Van der Wiel: MLS professionalism ‘10 years ahead’ of Europe

first_imgTransfers Van der Wiel: Professionalism in MLS ‘10 years ahead’ of Europe Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 00:41 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Van der Wiel Cagliari Getty Images Transfers Toronto MLS The new Toronto FC defender has hailed the mentality of his new league in comparison to what he has found in Europe New Toronto FC defender Gregory van der Wiel has hailed the professionalism and mentality of Major League Soccer, claiming it is “10 years ahead” of Europe.The fullback joined the reigning MLS Cup champions after a rough couple of seasons following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, one spent in Turkey with Fenerbahce and the other in Italy with Cagliari.The experience left a sour taste in Van der Wiel’s mouth and convinced him the time was right for a move across the Atlantic to the United States. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I always wanted to play in MLS,” Van der Wiel said in quotes published on “I’ve been many times to this side of the ocean and what I’ve picked up is that the mentality, how the people live with their sport, the professionalism, here is way different from Europe. I think on this side it’s 10 years ahead.”Specifically, Van der Wiel suggested pictures posted to social media and his private life may have contributed to unfair perceptions of him with his clubs. The experience dampened his love of the game — something he hopes to reclaim in Toronto.”I’m tired [of being] judged by the way I look, the way I live my private life, the pictures I post on Instagram,” Van der Wiel said. “I’ve always been a person who works hard, always had the mentality to be a top player. The last two years I got judged and sidelined by things other than my football qualities. I wanted to be in an environment where it was different.”I’m already feeling, my first week, that it is a totally different world: you get treated well, everything is well arranged… this is everything I hoped for. I need to get my pleasure back. That will come; I have no doubt.”Van der Wiel also discussed other problems he encountered in Europe as he lost money to an investment scam.”I met somebody there, influential, and I wanted to invest some money, like I’m still doing to this day,” he said to the CBC. “I like to do things on the side of football to be smart about my money, but it was not a smart move.”I trusted somebody and in the end, I never saw my money back.”Someone who believes Toronto can help Van der Wiel bounce back from his negative experiences in Europe is Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney, who specifically cited the examples of Victor Vazquez and Chris Mavinga as players who rediscovered their love for the game with the MLS side.”When you make choices, not always do they turn out as hoped or expected,” Vanney said. “[Now], Victor and Chris love playing again, found that passion.”It comes down to us being human; understanding Gregory as a person, providing the things that people expect, allow him to be himself, enjoy and play the game. This is a club full of good people, eager to help and support each other. From that you find joy in life and on the field. And when you win, that helps.”last_img read more

Rodgers talks up CL record amid Arsenal rumours

first_imgTransfers Rodgers: I could do wonders with Arsenal… but I’m living the dream at Celtic Guy Atkinson 21:46 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brendan Rodgers Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League Premiership Celtic Arsène Wenger The Celtic boss believes his record in taking teams to the Champions League speaks for itself, but he is not tempted to leave Glasgow Brendan Rodgers has affirmed that he could succeed as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal replacement, while remaining committed to life at Celtic.The Gunners boss’ position has become increasingly perilous following back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the last week with rumours rife that he will leave at the end of the season – a year before the end of his contract.If that does happen Rodgers is expected to be amongst the favourites to replace the Frenchman, who has been in charge of the north London club since 1996. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 45-year-old, however, has stressed that he is no hurry to leave the club he only joined in May 2016.Speaking to The Times, he said: “Arsenal is a great club with a great manager. People will look at it and see that, [when] I went to Liverpool, they were struggling for five seasons for Champions League football and I was able to get them back.”When I came to Celtic, they hadn’t been in the Champions League for three seasons and I got them back. So maybe people are thinking, OK, Arsenal have been out of the Champions League and that is maybe the equation for someone like myself.Preparing for #CELMOR .  Celtic Park — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 2, 2018 “However, I’m loving my life up here. I’m not going to be here forever but I’m living in a dream, although dreams always come to an end at some point, that’s for sure. I’m always relaxed about speculation but my focus is only on Celtic.”It’s a fantastic club, Arsenal, but they have a great manager. Unfortunately, the criticism Arsene takes is now the way in the modern game, modern football. That’s unfortunate because he has done so much for the British game.”He came in 20-odd years ago and revolutionised the game. And it’s disappointing and sad for another manager to see someone of that quality and who is held in such esteem have to go through that.”I love my professional life here, the challenges of managing, the expectations, the scrutiny that comes with Celtic. Like I say, I’m living the dream. As for the other stuff, you can’t control it so I don’t worry about it. It will always be the case at big clubs, especially if your results turn the other way.”last_img read more

