first_imgTransfers Hazard may have to leave Chelsea to become the best – Puel Chris Burton 17:16 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Transfers Real Madrid Chelsea Primera División Premier League Eden Hazard The Belgium international has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and a coach who worked with him at Lille admits he is destined for the top Eden Hazard is a “top player” but may have to leave Chelsea for one of the “great teams in Europe” to become the best, says Claude Puel.The Belgium international is widely considered to be one of the finest talents in world football, but he currently occupies a standing just below the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Ballon d’Or success has been mooted for the 27-year-old at some stage, but so too has a big-money move away from Stamford Bridge. 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 Hazard has remained coy regarding his future plans, with hints at contract extensions dropped amid intense talk of an imminent switch to La Liga giants Real Madrid.Puel, who worked with the talented playmaker during his time at Lille, feels it may be only a matter of time before such a move is made, with the Leicester boss telling reporters: “He can continue to make progress.“After, I don’t know if he has to stay at Chelsea or not – is that a problem?Eden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal 03012018“He has all the qualities to play for all the great teams in Europe.“He can make the difference, so for me he is a top player in Europe.”While a move may be part of Hazard’s future, his present is a Premier League meeting with Puel and Leicester on Saturday.Stopping an in-form performer will be no easy task for the Foxes, with their manager well aware of the size of the challenge he faces.He added on the difficulties faced in trying to contain Hazard: “It’s not possible to mark him because he cannot play just in the same position.“He is free in the system – he can play on the left, the right, as a striker, or just near a striker where he comes back to take the ball.“The team is built around Eden because he is a valuable player and their most important player.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Kane sets Real Madrid demands Last updated 1 year ago 02:50 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Primera División Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Harry Kane sets Real Madrid demandsHarry Kane has conditions that must be met if Real Madrid are to have any hope of signing him, Diario Gol reports.The Spanish outlet claims Kane would prefer to work under Mauricio Pochettino rather than Zinedine Zidane, with the latter looking likely to be replaced in the summer.Signing Pochettino would go a long way to getting Kane on board, but it is said that the England striker has no desire to play alongside Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo, and would ask that the Spanish capital club sell those players before his arrival. 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 Chelsea’s Dzeko talks break downEdin DzekoMichy Batshuayi looks set to stay at Chelsea as the Premier League side’s attempts to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko have fallen through, reports the Independent.Batshuayi had been linked with a loan move to Sevilla in recent weeks, with the Belgian struggling for game time under Antonio Conte.Having scored twice in Sunday’s clash against Newcastle, however, Batshuayi may find himself getting more minutes ahead of the World Cup in Russia.Messi urges Barca to sign AsensioMarco Asensio Real MadridBarcelona star Lionel Messi has urged his club’s board to consider a move for Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, according to Don Balon. The 22-year-old is considered one of Spain’s biggest hopes for the future, but his lack of game time at the Bernabeu has Messi convinced that Barca can swoop in and steal him away from their great rivals. Messi has another motive too: revenge. The Argentine is reportedly upset with Madrid’s pursuit of PSG star Neymar, who just left Barca last summer and is still close with Messi. Barca face Ruiz competitionFabian Ruiz, Real Betis vs Barcelona, 17/18Inter Milan are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz, claims Calciomercato.com.Reports had suggested Barca have already agreed a deal to sign Ruiz, who has a €15 million release clause in his contract.But with Betis hoping to raise that figure to €30m, Inter are aiming to step in and pip Barcelona as well as Serie A rivals Napoli and Roma to the capture of the 21-year-old.Ronaldo considers Chelsea moveCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is weighing up a move to Chelsea this summer, according to  The Sun .Ronaldo is keen to leave Santiago Bernabeu after this season, with the Premier League his prefered destination.Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United, however, has ruled out a return to Old Trafford.Chelsea, though, are keen to take advantage and bring the Portugal captain to Stamford Bridge.Fabinho ready to leave MonacoFabinho, Monaco, 17/18Highly-rated Monaco midfielder Fabinho has admitted that he has come to the end of the line at the Ligue 1 club and is ready for a fresh start. Fabinho, 24, has become a cornerstone of the Monaco team, racking up over 200 appearances in five years since moving from Real Madrid. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with clubs such as Manchester United and Atletico Madrid both linked to the Brazilian in recent weeks. Read the full story on Goal right here! My future is down to Conte – BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi Chelsea Newcastle 28012018After scoring a brace against Newcastle on Sunday, Chelsea striker MIchy Batshuayi has admitted that his future at the club is in the hands of manager Antonio Conte. The Belgian has been linked with a loan move as the Premier League champions continue to be linked with a host of strikers to help compliment Alvaro Morata.When asked by BT Sport about his future following the game, Batshuayi replied: “It’s up to the boss, it’s better to talk to Conte.”Read the full story on Goal right here! Man City plot £150m Hazard moveEden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal 03012018Manchester City are ready to launch an astonishing £150 million bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to the Sunday Mirror .Hazard is currently in a contract deadlock with the Blues, and if that still stands in the summer City will look to rival Real Madrid for the Belgian’s signature.Though City refused to pay big money for Alexis Sanchez before he joined Manchester United, they believe Hazard represents greater value, and Pep Guardiola is willing to sanction a move.Chelsea are also said to be interested, with Antonio Conte having coached the midfielder at Juventus. Neuer is Utd’s De Gea back-up planManuel Neuer Bayern Munich 2017Manchester United will look to sign Manuel Neuer from Bayern Munich should David de Gea leave the club, according to Don Balon . Jose Mourinho is aware that Chelsea would likely never sell Thibaut Courtois to a rival and that Jan Oblak may be too expensive, so the Germany international is seen as a more plausible option.United could offer the 32-year-old Neuer one last big payday while the goalkeeper is still in his prime. Liverpool and Arsenal boosted in Keita chaseKeita Balde Monaco CaenLigue 1 side Monaco are said to be open to offers for Liverpool and Arsenal target Keita Balde, according to the Mirror . The 22-year-old signed a five-year deal at Monaco last summer in a transfer worth around £30 million to former club Lazio, but club’s new sporting director, Michael Emenalo, is willing to sell at a profit if an appropriate bid is received.Inter play down Sturridge dealDaniel Sturridge Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier LeagueInter are mulling over a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore but will not be making a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, says director Piero Ausilio.Sturridge’s opportunities have been restricted at Liverpool, the forward starting five Premier League matches this season under Jurgen Klopp, and he has been linked with a move away from Anfield.But Ausilio, who confirmed Marcelo Brozovic will not be allowed to leave Inter despite links to Arsenal and Everton, has his sights set on Pastore rather than the England international.Read the full story on Goal right here! City and United to battle for £50m FredFred Shakhtar DonetskManchester United and crosstown rivals City are facing a dual over the signature of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, according to the Daily Star.  