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first_imgChelsea Chelsea boss Conte: ‘I know that I’m doing a great job’ Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 07:52 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) AntonioConte-Cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Finishing in the top four would be a ‘great success’ for the Blues this season, according to their under-pressure manager Antonio Conte fears for Chelsea’s top-four hopes following their 3-0 thrashing by Bournemouth but is adamant he is doing a “great job” at Stamford Bridge.The champions’ title defence has not really gathered pace this season with Manchester City 18 points ahead of the fourth-placed Blues and looking certainties to take the trophy to the Etihad Stadium.Chelsea still have Champions League qualification to fight for but Wednesday’s defeat to Bournemouth – courtesy of goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and ex-Blues defender Nathan Ake – has made life more uncomfortable for Conte, although he remained bullish afterwards. 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 He told reporters: “I think the pressure is normal. It’s normal for a coach, for a manager. It’s normal if you are Chelsea’s coach.”After the first game this season [a home defeat to Burnley], you tried to put pressure on my job but I’m trying to do my best.”I repeat: we are doing everything, we are doing 120 per cent. I’m exploiting this squad to the maximum level but if someone doesn’t agree about this, I’m here.”I have to accept every situation. I’m very relaxed about this. I know that I’m doing a great job, a great work, me and the staff and the players.”Asked if he felt Chelsea were overachieving, he added: “Yes, yes. I think we are doing more. We are doing more, yes.”He did admit, however, to some concern over their top-four ambitions.”Yes, we must be worried. It won’t be easy but this is normal. We have to struggle for a position in the Champions League. But I think the players, until now, are great, for their commitment and their behaviour. If they hadn’t done that, our place in the table would be worse.”If we are able to reach a place in the Champions League it will be a great success for us.”Conte finally got the physical centre-forward he craved in January – Olivier Giroud coming in from Arsenal to replace Michy Batshuayi who departed for Borussia Dortmund on loan – earlier on deadline day.But he dismissed suggestions the transfer talk had disrupted his team’s preparations.”No but now it would be very simple to find a lot of excuses, a lot of alibis,” he said. “This is not the right way. We made a lot of mistakes. Together. When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together.”Full-time: Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth. #CHEBOU pic.twitter.com/aXpUdlLdRe— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018Another worrying development for Chelsea was Denmark international Andreas Christensen limping off in the first half of Wednesday’s game.Conte said: “We have played other games without Christensen. Injuries are a part of the game. It’s not right to find excuses. This is not the right way to solve the situation. Only through work can you solve the situation.”I think it’s a hamstring problem for Christensen, but I don’t know the extent of his injury. We have to wait one day, two days, three days to have a clinical examination.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang End of Aubameyang saga welcomed by Stoger after £55m Arsenal deal Harry West 18:39 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Bongarts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Borussia Dortmund Premier League Bundesliga The Gabonese striker’s protracted move to Emirates Stadium was finalised on deadline day, leaving his former boss at Borussia Dortmund boss relieved Peter Stoger was glad to see an end to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s transfer saga and hopes Borussia Dortmund can narrow their focus to on-field matters.Aubameyang completed his long-awaited move to Arsenal on deadline day, the Gunners parting with a club-record £55 million for his services.Dortmund replaced the Gabon international with the loan signing of Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi – whom Stoger has suggested will go straight into the starting XI for Friday’s trip to Cologne. 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 To complete the transfer triangle, Arsenal offloaded Olivier Giroud to Chelsea, but with the window now shut, Stoger hopes a good deal of the media furore will die down heading into the business end of 2017-18.”It’s good that it’s over because that issue occupied so much space in public,” Stoger told Bild.”Now there’s not that issue anymore behind which you can hide.”In my time here he [Aubameyang] never came too late.”Only one single time he skipped our team meeting and only one single time he practiced badly because he wanted to put a sign [out], apparently. But apart from that he behaved reasonably.”last_img read more