Where to watch all UK TV football this week

first_imgPremier League Live football on TV: UK match schedule this week, online streams & free to air websites Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo GFX Getty/Goal composite Premier League UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League FA Cup Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 If you are planning to take in some live football on television this week, Goal has a comprehensive guide to what’s on Trying to figure out what football is being shown live on TV this week? Look no further!There is plenty of action taking place across the globe, not least in Europe’s top leagues, with some interesting match-ups that are bound to get you excited.The remaining Champions League quarter-finals took place during the week, while Arsenal were in action in the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp At the weekend, FA Cup action takes centre stage, with the Chelsea hoping to join Tottenham and Manchester United in the semi-finals. There are also crunch games in La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League to look forward to. To help you choose what to watch, Goal has taken a look at all the football on TV in the UK today, tonight and this week, including some that you can watch for free and live stream. All live football matches on UK TV this weekSunday March 18, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League 06:00 BT Sport 2 Real Valladolid vs Almeria La Liga 2 11:00 FreeSports Leganes vs Sevilla La Liga 11:00 Sky Sports Mix Sampdoria vs Inter Serie A 11:30 BT Sport 1 Derby County vs Cardiff City Championship 12:00 Sky Sports Football Nice vs PSG Ligue 1 12:00 BT Sport ESPN Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 Bundesliga 12:30 BT Sport 3 Wigan Athletic vs Southampton FA Cup 13:30 BBC One AC Milan vs Chievo  Serie A 14:00 BT Sport ESPN Motherwell vs Celtic Scottish Premiership 14:15 Sky Sports Football FC Cologne vs Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport 3 Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao La Liga 15:15 Sky Sports Mix Raith Rovers vs East Fife Scottish League One 16:10 BBC Alba Leicester City vs Chelsea FA Cup 16:30 BBC One RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 3 Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Football Celta Vigo vs Malaga La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Red Button Napoli vs Genoa Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 1 Real Madrid vs Girona La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Lazio vs Bologna Serie A 19:45 BT Sport Extra 1 Marseille vs Lyon Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport 3 FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders MLS 21:00 Sky Sports Football How to watch football for free in the UKEden Hazard ChelseaThere are a number of games throughout the week that can be watched live for free on a variety of different channels.National broadcasters such as BBC, BBC Scotland and S4C occasionally show matches from the UK, with a few available to watch this week.Free-to-air channel Freesports shows games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, while BritAsia TV broadcasts games from the Indian Super League.See the table below for the free games on UK TV this week. Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Real Valladolid vs Almeria La Liga 2 Mar 18 / 11:00 FreeSports Wigan Athletic vs Southampton FA Cup Mar 18 / 13:30 BBC One Raith Rovers vs East Fife Scottish League One Mar 18 / 16:10 BBC Alba Leicester City vs Chelsea FA Cup Mar 18 / 16:30 BBC One Furthermore, highlights from all Premier League matches are shown on BBC One’s  Match of the Day programme, which generally airs on Saturdays at 22:30.On Channel 5, you can watch highlights from the Championship on Football on 5: The Championship, which airs on Saturdays at 21:00.Sky Sports News, which regularly shows clips and highlights from games, is available to all Sky and Virgin Media subscribers regardless of package.How to legally stream football in the UKWelbeck Calhanoglu Milan ArsenalAs well as being able to watch football on TV in the UK, fans can stream games live online and using various apps.Sky TV customers, for example, can access the Sky Go facility, which allows users to stream matches live and on demand on any mobile, laptop or tablet device.BT Sport, similarly, offer the BT Sport app , through which customers can stream games live and on-the-go on a variety of devices.The likes of Sky Go and the BT Sport app are generally available for most Apple iOS and Android devices.Furthermore, for games that are broadcast on BBC, viewers can opt to use the BBC iPlayer , which is a streaming service compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and a host of other platforms. