‘I don’t think Mahrez would want to go to Arsenal’

first_imgTransfers ‘I don’t think Mahrez would want to go to Arsenal’ – Wise Robin Bairner 17:20 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Riyad Mahrez Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City The Gunners are reportedly chasing the Leicester star as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, but will he get better offers than the Emirates club? Riyad Mahrez would not be interested in a move to Arsenal, according to former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise.The Algeria international has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who could make a January move to Manchester City.Wise, though, believes that there will be better options on the table for the 26-year-old than Arsene Wenger’s men, with Liverpool also following his progress. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I don’t think Mahrez would want to go there,” he told Sky Sports.“I think there would be other teams that Mahrez would look at and think he’s capable of going into, teams that are in a better position than Arsenal.”Riyad Mahrez, Leicester CityIan Wright, who stands at second in Arsenal’s all-time scoring chart behind only Thierry Henry, was of a similar opinion.“They’re in a position now where someone like him has got to go there and really pull up trees to get Arsenal back to where they need to go,” he said, referencing the fact that the Gunners may see both Alexis and Mesut Ozil leave on Bosman deals.“What help has he got? He’s looking at two unbelievable players who might walk out.”While the Gunners are struggling to make the top four in the Premier League once again and were eliminated from the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest last weekend, their Carabao Cup hopes remain alive after a scoreless draw in the first leg with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.last_img read more

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2019-11-14

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Report: West Brom 2 Southampton 3

first_imgWest Brom 2 Southampton 3: Saints hold on to worsen Pardew’s woes Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 00:55 2/4/18 Southampton - cropped Getty Images Mario Lemina, Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse all scored as Southampton inflicted a damaging defeat on fellow strugglers West Brom. A smash-and-grab raid late in the first half helped Southampton to come from behind and secure a 3-2 win over Premier League relegation rivals West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.The Baggies had led through Ahmed Hegazi’s early header, but Mario Lemina equalised with a spectacular first goal in Southampton colours, and Jack Stephens continued his rich vein of scoring form by nodding home, as the visitors struck twice in the space of three minutes shortly before the break.James Ward-Prowse appeared to have afforded the visitors a degree of comfort when he steered home a clever free-kick in the 55th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And although Salomon Rondon pulled one back in the 72nd minute, the hosts proved unable to force an equaliser in the time remaining, the result leaving West Brom at risk of being cut adrift in 20th place.Mauricio Pellegrino’s improving Saints side are now unbeaten from their last six matches in all competitions to climb out of the relegation zone and up to the safety of 14th ahead of the visit of Liverpool to St Mary’s Stadium next weekend.A second defeat in succession, meanwhile, leaves Alan Pardew’s team rooted to the foot of the table, with another stern test awaiting at reigning champions Chelsea next Monday, before they host Southampton again in the fifth round of the FA Cup later this month.  FULL TIME: #WBA 2-3 #SaintsFCA hugely important win as Mauricio Pellegrino’s men take all three #PL points! pic.twitter.com/DCXYyEnWIt— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 3, 2018Supporters, players and officials commemorated the life and career of Cyrille Regis before kick-off at The Hawthorns, but, thanks to the laxity of the Saints’ backline, the hosts did not require a player of the late England striker’s enduring quality to take the lead in the fourth minute.Liverpool loanee Daniel Sturridge, making his first start, perhaps has the potential to aspire to the level of the Baggies great.But it was the less storied figure of centre-back Hegazi who was left unmarked to crash home Chris Brunt’s corner with a firm header at the back post.  After that early spark, the contest descended into a slog befitting two teams struggling at the wrong end of the table, until Southampton came to life as half-time approached.Ben Foster saved well from Guido Carrillo at the near post and, from the subsequent corner, Lemina netted his first Saints goal with a sensational drive from outside the area in the 40th minute.And the match was turned on its head three minutes later, Stephens netting his third goal in the last three games when he flicked on Ward-Prowse’s corner at the near post.Hands up if you’ve scored 3 goals in your last 3 games! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/ttrPEXQ4Y4— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 3, 2018Southampton started the second half strongly and extended their advantage 10 minutes into the second half. Ward-Prowse won an argument with Sofiane Boufal over the right to take a free-kick on the edge of the area and justified his determination by steering a clever low effort around the wall and into the bottom corner, with Foster unable to react quickly enough to keep it out.After going missing throughout Southampton’s onslaught, West Brom finally managed to respond with 18 minutes to go, Rondon honouring the memory of Regis, his predecessor as the Baggies’ number nine, by climbing high to head Brunt’s cross beyond Alex McCarthy and into the back of the net.  Substitute Shane Long could have settled it against his former employers but headed over a cross from Cedric Soares at the back post in the 82nd minute, and Foster saved from Nathan Redmond deep in injury time, but West Brom struggled in vain to create the chance they so desperately craved during a tense, scrappy finale. read morelast_img read more

