Month: October 2019

first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgIvan Perisic admits it was painful missing out on Man Utd moveby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich winger Ivan Perisic has revealed it was “painful” to miss out on a move to Manchester United. The Croatian was on the cusp of being signed from Inter Milan by Jose Mourinho two years ago.”How close was I going there? Very close,” he told The Athletic . “It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.”It was a dream of mine to play in all the big leagues. But it didn’t happen. It was painful for me. But I don’t want to go into the details. I only found out myself the real reasons two years later.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMathias Pogba dismisses claims Real Madrid midfielder Valverde superior to brother Paulby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMathias Pogba has dismissed claims that Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is superior to brother Paul.Valverde’s recent emergence has prompted suggestions Real coach Zinedine Zidane may end his pursuit of Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.But CD Manchego striker Mathias believes Zidane could still do with his brother’s services, insisting the World Cup winner ‘is better’ than the youngster.“Of course [he’s better than Valverde],” Mathias said of his sibling during an appearance on El Chiringuito. “My brother is better than Valverde technically, and has better vision of the game.”He later added: “Right now, my brother is better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCalipari tweets about Andrew Harrison following the NBA draft.Calipari’s NBA Draft RecapThe NBA Draft came and went last night and, once again, it was full of Kentucky players. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1 to Minnesota, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to Sacramento, Trey Lyles went No. 12 to Utah, Devin Booker went No. 13 to Phoenix, Andrew Harrison went No. 44 to Phoenix and Dakari Johnson went No. 48 to Oklahoma City. Only one of the Wildcats’ seven draft entrants went unselected: shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Following the draft, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who was in attendance in Brooklyn, tweeted about his former players. He says Aaron Harrison “will be fine.” Six guys get drafted and tie a record, four lottery picks, and another No. 1 pick – it’s been another unbelievable night.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m proud of the guys. Our job as coaches is to help these kids realize their dreams. I’m so happy that a lot of lives were changed tonight.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m disappointed Aaron didn’t get drafted, but he will be fine. He will be on a summer league team fighting for a position on an NBA team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015How many Kentucky players will get picked in the 2016 NBA Draft?last_img read more

first_imgjeffery simmons releaseTwitter/@JoshJacksonWAPTAs he awaits the final resolution of two misdemeanor charges for simple assault and disturbing the peace, Mississippi State has admitted five-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. In late March, video surfaced of Simmons punching a woman while she was on the ground. In Mississippi State’s release on the decision, it says that he was “attempting to break up a domestic fight” involving his sister.How MSU describes the incident:— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 2, 2016Simmons, the top recruit in the state of Mississippi, will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama, and will undergo counseling once enrolled at the school. According to USA Today, Simmons is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.Here is the full statement released by Mississippi State:5-star Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons allowed to enroll, with conditions— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 2, 2016[]last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has thrown his support behind Naby Keita, stressing the ‘outstanding’ midfielder just needs more time to settle in at Anfield.Keita, 23, has made 18 appearances for the Premier League side this season, although just 10 of those have been starts since he arrived from RB Leipzig in July last year.Klopp said injury setbacks had hurt Keita’s season and he feels there is more to come from the Guinea international. 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? “He is a fantastic player and I’m really happy to have him here,” he said ahead of Monday’s FA Cup clash against Wolves.”It’s so good and I am really looking forward to our common future because see if you see it every day, wow, there is so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game, so that’s all good.”There was no reason [for him not playing recently], just because other boys were in good shape as well. It was a bit about positioning, a bit about system and all that stuff. That’s how football decisions are.”There is really, really no doubt about the boy, he is an outstanding player.” back to two weeks ago when we met @Wolves . — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 6, 2019 Keita could get a chance to shine against Wolves, while 16-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever could be handed a Liverpool debut.Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are injured, while fellow centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren have been heavily relied upon through a busy period.Klopp said Gomez and Matip were nearing a return, but he will have to come up with other ideas – or use Van Dijk and Lovren again – against Wolves.”We will see what we do, but we cannot, we will not sign a centre-half for one game or whatever, that will not happen,” he said.”Joe and Joel look good – obviously not good enough for Monday, not good enough I would say for the game after that, for Brighton, [but] hopefully then they are at least in full team training.”I think for Joel it would be possible, for Joe at least there’s a little hope that it can be the same, so we will see. Joe had a good day, a very good day [on Friday], so that’s good.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgChelsea star Eden Hazard laughed off criticism from boss Maurizio Sarri after his goal helped to edge Tottenham out of a place in the EFL Cup final.The Blues carried a 1-0 deficit into the second leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge but goals from N’Golo Kante and Hazard were their reward for a stirring first-half display.Fernando Llorente’s header restored aggregate parity but Chelsea converted four out of four penalties as Eric Dier and Lucas Moura erred for the visitors on Thursday. 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? Sarri questioned his players’ mentality and appetite for the battle after going down 2-0 to Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend – words that certainly seemed to bring a collective response – while he called Hazard an “individual” as opposed to a “leader” at his pre-match news conference on Wednesday.Asked whether he was affected by Sarri’s observations, Hazard broke into a broad grin and told Sky Sports: “No, to be fair I don’t care.”It doesn’t matter what the manager says. I just want to do my best for this team and I’m happy.”46 – Chelsea have lost none of the 46 games (all comps) in which Eden Hazard has scored in at Stamford Bridge (P46 W39 D7 L0). Charm.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2019Chelsea lost 2-0 to City when they met at Wembley in the Community Shield at the start of the season but won by the same scoreline to hand Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions their first Premier League loss of the campaign last month.”It’s always hard. They are the best team with Liverpool in the Premier League at the moment,” Hazard added.”They’ve won a lot of trophies but we also have a lot of great players, so it’s a 50-50 game.”Chelsea centre-back David Luiz dispatched the decisive penalty against Tottenham.”It’s a great feeling,” he told Sky Sports. “I think the team did great, especially in the first half we could score three or four goals.”In the second half we controlled the game. They had one opportunity and they scored. You saw the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid tackle Tottenham in an Audi Cup match at the Allianz Arena, Munich on Tuesday.It may still be pre-season, but the Spanish outfit are already teetering on the brink of crisis, having been thumped 7-3 by Atletico Madrid in their last outing and in the midst of a dispute with Gareth Bale that is becoming increasingly ill-tempered and drawn out.Spurs, meanwhile, also come into this match off the back of a defeat – they went down 2-1 to Manchester United in an ICC game – but did record an impressive victory over Juventus before that. 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? Game Real Madrid vs Tottenham Date Tuesday, July 30 Time 5:00pm BST / 12:00 noon ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match will not be available for broadcast though it will be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the UK, the match will be shown on ITV 4. It can be streamed via The ITV Hub. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 4 The ITV Hub Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Navas, Lunin, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Javi Hernandez, De la Fuente, Miguel Gutierrez Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Isco, Seoane Forwards Mariano, Benzema, Lucas V., Vinicius Jr., Hazard, Rodrygo, Kubo Gareth Bale has not been included in the 24-man squad as he seeks to manufacture a move away from Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Eder Militao and Casemiro have been left out as they build up fitness.Thibaut Courtois has an ankle sprain so has not travelled to Germany, while Luka Jovic has a knock and has not travelled.Benjamin Mendy, Brahim Diaz and Marco Asensio were all fitness concerns before the Atleti clash.Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric; Lucas V., Rodrygo, Hazard; Benzema Position Tottenham squad Goalkeepers Lloris, Gazzaniga, Whiteman Defenders Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Tanganga, Rose, Sanchez Midfielders Alli, Ndombele, Sissoko, Winks, Skipp, Georgiou, Marsh, Roles, White, Lamela, Eriksen Forwards Kane, Son, Lucas, Parrott, Nkoudou Tottenham are without Serge Aurier, who has undergone surgery on a hand injury and is in non-contact training.Victor Wanyama has a minor knee concern and will be monitored, while Eric Dier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Ben Davies are working their way back to fitness.Tottenham starting XI: Gazzaniga; Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Ndombele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; KaneBetting & Match Odds Real Madrid can be backed at 23/20 to win this match at  Bet365. A draw is priced at 11/4 while a Tottenham victory can be backed at 2/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Real Madrid Atletico MadridCompetitive football may be three weeks away for Real Madrid, but the pressure is already building on Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have failed to win any of their three pre-season friendlies in normal time.A victory over Arsenal on penalties is small consolation given they were wretched in a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich, who they could face again on Wednesday in either the final or third-fourth play-off, and even worse as they slumped 7-3 to Atletico Madrid.Zidane certainly seemed to be feeling the strain after that derby defeat in the USA.“They scored seven goals, it can’t happen,” he fumed in the aftermath. “You don’t have to spin it over. It’s a pre-season game. They’ve been better at everything. There is nothing more to talk about.”The Frenchman may talk about being calm, but ahead of Tuesday’s Audi Cup match with Tottenham in Munich, he will appreciate that there must be a change of fortune and attitude.After finishing a distant third in La Liga last season, losing three of their last four games to boot, the last thing that Zidane needs is another defeat.Away from the field, matters are complicated by the ongoing presence of Gareth Bale, whose transfer saga has been an unwelcome sideshow that has only served to undermine Madrid further. For now, the situation remains at an impasse, such that he has not even travelled to potentially face his former club.Spurs may be coming into the match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, but a previous win over Juventus, which was marked by a Harry Kane wonder-goal, means that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can at least feel they are on the right track.“Both performances have been fantastic,” the Argentine said. “I think the behaviour of the players, on and off the pitch, has been fantastic. We’re building our fitness and the way we want to play for next season. There’s a lot of positive things.”Zidane cannot yet say the same, but a victory over the Champions League runners-up would help to change that, with the winners of this clash to play a final against either the hosts or Fenerbahce on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The four-star cousin of Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has announced his college commitment. He won’t be joining Tua on the Crimson Tide.Faatui Tuitele, a four-star defensive tackle out of Hawaii and a distant cousin of the star Alabama QB, has committed to Washington.The top 2019 recruit chose the Huskies over Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC, among other programs.Tuitele announced his commitment on Twitter.“I AM COMMITTED!! WOOF!” he wrote.I AM COMMITTED!! WOOF! ☔️??— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) November 19, 2018The defensive tackle is ranked the No. 42 recruit in the country and the No. 4 player at his position, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Washington’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 17 class in the country.last_img read more

first_imgFans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)North Dakota State’s recent run of dominance in the FCS, as well as the rise of star alumni Carson Wentz in the NFL, has made the Bison as powerful a program as many FBS counterparts. With the impending departure of head coach Chris Klieman to Kansas State, North Dakota State has already begun looking for new candidates.According to FootballScoop, among the candidates for the North Dakota State job is a member of the Iowa coaching staff: offensive line coach Tim Polasek.Polasek just finished his second regular season with the Hawkeyes. He has held the position since February 2017.Per @FootballScoop , Iowa OL coach Tim Polasek is a candidate for the vacancy at NDSU #Hawkeyes— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) December 13, 2018Prior to his stint with the Hawkeyes, Polasek spent three seasons as North Dakota State’s offensive coordinator and RBs coach under previous head coach Craig Bohl.Other candidates named in the report are current North Dakota State defensive coordinator Matt Entz, and Wyoming offensive coordinator Brent Vigen.North Dakota State are currently scheduled to play South Dakota State in the FCS Playoffs Semifinals. Klieman is not expected to leave the position until after the Bison’s final game.last_img read more