Huddersfield boss Wagner wants new striker signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner wants to buy a striker next month.Wagner lamented their poor finishing in defeat at Manchester United yesterday.The German said, “Unfortunately we’ve seen a game we’ve seen all season. “We were beaten by two world-class strikes and David De Gea made a world-class save from (Laurent) Depoitre.”A big reason why we lost is because we weren’t clinical. If we can solve this problem, and perform like this, we can collect more points.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd ace Mata: Why I like Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata says there can’t be any underestimating Bournemouth.Mata says they will have learned from their 2-1 win against Bournemouth last month.He said, “That until the end we fight to score like Marcus showed. It was a nice end to a difficult game.“But I like Bournemouth, they have a good manager, they’ve played in a certain way for the last few seasons and they have players who know what they can produce for the team. They play in a very structured way, they like to have the ball and they’re a very good team.“We play again at Old Trafford and we will try to show again how strong we can be at our home, respecting of course their manager and their team. I’m looking forward again to trying to get the three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff boss Warnock reveals Tan behind him for market plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says owner Vincent Tan is determined to support him in the January market.Before victory at Leicester City, Warnock spoke of his transfer plans.He said, “Mehmet (Dalman) and Ken (Choo) are doing all the checks which you’ve got to do. But they’re determined to get me two or three players. I’m talking to Vincent all the time. Every owner would want you to spend nothing and still bring in five players. But he’s been very supportive.”We’ve had inquiries for our players as well. Everyone’s looking for a bargain. We’ve got numerous players that aren’t playing and hopefully they can find clubs because when you’re a player you want to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jermaine Jenas has claimed that Eden Hazard is too good for the current Chelsea squad. Hazard put in another strong display on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Blues fell 1-0 to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. The Belgian has been forced to shoulder much of the load for Chelsea this term, with several of his team-mates failing to hit their best form. 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? Hazard leads the Blues in scoring this season, netting 12 goals in all competitions, and has been moved into a false nine role with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata failing to get the job done up top. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live after the match, former England midfielder Jenas had plenty of praise for Hazard, as well as criticism for his team-mates. “I thought Eden Hazard was unplayable,” Jenas said. “He has gone by everybody and he must be thinking, ‘what more do you need me to do?’“Chelsea are a top side but I think he has outgrown them and he is above [the] level of everybody around him.”I never thought I would say it, but he’s too good for this Chelsea team.”Hazard’s future with Chelsea is in doubt, with the Belgian having yet to agree terms on a new contract. Real Madrid have been continuously linked with Hazard, whose current deal with Chelsea runs out at the end of next season. And the 28-year-old has refused to offer many assurances to Blues fans, having called Madrid a “dream” move in October.
ABC.The Ohio State-Michigan game was an all-timer.The epic contest between the No. 2 Buckeyes and No. 3 Wolverines was the best of the 2016 college football season, with OSU emerging in double overtime, 30-27.The numbers reflect it.Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game is the most-watched college football game on ABC since the 2006 No. 1 vs. No. 2 game between the two programs. It’s also the most-streamed game on ESPN, ever.Enormous 10.4 overnight rating for @UMichFootball @OhioStateFB on abc. 2nd best reg season on record for ABC (trailing only 2006 game)— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) November 27, 2016Game was also ESPN’s most streamed reg season college football game ever https://t.co/aRe3U0tL2b— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) November 27, 2016What will Year 3 of Harbaugh-Meyer bring? We can’t wait to find out.
