October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Salah delighted for Oxlade-Chamberlainby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah is delighted for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the latest stage in his recovery from serious knee injury.Oxlade-Chamberlain has taken another step towards his injury recovery after getting back to running on the pitch for the first time since tearing his ACL last April.He shared a photo on social media of himself back on the training pitch, along with the caption:”That feeling when you’re back out on the grass for the first time in eight months.”Mo Salah then summed up the feelings of Liverpool supporters as he responded with: “It was a joy watching you run again!” last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBournemouth forward Mikael Ndjoli extends Kilmarnock loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth forward Mikael Ndjoli is staying in Scotland.Ndjoli has extended his loan spell with Kilmarnock until the end of the season.The 21-year-old made an immediate impact at Rugby Park, scoring a superb long-range strike on his debut against St Johnstone.He’s become an important member of Steve Clarke’s squad, netting four goals in 21 appearances. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgColin Kaepernick kneels during national anthemJim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick teamed up for a Super Bowl run in San Francisco, but they aren’t on the same page regarding Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.Asked today for his opinion on Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit for the national anthem, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh disagreed with his former San Francisco 49ers signal caller.Harbaugh told a group of reporters he recognized Kaepernick’s right to protest, but didn’t “respect the motivation or the action.”Jim Harbaugh on Colin Kaepernick: “I acknowledge his right to do it. But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 29, 2016Jim Harbaugh responds to Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/RHMlKNSKp3— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) August 29, 2016Kaepernick’s actions and explanation for his decision generated major attention and caused considerable support from some and backlash from others. Expect Harbaugh’s to do the same.Update: Harbaugh has issued a statement and an apology.last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPep Guardiola accepts Nicolas Otamendi is not happy at Manchester City because of a lack of game-time.Otamendi is competing for selection with City captain Vincent Kompany, England defender John Stones and previous club-record signing Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.The Argentina international has only started eight Premier League matches this term, having to take a place on the bench for a further 13 matches. 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? Otamendi is in line to feature when City travel to Burton Albion for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, the Premier League champions holding a 9-0 lead from the first meeting.And Guardiola concedes it is becoming more challenging to keep players such as Otamendi satisfied despite City still competing for four competitions this season.”He’s not happy – I don’t have an answer,” Guardiola told reporters at a news conference.”When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t he’s not happy. I don’t know what I can do. When he doesn’t play he’s not happy.”He could play every week, he can play and I know he’s there. He can help us in the build up, I’ve got three central defenders and Vinny [Kompany] as well. He played [against] Southampton and was excellent, sometimes I have to decide one or the other.”John came back well after the World Cup, he wants to play a lot of games. Nico – I know we can count on him, an incredible professional and always he’s ready. I can understand it.” Asked if players such as Otamendi being unsettled could result in them leaving the club, Guardiola suggested it is a problem director of football Txiki Begiristain may have to handle.”It depends on the players, I don’t want sad players here,” he added. “If you are not happy you knock on Txiki’s door.”At the end of the season they have to reflect. If they don’t play and are not happy they have to move. I know they are able to do it and I don’t have any complaints about that.”You see the schedule, the games everyone plays. Except the last game, [Fabian] Delph three games suspended, the others play, there’s not one guy with more than two or three games with not playing.”There is not one who is not playing games and it didn’t happen. Selection is the hardest part, I am honest, in my job, you look at what happens, some need extra games for the confidence, it’s many reasons, not just being naive selection.”last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHarry Kane has no hard feelings towards England team-mate Fabian Delph after the tackle that wrecked the end of his season.Tottenham striker Kane suffered his latest ankle injury setback when he and Delph launched themselves into a robust challenge during Spurs’ 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Manchester City at the start of April.The 25-year-old only returned to action in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the final of the same competition, appearing understandably off the pace at the Wanda Metropolitano. 