UEFA Europa League Gattuso ‘angry’ with attack despite comfortable Milan win at Ludogorets Ben Spratt 12:37 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Europa League Milan Ludogorets Ludogorets v Milan A 3-0 away win might satisfy most coaches, but the Serie A side’s boss was left “angry” despite a positive result Gennaro Gattuso refused to revel in AC Milan’s 3-0 away win at Ludogorets, claiming his side could and possibly should have played better.Milan took a commanding lead in their Europa League last-32 tie as Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini found the net in Bulgaria, extending the Rossoneri’s unbeaten start to 2018.But Gattuso was far from satisfied with the victory due to his belief that the result did not reflect the visitors’ poor performance. 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 wouldn’t call it the perfect performance as we could have played better, even if it’s always difficult in Europe,” he told Sky Sport Italia .”Ludogorets could have caused us problems, but we are holding on tight to this 3-0 result. I don’t think it’s a fair reflection of the game, because we could have done so much better.”I am actually angry, as we didn’t develop our attacking moves properly.”What does reassure me is the growing confidence in the team, even among those who do not play as much. I want everyone to be ready and in good shape when called upon.”And Gattuso was in no mood to discuss his future, refusing to be drawn in on speculation that he will be offered a contract extension at San Siro.Full-time / Fischio finaleFantastic performance, boys! / Grande prestazione ragazzi! #LUDACM 0-345′ #Cutrone 64′ #RR 90+3′ #Borini pic.twitter.com/VlaZLwnH2e — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 15, 2018 “I am just enjoying the dream of being Milan coach at the age of 40,” he said. “I have a lot to learn.”We will see what happens, but the important thing is not whether or not Gattuso is on the bench. What matters is Milan.”I have been given this great chance. It is an immense honour and a dream that I hope will last as long as possible.”Gattuso and Milan currently sit seventh in the Serie A table and are slated to take on sixth-placed Sampdoria in the league on Sunday.
Arsenal Lacazette at 10 for Arsenal? Bould backs striker to overcome recent struggles Chris Burton 03:18 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The France international has endured form and fitness issues during a debut campaign in England, but has seen his value hailed by a supportive coach Alexandre Lacazette is capable of playing a No. 10 role for Arsenal, says Steve Bould, with the struggling striker needing only to look at Dennis Bergkamp for inspiration.The France international arrived at Emirates Stadium from Lyon in the summer of 2017 as a £46 million addition expected to lead the Gunners’ goal charge.A bright start to his time in England bode well, but form and fitness issues have crept in. 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 Lacazette has netted just once in his last 13 appearances and faces added competition for places from record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Assistant manager Bould has, however, suggested that a change of position could be on the cards, telling reporters: “He’s actually a very, very, very good football player. He could play at number 10 – he’s really good.“He’s not just a goalscorer, he’s not an out-and-out striker, he can play.“The physical element has surprised him and caught up with him, which it does to many players who come from abroad. We’re hoping he comes back sharp.”Lacazette has been sidelined since a derby defeat to Tottenham on February 10 with a knee complaint, but is ready to return and is being backed to come good.Bould formed part of an Arsenal side back in the 1990s which included the iconic figure of Bergkamp, and he sees similarities between the struggles the Dutch maestro endured after arriving in the Premier League and those currently troubling a marquee signing.The former Gunners defender added: “This little break might have done him the world of good actually.“The Premier League is absolutely different compared to the French league.“I think he’s found it physically tougher. It might be a blessing in disguise having that month off and coming back fighting.“Dennis Bergkamp went through [struggles]. Lots of the great players go through these times. It’s not a worry.”
