Transfer latest: Man Utd won’t pay more than €80m for Bale

November 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd won’t pay more than €80m for Bale Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:36 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Bale Manchester United 2017-18 Getty/Goal Transfers Primera División Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd won’t pay more than €80m for BaleManchester United are refusing to pay Real Madrid’s asking price for Gareth Bale, which president Florentino Perez has set at €150 million (£131m/$174m), according to Don Balon .Bale has been heavily linked with United and his admission that he needs to be playing more regularly following his impressive Champions League final performance will have made Europe’s top clubs take notice.But United will apparently only go as high as €80m (€70m/$93m) for Bale, with the Red Devils apparently unconvinced by his overall performances in 2017-18, despite his sensational substitute appearance in Kiev. 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 Liverpool announce Fabinho signingLiverpool have announced the long-term signing of Fabinho from AS Monaco.The club has said the 24-year-old Brazilian’s move will be completed on July 1 after completed a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Reds.Read the full article right here on Goal. Arsenal close on Sokratis dealArsenal are closing in on the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.As first reported in Germany, the Gunners have been in talks with the Bundesliga giants over signing their second player from Dortmund in almost five months, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined for a club record fee in the January transfer window.Talks are ongoing with Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner who will prioritise a move to Arsenal despite interest from several other European sides including Dortmund. Sources close to the player have told Goal that they are confident of striking a deal, with the 34-year-old keen on moving to London when his contract with Juventus expires in the coming days.Read more on Sokratis and Lichtsteiner here! Dortmund complete Wolf signingBorussia Dortmund have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Marius Wolf from Eintracht Frankfurt.The 23-year-old winger has signed a five-year deal with the club that will see him tied to BVB until 2023.Read more on Dortmund’s new man here! Liverpool step up £60m Fekir chaseLiverpool are ready to step up their efforts to sign Lyon captain Nabil Fekir with talks over a potential £60 million (€69m/$80m) deal to get underway this week, Goal understands.There is competition from a number of clubs, including Chelsea, for Fekir’s signature, although the Reds are confident that they can see off other potential suitors and get the deal over the line.. In what should be a busy summer for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp is targeting at least three key signings, while the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi could all leave.Check out the full story on Goal! Umtiti: Barca will have to throw me out!Samuel Umtiti, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United, has claimed that Barcelona will have to “throw me out the door” in order for a summer switch to be made.The France international defender has a €60 million release clause in his contract which is proving enticing to clubs outside of Camp Nou.Read the story in full on Goal! ‘Liverpool need midfield upgrade’Liverpool need to upgrade a midfield unit of “workaholics” this summer, says Jamie Carragher, with creativity lacking in the wake of Philippe Coutinho’s departure.The former Reds defender said: “Going forward I certainly think the midfield needs looking at.“That will change, with [Naby] Keita coming in and talk of Lyon’s captain [Nabil Fekir] also coming in who plays that No. 10 role.”Read the story in full on Goal! Neymar could replace Bale & RonaldoReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is open to selling Gareth Bale and Ronaldo to raise funds to buy Neymar, reports Guillem Balague at Sky Sports News. Both Bale and Ronaldo hinted they could be departing Real Madrid following the club’s Champions League triumph over Liverpool on Saturday. Selling the star pair could be acceptable for Perez, should the club reinvest the funds in the PSG star who has been strongly linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid wanted IniestaAndres Iniesta has claimed that Real Madrid were interested in signing him at various points during his Barcelona career.The 34-year-old is moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe after a trophy-laden spell at Barca, although he has admitted there were times when Madrid explored the possibility of taking him to the Bernabeu.Check out the full story on Goal! De Vrij confirms Inter moveLazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij has confirmed he will make a summer move to Inter.The Dutchman has been the subject of intense transfer speculation but he has now announced that he has signed a three-year deal with the Nerazzurri.Click here to read the full story on Goal! Scholes urges Man Utd to go for Neymar or BalePaul Scholes wants to see a “special” talent at Manchester United and has urged the club to pursue either Neymar or Gareth Bale.The former England midfielder believes Jose Mourinho needs to sign a world-class player to ensure United have a better chance of closing the gap to Manchester City next season.Read the full story on Goal!  Milinkovic-Savic wants Man Utd moveLazio star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is interested in a move to Manchester United, according to Radio Sei. United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal have all made proposals to Milinkovic-Savic’s representatives, with PSG and Arsenal’s bids nearing €150 million (£132m/$175m) including bonuses. But the 23-year-old prefers a move to Old Trafford because he wants to work under United manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea in Bale chaseChelsea have joined Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the hunt for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, reports the Express .The Wales international has hinted that he could be on the move this summer to spark a scramble for his signature.United are leading the chase for his services, but they will be facing competition from a Premier League rival for the former Tottenham winger.Messi remains loyal to BarcelonaLionel Messi has reiterated that Barcelona will be the only European side he plays for, although he is still hoping to head home to Newell’s Old Boys at some stage.The mercurial Argentine has been linked with big-spending Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the past, but he will only be leaving Camp Nou to return to his roots.Check out the full story on Goal! Liverpool to return for AlissonLiverpool are ready to make another attempt to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson, reports The Telegraph. The Reds’ goalkeeping situation has been put back under the microscope after Loris Karius endured a nightmare Champions League final against Real Madrid.  The club made tentative enquiries to Roma earlier in the season, and are now compelled to return for the Brazil international. City not interested in BaleManchester City have no interest in moving for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, reports The Guardian. The 28-year-old declared his unhappiness at not playing every game following a star performance in Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool. With City out of the picture, the path is clear for Bale to move to Manchester United.Lichtsteiner has deal with ArsenalJuventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has a deal in place with Arsenal, claims Gianluca Di Marzio. The 34-year-old is set to depart the Old Lady this summer as a free agent, and there is mutual interest between Lichtsteiner and Unai Emery’s side. Though a deal is in place, Lichtsteiner and Arsenal have not yet reached a final agreement with both sides eager to conclude matters before the World Cup. Neymar quiet on Madrid linksParis Saint-Germain star Neymar has played down transfer links with Real Madrid.As reported by Goal , the 26-year-old is keen to join the Champions League winners as he plots an exit from PSG , but he is publicly staying quiet on the potential move and focusing on the World Cup.Read what Neymar had to say about the speculation right here! Ronaldo offers Madrid hopeCristiano Ronaldo has given Real Madrid fans renewed hope that he will stay at the club. The 33-year-old made headlines following Saturday’s Champions League final when he suggested that his time in Madrid may have reached its conclusion. But, speaking during his side’s Champions League trophy parade on Sunday, the Portugal star made comments suggesting he may well stay at the club he joined in 2009.Read the full story on Goal! Villarreal & Valencia in for FabregasBoth Villarreal and Valencia hope to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer, reports El Gol Digital. Valencia are gearing up for a return to the Champions League and want to make the 31-year-old part of their rebuilding effort for 2018-19. Villarreal are also aiming to land the former Arsenal and Barcelona man, who has 12 months remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge. Deulofeu set for permanent Watford dealBarcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu is nearing a permanent transfer to Watford, according to Sport . The 24-year-old spent the second half of the 2017-18 move on loan with the Hornets and is understood to prefer a permanent stay at Vicarage Road.Deulofeu’s contract with Barcelona expires at the end of next season, and has a release clause of €20 million (£18m/$23m)RB Leipzig to move for LookmanRB Leipzig are preparing an offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman, who impressed on loan in the second half of 2017-18, reports Liverpool Echo. The 20-year-old scored five goals and added four assists in 11 appearances for Leipzig after moving to the Bundesliga outfit in January. Lookman will hold talks with Everton’s new boss, likely to be Marco Silva, to see if he’s in the club’s plans for 2018-19, with Leipzig set to test the Toffees’ resolve to hold on to the young Englishman. Roma close in on CoricRoma are closing in on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb star Ante Coric, according to Calciomercato . The Giallorossi have been negotiating with Zagreb for months over the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, with a move now nearing the finish line. Coric is likely to cost slightly less than €10 million (£9m/$12m).Soyuncu to hold Arsenal talksIn-demand Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu has said he will have talks with Arsenal over a potential move. The 22-year-old called the Gunners “one of the most important clubs in England” and confirmed their interest in signing him. Soyuncu said he will sort out his future following international duty with Turkey. Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

