About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits winning the Champions League is their priority this season.Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.“The Champions League is the main objective for us this season and we’ll do everything we can to win it,” said Dybala. “Atletico Madrid are, along with Liverpool, the worst side we could’ve picked in the draw.”
Woodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko: Leicester defeat painfulby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits defeat to Leicester City was a blow.Sissoko has urged Tottenham to accept and move on quickly from their “painful” 2-1 defeat to Leicester.”There is a lot of frustration, but we need to accept it, even if it is painful because we have another game on Tuesday,” Sissoko said to Spurs TV.”Even if it is a cup game, we have to be focused on that game (now).”We need to work hard and analyse what went wrong (at Leicester) and move on.”We don’t have time to think too much because we have to recover as soon as possible and be ready for Tuesday if we want to have a good game and win.”There is a lot of frustration, but we need to move on.”
Chelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndreas Christensen and Emerson are doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, according to Goal.Emerson has been out of action since September with a hamstring problem, but he has not officially been ruled out of facing the Magpies.Christensen picked up a hamstring problem over the international break.In positive news for the Blues, Antonio Rudiger could be eased back by Frank Lampard’s after an interrupted start to the season.Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries over the international break. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.
Manchester United have sounded an ominous warning to their Premier League rivals, with the club’s goalkeeping coach claiming that David de Gea “can get even better”.The Spain international is already widely considered to be one of, if not the leading performer in his chosen position.His consistency over a number of years has lifted him to that level, with the 28-year-old having been one of few figures the Red Devils have been able to rely upon during a period of considerable instability. 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? De Gea has broken records as a result, becoming the first man to land United’s Player of the Year award four times, while he is also the current holder of the English top-flight’s Golden Glove.There has been the odd wobble along the way for a man considered to be first choice for club and country, which is to be expected in his role, but an insatiable desire for continuous improvement means that there could be even more to come from him in the years ahead.Emilio Alvarez, who works on a daily basis with a man United are eager to tie to fresh terms, told the club’s official website: “David is, of course, the one who plays more and is an important player for the club, but the three of them [goalkeepers] are doing very well.“With David, we are always thinking about how he can get better and better, and better. To be honest, I don’t think David will ever stop. He can get even better!”The challengers for De Gea’s spot between the sticks at Old Trafford are Sergio Romero and Lee Grant.Both men boast considerable experience and pedigree of their own, but they have had to grow accustomed to life in the shadows.United, though, are delighted to boast such options, with Grant continuing to prove his value at 35 years of age while Argentina international Romero waits patiently for first-team opportunities.Alvarez added: “To be honest, I do not agree that Lee is only learning from us.“Since Granty came here, he has been a really, really, really nice surprise. We are learning from him.“We are really learning from him because he is a really, really good goalkeeper, a really, really good professional, and as a man, the way he interacts with the rest of the colleagues, he is unbelievable. We are really lucky to have him.“We have to be sure to say we have three of the best goalkeepers in the world, because each of them has really good skills.“For example, Sergio is an experienced goalkeeper in the Argentina national team so what more can I say about him? It is a pleasure to work with all three goalkeepers.” United and De Gea are set to be back in Premier League action on Sunday, and the Red Devils will need their last line of defence to be at its best when they take in a trip to fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lyon continued their impressive run over Paris Saint-Germain as they ended the Ligue 1 leaders’ 21-match unbeaten run at the Groupama Stadium.Moussa Dembele’s header and a penalty from Nabil Fekir secured victory over Bruno Genesio’s side after Angel di Maria had given the defending champions an early lead.PSG are 10 points clear of Lille at the top and have seen their hopes of going the whole campaign without losing dashed. 