Month: October 2019

Month: October 2019

first_imgRoma captain Daniele de Rossi: Retirement ever closerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma captain Daniele de Rossi admits he senses his career is coming to the end.The 35-year-old has been out since October 28 with a cartilage injury, and is unlikely to be fit to face Juventus on Saturday.“When I was young I’d have signed in any way to play half the Serie A games I have,” De Rossi told DAZN.“I’m a lucky guy, I’ve done the job I love, in the city I love, with the people I love. It weighs on me to look over the ravine, because I know the end is near, especially with this injury.“I’ve tasted what it means to be away from the squad, and I know it’s going to hurt me when I stop doing this job.“Whether that’s six months, a year, or three years, time is running out on my career.“This is the most serious injury of my career, it’s a cartilage problem, I’ve suffered a serious injury. It would be very serious if I were to tear it again at 35.“It takes time, I’ve started running and kicking the ball but I’m still behind.“The future? I have this dream of being a Coach, and if I have to think about all the things a Coach has to do what scares me most is doing 100 interviews a week!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Molde defender Toivo: What Man Utd players can expect from Dempseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde defender Joona Toivo is happy for Mark Dempsey over his return to Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-time assistant has followed the Norwegian to Old Trafford and was back helping out at Carrington for the first time this week alongside Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.”He was really enthusiastic in his coaching. As a person, he has this fire in him – everything is done to the full,” Finland international Toivo told the Manchester Evening News.”I think he is great at creating fighting spirit in the team and encouraging players to be the best they can be. He has a lot of knowledge about football and understands the game really well.”There was a lot of concentration on first touches and observing the play with Mark in training: where and how you took the first touch. He played as a midfielder when he was a player and he often said ‘play what you see’. By that, he also meant to keep it simple and to not try difficult stuff.”He was really like a friend. He’s a guy who loves to tell stories and jokes and loves to make people laugh and play pranks.” last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgMan Utd would consider buyout clause for Pogba’s new contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United would consider including a buyout clause in Paul Pogba’s new contract.The Times says talks between the two parties commenced on Tuesday morning.However, it’s suggested any agreement would be based on an acceptance Pogba will eventually leave.Tied to United until 2021, the aim for the club would be to maintain his transfer value.And as a gesture of goodwill, United would be willing to include a buyout clause in the new deal so preventing them from blocking a departure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


Month: October 2019

first_imgWolves captain Coady: Past week among best of careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says the past week was one of the best of his career.The men in old gold won three matches in nine days going into the international break, including eye-catching victories at Besiktas and Manchester City. Coady told the club’s website: “We won’t forget it. It was an amazing week for this football club, we beat Watford, went to Besiktas and put the effort in with such a small squad, and then went to the home of the champions and put in a brilliant performance.“It was massive for us because a lot of people spoke, saying how we started slow, but we were learning. A lot of players haven’t played in the Europa League before, we’ve had an awful lot of games, and the most important thing was we were listening to the manager after every game and learning. We’ve got a break, which we need, but we’ll move on as soon as possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain U21 coach De la Fuente happy with attitude of Barcelona whiz Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ansu Fati could debut with Spain’s Under-21 side against Montenegro on Tuesday.But his national team coach Luis de la Fuente doesn’t want to single the player out.The Barcelona forward replaced Carles Perez in the La Rojita squad, after the latter withdrew due to injury.”[Ansu Fati] was very calm when he arrived and wants to enjoy his football like the others,” De la Fuente told MARCA. “There are players who make a difference immediately, he is not the only case, but he has various qualities for his age and youth.”He has many chances to improve but we have to be cautious.”He is just starting out and we have to help him.”Ansu’s situation is the same as [Iker] Muniain’s in his day.”We have to treat him normally.” last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgMarcus Posley layup wins it for St. Bonaventure.St. Bonaventure defeated No, 18 VCU today, 73-71 at home, in dramatic fashion. The Bonnies’ junior guard Marcus Posley went off the dribble and beat the final buzzer with an off-balance scoop shot off the glass, igniting a wild celebration. Here’s a look at the finish, which was Posley’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the week.What a win for St. Bonaventure. They led the entire game, only to have VCU tie it up with 16 seconds remaining. Then, you have that finish. Also, check out the beginnings of an epic court rush at the end of the Vine. The Bonnies’ fans absolutely flooded the playing area in a matter of seconds. Quality stuff.last_img