Man City’s €50m Jorginho bid rejected by Napoli

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first_imgTransfers Man City see €50m Jorginho offer rejected by Napoli Chris Burton 16:46 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jorginho Man City Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester City Carlo Ancelotti Napoli Serie A Premier League The Premier League champions have made the midfielder a top target for the summer transfer window, but there is still some negotiating to be done Manchester City have seen a €50 million (£44m/$58m) bid for Jorginho knocked back, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that the Premier League champions have been rebuffed.Goal revealed back in April that Pep Guardiola had made the Brazil-born Italy international a top target for the summer transfer window.City are not the only club interested, though, with the 26-year-old’s agent revealing that “several clubs” form part of a scramble to secure a much sought-after signature. 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 Napoli are aware that they have a prized asset on their hands and are not about to sanction a sale without a fight, with one big-money approach from the Etihad Stadium having been rejected.De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport: “Jorginho? I have refused an offer from Man City worth €45m plus €5m in bonuses.”While eager to retain the services of a key figure, Napoli have moved to tie up a deal for one possible addition.Simone Verdi is set to arrive from Serie A rivals Bologna, with De Laurentiis revealing that sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has put a deal in place.He has also refused to rule out a summer exit for long-serving captain Marek Hamsik, with the Slovakian midfielder being heavily linked with a move to China.With so many comings and goings being mooted, De Laurentiis acknowledges that there is likely to be plenty of movement before the next deadline passes.New boss Carlo Ancelotti is being freed to shape a squad inherited from Maurizio Sarri as he sees fit, with signings expected across the board.De Laurentiis said: “From 10 to July 31, Carlo will be able to evaluate the entire squad and make decisions, on August 4 we will be in Dublin with Liverpool and we will see his first Napoli.”He wants to keep 80 per cent of the current squad, he considers it excellent. Our goals are a goalkeeper, a full-back, a midfielder and a winger.”last_img read more

