Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficultby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits playing second fiddle to Alisson Becker this season has been tough.Mignolet is due to start in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.”Of course it isn’t easy. I’ve spoken about it before – it’s not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com.“I’m behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper – probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best – and you can accept and understand it.“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.“Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on a daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. “It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kante tells Chelsea supporters: We need you against Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says the club’s fans can help them overturn a one-goal deficit in the Carabao Cup semi-final.Tottenham won the first leg 1-0 at Wembley last night, courtesy of Harry Kane’s first-half penalty.But Kante is confident his teammates can win the tie when they play the second leg at Stamford Bridge later this month.”The penalty put us in difficulty, we tried to react but we couldn’t score a goal, and that’s why the result is like it is,” Kante told the club’s official website.”We did a good game, we had a lot of the ball. The statistics show we could have had a better result, but it is what it is. We need to accept that.”I think now we can get a better result at Stamford Bridge.”We have more chance in front of our fans. We will need them. We have a match to get to the final and we will give our maximum to do it.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pleat reveals role in Alli Tottenham moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham chief David Pleat has revealed his role in their deal for Dele Alli.Pleat convinced chairman Daniel Levy to do the deal and Alli has developed into one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players.He told talkSPORT: “I had seen a lot of Dele Alli and I was convinced.“I had spoken to [Spurs technical director Franco] Baldini, I spoke to all sort of people about him, I was pushing, pushing, pushing.“It wasn’t clever. He’d played about 75, 80 games regularly in men’s football for a team called MK Dons, nice people, just down the road. I saw a lot of him and I was convinced, given the opportunity, that he would do well.“So, just before the deadline on, I think it was the January, I was going to a game at Luton and it was Daniel Levy [on the phone] and Daniel said to me, ‘This boy Alli, we hear he’s going to have a medical or he’s going to talk to Villa and to Newcastle. What do you think?’“I said, ‘Mr Chairman, it’s a no brainer!’ and he said to me, ‘Yes, but they want £5m for him.’“I said, ‘Chairman, it’s a no brainer. I would take him at £5m, you can’t lose on him. If we are sympathetic, if we encourage him, I’ve got every hope for this particular boy,’ and of course he took my advice.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Morata a great playerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has talked up the qualities of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Morata missed Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle due to “tactical reasons”.The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Nou Camp to provide support for an ageing Luis Suarez, and amid speculation over the futures of Denis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi.When asked about Morata, he said: “I can only say the same thing. That he’s a great player, that he’s at another team and that we respect that a lot.”We have to look at it, it’s clear that after Munir’s departure we have a space.”We’ll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club’s economic conditions. We will see if we can, if someone comes.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Isak: I turned down Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has revealed he could’ve joined Real Madrid earlier in his career.The Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.He recalled to Marca: “When I played in Stockholm, I had several options and Real Madrid was one of them.”I spoke to several clubs to understand what they proposed and I chose Dortmund and this is the most important thing. “But it is true that since I was a child, I considered the LaLiga the best in the world and I dreamed of playing here one day. I am therefore happy to participate.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Willock can replace Ramseyby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery believes Joe Willock can fill the void left by Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in their midfield.The Gunners released Wilshere a year ago with the 27-year-old joining West Ham, while Ramsey also left on a free transfer when he moved to Juventus this summer.“Willock started the pre-season with us last year, I didn’t give him more minutes but he was with us in every game, working in training, playing matches in the cup and at the end of the season,” said Emery.“He deserved to start this season with the first-team and with us. My decision was after I saw him the last two months of last season working with us, his really big challenge was that Jack Wilshere left here, Aaron Ramsey left and he had to take that opportunity to be with us.“The last months of last year was the moment I spoke with him and said: ‘For you it is a big challenge in the new season to do differently and really show us you can take their position in this squad’.“I told him he is improving but he needs to not stop that improvement, we are working with him to improve even more.“But, if his progression keeps going the way it is going right now, I don’t know when he will stop and how far he can go.”
France coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-termby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps fears Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing an extended period out injured.Spurs have confirmed Lloris will be sidelined for the remainder of 2019 after dislocating his elbow in defeat at Brighton.And Deschamps says: “We are talking about weeks and even months, and he will not be back on the field in 2019, that’s as good as safe.”He has been examined, but it is difficult to say exactly how long he has been out, because I am not an expert.”Of course, he will neither attend here nor the next national team meeting (in November) – and now we have to find out how how long it will take to recover.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona star Lionel Messi breaks another record in Slavia Prague winby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona star Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons in a narrow win at Slavia Prague.Captain Messi gave Barca an early lead with a first-time finish after an exchange of passes with Arthur.The Czech champions were deservedly level when Jan Boril poked home Lukas Masopust’s pass from 16 yards.But Messi’s free-kick found Luis Suarez at the back post – and his cross-shot hit went in off Peter Olayinka.Barcelona, who are top of La Liga, have now won six consecutive games in all competitions.The result keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side top of Group F on seven points from three games, three points above Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.
Cincinnati junior sophomore forward Octavius Ellis had himself an interesting week, to say the least. Ellis, one of the more physical players in the nation, was ejected against Purdue in his team’s second round contest after swinging an elbow at Boilermaker A.J. Hammons early in the second half. After the game, he made headlines when he trash-talked Kentucky ahead of their third round matchup. Unfortunately, that isn’t really where the story ends.Following the Wildcats’ win over the Bearcats Saturday night, a number of college basketball fans tweeted disparaging remarks at Ellis. Many of the comments were racist in nature. Others suggested he is a “thug”, and will be in jail soon. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there. It’s important to note that it’s likely that not all of these “fans” support Kentucky, and even if they do, they don’t represent the majority of the team’s fan base. Ellis handled the situation well, tweeting a photo of himself smiling as the comments were coming in. Still smiling thru the bad an good lol pic.twitter.com/KJX9NXZsrG— octavius ellis (@Tay_UC2) March 22, 2015Needless to say, this kind of behavior needs to stop immediately. And it isn’t just a Kentucky problem – it’s a problem across the entire college sports landscape.
Florida Will Muschamp HatersWill Muschamp’s tenure as head coach in Gainesville got off to a decent start, but by the end of the 2014 season, Gators fans were campaigning for him to be replaced. Florida eventually cut ties with Muschamp after he won just 10 games combined in his final two years, and he wound up taking the defensive coordinator position at Auburn shortly after. A YouTube user by the name of SCS Productions decided to make light of the situation, adding hilarious subtitles to the popular interview between Jesus Quintero and comedian El Risitas. If you’re wondering, the original interview was conducted back in 2007, but it didn’t become Internet-famous until March of 2015.If you’re a fan of Florida’s mishaps over the past few years, you’ll have a hard time not laughing out loud.[YouTube]
NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 12: Ben Simmons #25 of the LSU Tigers stands on the court after being charged with a technical foul in the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)LSU should be one of the more intriguing programs during the 2015-16 college basketball season, thanks in large part to the presence of freshman forward Ben Simmons, the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Simmons and his teammates are hard at work in fall conditioning right now before practice opens up in a couple of weeks. This morning, Simmons posted video on Instagram showing himself and LSU guard Keith Hornsby pushing an SUV as part of a workout. Getting that work in this morning @khornz04A video posted by Ben Simmons (@benjaminsimmons25) on Sep 23, 2015 at 5:25am PDT Shout-out to whoever is letting the players use their SUV as workout equipment. That’s an interesting decision.
CFB Over UndersSportsbooks have yet to release their over/under win totals for college football teams in 2016 – they should be released at the beginning of the summer – so we thought we’d set them ourselves. Who will win enough games to compete for this?Of course, it’s a bit early. Spring football has yet to take place, recruiting classes have yet to arrive on campus, transfers have yet to decide, etc. A lot is going to change between now and the start of the season in early September. Still, there’s a decent amount to go on. We know the schedules. We know which players are returning and which players are headed to the NFL. Recruiting classes have been signed. There are plenty of preseason top 25s out there. So, based on what we know right now, here are our over/unders for college football teams’ win totals for the 2016 regular season. These are not projections. They’re meant to be difficult and somewhat of a toss-up. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)It was only a matter of time before Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to extend his reach across Ohio’s bordersAfter the NCAA overturned the ban on satellite football camps – one that some would argue was sparked by his decision to hold spring practice in SEC territory earlier this year – news broke Wednesday that Harbaugh and staff will now be featured during a June 9 camp in Warren, Ohio.Warren G. Harding’s assistant football coach Doug Sangregorio shared the news to Twitter Wednesday afternoon.Jim Harbaugh and Michigan staff to be featured at Warren Harding Elite football Camp June 9 https://t.co/ZqHsv1wgUi pic.twitter.com/m0UWous40q— Doug Sangregorio (@DougSangregorio) May 4, 2016To add to the drama, Harbaugh will be in Ohio at the same time Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is scheduled to be in Detroit, according to MLive.com.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 3: A general view of the Clemson flag during the Tigerwalk prior to the game between the at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson meets Auburn for their season opener on Sept. 3, and this new Clemson hype-video makes clear that the Tigers are coming out strong.Created by Tigers fan Son of Clemson, “Sound The Alarm” sets the stage with dramatic music from the the Star Wars:Rogue One trailer, emphasizing the great anticipating and expectations of the 2016 football season. Will the Tigers be as powerful as the science fiction characters? Check out this Clemson hype-video, and decide for yourself.You can watch the hype-video below:The Tigers went 14–1 and 8–0 in ACC games in 2015, winning the 2015 ACC Championship Game against the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45–37. The 2015 season marked their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981.After defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl, No. 1 Clemson lost to No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 national championship, 45–40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1. Will the Tigers get revenge in 2016?
