Month: October 2019

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer admits admiration for Bournemouth striker King

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer admits admiration for Bournemouth striker Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of his admiration for Josh King.The Bournemouth striker has been linked with a return to United since Solskjaer’s appointment.On facing King today, he said: “You’ve got to be concentrated. Josh is strong and quick, with loads of energy about him, so you’ve just got to be aware of him. Josh has really developed since I had him in the Reserves here. “It’s great to see him having such a great career. He’s doing well for Norway, so back home he’s one of the few that we can really enjoy watching in the Premier League! But I hope the Norwegians won’t enjoy watching him in this game, because hopefully we can stop him.” last_img read more

23 days ago​Pochettino didn’t address Tottenham players after Bayern Munich thrashing

first_img​Pochettino didn’t address Tottenham players after Bayern Munich thrashingby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino did not address his players after their humiliating Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.Despite creating several chances in the match and looking like a threat all game, Spurs lost 7-2 at home to Bayern.The loss is one of the most significant they have ever experienced, while it is the first time any team has scored seven goals in England in a European game.Speaking to reporters after the clash, Pochettino said: “It’s difficult to talk now. I say nothing. It’s a moment to stay all together. You can imagine that we can’t talk now because it’s a situation where we need to be calm first. “After that we will talk tomorrow, not today. Today is a moment where we all know how we feel, very disappointed. “The feelings of course are not so good. Now it’s a moment to be calm and not make a mistake. “After a result like today it’s very important to stay calm. We are not going to fix anything by shouting or talking now when the emotion is on the skin.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 15 Teams With The Best Odds To Make The College Football Playoff, Per FiveThirtyEight

first_imgC.J. Fuller scores a touchdown for Clemson against Ohio State.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: C.J. Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers hauls in a touchdown pass over C.J. Saunders #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Believe it or not, we’ve already reached week 11 of the college football season, and next month, we’ll find out which four teams will get to play for a national title. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re anywhere near being able to determine the playoff field. But there are some smart people calculating the odds.The team over at FiveThirtyEight has been putting out playoff odds based on a number of statistics, including ESPN’s FPI and current College Football Playoff rankings. At this point, there are only 15 teams that have a 7% chance or higher or qualifying for the event. Here they are:15. Michigan (7%)Despite two losses (one of which was particularly crushing), the Wolverines technically have a shot. How? Well first off, they’d need to win out, which would include defeating Ohio State. They’d also need Ohio State to beat Michigan State so they could win the Big Ten East and play for the league title. Michigan would likely need a few more things to happen – including a number of conference champions finishing with two losses.Unlikely? For sure. But still possible.14. Michigan State (10%)Michigan State’s lone loss came at the hands of Nebraska on a very questionable call last week. But the Spartans still have the opportunity to notch some quality wins before the season ends. MSU still has Ohio State, and, if the Spartans can emerge victorious and win the Big Ten East, they’d get to play (most likely) Iowa in the league’s title game. A one-loss Michigan State team that’s claimed the Big Ten title would be hard to pass up. But they’d likely need Clemson and/or the Big 12 champ to also have a loss to get in.13. TCU (10%)TCU blew a golden opportunity to take control of the Big 12 this past weekend, getting blown out by Oklahoma State in Stillwater. As such, the Horned Frogs now need a great deal of help if they want to find themselves getting a shot for the national title.The Horned Frogs, obviously, need to beat both Baylor and Oklahoma – convincingly. But they also need the Cowboys to lose to both the Bears and the Sooners – otherwise they finish second in the league. They’d also likely need carnage around the country to get in with an 11-1 record. Remember last year?12. Utah (11%)Surprised to see Utah, with an 8-1 record and a clear path to the Pac-12 title game, so low? We were too. But it makes sense. Utah’s lone loss – which came to USC by 18 points – could be enough to knock them out.The Utes still have Arizona, UCLA and Colorado on their regular season schedule. All three are winnable, for sure. But if Utah does win the Pac-12 South, it’ll then most likely get Stanford in the league’s title game. That’s a tough game. But even if they win that – here’s the kicker.What if Utah wins the Pac-12 and finishes with a 12-1 record, but winds up being compared to an 11-1 Notre Dame team that beat USC? What would the committee do?11. LSU (12%)LSU no longer controls its own destiny in the SEC West after its loss to Alabama last week. But beyond that, the Tigers didn’t look to be on the same level, talent-wise, as the Tide. So if they’re going to somehow represent the league in the College Football Playoff, they’re going to have to look like a different team down the stretch.The Tigers need Alabama to lose to either Mississippi State or Auburn to have a chance to play in the league’s title game. In the meantime, LSU needs to down Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Would an 11-1 Tigers team that got crushed by Alabama but won the SEC get in? It’s debatable.Next: No. 10 – Florida >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

