Jürgen Klopp Coutinho-less Liverpool proved point with Man City mauling – Klopp Dom Farrell 16:24 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Manchester City Liverpool Manchester City Premier League The Reds answered questions over their attacking capabilities without the Brazilian against Manchester City, says the coach Jurgen Klopp knew it was important his Liverpool side showed they could thrive without Philippe Coutinho and he marvelled at their glorious response in the 4-3 win over Manchester City.Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah contributed to a dizzying spell of three goals in nine second-half minutes as Liverpool ripped the previously undefeated Premier League leaders to shreds. Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and City winger Leroy Sane traded first-half goals but the hosts pulled into a position of comfort before late strikes from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan sent nerves rattling. 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 Klopp’s side were playing for the first time since Coutinho joined Barcelona for a reported €160million but rarely lacked for attacking vibrancy in the Brazil international’s absence.”It was the right statement. It’s not that I said in the meeting, ‘Boys, it would help a lot if you win tonight and nobody speaks about Phil Coutinho anymore.’,” the Liverpool manager said at a post-match news conference.”We like talking about him, actually. I’m sure he is probably still jumping in his new living room in Barcelona, happy about the win.”But, of course, it is important to show it is possible to play without him and we did that. So that’s a very important statement, absolutely.”We knew before the game that is how we can deal with it. We only can get three points. It feels good for tonight and now we have another long week to prepare for the Swansea game.”City remain 15 points clear at the top of the table – an advantage Manchester United can trim when they host managerless Stoke City on Monday – and Klopp believes history might smile fondly upon his team’s exploits against Pep Guardiola’s men.”I said maybe it’s a historical day today because maybe this is the only game they will lose in the whole season,” he explained.”They are just strong, they are really good, but I really think we deserved the win to be honest against a really good football team.”I think they deserved the tight result, but of course we could have won 4-1 as well. We were really the deserved winner.”It’s good to know for us that we can do it. We did really well and I am really happy about the game. It was fantastic.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsenal v Everton Arsenal team news: Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan start vs Everton Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:43 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal v Everton Arsenal Everton Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The Gunners welcome their record signing into the starting XI as they look to recover from their recent defeat to Swansea Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal, having been included in the starting XI for Saturday’s game against Everton.The striker completed a £55 million move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the January transfer window and walks straight into the Gunners’ first-team, replacing Alexandre Lacazette at the head of the attack.The Gabon international reunites with former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who makes his first start for his new side since joining from Manchester United in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez. 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 Mkhitaryan made a 30-minute debut in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea, but replaces Mohamed Elneny to line up from the start alongside Mesut Ozil, who recently signed a new contract with the club.Wenger’s first 11 is otherwise unchanged from the side that lost in midweek.The fixture sees former Arsenal star Theo Walcott return to his former stomping ground to make his third appearance for Everton.The winger is one of six players who have kept their place following the 2-1 win over Leicester City on Wednesday.Eliaquim Mangala makes his debut after joining on loan from Manchester City, while Jonjoe Kenny, Ashley Williams, Morgan Schneiderlin and Yannick Bolasie all return.Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, drops to the bench alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson.📋 Team news is in – and it’s home debuts for @HenrikhMkh and @Aubameyang7 😁#AFCvEFC pic.twitter.com/Szr1Z5AVTn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 3, 2018Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Lacazette.Everton starting XI: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Williams, Mangala, Martina; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Walcott, Niasse, Bolasie.Subs: Robles, Rooney, Tosun, Sigurdsson, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.