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgThe Australian Touch Association have announced the coaching appointments for Australia’s Open teams, who will defend their World Number 1 ranking at the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. The calibre of candidates was extremely high and following an extensive process never before undertaken in the appointment of Touch coaches, the successful individuals were: Mens Open – Tony Trad Womens Open – Kerry Norman Mixed Open – Gary Madders The extended process included detailed analysis of applications, an interview, a practical presentation and performance appraisal of all candidates. The Panel included the National Coaching Director, a member of the Board of Directors, the National Technical Manager and an external representative from the Australian Sports Commission Coaching and Officiating division. The make-up of the Panel ensured that extensive analysis of the candidates was undertaken. Tony Trad led the Australian Mixed team to reclaim the Number 1 Mixed crown at the 2003 World Cup in Japan, having closed the gap on New Zealand mixed teams in the last two Trans Tasman campaigns. Kerry Norman was assistant coach of the Open Womens team that also successfully defended its world title in Japan and has also held the position of Australian womens 20s coach at the Youth World Cup in 2001. Gary Madders has been a successful Australian Youth coach in recent years and coach of the highly successful Womens Brisbane City Cobras team at the last national titles. The quality of candidates made the decision extremely difficult and the limited number of positions saw highly credentialed and qualified candidates miss out on an appointment. The national coaches will now work with Cathy Gray, ATA Elite Programs Director, in the selection of the National Training Squads at the 2004 National Touch League in March. The Squads will go into camp in June to start a program building to the World Cup in South Africa in January 2007. Assistant Coach positions have been opened, it is anticipated these will also be highly competitive. Australia and New Zealand are yet to agree on timing and location of the next major internationals, it is anticipated these will be negotiated before the 2004 National Touch League.last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management met in Sydney over the weekend and announced Peter Rooney as Chairman to oversee the position after the resignation of Michael Sparks, effective Saturday 28 April 2007.Michael Sparks had announced his intention to resign his position late last month after serving the sport in the capacity of Chairman of the TFA Board of Management since November 2002.Peter Rooney was elected as Chairman of the National body after an internal ballot process and will continue in this role through to the TFA Annual General Meeting in the latter part of 2007.Peter has a long and illustrious association with the sport in Australia. Peter commenced his involvement with the game in 1974 and became the first New South Wales and Australian Touch Association Director of Referees.Peter has also previously held the position of President of the New South Wales Touch Association and the Australian Touch Association and in 1984 was elected Executive Director of the Australian Touch Association.A life member of both the Cronulla and New South Wales Touch Associations, Peter was also the founding Secretary General of the Federation of International Touch.After a self imposed exile from the game to concentrate on his business career, Peter has returned to the sport in recent years and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for TFA & is committed to ensuring the Association progresses positively and purposefully down the pathway of the revised Strategic Plan.“I’m looking forward to hopefully offering genuine stability and a steadying influence as we continue to move forward productively and positively as a sport in the future.” Mr. Rooney said.last_img read more

Masters Trans Tasman Awards

first_imgWomen’s 30’sPlayer’s Player: Giselle MartinCoaches Award: Amanda BourneMen’s 30’sPlayer’s Player: Phil GyemoreCoaches Award: Garry SondaMen’s 40’sPlayer’s Player: Troy MorganCoaches Award: Paul ThomassonMen’s 45’sPlayer’s Player: Derek DuguidCoaches Award: Trevor JollyMen’s 50’s Player’s Player: Don BaartzCoaches Award: Bob BehnkeReferee of the Tournament: Bill Sladelast_img