French Connection: Maja aiming for the Champions League at Bordeaux

first_img“Why would Josh Maja sign for Bordeaux?” ex-Sunderland striker Kevin Philipps asked Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’ program on Friday.Three days later, as he was being unveiled as the Ligue 1 side’s newest signing, and the 20-year-old Londoner, who scored 15 goals in 24 League One games for Jack Ross’ side, gave his answer.“I don’t think going to the Premier League now is the best choice at this point in my career,” he explained, acutely aware at how easy local talent can be lost in England’s top flight and doubtless reflecting upon the successful experiences of the likes of Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho, who have both cut their teeth impressively abroad, albeit in the Bundesliga. 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? Celtic, West Ham and Tottenham were all interested in the much-discussed youngster, but the opportunity he elected to pick was a foreign one, with Bordeaux reportedly completing his signing for around €4 million before bonuses.“Here, I’ll be offered the opportunity to play but if I signed for a Premier League club, I wouldn’t have that guarantee,” he said. “Maybe I’d gone on loan somewhere or I would have played in the reserves, so this was the right thing to do.”Josh Maja 2018-19He might not have played a league game for his new club yet, but he has impressed those around the team with his maturity and his thoughtfulness.No doubt, he will have been told of the development of players such as Malcom, who is now at Barcelona, and Francois Kamano, who is being linked to the likes of Monaco, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan after three years on France’s west coast.Maja will also have been told about the patience that the club showed with respect to both players. Neither exploded immediately, but were given time to first settle, then improve, and finally burst into the wider consciousness. Nigeria international Samuel Kalu is currently being given similar treatment.Maja, who also has Nigerian roots, is slightly different from those who have gone before him in that he is a pure centre forward and will find himself competing for a role in attack alongside seasoned veteran Jimmy Briand and burly Dane Andreas Cornelius, who is at the club on loan from Atalanta.Earning game time immediately will be tough in light of such competition, but Bordeaux have backed him in the medium to long term and it is in the club’s interests that the his game is allowed to develop gradually over the second half of the season.This is the process they used to extract the most from Malcom before left for Barcelona and it is a ploy they are set to utilise once more. As such, it is a calculated gamble from both parties.“I know Ligue 1 is a tough league, but when you’re an attacker you have to take risks,” Maja said. “Part of my game is risk taking, and when I’m a success, people will see it was the best thing for me to come to Bordeaux.”Josh Maja of Sunderland is challenged by Sido Jombati of Wycombe WanderersHis strengths, too, would seem to dovetail nicely both with what Bordeaux require and what is necessary to be a successful No.9 in France’s top flight.“I love scoring goals and when there’s a chance, most of the time I take it,” he added. “I think that’s my main strength. I’m powerful, I think I have good control, I’m effective at taking the ball and I can dribble.”And as for his long-term targets, these replicate the sense of self-assurance that he carries.“It’s my dream to play in the Champions League and it’s a dream I can accomplish here,” he smiled. “Let’s hope I get the chance.”It has been nearly a decade since Bordeaux reached the quarter-finals of the competition, notably sweeping away Bayern Munich en route, but it is those days that Maja hopes to return to the club.Currently 12th in the standings, it is not a change that is about to happen overnight. Lucky, then, that both he and his employers are in this for the long haul.last_img read more

