Month: October 2019

10 months agoMan Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick says taking the squad to Dubai this week has been the right decision.Carrick, who has been reunited with former colleagues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan in his first season after retiring as a player, explained that the climate in the Middle East enables the staff to focus on more detailed sessions.“It’s fantastic. It allows us to train in a way where you probably can’t do it at home, at this moment, with it being so cold,” reported Carrick. “We can work on different things. When it’s freezing cold at home, you’ve got to keep on the move and you don’t want the lads standing around too much.“So here we’ll work hard, especially over the next few days, and prepare for Sunday, but it allows us to maybe spend a little bit more time on the training ground and go into a little bit more detail, which we need at this moment.“As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.”You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.” last_img read more

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15 days agoEverton striker Kean, Parrott sent off in U21 clash

first_imgEverton striker Kean, Parrott sent off in U21 clashby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Moise Kean was sent off for Italy U21 in their 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland. Former Juventus youngster Kean came off the bench, but lasted under 20 minutes before his dismissal for pushing Tottenham striker Troy Parrott in the chest, with the Irish player also receiving his second yellow card in the incident.Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato said, “It’s our own fault, we know these environments, the way they see competition and sportsmanship, so we knew full well that we shouldn’t have fallen for their provocation.“Qualification is not a walk in the park, there are strong teams and we need to work to get there.”The next Italy game is against Armenia on Monday. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contract

first_imgIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contractby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan is happy with his new contract at Manchester City.In August, the Germany midfielder signed new terms to 2023.Gundogan has stated he held talks with Bayern Munich over the summer before agreeing to stay with City.He told BILD: “I am totally comfortable here. “The competitive appeal is extremely high. The Premier League is a huge challenge and in the Champions League we have a lot hopes with City.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoMarseille midfielder Maxime López: How I blew Barcelona move…

first_imgMarseille midfielder Maxime López: How I blew Barcelona move…by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille midfielder Maxime López has revealed an approach from Barcelona.Lopez admits Barca were in contact two years ago.”In the summer of 2017, the sports director of Barça ( Robert Fernández) spoke with my agent, who said there was interest in the next season if I had a good campaign,” he recalled.”Everyone knows that I love Barça, I have imagined too many things.”In my head I thought: that’s it, I’m there. And that’s when I lost six months, I was lost, I no longer recognized myself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoWolves youngster Owen Helsketh proud penning pro terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves youngster Owen Helsketh proud penning pro termsby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves youngster Owen Helsketh has signed his first professional contract.The promising 17-year-old, who was previously at Manchester City, has agreed on terms until 2022.”It’s a very good feeling,” the Welsh under-17 international said. “I’ve been waiting quite a long time for this moment, so I’m really happy to finally sign.”I came to the club at the start of this season, but I’ve already learnt a lot since being here. It’s obviously been tough moving away from home, but it’s football and you’ve got to make sacrifices to get to the top.”It’s a big opportunity and I just have to get back fit, work hard and try to be the best I can be. Once I get back fit, hopefully I can play in some games, get back to form and then start to push up the ages and try to get into the first-team.” last_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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Plaxico Burress Took A Twitter Jab At Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

first_imgPlaxico Burress close up.plaxico burress upset michigan state nebraska gameSince taking over at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has certainly gone above and beyond in terms of recruiting. Whether it’s sleepovers, climbing trees, going to class with recruits or moving spring practice to Florida for a week, Harbaugh is committed to selling his vision in any way possible.The future is Harbaugh’s biggest selling point, as the Wolverines haven’t been elite lately. In recent years, Michigan has been on the short end of the stick against arch-rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. They’ve lost 11 of 12 to the Buckeyes and seven of eight to Sparty. Taking all this into account, former Michigan State star Plaxico Burress dropped a quick jab at Harbaugh and his recruiting tactics on Twitter this morning. According to Burress, while Harbaugh has to peddle his program, the Spartans simply have to point to the results. Looks like J Harbaugh is pulling out all stops to get kids to Michigan. We @MSU_Football just believe in the product. Don’t have to sell us— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) March 1, 2016Plax has a point because Michigan State has been the premier program in the state of Michigan the last several seasons. However, Harbaugh did lead his team to a 10-3 record in his first year and was one insane fluke play away from beating the Spartans. The Wolverines also have an outstanding recruiting class on the way.Will the Maize and Blue begin dominating its in-state rivals starting in 2016? We won’t go that far, but this series should be much closer in the coming years.last_img read more

