About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Salah’s everywhere! Home fans jeer Real Madrid captain Ramos in CWC finalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was jeered by Abu Dhabi fans during their Club World Cup final triumph over Al Ain.Real won 4-1, though Ramos was jeered when in possession by the home crowd.Local fans haven’t forgotten the incident in the Champions League final in which he brought Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah’s night to an early end.It was surprising given that the local supporters hadn’t shown any animosity towards him on Wednesday during Real Madrid’s first game against Kashima Antlers.While it is the case that in the final it is the local team who are Real Madrid’s opponents, it was only the Spanish stopper who was singled out for rough treatment.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer: I can’t feel sorry for Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he can’t feel sorry for Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer guided his new side to a comfortable victory at Cardiff City. He declared: “I’m coming in after two of the best managers in the world in Mourinho and Van Gaal.“But feel sorry for a Manchester United manager? You never feel sorry for them. They’ve got the dream job.“I never want anyone to feel sorry for me. There are always consequences to what your actions are. This is a dream. It’s a big job, but a dream job.”
Agent of Monaco striker Keita expects Inter Milan dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Monaco striker Keita Baldé Diao expects Inter Milan to sign him permanently.The Senegal international is loan with a €34m option to buy.“This won’t be another (Joao) Cancelo,” Roberto Calenda assured, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport.“Inter will find a way to sign him outright. There’s time between now and May.“The figure is €34m, but that’s the price you pay for these kind of players. If he does what he has to do, there’s no doubt he’ll stay in Milan.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Monaco signing Cesc pays tribute to Chelsea and fansby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco signing Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to Chelsea and their fans after leaving today.Fabregas has sent a message to Chelsea fans after his move to Monaco was confirmed.“It’s with mixed emotions that I am writing this message,” he posted on Twitter.“To everyone at Chelsea Football Club. The owner Mr Abramovich who brought me here, to my teammates who helped me win so many trophies, to the staff who made my time here so easy and to all you fans who made me feel so special week in week out.“It has been an incredible journey and it is with great sadness that I must say goodbye. I will miss you all and wish you the best of luck for the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper De Gea: A big mistake by usby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea admits there was great frustration after their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.De Gea says United’s defenders were put off by the linesman’s flag before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored.The Arsenal striker chipped in after Bukayo Saka pounced on Axel Tuanzebe’s misplaced pass.The assistant referee called offside just as the Gabon striker went to dink it over De Gea.VAR proved that Harry Maguire was in fact playing Aubameyang on and the goalkeeper tried to claim he was distracted.Asked if he was put off by the mistaken flag, he said: “Of course. It’s easier if the linesman keeps the flag down but also we know VAR is behind it [the decision] and if it’s offside, it’s offside.”De Gea enjoyed a strong game and was rarely threatened despite the pouring rain at Old Trafford.He added: “It was a big mistake for us, we gave away an important goal and I think the game was well balanced – they had good chances and we did but the game was at Old Trafford so we have to win it.”We keep learning, we have a young team and it’s time to keep looking forward. This is Manchester United, we play at Old Trafford and we have to win these games. We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they have been doing.”We are a team and have to improve and we are working really hard to do it and we’re looking forward to the next game.”
Urban Meyer Ohio State BlueNote to any female who plans on attending Ohio State Football’s Women’s Clinic in the future – don’t wear blue. Sunday, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer warned participants not to utter the “M” word or wear the color of the enemy. He even made one camper drop down and give him 10 push-ups live on stage before giving her a new shirt to wear for the day. Rebecca Momany, who was in attendance, snapped an awesome photo of the [email protected] If I hear anyone use the “M word” you’re going to drop and give me 10. Yes!!!!!! #OSUWFC2015 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/d5ZVkHPt7e— Rebecca Momany (@Kohlb12) June 14, [email protected] Took place at today’s OSU Women’s Football Clinic. Coach Meyer said no blue allowed. Lady had a blue tank.— Rebecca Momany (@Kohlb12) June 14, [email protected] Coach gave her a new shirt in exchange for 10 push ups. It was an awesome day with the OSU coaching staff and 800 ladies.— Rebecca Momany (@Kohlb12) June 14, 2015Clearly, this was all in good nature. Unless, of course, you’re a Michigan fan – then you probably aren’t on-board with this sort of thing.
