Aaron Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka insists he sees his future at Crystal Palace.Looking to the next challenge, away to league champions Manchester City, Wan-Bissaka is upbeat.“It’s the same as other games, it makes no difference to me. I just play my game, put the effort in and work hard. I know I’ll learn something from [playing versus Leroy Sane et al], to help me in the future. They’re smart players, we’ve got to be smart as well. We’ll look to gamble, as they look to take their chances.”Asked about 2019, Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Palace. “My aim is to keep my position, and to keep improving.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Watford, Espanyol coach Sanchez Flores named coach of Shanghai Shenhuaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford and Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been named coach of Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.The Spaniard replaces Wu Jingui, who takes over as sporting director after steering Shenhua to victory in the Chinese FA Cup in 2017 Sanchez Flores has not worked since April, when he was dismissed by Spanish side Espanyol after almost two years at the helm.The former Real Madrid and Spain defender makes the move to China having also previously coached Watford in the Premier League, Benfica in Portugal and clubs in the United Arab Emirates. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton striker Locadia: I never wanted to leaveby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Jurgen Locadia has insisted he never wanted to leave the club.Locadia was said to be unsettled earlier in the season.But he has returned to form, scoring his second goal in a week to help his side defeat Everton. The win kept Brighton in 13th in the table, with a six point gap to Crystal Palace, who are a position lower.The Dutch forward said after the win over Everton: “I never wanted to go on loan or be sold in January. That’s not my intention.”But I made it clear I want to play games and I talked with the gaffer also.”I think my place is here in Brighton. I know I have had a difficult time not playing games but I think I have shown the last two games I am worthy of being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Sagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea defender: Hudson-Odoi deal brilliant newsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new deal.Cundy claims it would have been “devastating” to see him leave.“He is the future, he has shown the quality he has got, he’s a full international,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.“For me he starts [when he’s fit], he starts wide of the three, left or right.“It depends what formation you play but if you’re playing a three up top, he can either play on the left or the right.“So he’ll cut in on the right or cut in [on the left], generally on the right-hand side.“He can’t play down the middle, I’ve not seen him play there, I’m sure given an opportunity [he could].“But he is the future of the football club and it is brilliant news.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd veteran Mata: I can never forget Liverpool victoryby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he’s never forgotten the times they have beaten Liverpool.Mata has now been at United for the better part of his career, which has involved many games against their arch rivals.And while they have endured disappointment in those years, they have also known great joy against Liverpool.One of those occasions for United fans was the game against the Reds in 2015, when Mata scored two goals and propelled them to a famous win at Anfield under then manager Louis Van Gaal.Mata told the Manchester Evening News: “If you speak with United fans they remember always the Liverpool-United games and I was lucky to win that game [in 2015] and score the two goals. “But specifically that goal [scissor kick]. “And whether I want it or not, I cannot forget that day! Because it’s very special for me.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford manager Sanchez Flores explains Welbeck setbackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford manager Quique Sanchez Flores says Danny Welbeck injured his ankle and not his hamstring.The forward went down clutching his hamstring with barely a minute on the clock and was eventually substituted in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.Sanchez Flores said: “I was talking about him in the last press conference about how he’s fighting with this injury.”We know he’s happy to be with us, with the team. During the week he was good.”He didn’t complain about anything and our feeling with him was really good, but the ankle is uncomfortable.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.”
INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72-66 at home last night. The victory gave Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 423rd career ACC victory, surpassing Dean Smith for the most all-time. After the game, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd as part of a ceremony honoring his 1,000th-career win, which came against St. John’s on Jan. 25. As part of the tribute, the Duke players all wore “Coach 1K” shirts, with the number 1 embedded as part of the letter K. Krzyzewski touched on both milestones during his time on the mic, and thanked the Cameron crowd for its support. There might not be any more coach in American more synonymous with his program than Krzyzewski is with Duke basketball. Pretty cool moment.