The two Manchester clubs both covet the 24-year-old Brazilian, whose fee has reportedly reached £50 million.If Fred doesn’t move before the end of January, United and City will resume their battle in the summer. Pellegri explains Monaco movePietro Pellegri MonacoItalian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri has explained that Monaco’s famous talent for youth development persuaded him to choose the club over a host of top European sides.Monaco completed the signing of 16-year-old Pellegri from Genoa for a reported fee of €25 million on Saturday.The forward, who was linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, has agreed a long-term deal at Stade Louis II.Read the full story on Goal right here! United to move for VidalArturo Vidal Bayern 2017Bayern Munich are ready to sell Arturo Vidal this summer and Manchester United are ready to swoop, reports Bild (via the Manchester Evening News ). Chelsea are also said to be interested, with Antonio Conte having coached the midfielder at Juventus. Klopp resigned to losing CanEmre CanJurgen Klopp is seemingly resigned to losing Emre Can on a free transfer, but insists he has no complaints about him running down his contract as long as he continues to behave professionally at Liverpool.The Germany international has been linked with a move away from Liverpool for a long time, particularly since entering the final six months of his contract at the start of January.Juventus are said to be the favourites to secure Can’s signature if he does leave Anfield, with a move in this transfer window even mooted initially.But Klopp is adamant Can will not be departing before the end of the month, even if he looks likely to lose the player on a free transfer.Read what the Liverpool boss had to say right here. Mourinho has Pereira concernsAndreas Pereira Manchester UnitedManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is concerned by Andreas Pereira’s recent lack of playing time at Valencia, according to the Manchester Evening News .Pereira is on a season-long loan at Valencia, but has made just one brief substitute appearance in the club’s last three matches.Mourinho isn’t planning to recall the midfielder, but is worried about the situation and also the position Pereira has been playing in at the Mestalla.Arsenal & Chelsea scout Rochdale teenagerRochdale manager Keith HillArsenal and Chelsea have both made enquiries about signing Rochdale’s teenage midfielder Daniel Adshead, reports ESPN .The 16-year-old has made seven appearances for Dale this season after making his first-team debut for the League One club back in September.He has been scouted regularly by Arsenal and Chelsea, who are now preparing to step up their interest as Rochdale manager Keith Hill attempts to hold on to Adshead.Real, Barca & City tracking SkriniarMilan Skriniar InterReal Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are all interested in signing Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .Skriniar, 22, joined Inter from Sampdoria last summer and has excelled in his debut season at San Siro, leading to reported interest from three of Europe’s powerhouses.Gibbs-White agrees Wolves dealMorgan Gibbs-White, WolvesWolves teenager Morgan Gibbs-White has agreed a professional contract with the Championship leaders, reports The Sun .Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all showed interest in Gibbs-White, who impressed for England at the Under 17 World Cup last year.However, the midfielder has decided to commit his future to Wolves and stay at Molineux, rather than push for a move to the Premier League.Barca close in on ArthurArthur Melo GremioBarcelona are closing in on a deal to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo, according to  Marca .The Blaugrana have already brought in Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina during the January transfer window, but Ernesto Valverde is keen to bring in Arthur before the end of the month.Real Madrid line up Pochettino approachMauricio Pochettino Zinedine Zidane Tottenham Real MadridReal Madrid are lining up an approach for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zinedine Zidane, reports the Daily Mirror .The Argentine masterminded Spurs’ 3-1 victory over Real earlier this season, as well as a gutsy 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu, and Real have been impressed by the club’s performances in Europe.Pochettino, when asked about the possibility of a move earlier this week, refused to rule out the idea, and Real may test Spurs’ resolve in the coming months.United on Bartra alertMarc Bartra Borussia DortmundManchester United are one of the teams on alert, with Borussia Dortmund prepared to let Marc Bartra leave in search of more playing time, according to Marca . Manchester City, Juventus and Real Betis are also reportedly chasing the defender, who has found playing time hard to come by under Peter Stoger.Arsenal told to pay up for AubameyangPierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund have told Arsenal to pay up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month, according to the Daily Star .The Gunners are interested in signing the Gabon international but have thus far refused to meet Dortmund’s £55m valuation.A £45m bid was rejected by the German club, who are determined to play hardball as they attempt to retain their key man.Blues improve Dzeko bid Edin Dzeko, AS RomaChelsea are ready to make an improved bid for Edin Dzeko, according to the Sunday Express . Antonio Conte wants to add the striker and Roma team-mate Emerson Palmieri, but the Dzeko is demanding a two-and-a-half year contract and the Blues are only prepared to offer an 18-month deal. Dortmund join Lucas raceLucas Moura PSGBorussia Dortmund are the latest club to show an interest in signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to  Telefoot (via Le 10 Sport ) .Lucas is reportedly close to agreeing a move to Tottenham having previously been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.But now Dortmund could be about to launch a late bid as they look for a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Pastore talks up Inter moveJavier Pastore PSG Nantes Ligue 1 18112017Liverpool and Tottenham may miss out on PSG midfielder Javier Pastore, who claims he’d like a move to Inter. Pastore admits that Serie A is an attractive destination, having previously played for Palermo in Italy.