Chelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is eager to strengthen his wide positions.Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League with the mid-season window now open.The Daily Mail says the former Napoli gaffer wants “better wide, creative options”.Sarri already has wingers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro among his ranks, as well as youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.But his preference for playing Hazard in an unfamiliar No 9 role seems to have shaped his January plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola: Incredible win at Evertonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season’s fixture list.“In the first half, we started well and were incredible for 25 minutes,” said Guardiola.”After that, we had problems with Sigurdsson and trying to control him.“Everton have incredible players up front and experience in the middle and a good manager, so we knew it would be a tough game.”Every season it is difficult at Goodison Park. With the ball we were outstanding.“They had chances, but we had chances too, it was this kind of game. Football is sometimes unpredictable.”We had a problem in the first half with our high pressing – they had one more player on our left side. It was between 25 to 35 minutes that we had problems.“In the second half we showed, better quality. After Liverpool’s result, it was important to reduce the gap back to five points.“We created problems, arrived in perfect positions, attacking their full backs, but we were not so clinical like we were against Watford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League winby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain was delighted with his goal in Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“It was an important game after our draw in Madrid, so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“I think Juve showed great determination, I am happy for the game, for the goal and we have to continue like this.“It’s always good to play in these games, to score even more so, now we can rest and prepare for the next match, which will be another battle to close on the top of the Serie A table.”
ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner: https://t.co/U3S0DihDoq pic.twitter.com/a4TK3zicb3— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.
Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente looks set to be out for at least three weeks after he suffered a strain of the adductor muscle in his left groin, the club has confirmed.Llorente enjoyed a rise to prominence towards the end of 2018 under new manager Santiago Solari, starting their last three La Liga games as well as their Club World Cup wins over Kashima Antlers and Al Ain.But the 23-year-old will be forced into a likely month-long lay-off, give or take a week, after struggling with the injury during the mid-season break. 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? Madrid confirmed the injury is a “grade two” problem, meaning Llorente could miss between three and six weeks of football.He looks likely to at least be out for games against Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Leganes, Real Betis and Sevilla, but a six-week layoff could also see him ruled out of contests with Espanyol, Deportivo Alaves and Atletico Madrid, with any further time out likely to see him miss the Champions League last 16 tie against Ajax in mid-February.A native to the capital, the Spaniard signed up with Los Blancos as a teenager, and came through the ranks at their Castilla youth academy set-up.He made his senior debut for Real Madrid B in 2014, before stepping up for his first appearance with the main team in a 3-0 win over Levante in late 2015.However, with little in the way of regular game-time, he was subsequently loaned out to Alaves in August 2016 on a one-year deal, where he famously helped the club to a 2-1 win over Barcelona during the subsequent campaign.Good form saw him recalled into Madrid contention for the 2017-18 season, where he won the Champions League title under Zinedine Zidane after making one appearance during their European odyssey.Llorente scored his first competitive goal last month in the Club World Cup final against Al Ain, in which he also picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance.At international level, Llorente has received no senior caps or call-ups, but has played nine times for the nation’s under-21 team, having made his first appearance against Estonia in 2016.
Ellen White scored her third goal in as many games against Scotland as England’s World Cup campaign got off to a winning start in Nice, where Nikita Parris was also on target in a 2-1 victory.Phil Neville’s side dominated much of an entertaining encounter at the Allianz Riviera and Parris scored her 13th international goal with a 14th-minute penalty – her first successful spot-kick in an England shirt.The combination of Parris and her Lyon team-mate Lucy Bronze on the England right was at the heart of the Lionesses’ best play and Scotland could not match their quality despite battling tirelessly throughout. 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? White spearheaded England’s attack, providing them with a constant outlet, and got her reward for a performance full of poise and determination with England’s second, which put the game out of Scotland’s reach despite Claire Emslie’s 79th-minute consolation strike.That feeling when you score your first @FIFAWWC goal… pic.twitter.com/lcRGKEO65x— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 9, 2019England were awarded a penalty after 12 minutes when Nicola Docherty’s raised arm connected with Francesca Kirby’s cross, and Parris lashed the spot-kick into the top-left corner of the net to give Lee Alexander no chance.White drew a good save from Alexander with a close-range volley eight minutes later and had the ball in the net only for her looping header to be ruled out for offside.Manchester City-bound White made no mistake five minutes before half-time when Kirby forced the ball through to her on the edge of the box and she hooked it into the corner of the net with an accurate left-foot finish to double England’s advantage.Beth Mead thought she had made it 3-0 within seconds of the restart but again an offside flag denied England.Scotland improved, and Emslie made inroads down the right flank, but England countered and White struck another close-range volley that Alexander did well to catch.Lisa Evans remained full of running in the closing stages and she started a sweeping Scotland move that Emslie finished with a neat finish high into the net from close range, but England held firm in the closing stages to clinch the victory. read more
Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has revealed that fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo gave him ‘a lot’ of advice as the highly-rated 19-year-old prepares for his first season in La Liga.Felix became the third most expensive footballer of all time after swapping Benfica for the Spanish capital, commanding a transfer fee of €126 million (£112m/$140m) – only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe sit ahead of the starlet.The jump from Liga NOS to La Liga is one that is likely to require some adaptation from Felix, though 15 goals in 26 appearances in his first and only season playing first-team football suggests the future is bright for Atletico. 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? And, despite the teenager having already admitted that he knows how to manage pressure as it is part of his job, he revealed that former Real Madrid man Ronaldo had some sage advice for his compatriot ahead of the 2019-20 season.“Yes, a lot,” Felix said in an AMA with Bleacher Report when asked if Ronaldo had offered any guidance. “In the first game that I played (a 3-1 Nations League win over Switzerland in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick) he gave me a lot of advice.“[He said] to be calm, to play my football.”Felix named another former Real Madrid player, Kaka, as his childhood hero, but revealed that a man brought into the Santiago Bernabeu this summer is the player he is most looking forward to facing in the Spanish top flight.“[Eden] Hazard,” he said, “because he’s one of… he’s an idol that I’ve watched before and I’d like to see him play.”Atleti might count themselves lucky to have landed such a raw gem, with Manchester United and cross-town rivals City having been linked with an interest in the Viseu native. But Felix has no doubts that playing under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano is one of the best choices he could have made in terms of improving as a player.“It’s great [to work with Simeone] – he’s one of the best coaches in the world. I will learn a lot with him and that’s what I want.”
