Month: October 2019

  • 10 months agoWolves goalkeeper Jackson Smith pens pro terms

    first_imgWolves goalkeeper Jackson Smith pens pro termsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves goalkeeper Jackson Smith has signed a three-year pro contract.The 17-year-old has been with Wolves since the age of eight, having signed his first registration in April 2010, and has featured for Darren Ryan’s under-18s this season.Smith, who has agreed terms until 2021, was between the sticks for recent U18 Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.On Monday the youngster graced the Molineux surface as Wolves were narrowly beaten by Wigan Athletic in the FA Youth Cup. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

  • 10 months ago​Liverpool axe last straw for Man Utd midfielder Pogba

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool axe last straw for Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveItalian newspaper Tuttosport claims that Manchester United star Paul Pogba is fed up at the English club.Pogba was an unused substitute as his side were bested 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.It was the third time in the league that he had failed to get a start.And the paper claims that Pogba wants out of United. He could even push for a January move.Juventus and Barcelona are the two clubs credited with an interest, while it is possible Paris Saint-Germain would also desire Pogba. last_img

  • 9 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti confident keeping PSG target Allan

    first_imgNapoli coach Ancelotti confident keeping PSG target Allanby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident keeping hold of Allan.The midfielder is being linked with PSG.Ancelotti said, “I am not afraid of losing Allan, as the club wants to remain competitive. “We are just evaluating the possibility of loaning a player or two out, as Amin Younes and Vlad Chiriches are returning from injury and we don’t want the squad to be too large.“I don’t foresee any big moves in the January transfer market. Let’s not try to hide the fact Marko Rog is the most likely to be loaned out.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

  • 9 months agoAgent waiting on Barcelona approach for Chelsea striker Giroud

    first_imgAgent waiting on Barcelona approach for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is yet to hear from Barcelona, it has been revealed.Giroud was linked with Barca in the Catalan press this week.However, a representative of the Frenchman told Foot Mercato he’s yet to be contacted by Barca.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed he’d like to sign a new striker this month.And Giroud fits the bill given his experience and affordability. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

  • 21 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce fears he’s already running out of time

    first_imgNewcastle boss Bruce fears he’s already running out of timeby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce fears he’s already running out of time to implement his ideas.The Magpies are second from bottom in the Premier League after one win in seven matches and the head coach accused his team of ‘surrendering’ during last Sunday’s 5-0 defeat at Leicester.”They’ve played a certain way and that certain way has been drilled into them (by Rafa Benitez),” said Bruce.’We have to start with that again. If that’s the way they play, I understand that, that’s what we’ll do.”He added: “If you take a manager’s job, you’re under pressure from day one and these days you don’t get time to implement things. You have to be instant, that’s the way it is.”You can’t think you’re going to get two or three years to change things round, you have to work with what you’ve got and try to find a few results.”You don’t get the time anymore – it’s the same with all managers. The flak always stops with me at the top of the tree.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 6 days agoBournemouth manager Eddie Howe: Let’s keep perspective

    first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe: Let’s keep perspectiveby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says they shouldn’t get down after their 0-0 draw with Norwich City.A share of the spoils saw the Cherries climb a place to ninth in the Premier League, joining Tottenham, Burnley and West Ham on 12 points.“Sometimes, you have to have the bigger picture in the back of your mind,” said Howe. “It wasn’t the three points we wanted but it wasn’t a defeat.“People will see we’re playing Norwich at home and the expectations are for it to be a home win. I understand that and that’s certainly our expectations as well.“But these games are never that easy and we fully respect Norwich, their manager, their players and the way they play. They are a tough nut to crack and they were for us today.”Howe added: “For me, the past two games defensively have been a big improvement. We were relatively okay from the defensive side at Arsenal and today we were strong again.“Aaron Ramsdale made one big save and, apart from that, he didn’t have too much to do. The disappointing thing is that their goalkeeper wasn’t overly worked and, with the quality we had on the pitch, that was the disappointment.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Clemson’s Cool “When The Game Was Won” Video Series Recaps Biggest Plays Of Tigers 13-0 Season

    first_imgClemson defense stuffs Notre Dame at the end of the game.Instagram/clemsonfbClemson won’t suit up again until December 31, but the program’s social media team looks prepared to fill in the time and keep people excited about the undefeated Tigers. Over the last few days, Clemson has started putting together an Instagram video series titled “When The Game Was Won,” reviewing the most pivotal play of each game this season. Here are the first four:This is a cool way to recap Clemson’s first 13-0 start. Tiger fans hope they get 14th and 15th editions in January.last_img

