Mourinho: 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 say
Emery 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 say
Chelsea 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 say
Evra: 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 say
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.
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.
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 Vitale
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.
Arsenal 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.However, 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.
Callum 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.“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.”
Twitter/@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.
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Just because we’re heading into the summer, doesn’t mean recruiting for next season is totally over in college football. There are grad transfers still on the market.According to a new report, Nebraska is in the running for a major grad transfer. If they land him, it would provide some help in the defensive secondary.Per Husker Online, Nebraska will receive a visit from former Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins. Watkins announced his intention to transfer from the Irish in April.The report from Husker Online is below, though the in-depth info is behind a paywall.Notre Dame grad transfer cornerback Nick Watkins to visit Nebraska soon ($) https://t.co/kkhWspoiAg— HuskerOnline.com (@HuskerOnline) May 31, 2018Watkins enrolled at Notre Dame in 2014 as the No. 17 cornerback in his class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He was the No. 182 overall prospect.Watkins contributed on special teams and in a reserve role for much of his first two years. He made his first career start in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2015 season.A broken arm kept Watkins out of action for all of 2016. He returned to have a solid 2017, starting nine games and playing in 12 while recording 29 tackles, eight pass breakups and an interception.Watkins will be eligible immediately at his new program.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson is taking on Louisville on Saturday afternoon, and it’s fair to say that this one has been a blowout from the start. We’re at the point now where the head coach of the Tigers is drawing up plays so his son – a backup wide receiver – can score.Will Swinney, son of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, really only sees action when his team has a comfortable lead. With the Tigers holding a 70-16 lead on Louisville, he was given an awesome opportunity.Backup quarterback Chase Brice found Swinney for an 8-yard score to make the score 77-16. It was insulting, to say the least.It was more of a pitch than a pass, but it was a score nonetheless.Will Swinney! TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/yXJZr5wSaL— ClemsonEditz (@ClemsonEditz_) November 3, 2018That look says it all. Dabo Swinney dials up a touchdown for his son Will as Clemson pours it on against Louisville. pic.twitter.com/JZpAXYH92P— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 3, 2018Somehow, we’re only halfway through the fourth quarter. There’s a real chance the Tigers, if they choose to, could score over 80 points.Louisville, in the post-Lamar Jackson era, is very, very bad. They’re now 2-7 on the season with zero ACC victories.
Tragedy has hit the Division III college football world. Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff died in his sleep last night, according to D3Football.com.Margraff was only 58 years old. He had served as head coach of the JHU since 1990, compiling a 221-89-3 overall record.Margraff led the Blue Jays to the NCAA Division III semifinals and a 12-2 record this season. His team won the Centennial Conference and had an 11-game winning streak heading into the national semis, where they lost to Mount Union.For his efforts, Margraff was named D3Football’s National Coach of the Year.Sad news to report out of Baltimore, as Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff has died. #d3fb https://t.co/i3Pj1x0y1E— D3football.com (@d3football) January 2, 2019At the time of his death, Margraff ranked third nationally in wins among active Division III head coaches.Our thoughts and prayers are with Margraff’s family and friends and the Johns Hopkins football team.Rest in peace, Coach.
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 17: Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates a touchdown as against the Syracuse Orange during their game at Yankee Stadium on November 17, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool has ideal NFL size and the experience to earn a spot on an NFL team.With the draft just a few months away, Claypool has made a decision on what he plans to do in 2019.On Thursday, Claypool posted a video where he revealed he will be staying at Notre Dame for his senior season.The final text of the video flashed the phrase “To Be Continued,” indicating he intends to stay at school.Listed at 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds, Claypool was second in all receiving categories for the Fighting Irish in the 2018 season.Claypool finished the 2018 season with a career-high 50 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns.He had at least one reception in every game this season, but only two catches for eight yards against Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.#GoIrish ❤️☘️ pic.twitter.com/r9KoUnJRg0— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) January 11, 2019His best performance came against Northwestern, when he recorded eight receptions for 130 yards.In three years with the Fighting Irish, Claypool has 84 receptions for 1,122 yards and six touchdowns.