Brazil scraped into the Copa America semi-finals with a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Paraguay on Thursday.Frustrated for long periods in Porto Alegre, the hosts were forced to penalties after a 0-0 draw at the Arena do Gremio.Paraguay managed to see out the final half-hour with 10 men after Fabian Balbuena was sent off for denying Roberto Firmino an obvious goalscoring opportunity. 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? But Brazil proved too good in the shoot-out, Alisson making one save and Gabriel Jesus converting the winner in a 4-3 success.Disputa de pênaltis é assim: emoção, suspense e, no fim, uma explosão de alegria. Vamos para a próxima! (4) 0 x 0 (3) | #JogaBola #BRAxPAR #CopaAméricaFotos: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/Jopgincl7k— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 28, 2019Brazil created a fine early chance, Firmino’s low shot from just inside the area comfortably saved by Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.There were shots at both ends in the opening exchanges, but most came from range before Paraguay almost took the lead.Derlis Gonzalez was found at the back post and his powerful strike from an angle was well saved by Brazil shot-stopper Alisson.A Philippe Coutinho effort from an angle was comfortably saved five minutes before half-time and there were some boos for the host nation at the break.They continued to enjoy the better of the play to begin the second half and thought they had a penalty in the 54th minute.Firmino was brought down by Balbuena and a penalty was awarded, only for a VAR review to see the defender sent off and a free-kick paid just outside the area.Dani Alves fired the free-kick inches wide from 20 yards, while Arthur forced Fernandez into a save in the 70th minute.Brazil somehow squandered two opportunities just four minutes later, Coutinho mistiming a header from Everton’s cross before Jesus volleyed wide from close range.The chances continued to come for Brazil as Paraguay sat deep and they almost struck from a set-piece, but Fernandez did brilliantly to save an Alex Sandro header from Coutinho’s free-kick.Paraguay continued to hold on but only just, Willian’s curling strike from 20 yards beating Fernandez but bouncing off the post.Everton and Coutinho had shots deflected off target deep into additional time as the 10 men of Paraguay managed to get to spot-kicks.Alisson saved Gustavo Gomez’s penalty to give Brazil the early advantage and while Firmino failed to convert, Gonzalez dragged his penalty wide before Jesus sent the hosts through.Vamos fechar com essa imagem que resume o jogo de hoje. Valeu, Alisson! Valeu, #SeleçãoBrasileira!Foto: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/an4gne35wm— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 28, 2019What does it mean? Brazil survive but only justTite’s men had their chances but failed to convert, Paraguay seemingly getting what they wanted by reaching penalties. However, Brazil were too good and remain on track for a first Copa America title since 2007.Alisson, Jesus step up at key momentAlisson enjoyed a sensational season with Liverpool and his fine save from Gomez was the ideal start to the shoot-out for Brazil. Willian, Marquinhos and Coutinho also scored from the spot before Jesus’ sealer.Paraguay continue to trouble BrazilParaguay were unbeaten in their past four Copa America games against Brazil and they gave the South American giants a huge scare. Well organised and prepared to play on the counter-attack, they almost caused a huge upset.Key Opta Facts:- Paraguay and Brazil have drawn 11 times in Copa America history.- Brazil have been involved in the most penalty shoot-outs in Copa America history with nine.- Paraguay have won just one of their past 21 Copa America games.- Brazil made it to the Copa America semi-finals for the first time since 2007.- Fernandez made the joint-most saves – eight – in a game of the past three Copa America tournaments.What’s next?Brazil will face either Argentina or Venezuela in a semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, while Paraguay are left to reflect on their defeat. read more
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior says he was nervous when Zinedine Zidane first returned to the club following nine months away. Zidane left the Bernabeu in June 2018 having led Real to a third consecutive Champions League trophy, and was replaced by Spain boss Julen Lopetegui. That appointment proved disastrous, and Real were again searching for a manager by October when Lopetegui was sacked with the club languishing in midtable. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Zidane returned following the removal of Santiago Solari after the champions were knocked out of the Champions league by Ajax in March. And the Brazilian Vinicius Junior, who joined Real shortly after the Frenchman’s initial departure, said the arrival of his “idol” Zidane left him feeling nervous. “He speaks every day with me and does everything to make me happy, like my team-mates on the pitch,” the Brazilian told Goal and Spox. “Zidane is a big idol for everyone, he was a legend as a player and now he is a legend as a manager. I was nervous when he entered the locker-room the first time after his return. “We are confident and ready to play a better season than the last one. We should not overrate the results in the pre-season.” Vinicius Junior, who became the first Real Madrid player born in the year 2000 to feature for the first team, missed a large part of last season with injury, turning out only 18 times during his debut campaign. “I have to find the rhythm,” he said of his return to fitness. “Mentally, I feel even better than last season, I enjoy being here and playing with joy, that’s the most important thing.” The Brazilian also admitted that the Spanish side wasn’t his only option when he decided to move to Europe, but says he couldn’t pass up on the chance to join Los Blancos. “I had many offers before I joined Real Madrid, including from Germany, but it has always been clear to me that if there’s a chance to go to Madrid then I’m going to Madrid. “Joining Real Madrid was the best thing that could have happened to me.” Despite not having played together for long, the youngster has formed a fruitful relationship with team-mate Karim Benzema during his brief spell in the Spanish capital and says the controversial former France international has been a guiding force as he has settled in Spain. “He gives me a lot of advice on how to behave on the pitch,” said Vinicius Junior. “He is a great player, but also a great person. He is a friend, like every other teammate.”