“There is a lot of talk about Inter and if I were to leave, I’d like to go there, especially as I know Serie A and my wife is Italian,”Read the rest of his comments right here. Burnley eye Holding loanRob Holding ArsenalBurnley are keen on signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding on a loan deal until the end of the season, according to  The Sun on Sunday .Clarets boss Sean Dyche wants to add more competition for first-choice centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, and sees Holding as the ideal alternative.The Gunners will only consider letting Holding leave, though, if they can secure a move for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.West Ham open Pelle talksGraziano Pelle Shandong LunengWest Ham have opened talks regarding a January move for striker Graziano Pelle, according to  Gianluca Di Marzio .Former Southampton forward Pelle, who now plies his trade with Shandong Luneng in China, is being eyed as cover for the perennially injured Andy Carroll.Pardew: Injury could stop Evans moveJonny Evans Roberto Firmino West Brom Liverpool FA CupWest Brom boss Alan Pardew has suggested a hamstring injury suffered by Jonny Evans in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Liverpool could scupper a January move for the Northern Ireland defender.Pardew revealed on Friday that the club have received approaches for the 30-year-old but that none had met the Baggies’ valuation of the player, who has 18 months left on his contract.Read his full comments on Goal. Mourinho: Alexis was cheap!Alexis Sanchez Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has insisted that Alexis Sanchez was a “cheap” signing for Manchester United, despite his astronomical wages.”He was cheap, wasn’t he?” said Mourinho. “A free transfer! He was free. For that price, he is fantastic. I think everyone thinks the same in this country.”You can read his full comments here. Newcastle join Luan raceLuan Gremio Copa LibertadoresNewcastle have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio star Luan, according to The Sun . Jurgen Klopp is thought to be an admirer of the Olympic champion, but the report claims that Newcastle could get a deal done for £17.5million if they move before the close of the winter window. Spurs locked in talks over Lucas MouraLucas Moura PSGTottenham remain in talks with PSG over the £22m signing of Lucas Moura, report the Daily Telegraph .Spurs are determined to sign the Brazil international in January, but the deal is yet to be completed.The two clubs remain in talks, with Spurs aware that they have until Wednesday to conclude the transfer.Juve move for Arsenal target CarrascoYannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid, 17/18Juventus have opened talks for Arsenal target Ferreira Carrasco according to Sky Sports Italia (via  CalcioMercato ). The Belgian has a €100 million release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid, and the Serie A side are desperate to replace the recently injured Juan Cuadrado. Pep: Quadruple is too expensiveSergio Aguero Kevin De Bruyne David Silva Manchester CityManchester City can’t afford to buy 22 top players according to Pep Guardiola, who claims the club are limited in their spending.The City boss’ comments come after both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte said their clubs couldn’t compete with the money spent by Guardiola. Check out his response right here. Ronaldo reveals future plansCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 01132018Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has no plans to leave Real Madrid amid talk of transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Real’s struggles in 2017-18 have highlighted the need for a freshening up of the ranks, with it suggested that Ronaldo could be a victim of that process.But Ronaldo has pledged his future to the Blancos – read the full quotes right here on Goal! Luis Enrique top of Chelsea’s list to replace ConteLuis Enrique Deportivo Alaves Barcelona Copa del Rey 05272017Luis Enrique is Chelsea’s top target to replace Antonio Conte, with the Italian set to leave the club, report the Mail on Sunday .Enrique left Barcelona in the summer, and his availability has seen him placed above the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Diego Simeone in the club’s pecking order.It is understood that Conte is set to either resign or be sacked in the coming months, having clashed with the club’s players – notably Diego Costa – and hierarchy in recent months.Sturridge set for Inter moveDaniel SturridgeDaniel Sturridge is poised to complete a move to Inter Milan after Liverpool dropped their asking price for the striker, reports the Daily Mirror .The Reds wanted a loan fee of £5m for the forward, but dropped that to £1.5m and he is now set to leave for San Siro.Neymar happy at PSG Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018Neymar claims he’s happy at Paris Saint-Germain amid mounting speculation that the Brazilian could be headed for Real Madrid this summer. “I’m happy with my team-mates and I’m happy at PSG,” he told reporters. “I have good games and numbers and come here to make history and do my best.”Read his full quotes here. 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first_imgManchester United Rashford proud to be bucking the ‘top clubs’ trend at Man Utd Chris Burton 03:41 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Premier League The Red Devils forward forms part of an elite group of players seeing regular football at the very highest level while still under the age of 21 Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford admits he is an exception to the rule as a player under the age of 21 seeing regular game time at a “top club”.The England international is still just 20 years of age and will not reach a landmark birthday until October 31.He is, however, a regular for club and country, with the 2015-16 campaign having proved to be his breakthrough as Louis van Gaal offered him a step up from the Old Trafford academy ranks. 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 Injuries to others worked in Rashford’s favour at that time and he concedes that it is getting ever more difficult for home-grown talent to be recognised at the very highest level.He told United Review: “It is such a difficult thing to do and the stats obviously show it.”The fact there are only 10 or so playing shows how difficult it is to do it. “I’d also say it’s harder at the top clubs, who can breed those types of players but they have fewer opportunities. You have to just try to get in the team and then stay in the side, like everyone else.”An investigation by United found that, after 24 games of the current Premier League campaign, only 10 players in the English top-flight that are under the age of 21 had figured in at least two-thirds of fixtures.Rashford has appeared in 25 of the Red Devils’ 26 games so far and is well on course to record a personal best in terms of goals scored, with just two more efforts needing to be added to his current haul of 10 in order to hit a new high.Jose Mourinho appears prepared to offer him the necessary opportunities, with the Portuguese having recently pointed out that he has continued to put faith in youngsters despite being portrayed as a “monster”.He said: “I think Marcus’s story is quite interesting because he started playing with Mr Van Gaal when the team was really in trouble to have options.”And then the monster that kills the little kids arrives but he plays every game! Since then, he plays every game – starting or coming from the bench as a striker, as a left-winger, as a right-winger. Then he goes to the national team. “The kid is having a hell of an experience at every level, so an amazing future awaits him and being surrounded by these players can only help him. But the story of Marcus not getting any minutes and matches is really old because he’s a very important player for us.”last_img read more

first_imgDavid Beckham David Beckham’s Real Madrid reunion sees him ‘back with the best’ Ronaldo & Roberto Carlos Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:40 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Robert Carlos David Beckham Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Primera División Three former Blancos stars have been catching up in London, with there some serious firepower and creative ability possessed between them Manchester United and Real Madrid legend David Beckham played alongside some top talent in his day, with Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos considered to be among “the best”.Having made his name amid the Class of 92 academy graduates at Old Trafford, the former England captain completed a shock switch to Spain in the summer of 2003.With the Blancos having bought into both his sporting ability and off-field appeal, Beckham slotted seamlessly into a star-studded squad at Santiago Bernabeu. 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 Among those already in the Spanish capital were Brazilian duo Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, with the World Cup winners forming part of the ‘Galactico’ culture.Beckham would win just one major honour alongside the pair, with the La Liga title secured in 2007 as he prepared to head for the exits.His next move took him to MLS side LA Galaxy, with a stint in America including two loan spells at AC Milan before seeing out his playing days in France with Paris Saint-Germain.Success followed Beckham wherever he went, but he clearly still holds the memories of his time in Madrid particularly fondly, with the opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces in London recently snapped up.Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos certainly hold strong claims to “the best” title bestowed upon them.The former was a three-time World Player of the Year, two-time World Cup winner and one of the most fearsome frontmen the game has ever seen – with over 400 goals to his name for club and country.Roberto Carlos, meanwhile, set the standard for left-backs around the world, with his CV including countless major honours and a highlight reel of some truly spectacular strikes.last_img read more