Transfers Viera offered ‘outrageous’ opportunity to treble his wages in China Ryan Benson 23:58 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Beijing Guoan Las Palmas v Sevilla Las Palmas Primera División CSL Beijing Guoan are interested in the Las Palmas midfielder, and the player is eager to secure the move as it will greatly increase his salary Jonathan Viera will earn three times what he makes at Las Palmas if the club accept an offer from Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, according to the Spanish team’s president Miguel Angel Ramirez.The attacking midfielder is the subject of a bid reported to be in the region of €22 million, €8m short of his release clause.Viera has already publicly confirmed Las Palmas have received an offer for him and he has not been shy about his desire to agree a deal and make the move to the Chinese Super League. 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 Las Palmas, however, are yet to make a decision, with Ramirez calling the situation a “delicate” one.Ramirez is well aware of the economic significance of Guoan’s offer to Viera, calling it “outrageous”, but he also recognises the former Valencia midfielder, capped once by Spain, is their best hope in the battle against relegation, with Las Palmas third from bottom in La Liga.”It’s a delicate situation,” Ramirez told ABC. “The boy would solve his future economically if he goes to China.”The offer he has would treble what he earns here. It’s outrageous. But we know that Jonathan is an essential player for the second half of the season. Let’s see what happens.”Las Palmas host Sevilla in Saturday’s early LaLiga game and, although coach Paco Jemez is unsure about whether Viera will feature, he insists the 28-year-old’s head is clear.”I do not know [if he will play],” Jemez said. “He’s fine… his head is on straight. That doesn’t worry me. I know he is a great professional. I know it.”Jonathan came to ask my opinion and I gave it to him, the same one that I have given to the club.”
Bologna Bologna confirm Donadoni departure Jamie Smith 01:14 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bologna Serie A After three years in charge of the club, the former Italy international is moving on having finished a lowly 15th in Serie A in 2017-18 Bologna have confirmed the departure of coach Roberto Donadoni.The 54-year-old, who was appointed in 2015, saw his side take just one point from the last six games of the Serie A campaign.President Joey Saputo thanked Donadoni for his efforts after Bologna finished 15th in his final season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 “I consider Donadoni to be an excellent coach,” said Saputo. “He has given our club an important credibility.”We felt, however, that after three years his cycle in Bologna had come to an end despite the commitment and dedication that he and his staff have always shown.”I wish him the best fortunes for the rest of his career.”Donadoni’s former clubs include Genoa, Napoli and Parma, while he led Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008.
Rhian Brewster ‘I know what I want to achieve’ – Rhian Brewster opens up on Liverpool ambitions Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 16:34 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Premier League Opinion The 18-year-old talks about his dream of playing for Jurgen Klopp’s first team at Anfield as he hopes to follow Trent Alexander-Arnold to stardom Edgeley Park, Stockport. The archetypal ‘old school’ football ground, hidden away among a cluster of tight-knit terraced houses in the heart of a community.It’s seen better days, of course. It could do with a lick of paint here and there, and the pitch has been ripped up to be re-laid ahead of next season. “Much needed,” says the guard on the gate.At one end of the ground, the 31st Stockport Beer & Cider Festival is in full swing. Pies and pints are keeping the patrons happy, while a local Ska band will take to the stage later in the evening. For £2, it’s a decent day out. “A proper community event,” says one happy customer. 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 Goal, though, is here for something else. Over in the Danny Bergara Stand – named after the man who guided tiny Stockport County to four Wembley finals in the 1990s – one of English football’s brightest young prospects is waiting to speak to us.He’s got plenty to talk about, too. Rhian Brewster may only have turned 18 in April, he may not have made a senior club appearance yet, but as interviewees go he’s as eloquent, thoughtful and interesting as they come. The boy has things to say, and he knows how to say them.He’s here for a fashion shoot, promoting Lyle & Scott’s latest range, but over the course of our chat he speaks with great maturity about issues ranging from racism to transfer rumours to the difficulties English football has in bringing through young talents. Eighteen years old? You sure?The obvious place to start is with Brewster’s own situation, which at the time of the