  • What did Pep say at half time? City scoring spree goes on

    first_imgPep Guardiola will have had some choice words for his Manchester City players at half-time in Huddersfield on Sunday. They worked, and the result was another City victory to keep them right on Liverpool’s tails in a title race that promises to be one of the most thrilling in years.City led 1-0 at the break but that came from a fortunate deflection, and for all of their possession they created little, and looked sluggish. It should be pointed out, given how bad a decision it was, that they should have had an early penalty when Terence Kongolo bundled Raheem Sterling over in the area. How referee Andre Marriner, and his assistant, decided it was not a penalty is beyond any reasonable witness.If you ever want an advertisement for VAR, there it is. 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? But all the same, City were nowhere near their best. Kevin De Bruyne’s only significant involvement was the pass to set Sterling free for the would-be penalty. Fernandinho gave the ball away often but fortunately for City he won it back just as quickly. Leroy Sane looked isolated, as he can do when faced with a couple of defenders and without David Silva to help him out.The visitors barely looked like they would extend their lead, and we know Guardiola would not be happy with that. When he faced the inevitable inquest about his entire footballing philosophy amid the poor results over Christmas, he was asked if he should consider a more defensive approach after his teams go 1-0 up.”Score another one,” he insisted. “And another one, and another one.”Some journalists may not have grasped his ideas by now but his players have, so they will have been in for a rocket at half-time, despite their lead.The much talked about Amazon documentary showed what Guardiola can be like when he’s not happy with his team and while it may not have quite been at Wigan levels of ire – “Nobody talk!” he barked at his players. “Everybody wee, drink water and relax!” – it cannot have been far off, such was his side’s dreariness.Even if Huddersfield were themselves dreadful. The Premier League’s bottom club are without a manager and seemingly without much hope of staying up – and their rumoured attempts to recruit Guardiola’s highly rated No.2, Mikel Arteta, are doomed to failure.On another day City could have been troubled by a team relying on set-pieces and counter-attacks but the Yorkshire side seemed incapable even of that. Their forays forward were aimless and quickly broken up, their corners usually met by either Aymeric Laporte or Nicolas Otamendi.Man City celebrate vs HuddersfieldYet stranger things have happened and it would have been a dreadful place to drop points.Alas, they did not. Sane said Guardiola “woke City up” at half-time, and while he said there was no anger involved, the Catalan certainly got his point accross.Less than 15 minutes into the second half they were 3-0 up. For the first, they may have benefitted from the kind of poor officiating that cost them that first-half penalty. Sane was marginally offside when he received the ball but the flag did not go up, leaving the German to dart in behind and fire in a cross that Sterling stooped to head in at the far post.Most television viewers would have still been watching replays of the offside by the time City worked a way in yet again. The desire that Guardiola would have instilled in them at half-time was in evidence as they broke up a Huddersfield break in the hosts’ own half, leaving them scattered across the pitch. Danilo’s high ball forward was not perfect but Sergio Aguero’s header was, cushioning the ball into the path of Sane, who raced in on goal and calmly passed the ball into the back of the net.And that was that. City had strolled for the first 45 minutes and now, thanks to their quick one-two, they could do so again, this time safe in the knowledge they would be taking three points back to Manchester.Fernandinho, who had been booked earlier on, came off almost straight away, kept fresh for harder challenges down the line. Especially as City have decided not to sign anybody in January. It is understood that Schalke’s Sebastian Rudy will not be targeted, even on loan.Huddersfield had a few chances as City dropped their tempo again, but again their lack of quality was evident.”The way we played we didn’t deserve more than three goals,” Guardiola said afterwards. “We will improve in the future. We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it’s difficult.”Even so, City cut Liverpool’s lead down to four points and can now look forward to a couple of opportunities to cut it even further, as they kick off their next two fixtures before Jurgen Klopp’s men.This title race looks sure to go all the way…so long as there is no repeat of the sluggish mentality witnessed in the first half here today. Guardiola will certainly be having more words to make sure that is not the case. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

