Gareth Bale to remain at Real Madrid after starting their La Liga opener – The Sun

GARETH BALE is STAYING at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane completed a dramatic U-turn.

Just weeks after trying to force the Welshman out of the Bernabeu, the Los Blancos boss started the winger in their La Liga opener last night, a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo.

Zidane was determined to ship Bale out during pre-season.

He admitted it would be "best for everyone" if the former Tottenham man left the club.

Bale, 30, was heavily linked with a move to China, which could have seen him become the first £1million-a-week footballer.

But after the Chinese Super League transfer window closed at the end of July and his reported £600,000-a-week wages priced English clubs out of a deal, Zidane confirmed the winger is going nowhere this summer, despite the transfer window being open for another fortnight across the rest of Europe.

The Frenchman said: "He is going to stay. We have to focus on this season, nothing else.

"[Eden] Hazard's injury is bad luck for us, but it has not changed the idea we had for Bale in this game.

"Gareth, James [Rodriguez] and all the players here are going to defend this shirt."

As mentioned, Bale was a surprise starter in Los Blancos' first league game of the season as Hazard missed out through injury.

It meant Bale and Vinicius Junior supported Karim Benzema in attack.

And Bale was the man who set up the opening goal, squaring for Benzema to slide in.

Luka Modric was sent off for a nasty challenge ten minutes into the second half but a wondergoal from Toni Kroos and a tidy Lucas Vazquez finish put Real 3-0 up.

Iker Losada struck a late consolation for the hosts in injury time as Real Madrid took an early advantage over rivals Barcelona in the title race, after Barca's shock defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

Taking to social media, Bale wrote: "Vamos! Great start to the season. #HalaMadrid"

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Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Pep Guardiola ‘accepts’ VAR after goal overruled

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said he would “have to accept it” after a VAR decision overruled what looked to have been a late winner over Tottenham.

City were celebrating after Gabriel Jesus appeared to have scored in injury time, but the goal was ruled out because the ball had brushed Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up.

“We have to accept it,” said Guardiola after the game ended 2-2.

“It’s tough because we scored a goal late on. But ask VAR people, not me.”

Raheem Sterling had headed dominant City ahead in the first half, but Erik Lamela immediately equalised against the run of play with a strike from distance.

Sergio Aguero flicked home Kevin de Bruyne’s cross before Substitute Lucas Moura nodded in seconds after coming on as a substitute to pull Spurs level again.

It was a frustrating result for City in their first home game of the season, particularly after beginning their title defence with a 5-0 win at West Ham last weekend.

It is the first time they have dropped points at home since losing to Crystal Palace on 22 December last year.

The home fans greeted the final whistle with boos directed at VAR as the disallowed goal stirred memories of City’s Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Tottenham last season.

Deja vu for City

In April, City needed a goal to secure passage to the last four of the Champions League in their second leg encounter with Spurs at the Etihad.

The hosts thought that had arrived in injury time when Sterling struck, prompting wild celebrations from City boss Pep Guardiola.

But emotions switched instantly as the video assistant referee had the final word, ruling that Aguero was offside when Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into Sterling’s path.

This time, City players wheeled away to celebrate what appeared to be a last-gasp winning goal that would have extended City’s winning run at home in the Premier League to 11 games.

However, those celebrations were cut short when referee Michael Oliver indicated that a VAR review was under way, and the goal was disallowed after replays showed a ball into the box had flicked off Laporte’s arm.

New handball rules introduced this season state that any goal resulting from handball, accidental or otherwise, must be ruled out and Man City found out to their cost just how strictly these laws will be applied.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Danny Murphy was scathing in his assessment of the decision.

“The new handball rule is ridiculous,” he said. “That should never on any playing field anywhere in the world be disallowed.

“It wouldn’t even be seen if we didn’t have VAR.”

It is the second successive City game in which VAR has played a significant role. The system also overturned a goal by Sterling in their win at West Ham last time out.

Aguero was particularly frustrated with the officials at the final whistle against Tottenham. He had also earlier exchanged angry words with Guardiola when he was substituted for Jesus, but the City boss dismissed that as a misunderstanding.

“He thought I was annoyed with him for the goal we conceded,” said Guardiola. “But it is emotions, and that is part of the game. We talked afterwards. I love him a lot because we know his feelings.”