interview remained uncertain. Interest from Germany, in the shape of Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig, had been widely reported. Liverpool were desperate to keep their young star, but had yet to convince him to sign a professional contract at Anfield.The scene has changed since, which is good news for the Reds. Though Brewster’s deal is still, as we speak, unsigned, the understanding is that he will be staying on Merseyside, having been convinced by the club’s plans for him. It’s a big call, but one Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are very happy with.So what does the man himself make of it all, then? “At the moment, I just want to be playing regular professional football for the first team,” Brewster tells Goal. “Whether that was at Liverpool or somewhere else, yeah it was uncertain. “But hopefully in 12 months’ time I’ll be sat here saying I made the right decision in what I chose to do. I want to be able to reflect positively on that.”It is clear that this was not to be a decision motivated by money, but by opportunity. Brewster’s desire to play senior football, even at such a tender age, shines through in just about everything he says. He wants to go to the top, and he’s not shy of saying so.He has already made one big call in his young career, leaving Chelsea at the age of 15 to move to Liverpool because he felt the pathway was clearer. He’s a smart boy who knows what he wants.But with Premier League clubs finding it harder and harder to bring through youth graduates to their first team – Chelsea, in particular, have become emblematic of the struggle – alternative options have been emerging. The Bundesliga has already tempted English players across, with Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman enjoying loan spells of differing success, and Jadon Sancho swapping Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund.Sancho’s case is particularly instructive. He and Brewster were born a week apart, both in London, and have grown up together through the England youth system. They were both members of the U17 World Cup winning squad last year, and both are tipped for big, big things.So was Brewster tempted to follow his pal to Germany?“Sure, I look at people like Jadon,” he says. “But then I look at people like Trent [Alexander-Arnold].“You can do it both ways. You can go down the road of staying, waiting for a chance and then taking it, like Trent did, or you can look at it like Jadon did, and think maybe I won’t get my chance here, so I can go somewhere else, abroad maybe. I look at it both ways.“I’m going to do what’s best for me. If that meant going Jadon’s way, I’d go Jadon’s way. If it means staying and doing what Trent did, then I’ll do a Trent!”‘A Trent’ it is then. Like Alexander-Arnold, Brewster certainly has the talent to make an impact on Liverpool’s first team, and the club’s reluctance to sign a striker this summer shows exactly what they think of him. He will be fast-tracked towards the first team under Klopp, who is as big a fan as anyone. It is perhaps unusual to hear a player, and especially one so young, speak so clearly about their ambitions, but if strikers are supposed to be single-minded and driven, then Brewster ticks all the boxes.“I just know what I want in life,” he says “I know what I want to achieve.“People say ‘follow your dream’ and that’s what I want to do. But there are others who try and put you down.“Those people, they only inspire me. If they hate on me for doing something good, then it makes me want to do even better and stay at that level.“I love it, to be fair. If you play football and fans are booing or saying negative stuff, it makes me play better. All I want to do is put the ball in the back of the net and say, ‘what are you gonna say now?’ If I have a centre back giving me stick, I want to score and say, ‘shut your mouth!’ It makes me strive, man.”That ambition and that work ethic will be needed if he is to complete the journey from talented prodigy into established professional. When we meet, he is still using crutches, recovering from a serious ankle and knee injury suffered playing for Liverpool’s U23 side in January. It is expected that he will be out of action until late-August.In the meantime, he has been using his time wisely. He is a regular at Anfield, an avid football watcher. He was in Kiev for the recent Champions League final, watching Alexander-Arnold, watching Sadio Mane, watching Roberto Firmino. His eyes, naturally, are drawn to those he wants to emulate – or to overtake.“I don’t switch off,” he says. “I like to watch the games, and watch what I am missing. It makes me want to be out there even more.“Being injured gives you the chance to reflect on the players who play in your position, too. You see things you can do, things you can maybe do better. It’s about doing everything you can to get to the top, so any little advantage you can take, you should do it.