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With Rangers, Pavelec has big backup skates to fill

The New York Rangers received excellent play from their backup goaltenders over the past four seasons, and hope for more success with new No. 2 Ondrej Pavelec this year.

With Rangers, Pavelec has big backup skates to fill

The New York Rangers received excellent play from their backup goaltenders over the past four seasons, and hope for more success with new No. 2 Ondrej Pavelec this year.

Bayern Munich vs Celtic: Champions League prediction, start time, live, how to watch on TV/online

Bayern Munich vs Celtic: Champions League prediction, start time, live, how to watch on TV/online

Cape Town City – Bloemfontein Celtic Preview: Benni McCarthy's men seek redemption after MTN8 loss

The Citizens take aim at Siwelele at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday night as they look to forget their MTN8 final defeat to SuperSport United

Another Far Right Party Has Won Voters' Hearts in Europe With Anti-Islam Message

Another Far Right Party Has Won Voters' Hearts in Europe With Anti-Islam Message

Another Far Right Party Has Won Voters' Hearts in Europe With Anti-Islam Message

Another Far Right Party Has Won Voters' Hearts in Europe With Anti-Islam Message

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

The final tally is in for Alex Rodriguez's historic contracts and it doesn't look good for the Yankees or the Rangers

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

A weekend shuffle almost became a stumble for Celtic, but they have not forsaken the prospect of taking a significant stride this week towards European football involvement beyond Christmas. In the league game that preceded the recent international break, the Scottish Premiership leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hibernian, whose manager, Neil Lennon, felt that his former team tended to be leggy after a Champions League trip. On Saturday, Celtic’s performance against Dundee at Parkhead was again notably short of their best but in this instance, it was the consequence of advance planning for a Champions League expedition. Mindful of the meeting with Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers riffled through his playing pack to make seven changes from the Hibs game but had enough in his hand to come away with a 1-0 win, thanks to an alert strike from Olivier Ntcham on the hour mark. If Ntcham was the man whose low drive from beyond the edge of the box beat Scott Bain for the winner, it was Dorus de Vries who secured Celtic’s 59th successive unbeaten domestic fixture with a trio of crucial saves in the second half. The Dutch goalkeeper had not made a first team appearance since Celtic’s 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock on Sept 24 last year. Although he kept his place despite having to pick the ball from his net seven times during a Champions League battering by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, De Vries was beaten by a strike from more than 40 yards by Souleymane Coulibaye in the Kilmarnock game and was replaced by Craig Gordon, who retained the No 1 position until rested on Saturday. The Dutch keeper had to deal with threats much closer to his line against Dundee, but his spectacular saves from Paul McGowan, Roarie Deacon and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui preserved Celtic’s long undefeated sequence and drew gratifying applause from the crowd, plus enforced appreciation from Dundee's Paul McGowan. Dorus De Vries impressed on his return to the Celtic starting line-up  Credit:  PA “I couldn’t believe the save De Vries made from me,” said McGowan, “I didn’t catch it great but I put it where I wanted it to go and he just clawed it out. He’s not even been playing, so fair play to him. “It was definitely a chance missed. I can’t remember the last team going there and having such chances with the run Celtic are on. “The gaffer wants us to play and I love it. It’s the way to play. Yes, we are going to get caught in possession now and again and you can say it’s a bit iffy at times, but it worked for us at Celtic. They might not have been at full strength, but we gave them a game and they can count themselves lucky to win.” As for Ntcham, his winner added to the confidence gained from his contribution to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels, when he started poorly but recovered to set up two of his team’s goals. The French midfielder praised his colleague, Scott Brown, for cajoling him into improvement. “There have been times when things have not been so good, maybe when I have not felt so comfortable, and he encourages me to keep going,” Ntcham said. That was what it was like against Anderlecht. Does he say it nicely? Well, you know what it’s like on the pitch.”. Who will win the Champions League? As Celtic draw breath before heading for Germany on Tuesday, Scotland will embark upon their search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, whose tenure as international manager came to an end on Thursday after four years. Already, however, Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out despite being amongst the early runners in the bookies’ odds. The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that, despite having Scottish family connections, it was not a position which appealed to him. “At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult,” the former England manager said. “You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested. It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.” Moyes, though, has also distanced himself from the vacant position, saying that his preference would be a return to club management. Malky Mackay, meanwhile, will take charge of Scotland on an interim basis for the visit of the Netherlands to Pittodrie for a friendly on Nov 9.