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? Delph exchanged cross words with Kane as the latter remained on the turf at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but it was a different story afterwards, and two of Gareth Southgate’s most experienced performers are looking at the bigger picture as England prepare to take on the Netherlands in the Nations League Finals on Thursday.”Me and Harry are really close. We’re in the leadership group here together and we’ve got a lot of time for each other,” Delph said.”I mean, it was heat of the moment type thing, I wasn’t quite sure what had happened.”I just felt his knee hit my knee and I landed on him. A lot was made about that challenge, whether I’d ‘done’ him or he’d ‘done’ me.”I just think it’s part and parcel of football. I spoke with Harry straight after the game. I went into the changing room to see him and we had a conversation, wished each other well.”Delph also faced a shorter time on the sidelines, giving him opportunity to poke fun at his international colleague’s frame.”I think I was out for two weeks after that tackle… his big knee,” he joked.”It was just an unfortunate collision where we both came out on the bad side of it.”We spoke to each other, we’re good mates, and hopefully he’ll come back and be firing.”Great to have you back with us, lads #threelions pic.twitter.com/OX9D1LuyQZ— England (@England) June 4, 2019England take on Ronald Koeman’s side in Guimaraes on Thursday, with the winner facing the victor of Wednesday’s semi-final between hosts Portugal and Switzerland in Porto in Sunday’s decider at Estadio do Dragao.Liverpool and Tottenham account for seven members of Southgate’s squad, with Tuesday marking the first time all 23 players trained together as a group.”Although from the outside it looks like ‘bloody hell, where is everyone?’ we’ve been working diligently,” Delph said, having played a fuller part in the preparations.”We’ve been watching a lot of clips on Holland, we’ve been working hard in training, we know what we need to know. We know the systems that we might need to play or adapt to.”Going into the game I think we’ll be totally fine. The guys that are in the Champions League, they’re exceptional players.”last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThiago Silva called on Philippe Coutinho to step up for Brazil in Neymar’s absence at the Copa America.Brazil thrashed a 10-man Honduras 7-0 in their final friendly before the tournament on Sunday, with Coutinho scoring a penalty and providing an assist.Neymar will miss the Copa America due to an ankle injury in a huge blow for the hosts, who are considered among the favourites. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Silva acknowledged Coutinho had endured a tough campaign at Barcelona, but he hopes the attacker can deliver with Neymar sidelined.”The collective game comes first. Coutinho had a difficult season in Barcelona. It was demanding and they booed him many times, but here in the team he is our reference, especially when we don’t have Neymar,” he said.DEU BRASIL! No último amistoso antes da Copa América, #SeleçãoBrasileira goleou no Beira-Rio. Agora é reta final de preparação para a estreia! 7 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxHON Fotos: @lucasfigfoto / CBF pic.twitter.com/2mpEolPBTF — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 9, 2019 “Coutinho calls for the game. In the two friendlies we played he was the best player on the pitch, not only because of passes and goals, but also with his defence. He is finding his happiness again.”I’m very happy and not at all comfortable talking about this player because we are very close.”In the first friendly, I tried to pass him some calmness, and I told Neymar also to give him help.”We need him, especially now with the absence of Neymar.”Brazil open their Copa campaign against Bolivia on Friday.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgManchester City are prepared to trigger the buy-back clause in Angelino’s PSV contract.City sold the 22-year-old to the then-Eredivisie champions last summer, but club sources indicate they are now ready to bring him back to the Etihad Stadium and use him as cover for the left-back position.Those sources insist that the option has not yet been triggered, but that the opportunity to bring in left-back cover for a relatively cheap price is something that appeals to the Premier League champions, and that it is an option that they are ready to explore. 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? Reports in Spain indicate that the clause would cost City €12 million (£10.7m/$13.5m), although club sources stress they would only have to pay €6m (£5.35m/$6.74m).The report published by La Voz de Galicia also says Paris Saint-Germain had offered PSV €25m (£22.3m/$28m) for Angelino, though the Dutch club were unable to accept under the terms of City’s buy-back agreement.But while interest from the French champions would provide City with the chance to make a quick profit by selling Angelino immediately after he returns, sources have told Goal that the current plan is for him to be part of Pep Guardiola’s squad for next season.City will go into the forthcoming campaign with Oleksandr Zinchenko as first-choice left-back, with Benjamin Mendy hoping to play as often as possible, amid ongoing fitness concerns.Mendy’s future at City is up in the air; if he can contribute regularly next season and curb the behaviour that has regularly exasperated his coaches, he will become an important member of the first-team. If his fitness problems continue, however, City would be willing to look for a new left-back in January.City had been planning to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester this summer, but called off the move at the end of April. It is possible that they would return for him in six months’ time, should he not move elsewhere in the meantime – Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are interested – and if City do not receive a transfer ban from FIFA following an investigation into the signing of overseas youth team players.City had decided to use the money set aside for a left-back on other areas, and have identified Juventus right-back João Cancelo, Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire and Atletico midfielder Rodri as attainable targets in areas of greater need of strengthening than left-back.Angelino signed for City in 2012 at the age of 15, and spent time on loan at New York City FC, Girona, Mallorca and NAC Breda as part of his development.Angelino PSVHe made his senior debut under former City