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2019-11-14

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Neymar return date set by PSG

first_imgNeymar Neymar return date set as PSG prepare to welcome Brazilian back from birthday break Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:37 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar-cropped AFP Neymar PSG Toulouse Toulouse v PSG Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 Having being given the week off after celebrating turning 26, the world’s most expensive footballer will come back into contention to face Toulouse Neymar will be back in the Paris Saint-Germain squad for Saturday’s Ligue 1 game against Toulouse, but Unai Emery has offered no clues as to his team selection for next week’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.The Brazilian superstar was rested for a 4-1 Coupe de France win over Sochaux on Tuesday as PSG set up a quarter-final against Ligue 1 title rivals Marseille.But Neymar, who celebrated his 26th birthday at a star-studded bash in Paris on Sunday, will be back in the fold for the Toulouse match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Neymar has been training very well today,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. “He will come to the desire to train and play tomorrow. “The most important thing is tomorrow’s game. Because this game gives a lot of information in anticipation of the next Champions League game. “Tomorrow’s match and that against Real are very different but very important. You have to have a group prepared to win tomorrow. “Toulouse are a very competitive team that has changed coaches. Tomorrow they will have the motivation to play against PSG and they will grow.”Emery gave no indication of his thoughts for his Madrid team selection, although Angel Di Maria made a strong case for inclusion against his old club with his first PSG hat-trick in the win at Sochaux.Thiago Motta is available after recovering from injury, while January signing Lassana Diarra and Giovani Lo Celso are among the other options in the middle of the park, along with Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti.Unai Emery PSG 28012018“I’m not going to change a lot of things in the midfield tomorrow or Wednesday,” Emery said. “The arrival of Diarra is there to improve the team.”Motta played 15 minutes on Tuesday and we’ll see how he feels. Diarra played a good time in Sochaux. And Lo Celso’s performance is very good as a sentry.”I say that Lo Celso played very well and I am very happy. I have great confidence in this player. The team is better prepared than last season. We have to show everyone that our progression is good.”Who’s going to play Wednesday? I can’t say it, there can be a lot of things happening by then. But I inevitably have an idea in my head.”Di Maria’s performance is good news. He’s an important player and we’re trying to get the best out of him.”last_img read more

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2019-11-14

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Messi: I’m just another player

first_imgLionel Messi Messi: I’m just another player Dejan Kalinic 09:16 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) LionelMessi-cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona World Cup Primera División Friendlies The Barcelona talisman said he did not consider himself the world’s best as the Argentina star prepares for the World Cup Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisted he was “just another player” despite being considered among the all-time greats.Messi, 30, is a record five-time Ballon d’Or winner, having enjoyed an incredible career at the La Liga giants.But the superstar forward, who is preparing for the World Cup in Russia, said he was just like other players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I don’t consider myself the best, I think I am just another player,” Messi told Paper Magazine, in which he posed with a goat for a photoshoot.”On the field, we are all the same when the game begins.”While he has starred for Barca by claiming nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns among numerous other honours, Messi is yet to win a senior trophy with Argentina.Jorge Sampaoli’s men will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D in Russia and while Messi admitted Argentina – runners-up in 2014 – were below the level of the favourites, he hopes they can deliver at the showpiece tournament.”It will be important to prepare well, because in the qualifiers we were fighting up to the end and we didn’t have time to prepare ourselves,” he said.”We still have to make ourselves stronger as a team to be in the running to win and be at the same level as other teams like France, Germany, Brazil or Spain.”But we have a good group of players and the Argentine team is always going to be a candidate to win, it doesn’t matter how we get there.”We always aim to win and we will try to go slowly but strongly to advance in the competition.”Messi and Argentina kick off against Iceland on June 16.last_img read more

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2019-11-09

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Who made Mexico’s 2018 World Cup squad?