LSU landed its fifth commitment in the last five days Tuesday afternoon in three-star offensive tackle Shaahdiq Charles, who announced his decision on Twitter. With Charles’ pledge, the Tigers jumped Alabama and Miami on its way to the No. 3 recruiting class in the country – and No. 1 in the SEC – according to 247 Sports.LSU has always recruited well, so this momentum comes as no surprise. But the 2017 recruiting cycle is far from over. A lot can change before next February.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham were wrong in their approach to Saturday’s Premier League clash with Wolves, which ended in a shock 3-1 defeat.Spurs took a first-half lead through a fantastic Harry Kane strike but could not kick on as they did in thumping wins over Everton and Bournemouth in recent matches.Instead they were stunned by a second-half revival from Wolves, with Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa all on target for the visitors. 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? The result, which ends a five-match winning run in the league, deals a blow to Spurs’ title hopes, with Pochettino’s side having climbed above Manchester City into second with their 5-0 hammering of Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”We did not dominate the ball in the second half,” said Pochettino. “We were wrong in the way we tried to play, too much long ball and our energy dropped in the second half.”It was difficult to come back into the game after their equaliser. But that is football.”We have had a very good run in the last few weeks and to keep that level is difficult.FULL-TIME: A disappointing afternoon at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/fUUxNaXn2U— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 29, 2018″We tried to play a little more in the second half, but we were too direct and I think we started to pay for the effort in the other games.”We are not machines. We need to understand that we cannot get ourselves in this situation.”I think we used the ball in the wrong way and allowed them to create chances on the transitions.”Spurs will now hope that Liverpool and City drop points when they play later this weekend against Arsenal and Southampton respectively. However should their closets rivals pick up three points apiece, they could trail Liverpool by nine points and drop to third place.Next up for Spurs they travel to Cardiff on New Year’s Day before facing Tranmere Rovers the following weekend.As for Wolves they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Victory against Tottenham moved the West Midlands side up to seventh in the table.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic say Alphonso Davies has the potential to be a huge success at the Allianz Arena.The 18-year-old became the most expensive transfer in Major League Soccer history when he joined Bayern for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) in July.The Bavarian giants are believed to have beaten a number of rivals to land the highly rated teenager including Real Madrid and Manchester United. 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? Having spent the remainder for the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, Davies linked up for training with the Bayern first-team squad in November before officially joining the Bundesliga champions on January 1.The Canada international will now travel to Doha to join up with the squad on their warm-weather training camp.Bayern boss Niko Kovac has already confirmed that the winger, who only turned 18 in November, will be in contention for a first-team place when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.He is held in equally high regard by the Bayern hierarchy, with both Hoeness and Salihamidzic talking up the teenager’s potential.”I have never seen him play. But I’ve heard he will be a bomb. That’s where I trust my sporting director [Salihamidzic],” Hoeness told Bild.Salihamidzic added: “He is a great talent. Alphonso is a super boy, a super character. He is hungry and wants to show what he can do.“We will take care of Alphonso, and not build hype around him. It is very important that he can quietly establish himself and get used to the Bundesliga. If we give him enough time, he has a lot of potential to do a great job here.”Davies made his professional debut for the Whitecaps at the age of just 15 and went on to make 65 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals.He made his international debut for Canada against Curacao in June 2017 at the age of 16.Later that summer he was included in the Canada squad Concacaf Gold Cup, going on to be the tournament’s top scorer, win the Young Player of the Tournament award and be named in the tournament’s Best XI.