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Michigan Players Make It Clear The Wolverines Are Rooting For Colorado

first_imgMichigan's players taking a selfie on a couch.Instagram/alexmalzoneMichigan football’s clearest path to the College Football Playoff involves Colorado, a team the Wolverines beat, winning the Pac-12 championship.Back on September 17, Michigan beat Colorado 45-28 at the Big House. At the time, Colorado looked like it could be on the way to a breakout bowl season in year four under Mike McIntyre. Instead, the Buffaloes ran out to a 10-2 record, and claimed the Pac-12 South title. Now, the Wolverines are some of the Buffaloes biggest fans.Colorado currently ranks eighth in the country ahead of conference championship week, three spots behind Michigan. A win in the Pac-12 Championship likely knocks the No. 4 team, Washington, out of contention, and could open the door for Michigan to get back in the top four. A Colorado win would also then make Michigan’s win over the Buffaloes look even more impressive.Michigan players know what’s at stake in the Pac-12 title game, and they are all aboard the Buffaloes bandwagon. Star cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive back Taylor Krupp made that clear on Twitter:Me last night after the rankings came out pic.twitter.com/wY10ho4Z2E— Taylor Krupp (@Taylor_Krupp) November 30, 2016FAX https://t.co/DMxTugrZUx— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) November 30, 2016Quarterback Alex Malzone echoed those sentiments on Instagram.alex-malzone-go-buffsColorado and Washington kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 2. The game will be broadcast on FOX.last_img read more

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Aguero & Jesus leaving City is ‘out of the question’

first_imgGabriel Jesus claims it is “out of the question” that both he and Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City this summer.The Brazil international expects Pep Guardiola to have a full complement of strikers at his disposal next season.That means neither of his current leading men will be heading for the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Both have seen moves elsewhere mooted with another transfer window open.Aguero, who remains a model of consistency for City, has admitted that he will be returning to Independiente in his native Argentina at some stage.Jesus, meanwhile, has been linked with a switch after slipping down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.With Aguero established as first choice, the other South American forward has had to be patient and make the most of the opportunities that do come his way.Jesus insists he is happy with that standing for now, with the 22-year-old telling the Daily Mail of the transfer talk which has been building at the Etihad Stadium: “I think it’s out of the question that Aguero leaves and me too.“[Aguero] is a legend at the club – he’s the top scorer [of all time].“Obviously as a player I always want to play, but I’m happy to help and I respect Sergio.”Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 2018-19Jesus wrapped up his 2018-19 campaign at club level in style, bagging a brace in a crushing 6-0 FA Cup final victory for City over Watford.Raheem Sterling came close to taking one of those efforts off him, but the goal was eventually credited to Jesus and he ended the season with 21 across all competitions.“It was a very important final, the last game of the season and I was happy to be able to score in such an important fixture,” he added.On top of the goals he registered last season, Jesus also provided six assists for grateful team-mates.His value to the City cause is obvious, contributing to Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup successes in 2019, helping the Blues to secure an historic domestic treble, and will be chasing down more honours next term.Prior to that, though, he has a Copa America campaign to contend with.Brazil opened their bid for international glory on home soil with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia, with Jesus seeing 25 minutes off the bench in that contest.last_img read more

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‘Bernardo will win Ballon d’Or when Ronaldo & Messi retire’