boss Manuel Pellegrini with a nine-minute cameo in an FA Cup game against Aston Villa in January 2016, and played 30 minutes of a Champions League qualifier and 58 minutes of a Carabao Cup clash under Guardiola in 2016-17, before being loaned to Girona.A return to the City first-team squad would represent a surprise turn of events for the Spaniard, akin to Zinchenko’s own rise to prominence in Manchester.The Ukrainian signed as an attacking midfielder in 2016 and had been set to go on loan to Napoli at the start of the 2017-18 season, only for the move to fall through.He subsequently became a left-back midway through what would be City’s ‘Centurions’ season, but only after the the collapse of Dani Alves’ proposed free transfer helped ensure the club only signed one left-back – Mendy – rather than the two they had planned for.Mendy’s injury opened the door for Fabian Delph to try his hand in defence, and only after he and Brazil international Danilo got injured did Zinchenko start to feature, albeit usually in home matches against bottom-half teams.The Ukrainian only began to play regularly during the 2018-19 season, and only once Mendy suffered further injuries.The 22-year-old has impressed so much that he is due to sign a new contract with the club, reflecting his status as first-choice left-back.Should Mendy’s injury woes continue, it would be pave the way for Angelino to make several appearances next season if Zinchenko needs to be rested, or if he picks up an injury himself.Fabian Delph is expected to leave the club this season, while Nicolas Otamendi’s future is unclear. The Argentina international had decided to leave, but could be tempted to stay if City cannot sign Maguire, or another central defender. Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia are among the 31-year-old’s options.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)As the college football world waits patiently to hear Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s fate, the Buckeye players themselves are doing their best to carry on. Friday, a schedule change was made for the team – likely meant to make things easier for the student-athletes.Ohio State announced Friday morning that while the team’s first practice of the fall was originally scheduled to start at 3:30 PM ET, it instead began at 9:30 PM ET.Obviously, this had to have been communicated to the players on Thursday night – otherwise they wouldn’t have shown up on time. It was probably a move meant to calm down the circus surrounding the school right now.Ohio State’s practices will be closed to reporters anyway, but this was probably still a smart move.Ohio State’s training camp practice has been moved up from 3:30 PM ET Friday to 9:30 AM ET, and @BTNRickPizzo has the latest from Columbus: pic.twitter.com/tmioRssXcP— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 3, 2018Following Meyer being placed on administrative leave, assistant Ryan Day was named the interim head coach. Day got the nod over both Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano, which is interesting, considering they both have a lot more experience being a head coach.It’s unclear when Ohio State plans to make a decision on Meyer. The school has commissioned a six-person committee to look into the allegations – you can read more about them here.Ohio State’s season opens on September 1 against Oregon State. The big question, of course, is who will be coaching the team at that point.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOhio State's Malik Hooker deflecting a pass.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Malik Hooker #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks up a pass against DeAndre Thompkins #3 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first half during the game on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Week 5 of the college football season is on the horizon. What a weekend it should be on the gridiron.There are five matchups between ranked teams. Two of those games (Ohio State-Penn State and Notre Dame-Stanford) feature teams that are each ranked in the top 10.The results from this weekend are going to have a definite effect on the CFP and conference title races.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 5.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.last_img read more

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first_imgDwayne Haskins calls signals for Ohio State.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyesa directs the offense against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Ohio State and Penn State captivated the nation with another nail-biting finish. Although the Nittany Lions have lost two consecutive games against the Buckeyes, they may have changed the perception of the Big Ten.For decades, Michigan has been considered the biggest rival to Ohio State. However, the Wolverines have struggled recently against the Buckeyes, which certainly isn’t going unnoticed.In one of the more interesting takes of the season, Big Ten Network analyst Corey Wootton made his argument for Penn State being the bigger rival to Ohio State.Here’s a ????? take: Penn State, not Michigan, is Ohio State’s rival.As @Meesh_McMahon said here, prepare for the haters, @CoreyWootton. pic.twitter.com/jf7qtfq7EK— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 1, 2018Wootton’s case isn’t exactly outlandish, especially considering the recent stretch that Ohio State is on against Michigan. Out of their last fifteen meetings, the Wolverines have only won twice.Moving over to the current rivalry between Ohio State and Penn State, the Nittany Lions have two wins in their last eight matchups. Sure, it doesn’t sound like a huge improvement over Michigan, but keep in mind that Penn State has lost the last two games by one point each.If the Wolverines are going to re-establish themselves as the best adversary to the Buckeyes, they will need to snap Ohio State’s six-game winning streak.Ohio State and Michigan will play on Nov. 24 in Columbus.last_img read more