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 22: Florida State Seminoles fans hold up four fingers during the fourth quater against the Boston College Eagles during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Eagles 20-17. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)The NCAA released today its Academic Progress Rate for college football programs for the 2016-17 year. One major college football program saw its score rise quite a bit, but it remains the lowest among all Power 5 programs when it comes to the multi-year score.Schools need to have a four-year average over 930 to remain eligible to compete for championships. The scores go up to 1,000.Florida State is the college football program with the worst multi-year score among all Power 5 programs.The Seminoles’ score rose significantly from 2015-16 to 2016-17, but it remains the lowest in the country.From tallahassee.com:FSU’s APR rating was among the lowest in the country throughout Jimbo Fisher’s tenure in Tallahassee.The past three years had seen FSU’s single-year rating fall from 956 in 2012-13 to 946 in 2013-14 to 934 in 2014-15 and finally to 918 in 2015-16. The 2016-17 rating is the program’s highest rating since 2010-11 (971).The football program still has the worst multi-year APR rating among all Power-5 programs and the 20th worst APR rating across all 250 teams despite the significant increase.The next closest Power-5 team is Kansas at 945 — 39th lowest — and the next lowest ACC team is North Carolina — 97th lowest — at 960.SB Nation provided more details about the APR and how it will affect college football’s 2018 bowl season. You can read that here.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State football insider Jeff Snook, who published multiple reports throughout the Urban Meyer/Zach Smith saga, has published a new story on Facebook today, detailing what happened with the deliberations regarding his punishment.Snook says that he spoke to two members of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees over the past week, both of whom disagreed with the punishment.Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the school’s investigation into his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.From his report:Two members of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees have told me over the past week they believed Urban Meyer’s suspension “was not warranted according to the facts” that resulted from the university’s six-member panel which investigated whether the head coach had covered up alleged domestic violence by former assistant coach Zach Smith.The “majority” of the trustees disagreed with President Michael Drake’s final decision to suspend Meyer three games and athletic director Gene Smith 17 days and many were disappointed by Drake’s performance “for not being complete and clear” at the ensuing press conference the night of Aug. 22, one trustee said.Neither trustee wanted to be identified and would speak only on the condition of complete anonymity.The board of trustees members say Meyer’s punishment was all about the mishandling of Smith and not any coverup for domestic violence.“This was all about the way (Meyer) mismanaged an employee, an assistant coach,” one trustee said. “(Smith) was late to practice often. He acted up on recruiting trips. He had credit-card problems. He did other things that made him a poor representative of the university. It was easy to determine that Coach Meyer should have had a firmer grasp of this employee.”Another said, “It was obvious Zach Smith had problems, serious issues. Coach Meyer should have known about it and probably fired him (sooner than the July 23 termination Smith was given).”You can view the full report here.Meyer is set to return to the field on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama and Oklahoma are a little more than two weeks away from meeting in the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to meet in the Orange Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29.Who’s excited?We certainly are.Alabama, the No. 1 team in the country, is a sizable favorite heading into this contest, but with the health of Tua Tagovailoa up in the air (he’s recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the SEC Championship Game), an Oklahoma upset is certainly possible.Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press isn’t picking one, though.The college football expert has released his score prediction for the Alabama-Oklahoma game in his picks column:CFP Semifinal, Oklahoma (plus 14) vs. AlabamaWhy watch? Kyler and Tua … ALABAMA 56-38.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to play on Saturday, Dec. 29.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.