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

Celtic head to Munich buoyed and rested after 1-0 defeat of Dundee

A weekend shuffle almost became a stumble for Celtic, but they have not forsaken the prospect of taking a significant stride this week towards European football involvement beyond Christmas. In the league game that preceded the recent international break, the Scottish Premiership leaders were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hibernian, whose manager, Neil Lennon, felt that his former team tended to be leggy after a Champions League trip. On Saturday, Celtic’s performance against Dundee at Parkhead was again notably short of their best but in this instance, it was the consequence of advance planning for a Champions League expedition. Mindful of the meeting with Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers riffled through his playing pack to make seven changes from the Hibs game but had enough in his hand to come away with a 1-0 win, thanks to an alert strike from Olivier Ntcham on the hour mark. If Ntcham was the man whose low drive from beyond the edge of the box beat Scott Bain for the winner, it was Dorus de Vries who secured Celtic’s 59th successive unbeaten domestic fixture with a trio of crucial saves in the second half. The Dutch goalkeeper had not made a first team appearance since Celtic’s 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock on Sept 24 last year. Although he kept his place despite having to pick the ball from his net seven times during a Champions League battering by Barcelona in the Nou Camp, De Vries was beaten by a strike from more than 40 yards by Souleymane Coulibaye in the Kilmarnock game and was replaced by Craig Gordon, who retained the No 1 position until rested on Saturday. The Dutch keeper had to deal with threats much closer to his line against Dundee, but his spectacular saves from Paul McGowan, Roarie Deacon and Faissal El-Bakhtaoui preserved Celtic’s long undefeated sequence and drew gratifying applause from the crowd, plus enforced appreciation from Dundee's Paul McGowan. Dorus De Vries impressed on his return to the Celtic starting line-up  Credit:  PA “I couldn’t believe the save De Vries made from me,” said McGowan, “I didn’t catch it great but I put it where I wanted it to go and he just clawed it out. He’s not even been playing, so fair play to him. “It was definitely a chance missed. I can’t remember the last team going there and having such chances with the run Celtic are on. “The gaffer wants us to play and I love it. It’s the way to play. Yes, we are going to get caught in possession now and again and you can say it’s a bit iffy at times, but it worked for us at Celtic. They might not have been at full strength, but we gave them a game and they can count themselves lucky to win.” As for Ntcham, his winner added to the confidence gained from his contribution to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels, when he started poorly but recovered to set up two of his team’s goals. The French midfielder praised his colleague, Scott Brown, for cajoling him into improvement. “There have been times when things have not been so good, maybe when I have not felt so comfortable, and he encourages me to keep going,” Ntcham said. That was what it was like against Anderlecht. Does he say it nicely? Well, you know what it’s like on the pitch.”. Who will win the Champions League? As Celtic draw breath before heading for Germany on Tuesday, Scotland will embark upon their search for a successor to Gordon Strachan, whose tenure as international manager came to an end on Thursday after four years. Already, however, Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out despite being amongst the early runners in the bookies’ odds. The former England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that, despite having Scottish family connections, it was not a position which appealed to him. “At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult,” the former England manager said. “You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested. It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.” Moyes, though, has also distanced himself from the vacant position, saying that his preference would be a return to club management. Malky Mackay, meanwhile, will take charge of Scotland on an interim basis for the visit of the Netherlands to Pittodrie for a friendly on Nov 9.