Raheem Sterling has shown admirable courage in speaking out to highlight the issue of racism in football, according to Gareth Southgate.During Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, Sterling was allegedly racially abused.Chelsea have subsequently suspended four fans pending further investigation and in the aftermath of the incident, the England forward took to Instagram to point out media coverage of young black footballers, which he felt “fuel racism an aggressive behaviour”. 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? And England manager Southgate believes Sterling should be applauded for taking a stand and helping to bring the issue into the public eye.”It’s easier for me to talk about what I feel about what Raheem’s done and how brave he’s been in speaking up,” Southgate told Sky Sports.”We’ve seen incidents of racism in the last few months that have always been unacceptable, remain unacceptable and will be unacceptable if they happen in the future. We have to hope they don’t.”Football is a mirror of society and unfortunately racism exists in society and so there are times when people use the opportunity at a football ground to fuel that.”We have to stand strong as a game to make sure that does not happen.”I think Raheem commented about what happens in stadiums, but also the unconscious bias that maybe exists.”I think that’s a huge topic for everyone to think about and to ponder and see how that might affect our lives and how we might do things differently as we move forward.”I really commend what he did and I think he should be very proud of being brave enough to stand up because it’s not an easy thing to do.”
Juan Cuadrado has undergone surgery on his left knee, Juventus have confirmed.Cuadrado has been sidelined since he suffered an injury in Juve’s 2-1 Champions League loss away to Young Boys on December 12.Juve initially indicated the Colombia international would not need an operation, with a conservative treatment plan preferred. 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 the Serie A leaders confirmed on Friday that Cuadrado has now undergone “arthroscopic treatment” in Spain.”The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr Cugat, and assisted by Juventus’ head of medical staff, Dr Claudio Rigo, was perfectly successful,” a club statement said. “The player will begin the recovery process in the next few days.”No timescale has been given for Cuadrado’s recovery, but, after Saturday’s home league game against Sampdoria, Juve will not be in action again until a Coppa Italia tie at Bologna January 12.Cuadrado has made 11 Serie A appearances this season, scoring one goal, with Massimiliano Allegri’s side nine points clear of Napoli at the top of the table.The Colombian originally joined Juventus on loan from Chelsea in 2015 for back-to-back loan stints before moving permanently in 2017.He’s made 130 total appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals.
Watford boss Javi Gracia says he expects Abdoulaye Doucoure to remain with the club despite recent interest from Paris Saint-Germain.In need of more depth in the centre of the pitch, PSG have been linked with the 26-year-old Doucoure, who joined Watford from Stade Rennais in 2016 for £8 million (£10.5m) and was recognized as the club’s player of the year last campaign.The midfielder, who is currently recovering from an injury, said he was “flattered’ by PSG’s interest, admitting that he hopes to test himself in the Champions League going forward. 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? Gracia previously admitted that Doucoure could leave Watford, like Brazilian star Richarlison before him, but the coach has changed his tune as the window moves towards its close.”I think Doucoure will stay with us for the rest of the season. I don’t have any news about the team,” Gracia said”Now we are trying to help him to recover as soon as possible because he is an important player for us.”He has a little problem in his knee. He feels better day by day but I don’t know. One week ago, I thought he would be ready quicker but it wasn’t possible. I’m sure in the next days he will be ready.”Doucoure has played 78 games in England’s top flight, scoring a total of nine goals in all competitions for Watford, with seven coming in 2017-18.PSG have been linked with Leandro Paredes in recent weeks, with Thomas Tuchel saying that he is hoping the club can hurry up and add reinforcements.Next up for Watford is a meeting with Tottenham on Wednesday, and Doucoure is expected to miss out as he continues to recover from that knee injury.PSG, meanwhile, are set to visit Lyon on Sunday in a battle of two of France’s top three teams.