Willis AnkleKentucky may have the best backcourt in the country, with Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray having fantastic seasons, but the Wildcats’ frontcourt hasn’t quite matched this season. UK has lost two of its last three games, dropping games to Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Kentucky was out-rebounded in both contests. UK has been without one of its key forwards, junior Derek Willis, for two games after spraining his ankle against the Aggies. During today’s SEC teleconference, Calipari gave an update on Willis’ status.Cal says Derek Willis ran up and down the practice court yesterday. “I would say he’s getting closer. I would doubt he plays tomorrow.”— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 29, 2016Willis is averaging 7.8 points and four rebounds in just under 19 minutes per game this season. Kentucky and Florida tip off in Gainesville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Mexico may have found an answer to its forward question.Raul Jimenez, set to take over as El Tri’s top number 9 with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on the wrong side of 30, is lighting it up in the Premier League. He’s scored in the last three matches for Wolves, with a goal against Shrewsbury Town last week in the FA Cup followed up by a two-goal day against Hernandez’s West Ham during the week and another goal this weekend against Everton.He’s just one goal away from ticking into double-digits in the Premier League and also has five assists in league play. “With these results and all the confidence we have, we can be unstoppable,” Jimenez told reporters after the club’s third-straight league victory. His recent hot streak surely will have drawn the attention of new Mexico manager Tata Martino, who has a dearth of forwards he can call upon. 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? Chicharito came in as a substitute in the meeting with his countryman but didn’t register a shot. He still earned a start for the Hammers in Monday’s match with Liverpool, however, and did manage to test Alisson with a long-range effort. He earned a yellow card and made way in the 79th minute of the 1-1 draw.In Spain, Nestor Araujo continued with his typical place as starting left center back for Celta de Vigo. It was a good week for Araujo, with his club snapping a five-match losing streak by beating Sevilla 1-0. Elsewhere in La Liga, Andres Guardado went all 90 minutes in midfield for Real Betis in a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid. Diego Lainez didn’t make the team for Betis. Diego Reyes wasn’t in Leganes’ squad, either, having only recently completed a loan move from Fenerbahce. Hector Moreno was in the team for Real Sociedad but played just two minutes as a substitute in a 2-1 derby victory over Athletic.It was a rare week without Hirving Lozano for PSV as the star winger recovers from a head injury suffered last week. Erick Gutierrez came in for a 10-minute cameo as the league leaders stomped Fortuna Sittard 5-0 behind a Luuk de Jong hat trick.Jesus “Tecatito” Corona and Hector Herrera each went the full 90 minutes for Porto this weekend, but neither could help find a winning goal. The Dragons slumped to a scoreless draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.Things continue to go well in Belgium for Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexican was in goal for Standard Liege, which stayed in fourth place thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Anderlecht.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes Philippe Coutinho will remain with the La Liga champions despite conceding that he does “not know what will happen” as exit talk continues to swirl.Coutinho, 27, has been linked with a return to the Premier League, a year and a half after joining Barca from Liverpool for a reported €114 million ($128m, £105m).The Brazil international is reportedly a target for Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal, with the transfer window in England due to slam shut at 5 pm on Thursday. 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? Valverde is far from certain about Coutinho’s future, but he thinks the attacker will end up staying at Camp Nou for the upcoming season.”We do not know what will happen, but Philippe is a player who is with us,” he told a news conference after Barca’s 2-1 friendly win over Napoli on Wednesday.”He has not played but the plan we have with him is the same. We’ll see if he plays a few minutes on Saturday.”But he is a player who is with us and we have him, of course. He is with us and we think he will continue with us.”In all these transfer windows there is talk of many things.”Goals from Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic helped Barcelona to their win over Napoli in Florida.And Barça kick-off the 2019 US Tour with a win over Napoli in Miami! pic.twitter.com/YxAriHUlOx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 8, 2019Antoine Griezmann featured for a half for Barca, but the former Atletico Madrid star is yet to score in four pre-season outings for his new club.”He has made a great first half, but maybe we have missed playing with some more rhythm,” Valverde said of the France forward.”I had thought he would play at home like Luis [Suarez] and on Saturday he will play again.”Valverde also played down reports linking Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar with a move to Real Madrid.Neymar has been touted for a sensational return to Camp Nou, but reports on Wednesday said Madrid were lining up a move for the Brazil star.The Barca boss dismissed the talk as speculation while saying he was ultimately unsure what will happen with Neymar.”Now it’s Madrid and we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” Valverde added.”Two years ago he was right here and I had to answer questions from many journalists. Now, they ask me again about him.”It seems that Neymar is following me. We have nothing to say about players who are on other teams.”
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers passes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama football has been absolutely dominant this season. The College Football Playoff selection committee evidently agrees with that assessment, as the Crimson Tide were (unsurprisingly) given the No. 1 spot in last night’s debut of the 2018 College Football Playoff rankings.Not everyone is convinced that Nick Saban’s club is the true favorite to win the national championship.FiveThirtyEight, an analytics site run by Nate Silver, formerly of both ESPN and The New York Times, has a College Football Playoff tracker that gives percent chances for teams to win their conference, make the playoff, and win the national title.It’s a pretty nifty tool, which shows the various changes based on upcoming results. It also produces some interesting numbers.As of now, FiveThirtyEight gives Clemson football a better chance to win the national title than Alabama.The Tigers are the No. 2 team in the country. The idea that they have a better path to the playoff isn’t too controversial—Clemson has the much easier schedule and league—but the higher chance to win the title is a new one.As of last week, FiveThirtyEight gave Alabama a 28-percent chance. Clemson was at 27-percent.After demolishing Florida State, Clemson is up to 32-percent, vs. 26-percent for Alabama, which is coming off of a bye.Those percentages largely hinge on this weekend’s games. Clemson has an easy draw with Louisville, while Alabama has perhaps its hardest game left, at LSU.If both win, Alabama overtakes Clemson as the favorite, with a 31-to-30 edge. If both win out, Alabama enters the College Football Playoff as a solid favorite.Alabama fans shouldn’t fret too much about this, but I expect that they might.[FiveThirtyEight]