Todd Graham Tells Mike Leach His Sign-Stealing Allegations Were “Chickenshit”

first_imgMike Leach walking off the field.Pac-12 Network. Arizona State head coach Todd Graham confronted Washington State head coach Mike Leach Saturday night.ASU head coach Todd Graham confronted WSU head coach Mike Leach at midfield after his team’s 37-32 loss to the Cougars Saturday night.Leach had been fined $10K by the Pac-12 earlier this week for alleging that the Sun Devils steal signs from other teams.Graham says the allegations were “chickensh-t.”Here’s video with good audio, from Deadspin.Todd Graham tells Mike Leach his comments about ASU sign-stealing are “chickenshit”: pic.twitter.com/kC2KWsjIO3— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 23, 2016Leach basically refused to address this during his post-game press conference.last_img read more

Man City keeper Steffen to join Fortuna Dusseldorf

first_imgIncoming Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to move on loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf, Goal understands.City signed the 24-year-old from MLS side Columbus Crew in December in a £7 million ($10m) deal that will come into effect on July 9.Steffen played his last game for the Crew on Saturday, as he will represent the U.S. national team at this summer’s Gold Cup. 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? It is expected that he will then head to Germany to spend the 2019-20 season at Fortuna, who have sent representatives to Washington D.C to finalise a deal while the USMNT prepare to face Jamaica in a friendly in the capital.Steffen began his career in the States but moved to Freiburg in 2014 and made his senior debut with Freiburg’s reserves, before moving back to Columbus in 2016.He was named MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2018 and was snapped up by City soon afterwards, although it was always planned that he would go out on loan.“Columbus has been an amazing time and a crucial part of my career,” the keeper told mlssoccer.com last week. “It’s really the start of my career, and it’s been great. I’ll definitely make time to reflect when I’m settled over in Europe.”Ahead of his final outing with the Crew, a 2-2 draw with New York City, Steffen paid tribute to the club’s fans.“They saved the Crew, they supported us through thick and thin, and they’ve been there every step of the way,” he added. “Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They’ve given me so much confidence and motivation and passion to strive for greatness. I’ll never ever forget my time here or the people here.”City will go into next season with Ederson as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper, with 20-year-old Aro Muric battling with Chile veteran Claudio Bravo for a place on the bench.Bravo missed the vast majority of City’s domestic treble-winning campaign with an Achilles injury and has one year left on his contract, but is keen to stay at the Etihad Stadium as his family are settled in the area and he is unlikely to have his current wages matched elsewhere.last_img read more

Kovacic in limbo as time runs out on Chelsea decision

first_imgChelsea have just seven days to make a decision on the future of Mateo Kovacic with the Real Madrid midfielder unsure of where he will be playing his football next season.Having spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Stamford Bridge, Kovacic could see that deal extended or be signed permanently by the Blues before July 1.As Goal previously reported, Chelsea would be able to circumvent their impending transfer ban if they wish to keep Kovacic due to them already holding his registration from his time with the club last term. 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 25-year-old is yet to hear from the west London outfit, however, and despite having signalled that he would wish to stay in the English capital he has been left in limbo following the coaching upheaval within Chelsea.Maurizio Sarri was keen to keep Kovacic at the club, but the Italian coach’s departure to join Juventus means the futures of many players are less clear.Derby County boss Frank Lampard is being lined up to replace Sarri and return to the club where he holds legendary status as a player, and it is unclear whether he would want to keep Kovacic within his squad.Mason Mount, who played under Lampard for the Rams on loan last season, has secured a visa to join the Blues on their pre-season tour of Japan, and as such the number of places within the club’s midfield has been further limited.Madrid, meanwhile, are keen to raise funds having spent in the region of €300 million (£270m/$340m) on five players already this summer, including €100m on Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard.Paul Pogba Man Utd Real MadridThey remain keen on signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United while a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is also on the table, and as such players must be sold to ensure the required finances are in place.Kovacic is among 13 players who Zinedine Zidane deems surplus to requirements, with Gareth Bale, Isco, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas also set to be moved on if Los Blancos can find buyers.Inter and AC Milan have both been linked with Kovacic should he not remain at Chelsea, though it is understood that Sassuolo’s Stefano Sensi is the midfielder being lined up by former Blues boss Antonio Conte at the former.Officials from Milan, meanwhile, met with Madrid last week as they too plan a summer revamp following the departure of manager Gennaro Gattuso and sporting director Leonardo.Kovacic is not the only loanee whose future remains unclear following a spell at Chelsea, with Gonzalo Higuain having disappointed during his time at Stamford Bridge.With Sarri having taken over at the Argentina international’s parent club Juve it has been expected that he would be given a second chance to make an impact at the Allianz Stadium.The Italian champions have begun talks with his brother and agent, Nicholas, regarding his future, but it seems unlikely it will be at Chelsea.Additional reporting from Romeo Agresti.last_img read more

