first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Very young Guendouzi offers many thingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted with the impact of Matteo Guendouzi.Guendouzi was booked for the fourth time this season in the feisty 3-1 win over Burnley.That was the 19-year-old’s 15th Premier League appearance of a season which began with him excelling even in defeat to Manchester City and has seen him establish himself as the latest youngster to take Arsenal by storm.“I am very happy with Matteo, he’s improving a lot and helping us,” said Emery. “He gives us a lot of moments in the team with combination and quality, with the possibility to play with our style.“He needs to improve more, to continue his progress with us. He’s very young.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Valencia, Atletico Madrid battle for Man Utd striker Alexisby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is wanted in Spain.The Chilean winger, who has struggled to make any impact at Manchester United, could have a route out of the club.Sanchez is wanted by Valencia and Atletico Madrid.And Spanish publication El Gol Digital suggests he is determined to leave United on a permanent deal.One stumbling block would be the player’s wages, which are reportedly £350,000-per-week before bonuses.Sanchez may also want to prove himself under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before deciding on his future in the summer. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG target Doucoure hails Mbappe: I played with his brotherby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has hailed the quality of PSG striker Kylian Mbappe.Doucoure is under consideration at PSG as a replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.He told RMC: “The PSG player who impresses me the most? I think it’s Kylian Mbappé, he’s really a phenomenon, a crack. “I know very well his big brother Jirès (Kembo), with whom I played with in Rennes, and he was already talking about him. “But it’s true that I’m really impressed by what he’s doing. He is the player who impresses me the most yes.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd winger Daniel James admits drawing inspiration from Eden Hazardby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United winger Daniel James admits he draws inspiration from Eden Hazard.Hazard established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.And United forward James has admitted he’s tried to learn from the Belgium international.“The way Hazard was at Chelsea – his movement in behind, when to go and when to stay – he’s so quick, but the way he stops people and goes, and little one-twos, getting shots off quickly is something he’s done his whole career,” he said.”Getting in the box for tap-ins is something I need to improve on.“When Hazard does a one-two you can’t get anywhere near him.”When I was younger, people said to me you won’t always be able to rely on speed. I used to just kick it past players and run – but nowadays that won’t happen, especially when people bank up on me.” last_img read more

first_imgA graphic showing Notre Dame's poor defensive stats.Twitter/@AndrewPainoNo, seriously, there is a petition to get Brian VanGorder out of Notre Dame as defensive coordinator.During last week’s 36-28 loss to Michigan State, head coach Brian Kelly clearly yelled at and allegedly cursed out Brian VanGorder as the defense couldn’t make a stop. The next day, Kelly (or whoever runs his Twitter account) ‘liked’ a post about firing VanGorder.Things have been a little weird and on edge in Fighting Irish land as of late.Fans have shown their frustration towards VanGorder all season, but now at least one fan has hit her wits end as she has officially started a petition to get VanGorder out of Notre Dame.Here is an excerpt from the petition:Brian VanGorder has consistently failed our Fighting Irish football team as the Defensive Coordinator. His NFL-style playbook is too complex and complicated for even our academic all stars to understand and execute. We have an explosive offense that is able to put up touchdown after touchdown, and then our uninspired defense comes in and allows our opponents to score even more. The only thing his “leadership” has inspired is our student section repeatedly chanting “FIRE VANGORDER.”The petition suggests that it will be delivered to both Kelly and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick.Notre Dame is currently knotted up with Duke at 28-28 late in the third quarter.last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi had his moments, but ultimately the battle of two Barcelona idols finished with one clear winner. Dani Alves and Messi led their teams out in Brazil’s 2-0 Copa America victory over Argentina, with the former coming up with a sublime performance to lead his team from the back and put the Selecao just 90 minutes from glory on home soil. Let not the relatively equal historical standings of South America’s two biggest nations fool you. Brazil and Argentina went into Tuesday’s Superclasico in vastly diverging states.