first_imgWTF Usain Bolt: I’ve signed for a football team Christopher Devine Last updated 1 year ago 16:15 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Usain Bolt Getty Images WTF Manchester United Borussia Dortmund Premier League The winner of eight Olympic gold medals will unveil the name of the team he has joined on Tuesday, having previously claimed to have 12 trial offers Athletics great Usain Bolt claims he has signed for a football team and will announce the club in question on Tuesday.Bolt, who brought his glittering sprint career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March .The 31-year-old Jamaican has also repeatedly expressed an interest in turning out for Premier League giants Manchester United, the club he supports, while he also recently offered his services to David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise, Futbol Miami. 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 On Sunday, Bolt announced on Twitter that an update was on the way regarding his bid to carve out a footballing career.”I’ve signed for a football team,” wrote the winner of eight Olympic gold medals. “Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT.”Bolt has previously talked up his footballing talents, claiming that he could become as good as Wayne Rooney if he put some work in.According to his agent, he has had 12 different teams chase him for a trial .last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Mamelodi Sundowns hint at Usain Bolt deal Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 08:22 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) usain bolt - cropped Getty Images Transfers PSL Mamelodi Sundowns Manchester United Borussia Dortmund The Jamaican track legend is due to announce which football team he has signed for on Tuesday, with one team hinting at being the lucky side. South African side Mamelodi Sundowns have dropped a big hint that they have signed retired athletics star Usain Bolt.The Jamaican tweeted on Sunday to confirm he had agreed a deal with a football team and would be making a further announcement at 0800GMT on Tuesday.Sundowns retweeted Bolt’s post and followed up on Monday with a major suggestion that they are the side the 31-year-old has joined. 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 “Football will never be the same. Find out tomorrow 8am GMT!” they posed on their official Twitter account, along with a picture of Bold at the club’s training ground.Bolt has regularly expressed a desire to carve out a career in football, having retired from sprinting following the world athletics championships in London last year.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist has often said he would like to play for Manchester United, the club he supports, while he also recently offered his services to David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise, Futbol Miami.Football will never be the same. Find out tomorrow 8am GMT!   #Sundowns pic.twitter.com/nifRZFR62s — Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) February 26, 2018 I’ve signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT   pic.twitter.com/iFTlWxfy7x — Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) February 25, 2018 Bolt is also due to take part in a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion A Championship side in waiting – Inside West Brom’s Meltdown Tom Maston 16:00 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alan Pardew West Brom Getty Images West Bromwich Albion Premier League Opinion The Baggies appear certain to go down after a truly terrible run of results under the management of Alan Pardew To be cut adrift in this Premier League season of all seasons is some achievement. Never before has the battle to survive been as closely fought between as many teams as it is right now.With 10 matches left to play, six points separate Bournemouth in 11th and Stoke City in 19th. Almost every side in the bottom half has enjoyed a resurgence at one point or another, only to be dragged back into the mire as soon as their guard is down.Every side, that is, except for West Brom. 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 Baggies kicked off the season showcasing all the attributes that had made them sure bets to stay up since Tony Pulis’ arrival. Both Bournemouth and Burnley were beaten by 1-0 scorelines, meaning that after a fortnight West Brom sat atop of the table alongside Manchester United and ahead of Manchester City.They so nearly made it three wins from three, only for a defensive mix-up to gift Peter Crouch a late equaliser as Stoke nicked a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. Four days later Grzegorz Krychowiak – the metronomic midfielder who had impressed so much for Sevilla during their hat-trick of Europa League wins – arrived on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hailed as one of the signings of the summer.Fast-forward six months, however, and the mood could not be more different. Pulis has gone having failed to win another Premier League match since the Burnley victory. In his place Alan Pardew occupies the technical area, a coach renowned for his fast starts when it comes to results at a new club.While his failures at other clubs have come about when the infamous ‘Pardew Slide’ – a run of negative results that cannot be halted – rears its ugly head, there is little the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss does better than bring about a ‘new manager bounce’.At West Brom he has won one of his first 14 league matches in charge.With just three victories to their name all season, the Baggies find themselves six points adrift at the bottom of the table and seven from safety. Pardew remains in his job for now, though failure to beat Watford on Saturday will likely spell the end of his tenure.Should he depart he will leave behind a mess of a club facing up to a first season outside the top-flight since 2009-10. Chinese owner Guochuan Lai has only been in situ for just over 18 months but is fast overseeing a disastrous period in the club’s recent history.Chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman were both relieved of their duties earlier this month, with poor results blamed for their exit. Quite how much more they could have done, however, remains unclear.While not universally popular with the wider footballing family, the decision to sack Pulis was the correct one. His style of play was never pretty, but while it brought about predominantly positive results it received a passing grade. When poor results are matched with dour football, a club’s board has little room to manoeuvre.Alan Pardew West Brom Stats GFXThe appointment of Pardew, too, while uninspiring, certainly made sense when it came to securing survival this season given his previous record early in his previous jobs. Plenty of chairmen have got more than one managerial decision wrong and remain at the helm of various clubs.Having seen the difficulties the likes of Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolves have had in