Juventus ‘Extraordinary’ Juventus deserved Serie A title – Allegri Patric Ridge 06:42 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Juventus Juventus v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A The Juve boss congratulated Napoli after they pushed the champions all the way in race for the league title Massimiliano Allegri insists his “extraordinary” Juventus side deserved to win their seventh straight Serie A title – but congratulated Napoli for their efforts over the course of the season.Juve capped off their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Verona on Saturday , as the Bianconeri faithful bid farewell to veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon .Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli led the Scudetto race for much of the season, but they ultimately failed to keep pace with their rivals in the closing stages of a two-horse race. 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 “The team had an extraordinary season and it’s always wonderful to win,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium .”We fought with Napoli throughout the year. We tip our hats to them, but we were the best.”It’s not right to criticise a team that has won everything in Italy for seven years and gone very close in Europe.”The best side always wins in Serie A and over the last seven years, Juventus have been consistently the best, the ones with their names written in the history books.”When you play for Juventus, you have to be a top-quality player. We never take anything for granted, nor accept we are beaten. That is a characteristic this club has ingrained.”when you make #MY7H !!!| https://t.co/5lHhnuA2DA pic.twitter.com/selRADlJqe — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 19, 2018 Buffon is not the only stalwart leaving in the close season, with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah also departing.Claudio Marchisio has also been linked with a move away from Turin, while doubts remain over the futures of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. Even Allegri himself has been a reported target for Arsenal, who are searching for Arsene Wenger’s replacement.However, the Juventus boss was unfazed by the immediate future – and confessed his disappointment at not enjoying greater success in the Champions League this term.”We will meet next week to plan out the future, understand where we can improve and I don’t think there will be any problems,” he added.”We missed the icing on the cake, which is the Champions League, but we can’t know how it would’ve ended in extra time against Real Madrid.”
Liverpool Karius suffered concussion during Champions League final Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 02:59 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Getty Liverpool Sergio Ramos Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The goalkeeper suffered a night to forget against Real Madrid in Kiev, but tests results have shown that he was suffering with a head injury Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a concussion during his side’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.The German was roundly criticised for his performance during the 3-1 loss in Kiev after two calamitous errors led to the Blancos securing a third successive European title.But tests carried out by the Massachusetts General Hospital have now found that Karius was suffering from a head injury at the time. 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 “On May 31, 2018 Mr. Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital,” a statement read.”After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history – including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms – physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match May 26, 2018.”At the time of our evaluation, Mr. Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.”We also note that Mr. Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.”Though not confirmed by the statement, there is a suggestion that the injury that Karius suffered came due to challenge from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who had earlier instigated the first-half challenge that saw Mohamed Salah suffer a dislocated shoulder.Early in the second period the pair were involved a coming together inside the penalty area, with replays showing Karius was caught by the elbow of the Spain international defender.Though clearly shaken by the incident, Karius was able to continue without treatment, with the referee also opting not to award a foul.Moments later the ball was in the back of the Liverpool net as Karius looked to roll the ball out to a team-mate, only for Karim Benzema to block the ball and divert it into the bottom corner.Though Karius had no chance of stopping Gareth Bale’s stunning overhead kick to make it 2-1 following Sadio Mane’s equaliser, his night to forget continued in the closing stages as he spilled a speculative drive from the Welshman into his own net.Though Karius apologised to his team-mates and supporters after full-time, many have questioned whether he should play for the club again, with Roma’s Alisson a reported target to replace him next season.But these latest results may soften those views as he looks to rebuild his career at the age of 24.Karius himself asked for the results of the tests to be revealed, with Liverpool themselves offering no objections having not being involved in the process. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Powerade VIDEO: Jurgen Klopp taught me everything – Mario Gotze’s pro evolution Goal 22:40 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Powerade Germany v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Germany Friendlies Videos The World Cup winner says the Liverpool boss was the perfect tutor to teach him all he knows about football Many young footballers can grow weary and disillusioned with academy football, but Mario Gotze is grateful for the tutelage he received while he was progressing through the youth ranks at Borussia Dortmund.BVB have garnered a strong reputation for youth development in recent years, with Gotze, who made is debut for Dortmund aged 17, just one of a host of supremely gifted starlets to benefit from the coaching on offer at Hohenbuschei.“For me, playing through all the youth teams at Borussia Dortmund was a really good experience because I was able to play against talented opponents at a relatively early age,” Gotze said. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I started learning whilst I was young and at a great playing level. It was a very positive time for me.”Key to Gotze’s development was Jurgen Klopp. The affable Liverpool boss enjoyed great success during his time at the Westfalenstadion and afforded Gotze a role in which he could flourish as Dortmund strode to league and cup glory.The immense faith shown by Klopp is not lost on Gotze: “I’m still in touch with Jurgen. Of course, he taught me everything about professional football.“At that time, I was just 17 and coming up from the youth team. He introduced me to everything. He let me play.”
