Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel on the 'cursed' No 9 shirt

"Now we have a moment when nobody wants to touch the number nine," admits Thomas Tuchel. Tammy Abraham didn't seem to mind... (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel has insisted Chelsea did not intentionally release the number 9 shirt in view of a future signing. Chelsea's No9 remains vacant following Romelu Lukaku's return to Inter Milan on loan and Tuchel said none of the Blues' current stars want to take the shirt. Stamford Bridge Club will continue to look to add a striker to their ranks this summer, with Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to remain under consideration. The last six Chelsea stars to wear the nine-shirt have struggled for a lasting impression in west London and Tuchel jokes the Blues' central batting number is still unlucky. "There wasn't much demand for number nine when same players sometimes want to change numbers. “So now we have a moment where nobody wants to touch the number nine.” Tammy Abraham insisted he had no qualms about taking up the number nine challenge as he wore the squad number for two years at Chelsea before moving to the Serie A set out to impress with Roma. However, Abraham still left Chelsea with unfinished business and it was then that Lukaku's lonely campaign at Stamford Bridge ended on a sour note. Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain have all tried and failed to make a lasting impression as Chelsea's number nine. However, Tuchel sees the situation relaxed enough to openly joke about it and the Blues could still recruit a centre-forward who would of course take the shirt. Chelsea have been pushing hard for a transformative summer under new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, with Marc Cucurella being the latest high-profile and cash-rich recruit. Tuchel still believes the Blues are in transition but vowed not to limit his team's potential for the new season. "I don't think we will have our highest level that we can achieve for the entire season," said Tuchel. "I think that's normal for everyone, but for us it's absolutely normal and we shouldn't worry too much because not only has it been turbulent since the new owners have been there, but how they've come in and the situation before. “So we didn't have the platform to have everything fixed, go on holiday and have the five weeks of preparation to know who's on our squad and how we're training. I think the first step is admitting it, being okay with it and not wanting more than it could be. "We've tried to focus completely on Everton this week and that's the right approach because I felt the team was refocusing, it's calmed everyone down and I feel like we're ready to move on Everton to go to get the win. Then we'll analyze it and then we'll prepare for Tottenham in the same way and I'm convinced that through that we'll find our form, we'll find our level that we demand of ourselves and it's like I said I don't want to lower it from our pre-season expectations, but at the same time I don't want to put too much pressure on us." Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's article on the 'damn' No 9 shirt: 'Nobody wants to touch it' appeared first on


Andy Murray loses to Mikael Ymer in the first round

Andy Murray loses first match of US hard-court swing as US Open preparations begin; Britain's Jack Draper and Kyle Edmund win and advance to the second round; Emma Raducanu loses in pro doubles debut; Defeated Venus Williams on return in singles (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray fought hard but lost in his opening match at the Washington Citi Open to Mikael Ymer 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. Murray was the first to score points after an opening 19-ball rally, but it was the 23-year-old Swede who broke the Scot's serve and won the first game. It was the start of a head-to-head encounter that saw Murray fail to convert four set points as the world No. 115 prevailed in a grueling 80-minute first set. Ymer looked on course for a straight-set win when he paused and led 3-1 in the second set, but Murray would then win five of the next six games to level the match as his opponent suffered from convulsions seemed to suffer . However, after a comfort break ahead of the decider, Ymer emerged with renewed energy and it was Murray who struggled physically as the younger man raced to victory. I thought there was good tennis in the first set. After that we both had a bit of physical problems. The level of tennis wasn't great," Murray said. “Obviously in the first set he had chances to end that. I had put in a point at 6-5 at the time... It was the second straight tournament Murray has faced physical problems, including cramps at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhod Island last month. “I think maybe he seemed to cramp up a bit in the second set but he recovered absolutely fine after the break at the end of the [second] set. Went off to change and cool off a bit and he recovered well for the third while I didn't really. Yeah, just frustrating," Murray said. "Actually, I got a cramp in Newport right at the end of one of my matches there. I struggled a bit with that in the last two tournaments. Despite Murray's exit, there were two British victories on the opening day of the tournament as Jack Draper and Kyle Edmund both reached the second round. The 20-year-old Draper, who impressed when he reached the second round of Wimbledon in June, put on a dominant performance and defeated American Stefan Kozlov, 7-5, 6-2. Draper's only problem came early in the match when he was down 3-0 and almost gave up a double break, but the left-hander showed his growing maturity to break away from recovering from the early slip will be rewarded with another clash against world No. 8 Andrey Rublev, whom he lost in a three-set thriller at the Madrid Open in May. "For me, I know I've got the tennis" , Draper said. Edmund secured his first ATP Tour win in 29 months when he defeated Japanese qualifier Yosuke Watanuki 6-4, 7-6. He was sidelined for almost two years as he underwent three knee surgeries but showed in his return to the top flight Washington an impressive performance. Edmund's win means he will play compatriot Dan Evans for a third-round spot. During the long periods that I was out there — not having picked up a racquet for five months — it was those events that made me imagine myself out here," Edmund said. Elsewhere, Emma Raducanu's professional doubles debut as Briton and fellow competitor ended in straight sets Teenage Clara Tauson lost 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round to Romania's Monica Niculescu and Czech Lucie Hradecka. The defending US Open champion and her Danish colleague , also 19, failed to gain any points as they quickly lost the first round game to their more experienced challengers. Just 10 minutes had elapsed before Niculescu and Hradecka made it three in a row before quickly winning a fourth. Raducanu and Tauson were finally able to get the break to win game five and seemed to have settled into a more comfortable partnership as they won two at the trot, but they were easily outclassed by their opponents who took the opener on their third opportunity won when Niculescu's forehand sped past the outstretched racket of an unfortunate Raducanu. A better start to the second set saw Raducanu and Tauson equalize in a game each before the superiority of their more experienced opponents soon showed, earning the break in game four when they ran away with the set and Niculescu the match with a volley sealed to end Raducanu's first foray into the format. Raducanu will return to the court for her singles match in the first round on Tuesday when he takes on American Louisa Chirico. Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Venus Williams suffered an opening-round defeat on her return to singles after almost a year. The 42-year-old, who was playing singles for the first time since last August, lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino in Washington. "Just a little rusty," Williams said. "I also positioned myself really well in the third set." "I wish I could have pulled off this match for the audience and for the tournament. The seven-time Grand Slam champion will compete in WTA 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati over the next two weeks.


Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her bat?

Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her bat? (Author: Gardener)

Emma Raducanu was covered in blisters during her second-round win over Camila Osorio at the Citi Open, sparking fresh concerns about whether she will be in good shape to defend her US Open title. It is not uncommon for top tennis players to suffer from blisters. Even seasoned pros can develop calluses during tense moments due to the repetitive gripping motion and over-squeezing of their racquets. Rafael Nadal famously struggled through his quarter-finals at the 2014 Australian Open despite suffering a horrific corneal blister that disintegrated on the court. But Raducanu had more than enough problems during her first season on tour. A blister on her dominant racquet hand hampered her efforts at the Australian Open earlier in the year, while another on her right foot hampered her movement on the court during her straight-set loss to Marketa Vondrousova at the Billie Jean King Cup in April. So why is it such a recurring problem and what can she do about it? Raducanu began blowing her hands in the middle of her encounter with Osario, who was also suffering from a foot blister on the pitch. Both required late medical time-outs and the coach was seen taping up Raducau's sore hand, which played a role in the 51 unforced errors she committed en route to the game's conclusion. Afterwards, Rennae Stubbs, the interviewer in court, was visibly shocked by Raducanu's injuries - she even urged her to hold them up to the camera - as Raducanu described how the skin was "ripped off" from her hand. Blisters are essentially caused by repeated exposure to trauma and friction. "Sometimes we just don't know why blisters appear, some people are just very sensitive to them," said Dr. Bella Smith, NHS GP Partner and co-founder of the health center for women athletes, The Well HQ. “A bubble is a form of defense. Its purpose is to create a fluid to protect itself from the trauma and eventually it becomes callous and thick. The fact that Emma is consistently linked to one area - her bat hand - means she is linked to trauma, friction and heat. Taking time out from tennis to allow her skin to heal is an option, although that's hardly feasible as she prepares intensely to defend her US Open crown. "There might be some barrier creams she could try," suggested Dr. Smith before. "We use certain creams to protect the skin, but if it becomes a problem for her, she might need to go to a dermatologist and have it looked at." racket used. Emma Raducanu - Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her tennis racket? Emma Raducanu - Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her tennis racket? Using padded handles is one way to keep blisters and sore hands at bay as they help provide a unique layer of felt to absorb sweat. "In Emma's case, it could even be something about the racquet that she's allergic to that's irritating her skin," says Dr. Smith. "It can be worth looking at the fabric around the racquet handle and using one that's made from hypoallergenic fabric." It's hard to say, but if she puts her body through the rigors of top-level tennis, according to Dr. Harden and adjust Smith.


Love Island's Gemma Owen and Luca Bish look somber after reunion show

Love Island runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish looked somber as they headed home after the reunion show's after-party at Elstree Studios on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