“I do it off my own back. The staff at the Academy will sometimes invite me to games, but it’s more something I like to do myself. I like to watch Firmino and the rest. It’s about being the best I can be, and if that means learning stuff off other people, then I’ll do it.”He’s warming to the theme now, his eyes lighting up as he discusses the strikers he admires from around the world – past and present.“If I was building an ideal striker?” he smiles. “Ooh, it’d be a bit of Firmino, a bit of Suarez, and a bit of Thierry Henry.“Growing up, Henry was my idol. He’s the reason I wanted to play football. If you could put all those three together, you’d have some player!”And what about himself? Where do Rhian Brewster’s strengths and weaknesses lie?“Obviously you want to be the perfect player, so you have to always work towards that aim,” he says. “If that’s working on my left foot, scoring goals with both feet, then that’s what I’ll work on. Or if it’s my first touch or my physical attributes, I’ll work on those. You can’t stop working.“Mentally and tactically as well, you have to develop. You could play for different managers, who want different things, so you need to be able to adapt to everything. If you do that, you will play.“You don’t want to be just a big striker that only plays one way or under one manager, you want to be able to do everything, whatever a manager needs from you.“I speak to a lot of people, to get their advice and their thoughts. But ultimately, you have to do what you want to do. What’s in your head? If you want to be at the top, be at the top. If that means making sacrifices, then that’s what I am going to do.“No, it’s not easy! I still have my friends, and they’re wanting to go out places and stuff. I can’t. I train and I rest and I play. Even when I’m off, I have to be careful, I still have to do the right things. For me, it’s about being careful and sensible. You make big sacrifices, staying in, eating the right things, but that’s what you have to do to get to the top – and I want to get to the top.“Of course it’s been hard. Your friends are chilling while you’re training, but what would you rather do? Go to their house and chill, or go training? My rewards will come.“At the end of the day, I’m doing something I love. In the future, that may lead to money, but the main thing is that you don’t want to be in a job that you don’t like. You want to be in a job that you love, where it doesn’t feel like work.”How refreshing to hear, especially from someone who has already seen both sides of ‘The Beautiful Game’. World Cup wins, golden boots and eye-catching performances are one thing, but Brewster – still a teenager remember – has already felt compelled to speak up about one of the game’s big issues; racism. An interview given to The Guardian in December detailed seven separate instances where he has suffered abuse playing for club and country.One of those was during a UEFA Youth League game for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park ground. Brewster reported the incident to UEFA, but saw the case dropped three months later due to ‘insufficient evidence’. He was not surprised.“No, not at all,” he says. “I just wanted to put my voice out there and be heard. No it doesn’t surprise me the way the ruling went, but hopefully it does change at some point in the future, and that it helps bring the rubbishness out of football.“With the World Cup being in Russia, I hope no-one gets abused over there. I think it happened recently with France, but my hope is that something can be done about it and we can change it, to be honest.“You hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else, but if it does then my advice is to follow the rules. Control yourself, as hard as that is, tell people and speak up. It’s not easy, but it’s the best way.”Of course speaking out about such issues is important, but for one so young to do so was striking. Brewster’s courage struck a chord within football; the reaction to his interview was huge, elevating him into the public eye perhaps more so even than his exploits at the U17 World Cup a few months previously.He is thankful for Liverpool’s support during that period. Klopp made a point of mentioning Brewster in a speech given to the Football Writers’ Association at their annual awards dinner last month, praising the youngster’s “power, command and composure” in going public on such an important issue.“It’s a really close-knit club,” Brewster says. “The feedback and the vibe I got off them was that we are a family. Everyone was behind me, nobody said I shouldn’t do it.“Even the fans, I got lots of messages and I really appreciate that. No-one was against what I did. It was a bad time, but people were there for me. I won’t forget that.”Of course having a public profile comes with its own risks; scrutiny of footballers is huge, whether they are 18 or 30. The social media age means fame is instant, but so is judgement. Every move is analysed, debated, criticised.Can Brewster, a Londoner born and raised in Chadwell Heath, handle all that? Is he spotting the looks from strangers in the street?