10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearing

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their medical room is clearing ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.United have won both games since Solskjaer took charge but Anthony Martial joined Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines when being taken ill over the Christmas period.When asked by MUTV if anybody was coming back for the next game, Ole replied: “Hopefully the front three with Romelu, Alexis and Anthony – that is not a bad three to have ready. So towards the end [of a game], when you are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, if you can put players with pace on, then that makes a difference.”So when you score three at home but you know you have three lads awaiting to get on, then that’s great.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Leicester fullback Elder joins Ipswich Town

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​DONE DEAL: Leicester fullback Elder joins Ipswich Townby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Callum Elder has signed for Ipswich Town on loan.The left-back has not received many first team chances with the club this season.And he will now compete at Ipswich in the Championship.But Leicester do want him back for next season, as Christian Fuchs is departing at the end of the campaign.Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert told the club’s website: “I’m delighted we have been able to get Callum in early. He gives us more competition on the left side.”He is a very good player. He’s been training with top players at Leicester and he has handled that well.”He’s got a really good left foot and he wanted to be here and that’s vital for me. I need players who want to come here and play for this club.”Elder added: “I had a good chat with the gaffer about three weeks ago and he said he wanted me to come down and be a big part of the squad.”I was really eager to come and get involved.” last_img read more

9 months agoWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn

first_imgWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are moving for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.The 19-year-old is the subject of interest from three Championship sides.Albion asked if they could take him as soon as they discovered freescoring Harvey Barnes was being recalled by Leicester City.But they aren’t alone with a host of other clubs keen for the teenager to sign with Wigan also said to be in the race. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to me

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to meby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says Isco’s future isn’t up to him.The player has found himself out of favour of late, and didn’t make the pitch at all against Real Betis on Sunday, and as a result talk of a move to Italy have surfaced.”We have a wonderful squad and I have to choose who gets involved in each game,” Solari said in his pre-match press conference.”It is not up to me to explain the transfer policy, I am just the coach.” last_img read more

Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson.— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

New AP Poll: Buckeyes Remain Unanimous No. 1

first_imgWeek two of the new AP poll.Week 2 AP Poll Lee Corso College GameDayTwitter/College GameDayThe Ohio State Buckeyes, after taking care of Virginia Tech on the road Monday night, are still the No. 1 ranked team in the country – in both the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll. The latter was just released.Alabama, previously ranked No. 3, has moved up to No. 2 after a dominating performance against Wisconsin. TCU, which struggled a bit with Minnesota, drops a spot to No. 3. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Georgia.Texas A&M, after a big win over Arizona State, debuts in the poll at No. 16. Utah and Mississippi State also entered the poll, at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Michigan State6. Auburn7. Oregon8. USC9. Notre Dame10. Georgia11. Florida State12. Clemson13. UCLA14. LSU15. Georgia Tech16. Texas A&M17. Ole Miss18. Arkansas19. Oklahoma20. Boise State21. Missouri22. Arizona23. Tennessee24. Utah25. Mississippi StateYou can check out last week’s rankings here.last_img read more

Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran

first_imgstephen a smith first take 6-13-16YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Sane the hero as City close the gap on Liverpool