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first_imgPaul Pogba ‘Pogba is not a world-class player because he’ll let you down’ Ronan Murphy 15:46 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United 21022018 Getty Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League UEFA Champions League Ex-Chelsea midfielder Damien Duff does not believe the Manchester United midfielder can be world class unless he begins learning from his mistakes Former Premier League winning midfielder Damien Duff has criticised Paul Pogba for making too many mistakes, claiming he is “not a world-class player”.Pogba has come under fire from numerous pundits for not living up to his £89 million price tag at Old Trafford, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho did not feature him in his starting XI for the last two games.Due to an early injury, he came off the bench after just 17 minutes to play most of United’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla on Wednesday, but ex-Chelsea player Duff was once again unimpressed and hit out at Pogba for not making the most of his ability. 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 “He doesn’t have that defensive mindset, he doesn’t smell danger and he gives away goals,” Duff told TV3. “An alarming thing for me is top players, if they make a mistake, they won’t make it again, probably in their career.”The goals he gives away, people always running off him, he hasn’t grasped it. He’s had Massimiliano Allegri, he’s had Antonio Conte, he’s had Mourinho, three amazing, top coaches and if he hasn’t grasped that by now… I think he’s 25 in a couple of weeks. That’s worrying for me.”I think he has world-class ability, but he is not a world-class player because he’ll let you down.”Mourinho defended Pogba after the scoreless draw, claiming he was happy with the impact the 24-year-old had from the bench after replacing the injured Ander Herrera.”Of course he lost a couple of possessions, but he also gave us stability because he gave us a good percentage of possession for the way we play and the match away to a good team like Sevilla,” Mourinho told reporters.”We had a good percentage of the ball and some control of the game, I think the three midfield players had good control and Paul was part of it.”Pogba has three league goals for the Red Devils this season, but has failed to find the net since November in the Premier League.last_img read more

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first_imgTransfers Desiree Ellis named head coach of Banyana Banyana Safa Media 19:24 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Desiree Ellis - Coach of South Africa Backpagepix Transfers South Africa Slovakia Cyprus Women’s Cup Ellis has been in charge of Banyana Banyana on an interim basis since 2016 – after the Rio Olympic Games. She takes over from former coach Vera Pauw Desiree Ellis has been appointed permanent head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana with immediate effect.SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan made the announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday, 22 February 2018.“We are glad to announce the appointment of Desiree (Ellis) as Banyana Banyana coach; she fully deserves the appointment as she has come through all the ranks of our national teams. 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 “Desiree has three tasks to achieve; qualify for AFCON 2018 in Ghana, qualify for FIFA World Cup and the Olympics. I am confident Banyana Banyana will be up to the task,” said Dr Jordaan.Ellis took over on an interim basis soon after the Rio Olympic Games.At the time, the former Banyana Banyana captain was the assistant to the Dutch-born Pauw.“It is still sounds unreal; I honestly can’t believe it is really happening. It has always been a dream of mine to be the head coach of Banyana Banyana; nothing comes bigger than this. Being in the acting role since 2016 has probably prepared me for the most daunting task of them all in women’s football. I have always believed, and now it is a reality,” said Ellis.“I will be failing in my duties if I did not thank the South African Football Association (SAFA) for entrusting me with this job, even in the acting capacity. This appointment can only mean we are doing something right in women’s football, and I hope it becomes a symbol to many girls and women out there that if you dream it, you can live it. I will do the best of my ability to make sure we continue on growing this beautiful game.”Her first assignment as head coach will be the Cyprus Women’s Cup, a tournament she is very familiar with.Banyana Banyana depart for Cyprus on Friday, 23 February and will play their first match on Wednesday, 28 February against Slovakia.The other nations in Group C are Korea DPR and Hungary.The 54-year-old Ellis is well aware what is at stake.“Banyana Banyana has a very hectic 2018, and this Cyprus Cup could not have come at a better time. Because of the nature of the tournament, we are unable to win it but will instead use every opportunity to get ready for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers and the tournament proper – which also doubles up as a World Cup qualifier. But we are confident we will not disappoint as I believe we have a very solid team that will do the business,” added Ellis.