“Yeah man, I see it!” he smiles. “When people look at me, I look at them back like ‘what you looking at?’ but I have to be careful now! They know my face!“It happens when I’m out and about at home or in Liverpool, I get asked to take pictures and stuff. It can be a good and a bad thing, but for me it’s more good than bad. It shows that people are recognising you and that you are progressing.“Where I’m from, you have to grow up quickly. That’s a fact. I just want to be a footballer and a big face in the game. I want to be an idol to young children. It’s starting to happen now, and I hope it continues.”It will do so at Liverpool, for now at least. But wherever that first-team chance comes, you can be sure Rhian Brewster will do everything he can to take it. It’s just who he is.“You have to stamp your mark,” he says. “You have to get the chance and you have to take it.“My hope now is to be playing regular football, so I can play at the highest level for club and country. The next World Cup or even the next Euros, I want to be in with a shot of being picked. That’s what I strive for, to be the best I can be, to hopefully give me the best opportunity to get there.“The only way you can do that is by getting a chance in club football. I can’t wait for mine.”Lyle and Scott are delighted to announce Rhian Brewster as their new ambassador. Rhian launches the new World World Cup campaign focusing on Rhian and his rise to U17 World Cup Champion and Golden Boot winner. 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ACT SUPER LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – ROUND TWOCanberra City Bears 6 def Woden Eagles 2Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 5 def UC Otters 0MEN’S – ROUND TWOCanberra City Bears 2 def by Woden Eagles 6Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 3 def by UC Otters 6 The Men’s round 12 games will be the first of the day at 11.00am, with the first placed Bayside Vipers taking on the third placed Western Dodgers, Casey Cougars will play the Melbourne City Lions, while the Uni Blues will look to cement second position on the ladder when they play the Northern Falcons. The Women’s round 12 games will follow at 12.00pm, with the fourth placed Falcons to play the second placed Vipers, the sixth place Cougars take on the undefeated Lions and the Blues will play the Dodgers. In the Men’s round 13 games, the Dodgers and the Blues will battle it out for second place on the ladder, the Lions take on the Falcons, and the Cougars will face the Vipers. In the final round of the day – the Women’s round 13 games at 2.00pm, the Lions will play the Falcons, the Vipers take on the Dodgers and the Blues will play the Cougars. For more information, please visit the following websites:www.vtleague.com.auwww.victouch.com.au ACT Super LeagueLast Thursday saw the second round of the 2009 ACT Super League series, with each club recording a win throughout the night.In the Women’s division, the Tuggeranong Valley Vikings were five touchdown winners over the UC Otters, 5-0. In the other match, the Canberra City Bears defeated a depleted Woden Eagles side, 6-2. After two rounds, the Vikings sit on top of the ACT Super League ladder, undefeated in their opening two games. The Bears and the Eagles are in second and third places respectively, both with one win and one loss, followed by the Otters in fourth place. In the Men’s division, the Eagles were four touchdown winners over the Bears, running away with the game in the final five minutes to win by four touchdowns, 6-2. In the other game, UC defeated the Vikings by three touchdowns, 6-3. The Eagles and the Otters are both undefeated after two rounds of the Men’s competition, both with one win and a draw. The Vikings sit in third with one win and a loss, with the Bears yet to win a game, in fourth place. Round three of the ACT Super League will sees arch rivals the Eagles and the Vikings clash in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. In the Women’s division, the Vikings will be looking for their third straight win, while the Bears will play the Otters in the other game in both divisions. The Men’s games will commence at 6.50pm, with the Women’s round to follow at 7.40pm.For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.au
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward willing to push through Man Utd Milenkovic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will discuss a move for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic with club chief Ed Woodward.The Sun says Milenkovic is a player United have been tracking in a £45million deal.Vice-chairman Woodward views January as a difficult window to get players but is willing to invest for the right deals.And Milenkovic, 21, remains firmly in their plans if a mid-season deal can be struck for the Serbia international.The youngster has impressed in Italy in his two seasons since arriving from Partizan, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid also interested in him.