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Tite’s men have been drilled and moulded by their coach over the last three years into a formidable unit, tasting defeat in competitive matches just twice since the former Corinthians man took over from Dunga in the wake of the 2016 Copa Centenario debacle. The new names on the team-sheet, such as Everton and Arthur, have slotted effortlessly into a team that knows what they are doing on the field and act accordingly. Argentina by contrast are very much a work in progress. That gulf in preparation and quality showed early on. Brazil harried incessantly from the very start, a swarm of furious, genetically enhanced yellow and blue bees to give the Albiceleste a torrid opening in Belo Horizonte. Starved of time on the ball, Lionel Scaloni’s charges nevertheless showed a dogged attitude to keep Everton, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus away from danger. With Everton inserted firmly and safely in the pocket of the towering Juan Foyth, a revelation at right-back, it was down the other flank that Brazil made the breakthrough. Needless to say, perhaps, Alves, impossibly fresh and motivated even at 36 and coming off a harrowing run of injuries, was the inspiration. Gaining possession off Lautaro Martinez in the middle of the pitch the PSG star cut a swathe through the Argentina backline, which paid the price for a moment of absent-mindedness. Firmino was lying in wait on the right and rolled the ball into the area, where Jesus was waiting with glee to break a 600-minute competitive goal drought and open the scoring. Roberto Firmino Brazil Argentina Copa America 2019That could have been the cue for Argentina to fold. But to the underdogs’ credit they kept up the pressure on their hosts, who failed to capitalise on the goal advantage, and if not for some rotten luck and the woodwork could well have fought back into the game. Aguero saw a header rebound off the crossbar to safety, before Messi – much-improved from the rather disappointing figure seen in the early rounds – rattled Alisson’s left-hand post with a savage shot. The Selecao seemed to be content with the slimmest of winning margins, ready and waiting to take advantage should the opportunity arise. Sure enough, such a chance fell into their laps 20 minutes from time. With the entire Argentina team protesting over a supposed foul on Aguero, at the other end Jesus was speeding towards goal with almost zero resistance. After turning Manchester City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in knots he squared selflessly to return the favour for Firmino as Franco Armani scrambled helplessly across his exposed net. The night, however, belonged to Alves. First Marcos Acuna and later Angel Di Maria tried and failed to best the old warrior, who was a constant headache to Argentina on his raids forward while barely putting a foot wrong when the time came to defend. What other right-back, for example, could double up as their side’s primary playmaker? Alves notched up more passes than anyone else on the Brazil team, 30 more than even Arthur in the middle. He is crucial to this team, and when he plays – as against Peru – he seems to lift the whole squad up with him. Alves and Messi were the only two survivors left in Belo Horizonte from the last time Brazil met Argentina in a major finals. In 2007 the full-back came off the bench to score the third in a 3-0 trouncing of Messi’s men, marking the first of four finals in which the Barcelona wizard has ended on the losing side for his country. Twelve years later, Leo gave his all for an Argentina team that are still in the process of development, but it was not quite enough. It is Alves who will go on to the final and the chance to win the silverware Brazil covet so dearly, a fitting outcome for a player who has rolled back the years at this Copa to fire his side forward.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona are preparing to begin talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of Neymar.The Ligue 1 champions have been steadfast over their asking price for the Brazil international and have been sticking to their €222 million (£200m/$249m) valuation of the player they signed from Barca in 2017.There may well be movement on that price, however, with the 27-year-old keen to make the return to Camp Nou and the Liga giants getting ready to make an official offer in the coming days. 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? Indeed, in a summer that has been dominated by speculation regarding Neymar’s future, the Catalan club’s president Josep Bartomeu went public with his claim that the former Santos star wanted to leave the Parisians. And while Neymar has since returned to training with the French club, he has played no part in their pre-season preparations and had to watch from the stands as his team-mates beat Rennes 2-1 to win the Trophee des Champions on Saturday.Sources have told Goal that the Ligue 1 side are aware of the player’s desire to re-join Barca and the transfer may well have already happened had the potential buying team not been the Catalans.PSG Neymar MbappeThat’s because relations between both clubs have soured ever since Neymar made the decision to quit Barca, in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, and make the move to France.As a result, PSG will not make it easy for Ernesto Valverde’s side to complete a transfer although they will be acutely aware of the negative impact a continued saga will have on the club ahead of the start of the 2019-20 campaign.To that end, time is running out for Barca to get any potential deal done, with Ligue 1 kicking off on August 9, while the new La Liga season officially gets started a week later, on August 16.Despite Malcom having joined Zenit in a deal that could rise to €45m (£41m/$50m), Barca still need to raise further cash to help fund a move for Neymar.Rafinha Alcantara is set to leave in the coming days, while Philippe Coutinho would almost certainly need to be moved on to make room for his international compatriot and Ivan Rakitic is another who remains up for sale.Lionel Messi Neymar BarcelonaAs reported by Goal in November 2018, ‘Operation Neymar’ had already begun in earnest and although there were doubts amongst the Barca board over the merits of bringing back the Brazilian, there is now universal agreement that the transfer would be a positive.PSG, meanwhile, have publicly stated their determination to retain Neymar, with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani having stated that they want him to remain, while head coach Thomas Tuchel has frequently insisted that it’s a matter to be resolved between the player and the club.Marco Verratti has also spoken out over the rumours, although he suggested the 27-year-old should be allowed to move on if it’s his desire to exit the Ligue 1 champions.It remains to be seen how negotiations will play out between Barca and PSG as the Parisians remain intent on receiving the maximum possible fee for one of their prized assets.But with the Catalans making that first move to initiate talks, there may well be movement on the price, especially if the player attempts to further force the issue and his situation at Parc des Princes becomes untenable.