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Brilliant Bernard scores the winner as Marco Silva escapes scare against former club Watford – The Sun

MARCO SILVA’s Everton survived a scare against old club Watford to sneak a 1-0 victory courtesy of some Bernard Brazil-iance.

The Hornets are now winless in their last 14 visits to the blue half of Merseyside as they failed to sting the hosts despite dominating for long periods.

But the Toffees and their boss will not care one bit as they recorded a fifth-successive Prem home win.

Goodison was rocking with just ten minutes on the clock courtesy of some Samba magic from Bernard.

The 26-year-old was sent clear down the left by Lucas Digne’s wonderful diagonal ball out of defence.

The South American collected possession and cut in towards the edge of the area before shifting onto his right foot to rifle home low inside Ben Foster’s near post.

It was just reward for the Blues, who had looked pumped up from the off.

The Hornets, who dropped forward Andre Gray in favour of Roberto Pereyra after last week’s thumping against Brighton, were offering little in sting in attack with new signing Danny Welbeck left on the bench.

But they almost drew level from a corner as Jose Holebas whipped one to the back post and centre-half Craig Dawson rose highest to head towards the upright, with Everton stopper Jordan Pickford managing to get a fingertip to it.

Seconds later Dawson was involved in the thick of it again at the opposite end.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin attempted to turn the defender before falling to the ground to spark loud appeals for a penalty, but referee Lee Mason was having none of it.

Everton’s momentum was waning as the visitors took control and pressed for an equaliser before the break.

VAR was called into play after Gerard Deulofeu, Watford’s only real bright spark, and Yerry Mina tangled in the area as the Spaniard fell to the ground theatrically – correctly it showed there was no decision to make.

Etienne Capoue then forced Pickford into a save low to his left from long range but was fortunate not to receive his marching orders moments later.

Having earlier been booked for a foul on Richarlison, he then clattered into Bernard, but the lucky midfielder escaped a second yellow.

Richarlison should have punished his old employers for some slack defending and put the game to bed in the final stages of the half only to wastefully headed over from six yards when unmarked from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick.

Neither Silva or Javi Gracia shuffled their packs at the interval as it was Watford who continued to press for a leveller.

And ten minutes after the restart they carved open the home defence following great work from Capoue and Deulofeu to send captain Troy Deeney clear.

But Pickford raced out to meet the Hornets skipper and save day and Deeney’s shot cannoned off the England stopper’s face.

Richarlison, who had been fouled by Holebas, then squandered another opportunity to silence the Watford boo boys when heading over again from the resulting free-kick.

That was to be the last action for the £40m man as Theo Walcott entered the fray only for the away team to come close again as Pereyra headed high above the crossbar from close-range.

The Hornets were buzzing and smelling blood as Welbeck was thrown for the final 20 minutes in search of an equaliser.

But the England international, playing his first game since November after recovering from a broken ankle, failed to celebrate his debut with a goal.

Although Watford did have one final opportunity as a loose ball fell to Abdoulaye Doucoure in the area, but the midfielder pulled his effort way off target as his side remain pointless.

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David Luiz gives Arsenal fans glimpse into future with heart-stopping pass in front of goal – The Sun

ARSENAL'S deadline day signing David Luiz hit a high-risk pass on his Gunners debut which left the Emirates faithful gasping with shock.

Former Chelsea centre-back Luiz, who made the controversial £8million switch across London earlier this month, started against Burnley.

And it took just four minutes for the unpredictable Brazilian to produce a heart-stopping moment for Arsenal fans.

Holding the ball inside his own penalty area, while under pressure from Burnley forwards, Luiz fizzed a pass across his own goal line to centre-back partner Sokratis.

There was an audible sigh of relief that rose from the North London ground after the dangerous move.

And fans on social media showed their nerves.

One fan wrote: "I remember Sunday league managers screaming if you dared to play a square pass at the back."

Another said: "Always got an error in him."

But there was a defence of Luiz, with one supporter saying: "If that was a Man City defender everyone would say look how good they can pass out from the back."

Former PSG defender Luiz has long been known for a confident approach to the game.

In 2012, with Luiz in his first stint at Stamford Bridge, Gary Neville likened his performance against Liverpool to "being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation".