Gemma OwenThe Love Island cast reunited on Thursday night as they filmed the highly anticipated reunion show, which will air on Sunday. And runners-up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish looked somber as they headed home after Thursday's reunion show after-party at Elstree Studios. The daughter of Michael Owen, 19, and the fishmonger, 23, looked very serious after arriving on the way to filming in a happy mood. Luca looked subdued as he sat with his hand over his mouth next to his partner Gemma in a car on their way home. Earlier in the day, the couple were seen in much better spirits as they laughed and smiled in a video shared to Gemma's Instagram stories as they headed to the set for the shoot. The couple, who finished second on the ITV2 dating show, were joined on the reunion show by a number of their co-stars and presenter Laura Whitmore and narrator Iain Stirling. Laura, 37, looked effortlessly glamorous in a navy blue dress as she sat in the back seat of a car with her comedian husband Iain, 34. The Irish presenter styled her golden tresses in a chic updo and accentuated her good looks with a natural makeup palette. Iain, who does the Love Island voiceover, kept it casual in a black hoodie and sported clear-rimmed glasses for the outing. Paige Thorne and Adam Collard, who finished fifth and narrowly missed the final, appeared in good spirits as they drove home after the reunion show. Adam, 27, kept it casual in a white T-shirt as he sat in the back seat of a car with his paramedic, 24. The couple were driven home by fellow islander Antigoni Buxton, who bombed the Mallorca villa. She styled her golden locks loose and waved as they exited the reunion show. Liam Llewellyn, who left the show in week one, was also seen joining his co-stars Jay Younger and Ikenna Ekwonna for the reunion afterparty. The trio appeared to be in happy spirits as they all shared a ride together, with Jay, 28, and Liam, 22, laughing in the back seats while Ikenna, 23, looked out the window. Also seen was Billy Brown, Chyna Mills, Josh Le Grove and Summer Botwe sharing a car ride after filming. Also at the reunion show were Casa Amor's Coco Lodge and Cheyanne Kerr, both of whom looked dapper. Cheyanne, 23, flaunted her incredible figure in a hot pink mini dress and styled her platinum blonde tresses into a blunt bob for the outing. Her Casa Amor colleagues Molly Salmon and Jazmine Nichol were also spotted laughing as they shared a ride after the reunion show. Meanwhile, Ronan Keating's son Jack looked suave in gray trousers and a black zip-up jacket as he sat in the back seat of a car with Danica Taylor, who left the villa with Jamie Allen. A group of the Love Island cast - including Danica, Jack, Molly, Jazmine, Billy and Ikenna - headed out to celebrate following filming as they shared snaps of their fun-filled night on Instagram. It comes after the cast of Love Island 2022 took to their Instagram accounts earlier on Thursday to share chic snaps en route to filming. Gemma recorded her stories as she rode in a car to the reunion show with fishmonger Luca, 23, at her side. She looked gorgeous in a black silk slip dress and had her brunette locks pulled back into a sleek ponytail, a hairstyle Luca complemented in the clip. Luca looked chic in a black shirt as he posed next to Gemma as she filmed them together. Gemma had also shown off her preparation process as she captioned a stunning selfie titled "Love Island Reunion Glam" and asked fans how she should do her hair. And winners Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti dressed smartly as they posed together for a glamorous photo before filming Thursday night's reunion show. The Turkish actress looked incredible in a busty white dress before heading on set as she cozyed up with Italian hunk, also 27, who looked dapper in an open shirt. The other three finalist couples Tasha Ghouri, Andrew Le Page, Dami Hope, Indiyah Polack, Gemma Owen and Luca Bish, who glamorized ahead of the show, also reconnected on social media after it was claimed he was snubbed on her Instagram been. Beside her real estate agent, Andrew Le Page, 27, held her and looked chic in a white T-shirt and navy chinos. Former hotel worker Indiyah, 23, also took up her stories as she posed in a striking orange leather and feather dress while getting her hair and makeup done before filming the reunion. Earlier Thursday, Gemma posted her first Instagram picture since leaving the Love Island villa on Monday night - and it didn't feature her boyfriend Luca. The Love Island runner-up posed for the solo shot after returning to her family home in North Wales, Lower Searchon Hall, a Grade I listed mansion near Mold. While Luca was notably absent from the snap, he commented on the post - eventually admitting he was "banging" with Gemma after insisting he wasn't. It came after Love Island fans took to social media to spot an apparent snub from Gemma's family towards Luca. Following Gemma and Luca's second place finish, the fishmonger's family were quick to congratulate the couple, posting a snap of them alongside an exuberant caption. This was in stark contrast to Gemma's Instagram, which noticeably only posted solo snaps of the brunette beauty before and after the finale, with Beau Luca being noticeably absent. Ekin-Su and Davide were crowned the winners of Love Island 2022 on Monday night and voting figures have revealed they received more than half of the public vote. On Sunday and Monday, viewers could vote for their favorite couple to be crowned the winners and go home with the £50,000 cash prize - which for the first time ever wasn't offered as a 'split or steal' deal. And the final voting figures released by ITV have revealed that fan favorites Ekin-Su and Davide, both 27, received a staggering 63.69 per cent of the public vote. They won the ITV2 dating competition by a landslide as runners-up Gemma and Luca secured just 14.47 per cent of viewers' final votes. Gemma and Luca followed as runners-up, while Indiyah and Dami finished third and Tasha and Andrew fourth. She's already won £25,000 in prize money and a source has told MailOnline she's already being inundated with lucrative offers, meaning she could surpass 23-year-old multi-millionaire Molly-Mae Hague, the 2019 series runner-up for the richest star of all time. Ekin-Su, who entered the mansion like a bombshell on day three, already had a taste of the spotlight after starring in Turkish soap operas and reality shows before entering the Love Island mansion, and the brunette is now turning money earn with an estimated payday of £1 million. A source close to Ekin-Su told MailOnline: "We've never seen deals like this coming through the door already.