immediately returning to the promised land at the first attempt from close quarters, however, has likely panicked Guochuan. Quite why Pardew did not get the boot too remains a mystery.Presuming Pardew does indeed receive his P45 in the coming days, the new manager – whomever that may be given the dearth of experienced alternatives available at this stage of the season – will walk into a dressing room in disarray.The decision of four players – including the club captain and the player with the most appearances in Premier League history – to steal a taxi while on a trip to Barcelona has already gone down in infamy.These incidents, as unsavoury as they are, can sometimes help pull a squad together, but two subsequent home defeats and reports of open mutiny from Chris Brunt towards Pardew in the aftermath of the loss to Huddersfield Town suggest otherwise.Salomon Rondon West BromDaniel Sturridge WBAKrychowiak’s misplaced pass and subsequent slump towards the ground in the build-up to the Terriers’ second goal on Saturday summed up a season that has gone from bad to worse for the Pole. He was joined in the home dressing room by another loan signing in January, with Daniel Sturridge signed from Liverpool to score the goals to keep West Brom up.The only issue with signing an injury-plagued footballer is they tend to get injured. Sturridge did just that three minutes into the recent defeat at Chelsea. Their final hope sat in a heap on the Stamford Bridge turf just moments after kick-off neatly summed up the Baggies’ predicament.From top to bottom, West Brom have gone from a solid Premier League outfit to a Championship side in waiting. It would take something even more remarkable than the Tony Mowbray-inspired ‘Great Escape’ of 2005 to keep their heads above water now. One down – two relegation places to play for. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association’s 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup competition continued with Round Four action at the Bankstown and Tempe venues on Friday 10 August 2007. The first month of jousting in Sydney’s elite affiliate based Touch Football competition concluded Friday night with some outstanding performances and spirited displays across the Men’s and Women’s Premier divisions. In the Men’s Premier division Canterbury Bulldogs hosted reigning Vawdon Cup champions the Penrith Panthers in the eagerly anticipated 2006 Grand final replay at Bankstown at 7.50pm.Canterbury recorded a convincing 8-4 victory over the young Panther tyros who have been struggling to find their rhythm and consistency early in the season after last year’s historic Vawdon Cup Premiership.The Doggies made it four from four in 2007 and are playing with focus, measured skill, and a cohesiveness that is usually associated with business end of the season form. The Dogs, upon the Referee’s signal, unleashed hell to skip out to an early 3-0 lead to shock the Penrith lads early.To the Panther’s credit, the defending champions composed themselves and pulled a couple of touchdowns back to stay in touch with the rampant Dogs who went to the break 5 –2 up.The Canterbury litter was mindful of last year’s Vawdon Cup Grand Final where they had collectively let a handy half-time lead slip against the Panthers, and as a result, endured a heartbreaking loss in the decider.On Friday night, to a man the Canterbury combination resolved to dig in and go right on with the job in the second stanza.The Dogs came out and picked up where they had left off after half-time to post an 8-4 victory over a Penrith unit still finding their way in the initial weeks of the competition, and grappling with the realities and expectations that com with the defending Premiers tag.Committed driving, relentless defence, and a clinical use of the football ensured the Doggies claimed the three premiership points.Canterbury’s 2006 New South Wales Mixed Open representatives Daniel Walsh and Stuart Brierty, along with defensive machine Mark Heiss, provided the framework for the likes of the mercurial Garry Sonda, Intercept king Joel Willoughby, and speedy Steve Roberts to weave their magic close to the line to secure the decisive victory. The experienced Scotty Danswan was again Penrith’s most potent player in a performance that the Panthers will put behind them with better efforts on the training paddock and on game night in coming weeks.The words to the victory song may have been a little difficult to recall, but the beer definitely tasted better for the first time in a long time for the Cronulla Sharks as they broke a long standing run of losses on Friday night with a comfortable 8-4 win over Easts Roosters at Tempe at 7.50pm.The Shire lads had not won a game in this competition since 2005, but Coach Tony Trad and a core group of players who have kept the faith and worked hard over the last 12 months to ensure a brighter future for the embattled Sharks, are finally seeing their investment of effort translate into results. Easts began the game brilliantly with Jarrat Wood showing a clean pair of heels to the Sharkies defence to race 40 metres to score the opening touchdown.The Sharkies hit back almost immediately, and the two sides traded touchdowns in tit for tat touch for the remainder of the half.Sharkies took a narrow 5-4 advantage into oranges with the game as wide open as the Pacific Highway on Christmas Day.Cronulla’s defence was outstanding upon the resumption with numerous quality Rooster raids on the Sharkies line being repelled.Buoyed by their watertight defence, the Sharkies posted back-to-back touchdowns in the sixth and seventh minutes of the second half to put some space between themselves and the Roosters.The Sharks wrapped it up with some fancy footwork from 2007 Australian Mixed Open star Brad “BJ” Holden to seal the victory 8 touchdowns to 4.In a fantastic team effort, Sharkies were best served by veterans Phil Jarrett and Robbie Brien who led brilliantly from the front, whilst Jarrat Wood and young gun Dave Maher played well for the Tri-colours.Hornsby produced a performance that would have left Harry Houdini asking the Lions boys for a rookie workshop on the art of escape after their nail biting 6-5 win over a gallant Parramatta Eels at Tempe in the 8.40pm timeslot.The Eels, building on their triumph over Manly last week, were the subject of a late betting plunge from astute punters who trusted the Eels improving form and backed them in to bring the competition’s early pacesetters to their knees with an unlikely victory.Paramatta, through the leadership and drive of the accomplished Troy Malcolm and 2007 Australian Men’s Open flyer Jamie Stowe, looked likely to clap the bookies in irons until a late touchdown tipped the scales in the “Young Lions” favour.The teams gave each other plenty of tap off move practice by swapping touchdowns as frequently as Phil Blake used to swap footy clubs during his League career.The seesawing contest was delicately poised at 5-5 until that man Dylan Hennessey donned the red cape and lifted his side to engineer the match winner six minutes from fulltime.For Paramatta, the mercurial Troy Malcolm was in fantastic touch leading the way in both attack and defence for the Eels and bringing back memories of his vintage 2003 World Cup form for Australia. Adam Lollback and Jason Everitt chipped in with several sensational touches out wide to save the Eels with last ditch defensive efforts that frustrated the fleet footed Lions attack. Whilst Hennessey provided the magic for Hornsby, Mick Abood book ended the defensive effort, and two touchdown heroes Ricky Morris and Michael Walkadan played strongly for the Lions.Walkadan is in rare scoring form and has rattled up 8 touchdowns already to put master statistician David Middleton on notice that scoring records may fall if the Hornsby juggernaut continues to roll on for the remainder of 2007.Western Suburbs Magpies, without the services of playmaker Jason Stanton who was in Queensland completing a “carve-athon” in the SEQTL, recorded a 10- 8 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Tempe at 8.40pm. The two sides, who