Month: October 2019

first_imgMontolivo agent slams AC Milan coach Gattusoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Riccardo Montolivo has slammed AC Milan coach Rino Gattuso.The midfielder was again ignored for defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday.“The decision of the Coach not to even consider him must be respected, even if it has gone beyond the limits of logic,” agent Giovanni Branchini told Radio Deejay.“I don’t want to talk about this being a bullying scenario, but it’s difficult to think Montolivo has suddenly become the 27th most reliable player in terms of quality and reliability at Milan.“Do they think he has a contagious disease? Montolivo hasn’t even taken part in a training ground game between ranks since May 13.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp confirms ‘door open’ for Liverpool transfers: Milner can’t do it allby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he will “keep the door open” for January signings.Klopp had previously been reluctant to make any moves in the upcoming transfer window. But with centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip injured, and his side four points clear on top of the Premier League, Klopp knows he might have to bolster his squad.”I’m very happy with what I’ve got but I’ve always said, you don’t know,” said Klopp. “I’ll keep the door open.”If some things happen, then we need to have a look. A monstrous number of games are coming up. It is really important that we can react.”If something dramatically changes, we will need to have a look but if nothing happens, then we will not do anything.”James Milner has been filling in across the park for the Reds, and Klopp added that he can no longer rely solely on the veteran’s versatility.”We don’t have that many options anymore because we have two injured centre-halves, so that immediately limits everything,” he added.”We are not that versatile. Yes, [James] Milner can play five or six different positions, that is not a problem for him, but there are not a lot of players who can play that many positions.”But the situation is OK.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester ace Maddison says sudden rise no surpriseby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City ace James Maddison says his sudden rise is no surprise to him.The midfielder says he’s happy to take his success in stride.”It hasn’t surprised me I don’t think,” he told the Daily Mail. “Obviously there are pinch-myself moments – when I first got called up to the England senior squad, or my Premier League debut at Old Trafford where it’s like ‘wow, I’ve worked hard to get to this point’.”But I always knew, I always back myself and believe in myself so I wouldn’t say I was necessarily surprised, I was just grateful and happy to be where I was. I put a lot of hard work into getting there.” last_img read more

first_imgArsenal midfielder Reiss Nelson faces longer outby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Reiss Nelson faces being ruled out until November. Nelson has successfully managed to force his way into the club’s first-team set-up this season having impressed in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim in 2018-19.But the Evening Standard report that he will now miss the next few weeks with a knee injury, which has forced him to withdraw from England U21 duty. Nelson has made six appearances across all competitions this season and has posted one goal and two assists as he continues his ascent. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Matip named PFA Premier League Player of the Monthby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joel Matip has been named as the PFA Premier League Player of the Month.Matip beat out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to win the online vote.The stopper was instrumental in helping Liverpool maintain their 100 per cent record through September.The Reds beat Newcastle United, Chelsea and Sheffield United during that time. last_img read more

first_imgClose up of Jourdan Lewis with his helmet on.jourdan lewis michigan wont leave earlyMichigan junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis is putting together a solid season for the Wolverines, but don’t worry UM fans – it won’t be his last. Thursday, Lewis, who is looked at as a future NFL player, told his followers on Twitter that he doesn’t plan to leave the school after his third year. He cited his “education” as the main reason.I came to Michigan to get my education not to leave in three years.— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) October 29, 2015On the season, Lewis has 24 tackles and two interceptions for a much-improved Wolverines defense. We’re not sure what exactly made Lewis feel the need to issue an update on his situation, but regardless, it’s now clear where he stands.last_img read more

first_imgThe Auburn Tiger plays the guitar during the halftime show.YouTube/AU Bands2015 has been a big year for fans of the Back to the Future franchise. The original film was released 30 years ago, and October 21, 2015 was the day depicted in Back To The Future II. For Saturday’s halftime show, the Auburn University Marching Band put on an amazing show based on the movie, featuring an elaborate companion video starring mascot Aubie. Basketball coach Bruce Pearl also makes a fun cameo. 30 years ago, Auburn knocked off No. 12 Georgia 24-10. The 2015 Tigers were not as fortunate, though as Bruce Pearl alludes to, the 1985-86 Tigers basketball team made a run to the Elite Eight. That 30 year anniversary has a chance to have a bit more luck.last_img read more

first_imgBig 12 expansion fpiBig 12.Big 12 expansion appears to be a foregone conclusion, but not if the conference’s main television partners have their say.ESPN and Fox are opposing the Big 12’s plans to expand, per multiple reports.According to Sports Business Journal, the two networks are less-than-thrilled over the prospect of the Big 12 adding non-Power 5 schools. Some of the popular names linked to the league include Houston, Memphis, East Carolina, UConn and others.ESPN and Fox are reportedly digging in on Big 12 expansion.ESPN and Fox Sports believe that expansion with schools from outside the power five conferences will water down the Big 12 and make it less valuable, not more, sources said. But the Big 12 is financially motivated to add more teams. A clause in the conference’s media deals stipulate that if the Big 12 expands, it would receive pro rata increases in its rights fees.The original deals pay $2.6 billion over 13 years, or about $20 million per school annually. Expansion by two schools, theoretically, would force ESPN and Fox combined to pay an additional $40 million per year in rights fees. Expansion by four teams could mean another $80 million per year.[…]Absent a conference channel, the only other way for the Big 12 to significantly grow revenue in the near term is to add schools and activate that pro rata clause in its media contracts.That kind of cash grab, sources say, is rubbing ESPN and Fox the wrong way because any new schools would not carry the profile of most power five schools, which is what the networks are paying for.In addition, Fox Sports’ Clay Travis tweeted the two television behemoths might go as far as the litigation table to prevent the league from growing. Travis had previously called Big 12 expansion plans “a naked cash grab.”ESPN and Fox are both even threatening a lawsuit if Big 12 goes through with expansion.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 1, 2016 Conference expansion is oftentimes a messy endeavor. But this could be especially ugly if both sides won’t budge.[ Sports Business Journal ]last_img read more