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Through four weeks of the college football season, there are a number of Power 5 programs struggling mightily. Nebraska is one of them.Everyone knew that Year One of the Scott Frost era was going to have its rough spots. Frost hasn’t had a chance to recruit in earnest, the Huskers have a tough schedule and their season opener was cancelled due to inclement weather. Those are tough circumstances all around.Still, seeing Nebraska sitting at 0-3 after being destroyed by Michigan is noteworthy. This morning, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum dubbed the Huskers his most disappointing team in September.Finebaum made this declaration during a Wednesday morning appearance on Get Up!.Here’s what he had to say, via 247Sports:“On a long list of people, I would go with Nebraska,” Finebaum said. “You expected more. Scott Frost, the prodigal son, he won a championship there and was the hottest coach in the offseason, but that team has just been a disaster. Every week, he says, ‘we’re going to learn from this.’ What are you going to learn? Your team is terrible and that’s not entirely on him, but he has to show something.“He has capital though. Some of the other coaches around college football who are O-fer for the season, do not.”Things aren’t going to get any easier for Nebraska. The Huskers travel to Purdue this weekend, and the Boilermakers may have found themselves after their own 0-3 start, as they are coming off a big win over Boston College.After Purdue, Nebraska hosts No. 15 Wisconsin and Northwestern and travels to Minnesota. The odds tell us they will win one or two of those games, but an 0-7 start isn’t out of the question.last_img read more

first_imgKirby Smart reacting to a play in a Georgia football game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 10: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs explains a play during the game against the Nicholls Colonels at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia football had Alabama on the ropes once again, and the script was eerily similar to last year’s national championship game. After the game, Kirby Smart isn’t giving up on his team’s College Football Playoff hopes though.The Dawgs did a pretty good job of showing that they are close to the top team in the country. If the selection committee truly chooses the “best four teams” above all else, Georgia has an argument.If it comes down to paper resume, though…Oklahoma feels most likely to get the spot.After the game, Kirby Smart has delivered a fiery press conference, arguing that Georgia football is the team that Alabama doesn’t want to see in a month.Via Dan Wolken:Kirby Smart: “We most definitely have one of the best four teams in the country.”— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2018Kirby getting passionate about his playoff case: “It boils down to one thing. Do you want the four best teams or not? Give the coach on the other sideline a vote for who he doesn’t want to play. I promise you it starts with us.”— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2018It is a compelling argument, but it is a bit hard to see it being enough.Oklahoma just avenged its only loss of the year—a three-point game in the Red River Rivalry—by beating Texas 39-27 and capturing the Big 12 title. The Sooners have been derided for their shotty defense all season as well, but put together one of their stronger defensive efforts today.This wasn’t Georgia’s first loss. The Bulldogs lost by 20 at LSU earlier in the year. Death Valley is one of the hardest places to play in the country, but Alabama blanked the Tigers there, 29-0.We’ll find out if Smart gets his wish tomorrow. The College Football Playoff unveiling is on ESPN at noon.last_img read more

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)One of the most-veteran assistant coaches in college football has announced his retirement.LSU announced this evening that passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan has decided to retire from football.Sullivan began his coaching career in 1971.LSU announced the news on Twitter.#LSU senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan announced his retirement from football on Wednesday.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) January 10, 2019LSU released the following statement:LSU senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan announced his retirement from football on Wednesday.Sullivan, who spent seven years on the LSU coaching staff from 1984-90, joined Ed Orgeron’s staff as a consultant in 2017 and was then elevated to senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator for the 2018 season.One of the most respected wide receiver coaches in football, Sullivan spent 25 years in the NFL before coming back to LSU in 2017.“Jerry had a great career, one that saw him develop, groom, mentor and train some of the best to ever play the wide receiver position at any level of football,” Orgeron said. “I can’t thank Jerry enough for the contributions he made to our program over the past two years.”LSU is coming off a promising 2018 season that ended with a win over UCF in the Fiesta Bowl.The Tigers should start the 2019 season ranked inside the top 15.last_img read more