first_imgLeroy Sane’s 72nd-minute strike proved decisive as Manchester City reinvigorated their title defence and ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run with a crucial 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.Roberto Firmino looked to have sealed a potentially vital point for leaders Liverpool in the title race when he equalised just past the hour, but Sane struck soon after, confirming the Reds’ first league defeat of the season in their 21st game and moving City to second and within four points of the summit.Liverpool were mightily unlucky not to take an early lead when a defensive mix-up between John Stones and Ederson followed Sadio Mane hitting the post, but they survived and finished the first half well – Sergio Aguero netting in ruthless fashion. 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? Firmino restored parity in the 64th minute and City initially looked rattled, as if they could see the Premier League trophy moving out of sight, until Sane found the bottom-right corner to breathe life into their challenge once again.A lively City start faded and they had a lucky escape in the 17th minute. Mohamed Salah released Mane into the box and the Senegal forward hit the post before Stones blasted his clearance against Ederson and hastily scrambled to clear off the line.Vincent Kompany was fortunate to avoid being sent off for a wild lunge on Salah 14 minutes later and City capitalised on that let-off just before the break.Bernardo Silva played a low cross from the left towards the near post, where Aguero nipped in front of Dejan Lovren and emphatically smashed past Alisson from a seemingly impossible angle.Liverpool hit back 26 minutes from time, however, as Andrew Robertson latched on to a lofted pass and played a volleyed cross for Firmino to bury with a stooping header.But City were not done.They caught Liverpool on the break and Sane found the net via the right post after being played into the box by Raheem Sterling.A Liverpool onslaught followed, with Ederson tipping a Salah effort wide, before Bernardo Silva and Sterling missed glorious chances to finish the Reds off – luckily for them, no fightback came and the champions held on.37 – Most goals in Premier League matches between ‘big six’ clubs since the start of the 2011-12 season:37 Sergio Aguero21 Harry Kane20 Wayne Rooney18 Robin van Persie17 Eden HazardPhenomenal. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2019 What does it mean? Aguero vital on the big occasion…again It is difficult to be surprised by Aguero these days, given how impressive he has been at this level for so many years, but his goal on Thursday was his 37th against the ‘big six’ in the Premier League since 2011-12. Harry Kane is closest to him with 21 goals. There really is no one else like him in England in terms of effectiveness in the big games. The win also gives City much-needed momentum and halts the relentless charge of Liverpool, who would have gone nine points clear of Tottenham and 10 ahead of City with a win.Sane the spark to reignite City’s hopes While his goal was undoubtedly a highlight, for its quality and importance, Sane also deserves praise for his general performance as he was a constant outlet on the left and caused Trent Alexander-Arnold plenty of issues.Lovren targeted It was plain to see for much of the match that Lovren was identified by City as Liverpool’s weak link. He picked up an early yellow card and was then caught on his heels by Aguero for his goal. In a game of this magnitude, there is not much coming back from that.Key Opta Facts:- Man City ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League start to the season in the 21st match – only Arsenal in 2003-04 (38 games), Man Utd in 2010-11 (24) and Man City in 2017-18 (22) have had longer unbeaten starts to a Premier League season.- This was only Man City’s second win in their last 12 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D3 L7), winning at the Etihad in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons.- Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Sergio Aguero has scored 37 Premier League goals for Man City in meetings between ‘big six’ clubs – 16 more than any other player.- Liverpool have lost 10 of their 25 matches in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp in the month of January (W8 D7), making up 29 per cent of his total defeats as Reds boss (10 of 35).- Aguero has scored in all seven of his Premier League appearances for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad, scoring one goal in each game.- Liverpool conceded more than once in a Premier League game for the first time since drawing 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion in April.- Man City won a Premier League match against a team starting the day top of the table for the first time since winning 2-1 against Liverpool in December 2013.What’s next? City have FA Cup and EFL Cup ties with Rotherham United and Burton Albion, respectively, coming up over the next six days, before returning to league action at home to Wolves on January 14. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are the Reds’ next opponents on Monday in the FA Cup, before travelling to Brighton and Hove Albion five days later. read morelast_img read more