The 32-year-old has added a much-needed level of confidence to Emery's defence.

He brought the ball out from the back and showed his passing ability by regularly looking to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But Luiz faced blame from some supporters for Burnley's equaliser after losing Ashley Barnes in the penalty area.

Team-mate Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners an early lead but Barnes equalised for Sean Dyche's side two minutes before half-time.

Aubameyang struck a long-range effort midway through the second-half to give Arsenal the lead.

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Bowling: Singapore's Arianne Tay, 15, captures Kaoshiung International Open Championship

SINGAPORE – The streak continues for Singapore bowling with Arianne Tay the latest budding kegler to register her breakthrough on the international stage.

The 15-year-old captured the Kaoshiung International Open Bowling Championship on Saturday (Aug 17) after beating South Korean Yang Su-jin 207-197, 205-199 in the stepladder finals.

This was the Singaporean’s first senior international title. In March, she had bagged the girls’ singles crown at the inaugural World Junior Bowling Championships in Paris. She also had a team bronze at the competition.

The Methodist Girls’ School Secondary 3 student, who has been bowling for five years, was the second-highest qualifier in the field of 22. She totalled 1,705 pinfalls over eight games, three behind Yang, at the Southern Bowling Centre, Kaohsiung.

Arianne rolled a score of 257 to beat compatriot Jermaine Seah (166) and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Chia-chen (203) in the knock-out round and advance into the final against Yang. Seah finished fourth overall.

Arianne, who finished 17th in the Singapore National Schools B Division Championships in March, said: “I’m in shock that I was able to achieve my first international open title of my life.

“I was really nervous going up against really strong competitors who were so much more experienced but, with my teammates behind me, supporting me, my family and friends at home cheering for me.

“I had really patient, understanding and experienced coaches behind me, guiding me through every step of the way, allowing me to manage the tricky lane conditions.

“I was able to overcome all that nerve and emerge victorious.”

She is the fourth local youngster to win titles in overseas competitions in recent months.

In May, Charlene Lim, 20, clinched the Malaysian International Open crown, while her teammate Amabel Chua, 19, won the Philippine Open in Manila a month later.

In July, Iliya Syamim, 20, bagged the Hong Kong International Open.

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Elderly man told Conor McGregor ‘I don’t want to drink your s*** whiskey’ before he was punched by UFC star – The Sun

CONOR MCGREGOR was told: "I don't want to drink that s***," by the man he allegedly punched in a Dublin pub.

In a video leaked on Thursday, the MMA superstar appears to strike an elderly man in the head and the Irishman will now appear in court in October to face assault charges.

McGregor, 31, had purchased a bottle of his Proper Twelve whiskey and poured three shots on the bar.

After he and another man downed the drinks, the alleged victim is said to have refused the offer.

Reportedly offended by the response, McGregor appeared to punch him in the head before being dragged out the boozer by his companions.


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Ashes 2nd Test: What is weather forecast at Lord’s today and what happens if it is a washout? – The Sun

ENGLAND suffered a humiliating defeat to Australia in the opening Test of this year's Ashes series.

They had hoped to get off to a good start at Lord's in the second game – but rain has interfered with play.

What is the weather forecast at Lord's today?

Day One of the second Test on Wednesday was eventually called off with the rain and miserable weather not letting up for the England and Australia cricketers.

Day Two allowed a full three sessions of play as the hosts were bowled out for 258 before taking a wicket off the Aussies.

Rain returned on Friday, not before England reduced Australia to 80 for 4.

But it should be a nice day and a full compliment of cricket, with temperatures hitting 21 degrees celsius.

There could be a little sprinkle of rain around 3pm, but this is only a 40% chance.

What happens if the game is a washout?

With one day already used up, it is highly unlikely the full game will be played out.

Rain is expected to fall during the remainder of the week, leaving victory for either side uncertain.

This would mean the game will be jotted down as a draw.

It would keep Australia 1-0 up in the series with three matches to go – with the Aussies then needing just one more win to ensure they retain the urn.

This is due to them being the reigning champions, who keep hold of the bragging rights if the series is a draw.

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Manning and Jones Have Solid Outings in Giants’ Preseason Win

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his heir apparent, the rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones, each threw a touchdown pass, as the Giants routed the visiting Chicago Bears, 32-13, in a preseason game on Friday.