  • Newcastle appoint Bruce as new manager

    first_imgNewcastle United have named former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce as their new manager.The announcement comes in the wake of Rafa Benitez’s departure from St James’ Park last month and his subsequent switch to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang.Bruce has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal with the Magpies and will fly out to China to meet up with his new squad ahead as they participate in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai.  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? The 58-year-old completed the move to his native north east after resigning from his role at Sheffield Wednesday, who finished 12th under Bruce in the Championship last season.”I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United,” Bruce said in a statement. “This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.”There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of.”His appointment comes amid a summer of turmoil at the Premier League club, with the loss of fan-favourite Benitez still fresh in the minds of their loyal fanbase.Talk of an apparent takeover bid from the Dubai-based Bin Zayed Group has done little to settle the nerves on Tyneside, while their managerial situation means Newcastle are the only top-flight club in England yet to make a signing in the current transfer window.One of Bruce’s first jobs in his new role will be to determine the future of midfield starlet Sean Longstaff, who has been the subject of much transfer speculation following his breakthrough season in 2018-19.The 21-year-old has caught the attention of Bruce’s former club Manchester United this summer, though it remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co are willing to meet Newcastle’s reported valuation of around £50 million ($62m).Much will also be made of Bruce’s affiliation to Newcastle’s north-east rivals Sunderland, whom he managed between 2009 and 2011 before being sacked due to his squad’s perilous position in the Premier League table.Yet Bruce is no stranger to crossing such divides. The former centre-back began his managerial career at Sheffield United – the club he ended his playing days with – and would go on to take the hot-seat at cross city rivals Sheffield Wednesday.Steve Bruce Aston VillaHe also managed Birmingham City from 2001 to 2007, leading them to promotion to the Premier League twice, only to join their fierce rivals Aston Villa in 2016.The Newcastle job, however, is one that has eluded the Northumberland-born boss on more than one occasion.Bruce was originally linked to the role as far back as 2004, when he was approached to take the St James’ Park hot-seat following the dismissal of Sir Bobby Robson. Fast-forward to February 2006, and he was once again installed as the bookies’ favourite to take the Newcastle job after Graeme Souness was sacked by chairman Freddy Shepherd.A no-nonsense central defender during his playing days, Bruce played for Gillingham and Norwich City, where he won the League Cup in 1985, before making his career-defining move to Manchester United in December 1987.He would go on to form a formidable defensive partnership with Gary Pallister and pick up no fewer than nine major trophies during his nine-year stay at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, including three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.  During a 21-year managerial career to date, Bruce has also enjoyed spells at Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace and Hull City.last_img read more

  • Nebraska Football Landed Commitments From A Pair Of Brothers

    first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)With former Husker quarterback Scott Frost at the program’s helm, Nebraska football feels more like a family affair this year. That is even more true now, with the additions of Corbin and Connor Ruth to the roster.The Ruth brothers are natives of Seward, Nebraska and starred at Seward High School. Corbin is transferring to the Huskers from Northwest Missouri State, a Division II power.He is listed as a defensive back on the 2017 team roster, but took a redshirt as a true freshman this season. He announced the transfer via Twitter on Wednesday.These past couple weeks have been crazy but with a lot of thoughts and prayers, I am blessed to say I have decided to transfer from Northwest Missouri State to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing for the University of Nebraska! I am beyond thankful for this opportunity ??#GBR pic.twitter.com/t2ok4I5YZ0— Corbin Ruth (@10_cruth) June 13, 2018His announcement came shortly after his younger brother Connor Ruth committed as a walk-on to the Huskers. He will play fullback.After many hours spent talking with my parents and in prayer, I have decided that I would never be truly happy leaving my stone unturned in Lincoln. With that being said, I will be walking on at The University of Nebraska. Go Big Red?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/znHcBh0WC5— Connor Ruth (@_ConnorRuth) June 13, 2018Ruth was set to go to Nebraska’s rival Iowa. Instead, he is heading to his home state power.The Ruth brothers have an additional family connection to Nebraska football.The two are the nephews of former Nebraska walk-on greats Joel and Jeff Makovicka. Both started at fullback for the Huskers for national championship teams in the 1990s, and Joel went on to play in the NFL.With that kind of pedigree, it is no surprise that Connor Ruth would choose to flip from the opportunity he had at Iowa. It is unclear how much the fullback will be utilized in Scott Frost’s offense, but it would be hard to turn down the chance to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.Expect to see more walk-ons at Nebraska in general. Athletic director Bill Moos recently expressed interest in expanding the total football roster size up to 150.Nebraska usually carries around 135 total players. FBS teams are limited to 85 total scholarship players per season.last_img read more