Chelsea fought off big Serie A trio to keep hold of Emerson Palmieriby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea fought off big competition to keep hold of Emerson Palmieri this summer.TMW says Juventus, AC Milan and Inter all made attempts for Emerson in the past summer.The fullback’s involvement in Chelsea’s Europa League title win last season caught the eye of Serie A clubs.But Chelsea’s high valuation – over €25m – and the club’s transfer ban, hindered his possible sale.Emerson is now in advanced talks over a new contract. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Month: October 2019
Juan Mata wants no Man Utd excuses over AZ Alkmaar pitchby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says Manchester United can’t use the artificial pitch as an excuse against AZ Alkmaar. The Eredivisie club are unable to play in their own stadium and have had to use Cars Jean Stadion in The Hague, which uses an artificial pitch. United experienced playing Young Boys last season on a similar surface.Mata said: “It’s a completely different game [to Young Boys] but we need to start from the beginning ready for them.”They’re [AZ] used to playing in these conditions and from the beginning they will be dangerous.”We will train today to try and adapt to the pitch and hopefully after the game we can not say it was an excuse and we’ve won the three points.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
FFF president Le Graet going cold on Real Madrid coach Zidaneby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has gone cold on Zinedine Zidane taking charge of the national team.While in the past Le Graet has often talked up the prospect of the Real Madrid coach taking charge of Les Bleus, he now is hoping for incumbant Didier Deschamps to stay on long-term.”Zinedine Zidane to coach one day? Didier is so much in place that I cannot answer you,” he stated. “And I hope he stays at least eight years with the federation!”Deschamps is set to enter new contract talks with the FFF. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Teams will want to avoid Kentucky.Congratulations, Kentucky basketball. You’ve now reached the pinnacle of the college sports world – you’re being compared to Alabama football. A Kansas State fan on-hand for last night’s rivalry game against Kansas apparently wasn’t interested in just taking down the Jayhawks. No, he wants the Wildcats to get a shot at 27-0 Kentucky instead. The fan’s “We Want Kentucky” sign mimics what we’ve seen the past few years in regards to Alabama being perceived as the top dog in college football.We want Kentucky pic.twitter.com/XqSBHe2yf7— Nathan Brisco ⚾ (@N8Brisco) February 24, 2015Ironically, Kansas State got Kentucky in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament and lost. But unless the Wildcats somehow win the Big 12 Tournament and reach the NCAA Tournament again this year, they’re not going to get their wish.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Four-star linebacker Cecil Cherry didn’t last very long at Texas, making it through just a handful of practices before deciding to transfer. And it doesn’t look like he’s leaving the program on great terms, either. Cherry, who was granted his release earlier this week, took to Twitter Friday night to air a little bit of dirty laundry on some of his former teammates. While it’s not entirely clear what’s going on here, he’s obviously upset with five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson. He implies that Jefferson was “scared” to tackle running back Duke Catalon (who is also transferring) and that he himself was not scared to fight for a position.Cherry started posting screenshots of the group text that he’s clearly still part of, which includes Jefferson, Brecklyn Hager, Cameron Townsend and a few of the team’s other linebackers. He then deleted them a few minutes later.God got a plan for me— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) August 14, 2015We’ll see if any of his former teammates respond. We’ll also keep you updated on where Cherry eventually winds up.
Ohio State football/Instagram.Ohio State junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes was injured during his team’s game against Michigan State on Saturday.Ohio State junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes, one of the team’s most important defensive players, was injured during the Buckeyes’ contest against Michigan State on Saturday. Holmes, midway through the second quarter, was rolled up on by a teammate in his pursuit of the quarterback. He looks to have suffered some kind of injury to his left leg.Holmes had to be helped off the field. His teammates greeted him on the sideline.Jalyn Holmes being helped off. Entire defense there to greet him.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) November 19, 2016Jalyn Holmes walking off field slowly with trainers help. Looked like they were checking out his leg/ankle. Buckeyes take over at MSU 37.— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) November 19, 2016This would be a huge injury for the Buckeyes. Hoping Jalyn Holmes is ok. Best D-Lineman all year for us. Would need him against TTUN & CFP.— Colin Wilkerson (@CWilk3) November 19, 2016We’ll keep you updated on Holmes’ status. This would be a huge blow to an Ohio State team with national championship aspirations.Update: Holmes has returned to the game for Ohio State.Jalyn Holmes is back on the field for Ohio State.