first_imgMexico Mexico’s 2018 World Cup roster: Who joins Chicharito & Guardado in final 23-man squad? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 22:55 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Chicharito Mexico Portugal Mexico World Cup Friendlies WC Qualification CONCACAF Opinion After six-straight round of 16 exits, who is on the El Tri squad looking to change the recent history? Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio named a 28-man provisional World Cup squad ahead of the June 4 deadline and trimmed that to 23 players who are in Russia ahead of the start of the tournament.The manager, who himself is taking a national team to the World Cup for the first time, hoped to name his 23-man final list outright, but injury concerns forced his hand. With players needing rest and preparation matches to be played, he called in several back-up players to fill out the numbers.With reigning champion Germany in the team’s group along with South Korea and Sweden, plus a potential round of 16 matchup against Brazil, the path won’t be easy. 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 Osorio has high hopes, however, that the squad he has named can get Mexico into the fifth match – and beyond.Who made Mexico’s roster?Guillermo Ochoa MexicoThere weren’t too many surprises on Mexico’s squad, other than Osorio naming 28 players instead of the final 23 as he’d hoped.In goal, it’s the trusted trio of Standard Liege’s Guillermo Ochoa, coming off winning a Champions League place with the Belgian side, Cruz Azul’s Jesus Corona, and Toluca’s Alfredo Talavera.Defense continues to be a concern, but Carlos Salcedo’s injury recovery and return to the field for Eintracht Frankfurt has been a boost.Rafa Marquez is on the list after worries that off-the-field issues would deny the 39-year-old the chance to play at his fifth World Cup.Hector Moreno is recovered from his injury, but several Mexican center backs weren’t so lucky. Tigres center back Hugo Ayala and America’s Edson Alvarez, the youngest player in the call-up, are in the team and will be called upon to fill the roles typically played by Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes.The left-back spot is of little concern with Miguel Layun fit and Jesus Gallardo ready to be his deputy.In the midfield, Andres Guardado is coming off an excellent season with Real Betis. He too is recovering from a knock, but Osorio is optimistic about his chances of arriving in Russia fully fit. It was a fantastic season in Europe for Hector Herrera as well. The Porto midfielder captained his team to a championship. LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos isn’t having as good of a year with his club, but is on the roster and hoping to make the World Cup for the first time. His brother, Giovani dos Santos scored in the 2014 tournament but is coming off an injury.Marco Fabian stood out at that tournament and recovered from his back injury that forced him to miss much of the season with Eintracht Frankfurt to make the list.After Reyes pulled out with his hamstring issues, Pachuca’s Erick Gutierrez, a 22-year-old midfielder was added to the roster. He was the biggest surprise on the provisional roster but has earned his way into the full team.On the wings there’s in-form LAFC attacker Carlos Vela, who is pushing to start at right winger, where Osorio likes to play him with an inverted profile. Porto midfielder Jesus “Tecatito” Corona struggled for consistency with his club this year, but it wasn’t long ago that Mexico fans considered him a must-start player – and the talent is still there. Tigres winger Javier Aquino has earned plenty of minutes in the Osorio era and looks to lend experience and strong crossing to the group.Mexico has plenty of familiar faces up top. The breakout star of the team is Hirving Lozano, who helped PSV to a title in his first season in Europe. Things didn’t go as well for Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez at West Ham, but the 29-year-old forward has the talent to lead the line for El Tri. Osorio wants to take three No.9s to Russia, so Benfica forward Raul Jimenez and Club America veteran Oribe Peralta round out the forwards.Who didn’t make Mexico’s roster?Rodolfo Pizarro ChivasDiego Reyes was with El Tri in Russia but couldn’t recover from a hamstring injury and had to pull out less than a week before the start of the tournament.Chivas’ Oswaldo Alanis was one of the final players cut from the team. Tigres winger Jurgen Damm and Monterrey midfielder Jesus Molina also missed the final cut.After excellent campaigns in Liga MX, many were pushing for Chivas attacker Rodolfo Pizarro or Santos Laguna midfielder Jose Juan “Gallito” Vazquez to make the provisional list, but there isn’t space for either one.After an injury during the club season kept him from suiting up for Mexico after his El Tri debut in January, 19-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez headed to the Toulon Tournament for rising stars rather than the World Cup. So too did club teammate Cesar Montes, a center back.Omar Govea also will look to 2022 after a dispute with his club manager resulted in a dip in playing time in Belgium, and the midfielder failed to impress enough after being called in for the March friendly matches.While Santos Laguna center back Nestor Araujo actually is on the squad, tendonitis experienced during recovery from a knee injury suffered in a March friendly against Croatia will keep him from making the flight.Long shots who missed outHenry Martin Club AmericaA hot start to the Clausura from Club America forward Henry Martin earned him a January call-up, but he cooled and wasn’t in the picture.Victor Guzman had started his push before suffering a season-ending injury with Pachuca. Injuries also vexed Tigres right back Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez, who twice recovered from a muscle injury but didn’t see enough of the field in the stretch run of the Clausura to turn Osorio’s head.After calling in fullbacks like Paul Aguilar, Luis Reyes and Adrian Aldrete earlier in his tenure, it looks like Osorio was set with Layun and Salcedo, with none of those players called in this year.The strong group of goalkeepers made it impossible for up-and-comer Rodolfo Cota or veteran Moises Munoz to edge into the group.Forward Alan Pulido missed the Gold Cup with an injury and never could bounce back to the level Osorio expected.Mexico’s World Cup 2018 squad in fullOribe Peralta MexicoGoalkeepers (3): Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)Defenders (7): Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla)Midfielders (6): Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)Forwards (7): Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus “Tecatito” Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV)Mexico starts its World Cup campaign with a June 17 game against Germany before taking on South Korea on June 23 and closing out group play against Sweden on June 27.last_img read more

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2019-11-09

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Stage Is Set For 2012 NTL

first_imgThe 2012 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) will tap-off at 8.00am on Thursday, 8 March 2012 at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane precinct. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire told the Port Macquarie local media organisations on Wednesday that he is looking forward to the week ahead as well as the event returning to Port Macquarie. “There’s about 2,500 people attending the event in a participation role, there’s also then another 150 referees that will take part as well as quite a few volunteers as well. All up it will be approximately 3,500 people will hit town, right from under 20’s through to Men’s 55’s. It takes through the total inclusive pathway that we have and that fully supportive structure to participate and we’ve got our open divisions which is the premier event in terms of the NTL and that will be an exciting display of Touch Football,” Maguire said. Port Macquarie has seen many Touch Football events contested at the regional stadium in recent times, including three of the past four National Touch League events, as well as hosting the annual New South Wales State Cup, while it was announced in February that the New South Wales Junior State Cup will be held in Port Macquarie for the next three years commencing in 2013. As well as this, the 2012 State of Origin series and the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships will be held in Port Macquarie in September, with the NTL being a selection opportunity for the State of Origin event. “Port Macquarie has had a long history of hosting fantastic Touch Football events and all the work that has gone into the stadium and precinct is first class. We’ve had a long history as well, we’ve played the past couple of NTL’s here and a few other events prior to that, so we’ve just continued that strong tradition that Touch Football has had in the region.”“The State of Origin event is similar to our event in terms of divisions so from under 20’s through to over 50’s, New South Wales will take on Queensland in a three match series played over two days. That will be held in conjunction with the National Youth Championships. New South Wales will be looking to defend their title in most divisions and will look to defend their title in September this year,” Maguire told the local media. Despite threatening weather in the lead up to the event, the fields at the venue are in good condition, with Maguire praising the efforts of the ground staff at the stadium. “Let’s hope the weather doesn’t play a part this week, the ground staff here in Port Macquarie have done a fantastic job to keep things first class for us,” Maguire said. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the event, please visit the NTL website:www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Touch Football Australia Facebook and Twitter pages in the lead up to the 2012 X-Blades NTL to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus TFA’s YouTube channel will also be updated frequently during the NTL. To view the channel or become a subscriber, please click on the link below: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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2019-11-07