Notre Dame, Trailing 37-35, Blocks Texas’ Extra Point, Returns It To Tie Game At 37-37

first_imgA Notre Dame player returning an extra point the length of the field.Notre Dame and Texas are tied at 37-37, but you won’t believe how it happened.This one is officially an instant classic. Notre Dame and Texas are now tied at 37-37 after an improbable score from the Fighting Irish.After a 19-yard touchdown run by D’Onta Foreman with less than four minutes to play, Texas took a 37-35 lead, pending the point after. But Trent Domingue’s PAT attempt was blocked and returned by cornerback Shaun Crawford all the way to Texas’ end zone. By definition, that’s a two-point score for Notre Dame.So yeah, it’s tied at 37-37. Here’s the play, which will be talked about for quite some time.NOTRE DAME BLOCKS AND RETURNS THE EXTRA POINT! TIE GAME! #NDvsTEX— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 5, 2016The Longhorns and the Fighting Irish could be headed to overtime after the bizarre play. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Liverpool confirm squad for Champions League final

first_imgJurgen Klopp has finalised his 23-man Liverpool squad that will travel to Madrid to face Tottenham in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.As expected, Naby Keita misses out through injury having failed to recover in time from a ‘very serious’ adductor issue picked up in the Reds’ semi-final first-leg clash with Barcelona.There is hope, however, that the diminutive midfielder will be fit to represent his country at the Africa cup of nations, with Guinea having included the 24-year-old in their provisional squad. 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? Doubts had also been raised over the fitness of Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, who had been struggling with a muscle injury picked up on April 21. Klopp, however, indicated on Tuesday that the former Hoffenheim man would play some part, stating: “Everything is fine. What we saw so far looked really good, I’m pretty sure he will be fine.”The German trainer’s assessment has rung true, with Firmino having been included in the travelling party that will be eager to end a long-term trophy drought at one of Europe’s most storied clubs.Full Liverpool squad:Goalkeepers – Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Simon MignoletDefenders – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alberto MorenoMidfielders – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giorginio WijnaldumAttackers – Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian BrewsterWhile Liverpool travelled to Spain on Friday, Tottenham made the trip two days earlier, with both star striker Harry Kane and midfielder Harry Winks deemed fit enough to make the trip.Pochettino, however, has remained coy on whether England captain Kane will feature from the start – or at all.Full Tottenham squad:Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie WhitemanDefenders – Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Ben DaviesMidfielders – Harry Winks, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, George Marsh, Oliver SkippAttackers – Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, Lucas MouraAfter a recent tweak in UEFA regulations, both Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be able to name up to 12 substitutes for the big game.last_img read more

Ancelotti: Napoli still trying to sign James

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti says Napoli are still negotiating a deal to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid reportedly circle.James has been linked with Napoli throughout the current transfer window, but a deal that would reunite the Colombia star and head coach Ancelotti is yet to materialise.Atletico have emerged as a possible destination for James amid a deadlock in talks between Napoli and La Liga giants Real. 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? Asked about Napoli’s pursuit of James, Ancelotti told TV Luna: “I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico.”We’re still talking for James, a player that I really like. I’m very attached to James, I rate him very highly and he can certainly improve our team.”He doesn’t need to re-announce himself, he’s a great player. But he’s not the only player we’re openly negotiating for. We’re assessing many players.”While negotiations for James drag on, Napoli are close to signing Fenerbahce and Macedonia midfielder Eljif Elmas.With Amadou Diawara now at Roma and Marko Rog poised to move to Cagliari, Napoli have turned to the 19-year-old Elmas as Ancelotti’s men look to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus in 2019-20.”We’re very close and I hope a deal closes quickly,” Ancelotti added. “He’s a very interesting player and we’re defining the final details. I hope he arrives before we leave Dimaro.”We were looking for a player skilled at playing between the lines, and Elmas has a lot of quality.”The squad is already very complete. We have to take a little step at a time. We’re very close to the top.”We’ll be happy as of August 31. Napoli are working and nothing is impossible, but then there are the wants of the players or problems with the clubs or agents.”Ancelotti has already seen his club make one major signing this summer, with Greek defender Kostas Manolas arriving from Roma for €36 million (‎£32m/$41m).Napoli have been continually linked with James, whom Ancelotti managed at the Bernabeu as well as with Bayern Munich.He is also keen to keep some of his side’s key players from departing, including left-back Mario Rui, who started 17 league matches for Napoli last term.last_img read more

