Month: October 2019

10 months agoLiverpool captain Henderson: Van Dijk and Alisson transforming us

first_imgLiverpool captain Henderson: Van Dijk and Alisson transforming usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits Virgil van Dijk is proving the difference in their title push this season.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Wolves last night and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Henderson said: “I think the biggest difference [to 13/14] is the clean sheets. Back then we were conceding too many goals. We need to continue on that.”I just feel we are defending really well as a team. Virgil [van Dijk] and Alisson have made a big difference but the whole team have been important.”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva admits Niasse and Martina out of his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits Niasse and Martina out of his plansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina are out of his first team plans.An injury scuppered Martina’s hopes of a deadline day move away, while Niasse also didn’t land a move before the market shut.Silva told Liverpool Echo: “They have known my plans since I joined.“Unfortunately, Martina had the injury. We were looking to something for his future but he had an injury during an under-23s training session.“Like you say, Oumar was more with me but in some sessions not participating in all of the sessions because in my mind were the players for the matches.“He understood what were my plans and unfortunately for him and us we didn’t find the right move for him but Oumar is a professional, he is here, he knows what my plans. He and Martina have known everything since the first day of pre-season.” last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid boss Zidane defends giving his players day off

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends giving his players day offby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended giving his players the day off after their humbling at PSG.There was criticism of the decision after the 3-0 Champions League defeat.Zidane said, “I’ve also heard that the club wasn’t happy about that. When I look at organising things with the squad, there are many players who’ve been away on international duty and we have to give them a day off.”It’s not a question as to whether they deserved it or not. With seven games in the space of 21 days, that was the day to give them the day off. It’s also important to spend time with the family. We got back at 4am… People don’t see it like that and say that we’re going to kill them for having a day off. We always want to win, but at times you’ve got to accept it and try to change things to win.” last_img read more

a day agoAgent of Taison says AC Milan move was close

first_imgAgent of Taison says AC Milan move was closeby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Taison says AC Milan have made an attempt for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger.Milan made an attempt for Taison over the summer.“It’s true, Milan were very interested,” agent Diego Dornelles told Calciomercato.com.“Shakhtar did not accept the offer presented by the Rossoneri. They demanded the full release clause, which is €30m. I am not authorised to say how much they did propose, but it was insufficient.“Taison is very happy at Shakhtar, as he is the captain of the team and having a great season. Clearly, he admires Milan a great deal and would’ve been proud to represent the club, but he respects his current team and their fans.”Asked about a January deal, Dornelles added: “We’ve had no contact so far, but it all depends on Shakhtar Donetsk and what they want to do.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trippier joins Atletico Madrid in £20m deal

first_imgTottenham’s England full-back Kieran Trippier has completed a move to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday. Trippier, 28, put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitana. Atletico paid out £20 million ($25m) for the player, a fee that could rise in the future due to add-ons and bonuses negotiated between the two clubs.  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? “Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have come to an agreement for the transfer of Kieran Trippier,” Atletico confirmed on the club’s official website.”The English player, 28, has signed for the next three seasons.”We welcome Trippier to the Atletico family and wish him the best of luck in his new home. Welcome, Kieran!”The Colchoneros have invested heavily in shoring up their defence so far in the summer transfer window. With stalwart centre-back Diego Godin leaving for Inter, Atleti swooped for Porto’s Felipe as a replacement for the Uruguayan. Felipe’s fellow Brazilian Renan Lodi also joined from Athletico Paranaense, making Trippier the third defensive signing of the summer; while Atletico have also moved for Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente further up the field in the wake of Antoine Griezmann’s exit to Barcelona.Trippier had already been left out of Tottenham’s pre-season touring squad as he closed on a switch to the Spanish capital. Tuesday saw the right-back travel to Madrid to undergo his medical and bring to a close four years with Spurs. He joined the north Londoners in 2015 from Burnley, and went on to make over 100 appearances under the watch of manager Mauricio Pochettino. But having represented England at the World Cup just 12 months ago, the 2018-19 season saw his form take a noticeable dip. His poor performances led to his exclusion from the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League squad while also convincing Spurs they could afford to dispense with his services. Now he will look to bounce back under Pochettino’s compatriot Diego Simeone and take on the mantle of legendary Atletico right-back Juanfran, who left the club in May 2019.last_img read more