“I will also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me on this journey – all the players, the coaches, colleagues. I also need to make a special mention about Vera Pauw, from whom I have so learnt so much, as well as our proud sponsor Sasol, without whom we would not be here today. I believe with South Africa behind Banyana Banyana, 2018 is going to be a great year for all of us. We have a lot of work ahead, but I am confident we will get to our destination, which is qualifying for the World Cup in France.”Ellis has been in charge of Banyana Banyana in 15 matches, starting with the friendly international clash against Egypt (22 October 2016), which ended with South Africa winning 3-1 at the Dobsonville Stadium.In total, she has won eight encounters, drew two and lost five. Her side has scored 27 goals and conceded 15 in the 12 away and three home matches.Ellis is the only person to win the COSAFA Cup as both player and coach, and during her acting role, Banyana Banyana was voted the 2017 CAF African Women’s Team of the Year.South Africa finished fourth at the CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgLionel Messi Messi included in Barcelona squad for Sevilla but Busquets misses out Jamie Smith 03:46 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Sevilla v Barcelona Sevilla Primera División Barcelona v Roma Roma UEFA Champions League Ernesto Valverde The Argentine is in good enough shape to travel as part of the squad for Saturday’s game, but the midfielder has been left out Lionel Messi has been passed fit to be included in Barcelona’s squad for their game at Sevilla on Saturday.Messi – who missed both friendlies for Argentina during the international break – was a doubt with a hamstring injury.Coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters the club would wait before making a decision over whether the 30-year-old would take part in their La Liga clash. 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 But the forward has proven his fitness enough to take his place in an 18-man group named by Valverde.Luis Suarez returns from suspension after missing Barca’s last game, a 2-0 home win against Athletic Bilbao, with Nelson Semedo and Denis Suarez also included after recovering from injury.But there is no place for defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is battling to recover from a toe injury in time for the Champions League quarter-finals.Barca, who have an 11-point lead at the top of the table, host Roma in the first leg of the tie on Tuesday.Squad list#SevillaBarça#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/oXp4O0uAUv— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 30, 2018Aleix Vidal and Yerry Mina sit out, while left-back Lucas Digne is absent due to a thigh injury sustained on international duty with France.last_img read more

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first_imgMarcelo Bielsa Leeds confirm appointment of former Argentina boss Bielsa Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:01 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Marcelo Bielsa Lille Ligue 1 Gettyimages Leeds United Premier League Championship A highly-rated coach who has previously spent time with Athletic Club and Marseille is charged with the task of overseeing a promotion push Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of former Argentina and Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager on a two-year contract.The highly-rated 62-year-old, who has previously spent time with Athletic Club and Lazio, has inherited the reins at Elland Road in the wake of Paul Heckingbottom’s departure.Bielsa, who has been out of work since leaving Ligue 1 side Lille in December 2017, will be charged with the task of returning Leeds to the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The ambitious Championship outfit are delighted to have secured the services of a proven tactician, while the South American is looking forward to testing himself in English football.Bielsea told the Whites’ official website: “I am delighted to accept the role of head coach at Leeds United.“It has always been my ambition to work in England and I have had several opportunities to do so during my career. However, I have always felt it was important to wait for the right project to come along and so when a club with Leeds United’s history made me an offer, it was impossible to turn down.“I am excited for the challenge ahead and I look forward to collaborating with Victor, Andrea and Angus, as we work hard to achieve great things at this football club.”Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani added: “I am thrilled to welcome Marcelo and his staff to Leeds United.“He is a coach that I have admired for many years and when the opportunity arose to bring him to Elland Road, we made it our top priority for the summer.“Marcelo has a wealth of experience and he will use that to create a new culture and a winning mentality at our football club.“I would like to thank Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear for all of the hard work that has gone into this appointment and I look forward to progressing together.”Bielsa’s two-year deal with Leeds includes the option for a 12-month extension should all parties wish to prolong their association.