Watford boss Gracia proud after victory at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford earned a surprise 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Palace took the lead in the opening period after Craig Cathcart’s own goal, but the Watford defender made amends when he converted Jose Holebas’ corner with 67 minutes gone.Substitute Tom Cleverley, who had only been on the pitch for six minutes, then netted his first goal in more than a year to complete the fightback from Javi Gracia’s side.Watford boss Gracia said: “I’m very proud of all my players, not only for today. I think in all the games we have played we have competed well, with good results, with bad results, but always keeping a very good level. This is our mentality. Try to keep our level until the end.“I think we started very well with this clear chance, but I was sure we would create more chances during the game,” he said. “After the own goal it was more difficult for us, but in that moment the team showed character, ambition and to turn the result around was important for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say James warns Man Utd teammates: Form won’t change itselfby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James wants Manchester United to actively try and overturn their poor run of form.The Red Devils head into the international break sitting in 12th on the Premier League table, having collected just nine points in eight games. And James said that during a similar time in his career at Swansea, it took a concerted effort from the players to turn things around.”In the Premier League this season a lot of clubs have young squads showing what they can do. I’ve always dealt with things in exactly the same way,” he said.”It was the same when I was at Swansea and things weren’t going so well. “It’s important in football to react when things aren’t going so well. It’s alright when things are going good, but it’s important to deal with things when it’s bad.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester midfielder Praet happy to be away from ‘boring’ Serie Aby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City midfielder Dennis Praet is happy to have left behind “boring” training sessions in Italy.The £18m summer signing from Sampdoria is pleased with the intensity at City’s Belvoir Drive headquarters and likes working under Brendan Rodgers.“In Italy it is more tactical and also a bit more boring and longer,” he said.“[Rodgers] is a good coach and has a warm personality. “He also talks a lot with the players, something that did not happen much in Italy. You can compare him a bit with [Belgium manager] Roberto Martinez.
Kane delighted with Tottenham victory: This is just the startby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane was delighted after Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, but warned his team they still have a long way to go this season.Spurs managed to snap a three-game winless run with a ruthless performance in North London.Speaking after the game, Kane told BT Sport: “Great, exactly what we needed to do. We know we have had a tough run of results and that was the perfect way to respond.”We wanted to come out of the blocks and press high. Of course we needed to score early on but we were ruthless in front of goal and got the clean sheet as well.”The most important thing was the win. To win 5-0 was exactly what we needed.”We’ve got a long way to go. Hopefully we can build on this. Liverpool is a tough game coming up, obviously they have started the season fantastic, but hopefully we can win that game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The NCAA ruled Friday that Penn State is getting back the 112 wins taken away due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, making Joe Paterno the winningest coach in major college football history. This caused some celebrations in State College, Pa. There were banners, giant pictures and “409” decals worn. Many people weren’t happy with the admiration being shown for Paterno, especially Keith Olbermann. Late Sunday night, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour tweeted a statement about the situation.Greatly respect JoePa’s legacy- always have, always will— Sandy Barbour (@SandyB_PSUAD) January 19, 2015Thrilled that those victories earned by former PSU athletes and coaches are now again recognized— Sandy Barbour (@SandyB_PSUAD) January 19, 2015We will continue to use our platform to raise awareness and support for child abuse victims.— Sandy Barbour (@SandyB_PSUAD) January 19, 2015I remain focused on creating conditions for success for our SAs— Sandy Barbour (@SandyB_PSUAD) January 19, 2015Barbour also apologized for the 409 decals that were worn, responding to a critical tweet that was later deleted. @gretchnielsen Agree with you. Inappropriate and insensitive. It’s been corrected.— Sandy Barbour (@SandyB_PSUAD) January 17, 2015It’s nice to see an athletic director being so open and honest about what has been a very conflicting issue.