Manchester City De Bruyne, Sane and Silva see Man City creativity department join exclusive club Chris Burton 01:26 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Everton v Manchester City Everton The Premier League leaders have been full of goals this season, with three playmaking stars having all broken into double figures in terms of assists Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva have joined an exclusive Premier League club as an assist-making machine at Manchester City.Pep Guardiola’s side have been full of goals this season, which should come as no surprise when taking into account the attacking talent at their disposal.Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus offer predatory instincts in the final third, while a crop of world-class playmakers provide ammunition from deep. 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 Former Chelsea man De Bruyne has been a standout performer in that department since returning to English football in 2015.World Cup winner Silva has also spent a number of years at the very top of his game, with his presence helping a well-oiled City machine to ease through the gears.Sane has merely added to a formidable unit, with the Germany international bringing pace and direct running to the fold.Silva and De Bruyne were back at their brilliant best against Everton on Saturday, with the former providing two assists inside 37 minutes and the latter a third as City eased a step closer to the Premier League title.Only two other sides have seen three players hit double figures in terms of goals created before, with Guardiola’s team raising the bar in the English top-flight.10 – Manchester City are the third club to have three players reach double figures for assists in a single Premier League season, after Liverpool (1995-96) and Arsenal (2004-05). Spread.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018De Bruyne has been City’s go-to man for assists for a number of seasons now, with the Belgium midfielder a rare talent who has eclipsed the efforts of those around him in England.42 – Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 42 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player in the Big 5 European leagues. Expected.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018The challenge facing City’s rivals, with the 2017-18 crown all but wrapped up, is to find creative talent capable of emulating the achievements of those at the Etihad Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Morata misses out on Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 19:06 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Getty World Cup Spain Morata Chelsea Premier League La Roja are looking to win their fourth major title in the last 10 years in Russia but have opted to leave out Chelsea’s record signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has missed out on being named in Spain’s squad for the 2018 World Cup.The former Real Madrid forward has struggled for form in the second half of his first campaign at Stamford Bridge, scoring 15 goals in 47 appearances for the Blues having joined for a club record £60 million ($80.5m) in the summer of 2017.Morata has previously scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for La Roja, but the likes of Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo Moreno have been preferred by head coach Julen Lopetegui. 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 former Real Madrid and Juventus striker took his omission well, tweeting minutes after the announcement that he wishes Spain “the best of luck at the World Cup” and that he’ll be “supporting and encouraging the team until the end always”.Muchísima suerte en el Mundial!! Desde ya estaré apoyando y animando hasta el final como siempre!!— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) May 21, 2018 The 2010 winners have followed England’s lead in naming their 23-man squad well ahead of time rather than an extended provisional roster as they look to win their fourth major tournament in a decade.David de Gea is set to start in goal after another fine season for Manchester United, with Clasico rivals Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique the established centre-back pairing.Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal is preferred to Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso to provide competition for Jordi Alba at left-back while Real Madrid duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho will fight it out for a place on the opposite flank.Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and David Silva are likely to be Lopetegui’s first-choice midfield trio, with Isco deployed slightly further forward.Atletico Madrid are represented by creative duo Koke and Saul Niguez while Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara and Madrid pair Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez provide options off the bench.Most of the 32 nations who will feature at Russia 2018 have named their squads already, with Spain last out the blocks of the big guns following Belgium’s announcement earlier on Monday morning .They will be hoping to better their group stage exit in 2014 when defeats to Netherlands and Chile caused the holders to be the first team eliminated from the Brazil finals.Spain’s full 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Club), David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli)Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpiliqueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City)Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).
Leeds United Bielsa agent confirms Leeds talks following Heckingbottom sacking Tom Maston & Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 15:06 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Leeds United Premier League Championship The former Argentina boss has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to become the fourth manager at Elland Road in just over a year Marcelo Bielsa’s shock appointment as Leeds United’s next manager seems to be moving closer following confirmation from his agent that talks had been held.The Elland Road outfit are looking for their fourth manager in just over a year following the decision to sack Paul Heckingbottom on Friday.Former Argentina, Chile and Marseille manager Bielsa has emerged as a surprise frontrunner to take over the Championship club as they look to return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2003. 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 And while the likes of Michael Laudrup and Claudio Ranieri have also been linked with the now vacant post, Bielsa’s agent and brother, Rafael, has confirmed that he is in conversation regarding his client’s future.”Conversations are in progress,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post when asked about reports that Bielsa was in pole position to take the role.Heckingbottom’s tenure was ended after just four months and 16 matches in charge of the club since being plucked from Barnsley to replace Thomas Christiansen in February.He was only able to muster four wins durng his time in charge as the former European Cup finalists ended the season 13th in the Championship table.And managing director Angus Kinnear confirmed that the club is now looking for a more experienced head to lead the team into the 2018-19 campaign.“Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped,” Kinnear said in a club statement.”Our objective is to bring in a head coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. We are confident of making a quick appointment and we thank our fans for their continued support.”Leeds have endured a difficult 2018, having to give up on plans to introduce a new badge after a poor response from fans, while the club was criticised for embarking on a post-season tour of Myanmar .