first_imgManchester City and Portugal star Bernardo Silva will win the Ballon d’Or when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo begin to show signs of decline or retire, according to former Selecao star Paulo Futre.Silva featured in 51 matches for City in their treble-winning campaign of 2018-19 as the club won the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup while also reaching the Champions League quarter-finalsThe Portuguese star was vital in a number of City performances, including a key Premier League victory over Liverpool that turned the title race, and Silva was voted City’s Player of the Season by supporters as a result of his performances. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Silva also helped Portugal to Nations League glory earlier this month, having assisted Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the semi-final round.He then assisted Goncalo Guedes’ winner in the finale as Portugal took down the Netherlands to win the inaugural Nations League crown.5 WHAT A SEASON!!Thank you @ManCity  and @selecaoportugal See you all next season— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) June 10, 2019 And now, the 24-year-old has been tipped by Futre to become the next leading star in world football after Messi and Ronaldo – aged 32 and 34, respectively – fall out of the spotlight.Futre, who earned 41 caps for Portugal and represented the likes of Porto, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan at club level, told Omnisport: “I think Bernardo will be the next star, or he will be when Ronaldo and Messi start to decline.`”I think Bernardo will be one of those who will be ready to win the Ballon d’Or, because he is a player with a lot of responsibility in a great team like Manchester City.”He will continue to grow and in two or three years, when Messi and Cristiano retire, I think he can be one of the big favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.”Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric ended the decade-long reign of Messi and Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or for the first time last December, earning the award after winning the Champions League while guiding Croatia to the World Cup final against France.This season, Virgil van Dijk has been earmarked as a player that could win, as the Liverpool star is seen as a contender to become the first defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.last_img
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Neymar, Mbappe feature heavily in PSG home kit reveal

first_imgStar forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both featured heavily in Paris Saint-Germain’s launch of their new home kit for 2019-20, despite speculation surrounding their futures with the Ligue 1 champions. Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona this off season, while Mbappe has emerged as a reported target for Real Madrid.However, it seems PSG expect the stars to be at Parc des Princes next season with the duo front and centre of their home kit reveal on Sunday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare It’s here! Check out the new @PSG_English jersey for the / season!Welcome @All  #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/UaDJwyaAVf — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) June 30, 2019 Mbappe scored 33 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 and Neymar netted 15 as PSG finished 16 points clear at the top of the French first division.Neymar appears the more likely of the two to leave, with Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner recently confirming the Brazil forward wanted to return to Camp Nou.La Liga president Javier Tebas has however come out against a possible transfer for the PSG star. “I prefer that Neymar does not return to Barca,” Tebas told Onda Cero.”We always want to bring great players, but in the case of Neymar that behaviour is not good for the competition because in the end the news is if the player has done this or that.”We have worked a lot in La Liga to maintain the values and we don’t want to change the image. He can be a great player, but the behaviour is very important in the values we transmit in the competition.” PSG meanwhile have shown no indication of letting Mbappe leave anytime soon with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi declaring he will remain in France. “Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%! I will not let go of this player,” Al-Khelaifi told France Football. “He wants to be more involved in our project, to grow with the team and the club. “But I explained to him that what he wants, he does not need to ask for. We must go and hit those targets and sometimes even tear them away.” PSG are set to begin their pre-season later this month with new coach Thomas Tuchel taking the squad to Germany before a tour of China where they’ll take on Inter, Sydney FC and Stade Rennais.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Names 1 Team Surging Up His Rankings

first_imgKirk Herbstreit thinks a team could be out of the playoff.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit unveiled his new top four rankings following Ohio State’s win over TCU on Saturday night.There has been a minor change to Herbie’s top four, with the No. 2 spot having a new resident.Herbstreit’s new top four:AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonOhio StateThere’s one team surging up Herbstreit’s rankings, though. They’re now in his No. 5 spot.LSU, coming off its road win against Auburn, is now No. 5 in Herbstreit’s rankings. Herbstreit was extremely impressed in what he saw from the Tigers on the road on Saturday.My Top 4 after WEEK 31-@AlabamaFTBL 2-@FootballUGA 3-@ClemsonFB 4-@OhioStateFB Next 2@LSUfootball @OU_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 16, 2018The new top 25 polls will be out at noon (Coaches) and 2 p.m. (AP). Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Has Major Injury Update For Damien Harris

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama heads into its final regular season game against in-state rival Auburn in just a few days. The Tide enter the contest as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country and are heavy favorites despite the rivalry nature of this game.Nick Saban’s squad is a 24-point favorite against the Tigers who entered the season as a top-10 team. One major question mark facing the Tide this weekend was the health of star running back Damien Harris.Harris suffered a concussion in Alabama’s win over The Citadel last weekend.On Wednesday afternoon, Saban revealed some major new for the Tide. Harris cleared he concussion protocol and should be good to go for Saturday afternoon’s game.Saban on SEC teleconference: Damian Harris has cleared concussion protocol.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 21, 2018That’s great news for the Tide moving forward. The team might not need Harris in this weekend’s game against Auburn, but the Tide face off against Georgia in the SEC title game in two weeks.Having Harris back for the title game against the Bulldogs is a must.last_img read more

