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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko spoke to The Associated Press as he left the stadium in Marseille, saying there were no comparisons between the violence in southern France and the 2018 World Cup.Mutko says “what’s the 2018 World Cup got to do with it?”Russian fans clashed with England supporters and the police before and after Saturday’s match at the Stade Velodrome.Mutko is also the head of the Russian Football Union and has senior roles in FIFA and with World Cup organization. cheap nfl jerseys Fighting broke out in the southern city of Nice the night before the European Championship match between Poland and Northern Ireland.It was not immediately clear who was involved in the fighting, but internet footage showed several fans wearing the dark green jersey of Northern Ireland trading punches with other fans.The footage also showed riot police intervening quickly to stop the fighting, which appeared to involve about 20 people. that one person had been arrested in Nice’s old town and that “the situation is calmer now.” He then thanked the police force.The English Football Association has called on England fans “to act in a respectful manner and support England the right way” after a third day of violence in Marseille.English and Russian fans clashed with each other and the French police, who deployed tear gas and water cannons both in the city’s Old Port and near the Stade Velodrome ahead of England’s game with Russia, which finished 1 1.Eric Dier says England’s emotions took a dive after Russia scored a late equalizer in Saturday’s 1 1 draw.Dier gave England the lead with a 73rd minute curling free kick but says “our emotions went from a high to a low pretty quickly” when Vasily Berezutsky scored for Russia.UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing the stronger sanctions after its fans attacked England supporters in the stadium.

Says there was no deal with Sabres

TORONTO Mike Babcock had absolutely nothing negative to say about Terry Pegula, Tim Murray or the Buffalo Sabres during his introductory lovefest/pep rally/news conference Thursday in the Air Canada Centre.

In the end, however, the bottom line was simple: The Toronto Maple Leafs are an Original Six franchise and the place where Babcock’s family wanted him to coach.canada goose sale The Sabres and Buffalo are not.

“I had a lot of opportunity to coach Canada’s teams and enjoyed that immensely,” Babcock said, referring to the World Junior Championships and the Olympics. “And whether you believe it or not, this is Canada’s team and we need to put Canada’s team back on the map.”

The Leafs, of course, have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967. Babcock got a reported eight year, $50 million agreement to coach them after seemingly coming close to signing on with the Sabres.

There are clear feelings in the Buffalo front office, in fact, that Babcock had agreed in principle to become the team’s coach but he disputed that notion today.

“I talked to lots of teams,” he said. “The hardest thing for the media to do was figure out where I was going because I had no idea where I was going. It was a hard decision. We went back and forth so many times trying to figure out the right thing to do.

“If you don’t think Terry Pegula is a star, you’re mistaken. If you think Tim Murray and I didn’t have a great relationship, that’s wrong too. In the end, I wanted to coach the Maple Leafs. This was the best fit for my family. When you put the two together, that’s what happens.”

Pressed by The Buffalo News and WGRZ TV about whether a deal was signed and he lied to the Sabres, Babcock first said, “That ‘lying’ word is an interesting word. I’ve been in the public eye for a long long time and I don’t think that goes anywhere near who I am or what I’m about.”

“No. Did we work on financial stuff and term? Absolutely.”

The news conference was held in the ACC atrium, with cheering Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment employeees watchingfrom the rear of the room and from a second story balcony.

Babcock visited HarborCenter and First Niagara Center on Mother’s Day and came away impresssed.

“I loved it. I thought it was great,” he said. “Mr. Pegula and his story himself, borrowing $7,500 from his family and turning it into what he’s done, the way he treats people, his wife, all of it. “I’ve known Tim Murray since when I coached nunior hockey. He’s one of the best scouts. He’s a hard worker.

“. They’ve got lots of great things. In the end, I couldn’t make it go for my family and I wanted to be the coach of the Maple Leafs. That’s it. They’re going to hire a good coach and they’re going to do well.”

“Teams that get pushed out early on don’t get their feelings hurt as bad,” noted Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “The teams that Mike liked the most are probably the ones with the most hurt feelings.”