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Mens and Womens Open division picked up in excitement today, as day two of the 2004 NSW State Cup saw teams struggling for those finals positions. With several key matches being played in both the Mens and Womens competition and the sky semi-blue, it was sure to be a great day. With matches such as Canterbury and Easts in the Womens, a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, with the latest Smith medal winner Louise Winchester having a brilliant tournament. The Mens competition was also building as Penrith met Parramatta early in the morning, while Wests faced Cronulla and Lismore today, both drawing big crowds. Like Wests weren’t already strong enough the addition of the fast stepping Benji Marshall is sure to please the opposition. MENS OPEN RESULTS: Round four in the Mens competition was a story of two pools. Pool one’s matches were all lopsided; the expected close match between Cronulla and Western Suburbs was entertaining. While it wasn’t close, the skill of Wests with players like Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, Daniel Rushworth and that guy called Benji Marshall, certainly entertained the crowd. Lismore put in another strong performance and their match against Wests in round five is sure to be an indicator for the finals series. Pool two saw a couple of close matches with Penrith’s 5-4 win over Parramatta a great match to watch. The attack of Penrith, especially through their young players, was brilliant. However, Parramatta is still one to keep an eye on, as they didn’t make the most of their opportunities and it was their first match with a full team. The arrival of another Australian Mens Open player in Matt Curran strengthens their team even further. Eastern Suburbs also survived a scare over Manly Warringah, who are proving they can come close to taking down the more fancied sides when it matters. Round 4 results: Pool 1: Western Suburbs (7) def Cronulla (1) Lismore (13) def Newcastle City (1) Wallsend (9) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Penrith (5) def Parramatta (4) Eastern Suburbs (7) def Manly Warringah (6) Nelson Bay (5) def Port Macquarie (0) Hornsby (7) def UNSW (1) The largest crowd to date headed to field five for the highly anticipated match between Wests and Lismore in the Mens Open division expecting a close and tough match. Wests Coach Tony Trad had signaled before the tournament that he expected Lismore to be amongst their toughest competition. Both sides came out fired up and it took no time at all for the fun and games to begin. Lismore certainly dished out as good as they got and the 6-2 scoreline at the finish was not indicative of how tight the match was. Watch for a potential rematch in the finals. Canterbury also seem to be running into their best form, a 13-0 whitewash of Bowral who seem to be having a better time off the field than on. Parramatta and Easts both had tough matches against UNSW and Hornsby respectively, giving them good hitouts leading into the finals. Round 5 results: Pool 1: Wallsend (11) def Newcastle City (1) Western Suburbs (6) def Lismore (2) Canterbury (13) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def Hornsby (2) Manly Warringah (10) def Nelson Bay (0) Penrith (12) def Port Macquarie (0) Parramatta (9) def UNSW (6) Round six went as many would have predicted, wins to Canterbury, Lismore and Western Suburbs in pool one, while Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta and UNSW recorded wins in pool two. The one surprising result however, was the 4-4 draw between Manly Warringah and Penrith, which throws Manly’s hat in the ring for a quarter finals position. Round 6 results: Pool 1: Canterbury (15) def Newcastle City (1) Lismore (5) def Cronulla (3) Western Suburbs (9) def Wallsend (2) Pool 2: Penrith (4) drew Manly Warringah (4) Eastern Suburbs (10) def Nelson Bay (2) Parrammatta (4) def Hornsby (2) UNSW (7) def Port Macquarie (3) Round seven saw some highly anticipated matches, particularly Easts and Parramatta in pool two and Wests and Canterbury in pool one. A good crowd had built up around field one for the Easts and Parramatta match, which unfortunately didn’t provide the excitement all were expecting. Parramatta dominated the match, putting in one of their best performances, all is looking good for them come tomorrow’s finals. The win gave them first position in pool two based on for and against. Manly Warringah scraped into the top four in their pool with a 5-4 win over UNSW. Despite being the last qualifier, they look like they have the potential to knock off a more fancied opponent if they play at their best. Western Suburbs survived a scare against Canterbury, a narrow 4-5 win showing the Mens Open competition that heading into the quarter finals tomorrow Wests are most definitely not unbeatable. The finals tomorrow are guaranteed to provide some serious quality Touch action. Round 7 results: Pool 1: Cronulla (6) def Wallsend (5) Newcastle City (14) def Bowral (1) Western Suburbs (4) def Canterbury (3) Pool 2: Parramatta (5) def Eastern Suburbs (2) Hornsby (14) def Port Macquarie (0) Penrith (10) def Nelson Bay (1) Manly Warringah (5) def UNSW (4) All finals schedules and results will be on the finals story found on the ATA homepage. WOMENS OPEN RESULTS: The Womens Open competition started slowly on day two, some low scoring matches and a close one between Albion Park and Canterbury. Led by Rachel Holden the Albion Park girls went down by one yesterday to reigning Sydney Champions Easts and faced off against the in-form Canterbury girls, putting down several good balls that were potentially the difference between a 4-2 loss and a draw or even win. Albion Park are showing that if they perform at their best come finals, they may just be more than a chance for that grand final appearance. Round 