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5 Coaches Named Candidates For The Kansas State Job

first_imgWillie the Wildcat pumps up the crowd.MANHATTAN, KS – NOVEMBER 3: Kansas State Wildcats mascot Willie the Wildcat perform during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)On the heels of the official announcement that Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder will be retiring, plenty of top-quality coaching candidates have emerged for the job.ESPN college football writer Jake Trotter gave his shortlist of five possible candidates: North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, Troy head coach Neal Brown, Oregon DC Jim Leavitt, and North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman.It’s an impressive list of coaches, but few of them have any significant Big 12 coaching experience.The Wildcats finished the season at 5-7, their first sub-.500 season in Snyder’s second stint with the team.Five names to watch in the K-State coaching search: North Texas coach Seth Littrell, Memphis coach Mike Norvell, Troy coach Neal Brown, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 2, 2018Snyder had two different coaching stints with Kansas State: 1989 to 2005 and 2009 to 2018.In his first stint with the team, Snyder led the Wildcats to 11 straight bowl games from 1993 to 2003, winning the Big 12 conference title in 2003.Upon his return to Kansas State, Snyder led the team to eight more consecutive bowl games and a Big 12 conference title in 2012.last_img read more

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ESPN FPI Iowa vs. Mississippi State Prediction

first_imgKirk Ferentz makes a play call.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)We’re just over a week away from New Year’s Day’s slate of bowl games. Among them: Iowa vs. Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.Impressively, we’re breaking entirely new ground with the match-up, as the Hawkeyes and Bulldogs have never played before.Mississippi State, wrapping up a solid first year under head coach Joe Moorhead, is a solid favorite over Kirk Ferentz’s club, and the odds have been moving further in the Bulldogs’ favor.Per OddsShark, the line opened at MSU -4.Most sportsbooks now have things at Mississippi State -7 as of this writing.That isn’t overly surprising though. Mississippi State comes out of the brutal SEC West, and Iowa hit a bad mid-season slump. The Hawkeyes recovered to win their final two games heading into bowl season, and this one should be pretty competitive.52-percent of bets are going towards Mississippi State, per OddsShark.As for winning the game outright, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Mississippi State a better than 60-percent chance of beating Iowa football.That number sits at 60.6-percent,vs. 39.4-percent for the Hawkeyes. ESPN's FPI prediction for Iowa vs. Mississippi State.ESPNNext Tuesday’s game will kick off at 12 p.m. ET. It is being held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.The SEC’s representatives have won the Outback Bowl three years in a row, and five of the last six match-ups.[ESPN]last_img read more

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Starting CFB QB Arrested On DWI, Marijuana, Weapons Charges

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former top college football recruit and son of a head coach of a major football program ran into some trouble with the law this weekend.According to a report from the USA Today, University of Texas El Paso quarterback Kai Locksley was arrested on Friday.The report details police arrested Locksley on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana under two ounces, terroristic threat and unlawful carrying of a weapon.Locklsey was held in El Paso County Jail overnight and remained there as of Saturday afternoon. El Paso County jail records show UTEP QB Kai Locksley was arrested today on suspicion of DWI, possession of marijuana, terroristic threat, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. First reported by @NicolasAlex915. Locksley is being held at Downtown Jail on $2,900 bond. #KTSM9Sports— Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) June 8, 2019Locksley was ranked the No. 146 recruit in the country coming out of high school by 247Sports.He initially committed to play for Texas, where he started as a quarterback. He switched to wide receiver early in his career, before transferring to junior college.After transferring from Iowa Western Community College, Locksley landed at UTEP.He started eight games at quarterback last season for the Miners and played in nine. Locksley led the team with 937 yards passing and rushed for 340 yards and had six rushing touchdowns.He is the son of former Alabama offensive coordinator and current Maryland head coach Mike Locksley.We’ll have to wait and see if the university decides further punishment is necessary regarding the upcoming college football season.last_img read more

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