Amanda Holden is a summer dream in a chic string bikini as she plunges into a crystal pool

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden was the envy of fans on Monday morning as she plunged into a crystal clear pool in a navy blue bikini designed by Melissa Obadash (Author: Gardener)

Amanda HoldenIf there were an award for the most glamorous holiday wardrobe, Amanda Holden would win it. Amanda, 51, wore a chic navy blue thong bikini by her favorite swimwear brand, Melissa Obadash. The 'Embellished Stretch-Jaquard' bikini is accented at the halterneck straps with gold-tone chain links, adding the finishing touch to the otherwise minimalist design - a stunning design in Britain's Got Talent jury's enviable swimwear archive. Amanda's wrists were adorned with jewelry from royal favorite brands Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, while the star accessorised with a pair of statement black sunglasses. Amanda's toned silhouette looked incredible as she sported a sun-kissed glow. It's not the first time the star has wowed fans with her bland holiday snaps. PHOTOS: Amanda Holden was a real life Disney princess for Les Dennis' ex-wedding. Just last week, the star shared a playful video of herself diving into a pool with husband Chris Hughes and their two daughters, Hollie and Lexi, while on vacation in Italy. "You look sensational!!!!" wrote one fan, while another commented: "Gorgeous as always. Please say chocolate!" wrote a third fan. If you're wondering how the TV star got her enviably slim physique, you might be surprised to learn that her approach to health, food and fitness is surprisingly relatable." Speaking to HELLO! as a Revive Collagen ambassador, Amanda exclusively revealed, "My grandmother would say, 'a little bit of everything is good for you.' Amanda has the fans delighted with her enviable vacation photos so she's just enjoying these little treats." That's great advice from Amanda which we're sure we'll all agree she looks phenomenal at 51. Like this story? Email newsletters for more Receive stories like these straight to your inbox HELLO!'s selection is editorially and independently selected - we only feature articles that our editors approve of love and approve of. HELLO! may receive a share of the sales or other compensation from the links on this site. 17 Stunning Celebrity Holiday Homes You Have To See To Believe Where will Amanda Holden live after selling a £5million home in Surrey? The kissed vacation snap has fans saying the same thing


The school board candidate will hold a meet and greet on Saturday morning

Tim Mayfield is attempting to represent Ward B, covering parts of Southeast and Central Grand Island. (Author: Gardener)

SaturdaySkip to main contentSkip to main content Sign up for our newsletter to continue reading. You are the owner of this item. You have permission to edit this article. Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education candidate Tim Mayfield will host the first of several "meet and greet" sessions at the Chocolate Bar in downtown Grand Island on Saturday morning. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. "Since applying to return in January, I've had countless conversations with parents and teachers about the school district and their priorities," Mayfield said in a release. "I look forward to connecting with more people through these events and continuing that dialogue." Mayfield wants to represent Ward B, which covers parts of Southeast and Central Grand Island. Mayfield and his wife Liz are parents to three teenagers who attend plaster schools. Since 2018, he has served on various GIPS committees, including the Parents Advisory Council, the Select Finance Committee and the Public Relations Committee. Get local news in your inbox! Get local news in your inbox! * I understand and agree that registering on or using this website constitutes acceptance of their User Agreement and Privacy Policy. I'm the cops and courts reporter for the Grand Island Independent. I look forward to news tips! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Email notifications are only sent once a day and only when there are new matching items. Please log in to use this feature. Register Register today Victim's Grand Island family not happy with verdict Boy's legs were broken, resulting in six surgeries. About 1,000 people, many in uniform and all looking solemn, attended Marcello's memorial service at Third City Christian Church. The Grand Island Police Department announced his death "with a heavy heart" on Thursday, saying Marcello "left us before his time." As many as 10 shots were fired in Grand Island early Sunday. One of the bullets hit Sergio Lopez-Perez's leg. It's possible he was accidentally hit and not the target of the shootout. 'He was desperate to grow up' - Four weeks after fatal Hotel York collapse, no answers, no investigation A month later, it's not clear what led to the ceiling collapse that killed a 10-year-old from Wisconsin. There has been no official investigation, and none appears to be planned. The process is expected to take two days. A string of vehicle thefts on Grand Island continues and Grand Island Police Department is asking the public for help. and branded' - Two people held captive in Lincoln warehouse, police say In court documents, police said two men beat, tortured and branded a 26-year-old Lincoln man in a warehouse, later tied him to a tree and threatened him , to kill him . You have no notifications. Receive breaking news straight to your device.