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10 months agoWickham pleased to feature in Crystal Palace stalemate with Cardiff

first_imgWickham pleased to feature in Crystal Palace stalemate with Cardiffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveConnor Wickham was pleased to feature in Crystal Palace’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.Wickham played just his second Premier League game of the campaign as he continues his recovery from a two-year spell of injury.Speaking after the final whistle, he said, “We had 31 shots, which is pretty incredible considering we didn’t score. But the positives are that we’re getting the chances and getting into the right positions. We’ll become more clinical hopefully and then we’ll start climbing up the table and getting away from where we shouldn’t be anyway.”I had an inkling that I was going to get a run-out today so I was ready. Every time I go out on the pitch I want to do my best and stamp my authority when I can. I should have got one today, possibly two, maybe three if I’m that harsh on myself. But I can work on my sharpness in training and try to replicate it on the pitch.”This [playing for the first-team] is a completely different level to Under-23s, so my match sharpness has to be twice what it is for those games. But it will come. I’ve been out for the best part of two years and hopefully this is the start of the road ahead.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2019-10-28

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10 months agoEx-ref Clattenburg: Liverpool striker Salah should be banned

first_imgEx-ref Clattenburg: Liverpool striker Salah should be bannedby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League ref Mark Clattenburg says Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah should be suspended for diving.Clattenburg insists the penalties the Egyptian won against Newcastle and Arsenal were soft.He wrote for the Daily Mail: “Diving has once again become a problem in the Premier League.“Mohamed Salah won two soft penalties in three days and Harry Kane was booked for simulation against Wolves.“It is time the FA got strict and their panel must be ruthless when reviewing incidents.“If referee Michael Oliver had decided Salah dived against Arsenal, Salah would have received no punishment other than a caution.“But if the panel decided retrospectively that he dived, he would receive a ban. It’s flawed. The only way to kill diving is if the FA are strong.“People have said Salah did not dive against Newcastle on Boxing Day, so are we saying that contact was enough to knock him down?“What will happen when video technology comes in? Will they see that hand on his left arm and decide it is a spot-kick?“These are the incidents the FA should be trying to stamp out.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2019-10-28

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a month agoMan Utd, Spurs alerted as Juventus must sell big

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd, Spurs alerted as Juventus must sell bigby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League giants are on red alert as Juventus face the need to sell.Calciomercato.com says Juventus desperately need to sell to comply with financial fair play rules.Maurizio Sarri’s side need to recoup £265million to balance the books.It’s thought Cristiano Ronaldo’s £28million per year salary is heavily contributing to Juventus’ spend.Paulo Dybala, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can and Miralem Pjanic recently been linked with clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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21 days ago​Real Madrid: Courtois suffering from gastroenteritis NOT an anxiety attack

first_imgTagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Real Madrid: Courtois suffering from gastroenteritis NOT an anxiety attackby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid say that gastroenteritis – not an anxiety attack – led to Thibaut Courtois’ half-time substitution on Tuesday in the Champions League, reports BBC Sport.The Belgian keeper was replaced by Alphonse Areola at the break with his side trailing 2-0 to Club Bruges at the Bernabeu – a game which ended 2-2.Reports in the Spanish media claimed the 27 year old had an anxiety attack at half time.In a statement released on Friday, Real said these claims are ‘false’.The former Chelsea stopper has instead been treated for acute gastroenteritis and is responding well to treatment, according to the Spanish club. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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20 days agoLiverpool midfielder Milner admits matchwinning penalty ‘tough’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Milner admits matchwinning penalty ‘tough’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner admits his matchwinning penalty against Leicester City was “tough”.Milner – who also created the breakthrough for Mane – was presented with a chance to restore the hosts’ lead from 12 yards with one of the final kicks of the game.The No.7 had to wait for a VAR review to check the challenge by Marc Albrighton on Sadio Mane for which the penalty was awarded, but coolly rolled it home to seal a 2-1 result.He told the club’s website: “Tough obviously, I was just trying to stay calm in that situation and concentrate on what I was going to do.“There was a bit of a wait. I was just trying to concentrate on what was going to happen.“The first thing was whether it was going to be given or not, that’s obviously a new experience because normally it’s a penalty or not. So that was different, but I was just trying to stay calm and concentrate on what I was going to do.“We’re just delighted to get the win; it was always going to be tough, they’re a good team. We looked pretty tired in the second half but we found a way to win again. It shows the character of the squad.” last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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Phil Steele Gives Predictions For Big Ten, SEC Championships On Finebaum

first_imgphil steele finebaumTwitter/@tpolitzCollege football expert Phil Steele hopped on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network today, and he was ready to give some pretty bold predictions about the upcoming college football season. Perhaps his most interesting prediction: Ohio State will win the Big Ten, but may lose a few games in the process.Despite the lack of returning starters @philsteele042 picks the Buckeyes to win the B1G “even though they may lose a couple games”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 8, 2016If Ohio State pulls this off, but has a loss or two, that puts the Big Ten in a very interesting situation when it comes to the College Football Playoff.In the SEC, Steele sees four schools out ahead of the pack, and likes Alabama and LSU the most.@finebaum Hey Paul that was not the order, just the top 4 teams and I just mentioned them as they popped in my head. Bama and LSU are top 2— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) June 8, 2016“The top four teams in the SEC this year (in no particular order) are Bama, Ole Miss, UT & LSU” – @philsteele042 How would you rank them?— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 8, 2016 Steele is also bullish on Miami under Mark Richt. Maybe “The U” will be back sooner than many think?.@philsteele042 says Mark Richt is a “breath of fresh air” in Miami & could see the Canes playing in the ACC title game this year— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 8, 2016 An ACC Coastal title would be a very nice accomplishment for Richt in year one. With a quarterback like Brad Kaaya entering year three, it is on the table. Miami has never played for an ACC championship, since moving over from the Big East, where it was a dominant program.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Report: Inter 1 Napoli 0