5 results: Canterbury (4) def Albion Park (2) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Westmead (0) Western Suburbs (4) def Newcastle Uni (2) Cronulla (3) def Central Coast (1) Led by Bo De Lacruz the Western Suburbs girls put another nail in the Cronulla coffin, with the defending Champions now having lost to Wests, Easts and Canterbury and have yet to play Albion Park. Cronulla will face Albion Park in round nine Sunday morning, which could well be the match that decides who is the fourth side to qualify for the finals. Round six also saw the match of the tournament in the Womens Open division…a Sydney Championships grand final replay. While the match was a traditional Easts v Canterbury clash, with a bit of spite and a lot of passion, it looked as if Canterbury were about to take the edge into the finals series, up 1-0 with literally no time on the clock. However, a diving Easts touchdown as the siren sounded left the game in a 1-1 draw. A beautiful set up for the finals series! Round 6 results: Canterbury (1) drew Eastern Suburbs (1) Wallsend (7) def Westmead (3) Western Suburbs (3) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (3) def Central Coast (2) With only rounds seven to nine in the Womens Open competition remaining and with six teams fighting for four semi final positions, every match became crucial in the finals race. A struggling Cronulla recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle Uni to keep themselves in the hunt, only to see Albion Park and Western Suburbs, their competition for finals positions behind Easts and Canterbury, record a draw. With Albion Park and Wests recording that draw and therefore scoring more points than a loss for one of those sides, the job of defending their 2003State Cup title is made even harder. Easts and Canterbury both recorded easy wins in round seven after their tight draw in round six. Round 7 results: Western Suburbs (5) drew Albion Park (5) Cronulla (2) def Newcastle Uni (1) Canterbury (7) def Wallsend (0) Eastern Suburbs (8) def Central Coast (1) Round eight brought the second day of Cup competition in the Womens Open to a finish and with only round nine to be played tomorrow morning, an unexpected result such as Newcastle Uni’s 4-1 win over Albion Park, certainly throws a spanner into the finals works. Canterbury and Easts guaranteed their spot in the semis, while Wests, Albion Park, Cronulla and Newcastle Uni are fighting out the remaining two positions. The round nine match between Albion Park and Cronulla will determine who qualifies for the semis between those two sides, while for Newcastle an upset over Easts could see them sneak through to the finals and Wests will want a win to finish as high as possible. For the Central Coast it was oh so close yet again as they went down to Wallsend by one, and along with Westmead, are yet to record a win. Their round nine meeting tomorrow could be the only win for one of those sides. Round nine in the Womens Open tomorrow morning will certainly be action packed! Round 8 results: Canterbury (5) def Westmead (0) Newcastle Uni (4) def Albion Park (1) Eastern Suburbs (3) def Western Suburbs (1) Wallsend (4) def Central Coast (3) Round 9 (Sunday morning): Albion Park v Cronulla Westmead v Central Coast Western Suburbs v Wallsend Eastern Suburbs v Newcastle Uni All finals schedule and results will be on the ATA homepage. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bundesliga foursome target Man City winger Rabbi Matondoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Rabbi Matondo is attracting big money interest from Germany.The Sun says Matondo is a shock £10million target for Bundesliga clubs.German sides are on red alert and watching Matondo’s contract situation closely.Scouts from Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig were all in attendance to scout the flying winger in the UEFA youth clash against Hoffenhiem and were impressed again.The 18-year-old, given his first cap by Ryan Giggs last month, has 18 months left on his current deal. last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Man Utd have advantage in Koulibaly battleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Kalidou Koulibaly admits the Napoli defender has been a long-term target for Manchester United.United have been linked with a €100m bid for the Senegal international.Agent Bruno Satin said, “When I took Kalidou to Napoli, Manchester United had already contacted me to inquire about the boy. “He’s one of the best defenders in the world and he has the perfect profile for English football. “United has never stopped following him and maybe they have an advantage over others … we’ll see what happens.” last_img read more

