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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ winger Adama Traore says he is open to playing internationally for either Spain or Mali.The 23-year-old was born in Spain to Malian parents and is eligible to play for either national side.He says that he hopes his Premier League performances will help him get further calls ups for international football, after injury meant he was unable to honour a first invite by Spain.

“My mentality is to work for the team and the performance for the team gives me half a chance with two international teams and I am happy for that,” he told BBC Sport.”I am grateful (to have the chance) with the two international teams – Spain where I was born and Mali where my origins are.”In November there were reports that he had committed to playing for Mali when a photo was circulated on social media of him holding an Eagles shirt.Shortly after that he was named in Spain’s squad for their final Euro 2020 qualifiers but injury forces his withdrawal form the squad.”About Mali, they came to my house. We spoke and after that, the guy posed for a picture giving me a Mali shirt” he explained.”With Spain I didn’t go because I was injured. When the time comes, you will see which team I decide.”But if Spain come again I will be in a position to go and train with Spain.”The former Barcelona youth academy player, has played for several of Spain’s national youth teams. Traore has played 20 times in the Premier League so far this season for Wolves, scoring four goals.”I am happy definitely. The happiest I can be is when we win games,” he explained. “I did learn a lot of things in different positions, wing back, winger and striker as well so I am happy to go and learn different positions which I like and I trust the process of Nuno Espirito Santo.”Traore arrived in England in 2015 joining Aston Villa as a 19-year-old from Barcelona and later moved to Middlesbrough before signing for Wolves last year.”Few people will say maybe I had a tough time with different teams like Aston Villa and Middlesbrough but in each situation, I tried to take the good things,” he insisted. “Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, they showed me what is English football. It’s tough, it’s difficult and they showed me how life is like in professional football.”

Testicular cancer can be treated successfully with fewer rounds of toxic chemotherapy drugs, doctors say. A study on 246 patients, reported in the journal European Urology, showed a single cycle of chemo was just as effective as the standard two cycles. But the “shorter, kinder and cheaper” approach reduced the side-effects for cancer patients, scientists said. Experts believe having less chemotherapy would make a “huge difference” to quality of life. Testicular cancer is quite rare, affecting around 2,400 people in the UK each year.However, it is unusual in that it strikes relatively young men – it is the most common type of cancer in those aged between 15 and 49.The overwhelming majority of people diagnosed (98%) survive for at least 10 years after the cancer is first detected. But as it affects people relatively young, the side-effects of treatment could last a lifetime. The study, by the Institute of Cancer Research, London and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, was trying to reduce side-effects.
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Patients in the trial – who were thought to be at high risk of the cancer coming back – were given just one course of chemotherapy. Two years later, the cancer had recurred in only 1.3% of men – which is roughly the same number as those having the standard two courses. Prof Robert Huddart, from the Institute of Cancer Research, said: “Reducing the overall dose of chemotherapy could spare young men who have their whole lives ahead of them from long-term side-effects, and also means they will need fewer hospital visits for their treatment.”This new trial is already changing clinical practice on a global scale.”Chemotherapy can damage the immune system, increasing the risk of infections, damage organs – including the kidneys – and affect fertility.Prof Emma Hall, another scientist at the institute, said: “Our study has found strong evidence to suggest that testicular cancer chemotherapy can be safely reduced from two cycles to just one – making their treatment shorter, kinder and cheaper.”Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head information nurse, said: “Providing men with a kinder treatment option linked to fewer side-effects could make a huge difference to their quality of life. “As more and more people survive cancer, it’s essential to carry out studies like this, which look at how to improve things for people living with – and after – the disease.”Follow James on Twitter.

Jake Beesley scored twice against his former club as Solihull returned to winning ways with victory over struggling Chesterfield.Beesley had a goal ruled out for offside in the opening exchanges, while George Carline fired an effort wide as the home side got off to a strong start.On-loan Salford forward Beesley opened the scoring when he collected Gavin Gunning’s long ball forward and beat goalkeeper Shwan Jalal just before the half-hour.