Month: October 2019

first_imgBurak Yilmaz has completed a contentious move to Besiktas after Trabzonspor confirmed that they have agreed to sell the veteran striker for a fee of €1.36 million.The Turkey striker had a previous spell with Besiktas between 2006 and 2008 and has since appeared for Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and Galatasaray, the three other top clubs in his country.Now 33, Burak returns to the Black Eagles having made just seven appearances for Trabzonspor this season. He was fined and suspended by the club in November after he was seen gesturing and cursing towards their supporters when being substituted during their match with Bursaspor. 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? Many Besiktas fans are unhappy with the club’s decision to re-sign Burak, but chairman Fikret Orman insisted on completing the deal, citing the players’ admiration for the club and their problems in attack as the grounds for his return.Burak explained his delight at completing a transfer to the club his “heart belongs to” in an Instagram post on Thursday.”Life is understood retrospectively but lived preemptively. While I was trying to live my life preemptively, life has introduced me to the club which my heart belongs to. I believe this reunion has a beautiful and meaningful meaning for which we will look back in the future and realise,” the striker wrote.”I’m already excited and proud for this reunion. I want to thank Senol Gunes [Besiktas head coach], who made me wear the Besiktas uniform again and everyone who believes in me. I will do everything in my power to be worthy of this trust.”Burak Yilmaz TrabzonsporBurak, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, was of interest to Besiktas last summer, only to turn down his former side in favour of staying with Trabzonspor.Besiktas fans’ dislike for Burak dates back to 2012, when the Black Eagles were on the verge of beating the defending champions Galatasaray, before the striker appeared to dive for a late penalty which Selcuk Inan converted to see the match end in a 3-3 draw.Since then, many Besiktas supporters have referred to Burak as the ‘thief Burak’.The striker has addressed the supporters’ discontent at the deal by outlining his intentions to fight for the club “till the last drop of his sweat”.”I respect the criticism and praise from every individual of great Besiktas fans. I just want you to know that, from the moment I put on the Besiktas jersey, I will be aware of the responsibility that comes with being a Besiktas player and the values with which it brings. I will fight for Besiktas till the last drop of my sweat.”last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Pallister believes Romelu Lukaku was ‘too heavy’ to succeed at Old Trafford this season. The former Everton striker was sold to Inter before the Premier League season began with the Red Devils shining in his absence as they fired four goals past Chelsea in a 4-0 win. And according to Pallister, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s intended style of play this season meant Lukaku’s size left him on the outside at the Theatre of Dreams.  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? “I think Lukaku is a goalscorer and he will score plenty of goals, but the way they want to play at times, he’s too heavy,” Pallister told AmericanGambler.com . “You look at the pace in the present game; maybe Ole is looking at that and saying he can’t implement that into his game for me. He was surplus to requirements.”He’s a goal scorer, an instinctive goal scorer. He’s not the most clinical but he will get you 15-20 goals a season, but we were looking for a more rounded player.”He plays Lingard, Martial and Rashford, and we caught Chelsea napping on the ball high up the pitch. So when you can do that you’ll have more space to go into and score more goals.”Gary Neville also fired a parting shot at Lukaku’s weight with the striker since hitting the ground running in Italy as he scored four goals on debut in pre-season. In Lukaku’s absence, Pallister pointed out at that 17-year-old Mason Greenwood looks ready to step up this season in front of goal for United. “I think they have Greenwood coming through, and he looks a special talent,” he said.”You don’t like to get ahead of yourself with kids of that age, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen anyone be that comfortable in that environment at that age.”He’s six foot odd, can use both left and right feet, knows how to score a goal and he looks the real deal at the moment. He’s still got a lot of work to do, he has to mature and find his feet at that level.”The fact that Ole has played him a lot in pre-season, and had him on the bench on the weekend suggests he’s ready for the Premier League.” After a strong start to their domestic season, the Red Devils will be hoping to build momentum when they travel to Wolves on Monday.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan have some epic battles on the football field, but that’s not the only place Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh compete. They do a lot of jousting on the recruiting trail, too.Meyer and Harbaugh are two of the best recruiters in the sport. OSU and Michigan have consistently had top 5-10 classes under their respective head coaches.The Wolverines were winning the battle so far this year. There’s still a long way to go in the 2019 cycle, but Michigan had the No. 1 class in the Big Ten – until this weekend.Ohio State has overtaken Michigan for the No. 1 spot with its latest commitment, a pledge from four-star lineman Harry Miller.OSU now has the No. 6 class in the country per 247Sports’ team rankings.The Buckeyes trail Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Clemson.Michigan sits at No. 14.These rankings will likely look a lot different come signing day in 2019.You can view the full class rankings here.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgMississippi State got a terrible call against Alabama.Mississippi State has its hands full taking on No. 1 Alabama. The referees aren’t really helping out the Bulldogs either.Trailing 21-0 with less than a minute to play in the first half, Mississippi State seemingly scored a touchdown when quarterback Nick Fitzgerald found running back Kylin Hill for 11 yards. But an illegal block – a phantom illegal block – was called that negated the play.The call was on Deddrick Thomas. In the video below, it’s clear that he didn’t even touch the Alabama player in question.The referee who made the call seemingly had a great angle. He just blew the call – and cost Mississippi State points.@NCAA Alabama bias is getting absurd and RUINING college football #BAMAvsMSU pic.twitter.com/36J12T6Mvd— Scott Todd (@scotttttodd) November 10, 2018That is an absolute horrific call. Should be TD MSU.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) November 10, 2018That block in the back call against Mississippi State on its TD was one of the worst calls that I have ever seen. The Bulldogs then miss the FG at the end of the half.That is inexcusable, refs.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 10, 2018After the call, Mississippi State seemingly scored again, only to have that play negated by a delay of game penalty. The Bulldogs later missed a field goal as time expired in the first half.Clearly, this was not the best way to end the half for the Bulldogs. They face quite an uphill battle in the second session.It’s 21-0 at halftime.last_img read more