The Queensland State Championships wrapped up for 2013 and some results are below.Men’s Open – South Queensland Sharks (12) def Brisbane City Cobras (9)Player of the Final – Drumayne Dayberg-Muir (South Qld) Women’s Open – Brisbane City Cobras (5) def South Queensland (3)Player of the Final – Emily Hennessey (Brisbane)Mixed Open – South Queensland Sharks (11) def Brisbane City (10)Female Player of the Final – Kylie Gainer (South Qld)Male Player of the Final – Steve Loutitt (South Qld)Men’s 20s – South Queensland Sharks 2 (11) def South Queensland Sharks 1 (9)Player of the Final – Kyle Hadwen (South Qld 2)Women’s 20s – Brisbane City Cobras (9) def South Queensland Sharks (1)Player of the Final – Laura Waldie (Brisbane)Women’s 27s Champions – Australian Defence TouchWomen’s 35s – South Queensland Sharks (6) def South West Queensland Swans (5)Player of the Final – Jody English (South Qld)2013 Regional Champions – South Queensland SharksFor full results, go to http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-8575-0-0-0&a=COMPSThank you to Queensland Touch Football for providing the article content.Related LinksState Champs Results
Prior to the start of the State of Origin series, the two captains of the men’s open teams Steve Roberts (New South Wales) and Daniel Withers (Queensland) shared their final thoughts.Steve Roberts on…The first game:“The nerves are starting to creep in but there is a good feeling amongst the boys. We are seeking redemption from the last time we played.”The 2012 series loss:“We’ve spoken more so about us and what we can do. I think we are masters of our own destiny. We talked about our attitude and getting that right.”The sky blue of New South Wales:“Whenever you put on a rep jersey, I always wear it with pride. That’s the feeling we are trying to distil in everyone within the team. It is up there with the fastest touch you will play, alongside the Trans-Tasman series. It is really exciting and the skill level out there will be on show.”Daniel Withers on…His team:“We are pumped and are really keen to go. We have got some really young guys who are just enthusiastic and are tearing at the bit to get out there and prove they are more than good enough.”Pressure of being defending champions and playing in Queensland:“At the end of the day you just have to take it as another game. For us it is about coming down tonight, turning up and make sure for 40 minutes we rip and tear, take care of a few things in our game plan and make the scoreboard in our favour.”Team’s preparation:“We had our last session a couple of weeks ago and it was incredibly sharp. I was probably the most sharpest session I’ve ever walked away from in my touch career. We are extremely excited and to see these young boys out there, and if they can bring their A-game, it will just be awesome.”State of Origin series:“You look at the rugby league guys and the New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry, nothing changes. It is probably the fastest game you will ever be involved in and to get out there, play at this level, against some of your mates and the best players in the world, there is no better stage to be running on.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksCaptain’s tales: Men
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer & Man Utd job: Why he’d be no caretaker at Man Cityby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Eleven years. Eleven years he’s been at it. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and this coaching career of his. This Manchester United move has been eleven years in the making.It may come as a surprise for some. Particularly his ex-teammates. But for Solskjaer, there was a career before Cardiff City. And even more significantly, there has been one after it. Yet despite the consecutive victories. The eight goals. The football. The excitement. The simple lift Solskjaer has given everyone connected to the club. The prospect of the Norwegian being rewarded a long-term contract by United remains remote. Well, that is, at least according to those who would regard themselves as Solskjaer’s peers.None of them could rattle off his record pre- and post- Cardiff. The two titles with Molde. The European football. Achievements never before seen in their 107 year history. Then there’s the work that has established him as a manager. His approach to the transfer market. His development of young players. And his transformation of Norwegian football – breaking away from the school of Egil ‘Drillo’ Olsen, the former