Twitter/@SECNetworkWe’re coming up on the final few weeks of the regular season, and the conference and college football playoff races are heating up.Using its Football Power Index (FPI), EPN has determined which 12 schools have the toughest remaining schedules.Here’s a look at how the FPI is calculated:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.According to ESPN, four Pac-12 schools have the roughest sledding. Three programs from the SEC and Big 12 also have their work cut out for them, as do a pair of ACC teams.The 12 Toughest Remaining Schedules In College Football
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)College football season finally returned this past Saturday, and this weekend, we get our first full slate of games. It’s about that time to go ahead and make some official predictions for the season to come.Our staff is picking division winners, conference winners, College Football Playoff participants and a national champion. There’s a lot of chalk, but there are also a few surprises in the mix.Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington are probably the four favorites.Here’s what our six full-time staff members are predicting for the season:PredictionLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyACC Atlantic:ACC Coastal:ACC Champion:Big 12 Champion:Big Ten East:Big Ten West:Big Ten Champion:Pac-12 North:Pac-12 South:Pac-12 Champion:SEC East:SEC West:SEC Champion:Playoff Seed 1:Playoff Seed 2:Playoff Seed 3:Playoff Seed 4:Semifinal 1:Semifinal 2:National Champion:College football fans – who do you have winning it all this season?
Adrian Martinez has yet to officially be ruled good to go for this afternoon’s game against the Michigan Wolverines. However, things are looking promising for the four-star freshman quarterback.Martinez, who missed last week’s upset loss against Troy, is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the season-opening defeat to Colorado. The dual-threat quarterback is expected to be a game-time decision against Michigan this afternoon.Nebraska has listed the starting quarterback as “probable” for this afternoon’s game.Nebraska – Adrian Martinez (knee) is probable today versus Michigan.— FreePlaysPicks (@FreePlaysPicks) September 22, 2018Scott Frost had said earlier this week that a decision on Martinez would be made based on both his physical and mental state. He needs to be ready to go in both areas.“He’s further along,” Frost told reporters. “Again, it isn’t just ‘Is he ready to go?’ It’s ‘Is he ready to go mentally and physically to the point that he can protect himself in the game and make sure he stays healthy?’“He’s really close. We gotta make a final decision.”The Omaha World-Herald doesn’t believe Martinez will play unless he’s 100 percent:Judging by what Frost said, it sure didn’t sound as if Martinez is 100 percent. And the part about protecting himself and making sure he stays healthy? That says it’s still the No. 1 concern.A quarterback can’t make plays and lead larger-than-life drives in front of 111,000 fans and King Khaki and pay attention to whether he’s protecting himself. He has to flow. He has to play by instinct.Even if he’s ready, Nebraska is still a decided underdog in this one. So is it really worth the risk of having Martinez re-injure the knee and miss the rest of the season if he’s “close?” No.Martinez was seen warming up on the field earlier this morning with his Huskers teammates.Quarterback Adrian Martinez and the Huskers enter “The Big House” at Michigan Stadium. pic.twitter.com/DcTlbMp6Uh— Ross Jernstrom WOWT (@RossJernstrom) September 22, 2018Martinez is the big key for Nebraska today, obviously. The Huskers will be forced to start a walk-on under center if Martinez is unable to go.Michigan’s defense is fierce, but the Wolverines have had problems before with dual-threat quarterbacks. Martinez could pose some major problems for Michigan if he’s able to go this afternoon.An official ruling on Martinez likely won’t be made until right at kickoff. Nebraska and Michigan are set to kick off at noon on FOX Sports 1.
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Virginia Tech football has one of the most electric intros in college football, and it just got the full primetime treatment on ABC.Metallica’s hit “Enter Sandman” blares as the team runs on the field and the fans at Lane Stadium go absolutely bonkers.It was a bit loud for at least one young Hokies fan, though.Cameras caught a Virginia Tech fan who appears to be in the student section covering his ears because of the noise.He probably wishes ABC had panned elsewhere.This kid is 19 going on 70. pic.twitter.com/UYBzzyxbCk— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) October 7, 2018To be fair, those of us who go to big games and concerts know that as you get older, ear plugs can become pretty necessary. In this case, they would’ve really come in handy.And to make matters worse, even with all of that deafening energy in the stadium, Notre Dame got off to a red hot start. The Fighting Irish lead 10-0 mid-way through the first quarter.