could get a run at the Fijian National One Touch Championships after Friday night, went end to end and let the ball do the work in a high scoring affair.Spectators needed to strap themselves in for a thrill a minute trip to Overlap city and the scoreboard attendant needed to be subbed several times to keep up as both teams let attack win the day in a game that produced 18 touchdowns.Wests went to the interval 6-5 the better thanks to the class and experience of Daniel Rushworth and Michael Farhat who were the architects behind many of the Wests touchdowns.Manly kept replying in kind to Wests all out attack with Graham Beale and Jamie Chan weaving their magic to keep Manly well and truly in the contest.Manly were ruing not having dynamic playmaker Harry Berryman available for the sort of game that would have been right up his alley.Wests youngsters Ben Nercessian and 18 year-old Premier League debutant Ben Antonio also impressed in a game that both teams recognize did good things for attacking combinations, but nothing for defensive cohesiveness.Wests eventually sealed the deal two minutes from full time to complete a 10 – 8 victory. In Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League action, the Canterbury Bulldogs continued on their winning way with a comfortable 6 – 1 victory over Penrith at Bankstown at 7.00pm.The Doggies settled in nicely from the get go and raced to a 3-0 lead after only eight minutes of play.The Penrith effort was disjointed early, with only 8 players starting the game and many of the Panthers players heads still stuck in the Sydney traffic that had delayed the arrival of several of their playing roster.The professional Canterbury outfit was sharp early with committed rucking creating field position, time, and space for expansive ball movement that resulted in some quality team touchdowns in the opening exchanges.Ariana Te Raki was prominent early showing great natural flair and vision to create several touchdowns for the Dogs machine as it clicked into high gear.The Doggies went to the interval at 5-0 up and very much in control.The break allowed Penrith’s rookie team the chance to reassess their game plan for the remainder of the contest.Their resolve to stem the Canterbury onslaught with a more committed attitude to their defence, rather than lock the Canterbury girls in the dressing rooms, was a far more practical and rewarding plan that paid dividends in the second stanza.The improved second half Penrith defence resulted in numerous quality Doggies attacking raids being thwarted on the scoreline.Canterbury eventually got another touchdown after concerted pressure, but the Panthers refused to go quietly into the night and nailed a touchdown of their own with Lisa Clark crossing to make the final score 6-1.Haylee Hendersen, Rebecca Hannon, and Lisa Clark were the Panthers best, whilst Claire and Louise Winchester again led a balanced Doggies charge that smacked of teamwork and combination. In the 7.00pm clash at Tempe, Premiers Easts Roosters completed a hard fought 2-1 victory over a committed and gutsy Cronulla Sharks outfit that pushed the defending champions all the way.Easts got away to a 2-0 lead by half time, but struggled to find their rhythm on resumption against a Cronulla side who hung in and played great team touch to force their more fancied rivals into error.Cronulla’s Olivia Bayley hit a fantastic hole in the link to make the score 2-1 and the Sharkies pressed the Roosters line several times, only to be denied by desperate last ditch defence from the premiers who were stretched for the first time this season.Vanessa Arnerich, Kath Fitzgerald, and Rebecca Howe were the Sharkies best in an assertive performance that hints at better times ahead for the Shire combination. Evergreen Giselle Martin lifted her team in a tough battle and was the Roosters best.The Roosters, whilst respectful of Cronulla’s spirited efforts, were disappointed with themselves after producing a below par performance and will be looking to atone this week against the Central Coast Dolphins.Despite breaking their usual bedtime curfew, the “Young Divas” from the Wollongong Devils stayed up late enough to win their 9.30pm battle at Bankstown with the Central Coast Dolphins 7-1 in emphatic fashion.The Dolphins, already without absent Australian Women’s Open gun Kylie Hilder, were struggling for playing numbers and did an admirable job against a confident Devils outfit that was led by the in form Jess Mc Call who has begun the season exceptionally well.  Australian 20 Years Women’s Squad member Amanda Skwarko excelled in defence for the Devils and there were significant improvements in both attack and defence for the “Young Divas” who continue to build confidently in their initial season in the Women’s Premier League.Western Suburbs Magpies grafted out a 3-2 win over a game Manly Sea Eagles at Tempe at 9.30pm.The Magpies were without the services of one of the form players of the competition, Nola Campbell, as well as the experienced Suzie Cubillo, and Sara Hamilton.To compound the loss of these key players, West’s 2007 Australian Women’s Open star Stacey Lapham received news that her grandfather had passed away Friday morning.Showing tremendous courage, Lapham, decided to play the game to pay respects to her grandfather, Valentine Knight. Valentine had been a pivotal supporter of Stacey’s touch football career, and the West’s playmaker was determined to honour his memory with a standout performance.Stacey inspired her team with a typically gutsy and intelligent display to bankroll the win, whilst her teammates donned black armbands and rallied to produce a whole hearted performance to show their support for Stacey and her family.Manly with Kylie Peard, Rachel Byrne, Gloria Berryman, and Lisa Fiaola leading the way, showed their undoubted ability by driving strongly and running hard for the duration to provide plenty of headaches for the Wests defence.The teams traded touchdowns and Manly were up 2-1 before Stacey Lapham scored a great solo touchdown right on half time to lock it up at 2-2.Both teams created chances in the second half but it was the focused Lapham who dug deepest, proving her champion qualities, by busting the Manly line from half before calmly scouring the in-goal and linking with Tara Mohi to claim the decisive 3-2 advantage.Kim Fretus played an invaluable role in defence to guide the Magpies home, but it was the performance and courage of Stacey Lapham under the most difficult of circumstances that won the day for Wests. Round Five of the 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup will continue Friday 17 August 2007 with all games to be played at Penrith.Men’s Premier League action will feature a 7.20pm clash between Wests Magpies and an improving Paramatta Eels combination that will be keen to build on last week’s close loss to Hornsby.Cronulla, also buoyed by their breakthrough victory last Friday, will front up to top of the table Canterbury with nothing to lose and everything to gain in what could be a tough night at the office for the Blue and Whites in the 8.10pm clash.The Panthers and the Sea Eagles will meet at 8.10 pm, whilst the Hornsby Lions will want to consolidate their place as joint competition leaders with the Dogs by snaring the points against Easts Roosters at 9.00pm.The Women’s Premier League Round 5 schedule includes what promises to be an absorbing battle at 8.10pm between West Magpies and the youthful Wollongong Devils. The Young Divas, who have secured two confidence-boosting victories in as many weeks, will face an acid test against the potent Magpies.Defending champions Easts Roosters will be hell-bent on producing a more cohesive effort on Friday night against the Central Coast Dolphins at 8.10pm.Cronulla Sharks and the Canterbury Bulldogs will meet at 9.00pm, and the Dogs cannot afford to take the Sharks lightly after their stellar effort against Easts last week.Penrith and Manly will both be searching for their first victory of the season in the last game of the round at 9.00pm.Action will continue in the Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Division 