Wimbledon manager. Indeed, it’s now reached the point where Solskjaer has expressed openly about the national team returning to Drillo’s approach, believing the robust style of game suits the current generation more than the football that he actively pushed in his first spell at Molde.And for all that, there is also the fight-back. The post- Cardiff experience. Learning where he went wrong. Rebuilding his reputation. His self belief. And the belief of those around him. A run to the knockout phase of the Europa League. Consecutive second place finishes in the Eliteserien. Then an enquiry this year. Not from United – but from Malmo of Sweden. The rebuild, even before this dream opportunity, was complete. Need perspective? Gary Neville, who is simply one of many, doesn’t want his long time teammate to get the permanent job. His choice is Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager. The same Pochettino who was sacked after less than three seasons in charge at Espanyol. The one who really owes his career to the foresight and genius of Nicola Cortese, Southampton’s former mover and shaker. The Italian rolling the dice on a Pochettino with eight years less experience than the apparent gamble United have made in Solskjaer.If he was connected to Manchester City, they’d all be celebrating his return today. Solskjaer’s time away from United a mirror to the experience Patrick Vieira, now in charge of Nice, gained doing his apprenticeship at City. The only difference being, Solskjaer is now in the job he most coveted, while Vieira has had to go to France to take the next step in his career.So why can’t these past eleven years be regarded as Solskjaer’s apprenticeship? The hard yards? The peaks. The valleys. And all learning along the way? What is so different between what Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain rolled out for Vieira at City and what Solskjaer has done on his own during a decade away from the club?On Wednesday, after victory over Huddersfield, Solskjaer apologised for being late to the group of Norwegian reporters who have been shadowing him. The reason? He’d had an impromptu meeting with “the boss”. At 45, the same age as Solskjaer today, Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of United some 32 years ago. And unlike those in the media who played under him, he has kept up to date on Solskjaer’s progress since handing him the job of strikers coach 11 years ago. Ferguson’s recommendation wasn’t done on a whim. It wasn’t based on nostalgia or simple hope. Solskjaer was brought to the club because Sir Alex believed him the best candidate for the job.Nils Arne Eggen, Rosenborg’s legendary coach, had it nailed last week.The 15-time league title winner stating: “It was a surprise as they tend to go for the big name in both Europe and the world. But I know full well who is behind it. It’s probably my friend for many years, Mr. Ferguson. “He and I have a bit of the same thing about having a philosophy that is borne out by those who have lived by this philosophy.”Certainly, Solskjaer – like Ferguson – has the United ‘philosophy’, the DNA, coursing through him. And after 11 years on the training pitch, the education to mesh that DNA with his coaching know-how.The Norwegian deserves to be regarded as more than a stop-gap. His achievements through an eleven year apprenticeship is proof enough of that.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Butt insists Man Utd fortunate to have Solskjaer as managerby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United head of first team development Nicky Butt says the club are fortunate to have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.Academy graduates Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Brandon Williams, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood have all featured this season.And Butt says the Norwegian’s experience of working in the academy and being a young player at the club is vitally important in his role.”He’s really approachable, knows the club inside out, what it takes to be a footballer here,” Butt said of Solskjaer.”Even though he wasn’t an academy member, he came as a very young boy and was lost, didn’t know what to do and embraced the club and ended up becoming one of the family.”We’re fortunate at the minute that Ole is in hotseat. He’s coached in the academy, he did his coaching badges with academy players and coaches, so he knows pretty much everybody right down to the Under-12s in the club and that can only be beneficial.”
