And acknowledging the player’s birthday on their official Twitter account, Newcastle said: “Happy 21st birthday to Aleksandar Mitrovic! He’s had lots of cards… #NUFC” Mitrovic, a £13million summer signing from Belgian club Anderlecht, will also miss Saturday’s home game against Watford and the Capital One Cup third round tie against Sheffield Wednesday which follows, with his club having failed to score a single league goal since a 2-2 draw with Southampton on the opening weekend of the season. Head coach Steve McClaren has admitted the player will have to rein himself in if he is to prosper in English football after earlier insisting he could not lose the “devil” from his game. McClaren said last week: ” Absolutely we’ve got to revise our approach. We’ve spoken a lot and I think it’s the over-enthusiasm and wanting to do so well. From day one, that’s what we’ve seen. “From day one, we’ve said, ‘Don’t work so hard’ He wants to work day and night. He says, ‘I just want to do well, I just want to score my first goal, I just want to show the fans what I can do’, and that over-enthusiasm has led to him getting a reputation in such a short time. “His first goal doesn’t have to be spectacular, but it will come. We’ve told him not to force it, which is I think something he’s been doing. He’s been getting himself in trouble.” Press Association Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday – with the help of a cheeky message from his employers. The Serbia international was cooling his heels as the Magpies went down 2-0 in the Barclays Premier League at West Ham on Monday evening, having started a three-match ban following his sending-off against Arsenal on August 29. Mitrovic had already been booked in each of his first two appearances for the club and received another yellow card during Serbia’s 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Armenia on September 4, a remarkable return from six games to date this season.
Former four-division champion Roy Jones has taken a rather unpopular opinion about the megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.Contrary to the general sentiment that Pacman is the underdog and thus has to pull off a knockout in order to win against the undefeated American boxer, Jones believes it is the other way around.”I think Floyd will have to knock him out to win. I think if there’s a decision, I think Pacquiao wins the decision,” he said in a report by boxingscene.com.Many pundits and boxers, including Juan Manuel Marquez, said that Mayweather would be favored in the score cards in his home turf of Las Vegas and Pacquiao has no choice but to win by stoppage.Jones, however, said that if Pacquiao outworks Mayweather, then Pretty Boy will be backed into a corner and has to knockout Pacman.”You don’t get Mayweather to engage. Pacquiao’s plan should be to outwork Mayweather and try to outpoint him, because he’s not going to be able to force Mayweather to engage,” he said. Observers also said that the key to a Pacquiao victory will be his volume punching, but they remain wary that the Filipino ring icon would be unfavored by the judges if Mayweather would hold up his defense.For Jones, the two boxers are equally hard-pressed to win the fight.”This is the biggest fight for both of their careers,” he said. “Neither guy wants to go home the loser the next day. Fans have been waiting for this fight for five years. The pressure is on both guys.” –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
Winger Ben Lam scored two of the Hurricanes’ four tries on Saturday as they notched a third-straight win and handed the Highlanders their first defeat of the season.The scores were locked 12-12 entering a final half-hour which the hosts dominated, scoring through a long-range penalty to Jordie Barrett and tries to reserve winger Vince Aso and Lam.Both tries required expert, diving finishes in the corner from the wide men when tackled by the cover defence, as did Lam’s first-half try.It was the sort of finishing required as two of the competition’s most resilient defensive sides went toe-to-toe, with the Hurricanes’ ball-in-hand style prevailing against the kick-based Highlanders approach.It was a fitting way for halfback TJ Perenara to bring up 100 games for the Hurricanes, who have won seven of their last eight Kiwi derby games at home.A dampener on the win is a possible serious rib injury to All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea, who hobbled out of the game soon before halftime.The Highlanders, who opened their campaign with three-straight wins in Dunedin, were the only unbeaten team coming into round six.They crossed once in each half through Test winger Waisake Naholo, with the second showcasing his exceptional pace as he chased a kick ahead.The result means the Crusaders, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders have all won three matches, with the Kiwi sides all residing in the top six on the overall table standings.