Chris Jericho vs. Wheeler Yuta

The Undisputed Elite also return on tonight's show. (Author: Gardener)

Chris JerichoWheeler Yuta for a shot at the interim AEW World Championship headlines this week on AEW Dynamite. Last week, Jericho challenged interim world champion Jon Moxley for a title match on next week's Quake at the Lake edition of Dynamite, then agreed to win his title in a match against Yuta on this week's show. Moxley will be speaking on tonight's show a week before his title defense. The undisputed elite trio of Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly return to AEW with Dynamite. Jay Lethal, ThunderStorm vs. Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, Matt Hardy vs. Christian Cage, Powerhouse Hobbs in action, and The Gunn Club vs. The Acclaimed in a Dumpster match are also scheduled for tonight's show. Orange prevailed with some unorthodox counterattacks before landing a Tope on the outside. Lethal escaped up the ramp where Satnam Singh was waiting to help Lethal recover, but then Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor came out with the former on the other's shoulders. Back in the ring, Lethal hit a dragon bolt and targeted Orange's left knee, stomping it against the steel steps. After a commercial break, Lethal hit out for a four, but Orange reached the ropes for a break. Lethal taunts which allows Orange to launch a comeback with a dive DDT. He countered a powerbomb attempt in a beach break for a near fall. Orange wanted another Orange Punch, but Lethal countered into the Figure Four that turned Orange into a cradle for two. Lethal stopped another Orange Punch attempt and hit the Lethal Injection for the win. – After the match, Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh came out to celebrate. Playing interviewer, Dutt asked Lethal about Wardlow. Lethal insulted him and said he would make a statement. He wanted to include Orange back in the number four, but the Best Friends and then Wardlow came out and Lethal and Co. Cole came out with the Young Bucks and reDRagon. He said he's still not medically clear to wrestle and in the meantime he's been thinking about what he can do to help the Undisputed Elite. He surrendered the group, saying that loyalty was essential; In fact, he came to AEW out of loyalty to the Bucks. That brings Cole to the upcoming Trios Title Tournament. He said if he and O'Reilly are not settled, they must choose Fish to enter the tournament. Cole and reDRagon attacked the Bucks and took down Brandon Cutler. They wrapped Matt in a chair, but Hangman Page ran out, whistle in hand, to save. After a moment's hesitation, Page Matt offered his hand and helped him up. Jon Moxley spoke backstage about Chris Jericho vs. He said he doesn't care who wins because when the bell rang he had no respect for anyone. Both YUTA and Jericho know Moxley well enough to know they better show up next week. Earlier today, Christian Cage was talking to Tony Schiavone about Jungle Boy when he was speeding in a vehicle and trying to run him over. Rosa and Baker started, with the latter going for a quick lockjaw. Rosa countered with a cradle and a back suplex, which forced a tag from Hayter. A strong kick from Rosa in the back earned two before a lasso from Hayter finally allowed her and Baker to take control. After the break, Rosa hit a stunner and reached Storm for the hot day. Storm landed a diving crossbody for two before defeating both Baker and Rebel on the outside. She climbed the ropes and hit another crossbody before an Alabama slam got a two. ThunderStorm went for a double suplex, but Hayter countered and tagged Baker. They decided to double team, but Rebel hopped onto the apron and distracted Storm, allowing Baker to finish off Rosa and cut her down. Baker hit an avalanche crash and tagged Hayter. Hayter landed a sliding lasso, Baker hit a curb stomp, but Rosa broke the pin with a stomp. Rosa and Baker traded strikes in the center of the ring, with Baker claiming the win with an airstrike. Storm hits Baker with a DDT and Hayter with a backbreaker. ThunderStorm simultaneously hit Germans before Storm launched repeated hip attacks at opposite corners. Baker escaped one, Storm accidentally crushed Rosa with a hip attack, and Hayter hit Storm with a short-arm clothesline for the win. There was a crazy video package about Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti's marriage. Eddie Kingston interrupted by pointing out the absurdity and saying Guevara had a receipt. He wants a match with Guevara at All Out. A video package summarized how powerhouse Hobbs turned on Ricky Starks. Commenting, Taz said Team Taz is done and he wishes everyone the best. Hobbs smashed Jones in the corner and hit an Oklahoma Stampede followed by a blindside lariat for the squash win. – After the match, Ricky Starks ran out and attacked Hobbs, but Hobbs put him down with a spinebuster. Miro edited a promotional video where he talks about insecurities he is facing. He said he was the reason King was in AEW and he would throw King in the coffin next week. Matt attacked aggressively at the bell and sent Christian crashing hard onto the apron. He continued the attack in the ring and hit a short powerbomb for two. Outside, Christian returned fire by sending Matt up the steel stairs in front of a commercial. Back again, Matt hit a superplex and a back body drop. Christian countered a Twist of Fate, but Matt threw it to the mat and hit a diving elbow drop for two. Christian dropped Matt over the top rope and hit a diving headbutt for two of his own. Matt avoided Christian's drop down right hand and hit a side effect for a near fall. Matt went for a diving elbow drop through the table, but Christian avoided it and let Matt break through. Back in the ring, Christian hit the kill switch for the win. - After the match, Luchasaurus' music played and Christian backed away, but allowing Jungle Boy to attack from the crowd was a distraction, forcing Christian to flee. He said the submission of the American Dragon was the largest win in AEW's history. A video package summarized PAC defending his All Atlantic title against Connor Mills. Ethan Page was in the ring with a microphone. Stokely Hathaway walked down the ramp and joined him in the ring but Page ignored him. Menard said Jericho would become Le Champion again next week. Parker said it's time everyone got the J.A.S. Jay said she was the newest member of the faction; She is the hottest and hardest and she will choke anyone. She attacked a staff member and punched a Queenslayer. To win, a team must throw their opponents into a dumpster and close the lid. While entering the Gunn Club, the celebrant ran out and attacked the Gunn Club with a trash can. The Gunn Club recovered and attacked. Bowens had fallen over the side of a dumpster so Colten repeatedly banged the lid on his head and the Gunn Club bombed him inside. They also sent Caster in, but the Acclaimed prevented them from closing the lid and smashed them with baking sheets before the break. Bowens was sent off the top of a dumpster through a pile of trash cans. The Gunn Club set up a table before Colten suplexed Caster onstage, hitting the Colt .45 on Bowens on the ramp. Austin climbed through the entrance tunnel with Bowens on a table, but Bowens fired and charged at Colten. Caster appeared behind Austin at the top of the entrance tunnel before sending him into the dumpster. Bowens straightened Colten and allowed Caster to smash the mic drop through the table. Bowens threw Colten into the dumpster and the celebrated closed the lid to win the match. - After the match, The Acclaimed was a long time coming but ended up pushing the dumpster off the stage. A video recaps Mance Warner winning the Bunkhouse Battle Royal in Ric Flair's final match. Before the game started, Claudio Castagnoli stepped up to assist YUTA against 2 points 0. Just before the game started, Angelo Parker grabbed YUTA's boot, resulting in 2point0 being ejected. Jericho interrupted YUTA before the courtship by causing him to fall off the top rope. He maintained control during the commercial break until YUTA hit an atomic drop and an enzuigiri. They traded punches in the center of the ring. YUTA hit four consecutive German suplexes and bridged for two. Jericho came back and imprisoned the walls of Jericho, forcing YUTA to crawl his way to the ropes. YUTA sent Jericho to the ground and landed three suicide jumps. Back inside, he landed a crossbody diver for two. Jericho hit an underhook backbreaker, but YUTA countered a lionsault and climbed over the ropes. Jericho turned the dive into a codebreaker for a near fall. - After the match, Jericho wouldn't let go of the Lion Tamer, which resulted in Moxley coming out and chasing him out of the ring. Speaking on the ramp, Jericho said Lionheart would return next week and he would stretch Moxley to win the title.