Liverpool striker Origi earns praise from Genk chief: The perfect squad playerby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenk technical director Dimitri de Conde believes that Liverpool have the perfect squad player in Divock Origi.The young striker may not be first choice at the Anfield club, but he is a key member of the squad.He proved his worth last season, scoring key goals for the team throughout the season.The 24-year-old scored two in the Champions League semi final second leg, and in the final against Tottenham.”He is a fantastic person,” Genk director de Conde said about Origi to the Mirror. “I played with his father Mike and he has the same respect for the game.”He puts so much effort in, he is a team player and, even though he doesn’t start every game, he is just as determined as every other player.”That is the perfect quality to have in your squad and that is why he deserved his chance in the Champions League last season and the reason that he scored in the final. He gives everything for the team.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@BleacherReportMidway through the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Big 12 showdown between Baylor and Oklahoma, Bears safety Terrell Burt went down with what Kirk Herbstreit, on air, called a “bush league” flop. As it turns out, Burt’s injury was legit, and Herbstreit later apologized for his comments on Twitter. Today, Burt took to the platform, and made sure to let everyone know that he’d do something like that.I will never ever fake an injury. I will always fight for my brothers and give them my all regardless. #BaylorNation #lionhearted— Terrell Burt (@terrell_burt_13) November 16, 2015Burt had reportedly been injured on a prior play, but did not want to come out of the game, so teammate Ryan Reid had to tell him to go down to receive treatment.
Twitter/@ClemsonFBClemson, last year’s national runner-up, opened up its 2016 training camp yesterday. The Tigers are considered one of the favorites to win this year’s national championship after coming up just short in 2015.Besides a Heisman candidate at quarterback and an intimidating home field, Clemson is known for its social media presence. The program dropped a highlight video this afternoon recapping yesterday’s practice.Clemson aims to take the next step in 2016.Lace up. Strap in. Cross the line. #Clemson Football is here. Finish with no regrets. #ALLIN #BYOG pic.twitter.com/oxL4kEKCrC— Clemso Football (@ClemsonFB) August 4, 2016The Tigers open up their 2016 season at Auburn on Sept. 3. Kick-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.To see what Auburn has been up to in its camp, click here.
Royal Rumble fever is gripping wrestling fans across the world and Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp got in the mood with a ‘Mr Socko’ celebration ahead of the pay-per-view event.The Blades captain was instrumental in his side’s 2-2 Championship draw away to Norwich City on Saturday, scoring two equalisers to ensure United left Carrow Road with a point.Things took an unexpected turn after Sharp equalised from the penalty spot just before half time, when he produced a sock and placed it over his hand in the style of iconic wrestler Mick Foley. 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? He proceeded to celebrate with the prop, known as ‘Mr Socko’, and jokingly performed Foley’s infamous finishing move, ‘the Mandible Claw’, on his team-mates.Billy Sharp’s Mr Socko WWE celebration is the best thing you’ll see all day 🧦Does @RealMickFoley know that you’ve kidnapped Socko, @billysharp10? pic.twitter.com/ZgfuLPghKR— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) January 26, 2019Having cancelled out Onel Hernandez’s opener, Sharp was again on hand to haul Sheffield United level in the second half, striking in the 79th minute after Teemu Pukki put Norwich ahead once more.The 32-year-old’s unusual Mick Foley-themed celebration did not go unnoticed and the man himself even took to Twitter to acknowledge it.”Oh, this is TREMENDOUS! Thank you Billy Sharp,” Foley said on his official page.Oh, this is TREMENDOUS! Thank you @billysharp10 & @SoccerAM https://t.co/fSEhpm68IJ— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 26, 2019The 2019 Royal Rumble, which is one of the WWE’s flagship events, will take place on Sunday, January 27, with things set to kick off at around 10pm GMT (5pm ET).It is the 32nd edition of the event, which is a ‘battle royal’ style of tournament, in which participants enter at timed intervals.The aim of the Royal Rumble is to eliminate opponents by throwing them over the top rope and making both feet touch the floor.The last wrestler left in the ring is typically rewarded with a main event bout at Wrestlemania.