RECORD NOMINATIONS TIPPED FOR 2007 CANBERRA CUP

November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Touch Football community is gearing up once again for the third annual Canberra Cup to be held from 2– 4 November 2007 at the Deakin Fields in Canberra.The popular tournament features the best players from the ACT, as well as elite players from interstate.  The Cup is Touch Football’s biggest mass-participation event in the ACT, largely because of the introduction of a social division last year and there is prize money on offer for the winning teams.All TFA-affiliated players and teams are welcome at the Canberra Cup and team nominations are now open for either competitive or social teams in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions. This will be the first time that a social Women’s Division will be available, so females of all abilities are encouraged to get involved.The new category will ensure a record numbers of teams take their place on the half way line to do battle in November in a tournament that continues to grow in stature and popularity amongst the Touch Football community. The draw has been structured to allow players to play in both the Mixed and the Men’s or Women’s competitions. Social and elite competitions will be run parallel at the tournament, allowing casual players to witness serious competition and learn while still taking part in the event.  In excess of 40 teams are expected this year across the six divisions. The Australian Capital Terrotory (ACT) Touch Association is hoping that some Sydney teams will travel down for the tournament. The Canberra Cup would be a great hit out for teams in preparation for the NSW State Cup in Port Macquarie from 7 – 9 December this year. Victoria has contributed teams to the tournament in the past. This year some of South Australia’s best players will be making the trip east to for the event. South Australia will enter Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams from their High Performance Squads in the competitive divisions.  Amelia Kent is a Crusader and state-level veteran for South Australia. Kent is part of the leadership group in the Women’s Open team and will bring maturity and experience to the exciting Touch Football South Australia combination. “We are expecting to be quite competitive in our division. We’ve got a young and exciting group of girls coming through. A lot of those girls played NTL this year so we’re hoping for some good results,” Kent said.  The South Australian teams are yet to finalise team goals, but you can be sure they will be aiming to be there at the business end of the competition.  Kent believes that there are many advantages for interstate teams getting involved in the Canberra Cup. “Just being exposed to other high-level teams that we wouldn’t have in our own state will be good. We’re also using it as a selection tournament for Crusaders NTL for 2008 so hopefully that will bring the best out in players playing at a more competitive level,” Kent said. The 2006 Canberra Cup was dominated by the Canberra City Touch Association.Canberra City won all three of the competitive divisions. The affiliate played some spectacular Touch with a bit of help from current NRL stars Jamie Soward, Bronx Goodwin, Nick Kouparitsas, Joe Williams and Michael Dobson, who all have Touch Football pedigree. The NRL players are able to take part because of an open invitation that is extended to non-ACT players to play with ACT clubs. This gives Canberra players the opportunity to play with elite Touch Footballers from around the nation that they would not normally get the chance to play alongside.  This year Canberra City is expecting another host of stars including Queensland State of Origin Rugby League enforcer Neville Costigan, St George Illawarra’s Jamie Soward, the Raiders playmaker Todd Carney, and more to be confirmed.  Canberra City club president Danny Goodwin said he was expecting a very tight competition, especially amongst the women. Goodwin said the open invitation to all players was the best thing about the Canberra Cup. “Everybody brings in a few imports because there are no rules on it. Last year I think Uni had a few imports from Queensland and I think the Eagles had a few from the Suns so it makes it a very good competition. The year before I think the Eagles brought down Dylan Hennessy and the Kennedy boys so you never know who they are going to bring down. Being able to bring in Australian players or Queensland and New South Wales players to play in your club just gives you a much higher standard of Touch,” he said.  The nomination fee is $350 per team including GST. If you want to be involved in an exciting competition against high-level opposition with a shot at prize money you better get in quick!Enquiries to the ACT Touch Association on (02)6212 2880 or info@acttouch.com.aulast_img read more