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first_imgVan der Sar warns Man Utd: Stars won’t join on past gloriesby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEdwin van der Sar has warned Manchester United will not able to recruit players on reputation alone.The Red Devils have not won the Premier League in six year and their current position of 12th on the Premier League table suggests that drought will not end soon.United are still considered one of the biggest clubs in world football, but former goalkeeper van der Sar says the biggest starts want to join winning teams.”Of course, the name is there. And of course the following they have all over the world,” van der Sar told ESPN.”But for a player […] you want to play at a certain level, you also want to have an idea that you can win trophies and they must take that opportunity also to improve the squad and make the world-class players they have, or the players that they’re going to sign, that they feel welcome and that there’s a good path to where they’re going to go to.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle captain Lascelles: Longstaff just what we neededby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough is exactly what the club needed.The 19-year-old academy graduate had a debut to remember against Manchester United, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” Lascelles told Sky Sports News.”The hard work has recently paid off, he’s been thrown into the deep end like his brother.”What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.”Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him.””You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”He’s just come up through the ranks and grabbed a first team spot with two hands.”He’s humble, a very nice genuine lad. It must mean the world to him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City made check on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are checking on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.The 23-year-old, who has attracted interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has also been closely monitored by City in recent weeks.The Guardian says City sent scouts to watch Ruiz in action when Napoli played Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Ruiz was named as the best player of the Under-21 European Championship last summer as he helped Spain lift their fifth title and has recently broke into the senior side.The Spain international can play centrally or on the left side of midfield and has been likened to City star David Silva, who is considered to be at the backend of his career at 33. last_img read more

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first_imgAndrew Vorhees, a four-star offensive tackle from Kingsburg, California, provided some great news for USC Friday night. Vorhees, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound player for the class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Trojans on Twitter. Vorhees chose USC over nearly every other Pac-12 school, including Oregon and UCLA.Vorhees is USC’s eighth commitment for the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports.I’m committed! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LrbtMy7OFg— Andrew Vorhees (@AndrewVorhees55) June 10, 2016Vorhees is ranked as the 37th-best player in the state of California.last_img read more

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first_imgMats Hummels will help to remedy a lack of quality that hampered Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season, according to team-mate Marco Reus.Experienced defender Hummels returned to Signal Iduna Park for a second spell in June, making a €31 million (£28/$35m) switch from Bayern Munich just three years after leaving Dortmund.In the years without Hummels, Dortmund finished third, fourth and second in the Bundesliga while Bayern clinched the title each season, but the gap between the two sides was just two points at the end of a tense 2018-19 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Reus, who played alongside Hummels for four seasons at club level and for eight years in the national team, said his return could make the difference as Lucien Favre’s men go in search of their first title since 2012.”He [Hummels] brings quality,” Reus told reporters. “That’s most important. We were missing that last year.”Of course, we had positive developments last season. Nobody expected that. But if we want to win the Bundesliga and advance further in Europe, we need good players.”We found that in Mats and the other players we got.”Dortmund have also added Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt to Favre’s squad, along with the permanent signing of last season’s loan star Paco Alcacer, as they prepare to compete for honours in a division that Reus claims is shaping up to be stronger than it was last term.With Julian Nagelsmann taking over as head coach of RB Leipzig and Bayern splashing out €115m on Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Reus is bracing himself for stiff competition.”What happens with Bayern is nothing I can control,” said Reus.”I think even if they didn’t buy new players they would have a strong team. They won the Bundesliga seven times in a row – that says everything.”True, they lost some very good players who ended their careers, but we will see how the season goes.”I hope it will be an exciting season and we cannot forget the other teams. Leipzig, with a new coach and new players, were very strong in the second part of the season.”So, this could be between two, three, maybe even four teams until the end.”last_img read more