Sydney University Touch Club stalwart, Gary Reynolds, has been appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Scottish Men’s Open National team. Reynolds, who recently moved to Edinburgh for work, was approached by the Scottish Touch Association’s National Squad Management Committee to take on the job of coaching the country’s elite Men’s players.“It is obviously an honour to be appointed to coach a National team, and it is a role that I am excited about.” Reynolds said. The Scottish Touch Association will host the 2009 Home Nations Touch Championships in August. The tournament will see sides from Scotland, Wales, Jersey and England compete.“I hope that I can provide the team with the required knowledge, skills and direction to achieve their goal at the upcoming Home Nations tournament this August. There are players with real potential in this squad, and now it is my job to harness that and turn it into success.”Reynolds has his work cut out for him with the Scottish Men’s team, who are currently ranked 7th in the world, failing to make the final of the last Home Nations event.For the Scottish teams this is the beginning of their push for better results at the next World Cup in 2011, which will be played in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Reynolds has an extensive Touch background and was responsible for the formation of the Sydney University Touch Club in 2001, holding the role of President for five years. He is a qualified referee, coach and selector and competed for his home region, the Hunter Western Hornets, in the Mixed Open division at the 2004 National Touch League.
You are also playing the Japanese as part of the lead in games, what sort of opportunity does that provide the team? Itâ€™s amazing to see with the Mixed coming over, I donâ€™t think we really see the benefits of the Mixed program until they get to the Womenâ€™s. Especially with Yasmin (Meakes) and Sammy Rodgers obviously too coming from Mixed, itâ€™s great to see their knowledge from the link/wing positions transfer straight into the Womenâ€™s game and it is just invaluable to us. Pretty good. Obviously we have a few debutants and coming into it we were a bit worried about how the young ones was going to merge with the older ones but they have come in seamlessly and working really well together. We just had our first run this morning as a team and it went a lot better than I thought it was going to go and we are running really well together – so itâ€™s exciting. Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™ The camp is over now, how is the Womenâ€™s team looking going into the Series? It is great for them and to be honest Japan was our biggest competitor after New Zealand at the World Cup last year. They were the only other team to put a few tries on us. They are great with their line attack and they are very fast runners. I think they will be a great warm up for us for New Zealand for getting us on our edge with the line attack, the quickie moves because they are really great at that. I think there was only one girl in our World Cup team, one middle, that didnâ€™t get scored on against Japan, which was Sammy Hopkin, so we will be looking to get a few back on them. Youâ€™ve been named captain of your country, how does that make you feel? Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action: Very excited, emotional and super proud. I think the biggest thing is that I am really excited to try and make the previous captains proud. They are obviously people I respect, Louise Winchester and Peta Rogerson the vice-captain for a long time, are girls I have looked up to and I am very excited to hopefully be an inch of what they were in this position. We have a couple of new girls. We have the younger girls, Emma Sykes, Tayla Clifford and Shellie Davis. I think one person to definitely look out for is Hayley Maddick. She is an older girl, a couple years younger than me. She has flown under the radar a little bit and now she has come into the team taking quite a leadership role in the team even being a debutant. She is a great attacking player and I am really excited to see her work her magic. The programâ€™s pathways are on show in this team as well, with players transitioning from the Mixed program, howâ€™s that working out? Personally I am very excited. Having the young girls coming in, there is a big step coming from the junior international level to this Open level so I think they will get a bit of a shock but they are great players and they are really strong players so they will adjust quickly. Obviously that first game is going to be a bit of a hit for everyone like it was for me, I only debuted two years ago, so it kind of is a huge shock but they will definitely fit in perfectly and will ease straight into the games. Itâ€™s a big challenge, going over to New Zealand to play New Zealand. Tell us how that looks for the team? Tell us something about those new players. Who have we got and who should we look forward to watching play? Newly appointed Womenâ€™s Open Captain, Lizzie Campbell, caught up with the TFA Media Team at the recent Trans Tasman Training Camp, to give us some insight into the teamâ€™s preparations and how sheâ€™s dealing with the exciting news of being name captain of her country for the first time. Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your message of support on our social media channels as well.Related LinksLizzie Campbell interview