In The Spotlight – New South Wales Country Mavericks

November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIn the fourteenth edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Country Mavericks’ Matt Prowse speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?I am really excited to be a part of such a massive step forward for the game. It has been a while since there has been such a shake-up to the national championships and I think that it should make for a fantastic competition.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?It has been a little difficult, in that half of our team live out of Sydney, so we have only been able to meet up for a few weekends. We have tried to make the best of each session we have had, however that is one aspect that could definitely work against us.What would you say are the strengths of your team?We have a very good mix of youth and experience which I think will be invaluable. All of our young kids have played at a representative level before, so I think that they will relish the level of competition at this tournament. Having Jamie Stowe (even though he thinks he’s 21) and Dylan Hennessey, who are both part of the National team senior group, brings a massive amount of leadership and knowledge. Whilst Bus Boland (coach – Mark Boland) carries such a wealth of wisdom and experience in his balding head, that having him pace up and down our sideline can only be a massive plus for us. Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?I think it is impossible to pick anyone as a standout to win this tournament and I think that every team is a threat. I’ll jump off the fence though and pick the Allliance as the dark horse to take out the tournament. They have been training together for almost nine months and no other team can say they have the same level of commitment that these guys have showed (not many of us have travelled from Perth to Caloundra for a training weekend!). The fact that they have such an inspirational coach in Paul Sfeir, who is such a calm and collected sideline mentor (‘the iceman’), also adds so much to this team.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?It would be an incredible honour to take out the inaugural Elite Eight competition. Hopefully the tournament will be around for many years to come, so being the first name on that trophy will be a massive incentive for us. It would also be fantastic to give New South Wales country Touch Football the exposure and recognition that would come with the Mavericks winning the tournament. For years, the country has been losing its best players to Sydney, to the detriment of its former NTL teams (the Eagles, Suns and Hornets), so we would love to give something back to the many affiliates that taught us our sport.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook  and Twitter by clicking on the following links:www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

9 months agoFabinho: I prayed on Liverpool move; I have no regrets

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fabinho: I prayed on Liverpool move; I have no regretsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho insists he never panicked over the slow start to his Anfield career.Fabinho arrived in the summer from AS Monaco.He told L’Equipe: “I was in a new club, with a new coach, a new style of play, and I realised that I had to be patient. The staff encouraged me to work and not to let go. “When the coach felt I was ready, he gave me a chance. Today, I’m part of the rotation and I’m happy with the situation. Liverpool is a huge club that is going through a great phase, so no, I have not regretted my choice.”On choosing Liverpool, Fabinho added: “When it comes to making such an important decision, I ask for God’s help. We met with my wife to pray and I ask my friends to do it too … I knew it would be my last season in Monaco, and Liverpool was one of the contenders. Before the end of the season, I chatted with Klopp and club members. I inquired, listening also to other proposals. But Liverpool was quickly the main candidate in my mind and I signed right after the Champions League final.” last_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores feels his players not fit enough

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores feels his players not fit enoughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores feels his players aren’t fit enough.Victory in the Carabao Cup over Swansea City went a small way towards making amends for Saturday’s 8-0 drubbing at Manchester City, but Sanchez Flores knows there is work to be done to turn around their poor start to the season.”We are really far from where we want,” he said. “Players are playing well and trying to give their best.”Sometimes we make mistakes but we need to be more compact, to talk more and reduce the space between the lines.”We need a mini pre-season to prepare the team. We are trying to change things during the season and it’s so tough.”I don’t think we have a problem with the forwards. Against Arsenal and Swansea we showed we can play well when playing in the last part of the pitch.”We circulate the ball well, we open the match and we switch sides. The problem is we concede goals. I’m not used to it. We are conceding a lot.” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: What I REALLY think of Wilder

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: What I REALLY think of Wilderby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is full of praise for Chris Wilder for his work at Sheffield United.The Blades host Liverpool today.Klopp said, “He’s incredible. I look forward to meeting him for the first time. I saw his team playing now, and it’s really interesting. What they do, they do really well in the system they play; really aggressive, good pressing, and then when they have the ball it is interesting, when the centre-halves overlap.“I am in England for four years so I don’t know everything about every team, but they deserve to be in the league. Since I am here, I followed the Championship a lot so I know how competitive it is. They way they came up, against teams like Derby and Leeds, it was big. Great coach and looking forward to facing his team.” last_img read more