Twitter/@RonnieRamosDuke and Kentucky are definitely two of basketball’s “blue blood” programs, but neither fan base would want anyone confusing the two. That’s what happened to the NCAA’s scoreboard operator during half-time of tonight’s National Championship between Duke and Wisconsin. At half-time, the Kentucky logo was accidentally put up next to Duke’s score.#NCAA makes a major mistake on scoreboard at halftime. Kentucky is not playing. Hat tip to @emhervey. pic.twitter.com/bEsgpJ7FVT— Ronnie Ramos (@RonnieRamos) April 7, 2015Try as they may, Wisconsin could not keep Kentucky out of tonight’s game, even if only for a moment.
Twitter/@FSU_FootballThe Florida State Seminoles have done a lot of winning over the last few seasons—just not quite as much as an ESPN app would lead you to believe on Tuesday afternoon. The manager of Florida State football’s official Twitter account caught a typo from an ESPN app, which had 3-0 FSU listed at “131-0.” The account tweeted a photo, jokingly thanking ESPN for the respect.131-0 #UNCONQUERED Thanks for believing in us, @espn. pic.twitter.com/xXHluLNvOa— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) September 29, 2015Of course, this lead to some snarky tweets about ESPN’s FPI ratings, which has the undefeated Seminoles down at 17.@FSU_Football @espn “FSU is 131-0, but because of bad game control, FPI still has them in 27th”— Jarrett Jordan (@jarrettjordan) September 29, 2015@FSU_Football @Seminoles_com @espn but did we get good ratings on the game control metric?— Ryan Short (@ryanshort88) September 29, 2015@FSU_Football @espn They finally got it right for us! #GoNoles— Michael Papa (@bigpapamike7272) September 29, 2015@FSU_Football @espn but 3 eSECpn teams are still ranked higher…with 1 having a loss…WTH— Kay Jay McMillan (@MacAtakk) September 30, 2015Well played, FSU fans.
Arturo Vidal believes Chile are a team to be feared at the Copa America as his country look to rebound from not qualifying for last summer’s World Cup.Chile have won the last two Copa Americas, in 2015 and 2016 beating Argentina on penalties each time, but the country’s ‘golden generation’ fell from grace when they failed to reach the sports marquee international tournament in 2018.The squad has seen some serious overhaul since then with the 32-year-old Vidal now one of the oldest players in the 23 selected for the tournament, taking place in Brazil. 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? Despite that setback Vidal thinks Chile have what it takes to make an impression in this summer’s competition ahead of their first game with invitees Japan on June 17.“This squad should be feared, from the beginning to the final,” the Barcelona midfielder told press from the team hotel in Sao Paolo.“We hope it’s going to be something amazing, but we’re going to take it game by game.“Everything is starting from new: a new process, new players, new coaches.“It took us many days to talk about and clear up things.”Japan have brought an inexperienced squad to South America, with 17 members yet to make their international debuts.One player who has appeared for Japan is new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo, dubbed ‘The Japanese Messi.’Vidal asserted that his team were prepared for the challenges Kubo and his team would offer.“[Kubo] is a player with real quality, there’s a reason he’s at Real Madrid,” the ex-Juventus and Bayern Munich man continued.“We’ve seen him, analyzed him really well and we know how to stop this player.”“Japan are an organized team, they’re quick and we have to be careful, concentrate and when they come out to play we have to attack them really quickly because afterward they go into a 4-5-1 and it’s really hard to score a goal.”After the game with Japan, Chile go on to play Ecuador on June 21.Vidal’s nation conclude their Group C schedule with a game against Uruguay on June 24.Chile have only won one of their three games in 2019, a 2-1 win over Haiti on June 6. They lost 3-1 to Mexico and drew 1-1 with the USA in March.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan football looked absolutely dominant tonight, routing No. 15 Wisconsin at the Big House. The Wolverines knocked off the Big Ten West favorites 38-13.The Wolverines opened the year with a loss at Notre Dame, but with this win, Jim Harbaugh’s club made a big statement in the Big Ten.With under four minutes left, whomever controls the music at Michigan Stadium pulled an incredible troll move, playing “Jump Around.”The House of Pain hit is, of course, a major Wisconsin tradition at Camp Randall Stadium.Detroit News writer Angelique Chengelis recorded video of the moment.With 3:43 left Jump Around starts playing in Michigan Stadium pic.twitter.com/WklJROy5kT— angelique (@chengelis) October 14, 2018Okay Michigan you are redeemed: they are PLAYING “JUMP AROUND”. Brutal. Deserved.— marc tracy (@marcatracy) October 14, 2018A few minutes later, with the clock striking zeroes, that gave way to “Hail to the Victors.”Wisconsin handled Michigan in Madison last year, 24-10. The Badgers had won three of four games, before this win.Next week, the Wolverines have a chance to pick up another huge win, when they had to East Lansing to face Michigan State.The Spartans have won eight of 10 games in the rivalry, so expect UM to be very fired up as what Chase Winovich dubbed a “revenge tour” after the game rolls along.
