me to be better.“There’s nothing to look back on other than just being bad. I don’t know if it’s this or that, everything feels good. It’s just, I haven’t been getting it done. It’s been a tough go.” Related News DJ playing our favourite hit 🎧 #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/FSnHo2Ie5U— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 4, 2019Red Sox manager Alex Cora agreed that Sale hasn’t lived up to expectations. Sale isn’t expected to pitch again until after the All-Star break, which will give him at least nine days off before he’s scheduled to face the Dodgers. Cora is hopeful Sale will come back stronger after having some time off, though Cora maintains Sale isn’t injured.“It wasn’t good,” Cora said (per the New York Post). “Just a lot of pitches in the zone. I know he’s disappointed. … Hopefully, when he comes back, we’ll get him back on track.” Struggling Red Sox ace Chris Sale said after his team’s 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday that he has never felt more “frustrated” by his performance.Toronto’s Danny Jansen, Brandon Drury and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit home runs off Sale, and he gave up five runs and a season-high nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s game.center_img After another rough outing, Sale’s ERA ballooned to 4.04 to go with his 3-8 mark in 18 starts. With the Red Sox sitting third in the American League East at 45-41 behind the Yankees and Rays, Sale admitted that he’s been holding back his team.“I’m supposed to be a big part of this team, a big part of this pitching staff, and I’ve probably been the biggest crutch,” Sale said. “I’m standing before you as frustrated as I’ve ever been.” Nathan Eovaldi to be Red Sox closer upon return from IL, report sayslast_img read more