What fans can expect from the Premier League season once Scamacca is up and running

Daniel Storey reviews the summer transfer business, looks at the challenges ahead and predicts where the club will end up as part of his season preview for all 20 Premier League clubs (Author: Gardener)

Daniel StoreyRead Daniel Storey's previews for all 20 Premier League clubs here. West Ham's greatest strength last season was their efficiency in front of goal. This was largely due to their style of play, counterattacks aimed at creating high-quality scoring chances, but only four teams scored with a higher percentage of their shots last season and no team with a larger percentage of their shots on goal. The signing of Gianluca Scamacca should help; Of all the players who shot 50 or more shots in Serie A last season, only one was more efficient at converting his shots into goals. Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all conceded fewer chances from set pieces last season, but all three also conceded fewer set pieces to begin with. West Ham is the king of boxing defence. Moyes lets West Ham play with a low block and likes to save energy when pressing. No team in the Premier League made fewer tackles in the middle of the pitch last season and just three fewer in the last third. West Ham prefer to sit deep, repel danger and then move from defense to attack very quickly, with Antonio and Jarrod Bowen running the channels. That makes West Ham dangerous for the big clubs at home; They were unbeaten against the top 4 (Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham) at London Stadium in 2021-22, winning three of those games. No non-Big Six team came close to matching that record. Despite the signing of Scamacca, West Ham need more signings to assuage doubts about the depth of the squad. Eight of their players played 45 or more games last season (and five played 50 or more games). New signing Nayef Aguerd already has a serious ankle problem that required surgery. Diop fell out of the first-team image last season and Moyes will certainly need to buy at least one more centre-back. There's an opportunity to play Antonio far left and Scamacca down the middle, but with Andriy Yarmolenko going and Said Benrahma and Nikola Vlasic not quite gaining momentum, West Ham can get a little crooked and rely on Bowen down the right. It is worth noting that they spent more than £50m on Vlasic and Benrahma. More specifically, West Ham need to find a way to put the best teams in trouble away from home. In their nine away league games against teams from the first half of last season, Moyes' side clinched a single point (2-2 at Leicester, requiring a last-minute equaliser). The downside is that they've been excellent against the weaker sides on the road (five points more for bottom-half teams than, say, Tottenham) but their next challenge is to injure the league's best away from home. There is a reasonable theory that the loss of Jesse Lingard, although frustrating at the time, could have been a turning point in West Ham's summer. The club have certainly been quick to scramble to sign Scamacca, a young striker who is finally taking the pressure off - literally and metaphorically - on Antonio's hamstrings. Before Scamacca, Aguerd was the seminal summer signing but that was ruined by the ankle injury sustained in a friendly loss to Rangers last season. The only other summer signing is Swansea's Flynn Downes, a defensive midfielder who had the best passing accuracy of any midfielder in English professional football last season (93 per cent). Downes could be Declan Rice's eventual replacement but he has a year to learn on the job and may well allow Rice to rest when West Ham have cup games. Moyes is likely more secure in his job than at any point since his appointment. But Moyes has been rejuvenated and West Ham in what is arguably the rudest health of the Premier League era. No reason to think West Ham will make the top six, no reason to think they'll fall sharply from last season. The Score is Daniel Storey's weekly assessment of the performance of all 20 Premier League teams. Sign up here to receive the newsletter every Monday morning this season


Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford were the most abusive footballers on Twitter, according to Ofcom report

"This is the Wild West and it needs to stop being the Wild West" (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano RonaldoManchester United players make up eight of the top 10 most abused players on Twitter, a new report has revealed, with strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford receiving the most antisocial messages, along with club captain Harry Maguire. Around 68 per cent of Premier League footballers were abused on Twitter in the first half of last season, according to Ofcom report. The regulator has partnered with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, to analyze more than 2.3 million tweets sent to top players in the first five months of the 2021-22 campaign — and found almost 60,000 were abusive. It showed that 418 of the 618 players analyzed received at least one abusive tweet, with eight percent of the insults targeting a protected characteristic such as race or gender. About half of the abusive messages were targeted at 12 specific players, who received an average of 15 abusive tweets each day. Manchester United players made up eight of the top 10 most abused players. Cristiano Ronaldo received a total of 12,520 abusive tweets, Maguire 8,954 and Rashford 2,557, according to the report. The report says there have been two major abuse spikes during the 2021 Premier League season - on August 27 and November 7 last year. The first in August coincided with the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus to Manchester United - Ofcom said the largest number of abusive tweets were sent in a single day, as well as the largest number of "identity attacks". The second highlight coincided with an apologetic post tweeted by Harry Maguire, in which he said United were going through "a difficult time". Of those 3,000 tweets, over half were positive, 27 per cent neutral, 12.5 per cent critical and 3.5 per cent abusive, Ofcom said. Twitter was chosen because of its popularity with gamers, history of abuse, and because it provides data for research. Ofcom is preparing to regulate tech companies under new online safety laws that will introduce rules for websites, apps, search engines and messaging platforms to protect users. "These results shed light on a darker side of the beautiful game," said Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom group leader for broadcast and online content. "Online abuse has no place in sport or in society at large, and it takes teamwork." Social media companies don't have to wait for new laws to make their websites and apps safer for users. If we become the regulator of online safety, technology companies need to be really open about the measures they are taking to protect users. Our research shows that the vast majority of online fans are behaving responsibly, and as the new season begins, we ask them to report unacceptable, offensive posts whenever they see them." Twitter, which says none of the ones in the report abusive tweets contained within, is committed to eliminating abuse and recently conducted investigations using its own technology which found that 38,000 abusive tweets had been sent in the last season. In addition, more than 38,000 abusive tweets were removed. The social media company received fewer than 1,000 reports of abusive tweets from its reporting partner and is now focused on reducing the burden on victims by identifying abuse itself using its own technology and third-party security tools. Twitter also engages in focus groups with soccer partners to work on ways to reduce abuse. A Twitter spokesman told the PA news agency: "We are committed to fighting abuse and, as set out in our Hateful Behavior Policy, do not tolerate abuse or harassment of people based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or sexuality orientation. “As acknowledged in the report, this type of research is only possible because our public API is open and accessible to all. However, our publicly available API does not take into account the range of safeguards we put in place, so this does not fully reflect the user experience. “We have not been provided with the accounts, tweets, or data sets included in this report, so we cannot specifically comment on them. Today, more than 50 percent of infringing content is detected by our automated systems, further reducing the burden on individuals to report abuse. This is a company-wide priority as our product, policy and development teams continue to work at scale and pace to build a healthier Twitter.” Ofcom hosted an event at the National Football Museum in Manchester to discuss the issue, with Aoife Mannion , Manchester United player Gary Lineker and Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari spoke on the podium. Mannion spoke about her experience of Twitter abuse, but said female gamers in particular need to "deal with the devil" by being on social media. "It allows players to connect with fans and supporters, especially in women's football because it's not that well established," she said. Bhandari said the problem is of "industrial proportions" and online is like "the Wild West". He said: "It is an industrial-scale problem and it requires industrial-scale solutions. The Government must provide Ofcom with the tools and resources to enable proper regulation.