Braxton Miller Makes A Bold Prediction For Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

first_imgBraxton Miller talking to Urban Meyer after an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)It’s been more than a decade since an Ohio State football player won the Heisman Trophy. Former Buckeyes’ star quarterback Troy Smith won the prestigious award in 2006 while leading OSU to a national title game appearance.Ohio State has had several elite players in recent years, from Braxton Miller to Ezekiel Elliott to J.T. Barrett, but none of them ended up being in serious Heisman Trophy contention come December.Will that change this season?Miller thinks so.The former star Ohio State quarterback has made a bold prediction for Haskins’ future.From Lettermen Row:“I told him that one day he’s going to win the Heisman,” Miller said with a smile. “I’ve known Dwayne for two years now. Man, he’s dope, he’s nice.“I haven’t thrown with him since last year. But every since he came in, whenever I needed somebody to throw with when J.T. [Barrett] wasn’t there or available, he was always available and always willing to work. He reminds me of myself in a way. He just wanted to go get it.”Haskins was named Ohio State’s starting quarterback about a month ago. He was competing for the job with Joe Burrow, who ended up transferring to LSU.The former four-star recruit played well as a backup in 2017, helping lead Ohio State to a win over Michigan when Barrett got hurt.Ohio State is set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

There Are 4 College Football Games Today: Here’s The Schedule

first_imgColorado State's football stadium.Football is back! No really, it is.Although the major action doesn’t kick off until next weekend, college football fans get a solid appetizer of football today.No Power 5 programs are in action until Thursday, but there are several interesting matchups that kick off in just a few hours. We have four games involving FBS teams on the docket for Saturday night.Here are the four college football games being played TONIGHT, which is commonly called “Week Zero.”UMass Minutemen vs. Duquesne Dukes – Amherst, MA – 5:30 p.m. ET  Maine v Massachusetts(Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)Rice Owls vs. Prarie View A&M Panthers – Houston, TX – 7:00 p.m. ET – ESPN+ Rice players running out of the tunnel.(Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)Colorado State Rams vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors – Fort Collins, CO – 7:30 p.m. ET – CBS Sports NetworkColorado State's football stadium.New Mexico State Aggies vs. Wyoming Cowboys – Las Cruces, NM – 10:00 p.m. ET – ESPN2 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl - Utah State v New Mexico State(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football games starting at 5:30 p.m. ET and carrying us into Sunday? We’ll take it.No, none of these programs will be fighting for a College Football Playoff berth, but don’t let that distract you from the fact college football has returned to Saturdays.There won’t be another Saturday without college football until 2019.last_img read more

A Major College Football Program Is Down To 1 Scholarship QB

first_imgNebraska fans celebrate during game.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost has his starting quarterback for the 2018 season. Nebraska’s new head coach announced on Sunday morning that true freshman Adrian Martinez will be starting under center. Martinez becomes the first true freshman in program history to start the season opener.The Huskers, though, don’t have much depth behind the first-year QB.Redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia is reportedly transferring out of the program after losing the starting quarterback competition. He’s one of a couple of QBs to leave Lincoln, Neb. this offseason/preseason.Frost said the following of his competition earlier this week.“It was close,” Frost told reporters. “We picked the guy that we felt would give us the best chance to win. It didn’t matter who we picked, we were going to be a playing a quarterback who hadn’t taken a live football snap in two years.”Nebraska does have another scholarship QB on its roster in UCF transfer Noah Vedral, but he’s ineligible to play this summer.Hopefully for the Huskers, Martinez can stay healthy.Nebraska starting a Freshman at QB named Martinez, and he’s a dual-threat from California.Feels like 2010— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) August 26, 2018Nebraska is set to open its season on Saturday against Akron.last_img read more

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