1 and 2, and the Men’s Seniors and Masters divisions Friday night at Penrith.This weeks Blackest Cat for Player of the Week in the Men’s Premier Division goes to the entire Cronulla Men’s Premier League Team whose losing streak has lasted almost as long as the drought in Western Queensland… Congratulations on breaking the drought, remember, two wins in a row, constitutes a roll!This week’s “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Week in the Women’s Premier Division goes to Western Suburbs Australian Women’s Open star Stacey Lapham for her courageous and inspiring performance after the sad passing of her grandfather on Friday. Stacey piloted a below strength Wests to a gutsy victory that epitomized her depth and strength of character.Many thanks to all players and coaches for their assistance in compiling the Round Four Wrap.A quick reminder to players to always use their own flashy, crowd pleasing, non-federation touch steps…For draws, results, ladders and all other information about the Vawdon Cup please visit the New South Wales Touch Association website: www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgApplications for the 2007/08 National Indigenous Leadership program close this Friday 31 August 2007.The programs will: provide an overview of the reforms to Indigenous affairs and its challenges;provide an interactive learning environment focussing on the skills and behaviours needed to meet these challenges and maximise opportunities;provide a process for developing a plan for the future; andprovide a community development experience based on learnings gained on the program.Successful applicants will:attend an intensive residential training course;participate in regional and national workshops;engage with experienced coaches and staff;deliver a community leadership activity;have the opportunity to compete for further leadership development; andwork collaboratively and respectfully with other participants, coaches and support staff.For further information visit the website www.facsia.gov.au/indigenous or phone 1800 249 873.To apply download the appropriate application form below:Application Form 07/08 – WomenApplication Form 07/08 – MenApplication Form 07/08 – Youthlast_img read more

first_imgMourinho: Why criticise Man Utd?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has refused to comment on his problems at former club Manchester United.Mourinho was sacked by United last month after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepping in as caretaker manager until the end of the season.Speaking to Correio da Manha, Mourinho said: “I have learned that, when you leave a club, you don’t go around talking about it, you don’t wash your dirty laundry in public.”The chapter is finished and you don’t go around making criticism.”The other thing I have learned is to respect the clubs who want me and those who don’t want me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgEmery wary of burnout concerns for Arsenal playersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is wary of burnout concerns for his players.He has admitted he has reduced the workload of some of his players to ensure they are in good shape going into the business end of the season.When asked whether he would give players a break or make changes to his training regime, Emery answered: “We are doing that. We are working, and also thinking and speaking with our performance [analyst] Darren [Burgess] and Julen Masach [strength and conditioning coach], for this week and this month.”You have to balance the players because they play a lot of matches in the next month, with the Europa League and the FA Cup. So we are doing that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgChelsea winger Pulisic hooked in USA defeatby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic was dragged before 60 minutes of play in the USMNT’s shock loss to Canada on Tuesday.It was the Canadians’ first victory over their neighbours since 1985.Bayern Munich winger Alphonse Davies played a large role, scoring the game’s opening goal shortly after Pulisic was substituted.The winger’s poor form for Chelsea seemingly carried over to Toronto as he completed just 11 passes in a wasteful display. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgEvra: Agent said it was mistake signing for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Patrice Evra says that he was told by his agent that signing for the club was a mistake, after he started off his United career in the worst possible way.Evra played in the Manchester derby soon after signing for the Red Devils in 2006.That game saw him put one of his worst displays in a United shirt, which led many to question whether he would come good at the club.He admits there were doubts from his own agent after that clash.”When I played my first game with Manchester United, I ate some beans and pasta [before the game] and I feel really sick in my room,” Evra told Sky Sports about that game.”I was going to say to Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘Look I’m not ready to play’, but I was scared because they would say, ‘He’s not the man to play in the derby’. “I play that game and get substituted after 45 minutes.I remember Ferguson was like, ‘Now you sit, you watch and you learn English football’. It was a tough time.”Even my agent said we made a big mistake to sign you for Manchester United. But I was really strong mentally to prove everyone was wrong for myself, because I’m really proud and I did it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Back in late December, it was reported that Texas native Kyler Murray, the No. 2 ranked dual threat quarterback in the country (per 247 Sports), was possibly considering flipping him commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma. But Wednesday, with just two weeks left until National Signing Day, Murray may be implying that there is a third team in the mix for his future services. Murray, who must be on an unofficial visit in Austin, posted a photo of a Texas Longhorns jersey with no explanation. pic.twitter.com/UhDj9MTnsp— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 21, 2015Another big-time Texas recruit, four-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, also did the same – with a different jersey number.pic.twitter.com/dyDlJb9TWP— DaMarkus Lodge (@DaMarkusLodge18) January 21, 2015Could Murray and Lodge be teaming up to bring the Longhorns back to prominence? It’s an interesting set of tweets, given the circumstances. We’ll find out soon enough what it all means.last_img read more

first_imgLawrence Cager throws up "The U" after Army All-American Game touchdown.Update: Florida State freshman QB Deandre Johnson came to Cager’s defense on Twitter, telling the FSU faithful who took offense to his tweets to back off. @Ljefe18 NoleNation get up off my Boy he just voiced his opinion like a lot of us do. Thanks for the support bro see you October 10— Deandre Johnson (@DredaDon14) May 19, 2015Earlier: Lawrence Cager hasn’t joined the Miami program yet, but the four-star wide receiver signee is already stirring things up on social media. In the wake of the Everett Golson-to-Florida State transfer news, Cager took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t seem too impressed. Everett is just dumb smh should’ve went to South Carolina— Lawrence (@Ljefe18) May 19, 2015I got Quan sacking Everett first series— Lawrence (@Ljefe18) May 19, 2015The “Quan” reference in the second tweet is the nickname of Hurricane redshirt sophomore defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad. Muhammad missed all of last season due to disciplinary reasons but played a role as a true freshman in 2013 and is expected to be a major contributor this fall. Those wondering if Cager’s premonition will prove correct can tune in when FSU and Miami face off on Oct. 10 in Tallahassee.last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh gets upset on the sideline against Ohio State.ABCMichigan’s Jim Harbaugh is kind of a weirdo. A hugely successful weirdo who has done more for the news cycle in this college football off-season than anyone else, but a weirdo nonetheless. That is quite emblematic in a picture posted to Instagram by noted quarterback guru George Whitfield, who worked with Harbaugh and a number of other high-profile counselors at Michigan’s Aerial Assault camp today. Never ever change, Coach Harbaugh.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img