Marotta rules out Icardi to Juve

first_imgInter managing director Beppe Marotta has ruled out a transfer of Mauro Icardi to Juventus while adding a move for Paulo Dybala is more fantasy than reality. Icardi’s future at the club has been under constant question since he was stripped of his captaincy in February, with a public row taking place between Inter, Icardi and his wife and agent Wanda Nara. And at a news conference to introduce new Inter coach Antonio Conte, Marotta confirmed the club was looking to move on from both Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, and explained his decision as a difficult one, but made with the best interests of Inter in mind.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “When you define a project, you also need to find the ideal profiles for that project,” Marotta told reporters. “It’s not right to go into the details now, but we discussed it from all elements of the club and made this painful decision. “We are not stupid, we realise these players are our assets and we have no intention of wasting that, but one must have the courage of convictions and we are sure we’re doing what is best for the club, without disrespecting two professionals. “There is no lack of respect, so they will train with us and we’ll respect their rights to train.” However, Marotta shot down any talk of Icardi heading to Juventus this summer, with the Serie A champions often linked to the Argentine. When asked about those rumours, Marotta told reporters: “I’d exclude it right now. There aren’t the conditions to do that. “Today the player is the protagonist of his own future. We need to find a club that can meet his needs.” Paulo Dybala Juventus 2018-19Among the reports of Juventus’ interest in Icardi, came the possibility of a swap for his countryman Paulo Dybala, who’s future is also in question in Turin. But Marotta deemed such a move unlikely even if Inter have interest in the star. “I think it’s over the top to think about that right now,” Marotta said. “I know how good Dybala is, but suggesting an exchange with Icardi is something of a utopia. “We sit at the window and watch what’s happening.” Marotta also confirmed Inter are targeting Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella though they are still trying to find a deal with their respective clubs. “It’s still something of a chess game where buyer and seller are playing with their strategy,” Marotta said. “I cannot deny Dzeko and Barella are objectives for us. “The clubs are trying to find the right deal, there is a player who appreciates the destination and we are still in the negotiation phase to find a breakthrough.”last_img read more