first_imgLautaro Martinez came off the bench to earn Inter a hugely important 1-0 victory over nine-man Napoli in Serie A on Wednesday. The game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before Martinez fired home from the centre of the box in additional time, with Kalidou Koulibaly having been sent off with 10 minutes remaining after picking up two bookings in quick succession. Napoli finished the game without Lorenzo Insigne too, the forward shown a straight red card for violent conduct following a confrontation with Keita Balde Diao.  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 win is just Inter’s second in five Serie A matches and eases the pressure on coach Luciano Spalletti.LATE GOALS x FC INTERNAZIONALE MILANOIn our DNA #InterNapoli #FORZAINTER   pic.twitter.com/GZ3iG8erVL — Inter (@Inter_en) December 26, 2018 The match almost got off to the most dramatic of starts – Mauro Icardi spotting goalkeeper Alex Meret off his line and going for goal from kick-off. The crossbar came to Napoli’s rescue on that occasion yet Inter continued to pose the greater threat before the break, Carlo Ancelotti’s visitors not helped by the loss of captain Marek Hamsik with an apparent hamstring injury midway through the first half. Ivan Perisic had the ball in the back of the net after half an hour, picking up the pieces of Joao Mario’s blocked effort to rifle home, but the referee’s assistant correctly flagged for offside. Joao Mario headed straight at Meret seven minutes from half-time while Icardi failed to sort his feet out in time to score from close range, with Koulibaly sliding in to make a crucial block. Jose Callejon drew a save from Samir Handanovic with the first shot on target of the second half in the 66th minute, before Koulibaly was sent off for a pull on Matteo Politano that was quickly followed by a sarcastic clap – referee Paolo Mazzoleni brandishing his yellow card twice in a hurry to dismiss the defender.Icardi then had a headed effort kept out by Meret and penalty appeals for a foul on Keita went unrewarded. A frantic finish saw Kwadwo Asamoah block a Piotr Zielinski strike on the line before the breakthrough finally arrived, Martinez sweeping home after good work down the left by Keita. The drama was not done there, though, Insigne receiving his marching orders for an apparent kick on Keita, the Napoli forward continuing to squabble with the Inter substitute as he left the field. What does it mean? Pressure eases for Spalletti  A disappointing run of results, coupled with the sudden availability of former Inter coach Jose Mourinho, had left some speculating over Spalletti’s future. However, a dramatic victory over Napoli could buy him some additional time in the job, with third-placed Inter now five points behind nearest rivals Napoli and 14 adrift of runaway leaders Juventus.Martinez makes an impact  Martinez was introduced as Inter’s final replacement in the 83rd minute, coming on for Joao Mario. And his big moment arrived a minute after the clock had hit 90, sending the home fans into raptures and earning his side a huge three points. It was Inter’s first goal against Napoli in 496 minutes, ending a drought that stretched back to April 2016.Koulibaly’s game of two halves  Koulibaly was one of Napoli’s more impressive performers while on the pitch, and his block to deny Icardi on the line towards the end of the first half looked like earning his side a point on their travels.However, while the challenge that earned his first booking was soft, the subsequent reaction to the decision was needless and contributed to Napoli’s downfall.Key Opta Facts- Inter have not conceded a goal in all their last six Serie A home games – their best streak since 2010.- Napoli lost in the league for the first time since September 29. They had managed eight wins and two draws following a 3-1 defeat to Juventus.- Inter have scored 12 goals in the last 15 minutes of play in Serie A this season, the same as Napoli.- Napoli faced eight shots in the first half against Inter – only against Juventus (nine) have they allowed an opponent to have more in Serie A this term.- Carlo Ancelotti’s squad have now had three players sent off in th 2018-19 Serie A campaign – the other to be dismissed was Mario Rui, against Juventus.What’s next?  Inter will hope to build on this much-needed result when they visit Empoli in Serie A on Saturday, while Napoli are up against Bologna later the same day.  read morelast_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Bruce Feldman Predicts Texas A&M Will Upset Alabama

first_imgBruce Feldman's picture being used on ESPN while he talks about Texas A&M's upcoming game against Alabama.Twitter/@finebaumBruce Feldman went on The Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday and made a very bold prediction for Alabama vs. Texas A&M.Alabama is a 19-point favorite against Texas A&M this weekend. That is a lot of points for a game between two undefeated SEC teams, but based on how Alabama has run through teams, especially Tennessee last weekend, it is hard to pick against the Crimson Tide.Feldman is more brave than I am. He hopped on with Finebaum on Thursday, and predicted that the Aggies would pull the upset at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He cites Trevor Knight’s ability to push the ball downfield and Texas A&M’s great receiving corps as a major advantage for the Aggies, and thinks this could be a let down spot for the Tide after the blowout win over the Vols.“I think they have a chance to hit big shots down the field because their receivers are really good… I just have a hunch that they’re going to play very well… I just have a hunch that they won’t be that sharp this time around.”A very surprised Finebaum reiterated Feldman’s upset pick, and the FOX Sports analyst said he understands that it is a bold take.“Get the straight-jacket ready for me, I know Paul. It sounds nuts, and I’m probably gonna be wrong. It’ll probably be 59-3.”Feldman is also very interested in an interesting stat about A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. He is 5-2 in games in which his team is a double-digit underdog. From his FOX Sports column on the matter:Overall, Sumlin’s teams have been a double-digit underdog seven times. He’s won five of those games, with all of them on the road, and more impressively he’s 5-1 in them against ranked opponents and 4-1 against AP Top 10 teams as a huge ‘dog. That includes the Aggies’ 41-38 win at No. 3 Auburn when A&M was a 23.5-point underdog.It is definitely an impressive record, and worth nothing for sure. I’m just skeptical that it means that A&M is going to topple Alabama this weekend. The Aggies won’t be sneaking up on anyone.[ESPN]last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup lineup