New Zealand have squared up the Trans-Tasman Mens Opens series in a tight and tense affair that went down to the wire.The Kiwis jumped out of the blocks to score in the opening set of the match through Ashton Robinson before Dylan Hennessey picked up from where he left off in game 1 strolling over to even things up six minutes into the contest.The visitors hit the lead shortly after when Scott Buckley squeezed through a hole on the short side to push the score out to 2-1. As was the case for most of night the Kiwis responded and they did so with a classy pass from Shaq Stone to Michael Cavanagh.Stone’s pass was classy but Pete Norman’s response was just as sublime as he hit Jordan Marshall-King on the chest to give the Australians a 3-2 half time lead.Shaun Francis had a chance to extend the lead 4 minutes into the second half but couldn’t hang onto a difficult chance on the right wing. Stone made the Aussies pay at the other end when he laid it on for Reihana Soutar-Finch and when Pamatatau the Kiwis suddenly found themselves in front approaching the final quarter of the match.With the score sitting at 5-4 a controversial repeat set to the Australians gave Hennessey the chance to tie it up which he did with a deft pass to Jordan Marshall-King. With the clock ticking into the last minute Michael Cavanagh broke the deadlock for the Kiwis who held on in the frenetic final moments to set up a thrilling finish to the series in tomorrow’s final test of the series.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta denies he’s in talks with Antonio Conte.The former Chelsea boss is being linked with Luciano Spalletti’s job at Inter.Marotta said, “I said Spalletti is a very good Coach, who did well throughout his career, so we’ve got to let him work. “I want to underline he too came to Inter last season, climbed into some important positions after a long time out, so must be left to work with calm.“It is up to the club to make the right moves on the market and work with the Coach and all together to form a winning project.”
AC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone says working with Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for his development.Higuain is on-loan at Milan from Juventus this season.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say FIGC president Gravina open to suspending Serie A after San Siro incidentsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina admits Serie A could be suspended after shocking incidents around Inter Milan’s win over Napoli.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“It’s something we’ll consider,” Gravina told Il Messaggero.“Now we need to take a moment and coordinate ourselves: we have a problem of public order and as such it must be managed, as well as the fact of playing or not.“I’m worried about this surreal climate. I’m not a psychologist, but it’s clear that some of the players were very nervous at San Siro.“Right now I’m in a period of reflection because what happened was very serious. We’ll hear from the ministry and CONI and then we’ll decide.“We’re verifying whether there were three calls and no stop, but it seems only one was made. Today the prosecutor will intervene and say his piece, but what happened was very bad.“The players were too nervous on the field. The referee will write what he thought, but if he made some mistakes then he’ll also be looked at.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Walker substitutionby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker was forced off at half-time against Wolves due to injury.The defender was substituted for Aleks Zinchenko during the interval of the 2-0 defeat.”Kyle could not continue in the second half,” he said.”The first half all the dangerous situations we created were from Joao. On the left side he was the most brilliant player on the team.”Kyle had an infection in his stomach. He didn’t train so well, he lost a lot of weight and he made an incredible effort to play because we needed fast players with the problems we had backwards because we knew we needed to make the build up with three in the back and not four. But at half-time he said he didn’t feel good so we make the change.”
Liverpool legend Carragher apologises to Evra: Not enough courageby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has apologised to Patrice Evra for wearing a t-shirt in support of Luis Suarez after their race row.Ex-Liverpool striker Suarez was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Evra in December 2011.Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 before his Liverpool team-mates including Carragher backed the Uruguayan by wearing the ‘Suarez 7’ T-shirts in a warm-up at Wigan.Carragher and Evra were both pundits on Sky’s Monday Night Football and the former Liverpool centre-back admitted: “Apologies. There is no doubt we made a massive mistake. That was obvious. As a club we got it massively wrong.“I didn’t have enough courage to say I’m not wearing it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN/SmithESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is in a bit of hot water again, this time for a perceived sexist comment he made on SportsCenter Thursday night. Smith, while doing a highlight of the Women’s World Cup, commented that Germany’s defenders didn’t want to “mess their hair up” while defending a free kick (which leveled the game) against Norway. Smith’s choice of words, which don’t even make sense given the replay, offended a number of people, including some of his ESPN colleagues.Here’s video, if you haven’t seen it:Kate Fagan, ESPNW writer, was among those who weren’t thrilled. There were others too.What happens when you’re uneducated about something, don’t get educated, but talk about it anyway? –> http://t.co/ZthyoQHhts— Kate Fagan (@katefagan3) June 12, 2015Smith has since apologized for his comments in a four-part Twitter message. 