Sadio Mane hinted at a Liverpool stay as he vowed to deliver more trophies for the club after winning the Champions League.A Mohamed Salah penalty and Divock Origi strike saw Liverpool overcome Tottenham 2-0 in the decider in Madrid on Saturday.After helping the Premier League giants win a sixth European Cup/Champions League crown, Mane – who has been linked with Real Madrid – said the squad would push on. 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? “We have more things to come,” he said, via the club’s website.”We will do everything to win [more] trophies with this squad.”The star attacker added: “We are very proud and very happy to win this trophy. The dream has come true.”I could not have anything better.”Mane produced a good display in the final, but Liverpool needed some fine stops from goalkeeper Alisson to secure their win.CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE. #SixTimes pic.twitter.com/Vu4pJ6YdaC — Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019 The Senegal international believes Brazil shot-stopper Alisson deserves to be recognised as the world’s best.”I can’t describe how good Alisson was – I saw him make incredible saves for us,” Mane said.”We are very happy to have him in our squad. He makes us even better. For me he is the best in the world.”Liverpool’s sixth crown has them double the next best total for any English side, and they became the first side since 2010 to win a Champions League final while having less of the ball than their opponent. But the Reds are still searching for a Premier League title having come up just short in the chase this season, finishing a single point behind Manchester City. Mane will once again be expected to carry a heavy load for the club next season, with he and team-mate Mohamed Salah having both ended up on 22 goals in the league, tied with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the joint-leaders. The two have formed one of the most formidable strike partnerships in world football over the last two seasons and, having both scored in Champions League finals, are now two of the five players African players to have scored in the European showpiece, following Rabah Madjer, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea full-back Reece James is set to remain at Stamford Bridge this season as a host of other Blues players are lined up for loan or permanent departures.James, who impressed during a loan spell with Wigan Athletic last season, is nursing an ankle injury suffered while playing for England in the Toulon Tournament over the summer.Once fit he will join up with a group of players who have been training with the club’s development squad in west London while Frank Lampard and the first team have been away in Ireland and Japan on pre-season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But James is set to be retained by Lampard alongside fellow academy graduates Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham as he builds his squad at Stamford Bridge.Other members of that group currently in the English capital include United States international Matt Miazga, who is closing in on a return to Reading having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Championship side.Fellow centre-back and England Under-21 captain Jake Clarke-Salter, meanwhile, is in talks with Birmingham City, Swansea City and Leeds United regarding a loan move.Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain have been exploring a loan move for Tiemoue Bakayoko with an expensive purchase option, but have not progressed talks after initial contact for the France midfielder.And Celta Vigo are continuing to battle Leganes to sign Kenneth Omeruo on a permanent deal, but they are both struggling to meet Chelsea’s €7 million (£6m/$8m) valuation of the Nigeria defender.Baba Rahman, who is in the last year of his Chelsea contract, is also likely to leave on a permanent basis having spoken to clubs in England and France regarding a move.Marseille have been linked by some with signing the Ghana international, but are not understood to be one of those interested in making a move.Izzy Brown, Lucas Piazon, Dujon Sterling, Lewis Baker and Trevoh Chalobah are also expected to depart on loan as the young stars increasingly work out moves for next season.Lampard is happily promoting stars as he works with a transfer ban that has been imposed by FIFA on Chelsea for the wrongdoing signing of overseas minors.The 41-year-old has already signalled his intent to keep Mount, Abraham and Kurt Zouma within the squad for the upcoming season, although the futures of others currently in Japan such as Fikayo Tomori, Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy are less clear.It had been thought that Tomori could feature under Lampard having been named Derby County’s Player of the Season last season under the new Blues boss, but at best would be fifth-choice at Stamford Bridge this term and would be better served earning further experience elsewhere.