13 days agoFellaini questions commitment of former Man Utd teammates

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first_imgFellaini questions commitment of former Man Utd teammatesby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarouane Fellaini has questioned the commitment of his former Manchester United teammates.The Belgian international, 31, ended his six-year spell at Old Trafford to join Shandong Luneng Taishan in January.The veteran, who scored 12 times in 119 Premier League games for United, also believes too many footballers – including a number of his old team-mates – focus too much on their social media antics.He said: “You see some players go straight into the dressing room after games and go straight onto social media, it’s wrong.”Fellaini is now fully-embracing his latest adventure in the Far East but is adamant he enjoyed his time at United.He added: “China is good, it’s a new culture, a new country and I discovered that. I’ve enjoyed it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoAtalanta coach Gasperini furious losing Zapata for Man City trip

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first_imgAtalanta coach Gasperini furious losing Zapata for Man City tripby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini is furious losing Duvan Zapata for their Champions League clash with Manchester City.Gasperini has labelled international friendlies “useless” and demanded a single international break after top scorer Zapata was ruled out against City with an abductor strain sustained with Colombia.”‘I reacted with an expletive,” Gasperini told Corriere dello Sport, recalling the moment when he learned Zapata would be out for three weeks following Colombia’s goalless draw with Chile in Alicante.”It is useless to go around the world and play friendlies with no meaning. The players are subjected to a whirlwind tour of 12 to 13 days where there is nothing at stake. And then we complain that the number of injuries increases.”The championship cannot be stopped three times in three months. At this point, it is better to concentrate the challenges of the national teams into a single break.”Some matches are not watched by anyone – they are useless from both a technical-tactical point of view and an entertainment point of view.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoInce tells Man Utd: Back Tuanzebe!

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ince tells Man Utd: Back Tuanzebe!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Ince says the club should look to develop Axel Tuanzebe rather than invest in another central defender.The Red Devils broke the world record fee spent on a defender this past summer when they bought Harry Maguire from Leicester City.And Ince thinks they can save their pennies by putting faith in Tuanzebe.He told Paddy Power: “If United don’t want to dip into the transfer market again and want to look a bit closer to home, they could do a lot worse than keeping faith with Axel Tuanzebe. “I like him a lot and he could be one who could grow into the team. Of all the youngsters currently at Manchester United, he looks like one who could step up and start playing every week and I truly think he could go on to become a world-class player.”I know he made a mistake against Arsenal but everyone makes a mistake every now and again and I like how calm he looks when he has the ball at his feet.” last_img read more

Photos: Billy Donovan Gave The Florida Softball Team A Pep Talk Ahead Of CWS Game In OKC

October 27, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFlorida's Billy Donovan poses with the softball team.Twitter/@MattStew13Defending national champion Florida is in Oklahoma City for the opening of the Women’s College World Series, and happen to be staying in a hotel near former UF men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan. Coach Tim Walton became good friends with Donovan during their time in athletic department together, and asked the two time national championship-winning coach to speak to his team last night. According to the players and coaches, Donovan didn’t disappoint.“It was a great surprise,” said Florida senior Lauren Haeger. “You can tell that he’s been coaching guys a really long time because the volume of his voice kept going up and up and up.“He would look at you and look into your eyes and he’s speaking to your soul. I felt it. It pumped us up.” …“If he can’t pump you up, I don’t know who can,” said freshman Kayli Kvistad, who had a two-run homer in Florida’s 7-2 win over Tennessee on Thursday. “Coming in as a freshman, it made me feel at home.”The team also took the chance to grab a few pictures with the new Oklahoma City Thunder head coach. @UFCoachBillyD drops in to talk with @GatorZoneSBall! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/f8xCO3RddS— Matt Stewart (@MattStew13) May 28, 2015One of the greatest inspirations I have ever been around. Thanks Coach for always sharing your time. Go Gators! pic.twitter.com/wRq4u2MddJ— Tim Walton (@_TimWalton) May 28, 2015Thank you Coach Donovan for coming by the hotel and talking to the team. Great Words of advice. #thereisnotomorrow pic.twitter.com/4PJ3SfDGzX— Tim Walton (@_TimWalton) May 28, 2015Walton was thrilled that Donovan could speak to the team:“I’m very grateful for him to do that for us. That’s the beauty of coaching at the University of Florida and the culture (athletic director) Jeremy Foley has created for us. Billy’s a friend of mine and someone I look up to.”After beating Tennessee this afternoon, the top-seeded Gators will face No. 5 LSU on Friday at 7 p.m.[GatorSports.com]last_img read more