Game over? Why no big clubs want to buy Super Mario Balotelli

first_imgWhen Mario Balotelli left Marseille in May, it seemed like only a matter of time until he would be back.”Thank you everybody for these amazing five months even if we didn’t achieve our objectives,”  the striker wrote on Instagram .”I really want to say thank you to the coach and staff, players, president and directors. Everyone that works with Marseille, supporters – Thank you and hopefully see you soon or good luck for everything in the future years.” 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? After no goals in 10 appearances with Nice in the first half of the season, the striker scored eight in 15 games with Marseille, having joined them following the termination of his contract on the French Riviera in January.His form impressed the club president, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, too, giving fans hope that ‘Super Mario’ would be back at the Stade Velodrome again this season.”It’s true that I believed [in him] from the beginning,” Eyraud said .”Even [Marseille owner] Frank McCourt is someone who really believed in his type of profile at this time of the season, although we would have liked to see him come sooner.”We are happy to see his performance, the way he was accepted into the group and the way he became integrated by his actions, his attitude, his behaviour on the pitch.”But after Rudi Garcia stepped down at the end of the 2018-19 season, a Balotelli return doesn’t appear to be in new boss Andre Villas-Boas ’ plans, and now the striker could even be set to move to Brazilian club Flamengo .If completed, it’s a move that almost certainly brings the striker’s time at the top level to an end, just months after Marseille gave him a lifeline following his very public falling out with Patrick Vieira at Nice .Mario Balotelli Patrick Vieira quote PS“I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack,” the former Arsenal midfielder said.Indeed, just weeks before his release, Vieira would reveal that Balotelli turned up late and overweight for pre-season training last summer .But Balotelli repaid Marseille’s faith with plenty of goals and entertainment – his eccentric Instagram celebration after scoring a bicycle kick perfectly encapsulating a fascinating footballer.He was saying all the right things, too.”I’ve told my agent that I am happy here and want to stay,” the Italian said in March .”My first two seasons at Nice were good, but Marseille is on another level, another type of football and atmosphere.”As far as I’m concerned, Marseille are the biggest club in France. I thank Nice and its supporters, but there’s no comparison with Marseille.”I’ve always felt that I would fit in here and I can’t explain why.” Mario Balotelli scores a bicycle kick and celebrates with his team-mates on Instagram live 😂📱 pic.twitter.com/ZHOk82uZSy — Goal (@goal) March 3, 2019 With an Italy recall also being teased by Roberto Mancini , the move to Marseille was working out for both parties. It was a relationship expected to continue, but it has not materialised. Some believe that Villas-Boas simply didn’t want Balotelli in his team, with the coach telling the press that a “radical” philosophy will be imposed in order to get Marseille “back to their best level”.Other reports, however, say that demands of a €4m annual salary put the French club off.The striker was born in Palermo but grew up in Brescia – where he has admitted he would like to end his career  – and he has been heavily linked to the latter this summer, as well as a host of other Italian clubs, including Fiorentina and Verona.But now, along with Brescia, Flamengo have emerged as front-runners for his signature in what would be a significant step down for a player who is still just 29 years old.Having hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as recently as last month though –  paying a man €2000 to drive a scooter into the sea  – perhaps the potential step down comes later than expected for a player whose reckless reputation has overshadowed his undeniable talent for many years.Didier Drogba revealed that he had given Balotelli a pep talk before his Marseille move, saying : “I told him: ‘You have this opportunity, so take it, because it’s a club that will be good for you.’ And now Mario is really doing well. He’s started scoring again and I am happy.”Another motivational word from the Chelsea legend would be welcomed by many, as it would be a massive shame to see a player of Balotelli’s talent leave the highest level behind so soon.last_img read more

Ohio State Flips 4-Star Michigan State QB Commit Dwan Mathis

first_imgA general view of the Ohio State buckeyes football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Ohio State Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan State may decide the Big Ten on the field this season. The Buckeyes just picked up a big win over the Spartans on the recruiting trail.Belleville (Mich.) Oak Park four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Ohio State moments ago. Mathis had been committed to the Spartans since September.Mathis was offered by Ohio State and reportedly took an official visit to Columbus this weekend.He revealed his decision on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/hWGGNMdYo3— WANNYLIVE5 (@DwanMathis) June 24, 2018The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Mathis is the No. 9 Pro-Style quarterback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is also the No. 6 overall player in the state of Michigan. Mathis also holds offers from Cincinnati, Oregon, Kentucky, Pitt and others.Ohio State’s current 2019 recruiting class can be seen below.Currently, Ohio State has the No. 13 class in the national rankings. You can view the full rankings here.last_img read more