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 19, 2016Buckeyes fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)Friday afternoon, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer released an official statement in response to Brett McMurphy’s report. McMurphy, on Wednesday, alleged that Meyer lied when he told reporters at Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.Meyer’s statement includes a few admissions – most notably that Meyer “was not adequately prepared” for questions about Smith’s firing. Meyer also admits to knowing about the 2015 incident – something he denied last week. He says he followed “proper protocols and procedures” when it came to reporting what he knew.What it seems like – at least to the reader – is that Meyer is covering himself from a contract basis here. If Ohio State wants to fire Meyer, it’s likely going to have to deal with a legal battle when it comes to his buyout. He’s owed almost $40 million on his contract.What Meyer does concede all has to do with morals. Did Meyer lie to reporters? Yes, but that’s not a crime and it’s not a breach of his contract.pic.twitter.com/wrlRi9jtZz— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated’s legal analyst, seems to have the same opinion. Meyer’s statement might be a message to Ohio State that if they’re going to fire him, it’s going to cost them.Urban Meyer’s statement seems written with contract law in mind. It denies any grounds that Ohio State could use to fire him with cause. At the same time, it acknowledges his answers to journalists’ questions were inadequate–a personal failing that doesn’t violate his contract. https://t.co/reaiRXw9yE— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) August 3, 2018Friday afternoon, Smith did a radio interview, alleging that it was actually school AD Gene Smith who first informed him in 2015 of the allegations against him. He also told ESPN that Meyer talked to him about the incident shortly thereafter.We’ll keep you updated on the situation.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)As Notre Dame continues its charge towards the College Football Playoff, their next obstacle will be the Navy Midshipmen. While the AAC side was not expected to present much of a challenge to the Fighting Irish, the latest news from head coach Brian Kelly will only enhance Notre Dame’s odds.Kelly announced on Thursday afternoon that starting defensive linemen Daelin Hayes and Khalid Kareem have been given clean bills of health ahead of the Saturday clash.Hayes had 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in 2017. He has 2.5 tackles for loss so far this season but has been limited to five games.Kareem is having a breakout junior season with the Fighting Irish with 9.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.Brian Kelly says both Daelin Hayes and Khalid Kareem healthy and full go for the weekend.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) October 25, 2018The Notre Dame defense has been stout overall through seven weeks. It ranks 21st in the country in scoring defense and 30th in total defense.With Kareem and Hayes both healthy in a game against a run-first offense like Navy, those numbers could very well improve this weekend.Notre Dame and Navy will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Wisconsin Badgers entered this afternoon’s contest against Northwestern without starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Sidelined by a concussion, Hornibrook had to cheer on from the bench as sophomore Jack Coan got the start.Although Coan has played well, the Badgers are struggling as a whole. As the teams head into the fourth quarter, Northwestern holds a 24-10 lead thanks to an impressive performance from quarterback Clayton Thorson.The Wildcats hit a 26-yard field goal to take the two-touchdown lead with just under three minutes left in the third quarter.Never a doubt. @CKuhbander with a 26-yard FG. #B1GCats 24, Wisconsin 10 | 2:39 3Q pic.twitter.com/h2lQ2eFPRt— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) October 27, 2018Wisconsin went into the game as the No. 20 program in the nation, just a few spots behind fellow Big Ten members No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Iowa.With a win, Northwestern would hold a significant advantage in the Big Ten West – if Penn State takes care of Iowa that is.Can the Wildcats hold on and force the upset? Or will the Badgers battle back?Tune in to FOX to find out.
Here’s something that won’t surprise you: FOX Sports 1 personality Colin Cowherd has said something controversial about a major sports figure.This one has to do with Alabama head coach Nick Saban.Saban, arguably the greatest college head coach of all-time, is not a more “impressive” coach than Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, per Cowherd.Here’s why:“Everybody lives in the moment, right?” Cowherd said. “Like right now in the moment everybody’s like, ‘Saban’s No. 1, Harbaugh’s terrible.’ Harbaugh’s the better coach. Harbaugh’s gone 4 for 4. San Diego, home run. Stanford, home run. NFL, Super Bowl. Michigan, boom.“By the way, you do get Nick Saban…Michigan State, Nick Saban did not hit a home run at Michigan State. He won 58 percent of his games. (Current Michigan State coach) Mark Dantonio, grumpy guy, has won 68 percent of his games. Dantonio’s a better coach at Michigan State by far than Saban was. And then, ‘Well what about LSU?’ What about it? Nick Saban won 75 percent of his games and a title. Les Miles won 77 percent of his games and a title.“‘Well what about the NFL?’ Harbaugh got to a Super Bowl. Saban bombed. Harbaugh’s the more impressive coach. When you can do it over and over and over and over…Harbaugh is 4 for 4 and was a massive home run. You know how many great coaches have coached in the NFL and don’t even get to a Super Bowl? God, I can name…Don Coryell. I can name five off the top of my head, great coaches, who couldn’t get to a Super Bowl. I mean Barry Switzer won one.“So Harbaugh is at a school, Michigan, which is a top academic school in a region of the country that doesn’t have nearly the players in high school. Harbaugh’s better than Nick Saban as a coach. I just said it. I’ll say it again. (Harbaugh has) a more impressive resumé. Go look at Michigan State and LSU and examine them. Dantonio and Les Miles won more games (than Saban). They did. Sorry, just facts.”You could certainly argue that Harbaugh’s coaching resume is more diverse than Saban, and to an extent that could be more impressive, but there is just no comparing – whatsoever – of the two head coaches at the college level.