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? Meanwhile, Lyon have a six-point cushion over fourth place Saint-Etienne in the race for the final Champions League spot.2015 – Paris have lost a Ligue 1 game after scoring the opening goal for the 1st time since January 2015 against Bastia (2-4). Shake. pic.twitter.com/5MqVYGL4UX— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019Argentina international Di Maria opened the scoring after seven minutes, playing a role in a goal for the fourth time in as many games.But the French champions would go on to lose their first Ligue 1 game after scoring first since January 2015, when they were downed 4-2 by Bastia.4 – Lyon have beaten Paris in Ligue 1 more often than any other team since the Qatari era began in August 2011 (4 times). Kryptonite. @OL_English pic.twitter.com/vaTeGVEs0f— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019Leo Dubois teed up Dembele for the equaliser, as the ex-Celtic forward beat Alphonse Areola to the ball to nod into an empty net.Dembele would turn provider after being fouled by Thiago Silva to win a penalty after the break.Fekir sent Areola the wrong way from the spot to thrust Lyon ahead.3 – Aucun joueur n’est impliqué sur plus de buts que Nabil Fekir face à Paris en Ligue 1 depuis le début de la saison dernière (3 – 2 buts, 1 assist). Leader. @OL pic.twitter.com/rB9GsOSkhj— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019No player has contributed to more goals against PSG since the start of the 2017-18 campaign than the France international, who now has two goals and an assist during that period against Thomas Tuchel’s men,The victory was the fourth time Lyon have beaten their rivals since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club in August 2011.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan watched the defeat less than two weeks before Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash with the Paris club.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The 2018-2019 college football season has officially kicked off, and this weekend, we’ll get our first full slate of games. The biggest game is arguably Michigan vs. Notre Dame – which could have national title implications. It also apparently features teams wearing two of the best uniforms in the sport.Sporting News put together a list of its top 15 uniforms in college football this week, and both the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines made the list. Michigan, in fact, checks in at No. 1.The other teams in the top five? Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State and UCLA. Buckeyes fans probably won’t like hearing that Michigan is ranked higher than them in anything.Of course, this list is completely subjective. That said, Michigan’s uniforms are among the most popular in the sport.You can check out the entire list over at Sporting News:A preview of what our top 4 uniforms look like.1. @UMichFootball 2. @UCLAFootball 3. @FSUFootball 4. @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/dIeClbQ6Di— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 27, 2018It’s a list that’s sure to make college football traditionalists satisfied.College football season kicked off this past weekend. The first games involving ‘Power 5’ teams start this week.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide invited Mississippi State into its home and dominated from the opening whistle. Of course, everyone expected Alabama to win tonight, but the defensive effort from the Tide in this game has been spectacular.Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has been harassed at every turn. Alabama currently leads 21-0 at the end of the third quarter.However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the Tide right now.Star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who’s dealing with a knee injury, left tonight’s game against Mississippi State after taking a few nasty shots.Mac Jones is warming up.Nick has seen Tua take enough punishment— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) November 10, 2018With Jalen Hurts also banged up freshman quarterback Mac Jones is the only remaining quarterback eligible to play for the Tide. As such, he’s in the game as Tagovailoa and Hurts ride the bench with their injuries.Jones has attempted seven passes on the season, connecting on two for 124 yards and a touchdown.Alabama leads 21-0 in the fourth.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, CBS Sports broke down all of the new college football coaches and which programs hired the right man for the job. While a few programs hit it out of the park – think Ryan Day at Ohio State and Les Miles at Kansas – several programs were left with more questions than answers.Only one program, however, earned an “F” with its hire. That honor goes to Utah State, which lost head coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech.The Aggies went on to hire Gary Anderson, who previously coached the team.CBS Sports doesn’t like the hire.The Aggies replaced one of the top, rising coaches (Wells) with a retread. Not only is Andersen a retread, he’s walked out on Wisconsin and Oregon State. Somehow, Utah State hired back a coach who was only 26-24 in his first go-round with the Aggies before leaving in 2012. In a 30-year coaching career, Andersen has stayed at one place (Utah) longer than four years. In those 30 years, he’s been at 10 different schools. Utah somehow hired him three different times. Career record: 57-61. Good luck, Aggies.That’s not exactly the reaction you’re hoping for when you hire a new head coach.You can see every coaching grade here.