Scott Boden headed wide as the visitors looked to level but Beesley doubled the hosts’ advantage when he slotted the ball home after 70 minutes.Paul McCallum headed in a Tyrone Williams cross nine minutes later to seal the points as Solihull moved up to sixth, while the result leaves Chesterfield five points from safety.Match report supplied by PA Media.Line-upsLive TextLine-upsSolihull Moors1Boot24Howe14Gunning12Carline2Williams6Gudger4Storer7OsborneBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBallat 68’minutes9McCallum13BlissettSubstituted forWrightat 65’minutes30BeesleySubstituted forReckordat 81’minutesSubstitutes3Reckord11Hawkridge19Wright22Vaughan26BallChesterfield1Jalal3BuchananSubstituted forDentonat 67’minutes4YarneySubstituted forWeirat 8’minutesBooked at 44mins8Weston26HollisBooked at 26mins5Evans33Sheridan21McKayBooked at 12minsSubstituted forRowleyat 65’minutes36Fondop-Talom10Mandeville19BodenSubstitutes7Rowley15Weir22Wakefield23Smith24DentonReferee:Martin WoodsAttendance:1,200Live TextPosted at Match ends, Solihull Moors 3, Chesterfield 0.Full TimePosted at 90′ Second Half ends, Solihull Moors 3, Chesterfield 0.SubstitutionPosted at 81′ Substitution, Solihull Moors. Jamie Reckord replaces Jake Beesley.Goal!Posted at 79′ Goal! Solihull Moors 3, Chesterfield 0. Paul McCallum (Solihull Moors).Goal!Posted at 70′ Goal! Solihull Moors 2, Chesterfield 0. Jake Beesley (Solihull Moors).SubstitutionPosted at 68′ Substitution, Solihull Moors. Jimmy Ball replaces Jamey Osborne.SubstitutionPosted at 67′ Substitution, Chesterfield. Tom Denton replaces David Buchanan.SubstitutionPosted at 65′ Substitution, Solihull Moors. Daniel Wright replaces Nathan Blissett.SubstitutionPosted at 65′ Substitution, Chesterfield. Joe Rowley replaces Jack McKay.BookingPosted at 62′ Jamey Osborne (Solihull Moors) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Second HalfPosted at Second Half begins Solihull Moors 1, Chesterfield 0.Half TimePosted at 45′ First Half ends, Solihull Moors 1, Chesterfield 0.BookingPosted at 44′ Robbie Weir (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Goal!Posted at 29′ Goal! Solihull Moors 1, Chesterfield 0. Jake Beesley (Solihull Moors).BookingPosted at 26′ Haydn Hollis (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.BookingPosted at 12′ Jack McKay (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.SubstitutionPosted at 8′ Substitution, Chesterfield. Robbie Weir replaces Josef Yarney.Kick OffPosted at First Half begins.Lineups are announced and players are warming up.goal

Watford’s remarkable revival under Nigel Pearson continued as they hung on with 10 men to beat Wolves and move a point from safety. The hosts looked to be cruising to a third win in four matches after they took a first-half lead through Gerard Deulofeu, who curled low into the bottom corner. The lead was then doubled by Abdoulaye Doucoure, who fired in on his 27th birthday.But the game turned when Pedro Neto reduced the deficit with a deflected shot after an hour.

Eleven minutes later, Watford defender Christian Kabasele was sent off via the video assistant referee after pulling down substitute Diogo Jota. Wolves, who had only lost twice in their previous 15 Premier League games, pressed for an equaliser as Ben Foster saved Matt Doherty’s header and Ruben Neves fired over in stoppage time.However, Pearson’s team showed grit and determination to move level on points with West Ham as they sit one point behind 17th-placed Bournemouth. More to followLine-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsWatford26FosterBooked at 90mins4DawsonBooked at 21mins27KabaseleBooked at 71mins15Cathcart21FemeníaSubstituted forHolebasat 60’minutes14Chalobah29Capoue23SarrSubstituted forPereyraat 90+2’minutes16Doucouré7DeulofeuSubstituted forMasinaat 73’minutes9DeeneyBooked at 90minsSubstitutes1Gomes11Masina18Gray20Quina22Success25Holebas37PereyraWolves11Rui Patrício5BennettSubstituted forNevesat 54’minutes16Coady27Saïss2Doherty32Dendoncker28João Moutinho19Castro OttoSubstituted forVinagreat 54’minutes37Traoré9Jiménez7NetoBooked at 26minsSubstituted forJotaat 66’minutesSubstitutes8Neves10Cutrone18Jota21Ruddy29Vinagre49Kilman54OtasowieReferee:Andy MadleyAttendance:20,584Match StatsHome TeamWatfordAway TeamWolvesPossessionHome36%Away64%ShotsHome9Away16Shots on TargetHome3Away4CornersHome4Away7FoulsHome12Away6Live TextPosted at Match ends, Watford 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.Full TimePosted at 90’+7′ Second Half ends, Watford 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.Posted at 90’+7′ Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.BookingPosted at 90’+6′ Ben Foster (Watford) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 90’+4′ Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90’+4′ Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).BookingPosted at 90’+4′ Troy Deeney (Watford) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 90’+4′ Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90’+4′ Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).Posted at 90’+3′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Romain Saïss.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+2′ Substitution, Watford. Roberto Pereyra replaces Ismaila Sarr.Posted at 90’+2′ Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 90’+2′ Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90’+1′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Romain Saïss.Posted at 90′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Conor Coady.Posted at 89′ Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 89′ Ben Foster (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88′ Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Dawson.Posted at 88′ Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.Posted at 83′ Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 83′ Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82′ Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota.Posted at 80′ Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.Posted at 80′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Conor Coady.Posted at 79′ Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79′ Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).Posted at 77′ Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.Posted at 77′ Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Masina.Posted at 75′ Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross.SubstitutionPosted at 73′ Substitution, Watford. Adam Masina replaces Gerard Deulofeu.Posted at 72′ Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.DismissalPosted at 71′ Christian Kabasele (Watford) is shown the red card.Posted at 70′ VAR Decision: Card upgraded Christian Kabasele (Watford).Posted at 69′ Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 69′ Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).Posted at 67′ Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 67′ Foul by Craig Dawson (Watford).SubstitutionPosted at 66′ Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Diogo Jota replaces Pedro Neto.Posted at 66′ Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 66′ Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Show more updatesgoal

Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton and striker Wesley will have scans to find out the extent of the knee injuries they picked up in the Premier League victory over Burnley on Wednesday.Heaton, 33, was taken off on a stretcher after appearing to jar his knee while attempting to save Chris Wood’s header in the second half.Wesley, 23, hurt his knee in a challenge with Ben Mee and received lengthy treatment on the pitch.

The striker had scored Villa’s opener.Heaton has missed just one of Villa’s 21 games in the Premier League this season, while Wesley has started every one, scoring five goals and assisting one.His goal in the 27th minute against Burnley was his first in 13 league appearances, having previously scored four in six games.Aston Villa currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League table, two points above the relegation zone.

A man has died after a car crashed into a tree.The BMW 3-Series left the road on Pinfold Lane, in Great Barr, shortly after midnight, police said.The 37-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been notified and are being supported by a specially trained officer. West Midlands Police said experts were examining the scene in a bid to understand what caused the car to leave the road.The force appealed for any witnesses, or anyone who was driving near the area around the time and may have seen the silver car, to come forward.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

Jeremy Corbyn has urged Labour to lead “the resistance” to Boris Johnson’s Tory government over the coming year despite its crushing election defeat.In his new year message, the party’s leader said it faced tough times ahead after its fourth defeat in a row but its movement remained “very strong”.He said there was “no other choice” but to continue the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change.Several Labour MPs responded angrily, saying Mr Corbyn was in denial.Neil Coyle, the MP for Southwark and Old Bermondsey, posted a message on Twitter with an image from ‘Allo, ‘Allo!, the World War Two sitcom set in France. And Phil Wilson, who lost his Sedgefield seat to the Conservatives, said Mr Corbyn was “one of the enablers of Boris Johnson”. The Labour leader has said he will stand down once a successor has been elected early in 2020. A number of senior Labour politicians have said they are considering entering the race to succeed him, in a contest due to begin in earnest in January. The early contenders include Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Clive Lewis – while Angela Rayner, Yvette Cooper, Jess Phillips, David Lammy and Ian Lavery could also put themselves forward if they secure enough support. In his traditional leader’s new year message, Mr Corbyn makes no direct reference to the election result or his own future, suggesting 2019 had been “quite the year for our country and for our Labour movement”.While the party is set to be out of power for at least another four years, he said it must continue to make its influence felt and stand up for its values.Having led Labour so recently to defeat, this message was hardly going to be brimming with optimism.But Jeremy Corbyn does focus on his legacy as he prepares to step down. He tells his supporters that they have built a movement which is 500,000 strong and that they can form the resistance to Boris Johnson, not just in Parliament but on the streets.In the new year, Labour members will have to decide whether they want a leader who will stick to that message or whether they want the forthcoming leadership contest to result in a change of direction.”It won’t be easy,” he said. “But we have built a movement. We are the resistance to Boris Johnson. We will be campaigning every day. We will be on the front line, both in Parliament and on the streets.”He said Labour’s priorities must be to ensure the NHS remains free to all at the point of use, preventing the climate crisis causing “irreparable damage” at home and abroad and working with “movements and parties seeking social justice and change all over the world”.Scotland ‘centre of world’s attention’ in 2020
Tom Watson stood down over Labour ‘brutality’
“Make no mistake, our movement is very strong… we’re not backed by the press barons, by the billionaires or by the millionaires who work for the billionaires. We’re backed by you. We are by the many, for the many.”2020 and the years ahead will be tough – no one is saying otherwise. But we’re up for the fight, to protect what we hold dear, and to build to win and to transform. The fight continues. There is no other choice.”With the contest to succeed him expected to take about three months, Mr Corbyn is set to continue leading the party in Parliament and the country until the spring. Unlike in 2010 and 2015, when Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband stood down straight away after election defeats, the party has no deputy leader to step in on a temporary basis, with Tom Watson having stood down at the election.In an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, Mr Watson said he had yet to decide whether he would endorse any candidate but, if he did. it was “unlikely” to be Ms Long-Bailey or anyone else closely associated with the policies of the Corbyn era.Mr Watson served as Mr Corbyn’s deputy for four years although he was elected to the position by Labour members, not appointed by the leader, and disagreed with Mr Corbyn on Brexit and other issues.”All the candidates on the frontbench need to explain the last two election defeats,” he said. “They signed up to the manifesto in 2017 and 2019 and clearly that was rejected by the electorate.””The first thing they have to do is to explain to 500,000 Labour Party members why they think it is that we have not won an election for a decade.”Meanwhile, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has said he will be standing in the forthcoming deputy leadership election.

