Mon 19 Mar by Mark Gleeson
* The United 2026 World Cup bid from Canada, Mexico and the USA have unveiled their 23-city hosting list and while there are a few notable omissions – Vancouver, Chicago, Salt Lake and Minneapolis being the highest profile – it is still an impressive and broad-based power play in the bid battle. “One thing about our bid is that we have no shortage of cities. We have an oversupply of great cities and venues,” said John Kristick, the United 2026 bid executive director.
* Bafana Bafana have climbed a single place to number 76 in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday, continuing what has been an upward curve in 2018 despite not playing a match in four months.
As the rankings are weighted based on the previous four years, past results are also taken into account and these have seen Bafana rise from their position of 81st at the end of 2017.
* Watford are refusing to pay compensation to Marco Silva despite their former manager threatening legal action against the club. He has not received his payoff after his January sacking because Watford believe he breached his contract before his dismissal by talking to Everton about taking over at Goodison Park without Watford’s permission.
* Everton are prepared to pay Jack Wilshere an 8-milion pound signing on fee to move from Arsenal. He will be out of contract at the end of the season although talks to stay at Arsenal are on-going but terms for a new deal have not been reached. Arsenal want to cut the wages of the injury prone midfielder, but increase his bonuses and appearance payments.
* Sunderland are on course to become the first club to ensure consecutive relegations straight after a stretch of at least 10 years in the top flight. Fulham followed nine years in the top division with successive drops in 1968 and 1969.