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes run to the field before play against the USC Trojans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Urban Meyer era at Ohio State is coming to an end. Meyer will officially announce his retirement, effective Jan. 2, during a press conference this afternoon.Meyer’s offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as the head coach after the Rose Bowl. Day served as the team’s interim head coach during Meyer’s three-game suspension earlier this season.Day has never been a full-time head coach before, which might make it surprising that Ohio State is turning to him. However, he is well-regarded, and by hiring him, the Buckeyes will be able to have continuity on the recruiting trail.Another area where there should be a smooth transition is on the staff. According to the Columbus Dispatch‘s Bill Rabinowitz, a number of key staff members under Meyer will be staying on to work with Day.They are strength coach Mickey Marotti, director of player development Ryan Stamper, football operations director Brian Voltolini and player personnel director Mark Pantoni.https://twitter.com/brdispatch/status/1069945452152393728We should find out soon which members of the coaching staff will be staying on with Day.Ohio State (12-1) won its second-straight Big Ten title over the weekend, defeating Northwestern in the conference championship game.The Buckeyes will close out the season in the Rose Bowl against Washington on January 1, Meyer’s final game with the program.
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)The College Football Playoff kicks off in just a few days as No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Clemson faces off against No. 3 Notre Dame. Ahead of the two biggest games of bowl season comes the media availability for the top players from all four teams.On Wednesday morning, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was scheduled to meet with the media. However, the star quarterback was reportedly “under the weather” and missed the media availability segment.Just a few hours later, Murray showed up at Oklahoma’s practice. According to ESPN’s Laura Rutledge, Murray “wants to do as much as possible” at practice this week despite the illness.Kyler Murray here at Oklahoma practice despite missing media this morning due to illness. I’m told he doesn’t feel great but wants to do as much as possible.— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) December 26, 2018Rutledge reported Murray “doesn’t feel great” but all indications are that he’ll be ready to go when the Sooners take the field against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.Meanwhile, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa revealed he’s at 80-85-percent heading into the Orange Bowl. Hopefully both quarterbacks are healthy when they take the field on Saturday.
TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners are going to need wide receiver Marquise Brown to have a huge game against Alabama if they hope to win the Orange Bowl. But an injury to Brown has had Sooners fans wringing their hands for weeks. On Thursday, Brown delivered some good news to his nervous fans.In an interview ahead of Saturday’s game, Brown said he expects to play in the game, and even went so far as make it a pledge.“If I’m breathing, I’m playing,” he said, per Norman News writer Tyler Palmateer.Brown said this later:”If I’m breathing, I’m playing.” #Sooners https://t.co/w6kfXfqpTP— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) December 27, 2018Brown has led the Sooners in receiving yards in each of the last two seasons.2018 was Brown’s breakout season as he finished the season with a team-leading 75 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. All of those marks were career-highs for the junior wide receiver.Brown had seven games this past year with over 130 receiving yards. He caught at least one touchdown in each of those games.The Sooners will surely need Brown at 100-percent against an Alabama team that analysts are expecting will give them a scoring frenzy.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on ESPN.