‘It was stonewall!’ – Robertson slams Salah diving claims

October 27, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLiverpool full-back Andy Robertson defended Mohamed Salah, saying any accusations of diving aimed at the forward were “desperation”.Salah again came under fire for what some perceived to be going down too easily after being fouled for a penalty, which he converted, in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.The Egypt star was similarly criticised following Liverpool’s thrashing of Arsenal last month when the Reds were awarded two penalties against the Gunners. 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? Robertson backed his team-mate and said the constant questions surrounding Salah were unfair.”Every time it happens, we go back, everyone looks at the video, and you go, ‘Well, it’s not a dive’,” Robertson told UK newspapers.”He is not that sort of player, so how many times is it going to happen?”I was at the edge of the box and it was a stonewaller. If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily, it’s not fair.”The one against Arsenal, especially, he got clipped three times. They still appealed. It’s a bit of desperation.”Salah’s spot-kick sent Liverpool seven points clear at the top, although Manchester City can close the gap back to four with a win over Wolves on Monday.It was his third penalty goal in four league games, having also notched against Arsenal and Newcastle United after drawing both fouls himself from Sokratis Papastathopoulous and Paul Dummett, respectively.The Egyptian’s goal at the Amex also took him to 14 Premier League goals for the season from 22 appearances – making him the league’s joint-top scorer alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon as they seek to continue their revival from a blip in their season, having recorded back-to-back defeats for the first time this season – losing 2-1 against both City in the league and Wolves in the FA Cup before their narrow victory over Chris Hughton’s men. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Neville’s England gamble proves genius, not madness

October 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPhil Neville’s gamble with his team selection paid off. The England manager’s eight changes raised eyebrows in Nice but his side swept Japan aside 2-0 on Wednesday evening, and did so with relative comfort.The fact that his team selection will be praised as genius instead of slated as madness, with key players rested for the knockout stage, is what will please Neville most.Ellen White got the Lionesses off to a great start when she finished clinically after a superb assist from Georgia Stanway early in the first half, and late in the second she wrapped up the three points with Karen Carney slipping her through on goal to repeat the trick. 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? Neville stressed that his ‘best team’ would start this game, but the Lionesses could count star players Nikita Parris and Beth Mead among their substitutes after sweeping changes were made to the team that beat Argentina.But talk of him losing the plot quickly turned into talk of a stroke of genius as the likes of Rachel Daly and Stanway, the latter making her World Cup debut at 20 years old, shone at the Allianz Riviera.Needing only a draw to top Group D, England brought the patience that earned them victory in Le Havre back to the south coast of France and used it to winning effect once again.Japan, World Cup finalists four years ago who knocked out England in the semi-finals, were happy to let their opponents knock the ball around at the back, and they were happy to oblige, with no rush on the final ball.England didn’t look like a team with just three survivors from their last outing, with rhythm and fluidity going beyond their passing – which, despite this impressive win, was often wayward.However, the high-press, led by the tireless White and lively Daly, worked like clockwork and the movement off the ball was too much for Japan to handle. They couldn’t keep up with White as she latched onto a lovely pass from Stanway and clinically finished, the Manchester City midfielder finding her new team-mate with precision after a tidy turn away from her marker.England Japan Women's World CupDaly made a run just as dangerous in a bid to double that lead and was found by a lofted ball over the top, but she found the terrific Ayaka Yameshita in her way.The Japan goalkeeper watched from afar as Karen Bardsley tipped Kumi Yokoyama’s free-kick onto the bar early on, before showing the England shot-stopper that anything she can do, she could do better.Jill Scott and Stanway were both denied by Yameshita before Daly while Toni Duggan, making her first appearance of the tournament following injury, saw her volley brilliantly palmed away after the restart.Despite all the positives, there were nervy moments for Neville and his team.Bardsley, the four defenders in front of her and Keira Walsh in front of them were regularly sloppy on the ball, playing themselves into dangerous situations on more than one occasion.Fortunately for them, Japan were either not clinical enough or England quickly got players back to out-number them – with Steph Houghton making a world-class tackle in the box to thwart the Nadeshiko in one of the more worrying instances.Against better teams, England will be punished, but the good news is that better teams are further down the line thanks to a clean sweep in the group stages.Defeat in this fixture would have teed up a last-16 clash with either the Netherlands, the European champions who beat them 3-0 in that tournament on their way to the title, or Canada, who are currently ranked fifth in the world.Instead, Neville takes his Lionesses to Valenciennes for a much kinder fixture against one of the progressing third-placed teams, be that China, Cameroon, New Zealand, Chile or Thailand.He’ll have concerns to ponder on the journey north, particularly with a quarter-final against France or the USA possible, but also some selection headaches following the exciting performances of Daly and Stanway this evening.But there is plenty more to come from this England team, who are the first to win all three of their World Cup group games since the men did it in 1982.last_img read more

‘USWNT been waiting whole lives for France match’