first_imgU.S. national teams fans cried out for a youth movement in the wake of missing out on the 2018 World Cup, and after a 2018 filled with caps and call-ups for an assortment of teenagers and national team newcomers, the shift to a new generation of players appeared to be in full swing.As the USMNt prepares for its first international tournament since missing the 2018 World Cup, the breaks have been pumped on that youth movement, with head coach Gregg Berhalter looking to bring back some semblence of balance. There are some youngsters, and some new faces, but also a nucleus of veterans who have made their way back into the mix after more than a year away.Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez are back to form the leadership nucleus, while young sensations Tim Weah and Josh Sargent were left out, with Weah starring at the Under-20 World Cup and Sargent missing the cut for the Gold Cup after seeing sparse playing time for Werder Bremen in 2019. 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? This was still set to be a showcase Gold Cup for young American stars though, with Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams ready to embark on their first of what U.S. fans were hoping would be many tournaments as the USMNT. That was before Adams was forced out with a groin issue that adds him to a list of Americans missing the Gold Cup that includes John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin and more recently Duane Holmes.Recent pre-Gold Cup losses to Jamaica and Venezuela have shaken the confidence in Berhalter’s plan among fans, but Berhalter has remained resolute that the team has the components to do well once he brings the full squad together. Just what will that team look like when the tough matches at the Gold Cup get rolling? Here is a look at the first-choice lineup we could see Berhalter turn to, along with his full set of options:GFX USMNT Gold Cup XIGOALKEEPERZack Steffen USMNT 02092019 ISI JDZack Steffen is the undisputed started for Berhalter, even with his blunder against Venezuela. His passing out of the back, and shot-stopping ability are as good as there is in the player pool, and he’ll be looking to impress in his first tournament as the national team starter.Sean Johnson has played his way into the number two spot, edging past Ethan Horvath even before the Club Brugge goalkeeper was forced out of the Gold Cup mix with a hand injury. Johnson may be light on USMNT caps, but he has plenty of years of experience as a pro, and his passing skills have been sharpened in NYCFC’s possession-based system.DEFENDERSAaron Long USA Ecuador 2019Concerns about the defense began as soon as John Brooks went down injured and Aaron Long suffered a hamstring injury shortly thereafter. Suddenly, the same unit that looked so good in March was in pieces, leaving Berhalter to dig into his depth.Long has recovered from the hamstring injury, but will need some games to get back to his full sharpness. Berhalter needs him at his best because Long is the best one-on-one defender the team has, and his ability to handle tough strikers will help take some of the pressure off the rest of the defense.Matt Miazga should be the other central defender, and fits well next to Long. Miazga’s passing ability gives him the edge over Walker Zimmerman, but Zimmerman is going to push Miazga for that spot, and should see some time in this tournament. Omar Gonzalez has more experience than the other central defenders, but he’s also a step slower than he was back in his prime. The right back role will be Nick Lima’s to make the most of. Reggie Cannon replaced Tyler Adams on the roster, but Lima is the fullback with the skillset to handle the hybrid right back/defensive midfielder role Berhalter had been planning for Adams. Lima has looked good in that role before, and could be one of the breakout players in the tournament.At left back, Tim Ream is Berhalter’s first-choice option. Ream is an excellent passer, and solid defender, but he’s also prone to the random mistakes that can lead to disaster. Ream can work well as the left central defender in a three-man defense, which we should see on occasion in the Gold Cup. Daniel Lovitz is Ream’s back-up at left back, and also a viable option at left wingback.MIDFIELDERSWeston McKennie USMNT Ecuador 03212019 ISI JDThe most exciting aspect of the 2019 U.S. Gold Cup squad is the chance to see Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie operating as the dual number 10s in Berhalter’s 4-3-3 system.There is an argument to be made for Pulisic being more effective on the wing, where he has thrived for Borussia Dortmund, but Berhalter has expressed a commitment to deploying Pulisic in a central role, while also giving him the freedom to interchange with the left winger at times.Cristian Roldan has the versatility to play a variety of roles, from the 10 roles to defensive midfield, and even on the right wing in a pinch. If Berhalter changes his mind about using Pulisic as a winger then we should see Roldan slide into a starting spot. There’s also an argument to be made for starting him as the team’s defensive midfielder, especially if Michael Bradley is slow to recover from the hamstring injury that has kept him out of action in recent weeks.Losing Duane Holmes to injury was a tough blow, with the Derby County midfielder looking good in his debut USMNT appearances. The defensive midfield role in Berhalter’s system is a vital one, and having Bradley healthy for the later stages of the tournament will be key to any hopes the USMNT has of winning the Gold Cup. The MVP of the 2017 Gold Cup, Bradley has a track record of success in the competition, and against Mexico, Wil Trapp hasn’t been in the best form in recent months, but his experience in Berhalter’s system has helped him maintain his place in the squad, and he should have a chance in the group stage to show he’s capable of handling the heavy workload that role requires.FORWARDJozy Altidore USMNT 06092019Jozy Altidore has a tortured history with tournaments and the injuries that have either cost him them completely or cut them short. That said, when healthy, Altidore is still very much a force and remains the best striker in the USMNT pool by a wide margin. He stands to benefit the most if Berhalter’s system can unleash Pulisic and McKennie as playmakers.Berhalter will need to manage Altidore’s playing time to ensure he is healthy for a deep run in the knockout rounds, which means Gyasi Zardes should see a good amount of time. Zardes’ value as Altidore’s understudy, and occasional strike partner, will likely mean he won’t be deployed as a winger, though he has shown in the past that he can contribute there as well.Paul Arriola should be a starter on the wing, though which wing will depend on other personnel. He’s a natural right winger, but Berhalter has shown an affinity for playing him on the left, where he can cut inside naturally and interchange with Pulisic. If Berhalter gives Arriola the nod on the left, then Jordan Morris is the favorite to man the right wing. Morris has Gold Cup experience, having played in and scored the title winner in the 2017 Gold Cup final.Berhalter’s other option is to play USMNT newcomer Tyler Boyd on the left wing, his natural role, and slotting Arriola on the right wing. This could end up the preferred setup if Morris is slow to regain sharpness after being sidelined by a recent injury. Morris also didn’t look good with the USMNT in March on the right wing, though he showed much more promise coming off the bench in the recent loss to Venezuela.Berhalter could choose to deploy wingbacks in a variation of a 5-4-1, which could allow Arriola as a wingback, where he has the tools to thrive. Boyd could conceivably work as a left wingback, though Daniel Lovitz would be a more likely option in that setup.Jonathan Lewis is the late-game bench option to help give the team some speed when the Americans are looking for a late goal.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Top 15-Year Old Recruit Julien Simon Looks Like He Could Play In The NFL Tomorrow