A Big 10 Football Program Is ‘No Longer Allowed’ To Recruit At This High School

first_imgA general view of Northwestern's football field inside Wrigley Field.CHICAGO – NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the Northwestern Wildcats practice for a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday November 20 at Wrigley Field on November 18, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)A Big Ten football program is reportedly no longer allowed to recruit at a Michigan high school. And, no, it’s not Ohio State.Northwestern had been forbidden from stepping foot inside the facilities at Mona Shores in Michigan after allegedly pulling a scholarship offer from an injured player.Damari Roberson, a 2018 athlete, allegedly had his scholarship offer pulled by the Wildcats after coaches at Northwestern learned that he tore his ACL.From MLive.com:“He wanted to commit to Northwestern, however he wanted to be up front with the coach. He said, ‘Coach, I want to commit, but I’ve got to be honest with you, I tore my ACL again,’” Koziak shared about the exchange between Roberson and Northwestern receivers coach Dennis Springer.“And Northwestern was like, ‘We can’t take your commitment.’ So I’m texting the coaches and I said, ‘What if he would have committed to you guys before he tore his ACL – would you have honored his commitment?’ (They responded) ‘Absolutely, 100 percent, if he would have committed (before telling them about the ACL injury).’“And so I said, ‘So he should have lied to you. He should have said, “Hey, I want to commit,” because you didn’t know he tore his ACL and then maybe two weeks from now say he tore it.’”The school’s head coach is now saying that Northwestern is no longer allowed to recruit his players.“Northwestern is no longer allowed in our building. They’re not allowed, at least to me, to recruit our kids. They are no longer welcome in our building,” he said.Northwestern’s 2019 football class is ranked the No. 38 class in the country, No. 9 in the Big Ten.last_img read more

Video: Michigan DB Josh Metellus Ejected vs. Notre Dame

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)We’re a couple of minutes into tonight’s Notre Dame-Michigan showdown in South Bend, Ind. It hasn’t been a great couple of minutes for the Wolverines.Jim Harbaugh’s squad is trailing the Fighting Irish, 7-0, with about 9 minutes to play in the first quarter.Michigan just lost one of its top defensive backs, too.Wolverines’ DB Josh Metellus has been ejected from tonight’s game due to a targeting penalty.Here’s the play:Michigan’s Josh Metellus was ejected for targeting pic.twitter.com/d9UMikCvsT— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 2, 2018Right call or not?Regardless, Michigan is now down a defensive back.The Wolverines and the Fighting Irish are playing on NBC.last_img read more

Nebraska Fans Will Love What Scott Frost Said After Team’s First Win

first_imgScott Frost roams the sideline for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost is back where he belongs – on the sidelines with the Huskers. Frost’s tenure got off to a rocky start as the Huskers lost their first six games, several in heartbreaking fashion.That losing streak is over. Nebraska dominated Minnesota on Saturday afternoon en route to a 53-28 win –  which moves the team to 1-6 on the season.After the game, Frost gave a short and sweet answer when asked about the win.Here’s what Frost had to say.Scott Frost: “This was a long time overdue”— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) October 20, 2018This is only the beginning of the Frost era at Nebraska, and Huskers fans should be excited about what the future looks like with Frost and freshman phenom quarterback Adrian Martinez.Next up for Nebraska is a home game against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more

Adam Schefter Says Michigan Looks Like A Playoff Team

first_imgAdam Schefter on the phone.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Sports Writer Adam Schefter attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)Michigan beat the brakes off of Penn State on Saturday night, and the college football world seems to be acknowledging the Wolverines as a true title contender. One famous alum seems to agree.Adam Schefter, ESPN’s NFL reporter, was clearly watching Saturday’ contest. He chimed in on Twitter towards the end of the game, saying the Wolverines “look like” a College Football Playoff team to him.Michigan, in the first College Football Playoff rankings this past Tuesday night, came in at No. 5. They’ll be no worse than that this week.With No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 3 LSU tonight, there will seemingly be a spot open in the top four. Michigan will likely fill that spot.Looks like a playoff team to me….— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2018Schefter, who has been at ESPN since 2009, graduated from Michigan in 1989 before heading to Northwestern to get his journalism degree. He’s a big Wolverines fan as a result.Michigan, with the win, is now 8-1 and in firm control of its destiny in both the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff race. The Ohio State game is going to be absolutely huge this year.last_img read more