Arsenal coach Unai Emery has hailed Nicolas Pepe as a “very good player” as his side close in on signing the winger.Sources have confirmed to Goal that Gunners are close to an €80 million (£72m/$89m) agreement with Lille as talks progressed rapidly over the weekend.Pepe had been linked to Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain after tallying 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last term, but it is the north London side who have jumped ahead of the queue with an offer to pay Lille’s asking price in installments. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Emery was full of praise for the 24-year-old, saying Arsenal will keep looking to strengthen the squad before the new season begins on August 11.”The club is thinking about how we can improve. There are different players on the table,” Emery said after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon in a friendly on Sunday. “Pepe’s a very good player. We only want players who can really, really improve the squad. We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.”Meanwhile, Lyon boss and former Arsenal star Sylvinho backed Pepe to succeed at the Emirates Stadium when he was asked how he thinks the attacker will fare in England.“Pepe is a top player and could add a lot to Arsenal,” he said.Arsenal are not the only side to have made a bid for Pepe this summer, as the club’s president, Gerard Lopez, admitted on Friday that four clubs have made acceptable bids, naming Napoli as one.“We received offers that satisfy us economically from four big clubs.“[Napoli chairman Aurelio] De Laurentiis has satisfied our request for €80m. Now it is up to the player to decide where he wants to go.“He must make that decision based on the offers that his agents have received from the four clubs.“On Monday, Pepe will return from vacation and I believe that by the middle of the week he will have made a decision.”Pepe, whose contract with Lille runs until 2022, has scored 37 times in 79 appearances for the club since joining from Angers in 2017.
SAN DIEGO, CA- DECEMBER 27: Members of the United States Marine Corps hold a giant flag while the National Anthem is sung before the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the USC Trojans take the field during the National University Holiday Bowl on December 27, 2014 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)The Holiday Bowl, one of the longest-running bowl games, will be undergoing a scheduling change this year. For the first time ever, the game will be played New Year’s Eve.Usually, the Holiday Bowl is played between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Last year’s game was played on Dec. 28, and the contest has been held on Dec. 30 on 16 occasions in its 40-year history.In the early years of the Holiday Bowl, the game was occasionally played before Christmas, but hasn’t been played before Dec. 27 since the mid-1980s.This year’s edition will be played at SDCCU Stadium on Dec. 31. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on FS1.“We’re fired up,” said Mark Neville, the Holiday Bowl’s executive director. “For the first time in our history, we’ll be kicking off the new year with the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. We’re looking at it as we’ve got your plans set for New Year’s Eve. You can check that box off. SDCCU Stadium is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.”[ … ]“It will end before midnight on the East Coast, probably around 10:30,” Neville said. “People are going to be awake, so they’re going to be watching it. Then they can turn over and watch the ball drop (in New York).”In addition to the Holiday Bowl, the Military, San Francisco, Sun, Liberty and Gator Bowls will all be played on Dec. 31.The Holiday Bowl pairs a team from the Big Ten against an opponent from the Pac-12. Michigan State topped Washington State in last year’s meeting.[ San Diego Union-Tribune ]
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State football added to its top-10 class this afternoon. The Buckeyes just picked up a commitment.Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven three-star tight end Cormontae Hamilton announced his commitment to OSU moments ago. Hamilton is the 15th pledge for the Buckeyes in the 2019 cycle.Hamilton was offered by Ohio State last month after he attended a camp in Columbus.He announced his decision on Twitter.I am 100% committed to The ?️hio State University #GoBucks ?️ pic.twitter.com/WJFJ3kQiwn— Cormontae Hamilton⚡️ (@Cbvndzzz) July 27, 2018Hamilton also holds offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.He is the 30th-ranked tight end in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ohio State’s full list of 2019 commitments can be found here.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, Ohio State suspended head coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the college football season. The university’s decision came on the heels of a 12-hour meeting to discuss the findings of an investigation into Meyer’s handling of assault allegations against a former assistant coach.In the wake of the investigation’s findings, Meyer will miss the first three games of the season against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.On Thursday afternoon, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was what safeguards Alabama has in place to avoid a situation like Ohio State. Here’s what Saban had to say.“I think our administration does a great job. We have a meeting with compliance every week. We have a reporting protocol,” Saban said.Nick Saban asked what safeguards Alabama has to prevent a situation like Ohio State: “I think our administration does a great job. We have a meeting with compliance every week. We have a reporting protocol.”— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) August 23, 2018Meanwhile, Saban and the Crimson Tide are gearing up for a non-conference battle against Louisville to open the season. Saban has yet to name a starting quarterback, but many around the program expect to see Tua Tagovailoa under center.That game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff on ABC.