Victoria, episode 8 review: many hearts were broken in the series 2 finale

Victoria, episode 8 review: many hearts were broken in the series 2 finale

Facts could never be said to get in the way of a good story in Victoria (ITV, Sunday), the second series of which came to a tearful conclusion on Sunday night. Ever since the Byronically handsome Rufus Sewell was cast as the young monarch’s imaginary teenage crush of a prime minister, Lord Melbourne (in reality corpulent, aged and possibly even syphilitic) in series one, we’ve come to understand that this is a drama played for romance rather than historical rigour. So it was in this second series, too, with creator Daisy Goodwin grafting onto the young queen a range of anachronistically enlightened attitudes to motherhood and monarchy to appeal to 21st century, post-truth audiences.  The chief focus of this episode was on how her current prime minister Sir Robert Peel’s (Nigel Lindsay) anti-protectionist determination to repeal the Corn Laws in the face of fierce opposition from the landed faction of his own party led to his political demise. As hotly topical as the idea of an embattled Conservative prime minister trying to keep the howling dogs of their own party at bay might seem, a politician’s downfall is no guarantee of sympathy in as populist a drama as this. British kings and queens in TV and film So just to up the ante we had little Princess Vicky’s life-or-death struggle to overcome a fever; and the will-they-won’t-they romance between Lord Alfred Paget (Jordan Waller) and Peel’s private secretary Drummond (Leo Suter) came to a sadly negative head when the latter was killed saving his boss from an assassin’s bullet.  Those of us who wept along with Peel when he tendered his resignation to a welling-up Victoria, thinking this was the final straw, didn’t need to know that, actually, Drummond was shot in the back in a case of mistaken identity fully three years before the repeal bill brought Peel down. That fact would only have spoiled an emotion-freighted ending to a highly romanticised series. Who, after all, would want that?

Victoria, episode 8 review: many hearts were broken in the series 2 finale

Facts could never be said to get in the way of a good story in Victoria (ITV, Sunday), the second series of which came to a tearful conclusion last night. Ever since the Byronically handsome Rufus Sewell was cast as the young monarch’s imaginary teenage crush of a prime minister, Lord Melbourne (in reality corpulent, aged and possibly even syphilitic) in series one, we’ve come to understand that this is a drama played for romance rather than historical rigour. So it was in this second series, too, with creator Daisy Goodwin grafting onto the young queen a range of anachronistically enlightened attitudes to motherhood and monarchy to appeal to 21st century, post-truth audiences.  Last night’s chief focus was on how her current prime minister Sir Robert Peel’s (Nigel Lindsay) anti-protectionist determination to repeal the Corn Laws in the face of fierce opposition from the landed faction of his own party led to his political demise. As hotly topical as the idea of an embattled Conservative prime minister trying to keep the howling dogs of their own party at bay might seem, a politician’s downfall is no guarantee of sympathy in as populist a drama as this. British kings and queens in TV and film So just to up the ante we had little Princess Vicky’s life-or-death struggle to overcome a fever; and the will-they-won’t-they romance between Lord Alfred Paget (Jordan Waller) and Peel’s private secretary Drummond (Leo Suter) came to a sadly negative head when the latter was killed saving his boss from an assassin’s bullet.  Those of us who wept along with Peel when he tendered his resignation to a welling-up Victoria, thinking this was the final straw, didn’t need to know that, actually, Drummond was shot in the back in a case of mistaken identity fully three years before the repeal bill brought Peel down. That fact would only have spoiled an emotion-freighted ending to a highly romanticised series. Who, after all, would want that?

Victoria, episode 8 review: many hearts were broken in the series 2 finale

Victoria, episode 8 review: many hearts were broken in the series 2 finale

Inter 3 AC Milan 2: Brilliant Icardi treble breaks Rossoneri hearts

AC Milan suffered derby day heartbreak after twice cancelling out Mauro Icardi goals, only for the Inter star to complete his hat-trick.

Inter 3 AC Milan 2: Brilliant Icardi treble breaks Rossoneri hearts

AC Milan suffered derby day heartbreak after twice cancelling out Mauro Icardi goals, only for the Inter star to complete his hat-trick.

Celtic Fan View: Dorus de Vries earns patched-up Hoops three points

Celtic Fan View: Dorus de Vries earns patched-up Hoops three points

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