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first_imgDerek Mason clapping his hands on the Vanderbilt sideline.COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 12: Derek Mason head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores gives support to his team during a game against the Missouri Tigers in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)One of Saturday’s college football games took an ugly turn late in the first half. Vanderbilt has Florida on upset alert and tempers are starting to flare between the players and coaches.During a punt return, a Florida player hit a Vanderbilt player with a crack-back block and was called for targeting. The players was ejected from the contest, but not before both benches cleared.Florida head coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham can be seen yelling at Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason as well.Here’s video of the play.? ? ? pic.twitter.com/19NEM1t3ye— Matthew Chastain (@MattChastain_) October 13, 2018That sparked the benches to clear.Vanderbilt just cleared the benches. #Gators came out too pic.twitter.com/QVf2Y1gyTS— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) October 13, 2018When the benches cleared, both head coaches were seen yelling at each other.Dan Mullen and Todd Grantham in a shouting match with Derek Mason. pic.twitter.com/xfIxyUtiNJ— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) October 13, 2018Clearly there’s some bad blood brewing in this contest. The Commodores held a 21-3 lead at one point in the contest, but enter halftime with a 21-13 lead.Can Vanderbilt hold on, or will the Gators find a way to complete the comeback?last_img read more

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first_imgGeorgia's offense lined up against the Florida Gators defense.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators players line up before a snap during the first quarter of the game at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Week 9 of the college football season is here. This is the last weekend before the first College Football Playoff rankings are revealed.There are a number of big games this week, most notably a top-10 showdown between Florida and Georgia. This year’s matchup will be one of the juiciest in recent memory for the longtime rivals.Additionally, there are matchups between ranked teams in the Big Ten (Iowa-Penn State) and Pac-12 (Washington State-Stanford).As he does each week, Ralph Russo of the Associated Press released his score picks for Week 9. He picked more than 20 contests.Here are Russo’s predictions for the big games:Clemson 31, Florida State 14Notre Dame 35, Navy 17Oklahoma State 24, Texas 21Georgia 23, Florida 17Oklahoma 49, Kansas State 20Missouri 24, Kentucky 21Washington State 28, Stanford 24Texas A&M 24, Mississippi State 21Penn State 24, Iowa 23NC State 27, Syracuse 24Boston College 24, Miami 21South Carolina 27, Tennessee 24Russo’s “Upset Special” is unranked Oklahoma State over No. 6 Texas. Stillwater can be a tough place to play, so seeing the Cowboys pull this one out wouldn’t be overly shocking.For the year, Russo is 4-4 picking “Upset Specials.” He missed last week picking Oregon to top Washington State.You can see Russo’s full breakdown of his picks here.last_img read more

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first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and LSU are not just rivals on the football field. The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are rivals on the recruiting trail, too.Tonight, Alabama and LSU’s recruiting battles will be on full display, as several top recruits are visiting Baton Rouge, La. for this evening’s game.One of those recruits: The younger brother of Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Taulia Tagovailoa, the No. 6 pro-style QB in the 2019 class per 247Sports, will reportedly be at tonight’s game. He’s not just there to support his big brother, either. LSU is believed to be a major player in his recruitment.The Tigers are attempting to flip his commitment.247Sports has the latest on his recruitment:The No. 6 pro-style QB in the 2019 class per the 247Sports Composite, Taulia committed to the Tide in April. However, the Tigers have been in pursuit of Taulia ever since. And our 247Sports experts indicate the battle between the two SEC powers is getting interesting, with Tennessee also in the mix.LSU head coach Ed Orgeron watched Taulia play Friday evening during the team’s bye week, even bumping into Tua on the sideline. LSU hopes to make Taulia its second QB take in the 2019 class, adding a little Tagovailoa magic to the roster in the process.Alabama is likely still the favorite, however LSU is making a really strong push. The Crimson Tide have multiple quarterbacks committed in the 2019 class, too.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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first_imgTrace McSorley looks on during a play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions took the field on Tuesday afternoon for a game against the Kentucky Wildcats. Penn State and Kentucky took to Orlando to play in the Citrus Bowl and bring bragging rights back to their conference.Kentucky took a 10-7 lead into the half after failing to score an offensive touchdown. The Wildcats’ special teams dominated the day, with a punt return for a touchdown and a blocked field goal in the first half.Penn State trails 17-7 after a Benny Snell touchdown run early in the second half, but it just got worse for the Nittany Lions. According to a sideline report from ESPN, star quarterback Trace McSorley attempted to get stretched out before the second half, but appears to have suffered a leg injury.Sean Clifford back in at QB for Penn State. Trace McSorley is on the sideline .— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) January 1, 2019As a result, he missed the last Penn State possession.Penn State head coach James Franklin said McSorley would be good to go for the second half, but he remains on the sideline without his helmet.UPDATE: Penn State announced McSorley suffered a broken foot.From #PennState: McSorley has broken foot and is done for the day.— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) January 1, 2019The senior quarterback is done for the day, unfortunately. UPDATE No. 2: McSorley re-entered the game despite the broken foot.last_img read more