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first_imgU.S. women’s national team winger Tobin Heath has said her side has been waiting their “whole lives” for an opportunity like the one they will get against France.The USWNT will take on the host nation in Paris on Friday in the World Cup quarterfinal, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated matches in women’s soccer history.The defending champion USWNT and host nation France are considered to be the two favorites for the World Cup title, but one of them will be eliminated before the semifinal stage.  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? Heath has said that her team is jumping at the chance to be a part of such a glamorous fixture. “This is a game that we’ve been looking forward to our whole lives,” Heath said. “It’s a privilege to be able to play a host country in a host nation, because it’s just that much bigger and these are the type of games that we love.”The anticipation for the game can partially be measured by ticket prices on the secondary market, which are currently at around €200 ($228) for the cheapest seat available at Parc des Princes.“I don’t know if that’s the right thing ticket-wise,” midfielder Sam Mewis said with a laugh, “but I think it’s exciting that people are willing to pay that much to see the game.”It’s a match that is setting up to be one of the tournament’s best, with world-class players all over the pitch for both sides including France captain Amandine Henry, with whom Heath played in Portland during the 2016 and 2017 NWSL seasons.“She’s fantastic, I consider her one of the best players in the world,” Heath said of Henry. “It was amazing to play alongside her. She’s a natural leader and I think it’s shown a lot during this World Cup. They’re lucky to have her as their captain.”Amandine Henry France South Korea World Cup Women 07062019The U.S. will also have to be wary of France center back Wendie Renard, the tallest player in the World Cup and a two-way threat having scored three goals at the tournament already. “She’s great in the air, she’s a really well-rounded player,” Mewis said of Renard, who is considered one of the world’s best defenders. “We all have so much respect for her.” There will be other players the U.S. has to deal with of course, as well as a stadium that is likely to be mostly filled with France supporters. It’s an occasion that has the potential to be massive for the women’s game, and the U.S. players aren’t taking it for granted. “There’s going to be a lot of eyes on this game and I hope that it’s a good example of how great women’s football can be,” Mewis said. “We’re just excited we get to be a part of it.”last_img read more

Former Michigan QB Blasts Wolverines Fans On Twitter

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first_imgJohn O'Korn of the Michigan Wolverines puts his helmet on prior to the start of the Michigan football spring game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: John O’Korn #8 of the Michigan Wolverines puts his helmet on prior to the start of the Michigan football spring game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan has been fairly successful, despite the fact that the Wolverines haven’t won a Big Ten title or played for a national championship. But fans are getting restless, and recently, tensions seem to be boiling over.This week, a Bleacher Report story about Harbaugh’s eating habits, which included him saying he doesn’t eat chicken because it’s a “nervous bird” went viral. The quote came from former quarterback Wilton Speight.In response, many Michigan fans are starting to accuse former players of “turning their backs” on the program. Former quarterback John O’Korn responded to one on Twitter and caused a stir on Monday night.In short, O’Korn made it seem like it’s the fans who former players are upset with most – not Harbaugh. At least, that’s how it reads. He says that it isn’t the school, the program or Harbaugh. He says his mentions in response – which are predictably negative – prove his point.Damn, what’s with all the hoe players turning their backs on the program?— Wolf (@MrMaize12) July 30, 2018It’s not the program or the school that we don’t like https://t.co/AYGXUer3wz— JOK (@JohnOKorn) July 31, 2018My earlier tweet had nothing to do with @CoachJim4UM— JOK (@JohnOKorn) July 31, 2018And by the looks of my mentions, I think I proved my point— JOK (@JohnOKorn) July 31, 2018Michigan will have a new quarterback this year in Shea Patterson, who transferred in from Ole Miss. Some believe that as a result, Michigan will be in decent position to finally break through and at least win the Big Ten East.Still, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State are all expected to be strong as well. Harbaugh is going to need to find a way to beat at least two of the three of them to have a shot at winning the division.If he doesn’t, there will be even more unrest heading into next season.last_img read more

These 6 College Football Teams Are Now Bowl Eligible

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first_imgAerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)We’re now six weeks into the 2018 college football season, meaning it’s possible for a team to have six wins, meaning it’s possible for a team to already be bowl eligible.Six teams, ironically, meet that criteria.Half a dozen college football teams have already qualified for the postseason heading into the seventh week of the season.Those six teams:AlabamaGeorgiaOhio StateNotre DameCincinnatiClemsonPlenty more will be joining this list in the coming weeks, but those are the first six teams to qualify for a bowl this year.Congrats!last_img