ESPN’s College GameDay announced on Twitter this afternoon that it is heading to Orlando for Week 12. The show will be live in Florida in anticipation of Saturday night’s UCF-Cincinnati game.Kirk Herbstreit might not get the warmest of receptions from UCF fans on Saturday, though.The ESPN college football analyst has had a bit of a feud with UCF’s fan base throughout the season and on the show.“This argument needs to stop being just about UCF,” he said. “I’m a big believer that if you play people — like Boise State used to do — you should be rewarded for that. Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5? Because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”Comments like this led to UCF’s AD, Danny White, clapping back.Good evening, @CollegeGameDay: pic.twitter.com/GmEi8dS4AL— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) October 22, 2018Herbstreit’s Twitter mentions are often still full of UCF fans, too. So, it could be a pretty interesting atmosphere at College GameDay next weekend. Hopefully, everyone can just enjoy the spectacle and have some fun.ESPN’s College GameDay airs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)It’s fair to say that this year was disappointing for the Wisconsin Badgers, as the program’s aspirations of making the College Football Playoff evaporated just three weeks into the season.The final five games of the season featured three losses, and part of the reason was the lack of durability at quarterback. Unfortunately, Alex Hornibrook dealt with concussion-like symptoms for several weeks.Despite multiple shortcomings and several injuries, the Badgers are still bowl eligible this season.There are a number of sites with bowl projections for this season, and they all share similar predictions for Wisconsin.Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Wisconsin in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Missouri. The Tigers finished their season with an 8-4 record.College Football News shares the same projection, which is the Badgers in the TaxSlayer Bowl against the Tigers. This game would take place in Jacksonville.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has Wisconsin facing Stanford in the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara.With the official bowl games being announced this Sunday, the Badgers won’t have to wait long for their next matchup.
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 8: Bevo, the Texas Longhorns’ mascot, stands in the corner during a game against the Baylor Bears on November 8, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 45-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas and Georgia are slated to face off in a hotly contested Sugar Bowl that will pit two runner-ups of Power 5 conference title games against each other. But before they play each other, the Longhorns and Bulldogs will get to enjoy some lovely bowl gifts courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl organizers.According to Sports Business Daily, the Texas and Georgia players are going to receive the following gifts:A gift suite, a Fossil watch, a New Era cap, some Rock ’Em socks, and cufflinks.Though no gifts can make up for the sting of losing their respective conference title games, a win in the Sugar Bowl should suit both sides just fine.Texas and Georgia have only faced each other four times, with the last matchup coming in 1984 for the Cotton Bowl. Georgia won that contest 10-9.The very first matchup between the two sides was the Orange Bowl in 1949, with Texas winning 41-28.The other contests were also won by Texas, with the Longhorns winning back-to-back regular season contests in 1957 and 1958.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Manny Diaz might not be away from Miami for very long.The Hurricanes’ former defensive coordinator, who was hired as Temple’s head coach earlier this month, is reportedly a candidate for Miami’s head coaching gig.Diaz was arguably the top recruiter for Mark Richt, who announced his retirement from Miami earlier today.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Diaz has already spoken to Miami officials.“Source: Temple coach Manny Diaz is being strongly considered as next coach at Miami. He spoke to UM officials today. Buyout is significant at $4 million, but UM officials know they’d be getting a top defense and strong local ties,” he reports.Source: Temple coach Manny Diaz is being strongly considered as next coach at Miami. He spoke to UM officials today. Buyout is significant at $4 million, but UM officials know they’d be getting a top defense and strong local ties. https://t.co/NjPiQF1QVl— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 31, 2018Diaz was reportedly spotted on Miami’s campus earlier today.Miami’s athletic director was asked about Diaz during his press conference this afternoon.“Manny Diaz? I haven’t any comment on Manny,’’ Miami AD Blake James said. “I guess Manny is on his own schedule.’’Diaz, 44, was Miami’s defensive coordinator from 2016-18. He was born in Miami and attended Florida State.