Manning hit all four of his pass attempts for 42 yards before exiting, with his 10-play, 79-yard drive ending with an 8-yard touchdown to wide receiver Bennie Fowler.

Jones then came in for the Giants (2-0) and connected on 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown to the rookie wide receiver TJ Jones, but he also fumbled twice. Running back Saquon Barkley was held out for the second straight week.

Chase Daniel threw for 103 yards for the Bears (0-2), and Tyler Bray chipped in with 53 yards passing. Javon Wims hauled in five passes for 64 yards to lead Chicago. Kerrith Whyte Jr. produced the Bears’ only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

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Trevor Harris throws 3 TD passes as Edmonton Eskimos down Toronto Argos

Trevor Harris threw three TD passes and ran for two others to earn the Edmonton Eskimos a 41-26 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night.

Harris completed 28-of-41 passes for 420 yards, his 22nd straight game with 20 or more completions. That’s two short of the CFL record held by former Eskimo-Argo Ricky Ray.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris throw the ball against the Toronto Argonauts during the first half of CFL football action in Toronto, Friday August 16, 2019.

Toronto pulled to within 34-26 on McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s 28-yard TD pass to Brandon Burks at 5:24 of the fourth. But Harris’s one-yard TD run at 11:44 put Edmonton ahead 41-26.

Edmonton (6-3) earned a third straight win over the Argos and seventh in nine contests. But it was the club’s first victory in Toronto since 2016.

Greg Ellingson had 10 catches for 170 yards and two TDs for Edmonton. DaVaris Daniels added five receptions for 155 yards.

Toronto (1-7) was chasing a second straight home win. It beat Winnipeg 28-27 in its last contest Aug. 1.

Harris, who began his CFL career with Toronto in 2012, found Ellingson on a 10-yard TD pass at 13:24 of the third before Sean Whyte’s 13-yard field goal at 4:48 of the fourth put Edmonton ahead 34-19.

Toronto got its first TD of the game on Bethel-Thompson’s one-yard scoring strike to S.J. Green at 6:13 of the third. The 83-yard, nine-play drive cut Edmonton’s lead to 24-19.

Bethel-Thompson was 19-of-26 passing for 200 yards and two TDs before a BMO Field gathering of 16,490 on the opening day of the CNE. It marked the first time in three home games Toronto announced its home attendance.

Edmonton defeated Toronto 26-0 on July 25 at Commonwealth Stadium. It was the Eskimos’ first shutout win since 2014 and marked the first time since ’09 the Argos hadn’t scored a point in a game.

Toronto running back James Wilder Jr., was a healthy scratch, prompting speculation the 2017 CFL top rookie is on the trade block. Coincidentally, on the Argos first offensive play Burks reeled off a 29-yard run.

It was Toronto’s longest run of the season and helped the Argos open the scoring with a field goal.

Ricky Collins Jr., had Edmonton’s other touchdown. Whyte added the converts and two field goals.

Toronto’s Tyler Crapigna had four field goals and two converts.

Whyte’s 15-yard field goal with no time left staked Edmonton to a 24-12 lead in an entertaining first half. It came after Crapigna connected from 32 yards out — his fourth of the half — at 14:22.

Harris was a stellar 14-of-22 passing for 243 yards and two TDs in the first half as Edmonton accumulated 276 yards. Toronto actually had the ball longer (16 minutes 31 seconds) and posted 181 yards.

Both teams scored on their first three first-half drives. But while Edmonton capped its lengthy marches with TDs, Toronto settled for field goals.

Harris’s four-yard touchdown strike to Collins Jr., at 11:37 of the second put Edmonton ahead 21-9. Crapigna’s 20-yard field goal at 5:34 pulled Toronto to within 14-9 after Harris scored on a one-yard run at 14:42 of the first.

Crapigna’s 27-yard field goal at 5:23 came after a promising Toronto drive stalled with consecutive sacks by Edmonton. Harris then hit Ellingson on a four-yard TD pass at 8:09.

Crapigna’s 42-yard boot at 11:53 pulled Toronto to within 7-6 after opening the scoring with a 27-yard field goal at 5:23.

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