first_imgTottenham follow up Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Wolves with a trip to Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were on a fine run of form after going unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, but collapsed in the second half against newly promoted Wolves, having previously taken the lead through a stunning Harry Kane strike.That loss meant they lost ground on league-leaders Liverpool, who beat Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side face a challenging assignment away at Manchester City on Thursday though, so the trip to South Wales could be a valuable opportunity for Spurs to close the gap to the Reds. 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? Game Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspur Date Tuesday, January 1 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event or streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go  Squads & Team News Position Cardiff players Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Morrison, Manga, Bamba, Connolly, Cunningham, Bennett, Peltier, Richards Midfielders Arter, Camarasa, Ralls, Paterson, Gunnarsson, Damour, Harris, Reid, Murphy, Hoilett, Pilkington, Mendez-Laing Forwards Tomlin, Zohore, Madine, Ward Cardiff have three long-term absentees in Kenneth Zohore (thigh), Jazz Richards (hamstring) and Danny Ward (knee).Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham; Gunnarsson, Arter; Reid, Camarasa, Murphy; Paterson. Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Foyte, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Son, Winks, Wanyama, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham are still without Jan Vertonghen (thigh) and Victor Wanyama (knee), and Eric Dier also misses out after missing the visit of Wolves with appendicitis.Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele are in the final stages of rehab for their respective injuries.Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane.Betting & Match Odds Tottenham will likely get back to winning ways according to Bet365, who have Spurs down as 4/9 favourites. Alternatively, Cardiff are priced at 6/1 and the draw can be backed at 10/3.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2018-19Tottenham have been impressive this term and were in flying form until they stumbled against Wolves.Pochettino had told fans they were well entitled to dream of winning a Premier League title after the 6-2 win over Everton, and supporters would have been on cloud nine after Spurs followed that result with a 5-0 win over Bournemouth.But the recent defeat brought them back down to earth, and Pochettino’s team will have to return to their previous consistency if they are to have any chance of competing with the imperious Liverpool and Manchester City at the end of the season.Cardiff will be full of energy after beating Leicester City 1-0 on Saturday, a result that took them four points ahead of fellow strugglers Fulham and eight above bottom side Huddersfield Town.That left Neil Warnock delighted with his team’s position going into the new year, as Cardiff were widely written off at the beginning of the season.So this encounter could prove tricky for Spurs, but three points would be extremely valuable as they face a resurgent Manchester United in their next Premier League outing. With the bonus of playing before City and Liverpool – thus being able to heap even more pressure on that game on Thursday – the Tottenham players will not be short of motivation in South Wales.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgThree-time World Cup winner Pele has backed Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe to match his glittering career achievements.Pele is widely considered to be one of the game’s greatest ever players having burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old at the 1968 World Cup, helping Brazil win the tournament for the first time.He would go on to win the World Cup again in 1962 and 1970, becoming the first player to win the tournament three times. He is also the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. 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? At the domestic level, Pele won 25 major honours in an 18-year career with Santos, including six Brasileirao titles and two Copa Libertadores.Such sustained success still seems a long distance away for Mbappe who, at just 20, is still in the very infancy of his career.However, there are already some similarities with his achievements so far and Pele’s early career.Like Pele, Mbappe is a teenage World Cup winner and already has a clutch of domestic titles to his name.Kylian Mbappe France World CupAs a result the 78-year-old says comparisons between himself and the young forward are not unwarranted.”He won the World Cup at nineteen, I was only seventeen,” Pele told France Football. “I teased him saying he had almost equalized.“I think he can become the new Pele! Many people think I said that to laugh, but no, it’s not a joke.”Mbappe became Monaco’s youngest-ever first-team player aged 16 years 347 days when he came on as a substitute against Caen in December 2015.The Paris-born forward soon became a regular in the Monaco side the following season, helping the club win the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title aged just 18.In March of that year Mbappe made his international debut for France as a second half substitute in a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg aged 18 years, three months and five days. In doing so he became the second youngest player to feature for Les Bleus after Maryan Wisniewski in 1995.His upward career trajectory continued the following campaign with a high-profile move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he would go on to win the domestic treble.But Mbappe’s domestic achievements would soon be put in the shade by his exploits in Russia last summer.He scored four goals as France won the World Cup for the second time as well as winning the tournament’s Best Young Player award.More silverware is likely to follow this season. He has scored 17 goals in 23 games so far to help PSG build up a 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 as well as progressing through to the last 16 of the Champions League.last_img read more

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