1-of-3: Folks, as usual, something I’ve said is gaining steam so let me address this right now: on @SportsCenter, doing highlights, I made a— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015Flip comment in fun about a women’s soccer team not wanting to mess up their hair. Obviously, my comments were in poor taste. I have nothing— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015But the utmost respect for athletes of all genders — Especially since most are better than I’ll ever be — so please KNOW I’m very sorry.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015I apologize. It certainly was not my intent to offend anyone.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015It remains to be seen as to whether ESPN will suspend Smith. It wouldn’t be the first time.[The Big Lead]
Big 12.The Big 12 dropped some interesting news Friday, announcing that starting in 2017, the league will bring back a conference championship game, despite the fact that it is staying at 10 schools. It was also announced by commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the league is considering moving to two five-team divisions and keeping its round robin scheduling. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make a ton of sense – you aren’t alone. College football fans and analysts are mocking the league for what seems like a pointless exercise. Why have divisions if you already play every other team? Couldn’t that potentially leave the league without its two best teams in the title game?What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless https://t.co/En2GE7PZ9D— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016“two five team divisions”One one hand, that’s dumb.On the other hand, the Big 12 East featuring WVU, ISU, Kansas, KSU, and someone.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) June 3, 2016So the Big 12 is going to five-team divisions. What is the point if the league is still playing a round-robin schedule?— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) June 3, 2016If the Big 12 is going to have divisions, here’s how I recommend splitting the teams. pic.twitter.com/AYwXG73eeE— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 3, 2016“Sorry, TCU, we know you and OU both finished 8-1 in our round robin, but 6-3 WVU is going to the title game b/c they’re further north.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 3, 2016Entire idea of a championship game was because all teams did not play each other in bloated leagues..— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) June 3, 2016Love that the Big 12 is switching from round robin to two 5-team divisions with 5 crossover games.— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) June 3, 2016The only thing that will make the Big 12’s potential 5-team divisions better is to name them Leaders and Legends— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) June 3, 2016@MattBrownCFB axis and allies— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) June 3, 2016We’ll see if the Big 12 changes its mind. This likely isn’t the last we hear on this topic.
Chelsea are hoping Callum Hudson-Odoi can be persuaded to remain at the club amid mounting interest from Bayern Munich.Goal revealed on Thursday that the talented teenager is now the subject of a £30 million ($37.5m) bid from the Bundesliga giants.That is the third approach to have been received at Stamford Bridge and interest is expected to be maintained through to the summer window. 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? Chelsea are not about to bow to pressure when it comes to the 18-year-old forward they are still looking to tie to fresh terms, with Zola eager to see the youngster remain in west London.The Blues legend, who is now assistant to Maurizio Sarri, told reporters of the speculation surrounding Hudson-Odoi’s future: “I know Bayern are interested in him, but we are as well.“We have had a contract with him for a while and we will see what the player wants.“He has not played what he wanted. I have told him it is not a waste of time, because you are pushed to do more and I hope he uses this time in a wise way. He will be a very good thing in football.“I understand he has requests but I believe that he has a bright future.“For 18 years old, he has a lot of potential. You have to understand the journey is not finished, he has to have a good attitude. It is not important he plays straight away, it is about developing. He has to keep an open mind to improve.“I believe we can help him, develop him and I believe he has a future in this club.”Hudson-Odoi has taken in six senior appearances this season, with a Premier League bow made off the bench during a Boxing Day clash with Watford.He has opened his goal account, during a Europa League date with PAOK Salonika, and Chelsea supporters are hoping to see more of him.Regular game time would help to convince a highly rated talent that he is in the right place for his ongoing development, but Zola has urged patience from all concerned.Quizzed on the frustration being felt by fans and the player, the Italian added: “I understand that. We would be happy to see an academy player come through but it is not easy for anyone.“He is still in a period that he is showing a lot of potential, but there are top players in front of him.“It is about patience. He has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn sometimes.“Now it is important to get better. Not about why he isn’t playing 20 games, he has to just get better.”