first_img15-year old recruit Julien Simon visits Alabama.Julien Simon is only 15-years old. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him.The Tacoma, Washington native is a 6-foot-2, 215 pound athlete. Of course, we all have to wait a while before we ever see him play college ball.Simon is in the class of 2021. However, he already has some huge programs after him.Julien Simon went on a recent visit to Alabama, and pictures of him in a Crimson Tide uniform went viral.He legitimately looks like he could be entering his senior year at running back for Nick Saban. Just based on this video, you could give Simon 12/1 Heisman odds and no one would bat an eye..@_JulienSimon next big time tailback from Bama? Measured in today at 6–1 220 at only 15 years old. So he’s only gonna get bigger and better! Watch out..? pic.twitter.com/AKzgtqtO1b— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) June 23, 2018He doesn’t just look the part either. Simon was a two-sport star as a freshman for Lincoln High School. He also has some serious ability on the basketball court..@NWBallers Class of ’21 is special…@Vol_Football makes @_JulienSimon his 5th offer. Also has #GoBuffs #FightOn #GoUtes and #GoDucksFull 2-sport mix on YouTube: https://t.co/IPCsCO0HuY#GoVols #VFL #PoweredByTheT pic.twitter.com/zpUaunzeEW— Northwest Ballers (@NWBallers) June 26, 2018Interestingly, given his frame, he started out at wide receiver. It is unclear if that will be his best position going forward, but the big man can really run some routes.Apparently he impressed coaches at the camp in Tuscaloosa..@_JulienSimon was awesome during one on one’s 6-1 220 Running routes like he’s 190!!! This kid is a problem!!!! @AlabamaFTBL coaches were very impressed! pic.twitter.com/Hjth0gnrQN— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) June 24, 2018So far, Alabama hasn’t extended an offer. It is extremely early in his recruiting cycle of course.Five programs have kicked things off with early scholarship offers, however. Colorado, Oregon, Tennessee, USC, and Utah are all after Simon.Keep this name in mind as we move closer to 2021. He has the makings of a big time blue-chip recruit.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Syracuse Is Getting Crushed For Clock Management On Clemson’s Winning Drive

first_imgDino Babers standing on the Syracuse sideline with his hands behind his back.SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Dino Babers of the Syracuse Orange watches game action from the sideline during the second half against the South Florida Bulls on September 17, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. South Florida defeats Syracuse 45-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)No. 3 Clemson just escaped at home against Syracuse. The Tigers trailed 16-7 at halftime and 23-13 in the fourth quarter, and had to come back using third-string quarterback Chase Brice.The Tigers won the game on a 94-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes. The running game did most of the damage, though Brice did connect on a big fourth-and-6 throw.Clemson’s offensive line wore down Syracuse, and the Orange defense seemed gassed in the second half. Travis Etienne rushed for 203 yards and Adam Choice and Tavian Feaster combined for an additional 102.On Clemson’s game-winning drive, Syracuse did not use one of its three timeouts to stop the clock once the Tigers got down near the goal line. In doing so, they left themselves only 41 seconds to have to drive the length of the field once Clemson scored.The curious clock management drew plenty of criticism.293 rushing yards for the Tigers. That last drive, really the last few drives, were managed poorly by Dino and Ward. No reason to leave a timeout in your pocket even to keep it for the offense. Can Syracuse pull off a miracle in :41?— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) September 29, 2018Is Syracuse really going to end this game with two timeouts still sitting there?— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 29, 2018Syracuse, SMH. And why not timeout???— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 29, 2018Um…Syracuse needs to be calling timeout.— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) September 29, 2018What a mess for Syracuse to end this game. Not using TOs. Stupid penalties, not knowing snap counts.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) September 29, 2018Shouldn’t Cuse have called a timeout?— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 29, 2018Syracuse’s approach to clock management today. pic.twitter.com/9Ire5wx3ne— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 29, 2018Syracuse needs a clock management coach @MoEgger1530— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) September 29, 2018Would Syracuse have won if they called a timeout or two? Impossible to know, because Clemson’s defense at that point was able to pin its ears back with the lead and use its impressive defensive line to rush the QB.Still, Syracuse didn’t exactly give itself much of a chance.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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NFL Draft Analysts Predict Two Perfect Fits For Iowa Star T.J. Hockenson