ESPN Analysts Predict Winners Of Week 10’s Biggest Games

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first_imgJim Harbaugh and James Franklin shakes hands after game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: James Franklin head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won 28-16. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Week 10 of the college football season continues tonight. However, Saturday is when the action really heats up.We’ve got several major matchups on the slate, including No. 1 in the CFP rankings against No. 3. There are a couple of other games featuring two top-15 teams facing off.The four biggest games on paper are Alabama-LSU, Georgia-Kentucky, Penn State-Michigan and Texas-West Virginia. ESPN’s panel of experts made picks for those four contests.They released those predictions today. The breakdown for the four games is below.All 16 experts like Alabama to win in Baton Rouge.Nine are picking West Virginia, while seven like Texas.Fourteen of 16 are taking Georgia at Kentucky.Only one person (Sam Khan Jr.) is taking Penn State over Michigan.You can check out all of ESPN’s expert picks here.Georgia and Kentucky will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS, while WVU and Texas will begin at the same time on FOX. Michigan and Penn State will get underway at 3:45 p.m. ET on ESPN.Alabama and LSU will finish the night off at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.last_img read more

Iowa Makes Big Announcement About Spring Game

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first_imgIowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)While most top programs in the country are preparing for their spring game, the Iowa Hawkeyes will be going a different route this year. Due to turf replacement at Kinnick Stadium, the fans will have to wait until August to see their team.This is unfortunate considering how popular the spring game is for college football. Nonetheless, it’s important for the school to take care of business with the field conditions.Iowa will substitute the open practice with an autograph session that features the football and baseball teams. This event will be held on April 20 and is being named ‘Meet the Hawkeyes.’“The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced Tuesday that the Hawkeye football program will not hold an open spring practice in 2019 because of necessary turf replacement and review of the field drainage system in Kinnick Stadium.”Here is the entire announcement:You won’t see the Hawkeyes until August.And neither will I. So it goes. pic.twitter.com/P9M1AnvvG9— Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) March 26, 2019Iowa had a 9-4 record and finished this past season with an Outback Bowl victory over Mississippi State. Although the Hawkeyes are trending upward, several impact players from last year won’t be on the roster.Star players such as T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant will be marquee picks in the NFL Draft. However, the program will have Nate Stanley entering his senior campaign at quarterback.last_img read more

ESPN Announcer Apologizes For Mistake During Auburn Game

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first_imgA general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There was a bit of controversy during ESPN’s broadcast of Auburn-Tulane yesterday. The announcer for the game made a mistake that offended a number of Auburn fans, and has now apologized.Play-by-play commentator Jason Benetti apologized for comments he made about a tribute to former Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett.During the portion in question, Benetti noted a group of fans with a spelling out “Ride for Rod,” which he joked about, saying it was being attributed to his broadcast co-host Rod Gilmore. He was apparently unaware of the tribute to Bramblett.“They’re spelling Rod by the way… That’s very nice. It’s for Rod Gilmore. They’re spelling your name. They’ve got a heart for you. I mean that’s just for you,” he joked. Benetti ended up apologizing when he released what it was for.Here is Benetti’s apology, per AL.com:“We showed the student section earlier today, and I made mention of my partner’s name, Rod Gilmore, while we were showing the letters that spelled out Rod and a heart on somebody’s chest… The day Rod (Bramblett) died… I have a number of friends that knew Rod very closely. You work long enough in the media field, and you get to know people through others. Rod was a dear person, and I apologize for putting any further sting to a death that was so important to the Auburn family.Bramblett and his wife died in a car crash earlier this year. The team has since worn a patch on their helmets commemorating his contributions to Auburn athletics.Auburn went on to win the game, 24-6, extending their record to 2-0 on the season.last_img read more

Winless FCS Program Tied With Power 5 Team Late In 4th Quarter

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first_img Georgia Tech knots it up.Q4: 7:29’Dogs: 21 | Jackets: 21#FireThoseCannons | #BeatTech— The Citadel Football (@CitadelFootball) September 14, 2019The Bulldogs are also getting it done on the ground with 283 rushing yards and two touchdowns. You’d think the Georgia Tech defense would be able to handle triple-option attack. After all, they’re practicing against a similar offense every day. But right now, they’re getting beat at their own game.On the other side, Georgia Tech has had some success running the football — 142 yards on 25 carries. They’ll need some big runs to come back in this one.Can The Citadel hold on to complete a monumental upset? A detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Virginia Tech isn’t the only major program who’s been upset alert today. In fact, there’s another ACC team on the verge of suffering an embarrassing loss. On a day where there aren’t many marquee games, there’s plenty of exciting action around the country.Georgia Tech scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against The Citadel to knot the game at 21 apiece. If the Bulldogs can hold on, it would be their first win of the season. Their two losses this year have come at the hands of Towson and Elon.The Yellow Jackets are on the verge of the most embarrassing loss this season. The ACC isn’t having a great day whatsoever.The Citadel, like Georgia Tech, relies on a triple-option attack. The Bulldogs have attempted a pass just four times so far resulting in one completion. But that completion resulted in a touchdown.last_img read more