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first_img Clemson OL John Simpson, who is cosplaying as Trevor Lawrence at ACC Media Day, says that Notre Dame was a tougher test than Alabama.Clemson crushed both teams in the College Football Playoff. After casting aside the Fighting Irish 30-3, the Tigers stunned ‘Bama 44-16.LOTS of questions here at Media Day about the Alabama remarks about Clemson/Clemson not getting its credit. John Simpson says Notre Dame -not Bama- was the best team Clemson played.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) July 17, 2019I assume Simpson was taking a shot back at Moses with this quote, though by score, he’s not wrong. The Tigers beat Notre Dame by 27 and Alabama by 28.Of course, by that metric, Syracuse was the toughest test that Clemson faced. The Orange nearly stunned Clemson for a second straight season during the regular season, giving up the lead late to fall 27-23.Either way, the Tigers went 15-0, capping one of the most impressive seasons in modern college football. If Alabama players truly think that was a fluky result, they may very well get their shot at a rematch yet again this winter. Notre Dame RB Dexter Williams rushes against Clemson.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A.J. Terrell #8 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Dexter Williams #2 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Alabama and Clemson don’t share a conference, and if they face each other yet again, it will be in the post-season. That didn’t stop the two teams from firing some barbs today.ACC and SEC Media Days featured Clemson and Alabama respectively today. Naturally, players from those teams were asked about their national title game counterparts.Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses opened things up with a controversial take. While ‘Bama beat Georgia and was blown out by Clemson, he said that the Dawgs were the tougher team to face.Clemson has responded in kind from Charlotte.last_img read more

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first_imgLord’s granted permission to construct two new stands to increase stadium capacityThe redeveloped stands will improve sightlines for spectators and offer other amenities, such as integrated catering, wheelchair accessible spaces, and lift access to all levels.advertisement Reuters LondonJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 18:14 IST Construction will begin after England’s second Ashes Test against Australia in August (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 2 new stands will replace the existing Compton and Edrich stands at the Lord’sThe new three-tier stands will increase the stadium’s capacity to 31,000Construction will begin on August 24 and the new seats will be ready for use in 2020Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has been granted permission to construct two new stands at Lord’s to replace the existing Compton and Edrich stands and increase the stadium’s capacity to 31,000, it said on Wednesday.The new three-tier stands, to be built at the stadium’s Nursery End, will cost 50 million pounds ($64.37 million).The redeveloped stands will improve sightlines for spectators and offer other amenities, such as integrated catering, wheelchair accessible spaces, and lift access to all levels, the MCC said.Construction will begin on August 24 after England’s second Ashes Test against Australia and the new seats will be ready for use in 2020, the MCC said in a statement, adding that the fully fitted-out facilities would be completed by 2021.”MCC is delighted to receive planning permission for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands. We are excited to be commencing another transformational development at Lord’s, and by raising the capacity to 31,000 we will be able to welcome more spectators to enjoy matches at the largest cricket ground in the country, here at the Home of Cricket,” MCC chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender said.MCC has been granted full planning permission by @CityWestminster to construct two new three-tier stands to replace the existing Compton & Edrich Stands.https://t.co/uCkCOdFgzA#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/xsuEbhE7k0Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) January 16, 2019″The redevelopment will be an outstanding addition delivering world-class facilities, ensuring that Lord’s remains the finest ground in the world to watch, and play cricket.”The MCC’s members will be asked to approve the plans at the club’s annual general meeting in May 2019.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lord’sFollow Marylebone Cricket Clublast_img read more

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