Soccer diplomacy: World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin gives a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)HELSINKI — Riding high after hosting a successful World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought a special gift to his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump: a soccer ball.After a journalist asked a question at their joint press conference Monday in Helsinki using soccer metaphors, Putin pulled out a red-and-white ball and tossed it at Trump, at the neighboring podium.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump said he’d give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan. Then the U.S. president tossed the ball to his wife Melania, sitting in the front row.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted: “if it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Russia’s organization of the monthlong World Cup, which ended Sunday, won wide praise. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Usain Bolt poised for surprise trial with Aussie football club View commentslast_img read more

Jim White offers simple solution to make Paul Pogba a Man United great

first_img ALTERED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Jim White has challenged Paul Pogba to become a legend at Manchester United by parting company with super-agent Mino Raiola.The outspoken agent, whose clientele includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli, made headlines on Tuesday morning after launching a scathing attack on United legend Paul Scholes. 2 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday Another former United midfielder, Lee Sharpe, joined Alan Brazil on Tuesday morning to also question why Paul Pogba was failing to live up to his potential – claiming he ‘should be one of the best players in the world’.On his own personal Twitter page, the presenter asked his 432,000 followers the following question: “Who would Paul Pogba be better off without?” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Paul Pogba has been criticised for his attitude at Manchester United Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Who would @paulpogba be better off without? Join me from 10 @talkSPORT— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 21, 2018Click on your choice and vote, and tune into talkSPORT from 10am every weekday morning to listen to Jim White every morning. Latest Premier League news NEW ERA REVEALED “Paul Pogba would be better off without Mino Raiola!” 😡@JimWhite says Pogba should sack his agent to save his #MUFC career 🔴 pic.twitter.com/CrN8TL55M5— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 21, 2018 “Or do you want to be remembered as Paul Pogba; the man who, ultimately, lifted the Champions League trophy over his head for Manchester United and who wrote his name into the Manchester United history books?“The choice is simple for a top, top player – which he is. How do you want to be remembered at a football club?“He’s got to get it right, and he’s got to get it right soon.”The relationship between manager Jose Mourinho and his 25-year-old midfielder seems to be finely balanced, with reports suggesting Raiola was forced into acting as a mediator between the two. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal The former England international claimed Pogba was ‘not a leader’ and far too inconsistent to captain the Red Devils after a poor display in their 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday.After Raiola blasted back at the claims at his client, talkSPORT presenter Jim White urged the World Cup winner to make his own legacy at Old Trafford.He said: “It’s simple; Paul Pobga do you want to be remembered as a player who left Manchester United on, not on one, but on two occasions?“Having an agent on board who caused you irreparable disruption at the football club, which after all made you captain. Raiola represents a host of football’s biggest players silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED last_img read more