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 08: The Spartan statue is seen prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Purdue Boilermakers at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)It’s rivalry week for Michigan and Michigan State, as the Wolverines and the Spartans are set to meet in East Lansing, Mich.Rivalry week typically includes some off-the-field action from the opposing fan bases. And, unsurprisingly, we have it.Reports say that the area around Michigan State’s Spartan statute has been vandalized:From the Lansing State Journal:Michigan State’s beloved Sparty statue has remained safe during rivalry week, but the surrounding area has not, police said.Michigan State University Police were called Tuesday just before 4 a.m. to the area of the Sparty statue for a report of vandalism, Capt. Doug Monette said.They found a blue “M” spray painted on the sidewalk near the statue, likely in support of the University of Michigan.Monette said the investigation is open and ongoing.More details can be seen here:Rivalry week between Michigan and Michigan State is heating up as someone vandalized an area near the Spartan Statue overnight. Where was “Sparty Watch?” #rivalryweek #spartywatch https://t.co/0fj4O6TZSH pic.twitter.com/n0kJ2P8W5t— wilxTV (@wilxTV) October 16, 2018Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday.The game will be on FOX.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)If you’re planning on seeing the Georgia-Notre Dame game next season it looks like you’re going to have to shell out a lot of cash to go. The ticket prices are exorbitant for a regular season game.The latest prices on VividSeats show that a single-entry ticket to the game at Sanford Stadium next year will run for $500. And that’s before any potential taxes and shipping costs.It should come as little surprise though. When the two sides faced off in 2017, the average ticket price was upwards of $600 per ticket.Also not surprisingly: this is Georgia’s most expensive home game for 2019. $638: Current average price paid on StubHub for a ticket to this weekend’s Notre Dame-Georgia game.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 7, 2017The two teams have played each other only twice before: In the 2017 regular season, and in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in 1981. Georgia won both games.It’s going to be a huge game for both sides that could ultimately be a College Football Playoff elimination game.Notre Dame would have a very difficult path to the CFP without an undefeated record, while Georgia could find themselves in a dog-race for the SEC East title.Combine all of that with the fact that Georgia and Notre Dame are simply two of the best programs in the history of college football, and the game becomes one of the most compelling in the country outside of an annual rivalry game.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: A general view during the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Weather decided to play a factor in this afternoon’s game between Penn State and Pittsburgh. Fans at Beaver Stadium were asked to take shelter from a coming storm earlier this morning.Just 20 minutes before the game was scheduled to kick off, Penn State announced the game is in a weather delayPenn State and Pitt have an incredible rivalry on the gridiron. This year’s game should be quite chippy, especially with the schools accusing each other of stealing signs.Before the Nittany Lions and Panthers can take the field on Saturday, they’re waiting for lightning in the area to clear. Stadium officials for Penn State are monitoring the weather to figure out when the game will kick off after a brief delay. Fans at Beaver Stadium were asked to take shelter until the weather clears up in Happy Valley.Penn State Athletics released a statement on the current situation, saying “The Beaver Stadium gates are closed to fans. Those outside the stadium should seek shelter in IM, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport building, and the Snyder Ag Arena.”Correction: The Beaver Stadium gates are closed to fans. Those outside the stadium should seek shelter in IM, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport building, and the Snyder Ag Arena.The game has not been delayed. Please stay tuned for additional information.— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 14, 2019Both teams have been pulled off the field from warmups due to the impending severe weather.We will update with more information as we receive it. https://t.co/uU77IA24hu— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 14, 2019We’ll find out very soon when the new kickoff time is.Hopefully the delay won’t be lengthy and the game will start soon. Stay tuned for an official announcement from the school.UPDATE: Penn State announced that kickoff is now set for 12:40 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium. Fans are now allowed through the gates and into the stands.”We are open for business.”Beaver Stadium’s PA announcer just announced that entry to the stadium has resumed and that today’s game will begin at 12:40 p.m.— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 14, 2019It’ll be interesting to see how these conditions affect both teams this afternoon.