Luca Bish reveals he spoke to Gemma Owen's family

The pair finished second in Monday night's episode in which they lost to winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti. (Author: Gardener)

Luca BishLuca Bish has revealed he finally spoke to Gemma Owen's family after the Love Island finale - and her mum Louise likes him. The pair finished second in Monday night's episode in which they lost to winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti. In an interview after the finale, Luca shared how he had a quick chat on the phone with Gemma's family - which includes her father Michael Owen - and is looking forward to meeting them in person. When asked what his family would think of Gemma, Luca said: "My family will love her! They have already said they love you. I'm looking for my sister, mum and grandma because my dad is easygoing. We got a call last night after the final and spoke to your [Gemma's] family, I've had a few moments with them and I look forward to meeting them in person. Asked for her mother's opinion of Luca, Gemma said: "If my mother said 'absolutely not' then yes, I think that would be the end. "I haven't had a chance to speak to her properly, but from the little bits I've heard, she's really happy and likes him." I was really excited to meet your mum and hear what she had to say." On meeting Luca's family, Gemma added, "I'm not really nervous about meeting Luca's family. "I think they all look absolutely lovely and I'm not nervous that Luca will meet mine because I think they'll get along and he'll fit in well. His personality, his banter and what he loves, I think he'll get along with everyone. The couple were asked what they thought of Gemma's mother Louise, who said Luca looked like her father Michael when he was younger. Luca said: "I think when he played football I was very young so I don't think I ever saw your father. I've seen him presenting and stuff now, but I don't think I resemble him there, but maybe when he was younger. Gemma said: "You have to see a picture of him when he was younger, side by side." When asked how it felt to finish second, Gemma said: "It feels absolutely fantastic. I have a feeling it could have been any of the four couples. Whatever the situation last night, I think we would all have just been happy for each other - a really good group of people. Luca also said he plans to make his relationship with Gemma "official" in the next month or so and the moment will include "a swimming pool". The fishmonger, who lives in Brighton, is also considering moving to Chester to be closer to Gemma. He said: "There's no middle ground - it's Chester or nothing! I like to go where she wants me to go. He added: "Just to be close to her family who I will love. When I hear stories about their BBQs and stuff like that I get pretty excited and I feel like I'll fit right in." When asked what they like about each other, Gemma said: "I would say the more we know each other , the more alike we are. Luca added: "My favorite thing about her is that no matter how I was feeling, I would turn around and she would just give me a hug or something and I would smile. I've never had this with anyone as I never want to show emotion in front of another partner. It comes after Love Island fans took to social media to spot an apparent snub from Gemma's family towards Luca. Following Gemma and Luca's second place finish, the fishmonger's family were quick to congratulate the couple, posting a snap of them alongside an exuberant caption. It read: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have shown this beautiful couple. This was in stark contrast to Gemma's Instagram, which noticeably only posted solo snaps of the brunette beauty before and after the finale, with Beau Luca being noticeably absent. Her loved ones shared a solo snap of Gemma in a nude ruched dress, writing the caption: "Words cannot describe how proud we all are of Gemma. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support... Gemma will be SO overwhelmed. "We're now giving that back to Gemma... We loved running her account and being a part of her @loveisland journey. Eagle-eyed fans at home were quick to take notice and tweeted that Gemma's family didn't like Luca very much and that they were doing "damage control" to protect Gemma's brand. One said: "I love that Gemma's family doesn't even try to hide the fact that she doesn't like Luca." Another pointed out: "Everyone else thinks Gemma said something about Luca to her family off camera , because why are there 0 pics of him since he met the parents? No mention of him in her caption - no stories, nothing Team Gemma instead of Lemma. While a third reiterated: "Gemma's family/account executives are already doing damage control and getting Gemma away from Luca as soon as possible. I'm IN TEARS!!" And a fourth agreed, writing: "Gemma's family just posted her and how proud they are of her. Meanwhile, viewers poked fun at Luca for his confused reaction after realizing he hadn't won Love Island in Monday's final. Fans of the show shared the screenshot on Twitter, joking that Luca, who's prompted backlash from viewers lately, would soon be asking for a recount while wondering if he "really thought he was going to win." They wrote, "WHY THE F**K IS HE CRAZING, DID HE ACC THINK HE WOULD WIN" and "Luca is asking to speak to a manager about a recount." Others added, "Luca got through humiliated by the victory of Ekin-Su and Davide. The satisfaction is real' and Luca will sit us down and ask us why we didn't choose her.' 'Here we are again, are you serious, why can't Luca at least be happy for Ekin and Davide for the rest of the show?' More chimed in with: "I'M FRAMED THIS AND HANGING IT IN THE LOUVRE" and "Luca thought he had the win in his pocket lmao." The embarrassing moment comes after Luca's family once again defended him, according to viewers blasted him for his "overreaction" to discovering his fellow islanders had voted for him to take part in the public vote. The Brighton native's family said he was "true to himself" and just been "honest with his feelings". Luca had been criticized by a number of viewers for getting angry after learning he and Gemma had been voted the least compatible couple. Luca later said: "I don't give a shit about the people I voted for," adding that he sounded "angry" because: "I just know how good me and Gemma are, but then have three of you voted for me.' Viewers at home berated Luca for his reaction, saying it was both over the top and hypocritical after he called out Tasha for being upset about being at the bottom and also voting for his fellow islanders. His family went to his Instagram stories, took to his page and screenshotted a comment from a fan supporting Luca. The comment read: "I can't believe how many people lack basic skills. Luca wasn't upset about the voices, he was upset that no one had previously raised concerns about him and Gemma's relationship. The Love Island 2022 series was a ratings hit, with 5 million viewers watching the opening episode of the cheeky show, but the show has been marred by controversy. Love Island: The Reunion, Sunday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.