(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)One of the longest winning streaks in college football history has come to an end tonight.Florida, which had beaten Kentucky 31 straight times, did not earn victory No. 32 this evening.The Gators fell to the Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.Kentucky 27, Florida 16.Kentucky beats Florida for the first time in 32 years ? pic.twitter.com/oUEHJ2iisE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 9, 2018A Florida defensive back had “guaranteed” the win heading into Saturday night.”It’s 31, right? It’ll be 32 on Saturday.” — Gators DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on streak against Kentucky— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 3, 2018Oops.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s hard to find any weaknesses on Alabama’s roster, especially after the beatdown they gave to Ole Miss. Nonetheless, the Crimson Tide have an extremely important showdown looming later this fall.With Tua Tagovailoa under center, Alabama is undefeated and winning their games in blowout fashion. Even though Nick Saban’s team faces a difficult task this Saturday against Texas A&M, ESPN believes their toughest test will come at the hands of their biggest rivals.Although the bad blood between Alabama and LSU hasn’t reached its boiling point over the past few years, their meeting on Nov. 3 is believed to be the most important game left on the Crimson Tide’s schedule.ESPN college football reporter Alex Scarborough gave his reasoning behind the selection, highlighting the tenacious defense in Death Valley.Coach Ed Orgeron has his team riding high with two top-10 wins and a defense that could potentially give quarterback Tua Tagovailoa & Co. a legitimate challenge.LSU is currently the No. 6 team in the nation, presenting a huge test for the defending champions.It’s very possible that LSU and Alabama’s showdown could decide the winner of the SEC West. Regardless, the Crimson Tide need to be ready for an absolute war against the Tigers.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is playing for Alabama today. The Crimson Tide’s junior quarterback has entered the game in the third quarter of today’s blowout against Texas A&M.The dual-threat quarterback is playing in his fourth game of the season. If he continues to play in backup duty, he’ll be unable to redshirt and will have just one season of eligibility moving forward.That seems to be the plan for Hurts and the Crimson Tide, though. The Alabama quarterback appears to be happy playing in backup duty for the best team in the country. He can graduate this winter and then play immediately for another school in 2019.CBS Sports said during today’s game that Hurts wants to be an NFL quarterback. He feels the best way to get better is by playing with Alabama this season and then, possibly elsewhere in 2019.Where will elsewhere be in 2019?A couple of schools have been named options.“Possible destinations for Jalen Hurts: Texas – Texas native and would thrive in that offense Auburn – great scheme fit and the ultimate anti-bama move Miami – Might be a QB away from the playoff Oklahoma – Will be replacing Murray and loves transfers.”Possible destinations for Jalen Hurts:Texas – Texas native and would thrive in that offenseAuburn – great scheme fit and the ultimate anti-bama moveMiami – Might be a QB away from the playoffOklahoma – Will be replacing Murray and loves transfers— Mello (@melloesquire) September 8, 2018Tim Tebow had previously speculated that Auburn could be an option for Hurts, too.(Finebaum just deleted the Tweet in which Tim Tebow speculates recklessly about Jalen Hurts transferring to Auburn. Hmm.)— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 7, 2018Alabama, meanwhile, is up 45-16 on Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide are a quarter away from being 4-0.