Luis Enrique’s continued absence is not a problem for Spain, according to captain Sergio Ramos.Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was not on the sidelines for Friday’s 4-1 win over Faroe Islands in Euro 2020 qualifying, and has not been a part of Spain’s camp since missing the victory against Malta in March due to a family emergency.Assistant Robert Moreno confirmed that the Spain coach had been in constant contact with his team, however, as La Roja prepare to take on Sweden in Group F on Monday. 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? And Ramos, who was taken off at half-time in Friday’s victory after opening the scoring early on, insists that the team are fully focused despite Luis Enrique not being present.”The subject of the coach is delicate and we have the utmost respect,” said Ramos.”His absence is important, Luis is the skipper of the ship, he has a lot of personality, he guides us very well.”But we also have to reward his staff, they are very good professionals. We try not to notice his absence, we are going to try to let it not affect the group. He wants the team to win and not to talk about his absence.”[Moreno] leads the way while Luis Enrique returns and he does it very well, he is very capable, he is assuming the role in a humble way.”Ramos broke the record for featuring in the most international victories for Spain with his appearance on Friday, overtaking former team-mate Iker Casillas.”To beat a record is a huge joy, football is a collective sport but at the individual level you are happy,” added Ramos.”It is always a nice reward for work, perseverance. After beating a great friend like Iker, it was a tremendous joy, I still feel very excited and eager to keep going.”Spain are top of Group F with three wins from as many games and are two points ahead of Sweden.
Ivan Rakitic continues to ignore the transfer talk which surrounds him at Barcelona, with it his intention to remain at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.Speculation regarding a move elsewhere is nothing new for the Croatia international.He has been linked with leading sides across Europe for some time now, with the likes of Manchester United and Inter having been credited with interest in the past. 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? Rakitic has always turned a deaf ear to the rumours, with the 31-year-old midfielder fully committed to a contract at Camp Nou.He is not about to alter that stance, despite seeing more gossip sparked during the current window.Quizzed on the latest reports, Rakitic told reporters while on pre-season duty: “My idea is very clear, I want to stay at Barca.“[Transfer talk] is a situation I’m used to. It happened to me last year.“I’ve spoken with the club and the coach and we have the same idea, for me to stay at Barca.“We’re open to everything, as always, but my intention is to stay. I have two more years on my contract and I want to keep enjoying myself at Barca.”With Rakitic experienced now to ignore any potentially distracting stories about his future, he claims that speculation is no longer a source of frustration for him.He added: “It doesn’t annoy me.“I know that football works like this and it makes me proud because if other teams want me it’s because I’m doing things very well. I’m calm.”Rakitic is currently tied to a deal with Barca until the summer of 2021.It has been reported that he is eager to thrash out fresh terms, allowing everybody to bring the unwelcome exit talk to a close.He is, however, no closer to putting pen to paper, with no discussions having been held as yet.“I spoke with the president on various topics and now the club has other things to do before thinking about [my new contract],” added Rakitic.“The president wants to create a good squad so that the fans can enjoy Barca.”Josep Maria Bartomeu is currently in the process of bringing fresh faces into Camp Nou, with Antoine Griezmann the marquee addition of the summer as speculation continues to suggest that Neymar could be brought back to Catalunya from Paris Saint-Germain.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, Ohio State announced a three-game suspension for head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes will be led by interim head coach Ryan Day for the team’s games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and TCU.Meyer will return for the team’s contest against Tulane. Late Wednesday night, Meyer addressed the media following Ohio State’s investigation.In his statement Meyer apologized to Buckeye Nation for following his “heart and not my head.”“I know that the impact of the last three weeks have had on this institution that I love. And how challenging this has been on our community, our president [Michael Drake], a man I have great respect for. And for that I am deeply sorry. I’m fully aware of that I’m ultimately responsible for this situation that has harmed our university as a whole, our athletics department and our football program.You can see his full comments below.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer speaks at news conference following announcement of his 3-game suspension: “I want to apologize to Buckeye Nation. I followed my heart and not my head… at each juncture, I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt.” https://t.co/UfPTK43bCN pic.twitter.com/X2HjKd4cUW— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 23, 2018Meyer went on to say he “did a poor job at media day. It’s a big reason why we’re here today.”The Ohio State head coach revealed he wishes he “had done more” after learning of the allegations against Zach Smith.Stay tuned for more.
We just had one of the most-exciting college football plays in recent games occur during the Arkansas-North Texas game.North Texas’ punt returner acted like he was going to make a fair catch. He caught the punt and just stood there with some defenders in front of him.Then, when Arkansas’ players started to make their way off the field, he took off.North Texas went on to score a 90-yard punt return touchdown.Check this out:Greatest punt return in the history of football? pic.twitter.com/f2lVpDyPAd— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 15, 2018Well done, young man.North Texas is currently up, 14-0, on Arkansas.