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Wolves captain Conor Coady has claimed the video assistant referee system used by the Premier League is “not working” and is “confusing” for players.Sadio Mane’s controversial goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Wolves.Anthony Taylor awarded the goal after a VAR check although Wolves’ players complained Virgil van Dijk controlled the ball with his hand in the build-up.

“We feel massively hard done by and I can’t get my head around it. For me, it is not working,” Coady said.”Some people are saying it gets the right decision, but we’re the players on the pitch and it doesn’t feel right to me.”It is still confusing, I can’t get my head around it. You don’t get answers on the pitch.”Mane’s goal was given after VAR checked whether Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana had used his arm to cushion the ball into the Senegal forward’s path.However, Wolves centre-back Coady felt queries concerning Van Dijk – who controlled the ball before playing a long pass to Lallana – were ignored by officials.”Anthony Taylor is great to speak to but I ask a question and I don’t get an answer,” Coady explained.”We thought Van Dijk handballed it, but the referee tells me Van Dijk is too far away. He played the pass.”VAR is affecting the game, you can hear the fans singing about it. “It is so disappointing that we are stood here talking about VAR rather than the game and the way Wolves played.”The visiting side also suffered a blow when Neto’s equaliser was ruled out because Spanish wing-back Jonny had a toe offside.Boss Nuno Espirito Santo questioned whether the officials at VAR headquarters in Stockley Park, London are best placed to make key decisions.”The VAR is miles away taking decisions on a lot of things happening here,” he said.”Who is inside the game? Who feels the intensity and the flow? The referee here.”Even though his players benefited from VAR decisions in the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was critical of how long decision-making takes.He added: “We are in December and coming into January. Players standing around that long waiting is not good. I would prefer if referees going to the screen.”‘Every weekend VAR is a big mess’

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VAR was also criticised in Sunday’s evening kick-off between Manchester City and Sheffield United.City manager Pep Guardiola was asked his opinion on a controversial incident which allowed his side to score the first goal in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United – and used it as a chance to criticise VAR.United were upset the goal was allowed to stand as referee Chris Kavanagh appeared to get in the way of John Fleck, who miscontrolled the ball – which allowed Sergio Aguero to score.”I said many times I have a huge list for VAR,” Guardiola said. “Every weekend is a big mess. In other games it was a big mess. Hopefully next season it can do better.”The Blades also had a goal struck off by VAR when forward Lys Mousset was deemed to have been marginally offside when the scoreline was goalless.It was the fifth time this season United have a goal ruled out by VAR in the Premier League – the most of any team – which frustrated boss Chris Wilder.He said: “Yet again we had another goal disallowed by VAR. That’s about eight or nine over the weekend, this is not a situation helping the game.”

Leeds United won an astonishing nine-goal thriller against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s to go back top of the Championship.But it was rough luck on Birmingham, who three times came from behind to level before Wes Harding’s injury-time own goal.”Every time Birmingham scored, we had the energy to go for one more goal,” said Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa’s men will now start 2020 top of the second tier thanks to morning leaders West Bromwich Albion losing just a few miles away at home to Middlesbrough.It looked like it might be a stroll for Leeds when Helder Costa and Jack Harrison scored inside the space of six first-half minutes.But 16-year-old Jude Bellingham scored with his first goal in over three months to reduce the arrears at half-time before Lukas Jutkiewicz levelled on 61 minutes.Luke Ayling put Leeds back in front eight minutes later, but Jeremie Bela equalised for a second time.Stuart Dallas then struck on 84 minutes, only for Jutkiewicz to level again – but Harding’s own goal in the fifth minute of added time settled a classic contest.


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