SOUTH BEND, IN – AUGUST 31: Student fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheer for their team against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, the ACC released its schedule for the 2019 college football season. With the schedule released, Notre Dame fans finally knew who its opponents would be playing the week before they take on the Fighting Irish.That news was not positive for Notre Dame fans. According to Notre Dame beat writer Pete Sampson, every ACC opponent, except for one, on Notre Dame’s schedule has an open date before taking on the Fighting Irish.Check it out.The ACC released its complete football schedule today. Here are the weekend slates that Notre Dame’s five ACC opponents will play the week before facing the Irish.Open DateOld DominionOpen DateOpen DateOpen Date— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) January 16, 2019The first makes sense as the Fighting Irish open the season with a trip to Louisville to take on the Cardinals. To be fair, the ACC opponents on Notre Dame’s schedule shouldn’t offer too much of a challenge for the Fighting Irish.Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke and Boston College aren’t on the same playing field as Notre Dame. Meanwhile, the Irish get the week off before traveling to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan.You can see the full schedule here.
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Former Ohio State star wide receiver Jalin Marshall has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2019 season, the NFL announced today.Marshall was most recently with the Oakland Raiders for three days in May, but was released. He previously served a four-game suspension for PEDs at the beginning of the 2017 NFL season.Yesterday, Marshall was added to the active roster of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.Prior to that, he played with the Orlando Apollos in the short-lived AAF earlier in the spring. WR Jalin Marshall, who signed briefly with the Raiders this offseason and recently inked a CFL deal, has been suspended for the first four weeks of the 2019 NFL season. Likely explains his short stay in Oakland.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 19, 2019After redshirting as a freshman in 2013, Marshall starred for the Buckeyes in 2014 and 2015. He helped Ohio State win the first ever College Football Playoff national championship as a redshirt freshman.Marshall went undrafted in 2016, but was signed by the New York Jets. He played in 10 games with the team that fall, making one start.For his NFL career, Marshall has made 14 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, James has entered the NCAA transfer portal.This leaves the door open for James to explore other options before the season begins for Alabama.Alabama tight end Kedrick James has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) July 12, 2019 Alabama lost its best tight end to the NFL Draft in Irv Smith Jr. Losing James to a potential transfer would be another blow to the team’s depth chart.James played in five games during his sophomore season, but wasn’t able to make any game-changing plays. However, the six-foot-five tight end did show signs of improvement this spring.Stay tuned for the latest. MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes a knee to end the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)With college football nearly one month away from returning, the Alabama Crimson Tide are in danger of losing one of their offensive weapons. It appears that tight end Kedrick James is considering ending his tenure in Tuscaloosa.James came to Alabama as a four-star tight end from Texas. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to showcase his potential on the gridiron yet.Last season, James suffered an ankle injury that forced him to miss significant time. He then received a suspension leading up to the College Football Playoff due to a failed drug test.Even though James was scheduled to miss the first four games of next season because of the failed drug test, it sounds like he might not be part of the upcoming campaign in its entirety.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 21: Fans cheer as they celebrate in the final seconds of the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-7 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Myers Park quarterback Drake Maye is the son of a college quarterback and the younger brother of a college basketball star. But while both of his family members played ball at North Carolina, Drake is planning on going in another direction.Maye has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The decision comes after he made numerous unofficial visits to top schools across the country.In an interview with BamaOnLine, he explained that Alabama’s “winning mentality” won him over. He also felt honored to have been called “a big target” by Alabama head coach Nick Saban.“It’s the winning mentality… I went down there in the spring and then for camp in the summer. I loved it. I sat down with Coach (Nick) Saban, just talked about the winning mentality, it’s all about winning down there. To have Coach Saban say in the 2021 class that I was a big target, it meant a lot to me. I just felt like why not Bama, right? It’s the best place in the country.”Having chosen Alabama, Maye also added that he’s shutting down his recruitment to focus on his studies. BREAKING: #Alabama lands elite 2021 QB Drake Maye. The UNC legacy goes in-depth on why he chose #RollTide https://t.co/qW97EPG0yy pic.twitter.com/a4nc6uyEDP— Hank South (@HankSouth247) July 17, 2019247Sports rates Maye as a four-star prospect and the No. 107 overall player in the Class of 2021. He is the No. 7 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 7 prospect from the state of North Carolina.Maye marks the second Alabama commitment to the Class of 2021. He joins Latrell McCutchin, who committed in June. He announced his commitment on Twitter.Committed to The University of Alabama! Roll Tide🐘 pic.twitter.com/AiZltK9gAX— Drake Maye (@DrakeMaye2) July 17, 2019As of writing, 247Sports has ranked Alabama’s Class of 2021 as No. 9 in the nation, and No. 1 in the SEC.
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