United States men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter says he expects his squad to win the Gold Cup, despite a pair of poor performances in the run up to the regional tournament.The USMNT open the 2019 Gold Cup on Tuesday when they face Guyana in St. Paul, MN, looking to snap a two-match losing streak while also aiming to repeat as champions.A 1-0 friendly defeat to regional rivals Jamaica earlier this month was followed by a surprise, heavy 3-0 loss to Venezuela, sparking criticism of the side. 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? And Berhalter, who will lead the USMNT in a tournament for the first time at the Gold Cup, says he gets the fan frustration over the defeats but still believes and expects victory for his squad this summer.”There’s a lot that we can’t control,” Berhalter told MLSsoccer.com. “We can’t control reactions. And I understand fans being upset with losing in a friendly game, I do.“We also have expectations on ourselves to get results. So when we’re entering this Gold Cup, we want to win this Gold Cup. That’s what we want to do and that’s what we expect to do.”Berhalter also explained what he is trying to work to create with the USMNT, who are attempting to rebound after a disastrous 2018 World Cup qualification cycle saw them miss out on the main event in Russia last summer.“The other part of it is we just have a process of how we work,” Berhalter said. “We work everyday, we work hard. We try to create an environment that the players love to be in, that we’re creating a strong team culture and a clear identity on the field.“And that’s all we can control and we work hard every day to ensure that.”After facing Guyana in the opener, the USMNT will look to secure some measure of revenge for their 2018 disappointment when they face Trinidad and Tobago in Cleveland, as the defeat to the Soca Warriors in October 2017 led to their elimination from the World Cup.The USMNT then close out their Gold Cup group stage when they battle Panama on June 26 in Kansas City.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban shared some tough injury news while speaking to reporters this afternoon. One of the Crimson Tide’s top defenders has suffered a serious injury.Saban revealed to reporters that Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury occurred while training last week.A timeline for Lewis’ return is unclear, but torn ACLs typically take 6-9 plus months to recover from. It seems doubtful that he’d be able to play this season.“Terrell Lewis suffered a torn right ACL last week while training. He underwent successful surgery today, and a timeframe for his return is unknown at this time,” Saban announced.Lewis, a former five-star recruit in the 2016 class, missed a lot of games in 2017 with an arm injury. He was able to return in time for the College Football Playoff and made a big impact in the national title game win over Georgia.Nick Saban: “Terrell Lewis suffered a torn right ACL last week while training. He underwent successful surgery today, and a timeframe for his return is unknown at this time.”The LB missed 10 games in ’17 (arm) but was big in the national title game. His OT sack forced UGA’s FG.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) July 10, 2018Lewis was a five-star recruit coming out of St. John’s College HS in Washington, D.C. He was ranked the No. 3 defensive end in the 2016 class by 247Sports.Alabama’s defense, as usual, is loaded, but the loss of Lewis is a big one.The Crimson Tide are set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Louisville. Alabama is expected to begin the season ranked No. 1.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Ohio State Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)We’re less than a half hour from kickoff of the most highly-anticipated college football game of the day. Ohio State hosts Michigan in what promises to be the best game of the day and possibly the best game of Rivalry Weekend.The leadup to the game has been full of guaranteed wins and a little trash talk. The tensions boiled over onto the field ahead of kickoff as players from both teams appeared to meet at midfield.Coaches immediately ran in to separate the players before the contact got out of hand.Check it out.Emotions are already running high before kick in Columbus. ? pic.twitter.com/YL3JjfapZI— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 24, 2018These two teams don’t need any extra motivation when they meet on the field. However, Ohio State’s players have to feel slighted as they enter this contest as the underdog despite winning six-straight.Michigan comes into the game as a 4.5-point favorite.Ohio State and Michigan kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Stay tuned.