first_imgTim Tebow lifting a bar bell in the Heisman house commercial.YouTube/Nissan USANissan’s ‘Heisman House’ commercial series has been very popular over the last few college football seasons, and the newest member of the vaunted fraternity is featured in the newest clip.Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, now a Tennessee Titan, kicks things off by controlling a drone, which flies through the house, catching shots of 12 other former Heisman winners doing various activities. Tim Brown (Notre Dame, 1987) and Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996) get into a hose fight. Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984) practices his ballroom dances. Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) works out, naturally. Noted thespian Eddie George (Ohio State, 1995) practices some Shakespeare Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) takes a bath of rubber ducksHenry, Brown, and Wuerffel teased the new ad with a photo last week. It’s a pretty good one, overall, and the number of former Heisman winners they get for each of these commercials is impressive. Check it out here, via YouTube.Charlie Ward, Mark Ingram, Herschel Walker, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and George Rogers also make brief appearances during the 1:26 commercial.Henry edged out Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson to take home the 2015 trophy last season. Those two are back in college for the upcoming season, and are among the favorites to take home the vaunted award this fall.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal have confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a metatarsal fracture and is expected to return to training in six weeks.The Armenia international has featured sporadically for Unai Emery’s side thus far this season, making 14 Premier League appearances but completing 90 minutes just six times.He has scored four goals and provided one assist domestically, however. 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? Mkhitaryan played the first half of the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the League Cup, but was substituted at half-time and was subsequently missing from the Premier League clash with Burnley.The 29-year-old received treatment following a tackle from Lucas Moura in the 30th minute but saw out the rest of the half.However, Mkhitaryan sat out the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday and is not anticipated to return until February.The midfielder will miss clashes with Premier League leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, while Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester City on February 3 is likely to come too soon.Unai Emery’s defensive troubles continue with Nacho Monreal a doubt to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day due to a right hamstring issue that forced him off in the first half against Burnley.Nacho Monreal Arsenal 2018-19However, Shkodran Mustafi is expected to return to full training this week, having missed Arsenal’s last four outings due to a hamstring injury.The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League, though they sit level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, with only goal difference separating the two teams.They are, however, 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an “outstanding talent” by former Germany star Michael Ballack.Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions’ sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last week that talks remain ongoing between the clubs.The 18-year-old has earned 10 first-team appearances for the Blues this season but is yet to make a Premier League start and is reportedly tempted by the prospect of greater opportunities with Bayern. 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? “We’re talking about a player who just came recently from the youth level. He’s trying to achieve the step to the professional level in a top club,” Ballack told Omnisport.”This makes it a lot more difficult for a young player because the standard is very, very high. It’s hard to say whether the player is good enough for this demand or not. It’s a fact that he’s an outstanding talent.”Chelsea have to evaluate whether they want to keep him or maybe send him on loan. I think that’s the philosophy of all top teams – to educate young, top players and to give them the possibility to play.”It’s the most important thing during that young age, to play without losing the player. Bayern had their focus on Hudson-Odoi very early. We will see if the transfer is happening or not.”Ballack was a far more established performer when he swapped Bayer Leverkusen for Bayern in 2002, having inspired Germany’s run to that year’s World Cup final, and he is reluctant to impart any pearls of wisdom upon Hudson-Odoi.Michael Ballack“I don’t have any advice for him. He has to see if he has a realistic chance at Chelsea in the first team or not,” he said.”[Recently] he was often part of it and showed his qualities. Is it the right time to go to another top club like Bayern? Every player has to decide this on his own. There’s no special recipe.”The success of 18-year-old England international Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund has been viewed, to a certain extent, as a motivation for Bayern’s interest in signing Hudson-Odoi.Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward Reiss Nelson has also impressed on loan at Hoffenheim this season and England manager Gareth Southgate welcomed the openness to such opportunities among his next generation.”I think Jadon and Reiss Nelson are the obvious ones who have trodden that path, there are some other young players who have done that and haven’t yet appeared in first-team football,” Southgate said, speaking courtesy of William Hill at a Football Writers Association dinner held in his honour in London on Sunday.”I think it’s good that the opportunity is there. Young people now in our country are less restricted in their decision making. They don’t view travelling the world in maybe the way we did when we were younger.”They’re more secure in themselves and they’re ready to go if it gives them an opportunity to play. For all young players, that opportunity to play first-team football is really important.”last_img read more

first_imgEvan Engram scoring a touchdown in a blowout against AlabamaTwitter/@RedditCFBIt is Deja Vu all over again in Oxford. Ole Miss just jumped out to a 24-3 lead over Alabama after returning a Jalen Hurts fumble for a touchdown.The Rebels are looking for their third-straight win over the Crimson Tide, and they are in good shape thus far. With ‘Bama in Ole Miss territory late in the second quarter, Rebels defensive tackle Breeland Speaks broke through and leveled Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.John Youngblood scooped up the ball and raced 44 yards to pay dirt.Alabama meet Ole Miss! Damn what a hit! #SEC pic.twitter.com/9vq8Dppyyl— Andrew Baker (@abakesports) September 17, 2016Speaks also picked up a personal foul on the play for an unsportsmanlike hit away from the play as Youngblood scored. Because it occurred right before Youngblood crossed the goal line, the touchdown should not have counted.Instead, the refs botched it, and assessed the penalty on the kickoff.No sooner did we blink, and Alabama scored two touchdowns to make it 24-17 right before the half. Tide safety Eddie Jackson produced the second one on an 85-yard punt return.To see Ole Miss’ long touchdown pass from Chad Kelly to Evan Engram from earlier, click here. Also, stay tuned to this game, because it is going to come down to the wire.last_img read more