first_imgT.J. Hockenson of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs for a touchdown.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 13: T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs for a touchdown against the Indiana Hossiers at Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s not common for multiple tight ends to go in the first round of the NFL Draft, but this year’s class is pretty loaded. Two of the top prospects at the position come from Iowa, as both Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson should hear their names called next Thursday.Hockenson is coming off a very productive season with the Hawkeyes. He finished with 49 receptions for 760 yards and six touchdowns.Although Hockenson doesn’t have as much athleticism as Fant, the expectation is that he’ll go earlier in the draft. Some scouts have said that he shares similar qualities with Rob Gronkowski.Multiple franchises will have interest in drafting Hockenson in the first round, but there are only two teams that makes the most sense according to multiple NFL analysts.Chad Reuter and Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believe the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers present ideal landing spots for Hockenson.Denver has the No. 10 overall selection and could be looking for an upgrade over Jeff Heuerman.Hockenson and the Broncos are one of the best prospect-team fits in this draft, as he immediately helps the run and passing games.It would certainly be entertaining to watch Hockenson catch passes from Aaron Rodgers. However, the Packers could elect to address other areas of weakness due to all the money they pay Jimmy Graham at tight end.New head coach Matt LaFleur relied heavily on three-tight end sets during his season as the Titans’ offensive coordinator. If Hockenson is still available at No. 12 (and doesn’t go to the Broncos, as my colleague Lance suggested earlier in this piece), he’d be a nice get. Adding him to the mix with veterans Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis gives LaFleur pass catchers and run blockers at the position.Regardless of where he lands on Thursday, Hockenson has the potential to improve any team’s passing attack.[NFL.com]last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Nebraska Fans Are Getting Praised For What They Did On Friday

first_img The Sea of Red took its tradition of respecting visiting fans on the road Friday, greeting Ohio State fans flying into the Lincoln Airport with some “Nebraska nice.” https://t.co/Evf4ngvO3l pic.twitter.com/FIuIwoqMP7— Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) September 27, 2019Nicest fans in the Big Ten and it’s not even close.https://t.co/rquRbHwxqL— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 28, 2019ESPN’s College GameDay is back in Lincoln for the game. Kirk Herbstreit couldn’t be more excited.“I love this stadium, I love the size of it, I love what they’ve done. I love the fans here and how passionate they are, and how much they love their team through thick or thin. This is one of the great places in the country,” he said.Nebraska and Ohio State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ABC. View of Nebraska Cornhuskers fans.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Students of the Nebraska Cornhuskers hold a sign in support of head coach Scott Frost (not pictured) at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska Cornhuskers fans are arguably the nicest fans in the country and they showed it on Friday afternoon at the airport.A group of Huskers fans greeted the incoming Ohio State fans at the airport on Friday, welcoming them to Nebraska.Nebraska fans had “Welcome Buckeyes” signs as they greeted Buckeyes fans traveling to Lincoln for Saturday night’s game.It’s pretty awesome.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Bernard Tomic does not meet the standards of behaviour: Tennis Australia

first_imgBernard Tomic does not meet the standards of behaviour: Tennis AustraliaTennis Australia has slammed Bernard Tomic for trying to damage the image and culture of the country’s Davis Cup team and its captain Lleyton Hewitt.advertisement India Today Web Desk AdelaideFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 16:42 IST Bernard Tomic has not played consistently since Lleyton Hewitt took charge of the team (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTennis Australia slams Bernard Tomic for trying to damage the image of the country’s Davis Cup teamTomic has called for Lleyton Hewitt to be replaced as Davis Cup captain and accused him of favouritism”Tomic is deliberately trying to damage the culture — and not for the first time,” Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley saidTennis Australia has slammed Bernard Tomic for trying to damage the image of the country’s Davis Cup team. Tomic has time and again lashed out at Lleyton Hewitt, saying Australia’s Davis Cup captain is causing division among the players.Tomic triggered the war of words after being dumped from the Australian Open first round. At his post-match media conference, he called for twice Grand Slam champion Hewitt to be replaced as Davis Cup captain and accused him of favouritism in the awarding of wildcards to the Australian men’s players in the draw.”No one likes him [Lleyton Hewitt] anymore. We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about… he’s doing the wrong thing and everyone’s leaving,” Tomic had said during the Australian Open last month.Tomic played Davis Cup for 10 years but hasn’t played consistently since Hewitt has been in charge of the team. He was also not part of Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina.”Lleyton’s legacy and his tennis speaks for itself. He’s an unbelievable champion,” Tomic said. “But what he’s doing now is wrong.”Last year at the Australian Open, Hewitt countered Tomic’s claim that Australia couldn’t win without him by saying he doubted Tomic would play again under his captaincy.Hewitt has also alleged that he had been blackmailed and physically threatened by Tomic.”Deeply disappointed with the ongoing disrespect from Bernard and his father,” Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley.”Lleyton is right to say Bernard will not be considered for Davis Cup. Bernard does not meet the standards of behaviour and commitment to himself, the team or the sport,” said Tiley.advertisement”Now, he is deliberately trying to damage that culture — and not for the first time.”We have given [Tomic] more than a decade of support. Ultimately, we have to draw a line when the behaviour does not warrant the support.”Bernard’s father, John, has threatened taking legal action against Hewitt for an incident in 2010.He has alleged Hewitt came to his son’s hotel room during Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Taiwan in March 2010 and pressured him to reveal who from Tennis Australia was telling him what to say publicly.”In regards to John Tomic’s recent claim in the media about an alleged incident in 2010, we are not aware of any formal complaint lodged by either John or Bernard,” he said.”Both Bernard and John have enjoyed a lot of support since in many areas of their lives — including a long and sustained period of personal commitment and whole-hearted effort from Lleyton Hewitt as Davis Cup captain.” Tomic.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Bernard TomicFollow Lleyton HewittFollow Tennis AustraliaFollow Davis Cup Nextlast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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